February 10, 2016
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Sonic Highlark
You can probably guess what kind of music NYC's Acid Dad make from their name, and if you guessed psychedelic garage rock you'd be right. It's not too druggy or scuzzy though -- Acid Dad pack their songs with hooks and are clearly here to have a good time. Their debut EP Let's Plan A Robbery comes out February 26 digitally and on cassette via Knife Tapes, and we've got the premiere of its track "Don't Get Taken." Check it out, along with the previously-released "Fool's Gold," below. You can pre-order the cassette now.
Acid Dad have tour dates announced from this month through late April. Strangely enough, those don't include any NYC shows, but they play here all the time (Oh My Rockness named them one of the hardest working local bands of 2015). Surely they'll schedule another hometown show soon.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Josh Wool
Iron & Wine main member Sam Beam has teamed up with fellow indie-folk singer Jesca Hoop for a collaborative album called Love Letter for Fire. It's due April 15 via Sub Pop, and the first single is the gentle, warm-sounding "Every Songbird Says." Check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below (via Pitchfork).
Other contributors on the album include Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Robert Burger, Eyvind Kang, Sebastian Steinberg, and Edward Rankin-Parker. It was produced, recorded and mixed by Tucker Martine.
All dates are listed below...
Veteran LA rap group House of Pain, best known for "Jump Around," are reuniting once again this year around St. Patrick's Day like they did in 2010. A few shows are announced, including Boston on St. Patrick's Day proper, followed by two NYC-area stops.
The NYC-area shows happen at Wellmont Theatre on March 18 and Irving Plaza on March 19. Tickets for those shows go on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales today (2/10) at 10 AM (passwords = "awards" and "musicgeeks"). General on-sale starts Friday (2/12) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
In other old-school hip hop news, production group Organized Noize, who famously worked with OutKast, Goodie Mob and more, are subject of a new documentary called The Art of Organized Noize which is premiering at SXSW. A week later the masses can see it too -- it will be on Netflix starting March 22. OutKast appear in the trailer, as do Future, Puff Daddy and more. Watch that below.
Another upcoming rap documentary is End of Malice on Clipse member No Malice. The doc includes appearances by his Clipse partner Pusha T and frequent collaborator Pharrell. It comes out on March 27 on Revolt TV, and there will also be a film tour which hits NYC on March 2 at AMC Loews 19th St. East 6. Tickets for that screening are on sale now. All dates are listed, with the trailer, below.
On a more R&B-oriented note, the 'Ladies Night R&B Super Jam' takes place Friday (2/12) at Barclays Center with Jodeci, Faith Evans, Jagged Edge, SWV, The Lox, Carl Thomas, Blackstreet, Total and Black Rob. Tickets are available.
Beyonce recently announced a tour which includes NYC's Citi Field on June 7. The presale for that started yesterday (2/9) and quickly sold out, but now she's added a second show for the next night (6/8) at the same venue. Tickets for this one go on BeyHive presale (password = "formation") and VIP presale today (2/10) at 10 AM, and AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale for both shows begins February 16 at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photo: Giorgio Moroder at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Fetty Wap, Post Malone, Monty @ Irving Plaza
Fetty Wap's debut album spawned four charting singles and about twice as many could-be singles, but you already know this because you couldn't leave your house last year without hearing them. Tonight's the second of two Irving Plaza shows with frequent collaborator Monty and "White Iverson" rapper Post Malone.
Graveyard, Spiders @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you like your heavy rock riffage the way it sounded in the early '70s, Graveyard have you covered. Related band Spiders make this a good double bill.
Benjamin Clementine @ Rough Trade
UK singer Benjamin Clementine won the Mercury Prize last year for his album At Least for Now that earned him a few "male Nina Simone" comparisons. Tonight's the first of four NYC shows on his current run.
Giorgio Moroder, Thanksgiving Brown, Cranks @ Output
Giorgio Moroder's influence on dance music can not be overstated -- you can hear it in the Top 40 right now. Tonight he'll spin many of his greatest hits which will certainly sound amazing out of Output's killer soundsystem.
Ezra Furman, Nude Beach, Writer @ Bowery Ballroom
Furman's a charismatic, charming performer and between the confessional, storytelling nature of many of his songs and folk-rock style, it's all a little late-'80s Violent Femmes... yet there's nobody else quite like him.
Paul Collins Beat, Bodega Bay, No Ice, Jackyl Onassis @ Berlin
Former Nerves songwriter and power pop godfather Paul Collins helped pioneer a jangly sound that's still being imitated today.
Dawn of Midi @ The Kitchen
Dawn of Midi apply dance music techniques and rhythms to acoustic instruments, as can be heard on their acclaimed 2015 album, Dysnomia.
Rachel Grimes, Longleash @ Merkin Concert Hall
Part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, tonight Rachel Grimes (of Rachel's) will collaborate with piano trio Longleash to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rachel's Music for Egon Schiele.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show "Thank God for the Jokes" for nearly two years. He's finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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February 9, 2016
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
While the (ripping) Bl'ast song is new, Eyehategod's side is a song called "The Liar's Psalm" that has been floating around for a few years now. It's, well, an Eyehategod song, which is to say it has riffs and anger for days. The track is produced by a murderer's row that features Billy Anderson, Sanford Parker, and the extremely controversial Phil Anselmo.
Stream the split, via Spotify, below...
by Bill Pearis
You may know Kyle Forester as the affable, often wisecracking keyboardist for The Ladybug Transistor (and it's offshoot O/R/F) and Crystal Stilts. He makes music under his own name, too, having released Forester Sings Stein in 2012 and will release the self-titled Kyle Forester LP on May 20 via Flying Moonlight Records. The first single is the LP's bouyant opening number, "Won't Go Crazy Tonight," that is in the same pop ballpark as Nada Surf. You can stream it below.
Future's upcoming tour with Ty Dolla $ign hits NYC on February 27 at Hammerstein Ballroom for a show that sold out a while ago. If you missed out on getting tickets though, or just want to keep the party going late that night, you're in luck. Future is squeezing in a late-night live show at Stage 48 (2/27) which goes from 11 PM to 4 AM. It's with DJ Bobby Trends, DJ Triple Threat, DJ Spade and Frank Roth. Tickets are on sale now.
This past weekend, Future released his new album EVOL, his second full-length release of 2016. Stream "Low Life" (ft. The Weeknd) off that, with his updated list of tour dates, below...
photo: The Sonics @ The Bell House 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Last year, garge punk progenitors The Sonics released their first new album in nearly 50 years. In 2016 they're going on the first ever full North American tour in their history. Also on the tour will be Barrence Whitfield & The Savages and The Woggles, and dates include a stop at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 4. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/10) at noon.
All tour dates, which include an appearance at Sled Island in Calgary, are listed below...