August 25, 2015
Abigail Williams and Today Is The Day are touring together this year, and hitting NYC on September 27 at Bowery Electric (tickets). Since we last spoke, openers were announced, including local regulars Throaat and Hudson Valley's Trenchfoot.
Trenchfoot play a noisy feedback-driven style of hardcore that takes some rhythmic cues from thrash metal. Once upon a time people might have called this "crossover," but at this point it seems like the hardcore-metal Venn diagram looks more like a single circle than ever before, at least in America, so perhaps we ought to come up with a term for anything that draws no influence from hardcore at all.They have since made a video for the track "Just To Feel," which premieres in this post. You can check that out, along with the full album stream, below.
At the Mercy of Circumstance doesn't exactly break new ground, but in the course of its brief runtime, it glorifies every front-line technique in modern hardcore, from brief, stringy guitar solos to feedback sequels fueled by pickups that sound as hot as the surface of the sun. It's exactly what I want a record like this to be: nasty, brutish and short. [-Joseph Schafer]
Throaat also have a new EP, Black Speed (which you can stream below), and they have another hometown show on 9/10 at Acheron with Deathhammer, Zemial and Seax (tix).
by Andrew Sacher
Like Sam Ray and Elvis Depressedly before him, Spencer Radcliffe made the jump from Orchid Tapes to Run for Cover, and that label will release his new album Looking In on October 2. It's up a similar lo-fi/DIY alley to Elvis Depressedly and frequent tourmate fellow ex-Orchid Tapes musician, Alex G, and there are some Microphones vibes here too. You can check out two tracks from the album, "Mia" and "Yankee" (via The FADER), below.
Spencer has a tour coming up, including dates with many of the usual suspects. There's also a short run with Pinegrove which hits NYC on October 22 at Silent Barn. No advance tickets or other bands announced for that show yet.
All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...
Hannibal Buress has been busy with his new late night variety show, Why? with Hannibal Buress and his co-starring role on Broad City, but apparently not too busy to return to his old Brooklyn stomping grounds. According to the comedian's Instagram, he is performing at The Knitting Factory on Sunday, September 20, a return to form from his old days hosting shows there every Sunday. This show, though, will be in the main room and tickets will be on sale soon.
Hannibal is also playing some shows across the Midwest and a show at Toronto's Just For Laughs festival. Tour dates listed below.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Dinosaur Jr in 1985
Indie rock legends Dinosaur Jr. have been giving fans tinnitus for three decades now, and will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a six-night run at Bowery Ballroom from December 3 - 8. At each show the band will perform their debut album, Dinosaur, in full, followed by a set of songs from throughout their career. There will be "very special guests" sitting in each night.
Tickets for these six Bowery Ballroom shows go on sale Friday (8/28) at noon but you can get them early via a BrooklynVegan presale that starts Wednesday (8/26) at noon. Check back Wednesday morning for the password.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Flyer for the Bowery run, plus an Rdio stream of Dinosaur, is below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: TWIABP at LPR on Saturday (more by Mimi Hong)
Foxing have been talking about a new album for a while now, and more details were recently revealed when their label, Triple Crown, posted a teaser video revealing that it's titled Dealer and will be out this fall. Most other details are TBA, but you can watch that video below.
Foxing have now also announced a tour for the fall, co-headlining with another band who dabbles equally in indie rock, emo and post rock, The World Is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die. Direct support on most dates comes from British math rockers TTNG, and all shows also include Brightside who are on TWIABP's Broken World Media label.
Both TTNG and Brightside are on the NYC show happening December 3 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Wednesday (8/26) at noon. All dates are listed below.
TWIABP were just in town over the weekend for a fantastic show with Pianos Become the Teeth (pictures, review), who also since announced a new tour (with The Menzingers, mewithoutYou and Restorations). TWIABP's anticipated new album Harmlessness will be out 9/25 via Epitaph. Watch the video for lead single "January 10th, 2014" with that Foxing teaser and the list of dates, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this year, Dawn Richard released the genre-defying album, Blackheart, which was part art pop and part R&B, without ever strictly adhering to either. Since then, she changed her moniker to D∆WN and dropped the one-off single "Running From Sane" for Adult Swim which is even weirder than anything on the album (listen below). Going by that song, it seems like her work is only going to get more interesting, and this new interview with FADER suggests the same thing. She talks about working with Fade To Mind producer Kingdom, who has previously collaborated with the similarly forward-thinking R&B singer Kelela:
I was talking with Jacky, who works with Opening Ceremony, and I was like, "you gotta figure out how to get me in with Fade To Mind, because I think they're fucking amazing." A year later, I randomly see Ezra [Kingdom] and I'm like "Yo, we should do something, let me get in a studio with y'all!" The first day [in a studio], we did five songs. The rest is history. We did the PAMM Institute thing together, and we're going to do MoMA together as well. That's been the relationship ever since, we make sense. I think the way Fade To Mind works is brilliant. It's organic, they only do it if it feels good, they don't push it. And in the last few years, I've really been in that place where if it's organic then I'll do it, if it doesn't feel good I won't do it. I think that's why we work so well.Dawn says the Kingdom collaborations should hopefully appear on her next album, RedHeart (the conclusion to her trilogy which also includes 2013's GoldenHeart). She also talks about some dream collaborations:
I'm really, really in love with artists like Girlpool. With Arca. With SOHN. I wouldn't even want to do anything other than just sit in the studio and smoke and listen to shit. I just think they're innovative. Girlpool reminds me of the old girl bands who had the two part harmonies, and they were--not angry, but their voices just have so much in them they barely need anything else. Because everything is so processed these days, with vocals, it feels good to hear something so raw.Both Dawn and Kingdom are on this weekend's installment of Warm Up at MoMA PS1 (8/29). It also features Matias Aguayo, DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Murlo and False Witness. Tickets are still available. It's the second to last Warm Up of 2015, but the lineup for the final one (9/5) is still TBA.
Listen to "Running From Sane" below...
Sylvan Esso photos by Amanda Hatfield
Made of Oak (photo by Endless Endless)
Nick Sanborn, who you may know as half of Sylvan Esso (and Megafaun before that), has a new solo project called Made of Oak that will release its debut EP, Penumbra, on November 6 via Partisan. What to expect? You can watch a teaser trailer for the EP (featuring some ethereal synthesizers and cricket chirps) below.
Made of Oak will also be playing live, touring with Tuskha (aka Phil Moore of Bowerbirds) including a show at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on November 13. Tickets will be available soon. All dates are listed below.
Sylvan Esso @ Prospect Park 7/25/2015
by Andrew Sacher
Amherst's Longings are something of a minor supergroup. They're co-fronted by Will Killingsworth of the influential screamo band Orchid and Meghan Minior, who Will also plays with in Ampere. And California X's Cole Lanier is on drums. Back in 2013, we posted their demo the night they came to NYC for a show here, and they're now set to follow it with their self-titled debut LP on 9/18 via Framework.
So far two singles have been released and like the demo, they split the difference between punk and post-punk. "Tarnished" leans more heavily on the former, while the slower "Vacancy" is closer to the latter. You can check out both below (via Noisey).
The band have a few shows coming up, but no plans to return to NYC at the moment. Hopefully that changes sooner than later. Dates below.
photo: Paul McCartney in Philly (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity: in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived, music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. Paul and his band have performed in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow's Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, played the last ever show at San Francisco's Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert, and even broadcast live into space! Featuring Paul's band of the last 10+ years - Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) - the show never disappoints.You can read about the Delaware show (with pics fron PA) HERE. Check out the new dates and ticket info below...
The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul's shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.
by Bill Pearis
Earlier today, we mentioned that Protomartyr would be playing a free NYC show this weekend with Deradoorian and will be on tour this fall with Amanda X. If you're going this weekend you now have a second song from their new album to hear before the show. "Dope Cloud" is probably the catchiest song Protomartyr have ever made, with an actual sung chorus. It's also one of their best, a defeatist anthem ("dope" in this case is material wealth) with frontman Joe Casey's lyrical powers on full display. It's also the song that gives The Agent Intellect its title. Listen below.