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July 21, 2014

Jimmy Page

As discussed, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is releasing his autobiography, Jimmy Page, this year. Like we said, it's due out October 14 and features his first-hand account, along with 650 hand-picked pictures. In celebration of that, Page will come to NYC to discuss the book on November 3 at 92Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin's first three albums were recently reissued but live shows are still out of the question.

Skinny Puppy @ Webster Hall in Feburary (more by Greg Cristman)

Veteran industrialists Skinny Puppy were last here in February and have just announced a late fall tour dubbed "The Alliance of Sound." Out on the road with them will be Irish/English duo VNV Nation, German group Haujobb, and LA EBM newcomers Youth Code. (If you haven't heard Youth Code's 2013 debut LP yet, it owes a lot to old school industrial and should pair well with Skinny Puppy.) The NYC stop of the tour happens at Best Buy Theatre on December 2. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon.

All tour dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo via Facebook
Places to Hide

Atlanta's Places to Hide put out their excellent debut album last year, and the band have now signed to Tiny Engines who will release their new EP, Wild N Soft, in October. They just premiered its first single, "Nowhere Bound," over at Stereogum, and like the stuff on their debut, it's strangely hard to classify. A little punky, a little stoner-y and a little indie pop, and it should appeal to fans of any of the three. Check it out below.

As discussed, Places to Hide have upcoming shows including a NYC show happening August 9 at Baby's All Right with Shockwave Riderz (the day after their Seaport show), G. Green and Black Pony. Tickets for that show are still available.

More dates have been added since we last spoke, and all are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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Jessie Ware

UK pop singer and Disclosure/SBTRKT collaborator Jessie Ware recently released "Tough Love," the single from her sophomore album of the same name which comes out this year. Now she's announced a tour which includes a few North American dates, culminating in NYC on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. (That's a pretty cool place to see her.) Stay tuned for ticket info.

All dates are listed, with the "Tough Love" video, below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Jones cutting a rug w/ audience member @ Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Jones waltzed through her catalog with tight vocal technique, annunciation and grit on her fast paced jams and sweet flow on her ballads. She covered Gladys Knight and humorously imitated Tina Turner. Jones had it all - humor, personality, moves, energy and incredible talent. - The Examiner
Modern soul purveyors Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings played a triumphant set last week, closing out the first night of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza in downtown Manhattan. The crowd was eating it up, and she even brought up a couple audience members to dance onstage. We've got pictures of the show -- including opening sets from the No BS Brass Band and Lake Street Dive -- in this post.

Meanwhile, Jones's label Daptone has a bunch of stuff going on these days. NYC funk chameleons The Budos Band are prepping a new album called Burnt Offering, out 10/21, and have have just released a single called "The Sticks," which supposedly takes its inspiration from Black Sabbath and Pentagram, which strange as it may sound is a pretty good look for them. Budos Band have a tour coming up and they'll play in NYC at The Wick on October 25. tickets are available now. All dates are listed below.

Labelmate Naomi Shelton also has a new release on the way, with Cold World coming out on July 29. She'll also be playing that free Rough Trade show we told you about on the day the album drops. All dates are listed below.

Finally, Charles Bradley, another Daptone artist, has a new single out with LaRose Jackson that's exclusive to 7". Its called "Luv Jones" and it can be previewed below and ordered here. Bradley will be on tour for much of the rest of this year, including a couple NYC shows that we've already mentioned -- a free Llincoln Center Out of Doors show on 8/10 and a Beacon Theatre show in October with the Afghan Whigs. Check out the full list of Bradley dates below.

More pictures from Night 1 of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest, as well as streams for the new Budos Band song, the Charles Bradley preview, and upcoming dates for Budos Band, Naomi Shelton, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Charles Bradley, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Calvin Love / Las Rosas @ Seaport Music Fest 7/18/2014
Calvin Love
Las Rosas

With spiky hair and a black jacket with flower-accented lapels, Calvin Love looks like a character out of Less Than Zero. His music fits that too, dusty desert rock, heavy on the ethereal synths. Which made for pretty good setting sun music at the Seaport Music Fest this past Friday (7/18). He played a few new songs, hopefully he'll announce a new record soon.

Opening the night was local band Las Rosas who I had somehow managed to never see before Friday, despite playing all the time. Glad to have finally caught them: as far as '60s-style groovy surf/psych, Las Rosas do it very well, and look the part too. They're maybe NYC's version of the Allah-Las. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Like we said, Las Rosas play a lot and there are a few chances to catch them in NYC: July 31 at Glasslands with Juan Wauters and Cassie Ramone (tickets); then August 19 at Union Pool with Spider Bags (tickets). They also play two NYC shows with Shannon & the Clams: September 9 at Union Pool and September 12 at Palisades (tickets).

All Las Rosas dates are listed, plus more pics of their and Calvin Love's Seaport Music Fest show, below...

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Shannon & the Clams will be visiting NYC in September, where they'll play three shows: Union Pool on 9/9 with Las Rosas, then Death by Audio on 9/11 (openers TBA), and Palisades on 9/12 with Las Rosas again and more TBA. Tickets for both Union Pool and Palisades are on sale now.

Before that, Shannon & the Clams will be playing the Burger A-Go-Go festival in Santa Ana, CA with Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Bleached, The Muffs, Peach Kelli Pop, The Coathangers and lots more. Tickets are on sale. Burger sure does love to throw big shows, like the Burger Boogaloo in Oakland, CA last week. Video of Shannon & the Clams playing that, plus the current line-up for the Burger A-Go-Go, and the list of all of Shannon's dates, below.

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by Ian Chainey

Ótta cover art

Icelandic cowboys Sólstafir premiered new track "Dagmál" over on Invisible Oranges today. The song is from their forthcoming effort Ótta which will be released by Season of Mist on September 2 (preorder). And, like most of their work, it's a cool little number. If you're burning up in the summer sun, it's a welcome respite. Here's a bit of what we said about it on IO:

["Dagmál"] uses guitars like a cool breeze; almost more of a Windy & Carl soundscape than a rock song. ("Here Come the Cold Jets" is another thought.) Yet "Dagmál" does rock, driving with a tempo befitting freeway travel. Drummer Guðmundur Óli Pálmason maintains cruise control while tapping the gas with Keith Moon fills. He's never obtrusive, though. None of the players are, right down to the simple melody that runs repeatedly through the track's five minutes. This leaves singer Aðalbjörn Tryggvason to do the heavy lifting, to be the listener's surrogate. He's up to the task, reprising his role as one of metal's most charismatic vocalists. But Sólstafir work as a whole. You don't admire them for the brush strokes. It's about stepping back, seeing the bigger picture, and feeling the wave of emotion wash over you.
You can give "Dagmál" a listen below.

Sólstafir will be hitting various European locales this fall after creating quite a stir stateside at this year's Maryland Deathfest. Speaking of, early bird tickets for the 2015 edition of MDF went on sale last Saturday (7/19) and the batch of 300 sold out within a matter of minutes. And for good reason. We ran down the 30-plus confirmed bands for MDF XIII at IO last week. It's another intriguing mix of the big names with the up-and-comers. Of course, if May 21, 2015 is a little too far in the future and you need your MDF fix now, Brooklyn venue Acheron is screening the Welcome to Deathfest documentary on August 9 along with sets from Argentinum Astrum and Belus (tickets).

All of Sólstafir's Euro dates are listed, with the "Dagmál" stream, below...

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Canadian lo-fi pop faves The Unicorns are officially reuniting this year, and as announced, will be opening five dates on Arcade Fire's tour including two in California and all three NYC shows (one of which also includes Television). They've since added a Pop Montreal show, and will also now be reissuing their classic 2003 LP, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?.

The reissue will be out via the band's own Caterpillar Records on August 26, and it can be pre-ordered over at Amazon now. The reissue features bonus material, including a cover of cult songwriter Daniel Johnston's "Rocket Ship" that they recorded right before breaking up in 2004. You can stream that one now, with the tracklist, below.

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photos by Chris La Putt

Ume @ Pianos - 7/18/14

Austin guitar shredders/hair whippers Ume put out a new album this year and have been on tour in support of that. The tour included a run opening for post-hardcore prog rockers Circa Survive which hit NYC last Thursday (7/17) at Bowery Ballroom. Ume then stuck around the city to play a smaller show at Pianos (7/18) the next night with UK electropop quartet CYMBALS. We caught Ume's sets at both of those shows, and pictures of both are in this post.

More, with their list of remaining tour dates, below...

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