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May 26, 2015

by Bill Pearis

photo by Tony Accosta
GBW

Portland beach party trio Guantanamo Baywatch released their new album, Darling...It's Too Late, earlier this month on Suicide Squeeze. (Stream it via Rdio, below.) The band have made a video, directed by Brett Roberts, for the album's old school rock n' roll ballad of a title track which puts a fun spin on the old "deal with the devil" trope, taking them to Heaven and Hell and elsewhere. The song features backing vocals by Curtis Harding and the video premieres below.

Guantanamo Baywatch are on tour and will hit the East Coast soon, with two NYC shows: June 13 at Elvis Guesthouse (rest of lineup TBA) and June 14 at The Wick with Gymshorts and Scully. Tickets for The Wick show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Guantanamo Baywatch have a new LP, die and go to Hell in new video (listen/watch), on tour, playing 2 NYC dates"

Refused

Refused recently released "Elektra" from Freedom, their first album in 17 years (due 6/30 via Epitaph), and now they put out a second track. It's called "Françafrique" and you can hear it below (via The Guardian).

Refused also have tour dates, including sold-out NYC shows on June 3 at Bowery Ballroom and June 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and one opening for Faith No More at MSG on August 5, which you can buy tickets to or win them.

Since we last spoke, War On Women were added to the Bowery Ballroom show. They play another NYC show with RVIVR on 6/21 at Palisades. Also on that bill is Arm Candy and Rips. Tickets are still available.

UPDATE: Creepoid are opening the Brooklyn and DC dates, and War On Women also open Chicago and Boston.

New Refused song and tour dates below...

Continue reading "Refused share new song; War On Women opening Bowery Ballroom show"

Rocky

A$AP Rocky's new album, At.Long.Last.A$AP (A.L.L.A.) had a release date of June 2, but in true 2015 rap fashion, Rocky "surprise" released the whole thing early. It has appearances from Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, Mos Def, M.I.A., Juicy J, UGK, Miguel, Danger Mouse, newcomer Joe Fox and more. Pick yours up at iTunes.

Check out the full tracklist and listen to the whole thing via Spotify below...

Continue reading "A$AP Rocky's new album ft. Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, MIA, Mos Def & more is out now"

The Who in Austin, April 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
WHO

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Who, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Barclays Center
The Who are currently on the road celebrating their 50th anniversary. Tonight's their second of five shows in the NYC-area, and first of three in NYC proper. At this point, they have enough hits to put out a double album compilation of them (which they did last year), and these shows are sure to be filled with them. The great Joan Jett opens on all dates.

FIDLAR, METZ, Honduras @ Bowery Ballroom
Toronto's METZ upped their assault on our eardrums on all fronts with their second album which has better songs, better production and sharper focus. It somehow seems louder (and snottier), too, which basically ticks all the boxes of what you want from a record like this. Their tour with party boys FIDLAR is a bit odd, except that both groups turn crowds into a sweaty mess. They're alternating headline slots, tonight FIDLAR play last; Wednesday's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg flips it. Both are sold out.

Modern Pain, Vice, Mad Diesel, Impact @ Acheron
Dallas hardcore band Modern Pain have elements of d-beat, various underground metal subgenres, and noise (they covered Sonic Youth), and it all comes together in a pretty awesome, nasty way. Their debut album is coming at some point in the near future via Bridge 9, so hopefully we'll hear some of that tonight.

Holy Wave, The Mystery Lights, Laser Background, Annique Monet @ Baby's All Right
Austin and psych go hand in hand (they've even got a fest for it) and six-piece Holy Wave do it well: jangly, trippy and melodic. NYC's best pysch band, The Mystery Lights, also play making for a good night.

Pixies, John Grant @ Beacon Theater
While it's not quite the same without Kim Deal, Pixies continue on, delivering the hits. If you're going to this show, we highly recommend you get there for opener John Grant, whose funny, sad songs and and magnetic stage presences is not to be missed.

Porches, Frankie Cosmos @ Elvis Guesthouse
Both acts tonight play in each other's bands, and are much too popular to be playing somewhere as tiny as Elvis Guesthouse. If you got tickets to this sold out show, get there early.

Laura Cantrell, Michael Shelley Band
Singer, songwriter and former WFMU DJ Laura Cantrell is playing Union Hall every Tuesday in May. The "Springtime Songbook" residency promises "country and folk music for urbanites."

Ivan & Alyosha, Kris Orlowski @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While Ivan & Alyosha may sound like they're a duo, they are in fact a many-membered band (named of course after two characters from Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov), and almost all of them contribute vocals making for some pretty nice harmonies.

Sirs and Madams, Ratboys, The Naked Hugs, Kitten Ruckus @ Bushwick Public House
Ratboys are among the group of recent bands mixing folk, pop, punk, and indie rock into one super-genre (think Hop Along, Waxahatchee), and they recently signed to the always-trusty Topshelf Records. They're in town tonight from Chicago.

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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May 25, 2015

Laura Jane Grace w/ Against Me in Chicago, 2014 (more by Jeff Ryand)
METZ

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Laura Jane Grace @ City Winery
Laura Jane Grace has been up to a lot lately, including fronting one of the most vital punk bands around (Against Me!), covering The Replacements with Miley Cyrus & Joan Jett, and producing the new Worriers record. The whole AM! crew will be here for a free show in June, but tonight you can see Laura in solo mode.

Gracie, Blonde Elvis, Shark?, Gingerlys @ Palisades
Jesse James Laderoute is a maintstay in the quirkier side of Toronto's music scene, having played drums for Slim Twig, collaborated with Ell V Gore, and his own band Young Mother. His current concern is Blonde Elvis who make off-kilter glam somewhere between Brian Eno and Pulp. This is an all-around good bill with Shark?'s '90s-ish indie rock and jangly shoegazers Gingerlys.

Computer Magic, Heavenly Beat, Nicholas Nicholas, Double Trouble Double Dragon DJs @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar had it's final night last night, but the folks behind just opened Riis Park Beach Bazaar this weekend in the Rockaways. There's shopping, yummy food options, beverages, and live music. Today's entertainment (which starts at 2 PM) features synthpop act Computer Magic, and the breezy pop of Heavenly Beat.

Mary Epworth @ Living Room
Mary Epworth is, at this point, known mostly for being the sister of producer Paul Epworth (who has worked with Adele, Florence & the Machine, Bloc Party and more). That may change as her 2012 debut album, Dream Life, gets a very belated US release this week. Her blend of baroque pop and West Coast folky psychedelia is appealing.

Domino Kirke, Joan As Police Woman @ Baby's All Right
Domino Kirke has been performing in NYC for a good while now, and for her new EP Independent Channel she's collaborated with Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple. She's doing a Mondays at Baby's residency and tonight is especially notable as it's with Joan as Police Woman.

It's Memorial Day and there are a few other options, such as free concerts in Greenwood Cemetery and the NY Philharmonic at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Whatever you do, have a safe, fun holiday.

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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May 24, 2015

photo: Samothrace at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Samothrace

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Samothrace, Unearthly Trance, Trenchgrinder, Beefrot @ Saint Vitus
Seattle sludgesters Samothrace's most recent release is this year's Live At Roadburn, which is worth picking up, but of course nothing beats actually seeing them live. You can do that tonight, and this show is also of note because it's the first show back for Brooklyn faves Unearthly Trace since going on hiatus in 2012.

Face to Face, Ambitions @ Bowery Ballroom
It's the third and final night in Face to Face's NYC run, and tonight they'll be playing their 1996 self-titled LP in full. Support comes from Ambitions, the melodic hardcore band formed out of the ashes of With Honor in the mid-2000s whose only album is 07's Stranger on Bridge 9.

Treasure Fleet, Shellshag, Big Eyes, Past Life @ Saint Vitus
Treasure Fleet include members of The Arrivals, The Lawrence Arms and The Smoking Popes, and they inject their punk background with a dose of '60s psych pop. Tonight's their last of three NYC-area shows this weekend, and there's excellent support from local DIY regulars Shellshag and hard-hitting punk trio Big Eyes.

Gracie, Blonde Elvis, Shark?, Gingerlys @ Palisades
Jesse James Laderoute is a maintstay in the quirkier side of Toronto's music scene, having played drums for Slim Twig, collaborated with Ell V Gore, and his own band Young Mother. His current concern is Blonde Elvis who make off-kilter glam somewhere between Brian Eno and Pulp. This is an all-around good bill with Shark?'s '90s-ish indie rock and jangly shoegazers Gingerlys.

French Horn Rebellion, Mainland, Violet Sands, DJ Lady Guy @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar had it's final night last night, but the folks behind just opened Riis Park Beach Bazaar this weekend in the Rockaways. There's shopping, yummy food options, beverages, and live music. Today's entertainment is headlined by entertaining dance duo French Horn Rebellion. (Originally we had Computer Magic listed for today; that is on Memorial Day.)

Mary Epworth @ Living Room
Mary Epworth is, at this point, known mostly for being the sister of producer Paul Epworth, who has worked with Adele, Florence & the Machine, Bloc Party and more. That may change as her 2012 debut album, Dream Life, gets a very belated US release this week. Her blend of baroque pop and West Coast folky psychedelia is appealing.

Jozef van Wissem, Alexander Turnquist @ Littlefield
While some may know lutenist Jozef van Wissem best as a collaborator of Jim Jarmusch, he's also a great artist on his own. Tonight's show is doubly good because guitar wiz Alexander Turnquist is opening with a set of his very impressive fretwork.

Daniel Bachman, Ignatz, Itasca, Sarah Louise @ Union Pool
Speaking of guitar wizzes, American Primitivism musician Daniel Bachman is one himself, and he headlines this Union Pool show tonight. It's worth getting there for Itasca, who makes psych folk reminiscent of Vashti Bunyan, Sibylle Baier and other '60s/'70s cult singers.

Mysteryland
It's the third and final day of electronic festival Mysteryland, which takes place at the original location of Woodstock (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts), and today's lineup includes Diplo, Dillon Francis, Moon Boots, The Martinez Brothers, iLoveMakonnen, Giraffage, Bondax, Classixx, Anna Lunoe, Sweater Beats, and more.

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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May 23, 2015

photo: TVOTR at T5 earlier this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TVOTR

photo: Parquet Courts at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
PC

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Pixies, TV on the Radio, John Grant @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
If you'd like to spend the Saturday of your Memorial Day Weekend out in Asbury Park, BrooklynVegan is presenting this show with indie greats Pixies and TV on the Radio, as well as singer/songwriter John Grant. Hope to see you there.

Parquet Courts, Radioactivity, Pill @ House of Vans
Part of HoV's "Almost Summer" series, this is a pretty killer free show, headlined by locals Parquet Courts, and also including Texas rippers Radioactivity and the sax-fueled, gleefully unhinged Pill. RSVP is closed at this point.

Perfect Pussy, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Nine of Swords, Nonsense @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's the last night ever to see shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, and they're going out with a bang with noise punks Perfect Pussy, the Fugazi/Slint-esque Big Ups, and more.

Boys Noize, Mr. Oizo, Handbraekes, Cities Aviv, Salva, Spank Rock & more @ Webster Hall
It's the 10th anniversary of Boysnoize Records and in celebration of that, label head Boys Noize has this pretty awesome show with French house vet/"Flat Beat" producer Mr. Oizo as well as Handbraekes (aka Oizo and Boys Noize), LA newcomer Salva, rap weirdo Cities Aviv, Baltimore party-starter Spank Rock, and more. It starts at 10 PM and is likely going late.

Face to Face, Royal Psalms @ Bowery Ballroom
It's the second night of Face to Face's 3-night run at Bowery Ballroom, and tonight they'll play 1994's Big Choice in full. Royal Psalms, who have members of Crime In Stereo, Daytrader and Aficionado, open the show.

Juan Wauters, Air Waves, My Teenage Stride, Green Pages, Paper Fleet @ Cake Shop
Cake Shop's celebrating its 10th anniversary this month with some "super shows" on the weekends, and tonight's features some of the venue's favorite local bands, including criminally underrated My Teenage Stride and Beets frontman Juan Wauters.

MOTHXR, Avan Lava, Religia, Banker$ (DJs) @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
While we're losing Brooklyn Bazaar, the folks behind it will open Riis Park Beach Bazaar this weekend in the Rockaways. Today's the opening day with Mxther (front by Gossip Girl's Penn Badgely), Avan Lava and Religia. Music starts at 2 PM.

Follakzoid, SQURL @ Rough Trade
Chilean psych band Föllakzoid released their third album this month via Sacred Bones. It's four long, interconnected tracks making for a seriously heavy trip. Zone out tonight

Shilpa Ray, James Chance @ Rough Trade
Shilpa Ray released her new album, Last Year's Savage, this week via Northern Spy and tonight's the record release show which also features No Wave skronker James Chance. Let's hope for a little collaboration tonight, they're both intense/dark performers.

Melt Banana, Hot Nerds, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus
These Japanese rockers have been melting faces (and bananas) since the early '90s with their hybrid of grindcore, noise, electronics and anything else that fits in their blender. Good openers too.

Spoonboy, Bellows, The Goodbye Party, Emilyn Brodsky, Shark Shark @ Silent Barn
This is the last-ever NYC show for the catchy punk-ish Spoonboy before he retires the project. Epoch band Bellows, ex-Ambulars band The Goodbye Party and more round out the lineup.

The Blues Magoos, The Cynz @ Bowery Electric
Psych/garage vets Blues Magoos released their influential debut album, Psychedelic Lollipop back in the late '60s, and in 2008, singer/organist Ralph Scala, guitarist Peppy Castro and drummer Geoff Daking from that era reformed the band (with new members Mike Ciliberto and Peter Stuart Kohlman). They're still kicking and play NYC again tonight..

Iron Chic, Treasure Fleet, The Fad, Broadcaster, Vape @ Mr. Beery's
Treasure Fleet include members of The Arrivals, The Lawrence Arms and The Smoking Popes, and they inject their punk background with a dose of '60s psych pop. They've got this Long Island show in between their two NYC shows, and it's extra exciting because local greats Iron Chic (who played NYC with Face to Face last night) are on the bill too. Melodic punks Broadcaster are also worth showing up early for.

Ronnie Stone and The Lonely Riders @ Shea Stadium
How serious you take Ronnie Stone & the Lonely Riders is up to you but his intentionally kitschy, '80s-in-a-blender shtick (somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Prefab Sprout) is not without craft, even if it is a big joke.

Ben Browning (of Cut Copy) (DJ Set), Pat Mahoney (DJ Set), Justin Strauss (DJ Set) @ Cameo
If you're looking to dance, here's a night that features DJ sets from Cut Copy's Ben Browning, DFA mainstay Pat Mahoney, and veteran NYC DJ Justin Strauss.

Mysteryland
It's the second day of electronic festival Mysteryland, which takes place at the original location of Woodstock (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts), and today's lineup includes Skream, Matthew Dear, Empire of the Sun, Psychemagik, and more.

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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May 22, 2015

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Superheaven @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 5/15/15
Superheaven

Superheaven kicked off their BrooklynVegan-presented tour with Diamond Youth and Rozwell Kid this past Friday (5/15) at NYC's Studio at Webster Hall, before all three of those bands played NJ's Skate & Surf festival. Locals Soda Bomb opened the night, with a set somewhere between King of the Beach-era Wavves and Blue Album-era Weezer. With their fizzy, explosive pop punk, Soda Bomb is pretty much the perfect name for them.

Rozwell Kid were up next, and they were also kinda Weezer-y but with classic rock bombast that's maybe more Maladroit than Blue Album. And them came Diamond Youth, who, with their sultry vocals over crunchy riffage, sounded more than a little like Queens of the Stone Age. QOTSA is one of those bands that I like, but I almost never like bands people tell me "sound like QOTSA." Diamond Youth are an exception to that rule -- it's good stuff. Their new album, Nothing Matters, came out this week on Topshelf. You can order one from the label or enter to win a copy at the BV Facebook. It's also streaming below.

Finally Superheaven wrapped up the night, and wasted no time getting to the good stuff with the banging "I've Been Bored" as their first song. Co-frontman Taylor Madison recently told Red Bull that he doesn't like being called "grunge" because it's a time-specific thing. That's true -- the term described an era, a location, and a love of saggy flannel more than it described a coherent genre of music. That said (and with all due respect to Superheaven), they're pretty fucking grunge. Throughout their set I had moments thinking to myself "Smashing Pumpkins!" "Nirvana!" "Alice In Chains!" One member even wore saggy flannel. That's not a bad thing though because there just aren't many bands tapping into that sound right now as successfully as Superheaven are. If you watched Foo Fighters play "Everlong" on Letterman this week and thought to yourself, "Why can't there be a new band like that?," maybe you just haven't heard Superheaven.

The tour hits Chicago tonight (5/22) and continues through late June, ending in Philly on 6/21. All remaining dates are listed, with more pictures from the NYC show, below...

Continue reading "Superheaven on BV-presented tour with Diamond Youth and Rozwell Kid (pics from Webster Studio, updated dates)"

photos by PSquared

Courtney Barnett @ Greene Space 5/20/2015
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett just finished up her sold-out, three-night run at Bowery Ballroom with Chastity Belt and Darren Hanlon, and you can check out pictures from night 1 here. While she was here, Courtney made time on Wednesday (5/20) for a lunchtime "Soundcheck Live" show at WNYC's Greene Space and you can watch the half-hour performance in full, and check out pictures too, below.

Courtney will be back to play Terminal 5 on July 22 with Speedy Ortiz and Torres. Tickets are still available.

Don't forget that Chastity Belt play a BV-presented show tonight (5/22) at Rough Trade with Megabog and Nail Polish. Tickets are still available. Hope to see you there.

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett played WNYC's Greene Space during her three-night Bowery run (pics, full video)"

photo: United Nations at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
UN

Modern Life Is War are playing their seminal 2005 album, Witness, on tour for its tenth anniversary, and since we last spoke openers have been announced. The Northeast shows have killer support coming from Geoff Rickly's screamo/powerviolence band United Nations, Florida post-hardcore newcomers (and past UN tourmates) Frameworks, and NJ hardcore band The Banner.

That run includes NYC on June 6 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, which tickets are still on sale for.

The West Coast shows have support from Cult Leader and Dangers, and the Midwest shows have support from Coliseum, Xerxes and True Love. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Geoff Rickly, he also plays Maxwell's on May 29. Tickets are still available.

Modern Life Is War will be at Michigan's Bled Fest this weekend, and they were also announced this week for The Fest. Their list of dates, and music from the openers on the Northeast run, below...

Continue reading "United Nations, Frameworks & others opening Modern Life Is War's 'Witness' shows (updated dates)"