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February 25, 2015

photo: Perfect Pussy at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perfect Pussy

Yesterday, Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves officially announced her new label Honor Press, and today it's been announced that Perfect Pussy and Honor Press are presenting "A Perfect Weekend" at Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right.

The weekend is part of Perfect Pussy's tour and it includes their previously-announced sold-out show on April 3 at Baby's as well as a newly-added April 4 show. Both have different and great openers. 4/3 has Sick Feeling, Meat Wave and Mannequin Pussy; and 4/4 has Honor Press signees So Stressed, plus Wreck & Reference and Laced. Tickets for 4/4 are on sale now.

Perfect Pussy's tour also includes their previously-discussed NYC show on March 28 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Deerhoof and Zula. Tickets for that show are still on sale.

Updated dates are listed, with song streams from a few of the "Perfect Weekend" openers, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Dropdead at Acheron in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Dropdead

Providence hardcore vets Dropdead have been at it since '91 and they still have most of their original lineup. Their most recent release was last year's split EP with Brainoil (recorded during the same sessions as their 2011 split with Converge) which has them sounding as ripping as ever. Check it out below.

Dropdead will be in NYC tonight (2/25) at Acheron for the Brooklyn installment of Acheron D-Fest with Creeping Dose, Narcoleptics and Grudges (tickets). Acheron D-Fest also has a Mexico show on Saturday (2/28) which Drophead headline with different support.

Then in March, Dropdead will hit the road again with the great Fucking Invincible and V-Sect. That tour hits NYC once again at Acheron on March 27 (tickets TBA) and also includes a Saturday Matinee at ABC No Rio on March 28 with Mad Diesel and NoWay as openers too. That night they play an Elks Lodge in Ridgewood, NJ.

All dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...

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Contemporary composer great Philip Glass has a memoir on the horizon. Words Without Music traces his formative years as an artist, from growing up in post-World War 2 Baltimore to finding mentors while living in '70s NYC, as well as stories behind such seminal works as Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha. The book is due out April 6.

To celebrate the release of the autobiography, Glass will discuss the book with NPR's Kurt Andersen as part of BAM's "Unbound" literary series (which featured several other greats last year). The talk takes place April 20 at Howard Gilman Opera House. Tickets are currently on sale for BAM members and go on sale to the general public March 4.

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Nate Packard
Pillow Talk

As tends to happen when punk bands release less-punk albums, a split occurred in Title FIght's fan base earlier this year when they released their atmospheric new album. There's the people who stubbornly miss the old sound, and those who embraced the band's progression. I'm not sure if Memphis, TN's Pillow Talk have a dog in this fight, but if they do I'd guess it's the latter. Their upcoming EP, What We Should Have Said, sounds rooted in the aggression of punk and hardcore, but it's equally concerned with dense shoegazey atmospheres, effected guitars, and soaring reverbed-out vocals. It's also not too far removed from the new Cloakroom album, or that band's now very influential pals Hum.

The EP comes out next week (3/3) on Animal Style Records (pre-order), and you can now listen to the premiere of the full thing in this post. The band have also run down the EP track-by-track for us, and you can read what they had to say while you listen, below.

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photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Macca

You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.

General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.

McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.

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by Bill Pearis

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Detroit's Turn to Crime will release their new album, Actions, on April 28 via frontman Derek Stanton's own Mugg & Bopp Records. The album ranges from claustrophobic post-punk to more sprightly pop (the title track) but all filtered through Stanton's unique point of view. You can stream "Prince of Slackers" from it below.

Folks in NYC can catch Turn to Crime this week as they're here for two shows: Cake Shop tonight (2/25) with Dinowalrus and Banana Kiss, and then Shea Stadium on Thursday (2/26) with PC Worship, Beech Creeps, and Happy You.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, album art and tracklist, below...

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by Bill Pearis

photo: Ryley Walker @ Baby's All Right in Janaury (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ryley

Ryley Walker's new album, Primrose Green, is out next month (3/31) on Dead Oceans and he's just shared "Sweet Satisfaction" from it. Opening with delicate finger picking, the song soon builds to a squall that matches the force of Walker's vocals. You can stream it and Primrose Green's title track, below.

Walker, who wowed the crowd at the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Selects show at Baby's All Right last month, will be back at Baby's on March 15 when his tour with Kevin Morby rolls through town. Zachary Cale and J.R. Bohannon are also on that bill, and tickets are still available. Ryley's added dates since our last post and all are listed below.
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In other Dead Oceans folk singer news, Phosphorescent just released Live at The Music Hall which was recorded during his four-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December 2013. Armed with his six-piece band and a string section, the 90-minute recording (with an additional five songs on the triple-disc vinyl) sounds great and you can stream the whole thing via Rdio below.

Phosphorescent's only upcoming live dates are festivals: Santa Barbara, CA's Field Trip in March and Austin's Untapped Fest in April.

And if you missed it, Dead Oceans folk singer The Tallest Man on Earth put out a new song yesterday.

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by Andrew Sacher

Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock spent the late '90s through 2004 leading ska punks Arrogant Sons of Bitches, and the following ten years leading Bomb the Music Industry (and sporadically re-activating ASOB), and now he's officially gone solo. His new solo album, We Cool?, comes out next week (3/3) via Side One Dummy, and it's currently streaming in full.

Jeff's a veteran artist with a devoted following, and those fans have probably already heard this album by now, but if you've still yet to dive into Jeff's work this isn't a bad place to start. It stands on its own as a solid album, even outside of the context of his previous bands, and it's a surprisingly modern-sounding record. If you didn't know Jeff's been doing this for over 15 years, you'd think he was another indie-punk breakout alongside Joyce Manor and Lemuria. Take a listen to the whole thing below, via Spin.

It's up for a $5 digital pre-order, or you can get it on a donation basis from Jeff's own label Quote Unquote Records.

Jeff's about to go on a stacked tour with Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Smith Street Band and Chumped, which hits NYC on 3/20 at Warsaw (tickets), but he'll be playing the city sooner than that. All five boroughs of it.

To celebrate the record, Jeff's doing a run of five free all ages shows in one day (March 8), beginning in Staten Island at 10 AM, then hitting Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and ending in Manhattan at 9 PM. Here's his schedule:

10:00AM - Staten Island Artists Building Corporation - Staten Island​
​with Kerbivore​

1:30PM - Rough Trade - Brooklyn​
​solo​

3:00PM - Trans Pecos - Queen​s
​with Dan Friel and Laura Stevenson​

6:00PM - Rodrigue's Coffee House at Fordham - The Bronx
​with Doubting Thomas Cruise Control​

9:00PM - Babycastles - Manhattan
​with Chris Gethard and Spraynard​

And for the real superfans: Jeff's giving out wristbands at the first four shows, and the first 25 poeple to show up to the fifth show with all four wristbands gets a limited poster designed by Jeff.

After the AJJ/SSB/Jeff/Chumped tour, Jeff and Chumped will do a run of dates themselves including Absury Park's Asbury Lanes on April 26 (tickets). All dates are listed, with the new album stream and 5 boroughs flyer, below...

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Face to Face

'90s-era Cali punks Face to Face have been back in action for a few years now, and have put out two new albums since their reunion. But now they're going back and celebrating the early years. Like they just did in California, Face to Face will come to NYC this spring to play the first three albums across three nights at Bowery Ballroom.

Billed as their "Triple Crown" shows, they'll play 1992's Don't Turn Away on May 22, 1994's Big Choice on May 23, and 1996's self-titled LP on May 24. Tickets for all three shows, as well as a three-day pass, go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon. There's an AmEx presale for the individual dates starting Thursday (2/26) at noon.

It's looking like a good spring for multi-night NYC runs of old school SoCal punk. Bad Religion is doing four nights in NYC, two with all 20th century material and two with all 21st century material.

UPDATE: Face to Face are also doing it in Chicago, Denver and Dallas. All dates are listed, with the NYC flyer and streams from the first three albums, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cool Ghouls

San Francisco's Cool Ghouls, who pull from both the city's current garage/psych scene as well as its '60s Haight-Ashbury heyday, will be touring this spring around SXSW, making two stops in NYC: Union Pool on March 11 with Mystery Lights, Surfbort, and Acid Dad, and then Cake Shop on March 12 with a TBA line-up. All dates are listed below.

Cool Ghouls released their second album, A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rhye, last fall which was produced by Sonny Smith. It's well worth checking out and you can listen (via Hype Machine) to the whole thing below.

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