May 17, 2013
No Joy / Weekend @ Glasslands, 5/17/2013
No Joy's tour swung through NYC this week, with two shows for the Montreal shoegazers, first at Mercury Lounge (5/15) and then at Glasslands last night (5/17). The band's new album, Wait to Pleasure, is very much a studio creation, with producer Jorge Elbrecht of Violens buffing some of their more jagged edges in favor of more a lush sound that would've been right at home on 4AD Records in 1988. It's a terrific record, but I was happy to see no laptops or headphones at their show last night. While still in possession of honeyed vocals from Jasamine White-Gluz (using a harmonizer to great effect), songs like "Hare Tarot Lies" took on more pummeling form. This was especially true of show-closer "E" (which is opens their album) that is kind of their "You Made Me Realize," disintegrating into pure noise.
For fans of goth-leaning shoegaze, this was a great show as support came from Weekend who moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn last year, and even more recently adding a fourth member, Nick Ray, to the band. With Ray on bass, singer Shaun Durkan now plays second guitar. One might expect that to result in an even greater din, but last night's show was a bit turned-down, volume-wise, for the band. (It was still plenty loud.) Which maybe suited the set, which was made up almost entirely of Weekend's forthcoming album, Jinx, that trades white noise for liquid basslines, dark dance grooves and much hookier songs. The new direction suits them well and if you haven't heard first single "Mirror" you can stream it below.
Weekend's next show will be during the Northside Festival where they'll play Knitting Factory on June 15. Tickets for that show just went on sale today. They've got a few shows in California in July, too, and all dates are listed below.
I missed openers Grand Resort, but they have a few shows coming up including tonight (5/17) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge where they'll play with Minneapolis' great BNLX. Those dates, along with more photos of No Joy and Weekend, are below.
How will you be spending the daylight hours in NYC this weekend? Here's four ways to consider, two which we haven't mentioned yet...
2) NEW YORK CITY CD & RECORD COLLECTORS EXPO @ 57th Street Holiday Inn Saturday
3) Market Hotel tag sale Saturday
4) 5th Avenue Street Fair in Park Slope Sunday
And here's what else is going on Friday.
The Darkness in The Daylight @ GoogaMooga 2013 (via Ana Bollocks)
GoogaMooga 2013 is now officially underway. Flaming Lips on at 6:15pm, also in the light (followed by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs).
Saturday afternoon brings Sharon Van Etten, Father John Misty and more to Googa, and Sunday has De La Soul, James Murphy and Kool & the Gang but not Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings.
If you're missing the Darkness today in Brooklyn, they also have shows coming up this month in Albany, Montreal and Philly. Check out their list of tour dates with a short Vine clip from GoogaMooga below...
by Fred Pessaro
Raspberry Bulbs at Saint Vitus in January (more by Fred Pessaro)
Brooklyn's Raspberry Bulbs, who perfectly stitch together raw punk and black metal influences, have announced a new LP, Deformed Worship. Look for that record to land in July via Blackest Ever Black, and you can stream the new track "Groping The Angel's Face" below. As mentioned, Raspberry Bulbs play 285 Kent on May 23 with Total Control.
Shadow of the Destroyer, who are preparing to release their new self-titled LP via Inherent Records, will hit NYC with guests Anicon and Belus at The Acheron on May 31. Stream two tracks from the LP below. Recommended!
As usual, we are grinding away at InvisibleOranges and preparing for Maryland Deathfest 2013! Head over to the site for a stream of the new Tribulation and the Arabrot / Rabbits split, interviews with Eight Bells and Witch Mountain, an amazing piece on African Metal, a review of the new Grime and more!
All Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks, plus that new Raspberry Bulbs jam, are below.
What did I miss?
Zebra Katz @ BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zebra fucking Katz, about to spend some serious time in Europe, dropped a mixtape yesterday and you should stream that bitch. With dates below...
The Darkness @ Stubb's, May 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
!!! aboard the SS Coachella, December 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Trio Babel @ The Stone
* The Stepfathers @ UCB
* Shelia E. @ B.B. King's
* Howard Fishman @ Barbes
* Shannon McNally @ Joe's Pub
* Secret Chiefs 3 @ Mercury Lounge
* Joe Bonamassa @ Beacon Theatre
* Gabriel Rios, Aly Tardos @ 92YTribeca
* The Staves, Escondido @ Mercury Lounge
* Father John Misty, Jessica Pratt @ Maxwell's
* Black Francis, Reid Paley @ Symphony Space
* Lucia Pulido Canciones De Despecho @ Barbes
* Mother Feather, Velta, Fan Tan @ Cameo Gallery
* Psychic Twin, Pompeya, Genghis Hans @ 285 Kent
* Shake The Baron, Nightbox, Tinmouth @ Glasslands
* Melissa Ferrick, The Western Den @ The Bell House
* !!!, Sinkane, DJ Thanksgiving Brown @ Bowery Ballroom
* Distal, Owen Howells, Dave Q, Braille @ Cameo Gallery
* Bettye LaVette, Blind Boys of Alabama @ The Town Hall
* Ola Podrida, Anacortes, Aaron Zimmer @ The Rock Shop
* Body Language (DJ Set), BFG, Sleepyhead, Figgy @ Bizarre
* Honduras, BNLX, Eastern Hollows, Grand Resort @ Big Snow
* Retox, Tinsel Teeth, Psychic Limb, Meek is Murder @ Pianos
* Vitamin X, Living Void, Grudges, Brain Slug @ Saint Vitus Bar
* The Thang, My Left Tit, MC Biggles, The Regulars @ Cake Shop
* Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ Rooftop Films (MetroTech Commons)
* SOJA, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Los Rakas @ Webster Hall
* Bueno, Video Daughters, Big Muff, Dog Water, Clouty @ Muchmore's
* Le Youth, Chrome Canyon (DJ Set), Air Zaire (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* The Lonely Wild, Yellow Red Sparks, The Lonelyhearts @ Union Hall
* Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest), MASEO @ Paper Box
* Crazy and The Brains, Berth Control, Jeffrey Lewis @ The Bowery Electric
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, The Darkness @ Great GoogaMooga
* Speedy Ortiz, Island Twins, Advaeta, Idiot Genes, Lunchbox @ Silent Barn
* Anamanaguchi, Pictureplane, Hot Sugar, George & Jonathan @ Irving Plaza
* ATB, Eric Prydz, Dirty South, Zed's Dead, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler @ Citi Field
* Turnip King, pow wow!, Las Rosas, The Teen Age, Cosmonaut @ Living Bread
* Andrew Cedermark, Brass Bed, Jonathan Meiburg (of Shearwater) @ Death By Audio
* The Hollows, The Future Laureates, The Third Wheel Band, The Woes @ Littlefield
* Porches, Laser Background, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Celestial Shore @ Shea Stadium
* Big Ups, Lunchbox, Villager, Night Visions, Sharkmuffin, Cum Blood @ Living Gallery
* The Electric Set, Cinema Cinema, Hounds Basket, Robot Death Kites, Bloom, Punks On Mars @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
Don't forget the GoogaMooga 2013 kickoff concert today starts EARLY with The Darkness going on at 4:45 PM, The Flaming Lips at 6:15 PM, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at 8:30 PM.
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Thurston Moore's Chelsea Light Moving have released a new video for their track "Lips and you can watch that below.
As Todd P continues to turn Market Hotel into a new and fully legal Brooklyn venue, a sale is happening to clean out some of the old stuff. Details, live music included, below...
As mentioned a few times, Liars are here this weekend for two shows: a sold-out one Saturday (5/18) at The Met's Temple of Dendur, and then Sunday (5/19) at Le Poisson Rouge with Doldrums (relocated from Brooklyn Masonic Temple, tickets). To plug these shows, Liars are offering up two new songs as a free download. One of those tracks, "I Saw You From The Lifeboat," has a video as well which you can watch below.
In addition to the NYC shows, Liars will be heading to Europe for a tour that includes a stop at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain. All dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Kurt Vile & the Violators @ Bowery Ballroom, 5/16/2013
The set was strong throughout, with certain jaw-dropping standouts. The pulsing "Shame Chamber," arguably the bounciest and most radio-friendly track on Pretty Daze, came to a gripping crescendo of piercing howls, frantic guitar soloing and tireless percussion. It was almost as though Vile was baiting the FM dial only to forcefully back away and maintain his musical independence. "Girl Called Alex," a heady, wafting song that grows increasingly more agitated and electrified as the measures race by, had the crowd applauding before it was even over.-[Williamette Week]The above review comes from the Portland, OR appearance of Kurt Vile & The Violators, who headlined a sold out Bowery Ballroom last night (5/16), joined by openers Angel Olsen and Steve Gunn. Pictures from Bowery are in this post. In other Vile news, the singer recently sat in for a full acoustic performance at XPN. Stream it in full at their site.
Last night's Bowery shows was one of many on Kurt's tour, that will swing through NYC again next month to headline the 4Knots Fest. Tonight (5/16) Kurt will be on The Late Show with David Letterman. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Eric Burdon @ Highline Ballroom, 5/15/2013
The band came out, and warmed the room up. the audience had a good mix of people, some old, some middle aged, and some young. Everyone seemed pretty excited, and the energy by this point was strong. Finally, he came out, and the band kicked into "When I Was Young".Rock legend Eric Burdon was in town this week with his current version of the Animals for two shows at Highline Ballroom on Wednesday and Thursday (5/15-5/16). (He also played a private show at the John Varvatos store on 5/14.) We caught his first Highline show and pictures from that, as well as the setlist, are in this post.
Among the highlights were "Spill the Wine", which really sounded very funky and had a lot of life tonight, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", which had a sort of reggae feel, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place", "I'm Crying", and, of course, the biggest and most famous song on the list, "House of the Rising Sun".
A strong overall performance by a musical legend, and it was really great to see him again! I think this show was probably a better performance than the two prior times I had seen him, although being front and center last time certainly enhanced the experience, I would say. But this was a very enjoyable evening, at affordable prices, and I was certainly glad to have been there! - [The Charbor Chronicles]
Eric's added a few shows to his 2013 schedule (like Bumbershoot) and an updated list of North American tour dates are listed, along with more highline pics, below.