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September 11, 2014

Atlas Sound at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Atlas Sound

We recently mentioned that Deerhunter singer Bradford Cox is bringing his Atlas Sound project to NYC for this year's Downtown Music Festival in October (with Kiesza, Avey Tare, Autre Ne Veut and others), but he'll be in NYC sooner than that. He's playing the next installment of Noisey and Jansport's Bonfire Sessions at Brooklyn's Greenwood Park on Saturday (9/13) from 5-11 PM (555 7th ave in South Slope). It also includes Real Estate side project Ducktails (who also play tonight [9/11] at Baby's with The Stevens) and Mas Ysa. Totally free and RSVP is open now.

This show and Downtown Fest are Atlas Sound's only announced dates at the moment. Check out a video and the show flyer below...

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by Ian Chainey

Old Wounds at the Acheron, 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
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Metalcore ragers Old Wounds have released another track from Death Projection, their new release out through Good Fight on September 16. It's called "Bloodpact" and it's another high-powered speaker wrecker, turning the aggression way up on hardcore chugs and throat-charring screams. You can check that out on Pitchfork and stream previously released tracks "Dead Beat Blues" and "Ritual" below.

Old Wounds will be kicking off their Invisible Oranges presented Death Projection Tour 2014 Friday (9/12)in Montclair, New Jersey. They'll be joined for this run of shows by Kitchener, Ontario's Exalt. The bands have two back-to-back NYC dates in the near future, playing Grand Victory on September 26 with Divider and Meek Is Murder (tickets) and ABC No Rio on September 27 with the Banner and Go Deep ($8 at the door). Following this stretch, Old Wounds will head back out on the road for an East Coast run in late October/early November with Vices.

During that Oct/Nov run, Old Wounds play The Fest. Their show happens 11/1 at The Atlantic with Creepoid, Self Defense Family, Old Gray, Tiny Moving Parts, Goodtime Boys, Xerxes, You'll Live, Dangers, Single Mothers, Rescuer, a mystery band and more.

All of the dates along with Old Wounds' "Dead Beat Blues" and "Ritual" appear below.

Continue reading "Old Wounds streaming a new track from their EP, kicking off IO-presented tour w/ Exalt this week, touring w/ Vices after"

Felice Brothers at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
Felice Bros

Road-lovin' folk rockers The Felice Brothers will begin their tour with Spirit Family Reunion later this month, and they've got plenty more dates scheduled for after that ends including a Halloween celebration in NYC. Technically the show happens a couple days before Halloween, on October 29 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Other Halloween celebrations in NYC include Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs, Presets/Antwon, Cypress Hill, Primus, Mastodon (Long Island), The Damned/TSOL, This Will Destroy You, Mutual Benefit, Dum Dum Girls (10/30), Suicide Girls, Misfits and Samhain (well that one's really a Samhain celebration, not Halloween).

List of Felice Bros dates below...

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Naomi Punk at Palisades last night (via Daniel Topete)
Naomi Punk

Olympia rockers Naomi Punk are currently on a tour that hit NYC last night (9/10) at Palisades with PC Worship, Laced (mem Beach Fossils, Nude Beach) and Psychic Blood. Anyone go? How was it?

They're hanging around town to squeeze in one more show as the special guest headliner on tonight's (9/11) Sleepies, Nine of Swords, Low Fat Getting High show at Shea Stadium. Starts at 8 PM and admission is $8 at the door.

Meanwhile, PC Worship have other shows coming up, including Death by Audio on September 26 with Dick Diver, Dark Blue, and Free Time. They also open for Parquet Courts at Webster (tickets), and their collaborative band with Parquet Courts, PCPC have shows with black metal aficionado Thurston Moore.

Watch Naomi Punk's video for "Firehose Face" off their new album on Captured Tracks, with their updated list of dates, below...

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As metioned, Parquet Courts and Future Punx are on either side of the latest split 7" in Famous Class' LAMC series. The single, proceeds from which go to the music education Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music, is out next week (buy yours). Both sides are good and you can listen to them in this post.

Parquet Courts will be on tour with PC Worship, both as their own bands (Webster Hall on 12/11) and collaborative noise project PCPC (including two NYC shows w/ black metal lover Thurston Moore). It seems within the realm of possibility that Parquet Courts might squeeze in a show at Death by Audio, too, before it closes. Future Punx, meanwhile, just played twice on Sunday (9/7) and don't have any dates currently on the schedule.

Stream that LAMC 7" below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Sleepyhead have centered around singer/guitarist Chris O'Rourke and drummer Rachael McNally since 1989 when they formed while students at NYU. With a sound that was both noisy and winsome, Sleepyhead released records on Slumberland, Homestead and other labels in the '90s. O'Rourke and McNally, now married, still make music and with new bassist Derej Van Beever, Sleepyhead just released Wild Sometimes, their first album in 15 years, via stalwart Chicago indie label Carrot Top. You can stream the whole thing below and check out the video for "Life is Hard" which co-stars the bandmembers' kids.

Sleepyhead have a couple live dates coming up, including one at NYC's Union Hall on Saturday (9/13) with The Special Pillow (featuring former Sleepyhead bassist and Hypnolovewheel member Dan Cuddy) and Tim Foljahn (Two Dollar Guitar). Tickets for that show are on sale. The band also have a Boston-area show coming up and dates are listed, along with video and album streams, below...

Continue reading "Nineties indie rockers Sleepyhead made first new LP in 15 years (stream it), playing shows, including NYC this weekend"

Thurston Moore at FFF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Last month, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore called black metal "music made by pussies of the lowest order" and now in a new Rolling Stone interview, he's further discussed the comment:

Were you trying to be provocative?

That was really taken out of context. It was really funny how people got tweaked by that. I was answering a question. How do you answer a question about black metal? Black metal, it doesn't even consider itself music. In fact, it doesn't want to be confused with any kind of music because it's something else entirely. It's a voided concept from its start [laughs]. It's all about complete disintegration of existence. It's a music that uses the elements of rock instrumentation but it's so anti-everything that, for me, it doesn't matter what you say about it because it doesn't exist. I figured I would just write something ridiculous about it. And boy, did black-metal devotees get really upset by it. You're not supposed to be alive, so why are you getting upset?

(For the record, yes it was taken out of context... by being the only quote provided in Thurston Moore's press release.) The interview continues:
Earlier this year, you played on a black metal album, Twilight's III: Beneath Trident's Tomb. What did you take from that experience?

There are certain stylistic maneuvers within black metal that really informed me as a guitarist and I use in my own playing. And I think some of the people who are seriously involved with that scene realized this about me and reached out to me. That's certainly true of Neil [who records as "Imperial"] from Krieg, who sings on Twilight. He's a true black metal aficionado and devotee and he's a real important exponent of that music, and he reached out to me and wanted to know if I would take part in this project. And I think it was a little bit of a risk for those guys having somebody who's not exactly 100 percent in the scene to get involved. But I think they trusted my integrity with it.

Sonic Youth once recorded a song titled "Non-Metal Dude Wearing Metal Tee."

And as somebody else said, "Sonic Youth had a song called 'Satan Is Boring' - he's been attacking our lord ever since the Eighties!" I super enjoyed making that record. That's a wild community. It takes a lot of stamina to keep up with those guys because they're monsters.

The Thurston Moore Band (featuring Sonic Youth's Steve Shelly, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe, and James Sedwards) will bring their tour to NYC on October 21 at Saint Vitus (tickets) and October 26 at Rough Trade (sold out). Both shows are with PCPC, the new collaborative project of Parquet Courts and PC Worship.

In related news, Thurston Moore's Twilight bandmate Blake Judd's heroin addition saga continues.

by Andrew Sacher

Alice Boman

Swedish singer/songwriter Alice Boman packaged this year's EP II with last year's Skisser EP for her debut US release this past June, and last night (9/10) she kicked off her US tour in support of it in Boston. The tour comes to NYC on Sunday (9/14) at Baby's All Right with support from Brooklyn dark pop artist Fielded (who also opens tonight's Philly show) and Seattle's Tomten. The show starts at 8 PM after Baby's hosts the early evening Classic Album Sundays listening event for Jeff Buckley's Grace with a live set from Gary Lucas, whose band Gods and Monsters once included Jeff as a member and who has taken part in other Jeff Buckley tributes over the years. Tickets for the Alice Boman show and the Jeff Buckley party are on sale now. All of Alice's dates are listed below.

Alice recently filmed a live-in-studio session of "Be Mine" from EP II with a four-piece backing band that includes two horn players, a backing vocalist and a drummer. The video (filmed and edited by Jesper Berg, recorded and mixed by Emil Isaksson) makes its premiere in this post. You can watch that, with the music video for "Over" from the EP, below.

In addition to her own material, Alice also recently recorded a cover of "Red Eyes," a standout track from the new War On Drugs album. Melodically, it's "Red Eyes" all right, but she plays it in her own spacey piano pop/vibrato vocal style. You can listen to that, with both videos and the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Alice Boman released 'EP II + Skisser,' filmed a live-in-studio video, covered The War on Drugs, touring w/ Fielded (dates)"

photos by P Squared Photography

Bob Mould / w. Ryan Adams / Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom 9/10/2014
Bob Mould
Bob Mould
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Bob Mould's current assault on the eardrums of NYC began last night (9/10) with his first of three shows. While promoting his terrific new album, Beauty & Ruin, Bob and his band (bassist Jason Narducy and Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums) also dipped into his robust catalog of indie rock classics, with a healthy amount of Sugar and Hüsker Dü songs in the mix. In fact, Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig" kicked off the show and Bob's encore was all Dü, with "I Apologize," "Celebrated Summer," "Something I Learned Today," and "New Day Rising." One more thing about the encore: Ryan Adams came out and played for all four songs. Bob appeared in Ryan's video promos (along with Gary Shandling and Jeff Garlin) for his new album and Ryan is perhaps returning the favor. Video from the encore with Ryan, plus pics and setlist, are in this post.

Ryan, who's in town for a Letterman appearance tonight, will be back this fall on his own tour.

Opening the night -- and the whole tour including all three of Mould's NYC shows -- were Cymbals Eat Guitars who have opened for Bob before and owe a sonic debt to him as well (and to The Wrens and Built to Spill). Mind you, they're coming off the very strong new album, LOSE, and are becoming an indie rock powerhouse of their own.

Bob Mould and CEG play Bowery Ballroom again tonight (9/11) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (9/13). Tickets are still available to both.

More pics from the whole Bowery Ballroom show, plus setlist and video, below...

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PAWS (via)
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Two solid (heh) fuzzy (heh heh) bands from different parts of the globe, Montreal's Solids and Glasgow's PAWS, will be going on separate tours soon that meet up in NYC for the Ipsum/Heavy Trip CMJ showcase happening at Shea Stadium on October 24. Also on the bill is another Montreal band, HEAT, Chicago's Meat Wave and NYC's Washer.

For Solids, that show falls right in the middle of their tour with Single Mothers and The Flatliners, which includes a Long Island show a day later (without Single Mothers). Tickets for LI are still available.

Shea show flyer, lists of Solids and PAWS dates, and a couple videos, below...

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