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April 14, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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Echo & the Bunnymen have a new album, Meteorites, due out May 26. It's the band's first new album in five years. The record began as an Ian McColloch solo album but guitarist Will Sergeant ended up contributing guitar, hence it getting the E&TB name. McCulloch says the record features his most personal lyrics yet and he seems quite pleased with it in the press release:

At long last we've made the worthy successor to 'Crocodiles', 'Heaven Up Here', 'Porcupine', and 'Ocean Rain'. 'Meteorites' is what Echo and the Bunnymen mean and are meant to be...up there in Heaven...untouchable, celestial, beautiful, and real...it has changed my life.
Mind you, he says a variation of this with every new record. They don't call him "Mac the Mouth" for nothing.

You can listen to three tracks from Metorites in this post and "Lovers on the Run" (which premiered on The Quietus today) definitely has some of the cinematic drama one associates with the Bunnymen's golden years. No word on a North American tour (they were last here in 2011) but stream the tracks below...

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Austin photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire w/ Debbie Harry / mirror man @ Coachella / "Obama" in Austin


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Arcade Fire were introduced by a man wearing a suit made of shattered mirrors and opened up their set with 'Reflektor', with Chassagne shining mirror discs strapped onto her hands into the crowd. "Alright guys, we're gonna give you every ounce of what we've got if you give it back to us," said frontman Butler before 'Rebellion (Lies)'.

Butler later railed against the various VIP areas at the festival to cheers from the crowd, commenting: "I just want to say that there's a lot of fake VIP room bullshit happening at this festival, and sometimes people dream of being there - but it super sucks in there, so don't worry about it." He also made a sly dig about the electronica/EDM heavy aspect of the festival, giving a "shout out to all the bands playing instruments this weekend" at the end of the set. [NME]

Coachella wrapped up its first weekend yesterday (4/13), after kicking off this past Friday (day 1 pics). Among the day 3 performers were Arcade Fire, who have played Coachella before, but this was their first time there as headliners. Among the bobbleheads that Arcade Fire have been featuring in their shows were President Obama and Pope Francis, who both made their debuts at Arcade Fire's recent show in Austin. Also like at that show, they played a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" into the similarly '70s new wave-style "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." But this time was more exciting because they were joined by Blondie singer Debbie Harry who was a guest singer at SXSW for the Dum Dum Girls (who also played Coachella). Debbie sang "Heart of Glass" with them, and she stuck around to sing backup on "Sprawl II" too. Watch a full set video of Arcade Fire's Coachella set, along with their setlist, below.

Speaking of Debbie Harry and covers, she's on the cover of the May issue of MOJO which is available now. Pictures of Coachella day 3 are coming soon, but meanwhile you can check out some pics from the recent Austin show (Obama bobblehead included) in this post. More below and many more at BV Austin.

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photos by Tim Griffin

Mac DeMarco / getting close with a fan @ Mohawk, 4/13/2014
Mac DeMarco, Juan Wauters, Que Pasa @ Mohawk - 4/13/2014
Mac DeMarco, Juan Wauters, Que Pasa @ Mohawk - 4/13/2014

Fans have come to expect messy, raucous live shows, and the first 10 rows are often getting crazy before Mac even hits the stage. "Sometimes I'll kiss my bass player just to get a little giggle out of everybody but people come to our shows and it's out of my hands, essentially." Here, mention must be made of the drumsticks-up-the-bum incident. It occurred onstage in Montreal in 2012 and is to DeMarco as biting the head off a bat is to Ozzy Osbourne: a signature story of outrageousness that's too good to ever die. There's footage of it somewhere, in a dark corner of the internet. Which his mother happened to see.

"She was just like, 'What the fuck?' and a couple of other members of my family were like, 'What's wrong with you?' They were more concerned and confused than angry. As soon as I called them and was like, 'Hey guys, it's OK, I'm not smoking meth or anything,' it was OK."

He adds, frowning: "I don't really know why it happened... My girlfriend told me everyone had been saying, [he puts on a sulky voice] 'Man, Mac's shows aren't crazy any more.' The shows before that had been drunken, crazy stupid spectacles. So it was a reactionary thing to, 'They think I can't be crazy any more!'" Further amends were made with the song Freaking Out The Neighbourhood ("Sorry mama," he sang sweetly, "there are times I get carried away..."). - [The Guardian]

After playing two sold-out shows in NYC, Canadian-born and current Bed-Stuy resident Mac DeMarco has been heading west on his tour with Captured Tracks labelmate Juan Wauters. The tour hit Austin last night (4/13) for a sold out show at Mohawk. He kept his clothes on but there was the usual crowd surfing and random makeout sessions that seem to happen at a lot at his shows. Pictures from all the shenanigans are in this post.

More pics, including ones of Juan Wauters and Austin openers Que Pasa, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Martin Bisi - Sin-Love-Hate (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Martin Bisi - The Mermaid Queen (MP3)

Martin Bisi

Martin Bisi is an American producer and songwriter. He is known for recording important records by Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Material, Bill Laswell, Helmet, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, White Zombie, Boredoms, Angels of Light and Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning song Rockit. [Wikipedia]
Martin Bisi is releasing a new solo record this week (4/15) called Ex Nihilo on La Société Expéditionnaire Records. From the sounds of its two singles, "Sin-Love-Hate" and "The Mermaid Queen," it sounds like Ex Nihilo is gonna be more of the weirdo stuff we've come to expect from Bisi. The latter is a Bowie-ish art rocker with operatic female vocals courtesy of Amanda White, and the former sees Bisi in spastic freak mode not unlike his past collaborator Michael Gira. Check them out by downloading above or streaming below.

Martin will celebrate the new album with a release show in NYC at Glasslands (4/15) the day it comes out. That show has a great lineup all around, with some of Martin's friends including Larkin Grimm, a White Hills side project called (wait for it) Black Valleys, and a side project of Eula (whose members just collaborated with Bisi at Bowery Electric last month) called Parlour Walls. Tickets for the release show are on sale now. Martin Bisi also has a US tour planned for late May and a European tour for early June. All of his dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Martin Bisi releasing a new LP, touring, playing release show w/ Larkin Grimm and White Hills & Eula side projects (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

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We knew Sigur Ros were going to be in Season 4 of Game of Thrones and their appearance happened on last night's (4/13) episode, "The Lion and the Rose," where they were -- I'm treading lightly around spoilers -- part of a very eventful wedding celebration. They sang their version of Lanister anthem "The Rains of Castamere" which was sung by The National during a closing-credits sequence back in Season 1. It was a great episode in what should be a very juicy season. The band were only in the episode for a minute or so, but you can stream the full version of the song below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Cloud Nothings @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 4/13/14
Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings brought their tour with Ryley Walker in support of this year's fantastic Here and Nowhere Else to Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (4/13) for their first of two sold-out NYC shows. Pictures of the MHOW show are in this post.

Accompanied by an electric guitarist and a keyboardist, the highly skilled acoustic guitarist Ryley Walker kicked off the show. His complex fretwork and fingerpicking patterns are indebted to the psychedelic folk and raga rock of '60s/'70s artists like Mark Fry and John Renbourn, and his voice echoes that era too. His style also brings to mind acoustic virtuosos like Michael Hedges, but the songs themselves are strong enough that it didn't come off like a schtick. And despite playing the kind of psychedelia you could really zone out to, Ryley snapped you out of it after each song with his loud, very funny stage banter. Definitely a memorable opening set.

Cloud Nothings came on around 10 PM for an hour-plus set that included almost the entirety of their last two albums, Here and Nowhere Else and Attack on Memory. This was my first time seeing them with their new power trio setup, and though guitarist Joe Boyer was always a key element of their sound, to say they still pull it off as a three-piece would be an understatement. It's no secret that drummer Jayson Gerycz is the driving force behind the band (and just one of the best rock drummers out there right now), but with each musician needing to occupy a bit more space than in a four-piece lineup, really everyone shined. The new record is the closest they've come to straightforward punk, but Dylan Baldi rarely plays like a straightforward punk guitarist. He's instead playing like both a rhythm and lead guitarist at once. Bassist TJ Duke also filled much of that rhythm guitar void himself with driving, downpicked basslines that were about as classic as punk basslines get (and in a very good way).

The new and old material blended together really well -- the highlight for me was probably "Separation" from Attack on Memory, but I never felt myself wishing for a particular song or feeling like anything was out of place. The closest thing to a "Wasted Days"-style noise jam on the new album is "Pattern Walks" (both of which were played), but this time around those noise/dissonance parts are carefully worked into most of the songs in between verses and choruses. Sure, Cloud Nothings are a rowdy, anthemic band and they give the moshers up front plenty to yell along to, but their avant-leanings are becoming more and more pronounced. The ending of "Pattern Walks" or the dark middle section of "Just See Fear" were as integral moments to their set as the "I miss you 'cause I like damage" refrain of "Cut You." Great show all around, if I had to complain it'd be only be that I wished it was longer.

Cloud Nothings and Ryley Walker do it again at Bowery Ballroom tonight (4/14), which is also sold out. More pictures from MHOW below...

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Summer Camp at Mercury Lounge in 2012 (more by Devan Council)
Summer Camp

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

Cloud Nothings, Ryley Walker @ Bowery Ballroom
Following 2012's drastically career changing Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings have returned this year with a new album, Here and Nowhere Else, which like its predecessor pulls from punk, indie, post-hardcore and noise to unique and terrific results. Tonight their run with psych-folk guitarist Ryley Walker hits Bowery Ballroom for their second of two sold-out NYC shows this week.

Eli Whitney and The Sound Machine, Ma Jolie, The Weaks, Laura and Greg @ Cake Shop
Philly bands and Lame-O Records labelmates Ma Jolie and The Weaks bring their tour to Cake Shop tonight. The former's noodly post-hardcore is not far removed from Bear vs Shark (whose song "Ma Jolie" may have inspired their name), and the latter's punky power pop should appeal to early Weezer fans.

Outer Spaces, Air Waves, Christine Hoberg, Laughing Fingers @ Glasslands
Outer Spaces is the solo-project-turned-band of Cara Beth Satalino (ex-Witches), who makes an excellent blend of folk, indie rock, and punk. Her tour hits Glasslands tonight and locals Air Waves who open are worth catching too.

Flume, The Chainsmokers @ Highline Ballroom
This 'MTV Artists to Watch' show includes fast-rising Australian producer Flume. It's sold out, but Flume will be back in NYC to headline Terminal 5 on his summer tour.

Summer Camp, My Favourite Things @ Mercury Lounge
UK duo (and real-life married couple) Summer Camp are currently on a brief US tour in support of their 2013 self-titled LP which has a little more sparkle than the band's debut. For those who like the synthpop served with a smile.

LVL UP, Downies, Rivergazer, Elim Bolt, Gold Light @ Silent Barn
Local band LVL UP make crunchy indie rock, not dissimilar to '90s-era Built to Spill. They've been playing NYC a lot lately and tonight's another chance to catch them.

Kadavar, Sons of Huns @ Saint Vitus
Germany's Kadavar throw back to the early days of hard rock/metal (think Sabbath, Blue Cheer, etc), and though reviving that stuff is more and more common these days, Kadavar do it well. Tonight's the first of two NYC shows on their current North American tour.

Phil Lesh & Friends @ BAM
There's never a lack of chances to catch former Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh (and friends) at NYC-area venue Capitol Theatre (where he has an ongoing residency), but tonight the band will bring their sets of mostly Dead tunes to actual NYC. This is their first of two shows at BAM (they play again tomorrow), and the lineup for these shows is Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jackie Greene, John Medeski, and Joe Russo.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's Monday night comedy show 'Night Train' continues tonight at Littlefield with guests Dan St. Germain, Dave Hill, Maeve Higgins, Lance Weiss, Chris Locke, 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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April 13, 2014

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

astronaut / Kate Nash / Replacements / Haim / Girl Talk
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At 68, Bryan Ferry is one of the oldest performers at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and one of the most debonair. But the former Roxy Music singer and veteran solo artist was one of at least two artists who wore a tuxedo for their performance at the annual festival in Indio Friday night.

The other, a bit surprisingly considering his raucous musical legacy, was Paul Westerberg, 54, the perpetually tousled leader of The Replacments, who reunited last year after a 22-year hiatus to perform three shows (Coachella was the fourth). Yet, while Westerberg was quick to doff his tuxedo jacket, Ferry kept his on, although he undid his tie. Their sartorial style notwithstanding, Ferry and Westerberg have little in common, but both delivered winning performances that represented two very different -- and influential -- chapters in rock history. [UTSanDiego]

We already posted Outkast and Dum Dum Girls. Here are the rest of the pictures from the first dusty day of the first weekend of Coachella 2014 (which is also streaming online). The photos continue, Replacements and Bryan Ferry included, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 Day 1 pics (Replacements, Haim, A$AP Ferg, Afghan Whigs, †††, Waxahatchee, Kate Nash The Knife, more) "

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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Like Outkast and a lot of other artists, Dum Dum Girls played Coachella on Friday (and will play the festival's second weekend next Friday). Pictures from their weekend-one set are in this post. Bigger versions are on our Facebook page.

Coachella weekend one is streaming on YouTube through Sunday night.

More photos of Dee Dee and band below...

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Cloud Nothings at SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cloud Nothings

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

Cloud Nothings, Ryley Walker @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Following 2012's drastically career changing Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings have returned this year with a new album, Here and Nowhere Else, which like its predecessor pulls from punk, indie, post-hardcore and noise to unique and terrific results. Tonight their run with psych-folk guitarist Ryley Walker hits MHOW for their first of two sold-out NYC shows this week.

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Odonis Odonis, Sannhet @ Baby's All Right
It's a great and pretty diverse bill at Baby's tonight with theatrical prog/metal/pop rockers Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, their Canadian noise rock neighbors Odonis Odonis, and Brooklyn post-metal/post-rockers Sannhet.

Protomartyr, Spray Paint @ Cake Shop
Detroit's Protomartyr have a sense of urgency and anger that could've sprouted from somewhere like Manchester or Cleveland in 1979. The band's new album, Under Color of Official Right, is a real ripper that evokes more than cribs from the postpunk era. They were great at our SXSW day party and this is your first of two chances this weekend to see them with Austin's similarly spiky Spray Paint.

Small Black, Snowmine, Maria Minerva @ Bowery Ballroom
Brooklyn's synthpop band Small Black just released a new EP, Real People, via Jagjaguwar and tonight's show serves as both a celebration of that and the capper to their tour with Snowmine.

Public Speaking, Insect Factory, Michael Foster/Tristan Shepherd duo, Glockabelle @ Death by Audio
Experimental guitarist Insect Factory, who recently played DbA with Chris Brokaw, returns to the venue for a show with Brooklyn electronic artist Public Speaking and others tonight.

Porches. Being Alone. (film screenin)g @ Baby's All Right
NYC indie rockers Porches have been steadily building a local following, and now filmmaker/photographer Heather Craig has filmed a tour documentary on the band, Being Alone, which premieres at Baby's today during brunch (3 PM start).

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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