October 16, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
We Are The Willows are a Minneapolis collective led by main songwriter/frontman Peter Miller, and they've got a conceptual new album, Picture (Portrait) Pt. 1, coming out November 4 via The Homestead Records. The concept is that Peter derived all of the lyrics from the letters his grandfather wrote to his grandmother while he was stationed in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Its newest single and sorta title track, "Picture," applies those lyrics to orchestral indie rock that's not too far removed from Illinoise-era Sufjan. The track premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Bully EP artwork
Nashville's Bully are self-releasing a self-titled EP next week (10/21), and ahead of that they've put out its lead track, "Milkman." Considering their hometown of Nashville and their love of distorted guitars, there's a little garage rock in there, but "Milkman" has big pop hooks that wouldn't have been out of place on '90s rock radio. Check it out below.
The band is on tour now, and they'll be in NYC for CMJ. They currently have three shows scheduled for then:
10/23/2014 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (8 PM) - High Road Touring CMJ Showcase w/ Heat, Avid Dancer, Trixie Whitley, Cheerleader, Bee CavesThe Pianos show is free, the Shea show is $5 at the door, and tickets for the Merc show are on sale now.
10/23/2014 - New York, NY @ Pianos (10 PM) - Siren Sounds PR CMJ Showcase w/ Fishing, Ages and Ages, New Myths, Spookyland, Fort Lean, Henry Hall
10/25/2014 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (9:30 PM) - DoNYC CMJ Showcase w/ Charly Bliss, Public Access TV, Made Violent
All dates are listed, with the song stream, below...
Tickets for The Who's 50th Anniversary tour, including 5 NYC-area shows -- Nassau Coliseum, Barclays Center, Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Prudential Center and Madison Square Garden -- go on AEG/Radio/Venue/Ticketmaster presale today (10/16) at 10 AM. Use the password: WHO50. (You can use PINBALLWIZ for Forest Hills show.) The general on-sale starts Friday (10/17) at 10 AM.
Moss Icon at Le Poisson Rouge in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Two weeks after they open for the reunited Soulside in DC, Moss Icon will come to NYC to open for the reunited Rainer Maria at their New Year's Eve show at Bowery Ballroom. That's a great double bill, and though Moss Icon are a heavier band, the pairing makes sense -- their style of post-hardcore heavily influenced the emo scene that Rainer Maria grew out of in the late '90s. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon.
Watch a video from Moss Icon's 2012 show at LPR below...
La Femme at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
La Femme, Ejecta, Charly Bliss, Tiny Leg @ Le Poisson Rouge
France's finest motorik synthy surf band return to NYC. La Femme are a lot of fun -- you might see crowd surfing atop a keyboard -- and the undercard, including Brooklyn synthpop act Ejecta, is well-chosen.
Flying Lotus, Thundercat @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Flying Lotus has always had a little jazz in his IDM, but he fully embraces the genre on the just-released You're Dead!. His bass wizard collaborator Thundercat opens and will presumably be joining FlyLo during his set too. Things should get wacky.
Gwar, Decapitated, American Sharks @ Starland Ballroom
As part of their quest to find missing leader Oderus, the galaxy's craziest band are in the NY area as part of their "Eternal Tour 2014" featuring new members Vulvatron and Blóthar. Expect typical Gwar mayhem. It's a killer evening all-around with Decapitated and beer-loving American Sharks opening. GWAR will be in NYC proper next month.
Connan Mockasin, Quilt, Weyes Blood, Tim Koh (DJ Set), Jesper Eklow @ Baby's All Right
Part Two of Mexican Summer's two-day celebration, tonight's sold-out show is pretty killer, with ethereal songstress Weyes Blood and terrific Boston band Quilt. Headliner Connan Mockasin is the wildcard, brining an anarchic glee to his live shows. Things could get nutty. Stick around later for a separate midnight set from "OctaHate" singer Ryn Weaver.
mewithoutyou, The Appleseed Cast, Hop Along @ Irving Plaza
This is an excellent triple bill, with Philly's mewithoutYou celebrating the 10th anniversary of their art rock/post-hardcore opus Catch For Us The Foxes, veteran emo-turned-post-rockers The Appleseed Cast, and one of Philly's best newer bands Hop Along.
Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous, Jhene Aiko, Redman, Method Man, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Warren G, Foxy Brown, Onyx, Jeremih @ Barclays Center (Def Jam 30th Anniversary)
Though Def Jam doesn't exactly have their heaviest hitters out to celebrate the label's 30th anniversary, there's still some cool stuff on this bill including a few veterans.
Rat Fist, Teenanger, The Abandos, Foster Care @ Death By Audio
Rat Fist is the new band of No Age guitarist Randy Randall and Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinnes, who make exactly the kind of racket you'd expect from a resume like that. Their first NYC show ever was this past June at DbA and tonight they return to the venue. Toronto's Teenanger, meanwhile, make sneering, searing garagepunk -- a good fit. As are the other openers (Foster Care are one of NYC's most underrated bands).
Elliott Sharp @ Issue Project Room
Tonight is the premiere of Port Bou, Elliot Sharp's new opera about the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin's life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France.
Il Sogno Del Marinaio (with Mike Watt), Gowanus @ Mercury Lounge
Mike Watt's a busy man, having been in Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges and more, and his current focus is his trio Il Sogno Del Marinaio with Italian musicians Stefano Pilia and Andrea Belfi.
Toddla T, Samo Sound Boy, Dre Skull, Jubilee @ Output
Samo Sound Boy's had a bit more success lately with his DJ Dodger Stadium duo with Jerome LOL, but tonight he's on his own to provide direct support to Ninja Tune's Toddla T for Output's weekly INPUT party.
The Twilight Sad, Christines @ Rough Trade
Scottish indie rockers The Twilight Sad reissued their 2007 debut Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters this year and tonight they'll be playing it in full live.
The Blues Magoos, The Cynz @ Bowery Electric
The Blues Magoos initially had a short career in the late '60s that produced a handful of influential psych/garage rock songs including their popular single "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" and their version of "Tobacco Road," which later appeared on the first Nuggets compilation. Now they've got a new album out and this is the release show.
Dope Body, Big Ups, Slonk Donkerson @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Between Dope Body and Big Ups, there will be no lack of very loud, very distorted guitars at the Studio at Webster Hall tonight. Dope Body do it again at Palisades tomorrow with Rat Fist.
Xylouris & White, Bo Ningen @ Union Pool
Tonight's headliners are the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, mixes Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings. Pretty interesting, as are openers Bo Ningen who are like a Chinese action fantasy as metal-prog band (but from Japan).
Cheap Girls, Beach Slang, Signals Midwest, Lee Corey Oswald @ Asbury Lanes
Cheap Girls and Beach Slang are a great double bill of two newer bands who likely would've been all over rock radio 20 years ago. The tour hit NYC earlier this week and now it's nearby in NJ.
Homeboy Sandman, ScienZe, Cavalier, I Am Many @ Glasslands
Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman put out his fifth album, Hallways, this past September via Stones Throw, and tonight's his first NYC show since its release.
Royal Blood, Kan Wakan @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
UK rock duo Royal Blood's self-titled debut is one of 12 records up for this year's prestigious Mercury Prize with some prognosticators saying it's one of the frontrunners. Kinda sounds like run-of-the-mill rock to us but maybe you wanna see what all the fuss is about anyway.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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October 15, 2014
Cibo Matto @ Summerstage in July (more by Adele Loconte)
John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Wesley Stace, Cibo Matto, Satomi of Deerhoof and more will be participating in concerts happening in NYC this weekend to benefit and raise awareness for artists rights organization Content Creators Coalition. Specifically, here's what they are standing up for:
Ad-based piracy is a direct attack on the livelihoods and art forms of today's content creators. And the major tech players who sell ads to these websites make large-scale piracy possible. Artists have always been the ultimate free speech activists. That's why we're asking Google and other large tech corporations to stand with us and stop brokering ads to piracy sites. It's not about censorship. It's about making sure current and future generations of artists can continue to create.The first benefit happens on Saturday (10/18) at Roulette in Brooklyn and features John Zorn, Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Henry Grimes, Marina Rosenfeld, Brandon Seabrook, Satomi of Deerhoof, and more. Tickets are on sale.
Then on Sunday afternoon (10/19) at Le Poisson Rouge there's a rally featuring Rosanne Cash, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Wesley Stace, Marc Ribot, Marcus Rojas' Brass ensemble, Ava Mendoza and more TBA. That starts at 2 PM and is free.
Electronic wizard Daedelus released his newest album, The Light Brigade, on Brainfeeder at the tail end of September and he's been on tour in support of it. That tour lands in NYC this Saturday (10/18) at Villain with Spazzkid, who's on most dates. The show and a few others on the tour will also feature his Archimedes A/V show. Tickets for NYC are on sale now.
Speaking of Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus' tour hits NYC tonight (10/15) for its first of two shows here.
All dates are listed, with a stream from the new LP, below...
Ezra Koenig w/ Vampire Weekend in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Some good and bad news regarding the ongoing UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival in NYC. Paul Simon, who was supposed to join Ladysmith Black Mambazo at their Carnegie Hall show this Saturday (10/18), has unfortunately dropped off. The show will otherwise go on as planned and tickets are still available.
On a brighter side, fellow African music lover Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and Laura Mvula have been added to 'Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba' happening November 5 at Carnegie Hall, which closes the festival. That concert is led by Angélique Kidjo and also features Makeba's supporting singers Faith Kekana, Stella Khumalo, and Zamo Mbutho, plus Vusi Mahlasela. TIckets for that one are on sale now.
CMJ is almost upon us, and one of the bigger shows early on in the week is the Panache showcase at Knitting Factory on 10/22 which is the first date of Reigning Sound's tour and also features Shonen Knife, White Fence, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and more (tickets). All of Reigning Sound's dates are listed, with a recent WFUV session video, below.
Reigning Sound singer Greg Cartwright is also a frequent contributor to garage rock covers crew Detroit Cobras, who just announced a NYC show happening January 2 at Baby's All Right. Hopefully by then you'll have worn off your NYE hangover. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/17) at 9 AM.
Detroit Cobras' Bloodshot labelmate Lydia Loveless will also be in NYC this Friday for the first performance in Richard Hell's new series at the Symphony Space.
List of Reigning Sound dates and that video, below...
Jonathan Toubin, who was just named Best Club DJ New York 2014 by The Village Voice, is taking his Soul Clap & Dance-Off party on the road again, intenterspersed with monthly NYC editions at Brooklyn Bowl on October 25, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 28 and March 28. This month's is a CMJ edition with Mac DeMarco as guest selector and a panel of indie rockers (TBA) as judges. Tickets for Soul Clap that (and November and December editions) are on sale now.
Mac DeMarco plays Terminal 5 next month with Connan Mockasin (who plays Baby's this week) and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (who'll be here for CMJ). All Jonathan Toubin Soul Clap tour dates are listed below...