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November 21, 2014

Thee Oh Sees at DbA in June (more by PSquared)
Oh Sees

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

Top Secret! @ Death By Audio
It's the SECOND TO LAST night of the much-loved Death by Audio and none of the remaining lineups have been announced. Who could it be tonight?

Thee Oh Sees, Jack Name @ Warsaw
While it's a new backing band, John Dwyer brings the same intensity as ever with his new line-up of the Oh Sees. Final night of their NYC run.

TV on the Radio, Natasha Kmeto @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
TV on the Radio may not all live in NYC anymore but it remains their spiritual home. They celebrate their new album, Seeds, with four shows here this week. This is the third.

Jon Hopkins, Joakim, JDH & Dave P @ Output
Jon Hopkins has a new EP, titled Asleep Versions, which, as the title implies, it four somnambulistic versions of songs from last year's acclaimed Immunity. Don't expect a sleepy set tonight, though.

Natural Child, Las Rosas, The Mystery Lights, Boytoy @ Baby's All Right
Nashville's Natural Child released Dancin' With Wolves via Burger back in February, which furthers the band's take on party-friendly southern-fried rock. These guys are great musicians and put on a very fun live show too. It's a Burger-loving bunch of bands rounding out this bill. Will be a fun Friday night.

Polaris, Ski Lodge @ Knitting Factory
Mark Mulcahy of Miracle Legion also fronted this band which basically only existed to do songs for much-loved '90s Nick show The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Go ahead sing "Does your dog bite?" to the main theme song tonight, even though you know it's actually "Don't you talk back." BV's presenting this sold-out show.

Raven, October 31, Night Demon, S.A. Adams, Midnite Hellion @ Saint Vitus
NWOBHM legends Raven have been at it for over forty years, and even on their newest album, 2009's Walk Through Fire, they were ripping with the kind of speed, monster riffage and wailing vocals as their '80s material. They've been talking about new stuff lately too, maybe we'll hear some of it tonight?

Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing 'Black Mountain Songs' @ BAM @ BAM
In addition to The National's Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry being members of two of the biggest indie bands around, they're also regulars in the indie/classical scene and they've now co-curated a new piece 'Black Mountain Songs' that made its world premiere at BAM last night and continues with peformances tonight and Saturday. The piece features music by Dessner and Parry, as well as by Jherek Bischoff, Tim Hecker, Nico Muhly and others.

Big Freedia, DJ Concerned @ Brooklyn Bowl
Ain't no party like a Freedia party, as anyone who goes to Brooklyn Bowl tonight will surely experience. This starts laaate (12:15 AM), so you can even hit another show tonight and then dance your way into the morning. She does it again tomorrow too.

John Murry, Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, Bobby Bare Jr. @ Bell House
Onetime Green on Red frontman Chuck Prophet recently released Night Surfer via Yep Roc, and contributed to John Murry's new EP. They'll both play tonight.

Cold World, King Nine, Life of Reilly, Snail's Pace @ The Acheron
The Deathwish-signed Cold World are the hardcore band with the hip hop influences (and choice collaborations -- Kool G Rap, Sean Price and Meyhem Lauren are all on their new record) but if that's setting off nu metal and rap rock alarms in your head, know that Limp Bizkit this is not.

Occultation, Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, Think Tank @ Palisades
The perfectly named Occultation hearken back to late '60s occult rock and early '70s doom with their witchy riffage, and they have a theatricality that Mercyful Fate fans should dig too. Tonight they're with the sludge/psych band Kosmodemonic and more.

Nils Frahm, Dawn of Midi @ Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew
Nils Frahm's most recent album, Spaces, is a sonically adventurous record that melds the classical and electronic-music worlds. His tour with the similarly minded Dawn of Midi hits NYC tonight.

Noveller, Christopher Tignor, Julia Kent @ Littlefield
With just a guitar and a series of effect pedals, Noveller creates wonderful soundscapes that sound like the work of multiple people. Tonight she's joined by Christopher Tignor (Slow Six) and Julia Kent (ex-Rasputina, Antony & the Johnsons).

Bill Frisell - 'The Great Flood' @ MoMA
Guitar great Bill Frisell tonight performs a live score (which Frisell composed) for the film The Great Flood with Ron Miles, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen.

Ryan Hemsworth, Tennyson, Doss @ Rough Trade
While Ryan Hemsworth has helmed beats for rappers like The Underachievers and Deniro Farrar, he's also got a good amount of solo material and has been dropping singles ahead of a new upcoming release. Before we get that though, we get two NYC shows from Ryan, this being the second.

Painted Zeros, Turnip King, Shadow Walker, Ritual Howls @ Aviv
While DbA is in it's last two nights, this marks the opening of a new DIY venue in Greenpoint. We hope for good luck, good sound, cheap(ish) drinks, and good lineups to come.

Kim Ann Foxman, Fred Everything, Alan Blancato @ Glasslands
This late night danceparty (doors at midnight) features Hercules & Love Affair's Kim Ann Foxman and Canadian DJ Fred Everything for all your techno/house needs.

Slavve, Burglary Years, Makeshift Shelters, The Glazzies @ Shea Stadium
Lo-fi rock duo Slavve feature an ex-member of Surfer Blood and make a similar kind of racket to other lo-fi rock duos like No Age and Japandroids.

ASTR, Ghost Beach, Body Language (DJ set) @ Knitting Factory
Knitting Factory's 5th anniversary in Brooklyn celebration continues with two shows tonight. The sold-out Polaris show is the early one, but after that you can stick around for this synth pop-oriented bill.

X Ambassadors, Cultfever Sego, Skyes @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's another night of free music and not-free shopping, drinks, food, arcade games and more at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Open til 1 AM and always a fun place to hit after an earlier show.

The Sons & Heirs (A Tribute to The Smiths & Morrissey), Doug Gillard @ Santos Party House
As far as tribute acts go, The Sons & Heirs are very good at what they do, and seeing the awesome Doug Gillard may give you a legit reason if you want to go. You could meet somebody who really loves you.

Wheatus, Math the Band, Late Cambrian, .357 Lover, Hand Job Academy @ The Wick
We haven't followed Wheatus's career too closely (have you?), but how can we not mention that the band who wrote "Teenage Dirtbag" is playing in Bushwick tonight?

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November 20, 2014

by Bill Pearis


Sleaford Mods' new EP, Tiswas, is out next week via Invada. The EP features five new cuts of Jason Williamson's profane, hilariously contemptuous prose and Andrew Fearn's minimal beat plus the title track which is also on this year's Divide and Exit. You can stream the whole thing below.

Don't forget Sleaford Mods make their BrooklynVegan-presented North American live debut next Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "Very Special Guests" which we'll reveal closer to the show. Tickets are still available.

EP stream below...

Continue reading "Sleaford Mods streaming 'Tiswas' EP; "very special guests" added to BV-presents show at The Wick"

by Andrew Sacher


Noveller (aka Sarah Lipstate) has signed to Fire Records (Pere Ubu, Mission of Burma, etc) to release her new album, Fantastic Planet, on January 27. If you've checked out Noveller before, you know with just one guitar and an array of pedals she can create mountainous soundscapes, and the new single "Into The Dunes" is no exception. Give it a listen below.

Noveller also has a few dates scheduled, including two in NYC this week. The first is a previously-discussed appearance at Lincoln Center Amphitheater tonight (11/20) which will see Sarah performing alongside a screening of her filmwork. That goes from 7-9 PM. (It was initially announced that Lee Ranaldo would be performing tonight too, but he doesn't appear to be listed anymore.)

Then on Friday (11/21) at Littlefield, Noveller plays a more traditional show with opening sets from Christopher Tignor (Slow Six) and Julia Kent (ex-Rasputina, Antony & the Johnsons). Show starts at 7:30 and she's on at 9:15. Tickets are on sale now.

Her only other announced shows are in 2015 with Victoire and Glasser. All dates, and the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Noveller releasing a new LP on Fire Records, playing shows including NYC tonight & Friday (dates, stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

American Football at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
American Football

Fans of '90s emo have had it pretty great this year, with very active reunions from American Football, Mineral, The Jazz June and Braid (other stuff too), and now we've got new updates on all of those bands.

Fortunately, American Football's reunion keeps expanding, and now UK shows have been announced for 2015. Their updated list of dates (including shows with The Dodos and David Bazan) is below. AF singer Mike Kinsella is also releasing a covers album with his solo project Owen on December 2. Since we last spoke, his cover of fellow emo band The Promise Ring's "Forget Me" came out. Stream that below too.

Braid singer Bob Nanna also has a new album coming out in December with his solo project The City on Film (though it's a full band album) called La Vella (due 12/16 via Topshelf). You've already heard one song and now he's put out another, "Remember to Breathe," via USA Today. This one's a thick-toned indie rocker, and another reason it's a very good thing that Bob is making new music in 2014. Check it out below.

While Mineral sadly recently said their reunion tour will end in February, singer Chris Simpson's solo project Zookeeper (who put out a new album this year) was just announced for SXSW 2015. That's less than a month after Mineral's reunion tour ends and in their hometown of Austin.

The Jazz June recently put out a video (dir. Ernie Gilbert & Eric Bader) for the title track off After the Earthquake, their first new album in 12 years which came out earlier this month via Topshelf. Unlike Braid's new album, this doesn't sound like classic Jazz June. It's new ground for them and has the veteran band sounding fresh. Check out that video (via Nylon Guys), plus a stream of the whole new LP, below. Maybe you'll see some of The Jazz June's members at the not-emo Ride reunion next year.

This weekend, the Jonah Matranga (Far, etc) / J. Robbins (Jawbox, etc) tour makes its way to NYC: Sunday (11/23) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that are still available.

Also, did you get your tickets to the Rainer Maria reunion that the been-reunited Moss Icon open? They're still on sale.

Anything else I missed? Oh, and keep your eyes on Jawbreaker watch.

Continue reading "American Football expand reunion tour; City on Film release new song; Zookeeper playing SXSW; Jazz June made a video"

by Andrew Sacher

Chumped at BK Bazaar in September (more by Mimi Hong)

Brooklyn's Chumped have been tearing up the local scene for the past year -- if you go to pop punk shows in NYC (like, the good kind) there's basically no chance you haven't seen them -- and they only get better every time. (If you're into this kind of stuff and you haven't seen them, definitely amend that soon.) This week, their debut album, Teenage Retirement, came out on Anchorless Records and it basically lives up to everything their EPs and super fun live shows proved they were capable of. To quote Stereogum, who awarded it Album of the Week:

Even if Teenage Retirement doesn't offer anything new, exactly, it's the best kind of comfort food. It surges and flares and swoons in the right ways, at the best moments. It doesn't just remind you of old records, records that might've once meant a lot to you. It is one of those records. And if you give it the chance, it could mean a whole lot to you right now.
That pretty dead on in my opinion, and if you want to hear it for yourself, check out the full album stream embedded below.

Chumped will be celebrating the new record with a weekend of release shows in Philly, Brooklyn and Long Island from December 12-14. The Brooklyn show happens December 13 at Suburbia (same place as their 2013 EP release show) and is stacked with Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard (who's a regular at punk shows), former Bomb the Music Industry frontman Jeff Rosenstock, Philly indie rockers Cayetana (repaying the favor from when Chumped opened their release show), and Chumped's past tourmates Adult Dude. Tickets at door. Suburbia's gonna be packeddd.

After the release weekend shows, Chumped have another previously announced NYC show on December 30 at Acheron opening for Plow United. That one's also with Mikey Erg, Up For Nothing and Hatrabbits. Tickets are still available.

All dates are listed, with the LP stream and release weekend flyer, below...

Continue reading "Chumped debut LP out & streaming; release shows announced (NYC w/ Cayetana, Chris Gethard, Jeff Rosenstock & more)"

!!! @ Central Park Summerstage in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The NYC New Year's Eve options continue to grow. If you want to ring in 2015 with extra exclamation points and new age mysticism, !!! (chk chk chk) will be playing with Prince Rama on NYE at Knitting Factory. "Special Guests" are also promised and you also get a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM.

Prince Rama DJ'd at Baby's last night with Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Anyone go to that?

Colleen Green

Colleen Green is back with her third album, I Want to Grow Up, which will be out February 24 on Hardly Art. She made the album in Nashville with JEFF the Brotherhood's Jake Orrall and Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch. You can hear their crunchy influence on first single, "Pay Attention," which is streamable below.

She's got a few tour dates over the next month, but nothing in NYC unfortunately. Hopefully soon. Those are listed, along with the album tracklist and song stream, below...

Continue reading "Colleen Green releasing third album, 'I Want to Grow Up' (stream a track)"

Will Butler

Perhaps you've noticed that Arcade Fire's Will Butler (brother of the band's lead singer Win Butler) has played as a solo artist a couple times recently. Well he's now announced that he'll put out his first solo album, Policy, on March 10 via AF's longtime (but now former) label Merge.

In other Arcade Fire news, members Richard Reed Parry and Jeremy Gara recently talked about their punk roots on Fucked Up singer Damian Abraham's Turned Out A Punk podcast. You can listen to that below.

Richard Reed Parry also has a new work with The National's Bryce Dessner, Black Mountain Songs, making its world premiere at BAM tonight (11/20) (performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus) and happening again Friday and Saturday.

Punk podcast and a recent video of Will Butler playing solo in NYC below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire's Will Butler announces debut solo album; other AF members talked punk roots with Damien Abraham"

Saunier / Chippendale LP art

There's just three shows left at Death by Audio. Last night's "Top Secret!" headliners were Thee Oh Sees and main man John Dwyer said onstage, "We're here for two nights." He didn't say "in a row" but seeing how they play Warsaw with Jack Name on Friday (tickets) and are at M for Montreal on Saturday (snowstorms permitting), the other night in question seems to only be one option. But who knows? As for the rest of the lineup, DbA has posted up today's clues:

Well shucks! looks like i forgot to mention one of the players last night, slipped my mind! Well tonight i wont try and pull the Wool over your eyes, and jack you all around with this name game, ive been actin like a kid! Anyway i apologize for all the tomfoolery, and ill sees ya tonight!
Ok, sleuths, what does it all mean?

If you're going to go to one of these last three nights, do make sure to spend some time in the Death by Art installation which has a lot of cool stuff to see. You may have seen a monitor in the hallway showing a documentary about drummers Greg Saunier and Brian Chippendale titled Checking in at 20. It was directed by Matt Conboy who runs the DbA showspace (with Edan Wilbur) and features interviews with Wayne Coyne, Tim Harrington, John Dwyer, Steven Drozd, Kid Millions, and rock journalist Michael Azerrad. You can watch the whole thing (via Pitchfork) below. Both Saunier (with Deerhoof) and Lightning Bolt's Chippendale (as Black Pus) played Death by Audio in the last few weeks.

Meanwhile, Saunier and Chippendale also have an album out via Famous Class. The self-titled LP features two side-long improvisations, and is limited to 500 copies. Order yours now.

Documentary stream below...

Continue reading "Greg Saunier & Brian Chippendale release LP & documentary; three shows left at DbA (tonight's lineup clues are posted)"

by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)

Toys That Kill at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Melodic punk new schoolers Joyce Manor and melodic punk veterans Toys That Kill (one of many bands of the great Todd Congelliere) will kick off what's sure to be an excellent double billed tour this December (unfortunately for us in NYC, it's only on the West Coast), and they'll also be putting out a split EP on 12/9 via Todd's label Recess Records in honor of that. It'll have two songs from each band, and one of each of their contributions are now streaming. Joyce Manor's, "Tame," is the revved up version of "See How Tame I Can Be" from their underrated "studio project" album Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired that they've been playing live lately. Toys That Kill's "Times We Can't Let Go" is more of their garagey goodness. Listen to both below.

Joyce Manor's other cut, "Bride," is presumably JM giving the same type of treatment to "Bride of Usher" from that same album (they've been playing that one live too), and Toys That Kill's is "I Am Decided." A Guided by Voices cover?

Streams and list of tour dates below...

Continue reading "Joyce Manor and Toys That Kill releasing a split and touring together (dates & streams)"