December 10, 2013
by Andrew Sacher
Pop punk band The Wonder Years will be heading out on a North American tour this spring and taking out some seriously excellent support, including lyrical emo kids Modern Baseball, hardcore rippers Defeater, and emo alt-rock bashers Citizen. That tour comes to NYC on April 17 at Best Buy Theater. Real Friends are on that show and most other dates too. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Modern Baseball, who have gained a lot more recognition this year since the relatively quiet release of their 2012 LP Sports, have announced that they'll release that album's followup, You're Gonna Miss It All, on February 11 via Run for Cover. Sports was a winner in its ability to be endearingly youthful, and while you might say Modern Baseball have grown up a bit on You're Gonna Miss It All, they haven't stopped writing insanely catchy songs with grin-inducing lyrics. The first taste of the new record is "Your Graduation," which you can stream along with the tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
All of their dates (including Long Island NJ shows with Bayside), are listed, along with that stream, tracklist, and streams of Defeater and Citizen's 2013 LPs, below...
by Andrew Sacher
It's been a big year for Touche Amore, who released a potential hardcore classic with Is Survived By. Now they've announced a 2014 North American tour, which they're co-headlining with fellow lyrical post-hardcore band mewithoutYou, whose prime-era albums Catch For Us The Foxes and Brother, Sister share producer Brad Wood with Is Survived By. Seahaven is opening, and the first leg will also include openers Drug Church, while the second leg will also include Caravels. The run with Caravels hits NYC on February 26 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.
Though Drug Church won't be on the NYC date, vocalist Patrick Kindlon's other band Self Defense Family will be here when their tour with Pity Sex hits Santos on January 19 with Ovlov and Heroes of Modern Earth. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Touche Amore/mewithoutYou dates are listed, along with some videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
Trippin' his face off since breakfast: Stephen Malkmus
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks' new album Wigout at Jagbags will be out January 7 and they've just released the second video from it, "Cinnamon and Lesbians." The clip, directed by Jay Winebrenner, takes a very literal approach, letting SM's lyrics guide the narrative. You can watch it, along with the video for "Lariat," below. You'll be able to listen to the whole album on Amazon starting on New Year's Eve, so mark that in your calendars.
The band's tour will be in NYC in February -- Bowery Ballroom is sold out but the 2/27 show at MHOW still has tickets -- but before that, Malkmus and company are performing a private show at Other Music on January 9 with an open bar to follow. Thing is, it could be YOUR private party. The show is a contest for five lucky winners and their 10 lucky friends. Head to Other Music for details on how to enter.
Flyer for the Other Music show, and those videos, below...
St. Vincent at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Yesterday (12/9), St. Vincent announced her self-titled fourth album (due out 2/25 via Loma Vista), the much-anticipated followup to 2011's Strange Mercy, and revealed its excellently wacky first single, "Birth In Reverse." Now, she's announced a month and half long North American tour for 2014, which kicks off in NYC on February 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (12/12) at noon.
All dates (including NXNE) are listed, along with a stream of "Birth In Reverse," below...
NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
NXNE is returning for its 20th year in 2014 from June 13-22 in Toronto, and the initial music lineup has just been announced. It includes St. VIncent, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Rhye, Mac DeMarco, Run the Jewels, Omar Souleyman, Speedy Ortiz, Mas Ysa, Courtney Barnett and Odonis Odonis. NXNE speakers were also announced, including Paul Rosenberg (Shady Records), Chris Kaskie (Pitchfork), Oliver El-Khatib (Ovo), Chris Taylor (Last Gang Records), and KP Swazy (DatPiff). Badges and wristbands are on sale now.
Speaking of St. Vincent, if you haven't yet, check out her new song.
Check out the full initial list of 2014 NXNE artists below...
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls' third album, Too True, is out January 28. If you're heard the slinky first single "Lost Boys & Girls Club" you know this record takes the band in new directions. There are still a few typical DDG rockers, but there are also forays into suave Britpop and a few just straight-up killer pop songs, like the bouncy "In the Wake of You." It's a terrific record. Says Dee Dee of the album, "Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold-wave Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses? Cuz I did."
The band's NYC record release show at Mercury Lounge on 1/30 is sold out but Dum Dum Girls (now a five-piece live) just announced a full tour starting in March, with two NYC dates: March 25 at Bowery Ballroom and March 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (12/11) at noon. Opening for the whole tour are kindred spirits, Blouse. All dates -- which include a stop in Austin for SXSW -- are listed below.
Meanwhile, Dee Dee also gave us her Top Ten of 2013 which includes records, books, cocktails and more. You can check that out below.
by Doug Moore
Back in November, we received word that American drone masters Sunn O))) and Norse avant-garde stalwarts Ulver would be collaborating on an LP titled Terrestrials. Some more details and a very brief sample from the third of its three songs have emerged; you can stream the sample below. It's only 3 minutes long, which makes it hard to extrapolate what the whole thing will sound like, but the supporting blurb from the press release helps:
Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008. Following their 200th gig, playing before 2000 people at the Øya festival, SUNN O))) teamed up with Norwegian legends ULVER at their Oslo studio, Crystal Canyon. They recorded three "live in improvisation" pieces, starting that evening and ending at dawn, as Northern sunlight seeped in through the windows....So there will be a lot of droning, vamping, and gradual dynamic shifts. No surprise there, but the magic is in the details for these acts. You can buy the "Eternal Return" sample for the gag price of $100 on Bandcamp, but it's not really meant to be downloaded.
The album's opening piece, "Let There Be Light," builds up from silence and darkness and proceeds - ceremoniously, coruscating - O'Malley and O'Sullivan creating the backdrop for Rygg's Basso Profondo chants. The music unfolds over eight minutes before reaching a crescendo of bass and brass, introducing both Anderson and ULVER as we know them. The Sunn has risen.
"Western Horn" accelerates on a single and austere note of sustained bass and low end, evolving gradually into a haunted soundscape. Crying violins, clusters of Fender Rhodes, guitar pickups, and metal plate drones are gradually layered beneath Anderson's augmented bass feedback.
"Eternal Return" introduces Rygg singing a lyric evoking ancient Greece, Egypt and the Biblical lands. The song is palindromic, echoing the lyric, beginning and ending with the same bass line and musical pattern, though the guitars are ultimately reversed as the song implodes upon itself.
Terrestrials will hit the street in North America on February 4. Stream the sample below...
by Doug Moore
Metallica in Antarctica (via Metallica.com)
Back in October, Metallica announced that they'd be playing a Coke Zero-sponsored show in Antarctica of all places for a select few South American contest winners. Metallica followed through on this bizarre premise this past Sunday (12/8), and slick footage of the entire gig is now available on Youtube (and streaming below).
This show was, alas, not Metallica's best effort, but the footage is still interesting and fun to watch. Some observations:
--How the hell did they not play "Trapped Under Ice"? Where was their PR and management on this one?PREVIOUSLY:
--There's a reason that the guitars and bass sound weirdly plastic and cheap -- the band couldn't or didn't want to deal with the considerable logistical hassle of getting real amps to Antarctica, so they're piping artificial tones directly into the headphones that everyone in the vid is wearing. You'd think that Metallica could manage better D/I tones, though.
--As ever with modern Metallica, there's some cringe-inducing moments here, like Hetfield responding to a crowd-sung lyric with "YOU BETCHA!!"
--There are also some more warm 'n fuzzy moments, like the "olé olé olé" football chant between that breaks out at one point.
* Metallica are sort of Beliebers
* Metallica played the Apollo
* Metallica going 3-D in new movie, 'Through the Never'
* Metallica did a "surprise" Orien Fest set playing 'Kill Em All' in its entirety
Stream the Antarctica show and check out the set list below...
NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.
by Andrew Frisicano
Casimer Pascal, who fronted the Detroit-based pop band PAS/CAL until 2008, has been sporadically releasing tunes with his nephew Vincent Joseph Casimir Caruso under the name Casimer & Casimir for a few years now. The band's first official single just came out though, "O Sweet Joe Pye," and you can pick it up via Brille Records and through the band's webstore.
If you've heard Casimer's previous band's EPs ("Oh Honey, We're Ridiculous," "Dear Sir"), the sound is here is similar, with a heavy focus on sunny melody and analog chamber-pop production. You can hear both sides of the single (the b-side is a cover of Elli et Jacno's "Anne Cherchait l'Amour") below.
Vincent included some text explaining the origins of the songs--you might be surprised to hear that the single is inspired by fellow Detroit native Danny Brown. Check out the whole story below...