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September 1, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Christian Mistress

Christian Mistress will release their new album To Your Death on September 18 via Relapse (pre-order). So far they've released two songs and now we've got the premiere of a third, "Neon." It's classic metal/hard rock that could've come right out of 1980 -- its riffs from Iron Maiden and British Steel and Christine Davis' howling vocals from Crimes of Passion -- but it's too spirited to be merely idol worship. You can and should check it out below.

The band will be on tour soon with another great band who recalls that era of metal, High Spirits, and Savage Master. That tour hits NYC on September 9 at Saint Vitus with Python. Tickets for that show are still available.

They added European dates since we last spoke too. All dates are listed, with the "Neon" song steam and the other two singles, below...

Continue reading "Christian Mistress readying 'To Your Death' (listen to the new single "Neon")"

Air Waves Fantasy

Air Waves have just shared the video for "Fantasy," the current single from their forthcoming album, Parting Glances, which is out September 18 via Wsestern Vinyl. Directed by Sophia Peer, who has made videos for The National and Interpol, the video has singer Nicole Schneit living out the fantasy of calling an IKEA-esque furniture store home. You can watch it below.

Air Waves play a Brooklyn record release show at Baby's All Right on September 22 with Mega Bog, Long Beard and Delicate Steve on DJ duty. Tickets are on sale now. Air Waves will also open for Torres at Kingston, NY's BSP Kingston on October 25 (tix).

Continue reading "Air Waves share "Fantasy" video from new LP, playing NYC record release show w/ Long Beard, opening for Torres"

by Andrew Sacher


Last year, former Whirr singer Kristina Esfandiari released the Halloween Dream EP under her Miserable moniker. This week (9/4), the a deluxe edition of the EP with bonus tracks will come out via The Native Sound (pre-order), and one of those bonus tracks premieres in this post. It's called "Palmistry Notes," and in contrast to the heavy shoegaze of lead single "Bell Jar," this is dark loner folk that would've fit on the first Chelsea Wolfe album. Check it out below.

Kristina's other moniker, King Woman, also has a new EP out this year.

Continue reading "Miserable (aka King Woman, ex-Whirr) releasing a deluxe edition of 'Halloween Dream' (listen to "Palmistry Notes")"

by Andrew Sacher

Dune Rats

Last year, Australia's Dune Rats released their self-titled debut album, a batch of weed-fueled pop punk that should be comfort food for King of the Beach-era Wavves fans. They've now signed to Dine Alone Records, and the label will reissue their debut with three bonus tracks this week (9/4). You can check out the artwork, tracklist and video for opening track "Dalai Lama, Big Banana, Marijuana" below.

Dune Rats were also added as an opener to past Wavves tourmates FIDLAR's tour, which hits NYC on September 26 at Webster Hall. Needless to say, that's a fitting double bill. Tickets for Webster are still available.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Dune Rats sign to Dine Alone, touring with FIDLAR (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Car Seat Headrest

Car Seat Headrest (aka Seattle resident Will Toledo) has signed to Matador Records and has two new albums on the way: Teens of Style coming Oct 30, and Teens of Denial coming in 2016. Style finds him reworking songs from his previous DIY releases and you can check out "Something Soon" and its video below.

Will and his band will be touring this fall, including a Car Seat Headrest assault on CMJ. Among his performances will be a stop at the BrooklynVegan Day party at Baby's All Right on Friday, October 16. More details on that show, and BV's other CMJ shows/parties, still to come. CSH's CMJ schedule currently looks like this:

10/14 - New York, NY - CMJ at Pianos (Kanine / Collide Party)
10/14 - New York, NY - CMJ at Santo's Partyhouse (NME Party)
10/15 - New York, NY - CMJ at Cake Shop (NYC Taper Party)
10/16 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Baby's All Right (Brooklyn Vegan Party)
10/16 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard Party)
10/17 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Space 89 (Urban Outfitters Party)
After CMJ, Car Seat Headrest will be on tour with Chicago band Ne-Hi and those dates include another stop at Baby's All Right on December 5. Tickets for that show are on sale.

All dates are listed, along with the "Something Soon" video, album art and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Car Seat Headrest signs to Matador, releasing 2 new LPs, touring with Ne-Hi after CMJ (BV day party included)"

by Andrew Sacher


Hoferlanz is the project of multi-instrumentalist Ben Lanz, who's played in The National, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens' band, Gabriel & the Hounds and more. He's releasing an album this week and celebrating with a release show on Wednesday (9/2) at Union Pool in Brooklyn. The National's Scott Devendorf and Helado Negro will be DJing. Tickets are on sale now.

So far two singles are out from the album. "Karla's Retreat" the kind of orchestral indie rock you might expect from someone with a resume like Ben, but "Visitaa" brings a harder, distorted edge to that sound. Check both out below.

Continue reading "The National/Beirut collaborator Ben Lanz releasing an album as Hoferlanz, celebrating in NYC this week"

photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms' new album Back On Top is out in three weeks (9/18 via Fueled by Ramen), and ahead of their tour they'll be playing some in-stores around the release date.

One happens in their home state of NJ at Vintage Vinyl on September 18 and another in Brooklyn on September 23 at Rough Trade. To get in you have to purchase a copy of the album from those respective stores. More info at the venue links.

They also have full-band shows at NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage on 9/19 with How to Dress Well, Vic Mensa and more (tickets) and BrooklynVegan-presented NYC shows on October 14 & 15 at Irving Plaza (sold out).

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms playing in-stores at Vintage Vinyl, Rough Trade NYC & more before tour (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Tempers band duo NYC

NYC duo Tempers will release their new album, Services, on October 23 via Berlin label Aufnahme + Wiedergabe. (Cover art and tracklist are below.) Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper produced the record themselves with Swans' producer Kevin McMahon coming in to mix single "Undoing." Here in NYC where we're experiencing a late-summer heatwave, the duo's dark, chilly electro is a welcome Arctic blast. We're premiering the driving "Trains" from the LP and you can listen to that and "Undoing" below.

Continue reading "NYC duo Tempers ready 'Services,' share icy "Trains" (listen)"

by Bill Pearis

Widowpeak All Yours

Widowspeak's new album, All Yours, is out this Friday (9/4) and while they haven't thrown out the applecart, they have given it a fresh coat of paint (and a cup of coffee), tinkering just a bit with their sound. Working with producer Jarvis Taveniere (who also played bass), there's more spring in their step this time, but without sacrificing that tremelo'd, dreamlike vibe they're known for. You can stream the whole thing right now over at KCRW.

As mentioned, Widowspeak will celebrate All Yours' release in NYC with a  Rocks Off cruise on Thursday (9/3) with John Andrew and the Yawns also on board. Tickets are still available.

by Andrew Sacher


H2O are already set to open some Rancid shows, including two at NYC's Terminal 5, and they since added a headlining run with Angel Du$t and Give.

That run hits NYC on November 22 at Santos Party House, and also includes shows in Poughkeepsie, Connecticut, New Jersey and more. Tickets for the Santos show will be on sale soon. Their 9/18 show with Rancid is sold out, but tickets for 9/17 are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

H2O will have a new album out by the time of the headlining run. It's called Use Your Voice and is due October 9 via Bridge 9. It was recorded by Chad Gilbert (of New Found Glory, Shai Hulud) and Paul Miner (of Death by Stereo), and going by the two singles it sounds like they're staying true to the melodic hardcore formula of their early records. Check out the title track and the video for "Skate!" (featuring skateboarder Steve Caballero) below.

Speaking of Rancid, we just caught them playing ...And Out Come the Wolves in full.

Continue reading "H2O touring with Angel Du$t and Give after Rancid shows, shared two tracks off 'Use Your Voice' (dates, stream)"