July 31, 2015
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Primus / Dinosaur Jr. / The GOASTT @ Pier 97
How did touring with Dinosaur Jr. come about?The Primus/Dinosaur Jr/The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger tour hit NYC on Thursday (7/31) at Hudson River Park's JBL Live @ Pier 97. While Primus still still has some of their Chocolate Factory stage set with them, their actual setlist was more of a greatest hits as you might expect for a tour like this. Dinosaur Jr was heavy on the distortion and the favorites, delivering "Out There," "Feel the Pain," "Start Choppin'" and their cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" amongst others. J Mascis has been coming out during Primus' set on this tour too. Sean Lennon's The GOASTT opened the night with their very Beatlesque sound.
I think for the past couple years we have always been on the lookout for better bands and to see if they wanted to put on some sort of evening of music together. We've done little short runs here and there, but I think this was the time that we found another band that wanted to go on and put on an evening together, so it just kind of came up that way, probably about a year ago. We had also played together years ago at a festival.
When the band is getting ready to go on tour, how do you prepare?
You know, that depends. We have been playing so much that we've only been home for a couple of days, so we'll just slide back into it like normal pretty much. Usually over the course of the tour we'll experiment with different things and we'll try to re-learn different songs and try to see if there's anything new we can fit into the mix. - [Aquarian Weekly]
Pictures from the whole night, plus setlists for Primus and Dinosaur Jr, below...
There's a benefit show for the Bushwick School for Music, which "is dedicated to creating and hosting tuition-free music education programs in Bushwick, Brownsville, Bed-Stuy and the surrounding neighborhoods," happening August 7 at Baby's All Right with Rubblebucket, Zula and Celestial Shore. Tickets are on sale now.
$3 RSVP is open to see Vince Staples with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik on August 10 at The Shop, the next Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.
Ariana Grande is playing Barclays Center on September 27. Tickets go on sale Saturday (8/1) at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
We already knew some of the collaborators on Disclosure's upcoming sophomore album, Caracal (due 9/25 via PMR/Island), and now they've revealed the full list, including some big names. Miguel, The Weeknd, Lorde and past collaborator Sam Smith are among them. Check out the full tracklist below.
Sam Smith, who was the lead singer on the unstoppable "Latch," sings on new single "Omen." Do you think it lives up to its predecessor? Listen below.
Disclosure's only two upcoming US shows are at NYC's Madison Square Garden and LA's Memorial Sports Arena.
Eskimeaux, who just wrapped up a tour with Mitski and Elvis Depressedly (who just announced a tour with The Front Bottoms) plays NYC again on October 2 at Baby's All Right with Told Slant, Attic Abasement and Real Life Buildings. Tickets are on sale.
R. Kelly is playing Barclays Center on September 25. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
The Front Bottoms already released two singles this year, "West Virginia" and "Cough It Out," and today they're back with a third: "Help." It's not a Beatles cover, but it is pretty great Front Bottoms song. It's more or less TFB doing what they do best, but they scale things back a bit compared to their last album. This one has more restraint, and dare I say, a more "mature" sound? Watch the video, directed by Mike Petrow, below.
All three singles will appear on their upcoming album, which they now finally announced details of. It's called Back On Top and comes out September 18 via Fueled by Ramen. To record it, they went with producer Joe Chiccarelli, who's worked with The Strokes, The Shins, Morrissey and more. You can check out the artwork and tracklist below. If you pre-order, you get all three singles as an instant download.
The band also announced a North American tour with The Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly, which is a solid lineup all around. BrooklynVegan is proud to present the two NYC shows: October 14 & 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 7 at 10 AM. There's a fan club presale starting Saturday (8/1) at 10 AM and a BV presale starting Monday (8/3) at 10 AM. Check back here Monday morning for the password.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
All dates are listed, with the video, artwork and tracklist, below...
photo: Azealia Banks at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Azealia Banks isn't exactly the most frequent live performer, and just as she was set to go on her first lengthy tour, it's been cancelled. She says the reason is that co-headliner K. Michelle is now "unavailable" this fall, but also that she's working on rescheduling certain dates:
Hey Kunts ! I just got an email from @kmichelle team and she is unfortunately unavailable this fall so she is canceling our tour.— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
Unfortunate news as this was my first U.S. tour. But my team will work on an alternative plan to try and keep some of the dates in order !— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
New Tour dates will be up soon !— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
Lol I dunno why y'all tryna roast me... My black ass is still hitting the road. Shit ain't cancelled niggas 😂😂😂😂😂— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
My kids need a bag of rice and a pack of pampers..... Imma see yall niggas in the fall OKAY ?? Mama need that COINt— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 30, 2015
Hey Rebels! To say I am crushed is an understatement. I try my best to push myself over the limit and if you don't listen to your body it will make you listen. While currently filming numerous television shows, readying my businesses and working on my new album, I simply cannot overexert myself anymore than I already am. So it is with a broken heart, I have to postpone the tour with me and @AzealiaBanks at this time. Before the negativity and assumptions from naysayers and media outlets begins, I'd like for everyone to know the truth. First, there is absolutely no drama between me and Azealia. We have a mutual respect for each other as women and artists. I can't wait to get in the studio with her and for you all to hear what she's been working on. Secondly, it wasn't low ticket sales. Due to such an overwhelming response with this tour there have been conversations about adding a second show in various cities. Above all, my fans mean the world to me and the last thing that I want to do is disappoint. I want to thank all of you for having my back and supporting me throughout the good and the bad. I can't wait for all of you to see what's in store and hear this new music! All tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded and I'll see you guys at the top next year! New album. New tour. ❤️ -K. Michelle
The NYC show would have happened September 26 at Best Buy Theater.
photo: Total Control @ FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Total Control, Crazy Spirit, Nandas @ Palisades
Total Control's Mikey Young is touring-adverse (he is a very busy mastering engineer among other things) so this short tour they're on is pretty rare. NYC is lucky with two chances to see them. Who knows if they'll tour again? Don't miss out.
U2 @ MSG
Rock and pop superstars U2 wrap up their eight-show run at Madison Square Garden tonight. Many of the shows have had special guests... might they pull out all the stops for this final show?
Veruca Salt, Charly Bliss @ Webster Hall
Comeback albums are often approached with a raised eyebrow, but Veruca Salt's first album with the original lineup in 20 years picked up right where they left off, making hooky, crunchy rock. Charly Bliss, who probably own a copy of American Thighs, open the show and are worth catching.
TV Girl, Jerry Paper, Novelty Daughter @ Shea Stadium
TV Girl released the highly-underrated French Exit last year which is a nice mix of indie pop, an early '90s/Daisy Age approach to sampling/beats, and a highly cynical lyrical view of relationships. Their live show is fun, too. Bathrobed eccentric Jerry Paper is also on this bill.
Blizzard Babies, Honey Radar, Arm Candy, Glueboy, Will Neibergall @ Silent Barn
Indiana's Honey Radar make sludgy, overdriven pop as can be heard on their excellent new EP, The Rabbit's Voice. If you dug Sic Alps or '90s-era Slumberland Records bands, you should definitely catch them at one of their NYC shows this weekend.
Tiny Hazard, Big Thief, Good Field, Reservations @ Trans-Pecos
Austin's Reservations began as a folky duo of Jana Horn and Paul Price, having released a self-titled EP in 2012. Since then they've added drummer Jason Baczynski and have just released their debut full-length, Taking Time. With a smoky/dusty sound, you can draw comparisons to Widowspeak or Sharon Van Etten, but Reservations are doing their own thing too. Good Field (which is fronted by Price) plays as well.
R. Ring, Nina Nastasia @ The Bell House
R. Ring is Kelley Deal of the Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Ampline and make folky pop that echoes back to Deal's other band but in a much gentler way.
Big K.R.I.T., Angel Haze, The D.R.E.A.M Ring @ Prospect Park
Big K.R.I.T. and Angel Haze are both killer rappers, so seeing them together at a free show in a nice outdoor environment sounds like a pretty great way to spend a Friday night.
Blake Mills, Gabriel Kahane @ City Winery
Fiona Apple just played three nights at City Winery with Watkins Family Hour. She has a break in her schedule tonight, and that same venue hosts a set from her frequent collaborator Blake Mills. Hmm...
Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson @ Jones Beach
While Smashing Pumpkins' recent recorded output doesn't quite live up to their '90s material (last year's Monuments to an Elegy wasn't half bad though), this tour is especially worth seeing because original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is back in the fold. Marilyn Manson co-headlines.
Daniel Romano, Wild Leaves @ Rough Trade
Daniel Romano makes raw country with influences dating back to the 1940s but an undeniably modern sound. His new album If Ive Only One Time Askin' is good stuff.
Thou, False, Forn, Sunrot @ Saint Vitus
Baton Rouge sludge metallers Thou have been pretty prolific lately. Last year's Heathen isn't getting old at all, and they already followed it with a collaborative album with The Body. Their black metal tourmates False recently put out their debut album after years of promising splits and EPs.
Jeff Rosenstock, Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, Pet Symmetry, High Dive @ Webster Hall Marlin Room
This bill is pretty great all around. Co-headining are Jeff Rosenstock, who has not one but two good indie-punk albums out this year (a solo LP and a collaboration with Chris Farren), and Alkaline Trio co-frontman Dan Andriano, whose new album is produced by Jeff. Opening are hooky punks Pet Symmetry (one of the many bands to feature Evan Weiss) and scrappy pop punks High Dive.
Eartheater, Shadowbox + Soft Circle @ Trans-Pecos
Eartheater, the deeply psychedelic solo project of Guardian Alien member Alexandra Drewchin, plays Trans-Pecos tonight with a collaborative set from two other experimental musicians, Shadowbox and Soft Circle.
The Mystery Lights, Acid Dad, Jungle Green @ Our Wicked Lady
Perhaps Brooklyn's best garage-psych outfit, The Mystery Lights play this new Bushwick spot tonight with fellow fuzz-lovers Acid Dad. This show is free.
Erol Alkan, Fort Romeau, JDH & Dave P @ Output
Producer, remixer, one-half of prog-dance duo Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve, and Todd Rundgren collaborator Erol Alkan has impeccable taste and impressive DJ skills.
Ronald Paris, True Blue @ Baby's All Right
This was supposed to be the first of two NYC shows for Finnish artist Jaakko Eino Kaveli who had to cancel his trip due to dreaded visa issues. Porches' Ronald Paris stays on the bill and the show is now free.
Parlor Walls @ Fulton Stall Market
South Street Seaport's multi-use Fulton Stall Market is hosting free shows on Friday. The space is nice, there's bar and a secluded courtyard...worse ways to spend a couple hours after work on a Friday.
Chain and the Gang, Shilpa Ray @ BSP Kingston
Ian Svenonius' current rock n' roll concern, Chain and the Gang, will start their tour with Thurston Moore soon but play this Kingston, NY show tonight first. If you're out that way and going, Shilpa Ray is awesome too.
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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July 30, 2015
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
the 'Pumpkins w/ uninvited guest / Marilyn Manson @ PNC Bank Arts Center 7/29/2015
"I don't know how those people are getting on stage but the next person that does is getting a guitar upside the head!" Twice, fans made it on stage during Smashing Pumpkins' set at PNC Bank Arts Center on Wednesday night (7/29), first during "Disarm" and then during "1979." Thankfully, roller coaster enthusiast Billy Corgan did not have to resort to guitar violence after that. Video of both stage invasions are below.
This was the first of three NYC-area shows for Smashing Pumpkins' tour with Marilyn Manson. The latter's set was even more highly theatrical than when he played Terminal 5 back in January. It takes guts to sing in stilts at age 46! Pictures and setlists for both Smashing Pumpkins and Manson are in this post.
Their co-headlining tour hits Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Friday (7/31) and Susquehanna Bank Center on Sunday (8/2). Tickets for those are still available.
More pictures below...
Finnish musician Jaakko Eino Kalevi was supposed to be in NYC this weekend, playing a headlining show at Baby's All Right on Friday (7/31) and appearing at MoMA PS1's Warm-Up on Saturday (8/1). Unfortunately, Visa Issues strike again:
Due to unforeseen visa complications I am sorry to say that I will not be able to play the shows in New York this Friday at Baby's All Right and at MoMA PS1 on Saturday. This is incredibly disappointing, but be assured that I will be in the US to play as soon as possible. Meanwhile you can see me in the good old Europe-continent.Bummer! We hope to see you soon, Jaakko!
Friday's show at Baby's is now a solo set from Ronald Paris of Porches and True Blue. It's free.
The 2015 Mad Decent Block Party tour starts in Atlanta this Friday (7/31), and afterparties for select cities have been announced. So far there's Alanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Philly, and both NYC dates. Details on each are here.
The NYC parties happen August 8 at Webster Hall and August 9 at Verboten with "Mad Decent All-Stars" billed for both nights. We're not sure exactly who that is, but it seems likely that some of the artists playing the day shows will show up. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.
Those day shows both happen at Coney Island's MCU Park. 8/8 has 4B, Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Die Antwoord, Getn & Jawns, Major Lazer, VIc Mensa, Lunice, Tommy Trash, and Yellow Claw (sold out). 8/9 has CL, Gorgon City (DJ), Grandtheft, iLoveMakonnen, Jack U (aka Skrillex & Diplo), Knife party, Party Favor, Tyler the Creator and What So Not (tickets).