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February 3, 2016

(photo by Dan Santoni)
John Carpenter

As mentioned, the great filmmaker/composer John Carpenter is releasing Lost Themes II in April, followed by his first-ever live performances, including an appearance at Primavera Sound. The initial dates were all overseas but he's announced a NYC show at Playstation Theater on July 8. It's billed as a "live retrospective" where he'll perform "themes from his classic films and new compositions." Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon. It's currently his only U.S. date.

That NYC show happens right after Carpenter gets back from ATP Iceland 2016 which happens July 1 - 3 at Ásbrú in Keflavík, Iceland and the lineup also includes Sleep, Thee Oh Sees, Les Savy Fav, Ty Segall. And more. The full ATP Iceland 2016 lineup is listed, along with updated John Carpenter dates and some of his soundtrack work, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Loretta Lynn

Last fall, we mentioned that country legend Loretta Lynn would be releasing Full Circle, her first album since 2004's Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose, on March 4 via Sony Legacy. It featurs a mix of covers, re-workings of old songs, and new songs, and one of the new ones just premiered over at Pitchfork. It's called "Who's Gonna Miss Me?" and if you had any doubt that Loretta could still make quality songs, this will crush that doubt. Check it out below.

As mentioned, the album features a collaboration with Elvis Costello and one with Willie Nelson. Loretta also has tour dates coming up, including SXSW. All dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Cavern of Anti-Matter
cavern of Anti-Matter

Stereolab called it quits in 2009 and since then main man Tim Gane has a new project, Cavern of Anti-Matter, a trio that also includes Holger Zapf and Joe Dilworth. Still playing with analogue synths, drone, motorik beats and repetition repetition repetition, it's not too far off from what Stereolab did. After releasing a few EPs and other records, Cavern of Anti-Matter are set to release their proper debut album, Void Beats / Invocation Trex, on February 19 via Gane's Duophonic label. The record features a number of guests, including Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), and Jan St. Werner (Mouse On Mars). You can check out a video for Cox's vocal contribution, "liquid gate," which was directed by Peter Strickland who made Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy. Watch it, and check out another LP track, below.

Cavern of Anti-Matter will be touring Europe this month, and are set to play Primavera Sound in June. No tour dates in North America yet, but let's hope. Deerhunter, meanwhile, also play Primavera (will Bradford come out for Cavern's set?), and have announced more North American tour dates. None in NYC (dates are in the South and West Coast) but all are listed below.

Continue reading "Cavern of Anti-Matter (Tim Gane of Stereolab) ready debut LP, share Bradford Cox collaboration; Deerhunter expand tour"

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

photo: Kvelertak at Terminal 5 in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Kvelertak

Norway's preeminent black 'n' roll hellraisers Kvelertak are heading out on a 2016 North American tour with Torche and Wild Throne as the world readies for the release of the follow-up to 2013's Meir. They're currently at work in Oslo, recording the album live with engineer Nick Terry (Lindstrøm, Peaches, Libertines), which is promised at some point in 2016 via Roadrunner.

The tour will be hitting NYC for an Invisible Oranges-presented show at Irving Plaza on April 13. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/5) at 10 AM with a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges presale starting Thursday (2/4) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Check out all tour dates and the video for "Bruane Brenn" off their last album, below...

Continue reading "Kvelertak prepping new album, touring with Torche and Wild Throne, playing Irving Plaza (Invisible Oranges presents)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Black Black Black

Brooklyn's Black Black Black are prepping their second album. It's called Altered States of Death and Grace and it's due for release on March 25 via Aqualamb Records. We're premiering the first song, which is called, "Let's Bloodlet" and features guest vocals from Unsane's Dave Curran.

Dave's screams lend a ferocious edge to this catchy but raw slice of stoner rock. Black Black Black traffic in the kind of good-natured misanthropy of bands like Whores or KEN Mode, but the musical gestures beneath the noisy exterior are all forward-charging, Kyuss-worshipping sludge 'n' roll. It's basically underground metal's version of a radio banger, and you can stream it blow.

Black Black Black have a couple of shows coming up. They'll be opening up that Craw reunion show with STATS at Saint Vitus on March 12 (tickets). More imminently, they'll also be playing a show in NJ on Saturday (2/6) at the Cheap Thrills Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet in Asbury Park.

Speaking of Unsane, frontman Chris Spencer's new band UXO are streaming their new album and playing some shows.

Stream "Let's Bloodlet" by Black Black Black below...

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Levitation 2016 Flyer

Austin's Levitation Fest just announced a bunch of great additions to its 2016 lineup, including Courtney Barnett, Ween, The Arcs, Melody's Echo Chamber, plus Swiss krautrockers Klaus Johann Grobe (finally coming to North America), David J & The Gentlemen Thieves (performing Love & Rockets / Bauhaus songs), Holy Wave, Wall of Death, Nots, Christian Bland & The Revelators, Magic Wands, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Bayonne, Federale, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

That's in addition to already announced acts Animal Collective, Brian Wilson playing Pet Sounds, Ty Segall, Caribou, Slowdive, Super Furry Animals, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Dungen, Brian Jonestown Massacre and lots more.

Levitation is happening on April 29-May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch. Weekend passes are on sale now. While kickoff parties and the daily schedules have not been announced, Levitation has announced daily lineups. Those are listed below.

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett, Ween, The Arcs, Melody's Echo Chamber, Klaus Johann Grobe & more added to 2016 Levitation lineup"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Into It. Over It. at Irving Plaza in 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Into It Over It

Into It. Over It. already shared "No EQ" from their upcoming John Vanderslice-produced album Standards, and today they revealed a second track. Similarly to the first single, "Required Reading" has hints of early Death Cab but with trickier math rock tendencies than that band ever had. No small of this is due to the masterful drumming of Josh Sparks, who previously lent his abilities to the highly technical band Damiera in the late '00s (which IIOI singer Evan Weiss was also briefly a member of). Check out the new song below.

As discussed, the band is going on an awesomely-billed tour with The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, The Sidekicks and Pinegrove. That tour hits NYC on April 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of Pinegrove, they recently released a new single off their new album Cardinal, due next week (2/12) via Run For Cover. Following "Old Friends" we get "Cadmium." It's twangy indie rock that's folky and rockin' at the same time without being folk rock (and kinda sounds straight out of 2005), and Evan Stephens Hall's killer voice demands your attention the whole time. Check this out below.

Pinegrove also open the sold-out Modern Baseball / Jeff Rosenstock show in NYC on their album release day.

Continue reading "Into It. Over It. & Pinegrove share new songs ahead of tour"

Halcyon

Long-running Brooklyn electronic-music record store Halcyon closed its space in DUMBO last year, and now it's set to reopen in WIlliamsburg. Via press release:

Halcyon, intrepid Brooklyn based record purveyor and mainstay of New York's underground electronic music scene for 16 years, awakens in its new North Williamsburg location on Friday, February 5th at noon. This, the fourth incarnation of Halcyon, marks a return to the groundbreaking hybrid record store, coffee shop/café and event space format first popularized when it launched back in 1999 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The new store is set to open 7 days a week from noon to 8pm, with extended hours to coincide with a slate of regular programming and special events to be announced in the coming months.

Inside its intimate new home in the Northeast corner of the grey concrete building that houses Brooklyn's leading underground nightclub, Output, visitors will be treated to an immersive lifestyle-based experience in a split-leveled space vaguely styled after a Stasi-era Eastern European diner car with glazed ceramic brick walls in muted greens and browns, dark mahogany banquette seating and vintage brass lighting fixtures.

With its own direct entrance but accessible from both Output's Main and Panther rooms, Halcyon will curate and host frequent events that span the spectrum of DJ and vinyl culture, complementing Output's powerhouse programming by focusing more on the emerging talents, challenging sounds, and fringe styles.

DJ, producer and long time Halcyon associate DJ Jus-Ed of Underground Quality is scheduled to christen the space in a private reception on opening night.

As you know, Output is always playing host to quality dance parties. Not only does Halcyon open this Friday, but that's the same day as the Modeselektor show at Output (tickets), so that's a doubly good reason to go.

photo: Paul Kantner with Jefferson Airplane at Monterey Pop Festival, 1967
Paul Kantner

Last week, Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship member Paul Kantner sadly passed away. We mentioned at the time that Jefferson Starship (which he was still leading up until his death) had an upcoming tour that we assumed would be cancelled, but Jambands.com reports that Jefferson Starship will still be touring. It does seem kind of weird, especially since Paul leaving Jefferson Starship in the '80s is what caused them to drop the "Jefferson" from their name. Though we can probably assume this tour will be full of tributes to Paul.

The current lineup includes longtime member David Freiberg (also of Quicksilver Messenger Service), Donny Baldwin, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith, Cathy Richardson and Jude Gold. The tour hits NYC on March 20 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are available. All tour dates here.

If you haven't, check out our list of 15 essential Paul Kantner songs. Stream one of them below...

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by Bill Pearis

Still Flyin

Led by Sean Rawls, San Francisco's Still Flyin' has been around since the mid-'00s, more a collective than a band and featuring a revolving lineup that has, over the years, included Jens Lekman, members of Love is All, The Aislers Set, Versus, Ladybug Transistor, Architecture in Helsinki, and other groups. (I saw them play at SXSW years ago with more than a dozen people on stage.) Still Flyin' are currently a sextet and just released Perfect Future via Ernest Jenning Record Co./We Were Never Being Boring. Pulling influence from Orange Juice, New Order, Elephant 6, etc, this is charming, wide-eyed, party-friendly indiepop and you can stream it below.

Still Flyin' are currently on the East Coast for a short run of shows. The first is here in NYC, tonight (2/3) at Cake Shop. For fans of indiepop, the whole bill is super solid, featuring Ladybug Transistor offshoot/reduction O/R/F (aka the band's Gary Olson, Julia Rydholm, and Kyle Forester), Love is All's James Ausfahrt, and Brooklyn indiepop stalwarts My Teenage Stride. Some of these folks have been in Still Flyin' over the years, so it wouldn't be too surprising to see an extra-large version of the band (for at least a few songs) tonight. Tickets are on sale.

All Still Flyin' tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and the flyer for the Cake Shop, below.

Continue reading "Still Flyin' released 'Perfect Future' (listen), on East Coast tour, play NYC tonight w/ mems of Love Is All, Ladybug Transistor"