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September 28, 2014

Robert Plant at Prospect Park in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Robert Plant

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

Robert Plant (and the Sensational Space Shifters) @ BAM
Maybe Led Zeppelin will never reunite, but Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters (including members of Massive Attack and Portishead) get the Led out on their tours and their original material's not half bad either. Tonight's the second of two BAM shows, part of Nonesuch Records at BAM.

Man Man, Saint Rich @ Le Poisson Rouge
Eccentric rockers Man Man return to NYC for this free show which Lagunitas is presenting. RSVP is closed.

Twin Peaks, Honduras, Roya @ Brooklyn Flea
The Brooklyn Flea hosts music again this afternoon, this time from raucous Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks, garagey Brooklyn indie band Honduras and The Clean/Habibi-related band Roya.

Lydia Loveless, Nathan Xander, Xenia Sky @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Lydia Loveless makes alt-country with the kick of a cowboy boot and some rock n roll swagger. She's already played NYC opening for two veteran bands this year (Old 97s and Camper Van Beethoven) and tonight she headlines one of her own.

Bastard Sapling, Geryon, Belus @ The Acheron
USBMers Bastard Sapling are on the heels of a killer new album, and tonight their tour hits NYC with the great Geryon and Belus. If you're going, no band on this bill is to be missed.

Slaughter & the Dogs, Shocked Minds, Drunken Rampage @ Grand Victory
'70s era British punks Slaughter & the Dogs have been kicking again since the '90s and tonight they're in NYC for their second of two shows here.

Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle @ State Theatre
Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle just wrapped up a tour together, titled "Songs and Stories, Together Onstage," which did not hit the NYC area but they're coming pretty close tonight. This should be a nice night with two great songwriters.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Hannibal Buress hasn't been able to do his free Knitting Factory Sunday show in a while, seeing as he's been killing it on the Oddball Comedy tour, but he's back tonight. Big name guests regularly show up at these, and Hannibal's been becoming a pretty big name himself lately too.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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September 27, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Pop Montreal HQ (via @popmontreal)
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Pop Montreal happened last week at venues all over the Quebec city. I've been to M for Montreal many times, but this year was my first Pop and it was a pretty fun time. One thing you notice almost straight away is that unlike some festivals, this one clearly feels like it is for its home city first and foremost. Luckily, Montrealers are a friendly sort of folk. There were a handful of "international" acts (Ty Segall, Twin Shadow, Suzanne Vega), but the lion's share of the music was Canadian and specifically from Quebec. And there are no shortage of bands and artists in Montreal. I saw a bunch of them.

The festival works basically like SXSW, you get a badge which allows you in to all the participating venues (most in the city). Unlike SXSW however, said venues are not all conveniently located on or around a six-block stretch. There are patches of venues clustered around, but if you're trying to take advantage of your badge's club-hopping abilities, it involves hoofing it or cabs. I found myself on Saint Laurent a lot, which has La Sala Rosa, Casa del Popolo, Divan Orange, and a few others right around each other. There aren't a lot of day parties like you get at SXSW and CMJ, but plenty of late-night afterparty action.

I missed the basketball game and Steve Albini cooking class, but across five days, many Cadence Weapon sightings and the single worst hangover I've ever experienced, these were some of the Pop Montreal musical highlights:

The Unicorns @ Metropolis (9/21): Reforming at Arcade Fire's behest, Montreal cult band Unicorns played their final home show on the last night of Pop. It really is a different experience seeing them in their hometown. They did two single-note band hit encores as a joke before finally leaving the place with "I Was Born (a Unicorn)."

Light Fires @ Balattou (via)
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Light Fires @ Ballattou (9/17): Toronto cross-dressing synthpop solo act Light Fires opened for Unicorns at Metropolis but I also caught her the first night of the fest at Ballattou, which clearly used to be a strip club. The seedy atmosphere fit Light Fires' vibe well, which was part Hedwig and part Erasure. (Her record's pretty good.) I stuck around afterwards for LA Foster who used to be in Mozart's Sister but now makes her own synth-n-B on her own.

Choses Sauvages @ Club Lambi (9/19) I don't think I've gone to Montreal and not seen a Francophone dancerock band, and this trip it was Choses Sauvages who were playing another place that seemed like it used to have exotic dancing. The French language works well for this kind of funky disco and the band goes the extra mile in the live department, hamming it up just enough.

TOPS @ Sala Rossa (9/19): TOPS are one of the more popular rising bands in Montreal and I'd seen them play a few times already (plus their old band Silly Kissers), but they've come a long way even in the last year. Jane Penny's confidence as a frontperson has grown and guitarist David Carriere's playing is Steely Dan clean. Hearing them do "Way to Be Loved" live was maybe the highlight of the fest. They'll be in NYC soon with Wampire, and for CMJ as well. Moon King opened and also just seem to get better.

Holy Data @ Divan Orange (via @brooklynvegan)
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Holy Data @ Divan Orange (9/20): Featuring ex-members of Sunset Rubdown and Parlovr, with a fair amount of synths and effected guitars, Holy Data make a swirling, occasionally muscular brand of dreampop. You can check out a couple demos on their soundcloud.

Monomyth @ L'Escogriffe (9/18) Hailing from Halifax, NS and having all four members write and sing, I couldn't help but compare them a bit to Sloan. But Monomyth sound nothing like them though. Like Sloan, the styles of the songs vary wildly depending on who's singing (one of them clearly went through a jam band phase). But the songs are uniformly terrific, ranging from powerpop to warbly indiepop. Also, I really like L'Escogriffe's down-n-dirty rock vibe. Their new album, Saturnalia Regalia, came out this summer on Mint (stream it via Spotify)

Pat Jordache @ Pop HQ (9/20): I've seen Pat play a few times, and it's always a different lineup of the band. Here they were a three piece (no drummer) but their sound has gotten darker and groovier. Liquid bass, ala Japan or early Brian Eno, with appropriately gothy (but not too) vocals. We're due for some new music from Pat Jordache soon, keep an eye out.

The Muscadettes @ L'Escogriffe (9/20): Shouty two-piece (plus drummer live) who are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Heaps of attitude and the songs loads of fun. Currently working on their debut album, you can check out a single here.

SEOUL @ The Plant (9/20): In addition to official shows, I also went to a Pop Montreal fashion show (weird/cool), and on Sunday checked out DIY space The Plant that reminded me of RIP Brooklyn spots Dead Herring and the old Silent Barn. Someone brought bagels from St. Viateur and you could help yourself, and between bands folks hung out behind the building where the railroad passed by every so often. SEOUL, who make airy pop that would sound at home on a Prefab Sprout album, are good Sunday afternoon hangout (hangover) music. They'll be in NYC for CMJ too.

Pop Montreal has announced dates for next year: September 16 - 20.

Weezer

Tickets for the upcoming Weezer tour, where they'll be playing their new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End (due 10/7 via Republic) in full, go on sale today at 1 PM EST. The NYC show happens at Bowery Ballroom, and tickets for that one will be available here.

Yesterday, the band put out a new song from the album called "Lonely" which you can stream with the full list of dates, below...

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Torche at IO-Northside 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
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Rentals

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

The Rentals, Mates of State, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Irving Plaza
Matt Sharp's post-Weezer band The Rentals released their first album in 15 years this past summer via Polyvinyl which pretty much picked up where they left off (in a good way). Their labelmates Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and former Polyvinyl (current Barsuk) band Mates of State will both make for nicely matched openers.

Beach Fossils, Heavenly Beat, Axxa/Abraxas @ Baby's All Right
It's an all Captured Tracks bill tonight, with Beach Fossils, their former bassist's solo project (Heavenly Beat) and Atlanta's Axxa Abraxas. This is the second of two nights at Baby's All Right for this lineup and the start of their tour.

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
The bi-annual vinyl extravaganza is back with tables from labels, some of your favorite local record stores, and used vendors. There's also Minimal Wave cupcakes and a host of DJs -- Nancy Whang and Jonathan Toubin among them -- and tons and tons of records.

Fletcher C. Johnson, Boytoy, Las Rosas @ Rough Trade
It's also Cassette Store Day and you can celebrate the medium at Rough Trade with this free day show curated by the current kings of cassettes, Burger Records. For more CSD fun, there's a Tape Meet at 1087 Flushing.

I.U.D. (Lizzy from Gang Gang Dance), Prince Rama, Psalm Zero, RatKing, Junglepussy, Juiceboxxx, King Concubine, Dark Sister, Trollkrem, tba, Fortunate Dad, DJ George Costanza, DJ Todd P @ MoMA PS1
The NY Art Book Fair is underway and this crazy diverse show happens as part of it with everything from psychedelia to rap to metal and still more.

Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, legendary boundary pusher Anderson teams with the Kronos Quartet for what is sure to be a special evening, their first-ever collaboration -- "Landfall" which was inspired by Hurricane Sandy.

Robert Plant (and the Sensational Space Shifters) @ BAM
Maybe Led Zeppelin will never reunite, but Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters (including members of Massive Attack and Portishead) get the Led out on their tours and their original material's not half bad either. Tonight's the first of two BAM shows, part of Nonesuch Records at BAM.

Torche, Broughton's Rules, Descender, Black Black Black @ Saint Vitus
Torche are genuinely as down-tuned sludgy as they are addictively catchy and their shows are always a helluva good time. Don Cab/Blunderbuss-related math/post rockers Broughton's Rules are worth catching too.

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Metal Mountains, Tall Firs @ Union Pool
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo focuses on melodic (and sometimes psychedelic) material with his current band The Dust. It's a little more straightforward than what he was writing SY but still excellent stuff.

Tape Deck Mountain, Slavve, Writer, Curelight Wounds @ Cake Shop
Slavve, the duo which features onetime Surfer Blood drummer Marcos Marchesani, released their self-titled EP this summer, full of hard-hitting lo-fi rock. Tape Deck Mountain, the shoegazy former San Diegans, released Sway last year. Their tour together starts tonight here.

Shellshag, Crow Bait, Murmurs, Pretty Pretty, Magnets @ Death By Audio
All around great lineup for punk and punk-ish bands at DbA tonight with local DIY regulars Shellshag, Long Island's alt-country-ish Crow Bait and their current tourmates from Seattle, Murmurs, and Columbus, OH DIY punks Pretty Pretty.

Phaeleh, Different Sleep, M!NT @ Glasslands
UK producer makes more of his atmospheric garage on his new EP which came out earlier this week. Tonight's show should be heavy on the vibes.

Old Wounds, The Banner, Go Deep @ ABC No Rio
It's the second of two NYC shows on the IO-presented Old Wounds tour, and today the metalcore ragers will be joined by The Banner and Go Deep.

Kasabian, Bo Ningen @ Terminal 5
Swaggering UK band Kasabian are still at it, having just released new album 48:13 that finds them still rocking in a funky, Brit kinda way. If you're going tonight, do get there in time to see Bo Ningen's wuxia take on prog-metal.

The Giraffes, Radkey, Netherlands @ The Wick
From the early days of the Brooklyn scene, hard rockers The Giraffes are back together with original singer Aaron Lazar for this show.

John Zorn, Billy Martin, Flea, John Medeski, Evan Lurie, Michael Blake, Calvin Weston @ Town Hall
The Strange & Beautiful fest, celebrating the music of Lounge Lizard leader John Lurie, comes to a close with this big tribute. Might Lurie, who's suffering from Lyme Disease, show up himself? We shall see.

Goldie, Dieselboy, Empress, Jakes, Double Dragon, Dave Shichman @ Verboten
Legendary DJ Goldie sounds Timeless as ever almost two decades after that album was released. Tonight he wraps up a short US tour in NYC.

Global Citizen Festival w/ Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots, Tiesto @ Great Lawn at Central Park
Lots of big names are coming together for this year's Global Citizen Festival which goes down today in Central Park.

Nuclear Santa Claust, Thin Lips, Black Wine, Adam Finchler @ Shea Stadium
Two of Don Giovanni's great band, Nuclear Santa Claust and Black Wine, team with Philly punks Thin Lips and NYC anti-folk singer Adam Finchler for this bill at Shea tonight.

Fucking Invincible, Tiger Flowers, Hivemasher, Torrential Downpour + special guests @ The Acheron
Dropdead/Daughters-related band Fucking Invincible play a type of ultra-aggressive core that loves tossing '90s-styled jud-jud breakdowns into the maelstrom. Tonight they're joined by an equally heavy lineup all around, plus special guests are promised.

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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September 26, 2014

Happy Replacements fans in 2014 (more by P Squared Photography)
The Replacements

Tim Sommer has some issues with the Replacements. In the 2nd of two articles he's written about the recent reunion, he says:

It is possible that my own archival experiences with the Replacements may have affected my ability to appreciate the pure delight people are feeling upon seeing the renascent Replacements in 2014. See, back in the day (early-ish/middish 1980s) I saw them play five terrible shows, I mean shows that really insulted both the audience and the bands' talents; also, I have known too many people who were hurt or insulted by Westerberg; and last but most certainly not least, in the Fall of 1983 I walked into the apartment on Eldridge Street I was sharing with Jack Rabid, and found a naked Bob Stinson having sex on the kitchen floor. Please keep in mind that at that time the apartment had changed very little since Jacob Riis had photographed it in 1904 (except for the Bad Brains flyers on the wall), and just the idea of anyone having sex on that filthy neo-tenement floor would give any person, decent or indecent, the willies. Frankly, I don't think I've been able to erase the memory from my mind, and it may have been contributed to development of a tumor on my optic nerve in the late 1990s (true story). So, I confess that a lot of that baggage probably got in the way of my appreciating just how much people are enjoying seeing Westerberg and Tommy Stinson on stage bashing out old favorites.
Read the full story at the Brooklyn Bugle (and part 1 HERE).

Bob Stinson passed away in 1995.

In related news, The Replacements may be writng new music.

The Daily Show did the unthinkable this week. They made a joke about boy band One Direction!

The comedy show did a segment with correspondent Jessica Williams, and she talked about a few terrorist organizations, which included to al-Qaeda, Hamas, ISIS, the Zetas drug cartel, and then showed One Direction as a joke.

Williams doesn't mention Zayn Malik, but members of One Direction's (mostly teenage girl) fanbase apparently didn't get the joke, tweeting about it with the "#TheDailyShowGoneTooFar" hashtag.

Some people thought that because Malik is a Muslim, the band shouldn't be linked with terrorism.

"I am so disappointed with @TheDailyShow !How could them use the word 'terrorist' associated with #onedirection ?" one person wrote.

Said another, "I watch your show but Zayn from One Direction is very sensitive about his religion so he keeps quiet about it. Apologize."

Some of the fans wanted to get the Daily Show "shut down," while some of the comments were borderline threats.

Added another: "@TheDailyShow why don't you apologise for saying such racist remarks about a member of one direction."

Said another, "I JUST FREKIN RETWEETED THE VIDEO OF THE DAILY SHOW N IM LIKE WTF CME ON THTS NOT FUNNY TO INVOLVE ONE DIRECTION IN A TERRORIST GROUP!!" [EPOCH TIMES]

The Daily show has yet to issue a proper apology to these serious charges. Watch the segment below:

Continue reading "HAS THE DAILY SHOW GONE TOO FAR?!?!? (the One Direction mafia thinks so)"

by Andrew Sacher

Grade

Canadian '90s/early '00s-era post-hardcore/emo band Grade have been active again for a few years now, and this fall they'll finally make their way back to the Northeast US for shows in NYC and Philly, both with NJ's Ensign. The NYC show happens November 28 at Saint Vitus with Jewel Heist and Regret. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The Philly show is the day after and they have a couple Canadian shows before then. All dates are listed below.

Grade released five full lengths in their time (as well as a handful of splits and EPs), the last being 2001's Headfirst Straight to Hell, and since reuniting they've put out a 2010 split EP with Bane which had them still sounding in good form. Their early records, including 1999's Under the Radar LP, their first full length for Victory Records and arguably their most influential release, merged melodic hardcore and emo and helped pioneer the screaming/clean-singing bands of the early 2000s. A couple years later, bands like Taking Back Sunday and Thursday would sign to Victory and help take this sound into the mainstream, but unfortunately Grade broke up before they had the chance to achieve that level of success themselves. Their stuff lives up well though. Revisit Under the Radar, along with a track from their 2010 comeback EP and their list of dates, below.

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New Amsterdam Records is presenting an all-day event at MoMA PS1 on October 19 called Sound/Source, an "exploration of electroacoustic music in all its forms, featuring collaborations between legends, luminaries, and newcomers as they examine the interplay between human and machine sounds." The centerpiece of the event is electronic composer Paul Lansky's series of Idle Chatter granular synth compositions on the 30th anniversary of the series' birth, including a new live vocal arrangement performed by members of Roomful of Teeth as well as an eight-channel surround sound arrangement performed by Lansky himself. (Lansky's "Mild und Leise" was famously sampled by Radiohead on "Idioteque.") Additionally, Holly Herndon will offer her own interpretation of "Idle Chatter."

Also that day: a performance of Alvin Lucier's "I am sitting in a room" making use of the resonant frequencies in MoMA PS1's geodesic dome. Former Battles vocalist Tyondiai Braxton will also do a set, and pianist Vicky Chow will perform Tristan Perich's album-length piece, Surface Image, a collaboration which will be released next month via New Amsterdam (watch a trailer for the LP below).

Additionally, there will be a number of site-specific sound installations, from Nate Boyce & Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) in the Boiler Room basement; Daniel Wohl with Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors) and Caroline Shaw in the rooftop Richard Serra room; and literal elevator music created by Lucky Dragons. There will also be a handcrafted instillation of electronic instruments from MOOG.

Tickets for Sound/Source are on sale now. Trailer for Surface Image below...

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Weedeater in Chicago in 2013 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
Weedeater

North Carolina stoners Weedeater signed to Season of Mist not long ago, and are planning to release a new album for the label recorded by Steve Albini. Not many other details on that yet, but they did just announce a tour with hardcore rippers Full of Hell and the proggy Lazer/Wulf. That tour hits NYC on November 7 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.

Full of Hell are also gearing up to release a collaborative album with noise veteran Merzbow on November 25 via Profound Lore. You can stream a track "Gordian Knot," which is one hell of a racket, below.

Lazer/Wulf are also on board for the Metal Injection/MetalSucks CMJ showcase with Inter Arma and others, happening October 21 at Acheron (tickets).

Weedeater tour flyer and Full of Hell/Merzbow stream below...

Continue reading "Weedeater touring with Lazer/Wulf and Full of Hell, who are releasing an album w/ Merzbow (stream a track)"

Tweedy

Tweedy were just in NYC for a show at BAM and today they've released the video for single "Low Key" from Jeff and Spencer's debut album, Sukierae. It was directed by master woodworker and Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman and has the Tweedys forced to schlep their LP door-to-door due to label cutbacks. There are a ton of cameos in the video, including Michael Shannon, John Hodgman, Conan O'Brien, Chance the Rapper and many more. Also...twist ending! You can watch it below.

You may remember that Jeff Tweedy starred in the season 6 finale of Parks & Rec. You can revisit that now; season 6 was just added to Netflix.

Continue reading "Tweedy share "Low Key" video directed by Nick Offerman w/ cameos from Conan, Chance the Rapper & many more"