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July 23, 2014

Jeff & Spencer Tweedy at ACL taping in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Tweedy

Tweedy, the new project of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year old son Spencer who are releasing an album this year, will make their NYC debut on September 23 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Tickets are on presale now. In addition to Tweedy performing songs off their upcoming LP, Jeff will also play a solo acoustic set of Wilco songs.

Check out the setlist and photos from his June ACL TV taping (and stay tuned for that recording to also premiere on TV).

All of Jeff's and Wilco's dates are listed, with a Tweedy video, below...

Continue reading "Jeff Tweedy touring, his band w/ his son Spencer making NYC debut at BAM (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

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Death Valley Girls dropped their debut, Street Venom, earlier this year as a cassette-only release on Burger. It's snarly, punky, attitude-heavy rock n' roll and you can stream it below or buy the digital from Bandcamp. (The cassette is sold out but is getting reprinted.) There weren't a lot of details about the band at the time -- no press pics, a cagey bio -- but turned out this is the new band from Patty Schemel (Hole, Upset). Her brother Larry was in the band too on guitar, with singer Bonnie Bloomgarden (who some may remember from NYC band The Witnesses; she's on the new King Tuff album too) and Rachel Orosco on bass. Patty has since left the group, with Laura Kelsey (The Flytraps) taking over. Death Valley Girls have a new EP, Electric High, out August 19 and we've got the premiere of its title track in this post.

The band will be on the road this fall, opening West Coast dates for Shonen Knife (who play NYC in September). Nothing for the East Coast yet, but stay tuned. All dates, along with streams, below...

Continue reading "Death Valley Girls released debut, ready new EP, touring West Coast w/ Shonen Knife (dates, streams)"

Saintseneca at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Saintseneca

Columbus, OH indie folk band Saintseneca were set to play this year's Fashion Meets Music Festival in their hometown, but they've dropped off the fest due to the headliner that was booked: R. Kelly. Here's an excerpt of what Saintseneca had to say:

Fashion Meets Music Festival happening in Columbus was a very exciting prospect to us; a way to represent our city and help form its identity, as well as a symbol of new things to come. We were very honored and excited to be asked to be a part of it.

That being said, we were disappointed that the artist selected to headline the festival was R. Kelly. We feel his selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault. We feel it is an affront to all survivors, who are already often overlooked and forgotten in our society.

As a result, we've decided to withdraw from the festival. This is in no way meant to be a direct attack on the festival or its organizers; in fact, we genuinely appreciate their hard work and their commitment to bringing something new and exciting to our hometown. It is just that being so closely associated with this artist, especially here in our own hometown, is something we are not comfortable with.

Jim DeRogatis points out that electronic duo Damn the Witch Siren dropped off the fest for the same reason too. Read Saintseneca's full statement, with a video from this year's Dark Arc, below...

Continue reading "Saintseneca drop off Fashion Meets Music Festival because R. Kelly is headlining"

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If you watched yesterday's Cubs-Padres game on TV, you may have seen Jack White in the stands. That Cubs jersey almost fits in with Lazaretto's sapphire color scheme, with a bit of the old White Stripes palette in there too. While he probably had a good time, the screencap above could inspire Sad Keanu-like memes. (UPDATE: It has already.)The ever-fact-filled announcer notes "his new record is really really good" and also recommends It Might Get Loud, the documentary with White, The Edge and Jimmy Page. Eddie Vedder was there too and this is part of a "3 ballparks in 3 days" run for White.

Watch a clip (via CoS) of the Cubs game, and check out a pic with Vedder, below.

Continue reading "Watch Jack White enjoying a Cubs game (like everyone watching live on TV did), Eddie Vedder too"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Josh Sisk
Dope Body

Baltimore's Dope Body have announced they'll follow 2012's Natural History with a new album, Lifer, on October 21 via Drag City. Its first single, "Hired Gun," is a punk rager filled with noise guitar heroics that you should definitely play loud. Turn up and do so below.

We already knew Dope Body are coming to NYC for a free show on August 29 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Single Mothers, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit (that is a killer lineup), and they've since scheduled a full tour for this October. That tour brings them back to NYC on 10/16 at The Studio at Webster Hall and 10/17 at Palisades. No openers announced for those shows yet. Tickets for Webster and Palisades are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Dope Body releasing a new LP, touring (3 NYC shows total)"

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New Orleans pop duo Generationals will be back with a new album, Alix, which will be out September 16 on Polyvinyl. That's the cover art above. The record was produced by the very au courant Richard Swift (Shins, Foxygen) and you can stream first single "Gold Silver Diamond" below.

Generationals will be on tour this fall, including a NYC stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 12. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/23) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (7/25) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below...

Continue reading "Generationals releasing new LP, 'Alix,' touring this fall (dates & new song stream)"

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Tickets for the RL Grime show at Terminal 5 go on Fan Club/VIP Package and AmEx presale today at 10 AM and noon, respectively. (Anyone know the password?)

Tickets for the Flying Lotus and Thundercat show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the EMA and Doldrums show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kimbra and Empress Of show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene) show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tom Vek show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for his Baby's All Right show.

Tickets for the PUP show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Mutual Benefit show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Glasslands Halloween show are still available.

TOKiMONSTA is playing Le Poisson Rouge on October 4 with Made In Heights. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Slavve are playing a free show at Rough Trade on August 2.

Soupcans, Pampers, Ultrathin and Chat Logs are playing Death by Audio on August 2. $8 at the door.

Amanda X, Two Inch Astronaut, Wing Dam and Cousin Brian are playing Death by Audio on August 8. $8 at the door.

Boytoy, Painted Zeroes, The Howl and Honduras are playing Death by Audio on August 9. $7 at the door.

Sleepies, Kal Marks, Left & Right and Washer are playing Death by Audio on August 13. $8 at the door.

Lodro, Waltz and Electroputas are playing Death by Audio on August 14. $8 at the door.

Sean Nicholas Savage is playing Death by Audio on August 15 with Nicholas Nicholas, Jerry Paper and CE Schneider Tropical the day before his free Central Park Summerstage show with Blood Orange. DbA show is $8 at the door.

Pharmakon, Una Bestia Incontrolable and Survival are playing Death by Audio on August 29. $10 at the door.

Dry The River and Nathaniel Rateliff are playing Bowery Ballroom on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general onsale Friday (7/25) at noon.

Comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Bill Pearis
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Boyd Shropshire has been playing in Philly bands for years. You may remember him from mid-'00s indie rockers Human Television and he's also spent time with Kurt Vile & the Violators. Shropshire will release his second solo album, Victory Weather, next week (7/29) via Wonderland Archives. As you might expect from a former Vile associate, it's hazy, lazy and quite lovely. You can listen to the whole thing right now -- we're premiering a stream of the whole album in this post.

There will be a NYC release party on August 5 at Union Pool. Jess Williamson and Matt Bauer are also on the bill with Boyd. No advance tickets, $8 at the door.

Album stream below...

Continue reading "Boyd Shropshire (Kurt Vile, Human Television) releasing new solo album (stream it), playing NYC release show "

"there is a 2 year old up in the balcony rocking out harder than most people at Joyce Manor right now." - Jenna L

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor
Joyce Manor

California punks Joyce Manor put out their third album and first for Epitaph, Never Hungover Again, yesterday (7/22) and came to NYC for a release show at Rough Trade NYC. Pictures are in this post.

It was technically an "in-store," which at Rough Trade still means it happens in their concert room, but all you had to do get in was buy the record at the store and the band played an early opener-less show that started just after 7 and was over by 8. One might assume an early show like that would be a calmer one, but that wasn't the case. Joyce Manor went from 0 to 60, beginning their set with "Catalina Fight Song," the first single and most aggressive song off the new LP, and the crowd was already ready to raise fists and yell back every word. The next few songs came with maybe a second of space between them, packing one minute and a half punch after another.

The band split their set pretty evenly between the new album and their 2011 self-titled debut (and with the lengths of their songs, they got to play almost all of both), but threw in some treats too. The last time I saw them, "Violent Inside" was the only song played off their under-appreciated second album, and that was played last night but so was a revved up version of that album's "See How Tame I Can Be," which the band pointed out they've only ever played a few times before. They reached back to their 2010 EP for early fan favorite "Five Beer Plan" too. The wildest moments came from S/T standouts "Leather Jacket" and "Constant Headache," which by far triggered the most stage diving of the night and ended up with both singers' mics in the crowd, but the response for the new material was great too. Perhaps the reason Joyce Manor don't play much of their second LP live is that they see the more ambitious record as more of a studio project, but the new album successfully combines the first two. It gives them the chance to rock out like their earlier material, but it was clear hearing a song like "Schley" next to a song like "Constant Nothing" that their songwriting and structures are continuing to progress.

Joyce Manor will be back in NYC when their proper tour hits Bowery Ballroom on September 15 with The Exquisites and Mike Bell & The Movies. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures from Rough Trade below...

Continue reading "Joyce Manor celebrated their new LP at Rough Trade (pics)"

Danny Brown at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Danny Brown

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

Neutral Milk Hotel, Circulatory System @ Prospect Park Bandshell
While Jeff Mangum hasn't released any new music since 1998's In The Aeoplane Over the Sea, nobody really seems to mind now seeing how he and NMH are finally playing shows again, and many people are getting to hear those songs live for the first time. Following this past winter's shows, he and the band now return to NYC for a victory lap at these two outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn! shows, which sounds like a nice place to hear the classics. This is night 2.

The Fresh and Onlys, The Shilohs, Christines @ Glasslands
Lumped in with the SF garage rock scene, The Fresh & Onlys make a twangy, tuneful brand of psych rock with distinct postpunk flourishes courtesy guitarist Wymond Miles. They really don't sound like anyone else  and are always worth catching live. Canadian ourmates The Shilohs make a decidedly Beatlesque brand of pop, and openers Christines owe just a little to '90s-era shoegaze.

FREEMAN, White Lighters @ Baby's All Right
With his long-running band a done deal, the artist formerly known as Gene Ween released his new solo album today via Partisan. He's got a soft spot for '70s pop on the new album which is an enjoyable listen.

Witch, Ruby the Hatchet @ MHOW
Though J Mascis is maybe the all time great indie rock shredder, he likes to rock out on drums too and his stoner rock band Witch (fronted by King Tuff main man Kyle Thomas) gives him a chance to do that. This Converse Rubber Tracks Live show is free if you RSVPed, which is now closed.

Field Mouse, Frances Cone, Weed Hounds, Lithuania @ Rough Trade
Field Mouse's new album is finally out now, and it mixes the shoegazy pop they'd become known for with shinier, mid '90s-style electropop-tinged alt-rock. Tonight's their record release show.

Bl'ast, Villians @ Santos Party House
Bl'ast released three albums of essential hardcore in the '80s on SST. They're now reunited, and the current lineup includes bassist Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) and drummer Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Eagles Of Death Metal, Goatsnake, Wasted Youth) supporting original members Clifford Dinsmore (vocals) and Mike Neider (guitar).

UPDATE: Bl'ast have actually cancelled all of their East Coast dates.

Crow Bait, Eureka California, Good Grief, Deep Pockets @ Shea Stadium
Good bill at Shea tonight spanning a few genres with the alt-country punk of Crow Bait, the indie pop of Athens, GA's Eureka California, the Superchunk-inspired Liverpool, UK band Good Grief, and shouty, slightly Hold Steady-ish punks Deep Pockets.

Man Forever, White Suns @ McCarren Park (Summerscreen)
The free Summerscreen series continues tonight. Before a screening of Cry-Baby there will be sets by the dark experimental metal band White Suns and Kid Millions' (of Oneida) project Man Forever.

Matmos, So Percussion Summer Institute, Kid Millions, Brian Chase @ Silent Barn
Speaking of Kid Millions, he also plays this show as Silent Barn that features veteran experimentalists Matmos, the So Percussion Summer Institute ("an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists"), and Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase.

Beech Creeps, Mutwawa, Brat Pit, Corido Ron @ Death By Audio
Beech Creeps are a bit of an NYC noise/experimental supergroup, featuring Lehrhoff (Ex Models), Luke Fasano (Yeasayer / People Get Ready) and Mark Shue (The Library is on Fire, and Monster Crunch granola maker).

PHOX, Trails and Ways @ Mercury Lounge
Wisconsin indie pop outfit PHOX combine sunny melodies with folky arrangements (and honeyed, breathy vocals) for a sound as airy as a summer breeze. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.

Total Abuse, Rectal Hygienics, Ligature @ Home Sweet Home
Austin hardcore band Total Abuse celebrate their new "Looking For Love" 7" at tonight's edition of Nothing Chances, and they'll be joined by Chicago noise rockers Rectal Hygienics and Chris Hansell's (Warthog, Foreplay, ex-The Men) Ligature project.

Baby Mollusk, Sergio Napoletano, Barelyon @ The Rock Shop
Baby Mollusk make the sort of kinda folky kinda punky indie rock that any fans of Hop Along, Speedy Ortiz, Swearin', etc should dig.

Jesus Christ and the Hallucinogenic Allstars, Pussywolf, Pharaoh, Mount Salem @ Saint Vitus
Chicago's Mount Salem wear their proto-metal and traditional doom influences on their sleeves, but they do it well. They're over in NYC for this show.

Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q @ Best Buy Theater
Three of the best contemporary rappers come together for what should be an excellent time at Best Buy Theater tonight.

Leif Vollebekk @ SubCulture
This underrated Canadian singer-songwriter released his most recent album, North Americana, at the start of this year and its folky charms will work especially well at an intimate venue like SubCulture.

Braid, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Marietta @ Asbury Lanes
16 years after Braid's now-classic Frame & Canvas was released, the emo vets are finally back with its followup, No Coast, and it was worth the wait. It picks up where they left off but sounds like a contemporary of the newer bands in the genre too. They'll hit NYC this Saturday, but the tour's also nearby in NJ tonight. Openers A Great Big Pile of Leaves make this a great double bill and Braid fans should dig them too.

Quiet Riot, Gilby Clarke, Faster Pussycat, BulletBoys @ The Paramount
Cum on feel the noize. Girls rock your boys. We'll get wild, wild, wild...with only drummer Frankie Banali remaining from the QR lineup that did that song.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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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