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February 25, 2015

William Elliott Whitmore

Iowa folk and blues artist William Elliott Whitmore has detailed his new album, the followup to 2011's Field Songs. Making a departure from his bare acoustic style, the new record, Radium Death, has him going electric and adding a little distortion in there too. The album's due out March 31 via Anti-. Check out a new track below.

William is also heading out on tour surrounding the release of the new album, coming to NYC on April 11 at Rough Trade and again April 13 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with the Mercury Lounge show going on AmEx presale today at noon.

Check out all dates and stream "Healing To Do" from the new album, below...

Continue reading "William Elliott Whitmore releasing a new album, touring"

photo: Warpaint in Chicago, October 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Warpaint

Warpaint will be releasing a series of new digital singles this year, the first of which will be "No Way Out" b/w "Riot" in March. You can stream "No Way Out" below.

The band will be on tour in Europe in March, and their only current US show is headlining the 2015 Desert Daze Festival which takes place May 2 at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca, CA. Also playing are Failure, RJD2, Minus the Bear (performing They Make Beer Commercials Like This), Dan Deacon, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now and full Desert Daze line-up, and all Warpaint live dates, are listed below...

Continue reading "Warpaint releasing new singles in 2015 (listen to the first), touring Europe, headlining 2015 Desert Daze fest (line-up)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Christopher DiNitto
Shadow Age

Richmond, VA's Shadow Age used to be called Colony -- they smartly changed it because several bands have that name -- and if you're assuming that's a Joy Division reference, one listen to new single "A Portrait of a Young Man Drowning" probably proves that assumption true. They don't sound exactly like Joy Division or anything, but it's dark moody post-punk with a low-voiced singer suggesting they've probably listened to that band at least once or twice. (They've probably listened to Bauahus too.) The song appears on their debut EP, Silaluk, due out May 19 via 6131, and it premieres below.

Continue reading "Shadow Age releasing debut EP on 6131 (stream a track)"

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Tickets for the Patrick Watson show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the added Action Bronson show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fat White Family shows at Mercury Lounge & MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the iLoveMakonnen shows at Bowery & MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Pixies shows at Beacon Theatre and Kings Theatre go on Fan Club/AmEx presales today at 10 AM. Password: snakes.

Tickets for the Lower Dens show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Azealia Banks show at Irving Plaza go on Live Nation and Music Geeks presales today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Ben Folds show at Bowery & Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Paul Weller shows at Terminal 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to The Tallest Man on Earth show at Beacon Theatre go on presale today at 11 AM (password: TALLEST).

Tickets for the Mudhoney show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for the Bell House show.

Tickets for the Passion Pit show at Kings Theatre with Holychild go on Fan Club/AmEx presale today at 10AM. Anyone have the password?

Tickets for the J. Cole, Big Sean, YG and Jeremih show at MSG go on Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales tomorrow at 10AM.

Tickets for the Willie Nelson Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park go on AmEx/BRIC Arts presales today at noon.

Tickets for another Celebrate Brooklyn! show with Damien Rice at Prospect Park go on BRIC Arts presale today at noon.

Doug Benson is bringing his podcast "Doug Loves Movies" back to Gramercy Theater on April 27. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Avan Lava play Bowery Ballroom on April 3. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (2/27) at noon.

Tennis are playing MHOW on May 13 and Mercury Lounge on May 16. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Champagne Jerry plays Joe's Pub on March 11. Tickets are on sale.

The Dan Band play Joe's Pub on February 27, March 20 and May 1. Tickets are on sale.

Shy Girls are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 29 with Tei Shi. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

George Maple is playing Rough Trade on March 24. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

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.

Empire Records

The 20th anniversary of Empire Records is being celebrated this year with a high-concept tribute to the movie at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg. Two nights (April 8 & 9) were already announced and quickly sold out, and now they've added a third for April 10. Tickets for night 3 go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting today (2/25) at 10 AM.

In case you missed it the first time, event description below...

Continue reading "third Empire Records anniversary at Rough Trade added"

photo: Slayer at the Theater at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harison)
Slayer

Slayer have already been announced on a few festivals this year, including Bonnaroo, Amnesia Rockfest, and more, and they've since added more dates.

On their way from 'Roo to Amnesia, Slayer will fit in a few Northeast shows, including Long Island's Paramount on June 16 and 17. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at 10 AM with a venue presale starting today (2/25) at 10 AM. Use the password: PULSE. All dates are listed below.

Slayer are also releasing a Record Store Day (4/18) single this year. The A-side will have new song "When the Stillness Comes," which is also set to appear on their TBA new album, and the B-side is a live version of "Black Magic" from their 1983 debut Show No Mercy, that they recorded at Germany's Wacken festival last year.

In related news, former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's band Philm is currently on tour. They played NYC at Saint Vitus this past Monday (anyone go?) and will return here this coming Monday (3/2) at The Stone.

Watch a full-set video of Slayer at Wacken 2014 (including their performance of "Black Magic"), with their list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Slayer playing shows between Bonnaroo & Amnesia, releasing a Record Store Day 7" (updated dates)"

photos: Ariel Pink @ Mexican Summer 5 (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Turn To Crime, Dinowalrus, Banana Kiss @ Cake Shop
Detroit's Turn to Crime make soulful garage rock that at times has a warm lived-in quality but also has its scratchy paranoid moments as well. Such are the times.

Dan Deacon, Eaters @ Rough Trade
Dan Deacon's new album Gliss Riffer is out today and he'll celebrate tonight with what's a fairly small show for him. Expect a lot of audience participation. If you're going, get there early for Brooklyn duo Eaters who are worth seeing.

Julia Holter, Alex Temple, Spektral Quartet @ Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Fest)
Experimental pop great Julia Holter teams up with Chicago chamber ensemble Spektral Quartet for the world premiere of Alex Temple's "Behind the Wallpaper" and a set of arrangements of her own songs as well.

Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake, The So So Glos @ Saint Vitus
The great John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc) has teamed up with hard-hitting garage rock trio The Blind Shake to pay tribute to classic surf rock instrumentals on a new collaborative album, Modern Surf Classics. They play their first of two NYC shows tonight.

Ariel Pink, Jack Name @ Terminal 5
Ariel Pink is capable of sublime pop and novelty rock, as heard on last year's pom pom (sometimes within the same song). Likewise, his shows can be brilliant or a big mess...but they're rarely boring.

Kayo Dot, Enablers, Insect Ark, Center Divider @ Mercury Lounge
Metal boundary pushers Kayo Dot headline this excellent bill with experimental rock collective Enablers, Michael Gira collaborator Insect Ark (aka Dana Schecter), and another relatively likeminded local band, Center Divider.

Kurt Braunohler @ The Bell House
Kurt Braunohler is touring in support of his new Comedy Central web series Roustabout that had him jet skiing from Chicago to New Orleans for charity. Will he be jet skiing to this show? The Gowanus is nearby.

Kate Pierson @ City Winery
The bouffanted B-52's singer just released her first-ever solo album, Guitars and Microphones, and will be celebrating tonight at this show. The LP is riddled with guest appearances, so who knows who might show up.

Lauryn Hill @ Blue Note
Lauryn Hill's currently in the midst of a nine-show NYC run on her intimate acoustic tour. She plays twice tonight, early and late shows.

Pile, Solids, Leapling, Radiator King @ Palisades
Palisades hosts a solid indie rock bill tonight with Boston's post-hardcore-leaning Pile, Canada fuzz rock duo Solids, Brooklyn's poppy Leapling and Boston's folky Radiator King.

Dropdead, Creeping Dose, Narcoleptics, Grudges @ Acheron
Providence hardcore vets Dropdead have been going strong for over two decades, and even their newest material (they put out an EP last year) continues to rip.

Irma Thomas, Lee Fields, Eric Krasno, Alecia Chakour, The Dynamites @ BB King'
Two classic soul veterans, Irma Thomas and Lee Fields, come together for this 'Blues at The Crossroads' show that also includes Soulive/Lettuce's Eric Krasno, Warren Haynes Band's Alecia Chakour and The Dynamites.

Todd Barry, Myq Kaplan, Micah Sherman, The Enemy, Professional Strong-Man Chris "Wonder" Schoeck, Atomic Showgirls, Brian & Edy, + more!
"No Feelings Presents" is a monthly variety show featuring "the best improv teams, stand-up comics, and unique variety acts in New York." Todd Barry and Myq Kaplan highlight tonight's guests.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. 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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February 24, 2015

photo: Mudhoney @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Mudhoney

So the Mudhoney show at Bowery Ballroom on July 6 with Pampers is the first date of a short East Coast run following their European tour. Those dates conclude with a second NYC show at The Bell House on July 12 with their Sub Pop pals Obits. Tickets for The Bell House and Bowery Ballroom go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon, with an AmEx presale for Bowery starting Wednesday at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Mudhoney add East Coast tour dates, including 2nd NYC show (at The Bell House with Obits)"

photo: The Feelies at Maxwell's in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Feelies

NJ heroes The Feelies haven't gone on a major tour in a while, but they always like to play a few shows in the area each year. They last did that in December, and they will again this spring. RIght now all they have announced is an upstate NY show at BSP Kingston on April 24 (tickets on sale) and a NYC show at The Bell House on May 16 (tickets go on sale Friday, 2/27, at 10 AM).

Watch a video from their last NYC show below...

Continue reading "The Feelies playing shows this spring (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

So Stressed
So Stressed

Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves said in an interview last year that she'd be launching her own label and the first signing would be Sacramento hardcore band So Stressed. Now details have officially been announced. The label's called Honor Press, and it will release So Stressed's new album, The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art, on May 26. Check out the album artwork, tracklist, and ripping under-two-minute lead single "Merv King and the Phantoms," below.

Meredith also said she'd be putting out a solo album and releasing a split with Kevin Devine this year. Info on those two things is still TBA, but the Kevin Devine split is part of Kevin's six-part split series on Bad Timing Records which begins with a split with Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws. That one's out now and can be streamed in full below. It has Matthew covering Kevin's "Fiscal Cliff," and Kevin covering Nada Surf's "Inside of Love."

Meanwhile, Perfect Pussy have tour dates coming up, including NYC on March 28 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Deefhoof and Zula (tickets) and April 3 at Baby's All Right (sold out).

UPDATE: That Baby's show is now part of a two-night stand at the venue with various openers, including Meredith's new signees So Stressed.

Kevin Devine is also touring, playing NYC also on March 28, but at Le Poisson Rouge with Dads and Field Mouse (tickets). Kevin's also on board for Asbury Park's Skate & Surf with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more.

Continue reading "Meredith Graves details new label, releasing new So Stressed LP; Matthew Caws & Kevin Devine streaming new split"