June 30, 2015
Former Unicorns co-frontman Alden Penner releases his new solo EP, Canada In Space, today. You can pick one up here. As mentioned, it features actor/musician Michael Cera, who Alden's been touring with. They were in NYC earlier this month at Knitting Factory on 6/12. Were you there?
In celebration of the release, Alden is releasing the video for EP track "Breathe to Burn." It premieres in this post and can be watched below...
photos by Jay Blakesberg
Night two of the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well run-up got off to a funky and ferocious start. The cobwebs were shaken loose, the groove found its pocket in opener "Feel Like a Stranger," and all was well in Deadhead land as the truly faithful showed for the second night in a row and a slew of new nostalgia seekers and first timers got their twirl on. [Billboard]The reunited members of the Grateful Dead (along with Phish's Trey Anastasio in Jerry Garcia's spot) played their 2nd of two reunion shows in Santa Clara on Sunday night. The next three happen in Chicago this July 4th weekend (Can't be there? There's always YouTube, Dead.net, SiriusXM, Brooklyn Bowl, etc)
photo: Brian Wilson at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Brian Wilson, Rodriguez @ Jones Beach
Pop legend Brian Wilson released a new solo album this year, and he's been playing some of that on this tour, but the majority of the 30+ song setlists have been Beach Boys favorites from "Little Deuce Coupe" to "Heroes and Villains" to "Sail On, Sailor." His band includes fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Making for a great double bill, storied folk singer Rodriguez opens.
Melvins, Le Butcherettes @ Santos Party House
Sludge vets Melvins last released Hold It In in 2014, and there's a documentary on them set to come out next year. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows with Le Butcherettes.
Miguel @ Le Poisson Rouge
Miguel's new album, Wildheart, is out today. Like his last one, it's sultry R&B with bits of psychedelia and rock guitar, and Miguel's fantastic voice leads the way. Tonight he plays this intimate free show (which you had to RSVP for), and he'll play a much bigger NYC show at Terminal 5 in August.
Vince Staples @ Apple Store Soho (5:30 PM)
Vince Staples put out his excellent debut LP this week. It's got futuristic production from No ID and a small impressive cast of collaborators, political of-the-moment lyrics, and killer delivery from Vince. He's in NYC for a discussion & short performance at the Apple Store Soho this evening, and then...
Fetty Wap, K Camp, Tink, Goldlink, Vince Staples, Raury, Shy Glizzy, OG Maco, Kidd Kidd, DeJ Loaf @ Best Buy Theater (XXL Freshmen Show)
...Vince heads to Best Buy Theater for the annual XXL Freshmen show. There are others worth catching at this one too, including "Trap Queen" hitmaker Fetty Wap, Tink, Goldlink, Raury, and DeJ Loaf, to name a few.
Sondre Lerche, Steve Marion, Jonas Alaska @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sondre Lerche's ambitious 2014 album, Please, found him dealing with divorce but still managing to find a hummable tunes amidst all the raw nerves and bare emotions. He's a real charmer live.
Widowspeak, Small Black, Eternal Summers @ Brooklyn Bowl
Widowspeak sound rejuvenated on their forthcoming All Yours, managing to maintain their breathy vibe while finding fresh sounds. Get an early listen live tonight and if you're going, get there early for Virginia's Eternal Summers
Hugh Cornwell @ Good Room
The voice behind such songs as "Peaches," "Golden Brown," and "No More Heroes," the former Stranglers frontman plays with his solo band tonight.
Win Win, Cookies, DD Elle @ Rough Trade
Win Win have left their dancepop beginnings for a more textured, organic sound that's much harder to define on new album, Primaries. There's still an emphasis on rhythm and melody, but this is much weirder, trippier and more interesting. Tonight's the record release show.
Rooftops Films w/ Computer Magic, 'Bridesmaids' @ Solar One
It's a free night of entertainment in Kips Bay featuring the 2011 hit comedy Bridesmaids with an opening set from Brooklyn synthpop band Computer Magic. 8:30 doors.
Imagine Dragons, Metric, Halsey @ Barclays Center
We don't recommend seeing the headliner (or the opener), but it's a chance to see Canadian indie band Metric who recently put out the lead single from their upcoming sixth album.
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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June 29, 2015
Duran Duran have added a second show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre, playing August 2. That's the day after their previously announced date, which is now sold out. Tickets for the new date are currently on fan presale here, and they go on sale to the general public Tuesday (6/30) at noon via Ticketfly.
The '80s vets' new album, Paper Gods, is out in September. Updated dates are listed below...
photo: Odesza at Firefly 2015 (more by Vladislav Grach)
The new NYC date happens November 12 at Terminal 5, one day before their previously-announced and now-sold out show at the same venue. Tickets for the new T5 show go on sale Friday, July 10 at noon with a presale starting Tuesday, July 7 at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed, with a video, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Ty Segall @ The Bell House 6/25/2015
There are those that say that a prolific rock guitarist like Ty Segall should never put down the electric. Why would he? But those that cling to this narrow viewpoint, have obviously never seen Ty Segall rock a crowd without the benefit of electric amplification. Turning down the reverb ("my crutch," he joked at the Mercury Lounge during the third and final night of the NYC acoustic run) allows one to truly comprehend Segall's genius. His vocal ableness and range, as well as the nuance of his brainy musical arrangements are readily discernible when the guitar isn't plugged in. And there will always be something so special about die-hard fans being given the opportunity to experience an intimate and laid back evening with their favorite artists. - [Across the Margin]Ty Segall just played four solo acoustic shows in NYC over the course of three days. We caught him right in the middle -- 6/25 at The Bell House -- where he played some favorites, a few new songs and some covers, including Devo's "Baby's Talkin' Bitches." (He also signed a fan's baseball.) Wand's Cory Hanson, who played an opening set right before (and also played with him at Rough Trade), joined Ty for a few songs as well. Pictures from Ty and Cory's sets are in this post.
Ty and Cory included a cover of Neil Young's "For The Turnstiles" at their Baby's show, and a short video clip of that is below.
Christian Peslak, of Saint Rich and Delicate Steve (and who will play David Johansen on Martin Scorsese's new '70s music biz drama for HBO), opened the night and seranaded one audience member with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright." Pictures from his set are below.
by Bill Pearis
Brisbane, Australia's Sewers make mutant punk that would fit in nicely on mix that had The Intelligence and Spray Paint on it. The band's new album, Weight, is out this week via Homeless and you can check out three songs from the new LP (and the whole of 2013's Hoisted) below.
Sewers are currently in the US for a short tour that starts Tuesday (6/30) at Alphaville with Ballroom and Cyanide Tooth playing as well. That show is $8 at the door. All dates, plus the song streams and a couple show flyers, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cult of Luna support same sex marriage
Swedish post-metallers Cult of Luna were supposed to tour North America in May, but they cancelled and said the tour would be rescheduled for September. The official announcement on that tour
is still TBA, but several of the dates have been revealed.
UPDATE: Full tour announced, and the Kylesa leg also includes InAeona.
The NYC date happens on September 1 at Gramercy Theatre, the same location they would have played in May. But this one's even better, because the great genre-crossing Kylesa is on board too. Tickets for NYC go on sale Friday (7/3) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (7/1) at 10 AM. All currently known CoL dates are listed below.
Kylesa are also on the west coast/southwest leg of The Fall of Troy's Doppelganger tour. The east coast leg has And So I Watch You From Afar and Slothrust, and hits NYC on September 17 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Cult of Luna and Kylesa dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
Victoria, BC's Frog Eyes will release new LP Pickpocket's Locket on August 28 via Paper Bag Records. The new LP's genesis was a little different than usual. Main main Carey Mercer explains:
My dad left me his acoustic guitar in his will; it was all he had to give, because he wasn't a rich man. I wrote ten songs on it, and I think that was the real gift he gave me: a love of music, not just the way you all love it (music lovers), but also a love of creating it, sowing myself, in some small way, into the story of music.The record features guest appearances by Spencer Krug, and violinist Jesse Zubot. You can listen to "Joe With The Jam" from the album, below.
I was holding the guitar a lot, kind of savoring it: a Martin D-18. I had been making records for a few years with a computer, piling tracks on tracks, writing words over guitar licks already recorded in a studio.
I came to think of an acoustic guitar as somehow akin to a computer, only in the sense that they are both tools of transmission, both effective in their own way.
An acoustic guitar is still, in 2015, a very effective way of transmitting one's songs. I made a deal with myself: write ten songs, write all the words before anyone gets to hear any of the songs, memorize the songs so that I become the hard-drive that the acoustic guitar accesses. I mostly, if not totally, kept to this deal, which is rare: I'm generally pretty easy on myself.
Frog Eyes will be touring this fall, including dates with Destroyer. They're not on the NYC date of the Destroyer tour (10/4 @ Webster Hall), unfortunately, but all are listed, along with Pickpocket's Locket artwork, tracklist and track stream, below.