November 18, 2014
Australian alt/psych greats The Church -- still the core of Marty Wilson-Piper, Peter Koppes and Steve Kilbey -- will release their 25th (!) album, Further/Deeper, in North America on February 23. The album was released last month in Australia and you can stream it below.
The band will be coming over to tour around the album's release with two shows in NYC: Bowery Ballroom on March 13 and Rough Trade on March 14. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/21) at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Bowery show beginning at noon on Wednesday (11/19). Shortly after those two shows, The Church head to Austin for SXSW. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
Death by Art installation (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We are now at the last handful of shows at Death by Audio and, from what we hear, none of the these final five lineups will be announced in advance. Matt and Edan have posted a cryptic preview of what to expect tonight:
Here we are ladies & gents, the final five shows at death by audio, glad you are all glad to keep things a surprise, if you like fun, i guarantee you will have it tonight, i dont want to give away too much, but i will mention that the opening act has been performing at our fine venue for years and tonight he will produce a most ambitious work for us, performed by 9 musicians throughout the entire space, The Death by Audio Suite will start at 8:30pm Sharp! Followed by a performer with an animals anatomy! Followed by some old friends back from the grave & to button up the night a very surprise special guest which will need no introduction.What do you make of that? We look forward to finding out.
Big names who have already come in to help the venue shut down in style include Parquet Courts, Deerhoof, Woods, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood, venue co-founders and residents A Place to Bury Strangers.Ty Segall, Dan Deacon, and Les Savy Fav.
of Montreal at Northside Fest 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
of Montreal will hit the road again in the southern US this January, but ahead of that frontman Kevin Barnes will be performing a few solo shows. One of those gigs happens in NYC on December 11 at Baby's All Right, which seems like a cool place to see him. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a live video of Kevin playing solo, below...
Smashing Pumpkins at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, The Smashing Pumpkins are releasing their new album Monuments To An Elegy on December 9, and they've now announced four release shows happening in Berlin, London, Paris and New York. The New York show happens December 8 at Webster Hall, a much more intimate NYC show than their last one here at Barclays center. For these shows, Billy Corgan and his current guitarist Jeff Schroeder will be joined by Rage Against the Machine/Black Sabbath drummer Brad Wilk and The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesday (11/19) at noon.
In addition to these release shows, the Pumpkins will also play 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!,' KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas concert in California, and the South American Lollapaloozas. All dates are listed, with three song streams from the new album, below.
by Bill Pearis
When news broke that Beady Eye had called it quits (yes, it was sad), I pondered aloud if this closing door could be the opening of another leading to a Ride reunion. (Ride's Andy Bell played guitar for Beady Eye and bass for Oasis before that.) Still no official word, but Dangerous Minds points out that evidence to that possibility just appeared plastered across a building in Barcelona, Spain as you can see above. That photo was posted on Creation Records (the band's old UK label) facebook this morning. Barcelona, of course, is the home of the Primavera Sound festival where Ride's Creation Records labelmates and fellow '90s shoegazers Slowdive began their second act this year.
The only announced act so far for Primavera Sound 2015 is The Strokes.
Two Gallants at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Jamie Goodsell)
Folk rock duo Two Gallants have announced that they'll release their fifth album, We Are Undone, on February 3 via ATO. It's their second album for that label after leaving Saddle Creek, following 2012's The Bloom and the Blight. Album artwork below.
The band has also announced a tour supporting the new album which includes US shows in California and NYC this February. The NYC shows happen February 13 at Mercury Lounge and February 14 at Rough Trade. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (11/21) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Merc show starting Wednesday (11/19) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the LP artwork and a video from their last album, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Belle and Sebastian will release their new album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, on January 20 via Matador. The album's first single, "The Party Line," definitely hints that the album's title may point to the direction of the album, as it's the grooviest thing they've released since "Your Cover's Blown." The band just released the single's video, directed LeBlanc + Cudmore, which details a a night out dancing that gets more surreal as it goes. Check it out below.
You'll have plenty of time to digest the new album before Belle & Sebastian make it to NYC for their show at Radio City Music Hall on June 10. Tickets are still available. The band have added a lot more dates to their busy schedule, including a few North American shows in March and April. Might they also be playing SXSW too? All are listed, along with "The Party Line" video, below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
by Bill Pearis
The Pop Group @ ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
These abrasive, militant British punks rage against racism, oppression, hunger and anything else that's a world problem; as usual, there's no solution, only anger. The seminal Bristol band synthesizes Beefheartian structures and tribal dance beats to create a didactic soundtrack that barely lets you breathe. Their two primary albums are alternately brilliant and intolerable, with exhortatory songs like "Feed the Hungry," "Rob a Bank" and "Communicate." - [Trouser Press]The original incarnation of postpunks The Pop Group barely managed to stay together three years before splintering, but leaving behind influential tracks like "She Is Beyond Good and Evil" and "We Are All Prostitutes." Most of the original-era members of the band, including singer Mark Stewart, guitarist Gareth Saeger, bassist Dan Cantis and drummer Bruce Smith (who was also in The Slits), got back together in 2010 and played ATP NY in 2011 and have been gigging ever since. A new LP is in the works.
As mentioned, The Pop Group will be coming to SXSW 2015 which will be part of the band's first-ever North American tour which includes two NYC stops: Rough Trade on March 16 and Bowery Ballroom on March 17. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale at noon on Friday (11/21) with an AmEx presale for the Bowery Ballroom show beginning noon on Wednesday (11/19).
All tour dates, plus streams/videos of classic Pop Group songs as well as a video of Nick Cave talking about them, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Mississippi garage rockers Unwed Teenage Mothers are releasing their debut album, Goodnight Girls, on January 13 via Bleed 101 Records, and the album's second single "Whose Girl Are You" is making its premiere in this post. They sound like the kind of band who have absorbed everything from early '60s pop harmonies to driving late '70s power pop to The Strokes to Burger Records, and those influences come together nicely on the new single. Check it out, along with the first single "Nothing Will Ever Get Any Better," below.
Unwed Teenage Mothers also wrap up a tour in the south this week. Remaining dates are also below...