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July 28, 2014

photos by Adela Loconte

Veruca Salt @ MHOW 7/25/2014
Veruca Salt
Veruca Salt

Towards the end of the evening, Louise confirmed that the band were in good spirits, telling the crowd "So, this great thing happened. Nina and I got over our shit." She also thanked us for selling out the show in 4 minutes (!), saying this was proof that we were the best New York audience. By the time the time came for their most notable hit "Seether", the crowed lost its mind, singing back every word, almost overtaking the band. Right before they played it, a guy next to me screamed "here it is, don't fight it!" He had no reason to be worried, every single body in the Bowery Ballroom lost their shit. - [We All Want Someone to Shout For]
The reactivated original lineup of Veruca Salt played their first NYC shows since the Clinton years last week, hitting Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (7/24, same night as their onetime DGC labelmates Teenage Fanclub were playing River Rocks), and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (7/25). In addition to new songs "It's Holy" and "Museum of Broken Relationships," the band delivered '90s faves like "Seether," "Number One Blind," "Shutterbug," and "Victrola." Setlist, pics and video of "Number One Blind" from the MHOW show are in this post.

Portland, OR band Battleme opened both NYC shows. Pics from their MHOW set, plus more of Veruca Salt, below...

Continue reading "Veruca Salt played Bowery Ballroom & Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics, setlist, video from MHOW)"

by Ian Chainey

Black Cobra at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
blackcobra

Deafening duo Black Cobra will be heading out on the road for a month long tour with fellow thick-tone rockers Lo-Pan. The tour gets rolling at the end of August and winds through places like Austin, Boston, and Chicago. On September 18, the two will roll into NYC's Saint Vitus for an Invisible Oranges-presented show. Kings Destroy and Godmaker are also on the bill. Tickets for Saint Vitus are available now. All dates are listed below.

Black Cobra have racked up the miles this year, including a short jaunt with the recently reformed Cutthroats 9. They'll also be working on their next full-length with a prospective release window of early 2015. Tourmates and brothers in heft Lo-Pan will be dropping their new album Colossus through stoner sanctuary Small Stone Recordings on October 7. NYC doomers Kings Destroy are riding the positive press wave of sophomore release A Time of Hunting which came out last year. Finally, sludgesters Godmaker have been bringing the riffs at dates like the recent Mortals record release show.

All dates are listed, with streams of all 4 bands on the Vitus show, below...

Continue reading "Black Cobra & Lo-Pan touring together, playing IO-presented show at Saint Vitus w/ Kings Destroy & Godmaker (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Cancers

Athens, GA's Cancers were in NYC for a show earlier this month with Iron Chic, Waxahatchee/Swearin' side project Great Thunder, and one of Mikey Erg's many bands Now People (maybe you caught it?). If you like any of those bands, you'll most likely dig Cancers too. '90s alternative rock is the biggest reference point here, and the fact that they got Nirvana/Mudhoney/Soundgarden producer Jack Endino to helm their upcoming debut record, Fatten the Leeches, couldn't be more appropriate. Their grungy guitars are more than a little inspired by those early Sub Pop bands, but singer Ella Kaspar takes an airier approach, more akin to the dream pop bands of that era. It's a good mix, as you can hear on new single "Moral Net" which premieres in this post. You can listen below, along with another LP cut, "Be Cool."

The record comes out on September 16 on CD and digital via the band's own Kandy Kane Records, and Dead Broke Rekerds (who recently put out the Crow Bait / Nona split) is releasing it on vinyl and cassette. Song streams below...

Continue reading "Cancers releasing an LP (stream two tracks)"

photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Marinaccio

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Prospect Park - 7/26/14
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

As self-aware as the Bad Seeds' Vegas-styled image has become, Nick Cave is still running on the primal engines that hatched The Boys Next Door. Last year's leg of the Push the Sky Away tour canonized many of that album's fragile ballads, which were all bolstered through the Bad Seeds' live rigor. Consider their 2014 tour a victory lap, yielding the potent fruits of that labor. Their show Saturday night (7/26) at the Prospect Park Bandshell was another round of hits, without the locally-sourced children's choir or string section of last year. The band sounded fuller and more dramatic, burning through their set with suave command and evangelical conviction.

After the Bad Seeds processed on stage to the bass loop of "We Real Cool," old readings from the Book of Cave began, the band ripping through late set show-stoppers like "Tupelo" and "From Her to Eternity" from the get-go. Cave embodied his signature preacher mode with hysterical grace, shifting the audience as he waved them toward wherever he stood with his ring-bedecked fingers, him reaching for their hands as the audience reached for about anything they could. He made liquid hand movements with a crowd-surfing attendee as they beckoned each other closer. While reciting "Can you feel my heart beat?" during the comedown of "Higgs Boson Blues," a flock of hands reached past his glittering champagne-colored shirt to do so.

Most of the other members of the Bad Seeds only need to stand and brood to look the part, but Warren Ellis gave Cave's swagger a run for its money. With the mountainous uplift of "Jubilee Street" he tossed the bow of his violin up to the stage's canopy, keeping frayed spares tucked in his collar as he gyrated out shots of noise and mangled the clean acoustics of "Mermaids" with an electric tenor guitar solo.

Standards like "The Mercy Seat" and "Stagger Lee" were gleefully unhinged that one might believe the band wouldn't know how to play these songs with less vigor. Deeper cuts like "West Country Girl" and "Do You Love Me?" were orated as if Cave's muses never let him hear the end of his storied affairs. Cave has mentioned in interviews that the Bad Seeds have found a new creative center since recording Push the Sky Away. Fancy suits and gold rings be damned, it's a claim to take at face-value.

Opening at Prospect Park was tourmate Nicole Atkins as well as freak folk OG Devendra Banhart. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.

We also caught the Bad Seeds' tour in Kansas City, Austin and Philly. The day after Prospect Park, the tour hit NYC again at Hammerstein Ballroom. Pictures of that one are coming soon.

More Prospect Park pictures, and the setlist from that one, below...

Continue reading "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds played Prospect Park with Devendra Banhart & Nicole Atkins (pics & setlist)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ The Mann Center 7/25/2014
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Cave and the band (featuring feral violinist Warren Ellis) play with primal, animalistic fervor, delivering songs of brooding, measured grace that burst out in sustained sections of explosive rage. They're not fooling around up there.

But Cave, at 54, is much more playful with his persona than he once was. (Or who know, maybe I missed the self awareness the first time around.) What's incontestable is that he's a remarkable front man, working the stage like a demon as footlights cast his giant shadow on the walls of the Mann, and as he put the world's longest microphone cord to good use as he spent about 1/4 of the band's galvanic set (which lost a little steam during an encore in which he took requests) moving about in the crowd, a good 10 rows in, while he encouraged reserved seat holders to move down and fill up the aisles around him. [Philly.com]

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' current tour hit the East Coast over the weekend, playing Philadelphia's The Mann Center on Friday (7/25) before descending into NYC on Saturday and Sunday. Cave seems to really be having a good time on this tour, spending a lot of time in the crowd and playing up his larger-than-life persona. Pics and setlist from the Philly show are in this post.

Also on the bill were tourmate Nicole Atkins and Philadelphia's own local-boy-done-good Kurt Vile. Pictures from their sets, along with more of Nick Cave, below...

Continue reading "Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds played Philadelphia with Kurt Vile and Nicole Atkins (pics, setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Torres / High Highs
Torres
High Highs

The free Seaport Music Festival continued this past Friday (7/25) at this year's location on Fulton St. at Water St., headlined by Torres and with an opening set by High Highs. Torres, sporting an awesome Angel Olsen shirt with nothing but "UNFUCKTHEWORLD" in large bold font, played only three songs off her self titled debut LP, and otherwise treated the crowd to a set of entirely new songs. Her backing band was also different this time around, and she screamed more than I've ever seen her. New stuff sounded good, and hopefully a set with that much of it means a new album is on the way. High Highs were playing some new stuff too, and their set of kinda-psychedelic indie pop was a nice mix with Torres' grungy alt-folk. Pictures of the show are in this post.

The next Seaport Music Fest show is this Friday (8/1) with Snowmine and The Cakset Girls. More pics of Torres and High Highs below...

Continue reading "Torres & High Highs played the Seaport Music Festival (pics)"

photos by Mimi Hong

Cashmere Cat / crowd / Skepta, Jammers Back & friends
Cashmere Cat
Cashmere Cat
Skepta, Jammers Back + Friends

Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continued this past Saturday (7/26) with another hot day of electronic music (and more) under the sun in the venue's outdoor courtyard. Suicideyear opened (who we missed), then it was Lit City Trax DJ UNiiQU3 who's been playing NYC a lot lately (also recently with Evian Christ and during RBMA). Rapper GoldLink (who's also been on other notable electronic bills lately, like with Purity Ring's Corin Roddick and with Flume) followed with a live set, and then it was Fade to Mind's Total Freedom who was joined by a surprise appearance by veteran grime MCs Skepta and Jammers Back, and other friends, including Warm Up vet Dev Hynes (who's collaborated with Skepta). Finally, dance producer Cashmere Cat wrapped up the day with the crowd going as wild for him as you'd expect.

More pictures of the day, below...

Continue reading "Cashmere Cat, Skepta, Dev Hynes, Jammers Back, GoldLink & more played Warm Up at MoMA PS1 (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Karen O

Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O recently announced that she'd release her first solo album, Crush Songs, on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records, and she's now given us the first taste of the record. "Rapt" is under two minutes of bedroom singer/songwriter stuff with no more than her roughly recorded voice and a few guitar chords. Watch the video, directed by her husband Barney Clay with production by her Stop the Virgens collaborator KK Barrett, below.

Continue reading "Karen O releases first song off solo LP (watch the video)"

Power Trip at Saint Vitus in January (more by Caroline Harrison)
Power Trip

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

Lauryn Hill @ Brooklyn Bowl
Though Lauryn Hill sometimes has to postpone her shows, she's still been pretty active lately, and tonight she wraps up her 2-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl which should be packed with favorites from her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and her time in The Fugees too.

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, Avers @ MHOW
Thao just played a solo show for MoMA Nights, but now she's got the rest of the band with her for tonight's MHOW show.

Alvvays @ Rough Trade
Toronto's Alvvays make wistful, jangly, Brit-tinged indiepop. They were in town not long ago opening for Protomartyr at Seaport Music Fest and tonight they play this free in-store on their own.

Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder, Razorheads @ Saint Vitus
Power Trip more than do justice to thrash metal's early, raw days, keeping the genre's hardcore roots intact. Great live band too.

Onyx, Van Blue, Daniel Thomas, Lolow the Don @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Queens hip hop veterans Onyx are still going strong and put out their sixth album, Wakedafucup, earlier this year.

The Kooks, CLARA-NOVA @ Webster Hall
British pop rockers The Kooks will return with their fourth album, Listen, this September. Ahead of that they play two sold out NYC shows, this being the first and then tomorrow at Terminal 5.

Buckwheat Zydeco @ City Winery
Accordionist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr. leads the group Buckwheat Zydeco, who have been one of the most acclaimed and successful zydeco groups since the 1970s. Tonight they come to NYC.

Arto Lindsay / Greg Saunier / Ofir Ganon / Greg Fox, Roya, Dear Leader @ Death by Audio
No wave legend Arto Lindsay just played LPR (pics) and tonight he'll hit a much smaller NYC venue. Not to mention for his set he'll be joined by an impressive list of collaborators: Deerhof's Greg Saunier, Speedo's Ofir Ganon and Liturgy skins master Greg Fox. It's worth showing up early for Roya (mems Habibi & The Clean) too.

Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Fluct, Robot Death Cult, Marley G, Max Alper and Diamond Terrifier, DJ Jackson @ Trans Pecos
Black Dice's Eric Copeland is on a "small world tour" which means he's playing a handful of NYC venues this week. The rest of tonight's lineup is pretty much as out-there as Copeland himself, so things could get strange.

Brooks Wheelan (falls back on stand-up comedy) @ Union Hall
Go console Wheelan on being fired from Saturday Night Live at his standup night tonight. Maybe remind him that Robert Downey Jr. was fired after one season too and he turned out ok. Eventually.

Night Train with the Kondabolu Brothers @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show is being guest hosted by The Kondabolu Brothers tonight. Other guests include Aparna Nancherla, Josh Gondelman, Dwayne Kennedy, Randy Liedtke, Matt Champagne and more.

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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July 27, 2014

Subhumans at Punk Rock Bowling 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Subhumans

Lauryn Hill at FPSF 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill

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

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nicole Atkins @ Hammerstein Ballroom
What can you say about Nick Cave? He's a living legend and remains an absolutely magnetic live performer. It will probably be raining outside tonight, but Nick will bring the thunder indoors. Tickets are still available.

Subhumans, Sheer Terror, White Collar Crime, Mischief Brew @ le Poisson Rouge
Two veteran punk bands team up for this show at LPR tonight, the UK's legendary Subhumans and hometown NYHC heroes Sheer Terror.

Lauryn Hill @ Brooklyn Bowl
Though Lauryn Hill sometimes has to postpone her shows, she's still been pretty active lately, and tonight she kicks off a 2-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl which should be packed with favorites from her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and her time in The Fugees too.

Luke Temple, Buffalo Stance, Laser Background, Killer Bob @ Baby's All Right
Here We Go Magic frontman Luke Temple released Good Mood Fool last year, where he bathed in warm funk and gentle reggae, giving things an enjoyably mellow vibe.

Body Language, Not Blood, Paint, Psychic Twin, Starlight Girls, Neighbors, Weyes Blood @ Onderdonk House
This is the first day of the 2014 Out in the Streets which is happening at the historic Van Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. The bucolic setting should make for a nice change of pace from the DIY venues many of these bands are more prone to play.

NY Deathfest ft Defeated Sanity, Gruesome Stuff Relish, Internal Bleeding, Embalmer, Dehumanized, Amputated Genitals, Parasitic Extirpation, Coffin Dust, Abacinate, Cognitive, Backyotomy @ Saint Vitus
Maryland doesn't get all the fun. NY has a Deathfest now too (no affiliation), though it's a smaller one but does include some great names in metal. This is day 2 of 2.

Brooks Wheelan @ Union Hall
Go console Wheelan on being fired from Saturday Night Live at his standup night tonight. Maybe remind him that Robert Downey Jr. was fired after one season too and he turned out ok. Eventually.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

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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