October 17, 2014
As discussed, the Bouncing Souls 'Home for the Holidays' shows happen this year from December 26-28 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park with The Van Pelt, None More Black and more as openers. Tickets for all three are still available.
Now the afterparties have been announced, and those have pretty great lineups too. Those all happen at Asbury Lanes with 11 PM doors right after each Souls show, and admission is $8 or $5 with a Souls ticket. The first one has Bouncing Souls guitarist Pete Steinkopf's other band Smalltalk and Philly post-punks Dark Blue (mems Clockcleaner, Paint It Black), with Dark Blue members Andy Nelson and Sharkey DJing. Dark Blue also play a free 2 PM show at Rough Trade NYC on 10/26
Then night 2 has the recently reactivated Spraynard (who just opened for Lifetime in Asbury Park) and Philly indie rockers Cayetana (who also play the official BV CMJ showcase), with Miss TK and Mitylion (Ari Katz of Lifetime) DJing.
Each day there's also a charity fundraiser at noon at Neptune Tattooville in Neptune, NJ and there's also a Punk Rock Flea Market on the Saturday (12/27) at 11 AM at Convention Hall in Asbury Park with "The Pete" DJing. The flea market is free with a Saturday Souls ticket.
Check out some videos/streams of the afterparty bands below...
Brooklyn duo Jack & Eliza released their charming No Wonders EP last month, conjuring up early '60s pop like Ricky Nelson or The Everly Brothers. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio and we've got the premiere of the video for "Floodlights" in this post. Directed by Chloe Pang, its impressionistic asthetic fits the song nicely. You can watch below.
Jack & Eliza will be playing CMJ, with four shows to see:
Tuesday, 10/21 @ Pianos (10:30 PM) | Banner's CMJ ShowcaseFlyer for their CMJ shows, and the new video, below...
Wednesday, 10/22 @ The Delancey (2:15 PM) | Pancakes & Whiskey day party
Wednesday, October 22nd @ Rockwood Music Hall (10:15 PM) Deli Mag CMJ showcase
Saturday, 10/22 @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (7:00 PM) | The Wild Honey Pie showcase
(photo via @iamjasondiamond)
Rainer Maria's reunion show goes on sale today too.
Kevin Devine is playing an intimate acoustic show on November 3 at HiFi Bar (what used to be Brownies). Tickets for that show are on sale now. Superchunk's Mac McCaughan plays there during CMJ as well.
Jamaican Queens are playing Rough Trade on December 8. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Jesse Boykins III is playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on November 4. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
BrooklynVegan is also co-presenting the Iron Pier CMJ showcase with Self Defense Family, Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens and Deep Pockets, and tickets for that one are on sale now too. And BV is also co-presenting the free No Sleep showcase with John Nolan, Xerxes, Rescuer, Run Forever and more, and will be putting on two TBA free day parties.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
J Mascis w/ Dinosaur Jr at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
J Mascis, Luluc @ Bowery Ballroom
J Mascis may be most loved for shredding in Dinosaur Jr, but his mostly-acoustic solo material is great too and he still rips out the guitar solos at these shows too.
Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Regal Degal, Rivergazer @ Baby's All Right
Porches go in a synthy new direction on their new single for Terrible Records, and tonight's show is all in the family with Frankie Cosmos (the project of Greta Kline who's in Porches that also features Porches singer Aaron Maine on drums) and Rivergazer (the project of Kevin Farrant who's also in Porches). Regal Degal aren't in the family but they're worth catching too.
Wampire, TOPS @ Baby's All Right
Wampire's brand of indiepop has a strong streak of yacht rock running through it (hey, isn't that a Gerry Rafferty song?) without actually setting sail; TOPS do to similarly and have gotten quite good in the last year (single "Way to Be Loved" is pretty irresistible). Both bands will be around for CMJ too.
Drive-By Truckers, St. Paul and The Broken Bones @ Beacon Theatre
Drive-By-Truckers have been on the road for a while now, having hauled their tenth album, English Oceans, earlier this year. This ain't no truck-stop, though, it's a show at one of NYC's classiest venues.
Teenanger, Nancy, The Abandos, Sheer Mag, Rock Bottom Boys @ Cake Shop
It's a night of snarling garagepunk, headlined by terrific Toronto band Teenanger, plus Philly's Abandos, Brooklynites Nancy and Philly riffers Sheer Mag.
Arto Lindsay, Guardian Alien @ Le Poisson Rouge
Arto Linsay is a veteran of the no wave scene, having been in the seminal band DNA, and he's also an excellent experimental composer, a collaborator of David Byrne, John Zorn and more. Solid support tonight comes from Guardian Alien, the project of Liturgy's wild drummer Greg Fox.
New Myths, ARMS, Twin Wave, Nicholas Nicholas @ Cameo Gallery
Brooklyn synth trio New Myths just released their appealing new album, Give Me Love, and celebrate tonight. ARMS brand of scifi prog pop will make for a good opener.
Horse Lords, Oh Hang, The Seeers, Brown Water Wampum Band @ Death By Audio
Experimental Baltimore band Horse Lords bring a heap of skronk to their sound. They play tonight with fellow Baltimore eccentrics Oh Hang, as well as VA's The Seeers and Brown Water Wampum Band (members of PC Worship, Head Molt & Liturgy).
Minus the Bear, O'Brother @ Gramercy Theatre
For Minus the Bear's current tour, they're celebrating both a new compilation with b-sides from their past few releases and the tenth anniversary of the excellent They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP from their prime early 2000s era. So it'll be a good mix of the old favorites and some of the lesser heard stuff.
Elliott Sharp @ Issue Project Room
Tonight is the second performance of Port Bou, Elliot Sharp's new opera about the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin's life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France.
Har Mar Superstar, The Pizza Underground, Candy Boys, Nowhere @ Knitting Factory
Hope you like extra cheese, 'cause you're gonna get it tonight as Har Mar and The Pizza Underground's tour has returned to NYC. While PU's schtick has gotten cold, Har Mar's '80s-style funk-pop is generally a good time.
Com Truise, Rone @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is a good double bill for electronic producers with Com Truise, who's touring behind Wave 1 and Rone, who's touring behind Apache.
Rone, Thug Entrancer, Photay @ Glasslands
Keep the party going after MHOW with Rone who heads to Glasslands for this late show with other quality producers, Thug Entrancer and Photay.
Dope Body, Rat Fist, Bambara, Bottoms @ Palisades
Dope Body make more loud rock on their new album, Lifer, and Pissed Jeans/No Age spinoff Rat Fist make this a great double bill.
Agent Orange, The Architects @ Santos Party House
Agent Orange's only original member is frontman Mike Palm, but with an album that lives up as well as 1981's Living In Darkness, they're still worth checking out.
Oneida, Guerilla Toss @ Secret Project Robot
Like your music descended from Beefheart? Miss the weird, mid-'00s days of Ponytail? Boston's Guerilla Toss make a not-too-dissimilar racket. They open for Brooklyn scene royalty Oneida tonight.
Jimmy Eat World, Minibosses @ Capitol Theatre
While Jimmy Eat World already toured their most classic album (1999's Clarity) for its tenth anniversary, they're now on the road giving the 10-years treatment to Futures which was the followup to their mainstream breakthrough and featured stranger moments than you might have expected from post-"The Middle" Jimmy Eat World.
Mike Wexler, Gardens, Larkin Grimm, Erin Durant @ Union Pool
Among the artists on this bill, psychedelic folk singer Mike Wexler and Swans/Martin Bisi associate Larkin Grimm are both especially worth seeing.
Judas Priest, Steel Panther @ Izod Center
Heavy metal legends Judas Priest released their 17th album in 44 years this year. It had some classsic-sounding Priest on there and sometimes that's all you can ask for. Of course, they've got tons major classics to play tonight too and we'll surely hear plenty of those.
We're Ghosts Now, Bo Ningen, Public Access T.V., Amigos Amigos, Hey Anna @ The Wonder Bar
Wuxia rock practitioners Bo Ningen were performing their high-flying musical acrobatics here in NYC not that long ago and are not to be missed. Amidst a second round of NYC dates, they hit Jersey tonight.
Hatsune Miku @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Comic Con was last weekend but surely this woulda fit right in, a computer-generated Japanese hologram singer (with synthesized voice) playing with a live band. No, really. Check out "her" appearance on Letterman, below.
Black Milk (w/ live band), Wara from the NBHD, AB, Azad Right @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Detroit rapper Black Milk has a new album coming later this month, and tonight he's in NYC with a full band and will hopefully be previewing some new songs.
Rosetta, So Hideous, White Widows Pact, Tiger Flowers @ Saint Vitus
Philly post-metallers Rosetta put out a new EP this week and tonight they're in NYC with guitarist Eric Jernigan from City of Ships joining them. So Hideous and Tiger Flowers make for solid and likeminded local support.
The Orwells, Skaters @ Asbury Lanes
Chicago-area troublemakers The Orwells bring their beer-friendly party rock to NJ with fellow good time charlies, Skaters.
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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October 16, 2014
Ariel Pink @ Baby's All Right 10/2/2014 (via @deeaannaaa)
Ariel Pink may have dropped the "Haunted Graffiti" from his name but remains resolutely idiosyncratic on his new double album opus, pom pom. At times chaotic, somehow Ariel pulls it all together in a manner only he would. Fusing what feels like multiple songs together into one coherent thing seems like a huge pain in the ass but here we have Ariel referencing everything from Devo-like lunacy to the drama of King Diamond to the earworm madness of commercial jingles. Some brains just work that way.
Ariel was in NYC earlier this month for a beyond-packed, scene-of-all-scenes, post-midnight show at Baby's All Right. Though Madonna was nowhere to be found, the audience was a crazy who's who of Brooklyn music, best represented by the trio of DJs for the night: Pitchfork's Ryan Schreiber, 285 Kent/Palisades/Webster Hall booker Ric Leichtung and Baby's' own Billy Jones (who was also celebrating a birthday that night). Sky Ferreira, Mac DeMarco, members of Real Estate, John Norris and Marnie the Dog were just a few of the familiar faces who came out to see Mr. Pink and drink Pink Babies at the intimate Williamsburg show. Featuring mostly songs off the new album, the late late late set showed off the breadth of his vision, from the totally out-there "Dinosaur Carebears" to album-closing highlight "Dayzed Inn Daydreams."
Ariel was still or back in NYC because apparently he just visited the kids of PS 22 in Staten Island to play some songs with them (they famously covered him a few years ago). Stay tuned for the video of that to surface.
One day before the Baby's show, BrooklynVegan interviewer Jessica Pilot visited Ariel Pink at his hotel. Here is their conversation...
Jessica: Are there any stories behind any of the new tracks that you might want to share that might be interesting to tell?
Ariel: You're making me think way too hard already. [laughs] I mean they all have their own stories.
Jessica: Is there one in particular that you think would make a cool story?
Ariel: Let me think about it for a second.
What's your favorite color?
Okay, easy: none. I don't have any favorite colors whatsoever. I've got a really long-winded explanation for it too. I'm colorblind, but that's not the reason. I'm one of the least artistically minded people you've ever met. I have no aesthetical preferences for anything.
Is that true?
It's the truth! Despite my wonderful wardrobe and attire, I actually have zero--it's only because people leave good clothes at my house that are very stylish themselves. I actually don't have a favorite color. I don't think in color.
Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber have added a qualifier to their collaboration's name, now calling themselves Young Ejecta. Pretty much everything is the same -- including Macomber's lack of clothing in promotional pictures. Young Ejecta will release a mini LP titled The Planet via Ford's Driftless Recordings on January 27 and you can stream snippets of the record below.
You can catch Young Ejecta when they open for La Femme tonight (10/16) at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Charly Bliss and Tiny Leg are also on the bill and tickets are still available. They'll also play during CMJ at Babycastles on October 24, a Driftless/GODMODE party with Shamir, Courtship Ritual, Fitness, Isn't Ours and a Joel Ford DJ set. There's also an upstairs "ambient" room with sets from CFCF, Megafortress and more.
Flyer for the CMJ show, and the Young Ejecta preview, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Flying Lotus / Thundercat @ T5 - 10/15/14
Flying Lotus brought his tour in support of his jazzy new LP You're Dead to Terminal 5 last night (10/15) for his first of two NYC shows here this week. It was packed, the visuals were stunning, the sound was extremely loud, and you could feel the bass physically shaking you. Anybody in the front last night must still be vibrating and have ringing ears.
FlyLo's tourmate/collaborator Thundercat opened with his maniacal bass playing and sweet vocals. There was also a surprise opening set from comedian Hannibal Buress (who will help celebrate Knitting Factory's 5th year in Brooklyn soon), and DJ Peabody kept the crowd warmed up between sets. Pictures of the whole show are in this post.
FlyLo and Thundercat hit MHOW tonight (10/16), which is sold out. Will they have another surprise guest tonight?
More pictures from T5 below...
by Andrew Sacher
Creepoid at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
Philly's Creepoid have had a very busy year so far. They put out a full length and an EP, both of which did justice to the shoegaze and slowcore bands of the '90s. They also did a ton of touring, and won us over at their NYC show with Dinosaur Jr. Now even more shows are on the horizon, as they're one of their many bands who will be in NYC for CMJ. Here's what their schedule looks like as of now:
10/22 - Brixton Agency Showcase at Grand Victory (5:45 PM) w/ Angel Dust, Ex-Breathers, Young Statues, UnWed, Palehound, Native America, Teen DeathThey've also got a Philly show in the middle of CMJ, and right after CMJ they play Union Pool on 10/26 with Drone Ranger ($8 at the door) and then open for Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion at Glasslands on 10/28 with Ricky Eat Acid and Black Clouds. Tickets for that show are still available. Full list of tour dates (including The Fest) below.
10/22 City Lights/INSRGNT-[Arts]/T3M Showcase at Acheron w/ Singshot Dakota, Koji, Off & On, Meghann Wright (tickets)
10/24 Inland Empire/Hardly Art Showcase at Death by Audio (10:45 PM) w/ Protomartyr, Love As Laughter, Eaters, special guests
10/25 Graveface Records/Noisey Ghost PR Showcase at Lit Lounge (11:30 PM) w/ Serengeti, Dott, White Lighters, The Marshmallow Ghosts, Cancers, Ugly Kids Club
There's other good bands to catch on all of those bills, like Protomartyr (who also play a BV party) and Slingshot Dakota. Another one that's not to miss that we haven't highlighted before is White Lighters, who plays with Creepoid at the Graveface/Noisey Ghost showcase. White Lighters is the solo project of Nothing's Brandon Setta, and while he keeps things acoustic for this project, the songwriting style and shoegazy tones that he uses in Nothing are prevalent here too. His newest album, As Far As You Can As Fast As You Can, came out earlier this year and can be streamed below.
Streams of Creepoid's album and EP, a video, and their list of dates, also below...
by Bill Pearis
One of the better up-and-coming acts at the 2014 Pop Montreal festival were duo The Muscadettes. Comprised of twin sisters Chantal and Kathleen Ambridge (plus a drummer live), they make super-catchy, riffy rock with shouty choruses and hooks a'plenty. The band currently have a five-song EP out and will release their debut album next year. NYC can catch them next week when they play CMJ with four shows scheduled at present:
October 24 @ Lit Lounge (8:15 PM) | PaperCup showcaseFull lineups for their shows, show flyers and the EP stream, below...
October 24 @ Arlenes Grocery (2:45 AM [yikes]) | M for Montreal
October 25 @ The Shop (1 PM) | PaperCup CMJ day showcase
October 25 @ Fat Baby (12:30 AM)
by Andrew Sacher
Brazil's Rakta make ripping punk that incorporates the dark sounds of gothy post-punk and also some of the tripped-out atmospheres of psychedelic rock. They put out a self titled EP at the tail-end of 2013 which is well worth checking out. You can download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it in full below. They've been in the US on a tour that hit NYC at Nothing Changes late last night (10/15) with Merchandise tourmates Ninos Du Brasil, and they'll be hanging around for another NYC show on Saturday (10/18) at Palisades with Toronto's S.H.I.T., plus Survival and Mommy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Their only other upcoming show that we're currently aware of is opening one of the LA stops on Iceage's tour. All of their dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...