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October 28, 2014

Deafheaven at MHOW in September 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Deafheaven

Every metalhead's favorite black metal (or shoegaze or post-rock or screamo) band Deafheaven are heading out on the next Converse Rubber Tracks tour. What started as just individual free shows turned into short tours of free shows this past August when High on Fire went on the first Rubber Tracks tour. Converse appears to be doubling down on the metal, and the Deafheaven tour hits NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 19 (where they also played earlier this year) with support from Beast Patrol. Though the show is free, you do need tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (10/29) at noon. The tour will start out in Deafheaven's hometown of San Francisco and hit the other cities like L.A., Toronto and Boston with a rotating supporting cast. All dates are listed below.

Deafheaven have a new album in the works, they just played Basilica SoundScape, and they'll also be hitting this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest.

All dates are listed, along with a stream Deafheaven's recent Adult Swim Single "From the Kettle Unto the Coil," below...

Continue reading "Deafheaven going on free Converse Rubber Tracks tour in Nov"

by Bill Pearis

Gotobeds

Pittsburgh's sarcastic, awesome The Gotobeds will be in NYC next month playing the BV-presented US live debut of Sleaford Mods at The Wick on November 29 with the reunited Rogers Sisters on the bill as well (tickets). The band have just announced that that's the last date on a fall tour and all dates are listed below.

If you haven't check out The Gotobeds' excellent new album, Poor People Are Revolting, a good place to start might be the shouty "Wasted on Youth," the video of which premieres in this post. Taking a cue from repeated lyric "there's no time," the green-screen video has the members running all over the city. Presumably Pittsburgh. Watch it in "all its idiotic glory" (the band's words), below. Meanwhile for those radio programmers and folks sensitive to cussing out there, The Gotobeds have released a "radio edit" of single "NY's Alright (If You Like Sex and Phones)" that replaces the songs rampant swearing with sound effects. You can download that for free.

All dates are listed, along with the "Wasted On Youth" and stream of the whole album, below...

Continue reading "The Gotobeds release new video (watch), touring before BV-presented Sleaford Mods show"

by Zack Baker

Sharon Van Etten at Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten is back with another video from her latest, Are We There, this time for the deeply personal "Your Love Is Killing Me." The morbid prank pulled by video star Carla Juri fits the gruesome yet empowering message of Van Etten's song fantastically, even down to that final look of doubt. Check it out below.

Sharon is also heading out on an extensive international tour for the next few months, but is also playing a one-off show in NYC right before heading to Tokyo at Warsaw on February 19 with Leon Bridges. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesday (10/29) at noon.

All dates are listed with the "Your Love Is Killing Me" video below...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten has a new video, touring, playing Warsaw"

pugkin @ McCarren Dog Costume parade (more by Mimi Hong)
Pumpkin

No longer content to celebrate Halloween just on October 31, NYC has turned into a full week of festivities. We're mainly focusing on the music stuff, but a list of notable events follows...

First and foremost in the 41st Village Halloween Parade, which gives parades a good name and is usually worth going to. It happens on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. And if you can't actually be there, NY1 broadcasts live from 8 PM - 9:30 PM.

As for music events, with a singer who has basically dressed like a vampire for the band's career and classic singles "Thanks for the Night," "Wait for the Blackout," and "In Dulce," The Damned remain perfectly suited for this sort of thing and you can see them at Irving Plaza on Halloween with TSOL (who have a horror punk vibe themselves), and The Briefs. (tickets). If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair of tickets. See details below.

Meanwhile, Damned guitarist (and maker of great solo records too), Captain Sensible will be playing a Halloween edition of the Sally Can't Dance party at Bowery Electric on Wednesday (10/29) with Fred Armisen, Mistress Formica and more (tickets).

On a similar tip, the Jerry Only-led version of Misfits play Irving Plaza tonight (10/28) and tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, former Misfit Glenn Danzig will be playing with his band Samhain at Best Buy Theater on the actual night of Samhain (the night after Halloween) (tickets).

And another former Misfits singer, Michale Graves, plays Coco 66 on Mischief Night (10/30). Tickets are on sale.

Primus will be playing Beacon Theatre on Halloween which is being billed as "An Evening With Primus and the Chocolate Factory." Primus just made an album based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book which definitely has some nightmare material in it. Tickets are still available.

Punk/klezmer/cabaret act World Inferno Friendship Society are throwing a "Hallowmas" bash at The Wick on Halloween. They are requesting you bring a pumpkin. Tickets are on sale.

CMJ buds Panache & Baby's All Right are thowing a Halloween Show that's not at Baby's -- it happens Halloween Friday at 338 Moffat (Studio L) with Purling Hiss, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Meatbodies and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets are on sale now, including an option that includes a "limited edition surprise."

What will be at Baby's though is a dance party with Maurice Fulton, DJ Spun, Alex From Tokyo, The Almond Brothers and Paul Raffaele (tickets).

For an Halloween filled with current bands evoking the goth sound of the classic '80s period, Toxic Shock Syndrome is presenting "DEA†H ☧ RI†ES" on Friday at 496 Morgan Ave with Pop. 1280, Void Vision, Pawns, a DJ set by Frankie Teardrop and "more!" Tickets are on sale.

And then there's the Halloween show at Death by Audio with Knyfe Hyts, Oozing Wound, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale, plus in the "Haunted Mansion" there will be Aa, Justin Frye (of PC Worship) and Chat Logs. This will be your last chance to party at DbA on a Halloween as the venue closes in less than a month.

This year's Zombie Prom happens at Littlefield on Halloween with The Hollows, Sylvana Joyce & The Moment, Corn Mo, and T.R.J.B. (tickets).

Anamanaguchi will be DJing on Halloween at the 38 Bathhouse (353 Broadway, Manhattan) with Tallesen, Pleasure Centers, Bernard Herman (not the Hitchcock composer [who's dead]), and "Very Special Guests." Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar is throwing a two-night Halloween party on Friday and Saturday (11/1). Friday has Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$ DJ; Saturday has The So So Glos, Slothrust, Dinowalrus, Weird Womb and DJ Lady Guy. Both nights are free with costume contests ($500 cash prize).

And Long Island's The Paramount on Halloween is hosting Mastodon, Gojira & Kvelertak (tickets). The same lineup will play The Starland Ballroom in NJ the next night (tickets).

The Meat Puppets / Cass McCombs co-headlining tour hits NYC twice at Rough Trade this weekend. First on Halloween night (tickets) and then again the next night (sold out).

If you're the type who wants to hear post-rock on Halloween, you're in luck because This Will Destroy You's tour hits Bowery Ballroom that night (tickets).

And for you Twin Peaks fans out there, Glasslands is offering up a party called "Halloween In The Black Lodge," with a place both wonderful and strange performing a piece called "EYS OPEN DOORS: THE HIDDEN LIFE OF LAURA PALMER" as well as DJ sets by @Thatsourwaldo, and Smoking Mirror (Lewis Valleau of WOLVVES). Tickets for this midnight party are on sale now, though if you're name's Bob you may know another way in.

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Of course the staple of Halloween shows is bands performing as other bands, and there are no shortage of those this year. You can get an early jump on that sort of thing on Wednesday (10/29) at Baby's All Right with Motion Studies (as Prince), Sunflower Bean (as Smashing Pumpkins), Dances (as The Strokes), Haybaby (as Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Scherzo (as Death From Above 1979). Tickets are on sale.

Then on Devil's Night (Thursday, 10/30) at Saint Vitus, Delicate Steve will be performing as Del Zeppelin with sets from Escalator Haters (Featuring members of Stalkers, Daddy Long Legs, The Casualties and Clit 45), Ice Balloons and Cher2K. That's a free show.

Delicate Steve will then perform as the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Silent Barn on Halloween (with RHCP touring member/Atoms for Peace member Mauro Refosco) along with Dear Leader (as The Neptunes), Heeney (as Weezer), Banned Books (as Pixies), Advaeta (as HOLE), members of Celestial Shore, Heaven's Gate and Journalism as blink-182 and a DJ set from Mr. Twin Sister.

For a different option that also features a band as Blink-182 head to Cake Shop on Halloween for Clean Girls who will be doing that, plus Vomitface (as Nirvana), Alien Trilogy (as Devo), Tape Deck Mountain (as Daniel Johnston's Delay Pedal), Death To Slater (as The Beach Boys), Schmear (as Meat Puppets), and Smell-O-Vision (as Television).

For a third blink-182 option and a second RHCP option, over at Shea Stadium on Halloween you can see Big Ups (as Red Hot Chili Peppers), Vulture Shit (as Presidents of USA), Flagland (as Blink-182), Bueno (as Frank Sinatra), and Huffers (as The Replacements). $8 at the door with costume, $10 without.

You can see Beach Fossils with members of Wild Nothing (as Devo), Celestial Shore (as T. Rex), Beverly (as the Pixies), and Roya (as Television Personalities), on Halloween at 338 Moffat (Studio E, different space than Purling Hiss show mentioned above). Tickets for that show are on sale.

You can also catch Mutual Benefit doing Beck's One Foot in the Grave in full at Glasslands on Halloween with Reo appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set (tickets). That's your last chance to ever see a Halloween show at Glasslands. We're giving away tickets too.

Of course there's also "the world's drunkest Guns n' Roses tribute band," Mr Brownstone, at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (tickets).

If you're looking to dance, you can head to Cameo on Friday for Eric Duncan, Mike Simonetti, Dominique Keegan, Justin Vandervolgen, Evan Michael, Free Magic, and Faso (tickets)

Output on Halloween is throwing a "Boo Yourself" party with Danny Tenaglia and Rissa Garcia in the main space and Kasper Bjørke, Gerd Janson, and Justin Miller in The Panther Room (tickets).

At Verboten on Halloween it's Lee Burridge, Monkey Safari, Christian Löffler, and Bedouin (tickets).

The Check Yo Ponytail tour also rolls through NYC on Halloween which should definitely be a party. That happens at Warsaw with The Presets, Antwon, Chela and Franki Chan (tickets).

You can also turn down for what at Pier 94 on Halloween (moved from Barclays Center) with DJ Snake, Knife Party, Tommy Trash, Tchami and Milo & Otis (tickets).

On the movie front, Nitehawk Cinema is doing their all-night horror marathon "A Night to Dismember" with a program of sequels: Evil Dead II, The Bride of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th: Part 2, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, and Return of the Living Dead (tickets)

Videology (which has been hosting horror screenings all month) is showing '80s Tawny Kittaen classic Witchboard; and at Sunshine Cinema in the LES they're hosting a midnight screening of 1987 cult classic, The Monster Squad (tickets).

What else? A couple flyers, and some Halloween mixes courtesy Rdio, below...

Continue reading "A guide to 2014 Halloween events in NYC"

The War On Drugs at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by PSquared)
TWOD

You've probably heard something by now about the very one-sided Sun Kil Moon vs War on Drugs feud which resulted in SKM's new song "The War On Drugs: Suck My Cock" which TWOD had not responded to... until now. Stereogum points to a new interview on Swedish music blog Songs For Whoever with TWOD frontman Adam Granduciel where Adam said the following:

Speaking of rivalry. Mark Kozelek. What happened there...?

− Never heard of him.

No? Okay. Then I think that's my last...

− I mean, to be fair to that idiot, what he said in that song... I didn't really have a problem with any of it until I heard the song. First of all, he never met us, and yet said all these things. He's such a douche. I asked somebody if I could get his e-mail, because I wasn't trying to start this stupid Twitter thing, I was just bummed. I went to a mutual friend who explained that he wouldn't give out his e-mail address. So I just got an e-mail through this friend that said "Mark wants to come to the Fillmore, he will write a song called 'War On Drugs Suck My Cock,' you back him up on it and he gets to play 'Beer Commercial Guitar,' then you back him up on one of his songs, 'Dogs,' from his new album. And then he plays 'Beer Commercial Guitar' on one of your songs."

− We were on tour and I thought "this is actually a pretty cool idea, I don't have anything against this guy, this is cool." So I was really excited and was gonna write him back in a couple of days, 'cause I was busy at the time. Then two days later I get an e-mail back from him, saying "the offer has expired, maybe when I get home from tour I'll go to Starbucks and buy your record." I was like "you're such a fucking prick, dude." He was such an asshole, I didn't even say anything. Then he goes to the internet and he "challenges" us to this thing, but I was like "you fucking prick, you already said 'No'!" He's such a fucking child. And then the song is just idiotic, he's just a fucking idiot. I don't have time for idiots. I'm just pissed that he tried to make it come out like he was challenging us. I had already essentially agreed to it, and then the Starbucks comment... what the fuck, dude. Get over your fucking self.

There you have it. You can listen to "The War On Drugs: Suck My Cock" below...

Continue reading "The War on Drugs break silence on Mark Kozelek diss track"

photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis

APTBS @ DbA 10/27/2014
A Place to Bury Strangers
A Place to Bury Strangers
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We actually don't know if last night (10/27) was A Place To Bury Strangers' final show at Death By Audio, but if they're planning to play the venue they helped build again, it will have to be in the next 26 days, since that's how little time is left before the DIY Williamsburg venue closes forever. But it's hard to imagine them topping what happened last night, a surprise-filled show that could have only been planned by folks who knew the space intimately.

APTBS, who also played a CMJ show at Rough Trade two nights earlier (where they played on the floor, not the stage), opened Monday night's sold-out show at DbA in a sea of fog and strobes, and ended it with a guitar sticking out of the ceiling (see above). The latter came soon after the band had jumped off the main stage, seemingly done with their set, and into the back room by the merch table, where a second smaller setup (including a vintage step drum machine) was ready for action. The band played a couple songs with that setup as the crowd figured out what was going on, and then tried to open the door to a little storage space, which was stuck. Frontman (and DbA pedal shop owner) Oliver Ackerman proceeded to bash the door with an amp till it opened. In that storage space was a second kit, drummer Robi Gonzalez went in and APTBS played one last song, with bassist Dion Lunadon on the merch table and that guitar ending up wedged in the drop-ceiling.

It was a crazy show, and a loud one. We warned you to wear earplugs. If you forgot them, the band conveniently had their own branded version for sale at the show, as well as prismatic "hallucinogenic vision" glasses to make things a little more trippy. Broken Water (from Washington), Gold Dime (featuring members of Talk Normal and Dreebs), and White Suns opened.

Less than a month of DbA left. Check out the current schedule of final shows, and stay tuned for more announcements. More pics from last night's APTBS show, including video of them covering Dead Moon's "Don't Look Back," below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers played Death By Audio for the last time (maybe) (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield and Chris La Putt; words by Pink Baby

Dilly Dally / Tweens
BV CMJ Day Show Friday
BV CMJ Day Show Friday

The Canadian group Dilly Dally exude a combination of nonchalance and expertly-concealed nervousness. Their songs are bloody-knuckled marvels, big, hammering numbers that are grainy and gritty and yet still centered around clear and cunning pop melodies - it's like sucking into a milkshake and getting a mouthful of sand. The reference points are all late '90s - there are nods to Nirvana and L7 in both the charred scrap metal guitars and Katie Monks's roaring, blown-throat vocals. Their force and power was breathtaking, the sound of a band discovering itself in real-time and reveling in the possibilities. - [Wondering Sound]
The first of our two CMJ week day parties happened on Friday and kicked off with one of the bands we were most excited about, Toronto's Dilly Dally, playing their first US show. Even with it being Friday at noon and with Colin Meloy playing a last minute set on the street a few blocks away, there was a good crowd there for their noon set -- including a lot of label folk to see the unsigned (in America) band. As the Wondering Sound review above points out, they delivered and then some.

Then came UK grungy punks The Wytches who brought shades of early Nirvana to their early set.

Tweens, who have great rock hair to go along with their undeniably catchy, spunky indie rock, followed. At this point, we'd now seen two of our top 10 live sets of CMJ week (Tweens and Dilly Dally).

Then there was King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, no strangers to Baby's All Right, who came armed with three guitarists, two drummers, a flute and an insane amount of energy. If anyone could follow Tweens, they could. The Australian band may have played more shows during CMJ than any other band and their crazed stage presence never flagged, nor did audiences bouncing. The band's new album, I'm in Your Mind Fuzz, is out on John Dwyer's Castle Face label and they've clearly nicked a few tricks from Thee Oh Sees. They barreled through their set with nary a pause for breath.

Protomartyr, whose Under Color of Official Right is one of 2014's best albums, brought a typically intense set (one of four at CMJ) characterized by inventive arrangements and killer musicianship (drummer Alex Leonard's contributions should not be undervalued). At the helm, frontman Joe Casey (wearing his free Bell's Brewery sunglasses) offered up tales of everyday life in his typical, witty and poetic off-the-cuff style. He may have also tailored lyrics for "Tarpeian Rock" for our party/commenters. Great set.

After Protomartyr, the vibe changed from post-punk cool to cathartic emo as The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die took the stage. The band fuse the genre with chamber pop-style arrangements and had multiple members singing throughout the set, including spoken word artist Chris Zizzamia joining them for a couple songs. As far as modern emo bands go, they're really a thing of their own and that was clear from Saturday's set, which unlike their Cameo show later that night, went off without a hitch.

Single Mothers
Single Mothers

Canadian punks Single Mothers followed with what had to be the most intense set of the day party. They were a 5-piece this time, adding in a second guitarist, and all five members were in 100% anger mode the entire time, never looking anything but intimidating. They showed up (a little) fashionably late, set up quick, and just did their thing and left. No frills, no nothing, just badass.

Twin Peaks wrapped up Friday's day party without tearing down any of the acoustic ceiling tiles this time, but it was still a spirited set.

At noon we gave out a keg of delicious and rare (1 of less than 10 kegs in NYC) Bell's Brewery Sweet Potato Stout. Bell's was also giving out koozies, bottle openers, sunglasses and other goodies, and was represented on three of the venues taps.

Sailor Jerry drinks were also complimentary for much of the afternoon, and the buzz of a Three Kings tattoo gun could be heard in the side room all day as people signed up to win Sailor Jerry tattoos and get inked right on the spot.

We then did it all again Saturday.

More pictures from Friday below....

Continue reading "Twin Peaks, TWIABP, Protomartyr, Single Mothers, Dilly Dally, Tweens & more played BV's Friday CMJ day party (pics)"

Protomartyr at DbA during CMJ (via @brooklynvegan)
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As you know, Death By Audio will be gone forever in less than a month, November 22nd to be exact. This message is currently up on their website:

Note for Nov: we are having our final show on 11/22 and we will be releasing the schedule for this month bit by bit as to keep everyone on their toes, we will be open every night, just dont wanna give away all the fun. stay tuned, and if you are wondering about playing one of these shows, im sorry but the schedule is full. thanks for all the wonderful years!
Recent notable shows have included a packed week of CMJ (including Porches, the Burger Records showcase, and Wreckless Eric), 24 hours of drone, JEFF the Brotherhood & Diarrhea Planet, and last night's A Place To Bury Strangers show (photos coming soon).

As of today (10/28), 14 of the 22 final November shows are listed, though many of them just include secret guests (obvious candidates who haven't played there recently include Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall). The last two nights are "Top Secret." Speedy Ortiz, Hunters, Fiasco, Coasting, Pampers, Pujol, Tyvek, Shellshag, and many more are among those already listed. They knocked out the wall dividing the main room and the bar room, so crazy shows are a little more comfortable now. Most of these last shows do not have advance tickets, so if you're going to one of the more notable ones, be sure to get there early. (Last night's APTBS show sold out around 10 PM.) Check out the full posted schedule, including the Dirty On Purpose Reunion (11/1), the Halloween show with Aa, Liturgy and two nights of Oozing Wound, below...

Continue reading "Death By Audio's final schedule growing: Speedy Ortiz, Liturgy, Hunters, Fiasco, Tyvek, lots of secret guests & more "

photos by Bao Nguyen

iLoveMakonnen / Cam'ron
ILoveMakonnen
Cam'ron

FADER Fort returned during CMJ this year and wrapped up on Saturday (10/25) with a lineup surprise-headlined by Mary J. Blige. That day also featured sets from rapper iLoveMakonnen, whose Drake-assisted hit "Tuesday" is basically everywhere (and luckily he wasn't attacked this time), wannabe pop star Ryn Weaver, ambient pop musician Foxes In Fiction, veteran rapper Cam'ron who's been having a pretty good year thanks to his A-Trak collaborations, Will Smith's children Willow and Jaden Smith who played with alt-R&B singer SZA, rapper Sir Michael Rocks and UK singer George Maple.

More pictures from that day below...

Continue reading "FADER Fort Saturday in pics: iLoveMakonnen, Cam'ron, Foxes In Fiction, Jaden & Willow Smith, SZA, George Maple, more"

by Andrew Sacher

Runaway Brother

Cleveland's Runaway Brother are one of the bands we highlighted in our Fest preview, and we mentioned in that preview that their debut LP would be coming out in 2015 via Tiny Engines (Beach Slang, Cayetana, The Hotelier). The album's now been officially announced. It's called Mother and the label plans to have it out in late winter/early spring. That's the artwork above and the tracklist is below. It includes the song "Faking It" which you can preview singer Jacob Lee playing acoustic in a video below.

The new album follows 2012's Bedhead EP and this year's Summer/Autumn 7". Here's what we said about those:

The first thing that may stick out about Cleveland's Runaway Brother is the singer's sorta jarring voice, but [it soon] becomes clear that they've got a real knack for songcraft and his weird voice is actually pretty cool. They're kinda folky in the way that Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse used to be kinda folky, some of Piebald and Say Anything's oddball pop punk is in there, and yes they're a little emo but not in the melodramatic 2000s way or even the '90s revival way.
If that EP and 7" are anything to go by, this is an album worth looking out for. Watch the acoustic video and stream the EP/7" below...

Continue reading "Runaway Brother announce debut LP on Tiny Engines, 'Mother'"