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May 21, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photos: Dan Deacon at Baby's All Right in February (more by Drew Gurian) / Death Cab
Dan Deacon
Death Cab

Death Cab For Cutie returned earlier this year with their eighth album, Kintsugi (their last with guitarist Chris Walla and first with an outside producer). Now, pop weirdo Dan Deacon has given its track "Black Sun" the remix treatment, turning the big-sounding song into something glitchier and more subdued. Maybe this is what a new Postal Service album would sound like? Check it out for yourself -- the song exclusively premieres below.

Dan Dacon has upcoming shows, including one in NYC this Friday (5/22) at Warsaw, which is sold out.

Death Cab are also going on a tour, which includes a big show at MSG on September 12 with Explosions in the Sky. Tickets for that show are still available.

Listen to Dan Deacon's "Black Sun" remix, with the list of Death Cab's tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Dan Deacon remixed Death Cab for Cutie's "Black Sun" (listen)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Jane's Addiction / ATPBS @ Capitol Theatre 5/19/2015
Janes Addiction
Janes Addiction
A Place to Bury Strangers

Maybe they're older; maybe they don't care as much; maybe they were stoned. Theatrics (or lack thereof) aside, Jane's Addiction are still rock stars of the highest caliber, and they're not about to let you forget it.

Always one for flamboyance, Farrell donned a flamingo jacket as the group -- whose ever-evolving lineup has settled on Farrell, Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins, and bassist Chris Chaney -- kicked off the show with the lumbering bass of Nothing's Shocking opener "Up the Beach." Navarro's guitar caught fire on the expansive "Ocean Size," from which Farrell segued into an anecdote about his father being from Bensonhurst before the punk-rock kick of "Had a Dad." - [Village Voice]

Jane's Addiction just finished a four-show swing through the NY area with Brooklyn noisemakers A Place to Bury Strangers that included shows at Brooklyn Bowl (5/13), NJ's Starland Ballroom (5/15), Huntington, NY's The Paramount (5/19) and Port Chester's Capitol Theatre (5/19). We've got pictures from the Cap show in this post.

All four shows were part of Jane's Addition's Nothing's Shocking tour where the band play that classic 1988 album in full. They also encored with a handful of non-Shocking hits, that came with a troupe of dancers, some of whome hung above the stage -- Jim Rose-style -- from hooks in their skin. It was just like the old days of Lollapalooza. The review quoted above was from the Brooklyn Bowl show which happened the same night as the big RBMA-ified Nothing Changes show at Output across the street. Perry Farrell stopped by Output to take in some Pharmakon and Prurient after Jane's show was over.

During their run with Jane's, APTBS also played Saturday night (5/16) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which will close after this weekend's shows. More pics of them and Jane's, below...

Continue reading "Jane's Addiction & A Place to Bury Strangers played 4 NY-area shows including Brooklyn Bowl & Capitol Theatre (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Fabiola Carranza
Destroyer

Destroyer hasn't released a full length since 2011's excellent Kaputt, but he's finally ready to do that this year. He'll release Poison Season, a double album, on August 28 via Merge in the US and Dead Oceans in the UK. He just shared first single "Dream Lover," which is more of a swaggering upbeat rock song than the sophisti-pop of Kaputt, but still full of saxophones. Listen, and check out the album tracklist, below.

Dan Bejar & co. will also be touring internationally in support of the record for about two months from September to November. That tour hits NYC on October 4 at Webster Hall. That date and many others are with Jennifer Castle. Tickets for Webster are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new song and album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Destroyer announces new album, 'Poison Season,' shares new song "Dream Lover," announces tour (dates, stream)"

photo: Bo Ningen @ BVCMJ 2015 (more by Chris La Putt)
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photo: Primal Scream @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Primal Scream @ Warsaw
Having dabbled in punk, dub, dance music, straight-up rock n' roll and just about every other genre, Scottish band Primal Scream have managed to stay fresh longer than most other bands originating from the mid-'80s, and frontman Bobby Gilespie remains the epitome of lanky cool.

TV on the Radio, Bo Ningen, Sam Dew @ Terminal 5
It's been about a decade since TV on the Radio were considered a "Brooklyn buzz band." They don't all live in the borough (or even the East Coast) anymore, but fortunately they're still a very good band, as reinforced by last year's Seeds. Tonight's their second of three NYC-area shows on this tour (including NJ with the Pixies). Bo Ningen, who are quite the sight to see, open the show.

SSION, Cakes Da Killa @ Le Poisson Rouge
SSION headline this bill, and if you're going we especially think it's worth getting there early for rap boundary-pusher Cakes Da Killa.

Krill, Big Ups, Warehouse, Downies @ Palisades
There's some cool bands on this bill, including Boston's eccentric indie rockers Krill, NYC's Fugazi/Slint-indebted Big Ups, Atlanta post-punks Warehouse, and local rockers Downies.

Kayo Dot, Hex Inverter, Disparager, Kevin Hufnagel @ Paper Box
There's rarely a lack of chances to catch Toby Driver's experimental metal collective Kayo Dot in their hometown of NYC, but every one is worth taking. You never know what you're gonna get.

Anaal Nathrakh, Early Graves, Vattnet Viskar, Incite, Secrets of the Sky @ Saint Vitus
Two black metal bands, Anaal Nathrakh and Vattnet Viskar are currently on separate tours (AN with Incite and Secrets of the Sky, VV with Early Graves), and tonight those tours' paths cross for one super show. Vattnet Viskar recently released a single off their upcoming album, and it sounds like the new stuff is expanding a lot upon their BM roots.

Courtney Barnett, Chastity Belt, Darren Hanlon @ Bowery Ballroom
With a terrific new album and charmingly awesome live show, it's no wonder Courtney Barnett sold out three nights at Bowery Ballroom. If you're going, be sure to get there for Seattle's Chastity Belt and onetime Lucksmith member Darren Hanlon.

Jamie Lidell, JDH & Dave P @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
This is one of Celebrate Brooklyn!'s free dance parties and tonight is the "Electro Soul Dance Party" headed up by multitalented Jamie Lidell. Starts at 7 PM.

King Holiday, TECLA, KASSA:PURUSH, Ludwig Persik @ Brooklyn Museum
This is the kickoff party for Brooklyn Museum's new exhibit, "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks." It features poetry readings, and musical performances, the latter headlined by 10-piece "astro-soul" outfit King Holiday.

B-52s, French Horn Rebellion @ Irving Plaza
Coming up quickly on their 40th anniversary, The B-52's still bring the party with a catalogue of classic dance-friendly postpunky new wave.

Kaki King, Glackabelle @ Rough Trade
Composer and guitar great Kaki King brings a new visual element to her live performance with this show titled "Kaki King The Neck is a Bridge to the Body" that cannily incorporates colorful projections.

Dead Heavens, Slavve, Writer @ Bowery Electric
Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) taps into heavy psych and '60s garage with his band Dead Heavens that also includes members of White Zombie and Cults.

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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May 20, 2015

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Pixies
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).

A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).

But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...

Continue reading "NYC Memorial Day Weekend 2015 Events (Pixies & TVOTR, Chastity Belt, Perfect Pussy, Priests, Parquet Courts, more)"

northside

The reformed Luna will be touring North America this fall, but folks in NYC can see them before that, as they'll be playing a free Northside Festival show on June 11 at McCarren Park! It is FREE but you do need to claim tickets.

Luna will be back for three NYC shows in October.

photos (and some of the videos) by Jammi York

"BURN & Crumbsuckers sounded great. NYHC on top nothing can compare to the Black N Blue Bowl this year." - Joey

"Burn was one of the best sets I've ever seen. Black n Blue was perfect. Can't wait to do it again next year." - @YaDingoid

Burn / Crumbsuckers / SOIA
Black n' Blue Bowl 2015
Black n' Blue Bowl 2015
Black n' Blue Bowl 2015
Black n' Blue Bowl 2015

NYC's annual hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl returned for its 2015 edition this past weekend at Webster Hall on Saturday (5/16) and Sunday (5/17). The festival included a few exciting reunions, including post-hardcore OGs Burn, who had original members Chaka Malik (vocals) and Gavin Van Vlack (guitar) with onetime bassist Manuel Carrero and new drummer Durijah Lang (which is also Glassjaw's rhythm section, and was briefly Saves the Day's too). We got almost their entire discography, including all of their seminal 1990 self-titled EP, all of Last Great Sea, and all but one song on Cleanse (they didn't play "Strata").

The fest also had crossover thrash vets Crumbsuckers getting back together once again, and '80s hardcore/Oi! band American Eagle back together too. Candiria played their first show in years at the fest, and still very-active veterans like Sick Of It All and Madball played as well. The Regulators, who have members of Bad Brains and Cro-Mags, played a bunch of Bad Brains favorites like "Sailin' On" and "Big Takeover," Dave Smalley played material from his bands Dag Nasty, ALL and Down By Law, and chuggy veterans Earth Crisis played. We also got sets from newer bands keeping alive the older hardcore style like The Rival Mob and Turnstile (who just announced a tour with Backtrack).

More pictures, videos, and setlists from a handful of the bands that played, below...

Continue reading "Black N' Blue Bowl 2015 pics & videos: Burn, Crumbsuckers, Candiria, Sick of it All, Regulators, Madball, Earth Crisis, more"

by Bill Pearis

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Colleen Green worked with JEFF the Brotherhood on her terrific new album, I Want to Grow Up, and now they're both on a new single that's coming out as part of Famous Class' LAMC 7" series. JEFF contributes "A Dog," while Colleen's song is titled "Hellraiser." You can get the briefest of tastes via an instagram video below. Pre-orders are available now. Colleen can also be seen in the new Total Babes video.

Last in NYC in April with Upset, Colleen Green will be back this summer, playing Palisades on August 23 with Mannequin Pussy, and Larry & the Babes. Tickets are on sale now. That's one of a few currently-announced North American shows including an appearance at Canadian fest Sled Island in June. She will be on tour in Europe this summer, and all dates are listed below.

JEFF, meanwhile, are also touring this summer, doing some dates with Mumford and Sons' Gentlemen of the Road caravan, plus headlining dates like Brooklyn's The Wick on June 12. Tickets for that are still available. All of their dates are listed below too.

Continue reading "Colleen Green releasing split 7" with JEFF the Brotherhood, playing NYC w/ Mannequin Pussy in August ++ other dates"

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A star is born -- all over again. Asif Kapadia's documentary study of the great British soul queen Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27, is stunningly moving and powerful: intimate, passionate, often shocking, and almost mesmerically absorbing.

Like Kapadia's previous study of doomed motor-racing star Ayrton Senna, this does not use talking heads, but is instead visually based on extant footage of chat-shows and awards-events and also an extraordinary trove of private video shot by friends and lovers who were clearly transfixed by Winehouse's extraordinary personality, and perhaps, who knows, aware that what they were recording might be of grim future interest. At some stage as a teenager, Winehouse adopted her feline eyeliner style -- a style that Caitlin Moran has written about brilliantly, the kind of makeup you develop through applying it while looking into a car or bus wing-mirror. - [The Guardian]

The Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, just premiered at 2015 Cannes Film Festival to pretty much universal praise. You can check out the trailer below. Amy opens in U.S. theaters on July 3.

Continue reading "Amy Winehouse documentary premiered at Cannes, coming to theaters in July (watch the trailer)"

Growlers

The Growlers, who in March played five shows at Baby's All Right with Broncho, will continue to tour for most of 2015, including two more NYC shows this fall: Irving Plaza on October 8 & 9. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (5/22) at 1 PM with a Live Nation presale starting Thursday (5/21) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed, along with a tour announce video, below.

Speaking of Broncho, you can check out pics from their recent show Rough Trade.

Continue reading "The Growlers expand tour, announce fall dates including two nights at Irving Plaza"