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Pig Destroyer at Gwar-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
Pig Destroyer

Versus at Chickfactor 20 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder, Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus
Pig Destroyer fully deserve their reputation as modern grindcore's most vital band; this show will mark their first NYC appearance with new (and first-ever!) bassist Scott Jarvis in the lineup. They're headlining tonight's BV/Invisible Oranges-curated Red Bull Sound Select show which is an all-around killer bill. If you RSVP'd, it's $3 at the door, if not it's $10. First-come, first-served. Doors are at 6 PM. Get there early. Oh, and Dave Hill is hosting too!

Versus, pow wow!, Crazy Pills, Quiet Loudly, The Planes, Let's Be Loveless @ Shea Stadium
This is a benefit for the Philippines which is still recovering from devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Most of the bands on this bill have some ties to the country, and this is Versus' first local show in a long while.

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Steve Gunn, Spectre Folk @ The Bell House
With Sonic Youth behind him, Lee Ranaldo (and his SY bandmate Steve Shelley) have moved into poppier territories with their new project, which can recall everything from melodic indie rock to '70s art rock. Tonight's openers are both good too: Steve Gunn of Kurt Vile's band and Spectre Folk who also count Steve Shelley as a member.

Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ital, Bookworms, Special Guests @ 285 Kent
Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is sadly closing, but before it's done for good, there's four more epic shows going down in the Williamsburg space this month. Tonight's the first of those, leaning mostly towards electronic music and R&B. Any guesses on who the special guests will be?

Action Bronson @ Irving Plaza
The insanely prolific and always great NYC rapper Action Bronson deservedly continues to get bigger, and this week he'll show that off with two big sold-out hometown shows. This is the second.

Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band, ARP, Juan Wauters @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The folks at Panache Booking are behind this weekend's shows at BNB, and they've put together two good line-ups. Tonight it's Roddy Bottum's Imperial Teen, former Shaggs singer Dot Wiggin, and more. FREE.

Omar-S, FIT, DKDS @ 88 Palace
Omar-S had one of the better (but often overlooked) house records of 2013 with Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself, an album that eschewed the big hooks of some of the other big house albums of 2013 but focused on masterful production.

Cloud Control, Avers @ Baby's All Right
Australian guitar pop combo Cloud Control have foolishly left the part of the world where it's summer right now to experience the polar vortex and to play some of their catchy anthemic pop for the cold people of NYC.

Martha Vineyard Ferries, Brian Chase & Robbie Lee Duo, Tim Foljhan @ Death by Audio
MVF are and indie rock "supergroup" made up of Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots), Bob Weston (Shellac, Volcano Suns, Mission of Burma), and Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine, The New Year), released their first full length, Mass. Grave, this past October.

Lewis Black, Gilbert Gottfried , Liam McEneaney @ Fontana's
This is a live taping of Liam McEneaney's "Tell Your Friends! The Podcast!" podcast and tonight features to very angry men.

Chris & Cosey, Excepter @ Santos Party House
When industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle shut down operations in 1981, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti kept working together, making icy, trance-like dance music with occasional forays into pop. Having just played MoMA PS1, Carter Tutti perform Chris & Cosey material tonight. Sold out, but they're playing Radio Bushwick on Sunday.

Golden Suits, Inlets @ Union Hall
Fred Nicolaus is one half of Department of Eagles (the other half being Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen) and on his own he makes similarly quirky folk-pop as Golden Suits.

Krill, Palehound, Bueno, Jazz Massagers, Hannah Ch'oe @ Silent Barn
Krill mix Spencer Krug/Isaac Brock-style eccentricities with '90s-style loud rock and their Exploding In Sound labelmates Palehound offer a noisy take on singer/songwriter indie rock.

Clutch, The Sword, Crobot @ Capitol Theatre
Between Clutch and The Sword, there will be no lack of big rock riffs filling Port Chester's Capitol Theatre tonight.

Diane Coffee, White Hinterland, Isadora @ Glasslands
When Shaun Fleming isn't drumming in Foxygen, he's making a similar type of psych pop in his other band, Diane Coffee, who play NYC again tonight.

Rahaan, Free Magic, Faso @ Glasslands
Chicago's Rahaan comes to NYC for tonight's DISCOVERY party. According to his bio, he "has been dropping disco and funky house beats to retro music heads since the 80's when he and his friends use to dance at the best house parties in Chicago - Rahaan's home state and most importantly, the place which gave birth to House music."

The Impressions featuring members of the Dap-Kings, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, The Inspirational Voices of the Abyssinian Baptist Church @ Plymouth Church
Tonight Plymouth Church (57 Orange St in Brooklyn Heights) hosts a benefit concert for Free the Slaves, which "works on the ground with liberators around the world doing what it takes to free men, women and children and help them stay free." It's a great lineup (for a great cause) including Chicago soul legends The Impressions, who will be joined by members of Sharon Jones' band The Dap-Kings, and The Dap-Kings' Daptone labelmates Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.

Federico Aubele, Keren Ann, Dom La Nena @ Joe's Pub
It's a pretty good lineup of singer/songwriters at Joe's Pub tonight with Federico Aubele, Keren Ann, and the National-covering Dom La Nena.

Winter Jazz Fest (multiple shows/venues)
Winter Jazz Fest continues tonight with multiple shows in various NYC venues with sets from John Zorn, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Slavic Soul Party, Erik Friedlander, Sylvie Courvoisier, Elliott Sharp, Mother Falcon, and many more. Full schedule here.

"How to Record Live Instruments" workshop w/ Benjamin Weinman & Billy Rymer of the Dillinger Escape Plan @ Converse Rubber Tracks
It's the third weekend of free (if you registered) creative workshops at Converse Rubber Tracks. Tonight's has two members of The Dillinger Escape Plan teaching you how to record live instruments.

Love Supreme, Truthers, Future Punx, Kissing is a Crime @ Cheap Storage
Garagey soul act Love Supreme headline this party which has been dubbed the "New Year's Eve Do-Over." This time maybe not so many mezcal shots. As for the rest of the line-up, we like jittery new wave lovers Future Punx, especially.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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OutKast reuniting for Coachella (and Governors Ball, Firefly and about 40 other festivals) has got a lot of us very excited, but apparently there are some people who aren't sure what the big deal is. Like when Arcade Fire and Bon Iver (or Bonny Bear) won Grammys, a number of people are taking to social media to express that they don't know who the heck OutKast is or how they could possibly headline Coachella since they only had one good song. Complex points to this "Who Is OutKast?" tumblr collecting posts from the bewildered internet users. There's a few choice ones above, and you can check out even more here.

by Doug Moore

Pig Destroyer at Gwar-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
Pig Destroyer

First things first: tomorrow night (1/11) is the BV/Invisible Oranges-curated Red Bull Sound Select show featuring Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder, Mother Brain, and very funny host Dave Hill. If you want to get inside, heed the following directions (as told by IO):

--The show is entirely first-come, first-served. No tickets have been sold yet; they're all being sold at the door.

--An RSVP does NOT guarantee you entry. If you were one of the first 150 people who RSVPed, then great! When you show up at the door, you'll only be charged $3 instead of $10. But either way, you still need to show up before Saint Vitus fills to its 220-person capacity if you want to get inside.

--Doors are at 6. Mother Brain will start at 8, but if you want to get in, show up early.

--Once the show is full, it's full. You will not be able beg, plead, cajole, bribe, coerce, or threaten your way inside. SO SHOW UP EARLY.

That stuff aside, it should (will) be a rager. I'll be DJing between bands, so expect death metal of varying degrees of idiocy.

There are a bunch of other live heavy music options this weekend, too. Tonight (1/10) you can choose from Weekend, Vaura, and Nothing at Bowery Ballroom (tix), Destruction Unit, Cottaging, and Crystalline Roses at Vitus (tix), and the more hardcore-flavored Anasazi, La Misma, & Damages at Lulu's. Tomorrow is Pig Destroyer (duh), though if you don't like blastbeats and have a car / live in Port Chester, NY, you can catch Clutch, The Sword, and Crobot at the Capitol Theater. You can also check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar for even more options. It rules.

IO got back up to full speed this week. We debuted new music from Torrid Husk, Délétère, Lvcifyre, Murmur, and the amusingly-named Waldgeflüster. We also gave away the ONLY pair of advance PxDx tickets for tomorrow night on East Village Radio, with more giveaways in the offing -- tune in every week on Tuesday at 10pm. And, as always, our mighty new-release guru Ian Chainey ran down all the new heaviness fit to buy.

Oh, and though we mentioned it earlier today, RIP Brutal Truth and Danny Lilker's touring career. Thanks for all the years of music, guys.

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by Klaus Kinski


When it comes to hating on the concept of tribute bands making bank playing other peoples' tunes, your man Klaus will always be the first in line to drop the stinkiest, juiciest clanger on the sheer artlessness of that entire racket... with one very big, laser-infused, rear-projection having exception; Brit Floyd. To cover a band's back-catalog with passable precision is one thing. And hey, sometimes a night out with your bros can be drastically enhanced by getting hammered while a band trips its way through a set of covers of classic rock and roll tunes. But for a cover band to deliver its audience the big budget, large scale experience that's so close to the real thing that you have to remind yourself periodically that it's only a cover band? Man, that is a feat. And for me to not only greenlight but to whole-heartedly endorse a cover band? Jack, this is as close to hell freezing over as you're gonna get.

Brit Floyd is an arena filling Pink Floyd cover band who has honed the craft of mimicking Pink Floyd on every possible level so well that, as far as most Pink Floyd fans are concerned, Brit Floyd is just about full-on carrying the torch for Pink Floyd as they get older, deader, and absent from the musical world. Musically, they have it all; a phenomenal band who can technically produce to the minutest detail the music of Pink Floyd even down to the incredible female back-up singers and a sax player who is audibly indistinguishable from Dick Parry or Scott Page. They have a production crew that brings projections, lasers, and fancy lights, all of which are nearly as good as, though smaller in scale, to what Pink Floyd brought on the road with them for tours supporting Momentary Lapse of Reason or The Division Bell. I saw them in Liverpool a few years back. I was there for work and my hotel was directly across the street from the Echo Arena. I had nothing better to do and had heard they were 'pretty good,' so I figured, eh, why the hell not? It was one of the most incredible concert experiences of my life, and I had to keep reminding myself "It's only a cover band. It's only a cover band."

The Brit Floyd are coming back to the States for a massive 2014 tour called Discovery World Tour 2014:

Named after Pink Floyd's recent box set of the same name, and featuring music from the Syd Barrett led '60s psychedelic pop of 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn', through to the nineties 'The Division Bell', and everything in between, the brand new DISCOVERY show will capture in note-for-note detail, all your favourite moments as well as a few lesser known gems, from one of the most outstanding and enduring back catalogues in the history of recorded music. Includes stunning new video animation, theatrics and inflatables.
The tour includes four local dates, one of which is at the Beacon Theater on April 2. They'll also be at the Oakdale in Connecticut on March 29, The State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey on April 1, and at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie on April 5. Tickets for all those shows are on sale now. All tour dates are listed, along with a few Brit Floyd videos, below.

Continue reading "Brit Floyd touring, playing 4 NY-area shows (dates)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Andrew Hock with Castevet at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Psalm Zero, the Brooklyn experimental metal duo comprised of Andrew Hock (Castevet) and Charlie Looker (Dax Riggs, ex-Zs/Extra Life), just finished prepping their debut album, The Drain, due out on March 4 on Profound Lore. It's an album to look forward to--Psalm Zero's material so far has managed to uniquely blend industrial, metal and a clean/harsh vocal mix to strange and compelling effect. Listen to the album's title track, and watch a video of them performing it at the soon-to-be-closed 285 Kent, below.

Psalm Zero's playing a show on February 9th at the Acheron with Yautja, Geryon (also featuring a member of Castevet) and Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Vaura, Gorguts). Tickets are on sale for what's sure to be an interesting evening--between Psalm Zero, Yautja's grind, Geryon's bass-guitar-only death metal and Kevin Hufnagel's chilled-out experimental wizardry, things are gonna get weird. Flyer below.

Psalm Zero will also be playing down at SXSW. Stay tuned for more details on that.

Meanwhile, Yautja, whose lineup includes members of Coliseum, Gnarwhal, and Nameless Cults, have a few EPs and splits out and they'll release their debut album, Songs of Descent, in February via Forcefield Records. You can stream its single, "Concrete Tongue" (via Lambgoat), along with the tracklist below.

All streams, video and flyer below...

Continue reading "Psalm Zero & Yautja releasing LPs, playing together (streams)"

by Wyatt Marshall


London punks Shallow Sanction are a new band from Jesse Cannon of the industrial dark wave duo Natural Assembly (who recently released a video for a new song). Forsaking the dance-y electronics of his other band, Cannon and Shallow Sanction call upon anarcho-punk and death rock to deliver ~2-minute and under angry rippers with a throwback UK feel. The band's currently prepping their debut 6-song EP for Hospital Productions--that EP is due out early this year, but in the meantime you can stream two tracks, "Ouroboros" and the eponymous "Shallow Sanction", below. Also check out the video for "Shallow Sanction", a black and white newsreel-style video of a bombed out landscape and what I think--judging by the words that flash at the bottom of the screen--are closeups of various human organs.

Shallow Sanction just did a Q&A with 13:13--head over there to read a little bit more about the band.

Streams and video below...

Continue reading "Shallow Sanction releasing debut EP (stream two tracks)"

...from being a full time recording and touring musician

by Doug Moore

Dan Lilker with Brutal Truth, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Dan Lilker is far and away one of the most important bassists in metal history; from his early-'80s thrash and grind work in Anthrax, Exit-13 and S.O.D. to his going concerns in Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault and Venomous Concept, he's routinely been a step ahead of the rest of the scene. He's also served as a live utility player for several notable bands, including Autopsy, Dark Angel, Lock Up, and (weirdly) Soulfly.

Sadly, we will be seeing a lot less of both Lilker and Brutal Truth in the coming years. According to a message on Brutal Truth's Facebook, Lilker is retiring from active touring on October 18th, which is his 50th birthday. Brutal Truth will tour actively until then and then throw in the towel as well. Lilker will be remain active in his Rochester non-touring acts Blurring (which features several members of the underrated deathgrind band Kalibas, including one-time Brutal Truth guitarist Erik Burke on drums) and Nokturnal Hellstorm.

Bittersweet news. While it's always sad when influential legends like Lilker and Brutal Truth hang up gloves, both entities have given plenty to the metal world over their lengthy tours of duty. They deserve their rest.

Read Lilker's statement in full below...

Continue reading "Brutal Truth ending. Dan Lilker retiring on his 50th birthday"

by Andrew Sacher

Sam Smith

Congratulations on being the Sound of 2014! How does it feel?

It feels incredible. I'm so involved in the charts, I love pop music and I love female pop artists. With this award, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Adele have all been on it, which is incredible. Even to be a part of it is amazing.

What was the first song you learned the words to?

It was Aretha Franklin's Say A Little Prayer. Cameron Diaz sings it, really badly, in My Best Friend's Wedding. Great film. I love Julia Roberts.

There's a diva quality to your voice - is that sort of music the inspiration?

It's all I listened to. I actually didn't listen to male vocalists until about two years ago. I just listened to Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan. Massive voices. [BBC]

Congratulations to Sam Smith for topping the BBC's Sound of 2014 list! The 2-5 spots went to Ella Eyre, Banks, Sampha, and George Ezra, respectively, and Sam also beat out Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Chloe Howl and others. Sam first gained widespread attention when he contributed his vocals to Disclosure's "Latch" and he's since begun releasing some impressive solo material which will culminate in his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, due out on May 26 via Capitol Records.

As discussed, Sam is going on a North American tour soon which hits NYC on March 24 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In related news, another group of Disclosure collaborators, London Grammar, will be in NYC much sooner for two sold-out shows next week at Baby's All Right (1/15) and The Box (1/16). They've also since announced that they'll perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 13.

London Grammar's shows wrap up the day before Disclosure begin their sold-out three-night Terminal 5 (1/17-1/19) run (DJ afterparties at various venues included). Considering Sam Smith and Jessie Ware made unannounced appearances at Disclosure's last NYC show, it doesn't seem like a coincidence that London Grammar are here the same week.

All Sam Smith dates are listed, along with some streams, below...

Continue reading "Sam Smith tops BBC's 'Sound of 2014' list; London Grammar playing 'Fallon' before Disclosure's T5 shows"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Neil Young surrounded @ Carnegie Hall on 1/9/2014
Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall

Neil Young has just one night left -- tonight (1/10) -- of his four-night run at Carnegie Hall. We already posted videos and setlists of the first two nights, and now we've got a set of pictures of night 3, which happened last night (1/9), in this post. The shows have seen Neil in solo mode, focusing mostly on his early '70s era. Here's what the NY Times had to say:

At times, there was a rustling quiet while Mr. Young fiddled with his harmonicas; these moments were often punctuated by exhortations or song requests. ("You guys finished?" Mr. Young groused at one point, shooting a look toward the balcony. "No, you paid real good money to get in here, so you should be able to listen to each other.")

But whatever tensions gathered around the stage, they served a function, notably when Mr. Young was unpacking songs with a social or political bent. The tune that got derailed by the offbeat clapping, and then successfully restarted, was "Ohio," which he wrote in response to the 1970 Kent State shootings, and recorded as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It led into a grave, potent version of "Southern Man," with Mr. Young tightening his voice into a blade as he spit the lyrics "I heard screamin'/And bullwhips cracking."

More pictures of night 3, along with a few videos and the setlist (which have basically been the same each night) from that show, below...

Continue reading "Neil Young continued his Carnegie Hall run (night 3 pics, videos & setlist), wraps it up tonight"

Weekend at CMJ 2013 (more by Sarah Gainer)

Destruction Unit at Chaos In Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
D Unit

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Weekend, Nothing, Vaura @ Bowery Ballroom
Do you like your shoegaze heavy and very loud? Tonight show should leave your ears ringing (in a good way?) with the gothy sounds of Weekend and the just plain heavy blast of Nothing.

Destruction Unit, Crystalline Roses, Cottaging (mems Ukiah Drag), Ancient Ocean, DJS Ning Nong and WeGlo @ Saint Vitus
Arizona psych punks Destruction Unit are one of the loudest, most intense, and unforgettable under-the-radar live bands in the country right now. If you've seen them, you know what you're in for, but if you haven't and are looking for spontaneous plans tonight, this show cannot be recommended enough.

Mac DeMarco, Delicate Steve, Hunters @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The folks at Panache Booking are behind this weekend's shows at BNB, and they've put together two good line-ups. Tonight it's a solo set from Mac Demarco, plus the instrumental magic of Delicate Steve and the always-entertaining Hunters. Free.

People Get Ready, Shy Hunters @ Baby's All Right
Mixing indie pop and performance art, People Get Ready's much-talked-about live shows are not to be missed. Gothy band Shy Hunters are also on the bill. Also: Baby's All Right's kitchen opens tonight.

Connan Mockasin, ARP @ Glasslands
Australian eccentric Connan Mockasin just released his new album, Caramel, and is here for his first proper North American tour. This is his second of two NYC dates (Mercury Lounge was last night) and is sold out.

TOY, Spires @ Mercury Lounge
After a couple false starts and fresh off their second album, Join the Dots, UK motorik shoegazers TOY finally make it here for their first NYC shows. After playing Glasslands last night, they hit Mercury Lounge with likeminded locals Spires. Tickets are still available.

Sepalcure, Alex Burkat, Aquarian @ Cameo
When producers Machinedrum and Braille aren't making excellent forward-thinking electronic music on they're own, they're making it together as Sepalcure. The duo haven't played in a while, so tonight should be a real treat.

Self @ Gramercy Theatre
'90s rockers Self are celebrating their 1995 album, Subliminal Plastic Motives, which just got reissued by Fat Possum. This is their first show in nearly 10 years.

Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall
Neil Young did the Crazy Horse thing for much of 2012 and 2013, playing some excellent, noisy shows, and tonight he concludes his four-night run at Carnegie Hall, showing off his prettier side.

Meth Dad, Chiffon, Fielded, D. Cookin @ Death by Audio
Nashville electronic pop weirdo Meth Dad is currently on a tour with Chiffon which comes to NYC for two shows this week, this being the second. Dark pop artist Fielded is more than enough of a reason on her own to go to this show too.

Action Bronson @ Irving Plaza
The insanely prolific and always great NYC rapper Action Bronson deservedly continues to get bigger, and this week he'll show that off with two big sold-out hometown shows. This is the first.

Mother Falcon, And the Kids @ Littlefield
Many-membered Austin chamber pop collective Mother Falcon are back in NYC this weekend for Winter Jazz Fest, which they play tomorrow, but before that they'll headline this show at Littlefield tonight.

Zevious, EULA, Mount Gomery, Beasty @ Radio Bushwick
Between jazz/prog/rock band Zevious and fierce noise rockers EULA, this show should have no lack of intense and wacky rock.

Porches, My Dad, Gunk, Flagland @ Silent Barn
One of many chances to catch NYC "bummer pop" band Porches in their hometown, plus their Exploding In Sound labelmates My Dad, who are in from Chicago.

Against Me!, The Sidekicks, The Shondes @ The Stone Pony
Against Me!'s upcoming LP, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their first since singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender, is shaping up to be one of the more interesting and anticipated releases of early 2014. If you missed them at MHOW last night, need to see them again, or this show is just more convenient for you, they're in NJ at The Stone Pony tonight. Similarly anthemic openers The Sidekicks and The Shondes are not to miss either.

Arc Iris, Joy Kills Sorrow, David Wax Museum, Leyla McCalla, Grace & Tony, Wesley Stace (host) @ City Winery
Wesley Stace hosts his showcase for the 2014 APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) conference.

Joe Pernice @ Rockwood Music Hall
Wesley Stace was just on tour with Pernice, who plays solo at Rockwood Music Hall tonight. He's a talented songwriter possessed with a honeyed voice not unlike The Zombies' Colin Blunstone, and is a funny banterer to boot.

Anais Mitchell @ Rockwood Music Hall
Folk singer Anais Mitchell came to NYC for last night's Downtown Comes Uptown show at Lincoln Center, and now, like every other artist on that bill (Emily King, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Sean Rowe), she plays her own set at Rockwood Music Hall tonight. Anais' show is at 8:30 PM, after Joe Pernice's 7:15 show.

The Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Toussaint, Ruthie Foster, Paul Thorn @ BB King's
This show, as part of the APAP conference, features some great artists like influential New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint and legendary gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama (who got an increased presence in the indie world this year thanks to their new Justin Vernon-produced album).

Pepe Romero @ Brookfield Place Winter Garden (New York Guitar Festival)
The New York Guitar Festival kicks off tonight with this opening night concert from Spanish classical guitarist Pepe Romero, and continues with multiple shows through January 30.

Winter Jazz Fest (multiple shows/venues)
Winter Jazz Fest continues tonight with multiple shows in various NYC venues with sets from Dawn of Midi, Keren Ann, Nat Baldwin, Roomful of Teeth, and many more. Full schedule here.

Doug Gillard, Har Mar Superstar, Mike Bocchetti, Ben Lerman, Jodi Lennon @ Union Hall
New WFMU personality Dave Hill hosts this variety show that promises "an incredible night of comedy, music and gunplay" with Dave and his combo Valley Lodge as the house band.

Peelander Yellow, Unstoppable Death Machines, Math the Band, Ken South Rock @ Shea Stadium
Peelander Yellow will be playing acoustic tonight as well as "livepainting for crazy bands" which sounds kinda interesting.

Jake Bugg, Albert Hammond Jr., The Skins @ Terminal 5
He's not even 19 yet, but UK singer Jake Bugg already counts guys like Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller as fans... and sold out Terminal 5.

Holy Ghost! (DJ Set), Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
This edition of the "Girls & Boys" party features a headline set from '80s-loving DFA duo Holy Ghost! That's their exclamation point, by the way.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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by Doug Moore

You may know of Murmur drummer Charlie Werber through his work with fellow Chicago weirdos Guzzlemug and Surachai -- dude is a freakish talent with a totally distinctive style, which is a true rarity among drummers. Murmur's self-titled second album is more than a showcase for his considerable talents, though -- it's also a thrilling (and super weird) fusion of '70s prog rock (the King Crimson kind, not the Yes kind), black metal, and free jazz/noise.

We've debuted a song from Murmur on Invisible Oranges (streaming below). From our writeup:

Formerly a black metal band with noise tendencies, they're now so weird that I'm not sure what to call them. The black metal and noise elements are still there, but they now share space with a great deal of dark '70s prog rock influence. (They cover King Crimson's "Lark's Tongues in Aspic" at the end of the album.) This set of descriptors implies that Murmur might sound something like Oranssi Pazuzu, who also put out a great album last year. But Murmur are grittier and far less predictable. There's no telling where their songs will go next. "Songs" isn't really the right word anyway; the vocals play a relatively minor role, and Murmur build their tracks around dramatic dynamics rather than identifiable structure. Each is a through-composed labyrinth.
Read the whole thing on IO.

Murmur will come out via Season of Mist on January 21 in North America and on January 17 elsewhere. Stream "Bull of Crete," its second track, below.

Continue reading "Murmur preps new album (stream a track)"

by Andrew Sacher

"The first half of us made it to NYC. Waiting for the rest!!! Loving the weather ;-)" - KiT


There are plenty of bands that have tried to do the "traditional music remixed with electronica" thing and truthfully, many of them kind of suck. But KiT pulls it off extremely well, with a zero-cheese approach and an electronic sound that manages to be organic, raw and heavy all at once. The band's most recent single is "Jackhammer," featuring a bubbling beat with Dutch house synths, baile funk-influenced drum fills and dancehall vocals, and it could easily become the global bass hit of the summer. [MTV Iggy]
KiT (aka Kuenta i Tambú) hail from Curaçao and the mix the traditional Caribbean music style Tambu with modern day electronic styles resulting in what they call "tambutronic." Their recent single "Jackhammer" does this in a super fun way, and like the review quoted above opines, does so "with a zero-cheese approach." Watch its video below.

KiT are in NYC this week to play globalFEST at Webster Hall on Sunday (1/12) with a ton of different performers from around the world (sold out), but you can catch part of the group much sooner than that. They'll DJ with live vocals in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right TONIGHT (1/9) with Cookies and Tropic of Pisces. Show starts at 9 and they go on around midnight.

UPDATE: Check out a picture from the Baby's All Right show!

Video below...

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The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.
The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.

Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.

There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...

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Lee "Scratch" Perry @ LPR during RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Lee Scratch Perry

Remember when the Red Bull Music Academy "took over" New York City for most of May 2013, bringing in such luminaries as Brian Eno, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Kim Gordon, James Murphy, and many more to play and talk about music? You can relive that month -- or get a taste of what you missed -- in a new documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music:

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot with hand-held cameras in a cinema verité style at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, the film seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.
The film will screen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit on February 17 and then be released on the internet for free on February 18. Trailer for the documentary is below.

Additionally, there is a coffee table book too titled For the Record: Conversations with People Who Have Shaped the Way We Listen to Music which pairs artists with journalists and music industry types and lets the discourse flow. Nile Rodgers, Sly & Robbie, Erykah Badu, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Modeselektor and more are featured and all the pairings are listed, along with the book art, below.

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David Byrne / Jherek Bischoff / Zola Jesus @ St. Ann's Warehouse - 1/8/14
Jherek Bischoff
Jherek Bischoff
Jherek Bischoff

Jherek Bischoff began his guest-filled two-night stand at St. Ann's Warehouse last night (1/8), and if you weren't sure what to expect, it turned out to be a pretty extravagant affair. He was joined by a number of guest vocalists, including David Byrne, Sondre Lerche, Zola Jesus (aka Nika Danilova), Mirah, in addition to unannounced (but not unexpected) singers Zac Pennington (of Parenthetical Girls) and Sam Mickens. His band, among others, also included Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Jen Goma (of People Get Ready/A Sunny Day In Glasgow) and the Contemporaneous Ensemble, conducted by David Bloom.

The first set was songs off of Jherek's Composed album, and the second set was songs by the guest vocalists with arrangements by Jherek. One of Mirah's songs, "Gold Rush," was a new one, and one of Zola Jesus's, "Lawless," was new as well. For the encore, David Byrne came out to do Talking Heads' "And She Was," eventually joined by all the guests on stage together. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Jherek and co. do it again tonight (1/9), which is unfortunately sold out.

More pictures from night 1, along with the setlist, below...

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TOY at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Connan Mockasin at Mexican Summer Five (more by PSquared)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

TOY, Feathers, Young Boys @ Glasslands
After a couple false starts and fresh off their second album, Join the Dots, UK motorik shoegazers TOY finally make it here for their first NYC shows. This is a good show all-around with Austin's dark-n-sultry Feathers and locals Young Boys on the bill too. They play Friday at Mercury Lounge too.

Connan Mockasin, Mood Rings @ Mercury Lounge
Australian eccentric Connan Mockasin just released his new album, Caramel, and is here for his first proper North American tour. This first of two NYC shows is with kindred sonic spirits (and Mexican Summer labelmates) Mood Rings. Tickets are still available.

Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall
Neil Young did the Crazy Horse thing for much of 2012 and 2013, playing some excellent, noisy shows, and tonight he's on night 3 of a four-night run at Carnegie Hall, showing off his prettier side.

Against Me!, The Sidekicks, The Shondes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Against Me!'s upcoming LP, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their first since singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender, is shaping up to be one of the more interesting and anticipated releases of early 2014, and though it's still about two weeks away, hopefully we'll hear more of it tonight. Similarly anthemic openers The Sidekicks and The Shondes are not to miss either. Also note: this show was moved to MHOW from Rough Trade NYC.

Jherek Bischoff, David Byrne, Zola Jesus, Sondre Lerche, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, Mirah @ St. Ann's Warehouse 
Amanda Palmer/Parenthetical Girls collaborator Jherek Bischoff has a two night's stay at St. Ann's Warehouse where he'll be performing his album Composed in full with an impressive line-up of guests, including the one-and-only David Byrne. This is the second night and it's sold out.

Braider, Meth Dad, Chiffon, Kazimier, Bebe Panthere @ Silent Barn
Nashville electronic pop weirdo Meth Dad is currently on a tour with Chiffon which comes to NYC for two shows this week, Silent Barn tonight and Death by Audio tomorrow (that one also includes Fielded, who just opened for Feathers).

DVA, Alien Whale, Shahzad Ismaily, Ed Pastorini, Sam Kulik, Ron Shalom (with Austin Vaughn) @ Trans Pecos
It's another of Northern Spy's Thursdays at Trans Pecos (Todd P's new venue in the old Silent Barn space, 915 Wyckoff Ave), and this one is headlined by DVA who are here all the way from Czech.

Big Ups, Flagland, Mannequin Pussy, Washer @ Shea Stadium
NYC post-hardcore band Big Ups are about to release their menacing new album, Eighteen Hours of Static, which takes the off-kilter aggression of '90s Touch & Go/Dischord-style post-hardcore but with the spirit (and often bursts of the speed) of early '80s hardcore. They celebrate that album with this release party tonight, and you can count on it getting pretty rowdy.

Patten, Huerco S, Gobby @ Output's Panther Room
This week's INPUT party is in Output's Panther Room with UK IDM producer Patten, who's got a new LP coming out on Warp and is over here for two NYC shows this week. Support is great too, coming from local producers Huerco S. (Software) and Gobby (UNO).

Revive Big Band, Bilal, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wallace Roney Orchestra @ Le Poisson Rouge (Winter Jazzfest)
Winter Jazz Fest continues at LPR tonight, and among other things features the smooth neo-soul of Bilal.

Emily King, Anais Mitchell, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Sean Rowe @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Show description reads, "Over the course of two nights, Rockwood Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and WFUV partner to spotlight four talented musicians in two distinctly different settings. Four unique artists will bring songs and stories of their everyday stomping grounds, the downtown club scene, to a new audience at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium as they perform selections of their work in a showcase hosted by WFUV radio personality Rita Houston. The following night, all four artists will return to the Lower East Side with full performances at Rockwood Music Hall."

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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by Wyatt Marshall

Nothing Changes

John Sharkey III (of Clockcleaner and Puerto Rico Flowers) has a new band with Ceremony's Andy Nelson and Purling Hiss' Mike Sneeringer called Dark Blue . Sharkey talked with the Village Voice about the new project:

Your new band is called Dark Blue. How did all this happen?

I'd been listening to a lot of UK '77 Punk stuff, the first kind of music that I got really obsessed with in my early teens. I decided that it might be time for me to finally pay homage to the stuff that I grew up with musically. It never occurred to me that I'd start this band: I had a pile of songs I didn't know what else to do with them than fucking record them. I'm at the point in my life where I can devote a little more time to music. My kids are a little bit older now, and my wife and I are settled in Philadelphia. It gives me a little more time to work on this stuff. Andy and Mike used to play in Puerto Rico Flowers and we started playing around with stuff, almost as a fluke. I didn't really expect much of it to be quite honest with you, but it's the project I'm most happy with.

Dark Blue's playing their third ever show tonight (1/8) at the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home with Interval, who haven't played a show in two years but earlier today released a sampler of a forthcoming demo (stream it below). No one is really sure what to expect from Dark Blue -- there aren't any Dark Blue recordings out there -- so, if you go, tell us about it. (How many bands get a Village Voice writeup without any recorded material and 13 Facebook likes?.) Silent Servant, who just headlined The Bunker's 11th anniversary at Output, will be DJing, as will Nikola Baytala.

The updated Nothing Changes schedule for January, which includes Statiqbloom, Nearest, Outmode and Croaw is below. As a reminder, Statiqbloom is the solo ebm/industrial project of Batillus's Fade Kainer -- he's playing a Statiqbloom show with Hot Guts tonight in Philly. Stream Statiqbloom's EP below.

Updated schedule, flier, and streams are below...

Continue reading "Dark Blue (mems Clockcleaner, Ceremony) & Interval playing Nothing Change tonight; Statiqbloom next week"

You Blew It!
You Blew It

Florida emo/indie/whatever rockers You Blew It! are set to release their new Evan Weiss-produced LP, Keep Doing What You're Doing, next week (1/14) via Topshelf, and the whole thing is now streaming ahead of its release date. Listen below.

As discussed, You Blew It! are also going on a tour with Prawn, and Crying were also added to a few of those dates, including the NYC show happening on February 8 at Shea Stadium with Living Room. Updated dates are listed below.

Crying also play the Double Double Whammy showcase at Shea on 2/12 with Radiator Hospital, Generifus, Frankie Cosmos and Quarterbacks.

Living Room also play Suburbia on Friday (1/10), opening for Captain We're Sinking, NONA and Cherry Cola Champions.

You Blew It! LP stream and the list of updated dates below...

Continue reading "You Blew It! streaming new LP; Crying opening their tour"

by Andrew Sacher

Radiator Hospital at Glasslands earlier this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Radiator Hospital

We just caught Radiator Hospital playing an excellent set in Brooklyn at Glasslands on Monday (1/6), as part of their ongoing tour with Potty Mouth. After the run with Potty Mouth ends, singer Sam Cook-Parrott is going on a solo tour for a couple of weeks, and not long after that he'll return to NYC for a Double Double Whammy label showcase at Shea Stadium on February 12 with Generifus, Frankie Cosmos, Crying and Quarterbacks. It's not clear at the moment if RH will be playing solo or full-band at that show, but stay tuned for more info.

Double Double Whammy will also be releasing Radiator Hospital's Mall of America EP on cassette soon, and Forward Records is putting it out on 10" vinyl. Sam is also promising at least two releases for 2014, so we have that to look forward to too. Meanwhile, if you haven't already, you can stream the Mall of America EP below.

Crying will also play the same venue a few days earlier when they open the previously discussed You Blew It! / Prawn show at Shea on 2/8.

As for Frankie Cosmos, she just played Death by Audio last night (1/7), and ahead of that show we mentioned that she'll be releasing her first full band album, Zentropy, on Double Double Whammy. The album follows multiple solo releases on bandcamp, and its first single is "Owen," which first appeared as a rougher track called "I Love My Brother Owen" on her 2012 album, Thanks For Everything. The new version features harmony vocals with Porches frontman Aaron Maine, who also drums in Frankie's band. You can stream the new track below. Frankie also has another local show happening sooner on February 6 at Silent Barn with Big Ups (who have other dates), Ovlov (ditto) and LVL UP (ditto again).

All Radiator Hospital dates are listed, along with all streams, below...

Continue reading "Radiator Hospital playing more shows, including one with Frankie Cosmos who's releasing an LP (dates & streams)"

The Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween (more by Chris Tuite)
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids and Cake are among the artists announced for the next Amnesty International Human Rights Concert, which takes place this year at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on February 5. The concert also features Colbie Caillat, Imagine Dragons, The Fray, and other special guests. Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/11) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (1/9) at 10 AM and an Internet presale starting Friday (1/10) at 10 AM.

Some background on the Amnesty concerts, via press release:

Twenty-five years after its initial concert series, which featured U2, Sting, Lou Reed and others, Amnesty International is bringing back the concert - with a digital twist - to raise awareness about human rights to a new generation. The Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home concert will use technology to connect the music and message in real time from the stage of the Barclays Center to activists across the globe.

"The fight for global human rights begins at home," said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director for Amnesty International USA. "This concert is part of an evolving conversation about human rights that grounds the universal struggle for dignity and freedom in the injustices we see every day in our own backyard in the United States. We're bringing back the concerts to show a new generation of activists how to stand up for justice at home and abroad - whether it is fighting for the right to voice dissent peacefully on social networks or in the streets, protecting the rights of women and girls, or standing in solidarity with individuals persecuted for who they are or what they believe."

Watch some recent Flaming Lips and Lauryn Hill videos below...

Continue reading "Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara and more playing Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center"

by Jonathan Dick

Pixie David Lovering @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Having released their second EP in under a year (the unceremoniously titled EP-2 just last week), the Pixies have wasted no time in calling up their creative forces. It's likely a welcome relief for the band to have some news that doesn't include the words "bassist," "revolving," or some permutation of "Kim" in the headline. While rock fandom often (read: justifiably) associates comebacks or band reunions with the tinny sounds of a cash register, this interview with drummer and founding member David Lovering suggests a band that, without regard for their incomparable influence and popularity, simply wanted to get back together and play.

What was the thought process behind you guys getting back together, making new music, and going back out on the road?

David Lovering: I think it all began basically as a little rumor or something like that. Because when the Pixies broke up years ago I would have never thought we'd get back together. If you'd told me we'd get back together I would just laugh at you, you know [laughs]? It was just impossible. Then I think Charles [aka Black Francis] said something on radio, some interview, this was years ago in the UK, and that kind of got thrown out and all of a sudden it just made him maybe think twice about it. So Charles had called Joe, and Joe had said "Hey, what do you think? Let's get back together," and then I got the call and then Kim got board, and we all got back together. I don't know if it was a financial impetus or whatever, but it just seemed time was right, and we had been gone a long time. It just seemed like the fun thing and the right thing to do.

Since you guys first formed in the mid 80s the music industry has gone through what's arguably its biggest change. How have you as an artist seen that change since you initially helped form The Pixies?

David Lovering: Well, it's interesting. It's a completely different ballgame with new material now. It is the digital age, and everything is just song-by-song rather than an album. You also know that when an album is released it only has a seven - or I think it's like a three or so week shelf life on it, so that's just the way everything is going. To us it's all brand new. I gotta say we're lucky that we have management that's much smarter than us and can really handle these things. They've got it going where we have everything like a big email list, a database, we're able to put things out on EPs now with the way we're doing it. It's working fine, and I'm a bit surprised at how it's working for us. Again, it's none of my efforts. It's all management and everyone who had the greater powers to do all this, so I'm quite amazed at it.

continued below...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Pixies drummer David Lovering (on rotating bassists, magic, social media, reunions, Rush & more)"

by Bill Pearis

La Femme

La Femme's Psycho Tropical Berlin was in a three-way tie for first in my Best Albums of 2013 (though I officially ranked it #3) and I continue to listen to it a lot. I wrote:

The title of Parisian band La Femme's debut album, Psycho Tropical Berlin, is a pretty good summation of what to expect: crazed psychedelic pop with a krautrock/coldwave backbone and an affinity for surf rock. Add to that the inherent French element (Ye-Ye enthusiasm and smoky Gainsbourg cool), you get an inventive, modern, highly entertaining album, unlike anything anything else I heard this year.
The band are still putting together their upcoming North American tour that includes visits to Austin for SXSW and Psych Fest and I'm tickled pink to announce that BrooklynVegan will be presenting La Femme's March 23 NYC appearance at Glasslands. Openers are to be announced, but tickets go on sale Friday (1/10) at 10AM.

Hopefully we'll get full North American tour dates soon. Meanwhile, check out a few of La Femme's very cool music videos and a full YouTube album stream below...

Continue reading "La Femme playing NYC in March (BV presents)"

David Byrne at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
David Byrne

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Jherek Bischoff, David Byrne, Zola Jesus, Sondre Lerche, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, Mirah @ St. Ann's Warehouse
Amanda Palmer/Parenthetical Girls collaborator Jherek Bischoff has a two night's stay at St. Ann's Warehouse where he'll be performing his album Composed in full with an impressive line-up of guests, including the one-and-only David Byrne. This is the first night and a few tickets are still available as of this posting.

Endless Boogie, Dan Higgs, Josh Wildman @ Union Pool
One of NYC's perfectly named bands, these guys lay down the boogie riff and put the pedal to the metal. Tonight's the first week of their January residency. Tonight's show also features Lungfish's Dan Higgs, and DJ/gadabout Josh Wildman doing his "amazing freak out squelching guitar ramblings."

Lucius, Matt Sucich @ City Winery
Dual-vocalled Brooklyn indie pop collective, who last played NYC with two sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows in December, makes another hometown appearance at City Winery tonight.

Robert Glasper, Jason Moran, Ravi Coltrane, Bilal, Eric Harland, Alan Hampton @ Town Hall (Winter Jazz Fest)
The annual Winter Jazz Fest continues tonight at Town Hall with the jazz-hop piano stylings of Robert Glasper, the smooth neo-soul of Bilal, John & Alice Coltrane's son Ravi, and more.

Champagne Jerry @ Joe's Pub
Brooklyn rapper Champagne Jerry continues the rollout for his upcoming album, For Real You Guys, with a new song that he'll debut at his monthly Joe's Pub show tonight. Last month's show included Beastie Boy Ad-Rock. He probably won't be at this one, will anyone else?

Ian Isiah, Benja, Silverbird, Rising Sun Allstars Quincy Vidal @ SOB's
Le1f/Mykki Blanco collaborator Ian Isiah makes the kind of futuristic R&B we've been seeing a lot of lately, and he headlines this SOB's show tonight.

Tonstartssbandht, Cool World, Mother Tongue, Jerry Paper, Sunflower Bean @ Silent Barn
Rhode Island is representing at this show with the catchy sludge of Cool World and noisy/nasaly Mother Tongue -- plus Montreal/NYC experimental duo Tonstartssbandht as headliners.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's playing tonight, but you can check Max's Twitter.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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The Front Bottoms @ Shea Stadium - 12/28/13 (via Terrence Meade)
Front Bottoms

We're still playing catch-up a bit now that the holidays are over, and in light of that, here's a somewhat belated recap of our BrooklynVegan holiday party at Shea Stadium on December 28 with The Front Bottoms, Chris Gethard and Tiny Moving Parts.

Tiny Moving Parts opened the show, and I admittedly was only vaguely familiar with their record going into it, but it was pretty hard not be won over by their great-spirited, intensely delivered mathy post-hardcore. Much of the crowd also seemed unfamiliar, but almost no one looked unimpressed. They were followed by comedian Chris Gethard, who hosted our Bouncing Souls and Foxygen shows earlier in the year, but this time was doing a full set. He began it with the premise that nobody wants comedy at a rock show, and was proceeded by multiple planned "interruptions" from "crowd members" who "thought they could do a better job."

Eventually, Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella walked on stage and asked, "are you sick of this guy yet?" and he was then joined by his band for a super fun headlining set. They had played a sold-out NYC show at the much larger Bowery Ballroom a day earlier, so needless to say this show at the dingy Shea Stadium was PACKED, sweaty, and exactly the kind of way you'd want to see The Front Bottoms. The whole crowd went nuts, moshing, stage diving, and shouting basically every single syllable back at Brian. The guys in Tiny Moving Parts came back on stage to sing one of Front Bottoms' songs with them, they had tons of props like big inflatable creatures in the back of the stage (including a snowman), and Gethard and some other people threw balloons and light sticks into the crowd during the songs. If you came, we hope you had as much fun as we did.

The Front Bottoms are about to hit the road with You Blew It!, and the closest that tour comes to NYC is a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North (tickets). Meanwhile, you can catch You Blew It! in NYC when their tour with Prawn hits Shea Stadium on 2/8 with Crying and Living Room. YBI! are also streaming their new record on Pitchfork.

Check out a video of The Front Bottoms playing "Santa Monica" and a clip of "The Fued" from the Shea show, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms rocked the BV holiday party at Shea Stadium w/ Tiny Moving Parts & Chris Gethard (videos)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Youth Code at Nothing Changes, 5/5/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

It weirded us out a bit when Touche Amore toured with AFI, but in what's got to be an even more surprising tour package, Youth Code will be touring with AFI starting on Friday (1/10). The unlikely pair will will kick things off in Tucson, and while there is no NYC date, there is a Poughkeepsie show on 1/29 at The Chance. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

If you haven't yet, take a listen to Youth Code's debut LP below. It's a little hard to imagine how Youth Code's industrial assault is going to pair up with 2013 AFI. If you go, let us know how it is.

Youth Code will also be performing some of their own shows along the way. Those dates, as well as the dates with AFI, are listed below...

Continue reading "Youth Code touring with... AFI (dates & LP stream)"