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by Wyatt Marshall

Joan Jett at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Kristie Shanley)
Joan Jett

Heart, Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies have cancelled performances at SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & Barbecue February music series (hope seafood's not on the menu) in the wake of multiple airings of the documentary Blackfish on CNN and popular backlash to the conditions of orca captivity portrayed in the film. Blackfish chronicles the 39-year history of killer whales in captivity up until the killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum in 2010, a whale that was tied to two previous human deaths. The documentary has sparked outrage over the conditions of orca captivity, and both Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies were spurred to make their decisions to not perform based on petitions. According to the AP, Joan Jett has also asked that the park no longer use her song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" as the "walk-in music" for the "Shamu Rocks" show at the park. The song has since been pulled.

Update: Cheap Trick cancelled too.

Via Bloomberg, SeaWorld's response:

"While we're disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been great concerts at SeaWorld by Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, we respect the bands' decisions," Nick Gollattscheck, a spokesman for SeaWorld Orlando, said in an e-mailed statement.
This isn't the first time Joan Jett's stood up for animal rights. She got herself kicked off of the South Dakota Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Float for being a vegetarian, a lifestyle choice that didn't sit well with the rancher friendly state, and recently Jett lent her likeness to a PETA postage stamp along with Ricky Martin, Paul McCartney, Russell Simmons, and Morrissey (who is NOT signing copies of his book at the Union Square Barnes and Noble this week, and most likely wouldn't perform at SeaWorld).

Would Grimes perform at SeaWorld?

Watch the trailer for Blackfish below...

Continue reading "Joan Jett, Willie Nelson, Heart & others boycotting SeaWorld"

photos by James Richards IV

Andrew Bird at Fourth Presbyterian Church on 12.09.2013

Andrew Bird is currently smack in the middle of his hometown run of Gezelligheid shows at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Each performance has featured an appearance by Tift Merritt, and pictures from the opening night (Monday, 12/9) are in this post. More of them, and Bird's complete setlist, can be found below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird & Tift Merritt played Fourth Presbyterian Church (pics, setlist)"


Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, the newish band of TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, did a Union Pool residency not too long ago, and they'll be playing another show in their hometown of NYC this Sunday (12/15) at Baby's All RIght with Endless Boogie. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer below.

It's their only upcoming date at the moment, though Endless Boogie have other dates opening for Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks including MHOW on 2/27 (tickets).

Speaking of TV on the Radio, as discussed, member Dave Sitek is producing the new Kelis album, Food. That album was originally supposed to come out on Sitek's Federal Prism label this year, but it was just announced that she's instead releasing it on April 28 via her new label, Ninja Tune (!), a label mostly known for forward-thinking electronic music from Bonobo, Machinedrum, The Bug, and others. It's the first album that will not be on a major label for Kelis, who has had at least one major pop breakthrough. Kelis says of the signing:

I'm really happy to be partnering with Ninja Tune on my new record. This is the album I've wanted to make for a long time and I want the team around me to be as excited and energetic about it as I am. I'm also very happy to be working with some of the most creative people in the industry.
And the people at Ninja Tune note:
Entirely produced by Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), 'Food' is a soul record that's as raw and alternative as it is classic. In choosing Ninja as her new home, Kelis is another example of a world-class talent turning to the independent music world in order to work outside the constraints often put in place by major labels.
In other Ninja Tune news, we just posted a live Machinedrum video and an upcoming Floating Points show.

Flyer for HIggins Waterproof Black Magic Band show below...

Continue reading "Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band playing Baby's; Kelis signed to Ninja Tune for new Dave Sitek-produced LP"

intro by Andrew Sacher

The Front Bottoms at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms' Talon of the Hawk (out now on Bar/None) was one of the more fun records of the year, mixing folk punk and indie pop in a way that was pretty easy to get stuck in your head. We asked them for their top albums of 2013, and drummer Mat Uychich sent a list that pretty much sounds like what you'd imagine they listen to. It also includes both 2013 albums by Kevin Devine (whose band Bad Books the Front Bottoms opened for in July) and the newest from Tiny Moving Parts (who open the Front Bottoms' upcoming show at Shea). You can check out the full list below.

That Front Bottoms/Tiny Moving Parts show at Shea (12/28), which Chris Gethard hosts, is one of our two BV holiday parties this month. The Shea show is unfortunately sold out.

The Front Bottoms also have other upcoming dates, including another sold-out NYC show a day earlier at Bowery Ballroom (12/27), and a tour with You Blew It! that hits Long Island on January 30 at 89 North (tickets).

They've also added some new stuff to their webstore, including a seasonally appropriate knit scarf.

All of their dates are listed, along with a video and the top 10 list, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms list their top 10 LPs of 2013, playing BV holiday party this month (and other shows)"

Jim Hall

Jim Hall was a guitar god, but not in the sense that he could blaze through a zillion notes a minute. He was worshipped by guitarists around the world, but you'd never know it from talking to him.

"I don't really have all that much technique anyway, so I try to the best with what I have you know," he said to me earlier this year.

The best he had influenced half a century of jazz musicians, earned him the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master honor and widely designated him as one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time. It was also enough to be named one of the 25 guitarists "who shook the world," along with Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen, according to Guitar Player magazine in 1992.

Jim Hall died in his sleep early Tuesday (12/10) morning, according to an announcement from his daughter, Devra Hall Levy. His death came less than a week after celebrating his 83rd birthday. [NPR]

Rest in peace, Jim. You'll be missed.

Watch a video below...

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By Doug Moore

Xibalba at Power of the Riff East, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Xibalba have been pretty much perpetually active since releasing Hasta La Muerte in 2012. The band recently released a video for the song "Soledad" off that album, comprised entirely of homespun live footage and backstage antics taken over their last few years of roaming the country. The "antics" section is pretty much what you'd expect from a band that overtly worships both Madball and Obituary. Spoiler alert: they talk about money a lot and booze even more.

Xibalba are also part of a recently-announced North American tour in February and March headlined by long-running hardcore act Comeback Kid, who recorded a new album during the fall; Downpresser will be tagging along as well. The tour will stop at a number of festivals, including SXSW, Never Say Never Fest, and South By So What. It also includes an NYC stop at Santos Part House on February 26. No word on tickets yet, but you can keep checking Santos' Ticketweb page if you like.

Take a look at the Xibalba video and the full list of dates below.

Continue reading "Xibalba made a new video, touring with Comeback Kid and Downpresser in 2014 (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher


Mastermind UK producer Burial hasn't released an album since 2007's game-changing Untrue, but he's been steadily putting out equally great EPs and singles over the last couple years, including Street Halo, Kindred, and Truant / Rough Sleeper, and now he's back with another one, Rival Dealer. The new EP gives us three songs that clock in just around 28 minutes, and from the sounds of this thing so far, it looks like Burial's done it again. It's officially due out next week (12/16) via Hyperdub, but you can stream all three tracks now, below...

Continue reading "Burial streaming new 'Rival Dealer' EP (listen)"

Mikal Cronin at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Mikal Cronin

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

Mikal Cronin, The Entrance Band, Nude Beach @ Webster Hall
Having released one of the year's most acclaimed guitar pop albums (MCII), Mikal Cronin returns to NYC for his biggest show yet. The show's also got The Entrance Band, Nude Beach and "Special Guests," and economically priced $15 tickets are still available. This'll be a good show.

Red Fang, Cancer Bats, The Shrine, Indian Handcrafts @ Bowery Ballroom
This four-band metal tour is more of a heavy riff-rock thing than the kind of music that is often referred to as "metal" these days, but if you're the kind of person that rocks out to this stuff, this show is unmissable.

Chuck Inglish, Kings Dead, Tayyib Ali @ SOB's
The Cool Kids aren't up to much at the moment, but member Chuck Inglish has been having a very busy year, popping up as a guest on multiple tracks and putting out a few of his own releases too, one of the more notable ones being his EP with Ab-Soul and Mac Miller. He's been out on the road with Kings Dead and Tayyib Ali and tonight they hit NYC.

Reggie Watts @ Irving Plaza
Comedian, musician, loop pedal guru, Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader -- Reggie Watts is one of a kind. Tonight's show is sold out.

Leif Vollebekk @ Rockwood Music Hall
This underrated Canadian singer-songwriter released his most recent album, North Americana, at the start of this year in Canada (it comes out in the US on 1/28/14) and its folky charms will work especially well at an intimate venue like Rockwood.

The Hairs, The Teen Age, Magneta Lane, Weekender, Bluffing @ Pianos
Toronto trio Magneta Lane headline this all-around solid bill that also includes indiepop bands The Teen Age and The Hairs.

Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub
While she's been previewing her new show "Rock Bottom," lately, Bridgett Everett's performance tonight is a "regular" show with her band The Tender Moments (which features Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz on bass).

Howth, Caged Animals, Jeffrey Lewis and the Rain @ Union Pool
Tonight is a belated record release show for superior Brooklyn indie pop band Caged Animals' new album, In the Land of Giants, which came out back in September. Jeffrey Lewis is not to be missed either.

Sebastian Blanck @ The Standard, East Village
Sebastian Blanck was once a member of Black Dice, but now he makes equally experimental music on his own, and you can catch him playing that music tonight.

ShowYouSuck, Caleb James, Freeze-Tag @ Baby's All Right
ShowYouSuck is one of the more notable up-and-comers in Chicago's thriving rap scene at the moment. He hasn't hit Chance the Rapper or Chief Keef status yet, but catch him while he's still small at Baby's All RIght tonight.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
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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Trans Pecos' backyard (via @todd_patrick)

As discussed, the new Todd P venue Trans Pecos in now open in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), and its schedule is already filling up with a number of shows this month into next. In a new message from Todd, he explains that these currently announced shows are "preview events" and that they've still got a ways to go in terms of renovation. You can read his full statement, which includes many more details about the future of the venue, below.

Upcoming shows include Pop. 1280 (12/12), The Range (12/13), Hard Nips (12/14), Heaven's Gate w/ Millions (12/19), Miho Hatori (12/20), Kayo Dot (1/3) and more. Full current schedule and full lineups for each show here.

Meanwhile, the new Silent Barn is open too, and trying to raise money.

Read Todd P's statement below...

Continue reading "Todd P talks about the future of Trans Pecos (shows so far have just been a preview)"

Typhoon at MFNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)

Portland art pop ensemble Typhoon spent a good amount of time on the road this year, and they've announced that they'll head back out in 2014. Those dates include a run with the folky Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (who they've played with before) that brings Typhoon to their largest headlining NYC show yet, Webster Hall on March 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/11) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Earlier this year, Typhoon released their newest album, White Lighter, an album of highly rhythmic and heavily arranged art/chamber pop, that has already been called a favorite of 2013 by some. You can stream a track from that LP, along with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Typhoon touring with Lady Lamb, playing Webster Hall (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Dum Dum

Dum Dum Girls' third album, Too True, is out January 28. If you're heard the slinky first single "Lost Boys & Girls Club" you know this record takes the band in new directions. There are still a few typical DDG rockers, but there are also forays into suave Britpop and a few just straight-up killer pop songs, like the bouncy "In the Wake of You." It's a terrific record. Says Dee Dee of the album, "Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold-wave Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses? Cuz I did."

The band's NYC record release show at Mercury Lounge on 1/30 is sold out but Dum Dum Girls (now a five-piece live) just announced a full tour starting in March, with two NYC dates: March 25 at Bowery Ballroom and March 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (12/11) at noon. Opening for the whole tour are kindred spirits, Blouse. All dates -- which include a stop in Austin for SXSW -- are listed below.

Meanwhile, Dee Dee also gave us her Top Ten of 2013 which includes records, books, cocktails and more. You can check that out below.

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls announce 2014 tour with Blouse (dates); Dee Dee gives us her Top 10 Things of 2013"

by Doug Moore

Sunn Ulver

Back in November, we received word that American drone masters Sunn O))) and Norse avant-garde stalwarts Ulver would be collaborating on an LP titled Terrestrials. Some more details and a very brief sample from the third of its three songs have emerged; you can stream the sample below. It's only 3 minutes long, which makes it hard to extrapolate what the whole thing will sound like, but the supporting blurb from the press release helps:

Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008. Following their 200th gig, playing before 2000 people at the Øya festival, SUNN O))) teamed up with Norwegian legends ULVER at their Oslo studio, Crystal Canyon. They recorded three "live in improvisation" pieces, starting that evening and ending at dawn, as Northern sunlight seeped in through the windows....

The album's opening piece, "Let There Be Light," builds up from silence and darkness and proceeds - ceremoniously, coruscating - O'Malley and O'Sullivan creating the backdrop for Rygg's Basso Profondo chants. The music unfolds over eight minutes before reaching a crescendo of bass and brass, introducing both Anderson and ULVER as we know them. The Sunn has risen.

"Western Horn" accelerates on a single and austere note of sustained bass and low end, evolving gradually into a haunted soundscape. Crying violins, clusters of Fender Rhodes, guitar pickups, and metal plate drones are gradually layered beneath Anderson's augmented bass feedback.

"Eternal Return" introduces Rygg singing a lyric evoking ancient Greece, Egypt and the Biblical lands. The song is palindromic, echoing the lyric, beginning and ending with the same bass line and musical pattern, though the guitars are ultimately reversed as the song implodes upon itself.

So there will be a lot of droning, vamping, and gradual dynamic shifts. No surprise there, but the magic is in the details for these acts. You can buy the "Eternal Return" sample for the gag price of $100 on Bandcamp, but it's not really meant to be downloaded.

Terrestrials will hit the street in North America on February 4. Stream the sample below...

Continue reading "Sunn O))) & Ulver release clip from upcoming collaborative LP"


Austin's Feathers have had a busy year. They released their debut album, If All Here Now, have toured the country (they played NYC in May) and opened for Depeche Mode during SXSW. 2014 looks to be exciting for them as well, with a new EP, Only One, and a trip across the Atlantic next month where they'll be opening up for Depeche Mode again, this time on a few European dates. On their way there, they'll stop in NYC for a warm-up show, playing Mercury Lounge on January 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

This tour will mark a new line-up for the band, with Christine Aprile (ex-Sleep Over, Silent Diane), Su Swann (Hussle Club), Jon Minor and Destiny Montague (Midnight Masses, Carl Sagan). All tour dates are listed below.

Feathers frontperson Anastasia Dimou was nice enough to give us her Top 10 Records of 2013, including commentary on some of them. Her list doesn't stray to far from the style of music she makes, which means if you like Feathers, you may want to check some of these out. Read her list below....

Continue reading "Feathers working on new EP, list their favorite LPs of 2013, playing NYC before European tour w/ Depeche Mode (dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt

"So happy to have seen @ilovelucius again. What an unforgettable, high-energy show. @ Bowery Ballroom" - @Caty_Gordon

"@ilovelucius killed it tonight at Bowery Ballroom! There's nothing better than standing right in the front singing every word with you guys." - Karen Kuhn

"Lucius! A little bunch of super talented people. So. Much. Fun." - Natalie Weber


That praise wasn't in question on Saturday night, the first of two sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows over the weekend. After opening with an interlude of the Beatles' "Free as a Bird," the five-piece continued to enthrall fans with "Don't Just Sit There," the singers in matching dresses and sporting asymmetrical bobs. Large black-and-white silhouettes facing each other in a perfect yin and yang served as an appropriate backdrop. Treating longtime admirers to "Geneieve," off their self-titled EP, the vocalists howled, "All you had to do was shut your mouth, GENEIEVE!" And Laessig exclaimed how happy Lucius were to return home to close out their 2013 tour. [The House List]
Upon returning home from their tour, Brooklyn indie pop collective Lucius played two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom over the weekend (12/7 & 12/8). The band, led by the dual vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (who have collaborated with San Fermin and Wilco), gave their hometown fans a bunch of the material from this past October's Wildewoman (one of Paste's favorites of 2013), plus they revisited some older material and did a seasonally appropriate acoustic cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" from the middle of the crowd. Pictures of Saturday's show, including openers Kingsley Flood, are in this post.

More pics, along with a couple videos (including one of the Lennon cover), below...

Continue reading "Lucius @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Kingsley Flood (pics & videos)"

Lauryn Hill at Governors Island in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill

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

Vampire Weekend @ 'Live From The Artist's Den'
Vampire Weekend, who are showing up on tons of best of 2013 lists and sure to appear on even more, are closing out the year where they made the jump to an arena with something much more intimate. (You had to win tickets to see this taping.)

VietNam, Hairy Sands, Statuette, DJ {{{mr. king @ Baby's All Right
Longrunning Brooklyn band Vietnam returned after a five-year abscence to deliver A.merican D.ream, their first album in five years and a welcome comeback.

Iron and Wine, Calexico, Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard, Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, Amos Lee @ Beacon Theater
It's WFUV's holiday show at Beacon Theatre, and they've got an officially stacked lineup of folk-related artists. If this kind of music is your thing, there's so much to dig here, and this one's not to miss.

Lauryn Hill @ Bowery Ballroom
Neo-soul great Lauryn Hill is back in action, having played a Bowery Ballroom show late last month and she's only a few days away from beginning her short tour. Before that she returns to Bowery Ballroom tonight.

Blackalicious, Lushlife @ Brooklyn Bowl
San Francisco duo Blackalicious made one of the conscious rap albums of the '00s with 2002's Blazing Arrow, which still sounds fresh today.

The Black Keys, Miguel, A$AP Rocky, Mikky Ekko, Lykke Li @ Highline Ballroom
This benefit show for Arms Around the Child is $2000 to get into, but if you're able to donate that much for this good cause, the lineup pretty much speaks for itself.

Lupe Fiasco, Stalley, Mickey Factz, Boy Illinois, Kris Kasanova, Chris Cartier @ Irving Plaza
Lupe Fiasco plans to release his new album Tetsuo and Youth in early 2014 (so, in non-rap speak, basically whenever), but until then he'll be doing some shows, including four nights in the NYC-area this month.

CHVRCHES @ McKittrick Hotel
Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES are doing two intimate, somewhat private/exclusive NYC shows this week, including tonight's, which you had to enter SiriusXM's contest to get into.

Danny Brown, Superchunk, Charli XCX @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is SPIN's holiday show and it's got a great lineup, especially for such an intimate environment. You had to win tickets to get into this one.

Luke Temple, Steve Marion, Sam Owens, Daniel Carter, Austin Vaughn @ Union Pool
This is the first week of Luke Temple's "improvisational" December residency. Expect the unexpected. Also, expect "Delicate" Steve Marion and others to appear tonight.

Muscle Worship, Raccoon Fighter, Happy Nothing, Tidal Arms @ Glasslands
Muscle Worship are somewhat related to The Appleseed Cast (they share a drummer, a hometown, and have toured together), but they're much more aggressive than that band has been in years. Also of note is the heavy, atmospheric Tidal Arms.

Austin Lucas, Allison Weiss, PJ Bond, Meghann Wright @ Knitting Factory
The most exciting part of this bill is punky singer/songwriter Allison Weiss, whose songs are pretty likeable if you're into that sort of stuff, and the rest of the bill is relatively likeminded to Allison too.

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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by Doug Moore

Notekillers @ Trans Pecos on Saturday (via @northernspyrecs)

A few weeks back, we mentioned that Todd P has established a new, legal/up-to-code venue called Trans-Pecos in the former Silent Barn space at 915 Wyckoff Ave; the venue officially opened its doors with a Northern Spy Records-curated Gnaw/Notekillers/Psalm Zero show last week. (NSR will host a weekly show series every Thursday at the venue.) Trans-Pecos still doesn't have much of an official web presence, but a number of shows have been announced for the spot on top of the aforementioned Pop. 1280/Ukjah Drag/Herzog Rising/Nick Klein show this Thursday (12/12). Here's a rundown.

All of the following have $8 covers and will open their doors at 8 PM, except where noted...

This Wednesday (12/11)Dreams West will play with Only Edges and LAMPGOD & **L_RD//$M$.

On Friday (12/13), noted Rhode Island IDM crafter The Range (who recently released a new album) will play with Zeljko McMullen, Michael Beharie, and Diamond Terrifier. The door charge goes up to $10 for this one.

On Saturday (12/14), the aforementioned Peter Kerlin Octet/Sunwatchers/Platinum Vision lineup will be joined by all-girl Japanese rockers Hard Nips (who are nonetheless based in Brooklyn) in the headlining slot.

The following Thursday (12/19), local noisy punkers Heaven's Gate (whose debut album is pretty good) will play with locals Advaeta and Chicago noise rockers Millions.

The ensuing Friday (12/20), avant-garde ensemble Zs (whose Sam Hillmer put out a sax-based solo record in the spring) play with Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori and DJ Bubbles.

Finally, on January 3 (1/3), Kayo Dot will join Hospital Productions noise artist Lussuria and Jeremiah Cymerman for the first edition of a monthly series called "Chaos Bodies," curated by Psalm Zero bandmates Andrew Hock (of Castevet) and Charlie Looker (ex-Extra Life).

If you're curious about what Trans-Pecos has done with the former Silent Barn space, check out this Bedford and Bowery writeup. Flyer for Thursday's Pop. 1280 show is below...

Continue reading "Todd P's venue Trans Pecos opened, more shows announced (Miho Hatori, Kayo Dot, The Range, Heaven's Gate & more)"

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Wax Idols @ Cake Shop in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Wax Idols

We asked a bunch of artists to submit Top 10 of 2013 lists. Most of them just sent their favorite records. But sometimes they surprise us like Wax Idols and No Joy did with their similar, but very different BV-themed lists.

Read No Joy's list HERE. Wax Idols' is below...

Continue reading "Wax Idols take on BrooklynVegan comments in 'Top 5' of 2013 list"

CHVRCHES at Mercury Lounge in March (more by Chris La Putt)

Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES had a quick rise to fame in the past year, and after having spent much of the year on the road, they'll continue to do the same into 2014. They've got some US dates coming up in the spring, including a return to NYC's Terminal 5 on May 2, where they played in June. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/11) at noon.

CHVRCHES also happen to be in NYC this week for two intimate, semi-private/exclusive shows including an iHeartRadio show tonight (12/9) and a SiriusXM show Tuesday. The band also appears on Letterman tonight.

All dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "CHVRCHES announce 2014 tour (Terminal 5 included)"


Blog-turned label Awesome Tapes From Africa had a top-drawer 2013, releasing Penny Penny's legendary 1994 South African deep house album Shaka Bundu, plus the muggy grooves of Dur-Dur Band's 1985 Volume 5 LP. Standout by a league, though, was this enchanting one-man-band collection from 1985. Anyone who's fallen for Mulatu Astaqué's languid Ethio-jazz simply has to hear this, stet. Using multi-tracked electric piano, accordion and analogue synth, [Hailu] Mergia makes serpentine Ethiopian jazz, but trades in the usual folk instruments for big fat beefy synth leads. Comfort food, prime for scoffing.
The above quote is from FACT's 50 best reissues of 2013, where Ethiopian one-man-band Hailu Mergia came in at #5 for his 1985 album Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument, which Awesome Tapes From Africa reissued earlier this year. Pitchfork gave the reissue a 7.4 and called it "not quite like anything else you've ever heard." Hailu recently spoke to Aquarium Drunkard about the recording process:
AD: But Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument is a different sort of album. You did everything yourself, a home-studio type project?

Hailu Mergia: Yeah, that's right. So what I did was I chose the old songs with accordion, and I put accordion as a lead. Then I put a Rhodes piano, an electric Rhodes piano. Fender. And then I put a Moog synthesizer and a drum machine. The drum machine was like, at that time in 1980's like a kind of new fashion. And then the rest, old fashioned. So what I did, for remainder of my life, accordion was like a really important instrument in my life before I changed to organ. So people, usually they love accordion sound, and when the organ came to Ethiopia, all of a sudden, the accordion sound was missed by everybody. So when I brought in this new mix of these different instruments, the sound is good, the sound is modern and old fashioned. The melodies are very nice melodies, so because of this, everybody had some kind of.... nostalgia.

You can stream a track from the album, "Shilela," below, and the album is available to purchase in vinyl, CD, and digital formats.

Hailu Mergia will be coming to NYC this month to play a show at Baby's All Right on December 19 with his band Low Mentality and openers Highlife. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Hailu Mergia playing Baby's All Right, on FACT's 50 Best Reissues of 2013 (stream a track)"

Christopher Bear w/ Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Christopher Bear

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

Zombi, Gatekeeper, Vissacoor, Dariius @ Saint Vitus Bar
It's the release party for EBM duo Gatekeeper's bombastic new Young Chronos EP, and special guest experimental duo Zombi are taking a night off from their tour with Goblin to headline.

Here We Go Magic, Nightlands, Aaron Arntz/Benjamin Campbell/Christopher Bear @ Baby's All Right
In the midst of Luke Temple's ongoing residency at Union Pool, he'll be joining his band Here We Go Magic for a show at Baby's All Right. Openers are good too: Nightlands (aka War On Drugs/Sharon Van Etten collaborator Dave Hartley) and a trio set from Grizzly Bear drummer Christopher Bear, Aaron Arntz (who tours as live member with Grizzly Bear), and Benjamin Campbell (member of Joakim's live band and others). That trio also played last week's installment of Luke's Union Pool residency.

Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), special guests @ The Grand Victory
Matt Pryor is fresh off a collaborative EP with his Get Up Kids bandmate James Dewees and a new rock-oriented solo album. While he's currently on the road supporting Max Bemis which hits NYC for a sold out show this Thursday, he'll stop in NYC for a much more intimate headlining show tonight. Special guests are promised, and you might hear some Get Up Kids songs.

Fred & Toody (of Dead Moon), Threats @ Mercury Lounge
Portland's Dead Moon, a band highly influential on the "Seattle Sound" of the early '90s, broke up back in '06, but two of its members Fred and Toody Cole (also of The Rats and Pierced Arrows) are out on an acoustic tour which hits NYC for two shows this week, this being the second.

Lupe Fiasco, Stalley, Mickey Factz, Boy Illinois, Kris Kasanova, Chris Cartier @ Irving Plaza
Lupe Fiasco plans to release his new album Tetsuo and Youth in early 2014 (so, in non-rap speak, basically whenever), but until then he'll be doing some shows, including four nights in the NYC-area this month.

Cyndi Lauper @ Highline Ballroom
Cyndi Lauper just did her holiday show at Beacon Theatre which included tons of big-name guests, and tonight she's on her own, continuing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of She's So Unusual for a TV taping. Sold out.

P!NK, The Hives @ Barclays Center
Opening for P!NK in an arena may not be your ideal way to see The Hives, but we'd be remiss not to mention that these highly entertaining Swedish rockers are in Brooklyn tonight.

CHVRCHES @ iHeartRadio Theatre
Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES are doing two intimate, somewhat private/exclusive NYC shows this week, including tonight's which you had to enter iHeartRadio's contest to get into, and tomorrow's, which you had to enter SiriusXM's contest to get into.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Get on board Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show, this week with Ali Wong, Guy Branum, Found Footage Festival, Robert Dean, Brian Parise, Alison Leiby and more.

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

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Goblin @ Housecore Horror Fest (more by Tim Griffin)

Fred Armisen & Hugh Cornwell (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Fred & Hugh

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

Goblin, Zombi @ Le Poisson Rouge
Italian prog rockers Goblin, whose soundtrack from Dario Argento's Suspiria is a undisputed classic, are back for one more NYC show. You may never have another chance if you're on the fence.

P!NK, The Hives @ Barclays Center
Opening for P!NK in an arena may not be your ideal way to see The Hives, but we'd be remiss not to mention that these highly entertaining Swedish rockers are in Brooklyn tonight.

Joel Ford, Matt Mondanile (DJ Set) @ Bossa Nova Civic Club
Joel Ford is a man of many projects, having most recently teamed up with Leanne Macomber from Neon Indian for their Ejecta project, and also one half of Ford & Lopatin (with Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never), and a solo artist under the name Airbird. Tonight he's under his own name, and Matt Mondanile (Real Estate, Ducktails) is DJing.

Bluffing, Flagland, Frankie Cosmos, Palehound @ Death By Audio
This is an all around solid local show with the indie pop of Bluffing, the garage punk of Flagland, the folky Porches-related Frankie Cosmos, and the singer/songwriter-y noise rock of Palehound.

Hugh Cornwell, Ian Rubbish @ Highline Ballroom
The former Stranglers frontman has a pretty good new album out this year in Totem & Taboo, which finds him in feisty punk mode again. Opening tonight is another old UK punk, Ian Rubbish (or maybe it's Fred Armisen).

Deap Vally, JJUUJJUU, Anna Troy @ Mercury Lounge
LA hard rockin' garage duo Deap Vally are back for another visit to the East Coast.

Nick Lowe @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This was supposed to be an in-store at Rough Trade, but has been moved to MHOW due to RT's sound issues. You still need to go to Rough Trade first and buy his new holiday album Quality Street to get a wristband for the show. 2 PM.

Gates, UnWed, Have Mercy, States and Kingdoms @ Saint Vitus Bar
There's some vets on this bill tonight with the live debut of UnWed (members of Hot Water Music, Primitive Weapons, Small Brown Bike) and States & Kingdoms (members of Rival Schools, Thursday). Younger bands Gates and Have Mercy aren't too far removed from the sound of those older ones.

Zevious, Hyrrokkin, Pants Exploder, Matt Shulz & Greg Saunier @ Union Pool
It's a pretty stacked bill of heavy, noisy, out-there music at Union Pool tonight.

Vaz, PC Worship, Ornament (Joe from Growing) @ Baby's All Right
Yet another good night of heavy/noisy music goes down at Baby's All Right, headlined by Brooklyn noise rockers Vaz.

Matisyahu, Kosha Dillz @ Webster Hall
Hanukkah may be over for this year, but Matisyahu is still out celebrating on his annual Festival of Light tour which hits NYC tonight.

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir @ Joe's Pub
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy continues his Sunday ministry/residency at Joe's Pub which runs through December 22.

Fred & Toody (of Dead Moon) Unplugged, Steve Gunn, Honey @ Knitting Factory
Portland's Dead Moon, a band highly influential on the "Seattle Sound" of the early '90s, broke up back in '06, but two of its members Fred and Toody Cole (also of The Rats and Pierced Arrows) are out on an acoustic tour which hits NYC for two shows this week, this being the first. Openers are good too: Steve Gunn (of Kurt Vile's live band) and Honey (ex-Psychic Ills).

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

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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