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Sylvan Esso @ Emo's in Austin - 8/17/2014
Originally scheduled to be at the smaller Parish, Sylvan Esso's headlining Austin show on Sunday was moved up to the much bigger Emo's, which also sold out. Amelia told the crowd it was their biggest show yet. That definitely won't be true anymore after they headline Terminal 5 in NYC in January. Still working off just one album of material, their shows aren't the longest (Amelia apologized for that), but they are special.
Their tour-mate Dana Buoy opened the show with a set that included his cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere", which you can listen to, along with more pictures from the TX show and all tour dates, below...
Jessie Ware already released the title track and a bonus track from her new album Tough Love (due 10/21), and she's since released another, "Say You Love Me" (not a Fleetwood Mac cover). This one's a soulful ballad, co-written by Ed Sheeran, and it was just given a remix by Shura that makes it sound more sensual than soulful, and more in line with the atmospheric garage collaborations Jessie's been known for.
Stream the new remix and the original below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Haim / Sleigh Bells @ Brooklyn Bridge Park 8/5/2014
With the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, Haim and Sleigh Bells played Brooklyn Bridge Park last night (8/5), a free show to promote the launch of Levi's new "Live in Levi's" campaign. (You had to wear an item of clothing from the manufacturer to get in.) Este Haim remarked that she used to eat playdough as a kid -- so much so that she had to get her stomach pumped -- and the smell from the park smelled exactly like playdough. She had a craving...but ate a candy bar instead. Sleigh Bells, meanwhile, said this would be their last show for a while. Both played for about an hour each. Pictures from the whole night, including ones of their setlists, are in this post.
Fleetwood Mac fans have something new to ask Santa for this year:
Stevie Nicks will be releasing her highly anticipated new CD '24 Karat Gold -Songs From The Vault' October 7th on Warner Bros. Records which will include never-before seen Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career. A special Limited Edition Double Vinyl Album will be released on September 29th. Additionally, a Deluxe Photobook CD album will be available for fans, which includes two bonus tracks plus 48 pages of exclusive photos from Nicks' personal photo collection. Pre orders are available beginning August 5th. The artwork for 24 Karat Gold CD will include never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career. Produced by Dave Stewart, Waddy Wachtel and Stevie Nicks, the new album was recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles. 24 Karat Gold follows the release of her critically acclaimed 2011 CD "In Your Dreams."Stevie says:
"Most of these songs were written between 1969 and 1987. One was written in 1994 and one in 1995. I included them because they seemed to belong to this special group. Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story... They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories - the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you."And you and you and you and you!
That's one of the Polaroids above.
Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup is heading out on tour this fall. Meanwhile watch a full 1982 Stevie Nicks concert video, below....
Deep Purple released their 19th album last year, and this summer they'll be going on a tour in support of it that comes near NYC with NJ shows at Mayo PAC on 8/24 and Bergen PAC on 8/25, and a Long Island show on 8/26 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Tickets for the Bergen and Westbury shows are available here and tix for the Mayo show are available here. Those shows are just a few days before singer Ian Gillan and 3,000 amateur guitarists may or may not set a world record during their "Smoke on the Water" performance.
Deep Purple's not the only band in your dad's record collection with upcoming NYC-area shows this summer (or fall). Here's a list of a bunch more...
Tickets for the Motley Crue and Alice Cooper shows at Jones Beach, PNC Bank Arts Center and MSG are on sale now.
Rod Stewart and Santana are going on a tour together that hits Jones Beach on August 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty has many tour dates coming up, including co-headlining shows with Jackson Browne on August 4 at PNC Bank Arts Center and August 5 at Jones Beach. John also plays Bethel Woods on August 8 and Atlantic City's Borgata on July 19. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Asia play BB King's on September 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Outlaws play BB King's on October 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
America play BB King's on October 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Procol Harum (whose lineup still includes original singer Gary Brooker) play Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on Friday (7/11) and The Space at Westbury on Saturday (7/12). Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Former Procol Harum member Robin Trower brings his own tour to The Paramount on October 24 and BB King's on October 28. Tickets for those shows are on sale now too.
There's a few tickets left for the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Steve Winwood show at MSG and more than a few (same link) for their PNC Bank Arts Center show.
Queen (with... Adam Lambert on vocals) will be at MSG next week.
by Andrew Sacher
Little Big League at The Studio at Webster Hall in May (more by Mimi Hong)
Michelle Zauner, lead singer of Philadelphia indie rock band Little BIg League, is also a solo artist under the name Japanese Breakfast. This past May, she contributed to the Song a Day for a Week blog along with Frankie Cosmos, Eskimeaux, Small Wonder and Florist; and now she'll be compiling those songs plus some other solo material for a cassette titled American Sound & Where Is My Great Big Feeling, due out July 25 via Seagreen Records.
We've got the premiere of one of the tracks from the cassette, "The Woman That Loves You," which initially appeared on a split with Foxing but has been re-recorded for American Sound. Unlike Little Big League's distinctly indie rock style, with Japanese Breakfast Michelle takes the opportunity to experiment with lots of sounds, ranging from bedroom folk to wacky dance music, and "The Woman That Loves You" is the closest we've ever heard her come to new wave. It's a chilly, moody take on the thumping rhythms and earworm melodies of early '80s synth pop, and also a little reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac from that era (but maybe just because the song's title reminds me of that "Silver Springs" lyric). Check it out below.
No live dates for Japanese Breakfast at the moment, but you can catch Little Big League in NYC this Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right at the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase with Operators (Dan Boeckner's [Wolf Parade, etc] new band) and Motion Studies. Tickets For that show are still available and a limited number of Northside badges will also be welcome.
Song stream, with some info on the cassette from Michelle, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
With a well-regarded new album -- their first in 16 years -- under the belt, grungy soul survivors Afghan Whigs are in the midst of an ever-expanding world tour. It hit NYC last night (5/15) for a show at Brooklyn Bowl. We got a good chunk of the fresh Do to the Beast, a handful of '90s-era faves, the Twilight Singers' "On the Corner," plus covers of Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" and "Heaven on Their Minds" from Jesus Christ Superstar. Pictures and the setlist are in this post.
That ever-expanding tour will be back in NYC this fall when Afghan Whigs play Beacon Theatre on October 4 -- tickets are still available. When we first posted about the Beacon show, it was a lone date, but now there's a full set of North American dates in September and October.
Updated Afghan Whigs tour dates are listed, along with more pics from Brooklyn Bowl (including ones of opener Carina Round), below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
HAIM @ T5, 5/10/2014
About two years ago you played a small club in Williamsburg called Glasslands and a year and a half later you're on Saturday Night Live, and now two sold out shows at Terminal 5, it sounds like it's been a crazy ride. How are you holding up?HAIM's ascent continues, having just played their two biggest NYC shows yet -- back-to-back sold-out shows at Terminal 5 over the weekend. At Saturday's show (5/10) the band played everything from their debut album, Days Are Gone" except "Go Slow" and they did a couple covers too -- Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well" and Beyonce's "XO." They also had a version of the album's art set up so that fans could take their picture against it like they were on the cover.
It's really crazy. I think mostly because when you're living in LA, playing in New York was kind of like this crazy, unattainable thing. "Oh, I hope we go to New York one day." But in the past two years, we've played New York more times than we've played LA. And we're always so surprised because comparing New York to LA crowds, LA crowds are very tame and in New York we're always thinking "It'll probably be a lot like LA." And every time we're in New York we always get reminded of how crazy and rowdy New York audiences are. It's just so much fun to play in New York. It's fun to play in LA also because it's my hometown, but it's crazy to come to New York and play these crazy shows. And my 21st birthday I played a show in New York, it was Santacon where everybody dresses up as Santa for a day, and so the craziest show I ever played was that 21st birthday. It was the best 21st birthday I could ask for. - [Gothamist]
Tennis is opening a few of the dates on the current tour (including the Sunday [5/11] T5 show) but on Saturday night the opener was Portland's Shy Girls (aka Portland musician Dan Vidmar) who also played Output's Panther Room the next night. (UPDATE: That Panther Room show got cancelled last-minute, actually.) His set included a cover of Brandy's "Sittin' Up In My Room." You can stream the studio version of that, and check out pics from his T5 set and more pics of HAIM, below...
Little Dragon at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Graveyard, Bombus @ Webster Hall
Retro rockers Graveyard hearken back to the proto-metal hard rock riffs of the early '70s and they do justice to the era. Catch them melting faces at Webster Hall tonight.
Little Dragon @ Rough Trade
Little Dragon's agreeably chilled out new album, Nabuma Rubberband, is out on Tuesday but here's a chance to A) pick it up early then and B) see them in an intimate setting like this, ahead of their tour of big venues (like upcoming T5 shows in June). Buy the album to get a wristband for the show which starts at 2:30 PM.
of Montreal, Dream Tiger @ Le Poisson Rouge
You never fully know what to expect from pop weirdos of Montreal, other than the fact that it's going to be colorful, quite the spectacle, and quite the party. Tonight's show is sold out.
Beverly, Laila, The Suzan, Doble Pletina, FLOWN @ WITHOUT Fest at Frieze Art Fair
Currated by the fine folks at Tom Tom Magazine , the WITHOUT festival is run in tandem with the Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island. Today's the last of four and happens outside the festival gates and is free.
R. Stevie Moore, Donovan Blanc, Murals @ Baby's All Right
Interesting diversity at Baby's tonight with the godfather of home recording R. Stevie Moore, jangly NJ duo Donovan Blanc, and Louisville's Shins-y Murals.
Ludwig Persik @ Baby's All Right
After the R. Stevie Moore show, it's a free performance from Ludwig Persik who makes fanciful, laptop pop.
New York Magazine's pop culture blog Vulture is throwing this two-day festival this weekend featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy. Most of it is happening at Milk Studios in Manhattan.
Heathered Pearls (live), Uumans, Yinka Pascal @ Glasslands
Heathered Pearls is the moniker of Polish ambient musician Jakub Alexander who now lives in Brooklyn.Last year's debut LP, Loyal, released through Ghostly International is lush and transportive, which could make a nice way to ease out of the weekend.
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Chris Cochrane's Collapsible Shoulder @ Rough Trade
Guitar great Marc Ribot has collaborated with everyone from Tom Waits to John Zorn, but tonight he takes the lead with his own band, Ceramic Dog.
Shy Girls, Tei Shi @ The Panther Room
Portland's Shy Girls make the kind of indie-R&B that has been very in style since the breakout of artists like How to Dress Well (who he especially sounds like). Last night, he opened for Haim at the large Terminal 5 but tonight you can see him in the much smaller venue, The Panther Room (at Output).
Okkyung Lee, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey // Michelle Boule @ The Stone
It's the final night of NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee's Stone Residency with Craig Taborn & Tyshawn Torey at the 8 PM set and Michelle Boule at the 10 PM set.
Clean Girls, Fins, Exocomets @ Silent Barn
It's a night of noisy rock at Silent Barn, and if you're going to this show one band we recommend catching is Fins, who make messy post-hardcore that they recorded on an EP with Ben from The Men, who know a thing or two about messy post-hardcore.
Comedy Night @ 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. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.
HAIM, Tennis @ Terminal 5
A modern blend of Fleetwood Mac and Wilson Phillips, HAIM just keep getting more popular. This is the second of two sold-out shows at T5.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Tickets for the Failure show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon. You can also still get tickets to their Irving Plaza/Stone Pony shows (same link) with the BrooklynVegan presale password: "COMFORT".
Tickets for the Michael McDonald show at Town Hall as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.
Shakey Graves is playing Bowery Ballroom on June 25 with Wild Child. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Fleetwood Mac at Jones Beach in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Fleetwood Mac are back with their classic lineup of Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie and going on an extensive North American tour this year which hits NYC on October 6 at Madison Square Garden. That show is almost sold out, but the band have now added a few more dates, including a second MSG show (10/7) happening the next night. Tickets for the newly-added show are currently on AmEx presale, go on Facebook presale Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM, Live Nation presale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM, and general on-sale Saturday (4/12) at 10 AM.
The tour also hits NJ on 10/11 at Prudential Center, and you can still grab tickets to that one and the other MSG show.
Updated dates are listed below...
Fleetwood Mac @ Madison Square Garden, 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fleetwood Mac have been touring again albeit without Christine McVie, who left the band in 1998. McVie is now back in the band, as they confirmed on an appearance on The TODAY Show with Carson Daly this morning (3/27). You can check out the video footage at the bottom of this post.
They've also announced a large fall North American tour, dubbed On With The Show. That tour includes a performance at the United Center on October 2. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale to the general public on April 7 at noon CST. An American Express presale begins this coming Monday (3/31) at 10AM and a Live Nation presale will also be active on April 3 at 10AM.
All Fleetwood Mac dates and The TODAY Show footage can be found below...
Fleetwood Mac on 'The TODAY Show'
Though the longest-running and most famous lineup of Fleetwood Mac toured again pretty recently, it was without Christine McVie. However, as rumored a few months ago after Christine briefly joined them on stage for the first time since 1998, she's officially back in the band. All five members -- Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie (who was recently diagnosed with cancer but says he's getting better) -- appeared on The TODAY Show with Carson Daly this morning (3/27), confirming the reunion. They also mentioned they'd be touring this fall, and that they'll perform at the TODAY plaza in Rockefeller Center on October 9. You can watch the TODAY interview below.
The tour, dubbed "On With The Show,' brings the band to NYC on October 6 at Madison Square Garden and Newark on October 11 at Prudential Center. Tickets for the tour go on sale Monday, April 7 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday, March 31 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
The band also just spoke to People Magazine about the reunion. Christine is happy to be back in the band, and when asked about the drama that plagued the band in the past, she said, "Well, it wouldn't be Fleetwood Mac without a bit of drama, you know. Of course there will be some drama, but for the most part I have to say everyone is getting along really well. At the moment the drama is kind of the fun."
The list of tour dates, with the TODAY video, below...
As you may already know, Record Store Day happens on Saturday, April 19 this year across multiple record stores nationwide, and RSD has revealed the full list of special releases for this year. There will be exclusive releases by countless artists, including David Bowie, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Broken Bells, Built to Spill, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Cure, Dinosaur Jr, Devo, The Flaming Lips, Disclosure, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Husker Du, J Spaceman & Kid Millions, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Joy Division, The Julie Ruin, Jorma Kaukonen, Hamilton Leithauser, Little Dragon, Mastodon, Motorhead, Mudhoney, Nirvana, The Notorious B.I.G., The Notwist, Oasis, Conor Oberst, of Montreal, OFF!, William Onyeabor, Opeth, Pissed Jeans, The Pogues, Pussy Galore, Ramones, Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen, The Standells, Tame Impala, The The, Chad Vangaalen, The Velvet Underground, Veruca Salt, Link Wray, The Yardbirds, Frank Zappa, The Zombies, Badbadnotgood, Bis, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Die Kreuzen, Eric B & Rakim, Ex-Cult, Sky Ferreira, Heatmiser, Julia Holter, David Lynch, Parquet Courts, R.E.M., School of Seven Bells, Omar Souleyman, The Specials, Spoon, Sun Ra, Liars, plus a Kanine Records compilation, the Muppet Movie soundtrack, and more. Full list of releases at RSD's site.
Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)
Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.
Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."
Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.
Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.
Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.
Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.
Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.
Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).
Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.
Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.
The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.
Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...
Young Widows @ LPR, May 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
Young Widows, Norman Westberg @ Saint Vitus
Though Young Widows have only been around since 2006 and only have three LPs under their belts, they already feel like something of an institution -- noisy rock music is becoming increasingly popular, and their ventures into the field have been as strong as anyone's. This is the first of the band's two-night stand at Vitus where they'll be playing their new album, Easy Pain, in its entirety.
Gene Clark's 'No Other' tribute @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Spearheaded by Beach House's Alex Scally, members of Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Wye Oak, The Walkmen, Fairport Convention, Lower Dens and more pay tribute to and recreate the former Byrds member's 1974 solo album. This is the second of two sold-out NYC performances.
Palehound, Dead Wives, Flagland, Advaeta @ Shea Stadium
Ellen Kempner's indie rock project Palehound has a new single out next month which shows her songwriting and arrange talents blossoming. She headlines this all-around solid show that also features New Haven, CT band Dead Wives (ft. Mike of Speedy Ortiz), and local up-and-comers Flagland.
Tom Odell, Vensaire, The Good Kids @ Brooklyn Bowl
This week's instalment of the Sunday It's a School Night parties features UK singer-songerwriter Tom Odell, who won the Critics' Choice Award at the Brit Awards. Like Coldplay? His piano-powered style could scratch that itch.
IYEZ, Primovanhalen, Nightdogs, Kelsey Lu @ Death By Audio
Brooklyn's IEYZ have been kicking around for a while -- last year's Psychic Jungle would be a good choice for your next freakout. You can stream it below.
Kim Ann Foxman, Andrew Potter @ Le Bain
This show at The Standard Hotel's chichi club is a release party for dance act Pleasure Planet's appealing new EP, Animals. (Stream some of it below.) Hercules & Love Affair's Kim Ann Foxman provides vocals for the EP's title track and performs tonight with one half of PP's core, Andrew Potter.
Pyrrhon with Ron Anderson's Pak, Couch Slut, Brandon Seabrook @ The Grand Victory
Get tech-death weird with Pyrrhon and Couch Slut at this tiny and underrated Williamsburg spot.
Jupiter Boys, Jetu, Dead Night @ Baby's All Right
For those looking for something a little different, you might want to head to Baby's tonight: Jetu are also known as The Blind Dates who are avant-dude Gary Wilson's backing band (he played NYC last night), plus drone-goth duo Dead Night and new-ish trio Jupiter Boys.
Kidrockers w/ Spires, TEEN @ Brooklyn Bowl
Familes that go see indie rock together stay together, and you can help keep yours intact at this Tyke-friendly day series that this week features pysch-pop fourpiece Spires and TEEN.
Comedy Night @ 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.
Reagan Youth, The Memphis Morticians, Twin Guns, Emergency Break, Dust Angel @ Bowery Electric
While guitarist and band co-founder Paul Bakija is the only remaining original member (Trey Oswald is the current lead singer, Dave Rubinstein died in 1993), Reagan Youth's fiery songs helped soundtrack the '80s NYHC scene.
Book of Love's show at Bowery Ballroom was canceled.
While the Grammys rep for actually giving awards to those who deserve it is dubious at best, the telecast is nonetheless a spectacle that at the least producers think is important. Among tonight's bombast: a Beatles reunion (Paul & Ringo); Daft Punk with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers; and a closing performance will featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham.
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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QOTSA at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Announced performers for the upcoming Grammy Awards ceremony already included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Metallica, Daft Punk (with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers), Kendrick Lamar, and more, and since we last spoke there's been even more additions. Billboard recently reported that Beyonce and Jay Z will perform, and SPIN is now saying that the closing performance will feature a collaboration between Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, all of whom appeared in Dave Grohl's Sound City film.
The ceremony takes place Sunday (1/26) in LA and airs on CBS at 8 PM EST.
photos by Greg Cristman
2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.
The Blow @ MHOW, November 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
While not as unexpected as My Bloody Valentine or Mazzy Star, The Blow released their first new full-length in seven years, which NPR's Bob Boilen just named his #1 album of 2013. One of the songs off The Blow, ""You're My Light," just got a remix by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and you can stream that below.
Meanwhile, singer Khaela Maricich just gave us her Top 10 of 2013. Most of it is music related, but there are art and TV choices in there too, and she provides commentary as well. You can check out that list below.
In other news, The Blow wrapped up their tour not too long ago and are already looking towards the next record:
We are in the west, taking a bit of a break. Soon, we will be even farther west, as far as one can go, and recording a new album. We won't stay west forever, the east will pull us back, we will just be here long enough to pretend that we are living in the seventies with a sailboat and a hammock and a lot of good parties in the hills.Let's hope we don't have to wait seven years for the next one.
Check out Khaela's Top 10 list and that remix below...
by Bill Pearis
TOPS / Foxtrott @ M for Montreal 11/21/2013
Day 2 of M for Montreal featured five bands in their evening "official selection" which was again held at Casa Del Popolo and La Sala Rossa which are across the street from each other on St. Laurent Blvd. The night started strong with Foxtrott, aka Marie-Hélène L. Delorme, whose Shields EP is full of extremely catchy, quirky dancepop. (Stream it below, it's good.) For her live performance she was backed by a French horn (though a different one than she had at CMJ) which at times seemed to take the part that a guitar might've. We got a few new songs that I thought were as good as anything on the EP. Her music, I think, would work well in a more fleshed out band line-up but she held her own well. A live video of Foxtrott at Pop Montreal is below too.
Over at Sala Rossa it was TOPS who I've seen a number of times (they were at CMJ too), including when they used to be called Silly Kissers. They've grown a lot as a band -- and are now signed to Arbutus (aka Grimes' label) -- and have quite a few solid songs, many of which have an early '80s Fleetwood Mac vibe to them. There is also a dimestore quality to them which is kind of charming, but I wondered what they might sound like with fuller arrangements.
Back at Casa, it was MTL duo Solar Year whose ethereal brand of electronic music is icy with vocals that work like an instrument more than something where lyrics are important. They played against slow-motion projections of some palatial estate -- shades of Matthew Barney's Cremaster -- and, for it being as chilled-out as it was, I thought they were great. Their new album, Waverly, came out over the summer and you can stream it at Rdio.
Next was Odonis Odonis at Sala Rossa, who I've also seen a few times but am very into their gothy, post-punk garage which they play at maximum volume. While it's easy to describe them as I did in the last sentence, they don't exactly sound like anybody else and get better every time I see them. Great set.
After that was Toronto's Born Ruffians but I snuck out to catch UK band Temples over at Cafe Campus where I made it in time for half their set. Armed with 12-string guitars and Mark Bolan hair, I am a sucker for this sort of Byrdsy/Kinksy/glammy type of Britpop and on singles "Shelter Song" and "Keep in the Dark" they do it very well. The band just announced their debut album, Sun Structures, will be out in February and you can stream their new single "Mesmerize" below. Their first North American tour has them in NYC next week: Bowery Ballroom on November 25. (tickets) and Union Pool on November 26. (tickets)
My Thursday afternoon was also spent at Cafe Campus where its two stages were showcasing more commercially-minded pop -- some veering into Michael Buble territory -- the best of which was definitely Groenland whose music was on the orchestral side with strings and horns and a singer who played a ukulele and sounded more than a little like Adele.
Tonight (11/22), M for Montreal expands into M Fest with shows all over the city. That includes the BrooklynVegan co-presented show with We Are Wolves, Duchess Says and Solids at Cabaret Underworld, which is sold out.
John McVie at Jones Beach in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Some sad news from Fleetwood Mac: One of the two members who has remained in the band since the late '60s, John McVie, has been diagnosed with cancer. This has forced the band to cancel their Australian/New Zealand tour. A statement from the Fleetwood Mac's Facebook reads:
Fleetwood Mac who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.Earlier this year, their tour hit the NYC-area for shows at Madison Square Garden and Jones Beach.
John McVie, one of the co founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time.
"We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best."
Best of luck to John on his treatment!
by Bill Pearis
Things are going great for Morrissey whose new book is selling like crazy. The new Issue of NME, as you can see from its cover above, features "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The UK music weekly picked these for the Top 10:
1. The Smiths - The Queen Is DeadJust keep in mind these are mostly British people making this list. Outkast's Stankonia is #500 if you were wondering, and the Top 50 are listed in this post. If you're wondering how NME came up with this list, here's what they said:
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp - Different Class
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Pixies - Doolittle
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
It means emailing a vast array of alumni from across the NME generations, from the sixties swingers through the hip young gunslingers of the 70s right up to today's troupe of rock'n'roll toreadors, and begging/bullying them to submit lists of their favourite fifty albums of all time. Some joined in, others were too busy/famous now, but we managed to gather together around 80 voters to submit lists, at which point the serious number-crunching began.One of those 80 was '90s-era NME editor Johnny "Cigarettes" Sharp, who talked to The Quietus about how he came up with his ballot (and these kind of lists in general):
I and the rest of the NME alumni were simply told to vote for our 'favourite' albums - Ideally a top 50 but really anything we could rustle up by the following Monday.The mag does have a sense of humor about all this. The bottom right corner of the cover has a picture of Morrissey saying "...until the next 500." NME is publishing the whole list -- in not annoying slideshow format -- throughout the day and you can click through 500 - 401, and 400 - 301 right now. Their top 50 are listed below....
And herein lies a flaw inherent in all such lists: The results are bound to be slanted towards the choices of the voters who they happen still to have contact details for, which will inevitably be the more recent contributors (Still, having first written for them over 20 years ago, they didn't do too badly tracking me down).
Inevitably, with the whole thing being a bit last-minute and no-budget, the votes were also those of individuals who could be arsed to sweat over a difficult task in their free time for no financial reward. Welcome to 21st century publishing.
Vampire Weekend at Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Vampire Weekend, Solange, Sky Ferreira @ Barclays Center
FIve years ago, when "A-Punk" was playing everywhere you went, it wasn't entirely predictable that Vampire Weekend would still be achieving baroque pop excellence three albums in. But that's what they've done, and in celebration of that, tonight they try out their skills as an arena rock band at Barclays Center. Get there early for the Dev Hynes-associated pop of Solange and Sky Ferreira.
Pixies, Parquet Courts @ Bowery Ballroom
Pixies might have lost Kim Deal as a member (they have Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in her place) and you might not be huge on their new EP, but this is still three of the four original members of one of the most classic indie rock bands of our time, playing relatively intimate venues. Tonight they wrap up their four-night run in NYC at Bowery Ballroom. Parquet Courts, who can headline a venue that size on their own (and will do so soon) open the show.
Cosmic Psychos, Pampers, Call Of The Wild @ Cake Shop
Australian farmers/proto-grunge band Cosmic Psychos are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band and are touring North America for the first time in a very, very long while. Tonight's the first of two shows at Cake Shop and is with one of NYC's best new(ish) bands, Pampers.
'Blokes You Can Trust' screening @ Over the Eight
While in town for the Cake Shop shows, Cosmic Psychos are also screening their documentary 'Blokes You Can Trust' each night. Tonight it's at Over the Eight and Saturday it screens at Videology, both in Williamsburg.
Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Williamsburg Park
It might be a bit colder out than it was for the other Williamsburg Park shows this summer, but throw on a sweater and enjoy some classic soul from the great Charles Bradley.
Nude Beach, Suspicious Beats, Honey @ Mercury Lounge
Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach, who take a punky approach to the classic-style of tunes of Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, play one of their many local shows at Mercury Lounge tonight. Always a good time.
The Selecter @ Gramercy Theatre
While not as well known as their 2-Tone brethren, UK ska vets The Selecter are still essential listening for anyone who owns an album by The Specials or The Beat. Singer Pauline Black is still a pistol live, too.
Phaeleh, The-Drum @ Glasslands
UK atmospheric dubstep producer Phaeleh is over in the US right now, and tonight he'll be bringing the vibes to Brooklyn for a show at Glasslands. Opening is Chicago's also-impressive production duo The-Drum.
L-Vis 1990, Nick Hook @ Le Bain
Two regulars on the NYC electronic scene, L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs) and Nick Hook (Fool's Gold), team up for a party at Le Bain tonight.
Patti Smith @ Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Patti Smith just announced some club dates, but if you've got tickets to tonight's sold-out event at the Met, you can see her in a less-rock environment doing a tribute to Hildegard of Bingen.
2562, Martyn, Contakt @ Output
Two futuristic dubstep producers, 2562 and Martyn, will join forces to keep the bodies moving all night at Williamsburg dance club Output. NYC's Contakt kicks things off.
DTCV, No Sky God @ The Bowery Electric
Jim Greer spent time in Guided by Voices and, for many years, was one of SPIN's best writers. His band DTCV (pronounced "detective") make post-VU indie rock.
Jenny Owen Youngs, Mal Blum, Stephen Brodsky @ Union Hall
Cave In's Stephen Brodsky is about to play with his riff-heavy side project Mutoid Man at Saint Vitus on Monday, but tonight he takes his softer solo project to Union Hall, where he'll be joined by fellow singer/songwriters Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum.
Heatsick, Maxmillion Dunbar, Aurora Halal @ 285 Kent Avenue
Two experimental electronic musicians, Heatsick and Maxmillion Dunbar, are teaming up to melt minds at 285 Kent tonight. Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal is on the bill too.
Bad Side, Fuck SS, Brain Slug, Pleasure Industry @ Acheron
Bad Side, who Paint It Black called the best current hardcore band in Philly, and who will open for Kill Your Idols at Santos in November, will be in NYC tonight to headline a show at Brooklyn punk/metal club Acheron. Also on the bill is fellow Philly band Fuck SS and two Brooklyn punk bands, Brain Slug and Pleasure Industry. Stream Bad Side's just-released Everybody Wants Something From Me 7" below.
Coke Weed, Light Heat, Peter Bauer (of The Walkmen), pow wow! @ Shea Stadium
Peter Bauer is pulling double duty at this show tonight. The Walkmen bassist is playing as part of Light Heat (ex Mazarin) and is also making his solo live debut tonight.
Fred Frith @ Roulette
Avant-garde guitar great is performing his 1980 album Gravity at Roulette with a large group of musicians. If you can't make it tonight, he does it again tomorrow too.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
It's the first of two nights for My Morning Jacket collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band at McKittrick Hotel (where they also did a residency in July).
San Fermin, Alexandra Steward @ Le Poisson Rouge
Making music equally indebted to indie rock and theatre, San Fermin released their debut album this week and tonight's the record release party. Fans of the Dessner brothers, DIrty Projectors and RENT, take note.
The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society, Dave Hill @ Littlefield
Fleetwood Mac's world tour has already hit NYC so what's a fan to do tonight? Go see this skilled tribute act perform Tusk in its entirety. Plus our pal Dave HIll opens and, just guessing, might make an appearance for a guitar solo or two.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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