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Christmas Roundup

It's that time of year again. Like "All I Want is Christmas is You," holiday shows in NYC are omnipresent. We've already posted about NYC Hanukkah shows, now here's a roundup of just about everything else.

Darlene Love is playing four "Love For the Holidays" shows like last year at BB King Blues Club on December 20, 26, January 2 and 16 (tickets). Another Phil Spector associate, Ronnie Spector, is doing her annual Christmas shows this year at City Winery on December 22-23 (tickets).

India Arie is doing a Christmas show at Irving Plaza on December 15 with Johnathan Reynolds, and tickets for that show are on sale now.

There are also plenty of options for your holiday burlesque needs. Le Poisson Rouge is doing a few Christmas burlesque shows: Burlesque-A-Pades: Sleigh Ride on December 12 (tickets) and It's A Hot Pink Christmas on December 20 (tickets). Elsewhere: The burlesque troupe Wasabassco is putting on a late "Holiday Season Spectacular" at City Winery (tickets). Wassabasco will also be at Bell House on December 4 for a 70's themed Christmas show (tickets).

Mariah Carey is doing a run of holiday shows again this year at the Beacon Theatre on December 8-18 , and tickets for that are on sale now. For slightly less moolah and slighty less actual Mariah, there's a FREE Mariah Carey-themed party called "Party Like It's 1999: All I Want for Christmas is Mariah Edition." at The Bell House on December 5. Meanwhile, Union Hall is also doing a Holiday Pop Singalong on December 18 that promises to feature Mariah prominently, along with Bowie, Bieber, Wham! and more (tickets).

Speaking of The Bell House, they might be the kings of holiday shows. (Makes sense: the place is the ski lodge of NYC music venues.) Look at all these:  Buzzfeed's Kwanzaa Show on December 5, which is a sold-out taping of Buzzfeed's "Another Round" podcast with musical accompaniment by Jean Grae. The next night (12/6)  is "Landlady Holiday Spectacular," with people like Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim and more, which features live music and production of Landlady's holiday play Red Velvet: An Ill-Conceived Santa Story (tickets).

Lots and lots more holiday shows are listed below...

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APTBS @ Capitol Theatre in May (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

A Place to Bury Strangers are currently on the road with old Death by Audio pals Grooms, and will play Salt Lake City on Thursday. The tour wraps in NYC in a couple weeks, and they've added a second show at Saint Vitus. The first is 10/9 with Grooms and Scully and the new 10/10 show is with Sannhet and Pawns. Tickets for both shows are on sale.

APTBS will then rest up for a couple weeks before heading off to Europe. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers on tour, add second homecoming show at Saint Vitus w/ Sannhet & Pawns (updated dates)"

photo: A Place to Bury Strangers @ Levitation Austin 2015 (via Facebook)

A Place to Bury Strangers are slaves to the road this year, having toured for most of 2015 so far and will continue to do so. They've just announced a fall tour with their old Death By Audio roommates Grooms which concludes here in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on October 9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/12) at 10 AM.

You can also catch them in NYC before that, as they play the first night of the Gigawatts Festival at The Wick on July 24 with Black Lips, Liturgy and lots more. Tickets for Gigawatts are still available, and we're also giving away a pair of festival passes. All APTBS dates are listed below.

In other news, the band have given their song "Fill the Void" (from this year's Transfixiation) to Darkside guitarist Dave Harrington to remix, who strips it down, morphing it into a sinister beast. You can stream that below.

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers get remixed by Dave Harrington, expand tour, playing Gigawatts fest & dates w/ Grooms"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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photos by P Squared Photography

Mac DeMarco / Chelsea Wolfe / Flaming Lips / Fuzz @ Levitation Fest 5/10/2015
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3

"Who wants to hear the most muthafuckin' psychedelic song of all time?" That was Mac DeMarco bassist Piece McGarry asking the crowd during the final day of Levitation Fest (5/10). The three-day event used to be known as Austin Psych Fest, so of course the crowd wanted to hear it. They immediately launched into a cover of Coldplay's "Yellow." Between Mac and the main stages' closer, The Flaming Lips, Levitation 2015 ended on a light note. And a thankfully dry one, as reports earlier in the week called for Sunday to have heavy thunderstorms and maybe even tornadoes. Instead, it just felt like it was going rain the whole time (aka hot and muggy).

Most people on Sunday were excited about the 13th Floor Elevators reunion but lots of great sets happened, including A Place to Bury Strangers, Fat White Family, Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Nothing, ZZZs, Chelsea Wolfe (subbing for Melody's Echo Chamber), and a sweaty closing-fest set from Ty Segall's proto-metal trio Fuzz.

Pictures from Levitation day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More pics from Levitation day 3 below...

Continue reading "Levitation day 3 in pics: Mac DeMarco, Fuzz, Chelsea Wolfe, Flaming Lips, Fat White Family, Black Angels & more)"


Brooklyn's annual Gigawatts Festival returns this year with a lineup that's bigger and more impressive than ever. The fest happens July 24-26 at The Wick & The Well, and artists playing include Black Lips, Braid, A Place to Bury Strangers, Liturgy, Swearin', Beach Slang, Cheap Girls, Chumped, Anamanaguchi, Pile, Ava Luna, Cerebral Ballzy, Amanda X, Potty Mouth, Mannequin Pussy, Heaven's Gate, Honduras, Laura Stevenson, Dan Friel and still more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at 10 AM with a pre-sale starting today (5/13) at noon. To get tickets in the presale, use the password: savetheclocktower.

Check out the full day-by-day lineups below...

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APTBS @ DbA's final night (more by PSquared)

A Place to Bury Strangers are currently on tour in Europe (they play Amsterdam tonight) but will be back in North America next month for Levitation fest in Austin. Shortly after that, they'll play a homecoming show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 16 with Sleepies, Pill, and Bambara. That show is free and if you'd like to skip the line you can RSVP.

The band, whose new album Transfixiation came out earlier this year, have added a few more shows as well, including a few opening slots on the Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking tour, including the four NY-area dates. Tickets for the NYC proper show (Brooklyn Bowl on May 13) just went on sale.

All tour dates are listed, along with live video of APTBS performing "Now It's Over" live on KEXP, below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers expand tour, playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar +++ opening for Jane's Addiction (dates)"

by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn duo Tanlines will release their new album, Highlights, on May 19 via True Panther. The first single from the album is "Slipping Away," a very catchy pop song that you can download via Tanlines' website and stream below.

Tanlines will play a pair of Highlights release shows on both coasts: May 14 at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and May 18 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are currently on AmEx presale and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/6) at noon. Ticket info TBA for LA.

If you're not aware, singer Jesse Cohen also has an entertaining podcast, "No Effects," and this week's episode features an interview with A Place to Bury Strangers frontman and Death by Audio pedal guru Oliver Ackermann. You can stream that below as well.

Continue reading "Tanlines releasing 'Highlights' and playing NYC / LA shows in May (listen to a new single "Slipping Away")"


The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...

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by Bill Pearis

APTBS @ MHOW, 2/17/2014

A Place to Bury Strangers' new album Transfixiation is out this week and they've just released a video for "We've Come So Far." The video was filmed live at Death by Audio on November 22, which was both the last night of the DIY venue and APTBS' frontman (and DBA co-owner) Oliver Ackermann's birthday. The video was directed by his DbA co-owner Matt Conboy. Says Ollie:

The fact that we were losing our home [Death By Audio], that it was the last show and APTBS were playing seemed like too good of an opportunity to turn down. We filmed their set and I felt like we were able to capture the spirit of that moment: this weird, dark form of celebration and catharsis. By the end of the night I think everybody felt like they really got something out of their system.
You can watch the video below.

Last night A Place to Bury Strangers celebrated Transfixiation's release, a few blocks from DbA's address, at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which was their typically awesome sensory overload of strobes, smoke machines, projections and white noise. For their encore, they played a down-and-dirty set on the floor by the sound booth. Cool show. It was the kickoff to their tour and all dates are listed below.

Also celebrating a new album was Grooms, who also played DbA's final night and whose great new album Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair (the last album recorded at Death by By Audio) is also out this week. Playing as a three-piece, the new songs sounded great: Steve Levine is a hell of a drummer (in addition to being a funny guy) and Jay Heiselmann used a variety of effects to make his guitar sound like keyboards (the new album takes Grooms into new territory), leaving most of the more normal guitar parts to frontman Travis Johnson.

Opening the night was Baltimore's fun Ed Schrader's Music Beat, who are on the first leg of APTBS' tour. If you follow Ed on Instagram, you know he has an obsession with Frasier, and the band's new tour t-shirts mimic the sitcom's logo, but with Baltimore's skyline in place of Seattle's. You can buy them online too.

All APTBS tour dates are listed, along with the "We've Come So Far" video, below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers & Grooms celebrated new LPs at MHOW ++ watch new APTBS video filmed at DbA's last show"

by Bill Pearis

Grooms' drummer Steve Levine (left) on 'Better Call Saul' series premiere
Better Call Saul

While some folks were watching The Grammys, others tuned into AMC for the series premiere of Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. Set in the '00s before Saul became Saul or met Walter White, the show (well, first episode at least) is a little lighter in tone than Breaking Bad but to call it a comedy would be incorrect. I thought it was great. Many of the laughs in the first episode come from twin skateboarding scam artists, Lars and Cal, who Saul enlists for help. Lars is played by Steve Levine who also spends time as drummer for Brooklyn indie rock outfit Grooms. His twin brother Daniel plays Cal. AMC is re-airing the Better Call Saul premiere tonight (2/9) at 9 PM, immediately followed by the second episde at 10 PM.

With Season 1 in the can (and the fate of Lars and Cal unknown at this point), Steve Levine's immediate future will be spent with Grooms, whose terrific new album Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair is out next week (2/17). Stream the title track below. They'll play a joint NYC record release show with A Place to Bury Strangers at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17 with Ed Schrader's Music Beat and tickets are still available.

A Place to Bury Strangers' new album, Transfixiation, is out next week as well. Weirder, tighter and more varied than anything they've done to date, while still sounding like APTBS, I think it's also the band's best yet. You can stream the whole thing right now over at NPR.

Continue reading "'Better Call Saul' premiered; Grooms' drummer is in the cast; A Place to Bury Strangers' new LP streaming"

by Bill Pearis

photo:::APTBS @ DBA's final show (more by PSquared)

As mentioned, A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms are having a dual record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17, which is also the actual date both albums are out. Ed Schrader's Music Beat is also on the bill and tickets are still available. APTBS have released a second track off Transfixiation, the sprawling "We've Come So Far," and you can stream that below.

Grooms, meanwhile, have shared the title track from their forthcoming album, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, which is one of the catchiest songs on a very good record. You can stream that below as well.

The MHOW show is Grooms' only announced show, but is the start of APTBS' upcoming tour. Ed Schrader's Music Beat will be joining them for other dates on the tour too, as will Creepoid. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms share new songs from new LPs; Ed Schrader's Music Beat added to MHOW show"

intro by Bill Pearis

APTBS @ final DbA show
APTBS @ final DbA show (more by PSquared)

We've been asking all manner of music-related folks for 2014 Top 10 lists. Most have championed things that are awesome and here's one that does that too, but in a bittersweet way. A Place to Bury Strangers frontman Oliver Ackermann was one of the people behind Death by Audio, both the DIY showspace that closed last month and the effects pedal company that has now relocated. Fittingly his list is titled "10 Best Things That Ended in NYC in 2014." You can check that out below.

In non-ending APTBS news, they will release their new album Transfixiation on February 17 via Dead Oceans. It's messier and more experimental than we've heard them do before and is all the better for it. The LP also has its share of rippers as well, like the bass-driven first single "Straight." Since we last posted, the band have released a video for that, directed by Brook Linder. It's a headtrip of spooky imagery and VHS tape distortion. You can check that out below too.

A Place to Bury Strangers will celebrate their new record on Transfixiation's release date (2/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Grooms, whose new album is also out that day. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates are listed with all the other stuff mentioned here, below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers share new video, and list the "10 Best Things That Ended in NYC in 2014""

intro by Bill Pearis

Grooms @ Death by Audio's final show (more by PSquared)

Grooms' last live show, the final night of Death by Audio, was a little hard to get into. Their next NYC show should not prove as difficult. They're playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/12) with The Teen Age, Glazzies and headliners Celestial Shore. That's a free show where you can maybe get some holiday shopping done (or a round of mini-golf) and you can RSVP to get on the skip-the-line list.

Grooms' next show after this weekend is opening for A Place to Bury Strangers (who also played DbA's final night) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17 (tickets).That serves as a record release show for both APTBS' Transfixiation, and Grooms' Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair which are both out that day. (You can hear "Doctor M" below.) Look for a tour after that, details are still TBA at the moment.

Main man Travis Johnson took time out from practicing for tomorrow's show to give us his Top 10 LPs of 2014, plus a few runners-up, with a little commentary for each. You can read that below...

Continue reading "Grooms tell us their Top 10 LPs of 2014, playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar this weekend, opening for APTBS at MHOW"

by Bill Pearis

Flowers of Evil

As mentioned, Brandon from Crocodiles will be DJing tonight at Baby's All Right as part of Kanine Records' holiday party which is free with RSVP. Brandon will also be playing at Baby's tonight too as part of Flowers of Evil which also features members of A Place To Bury Strangers, SISU, and Young Boys. Despite the makeup of the band being all from groups you could get away with calling JAMC-esque, Crocs says Flowers of Evil are "probably not what you'd expect it to be." They're the final band of the evening, preceded by Beverly, Public Access TV and Jamaica Queens. DJs (which include Kip from TPOBPAH, Lio from Kanine, and me) start at 7 PM and bands begin at 8 PM.

Crocodiles, meanwhile, will say farewell to the soon-to-close Glasslands on Sunday (12/14) with Cassie Ramone, Birds of Maya offshoot Spacin' and Brandon's wife Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls on DJ duty. Tickets for that are still available.

And lastly, Charles from Crocodiles and WARTIME gives us his Top 10 of 2014, which is a list of shows he saw. Check that out below...

Continue reading "Crocodiles playing farewell Glasslands show, give us Top 10 of 2014; Flowers of Evil added to free Baby's show tonight"

Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.

As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:

Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.

In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.

The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.

Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest now called 'Levitation': 2015 initial lineup / tix (Flaming Lips, JAMC doing 'Psychocandy,' Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Tame Impala, Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, more)"

Edan and Josh of DbA on the final night (more by PSquared)

Chris Gethard wearing DbA tribute on his show this week (photo by Heidi Vanderlee)

Death by Audio closed last weekend after seven years in existence. We said our goodbyes already, but we thought we'd offer up a roundup of our coverage and other tributes to the space.

Comedian Chris Gethard wore a homemade t-shirt, inspired by the one DbA booker Edan Wilber wore on the showspace's final night, at the taping of the most recent episode of The Chris Gethard Show which you can see above.

This Sunday's New York Times offers a photo feature from DbA's final night.

Writer Noah Kardos-Fein who plays in Yvette and was at most of DbA's final shows (Yvette played one too), wrote a very nice piece for WNYC:

Bands felt like Death By Audio was a second home - indie phenoms Future Islands and wild Canadian rockers METZ both played their first ever New York shows at Death By Audio. It was the kind of place where a small fledgling band had a good chance of playing on the same bill as a much bigger, touring band. And one day, that fledgling band might just become a headliner.
You tended to get just as much as you were willing to put in: if you attended or played shows there regularly, there was a good chance you'd get to know the staff there, as well as other regulars. Those were the people who made up the bulk of the crowd last Saturday night - some of them who since moved to other cities even flew across the country to be there. It's also why there were a lot of tears, hugs, and positive energy going around in the final hours.

Oliver Ackermann on stage (more by P Squared)

Impose gathered up tributes from a variety of artists, DbA employees and other people in the DIY scene, including manager/booker/soundguy Edan Wilber:

The value of what I have gotten from my experiences here are immeasurable, and leaps and bounds more valuable than any material wealth I could've gained doing something else. I have met people from all around the world just because they heard about this little room that some friend of their's said they just had to play in. It's a shame to lose something like that because it can't be manufactured. We have always run on the best of intentions and it propelled us so far for so long, none of us could've imagined it would've lasted as long as it did and stayed true to its beliefs from day one. I'm happy to go out on such a high note, the past few weeks have been mind-blowingly incredible and I have gotten to see many old friends make their pilgrimage here one last time and I look forward to a few more rad weeks before we are forced out of the only place in NYC thats ever felt like home to me.
Impose also tracked down most of the DbA show flyers from their entire existence. There are also reports from the final night at The Observer, Gothamist, Stereogum, and The Village Voice.

Glasslands, which is right around the corner from DbA and will close at the end of December, offered up

And this was Death by Audio's final word, via Twitter:

Death by Audio's final month of shows was pretty astounding, including performances by Lightning Bolt, METZ, Protomartyr,  Future Islands,Thee Oh Sees (twice), Dan Deacon,  Les Savy FavTy Segall, A Place To Bury Strangers (twiceFuture Punx/Priests, Deerhoof, Woods, Woolen MenScreaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood (twice), White Mice, Burnt Skull, a reunited Dirty on Purpose, Pampers, Coasting, Guerrila Toss, not to mention the very cool Death by Art installation (which some people didn't like). 

For those who'll be in Washington, DC next weekend, many of the in-house created, super-hard arcade games that you may have played in DbA's back room will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's courtyard on December 6 as part of an "indie arcade" curated by MAGFest and American University's Game Lab.

We've got all of Death by Audio's last month's shows listed, along with video from many of them, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Lightning Bolt / APTBS / JEFF @ DbA's final night
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
JEFF the Broherhood

JEFF the Broherhood

When Lightning Bolt's set ended at around 2 AM Saturday night (11/22), the floor of Death by Audio was littered with beer cans and ripped-up issues of Vice magazine. Their set, which was the last to ever be played at DbA, was one of the wildest I've ever seen at the now-closed DIY showspace. It was a turbulent sea with constant crowdsurfers. I saw many smiling sweaty people afterwards with blood all over their tshirts. (There was also a kid on top the crowd eating a burrito which was amazing.) Among those on top the crowd: DbA co-founder Edan Wilber who was wearing a homemade shirt that read "START YOUR OWN FUCKING SHOWSPACE." The crowd would not let him down, and much like Ty Segall a week before, he had a massive grin plastered to his face. It was a perfect way (and the perfect band) for DbA to go out.

Admittedly, the final night didn't start off quite as perfectly. The line for the final show started forming around 3 PM and by 5 PM was at Kent -- which was usually the cutoff point for who got in on the previous nights -- and it eventually went past Glasslands. (They did give away free hot chocolate for folks in line.) The paid list for friends and family (which, I won't deny, included the guy writing this) was big, and there was also the problem of rampant space-holding by folks in line.


The main space was full of folks that looked like DbA regulars to me by the time openers Grooms took the stage, and what weird vibes there were lifted when they started to play. (Grooms have basically practiced at DbA since they began as Muggabears and have played there many many times over the last seven years.) Singer Travis Johnson was definitely holding back tears at first and gave a nice tribute to the space and Edan: "If more people cared as much about music and as little about actually making money as Edan, the world would be a better place." Guitarist Jay Heiselmann, meanwhile, may hold the record for most shows at DbA's final stand, having also played with Roya, The Immaculates, French Miami, and Fuckton. The night also marked the return of original member Emily Ambruso who is apparently back in the band these days.

Next up were Nashville's JEFF the Brotherhood who played in their original Jake-and-Jamin two-piece configuration as a throwback to their first-ever NYC show... which was at DbA. (A lot of bands' first shows were at DbA.) They are basically DbA family and it would've been more of a surprise if they didn't play. Not that I dislike the expanded lineup, but Jake and Jamin are such a killer locked groove, they don't need others so much. They were great on Saturday and the pit rivaled Lightning Bolt's with people banging into each other in the crowd and on top. When their set ended and the crowd screamed for more, Jake reminded folks "opening bands don't do encores!"

Oliver Ackermann and his birthday pie

Irony of ironies, Saturday was also the birthday of Death by Audio owner / pedalmaker / bartender Oliver Ackermann who also fronts noisemakers A Place to Bury Strangers. He was presented with candle-covered pies right before APTBS' set and the whole place sang "Happy Birthday." It was a nice moment. He blew out the candles and the band started the set which was white noise sensory deprivation with smoke machines, strobes, and lasers on full blast. The only time I saw a member of the band during their set was when bassist Dion Lunadon leapt onto the crowd still playing his bass.

There was a dance party in "The Ranch" in the back and people just hung out and talked till basically the sun came up. (I left about 5 AM.) Thanks again to Edan, Matt and Oliver and everyone else who worked there and made it special.

Matt Conboy and Edan Wilber post-show
Lightning Bolt

More pics from Death by Audio's final show, plus video of all four bands' sets (via unARTigNYC), below...

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DbA's Edan Wilber crowdsurf's during Lightning Bolt / APTBS / aftermath
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP

Brooklyn DIY showspace Death by Audio closed out its seven-year existence on Saturday (11/22) with headliners Lightning Bolt, old pals JEFF the Brotherhood, as well as A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms. We've got a proper set of pictures from the finale on the way, but a few cameraphone shots and instagrams are in this post.

Death by Audio, you'll really be missed. More pics below...

Continue reading "Death by Audio, RIP (Lightning Bolt, A Place to Bury Strangers, JEFF the Brotherhood & Grooms were the last bands to play)"

by Bill Pearis

A Place to Bury Strangers @ DbA, 10/27/2014 (more by Ebru Yildiz)

A Place to Bury Strangers will release their new album, Transfixiation, on February 17 via Dead Oceans. The first single is "Straight" which adds a little bluesy funk to the band's signature noisy style. You can stream it below. You can also watch a teaser for the album that was filmed at APTBS' show at Death by Audio last month that ended with Oliver Ackerman's guitar jammed in DbA's drop ceiling. That's below too.

Lately, Oliver Ackerman can be found tending bar in "The Ranch" -- aka Death by Audio's back space, now open for the Death by Art installation -- which is where the DbA pedal shop was before the space announced it was closing for good. (It's relocated elsewhere temporarily till they find a more permanent space.) APTBS are for sure the band most synonymous with Death by Audio -- will they make room to play their one more time? There's only four nights left, all of which remain "Top Secret!"

After DbA closes, life will go on for A Place to Bury Strangers (obviously) with the new album and a lengthy 2015 tour that kicks off at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17. Tickets for that show will be available soon.

All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album art, tracklist and teaser video, below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers announce new LP & 2015 tour (dates, song stream) -- will they play DbA one more time?"

photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis

APTBS @ DbA 10/27/2014
A Place to Bury Strangers
A Place to Bury Strangers

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

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

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

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

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Back when Death by Audio was known as the Sugar Factory, they used to have shows in the loft space adjacent to what's now the main show space. They call that space The Ranch and it looks like they're having shows again there, starting with a marathon drone event called Holly Jolloween which starts Saturday (10/25) at 7 PM and goes till 7 PM Sunday (10/26):

To kick off the final month of madness at Death By Audio, we're hosting a 24-hour wall of sound in the loft space behind the venue. Every performance will overlap with the set before and after, so that there will not be a second of silence for the duration of the day.
Musicians involved in the droning include Will Sheff, Greg Fox, Excepter, Oliver Ackerman (A Place to Bury Strangers), Travis Johnson (Grooms), and lots more. The event is free and entrance to The Ranch is the door just to the right of DbA's on S. 2nd St.

List of participating Holly Jolloween drone performers below...

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by Bill Pearis

Dirty on Purpose

Over the years, Death by Audio has been spiritual home to bands to more than a few bands, whether they've worked for the venue, the pedal shop or have just been part of scene. (It was almost like they lived there.) Some of those bands who have since called it quits are getting back together to say goodbye to DbA on November 1. Headlining the show are '00s-era underappreciated poppy shoegazers Dirty on Purpose who played their last ever show on New Year's Eve 2008. I was a fan and a friend (the first show I saw at DbA was Dirty on Purpose during CMJ 2005 back when they just called it the Sugar Factory), and anxious to see them again. If you've never checked them out, you can stream 2006's Hallelujah Sirens (via Rdio) below.

Also on the bill are Sisters (aka DbA co-runner Matt Conboy and Aaron Pfannebecker who made calamitous pop); San Francisco transplants French Miami (frontman Jay Heiselman now plays in Grooms, Roya and is a busy recording engineer); and Darlings who I was unaware broke up, and and if they did it's been really recent and they didn't tell anybody (we premiered a new song back in July and they just played Knitting Factory two weeks ago). [UPDATE: They didn't break up, but are pals with all the bands.] What, no Coin Under Tongue? The lovefest is $10 at the door. Flyer below.

Speaking of French Miami, next time you're at DbA on the way in or out, there's a box of French Miami's self-titled 2009 album on vinyl. Help yourself to one (it's a good record and you can stream it below).

While on the subject of DbA house bands, A Place to Bury Strangers are surely the venue's official one, as frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the pedal shop out of DbA's backroom. APTBS will play DbA on October 27 with Olympia, WA's Broken Water, plus Gold Dime (ex Talk Normal), and White Suns. That show is $8 at the door, and is just two days after playing Rough Trade (10/25) as part of Austin Psych Fest's CMJ showcase with White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Bo Ningen and more (tickets).

In other DbA news, we mentioned that construction has already begun on the building's transformation into Vice's new megafacility, and DbA suffered a bit on Monday (10/13) when the construction crew sawed open an active water line directly above the main showspace, sending 50+ gallons of water down through the drop ceiling. It was cleaned up by the time of the show that night. But let's not destroy the place before they close (that goes for showgoers too), ok?

Streams and flyers below...

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Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)

NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.

Full list below...

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APTBS @ MHOW, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
A Place to Bury Strangers

Austin Psych Fest is one of the cooler annual conclaves for headtrip rock n' roll, and they're bringing a bit of that flavor to NYC during CMJ for a showcase at Rough Trade on October 25 with A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead. It's a 6 PM start with "special guests to be announced." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Flyer for the show is below.

This is the only current date for A Place To Bury Strangers, though it seems likely that the band will play Death by Audio before it closes, seeing how frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the successful Death by Audio pedal company that's housed in the back of the venue (which will be locating to new digs) and if anybody's the DbA house band, it's APTBS.

Nashville's The Paperhead, meanwhile, just announced they'll be releasing Africa Avenue this fall via Trouble in Mind, their first new music in two years. Bo Ningen will be at CMJ following their tour with Kasabian. White Fence and King Gizzard have other CMJ shows together too.

Moon Duo also play with The Horrors at Stage 48 on October 21 (tickets), though most of their tour together was postponed, and then they'll play with The Kills at Bowery Ballroom on 10/23 (sold out but you can try to get in with a CMJ badge if you're gonna have one).

Flyer for the Psych Fest CMJ showcase below...

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