Entries tagged with: Azar Swan
by Andrew Sacher
Visual artist and designer Jenni Hensler, whose work has previously been showcased at the Guggenheim, MoMA and more, is working on a new piece exhibition which will include collaborations with a handful of great musicians. Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, Jonnine Standish (HTRK), Belong, Azar Swan, Drew McDowall of Coil and MayA are all set to feature in her new work, Persona Somnia, which Jenni is planning to debut this November at a TBA NYC location. To help get that started, Jenni launched an IndieGogo campaign, which you can donate to and receive various rewards including a music compilation from the show, leather pasties, a personal costume, and more. The campaign ends on May 10. More info here and a teaser video below.
Speaking of Chelsea Wolfe, today she released the full version of "Iron Moon" from her new album, Abyss, that we posted a clip of recently. As that clip hinted, it moves from dark, somber, folk-inspired passages to much heavier parts that near doom metal territory. Check it out below, via Rolling Stone. Chelsea also revealed the album's artwork (above) and tracklist (below). Abyss will be out August 7 via Sargent House.
Azar Swan plays NYC on June 19 at Palisades with Clay Rendering, Them Are Us Too and Pawns (tickets). She also just made a video for "Hush" off last year's And Blow Us A Kiss, which Jenni Hensler directed. Watch below.
You may remember that last year Karyn Crisis (singer of the now-defunct NYC metal oddballs Crisis) launched a Kickstarter to fund an album with her new band Gospel of the Witches which also includes her husband Davide Tiso (of Ephel Duath), Immolation frontman Ross Dolan, Tombs frontman Mike Hill, and Vaura drummer Charlie Schmid. The album, titled Salem's Wounds, will be out March 10 via Century Media, and the first single "Mother" is out now. It's a six-minute epic that's as weird as you'd expect the singer of Crisis to sound, as you can hear below. Tracklist below too, and that's the artwork above.
Gospel of the Witches are on board for Legacy of the Witch: A Slutist Feminist Festival with Azar Swan (who also include a member of Vaura) and more. Slutist writes:
Whether explicitly identifying as witches or weaving neo-pagan aesthetics into their work, all the women involved in the fest embrace the witch archetype in unique ways. It was a thread we couldn't deny, and so we decided to go with it. Historically, women were branded as witches to police their sexuality and diminish their power in the same way that men (and women) today use the s-word to single out and punish women who challenge the patriarchal status quo. We hope to bring these parallel discourses to light over the course of the night.Also on the lineup is Delphic Oracle, Chicava HoneyChild, The Reverend Mother Flash, Severely Mame, Minx Arcana and Pam Grossman. The fest happens March 29 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.
Azar Swan's second album recently came out, and you can listen to that HERE.
Stream the new Karyn Crisis song below...
by Bill Pearis
The vinyl version of And Blow Us a Kiss just came out and they're throwing a release party tonight (1/29) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. There will be a stripped-down performance, featuring Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Nothing Changes' Nikki Sneakers, and there will also be readings by Brandon Welchez, Anna C Cabanna, Kristen Korvette, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Chaz Rowaldo and Zachary Lipez. Plus, Crocodiles and others on DJ duty. It starts at 10 PM and is free.
Album stream below...
photo: Psalm Zero at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC experimental musician Charlie Looker (currently of Psalm Zero, formerly of Extra Life, Zs and others) is curating and performing at The Stone from January 13 to 18. As you'd probably expect, he's got a lot of cool collaborators lined up. The full schedule is below, but here's a few highlights:
The 10 PM show on 1/13 has Charlie playing with bassist Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, etc) and drummer Weasel Walter (Behold... The Arctopus, etc), who are also both joining Lydia Lunch at her Retrovirus show three days earlier. For that show they're promising "mangled non-songs drawing from no-wave, free jazz, and war metal, with this highly accomplished/demented rhythm section."
On 1/14, Charlie's playing with guitar great Mary Halvorson (who's also a Weasel Walter collaborator and recently opened for King Buzzo) at both the 8 PM and 10 PM shows, but the late show is especially exciting, bringing Krallice guitarist Mick Barr and former Battles guitarist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton into the fold.
On 1/15, Charlie plays the 8 PM show solo, and then brings his Psalm Zero bandmate Andrew Hock with him for the late show, as well as Jamie Saft (organ, electronics) and Merzbow/Venetian Snares collaborator Balazs Pandi (percussion).
On 1/16, the 10 PM show will have Charlie's Northern Spy-signed band Seaven Teares joined by two exciting guest vocalists, Caleb Burhans of Alarm Will Sound and Zohra Atash of Azar Swan.
On 1/17, Charlie and Andrew Hock are playing solo sets at the 8 PM show, and then joining forces for an acoustic Psalm Zero set at the 10 PM show. New songs are promised, and $15 gets you into both shows for that night.
Finally, the last night (1/18) the 8 PM show features an ensemble that includes Andrew Hock and many others, playing a brand new 45-minute long composition that Charlie wrote. Then the 10 PM show will have one of Charlie's other bands, Period, joined by legendary saxist Tim Berne, who's been active since the '70s and a collaborator of Nels Cline and many others.
Full schedule for Charlie Looker's residency and more info below...
Courtney Barnett @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Rhye @ Outside Lands 2013 (more by Paige K. Parsons)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Courtney Barnett, Kins @ Mercury Lounge
One of CMJ's breakouts last year, Australian charmer Courtney Barnett has now signed with Mom + Pop who will release her The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas in the US. Her two NYC shows -- this is the first -- are both sold out. Opening are fellow Aussies, Kins.
Widowspeak, Jessica Pratt, Porches @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
A rock-solid BKNB line-up tonight, with the dreamy sounds of Widowspeak, the bewitching folk of LA's Jessica Pratt, and one of NYC's best new bands, Porches.
Kanye West @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Kanye's Yeezus tour has been quite the spectacle, and it should impress even the biggest of the "hip hop sucks live" naysayers. He brought it to NYC for four shows in November, but if you missed it then or just need to see it again, he's in the surrounding area for a few dates this month, including tonight's Mohegan Sun Arena show.
Justin Timberlake @ MSG
Justin Timberlake does a lot of things, some of them great, some of them less great, but one of those things is that he makes some of the most forward-thinking mainstream pop around, and he'll fill MSG with that tonight. Rescheduled from this past Wednesday.
XXYYXX, Giraffage, Purple @ NYU E&L Auditorium
Orlando producer XXYYXX takes vocal samples of pop songs we're all pretty familiar with, but chops them up in a way that splits the line between future garage and something you can actually dance to. There's equally dancey support on this show too. Open to students and non-students.
Iron Chic, Chumped, Timeshares @ The Acheron
Iron Chic made a hell of a racket on last year's The Constant One, an album of shambolic Japandroids anthems meeting gravelly Hot Water Music punk rock. Get there early for poppy Brooklyn punks Chumped too.
Between the Buried and Me, Deafheaven, Intronaut, The Kindred @ The Paramount
If you don't mind making the trip to Long Island and seeing a bunch of proggy metal bands, this is another chance to catch Deafheaven's brilliant mix of shoegaze, post-rock and black metal in the NYC-area.
Into It. Over It., The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, LVL UP @ Bowery Ballroom
This is one of the more stacked emo tours in a while with the Owen-meets-Death Cab sounds of Into It. Over It., the multi-layered emo of TWIABP, and the mathy, danceable Minus the Bear-style rhythms of AGBPOL. Local fuzz rockers LVL UP open and they're worth catching too.
Yvette, Christines, Future Punx, Young Oprah Winfrey DJ set @ Glasslands
Rescheduled from the heart of the Polar Vortex: A exciting bill for those with post-punk proclivities: Yvette mine goth/industrial; Christines (new band from Andy of Woven Bones) skew shoegaze; and Future Punx will scratch your manic new wave itch.
Slothrust, Big Ups, Boy Toy @ Shea Stadium
Big Ups put out their debut record of caustic, noisy post-hardcore earlier this year, and if you like the sounds of anyone from Black Flag to Fugazi to Slint, you'll find something to dig here.
Dave Hill, Valley Lodge, Walter Schreifels, Jim Tews, Brad Steuernagel, Joey Pfeifer @ Union Hall
It's another edition of Dave Hill's variety show "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" that mixes rock and comedy. Guests include Walter Schreifels (Youth Of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand).
Rhye, Ricky Eat Acid @ Webster Hall
Rhye don't take their Sade-style smooth pop on the road that often, so any chance to catch them is one worth taking. This show is sold out.
The Attic Ends, Field Mouse, Chamber Band @ Knitting Factory
This is a benefit for Oxfam America...we're partial to Field Mouse who have become quite a good live band over the last year.
PUP, Appomattox, Spirit Of Danger @ Cameo Gallery
While some bands try to push punk rock forward, PUP revel in its simplicity and anthemicism. So it might not be new stuff, but it's super fun.
Suuns, Azar Swan, Bennio Qwerty, The Flag @ Death By Audio
Montreal band Suuns manage to sound sinister without resorting to eyeliner or black nail polish, and their live show is intense. Also on the bill: the more overtly goth Azar Swan and aggressive power trio Bennio Qwerty.
Caged Animals, Leverage Models, Candide, TOMBOY @ Baby's All Right
A night of more apparent pop, with the big-hearted Caged Animals, the '80s-ish New Pop sounds of Leverage Models, Candide's dancey beats and new Brooklyn duo TOMBOY (and not the Boston punky band of the same name). Check out a new Caged Animals video below.
Nude Beach, Marvin Berry and The New Sound, Hector's Pets, Liquor Store @ Union Pool
Get rowdy with four punky bands, headlined by the no-bs heartland sounds of Nude Beach.
Andrew Cedermark, Stephen Steinbrink, Jen Goma @ Cake Shop
A former member of Titus Andronicus, Andrew Cedermark makes laid-back rock that fits right in on Underwater Peoples (former home of Real Estate).
Rivers of Nihil, So Hideous, Black Crown Initiate, Torrential Downpour @ Saint Vitus
Pennsylvania death metallers Rivers of Nihil meet up with NYC atmospheric metallers So Hideous for a good double bill tonight at Saint VItus.
H.R. (Bad Brains), Dubb Agents, Rebelmatic, Radio Daze @ The Studio at Webster Hall
He fronts one of the most influential DC hardcore bands, but HR leans towards his rasta roots as a solo artist.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Wyatt Marshall
Prurient @ Saint Vitus - 1/24/14
Fans of Prurient may have been a bit curious over the past year or so about the future of Dominick Fernow's flagship. Fernow, the prolific noisemaker, seemed to be focusing his attention on other projects, and the more-accessible militant/religious/techno of Vatican Shadow was earning heaps of praise and reaching more ears than seemed likely when VS was being released on tapes in editions of 100 or less, landing him name-drops in publications that would keep Prurient at arm's length. It was reassuring, then, to see Prurient play a show with husband-and-wife pair Clay Rendering and dark electronic duo Azar Swan on Friday, one at which Prurient closed out his set with a deafening crescendo of noise and dark techno. In line with some of Prurient's slightly more accessible material of late in the vein of Bermuda Drain, the performance had a bit more structure to it than the walls of harsh noise and feedback that are still Prurient's live bread and butter. Pictures from the show are in this post.
It's good to see more action in the Prurient camp--Prurient just released a new seven-inch, Washed Against the Rocks, and you can stream a track on Pitchfork.
More pictures from Saint Vitus below...
Azar Swan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn goth pop duo Azar Swan are pretty much regulars in the local live scene, and as usual, they've got more coming up like tonight's (1/24) previously discussed Prurient show at Saint Vitus which also includes Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick Fernow of Prurient's Hospital Productions label) and DJ Becka Diamond. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
In the following month, they'll open the first of two Suuns shows in NYC, which happens on February 21 at Death by Audio. Suuns also play the next night at Shea Stadium (2/22) with Regal Degal. Tickets for DbA and Shea are on sale now.
In related news, Josh Strawn of Azar Swan recently started a new DJ night at Sage (299-301 Graham Ave) in Brooklyn called Material Source. In his words:
The idea was to take something like the Morrissey night at Sway but do it for various other artists I felt deserved such a night. I DJ and invite a musician friend who I know has a specific passion and/or expertise in that artist's catalog to DJ with me each time. For the first one I did Kate Bush with my bandmate Zohra from Azar Swan and it was a lot of fun, good turnout, etc. We don't play exclusively music by that artist, but the stuff that isn't by them is at least tangentially related for the most part.The next four nights are scheduled, including a Scott Walker night on 1/31 with Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero), Talk Talk on 2/7 with Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins on 2/28 with Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs), and David Sylvian on 3/7 with Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).
Stream some Azar Swan below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Prurient at Public Assembly in 2011(more by Tamaras Porras)
Noise (and increasingly techno) power-house Prurient will be playing a show with industrial electro pop duo Azar Swan, husband and wife post-industrialists Clay Rendering and DJ Becka Diamond in NYC at Saint Vitus on January 24, rolling in the new year in raucous fashion. If you've never seen Prurient live, pro tip: don't forget your earplugs. Tickets are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. Show flyer below.
At the moment it looks like a one-off for Prurient before he heads out as a support act on Godflesh's postponed but now rescheduled tour. He doesn't open the NYC date happening on 4/10 at Irving Plaza, American Sharks do. Tickets for the NYC date are still available.
Meanwhile, Clay Rendering just performed at Nothing Changes last week (12/11), and on that date Prurient provided a DJ set.
In other Prurient news, props are due for having one of the 100 best songs of the year, as determined by Pitchfork. He also just released a limited seven inch, Washed Against the Rocks, on Handmade Birds.
All Prurient, Azar Swan and Clay Rendering dates are listed, along with some streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Eraas @ Knitting Factor, October 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Eraas will return with their second album, Initiation, on November 12 via Felte. Heavy on rhythm and dark atmosphere, the record has a swampy netherworld vibe, a soundtrack for somewhere bad things happen and people like it. You can stream two tracks from Initiation below.
The band will play two NYC shows the week of the album's release, and both are with Italian post-punks Soviet Soviet. They play 285 Kent on November 14 with Xeno & Oaklander and Azar Swan (who also play the Pendu CMJ showcase); and then Saint Vitus on November 15. Advance tickets for 285 Kent are on sale now, and you can check Ticketfly for updates on Saint Vitus tickets.
Soviet Soviet are also readying a new album, Fate, which will be out the same week as the Eraas album. Stream a track from that below. The NYC dates are the only North American dates for Soviet Soviet at this time.
After the dates with Soviet Soviet, Eraas will be heading across the Atlantic for ATP UK's final fling and other European dates. All are listed, along with song streams, below.
Starred at The Paramount in July (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC goth label Pendu Sound has announced that it will do its CMJ showcase at Europa on October 17 this year. It's a lineup of all local duos, including Starred, Tempers, and Azar Swan (whose members were both in Religious to Damn). Tickets for the showcase on sale now.
Meanwhile, Tempers have other hometown shows coming up too, including a previously mentioned Union Pool (9/13) show with Xeno & Oaklander and Bootblacks (tickets); and another supporting Martin Rev (of Suicide) at his Glasslands (10/9) show with Infinity Shred (tickets). Stream their recent "Strange Harvest" single and their cover of Swans' "Killing For Company," below.
Meanwhile, Starred recently made a video for "LA Drugs" off 2012's Prison to Prison EP, and they had one of the standout tracks on this year's Sub Pop 1000 compilation. We recently caught them in Brooklyn and Long Island on their tour with Courtney Love.
All streams below...
by Fred Pessaro
Azar Swan will blow your mind with their remix of Ace Hood's "Bugatti." The track, which revisits the hip hop burner that featured Rick Ross and others, features vocalist Zohra Atash's vocals over the hi-hat saturated track, and its a fun fun ride. Stream that below, alongside the original. Hold on, did they just invent "trap goth"!?!?
Azar Swan, who recently released a new digital single, joined Bestial Mouths for a show at Glasslands on Monday (7/15). Look for Bestial Mouths to bless Nothing Changes at Home Sweet Home tonight (7/17) with Bootblacks.
Azar Swan have released the "In My Mouth" digital single, a two track effort out now via Pendu Sound. You can check out both tracks -- including b-side "Over," making its debut in this post -- which are streamable in this post.
Keep an ear out for either, or both, tracks when Azar Swan join Bestial Mouths (who have a new album) and Cthulu Fantasy at Glasslands on July 15. Tickets are son sale now. Bestial Mouths, meanwhile, will also join Bootblacks for a show at Nothing Changes on July 17.
Song streams below.
Bestial Mouths incoporate elements of EBM, industrial, and goth with vocals that have the the power and fragility of Siouxsie Sioux. The band is readying their new self-titled LP for release on June 25 from Clan Destine Records. Stream "Reunion" below for the first time.
Bestial Mouths have a few live dates planned for the near future, including a stop at Glasslands on July 15 with Azar Swan and Cthulu Fantasy, (tickets) and two days later as part of Nothing Changes on July 17. All tour dates are below.
In related news, Azar Swan recently posted a new track as well. Check out "In My Mouth" below.
by Fred Pessaro
Cut Hands, the latest venture from William Bennett of noise terrorists Whitehouse, begin a North American tour this week. The close-to-two-week stint will cherry-pick cities on the continent, hitting Chaos in Tejas along the way, but things kick off with a show in NYC at Public Assembly on Thursday (5/30). Believer/Law, Azar Swan and Horoscope get credited with the assist, and tickets are still available. The dates are in anticipation of Bennett's Madwoman LP due on Downwards "soon," though further details remain hazy.
Four days later, you can catch Believer/Law again in the same space, this time with Alberich, Winter Line, Belarisk and Temperature Within. Tickets are available at the door for this June 4 show at Public Assembly.
All Cut Hands dates are listed, along with a few song streams, below.
Krallice at Saint Vitus in April (more by Fred Pessaro)
Krallice will play an all-ages event at Public Assembly on July 14, joined by support from Vaura, Psalm Zero (mems Extra Life & Castevet) and MV Carbon. The show is the only Krallice show on deck, and the last show in the back room at Public Assembly until the fall due to upcoming renovatiosn. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Vaura will enter Colin Marston's studio to record the follow-up to their Selenelion LP. Look for that to surface this fall on Profound Lore.
Vaura frontman Josh Strawn has been busy with personal endeavors, Azar Swan and now another new project Vain Warr. The band, the name of which is derived from Milton's Paradise Lost, are preparing to release a pair of songs via Sacrement. Look for the Sanford Parker-mixed Deadline Season to see the light of day this summer.
Azar Swan isn't slouching either, readying a new single for Pendu's Single Series, and scheduling a local show as well, this time with LA goth-electronic band Bestial Mouths. Look for the pair to team up for a show at Glasslands on July 15. Tickets are on sale, and you can stream some Bestial Mouths material below.
Stream fromAzar Swan, Bestial Mouths and Vaura are below.
photos by Phil Maier
Xeno & Oaklander @ final WIERD, 2/27/2013
As discussed, WIERD has become Very Rare after the final night last Wednesday (2/28) featuring Xeno & Oaklander (read Josh Strawn's thoughts). We've now got a set of pictures from the WIERD's goodbye in this post.
Thankfully, the dark vibes will continue on Wednesdays at Home Sweet Home with the announcement of the appropriately named "Nothing Changes", a new party that will feature much of the same focus, musically. "Nothing Changes" kicks off with this week's FREE party (3/6) featuring Avana and Hi-Fi Hillary, with the rest of the month scheduled to feature Syb Vicious/Hi-Fi Hillary (3/13, FREE), Delphic Oracle + DJs (3/20, $5) and Azar Swan + DJs ($5, 3/27). Check out the flyer below alongside more pictures from the final WIERD (2/27).
by Joshua Strawn
Xeno & Oaklander last night at WIERD (instagram by daniellehoward)
You may know Josh Strawn through his work in current projects Azar Swan and Vaura but he was also an integral part of WIERD and, before that, a fan of the music. Strawn has played the weekly party with three separate projects (Vaura, Religious to Damn, Blacklist) over the years, so he was able to add some special insight about last night's final WIERD Wednesday event and it's place in the current NYC scene. Strawn's thoughts are below. - Fred Pessaro
photos by Amanda Hatfield
San Francisco's gothy shoegaze queen Tamaryn just got back from a European tour and was nice enough to stop in NYC before heading home to play a show last night (2/21) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Joining her were friends Azar Swan (who played a Tamaryn afterparty last year) and Milagres. Did you make it to this show? Both Tamaryn and Milagres say this was their last NYC show for a while. More pictures from MHOW below...
As mentioned, Azar Swan (formerly Religious to Damn) will open for Tamaryn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (2/21) and tickets are still available. The Brooklyn-based duo just released a new track, "Lusty," which is appropriately named, hot and sweaty with a clattering tribal beat that goes wonderously mental as it approaches the two-minute mark. You can stream it below.
Tamaryn @ Mercury Lounge, 11/9/2012 (more by PSqauared Photography)
Tamaryn was here not too long ago, playing Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory last month. She has just announced another NYC show, moving on up to Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 21 with support from Azar Swan who you may remember made their live debut at the afterparty for Tamaryn's Knit show. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday, December 19 at noon. It's the only North American date on Tamaryn's tour schedule right now, apart from an appearance at the 2013 Austin Psych Fest in April.
Tamaryn recently released a video for "The Garden" which from her very nice second album, Tender New Signs, and you can watch that below, as well as check out a list of all upcoming tour dates.
photos by PSquared Photography
Tamaryn @ Mercury Lounge 11/9/2012
Tamaryn played two area shows over the weekend, including a stop at Mercury Lounge on 11/9 with Young Prisms (who also played Glasslands) and a show the next night at Knitting Factory (11/10) with Starred and Alexis. The shows were part of a tour in celebration of Tamaryn's new LP, Tender New Signs, which is out now. Pictures from Tamaryn (we missed Young Prisms) from Mercury Lounge below, alongside video from Knitting Factory.
Later Saturday night, Tamaryn also stopped in to DJ her KF show's afterparty at The Flat which also featured the live debut of former Religious to Damn-ers Azar Swan. Check out video from Azar Swan's performance below.
by Bill Pearis
Zohra Atash and Josh Strawn have disbanded/retired Religious to Damn and have reconfigured their sonic matrix as Azar Swan which is a decidedly more electronic project while retaining that gothy vibe. Azar Swan have just released their first track to the world, "Amrika," and you can stream that below.
Azar Swan will be making their live debut at The Flat on November 10 which will also serve as the official afterparty for the Tamaryn/Starred show at Knitting Factory earlier that night. Tamaryn will DJ along with Silent Drape Runners. $5 gets you in the door and the party starts at 11 PM. Flyer for the show (designed by Weekend's Shaun Durkan) is below.