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Bonnaroo

After the lineup leak that happened last week, the official 2016 Bonnaroo lineup has been announced, featuring Pearl Jam, Dead & Co, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Ween, Haim, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams, Father John Misty, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/22) at noon.

Full 2016 Bonnaroo lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

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HBO's ambitious new series Vinyl, created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Sopranos producer Terrence Winter, debuts on February 14. With the '70s rock n' roll music biz at the heart of the show, it should be no surprise that it's filled with songs from the era. Randall Poster, who works on all of Wes Anderson's films, is the music supervisor (along with Meghan Currier) for Vinyl and the show has a whopping $1 million music budget per episode.

They will be aggressively pushing the soundtrack, too, as Vinyl: Music From the HBO Original Series - Volume 1 comes out two days before the show airs (2/12) via Atlantic/Warner Brothers. It's comprised entirely of songs from the first episode, including "Sugar Daddy" by Sturgill Simpson which is the series' theme song. The soundtrack also includes a song by Nasty Bits, the fictitious proto-punk band in the film that's led by Jagger's son, James, with other members played by Brooklyn band Beach Fossils. There are also lots of period songs, by the likes of Otis Redding, Mott the Hoople, Edgar Winter, Foghat, and David Johansen (who is played by Saint Rich's Christian Peslak in the show) rerecorded New York Dolls songs "Personality Crisis" and "Stranded in the Jungle" just for the show. Tracklist is below.

That's not all. The Friday before every new episode, Vinyl will release a digital EP featuring songs from the upcoming episode. And the Friday before the season finale, they'll physically release a second volume of the Vinyl soundtrack. Upcoming episodes will feature original songs/recordings from Charlie Wilson, Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell, Julian Casablancas, Charli Xcx, Nate Ruess, Jess Glynne, Trey Songz, The Arcs, Royal Blood and more.

Watch the latest Vinyl trailer, which focuses on Nasty Bits, below...

Continue reading "HBO's 'Vinyl' soundtrack features Sturgill Simpson, Iggy Pop, David Johansen, Julian Casablancas, The Arcs & more"

Bonnaroo

Last night, the Bonnaroo 2016 lineup briefly leaked on the Bonnaroo app (part of it at least), and it was quickly taken down but not before someone could grab it put it on Reddit. A commenter suggests it's just the first wave, and the artists listed as headliners -- (Grateful) Dead & Co., LCD Soundsystem and Pearl Jam -- are just speculated headliners. (The poster also has misspellings like "Fidler.") The rest is listed in alphabetical order, and includes Big Grams, Blood Orange, Bully, Clutch, Death Cab for Cutie, Dungen, Father John Misty, Jason Isbell, Kamasi Washingotn, Kurt Vile, Lamb of God, Leon Bridges, M83, Mavis Staples, Miguel, Purity Ring, Shamir, Tame Impala, Vince Staples, Waxahatchee, Ween and more.

The lineup will officially be announced on Tuesday, January 19 on an episode of Conan, airing at 11 PM EST on TBS. The fest happens June 9-12 this year in its usual home of Manchester, TN. It's the festival's 15th anniversary, and in honor of that they're introducing some new improvements:

For the first time, Great State Park, home of Bonnaroo, will now feature its own permanent water line, allowing for the installation of more than 400 permanent toilets (38% of the total toilets onsite will be flushable), hundreds of permanent shower stalls (35% of the total shower stalls onsite), and a large number of water filling stations newly installed throughout the site.
More improvements for the 2017 festival are being planned too.

Tickets go on sale January 22 at noon EST.

photos by Mimi Hong

Parquet Courts / Woods & Kurt Vile / Beach Fossils @ Webster Hall 12/2/2015
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary

We already posted a review and set of pictures from Ground Control Touring's big 15th Anniversary bash at Webster Hall on Wednesday (12/2) and now here is a second set. Check out pics from Woods' set with Kurt Vile and Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage, plus Parquet Courts, Beach Fossils, Porches, Frankie Cosmos and more. We posted more Kurt Vile pics here. They continue below...

Continue reading "more pics from Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary: Woods, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, Beach Fossils & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts & Lee Ranaldo / Rainer Maria & Meredith Graves / Kurt Vile & Kim Gordon / Waxahatche & Mac McCaughan / Titus' Patrick Stickles
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary

None of the acts on any of Webster Hall's three stages last night (12/2) asked if anyone actually knows what Ground Control Touring is, but their name was on the marquee and many of them thanked them. I guess for those not in the biz it doesn't really matter when in one night you get to see Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Parquet Courts, Deer Tick, Rainer Maria, Screaming Females and more.The booking agency, who usually do their magic only behind the scenes, handles tours for many of indie rock's biggest names and was celebrating 15 years in business. The main ballroom was already packed when Hop Along kicked off the night and things stayed that way.

Very few of last night's acts played what you'd call a normal set, instead opting for fun collaborations and covers. Waxahatchee brought out Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour to cover The Clean's "Getting Older." Kurt Vile, with Violators guitarist Rob Laasko, played two songs before bringing out Kim Gordon, former Violater Steve Gunn (who'd just played a great solo set in the Marlin Room) and Woods' Jarvis Taveniere for a cover of Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray."

Kurt Vile would later turn up at Woods' set in the Marlin Room to cover Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Woods also had Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage out for two Neil Young covers" "Barstool Blues" and "Powderfinger." Parquet Courts' performance in the Marlin Room, meanwhile, basically had them as Lee Ranaldo's backing band, performing Sonic Youth's "Mote" and "Eric's Trip." (For those who already thought that Parquet Courts' Austin Brown looks like Thurston Moore, this underlined it.) That was the whole set. But cool. It was that kind of night.

Elsewhere at Webster Hall: Rainer Maria had Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves onstage for "Tinfoil" ("Rainer Maria are my favorite band", Meredith said to the crowd); Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles played solo to a sardine-packed Studio; and Perfect Pussy finished off the night with a typical crazed energy, and Meredith Graves writhing on the floor. They played a new song. Superchunk, meanwhile, just did what they always do: knocked out the hits with an energy most bands half their age can't muster. Tonight's sold-out Superchunk show at Baby's should be a treat.

Deer Tick can sell out Webster Hall on their own, but were added last minute to a show full of big names after it was already sold out, so that surely contributed to them closing out the main room to a less than full crowd, but it was a special treat for their fans that were there, and John McCauley and his seasoned band still gave it their all. Catch them again twice this month at Brooklyn Bowl.

As the night progressed there was overlap, and with navigating Webster Hall's stairs (fine going up, slower going down) and set times which weren't always adhered to so closely, meant missing some acts. (Sorry Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz and Felice Brothers) But it was a fun, unique night even if don't know what the hell Ground Control Touring is. More pictures from the whole night (our photographers actually did catch everyone), plus some videos of those special collaborations/covers (with more on the way), below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Deer Tick, Waxahatchee, Parquet Courts, Sonic Youth members & more celebrated & collaborated @ Ground Control 15 (pics, video)"

photo: Deer Tick at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Deer Tick

The Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary show at NYC's Webster Hall happens this Wednesday (12/2) with "short sets, collaborations, covers and surprises" from a very impressive lineup. That lineup now also includes Deer Tick, and other artists that were added since we last spoke are Screaming Females, Lee Ranaldo, Perfect Pussy and Woods.

Those additions join the initial lineup of Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches and Frankie Cosmos. (Conor Oberst dropped off.)

The show is totally sold out, but we're giving away tickets. Head below to enter our contest to win a pair. Also, if you're a Jukely member, they still have some tickets available too.

Also below is the flyer with set times...

Continue reading "Deer Tick added to GCT 15 show, set times revealed; Win tix to the sold out show (or get them on Jukely) "

photo: Superchunk at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Superchunk

Booking agency Ground Control Touring turns 15 this year, and they'll be celebrating that anniversary with a seriously stacked NYC show on December 2 at Webster Hall.

The show will take over all three rooms, and include Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches, Frankie Cosmos and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (10/22) at 10 AM (password = GCT15).

You can catch Parquet Courts, Hop Along and Torres at other upcoming NYC shows too. Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee and Titus Andronicus just played.

Webster Hall show flyer below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Titus Andronicus, Rainer Maria, Torres, Hop Along & more playing Ground Control 15"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Jakob Danger's dad at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Dana Distortion)
Jakob Danger

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has not one but two sons following his footsteps and making music, and they're both signed to garage rock powerhouse Burger Records. His youngest, the 17-year old Jakob Danger (real name, no gimmicks), just inked a deal with the label for his debut EP. Unlike say, Sean Lennon though, Jakob sounds like he's trying to distance himself from his dad's music. No California pop punk for young Armstrong -- he wants his NYC indie rock. "My two favorite bands are The Strokes and Beach Fossils - those are my two biggest influences," he tells NME. If he does sound like his dad, "then it's probably just because I'm his son," he adds. If you wanna hear for yourself, a few tracks are below.

Jakob's older brother Joey drums in the band SWMRS (aka Swimmers), who have been around for a few years but joined Burger more recently. Their latest single is an ode to Miley Cyrus called "Miley" where they proclaim, "Miley you're a punk rock queen." Maybe her collaborators The Flaming Lips, Laura Jane Grace or Joan Jett would agree. We know Noisey's Dan Ozzi would. You can check the "Miley" video out below.

photo: Wavves in Chicago in September (more by James Richards IV)
Wavves

SWMRS recently wrapped up a West Coast tour supporting Wavves, whose new album sounds a whole lot more like it wants to be Green Day than either of Billie Joe's kids do. Wavves are on the East Coast as we speak, having hit NYC on Saturday (10/2) at Saint Vitus and Tuesday (10/6) at Irving Plaza. We didn't catch either of those shows unfortunately (did you?), but we did just catch them with Twin Peaks in Chicago. Check out pictures.

In more related news, California duo The Garden will release their new album Haha this week (10/9) on both Burger and Epitaph Records, making them not only on Burger but also on the same label that's released albums by The Offspring, Weezer, and more bands that the new Wavves album sounds like. The Garden are more a post-punk band though, not like the stuff Jakob Danger's been listening to, but in a snarky, shouty, and sometimes electro-tinged way. You can watch three videos and stream two other tracks from that album below.

Something that's not on Burger but that the label must be wishing they had is the 20th anniversary vinyl reissue of the Angus soundtrack, due out on November 3. Given that they signed Billie Joe Armstrong's kids, a Weezer side project and The Muffs, you'd think they might want the album that was home to beloved Green Day and Weezer b-sides "J.A.R." and "You Gave Your Love To Me Softy," respectively, and The Muffs. (Not to mention Ash, the Smoking Popes, Love Spit Love, Goo Goo Dolls when they were punk and more.) To some people, like music writer and Freshkills/Publicist UK member Zachary Lipez, it's -- along with the Clueless soundtrack which got its first-ever vinyl release earlier this year -- definitive pop punk.

As for the actual Green Day, they have a documentary on the making of American Idiot coming out, in case you wanted to know more about that album.

Continue reading ""My two favorite bands are The Strokes & Beach Fossils" says Billie Joe Armstrong's son who is signed to Burger Records"

by Bill Pearis

Bruce Smear

When not playing guitar in Beach Fossils, Tommy Davidson makes electronic dance music under the name Bruce Smear. He cites Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Art of Noise, and Cornelius as influences and you can hear elements of those things in new single "Pick & Roll" which is on his Chlorine EP, which originally came out via Driftless and now is being reissued to wax later this year on Orange Milk Records. We've got the premiere of that track's video which was directed by Anton Tammi and features two crabs pitted against a scorpion and a fork. Shot like a (very warped) Revlon ad from the late '90s, it's mesmerizing, oddly funny and matches extremely well with the hyperactive track. (Also, no crabs or scorpions were hurt in the making of this video.) Watch it below.

Bruce Smear will be playing a "Pick & Roll" release party at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on Thursday (6/25) with his CNB Dance Team and the show also features Total Freedom, Cities Aviv, Pleasure Centers, and "Secret Special Guests." It's a late show (doors are at 11:30 PM) and tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Beach Fossils guitarist releasing electronic EP as Bruce Smear (watch a video), playing Baby's w/ Cities Aviv & more"

Mineral Girls

The current Charlotte, NC indie rock scene seems pretty interconnected, with the Tiny Engines-signed It Looks Sad, who share members with Alright, who share members with Late Bloomer. Another band who rolls with that same scene is Mineral Girls, which includes Brett Green and Vince D'Ambrosio who were both founding members of It Looks Sad but have since left to focus on this band. Mineral Girls have an upcoming hometown show with Alright, and that's a few days after they play Charlotte's Reverb Fest with Beach Fossils, Elvis Depressedly, Jackson Scott and more.

The band then goes on a short tour, hitting NYC on June 2 at Bowery Electric with Cicada Radio and The Cartwheelers. No ticket info yet. All dates (some of which are still TBA) are listed below.

The hometown show with Alright is a release show for Mineral Girls' upcoming album, Cozy Body, which comes out May 19 via Self Aware Records (pre-order), and Feels Alright is putting it out on cassette. New single "Nvr Ur GF" is lo-fi/slacker DIY pop that should fit in well on a fest with Beach Fossils and Elvis Depressedly. That song premieres below.

Continue reading "Mineral Girls touring (dates & "Nvr Ur GF" song stream)"

by Bill Pearis

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North Carolina's Jackson Scott will release his second album, Sunshine Redux, on April 28 via Bloodmoss. In the same sonic universe as Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin (or Tame Impala), he's got a swirling psych sound that's equal parts chunky riffs and big pop hooks. "Ripe for Love," which makes its premiere in this post, is one of the dreamier songs on the album that also shows off Jackson's clever/quirky production techniques. Stream it, and a couple other songs off Sunshine Redux, below.

Jackson's only upcoming show is at Charlotte, North Carolina's Reverb Fest on May 16 with Beach Fossils, Elvis Depressedly, Yardwork, the mineral girls, aggrocragg, Family Bike and SHELL.

Continue reading "Jackson Scott releasing 'Sunshine Redux' (stream three songs)"

by Bill Pearis

jerry paper

Brooklyn's Jerry Paper (aka Lucas Nathan) could almost have come straight of the Tim & Eric screen: defiantly weird, part hotel lounge act/Harry Nilsson/Brian Wilson with a little laptop R&B, and yet oddly appealing. (So Ariel Pink-ish? Kinda but not really.) His new album, Carousel, just came out today (3/31) via Bayonet and you can check out the strange album trailer and an Rdio stream of the whole album, below.

Jerry will be celebrating Carousel's released on Wednesday (4/1) at Silent Barn with Helado Negro, Trabajo, and Macula Dog. If you've never seen Jerry live, well, like his records, it's a little different. Tickets are on sale.

Jerry will also play the Bayonet Records Northside showcase at Rough Trade on June 12 with Frankie Cosmos, Warehouse and headliners Beach Fossils. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon.

Video and streams below...

Continue reading "Jerry Paper celebrating new LP 'Carousel' at Silent Barn, playing Northside w/ Beach Fossils, Frankie Cosmos & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Girlpool
Girlpool

After the sold-out Porches / Frankie Cosmos show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (2/6), an official afterparty went down at soon-to-be-open-to-the-public East Village bar Elvis Guesthouse, which was having its soft opening that night. It's located downstairs at 85 Ave A (location of the old Arrow Bar) and run by the people at Baby's All Right. Colorful, though dark, the new bar was designed by Isaac Nichols.

There's no stage, but the opening night had a set by Girlpool who were set up in the back of the bar where the place widens out a bit. Considering the size of the venue, it's not really the kind of place where more than 50 or so people can see the band at once, but it's a good spot for a late-night, semi-secret show, which the Girlpool show was and which they plan to do more of.

After Girlpool, Katie Garcia and Dustin Payseur (of Beach Fossils and Frankie Cosmos' label Bayonet Records) were DJing and had everyone dancing. It's definitely a good place for that. At one point everyone was singing Happy Birthday to Dustin. The scene wasn't too different from the front bar at Baby's and they plan to keep the DJ booking very similar (not to mention the occasional show). It should be a cool spot to end your night if you just went to a show in Manhattan (or if you live there).

Oh, and the bar has a legend associated with it...

On August 16, 1977, the morning after Elvis Presley theoretically met his end on the toilet in Graceland, a chubby man in a white linen suit and an ill-fitting blonde wig bought a one way ticket from Memphis to Istanbul. He paid in cash and used the name John Burrows.

Once he arrived in Turkey, he bounced around the hippie trail, hitchhiking from Tehran to Peshawar, Kabul to Lahore, Delhi to Goa, Kathmandu to Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Instead of staying in the finest hotels, where he would have certainly been noticed, he bunked in guesthouses, small lodgings run by local families and foreign Heads.

In 1979, political changes in the Middle East put an end to the hippie trail. John had grown tired of his nomadic lifestyle and settled on the outskirts of Kathmandu, where he opened a small bar inspired by his years spent in guesthouses. He named it ELVIS GUESTHOUSE.

After the place had been open for a year, John disappeared one day. A gin soaked journalist claimed to have spotted him on the beach in Occupied Cambodia, and others said that he had made his way into the ethnic minority areas of Southwest China. Eventually, the building was demolished to make way for a shopping mall. But a few photos of the bar survived, and we have created its exact replica here.

Girlpool will hit the road soon with Waxahatchee.

More pictures of the bar and the Girlpool show below...

Continue reading "Elvis Guesthouse bar opening on Avenue A -- same owner as Baby's; Girlpool played a secret set after Porches at Bowery"

Burgerama

Man, Burger Records is really feeling the Angus Soundtrack '90s kids lately. First they signed The Muffs and now they've booked Weezer for their fourth Burgerama festival happening March 28-29 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. And that's not their only kinda-crazy booking this year. They've also got Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the current version of Gang of Four, and of course plenty of awesome more expected names like Ty Segall, Black Lips, J Mascis, Ariel Pink, Roky Erickson, King Khan & BBQ Show, FIDLAR, White Fence, together PANGEA, The Queers, The Coathangers, Shannon and the Clams, JEFF the Brotherhood, La Luz, Girl Band and still plenty more as you can see in the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (12/12).

Continue reading "Weezer, Bone Thugs, Gang of Four, J Mascis, Ty Segall, Black Lips, Ariel Pink & more playing Burgerama Four (lineup)"

Bayonet Records logo
Bayonet

Beach Fossils frontman Dustin Payseur and his wife (and former Captured Tracks label manager) Katie Garcia have just launched a new label, Bayonet Records. The Fader talked to Garcia and Payseur about Bayonet:

Since he was young, Payseur's dreamed about running a label. "I found these cassettes from when I was a kid, where I was recording me screaming 'Fuck' into the mic over a drum machine, and I'd put like fake record label names and logos on them," he said. Garcia feels similarly: "I always knew growing up I wanted to work in music," she told FADER. "Once Dustin started talking to me about how he wanted to seriously pursue [the label], it became the natural progression for me to help him manage it, since that's something I already knew how to do."
Beach Fossils will be a part of Bayonet roster, as will Payseur's other band, Laced. The label will also reissue Warehouse's debut, Tesseract, on March 3, the same day as cassettes/digital releases by Red Sea and Flouride. The first vinyl LP to be released by Bayonet will be Jerry Paper's Carousel on March 31.

The rest of the label's lineup includes Frankie Cosmos, Divorce Money and Freelove Fenner. You may have seen Warehouse and Laced play together in NYC back in July.

Beach Fossils, Laced and Jerry Paper are playing one of the final Glasslands shows on 12/17 with PC Worship.

Watch an "Introducing Bayonet Records video and stream a track off Warehouse's Tesseract, below...

Continue reading "Dustin from Beach Fossils starts label, signs Frankie Cosmos, Warehouse, Jerry Paper and more"

Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Peter

Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:

TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).

The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).

Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).

Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).

Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).

Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).

There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Bass Drum of Death play December 28 with Mitski (who plays Knitting Factory before that), Sundelles and LUSHES (tickets).

Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.

Dave Harrington holiday party info below...

Continue reading "Peter Silberman, Widowspeak, BDOD, Beach Fossils, Suckers, DOM, Beverly, TEEN, more playing final Glasslands shows"

Beach Fossils @ Baby's All Right 9/26/2014 (photo by @the_hideous)
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EMILY MCDERMOTT: So what are you working on at the moment?

DUSTIN PAYSEUR: I've been writing a new Beach Fossils album with the whole band, which is the first time we've all written together. A lot of the time we're not actually writing--we're just making horrible nu-metal jams--but we've also made a lot of progress. I get really bad writer's block when I'm stuck in my own head for too long, so working with everybody has been nice. I also have a project called Glass Bricks with my friend Rene, and it's inspired by industrial music, but more future-based instead of throwback. Then there's this sludgy noise band, Divorce Money, and another band, Laced, that's like punk music, but more slowed down and melodic. And I'm starting a record label with my wife! There's been a lot of shit going on, [but] working on everything helps me focus. If I only have one thing, it drives me completely insane. - [Interview]

Beach Fossils just wrapped up their tour with Heavenly Beat and Axxa/Abraxas, which kicked off with two sold-out nights at Baby's All Right. The band will play NYC again during CMJ at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, October 23 with Small Black, as well as Wardell and Fiance. The show, which is also the launch party for FLOOD magazine, is free if you RSVP now. At the door, tickets will be $12. CMJ badges will be accepted too.

The only other upcoming show on Beach Fossils' schedule is Washington, DC's Rock N Roll Hotel on November 7.

Axxa/Abraxas
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Three bands from Captured Tracks' roster -- Beach Fossils, Heavenly Beat and Axxa/Abraxas -- will be hitting the road together this fall. The tour kicks off with two nights at NYC's Baby's All Right on September 26 & 27. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Axxa/Abraxas (aka Atlanta musician Ben Asbury) released his debut this year, and both Beach Fossils and Heavenly Beat (which is former BF bassist John Peña) are working on new records currently.

Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur's other band Laced (which also includes Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau) play Baby's on Wednesday (7/16) with Warehouse and Bueno. Tickets for that show are still available.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Beach Fossils touring with Heavenly Beat and Axxa/Abraxas, playing two nights at Baby's All Right (dates)"

weed

Vancouver sludge rockers Weed released their debut album, Deserve, last year via Couple Skate Records and they're currently over in the US continuing to support it on tour. The tour brings them to NYC for two shows this week, including Shea Stadium on Wednesday (4/16) with Tonstartssbandht, Laced and Nandas, and the next day they open the Baby's All Right (4/17) stop of the Coathangers / Audacity tour. Ex-Humans are on the Baby's show too, and tickets for that one are still available. All Weed dates are listed below.

For Laced, the Shea show will be their first-ever live gig. The brand new band features Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur, Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau (also of Warthog) and former Cairo booker/Couple Skate Records owner Ian Kim Judd. They're not to be confused with the UK band of the same name, who Shea's site actually links linked to in the show listing. No music from them yet, but stay tuned. (Also yes, this does mean you can see "Laced with Weed" at Shea this week.)

All dates are listed, with a stream of Weed's LP, below...

Continue reading "Weed touring, playing NYC shows w/ Audacity + Coathangers & Laced, new band ft. Beach Fossils/Nude Beach mems (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Axxa/Abraxas

Georgia resident Ben Asbury is just 23 but has been into music for a long time ("I got into punk in the third grade" claims his press release) and now records under the guise Axxa/Abraxas. The band's self-titled debut came out this week (3/4) on Captured Tracks. It was made with Jarvis Taveniere from Woods, and you can definitely hear some of his band in Axxa/Abraxas -- the folky psych-pop and occasional falsetto vocals. It's a nice mellow listen, and you can stream the whole thing (via SPIN) below.

As mentioned briefly, Axxa/Abraxas will be playing Captured Tracks' Northside Festival showcase on June 13 at Warsaw with Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Juan Wauters, and Donovan Blanc. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today (3/6). They'll play NYC before that, though, at Baby's All Right on March 21. No openers have been announced yet but tickets are on sale.

All Axxa/Abraxas dates are listed, along with streams, below...

Continue reading "Axxa/Abraxas released debut LP, playing shows, including Captured Tracks Northside showcase (dates, LP stream)"

Lykke Li at Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Lykke Li

As mentioned, Lykke Li is releasing a new album and going on a tour this year which brings her to NYC on May 15 at The Apollo Theatre. Tickets for that show go on BrooklynVegan presale today (3/6) at 10 AM. Password: "LYKKEBV."

Tickets for the Titus Andronicus and Eagulls Northside Festival show at Warsaw go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Captured Tracks Northside showcase at Warsaw (6/13) with Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Axxa/Abraxas, Juan Wauters, Donovan Blanc and a Wild Nothing DJ set go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the early screening of the Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere at Barclays Center go on sale today at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Titus Andronicus at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Titus

The 2014 Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15, and the initial lineup was just announced. It includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, a co-bill with Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, Beach Fossils, Omar Souleyman, Dan Croll, Mas Ysa, Luke Temple, Craft Spells, Juan Wauters, Big Ups, Low Fat Getting High, Vulture Shit and more. As usual, there will be two big free shows in McCarren Park on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Lineups for those shows, other specifics on the Northside schedule, and many more artists TBA. Badges are on sale now.

The film portion runs from June 16-19 and more details on that are here.

Full initial music lineup below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Slayer

Walkmen
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More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

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Tickets to see Weezer at The Paramount go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Waxahatchee, All Dogs and Cayetana at Glasslands go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for their Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (11/1).

Tickets to see Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits) on the acoustic holiday tour with Saves The Day and Jon Simmons (of Balance & Composure) at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see John Grant at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see California X, Perfect Pussy, Flagland and Blessed State at Shea Stadium are on sale now.

Tickets to see Caveman at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

High Highs are playing Cameo Gallery on November 21. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Beach Fossils are playing 285 Kent on November 22. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Reverend Horton Heat is playing Iridium on January 27 (early and late) with the Les Paul Trio after his show at Irving Plaza. Tickets to all three shows are available.

Tickets to see Kings of Leon at MSG are currently on AmEx presale, and go on Livenation/Mobile App presale starting Thursday (10/31) at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Kurt Vile in Austin in August (more by Glen Brown)

Kurt Vile's had a great year, having released the excellent Wakin On A Pretty Daze, which we're sure to see on a couple year-end lists in the next few months. But before the year ends, that album will get the deluxe treatment. Like he did for 2011's Smoke Ring For My Halo, KV will be releasing a new EP -- titled it's a big world out there (and i am scared) -- and in addition to releasing it on its own, he'll package it as the bonus disc with the deluxe edition of the album. That edition is called Deluxe Daze (Post Haze), and both that album and the EP on its own will be out on November 19 via Matador.

The new EP features two new songs, "Feel My Pain" and "The Ghost of Freddie Roach," in addition to new versions of some of the Pretty Daze tracks. Check out the full tracklist and the album artwork for the EP and the deluxe album (both designed by Steve Powers [ESPO]) below. Also below is a stream of a mixtape Kurt made of songs that influenced the record called "KV Mixtape." A letter he wrote about the tape begins:

here is a "mix-tape" that i had been sort-of-conceiving for some time before i actually made it. i would say i made it mainly to pump myself up. and then my bandmates, extended bandmates, producer, etc... but also to get all my friends that were involved (at least subliminally) on my wave-length when i needed it most...
Read the rest of the letter at his website.

Deluxe Daze isn't the only thing Kurt is getting on shelves before the year comes to a close. He also recently announced that he'd be releasing a collaborative EP with Sore Eros (aka Robert Robinson, who was once in Kurt's band, The Violators). That EP is called Jamaica Plain and it's due out on November 4 via Care in the Community Recordings. You can check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Kurt's been touring for months, and he'll return to NYC to headline a previously discussed show on October 25 at Terminal 5 with post-Sonic Youth band Lee Ranaldo & the Dust (who also have a new album on the way) and Beach Fossils. Tickets for the T5 show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Udpdated tour dates are listed, along with the contest details, and info on those new releases, below...

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