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photo: Ride at MHOW on Monday (more by PSquared)
Ride

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Ride, Ash @ Terminal 5
While lumped in with shoegaze, Ride were poppier than most bands of that era, and more of a psychedelic rock band than anything else. A great one, mind you, with an incredible rhythm section, and maybe sounding better than ever. It's good support tonight from Irish trio Ash whose faces were splashed across the NME around the same time.

Wire, Julian Lynch @ Bowery Ballroom
Art-punk greats Wire are like a shark, always moving forward, never the same twice but always themselves. This year's self-titled album is another terrific moment in a nearly 40-year career. They do play some oldies, too.

Refused, Creepoid @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Refused are planning on releasing their first album in 17 years this year. We haven't heard the whole thing yet, but from those two singles it sounds kinda... poppy? Could be interesting. Meanwhile, fans of the band's heavier stuff, like 1998's classic The Shape of Punk to Come should be treated to many favorites tonight. They've been playing a lot of that one on tour. Make sure to get there early for Philly shoegazers Creepoid.

Hutch and Kathy, Brian Bonz @ Mercury Lounge
Before they got louder in The Thermals, Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster made folky pop as Hutch and Kathy. Their 2002 eponymous album got its first-ever vinyl pressingforRecord Store Day 2015 and they're celebrating with a short tour.

Holly Herndon, GABI, Evan Caminiti @ The Wick
Holly Herndon's new album, Platform (her first for 4AD), is art pop in the truest sense of the word. She brings together a lot of very out-there sounds, yet it's strangely accessible from start to finish. Opening is the similarly-minded GABI, and Evan Caminiti of experimental duo Barn Owl.

Iron Reagan, Angel Du$t, Noisem @ Saint Vitus Bar
Two bands that do a lot of justice to '80s crossover thrash, Iron Reagan and Noisem, meet up at Saint Vitus tonight. Iron Reagan bring a sense of humor, while Noisem's approach is a little more personal and serious. The youth crew-inspired Angel Du$t round out the bill.

Governor's Ball After Dark Shows
It's the eve of Governors Ball, which means the GovBall late shows begin. TOnight there's four: funky duo Chromeo at The Apollo, garage rocker Benjamin Booker at Irving Plaza, dance duo Odesza at Rough Trade, and Gorgon City DJing Output.

Bobby Rush @ MetroTech Commons
This is the kickoff to BAM's annual R&B Festival which happens Thursdays at noon at Metrotech Commons. Today features blues vet Bobby Rush.

The Felice Brothers, The Barr Brothers @ Red Hook Park
This free show, part of SummerStage, features two acts who gently push the barriers of folk in new directions. Doors are at 6:30 PM and the concert's over at 9 PM.

Tyondai Braxton @ The Kitchen
Originally performed at the Guggenheim in 2013, Braxton's Hive1 is "part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods."

Dead Stars, Charly Bliss, Dances, Jangula @ Alphaville
Dead Stars are celebrating the release of their new single "Calm Punk" tonight. You can stream that song, which roars in a poppy '90s indie rock kind of way, below.

Big Eyes, Josh Berwanger Band, Flashlights, Desert Sharks @ Shea Stadium
Big Eyes make raw, melodic punk with a bit of a Muffs influence, but they're a lot heavier than a lot of bands who fit that description. Josh Berwanger, former co-lead singer of emo vets The Anniversary, makes this an excellent double bill.

Prawn, Caravela, Pinegrove, Side Saddle @ Knitting Factory
NJ's Prawn take on '90s-style emo with a sound that's a bit Kinsella and a bit Appleseed Cast-y post rock.

Aloke, Big Ups @ Baby's All Right
If you don't remember Aloke, they were the mid 2000s NYC rock band of Christian Zucconi, who since got much more famous with his band Grouplove (whose early single "Colours" was a reworking of an Aloke song). Aloke returned with a new Steve Albini-produced 3-song EP last month, and tonight they play Baby's with a newer NYC rock band, Big Ups.

Max's Kansas City 50th Anniversary @ Bowery Electric
It's night 1 of the 4-night Max's 50 celebration. Tonight includes an all-star Jayne County tribute, Jahn Xavier & the Bowerytones, The Sick F*cks, Ruby & the Rednecks, The Magic Tramps, Zecca and The Black Cats NYC, with MC Jimi Lalumia and DJ Mojo, and cameos by Miachael Alago and Yvonne Sewal.

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

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photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).

A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).

But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...

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Hopscotch

Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photo: Mikal Cronin @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Mikal Cronin, William Tyler @ Bowery Ballroom
Mikal Cronin just released his most ambitious album yet, the string-laden MCIII whose second side is a concept suite. At the core, though, is his impressive pop smarts and songwriting. Help him celebrate tonight with his ace band.

Florence and the Machine, Empress Of @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Music Hall of Williamsburg is just full of surprises lately, Blur last week and now Florence + the Machine show (an intimate venue for her) presented by Governors Ball. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM today.

Todd Rundgren @ Highline Ballroom
Pop chameleon and certified eccentric Todd Rundgren plays two shows at Highline this week, with a mininal backing of Dâm-Funk and two backup singers. Will you see the light?

Laura Cantrell @ Union Hall
Singer, songwriter and former WFMU DJ Laura Cantrell is playing Union Hall every Tuesday in May. The "Springtime Songbook" residency promises "country and folk music for urbanites."

Hop Along, Crying, Thin Lips @ Rough Trade
Hop Along have been gradually been gaining a strong following since 2012's great Get Disowned, and the just-released Painted Shut (their first for Saddle Creek) totally lives up to all the hype its earned. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on their tour in support of it. Opening is another hard-hitting Philly indie rock band Thin Lips, and the chiptune/Rush lovers Crying.

Elder, Kings Destroy, Apostle of Solitude, Clamfight @ Saint Vitus
Traditional-style doomers Elder don't reinvent the wheel on their new album, Lore, but they do it so well that it doesn't matter if a little influence is showing. Tonight they're joined by another group of retro riffers, Kings Destroy, Indiana's Apostle of Solitude (ex-Gates of Slumber), and Philly's sludgy Clamfight.

Oddisee, Wati Heru, Salomon Faye @ Knitting Factory
DC rapper/producer Oddisse has been crazy prolific for years now, and just returned with his new jazz/soul-indebted album, The Good Fight.

Flagland, Washer, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Thelonius Junk @ Shea Stadium
Local band Big Ups make a very convincing blend of Fugazi/Slint-style post-hardcore, and their live show is really where it's at. Tonight's also the release party for the new Flagland/Washer split 7".

Weeknight, Courtship Ritual, Aircrafting @ Union Pool
For those who like it dark and moody, this show is a good bet with the lonely highway synthrock of Weeknight and Courtship Ritual's sultry slink.

Communion Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
Communion Records holds their monthly show at Rockwood tonight, happening across all stages, and featuring sets from former Walkmen member Peter Matthew Bauer, the Canadian heartland rock of Arkells, plus Nick Mulvey, Nothing But Thieves, The Walking Sticks, Ryan Hobler, Lost Lander, Mainland, VHS Collection, Michael Daves, Sarah Jaffe, Lewis Lane, The Bros. Landreth, and Albatross Albatross.

Radiolab Live @ BAM
BAM's weeklong RadioLoveFest is back, celebrating the art of audio broadcasting. Things kick off tonight with a live taping of popular science show Radiolab.

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

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photo: Fat White Family at Baby's in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Fat White Family, Sun Club, Roya @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
UK band Fat White Family are back entertaining/scaring audiences with their dark-hued brand of scuzz-rock. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite the antics (and, according to The NY Post, the smell). If you're up for post-show mischief, head to nearby Passenger Bar for the afterparty.

Four Tet b2b Floating Points @ Output
IDM mastermind Four Tet and jazzy UK bass producer Floating Points are teaming up to DJ Output together tonight. No opener, so they're going all night long.

Yonatan Gat, Tonstartsbandht, Pill, Sunflower Bean @ Aviv
Onetime Monotonix member Yonatan Gat smudges the line between performer and audience -- as long as you're prepared to be an active participant, his shows are a lot of fun. He headlines this particularly solid bill that also features Montreal noisniks Tonstartsbandht, sax-fueled skrokers Pill, and the ubiquitous Sunflower Bean. If you've been meaning to check out new DIY spot Aviv, this would be a good one to go to.

Six Organs of Admittance, Elisa Ambrogio @ Baby's All Right
Ben Chasny's long-running experimental rock project Six Organs of Admittance remains prolific and released its newest album, Hexadic, earlier this year via Drag City. Making the night a great double bill, support comes from his labelmate and past collaborator Elisa Ambrogio (of noise band Magik Markers), who put out a very not-noisy solo album last year.

The Muscadettes, Raccoon Fighter, Dances, Will Sheff (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Montreal's shouty duo The Muscadettes are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Like early B-52's or Fuzzbox, they're in the same vein. Free midnight show. In the front room Will Sheff of Okkervil River will be DJing.

Empress Of, Patrick Wimberly (DJ Set), Dev Hynes (DJ Set), Lee Bannon (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight has Dev Hynes on DJ duty so who knows what may happen.

Blockhead, Mono/Poly, Ellie Herring, DJ Ryan Rasheed of Prefuse 73 @ Good Room
In addition to producing a large amount of Aesop Rock's material, Blockhead has had a lengthy solo career putting out instrumental hip hop on Ninja Tune. He's in solo mode tonight.

Dragons of Zynth, Valley Lodge, Danny Fingers and The Thumbs @ Rough Trade
Long-running NYC art-rock band Dragons of Zynth (who were on hiatus for a while) headline tonight. This bill also features Dave Hill's band Valley Lodge whose song "Go" is the theme song for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

As Friends Rust, UnWed, Pagan Girls @ Saint Vitus
As Friends Rust came out of the same late '90s Gainesville punk scene as bands like Hot Water Music, and after being gone for a while, tonight they play their first NYC show in 7 years. Also on the bill is UnWed, who count Hot Water Music bassist Jason Black as a member.

Kool A.D., Lakutis, TECLA, Kassa @ Santos Party House
Heems has been an especially active solo artist lately, but he's not the only Das Racist member keeping at it. Kool AD, who last released Word O.K. last year, plays a hometown solo show tonight with Lakutis and more.

Big Ups, EULA, Painted Zeros, Charly Bliss @ Silent Barn
Local post-hardcore band Big Ups are somewhere between Fugazi and Slint, and having a very animated frontman doesn't hurt them any, either. Right before them it's EULA, who recall the NYC noise rock scene of the 1980s (and worked with producer Martin Bisi from that scene on their newest record).

Lord Huron, Hamilton Leithauser @ Terminal 5
Folk rocker Lord Huron headlines the night, and if you're going to this show we recommend showing up for The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser.

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt @ Capitol Theatre
Get your dose of quality Americana tonight with these two country-folk greats.

Ben Folds, yMusic @ Town Hall
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play this sold-out show.

Mark Ronson (DJ Set), Blu Jemz @ Verboten
He's responsible for the song you can't avoid short of gouging your eardrums out...producer, gad-about, and "Uptown Funk" creator Mark Ronson spins records tonight.

The English Beat, The Skints, Easy Star Allstars @ Paramount
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too (and maybe even "She's Having a Baby"), you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."

Dave Harrington Group, Diamond Terrifier (DJ( @ Cameo Gallery
Darkside is no more (or at least on hiatus), but both members are staying active on their own, and tonight Dave Harrington performs a live improvised score to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."

'Salad Days' screening @ Nitehawk Cinema
The 'Salad Days' documentary chronicles the 1980s DC punk scene, which birthed Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Void, Faith, and so many more now-legendary bands. It's screened in NYC before, and does again tonight.

Phantom Posse, Pope Coke, Moon Bounce, Blood Moon @ Palisades
Quickly-rising rapper iLoveMakonnen just played two sold-out NYC shows this week and he has tonight off before continuing his tour in DC tomorrow. It looks like maybe, just maybe, he'll show up at this small show with Phantom Posse, the musical collective that frequently counts him as a member.

Andy Hull, Dustin Kensrue, Tanner Merritt @ Bell House
It's the second of two NYC shows for Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull, and the last one had Brand New's Jesse Lacey and Kevin Devine show up to sing with him. Will any guests come out tonight? Dustin Kensrue (frontman of the reunited Thrice) co-headlines.

Heaven, New Myths, Midnight Plus One, Gold Lake, Wrong Dots @ Pianos
Local shoegazers Heaven and slinky/sleek New Myths headline this bill of quality local acts.

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

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Perfect Pussy

The annual FREE WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College (presented by the school's radio station) happens TODAY (4/25) with noise-punks Perfect Pussy, dance producer Dubbel Dutch, post-hardcore band Big Ups, ambient musician Thug Entrancer and more.

Like in past years, it's totally free, all ages, and open to the public. Show goes from 1-8 PM. Full lineup and more info below...

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Tickets for the Neil Young show at Jones Beach Theatre with Puss 'N' Boots go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Van Morrison show at Forest Hills Stadium go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Bone Thugs-N-Harmony play 1995's E. 1999 Eternal in full at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Social Distortion show at Stone Pony Summerstage go on sale today at 10 AM.

RSVP is open for the free Against Me! show at McCarren Park during Northside Festival.

RSVP is open for the free The Very Best / Heems show at McCarren Park during Northside Festival.

Tickets for what's looking like Nuclear Assault's final NYC show, at Gramercy Theatre with Murphy's Law and Whiplash, are on sale now.

Krill, Big Ups, Warehouse, and Downies are playing Palisades on May 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Krill also play a free River Rocks show with We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Small Wonder, Washer, Haybaby, and Mykil Love are playing Knitting Factory on June 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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.

photo: Perfect Pussy at Baby's - 4/4/15 (via @bannedinjc)
Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy wrapped up their tour over the weekend in Brooklyn with a two-night stand at Baby's All Right. The shows were presented by the band and singer Meredith Graves' new label Honor Press, and featured Sick Feeling, Meat Wave and Mannequin Pussy on night 1 (4/3); and Honor Press signees So Stressed, plus Wreck & Reference and Laced on night 2 (4/4). Perfect Pussy's Captured Tracks labelmate Mac DeMarco was in attendance on night 2, as you can see in the instagrams from the shows, below.

Perfect Pussy's next Brooklyn show is a free one, happening May 23 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. They'll be joined by a handful of other local punk bands, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Nine of Swords and Nonsense.

That show is part of a Time Out Live-curated weekend, which includes another punk show at BKNB the day earlier (5/22) with Priests, Greys, Skating Polly and Done.

Perfect Pussy and Mac DeMarco instagrams below...

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photo: Torche at Gramercy Theatre in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Torche

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Torche, Nothing, Wrong @ Saint Vitus
This bill is pretty amazing all around, with "stoner pop" band Torche, whose new album is their heaviest in a while and most psychedelic yet, plus heavy shoegazers Nothing and Miami's WRong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa).

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Hank's Saloon
The JSBX released their cracking new album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 this week and are celebrating by playing shows in every borough. Tonight brings them to downtown Brooklyn's tiny Hank's Saloon which, if you've been there, you know is gonna be a wild, wild show. You had to buy the new album at Turntable Lab to get guaranteed admission tonight. Still, go early.

Neil Diamond @ Barclays Center
Brooklyn native, songwriting legend, and master showman, Neil Diamond is one-of-a-kind who will be pulling out all the stops and putting on the hits tonight at Barclays.

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Invisible Familiars, Sam Cohen @ Rough Trade
Jack Ladder makes synth pop and has a voice that's gained more than a few deserved comparisons to Nick Cave. He and his very eccentric band (Kirin J Callinan included) are a sight to see, and his funny stage banter is worth showing up for too. Openers are good too: Cibo Matto/GOASTT collaborator Invisible Familiars and former Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen.

Big Ups, Kissing Fractures, Swings, BBC America @ Aviv
Local Fugazi/Slint-esque post-hardcore crushers Big Ups headline this show, and they're joined by Brooklyn's folky Kissing Fractures, DC's Swings, and Ohio's BBC America.

Suboi, Sandunes, Hashback Hashish @ Baby's All Right
Vietnamese rapper Suboi made quite the impression at our SXSW party, where the crowd who came out for her was super appreciative and Suboi definitely knew how to get the onlookers in the back more involved too.

Cancer Bats, Exalt, No Way @ Cake Shop
Canada's Cancer Bats make ripping hardcore with a little stoner rock riffage thrown in too. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on this tour.

Shakey Graves, Nikki Lane @ Irving Plaza
Austin folk singer keeps getting bigger and bigger, and if you've seen him live it's not hard to see why. Tonight's his first of two NYC shows on this tour.

Max Richter, American Contemporary Music Ensemble @ Le Poisson Rouge
Grammy-nominated contemporary composer Max Richter is in NYC revisiting some of his older albums/pieces this week. Tonight, his second show at LPR, features a selection from his albums Memoryhouse and Songs from Before.

Tobias Jesso Jr., Okay Kaya @ Mercury Lounge
Canadian singer-songwriter TJJ recalls the early-'70s days of Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and John Lennon on his new album, Goon. This is his first of two sold-out NYC shows.

Morne, Trenchgrinder, Sangharsha @ The Acheron
Boston crust-sludgesters Morne put out a live album earlier this month, but there's still nothing like their actual live show, which you can experience tonight. Good openers too.

Anoraak (live), Plastic Plates, Joakim (DJ set) @ Verboten
If you dug the Drive soundtrack, you'll probably dig Anoraak, who associate with Drive contributors Electric Youth and College.

Demdike Stare, RROSE @ West Park Church
Forward-thinking electronic musicians Demdike Stare and Rrose come together for this show. Demdike Stare will be performing a score to Benjamin Christensen's film "Haxan," and Rrose will be performing James Tenney's solo gong piece "Having Never Written a Note for Percussion." The church is at 165 W 86 St.

Capsize, Young Graves, XpassageX @ Coco 66
San Deigo's Capsize are one of the newer bands on Equal Vision, but they hearken back to the label's early '00s days with bands like Converge and Give Up the Ghost.

Marc Ribot, Emeline Michel @ Greenwich House Music School
Guitar legend Marc Ribot teems with Haitian singer Emeline Michel tonight to pay tribute to Haitian classical guitar icon Frantz Casseus.

Told Slant, Free Cake For Every Creature, Florist, Trace Mountains @ Shea Stadium
Tonight Shea hosts a good showcase with a handful of local DIY bands, including The Epoch's Told Slant and Florist, twee folk singer Free Cake For Every Creature, and the LVL UP-related Trace Mountains.

Deborah Harry @ Cafe Carlyle
Blondie singer Deborah Harry continues her residency at Upper East side cabaret supper club Cafe Carlyle tonight. It runs through April 4.

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

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by Andrew Sacher

Outer Spaces

Outer Spaces, the current band of Cara Beth Satalino (ex-Witches), are currently on a tour that wraps up this weekend, hitting Brooklyn tonight and Boston on Saturday.

Tonight's Brooklyn show is at Palisades (3/13) with SoftSpot, Brooklyn indie rockers Giant Peach, and new Big Ups side project Thelonius Junk. That show's $7 at the door.

Outer Spaces' most recent release is the Garbage Beach EP, which came out on Salinas Records this past October, following last year's Creature of Nature EP and "I Was Divided" single. The new EP features Ben Salie from Pinecones on drums, and Cara's past collaborator (and Dan Deacon and Future Islands producer) Chester Endersby Gwazda on bass and keys. Like her past work (or Waxahatchee, Hop Along, Cayetana, etc) it mixes folk, pop, indie rock and punk into its own little subgenre, and probably the best example of this is the standout closing track, "Gun Song." With just an acoustic guitar and Cara's voice, that song could sound like right out of the mid-2000s folk revival, but instead she gives it an arrangement that sounds more fit for sweaty DIY shows than campfire singalongs.

Stream the EP in full below...

Continue reading "Outer Spaces on tour, playing Brooklyn tonight with Big Ups-related Thelonius Junk (dates & 'Garbage Beach' EP stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Sick Feeling at BV-RBSS show at Palisades in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
Sick Feeling

Last week came the unfortunate news that Ireland's Girl Band had to cancel their NYC shows (visa issues), including the one happening Wednesday (1/14) at Baby's All Right with Big Ups. On the bright side, Big Ups will instead be joined by another great band, NYC hardcore rippers Sick Feeling, as well as Flagland and Downies. Tickets are still available. It's the only upcoming date at the moment for both Big Ups and Sick Feeling.

Sick Feeling are a week away from releasing their debut album, Suburban Myth, due 1/20 on Geoff Rickly's Collect Records. You've already heard the immensely heavy lead single "Liberal Arts," and since we last spoke the band released two more equally crushing songs, "Gave Back (Suburban Myth Part 1)" and "The Americans." Check them out below.

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photos by Mimi Hong

"Went to my first "show" in 85 I think. I have never seen adoration like the crowd and @TheFrontBottoms right now." - Craig Finn

The Front Bottoms poppin' champagne / TFB & friends / Tiny Moving Parts' crowd
The Front Bottoms (featuring Tiny Moving Parts, Kevin Devine, and You Blew It!)
The Front Bottoms (featuring Tiny Moving Parts, Kevin Devine, and You Blew It!)
Tiny Moving Parts

The Front Bottoms and BrooklynVegan teamed up once again for the holidays this year, this time to present the Champagne Jam at all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday (12/21). TFB headlined the sold-out show in the Grand Ballroom, and their set in that room was prefaced by Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and magician Magic Mike. Over in the Marlin Room, The So So Glos and Big Ups repped NYC punk, while GDP brought the alt-rap, and comedian Chris Gethard was there bringing jokes to a punk rock show (like last year). In the Studio, mathy emo was provided by Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, and still even more artists played throughout the day. Brand New singer Jesse Lacey was in attendance, though not to perform with his frequent collaborator Kevin Devine. You Blew It! weren't billed, but members were attendance to perform with their past tourmates The Front Bottoms and their other past tourmates Prawn. Tiny Moving Parts and Kevin Devine joined TFB on stage during their set too. Pictures of the show are in this post.

The Hold Steady and The So So Glos will continue the holiday celebrations with Music Hall of Williamsburg shows on 12/30 and New Year's Eve. Both were sold out, but tickets for NYE are back on sale.

More pictures and some videos below...

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Girl Band

UPDATE: Girl Band have had to cancel their shows due to problems with U.S. immigration.

Dublin Ireland quartet Girl Band (all-guys, for the record) have been making a racket since 2011 and have released a handful of 7" singles so far, most recently "De Bom Bom" which came out back in September. That song, like a lot of what they do, hits hard with noisy, loud guitars and shouted vocals in the fine punk tradition of McLusky or The Fall. (Or, the shouty punks of your choosing.) Girl Band have just signed with Rough Trade and the fruits of that should bear out in 2015.
Bill wrote the above about Girl Band recently, and since then they were announced for this year's Burgerama. Now they've added more US dates happening sooner than that -- a run of three NYC shows in January. The first happens January 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Ups, which is a very cool pairing. Then they play January 15 at Elvis Guesthouse (a new space?) and January 17 at Palisades with Slim Twig, his past tourmate U.S. Girls, and Bottoms. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now. More info on the other two shows TBA.

All Girl Band dates are listed, with a stream of a recent single, below...

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Les Savy Fav were the "super secret headliner" at the eighth to last Death by Audio show on Saturday (11/15) that was already stacked with great local openers who have all frequented the venue -- Yvette, Big Ups and Ovlov -- handpicked by the headliners themselves. Doors opened at 8, and even a half hour beforehand the line outside was down the block. Once they opened it moved pretty quickly though, and we heard it sold out during or right after Ovlov's opening set.

Ovlov brought their usual enjoyable set of Dinosaur Jr-isms, and (as you can see pictured below), they also brought their friend and former Exploding In Sound labelmate Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz to sing guest vocals on their last song. That was the second appearance Sadie made during DbA's final run, having played with Speedy Ortiz earlier that week.

Big Ups, another band in the EIS family, followed, pulling from the same era of American indie as Ovlov but from Dischord/Touch & Go style post-hardcore rather than the latter's SST love. They were great, and as always their singer was a thrill to watch.

Yvette were the most intense band of the night, playing in white light and powering through their industrial/noise-infected jams. The whole thing was a total sensory overload. They don't usually say much during their sets, but took the time to say thank you to a list of names associated with the closing venue.

Then came the night's secret headliner (though not a secret anymore at that point), Les Savy Fav who haven't played a show in a while. Before they went on, Syd Butler (who just ran the NYC Marathon!) said his dad was at the show, at which point Tim entered the stage dressed as a graying old man. That was only one of Tim's costumes for the night. He also appeared as a superhero not long after, and of course was shirtless for much of it. As you'd expect from a LSF show at DbA, the place was nuts for them the whole time. (It felt less overpacked than Ty Segall the night before, however.) The whole front half of the room was just a sea of bodies jumping up and down and pushed in every direction. Tim was everywhere himself too, whether he was running to the back of the crowd and back to the stage, crowdsurfing, popping back into the green room, unwinding the Christmas lights over the entrance door, or headed upstairs. Here's hoping that was not the beginning and end of Les Savy Fav's return, though we know they don't all live in the same city anymore, and Syd is especially busy with other projects (like running Frenchkiss Records and being a member of the Late Night band which LSF's Seth is also in).

If you were there, or at any of these other final shows, have you checked out the "Death by Art" exhibition they have set up? The whole thing is pretty nuts and a lot of it is interactive. In addition to the art on display, make sure to check out those little rooms in the back -- different surprises in every one! There's also a net to hang out on, and a bar in the back, which as you can see in the pictures below features Death By Audio co-founder/APTBS frontman Oliver Ackermann as bartender.

Merch for sale includes special "Goodbye Death By Audio" t-shirts, posters from previous nights, and the poster for that night which in this case was designed by Tim Harrington. it's pictured below.

Lea Savy Fav at Death by Audio

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Death by Audio now has only FIVE NIGHTS LEFT. Future Punx, Priests, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash and B-Boys played last night, and Fiasco headlined the night before that (which was one night after Les Savy Fav). The rest are all top secret.

Other bigger artists who played final DbA shows include Parquet Courts, Deerhoof, Woods, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood, venue co-founders and residents A Place to Bury Strangers, Ty Segall, and Dan Deacon.

More pictures and some video from the Saturday night show, below...

Continue reading "Les Savy Fav "surprised" Death by Audio w/ Yvette, Big Ups, Ovlov & Sadie of Speedy Ortiz on Saturday (pics, video, etc)"

by Bill Pearis

Yvette in an auto garage
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Yvette are a finely tuned postpunk engine whose industrial-strength noise already sounds like it was created in a machine shop. So it seems fitting they'd play in a auto garage amongst a bunch of classic Mustangs. Thus is the case for the latest in Into The Woods' latest 'Homesick' session which Yvette took part in while in Boise, ID for the Treefort Music Festival. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

Back in Brooklyn, Yvette have played Death by Audio nearly 20 times in their existence, including two record release shows. They'll play DbA one last time on November 15 with Big Ups, Ovlov and a "super secret headliner" that the Yvette haven't even been told about yet. (At least that's what they told us.) Any guesses?

If you're going to this show (or any of the other final DbA shows) be sure to head next door for the Death by Art installation which opened last night (11/6) and is genuinely awesome.

Yvette also play with Shamir and Mister Small at Baby's All Right on November 20 (tickets). If you haven't heard Yvette's 2013 album, Process, you can stream a few track, along with the "Absolutes" video, below...

Continue reading "Yvette share new live video (watch), playing one of DbA's final shows w/ Big Ups, Ovlov and "super secret guest""

Speedy Ortiz @ Mercury Lounge - 11/2/14 (via Marc Viloria)
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The killer double bill that is the Speedy Ortiz / Ex Hex tour rolled through NYC over the weekend hitting Glasslands on Saturday (11/1) with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/2) with Big Ups. Speedy headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. Did you catch either one? How were they?

The tour wraps up in Durham, NC on Friday (11/7) and after that, Speedy will return to NYC to play one of the final Death by Audio shows on November 11 with Hunters, Palehound and Bong Wish (ex-Fat Creeps). That's a pretty solid lineup, and $10 at the door gets you in. Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Speedy singer Sadie Dupuis is one of the artists contributing to the new Keep In Touch (KIT) 7" subscription series which also includes Cloud Nothings (who just announced a Chicago show), Mutual Benefit, Big Ups, Into It. Over It., Girlpool, TOPS, The So So Glos, Ava Luna, Ricky Eat Acid, Playlounge, "and a few surprises." It's a year-long subscription and the idea is "each month you'll receive a 7" x 7" postcard with a record pressed directly into a full color image curated by that month's artist." You can subscribe here.

List of dates and a live video from this past SXSW below...

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Cloud Nothings at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
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Perfume Genius in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Cloud Nothings, Tyvek @ Irving Plaza
Cloud Nothings returned with another excellent album this year, Here and Nowhere Else, which like 2012's Attack on Memory continued to push their indie rock further into post-hardcore territories. Their shows are always great too (partially thanks to their maniacal drummer) and Tyvek's opening set should be a good fit.

Perfume Genius, Matteah Baim @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While Perfume Genius has always been great, he takes a huge leap forward on his new record Too Bright, crossing over into previously unchartered sonic territory as far as his earlier albums were concerned.

Fleetwood Mac @ MSG
With Christine McVie back in the band for the first time since the late '90s, this is the Fleetwood Mac most people want to see. Expect the return of songs like "Songbird" and "You Make Loving Fun" to the setlist.

James Murphy (DJ set), Pete Tong (DJ set) @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Part of NY Super Week, coffemaker James Murphy and famed UK DJ Pete Tong will trade sets after a conversation with Endgame: The Calling author James Frey.

Big K.R.I.T., Two-9 @ Highline Ballroom
The buzz may have died down a bit for Big K.R.I.T., but just in terms of rhymes he's still one of the best there is in the newer-school rap scene. Two-9 have been seeming pretty promising too.

Xeno & Oaklander @ The Kitchen
The 'Synth Nights' series at The Kitchen continues tonight with moody synth duo Xeno & Oaklander who will play "an all-analogue synth set accompanied by a projection of new Super 8 films by Liz Wendelbo."

"Debut" w/ Julianna Barwick, Porcelain Raft, more @ Knockdown Center
Sleep No More performer Emily Terndrup and La Blogotheque director Derrick Belcham are premiering their new project "Debut" tonight, and will put on the show tomorrow and Thursday as well. "Debut" merges "independent music, contemporary dance theater and large-scale art installations." The music was written and will be performed by a very impressive cast of Julianna Barwick, Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft), Ruby Kato Attwood and John Ancheta (Yamantaka // Sonic Titan), David Moore (Bing & Ruth), Jessie Stein (The Luyas), Hannah Epperson, Taraka Larson (Prince Rama) and Reed Smidebush (Muuny).

Gardens & Villa, Alex G, Grand Resort @ Bowery Ballroom
The once-buzzy Gardens & Villa team with the currently-buzzy Alex G tonight for this show which also includes Brooklyn indie poppers Grand Resort, so it's a pretty cool bill all around.

DJ Quik @ SOB's
Hip hop veteran DJ Quik has been at it for over two decades, and his most recent album, 2011's The Book of David, proved he's still going strong. He finally follows that album with The Midnight Life next week and tonight he plays a release show for it.

Matthewdavid, Cities Aviv, Trabajo, The Lark Kidder Band @ Death by Audio
Brainfeeder associate Matthewdavid goes in a hip hop/R&B direction on his new album, so teaming up with local rap weirdo Cities Aviv should be a good fit tonight.

Prince Rama, Puro Instinct, Leverage Models @ Glasslands
This is a cool bill with psych freaks Prince Rama, Puro Instinct whose dream pop heads in a bit of dancier direction on their new single, and Shannon from Stars Like Fleas' current band Leverage Models.

Vulture Shit, Big Ups, Flagland, Lost Boy?, Washer @ Palisades
Pretty much every band on this bill is a quality example of the punkier side of Brooklyn indie rock. If you only catch one band on this show tonight though, we especially recommend the Fugazi/Slint blend of Big Ups.

The Bangles @ City Winery
While some associate The Bangles with the silly but fun "Walk Like an Egyptian" and shmaltzy "Eternal Flame," the band got their start -- when they were just called The Bangs (as in Lester) -- as part of LA's early-'80s Paisley Underground scene that spawned Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and The Three O'Clock.

The People's Temple, The Mystery Lights, Mirror Queen @ Acheron
Lansing, MI band The People's Temple released Musical Garden earlier this year, which is arguably their best offering to date, mixing their established garage-psych influences with solid musicianship and a very solid batch of songs. There is no shortage of this sort of stuff out there, but these guys do it better than most. Tonight they headline Acheron ahead of their show this week at Santos with Bass Drum of Death.

Jackson Browne @ Beacon Theatre
An icon of the '70s California boomer singer-songwriter style, Jackson Browne released his 14th album, Standing in the Breach, this week. But expect lots of hits -- like "Running on Empty" and "The Pretender" -- as well as new songs.

Seth Herzog's SWEET @ The Slipper Room
Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, Seth Herzog's SWEET gets back to business as usual: being one of the most consistent comedy shows in the city.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Julian Casablancas @ Shea Stadium (via thedirtygrand)
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Blood Orange @ Shea Stadium (via noahisawesome)
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As predicted, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas played a secret show with his new band The Voidz at cozy Brooklyn DIY joint Shea Stadium tonight (9/22). They were billed as "Rawk Hawks", and played after "Naranja Bausch" who ended up being Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange who played new songs (Naranja is Spanish for Orange). Big Ups, not a secret at all, opened the Monday night show.

Did you get in? Julian's friend and labelmate Har Mar Superstar did. How was the show?

Julian tours bigger venues in October.

UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

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NJ's folk/pop/punks The Front Bottoms are teaming up with BrooklynVegan yet again to celebrate the holidays this year. Last year, it was a small show at Shea, but this year it's gonna be a much bigger affair called the Champagne Jam which takes over all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday, December 21. The Front Bottoms are playing the Grand Ballroom with Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and magician Magic Mike. In The Marlin Room it's two NYC punk bands, The So So Glos and Big Ups, two alt-leaning rappers, Kitty and GDP, novelty rockers Baby Baby and Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard. And in The Studio it's electronic musician Emperor X, two mathy emo bands, Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, CT indie rockers The Guru, and Girl Spells, the new project of Adrianne Gold of Philly indie popsters Catnaps.

Tickets, which get you into all three rooms, go on sale Friday (9/26) at 10 AM. There's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Tuesday (9/23) at 10 AM and a Front Bottoms fan club presale starting Wednesday (9/24) at 10 AM. Check back here tomorrow morning for the BV presale password. The show's all ages (under 16 must be accompanied by a parent).

UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Check out a few videos from some of the artists playing, below...

Continue reading "Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, A MAGICIAN, So So Glos & many more playing Webster Hall! (BV Presents... the Champagne Jam!)"

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Brooklyn's Big Ups, who headlined local DIY venue Shea Stadium earlier this month (9/4), will return to the venue on Monday, September 22 as an opener for "Naranja Bausch" from Brooklyn and headliners "Rawk Hawks" from New York, NY. There don't actually appear to be bands called "Rawk Hawk" from New York or "Naranja Bausch" from Brooklyn, but Rawk Hawks was one of the fake song titles from the leaked tracklist for Julian Casablancas + The Voidz's new album which comes out this week (9/23). Cult Records, the label Julian owns, favorited Shea's tweet advertising the show, and Big Ups retweeted this person saying, "Seeing @wearebigups on Monday w/ @cultrecords at @sheastadiumbk" (Cult favorited that one too). Hmmm...

We're not sure who "Naranja Bausch" is (Mr. Twin Sister? Cerebral Ballzy? Har Mar Superstar?). Any ideas? Most Shea shows don't have advance tickets, but tickets are on sale now for this one.

Julian and the Voidz leave for tour in October and that includes a NYC show with Shabazz Palaces on 11/25 at Hammerstein (tickets).

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Joanna Gruesome / Big Ups @ South Street Seaport - 8/29/14
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After Joanna Gruesome's tour with Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and The Love of Everything hit Shea Stadium on 8/26 (pics), they made their way back to NYC for a free show at the South Street Seaport on Friday (8/29), the final Seaport Music Festival show of the summer. (Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth were in Asbury Park that night.) Opening this one was NYC's Big Ups, who look and sound right out of the '90s with influences that don't go too far beyond that era's Dischord and Touch & Go bands, and a wild frontman who does the sound justice.

Joanna Gruesome's set, though it was on a much higher stage for a much more spread out crowd than their Shea set a few days earlier, was just as enjoyable in this environment as it was in that one. And really for both bands the crowds were about as good as they could be at a place like the South Street Seaport: crowded in right up to the front of the barrier.

More pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Joanna Gruesome and Big Ups played the final Seaport show of the summer (pics)"

J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...

Continue reading "NYC 2014 Labor Day Weekend events (Fool's Gold Day Off, Joanna Gruesome, Single Mothers, Summer Thunder, more)"

Perfect Pussy at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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We already knew Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy will be touring together this month, and in the fall they'll put out a split 7" together too, via Slumberland/Captured Tracks/Fortuna Pop. The songs on the split include a cover and an original from each band, with Joanna Gruesome taking on emo/screamo veterans I Hate Myself's "...And Keep Reaching for Those Stars" and Perfect Pussy doing "Leash Called Love" by Bjork's old band The Sugarcubes. You can stream PP's take on The Sugarbabes and JG's original, "Psykick Espionage," below. The split also comes with a cartoon made by Perfect Pussy guitarist Ray McAndrew's brother Phil, who's also a MAD contributor. "The heroine in McAndrew's comic is a 'split' between Joanna Gruesome front woman Alanna McArdle and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, who battles misogynists, online trolls and haters everywhere." Check out a gif of the cartoon below as well.

The Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy tour, which also includes Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything, hits NYC on August 26 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for this stacked show in a tiny venue are still available. Joanna Gruesome also play a free NYC show at South Street Seaport (8/29) three days later with Big Ups. That same day, Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth play an Asbury Park show at Asbury Lanes.

Potty Mouth have other tour dates coming up after that, including a run with Aye Nako that brings them back to NYC on September 3 at Cake Shop. All of their dates are listed below.

Aye Nako also open the Glasslands (11/1) stop of the Ex Hex and Speedy Ortiz tour (tickets), and Big Ups open the Mercury Lounge (11/2) stop (tickets).

In addition to the Joanna Gruesome and Speedy/Ex Hex shows, Big Ups have other local shows coming up, including one with the reunited Fiasco, Heeney and Turbosleaze at Shea Stadium on September 4; and another opening the Studio at Webster Hall (10/16) stop of Dope Body's tour (one of three NYC shows for Dope Body). Tickets for the Dope Body show are still available.

All lists of dates, and the streams from the Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy split, below...

Continue reading "Joanna Gruesome & Perfect Pussy releasing a split (streams); Potty Mouth touring w/ Aye Nako; Big Ups add dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Ex Hex at MoMA Nights in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Ex Hex, the current band of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), will release their much-anticipated debut LP Rips on October 7 via Merge. After revealing "Don't Wanna Lose" and "Hot and Cold," they're now back with a third LP cut, "Beast." Ex Hex has been shaping up to be the most glammy punk of Mary's projects and "Beast" is no exception. It's a real rock n roller that's definitely got a few hints of Johnny Thunders/New York Dolls in there. Check it out below.

As discussed, Ex Hex's tour with Speedy Ortiz hits NYC on November 1 at Glasslands with Aye Nako and November 2 at Mercury Lounge. Since we last spoke, Big Ups (who also open for Joanna Gruesome at the Seaport soon) were added to the Merc show. Tickets for Glasslands and Mercury Lounge are still available.

Continue reading "Ex Hex release "Beast" from LP; Big Ups added to their Merc show w/ Speedy Ortiz"

by Bill Pearis

Courtship Ritual

Monica Salazar and Jared Olmsted are both from California but they met and formed Courtship Ritual here in Brooklyn. They describe themselves thusly:

Courtship Ritual are not a chillwave group, they are not a witch house group, they don't play EDM music and they don't play dubstep. Courtship Ritual are an original Post-Pop group of 2014, and their ditties are short, succinct and every one a potential swan song.
What do they sound like then? The most prominent components to these ears are Salazar's voice and Olmstead's liquid bass, giving Courtship Ritual a dark, mossy vibe. There's a little David J in there, maybe some early Eno or Japan, and they would make good openers for someone like Dum Dum Girls. The band's debut album, Pith, is out this week (7/22) on GODMODE (Shamir, Yvette). You can stream the whole album below.

Courtship Ritual have a couple NYC shows coming up. They play Palisades on July 31 with EULA, Pile, and Big Ups, and then they'll be back at Palisades on August 13 with Fasano, The Flag and Imperial Topaz.

Album stream and show flyers below...

Continue reading "Courtship Ritual releasing debut album on GODMODE, playing shows (dates, streams)"

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