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Micachu & the Shapes @ LPR 9/12/2015
Micachu & The Shapes

London's Micachu & the Shapes began their short North American tour over the weekend with a few NYC shows, playing a surprise Fashion Week afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse on Thursday (9/10), and then shows at Alphaville in Friday (9/11) and Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (9/12). Their new album, Good Sad Happy Bad, which came out on Friday, was born out of loose rehearsal jams and, to be honest, that's kind of what it still sounded like at the Alphaville show. It could've been my unfamiliarity with the record or the live sound, but the set -- almost entirely new material -- was sludgy and loose. We've got pictures from the next night at Le Poisson Rouge, where Micachu played with Blues Control, in this post. Anyone go to the LPR show?

If you haven't checked out Good Sad Happy Bad, you can stream it via Rdio, below. Micachu & the Shapes play Pop Montreal this week and will be back in North America for more shows in November. Dates are listed, along with more pics from LPR, below...

Continue reading "Micachu & the Shapes celebrated new LP w/ three NYC shows (pics from Le Poisson Rouge w/ Blues Control)"

photo: Braid at MHOW in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)

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

Gigawatts Festival @ The Wick, The Well & Our Wicked Lady
It's the third and final day of Brooklyn's Gigawatts Festival, and it's wrapping up with a band. Between the stages at The Wick & The Well, there will be sets from emo veterans Braid, indie pop/punks Swearin' and Chumped, jangly alt-rockers Cheap Girls, anthemic rippers Beach Slang, and more. A third stage at nearby venue Our Wicked Lady hosts more experimental music, like Guerilla Toss and Guardian Alien.

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
Titus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. Night 3 of their sold-out 5-night run at Shea Stadium.

The English Beat @ City Winery
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."

Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Sworn In, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Code Orange Kids, Feed Her To the Sharks, Kissing Candice @ Jones Beach
It's the second of two NYC-area stops of this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour, which makes a step up from last year's co-headliners (Korn and Avenged Sevenfold) by bringing in two legends: thrash pioneers Slayer and the theatrical King Diamond. It's worth catching the younger hardcore-leaning Code Orange too.

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
Rock and pop superstars U2 are now halfway through their eight-show run at Madison Square Garden. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

They Might Be Giants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Longtime Williamsburg residents They Might Be Giants will play their second album, Lincoln, in full tonight, so those of you who have been pining for deep cuts like "Snowball in Hell" and "Piece of Dirt," you'll get your wish tonight.

Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, Dej Loaf @ Barclays Center
If the idea of a big mainstream rap/R&B show in a huge venue turns you off, that's understandable but this bill is actually pretty great all around. Nicki's touring in support of her best album yet, and Meek just dropped a new quality LP of his own last month. Rae Sremmurd have two of the most unstoppable rap hits in recent memory, and the same can be said for Tinashe for R&B. Dej Loaf is showing a lot of promise too.

Dej Loaf @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall (late)
To see Dej Loaf in a much smaller environment than Barclays Center after that show, head to the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. This kicks off at 11 PM, and two DJs open the night.

Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Mr. Walt, Evil Dee, The Mood Doctors, Easy Money, Queen Herawin (w/Juggaknots), DJ JS-1, Your Old Droog, PumpkinHead Tribute, DJ Scratch, eMC, Rock Steady Crew @ Central Park SummerStage
The Rock Steady Crew celebrates its 38th anniversary with this free daytime show (2-7 PM) that has very long-running Brooklyn hip hop group Whodini (since the early '80s), the only slightly-less long-running rapper Big Daddy Kane (since the late '80s), rising Nas soundalike Your Old Droog, Masta Ace's group eMC, and more.

Sylvan Esso @ The Surf Lodge
Last night, electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso played to a massive crowd in Prospect Park. Tonight, they'll be play Surf Lodge which holds about one tenth of that. So if you're out in Montauk, this seems like a fun option.

Daddy Long Legs, Bloodshot Bill, Birdcloud, Apache, and Alana Amram & the Rough Jems, DJ Cole Alexander @ Black Bear Bar
Sailor Jerry is presenting this show featuring Montreal's bluesy Bloodshot Bill and Black Lips' frontman Cole Alexander on DJ duty.

Tall Juan, Friend Roulette, Slingshot, Borts Minorts, The Regrets @ Nola Darling
This is a diverse bill with garagey singer Tall Juan, indie pop act Friend Roulette and the totally weird Borts Minorts, and more.

Blues Control, New Humans, Das Audit, Pill, Sergej Jensen / Magnus Schaefer @ Houdini Kitchen Laboratory
There are worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon at this free show happening in the garden of this Ridgewood pizzeria.

Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Norman Westberg (Swans), o13 @ Bowery Electric
Kid Congo Powers has played in The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, which is an impressive enough CV to just rest on your laurels, but he's still making cool new music. Tonight's show also features Norman Westberg of Swans.

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

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Summerscreen 2015

Summerscreen, which is in its 10th year, already announced its movie lineup and they've now announced the bands (curated by Todd P) that will play before the film starts. Things kick off Wednesday (7/8) in McCarren Park with Alicia Silverstone comedy Clueless and an opening set from Zs. After that it's Regal Degal playing before Wet Hot American Summer (7/15), Blues Control before Dirty Dancing (7/22), Excepter before Dazed and Confused (7/29), Jah Division before Jurassic Park (8/5), and a "secret guest" playing before the final film on 8/12 which is once again an "Audience Pick." Gates open at 6 PM and bands start at 6:30, with the movies starting at sundown.

Speaking of Wet Hot American Summer, the new prequel miniseries, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, is coming to Netflix soon. The trailer just came out.

photo: Wolf Eyes @ Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Wolf Eyes

Union Pool's Summer Thunder series will be back again this year, giving us free shows every Saturday afternoon in the warm months. They've just announced this summer's initial lineup, which kicks off May 30 with Hector's Pets and more artists to be announced soon. The rest of Summer Thunder 2015 includes Endless Boogie (6/7), Blues Control (6/13), Destruction Unit (6/27), and Wolf Eyes (7/18).

Wolf Eyes' Aaron Dilloway and Destruction Unit offshoot Marshstepper play tonight's Nothing Changes extravaganza at Output as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. D-Unit will also play Palisades the day before Union Pool on their summer tour.

Check out the initial Summer Thunder lineup below...

Continue reading "Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series -- June 2015 lineup (Destruction Unit, Wolf Eyes, Blues Control & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts @ Webster Hall 12/11/2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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Parquet Courts capped off their busy 2014 last night (12/11) with their biggest headlining hometown show yet, playing a sold-out Webster Hall. The band were in good spirits -- Austin Brown spent the first part of "Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth" grappling with a bottle of wine and an opener -- in front of a crowd that sang along much of the time when they weren't moshing around. (Some did both.) In addition to "Uncast..." we got a few songs off the new Content Nausea (released under the name Parkay Quarts), like set opener "Urban Ease," plus "Everyday It Starts," the title track and "Pretty Machines." The latter, which sounds a little like "Sweet Child O' Mine," was augmented by two saxophonists as well as Eaters' Bob Jones on organ. (The other half of Eaters, Jonathan Schenke, was behind the soundboard. I'm not the biggest Webster Hall fan, but they sounded great last night.) We also got pretty much what you'd want to hear off of their other 2014 album, Sunbathing Animal, and Light Up Gold, including its still killer one-two opening punch of "Master of My Craft" and "Borrowed Time." "Stoned and Starving" was the only glaring omission. I had the feeling they would've played longer but a second show was set to start at 11 PM so they called it after a three-song encore. Setlist is below.

Opening the night were more experimental, noisier sets from PC Worship and Blues Control both of whom I thought did really well in a big place like Webster. Blues Control's more new-agey material in particular worked well with the venue's acoustics.

You may recall that PC Worship and Parquet Courts formed a noise band called PCPC that toured with Thurston Moore (who was playing Webster Hall's Marlin Room last night, coincidentally). PCPC will play in NYC tonight (12/12) at Trans Pecos where they'll perform with Greg Fox's Guardian Alien, Excepter, and Rat Piss Aquarium which is "Natalie Weyes Blood harshin." It's being billed as a release party for a PCPC book that they sold on tour:

Released for PCPC's 2014 European tour, this book contains 64 pages of artwork by A. Savage and Justin Frye. This gorgeous book includes 2 risograph mini-posters and one 22 x 34″, two-color silkscreen tour poster. Limited edition, these are expected to sell out fast, don't wait. Perfect gift for that quiet weirdo in the family!
The Trans Pecos show is $8 at the door. Flyer for that, plus Parquet Courts at Webster Hall setlist and videos, below...

Continue reading "Parquet Courts played Webster Hall w/ PC Worship & Blues Control; PCPC playing Trans Pecos tonight"

X_____X back in the day (photo by Tom Warren)
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What are X____X? Unusual combination of nihilists? Rampant minimalists? Arted, parted and departed anarchists?

Actually, a more logical question would be: Who are X_____X?

Anybody who has his or her ears tuned into punk-rock 45s would probably describe X___X as the swingingest foursome to have hit the music scene since the British invaded these shores. But X_____X didn't come from England; they thundered out of Ohio's Lake Plains, specifically Cleveland, a wild and uncivilized area of the continent from whence the quartet derived its earthy, hip-swiveling rhythms so evident in the group's potent recording of Your Full of Shit. - Jon Savage

Cleveland art punks X_____X (pronounced "X Blank X") were only together for six months or so in 1978 but left a lasting impression on those who saw them. A compilation, Sticky Fingers X, was released this year -- stream a couple tracks below -- and the band got back together back in August for their first live show in 35 years. They're now on a short tour which is in NYC tonight (12/4) at Cake Shop with an interesting lineup featuring Weasel Walter's project Cellular Chaos, plus a collaboration between Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, Ron Anderson and Richard Hoffman. X_____X will also play WFMU's Monty Hall on Sunday (12/7) in Jersey City with Blues Control and Silk Purse (tickets).

All dates are listed, along with a few tracks to stream, below...

Continue reading "Cleveland punks X Blank X reformed and on short tour, playing two NYC-area shows (dates, song streams)"

Iceage in Portland in 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)

Iceage's new punk blues move Plowing Into the Field of Love came out this week via Matador, and they'll begin their North American tour in support of it this Friday (10/10) in Philly. They've since expanded that tour, and in addition to the Bowery Ballroom show on Sunday (10/12) with Helm, Blues Control and Shells (buy tickets or win some), they'll play a smaller show here on Monday (10/13) at the Acheron with noise duo Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) and Cheena. Tickets for the Acheron show are on sale now too.

Updated dates are listed, with a full LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Iceage begin tour this week, playing Acheron with Uniform after Bowery Ballroom (updated dates)"


Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.

The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...

Continue reading "Milagres made a new lyric video (watch it), playing shows including Rough Trade and Midpoint Music Fest (lineup)"

by Andrew Sacher

PC Worship

NYC's PC Worship have been making noise around their hometown for years now, and their new album Social Rust is their most cleaned-up (and possibly best) album to date. It comes out next week (9/9) as a split release on Northern Spy and Dull Tools (their first for both labels), and throughout its running time touches on dark post-punk, psychedelic rock, and outsider folk, while still finding some time to keep their noisier roots intact. Fans of anything from Parquet Courts to The Young to Destruction Unit should check this out. The album stream premieres in this post and can be listened to below.

If you like what you hear you can pre-order the vinyl, and all vinyl pre-orders come with a free edition of the "PC Worship - Dead Rust" cassette, which features alternate versions of songs from Social Rust, recorded and produced by Ben Greenberg.

PC Worship also have a tour coming up which includes three previously discussed NYC shows. First they play Palisades on September 10 with Naomi Punk (tickets), then Death by Audio on September 26 with Dick Diver, Free Time and Guerilla Toss (no advance tickets); and finally they open for Parquet Courts with Blues Control on December 11 at Webster Hall (tickets).

All dates are listed, with the new LP stream, below...

Continue reading "PC Worship releasing a new album (full LP stream), touring, including NYC shows w/ Parquet Courts, Naomi Punk & more"

Parquet Courts mural in Williamsburg (via @whatsyrrupture

Parquet Courts have had a pretty good year so far, with an acclaimed third album and a full slate of touring. They just played Lollapalooza on Saturday (8/2), Pickathon on Sunday (8/3) and Seattle on Monday (8/4). While the band are taking a breather, they have lined up a holiday show in their hometown, their biggest NYC show to date: Webster Hall on December 11, playing with Blues Control and PC Worship. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (8/11) at 10 AM.

While in Seattle, Parquets Courts stopped by KEXP for an in-studio session which you can listen to here. Also, next time you're in Williamsburg, look out for the Sunbathing Animal mural that's currently up on N. 10th and Driggs.

Panda Bear at Warsaw in May (more by PSquared)
Panda Bear

Still no word on when Animal Collective member Panda Bear's new album, tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, is coming out, but he did just announce another tour. This tour hits NYC on September 22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and September 23 at Irving Plaza. All dates will be opened by psych duo Blues Control. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. There's also an AmEx presale for the MHOW show starting Wednesday (6/11) at noon and a BrooklynVegan presale for the Irving show starting Wednesday at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password. If you don't get tickets during the BV presale, you'll have another chance during the Live Nation/Music Geeks presales on Thursday at 10 AM.


All dates are listed, with a stream of a live recording of a new song, below...

Continue reading "Panda Bear announces tour, playing 2 NYC shows (BV presale for Irving Plaza show included)"

Pop Montreal

The 2014 Edition of Pop Montreal happens September 17 - 21 at various clubs all over the Canadian city. The initial lineup of this year's fest includes Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Trust, Twin Shadow, Why?, PS I Love You, La Luz, Ought, Shonen Knife, Suzanne Vega and more. Early Bird Passes are on sale now.

Check out the full initial list of 2014 Pop Montreal performers, plus a teaser video, below...

Continue reading "Pop Montreal initial 2014 lineup: Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Trust, Twin Shadow, Why?, Shonen Knife, PS I Love You & more"


Brooklyn-via-Florida-by-way-of-Montreal duo Tonstartssbandht haven't put out a lot of recorded material -- 2011's Now I am Become was their last full-length -- but they are playing live constantly. So it kind of makes sense that their new double album, Overseas, was recorded live at shows. Most of the recordings were made in cities across Europe during an extensive Spring 2013 tour, hence the name of the album. It'll be out June 24 via Company Etc/Arbutus and we've got the premiere of "First Taape," which was originally written/recorded by Montreal's Sugar Boys -- a band that also includes Tonstartssbandht's Andy Boay. Listen to that below.

Tonstartssbandht, who just wrapped up a European tour with Mac DeMarco, will play a record release show in NYC at Silent Barn on June 27 with Blues Control and PC Worship. They'll also play Radio Bushwick on July 19 with more TBA.

All dates are listed, along with Overseas' artwork and tracklist and the song stream, below...

Continue reading "Tonstartssbandht releasing a live album (stream a track), playing release show in NYC ++ other dates"

J. Spaceman / Kid Millions at LPR in September (more by Greg Cristman)

One of this year's more interesting-sounding Record Store Day exclusives is a compilation titled Space Project that features songs incorporating sounds recorded in space by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes. Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, Mutual Benefit, the Antlers, Absolutely Free, and more recorded songs for the LP which is being put out by Lefse Records on vinyl, CD and as a 7" boxset. Recorded under the name The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program, you can stream "Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)" and check out the full tracklist and artwork below.

Speaking of Spiritualzed and Record Store Day, you may remember that frontman Jason Pierce and Kid Millions (who played drums for Spiritualized last year) played an improvisational set together at Le Poisson Rouge back in September. A recording of that show is being released as a RSD 12" via Northern Spy with a 24-minute track called "Misha" on one side and the nearly-as-long "Han" on the flip. You can stream "Misha" below.

Continue reading "Spiritualized, Beach House & more feature on 'Space Project' RSD LP; J. Spaceman / Kid Millions live RSD LP too (streams)"

A Place to Bury Strangers at MHOW in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

A Place to Bury Strangers, Bleeding Rainbow, Potty Mouth, Shark? @ Death By Audio
Last time APTBS played DbA (the equivalent of a house show), they brought in their own PA and light show making for total sensory overload. Along for the ride: Philly shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow, Potty Mouth and Shark?

Red Fang, Doomriders, Low Fat Getting High @ 285 Kent Avenue
It's gonna get loud, and probably pretty rowdy, at 285 Kent tonight with this free show (RSVPed out) that includes Pacific Northwest sludge from Red Fang, the Converge-related Doomriders, and melodic punk from Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High. Get there early, because this whole bill is ridiculous.

Modern English, Jangula @ Mercury Lounge
Sure, most people only know "I Melt with You" but Modern English had a string of good records in the early '80s on 4AD and are currently working on a new album with the core of the original band.

The Cult @ Roseland Ballroom
Gothy mystic rockers The Cult will bring the big riffs of their 1987 album, Electric, and playing that record in full. You'll probably get "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Fire Woman" too.

Blues Control, Mad Nanna, Free Time @ 252 Norman Rooftop (4 PM)
This is a rooftop show (there's a rain contingency too) with Drag City's Blues Control, plus two Aussie bands: Mad Nanna and Free Time. It's also got a 4 PM start, so duck out of work early.

A$AP Ferg, Mister Cee, DJ Spynfo, DJ Enuff @ Webster Hall
A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord is out this week, and while it might not be as diverse as his pal A$AP Rocky's recent album, it's at least as fun. Tonight he celebrates it at the Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall, which is doubling as a Trap Lord release show.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Beekman Beer Garden
The funk/soul legend comes to NYC for an outdoor show tonight, which should make for a pretty great time.

Golden Gurls, Bored Spies (ex SEAM), Bedfellows @ Cake Shop
Featuring ex members of Seam and Bitch Magnet, Bored Spies make post-rock with a strong melodic stream. Stream a couple tracks below. Baltimore's Golden Gurls (not to be confused with UK band Golden Grrrls) make fuzzy indie rock reminiscent of early '90s college rock.

Kissing Is A Crime, Caged Animals, Shilpa Ray, Grand Resort, The Veda Rays, Vinyl Thief, The Ivorys @ Pianos
It's week two of Brooklyn-via-Dominican-Republic indiepop group Grand Resort's Pianos Residency and they've got a whole slew of other bands on the bill, giving you maximum value for your live music dollar.

Clarence, Herzog, PUP, Soda Bomb @ Shea Stadium
Toronto's PUP are just another of the excellent punk bands to come out in Canada in recent years, and you can catch them tearing things up in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium tonight.

Celestial Shore, Omhouse, Zula, Half Waif @ Silent Barn
Toronto's Omhouse are in Brooklyn tonight for this show that's rounded out by some excellent indie pop locals, Celestial Shore, Zula, and Half Waif. Stream a new Zula track, "Twin Loss," below.

Paul Banks, Albert Hammond Jr., Danny Masterson (DJ Mom Jeans set), Alexa Chung (DJ set), Fabrizio Moretti (DJ set), Devendra Banhart (DJ set), Special Guests @ The Bowery Hotel
This is a benefit for School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis who is currently battling Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Tickets are still available.

New Power Generation, Secret Band @ City Winery
It's "Purple Week" at City Winery and tonight's show is not Prince (or an artist formerly known as that) but it is members of his sometimes backing band, New Power Generation, plus the promise of "very special guests." For the price of these tickets, they better be special.

Bret Michaels @ B.B. King Blues Club
You may not know this but actor, director, screenwriter, producer and reality television personality Brett Michaels used to be in a popular hard rock band in the '80s and '90s. Look him up if you don't believe us.

'Krush Groove' @ Videology (FREE)
BV's own Bill Pearis hosts this screening of 1985 hip hop musical which tells the story of Def Jam Records and Run DMC, with many of the bands playing themselves. (Russell Simmons is played by Blair Underwood, though.) Also featuring Fat Boys' "All You Can Eat"! Free.

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

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Continue reading "What's going on Thursday? (A Place to Bury Strangers, Red Fang, Modern English, A$AP Ferg, Paul Banks, Zula & more)"

Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Deerhunter's recently expanded tour is bringing them back to NYC for a previously mentioned show on September 18 at Webster Hall with Crystal Stilts. That show has since sold out, but Deerhunter and Crystal Stilts added another show happening at the same venue a day later (9/19), and Blues Control is on this one too. Tickets for the new date go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/10) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, along with a video of the band playing the title track from their new album, Monomania, below...

Continue reading "Deerhunter sold out Webster Hall, add second date"

Eric Copeland at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by PSquared Photography)
Eric Copeland

As you may know, all ages DIY space The Silent Barn is back in action with a new Bushwick location (603 Bushwick Ave), and they've got some pretty great shows happening this weekend (and in general).

TONIGHT (5/3), the venue will be graced by psych rockers Blues Control, Black Dice member Eric Copeland (who just opened for Akron/Family), Jackson Pollis' (of Real Estate) other project, Son of Dad, plus WFMU DJ Liz Berg will be on the boards all night. Doors are 8:30, show starts at 9:30, and admission is $8 at the door.

Then, on Saturday (5/4), there's another great show with Vermont psych weirdos Blanche Blanche Blanche, the even weirder Gary War, post rockers Woodsman, drone folk artist Weyes Blood, Matt Sullivan, and visuals by EyeBodega. Doors are at 8 and admission is $8.

Finally on Sunday (5/5), On Sunday, they've got Oren Ambarchi, Marco Fusinato, Long Distance Poison, and Millions. They're also involved in a Cinco de Mayo party happening at Deep Cuts Barber Shop. In their words:

Cinco De Mayo is a fake holiday.
But our tasty carne asada tacos, grilled corn and beers are real.
Come chill eat some tacos and drink some beers while Mickey Perez and Marty McSorley spin Latin tunes all afternoon.

10% off all Latin records all day.
Tacos for tips & corn for coins.
Free mustache trims for all Zapatistas.

Sounds fun.

Other upcoming Silent Barn shows include Big Ups on May 9, Twin Sister and Empress Of on May 11, Weed Hounds on May 21, Mick Barr on May 22, and Aye Nako on May 31 (record release).

Some song streams below...

Continue reading "Silent Barn shows this weekend: Eric Copeland, Blues Control, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Gary War, Weyes Blood & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Blues Control at MHOW in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Blues Control

Psych rockers Blues Control released their newest album, Valley Tangents, via Drag City in 2012, and they're about to kick off a tour in support of it which begins with two NYC shows this month and continues across the US and Canada through March. The NYC shows happen on Friday (1/18) at Cozy Royale (434 Humboldt St) with Sightings and 1-800-BAND and January 26 at Shea Stadium with Home Blitz, Illegals, Trepanning, and DJ GDFX. Both shows are all ages, the Cozy Royale show is $8 at the door, and the Shea Stadium show is $10. After the tour ends, they'll play the Deerhunted-curated ATP in the UK (which just expanded its lineup).

The band recently recorded a live Drag City Limits session video for Valley Tangents single, "Iron PIgs," which was filmed on the other side of a doorway from the room they're in and is blurred even more by the dark room and spastic light show. It fits their sound well. You can watch that video and check out a list of all dates below.

Continue reading "Blues Control going on tour (dates & live session video)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Crime & The City Solution @ MHOW, 10/22/2012
Crime & The City Solution

Crime & The City Solution played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (10/22) as part of their round of dates in celebration of their comp/crash course that hit last month via Mute. Support came from Blues Control and solo artist Laura Ortman. Pictures from the show adorn this post.

If you missed them the good news is that Crime -- frontman Simon Bonney, Alexander Hacke of Einsterzende Neubauten, David Eugene Edwards of Woven Hand/16 Horsepower and Jim White of Dirty Three and others -- are working on new material. No word on release dates, but look for American Twilight to hit via Mute in 2013. And hopefully they'll be back then too for more live shows.

More pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg are below.

Continue reading "Crime & The City Solution played Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: Blues Control - "Iron Pigs" (MP3)

Blues Control at Barnard College in 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Blues Control

Last year, psych rockers Blues Control collaborated with Laraaji and Arji for RVNG's FRKWYS series and this year they toured together. That tour kicked off with a Brooklyn show in March where they performed the album live for the first time, and just wrapped up at the end of last month in Italy.

Blues Control are now working on a new album of their own, and it will be their first release on Drag City. The album's called Valley Tangents and it's due out on LP/CD/casette on June 19. Download the lead track, "Iron Pigs" (is that a play on "War Pigs" and "Iron Man"?) above or stream it below, along with the album artwork and tracklist.

They'll play a previously mentioned record release show for the album in Brooklyn at 285 Kent on June 23 with Purling Hiss, Tonstartssbandht, Jordan Redaelli of Coconuts, DJ Brian Turner, and DJ Paul Major. The duo have other Northeast dates surrounding the release show in Baltimore and Philly and will hit the road for a longer tour this summer.

All dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Blues Control prepping Drag City release, touring (date, MP3)"

The Young at Bar 96 for the BV official SXSW showcase (more by Tim Griffin)
The Young

The Young will kick-off a round of dates in late May with a few shows in their native Texas including Chaos in Tejas. They leave the Lone Star state on a North American tour later in June. The dates include the NYC-area in triplicate, kicking off with Mercury Lounge on 6/27 (with Purling Hiss), continuing to Maxwell's on 6/28 (with Purling Hiss) and ending at 285 Kent on 6/29. Tickets for Maxwells are on sale, while tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon on 5/2 and regular sale on Friday.

The shows are two of three in the area for Purling Hiss, who will also be on hand to support Blues Control at 285 Kent on 6/23 before heading out to snag dates with The Young. That June 23rd show will also feature appearances from Tonstartssbandht, Jordan Redaelli of Coconuts and DJ appearances from Brian Turner of WFMU and Paul Major of Endless Boogie. $10 gets you into this all-ages 8PM show. Purling Hiss is also heading out on the road with Wilco starting next week (but won't play with them in Prospect Park).

All Purling Hiss and The Young dates are below, along with a stream of The Young's recent 7", "Don't Hustle For Love" & "Why Feel Spooky?". Look for their forthcoming LP Dub Egg next week and preorder your copy at Matador.

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by Andrew Frisicano

Blues Control

Psychedelic duo Blues Control collaborated with zither master Laraaji (known for the Brian Eno-produced Ambient 3: Day of Radiance) and musician Arji Cakouros for a release that was part of RVNG's FRKWYS series in November. The quartet will perform live for the first time tonight (March 28th) at Roulette in Brooklyn. Tickets are still on sale. Listen to one of the meditative tracks on Soundcloud.

Russ from Blues Control spoke with Roulette about the album.

ROULETTE: Tell us as about the work you'll be doing at Roulette. Possible things to speak to: what was the origin of the project??

RUSS WATERHOUSE: Matt at RVNG asked Blues Control to participate in his FRKWYS series of collaborative records, in which Matt pairs musicians from different generations. We proposed a collaboration with Laraaji, and fortunately all parties were interested. Lea and I were familiar with Laraaji's records, and we had previously contacted Laraaji about sharing a bill at ESP Records, after seeing him perform in the East Village at Tribal Soundz. In late 2010 we got together to record with Laraaji and his partner Arji Cakouros, improvising for several hours at Black Dirt Studio in upstate NY. Our Roulette performance will be our first time playing together since that day.

After that they'll take the show to Europe for a set of April shows. (Laraaji also leads laughter & music meditation sessions, with some in NYC coming up.)

Blues Control will release a new record, Valley Tangents, on Drag City on June 19th. Surrounding that, the group has a pair of shows planned for June 22nd in Philly and June 23rd at 285 Kent.

All tour dates are listed below...

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Grouper at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)

Mini festival Neon Marshmallow is making its way to NYC, after two successful outings in Chicago. The festival will call Public Assembly home over three days (10/14 - 10/16), featuring live performances, DJ sets, and visuals from many artists who embrace experimentalism. Among the bands performing at the fest are names like Tim Hecker, Rhys Chatham (who celebrates 40 years of The Kitchen in September), Grouper, Phill Niblock, and many others that range in genre from Alan Licht to The Men (who are currently touring and will play Saint Vitus on 9/17) to Xeno & Oaklander to La Big Vic. The festival is currently selling weekend passes, though no word on individual days or who will perform on each day. Full lineup is below.

In other news, Grouper, who recently played LPR and Glasslands, has a new digital 7" available. Stream the title track from Grouper's latest Water People 7" below alongside the full Neon Marshmallow lineup.

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Daft Punk

"In the land of free-form radio (aka WFMU), he's known for Kenny G's Hour of Pain. On the Internet he's the mastermind behind the treasured online behemoth, UbuWeb. Join us for a very special evening in which Kenneth Goldsmith curates personal favorites from his website and visually spins them into spontaneous freeform gold. Local bands Growing (Vice Records) and Blues Control (Siltbreeze) will add a touch of controlled chaos to the already unpredictable mix. After the show there will be a mandatory DJ de-brief in the gallery."
That WFMU-related Growing/Blues Control event takes place, tonight, August 16th, at the Walter Reade Theater. It will cost you to get in, and is 21+. More info at the link (doors at 8:15). They say there's also an afterparty with a DJ set by Marty Mcsorley and free drinks right after the show.

Kind of in competition with that is another WFMU-related event happening tonight over at Solar One...

Join DJ Trent as he freaks out to his two favorite movies:

1) David Byrne's TRUE STORIES, starring John Goodman and Byrne, with music by Talking Heads, exploring the changing world of central Texas in 1986
2) Daft Punk's INTERSTELLA 5555: THE 5TORY OF THE 5ECRET 5TAR 5YSTEM, an insane anime adventure into the year 5555 set to Daft Punk's "Discovery," possibly the best album ever made.

Since both movies are set to music (but avoid the awful cliches associated with, you know, musicals) it will also be a dance party with $2 Brooklyn Beer all night long. If you can't make it in person, join the fun from home with live audio/video broadcasts at 91.1fm and wfmu.org.

A video of Blues Control soundchecking earlier today, below...

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by Andrew Frisciano


The on-again, off-again rain on Sunday didn't cancel the 17th annual WBAR-B-Q, but it did move the show inside to Barnard's LeFrak Gym, a bit different aesthetically from the lush spring greenery outside but serviceable enough. It helped that the lineup had a focus on experimental noise and noise-inspired acts - every act I saw had the reverb and distortion keyed up, so the added resonance of the hall wasn't really an issue.

The show kicked off with Prince Rama, U.S. Girls and Think About Life, all of whom went on before I got there a little after 2pm. By then the free food was gone too, but the cotton candy machine and sno-cones were stocked all day.

On the center stage, Baltimore's Lower Dens (with guitarist Jana Hunter) played floating, moody distorted rock; drone violinist and loopmaster Burning Star Core/C Spencer Yeh serenaded (with huge bass drops) along the back wall; and Blues Control performed effects-heavy keyboard-and-tape jams.

The room looked fairly empty for most of the day (being a huge gym), but by the time Cold Cave went on people were on their feet and dancing. New member Jennifer Clavin (ex-Mika Miko) played keys and stepped in for vocals, and the band was off after a short-ish, no-encore set. Twin Stumps and their crazily enthused frontman set up on the floor across the gym and kept the show going with dissonant, pointed punk. Liturgy closed the show, but I took off before they played.

It was the second free show of the weekend for Cold Cave, who played the HEALTH-headlined NYU Solar One show the day before (which I heard also had plenty of room for people to move around). They play (Le) Poisson Rouge on Thursday with Cult Of Youth, Beaut, Max (reading), Mike Goodstein (WFMU) and DJ Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better). Tickets are still on sale.

More pictures from Barnard and a video of HEALTH at Solar One are below...

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