Entries tagged with: Bootblacks
by Andrew Sacher
Youth Worship, the band formed by Asobi Seksu guitarist James Hanna after that band went on hiatus, are following last year's debut EP with their first full length this month. LP1 comes out 6/30 via Self Harm Records (pre-order), and five of its tracks are streaming now. Two of them feature members of Boris, and there's definitely a bit of a Sonic Youth influence coming through here (especially on "New Rights"). Listen below.
The band have three shows coming up, including Pawtucket, Somerville, and Brooklyn. The Brooklyn show happens July 11 at Acheron, with Dead Leaf Echo headlining. Bootblacks, Adelaida, and DJ sets from Glenn Maryanski (Tiers) and Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum) are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale now.
Tour flyer, flyer for the Acheron show, and those song streams, below...
For the recording of Black Halo DeRosa returned to Brooklyn to work with his musicians and long time collaborator and producer Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, Soko, Gospel Music). The two returned to Los Angeles for further tracking and vocals, and to work with multi-instrumentalist Brad Gordon (The Weepies, Dan Wilson) on the orchestral arrangements (Brad also co-wrote "Blood Moon" with DeRosa). The record features vocal contributions from the exquisite Carina Round (Early Winters/Puscifer), as well as the DeRosa/Round co-written duet "Dancing In A Dream." Finally, a most notable collaboration comes in the shape of "When Daddy Took The Treehouse Down," which DeRosa co-wrote with the inimitable Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields).Jon DeRosa, who's been in bands dating back to the '90s including Dead Leaves Rising, Aarktica and Pale Horse and Rider, released his second solo album last week/month, Black Halo. It follows 2012's A Wolf In Preacher's Clothes. As the quote above points out, it features a collaboration with The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, and like Merritt, DeRosa is a crooner and a balladeer. You can hear for yourself by streaming the entire album below.
Jon DeRosa has two release shows for the new album coming up. One is in NYC TONIGHT (6/3) at Saint Vitus with Bootblacks and La Cruor. Tickets are on sale. He then plays another one in his hometown of LA on 6/18 at Troubadour with Motopony. Tickets for that one are on sale as well. No other dates are announced at the moment.
Stream Black Halo below...
photo: Twin Peaks at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Sufjan Stevens, Moses Sumney @ Kings Theatre
Sufjan's newest album is his most bare-bones release yet, and with its lyrics mostly centered on his mother's death, it's his most depressing too. This is his last of three NYC shows on his current tour.
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Boyfrndz, Your Favorite Enemies @ Le Poisson Rouge
Post-hardcore vets ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are still going strong, having last released the album IX last year. If you like Trail of Dead, openers Boyfrndz may be up your alley too.
Fishbone, Easy Star All-Stars, The Skints @ Brooklyn Bowl
Still with core members Angelo Moore, Norwood Fisher and Walter Kibby, LA's groundbreaking ska/punk/funk/soul explosion Fishbone released the Intrinsically Intertwined EP this year, their first new material in three years. Of course, live is the optimal Fishbone experience. Today they play an afternoon and a night show.
Spandau Ballet @ Beacon Theatre
Best known for syrupy '80s ballad "True," Spandau Ballet were originally of the artier bands in the UK New Romantic movement. The original lineup -- including brothers Gary & Martin Kemp -- are back together and touring for the first time in ages. Also recommended is Spandau Ballet doc "Soul Boys of the Western World" which is currently showing at IFC Center.
Twin Peaks, White Reaper, Honduras @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks tend to whip crowds into a frenzy and tonight will likely be no exception. This is the second night at MHOW in a row for Honduras who last night opened for Blur.
Life of Agony, Heavygrinder @ The Wick
Life of Agony haven't played NYC, let alone Brooklyn, in a very long time, but after returning last year for a NJ show with Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo on vocals, they're finally ready to do it again this week. Tonight's their second show at The Wick this week.
WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
Calling all crate-diggers: the annual vinyl fantasia hosted by WFMU moves across the East River this year into the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center. In addition to all the used wax, there are live perforamnces and beer and snacks. You can get two bucks off admission with our coupon.
Turn To Crime, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk @ Union Pool
Turn to Crime, the current band of Derek Stanton (formerly of Awesome Color), make music that ranges from antsy post-punk to somnambulistic torch songs to something you might call pop. But it all exists in Stanton's particular overcast universe, with his soulful, world-weary vocals pulling you from one song to the next.
Cities Aviv, Sick Feeling, Show Me The Body @ Palisades
It's a very cool multi-genre bill at Palisades with rapper Cities Aviv, hardcore band Sick Feeling, and eccentric rock band Show Me The Body.
Frankie Cosmos, No One & The Somebodies, Outside World, Memorial Gore, Marigolds @ Cake Shop
This is part of Cake Shop's 10th Anniversary Celebration that's happening all month, featuring twee folk singer Frankie Cosmos, Chicago transplants Outside World and more. The venue is promising all sorts of surprises, so be prepared.
Empress Of, A/JUS/TED (DJ Set), Special Guests (DJ Sets) @ 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's the last night and who knows who the special guest DJs are. Seriously, any guesses?
GHE20G0TH1K w/ Sissy Nobby, Venus X, Ma Nguzu, Mike Q, Divoli S'Vere, Total Freedom @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
As part of Red Bull Music Academy, there's a big GHE20G0TH1K party tonight with the first-ever NYC performance from New Orleans Bounce artist SIssy Nobby, a handful of regulars, special guests, and more.
A Tribe Called Red (7:30pm), Tracie Morris (with Mr. Jerome Harris and Jemman), Camp & Street (4pm), LE1F (4pm), DonChristian (4pm), Rahel (4pm), Junglepussy (4pm) @ Whitney Museum
The Whitney Museum of American Art is throwing a block party welcoming "visitors of all ages with free art and performance, including hands-on activities and participatory events." It's a cool, hip hop-oriented bill.
The Baseball Project, The Gay Blades @ Rough Trade
Spring means baseball and that means The Baseball Project (Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey and half of REM) are playing shows. Even if you only have a passing interest in America's Pastime, they're still a lot of fun. But being a baseball fanatic helps.
Bambi Kino @ Union Hall
Very Special Beatles tribute act Bambi Kino focus on the early years of the Fab Four when they lived in Berlin. The band features Doug Gillard and Nada Surf's Ira Elliot
Kids in the Hall @ Capitol Theatre
Thirty-two Helens agree: this reunion shows for much-loved Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall will be a lot of fun.
The Yin Yangs, Friend Roulette, Bootblacks, Slonk Donkerson, Bambara, Heaven's Gate, Jangula, Piers, Haybaby, Wade and Sons, Abhay Singh & Friends, The Semaphore, Semaphore, William Irish @ Silent Barn
This all-day party is called Sam Fest (named after the guy who booked the show) and features a whole bunch of great local bands, including Heaven's Gate, Bambara, Haybaby and lots more. It's only $5 and schedule is here.
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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by Bill Pearis
photo::: Dead Leaf Echo @ Palisades, CMJ 2014 (via BV instagram)
Brooklyn shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo are currently working on their new album with producer Jorge Elbrecht, which is exciting given the results of his work on No Joy's Wait to Pleasure. (He produced No Joy's TBA new album too.) Meanwhile, DLE and Cult of Youth side project Tiers are participating in Toronto label Artificial Records "Remix Series" where two artists remix each other's tracks. Dead Leaf Echo take on Tiers' "Winter" while Tiers remix DLE's "She Breathes." Both take the respective songs into dreamy/dubby territory. Listen to both below.
Dead Leaf Echo play NYC on Wednesday (2/4) at Cake Shop with Baltimore's great Wildhoney, Toronto's Beliefs and UK band Leave the Planet (who are making their US debut at this show). If you like anything within the dreampop realm, this show is pretty unmissable. Flyer below.
Next up after that, Dead Leaf Echo play March 5 at Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Ave in Bushwick) with Gingerlys and Boom Said Thunder. That's a tour kickoff show as DLE head to Austin for SXSW. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Tiers will play new-ish Greenpoint DIY spot Aviv on February 13 with Pawns, Bootblacks and Second Still. Flyer for that show is below.
Pharmakon @ Palisades - 11/22/14 (via @teethbonnet)
Pharmakon, who put out one of The Quietus' favorite albums of 2014, recently played a release show for that album, Bestial Burden, at Palisades on November 22 with Ligature. Now the local noisemaker's been added to another show with Ligature on the bill, Saint Vitus on December 11 with the likeminded Puce Mary (also on The Quietus' list) and the insane Destruction Unit-related Marshstepper, as well as Aischrolatreia and Penchant. Tickets for that show are still available. Pharmakon has two other dates this month. All are listed below. The Vitus show is also one of three NYC dates for Puce Mary on her tour.
Speaking of Sacred Bones-signed NYC artists playing Saint Vitus, labelmates Pop. 1280 and Anasazi have a show there on January 15 with Bootblacks. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but should be soon.
All Pharmakon dates are listed, with a video from the Palisades show, below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn dreampop band Dead Leaf Echo released the true.deep.sleeper EP earlier this year and the band just made a video for it's swirling highlight "so.wrong" which was directed by singer/guitarist Lg Galleon. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
Dead Leaf Echo have a few shows coming up, including two this week with Detroit's Sister of Your Sunshine Vapor: Wednesday (10/8) at Lit Lounge for a CBGB Fest show with Diavel and Bootblacks. Then on Thursday (10/9) at Grand Victory they play with Beast Patrol and Wilwaukee's Brief Candles. Later in the month, DLE will play Knitting Factory on 10/30 with Fearless Sons.
Sister of Your Sunshine Vapor's most recent release was 2011Spectra Spirit which puts a goth/Doors-y spin on garage psych. Stream it below.
The band have some other dates, including a short East Coast run with The New Lines in December. All dates are listed, along with the new video and a stream of the EP, below.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn-based post-punk trio YOU. just released their third album, Sunchaser, via Dais Recordings. The band made the album with Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon and though they may be chasing the sun, they don't seem to be catching it if the album's gloomy-in-a-good-way songs are any indication. It's definitely worth checking out and you can stream the entire album in this post.
YOU. will be celebrating the new album with a release show tonight (9/9) at Palisades with Starred and Bootblacks. Their next show is the October 8 edition of Nothing Changes at Home Sweet Home where they'll play with Philly band Hot Guts.
Album stream below....
by Ian Chainey
Boris at Le Poisson Rouge in 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
Japan's genre chameleons Boris will begin touring North America at the end of the month with a number of supporting acts. On August 3, they'll be dropping into NYC's Bowery Ballroom with the Atlas Moth and SubRosa. They've since added another NYC show happening day after, August 4 at Saint Vitus, where they'll play a special "drumless drone" set with Youth Worship opening. Tickets for that show are available now.
Boris released their newest album, the summery and rocking Noise, in June. Youth Worship is the new project of former Asobi Seksu guitarist/vocalist James Hanna. The band released an EP, Youth Worship EP1, in January that pairs pop with overdriven guitars. They'll also be playing Rough Trade NYC on August 14 with Weeknight and Bootblacks. Tickets for that show are available now, as well.
Updated Boris dates are listed, with a recent two-hour Boris performance with Merzbow and a Youth Worship stream, below...
photos by Phil Maler
Crash Course in Science @ LPR, 8/8/2013
Belgians A Split-Second will hit NYC for a rare appearance at Drom on December 7 -- their only North American appearance, and first American show in 25 years(!). Tickets are on sale and Crash Course in Science will support. For the unfamiliar, A Split-Second is considered to be a pivotal band in the industrial-related EBM movement, along with names like Front 242, Die Krupps, Nitzer Ebb and others:
After the Belgian synth pop group Extraballe disbanded, Mark Ickx joined up with Chrismar Chayell to form A Split Second, which debuted in 1986 with the dance single "Flesh." The duo quickly took a detour into more industrial sounds with their next single, "Rigor Mortis"; both those tracks and others were compiled on their eponymous debut American EP, which followed their first Belgian album, 1987's Ballistic Statues, by a year. A Split Second's sound had by now coalesced into a mix of programmed industrial beats, synthesizers, heavily distorted guitars, and alternately melodic and vicious vocals; unsurprisingly, they were signed in America to the Wax Trax! label, which issued From the Inside in 1988. A number of singles and EPs followed on both Wax Trax! and the Belgian Antler-Subway label, some later taken from the 1990 album Kiss of Fury, which found the group switching to Caroline for U.S. distribution. Little new material was heard from A Split Second until 1995, when the duo returned with Vengeance.You can stream a few A Split-Second tracks below..
Crash Course in Science, meanwhile, recently headlined Le Poisson Rouge with a little help from Xeno & Oaklander, and belated pictures from that performance on August 8 are available below.
And speaking of Xeno & Oaklander, you can check out the pair at Union Pool on September 13 with Bootblacks and Tempers, part of the ongoing RITUALS series. Tickets are on sale. As mentioned, the pair have a new video for an LP out this fall.
Last but not least, catch the-X&O-related-band Martial Canterel at Cameo on August 31, when he headlines the space with Figure Study, Forma and Hot Guts (tickets).
More pics from LPR and a selection of tracks by A Split Second are below...
Azar Swan have released the "In My Mouth" digital single, a two track effort out now via Pendu Sound. You can check out both tracks -- including b-side "Over," making its debut in this post -- which are streamable in this post.
Keep an ear out for either, or both, tracks when Azar Swan join Bestial Mouths (who have a new album) and Cthulu Fantasy at Glasslands on July 15. Tickets are son sale now. Bestial Mouths, meanwhile, will also join Bootblacks for a show at Nothing Changes on July 17.
Song streams below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Wolf Eyes @ Saint Vitus, 7/6/2013
Antagonistic noise gang Wolf Eyes headlined a sold-out show at Saint Vitus on Saturday (7/6), joined by Hubble (Ben Greenberg, also of The Men), Foreplay (mem Warthog) and Soren (mem Rosenkopf) for a night of experimentalism and noise. Pictures from the show are in this post.
If you missed Saint Vitus, you can still get your Wolf Eyes fix by heading to Nothing Changes on Wednesday (July 10) when Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) hits Home Sweet Home for a late night appearance. The party will also host upcoming appearances from Bestial Mouths / Bootblacks on July 17th, La Urss / Sad Boys on July 24th and last but certainly not least, Lost Tribe / Anasazi on July 31st.
More pictures from a packed out (and superbly air-conditioned!) Saint Vitus on Saturday are below.
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
Pop 1280 mine the dark chasms of punk and no-wave on their new LP The Horror, due on Sacred Bones on January 24th. The band previously released the song "Bodies In The Dunes" from that album, and we are now proud to premiere another track today called "New Electronix". Stream both below.
Pop 1280 have THREE NYC shows scheduled for the next couple of months. Most imminently, the band will play Sunday at Music Hall of Williamsburg (1/22) with Pissed Jeans & Protect-U. Tickets are still available. The band will ALSO play a record release show that week at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home on January 25th with DJs Caleb Braaten (of Sacred Bones) + Glenn Maryansky (of Cult of Youth), more details are available at the Facebook invite. Last but not least, look for Pop 1280 at Saint Vitus on March 3rd with Velvet Condom and Bootblacks. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of Cult of Youth, vocalist/guitarist Sean Ragon will re-open his record store Heaven Street on Friday (1/20). The opening of the new location (184 Noll St, near Flushing Ave, off the Morgan L) will be accompanied by free beer, and DJ sets from Glenn Maryansky, Sybil Disobedience, Chris Prorock, Ning Nong and Gasface. The grand re-opening kicks off at 4PM and more details are available at the Facebook invite.
All streams and some video is below.