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Cat Power going 'Station to Station'
Station To Station - 2013

When it comes to Cat Power, what do we all REALLY want? We want to hear the Chan Marshall we first fell in love with, the one with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a microphone. Not surprisingly, her November 14th NYC solo show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple has SOLD OUT. Luckily she added another "special intimate evening with Cat Power solo", though it's a late one (the same night). Tickets for the 11pm NYC show go on sale Tuesday at noon ($40 advance / $45 day of show).

Other dates on the November tour include New Haven, Philly, Ohio, Chicago and the upcoming Elliot Smith tribute at Glasslands (speaking of people we'd love to see play live again with nothing more than an acoustic guitar).

All dates are listed, along with a set of pictures from Chan's appearances on the Levi's Station to Station tour in California (she wasn't on the NYC date) below.

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Cat Power at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Cat Power

The brains behind Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, is about to come to NYC to do a solo set at the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands (10/21), but Chan's just announced that she'll be back to play her own songs with an acoustic show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on November 14. Tickets for that show are on presale now (password: "SUNCAT123").

Cat Power doesn't appear to have any other announced dates at the moment besides the Weezer Cruise.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

iamamiwhoami @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple - 9/24/13
iamamiwhoami, ital @ Masonic Temple - 9/24/2013

Swedish electronic art pop musician iamamiwhoami (the project of Jonna Lee) has been getting internet buzz and doing some European shows for a couple years now, but this month she finally made her way across the Atlantic for some live shows in the US. First she played the Symbiosis Gathering in California, and two days later, she made her way to NYC for a show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (9/24). If you're unsure about how some of these synthy projects tend to come across live, Jonna's a great performer and she's got an elaborate stage setup and a full band which adds to the whole spectacle of it all. The crowd seemed really into it the whole time too.

NYC's Ital (aka Daniel Martin-McCormick, also of Black Eyes, Mi Ami, and Sex Worker) got things started, and pictures of both artists are in this post. More below...

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iamamiwhoami in Sweden in 2011 (more)
iamamiwhoami

iamamiwhoami (aka Swedish electronic art pop musician Jonna Lee) made a name for herself on the internet a few years back when she uploaded some singles indebted to artists like Bjork, The Knife, etc, and since released two albums -- 2012's kin and this year's bounty. We caught her in Sweden in 2011, seeing that she was not just an anonymous figure hiding behind the mask of YouTube, but actually an elaborate live performer. She'll now be taking that live show to the US for the first time this year.

One of the two US shows she'll be playing happens in NYC on September 24 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, which is the same place that Todd Terje and Lindstrom play that month. Tickets for the show are on sale now. The other show is two days earlier as part of the Symbiosis Gathering in Oakdale, CA.

Some videos below...

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review by Andrew Marinaccio

QOTSA at Brooklyn Masonic Temple - 6/7/13 (via Grace Harris)
QOTSA

Josh Homme and his fellow Queens of the Stone Age supposedly went through their fair share of strife while writing their latest LP, ...Like Clockwork. You wouldn't know it by their new live shows. Friday night's "secret" gig at Brooklyn Masonic Temple found Homme and the current incarnation of the band as sharp as ever, maintaining their customary onslaught of mighty desert riffs. Even a relatively tidied-up, buzz-cut Homme still retained his fiendish Lizard Prince rock star persona. "Thanks for letting us get drunk [in] your place tonight," he said, while the band ripped through the entirety of their new album. As sickly and distressed as Clockwork sounds, old habits can't help but die hard.

And it's fortunate that's the case. While all the Clockwork songs retained their slinky, subdued dread live, Queens rollicked through most of the set, liberally swapping guitar-- and occasionally, Mellotron -- duties with stadium-sized swagger. "If I Had a Tail" and "Fairweather Friends" were issued with devil-may-care abandon. Even when Homme took to the keys to play a pitch-perfect lounge crooner on "The Vampyre of Time and Memory," Queens' rowdier zeal visibly won out. Homme gleefully bragged over the busted mechanical groove of "Smooth Sailing" -- introducing it as a "nihilistic fuck song" -- while the extended solos on "I Appear Missing" strained the band's terrific dexterity towards an appropriately theatrical climax, sweating and spitting through it all.

Needless to say, the crowd was packed with diehards who only aimed to match the escalating enthusiasm of the band, which peaked during their encore. Fans were primed to rush the stage when newcomer Jon Theodore began the cruising beat of "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire." Naturally, Homme sauntered over to his guitar amid the impending chaos, and flicked his cigarette behind him before digging into the riff. "No One Knows" typically delighted, and the band capped things off with another forearm-rending jam in "A Song for the Dead."

The Brooklyn show was one day after QOTSA played NJ's Vintage Vinyl and two days after they performed Live on Letterman. The band just announced more dates surrounding previously discussed festival appearances, like Philly's Made In America, but unfortunately no more in NYC at the moment. All dates are listed, along with a video of the band playing Fairweather Friends" at Brooklyn Masonic Temple and their full setlist from that show, below.

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Queens of the Stone Age Live on Letterman - 6/5/13
QOTSA

So it turns out that secret Queens of the Stone Age show in Brooklyn this Friday isn't such a secret after all. It's happening on Friday (6/7) at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets go on sale today (6/6) at 4 PM (aka in like 5 minutes from this posting). Doors for Friday's show are at 9:30 PM.

Meanwhile, they play a sold out in-store at NJ's Vintage Vinyl tonight (6/6). All dates are listed, along with the video of yesterday's 'Live on Letterman' performance (6/5), below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Josh Homme

Desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age put out their new record, ...Like Clockwork, today (6/4) via Matador. It's their first album since 2007, their first with Dave Grohl, Nick Oliveri, and Mark Lanegan all together since Songs for the Deaf, and their first on an independent label since their debut. The record also features appearances from Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Trent Reznor, Elton John, and others. And while the guest appearances aren't felt as strongly as ones on past albums, that doesn't hold the album back from being a very solid listen. Certain tracks (my personal favorite is "I Sat By The Ocean") rank among the band's best. A Spotify stream of the album and the video for "My God Is the Sun" are below.

In honor of the release, the band will be doing some celebrating in the NYC-area this week. First, on Wednesday (6/5), QOTSA will do a "Live On Letterman" concert, which will be taped in the Ed Sullivan Theater and air on CBS.com and VEVO at 9 PM that day.

The next day (6/6), they'll be doing an in-store at one of NJ's greatest record stores, Vintage Vinyl (you had to buy a record to get in and it "sold out" very quickly the day it was announced).

And finally, on Friday (6/7), they're doing a secret show in Brooklyn. We can't say much more than that, but if you click that link you'll see at least one record store is giving out 30 tickets (a number much lower than the capacity of the venue they're playing).

All dates are listed, along with that stream/video, below...

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Lower Dens at Central Park in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lower Dens

As mentioned, Liars are coming to NYC this month for shows at The Met on May 18 (sold out) and Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 19. Since we last posted, Baltimore dream pop crew Lower Dens has been added to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple show. Tickets for that one are still available and we've also got two pairs to give away.

UPDATE: As quick as they joined this show, Lower Dens have dropped off of it.

Details on how to enter to win tickets and videos from both bands below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

"A night of Round Robin improvs and Julia Holter just adjusted her sheet music??? #undeadjazz #redmusicacademy" - Bill Bragin

"James Chance. You too with the sheet music?" - Bill Bragin

Andrew Bird & Joe Lavano / Kim Gordon / Julia Holter & Thundercat
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets

The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued last night (5/1) with the sold-out Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which went down at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The night featured a ton of incredible performers, including (in order of appearance) Jameszoo, Questlove, Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, Thundercat, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Dosh, Roy Hargrove, James Chance, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, Bernie Worrell, Glenn Gotche, Erik Friedlander, Vijay Iyer, Robert Glasper, DJ Spinna, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, and Joe Lovano. Pictures from that night are in this post.

Many of the performers have other upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events (or non-RBMA shows) in NYC too. Kim Gordon plays tonight (5/2) at Knockdown Center in Queens as one half of the duo Body/Head with Bill Nace. Other artists on the bill include Stephen O'Malley, Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson and many more. That show appears sold out is back on sale.

Thundercat, who has a new album on the way, plays with Flying Lotus on May 5 and 6 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night.

After the RBMA residency is over, Julia Holter plays Le Poisson Rouge on July 12 with Jessica Pratt. Tickets for that show are still available.

The "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" also doubled as part of the Undead Music Festival, which includes another Andrew Bird and Martin Dosh show on Saturday (5/4) at Shapeshifter Lab, where he'll be playing as a duo with Martin Dosh. The rest of that bill includes Jeremy Ylvisaker and Todd Sickafoose. Tickets for that are still available.

Andrew WK is touring as a the singer of Marky Ramone's band, and that tour hits NYC on Friday (5/3) at Santos (tickets) and October 3 at Irving (tickets).

More pictures from the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" below...

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photos by Greg Cristman; words by Andrew Sacher

"Back from Brooklyn. Full of Oasis falafel and grape leaves. Neurosis blew my mind and ears. Easily the loudest set I've seen a band play." - @HolyShitJustin

Neurosis @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple 1/19
Neurosis

Neurosis made a triumphant return to NYC over the weekend when they headlined a sold out show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Saturday (1/19), the same spot they played with Mastodon the last time they were in NYC, almost exactly five years ago. Neurosis are now without their graphic artist, so the lack of visuals may have made the room bit less ominous than it was five years ago (not to say it wasn't still totally life threatening) but the band still ripped like no other. Their 11-song, hour and a half encore-less set was bookended by two Through Silver in Blood tracks ("Eye" to open, "Locust Star" to close), and in between they focused entirely on their atmospheric, Steve Albini-produced era, relying most heavily on their two most recent albums, 2007's Given to the Rising and 2012's Honor Found in Decay.

People have varying definitions on what "heavy" music is, but if their albums don't already, it's undeniable that Neurosis' shows carry the weight of the word. They tore through boulder-crushing chords, razor-in-throat screams, and a storm-approaching atmosphere that you could feel in your bones (and eardrums). Some moshed, others headbanged in place, and others just watched in awe as the band delivered. There were some moments to breathe during the set, like the post-rock passage of "My Heart For Deliverance" and the half-sung intro of "The Tide," but moments like those are equal in intensity to the heavy sections, and are part of what keeps Neurosis so consistently interesting. They never let up during the set to talk to the crowd, and it was rarely ever silent, even while tuning their guitars. Just an onslaught of peaks and valleys that had command over the crowd throughout the entire set.

The show opened with an industrial drone set from No Fun boss Carlos Giffoni and an experimental guitar/drum/sampler duo set from James Plotkin and Tim Wyskida, who were both members of Khanate. More pictures from the show, Neurosis' setlist, and a video of them playing "At the Well" (via (((unartig)))) below...

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Liars at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Liars

As mentioned, Liars are playing a special show in NYC on May 18 at the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing at the Met Museum. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They've also just added another NYC happening a day later (5/19) at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and it's being presented by Wordless Music (who are also presenting the Met show) and BOOM Collective. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of updated dates and a video below...

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by Bill Pearis

Destroyer at Webster Hall, April 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Destroyer at Webster Hall

Destroyer have added a second NYC-area show -- June 19 at Le Poisson Rouge -- which is one day after their previously-announced show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday (5/4) at noon.

Armed with the "Destroyer Orchestra," Dan Bejar is ably reproducing the lush grooves of last year's Kaputt (my favorite album of 2012). Destroyer's show at Webster Hall last year was terrific, so do go see them this time around.

All Destroyer tour dates are below, along with footage of Destroyer's recent Coachella performance.

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Destroyer at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Destroyer

Destroyer did a fair amount of touring last year in support of Kaputt, which was one of our favorite albums of the year. After playing Coachella this April, he'll kick off another tour in support of the album in June which hits NYC on June 18 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday (3/2) at 9 AM. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Destroyer's Dan Bejar and his old band Points Gray are planning to issue their 2000 LP Offshore on vinyl. It was initially only released in a limited amount of CD-Rs. The band are raising money on IndieGoGo to press the album. You can check out the campaign video below.

All dates and video below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Amon Tobin @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Amon Tobin

Nightclub lasers and lights are one thing. These days, electronic music visuals are on a whole other level. Artists have upped the production ante on their live shows, taking the DJ set out of the club and into the venue...

But perhaps the most ambitious of this year's traveling visual circuses is Amon Tobin's ISAM, a fully HD, 3-D mapping experience that brings Tobin's experimental electronic album of the same name to subtly stunning life.

"Comparisons could be made to Deadmau5 and Daft Punk, who make electronic music and surround themselves with technology as they perform," says Tobin, who brings the "ISAM Live" show to the Congress Theater on Friday. "But unlike that, ISAM doesn't focus on making people dance. It's not a DJ set where you're raving; it's a much more cinematic experience, and is more closely guided by a narrative, how the visuals and music work together."

The show features a shape-shifting DJ booth/art installation. Washes of color, shapes and video images stream over the structure, triggered by Tobin in a storyboard mapped to the music in real time...

"Whether people are into my stuff or not, they come to the show and have an awesome experience regardless," he says. "And then the hope is that there'll be some people who get more curious about the record itself." -[Chicago Sun Times]

Amon Tobin brought his ISAM live performance/light show to Brooklyn Masonic Temple last night (10/25), the first of THREE sold out dates at the venue. Emika supports Tobin on all three nights, but won't join him at MoogFest 2011 in North Carolina, his last US date before heading overseas to play the UK. All dates and more pictures and some video from the impressive Brooklyn spectacle, below...

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Amon Tobin

"The ISAM tour will feature a stunning 25' x 14' x 8' multi-dimensional/ shape shifting 3-D art installation surrounding Tobin and enveloping him and the audience in a beyond 3-D experience. A fantastic visual journey to accompany ISAM"
If you missed out on tickets for the other two shows, you still have one more chance to get your ISAM on because Amon Tobin has added a THIRD show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The new date is October 27th and tickets go on sale Saturday at noon.

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photos by Greg Cristman

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Godspeed You! Black Emperor complete their 5-night NYC run tonight (3/18) at Church of St. Paul The Apostle which is also where they played last night after playing two nights in a row at Brooklyn Masonic Temple which came after a show at Terminal 5. Pictures and the setlist from the 3/15 show, and the setlist and videos from 3/16 are in this post. More below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG

Swans

Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, and the new incarnation of Swans played their first NYC show since reformation at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday night, 10/8. They were joined by tour-mate Baby Dee and recent addition Ben Frost as support. The show was one of two NYC dates on a larger tour for the reactivated post-punk/noise/industrial pioneers (previous shows included Pop Montreal and the Black Cat in DC). Swans played their 2nd NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (sans Ben Frost, avec Baby Dee). Both NYC shows sold out in advance. The Brooklyn gig featured an afterhours party with Sasha Grey, Caleb (Sacred Bones), and DJ JonBenet (Prurient, Cold Cave) on the lower level. That drew its own separate crowd in addition to the post-show revelers.

Ben Frost's opening set was particularly impressive, mixing guitar acrobatics and laptop scientifics that took full use of the considerable soundsystem. It was a fantastic set; I normally have a hard time enduring solo laptop-musician/DJ sets, but watched the entire thing. Unfortunately I missed all of Baby Dee.

Swans blasted on stage with the opening thump of "No Words/No Thoughts", before transitioning into a bit of a reworked version of that song. Their set was overwhelmingly heavy with material from the incredible new My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (five of the eight tracks), but the band made stops by their earliest works too ("Sex, God, Sex" from Children of God, "Your Property" from Cop, "I Crawled" from Young God EP). Moving, crushing, beautiful, and magnetic, Michael Gira and Co delivered one of my favorite performances at a space that has hosted its share of memorable moments: Neurosis, sunn o))), Sleep, and Throbbing Gristle.

Don't believe the hype though; it wasn't quite as overwhelmingly loud as you have been lead to believe... not that it matters either way. It was/is always more about electric performance and there is no doubt that Swans delivered on a Friday night on a quiet street in Brooklyn.

More pictures and video from the Brooklyn show, with the Swans setlist, below..

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Godspeed

They announced their return earlier this year along with the promise of nine American shows. Well, counting Canada there are now actually at least 15 Godspeed You! Black Emperor shows coming up in America and two of those are in NYC!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
317 Clermont Avenue at Lafayette, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
8pm doors / 9pm show / $25 general admission / Tickets on sale here
Co-presented by Wordless Music and The Blackened Music Series

Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 West 59th Street at Columbus Avenue, NYC
7pm doors / 8pm show / $25 general admission / Tickets on sale here
Co-presented by Wordless Music and The Blackened Music Series

It will be their first NYC shows in eight years. All dates below...

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Sleep night 1 photos by Greg Cristman
A Storm of Light/Lichens by BBG, Sleep night 2 by Justina Villanueva

Sleep (by Justina Villanueva)
Sleep

Sleep played their second and final show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Wednesday (9/8, first show was two days earlier), this time with an assist from A Storm of Light and Lichens. As with the previous night, support was fantastic though in much different ways. A Storm of Light featured Zohra Atash (Religious To Damn) on vocals, new drummer RJ from US Christmas, and Will Lindsay (Indian, Wolves In The Throne Room) on second guitar, which added tremendous depth to the already massive sound that the band has cultivated and on the PA at the Masonic Temple, it only sounded larger. Lichens followed, and although technical difficulties truncated Rob Lowe's set to a paltry 15+ minutes, his vocal and primitive synth harmonies were enthralling in those brief moments. Excellent set.

Thirty minutes earlier than the night before, Sleep launched into their set with the opening bars of "Dopesmoker".

Your primary document tonight is 1993's Sleep's Holy Mountain, a churning monolith wherein tunes like "Aquarian" change tempo and velocity in a real casual, nonchalant way, a nice balance of dirge and thrash, narcotics and histrionics. "Traveling toward the atomic sky!" Cisneros growls on "Inside the Sun," and verily you soon feel like you're standing in it yourself. (The Brooklyn Masonic Temple remains a fantastic place to hear these bands, your Sunn O)))s and Mastadons and Neuroses, thanks to the high ceilings, the grimy feel, the liberal approach to volume, the conservative approach to stage lighting, the words "Masonic" and "Temple.") The miniseries-length "From Beyond" is like a portable natural disaster, ebbing and flowing, a super-brooding trudge that powers down to a soft, almost gentle interlude (Roeder tapping cymbals with his bare hands) and then inevitably supernovas into an extinction-level event, with Pike's wildest and most eruptive solo of the night as punctuation. The cops didn't even bother showing up to gawk at this one, most likely because they were completely terrified. Their loss, your hearing loss. -[Village Voice]
A second set of pictures from night one, as well as more pics from night two are below....

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photos by Greg Cristman,

Altar

Two nights after they closed out ATP NY, Altar, aka sunn o))), Boris, Jesse Sykes, Joe Preston, and others, headlined Brooklyn Masonic Temple (smack dab in the middle of two Sleep shows). The Altar show featured opening sets by BXI (aka Boris + Ian Astbury of The Cult) and the enchanting Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter. Power failures caused the headliner's show to halt ten minutes in, and the way the show ended is up for some debate, but those issues aside, anyone who was there until the end doesn't seem to be complaining...

"The experience alone of seeing these two amazing bands perform this album in its entirety was the best live performance I've ever had both physically and mentally.
While exiting the show, my comrades and I remained in silence only to make the occasional comment of "holy shit that was amazing", or "my body is still vibrating."
Now that I have been to several 'big time' events about the city which include some of my favored bands, this still remains to be the best thing to have happened in New York since I've been here, and possibly the year.

My praise to you, oh, Elder Gods. My our sacrifices be plentiful.

Blood for the blood God." [Vitamin C4]

More pictures from the show are below...

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words & photos by BBG

Sleep @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple Monday night

Sleep

Back before Boris and Sunn O))) took over the place, Sleep played their first of two NYC shows at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Monday night, Labor Day (9/6). Unearthly Trance and Doomriders opened the show, and the legendary stoner band will do it AGAIN TONIGHT (9/8), this time with different openers: Lichens and A Storm of Light. The show, which WAS sold out, will now have tickets available when doors open at 7PM TODAY.

Sleep's reunion tour so far also included shows at ATP NY and at FYF Fest out west.

Unearthly Trance's next NYC show is at Union Pool on 9/29 with Swedish doom destructors SUMA and NJ's Pharoah. The show is part of a short stint of dates for the duo and doubles as their record release party for the forthcoming V due on Relapse Records at the end of this month. Unearthly Trance and SUMA will share a collaborative EP on Throne Records in the coming months, not to be confused with their previous, and now sold-out, split 10".

If you miss them tonight, Lichens also have another show coming up soon:

Wednesday September 15th @ SHEA STADIUM

:: INTERNATIONALTAPES.COM & TODD P present:

:: Janka Nabay ----------------- solo
:::: Highlife -------------------- Doug Shaw, Social Registry records
:::::: Ali Kamiya Dit Ba aka Ali Baba -- from Mali, w/ Adrian Orange of Thanksgiving
:::::::: Lichens ------------------ Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

:: special guests: CLOUDLAND CANYONS
:: International Tapes djs

| SHEA STADIUM |
20 Meadow St btwn Waterbury St & Bogart St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Grand, G-Metropolitan | 8pm | all ages | $8
| MYSPACE |-- http://sheastadiumbk.blogspot.com

More pictures from Monday's show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, including one of the setlist, and all Unearthly Trace dates, below....

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by BBG

"Sunn O))) broke the Brooklyn Masonic Temple". -juddgreenstein

"power problem sideswipes #sunn #Boris #altar show. Band breaks character, lifts hoods and asks audience 10 mins to straighten out" -Robert Chow

"Power outage@ Brooklyn masonic temple: praying to the doom metal gods: let sunn o))) & Boris finish" -thejass

"Sunn 0))) blew the power to the Masonic temple. Everyone's running around trying to fix it. Having punk rock show flashbacks". -americab

"All the mobile device tweet power in here should be
routed into the amps #altar" -Toby Driver

The massive sunn O)))/Boris rig at ATP NY 2 nights earlier (more here)
sunn boris

After sets from Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter and BXI, two songs into last night's (9/7) sunn O)))/Boris set at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, the power blew. With the heat sweltering inside the venue and the Brooklyn Masonic staff scrambling to fix the issue, a number of people from the audience decided to hit the road. The venue later fixed the issue, and sunn O)))/Boris played in complete darkness to conserve power. Reportedly the police then showed due to noise complaints, but according to one attendant, "Saw the cops, but can you shut down a show that's already over? Or did someone give Sunn and co. the signal to stop? Either way I don't think anyone noticed. Shit was excellent." Stay tuned for more info.

UPDATE:
The noise did get the police there, but they didn't shut it down.

Hopefully the power won't buckle tonight at Sleep at BMT (all went well Monday night) (and by the way, tickets will be released at the door) or at the sunn O)))-curated Roadburn 2011 with the newly added Pentagram and Swans. Swans will also play Masonic Temple on October 8th, tickets are still on sale. Their Bowery Show the next night is sold out.

BXI sat down with someone for a video interview 2 days ago (right after ATP). In it, the interviewer says that people called the last sunn O))) show at Masonic Temple, "the loudest they ever heard". You can watch that below...

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by BBG

BXI
BXI

ATP NY have a plethora of exclusives upstate in early September, and now they're bringing one to NYC. On September 7th, The Blackened Music Series and ATP will combine forces for a show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple where sunn o))) & Boris will perform Altar in its entirety (a NYC first) and BXI will make their US debut! The melancholic and heart-wrenching Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter will sweeten the deal/provide awesome contrast for the rage. Tickets are on sale.

The show is one day before Sleep smokes out the same venue with Lichens and the newly added A Storm of Light (tickets still on sale for that too)...

As previously discussed, BXI is the collaboration of Boris and Ian Astbury (The Cult) who will release their debut EP in September via Southern Lord. The four song EP will feature three new tracks, as well as a cover of The Cult's "Rain". Dig on the EP cover, as well as a video of BXI in action (performing The Door's "The End") in Sydney Australia below.

Reminder, Boris plays MHOW on August 6 with Torche and Russian Circles (the day after UNSANE/Keelhaul at Santos!). Tickets are on sale.

The Altar flyer, a BXI video and cover art, below...

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by BBG

Sleep 2010 = Al Cisneros, Jason Roeder, Matt Pike.
Sleep

The rumors are true. After initially reuniting for a "final show" at ATP The Fans Strike Back, followed by an announcement that the band would appear at ATP NY, Sleep is BACK with a vengeance! What's more? BrooklynVegan and Osiris will present the return of the gods of stoner doom, Sleep, at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Sept 8th. Tickets are on sale now.

The NYC show is part of a string of dates for the band, who will return to the road (!) with an appearance at ATP NY, alongside Iggy & The Stooges, Sonic Youth, sunn o)))/Boris, and many esteemed others. They'll be performing their Holy Mountain album as well as "selections from Dopesmoker and more".

Lichens, who toured with Om in 2009 will open the show at Masonic Temple, and the gig Sleep are playing the next day at Chicago's Logan Square Auditorium. In Portland Sleep will play as part of Music Fest NW.

Sleep 2010 is looking a bit different from Sleep 2009, as Chris Hakius has definitely thrown in the towel and will be replaced by Neurosis bruiser Jason Roeder behind the kit. Full tour dates and some videos from the 2009 show, below...

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by BBG

Michael Gira at The Stone (more by Lori Baily)
Michael Gira

We knew that it was coming, but now we have a New York City date. The much discussed Swans reunion show will take place on 10/8 with Baby Dee at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a Haunting The Chapel/The Blackened Music Series/The Issue Project Room joint production. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10AM. The show takes place a few days after Swans play Pop Montreal, one of two festivals that Swans have announced with the second being Supersonic in the UK in October 2010. More dates TBA.

UPDATE:
It looks like tickets go on sale Friday now, and the Brooklyn show takes place one day after a show at Bowery Ballroom.

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