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HTDW @ The Slipper Room - 6/11/14
How to Dress Well

How to Dress Well has a new album "What Is This Heart?" coming June 24 via Weird World, but last night (6/11) he celebrated it early with an intimate show at NYC's Slipper Room. The new album also is being accompanied by a video trilogy which they initially announced would screen last night but it didn't. HTDW did recently released the second part of the trilogy though, which can be watched below. Pictures of the show are in this post.

HTDW will be back in NYC when his proper tour in support of the album hits the much larger Irving Plaza on September 17. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures, with parts 1 & 2 of the video trilogy, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

King Khan & the Shrines @ LPR 6/6/2014
King Khan and the Shrines

King Khan & the Shrines spent the weekend in NYC, playing Le Poisson Rouge on Friday (6/6) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/7), part of their tour with fellow Canadians Red Mass. Pics from LPR are in this post.

Khan's voice sounded a little shot on Saturday but he and the band were in typically good spirits. The Shrines are one of those bands whose jobs it is to "have a good time" and to exalt the King. Keyboardist Fred Fredovitch had his enormous organ (ahem) in crowd by the second song. It's schtick, but it's good schtick, and they're killer musicians with good songs at the base. Great songs, even, like "Bite My Tongue" and "Land of the Freak," "I Wanna Be a Girl" and "Born to Die" from last year's Idle No More." Check out the full setlist from LPR below.

Openers Red Mass were good too and, like The Shrines, mix genres. But where King Khan imagines a Motown that would've signed The Stooges, Roy of Red Mass doesn't have quite as singular a vision. Some songs were straight-up garage punk, others had an almost disco backbeat that would've been at home in 2005. They were all pretty good though. (Their drummer is crazy good.) Not sure why they came out in hoods and animal masks only to almost immediately discard them, something it doesn't look like they did at the LPR show. Also: at MHOW, the band brought out Rick Froberg (Obits/Hot Snakes) for the song he sings on for Red Mass' new album due out later this year.

Both King Khan and Red Mass play again tonight (6/8) at NJ's Asbury Lanes. You can also catch Red Mass on Monday (6/9) at The Flat with Foster Care and Atlanta's Dasher.

More pictures and the setlist from LPR, below...

Continue reading "King Khan & the Shrines and Red Mass played LPR & MHOW (pics and setlist from LPR)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Shilpa Ray @ Baby's All Right -- 5/24/2014
Shilpa Ray

Alt-punk-rock-bluegrass-appalachian-country band O'Death are not only still at it, they recently announced they have a new album on the way via Northern Spy. No other details at the moment, but it will be their first since 2011's Outside.

On June 7, O'Death will play the Wick with fellow long-running (minus hiatuses) NYC artists Vietnam and Shilpa Ray along with guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C. Johnson (who also recently played with Parquet Courts, Guards, Shy Hunters, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard). Tickets for the Brooklyn show, which is also Vietnam's only upcoming date, are on sale.

Meanwhile you can catch Fletcher and band at Baby's All Right tonight (5/30). They're the "special guest" opening the Hector's Pets record release show.

On Saturday week we caught Shilpa Ray at Baby's All Right. We were sad to since learn that someone took her boots! Shilpa writes:

What a crazy night! Baby's is so much fun. WAY TOO MUCH FUN. I've got a severe headache and I believe someone walked away with my boots last night. Give em back! I know you've got big feet and there is no way you're a ladies 5 1/2 - 6, so quit pretending. As for the rest of you thanks for coming out!! Loved Clapperclaw, Triptides, and D'NT. Special thanks to DJ Andrew Haynes.

I could say something rash, like I'm not drinking for the rest of this week, but we know that is a lie. Cheers to the Mid Atlantic states! Happy Memorial Weekend!!
I'll leave you with this: (yeah that's Stiv Bators) http://youtu.be/5CYN14Ki5o8

We missed Loved Clapperclaw and Triptides, but caught D'NT (who open for Titus Andronicus at Warsaw) and the intense harmonium playing Shilpa. Pictures from that show continue, along with a cover of the Pixies by O'Death you can listen to, below...

Continue reading "O'Death announce LP, playing w/ Vietnam, Fletcher C Johnson & Shilpa Ray (who lost her boots at Baby's) -- pics & dates"

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"Ghost just leveled Best Buy Theater. Best set I've seen them play yet" - Michel


The best part, really, was that Papa Emeritus wasn't the only thing to watch on stage. The rest of the band has a ton of energy and synergy that made it amazing to behold.

Biggest surprises? To my left, there was a woman in front of me playing Candy Crush Saga on her phone the entire show.

To my right, there was a guy holding his ~6 year old son, who was just rocking out the whole time. [Reddit user ggabriele3]

The costumed Satanic Swedes known as Ghost (or Ghost B.C.) wrapped up their North American tour in NYC with a show at Best Buy Theater on Saturday (5/17). Their 17-song set included most of both albums, plus covers of The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" and Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts." Opening for Ghost on this tour was noir-country crooner King Dude, who put out his new album Fear earlier this month. It sounded like an interesting pairing, but as the Reddit user quoted above points out, the crowd didn't treat him very well (and other users agreed in the comments):
The only real disappointment was how the crowd treated the opener - King Dude. Granted the guy has a very different sound (think post-apocalyptic Americana; like Fallout New Vegas), and I feel like the guy really hasn't perfected his sound yet....but the guys yelling "you suck" should have been thrown out.
Another person tweeted "Really saddened to hear about King Dude being booed during his support slots for Ghost's US tour."

Pictures of both Ghost and King Dude are in this post and on Facebook. More, with Ghost's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Ghost played Best Buy Theater w/ King Dude, who was being heckled a bit (pics, setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

"Never saw Mastodon live until last night, but holy crap they totally crushed it at Terminal 5." - @asavla

"Fucking MASTODON made my night!!!!!!!!!! #yesiairguitaredtopendelumskin @ Terminal 5" - Steffi Jane

Mastodon / Gojira fans @ Terminal 5 - 5/15/14

Georgia sludge masters Mastodon are currently on the road with French progressive death metallers Gojira and Norwegian black 'n rollers Kvelertak bringing awesome triple bills to various US cities like Chicago earlier this month and NYC last night (5/15) for a sold out show at Terminal 5. Other than "Crusher Destroyer" being the only Remission song played, Mastodon split their set pretty evenly between all their records, and gave us two songs off the upcoming Once More 'Round the Sun album, including lead single "High Road" and "Chimes at Midnight." You can check out a video of the latter from their Oakland show, below. Pictures and Mastodon's setlist from the Terminal 5 show are also in this post.

Before the show, Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds gave guitar lessons and is doing the same in Philly and MA this weekend. Anyone take one of his lessons?

Kvelertak @ Terminal 5

I didn't catch the Terminal 5 show, but I did see openers Kvelertak headlining a smaller (also sold out) show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn a night earlier. They were great as always, offering a ton of crowd favorites from both of their albums like "Blodtorst," "Fossegrim," "Kvelertak," "Manelyst" and plenty more. It's no secret that the band are partiers and that they recall pieces of some classic bands, but there isn't really anyone doing it like Kvelertak. The Vitus show was all raised fists, endless mosh pits, and tons of English speakers yelling along the best they could to Erlend Hjelvik's Norwegian lyrics. Almost everyone left covered in sweat and smiling.

More pics of all three bands from T5, with Mastodon's setlist and that video, below...

Continue reading "Mastodon played Terminal 5 w/ Gojira & Kvelertak, who also played Saint Vitus (pics & setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

TWIABP @ NYU's Strawberry Festival - 5/9/14
The World is a Beautiful Place & I'm No Longer Afraid To Die
The World is a Beautiful Place & I'm No Longer Afraid To Die

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die isn't really a band with a clear frontman or a standout member. Several of the band's many members take on vocal duties, and their whole sound is really a pretty communal thing. Now you can hear what one of the band's singers, David Bello, sounds like on his own, as he'll release a new solo EP, Tires, next week (5/20) via Man of 1000 Masks.

The new single, "Burn Up In A Car," is an acoustic emo campfire song that should appeal to anyone who liked TWIABP's softer moments like "Gig Life" or other acoustic emo singalongs like Brand New's "Soco Amaretto Lime" -- a band whose early stuff is hard not to think of when David sings "And I hope you burn up in that fucking car / And I hope when you crash you had your seatbelt on, now you can't get out of it." The song premieres in this post and can be listened to below.

Meanwhile, TWIABP just played NYU's free, afternoon Strawberry Festival this past Friday (5/9) with Titus Andronicus. Pics of Titus are HERE, and pics of TWIABP are on Facebook and in this post.

More pictures, with the new David Bello song stream, below...

Continue reading "The World Is A Beautiful Place singer David Bello releasing EP (stream a track); TWIABP played NYU's Strawberry Fest (pics)"

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Titus Andronicus @ NYU Strawberry Festival - 5/9/14
Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus headlined NYU's free, afternoon Strawberry Festival this past Friday (5/9) with a set that included a few favorites ("A More Perfect Union," "In A Big City"), a cover of The Stones' "Gimme Shelter," and a lot of new material off the upcoming rock opera the band have been talking about. Pictures of their set are in this post and on Facebook. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die also played and pictures of their set are HERE.

Titus next play NYC during the Northside Festival on June 12 at Warsaw with Eagulls and Low Fat Getting High. Tickets for that show are still available, or you can also try to get in with your Northside badge.

Liam Betson
Liam Betson

In related news, former Titus Andronicus member Liam Betson (who has also previously recorded as Liam the Younger) is releasing a new solo album, The Cover of Hunter, on July 22 via Double Double Whammy (pre-order). The album features contributions from Titus frontman Patrick Stickles, Julian Lynch, Luka Usmiani (Ducktails, Big Troubles), Alex Steinberg (of Alex Bleeker & The Freaks), Ian Drennan (Big Troubles), Ian Dykstra (also ex-Titus), and Titus/Real Estate producer/mixer Kevin McMahon (who also produced it).

Check out the album trailer and artwork, along with more Titus pics, their setlist and a video, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

Olga Bell

tUnE-yArDs released her third album, Nikki Nack, this week via 4AD and though she's got a full tour with Sylvan Esso coming up that includes two nights in NYC at Webster Hall, she celebrated with some smaller release week shows including Rough Trade NYC last night (5/7).

The show focused almost only on the new album, playing most of its songs and only saving room for three cuts off its predecessor w h o k i l l, "Gangsta," "Powa," and "Bizness" (nothing from the first album). Admittedly, the new album wasn't hitting me like w h o k i l l did, but any doubts I had were gone once she played them live last night. Merrill is now joined by a pretty different band (besides longtime bassist Nate Brenner) that includes three backing vocalists, and it's really a different show than the w h o k i l l tour. Still, it's strangely complex and strangely accessible in that way tUnE-yArDs always manages to be.

She consistently has a way of pulling from several genres at once, and with her new backing vocal section, I kept getting a warped Motown vibe from the new songs that I didn't notice on the album. The new stuff made for some real standout moments too. "Rocking Chair" was a hell of an opener, and first single "Water Fountain" clearly had the crowd excited, smiling, and singing along maybe even more so than when she played her earlier material.

The show was opened by Olga Bell, who just over a week ago played her new Russian song cycle, Krai, with a full ensemble at Le Poisson Rouge, but this time was in solo mode and singing in English. (She did play a quick excerpt from Krai though.) Her set also included a cover of Weezer's "Buddy Holly" that, besides the vocals, bared little resemblance to the original but totally worked. Pictures of both Olga and tUnE-yArDs (including one of their setlist) are in this post.

tUnE-yArDs' tour with Sylvan Esso includes NYC shows on June 22 & 23 at Webster Hall. Night 1 is sold out but you can still get tickets to night 2. Sylvan Esso also play a Governors Ball pre-party in NYC at The Westway tonight (5/8). That's sold out.

More pictures from Rough Trade below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Foals @ T5, 5/6/2014

In the midst of their North America tour with Cage the Elephant, UK act Foals and J. Roddy Walston & the Business hit NYC on Tuesday night (5/6) for their first of two sold out shows at Terminal 5. Though Foals singer Yannis Philipakis did crowd surf, his wildman moves were kept in check last night -- no jumping from high places. We didn't stick around for the headliners but pictures of Foals and J. Roddy's sets are in this post.

They do it again at tonight (5.7). Pics from J. Roddy's set, and more from Foals, below...

Continue reading "Foals played Terminal 5 with J. Roddy Walston and the Business (pics), do it again tonight"

photos by Chris La Putt

AJ Davila / Cassie Ramone
AJ Davila
Cassie Ramone

Last night (5/4) at Trans Pecos, Todd P's new venue in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), there was a pretty great bill of mostly local music from the noisy Tonstartsbandht, the dark LODRO, a solo set from former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone, Plastic Pinks and, from Puerto Rico, Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila and his band Terror Amor. We caught the latter three, and pictures of those are in this post.

They continue below...

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photos by Chris La Putt; by Bill Pearis

David Byrne / the Lidaju Sisters & Alexis Taylor / finale with Dev Hynes, street dancers
ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

The music of Nigerian musician William Onyeabor was celebrated over the weekend with the two-night "Atomic Bomb" concerts at BAM. Part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy, it featured David Byrne, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, the Rapture's Luke Jenner and Nigerian singers the Lidaju Sisters singing Onyeabor's songs, backed by a tight band (who knew how to hang loose) led by Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab. (The band also included Money Mark, LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and more.) Saturday night's show, at least, was a fun, joyous time with as much dancing in the aisles as would be allowed.

Perhaps a tip of the hat to Onyeabor's current born-again Christian status, the night opened with street preacher Rufus Cannon wheeling his portable speaker down the center aisle, shouting testament to God and Jesus on his way to the stage, and at the end of the show a variety of street performers were brought on stage as well, giving the evening a distinctive NYC flair. The music was great, hitting most of the highlights of last year's Who is William Onyeabor? compilation, and the Lidaju Sisters performed a couple of their own songs mid-set. Both Taylor and Byrne were onstage most of the evening as part of the band when they weren't singing.

I do wish the keyboards -- which is what makes Onyeabor's music so distinctive -- had been a little louder in the mix. "Good Name," which on record has an almost Kraftwerk vibe to it, was overtaken by the horn section (which included sax great Joshua Redman). But the crowd and everyone onstage seemed to be having a genuine blast with Onyeabor's music.

The Atomic Bomb Band -- which played The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon ahead of the BAM concerts -- head to the West Coast this week for shows in LA and San Francisco. More pics from Saturday's performance below...

Continue reading "David Byrne, Dev Hynes, Alexis Taylor, Sinkane and more celebrated William Onyeabor this weekend at BAM (pics)"

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

House of Flying Hair: Bo Ningen @ The Studio at Webster Hall 5/2/2014
Bo Ningen

London-via-Japan quartet Bo Ningen played their final of three NYC shows on Friday night (5/2) with an explosive set at The Studio at Webster Hall. Like at Rough Trade last week, these guys defy pigeonholing -- and sometimes gravity -- with a mix doom riffs, proggy time changes, shoegaze effects and flying hair. To make things even more surreal, there was a guy in clown makeup dancing right up front. Pictures from their set are in this post and if you're at Austin Psych Fest this weekend, don't miss them on Sunday.

The clown guy wasn't the only wacky audience member of the evening. During openers Yvette's equally intense set some guy was doing some serious interpretive dance. That or mosh are your best alternative's to the duo's highly technical, occasionally abrasive, industrialized postpunk. Armed with a battery of effects pedals, guitars sound like synthesizers and machine part, and drums double as bass. They're really unlike any other NYC band at the moment, though I bet they're Big Black fans. Catch 'em if you can -- their next NYC show is May 27 at Baby's All Right with Monotonix guitarist Yonatan Gat and Tonstartssbandht (tickets).

Pics from Yvette's set, and more from Bo Ningen, are below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Iggy Pop with New Order // Sufjan Stevens with The National
24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert - Carnegie Hall, NYC - March 11th, 2014
24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert - Carnegie Hall, NYC - March 11th, 2014

The 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert took place at Carnegie Hall last night (3/11) with Patti Smith, New Order, Iggy Pop, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Randolph, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, and many more.

As always, the night featured many collaborations--Iggy Pop with New Order, Sufjan Stevens with The National, Nico Muhly with Philip Glass, and so on. Headliner Patti Smith also paid tribute to the late Lou Reed by covering Transformer's "Perfect Day." Video footage of Iggy Pop and New Order playing Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Transmission," and NO's own "Californian Grass" are in this post. UPDATE: Footage of The National and Sufjan Stevens performing "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," "This Is the Last Time," and "I Need My Girl" can also be found below.

More pictures, those videos, and the full Tibet House US 24th Annual Benefit setlist lie after the jump...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Duo de Twang @ Brooklyn Rod & Gun, 2/27/2014
Duo de Twang

Bass noodler Les Claypool's Duo de Twang played an intimate show at the Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club last evening, packing the room for an early show that was presented by BrooklynVegan and broadcast live on Tourgigs.com. The dudes kicked it off with "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver," and recounted the backstory of the eyebrow raising song title (it's innocent enough). Les and Co. were in jovial spirits, chatting it up as they dove through other Les-related hits. They wrapped up with "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," landing on a familiar reference point for everyone, and then headed off to their second night at the McKittrick Hotel in Manhattan.

At the McKittrick, Duo de Twang was joined by Les's Oysterhead bandmate and former Police man Stewart Copeland, who played a single drum on Jerry Horton's "The Battle Of New Orleans." It wasn't the only guest appearance --- Blues Traveler's John Popper contributed harmonica to a number of songs throughout the show, among them a cover of Johnny Cash's "Cocaine Blues." Read more about it over at Jam Base.

Check out more pics from the Brooklyn show below...

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video by Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya, and Chris La Putt photos by Jessica Amaya

Jordan Lee's art pop collective Mutual Benefit celebrated the vinyl re-release of their 2013 debut LP, Love's Crushing Diamond, via Other Music this week (1/7), and part of that celebration included performing one of its tracks, "Advanced Falconry," plus two songs from their 2010 Spider Heaven EP, for the seventh installemnt of our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. Big thanks to Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya and Chris La Putt for making this look (and sound) great. You can check out the video at the bottom of this post.

Mutual Benefit also have a previously mentioned tour coming up that includes NYC shows happening on February 7 at Mercury Lounge and February 8 at Rough Trade. Since we last spoke, Leapling have been added to both of those shows, and tickets for both are still available.

All tour dates are listed, along with a few more pics from the BV Studio Sessions recording, the video, tracklist, and links to the six previous installments of the series, below...

Continue reading "watch Mutual Benefit in a BV Studio Session; Leapling opening their NYC shows (video & updated dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Heliotropes @ Cake Shop 11/16/2013

Brooklyn's Heliotropes released their riff-heavy debut, A Constant Sea, over the summer and if you haven't heard it yet you can stream it below. Seeing them live is where it's at, though, and luckily these ladies like to play shows. Your next chance to see them is at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 27 where they'll open for the first of Psychic TV's two shows there. House of Blondes are also on the bill and that should be an interesting show to say the least. Like all BK Bazaar shows, it's free.

We've also got a belated set of pics from Heliotropes' 11/16 show at Cake Shop and those are in this post. Also, we've been asking bands to give us the 2013 Best Ofs, and Heliotropes singer Jessica Numsuwankijkul gave us a rather interesting list, her "Top 6 Musical Torture Scenarios of 2013." Check that out, along with those Cake Shop pics, below...

Continue reading "Heliotropes list their "Top Musical Torture Scenarios of 2013," opening for Psychic TV ++ belated pics from Cake Shop"

photos by Chris La Putt

"So happy to have seen @ilovelucius again. What an unforgettable, high-energy show. @ Bowery Ballroom" - @Caty_Gordon

"@ilovelucius killed it tonight at Bowery Ballroom! There's nothing better than standing right in the front singing every word with you guys." - Karen Kuhn

"Lucius! A little bunch of super talented people. So. Much. Fun." - Natalie Weber


That praise wasn't in question on Saturday night, the first of two sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows over the weekend. After opening with an interlude of the Beatles' "Free as a Bird," the five-piece continued to enthrall fans with "Don't Just Sit There," the singers in matching dresses and sporting asymmetrical bobs. Large black-and-white silhouettes facing each other in a perfect yin and yang served as an appropriate backdrop. Treating longtime admirers to "Geneieve," off their self-titled EP, the vocalists howled, "All you had to do was shut your mouth, GENEIEVE!" And Laessig exclaimed how happy Lucius were to return home to close out their 2013 tour. [The House List]
Upon returning home from their tour, Brooklyn indie pop collective Lucius played two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom over the weekend (12/7 & 12/8). The band, led by the dual vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (who have collaborated with San Fermin and Wilco), gave their hometown fans a bunch of the material from this past October's Wildewoman (one of Paste's favorites of 2013), plus they revisited some older material and did a seasonally appropriate acoustic cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" from the middle of the crowd. Pictures of Saturday's show, including openers Kingsley Flood, are in this post.

More pics, along with a couple videos (including one of the Lennon cover), below...

Continue reading "Lucius @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Kingsley Flood (pics & videos)"

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

John Grant @ Rough Trade, 12/3/2012

John Grant's second solo album, Pale Green Ghosts, has been appearing on a lot of best-of lists this year, and it landed in the top spot of Rough Trade Shops' Top Albums of 2013. Grant returned the favor last night by playing an in-store at the brand-new Brooklyn location and admission was free with purchase of the new record. This was the second of two Brooklyn gigs -- he played a seated show at Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before (12/2).

Both shows were in "stripped down" mode, which is the only way I've ever seen Grant -- him with accompaniment from a second keyboardist and an acoustic guitarist. He doesn't really need much else, with his songwriting very much in the mid-'70s Elton John / David Bowie / Paul Williams style, plus his voice (and stage presence) are already pretty widescreen. The Rough Trade set was fantastic, if short, maybe eight songs but he played pretty much all my favorites: "Sigourney Weaver," "Where Dreams Go to Die," "It Doesn't Matter to Him," "You Don't Have To," and his real showstopper, "GMF" (aka "Greatest Motherfucker"). Pictures from the Rough Trade show are in this post.

The NYC shows were a short stop for Grant before his European tour. Hopefully he'll come back soon. More pics from Rough Trade below...

Continue reading "John Grant played Rough Trade (pics) after MHOW"

photos by Chris La Putt

Nicole Atkins @ South St. Seaport, 11/29/2013
South Street Seaport - Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2013
South Street Seaport - Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2013

The annual tree-lighting at the Seaport went down over the weekend (11/29) with Nicole Atkins and "It's My Party" singer Lesley Gore singing, along with appearances from comedian Dave Heenan, Swingadelic and more. Pictures of the celebration are in this post.

Nicole Atkins, whose new album Slow Phaser will be out February 4, will play a record release show on February 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/4) at noon.

More pictures from the tree-lighting below...

Continue reading "Nicole Atkins sang w/ Lesley Gore & others at the Seaport tree-lighting (pics), announced a Bowery Ballroom show"

photos by Chris La Putt

Sky Ferreira
Sky Ferreira
Sky Ferreira

The first real concerts at Rough Trade's new NYC location, in partnership with Bowery Presents, will happen this weekend with Television (both sold out), but meanwhile the venue opened tonight (11/25) with a pair of free "in-stores". An "in-store" at the Williamsburg record store that is also a concert venue, is a short and free show. Sky Ferreira, who recently headlined Webster Hall, played five seven songs during her venue-opening in-store set and we have pictures of her and the store in this post.

Danny Brown plays an in-store Tuesday at 5pm. Matthew E. White is Wednesday. Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent play free ones Saturday afternoon (Television is Friday and Saturday night). More pics of Sky and the store below...

Continue reading "Sky Ferreira played Rough Trade, which is now open for business (pics of her & the NYC store)"

photo by Chris La Putt

Nicole Atkins @ MOSCOT, 11/21/2013

Singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins has some stuff going on in the NYC-area (as usual) before the year ends, including the 30th annual tree-lighting at the South Street Seaport on November 29, which Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love sang at in past years. (You may remember that unfortunately it couldn't happen last year.) Joining Nicole will be '60s pop singer Lesley Gore ("It's My Party"), comedian Dave Heenan, Swingadelic and more. 6 PM start and totally free. That's the flyer above.

Nicole, who just played MOSCOT's store on the Lower East Side last week (that's a picture from it above), has a few other upcoming events, including a Last Waltz tribute at The Capitol Theatre on Wednesday (11/27) with Nels Cline, Cass McCombs and more (tickets) and a Scott Walker tribute at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (12/1) with Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof, Ex Cops, and more (tickets). She also plays her own show in NJ in December (tix).

Nicole also plays Rhett Miller's Holiday Extraganza: An Evening of Comedy and Music at City Winery (12/16) with Jim Turner (tix).

Flyer for the Seaport show and a stream of Nicole Atkins singing "Blue Christmas," below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Pity Sex @ BV-CMJ 10/19/13
Pity Sex

Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, who put out a pretty great album this year, just announced that they'll head back out on the road in January with post-hardcore band Self Defense Family (fka End of a Year, and whose singer Patrick Kindlon is also in Drug Church). And to turn what will surely be great double bills into great triple bills, they've got LVL UP supporting the first leg, and Ovlov supporting the second. The tour hits NYC on January 19 at Santos Party House with Ovlov opening. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketweb for updates. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer below.

Back during CMJ, Pity Sex played our BV party. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and there's another batch of their set in this post.

Self Defense Family recently announced that their first LP under their current name, Try Me, will be out on January 7 via Deathwish. Watch the teaser video for that LP and stream one of their earlier tracks below.

LVL UP aren't on the NYC date of the Pity Sex/Self Defense tour, but they do have other NYC shows coming up. They'll be opening the previously discussed Saintseneca tour, including the NYC stop happening on January 18 at Baby's All Right. Also on that show is Broncho and Brass Bed. Tickets for that show are still available.

Before those tours, you can also catch LVL UP at Shea Stadium on November 29 with Liam Betson (Liam the Younger), Heeney, and Liquor Store. And they'll also return to Shea on December 5 for part two of the two-part Big Snow Buffalo Lodge farewell party. Joining LVL UP at Shea on 12/5 is Porches, Krill, Baked, Lost Boy?, and Bueno. And part 1 of the party happens on December 3 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister, Leapling, Celestial Shore, Ava Luna, Zula, and a DJ set from Empress Of. Tickets for part 1 and part 2 are on sale now. All LVL UP dates are listed below.

As discussed, LVL UP have an upcoming split with Porches coming out on November 26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy. They just premiered one of their contributions, "Bad Blood," over at Beats Per Minute, and you can stream that, along with their other contribution, "Cross The Sea," and Porches' "Townie Blunt Guts," below.

Porches also play this year's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), along with garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet, Designer, and No Regrets Coyote. It takes place on December 13 at Barnard College in the Diana Event Oval, and is free, all ages, and open to the public. Flyer below. As discussed, Diarrhea Planet play another free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/14) a day later with Purling Hiss, Big Ups, and Manors.

Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, Double Double Whammy and Birdtapes, Crying (who are signed to DDW, and who feature Nick of LVL UP and Elaiza of Whatever, Dad) and Elvis Depressedly (signed to Birdtapes) are heading out on a tour together which includes a house show in NYC on New Year's Eve at David Blaine's The Steakhouse with Spook Houses (feat. Dave and Nick of LVL UP), Porches, Alex G, and Morrison Brook. All dates on that tour are listed, along with a stream of Crying's Get Olde EP, below.

More Pity Sex pics, all lists of dates, streams and videos below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

CocoRosie at Brooklyn Bowl - 11/10/13

In support of their new LP, Tales of a Grass Widow, eccentric art pop sister duo CocoRosie went on a North American tour that kicked off at NYC's Webster Hall in October and just wrapped up with another NYC show on Sunday (11/10) at the more intimate Brooklyn Bowl, part of the ongoing Sunday "School Night" series. Opening the show was former Low Anthem member Jocie Adams aka Arc Iris, the synthy Chain Gang of 1974, who you may have recently heard in the trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, and the uniquely talented Xenia Rubinos. David Byrne was in the audience. Maybe he was there to see if Xenia Rubinos would do her Talking Heads cover, though we only saw him watching headliner CocoRosie. Pictures from the show are in this post.

They continue, along with a couple videos, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Spires @ Baby's All Right 10/19/2013

Spires played a lot of shows during CMJ. Maybe not as many as Joanna Gruesome, but close. And when they weren't playing, they were out and about. It felt like wherever I went that week, there was usually at least one member of Spires there, just hanging out. One of those shows was opening our Saturday party at Baby's All Right where they brought a lot of energy to the tough noon slot. We already posted one set of pictures from their set, and we've now got a second in this post.

Spires released their debut single a couple weeks back and have just put forth the video for its very catchy A-side, "Candyflip," a pretty straightforward performance clip of the band superimposed with crashing waves. You can watch it below.

Meanwhile, Spires play tonight (11/8) at Bowery Ballroom with Pure Bathing Culture and headliners Widowspeak. Tickets are still available. The band have a few other shows lined up too: opening for UK band Temples at Union Pool on November 26 (tickets); opening for the Allah-Las at Rough Trade NYC on December 6 (tickets); and playing a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 7 show with Au Revoir Simone, Splashh, and Grooms.

Dates are listed, plus the music video and more pics from their BV CMJ party performance, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

Courtney Barnett at BV-CMJ 2013
Courtney Barnett

Australia's Courtney Barnett was just in NYC for CMJ, where she played a number of shows, including one of our own, and was one of the more impressive artists here for the festival. She's absolutely worth catching again, or for the first time if you missed her, so it's a welcome announcement that she'll be back for shows on February 21 at Mercury Lounge and a day later at Williamsburg's new Rough Trade NYC (2/22). Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon. No other North American tour dates are announced at the moment, but all dates (mostly in Australia) are listed below.

If you haven't heard her new double EP, A Sea of Split Peas, it's one to check out. She's got the hazy harmonies and textures of Summer of Love psych pop with clever lyrics that she nonchalantly speak-sings like a slacker Bob Dylan; the kind of way where if you're not paying attention you'd miss her saying things like, "The paramedic thinks I'm clever 'cause I play guitar, I think she's clever 'cause she stops people dying." She's got the same kind of wit in her on-stage banter, plus a knack for minor guitar freakouts that you might not expect from listening to the record.

We already posted one set of pictures of Courtney from our CMJ party at Baby's All Right, and we've got another set in this post.

Stream her double EP in full, along with more pictures and a video of her from the BrooklynVegan party, and the list of all dates, below...

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