Entries tagged with: Dead Stars
Prince Rama at the Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
Year of No Light
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Special Guest, Prince Rama, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Mr. Transylvania @ Death By Audio
We don't know who tonight's Special Guest is but DbA has been coming through so far on the "special" part. We do know that Prince Rama will be performing a "special interactive dance performance," and the rest of the bill falls somewhere between weirdo electronics and performance art.
Year of No Light, Oneirogen, Geryon, Psalm Zero @ Saint Vitus
France's Year of No Light have been making very high quality instrumental post-metal since their 2006 debut, yet in all those years they never played the US. That's finally changing on their current tour, which comes to NYC for the first of a two-night run at Saint Vitus tonight. The openers on both nights are different and all of them are killer artists in NYC's experimental metal scene.
Mitski, Johanna Warren, Eskimeaux, Told Slant @ Silent Barn
Mitski's new album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, is out this week and it combines the strong songwriting she honed on her earlier indie/classical material with distortion-heavy lo-fi rock. It's an excellent mix, and one of the more unique sounding albums to come out of the Brooklyn DIY scene lately. Tonight she kicks off her tour in her hometown, and it's a good bill all around with folk singer Johanna Warren and Epoch Collective bands Eskimeaux and Told Slant who share members.
Cult of Youth, Mommy, Aischrolatreia @ Trans-Pecos
Cult of Youth's neo-folk/post-punk blend only sounds bigger than ever on their brand new album, Final Days. Tonight's a one-off in their hometown to celebrate it.
The Rural Alberta Advantage, July Talk @ Bowery Ballroom
The Rural Alberta Advantage's anthemic and sorta-folky indie rock is in fine form on their new album, Mended with Gold. Tonight their tour with fellow big-sounding Canadian band July Talk hits Bowery Ballroom for its first of two shows at the venue.
Low Fat Getting High, Dead Stars, Black Black, Iska Dhaaf @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn punks Low Fat Getting High have been a regular on the local scene for a while now, and this week they put out their debut LP. They're joined by quality indie rockers Dead Stars to celebrate it tonight.
Boytoy, The Lures, Sly Moth, Young Runner, YJY @ Palisades
Seattle band Lures released their Eponymous debut album last month, dark and surfy like a David Lynch soundtrack. You can stream it below. Headliners Boytoy make superior '90s-ish indie rock.
Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan @ BB King Blues Club
Born in Louisiana but schooled on Chicago Blues as part of Muddy Waters' band in the '60s, where he was also a house musician for Chess Records. A true legend.
Cunninlynguists, J-Live, Tonedeff, Pack FM @ Webster Hall
The very prolific Southern rap trio CunninLynguists returned with a new mixtape this year which was another excellent example of their lyrical flow and psychedelic soundscapes.
Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Best known here in America for acting in City of God and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which he scored using only acoustic, Portuguese David Bowie covers), but Brazilian artist Seu Jorge has been making music since the '90s. This is part of his eight-night run at the Blue Note.
The Singles, Banker$, Dennis Cahlo & the Change, and Rally @ Pianos
The Singles were an '00s-era Detroit band who dared not be be garage but power pop, releasing three albums before fizzling out. Frontman Vince Frederick and reactivated the band in Los Angeles with another Detroiter, Nicky Veltman, and just released Look How Fast A Heart Can Break, the first new Singles album in six years.
PAT w/ JD Samson, Amber Valentine @ Union Pool
PAT is JD Samson's dance party "for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving whoever they want" and takes over the front and back rooms of Union Pool.
Ray Lamontagne, The Belle Brigade @ Beacon Theatre
Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne released the Dan Auerbach-produced album, Supernova, earlier this year and tonight he's on night 2 of his 3-night run at Beacon Theatre.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Mini Mansions @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This quirky Detroit pop duo are fond of high concepts, elaborate stage shows, and big hooks. Their first of two NYC shows this week.
Friend Roulette, Del Vinicci, Wedding Dress, The Bears @ Shea Stadium
Wedding Dress count Erin Elders of Maps & Atlases and Bobby Burg of Joan of Arc as members, and though you may expect math rock with a resume like that, these guys actually scale back the technicalities in favor of more laid back indie pop. Local chamber pop band Friend Roulette headline the night and they're worth catching too.
Antarctigo Vespucci, Hard Girls, Fleeting, Grand Mariner @ Asbury Lanes
Antarctigo Vespucci is the collaborative project of Fake Problems singer Chris Farren and former Bomb the Music Industry singer Jeff Rosenstock. Their tourmates Hard Girls make superior indie punk, and this is a very cool double bill. Asbury Park tonight, NYC on Saturday.
D.D. Dumbo, Palm Springs, Mechanical River @ Baby's All Right
Australia's D.D. Dumbo, who we caught at Pitchfork Paris, is one of 4AD's newest signees and is a one-man band who runs guitars, drums and woodwinds through a loop pedal to create his heavily layered sound. Tonight's his first public NYC show (following a private show at The Standard last night).
Sam Smith, Tove Lo, Aloe Blacc, A Great Big World, American Authors, Bleachers, Chvrches, Echosmith, Mary Lambert, Vance Joy @ Hammerstein Ballroom
This is VH1's "You Oughta Know" concert that you probably want to avoid but there's at least a few artists of note on there.
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by Bill Pearis
Austria is not a huge country and hasn't had that many famous musicians (Mozart, Falco, Belphagor...) but that hasn't stopped Vienna's Sex Jams from pursuing their dream of making shouty-punky rock for all to hear. A cassette compilation of the group's Austrian-released music, titled Hits, will be out next month via Old Flame which will be their first US release. We've got the premiere of "Queens Club" from it in this post.
Sex Jams are in NYC as we speak, kicking off a string of dates with Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Both bands, along with Honne Wells, play tonight (10/1) at Cake Shop and Death by Audio on Friday (10/3) with White Rope on that show as well.
They'll be back in NYC for CMJ, including the Old Flame showcase at Cake Shop on October 25 with Potty Mouth, Dead Stars, YAWN, Girlpool, Girl Tears and more TBA. All dates are listed, plus the track stream and other from the cassette, below...
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
The way they tell it, Philly's Left & Right are just "four regular ass dudes trying to live their fucking lives man." They also happen to make pretty good poppy punk, as you can hear on new single "Age of Independence" off their upcoming album, Five Year Plan, which comes out on September 9 on Infinity Cat's Cassette Series. (The label is owned by JEFF the Brotherhood, the cassette series is curated by Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch.) The record was produced by Justin Pizzoferrato, whose work with Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Speedy Ortiz and more has made him a pretty trustworthy guy for this kinda stuff. The new song premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
Left & Right were in NYC earlier this month for a show with Sleepies and Kal Marks at Death by Audio (anyone catch that?), and they'll be heading back out on the road tonight (8/28). The tour begins in Montclair, NJ and it hits NYC for a previously-mentioned show on Friday (8/29) at Grand Victory with Such Hounds, Brooklyn indie rockers Dead Stars and Long Island alt-country punks Crow Bait. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.
All tour dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's Backwords are set to release their new album, Nest, on September 16 via Campers Rule. The band, which features multiple members who both write and sing lead, decamped to a Sunset Park warehouse to record the album, the bones of which were done live to tape. There's ambition here, too, in the writing, arranging and production -- Backwords have come a ways from their more simple, folkier beginnings. We've got the premiere of opening cut "I'm Not Lying," which takes the Spector/Ronettes beat and then goes in different directions. You can stream it below.
Backwords will celebrate the release of the new album in their hometown at Baby's All Right on September 20. Wild Yaks, Dead Stars and Radical Dads are also on the bill and you get a limited-edition cassette of the album with entry. Advance tickets are on sale now.
Flyer for the release show, new song stream and album cover art below...
Future Islands in Austin in April (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Future Islands, Operators, Omar Souleyman, Mas Ysa @ House of Vans
Together now for nearly a decade, Baltimore's Future Islands hit the big time this year with their 4AD debut, Singles, a meme-able Letterman appearance, and still-going single "Seasons (Waiting On You)." Tonight's free show (with free beer) at House of Vans should be mayhem. Get there early for Dan Boeckner's new band Operators, Syrian artist Omar Souleyman. Also show up early so you can get in. If you already RSVP'd, that is.
Temples, Here We Go Magic, Spires @ Pier 84 Hudson River Park
Another good free option tonight is the final River Rocks of 2014 with UK psych band band Temples whose debut album is slick but satisfying Britpop. They sound great live, too.
PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets @ Rooftop Films
Speaking of Britpop, tonight's the screening of Florian Habich's terrifically entertaining documentary about Sheffield's suave Pulp. Stick around after this sold-out screening as frontman Jarvis Cocker will participate in a Q&A as well as judge a Pulp karoake contest.
Phuture (live), L-Vis 1990, Kingdom, Prince William @ Verboten
Pioneering Chicago house group Phuture comes to NYC for a live set tonight -- their first time ever (how is that possible?) -- with quality support from Night Slugs co-boss L-Vis 1990, Night Slugs' Kingdom, and Fade to Mind's Prince William.
Tashaki Miyaki @ MoMA
LA band Takashi Miyaki make sleepy psych a la the many bands of David Roback (Mazzy Star, Rain Parade). This is the trio's first of three NYC shows and is part of the MoMA Nights series in the museum's sculpture garden. Free with museum entry (aka not free, but you do get to see all the amazing art too).
Old 97's @ Brooklyn Bowl
Celebrating 20 years as a band this year, alt-country vets Old 97's showed they still have some shit to kick with their feisty new album, Most Messed Up. This is their second night at Brooklyn Bowl and they'll play Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday.
178 Improvisation Product, Borts Minorts, A Bunch of Dead People, Big Figment @ Cake Shop
Is Borts Minorts performance art or a rock band? Can't it be both? Funny, 100% strange and unlike anything you've ever seen. Even if you've seen him before. Headliners the Improvisation Project features members of Liquid Liquid and Le Savy Fav.
Mykki Blanco @ East River Amphitheater
Rapper Mykki Blanco never fails to put on a memorable show and tonight he'll do so for free as part of the ongoing Summerstage series.
Dead Stars, Honduras, American Darlings @ Mercury Lounge
Do you remember '90s indie rock? Dead Stars do and make their own version, full of big hooks and catchy riffs probably played on Fender Jaguars. Their new album Slumber is worth checking out.
Free Time, Spectre Folk, Words with Frank Linetti @ Baby's All Right
Australian expats Free Time make like a noiser Real Estate for folks whose water spins down the drain in the other direction. They've got a new single out on Underwater Peoples which you can probably pick up at the merch table.
Whores, American Sharks, No Way @ Saint Vitus
It's a good double bill of bands who sorta border on metal with the noise rock of Whores and the riffy stoner rock of American Sharks.
Modest Mouse, Mimicking Birds @ Starland Ballroom
Modest Mouse haven't put out new music in forever (though they keep promising it and do play some of it live), but their live shows have been stacked with classics lately and are still a great time. Tonight's their third of three shows just outside of NYC, leading up to their big co-headlining Queens show with Brand New on Saturday.
New Myths, Loose Buttons, Kate Faust, The Exiles @ Pianos
Brooklyn synthpop trio New Myths will release their debut album this fall. Before that happens, they're doing an August residency at Pianos, this being the first Thursday of the bunch.
Tift Merritt @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Americanafest continues tonight with a performance by North Carolina singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.
Mr. Carmack, Djemba Djemba, Noah Breakfast, Jason Scott @ Output
Two producers with singles on Mad Decent, Hawaiian's hip hop/dance-inspired Mr. Carmack and LA's bass-heavy Djemba Dejmba, team up for this week's INPUT party at Output.
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photos by Amanda Hatfield
Dinosaur Jr. / Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4 Knots Music Fest
NYC's free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival went down across two stages at the South Street Seaport. On the main stage (Pier 16), Radkey kicked things off with their classic-style punk, and (as you can see in the video below) at one point the PA cut out but they just kept rocking. Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz followed with a set that stretched as far back as their early pre-Sports single "Taylor Swift" up through their brand new "Bigger Party" which came out the day before the festival. Ex-Women band Viet Cong followed with a set of their jammy post-punk.
Those Darlins were fun, peppering their set with covers (The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and Dylan's "The Man In Me"). If anyone was going to fall into the river during 4Knots, it would've been during Mac DeMarco's set, but he kept things fairly shenanigan-free. Dinosaur Jr. capped off the evening with an enjoyable and hit-packed set (that is how you Festival, bands) that had a pit/crowdsurfers going the whole time (video of that below).
The other stage was the Front/Row stage over on Fulton St (not exactly where they set up for Seaport Music Festival but almost) with a handful of smaller acts, including day openers and '90s-loving Dead Stars, plus Crazy Pills, Juan Wauters, and heartland rockers Nude Beach. Pictures from their sets, and more of the rest of 2014 4Knots fest, below....
Ten Foot Pole in 2014 (photo by Denise Borders)
Punk veterans Ten Foot Pole, who formed as the hardcore band Scared Straight in the early '80s but changed their name before 1993's more melodic punk-styled Swill, have announced that they'll release their first new album since 2004's Subliminable Messages in 2015 via Cyber Tracks (El Hehe of NOFX's label). The band is currently fronted by original member Dennis Jagard like they've been since after their 1995 split with Satanic Surfers (when singer Scott Radinsky left to front Pulley and play major league baseball), and also features drummer Chris Dalley, bassist Chris Del Rio and guitarist Keith "DJ" Divel.
Ten Foot Pole have also announced a tour which hits NYC on July 25 at The Grand Victory with Boston's Burning Streets (who opened for Dead Kennedys and Reagan Youth at Irving Plaza last night [6/19]) and NYC's Sad and French. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
You can also catch Sad and French at that venue even sooner on July 9 for their record release show that also includes Arliss Nancy, Gameday Regulars, The Reveling and Spirit Houses (tickets). And even sooner than that, they'll open the previously discussed Captain, We're Sinking show at Union Hall.
Burning Streets and Reagan Youth (who both play Punk Island on Saturday [6/21]) will team up on a bill again at Grand Victory on Sunday (6/22), this time to open for another veteran melodic punk band, Sloppy Seconds, who haven't released an album since 2008's hiatus-ending Endless Bummer, but are still an active live band. Tickets for that show, which also includes The Basicks, are on sale now. All Sloppy Seconds dates are listed below.
That same day (6/22) but earlier (2 PM), another band playing Punk Island, Empty Vessel, hits the venue with OC45, Blest Mess and Harm (tickets). You can check out some of their Kurt Ballou-recorded tracks on bandcamp.
On Monday (6/23), California punk vets D.I. bring their ongoing tour to Grand Victory for a show with Runny and Spewing Cum. Tickets for that one are on sale. All DI dates are listed below.
NYHC vets Antidote, who put out their first new album in over two decades back in 2012, plays an all ages matinee show (2 PM) at the venue on August 3 before their European tour. That show is with Beyond, Manipulate, Downlow and Point Blank. Tickets are on sale now.
Italian hardcore band Raw Power (active since 1981) come over to NYC to hit Grand Victory on August 7 with Wartorn, Agitator and Miscegenator. Tickets are on sale.
'70s-era British punks Slaughter & The Dogs (who reformed in the '90s) will be touring North America and hitting Grand Victory on September 25 and 28. Night 1 will be opened by Stalkers, 45 Adapters and The Rats, but no openers announced for night 2 at the moment. Tickets for both nights are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Back to the '90s melodic punk: Lagwagon singer Joey Cape (who's also in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes who have a new album and play Riot Fest this year) brings his solo tour to Grand Victory on September 23. That tour is also with Flatliners singer Chriss Cresswell and Brian Wahlstrom (who plays in Scorpios with Joey). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
And one last bit of previously-mentioned related news, Ensign are playing some shows this year including Grand Victory on July 20 with Livefastdiefast, The Last Stand and Silence Equals Death. Tickets for that show are still available.
All lists of dates, and streams for some of the bands mentioned, below...
Fiasco at (the old) Silent Barn in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
Free bi-monthly DIY music, art and fashion mag 1.21 Gigawatts will once again put on their Gigawatts Festival this summer in Bushwick. Last year's was two days, but this year's will be four days (July 17-20) and will feature over 50 bands across three venues (Radio Bushwick, Hot 97.4 and a Secret House Show). The initial lineup features a reunion set from the defunct Fiasco, Frankie Cosmos, Infinity Shred, Tonstartssbandht, Chumped, Team Spirit, CHAPPO, Ski Lodge, Slothrust, Field Mouse, Celestial Shore, Vensaire, Heliotropes, Dead Stars and Shark?. More bands TBA and tickets will go on sale soon. Initial flyer below.
Meanwhile, Shark? also open the free BV-presented Orwells show at Shea Stadium tonight (6/9).
Mac DeMarco @ Burgerama III (more by Debi Del Grande)
The Village Voice has finalized the 2014 4Knots Festival lineup, adding Mac DeMarco to the lineup that already includes headliner Dinosaur Jr., plus Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters. Also new to the bill: Bejiing indie rockers Re-TROS and Brooklyn's '90s-loving Dead Stars. The fest happens July 12 at South Street Seaport from 1 - 8 PM. It's free and all-ages.
There's also the 4Knots afterparty which happens at Webster Hall that night with Ab-Soul and "special guests." Mac DeMaco also plays Brooklyn's House of Vans on June 12 (RSVP is now closed) and can also catch Mac's other band, Walter TV, at next week's Northside Festival.
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn garage rock trio Sharkmuffin are a newer band, but sound straight out of the garage rock boom of the last decade. Picture something between Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sahara Hotnights and you'll get an idea. They recently put their new EP 1097 and made a video for the full thing, which you can watch below. We've also got the premiere of a track that didn't make the EP, "Shrunken Head," which you can listen to below as well.
Sharkmuffin have a tour coming up with another quality Brooklyn trio, Dead Stars. That tour includes Dead Stars' LP release show on June 19 at Union Pool with Slothrust and Overlake. No advance tickets at the moment.
Before that though, Sharkmuffin play the She Shreds Magazine issue release party on June 5 at Shea Stadium with White Mice and Slothrust (tickets); a New Music Seminar showcase on June 10 at Cake Shop with Honduras, The Venetia Fair and Desert Sharks; a Northside Festival showcase on June 13 at Matchless with Vulture Shit, Whiskey Bitches, J.A.C.K. and White Mystery; and Slack Gaze Fest at 94 Evergreen on June 20 with Honduras, Life Size Maps, Kissing Is A Crime and more.
After the tour, they have more local shows, including Death by Audio on July 25 and Cake Shop on August 3. Full lineups TBA for those.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream and EP/video stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Jersey City residents Tom Barrett and Lysa Opfer met while playing in other bands and bonded over a shared love of '90s bands like My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth. This friendship soon led to a musical collaboration and Overlake were born. The duo's debut album, Sighs, is out April 15 via Killing Horse Records. While the influences are apparent, Barrett and Opfer take a different path with them, and their vocal interplay really makes things appealing. Sighs is a warm and fuzzy treat. (Like an autumn sweater? Perhaps.) We've got the debut of the album's penultimate track, "Our Sky," and you can stream it below.
Overlake have a few NY-area shows coming up: Jersey City's The Lamp Post on Saturday (4/5) with kindred spirits Dead Stars (who have a new record too); May 4 at Hoboken Arts and Music Festival; and May 19 at Baby's All Right with The Everymen and The Brooklyn What.
Track stream and tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio (and Game of Thrones fanatics) Dead Stars are set to release their new album, Slumber, on June 17 via Old Flame Records. These three pull from the classic '90s definition of indie rock, and their catchy, crunch brand of pop should appeal to who remembers college radio in the Clinton years fondly. (Though if you like Speedy Ortiz or Paws, you might dig them too.) We're premiering the album's opening cut, "Someone Else," in this post.
Dead Stars have a few local shows coming up: Saturday (4/5) at Jersey City's The Lamp Post with Overlake; April 26 at Union Pool with Heliotropes and Mean Creak; May 6 at Cameo with Slothrust; and May 17 at Cake Shop with Shark?, The Pharmacy, and Bad Lovers.
Dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn band Honduras have been a constant on bills for about two years now. Most recently, you may have seen them opening the Total Slacker / Perfect Pussy show at Baby's All Right last week (2/12). The band bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honnduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance.
The band's new EP, Morality Cuts, is out next week via Black Bell Records and offers five good examples of what Honduras do well. We're premiering a stream of the whole thing in this post.
The band's next gig is opening for UK indie band Kaiser Chiefs' sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (2/19) so if you're going to that be sure to check 'em out. (PS, Kaiser Chiefs also just announced a Webster Hall show for 6/20, tix on sale 2/21 at noon.)
Honduras will then play a record release show at Radio Bushwick on March 1 with Dead Stars, Beiju and The Gradients. The band will also be at SXSW this year so look out for them there if you are going.
EP stream below...
APTBS @ Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens in its new permanent Greenpoint location this weekend, with free music performances from Spank Rock and Dope Body on Friday (11/1) and Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold, and Heavenly Beat on Saturday. As mentioned before, it's now open every Friday and Saturday and will be year round.
Since we last posted, the Bazaar has added a few more shows, including The Low Anthem (11/8), Ski Lodge (11/9), A Place to Bury Strangers (11/29, the artisanal earplug vendor will do great business that night), and SISU (12/20).
That's in addition to such already announced performers like Kitty Pryde (11/23), Small Black (12/13) and, what will surely make for a bizarre bazaar, Psychic TV on both 12/27 and 12/28. Full schedule as it stands now is listed below...
Radical Dads at South Street Seaport in August (more by Jeff Cate)
As usual, Williamsburg all ages DIY spot 285 Kent has a ton of good shows coming up, including some especially great ones this week that we haven't had a chance to mention yet.
Sludge rockers California X come over from Amherst, MA on Friday (10/4) to headline a show that also includes Long Island indie rock traditionalists Turnip King, Body Parts, and Total Slacker DJs. Tickets are on sale.
Finally, as discussed, another group of Massachusetts rockers Potty Mouth celebrate the release of their debut LP, Hell Bent, at the venue on Saturday (10/5) with Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy. Since we last spoke, that lineup has been expanded to include Brooklyn's bluesy LODRO and Cincinnati garage pop trio Tweens. It's one of two NYC shows that Perfect Pussy and Tweens play together this week. Tickets are still available.
Some streams from those artists below...
photos by P Squared Photography
White Fence, Jonathan Rado @ Glasslands - 9/23/2013
White Fence continues to churn out kinetic proto-psych with confidence and abundant energy. Tim Presley's supporting band seems to be the same group that he had at SXSW '12, and at Glasslands they were tight and in perfect sync -- certainly necessary to keep up with the quick chord and tempo changes in the music. For instance, we're streaming "Baxter Corner", a song that is two minutes on record but live is stretched out to almost seven -- a lengthy high-tempo jam that features the talents of each member of the quartet. The setlist contained quite a number of older songs, but also featured a heavy dose of the newest White Fence album Cyclops Reap (Castle Face Records). After this outstanding show, we hope it won't be another eighteen months before we see White Fence again. - [NYC Taper]White Fence headlined a garage/psych oriented Converse Rubber Tracks show at Glasslands last week (9/18) with Foxygen's Jonathan Rado and an opening set from '90s-style indie rock trio Dead Stars. Pictures from that free show, including ones of White Fence and Rado's setlists, are in this post.
NYC Taper was on hand to record White Fence's set and you can stream a song from that below and download the whole thing over his way.
As we just mentioned, Dead Stars will be Nirvana for Halloween at 285 Kent on 10/30.
More pictures from Glasslands below...
Zappa Plays Zappa (aka the band led by Frank Zappa's son Dweezil performing his father's music) are playing a Halloween eve show at Gramercy Theatre (10/30) and then on Halloween they play Beacon Theatre (10/31). Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
As discussed, Crystal Stilts, who just opened for Deerhunter, are playing a Halloween show at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the show will be opened by Excepter and Zachary Cale. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The band that currently tours as The Misfits are celebrating in NYC the night before Halloween at BB King's (10/30) with The Attack (tickets), then after Halloween (aka the Day of the Dead), they play NJ's Starland Ballroom (11/1) (tickets).
Meanwhile, original Misfits vocalist Glenn Danzig and his former bandmate Doyle are going on a tour together that hits NYC on October 18 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
World/Inferno Friendship Society play their annual Hallowmas show at Warsaw on Halloween. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Mark Lindsay is playing on Halloween at Bowery Electric with The Doughboys, St. Philips Escalator, The Connection and DJ Tony Lo-Fi. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For something dancier, Gatekeeper, Mirror Mirror, DJ Bruno (Light Asylum), and DJ Nick (CHERYL) will take over Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Halloween. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another similar option is catching DFA's Juan Maclean DJing Cameo on Halloween with Justin Strauss and Evan Michael. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Cameo show starts at 10 and Juan Maclean is doing a 3 hour set, so you can probably get there after seeing his DFA labelmates Holy Ghost! play Terminal 5 with Midnight Magic. Tickets for that show are still available.
And what's Halloween without a few cover shows? On October 30 at 285 Kent, local indie bands will take on rock bands of the past with Butter the Children as Pixies, Dead Stars as Nirvana, Le Rug as At The Drive-In, Turnip King as The Velvet Underground, and Honduras as Green Day. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Stone hosts a much different kind with Eugene Chadbourne as Jimmy Carl Black, Evan Gallagher as Thelonious Monk, Thomas Heberer as Muggsy Spanier, Tatsuya Nakatani as Johnny Cash, Louie Pearlman as Cab Calloway, Barry Mitterhof as Jethro Burns, and special surprise guests. That goes down on Halloween at 8 PM and again at 10.
Cake Shop also has a cover show on Halloween too
but the lineup is TBA. UPDATE: The lineup includes Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit, Big Ups as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, Butter the Children as Pixies, and Palehound as Pavement.
Other Halloween options include the Masquerade Ball with a "world-renowned live DJ performance" at Highline Ballroom, the Bluegrass Halloween celebration at The Bell House on November 1 (tickets), and Dionne Werewolf (aka the werewolf ensemble that does Dionne Warwick covers) at Union Hall (10/31) (tickets).
Other previously discussed Halloween options include The Body at Saint Vitus and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Jenny Hval at Basilica Hudson.
* Silent Barn is also doing a cover show with Celestial Shore and Delicate Steve as Led Zeppelin, Whoarfrost as Nirvana, Cloud Becomes Your Hand doing Jock Jams, and You as Interpol. Twn Sister is DJing. Admission is $10 with a costume or $12 without.
Browse our show calendar for even more events happening on 10/31 (and every day)
White Fence @ Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Fence were in NYC back in June for the Seaport Music Festival and Northside, as some of you may remember. We'll get another chance to see them soon, as they're playing Glasslands on September 18. The show is presented by Converse Rubber Tracks and also features their Woodsist labelmate (and Foxygen member) Jonathan Rado, as well as '90s-leaning indie rockers Dead Stars. The show is free but you do have to get tickets which become available online Thursday (9/5) at noon.
White Fence's most recent album was Cyclops Reap which came out back in March, which means a new album probably isn't that far off for prolific main man Tim Pressley. Jonathan Rado's solo album, Law & Order, is out this week and can be streamed via Spotify. Dead Stars released their High Gain EP this summer and you can stream that below.
Baroness at Chaos in Tejas in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Melvins, Baroness, Honky @ House of Vans
The free shows at House of Vans continue tonight with sets from sludge veterans Melvins and the just as great, but more contemporary torchbearers, Baroness (for whom this will be their first NYC show following last year's bus accident). This one should get pretty crazy. RSVP closed a while ago, but even if you did RSVP, remember that it's first come, first served. Doors are at 7 PM.
Maxwell's Block Party w/ The Bongos, The Individuals, "a" @ Maxwell's (FREE)
And so it ends: After 35 years, Hoboken rock club Maxwell's will shut its doors after tonight. Before that happens, though, a block party (starting at 4 PM) and, later, performances from three bands from the early days of the club. Free.
M. Ward, The Kami Lyle Trio with Joey Spampinato & Tad Price @ Union Pool
Forget about She & Him. M Ward is an amazing songwriter on his own with ripping guitar skills to boot, and in the tiny Union Pool those skills will be on full display. It's a rare intimate appearance for such an amazing talent.
Summerscreen w/ Hector's Pets, The Numerators, Juniper Rising @ McCarren Park (FREE)
Tonight's Summerscreen film is '80s kids adventure classic The Goonies. Which of the three bands playing before the movie will bite the apple and cover Cyndi Lauper's theme song? Bands at 6 PM with the movie starting around sunset. Free.
The Love Language, Eternal Summers @ Mercury Lounge
North Carolina's The Love Language just released their new album, Ruby Red, on Merge; tourmates Eternal Summers, meanwhile, are putting the finishing touches on their new one which is out soon. Go out and here some new tunes.
Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, Off With Their Heads, Ben Marwood @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Night 2 of Frank Turner's intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg shows. Like last night, this one's sold out, but Frank will return in the fall for a much larger show at Terminal 5.
Jherek Bischoff, Jen Goma (of People Get Ready), Greg Saunier (of Deerhoof), Contemporaneous @ Le Poisson Rouge
Amanda Palmer/Parenthetical Girls collaborator Jherek Bischoff, who just performed with the Kronos Quartet during Lincoln Center Out of Doors, is playing his own show at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. He's be joined by some nice support too, including members of People Get Ready and Deerhoof.
Beyonce @ Izod Center
Beyonce has four Barclays Center shows coming up (three next week, one in December), but before that she'll be in NJ tonight for a show at Izod Center. In addition to the hits, it's looking pretty fair to expect some new songs too. A totally elaborate stage show seems possible too.
Beth Orton @ The Bell House
Fresh off the Newport Folk Fest, UK singer Beth Orton plays her second of two shows in NYC. Tickets are still available.
Aziz Ansari @ Secret Venue
TREAT YO-SELF. The Parks & Rec star's demographically-focused comedy set at a secret venue will undoubtedly be interesting, if not utterly side-splitting.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Tonight's Big Terrific is a little different in format than usual. Max Silvestri turns the hosting duties over to Nick Turner with sets from Jon Daly and Nate Bargatze. Max, meanwhile, will perform a full hour set. Free.
For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar.
Mike Doughty @ City Winery
The former Soul Coughing singer has two shows at City Winery tonight: the early show features songs from Skittish, Rockity Roll, Haughty Melodic, and The Flip Is Another Honey; the late show features songs from Golden Delicious, Sad Man Happy Man, and Yes And Also Yes. (Did you know he had so many solo records?) Both will also feature a few Soul Coughing Numbers, too.
Dead Stars, The Hairs, The Teen Age, Honduras @ Glasslands
Here's a quality bill of indie rock, with '90s-leaning Dead Stars, the adenoidal angst of The Hairs, and The Teen Age whose music is much better than their name. Honduras play too.
Lost Tribe, Anasazi @ Home Sweet Home
It's punk night at the predominantly goth party Nothing Changes, where Lost Tribe will team with Anasazi for night at the fog-engulfed venue. The pair of bands together promises to be worth a wiped out Thursday.
Slick Rick (w/ Lifted) @ Stage 48
Born in London but raised in The Bronx, Slick Rick's flow is as distinctive as his signature eyepatch, and old-school classics like "La Di Da Di" and "Children's Story" still get the party going.
David Neff, Run-On Sunshine, Jenn Kelly, Preston Spurlock @ Cake Shop
If you like your pop twee and nasally (and some do), head to Cake Shop tonight for two likeminded artists from Arizona: David Neff and Run-On Sunshine.
Erin McKeown, Lake Street Dive @ Madison Square Park (FREE)
Folk pop artist Erin McKeown performs at tonight's installment of Madison Square Park's free concert series. 6PM
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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One Point Twetnty One Gigawatts is a free, full-color DIY music, art and fashion magazine that comes out bi-monthy and has been around for about a year. You can pick up copies at lots of Brooklyn DIY venues and other places, and if you can't find one near you, there are also PDF and iBooks versions available too.
Issue #6 marks the zine's one-year anniversary issue with Anamanaguchi (who play MHOW tonight) on the cover. To further celebrate, they're throwing a two-day Giggawatts Festival at Silent Barn on Friday and Saturday of Independence Day Weekend (July 5 & 6) with Team Spirit, Total Slacker, Celestial Shore, Heaven's Gate, Grand Resort, Dead Stars and more. Tickets to individual days are $12 or you can get a pass for both for $20.
Day-by-day line-up and Gigawatts Fest flyer is below.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio Dead Stars have a thick, crunchy sound that looks back to the Clinton years, skating along the grungy indie rock line. Their new EP, High Gain, just came out on Inhabitable Mansions and you can stream the whole thing below. We've also got the premiere of the band's video for "Fractured" and you can watch that below too.
The band have a couple local shows coming up. They play a record release party on Friday (6/7) at Grand Victory with sonically likeminded Radical Dads and Heaven. They'll also play Big Snow Buffalo Lodge on June 29 with Crazy Pills, Suicide Dolls, and Haybaby.
All dates are listed, along with video and EP streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Low Fat Getting High at Cake Shop earlier this month (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Brooklyn punks Low Fat Getting High have been playing raucous local shows for some time now, and as mentioned, they're finally laying down that intensity for a new EP, which is called Bad Yoga, and has just been officially announced. The EP will be out on July 18 via Dead Broke/Money Fire Records. It kicks off with three tracks of menacing, breakneck-speed punk, and culminates in a fourth track of Bleach-style noise and sludge. The whole thing is just over ten minutes and it's a real ripper so keep an eye out for it. You can stream the opening track, "Better Better Worse," along with the artwork and tracklist below.
Low Fat Getting High have a ton of upcoming shows as usual, including a previously discussed Gimme Tinnitus-presented show TONIGHT (5/22) at Big Snow with another solid local punk band, Big Ups, CYHSY-related Radical Dads (for whom the show is a record release party), and Miniboone. $7 at the door gets you into tonight's show. Doors are at 8 PM. All ages. Show flyer below.
After that, they've got a bunch of other local dates, including a Converse Rubber Tracks show on June 12; Silent Barn on June 14 with another great local punk band, Sleepies, noise rockers Eula, indie rockers Shark?, sludgy psych rockers Psychic Blood and others; a release party for the new EP on July 18 at Shea Stadium with Big Ups, Vulture Shit, and Flagland (who play with Butter the Children and Ovlov soon); and even more local dates, all of which are listed below.
In related news, as mentioned, Big Ups and Psychic Blood also play a Northside show with Nu Sensae and Destruction Unit.
All LFGH dates are listed, along with the song stream and album info, below...
by Bill Pearis
As we've mentioned before, Radical Dads are gearing up to release LP#2 which is titled Rapid Reality. If you liked their debut, Mega Rama, there are more big hooks, anthemic choruses and indie rock smarts to be found on the new one. You can stream album opener "Mountain Town" and watch the video for Rapid Reality's title track below.
The band play tonight (4/19) at Pianos with Kleenex Girl Wonder, Overlord and Ma'am and you can get tickets at the door. The band have a few other local shows coming up, including May 16 at Death by Audio with Shark? and Mean Creak; Grand Victory on June 7 with Dead Stars; and Cake Shop on June 8 with The Hairs (a record release show for them) and Hippy. All dates are listed below.
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.