Entries tagged with: Deerhoof
by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves said in an interview last year that she'd be launching her own label and the first signing would be Sacramento hardcore band So Stressed. Now details have officially been announced. The label's called Honor Press, and it will release So Stressed's new album, The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art, on May 26. Check out the album artwork, tracklist, and ripping under-two-minute lead single "Merv King and the Phantoms," below.
Meredith also said she'd be putting out a solo album and releasing a split with Kevin Devine this year. Info on those two things is still TBA, but the Kevin Devine split is part of Kevin's six-part split series on Bad Timing Records which begins with a split with Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws. That one's out now and can be streamed in full below. It has Matthew covering Kevin's "Fiscal Cliff," and Kevin covering Nada Surf's "Inside of Love."
UPDATE: That Baby's show is now part of a two-night stand at the venue with various openers, including Meredith's new signees So Stressed.
Kevin Devine is also touring, playing NYC also on March 28, but at Le Poisson Rouge with Dads and Field Mouse (tickets). Kevin's also on board for Asbury Park's Skate & Surf with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more.
photo: Perfect Pussy at Baby's on NYE (via Billy Jones)
Perfect Pussy wrapped up 2014 with a New Year's Eve show at Baby's All Right, and they've already announced that they'll return to the venue for a show on April 3. That's a couple months after they return from their short Australia/New Zealand tour which they leave for at the end of January. Tickets for Baby's go on sale at noon on Friday (1/9).
All dates are listed below...
Protomartyr's second album, Under Color of Official Right, is one of the year's most acclaimed albums, matching witty if bleak observations to snarling postpunk backing. The band spent most of the year on the road, out on tours with Spray Paint, Whatever Brains and Parquet Courts, making space for both SXSW, CMJ and one of DbA's final shows, too. Which leads to Protomartyr's Top 10 of 2014 list they sent us, which could have only been sent by them. Here's the setup:
As is often the case with touring, all you have is time and it must be killed. Going to see a movie, any movie, is our default band activity. We go to the theater and whatever is showing next is what we see. We'd like to think this is the reason why we saw so much shit, but honestly, seeing something awful became an addiction. Other than that, the only criteria was that the theater had to sell booze. That became an addiction as well.You won't find Boyhood or Birdman or Grand Budapest Hotel on this list, but it's a funny read and works as a travelogue as well. Protomartyr's "Ten Movies We Saw This Year" are listed with commentary below.
In other news, Protomartyr are part of a Joyful Noise Recordings' new subscription record club, the 2015 Flexidisc Series where "some of our favorite artists to release never-before-heard recordings on a fleeting analog format." Other artists contributing to the series include Cloud Nothings, Wye Oak, Deerhoof & Celestial Shore, Sonny & the Sunsets, and King Buzzo.
If you you're going to be in Detroit around Christmas, Protomartyr are playing on December 26 at Jumbos, a place they wrote a song about on their first album. Flyer for that is below as well...
intro by Bill Pearis
Grooms @ Death by Audio's final show (more by PSquared)
Grooms' last live show, the final night of Death by Audio, was a little hard to get into. Their next NYC show should not prove as difficult. They're playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/12) with The Teen Age, Glazzies and headliners Celestial Shore. That's a free show where you can maybe get some holiday shopping done (or a round of mini-golf) and you can RSVP to get on the skip-the-line list.
Grooms' next show after this weekend is opening for A Place to Bury Strangers (who also played DbA's final night) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17 (tickets).That serves as a record release show for both APTBS' Transfixiation, and Grooms' Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair which are both out that day. (You can hear "Doctor M" below.) Look for a tour after that, details are still TBA at the moment.
Main man Travis Johnson took time out from practicing for tomorrow's show to give us his Top 10 LPs of 2014, plus a few runners-up, with a little commentary for each. You can read that below...
Deerhoof at Baby's in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perfect Pussy have reworked Deerhoof's "Exit Only" (which recently got a video starring Michael Shannon) into an 11 minute noise jam that gets even weirder than the original already is. Check it out below.
All dates are listed, with Perfect Pussy's rework of "Exit Only," below...
Saunier / Chippendale LP art
There's just three shows left at Death by Audio. Last night's "Top Secret!" headliners were Thee Oh Sees and main man John Dwyer said onstage, "We're here for two nights." He didn't say "in a row" but seeing how they play Warsaw with Jack Name on Friday (tickets) and are at M for Montreal on Saturday (snowstorms permitting), the other night in question seems to only be one option. But who knows? As for the rest of the lineup, DbA has posted up today's clues:
Well shucks! looks like i forgot to mention one of the players last night, slipped my mind! Well tonight i wont try and pull the Wool over your eyes, and jack you all around with this name game, ive been actin like a kid! Anyway i apologize for all the tomfoolery, and ill sees ya tonight!Ok, sleuths, what does it all mean?
If you're going to go to one of these last three nights, do make sure to spend some time in the Death by Art installation which has a lot of cool stuff to see. You may have seen a monitor in the hallway showing a documentary about drummers Greg Saunier and Brian Chippendale titled Checking in at 20. It was directed by Matt Conboy who runs the DbA showspace (with Edan Wilber) and features interviews with Wayne Coyne, Tim Harrington, John Dwyer, Steven Drozd, Kid Millions, and rock journalist Michael Azerrad. You can watch the whole thing (via Pitchfork) below. Both Saunier (with Deerhoof) and Lightning Bolt's Chippendale (as Black Pus) played Death by Audio in the last few weeks.
Meanwhile, Saunier and Chippendale also have an album out via Famous Class. The self-titled LP features two side-long improvisations, and is limited to 500 copies. Order yours now.
Documentary stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Michael Shannon excising demon's in "Exit Only" video
"If someone was like, 'If you could spend the rest of your life on an island with one band, which band would it be?' For me, it would be Deerhoof." - Michael ShannonDeerhoof have just released the video for their song "Exit Only" from their terrific new album, La Isla Bonita. The video, directed by Vice Cooler, stars #1 Deerhood Superfan Michael Shannon (aka Van Alden from Boardwalk Empire, and other cool, intense roles) and he plays a dual role, perhaps an internal struggle, a fight to the death. Deerhoof's music is the weapon. Blood is spilled, teeth are lost, and references to either Quiet Riot or Kool Aid Man are made. Watch it below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Deerhoof / Trans-Am @ Baby's All Right 11/6/2014
"Over the years, we put a lot of priority on our band staying together rather than getting a big hit," said guitarist John Dieterich. "When bands make a big push to go on tour for eight months straight and make it big, these are the kinds of things that break up bands. We did not want to do that."Long-running indie rock experimentalists Deerhoof celebrated their 12th album, La Isla Bonita, and their 20th anniversary with a string of NYC shows this week. After a surprise appearance at Death by Audio on Sunday (11/2), the band played three consecutive nights at Baby's All Right, concluding Thursday night (11/6) with fellow '90s survivors Trans Am, as well as Louisville, KY's White Reaper (who will be on tour with Deerhoof).
The four-piece -- which is known for its densely composed, angular instrumentation and the sweet vocals of bassist Satomi Matsuzaki -- has also thrived by continually trying new things. Deerhoof's 12th and latest album, "La Isla Bonita," is comprised entirely of on-the-spot rehearsal recordings, Dieterich explained.
"We were just capturing it so we could remember it, so we were not thinking about how the recordings would sound, but after a few days, we said 'these sound pretty good," said Dieterich. "Aside from vocals, the whole album is what we captured that day." - [Brooklyn Daily]
Pictures from Thursday's show, and Deerhoof's setlist, are in this post, and continue below...
Priests @ DbA in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DC band Priests, who released a new EP over the summer via Don Giovanni and their own Sister Polygon, are about to start a short tour. They'll be opening shows for Dismemberment Plan, including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (11/8, tickets), and then a run with Deerhoof (who are in NYC as we speak), before wrapping it up with a show in their hometown, once again opening for D-Plan.
Also in there is a show at Brooklyn's soon-to-close Death by Audio on November 17 with two other Sister Polygon-turned-Don Giovanni bands, Downtown Boys and Pinkwash (mems Bleeding Rainbow, Hume), plus B Boys and headliners Future Punx (who will soon be starting their own tour).
All dates, plus streams from Priests' Bodies and Control and Money and Power EP, below...
by Bill Pearis
Deerhoof @ DbA 11/2/20014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Sunday night (11/2) was the start of Death by Audio's final three weeks in existence. Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy who run the space have been promising lots of suprises and last night's mystery headliner was Deerhoof whose new album, La Isla Bonita, is out this week (11/4). (You can stream it at NPR.) They played a super-fun set with Satomi Matsuzaki in dancemode the whole time, guitarists John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez bouncing off each other, and Greg Saunier beating the shit out of his drums. This was a real treat. Deerhoof officially start their tour with three consecutive nights at Baby's All Right -- you can still get tickets to the first two (11/4 & 11/5), but the third night (11/6) with Trans Am and White Reaper is sold out.
In other DbA "special guest" news, Thursday's show (11/6) with Woolen Men had a TBA headliner but that's now been revealed to be Woods. Which makes sense, Woolen Men's last album was released on Woodsist and they opened for Woods for the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Baby's back in April. The DbA Woods show also features Nonhorse and Lame Drivers and is $10 at the door.
Tonight's Tyvek show with Taiwan Housing Project and Ivy also has a "Special Guests" and DbA's site says they're "(another monster!)."
Sunday (11/9) is Pujol, Shellshag and a "Special Guest" that seems kinda obvious.
In other news, on Thursday, DbA launches an Death by Art that will happen not only in the main showspace but all over the adjacent facility, including "The Ranch" where the late night portion of this year's Halloween show (with Aa) took place and other nooks and crannies:
Death By Audio is closing its doors on November 22nd, so for the last 16 days we'll be opening up the entire floor to the public as an art installation. There will be murals, sculptures, interactive media, projections, sound art, and indie arcade cabinets installed in the hallways and the ranch.You can check out a map of all the Death by Art installations here, and a full list of contributing artists is below. In other art news, DbA is making really nice posters for many of these final shows (both Dirty on Purpose on Saturday, and Deerhoof got them) which are available for purchase ($10) at the bar, so look out for those.
The art show is FREE on THURSDAY NOV 6TH plus every Saturday-Sunday from 2PM-7PM until NOVEMBER 22ND.
The art show will ALSO be open to the patrons of the venue EVERY EVENING from 8PM to MIDNIGHT included with the price of admission.
Video of Deerhoof performing new song "Paradise Girls" at Death by Audio last night, plus "Death by Art" info, below...
Cibo Matto @ Summerstage in July (more by Adele Loconte)
John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Wesley Stace, Cibo Matto, Satomi of Deerhoof and more will be participating in concerts happening in NYC this weekend to benefit and raise awareness for artists rights organization Content Creators Coalition. Specifically, here's what they are standing up for:
Ad-based piracy is a direct attack on the livelihoods and art forms of today's content creators. And the major tech players who sell ads to these websites make large-scale piracy possible. Artists have always been the ultimate free speech activists. That's why we're asking Google and other large tech corporations to stand with us and stop brokering ads to piracy sites. It's not about censorship. It's about making sure current and future generations of artists can continue to create.The first benefit happens on Saturday (10/18) at Roulette in Brooklyn and features John Zorn, Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Henry Grimes, Marina Rosenfeld, Brandon Seabrook, Satomi of Deerhoof, and more. Tickets are on sale.
Then on Sunday afternoon (10/19) at Le Poisson Rouge there's a rally featuring Rosanne Cash, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Wesley Stace, Marc Ribot, Marcus Rojas' Brass ensemble, Ava Mendoza and more TBA. That starts at 2 PM and is free.
Deerhoof at ATP 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Eccentric San Franciscans Deerhoof are releasing their twelfth album, La Isla Bonita, on November 4 via Polyvinyl and they've just put out a new single "Paradise GIrls" (via Pitchfork). You can stream that, with previous single "Exit Only," below.
Deerhoof are also going on a tour which kicks off with a three-night run in NYC on November 4, 5 & 6 at Baby's All Right. There's different openers on each night of the run with Xenia Rubinos and Tim Barnes (Silver Jews, Jim O'Rourke, etc) on night 1, Assembly and Zannie Owens with Mount Yucca on night 2, and post-rock vets Trans Am and garage rock newcomers White Reaper on night 3. Tickets for all three nights are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...
Kurt Scurlock w/ The Lips @ T5 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
When we initially reported that Kliph Scurlock was no longer drummer for The Flaming Lips, we didn't know the reasons behind it, but this week details of the whole thing have come to light. Scurlock claims he was fired by frontman Wayne Coyne after taking a stand against against Christina Fallin, singer in band Pink Pony and daughter of Okalhoma Governor Mary Fallin, who wore a native American headdress in a publicity photo on her Instagram (which has since been deleted, as has a letter her band posted to Facebook defending their actions at the Norman Music Festival):
Despite "Do You Realize??" no longer being Oklahoma's song, the young Fallin and Coyne are friends and when she allegedly told the Lips frontman about Scurlock taking jabs at her on Facebook, the drummer claims he got the axe.
Kliph wasn't fired for calling Wayne out on his midlife crisis b.s. (although if anyone in that band had the nuts to bring it up to Wayne, it would be Kliph!) He was fired for taking a stand against Wayne's new buddy - the daughter of OK's tea-bagging, homophobe governor Mary Fallin - when she donned a Native headdress for a racist publicity stunt. When Kliph called her out on social media for being a shithead to the Oklahoma Native community who complained about her headdress publicity stunt, she tattled on him to Wayne. Wayne actually told Kliph he was fired for insulting Fallin publicly.The story broke wide this week thanks to a story on the Red Dirt Report. They read the BV comment and confirmed it with an anonymous source. Kliph then seemed to confirm the story via tweets that supported the Red Dirt story. That was followed by a story on Gawker. Today Scurlock told his side of the story via a statement sent to Pitchfork:
he texted me again pressing the headdress photo issue. In my desire to have this done and over with, I apologized and said I wouldn't do it again. He responded, "... Ha ha... You so full of shit ... You're a fucking coward !! Go stick up for your Indian friends if its so important to you !!" It devolved from there, with him later texting, "I think..... I am gonna make it so your 'beliefs' no longer have any association with the Flaming Lips .." More name calling followed with him finally sending me a text at 3:49 a.m. on March 20 that said I was fired...There's a lot more than that and the entirety of Scurlock's statement is below.
...Christina Fallin and the rest of her lame band tried to get publicity for a recent live performance by spreading the rumor that they were going to perform in full Native regalia. My good friend (and someone I admire deeply) Samantha Crain organized a peaceful protest. The band mocked Native culture and was very antagonistic towards the protesters by flipping them off and trying to get security to remove them, despite them being out of the sight lines of the audience. Wayne and his girlfriend were apparently there making fun of the protesters (I can't confirm this because none of it is on video and I wasn't there) which enraged a lot of people, which led to someone telling the local press the reason I was fired, which led to the furor over the past several days.
The Oklahoma Governor's office is getting a lot of strange press of late. Have you seen that statue of Lucifer the Satanic Church wants to put outside the Capitol Building?
In happier news, Scurlock plays on Gruff Rhys' new album, American Interior, and is featured in it's accompanying film as well.
Read Scurlock's long statement below...
Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Experimental noise popsters Deerhoof have announced that they'll be heading back on the road for an international tour this year, which includes support from NYC rapper Awkwafina (who played Tinderbox 2013 with Deerhoof) and NYC's Celestial Shore on most dates. Celestial Shore aren't on the NYC date which happens on May 3 at Le Poisson Rouge, but Awkwafina is, in addition to London's Tomaga. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Though you can't see Celestial Shore at that show, they've got a bunch of other hometown dates coming up, including 2/6 at Baby's All Right with Friend Roulette and Zula; two with Cloud Becomes Your Hand including 2/8 at Silent Barn with Aye Aye Rabbit (mems. Deerhoof) and Little King, and 2/14 at The Ho_se with Ava Luna and Killer Bob; the Palehound show at Pianos (2/27) which now also includes Grass Is Green, Bluffing and Howler; and Baby's on 3/3 with Oberhofer and Big Ups. All of their dates are listed below.
Deerhoof also just made a video for "Flower" off their 2012 LP, Breakup Song, and you can watch that, along with their list of tour dates, below...
The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.
Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.
There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...
Philip Glass at Prospect Park in July (more by Adela Loconte)
Following David Byrne's big Philippines benefit at Terminal 5 in November to help those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, another more intimate, but equally cool benefit is happening in NYC on December 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. This one's got modern composer Philip Glass joined by an impressive indie lineup of Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles) with past collaborator Ben Vida, plus Prefuse 73, Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), DJ Jon Santos, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, the music of Tyondai Braxton, Aphex Twin, and Edgard Varèse will soundtrack an upcoming dance performance by Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham at The Met on February 20.
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Los Lobos @ City Winery
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Mexican-American rock vets Los Lobos just released a live album, Deconstructed in New York, which was recorded at City Winery last year. They return to the venue for three sold-out nights, this being the second.
Songs from Montague Terrace: A Tribute to Scott Walker @ Le Poisson Rouge
In conjunction with a forthcoming tribute album, Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), Bright Light Bright Light, Nicole Atkins, Ex Cops, and more will be performing Scott Walker classics with a live string section.
Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy continues his Sunday ministry/residency at Joe's Pub which runs through December 22.
Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ The Knit
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
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While he's spent the last few years concentrating on Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple recently returned to solo mode with Good Mood Fool which was released a couple weeks ago via Secretly Canadian. On it, he bathes in warm funk and gentle reggae, giving things an enjoyably mellow vibe. You can check out the video for "Florida" and a couple other tracks below, and the whole record can be heard via Spotify.
Temple is currently finishing up a short East Coast tour with his band that includes Eliot Krimsky (Glass Ghost, Here We Go Magic), Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors) and Brian Betancourt (Hospitality). He'll then head to Europe but on his return he's doing a December residency at Union Pool, playing the first three Tuesdays of the month. He's gathered some pretty impressive talent to open on the nights:
DECEMBER 3 (tickets)As a unifying theme, all of the sets during the residency will be improvised.
MEMS (5) - (Ofir Ganon and Greg Sarnier of Deerhoof)
CHRIS BEAR (of Grizzly Bear)
DECEMBER 10 (tickets)
DANIEL CARTER//AUSTIN VAUGHN
SAM OWENS (of Celestial Shore)
STEVE MARION (of Delicate Steve)
DECEMBER 17 (tickets)
ADAM SCHATZ (of Man Man, Landlady, etc)
JEREMY GUSTIN AND INDIGO STREET (of Delicate Steve)
RYAN SEATON (of Callers)
Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The fourth Tinderbox Music Festival, "an annual event showcasing a powerful and diverse lineup of established and emerging female artists producing innovative original music," is returning to NYC on November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's being headlined by experimental band Deerhoof, and also features sets by a bunch of local artists, including the shoegazey Butter the Children, the punky Aye Nako, the synth poppy Half Waif, the friends of Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dynasty Electric, and more. Tickets for the fest go on sale Friday (9/13) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting today (9/9) at 4 PM. Full lineup and the list of all Deerhoof tour dates are below.
Aye Nako have other shows coming up, including an opening slot on the Bowery Ballroom (9/16) stop of the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement tour (tickets) and our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Bouncing Souls, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon and more TBA (admission is $3 at the door).
Butter the Children also play another local show on October 7 at Cameo with Neighbors, Teen Girl Science Monthly, and Clarence. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Full Tinderbox 2013 lineup, the list of Deerhoof dates, and some song streams, below...
Odd Future's Tyler the Creator @ MHOW, 3/23/2013 (more by Jason Bergman)
Seu Jorge @ T5, 2010 (more by kolored)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Bob Saget @ Bowery Ballroom (early) & MHOW (late)
Once known for family sitcom Full House , Bob Saget now has a rep for mining the dark side of comedy for "mature audiences." Tonight he performs an early show at Bowery Ballroom before scooting across the East River for a late set at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Bowery is sold out, but you can still get tickets for MHOW.
Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket @ Webster Bank Area
Bob Dylan and Wilco begin their run of NYC-area shows (all of which are with My Morning Jacket, except Jones Beach with Beck) in CT at Webster Bank Arena tonight (moved from The Ballpark at Harbor Yard). Expect lots of multi-generational folk tradition, and maybe even some collaborations.
The So So Glos, The Moon Dudes, Las Rosas, New Cross, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof @ Rippers (FREE)
As long as it doesn't rain, what better way to spend the heatwave than out at the Rockaways with this free show featuring So So Glos, Las Rosas, and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier? 12 PM - 9 PM. FREE
Odd Future, Meek Mill, Schoolboy Q, World's Fair, Funkmaster Flex @ Williamsburg Park
This all killer no filler bill is practically a mini hip hop festival, and one of the best shows outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park is hosting this summer. It's got mallrat rap crew Odd Future, Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q, upcoming Queens group World's Fair, legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex, and Meek Mill, who has at least a few really fun songs that you'll probably hear tonight.
Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z @ Yankee Stadium
JT and Jay Z (not Jay-Z) both have boundary-pushing new albums under their belts, and tonight they join forces for their second of two shows at the gigantic Yankee Stadium.
The Specials @ The Stone Pony
These Two Tone vets inspired so much mediocre music, it's sometimes easy to forget that The Specials' debut album is just about perfect, and still sounds great today.
Overlord, Miniboone, Giraffes Giraffes @ Cake Shop
Despite a name that suggests throwing devil signs, Overlord are an indiepop group with tendencies towards British Invasion and '60s surf sounds. Tonight they'll say farewell to departing member George Pasles.
The World Is..., Daylight, Dads, Pity Sex @ Death By Audio
Most of this show leans on the emo side, except openers Pity Sex, who have ditched their emo-y past for total shoegaze on their new album, Feast of Love. It's an excellent album, and if you're going to this show, Pity Sex are very worth showing up early to see.
Tim Barry, Cory Branan, Des Ark @ Knitting Factory
Avail have been quiet for the past five years or so, but their frontman, Tim Barry, still tours solo a lot, and tonight he hits Brooklyn for a headlining show at Knitting Factory. Support comes from Lucero associate Cory Branan and Des Ark.
Kode9, L-Vis 1990, Recloose, Kelela, Obey City @ MoMa PS1
The forward-thinking summer electronic music series at MoMA PS1, Warm Up, continues today with sets from Hyperdub label head Kode9, Night Slugs co-head L-VIs 1990, exciting R&B newcomer Kelela, Recloose, and Obey City.
Akitsa, Lussuria, Endless Humiliation @ Saint Vitus
Lussuria and Endless Humilation are great support bands, but the main attraction here is clearly the super rare performance by Quebecois black metal band Akitsa. Their primitive black metal is spotted with Oi, and made for a helluva performance at Chaos in Tejas earlier this year.
The Burlies, Paperhaus, Electric People @ Shea Stadium
The Dismemberment Plan are fully back in action (what do you think of their new song?), but meanwhile, frontman Travis Morrison's other band, The Burlies, are doing stuff too, and you can catch them in Brooklyn tonight headlining a much more intimate venue than D-Plan would probably headline if/when they play here.
Antibalas, The Stepkids, Prince Paul (DJ Set), Pegasus Warning @ The Bell House
The Stepkids spent the early '00s backing up big name R&B and hiphop acts like Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and 50 Cent. On their own, the trio take a more Steely Dan approach, and they're not afraid to show off their chops. Part of the Music Frees All Festival.
The Lone Bellow, The Low Anthem, Joe Purdy @ Prospect Park Bandshell (FREE)
The free Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park continue tonight with a bill that indie folk fans might not want to miss.
RX Bandits, Northern Faces @ Best Buy Theater
The Bandits are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their seminal album, The Resignation, this year and playing the whole thing in full on tour. Songs like "Sell You Beautiful" and "Decrescendo" still sound great today, and if you were a fan of that era of the band, there should be some pretty great nostalgia for you at Best Buy Theater tonight.
Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tonight's edition of Jonathan Toubin's popular Soul Clap & Dance Off party features guest selector Eleanor Friedberger. Doors at 11 PM.
Tommy James & The Shondells, Felix Cavaliere @ The Great Auditorium (NJ)
Tommy James & The Shondells began in bubblegum ("I Think We're Alone Now," "Mirage") but later penned psychedelic classic "Crimson & Clover."
Kaiju Big Battel @ Stage 48
So you've seen Pacific Rim three times and you're jonesing for more Giant Monster Action? Head to Stage 48 for some old-school guys-in-rubber-suits spectacle which answers the questions, "What would a Wrestling Federation run by TOHO Studios be like?"
Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Guster @ PNC Bank Arts Center
We don't if we'd spend our "Last Summer on Earth" watching Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster, but that's what this '90s nostalgia tour is called.
Zorn@60 @ Lincoln Center
No Wave pioneer John Zorn celebrates his 60th birthday as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. This is the first of three nights, and tonight's performance features "six powerful works for string quartet, performed together in a single evening for the very first time.
Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Brazilian star Seu Jorge -- best known in America for singing Portugese versions of Bowie songs in The Life Aquatic -- is here for a week run of intimate shows as Blue Note.
Week At The Creek with Christian Finnegan and Nick Turner
The Creek & the Cave hosts "Week At The Creek," a standup series where one comedian performs at the Long Island City venue every night for a week. This week, hilarious standups Christian Finnegan and Nick Turner are stepping up to the plate. And it's FREE.
Monkey: Journey to the West @ Lincoln Center
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales is part opera, part Cirque du Soleil.
Other notable shows tonight include Joakim @ Cameo Gallery, Slonk Donkerson, Weiney, The Gradients, Sharkmuffin @ Muchmore's, Marcellus Pittman, Aaron Siegal, Free Magic, Faso @ Glasslands Gallery, and Gunfight, Boytoy, Thizz Rattlers, DJ Double Head @ Union Pool.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Satomi w/ Deerhoof at Ecstatic Music Festival 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) is continuing to host its free concert series this summer, and there's a couple interesting shows coming up, including former Psychedelic Furs keyboardist (and Loser's Lounge bandleader) Joe Mcginty doing his weekly piano karaoke tonight (7/2).
Another upcoming show is Sky White Tiger, the collective led by former Polyphonic Spree member Louis Schwadron, who has also worked with Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Radiohead, and Elton John. They play this Wednesday (7/3) at 10 PM.
On July 7, former Shivers member/current Phosphorescent member Jo Schornikow will play a solo set at 9:30 PM.
And on July 14, Satomi from Deerhoof and Saya from Tenniscoats will play a collaborative set as Oneone, and support comes from Brooklyn indie rockers Celestial Shore.
Check out the full lineup at Manhattan Inn's site.
The National at Mercury Lounge last month (more by Sarah Gainer)
Youth Lagoon @ Bell House last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Lotte Anker @ Barbes
* Rakim @ Red Hook Park
* Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bugs in the Dark, Gung @ Muchmore's
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* Walter Jones, Jacuzzihidive @ Cameo Gallery
* Dither, Lorna Dune, Philip White @ Silent Barn
* The National, Youth Lagoon @ Barclays Center
* World's End Press, Selebrities @ Mercury Lounge
* Cristina Pato and The Migrations Band @ Joe's Pub
* Chimneys, Malcolm, eskimeaux, Told Slant @ Big Snow
* The Mountain Goats, The Baptist Generals @ Maxwell's
* Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman Quartet @ The Stone
* Hard Nips, Potty Mouth, Leda, Pretty Greens @ Cake Shop
* Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones, Sarah Borges @ City Winery
* St. Paul and The Broken Bones, James Bay @ Mercury Lounge
* Liam McEneaney, Rob Paravonian, Janeane Garofalo @ Union Hall
* Grandchildren, Conveyor, Francisco The Man, Strange Shapes @ Pianos
* Yellowbirds, Alecia Chakour, Freddie Stevenson @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Chains of Love, Guyanna Ross & The Supremes, The Veda Reys @ Knitting Factory
* Shellshag, 50 Million, Apogee Sound Club, Extra Feeler, Lilith Vector @ Death By Audio
* So So Apropos, Lora Faye, Wilsen, St. Claire, Sami.The.Great, Kiddo, Basinger @ Spike Hill
* Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation, Magrudergrind, Black Anvil @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Secret History, French Films, Hints, DJ Kip Berman (of Pains of Being Pure at Heart) @ Glasslands
Tonight's the kickoff of the 2013 season of Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park with a free show by Patty Griffin. Gates open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 8:15 PM.
This evening is also your last chance to catch Finland's French Films who play Glasslands with NYC indie poppers The Secret History. Hints also play and Kip Berman of Pains of Being Pure at Heart is DJing. Tickets are still available.
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Deerhoof just released a video for "Breakup Songs" which is from last year's similarly titled Breakup Song album. You can watch it below.
Disclosure, whose excellent debut LP is out this week, appeared on "Jools Holland" last night to perform their track "Latch" with Sam Smith. Check out a video of that below.
Another one of the big breakout UK groups of the year, Savages, also appeared on late night TV last night, making their network debut on "Fallon." They played "She Will" and a web exclusive of "City's Full," both of which you can watch below.
Bushwick Open Studios happens this weekend (May 31 - June 2) and is "a three day arts and culture festival that celebrates the community's vibrant arts scene with the goal of fostering dialogue and collaboration between local artists and residents." You can wander around the Brooklyn neighborhood and check out local artists' works where they made it. It's free and open to the public. Full artist listings are here.
There is also lots of music going on with BOS as well, which begins with an Official Launch Party at Shea Stadium on Friday (5/31) with Darlings, LODRO, Air Waves, and EULA. Tickets are $10 at the door and includes a Brooklyn Brewery open bar from 8 - 9 PM. More info at the facebook event.
There is also the BOS Music Festival which happens Saturday (6/1) at Don Pedro with The Othermen, Twin Guns and more; and Sunday (6/2) at Lone Wolf with Ken South Rock, Sorceress and more. Full line-ups are below and more info on the event flyer, which is also pictured below.
There's still more. The BOS '13 Electronic Music Showcase happens Saturday night at the Bossa Nova Civics Club with Octo Octa, Datalog, Tomeeo, Nanohumans, and Stephane Bonefant. More info at the facebook event.
On Sunday at Brooklyn Fire Proof East is "Moving On," a "fringe concert series" hosted by composer and performer Ian M. Colletti, (Vaudeville/ Vaudeville Park) and includes performances from Sam Mickens, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Dysrythmia's Kevin Hufnagel, Au Revoir Simone's Erika Spring, Sophia Knapp, and lots more. Line-up for that is below and more info at the facebook event.
Line-ups for BOS Music Festival and "Moving On" and that flyer below...
Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Lee Ranaldo Band, which features Lee along with his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel, are about to head to Spain and Portgual for a short tour this month, and upon returning to NYC they'll play a hometown show at Union Pool on April 28. Admission for that show is $12 at the door and openers TBA. They've got some other dates coming up this year too, all of which are listed below.
Meanwhile, Lee and Steve's past Sonic Youth cohort Thurston Moore is on tour with his band, Chelsea Light Moving, and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (4/5) at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Thurston also contributed to Joyful Noise's new "Cause & Effect" series, which pairs an influential solo musician with an artist they've influenced on a split 7" single. Thurston's 7" has a track by Talk Normal on the b-side. The series also includes Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh's Lou Barlow paired with Dumb Numbers and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow paired with Child Bite. You can stream the Thurston Moore/Talk Normal 7" at Pitchfork and listen to the other two below.
Thurston Moore and ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon (separately) are also set to play the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival in London which goes down from June 14-23 at the Southbank Centre. Other artists performing include Yoko Ono herself with the Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux (her first show in five years), Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Savages, Marianne Faithfull, Immortal Technique, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto, Sean Lennon with Cibo Matto, Boy George and more TBA. More info at the festival's website.
Meanwhile, you can catch Kim Gordon in NYC at the recently expanded "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets," which takes place during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1. Kim will be joined by Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and many more. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, along with the Joyful Noise 7" streams, below...
Danielson at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Ben Lozovsky)
As mentioned, Jeffrey Lewis added a fourth show to his Mercury Lounge residency with Peter Stampfel, which happens this Sunday (3/31) (tickets), and before he heads out on his European tour in April, he'll play another NYC gig. This one's especially exciting because it's with Danielson Famile, who haven't played together in a pretty long time (Danielson has played without the Famile more recently though). Welcome Wagon is also on that bill and tickets are on sale now. It's one of two announced Danielson Famile dates, the other being in Philly at Union Transfer (4/15) a day earlier with Deerhoof and People Get Ready.
Updated Jeffrey Lewis dates are listed, along with a spotify stream of Danielson's 2006 album, Ships, below...