Entries tagged with: Dope Body
As discussed, No Age/Pissed Jeans spinoff Rat Fist will return to NYC this week and are playing Death by Audio tonight (10/16) with Teenanger, The Abandos and Foster Care ($8 at the door). They'll be sticking around after that to open for Dope Body at Palisades on Friday (10/17) which also includes Bambara and bottoms. Tickets for that show are still available.
The Palisades show is one of two NYC stops on Dope Body's tour which also hits The Studio at Webster Hall tonight (10/16) with Big Ups and Slonk Donkerson. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Dope Body's new record is also streaming on Pitchfork.
Stream a Rat Fist song with updated lists of dates below...
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
Perfect Pussy at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We already knew Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy will be touring together this month, and in the fall they'll put out a split 7" together too, via Slumberland/Captured Tracks/Fortuna Pop. The songs on the split include a cover and an original from each band, with Joanna Gruesome taking on emo/screamo veterans I Hate Myself's "...And Keep Reaching for Those Stars" and Perfect Pussy doing "Leash Called Love" by Bjork's old band The Sugarcubes. You can stream PP's take on The Sugarbabes and JG's original, "Psykick Espionage," below. The split also comes with a cartoon made by Perfect Pussy guitarist Ray McAndrew's brother Phil, who's also a MAD contributor. "The heroine in McAndrew's comic is a 'split' between Joanna Gruesome front woman Alanna McArdle and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, who battles misogynists, online trolls and haters everywhere." Check out a gif of the cartoon below as well.
The Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy tour, which also includes Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything, hits NYC on August 26 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for this stacked show in a tiny venue are still available. Joanna Gruesome also play a free NYC show at South Street Seaport (8/29) three days later with Big Ups. That same day, Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth play an Asbury Park show at Asbury Lanes.
Potty Mouth have other tour dates coming up after that, including a run with Aye Nako that brings them back to NYC on September 3 at Cake Shop. All of their dates are listed below.
In addition to the Joanna Gruesome and Speedy/Ex Hex shows, Big Ups have other local shows coming up, including one with the reunited Fiasco, Heeney and Turbosleaze at Shea Stadium on September 4; and another opening the Studio at Webster Hall (10/16) stop of Dope Body's tour (one of three NYC shows for Dope Body). Tickets for the Dope Body show are still available.
All lists of dates, and the streams from the Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy split, below...
Teengirl Fantasy on a boat in 2012 (more by Leia Jospe)
DAYLIGHT is a two-day festival happening at Greenpoint's Europa on Friday and Saturday (August 15 & 16) featuring such acts as Teengirl Fantasy, Pictureplane, Excepter, DJ Dog Dick, Co La, Profligate, Dope Body, Gobby, Eartheater and lots more. Tickets (either individual days or a two-day pass) are on sale. It's a collaboration between HOSS records (home of DJ Dog Dick, Ric Rab) and Break World, a brand new label. To tell us a little more about the party fest, here's Edaan from Break World:
We met Hoss when my partner at the label, Ben Pittard, hit up Brad (owner of Hoss Records, and mindfucker at Mexcellent and R. Mexico) as well as Max Eisenberg (DJ Dog Dick) about playing a show at our local and beloved club, The Nightlight with my band Bonglestar and our friends Archeali. Everyone really loved everyone's set and we hung out, and everything just felt right and realized how close all our tastes were. I loved Hoss artists like Rick Rab, Dope Body, Ecstatic Sunshine, Excepter, obviously Dog Dick, and dug into some stuff I hadn't heard like Sadaf, Shams, and it was all some pretty next level shit! So it just kinda made sense to try to collaborate with these guys, so I hit them up about co-hosing a party with us, that would also act as our launch.Check out Friday and Saturday's DAYLIGHT lineup and the fest's flyer below.
That party soon turned into a sort of festival ... crazy two-day party. We got Hoss artists, upcoming Break World Artists (tbd), and a bunch inbetween that we both just dug a whole lot.
by Andrew Sacher
Single Mothers in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
We recently mentioned that Ontario punks Single Mothers finally finished their debut LP and now it's officially been announced. The record's called Negative Qualities and it'll be out on October 7 via XL imprint Hot Charity internationally (pre-order) and via Dine Alone in Canada. It's first single, "Marbles," is more of the raw, ripping punk of their self titled EP and singer Drew Thomson is still spitting the same kind of snide, unfiltered lyrics too: "She's all like blah blah blah blah, something about McSweeney's, something about her thesis, something about its meaning, something about whatever, something like why do you gotta be so mean?" Listen for yourself, with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.
As discussed, Single Mothers have two NYC shows coming up -- August 29 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit (free), and August 30 at Cake Shop with Vomitface and more TBA (ticket info TBA too) -- and they've since expanded that into a full tour. A few of those Northeast US dates are with two fellow Canadian punk bands, The Flatliners and Solids. None of those dates are in NYC, but Flatliners and Solids play a Long Island show without Single Mothers on October 25 at Amityville Music Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Josh Sisk
Baltimore's Dope Body have announced they'll follow 2012's Natural History with a new album, Lifer, on October 21 via Drag City. Its first single, "Hired Gun," is a punk rager filled with noise guitar heroics that you should definitely play loud. Turn up and do so below.
We already knew Dope Body are coming to NYC for a free show on August 29 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Single Mothers, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit (that is a killer lineup), and they've since scheduled a full tour for this October. That tour brings them back to NYC on 10/16 at The Studio at Webster Hall and 10/17 at Palisades. No openers announced for those shows yet. Tickets for Webster and Palisades are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Single Mothers in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Ontario punks Single Mothers have been promising their debut LP for a loooong time, and it looks like it may finally be coming soon. Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm (whose label Secret Voice released their self-titled EP) recently tweeted, "Hell froze over and Single Mothers finished an LP and it's very very good." The record will be released via XL imprint Hot Charity.
Meanwhile, we did just get new music from Single Mothers singer Drew Thomson. He put out a solo EP on Secret Voice last year and returned last week (6/24) with a new 7" single on No Sleep. It's more on the alt-country side than the punk of his main band, sounding something like a sad Wilco with some of the Craig Finn vocal stylings Drew also does in Single Mothers. You can stream both tracks, "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning" and "Oxy," below.
Single Mothers don't have a tour announced at the moment, but we do know they'll play The Fest and will be coming to NYC for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 29 with Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit, which is an all-around solid lineup of rowdy bands. It's part of Ipsum/Dead Labour's End of Summer Blowout which also includes a show the next day (lineup TBA).
Revisit Single Mothers' self-titled EP, with streams of Drew's new songs, below...
Frankie Rose at Hammerstein Ballroom in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Brooklyn dream popper Frankie Rose returned this year with a new album, opening for Franz Ferdinand a couple weeks ago. In early 2014, Frankie will hit the road opening for another bigger group, White Lies, who at the very least, are similarly inspired by '80s post-punk. We already mentioned she's touring the UK with them in December, and they've since added North American dates, including one in NYC happening on February 25 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (11/2) at noon. All dates are listed below.
If you want to see Frankie much sooner, and at a smaller, headlining show, you can catch her on Saturday (11/2) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, which opens in its new permanent Greenpoint location this weekend. Also on Saturday's show are Mahogany, Monogold, Heavenly Beat, and DJ DUST. Like all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, it's totally free.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens tonight (11/1) with performances from two very different Baltimorians: rapper/partier Spank Rock and noise rockers Dope Body. Like we've said before, BNB will be open every Friday and Saturday year-round. Check out the current schedule.
All Frankie Rose dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Jack White at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
'Inside Llewyn Davis' concert @ Town Hall
The new Coen Brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, which takes place in NYC's '60s folk music scene, screens at this year's NY Film Festival, and today there's a celebration happening at Town Hall. The film's music will be performed by a number of huge guests, including Jack White, Patti Smith , Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, and more.
Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert.
Darwin Deez, Caged Animals, Celestial Shore @ Knitting Factory
This is the second time Darwin Deez and Caged Animals have toured together this year, and this is the final stop for this round of dates. Celestial Shore open.
Guitar Wolf, The Coathangers, Coward @ Santos Party House
Over from Japan for Goner Fest, zombie-fighting garage rocker Guitar Wolf pulls into town tonight with tourmates The Coathangers. It doesn't get much more rock n' roll than this.
The Dodos, Dustin Wong @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
With their fifth album out this summer, The Dodos are relative indie vets at this point, having honed their anthemic, rhythmically-charged sound into well-oiled -- and still enjoyable -- machine. Loop pedal master Dustin Wong opens the show and tickets are still available.
Dope Body, Guardian Alien, PC Worship @ Glasslands
Baltimore noise rockers Dope Body were already in NYC twice this month, having opened for Scout Niblett a couple weeks ago and for Fucked Up last night, and tonight they headline a show here at Glasslands. Opening are two local noisemakers, Guardian Alien (aka former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox) and PC Worship.
Electric Six, My Jerusalem, Les Sans Culottes @ Bowery Ballroom
Detroit's Electric Six have been making tongue-in-cheek, id-overload, disco party rock for over a decade. They'll release their ninth album, Mustang, on October 8.
Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, Pangaea @ Output
It's a Hessle Audio label night at Output with the same lineup that played the venue back in April. If you haven't already, check out Ben UFO's Fabriclive.67 mix.
John Zorn, Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn & more @ Le Poisson Rouge
Avant-sax great John Zorn continues his run of Zorn@60 concerts with two shows (6:30 and 10 PM) tonight with some pretty exciting guests, including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk). And Marc Ribot will be at the early show.
Lea Bertucci, C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, I'd M Theft Able, Thomas Dexter @ Silent Barn
It's a night of experimental music at Silent Barn, including Lea Bertucci (for whom the show is a record release), violinist C. Spencer Yeh, and more.
Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, wraps up his 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ The Bell House
This is the last night of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest and is a party for the season premiere of terrific FOX animated comedy Bob's Burgers, which Mirman is on. Tonight will also feature appearances by fellow cast members Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal and a host of surprise guests.
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ Union Hall
Meanwhile over at Union Hall, the EMCF is hosting Creaghead & Company, which they playfully note, "Thoughtfully Included Since It Was Scheduled Here Anyway." Tonight's show is with Myq Kaplan, Ken Reid, Mike Drucker, James Adomian, and Aparna Nancherla.
Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
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.
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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Fucked Up @ House of Vans in June (more by Maclyn Bean)
Fucked Up, who not too long ago played a very sweaty House of Vans show, will be back in NYC to play Le Poisson Rouge on September 28. Dope Body open the show and tickets are on sale. It's currently their only announced North American tour date.
UPDATE: Fucked have since announced a handful of tour dates. Those are listed below.
In other FU news, for those of you looking forward to Cassette Store Day (9/7), the band will be releasing 2006's Hidden World (which actually saw release on 8-track! at some point) for the occasion via Sexbeat. So look out for that at the cassette store nearest you.
Baltimore's Dope Body, who come to NYC a lot (they play Saint Vitus with Scout Niblett in September), have added more dates here, happening at Death by Audio on July 29 and Glasslands on September 29. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. No advance tickets for the DbA show.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Scout Niblett - 'It's Up To Emma'
Grungy folk singer Scout Niblett released her new album, It's Up To Emma, this week via Drag City. It's her first album not produced by Steve Albini, but her ass-kicking PJ Harvey-esque songwriting is just as raw and powerful as ever. It's fitting for a record of this kind that the first single is opening track is simply titled "Gun." You can watch the video for that one, along with her no-bullshit cover of TLC's "No Scrubs" (which appears on the album!) and the tracklist below. That's the artwork above.
Scout will be supporting the new record with an international tour this year, which includes a run with Baltimore noise rockers/Drag City labelmates Dope Body. That run hits NYC at the mostly-metal Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus on September 13. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.
Dope Body will be in NYC even sooner to play 285 Kent on June 20. No advance tickets for that show at the moment either, and the rest of the lineup is still TBA. This past March, they released the Saturday EP via Drag City, and you can check out the video for its punishing opening track, "Leather Head," below.
All dates for both bands are listed, along with those videos, below...
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
As mentioned, NYC rapper Mykki Blanco is playing a hometown show at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (1/16) before heading out on a European tour. Since we last spoke, openers have been added for tonight's show, including Boychild, Psychoegyptian, Fatherhood (who also opens for Laurel Halo and Teengirl Fantasy soon), and Dope Body. Tonight's show is sold out, but you'll have another chance to catchy Mykki in NYC later this year at the larger Bowery Ballroom on April 2. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/18) at noon. It's Mykki's only announced North American date that we're aware of at the moment.
A stream of Mykki's 2012 debut mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, and an updated list of dates, are below...
Roomrunner at Mercury Lounge in September (more by Tracy Allison)
Baltimore grunge bearers Roomrunner have two solid EPs under their belt -- 2011's self titled EP and 2012's Super Vague EP -- and they're in the process of recording their debut full length. No word on when that will come out, but presumably some time in 2013. The band are playing a few shows this January, including one in Brooklyn on January 18 at Shea Stadium with Bambara, Advaeta (who recently announced a show with with Hilly Eye and Sleepies), and Young Adults. Most of the dates on that run are with Northampton's Speedy Ortiz (who recently played NYC with Thurston Moore) but they're not on the NYC date.
Speaking of Shea Stadium and the Baltimore scene, Dope Body will be playing a show at the Brooklyn venue on December 28 with PC Worship, Osekre & the Lucky Bastards, Kntrlr, and Beach Cops.
That's one day before another Baltimore band, Ed Schrader's Music Beat (who topped Dan Deacon's Best LPs of 2012 list) plays Shea (12/29) with AMi DAng, Eola, and Psychobuildings. Ed Schrader's Music Beat also plays a Brooklyn show on January 26 at Death by Audio with Bambara and more TBA.
Streams/videos and lists of dates for all three bands below...
Dan Deacon @ MHOW, 11/16/2012 (more by David Andrako)
Dan Deacon made his national network television debut last night (12/13) on Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing "True Thrush" from his most recent album, America. Like at his live shows, Dan and his band played mostly in darkness and incorporates an iPhone app into his crowd-participation antics. You can experience a little of that symbiosis in the video from the Kimmel performance which has an interactive element, which you can watch below. Dan's North American tour wraps up this weekend in Florida and he'll head to Europe in February for a short tour there. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Dan gave us his Top 10 LPs of 2012 which includes Baltimore pals Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Beach House, Dope Body, Chester Endersby Gwazda (who Dan brought on tour with him this year) and Horse Lords. You can check it out below, along with a list of tour dates and the 'Kimmel' video.
The 2012 Hopscotch independent music festival is underway in venues all across Raleigh, NC. Shows happen at night, and during the day. One such example of the latter is a show BrooklynVegan is co-presenting TODAY (9/7) at Pour House (Noon - 5:45PM, 21+, FREE). And it looks like this:
4:50PM - 5:30PM - Flock of Dimes (Jenn from Wye Oak)The lineup is a bit of a Baltimore/North Carolina/Wisconsin family affair, headlined by Flock of Dimes which you'll remember is the project of Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak. And like Wye Oak (who also play Hopscotch0, Flock of Dimes is now signed to North Carolina label Merge....
3:45PM - 4:35PM - Field Report (Chris Porterfield of DeYarmond Edison)
2:45PM - 3:25PM - Odonis Odonis
1:50PM - 2:30PM - Dope Body
1:00PM - 1:35PM - Made of Oak (Nick from Megafaun)
12:15PM - 12:45PM - White Life
On September 25, Merge will release "Curtain" b/w "Apparition,"the second in a series of 7-inch singles from Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner. Limited to 1,000 copies, each 7-inch includes a download coupon for both tracks.
Jenn launched Flock of Dimes in 2011 as a way to explore more experimental recording and songwriting outside of the burgeoning success of Wye Oak. A tour opening for Sharon Van Etten followed, and a debut 7-inch, "Prison Bride" b/w "I Can't Tell You Why (screwed mix)," was released by Baltimore-based Friends Records in April of 2011. There are more singles planned as part of this series, but a full-length is not yet on the horizon.
"These two songs function as a pair of opposites: 'Curtain' documents the thoughtless, obsessed joy of new love, whereas 'Apparition' attempts to catch sight of the ghosts it leaves behind in the wake of its absence," says Jenn.
Produced and realized with the help of Mickey Free, "Curtain" b/w "Apparition" features a beautiful cover photograph by Matthew Yake<./blockquote>If you're in NC, stop by today. Listen to "Curtain" by Flock of Dimes, along with a reminder of Wye Oak's upcoming tour dates (which will hit Maxwell's & MHOW), below...
Future Islands at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
As mentioned, Future Islands are playing a few of the Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary shows this year, including the one at Webster Hall on September 15 with Tortoise, Matmos, Liturgy, and D. Charles Speer. Tickets for that show are still available.
After that tour, the band will head out on a tour with Brooklyn no wave revivalists Talk Normal and Baltimore noise rockers Dope Body. That tour culminates with a NYC show on November 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.
Meanwhile, Talk Normal, who are releasing their new album, Sunshine, on October 23, will play NYC even sooner than that at 285 Kent on September 29 with Pop. 1280 (who also play NYC with The Soft Moon) and Guardian Alien. Then Talk Normal will play a release party for Sunshine at Secret Project Robot on October 26.
Future Islands just released their new single, "Tomorrow," on Monday (9/3) via Upset the Rhythm. You can stream that song and check out a list of all dates below.
Fiasco at Silent Barn, June 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
Dear beloved Fiasco fans,Brooklyn noise-pop-math-punk trio Fiasco called it quits last month. They've announced that before leaving for good, they'll play their last show ever and it happens in their hometown of Brooklyn on Friday (8/24) at Shea Stadium with Dope Body, No One and the Somebodies, Infinity Shred (formerly Starscream), Butter the Children (mems. Sweet Bulbs, Night Manager), and Cave Cricket.
All good things must come to end, like the Star Wars trilogy, the Roman Empire, and the Montreal Expos and Fiasco is no exception. We feel that it is time to move on to other projects, especially with the fact that one member has switched coasts and is trying to permanently live there (sorry for the East Coast betrayal). As some of you may know, we are notorious for not getting our shit together. The new t-shirts are still in a basement in Chinatown, and we still haven't released our newest album which was recorded before we all started college (year number 4 coming up by the way). The lack of not having our proverbial "shit" together has cost us momentum. For this reason, "The Front" will be released, as well the rest of our discography, for free on Bandcamp in the coming weeks...
...The seven years we were a band were absolutely fantastic. We all feel we've accomplished a lot (two full length albums, two tours, made it to South by Southwest twice (unofficially and officially) and played shows in 3 different countries. It's been a blast, and we'd like to thank each and every one of you especially all the people who gave us opportunities to get our music out to the world. (A full list of "thank yous" is coming soon.)
In the meantime, keep an eye out for announcements on our blogspot/twitter/ whatever the hell social media we started that we forgot about (remember myspace?). Also look out for our other projects/bands (Zulus, Tetsuo, Acid Cum, Old Table, etc)
For the record, we were a noise-pop-math-punk band. Don't you forget it.
-Jonathan, Julian & Lucian
ps. if any of you want to buy our bass half stack, or a giant-ass bass cab for a reasonable price, email us at email@example.com or keep your eyes on craigslist. - [Fiasco]
No sign of Fiasco's final album, The Front, on their Bandcamp yet but you can stream their 2008 LP, Native Canadians, below.
Call of The Wild
Brooklyn's Call of The Wild feature an ex-member of Awesome Color, but this trio is on an entirely different trip. The band plays a style of garage that borders on Metallica-style speed metal on their forthcoming Leave Your Leather On, as exhibited by the first single to appear from the record, "Autobahn" (no, not a Kraftwerk cover). The premiere of that song is below and order your copy via Kemado if you're down (the record drops on 8/21).
Call of The Wild have been pretty active playing NYC shows lately, and will continue at Union Pool on Saturday (8/4) with a show as part of the ongoing FREE afternoon Summer Thunder series. There the band will be joined by Dope Body and local favorites GENTLEMEN for a 3PM show. Call of The Wild will ALSO join Tyvek/Wet Hair at Mercury Lounge the next night (8/5).
Check out "Autobahn" from Leave Your Leather On below.
by Fred Pessaro / BBG (not vegan)
There is a risk of locally damaging thunderstorms Tuesday evening and again on Independence Day, which could not only impact daytime picnics and festivals, but also evening fireworks in the Northeast.It doesn't look like the rain will be a big deal in NYC at least, so that's good.
Just about every major city and small community has some sort of fireworks display on or around the Fourth of July in the Northeast (many displays have been canceled elsewhere, due to dry conditions). However, storms erupting in over a dozen states could impact activities and have some folks running for cover.
Another surge of humid air and a warm front/cool front combination could have the atmospheric volatility index on the rise for July Fourth from the Ohio Valley states to the mid-Atlantic and New England. [Accuweather.com]
A good friend of mine once said "Who cares what's going on outside? Make your own fireworks." Here's a primer to figuratively do that on Independence Day 2012, all while avoiding any pesky arson indictments.
As discussed, the NYC fireworks are in the Hudson River this year, which means you can see them fine on the West Side Highway or in NJ or on your TV, but not very well from most of Brooklyn.
Spend the wee, early hours of July 4th (meaning, starting TONIGHT, July 3rd) getting down with the undead at the Zombie Rave at Webster Hall. DJs Alex English and Jess x Mischief will man the tables for the evening.
If you do choose the West Side Highway for viewing the fireworks, you won't need to go very far for a party right afterwards thanks to Pictureplane who is hosting a free July 4th bash at Westway (75 Clarkson in Manhattan) with DJ sets from himself, Physical Therapy, Heems (Das Racist) and a live show from Mykki Blanco. The event kicks off at 10PM, runs until 4AM and features free Budweiser for the first hour. More details can be found at the FB event page, and the flyer is below. Pictureplane no longer playing Cheap Storage and/or 285 Kent on the 4th.
As recently mentioned, Francois K, King Britt, FaltyDL and Infinity take over the daylight hours at Dekalb Market Brooklyn.
DIY Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium will celebrate their fourth anniversary with another July 4th blowout! The venue will host Afu Ra & The Shea Stadium All Stars, Dope Body, Roomrunner, Fuckton, Alan Watts, Ami Dang, Eleven Swords (mems. GDFX/Extreme Animals), Smhoak & Pals and The Jazz Massagers along with DJ sets from Beachballs, Magic Dan and the Impose DJs for the budget friendly price of $10.
In the spirit of summer, you can head to Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn) for a "Sounds of Jamaica" dance party. The daytime event will last from 3PM until 9PM, and your vinyl "selectahs" will be Queen Majesty, Grace of Spades and Sweet V. Food and drink will be on hand and it'll only set you back a cool four bones. Details are at the FB event page.
If you aren't in the mood for a bit of reggae but still are in the mood to shake it, head to LP 'n Harmony (683 Grand Street) for a day-time-until-evening event (3-11PM) called "Beats & BBQ". For every drink you are entitled to a plate of BBQ (whaaaat) and tunage will be supplied by a bevy of DJs including Jose G (Face The Bass Radio), Ali Coleman (Voice of Voices NYC), Siren (Save the Robots), Ruby Red (Velvet Factory Production), Kyle McNeil (WBAI Pacifica Radio), Pinkie Tuscadero (Memoirs of a Party Girl), Ras (Hotter than July BK), and Herb Martin (Amadi). More details are available HERE.
July 4th is always a good day to fire up the grill and crank up some old tunes over a few cold ones. If you dont have/can't grill, accomplish two of those three at Mercury Lounge with Led Blimpie (Zeppelin cover band), AC/DC Done Dirt Cheap (wild guess?), and Guns N Hoses. Tickets are still available.
Brown Sugar lead a benefit at Acheron (57 Waterbury St, Bushwick) along with Creem, Deformity, Death Camp and Altered Boys.
The Spy Music Festival is still going and July 4th it's happening at The Stone with performances fromn John Blum (8PM) and Trevor Watts + Veryan Weston (10PM).
Wyclef (who may or may not also be playing the CBGB Festival later in the week) & Lil Jon will play the waterfront at Pier 92 on the Hudson (52nd and 11th Ave) as part of a day-long celebration (noon - midnight). Tickets are on sale, and pimp cups are optional.
Feeling anti-social? Trying to escape any impending rain? Stream all of The Roots's Philly 4th of July Jam featuring performances from the Philly Crew, as well as Queen Latifah, Common, Daryl Hall and Joe Jonas. You could also just go see it live in Philadelphia. Or watch the annual Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy.
Of course you can always count on the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island at noon, but did you know that there is the Crif Dog Classic at Roberta's that day too? (and it's going to stream at Sports Illustrated).
Looking for something in the "free" range? Noam Pikelny and Friends, The Sweetback Sisters, and Spuyten Duyvil will head to Madison Square Park as part of the Oval Lawn Series.
BBC DJ Benji B brings Deviation to Le Poisson Rouge at 10PM with Kode9, Lunice, and more
What did we miss?
Doldrums at NXNE last week (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, Austra scheduled a few North American shows later this year including a NYC show on September 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Since we last spoke, fellow Canadians Doldrums and Brooklyn's Zambri (who joined Bear In Heaven on stage last month at a MHOW show which Doldrums opened) were added as openers to Austra's MHOW show. The connections don't stop there though. Main Doldrums guy, Airick Woodhead, and his brother Daniel who sometimes drums live for Doldrums and has his own project called Moon King, were both members of the band Spiral Beach, whose lineup also included current Austra bassist Dorian Wolf.
Speaking of bands that include Austra members, TRUST (featuring Austra drummer Maya Postepski) have upcoming dates with Light Asylum, including two in NYC: Warm Up at PS1 on 7/7 with Nguzunguzu, Arca, and Todd Terry (tickets), and MHOW on 7/8 (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Doldrums is also a Grimes collaborator, has toured with her multiple times, and it looks like they're probably also good friends. Daniel Woodhead, in addition to sometimes drumming for Doldrums, drummed for Grimes too sometimes on her recent tour. Grimes has a lot of NYC shows coming up, including four sold out shows and a free one at River Rocks on Pier 84 on August 9 with Wild Nothing and DIIV.
Doldrums will also be in NYC next month for 4Knots Music Festival.
Daniel Woodhead's Moon King project does not have any upcoming NYC appearances at the moment, but he was here a good amount of times last year, including when he played with Dope Body and Hume last summer. Hume just played the official BV Northside showcase. Hume and Dope Body's friends Roomrunner just played Cake Shop and have other NYC shows coming up including one this Friday (6/22) at the Bell House with Diamond Rugs and Richard Buckner, and a free show with Dan Deacon and John Maus at Pier 84 on July 12.
All lists of dates below...
Dan Deacon at Ecstatic Music Fest (more by David Andrako)
Dan Deacon has released "Lots", the first single from the Baltimore-an's debut LP for Domino Records America, due on August 27/28. In preparation, Deacon has will play a few dates around the states as well as in Europe, including a stop at River Rocks at Pier 84 on July 12th for a FREE show with John Maus and recently added opener Roomrunner. All Dan Deacon dates are listed below. All River Rocks shows are listed HERE.
If you can't wait to get your fix of the noisy-skronk of Roomrunner then head by Cake Shop on June 15th. There the ex-Double Dagger band will team with the also great Dope Body, Zulus, Guardian Alien and Lushes. Full set of Roomrunner dates are listed below along with a stream of their recent EP.
Speaking of John Maus, he's preparing to release A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material on July 13th via Ribbon Music. The record features tracks that date back as far as 1999, and you can check out one track "Mental Breakdown" below. Order your copy via the label. the first 500 come in a rare translucent pink.
A listing of all tour dates and some streams are below.
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...