Entries tagged with: Endless Boogie
Soldiers of Fortune, the NYC indie rock supergroup featuring Brad Truax (Home, Interpol), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf) and Kid Millions (Oneida, etc etc etc), have been sporadically active for over a decade. Originally conceived by Truax in 2004 as a "dirty dozen" type outfit who were "never gonna write songs, never gonna practice, never gonna record music, make any product for public consumption or ever hit the road," they did start to play and do most of those other things. Occasionally.
Lineups shifted, and now the group, which currently also features Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie, Oneida's Barry London and guitarist/studio wiz Mike Bones, are set to release their new album, titled Early Risers, which will be out November 6 via Mexican Summer. The LP also features contributions from Stephen Malkmus, Cass McCombs, Dan Melchior, Ethan Miller (Comets of Fire) and more. You can stream bluesy punk ripper "Nails," which opens the album, below.
You can catch Soldiers of Fortune live in NYC this weekend as they're opening for Moon Duo at both of their shows: Baby's All Right on September 12 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on September 13 (tickets).
More of Cake Shop's 10th anniversary "super shows" have been announced. Next Friday (5/22) it'll be Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo in cover band mode), plus a couple more veteran NY-area indie rock acts, Antietam and Speed the Plough (which counts Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski as a member). Tickets are on sale now. (Will advance tickets for Cake Shop be a regular thing? They did finally redo their website.)
Then on Saturday, May 22 it's a bunch of Cake Shop faves: Juan Wauters, Air Waves, My Teenage Stride, Green Pages, and Paper Fleet. That show is $10 at the door. Flyers below.
As mentioned, this Friday (May 15) is Obnox and the bill now also includes PC Worship, Rips and Endless Boogie. No advance tickets for that one. On Saturday night (5/16) it's Nude Beach, OCDPP (aka OJ from Xray Eyeballs, Cassie Ramone and Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls), Weird Womb, Cold Waste and Young Ruins. Both of those shows are $10 at the door.
The final weekend of super shows (May 29 & 30) will be announced on Friday, but the last night of the month (Sunday, May 31) is a staff party that's open to everyone.
Not a "super show" but interesting: Mary Epworth, sister of Paul Epworth (producer of Adele, Bloc Party & more) plays Cake Shop on May 24 with Dominique Leone, Thomas Dimuzio, and Nick Didkovsky. You can check out the video for Mary Epworth's "Long Gone" below. And don't forget that Cake Shop will also host NYC Popfest on May 28 with Beverly, Young Romace, Wildhoney Roman a Clef, and Souvinir Stand (tickets).
Flyers and videos below...
photo: Wolf Eyes @ Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Union Pool's Summer Thunder series will be back again this year, giving us free shows every Saturday afternoon in the warm months. They've just announced this summer's initial lineup, which kicks off May 30 with Hector's Pets and more artists to be announced soon. The rest of Summer Thunder 2015 includes Endless Boogie (6/7), Blues Control (6/13), Destruction Unit (6/27), and Wolf Eyes (7/18).
Wolf Eyes' Aaron Dilloway and Destruction Unit offshoot Marshstepper play tonight's Nothing Changes extravaganza at Output as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. D-Unit will also play Palisades the day before Union Pool on their summer tour.
Check out the initial Summer Thunder lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
New Zealand band The Renderers have been around since the late '80s, making dark, bluesy, often bleak rock and have had records out on Flying Nun, Siltbreeze, Ajax and Ba Da Bing. You can stream their 1998 album A Dream of the Sea (which came out on Siltbreeze) via Rdio, below. The band are currently in NYC finishing up work on their new album and will be playing two different shows on Saturday (5/10). First they'll play early at Union Pool, opening for Endless Boogie. Hoagie Jungle are also on the bill and it's $10 at the door.
Then, The Renderers will head to Cake Shop to play a "super show" which are part of the venue's 10th Anniversary celebration. Fellow kiwi Hamish Kilgour (of The Clean, Roya and more) is also on the bill, as are Zuli, Flying Squirrels, and German artist Amber Arcades who is in NYC recording with members of Quilt, Real Estate and producer Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men). That show is also $10 at the door.
While on the subject of Cake Shop's CS10 "super shows," Obnox will be playing one on Friday, May 15. (He plays WFMU Monty Hall the next night.) No other bands have been announced yet, so stay tuned. This Friday (5/8) Cake Shop has Eternal Summers, Misfruits, Telepathic (Rob & Sarah of Bleeding Rainbow), Darlings and Plains. $10 at the door.
Renderers album stream below...
Saxophonist and jazz legend Pharoah Sanders will be in NYC next month for two very different shows at Baby's All Right on May 6. The early show (7 PM) he'll be playing with the Pharoah Sanders Quartet, and then there's a 9 PM show with Endless Boogie, a reunited Jailbait and a DJ set from Graham Massey of 808 State (!). Tickets to both shows are on sale now and flyer for the 5/7 show is below.
Sanders will be back in NYC playing four nights at Iridium Room on August 13-16 where he'll perform with the Nettwork Trio. There are 8 PM and 10 PM sets each night, making for eight shows total. Tickets for those Iridium shows are also on sale.
Stream Sanders' 1969 classic album, Karma, below...
Sloan @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
Sloan @ Bowery Ballroom
Canadian greats did something different on their 11th album, Commonwealth, giving each of the four members a side to do with as they please. It's another winner in one of the strongest discographies of the last 20 years. Tonight is an "evening with Sloan" including an intermission and upwards of 30 songs (including Andrew Scott's 17-minute "Forty-Eight Portraits").
Tim Hecker, Loren Connors, Circuit des Yeux @ The Wick
Fans of experimental music should not miss this excellent triple bill with ambient great Tim Hecker, avant-guitar master Loren Connors (who has worked with Jandek, Alan Licht, Thurston Moore and others) and art pop musician Haley Fohr's Circuit des Yeux project.
Caribou, Jessy Lanza @ Webster Hall
Our Love, Caribou's recent followup to 2010's excellent Swim, is less focused on the pop songs that album was, and instead heavier on the electronics and great in its own way. Tonight's his first of two NYC shows on his tour with Our Love collaborator/Hyperdub-signed Jessy Lanza.
Will Butler @ Baby's All Right
Will Butler of The Arcade Fire (and Academy Award nominee) is currently finishing up his debut solo album. He'll preview some of that tonight at this early, sold-out show.
Orange Cassettes, Ludwig Persik, Cathy @ Baby's All Right
Aughts-era NYC music scene survivors Anton Harmony (aka Radio 4's Anthony Roman) and Mod (of Elefant) have formed a new project called Orange Cassettes whose debut single "Go In The Light" will definitely remind some of the DFA salad days. Tonight's their live debut.
Woolen Men, The Lures, Plates of Cake @ Cake Shop
Portland, OR's Woolen Men have a minimalistic style that owes much to Wire and early Flying Nun, with no extraneous instrumentation getting in the way. They're good and this is your last chance to see them in NYC on this go-round.
Pygmy Shrews, Mike Berdan, Pleasure Industry @ Death by Audio
NYC noisemerchants Pygmy Shrews broke up in 2012 but have reunited to say farewell to Death by Audio. (Streams below.) It's a full night of heavy, bruising punk.
Johnny Marr, Meredith Sheldon @ Gramercy Theatre
Recalling his prolific days with The Smiths, Johnny Marr has banged out two albums in a year's time. They're not at his 1985 peak, but they're not bad either. He's a lot of fun live, and peppers hit sets with oldies -- any chance to see him play "The Headmaster Ritual" is worth considering. His first of two sold-out NYC shows.
Leapling, Celestial Shore, Cake Cricket, Flashlight O @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Celestial Shore will released their new album, Enter Ghost, this week which showcases their ability to mix melody with complex rhythms and arrangements. Tonight's the record release show.
Big Muff Radio, Honduras, Dances, Journalism, Grey Idols @ Silent Barn
Honduras 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. Their new EP, titled Break, is out now.
Onelinedrawing, Zvl, Mount Gomery, Natural Stranger @ Saint Vitus
Jonah Matranga's been in many bands (Far, New End Original, Gratitude, etc) and he's currently in a band with J. Robbins called Moral Mazes that hearkens back to his heavier '90s sound. But Onelinedrawing is his chance to strip things down, and he'll be in that mode tonight. Onelinedrawing returns to NYC later in the month and J. Robbins will be at that one too.
Electric Youth, Midnight Faces @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The first time a lot of people heard Electric Youth was probably their collaboration with College, "A Real Hero," which appeared on the Drive soundtrack, but they've since signed to Secretly Canadian and put out their debut album that showed they've still got plenty more of that quality synth pop in them.
Endless Boogie, Zachary Cale, Daniel Bachmann @ Union Pool
This is a cool triple bill with the jammy, perfectly named Endless Boogie, and two very talented acoustic guitar players, Zachary Cale and Daniel Bachmann.
Ray Lamontagne, The Belle Brigade @ Beacon Theatre
Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne released the Dan Auerbach-produced album, Supernova, earlier this year and tonight he brings his current tour to Beacon Theatre for his first of three nights here.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Coastgaard, Teen Men @ Brooklyn Bowl
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah went through some major lineup changes, but main member Alec Ounsworth is still writing catchy indie rock, and we can likely count on some old favorites tonight too.
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In 2012, famous record collector (and frontman for NYC band Endless Boogie) Paul Major wrote an article titled "The Case of the $5000 LP." The subject was his own copy of "his prized Stonewall LP, which is priced at around $5000." Well, inflation is a bitch and there's nothing like good press. It's only two years later, and (assuming the winning bidder actually pays) (he seems legit) (yes, I'm assuming only a man would pay that much for an obscure psych record), one just sold for $14,100 on ebay! Congrats Paul for now owning a $14,000 LP, and to NYC's own Academy Records who were the seller of the super rare LP. Where did they get it? They're not saying, but here's the auction description:
This is probably the rarest and most sought after of all the Tax Scam releases, usually trading hands in dangerous, dimly lit back alleys on the very rare occasions it is offered for sale! Seriously though, this is one of the very few records that matches extreme rarity with an equal measure of musical quality. A ferociously heavy hard psych masterpiece that would undoubtedly be a classic if anybody had been fortunate enough to hear it back when it was trickled out ('released' would be an exaggeration) in minute numbers back in 1976.Taking the sting off the pricetag...shipping is only $5 domestic. Listen to a Stonewall track for free, below...
Even by the murky standards of Tax Scam releases, this record is truly an enigma, and little is known about the band today despite years of research by leading Sourcerers. There is no doubt about the music though! And this is without a doubt one of the very best copies in existence. The record looks like it was pressed yesterday and was very tight on the spindle when I carefully needle-dropped it just to check how it played (flawlessly!). And just to be sure, we showed it to Psychedelic Record Guru Paul Major who verified that this is a 100% legit original copy! (Read his "The Case Of The $5000 Record" article for more info) Only some light cover wear on the front keeps it from perfection. This is also a DJ copy, though it is unclear how many copies of this may be labeled as such. With no copies showing up on Popsike it is uncertain if this has ever been sold on eBay before!
Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right opened last year around this time -- their first show was BrooklynVegan's CMJ day party on October 18. The place has been pretty much an instant hit since. As mentioned, Baby's is celebrating its first birthday with a special week of shows, including tonight's sold out White Fence show (10/13), the Mexican Summer party with Connan Mockasin, Quilt and more on Thursday (10/16, sold out), and Wampire & TOPS late show on Friday (tickets), and Frankie Cosmos, Porches & more on Friday early and Saturday (October 17 & 18, tickets).
Other shows happening that we haven't mentioned yet include Young Magic, Princess Nokia and Prince Rama (DJ) on Tuesday (10/14) (tickets); and Caveman, Icewater, Public Access T.V., and Lily McQueen on Wednesday (10/15) (tickets). Stick around late night on Wednesday for a midnight set from Endless Boogie (tickets).
The Baby's show is one of three East Coast shows Caveman have this week. Dates are listed below. Icewater, meanwhile, have a new self-titled EP and you can stream the two tracks from that below. And Public Access T.V. will play another show at Baby's this week, a midnight set with Ryn Weaver (tickets), that starts immediately after the Connan Mockasin show.
A birthday gift for all of us: their delicious/deadly frozen Pink Baby cocktails are just $1 at happy hour this week. BV will be back at Baby's for CMJ next week, with day parties on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25), full lineups TBA, plus a Saturday night show with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport.
Happy birthday, Baby's All Right! Icewater stream below...
The 2014 Basilica Sound Scape festival is this weekend (September 12 & 13) in Hudson, NY with performances from Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Majical Cloudz, Julia Holter and more. Eleanor Friedberger was supposed to have played but has since dropped off. Two-day passes and tickets to Saturday (9/13) with Swans, Deafheaven and more are sold out but you can still get tickets to Friday (9/12) with Julia Holter, Tim Hecker, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and more. The daily lineups and performances schedules are listed below.
If you'd like to go to both nights for free, we're giving away a pair of two-day passes. Details on that below.
You can also see White Lung in NYC for $3 this Friday (9/12) at MIDNIGHT (so really 9/13) when they play the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades (906 Broadway) with Power Trip and Sick Feeling. RSVP HERE for $3 admission at the door (it's $10 if you don't).
White Lung at FFF Fest 2013 (more by 2013)
Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape already announced a great initial lineup of Swans, Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter and more, and the fest has now added more impressive names including Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry (who has a new solo LP, Music for Heart and Breath), Vancouver punk annihilators White Lung (whose singer Mish Way is also doing a reading), a reading from Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves, Endless Boogie, Guardian Alien (whose drummer Greg Fox will also play a solo set), Emily Reo, and visual artist Sterling Ruby. Tickets, including single day passes and weekend passes, are on sale now.
In related news, White Lung's tour with Pop. 1280 hits NYC for two shows next week (6/25-26).
Still more artists for Basilica TBA. Updated flyer below...
Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
As you may know, Memphis garage rockers Reigning Sound are releasing their new LP, Shattered, on July 15 via Merge (their first for the label), and they've been touring in support of it. That tour hit NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl last week (5/22). It has since been expanded and will bring them back here for a larger show on August 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (5/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/28) at noon.
That NYC show is just before they play the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary festival in Asheville, NC (8/28-30) which also includes The Clean, Lee Fields, Mudhoney, Michael Hurley, Angel Olsen, Mount Eerie, The Sadies, Hiss Golden Messenger, DIsappears, Kevin Morby, Quilt, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, Sonny & the Sunsets, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. Full lineup below. 3-day passes are on sale now and single day passes go on sale in June.
All Reigning Sound dates are listed, with the Harvest lineup, below...
by Bill Pearis
Philly's Watery Love make the kind of hot greasy sludge usually associated with Gulf Coast oil spills. (It should be no surprise the band has released stuff on Siltbreeze.) Their new album, Decorative Feeding, is nine amphetamine punches of despondent, punk n' roll like "Piece of Piss" and "I'm a Skull." Stream their evocatively titled "Pump the Bimbo" below.
Watery Love will be be wallowing in NYC's filth this weekend, playing Union Pool on Sunday (5/25) with Mordecai and headliners Endless Boogie. No other tour dates at the moment, but check out that song below...
Tickets for the Ought show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon. Tickets to their Baby's show with Dub Thompson are on sale now. Their Brooklyn Night Bazaar show with Pictureplane and LODRO is free.
Pentimento, Have Mercy and Gates are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on July 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
SoKo is playing Le Poisson Rouge on June 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Oneida are playing Glasslands on July 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Endless Boogie are playing Union Pool on May 25. No advance tickets.
Frankie Cosmos and Radiator Hospital are playing Silent Barn on May 23. No advance tickets.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo are playing Capitol Theatre on October 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Q-Tip's #OFFLINE DJ night has left Output and found a new home in midtown Manhattan at Sankeys. Tickets for that show are on sale now for the upcoming party on May 22.
Glass Animals, Kitty Pryde, Moons, Fascinator, Kitty Cash, and Blondes are playing the Late Bloomers Vol. 1 "Spring" benefit at The Westway on May 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all proceeds go to Fountain House.
Steve Hackett brings his Genesis Extended World Tour to The Space at Westbury on November 15. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
The Budos Band play Bowery Ballroom on June 26. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Oddissee is playing Glasslands on June 25 with a live band. Tickets are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio DeGreaser is the new-ish band from Australian expat Tim Evans who you may remember from Bird Blobs or the recent reincarnation of '80s legends Venom P. Stringer (who played ATP UK and US shows in 2010). The band's name is a good description of their heavy psych sound, which uses thick distortion like an industrial solvent. The band's new album, Rougher Squalor, is out soon on Ever/Never Records and we've got the premiere of the LP's lead track, "Word in Your Mouth," which you can listen to below.
DeGreaser open for White Hills at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Thursday (4/24) and tickets are still available. Shortly after that, they'll head out on a tour which kicks off at Death by Audio on May 6 with headliners Endless Boogie and Call of the Wild and Cyanide Tooth on the bill as well.
Some of the venues are still TBA but all dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
Frontier Ruckus are playing Mercury Lounge on August 19. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (4/25) at noon.
Endless Boogie play Death by Audio on May 6 with Degreaser, Call of the Wild and Cyanide Tooth. No advance tickets for this one.
Forgetters, the current band of Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach, play another NYC show on May 30 at Death by Audio with Bennio Qwerty and The Seth. No advance tix.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Endless Boogie at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Jammy Brooklyn rockers Endless Boogie are about to kick off a residency at hometown venue Union Pool for the month of January (something they've done before). They'll be playing every Wednesday this month, starting this week (1/8), and there's different openers every night.
Photographer and DJ Josh Wildman, a regular at the now closed Max Fish where Endless Boogie could also often be found, will be doing "his amazing freak out squelching guitar ramblings" to open up the first night (1/8) of the residency that also features Lungfish's Dan Higgs on the bill.
Syphilitic Lust, whose 1/2 show at Acheron with Mutilation Rites was cancelled, will make their next appearance as part of the second week (1/15) of the residency along with Jack Rose collaborator and D. Charles Speer & the Helix member Hans Chew who maybe you caught opening for the Boogie back at their album release show in February.
Spacin', Mike Wexler + Band, Call of the Wild, Steve Gunn and a few others TBA will likely be confirmed for the 1/22 and 1/29 dates, so stay tuned for more concrete details on that. No advance tickets for any of the four shows; admission is $9 at the door.
Endless Boogie also open one of the two sold-out Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks NYC shows in February.
Some videos and the full schedule below...
Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, the newish band of TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, did a Union Pool residency not too long ago, and they'll be playing another show in their hometown of NYC this Sunday (12/15) at Baby's All RIght with Endless Boogie. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer below.
Speaking of TV on the Radio, as discussed, member Dave Sitek is producing the new Kelis album, Food. That album was originally supposed to come out on Sitek's Federal Prism label this year, but it was just announced that she's instead releasing it on April 28 via her new label, Ninja Tune (!), a label mostly known for forward-thinking electronic music from Bonobo, Machinedrum, The Bug, and others. It's the first album that will not be on a major label for Kelis, who has had at least one major pop breakthrough. Kelis says of the signing:
I'm really happy to be partnering with Ninja Tune on my new record. This is the album I've wanted to make for a long time and I want the team around me to be as excited and energetic about it as I am. I'm also very happy to be working with some of the most creative people in the industry.And the people at Ninja Tune note:
Entirely produced by Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), 'Food' is a soul record that's as raw and alternative as it is classic. In choosing Ninja as her new home, Kelis is another example of a world-class talent turning to the independent music world in order to work outside the constraints often put in place by major labels.In other Ninja Tune news, we just posted a live Machinedrum video and an upcoming Floating Points show.
Flyer for HIggins Waterproof Black Magic Band show below...
Endless Boogie at Max Fish yesterday (via @Brooklynvegan Instagram)
Just last month Motor City closed and tonight is the final night for another Ludlow institution: Max Fish. Over the last week, the bar's been having surprise bands come in and play as a send-off. Endless Boogie played last night, as seen in the above Instagram. Who will play this last night?
After closing, Max Fish will reopen in Williamsburg on Metropolitan next to Nitehawk Cinema.
If you're not getting out of the city for the long Independence Day Weekend, there are lots of options for those sticking around.
Like last year, the Macy's Fireworks ("inspired and directed by Usher") happen on the Hudson via four barges and you can see them (9:20 PM) fine on the West Side Highway, in NJ or on your TV. Brooklyn gets the shaft again.
The Statue of Liberty also reopens after taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy last fall.
While on the subject of NYC Independence Day traditions, there's always the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. Noon.
For afternoon options, if you're not invited to a friend's backyard barbeque, you could head to Rockaway to Roberta's-related Rippers where they're hosting an afternoon of grilled food, surf and quality indie rock. You can catch Friend Roullette, Celestial Shore, pow wow!, Hippy and The Library is on Fire. The party is free but donations are suggested for still-needed Hurricane Sandy relief. 1 PM - 8 PM. Flyer is below.
Silent Barn, meanwhile, has an afternoon show with Thrill Jockey recording artist Glenn Jones, whose new album, My Garden State, was recently released on the label. The show also features D. Charles Speer & the Double Helix, and Pork Chop Willie. 3 PM, $10.
A nice late afternoon option is Ex Cops who will be playing the kickoff to the Museum of Modern Art's "MoMA Nights" series. The event happens in the Sculpture Garden and goes from 5:30 PM to 8PM. Free with Museum admission.
Moving into the evening, Roberta's Pizza will be throwing a nighttime bash at The Knockdown Center (where they just held a few Tiki Disco parties), with Endless Boogie, 1-800 Band and Dirty Fences playing live. Pizza, beer, rock music, what more do you need? 8PM, $5. Flyer is below.
The Fourth of July also means The Feelies, who start a three-night run at their hometown venue of choice, Hoboken's Maxwell's. These will surely be bittersweet, as the club is closing its doors at the end of the month. No surprise, all three shows are sold out. For those going, expect marathon sets and lot of covers. If you're going on Thursday, the show doesn't start till 10 PM, after the fireworks.
If there wasn't enough explosions over Manhattan for ya, the boom will come to 285 Kent with shoegazey metal courtesy Deafheaven and Marriages which is being presented by InvisibleOranges. Aun and Theologian also play, and Shaun from Weekend is your evening's DJ. Doors are at 10 PM and tickets are still available.
Not only will Shea Stadium be celebrating our country's birthday, but it's their birthday too (yeah). The Bushwick venue turns five and the birthday bash is headlined by The Shea Stadium All-Stars, featuring members of So-So Glos, Guardian Alien and Titus Andronicus. You can stream them covering Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" at Soundcloud and that probably gives you a good indication of what to expect. White Bike and Pregnant also play. $5 at the door, 6 PM.
Mike Simonetti (aka co-founder of Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel of Chromatics/Glass Candy/Desire) will be DJing Output's weekly INPUT party that day, but in honor of the Fourth of July, it's going to be a free BBQ on the roof (aka Canopy Bar) that starts at 3 PM. Also on the bill is Lamin Fofana and Max McFerren (who has releases on Lamin Fofana's Sci-FI & Fantasy label). The party is rain or shine. Flyer below.
For a completely different kind of night, there's Midsummer Night's Swing in Damrosch Park, near Lincoln Center. Tonight's event is billed as "Battle of the Bands," pitting The George Gee Swing Orchestra against Mora's Modern Rhythmists. If you don't know how to swing, there are dance lessons (6:30 PM) before the concert begins (7:30 PM). Tickets are still available.
Not that far away in Philadelphia, The Roots are throwing their annual 4th of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway with J. Cole, Grace Potter, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, and more.
Whatever you do, have a safe and happy Independence Day!
Did we miss anything big? Flyers below...
James Chance w/ Kim Gordon at 'Round Robin Duets' (more by Greg Cristman)
No wave legend James Chance continues to play around his hometown of NYC a good amount, and he'll be returning to Manhattan venue Le Poisson Rouge on July 6 for a particularly interesting show. It's billed as James Chance & the Contortions, and for this show the Contortions lineup will include Richard Hell & the Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian. The rest of the lineup is pretty great too, including Sal P of Liquid Liquid, lo-fi godfather R. Stevie Moore, and Endless Boogie. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In the above picture from the Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets, James is pictured with Kim Gordon, who plays NYC tonight (6/13) at Saint Vitus as one half of her Body/Head duo with Bill Nace. It's part of the Pitchfork Northside Showcase which also includes Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin, Majical Cloudz, and Foreplay (sold out, but if you got a badge, get there early and try to get in).
Check out a recent live video below...
J Mascis with Dinosaur Jr at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
One of the best things about summer is all of the free live music, and one of the great series in NYC is Union Pool's Summer Thunder! This year the series is even bigger, going every weekend from early June until September. The shows begin at 2PM, are 21+, and will feature drink specials all afternoon. The shows are FREE, and two of them are presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges respectively.
Summer Thunder kicks off the season on June 1 with Rocksteady Yeti DJ Crew. BrooklynVegan will present the second Summer Thunder event set for June 8 featuring Heavy Blanket (featuring J Mascis) and Love as Laughter. Invisible Oranges will present the June 15 Summer Thunder, with Inter Arma and more TBA.
Heavy Blanket released their self-titled debut last year on Outer Battery Records and you can stream that below. Love is Laughter also play Shea Stadium on Saturday (5/18) with Starlight Girls, Honduras, Birthdays and more.
More details on the rest of June's lineup of Summer Thunder, including shows with Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg), Endless Boogie and more, is below. See you there!
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Mudhoney / Pissed Jeans @ MHOW 5/11/2013
Grunge godfathers Mudhoney teamed with noisy punk favorites Pissed Jeans for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 11. The show was part of the band's tour that both supports their new album, Vanishing Point, as well as their 25th anniversary together. Mark Arm and crew blasted through more than 20 songs, including an encore that featured vocal help from an old friend of the band and a finale cover of Black Flag's "Fix Me." The MHOW show was their first stop in NYC on this tour, and played Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (5/12) with Endless Boogie (pics coming soon), as well as made an appearance on WFMU.
Mudhoney have a few days off, but will head to Europe next week for a string of dates before returning stateside for more shows in July. All known dates, which include Sub Pop Anniversary and Gonerfest, are listed, along with more pictures from MHOW, below...
Pissed Jeans at SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Noise punks Pissed Jeans have been on tour this year in support of their new album, Honeys, and that tour just hit NYC last month for a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom with Roomrunner and Yi. This week, they'll be returning to NYC for a show at the similarly-sized Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (5/11), but this time it's to open for their Sub Pop labelmates Mudhoney.
All Pissed Jeans dates are listed, along with videos from both bands, below...
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
by Bill Pearis
How do you like your Boogie? In short blasts or do you want it to go on longer, preferably forever? If you fall in the latter camp you are probably already familiar with longrunning NYC act Endless Boogie. The band will release their new album, Long Island, next week (2/19) via No Quarter. The record was coproduced by the band's Jesper Eklow and frequent collaborator Matt Sweeney (of Chavez, Zwan, etc) who is basically a member of the band these days (when he's not playing with Bonnie "Prince" Billy). You can stream "Taking Out the Trash" below.
Endless Boogie play a NYC record release show on Friday night (2/15) at Cameo with Arbouretum and Hans Chew in tow as well. Tickets are still available.
Long Island cover art, tracklist and song stream are below.