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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Ex-Cult at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Memphis punks Ex-Cult have signed to In The Red, and they're releasing a three-song single this month ahead of a new album in 2016. It features "Stick The Knife In," which like a lot of their songs, shows an equal love of both '60s psychedelia and '80s punk. It's pretty badass, as you can hear for yourself below (via Noisey).

The band is also on tour now and hitting Brooklyn TONIGHT (10/23) at Alphaville. Also on the bill is Squad Car and Surfbort. Tickets for tonight's show are on sale now. List of all dates and the Alphaville flyer below.

Ex-Cult singer Chris Shaw recently formed the band GØGGS with Ty Segall and Ty's Fuzz bandmate Charles Moothart. Fuzz's new album II comes out on In The Red today (10/23) and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify/Rdio below.

Continue reading "Ex-Cult sign to In The Red for new single & album, playing NYC tonight on tour; 'Fuzz II' is out now (dates, stream)"


Ty Segall, his Fuzz bandmate Charles Moothart and Ex Cult frontman Chris Shaw have formed a new group, GØGGS. Shaw explains how it came about and lays out all the pertinent info:

Ty and I decided we were going to start a band together when Ex-Cult opened for his band on the Slaughterhouse tour in 2013. A couple years later when the plans were solidified, it only made sense that thrash master Charles Moothart should get in on the experience. The three of us have been friends for years at this point, crashing at each others houses and riffling through each others record collections after a night of performing, partying, or both. This is not a side-project, it is a necessity. GØGGS is three heads, one spine, circling the drain of the wasteland known as mother earth.

The A side to the debut single "She Got Harder" (out this November on In The Red Records) is one of the first songs we came up for this project, with an Iggy Pop cover (Featuring Zumi Rosow) thrown on the B-Side for maximum damage. The album dropping next year (featuring guests Cory Hanson of Wand, Denee Petracek of Vial, and Mikal Cronin) will lead us into the second chapter of the GØGGS saga. Smoke the Wurm. A new player enters the game. -Chris Shaw

You can stream "She Got Harder" below.

Fuzz and Ex Cult both played Gonerfest 12 in Memphis this past weekend, where Segall also did his Ty Rex T-Rex covers live. Fuzz's album is out in October, and the Ty-Rex compilation will be out in November. For those keeping score, there's also Broken Bat which is Ty, Redd Kross bassist Steven Macdonald, and Melvins' Dale Crover.

Continue reading "Ty Segall, Ex Cult's Chris Shaw and Fuzz's Charles Moothart form GØGGS, streaming debut single (listen)"

photo: Ex-Cult @ DbA, 2013 (more by Devan Council)

Memphis rippers Ex-Cult released the Cigarette Machine EP last month via Castle Face. The vinyl's sold out, but you can get it digitally and you can stream two songs from it below. The band are on their way to Austin where they'll be playing a whole bunch of shows, including Austin Psych Fest's Showcase at Hotel Vegas and the big Panache "Rager" at The Spider House on Saturday. Ex-Cult have also just been added to the BrooklynVegan free day party on Saturday (3/21) at Red 7 that also features Iceage, Screaming Females, Ceremony, The Pop Group, Mew and more. RSVP if you're going to be in town.

All Ex-Cult SXSW dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ex-Cult released 'Cigarette Machine' (streams), playing SXSW including free BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party"

intro by Bill Pearis

Lars Finberg w/ The Intelligence

It's been almost three years since The Intelligence's last album, Everybody's Got it Easy But Me. What has Lars Finberg been up to in the interim? This year saw the reissue of The Intelligence's first album, Boredom & Terror, on double vinyl (the original CD's bonus disc is now the second platter), which is well worth picking up. You can stream it via Spotify below. As for what else, there's lots going on, including a new album, and we'll let Lars fill you in on all that:

We are fresh home from our "Is it possible to tour Europe on the 'deluxe' reissue of our first LP "Boredom and Terror"? (the answer is a resounding 'somewhat") and Petey Dammit from Thee Oh Sees joined us as a guitarist/stylist.  Our new LP Vintage Future is recorded (by Chris Woodhouse and featuring friends from the The Shins/Thee Oh Sees/Sic Alps/Wounded Lion/The Mallard/Mayyors) and currently being mastered for an April release on In the Red Records, preceded by a 12" single/EP called "Cleaning Lady." Then the bench will be warm enough for us to start touring/hawking t-shirts in the spring.
Keep your eyes peeled for more details on Vintage Future and The Intelligence's tour plans (they were last in NYC during CMJ 2012).

While Lars was filling us in on the new album, he also gave us his Top 10 of 2014. It's a mix of albums, movies, books and shows, and not all of it was actually released this year, but he makes a good case for all of it with commentary below.

Continue reading "The Intelligence reissued first LP, releasing new LP 'Vintage Future' in April, tell us their Top 10 of 2014"


Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series is underway, happening every Saturday afternoon through the warmer months. The series, curated by Other Music this year, just announced it's July lineup which is pretty solid:

JULY 5: Widowspeak
JULY 12: The Men / Survival / Mercury Rising
JULY 19: Obits
JULY 25: Jonathan Toubin + Special Guests
More openers for some of those shows to be announced soon. In other Summer Thunder news, Ex-Cult have been added to the June 21 show with Liquor Store and Call of the Wild.

Related: Obits frontman Rick Froberg made an appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday as part of Red Mass' set.

This Saturday's Summer Thunder line-up (6/14) features Joe Bataan and 178 Improvisation Product. Parties start at 2 PM with bands beginning later in the day.


that's a big hole! (photo via @hanakanna)

A 55-year-old city water main ruptured outside of the famed Katz's Delicatessen on the Lower East Side Thursday, creating a rushing flood and a massive sinkhole to form in front of the iconic restaurant, officials said.

The water main underneath E. Houston St. near Ludlow St., which was installed in 1959, broke just before 11 a.m., officials said.

The water main break also caused a 20-by-20-foot street collapse.
The city's Department of Environmental Protection quickly shut off the main, which left five businesses -- including Katz's -- and eight residential buildings without water, officials said.

Work crews are currently excavating the ground to fix the main, according to a DEP spokesman. It was not immediately revealed when it will be fixed. - [NY Daily News]

That giant sinkhole on Houston St. hasn't stopped Katz's from dishing up sandwiches but it is putting the kibosh on shows at Mercury Lounge tonight (5/22): the early show with Stone Jack Jones, Wooden Wand, Coupler, and lylas, as well as the late show with Ex-Cult and Pampers. They're currently trying to get both shows moved to different venues, but no word yet. Stay tuned. (Ex-Cult also play Acheron on Friday.)

UPDATE: The Stone Jack Jones show will now happen at The Delancey (doors: 6:30 PM). Admission is $10 at the door ($2 less than Merc) and all tickets purchased for Mercury Lounge will be refunded.

UPDATE 2: As a tweet from Merc points out, The Ex-Cult show was moved to Fontana's. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

VIdeo of the mess below...

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Ex Cult @ DbA, 2013 (more by Devan Council)

Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and as usual there's no shortage of things to do. On the music front, if you'd like to get away (but not too far away) for the long weekend, there's a few good festivals. Headbangers may want to head to Maryland Deathfest for Agalloch, Crowbar, Gorguts, Ulcerate, and more. Or you can get your indie rock on at Boston Calling with The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, and more. Or maybe you're more the punk type and will head to Michigan for Bled Fest with Title Fight, The Menzingers, Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Little Big League and more.

If you're staying in NYC this weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. Head below to check our top 10 list of events going on this weekend...

Continue reading "NYC Memorial Day Weekend 2014 Events (Simian Mobile Disco, Ex-Cult, Pujol, GBV, Iceage, Kara Walker, more)"

Ex Cult @ DbA in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Memphis ragers Ex-Cult just released their new album, Midnight Passenger, that balances sneering rippers with a few moody extended jams. You can stream a couple songs below and check out the whole thing on Spotify.

The band are about to launch their East Coast tour, which includes a stop at NYC's Mercury Lounge on May 22 with Pampers opening. Tickets are still available For those hoping to catch them somewhere a little more befitting their sound, you're in luck. Since we last posted, Ex-Cult have added another date, playing Brooklyn's Acheron the next day (5/23) with Foster Care, VBA, and Call of the Wild. Tickets for Acheron are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "Ex-Cult released 'Midnight Passenger,' add 2nd NYC show to tour (updated dates, streams)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Ex Cult / Nothing @ South Lamar Pedestrian Bridge in Austin, 3/14/2014

We already posted pictures of Perfect Pussy on a bridge (which they threw their bass off of) in Austin, and here's pics of the other two bands from that show, Nothing and Ex-Cult. Nothing, who we caught just hours earlier at our BrooklynVegan day party, were great at that show, but way more in their element at this one. Like Perfect Pussy did before then, members barged into the crowd, who were intensely moshing unlike any of the other times I've seen Nothing. They stuck mostly to their faster songs, like "Dig" and my personal favorite, "Get Well." The most punk (and best) Nothing show I've seen.

Ex-Cult wrapped up the show, with a singer who's got the total charisma of an '80s hardcore frontman and a band who rocks out and sneers like the Dead Boys. The band never let up the attitude to smile or joke with the crowd once. Intense the whole time.

Meanwhile, Ex-Cult will be taking their show back out on the road this spring for a tour which hits NYC on May 22 at Mercury Lounge. That's their only NYC date at the moment but there's room before or after to squeeze in another date (maybe somewhere more DIY like Death by Audio?). Tickets for Merc are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with more pictures from the Austin show, below...

Continue reading "Ex-Cult touring, played a bridge w/ Nothing & Perfect Pussy (pics & dates)"

Mac w/ Superchunk @ Bowery Ballroom (more by PSquared Photography)

One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are mostly free and give you a chance to see live music in a slightly less competitive time. Saturday is the busiest for day parties, so to give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's daytime picks today (Friday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...

Spires, Pity Sex, Courtney Barnett, Yuck, King Dude, Nothing, Special Guest, Mac McCaughan, Ex Hex, Drowners, Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting @ Baby's All Right
Our second of two FREE (no RSVP, no badges) parties at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway in Williamsburg) goes down today, and it's a day and night party. For this one we've got local psych band Spires, emo-shoegazers Pity Sex, witty psych-pop songwriter Courtney Barnett, the new incarnation of Yuck, goth/noir country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST (TBA very soon) Pallbearer, grunge-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, and the NYC debut of Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) new band Ex Hex. And lots more, 14 hours of music in total! Free! (and free rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry and free tattoos too!)

Schedule for our party is below.

Hunters, Ex-Cult, Roomrunner, Fat Tony, Crosss @ Cake Shop
Panache Booking is behind this day party that features quite a few intense live acts. Any chance to get up close and person to Hunters and Ex-Cult is a good time.

Drowners, Clear Plastic Masks, Caveman, Landshapes, Eagulls, Bear Mountain, Spires, Most Thieves, Kodaline, Jacco Gardner, Kan Wakan @ Pianos
This is Bowery Presents annual CMJ day bash, with an excellent line-up of bands as always.

Hockey, Black Taxi, Ski Lodge, TV Girl, Grandchildren, Easter Island, Real Magic @ Rockwood Music Hall (FREE)
If you're milling about the LES day party scene, it's worth popping over to Rockwood to check out TV Girl and Ski Lodge, both on the indiepop tip.

Special Guest, WIM, Reptiles, The Novocaines, Them Swoops, Ball Park Music, The Preatures, Delta Riggs, Kingswood, Oh Mercy, Royston Vasie, Emperors, Stillwater Giants, City Riots (5:35pm), Enola Fall, The Griswolds, Sheppard, Tigertown, Cub Sports @ The Delancey

Caveman, Empress Of, French Horn Rebellion, Joywave, Hockey, Little Daylight, TV Girl, Belle Mare, Highs, Wilsen, How Sad, Deidre & The Dark @ Cameo Gallery
If you're on your way to or from Smorgasburg, stop by Cameo for this smorgasbord of quality acts.

Weekend, Odonis Odonis, Hunters, HSY, Flashlights, Young Oprah Winfrey DJ set, DJ Tanner DJ set @ Muchmore's
Lots of good bands on this bill too: gothy shoegazers Weekend, Toronto noise rockers Odonis Odonis, lively NYC band Hunters, Toronto sludge punks HSY, and more.

Kingsley Flood, Defibulators, John Murry, Shelby Earl @ Skinny Dennis
Williamsburg faux honky tonk gets in on the CMJ action with an all-Americana line-up. The band we're most excited about on this bill is Brooklyn bluegrass band The Defibulators, who stay pretty true to the genre's roots, but do add a bit of a rockin' edge.

For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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by Bill Pearis


We've mentioned that UK band Hookworms, who we profiled back in April, are one of our "30 Artists Worth Seeing at CMJ." One of the places you can see them is at the free Friday BrooklynVegan day party (details soon we swear!). It's one of five appearances for the Leeds quintet:

Thursday 10/17 - Bowery Ballroom 9 PM
Friday 10/18 - BV day party (time TBA)
Friday 10/18 - Fader Fort 7:30 PM
Saturday 10/19 - Knitting Factory 2 PM
Saturday 10/19 Death by Audio - 11:30 PM
As I wrote before, Hookworms "practice a visceral blend of noise, drone, motorik rhythms and impassioned vocals that basically demands to be listened to at top volume" which will hopefully be the level they'll be playing at for their CMJ shows. The band's terrific debut album, Pearl Mystic, was released by Domino imprint Weird World in September. Maybe even better is the band's non-LP single "Radio Tokyo / On Returning." You can stream that single and a few LP tracks in this post. The band are currently finishing up their second full-length. Catch them this week if you can.

Streams and more details on their CMJ shows below...

Continue reading "Hookworms are here for CMJ, playing five shows including a BV day party (dates, streams)"

Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse will be in NYC next week for CMJ, opening for Lee Fields & the Expressions at Webster Hall on October 18. It's an early show, Nick's on at 6:30 PM and tickets are still available. The day before that (10/17) he'll be at the MOSCOT store on the Lower East Side for a solo set. He's on at 7 PM and it's free but you do need to RSVP.

After the Lee Fields show, Nick is sticking around NYC for a special CMJ edition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off party at Brooklyn Bowl on October 19. Nick will be the Guest Selector for the evening, and guest judges include Simon Raymonde (Bella Union/Cocteau Twins), Jacco Gardner, Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult), Christian Peslak (Saint Rich), Maria Juur (Maria Minerva), and Sandra Vu (SISU/Dum Dum Girls). Tickets are on sale now and you can also get in with your CMJ badge.

by Bill Pearis

Joanna Gruesome

We mentioned that noisy Welsh pop act Joanna Gruesome are coming over to NYC next week for CMJ, and at the time we knew of two day shows: Pianos on October 16 and The Rock Shop on October 19. Since then, the band have officially come in the running for this year's Most Shows During CMJ Award, with nine eight appearances listed now, including the Pitchfork unofficial show at 285 Kent on October 18. Here's the rundown, with times where available:

10/15 Brooklyn, NY - Ran Tea House (Force Field PR showcase)
10/16 New York, NY - Pianos (Kanine Records/SESAC party) - 3:30pm
10/16 New York, NY - Pianos (Old Flame Party) 7:45pm
10/17 New York, NY - Cakeshop (Capeshok Presents) midnight
10/18 Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (Portals Music) 9:00pm
10/18 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent (Pitchfork showcase) 11:15pm
10/19 Brooklyn, NY - The Rock Shop (Lost Colony party) [day]
10/19 Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio (Agency Group showcase)
Joanna Gruesome, whose debut Weird Sister is a terrific example of non-wimpy indiepop, just released the video for one of the records' standout cuts, "Sugarcrush," which features some pretty cool animation (and a talking cheeseburger) by Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond. You can watch that below.

Full lineups of the shows mentioned, where available, are below too.

Continue reading "Joanna Gruesome made a new video, add a whole lot more CMJ shows (updated dates)"

photos by Fred Pessaro; words by Bill Pearis

OBN IIIs @ DbA, 7/25/2013

No one is safe at an OBN IIIs show, thanks to frontman, mischief-maker, sweat-machine and band namesake Orville Bateman Neeley III. He probably spent at least half the time of the band's too-short DbA set last night (7/25) in the crowd, stealing hats of people's heads, making others nervous and just generally messing with people. Not in a scary way, mind you, as long as you're willing to play along. OBN IIIs set was amongst the most fun I've had at a show in a long time. Even if you don't like the music, it's worth going to see these Texans for the antics.

That said, their music is great, pile-driving rock n' roll somewhere between The Hives, Thin Lizzy and Electric-era Cult. Matching the riffs is Neeley's bravado-filled vocals, which fit right in with his larger-than-life performance style. OBN IIIs are a nonstop rock drag race that was over before you knew it.

Tourmates Ex-Cult have been through town a couple times already and this was my third time catching them in six weeks or so. Like I said when they opened for Fuzz, their style is somewhere between early '80s California punk (definitely some Dead Kennedys in there) and a little post punk angularity as well. Singer Chris Shaw is a classic punk frontman, wild-eyed and always on the edge. Funnily enough (given this post I wrote yesterday), Brian and Amalie from Ex Cops were in the crowd.

I got there just as Pampers were finishing up their set. Fred, who shot the pictures in this post, caught the whole thing. Take it away, Fred:

Shocked Minds, featuring members of Carbonas, Neo Cons and Ex Humans, opened the show, but I arrived in time to see them load off. NYC's own Pampers followed, and the band's reverb-y acid-drenched garage punk was as energetic as the songs were memorable. And though Pampers practice a different strain of punk-inflected garage, their primitive keyboards with heavy delay, wild stage show, and vocals reminded me of one of my current favorite bands in the genre, The Spits. And that's high praise.

This was the second of two NYC shows for OBN IIIs and Ex Cult, hopefully Neeley and crew will be back sooner than later. More pictures from last night's show are below.

Continue reading "OBN IIIs, Ex-Cult and Pampers played Death by Audio (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

Ex-Cult / Ex Cops (photos by Devan Council / Amanda Hatfield)
Ex Cult
Ex Cops

As mentioned, Ex-Cult are in town with OBN IIIs, playing Death by Audio tonight. They've been through town a few times in the last year, and if you haven't checked them out yet, tonight would be a good time to do so. The band make a menacing brand of punk that's rooted in the early '80s LA scene, with a little post-punk angularity too. This is even more evident live than on their 2012 self-titled album which is nonetheless pretty good. Stream it on Spotify. OBN IIIs are amazing too, and this highly-recommended show also has Pampers and Shocked Minds on the bill.

Also playing tonight, but at Brooklyn Bowl are Ex Cops who share a kinda similar name but almost nothing else. Started as a duo of Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun, Ex Cops make tightly crafted guitar pop, as heard on this year's True Hallucinations. You can also stream this on at Spotify. They also appeared on the third instalment of our BV Sessions video series, which you can watch below.

Tonight's show, supporting Matt Pond (Laura Stevenson is also on the bill), is just a short acoustic set from Brian and Amalie and tickets are still available. But if you want the full band experience, they play a lot, though their only other upcoming show at the moment is North Carolina's Hopscotch Music Festival in September.

Head below, for Ex Cops' BV Sessions video, Ex-Cult tour dates and a flyer for both of tonight's shows are below.

Continue reading "Ex-Cult vs. Ex Cops (both play Brooklyn tonight)"

Goner Fest

As mentioned, Goner Fest 10 happens September 26 - 29 in Memphis, TN. Since we last spoke, the festival added artists to its lineup including Japan's Guitar Wolf (who play NYC after), Wreckless Eric, Tyvek, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Ex-Cult, The Blind Shake, and more. Those artists join previously discussed names like Mudhoney, Destruction Unit, Cosmic Psychos (who are touring), Cheap Time, and others. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

The full schedule was just announced too, and you can check that out below.

Continue reading "Goner Fest 10 full schedule & tickets (additions include Guitar Wolf, Wreckless Eric, Tyvek & more)"

by Bill Pearis

OBN IIIs @ Emo's Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

As mentioned, Austin's absolutely fierce OBN IIIs are about to hit the road with Memphis' Ex-Cult (who were just in NYC last month). That tour includes a stop at Mercury Lounge on July 24. Tickets are still available, but OBN IIIs/Ex-Cult have added a second show happening at Death by Audio on July 25 with Shocked Minds and Pampers. Updated tour dates are listed below.

If you've never seen OBN IIIs live, it is an intense rock experience, with singer Orville not really allowing a passive show-going experience. He's an in-your-face kind of guy so text/tweet/etc at your peril. Their show last year at Don Pedro was one of my favorites of 2012.

While we wait for the band to follow-up 2012's self-titled sophomore album, OBN IIIs do have a new song on the free-download Garage Swim compilation and you can stream their contribution below.

Continue reading "OBN IIIs and Ex-Cult playing Death by Audio after Mercury Lounge (updated tour dates)"

by Bill Pearis

The Oblivians @ Beekman Beer Garden, 6/7/2013 (via @BrooklynVegan instagram)

Last Friday (6/7) was the kickoff show of the 2013 Seaport Music Festival with a Memphis double shot featuring vets The Oblivians (who just put out their first new LP in 15 years) and newcomers Ex Cult. As you may remember if you went outside or looked out the window, Friday's weather was cold and torrential and not generally condusive to outdoor shows. Luckily, the Seaport Folks were proactive and moved it to the nearby Beekman Beer Garden under its large tented area. Despite the cruddy weather, Beekman was packed for the show and both bands put on a good show.

The Oblivians will be back in the NYC area on August 16 at The Bell House and tickets for that show are on sale now.

As mentioned, Oblivians frontman Greg Cartwright will be back at the Seaport with his other band, Reigning Sound, for the free 4Knots Festival on June 29. The next day (6/30), Reigning Sound will play Maxwell's. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now. You're running out of chances to visit Maxwell's, as the legendary Hoboken, NJ venue will close at the end of July.

The only other Reigning Sound show is at Chicago's Beat Kitchen on July 27. All Reigning Sound and Oblivians dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Oblivians played Beekman Beer Garden (instead of the Seaport), Reigning Sound playing Maxwell's (which is closing)"

photos by Devan Council; words by Bill Pearis

Fuzz @ Death by Audio, 6/6/2013

The tireless Ty Segall brought his new trio, Fuzz, to NYC on Thursday (6/6) for two shows with Ex Cult: a free early show at Red Hook Park as part of Celebrate Brooklyn, and then later that night at Death by Audio where they were also joined by Pampers. Pictures from the latter are in this post.

Ty is no stranger behind the kit (he was Sic Alps' drummer for a while) and Fuzz almost seems like an excuse for him to go apeshit with a near constant barrage of fills. In the Black Sabbath/Blue Cheer school of proto metal, Fuzz clearly love this stuff and were pretty awesome at DbA, ending with a cover of King Crimson's "20th Century Schizoid Man."

Memphis' Ex Cult were pretty great too, playing a menacing brand of punk that seems rooted in the early '80s LA scene, with a little post-punk angularity too. Ty joined them on vocals for one song. (Ex Cult also opened for fellow Memphis residents The Oblivians the next day at Beekman Beer Garden.) I only caught the last song of Pampers' set and mainly remember them being very, very loud.

Ty Segall will be back in NYC, on guitar, for two shows in August. More pictures from Death by Audio below...

Continue reading "Ty Segall's new band Fuzz played Red Hook & then Death by Audio with Ex Cult and Pampers (pics)"


The weekend weather in NYC is a little soggy, which is playing havoc with outdoor shows. The Seaport Music Festival is being proactive about Friday's kickoff concert (6/7) with The Oblivians and Ex Cult. It's still happening but is moving next door under the tent at Beekman Beer Garden. Ex Cult are on at 7 PM with The Oblivians at 8 PM. Still free but is now 18+.

by Bill Pearis


Memphis garage legends The Oblivians released Desperation, their first album in over 15 years, this week via In the Red. Says frontman Greg Cartwright (who also fronts Reigning Sound):

Between our last record as a band in '97 and now, a lot of water has passed below that bridge. We three went our own ways after that and pursued our own musical goals. Personally, I often missed the dynamic that Jack and Eric offered to my songwriting. Almost as much as I missed being given carte blanche to add a thing or two to theirs. I've played with lots of great musicians in the interim but needless to say, it's a hard itch to scratch. The dynamic between us was a singular thing. So, over the years as we would occasionally reunite for a festival or special occasion, the idea began to grow in the back of my mind--the idea of making a new record. I mean, if you're going to keep playing as a band eventually you'll want new songs to play. Because as much as we enjoyed playing together the thing I missed the most was creating together. So that's what we did.
You can stream lead single "I'll Be Gone" below and listen to the whole album via Spotify. The Oblivians have some dates coming up including one in NYC on Friday (6/7) for The Seaport Music Festival's kickoff show. Ex Cult open the show which is free, all-ages, and open to the public. Show starts at 7 PM. Flyer below.

Reigning Sound will also play a free show at the Seaport for this year's 4Knots Festival on 6/29, which also includes Kurt Vile, White Lung, The Men, Parquet Courts, and more.

Fellow garage punk/In the Red band and past tourmates The Gories also have a NYC show coming up as part of the Northside Festival. They play the New York Night Train showcase on June 15 at Brooklyn Bowl with Daddy Long Legs (tickets).

All Oblivians dates, including West Fest in Chicago, are listed below...

Continue reading "The Oblivians made their first new LP in 15 years, playing free Seaport Music Fest show Friday, touring (dates, streams)"

Ty Segal in Chicago in Feb. 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Ty Segall

As mentioned, Ty Segall's new, proto-metal-leaning band Fuzz (in which he plays drums and sings) will be playing a free Summerstage show at Red Hook Park on June 6 with Ex-Cult and DJ Jonathan Toubin. That show starts at 7 PM

If you were hoping they'd add another show somewhere small and sweaty, you're in luck: both Fuzz and Ex Cult will play later that same night at Death by Audio with Pampers also on the bill. $10 at the door which opens at 9 PM with bands starting at 9:45 PM.

Ex Cult will play again the next day (6/7) at the Seaport Music Festival, opening for Oblivians and then will be back in July with OBN IIIs. That Seaport Music Fest show is free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, Ty will be back for two shows in NYC in August around the time of his new solo album.

All Fuzz and Ex Cult tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Ty Segall's band Fuzz playing Death by Audio same night as their free Red Hook show; both with Ex Cult (updated dates)"

The Oblivians @ Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Andrew Friscano)

The Seaport Music Festival already announced that Unknown Mortal Orchestra would be playing on June 28 and they've recently announced a couple more dates on the schedule. Memphis garage legends The Oblivians will play with their Goner labelmates Ex-Cult on June 7. And then on June 21, jangly UK indie pop quartet Fear of Men will play. No opener has been announced for that show yet. All Seaport Music Festival shows are free and all-ages.

More shows are still to be announced. Also happening at Pier 17 at the Seaport is Village Voice's 4Knots Music Fest which happens June 29 with headliners Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern and more TBA.

As you may remember, South Street Seaport was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, taking out most of shops on the brick street area down there which also suffered heavy looting, and most of those storefronts are still empty. (The mall is open, though.) Seaport Music, the label, are putting out a compilation album titled Anchored & Amped and 100% of the sales going to Seaport area businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The record includes exclusive tracks from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Wedding Present, Wire, Savoir Adore and more It will be available on June 4 via local record stores and at Seaport Music Festival shows.

Ex-Cult will also be back in July with Austin's OBN IIIs, playing Mercury Lounge on 7/24. Tickets to that show are still available. Updated Ex-Cult dates are listed below...

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Ex-Cult at Webster Hall, Feb 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Garage-y proto-punks Ex-Cult will head out for their first batch of West Coast dates ever this June, eventually hooking up with Austin's The OBN IIIs for a string of dates on the East Side of North America in July. The dates include NYC thankfully, namely Mercury Lounge on July 24. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wednesday (4/10), and regular sale on Friday (4/12) at noon.

That show and their other East Coast dates are with Austin's amazing OBN IIIs which makes that a highly recommended show. Full tour dates and some streams are below.

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photos by PSquared Photography

Ty Segall w/ Ex Cult, MHOW, 2/2/2012
Ty Segall

Keeping up with the moshers, stage divers, and crowd-surfers was only half the battle. When you weren't slipping on spilled beer on the floor, or fending for your life, you also had to remember to enjoy the show that Ty Segall and his band put on. They played for a solid hour, banging out rocking tune after rocking tune. They were relentless, and it [bled] out into the crowd. -[We All Want Someone To Shout For]
Ty Segall and Ex-Cults played their second of two shows in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night (2/2), joined by Brooklyn wild childs K-Holes. Pictures from the show are in this post, including an on-stage collaboration between the touring partners. The pair also blessed Webster Hall on Friday with special guest Mac DeMarco (2/1, pictures).

If you missed it yesterday, Ty Segall Band bassist Mikal Cronin released the first track from his upcoming Merge debut.

Lots more pics and the setlists from that snowy Saturday night in Brooklyn are below.

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