Entries tagged with: Ex Cult
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...
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.
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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 PMAs 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.
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
Streams and more details on their CMJ shows below...
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
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)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.
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)
Full lineups of the shows mentioned, where available, are below too.
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.
by Bill Pearis
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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...
Ty Segal in Chicago in Feb. 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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.
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 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.
photos by PSquared Photography
Ty Segall w/ Ex Cult, MHOW, 2/2/2012
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.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Ty Segall / Mac DeMarco @ Webster Hall, 2/1/2012
Ty Segall's current tour with Ex Cult rolled into town over the weekend for two shows, the first of which happened Friday (2/1) at Webster Hall. If Ty and his band weren't such fierce performers, they may have been upstaged by the antics of Mac DeMarco and his band, whose onstage shenanigans (wacky voices, push-ups, covering Limp Bizkit) are becoming the stuff of legend.
Before the Webster Hall show, Mac Demarco played Pitchfork's offices and you can stream that below. He'll be back for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 1 with Naomi Punk and Calvin Love and tickets (only ten bucks) are on sale now.
Ty went on to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (2/2). More pictures from Webster Hall below...
by Bill Pearis
Ty Segall just released a video for "Thank God for the Sinners," the stomping lead s the lead track off last year's great Twins. In the clip, he gets a hand (and a foot, and a few torsos) from some anonymous folk. Do watch to the jaw-dropping end. Video is below.
Ty hits the road this weekend for a tour with Ex-Cult that lands in NYC on February 1 at Webster Hall with Mac Demarco on the bill as well, and then the recently added Feb 2 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg that also has K-Holes playing. Tickets for both shows are still available.
Ty's added a few dates in other cities as well. His updated tour schedule and the new video, below...
Ty Segall at The Well in 2012 (more by Gabi Porter)
Ty also just announced that he'll stick around NYC for a more intimate show at Music Hall of Williamsburg the next day (2/2) with K-Holes and Ex-Cult. Tickets for that show go on sale today (1/11) at noon.
A list of updated dates and a video below...
Mac Demarco @ CMJ 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
Mac Demarco, whose second album, II, made more than a few Best of 2012 lists (including NME and Pitchfork), will be in the NYC area next month for a couple shows. He's been added to Ty Segall's Webster Hall show on February 1 that also features Ex-Cult. Tickets are still available to that one. Mac will also be playing Bard College the next night (2/2). Mac has no other announced shows at the moment.
Speaking of Ty Segall openers, BV Austin just announced that OBN IIIs will support locally in Austin, before heading out on a tour that includes them opening two California shows that Ty's new project Fuzz are playing.
Back in December, Mac played Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, Holland and there's video footage from his set below.
Ty Segall and his band, unsurprisingly, ripped their performance of "You're the Doctor" on last night's episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, their network television debut. (They made their cable debut on Conan a few weeks back.) He also works in a "GO VOTE!" at the end there too. If you missed it, check out video from the performance, to which Letterman reacted "Remember kids, don't neglect your studies." Video is below and that comes from his new album, Twins, which is out now and his third LP of 2012.
While that will probably tide you over for a bit, there is no replacing seeing Ty Segall's live show in person. His seemingly-endless tour is will soon hit Europe, returning to North America for West Coast in December. He'll be back on theEast Coast with Ex-Cult in the New Year. Webster Hall gets the look on February 1 and tickets are still available.
Letterman video and all current dates are listed below.
Nobunny at Bowery Ballroom, September 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Bubblegum weirdo Nobunny is currently putting the finishing touches on his new album for Goner records which will be out this fall. In the meantime, he'll be going on tour with stops in NYC at Otto's Shrunken Head on September 20 and Living Bread Deli on September 21. All Tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
Nobunny's tour wraps up in Memphis for Gonerfest 9 which happens September 27 - 30. The annual blowout, put on by the great record store/label, features garage-leaning bands from all over the world including the Oblivians, Slug Guts, Bad Sports, White Mystery, Personal & the Pizzas, The Spits, and loads more. 4-day passes are on sale now and you can check out the full line-up and schedule below.