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by Andrew Sacher

Mineral @ Saint Vitus - 9/4/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Mineral

Emo veterans Mineral were only around from 1994 to 1997, having broken up before the release of their second and final album, EndSerenading, but they're finally back and last night (9/4) they kicked off their first tour in 17 years at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus. (Following a surprise show in their hometown of Austin.) Each year it becomes increasingly clear that bands don't stay broken up, but Mineral is a band I really thought I would never see. I didn't discover them until they'd already broken up (and judging by the average age of the crowd last night, neither did many of the people in attendance), and they'd always just been a band whose brief career I considered to be a thing of the past. Something that would only live on through those two great records.

But Mineral are back, and from last night's show you'd think they never left. Some reunited bands just play to the fans, smiling on stage and inspiring long overdue singalongs (nothing wrong with that). Others look bored and make you wonder why they even reunited in the first place. But Mineral looked like they'd secretly been a band all these years. They didn't say anything sentimental on stage, didn't crack any jokes about how long it's been. If you didn't know any better you might have thought you were seeing a new band. They were tight, in the zone, and looked totally into the songs for their whole set. And actually it makes sense, because Mineral ended before they could ever tour in support of what many (myself included) consider their best album. There was definitely a sense that there was some unfinished business to be taken care of with the passion that was put into EndSerenading standouts like "Palisade" or "Unfinished" or "For Ivadell."

The influence Mineral's had over the years also rang loud and clear at last night's show. Just about any band from the last 15 years to mix emo and post-rock owes a hell of a lot to Mineral and seeing them live couldn't have made that any clearer. The beautiful, intertwining clean guitar parts leading into those huge crescendos basically sounded like the blueprint for anything from The Appleseed Cast's post-'90s output to Caspian to many of the current young bands on labels like Topshelf and Count Your Lucky Stars. And it's hard to imagine Mineral's pals Jimmy Eat World writing songs like "Table For Glasses" without the influence of EndSerenading. That record's influence is undeniable, but few bands can do it like Mineral proved they still can.

Though Mineral didn't say any of the sentimental stuff on stage, the crowd definitely did, with multiple people shouting "thank you Mineral!" throughout their set. Special guest opener Frank Turner also spoke plenty about his love for the band during his set, and he could be seen right up front in the crowd for theirs.

Evan Weiss' band Into It. Over It. opened last night as well, and will continue to do so for the rest of the tour (and for one of American Football's reunion shows). The tour continues with three more NYC shows, at Bowery Ballroom tonight (9/5), Saturday and Sunday, all three of which are sold out. UPDATE: Tickets are back on sale for all three dates. You may want to act quick!

Setlist and a 17-minute video from last night below...

Continue reading "Mineral began their reunion tour at Saint Vitus (review, setlist, video)"

Mineral in Austin last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Mineral

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Mineral, Into It. Over It., Frank Turner @ Saint Vitus
One of the most beloved bands of emo's late '90s period, Mineral, are back for their first tour in 17 years, and the first tour since the release of their slowcore-leaning classic swan song, EndSerenading. Tonight's the first of four sold-out NYC shows, all of which are opened by newer emo band Into It. Over It. Frank Turner's playing a solo set as a special guest opener at this one as well.

The New Pornographers @ The Brill Building
The Canadian supergroup playing their terrific new album Brill Bruisers at the actual Brill Building... a match made in heaven. (Or Matador's marketing department, whichever.) You had to win tickets to this NPR-presented show but we hear it's a street-level storefront...if you're in the area around 8 PM, you might catch a glimpse.

Interpol, Luke Temple @ Bowery Ballroom
This is the second of three celebratory shows for locals-done-good Interpol around the release of their back-to-basics new album, El Pintor. Tuesday's show at The Met leaned heavy on the first two albums. Will Bowery get the same tonight?

Alt-J @ Rough Trade NYC
This past Tuesday, Alt-J debuted more than half of their new album at Le Poisson Rouge. Tonight they've got another intimate pre-release show here in NYC, and we can likely count on another big chunk of the new LP.

Sun Araw's Blazer Double Double, Highlife, Noveller, Psychic Reality, Blazer Sound System @ Baby's All Right
It's the second of two nights for experimentalist Sun Araw at Baby's All Right tonight. Strong support too, we especially recommend catching drone guitarist Noveller.

Part Time, Sea Lions, Wax Witches @ Glasslands
San Francisco's Part Time walk a similar line to Ariel Pink, taking soft rock and synth pop, twisting it and making it their own. Their new tour single, "My Jamey," is ridiculously catchy. It is disappointing that scheduled tourmates Gap Dream pulled out before the trek began, but they got a good replacement in Oxnard, CA's charmingly shambolic The Sea Lions. This should be a fun show.

DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Edan, Paten Locke @ Irving Plaza
Two veteran hip hop DJs and collaborators DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are currently on the road for a tour where they're DJing exclusively from Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection. Tonight's the first of two shows at Irving Plaza this week, with strong support coming from psych rapper Edan and his collaborator Paten Locke.

Big Ups, Fiasco, Heeney, Turbosleaze @ Shea Stadium
This is a cool bill of the (relatively) old and new, with Big Ups currently being one of the more fun local bands to see around NYC, and the recently-reunited Fiasco who were one of the more fun local bands to see during their initial run.

Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, The Lowest Form, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads @ The Acheron
If you're into raw, dirty and ruthless punk, this bill showcases some of the strongest stuff in that genre that NYC has to offer teaming up with the UK's The Lowest Form. Expect male nudity (Dawn of Humans), organs (Hank Wood), and just general craziness (everyone).

Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet, C Spencer Yeh @ Trans Pecos
Drone masters Kevin Drumm and Jason Lescalleet's new collaborative album is a very strong release for the genre, and tonight they celebrate it with a release show in NYC. Support comes from violinist C Spencer Yeh.

Social Distortion, The Whigs, Jonny Two Bags @ Starland Ballroom
Veteran punk rockers Social Distortion don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they'll be nearby for a NJ show tonight and a Long Island show tomorrow.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Frank Turner & Mineral's Chris Simpson (10 months ago)
Mineral and Frank

Frank Turner announced on Twitter today that he will in fact be flying in to NYC to be the secret guest opening for Mineral at Saint Vitus, as part of a trip where he'll also see Mineral three times. That's one way to guarantee yourself a ticket!

Also today: Mineral premiered "Parking Lot (Alternate Version)" over at Stereogum...

This alternate recording, captured during the album's 1995 studio sessions, can be found on the band's upcoming double CD compilation Mineral - 1994-1998. This double CD features remastered editions of both The Power Of Failing and 1998's EndSerenading, as well as previously unreleased songs and bonus tracks. Each remastered album will also be re-released on double DMM 180 gram vinyl, and both the LPs and Mineral - 1994-1998 will arrive in stores on October 21, 2014 via Arena Rock Recording Co.
Listen to that alternate version below.

Speaking of "Parking Lot" and not-secrets, The Parking Lot was Mineral's secret band name in Austin last week.

All upcoming Mineral tour dates and the new track, below...

Continue reading "Frank Turner reveals self as Mineral special guest (and super fan); Mineral share unreleased track (listen)"

Mineral in Austin last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Mineral

The reunited Mineral played a surprise hometown show (pics) in Austin last week, and their tour begins in proper this week with four sold out NYC shows. The first (and smallest) happens on Thursday (9/4) at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. Like most of the tour, Into It. Over It. opens, but the venue's website is also advertising a "Very Special Guest." Mineral adds, "If you have tickets to our show at St Vitus on 9/4 we suggest getting there early for a special treat." Who do you think it will be?

UPDATE: It's Frank Turner.

The tour continues with a 3-night run at Bowery Ballroom from Friday (9/5) through Sunday (9/7). All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Mineral kick off tour in NYC with a "VERY SPECIAL GUEST" at Saint Vitus on Thursday"

The Kills at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kills

The Kills were last in NYC for Governors Ball and they've since added more dates which brings them back here for a benefit show in the fall. That show is The Open Road Aperture Foundation Benefit Party, which is a tribute to photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank, and happens on October 21 at Terminal 5. In addition to The Kills' short set, there will be music by Alec Soth, Joe Purdy and Billy Bragg (whose tour also hits NYC twice before that). Tickets, starting at $150, are on sale now.

The tour also includes a Halloween show in LA with Queens of the Stone Age (who play the NYC-area this week). The Kills haven't released an album since 2011's Blood Pressures, but they're reportedly working on a followup. Alison's other band The Dead Weather (with Jack White and a QOTSA member) have a new LP on the way too.

All Kills dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "The Kills touring, playing benefit in NYC w/ Billy Bragg, LA on Halloween w/ QOTSA & other dates"

by Wyatt Marshall

Iron Maiden at Austin's 360 Amphitheatre in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson had some choice words about punk music in an interview with The Guardian a few days back. In a Q&A with Frank Turner (who definitely has some punk roots), Dickinson compares punk and metal in relation to the cultural mainstream and the "art establishment," then goes on to imply punk musicians were a bunch of no-talent hacks (because apparently it's still 1980). Here's an excerpt:

The closest the "art establishment" ever came to embracing metal was punk. The reason they embraced punk was because it was rubbish and the reason they embraced rubbish was because they could control it. They could say: "Oh yeah, we're punk so we can sneer at everybody. We can't play our fucking instruments, but that means we can make out that this whole thing is some enormous performance art." Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: "What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we'll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds." But what they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars."
Burn.

Not to say there was any animosity between Dickinson and Turner. Turner is a self-professed big fan of Iron Maiden and the two will be playing the same stage at the Sonisphere festival, where noted pilot Dickinson will pilot a vintage World War I airplane--the model used by The Red Baron--in a simulated dogfight above the audience before Iron Maiden plays. There are some other memorable quotes, including some words of wisdom about fame:

I'm not interested in being famous. Fame is the excrement of creativity, it's the shit that comes out the back end, it's a by-product of it.I'm not interested in being famous. Fame is the excrement of creativity, it's the shit that comes out the back end, it's a by-product of it.
And a funny story about Maiden's legendary Rock in Rio show:
At Rock in Rio, the first time we played it in '84, I was playing this nice guitar and the monitors just were not to my liking. It was only 500,000 people at the biggest rock gig in the world ever, we'd had three days of madness down there, proper Beatlemania, and we run onstage and I'm thinking: "Fucking hell, it sounds like shit!" I run over to the monitor desk and I'm yelling at the guy: "Your monitors suck, you cunt!" and I smashed the guitar in half over the top of his monitor desk to make the point, which didn't really solve anything. First of all I'd destroyed a perfectly good guitar, and the monitors were still shit. So I go back onstage in front of 500,000 people and kick the monitors off the front of the stage, so now there are no monitors. Worse than bad monitors is no monitors.
Read the whole interview at The Guardian.

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The dust has settled at Governors Ball where a whole bunch of artists performed over three days at Randall's Island. (Have you seen our pics?) Among those on the scene was media consultant Janessa Slater (a dead ringer for SNL's Vanessa Bayer) who interviews the likes of Interpol, Tanlines, Frank Turner, and others...as well as random Governors Ball attendees. It's vaguely Ali G and, though most bands seem in on the joke, she definitely gets in some good digs. Watch it over two parts below.

In related news, if you were at Governors Ball and lost anything (like maybe your keys or sunglasses), there's a Lost & Found posted to GovBall's Facebook that you can check.

Continue reading "watch Interpol, Tanlines, and other bands get interviewed, insulted by SNL's Vanessa Bayer at Governors Ball (video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dana (distortion) Yavin

Vampire Weekend / Interpol / James Blake / Pikachu
Governors Ball 2014
2014 Governors Ball - Day 3
Governors Ball 2014
Governors Ball 2014

"New York cares." That's what the audience sang with Interpol's Paul Banks during the city indie anthem "NYC" as Governors Ball 2014 neared its close on Sunday. Throughout the weekend some of the city's finest bands had made a return to festival stages, secured headliner statuses and played the most memorable sets of the fest for home crowds. For Interpol, it has just announced a new album, played two excellent new tracks and Sunday's show at Governors Ball was the band's "First home show for us in a long time." A set heavy on the classics, Interpol played through "Obstacle 1," "Slow Hands," "Narc," "Evil" and "Stella Was a Driver and She Was Always Down." [Reverb]
The 2014 Governors Ball music festival wrapped up yesterday (6/8) after two other days of music on NYC's Randall's Island. The third and final day had sets from Vampire Weekend, Interpol (who along with The Strokes and Jack White's set featuring White Stripes songs, brought us back over a decade), James Blake, The Kills, J. Cole, The Head and the Heart, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and more. Luckily, with today's rain and Thursday's, the weather held out for GovBall all weekend (unlike last year). Pictures of day 3 are in this post.

Day 1 HERE. Day 2 HERE. More of day 3 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2014 day 3 pics (Vampire Weekend, Interpol, James Blake, Kills, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, more)"

Flogging Molly in Chicago in 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Flogging Molly

The concert cruises just keep on... cruisin'. Like Weezer, Motorhead, Mad Decent and Holy Ship, Celtic punks Flogging Molly will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in 2015 with the Salty Dog Cruise, which leaves from the coast of Miami on March 13 and continues through March 16, hitting the Bahamas twice in between.

Joining Flogging Molly for this cruise will be gypsy punk party animals Gogol Bordello, melodic punk faves The Bronx's mariachi-themed altar ego Mariachi El Bronx, UK folk punk Frank Turner, fellow Celtic punks The Tossers and The Real McKenzies, ska/rocksteady vets Hepcat and more. It's sure to be a cruise you won't remember, and luckily no designated drivers will be needed. You can book a cabin now.

Flyer and full lineup below...

Continue reading "Flogging Molly going on a St. Patrick's Day cruise w/ Gogol Bordello, Mariachi El Bronx, Frank Turner, The Tossers & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Motörhead / Chance the Rapper / Little Dragon / Toy Dolls
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3

However, Sunday's lineup thankfully featured some guitar-brandishing acts, besides Motörhead, who proved that rock is not dead at Coachella -- or in general. For instance, British punk veterans the Toy Dolls pulled a respectable crowd to the Mojave Tent (opposite the very different Calvin Harris's set) and kept a proper counter-clockwise, Doc-Martens-kicking-up-dust slam pit going at full churn throughout their high-energy performance. "Do you think I'm getting too old for this?" spiky-haired frontman Michael "Olga" Algar asked the crowd. It was likely a rhetorical question, but fans ceased their slam-dancing just long enough to shout back, "Noooooo!" - [Yahoo! Music]
The first weekend of Coachella 2014 wrapped up Sunday night (4/13) with dance music and Arcade Fire, but there was lots of other stuff going on too. Motörhead, with Lemmy back in action after some health issues, was there to show them how it's done and brought out Slash for a few songs; punk pranksters Toy Dolls and indie rock vets Superchunk both played a high energy set that would tire bands 20 years their junior; and Chicago's Chance the Rapper brought out, um, Justin Beiber.

There were also Swedish pop charmers Little Dragon, Australia's very talented Courtney Barnett, photoshy North Carolinians Neutral Milk Hotel, industrial-techno outfit Factory Floor, and lots lots more. Pictures from Coachella weekend 1, day 3 are in this post.

Check out day 1 pics HERE and day 2 pics HERE, and Arcade Fire's day 3 headlining set HERE. More pics from day 3 below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 day 3 in pics (Motorhead, Chance the Rapper, Little Dragon, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Toy Dolls, Arcade Fire, more)"

Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Phoenix

As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.

Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.

Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces daily lineups, individual day tickets on sale this week"

Boston Calling

After spring and fall installments of the Boston Calling Music Festival in 2013, it's been announced that the fest will return again this spring, expanding from 2 to 3 days. It happens from May 23-25 at City Hall Plaza, and though the lineup hasn't been officially announced, the people behind the fest hid 10 vinyls with the lineup printed on it for a Twitter contest. Consequence of Sound points to one of those pictures (above), revealing that artists playing include Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Tegan & Sara, Jenny Lewis, Frank Turner, Phosphorescent, Built to Spill, Kurt Vile, Warpaint, Cass McCombs and others, not to mention festival favorite JACK JOHNSON. Tickets will be on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM via the festival's website.

Lineup below...

Continue reading "Boston Calling 2014 lineup (Death Cab, Modest Mouse, Brand New, Jenny Lewis, Built to Spill, Kurt Vile, Warpaint & more)"

Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
GovBall

We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.

UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!

Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2014 lineup announced (Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TVOTR, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Grimes, many more)"

Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Phosphorescent

We just got Q, Mojo and SPIN, and now we get another year-end music list for 2013 from Paste. The #1 slot went to Phosphorescent for their album Muchacho. Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Paste Magazine's Top 50 LPs of 2013 (Phosphorescent is #1)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Beck / Explosions in the Sky / Tricky
Osheaga Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Osheaga Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Osheaga Day 2 - 8/3/2013

Tasty textures, rocking drum fills, and a dazzling light show were just three of the reasons why Texan post-rockers Explosions in the Sky performed what was likely the best set Osheaga 2013 had seen thus far. Beginning and ending as a quintet, with three guitars, one bassist, and a drummer, the instrumental rockers proved they didn't need vocals to drive their lengthy songs, with all the guitarists playing clear, calculated riffs to provide ample sources of melody.

During the middle of the set, touring bassist Carlos Torres stepped offstage, and guitarist Michael James picked up the bass for some fast and furious picking. The songs were seven- to ten-minute-long soundscapes that shifted and evolved, never getting stale, and the band navigated through any changes expertly. The band members engaged in no banter between songs, instead allowing the denouement of one song to slowly transform into the intro of the next, but the visual spectacle was present in the form of the lights, bursts of colour that accentuated the music. [Exclaim]

Montreal's 2013 Osheaga Festival continued on Saturday (8/3), after kicking off a day earlier. We caught Beck, Explosions in the Sky, Tegan & Sara, Tricky, Stars, and more, which you can check out pictures of in this post. Other bands that played (who we didn't get shots of) include Bob Mould, The Breeders, Angel Haze, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, and more.

Check out pictures of day 1. More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2013 day 2 in pics: Beck, Explosions in the Sky, Tegan & Sara, Tricky, Stars and more"

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British folk punk Frank Turner already came to NYC for an intimate show at Bowery Ballroom in March and has two more that size coming up in July at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Off With Their Heads. Both of those shows are sold out, but if you've missed out on getting tickets to any of Frank's smaller shows, it should be much easier to grab some for his just-announced show at Terminal 5 on November 27. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale starts Friday (6/28) at noon.

Talib Kweli, who surprised us when he joined Macklemore on stage at SXSW, and Big K.R.I.T. (who also plays the recently-expanded Rock the Bells) are opening for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on a tour this fall that hits NYC on November 13 and 14 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for those shows go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales start Thursday (6/27) at 10 AM, and general on-sale starts Friday (6/28) at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Jessie Ware at Roseland Ballroom go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala shows at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Goblin at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Julie Ruin and Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

2-Tone ska legends The Selecter play Gramercy Theatre on September 20. Tickets for that show are currently on Music Geeks presale (password is "musicgeeks") and they go on sale to the general public Friday (6/28) at 10 AM.

Tickets to see CHVRCHES at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Chromatics at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Slaughterhouse are playing Highline Ballroom on July 16. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Phony PPL, who were originally supposed to play Brooklyn Bowl on July 3 and 31, have cancelled both shows and are now instead playing Brooklyn Bowl on August 12. Tickets to the 8/12 show are on sale now. Refunds for the July shows are available at the point of purchase.

Registration is still open for a chance to get an email invite for the Mumford and Sons show at Queen's Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, which is now hosting concerts again. Support comes from The Vaccines and Bear's Den.

Tickets to see Shovels and Rope and Shakey Graves at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Cloud Control at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Dirty Beaches at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets to his Glasslands show, which happens this Friday (6/28), are still available.

Tickets to see Palma Violets at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see MS MR at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Jimmy Cliff at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Susanne Sundfor at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Gary Clark Jr. at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Langhorne Slim is playing Bowery Ballroom on September 24. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/28) at noon.

Scott H. Biram is playing Mercury Lounge on September 28. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/28) at noon.

Roger Miret w/ Agnostic Front at Power of the Riff 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Roger Miret

We were just talking about Brooklyn's The So So Glos, who released their pop punk-y new album, Blowout, performed on Letterman, and are currently on tour with Titus Andronicus. That tour doesn't hit NYC (Titus plays a free NYC show in August though), but we said it probably wouldn't be long before The So So Glos announce their own NYC show. Well, they've just announced one and it happens right after that tour on May 26 at Knitting Factory with Heaven's Gate, Dinowalrus, and Trabajo. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/10) at 10 AM.

The So So Glos are also set to play a Northside show in the back room of Public Assembly on June 14 (only the front room will be closed) with Shapes and Le Rug. Tickets for that show are on sale now and Northside badges will also be accepted. Updated dates are listed below.

The Knitting Factory recently announced some other cool punk shows happening there soon too. Oregon Americana punks Larry and His Flask, who we wrote about when they released their Hobo's Lament EP and toured with Frank Turner, are releasing a new full length, By The Lamplight, on June 25 via Cascadian Records in the US and Frank Turner's Xtra Mile Records internationally. They'll support that album with a tour that ends on July 28 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Their pal Frank Turner meanwhile, will be on his own tour that hits NYC for two sold out MHOW shows in July. He just released a new video from his new album, Tape Deck Heart, which you can watch below.

Back to Knitting Factory shows: Agnostic Front frontman Roger Miret will bring his street punk band Roger Miret and the Disasters to Knitting Factory on August 24 with another Agnostic Front-related project, Stigma. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As mentioned, Avail frontman Tim Barry will hit Knitting Factory on July 20 with Cory Branan and Des Ark. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other upcoming punk shows at Knitting Factory include power pop punks Cheap Girls (whose tour includes other NYC-area shows too) on May 17 (tickets) and post-hardcore rippers Coliseum on May 21 with the Dischord-signed Red Hare (mems. Bluetip, Dag Nasty, Swiz, Garden Variety, and more) (tickets).

All So So Glos and Larry and His Flask dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "So So Glos, Roger Miret & the Disasters, Larry & His Flask and more upcoming punk shows at Knitting Factory"

Frank Turner

As mentioned, Frank Turner's new album, Tape Deck Heart, will be out April 23. You can check out the video for his anthemic new single, "Recovery," below.

Frank will be touring North American this summer, including two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 30 & 31. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale today (4/10) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (4/12) at noon. You can also pre-order tickets buy purchasing Frank's new album via his website.

All upcoming Frank Turner dates are below.

Continue reading "Frank Turner schedules North American summer tour dates, including two NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg"

Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Phosphorescent

As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.

Hope you acted quick back in January. 3-Day passes and 2-day passes are sold out, as are single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday, but you can still get single day tickets for Friday.

Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).

Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival -- 2013 lineup (Beck, Feist, Jim James, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty, Bonnie Prince Billy, Houndmouth & more)"

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Tickets for the Vampire Weekend show at Roseland Ballroom go on Live Nation presale today at 10 AM (password: "SWOON"). General on-sale begins Saturday (3/30) at 10 AM.

Tickets for the The Shins and Man Man show at Williamsburg Park go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Flying Lotus at Terminal 5 with Ultraista and Thundercat go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Specials show at Hudson River Park go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Dawn McCarthy at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Presets and Dragonette at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Bonobo show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Chvrches show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Thermals shows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ha Ha Tonka and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

The Staves are playing Mercury Lounge on May 17. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Dandy Warhols at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Joseph Arthur at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Secret Chiefs 3 at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Social Distortion are playing The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on June 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Frank Turner is playing The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on June 8. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

X Ambassadors and Deidre & The Dark are playing Cameo Gallery on May 4. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Osheaga 2013

Osheaga Festival is returning to Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 2-4. This year's lineup includes The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, New Order, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Hot Chip, Alt-J, Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, Big Boi, Baauer, Father John Misty, Disclosure, Frightened Rabbit, Angel Haze, Jessie Ware, DIIV, Guards, and many more.

3-Day passes go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. There are still over 20 artists TBA, but you can browse the complete initial lineup below...

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Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
bonnaroo

With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.

Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.

There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...

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Frank Turner

British folk punk Frank Turner is set to release the followup to 2011's England Keep My Bones with Tape Deck Heart on April 22 via Epitaph. The album was recorded with his band, The Sleeping Souls, and was produced and mixed by Rich Costey, who has worked with big name rock bands like Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, Rage Against the Machine, Weezer (who Frank names an influence on the new record), and many others. The album will be released as a standard edition and as a deluxe edition with six bonus tracks. Frank hasn't revealed any studio recordings from the new album yet, but you can check out a live video of him playing one of its songs, "Plain Sailing Weather," below, along with the tracklist and album art.

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls will be supporting the new record with an international tour that comes to the US for a few dates this March. Those dates include a NYC show happening on March 4 at Bowery Ballroom, a small show for someone played two Webster Hall shows this past fall. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (2/1) at noon.

A list of all dates, video, album art and tracklist below...

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Adele

It seemed inevitable that Adele would be tapped to do a Bond theme and here we are with Skyfall. The movie actually looks like it might be good! As for the theme song, Adele and cowriter/producer Paul Epworth are channeling classic John Barry-era Bond and will be drawing comparisons to Shirley Bassey. A lyric video of the song is at the bottom of this post. (you can also buy it on iTunes)

Speaking of buying on iTunes, that's one place you can get the new album by Flying Lotus who just announced a CMJ show which happens about a week after all his other NYC appearances including this weekend's record fair.

The Raveonettes are on tour and playing Webster Hall on Friday, but first you can catch them on Letterman tonight. Meanwhile check out some pictures from their Chicago show.

Still time to get a ticket to our free-with-free-ticket AC Newman show happening Monday in Brooklyn. Meanwhile you can stream the new album in its entirety below.

The Punch Brothers are on tour and have plenty of upcoming shows, like Gramercy Theater on 10/5, and Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve, and The Paramount Theater in Long Island on October 7, which we're giving away tickets to on Facebook (you can also buy some).

Speaking of the Punch Brothers, as mentioned, primary Brother Chris Thile is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows. Which means he gets lots of money. Congrats also to winner Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble (aka ICE)., Maybe you caught her recently at the new Original Music Workshop venue, or during the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon, or at one of the many other times she has performed in and around Brooklyn where she lives.

The big Animal Collective show at Williamsburg Park is this Friday. Tickets are still available. If you go, make sure and get there early for Micachu & the Shapes, or just go see Micachu headline LPR on Monday with recently added opener Mykki Blanco. Win tickets at the BV Facebook.

Micachu also DJs a Brooklyn Bass-presented After Hours party at Cameo Gallery (10/5) after the Williamsburg Park show with DJ Rezzie, No GLow, Evan MIchael, Judge Wise, and T'Angelo. It starts at midnight and admission is $8 at the door or $5 with RSVP to bass.brooklyn@gmail.com.

Sondre Lerche, who recently played Austin, is on tour and plays the Wolf's Den @ Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Friday (10/5).

Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout's art show opens in Brooklyn on Friday. Check out pictures from the show Guided By Voices recently played at Emo's.

Kraftwerk, Rush and Public Enemy might be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

Finally an answer to Rolling Stone's "Women Who Rock!" issue: Seattle's The Stranger presents, "Men Who Rock!," complete with sexy pinup photos. Hot! What, no Lars Finberg?

PD spotted what is estimated to be 7-10 Million Dollars worth of pot growing on a Chicagoland farm with "plants as big as trees."

The first "official" photos of the reunited cast of Arrested Development have surfaced. The improbably fourth season of the show will "air" (stream) on Netflix in 2013. Meanwhile, New York Magazine has details on how you can win a walk-on.

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