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Girlpool at BV day party at Baby's All Right - 10/25/14
Girlpool

LA duo Girlpool played about ten shows right before and during CMJ, and they'll be back in the area next week to play NYC and Long Island on their tour with Jenny Lewis. They must really love it here, because now they've added yet another show. They were added to the Halloween show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which already has a stacked lineup of Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Mitski and more. That show is free and includes a costume contest ($500 cash prize), face painting and more. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend Halloween.

One of Girlpool's many CMJ shows was our Saturday day party. We already posted pictures of that show and we've got another set of Girlpool in this post. More, with their updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Girlpool added to Halloween at BK Bazaar w/ Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along & Mitski (updated dates & more CMJ pics)"

pugkin @ McCarren Dog Costume parade (more by Mimi Hong)
Pumpkin

No longer content to celebrate Halloween just on October 31, NYC has turned into a full week of festivities. We're mainly focusing on the music stuff, but a list of notable events follows...

First and foremost in the 41st Village Halloween Parade, which gives parades a good name and is usually worth going to. It happens on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. And if you can't actually be there, NY1 broadcasts live from 8 PM - 9:30 PM.

As for music events, with a singer who has basically dressed like a vampire for the band's career and classic singles "Thanks for the Night," "Wait for the Blackout," and "In Dulce," The Damned remain perfectly suited for this sort of thing and you can see them at Irving Plaza on Halloween with TSOL (who have a horror punk vibe themselves), and The Briefs. (tickets). If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair of tickets. See details below.

Meanwhile, Damned guitarist (and maker of great solo records too), Captain Sensible will be playing a Halloween edition of the Sally Can't Dance party at Bowery Electric on Wednesday (10/29) with Fred Armisen, Mistress Formica and more (tickets).

On a similar tip, the Jerry Only-led version of Misfits play Irving Plaza tonight (10/28) and tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, former Misfit Glenn Danzig will be playing with his band Samhain at Best Buy Theater on the actual night of Samhain (the night after Halloween) (tickets).

And another former Misfits singer, Michale Graves, plays Coco 66 on Mischief Night (10/30). Tickets are on sale.

Primus will be playing Beacon Theatre on Halloween which is being billed as "An Evening With Primus and the Chocolate Factory." Primus just made an album based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book which definitely has some nightmare material in it. Tickets are still available.

Punk/klezmer/cabaret act World Inferno Friendship Society are throwing a "Hallowmas" bash at The Wick on Halloween. They are requesting you bring a pumpkin. Tickets are on sale.

CMJ buds Panache & Baby's All Right are thowing a Halloween Show that's not at Baby's -- it happens Halloween Friday at 338 Moffat (Studio L) with Purling Hiss, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Meatbodies and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets are on sale now, including an option that includes a "limited edition surprise."

What will be at Baby's though is a dance party with Maurice Fulton, DJ Spun, Alex From Tokyo, The Almond Brothers and Paul Raffaele (tickets).

For an Halloween filled with current bands evoking the goth sound of the classic '80s period, Toxic Shock Syndrome is presenting "DEA†H ☧ RI†ES" on Friday at 496 Morgan Ave with Pop. 1280, Void Vision, Pawns, a DJ set by Frankie Teardrop and "more!" Tickets are on sale.

And then there's the Halloween show at Death by Audio with Knyfe Hyts, Oozing Wound, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale, plus in the "Haunted Mansion" there will be Aa, Justin Frye (of PC Worship) and Chat Logs. This will be your last chance to party at DbA on a Halloween as the venue closes in less than a month.

This year's Zombie Prom happens at Littlefield on Halloween with The Hollows, Sylvana Joyce & The Moment, Corn Mo, and T.R.J.B. (tickets).

Anamanaguchi will be DJing on Halloween at the 38 Bathhouse (353 Broadway, Manhattan) with Tallesen, Pleasure Centers, Bernard Herman (not the Hitchcock composer [who's dead]), and "Very Special Guests." Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar is throwing a two-night Halloween party on Friday and Saturday (11/1). Friday has Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$ DJ; Saturday has The So So Glos, Slothrust, Dinowalrus, Weird Womb and DJ Lady Guy. Both nights are free with costume contests ($500 cash prize).

And Long Island's The Paramount on Halloween is hosting Mastodon, Gojira & Kvelertak (tickets). The same lineup will play The Starland Ballroom in NJ the next night (tickets).

The Meat Puppets / Cass McCombs co-headlining tour hits NYC twice at Rough Trade this weekend. First on Halloween night (tickets) and then again the next night (sold out).

If you're the type who wants to hear post-rock on Halloween, you're in luck because This Will Destroy You's tour hits Bowery Ballroom that night (tickets).

And for you Twin Peaks fans out there, Glasslands is offering up a party called "Halloween In The Black Lodge," with a place both wonderful and strange performing a piece called "EYS OPEN DOORS: THE HIDDEN LIFE OF LAURA PALMER" as well as DJ sets by @Thatsourwaldo, and Smoking Mirror (Lewis Valleau of WOLVVES). Tickets for this midnight party are on sale now, though if you're name's Bob you may know another way in.

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Of course the staple of Halloween shows is bands performing as other bands, and there are no shortage of those this year. You can get an early jump on that sort of thing on Wednesday (10/29) at Baby's All Right with Motion Studies (as Prince), Sunflower Bean (as Smashing Pumpkins), Dances (as The Strokes), Haybaby (as Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Scherzo (as Death From Above 1979). Tickets are on sale.

Then on Devil's Night (Thursday, 10/30) at Saint Vitus, Delicate Steve will be performing as Del Zeppelin with sets from Escalator Haters (Featuring members of Stalkers, Daddy Long Legs, The Casualties and Clit 45), Ice Balloons and Cher2K. That's a free show.

Delicate Steve will then perform as the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Silent Barn on Halloween along with Dear Leader (as The Neptunes), Heeney (as Weezer), Banned Books (as Pixies), Advaeta (as HOLE), members of Celestial Shore, Heaven's Gate and Journalism as blink-182 and a DJ set from Mr. Twin Sister.

For a different option that also features a band as Blink-182 head to Cake Shop on Halloween for Clean Girls who will be doing that, plus Vomitface (as Nirvana), Alien Trilogy (as Devo), Tape Deck Mountain (as Daniel Johnston's Delay Pedal), Death To Slater (as The Beach Boys), Schmear (as Meat Puppets), and Smell-O-Vision (as Television).

For a third blink-182 option and a second RHCP option, over at Shea Stadium on Halloween you can see Big Ups (as Red Hot Chili Peppers), Vulture Shit (as Presidents of USA), Flagland (as Blink-182), Bueno (as Frank Sinatra), and Huffers (as The Replacements). $8 at the door with costume, $10 without.

You can see Beach Fossils with members of Wild Nothing (as Devo), Celestial Shore (as T. Rex), Beverly (as the Pixies), and Roya (as Television Personalities), on Halloween at 338 Moffat (Studio E, different space than Purling Hiss show mentioned above). Tickets for that show are on sale.

You can also catch Mutual Benefit doing Beck's One Foot in the Grave in full at Glasslands on Halloween with Reo appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set (tickets). That's your last chance to ever see a Halloween show at Glasslands. We're giving away tickets too.

Of course there's also "the world's drunkest Guns n' Roses tribute band," Mr Brownstone, at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (tickets).

If you're looking to dance, you can head to Cameo on Friday for Eric Duncan, Mike Simonetti, Dominique Keegan, Justin Vandervolgen, Evan Michael, Free Magic, and Faso (tickets)

Output on Halloween is throwing a "Boo Yourself" party with Danny Tenaglia and Rissa Garcia in the main space and Kasper Bjørke, Gerd Janson, and Justin Miller in The Panther Room (tickets).

At Verboten on Halloween it's Lee Burridge, Monkey Safari, Christian Löffler, and Bedouin (tickets).

The Check Yo Ponytail tour also rolls through NYC on Halloween which should definitely be a party. That happens at Warsaw with The Presets, Antwon, Chela and Franki Chan (tickets).

You can also turn down for what at Pier 94 on Halloween (moved from Barclays Center) with DJ Snake, Knife Party, Tommy Trash, Tchami and Milo & Otis (tickets).

On the movie front, Nitehawk Cinema is doing their all-night horror marathon "A Night to Dismember" with a program of sequels: Evil Dead II, The Bride of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th: Part 2, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, and Return of the Living Dead (tickets)

Videology (which has been hosting horror screenings all month) is showing '80s Tawny Kittaen classic Witchboard; and at Sunshine Cinema in the LES they're hosting a midnight screening of 1987 cult classic, The Monster Squad (tickets).

What else? A couple flyers, and some Halloween mixes courtesy Rdio, below...

Continue reading "A guide to 2014 Halloween events in NYC"

photos by Mimi Hong

Tompkins Square Dog Hallowen Costume Parade

Halloween is here again, and that means NYC's best parade. Grand Marshall Whoopi Goldberg will lead "hundreds of PUPPETS, 53 BANDS of Different Types of Music, DANCERS and ARTISTS, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the nation's most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world!" The theme this year is "The Garden of Earthly Delights!":

Although one often associates Halloween with things Infernal, this year's Halloween Parade is headed to Paradise, or more specifically the Garden of Earthly Delights. Join us as we unearth the layers of Heironymous Bosch's timeless altarpiece, exploring the precarious borderland Garden between the primeval terrors of wilderness and the modern confines of civility.Is there an oasis, a point of respite between the ravaging wilds of nature and stifling constrictions of urban life? A garden is above all, a place of precarious balance - just enough nature to tie us to our primeval roots, yet not so much we might lose our way and fall prey to the dangers that lurk in the wilderness. It is a narrow borderland of green where one might be of nature without being fully in it. The great gardens of Europe often featured mazes of hedgerows, where visitors could experience the vicarious terror of becoming lost (literally "bewildered") while taking comfort from the confines of civilization that encircled them.

The beginning of humankind's transition to sedentary farming coincides with a mythological obsession with the Garden, as the dangerous uncertainty of our hunter-gatherer past gave way to ordered paths, sheltering walls, and sustaining bounties. The Tree of Life and the fruits of immortality are never found in the forest, jungle, or savannah, but rather in a cultivated Garden - whether Golden Apples tended by the Hesperides of the Greeks, or the Jade Emperor's Peaches of Immortality pilfered by Monkey King of Chinese Myth, or the Biblical Garden of Eden whose fruits bring knowledge even as they harken the end of innocence. Like Borges' Garden of the Forking Paths, it is a place of infinite possibilities and permutations contained within a finite and intimate space. Gardens are also places of forbidden delights and forgotten joys hidden away behind ivied walls and locked gates. The Secret Gardens of Hans Christian Andersen and Frances Hodgson Burnett remind us that the Garden evokes a return to childhood's fearless and ephemeral embrace of the world.

The New York Village Halloween Parade has always been a secret garden of sorts, a place where, for 40 years, wildness of a very rare variety has flourished within the high walls of New York's avenues. Halloween being a night of inversions, our "garden" is not a safe place where the "wild" is kept out; it is a safe place where the wildness of imagination is invited in! Just as Frederick Law Olmsted's ramble in Central Park cultivates the liberating thrill of bewilderment amidst its twisting paths, paraders know they will be safe within the procession.

This year Parade puppeteers will sow the seeds of a verdant Garden, turning 6th Avenue into a greenway of surging shoots, unfurling blossoms, and tempting fruits dangling low from the animated boughs of a giant Tree of Life. All are invited to our workshops to help bring our not-so-secret, world-famous "garden" to life and celebrate our oasis of wildness that in the end (as Olmsted said) is what truly civilizes us.

MEANWHILE, the dog Halloween parade happened in Tompkins Square Park on Saturday, and BrooklynVegan photographer Mimi Hong stopped by before she got to our CMJ showcase. Her constumed dog pictures continue below...

Continue reading "Village Halloween Parade returns Friday, but the Tompkins Square Dog Costume Parade was Saturday (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Aa

Earlier this year, Aa (Big A little a) returned with VoyAager, their first album since 2007. Now they've got a video for one of its tracks, "Koosh." The video was "inspired by Abel Gance's classic silent sensory overload Napoleon" and it fits the avant-synth track well. It makes its premiere in this post and can be watched below.

As discussed, Aa will also be part of Death by Audio's last-ever Halloween show. They play the "Haunted Mansion" section of the venue that will be set up special for this show with PC Worship's Justin Frye and Chat Logs. In the main room there will be sets from the re-active Knyfe Hyts, Oozing Wound, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale. $10 gets you in and it goes til 3 AM.

Video below...

Continue reading "Aa made a video for "Koosh," playing DbA's Halloween show"

mutual beck

As mentioned, Mutual Benefit will be playing at Glasslands on Halloween (aka this Friday) with Emily Reo, and Conveyor. (The last Halloween show to ever happen at that venue.) Like a lot of Halloween shows, this will be a cover set and Mutual Benefit are doing Beck's 1994 album One Foot in the Grave (which has lo-fi folk classics "Sleeping Bag" and "Asshole," among others). Reo is appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set. Tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.

The Halloween show is the wrapup to Mutual Benefit's current tour. They play St. Louis, MO tonight (10/27). Remaining dates are listed, along with a YouTube stream of One Foot in the Grave, below.

Continue reading "Mutual Benefit covering Beck's 'One Foot in the Grave' at Glasslands' last-ever Halloween show (win tix!)"

Rivers and Frances (via Hop Along Instagram)
Frances

Weezer brought their current tour playing their new album in full to Philly for a show at the Trocadero this Saturday (10/25). At that show, Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan joined the band on stage to duet with Rivers Cuomo on "Go Away" (Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sings with him on the album version." WXPN's The Key spoke to Frances about it:

She tells us she was on tour opening for mewithoutYou when she found out about the opportunity. "I was literally hopping up and down at a rest stop outside Baltimore when our booking agent, Merrick, told me the news."

Quinlan says she was nervous upon arriving at The Troc and watching Weezer soundcheck from backstage, but the band and the crew were total sweethearts, which put her at ease. "Rivers had me rehearse the song backstage with him and Brian [Bell, guitarist]," she says. "We ran through it once and an hour later I sang it onstage with them. It's the craziest thing that's ever happened to me."

Weezer's tour hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/27) which is sold out. Will any guests be there tonight too?

Hop Along will also celebrate Halloween in NYC at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for a free show with wild garage rockers Diarrhea Planet headlining, plus Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$. They're also promising "costume cash prizes, light show, face painting, art debut and fun." Hop Along also play New Year's Eve in Philly.

Watch the video of Frances and Weezer below...

Continue reading "Frances from Hop Along sang on stage with Weezer (who play NYC tonight); HA playing Halloween w/ Diarrhea Planet"

The New Lines (photo by Jenn di Donna)
new lines

You never know where inspiration may strike. The New Lines and DC band Sansyou have a new collaborative single, "Gowanus Canal Field Inspection," which was a direct result of an actual visit to the titular Brooklyn body of water by Sansyou's David Nicholas, who shared his thoughts on it with The New Lines' Hewson Chen. Conversation, lyrics and music flowed like dirty water and here we have it, a jangly two-minute pop number which premieres in this post. Stream it below.

The New Lines and Sansyou will play NYC on October 27 at The Rock Shop, a Halloween show also featuring Winkie and Prima Primo. Then in December, The New Lines will head out with Dead Leaf Echo for a weekend tour that includes stops in Philadelphia and DC. All dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below...

Continue reading "The New Lines & DC band Sansyou share collaborative single, playing NYC Halloween week show together (dates)"

Liturgy in 2009 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Liturgy

Black metal transcendentalists Liturgy are a full band again (beastly drummer Greg Fox included), and it's good news (and perhaps not a surprise) to hear they'll be playing Death by Audio before it closes. They're playing night 1 of their Thrill Jockey labelmates Oozing Wound's previously discussed two-night stand happening at the venue on Mischief Night (10/30) and Halloween (10/31). Also on that first night is Child Abuse and Cellular Chaos. $10 gets you in.

The 10/31 show is DbA's Halloween Haunted House Party and also features the re-active Knyfe Hyts, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale, plus in the "Haunted Mansion" there will be Aa, Justin Frye (of PC Worship) and Chat Logs. (Sounds spooky!) $10 gets you into this one too, and the show goes lateeee (til 3 AM).

Continue reading "Death By Audio announces final Halloween show, part of Oozing Wound's 2-night stand (now w/ Liturgy too)"

Mykki Blanco

NYC rapper Mykki Blanco is releasing a new album called Gay Dog Food for free download on October 21. It's set to feature an impressive cast of guests including Kathleen Hanna, Katie Got Bandz, Cakes Da Killa, Cities Aviv, No Bra, Ian Isiah and James K. No music's come out from that yet, but Mykki did recently appear on a new song called "Unclassified" by German producer ETИIK. You can stream that below.

Mykki has two dates coming up too, a Halloween celebration on 10/25 in LA and a NYC show on Mischief Night (10/30) at Glasslands. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

Full tour schedule and that song stream below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco releasing a new LP ft. Kathleen Hanna, Cakes Da Killa, No Bra & more, playing shows around Halloween"

Dean Ween

The Dean Ween Group, who toured opening for Primus earlier this year, are now set to hit the road on their own for a short East Coast tour this fall. The fall comes to the NYC-area around Halloween time, hitting Asbury Park on October 30 at The Stone Pony and Brooklyn on November 1 at Brooklyn Bowl but they currently have no show scheduled for Halloween proper. (Primus on the other hand, are playing NYC on Halloween.) Tickets for the NJ and NYC shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Gene Ween's band FREEMAN are touring too and hitting NYC this Saturday (10/4) at Bowery Ballroom with Arc Iris (tickets).

List of Dean Ween dates, with a video of them playing a new song "Garry" in New Mexico, below...

Continue reading "Dean Ween Group touring, playing NY/NJ around Halloween"

Oozing Wound

Sludgy thrashers Oozing Wound are releasing their sophomore album, Earth Suck, on October 21 via Thrill Jockey, and while no songs have been released from that yet they did put out the ripping "Drug Reference" as an Adult Swim single earlier this year and you can stream that below.

Oozing Would will also be kicking off a tour a few days after the new LP drops, and they'll come to NYC for a two-night stand at the soon-to-close Death by Audio around Halloween. First they play 10/30 with Child Abuse and then play the venue's Halloween Haunted House Party on the 31st with more TBA.

UPDATE: Liturgy and others were announced for the shows.

All dates are listed, with the "Drug Reference" stream, below...

Continue reading "Oozing Wound releasing a new LP, touring, playing Death by Audio's Halloween Haunted House Party (dates)"

Felice Brothers at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
Felice Bros

Road-lovin' folk rockers The Felice Brothers will begin their tour with Spirit Family Reunion later this month, and they've got plenty more dates scheduled for after that ends including a Halloween celebration in NYC. Technically the show happens a couple days before Halloween, on October 29 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Other Halloween celebrations in NYC include Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs, Presets/Antwon, Cypress Hill, Primus, Mastodon (Long Island), The Damned/TSOL, This Will Destroy You, Mutual Benefit, Dum Dum Girls (10/30), Suicide Girls, Misfits and Samhain (well that one's really a Samhain celebration, not Halloween).

List of Felice Bros dates below...

Continue reading "Felice Brothers touring, playing Halloween party in NYC"

The Presets at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
The Presets

The Check Yo Ponytail tour returns this year, headlined by Australian synth pop band The Presets and featuring direct support from experimental rappers Antwon and Le1f on select dates. The NYC stop of the tour happens on Halloween at Warsaw with Antwon. Australia's Chela and Check Yo Ponytail alumnus Franki Chan open on all dates as well. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM local time. You can get tickets here for NYC.

All dates, including The Presets' stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest (without the rest of the Check Yo Ponytail tour), are listed below...

Continue reading "The Presets, Antown, Le1f & others going on 2014 Check Yo Ponytail tour, playing NYC on Halloween (dates)"

The LOX at Best Buy Theater in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Brook Bobbins

Cypress Hill are playing their mostly annual NYC Halloween show this year on October 30 at Best Buy Theater, and they've got La Coka Nostra, Immortal Technique and Vinnie Paz joining them for the occasion. Tickets for that show go on sale today (8/8) at noon. Their only other date that we're currently aware of is Made In America LA.

Other NYC hip hop shows were recently announced too, like the previously discussed ones from Black Milk, Wu-Tang w/ Bone Thugs, Diplomats, Lil Kim & more and the recently-expanded AfroPunk Festival. Here's more...

Two days after the legendary Rakim plays Studio 48 (10/2) with Slick Rick, he plays 'The Bbg Presents The Noge 50th Year Benefit Concert' at NYC's Apollo Theater (10/4) with Big Daddy Kane (tickets). Both Rakim and Big Daddy Kane are also billed for the 'Hip Hop Hall Of Fame Jam: Legends of The Fall' happening at Long Island's NYCB Theatre at Westbury (10/4) the same day as the Apollo show, so it's not entirely clear how (or if) that will work out. Also on the Westbury show is Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Biz Markie and Pep & the Soul Explosion Band (tickets).

Veteran New York trio The LOX (Styles P, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss) are on board for this year's Fool's Gold Day Off on Labor Day, and exactly a month later they'll play NYC again at BB King's on October 1. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Sooner at BB King's another NYC rapper, Fabolous, takes over the venue on August 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Statik Selektah

Long-running DJ Statik Selektah releases his new album, What Goes Around, on August 19 via Duck Down. It features tons of killer collaborations from Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Snoop Dogg, Dilated Peoples, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought, Bun B, POS of De La Soul, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monch, Freddie Gibbs and more. Get a taste of it from three tracks, "Alarm Clock" (ft. Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, Logic), "The Imperial" (ft. Action Bronson, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought), and "Carry On" (ft. Joey Bada$$, Freddie Gibbs), along with the tracklist, below. Statik Selektah celebrates the new LP with a release show the day before it comes out at SOB's (8/18). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's a '90s vs Naughts party happening on the Luxury Infinity Yacht which loads in on August 16 at 10:30 PM on Pier 40 (353 West St) and sets sail at midnight. NYC hip hop vets Smif N Wessun and Buckshot will perform a brief live set, and music will otherwise be provided by DJs including Stretch Armstrong, DJ Moma, Young Guru, Meka, DJ Soul and DJ Tara. Tickets are on sale now and you can also RSVP for VIP. Flyer with more info, below.

Those are just a few hip hop shows coming up in NYC. You can also browse our 'Hip Hop' tab for more. What else?

Continue reading "hip hop roundup: Cypress Hill Halloween show, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, The LOX, Statik Selektah, Smif N Wessun, more"

Primus

The classic lineup of Primus that made Sailing the Seas of Cheese (Les Claypool, Larry "Ler" LaLonde, and Tim "Herb" Alexander) have gotten back together for a new, food-themed album, due out October 21. Specifically it's a tribute to the classic 1971 movie musical version of Roald Dahl's Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, covering the entire soundtrack in their own inimitable way. (Even "Cheer Up Charlie" which used to get cut from the TV version.) Says Claypool:

The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,' says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the 'Willy Wonka' movie - the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that's what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit...twisted them up a lot.
You can stream "Pure Imagination" from Primus & the Chocolate Factory below.

The day after its release, Primus will head out on tour, playing NYC on Halloween (10/31) at Beacon Theatre for a show billed as "An Evening With Primus and the Chocolate Factory." Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/1) at 11 AM, with Livenation and Chase Cardmember presales beginning Thursday (7/31) at 11 AM.

Tim Alexander, who is touring with the band, is currently recovering from triple-bypass surgery, so rest up till then, dude.

Continue reading "Classic lineup of Primus releasing 'Willy Wonka' tribute LP, touring, playing NYC on Halloween (dates, new track stream)"

Meat Puppets at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Meat Puppets

Here's a cool pairing. Alternative rock godfathers Meat Puppets will be teaming up with the newer and consistently impressive songwriter Cass McCombs for a co-headlining tour this fall. That tour includes a two-night stand in NYC at Rough Trade on Halloween and All Hallows Day (or Samhain, if you prefer). Meat Puppets headline on night 1 and they'll switch for night 2. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.

Meat Puppets' classic Meat Puppets II turned 30 earlier this year. Stream it, with a Cass McCombs video and a list of all dates, below...

Continue reading "Meat Puppets & Cass McCombs going on co-headling tour, playing Halloween & All Hallow's Day in NYC (dates)"

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Mastodon at Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)
Mastodon

Tour junkies Mastodon just released a new album, and they'll be going once more 'round North America in support of it. Once again they'll be joined by Gojira and Kvelertak in what continues to be a fruitful road-bound collaboration. The tour doesn't include any NYC dates this time, but the bands will make stops at Long Island's Paramount Theater on Halloween and NJ's Starland Ballroom (11/1) a day later. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/11) at 10 AM and noon, respectively, and there will be an Invisible Oranges presale for all dates starting Thursday at 10am (local time). We'll update this post with the pre-sale password soon. All dates are listed with ticket links below.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Once More 'Round The Sun is Mastodon's sixth studio album, and is charting really well (It debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard, #1 Top Rock Album in the U.S.).

Continue reading "Mastodon touring w/ Gojira & Kvelertak again, playing Long Island on Halloween, NJ & other dates (IO presale included)"

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Goth-tinged punk greats The Damned -- whose current lineup features OG members Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible -- will be doing a short "Hallows East" tour this fall, including a Halloween show (10/31) at NYC's Irving Plaza and then the next night (11/1) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Both those dates (and some of the others) are with West Coast vets TSOL and tickets for both shows just went on Livenation presale (password is "loyalfan"), and the Irving show has a Music Geeks presale as well (password is "musicgeeks"). Tickets for both NY-area shows go on sale to the general public Friday (6/27) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Damned touring this fall with TSOL, playing NYC on Halloween ++ Asbury Park and other dates"

TWDY in Chicago in 2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)
This Will Destroy You

Texas post rockers This Will Destroy You are set to release their fourth album, Another Language, the follow up to 2011's Tunnel Blanket, on September 16 via Suicide Squeeze. They've put out the soaring first single, "Dustism," which you can listen to, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

TWDY have also announced a tour with Future Death (whose new album was recorded by Alex of TWDY) and Silent Land Time Machine that hits NYC on Halloween at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster.

All dates are listed, with the new song, artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "This Will Destroy You announce new LP & tour, playing NYC on Halloween (dates & stream)"

Mutual Benefit at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mutual Benefit

Before Mutual Benefit released their much-acclaimed album Love's Crushing Diamond, main man Jordan Lee released a ton of music on his bandcamp including 2011's Cowboy's Prayer EP which will now be remastered and reissued as a physical release on September 2 via Other Music. Artwork and a stream of one of its tracks, "Auburn Epitaphs," below.

Mutual Benefit has also expanded his tour which includes his previously discussed free NYC show on Pier 84 on July 10 opening for Wild Beasts, and a smaller headlining NYC show on Halloween at Glasslands. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/20) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the song stream and artwork, below...

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Tickets for the Sam Smith show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Bombay Bicycle Club show at Terminal 5 with Milo Greene go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Black Lips and The King Khan & BBQ Show shows at MHOW and Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon and 10 AM respectively.

Tickets for the 7 Seconds, Iron Chic and The Copyrights show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Yelle show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

The Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour hits Gramercy Theatre on Halloween and Music Hall of Williamburg on November 6. Tickets for those shows go on sale at 10 AM and noon, respectively.

AJ Davila is playing a Latin Alternative Music Conference showcase at Gramercy Theatre on July 11. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

The Crookes are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on July 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Lucero and J. Roddy Walston & The Business are playing The Capitol Theater on July 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Crocodiles and Sisu show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the A Sunny Day In Glasgow show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the Mr. Twin Sister shows at Baby's All Right are on sale now. Tickets for their show supporting The Antlers at Webster Hall are still available too.

Tickets for the Gruff Rhys show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Reigning Sound show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Brody Dalle show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Her show opening for QOTSA at Capitol Theatre is sold out.

Tickets to see Gene Ween's band FREEMAN at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Merc and Baby's shows are still available.

Tickets for the Amon Amarth show at Best Buy Theater with Sabaton and death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Extinction of Mankind) go on sale today at noon.

Amon Amarth and Sabaton's other tour dates are with Skeletonwitch. They're not on the Best Buy Theater show, but tickets to see them that same night at Saint Vitus with Evoken and a special guest go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the I Am The Avalanche and Somos show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon. Tickets for Somos' show with Mat from Citizen at The Studio at Webster Hall are still available.

Tickets for the Weatherbox and Dikembe show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

Tickets for the Schoolboy Q show at Central Park Summerstage with Isaiah Rashad, Domo Genesis, A$AP members and more are on sale now.

Tickets for the No Age/Pissed Jeans side project Rat Fist show at Cake Shop are on sale now. No advance tix for their Death by Audio show.

Tickets for the Infest show at Acheron with Magrudergrind and others are on sale now. Tickets for their Wick show with Paint It Black and others are still available.

Syd Tha Kyd is playing Baby's All Right on June 6 with White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Fink is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Alex Winston is playing Le Poisson Rouge on May 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Incan Abraham show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Northside shows (including one with White Rabbits) are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Danzig at Riot Fest in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
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Nestled within the Riot Fest Chicago 2014 lineup sat this intriguing name: Samhain. The Samhain? The band Glenn Danzig fronted between two legacy-ensuring runs in the Misfits and his "Mother"-effin' 'solo' stardom? That Samhain?

Danzig's official website has since confirmed: "We can confirm that DANZIG has accepted an invitation to perform as his Classic SAMHAIN at Riot Fest in Chicago this September. More as we get it...Stay Tuned!!!" Riot Fest has since announced that Samhain will play Initium in full.

We actually shouldn't be too surprised. Danzg has been touring with Doyle-infused Misfits sets as part of his show for a while now, and in 2011 he did a "Danzig Legacy" tour, with shows that included (drama and) seven Samhain songs and members as part of the setlist. That tour hit Riot Fest in Chicago, a fest Danzig then played for a second time last year (and which he will play for a third time this year). Three members of Samhain played in the band (Glenn Danzig, London May and Steve Zing).

What we still don't know is who will actually be playing in this version of the reunited "Samhain". Danzig hasn't said yet. Drummer/bassist Steve Zing is a very safe bet since he was in Samhain, played the 'Legacy' shows and plays in Danzig's current lineup. Drummer/bassist London May, already back in the fold recently, also seems very possible. The bigger question is whether we'll get original member (and Danzig original member, but current country singer) drummer/bassist Eerie Von back in the fold. In our professional opinion that is who Danzig needs most to validate this thing, and actually things are looking good, though it might require Glenn also wrangling in guitarist Pete "Damien" Marshall. In 2012, Blankman ran this interview:

BMi: Why weren't you part of the Samhain reunion

EV: "What reunion? Glenn and 2 drummers? I said if the Guitar player Damian wasn't involved I wasn't interested."

BMi: What do you think about Jerry Only's continued version of the Misfits?

EV: "That's Jerry's thing. He's keeping the name alive, and playing the songs for the kids who never saw the old band. I only saw them when they first got back together, and had Graves as a singer. I thought they were pretty good. I haven't seen Jerry and the others guys since.

BMi: Knowing all the guys in the band personally, what do you think the chances are of a full-fledged Misfits reunion?

EV: "Slim to None, but you never can tell. It's been discussed over the years."

Slim to none is right, and even more right now that Danzig and Jerry Only are embroiled in yet another lawsuit concerning a legal spat with Misfits bassist Jerry Only over Hot Topic merchandising royalties, citing the devilocked dude for breach of a '94 agreement to share trademarks.
After registering the trademarks, Danzig alleges Jerry then secretly entered into deals with various merchandisers, including Hot Topic, and cut Danzig out of any potential profits in the process. Danzig claims Jerry even threatened to withhold licensing rights from merchandisers if they did business with Danzig at all.

Danzig -- who left The Misfits in 1983 -- is suing for breach of contract and more. He insists he's solely responsible for the Misfits fame as a founding member of the group, and deserves his fair share of merchandising profits. [re-tox]

Misfits say it's "sour grapes". Read the entire statement they gave to Alternative Press in response to the lawsuit, below, and good luck Glenn.

Meanwhile, Jerry Only's version of the Misfits just announced that their NYC Halloween show will happen this year on October 28 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale and go on regular sale Friday (5/16) at 10 AM.

All of Danzig's & Misfits' 2014 tour dates, along with some Samhain samples -- that you should listen to with unbiased ears -- below.

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Innocent Phish fans, cleverly disguised nitrous tank, or Brooklyn prostitutes? (via)
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Press of Atlantic City reports:

Atlantic City police arrested 42 people and confiscated more than $11,000 during last week's Phish concerts at Boardwalk Hall.

The Atlantic City Police Department Special Investigations Section (Vice and Intelligence Unit) and TAC Team, with members of the Atlantic City Task Force and Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Guns, Gangs and Narcotics Unit conducted several surveillance and undercover operations around Boardwalk Hall from Thursday through Saturday.

Drugs also were recovered. They include hashish, MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD in paper blotters and sugar cubes, prescription pills, bath salts, 51 nitrous oxide tanks and marijuana in several forms, including cookies and brownies.

Two of the arrests, both women from Brooklyn, were for prostitution charges...

Wait, what? I thought prostitutes from Brooklyn had better taste in music!

More interestingly, Hypervocal points out:

Every Phish Halloween show since 1994 has featured a musical costume. The band picks a classic album and plays it, in full, in the middle of its three-set show. This year the band opted for a new approach, "breaking from tradition" to play an album from the future: Phish's own "Wingsuit."

During one of these song debuts, the lyrically absurd "Wombat," a man in a wombat suit hobbled out and danced on stage with four back-up dancers. The song mentioned Abe Vigoda, star of TV's Fish and Sal Tessio from The Godfather, and afterward when Trey Anastasio bantered that Abe Vigoda himself happened to be in the suit, one might have thought the Tony-nominated redhead was merely kidding.

Sure enough, after a quick body double switch, the man in the wombat suit hobbled back on stage and revealed himself to be ... ABE F*&KING VIGODA.

Check out Abe Vigoda, in videos from the show below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, Soundwave photos by Caitlyn Ridenour

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Desaparecidos @ Voodoo Fest Day 1 - 11/1/13
Voodoo Day 1
Voodoo Day 1
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"The Friday Voodoo line-ups are usually pretty slow, so I came into City Park expecting to have a lot of downtime (which ended up being a good thing because for some reason Voodoo never deems it necessary to label anything, so every stage is always unmarked).... I had some time to kill before the night truly began, so I marveled at all of the extraordinary costumes festival goers brought to the park (Walter White was an obvious favorite).

The night began with Desaparecidos. I'm a huge fan of post-hardcore--I love Fugazi, Minor Threat, Rites of Spring, you name it, I probably at least like it. I've also been to (probably more than) my fair share of post-hardcore shows (getting stuck in an Against Me! mosh pit is arguably the punkest thing I've ever done), so when I say that Desaparecidos's Voodoo performance was the best post-hardcore show I've ever seen, it definitely means something. Conor Oberst definitely brought his best cynical self to the show, spouting political statements and really getting into the music with major head banging." [The Daily Reveille]

Other sets on Voodoo day 1 included Anamanaguchi, Those Darlins and New Orleans's own Preservation Hall Jazz Band, all three of which also had over to our Soundwave stage hosted by the funny Dave Hill and Billy Jones (Soundwave schedule HERE).

The day's big headliner was Pearl Jam, who recently played two big shows at Barclays Center, and whose...

headlining set [at Voodoo] started emotionally when guitarist Mike McCready introduced Steve Gleason, the Washington state native who settled in New Orleans after his days with the New Orleans Saints ended. Stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease, the wheelchair-bound Gleason rolled to declare, in his computer-generated voice, "This is my hometown; this is my hometown band." Gleason's presence lingered throughout the show as McCready wore a Team Gleason T-shirt and Eddie Vedder, a wristband. Vedder later dedicated the show and 2006's "Inside Job" to Gleason and his family, and announced that the band let Gleason write the set list -- which led to the inclusion of a quiet "Chloe Dancer" alongside a number of songs from the new Lightning Bolt. [SPIN]
Pearl Jam's full setlist and pictures from the whole day, costumed attendees included, are in this post. Pictures from Day 2 are HERE. More Day 1 below....

Continue reading "Voodoo Fest 2013 -- Day 1 Pics (Anamanaguchi, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pearl Jam, Desaparecidos, Those Darlins & more)"

photos by Chris Tuite

Happy Halloween
Flaming Lips
Tame Impala

The psychedelic Tame Impala / Flaming Lips tour, which we also caught in NYC, got even wilder last night in San Francisco as the show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium coincided with everyone's favorite day to play dress up.

Similarly, the co-headliners, with Austin's White Denim in town, played the two nights prior in LA, both equally interesting:

I really do love Halloween," said a blood-soaked Wayne Coyne from his space agey podium. It was a special show called the Halloween Blood Bath at The Greek Theatre featuring co-headliners the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala with the fine men of White Denim as openers. The audience was a mix of some heavily costumed groups and some who were just there for the music. Nevertheless, it was a celebration and it immediately felt like it from the start. Coyne took the stage wearing a tiny white dress holding a white plastic cloak over his head that almost made him look like a fetus that was about to burst. The rest of the band emerged donning creepy Michael Myers masks, then fake Miley Cyrus carried by a giant bear came out with a bucket of blood (real pig's blood was what they initially told us) and poured it all over him as thousands of confetti flew into the air, making a magnificently theatrical intro that was accompanied by some dark instrumental music. It was a spectacle and nothing less than what I expected from Flaming Lips who's always been famous for their extravagant live performances. Impressively, he did not leave the stage to change at all and performed throughout the night doused in fake blood. [Restless Cities]
We've got pictures from the Halloween show, where like Arcade Fire did on the same night in LA, the Lips covered Devo. Full setlist and more pictures below...

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