Entries tagged with: Halloween
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"We got our name from the Velvet Underground song "The Black Angels Death Song." As far as touring with bands with "black" in their names- The Black Keys and Black Rebel Motercycle Club being the two off the top of my head, it was really amazing to be able to tour with those bands. We'd always been big fans of them and when the opportunity presented itself to tour with these bands for the first time, I was like "wow, awesome." Obviously with Black Mountain as well. It wasn't until our first tour was booked that I'm like "man, we keep playing with these Black bands."" - Alex MaasNo black tourmates this time around, but the The Black Angels did have a nice mix of openers over the course of their 3-day Halloween run at Music Hall of Williamsburg which came to end on Monday night (10/31). We have pictures from the second show (10/30), which was with Spindrift and Dead Meadow (other Brooklyn show openers included Exit Music, Golden Animals and Psychic Ills). Spindrift dressed up that night, but the headliners saved their costumes for Halloween.
More pictures from the Sunday show below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"What's happened to Halloween? The celebration of all things sugary has turned sour: dentists are colluding to pay kids for their candy. GreatSchools, an education website, has gone so far as to proclaim trick-or-treating booty an "unmitigated disaster for parents trying to protect their children from OD'ing" on sugar, and offers parents tricks for handling the "upcoming tsunami of sucrose."Here's another set of pictures from the 2011 Village Halloween Parade (first set HERE). They continue below...
In online forums, moms trade tips for keeping sweets away from kids without their cluing in. One mom says she partners with neighbors to supply trick-or-treaters with only pre-approved (read: yucky) treats. Other parents are more openly Scroogey: one mom torments her kids by forcing them to hand out the candy they collected earlier in the evening to trick-or-treaters who show up later on their doorstep. Yet another mother invokes the "Great Pumpkin," who swoops down tooth-fairy-style, removing Milk Duds and leaving toys and books in their stead.
I'm unclear what's so great about this. My kids, at least, have no shortage of toys or books; they do have a dearth of candy, though, which is precisely why Halloween is so great. It's specifically because we don't let them gorge on Twix bars the rest of the year that their spooky stash is so special." [TIME]
"Spent Bruar Falls' last set spilling whiskey and untangling toilet paper from around my head. Clouder, appropriately spooky, killed it." - Sydney Brownstone
Goodbye @BruarFalls I'll miss you. Parting shot. (Bill Pearis)
Share your memories in the comments.
3 SBTRKT fans on Halloween @ Bowery Ballroom (chelseamae)
SBTRKT & SBTRKT @ SBTRKT (nicklem)
Katie Morse & Alex Holz as SBTRKT @ SBTRKT
Just in case you forgot your costume (which SBTRKT himself never does), SBTRKT brought masks along to Bowery Ballroom last night to make sure every could join in Halloween/SBTRKT fun. Some also brought their own...
photos by Chris La Putt
The streets crawled with spooky sights, from floating eyeballs and skeletons to Occupy Wall Street protesters dressed as budget axes, for the annual Halloween parade Monday.More pictures from the 2011 Village Halloween Parade, below...
As in years past, current events made their presence felt, as a contingent of about 200 anti-Wall Street demonstrators joined the 39th annual Village Halloween Parade wearing costumes that reflected their protest against economic inequality. Zombies and pink slips were some of their other themes. They carried signs that said "stop the vampire economy" and "foreclosure is scary." [CBS]
someone dressed as Amy Winehouse for Halloween, Oct. 31, 2011 (by gisellerafful)
Four years later and people are still sending me pictures of themselves dressed like Amy Winehouse for Halloween! They're posting them to Flickr, Twitter, Faceobook, Instagram and everywhere else too. Amy Winehouse will forever be a hot commodity on October 31st, even the same year as her sad and untimely passing (due to alcohol poisoning).
Too soon? Maybe not, but it's definitely been too long since a new Amy Winehouse album was released. So it's a good thing that some of her associates got together and scraped together some songs which they'll be releasing as a new Amy Winehouse album this December! (just in time for Christmas). Cover art and more details on the "previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions" below...
Music fans have reason to celebrate today: Californian duo Mazzy Star's first new release since 1996 is available now! Streams of the new single Common Burn/Lay Myself Down appeared last week on the internet and quickly lead to early rave reviews and a coveted "Pitchfork "Best New Track" tag for the sultry stunner, Common Burn. This new single is out on all digital platforms via their own imprint Rhymes Of An Hour Records. A limited edition 7-inch vinyl release will follow in the coming weeks. The band, comprising of Hope Sandoval and David Roback, will perform a string of live shows in early 2012. A full album of brand new material will follow. The music of Mazzy Star has enthralled music fans around the world since their stunning debut She Hangs Brightly in 1990. After releasing another two impressive and captivating albums, So Tonight That I Might See (1993) and Among My Swan (1996), both members spent time working on separate projects as well as working together. The new tracks were recorded in California, London and Norway.A video of Mazzy Star performing on Jools Holland in 1994, below...
Halloween (more by Jessica Amaya)
today in NYC
* Halloween parade
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Ween @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Yukon Blonde @ The Rock Shop
* Dome Theater, Vaz @ Zebulon
* Jonathan Toubin @ Glasslands
* Murphy's Law & friends @ Trash Bar
* SBTRKT, AraabMuzik @ Bowery Ballroom
* DJ Gibby Haynes on a Rocks Off Cruise
* Misfits, Juicehead @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Queensryche, Sonic Bliss @ Highline Ballroom
* Matthew Sweet, The Shadowboxers @ City Winery
* Dionne Werewolf, Hall-oween and Oates @ Union Hall
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* PC Worship, Gary War, Amen Dunes, Noveller @ 285 Kent Ave
* Friend Roulette, Huntronik, Clouder, KNTRLR @ Bruar Falls
* The Dearloves, Black Onassis, deVries, BNLX @ Mercury Lounge
* Dream Zoo, Rachel Mason's Little Band of Sailors, Ed Askew @ Delancey
* The Black Angels, Psychic Ills, Exit Music @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Vital Remains, Strong Intention, Prostitution, Gang Signs @ Saint Vitus
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio w/ Tony Mason & Stephan Crump @ Living Room
* FIXED Halloween w/ The Magician, Plastic Plates, JDH & Dave P @ Public Assembly
* Twin Guns, Baxx SiSis, Your 33 Black Angels, Madam Robot and The Lust Brigade, Apollo Heights @ Spike Hill
Notorious Bright Eyes fan Amanda Palmer took a shower, dried off, drew some eyebrows on, put on her underwear, drank some juice and then got in bed and played a Bright Eyes song on her ukelele, as you can see in the video below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Happy Mischief Night!. Two garage rockin' opening bands and many fans braved the ugly weather in NYC last night (10/29) to get ugly with the Black Lips at the Halloween-themed "Hell at the Hall" extravaganza. Here are some pictures from the night. They continue below...
Ahh.. Halloween in the city. An excuse to dress completely odd and get blackout drunk, so people can only remember "that Kenny Powers guy" puked himself. A massive parade... Oh did I mention the fun covers shows that go on?
Death By Audio will host an all ages covers show tonight (10/28) featuring Roky Erickson, The B-52s, Smashing Punpkins, Karp, X-Ray Spex, and The Raincoats as performed by Passive Agressor, Little Victory, Sleepies, Necking and others. $7 gets you in, or save $2 if you wear a costume!
The Acheron will host a night of Motorhead, Misfits, Blitz, White Zombie, and the "K-Rock All-Stars" at the venue on 10/30, featuring members of Tournament, Trenchgrinder, Grudges, and many more.
Speaking of the Misfits, the (sort of) actual band is playing on Halloween in NYC too, at BB King's (tickets). Now that is fucking scary. I'd much prefer to see Danzig Legacy at Hammerstein just two days earlier (10/29, tickets). Misfits are also playing Starland Ballroom TONIGHT (tickets).
If you don't want see either Misfits cover band, you have a THIRD Misfits alternative in The Omelettes of Disease at The Gutter who will join Bad Girlfriend (as The Cramps) and Tiberius (as Spaceman 3) on 10/29. $5 gets you in.
The previously discussed Black Lips/Davila666 show at Webster Hall tomorrow (10/29) is Halloween themed, and so is the "Psychedelic Robot Halloween Party" that same night at El Dorado (976 Grand St. Brooklyn) which will feature Jared Swilley (Black Lips) and AJ (Davila 666) behind the DJ booth. They'll be joined by perfromances from Sundelles, Snack Machine, Puppies, Mick's Jaguar (Rolling Stones covers), Bad Credit No Credit (X-Ray Spex Covers) and other DJ sets from O.J. San Felipe (Xray Eyeballs), Lady Bree, Yvo, Dan Meth, and Ben Ritter. As Bill mentioned, the $10 show also boasts "SUPER RAD SPECIAL MUSICAL GUESTS WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO NAME BUT ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT". Word. $10 bones gets you in, and details are at the Facebook page.
Though it isn't a Haloween event technically, it is frightening just the same. Vital Remains, Strong Intention, Prostitution, and Gang Signs will hit Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.
Glasslands will host a night of covers on Halloween as well, featuring locals performing Pentagram, B52's, Runaways, Suicide, Slade, Dead Kennedys, Creedence Clearwater Revival and others, followed by a DJ party with Johnathan Toubin. $1 gets you in.
FIXED is having a Halloween bash at Public Assembly on Monday.
And last but certainly not least, expect some dressing up at three Black Angels shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg this weekend including the 10/31 one with Psychic Ills and Exit Music. Don't forget to dress up! Tickets are still available for that show, as well as the 10/29 and 10/30 shows.
Nunslaugher @ the Acheron
Nunslaughter will team with Mausoleum, Vile Vindiction, Hypoxia, and Demized for a show at Saint Vitus on 11/19, the day after the previously discussed Black Anvil/Bloodiest show at the same venue. Check out a very belated set of pictures from Nunslaughter's last appearance in NYC at Acheron below.
The great Sulaco (mem Brutal Truth) combine groovy rhythms and blistering grind on their new LP Build & Burn available for preorder in physical forms via the Handshake Inc imprint. Stream it in full below, download it for free, and buy a copy via Handshake Inc.
Saviours are hitting the road for a string of dates with Ramming Speed, tagging Saint Vitus on 11/30 for a show with Elks and Bad Dream.
If you missed it, we are currently streaming the Trenches/Drainland split, streaming the Total Abuse LP, caught Batillus/Inter Arma/Belus, getting stoked for the return of Nasum, gearing up for our FFF Nites show with Doomriders & From Ashes Rise, streaming some new/old Void, streaming the new Panopticon and Wreck & Reference, and so much more.
More suggested NYC shows, that Sulaco stream, and a Magrudergrind live set from Shea Stadium are below. What did I miss?
Devo @ Irving Plaza 2009 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
You have multiple chances to be and see DEVO over the next few weeks and months. Tonight (10/28) go to that Halloween party dressed in a yellow DEVO suit. Saturday switch it up by doing the grey and blue look. And meanwhile grab tickets to see Devo at one of the shows they just announced in NYC, VA, NJ and Long Island. All dates are listed below...
You can actually still donate if you want, but the official Kickstarter end-time was about two hours ago and "The Punk Singer: The Documentary about Kathleen Hanna" is already almost $20,000 over its original goal. Congrats to them and time to celebrate at Death By Audio tonight (10/27). Flyer above. More details (which include EX-TITUS Andronicus member Amy Klein), below...
photo by Jasmine Pasquill
Psychic Ills have emerged from their Brooklyn den of hallucinogens to confirm Hazed Dream, the band's latest LP and first for Sacred Bones, available NOW. The LP marks their first venture with Sacred Bones and it's their first long-player since 2009's Mirror Eye. Stream Hazed Dream in its entirety below, and check out the video for "Mind Daze" which rears its head for the first time here.
Psychic Ills will join Exitmusic in supporting The Black Angels at their third of three nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 31st (and yes, Psychic Ills will be in costume!). Tickets are still available for that and the other two Angels shows at MHoW which feature Spindrift & Golden Animals, and Dead Meadow & Spindrift on 10/29 & 10/30 respectively.
In addition, Psychic Ills will head next door one day later for the Dragonslayer: The Movie release party with Endless Boogie. No advance tickets are on sale for this 11/1 show at Public Assembly.
Check out the new Psychic Ills video, and Hazed Dream album stream below.
Mountain Goats @ Knitting Factory, Halloween 2005 (more)
As previously mentioned, John Wesley Harding is holding a "Cabinet of Wonders" variety show at NYC's City Winery on October 28th with Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Emma Straub, Paul Harding, and more TBA. Since our last mention, two very special guests have been added to the bill: Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) and John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats). Hopefully you didn't sleep on tickets because the show is now sold out.
Tickets are however on sale now for A Haunted Hot Tub Halloween at Littlefield, also a comedy and music variety show, happening one day later (10/29) with Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Wyatt Cenac, Andres du Bouchet, and... John Darnielle, and more.
Tickets are also still on sale for the 11/18 Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery with The Blue Fisherman (from Edinburgh, Scotland), Howe Gelb, Myla Goldberg, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman, Audrey Niffenegger AND "Plus for this Cabinet of Wonders, and this Cabinet of Wonders only, the House Band will be THE KING CHARLES TRIO, comprising: Peter Buck (REM), Jenny Conlee-Drizos, Chris Funk, John Wesley Harding (Appearing as Himself), Scott McCaughey (The Minus Five), John Moen, and Nate Query." That's a lot of Decemberists. More upcoming JWH shows HERE
Speaking of Ted Leo and Craig Finn, both are scheduled to make appearances at the BrooklynVegan-presented Replacements tribute shows happening at Bowery Electric in November. The previously announced two shows (and movie screenings) are sold out, BUT a third tribute concert - a late one on 11/17, has been added. Tickets for the new show are on sale. More info HERE.
Mountain Goats dates and flyers below...
Black Lips have two shows coming up. On November 6th they play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, but before that it's back to Webster Hall in NYC for a 10/29 Halloween weekend headlining show with openers Davila 666 & XRay Eyeballs. Tickets are still on sale for what is now being dubbed "Hell at the Hall." We're also giving away a pair! Contest details and the creepy show's new scary poster and frightening video invite, below...
SBTRKT wearing an AraabMUZIK shirt at PS1 in July (more by Vincent Cornelli)
After an awesome PS1 set, a live collab with Drake in Toronto, and playing Camp Bisco and Glasslands, UK dubstep producer SBTRKT will return to North America for a live headlining tour in October and November. As we learned from SBTRKT's last visit to North America (and confirmed in a new press release), live sets mean him and Sampha, who sings on the album. The tour stops in NYC twice. First on October 31 at Bowery Ballroom and then hits Brooklyn the next night, November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. AraabMUZIK, who SBTRKT is a fan of (check out the picture above), opens a few dates on the tour including the Halloween Bowery Ballroom date. No opener has been announced for the MHOW show. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, August 12 at noon. All dates are listed below.
AraabMUZIK will also be in NYC THIS Friday (8/5) at Santos Party House for a S!CK Party with White RIng Laurel Halo (who plays The Stone tonight 8/4), Blissed Out, and others. Tickets are on sale now. Check out a flier for this show below. AraabMUZIK dropped his first official full length Electronic Dream this past June. You can purchase that on iTunes.
All dates, flier and a tour video below...
The Black Angels @ 4Knots (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Black Angels have been no stranger to NYC lately. Their most recent trip included a headlining slot at the 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport, a NJ show at Maxwell's and a late-night free Spotify show at Mercury Lounge (same series Surfer Blood plays tonight). The trend continues in October when the Austin band returns for three more shows as part of a just-announced North American fall tour with Dead Meadow and Spindrift.
The NYC shows happen on October 29, 30, and 31 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and they'll mix up the openers for the Halloween run. Psychic Ills and Brooklyn's Exitmusic will both play the 10/31 show, and a special guest (TBD) will be at the 10/29 show, along with a set from Spindrift who also plays on 10/30 with Dead Meadow. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/3) at noon.
All dates and a video below...
Ween at Summerstage in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Weirdo alt-rockers Ween have a few upcoming shows including Lollapalooza and Weezer Cruise (Gene Ween w/ Dave Dreiwitz). They just announced that they'll play Halloween (10/31) at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC and it'll be an "evening with Ween" (no openers). Tickets are on PRESALE NOW. Tickets go on general sale via Ticketmaster on Friday (7/29) at 10 AM.
All dates, December 29-31 at The Fillmore in Denver included, below...
photos by Ian Perlman
The Smith Westerns
Back on October 30th, The Pelly Twins held a pre-Halloween party at 171 Lombardy with the lineup of Dom, The Smith Westerns (who were in town to play with Florence and the Machine), Yellow Fever, Total Slacker, and Sweet Bulbs. Unfortunately cops stopped the fun early, but luckily Silent Barn was available to keep the party going so Dom could still play their set. A set of pictures from the bands that played the show before it got busted, continues below...
photos by Josh Darr
"Berkeley, California-bred four-piece band The Morning Benders are the Muhammad Ali of pop-rock: their summery melodies float on leader Christopher Chu's airy vocals like butterflies, but their lyrics sting like bees that've crawled under your sleeve when you weren't looking."The Morning Benders finish up their tour tonight in a big way, with a headlining show at Webster Hall and a stacked bill of indie pop rising stars with both Twin Sister and Cults opening the show. Tickets are on sale, and if you need one more reason to get there, how about a pair of free tickets? I am giving a pair away. Details on how to win below.
Earlier on that tour they happened upon Chicago's Lincoln Hall on October 31st, and as you can see in the above picture taken at that show, they were ready for the occasion. More pictures like it, below.
Also below: a stream of the Golden Filter's brand new remix of hit Morning Benders track "Excuses" which you can also download via a widget at the band's website.
photos by Greg Cristman
[The Dresden Dolls have] been on hiatus for a few years, with both members working on other projects. ...It's difficult to find a crowd as receptive as the one that'll skip Halloween parties to show up for a cult act that hasn't played in a few years. This was a sold-out venue full of people who really, really wanted to be there -- most of them to see the Dolls, but also a few older rock geeks who came to see the Legendary Pink Dots, a long-running and hard-to-define act that Palmer calls her favorite.The Halloween show at Irving Plaza was the first of a short reunion tour run for The Dresden Dolls, and was one date on a separate tour for The Legendary Pink Dots who also played Le Poisson Rouge a couple of days earlier.
The fans got their money's worth, too, and not just because of the big balloon drop during a cover of the viral-video "Double Rainbow" song. The band -- Palmer on electric piano and vocals, and the terrific Brian Viglione on drums (and pantomime asides) -- is built to be stagey and theatrical, and they have a looseness that's great to watch. They know each other and their set well enough that they can wind down in the middle of a song to chatter among themselves or talk back to the audience. They pepper their act with storytelling numbers. They've also collected exactly the kind of fan base that enjoys dressing up and gathering together at their feet, which is a good bet for Halloween. -[New York Magazine]
The show was also an anniversary of sorts for the band; it was on Halloween in 2000 that Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione first met. While the band has been on hiatus, Amanda has been busy making an even bigger name for herself. And take note: she is reportedly moving to Brooklyn in July (which is when she is also reportedly getting married to Neil Gaiman).
More Pictures from the gig (including DD's setlist and the costumed crowd), and some videos (including their cover of "War Pigs"), below...
photos by Erez Avissar
Prince Rama's intentions are great: blending Native American tribal drumming, Eastern Indian mantras and cathartic howls, fantastical synth bits and a dose of pixie dust to make a cacophony of a melting pot played by the likes of two sisters, Taraka and Nimai Larson, and one guy, Michael Collins. It's all a little bit Kate Bush meets Bat For Lashes, a little bit Gang Gang Dance, but sadly, the voices constantly seemed off pitch so any attempt at musical grandness became kitsch, at least tonight...Neon Indian headlined Brooklyn Bowl on 10/29 with Prince Rama and Apache Beat, part of a Halloween celebration at the venue that included a costume contest. The show was one of a few for the chillwave-r, who continues his tour in Buffalo (11/4) before calling it quits in Ithaca right after that. Neon Indian will then jet across the Pacific to play a string of shows around New Years leading up to an appearance at Field Day 2011 in Sydney.
The true cosmic dance party only began when Neon Indian took the stage. At this point, Brooklyn Bowl was packed and filled with half Halloween revelers, half frat types looking to pick up gals in itty bitty costumes. The night improved the more we focused on the stage and sound and let Alan Palomo's theremin as well as his pulsating beats, dreamer croon and the band's spacey pop take over. -[Sentimentalist]
The NYC show was at the beginning of a NYC Halloween weekend that also included Mr. Brownstone at the same venue one night later (turn down your volume and check out a bad cell phone video), and a Sunday night Todd P show at Ridgewood Temple which partially overlapped with the big parade.
Prince Rama have no NYC dates until December when the band will team up with Deakin (who opened for Omar Souleyman last night) to play The New Museum on 12/10 (tickets). The Brooklyn band will spend the days leading up to that appearance in Europe. Full (updated) tour dates are below.
More pictures from Brooklyn Bowl and all tour dates are below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Cassie & Justin as the White Stripes
"Todd P's Halloween party took place [Sunday] night at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple. most people were probably still recovering from Halloween observed the night before, but a respectable amount of ghouls and tricksters made their way to the show, headlined by so-hot-right-now hip hop ensemble Das Racist.Das Racist headlined the show of mostly locals which included a set by Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone and Justin (both in the Babies) as the White Stripes, but more notable was that The Intelligence, in from Seattle, were on also on the bill (the Intelligence also played Cake Shop one night earlier). Denver's Pictureplane, who was the special guest at the show that took place last night (11/2) at Brooklyn Bowl, was one of the artists who played too. Boshra AlSaadi aka SAADI played with Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang.
Halloween is a time when you can see what people are really about. They're either in a pre-packaged costume or they're trying too hard or they are legitimately clever and good-spirited. And for Das Racist, it can be all of the above all the time. These guys walk the lines between irony and sincerity; between novelty and legitimacy; between gimmickry and credibility. And while some people show up at the party dressed as a can of Four Loko, others as zombies or superheroes, Das Racist can just take the floor as themselves and still be baffling and maybe a little frightening.
This set was, by all definitions, a shit show. You know when your friends have an inside joke and they are cracking up about it, and the joke is sort of independently funny, but not nearly as funny as your friends' uproar would suggest? Combine that feeling with the feeling of seeing your little brother get way too drunk at a party you invited him to. That was what the stage presence of Das Racist was like. And it was a fucking party." [Free Williamsburg]
Blissed Out went on right at 8:00 along with the doors opening which meant not many people around to hear their set, but the 9-band show filled up as the night went on. More pictures below...