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Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni bands list their favorite LPs of 2014 (Screaming Females, Cali X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, more)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Boston Strangler at Acheron in 2012 (more by Sarja Hasan)
Boston Strangler

As is generally the case, there's a whole bunch of cool hardcore/punk shows in NYC in the coming months. Here's a rundown of upcoming local shows and tours passing through NYC that you might want to check out:

The excellent UK sludgy hardcore outfit Shrapnel are touring the US and will be landing in NYC for a matinee show at The Acheron on December 6 with their tourmates, DC's Red Death, and New Jersey mainstays Razorheads. It starts at 3 PM and Tickets for the all ages show will be $10 at the door. All dates are listed below.

The following Saturday (12/13), the Acheron will play host to a loaded Massachusetts-centric hardcore bill that will bring appropriately-named Boston-based HC rippers Boston Strangler to town. They'll be joined by fellow Massholes Waste Management, Peacebreakers, Oblivionation, Jock's Blood and Moron. Despite everyone being from the same state, this is actually a pretty varied bill as these things go, with the classicist approach of Boston Strangler, Waste Management's slower chug, and the surprisingly rangy (dare we say poppy) sound of Moron providing some great contrast. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

Just one week later, there will be yet another stacked hardcore show at Acheron on December 20. This one will feature Spain's Orden Mundial, who are also playing that previously-discussed Puce Mary show at Palisades a day earlier (tickets). They'll be joined by Philly crew Blank Spell, as well as locals Mommy and Pox. Tickets are on sale now. Both shows are part of the Spanish band's tour, and those dates are all listed below.

After you flip your calendar to 2015, head to Saint Vitus for more HC on January 1. This show will bring the great Austin band Glue together with local ragers Warthog and the post-punkish Gainesville crew Allergy. The lineup will be filled out by locals Nandas, and tickets are on sale now. Glue have that great, sludgy, groovy Texas sound on lock, Warthog's local reputation speaks for itself, and this should be a great show.

On January 4 at Palisades Montreal post-punk inflected band Proxy will take the stage with Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, who put out the great Stay Home LP earlier this year. They'll be joined by Pox, who are also playing that Orden Mundial show. Tickets for this show are not yet up, but they'll likely be available via Ticketfly.

Long Island's Backtrack will rep New York Hardcore at the Every Time I Die show at Webster Hall on December 12. Also on that show are The Ghost Inside, Architects UK and Hundredth. Tickets are still available.

Crime In Stereo @ BK Bazaar in October (via BV Instagram)
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Long Island melodic hardcore crew Crime in Stereo are playing the mostly pop-punk Glamour Kills Holiday Fest at Webster Hall on December 16. Aside from them, that show features PA pop-punks The Wonder Years and a ton of other likeminded bands. Tickets are on sale now.

On a similar note, Comeback Kid will be back on their tour supporting Four Year Strong to play Irving Plaza on January 22. Expire, Handguns, and Heart To Heart are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale now.

This Saturday (12/6) is Madball's 20th anniversary celebration of their debut album Set It Off at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. They'll be joined by Turnstile, Death Before Dishonor, Take Offense and Downpresser. Tickets are still available.

For something a little less hardcore and a little more street punk this Saturday, Blanks 77 are playing NYC at Grand Victory before they play the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in NJ later in the month. They'll be joined by Dead Tricks, Parasitix and Breaking Sounds. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Later this month is the Sheer Terror and Slapshot show happening December 27 at MHOW. That's also with Heavy Chains, Blind Justice and Vice. Tickets are still available.

That about does it for the coming weeks. Did we miss anything?

Check out a whole mess of song streams from these bands, as well as tour dates for Orden Mundial and Red Death/Shrapnel, below...

Continue reading "hardcore/punk roundup: Boston Strangler, Glue, Hank Wood, Crime In Stereo, Backtrack, Madball, Sheer Terror & more"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

PC Worship
PC WOrship

Some may not think so, but CMJ is still a festival than brings in folks from out of town: mainly college radio programmers and jocks on mid-semester vacation. While we at BV get excited about bands from out of town (and we have a separate list for that) who are here for the fest, there are also lots of local acts we'd recommend to anyone visiting NYC. Here are 10 that are worth seeing, no matter where you live.

Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands. Check them out below...

Continue reading "10 NYC artists to see at CMJ this week"

photos by Matt Schiels

Hank Wood & the Hammerheads
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads

Two of NYC's better local punk bands, the organ-driven Hank Wood and the Hammerheads and the gothy Anasazi, teamed up for a typically wild hometown show at Palisades this past Thursday (9/25). L.O.T.I.O.N. and Gowanus Mutant Kommandos played too, though we missed them, but pictures of the other two bands are in this post.

Hank Wood and L.O.T.I.O.N. return to the venue exactly a month later (10/25) for a show with Blazing Eye, Savageheads, Face the Rail and Ivy. Tickets for that one are still available.

More pics below...

Continue reading "Hank Wood & the Hammerheads & Anasazi @ Palisades (pics)"

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Tickets for the Johnny Marr shows at Gramercy Theater and Stone Pony go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for his MHOW show are still available.

Tickets for the Holy Ghost! show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Head & The Heart's show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Every Time I Die and The Ghost Inside are playing Webster Hall on December 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

The UK's Circa Waves and the NYC-based but UK-beloved Public Access TV are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 22, part of CMJ. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Florida band Black Kids, who returned last year after taking some time off, will be in NYC to play Cameo on October 9. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for the Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Christmas shows at Town Hall, The Space at Westbury and Tarrytown go on sale today at noon.

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

Tickets for the Afghan Whigs' show at MHOW go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Beacon Theatre show are still available.

Tickets for Deer Tick's six-night run at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Electric Youth show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added third Interpol show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Les Sins show at Verboten go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ryan Adams shows at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Frankie Cosmos and Porches. shows at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tyler, The Creator shows at Starland Ballroom and Terminal 5 go on sale today at 3 PM and noon, respectively.

Tickets for the Leftover Crack show at SRB Brooklyn with Mutilation Rites and others are on sale now.

$5 tickets for The Blow's "Unplugged" residency at Union Pool are on sale now.

Tickets for the Deerhoof shows at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the Wampire and TOPS show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the Pharmakon record release show at Palisades are on sale now.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads and L.O.T.I.O.N. are playing Palisades on September 25 and October 25. 9/25 is with Ansazi and 10/25 is with Blazing Eye, Savageheads, Face the Rail and Ivy. Tickets for that 9/25 and tickets for 10/25 are on sale now.

Jeffrey Lewis & the Jrams, Shilpa Ray and Palberta are playing Palisades on October 4. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Brooklyn bluegrass band The Defibulators are performing The Kinks' 1971 album, Muswell Hillbillies, at The Bell House on September 24 with Dustbowl Revival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Only Crime (featuring current and former members of Converge, Descendents, Black Flag, Modern Life Is War, Tegan & Sara and Good Riddance) are playing Saint Vitus on October 19 before The Fest. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Bayside are playing Saint Vitus on October 6, an even smaller venue than their already-small (and sold out) MHOW show with I Am the Avalanche happening two days earlier. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Aloe Blacc is playing Santos Party House on September 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone are playing BB King's on February 6, 2015. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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.

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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by Ian Chainey

Ratos de Porão
Ratos

Brazilian punk/crossover thrashers Ratos de Porão aren't leaving the United States just yet. Following their appearance at Maryland Deathfest, the rats with wings have scheduled a Brooklyn show for tonight (5/27) at 538 Johnson Ave. #201 in Brooklyn. The band will be supported by Hank Wood & the Hammerheads -- who played New York's Alright last month -- and Warthog. This is RxDxPx's second stop in New York this month, following their Blackthorn 51 show on May 23.

Formed in 1981, Ratos de Porão's initial incarnation played crusty, Discharge-ing punk. Crucificados pelo Sistema, Crucified by the System, was recorded before the band split in 1983. The classic holds up, burning with a speed and aggression that foreshadows their return as thrashers in 1985. For the rest of the '80s, the group got progressively more metallic, culminating in 1989's Brasil. The LP found its way onto Roadrunner Records thanks to RxDxPx superfan Igor Cavalera from Sepultura. (Ratos' drummer on that one? A guy named Spaghetti. Because metal is awesome.) The '90s found the outfit returning to their punk roots, then back to thrash, then back to punk, and on and on. The lone constants were singer João Gordo and guitarist Jão. João Gordo later became a popular MTV Brasil VJ. Jão is Ratos' last remaining original member. However, through it all, the band's spirit never seemed to diminish.

Showmates Warthog certainly exhibit the same passion. Their latest seven inch, the Iron Lung Records-released Prison, is a punk steamroller powered by a thrilling motör. Its charging riffs and n' roll propulsion is one of the highlights of NYC punk out this year.

Flyer for tonight's show, along with streams from RxDxPx, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, and Warthog below...

Continue reading "Ratos de Porao played MDF, playing NYC tonight w/ Hank Wood and Warthog (who have a new 7")"

photos by Matt Schiels

New York is Alright - 2014
New York is Alright - 2014
New York is Alright - 2014

The second annual NYC punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright went down last month (April) with shows at various venues, including the recently-opened Bushwick venue The Wick, which we're highlighting today. We also just posted pictures from their April Unsound show.

We caught both NY's Alright shows at The Wick, including 4/17 with Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps: and 4/20 with Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Die, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads. A set of pictures from both of those days are in this post.

unARTig was there too, and got videos of many bands at the festival, including Lumpy and the Dumpers at 538 Johnson on 4/19 which resulted in the slow-downed 11-second viral video of a boy in the audience getting hit by fireworks. Check out The Dumpers' full set, the fireworks meme, and more pics from The Wick, below...

Continue reading "New York's Alright 2014 pics from The Wick (and amazing video of kid hit by fireworks in 538 Johnson pit)"

Wick

Back in 2011, it was announced that new Brooklyn venue The Wick would open in a former brewery at 260 Meserole St (next to the barely-open outdoor venue The Well), and that venue is finally set to open this March.

Four shows have been announced so far. The first is experimental Japanese musician Keiji Haino on March 27 before he heads to Tennessee for the Big Ears Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Then, as discussed, The Wick is one of the venues that NYC's experimental music festival Unsound happens in. That fest will have Porter Ricks, Vladislav Delay, Miles, Leisure Muffin, Ital & Halal and Le Petit Garcon on April 5. Tickets are on sale now.

The Wick will also be one of the venues used for hardcore/punk fest New York's Alright. That includes the Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps show on April 17 (tickets) and the Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, DiE, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads show on April 20 (tickets). The other NY's Alright shows happen at Le Poisson Rouge, Acheron, and ABC No Rio. Updated schedule below.

Continue reading "The Wick finally opening in Brooklyn this March (upcoming shows include Unsound Fest, New York's Alright & Keiji Haino)"

videos by Sixdust

Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pharmakon

Industrial noise-meets-art pop musician Pharmakon played a hometown museum show at The Print Shop at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (1/25) with two local punk bands: the insane (and naked) Dawn of Humans and the Farfisa-filled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads. Did you go? How was it? Check out (what appear to be) full set videos of all three artists below.

The show was part of MoMA PS1's ongoing Mike Kelley retrospective which Kim Gordon plays this Sunday (2/2). That show is with collaborator Jutta Koether, starts at 4 PM, and tickets are still available.

Pharmakon also plays another NYC show this week at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on Wednesday (1/29) (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). That show is with Faten Kanaan, Jessie Stead, and Angus Tarnawsky.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Pharmakon played MoMA PS1 w/ Dawn of Humans and Hank Wood & the Hammerheads (videos), playing Trans Pecos"

by Wyatt Marshall

Crazy Spirit at New York's Alright 2013 (more by Tod Seelie)
Crazy Spirit

Punk and hardcore festival New York's Alright is back for a second year and will run at various venues around the city from Thursday April 17th to Sunday April 20th. The line-up (which includes several bands that played the fest last year) features solid locals like Anasazi, Dawn of Humans, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Nomad, Warthog, La Misma, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads and some select imports like Wiccans, Infernöh, Omegas, No, and Stoic Violence, to name a few, making for a strong bill. Full lineup below.

Here's what the fest organizers said in their announcement:

No one thought we would be foolish enough to do it again, but here we are, "proud" to present New York's Alright 2014. This festival will be taking place Thursday, April 17th through Sunday, April 20th, at various venues around the friendly city of New York. We will be bringing together some of the best bands in contemporary DIY punk and hardcore from different parts of the world for your enjoyment.
Tickets go on sale on Valentine's Day, February 14---the same day the Acheron's D-fest kicks off in Mexico City. Love is very much in the air this year. Stay tuned to New York's Alright 2014's Facebook page for details on lineups and venues.

Several bands playing the fest have upcoming NYC shows even sooner. Goth punks Anasazi are teaming up with La Misma and Santa Ana's Damages on Friday (1/10) at Lulu's. The show is Damages' east coast tour kickoff and will also celebrate the release of a La Misma 7". All Damages dates are listed below, as well as a stream of their recent EP.

Sweden's Infernöh and Brooklyn's Nomad are teaming up for a tour before the fest, which includes a TBA Brooklyn show on April 12. Dates and an Infernöh stream below.

London's No and Long Beach's Stoic Violence will also be hitting the road together immediately after New York's Alright, which brings them back to NYC for a TBA Brooklyn show on May 1. Dates and streams below.

Pleasure Industry are also playing a hometown show at a TBA venue on February 8 with Asylum, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos and others TBA.

All lists of dates, streams, and the New York's Alright 2014 lineup, below...

Continue reading "New York's Alright returning in 2014 (Wiccans, Hank Wood, La Misma, Anasazi, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Nomad, more)"

Hank Wood & the Hammerheads
Hank Wood

Montreal punk/hardcore festival Varning is returning for its seventh year from November 7-9 at MTL venue Katacombes. A bunch of NYC bands will be there, like Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Nuclear Spring, La Misma and more, plus Sweden's Institution, Portland's Criminal Damage, San Francisco's Ruleta Rusa (ex-Born/Dead and Peligro Social whose last show was Varning VI), Boston bands Bloodkrow Butcher and Koward, and many more. Full lineup and flyer below. Advance tickets will be available through 10/28 via paypal with the coopkatacombes@hotmail.com email address. More info here.

A number of those bands have NYC shows coming up ahead of the fest too. Nuclear Spring don't at the moment, but related band Failed States are playing with two Bloodkrow Butcher-related bands, The Combat Zone and Lude Boys, on Friday (10/25) at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave). NYC's MIssionary and dark W Mass mid-tempo punks Longings are on the bill too.

The actual Bloodkrow Butcher team up with Ruleta Rusa and La Misma, plus two Canadian bands that aren't billed for this year's Varning Fest -- Montreal's Omegas and Toronto's S.H.I.T. -- for a show at Acheron on November 2. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The super-fun, Farfisa-loving punks Hank Wood & the Hammerheads team up with Koward and NYC goths Anasazi for a show on November 7 at 538 Johnson.

And speaking of Anasazi, they play another local show on 11/20 at Acheron with Green Beret, Condition, Rank and The Three Muskateers (mem. of Perdition and Nomad). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full Varning lineup and flyer, along with some live videos and streams, below...

Continue reading "Montreal's Varning Fest returning; many bands playing NYC first (Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, La Misma & more)"

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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

J. Spaceman, Kid Millions, Eric Copeland @ Le Poisson Rouge
Spiritualized played Webster Hall last night and now here's your chance to catch frontman Jason Pierce in a much more intimate setting, with a little help from Oneida (and current Spiritualized) drummer Kid Millions. Eric Copeland of Black Dice opens.

Mountains, Date Palms, Goodwill Smith, Plankton Wat @ Union Pool
This bill is being presented by Thrill Jockey Records and features three of their artists (everyone on the bill except Goodwill Smith) that lean towards sparse post-rock. A must-see for any experimental music fans not going to J. Spaceman tonight.

Girls Against Boys, David Yow, Coliseum @ Bowery Ballroom
Post-hardcore vets Girls Against Boys are fully back in action, having celebrated the 20th anniversary of Venus Luxure No 1 Baby earlier this year, and continuing with more dates and an upcoming EP. Tonight they headline Bowery Ballroom with an excellent lineup that also includes Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid frontman David Yow and post-hardcore new(er)comers Coliseum.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. The line-up is usually held pretty close to the vest, but you can check his Twitter for the line-up. For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Youth Code, Night Sins @ Home Sweet Home
Tonight's Nothing Changes party hosts a couple acts that recall the heyday of EBM and industrial (Youth Code) and gothy postpunk (Night Sins). Both have new albums too.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Anasazi, Contingent, La Misma @ 285 Kent Avenue
Farfisa-fueled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads headline this show which is a benefit for the Sam Vincent Foundation, run by family of a good friend of the band's that passed away recently.

Kate Boy, ASTR @ Mercury Lounge
This Swedish outfit -- who channel Big '80s pop like Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush -- are in NYC for two shows, tonight being the second. ASTR open and it's an early show, doors at 6:30 PM.

Destruction Unit, Pharmakon, Ukiah Drag @ Mercury Lounge
If you like your shows noisy, Mercury Lounge is the place to be tonight. The bill's being headlined by Destruction Unit, who bring loud-as-fuck psych-punk and a killer live show, and it also features industrial-noise artist Pharmakon and the dark, minimal sounding Ukiah Drag.

blink-182, New Beat Fund, DIIV @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
blink-182 are on the third of three intimate NYC-area shows -- which inspired us to make the argument they're actually an important and influential band for some -- and tonight's is also a benefit. Proceeds benefit burn treatment centers, plus research for cancer, diabetes, and others life-threatening diseases. The show is being opened by Red Bull Records-signed New Beat Fund, whose t-shirt sales will support those charities as well, and Brooklyn indie rock band DIIV (who could probably headline MHOW themselves at this point). Sold out.

The Both (Ted Leo, Aimee Mann) @ The Bell House
Ted Leo and Aimee Mann went on a tour together last year which resulted in some on-stage collaboration, and now they've taken those collaborations a step further, by actually forming a band together. The band, called The Both, is on tour now and tonight is their first NYC show. Should be pretty interesting to see what they have in store.

Flume, Chet Faker, Touch Sensative @ Webster Hall
Australian producer Flume keeps getting bigger and bigger. Back in April he was here for a packed Music Hall of Williamsburg show, and tonight he's at the much larger (and also sold out) Webster Hall, where it's likely going to be a dance party all night.

Taking Back Sunday (performing TAYF), Bad Rabbits, Get Involved!, Lost In Society @ Starland Ballroom
Last year, Taking Back Sunday went on a tour performing Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, a record that left a pretty big impact on a whole generation of kids when it came out. If you missed your chance at seeing them play that record, or just need to see it again, you're in luck because they're doing TAYF again tonight and tomorrow at Starland Ballroom before heading to Chicago for Riot Fest.

Laura Marling @ St. Ann's Church
British folk singer Laura Marling's music may be highly indebted to the genre's early '70s period, but it's some of the most genuine material in that style being written today. She just did two sold-out nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and tonight she does a free (if you RSVPed and got in) intimate show at St. Ann's Church.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Hoax supporting Ceremony/Pissed Jeans at LPR (more by Sarah Coulter)
Hoax

It's exciting to see the hyper-violent and uber-pissed Massachusetts hardcore band Hoax absolutely exploding on the strength of their incendiary live show. The band, who recently sold out a new EP via Youth Attack and is preparing to release another via Painkiller, have graduated from supporting role (at 538 Johnson on Easter Sunday) to leading men with Thursday's show at 285 Kent (5/17) where they'll team with Sewn Leather, Hank & the Hammerheads and 2 Ton Bug. $7 gets you into this all ages show.

The show is a tour kick-off for Hoax and Sewn Leather who will also stop at Chaos in Tejas where they'll cross paths with Hank Wood & The Hammerheads. Look for tour-only flexis at the merch table. The tour flyer, and video of the band in action at LPR and 538 Johnson, below.

Continue reading "Hoax kicking off North American tour at 285 Kent (dates)"

by BBG

Converge at MHoW (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Converge

As previously mentioned, Old Man Gloom (mem. Converge and Isis) have expanded their East Coast tour that will culminate at a show at Europa with The Austerity Program and Psychic Limb.

Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced plans to release a split under the moniker Wear Your Wounds with Revelator (Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe's backing band) on the other side.

We've already mentioned how Converge has been added to a monumental show with Rorschach and Xaddax (who are throwing a record release show on Tuesday at DBA).

It might be cause of today's status as an unofficial holiday of sorts, but there are a hefty amount of shows going on in the next few days... one bigger show that has seemingly flown under the radar is sweep-picking death-metal lunatics Origin with Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, Face of Ruin at Europa on April 24th. Tickets are still available, OR you can try and win a pair. Details are below. The show is part of a larger tour for the band and dates are also below.

On their way to Chaos in Tejas, The Mob (UK) will stop into Brooklyn to play Death By Audio on May 29th. The UK anarcho-punk band will be joined by Sickoids, Nomad, and Anasazi at the venue, and it'll set you back $10 at the door.

Speaking of release parties, Levil Uniform, the skater/extreme music zine, will be throwing a shownext friday at the Grand Victory for their fifteenth issue with local crew Syphilitic Lust and others playing through out the night. That same night, the great Hank Wood & The Hammerheads will bless Don Pedro's.. details are below.

Obnoxiously fun punk band Beer & Cable will officially christen the recently relaunched Acheron on May 5th as part of a show with The Regressives, Agitator, ZTs and Trepanning.

Some interesting additions to some May shows also happened this week. Meek Is Murder was tacked onto the coming Tournament show at Acheron on 5/4, while the supporting bill for the previously discussed Power Trip bill was fleshed out to include Crushed and Brain Slug.

More suggested shows, a stream of the new Rwake 7" (which only be available at their merch booth for Maryland Deathfest X, don't forget about their NYC show), a Code Orange Kids video, Homewrecker featuring Dylan Walker from Full of Hell, and a Black Breath video from their latest LP is below (don't forget about their NYC show). What did I miss?

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Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Saint Vitus

Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).

Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.

In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.

The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.

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