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SFA / Malkmus / Screamales / crowd @ 2015 4Knots Fest
4Knots Fest 2015
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4Knots Fest 2015
4Knots Fest 2015

The 4Knots Festival happened on Saturday (7/11), its first year on the Hudson and as a ticketed event. You couldn't have asked for a nicer day and, though things got off to a late start resulting in some slightly truncated sets, good vibes abounded. Pictures from the day are in this post.

For me the real draw were Super Furry Animals, playing their only North American show on this visit and first since 2009. With no new album to plug, apart from a reissue of their Welsh Language LP Mwng, it was a Greatest Hits show, both in song and in stage antics. Singer Gruff Rhys had the cue cards for the audience and an alien mask for opener "Slow Life," vegetables were chewed as percussion on "Receptacle for the Respectable" (Bok Choy making its debut as veggie of choice), and they finished with an epic rendition of the Steely Dan-sampling "The Man Don't Give a Fuck" which had them in their yeti costumes and crossing aloft guitars for the finish. Gruff also thanked both Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, as well as fans who traveled far for the show. Setlist and a few videos are below.

The Jicks' set had the biggest crowd of the day. They put on a fun show -- heavy on 2013's Wig Out at Jagbags -- and all seemed to be in a good mood. Twin Peaks and Screaming Females probably had had the wildest crowds. It was hard to tell how many people were there as Pier 84 is a big place and lots of folks were more than happy just to hang out back on the lawn and not get near the stage. Then there was this year's VIP boat (which you could buy tickets for this year), a big party cruise ship that many people never left either. One member of early performers Surfbort left the boat, though -- by jumping off it and into the questionable waters of the Hudson. Once he got out of the water, he was ejected from the festival. Though he tried to get back in wearing a variety of different outfits, and it apparently worked? Video of his high dive is below.

The day also included sets from Mikal Cronin, Heaters, Meatbodies (who played Baby's while in NYC too), and pictures of their sets are in this post. Due to a torn calf muscle (ouch!), our photographer missed Heaven and Happyness but she soldiered on -- and is now on the mend. Lots more pics from 4Knots below...

Continue reading "Super Furry Animals, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Screaming Females & more played 4Knots Fest (pics, video, setlists)"

Village Voice 4 Knots Festival 2015

The Village Voice 4 Knots Festival is next Saturday (7/11) at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park, with headliners Super Furry Animals and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Since our last post, the fest has added Heaven and Surfbort who will be the first two bands of the day. In between will also see performances from Twin Peaks, Mikal Cronin, Screaming Females, Happyness, Meatbodies and Heaters. 4Knots has also released its schedule/set times which you can check out below.

Tickets are still available, and they're offering a special where you can buy four general admission tickets for the price of three. There's also the $50 VIP option that gets you onto the VIP boat with complimentary snacks and three complimentary drinks (not a bad deal).

4Knots Fest schedule, below...

Continue reading "2015 4Knots Festival announces final lineup / set times"

photo: Fat White Family at Baby's in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)

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

Fat White Family, Sun Club, Roya @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
UK band Fat White Family are back entertaining/scaring audiences with their dark-hued brand of scuzz-rock. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite the antics (and, according to The NY Post, the smell). If you're up for post-show mischief, head to nearby Passenger Bar for the afterparty.

Four Tet b2b Floating Points @ Output
IDM mastermind Four Tet and jazzy UK bass producer Floating Points are teaming up to DJ Output together tonight. No opener, so they're going all night long.

Yonatan Gat, Tonstartsbandht, Pill, Sunflower Bean @ Aviv
Onetime Monotonix member Yonatan Gat smudges the line between performer and audience -- as long as you're prepared to be an active participant, his shows are a lot of fun. He headlines this particularly solid bill that also features Montreal noisniks Tonstartsbandht, sax-fueled skrokers Pill, and the ubiquitous Sunflower Bean. If you've been meaning to check out new DIY spot Aviv, this would be a good one to go to.

Six Organs of Admittance, Elisa Ambrogio @ Baby's All Right
Ben Chasny's long-running experimental rock project Six Organs of Admittance remains prolific and released its newest album, Hexadic, earlier this year via Drag City. Making the night a great double bill, support comes from his labelmate and past collaborator Elisa Ambrogio (of noise band Magik Markers), who put out a very not-noisy solo album last year.

The Muscadettes, Raccoon Fighter, Dances, Will Sheff (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Montreal's shouty duo The Muscadettes are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Like early B-52's or Fuzzbox, they're in the same vein. Free midnight show. In the front room Will Sheff of Okkervil River will be DJing.

Empress Of, Patrick Wimberly (DJ Set), Dev Hynes (DJ Set), Lee Bannon (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight has Dev Hynes on DJ duty so who knows what may happen.

Blockhead, Mono/Poly, Ellie Herring, DJ Ryan Rasheed of Prefuse 73 @ Good Room
In addition to producing a large amount of Aesop Rock's material, Blockhead has had a lengthy solo career putting out instrumental hip hop on Ninja Tune. He's in solo mode tonight.

Dragons of Zynth, Valley Lodge, Danny Fingers and The Thumbs @ Rough Trade
Long-running NYC art-rock band Dragons of Zynth (who were on hiatus for a while) headline tonight. This bill also features Dave Hill's band Valley Lodge whose song "Go" is the theme song for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

As Friends Rust, UnWed, Pagan Girls @ Saint Vitus
As Friends Rust came out of the same late '90s Gainesville punk scene as bands like Hot Water Music, and after being gone for a while, tonight they play their first NYC show in 7 years. Also on the bill is UnWed, who count Hot Water Music bassist Jason Black as a member.

Kool A.D., Lakutis, TECLA, Kassa @ Santos Party House
Heems has been an especially active solo artist lately, but he's not the only Das Racist member keeping at it. Kool AD, who last released Word O.K. last year, plays a hometown solo show tonight with Lakutis and more.

Big Ups, EULA, Painted Zeros, Charly Bliss @ Silent Barn
Local post-hardcore band Big Ups are somewhere between Fugazi and Slint, and having a very animated frontman doesn't hurt them any, either. Right before them it's EULA, who recall the NYC noise rock scene of the 1980s (and worked with producer Martin Bisi from that scene on their newest record).

Lord Huron, Hamilton Leithauser @ Terminal 5
Folk rocker Lord Huron headlines the night, and if you're going to this show we recommend showing up for The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser.

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt @ Capitol Theatre
Get your dose of quality Americana tonight with these two country-folk greats.

Ben Folds, yMusic @ Town Hall
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play this sold-out show.

Mark Ronson (DJ Set), Blu Jemz @ Verboten
He's responsible for the song you can't avoid short of gouging your eardrums out...producer, gad-about, and "Uptown Funk" creator Mark Ronson spins records tonight.

The English Beat, The Skints, Easy Star Allstars @ Paramount
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too (and maybe even "She's Having a Baby"), you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."

Dave Harrington Group, Diamond Terrifier (DJ( @ Cameo Gallery
Darkside is no more (or at least on hiatus), but both members are staying active on their own, and tonight Dave Harrington performs a live improvised score to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."

'Salad Days' screening @ Nitehawk Cinema
The 'Salad Days' documentary chronicles the 1980s DC punk scene, which birthed Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Void, Faith, and so many more now-legendary bands. It's screened in NYC before, and does again tonight.

Phantom Posse, Pope Coke, Moon Bounce, Blood Moon @ Palisades
Quickly-rising rapper iLoveMakonnen just played two sold-out NYC shows this week and he has tonight off before continuing his tour in DC tomorrow. It looks like maybe, just maybe, he'll show up at this small show with Phantom Posse, the musical collective that frequently counts him as a member.

Andy Hull, Dustin Kensrue, Tanner Merritt @ Bell House
It's the second of two NYC shows for Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull, and the last one had Brand New's Jesse Lacey and Kevin Devine show up to sing with him. Will any guests come out tonight? Dustin Kensrue (frontman of the reunited Thrice) co-headlines.

Heaven, New Myths, Midnight Plus One, Gold Lake, Wrong Dots @ Pianos
Local shoegazers Heaven and slinky/sleek New Myths headline this bill of quality local acts.

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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photo: Makthaverskan at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

Sweden's Makthaverskan are currently on their first US tour, which hit SXSW (including a BrooklynVegan show), and makes its way to NYC on April 6 at Saint Vitus with Heaven and Alice (tickets).

Two days after that, the Whirr / Adventures tour hits NYC at Baby's All Right (4/8) with "Special Scandinavian Guests," which the Baby's instagram of the upcoming-show list that's posted around the venue reveals are in fact Makthaverskan. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated Makthaverskan dates are listed, with a stream of their recent single, a video from the new Adventures album, and Whirr's recent split with Nothing (who announced a tour with Merchandise and Cloakroom today), below...

Continue reading "Makthaverskan on tour, playing the Whirr & Adventures show at Baby's after Saint Vitus (updated dates)"


Oklahoma power pop band Broncho have rescheduled their Rough Trade show that got canceled on Monday due to Juno. They're coming back on February 2, and Dreamers and Heaven will open. Any tickets from Monday's show will be honored if not already refunded, and a new ticket link should be up soon.

The band is currently on a tour with Billy Idol, which hits NYC tonight (1/28) at Beacon Theatre. Sold out.

Updated dates (including a run with The Growlers whose tour includes four nights at Baby's) are listed below...

Continue reading "Broncho in NYC with Billy Idol, reschedule Rough Trade show, touring with The Growlers (updated dates)"

UPDATE: NYC officials confirm that The Gutter was the Williamsburg bowling alley the ebola-infected doctor went to last night.

The Gutter

Goodnight Records just sent out the message that "Unfortunately our CMJ show is canceled tonight as The Gutter can't open because of "Unforseen circumstances."" The Gutter is a bowling alley in Williamsburg that is not Brooklyn Bowl, and which matches the description related ot the ebola scare happening in NYC right now, and which has since been 100% confirmed as the bowling alley that Craig Spencer went to. It was not Brooklyn Bowl, which is another bowling alley in the same neighborhood.

Brooklyn Bowl earlier confirmed that no authorities had been in contact with them, and they are open.

Heaven, Big Sleep, Friend Roulette, Heliotropes and Sun Club were the bands scheduled to play the Gutter tonight.

Update: The man's name is Craig Spencer and he has tested positive for ebola.

UPDATE: The Gutter issues a statement.

Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)

NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.

Full list below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2014 adds a ton of more artists"

High on Fire at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pesssaro)

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

High on Fire, Blackest @ MHOW
While the legendary Sleep will be heading out on tour soon, its members are still keeping busy with their other projects before and after that, including Matt Pike's High on Fire who will bring stoner rock riffs for days at tonight's free (if you RSVPed) Converse Rubber Tracks show.

Xeno & Oaklander, Cloudland Canyon, Frankie Teardrop (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Brooklyn neo-luddite duo Xeno & Oaklander make synthpop, the old-fashioned way: with analogue equipment, step-sequencers, patch cables and absolutely no laptops. Served ice-cold and loud as possible.

White Laces, The Yum Dee Days, Heaven, Christines @ Baby's All Right
Richmond VA band White Laces make guitar pop that's not miles away from the chiming sound of Beach Fossils. Their haze is matched well tonight with three worthy local acts.

The Soul Rebels Feat. Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Jean Grae, Skyzoo & Torae + Joey Bada$$, Subset @ Brooklyn Bowl
New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels return to NYC tonight and will have a few exciting guest rappers performing with them: Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Jean Grae, Skyzoo & Torae, and the young rising star, Joey Bada$$.

The Men, Purling Hiss, Honey, Friend, DJ Toy @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Since their debut LP in 2010, The Men have put out a record a year and have never made the same album twice. They've gone from dark, heavy punk to Replacements-y indie rock to Crazy Horse-style country rock jams. And it's a good show all around. The grungy Purling Hiss and the heavy psych rock of Honey should fare well with The Men's crowd.

Sean Nicholas Savage, Nicholas Nicholas, Jerry Paper @ Death by Audio
Prolific/talented songwriter and lo-fi recording enthusiast Sean Nicholas Savage records for Montreal's Abutus Records. He's in town to open for Blood Orange this weekend in Central Park but plays this smaller show tonight.

Ketsup (Austra DJ Set), Doldrums (DJ Set), SMALL MOSHEEIN, RAMZi@ Palisades
Speaking of Arbutus, the label is throwing this dance party at Palisades featuring Katie Stelmanis in her Ketsup guise, plus sets from Doldrums, a live performance from new Montreal band RAMZi and more.

ARMS, Conveyor @ Mercury Lounge
Brooklyn band ARMS (the current project of former Harlem Shakes guitarist Todd Goldstein) pay tribute to some of their influences  on a new covers album, Backwards Record, which is out next month. Hopefully we'll hear a few of those tonight.

Sharkmuffin, Food Stamps, The Sleepy ZZZ, Surfbort, Foreign Speakers @ Muchmore's
Brooklyn garage rock trio Sharkmuffin are a newer band, but sound straight out of the garage rock boom of the last decade. Picture something between Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sahara Hotnights and you'll get an idea.

Beverly, Earthy Babes, Truthers @ Rough Trade
Beverly's debut album, Careers, is full of effortlessly catchy indie pop (think prime Kim Deal). They've become a pretty good live band too -- catch them here before their tour with The Drums.

Downtown Boys, Weird Womb, Vomitface, Big Huge @ Shea Stadium
Downtown Boys are one of those bands you have to see live to fully experience. They make politically-charged, saxophone-fueled punk, the singer gives impassioned speeches between songs, and almost all the members end up in the crowd. Noisy punks Weird Womb are worth catching too.

Boogarins, Jacco Gardner @ South Street Seaport
Perfect weather and a free outdoor show featuring two very different and very good variations of psych -- Jacco Gardner is straight outa Syd Barrett's saucerful of secrets, and Brazil's Boogarins are more groovy, jammy and guitar-oriented. Free!

Thievery Corporation, Lee Fields & the Expressions @ JBL Live at Pier 97
It's an interesting double bill at this big outdoor show with Thievery Corporation's dub/reggae/etc-infused electronica and Lee Fields' classic soul.

Jungbluth, Centuries, Hexis, Plebian Grandstand, Reproacher @ The Acheron
Jungbluth take on '90s-style hardcore and screamo and Centuries make dark d-beaty hardcore. Tonight their tour hits NYC.

Frontier(s), Banquets, Image Society @ Saint Vitus
Though many of the now-classic '90s emo bands are currently reunited (like Sunny Day Estate, Mineral, American Football, The Get Up Kids, Braid, Knapsack and The Jazz June), one of those, Elliott, sadly remains broken up. However, singer Chris Higdon is currently fronting the band Frontier(s) who keep that '90s sound alive and well without sounding like a nostalgia project.

Multicult, Couch Slut, Vulture Shit, Chamber of Discipline @ Cake Shop
Baltimore noise rockers Multicult return to NYC tonight and there's good local support from hardcore band Couch Slut, guitar-less punks Vulture Shit, and Chamber of Discipline who include members of Vaz, Pygmy Shrews and Sleepies.

'Daylight' w/ Teengirl Fantasy, Pictureplane, Shams, Lafawndah, Profligate, Babi Audi, Excepter, Sagan Youth, 51717, Holly Waxwing, Motion Graphics @ Europa
This is night 1 of DIY-dance fest DAYLIGHT, featuring a slew of talented beatmakers.

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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The Dandy Warhols @ T5, June 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols will be touring this fall, including two shows at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 19 & 20. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (6/27) at noon, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/25) at noon. But no need to wait that long, presale tickets are on sale right now through The Dandy Warhols website (you do need to register for access). All tour dates are listed below.

The final date on their tour is the headlining the Desert Stars Festival which goes down October 3 & 4 at Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertwon, CA. Also playing are Little Barrie, '90s-era UK shoegazers The Telescopes, Mark Gardner of Ride, David J, Ringo Deathstarr and more. Tickets are on sale now and full lineup is below...

Continue reading "The Dandy Warhols announce fall tour dates, including two nights at MHOW and CA's Desert Stars Festival (lineup)"

Ringo Deathstarr in Austin, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ringo Deathstarr

Peter Murphy releases his new album, Lion, this week via Nettwerk. The album was produced by Youth of Killing Joke and, as the title might imply, its a little wilder than we've heard the former Bauhaus singer be in a while. Lion definitely roars. You can stream the whole record below. Murphy's Lion tour is currently underway and will hit NYC on June 9 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available.

Opening at Irving Plaza and many dates on the tour are Austin shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr whose album God's Dream came out earlier this year. The night after Irving Plaza, the band will play a headlining show at Baby's All Right (June 10) with Heaven, Harsh Vibes and Residual Kid. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Ringo Deathstarr tour dates are listed, along with the Peter Murphy LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Ringo Deathstar touring w/ Peter Murphy, playing headlining show at Baby's All Right; stream Peter Murphy's new LP"


Christo Buffam (Dead Leaf Echo, The Vandelles) died back in March and while there was a memorial and a couple small tributes, a very big tribute show is happening on Saturday (5/30) at Silent Barn. It's a free, all-day show with nearly 20 bands playing on staggered stages from 3 PM - 2 AM. A Place to Bury Strangers will headline, with performances from The Vandelles, Dead Leaf Echo, Heaven, Sanquine Drone, 28 degrees taurus, The Teen Age and more. Full line-up below.

The show -- part of this weekend's Bushwick Open Studios -- is technically free, but donations are highly suggested and proceeds will go to Buffam's family and the out-of-town touring bands on the bill. Full tribute show line-up below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers and many more playing Christo Buffam tribute in NYC this weekend "

Weekend at Bowery Electric in 2013 (more by Sarah Gainer)

As mentioned in today's What's Going On post, UK shoegazers TOY are hitting Baby's All Right tonight (5/5) for their first of two NYC shows on their current tour and a "special guest" band was promised. It was just revealed on Twitter that the special guest band is shoegazey NYC post-punks Weekend, who just played Glasslands last night (5/4). Also on the bill is The Vandelles, and Baby's are "essentially" giving away margaritas for Cinco De Mayo. Advance tickets for tonight's show are still available.

On Tuesday (5/6), TOY are at Mercury Lounge with Heaven, and tickets for that one are still available too. They also recently made a video for "As We Turn" (dir. Julian Hand) from 2013's Join the Dots. You can watch that, with the updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "TOY are here, have a new video; Weekend opening tonight's Baby's All Right show (updated dates)"

The Knife / These New Puritans

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

Craig Leon, Acme, Bil Kouligas @ Le Poisson Rouge
Best known as a producer (have worked with The Fall, The Go-Betweens, Blondie among others), Craig Leon is also an composer in his own right. Tonight, backed by the Wordless Orchestra, he'll be performing his 1981 album Nommos.

Saint Rich, Stargazy, Sun Club @ Baby's All Right
An offshoot of Delicate Steve (role-reversal is probably a more correct term), Saint Rich keep things greasy with their brand of boogie riffs and laid-back grooves.

These New Puritans @ Bowery Ballroom
Last year's acclaimed Field of Reeds found These New Puritans abandoning their aggressive side, taking them entirely into ambient directions. Tonight's one of just a few North American shows for the UK band. Could prove interesting.

Darkstar, Patten, Visuals @ Glasslands
Darkstar transitioned from a Hyperdub-signed post-dubstep trio on their debut LP North to a Warp-signed ambient pop trio on its followup, 2013's News From Nowhere. They're working on their third album now, and while we don't know what it sounds like yet, maybe we'll get a taste at Glasslands tonight. Their labelmate Patten is not to be missed either.

Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Stone Pony
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's lived up very well. They're currently on their first North American tour since last reuniting in 2007, and tonight they're in NJ ahead of 3 NYC shows.

The Knife @ Terminal 5
Sweden's enigmatic duo The Knife haven't played NYC since 2006. Their new album is a little more "difficult" than Silent Shout so who knows what to expect -- beyond a high-concept, highly theatrical stage show. It wont likely be boring. Both T5 shows -- this being the first -- are sold out.

Kristeen Young @ The Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT!!!" in your ear. It's the final of her April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.

Berlin, TV Tramps @ The Wonder Bar
Beginning their career as kinky synthpop, Berlin morphed into superstars by the time of their megahit "Take My Breath Away." Only singer Teri Nunn remains of the original '80s lineup.

Future Islands @ Austin's Mohawk last week (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Chiffon @ Webster Hall
Future Islands have been making their arty indie pop for a few years now, but for the first time they're actually kind of famous, thanks in part to singer's Samuel T. Herring's dance moves on Letterman (and the meme that inspired) and a new album on 4AD with the songs to back it up. Tonight's show at Webster Hall (larger than the Bowery Ballroom stop earlier this tour) is sold out.

Laurie Anderson @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
This is part of the Met's new series of talks called "SPARK" that "explores vital ideas and issues through the lens of the Met's collections." Tonight conversation is between musician Laurie Anderson, author Rebecca Stead, art historian SeungJung Kim and the Met's Melanie Holcomb.

The Standells @ B.B. King Blues Club
The Standells are one of the '60s better garage rock bands, and though they may be best known for their hit "Dirty Water," they've got tons of other rewarding material too. The veteran band are touring behind their first new material in over 40 years and hitting NYC for two shows (7:3 PM & 10 PM) at BB King's tonight.

Chalk and Numbers, Dear Georgiana @ Knitting Factory
Where a lot of bands who pull from similar indiepop influences go for reverby grit, Chalk & Numbers are as shiny as the future seemed in 1962, perfect for your next cocktail party.

2 Chainz, Ne-Yo, Miguel, Sean Paul @ Best Buy Theater
It's DJ Prostyle's birthday party at Best Buy Theater tonight, and the person we're probably most excited about is R&B crooner Miguel, not that there isn't plenty of fun to be had during 2 Chainz's set too.

Creepoid, Shawn David, McMillen, Tom Cater, Pat Murano @ Cake Shop
Creepoid are one of a few modern bands reviving '90s slowcore and they do it justice. There's a bit of shoegaze in there too, and overall it's just a pretty great mix.

Kosmodemonic, Syphillitic Lust, Insect Ark @ The Grand Victory
It's a night of the heavy and the weird at Grand Victory tonight with the sludgy Kosmodemonic, the dirty Syphillitic Lust, and Insect Ark, the project of former Angels of Light member Dana Schechter.

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Rough Trade NYC (6:30 pm in-store)
Rodrigo y Gabriela are about to play 3 nights at Beacon Theater but first they'll do this in-store and signing at Rough Trade tonight which is free with a purchase of their album from Rough Trade.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Galley
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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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The 2013 CBGB Festival happens this week, kicking off on Tuesday (10/8) with the premiere of CBGB: The Movie at Landmark Sunshine. You can still get tickets to the premiere (though, at $50, they're not cheap). Then on Wednesday (10/9) the festival starts in earnest with music showcases around the city, a pretty enticing film festival, industry talks, photo exhibits, and a Thursday (10/10) keynote address featuring Duff McKagan and a reconstructed CBGB interior.

If you'd like to attend for free, we're giving away four pairs of music/film badges which "allows badge holder into Music Showcases and Film Screenings only on first come/first served basis. Does not include Music or Film Conferences." Details on how to enter are below.

On the music side of things, notable shows include the BV-presented Judge and Manipulate show at Saint Vitus on Friday (10/11); the huge, free show in Times Square on Saturday (10/12) with My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits and a James Murphy DJ set; and the Carry On Band show at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/10) with  Lydia LunchGlen MatlockSylvain Sylvain, Lenny KayeRichard Lloyd, Cheetah Chrome (one of two CBGB appearances for him) and more.

A few others: Bell X1 and Tristen play Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (tickets); recently rejuvenated '90s shoegazers The Veldt play Cameo on Thursday (10/10) with Heaven and Miracle Falls; Massachusetts metal band Killswitch Engage will be at Santos on October 12 with Eye Ra Haze (tickets); and Dale Ernhardt Jr. Jr. and Atlas Genius at Irving Plaza  on Thursday & Friday (tickets). There are lots of other bands playing, you can check out the whole schedule.

On the film side, in addition to CBGB: The Movie, you can catch such films as Bad Brains: A Band in DC, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust, Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All, Geek USA, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin', Led Zeppelin Played Here, Montreal Underground, Pleased to Meet Me, Pussy Riot: Putin Pissed Himself, Searching for Sugarman, The Blank Generation and more.

There's also the "Never Again" photo exhibit at Wooster St. Social Club featuring many BV photographers. Opening night party for that is Wednesday from 7 - 10 PM and is free.

On a similar tip the same night, legendary downtown scenester, street photographer, and Beastie Boys cohort Ricky Powell has a photography exhibit, titled "Funky Dope Maneuvers Photography & Slideshow" happening on Wednesday at Site/109 (109 Norfolk Street) from 8 - 11 PM. RSVP and more info on that is here.

Contest details below...

Continue reading "CBGB Festival is this week (win music / film badges!)"

by Bill Pearis

dead stars

Brooklyn trio Dead Stars have a thick, crunchy sound that looks back to the Clinton years, skating along the grungy indie rock line. Their new EP, High Gain, just came out on Inhabitable Mansions and you can stream the whole thing below. We've also got the premiere of the band's video for "Fractured" and you can watch that below too.

The band have a couple local shows coming up. They play a record release party on Friday (6/7) at Grand Victory with sonically likeminded Radical Dads and Heaven. They'll also play Big Snow Buffalo Lodge on June 29 with Crazy Pills, Suicide Dolls, and Haybaby.

All dates are listed, along with video and EP streams, below...

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Still Corners

As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.

Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...

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photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

The Wedding Present @ Bowery Ballroom 2/9/2013
The Wedding Present

The Wedding Present were in town this weekend, braving the snow for shows at Maxwell's on Friday (2/8) and Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (2/9). Where Friday's show featured the band playing their 1992 Hit Parade singles in full, Bowery got the band's classic breakneck debut album, George Best, front-to-back. The 1987 album was from when the Weddoes were known for the manic jangle and nearly three decades on, frontman David Gedge can still strum like his arm's on fire.

In addition to George Best, TWP opened with a set of songs from throughout their career, including tracks from last year's Valentina. (Nice to see "Skin Diving" from 1996's underrated Saturnalia in the mix.) NYC shoegazers Heaven opened the show. More pictures from Bowery, including one of The Wedding Present's setlist, below...

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Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
Frightened Rabbit

SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADApe School - Marijuana's on the Phone (MP3)

Philadelphia psych-rockers Ape School are opening for Lotus Plaza tonight (7/18) at Mercury Lounge which, surprisingly, isn't sold out. As you may recall, the band are set to release their new album, Junior Violence, on August 7 via Hometapes which I wrote about here. You can download first single "Marijuana's on the Phone" above and check out the album's trippy cover art below.

Since then, Ape School have added another NYC date, playing Glasslands on August 21 with Heaven and Arc in Round and tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming Ape School tour dates are listed below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Swervedriver @ Bowery Ballroom

"...Simply put, from the first note of opening stunner "Last Train to Satansville" (from 1993's Mezcal Head), Swervedriver dominated. A sonic tour de force dominated by vocalist/guitarist Adam Franklin and tour fill-in drummer Mikey Jones (who did a TREMENDOUS job filling in for Graham Bonnar, who played with them last year but couldn't play on this tour) and augmented nicely by guitarist Jimmy Hartridge and bassist Steve George, most of this show saw Swervedriver stick to the raw, guttural, heavy punch of its first two Lps (1991's Raise and the aforementioned Mezcal Head). In addition to absolutely smashing versions of Raise-era singles like "Sandblasted," "Son of Mustang Ford" and Rave Down", we also got deep cuts like "Deep Seat," "Pile Up" and even the B-side "Scrawl and Scream". Mezcal Head was represented by a pile-driving version of "Never Lose That Feeling" along with "Girl on a Motorbike" (the first song played in the encore) and set closer "Duel". There were only several songs played from later albums (the best of which was a stunning version of Ejector Seat Reservation's "Son of Jaguar E") and "The Birds" (the finest song in their catalog, at least in this writer's estimation) didn't work quite as well as some of the other, earlier, fiercer material..." [The Big Takeover]
Swervedriver and Heaven have now completed their short tour that brought them to Bowery Ballroom on 3/31. Here are some pictures from that NYC show. More of them (including the headliner's setlist), below...

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As mentioned, Swervedriver play a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (3/31). Tickets are still on sale, and since we last spoke, NYC trio Heaven (whose members have been or are in The Comas, Dean and Britta, Ambulance LTD, The Big Sleep, Adam Franklin's band, Snowden, and Fan-Tan), was added as opener for this show and others.

A full list of dates and video from Swerverdriver's 3/26 appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, below...

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Young Magic at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Young Magic

Young Magic picked up quite a bit of buzz in 2011 with a few singles and multiple tours with Youth Lagoon. They also played one of our CMJ Parties.

Now they're set to release their debut LP, Melt on February 14 via Carpark. The album will feature material from their singles, including "Night In The Ocean," "Slip Time", "Sparkly", and "You With Air." You can stream all four of those tracks below, along with the album artwork and tracklist, and the video for "Sparkly."

A while back Young Magic announced a record release show scheduled to take place in their current hometown of NYC on February 18 at Mercury Lounge. That show was cancelled after tickets went on sale but was re-announced this week and tickets are on sale now. The show is being opened by Heaven, who also open the Swervedriver show at Bowery Ballroom (3/31).

Young Magic were also initially billed as the openers for YACHT's upcoming tour but have since dropped off (2/26 Brooklyn show included).

Video, streams, and album info below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Au Palais
Au Palais

Caveman, who recently signed to Fat Possum (who are now selling their album), conclude their North American tour in NYC on Friday (1/20) at Bowery Ballroom. That show is now sold out, but if you've got tickets you should get there early to check out London-via-Toronto duo Au Palais. The Bowery Ballroom show is their last North American show before returning home to London. Heaven is also on the bill.

Au Palais (aka brother and sister David and Elise Commathe) released their debut EP, Tender Mercy on December 5 via The Sounds of Sweet Nothing. The EP has gained pretty accurate comparisons to the dark synth pop of Austra and Zola Jesus but Elise Commathe sings with a much more subdued voice than the howls of Katie Stelmanis and Nika Danilova. Meanwhile, David plays a similar role in the group to that of Jamie xx in the The xx, with a focus on beatmaking that comes across most strongly on the EP's closing instrumental track, "H.o.l.l.a.n.d." Stream the entire EP below and purchase it at The Sounds of Sweet Nothing bandcamp.

Au Palais plan to follow this EP with a full length album that they recently spoke to FADER about:

DAVID: Yeah, we're working on it right now. It's a little brighter. We took a lot of inspiration from like early '90s house music--full-on operatic vocals.
ELISE: Just blame it on my love to dance. I was like, David, we need to write a dance song.
DAVID: There's also like plenty of dark shit in there, too, so don't worry that's still around.
ELISE: Don't worry the moody depressive songs will be back.
All Caveman dates and Au Palais EP stream below...

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Ringo Deathstarr at SXSW 2011 (more by Bill Pearis)
Ringo Deathstarr

" I call a lot of things shoegaze, but these three have the classic '90s sound -- including Kevin Shields' glide guitar style -- down pat. Some seriously catchy songwriting keeps it out of pastiche territory. They are good and loud on the Palm Door patio, my first of many Lone Star tallboys of the week in hand, and it's a great start to the fest." [Bill]
Ringo Deathstarr, who just played Chaos in Tejas this past weekend (we didn't catch them though), will support Trail of Dead on a week-long run directly before heading out on a three week headlining tour at the end of June. The tour stops at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on July 3 with Vandelles, Heaven, and Dead Leaf Echo.

Ringo Deathstarr released Colour Trip back in March. Check out a soundcloud stream of the entire album HERE, and the video for "So High" and more dates below...

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words by Bill Pearis, photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: The Black Ryder - Gone Without Feeling (MP3)

the girls of Black Ryder @ Austin Psych Fest
Black Ryder

Australian duo (and band) The Black Ryder are in town this week, after having played Austin Psych Fest over the weekend (pictures in this post). They played Glasslands last night (5/3) with the Big Sleep, and will play the downstairs room at Santos tonight (5/4) with Heaven and My Best Fiend. Before Psych Fest they went on a short tour with Spectrum.

Made up of former Morning After Girls members Scott Von Ryper and Miss Aimee Nash, The Black Ryder released their debut Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride in late 2009 which got released in America last year on Mexican Summer. Members of Black Rebel Motorcyle Club, Swervedriver and Brian Jonestown Massacre guested on the album which should give you a good idea of what they sound like. To give you an even better idea, download "Gone Without Feeling" at the top of this post.

The openers at Santos tonight are pretty good. My Best Fiend are not that far from Spiritualized angelic comedown vibe -- download their Jesus Christ EP for free here. The three guys in Heaven have played with Adam Franklin, Dean & Britta, the Comas, The Big Sleep and others and lay down a dreamy/heavy sound of their own. It's a well-curated night of bliss-out music at high volume, and stick around for the afterparty with Calle's Aurellio Valle DJIng (and others).

NYC show flyer, a video and more pictures from Psych Fest, below...

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