Entries tagged with: Hectors Pets
Brooklyn's 1-800-BAND will release a new EP, Diver Blue, on April 8 via Almost Ready Records (Liquor Store, Nobunny), and you can get a taste of that now from the title track, which makes its premiere in this post. The song's got some serious vibes of The Cars and other 1978/79 power pop/new wave bands, and if you're into that stuff you might dig 1-800-BAND too. You can check it out below.
1-800-BAND play locally a lot (maybe you've seen them?), and you'll get another chance to catch the band in their hometown this Sunday (2/23) at Death by Audio with Hector's Pets, Ar-Kaics and Chickenhawks. They're also playing at Record Grouch on April 5 (968 Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn), and night 1 of the Brooklyn Power Pop Festival at The Bell House on May 9 with Dwight Twilley and Pezband (tickets). More on that in a sec.
They also have some other spring dates in other cities, all of which are listed below...
Nude Beach at BV-RBSS show at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
As mentioned, Brooklyn garage rockers Marvin Berry and the New Sound have signed to Don Giovanni for their new LP, Bootleg (due out 2/25), and will play a release show for the new album on February 21 at Union Pool with Liquor Store and Hector's Pets. Since we last spoke, that lineup got even better because power pop trio Nude Beach (who just played the Don Giovanni showcase) were added. Advance tickets for the show are available. Nude Beach's only other upcoming dates at the moment are some support slots on The Men's tour (none in NYC), all of which are listed below.
In other Don Giovanni news, New Brunswick punks Brick Mower, who also just played the DG showcase, announced that their new album, Teenage Graceland, will be out on the label on March 25. You can stream its first single, "Shitty Parade," below.
All Nude Beach dates are listed, along with the Brick Mower stream and a few more streams from the new Marvin Berry LP, below...
Nashville hellraisers Denney & the Jets will release their debut album, Mexican Coke, on April 8 via Burger Records. (Denney's previous releases were via JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat imprint.) The record was produced by Andrija Tokic (who was at the boards for Alabama Shakes' Boys and Girls) and is a heaping helping of southern fried, honky tonk rock n' roll. According to main man Chris Denney, themes on the record include, "Smokin', Drinkin', Cocaine, Youth, Rodeo Clowns, Fucking Around, Acquittal, The Blues, Family, Being Broke, Pain Pills, Hangovers, Hookers, Strength, Getting High, Addiction, Living, Dying..." Which of those come into play on LP cut "Bye Bye Queenie"? Have a listen and decide for yourself, the track makes its premiere in this post.
Denney & the Jets will be on tour this spring, hitting NYC on April 19 at Glasslands with their Burger buddies White Fang and Hector's Pets. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn garage rockers Marvin Berry and the New Sound have been playing around their local scene for a while now, and they've just signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee) who will release their debut full length, Bootleg, on February 25. There's hints of '60s garage rock and '70s power pop on the album's first single, "White Jungle," which you can stream below. That's the artwork above.
Marvin Berry and the New Sound were supposed to open for Swearin' at their Rough Trade show (3/7), but they've since dropped off that show and added a record release show happening on February 21 at Union Pool with Liquor Store and Hector's Pets. Admission for that show is $8 at the door.
In other Don Giovanni news, they've put a bunch of stuff up for action on eBay including artwork by Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females, Noun), test pressings of DG releases, and more.
Don Giovanni also do their annual Brooklyn showcases on 2/6 at Death by Audio and 2/7-8 at MHOW with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Priests, Tenement, Night Birds, Worriers and more. Tickets for DbA and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.
Song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Habibi @ Bowery Ballroom in November (more by Dylan Johnson)
Habibi's self-titled debut album is due out January 28 via Burger Records. (Fans of limited edition colored vinyl, it's up for pre-order.) You can stream "Let Me In" from it below and is a good example of their appealing, post-punky take on girl group sounds.
The band will be playing a record release show in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on January 29 with Hector's Pets, Mystery Lights and Jonathan Toubin on DJ duties. Tickets are on sale. Flyer for the show is below.
No other tour dates right now, but Habibi will be at SXSW in March so expect a tour around that. Stay tuned. Song stream, album art and tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
Well I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. Apart from going to see The Wolf of Wall Street with my parents (something I strongly advise against unless your parents are Abel Ferrara or something) mine was great, thanks. With New Year's on a Wednesday and not everyone back to the grind, things are still a little slow around here so I thought I'd revive This Week in Indie (or something like it) just this once, as there are some notable shows this weekend that don't necessarily have tours attached to them.
Yvette have been around for a couple years now, honing their brand of goth/industrial mechanics. The duo dropped Process back in November on God Mode (the label co-run by former P4K/Voice writer Nick Sylvester who also bashes the kit for Mr. Dream) and it's a pummelling, intense listen. (Check it out on Rdio.) You also get the sense that its foreboding clank will be magnified live, which seems to have been the case for their opening slot at Factory Floor a couple weeks ago.
You can see for yourself when Yvette play >Glasslands on Friday (1/3) with Christines and Future Punx, making for an all-around recommended show. Christines is the new band from Andy of Woven Bones which shares zero in common with his old band apart from fuzz pedals. This is more in the stratosphere-scraping shoegaze, not unlike late-'90s Swervedriver. No recordings released yet but definitely excited to see them live. Future Punx, the new project from ex-Fergus & Geronimo's Jason Kelly, draw inspiration from early, hyperactive new wave like Oingo Boingo, Devo, and Wall of Voodoo. They're a lot of fun.
UPDATE: due to Friday's predicted single-digit temperatures, tonight's Glasslands show is postponed till 2/21. All tickets honored.
Other Friday shows: Neon Indian will be DJing at Cameo headlining a bill that also features sets from Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin) and Heathered Pearls (tix); it's a garage-y show at Union Pool with Hector's Pets, Dirty Fences, and A Rex & J Rex; it would be hard to resist heading to Brooklyn Night Bazaar to catch Swearin', Cymbals Eat Guitars, Porcelain Raft and Low Fat Getting High (it is a free show); and The Everymen, The Brooklyn What and a bunch more bands will be paying tribute to the late Lou Reed at The Gutter with proceeds going to The Ali Forney Center which provides shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth (more info).
Boston's Bent Shapes will be in town at Glasslands on Saturday (1/4), opening for Gospels and Rumors. I'm not sure what a scrappy indiepop band are doing on a bill with two much more commercial-oriented bands, but that doesn't diminish the many charms of Bent Shapes' Feels Weird which adds a welcome dose of angularity, muscle and attitude to the band's jangly, jaunty tunes. They were great when they played the Sound Bites Series (which I curate) back in August.
Other Saturday shows of note: as I wrote earlier today, I'm a big fan of Los Angeles' Colleen Green who makes low-fi Ramones-y pop and plays Death by Audio with Cassie Ramone, Xray Eyeballs and more; and CT noiseniks Magik Markers will be celebrating the release of their new album at Union Pool with fellow caucophists Degreaser and Lushes (tix).
And on Sunday (1/5) you can head to Mercury Lounge for a double-dose of local dreampop with Autodrone and Mahogany, plus local post-punk band Kissing Is A Crime and Highly Suspect.
Flyers for some of the shows mentioned in this post are below...
California X at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Priests at MHOW in October (more by Wei Shi)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
California X, Perfect Pussy, Yvette, Flagland, Blessed State @ Shea Stadium
Every band on this five-band bill is worth seeing, and this much talent in the tiny Shea Stadium is sure to turn into a total mess (in the best way possible). There's Amherst sludge rockers California X, seriously intense noise punks Perfect Pussy, noisy art rockers Yvette, Brooklyn garage punks Yvette, and Northampton mid-'80s style hardcore punks Blessed State.
Priests, Noun (Marissa Paternoster), Heavy Bangs, Arm Candy @ Silent Barn
This show is the live music portion of Fvck the Media's public editorial meeting. Meeting starts at 7 and then by 8 we get Arm Candy, Heavy Bangs (the new band of Cynthia from Radiator Hospital), Marissa Paternoster's (of Screaming Females) other band Noun, and passionate DC post-punks Priests.
Holograms, TV Ghost, Heaven's Gate @ 285 Kent
Sweden's Holograms offer up a bleak postpunk landscape on their new album, Forever, which should sound good in the industrial confines of 285 Kent. TV Ghost's gothy sound -- and locals Heaven's Gate -- make more an all-around noisy/angsty evening.
San Fermin @ Ace Hotel
While they play Music Hall of Williamsburg next week, chamber pop outfit San Fermin play a free show today as part of Ace Hotel's "Five at Five" series.
The Soupcans, BBIGPIGG, Fins, Desert Sharks @ Cake Shop
Toronto's The Soupcans make speedy post-hardcore filled with all the anger, sarcasm, and weirdness you need. They're in NYC for two shows this weekend, both of which should get pretty intense. Connecticut noise rockers Fins are on tonight's bill and they're worth catching too.
Andrew Cedermark, Average Girl, Cosmonaut @ Cameo Gallery
Ex-Titus Andronicus member Andrew Cedermark has been on his own for a few years, having last released his Home Life album this year.
Household, Aye Nako, Air Waves, Sapphire Mansions @ Death By Audio
This whole bill is good, though we'd especially recommend catching Aye Nako who do pop punk right, and Household who are celebrating the release of their new Elaine's EP. It's also a release show for Sapphire Mansions' new mini-LP as well, so be sure to visit the merch table.
TEEN, Forest Fire, Splashh, Valleys @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This weekend's Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are curated by Kanine Records, who offer up a good bill tonight, with UK band Splashh (in a stripped down line-up), Montreal's ethereal Valleys, and local band TEEN. It's free and you can do some holiday shopping while you're there too.
Negative Approach, The Casualties, Nuclear Santa Claust @ Europa
Tonight Europa's got a double-header of classic punk from Negative Approach and The Casualties, and local openers Nuclear Santa Claust do justice to the sound those (and other) bands helped create.
The Range, Octo Octa, Obey City @ Glasslands
It's a solid night of IDM at Glasslands with upcoming Rhode Island producer The Range and Brooklyn deep house regular Octo Octa.
A$AP Ferg, Joey Fatts & A$hton Matthews, Overdoz, 100s @ Irving Plaza
Rocky wasn't the only A$AP member to put a great record this year. A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord was a solid statement of its own that made Ferg more than just "part of A$AP Rocky's crew" and "Shabba" is up there with the best rap singles of the year.
Mori @ Pop Montreal (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Rush Midnight @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
FHR and Savoire Adore are BFFs, collaborate together and are often tourmates, so don't be surprised if you can't tell where one band stops and the next starts tonight. Adding to the dancepop vibes are the Police-ish sounds of Rush Midnight.
Revenge, Abazagorath, Krieg, Woe @ Saint Vitus
Canadian war metal band Revenge descends upon NYC for a two-night stand at Saint Vitus this weekend. Local black metallists Woe kick things off, and they are not to miss.
Flosstradamus, Been Trill, DJ Spinz @ Terminal 5
Flosstradamus have been putting on great dance parties for years, and now they're bigger than ever before, taking on a sold out show at NYC's huge Terminal 5.
Low Fat Getting High, Huntronik, Hundos, Haybaby @ The Grand Victory
Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High make fast 'n' catchy punk songs, and with almost no time between songs, their shows feel even faster. It's a total blur and a great time.
Anna von Hausswolff, Noveller @ Union Hall
Master of the church organ, AvH will bring her cathedral vibes -- and otherworldly voice -- to Union Hall tonight.
Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple, Frank Bango @ The Bell House
While both members of The dB's, Stamey and Holsapple tonight are playing their collaborative 1991 album, Mavericks (made while the dB's were broken up), in full.
Darlene Love @ BB King's
The "He's a Rebel" singer and '60s girl group icon delivers the hits tonight
Liquor Store, Hector's Pets, 1-800-Band, Citizen Blast Kane @ Union Pool
NJ garage rockers Liquor Store are about to head out on a tour of the US, but before they leave they play this local tour kickoff show tonight.
Math the Band, Stephen Brodsky, Chumped, Kerbivore @ The Gutter
This is a pretty diverse and all-around great happening at The Gutter tonight. Math the Band have played shows with Peelander-Z and Andrew WK which makes a lot of sense because they're also a "party-first-songs-second" kind of band. Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky is playing solo, Brooklyn's lyrical, scrappy pop punks Chumped are always worth catching, and Staten Island indie rockers Kerbivore are pretty solid too.
Painted Zeros, Turnip King, No One and the Somebodies, Hippy, Gingerlys @ Emet
This is a benefit for all-ages concert listings zine Showpaper, featuring a host of quality local bands.
The Saddest Landscape, My FIctions, Trophy Scars, Sleep Bellum Sonno @ Stevens Institute Of Technology
Tonight, Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology gets a killer post-hardcore show in their Jacobus Lounge with likeminded bands The Saddest Landscape and My Fictions who just released a collaborative split which hopefully means some collaborating tonight. Hometown art rockers Trophy Scars are on the bill too.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Portland's surfy Guantanamo Baywatch have a 7" due soon via Suicide Squeeze, a split with likeminded southern-fried rockers Natural Child. The single, appropriately titled Surf N' Turf, is out December 3 but you can stream GBW's "Love This Time" below (via SPIN).
The band are currently on tour, which hits NYC this weekend for three area shows: Saturday (11/2) at Cake Shop (line-up TBA), then SUNY Purchase on Sunday (11/3) with Pupppy and The Hiya Dunes, and then they'll hit Death by Audio on Tuesday (11/5) with Hector's Pets. Dirty Fences and A Rex & J Rex.
All Guantanamo Baywatch tour dates are listed, along with the song stream and single art, below...
by Doug Moore
Austin stoner rockers American Sharks are in two-steps-forward / one-step-back mode. The band was slated to open for Godflesh this coming Saturday, but as we've mentioned a couple of times over the past week, Godflesh have postponed their tour until April. (But government shutdown that purportedly led to the postponement is over now, so that's good, right?)
On the bright side for American Sharks, they're playing tonight's Cake Shop CMJ showcase with Joanna Gruesome, Weird Womb, Dirty Fences, Nancy, and Tweens. They're also playing at Union Pool on 10/22, presumably to make up for the canceled 10/19 Godflesh date. Dirty Fences and Nancy will also be on that bill, along with Hector's Pets. American Sharks are also hitting the road with Clutch and The Sword in November, and they've got a music video for "Overdrive" that pays pitch-perfect tribute to the cult classic Repo Man. I guess that's more like four steps forward and one step back.
Check out the "Overdrive" video and their upcoming dates with Clutch and the Sword below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, The Growlers are headlining the "Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars Tour" which hits NYC on October 5 at Bowery Ballroom with Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, and Together Pangea. The line-up has expanded since our first posting, and now also includes Brooklyn's Habibi, Portland scuzz-pop inhalers White Fang and LA's charming bedroom pop songwriter, Colleen Green. Tickets are still available.
Before that show, some of those bands -- Colleen Green and White Fang -- will play Death By Audio on October 2 with The Memories (who also play select Burgerama dates) and Hector's Pets also on the bill.
Speaking of the label and the venue, Burger is presenting a show at Death by Audio on October 18 with Fletcher C. Johnson, Tough Shits, Zig Zags, Habibi, Peach Kelli Pop and Dirty Fences. That's during CMJ but it's not an official show. It is, however, FREE.
All Burgerama and Colleen Green dates are listed, along with a Colleen Green video and White Fang stream, below.
DIIV @ Osheago 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Omar Souleyman @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
CT5 w/ DIIV, Mac DeMarco, Blouse, MINKS, Chris Cohen, Heavenly Beat @ The Well
Brooklyn label Captured Tracks celebrates its fifth birthday this weekend with a two-day celebration featuring mos of the bands on their roster. It's a pretty killer line-up tonight, too.
Summer Thunder w/ Daniel Higgs, Thurston Moore, Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool (FREE)
This weekend's edition on Summer Thunder has been put together by drummer Ryan Sawyer and he'll play as part of an improv trio featuring trumpet man Nate Wooley and some dude named Thurston Moore. Lungfish's Daniel Higgs is on the bill too, and while this show may not be the most listener-friendly music, a chance to see two indie rock icons for free in a small space is a chance you may not want to pass up. 2PM, 21+.
Cajmere, Liars, IO Echo, Lil Silva, Jon Hopkins, Sam Valenti IV @ MoMA PS1
Another strong lineup (as usual) at this week's Warm Up with sets from three excellent electronic musicians: Chicago house vet Cajmere, post-rock-meets-dance producer Jon Hopkins and poppy UK producer Lil Silva; two live bands: Liars and IO Echo; and a DJ set from Ghostly founder Sam Valenti IV.
Omar Souleyman, Bobb Trimble, 75 Dollar Bill, Steve Gunn @ Pioneer Works
Brooklyn's Issue Project Room is celebrating a decade of experimental, avant-garde and generally eclectic programming with a two-month festival called Ten Years on the Infinite Plain. It kicks off tonight at Red Hook's Pioneer Works with a show featuring -- in what is now extremely timely booking -- Syrian musical legend Omar Souleyman, plus performances by Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, 75 Dollar Bill, and Steve Gunn. Tickets are still available.
Electric Zoo @ Randall's Island
While Electric Zoo may be widely known for some cringeworthy electronic music, they've also got enough good stuff to warrant going. Today (day 2 of 3) we get sets from Moderat, A-Trak, AraabMuzik, Chris Malinchak, Just Blaze, RL Grime and more.
The Dwarves, The Queers @ Le Poisson Rouge
Obnoxious is an understatement, but they wouldn't have it any other way. Both The Dwarves AND The Queers will team up for a night of snotty punk rock at Le Poisson Rouge. Expect stage dives, childish humor, and lots of fun.
Wrekmeister Harmonies, Spreaders, I Say Fuck @ End Records Omega Warehouse
Yes, the Wrekmeister Harmonies "Big Band" is back for a second round, this time a FREE show at The End Records Omega Warehouse. The show is FREE, BYOB and lets get nuts.
Modeselektor (DJ set), Rudimental (DJ set), Delta Heavy @ Best Buy Theater (Electric Zoo Afterparty)
One of the better Electric Zoo afterparties happens tonight with DJ sets from IDM wizards (and Thom Yorke collaborators) Modeselektor and pop/house/drum & bass crossover band Rudimental.
Shigeto, Beacon, Heathered Pearls @ Bowery Ballroom
Speaking of Ghostly, it's all Ghostly bill at Bowery Ballroom tonight with sets from electronic (or electronic-leaning) musicians Shigeto, Beacon, and Heathered Pearls. Not exactly the type to get you dancing, but you should be able to viiiiiibe.
Jon Hopkins, Paul Raffaele, Justin Strauss @ Cameo Gallery
After Jon Hopkins blesses the Warm Up crowd with an appearance, he'll head to Williamsburg for a midnight show at Cameo. With two openers on this bill, be prepared to stay out late.
Rhett Miller @ City Winery
The Old '97s frontman is back in NYC for a relatively intimate performance sure to please both audiophiles and oenophiles alike.
Martial Canterel @ 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro)
Martial Canterel, Figure Study, FORMA, Hot Guts @ Cameo Gallery
Xeno & Oaklander's Sean McBride headlines under his Martial Canterel guise for a night of minimal synth, darkwave and general gothiness.
Grooms, The Flag, Slavve @ Death By Audio
Grooms' new album, Infinity Caller, may well be their best yet, with big hooks duking it out with their signature guitar noise. Tonight's the record release party.
Friends, Greatest Hits, Haribo and Test Icicles (DJ set) @ Glasslands
Now down to a trio, Friends soldier on. The most interesting thing about this show may be who's spinning tunes in between sets: Dev and Sam from mid-'00s arch artrockers Test Icicles.
L-Vis 1990, Lil Silva, Slava, Peter Fonda @ Glasslands
Another post-Warm Up option: Lil Silva brings the party to Williamsburg as well. He'll be filling Glasslands with a late-night party that has an all around great lineup joining him.
Main Attrakionz, Cashclick, Shyst, M.U.V.I. @ Knitting Factory
It's been a while since NYC rap duo Main Attrakionz played a hometown show, but if you've been itching to see them, tonight's your chance.
Pictureplane, House of Ladosha, Lil Internet @ Paper Box
If Warm Up (and its related afterparties) and Electric Zoo (and its official afterparties) aren't enough dance options in one day for you, local party starter Pictureplane is giving you one more. He'll be at Paper Box in Brooklyn, and House of Ladosha are no bores on stage either.
Poison Idea @ Cake Shop & Saint Vitus
Poison Idea without the legendary guitarist Pig Champion is a bit iffy... Regardless, the Northwest punk legends have some immortal songs, and you can catch them twice today including a matinee at Saint Vitus.
Black Witchery, Teloch Vovin, vadimVon @ Saint Vitus
War machine Black Witchery will attack Saint Vitus on Saturday night, shrouding Manhattan Avenue in darkness and turning all of Greenpoint into the land of sodom. OK, maybe that was heavy-handed, but it will rule regardless.
Young Adults, Pile, Big Ups, Weird Womb, Flagland @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Every band at this sure-to-be-loud rock show is worth seeing. Two of MA's more promising noisemakers, Young Adults and Pile, are coming over to NYC for the night. Meanwhile, all three locals are regulars on the scene, and always good ones to catch.
Yacht @ The Surf Lodge
YACHT are reliably a good time live and they've got the catchy tunes to back their live show. "Psychic City" and "Dystopia" always make for some good sing/dance-alongs. Doesn't hurt that this is free and outside in an idylic setting. If you're in the Hamptons, of course.
Novelization! w/ Chris Gethard, Eliot Glazer, Kelly Crisp, Liam McEneaney, Marlow Riley, Heidi Vanderlee @ Union Hall
They don't do it so much anymore, but most movies used to get the quickie novelization treatment. The folks listed above will be reading from novelizations of such works as Home Alone 2. The Goonies, When Harry Met Sally, Crossroads, and so much more.
Wild Yaks, Hector's Pets, Toaster, Blackout, Zula, Kids Row @ Rippers
Your chances to see bands playing at Rockaway's Rippers are dwindling. Take advantage while you can.
Tombs @ Stanhope House (NJ)
Brooklyn's Tombs are looking a lot less Brooklyn-y these days, with three of the four members now living outside of the tri-state area, which means "local" shows are fewer and farther between. Head out to Stanhope, NJ to catch the band with the great Pyrrhon in tow.
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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The SummerScreen 2013 film lineup was announced back in April, and today the music portion of the summer series was announced. Like every year, each Wednesday a movie is screened in McCarren Park following a performance by a local artist. And the whole thing is totally free.
The SummerScreen people write, "In case of rain, bands will be relocated to a nearby venue (usually 285 Kent Ave) with the same 6pm-sundown set times. We'll announce whether or not shows will be moved by 3pm on rainy days at toddpnyc.com."
This year's series begins on July 10 with a screening of Can't Hardly Wait and a performance by Jeffrey Lewis. Head below to browse the rest of the lineup...
Skullshitter at The Acheron, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Bushwick punk/metal venue The Acheron will host a FREE day show on Saturday (6/29), featuring BBQ and appearances from Hectors Pets, Blackout, Skullshitter, Zoned Out and Cold Ones.
In related news, a pair of great Brooklyn metal bands, the Bolt-Thrower-leaning Trenchgrinder and the deathgrind of Skullshitter, will team up for a split 7" due this summer. More details are on the way, but look for it via the bands and Desgraca Records.
BBQ Flyer and a couple videos are below.
photos by David Andrako
Mikal Cronin / Shannon & the Clams @ Silver Dollar Room 6/14/2013
But the afternoon, and perhaps NXNE as a whole belonged to recent Merge Records signing Mikal Cronin. This was his third of four shows at the fest and while he appeared rushed due to time constraints, Cronin sounded exactly as you'd hope he would: poppy but scrappy, daring but focused and completely engaging.After spending Thursday night (6/13) of Toronto fest NXNE seeing Nu Sensae, Merchandise, and more and then on Friday hitting The National in Yonge-Dundas Square and the M for Montreal showcase at Sneaky Dee's on Friday (6/14), we spent our Saturday (6/15) of NXNE at the Silver Dollar Room to catch Mikal Cronin whose new record on Merge, MCII, is one of the best guitar pop albums of the year. Also on the bill were tourmates Shannon & the Clams whose new album on Hardly Art is album pretty fun. The show was great and as you can see from the pictures in this post, a pretty wild time. Toronto's Chico No Face were on the bill too.
Later that evening, the Silver Dollar Room swelled in anticipation of Shannon and the Clams, the Oakland act that's often difficult to label, but impossible not to enjoy wholeheartedly. Shannon Shaw displayed effortless grace and a somewhat seductive snarl throughout their buoyant set, which eventually had the floor of the Silver Dollar Room shaking in total agreement with their pungent garage pop ditties. Shannon and the Clams have been garnering acclaim for their recent Hardly Art full-length Dreams in the Rat House, and they're very well deserved. - [Popmatters]
Unfortunately, this show is going to be one the final shows at the Silver Dollar Room, because the venue will soon be demolished to build more student buildings in Toronto.
Mikal Cronin and Shannon & the Clams' tour hits NYC later this week for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (6/20) with Roomrunner (who also have a show with Speedy Ortiz and California X soon).
Shannon & the Clams, meanhile, have another show while here, playing Death by Audio on Wednesday (6/19) with Hector's Pets, Las Rosas, and The Foxx. $10 at the door. Mikal will be back next month MoMA Nights on July 18.
Updated Shannon & the Clams dates are listed, along with pictures from NXNE, below...
King Tuff at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
As mentioned, garage rocker King Tuff is reissuing his long-out-of-print 2008 debut, Was Dead, this year and that reissue just came out this week (5/28). It was awarded a "best new reissue" on Pitchfork. If you haven't heard it, you can stream the album in its entirety below.
King Tuff is playing a previously discussed one-off release show for the reissue in NYC this Sunday (6/2) at Bowery Ballroom. No openers for that show were announced when we first mentioned it, but since then Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach were added. Sunday's show is one of two currently scheduled local shows for Nude Beach before they head out on tour. The other is on June 16 at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave) with Vacation and others, and when they return home from tour they play Knitting Factory (7/5) with Prince Rupert's Drops (tickets).
The Bowery Ballroom show this Sunday is also with Hector's Pets. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair.
Updated Nude Beach dates are listed, along with details on that ticket contest, the show flyer, and the King Tuff LP stream, below...
Fullerton, CA record store/label Burger Records is looking to overthrow the powers that be on Friday (3/8) with Burger Revolution, a series of sponsored shows all over the globe. (Though mostly North America and Europe.) Here in New York City, Burger Revolution is going down at Death by Audio with Pop Zeus, Hector's Pets (who just played with Vietnam), A Rex & J Rex, and La Rosas. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Meanwhile, if you're going to Austin for SXSW, Burger is throwing a killer free show on March 13 at Trailer Space Records with Natural Child, Audacity, Shannon & the Clams, Gap Dream and tons more. After SXSW, Burger's throwing the two-day Burgerama at the Observatory in Santa Anna, CA (March 22 + 23) with a Who's Who line-up of garage/lo-fi favorites.
A full list of Burger Revolution events are below.
photos by Devan Council
Vietnam @ Mercury Lounge, 2/28/2013
As mentioned, Vietnam have returned after a five-year abscence, releasing an A.merican D.ream, last week via Mexican Summer. The band played a record release show on Thursday (2/28) with Hector's Pets and TV Baby also on the bill. (There was an afterparty down the street at the soon-to-close Motor City where Jonathan Toubin DJ'd obscure punk.) More pics from that night are in this post.
Michael Gerner and the rest of his band are heading to SXSW next week and will stay on the road for much of the spring. Vietnam has added a homecoming show in Brooklyn at Glasslands on May 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now and updated tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn band Vietnam were a fixture of the '00s local scene but went quiet a few years ago to the point where some may have wondered if they still existed. Main man Michael Gerner reactivated the name last year as a six-piece, and has put the finishing touches on a new Vietnam album, an A.merican D.ream, which is out February 26 via Mexican Summer. You can check out cover art and "Kitchen Kongas" from the album below.
The six-strong Vietnam will play a record release party in NYC at Mercury Lounge on February 28 with TV Baby and Hectors Pets. Tickets are on sale now. Shortly after that the band will head out on tour, including the inevitable stop in Austin for SXSW (which just announced the film lineup) and they play Austin Psych Fest too. All tour dates are listed below.