Entries tagged with: Ital
by Andrew Sacher
The best-of 2014 albums lists continue with FACT, who always put out an interesting list and this year is no exception. You've got a few of the year-end list regulars like FKA twigs, Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink, Grouper, YG, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib and Shabazz Palaces, but also a handful of obscurer rap, electronic and experimental choices. FACT's list is always a good one to find something you missed during the year that you end up falling in love with, so check it out. Also, it's the first list we've seen where Sun Kil Moon beats The War On Drugs! (who actually aren't on here at all).
Sustain-Release is a new electronic festival coming to the Catskills this year from September 12-14 at Camp Lokta, a summer camp in Wurtsboro, NY. The lineup includes forward-thinking and experimental artists such as Blondes, Ital, Huerco S, Protect-U, Forma, Aurora Halal, Rrose, Person of Interest, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic, Clay Wilson, Xosar, MGUN, Antenes and more. Tickets ("limited to 500... strictly 4 the freaks") are on sale.
Full lineup below...
photos by Bart Babinski, words by Greg Cristman
After not presenting an Unsound Festival in the USA for 2013, the event came back with some great shows recently in NYC. The Saturday night (4/5) performance was the debut show at The Wick, a 700 capacity room that is housed in the old Hittleman Brewing building on Meserole St in Bushwick (which also houses sister venue The Well). The Wick feels and looks like a mini version of the Knockdown Center in Maspeth where Red Bull Music Academy hosts events and M.I.A. is playing this Friday.
With a complete surround sound system set up special for this event by promoters the Bunker, the music sounded thick and warm in the rustic, brick walled space with a thirty foot high wood ceiling that almost looked like the top of an old barn. The rawness of it was great, though some of that is still getting touched up. They will preserve the original brick, pipes, beams and other details.
When walking around the venue, the sound would shift in very slight and subtle ways. It made me recall my frequent visits to La Monte Young's excellent Dream House installation in Tribeca in the 90's. The artists all performed from a high platform that restricted your ability to actually spy on any of the gear they were using, and they played mostly in total darkness only being lit by the large projections behind them.
Starting off this particular evening in the venue, which has since hosted the New York's Alright fest, Slint and a Cam'ron show last night, was the New York debut of Norwegian Le Petit Garcon whose guitar and sound manipulations had a spacey, psychedelic feel incorporated into his isolated, ambient take on techno. The room was still fairly sparse attendance wise and the few people there mostly sat and watched the visuals or simply stood with their eyes closed and floated along with the music.
The incredible Vladislav Delay was scheduled to be on the bill, but unfortunately he had to cancel his entire US tour. Acclaimed New York based electronic, drone and experimental producer Robert A.A. Lowe, of Lichens and Om fame, very ably filled the empty slot. Robert's set consisted primarily of his beautiful, almost angelic voice, being processed and manipulated into a warm, ambient drift. Leisure Muffin, who just released his first ever 12-inch single on The Bunker's new record label, joined Robert at the end of his set and then continued on his own, taking the music in a totally different direction. His modular-synth-inflected take on Kosmische music added spongy, bouncing and dubby techno elements to his pounding beats that had the now very full venue actively dancing along.
Brooklyn based, fractured house performer Ital (known for a couple acclaimed albums on Planet Mu) was joined by Aurora Halal for their worldwide live debut performance as Ital & Halal. They delivered a set of highly danceable techno that clearly put the dancing fans into overdrive.
Certainly the evening's key draw was the return to U.S. shores of the amazing German dub-techno duo Porter Ricks. It's possible that the last time they played in NY was at the Mille Plateaux 10th anniversary party at The Anchorage (inside the base of the Brooklyn Bridge) on June 28, 2001. Porter Ricks is comprised of multimedia artist Thomas Köner and sound engineer Andy Mellwig and they came out of live gig retirement to perform at the Unsound Festival in Krakow last October. Their debut album Biokinetics from 1996, is, for myself and any many others, one of the best dub techno recordings ever made. It was released on the extremely influential Chain Reaction label and featured pulsating, fractally arranged productions that continually morphed in a sound that many have described as aquatic. This essential recording was re-released in 2012 on the Type label. Their set delivered some classic old tracks along with some new music and it was as magnificent and mesmerizing as you would expect from this extremely talented duo.
Miles, who hails from Manchester England and is one half of Demdike Stare, is equally known for his solo output and unique DJ sets. He closed out the evening. As one of the key figures of the cult label Modern Loves, his sound has always been somewhat rooted in the Basic Channel style so it was a good fit for him to follow Porter Ricks. His set incorporated many elements of Basic Channel as well as techno, ambient and industrial.
Overall it was a very long but wonderful evening that ended around 6AM. This is a great new venue and I'm looking forward to seeing more shows there in the near future. Upcoming shows at the venue included Marnie Stern (TONIGHT - 5/8), Liars (5/9), The Men & Obits (5/10), Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi) (5/21), and another edition of the Bunker with a live set by Shackleton (5/30).
We also just posted pictures of New York's Alright at The Wick. More pictures from the Unsound Fest below...
Carcass @ Gramercy Theatre, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
EMA @ Suny Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyanne Petry)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem @ Best Buy Theater
Fellow veteran death metal bands Carcass and Gorguts reignited their careers with new albums last year that were not only better than most people expect from reunion albums, but just two of the best metal albums of the year in general. It was a treat seeing both bands on the road last year too, and tonight should be even more of a treat seeing them together. The rest of the lineup's not too shabby either.
EMA, Chez Deep @ Union Pool
EMA's new album, The Future's Void, is not only a worthy followup to her excellent 2011 debut, but possibly an even stronger album. It goes through industrial, '90s alternative, sad singer/songwriter and more across its very diverse 10 songs. Her tour with Downtown Boys hits NYC at a couple larger venues later in the year, but tonight catch her release show at the intimate Union Pool.
Kevin Barnes, Fancy Colors @ LPR
Of Montreal start their tour in about a month and tonight frontman Kevin Barnes plays solo tonight.
NGUZUNGUZU, Slava, DJ Clent, Ian Isiah @ Baby's All Right
NGUZUNGUZU and Slava bring their outsider electronics to Baby's tonight, and Ian Isiah's auto-tuned R&B should fit right in.
Murphy's Law, Agitator, Goosebumps, Nuclear Santa Claust, Mayor Creep @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight might get a bit rowdy with a lineup of of punk, headlined by hardcore vets Murphy's Law.
Immortal Technique, Brother Ali @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fellow "conscious" rappers Immortal Technique and Brother Ali bring the tour they're on together to Brooklyn Bowl for their second of two NYC shows this week.
Mount Sharp, Journalism, 178 Improvisation Product, Heidemann @ Cake Shop
Les Savvy Fans take note: 178 Improvisation Product features LSF frontman Tim Harrington, plus members of post-punk outfit Liquid Liquid. Should be interesting.
Actress, Dutch E Germ, HUERCO S. @ Cameo Gallery
UK IDM wizard Actress returns to NYC tonight, and joining him is excellent local support from ex-Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ and Software-signed minimalist Huerco S.
Cities Aviv @ Knitting Factory
Inventive rapper Cities Aviv released his latest album, Come to Life, which continues to keep him out of pigeonholes. Tonight's show is part of the Knit's "Free Fridays" series. Doors at midnight and no cost to you, the music listener.
Golden Pelicans, Liquor Store, Foster Care @ Death by Audio
This show got canceled. Find something else to do!
James Vincent McMorrow, Aidan Knight @ Bowery Ballroom
James Vincent McMorrow isn't the most original songwriter (Bon Iver and James Blake seem like obvious influences), but he can write some pretty gorgeous music. Tonight's his last of his three sold-out NYC shows.
Banquets, Placeholder, What Moon Things, Vasudeva, Living Room @ Suburbia
There's some good Northeast US punk and indie rock on this bill, and if you're going we especially think you shouldn't miss Lancaster, PA's Placeholder, whose blend of '90s indie, melodic punk and post-hardcore is heavier and rowdier live than it is on record.
Lau, Gramercy Arms @ Mercury Lounge
Edinburgh folk trio Lau who have been named "Best Group" at BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards on four occasions and don't play such small places in the UK.
Wheat, Chris Mills and The Distant Stars, My Teenage Stride @ Union Hall
Boston's Wheat have been making dreamy, autumnal music since the late-'90s. It's been five years since their last record, White Ink Black Ink, maybe we'll find out what's next tonight.
JTC, ITAL, Earthen Sea (ex Black Eyes), Aurora Halal @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn electronic regulars Ital and Aurora Halal recently played Unsound Fest together supporting their upcoming collaborative EP. Tonight they share a bill again, and also on this show is Earthen Sea, the project of Jacob Long, who (like Ital) used to be in Dischord art punks Black Eyes.
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Ital (aka Daniel Martin-McCormick of Black Eyes, Mi Ami, Sex Worker) and visual artist Aurora Halal, both regulars in the "Brooklyn Electronic Underground," have teamed up to record a collaborative EP, The Day After, which comes out on April 28 via Ital's Lovers Rock label. Two trippy tracks from the EP have been released, including the 7+ minute "Phase 2" and the 8+ minute "Ascension," which you can stream, along with the tracklist, below.
Ital & Halal will also perform live together during NYC's Unsound Festival. Their show happens this Saturday (4/5) at The Wick with veteran duo Porter Ricks, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka drone musician Lichens), Miles (the solo project of Miles Whittaker, who is one half of Demdike Stare who also play Unsound on Friday), Leisure Muffin and Le Petit Garcon. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Flyer below.
Ital also has some of his own dates coming up in NYC too, including an opening slot on Rone's Glasslands show tonight (4/3) (tickets), and another opening for Clark at Glasslands on 5/2 with Octo Octa (tickets).
Song stream, tracklist and show flyer, below...
It comes as certain ideas from techno's fertile, experimental, mid-1990s period are being picked up by a range of underground musicians. Many of these ideas have permeated so deeply into the culture that it's hard to remember a time without them, but we wouldn't have Burial, to name just one of the duo's distant descendants, without Porter Ricks' seafloor crackle and mottled-granite color scale.The above quote is from Pitchfork's 8.5 Best New Reissue review of the 2012 reissue of Porter Ricks' 1996 debut, Biokinetics. The duo remained mostly inactive since their mid-late '90s period, but played a few shows recently and will play at least two more this year. At the moment, they're scheduled for the second annual Denovali Swingfest in London (with The Haxan Cloak, Thomas Koner and more), and they'll also come to NYC this week for Unsound Festival.
Porter Ricks were the duo of Thomas Köner, a sound artist and ambient composer, and Andy Mellwig, a techno producer who also recorded as Continuous Mode and, with former Monolake member and future Ableton founder Gerhard Behles, as Async Sense. Released in 1996, Biokinetics was Porter Ricks' debut album, gathering tracks from three vinyl EPs released that year along with three songs exclusive to the album. It had been years since I last listened to it, and the Type reissue surprised me first by reminding me how diverse the album is. "Chain Reaction" has long since become shorthand for a certain fusion of buoyant dub, hazy ambience, and coiled techno, but on Biokinetics, none of these has quite settled into place; it's a dynamic, unpredictable mixture of pulse and hiss.
Their show at Unsound happens on Saturday (4/5) at The Wick with a great lineup that includes Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka drone musician Lichens), Miles (the solo project of Miles Whittaker, who is one half of Demdike Stare who also play Unsound on Friday), Leisure Muffin, the duo of Ital & Aurora Halal, and Le Petit Garcon. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available.
You can stream Biokinetics in its entirety, along with the flyer for Saturday's show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DC producer Lindsay Lowend, a member of Kastle's Symbols label, was one of the many electronic artists announced for Lollapalooza this week. Whether or not you had plans to attend that festival though, you can catch him in NYC TONIGHT (3/28) at new-ish club Slake (251 W 31 St, formerly Rebel). Joining him at that show is UK house/garage/pop producer Shift K3Y and Cameron Kush. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Lindsay Lowend recently released the Wind Fish EP and remixed Anamanguchi's "Prom Night." Stream those, with Shift K3Y's recent track "Touch," below.
Speaking of UK house/garage/pop, London duo Gorgon City operate in that realm as well. They're planning on releasing their debut album on Virgin / EMI this year, but ahead of that they put out the single "Ready For Your Love" with vocals from Duke Dumont/Rudimental collaborator MNEK. You can check out the video for that below. (You also may remember they produced a recent Klaxons single.) They hit NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (3/29) with Kidnap Kid and Jonas Rathsman. Tickets are available.
Rhode Island IDM wizard The Range is also at Glasslands on Saturday.
Other dance stuff is coming up in NYC later in the year too. Detroit house producer Omar-S, still playing shows behind last year's impressive Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself, returns to NYC to hit Glasslands on April 19 with Jay Simon and Steve Summers. Tickets are on sale.
UK IDM master James Holden, still going strong off last year's excellent The Inheritors, plays a Bunker party at Output on April 26 with Bryan Kasenic, Timothy J Fairplay and Mike Servito. Tix available.
Another UK producer Clark brings his new Phosphor live show to NYC on May 2 at Glasslands with great local support from Octo Octa and Ital. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Check out the Phosphor trailer below and stay tuned for more dates.
London's Mighty Mouse, who we last spoke about when his duo with Van She's Matt Van Schie Du Tonc made their NYC debut, plays a solo set at Slake on May 3 with Lane 8 and Alex English. Tickets are on sale.
Dutch dubstepper Martyn returns to NYC on April 3 at Output for the venue's weekly INPUT party with Leon Vynehall and Matrixxman. Tickets, including access to Bloody Mary and Carlos Alkalina in the venue's Panther Room, are available.
UK duo Psychemagik and NYC/Paris musician Joakim will team up for a FIXED party at Le Poisson Rouge on May 15 which doubles as Joakim's Tropics of Love album release party. FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P are on the bill, and tickets are on sale now.
Less than two weeks later, FIXED throws another party at Cameo on 5/23 with Benoit & Sergio and JDH. You can get tix for that as well.
Previously announced dance options in NYC include The Orb w/ Blondes, Actress, Tycho, Shlohmo, Cajmere, Kastle, Jacques Greene, Duke Dumont, Rone, Odesza, Flume, RL Grime, Hudson Mohawke at Webster Hall (5/28) as part of Red Bull Music Academy (tickets), and more.
Of course those are just a few of the upcoming dance options in NYC. What else?
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.
The Polish-based experimental/electronic Unsound Festival took 2013 off in NYC (it did happen in other countries though), but it will return for another installment this year from April 2 - 6 at various venues, including Cameo Gallery, Issue Project Room, BAMcinematek, The Wick, Lincoln Center, and others. Artists playing include Demdike Stare, Huerco S, DeepChord, Inga Copeland, Ital & Halal, Ben Vida, Vladislav Delay and others.
Ticket info TBA, but you can check out the full schedule below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
Autre Ne Veut / Laurel Halo @ 285 Kent, 1/11/2014
The final four shows at much-loved Williamsburg DIY venue 285 Kent kicked off this past Saturday (1/11) with the most electronic-centric lineup, and while many are already mourning the loss of one of the most carefully-curated venues in recent years, the evening had an air of celebration, as it seemed like everyone who had ever played or experienced a show in that cavernous room had come to pay tribute.
Local producer and L.I.E.S.-affiliate Bookworms (real name Nik Dawson) kicked things off, as he unassumingly stood behind a folding table and coaxed stilted techno rhythms from a small selection of hardware as the crowd filled in. Alternating between pre-programmed beats on an MPC and triggering samples from the ubiquitous Roland SP-404 sampler, Dawson's set was the definition of quiet confidence, as he took long swigs of beer as Todd P bounced around the stage, fixing lights and putting final touches in place.
Setting up on the floor in front of the stage, Ital quickly boosted the energy in the room. Also utilizing an all hardware setup, Daniel Martin-McCormick mixed harsh, blunt drum sounds with warped soundscapes and muted bass lines but seemed to be struggling to control his machines. He attempted to restart his sequencer several times before admitting "this shit is breaking," though the crowd didn't seem to mind.
Next up was Autre Ne Veut, whose warped take on R&B was a bit of an outlier on this heavily rhythm-focused bill, but that didn't stop singer Arthur Ashin from going for broke. It certainly helped that his full backing band featured a veritable who's who of Brooklyn musicians, including members of Bear in Heaven, Zambri, and Noel Heroux from Hooray for Earth -- the latter of whom is proving to be one of the city's most resourceful and creative guitarists. Heroux carried much of the melodic weight of Ashin's dense songs, coaxing a plethora of warped riffs from his customized six string. The vocals were at times a bit ragged but the devotion Ashin demonstrated -- at one point climbing atop a stack of speakers and raising his arms to either side -- was indisputable.
The evening's secret guest, recent Warp-signee Patten (who had played 2 other NYC shows that week), quickly shifted the night's mood, melding futuristic, drum & bass-referencing tracks with heavily effected vocals and guitar that combined into dense polyrhythmic puzzles. His sync'ed visuals deepened the trance and thankfully, the following set from Laurel Halo's set didn't deviate too much from the hypnotic vibe Patten had created. Halo mostly stuck to dark techno workouts with slow builds, smartly opting to leave out her more ambient and vocal-centric songs.
I unfortunately missed most of closer Maxmillion Dunbar, but the night felt less like a departure and more like a rallying cry for the community. 285 Kent might be closing, but if the venue's storied three-year run has proven anything, it's that Brooklyn is still hungry for challenging, unique music and that fans will undoubtedly follow bookers Ric Leichtung and Todd P to a new home.
285 Kent's final countdown happens this weekend weekend with three nights/killer bills headlined by Dan Deacon (1/17), Wolf Eyes (1/18) and Fucked Up (1/19). Dan Deacon's is sold out, but tickets to the Wolf Eyes show are still available, and a few tickets for Fucked Up will be available at the door on Sunday night.
More pictures from Saturday night's show below...
As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.
Full lineups for each show below...
Built to Spill at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
James Blake, Nosaj Thing @ Terminal 5
Mercury Prize winner James Blake returns to NYC for his second two-night run at Terminal 5 of 2013 tonight. If you haven't seen him yet, don't let his downtempo sounds fool you into thinking it'll be a boring show; even in a live setting James has been anything but. Nosaj Thing opens and is worth catching too. This is night 2.
Deer Tick, Robert Ellis @ Webster Hall
Twangy bar rockers Deer Tick always bring a beers-raised good time, and with their fifth album Negativity out now, they've got plenty of material to choose from (and they're not too shy to throw in a few covers either).
Skream, MK, Oneman, Curses, Route 94 @ Output (BEMF pre-party)
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival starts tomorrow, but tonight there's a pre-show at Output (which doubles as their weekly INPUT party) headlined by dubstep pioneer Skream. The openers aren't too shabby either, especially including Detroit house vet MK.
Fat History Month, Celestial Shore, Krill, Palehound @ Death by Audio
This is a great all-around bill for indie rock fans with the fuzz-folky Fat History Month, mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore, eccentric rockers Krill, and noisy singer/songwriter Palehound.
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Anasazi, Koward @ 538 Johnson
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads combine organ-filled garage rock with furious, classic-style hardcore punk, and it makes for some super-fun live shows. NYC's intense, gothy post-punks Anasazi are not to miss either, and for Boston hardcore band Koward, this is their first NYC show in two years.
B-52s @ Brooklyn Bowl
These new wave survivors remain basically a party in a can, and they'll be popping the top tonight.
John Hodgman @ Union Hall
Erudite funnyman John Hodgman has one of his "Secret Society" shows tonight. Clearly the secret is out -- it's sold out.
Built To Spill, Slam Dunk, The Warm Hair @ Irving Plaza
Buit to Spill are kings of jammy music for people who don't like jammy music, courtesy three of the '90s greatest indie rock albums.
Born Ruffians, Twin Peaks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Canadians rock outfit Born Ruffians are currently touring in support of new album Birthmarks. If you're going tonight, do get there early to see Chicago's punky/catchy Twin Peaks.
Federico Aubele, Leif Vollebekk @ Littlefield
Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele blends dub, ambient, tango and other genres into a sound all his own; Canadian Leif Vellebekk falls a little more into traditional singer-songerwriter territory.
Lazy, The Hairs, Lame Drivers @ Cake Shop
Kansas City group Lazy do not sound like their name, making speed-fueled, melodic punk that might've fit in the early-'80s LA scene. They're playing with punkish locals Lame Drivers and The Hairs.
Slava, Phedre, Rioux, Rimar @ 285 Kent
This installment of the multi-sensory electronic music party Connect includes schizophrenic producer Slava, experimental indie duo Phedre (mems. Doldrums and Hooded Fang), psychedelic dance producer Rioux, and funky chillwaver Rimar.
Rudimental @ Bowery Ballroom
UK dance four-piece Rudimental are bringing their pop-house party to NYC for two sold-out nights this week. Tonight is the second.
Ital, Shumi, Nooka Jones @ Bossa Nova Civic Club
Ital has his roots in abrasive punk bands, and though that may not come across in the electronic music of his current project, it does when he delivers on stage and never settles for being a standstill knob-turner.
Tod Seelie's 'Bright Nights' book party w/ Japanther, The So So Glos, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ken South Rock, Amour Obscur @ Silent Barn
This is a party for Tod Seelie's new book Bright Nights, which documents 14 years of photographing the undersides of New York City life, with a bunch of local rock bands, which should make for a pretty good time.
Heliotropes, Flown, Black Lagoon, Beech Creeps @ Acheron
Fuzzy NYC rockers Heliotropes got their debut album out earlier this year, and continue to do a ton of local shows. Tonight they're at Brooklyn punk club Acheron.
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King Khan & the Shrines @ House of Vans (more by Courtney Dudley)
Inter Arma at Hopscotch Fest 2013 (more by Karen A. Mann)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Broken Circle Breakdown screening @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Start off your night with a free screening on this acclaimed Belgian drama, a romance set against tattoo parlors and bluegrass bands. It officially opens on Friday but BrooklynVegan is presenting this FREE screening tonight. No RSVP necessary. 7 PM, First come, first served. Trailer for the film is below.
King Khan & The Shrines, Hell Shovel @ Webster Hall
Garage soul party starters King Kahn & the Shrines kicked back into action this year with Idle No More, their first album for Merge. KK shows are always wild but add in Devil's Night to the mix, and who knows what sort of craziness we'll get. Tickets are still available.
Black Tusk, Inter Arma, Descender, No Way @ Saint Vitus
The punky sludge metal of Black Tusk and the psychedelic black metal of Inter Arma make for an excellent heavy double bill. And where better to see it than the black-walled Saint Vitus?
Grand Resort (as New Order), Dead Stars (as Nirvana), Butter The Children (as the Pixies), Le Rug (as At The Drive In), Turnip King (as The Velvet Underground), Honduras (as Green Day) @ 285 Kent Avenue
Halloween is just around the corner (tomorrow!) and these local indie bands are getting in the spirit tonight by "dressing up as" (aka covering) older bands.
Cypress Hill, Redman, Smoke DZA @ Best Buy Theater
Another Halloween regular: Cypress Hill return to Best Buy Theater tonight. The hip hop group will be joined by fellow veteran Redman, and a much newer rapper, Smoke DZA.
Tera Melos, Fang Island, Zorch @ Bowery Ballroom
Do you like guitars? Do you like them fast, noodly, and all over the place, but still catchy? Then you'll love this bill of all Sargent House bands, who will provide a triple attack of fun, fists-raised shred.
Ital, Huerco S., Creep (DJ set), The Range, Aurora Halal @ Cameo Gallery
This bill is not to miss for fans of IDM. Ital is always a great time, Huerco S' brand of minimalism is fantastic, and The Range was one of the hotter names in electronic music at this year's CMJ.
RL Grime, DJ Wonder @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
For a very different type of electronic music, and one to likely have the crowd going a bit wilder than tonight's Cameo show, the exciting, upcoming trap producer RL Grime headlines this sold-out show at MHOW tonight.
Pop. 1280, Oozing Wound, The Dreebs, Sediment Club @ Death By Audio
This is a good bill for fans of dark, guitar-oriented music with the gothy Pop. 1280, the trashy Oozing Wound, the shoegazy Dreebs, and the no-wavey Sediment Club.
The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Youthquake, No Bra @ The Bowery Electric
For those who like their Devil's Night fun on weird side, there's probably no better show than this, with the theatrical Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, gothy Youthquake, and the literally topless postpunk performance art of No Bra.
Vulture Shit, Flagland, Pocket Pool, Washer @ Trash Bar
Another of many chances to catch promising Brooklyn punk bands Vulture Shit and Flagland.
Keep Shelly In Athens, Alexander Howard @ The Mercury Lounge
Night two in NYC for dreamy Greek electronic pop band Keep Shelly in Athens.
Chance The Rapper, DJ Rashad & Spinn @ SOB's
Chance the Rapper has had a pretty successful career thanks to his catchy Acid Rap mixtape, and this week he returns to NYC for two sold out shows at SOB's. This is night two and he's doing two shows (early and late). Also don't miss footwork wizard DJ Rashad.
Young Braised, Jay Arner @ Coco66
It's a double dose of Vancouver, with trippy hip hop artist Young Braised and Jay Arner who leans towards Wild Nothing style dream pop.
Nothing Changes w/ You, Ell V Gore @ Home Sweet Home
For some, every Wednesday is Halloween. Get down with darkwave, minimal synth, industrial, EBM, and straight-up goth at this weekly, fog-machine-filled party. Performing live are synthy You and Toronto's twisted Ell V Gore. Believer/Law were supposed to be on this show but they dropped off.
How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner @ The Bell House
Julie Klausner is taping her popular podcast live tonight with a pretty stellar line-up of guests: , Ted Leo, A.C. Newman, Jean Grae, and Laura Benanti. Sold out.
Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features Ben Kronberg, Eliza Skinner, Alice Wetterlund, Bob Powers, and Noah Garfinkel.
It's Devil's Night. Watch out for mischief!
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by Andrew Sacher
On Thursday (10/17), Cascine and Driftless Recordings are doing a showcase at Cameo which includes Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finnish duo Shine 2009 (stream their new album below), Ejecta (aka the new collaboration of Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber -- stream some tracks below), Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning), North Americans, and DJ sets from Korallreven and Bruce Smear. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
That same day, Gorilla vs Bear and Yours Truly are doing an unofficial CMJ party at Glasslands with Joey Bada$$ affiliate Lee Bannon (who just signed to Ninja Tune, will release a new album, Alternative / Endings, on 12/9 via the label, and just released the free Place/Crusher EP that you can stream below), Rhode Island IDM producer The Range (who just released a new LP, Nonfiction, which you can stream below), Cyril Hahn collaborator Shy Girls (who has other dates listed below), Tokyo's Sapphire Slows (whose Allegoria LP comes out on 11/5 via Not Not Fun -- stream a track below), Brooklyn's Tei Shi, Ejecta, and a DJ set from Saint Pepsi. This show is free, and though you do need to RSVP, it doesn't guarantee entry.
Also on Thursday is the AM Only CMJ showcase at Output with Oliver, Treasure Fingers, Just Blaze, Codes and Nick Catchdubs. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
At the same venue on Friday (10/18), Ghostly International hosts an unofficial CMJ party with Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, and Contakt. Tickets are available here and here.
As discussed, psychedelic UK duo Fuck Buttons play LPR on Friday, and since we last spoke Mystery Skulls and Lichens were added. Sold out.
Another Friday show: Brooklyn venue Cameo hosts their official showcase with hip hop production duo Blue Sky Black Death (Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar), Sacramento's Sister Crayon, The Range (for whom this is an album release show for the LP mentioned above), and Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal. Tickets are available.
And there's a show, which may not actually be part of CMJ, happening on Friday at Steel Drums (35 Beadel St in Brooklyn) with L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs), rapper Haleek Maul, a DJ set from NYC partystarter Ital, Color Plus, and Prism House. Admission is $12 with RSVP.
On Saturday (10/19), there's a LAZERPOP CMJ party happening at Glasslands with remix duo The Hood Internet, their fellow Chicagoan Chrissy Murderbot, and another remixer E-603. Tickets are on sale now.
Also on Saturday, the second of two unofficial Pitchfork shows goes down at 285 Kent. The first is a rock show happening a day earlier, but this one trades the guitars for synthesizers with cloud-rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth, electronic R&B singer Kelela, footwork producer Traxman, The Range, L.I.E.S-signed synth wizard Jahiliyya Fields, Software-signed minimalist Huerco S., and Brooklyn indie pop guy Mas Ysa. Tickets are still available.
Kelela first caught our ears when she sang on the newest Teengirl Fantasy album, and she's since teamed up with producers Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit and others for her debut album/mixtape, CUT 4 ME (out now via Fade to Mind), which she just played a release show for this past Saturday (10/12). You can download that LP here and stream it in full below. Kelela was added to the previously discussed True Panther/Terrible Records showcase headlined by Glasser show at MHOW (10/15), which also features Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, and Lil Jabba (tickets). She and Glasser also both play FADER Fort (details TBA).
All mentioned streams and few others below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
iamamiwhoami @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple - 9/24/13
Swedish electronic art pop musician iamamiwhoami (the project of Jonna Lee) has been getting internet buzz and doing some European shows for a couple years now, but this month she finally made her way across the Atlantic for some live shows in the US. First she played the Symbiosis Gathering in California, and two days later, she made her way to NYC for a show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (9/24). If you're unsure about how some of these synthy projects tend to come across live, Jonna's a great performer and she's got an elaborate stage setup and a full band which adds to the whole spectacle of it all. The crowd seemed really into it the whole time too.
NYC's Ital (aka Daniel Martin-McCormick, also of Black Eyes, Mi Ami, and Sex Worker) got things started, and pictures of both artists are in this post. More below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, UK dance musician Stay Positive (formerly Christian AIDS and Stay+) is set to make his US debut in NYC on September 14 at Glasslands, which we at BrooklynVegan are co-presenting with PopGun. The show is being DJed by NYC party-starter ITAL, Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum, and Evan Michael. Tickets to the show are still are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Stay Positive's Blood Brother EP came out earlier this summer via his own label. It's highly indebted the type of '90s pop-house that Disclosure helped bring back into style, and it can be streamed in full below.
Austra at Music Hall of Williamsburg in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Austra are releasing their sophomore album, Olympia, on June 18 via Domino/Paper Bag, and will be touring in support of it over the next few months. That tour hits NYC for a show on June 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mozart's Sister (sold out) and a BrooklynVegan-presented show on September 22 at Webster Hall (tickets).
The Webster Hall show and many of their other August/September shows are with fellow Canadians DIANA, who just signed to Jagjaguwar in the US and Paper Bag in Canada. Their debut LP, Perpetual Surrender will come out on August 20 and you can watch the video for its single, "Born Again," below.
Regarding Austra's upcoming album, in a recent interview with Stereogum, singer Katie Stelmanis talked about the differences recording this one with her band, as opposed to entirely solo like Austra's debut:
Yeah, it's something that I was kind of craving. I feel like when you hear a solo record from someone you can kind of always tell that it's a solo record. Like, if literally one person did everything on the record it's like you're following their train of thought. Everything is predictable and fits into this certain box. It's one person's idea, and I was very aware of that, and I wanted to create something that's a little more dynamic. And so doing that I wanted to bring in more ideas and bring in other people and it made it more interesting for me because I was able to bounce ideas off of other people and just co-writing with people was pretty new and fun.The album's single "Home" is being released this summer with remixes from NYC producer Ital and Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson.
Stream both of those remixes, along with the list of all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
NYC producer Ital (aka Daniel Martin-McCormick, who was also in Black Eyes, Mi Ami, and recorded as Sex Worker) always tends to be up to something, and he's got a handful of shows scheduled for this month and the coming months after that. I recently wrote about him for BV Chicago and said:
If you've never seen Ital live and are wondering if he's "just another knob turner," I caught him on his 2012 tour with Laurel Halo and can assure that it's a great time. His music in Ital may lean a bit on the calmer side recorded, but he's a party-starter at heart and he goes nuts behind the boards at his shows.His upcoming dates include a live set in NYC TONIGHT (2/15) at Body Actualized Center (143 Troutman St.) with Jonas Reinhardt, Aurora, (Mutual Dreaming) and Hauser/Quaid with DJ sets by Jan Woo and Terekke. Doors are at 10 PM and admission is $10. Then on Saturday (2/16) at 285 Kent he'll DJ a Mutual Dreaming party with Todd Sines.
In March, Ital is set to tour Asia with Magic Touch, and upon returning home he'll play another NYC show at 285 Kent on March 30 with Container, Co La, and PVRE MATRIX. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Pitchfork recently filmed a Co La show at 285 Kent, where he played material off of his upcoming album (which he says is due out in May) and was interviewed. That video and a list of all currently known Ital dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sun Araw at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Nate "Igor" Smith)
Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras took part in one of 2012's most interesting (relatively) obscure releases with Icon Give Thank, a collaborative album with reggae legends/Lee "Scratch" Perry associates The Congos. And towards the end of the year, the three collaborators released a 5-track live EP recorded with the Raw Power Band at the Village Underground in London this past June. You can download that EP (name your price) at bandcamp and stream the whole thing below.
Both Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras are teaming up this month for a NYC show which happens on January 19 at Knitting Factory with Ital, who toured with M Geddes Gengras (and Laurel Halo) in 2012 around the time he dropped Dream On, his second album of 2012. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the only currently announced date for Sun Araw but Ital has other upcoming dates, which are listed below.
Sun Araw is featured on an upcoming double album compilation from Stones Throw and Leaving Records (Matthewdavid's label) called Dual Form which drops January 22 in cassette, LP, CD, and digital formats. The compilation also features Julia Holter (covering Arthur Russell), Dntel, Run DMT, Odd Nosdam and many more. You can stream Sun Araw's contribution, "Right Off," and check out the full tracklist below. The cassette version features bonus tracks by Matthewdavid.
All streams and a list of Ital dates below...
From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.In addition to the official events of Art Basel in Miami, there are loads of parties going on throughout the city, including a Kurt Cobain tribute at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 that includes an appearance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a 15 minute live dance performance based on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. More info is here.
The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.
Other music artists playing shows during or around Art Basel include Chromatics, Prince Rama, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Brenmar, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Hundred Waters, ITAL and Jacuzzi Boys. Paper Mag has a pretty good guide to some of it.
If you're going to Miami, we'd like to point out that BrooklynVegan photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin will be showing more than 26 prints of her mostly-BrooklynVegan concert photography (including Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more) in two different galleries, LMNT and OVERTURE, from December 4 - 9. A flyer for the show below has more details.
Chicago footwork producer DJ Rashad released the excellent TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi album earlier this year, and played a Brooklyn show at 285 Kent soon after with Total Freedom and J-Cush. All three of those artists will be returning this weekend for another show at 285 Kent on Sunday (9/23) with Visionist and a "surprise special guest." No word on who the guest is, but the show is the official after party for the Gang Gang Dance and Prince Rama show happening at 285 Kent earlier that night (the third of three GGD shows in NYC this weekend). Admission for this all ages party is $5 before 1 AM and $10 after.
As for LA producer Total Freedom (aka Ashland Mines), who opened on tour for Gang Gang Dance last year, he'll be landing in Brooklyn a bit earlier for a warehouse party at 110 Troutman TONIGHT (9/21) with $hayne and Rizzla. The flier for tonight's show is below.
Meanwhile, J-Cush will also be at 285 Kent on Saturday (9/22) for the previously mentioned Sasha Go Hard show. That bill also includes DJ Manny, Cedaa, and Durban. $5 at the door before 1 AM. That will be Sasha's second NYC show of this week, having played Santos with LE1F last night (9/20). How was that show? Sasha loved it.
If dancing into the wee hours of the night is your thing, those three shows are only two of the many dance options in NYC this weekend. Head below to see more...
Laurel Halo at MoMA PS1 in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Producer turned art pop wizard Laurel Halo and post-hardcore noisemaker turned producer Ital are teaming up for a tour together later this year. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet but a few dates have been revealed, including a NYC show at 285 Kent on September 21. That show, the DC date, and possibly others are also with M. Geddes Gengras and Magic Touch.
For Laurel Halo, the 285 Kent date is one of many upcoming shows in her hometown of Brooklyn, where she continues to play constantly. Laurel just played a show as part of The Maze last Friday (7/13), and she'll play the previously discussed show at Public Assembly on Saturday (7/21) with Pete Swanson, Noveller and Burning Star Core. Tickets for that show are still available. She's also got upcoming local shows in August, including one at Cameo Gallery on August 2 with Xeno and Oaklander and Telepathe. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Still more: she'll play the Diamond Terrifier (aka Sam Hillmer of Zs) record release show for Kill the Self That Wants To Kill Yourself (due out 8/14 via Northern Spy and produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear) at Littlefield on August 8 with Slava (who also plays countless local shows) and Bubbles. Tickets for that show are available. That show happens after Diamond Terrifier wraps up his monthly residency at Zebulon which happens every Tuesday (like tonight [7/17]). Like Laurel did, Diamond Terrifier also plays a Maze show. His is on July 28 with Amen Dunes, Kel Valhaal: Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Psychic Reality, Dome Theater, and Das Racist DJs.
Speaking of Telepathe, they play Glasslands on Wednesday (7/18) with Feathers, ERAAS, and Faith. Tickets for that show are available. Faith recently remixed a Feathers song, which you can listen to below. Telepathe also DJ Santos on Friday (7/20 for a Last.fm event with Blondes, TEZEO and Andy Petr. Tickets for that show are available.
A list of all dates, a Pitchfork.tv video of Laurel Halo, and an Ital music video are below.
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
by Andrew Sacher
Laurel Halo at PS1 in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Laurel Halo, who has two solid EPs under her belt and another coming on Mute's new Liberation Technologies label (that one was supposed to come out this week, but has been pushed back), just announced that she's signed to Hyperdub, the label founded and run by Kode9 and whose roster also includes Burial. The label will release her debut full length album, Quarantine, on June 5 in the US and May 28 in Europe. The album art and tracklist are below.
Laurel's got two upcoming appearances in NYC including a techno party at Glasslands on April 13 with Korean Beauty Slaon and Rem Koolhaus (probably DJing?) and a live set during Unsound Fest at Warsaw on April 20 with Ital, Demdike Stare, Hieroglyphic Being, Zemi17, and Monolake, who are all also playing live. Tickets for that show are on sale. The Bunker party flier is below.
Ital meanwhile plays in Brooklyn TONIGHT (3/21) at Knitting Factory with The Suicide of Western Culture and Octo Octa. Tickets are available.
All dates, album art and tracklist below...