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The Dwarves
Dwarves

The Dwarves played the misanthropic and high-octane punk shows in NYC onver the weekend, part of a larger 25th anniversary tour for the miscreants. The first was on Friday (7/15) at Knitting Factory with The Stalkers and Lugosi. Dwarves then packed up their snotty attitudes and fun riffs to play The Studio at Webster Hall the next night (7/16) with The Stalkers, The Threads, and Cvlt War. Pictures from Knitting Factory are in this post.

The Dwarves kick off a round of dates with Nashville Pussy in early August that will hit the Southwest before heading to California and the remainder of the West Coast. Dates and more pictures from Knitting Factory (sorry, none of Lugosi) are below...

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Senna

Talk to any Formula One fan and they will be unequivocal in their admiration of Ayrton Senna.

And this stunning documentary goes a long way to explaining just why that is.

Compiled from hours of archive racing footage and interviews and the Senna family's home videos, this is a comprehensive look at the Brazilian's F1 career and it's not just for fans of motor racing. [TheVoid]

The Asif Kapadia-directed documentary Senna made its North American premiere at Sundance where it won the World Cinema Audience Award. It since won Audience Award for Best International Feature at the LA Film Festival, and screened at BAM here in Brooklyn as part of BAMCinemaFest on June 19 (tickets were $13). PDA releases the movie to theaters on August 12, but you don't have to wait that long to see it next...

BrooklynVegan is proud to present a free screening of Senna at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday, July 17 (doors at 4pm, movie at 5pm). That's the flyer above.

If you came to our screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop, another movie released by PDA, you know the deal. The venue gets filled with chairs and a screen comes down on the stage. The projector is in the back of the room and the sound system is great.

The screening is first come, first served, and to encourage you to come early, the first 50 people on line will get a free poster (not to mention a better seat). The bar will be serving drinks, and in keeping with the Brazilian theme, we'll also be giving out free Vita Coco. Free movie, free coconut water. You can't go wrong.

Check out the movie trailer and poster below...

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photos by Sarah Coulter

Nobunny @ Kniting Factory
Nobunny

"NOBUNNY IS MY NEW FAVORITE BAND. HOLY SHIT.

If there were ever a band to embody a musical representation of my soul, it would probably be Nobunny. ...Their show at the Knitting Factory last night ...was hands down the best show I have been to all summer, if not since SXSW (perhaps even before). Nobunny himself had a stellar presence and looked absolutely regal in his leather bolero jacket and black skivvies." -[Midwestern Miscreant]

Respect to Nobunny, if for no other reason than being described as "regal" in "black skivvies". Regardless of any official monarchical status though, Nobunny was definitely the king of Knitting Factory on Friday night (7/1). The garage rock band fronted by a crazy bunny headlined the Brooklyn venue with Shellshag as part of a pair of NYC dates with TV Ghost (a late show at Mercury Lounge played out on the following day). Pictures from KF are in this post.

Nobunny is still on the road, playing Baltimore at Golden West tonight (7/5) and eventually hopping his/their way back to California by the end of the month. TV Ghost, who also played Philly with Nobunny, is finished touring for now. Shellshag play Cinders Art Gallery on July 8th. All Nobunny dates and more pictures below...

Continue reading "Nobunny, TV Ghost & Shellshag played Mercury Lounge (pics)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis

Sloan

"I'm going off-list!" declared guitarist Patrick Pentland a few songs into Sloan's set at Knitting Factory last Thursday (June 30) which was also the last night of their tour. It would not be the only time the Canadian band would deviate from their printed setlist that evening which was one of the more fun Sloan shows I've seen in a while.

Apart from songs from their great new album The Double Cross, the impromtu nature of the show knocked out almost everything from the band's 2001-on catalog save Jay Ferguson's "Who Taught You to Live Like That" from 2006's Never Hear the End of It. Which was probably all right with a lot of fans. (I can't think of the last time NYC got "Anyone Who's Anyone" from Once Chord to Another.) The band was in great spirits as was the crowd who kept the constant "Sloa-oan! Sloa-oan!" chants going in between songs.

Highlights for me were the new album's stomping "Beverly Terrace" and "Unkind," oldies "Coax Me" (another off-list number), "C'mon C'mon," a quite spirited "Underwelmed" and Andrew Scott's "On the Horizon" which gave bassist Chris Murphy a chance to go apeshit (Keith Moon-style) on the drums. Sloan's other drummer is better than most band's main drummer. The talent in this band is kind of insane.

I missed openers and fellow Canadians Hot Kit but we have pictures from their set. After the show, Jay Ferguson (who I interviewed last week) told me Sloan will be back this fall for three shows (one being Maxwell's they hope) if all works out. UPDATE: It all worked out (all three shows announced).

More pictures, a couple of videos & their setlist (written and actual) below....

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photos by Jessica Amaya

Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood

Though we didn't get there in time to get pictures, Bill said Eternal Summers were a highlight of the Kanine Records Northside Festival showcase at Knitting Factory Friday night. The bill also included a rockin set by Grooms, Pepper Rabbit (who Bill liked despite thinking he wouldn't), X-Ray Eyeballs (who also played the secret show at Death By Audio with Thee Oh Sees later in the night), and headliner Surfer Blood who played a few new songs during their late set to a packed house. If you were there, how long did you wait to get in? Surfer Blood also opened for Guided By Voices on Saturday.

More pictures from the Knitting Factory show, and a video of Surfer Blood playing "Twin Peaks" at the show, below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood, Grooms, Pepper Rabbit & X-Ray Eyeballs @ the Kanine show @ Knitting Factory (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dominick Mastrangelo

Peter preparing backstage (photo by Dominick)
The Antlers

the new guy on stage (photo by Amanda)
The Antlers

The Antlers are one of the many artists now over in Brighton to play a showcase at the Great Escape. It's like SXSW, but smaller, but in England by the sea. The Antlers play their showcase on Saturday, which means if you're there you can see that without having to miss the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal showcase happening tonight (5/13) (well, happening like now). The UK festival kicked off yesterday (5/12), and we have Tim Griffin over there covering. His pictures of PS I Love You, Warpaint, Twin Shadow, DJ Shadow, The Joy Formidable, Emika and more, are currently posted over at the BrooklynVegan Facebook page.

Exactly one week ago today, or technically one week ago tomorrow, The Antlers played a FREE, BrooklynVegan-presented show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn at 1am. Somehow it worked out perfect - I think exactly the right amount of people showed up. I don't think anyone got turned away, and we were at capacity. And the show was extra special because the Antlers played their entire new, Best New Music-winning (take that Tyler!) record Burst Apart from start to finish (like they did at SXSW/on NPR), in addition to an epic two-song encore. Their sound is also fuller than ever due to the addition of a fourth member, which, like the show in general, was a great thing. Listen to the whole show courtesy of NYC Taper who taped it and posted the MP3s (and FLAC).

If you miss them, don't worry. The Antlers will return to the states soon to kick off their tour with Little Scream in DC on May 17th. Though if you waited to get tickets to either of the two NYC shows, you are now out of luck.

More pictures from the Knitting Factory show (two sets of them) and all dates, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

BOBBY @ Knitting Factory
BOBBY

"If you were at Knitting Factory last night, you got a trio of entertainment forms. You have the experimental musical stylings of BOBBY, you have projected artistic images and the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. As we know, Cinco de Mayo is when St. Mayo drove five big snakes out of Tijuana using a mariachi band while wearing a big sombrero.

The Massachusetts-based collective are a fairly new band as founded by Tom Greenberg and featuring Molly Sarle of the popular vocal group Mountain Man. When I use the term experimental, that's a code word for "I have no idea what genre of music this lies under". Then I have to admit that music shouldn't need to be defined by genres. With the sparse guitars and a few electronic samplers, keyboards and processors, BOBBY does a fine of job making all that weirdness come together. It does help that Sarle's whoops and moans gives their set an other worldly quality." [Music Snobbery]

Molly Sarle was in fact the female voice on stage with her own band BOBBY at Knitting Factory last night (5/5), a change from BOBBY's last NYC show, and every other show they've played since. Mountain Man member Amelia Meath, who filled in for Molly at the previous shows, instead watched this one from the front row.

BOBBY played after a chill set by Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks (who covered a Mountain Man song). Detroit band Prussia opened the show and impressed with high energy and strong vocals. To quote Flagpole, "Imagine Flowers-era Rolling Stones colliding with Animal Collective while hanging out at Vampire Weekend's house and you're on the right track."

Right before the show we hosted a Hornitos Tequila-sponsored Cinco de Mayo party in the Knitting Factory front bar. 21+ ticketholders could choose between a free "Vegan Margarita" (named after the website more than the ingredients) and the "What about Bobb(by)" (or they could have both) (or as many as they could drink/hold in a 2 hour period). Which one did you like better? I thought I liked the "Vegan" better at first, but ended up partial to the "Bobby."

BOBBY return to NYC as part of a tour with Thao & Mirah. Prussia also played a show one night earlier at Mercury Lounge with Dominique Young Unique. Alex Bleeker's band Real Estate has a few shows coming up later this month.

More pictures from the Knitting Factory show, below...

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Antlers

... after the Holly Golightly show at the same venue (Friday night).

If you can't make it, tickets are still on sale for The Antlers' May 19th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their May 20th show at Bowery Ballroom is sold out. Both shows are part of their May tour with Little Scream in support of their new album 'Burst Apart', which is currently streaming over at NPR, and which has cover art that looks a lot like the flyer above (Burst Apart is out May 10th on Frenchkiss. above flyer designed by Tonally Dude).

Meanwhile... come drink and then see BOBBY, Alex Bleeker & Prussia at Knitting Factory tonight (5/5).

by BBG

Grails

The eclectic sounds of Grails played Knitting Factory on a wet Easter night (last night, 4/24) with tour-mate James Blackshaw. Unfortunately, I missed all of Moonrises's set and at least half of James Blackshaw's, though his twelve-string guitar's resonant (in tone and emotion) and gorgeous compositions sounded amazing.

Grails played material from across their output to a mesmerized crowd. New tracks like "I Almost Grew My Hair" mixed with old songs like encore track "Reincarnation Blues." The six-piece rotated instruments, with Emil Amos (who is also in Om) playing both drums and guitar, while the other band members weilded lap steel, keys, sampler, melodica, shaker, and more. Grails is supporting their current jaw-dropping effort Deep Politics (out now on Temporary Residence).

More pictures from last night's show are below...

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photos by Winnie Cheung

Matthew Dear
Matthew Dear

The Drums
The Drums

A few nights after they played a show with Craft Spells and Beach Fossils at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which was right after they played a show at Mercury Lounge, The Drums shared a bill with Matthew Dear at Knitting Factory (last night, 4/11). A set of pictures from that sold out Brooklyn show continues below...

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Devin The Dude at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Devin The Dude

Devin The Dude is hitting the road, and will play NYC at Knitting Factory on
April 27th as part of a round of dates with his crew The Coughee Brothaz. Tickets are on sale. Devin The Dude and The Coughee Brothaz are preparing to release their new LP Fresh Brew on April 19th. All dates below.

Alternatively, if you are looking to save a few bucks and are planning on catching a few hip hop shows at Knitting Factory, the venue is currently offering a three pack of tickets for Devin The Dude, the previously discussed Zion I & Grouch show on
April 22nd , and CunninLynguists on April 30th. Tickets for the three pack are on sale.

And though his show isn't part of the "three-pack" of Knitting Factory shows, DJ Quik will play the venue on June 9th. Tickets are on sale. Quik is welcoming his new LP The Book of David via his own Mad Science imprint. Look for appearances from Ice Cube, Dwele, Bun B, and Bizzy Bone among others on the LP.

All tour dates, and a stream of a new DJ Quik song is below.

Continue reading "Devin the Dude, CunninLynguists & DJ Quik are playing shows"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

TRAA
Rural Alberta Advantage

Back before they played SXSW, but after Bowery Ballrooom, TRAA, Pepper Rabbit and The Loom played a Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory. Pictures from that show are in this post and they continue below...

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photos by Shanda Boyett

Smith Westerns

The Smith Westerns played Knitting Factory on March 5, two days after a show at Mercury Lounge, and their last public stop on a pre-SXSW tour. But they're not headed off to Austin just yet. FIRST, a visit to a... department store....

Continue reading "Smith Westerns played Knitting Factory (pics), playing... Saks Fifth Avenue before SXSW & other dates"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Rachel Kowal

Baths @ Knitting Factory
Baths

Star Slinger may have bowed out, but Saturday night's alliterative line-up still proved to be a delightful exercise in spacey electro-pop. The show began with Mikey Sanders' project, Blackbird Blackbird. Though he typically performs solo, Sanders had help from his friend Frank. Much like Baths, Blackbird Blackbird is heavily comprised of bass-heavy laptop samples that are skillfully manipulated by a series of knobs and faders and set to nice, clear vocals.

Sanders mentioned multiple times how "fucking stoked" he was to be playing over the course of his 20-minute set, and the audience responded to this enthusiasm by beginning to loosen up. Though the night was still young, it was clear that a dance party was brewing.

But before things got too frenzied, the dancers got a bit of a respite thanks to Braids' pleasantly dreamy set. After a long, meandering instrumental intro as the band and technicians ironed out some last-minute kinks, the lights suddenly changed and Braids exploded into the moody crowd pleaser "Lemonade."

Lead singer and guitarist Raphaelle Standell-Preston had a big smile on her face throughout the evening, despite her apparent illness. (She had thought ahead to bring a a steaming thermos and a Kleenex box on stage with her.) But even more notable than her upbeat disposition was her ability to hit every note - especially the high ones in "Lammicken." (At times, she looked a bit surprised when she nailed them, too.) When she finally confessed that she had "lost" her voice near the end of their set, she could barely talk. Luckily, the final song in the set called for some shrieking and audience participation.

When it was finally time for Baths, both Will Wiesenfeld and the sold-out crowd were ready to dance. "Ok. You guys want to hear music, I assume," Wiesenfeld began. "Let's do it!" As he began to play his first song, he turned to the sound technician a few seconds in. "Everything louder! Louder, louder, louder!"

It's easy to knock laptop musicians, but unlike some performers, Wiesenfeld is anything but dull. With his hands moving rapidly over dials and knobs, Wiesenfeld was a blur. He danced as much as physically possible, sending the key ring at his belt loop jingling wildly, which added yet another layer to the music.

"Oh my God. I love him already!" yelled a girl behind me during the first song. Everyone was gushing and in good spirits - it's hard not to be with lyrics like "It's a breezy, beautiful day." Meanwhile, Wiesenfeld was soaking up the love with a big grin on his face. "We're all friends here. I know all of you," he cried out at one point.

He was moving so much that he somehow managed to dislodge his glasses - twice. "I don't have any rock star things other than my glasses falling off, so that's peak. That's as bad ass as I get," he joked.

Following his action-packed set (which included a number of new songs), Wiesenfeld returned to uproarious applause for a one-song encore before admitting to the crowd and admitting, I don't have any more. I'm going to disappear."

--

The Saturday night show was over before midnight which is when Todd P took over for a late night party feating a set by John Maus.

Braids play again at Glasslands tonight (12/15), and then Baths and Braids continue their tour together at a sold out Mercury Lounge on Wednesday. More pictures from Knitting Factory below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

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Zs

Unlike basically every other cultural outlet, the writers of Tiny Mix Tapes voted to give their Album of Year honors to an artist that isn't Kanye West. Instead, they gave it to NYC avant-noise/rock group Zs for their excellent 2010 album New Slaves. (Don't worry: Kanye still made #10.)

Zs will start the new year with a complement to that record, New Slaves II: Essence Implosion!, a collection of remixes that comes out on the Social Registry on Tuesday, January 25th. On the record, the band's tracks are reworked by the likes of Genesis P. Orridge, JG Thirwell, Gabe Andruzzi of The Rapture and others, and the whole thing starts off with a new track featuring Charlie Looker, Weasel Walter and WFMU's Marty McSorely. Two of those remixes are posted above, along with an exclusive mix not on the release done by Justin Pearson of The Locust (That's the Leg Lifters "Professional" Remix of "Gentleman Amateur"). You can also check out "Acres of Skin" from New Slaves, to give you a taste of the source material.

Zs have an album-release show for the disc Monday/tonight at Knitting Factory with Thee Majesty (Feat. Genesis P-Orridge), Ecstatic Sunshine, Cex and DJ DRUZZ (The Rapture/Throne Of Blood). The group has a special set (with an extra member) planned in honor of the release, so expect something unusual. Tickets are still on sale.

Also coming up, Zs: Black Crown Ceremony will play with Sightings, White Suns and Normal Love at Death By Audio on January 28th.

See a Zs live session from SXSW, the album's tracklist and more below...

Continue reading "Zs releasing 'New Slaves II' (MP3s), celebrating @ Knitting Factory tonight w/ friends (dates)"

photos by Jessica Amaya

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"King Tuff totally rocked it at the knitting factory tonight.
Glad I didn't miss it!" - BeyondBeyondisBeyond

King Tuff

King Tuff (aka Kyle Thomas who also happens to be in Witch and Feathers and Happy Birthday) headlined (an actual birthday party) at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn last night (1/20) with support from Frankie Rose & The Outs and Nude Beach. That's Tuff above, and more pictures of the show are below.

Frankie Rose & The Outs' next and only upcoming show is with MINKS and Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom on March 4th. Tickets are still available.

Nude Beach (the NY band) will join Nomos and The Men for a FREE show at Generation Records at 2PM on Sunday (1/23). Nude Beach is replacing Pregnant on the in-store bill, who recently dropped off of the show but is still scheduled to play Cake Shop on Mar 18 with Black Wine & Big Eyes. Bone up for Cake Shop by checking out their self-titled LP, out on vinyl now, but you can preview that LP on digital form above.

Generation Records is also a bit of a homecoming show for Nomos and The Men, as both bands recently came back from a two week tour of the West Coast which saw them share dates with Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge, Skin Like Iron, Walls, and many others. Both bands released LPs in 2010; Nomos dropped Notes From The Acheron in September (order it) while The Men are currently on their second pressing of Immaculada after initially releasing it in May (snag one).

Witch, in addition to Tuff, also features J Mascis, who just announced some solo acoustic dates, as did his Dinosaur Jr bandmate Lou Barlow with his project, Sebadoh.

More pictures and a video from Knitting Factory, below...

Continue reading "King Tuff played Knitting Factory w/ Frankie Rose & the Outs & Nude Beach (who replaced Pregnant on an upcoming instore) -- pics & video"

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DOWNLOAD: Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers - "Venus Shaver" (MP3)

photos by Greg Cristman

Acid Mothers Temple @ Knitting Factory
Acid Mother's Temple

Acid Mothers Temple, in the form of Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO, will return to tour North America in March. That tour hits Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on April 12th. Tickets are on sale.

The last time Acid Mothers Temple was at Knitting Factory was last April. A lost set of pictures from that show adorn this post. Acid Mothers Temple released their latest LP In O To Infinity via Important Records. Two MP3s above come from that release.

Almost all of Acid Mother's upcoming tour, including the Brooklyn show, is with Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers who have a new LP on the way. Teenage and Torture will be released on January 18th via Knitting Factory Records. Dig on a pair of songs from that release, including the previously posted "Venus Shaver" that appears on the 7", above.

Help Shilpa celebrate that new LP at a show happening on Friday, January 21st at Brooklyn Bowl with Soft Black and She Keeps Bees. Tickets are on sale for the gig which is one of two Shilpa has scheduled this month. The other is in Buffalo.

All dates and more AMT pictures below...

Continue reading "Acid Mothers Temple playing KF again (pics from last time), touring w/ Shilpa Ray (who plays an LP release show soon) -- (dates & MP3s)"

Hittleman Brewery in Bushwick
The Wick

Three former music executives at the Knitting Factory will open a cavernous indie music venue in a former 19th-century brewery on Meserole Street.

The new venue, called "The Wick," will be the ground floor of the former Hittleman Brewery near Bushwick Avenue -- a building that already houses several music-related companies, including an equipment shop, a rehearsal space and a music-focused radio station.

That's what attracted General Manager Joshua Richholt, talent booker of the moment Chris White and operations manager Shay Vishawadia.

"The building is sort of a Mecca for musicians," said Richholt. "If they want to rehearse overnight or have a studio session, they can go down to the recording studio. A touring band can come through here and not need to go anywhere else."

The plan calls for a main stage and a bar that can hold 400 and 700 people. It could open as early as this summer. -[The Brooklyn Paper]

The article goes on to say how the venue will differentiate itself from other Brooklyn venues like Knitting Factory and Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you read it, make sure to also read the comments which clarify a point that Joshua Richholt made about "The Wick" not being "Walmart-like". The author makes it seem like Joshua dissed Bowery Presents, but that wasn't actually the case (it was the author of the article doing the not-factual dissing).

Talent booker/buyer Chris White, since leaving Knitting Factory, in addition to working on The Wick (see above), has teamed up with ex-Bell House/Union Hall booker Skippy to form Tiger Mountain Presents which now books shows at The Rock Shop, Littlefield, Santos Party House and elsewhere.

And actually, the upcoming Mavis Staples show at the Bell House is a Tiger Mountain Presents show, which means that Skippy booked a show at the Bell House again.

words & photos by BBG

Citizens Arrest

There were a considerable amount of "thank you"s and "it's an honor"s peppered in between hyper blasts and vocal grunts at Knitting Factory. The reunited Citizens Arrest played the Brooklyn venue on Friday (12/17), and then one more show at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia the next night. It wasn't their first outing thought - they played a surprise show on Long Island on 12/4/10, but it was their first with Ted Leo back on guitar (Ted was on tour during the Long Island show).

Mind Eraser and Asshole Parade also played Knitting Factory as part of a helluva of a triple bill. All three bands killed, though both cXa and Mind Eraser were jawdropping. More pictures and video from Knitting Factory, as well as video from Kung Fu Necktie is below...

Continue reading "Citizens Arrest (Ted Leo included) played Knitting Factory w/ Mind Eraser & Asshole Parade (pics & video)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Radio Department

"We're having technical difficulties," Duncanson said, waiting patiently as the Radio Dept.'s first US show in more than a year ground to a halt. The sound guys eventually sorted things out, and although they neglected to turn up Duncanson's vocals, which had been virtually inaudible from the start, the group picked up right where it had left off.

"OK, so this is the encore," Duncanson said, just before making a more successful pass through 'I Want You to Feel the Same,' a yearning 2006 pop ballad that ought to have come along two decades earlier, so that John Hughes might have included it on his 'Breakfast Club' soundtrack.

The Radio Dept. went on to play five more songs, and while there was, in fact, no encore, there didn't need to be. By the end of their 40-minute set, Duncanson, keyboardist Martin Carlberg and second guitarist Daniel Tjäder had already revisited three decades of European indie rock, referencing -- and at times combining -- the defiant fuzz of the Jesus and Mary Chain, jangle of the Smiths, dance beats of the Stone Roses, noisiness of My Bloody Valentine, halcyon droning of Cocteau Twins and preciousness of Belle and Sebastian. [Spinner]

The Radio Dept and Braids kicked off a two-night NYC run at Knitting Factory, with a bit of technical difficulty, on Tuesday night (11/30). The 2nd show happened at Bowery Ballroom one night later. The pictures in this post are from the first show which also featured a set by High Highs, and which was one night after Braids played Mercury Lounge. Bowery pics on the way. More Knit pics below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Azure Ray

"Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink had gone their separate ways musically speaking in the last couple of years, so to see them again as Azure Ray onstage Saturday night at the Mercury Lounge was certainly a special occasion. With a trio of multi-instrumentalists, the duo brought their intimate and hauntingly beautiful music to a pretty sizable crow. Safe to say Azure Ray did not disappoint. Their set list that covered all of their studio albums from their 2001 self-titled debut through their new album Drawing Down the Moon such as "Displaced" "Raining in Athens," "Safe and Sound," and the new songs, the lovely "Don't Leave My Mind" and the somber and moody "Signs in the Leaves." Taylor and Fink traded on the lead vocals and their harmony singing together was lush and ethereal. Their encore consisted of "The Drinks We Drink Last Night" and "Rise," the latter song featuring background vocals by two lucky audience members invited on the stage." -[David Chiu]
James Husband opened the show and later played as a member of Azure Ray's band at both Mercury Lounge (review above) and Knitting Factory (pictures in this post). Tim Fite also opened both shows and continues on tour with Azure Ray & James Husband through the DC show tonight.

Pictures from Brooklyn and videos from both NYC shows below...

Continue reading "Azure Ray played Knitting Factory & Mercury Lounge w/ Tim Fite & James Husband (pics & video)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Obits @ Knitting Factory
Obits

Obits played two hometown nights in a row at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn over the weekend. On Friday, November 12th, the packed show was with Shark? and Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach's band forgetters. Saturday night was with Bottomless Pit (ex-Silkworm) and Black Helicopter. Pictures from Friday are in this post, as is a full video stream of Obits' performance, captured by the Knitting Factory livestream, from that night (below in two parts).

Obits are now resting for the holidays, but will head out on a proper, albeit short, Southeastern tour in the new year with Gentleman Jesse and His Men who meanwhile have New Years Eve and New Years Day shows scheduled at the Earl in Atlanta with Gringo Star and Noot d' Noot. Gentleman Jesse and His Men played a show at Knitting Factory back on 10/22 (CMJ), and Knitting Factory taped that, and you can watch that in full below too.

Tour dates and more pictures and those videos, below...

Continue reading "Obits played 2 shows @ Knitting Factory -- Friday w/ forgetters & Shark? (pics & full video stream)"

by BBG

"What a better way to celebrate Halloween then w/ a black metal show of epic proportions! Woe & Krieg" - Wren Leader

"I know nothing about either band, 'cept that
I just saw Woe & they killed" - AnUncontrollableUrge

Chris Grigg on stage with Woe
Woe

Woe frontman/Krieg drummer Chris Grigg did double duty late Saturday night, in the wee hours of Halloween, as Woe supported Krieg at Knitting Factory as part of the BrooklynVegan/Haunting The Chapel production that directly followed the AGE/Hellshock which concluded before 12. Pictures and video from the late show are in this post.

Both Krieg and Woe are touring in support of their new Candlelight LPs, The Isolationist and Quietly, Undramatically respectively. Both are out now and worth a listen.

More pictures and some video from the midnight black mass are below.

Continue reading "Woe & Krieg played Knitting Factory Halloween morning ---- (pics & video) "

words & photos by BBG

Hellshock

8PM marked the start of two killer back to back shows at Knitting Factory on 10/30, the first of which featured crusty Japanese hardcore band AGE with Hellshock, Atakke, Perdition, and Cervix. The show was one of two that night for AGE/Hellshock, as the pair ended up playing a surprise show later at Acheron with Kakka Hatta 77 and Acid Reflux.

Of the touring parties, Hellshock crammed the most kids into the room, but it was AGE that impressed me the most with their wildman hardcore antics and foul riffs. Hellshock's death metal vocals over thrash-y d-beat were also well executed, as was the always dependable Atakke. Perdition was probably the single most violent set of the night. They inciting frenzied moshing to go along with their vocalists' out-of control stage antics (whipping around the stage, swinging the mic stand and smashing things with its base).

It was an awesome (Mischief) night of crust-y punk extremity that continued as the clock struck midnight and it turned Halloween. That's when Krieg & Woe took over the venue to darken things a bit... More about the late Krieg/Woe show is on the way, but for now dig on the moshpits, the costumes, and the massacre that was AGE & Hellshock, below...

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photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Rachel Kowal

Diamond Rings @ Knitting Factory
CMJ

We're used to putting our mp3s on shuffle... why not shows, too? My music ADD came out in full force last Friday. I decided to make full use of my 'sick' day and somehow managed to see a whopping 16 bands (maybe a personal record?). I got my day started early with the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Public Assembly. With bands playing in the two neighboring rooms, it was all too easy to flit back and forth, which allowed me to catch four bands in under 90 minutes: The Phantom Band, The Luyas, Lower Dens, and Times New Viking. Though I saw only partial sets of the first and last, I made time to see the entirety of my two favorite. The Luyas never cease to charm - even when there are technical problems, and I enjoyed my first encounter with Lower Dens - another one of those notoriously ubiquitous CMJ bands.

Up next, I headed over to the Knitting Factory to take in part of the Distiller showcase. I was glad to learn that I only missed a couple of songs from S. Carey. Sean's soul-warming voice and classical training provided a nice respite from the overwhelming contingency of scuzzier, under-rehearsed bands. After seeing S. Carey open for The Tallest Man on Earth at a recent Webster Hall show, it was nice to see him in a smaller, more intimate setting. He also played a Brooklyn Vegan party at Public Assembly, but on Saturday

Bringing the energy back up was John O'Regan, the glam-man-spectacle behind Diamond Rings. When he had finally assembled his gear, he had time only for an abbreviated set - even for CMJ standards: just four songs - just enough to get the kids dancing. Up next was Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers - a band I had not made note of on my hastily scrawled itinerary. Imagine my surprise when instead of the Southern rock-tinged folk music of Cotton Jones, I was met by a feisty female with a pension for shrieking lyrics about STDs and assaulting the audience with her abrasive stage 'banter.' ("We have a new 7" for sale. Just give me your fucking money because I want it.") Time to hit the bar for some free SoCo. Since the shows were running a bit late, I stayed only for about half of Cotton Jones (a folksier She & Him except the she - Whitney McGraw - is more than just a pretty face).

The Hush Now also played the Knitting Factory show, and Diamond Rings (whose new album is streaming) played a few other shows during the week. If you missed him, he's back December 4th to play Glasslands, and is touring a lot between now and then. All dates with more pictures from the whole Distiller show, below...

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