Entries tagged with: Krill
by Andrew Sacher
Grass Is Green
Boston's Grass Is Green have announced that they'll release Vacation Vinny, the followup to 2012's Ronson, on January 14 via Exploding In Sound. Like many others in the Northeast area have been doing, they recorded the album at Silent Barn's studio with Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna producing. The LP's first single, "Vacation 2.0," pretty much picks up where Ronson left off, with fidgety stop-start post-hardcore and screwy, discordant melodies that you might not call "catchy" but that definitely stick in your head. Stream the new track, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
As discussed, Grass Is Green will be going on a tour with Speedy Ortiz which doesn't hit NYC, but right before that, Grass Is Green will play an Exploding In Sound year-end celebration at Baby's All Right on December 30 with a ginormous lineup of Porches, Krill, Ovlov, Roomrunner, Pile (acoustic), Baked, Dead Wives, Big Ups, Gnarwhal, Two Inch Astronaut, Bad History Month, Woozy, and special guests. Admission is $10 at the door.
Meanwhile, Bad History Month has some other dates before that, including another Brooklyn show happening on December 17 at Death by Audio with Bueno, Bennio Qwerty, and Sediment Club. All of their dates are listed below.
Porches have other upcoming dates too.
And speaking of Exploding In Sound Records, BrooklynVegan is co-presenting a show with EIS on December 12 at Death by Audio with Chumped, PUP, Slothrust, Slow Warm Death, and Alarms & Controls.
All Grass Is Green and Bad History Month dates are listed, along with that song stream, album artwork and tracklist, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Pity Sex @ BV-CMJ 10/19/13
Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, who put out a pretty great album this year, just announced that they'll head back out on the road in January with post-hardcore band Self Defense Family (fka End of a Year, and whose singer Patrick Kindlon is also in Drug Church). And to turn what will surely be great double bills into great triple bills, they've got LVL UP supporting the first leg, and Ovlov supporting the second. The tour hits NYC on January 19 at Santos Party House with Ovlov opening. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketweb for updates. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer below.
Self Defense Family recently announced that their first LP under their current name, Try Me, will be out on January 7 via Deathwish. Watch the teaser video for that LP and stream one of their earlier tracks below.
LVL UP aren't on the NYC date of the Pity Sex/Self Defense tour, but they do have other NYC shows coming up. They'll be opening the previously discussed Saintseneca tour, including the NYC stop happening on January 18 at Baby's All Right. Also on that show is Broncho and Brass Bed. Tickets for that show are still available.
Before those tours, you can also catch LVL UP at Shea Stadium on November 29 with Liam Betson (Liam the Younger), Heeney, and Liquor Store. And they'll also return to Shea on December 5 for part two of the two-part Big Snow Buffalo Lodge farewell party. Joining LVL UP at Shea on 12/5 is Porches, Krill, Baked, Lost Boy?, and Bueno. And part 1 of the party happens on December 3 at Silent Barn with Twin Sister, Leapling, Celestial Shore, Ava Luna, Zula, and a DJ set from Empress Of. Tickets for part 1 and part 2 are on sale now. All LVL UP dates are listed below.
As discussed, LVL UP have an upcoming split with Porches coming out on November 26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy. They just premiered one of their contributions, "Bad Blood," over at Beats Per Minute, and you can stream that, along with their other contribution, "Cross The Sea," and Porches' "Townie Blunt Guts," below.
Porches also play this year's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), along with garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet, Designer, and No Regrets Coyote. It takes place on December 13 at Barnard College in the Diana Event Oval, and is free, all ages, and open to the public. Flyer below. As discussed, Diarrhea Planet play another free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/14) a day later with Purling Hiss, Big Ups, and Manors.
Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, Double Double Whammy and Birdtapes, Crying (who are signed to DDW, and who feature Nick of LVL UP and Elaiza of Whatever, Dad) and Elvis Depressedly (signed to Birdtapes) are heading out on a tour together which includes a house show in NYC on New Year's Eve at David Blaine's The Steakhouse with Spook Houses (feat. Dave and Nick of LVL UP), Porches, Alex G, and Morrison Brook. All dates on that tour are listed, along with a stream of Crying's Get Olde EP, below.
More Pity Sex pics, all lists of dates, streams and videos below...
by Andrew Sacher
Krill at WBAR-B-Q- 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Boston indie rockers Krill were recently in NYC for a few CMJ shows, including the Exploding In Sound Records showcase, and since that showcase, it's been announced that Krill have signed to EIS, who will release their new EP, Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears, the followup to this year's Lucky Leaves LP, in early 2014. Congrats to Krill on the signing, and stay tuned for music from that new EP. Meanwhile, if you're not already, you can get familiar with Lucky Leaves by streaming it in full below.
Krill have a few shows coming up at the moment, including a Halloween show tonight (10/31) in their home state, where they'll be "dressing up" as the PIxies. Soon after, they'll return to NYC for a show on November 7 at Death by Audio with EIS labelmates Fat History Month and Palehound, plus mathy Brooklyn indie pop band Celestial Shore. Admission is $7 at the door. All Krill dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.
For Palehound, the DbA show doubles as a release party for Bent Nail, her excellent new EP of singer/songwriter charm meets noise rock abrasion. Palehound also plays a Halloween show, and hers is in NYC at Cake Shop tonight. She'll be playing as Pavement, along with Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit (aka playing from Green Day's Dookie if that wasn't obvious), Big Ups and Brad Oberhofer doing stoner rock covers as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, and Butter the Children as Pixies.
Palehound has other area shows, including one on 11/2 at Sarah Lawrence College with Speedy Ortiz, and another in Brooklyn on November 16 at Muchmore's with Manors, Spook Houses, and Dead Wives. All dates are listed below.
And speaking of Big Ups, who play tonight's Cake Shop show, they recently revealed "Wool," a new track from their upcoming Eighteen Hours of Static LP (due out January 14). Though Big Ups are often known for making chaotic post-hardcore, "Wool" is what they sound like when they hold back a bit and attempt a quieter song. It's not some draggy throwaway though; when I last saw them it was one of the best moments of their set. Listen below. Big Ups' next regular show is the previously discussed Glasslands (11/30) stop on the Hunters / Audacity tour. Tickets for that show are still available.
All lists of dates and song streams below...
Jacco Gardner @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared Photography)
One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are often free and give you a chance to see live music and grab a bev on your lunch break (or call in sick). To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Thursday's) daytime picks today (Wednesday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...
The Bots, TV Girl, Gems, The Preatures, Wild Club, Holychild, The Everywheres, School of Night, J Fernandez, The Range @ Pianos
Fellow music blog I Guess I'm Floating is back with its Floatingfest CMJ party on both floors of Pianos. A good chance to check out Australian CMJ buzz-band The Preatures and LA's TV Girl (one of our CMJ picks).
Satellite, The Darcys, Keren Ann, Mood Rings, Kan Wakan @ Ace Hotel (FREE)
If you like your day parties somewhere a bit fancier, you can catch Atlanta's atmospheric Mood Rings, Canadians The Darcys, Keren Ann and more for free in the lobby of the posh Ace Hotel. Music starts early here (11 AM).
Caged Animals, Echo Friendly, School of Night, Julia Weldon, Bent Shapes, The Moondoggies, J Fernandez, Slow Down Molasses @ Cake Shop (FREE)
This is NYC Taper's annual day party and he's always got a lot of good bands playing, including Boston's Bent Shapes and locals Caged Animals. Can't make the show? He'll have downloadable recordings sometime after.
Ski Lodge, Au Revoir Simone, Saint Rich, Wild Club @ Judson Memorial Church (FREE)
Broadcasting from Judson Memorial Church (part of CMJ Fest HQ), KEXP brings in some of the week's biggest bands for live on-air performances that you can attend too.
Half Moon Run, Ghost Wave, Traumahelikopter, Birth of Joy, Prata Vetra, Instrumenti @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter Magazine brings its Culture Collide festival to NYC in day party form with a pretty good line-up, including Montreal's Half Moon Run and New Zealand's Ghost Wave who are better than their name may have led to to believe.
Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, Casual Sex, John Murry, Ski Lodge @ Mission Sound Recording (FREE)
This is a pretty killer line-up, playing at Williamsburg recording studio Mission Sound Recording. Jacco Gardner and Tweens both made our list of 30 Artists to Check Out and we dig Ski Lodge and Ghost Wave as well.
Ratking, Ava Luna, Jamaican Queens, Krill, Calvin Love, Crispy Hexx, Young Oprah Winfrey @ Muchmore's (FREE)
This free My Social List day party features indie rappers Ratking, funk-punk collective Ava Luna, nasally indie rockers Krill, lo-fi pop dude Calvin Love and more. Noon-6.
Kirin J Callinan, TOPS, Pegasus Warning, Shy Hunters, Weeknight @ Bowery Electric ($5)
Sam Mickens is throwing this $5 day party at Bowery Electric (or free with CMJ badge), that's being headlined at 5 PM by crazy weird one-man band Kirin J Callinan, who is sure to put the "party" in "day party." Arbutus-signed Montreal band TOPS is on right before him at 4:15 and they're worth catching too.
Psychic Twin, Diamond Bones, Manicanparty, Palehound, Dark North, Clementine and the Galaxy, And the Kids
The band we most want to see at this one is Palehound, who is about to release her Bent Nail EP (stream it on Stereogum) on Exploding In Sound Records (the former home of her friends Speedy Ortiz). It's an excellent EP, pulling equally from quiet anti-folk and abrasive noise rock. She's on at 4 PM.
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Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.
The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.
After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).
Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...
Deap Vally are playing Mercury Lounge on October 8. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, and Pangaea are playing Output on September 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Frankie Cosmos is the project of singer/songwriter Greta Kline, who also plays in Porches, whose frontman Aaron Maine in turn plays in Frankie Cosmos. She's got a number of releases dating back to 2009 on her bandcamp, including this past June's Why Am I Underwater?. Her material hints at the type of understated anti-folk perfected by the Moldy Peaches, most notably Kimya Dawson. You can stream that recent release below.
Frankie Cosmos played a Brooklyn show last night at Shea Stadium (8/18) with Spook Houses (who are streaming their new split with Fat History Month). Did anyone catch that? She plays Brooklyn again tonight (8/19) at Silent Barn as part of the previously discussed lineup that also includes Advance Base, Krill, and Thin Hymns. Doors for tonight's show are at 8 PM and admission is $7 at the door.
Song streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Krill at WBAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Boston indie rockers Krill put out their new album, Lucky Leaves, earlier this year. It's a fine collection of loud rock songs indebted to the lo-fi of '90s bands like Built to Spill, but with the vocal quirks of someone like Spencer Krug. They've now made a video for its opening track, "Theme From Krill," which you can check out, along with a stream of the whole album, below.
Krill have been doing some shows this year (including a few in NYC) and they've now got a full tour coming up which includes two more NYC shows. The first happens on August 19 at Silent Barn with Advance Base (the current project of Owen Ashworth formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), Thin Hymns and Frankie Cosmos; and the second is on September 6 at 285 kent with Darlings. They also play a New Brunswick show a day earlier at Cooler Ranch (9/5) with Speedy Ortiz and Aye Nako (we first mentioned the show before Krill was added and the venue was still TBA). All tour dates are listed below.
Krill's September shows will be with new drummer Ian Becker, as regular drummer Luke will be heading overseas to study in London.
Krill frontman Jonah Furman also recently contributed vocals to a Kal Marks song off that band's upcoming new album, Life Is Murder, which is due out September 17 via Exploding In Sound/Sophomore Lounge/Midnight Werewolf. Krill themselves also recently went back to Silent Barn (where they recorded Lucky Leaves) to lay some new tracks down, so stay tuned for that as well.
All dates are listed, along with the new video and LP stream, below...
Jamie Lidell @ Glasslands in April (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Natural Child @ DBA, June 2012 (more by Devan Council)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Jamie Lidell, Dan Deacon, The Stepkids @ Prospect Park Bandshell (FREE)
Jamie Lidell is on his second of three NYC-area shows tonight. This is a big free one, and is made even better by the inclusion of pop weirdo/dance party-starter Dan Deacon and soul trio The Stepkids.
Natural Child, The Moon Dudes, Pampers, Flagland @ Shea Stadium
Southern rock is alive, well and probably drinking a tallboy as we speak -- it's Nashville's Natural Child who appear to have stepped right out of 1973. They can play, too. If you're going, don't miss Pampers.
Blue Hawaii, Empress Of, Solar Year, Weeknight @ 285 Kent Avenue
Blue Hawaii's debut album is one of the lovelier electronic records to come out this year, somewhere between Cocteau Twins' otherworldliness and Aphex Twin's more accessible material. Better live than the music might lead you to think too.
Kisses, Strange Talk, Betty Who @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you like John Hughes soundtracks, Kisses new LP, Kids in LA, is an extremely hooky distillation of that style of synthpop. Also on the bill are two similarly danceable (if more commerically-minded) Australian groups: Strange Talk and Betty Who. It's a late show (doors 11:30 PM).
Tiger Dare, The Hairs, Graham Peulsky, Rad Dreams, Franny & Zoey @ Cake Shop
We haven't seen Rad Dreams live yet, but their songs on Bandcamp are very catchy, fuzzy/folky indie rock. This bill -- which includes The Hairs -- is recommended for discerning indiepop fans on a budget. Only 75 cents to get in!
Black Taxi, The Band In Heaven @ Cameo Gallery
West Palm Beach's The Band in Heaven once aimed for JAMC-style fuzz, but on their new album they're as shiny and bright as the Florida sun.
Eets Feats, The Numerators, Mannequin Pussy @ Death By Audio
Austin's garage punks Eets Feats describe their sounds as "torta vibes" and have song titles like "Beer Vibes," "Crust Factor" and "Burnt Out" so you probably get the idea... but you can also check em' out on Bandcamp.
Gauntlet Hair, Jackson Scott, EULA @ Glasslands
Chicago duo Gauntlet Hair just released their second album, Stills, via Dead Oceans. If nervous, dark (but not really gothy) postpunk is your thing, worth a listen on Spotify. Tonight's show is with new Fat Possum recording artist, Jackson Scott.
Tijuana Panthers, Sundelles, Le Yikes Surf Club @ Knitting Factory
Southern California trio Tijuana Panthers keep things on the party side of the garage with some of it spilling into the beach.
Krill, Summer People, Outta Gas, Bethlehem Steel @ Union Pool
Boston indie rockers Krill, who kind of sound like Spencer Krug fronting Built to Spill, are back in NYC tonight to headline a bill at Brooklyn's Union Pool. If you've yet to hear their new album, Lucky Leaves, it's a pretty solid one, and you can stream it here.
Washed Out "Paracosm" ice cream @ Oddfellows
You can find out what Paracosm sounds like (as in Washed Out's new album) tastes (as in the ice cream flavor) like at this special event at Williamsburg's new, highly creative ice cream shop today. Free samples and the album playing on repeat from 4 - 8 PM.
Funk Jam session by Bernard Purdie & Friends featuring DJ Questlove tribute to James Brown @ SOBs
That listing pretty much speaks for itself on this one. Should be a good time.
Jesse Cooper Levy, Swear and Shake, Butter The Children, Cutters, O' Great North @ The Ho_se
One of the many local shows that catchy indie rockers Butter the Children are playing this summer.
Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, Berner @ PNC Bank Arts Center
The most exciting part of this bill is A$AP Rocky, whose new album is one of the better rap albums this year. Though if you're going, definitely don't miss Joey Bada$$ either, he's one of the better upcoming MCs at the moment.
Beth Orton @ South Orange Performing Arts Center
After Newport Folk Fest and two NYC shows, UK singer-songwriter Beth Orton hits NJ tonight.
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Austin's Mohawk in Feb. (more by Tim Griffin)
Eleanor Friedberger @ MHOW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death @ South Street Seaport (FREE)
It seems like this year's Seaport Music Festival just got started but here we are at the last free show of the 2013 season. It's a good one too: Portland's Unknown Mortal Orchestra are custom made for breezy outdoor listening. Mississippi's Bass Drum of Death open, making for a great lead-in to tomorrow's 4Knots Festival. 7PM.
Os Mutantes, Tuff Sunshine @ Maxwell's
Legendary psychedelic Brazilian band Os Mutantes are wrapping up their North American tour in NYC this weekend with a big, free Celebrate Brooklyn! show tomorrow, but tonight you can catch them at the soon-to-close Hoboken indie rock mecca. Tickets are still available.
Eleanor Friedberger, TEEN @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Eleanor's new album, Personal Record, is perfect summer listening and she's always an engaging live performer. Show up early tonight for a screening of the extended-form music video for "She's a Mirror" that features Eleanor playing multiple roles. TEEN and Cassandra Jenkins provide support and tickets are still available.
Dirty Beaches, Heathered Pearls, Eola, Porcelain Raft @ Glasslands
Dirty Beaches released his new experimental double album, Drifters/Love is the Devil, and after having played a solo set of mainly Drifters material at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (6/26), the one-man band will tonight be joined by Heathered Pearls (aka Jakub Alexander) and Eola (aka Ed from TONSTARTSSBANDHT)) for a collaborative set of the Love is the Devil portion of the album. According to Alex, "you might not recognize any of the songs for this night" because of the rearrangements the trio will be doing. Should be interesting to see what they have in store. Porcelain Raft (who has his own new album on the way) opens the show.
Come, Jennifer O'Connor @ Bowery Ballroom
Reunited '90s-era Boston indie rockers Come reissued their debut album on Matador earlier this year, and tonight they bring their tour in support of the reissue to Bowery Ballroom. Support comes from their labelmate Jennifer O'Connor.
Dax Riggs, Spires @ Mercury Lounge
Electric bluesman Dax Riggs will show his dark side (his favorite side, it seems) at Mercury Lounge tonight. The Louisiana-bred songwriter will pull from his considerable catalog of solo material for the outing, just dont expect any Acid Bath covers. Openers Spires make jangly psych-pop and are worth getting there early for. Tickets are still on sale.
Old 97's, Wormburner @ Brooklyn Bowl
Old 97's continue their run of full-album performances, tonight's being 1995's Wreck Your Life, plus another set as well. Tickets are still available. Note that Tommy Stinson was originally supposed to open this show but has been subbed-out by Wormburner. Maybe Tommy is busy with Replacements practice?
Har Mar Superstar, Born Cages @ Knitting Factory
Speaking of, Har Mar Superstar -- who is not the Replacements new guitarist -- plays tonight with Born Cages. Despite tricking us, we admit he always puts on a fun show. Tickets are still available and only five bucks.
Courtney Love, Starred @ Stone Pony Summerstage
Courtney and Starred are on night 3 of 4 of their NYC-area run at NJ's Stone Pony Summerstage tonight.
Rinsed w/ Sepalcure @ secret Brooklyn venue
Braille has a Cameo show tomorrow (6/29), but you can catch him NYC sooner than that because his duo with Machinedrum, Sepalcure, is playing a free Rinsed party at a secret Brooklyn venue tonight. Tonight's show is sold out but you can enter Rinsed's contest to win 2 tickets for tonights show.
Heems @ Grove Alley Night Market (FREE)
Former Das Racist member Heems will open for Riff Raff at Highline Ballroom next month, but tonight you can see him play his own show, and for free, at Grove Place Alley. Also on the bill is The Toothaches, Trouble City All-Stars, and DJ Joro Boro. Show goes from 5 PM to 11 PM. RSVP and more info here. Flyer below.
For more on-the-cheap fun, check out our NYC Free Shows calendar.
Cough @ The Bell House, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Martyrdoom @ Paper Box
Cough joins names like Execration, Morbosidad, The Flight of Sleipnir and Grave Ritual as part of a two stage bill at Paper Box, the first official night of Martyrdoom II. Is it too hot to wear a studded leather jacket or a denim vest covered in patches? We'll find out later.
Locrian @ Saint Vitus
Dark ambient gods Locrian will make a rare appearance at Saint Vitus tonight, roping in support from the venerable Sannhet for the evening. Expect spookiness, fog, and and an excellent live show.
Dropdead, Iron Reagan, Agitator, Nuclear Santa Claust @ Acheron
Animal liberation and politics arent the only thing that Dropdead is preaching about. Most importantly, the longstanding Rhode Island quartet cares about brutal, honest and in your face hardcore, which will be in spades at Acheron tonight. Municipal Waste side project Iron Reagan supports Dropdead, and will be filming a video at the venue.
Pleasure Leftists @ 70 N. 6th
Cleveland's Pleasure Leftists were in NYC last night for a show at Acheron, and tonight you can catch the post-punk band in an even more intimate location: the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly). It's a late show (10PM-4AM) and admission is only $2 at the door.
Wayne Shorter @ Town Hall
Jazz sax legend Wayne Shorter celebrates his 80th birthday tonight at Town Hall with help from Allen Carrington Spalding + Sound Prints, Dave Douglas & Joe Lovano Quintet and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Jill Scott, BJ the Chicago Kid @ Oakdale Theatre (CT)
It's about an hour-plus drive out of NYC, but tonight's Oakdale Theatre show in Wallingford, CT is the only headlining NYC-area date on neo-soul great Jill Scott's tour. Plus, support comes from likeminded newcomer BJ the Chicago Kid, who has contributed his vocals to multiple Black Hippy projects, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, and more.
Krill @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
Boston indie rockers Krill released their new album, Lucky Leaves, and they're celebrating with a record release show in Brooklyn tonight at Big Snow (89 Varet St) with The Doozies, Cool Memories, and Bueno. Krill's album is filled with nasal-voiced college rock hooks and quirks, and the whole thing can be streamed (via Noisey) below.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, The Hussy, Barkley's Barnyard Critters, Shark Muffin @ Death by Audio
Floor tom/bass guitar post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat will be touring with Ceremony later this summer, making for some great double bills (or triple bills if you head to the CT show with Joyce Manor), but you can catch them headlining a gig before that tonight at Death by Audio. The bill also includes Lightning Bolt side project Barkley's Barnyard Critters, in addition to The Hussy and Shark Muffin.
Guns N Hoses @ The Rock Shop
The real Guns N Roses (well...) were just in NYC for Governors Ball and an intimate Brooklyn Bowl show, and tonight all-girl Guns N' Roses tribute band, Guns N Hoses, will play an even more intimate show at The Rock Shop.
Jim Gaffigan & more @ Littlefield
Tonight Littlefield hosts a fundraiser for the Woodstock Comedy Festival, featuring sets from Jim Gaffigan, Adam Conover, Eddie Brill, and Lizz Winstead. Tickets are still available.
John Waters @ City Winery
Lover of kitch, director of filth (in the best way), Baltimore legend and filmmaker John Waters is doing a one-man-show tonight and tomorrow at City Winery. Tickets for tonight are still available.
Heart of Darkness: Jaguar Paw w/ Dave Hill, Cocoon Central, Matt Kilmer @ The Bell House
After joining BrooklynVegan in our tent this year at Firefly Music Festival, comedian Dave Hill will be taking part in the comedy/variety show Heart of Darkness at The Bell House tonight. Matt Kilmer is tonight's musical guest.
For more funny stuff, check out our check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
Monty Luke, Mike Simonetti @ Cameo
Cameo's hosting a late-night dance party (11:59 doors) headlined by Detroit techno DJ Monty Luke, and also featuring a set by Mike Simonetti, who runs Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel (Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire). To get an idea of what tonight might be like, stream a recent Monty Luke mix below.
Du Tonc, Mighty Mouse, JDH & Dave P @ Glasslands
Another good late-night dance option is the FIXED party (11:30 doors) with a live set from Du Tonc, who will be making their NYC debut at the show. DuTonc is the new duo comprised of Mat Van Schie from Australia synth pop band Van She and producer Mighty Mouse (who opens the show with a solo set). FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P are on the bill too.
NYC Pride Rally @ Hudson River Park's Pier 26 (FREE)
It's NYC Pride Weekend and tonight's official party, The Rally, features performances by Pan Am and Vicci Martinez. 7 - 10 PM. Free.
Blowoff DJ set @ Gramercy Theatre
One of the unofficial NYC Pride events going on tonight is Bob Mould and Rich Morel who are bringing their Blowoff party to Gramercy Theatre, spinning their "signature mix of indie rock, electro and house." Sold out.
Hugh Masekela @ Jazz Standard
The legendary horn player continues his four-night stand at Jazz Standard tonight.
In addition to the bigger shows, it's also a pretty good night to check out some local stuff. Mercury Lounge hosts Firehorse and Baby Alpaca; Brooklyn venues Silent Barn and Shea Stadium both have good shows tonight, with Darlings, Juniper Rising, A. Rex & J. Rex, and King Prom at the former; and Sham-poo, Le Rug, Lost Boy?, and Slonk Donkerson at the latter; LES venue Pianos is hosting NJ garage rockers The Everymen, along with The Vontons, The Great American Novel, and Tex And The Girls.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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by Andrew Sacher
Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus are teaming up for an unofficial Northside showcase on Saturday (6/15) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) which features sets from a ton of great bands Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Hive Bent, Fat History Month, and Porches. Doors are at 5 PM, admission is $7 or $5 with a Northside badge, and there will be free pizza while supplies last. If you like your indie rock like it was in the days of Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Pavement, etc, you'll probably dig most of this showcase.
EIS and GT are also doing another showcase today (6/14) at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). This one's also got a ton of great music (and free pizza), including two of Brooklyn's best upcoming punk bands, Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High, noise rockers Eula, Western Mass psych rockers Psychic Blood (who also play the ridiculously good show at Shea on Sunday with Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Big Ups), other local live staples like Yvette, Miniboone, Shark?, Krill, Life Size Maps, and still more. Doors for today's show open at 3 PM.
More info on both shows at the Facebook event. Flyers for both shows and song streams from some of the bands playing below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Waxahatchee / Speedy Ortiz
Barnard College's 20th annual free WBAR-B-B-Q day-long festival went down this past Saturday (4/27) on the Lehman Lawn. The show included sets by Twin Sister, Roomrunner, Waxahatchee (who had the biggest crowd of the day), Speedy Ortiz, and others. It was an outdoor show, and a pretty relaxing one, with much of the crowd lounging on the grass for a lot of the show. But riff rockers Speedy Ortiz and Roomrunner did manage to get people on their feet. And if you were there early on, they had free vegan food. Pictures from WBAR-B-Q are in this post.
Roomrunner has other upcoming dates too, including a show on JUne 20 at Bowery Ballroom with Shannon and the Clams and Mikal Cronin (whose new album is streaming on NPR). Tickets for that show are still on sale.
And Waxahatchee's next NYC show is a free one, opening for Generationals and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside on July 11 on Pier 84 as part of the River Rocks series.
More pictures from WBAR-B-Q below...
Northampton, MA rockers Speedy Ortiz, who we profiled back in January, and who will have a new 7" out next week (4/30), have just announced that they've signed to Carpark Records (Cloud Nothings, Toro y Moi) for their debut album (congrats guys!). The album is called Major Arcana, and it will be out July 9. Check out the album art and tracklist for the new album below.
Speedy Ortiz have a number of upcoming dates, including previously announced NYC shows on April 27 at Shea Stadium with Aye Nako, Butter the Children, and Advaeta, plus WBAR-B-Q that same day, Silent Barn on May 17, and Cake Shop on May 31 with Sleepies. They've also just added another show happening on June 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge.
The WBAR-B-Q happens at Barnard College (4/27) and is free, all ages, and open to the public. As mentioned, the lineup also includes Waxahatchee, Twin Sister, Roomrunner, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, and more. And though Swearin' were initially on the lineup, they've since dropped off and have been replaced by Krill. Krill are releasing their new album, Lucky Leaves, which was recorded by Carlos and Julian from Ava Luna at the Silent Barn, on June 25. You can stream a track from that album, "Never A Joke," below.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist, and song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
LVL UP is an indie rock four-piece, who notably shares two members with Spook Houses, and one with Sirs. Their debut full length, Space Brothers, came out in early 2012 via Evil Weevil and they're set to follow that with the Extra Worlds 7", which is due out on April 6 via Double Double Whammy. You can stream the scrappy rocker, "Graveyard," which will appear on that 7", at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, we've also got the premiere of the video for "Nightshade" off of Space Brothers, a slow-burner that sees co-frontman Nick Corbo howling like Jeff Mangum over chords that sound better fit for a Built to Spill record. It's a solid cut and you can watch the video below.
Last Friday (2/8) during the snow storm, I wandered into a Purchase College apartment (which the members attend/attended) to catch LVL UP packing in some kid's living room, with about 90% of the crowd moshing and shouting the words. They'll be taking that raucous live show on the road this month for a few Northeast dates, including one in Brooklyn on February 23 at Shea Stadium with Krill, Porches, Butter the Children, and High Pop. A list of all dates, which includes shows with Waxahatchee, Eternal Summers, Joyce Manor, and others, is below.
West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.
Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.