Entries tagged with: Laser Background
by Andrew Sacher
Guerilla Toss - 'Gay Disco'
Guerilla Toss hail from the growing Massachusetts rock scene (Speedy Ortiz included them on their top Massachusetts albums of 2013), but while '90s indie rock is the main inspiration for most of those bands, Guerilla Toss are more interested in the dissonant sounds of noise rock and wacky art punk. Their newest album, Gay Disco, came out this past December via NNA Tapes (Blanche Blanche Blanche, Co La) and you can stream two of its tracks, "Pink Elephant" and "Trash Bed," below.
Guerilla Toss played NYC a few times last year, often with labelmates Blanche Blanche Blanche, and they've got a few upcoming shows with another NNA artist, Ryan Power, that brings them back to NYC this month. They'll play an album release show on January 30 at Silent Barn, and that bill also includes no wavers Sediment Club, Northern Spy-signed NYC avant-pop band Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Baltimore experimentalists Horse Lords, No Magic, Brat Pit and Jeremy Smoking (Justin from PC Worship). That show is $10 at the door. All dates are listed below.
Cloud Becomes Your Hand also have a bunch of other local dates coming up, before they head out on a longer North American tour with Guerilla Toss in March that kicks off in NYC on March 2 at Roulette and takes them to SXSW. All of those dates are listed, along with streams, below...
Brooklyn's Zula just released their debut full length, This Hopeful, a 9-song collection of contemporary-sounding psychedelic pop, this week (10/29) via Inflated Records, who have put out singles for Speedy Ortiz, Memoryhouse, and Oberhofer. If you've yet to hear the record, you can stream it in full below.
Zula will celebrate the new album with a release party in Brooklyn on November 6 Secret Project Robot with Ava Luna (who also have a 7" on Inflated), Sam Owens of mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Ashcan Orchestra, and a DJ set from Twin Sister. Flyer below.
After that show, Zula will head out on a full US tour for a couple of weeks, and upon returning home, they'll play another Brooklyn show on November 22 at Shea Stadium with Celestial Shore (full band this time), Banned Books and Laser Background.
All dates are listed, along with the LP stream, below...
Philadelphia duo Pattern Is Movement are back with their first new music in five years, a 12" single on Hometapes with a new song, "Sucklin," on the a-side and a cover of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" on the flip. It's out digitally now and the vinyl will be out October 24. You can stream both sides below.
We already knew the band was playing CMJ with Hospitality at Glasslands on October 19 (tickets) but the've got a few more shows at the fest too. They'll play the Hometapes showcase at Union Pool on October 16 with Celestial Shore, Leverage Models, Norwegian Arms, Laser Background, and Paperhaus ($10 at the door); and they'll also play Webster Hall on October 17, where they were added to the Menomena / Helio Sequence show (tickets).
All Pattern Is Movement dates are listed, along with streams of both sides of the new single, below...
Neko Case in Long Island in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Neko Case, AC Newman @ Radio City Music Hall
Neko Case has another lovely album under her belt -- The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You -- and will play one of NYC's most regal venues. Her New Pornographers bandmate, AC Newman, opens the show.
Matias Aguayo, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
Matias Aguayo has been making quality music for years, both as a solo artist and also as one half of German duo Closer Muzik, but his career got a bit of a boost (at least in North America) when he collaborated with Battles to sing lead on their song "Ice Cream." Tonight he returns to NYC for a FIXED party.
'We Have An Anchor' @ BAM
Jem Cohen presents his new work as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, a cinematic tribute to Nova Scotia with live music by a band that reads like an ATP line-up: Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and more. Tonight's the first of three performances and tickets are still available.
Vista Chino, Black Pussy, Kings Destroy @ Bowery Ballroom
For a while, John Garcia and Brant Bjork of stoner metal legends Kyuss were operating as Kyuss Lives, but they've since changed the band's name to Vista Chino, and also just released a new album, Peace?.
Porches, Laser Background, Isadora, What Moon Things @ Cake Shop
Local "bummer-pop" band Porches have been having a pretty good year with the recognition they've been getting for their new album, and tonight they've got another of their many hometown shows, happening at Cake Shop.
Allah-Las, Reverbation (DJ set) @ Mercury Lounge
Los Angeles' Allah-Las do a great job of making '60s West Coast pysch pop their own, as heard on last year's debut album. They play two shows at Mercury Lounge tonight, both of them sold-out.
Saves The Day, Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Long-running NJ pop punks Saves the Day, who released their first album on Equal Vision since 1999's Through Being Cool this year (stream it), are in NYC tonight for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening is Pitchfork-approved emo singer/songwriter Into It. Over It. and Hostage Calm (who also play CMJ).
SECRET HEADLINER, Iron Chic, Banquets, Chumped @ Saint Vitus
Jaded Punk, who wishes Saves the Day wold be good again, is hosting a show at Saint Vitus, not very far from MHOW, with a secret headliner and a lineup of pop punk openers, including Banquets (who opened Saves the Day's NJ holiday show in 2011). Hmmm...
UPDATE: You can now RSVP to the Jaded Punk show starting at 1 PM, and you will not be admitted without RSVP.
Okkervil River, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, Pickwick @ Terminal 5
Indie folk band Okkervil River have been at it for over a decade now, and even if their most memorable records are behind them, their newer stuff, including this year's The Silver Gymnasium, is still pretty good.
Eugene Mirman, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass, Wyatt Cenac @ The Bell House
It's once again time for the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and tonight's kickoff event is titled "The Urbane Comedy Hour: Non-Stop Courtesy and Culture Through the Prism of Comedy." Sounds deep. Sold out.
Telepathe, Eraas, Advaeta, A Place Both Wonderful and Strange @ The Bowery Electric
Spacey duo Telepathe headline this show, but fans of gothy postpunk might want to go just to check out Eraas and Advaeta.
Lee Foss, Mosco, T.Williams, French Fries @ Output
At this point, UK house producer Lee Foss might be more famous for his "supergroup" Hot Natured, but his own music still sets off dance floors too, and he'll do that at tonight's weekly INPUT party at Output.
Carcass, Immolation @ The Gramercy Theatre
British death metal legends Carcass released Surgical Steel, their first album since reuniting, this year (and first since 1996), and it's no nostalgia act; this is one of the contenders for metal AOTY. So naturally there's a ton of excitement behind this week's NYC shows, both of which are sold out. Tonight's their second of the two shows.
Graham Nash @ City Winery
The "Nash" in Crosby, Stills & Nash, one of the songwriters in '60s pop group The Hollies, and a reputable solo artist as well, Graham Nash continues his three-night run at City Winery tonight.
Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, continues his 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.
DJ Clark Kent, D-Nice, Rich Medina, Stretch Armstrong, Tony Touch @ Santos Party House
Like they did last month, Santos is hosting The Originals party with DJ sets from these hip hop vets.
Elliot Sharp, Noura Mint Seymali & Jeiche Oula Chighaly, Eli Keszler @ Issue Project Room
The Issue Project Room's 10th anniversary celebration continues tonight, headlined by avant-guitarist improvisationalist, Elliot Sharp.
Rewards, Bad Girlfriend, Cheerleader, Mt. Royal @ Pianos
Bad Girlfriend are better than your average girl-group-inspired garagey combo. You can check out a few recordings from last year below. Their debut album, due early next year, is being produced Aaron Pfenning of Rewards, who also play tonight. It's all in the family.
Communication Corporation, Mannequin Pussy, Vacation Jason, Shivering Brigade @ Death By Audio
Tonight is another of The Chris Gethard Show's "Weirdest Bands We Know" shows. Question is are they the weirdest band you know?
Gate, Tom Carter, Samara Lubelski + Marcia Bassett @ Union Pool
Four experimental musicians -- Gate (Michael Morley of The Dead C), Tom Carter (of Charlambides), and the duo of Samara Lubelski (Jackie-O Motherfucker, Chelsea Light Moving) and Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards) -- team up for a show at Union Pool tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Brooklyn indie rock trio Radical Dads are busy working on their sophomore album, but in the meantime they've contributed a track to a four-way split 7" single titled Torrential Zen which pits them and another Brooklyn band, Dinosaur Feathers, against two band from Milwaukee: The Fatty Acids, and Sat. Nite Duets, You can stream RD's contribution, "Holidays Underwater," below.
The single is out Friday (11/9) and you can buy one from the band directly that night when they open for Forgetters at Death by Audio. Radical Dads and Dinosaur Feathers will both play an official Torrential Zen release party happening November 16 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Laser Background and Dead Stars. The only other show on RD's horizon is January 18 at Glasslands with Georgia garage rockers Gringo Star and Backwords. Advance tickets for that one are available.
Speaking of Forgetters (the project of Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil's Blake Schwarzenbach and Against Me!'s Kevin Mahon), they recently announced their new bassist, following the departure of former bassist, Caroline Paquita. The duo will now be joined by Michelle Proffit, frontwoman of Hiretsukan. You can also catch Forgetters opening for Bouncing Souls at one of their holiday shows at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park (12/29).
Radical Dads track stream is below.