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Lightning Bolt / APTBS / JEFF @ DbA's final night
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
APTBS
JEFF the Broherhood

JEFF the Broherhood

When Lightning Bolt's set ended at around 2 AM Saturday night (11/22), the floor of Death by Audio was littered with beer cans and ripped-up issues of Vice magazine. Their set, which was the last to ever be played at DbA, was one of the wildest I've ever seen at the now-closed DIY showspace. It was a turbulent sea with constant crowdsurfers. I saw many smiling sweaty people afterwards with blood all over their tshirts. (There was also a kid on top the crowd eating a burrito which was amazing.) Among those on top the crowd: DbA co-founder Edan Wilbur who was wearing a homemade shirt that read "START YOUR OWN FUCKING SHOWSPACE." The crowd would not let him down, and much like Ty Segall a week before, he had a massive grin plastered to his face. It was a perfect way (and the perfect band) for DbA to go out.

Admittedly, the final night didn't start off quite as perfectly. The line for the final show started forming around 3 PM and by 5 PM was at Kent -- which was usually the cutoff point for who got in on the previous nights -- and it eventually went past Glasslands. (They did give away free hot chocolate for folks in line.) The paid list for friends and family (which, I won't deny, included the guy writing this) was big, and there was also the problem of rampant space-holding by folks in line.

Grooms
Grooms

The main space was full of folks that looked like DbA regulars to me by the time openers Grooms took the stage, and what weird vibes there were lifted when they started to play. (Grooms have basically practiced at DbA since they began as Muggabears and have played there many many times over the last seven years.) Singer Travis Johnson was definitely holding back tears at first and gave a nice tribute to the space and Edan: "If more people cared as much about music and as little about actually making money as Edan, the world would be a better place." Guitarist Jay Heiselmann, meanwhile, may hold the record for most shows at DbA's final stand, having also played with Roya, The Immaculates, French Miami, and Fuckton. The night also marked the return of original member Emily Ambruso who is apparently back in the band these days.

Next up were Nashville's JEFF the Brotherhood who played in their original Jake-and-Jamin two-piece configuration as a throwback to their first-ever NYC show... which was at DbA. (A lot of bands' first shows were at DbA.) They are basically DbA family and it would've been more of a surprise if they didn't play. Not that I dislike the expanded lineup, but Jake and Jamin are such a killer locked groove, they don't need others so much. They were great on Saturday and the pit rivaled Lightning Bolt's with people banging into each other in the crowd and on top. When their set ended and the crowd screamed for more, Jake reminded folks "opening bands don't do encores!"

Oliver Ackerman and his birthday pie
APTBS

Irony of ironies, Saturday was also the birthday of Death by Audio owner / pedalmaker / bartender Oliver Ackerman who also fronts noisemakers A Place to Bury Strangers. He was presented with candle-covered pies right before APTBS' set and the whole place sang "Happy Birthday." It was a nice moment. He blew out the candles and the band started the set which was white noise sensory deprivation with smoke machines, strobes, and lasers on full blast. The only time I saw a member of the band during their set was when bassist Dion Lunadon leapt onto the crowd still playing his bass.

There was a dance party in "The Ranch" in the back and people just hung out and talked till basically the sun came up. (I left about 5 AM.) Thanks again to Edan, Matt and Oliver and everyone else who worked there and made it special.

Matt Conboy and Edan Wilbur post-show
Lightning Bolt

More pics from Death by Audio's final show, plus video of all four bands' sets (via unARTigNYC), below...

Continue reading "Lightning Bolt, A Place to Bury Strangers, JEFF & Grooms played Death by Audio's final show (pics / video)"

DbA's Edan Wilbur crowdsurf's during Lightning Bolt / APTBS / aftermath
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP

Brooklyn DIY showspace Death by Audio closed out its seven-year existence on Saturday (11/22) with headliners Lightning Bolt, old pals JEFF the Brotherhood, as well as A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms. We've got a proper set of pictures from the finale on the way, but a few cameraphone shots and instagrams are in this post.

Death by Audio, you'll really be missed. More pics below...

Continue reading "Death by Audio, RIP (Lightning Bolt, A Place to Bury Strangers, JEFF the Brotherhood & Grooms were the last bands to play)"

Saunier / Chippendale LP art
DBA

There's just three shows left at Death by Audio. Last night's "Top Secret!" headliners were Thee Oh Sees and main man John Dwyer said onstage, "We're here for two nights." He didn't say "in a row" but seeing how they play Warsaw with Jack Name on Friday (tickets) and are at M for Montreal on Saturday (snowstorms permitting), the other night in question seems to only be one option. But who knows? As for the rest of the lineup, DbA has posted up today's clues:

Well shucks! looks like i forgot to mention one of the players last night, slipped my mind! Well tonight i wont try and pull the Wool over your eyes, and jack you all around with this name game, ive been actin like a kid! Anyway i apologize for all the tomfoolery, and ill sees ya tonight!
Ok, sleuths, what does it all mean?

If you're going to go to one of these last three nights, do make sure to spend some time in the Death by Art installation which has a lot of cool stuff to see. You may have seen a monitor in the hallway showing a documentary about drummers Greg Saunier and Brian Chippendale titled Checking in at 20. It was directed by Matt Conboy who runs the DbA showspace (with Edan Wilbur) and features interviews with Wayne Coyne, Tim Harrington, John Dwyer, Steven Drozd, Kid Millions, and rock journalist Michael Azerrad. You can watch the whole thing (via Pitchfork) below. Both Saunier (with Deerhoof) and Lightning Bolt's Chippendale (as Black Pus) played Death by Audio in the last few weeks.

Meanwhile, Saunier and Chippendale also have an album out via Famous Class. The self-titled LP features two side-long improvisations, and is limited to 500 copies. Order yours now.

Documentary stream below...

Continue reading "Greg Saunier & Brian Chippendale release LP & documentary; three shows left at DbA (tonight's lineup clues are posted)"

Ceremony at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
Ceremony

As mentioned, ever-evolving punks Ceremony are set to play this year's This Is Hardcore festival in Philly (they play on 8/10) alongside Kid Dynamite, The Suicide File, Modern Life Is War, Judge, Blacklisted, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Paint It Black, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Defeater, No Redeeming Social Value, Gwar, and more. Head to TiH's site for tickets. Updated lineup and schedule below.

Around the time of that festival, they'll be doing some other East Coast shows with Baltimore post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Those shows include one in Brooklyn on August 17 at 285 Kent, one in NJ on August 14 at Asbury Lanes, and a little farther out from NYC, they'll also play The El 'n' Gee on August 16 in New London, CT, but it might be worth the drive considering Joyce Manor and Glocca Morra are on that bill too. (It's also a day after Joyce Manor play a free NYC show at House of Vans with Kid Dynamite, Red Hare, and Swearin'). Tickets for the 285 Kent and El 'n' Gee shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at noon, and tickets for the Asbury Lanes show are on sale now.

You can also catch Ed Schrader's Music Beat in NYC even sooner at Death by Audio on June 28 with The Hussy, Barkley's Barnyard Critters (feat. Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt), and Shark Muffin. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.

Ceremony have a few other coming shows, like one of those free Converse shows in San Francisco, which they'll play on June 27 with Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket from the Crypt, The Bronx, and the Shrine. All dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.

Continue reading "Ceremony touring with Ed Schrader's Music Beat around This is Hardcore (dates & updated schedule)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Black Pus - "1000 Years" (MP3)

Black Pus at Summerstage in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Black Pus

This past March, Black Pus (aka Lightning Bolt member Brian Chippendale) released his new album, All My Relations, a characteristically noisy and spastic record. You can stream it via Spotify and watch the video for its single, "1000 Years," below. You can also download that track for free at the top of this post.

Black Pus will support the new album with a spring tour that kicks off in early May in Boston and wraps up in Brooklyn with a show at Death by Audio on June 2. Openers TBA.

All dates are listed, along with the album stream and video, below...

Continue reading "Black Pus released an album, touring (dates & video)"

Dan Deacon @ MHOW, 11/16/2012 (more by David Andrako)
Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon made his national network television debut last night (12/13) on Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing "True Thrush" from his most recent album, America. Like at his live shows, Dan and his band played mostly in darkness and incorporates an iPhone app into his crowd-participation antics. You can experience a little of that symbiosis in the video from the Kimmel performance which has an interactive element, which you can watch below. Dan's North American tour wraps up this weekend in Florida and he'll head to Europe in February for a short tour there. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Dan gave us his Top 10 LPs of 2012 which includes Baltimore pals Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Beach House, Dope Body, Chester Endersby Gwazda (who Dan brought on tour with him this year) and Horse Lords. You can check it out below, along with a list of tour dates and the 'Kimmel' video.

Continue reading "Dan Deacon made his network TV debut on 'Kimmel,' lists his Top 10 LPs of 2012"

Jack White @ Roseland Ballroom 5/22/12

So far we've seen Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield and Fred Pessaro // BBG's favorite photos that they took in 2012, and now comes a set from the great David Andrako.

The photos are not in any particular order. Jack White above. More below...

Continue reading "David Andrako's favorite Live Music Photos of 2012 -------------- (that he took) "

photos by Erik Erikson

Lightning Bolt @ 285 Kent
Lightning Bolt

Spazzy destruction duo Lightning Bolt played 285 Kent on Thursday (9/20) the day before blessing ATP I'll Be Your Mirror on Friday (9/21). The show was also one of two NYC dates for Indian Jewelry, who blessed Public Assembly the following night (on 9/21) as part of Et Cetera. Pictures from the 285 Kent show, which featured a drum-off between Greg Fox & Kid Millions, are in this post.

Lightning Bolt's tour in support of their new compilation Oblivian Hunter comes to a close at the Paradise in Boston today (9/23). The record is currently available for order via LOAD Records.

Stream the song "King Candy" from said release and check out more pictures and a great HD video of Lightning Bolt from 285 Kent, below.

Continue reading "Lightning Bolt played 285 Kent with Indian Jewelry before ATP (pics & video)"

ATPNY

The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).

Tickets are still available to all three days which can be gotten online or at Other Music. Peruse the full schedule below, perhaps while listening to the ATP mixtape that Greg Dulli made for us.

Continue reading "ATP NY 2012: full schedule"

photos by Debi Del Grande

Atlas Sound / Dinosaur Jr. / crowd
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 2 in Pictures
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 2 in Pictures
FYF Fest 2012 - Day 2 in Pictures

LA's FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (9/2) after kicking off one day earlier. Sunday's portion of the fest gave us sets by Yeasayer, Dinosaur Jr., American Nightmare, Atlas Sound, Wild Nothing, Desaparecidos (Conor Oberst's old band who reformed this year), Paul Banks, Ceremony, Cursive, and many more.

Pictures of day 1 are HERE and more pics of day 2 are below.

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012: day 2 in pics (Yeasayer, Dinosaur Jr., American Nightmare, Atlas Sound, Wild Nothing and more)"

Sebadoh at MHoW, November 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sebadoh

today in NYC
* Jacob Garchik @ Barbes
* Wade Bowen @ Joe's Pub
* Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub
* Mike O'Brien @ UCB
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Everest Cale @ Bryant Park
* Kitty Pryde, Lakutis @ Santos
* What Can You Do? @ The Stone
* Popular Culture, Ferns @ Cameo
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Remember, Dream v. 2.5 @ The Stone
* The Drums, Chairlift @ Brooklyn Bowl
* WFMU's 7 Second Delay Live @ UCB
* Pete Rock, DJ Premier @ East River Park
* Al Green, Charles Bradley @ Beacon Theatre
* Conveyor, Field Mouse, Abadabad, Y/Y @ Glasslands
* Highlife, Daniel Higgs, Endless Boogie @ McCarren Park
* Portland Cello Project, Live Footage @ City Winery
* Sebadoh, Circle of Buzzards, Sentridoh @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wino & Conny Ochs, Sean Ragon, Kevin Hufnagel @ Saint Vitus
* Many Mansions, Names Divine, United Waters, IYEZ @ Shea Stadium
* The Hairs, Chris Robison, Daniel Fromberg, Rabbit Troupe @ Cake Shop
* Little Feat, Papa Grows Funk, Stooges Brass Band @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Teenage Bottlerocket, Nothington, Masked Intruder, The Scutches @ Santos
* Rank Xerox, Rat Columns, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Deformity @ Death By Audio
* The Eastern Sea, Sundress, Your 33 Black Angels, Variety Lights @ Mercury Lounge
* Splash, Psychobuildings, Grand Resort, Lingerie, Le Sphinxx DJ set @ Public Assembly

The Coen Brothers classic Raising Arizona is showing for free in McCarren Park tonight as part of Summerscreen, along with performances from Highlife, Daniel Higgs and Endless Boogie.

Sebadoh/Sentridoh are here playing Bowery tonight, but you can also catch Lou Barlow in the Dinosaur Jr. video for "Watch The Corners", starring Tim Heidecker, below.

Austin City Limits 2012 Late Night Shows were announced.

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SNL writer Mike O'Brien, who you saw interviewing Joanna Newsom in our tattoo post yesterday, performs at UCB tonight. He goes on after John and Scott from 30 Rock do their thing.

Grimes, who recently played River Rocks, has a new video for "Genesis" which is viewable below. She dances with a snake. Claire will be back in NYC in October for four nights of sold-out shows.

Yeasayer performed "Longevity" on Jimmy Fallon on August 20th and A$AP Rocky performed "Goldie" last night (8/21). Check out video of both below. Quicksand plays Jimmy Fallon tonight, two days before they bless NYC in the first of sold-out two local shows.

Aesop Rock, not to be confused with ASAP Rocky, has a new video for "Cycles to Gehenna" off of his new album, Skelethon. Check it out below. His tour recently hit Austin for a sold out show at Mohawk. You can check out pictures from that show HERE

Check out a video below of Indians performing at Ace Hotel as part of that '5 at 5' series.

Gorguts recently played Irving Plaza and though a video of a full set has yet to emerge, check out video from last week in London below.

SXSW released a trio of videos featuring DIIV performing this past year. Check those out below.

The Walkmen performed "Heartbreaker" on Late Show With David Letterman last night. Check out video of that Heaven track below.

Stream a new Lightning Bolt track from their upcoming rarities comp below.

Lightning Bolt is one of the many artists whose photograph is on display at the BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" which is up now at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Hours:

8/21- 8/24; 9/4-9/5: 8am-8:30pm
8/27-8/31: 8am-3pm
9/3: Closed for Labor Day
Closed on Sats & Suns.
Stop by and check it out! And download the audio from our opening night concert.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (new Grimes video included)"

Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Baroness

Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!

Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.

Continue reading "Baroness dropped off House of Vans and FYF Fest, who added bands (updated lineup)"

ATP

That didn't take long. Last night we posted it as a rumor. Today it is confirmed (removal of Louis CK included):

ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.

Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.

New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...

Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:

"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."

Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.

"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."

Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.

The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.

Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.

Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...

Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.

Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.

Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.

As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.

Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...

Continue reading "confirmed: ATP moves from Asbury Park to NYC, adds artists"

Lightning Bolt at Brooklyn Bowl in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
Lightning Bolt

Spastic noise rockers Lightning Bolt will be going on a tour of the US and Canada this August/September surrounding appearances at FYF Fest and MusicFestNW. That tour brings them to NYC for a show at 285 Kent on September 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

To coincide with the tour, the band will be releasing the Oblivion Hunter EP, a collection of "lost" material from 2008. The EP will be released as a 12" vinyl on Load Records.

A list of all dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Lightning Bolt releasing "lost" material, touring (dates)"

MFNW 2012

The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.

In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2012 lineup expands (The Hives, Flying Lotus, Quasi, DIIV, Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Beirut, Swans & many more)"

FYF

FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
WOW.

Quicksand recently reunited at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary on the West Coast, and I would't be surprised if they do the same at Irving Plaza in October.

American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.

Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012 lineup: Quicksand, Refused, American Nightmare, Desaparecidos, M83, Hot Snakes & MUCH more"

Black Pus at Summerstage in July (more by David Andrako)
Black Pus

As mentioned in What's Going on Thursday?, High Places play Glasslands tonight (8/18) with Soft Circle (featuring Hisham Bharoocha formerly of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice), Zambri, and Driphouse. Tickets are still on sale.

Zambri, who are also on the Glasslands bill tonight, recently signed to Kanine Records. They were set to play Summerscreen in McCarren Park on 8/3 along with a screening of Clueless but the show was rained out. It's since been rescheduled for August 24 at McCarren Park. The band are set to release their debut EP Glossolalia on November 8 via the label. They'll play a record release show at Glasslands on November 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Check out the EP's artwork, tracklist, and a teaser video below.

Speaking of Lightning Bolt, Black Pus aka Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt, plays Death by Audio on Friday (8/19) with Cosmonauts, Zulus, and Happy New Year.

Happy New Year aka Eleanor Logan of Adult Themes, who is on the DbA bill with Black Pus, also plays Out in the Streets Festival which takes place on August 27 and 28 at Brooklyn Fireproof. Other artists on the festival include NewVillager, Lemonade, Janka Nabay, The Forms, Computer Magic, Magic Mountain, Physical Therapy, Milagres, Mi Ami, and more. A flier for the festival is below.

All dates, video and other stuff below...

Continue reading "High Places, Lightning Bolt, Zambri, Happy New Year, Out in the Streets Fest & more "

photos by David Andrako

"Thoroughly awesome Central Park SummerStage Ratatat show tonight! Preceded by an Omar Souleyman dance party in a torrential downpour." - Miranda Mammen

"Omar Souleyman killed it at Santos 2nite!
the bubu gang also ruled! xelent!" - Jesse Lent

Ratatat
Ratatat

Ratatat headlined the sold-out Central Park Summerstage last night (7/13) with support from Omar Souleyman and Black Pus (aka Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt). It rained pretty hard during Omar Souleyman but things cleared up for Ratatat's set, which was accompanied by an array of video clips and visuals. Omar then played a much drier set after the show at Santos with Janka Nabay and others.

More pictures and videos from the Summerstage show below...

Continue reading "Ratatat, Omar Souleyman & Black Pus played Summerstage (pics & video)"

photos by Lauren Monaco

Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Festival

Despite the sun blaring, sound levels needing to be kept low due in part to the birth of a baby red-tailed hawk, and the temporary shutting down of the show due to people climbing poles and otherwise being too violent, Lightning Bolt managed to play a headlining set at NYU's annual Strawberry Festival on Friday. And in keeping with the bird theme, they shared a bill with both Pterodactyl and Ducktails, and The So So Glos too.

The festival's mascot, a human dressed as a strawberry was in attendance and seen crowd surfing. Some video of that, and more pictures from the whole day, below...

Continue reading "Lightning Bolt, crowdsurfing strawberries & more (NYU's 2011 Strawberry Fest in pics & video)"

Lightning Bolt at 285 Kent Ave on 4/27, photo by Kathy Zikas
Lightning Bolt

"Lightning Bolt pummeled the crowed at Le Poisson Rouge [Thursday] night with their standard blitzkrieg attack of sound. For over an hour the noise duo blasted away through classics from their excellent discography sending the crowd into a near frenzy. Brian Chippendale did his best impersonation of a jackhammer playing the drums and Brian Gibson stood by, ever so effortlessly, as he turned his amps up to 11 and ripped through distorted blasts of thundering bass. Despite the breaks between songs, the non stop bombardment of escalated sound sent shock waves through the crowd that more then likely split a few ear drums. The relentless assault proved that these two men are masters of their craft as they powered aware with such force and precision that kept the crowd screaming for an encore. When the band answered the call they came back to the stage and began to tear through the epic track "Ride the Skies" which nearly sent everyone over the edge after an already incredible performance of hurricane like forces of sound crushing the crowd." [omgnyc]
Lightning Bolt played Le Poisson Rouge Thursday night. It was one of two NYC dates the band played last week (they also played 285 Kent on 4/27, Wed), and the Providence duo will be back this week. NYU will host its annual Strawberry Festival (volunteer here) on Laguardia between West 3rd & 4th street on Friday May 6th with a special appearance from Lightning Bolt, as well as Pterodactyl, Ducktails, and The So So Glos. The fest goes down from 1PM until 5PM, and features food, drink, prizes, and even a DJ battle "with DJ Juan Farrakhan (BX) and DJ Jules Verne (BK, mem. FIASCO)." Unlike in years recent past, this year's event is advertised as "open to the public." More details are below.

In related news, soon after we posted about the May 5th Thermals show at Le Poisson Rouge, it was revealed that the show is actually an NYU show which would explain why advanced tickets were not easy to get. Note that "Advance tickets are only available for NYU. Non-nyu tickets available day of at doors." If you can get a ticket though, the show is a bargain: $7 for students, $10 for non-nyu, and both Twin Shadow and Tyvek were added to the very impressive Cinco de Mayo bill. Though:

IMPORTANT NOTE: those event times are NOT A MISPRINT. The doors for LPR will be open at 6, the first act goes on around 7, and this show WILL BE OVER AROUND 10. GET THERE EARLY.
NYU students can get tix at Ticket Central.

Twin Shadow meanwhile is out on tour with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and will in fact open the May 6th show at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale. All TS dates are listed below.

The Thermals played Maxwell's with Dinowalrus last night (5/1), and in addition to the Le Poisson Rouge show, they're playing NYC at the Bell House in July after their tour with Matt & Kim. Tickets are still on sale.

Strawberry Festival details and Twin Shadow tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Thermals played Maxwell's, Lightning Bolt played 2 NYC shows, both bands playing public NYU shows, Twin Shadow too"

Lightning Bolt at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Leia Jospe)
Lightning Bolt

Tickets are "going fast" for the 4/27 Lightning Bolt show that was announced at Club Exit in Greenpoint but will actually go down at 285 Kent Ave (where Todd P says it actually always was). Head down to Record Grouch Records to get your tickets before they disappear. The show will feature support from Humanbeast, DOGLEATHER, and 80's Hardcore.

Tickets are also still available for Lightning Bolt's appearance at Le Poisson Rouge the next day (4/28) with Pterodactyl.

All remaining Lightning Bolt dates, and some videos, including footage from their recent set at Coachella, below.

Continue reading "Lightning Bolt played Coachella & now on tour, NYC openers announced, Brooklyn show moved sort of (tix are on sale)"

DOWNLOAD: Lightning Bolt - Colossus (MP3)

Lightning Bolt (more by Leia Jospe)
Lightning Bolt

Spazzy noise-rock gods Lightning Bolt have always had a knack for playing in any venue, no matter how odd, like "Above The Auto Parts Store" (where the pic above comes from), or abandoned lots/Bushwick lofts, and recently an upscale bowling alley (after the show got moved from a public park). Now the Providence duo will hit the road for a string of US dates in late March that not only includes Coachella, but will keep that streak alive in NYC by including a stops at the defunct (?) Club Exit in Greenpoint on April 27th followed by a show at the somewhat swanky Le Poisson Rouge on April 28th (Tickets go on sale February 18).

The above MP3 is from their 2009 album, Earthly Delights. All tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Lightning Bolt are going on tour (2011 dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Lightning Bolt - "Colossus" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dan Deacon - "Get Older" (MP3)

Lightning Bolt at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Leia Jospe)
Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt and the Dan Deacon Ensemble will play a string of dates together that kick off in Lexington, Kentucky, and end a week later, 10/15, at Ridgewood Masonic Temple.

Friday October 15th @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE

:: LIGHTNING BOLT
:::: DAN DEACON ENSEMBLE

| RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE ]
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
J,Z-Gates Ave, L,M-Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | all ages | $tba

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE WED 9/1 5PM
@ DESERT ISLAND BOOKS

540 METROPOLITAN AVE | 718.388.5087
MON-SAT NOON-9PM, SUN NOON-7PM

In between and before those dates both Dan Deacon (NOT Ensemble) and Lightning Bolt have scheduled solo outings, with DD also scheduled to appear at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, NL AND Moogfest in Asheville NC over Halloween weekend. The stacked lineup at Moogfest will feature Big Boi (who plays NYC next week), El-P, Girl Talk, Devo, Jonsi, Massive Attack, MGMT, Panda Bear, RJD2 (who just played Webster), and many others over its three days. Tickets are on sale.

Lightning Bolt bassist Brian recently played NYC with Megasus at Acheron, and before that LB played Brooklyn Bowl instead of Williamsburg Waterfront.

All Lightning Bolt and Dan Deacon/Ensemble dates, as well as few videos that include New Dan Deacon songs played live at Whartscape and a short documentary piece on Deacon/Wham City/Baltimore, below...

Continue reading "Dan Deacon Ensemble touring w/ Lightning Bolt (dates) "

photos by Leia Jospe

Cap'n Jazz @ Brooklyn Bowl....
Cap'n Jazz

Sunday was an eventful day. TheDeathSet kicked off the 'Pool Party' at Williamsburg Waterfront in the afternoon, but was quickly told to stop due to rain. The organizers got on stage and announced that the free show was moving to Brooklyn Bowl, and the race was on. Those lucky enough to get to Brooklyn Bowl quick enough were let in before the show reached capacity, but thousands of others who had planned on seeing Lightning Bolt, No Age... and the only NYC appearance of the reunited Cap'n Jazz, were out of luck.

Luckily Cap'n Jazz was also playing that night at Maxwell's in NJ, and No Age were playing Death By Audio, so a few more people got to see each of them (especially Cap'n Jazz) (though you had to decide between Cap'n Jazz and Universal Order of Armageddon).

Back to Brooklyn Bowl though...

"Cap'n Jazz was amazing, no better word for it. Tim Kinsella's stage presence was ridiculous and prickish in the best way possible. When people jumped on the stage to crowd surf, he'd push them before they were ready. He rolled on the crowd while he sang, grabbed the shoe off one guy as he floated past, held the French horn comically high above him when he played, and was just all around entertaining. Davey von Bohlen was also really into it. He thrashed on the guitar, rocked out with the drummer, and was having a blast.

The audience loved it too and knew every word. A high note was during "In the Clear" when Kinsella was supposed to scream the alphabet. He couldn't seem to find his microphone in time and everyone picked up the slack, "A! B! C!" Kinsella shrugged.

"Oh Messy Life" and "Little League" were other high points to the show, the audience seemed to go most crazy for Cap'n Jazz's only cover song, "Take On Me." People danced and screamed the words, the same words Kinsella read from a paper as he sang." [NY Press]

Hopefully Cap'n Jazz announce more dates for those who missed them.

For No Age, this was the second year in a row that they played a Pool Party in Brooklyn Bowl due to rain,

More pictures and some Cap'n Jazz videos from Sunday's show at Brooklyn Bowl (and Williamsburg Waterfront), below...

Continue reading "Cap'n Jazz, Lightning Bolt, No Age & the DeathSet played Brooklyn Bowl/Williamsburg Waterfront (pics & video) "

photos by Kate Gardiner

Major Lazer @ Pitchfork Fest Sunday
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"The tempo picked up again with Major Lazer at 6:15 p.m., and--hallelujah!--it stayed at a pretty high level through the end of Pitchfork 2010...

...Though Young is missing from the [Pavement] reunion, Stephen Malkmus and his bandmates were musically concise, tight, and focused, and they delivered many of their best songs--"Range Life," "Frontwards," "Greenlander," and "Unfair" among them--in versions that were every bit as strong as they were back in the day, and better in some cases than that last stage of the group. Since the music always seemed timeless, there was less of a taint of nostalgia here then with, say, the Pixies reunion, though to be sure, the motivations probably were very much the same, and mostly colored green... [Jim DeRegatis]

The 2010 Pitchfork Festival has come to an end, and if you've been following along, you saw pictures from Day 1 & 2, pictures of LCD Soundsystem, and more pictures from Day 1 & 2. Now a set of pictures from the third and final day, with a bunch of setlists from all three days (including Pavement's), below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2010 in pics & setlists (Day 3 - Pavement, Big Boi, St Vincent, Major Lazer, Lightning Bolt & more) "

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