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Merchandise / Lower @ MHOW 10/14/2014
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Merchandise and Lower's tour together hit NYC last night (10/14) for a show at MHOW. The bands share a similar dark, emotive sound and general asthetic (not to mention same parent label, the Beggars Group) so it's a good double bill. Merchandise, whose new album takes them further away from their punk roots, really benefited from MHOW's soundsystem. Pictures from their sets are in this post.

Folks who got there early were treated to a set from Italian duo Ninos du Brasil who were making their American debut (they're on the tour as well), a highly charged set full of crazy drumming and confetti. The group, whose record is out on Dominick Furnow's Hospital Productions (and have an upcoming 12" on DFA), did a pretty cool remix of Merchandise's "Green Lady" which you can stream below. NYC has another chance to see Ninos du Brasil tonight (10/15) at the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home with Brazilian dark punks Rakta. That's a late show, probably not starting till after midnight. Take a nap first.

Pictures of Ninos du Brasil's set, plus more from Lower and Merchandise, below...

Continue reading "Merchandise, Lower played Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics) with Ninos du Brasil who play Nothing Changes tonight"

by Bill Pearis

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Merchandise's 4AD debut will be out in about a month (8/25) and the band have just released a video for new single "Enemy." Directed by Tim Saccenti (who also took the band's press shot, above), the video pays homage to the iconic work of Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger and William Eggleston. You can watch that below.

The band were in NYC not so long ago and have just announced an extensive fall tour, for most of which they'll be joined by Danish quartet Lower whose new album Seek Warmer Climes came out last month and is certainly in the same melo-romantic postpunk world as Merchandise. (They were in NYC recently too.) That combo hits NYC on October 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/16) at noon.

The MHOW show (and a few other dates) is also with Italian duo Ninos Du Brasil whose new percussion-intensive record, Novos Mistérios, came out back in April via Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions label. You can stream a track and watch a video from that below. Also below is a Rdio mix Lower made of songs they were listening to while recording the new album.

All tour dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below...

Continue reading "Merchandise share new video, touring w/ Lower & Italian duo Ninos Du Brasil, playing MHOW (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Lower - Soft Option (MP3)

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Danish quartet Lower are currently in North America for a few East Coast shows, including two here in NYC: tonight (5/28) at Home Sweet Home with Survival as part of the weekly late night Nothing Changes party ($8 at the door), and then Friday (5/30) at Acheron with Jade Tree signees Dark Blue and La Cruor (tickets).

The group have just shared a second song from their upcoming Matador debut, Seek Warmer Climes, out June 17. Where "Lost Weight, Perfect Skin," was on the strident side, new single "Soft Option" is a little more melodic, with a chorus that recalls early-'80s bands like The Chameleons and The Sound. You can download it above and watch its video -- along with a couple other tracks from the LP and the band's current tour schedule -- below.

Continue reading "Lower are here, share new song off 'Seek Warmer Climes,' play Nothing Changes party tonight, Acheron on Friday"

Merchandise at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Merchandise

As previously mentioned, Florida post-punks Merchandise are going on a tour which hits NYC on June 21 at Glasslands with Francis Heinzfeller (tickets) and Saint Vitus on June 22 with tourmates The Ukiah Drag (tickets). Since we last spoke, it was announced that Merchandise and The Ukiah Drag will play yet another NYC show June 25 at Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie St) for the venue's Nothing Changes party. Updated dates are listed below.

Merchandise also just released a new song from USA '13, their 3-way split with Destruction Unit and Milk Music. That split was supposed to come out on Record Store Day but was delayed and will be out this month. Listen to the new song, via Noisey, below.

Speaking of Nothing Changes, since we last spoke, local goth punks Anasazi were added to the Iceage show happening on May 25. That's part of Iceage's tour which also hits Glasslands (5/24) a day earlier with Uniform (mems of The Men, Drunkdriver).

Iceage's pals Lower also play Nothing Changes on 5/28 which is part of their tour that also hits Acheron on 5/30. Since we last spoke, Dark Blue (mems of Clockcleaner, Paint It Black) and La Cruor were added to the Acheron show. Tickets for that are on sale.

Other upcoming Nothing Changes shows include Pedestrian Deposit with Hospital Productions-signed FFH and White Suns this Wednesday (5/7), White Ring the following week (5/14) and more. Full schedule, with the new Merchandise song and their updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Merchandise released a new song, expand tour (3 NYC dates total) ++ Nothing Changes update (Iceage, White Ring, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Lower at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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Danish punks Lower have many impressive singles/EPs/demos dating back a few years now, and they've just announced that they've signed to Matador (also home to their Denmark pals Iceage), who will release their debut album, Seek Warmer Climes, on June 17. They also just released the album's first single, "Lost Weight, Perfect Skin," which sounds like their knack for moody punk hasn't gone anywhere. You can listen to that, with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.

As mentioned, Lower are coming over to the US for Posh Isolation Fest in LA, and they've since added other dates to happen while they're here, including two in NYC. First they play Home Sweet Home on May 28 for the venue's Nothing Changes party, and then they play Acheron on May 30. No advance tickets for either show at the moment. All dates are listed below.

Their Home Sweet Home show is only three days after Iceage play the same venue (5/25), as part of their US tour with Uniform, which also hits Glasslands on 5/24 (tix).

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, LP artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Lower releasing debut LP on Matador, announce tour, including 2 NYC shows (dates & stream)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Lower at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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NYC's Cult of Youth just shared a stage with Skinny Puppy at Webster Hall for someone's idea of a happy Valentine's Day, but if you were preoccupied with a more traditional celebration, the band will be playing the previously mentioned Nothing Changes party this Wednesday (2/19) with Damien Dubrovnik and Helm. As usual, things will get started late (midnight-ish) at Home Sweet Home.

Damien Dubrovnik is a project from Loke Rahbek and Christian Stadsgaard, the duo behind the Copenhagen label Posh Isolation. Posh Isolation is putting on a two day fest out in Los Angeles called "13 Torches For A Burn" on May 16 & 17 at The Church on York that, in addition to label staples like Lust for Youth and Sexdrome and alums Iceage, will feature performances by acts that make it stateside less frequently (if ever), including Puce Mary and Age Coin. The show is being billed as Sexdrome's last-ever show, so get it while it's hot if you live in LA. Danish punks Lower will be there too, and tickets for both days and two-day passes are on sale now.

Virile Games, who is playing Nothing Changes on 2/26 with Withdrawal Method, just put out an EP titled Wounded Laurel (a reissue of an earlier double cassette) on Hospital Productions. A month and change later, Virile Games will team up with local black metal-tinged punk favs Raspberry Bulbs, Anxiety Hammer and DJ Anthony Pappalardo for a show at Baby's All Right on 3/29. Tickets for that show are on sale.

"13 Torches For A Burn" poster and lineup below...

Continue reading "Iceage, Lower & more playing Posh Isolation fest in LA; Cult of Youth playing Nothing Changes; Raspberry Bulbs playing Baby's"

Lower at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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Danish punks Lower just brought their tour through NYC for Northside shows with hometown pals Iceage at MHOW on Thursday (6/13) (also with A Place to Bury Strangers and more) and Saint Vitus on Friday (6/14) (with Lust For Youth and more). If you missed 'em this time around, or just have to see them again, you're in luck because the band have since announced that they'll be making one last stop in NYC on June 25 at Acheron (57 Waterbury St in Brooklyn).

That show is with one of their tourmates, Cleveland's excellent post-punk band Pleasure Leftists, NYC punks Crazy Spirit, Boston's The Ukiah Drag, and NYC goths Anasazi (whose member Keegan designed the show flyer). Show starts at 8 PM and admission is $8 at the door. 18+.

Updated dates are listed, along with the Acheron show flyer and some song streams, below...

Continue reading "Lower played Northside, playing Acheron w/ Pleasure Leftists, Crazy Spirit, Anasazi & more (updated dates & streams)"

Iceage at MHOW - 6/13/13 (via @darrenthewalrus)
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Danish punk bands Iceage and Lower came to NYC for this year's Northside Festival, during which they played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (6/13) with local shoegaze mainstays A Place to Bury Strangers and newer (but still noisy) locals Bennio Qwerty and Bambara.

It's since been announced that Iceage and Lower will stick around for the Pitchfork Showcase which happens at Saint Vitus on Friday (6/14). Also on the bill is Loke Rahbek of Iceage side project Var, another Danish musician Puce Mary (aka Frederikke Hoffmeier), Age Coin (members of Lower and Var), and as discussed, Lust for Youth. Tickets for that showcase are still available, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.

Show flyer and some song streams below...

Continue reading "Iceage & Lower played MHOW, playing Saint Vitus on Friday"

A Place to Bury Strangers at MHOW in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
A Place to Bury Strangers

Danish punk bands Iceage and Lower will both be down in Austin for Chaos in Tejas this weekend, and after that they'll kick off a tour together which comes to NYC for a previously discussed show on June 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, as part of the Northside Festival. Since we last spoke, Brooklyn eardrum destroyers A Place to Bury Strangers were added to that show. It's one of a few currently announced dates for APTBS, all of which are listed below. TIckets for the MHOW show are still available, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.

We just wrote more about Lower (and their other tourmates, Pleasure Leftists) over at BV Chicago. They're planning to release their debut album at some point this year. All of their dates are listed below.

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers playing with Iceage & Lower during Northside Festival (dates & streams)"

White Fence
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As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.

White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.

The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.

These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.

Continue reading "White Fence streaming new LP, added to Northside Fest line-up (Mac DeMarco, Nu Sensae, Kylesa, Torche & more too)"

Still Corners

As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.

Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...

Continue reading "Still Corners playing NYC before NXNE (dates & updated lineup)"

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Iceage @ Star Theater, Portland, 3/23/2013
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Danish punks Iceage recently kicked off their North American tour in support of their new album, You're Nothing. The tour hit Portland over the weekend for a show at Star Theater on Saturday (3/23), and pictures and videos of that show are in this post.

As mentioned the tour passes through NYC on April 20 at Bowery Ballroom for a killer bill which includes White Lung, Parquet Courts, and Burial (sold out) and again during the Northside Festival on June 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with fellow Danes Lower (tickets).

Since we last spoke, other North American dates with Lower were announced too. Updated dates are listed, along with more pictures and videos from the Portland show, below...

Continue reading "Iceage on tour, played Portland (pics & updated dates)"

Iceage @ 285 Kent, 1/25/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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Iceage's ripping second album, You're Nothing, is out now via Matador and if you haven't heard it yet you can stream it below. While the band's April 20 show at Bowery Ballroom with White Lung and Parquet Courts (a pretty killer bill) is not sold out, the band have added another NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 13 with Lower which will be part of this year's Northside Festival (June 13 - 16). Tickets for that show are on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.

The band are also playing Chaos in Tejas in Austin at the End of June, but no other new North American shows have popped up yet. Updated dates are below.

Continue reading "Iceage add NYC show as part of the 2013 Northside Festival"

The Damned at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Damned

Chaos in Tejas has announced yet another round of bands, including  The Damned, Gehenna (who play next weekend in NYC with Catharsis), Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Rival Mob, New Zealand's The Bats, Andy Stott, Power Trip, Hoax (who play NYC this weekend), Iceage (who have a new song/tour coming), Anhedonist, Akitsa, Parquet Courts and many more. Full list of names are below, which join the previously announced names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, Abigail, Integrity, Iron Lung (who play DBA soon), Final Conflict, Manilla Road, Merchandise, Milk Music, Total Control, and many many more.

The announcement comes on the same day that passes for the Austin festival, which happens May 30 - June 2,  go on sale. Passes are on sale.

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas lineup expands again, adds The Damned, Tragedy, The Bats, Gehenna ++ more"

Iceage at LPR, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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Iceage have announced that Matador will release their new LP on February 19th (it comes out on Escho in Denmark). So far no other details have been announced, but congrats to the Danish boys who released their 2011 album New Brigade internationally via What's Your Rupture?.

In other news, related band Lower will release their new 7" Someone's Got It in for Me" b/w "But There Has to Be More" on 11/20. Check out a stream of the b-side below and order yours via 540 Records.

Iceage is currently gearing up to play dates in the UK, and will team with Lower in their native Denmark. All tour dates and a stream of their 2011 LP is below.

Continue reading "Iceage signed to Matador; Lower releases a new 7""

Chaos in Tejas flyer

Chaos in Tejas 2013 (5/30 - 6/2) expands yet again with some mammoth additions to their lineup! Among today's announcements are names like Framtid (from Japan, playing their first and only US show!), Infest (who are also playing MDF), Total Control, the Men, Iron Lung, the Marked Men, Effluxus, Absu, Mammoth Grinder, Mitochondrion, Screaming Females, Step Forward, UV Race, Wiccans and Wrathprayer.

Full lineup so far is below, with 100+ bands still TBA. The announcement comes on the heels of last month's batch of bands that included Bolt Thrower, Final Conflict, Abigail, Manilla Road, and more. Ticketing info for the  weekend are forthcoming.

Check out the current Chaos lineup, as well as releated video, below.

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2013 announces more bands (Framtid, Infest, Total Control, UV Race, Screaming Females + more)"

Bolt Thrower!
Bolt Thrower

Chaos in Tejas have announced their first round of artists for 2013 and guess what, its a doozy. Bolt Thrower will return to the states and join the Ashes to Ashes-lineup of Final Conflict (Renfrow, Harp, Martinez, for the first time since 1988), Terveet Kadet (Finland), Integrity, Manilla Road, Abigail (Japan), Merchandise, Kromosom (Australia), Lower, Cruciamentum and many many others. The initial announcement is but twenty of 150 artists that will be announced for the festival, which happens May 30 - June 2 in Austin, TX, so hold on to your hats, kids. Passes go on sale on Oct 8.

In addition, Bolt Thrower will join Sleep, Carpathian Forest, Revenge, Abigail, Anhedonist and many more as part of another batch of Maryland Deathfest artists announced today. Current MDF lineup is below.

Lineups and Chaos in Tejas flyer is below.

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas announces initial 2013 lineup w/ Final Conflict and Bolt Thrower, who will also play Maryland Deathfest"

The Psychic Paramount at Cameo, July 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The Psychic Paramount
Grimes at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by Chase Turner)

today in NYC
* Brian Marsella @ The Stone
* Gojira @ Santos Party House
* Q-Tip (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Aloe Blacc @ MetroTech Commons
* O.A.R., Rebelution @ Jones Beach
* Daily Show comedians @ 92YTribeca
* Big Black Delta, Silya @ Pianos
* Elle Varner @ Highline Ballroom
* Fake Blood @ Hudson Terrace Roof
* The Alternate Routes @ Joe's Pub
* Bethany & Rufus Roots Trio @ Barbes
* The B-52s, Love Funk @ Irving Plaza
* Golden Animals, Tiger Waves @ Pianos
* Royal Family All-Stars @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Stand, The Damn Choir @ Mercury Lounge
* Scott Kettner's Orgy in Rhythm @ Barbes
* The BoDeans, Sarah Borges @ City Winery
* Origin, Malignancy, Pyrrhon @ Saint Vitus
* Neg-Fi, Coso, NT, Sediment Club @ 929 XPO
* McGinty & White Sing Jimmy Webb @ Joe's Pub
* Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Coney Island
* Duk Duk Goose, Lil Kids, Happy Lives @ Cameo
* The Psychic Paramount, Cropduster @ Union Pool
* Ace Reporter, Lightouts, Overlord @ Union Hall
* Bloc Party, The Drums, Them Jeans @ Terminal 5
* Complexions Contemporary Ballet @ Prospect Park
* Lifeguard Nights, Razor Blazers @ Mercury Lounge
* Wild Nothing, Grimes, DIIV @ Pier 84 (River Rocks)
* Chain & The Gang, Habibi, Calvin Johnson @ 285 Kent Ave
* Ned Rothenberg/Ikue Mori/Catherine Jauniaux @ The Stone
* Lucinda Williams, Amy Cook @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kelli Scarr, Alana Amram, Jim Campilongo @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Building, Shy Hunters, Companion, Aaron Roche @ Glasslands
* Future Blondes, Little Debbie, Coxcombs @ Secret Project Robot
* !!!, Lenny Williams @ Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell
* Wiccans, Warthog, Nuclear Spring, Altered Boys, Shoxx @ Acheron
* Direct Effect, This Routine Is Hell, Dead/Beat, Go Deep @ Cake Shop
* Braid, Owen, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Aficionado @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Midnight Ghost Train, Reign of Zaius, Eidetic Seeing @ Public Assembly
* Planes Mistaken for Stars, The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, Those Mockingbirds @ Maxwell's
* The Toothaches, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Jackpot, Tiger, Late Guest At The Party @ Shea Stadium
* The Jukebox Romantics, Far From Finished, The Independents, Two Fisted Law, American Pinup, Lost In Society @ Knitting Factory

Lots of free shows today. Catch Aloe Blacc live at Metrotech Commons at noon; Grimes, Wild Nothing and DIIV play Hudson Park River Rocks; and !!! and Lenny Williams play Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Brooklyn death metal oddballs Pyrrhon support Origin and Malignancy at Saint Vitus tonight. Stream a new demo track below.

Once in a Lullaby, the PS22 Chorus documentary, is showing this week at IFC Center. Meet the filmmakers at 7:30 tonight.

Don't want to be cooped up in a dark theater? You've got three free, outdoor summertime movies to choose from! Wall-E screens in Brooklyn's East River State Park,; The Big Lebowski screens in Tompkins Square Park and Barefoot in the Park screens in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Today is John Cage day at MoMA.

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Lower, part of the Danish punk movement that spawned favorites like Iceage and Var, are releasing their EP Walk on Heads on US shores via Blind Prophet Records (Sean Ragon of Cult of Youth's label). Stream it in its entirety below.

Check out "Dead and Gone," the new single from UK motorik mopegazers Toy which is streaming below.

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib team up on Shame, the EP available now via iTunes. Check out the video for the title track below.

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