Entries tagged with: Murder by Death
Grimes / Neon Indian / Wu-Tang Clan / Fuzz / Fucked Up @ FFF 11/7/2015
That joy carried over to the Black Stage, where I caught epic Toronto hardcore act Fucked Up. Word was that this would be one of Fucked Up's last shows for a while, and they had one of the biggest crowds I had seen yet at the Black Stage join them. Damian Abraham later confirmed that they were taking it easy for a while, since he just had his third kid and needed to "be responsible" for a while, which added further excitement to the show. The thing about Fucked Up is that they're a hardcore band that deals in righteous celebration, and their shows are giant parties, where Damian works the crowd by becoming part of it. This was no exception, as he walked around hugging the crowd, smiling at fans, letting them sing and take part. The set was rightfully heavy on David Comes to Life material, and while the complexity of that epic work may not have come across as clearly while Damian had a mic in his mouth as he hula hooped with a fan, it made for a particularly fitting send off. The band seemed overjoyed to have the opportunity to make one of their last shows before their break be at FFF, shouting out Transmission booker Graham Williams for being "the only festival booker who once roadied for Hatebreed" as well as Torchy's, where Damian had been commanded to go by his wife in order to smuggle their hot sauce back to Canada. - [Ovrld]Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) with some rain and tons of great sets. In addition to Head Wound City and Shamir, Saturday saw Grimes, Fucked Up (who are "slowing down" as frontman Damian Abraham just had his third kid), Wu-Tang Clan, Gogol Bordello, Neon Indian, La Dispute, Ty Segall's Fuzz, The Charlatans, Archers of Loaf (who replaced Desaparecidos) and more. There were also comedians (Doug Benson and Tig Notaro performed on Saturday), plus extreme sports and more.
Pictures from FFF Fest day one are HERE and more from day 2 continue below...
The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:
The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.
The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.
There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),
Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.
photo: Minus the Bear at Best Buy Theater in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Minus the Bear are loving those album anniversary tours lately. They already did Highly Refined Pirates and the They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP, and this fall they'll do their 2005 sophomore album, Menos El Oso, in its entirety for its 10th anniversary.
One leg of dates has direct support from Murder by Death, and that one hits NYC on November 10 at Irving Plaza and Asbury Park on November 12 at The Stone Pony. Both of those shows (and all dates) also have Aero Flynn opening. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/24) at 10 AM. The Irving show also has Live Nation and Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (7/23) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed on the tour flyer, alongside the video for Menos El Oso standout "Pachuca Sunrise," below...
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
The 14th annual Pop Montreal festival will take place September 16 - 20, 2015 at venues all over the Quebec City. The initial lineup of bands has just been announced and includes Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox and more. Festival passes will be available soon. Check out the initial Pop Montreal 2015 lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Desaparecidos at Coachella 2015 (more by Samanatha Saturday)
Conor Oberst's band Desaparecidos have dates coming up, including Osheaga, Wrecking Ball, The Fest, and other festivals, as well as support slots for The Gaslight Anthem in Pittsburgh (also with Murder By Death) and Brand New in Michigan (also with Basement).
In the midst of all that, they'll play two album release week shows in NYC. First they'll hit Bushwick DIY spot Shea Stadium on June 25 (!) and then they play Rough Trade NYC on June 26. Tickets for Shea and Rough Trade go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.
The new album, Payola, comes out three days before that show (6/23) on Epitaph. It's their first since 2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish (on Saddle Creek) and features Tim Kasher, Laura Jane Grace and The So So Glos. Watch the video for killer single "City on the Hill" below.
Updated list of Desaparecidos dates and that video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.
Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.
Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.
(photo via @plattypants)
Kid Ink and Dej Loaf are playing Kings Theatre on April 19. Tickets for that show go on Ticketmaster and LiveNation presales today at 10AM with the general on-sale beginning Saturday (1/31) at noon. Jeremih was initially announced for this tour but dropped off.
Ricky Eat Acid, Glass Gang, Conner Youngblood, Marz Leon and Abhi//Dijonis are playing Mercury Lounge on February 23. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Landlady is playing Mercury Lounge on February 24. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Shura is playing Rough Trade on March 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Isadora and The Big Sleep are playing Rough Trade on March 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Australian band The Preatures play Rough Trade on March 23. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
The Ting Tings are playing Webster Hall on April 8. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Murder by Death in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Murder by Death, who we just mentioned play New Year's Eve in Colorado with Lucero, will head out on a headlining tour not long after that in 2015. The tour includes an East Coast leg with another death band, O'Death (who were robbed and need your help), including two NYC shows. Those happen Bowery Ballroom on February 28 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 1. Tickets for those shows are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public Friday (11/7) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Murder by Death have also announced that they'll have a new album out by then. Their seventh long player, Big Dark Love, will be out February 3 via Bloodshot Records. It's up for pre-order via Kickstarter with a number of different bundles, including options with a split 7" with Samantha Crain, a covers EP, an art book, private shows and more. You can check out the Kickstarter video for the LP, artwork and the tracklist below.
Meanwhile, O'Death will be in NYC even sooner on their tour with yet another death band, Death Vessel. That tour hits The Bell House on November 14 with Stone Jack Jones. Tickets for that show are still available. Again, if you want to help them out following the robbery, head to Gofundme.
All dates are listed, with the video, artwork and tracklist, below...
We've already seen a bunch of Super Bowl weekend concerts announced, and it's since been announced that PepsiCo will be presenting a free series at Bryant Park on 1/29, 1/30 & 2/1 with Austin Mahone, Prince Royce, and on the last night, Ziggy Marley. Like we said the shows are free, but you do need tickets which go on "sale" today at noon.
Kataklysm and Aborted are playing Saint Vitus on April 3. Tickets are on sale now.
Murder by Death and Samantha Crain are playing Mercury Lounge (early and late) on February 27. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon.
Saint Rich and Arp are playing Mercury Lounge on February 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
Man Man at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Rock weirdos Man Man and alt-country crooners Murder by Death will be teaming up for a co-headlining tour this winter.
A full tour for the two bands hasn't been announced yet, but it seems likely that more dates will be revealed soon. At the moment, we do know that we can expect them to hit NYC on February 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. iIckets for that show go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/12) at noon.
UPDATE: Full tour announced. All dates are listed below.
Murder by Death put out their most recent album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, this past September. A stream of that album in its entirety and a list of all dates are below.
Langhorne Slim & band (which does not include Danger Mouse)
Norah Jones, whose new Danger Mouse-produced album Little Broken Hearts is out now, is playing the Bell House Friday, May 11. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale at noon today (5/8). Norah also has a much larger show coming up at Central Park Summerstage in July and other dates which are listed below.
Cory Chisel is one of the many artists playing the upcoming Dylan Fest at irving Plaza and the Do Division Festival in Chicago. He's also opening for Murder By Death at the previously mentioned Webster Hall show which is part of a larger tour for the two artists. In August he hits the road with Norah Jones. All tour dates are listed below.
Some of Murder by Death's dates are with Ha Ha Tonka, who just played the Kentucky Derby and meanwhile will hit the road with Langhorne Slim for a tour that visits Bowery Ballroom on June 14. All dates are listed below...
Murder By Death are headlining Webster Hall on 7/17. Cory Chisel opens. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Beach House & Lower Dens go on sale at noon.
Cymbals Eat Guitars have a show scheduled at Glasslands on May 20th with Yellow Dogs and Mirror Mirror. Tickets are on sale.
Tinariwen returns to NYC this summer. Tickets go on sale Saturday for a July 20th show at Highline Ballroom.
Glasvegas are touring in support of a new album. Tickets are on sale now for a May 23rd show at Bowery Ballroom. All tour dates are below.
Murder by Death @ Pop Montreal 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Murder by Death aren't on tour right now, but they are opening for the Hold Steady at Terminal 5 tonight (4/8) (tickets still available), and have some other random upcoming shows including a May 20th Rocks Off Concert Cruise, and a May 21st appearance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Somerset, NJ. That's how the band lists it, though a bit of research reveals that the NJ show is actually part of the Steampunk World's Fair which is happening at that location from May 20th - May 22nd.
All MbD dates, and details on an art contest for an upcoming 7", below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Pop Montreal kicked off Wednesday (9/29) with a relatively small lineup of shows. But those lineups included bands like Menomena, The Dears, Murder By Death and Lost In The Trees among others. All these being ticketed shows, there's a lot of hedging and hoping that goes into planning; it's not unlike CMJ where badgeholders are given so many slots and the rest are for ticketholders.
Opting to start out close to the hotel and work my way up Rue St. Laurent, I popped in to see Murder By Death and caught the opening act, Buddy McNeil and the Magic Mirrors. Their set of rockabilly got stronger as it went on and set closer "Help Me Mama" was inspired. The venue had filled up and was nearly full by the time Murder By Death came on. Darker and more deliberate, their set was impassioned and the crowd was into it from the off. Leaving early was tough but Menomena were playing up Rue St. Laurent but despite my best laid plans arrived to find the show was sold out. No badges, no nothing.
So I quickly ran across the street to Lost in the Trees only to find out it, too, sold out with Villagers coming on afterward. Finding the learning curve for my first Pop Montreal swift and slightly unforgiving I managed to talk my way in but the venue. Casa del Popolo, slightly smaller than the Mercury Lounge, was packed. So packed that you could barely open the door into the space. Luckily the venue cleared out a bit for the headlining solo set by Conor O'Brien of Villagers. "The plural doesn't really apply tonight," he said. His set was perfection, the crowd was respectful and versions of his two more popular songs "Jackals" and "Home" (video below) were intense and the highlights.
Much like CMJ and SXSW bands are looking to get signed and raise their profile. Overheard at breakfast this morning at the Opus Hotel was a primer in how not to market yourself at an industry festival:
Label Guy: "Oh you're a musician? Are you playing the festival?The pictures of Villagers were already posted. The rest from Day One are below...
Musician: "Yes, my band is playing."
Label Guy: "Umm, are you playing tonight?"
Musician, after a thoughtful pause: "Yes, we are actually."
Label Guy, growing a bit impatient: "Well, are you going to plug your show? 'Cause, you know, maybe I'd like to attend."
photos by Brian Reilly
Murder by Death, Ha Ha Tonka and Linfinity are on a tour that stops at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (5/4), and which stopped by Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn two days earlier. Pictures and the headliner's setlist from that show, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Murder By Death - Foxglove (MP3)
Murder By Death @ Brooklyn Bowl in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Murder By Death's fifth album, Good Morning, Magpie, will be out April 6th on Vagrant Records. The band is touring in support of it this April and May with openers Ha Ha Tonka and Linfinity. They'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 2nd and Bowery Ballroom on May 4th. Fanclub presale for the tour is happening now. Tickets for the NYC show go on general sale Friday at noon.
Before then the Indiana quartet will plays some select shows that include SXSW (where they'll be at the Vagrant showcase).
The song "Foxglove," above, is off the new record. It isn't one of the group's more immediate songs; singer Adam Turla is thankfully still growling and bellowing the vocals, but without the hotheaded emotion of the band's best tracks. I'm trusting the rest of the album will correct that. Album art, tracklist and all tour dates are below...
Good news, good news. If you don't already have tickets to 4/8 at Webster Hall, some tickets are still available. In addition, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have added a second NYC show at Webster Hall on 4/9 with Alberta Cross (who just opened for Guns n Roses at the Varvatos Store). Tickets are on Artist presale (or will be soon), and the Ticketmaster AMEX presale blasts off at noon tomorrow (2/17) with regular folks getting a crack at the tix on Friday (2/19) at noon.
In addition to the previously mentioned tour dates in support of the forthcoming Beat The Devil's Tattoo, BRMC have also confirmed an appearance at the Vagrant Records SXSW showcase with School of Seven Bells, J Roddy Walston & The Business and Murder By Death on March 19th at La Zona Rosa.
Updated tour dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"The angry woodsman gutter-punk of Murder By Death finally drew the majority of [the Brooklyn Bowl] attendees to the stage as mutton-chopped Adam Turla yelped out his Johnny Cash baritone over songs about whiskey, low-down women, and the devil. The set focused largely on the quartet's latest Red of Tooth and Claw, kicking off with the steel-driving "Ball & Chain" and rapping up forty-five minutes later with the Inglorious Basterds-approved "Comin' Home." Cellist Sarah Balliet added extra grit and grind on the low end.The Gaslight Anthem played NYC shows on Thursday and Friday, the first in a venue significantly bigger than the second which was in the Brooklyn Bowl-ing alley.
"We are the last of the jukebox Romeos," the Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon sang halfway through their set. I couldn't put it any better. These four New Jersey boys wear their hearts and influences on their sleeves, singing the sort of unashamed rock and roll you didn't think anyone made anymore. Within the set's first three songs - "High Lonesome," "Casanova, Baby!" and "Old White Lincoln" - they'd already quoted Springsteen four times, Tom Waits twice, with some Wilson Pickett, Gary "U.S." Bonds and Tom Petty in for good measure." [Dylan, Etc]
Their next NYC-area show happens December 11th in their home state of NJ at the Wellmont Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday. More pictures from Brooklyn Bowl, below...
Last night I posted a contest to win tickets to see The Gaslight Anthem and their three tour-mates at the large Terminal 5 in midtown. Today they add a show happening one day later with the same lineup at a way smaller venue in Brooklyn that has a bowling alley in it. The new date is Friday, October 16th and tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon.
The Gaslight Anthem @ Sasquatach 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
"[Murder by Death] is great, and they were so different from the other bands on the bill, it really stood out as a fresh performance. Turla told a story about being in San Francisco to open for The Pogues, and how he was driving around with Shane McGowan, drinking port, and looking for a salsa bar. "Just imagine that man salsa dancing." Imagine, indeed. A highlight of their set was when Turla did a solo performance of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)," the oft covered Cher classic. This was evocative mood music, and it evoked a mood of "these people are cool" throughout the whole building.That review comes from The Gaslight Anthem and Murder by Death's September 20th show at the Fillmore in San Francisco, part of their four-band tour that hits Terminal 5 in NYC on October 15th. As previously noted, Jesse Malin and Broadway Calls are the other two bands in NY (openers switch a few times during the tour), and All Points West ticket holders get a free drink at the NYC show (due to Gaslight getting knocked off the APW bill due to rain).
The Gaslight Anthem entered the stage to a recording of Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" and then blasted right into their set opener, "High Lonesome." The Gaslight Anthem are often lumped in as a punk band with a serious Springsteen influence, but I think this sells them short. Brian Fallon, the lead singer, used to be in a band called This Charming Man, and this duality where there is love for both the lyrical style of Bruce Springsteen, and also the sound of classic British pop makes for a great combination. You can't listen to "Old White Lincoln" without immediately hearing The Cure. But when he sings about America, cars, girls, and dreams, you hear the words of Springsteen's New Jersey." Spinning Platters]
Tickets to the NYC show are still on sale, AND I have two pairs to give away, AND I have Gaslight prizes for eight more people after that. Details, tour poster and dates below....
All Points West on Sunday (by Chris La Putt)
"Due to circumstances completely beyond our control, our set at All Points West on Sunday August 2nd was cut at the last minute. Needless to say, we were and still are extremely disappointed that we weren't allowed to perform for everyone who came out to see us, braving the terrible weather, the mud, the lightning and the extremely delayed door time...only to find out that we weren't apparently playing after all.The Gaslight Anthem are going on a fall tour with Murder by Death and other openers which vary by date. Jesse Malin and Broadway Calls are the other bands on the NYC show which goes on AmEx presale Wednesday (8/5) at 11am, "Radio Presale" Thursday at 10, and then general sale Saturday (8/8) at noon. All dates below...
Should any of you who came to see us at APW want come to our just-announced October 15th show in NYC at Terminal 5, try to remember to bring your APW ticket stub with you. If you do, you can present it to the people doing "ID Checks" when you enter and they will give you a drink ticket good for a free beer, soft drink or water (whatever you prefer).
With this small gesture, we want to show all of you who were at APW Sunday how grateful we are that you made that effort....while we're extremely bummed that things turned out as they did, we're also humbled by the emails and messages we've gotten from so many of you, and by your support of us, even when days like Sunday happen. So thank you for hanging in there and we hope to see many of you in a much drier and happier setting on October 15th in the city." - The Gaslight Anthem
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Jonny Leather
The Builders and the Butchers started the show with an up-tempo set, echoing other new traditional bands O'death and the Decemberists - especially in its strained, twangy vocals and mandolin/banjo on the side. The muddy stage mix accentuated the malleted drums, which sounded like steel-toed boots kicking Rubbermaid containers (in the best way possible). Singer/guitarist Ryan Sollee passed the crowd hand percussion for the last chorus of the band's last song. All together, the band came off like a fun work-in-progress, with its various songwriting and stage-show parts fine-tuned enough for the welcoming, appreciative crowd.
Murder by Death played both of their "Desert Series" records, Red of Tooth and Claw and Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them?, in full. The band's round sound (bolstered by founding keyboardist, Vincent Edwards, back again) was crowned, as always, by Adam Turla's rumbling, in-your-face, Danzig-like voice, which unfurled like a barroom brawl through the opening notes of "Comin' Home." Both keys and cello filled out the songs without sounding extraneous or out of place alongside Turla's whisky and the devil tales. Behind, black and white video clips from films like The Seventh Seal, Nosferatu, and The Good, and the Bad and the Ugly played off the stormy mood of the set.
By the end of the 21-song night, I was drained (especially after the closing slower numbers at the end of Who Will Survive) but the band returned strong for an encore of "Brother,"" I'm Afraid of Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolf" and "Flamenco's Fuckin' Easy," all by request.
Fake Problems played first of three. More pictures from Friday's show (2/6), below...