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Mac DeMarco / Chelsea Wolfe / Flaming Lips / Fuzz @ Levitation Fest 5/10/2015
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3

"Who wants to hear the most muthafuckin' psychedelic song of all time?" That was Mac DeMarco bassist Piece McGarry asking the crowd during the final day of Levitation Fest (5/10). The three-day event used to be known as Austin Psych Fest, so of course the crowd wanted to hear it. They immediately launched into a cover of Coldplay's "Yellow." Between Mac and the main stages' closer, The Flaming Lips, Levitation 2015 ended on a light note. And a thankfully dry one, as reports earlier in the week called for Sunday to have heavy thunderstorms and maybe even tornadoes. Instead, it just felt like it was going rain the whole time (aka hot and muggy).

Most people on Sunday were excited about the 13th Floor Elevators reunion but lots of great sets happened, including A Place to Bury Strangers, Fat White Family, Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Nothing, ZZZs, Chelsea Wolfe (subbing for Melody's Echo Chamber), and a sweaty closing-fest set from Ty Segall's proto-metal trio Fuzz.

Pictures from Levitation day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More pics from Levitation day 3 below...

Continue reading "Levitation day 3 in pics: Mac DeMarco, Fuzz, Chelsea Wolfe, Flaming Lips, Fat White Family, Black Angels & more)"

photo: Cloakroom at The Studio at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
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The killer triple-billed tour of Merchandise, Nothing and Cloakroom hits NYC on June 6 at Palisades for a show that quickly sold out, but if you didn't get tickets (or want to see them twice in one night) you're now in luck. They've added a midnight show happening just down the road at Baby's All Right that night. Merchandise headline the Palisades show, but it appears that Nothing headline this one. Tickets for Baby's go on sale Friday (4/10) at 10 AM.

Yesterday, Nothing released a cover of Nirvana's "Something In the Way." Listen to that, with the updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Nothing, Merchandise & Cloakroom playing Baby's late show after sold-out Palisades show (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Nothing at Saint Vitus in March (more by PSquared)
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This past weekend was the 21st anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, and now just a few days later, we're graced with a cover of "Something In the Way" from big Nirvana fans Nothing. It's an airy piano-based cover with the vocals pushed to the forefront more than they were on Nothing's debut LP. In its own way, it's as haunting as the original. Check it out below, via Noisey.

The song appears on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which comes out on April 18 via Robotic Empire. Torche, Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, La Dispute, Thou, Young Widows and more appear on it as well.

Nothing were in NYC not long ago on their tour with Torche, and they'll return on their tour with Merchandise and Cloakroom, which hits Palisades on June 6. That show is sold out, but show presenters AdHoc say, "so tix for @wmerchandise + @BandofNOTHING + @Myndfuneral are sold out, but i wouldn't lose hope yet..." Hmmm.

Continue reading "Nothing share "Something In the Way" cover from upcoming Nirvana tribute (listen)"

photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
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Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.

Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib, AlunaGeorge, THEESatisfaction & more added to Sasquatch! 2015 lineup"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Nothing at Saint Vitus last week (more by PSquared)
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Merchandise, who recently wrapped up a tour with Title Fight and Power Trip, and Nothing, who recently wrapped up a tour with Torche (which hit NYC last week), now announced they'll go on tour together surrounding both bands' appearances at Sasquatch. Making it a great triple bill, they're bringing Indiana sludge-gazers Cloakroom along for the ride too.

That tour hits NYC on June 6 at Palisades, the small all-ages Bushwick spot which seems likely to get packed for this show. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/3) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with some song streams and videos, below...

Continue reading "Merchandise, Nothing & Cloakroom announce tour (dates)"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher

Torche / Nothing's crowd
Torche
Nothing

Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.

Nothing
Nothing

Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.

Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.

Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also below...

Continue reading "Torche, Nothing & Wrong played Saint Vitus, on new Nirvana tribute (pics, setlists & "Annihilation Affair" video)"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2015 lineup (Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, War On Drugs, St Vincent, Modest Mouse, Ryan Adams, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Janette Valentine
Torche

We're still about about a month away from the new Torche album, Restarter (due 2/24 via Relapse), and today we get its third single, "Loose Men," via Rolling Stone. Following the two four-plus minute sludgesters they've released so far, this one's a punk-paced ripper clocking in at under two and a half minutes. It's also got one of the most addictive riffs of any Torche song, and this is band with a lot of great riffs. Check it out below.

As mentioned, Torche are going on a tour with their labelmates Nothing, and since we last spoke Miami's Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa) (not to be confused with the Wormed black metal side project of the same name) were added to that tour too. It hits NYC on March 26 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated tour dates, and the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Torche release "Loose Men" from new LP; Wrong (ex-Capsule) added to tour with Nothing (updated dates, stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Torche at IO Northside 2014 at 285 Kent (more by Harriet Roberts)
Torche

As you may know, sludge popsters Torche are putting out their new album, Restarter, on February 24 via Relapse, and they've now announced a tour in support of it with their labelmates Nothing. (That's a great double bill.) The tour hits NYC on March 26 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are not on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.

Torche have already released two songs from the new album, and if you haven't heard those yet you can check them out below. Nothing's most recent release is their split with their pals Whirr on Run for Cover, which has them sounding a bit more alternative rock-inspired than their shoegazey Guilty of Everything LP. Stream that split in full below too.

Continue reading "Torche & Nothing touring together, playing Saint Vitus (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

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We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.

Find out what made their lists, below...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums & Tracks of 2014"

intro by Andrew Sacher

TE

There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)

Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.

Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...

Continue reading "Tiny Engines co-founders Will & Chuck, Cayetana, Frontier(s) and Runaway Brother list their favorite LPs of 2014"

FADER

The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.

Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...

Continue reading "The FADER list their favorite tracks of 2014"

by Andrew Sacher

Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
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Evan Weiss is just about everywhere in the emo world right now, whether it's in Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There (with Mike Kinsella), Pet Symmetry, Stay Ahead of the Weather, or any other active band we may be forgetting, or producing records for The Jazz June and You Blew It!, or running his record label. He bridges the gap between old school and new school as far as his tourmates go, and sometimes you'll find him somewhere totally un-emo like Lollapalooza.

One of his most beloved bands though, is one who only put out one full length and two EPs in the early-mid 2000s before breaking up, The Progress. Their sole LP, 2006's Merit, was keeping the indie rock-oriented mathy style of '90s emo alive way before it was trendy to do that. It's one of the true gems to have come out during emo's (for lack of better words) "hair metal phase." And now it looks like The Progress may be reuniting.

In November, Absolute Punk pointed to to a tweet from Evan that reads "oh yeah, that thing i confirmed is a show. for a band that hasn't played a show in 7 years" and hashtagged "US Camera." That was pretty convincing on its own, but now Evan has posted a show announcement confirming a show for December 30 at Boot & Saddle in Philly with the caption "take the hint" and a show flyer that looks suspiciously similar to the Merit artwork. Hint taken. The only technically announced bands for that bill are Sleep In and Dryjacket. Tickets are on sale now. If it is in fact a Progress show, let's hope it's not the only one!

Meanwhile, Evan has given us a list of his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014. It's a cool, diverse list ranging from ambient pop to powerviolence, and you can check it out for yourself below.

Into It. Over It. also has an upcoming solo tour with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson (doesn't hit NYC), and he recently put out the video for "Spinning Thread" (dir. Max Moore) from last year's Intersections LP. Watch that, with his year-end list, some Progress song streams and the Philly show flyer, below...

Continue reading "The Progress confirm Philly reunion show? ++ Evan Weiss tells us his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014"

Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.

As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:

Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.

In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.

The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.

Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest now called 'Levitation': 2015 initial lineup / tix (Flaming Lips, JAMC doing 'Psychocandy,' Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Tame Impala, Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Creepoid at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
Creepoid

Philly's Creepoid have had a very busy year so far. They put out a full length and an EP, both of which did justice to the shoegaze and slowcore bands of the '90s. They also did a ton of touring, and won us over at their NYC show with Dinosaur Jr. Now even more shows are on the horizon, as they're one of their many bands who will be in NYC for CMJ. Here's what their schedule looks like as of now:

10/22 - Brixton Agency Showcase at Grand Victory (5:45 PM) w/ Angel Dust, Ex-Breathers, Young Statues, UnWed, Palehound, Native America, Teen Death

10/22 City Lights/INSRGNT-[Arts]/T3M Showcase at Acheron w/ Singshot Dakota, Koji, Off & On, Meghann Wright (tickets)

10/24 Inland Empire/Hardly Art Showcase at Death by Audio (10:45 PM) w/ Protomartyr, Love As Laughter, Eaters, special guests

10/25 Graveface Records/Noisey Ghost PR Showcase at Lit Lounge (11:30 PM) w/ Serengeti, Dott, White Lighters, The Marshmallow Ghosts, Cancers, Ugly Kids Club

They've also got a Philly show in the middle of CMJ, and right after CMJ they play Union Pool on 10/26 with Drone Ranger ($8 at the door) and then open for Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion at Glasslands on 10/28 with Ricky Eat Acid and Black Clouds. Tickets for that show are still available. Full list of tour dates (including The Fest) below.

There's other good bands to catch on all of those bills, like Protomartyr (who also play a BV party) and Slingshot Dakota. Another one that's not to miss that we haven't highlighted before is White Lighters, who plays with Creepoid at the Graveface/Noisey Ghost showcase. White Lighters is the solo project of Nothing's Brandon Setta, and while he keeps things acoustic for this project, the songwriting style and shoegazy tones that he uses in Nothing are prevalent here too. His newest album, As Far As You Can As Fast As You Can, came out earlier this year and can be streamed below.

Streams of Creepoid's album and EP, a video, and their list of dates, also below...

Continue reading "Creepoid touring, playing many CMJ shows w/ Protomartyr, Slingshot Dakota, White Lighters (Brandon of Nothing) & more"

Milagres

Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.

The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...

Continue reading "Milagres made a new lyric video (watch it), playing shows including Rough Trade and Midpoint Music Fest (lineup)"

J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...

Continue reading "NYC 2014 Labor Day Weekend events (Fool's Gold Day Off, Joanna Gruesome, Single Mothers, Summer Thunder, more)"

Pissed Jeans at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pissed Jeans

Jay Z's Budweiser Made In America Festival happens Labor Day Weekend (8/30-31), this time happening simultaneously in Philly and LA. Like last year, the Philly lineup of mostly rap, R&B, electronic and festival-level indie bands will be complemented by some punk bands including Pissed Jeans, Glassjaw, Nothing, The Menzingers and more. Those bands play on The Skate Stage which goes from 2:30 to 7 PM each day and should be to seek refuge if you need to get some aggression out before Grimes and Chromeo.

LA's Skate Stage was announced too, but that one's more dance-oriented with DJ Mustard and Grits & Biscuits. Tickets for both fests are still available.

Main stage lineups for both fests are HERE. Full Skate Stage lineups below...

Continue reading "Jay Z's Made In America Fest announces Skate Stage; Pissed Jeans, Glassjaw, Nothing, Menzingers & more added to Philly"

photos by Chris La Putt

Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
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Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.

Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.

We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...

Continue reading "Nothing & others opening for Modern Life Is War; Speedy Ortiz opening for Fucked Up +++ more Speedy 4Knots pics"

White Flag

This story would have been funnier if it was a 'black flag', but punk and hardcore fans should nonetheless be amused by the eyewitness interviewed towards the end of this ABC report. Check out the news video below...

Continue reading "Mysterious white flags appear on Brooklyn Bridge ('cyclist' John Joseph was on the scene)"

Nothing's van
Nothing Van

Nothing have been on a tour which was plagued over the weekend when someone crashed into their parked van, bending the axle backwards and making it unable to drive (pictured above). They had to cancel last night's (7/13) Indianapolis show to try to get it fixed, but unfortunately the damage was worse than they thought. The band now says:

We have been stuck in Toledo now for three days and so far have had to cancel two shows. Our van was struck in a hit and run while parked overnight when we were sleeping Sunday morning. We had to have it towed to a mechanic and unfortunately it has some suffered some serious damage. To make things worse one of the vital parts needed to get things running is on a national back order for a month, which means we're going to have to rent a van to continue this tour (on top of the cost of all the parts and labor to fix our current van). As you can imagine this is a pretty big set back considering any band of our size starts every tour in a considerable deficit, not to mention who rely on money at each show to keep things moving forward in general. If this was simply just a case of losing money at the end of a tour it wouldn't be an issue, playing in this band and punk bands since early teens it has almost become accustom, but as it stands now we simply can not afford to continue on.
So at this point we are going to set up a paypal (nickymoney@gmail.com) for any donation you may be able to afford, so we can do everything in our power to make this awesome tour continue. ANYTHING will be sincerely and greatly appreciated even if it's just a repost.

Thanks for taking your time to read this all and once again, apologies to Indianapolis and St Louis. We will be back soon.

Their tour is supposed to hit NYC on Friday (7/18) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung. Fingers crossed that they make it here!

by Andrew Sacher

Whirr at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
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Nick Bassett might be one of the busiest guys in shoegaze right now, as an active member of Nothing, Death of Lovers, and Camera Shy (he also used to be in Deafheaven), and now his band Whirr are ready to release their new album, Sway, the followup to 2013's mini LP Around. As we've come to expect from Whirr, the first single "Mumble" is a thick, beautiful wall of sound that's seeming like a sign this album is one to look forward to. The record's produced by Jack Shirley (who also did both Deafheaven albums and a ton of other great stuff) and it'll be out September 23 via Graveface. Stream the new single, with the artwork and tracklist, below.

Whirr have also announced they'll head out on the road with slowcore/emo-gazers Cloakroom which will make for some very great and very appropriate double bills. The tour hits NYC on September 16 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketweb. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Nothing will be in NYC sooner when their tour with Ceremony and Iron Lung hits Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 18. That show is free.

In related news, Jack Shirley, in addition to producing a bunch of great records over the past few years, was also a member of the late, great Comadre. Fortunately, he's teamed up with his brother/former Comadre bandmate Steven (and members of No Babies and Know Secrets) to form the new band, Everybody Row. They put out their debut EP, The Sea Inside, at the end of June on Vitriol Records (also home to Comadre). Unlike in Comadre, Jack takes co-lead vocals this time, splitting them with organist Jasmine Watson, and they make shouty post-punk/post-hardcore. It's a different style than Jack's former band, but that signature bass sound Steven got on Comadre's self-titled swan song is still all over this. Stream the EP in full below.

Continue reading "Whirr releasing a new LP, touring w/ Cloakroom (dates, song stream); ex-Comadre members formed Everybody Row"

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The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.

If you wanna start your weekend off early, Thursday (7/3) has a few good options: The Black Lips and Night Birds will play a free show at House of Vans with "special guest" (RSVP is full); You could also go see Au Revoir Simone at MoMa Nights (free with museum entry); and Erasure/Depeche Mode's Vince Clark will be DJing with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller at Bowery Ballroom (tickets)

Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks extravaganza moves back to the East River (where they belong!) so Brooklyn can enjoy them again. Once again, they're also being broadcast on NBC that also features live performances from Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, and Ariana Grande. Here are best spots to see them.

Though it looked like they might not get a permit, Coney Island will be having its own fireworks this year on the Fourth. You could make a day of it, with the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, the beach, take in a Cyclones game, ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, see some freaks, and end the night with fireworks.

There's not a whole lot in the way of shows on the 4th (with Maxwell's closing, so goes The Feelies annual shows), but there are a couple options for those in need. Brooklyn Night Bazaar will have old-timey folk band Spirit Family Reunion, with Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. That's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.

If shaking your hips is more your thing, DJ Danny Tenaglia will give one of Brooklyn's best new dance clubs a tribal taste of the 90s with an extended DJ set going from 10pm to 6am (tickets).

There was supposed to be a rooftop edition of Q-Tip's #OFFLINE party earlier that day at Output, but that has been canceled. In it's place Joey Anderson, GE-OLOGY, and Turtle Bugg will be DJing on the roof from 3 PM - 10 PM. It's free with RSVP bound to be a great place to watch the fireworks.

Speaking of 90s hip hop group musicians turned DJs, Questlove of the Roots has been DJing at Brooklyn Bowl for 5 years now. It's a long weekend, maybe his 11pm set on Thursday (73) is your chance to finally check 'Bowl Train' out. Head back to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (7/5) for food, beer and the World Cup quarter finals followed by some Guns N' Roses tribute bands and, late night, LCD/Juan Maclean cohort Nancy Whang DJing.

You'd never risk being seen in a strip club, so head to the classier wine-themed music venue City Winery after the fireworks on July 4th for a special late WASABASSCO burlesque show starring Amber Ray, BooBess, Doc Wasabassco, Dolly Debutante, Medianoche, Mischief Molly, Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux and more. 10:45 doors, 11 PM show, $20 to get in.

There's also Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" which on the 4th features Puerto Rico's Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta Salsa. And if you can't mambo or otherwise, dance lessons are given before the main event. Tickets are still available.

Another option that includes two shows on the fourth and others throughout the week is Ascetic House's long Independence Day weekend in NYC. It begins with a Destruction Unit show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets). Then on the fourth, D Unit's Jes Aurelius will bring his Marshstepper project to Palisades with a bunch of other experimental musicians, and late that night D Unit hits Silent Barn. The psych punk crew's shows are always intense, but this intimate Silent Barn one should get real wild (and hot). There's multiple other shows over the next few days including D Unit drummer Andrew Flores' Jock Club project at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free late show) and an 8 PM show at Baby's All Right on 7/7 with a band called Lucifers Stoned Disciples who don't appear to be an actual band. Any idea who it might be? (PS, D Unit's new Adult Swim Single is out now and can be streamed below.)

UPDATE: Destruction Unit's July 4 show at Silent Barn also includes Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Cuddle Formation, Arm Candy, Alice and "Mute Benny" who may or may not be a band whose name rhymes with Schmutual Schmenefit. Starts at 2 PM.

Another all-day July 4 option is the big DIY show at The Ho_se with Mitski, Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop. 3 PM start.

If you're looking to get (not too far) away for the Fourth, you can head to Montauk where Philly shoegaze rippers Nothing are among a lineup of bands playing Red Bull Sound Select's 'A Weekend In Montauk.

A closer beach option is Rockaway, where at Rippers you can see Heliotropes, Wild Yaks and Friend Roulette. Bands start at 5:30 PM, it's free and more info here.

Further into the weekend, Union Pool's Saturday afternoon series "Summer Thunder" is a good one this week (7/5) with Widowspeak and Zachary Cale. It's free, outside, with drink specials and the taco truck in the backyard (that actually serves brunch stuff), and a pretty fun way to spend your day. Later that night in UP's performance space it's Long Island punks Iron Chic with Great Thunder and more.

Another Saturday afternoon option is the ever-popular Warm Up series at MoMA PS1. The 7/5 edition features UK garage titan DJ EZ, plus Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets are available now.

For an even artier Saturday, the Knockdown Center is throwing a closing reception for its Anxious Spaces installation, with performances by Dutch E Germ, Bubbles, Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Trabajo, VenessWolfChild, Rul de Nieves, Cloud Becomes Your Head and more. Entrance is $7-15 sliding scale.

For those who like things heavy, Saturday also offers two chances to catch Thou and The Body who are currently tourmates. There's a matinee at ABC No Rio, then a late night show at Palisades (doors at midnight).

And if neither heavy nor arty are your jam (okay maybe a little arty), the great avant-pop band Hundred Waters brings their tour to Glasslands on Saturday with Mas Ysa for their first show here since the release of their new album. You can still get tickets.

Another Saturday option that won't cost you anything is heading to Prospect Park for the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn series which hosts a great, diverse lineup of jazz/hip hop collective The Robert Glasper Experiment who will be joined on stage by veteran rap great Talib Kweli. Percussionist/composer Glenn Kotche and Brooklyn poet Aja Monet open. Doors open at 6, music at 7.

Fourth of July Weekend is also your last chance to check out the Kara Walker exhibit at Domino Sugar Factory.

Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend! Stream that new Destruction Unit song below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Nicky of Nothing in the Crowd at The Studio (by @eyehatelucas, via Nothing)
Nothing

Nothing brought their tour with Superheaven to NYC this past weekend for a headlining show at The Studio at Webster Hall (6/14) with UnWed. The band were in typically great form, thrashing around on stage to their heavy shoegaze, and singer/guitarist Nicky Palermo launched himself into the crowd on more than one occasion.

Nothing have since announced that they'll join the previously announced Ceremony / Iron Lung tour, including the FREE NYC show happening July 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That is a hard triple bill to pass up for $0.

Nothing also recently filmed an Audiotree session. Watch that, with the list of updated tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Camera Shy

Camera Shy is the duo of Nick Bassett (currently of Whirr, Nothing and Death of Lovers, formerly of Deafheaven) and former Whirr vocalist Alexandra Morte, who are getting set to release their debut EP, Jack-O-Lantern, on June 25 via Run For Cover (pre-order). You've already heard one of its tracks, "Spin Me," and we've now got the premiere of another, "Come Around." Like the last one, Alexandra sings over delicate acoustic guitars, and it's dreamy and poppy, but not hazy enough to be called "dream pop." Her voice is pushed strongly to the forefront, making this perhaps Nick Bassett's most accessible project yet. Check it out below.

Camera Shy don't have any dates scheduled at the moment, but as discussed, Nothing bring their tour with Superheaven (fka Daylight) to NYC on Saturday (6/14) at The Studio at Webster Hall with UnWed (mems Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike, etc). Tickets for that show are still available.

Stream "Come Around," along with "Spin Me" and the EP artwork and tracklist, below...

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