Entries tagged with: Ovlov
by Zack Baker
Photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vadislav Grach)
Amherst, MA's noisy sludge-punks California X will release their sophomore LP, Nights In The Dark, January 13 on Don Giovanni Records. You may have already heard the album's title track, and they've now shared a second song, "Hadley, MA," which you can stream below.
Before the album drops, the band will head out on tour, kicking off in NYC with a release show on January 2 at Shea Stadium with the similarly sludgy Ovlov, stellar post-hardcore shredders Big Ups and the homespun riffs of LVL UP. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
California X closes out their current string of dates with an appearance at night 2 of the Don Giovanni showcases which happens at Knitting Factory on February 7. You can pick up tickets for that show (and all three nights) now. The band also contributed to DG's list of 2014 favorites highlighting LVL UP's album Hoodwink'd as well as the Ovlov / Krill/ LVL UP/ Radiator Hospital split.
All of California X's upcoming dates are listed, along with the"Hadley, MA" stream, below...
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
Les Savy Fav were the "super secret headliner" at the eighth to last Death by Audio show on Saturday (11/15) that was already stacked with great local openers who have all frequented the venue -- Yvette, Big Ups and Ovlov -- handpicked by the headliners themselves. Doors opened at 8, and even a half hour beforehand the line outside was down the block. Once they opened it moved pretty quickly though, and we heard it sold out during or right after Ovlov's opening set.
Ovlov brought their usual enjoyable set of Dinosaur Jr-isms, and (as you can see pictured below), they also brought their friend and former Exploding In Sound labelmate Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz to sing guest vocals on their last song. That was the second appearance Sadie made during DbA's final run, having played with Speedy Ortiz earlier that week.
Big Ups, another band in the EIS family, followed, pulling from the same era of American indie as Ovlov but from Dischord/Touch & Go style post-hardcore rather than the latter's SST love. They were great, and as always their singer was a thrill to watch.
Yvette were the most intense band of the night, playing in white light and powering through their industrial/noise-infected jams. The whole thing was a total sensory overload. They don't usually say much during their sets, but took the time to say thank you to a list of names associated with the closing venue.
Then came the night's secret headliner (though not a secret anymore at that point), Les Savy Fav who haven't played a show in a while. Before they went on, Syd Butler (who just ran the NYC Marathon!) said his dad was at the show, at which point Tim entered the stage dressed as a graying old man. That was only one of Tim's costumes for the night. He also appeared as a superhero not long after, and of course was shirtless for much of it. As you'd expect from a LSF show at DbA, the place was nuts for them the whole time. (It felt less overpacked than Ty Segall the night before, however.) The whole front half of the room was just a sea of bodies jumping up and down and pushed in every direction. Tim was everywhere himself too, whether he was running to the back of the crowd and back to the stage, crowdsurfing, popping back into the green room, unwinding the Christmas lights over the entrance door, or headed upstairs. Here's hoping that was not the beginning and end of Les Savy Fav's return, though we know they don't all live in the same city anymore, and Syd is especially busy with other projects (like running Frenchkiss Records and being a member of the Late Night band which LSF's Seth is also in).
If you were there, or at any of these other final shows, have you checked out the "Death by Art" exhibition they have set up? The whole thing is pretty nuts and a lot of it is interactive. In addition to the art on display, make sure to check out those little rooms in the back -- different surprises in every one! There's also a net to hang out on, and a bar in the back, which as you can see in the pictures below features Death By Audio co-founder/APTBS frontman Oliver Ackermann as bartender.
Merch for sale includes special "Goodbye Death By Audio" t-shirts, posters from previous nights, and the poster for that night which in this case was designed by Tim Harrington. it's pictured below.
Death by Audio now has only FIVE NIGHTS LEFT. Future Punx, Priests, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash and B-Boys played last night, and Fiasco headlined the night before that (which was one night after Les Savy Fav). The rest are all top secret.
Other bigger artists who played final DbA shows include Parquet Courts, Deerhoof, Woods, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood, venue co-founders and residents A Place to Bury Strangers, Ty Segall, and Dan Deacon.
More pictures and some video from the Saturday night show, below...
by Bill Pearis
Yvette in an auto garage
Yvette are a finely tuned postpunk engine whose industrial-strength noise already sounds like it was created in a machine shop. So it seems fitting they'd play in a auto garage amongst a bunch of classic Mustangs. Thus is the case for the latest in Into The Woods' latest 'Homesick' session which Yvette took part in while in Boise, ID for the Treefort Music Festival. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
Back in Brooklyn, Yvette have played Death by Audio nearly 20 times in their existence, including two record release shows. They'll play DbA one last time on November 15 with Big Ups, Ovlov and a "super secret headliner" that the Yvette haven't even been told about yet. (At least that's what they told us.) Any guesses?
If you're going to this show (or any of the other final DbA shows) be sure to head next door for the Death by Art installation which opened last night (11/6) and is genuinely awesome.
Yvette also play with Shamir and Mister Small at Baby's All Right on November 20 (tickets). If you haven't heard Yvette's 2013 album, Process, you can stream a few track, along with the "Absolutes" video, below...
Florida hardcore band Ex-Breathers put out their new EP Exbx today (10/7) via Texas Is Funny, and to coincide with the release date they've got a video for its track "Auto-Correct" (by Barrett White and David J. Dodd) which premieres in this post. Check it out below.
Ex-Breathers also have a tour coming up which hits NYC for CMJ, including three announced shows so far. They play the Texas Is Funny showcase on October 21 at Shea Stadium with Glish, Vetter Kids and The Hawks of Holy Rosary; then the Brixton Agency showcase on October 22 at Grand Victory with Creepoid, Young Statues, The Beverleys, Teen Death and more; and also the Exploding In Sound showcase on October 24 at Trash Bar with Krill, Kal Marks, Two Inch Astronaut, Geronimo! and more. All of their dates are listed below.
Speaking of Two Inch Astronaut, they recently announced that the followup to 2013's Bad Brother is called Foulbrood and the mathy title track is out now. Stream that below. Two Inch also play the unofficial EIS show at Silent Barn on October 25 with Krill, Grass Is Green, Ovlov (acoustic), Pile (acoustic), Ronald Paris of Porches and many more.
Two Inch stream, with the Ex-Breathers video and list of dates, below...
Krill (photo by Ethan Long)
Quirky indie rockers Krill released their newest EP Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tears earlier this year via Exploding In Sound, and now they're teaming up with two of their labelmates, Ovlov and LVL UP, plus the great Radiator Hospital for a 4-way split due October 14 via Double Double Whammy/Exploding In Sound. Krill's new single "Peanut Butter" appears on the split, and you can check that out below.
Krill also have a ton of tour dates coming up this fall. The tour hits NYC on October 2 at Shea Stadium with Sorority Noise, Told Slant and Pinegrove, and then they return to NYC for CMJ. So far they're playing the official EIS showcase on October 24 at Trash Bar with Ex-Breathers, Lost Boy?, Flagland, Kal Marks, Dirty Dishes, Two Inch Astronaut and Geronimo!; and then they play EIS's unofficial CMJ party/birthday party on October 25 at Silent Barn with more bands TBA. That Trash Bar show's got a great lineup all around, and chances are the Silent Barn one will too. Stay tuned. All of Krill's dates are listed below.
In related news, former Krill drummer Luke Pyenson moved to London for school after leaving the band, and while there he formed a new band, Brunch. Brunch will be coming to the US for a short Northeast tour in the fall which includes a couple of the stops on the Krill tour. They won't be at any of their NYC shows, but they do play NYC the same night as Krill's Shea show on October 2 at Silent Barn with LVL UP, LVL UP's DDW labelmate Mitski, and the Run for Cover-signed chiptuners Crying (whose Elaiza Santos sings on the new LVL UP album). Brunch put out a self-titled EP this past August, and you can stream that with their list of dates below.
Speaking of that LVL UP album, a full stream premiered over at Stereogum. You can also stream that, with the Krill and Brunch streams/dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Woozy (photo by Benjamin Garrett Davis)
New Orleans' Woozy are releasing a four-way split with Ex-Breathers, Ovlov and Gnarwhal on November 4 via Community Records (pre-order). Woozy contribute two songs, "The Other Half Lives" and "Magma Stoddard," the latter of which premieres in this post. The track combines the math rock noodling of Minus the Bear or Maps & Atlases with the fuzz pop of early Wavves or PAWS, and it's a good mix. You can check that one out below.
Woozy are kicking off a tour in Tallahassee this Thursday (9/18) and hitting NYC on October 3 at Palisades with The Great Void, Life Size Maps and Bluffing. No advance tickets at the moment, $5 admission. All dates are listed below.
Woozy member John St Cyr's other band Native America also have new music on the way. Their new album, Grown Up Wrong, will be out on November 18 via Inflated Records. Its single "Like A Dream," is a cool take on mid '60s rock, sounding something like if "Rain"-era Beatles covered "Needles and Pins." You can hear that one below too. Native America have a TBA tour, but we do know they'll be in NYC for CMJ, so stay tuned for more details on that.
List of Woozy dates and both song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by David Medina
You may be familiar with Brooklyn singer/songwriter Mitski, who mostly makes twee-ish indie pop, but she's now also fronting a metallic prog band called Voice Coils, which is primarily the brain child of former Roomrunner member Sam Garrett, and also features current and former members of Extra Life, Cellular Chaos, Epistasis, Porches, Skeletons, Feast of the Epiphany and Couch Slut. That's an impressive (and diverse) resume! Voice Coils don't just look good on paper though. Their new "In Sixths" / "Field and Border" 7" came out this week and is a terrific blend of spiraling prog riffs, complex arrangements, dark atmospheres and Mitski's soaring, operatic take on dream pop vocals. Hear both tracks for yourself, below.
Song streams below...
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Basement / Superheaven / Pity Sex @ Webster Hall - 8/19/14
I walked into Webster Hall on Tuesday (8/19) around 7:20, about three quarters of the way through Ovlov's set, the first set of a four-band bill, and it was packed. I've been to a handful of Webster Hall shows, but unless the headliner was someone like Paul Simon, I've never seen the 1,500-capacity venue that full so early on. But this was a special show. Basement, the UK post-hardcore band who put out two much-loved albums in 2011 and 2012 before going on a 2-year hiatus which just ended, were headlining the sold-out gig. And it was their second New York City show ever.
This wasn't just Basement fans waiting around for their favorite band to go on though. The crowd was appreciative of every band that played, and for good reason. Ovlov, who I've never seen outside of a DIY venue let alone a place as big as Webster Hall, had no trouble on the big stage. And their usually-scrappy indie rock sounded cleaner than ever. Pity Sex were up next, one of the few shoegaze bands around who can incite mosh pits, and it didn't take long for that to happen on Tuesday. It wasn't as crazy as their last NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (though that show was crazy for bad reasons too), but they sounded great. And most excitingly, they did an excellent cover of the Pixies' "Gigantic" which will appear on their upcoming split with Adventures. Pity Sex's Britty Drake does a great Kim Deal and the band really did justice to this one. Keep an eye out for that split.
They were followed by Superheaven (formerly Daylight). I had yet to really become a fan of Superheaven's recent debut album, Jar, but they won me over as a live band. With Jar, they come closer to post-grunge and alt-metal than any other band on the bill, and whether or not that sound is your style (it's not really mine), it's hard to deny that they do it right. Their tones were heavy as fuck, they were effortlessly tight, and they were no statues on stage either.
Then Basement came on, and if there was ever any doubt of how beloved this band is and how missed they were in NYC, that was erased within the first minute. I was upstairs when they started, and the crowd screaming to set opener "Whole" instantly echoed through the entire venue, louder than anything had been all night. That didn't change for the entire set, save for the two songs they played off their brand new EP. The band expressed more than once on stage how grateful and shocked they were to be playing to such a large crowd and getting the kind of feedback they were. Their last and only other NYC show was at the MUCH tinier Acheron in 2011 (also with Daylight, but that time Basement were the openers), and they said on stage that there couldn't have been more than 50 people there. To say Tuesday's show was a triumphant return to NYC would be an understatement.
Pictures from Webster Hall are in this post. More, with Basement's setlist, below...
Little Big League at BV Northside 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philly indie rockers Little Big League are about to join the ongoing Foxing/Hotelier tour, and they've now added more of their own tour dates surrounding their appearance at Riot Fest Toronto. Those dates have them in Brooklyn for a show on September 3 at Shea Stadium with a stacked lineup of likeminded DIY rock from Ovlov, Krill and Mannequin Pussy. All dates are listed below.
Ovlov play NYC again on their tour with Basement, Pity Sex and Superheaven.
Ovlov and Little Big League recently put out a split on Tiny Engines. Watch the video for LBL's contribution, with their list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The UK's Basement ended their 2-year hiatus earlier this year, and have since announced that they'll put out a new EP, Further Sky, next week (7/29) via Run For Cover. There's a definite love for the '90s on this three-song EP. There's the grungy Dinosaur Jr jangle of EP opener "Summer's Colour." "Jet" embraces the loud-quiet-loud dynamics of mid-90s alt-rock radio with a bit of Hum's space thrown in there. And to really show their love of the '90s, the final track is a mostly-straightforward (but a little grunged up) cover of Suede's "Animal Nitrate" off the Britpoppers' 1993 debut album. A full stream of the EP premieres in this post and can be listened to below.
As discussed, Basement are going on their first US tour since reuniting, which includes a run with support from Pity Sex, Superheaven and Ovlov. That run hits NYC on August 19 at Webster Hall. It's in the Grand Ballroom after being moved from the Studio and then to the Marlin Room. Tickets are still available. Other dates on the tour are with Cloakroom, who play NYC on their tour with Whirr in September.
EP stream, with the list of dates, below...
Ex Hex / Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Two great current indie rock bands, Speedy Ortiz (who owe a lot to the '90s) and Ex Hex (whose members were in some classic '90s bands), have shared bills before (like the BV SXSW day party this year and the Pitchfork Fest aftershow they play this month), and they'll do so again in the fall. We're not sure if it's a full tour or not, but about a month after both bands play Pygmalion Festival, they'll team up for a NYC show on November 2 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon.
UPDATE: They also play another NYC show together on November 1 at Glasslands with Aye Nako. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at 10 AM. More dates TBA?
Meanwhile, you can catch both bands for free in NYC this month. Speedy play 4Knots Festival on Saturday (7/12) with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco and more; and Ex Hex play MoMA Nights on July 17 (free with museum admission). All currently known dates for both bands are listed, with streams, below.
You can also catch Aye Nako in NYC Wednesday (7/9) at Silent Barn with Pony Bones (the current band of guitarist Matt Robidoux who is currently on hiatus from Speedy Ortiz with Grass Is Green's Devin McKnight taking his place) as well as Ovlov, Black Norse and Francis.
Oh Land is playing Knitting Factory on Monday, July 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cory Branan is playing Mercury Lounge on October 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Mike Birbiglia is 'Working It Out' at Union Hall on Monday (7/7). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Carrboro, NC garage punk trio Flesh Wounds just recently welcomed their new Bitter Boy 7" via local indie heavyweights Merge Records. "Bitter Boy" is backed by both "Kennel Cough" and "Let Me Be Clear," and 7"s are available for purchase via Merge's webstore. You can hear the full 7" via Merge Radio, and stream the title track, along with a stream of their 2014 self-titled 7", below.
Next week, Flesh Wounds will be embarking on a June US tour surrounding their appearances at NYC's Northside Festival. They play Exploding In Sound's official showcase at Baby's All Right on June 15 with Creepoid, Ovlov, Krill, Guerilla Toss and others (tickets) and will also play the PopGun party at Glasslands that night with Swearin', Radiator Hospital and Bent Shapes (tickets).
All Flesh Wounds dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
It's not much of a secret that Massachusetts is currently a breeding ground for some of the best new '90s-inspired loud rock bands, and Allston's Sneeze are no exception. Their sophomore album, Wilt, comes out on June 17 via Glory Kid, and can be pre-ordered now. Not unlike Roomrunner's snotty grunge revival, it's ripper after ripper of the kind of alternative rock that we never get to hear on the radio anymore. If you yearn for the days of Nirvana, early Weezer, The Smashing Pumpkins, and all that good stuff, Wilt is for you. Not to mention it was produced by go-to Mass. guy Justin Pizzoferrato, who's manned the boards for Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Speedy Ortiz, and plenty other distortion pedal lovers. A full stream of the LP premieres in this post and can be listened to below.
Sneeze are planning a tour for later this year, but first they'll play a release show in their hometown on June 14 at O'Brien's Pub with Ovlov, Raw Blow and Sweet John Bloom.
Stream Wilt below...
by Andrew Sacher
NYC-area chiptune band Crying, who put out their Get Olde EP on Double Double Whammy last year, recently announced that they've signed to larger label Run For Cover (Modern Baseball, Basement), who say new music is coming soon. The band have played locally a lot, and they currently have many tour dates lined up including a bunch more in and around NYC. They play Brooklyn Launch Pad on May 31, then Hamden, CT's The Space on June 7 with Saintseneca (tickets). After that they'll go on a short tour with Teen Suicide that includes an Asbury Lanes (6/15) show with Pity Sex and Nothing (tickets) and a Brooklyn show at Shea Stadium (6/19). Then they go on a much longer tour with Told Slant which includes yet another Brooklyn show on July 4 at The Ho_se with Frankie Cosmos. All Crying dates are listed below.
In other Run For Cover news, the label releases the new Tigers Jaw album, Charmer, next week (6/3) which you can now stream in full on Pitchfork and pre-order for only $5. Like I said when singles "Nervous Kids" and "Hum" were released, it sounded like Tigers Jaw was going on a different direction than their previous material, and now that the whole thing's out there it can safely be said this is like nothing they've done before. The band haven't fully abandoned their punk roots -- there's still an edge here -- but like their tourmates/labelmates Pity Sex, Charmer is much more overtly indie rock than many releases by their peers. The vocals echo '80s mope rock, and the songs themselves are driving but never really go past mid-tempo. The harmonies Brianna Collins contributes are always on point too. Highly recommended album.
Tigers Jaw's tour with Pity Sex hits NYC on 6/18 at MHOW with Petal and Loose Planes (tickets). After that, they go on a tour with Touche Amore and Dads which doesn't hit NYC but hits Long Island on July 15 at Revolution (tickets).
RFC also recently reissued the 2013 sophomore album by Sweden's Makthaverskan, II. While II is '80s-inspired post-punk through and through, which is far from a unique description of a band in 2014, Makthaverskan really don't sound like many other groups at the moment. They very much remember that post-punk did indeed stem from punk, but not by cranking up the distortion. The guitars are all relatively clean, and the leads soar like Joy Division or Cure leads, but there's a backbone to the rhythm section. On a song like "Distance," all those guitars would need to do is switch to power chords and they'd have themselves a Black Flag song. But what really sets Makthaverskan apart from the rest is Maja Milner's powerhouse voice and her lyrics. While post-punk can often be about being moody or apathetic, Maja sounds quite the opposite, wailing in a way that sounds like she demands to be heard. And when she kicks off the album with a chorus of "Fuck you"s, only to belt out "Fuck you for fucking me when I was seventeen" on album standout "No Mercy" seven songs later, it's not hard to see why those demands are met. Take a listen to II for yourself below. No word on US dates yet but hopefully they come over here soon.
Run For Cover also recently signed Adventures (aka 3/4 of Code Orange Kids), who we caught at Webster Hall Studio not long ago. Adventures' first release for the label will be a split 7" with Pity Sex that includes a new song by each band, plus a cover of Turning Point's "Behind This Wall" by Adventures and a Pixies cover by Pity Sex.
Camera Shy, the duo of Nick Bassett (who is currently in Whirr and Nothing and previously of Deafheaven) and former Whirr vocalist Alexandra Morte, recently joined the label as well and put out an acoustic dreamy pop track "Spin Me," which you can spin below. (Alexandra isn't the only former Whirr vocalist with a release on RFC.)
Nothing at Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speaking of Nothing, they bring their tour with RFC-signed Superheaven (formerly Daylight) to NYC on June 14 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, UnWed (mems Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike) were added to that show. Tickets for that one are still available.
Speaking of Small Brown Bike, they'll release a collaborative 12" with The Casket Lottery on Run for Cover on June 17. You can stream one of those tracks, "Wrong Hometown," below. Able Baker Fox, who feature members of both Small Brown Bike and The Casket Lottery, are breaking their silence with a Michigan show and a set at The Fest this year. No other dates announced at the moment.
To go back to Superheaven and Pity Sex, both of those bands open for their UK labelmates Basement on that band's reunion tour which hits NYC on August 19 at Webster Hall (tickets). Ovlov is also on that show and they just premiered a new song from their split with Little Big League (due in August via Tiny Engines) over at Stereogum. It's called "The Great Crocodile" and can be heard below.
All mentioned streams and the list of Crying dates, below...
If you didn't get tickets for the Guided By Voices shows at Irving Plaza, The Paramount and The Stone Pony in the BrooklynVegan presale, you can get them in during the general sale which starts today at noon.
RX Bandits, who seemed like they were breaking up but then toured The Resignation in full followed by some of their members getting the touring lineup of The Sound of Animals Fighting back together, were just announced for Riot Fest and they're also playing a NYC show at Best Buy Theater on July 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Exploding In Sound are doing their official Northside showcase at Baby's All Right on June 15 with Guerilla Toss, Ovlov, Krill, Celestial Shore, Mattress Financial, Baked, Leapling, Flagland, Washer, Manors, Heliotropes and Creepoid. Tickets are on sale now. EIS is also doing an unofficial showcase on June 13 at Silent Barn with Porches, Bad History Month, Pile, Dust from 1000 Yrs and New England Patriots. No advance tickets for that one.
Tickets for the Andrew Bird shows at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to both performances. Check the link above for contest details.
show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Donovan Wolfington put out their Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark EP earlier this year -- their first release for Topshelf -- and it's the kind of raw, hooky rock made for college radio and college house shows. So it makes sense that for the video for its excellent single, "Keep Ripper," they've basically filmed the band throwing a house party filled with twentysomethings, cheap beer, balloons, silly string, shirtless dudes, kissing and more. That video (filmed by Ally Newbold, edited by Klein Bros. Audiovisual) premieres in this post and can be watched below.
The band toured not long ago, and they'll head out for another run of dates soon. A handful of those are with Ovlov, including the NYC show happening on June 30 at Shea Stadium.
All dates are listed, with the new video and a stream of their EP, below...
Pity Sex at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
As previously discussed, UK post-hardcore band Basement ended their hiatus and will be touring North America this year, which includes a NYC show at the Grand Ballroom in Webster Hall on August 19 (moved from the Marlin Room, which had been moved from the Studio). Since we last spoke, two of Basement's Run for Cover labelmates, the shoegazy Pity Sex and the '90s alt-rock-loving Superheaven, have been added to the most of the US dates. Another '90s-loving band, Ovlov (but more Dino Jr/Sonic Youth-style love) also open the NYC show, and a few other Northeast dates. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Also, you won't have to wait that long to see Pity Sex, because as previously mentioned, they're first touring with other RFC labelmates, Tigers Jaw, and hitting NYC on 6/18 at MHOW with Petal and Loose Planes (tickets).
Superheaven are also touring sooner with Nothing, which hits The Studio at Webster Hall on 6/14 (tickets). When we last spoke, we mentioned that Superheaven is actually Daylight, though at the time we thought it was them being billed under a secret name. Turns out, Daylight have actually officially changed their name to Superheaven. You can read their letter explaining why (legal reasons), with the lists of their dates and Pity Sex's dates, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Geronimo!, a regular in the Chicago indie rock scene, are set to release their new album, Cheap Trick, on May 13 via Exploding In Sound Records (Porches, Krill). They've just unveiled its first single, the shouty, noisy rocker "Mr. President," which you can stream below. That's the album artwork above.
The band will be going on a tour around its release, which brings them to NYC for shows on May 9 at Shea Stadium with Purling Hiss, Lost Boy?, Vulture Shit (who also play NYC tonight [3/21]), and bbigpigg; and May 10 at Death by Audio with Ovlov, Dead Wives and LVL UP. Those are both some pretty solid lineups. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Dead Wives, the project fronted by Speedy Ortiz drummer Mike Falcone, released their new cassette, Buzzy Fuzzy, this week (3/18) via ObscureMe Records. It features covers of Ween's "Don't Sweat It" and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap," plus six originals that should appeal to fans of Mike's other band. Stream the whole tape below. And if you haven't yet, check out pics of Speedy Ortiz at SXSW.
by Andrew Sacher
Little Big League
Seahaven, who are about to wrap up a tour supporting Touche Amore, will go on a headlining tour this spring and they'll be taking out some excellent support, including Pittsburgh punks Adventures (aka 3/4 of Code Orange Kids), St. Louis emo/indie pop band Foxing, and Philly's mathy, punky Little Big League. That tour brings all four bands to NYC on May 16 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, you can also catch Little Big League in NYC at the previously announced Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on 4/19 with No Joy, Bleeding Rainbow and Beach Day; and at the previously announced Porches show at Shea on Thursday (3/13) with Downies and Steve Hartlett of Ovlov. All of their other dates are listed below too.
Cities Aviv at Cake Shop in 2013 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Casket Girls, The Stargazer Lilies, Creepoid, Dreamend @ Shea Stadium
The Casket Girls' lineup features Ryan Graveface of Black Moth Super Rainbow, but the group's fronted by Elsa and Phaedra Greene. Their distorted pop should be familiar to BMSR fans though. Also of note on the bill is Creepoid, who do justice to '90s-style slowcore.
Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. Sold out.
Pastimer, Ovlov (acoustic), Ben Mackie @ Cameo Gallery
Ovlov bring their Dinosaur Jr-isms to life in NYC venues quite often, but tonight you'll get to see a different side of them as they strip things down for an acoustic show.
MV & EE (2 Sets, FREE) @ Baby's All Right
Experimental duo (and sometimes more than a duo) MV & EE begin their "Aquarian Shade residency" at Baby's All Right tonight. They play 2 sets, both free, and then do it again next Monday too.
Night Train @ Littlefield
Tonight Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show will be guest hosted by The Kondabolu Brothers. Joining them for the show is Sasheer Zamata, Phoebe Robinson, Nimesh Patel, George Gordon, Giulia Rozzi, and Roy Wood Jr.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Andrew Sacher
Disco Doom at MHOW in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)
Switzerland indie rockers Disco Doom have inked a deal with Exploding In Sound Records (Krill, Porches, Pile), who will release their third full length album, Numerals, on February 11. It follows 2010's Trux Reverb, was produced by Jim Roth and features drums by Scott Plouf, both of Built to Spill, who Disco Doom played NYC with in 2009. If you dig the jammy side Built to Spill brings to indie rock, you might dig Numerals too. You can stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork, and listen to two of its tracks, "Rice & Bones" and "Ex Teenager," below.
Disco Doom will be returning to the US this year for SXSW, Treefort Music Fest, and a tour with their labelmates Ovlov. That tour hits NYC for shows on March 31 at Cake Shop with Palehound and Zula, and April 1 at Death by Audio with Bad History Month and Leapling. No advance tickets for those shows at the moment. All dates are listed below.
All Disco Doom dates are listed, along with those streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Radiator Hospital at Glasslands earlier this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
We just caught Radiator Hospital playing an excellent set in Brooklyn at Glasslands on Monday (1/6), as part of their ongoing tour with Potty Mouth. After the run with Potty Mouth ends, singer Sam Cook-Parrott is going on a solo tour for a couple of weeks, and not long after that he'll return to NYC for a Double Double Whammy label showcase at Shea Stadium on February 12 with Generifus, Frankie Cosmos, Crying and Quarterbacks. It's not clear at the moment if RH will be playing solo or full-band at that show, but stay tuned for more info.
Double Double Whammy will also be releasing Radiator Hospital's Mall of America EP on cassette soon, and Forward Records is putting it out on 10" vinyl. Sam is also promising at least two releases for 2014, so we have that to look forward to too. Meanwhile, if you haven't already, you can stream the Mall of America EP below.
As for Frankie Cosmos, she just played Death by Audio last night (1/7), and ahead of that show we mentioned that she'll be releasing her first full band album, Zentropy, on Double Double Whammy. The album follows multiple solo releases on bandcamp, and its first single is "Owen," which first appeared as a rougher track called "I Love My Brother Owen" on her 2012 album, Thanks For Everything. The new version features harmony vocals with Porches frontman Aaron Maine, who also drums in Frankie's band. You can stream the new track below. Frankie also has another local show happening sooner on February 6 at Silent Barn with Big Ups (who have other dates), Ovlov (ditto) and LVL UP (ditto again).
All Radiator Hospital dates are listed, along with all streams, below...
Speedy Ortiz @ Baby's All Right - 12/30/13 (via Jason Burger)
Exploding In Sound Records celebrated the new year in NYC with a huge show at Baby's All Right on 12/30 that included Big Ups, Porches, Roomrunner, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Ovlov, Krill, Dead Wives, Baked, Bad History Month, Woozy, Gnarwhal, Pile (acoustic), and special guests billed as "Average Cock," who you may have guessed was actually Speedy Ortiz. That's Speedy pictured above, and there's a high quality video of Big Ups from the show below. EIS celebrated NYE proper with a smaller show in Boston.
As discussed, Grass Is Green and Speedy Ortiz are touring together, and though that tour doesn't hit NYC, Speedy will open for Los Campesinos! at Irving Plaza on 1/22 (tickets), and since we last spoke, Grass Is Green added a NYC show happening on January 31 at Silent Barn for the 10th annual Berfest with Baked, Radical Dads, Frankie Cosmos and Poverty Hollow. They also posted another track from their upcoming Vacation Vinny LP not along ago, "Sammy So-Sick." You can stream that, along with the updated list of their tour dates, below.
Big Ups also have another show happening on February 1 at Death by Audio with Eula, Kal Marks and Malatese.
UPDATE: Big Ups also play a release party for their upcoming Eighteen Hours of Static LP at Shea Stadium on January 9 with Flagland, Mannequin Pussy and Washer; and the NYC Arts Collective Late Bloomers Kick Off Multi-Media Series at Baby's All Right on January 25 with Beach Party, Tei Shi, Charlie Wavers Quartet and DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone, Lee Bannon and The Range. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now and proceeds benefit the Ali Forney Center.
Porches next play Silent Barn on January 10 with My Dad, Gunk and Flagland.
And the next day at Silent Barn (1/11), the venue hosts the Gravesend Recordings Compilation Vol. 1 release party which features Krill, Palehound, Bueno, Jazz Massagers and Hannah Ch'oe, plus "possible special guests."
In more related news, Palehound and Frankie Cosmos team up again for a Brooklyn show at Trash Bar on January 17 with Eskimeaux and Florist.
Lastly, Ovlov's next NYC gig is opening for Self Defense Family and Pity Sex at Santos on 1/19 with Heroes of Modern Earth and Deep Pockets. Tickets for that show are still available. They also play Silent Barn on 2/6.
All lists of dates, along with that Grass Is Green song and Big Ups video, below...