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photo: Death in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Who, Joan Jett @ Forest Hills Stadium
The Who are currently on the road celebrating their 50th anniversary. Tonight's their third of five shows in the NYC-area, and second of three in NYC proper. At this point, they have enough hits to put out a double album compilation of them (which they did last year), and these shows are sure to be filled with them. The great Joan Jett opens on all dates.
Arthur Russell tribute w/ Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry, Rubblebucket, Little Screen @ BAM
Much like last year's William Onyeabor tribute at BAM, this year's Red Bull Music Academy closes out with a two-day tribute -- this time to '80s NYC downtown scene icon Arthur Russell -- featuring a host of talented performers.
Kurtis Mantronik, DJ Nicky Siano, Morgan Geist @ Good Room (RBMA)
RBMA will wrap up its 2015 slate with another Arthur Russell-related show, this one paying tribute to Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label he co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981 that released records by Mantronix, Just-Ice, T La Rock and EPMD to Nocera, Joyce Sims, and Kariya. On the bill: Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) will play Sleeping Bag sets.
The Just Joans, Working, The Chandler Estate, Pete Astor @ Baby's All Right (NYC Popfest)
Having played last night with The Loft, frontman Pete Astor (who was also in The Weather Prophets) will play solo today at this free NYC Popfest matinee. Pete, if you're reading this, please play "Like Frankie Lymon" today, okay?
The Darling Buds, The Spook School, Veronica Lake, Brideshead, Wallflower, Expert Alterations @ Knitting Factory (NYC Popfest)
Tonight's main Popfest attraction is a very stacked bill, including UK powerpoppers The Darling Buds, a very rare reunion show from shoegazers Veronica Lake, the charming/funny Spook School, Baltimore's Expert Alterations and more.
Lloyd Cole (acoustic) @ The Bell House
It seems kind of painful to have NYC Popfest and this show happening seperately, as Lloyd Cole is one of the iconic '80s nose-in-a-book, heart-on-his-sleeve songsmiths. He's still very much the literate charmer
The Men, The Gotobeds, Savak (ex-Obits), Christines @ Cake Shop
This is the last of Cake Shop's 10th anniversary shows and they're going out with a bang. This seems like a great place to see Pittsburgh's awesome The Gotobeds, this is the first show from The Men in nearly a year, and it's the first-ever show from SAVAK (ex-Obits).
Hector's Pets, Metalleg, Slam Section, Roya @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
One of the best NYC free summer music series, Union Pool's "Summer Thunder" brings live music and good times to the venue's backyard. The fun starts at 3 PM with bands starting a little later in the day.
Yvette, Eartheater, Dreamcrusher, Unisex (Meredith Graves + Fernando Perez DJ) @ Alphaville
While you wait for Yvette's new EP to drop, catch them live -- an intense, loud experience -- tonight.
Bjork (DJ), The Haxan Cloak (DJ), Brandon Stosuy (DJ), Caleb Braaten (DJ) @ Saint Vitus
Bjork has been DJing NYC a good amount lately, and she'll continue to do so tonight with her Tri Angle-signed collaborator The Haxan Cloak, Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy and Sacred Bones' Caleb Braaten. Admission is $5 at the door (no advance tickets).
Death, Obnox @ The Studio at Webster Hall
You know the story by now: Detroit band Death makes a record in the '70s that predates and predicts punk rock, but it never comes out until Drag City releases it in 2009, and the band's continued as a live force since then. This year, they actually put out their first album of new music since the '70s, and we'll likely hear some of that as well as old favorites tonight. Opening is a much newer, similarly edgy punk band, Obnox.
Iron Chic, Soda Bomb, Somerset Thrower, DJ Mathcore @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Iron Chic keep the Dillinger Four/Hot Water Music/etc kind of raspy punk alive and well, and their live shows are super tight and super fun. Today's afternoon show is at Rockaway Beach's Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the new thing that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are doing.
Other Lives, Riothorse Royale @ Bowery Ballroom
Chamber pop trio Other Lives recently released their new album, Rituals, which is full of great atmospheres and harmonies, and you can tell it's the work of a band who have hung around Thom Yorke. (Atoms for Peace drummer Joey Waronker also co-produced it.) Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on this tour.
D.R.I. @ Blackthorn 51
D.R.I. helped pioneer that the crossover thrash genre that really came into fruition in the mid-late '80s, and thanks to bands like Power Trip and Iron Reagan, is still getting kids going wild today. They haven't released new music in a while, but they're going strong as a live band.
Steven Wilson @ Best Buy Theater
Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson recently put out a new solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase, which is inspired by the true story of Joyce Vincent, whose body went undiscovered for two years in her own apartment. It's also got his epic prog stylings very much intact. Tonight's his second of two NYC stops on this tour in support of the album.
Drew McDowall, StatiqBloom, Two from the Eye, York Factory Complaint @ The Acheron
For a night of music of the noise/electronic/industrial variety, this whole bill is pretty stacked. Coil/Psychic TV's Drew McDowall headlines the show.
Nine of Swords, Ex-Breathers, Stove, Washer, Cop @ Aviv
Especially of note on this bill is hardcore rippers Ex-Breathers, who are in town from Florida. Joining them are a few solid local bands, including Stove, the new project of former Ovlov singer Steve Hartlett.
Bill Frisell @ The Appel Room (Lincoln Center)
In this performance titled "Up & Down The Mississippi Traveling Highway 61," iconic guitar master Bill Frisell "embarks on a musical journey along the revered route, which Bob Dylan famously immortalized in 1965."
NY Magazine's pop culture festival brings a lot of cool talks, music and comedy events to one weekend in NYC. Most events today -- including a screening of Tig Notaro's new short film, Clown Service -- happen at Chelsea's Milk Studios.
Marcos Valle with Carlos Lyra @ Birdland
Brazil's Marcos Valle has had a long career, stretching back to the '60s. But he may be best known now for his 1982 single "Estrellar" which was used in a Southern Comfort ad shown a lot during last year's World Cup telecasts. Fans of samba, bossa nova, jazz, disco and kitschy fun take note -- tonight's the last night of his Birdland run.
Bellows, Diet Cig, PWR BTTM, Grounders, Hank May @ Palisades
Toronto band Grounders take a traditional '60s pop sensibility and fry it till golden brown, glistening and modern.
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Mitski (photo by Kenneth Bachor)
Brooklyn songwriter Mitski won us over with last year's Bury Me At Makeout Creek, a great mix of folk, lo-fi indie rock, and art pop that contained one of our favorite songs of the year. Now she's signed to Don Giovanni for its TBA followup making her labelmates with Screaming Females, Priests, California X and more.
The Hundred Waters run hits NYC NYC at MHOW this Thursday, 3/5 (tix), the Screaming Females run hits NJ April 4 at Asbury Lanes (tickets), and the Speedy/Krill run hits NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 25 (tickets). All of those bands also play SXSW.
In semi-related news, Mitski's new labelmates California X's short tour hits NYC this week on Friday (3/6) at Saint Vitus with Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.
Massachusetts sludge punks California X just released their sophomore album, Nights In The Dark, and are playing a few shows out in support of it. The Saves the Day-referencing artwork above isn't the actual artwork by the way, but it is awesome. (And speaking of, the girl on that cover was just interviewed.) Listen to the album below.
The band have shows coming up, including NYC at Saint Vitus on March 6 with support from Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
California X were just in town to headline the second Don Giovanni showcase at Knitting Factory, and the third and final night of the label's showcases is coming up. They take the space back over on February 28 for a double-header night serving as the album release shows for Screaming Females' excellent new album, Rose Mountain, and feature Priests, (who just played Indie Pop Prom 3 this weekend) Tenement and Vacation as support. Both the early and the late shows are now sold out.
Rose Mountain is streaming over at NPR now in advance of the album's February 24 release date. It's Screaming Females' sixth full-length, and the consistently great punks are making music that's tighter than ever.
All of California X's upcoming dates and a stream of Nights In The Dark below...
photo: Jack White in Austin last week (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Jack White, Run The Jewels @ Madison Square Garden
Former White Stripe, blues lover, and guitar-rock devotee Jack White returns to MSG (where The White Stripes played in 2007) for his first headlining show here as a solo artist. His recent sets have all had him mixing it up between his solo stuff and his former bands (at his Nashville show on Wednesday, he actually reunited The Raconteurs on stage). If you're going tonight, definitely don't miss Run The Jewels, the recently-formed rap duo by Killer Mike and El-P that truly reinvigorated both of their careers. Tonight's show is sold out.
If you're not going, you can stream it live on Pandora. It begins at 9 PM and loops for the next 72 hours. An archive will go up on February 3 where you can listen to it song-by-song.
Hamilton Leithauser, Elle King @ Bowery Ballroom
While no longer fronting The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser retains his signature raspy, impassioned delivery...and taste in suits.
Torres, Mainland, Heliotropes, Ancient Ocean @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Torres announced her new album earlier this week, and put out the single which has her sounding more rocking than on her debut. Hopefully we'll hear even more new stuff tonight.
Beverly, Honduras, Christines @ Alphaville
Bushwick bar Alphaville has been open for a few months, but this is the first official show in its back room performance space. It's a pretty killer kickoff, with the ultra-melodic indie rock of Beverly, '60s revivalists Honduras, and Christines' thick shoegaze.
Blondes (DJ), John + Jehn, Johnny Hostile, JDH @ Good Room
While here for Savages' residency, singer Jehnny Beth has been doing a few shows with partner Johnny Hostile as their electronic duo incarnation. Blondes will be DJing.
Tombs, Black Anvil, Darkside NYC @ The Acheron
Sludgesters Tombs and black metallers Black Anvil are two of NYC's best local bands, and this spring they'll hit the road together in Europe. But tonight they'll give their hometown a taste of that same double bill.
Screaming Females @ Stevens Institute of Technology
Screaming Females are about to release their sixth album, and from the sound of the songs they've put out so far, it's going more of their badass rock and killer riffs. They've got a couple NYC shows coming up next month, but tonight they'll be nearby in Hoboken.
Invisible Familiars, Adam Schatz & Thomas White's Option Copter (w/ Cibo Mato, Delicate Steve, Sean Lennon + more) @ Baby's All Right
Having worked with Martha Wainwright, Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon and others, Jared Samuel's own music, as Invisble Familiars, is an appealing hodgepodge of styles that is at once quirky, folky, poppy and danceable. Tonight's the release party for his Other Music debut and opening is Adam Schatz & Thomas White's Option Copter that features Cibo Matto, Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, Sean Lennon, and "many more!" Sounds intriguing.
Ben Howard, Hiss Golden Messenger @ Hammerstein Ballroomv
Ben Howard's the headliner, but if you're going to this show we especially recommend showing up for Hiss Golden Messenger. He'stransformed from a haunting bare-bones folk singer to an Electric Dylan-esque folk rocker, and whatever mode he's in, it's great.
Celestial Shore, Zula, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Voice Coils @ Shea Stadium
This is a pretty stacked bill of local experimental bands, with the mathy indie pop of Celestial Shore, the psych pop of Zula, the arty/eccentric Cloud Becomes Your Hand, and prog collective Voice Coils, who include members of various local bands and are fronted by Mitski.
Ovlov, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, KSPILL @ Silent Barn
If you miss the indie rock and post-hardcore sounds of the '90s, you'll find that the bands on this bill fill that void pretty well.
Addison Groove, Doctor Jeep, ROZI, Regent Street @ Cameo Gallery
UK footwork producer Addison Groove is one of the musicians who had the pleasure of collaborating with DJ Rashad before he sadly passed away. If you like Rashad's stuff, there's a good chance you'll dig Addison Groove's too.
Frontier Ruckus, The Bros. Landreth @ Mercury Lounge
Michigan folk pop band Frontier Ruckus released their fourth album, Sitcom Afterlife, in late 2014. Tonight they make their way to NYC in support of it.
Sara Rachele, Kevin Hufnagel @ Union Hall
Singer/songwriter Sara Rachele makes folk with a rock edge, and opener Kevin Hufnagel is a ukulele-playing solo artist when he's not shredding in metal bands Dysrhythmia, Vaura, and Gorguts.
John Oliver @ Beacon Theater
While we wait for Last Week Tonight to return to HBO, host John Oliver does standup tonight in one of Manhattan's toniest venues.
Demetri Martin @ The Paramount
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin brings his tour just out of NYC tonight, and he'll be back in February to play the city proper.
Wolf Alice, Drenge @ Mercury Lounge
Two buzzy, hard-rockin' UK bands hit Mercury Lounge for the early show tonight.
The B-52's @ The Space at Westbury
Coming up quickly on their 40th anniversary, The B-52's still bring the party with a catalogue of classic dance-friendly postpunky new wave.
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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.