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Mac DeMarco @ Webster Hall 8/18/2015
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Everyone who was in attendance at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday night is probably going to die of some horrible strain of flu, and Mac DeMarco is Patient Zero. At least, that's how it looked from the packed floor of his first of four sold-out New York shows in support of his latest EP, Another One. The scabby, gap-toothed troubadour has been known to instigate a little good-natured debauchery, but this time, he wasn't swallowing NyQuil for fun; DeMarco looked truly and terrifyingly ill, apologizing before the set and swearing that he'd try to rally.

Rally he did, but the show got off to a bit of a rocky start, with guitarist Andy White breaking a string before it even began. Bassist Pierce McGarry did his part to get the crowd amped with an impromptu ditty dedicated to fast-food roast beef retailer Arby's (the only lyric to the song was the word "Yummy," melodically repeated over and over). Even with DeMarco under the weather, McGarry and White kept the banter flowing. - [The Village Voice]

Mac DeMarco is now halfway through his sold-out, four-show NYC run. Things got off to a rocky start on Monday (8/17) at Bowery Ballroom as Mac was battling a cold (the Voice review above is for that show), but he was in better spirits last night (8/18) for his show at Webster Hall with PC Worship and Tall Juan, ending, as he often does, on top of a sea of fans. His Webster set included selections from his own records (like the just released Another One), plus covers of Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years" and an encore of Metallica's "Enter Sandman." Pics from the whole evening and Mac's setlist are in this post.

Tonight (8/19) DeMarco plays Music Hall of Williamsburg with Jerry Paper, and UK band Happyness opening. (Again, sold out.) There's a free after-party happening at Baby's All Right featuring a live performance from Stones Throw artist Silk Rhodes, plus members of the band DJing and other TBA shenanigans. Who knows what might happen. The party starts at 10 PM but won't really kick into high gear till midnight or so.

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco's NYC run underway (pics from Webster Hall); continues tonight at MHOW w/ free afterparty at Baby's"

by Andrew Sacher

Wild Moth - 'Inhibitor' artwork
Wild Moth

Earlier this year, San Francisco's Wild Moth released a split with their SF neighbors Creative Adult, and now they're set to release a new full-length, Inhibitor, on August 28 via Iron Pier (pre-order). It was recorded by Jack Shirley (who's worked with Deafheaven, Joyce Manor and others) and follows their 2013 debut LP on Asian Man, Over, Again. It features the previously-released single "Mirror" that they put out as a 7" flexi on their April tour with Whirr, and the brand new single "Buried" which premieres in this post.

As you may expect from a band who's toured with Whirr and released a split with Creative Adult, Wild Moth pull from a variety of '90s influences, specifically the decade's punk, shoegaze and alternative rock. Even if you watched the "Mirror" video on mute, you could probably get an idea of how they sound. Both guitarists play Jazzmasters and the camera focuses in as they make use of those whammy bars, the long-haired singer looks bored and over it, and the band is covered in drippy psychedelic visuals. Check both songs out below.

Wild Moth are also set to tour in November, and while the whole thing hasn't been announced yet, we know they'll play NYC on November 14 at the Acheron with The Men and PC Worship. That's a really good lineup all around. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/10) at noon.

You can see The Men in NYC way sooner though. They play Silent Barn on Saturday (7/11) with Honey, Junk Boys and Red Dawn ii. That's $8 at the door.

PC Worship also open one of Panda Bear's NYC shows in October (tickets), and knowing them, they'll probably find about 15 ways to play NYC before then too.

Show flyer for the Men/Wild Moth/PC Worship show, and those Wild Moth songs, below...

Continue reading "Wild Moth releasing 'Inhibitor' (stream 2 tracks), playing NYC with PC Worship & The Men (who also play this weekend)"

Parquet Courts

As previously mentioned, there's a Naomi Punk / PC Worship show at Palisades tonight (6/22), and a pretty special headliner was just added: PC Worship's friends and collaborators Parquet Courts. Tickets are still available.

Parquet Courts also play Solid Sound Festival this weekend, followed by Pitchfork Festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest later in the year.

photo: Shonen Knife @ The Wick, 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Shonen Knife @ The Wick

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Soul Asylum, Meat Puppets @ Bowery Ballroom
Usually, the only place to see Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets together was probably on that one episode of MTV's Alternative Nation from 1993 where both "Runaway Train" and "Backwater" were both played. But the two bands bands are on tour together, and this is their first of two NYC shows.

Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone @ Le Poisson Rouge
Seeing how Shonen Knife's brand of poppy punk stems directly from The Ramones, this tour with CJ Ramone should make for a fun double-bill.

The Front Bottoms, GDP, Youngman Grand @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
We're still waiting on The Front Bottoms' followup to 2013's great Talon of the Hawk, but they recently released the new "West Virginia" single which had all of their usual elements intact (nasally vocals, super specific lyrics, part folk, part pop punk). These guys are getting pretty big -- tonight's show is small for them at this point, and unsurprisingly sold out.

Om, Blazer Sound System @ Saint Vitus
Om is the collaborative project of two very busy musicians, Al Cisnero (Sleep) and Emil Amos (Grails, Holy Sons), and together they make out-there psychedelic music. Tonight's their second of two shows at Saint Vitus.

Parquet Courts, Naomi Punk, PC Worship @ Palisades
Olympia, WA trio Naomi Punk draw from a variety of noisy/aggressive ancestors without really sounding like them. 2014's Television Man is a warped, sneery, garagey blast. Oh, and just today Parquet Courts were added to the bill!

Aye Nako, Katherine, Street Eaters @ Silent Barn
Aye Nako have a new EP on the way via Don Giovanni, and the first single is a bit harsher than 2013's poppy Unleash Yourself. Maybe we'll hear more new stuff tonight.

Jim Adkins (of Jimmy Eat World)
While Jimmy Eat World's later stuff hasn't been so hot, there's no denying they've got a few essential records of '90s/early '00s emo. Frontman Jim Adkins is currently on a solo tour, and it doesn't hit NYC but if you have a car this show's not too far. Tomorrow he's in Hamden, CT.

J. Cole, Bas, Cozz, Omen @ Irving Plaza
J. Cole has a huge MSG show coming up, but if you want to see him somewhere more intimate and for way less money, tonight he plays a smaller $1 show at Irving Plaza.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
All aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy cavalcade, this week with guests Jared Logan, Katina Corrao, Jordan Temple, Casey James Salengo, and more.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga @ Radio City
Veteran crooner Tony Bennett and outsized personality Lady Gaga collaborated on duets album Cheek to Cheek which debuted at #1 and won a Grammy. Tonight they'll play live, their third of four Radio City shows.

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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photo: Run the Jewels @ FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Run the Jewels

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Run The Jewels, Vince Staples, Sleigh Bells @ 50 Kent (NORTHSIDE)
After long-running and consistently great separate careers, El-P and Killer Mike joined forces and deservedly catapulted themselves further into the public eye than ever before. Making this show even better is rising rap star of the moment Vince Staples, and loud pop duo Sleigh Bells.

Zola Jesus, Blanck Mass, Container @ Warsaw (NORTHSIDE)
Zola Jesus has been making quality dark pop for years now, most recently on 2014's Taiga (her first for Mute). Two noisy electronic artists open this show.

Le1f, Princess Nokia, DJ HVAD @ Brooklyn Bowl (NORTHSIDE)
Eccentric rapper Le1f headlines POP Montreal's Northside showcase at Brooklyn Bowl tonight.

Institute, Anasazi, Cheena, Mommy @ Palisades (NORTHSIDE)
Institute (mem Wiccans, Glue) recently put out their new record on Sacred Bones, which features a contribution from Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage (also previously of Wiccans), and PC's style isn't too far removed from what Institute are doing here. A few good local punk and post-punk bands open the show.

Vatican Shadow, Shifted, 400PPM, Dual Action @ Home Sweet Home (Nothing Changes)
Yesterday, Prurient was the special guest at Saint Vitus, and today main man Dominick Fernow plays NYC with another of his projects, Vatican Shadow. This show goes laaaate.

The Sun Ra Arkestra, PC Worship, Shilpa Ray @ Rough Trade (NORTHSIDE)
Keeping alive the music of the late groundbreaking jazz musician Sun Ra is longtime sideman Marshall Allen, who leads The Sun Ra Arkestra. Tonight's show is good all around with local noise rockers PC Worship and punk blues singer Shilpa Ray.

Enabler, Meek is Murder, White Widows Pact, Mary Todd @ Acheron
The killer double-billed hardcore tour of Enabler and Meek Is Murder rolls through NYC tonight. Enabler are releasing their new album, Fail to Feel Safe, later this year via Century Media, and Meek Is Murder recently dropped their newest, Onward/Into the Sun.

Girlschool, Crucified Barbara, Old James, Velvet Black @ Saint Vitus
The UK's Girlschool have long been associated with Motorhead, and like that band they've been churning out hard rock for decades. Their newest album is due this summer, 35 years after their debut, Demolition.

Light Asylum, Honduras, eskimeaux, American Wrestlers @ UO Live Stage (NORTHSIDE)
With part of Bedford Ave closed to auto traffic, there's live music set up right on the street (Bedford/N5) and this day show features a diverse lineup, including electro act Light Asylum and guitar-pop band Honduras.

Jackson Scott @ Rough Trade
Living in the same sonic universe as Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin (or Tame Impala), Jackson Scott's got a swirling psych sound that's equal parts chunky riffs and big pop hooks.  This is a free afternoon show, starts at 2 PM.

Viet Cong, SannhetGirl Band @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (NORTHSIDE)
While there are definite echoes of Gang of Four, Wire, Neu!, Joy Division and other postpunk/kraut influences, Viet Cong don't really sound like any of them. It's a weird, complex blend of those things, put through a kaleidoscopic lens filter that's best experienced live. This is their second of two Northside shows with intense Irish group Girl Band and tonight's show is extra great, because Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet round out the bill.

Future Punx, Pill, Waltz, What Moon Things, Jackson Scott, Pink Mexico @ Cameo (NORTHSIDE)
Dull Tools labelmates Future Punx and Pill headline this Northside bill that also includes garage rocker Jackson Scott.

Guantanamo Baywatch, GYMSHORTS, Scully @ The Wick
Portland beach party garage rockers Guantanamo Baywatch just released the fun Darling...It's Too Late album and are in NYC for two shows. Tonight's is at this cavernous former brewery and the show also features fun local band Scully

Ricky Eat Acid, Foxes in Fiction, Emily Reo @ Baby's All Right (NORTHSIDE)
The Kenmore/Orchid Tapes Northside showcase offers a lineup of ambient pop from RIcky Eat Acid, Foxes In Fiction, and Emily Reo.

Bad Religion, Plague Vendor, Lost In Society @ Starland Ballroom
Bad Religion just wrapped up a sold-out run of four wild NYC shows (at least the one we caught was), and before leaving the area they'll play a larger venue in the nearby Sayreville, NJ.

Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Cash Cash @ Barclays Center
With so many great Northside shows happening, a big mainstream R&B/rap show might not be your choice destination tonight, but if it is, there's no denying that Ne-Yo and Ludacris both have their fair share of bangers.

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Spend your day dancing to salsa versions of your favorite indie songs on Rockaway Beach this afternoon with The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. It's free.

Alvvays @ The Surf Lodge
If you're out in Montauk today, going to see charming Canadian guitar pop band Alvvays is probably a good option.

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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Emo revivalists Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) and Dikembe are playing Shea Stadium on July 5. Tickets are on sale now. UPDATE: Empire! Empire! had to drop off, but Slingshot Dakota, Big Eater and For Everest were added.

For a night of '70s-style hard rock, Electric Citizen, Mondo Drag, Slow Season and Blackout are playing Saint Vitus on July 18. Tickets are on sale.

Naomi Punk and PC Worship are playing Palisades on June 22. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for the Psychedelic Furs and The Church shows at Irving Plaza and the Theatre at Westbury are on sale now.

Tickets for the Total Babes show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Mourn show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Bouncing Souls/Andrew Jackson Jihad/Screaming Females/Seaside Caves show at Starland Ballroom are on sale now.

Tickets to see Lucero's Ben Nichols & Rick Steff at The Shop are on sale now.

Tickets for Le1f's Northside Fest show at Brooklyn Bowl are on sale now.

A handful of punk-ish bands, Bambara, Beech Creeps, Anwar Sadat and The Flag, are playing Palisades on Friday (5/22). Tickets are on sale now.

Later that night, that same venue hosts an electronic show with Profligate, VIA APP, Nick Klein and Cienfuegos. Tickets are on sale.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Cake SHop
Cake SHop
Cake SHop

More of Cake Shop's 10th anniversary "super shows" have been announced. Next Friday (5/22) it'll be Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo in cover band mode), plus a couple more veteran NY-area indie rock acts, Antietam and Speed the Plough (which counts Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski as a member). Tickets are on sale now. (Will advance tickets for Cake Shop be a regular thing? They did finally redo their website.)

Then on Saturday, May 22 it's a bunch of Cake Shop faves: Juan Wauters, Air Waves, My Teenage Stride, Green Pages, and Paper Fleet. That show is $10 at the door. Flyers below.

As mentioned, this Friday (May 15) is Obnox and the bill now also includes PC Worship, Rips and Endless Boogie. No advance tickets for that one. On Saturday night (5/16) it's Nude Beach, OCDPP (aka OJ from Xray Eyeballs, Cassie Ramone and Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls), Weird Womb, Cold Waste and Young Ruins. Both of those shows are $10 at the door.

The final weekend of super shows (May 29 & 30) will be announced on Friday, but the last night of the month (Sunday, May 31) is a staff party that's open to everyone.

Not a "super show" but interesting: Mary Epworth, sister of Paul Epworth (producer of Adele, Bloc Party & more) plays Cake Shop on May 24 with Dominique Leone, Thomas Dimuzio, and Nick Didkovsky. You can check out the video for Mary Epworth's "Long Gone" below. And don't forget that Cake Shop will also host NYC Popfest on May 28 with Beverly, Young Romace, Wildhoney Roman a Clef, and Souvinir Stand (tickets).

Flyers and videos below...

Continue reading "Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo) playing Cake Shop anniversary show; Nude Beach, Juan Wauters & more are too"

this year's Maze...
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The You Are Here Fest, aka The Maze, is back, happening tonight (5/13) through May 17 at SELECT Art Fair at 548 22nd St. (Previous iterations of The Maze happened in 2012 at Secret Project Robot and 2009 at Death by Audio.) If you're unfamiliar, here's how they describe it:

"You Are Here" is a multi sensory installation and living sculpture. It is activated by performers, musicians, dancers, and visitors. Audience members arrive at "You Are Here" with the intention of catching a particular presentation, but intentions are frustrated and transformed by the labyrinthine construction, all held together by a plethora of performance artists. Artists and audiences alike are invited to question the expectations that arise around performance in the context of community. This year's incarnation of You Are Here brings a new design for SELECT fair's roof install. Dozens of performers hold together a maze comprised of industrial plastic mesh banners. Musical guests and audience members stand within the structure.
The Maze is designed and brought to you by Trouble and you can take a CGI virtual walkthrough via a video below. Musical programming was curated by Trans-Pecos and Terrible Records, and starts tonight with a private preview party featuring Lee Ranaldo, Arto Lindsay, Blondes and more. The rest of the fest is open to the public and here's the lineup:
Thursday (5/14): Jungle Pussy, Bunny Michael, Hiro Kone, N-A-R-C, DJ IZLA

Friday (5/15): James Chance, Patrick Higgins w/ projections by Nuit Blanche, Victoria Keddie w/ live video composition by ESP TV, Lost Soul Enterprises DJs

Saturday (5/16): Sick Feeling, PC Worship, Psalm Zero, VHVL, James Place DJs

Sunday (5/17): Miho Hatori, Zulu P, Diamond Terrifer/M. Beharie DJs

The 2015 You Are Here Festival happens as part of Frieze Week NYC at SELECT Art Fair and tickets to the Fair are on sale now.

Detailed schedule of The Maze's musical programming, below...

Continue reading "The You Are Here Festival (aka The Maze) is back with James Chance, Sick Feeling, PC Worship, Miho Hartori & more"

photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.

Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...

Continue reading "NXNE expands 2015 lineup; Atlas Sound, Foxes In Fiction and more playing BrooklynVegan showcase"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Panda Bear at Warsaw in 2014 (More by PSquared
Panda Bear

Panda Bear returned earlier this year with his excellent new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, an album that's clearly different from his previous work but still cut from that same cloth of Brian Wilson-inspired psych pop. He has a few festival appearances scheduled, including Primavera, Pitchfork and Shaky Knees, and now he's added a three-night NYC run with different openers each night.

The Animal Collective member hits Bowery Ballroom on 10/13 with PC Worship, 10/14 with Image Man and 10/15 with The Present. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon with AmEx presales starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon.

All of Panda Bear's dates are listed, with the video for "Tropic of Cancer" from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Panda Bear expands tour, playing three nights in NYC (dates)"

photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!

We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.

Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.

Against Me! also have several other tour dates this year, and Laura Jane Grace plays a couple solo shows, including one in NYC.

Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.

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And a few other Northside updates:

Girl Band were added to both Viet Cong shows. Sannhet are on night 2 as well. Both are sold out.

The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.

Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).

Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).

Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).

Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).

Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).

You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.

photo: Axis:Sova @ Webster Hall in September 2015 (more by PSquared)
Axis:Sova

Chicago guitar tripper Axis:Sova released his new album, Early Surf, last month via Ty Segall's God? Records. You can check out the video for the title track, and stream a couple other LP tracks, below.

Last here opening for Ty, Axis:Sova are going on tour in April, including a stop in NYC at Palisades on Sunday (4/5) with PC Worship, Lushes, and Xander Duell. Tickets for that show are on sale. All dates are listed, along with a flyer for the Palisades show, below...

Continue reading "Axis:Sova released 'Early Surf' on Ty Segall's label, touring, playing NYC with PC Worship & more (dates, streams)"

(photo: RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels

As mentioned before, the music portion of the 2015 Northside Festival happens June 11 - 14 at venues all over north Brooklyn. We already knew Viet Cong, Lower Dens and Ex Hex were playing and the fest has now official announced them in their initial lineup. Also in that list: Run the Jewels, Best Coast, Vince Staples, Rhye, Built to Spill, Neko Case, ALVVAYS, Against Me!, Jacco Gardner, Majical Cloudz, The Business and more. Badges are on sale now (and currently 20% off) and you can check out all announced 2015 artists, below.

Built to Spill have a new album and many other dates on the way too.

Best Coast also have a new album.

Both Vince Staples and Alvvays will be in NYC even sooner.

The wild Oi! punks The Business' Northside show was announced for June 11 at Saint Vitus with more TBA (tickets).

Continue reading "Northside Fest announces initial 2015 lineup"

by Bill Pearis

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Detroit's Turn to Crime will release their new album, Actions, on April 28 via frontman Derek Stanton's own Mugg & Bopp Records. The album ranges from claustrophobic post-punk to more sprightly pop (the title track) but all filtered through Stanton's unique point of view. You can stream "Prince of Slackers" from it below.

Folks in NYC can catch Turn to Crime this week as they're here for two shows: Cake Shop tonight (2/25) with Dinowalrus and Banana Kiss, and then Shea Stadium on Thursday (2/26) with PC Worship, Beech Creeps, and Happy You.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, album art and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Turn to Crime announce new album (stream a track); NYC shows are this week"

by Andrew Sacher

Beech Creeps

Brooklyn's Beech Creeps feature current and former members of People Get Ready, Yeasayer, Pterodactyl, Knyfe Hyts and more. That's a pretty diverse resume, and when they all come together, it ends up sounding like dirty, dissonant noise punk. Their self-titled debut LP was recorded at Brooklyn venue Secret Project Robot with producer Jonathan Schenke of Eaters (who's worked with Parquet Courts and PC Worship), and it's due out on March 3 via Monofonus Press (pre-order). We've got the premiere of its new single, "Arm Of The T - Rex," which you can listen to below.

The band has a few dates coming up, including SXSW and two previously-mentioned NYC shows. Those happen February 26 at Shea Stadium with PC Worship and Turn to Crime, and March 3 at Union Pool with Yonatan Gat, which is an album release party for both bands.

All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

Continue reading "Beech Creeps releasing debut LP (new song + tour dates)"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Viet Cong @ Union Pool, 1/28/2014
Viet Cong
Viet Cong

After having flights canceled twice (due to Winter Storm Juno), Canadian band Viet Cong made it into NYC just in time for their first of two sold-out record release shows, which happened at Union Pool Wednesday night (1/28). I had seen them twice last year -- at one of our SXSW parties and at 4 Knots -- but this was the first time where I had actually gotten to listen to a lot of their music beforehand. Which certainly helps, given their sometimes gnarled, labrynthine sound.

While there are definite echoes of Gang of Four, Wire, Neu!, Joy Division and other postpunk/kraut influences, Viet Cong don't really sound like any of them. It's a weird, complex blend of those things, put through a kaleidoscopic lens filter. It makes a lot more sense watching them live, where you can see that something you thought was just one guitar part is actually two separate ones, or "oh that's a keyboard." Add to that drummer Mike Wallace (who's mom flew in from Calgary just for these NYC shows) rarely plays a straight 4/4 beat. Some of the best parts of their live show, however, happen when they burrow into a groove or bring a Fall-like level of repetition, like the pounding middle of "Death" which closes their new album (and last night's set). A really great show.

Both openers at Union Pool were terrific: Honey, whose brand of rock seems born straight from Detroit, 1970; and the arty/skronky PC Worship (Viet Cong frontman/bassist Matt Flegel was up front for their whole set). Viet Cong play again tonight (1/29) at Mercury Lounge with What Moon Things, which is also sold out. Hopefully they'll be back sooner than later.

Update: Mercury Lounge pics are up. More pictures of last night's show, below...

Continue reading "Viet Cong played Union Pool with Honey & PC Worship (pics). UPDATE: And Mercury Lounge too"

by Bill Pearis

Viet Cong

As mentioned, Viet Cong will release their self-titled debut album on January 20. It's a terrific album, filled with taught, moody, post-punk-inspired rock. (Easily one of 2015's best so far. Yes, I know we're five days into the year.) You may have already heard "Continental Shelf" and now they've released a second song from the album, "Silhouettes," which you can stream below.

Viet Cong will also start their East Coast tour soon, with two NYC shows: January 28 at Union Pool with PC Worship and Honey and January 29 at Mercury Lounge. with What Moon Things (who also play with Foxing soon). Tickets to both Union Pool and Mercury Lounge are still available. They've added tour dates since we last posted and all are listed below.

Continue reading "Viet Cong share "Silhouettes" from debut album; PC Worship, Honey & What Moon Things opening NYC shows (dates)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis

Fat White Family @ Baby's All Right, 12/13/2014
Fat White Family

Fat White Family, who left the UK and are currently living in Brooklyn, played the first of their Baby's All Right residencies on Saturday (12/13). It was a tame show, at least by FWF standards, with everyone keeping their pants on -- though some guy came on stage during "Touch the Leather" in a floor-length leather jacket who dropped trou for just second. Of course a tame FWF show is still wilder than what most bands play, with frontman Lias in and on top of the crowd at various points. These guys are quite good at going to the edge of falling apart without ever toppling over. While some of the crowd seemed only to be there for shenanigans (the way people were for Brian Jonestown Massacre after DiG!), the Fat Whites were there to play and sounded great apart from a couple technical difficulties. They played most the songs I wanted to hear, including the aforementioned "Touch the Leather," "Is It Raining in Your Mouth," "Cream of the Young" and brand-new single "I Am Mark E. Smith" (out this week).

Opening the show were two Brooklyn bands, garage punks Surfbort and jangly powerpop band EZTV. Pictures from the whole night are in this post. Fat White Family are back at Baby's All Right this Saturday (12/20) with PC Worship (who just wrapped up a tour with Parquet Courts), Degreaser, and Sunflower Bean. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Saturday night at Baby's All Right below...

Continue reading "Fat White Family played Baby's All Right with EZTV & Surfbort (pics), do it again w/ PC Worship & more"

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 Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts @ Webster Hall 12/11/2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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Parquet Courts capped off their busy 2014 last night (12/11) with their biggest headlining hometown show yet, playing a sold-out Webster Hall. The band were in good spirits -- Austin Brown spent the first part of "Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth" grappling with a bottle of wine and an opener -- in front of a crowd that sang along much of the time when they weren't moshing around. (Some did both.) In addition to "Uncast..." we got a few songs off the new Content Nausea (released under the name Parkay Quarts), like set opener "Urban Ease," plus "Everyday It Starts," the title track and "Pretty Machines." The latter, which sounds a little like "Sweet Child O' Mine," was augmented by two saxophonists as well as Eaters' Bob Jones on organ. (The other half of Eaters, Jonathan Schenke, was behind the soundboard. I'm not the biggest Webster Hall fan, but they sounded great last night.) We also got pretty much what you'd want to hear off of their other 2014 album, Sunbathing Animal, and Light Up Gold, including its still killer one-two opening punch of "Master of My Craft" and "Borrowed Time." "Stoned and Starving" was the only glaring omission. I had the feeling they would've played longer but a second show was set to start at 11 PM so they called it after a three-song encore. Setlist is below.

Opening the night were more experimental, noisier sets from PC Worship and Blues Control both of whom I thought did really well in a big place like Webster. Blues Control's more new-agey material in particular worked well with the venue's acoustics.

You may recall that PC Worship and Parquet Courts formed a noise band called PCPC that toured with Thurston Moore (who was playing Webster Hall's Marlin Room last night, coincidentally). PCPC will play in NYC tonight (12/12) at Trans Pecos where they'll perform with Greg Fox's Guardian Alien, Excepter, and Rat Piss Aquarium which is "Natalie Weyes Blood harshin." It's being billed as a release party for a PCPC book that they sold on tour:

Released for PCPC's 2014 European tour, this book contains 64 pages of artwork by A. Savage and Justin Frye. This gorgeous book includes 2 risograph mini-posters and one 22 x 34″, two-color silkscreen tour poster. Limited edition, these are expected to sell out fast, don't wait. Perfect gift for that quiet weirdo in the family!
The Trans Pecos show is $8 at the door. Flyer for that, plus Parquet Courts at Webster Hall setlist and videos, below...

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Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
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Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:

TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).

The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).

Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).

Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).

Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).

Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).

There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Bass Drum of Death play December 28 with Mitski (who plays Knitting Factory before that), Sundelles and LUSHES (tickets).

Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.

Dave Harrington holiday party info below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Mitski at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Halloween (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Brooklyn's Mitski releases her new album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, next week (11/11) via Double Double Whammy but you can now listen to it in full. Here's what we've said about the four singles that had come out so far:

She's already put out three singles from the album, and all of them have been different. The first, "First Love / Late Spring," is a dose of singer/songwriter pop, maybe the closest to her older material, but the next single, "Townie," changed any idea of her you may have had with its rougher '90s-style indie rock and Mitski's wailing vocals. Then came "I Don't Smoke," a distortion-coated slab of lo-fi with those powerful pipes intact once again.

Now she's returned with a fourth single from the album, "I Will." This one starts with minimal backing -- just bass and drums -- but similar to a song like Waxahatchee's "Brother Bryan," Mitski makes it sound like a folk song. Eventually keyboards come in too, adding a few more layers but still keeping the song from crossing over into a bigger pop territory.

The rest of the album only brings in more diversity, as you can hear for yourself by streaming it below.

As discussed, Mitski is going on a tour with folk singer Johanna Warren which hits NYC on November 13 at Silent Barn for her record release show. Since we last spoke, it was revealed that that bill also includes Eskimeaux and Told Slant, both of which are part of The Epoch collective and share members.

She's also since tacked on another NYC show happening after that tour on December 18 at Knitting Factory with two other Epoch bands, Bellows and Small Wonder, plus Atlanta's 100 Watt Horse. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, you can catch Mitski singing in the proggy collective Voice Coils at Trans-Pecos TONIGHT (11/6) on a great bill that also includes Brooklyn noise rockers PC Worship and Baltimore experimentalists Horse Lords.

Updated dates are listed, with the LP stream, below...

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Woods at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Death by Art @ Death by Audio
For the last 16 days of it's existence, DIY space Death by Audio will host an art instalation all over the premises, including what used to be the DbA pedal shop and other areas you may not have known existed. Tonight's the official opening, starts at 8 PM and is free.

Woods, Nonhorse, Lame Drivers, Woolen Men @ Death By Audio
Meanwhile in the show space (there's art there too), it's another killer #ripdba show, headlined by Woods. Go early and catch Portland's excellent Woolen Men. Go early also because it will sell out.

Deerhoof, Trans Am, White Reaper @ Baby's All Right
Celebrating their 20th year as a band and the release of another strong album (La Isla Bonita), Deerhoof remain an arty indie rock dynamo live. This is their final of three consecutive nights at Baby's and the one with arguably the most interesting openers. Sold out.

Dean Wareham, Tom Verlaine, Martin Rev, Eleanor Friedberger, Bradford Cox @ BAM
Presented by The Andy Warhol Museum (which turns 20 this year) and Dean Wareham, this three-day event comprises 15 never-before-seen films captured by Andy Warhol between 1963 and 1968 on his original 16mm Bolex camera, scored (and performed live) by Bradford Cox, Eleanor Friedberger, Martin Rev, Tom Verlaine and Wareham.

Kimbra, Empress Of @ Bowery Ballroom
Kimbra quickly escalated from only being known (in the US) as the other singer on that omnipresent Gotye song to someone who could headline some pretty large rooms. She recently released her first album since that newfound success, The Golden Echo, which features contributions from The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth and others.

Stevie Wonder (performing "Songs in the Key of Life") @ Madison Square Garden
Steve Wonder's 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life contains some of his best-loved songs -- "Sir Duke," "I Wish," "Isn't She Lovely," "As" -- and he'll be performing the album live tonight, the kickoff show for his fall tour.

Avi Buffalo, High Highs @ Mercury Lounge
After taking time off for life stuff, Avi Buffalo is back with his second album, At Best Cuckold, which is another charming, cleverly arranged dose of acoustic-y indiepop.

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Tonight begins the 3-day multi-venue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival with two shows: Manik at Kinfolk and Move D, Reagenz, Forma and more at Output.

New York Comedy Festival
Laughter invades NYC the day we might need it post (post midterm elections), with a host of big-league talent and venues all over the city. Thursday's offerings include shows with Jim Gaffigan, Tig Notaro, Bridget Everett, Pete Holmes,Sasheer Zamata and more. Check the NYCF schedule for ticket availability.

Jenny Lewis, Girlpool @ The Space At Westbury
Jenny Lewis is on the road supporting her quality new solo record, and the former Rilo Kiley singer's been working in a few cuts from her old band too. Opening the show is young and rising LA duo Girlpool, who made a big impact on NYC during CMJ.

Dean Blunt, Gobby, Loren Connors @ The Studio At Webster Hall
Electronic musician Dean Blunt makes a ton of different sounds on his new album Black Metal, which came out this week on Rough Trade. Tonight's got a good lineup of fellow electronic musician Gobby and avant-guitarist Loren Connors.

PC Worship, Horse Lords, Voice Coils @ Trans-Pecos
This is a great bill with local noise rockers PC Worship, skronky Baltimore experimentalists Horse Lords, and proggy local collective Voice Coils (mems, Mitski, Roomrunner, Extra Life, Porches, more).

Body/Head, Nate Young's Regression Nightmare, Steven Baczkowski @ Union Pool
This is a great double bill of noise rock with Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's experimental guitar-led duo Body/Head and Wolf Eyes' Nate Young's band Regression Nightmare. They do it again tomorrow too.

Ben Sollee @ City Winery
Cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee is due for a new album soon (his last proper album was 2012's Half Made Man). Until then, enjoy his genre-bending songwriting tonight.

Fool's Gold Anniversary Party @ Webster Hall
A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' electornic/hip hop label Fool's Gold are celebrating their 7th birthday at tonight's show which doubles as one of Just Blaze's House parties. Veteran rapper/actor/NBA player/sports agent/writer/producer/director Master P is on the bill, along with Rowdy Rebel, Brenmar and a bunch of others.

Alberich, Work/Death, Gordon Ashworth, Negation @ Saint Vitus
Industrial/power electronics wiz Alberich makes quite devastating noise, and it's even more so at the live shows.

Gesaffelstein, JDH & Dave P @ Terminal 5
Parisian producer just keeps getting bigger and bigger, probably because he knows how to bring the party which he'll do at T5 tonight.

Benjamin Booker, Blank Range @ Mercury Lounge
Benjamin Booker makes soulful blues/garage rock and tonight begins a two-night stand in NYC on his tour with Blank Range.

Wave Racer, Louis Futon, Seventh Wonder, Powerslug, Alex English @ Verboten
This bill is loaded with dance acts, headlined by Wave Racer who's kind of the Australian version of Rustie with his maximal but highly melodic take on dubstep and trap.

Suicide Girls @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Suicide Girls are currently on their 'Blackheart Burlesque Tour' which first hit NYC on Halloween and now returns tonight at MHOW.

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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PCPC at Saint Vitus last week (more by PSquared)
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As discussed, members of Parquet Courts and PC Worship have joined forces as PCPC. They made their live debut opening for Thurston Moore at Saint Vitus last week (read our review), and now they've put out their first recording, "Fell Into The Wrong Crowd." In our live review, we said that PCPC have shades of Bad Moon Rising-era Sonic Youth, and this 11-minute jam definitely does but it's also covered in vocal distortion and a little druggier than SY. It's good, noisy stuff and you can stream it below.

Parquet Courts also have a less noisy LP on the way as Parkay Quarts, and they play a big show at Webster Hall on December 11 with PC Worship and Blues Control. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile you can catch PC Worship at Trans Pecos tonight (10/29).

Song stream below...

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Jeff Tweedy of Wilco in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Jeff Tweedy

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Wilco @ The Capitol Theatre
Though Jeff Tweedy and his son just released their terrific Tweedy album, the Wilco train rarely stops rolling, and tonight is on night 2 of its first of three shows at The Cap'. It's a lovely room and tickets are still available.

Pianos Become The Teeth, Gates, Frameworks @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Pianos Become the Teeth stopped screaming on their new album, but they didn't stop writing intense music -- quite the opposite, this is some of their best material yet. Tonight's the NYC release show and there's quality support too.

Weyes Blood, Tonstartssbandht, King Cyst, DJ Joshy @ Glasslands
Weyes Blood's new album is out now, and it's a good one but her powerhouse vocals really come across in a live setting. This whole bill is good too, with experimentalists Tonstartssbandht and King Cyst, the psychedelic project of Big Troubles' Luka Usmiani. Drippy Eye Projections will be there to provide just the right kind of visuals for this lineup.

PC Worship, Ashcan Orchestra, Mario Diaz De Leon, Hair Jail, Mister Matthews @ Trans-Pecos
PC Worship have been regulars on the noise scene in Brooklyn for a while now, but their new album is their most song-oriented (and possibly best) stuff yet. They've had a busy year, and any chance to catch them is a good one.

Holly Miranda & Ambrosia Parsley, Benjamin Biolay, Chris Maxwell @ Rockwood Music Hall
Parsley y Miranda start their four-week residency tonight with Chris Maxwell, and French songwriter Benjamin Biolay (who doesn't play the US hardly ever).

Motion Studies (as Prince), Sunflower Bean (as Smashing Pumpkins), Dances (as The Strokes), Haybaby (as Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Scherzo (as DFA 1979) @ Baby's All Right
One thing Halloween always means in the music world is cover shows galore, and Baby's is getting an early start by throwing one tonight.

The Felice Brothers and the Nun Neil Young All-Stars @ Brooklyn Bowl
Another early Halloween party is tonight at Brooklyn Bowl with folk rockers The Felice Brothers. There will be a costume contest judged by the 'Bros themselves, and "more Halloween excitement!"

Anoraak (live), Alan Blancato, In The Night @ Cameo
College and Electric Youth will both be here separately in the the next month, and tonight you can catch the remaining third of 2012's Drive tour, Anoraak (who's also a College collaborator), playing a live set at Cameo.

Carl Cox @ Output
Veteran British DJ and general dance music legend Carl Cox helped pioneer house and acid. He's still raving, as you can hear tonight.

The Memories @ Cake Shop
Portland, OR duo of Erik Gage and Kyle Handley (who are both in White Fang too) write songs mainly about girls and getting high, the two pillars of rock n' roll -- though The Memories fall more on the lo-fi pop end of the spectrum.

Purling Hiss, Meatbodies, Yonatan Gat, Dream Police @ Death by Audio
Philadelphia's Purling Hiss make classic"-style indie rock, with fuzzy guitars and big hooks, and an affinity for Neil Young style jams (and volume). Also on the bill are Meatbodies, whose main man is Chad Ubovich (of Mikal Cronin's band) and who make crunchy jams in the general Ty/Ohsees idiom. Plus former Monotonix man Yonatan Gat, and a Men side project Dream Police open. This will be a good show to see at DbA.

Mozart's Sister, Jerry Paper, Giant Claw @ Trans-Pecos (Basement)
Mozart's Sister, the solo project from Caila Thompson-Hannant (Think About Life, Shapes & Sizes), mixes mid-'90s dance and R&B influences, Thompson definitely brings her own strong personality. She's always been an engaging performer, so this is definitely worth checking out.

Jon Langford @ The Bell House
Following the sold-out premiere of documentary Revenge of The Mekons at Film Forum is this afterparty featuring Mekons frontman Langford.

Captain Sensible, Fred Armisen, Mistress Formica @ Bowery Electric
The Damned are playing Irving Plaza on Halloween, but before that guitarist Captain Sensible will play this spooky edition of the Sally Can't Dance Party with appearances from Fred Armisen and legendary NYC drag queen Mistress Formica. We're hoping the Captain plays "Brenda" or at least "Jet Boy Jet Girl."

Brother Ali, Bambu, DJ Last Word @ Knitting Factory
Conscious rapper Brother Ali doesn't have any new records to support this time around, but he's got over a decade of standout material to pull from.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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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