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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: PC Worship at Webster Hall in August (more by Wei Shi)
PC Worship

Local experimental punk crew PC Worship put out a new EP called Basement Hysteria on Northern Spy today, which is a sprawling piece of work that runs a cool 40 minutes and covers more ground than your average 4-song EP. The band trades in screeching, hissing noise, slow, sludged-out grooves, Sonic Youth-aping vocals and a surprising number of hooks buried beneath the muck. It's pretty great, and you can stream it below.

PC Worship have a fw shows coming too. One is the previously mentioned show at the Acheron this Saturday (11/14) with The Men and Wild Moth (tickets), and the other is a Basement Hysteria release show at Palisades on 12/4. That show includes support from no wave legend Arto Lindsay, avant popster Gary War, and Elder Ones, with DJ Northern Spy Records on the boards. Tickets are on sale now.

The only other show on the docket for them is part of a huge lineup of talent at the Philadelphia fest Blistering Ephemera with Xiu Xiu, Downtown Boys, Aye Nako, Guerilla Toss and more. Stream Basement Hysteria and check out dates for PC Worship below...

Continue reading "PC Worship streaming 'Basement Hysteria,' playing release show with Arto Lindsay & Gary War (and other dates)"

dog as Pizza Rat at Tompkins Square Park Halloween dog parade (via @jillathrilla)
Pizza Rat

As you surely know, Halloween is Saturday (though judging from the amount of people dressed up last weekend, some people may have been confused) and there is no shortage of spooky things to do. The extravaganza that is NYC's annual Village Halloween Parade happens on Saturday on 6th Avenue from just North of Spring Street to 16th Street and lasts from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. This year's theme is "Shine a Light" and you can be in it.

There are also loads of shows to go see on Halloween, including Flipper (with David Yow) at House of Vans, Wax Idols at Saint Vitus, Fred & Toody at Union Pool, The Orwells with just-added Twin Peaks and Shark? at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Joanna Gruesome, Aye Nako and more at Shea Stadium, Skrillex on the Pier of Fear (aka Pier 94), Murphy's Law at Bowery Electric, Ringo Starr at Kings Theatre, the big show at MSG with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer and more (or the other Dead member Phil Lesh just outside of NYC)... and many other show options.

If you wanna get an early start on the spooky action, there's a Cramps tribute happening at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/29) featuring a whole bunch of cool people: Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore), Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories), Jon Spencer (JSBX/Heavy Trash), Palmyra Delran (The Friggs), Sophia Urista (The Veevees), Robert Gordon, Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens (Boss Hog), Jack Ridley (Threats/Drowners), Peter Aaron (Chrome Cranks), Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Miss Guy (Toilet Boys), Michael Cummings (Skaters), Mike Edison (Raunch Hands), Pat Phillips (Honduras), Cynthia Ross (New York Junk) plus DJs Jonathan Toubin and Alix Brown. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Toubin, his annual "Monster Mash" and "Haunted Hop" parties happens this year on Saturday at Secret Project Robot and features a host of current NYC bands covering classic NYC bands. Details still to be revealed but it's $10 with costume and $20 without and flyer is below. Also below: Toubin's 2015 Halloween mix.

Other shows: World Inferno Friendship Society will play their annual Hollowmass party at Warsaw on Halloween. These shows are spectacles, often involving elaborate set-pieces, fire-breathing, marching bands and more. Karla Rose and the Thorns, and Vic Thrill also play and tickets are on sale.

DFA Records are throwing a Halloween Party at Palisades on Saturday with Container, Guerilla Toss, Ciarra Black, Pill, Malory, PC Worship, Larry Gus, and Show Me The Body. Tickets are on sale now. And Wolf + Lamb, Mike Simonetti, and Paul Raffaele will be spinning at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Disco Club on Saturday (tickets).

Cameo Gallery, which closes in less than a month, is throwing a "Cameoween" party on Saturday night featuring a live performance by Le1f, DJ sets from Neon Indian and Ssion and karaoke hosted by Samantha Urbani. This is a FREE party and starts at midnight.

Halloween is also the time for cover shows, where bands play as another, usually more famous band. At Alphaville on Friday (10/30) you can catch Dances as T.Rex, Jangula as David Bowie, Heliotropes as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Piers as Fleetwood Mac, and Stringer (mems of Heeney) as The Smiths. That show is $8 at the door. Also on Friday at Union Pool, Motion Studies will perform as Hall & Oates with Fielded (apparently just being themselves as Kate Bush) also on the bill. That's a free show.

For something more emo on Friday, Washed Up Emo and Bye Week Productions are presenting cover sets of Saves the Day (Stay What You Are in full), The Get Up Kids, Weezer and Guided by Voices at Bar Matchless (10/30). We don't know who all the performers are, but the STD and TGUK sets feature members of Field Mouse (advance tix sold out, but some will be available at doors).

At Cake Shop on Halloween you can see Parlor Walls as Wire, Stringer doing The Smiths again, Dirty Dishes as Stone Temple Pilots, Death to Slater as Bruce Springsteen's 2 Piece Band, The Regrets as Blondie, Hellbirds as The Ramones, and Oh Golly as Violent Femmes (tickets). Following that there's a free dance party featuring exclusively Girl Talk songs...and lasers (free).

Over at Silent Barn on Saturday they'll have Delicate Steve (as Smashing Pumpkins), Celestial Shore (as The Ramones), Very Fresh (as Alanis Morrissette), and Dear Leader doing something they're calling "TRL 1999 w/ Carson Daly." Tickets are on sale and day-of it's $10 at the door with costume or $12 without.

And at Baby's All Right on Halloween you can see "the world's drunkest tribute to Guns 'N Roses," Mr. Brownstone playing a midnight show (tickets).

For those who want another chance to dress up their pooches like Pizza Rat or Bagel Pigeon or whatever, there's "Pawfest" at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Saturday afternoon. It starts at noon, is free, and will also feature live performances from The Supertones, The Shipwrecks and The Flesh. Flyer for that is below.

And if you don't mind traveling outside the city just a bit on Halloween, there's Screaming Females as X at Asbury Park's Convention Hell with members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more; Cypress Hill play The Stony Pony; The Darkness play The Paramount in Huntington, NY; and Sufjan Stevens will be in Jersey City. And that aforementioned Phil Lesh show at The Cap.

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Continue reading "2015 Village Halloween Parade, World Inferno Friendship Society, cover shows & more NYC Halloween options"

photos by Greg Cristman

Panda Bear

Panda Bear is on tour now in support of his great new record, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. That tour landed in NYC last night to begin a three-night run at Bowery Ballroom. Like he will at all three shows, Panda's AnCo bandmate Deakin DJed, and the opener for this one was local noise rockers PC Worship. Pictures are in this post.

The run continues tonight (10/14) with Image Man opening and Thursday (10/15) with The Present and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith opening. Like last night was, all of them are sold out but a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted. So if you have one of those, you probably wanna get there early!

More pictures below...

Continue reading "Panda Bear began a 3-night run at Bowery Ballroom with PC Worship & DJ Deakin (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

Spray Paint band

Spray Paint's new album Dopers is out this month (10/23) and the band have made a video for "Signal Master" which makes its premiere in this post. A barrage of quick shots filmed on tour and elsewhere, when matched with the song ("It's time to put the dog down" is its refrain), the whole thing takes on a twitchy nightmare vibe. Get the creeps below.

As mentioned, Spray Paint will be in NYC for CMJ and a couple of shows have been announced: Friday, October 16 at Cake Shop with The Gotobeds, J Fernandez, Turn to Crime and Eaters; and then later that night at Union Pool with PC Worship, Strange Wilds, and Lushes. Tickets for both of those CMJ shows are on sale now.

Spray Paint have other tour dates as well, including one at Bard College, and all are listed below.

Continue reading "Spray Paint share creepy "Signal Master" video from new LP, playing CMJ shows w/ The Gotobeds, J Fernandez & more"


CMJ is less than a month away and the fest have just released the schedule, which you can peruse by time or venue. There's also a free mobile app that can be downloaded via iTunes or Google Play. A few new additions to the 2015 lineup have been announced. Empress Of, who just played Music Hall of Williamsburg and Pop Montreal, has been added to the Glass Animals show at Terminal 5 on October 15 (tickets). Other newly-added artists include Jessica Lee Mayfield, Kaitlyn, LACED, Oberhofer, PC Worship, Wet, and the sold-out Dungen/Quilt show at Baby's (which we figured was a CMJ show already). CMJ is selling showpasses ($149) again this year, which is like a badge but you don't have access to the industry side of the festival. Like badges, entry into official shows is based on capacity.

Speaking of Baby's, they'll be serving late night breakfast during CMJ from Tuesday (10/13) through Saturday (10/17). Details are still TBA. BrooklynVegan will be spending a lot of time at Baby's during CMJ with an official showcase on Wednesday and free day parties on Friday and Saturday.

Rough Trade, meanwhile, has been designated as the "official Brooklyn hang spot" for CMJ and you can get 10% off select merch with your badge.

photo: Ghostface Killah @ MHOW 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Ghostface Killah

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

Ghostface Killah & GZA, Joey Bada$$, DJ Envy @ House of Vans
Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah and GZA are headlining this free show with a collaborative set, and opening is a much newer New York rapper who owes much to the era Wu came from, Joey Bada$$. Great double bill.

Widowspeak, John Andrews & The Yawns @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Widowspeak's new album, All Yours, is out this week and while they haven't thrown out the applecart, they have given it a fresh coat of paint (and a cup of coffee), tinkering just a bit with their sound. Working with producer Jarvis Taveniere (who also played bass), there's more spring in their step this time, but without sacrificing that tremelo'd, dreamlike vibe they're known for. They celebrate All Yours' release tonight...on a boat!

Old Man Gloom, Mare @ Saint Vitus
Old Man Gloom have members of Converge, Cave In and Isis, and they're riding high off last year's The Ape of God which was one of the better metal albums of 2014. They're on tour with the reunited sludge band Mare, and tonight begins their sold-out 2-night stay at Saint Vitus.

Have Gun Will Travel, Garrett Klahn (Texas Is The Reason), Nathan Xander @ Cameo Gallery
Texas Is the Reason are unfortunately no longer reunited, but frontman Garrett Klahn is staying active as a solo artist. Tonight concludes his 2-night NYC run opening for Florida's Have Gun, Will Travel.

Vatican Shadow, Ron Morelli , Dual Action, Pure Matrix, Becka Diamond, Brandon Stosuy @ Good Room
Dominick Fernow's getting a lot of attention for his very well-received new Prurient album Frozen Niagara Falls this year, but tonight he's playing under another of his monikers: Vatican Shadow.

Lil Durk, Feli Fame, Hypno Carlito, Joey G, Money June @ Irving Plaza
Chicago auto-tuned rapper Lil Durk released his first official album this year, titled Remember My Name, and tonight's his second NYC show of the year in support of that.

Homeboy Sandman, Breeze Brewin, Isaac Sawyer, 2 Hungry Bros (DJ Sets) @ Knitting Factory
Homeboy Sandman released Hallways on Stones Throw last year, and he's continuing to support it on tour, with a hometown show tonight.

Dope Body, PC Worship, Pill, Big Neck Police, Pretengineer @ Aviv
Baltimore noisepunks Dope Body have a new album, Kunk, and play this dual-purpose show tonight that serves both as a record release party and a warm-up for their impending European tour. It's a sold bill all-around with great local bands like PC Worship and Pill.

Guerilla Toss, Dead Tenants, Kill Alters, Ani @ Palisades
Boston's Guerilla Toss are DIY scene mainstays but will likely reach a little wider audience now that they're signed to DFA who will release an EP this fall. Their spazzy anachro-funk is till best experienced live, and in sweaty dark venues like this.

AJ Davila, Total Slacker, Acid Dad @ Shea Stadium
Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila plays tonight with his other fearsome garagepunk band Terror Amor. His wild shows are a pretty safe bet for a good time.

Ttotals, White Kyle, MPHO, Heavy Birds @ Silent Barn
Nashville "outer blues" duo Ttotals play a second NYC show with Austin's garagey White Kyle with Brooklyn synthpop duo MPHO making this a very ecclectic bill.

Xylouris White, Luluc @ Union Pool
Xylouris White is the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, mixes Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings, making for a very interesting listen that is all the more captivating live.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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photos by Wei Shi

Mac DeMarco @ Webster Hall 8/18/2015

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.

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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.

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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.


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)

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...

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(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).

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by Bill Pearis


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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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