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Parquet Courts @ FFF Fest 2015 (more by Dave Mead)
Parquet Courts

It's official: Parquet Courts' new album is titled Human Performance and will be out April 8 via Rough Trade. The album's first single is "Dust" and you can watch the video for that, directed by Johann Rashid, below. The band also performed "Dust" and another album track, "Outside," earlier this week on WFUV. You can watch video of those below.

Parquet Courts have announced more tour dates as well, including a new NYC show happening at Webster Hall on May 20 with B Boys (who they just played with at Baby's). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon. Updated dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and new video, below.

Continue reading "Parquet Courts announce new album 'Human Performance,' share "Dust" video, announce more tour dates"

by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts Human Performance

At Parquet Courts' surprise show at Baby's All Right last week (1/27), the band's set was almost entirely new material. I thought it was all pretty good, too. It does seem like it's about time for a new album. A mural on Wyckoff Ave right by the Jefferson L stop, may intimate it is. That's it above and it looks like an album cover, and if it is the title appears to be Human Performance. Their label, Rough Trade, also instagrammed a stop-motion making-of which you can check out, below. Stay tuned.

The band have some Midwest and West Coast dates this month.

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photo: Parquet Courts @ Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary (more by Mimi Hong)
Parquet Courts

Baby's All Right have finally announced who the "secret band" is tonight (1/27): it's Parquet Courts, which makes sense, as the show also has Florida's Soda, who just released an EP on PC singer/guitarist Andrew Savage's Dull Tools label. B Boys, who have an EP coming out on Captured Tracks, open this late show. Advance tickets are sold out, but 100 spots will be available at the door starting at 9 PM. Doors are at 10:30 PM with the show starting at 11.

Parquet Courts will be touring in February, and are playing a few festivals this spring, including Marfa Myths and Levitation. All dates are listed below.

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Primavera

Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.

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Shaky Knees

Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival happens in 2016 from May 13-15 with Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, and Jane's Addiction (playing Ritual De Lo Habitual) headlining. The rest of the lineup includes the re-reunited At the Drive-In, Deftones, The Decemberists, Huey Lewis & the News (playing Sports), Foals, Bloc Party, The Kills, Explosions in the Sky, Ghost, Phosphorescent, The Black Angels, Savages, Against Me!, The Sword, Eagles of Death Metal, Baroness, Frightened Rabbit, Parquet Courts, Brian Fallon, Wild Nothing, The Front Bottoms, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hop Along, Foxing, Kylesa, Saintseneca, Julien Baker, Ought, Beach Slang, Nothing and more.

3-day passes go on sale Wednesday (1/13) at 10 AM with an E-list presale starting Tuesday (1/12) at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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Levitation Festival 2016

Austin's Levitation Festival already announced a few of its 2016 performers, including Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, plus Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sleep, Lee Scratch Perry, Ty Segall, Black Mountain, and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. The full lineup has new been revealed and also includes Caribou, Slowdive, Super Furry Animals, Boris, Dungen, The Black Angels, Sunn O))), Royal Trux, Oneohtrix Point Never, Shabazz Palaces, Lee Ranaldo, Ultimate Painting, Nicolas Jaar and more.

Levitation happens April 29 - May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin. Weekend passes are on sale and full lineup is listed below.

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Noise Pop

Noise Pop Festival returns to various San Francisco venues from February 19 to 28, and they've got the quite the lineup so far. Reunited '90s bands American Football and Drive Like Jehu are billed alongside (noise?) pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, current indie rock staples Parquet Courts, rapper Vince Staples, jazz musician Kamasi Washington, long-running wordsmiths Bill Callahan and John Darnielle, promising new artists Mitski and Julien Baker, a collaborative set from Daedelus and Kneebody as Kneedelus, and many more.

Badges are on sale now. Check out the lineup, as it currently stands, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong

Parquet Courts / Woods & Kurt Vile / Beach Fossils @ Webster Hall 12/2/2015
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary

We already posted a review and set of pictures from Ground Control Touring's big 15th Anniversary bash at Webster Hall on Wednesday (12/2) and now here is a second set. Check out pics from Woods' set with Kurt Vile and Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage, plus Parquet Courts, Beach Fossils, Porches, Frankie Cosmos and more. We posted more Kurt Vile pics here. They continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts & Lee Ranaldo / Rainer Maria & Meredith Graves / Kurt Vile & Kim Gordon / Waxahatche & Mac McCaughan / Titus' Patrick Stickles
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary

None of the acts on any of Webster Hall's three stages last night (12/2) asked if anyone actually knows what Ground Control Touring is, but their name was on the marquee and many of them thanked them. I guess for those not in the biz it doesn't really matter when in one night you get to see Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Parquet Courts, Deer Tick, Rainer Maria, Screaming Females and more.The booking agency, who usually do their magic only behind the scenes, handles tours for many of indie rock's biggest names and was celebrating 15 years in business. The main ballroom was already packed when Hop Along kicked off the night and things stayed that way.

Very few of last night's acts played what you'd call a normal set, instead opting for fun collaborations and covers. Waxahatchee brought out Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour to cover The Clean's "Getting Older." Kurt Vile, with Violators guitarist Rob Laasko, played two songs before bringing out Kim Gordon, former Violater Steve Gunn (who'd just played a great solo set in the Marlin Room) and Woods' Jarvis Taveniere for a cover of Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray."

Kurt Vile would later turn up at Woods' set in the Marlin Room to cover Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Woods also had Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage out for two Neil Young covers" "Barstool Blues" and "Powderfinger." Parquet Courts' performance in the Marlin Room, meanwhile, basically had them as Lee Ranaldo's backing band, performing Sonic Youth's "Mote" and "Eric's Trip." (For those who already thought that Parquet Courts' Austin Brown looks like Thurston Moore, this underlined it.) That was the whole set. But cool. It was that kind of night.

Elsewhere at Webster Hall: Rainer Maria had Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves onstage for "Tinfoil" ("Rainer Maria are my favorite band", Meredith said to the crowd); Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles played solo to a sardine-packed Studio; and Perfect Pussy finished off the night with a typical crazed energy, and Meredith Graves writhing on the floor. They played a new song. Superchunk, meanwhile, just did what they always do: knocked out the hits with an energy most bands half their age can't muster. Tonight's sold-out Superchunk show at Baby's should be a treat.

Deer Tick can sell out Webster Hall on their own, but were added last minute to a show full of big names after it was already sold out, so that surely contributed to them closing out the main room to a less than full crowd, but it was a special treat for their fans that were there, and John McCauley and his seasoned band still gave it their all. Catch them again twice this month at Brooklyn Bowl.

As the night progressed there was overlap, and with navigating Webster Hall's stairs (fine going up, slower going down) and set times which weren't always adhered to so closely, meant missing some acts. (Sorry Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz and Felice Brothers) But it was a fun, unique night even if don't know what the hell Ground Control Touring is. More pictures from the whole night (our photographers actually did catch everyone), plus some videos of those special collaborations/covers (with more on the way), below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Deer Tick, Waxahatchee, Parquet Courts, Sonic Youth members & more celebrated & collaborated @ Ground Control 15 (pics, video)"

photo: Deer Tick at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Deer Tick

The Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary show at NYC's Webster Hall happens this Wednesday (12/2) with "short sets, collaborations, covers and surprises" from a very impressive lineup. That lineup now also includes Deer Tick, and other artists that were added since we last spoke are Screaming Females, Lee Ranaldo, Perfect Pussy and Woods.

Those additions join the initial lineup of Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches and Frankie Cosmos. (Conor Oberst dropped off.)

The show is totally sold out, but we're giving away tickets. Head below to enter our contest to win a pair. Also, if you're a Jukely member, they still have some tickets available too.

Also below is the flyer with set times...

Continue reading "Deer Tick added to GCT 15 show, set times revealed; Win tix to the sold out show (or get them on Jukely) "

photos by Tim Griffin, Chad Wadsworth, Dave Mead, Greg Giannukos & Reagan Hackleman

Peaches / Converge / Antemasque / just a skeleton chillin'
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 1 - 11/6/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 1 - 11/6/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 1 - 11/6/2015

Mostly inspired and occasionally inane, Antemasque carried that same agitated vigor and theatrics of prior projects into their set on the Orange stage Friday night, starting 15 minutes late with "In the Lurch" and walloping through. Almost immediately one thing was clear: There's no one true frontman.

Each member performed with violent energy, demanding attention. [Omar] Rodríguez-López flailed on his guitar wildly and somehow maintained precision in his often math-y riffs, while his bassist brother Marfred [Rodríguez-López] recklessly knocked around. Blink-182's Travis Barker held down the middle, pummeling the drum kit and continuously evoking drawn-out yells of "Traaaaaavis!" from the crowd.

[Cedric] Bixler-Zavala also hurled his body across the stage in ways that made it unclear whether he was possessed by the music or some sort of Satanic presence, inexplicably hiding under a white tarp at one point as he sang. [Austin Chronicle]

Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off on Friday (11/6) and day 1 was loaded with great sets: Schoolboy Q, Converge, Drive Like Jehu, Babes In Toyland, The Dwarves, Cheap Trick, Hudson Mohawke, Rae Sremmurd, King Khan & BBQ, Mikal Cronin, Peaches, Parquet Courts, Cedric and Omar's Mars Volta/ATDI offshoot Antemasque with Travis Barker, and still plenty more. We already pictures of Shamir's set and one set of Drive Like Jehu, and we've got more DLJ shots, pics of everyone mentioned above, and more in this post.

FFF Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) and it wraps up today (Sunday, 11/8). Stay tuned for more coverage.

More day 1 pictures (by Tim Griffin unless otherwise noted) below...

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dev hynes connan mockasin

Connan Mockasin and Dev Hynes recorded together while at Mexican Summer's Marfa Myths festival earlier this year and the fruits of that have just been released as a new three-song EP, Marfa Myths 001. You can stream "Feelin' Lovely" via YouTube and the whole EP via Spotify, below.

Both Connan and Dev have NYC shows coming up. Connan plays National Sawdust on December 2 (tickets), and Dev Hynes' Blood Orange plays The Apollo on December 12 (sold out).

In related news, Mexican Summer just announced that Marfa Myths will return in 2016, happening March 10-13 in Marfa, TX. Weyes Blood will be the 2016 Artist in Residence, recording while there with special guests, and there will also be sets by Dungen, Parquet Courts, No Age, Emitt Rhodes, Quilt, Raum with Paul Clipson, Sheer Mag and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale now, including a Marfa Bundle option that comes with the Connan/Dev 12" and a tote bag. Flyer for Marfa Myths 2016 is below...

Continue reading "Connan Mockasin & Dev Hynes release new EP (listen) ++ Marfa Myths fest 2016 lineup (Dungen, Parquet Courts, more)"

photo: Superchunk at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Superchunk

Booking agency Ground Control Touring turns 15 this year, and they'll be celebrating that anniversary with a seriously stacked NYC show on December 2 at Webster Hall.

The show will take over all three rooms, and include Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches, Frankie Cosmos and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (10/22) at 10 AM (password = GCT15).

You can catch Parquet Courts, Hop Along and Torres at other upcoming NYC shows too. Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee and Titus Andronicus just played.

Webster Hall show flyer below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Titus Andronicus, Rainer Maria, Torres, Hop Along & more playing Ground Control 15"

by Bill Pearis

Future Punx this is post wave

Future Punx will release their debut album, This is Post Wave, via Dull Tools on August 28. The record was produced by the band and mastered by Total Control's Mikey Young and is apparently a concept album. Parquet Courts singer Andrew Savage (who co-runs Dull Tools with Future Punx's Chris Pickering) did the artwork, above. The first song to be released from the album is "Ever You Go" which references classic weirdo '80s sci-fi film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and is a tightly-wound bit of hooky, punky synthpop. You can check it out via its lyric video (via Noisey) below.

The band just played NYC's Mercury Lounge last week and will be on tour in Europe at the end of the summer, including a few dates with Parquet Courts. Those dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Future Punx announce debut LP 'This is Post Wave,' share lyric video for "Ever You Go," touring Europe"

Parquet Courts Monastic Living

Parquet Courts have signed with Rough Trade and their first release for the label will be an EP titled Monastic Living. It's out November 13, and that's the cover art above. No songs have been released from it yet but pre-orders are available.

The band, who recently played Pitchfork fest, will be touring this fall with Brooklyn's Pill (whose debut tape is out via Dull Tools which is co-run by Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage), including a homecoming NYC show at Warsaw on December 11. Tickets for the Warsaw show go on sale Thursday (8/6) morning at 10 AM.

Continue reading "Parquet Courts signed to Rough Trade, releasing 'Monastic Living' EP in November, touring with Pill (dates)"

photos by James Richards IV

Sleater-Kinney/Vic Mensa/Kurt Vile/Shamir @ Pitchfork Fest 7/18/2015
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Saturday

"You're beautiful when you're wet," Kurt Vile tells the crowd, putting a positive spin on a damp situation. The singer/guitarist, who has a highly anticipated new record due in September, starts 35 minutes late due to the rain and evacuation delay. True to form, he stretches out, opening with the ambling "Gold Tones," a 10-minute epic that magnifies his mystical, introspective guitar lines and sun-baked vocals. Vile, who never seems in a hurry no matter the situation, remains content to let the groggy country-rock melody run its course. It's his aw-shucks way of easing people back into the festival setting and brushing off the personal stress of losing substantial set time. -[Chicago Tribune]
At the end of Protomartyr's early afternoon set during Day 2 (7/18) of the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival, singer Joe Casey offered the crowd, watching in 90-degree temperatures and unrelenting humidity, a word of advice: "Hydrate." He probably didn't mean the torrential thunderstorm that cracked open an hour later during Ex Hex's set which was cut short as Chicago's Union Park was temporarily evacuated. Folks were let back in less than an hour later, old hat for Chicago festival crowds.

Saturday's rain made things muddy -- and delayed Vince Staples' flight, canceling his set -- but spirits weren't too dampened, as massive crowds enjoyed sets by Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile, Vic Mensa, The New Pornographers, Parquet Courts, A$AP Ferg, Shamir and more. Sophie didn't play, whether it was weather-related was not made clear, but Towkio filled in. (His pal, PC Music's AG Cook, is scheduled to perform today.) Pictures from the day are in this post.

Pitchfork wraps up today (7/19) with sets from Chance the Rapper, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Run the Jewels, The Julie Ruin, Viet Cong, Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, and more. You can watch it live from your air conditioned home, too, as it's streaming live. UPDATE: Day 3 happened and pictures are up.

Pics from Pitchfork Day 1 are HERE and HERE. Lots more from Day 2, below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival 2015 day 2 in pics (Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile, Vic Mensa, Parquet Courts, Shamir, Ex Hex, heavy rain, more)"

by Arielle Gordon

photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Pitchfork Fest 2014

The Pitchfork Music Festival happens this weekend in Chicago (7/17-7/19), featuring performances from Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Run the Jewels, Caribou, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Mac Demarco, Kurt Vile and loads more. BrooklynVegan will be there, so stay tuned for coverage and photos. If you can't make it, Pitchfork will also be streaming it live.

As usual, the fun continues later each night with a plethora of aftershows, both official and unofficial. There's something for every type of fan, with shows from Parquet Courts, Viet Cong, ILoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ariel Pink, Ex Hex How to Dress Well, Protomartyr and more. A guide to the night time action, below...

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The Funs

Chicago residents Jessee Rose Crane and Philip Jerome Lesicko have been making noisy pop as The Funs since 2009, balancing melody, emotion and dissonance adeptly. You can make comparisons to other bands but they've definitely figured out their own thing. Their latest album, My Survival, will be out in September via Manic Static and we've got the premiere of "Don't Let Go" in this post. Here's what Jessee Rose Crane says about the song:

Focusing on genuine relationships not losing sight of the present and who you really are. In an age of consumerism cutting fake people out your life to focus on building something positive and tangible for yourself. Choosing to spend time with People who really have your back. Going against the grain and swimming up stream to really find yourself.

""Don't Let Go" is about not losing yourself to the constant distraction of social media and thoughtless consumption. I really love mindful conversations face to face without a smart phone there degrading that experience. Good open conversations are one the most inspiring things to me. They turn my brain on. That connection can't be forced or planned or fake. It's about waiting and wanting to have a vulnerable relationship with someone that really understands you."
Stream "Don't Let Go" below.

If you're in Chicago for Pitchfork Fest this weekend, The Funs are playing an afterparty on Friday (7/17) at Thalia Hall with Parquet Courts and Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan.

Continue reading "Chicago duo The Funs releasing 'My Survival,' share "Don't Let Go," playing Pitchfork Fest afterparty w/ Parquet Courts"

"Confession" by Andrew Savage, 2015 26 X 30″ silkscreen on paper
Andrew Savage Confession

Parquet Courts frontman and Dull Tools label co-head Andrew Savage is also an artist and will have his first exhibition this summer. Titled "Color Studies," it features silkscreens on paper and will be open at Brooklyn's new-ish venue/bar/motorcycle garage The Shop from July 10 - September 1. Says Savage:

I called the show Color Studies because I wanted to focus on colors that don't appear in my palette often; you'll find a lot of salmon pink and pastel colors -- basically stuff I've been afraid to use because I wasn't quite sure how. I like images that are familiar and ordinary, but hinged on an unsettling emotion.
There's an opening reception on July 10 with refreshments provided by Duvel & Ommegang. Check out a few more of Savage's pieces below.

In other news, Parquet Courts recently posted pictures from the studio. New music soon? Stay tuned.

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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.

Fun Fun Fun Fest poster

Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.

The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 lineup: Jane's Addiction, D'Angelo, L7, NOFX, Wu-Tang, Venom, Ride, American Football, American Nightmare, Converge, Charlatans, Dag Nasty, MANY more"

by Bill Pearis

Radioactivity @ House of Vans photo via @mikeyerg
Radioactivity

Texas rippers Radioactivity were in town over Memorial Day Weekend, playing House of Vans' "Almost Summer" series on Saturday (5/23) with Parquet Courts and Pill. It probably felt like summer was already here in House of Vans which can be a real a hotbox. Did you go?

The band, whose new album Silent Kill will be out June 30 on Dirtnap, have just announced another NYC show, playing Baby's All Right on July 30. Presented by Noisey, the show also has San Francisco's Flesh World and Honey Radar, making for a stacked bill.. Tickets are on sale now. Updated Radioactivity tour dates are listed, along with a song stream from the new LP, below.

If you're unfamiliar, Indiana's Honey Radar make sludgy, overdriven pop as can be heard on their excellent new EP, The Rabbit's Voice. If you dug Sic Alps or '90s-era Slumberland Records bands, you should definitely give it a listen -- it's streaming below. That Baby's show is the only date for Honey Radar at the moment.

Flesh World, which features members of Brilliant Colors and Limp Wrist, will play again a couple nights after the Baby's show, opening for Total Control at Music Hall of Williamsburg (8/1) with Lust For Youth and Sannhet on the bill as well. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates for Flesh World are listed, plus a song from their forthcoming debut LP, below.

Continue reading "Radioactivity played House of Vans w/ Parquet Courts, add Baby's show w/ Flesh World & Honey Radar to tour"

enter to win tickets to see Pixies & TV on the Radio in NJ, at the end of this post...

Pixies
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).

A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).

But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...

Continue reading "NYC Memorial Day Weekend 2015 Events (Pixies & TVOTR, Chastity Belt, Perfect Pussy, Priests, Parquet Courts, more)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Radioactivity on an Austin Bridge, SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Radioactivity

Radioactivity, the band which features Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan of Marked Men, will release their new album Silent Kill on June 30 via Dirtnap. You can listen to the ripper that is first single "Silent" below.

As mentioned, Radioactivity will be in NYC later this month for one of the free "Almost Summer" shows at House of Vans on May 23 with Parquet Courts, Pill, and DJs The Blackouts. RSVP will open for that show soon.

The band will be back on the East Coast this summer and while there hasn't been another NYC show announced yet, there are dates already in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Surely they'll play here again, too? Stay tuned. All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Radioactivity releasing 'Silent Kill' (stream a track), touring, playing House of Vans show w/ Parquet Courts (dates)"

HoV

In the spirit of it being Almost Summer, New Yorkers can now add stopping by House Of Vans Brooklyn to their yearly ritual of dusting off their front stoop and trading in their winter boots for a fresh pair of all-white Vans for a free all-ages music series taking over House of Vans on three Saturdays this spring.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) throws annual free summer shows, and this year they're introducing free Almost Summer (or as some people call it, "spring") shows too. The series kicks off on May 9 with Kathleen Hanna's current band The Julie Ruin, as well as garage pop band Bleached and Youth Code on DJ duties.

Then on May 23, indie rockers Parquet Courts headline with support from the Marked Men-related Radioactivity, sax-fueled punks Pill, and The Blackouts DJing.

And on June 13, rapper Pusha T headlines with a "top secret" opener and DJ Envy.

RSVP is open now for the Julie Ruin show. Stay tuned for RSVP links for the other two.

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