Entries tagged with: Priests
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Future Punx / Priests / Downtown Boys @ DbA 11/17/2014
Monday night (11/17) was the last show on Death by Audio's schedule that had a posted lineup, and with no "special guests" it was also probably the last one to feel like a regular night at DbA before these final, possible bananas shows begin. Which is to say, a lot of fun with a great lineup of bands. DC quartet Priests were officially the undercard of the night but felt like headliners -- it was the most packed, with the most crowd reaction of the evening -- and they certainly have the skills and stage presence to carry a show. I've seen some less-than-awesome Priests shows but they were on fire last night. Priests' sound is a danceable mix of punk, post-punk and new wave styles and they do it very well, plus singer Katie Alice Glass has the kind of magnetism that was made for fronting a band like this. A knockout set.
Priests also benefited from a great lead-in, Providence< RI's Downtown Boys who share a label (Sister Polygon/Don Giovanni), sound and ideology. Downtown Boys are definitely more politically minded and their idealism, passion and spirit was carried the day. The X-Ray Spex/Romeo Void style saxophones didn't hurt either.
Following Priests is no easy thing to do but Future Punx kept the night going with pure fun, thanks to their update of Devo/Oingo Boingo hyper-new wave. With black lights, projects and heavy fog completing the picture, it was a great way to end the night. The show doubled as a release party for their brand new EP, I'm So Inspired, which is out via Dull Tools and streamable below.
The night started with duo Pinkwash who are also on Sister Polygon/Don Giovanni and make noisy punk with some mathy/proggy bits to augment the shouting; and openers B Boys who at times sounded so much like Chairs Missing-era Wire that I thought the last song might be a cover. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.
This show followed Fiasco on Sunday, Les Savy Fav on Saturday, and a handful of other bigger shows including Parquet Courts, Deerhoof, Woods, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood, venue co-founders and residents A Place to Bury Strangers, Ty Segall, and Dan Deacon. Tonight begins the last five nights at DbA, all of which are "Top Secret!" lineups.
More pictures of Future Punx/Priests/etc below...
Priests @ DbA in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DC band Priests, who released a new EP over the summer via Don Giovanni and their own Sister Polygon, are about to start a short tour. They'll be opening shows for Dismemberment Plan, including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (11/8, tickets), and then a run with Deerhoof (who are in NYC as we speak), before wrapping it up with a show in their hometown, once again opening for D-Plan.
Also in there is a show at Brooklyn's soon-to-close Death by Audio on November 17 with two other Sister Polygon-turned-Don Giovanni bands, Downtown Boys and Pinkwash (mems Bleeding Rainbow, Hume), plus B Boys and headliners Future Punx (who will soon be starting their own tour).
All dates, plus streams from Priests' Bodies and Control and Money and Power EP, below...
Richmond's Fall Line Fest is returning for its second year on September 5 & 6 across various Richmond, Virginia venues. Like last year, there's a solid, diverse lineup of artists playing including Real Estate, The Hold Steady, Death, Matthew E. White, Fairweather, Tombs, Protomartyr, Priests, Potty Mouth, Tiny Moving Parts and many others. The full lineup as it stands is listed below, and there's still a few more TBA. In addition to the music, there will also be art events and food events, like the Fall Line Brunch Fest on 9/6 at The Broadberry from 11 AM to 2 PM.
TIckets for the festival are on sale now. Individual show tickets won't be sold. Lineup below...
Priests at DbA in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You've already heard the midtempo "Right Wing" from DC post-punks Priests' new album Bodies and Control and Money and Power (due out 6/3 via Don Giovanni) and since we last spoke the more abrasive "Doctor" was released. Check that out below.
Priests also recently announced a tour which kicks off in DC the day before the new record comes out and comes to NYC for two shows on release day (6/3). First they play an early show at ABC No Rio with In Circles and Pour the Pirate Sherry, and then a late show at Cake Shop with In School and Sediment Club.
All dates are listed, with the "Doctor" song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn lo-fi punk trio Arm Candy recently put out their debut album, The Right to Bear Arm Candy, with six original tracks plus a cover of "What Kind of Monster Are You" by all-female '90s Dischord trio Slant 6. If you're a fan of the band they chose to cover, you might dig this too, and you can check it out by streaming it below. It's also downloadable (name your price) at bandcamp.
Arm Candy have been playing a good deal of local shows lately (maybe you caught them with Priests and Noun or with SVPER and Palehound), and they'll continue to do so. Three of those shows are this weekend, including the previously discussed Death by Audio (4/18) stop of the Priests / Good Throb tour, which also includes Brooklyn's Household.
Then on Saturday (4/19) they play the free WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College with Inc. Ka, LVL UP and more. Later that night they'll play a midnight show at Silent Barn with Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy and multiple DJs. More info on Facebook.
Stream The Right to Bear Arm Candy below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Priests / La Misma @ DbA - 4/5/14
DC's Priests kicked off their tour with London's Good Throb in NYC at Death by Audio on Saturday (4/5) with a show that also included locals La Misma and Nuclear Spring (who share a member), and Boston's Exit Order. Pictures of all five bands are in this post.
The show got off to a solid start with Nuclear Spring's catchy punk, which was followed by Exit Order, who were probably the heaviest band on the bill. Up next were Priests, whose set was interrupted multiple times by a faulty tuner, but when they were on, they were on. The music's structured by sturdy post-punk basslines, but singer Katie Alice Greer is closer to a punk singer, switching between passionate shouts and aggressive growls, and pretty much owning the stage. (Fun fact: Parquet Courts singer Andrew Savage could be seen rocking out in the front of the crowd.)
Their tourmates Good Throb followed with a similar mix of punk and post-punk, and NYC's La Misma wrapped up the show with their powerhouse singer who sings entirely in Portuguese and had possibly the night's wildest mosh pit.
Priests' tour with Good Throb treks on and returns to Death by Audio on April 18, this time with Household and Arm Candy. Their first album for Don Giovanni, Bodies and Control and Money and Power, will be out on June 3.
More pictures below...
by Andrew Sacher
EMA at Pitchfork SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We're still about a couple of weeks away from EMA's sophomore album, The Future's Void (due out 4/8 via Matador), but she's just released another track from it, "3Jane," named after Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool from cyperpunk classic Neuromancer. It's one of the album's calmer songs, and following the industrial-leaning single "Satellites" and the grungy "So Blonde," continues to show how diverse EMA gets on this one. Check it out below.
As discussed, EMA brings her tour to NYC for shows on April 25 at Mercury Lounge and May 9 at Rough Trade, both of which are with Downtown Boys (who play with Priests on Sunday [3/30], and who were just interviewed for Fvck the Media by Priests singer Katie Alice Greer). Before that tour begins though, she'll squeeze in a smaller NYC show on April 11 at Union Pool. No word on advance tickets or openers yet. Tickets for her other NYC shows are still available.
Updated EMA dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, DC punks Priests signed to Don Giovanni for their debut LP, which they've since announced is called Bodies and Control and Money and Power and will be out on June 3. They just released the album's first single, "Right Wing." It's a lot calmer and more of a mid-tempo rocker than some of their more abrasive cuts like "Leave Me Alone," but still powerful in its own way. Check it out, along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.
As previously discussed, Priests are touring with UK punks Good Throb this year, and hitting NYC on April 5 at Death by Audio for a stacked bill that includes Nuclear Spring, La Misma and Exit Order. Since we last spoke, that tour's been expanded and now also includes another Death by Audio show on April 18 which sees Priests and Good Throb joined by Brooklyn's Household and Arm Candy (who they've played with before).
Before that tour starts, Priests will be at the VW Dome of MoMA PS1 this Sunday (3/30) for the venue's 'Sunday Sessions.' This week's installment will be "an afternoon of discussion and music surrounding feminist punk rock with artists who embrace viceral and engaged performance underlined by socio-political critique" and also includes Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors), Allison Crutchfield & Kyle Gilbride of Swearin', and Downtown Boys. The artists will be in discussion with Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, with the song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
by Doug Moore
Infest in Miami, 2013 (more by Kris Alan Carter)
The lineup and details for this year's Damaged City Fest in Washington, DC have been announced. The festival will take place on April 11 and 12 at St. Stephen's Church, with after-shows within walking distance TBA. Two-day passes are currently on sale for $45.
Unlike last year's edition, there's comparatively little crossover with the upcoming 2014 installment of New York's Alright. The big-name headliners at Damaged City this year include the reformed versions of Infest (who recently played the A389 bash) and Los Crudos, along with a host of other notables -- Boston Strangler, Rival Mob, Violent Reaction, Coke Bust, Priests, Good Throb, and more TBA. Check out the lineup to date and the flyer below.
"At the Don Giovanni records showcase rn. These are some damn good bands, and DG is exhibit A of what a punk label should be." - @Lowry_Phil
"The Screaming Females killed it tonight. The whole Don Giovanni showcase ruled." - Andrew Alvarez
"Don Giovanni Recs showcase night two highlight: watching Upset with Peter Stampfel while he contributed harmonies from the crowd" - Jenn Pelly
Cali X rockin' the Don Giovanni showcase (via @pinker)
New Jersey's Night Birds followed Vacation with their first performance together in three months. New dad Brian Gorsenger didn't look like he'd lost any of his usual energy and aggression during the hiatus. By this point, the mosh pit was going full-throttle. Beer and beer cans continued to fly overhead, and Gorsenger had fans screaming the choruses to "Born to Die in Suburbia" and "Maimed for the Masses" into the mic right along with him.NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records put on their annual Brooklyn showcases last week, kicking off at Death by Audio this past Thursday (2/6), and continuing with a two-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/7) and Saturday (2/8) with five bands each night. The above review is of the DbA show which included sets by Tenement, NIght Birds, Vacation and more, and the MHOW shows had sets by Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Nude Beach, Priests and still many more. If you went, how was it? A short video of Cali X's set is below.
Wisconsin's Tenement closed out the evening. In contrast to the abbreviated set the band played at Asbury Lanes back in September, last night they pulled out all the stops. The set ranged from classic-rock inflected punk to extended instrumental drones. Guitarist Amos Pitsch brought along a case filled with paraphernalia that included duct tape, a tambourine, and bells. He rolled the tambourine over to a fan in the front row. He duct-taped the strings of his guitar to the fingerboard, jingled bells in both hands, and even played guitar using a full can of beer as a slide. As the band unplugged their instruments at the end of the set, cries went up for one more song; and, after a few moments, the band obliged setting the pit roiling one, final time. [Speak Into My Goodeye]
California X have other upcoming shows, including another NYC show happening on March 14 at Shea Stadium with solid local support coming from Sleepies and LVL UP. That's a good option if you're staying in NYC during SXSW this year. Tickets go on sale today (2/10) at noon. All upcoming Cali X dates are listed below.
As discussed, Vacation's tour includes another NYC show TONIGHT (2/10) at Cake Shop with Nancy and Flykills.
Night Birds open for The Queers when they play Love Songs for the Retarded in full at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (2/15). The Scandals are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Before that, they'll play an instrumental set as Killer Waves at Grand Victory on Thursday (2/13) with garage rockers Shocked MInds and Foster Care.
Priests have multiple upcoming shows too.
All Cali X dates are listed, along with that clip, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Priests (via Unruly Factions)
DC postpunks Priests have a few shows coming up this month, including opening the DC stop on the Pissed Jeans / Purling Hiss tour tonight (2/7), and as discussed, they come to NYC for the Don Giovanni showcases this weekend. Those showcases kicked off at DbA last night (2/6), and they continue at MHOW tonight with Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Nude Beach, Upset and Worriers. Priests play Saturday (2/8) at MHOW with Screaming Females, California X, Brick Mower and Black Wine. Tickets for tonight and Saturday (including a 2-day pass option) are still available. Priests also return to NYC later in the month on February 16 at The End (94 Bogart St) with Lazyeyes, Truthers and more TBA.
Priests have also announced that they're planning an April tour with UK punks Good Throb. And that's with an emphasis on UK punks. Good Throb use a strong accent in the brash, crude way that the Sex Pistols did, though musically they're more of the dissonant '80s/'90s post-hardcore variety. It's great stuff, and though not too similar to Priests, if you're a fan of one band you'll likely dig the other. You can stream two recent 7"s below and download them for free at bandcamp.
Most dates for that tour are still tentative, but we do know the two bands will hit NYC together on April 5 at Death by Audio. And if you're into the kind of punk that Priests and Good Throb make, that DbA show has a great all around lineup. There's local support from Nuclear Spring, whose 2013 7" was one of my favorite punk records to come out of NYC last year (they haven't played a hometown show in a while either). There's also local support from the great La Misma, and Boston punks Exit Order round out the bill. Admission is $10 at the door.
If you haven't checked out Exit Order's 2013 7-song demo tape, the whole thing is a total ripper. Of the DbA bill, Exit Order are probably the most straight-ahead, in-your-face punk band. The singer sounds like she's literally putting everything she's got into it, with all kinds of pent up anger and aggression coming out in every word. She's matched in intensity by the mile-a-minute band, and as a whole this Boston crew is delivering the kind of power some bands never manage to recreate in the studio, let alone on a demo tape. You can download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below.
All known Priests dates are listed, along with streams from each band on the DbA show, below...
Nude Beach at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records is doing its annual Brooklyn showcases in February, and since we last spoke there's been a couple changes. Due to the questionable future of 285 Kent, the February 6 show that would've happened there has been moved to Death by Audio. Its lineup of Tenement, Night Birds, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists is still the same and anyone who bought tickets to the 285 Kent show will be admitted to the DbA one. If you didn't get tickets yet, they're still available.
The following two nights happen as planned at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 and 8. 2/7 has Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Upset, Worriers and since we last spoke, Nude Beach were revealed as the guest on the bill. And 2/8 has Screaming Females, California X, Brick Mower, Priests and Black Wine. Tickets for both MHOW nights (including a 2-day pass) are still available.
Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.
As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.
Lists and streams below...
Tenement at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like they do every year, NJ punk label Don GIovanni Records will put on a showcase in Brooklyn in early 2014, happening on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be available via Ticketfly for 285 Kent and Ticketmaster for MHOW (2-day pass option included) on Friday (11/22). Flyer below. Facebook event page here.
Night 2 is pretty diverse, headlined by singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson, and also featuring eclectic duo Shellshag, new "supergroup" Upset (mems. Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Hole, etc), Lauren Measure's new project Worriers, and a guest.
And night 3 is another heavier one with the shredding Screaming Females, the sludgy California X, the punky/grungy Brick Mower, political punks and newest signees Priests, and power pop (the Replacements kind) trio Black Wine.
Along with the showcase announcement, Don Giovanni have also just put out their 2013 label sampler, which features a track from all of their 2013 releases, including songs by many of the bands playing the showcases. Stream that sampler in full below. They've also just began their holiday sale, where you can purchase 5 LPs for $50 or 5 CDs for $40 through November 29. Check that out here.
In related news, Bomb the Music Industry!, whose lineup once included Laura Stevenson, are officially calling it quits and they'll play their final show in Brooklyn on January 19 at Warsaw. Tickets (including a live recording) for that show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon. So far, they've announced that Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls will open, and there's more openers TBA. More info and a message from BTMI at the Facebook event.
Don Giovanni showcase flyer and 2013 sampler stream below...
Priests at MHOW in October (more by Chris La Putt)
DC punk/post-punk band Priests have been making quite the impression with some solid tapes/7"s and passionate live shows, and it's just been announced that they've signed to Don Giovanni (home of Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Worriers, and other great bands). They'll be doing their next record with them, and the label hopes to have it out in early 2014. Congrats to Priests on the signing!
Priests also have some shows coming up, including a return to NYC on December 6 at Silent Barn for bi-weekly webpaper Fvck The Media's public editorial meeting. The meeting takes place at 7 PM, followed by live music from Priests, Noun (Marissa from Screaming Females), Heavy Bangs (featuring Cynthia of Radiator Hospital) and Arm Candy. Admission is $10 at the door. Flyer below. More info here and here.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of their latest tape and a video from their Pitchfork CMJ show, below...
by Victor Massari
20-year-old Philly singer/songwriter Alex G has a vast discography with multiple releases dating back to 2010. On his two most recent LPs, Rules, and Trick, he captures the essence of songwriters like Elliott Smith and Isaac Brock, while combining elements of psychedelia and experimentation. On record, he plays almost all the instruments himself, but live he's joined by a full band, who add a sense of fullness not heard on his lo-fi recordings. You can catch him with that band in NYC when they play Knitting Factory on January 5 with Great Caesar, The Guru and Cold Fronts. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's his only announced date at the moment.
Maybe you caught him in NYC last month when he played the Birdtapes Halloween party at Silent Barn with Boy Crush (Sean from High Pop), Trace Mountains (Dave from LVL UP), Shelf Life (Scotty from Olive Drab), and Starry Cat (Sam from Julia Brown).
R.L. Kelly is also featured on a new compilation tape put together by the THE LE SIGH, a new zine and blog highlighting women in music and art, which Birdtapes is also releasing. Other artists featured on the tape include Potty Mouth, Priests, and Frankie Cosmos. The compilation is in honor of The LE SIGH zine's debut issue, which will be celebrated with a launch party at Silent Barn on November 17. Frankie Cosmos is playing the party, along with Baby Mollusk, Lizard Kisses, and Whatever, Dad. The zine+tape bundle will be available to purchase at the show, and gets released online the next day (11/18).
Flyer for that party, along with song streams and live videos below...
photos by Wei Shi
The Julie Ruin / Priests
Talking to the audience like an old friend ("So, anyway, you guys"), [Kathleen] Hanna addressed a range of topics between songs, from the pressure of constantly being asked to give advice to young feminists ("I never know what to say") to candidly speaking about how her late-stage Lyme disease (an illness that had kept her from performing for many years) was causing her to forget a lot of her lyrics as she sang ("Every night is different!"). That candor and openness translates to the music as well, and the Julie Ruin's material is straight up: They aim to tell it like it is--and make you dance. [The House List]The Julie Ruin -- the current project of Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill), Kenny Mellman (Kiki & Herb), Carmine Covelli (Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments), and Sara Landaeu (Girls Rock Camp) -- continued their victory lap of sold-out shows surrounding the release of their debut album, Run Fast, with another gig at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last Friday (10/25). Opening the show was DC's Priests, whose flair for brash punk and feminist lyrics is in line with at least of a few of Kathleen Hanna's projects. Pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg are in this post.
Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.
The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.
After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).
Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...
Mac DeMarco @ Pitchfork 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Priests @ DBA (more by Ivey Haber)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Defibulators, Future Folk, Tall Tall Trees, Dubl Handi, Bennett Sullivan, DJ Becky Birmingham @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you like traditional bluegrass with a bit of a punk edge, head to Brooklyn Bowl tonight to catch Brooklyn's The Defibulators playing a release show for their new album, Debt'll Get'em. Should be a grand ol' time.
Sarah Neufeld @ Rockwood Music Hall
Arcade Fire violinist just released her first solo album, Hero Brother. Tonight she plays with Bell Orchestre's Stef Schneider on percussion. Tickets are still available.
Pure Bathing Culture, Mary Alouette, Jimmy Whispers, Tiger Dare @ Glasslands
Pure Bathing Culture put the pop in "dream pop" (in a good way) and their recently released debut album, Moon Tides, is a great example of that. Swoon along at Glasslands tonight.
Priests, Neonates, Downtown Boys, Household @ Death By Audio
DC band Priests released their second tape EP earlier this summer, full of spiky, shouty, catchy, dancey tunes. You can stream it below. Actually the whole show is like that with LA's Neonates, Providence's Downtown Boys and local post-punks Household. Good show!
Mac DeMarco @ East River Amphitheater (FREE)
While he's become somewhat known for his on-and-off-stage antics (dude is funny), let's not forget last year's Mac DeMarco II is very a solid record and his band is just tight enough to keep things from delving into chaos.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Son of Dad, Shorts, Regal Degal @ Cake Shop
When he's not playing in Real Estate, Alex Bleeker makes drastically different music with his band The Freaks, who favor bluesy psychedelia over his other band's breezy jangle pop. Tonight he shares a bill with his Real Estate bandmate Jackson Pollis' other project, Son of Dad. And Regal Degal's weird art pop is worth showing up early for too.
Emeli Sande, Rudimental @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
Emeli Sande headlines Central Park tonight, and if you're going, we especially think it's worth catching Rudimental, the four-piece house/drum & bass group, who do pop crossover a bit like Disclosure does. And Emeli sings on their album, so maybe there will be some on-stage collaboration?
Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, Bear's Den @ Forest Hills Stadium
Queens' Tennis stadium Forest Hills, which used to host live music decades ago, is starting to do so again, and tonight it gets its first show in ages from three British indie bands, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, and Bear's Den.
VietNam, Prince Rupert's Drops, Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Union Pool
Longrunning band Vietnam returned after a five-year abscence to deliver A.merican D.ream, their first album in five years. It's a quality bill tonight, with an opening set from the psychy Prince Rupert's Drops and Jonathan Toubin on the turntables between sets.
Buster Poindexter @ Highline Ballroom
David Johansen has been back with the New York Dolls and doing some solo shows lately too, but for whatever reason tonight he's playing under his '80s/'90s pseudonym Buster Poindexter, best known for his version of "Hot Hot Hot."
Eve @ Gramercy Theatre
Eve returned this year with her first album in over a decade, and she actually sounded pretty hungry on a good deal of it. Not sure what she's like live these days, but you can find out for yourself at Gramercy Theatre (moved from Irving Plaza).
Matthew Sweet @ City Winery
Matthew Sweet went from being a college-radio cult favorite in the '80s to being a genuine alt-rock hitmaker in the '90s and gun-for-hire songwriter and guitarist in the '00s. His melodic skills and and catalog of great songs will be on display tonight.
Larry Graham @ B.B. King Blues Club
Grand Central Station funk conductor Larry Graham recently played Prince's post-VMAs show at City Winery. Prince has showed up at Graham's BB King's shows before. We're not saying he will tonight, but...just saying.
Roy Ayers @ Blue Note Jazz Club
Speaking of legendary funk, vibraphone master Roy Ayers is at Blue Note tonight. Let's hope her pulls out tracks from his much-lauded score to blaxploitation flick, Coffy (amongst his other great work). There are early and late shows, and it's his first of four nights at the venue.
The Rides @ The Iridium
Buffalo Springfield/CSNY's Stephen Stills heads up this blues rock supergroup that also features Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg. Sold out.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts this popular weekly free comedy show that tonight welcomes Leo Allen, Guy Branum, Jessi Klein, and Jim Tews.
Radness @ Union Hall
Hot 97's DJ Cipha Sounds & Lukas Kaiser are hosting this night of comedy featuring Hannibal Buress, Mark Normand, Giulia Rozzi, Lance Weiss, and Jason Burke.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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photos by Cory Dewald, words by Andrew Sacher
The Thermals / Aye Nako @ Chicago's Ultra Lounge - 8/2/13
While we were in Chicago over the weekend for Lollapalooza 2013, in addition to taking part in all the Lolla festivities and hosting a portion of the Soundwave Tent during the fest each day, we also threw three afterparties, two of which were totally free (as was the beer, thanks to Sapporo). The second of those afterparties took place at Chicago's Ultra Lounge on Friday night (8/2) with sets from The Thermals, Heliotropes, and Aye Nako. We already posted one set of pictures from the show on BV Chicago, and we've got another in this post.
The show was an insanely fun night with three bands that complimented each other beautifully. The capacity crowd was into the openers and went nuts for the Thermals. DJ Cool Hand Luke spun the tunes before, between and after sets.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn's Aye Nako, who walked away with many new fans that night, have a number of upcoming hometown-area shows too. They'll play The Living Gallery on August 23 with DC post-punks Priests (who also play Death by Audio on 8/28), Tomboy and Bad Behavior; a New Brunswick show on September 5 with Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz; their previously discussed Glasslands (9/7) show with Radical Dads (who also play the Sound Bites Series on 8/18) (tickets); and finally (for now), they were added to the Bowery Ballroom (9/16) stop on the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement tour. Tickets for that Bowery Ballroom show, which is now an even greater lineup that it already was, are still available.
If you haven't heard Aye Nako's debut album, Unleash Yourself yet, it's one of the best pop punk albums of the year, and a strong recommendation. Stream it, along with a list of all Aye Nako dates, and more pictures from that Lolla afterparty, below...
Screaming Females at 92YTribeca in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Ladyfest, which has taken place in various cities over the past few years, is returning to Philly for the first time since 2003 from June 7 - 9 at the Rotunda and other locations in West Philadelphia. The festival's mission statement reads:
Ladyfest Philadelphia is a grassroots event dedicated to the artistic, organizational, and political work of women, trans, genderqueer, intersex, and queer people, and their allies. Ladyfest combats substantive, cultural, and structural inequalities by building upon the existing Philadelphia community of artists, musicians, and activists. It aims to foster a more inclusive and safe environment through performances, workshops, panels, opportunities for collaboration, and more.This year's lineup includes sets from Screaming Females (who play Maxwell's soon), Potty Mouth, US Girls, Aye Nako (who play with Speedy Ortiz soon), Priests, Black Wine (who play Death by Audio soon), Trophy Wife, Kate Ferencz, Mindtroll, Whore Paint, Shady Hawkins, Parasol, Void Vision, and others. Ticket info is TBA but all proceeds will go to Women in Transition and SAFE Home
Full lineup and list of workshops below...
by Bill Pearis
Priests @ Death By Audio, Jan. 2012 (more by Ivey Haber)
DC trio Priests channel the spirit of punk and '90s riot grrrl with a fiery intensity thanks in no small part to charismatic singer Katie Alice Greer. Drummer Daniele Daniele and guitarist G.L. Jaguar keep things thrashibly danceable. They're catchy too. You can check out Priests' two releases below, including the "Radiation" 7" that came out in December.
Priests will be making the trip up from our nation's capital this weekend for a show in NYC at Silent Barn on Saturday (3/2) with Heaven's Gate and Guerilla Toss. All dates are listed below...
photos by Ivey Haber; words by Bill Pearis
Texas ex-pats Parquet Courts released their debut album, Light Up Gold, back in August on their own Dull Tools label and the record (and band) have been building buzz ever since. The album gets a repress this week via Brooklyn indie label What's Your Rupture? and the band played a re-release party at Death by Audio on Friday (1/11) in celebration, which was also the last date on the band's first tour.
Not sure how the rest of the world feels about the band but Parquet Courts definitely have New York's attention, and with features in The Village Voice and Pitchfork, the show hit capacity about two songs into the second band of the night's set. It was as packed as I've seen DbA which was also sporting new art on the wall behind the stage, an angular collage by Maya Hayuk. Bye bye Marissa Paternoster dog illustration and giant head of DbA's Edan Wilbur.
Despite co-frontman Austin Brown being under the weather and the somewhat obtrusive presence of an onstage videographer, Parquet Courts put on a great set and the crowd was primed to dance to Light Up Gold standouts like "Borrowed Time," "Donuts Only" and the album's title track. A bit of stage diving too, via a perfectly-timed leap from Beach Fossils' Dustin Paysuer between the one-two punch of "Master of My Craft" and "Borrowed Time." (Austin Brown also jumped into the frey, playing guitar on his back across the sweaty crowd.) With the album being one of the more quotable in recent memory, there was a lot of shouting along as well. In addition to most of Light Up Gold, the band also delivered a nice cover of The Kinks' "This Strange Effect."
Parquet Courts head to the West Coast this week for some shows in California and a few in the Pacific Northwest with Naomi Punk. Those dates are listed below.
Earlier in the night we got sets from bad trip noiseniks PC Worship, the skeletal post-punk of Household and Washington DC's riot grrl-esque Priests. Picturess of their sets, plus a few more shots of Parquet Courts are below.
Teenage Cool Kids
Denton, TX indie punk outfit Teenage Cool Kids, whose members include Andrew Savage of Fergus & Geronimo, kick off a Northeast tour with their first show in the last year and a half TONIGHT (2/22) at Cake Shop in NYC. The show is part of Old Monk's residency at the venue and Little Gold is also the on the bill. The tour also includes a Brooklyn show happening on Friday (2/24) at Death by Audio with Mannequin Pussy, NT, and Priests.
All dates, tour flier, and a live video of the band from SXSW 2010 below...