Entries tagged with: Psychic Blood
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn heavy psych practitioners Ancient Sky will release their new album, Mosaic, on June 9 via Wharf Cat. The album was produced by Ben Greenberg of The Men and really shows off the band's dynamic finesse -- intense, but with plenty of headspace. You can listen to the whole thing right now, below.
Ancient Sky will celebrate Mosaic at Brooklyn's Union Pool on Saturday (6/6) with Dommengang, and Marisa Anderson. That show is $10 at the door. They'll also play the Wharf Cat Northside Fest showcase at Shea Stadium on June 13 that's also with Gun Outfit, The Ukiah Drag, Sediment Club, and Psychic Blood. Tickets are $10 and you can also get in with a Northside badge (based on capacity). Flyer for the Northside show is below.
Bell Witch - 'Four Phantoms' artwork
The day 1 lineup includes Fred Thomas, Gun Outfit, Mitski and Dreamcrusher. Tickets are on sale.
And day 2 is Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase (their metal column), and that one features Bell Witch, Akitsa, Alberich and special guests. Tickets are on sale for that one too. Flyers for both, below.
Gun Outfit, who haven't been in NYC in a while, were also recently announced for another Northside showcase. They play the Wharf Cat Records showcase on June 13 at Shea Stadium with The Ukiah Drag, Sediment Club, Ancient Sky and Psychic Blood. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Gun Outfit and Ukiah Drag also both play Berserktown in LA.
Bell Witch recently released their newest album, Four Phantoms. Stream that, with the Pitchfork flyers, below...
BRMC @ T5 earlier this year (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Buke and Gase, Patrick Higgins, Mivos Quartet @ Le Poisson Rouge
Experimental pop duo Buke & Gase make their own instruments (bass/uke and guitar/bass, get it?) and they also make some really interesting sounds with them. They headline this bill at LPR tonight, which doubles as a release party for the new Patrick Higgins double-LP.
The New Yorker Festival
The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff starts tonight. You might consider checking out the talk with Boardwalk Empire star, Deerhoof fan and generally intense dude Michael Shannon who will also perform with his indie rock band Corporal.
California X, Turnip King, Body Parts, Total Slacker (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
Equal parts sludge, punk, and indie rock, Amherst's California X simply rock, and as great as their record is, they're a band you really have to see live. Long Island indie rock traditionalists Turnip King open and they're worth catching too.
What Cheer? Brigade, Ski Lodge, Caged Animals @ Cheap Storage
Go for the very catchy indie pop sounds of Ski Lodge and Caged Animals, stay for Providence, RI's 19-piece brass band What Cheer?
Oneida, Dump @ Glasslands
Brooklyn stalwarts Oneida are always worth seeing, and tonight is with Dump (aka James McNew of Yo La Tengo).
Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Jacques Demierre & Vincent Barras @ Issue Project Room
PR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with Chicago Saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet stalwart Nate Wooley.
Porcelain Raft, Sarah Neufeld @ Mercury Lounge
Arcade Fire and Belle Orchestre violinist Sarah Neufeld released her new album of instrumental compositions, Hero Brother, and will be playing selections from that tonight.
Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert. Tonight's the final night, sold out.
Blondie, X @ Roseland Ballroom
These two classic punk bands have been on tour together for a while, and tonight they pass through Blondie's hometown for a Roseland Ballroom show. Blondie have a new record on the way, so expect some stuff from that, in addition to tons of classics.
Dan Friel, Bambara, Psychic Blood, Bennio Qwerty @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Bambara get loud, and they're about to head out on a European tour with a couple likeminded bands (A Place to Bury Strangers, METZ) but before that they play one last hometown show at Shea tonight. Also on the bill are Brooklyn's Bennio Qwerty and Mass' Psychic Blood, who have a similar taste for loud, raging rock, and ex-Parts & Labor member Dan Friel.
Pictureplane @ Mishka Store (350 Broadway)
He opens for Girl Talk Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl, but you can catch Travis Egedy even sooner and for free in a store this early evening (the event runs 7-10pm)
Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ The Space at Westbury
This is the first show for Bowery Presents' latest venue, The Space at Westbury, and features a nostalgic '90s evening of alt-rock favorites.
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Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Valley Lodge, Walter Schreifels, Brooke Van Poppelen, T. Berry @ Union Hall
Dave Hill pulls double duty tonight as host and leader of house band Valley Lodge at this evening of "comedy, music and gunplay." Todd Barry and Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, etc) are among the guests. Tickets are still available.
In the summer of 1975 on New York's Lower East Side, Pat Ivers and a group of like-minded videographers with borrowed cameras set out to capture as much of New York City's exploding punk music scene as possible. After an early disbanding of the original group, Ivers found a sole partner in Emily Armstrong and the two continued the project for a total of five years, capturing legendary performances at CBGB's, Mudd Club, Danceteria and elsewhere by iconic bands and artists such as Iggy Pop, Dead Boys, The Cramps and more. Ivers and Armstong continued filming until a 1980 arrest, along with the entire staff of the illegally operated Danceteria, convinced them to stop (the pair were quickly exonerated and freed).The filmmakers screen archive excerpts and talk with Richard Boch (Mudd Club) and Pat Irwin (Raybeats, B52's). 7PM.
Ceramic Dog (w/ Marc Ribot) @ Union Pool
Marc Ribot is a man of many projects. He's a well-known Tom Waits collaborator, and lately he's been doing some gigs with John Zorn. Tonight he takes his power trio Ceramic Dog to Union Pool.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Restavrant @ Warsaw
Denim, leather, garagey riffs and sneery attitude is what's in store tonight with BRMC.
Herbie Hancock @ The Capitol Theatre
Jazz/fusion legend Herbie Hancock has been a master of the keys for decades, and he's got plenty of great diverse material to pull from, making this NYC-area show a sure-to-be interesting night.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon, and tonight they'll be performing their 1980 album, Gaucho, in full plus "selected hits."
Foster Care, Teenager, Raccoon Fighter, Slothbear @ Cake Shop
One of NYC's best garage punk bands, Foster Care headline this show tonight but don't miss Toronto's awesome Teenanger who have previously toured with METZ.
Weird Owl, Ancient Sky, The Nuclears @ Death By Audio
NYC psych band Weird Owl are set to pop out their new album, Healing, via TeePee records and tonight's the record release show. Just know that whenever you tell someone you're going to see Weird Owl, expect "Eat It" or "Like a Surgeon" jokes.
Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese concludes her four-night run at Gramercy.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Warning: do not do an internet search for Perfect Pussy at work. The band, made up of ex-members of the truly underappreciated Syracuse noise-punk crew Shoppers, have a cassette EP out now titled I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling which you can stream below. Fans of angular, noisy, shouty, riot grrl style punk rock take note.
Perfect Pussy will head southbound this weekend to play 285 Kent on Labor Day (9/2) alongside Psychic Blood and Weed Hounds. Tickets are on sale.
The show is part of a larger tour for Psychic Blood, dates of which are available below.
by Andrew Sacher
Crosss - 'Obsidian Spectre'
Canada's Crosss make a similar kind of heavy psychedelia to the first three Sabbath albums, or to more contemporary bearers of that sound like Uncle Acid or Ty Segall's new band Fuzz. But rather than going in an overtly metal direction with their sound, these guys take the approach of early '90s grunge with their raw recordings and sludgy power chord riffing. Their debut album, Obsidian Spectre, came out this past June via Telephone Explosion, and you can stream it, along with two music videos from the album, below.
Crosss have made their way into the US a few times this year, having played a NYC show back in May at Death by Audio, and they've just announced that they'll return to that venue on August 16. The show is with two other bands who mix psych and grunge well: Western Mass' Psychic Blood and Brooklyn's Spirit of Danger. Crosss' only other scheduled date at the moment is a Halifax show tonight (7/18), but if they're headed to NYC in August, maybe they'll add others along the way.
Streams from all three bands below...
by Andrew Sacher
Destruction Unit @ Shea Stadium - 6//16/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
I wrapped up my weekend/music portion of the Northside Festival at Shea Stadium last night (6/16) for the Impose/My Social List show which featured a killer lineup all around. The show kicked off with a set from Western Mass noise rockers Psychic Blood. The crowd was still pretty small during their opening set, and they seemed like they'd be a lot more fun to see in a more crowded room, but still powered through a set of sludge, guitar noise, and a nice little Who/Nirvana-style freakout at the end, knocking over their drum kit and mic stands.
They were followed by Brooklyn post-hardcore four piece Big Ups, who really started getting the show going pretty wild. These guys play locally a lot, but I'd somehow never managed to catch them until last night and man did they win me over. They not only sound but look totally '90s on stage (that singer's half-bleached hair!), and they do the whole post-hardcore thing from that era really well, sounding like some lost Dischord/SST band. The singer is smart aleck-y, angry, and in-your-face while spending more of his time in the crowd than on stage, and the band rock too. They'll switch from real dissonant riffage to classic hardcore whiplash, and find time for the somber moments too. They mentioned on stage that a full length is coming. Be on the lookout for that.
Then came psych punks Destruction Unit, whose tour with Merchandise and Milk Music had hit 285 Kent a night earlier (6/15), to up the volume in the room by about 80%. I first caught the triple-guitar noisemakers on a bridge at SXSW and they were the kind of band that blew you away even if you weren't too familiar with their songs. Last night was no different. Being that they were on a real stage (and not insanely overcrowded with an audience coming from all angles), it started off a bit less manic, but the freakouts soon came. The singer was falling over his stage monitor a few songs in as the other two guitarists were zoned out and wailing away, and the bassist and drummer just kept a tight, menacing groove throughout the entire thing. They really pile on walls of guitars, and they've got a Sonic Youth-y way of all being individually interesting but mainly contributing to the greater good of the whole noise. These guys have a new record, Deep Trip, due out on August 20 via Sacred Bones (following a new single on Suicide Squeeze) and that can't come soon enough.
Finally, the show concluded with a set from Vancouver noise punks Nu Sensae, who may not have had the volume of the band prior, but they were easily the most consistently fast band on the bill. Drummer Daniel Pitout seriously pounds away at that kit as guitarist Brody McKnight and bassist/vocalist Andrea Lukic come together to create a blend of melody and noisy dissonance (in a very Sonic Youth way) as Andrea switches between piercing screams and a psychedelic, hushed moan. They came to NYC for the show after playing NXNE in their home country, which you can check out pictures of.
Check out a few more instagrams from the show below...
by Andrew Sacher
Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus are teaming up for an unofficial Northside showcase on Saturday (6/15) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) which features sets from a ton of great bands Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Hive Bent, Fat History Month, and Porches. Doors are at 5 PM, admission is $7 or $5 with a Northside badge, and there will be free pizza while supplies last. If you like your indie rock like it was in the days of Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Pavement, etc, you'll probably dig most of this showcase.
EIS and GT are also doing another showcase today (6/14) at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). This one's also got a ton of great music (and free pizza), including two of Brooklyn's best upcoming punk bands, Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High, noise rockers Eula, Western Mass psych rockers Psychic Blood (who also play the ridiculously good show at Shea on Sunday with Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Big Ups), other local live staples like Yvette, Miniboone, Shark?, Krill, Life Size Maps, and still more. Doors for today's show open at 3 PM.
More info on both shows at the Facebook event. Flyers for both shows and song streams from some of the bands playing below...
by Andrew Sacher
Low Fat Getting High at Cake Shop earlier this month (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Brooklyn punks Low Fat Getting High have been playing raucous local shows for some time now, and as mentioned, they're finally laying down that intensity for a new EP, which is called Bad Yoga, and has just been officially announced. The EP will be out on July 18 via Dead Broke/Money Fire Records. It kicks off with three tracks of menacing, breakneck-speed punk, and culminates in a fourth track of Bleach-style noise and sludge. The whole thing is just over ten minutes and it's a real ripper so keep an eye out for it. You can stream the opening track, "Better Better Worse," along with the artwork and tracklist below.
Low Fat Getting High have a ton of upcoming shows as usual, including a previously discussed Gimme Tinnitus-presented show TONIGHT (5/22) at Big Snow with another solid local punk band, Big Ups, CYHSY-related Radical Dads (for whom the show is a record release party), and Miniboone. $7 at the door gets you into tonight's show. Doors are at 8 PM. All ages. Show flyer below.
After that, they've got a bunch of other local dates, including a Converse Rubber Tracks show on June 12; Silent Barn on June 14 with another great local punk band, Sleepies, noise rockers Eula, indie rockers Shark?, sludgy psych rockers Psychic Blood and others; a release party for the new EP on July 18 at Shea Stadium with Big Ups, Vulture Shit, and Flagland (who play with Butter the Children and Ovlov soon); and even more local dates, all of which are listed below.
In related news, as mentioned, Big Ups and Psychic Blood also play a Northside show with Nu Sensae and Destruction Unit.
All LFGH dates are listed, along with the song stream and album info, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nu Sensae at SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Vancouver noise punks Nu Sensae, who are still touring behind last year's bruising Sundowning, will be coming to NYC for this year's Northside Festival, and one of their shows has just been announced. They'll play an Impose/My Social List party on June 16 at Shea Stadium with a killer lineup of psych punks Destruction Unit, local post-hardcore band Big Ups (who have a ton of other shows) and Western Mass sludge-psych rockers Psychic Blood (who have toured with Nu Sensae before). Tickets for that show go on sale May 16 at noon. You can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.
That show is the second Northside show that Destruction Unit has announced so far. It happens one day after their tour with Merchandise and Milk Music hits 285 Kent (6/15). Tickets for that show are still available. Destruction Unit released their impressive new LP, Void, earlier this year, but as I said when I saw them at SXSW, you really have to see it live.
All Nu Sensae and Destruction Unit dates are listed, along with videos/song streams from all four bands, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Mutilation Rites at Saint Vitus, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Mutilation Rites have added a last minute show with Slaughter The Prophets, Exshitence, Nerve Gas Attak, Hell Bent and Crusty P at The Swamp (258 Johnson) TONIGHT (12/7):
Mutilation Rites playing a benefit show at 258 Johnson tomorrow night - used to be the Lake. Its now called "The Swamp." It goes to a kid named Tomasz who got hit by a drunk driver on his bike and is now in a coma.In other news, Providence noise oddballs Tinsel Teeth play a two night stay in NYC this weekend, logging shows at Death By Audio tonight (12/7) with Necking, Lushes and Psychic Blood; and 255 McKibbin Lofts on Saturday (12/8) with BIG UPS, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Advaeta and Yeah Well, Whatever.
$5-$10 DONATIONS AT THE DOOR
258 JOHNSON AVE / L TO MONTROSE
DOORS 8pm / BANDS 8:30PM
Support for Von show at Saint Vitus on Tuesday (12/11) has been announced, including Magic Is Küntmaster and Anicon, the latter of which features Owen Rundquist (Trenchgrinder) and Lev Weinstein (Krallice). Tickets are still available. Swing below for streaming Anicon tracks, it's worth a listen.
Head below for all Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks and a new Despise You video (it's a bit hard to watch and reportedly their "first and last music video").
Olympia, WA trio Naomi Punk, who recently signed to Captured Tracks and rereleased their debut, The Feeling, on the label in October digitally and on CD (it's out 11/20 on vinyl), will be playing some shows in November leading up to the vinyl release of their album. Two of those shows happen in NYC on November 16 at 285 Kent with G Green, Parquet Courts, and Psychic Blood; and November 17 at Cake Shop with Habibi, The Mallard, and Noons. All Naomi Punk dates are listed below.
For Brooklyn's Habibi and San Francisco's The Mallard, the Cake Shop show is part of a November tour they'll be on together which also hits Death by Audio on November 18. All dates on this tour are listed below.
As for Parquet Courts, they just wrapped up a bunch of NYC shows in October, and this 285 Kent show appears to be their only upcoming scheduled date at the moment. If you're headed to that show, it's worth getting there early to catch their set.
Lists of all dates, some song streams and videos are below.
Nu Sensae at Tommy's Tavern 8/21/2012
Vancouver's Nu Sensae completed a pair of NYC shows with a vicous punk showing at Tommy's Tavern last night (8/21), joining tourmates Psychic Blood with Acid Problem and Now People (with Mikey Erg). The show, which erupted into a moshpit during Nu Sensae's set, was part of a round of dates in promotion of the band's new Sundowning LP, out now via Suicide Squeeze.
More pics from Tommy's Tavern are below.
If Nu Sensae is the offspring of bands like Hole or L7, then consider them to be the mohawked and neglected step-child. The Canadian crew's Sundowning is punk rock through and through, as exhibited by the new song "Spit Gifting," the stream of which we're premiering below, where you can also stream the previously-released "Swim."
Look for Sundowning via Suicide Squeeze Records on August 7th. Preorders are currently available, or... you can try and win one! We have one preorder package with LP, shirt and more for giveaway! Details are at the bottom of this post.
Nu Sensae's tour schedule has expanded since we last talked, including two shows Death By Audio on 8/20 and Tommy's Tavern on 8/21, both with Psychic Blood. Check out all streams, videos, contest details and updated tour dates below.
DOWNLOAD: Nu Sensae - "Swim" (MP3)
Vancouver three-piece Nü Sensae has cultivated a style of punk that gives a tip of the hat to L7, pre-makeover Hole, and hardcore all in one angst-ridden, furious pass. The band is preparing its new LP Sundowning for release on August 7th via Suicide Squeeze Records, and have shared the first track "Swim" in both video and MP3 form. Check out the MP3 above and the video below.
Nu Sensae will tour in the days leading up to and after the release of Sundowning, swinging through NYC for a stop at Death by Audio on August 20th. The show will also feature Psychic Blood, one of a string of shows the two bands will play together.
All tour dates are listed below, along with the "Swim" video and a few other Nu Sensae clips.