Entries tagged with: Radical Dads
current lineup of Palomar
We recently attended the PS 154 benefit at the Bell House where two singing members of The Wrens were gloriously back on stage together again after a rocking set by Palomar. A true family affair, Rachel Warren from Palomar and Charles Bissell from the Wrens are married, and the show was a benefit for their kids' Windsor Terrace school. Palomar drummer Dale Miller's band White Collar Crime (not to be confused with the new hardcore band with the same name) opened the show, but Dale actually only played one song with Palomar who otherwise played with a "semi-original lineup" that included drummer Matt Houser in addition to Brockett, Christina and Rachel. They sounded great, like I'm sure they will again with any lineup at Cake Shop on 9/20 with the Oranges Band and So Cow (Cake Shop booker Andy proclaims, "The Oranges Band was one of our fave bands a decade ago.. plus we LOVE Palomar & So Cow! Cannot wait for this one.")
So Cow (the band)
It's been four years since Ireland's So Cow released a new album. Main man Brian Kelly has turned So Cow from a quasi solo project to a proper band and released a split single last year with Image Makers and you can stream that below. There is also a new album, The Long Con, that is supposed to be out on Goner at some point, hopefully before their appearance at this year's Gonerfest in Memphis. That 9/20 Cake Shop show with Palomar is part of a tour around Gonerfest and also includes another NYC show on 9/19 at Death By Audio with Shark?. The latter is part of a short Shark? and So Cow tour. All So Cow dates haven't been officially announced yet, but the ones we know about are listed below.
Meanwhile you can catch Shark?, who were great opening for the Orwells at Shea, tonight (7/20) at Death By Audio with Sleeping Bag and Rozwell Kid, on 7/27 at Muchmores with Radical Dads, and again in Brooklyn on 7/18 at Gigawatts Fest with Frankie Cosmos, Fiasco and many more.
Dates are listed with some songs below...
Godflesh @ MDF2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Trust @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Godflesh, Cut Hands, Pharmakon @ Irving Plaza
Godflesh's classic 1989 album Streetcleaner also serves as a description of the UK band's sound: heavy, slow and able to strip any scum off the pavement. After postponements, they'll be in the (god)flesh in NYC tonight. Tickets are still available. If you're at the show, look for the guys from Invisible Oranges who will be in the hallway recording segments for Tuesday's East Village Radio show (listen to to the show Tuesday at 10pm to hear those segments).
Trust, Mozart's Sister @ (le) poisson rouge
Trust is the nom-de-synth of Toronto artist Robert Alfons who makes puts a gothy spin on house pop, courtesy his rather sinister vocal style. See them in the darkest room possible. His new album, Joyland, just came out on Arts & Crafts. Opening tonight is Mozart's sister, the solo project of Think About Life / Shapes & Sizes' singer Caila Thompson- Hannant. Worth getting their early for.
The Love Language, Porches, Kill Devil Hills @ Baby's All Right
North Carolina indie rockers The Love Language are continuing to tour this year in support of 2013's Ruby Red . Also on the bill are one of Brooklyn's most promising new bands, Porches.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony @ Barclays Center
Tonight, Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Among other things, we'll get a Nirvana performance (possibly fronted by Joan Jett), and maybe get to witness some Courtney Love/Dave Grohl awkwardness on stage.
Radical Dads, No Other, Jupiter Boyz, Quiet Down @ Death By Audio
Sad that Wild Flag called it quits? Radical Dads follow a similar path and are one of Brooklyn's more underrated bands and are always fun live. Also on the bill are Philadelphia trio No Other whose latest EP has the wonderful title, I Believe in Werner Herzog.
Tomutonttu, Jooklo Duo (with Bill Nace) @ Issue Project Room
Tonight, Finnish sound artist Tomutonttu plays his first US show since 2010, and opening is a collaborative set between Italian free jazz duo Jooklo Duo and Body/Head's Bill Nace.
La Dispute, Pianos Become The Teeth, Mansions @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's an excellent double bill of post-hardcore from La Dispute, whose new record Rooms of the House has them three for three in terms of consistently great and different-sounding records, and the screamo atmospherics of Pianos Become the Teeth. Mansions lean more towards grungy power pop, but should make for a solid opening set.
Conor Oberst, James Vincent McMorrow @ The Greene Space
It's the second of the two-night Gigstock, which mixes"showcase-length sets with conversation." Like last night, tonight's a good double bill with Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst and Bon Iver/James Blake enthusiast James Vincent McMorrow.
Low Fat Getting High, Bennio Qwerty, Big Neck Police, Fins @ The Living Gallery
Local punks Low Fat Getting High just announced a new EP, Poor Circulation, which we'll hopefully get to hear some of tonight. You can get a taste of it from its new single, "Police Cop," below. Great bill all around tonight too.
Jowe Head & the Celestial Choir, pHoaming Edison, Lame Drivers @ Union Pool
As a member of Swell Maps and Television Personalities, Jowe Head earned his spot in the post-punk/indie hall of fame. He's got a new album, but he plays tracks from his old bands too. His backing band, Celestial Choir, features Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson and members of Mad Scene and Fly Ashtray.
Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
A regular in NYC's drag scene for years, and once a member of the duo Kiki and Herb (with Kenny Mellman, who is now in The Julie Ruin), Justin Vivian Bond performs his new show, The Drift tonight. The show "creates a new, free associative, collage of spoken word and song inspired by the story of Karen Stone, a retired actress who drifts from one space to another -- either in her mind, in couture or in bed."
Feist (solo), Kevin Drew @ Tarrytown Music Hall
It's been about three years since Feist released a new album. Hopefully she'll fill us in on what's going on (and play some new songs) tonight. Her old Broken Social Scene pal Kevin Drew opens.
Flight Facilities, JDH & Dave P @ Highline Ballroom
Australian duo Flight Facilities probably know how to make excellent nachos -- they don't know the meaning of "too much cheese." Embrace the fromage and dance tonight.
Chick Corea @ Town Hall
Jazz legend, Grammy winner and pianist extraordinaire, Chick Corea will be doing what he does best tonight. It's a solo show, just him and his instrument.
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Katie of Bad Banana w/ Waxatchee at P4K 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
SPECIAL GUEST HEADLINERS "Traitor Bitches," Bad Banana, Radiator Hospital, Places to Hide, Pity Sex, Friendless Bummer @ Baby's All Right
It's the return of Indie Pop Prom with a stacked lineup a reunion set from Bad Banana (an old prokect of Katie Crutchfield of Waxatchee and her twin sister Allison of Swearin'), the heart-on-your-sleeve indie rock of Radiator Hospital, Atlanta's '90s-loving Places to Hide, emo shoegazers Pity Sex, Syracuse punks Friendless Bummer, and SPECIAL GUEST headliners. Maybe it's that other Syracuse punk band Perfect Pussy, who Friendless Bummer play NYC with in April??
Four Tet, Martyn, Anthony Naples (DJ set) @ Terminal 5
Four Tet's one of the most consistently great electronic musicians around right now, and though he's usually in smaller venues, tonight he makes the move up to Terminal 5. Hopefully that giant room will be moving. Before him, Dutch dubstep producer/Brainfeeder affiliate Martyn plays a set, and Anthony Naples is DJing.
Russian Circles, KEN mode, Inter Arma @ Saint Vitus
This is one hell of a triple bill for metal (with some non-metal crossover), including the heavy post-rockers Russian Circles, ferocious post-hardcore rippers KEN mode, and the psychedelic black metallers Inter Arma. It's their second NYC show this week, sold out.
Earl Sweatshirt, Ratking @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
If you're like, totally over Odd Future, there's a chance that Earl Sweatshirt is the one rapper in the crew you still have some faith in. If that's the case, lucky for you he comes to NYC for two shows this week. This is the second, sold out.
Beacon, Glass Gang, Lia Mice @ Glasslands
The electronic pop of Brooklyn's Beacon has become a regular on the local live show circuit, and tonight's another chance to witness it.
Jessica Pratt @ Other Music
Jessica Pratt debut album captured the spirit of '60s psychedelic folk musically and aesthetically, and her recent single continues trend just as well. She just played Brooklyn Night Bazaar last night, and she hangs around NYC for this free in-store tonight at 9 PM.
Courtney Barnett, Kins @ Knitting Factory
One of CMJ's breakouts last year, Australian charmer Courtney Barnett has now signed with Mom + Pop who will release her The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas in the US. Her two NYC shows -- this is the second -- are both sold out. Opening are fellow Aussies, Kins.
LODRO @ Baby's All Right NYE 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Suuns, LODRO, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
Montreal band Suuns manage to sound sinister without resorting to eyeliner or black nail polish, and their live show is intense. Good openers tonight, too, in LODRO and Bueno.
Spank Rock, Juiceboxx, Lil Internet @ Cameo
You may associate electro rapper Spank Rock with the mid-'00s halcyon days of Williamsburg, but he can still crank the party knob to 11.
Savoir Adore, Tropic Of Pisces, Syvia @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's headlined by Brooklyn widescreen pop band Savoir Adore.
Overlord, Radical Dads, Calotype @ Pianos
Though their name might lead you to think they're a metal band, Overlord are in fact sparkingly pop. Catch them tonight with superior indie rock trio Radical Dads.
The Big Sleep, Nightmare Air, KNTRLR, Sun Club @ Death by Audio
Veterans of the Brooklyn indie rock scene (11 years strong) The Big Sleep Remain a force, especially live. Also on tonight's bill: LA band Nightmare Air.
Cheap Time, Pampers, Nancy @ Union Pool
Cheap Time's latest album, Exit Smiles, is sneering, snarling punk not too far off early-'80s-era The Fall. This is the first of two NYC shows for these Nashvillites and this one is with Brooklyn's premiere "thug pop" band, Pampers.
Ellen Allien, Butane, Alejandro Sab @ Output
Germany's Ellen Allien continues to break boundaries for electronic music, but isn't just a studio experimenter. She's right at home in the clubs too.
Kanye West @ Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City)
Kanye's Yeezus tour has been quite the spectacle, and it should impress even the biggest of the "hip hop sucks live" naysayers. He brought it to NYC for four shows in November, but if you missed it then or just need to see it again, he's in the surrounding area for a few dates this month, including tonight's Atlantic City show.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Speedy Ortiz @ Baby's All Right - 12/30/13 (via Jason Burger)
Exploding In Sound Records celebrated the new year in NYC with a huge show at Baby's All Right on 12/30 that included Big Ups, Porches, Roomrunner, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Ovlov, Krill, Dead Wives, Baked, Bad History Month, Woozy, Gnarwhal, Pile (acoustic), and special guests billed as "Average Cock," who you may have guessed was actually Speedy Ortiz. That's Speedy pictured above, and there's a high quality video of Big Ups from the show below. EIS celebrated NYE proper with a smaller show in Boston.
As discussed, Grass Is Green and Speedy Ortiz are touring together, and though that tour doesn't hit NYC, Speedy will open for Los Campesinos! at Irving Plaza on 1/22 (tickets), and since we last spoke, Grass Is Green added a NYC show happening on January 31 at Silent Barn for the 10th annual Berfest with Baked, Radical Dads, Frankie Cosmos and Poverty Hollow. They also posted another track from their upcoming Vacation Vinny LP not along ago, "Sammy So-Sick." You can stream that, along with the updated list of their tour dates, below.
Big Ups also have another show happening on February 1 at Death by Audio with Eula, Kal Marks and Malatese.
UPDATE: Big Ups also play a release party for their upcoming Eighteen Hours of Static LP at Shea Stadium on January 9 with Flagland, Mannequin Pussy and Washer; and the NYC Arts Collective Late Bloomers Kick Off Multi-Media Series at Baby's All Right on January 25 with Beach Party, Tei Shi, Charlie Wavers Quartet and DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone, Lee Bannon and The Range. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now and proceeds benefit the Ali Forney Center.
Porches next play Silent Barn on January 10 with My Dad, Gunk and Flagland.
And the next day at Silent Barn (1/11), the venue hosts the Gravesend Recordings Compilation Vol. 1 release party which features Krill, Palehound, Bueno, Jazz Massagers and Hannah Ch'oe, plus "possible special guests."
In more related news, Palehound and Frankie Cosmos team up again for a Brooklyn show at Trash Bar on January 17 with Eskimeaux and Florist.
Lastly, Ovlov's next NYC gig is opening for Self Defense Family and Pity Sex at Santos on 1/19 with Heroes of Modern Earth and Deep Pockets. Tickets for that show are still available. They also play Silent Barn on 2/6.
All lists of dates, along with that Grass Is Green song and Big Ups video, below...
Radical Dads @ Sound Bites Series 2013 (more by Jeff Cate)
Radical Dads second album, Rapid Realty, came out back in May and the Brooklyn trio are already back in the studio working on its follow-up which should be out sometime in the first half of 2014. In the meantime, the Dads have released a new 7" out via EAU Records in which only 300 were pressed, each with unique silkscreened cover art created by label owner Sam Martineau. Order yours here and the digital version is available too via Uninhabitable Mansions. We've got the premiere of it's b-side, "Slammer," which you can listen to below. The a-side is streamable below too.
Radical Dads have a few shows coming, including the previously mentioned Kidrockers show at Brooklyn Bowl on December 15 with Small Black (tickets). They've got a couple grown-up shows as well in NYC, too: Sunday (11/10) at Death by Audio with Butter the Children, Sat. Nite Duets, and Harbor Lights; and then the previously discussed show at Shea Stadium on November 23 with Porches, Sirs, Shark?, and Carmen.
All dates are listed, along with single streams, below...
ARS with a "French KISS" in Vancouver (via @AuRevoirSimone)
Tomorrow (11/2) is the first Saturday in November which means it's the monthly First Saturdays event at Brooklyn Museum with free admission and live music. Au Revoir Simone, who released Move In Spectrums in September just played a couple CMJ shows, will play (5 PM) along with Tamar Kali and Watermelon. Again it's free and open to the public.
Au Revoir Simone's next NYC show will be part of the family-friendly Kidrockers afternoon concert series, which returns to Brooklyn Bowl on November 17. Ski Lodge play as well, with hosts Seth Herzog and Roger Hailes, and tickets for that show are on sale now.
The next Kidrockers show after that is December 15 at Brooklyn Bowl with Small Black and Radical Dads (Herzog and Craig Baldo host) and tickets for that show are on sale now as well.
Sondre Lerche @ MHOW, 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The CMJ Music Marathon starts today and runs through Saturday (10/19) and NYC, which has no shortage of worthy shows on any given night, and explodes into an overload of options. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights here and more CMJ (and non-CMJ) options further down.
Geoffrey O'Connor, City Riots, Ball Park Music, Cub Sports, Gossling @ Cake Shop (DAY SHOW, FREE)
It's an entire afternoon of Australian artists, highlighted by Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor.
Ghost Wave, Streets of Laredo, Electric Wire Hustle, Black City Lights, Tiny Ruins @ Le Poisson Rouge (FREE)
Tonight's the now-annual New Zealand showcase at LPR, with a disparate group of performers. We like the folk-y Tiny Ruins and the more VU-ish (if badly-named) Ghost Wave. This show is free and always a good way to start your CMJ.
Mark Lanegan, Sean Wheeler, Zander Schloss @ Gramercy Theatre
Mark Lanegan spent the mid-'80s up to the turn of the millennium fronting pioneering grunge band Screaming Trees, and has since done notable collaborations with Queens of the Stone Age, Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs), Isobel Campbell (Belle and Sebastian), and more. He's also a solo artist, and his newest record is a covers album that features his interpretations of John Cale, Nick Cave, Chelsea Wolfe, and many others.
Joanna Gruesome, The History of Apple Pie, Free Time, Celestial Shore, Body Parts, Weaves, Geoffrey O'Connor @ Ran Tea House
This will be the first CMJ shows for UK bands Joanna Gruesome (indiepop with fangs) and The History of Apple Pie (twee shoegaze) and the whole evening is pretty good. Moved from Baby's All Right (which won't open till Friday).
Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck @ Beacon Theater
The band who currently tours as The Beach Boys may not include their main songwriter Brian Wilson as a member, but Brian's on the road with fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks, plus guitar maestro Jeff Beck, playing a ton of favorites from The Beach Boys' career. Tonight's show is also special, because it's one of the few dates on the tour that also includes Blondie Chaplan, lead singer of Beach Boys tune "Sail On Sailor."
Hunters, Kirin J Callinan, PUP, Ovlov, Greys, Big Ups @ Cameo Gallery
In terms of younger, upcoming bands, this is one of the more stacked early-CMJ shows. Both NYC's Hunters and Australia's Kirin J Callinan have live shows that you won't forget, plus two killer punk bands are in from Toronto -- PUP and Greys -- and there's the Dinosaur Jr/Sonic Youth-y rockers Ovlov and Brooklyn punky post-hardcore kids Big Ups.
Glasser, Kelela, Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, Lil' Jabba @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Glasser took three years to follow up her debut LP, but that sophomore record is finally out now, and she's celebrating with some appearances at CMJ. Openers here are great too, including promising R&B singer Kelela, art pop musician Empress Of, one-man looping machine Kirin J Callinan, and DJ Rashad associate Lil Jabba.
Placebo, Jesca Hoop @ Terminal 5
Glammy, gothy, androgenous, and more than a little melodramatic, Placebo know how to work all that to their advantage.
Milagres, Ghost Wave, Beach Day, The Box Tiger, CONJJJECTURE, Traumahelikopter, Owel @ Pianos
Lots of good bands on this Pianos bill, but one in particular worth highlighting is Owel, who make the kind of pretty, somewhat-technical emo that some people call "twinklecore," mixed with pretty epic alt-rock. They're on at 1 PM.
Tropic of Pisces, Ace Reporter, Courtney Barnett, Saint Rich, Spires, Total Slacker, COIN, Echo Friendly, Dream Shake @ Pianos
Also lots of good people on this Pianos bill, and the one we really think you shouldn't miss is Australia's Courtney Barnett, who mixes '60s-style psychedelic rock with witty songwriting. And actually if you're into that kind of psychedelia, don't miss Brooklyn's Spires either.
Sondre Lerche, TEEN, Wet, Saint Rich @ Bowery Ballroom
The Talkhouse, the website started by noted journalist Michael Azerrad which features musicians reviewing other musicians' CDs, is presenting tonight's solid showcase headlined by Norway's charming Sondre Lerche.
Cults, Lucius, Conway, Yup Deceiver (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Cults' new album, Static, is out today and this is a record release show of sorts, which is free with RSVP (or your CMJ badge).
Nine Inch Nails, Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Prudential Center
Trent Reznor and crew released their first NiN record in five years and their tour with equally intense openers Godspeed are in the NY area for two shows, this being the second.
Hippy, Caged Animals, Norwegian Arms, Radical Dads, Spirit Plate @ Muchmore's
If you're coming to CMJ from out of town and want to catch some of Brooklyn's local indie rock talent, this unofficial showscase with Hippy, Radical Dads and Caged Animals is a very good option.
Main Attrakionz, Davinci C, Hefna Gwap, Good Kids @ Santos Party House (FREE)
There's not too much rap at CMJ, and this show isn't actually an official CMJ show anyway, but it's a good warm up for the week, and totally free.
Low Fat Getting High, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Flagland, Hive Bent, A Guide to Rational Living @ Shea Stadium
These local punk bands team up together a lot, but if you're into intense, rowdy DIY shows, it's one hell of a team.
Pharmakon, Believer/Law, Cold Ones @ The Acheron
Danish punks Iceage have hit NYC a few times this year, and this two-night stand at Acheron will be their last one before the year ends. Even when they play a bigger place like Bowery Ballroom, Iceage act like they're in a tiny punk joint, so they should feel right at home here. If you're going, don't miss
industrial noise artist Pharmakon and Cult of Youth-related EBM band Believer/Law. UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Pharmakon dropped off the show.
Lovelife, Alec Benjamin, Kirin J Callinan @ The Standard
Aussie artist Kirin J. Callinan, intense and gothy, highlights this free show at The Standard, one of many shows he's playing this week. You do need to RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
The Story Pirates, Valley Lodge, Marcellus Hall, Tragedy @ Union Pool
This month's edition of variety show The Moon features The Story Pirates, who create an entire sketch comedy based on ideas from children; and Dave Hill's band Valley Lodge; and the tri-state area's finest metal Bee Gees tribute act, Tragedy.
More notable Tuesday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Upstate, NY punks Sirs released their self titled debut LP last year via Topshelf, which channeled the raw, fidgety post-hardcore of bands like Braid and Bear vs. Shark with the high-speed punk of something more along the lines of The Marked Men. Now they're set to follow that album with a new EP, also called Sirs, on November 19 via Double Double Whammy (the label run by Dave of Spook Houses and Mike of Sirs, who are both also in LVL UP, and who put out the cassette release of the new Porches album). The only physical release for the EP is a cassette release (limited to 100 copies), which you can preorder at the DDW webstore.
For the new EP, the band are leaning more towards the punk side of their sound, and its first single, "Impostor," is a borderline Wavves-style anthem that sounds like it's meant to shouted along to in garages and basements, but catchy enough for bigger rooms. That track makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it, along with the EP artwork, below.
Sirs are planning to celebrate the new EP with some shows around its release, including one in Brooklyn on November 23 at Shea Stadium with a great lineup of Radical Dads, Shark? (whose -- speaking of Wavves -- super-catchy single California Girls you may have heard on the Wavves station of Grand Theft Auto V), and Porches. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of LVL UP, Porches, and Shea Stadium, as discussed, there's show at Shea tonight (10/10) with LVL UP, Kal Marks, Palehound, and the Porches-related Frankie Cosmos.
All Sirs dates are listed, along with the song stream and artwork, below...
Radical Dads at South Street Seaport in August (more by Jeff Cate)
As usual, Williamsburg all ages DIY spot 285 Kent has a ton of good shows coming up, including some especially great ones this week that we haven't had a chance to mention yet.
Sludge rockers California X come over from Amherst, MA on Friday (10/4) to headline a show that also includes Long Island indie rock traditionalists Turnip King, Body Parts, and Total Slacker DJs. Tickets are on sale.
Finally, as discussed, another group of Massachusetts rockers Potty Mouth celebrate the release of their debut LP, Hell Bent, at the venue on Saturday (10/5) with Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy. Since we last spoke, that lineup has been expanded to include Brooklyn's bluesy LODRO and Cincinnati garage pop trio Tweens. It's one of two NYC shows that Perfect Pussy and Tweens play together this week. Tickets are still available.
Some streams from those artists below...
photos by Jeff Cate, words by Bill Pearis
Radical Dads at South Street Seaport, 8/18/2013
If you don't want it to rain at your next outdoor show, take the time and effort to put up a tent onstage to keep the band dry. The weather forecast on Sunday afternoon (8/18) was muggy and little drops of rain kept threatening to dampen the proceedings for the third week of the 2013 Sound Bites series at South Street Seaport which featured Brooklyn indie rockers Radical Dads. But things stayed mostly dry for another great set (if I do say so, as series booker) as folks watched and tots tumbled on the astroturf lawn on Fulton Street. It was a fun day. Pictures from their set are in this post.
The Sound Bites Series wraps up this Sunday (8/25) with Boston's Bent Shapes. I start DJing around 3 PM and the band will be on at 4 PM sharp. Do come out.
More pictures from Radical Dads' Sound Bites appearance, below...
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...
by Bill Pearis
In addition to the Seaport Music Festival and 4Knots which both happen this summer on Pier 17, I'm happy to report that the Sound Bites Series (which I curate, shameless plug) will return for its fourth year at the Seaport's
Fulton Stall Market every Sunday afternoon in August. UPDATE: Fulton Stall Market is going on break in August, so shows will now happen at the Front/Row Stage on the corner of Fulton and Front (right by Smorgasbar).
UPDATE #2: Leapling have dropped out, unfortunately, but happily we got Boston's Bent Shapes to take their slot on 8/25. They also play the night before at Cake Shop.
This year's line-up is:
August 4: Grand ResortThere will be a DJ (probably me) at 3PM with the bands playing at 4PM and it's all free.
August 11: Literature
August 18: Radical Dads
August 25: Bent Shapes
Some of these bands are playing before that. You can catch Philadelphia's Literature tonight at Cake Shop with Georgia indie bands Gold-Bears and Small Reactions, as well as locals The Hairs. That's an extremely solid bill of energetic indie pop.
Grand Resort's next NYC show will be at Glasslands on July 18 with headliners The Beets, plus Wild Yaks and Army Men. Tickets are on sale.
Radical Dads are currently touring Japan but will play The Rock Shop on July 20 with Bear Ceuse, The Can't Tells and Amy Klein.
Streams of all four bands playing the 2013 Sound Bites series this year are below.
Paul McCartney @ Austin's Erwin Center last month (more by Tim Griffin)
Japandroids @ MHOW, June 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Check out our new NYC shows calendar.
Governors Ball continues today on Randall's Island with sets from Japandroids, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Fucked Up, Animal Collective, and more. One of the biggest conflicts of the night is Guns N' Roses vs Nas, who both play at 9:30, but depending on how late GNR end up being, maybe you can catch both. The weather is also looking a lot better today, but bring rubber boots for that giant mud swamp that will not be drying up anytime soon.
The other big show tonight is Paul McCartney, who will be making his Barclays Center debut tonight (his first of two shows), in the middle of a very solid month of music at The House That Jay-Z Built. (The National and Youth Lagoon played on Wednesday and The Postal Service will play two nights at the venue later this month). Unlike The National, Paul McCartney is not expected to play any intimate or secret shows while in town, but we would love to hear a six-hour version of any of his Beatles songs (okay, maybe "Band On The Run" wouldn't be so bad either).
The weather, apart from a chance of storms early in the afternoon, but if you're looking for Summer Thunder of a more pleasing kind, that's also the name of the free afternoon parties Union Pool will be throwing every Saturday during June, July and August. Today its being presented by BrooklynVegan (hey that's us!) and features Heavy Blanket, the instrumental "psychedelic blues jam" band featuring Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis. Also playing are long-running indie rockers Love as Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM with Love as Laughter on at 3:30 PM and Heavy Blanket at 5 PM.
If you're in Williamsburg for Summer Thunder, do stop by the annual Crest Hardware Art Show that kicks off today with Crest Fest '13 that has bands playing too. It's just a couple blocks from Union Pool and is free, all-ages and open to the public. 1 PM - 8 PM.
Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Brisk Bodega, an all day hip-hop showcase last seen at SXSW, will be making its NYC debut today with an all-day event in Williamsburg at 50 N. 3rd St. (at Wythe) starting at 2pm, with a slightly more electronic twist than its previous variations, featuring Just Blaze, Brenmar, DJ Slink, Roofeeo, HD of The Good Kids and more.
Crocodiles at 4Knots 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Later tonight at Union Pool it's Crocodiles who you might have seen last night opening for Japandroids at the Governors Ball afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band's new album, Crimes of Passion, is out in August and is their poppiest and most musically diverse yet. And maybe their best. Opening is drag review Chez Deep which will probably confuse a few people. Tickets are still available.
Haim, who recently won BBC's "Sound of 2013," are be in town for Governor's Ball this weekend. If you want to check them out but don't feel like walking through the mud or paying $100, they will be playing a Governor's Ball afterparty at the dry and indoors Brooklyn Bowl tonight for only $15, with Swedish electropop collective Kate Boy. Advance tickets are sold out but there's "limited admission at the door" so get there early if you wanna go. The show is also one-tenth the price of Guns N' Roses' show at the same venue Thursday, but features the same chance of a Slash guest appearance.
If you ware looking to stay away from the arena show/major festival scene today, there are also some great smaller shows, most notably Radical Dads (who played Grand Victory last night and are about to go on a Japanese Tour) and poppier buddies The Hairs and Hippy over at Cake Shop tonight.
Or you could check out electro duo ADULT. who are back with their first new album in six years, and they'll be taking their tour in support of it to NYC for a show at 285 Kent tonight (tickets). Support is pretty great too, coming from Black Marble, You, and Eraas, the latter two of who will soon open for Martin Rev of Suicide.
Avant-garde saxist/artist director of Manhattan venue The Stone John Zorn is playing one of his many upcoming Le Poisson Rouge shows tonight. For tonight's show he'll be performing as a trio with Bill Laswell and Milford Graves.
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by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio Dead Stars have a thick, crunchy sound that looks back to the Clinton years, skating along the grungy indie rock line. Their new EP, High Gain, just came out on Inhabitable Mansions and you can stream the whole thing below. We've also got the premiere of the band's video for "Fractured" and you can watch that below too.
The band have a couple local shows coming up. They play a record release party on Friday (6/7) at Grand Victory with sonically likeminded Radical Dads and Heaven. They'll also play Big Snow Buffalo Lodge on June 29 with Crazy Pills, Suicide Dolls, and Haybaby.
All dates are listed, along with video and EP streams, 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
Gun Outfit in Chicago last month (more by Sara Pieper)
As mentioned, Olympia's Gun Outfit are on a tour this year and it hits NYC for two shows this week. The first show is TONIGHT (5/2) at Cake Shop with Piano Movers, and the second show is Friday (5/3) at Union Pool with Pampers, Big Ups, and Ornament (flyer below). Their new album, Hard Coming Down is a nice dose of psychedelic slowcore recorded with a punk/DIY approach. It kinda sounds like Hole when the girl sings and like latter-day Thurston Moore when the guy sings. If you haven't heard it yet, streams of two songs and a spotify widget of the album are below. Updated tour dates are listed below too.
NYC punks Big Ups, who open Gun Outfit's Union Pool show, have other local shows this month too. They play Silent Barn on May 9 with Gravies and the Main Dish Sauce, Very Rare and Bluffing; and Big Snow on May 22 with another solid local punk band, Low Fat Getting High, Brooklyn indie rockers Radical Dads (for whom the show is a release party for their new album, Rapid Reality), and Miniboone. Big Ups also play during Northside. Stream their sludgy, sarcastic, post-hardcore half of their split 7" with Flagland at the bottom of this post.
UPDATE: Big Ups also play May 30 at FUZZ and July 18 at Shea Stadium with Low Fat Getting High (EP release), Flagland, and Vulture Shit.
All dates are listed, along with all song streams and the Union Pool show flyer, below...
by Bill Pearis
still from "Rapid Reality" video
As mentioned, Brooklyn indie rock trio Radical Dads' second album, Rapid Reality, is out May 21 on Uninhabitable Mansions. The band have made a video for the album's title track which makes its premiere in this post. The clip, directed by Katie Armstrong, features impressionistic watercolor-style animation and is, well, pretty rad. Watch it below.
Radical Dads have a few local shows coming up, including tonight (4/10) at Death by Audio with Little Gold, Todd Killings, and Heaven's Jail Band; and April 19 at Pianos with Kleenex Girl Wonder, Overlord, and Ma'am (tickets). The band also have a few dates with Total Babes in May and all are listed below.
Radical Dads, who made one of my favorite albums of 2011, will release their second album, Rapid Reality, on May 21. Cover art, which you can see above, is by Brooklyn artist Dana Schutz. The album is a second helping of ultra-catchy, wide-eyed indie rock and you can stream its ripper of a lead track, "Mountain Town," below or download it from their Bandcamp.
Radical Dads have a few tour dates coming up, including a couple here in NYC: Cake Shop on March 30 with Takka Takka, Plates of Cake and Pre War; and April 10 at Death by Audio with Little Gold, Todd Killings and Heaven's Jail Band. All upcoming dates are listed below.
Brooklyn indie rock trio Radical Dads are busy working on their sophomore album, but in the meantime they've contributed a track to a four-way split 7" single titled Torrential Zen which pits them and another Brooklyn band, Dinosaur Feathers, against two band from Milwaukee: The Fatty Acids, and Sat. Nite Duets, You can stream RD's contribution, "Holidays Underwater," below.
The single is out Friday (11/9) and you can buy one from the band directly that night when they open for Forgetters at Death by Audio. Radical Dads and Dinosaur Feathers will both play an official Torrential Zen release party happening November 16 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Laser Background and Dead Stars. The only other show on RD's horizon is January 18 at Glasslands with Georgia garage rockers Gringo Star and Backwords. Advance tickets for that one are available.
Speaking of Forgetters (the project of Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil's Blake Schwarzenbach and Against Me!'s Kevin Mahon), they recently announced their new bassist, following the departure of former bassist, Caroline Paquita. The duo will now be joined by Michelle Proffit, frontwoman of Hiretsukan. You can also catch Forgetters opening for Bouncing Souls at one of their holiday shows at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park (12/29).
Radical Dads track stream is below.
Brooklyn's Forgetters (the current project of Blake Schwarzenbach, who previously fronted Jawbreaker and Jets to Brazil, and Kevin Mahon, formerly of Against Me!) are set to release their new self titled album on November 13 via their own Too Small To Fail label. The album was produced by J. Robbins (of Jawbox, Government Issue, Office of Future Plans, etc), who also worked on all three Jets to Brazil albums and Jawbreaker's Dear You. You can stream some clips and pre-order the album HERE. The cover art and tracklist is below.
They haven't announced a full tour in support of the album yet, but they'll play a local show just before its release at Death by Audio on November 9 with Radical Dads (ex-Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Tiny Tusks, and The Weird Fantasy Band. No advance tickets for this show.
The cover art for the new album and a video of Forgetters at Death by Audio in 2010 are below.
Eternal Summers at Knitting Factory in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roanoke, VA indie pop band Eternal Summers will be heading out later this year as a support act on Nada Surf's tour which comes to NYC on December 14 for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Nada Surf also plays Bowery Ballroom again the next night (12/15) but no opener has been announced for that show. Tickets for both of Nada Surf's Bowery Ballroom shows are on sale now.
Eternal Summers will be in NYC much sooner though, seeing as they're scheduled to play at least three CMJ week shows. First they'll play the Kanine Records/Wild Honey Pie/Etnies/Brooklyn Brewery/BreakThru Radio day party at Cameo Gallery on October 19 with Valleys, Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri, Moon King, Roommates, and DJ sets from Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift), Thomas Fekete (of Surfer Blood), Allen Blickle (of Baroness), and Xray Eyeballs. The party is free and starts at noon (flier below). Then they'll play the Dirty Laundry & Get Bent party at Pianos on October 20 with Har Mar Superstar, The Sundelles, Fergus & Geronimo, Shark?, Squarehead, Radical Dads, and MØ. Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flier is below.
Eternal Summers will also play our BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) which is totally free. More info on that coming soon. Meanwhile we announced the lineup of our Friday day party at the same venue.
The band released their new album, Correct Behavior, over the summer and already have videos for its tracks, "Millions" and "You Kill." They recently finished up the video shoot for "Good As You," which you'll be seeing in the near future and are also holding a video contest for "I Love You." Entries are due October 31. You can watch those two aforementioned videos below, where you'll also find show flyers and a list of upcoming dates.
by Bill Pearis
CMJ just released the third round of artists playing this year's fest which happens in three weeks (October 16 - 20). Names include Dent May (who we already knew about) Penguin Prison, Toronto's Born Ruffians, Erika Spring, Berlin trio Fenster (who were here in March) Chad Valley, Rush Midnight and more. Full list is at the bottom of this post.
Also on the just-added list are Brooklyn's Savoir Adore who will release their new album, Our Nature, the week of CMJ (10/16 specifically). The band recorded it at the same upstate studio as their 2010 debut, In the Wooded Forest, and are self-releasing this one. If the last album was wide-screen pop, the band have gone CinemaScope with Our Nature. It's dancier, more anthemic and brimming with hooks and just plain bigger sounding. Last year's "Dreamers" single (which opens the new album) is a good indicator of what to expect, and you can watch the video for that below along with a stream of album track "Regalia."
Before CMJ, Savoir Adore will play Knitting Factory on October 9 for an Our Nature record release party with Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Those three bands are touring together immediately after and judging by their schedule, their only open day to play CMJ will be 10/16.
The list of all Savoir Adore dates, the list of third round CMJ artists, that song stream and video are below...
Hey everyone,Robbie, who also plays in Radical Dads, also just announced his departure from the band, who have a tour scheduled with Edward Sharpe.
Just writing to let you know that Saturday's show is going to be my last one with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
I am very proud of what this band has accomplished over the past eight years, and I will miss playing with such talented musicians. I wish Alec, Sean and Lee the best of luck with whatever CYHSY does in the future. I wish Robbie the best of luck with his musical and horticultural endeavors. As for me, I am currently in the process of forming a presidential exploratory committee for 2016.
I hope to see you on Saturday. Expect an epic bass solo.
Radical Dads have two shows coming up: July 14 at Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT, and July 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge in Brooklyn (with Disco Doom, Grass is Green, and Ovlov).
The free CBGB Festival show in Times Square (Stages on Broadway at 46th Street & 51st Street) happens Saturday (7/7) from Noon to 6pm with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Hold Steady, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Superchunk, Glint, Upper West, and Zulu Wave.
Electric Eel Shock at 502 in San Antonio, TX
After a show at Death By Audio earlier this month, Japan's Electric Eel Shock are returning from a trek down to SXSW with Peelander-Z. Their first trek in the US in six years is almost complete, but they have a few shows left on their itinerary with Hot Cha Cha that include a final show at Cake Shop on March 25th with The Vandelles, Hard Nips and DJ Eric Davidson (Livids, New Bomb Turks). $8 gets you in.
Hard Nips are also on board for the four-day Aputumpu Music Festival that will take place across four venues in NYC over the next four days. The party kicks off TONIGHT (3/22) with a show at Shea Stadium featuring The Suzan, Radical Dads, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Habibi, and The Toothaches and continues with shows at Public Assembly, Cameo, and a headlining appearance from Japanther at LPR. Tickets are on sale for the entire weekend.
The full festival lineup with all EES tour dates and some video of EES's metal-punk party vibes, below...
by Bill Pearis
Is it too late to say Happy New Year to all of you out there? Probably. Okay, nevermind. It is a New Year though, and the rock machine is already in full swing. If you haven't spent all your money on tickets to the chickfactor fest (I can't tell you how psyched I am to see Small Factory) there's some good options.
Top of my list this weekend is the previously mentioned Stepkids show at Knitting Factory on Saturday (1/14). Their self-titled debut made my Favorite Albums of 2011 list (#36) and don't feel it got enough attention. I wrote:
Like The Bees, The Stepkids recreate a specific era of sound -- early '70s psychedelic soul -- with such skill you might think it was some obscure Fifth Dimension album or outtakes from Psychedelic Shack. That it works beyond an exercise is mimicry shows how talented these three are.And they are crazy talented. All three members write and sing and spent time playing with the likes of Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and 50 Cent before deciding to take a stranger path in music. I do wish they'd make a 15-piece Stepkids Love Unlimited Orchestra so they could really do the complexities of the album justice in a live setting, but what they accomplish as a trio is still pretty damn impressive. (A killer light show helps in that department.) They were great when they played our day party at Public Assembly during CMJ week during which we taped them doing an acoustic cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Also down there is the Tom Sharpling-directed video for "Legend in My Own Mind" which is pretty funny.
Opening for The Stepkids are San Diego band Cuckoo Chaos who also play Friday (1/13) at Mercury Lounge with Country Mice. The band have toured with Anna Calvi and were last in town during CMJ. The band play an appealing take on afrobeat-y indie rock with nice harmonies. I do really like their song "Just Ride It" which is downloadable at the top of this post. If you like that one, check out their album Woman (listen on Spotify, buy at eMusic) and consider going to one of their shows this weekend.
Radical Dads at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, December 2011
A few spots above the Stepkids on my Albums of 2011 list (#29) is Radical Dads' debut, Mega Rama, which is nine tasty chunks of shouty/catchy indie rock wrapped up in one of my favorite sleeves of the year. They're also a total blast live, as evidenced by anyone who showed up early to the BV-presented show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar last month.
You've got your first chance to catch Radical Dads in 2012, as previously mentioned, Friday night (1/13) where they play Cameo Gallery. The whole evening's card is pretty stacked with local talent. Also playing are mellow folk pop band Backwords (stream their new album below), the sloppy pop of Moonmen on the Moon, Man and the electro-tinged stylings of Yanqui.
King Krule, last night at Mercury Lounge
I would mention the King Krule shows happening this weekend but as they're all sold out, you're either going or you're not. I thought he was good when I saw him at Glasslands during CMJ. He looks even younger in person, but that voice seems to be from someone 30 years older. Anyway, a few more weekend picks are below, day-by-day....
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
Chain And The Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins and many more play a Jonathan Toubin benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
Next door at Public Assembly, the Juan Maclean and Com Truise are playing a party celebrating new MTV show I Just Want My Pants Back. Tickets were free with RSVP but list is at capacity.