Entries tagged with: Red Bull Sound Select
photos by Ryan Muir
Thundercat at RBSS in Philly
Bass wizard Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, just made a video for his songs "Evangelion" and "We'll Die," both of which appear on his 2013 LP, Apocalypse. The video was directed by B+, who designed the artwork for Apocalypse, and it can be watched (via Myspace) below.
As discussed, Thundercat plays the next Red Bull Sound Select NYC show which happens on February 19 at Le Poisson Rouge, curated by Giant Step. That show is with Tondrae Kemp, and since we last spoke, ASTR was added as well. Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP and $10 without. He also plays this month's RBSS show in San Francisco. Updated dates are listed, along with the flyer for the LPR show below.
Thundercat's no stranger to Red Bull shows. He took part in last year's Red Bull Music Academy in NYC, and is now being featured in What Difference Does It Make?, RBMA's documentary on the series. As mentioned, the film premieres worldwide on February 17, and you can catch a screening in NYC at Sunshine Cinema at 8 PM with Chairman Mao and others.
Thundercat also played the Little Giant Media-curated Red Bull Sound Select show in Philly this past November with Ebony Joi, STS and Son Little. We've got a belated set of pictures from that show in this post. You can check out more of those, along with the new video, LPR flyer, and list of tour dates, below...
The next NYC installment of the Red Bull Sound Select Series happens on February 19 at Le Poisson Rouge with bass wizard Thundercat headlining, curated by Giant Step. The only opener announced at the moment is Tondrae and more are TBA. Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP and $10 without.
It appears to be Thundercat's only upcoming show besides a few festival appearances, all of which are listed, along with a video, below...
words by Doug Moore; photos by Drew Gurian, videos by unARTigNYC & Frank Huang
Pig Destroyer @ Saint Vitus -- 1/11/13
Our latest BrooklynVegan (and Invisible Oranges)-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select went down at Saint Vitus on Saturday night (1/11) with Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain, hosted by Dave Hill. Steady rain in the late afternoon and early evening didn't keep Saint Vitus from filling up almost immediately, and the bands raged just as hard as we expected. From our IO writeup:
Mother Brain's new two-man format only intensifies the lean mayhem of their live delivery. Trenchgrinder have an Asphyx-esque gift for making their one-guitar death metal sound bigger than most bands with two axes can. Dysrhythmia are the most impossibly tight live metal act in New York City, which says something given the number of shred-inclined bands based here. And Pig Destroyer were Pig Destroyer, if a bit thicker and heavier for the addition of John Jarvis on bass. People go wild for that band, and for good reason. Opening with "Hymn" from the Benümb split: awesome curveball.Photos and full-set vids of every band (Dave Hill's taint-filled intros included) are in this post. Thanks to everyone who came out; hopefully you had just as much fun as we did.
NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Earthless, Destruction Unit, Yakuza & Running show in Chicago. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in April.
More pictures, videos and another look at the El Jefe-designed poster, below (and some really big versions of the photos at the BV Facebook too)...
by Doug Moore
What are you doing on January 11, 2014? What's that? You can't plan things that far in advance? Welp, you have a plan now: Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain are playing a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Saint Vitus. The very funny Dave Hill is hosting. Entrance will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). There is a 100% chance that it will be an utter shit show.
Pig Destroyer fully deserve their reputation as modern grindcore's most vital band; this show will mark their first NYC appearance with new (and first-ever!) bassist Scott Jarvis in the lineup. Dysrhythmia, who may well put on the most thrilling live show of any New York metal band, will put in a breather set (kinda, sorta, not really) between Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston's touring duties with Gorguts, whose Colored Sands is deservedly among the most acclaimed metal albums of 2013. Fellow locals Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain will deliver dirty death metal and maniacal grind, respectively -- both bands work hard and shred harder.
This is the first IO-curated Red Bull Sound Select show, but it's the third BV-curated one overall; our previous installments included Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.
I seriously could not be more stoked about this lineup. Clear your calendars and stream music by all four bands below.
Afro-Punk is presenting a Red Bull Sound Select show with DJ Sliink, Spank Rock, Body Language, Cakes Da Killa, Pegasus Warning, MikeQ, Larry B, Unique & Mursi Layne at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 17. Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
Dusted (Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck's softer project) are playing Rockwood Music Hall on December 14 and Brooklyn Bowl on December 15 with Until the Ribbon Breaks after Holy Fuck opens for !!! at a sold out Webster Hall show (12/13). Tickets to the Rockwood show are on sale now, and the Brooklyn Bowl show is free with RSVP.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 30. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
The Stepkids are playing a free in-store at Rough Trade NYC on December 9 and a not-free show at Brooklyn Bowl on February 8. Tickets for the latter go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
Gambles is playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are playing NYC-area shows on April 11 and 12 at The Borgata in Atlantic City, April 24-26 at the Theater at Westbury (tickets), and July 17 and 18 at The Capitol Theatre (tix on sale 12/6 at noon).
We Are Scientists are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 18. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Cold Cave @ Station to Station Arizona (more by Lucas Hodge)
The Red Bull Sound Select series of NYC shows continues this month with an East Village Radio curated show at Tammany Hall on November 20. Cold Cave will headline the show which will also features sets from local-ish acts Bad Girlfriend, Young Boys (who we've profiled), and Nothing (who played one of CMJ-week parties last month). Like all RBSS shows, this one is $3, but they're now requiring RSVP (or else it's $10). Keep your eye on RBSS's site for the RSVP link to appear. Check out the flyer below.
The next Red Bull Sound Select show anywhere, is in Austin Saturday as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest and Lee Fields is headlining that one. Jesse Ware does LA on 11/19 (Small Black recently did Dallas) (Debbie wasn't available).
Cold Cave, who've been trickling out songs over the last few months, last played NYC in September when they were at Glasslands. If you haven't heard Bad Girlfriend, the garagey quartet are currently working on their debut LP with Rewards' Aaron Pfenning at the controls and you can stream a few tracks below. Nothing will be touring with Weekend in January.
The last BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show was last month at MHOW with Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, The Bouncing Souls, Aye Nako and Nude Becah. Our next one is in January. Stay tuned for more info on that.
East Village Radio is also the home of the Invisible Oranges radio show. Head to IO for this week's playlist and a link to the stream.
Bad Girlfriend streams and RBSS NYC flyer below...
Willis Earl Beal at Joe's Pub in August (more by PSquared)
Red Bull Sound Select, who hosted a CMJ show with Ratking, is presenting their next show at Knitting Factory on October 28, headlined by Willis Earl Beal, who played a couple of CMJ shows, including one at Mercury Lounge and a last-minute one at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday with Public Service Broadcasting, who played our own show hours later.
Openers on this one, curated by Brooklyn Bodega, are CharlieRED, rapper YC the Cynic (who recently released GNK, which you can stream below), and Kiah Victoria. Admission is $3 with RSVP, $10 without, and entry is first come, first served. Flyer below.
The last BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show was the one at MHOW with The Gaslight Anthem and The Bouncing Souls. Our next one is in January. Stay tuned for more info on that.
YC the Cynic LP stream and show flyer below...
photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher
Brian Fallon / Bouncing Souls
I'm not 100% sure what the average age was at The Bouncing Souls' Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Monday (9/30) -- our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select -- but it was no all ages hardcore matinee show. Yet that didn't stop the crowd, who probably had work rather than school the next morning, from going apeshit like they were in their teens for the New Brunswick punk heroes. The Souls (new drummer George Rebelo of Hot Water Music included) were in great spirits delivering tons of old favorites -- "True Believers," "Hopeless Romantic," "Manthem," etc -- which had the crowd shouting back, fists in the air, piling up on each other, and endlessly stage diving.
Before they went on, co-headliner and co-curator Brian Fallon (frontman of The Gaslight Anthem) played a "solo" set, joined by his bandmate Alex Rosamilia on guitar. The Bouncing Souls and The Gaslight Anthem have a long history together, and though the latter might be more successful, they'll tell you it never would have happened without the influence of The Bouncing Souls. So it was a pretty special night, because the two bands who have shared bills many times -- just this summer in NYC in fact -- collaborated on stage for the first time ever.
Brian and Alex began their set together, playing stripped down folkier versions of GA tunes with the whole crowd singing along like a drunken campfire night. A bunch of covers were worked in too (check out a picture of the setlist below), including The Misfits' "Astro Zombies" (for which he was joined by an enthusiastic crowd member) and Roky Erickson's "I Walked with a Zombie" (for which Brian instructed the entire crowd to sing, and which he played and talked about on the East Village Radio special we recorded with him). Eventually, all four members of The Bouncing Souls joined Brian and Alex for a few songs at the end of their set, including Gaslight Anthem's "Handwritten." And Alex returned the favor by sneaking in on guitar towards the end of The Bouncing Souls' set.
As with all RBSS shows, the openers are local bands. For this one, we teamed up with Brian to pick two Brooklyn bands that would fit the punk theme of the night. First was Aye Nako, whose amped up rhythms (thanks to a ferocious drummer) and sugary guitar melodies recall the heyday of pop punk, before the genre was taken over by jet-black bangs and neon t-shirts. After them was Nude Beach, who have an early Elvis Costello thing going on, but with a punk attitude and lo-fi ideals. Both bands acknowledged the headliners from stage, with Aye Nako singer Mars Ganito mentioning she was once in a Bouncing Souls cover band for a Halloween show.
Comedian Chris Gethard hosted the show, cracking jokes about his birthplace New Jersey, where it seemed like much of the crowd had traveled from that night to see the co-headliners from NJ play a $3 show in Brooklyn. .
NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows -- always only $3 -- happen each month and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (like the recent Mannie Fresh show in Chicago and Tobacco show in Austin).
Another review of the show can be read over at Local Bozo. More pictures and some videos from our Brooklyn show below...
Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Last month, we announced that the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series would happen on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with co-headliners The Bouncing Souls and Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, plus opener Aye Nako and one more opener TBA. We're now pleased to announce that the second opener is Brooklyn power pop trio Nude Beach, who just played Mercury Lounge last night (9/20).
Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served. Hope to see you there.
Meanwhile, The Bouncing Souls recently announced that they're releasing a split 7" with Philly punks The Menzingers (who have toured with the Souls and opened their holiday shows). The split comes out on November 5 via The Bouncing Souls' Chunksaah Records, and features both bands covering each other, plus an original song by each band. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.
The Bouncing Souls and The Menzingers join forces for Reading, PA's East Coast Tsunami Fest this Friday (9/27), where they're playing with Fucked Up, Street Dogs, Man Overboard and more (tickets), plus both bands play The Fest in Gainesville.
Some Nude Beach song streams and the Bouncing Souls/Menzingers split info below...
by Arielle Gordon
Chris Gethard w/ Jessie Ware @ Lollapalooza (more by Cory Dewald)
Comedian Chris Gethard has been working his ass off in the New York comedy scene for years, performing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre with his supergroup The Stepfathers and the theatre's famous ASSSSCAT 3000, doing stand up everywhere from Union Hall to the East Village, and of course, hosting The Chris Gethard Show every Wednesday night on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. His recent deal with IFC has propelled him further into comedy nerd stardom, and he's a friend of BrooklynVegan, having co-hosted our Lollapalooza interviews earlier this month, and we're happy to announce he'll be hosting our Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon show at MHOW on 9/30 (part of Red Bull Sound Select).
Meanwhile, all of this is culminating in a spectacular Week at the Creek. Many comics are fortunate enough to get a residency at The Creek and The Cave. However, Chris Gethard is taking this coveted spot and running with it in a way that only he can.
On Sunday (9/1), he's inviting his "enemy" Vacation Jason (Riley Soloner) to perform his "hit mixtape" Coconut Berry Lemon Tree on stage with Gethard as he does stand up. Monday's show is still a secret, but promises to be "FUCKING COOL." Tuesday, Gethard is joined by Mike Birbiglia, who will give him an "in-depth public critique" on his stand up set, with the goal of making Gethard as anxious for his stand up recording as possible. On Wednesday, Gethard is recording his set for the first time ever, then afterwards heading to The Chris Gethard Show. For true fans who go to both the recording and that night's episode of the show, Gethard promises to buy dinner between the two shows. Thursday's show is also a secret, but is apparently going to "BLEND WORLDS." Friday is going to be yet another recording of his stand up set.
Chris Gethard is one of the hardest working comedians I know, and really, he's earned this Week at the Creek. All the shows are free, so there's no excuse not to check out at least one. He will definitely make it weird.
Bouncing Souls at Highline Ballroom in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We're happy to announce that the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series happens on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it's being co-headlined by New Brunswick punk forefathers The Bouncing Souls and Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon (who co-curated the show with us). Brian and the Souls will also be collaborating together on stage (for the first time ever), in addition to playing their own sets. We got together with Brian not only to pick the co-headliners (the Bouncing Souls who were a large influence on his New Brunswick band), but also to choose the openers. Like all RBSS, the openers are local, and for this one we got Brooklyn scrappy pop punks Aye Nako, and there's one more band TBA.
Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served. Hope to see you there.
Aye Nako at BV Lollapalooza Afterparty last week (more by Cory Dewald)
The Gaslight Anthem recently played three nights in NYC. If you missed them, check out pictures of Irving and pictures of Pier 26. Brian also just announced that he'll be producing the new album by Sweden's Twopointeight, who The Gaslight Anthem have toured Europe with. The new album, Twopointeight III, is tentatively due out in 2014.
And, this month's NYC Red Bull Sound Select show happens on 8/13 with The Internet, Dyme-A-Duzin, Jade <3, and Denitia & Sene.
Some song streams and videos below...
The Red Bull Sound Select series of NYC shows continues this month with a Brooklyn Bodega-curated show on August 13 at Paper Box (17 Meadow St). The show includes sets by Odd Future production duo The Internet (who just wrapped up a tour with Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, and Vince Staples), and opening sets from three locals, including rapper Dyme-A-Duzin (who just played Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, which Brooklyn Bodega is one oft he presenters of), pop duo Denitia and Sene, and indie R&B singer Jade <3 (who's playing with Blind Benny).
Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door (8:30 start, and this one becomes $10 after 10 PM). Flyer and some streams/videos below...
photos by Vladislav Grach
The Gaslight Anthem @ Irving Plaza - 7/27/13
Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem brought their tour to NYC for three shows over the weekend, including two on Pier 26 (7/26 and 7/28), and a smaller, free, indoor, Red Bull Sound Select show at Irving Plaza (7/27) in between. During their set, before playing "Howl," the band did an a cappella sing-along of pop songs, including Nelly, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and Lady Gaga, which you can watch a video of below. Opening that show was Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause, who joined Gaslight on stage for "American Slang," fellow NJ punks The Scandals, and Frances & the Foundation. Pictures of the Irving show and Gaslight's setlist are in this post. More on the Pier 26 shows is on the way.
Meanwhile, for Dave Hause, the show was a one-off ahead of the release of his new solo album, Devour, which comes out October 8 via Rise Records. That album will feature appearances by Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison, My Morning Jacket's Bo Koster, Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, and more. You can stream one of its tracks, "We Could Be Kings," here.
The Irving Plaza show was one of ten free shows that Red Bull Sound Select put on in various cities over the weekend, including Metric in Chicago, which you can see pictures of at BV Chicago, and Dandy Warhols in Austin, which you can see pictures of at BV Austin.
More pictures from Irving Plaza below...
photos by Loren Wohl
As discussed, Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem are doing some shows this year, including three in NYC this month: July 26 on Pier 26 with The Bouncing Souls; July 27 at Irving Plaza with Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause, fellow NJ band The Scandals, and Frances & the Foundation; and July 28 on Pier 26 with The Hold Steady. The Irving Plaza show is a Red Bull Sound Select show, which is free for those who requested and received a ticket. Those tickets are all reserved now (and will be sent out soon), but we're giving away another pair. Details on how to enter are below.
Tickets for both Pier 26 shows are still available, but we're also giving away pairs of tickets to those. For the 7/26 show with Bouncing Souls, enter our contest on the BrooklynVegan Facebook, and for the 7/28 show with The Hold Steady, details on how to enter are below.
In honor of that RBSS show, Gaslight frontman Brian Fallon and Scandals frontman Jared Hart teamed up to release a five-song split acoustic EP that the two artists recorded. The EP includes acoustic versions of Gaslight Anthem songs "Handwritten," "She Loves You," and "45," in addition to Scandals songs "All Nighters" and "Sirens." You can listen to the EP for free at Red Bull Sound Select's website (registration required). The pictures above are from that recording session.
Contest details below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Scandals (photo via Greg Pallente)
One of the artists chosen to open for The Gaslight Anthem at their free Red Bull Sound Select show at Irving Plaza on July 27 is fellow NJ band The Scandals. It makes sense that they were selected for the show, considering they share not only a hometown, but also a knack for post-Bouncing Souls/Hot Water Music punk rawk and heartland melodies (though they don't do as much Boss worshipping as Gaslight). If you're going to that show (which is free but you have to request a ticket), it's worth showing up for them. Also on the bill is Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause (who just wrapped up a tour with Social Distortion and Cheap Time) and Frances & the Foundation.
The Scandals also play another NYC show even sooner than that opening for Get Involved at Saint Vitus on Thursday (7/11). Get Involved is sort of a post-hardcore supergroup, whose members include Tucker Rule (Thursday), Brian Deneeve (From Autumn To Ashes), Lars Weiss (Judge), Derrick Karg (Death in the Park), and Todd Weinstock (Glassjaw, Cubic Zirconia). They're planning on self-releasing an EP at some point this year, which is being produced by Ross Robinson, who was behind the boards for classic albums by Glassjaw, At the Drive-In, The Blood Brothers, and more. They make a similar style of post-hardcore to many of their past projects, but with a goth edge on the clean vocals. You can listen to two tracks on Kickstarter and watch the video for a third below.
That Saint Vitus show is also with Descender, Let Me Run, and Skeleton Dealer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Get Involved also play a day later at the Court Tavern (7/12) in New Brunswick, and in September they open the first of two Taking Back Sunday shows (9/11-12) at NJ's recently reopened Starland Ballroom, where TBS will be performing Tell All Your Friends in full, like they did on tour last year. These are currently the band's only remaining TAYF dates (night 1 tix & night 2 tix).
In more related news, ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly recently released his second solo mixtape, Darker Matter, which you can stream below or download (name your price) at bandcamp. He also has an upcoming Starland Ballroom (9/28) show, opening for fellow Jersey band Saves The Day (tickets) two days after STD play MHOW without Geoff (tickets). You can also see Geoff opening for Yellowcard at Irving Plaza (9/9 & 9/10)... if you're into that sort of thing (tickets).
All lists of dates and song streams below...
Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.
This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:
On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.
On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.
And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?
UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.
And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.
Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.
Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!
The Gaslight Anthem @ Stubb's (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Red Bull Sound Select is an ongoing series of monthly $3 shows in multiple cities around the country. Each show has a headliner and three local openers chosen by a curator. BrooklynVegan is one of the curators in NYC -- maybe you came to our Foxygen show at Knitting Factory. Stay tuned for our next show which is happening in September.
The series is already bringing big shows for a small price but in July they're going even bigger and even cheaper with 10 really big free shows in 10 cities all happening over the same weekend (7/26 & 7/27). Those shows include Erykah Badu in Dallas, Dandy Warhols in Austin, Metric in Chicago, and Irving Plaza in NYC on July 27 with The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones), The Scandals, and Frances & the Foundation. Head to their page and click on the show of your choice to "request a ticket." Good luck.
That NYC date comes right inbetween The Gaslight Anthem's two big outdoor shows at Hudson River Park's Pier 26. The first of those shows is being opened by the Bouncing Souls (7/26), and the second by The Hold Steady (7/28). Tickets to both shows are still available.
Meanwhile. look for the continuing series of RBSS shows each month in NYC, Austin, Chicago, LA and Nashville, with more cities coming soon. NYC's next one is curated by East Village Radio and is taking place at Drom on June 25 with Bridget Kelly, Wavy Spice, and Chippy Nonstop. Like the other monthly RBSS shows, it's $3 at the door.
Updated Gaslight Anthem dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Foxygen @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013
Foxygen just wrapped up a three-night NYC run, that began with the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Knitting Factory on Monday (5/13) and a second night there (5/14) and finished last night (5/15) at Mercury Lounge. Anybody hit the second Knit or Mercury Lounge show? Anyone go to all three? We've got a second set of photos from the RBSS show, including ones of openers Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops, in this post.
Foxygen will spend their summer on the festival circuit, playing Pitchfork, Woodsist and Solid Sound amongst many others. That also includes another stop in NYC at the free River Rocks show on July 25 with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. All tour dates are listed with more pictures from KF below.
photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis
Foxygen / LODRO @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013
"I ate a CD once," admitted Foxygen frontman Sam France Monday night onstage to a full room at Knitting Factory. It was one of many probable falsehoods he told the crowd, but sometimes it's funny cause it's untrue. This was the first of three Foxygen shows in NYC this week and a Red Bull Sound Select show that BrooklynVegan curated (that's us). It was also the cheapest at only $3.00 and with four bands, a DJ and a comedian host on the bill.
France is a very charismatic frontman (my friend remarked "he's got a Jarvis Cocker thing going on") and even if you aren't totally in love with their album, with its many nods to late '60s rock, it's hard to deny Foxygen put on a very entertaining show, messing with the Red Bull sign included.
We chose the other three bands on the bill to be in tune with the pysch side of Foxygen's music. Openers Prince Rupert's Drops are in the mushroom tea variety, with harmoniously baroque pop stirred with extended jams. Amen Dunes, who played third, is more spacey, working on pure vibes at times. Songs too, but definitely Damon McMahon's music is more about floating with than active participation.
In between was LODRO and it was my first time seeing them despite their reputation for endless local gigging (like DIIV who they opened for two days earlier). They were definitely my personal favorite of the three, and the trio -- who pronounce their name "low-dro" -- make a strong impression. While best know for her stint in party rockers Friends, Lesley Hann is a commanding presence here, and maybe just a little intimidating. It could just be their intense brand of creepout blues (think Nick Cave, The Cramps' version of "Fever") is dead serious and pretty badass, aided in no small part by drummer Jigmae Baer and guitarist/singer Jeremy Cox. All three are also in Royal Baths though LODRO seems to be the focus now. Deservingly.
Chris Gethard, who days earlier was letting Zach Galifianakis give haircuts to strangers on his show, made for a very funny host, and I had fun DJing in-between sets.
NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows (not to be confused with Red Bull Music Academy shows) -- always only $3 -- happen each month this year and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (for instance Fake Shore Drive just announced their next one in Chicago and Bun B recently headlined one in Austin)
More photos from our show at Knitting Factory are below.
Foxygen @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall in March (more by James Richards IV)
As mentioned, Foxygen are currently on a short East Coast tour that ends with two sold-out NYC shows next week: Knitting Factory on May 14 and Mercury Lounge on May 15. If you wanted to go to one of those shows but didn't get tickets, we've got good news. We're happy to announce that Foxygen will headline a BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on Monday (5/13) at Knitting Factory. As always, the show is $3 at the door. 7pm doors. 8pm show. All ages, no advance tickets.
This is the fourth NYC RBSS show -- the previous three were curated by East Village Radio, Afropunk, and Brooklyn Bodega. Like those, in addition to the headliner Monday's show features three local acts.
For our openers, we kept things on the trippy side: Amen Dunes, who open for Boris at LPR tonight (5/7), will play and perhaps give a taste of their forthcoming new album. Also on the bill are LODRO, the Royal Baths side project that has been honing its live show through relentless gigging; and Prince Rupert's Drops whose album Run Slow was one of 2012's overlooked gems. Adding to the fun will be your host, the amazing comedian, storyteller and author Chris Gethard (of the Chris Gethard Show among other things). Hope to see you out on Monday.
UPDATE: our own Bill Pearis will also be DJing starting at 7pm sharp.
If you can't make this show, you can always catch Foxygen in late July at a much bigger venue -- Pier 84 as part of the 7/25 free River Rocks show with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down.
Streams for Foxygen, Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops, and more tour dates, are below.
by Andrew Sacher
The third show in the year-long Red Bull Sound Select Series, which so far included East Village Radio's Hunters show at Bowery Electric and Afropunk's Danny Brown/Le1f show at Knitting Factory, will go down on April 16 at Glasslands. This one's being presented by Brooklyn Bodega and includes a lineup of all NYC rappers, including scene veteran Sean Price as a headliner with opening sets from some newer artists -- Children of the Night (we also just posted about their related project, World's Fair), F. Stokes and the young Bishop Nehru, who I recently saw win over crowds at Ab-Soul's SOB's show and Schoolboy Q's SOB's show. It's an all around great bill and $3 tickets are on sale now. The show's being hosted by Sucio Smash and DJ duties will be handled by Rawbeatz.
This is the third show in the 12-part Red Bull Sound Select Series and the next nine shows (including three curated by BrooklynVegan and two more by Brooklyn Bodega) will be announced in the coming months. BrooklynVegan's first RBSS show will take place this May, so stay tuned for that.
Flyer for the Glasslands show and song streams below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
this is where the DFA anniversary is happening
NYCers might be familiar with the infamous commercials for the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, with the proprieters finishing off the commercial by yelling "WE MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE" at the top of their lungs. I've always thought that the venue -- which is truly fantastic in the textbook definition of the word -- might make an interesting space for a musical event. It has before, including being the home of the world-music oriented Golden Fest.
Apparently I was not alone. We've mentioned it, but never fully given it the attention it deserves. As part of the massive Red Bull Music Academy takeover of NYC next month, DFA Records will make their dreams come true by hosting their 12th anniversary of party at the dazzling space on May 25, featuring a veritable army of the DFA crew including DJs and live sets from James Murphy, The Rapture, Black Dice (live set), Juan Maclean, Pat Mahoney, The Crystal Ark (live set), YACHT (live set), Sh*t Robot (live set), Planningtorock (live set), Prinzhorn Dance School (live set, their US debut), Still Going, Nancy Whang, Tim Sweeney, Larry Gus, Dan Bodan and Marcus Marr. There are bound to be some surprises in store as well and seems likely to be a very memorable night.
Tickets are still available, but reportedly "dangerously close to selling out."
DFA-related videos and those classic Grand Prospect Hall commercials are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Danny Brown / Le1f @ Knitting Factory 3/21/2012
Knitting Factory was heaving with bouncing hip hop fans at last night's Red Bull's Sound Select show that was curated by the Afropunk folks, with Danny Brown, Le1f, The Skins and Oxymorrons. With a zillion RSVPs clamoring for $3 tickets it was quite a scene as I rolled up to the venue 30 minutes before doors.
After a brief introduction from host Telli Gramz of Ninjasonik, Oxymorrons opened the show with a bouncy, energetic take on 90s style hip hop with added bonus of live drums. Fun and very different from the second band of the night, The Skins, a Rock/R&B crew with great vocals and singer that slithers around the room. Le1f followed, dropping bouncy, electronic influenced hip hop beats and whirlwind-swinging his platinum blonde braids like a member of viking metal band. All the sets featured projections that were being hand-drawn by someone in the sound booth. It was kinda like live graffiti, pretty cool. DJ CX Kidtronik played the music between sets.
The main event for most, though, was Danny Brown's playful and bouncy hip hop set, which caused stagedives (most of which were quite unsuccessful - sorry guys) and a dancing room. Brown's rock star persona really shines through live, and in a genre of music (hip hop in general) where the stage show is usually less than impressive, Brown knows how to get that room turnt the fuck up.
The Thursday night show was the 2nd in a 12-part Red Bull Sound Select series in NYC (not to be confused with RBSS in Austin). The 1st NYC show, featuring Hunters & Heliotropes, was curated by East Village Radio and went down at Bowery Electric in February. The next 10 shows are coming in the next 10 months and three of them will be curated by BrooklynVegan (and three will be curated by Brooklyn Bodega). Stay tuned.
More pictures from Knitting Factory are below.
Danny Brown at VICELAND at SXSW 2013 (via Noisey)
If you were down in Austin for SXSW last week, you may have caught sets by either Danny Brown or Le1f, who both did a number of shows. Now, you'll also have a chance to see those two rappers together in NYC at an intimate Red Bull Sound Select and Afropunk-presented show at Knitting Factory on Thursday (3/21). The Skins and Oxymorons are on the bill too.
Advance tickets are sold out but $3.00 tickets will be available at the door with RSVP to RSVP@afropunk.com. It's first come first serve and you can start lining up at 7:30. I imagine those are going to go quick so get there early.
The show is the second in a year-long series that started with East Village Radio's Hunters show at Bowery Electric and will continue with BrooklynVegan-presented shows later in the year. Red Bull Sound Select also just presented a week's worth of shows in Austin for SXSW, including The Smashing Pumpkins on Saturday night (pics of that one are on the way).
As mentioned, Danny Brown is also going on a tour which features some dates with Baauer and others with Kitty (Pryde). That tour brings Danny back to NYC for a much larger show at Irving Plaza on May 7. Tickets for that show are still available. Danny's new album, Old, will be out at some point this year. Check out "#HottestMC" from that album, along with updated dates listed below...
Let's start with the NY-specific press release:
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: New York is a new monthly live music showcase that highlights some of the city's most exciting new artists. The event series, curated in partnership with East Village Radio, Afropunk, Brooklyn Bodega, and BrooklynVegan, will feature one headliner and three local artists on the rise. Each month, the showcase will rotate to a different iconic venue in New York and will introduce an exciting new line up of artists.That's the flyer up above, for the $3, East Village Radio-curated, Red Bull Sound Select-sponsored show. Stay tuned for info on the other eleven NYC shows in the series, including three put together by BrooklynVegan.
The first installment of Red Bull Sound Select Presents: New York will be hosted on Tuesday, February 19th at Bowery Electric [327 Bowery] featuring headliner Hunters and [other] local artists: Justin Dean Thomas, Sky Picnic, and Heliotropes. The 21+ show starts at 8PM. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door.
Meanwhile, you can actually catch Heliotropes (who also shared a bill with Hunters on a BrooklynVegan bill once), at the Converse presented free gig going down at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (2/15).
Red Bull Sound Select is also doing shows like this, with local partners, in four other cities: Chicago, LA, Nashville and Austin. Austin is also where RBSS will present a series of mid-March events that will feature some of the same local bands playing each city, especially bands that get voted in. Justin Dean Thomas, Sky Picnic, and Heliotropes are all currently competing for free plane tickets from NYC to Austin. More info including how to vote and RSVP, HERE.