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St. Vincent at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
St. Vincent, San Fermin @ Prosepct Park Bandshell
St. Vincent's art pop is at its most accessible on this year's self-titled LP, but without sacrificing any of what makes her a unique musical force. Fans of her baroque influences (and Sufjan's) may dig opener San Fermin too. Like many Celebrate Brooklyn shows, this one is totally free.
Mad Decent Block Party w/ Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dougie F & DJ Fire, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Vic Mensa, Walshy Fire, Young Kyle 187 @ MCU Park
The Mad Decent Block Party tour returns to NYC, this time happening in Coney Island's MCU Park. As usual, it's a bill of electronic music and rap that's bound to live up to its name and become a huge party.
Modest Mouse, Brand New @ Forest Hills Stadium
Neither Modest Mouse nor Brand New have released new music in five years, but their diverse discographies only sound better as time goes on. This is one of a few co-headinling dates the two bands are playing together this year, and one of a few shows happening this summer at Queens' recently-reopened Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. Should be a special night all around.
The Rock *A* Teens, Bird of Youth @ Glasslands
'90s era indie rock band The Rock*A*Teens formed in 1994 in Georgia. While they took from rockabilly (love of reverb, crazed playing), they added elements of music hall and powerpop, creating a boozy sound all their own. Having been broken up for a while, the band reformed for Merge 25 and are playing a few more shows while back in action, like tonight's
George Fitzgerald, Martyn, Leon Vynehall, Aurora Halal, Matrixxman @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up continues with another day of forward-thinking electronic music under the sun, this time from UK deep house wiz George Fitzgerald, Dutch dubstepper Martyn, jazz/video game/tape hiss-inspired Leon Vynehall, Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal, and San Francisco house producer Matrixxman.
Summer Thunder w/ Har Mar Superstar, Cheap Shots @ Union Pool
Today's edition of Union Pool's free outdoor series Summer Thunder should be a fun one, with party machine Har Mar Superstar at the helm.
Shockwave Riderz, Places To Hide, G. Green, Black Pony @ Baby's All Right
It's the second of two NYC shows for Pittsburgh motorik garage rockers Shockwave Riderz (ex-Modey Lemon) this week, and the bill's made doubly great by Atlanta indie rockers Places to Hide who just inked a deal with Tiny Engines and put out a promising new single.
Drowningman, Pilot to Gunner, As We Were @ Saint Vitus
Fans of late '90s - mid '00s metalcore should be happy to know that Drowningman are back (if you're unfamiliar, they released a split with Dillinger Escape Plan to give you an idea of their sound), and tonight the reunited band descend upon Brooklyn for this Saint Vitus show. Opening are local post-hardcore regulars Pilot to Gunner, whose initial career overlapped with Drowningman's a bit and who also recently reactivated.
The Austerity Program, Gnarwhal, Pinecones, Voice Coils @ Shea Stadium
Speaking of recently-reactivated local post-hardcore, The Austerity Program put out their first new album since 2007 and first release overall since 2010 earlier this year. It picks up where they left off, in a good way.
Ghost Beach, DOM, AYER, Dreamers @ 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 is a lineup features indie-rockers-turned-ravers DOM.
Roseanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale @ Damrosch Bandshell at Lincoln Center Plaza
Once just known as Johnny Cash's daughter, Roseanne Cash has been a country star in her own right for nearly 40 years. Catch her at this free show, part of both the Americanafest and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
Tiny Ruins, Cassie Ramone @ Mercury Lounge
NZ folk act Tiny Ruins will soon be on tour with Sharon Van Etten but they'll be playing NYC club shows first, tonight's with Cassie Ramone being the first.
Detroit Swindle, Shit Robot, JDH & Dave P @ Output
Shit Robot (aka a.k.a. Dublin native Marcus Lambkin) recently released his second album, We Got a Love, via DFA featuring guest appearances by Reggie Watts, Nancy Whang, Luke Jenner, and Museum of Love. This is a DJ set.
Profligate, P.O.I., Ciarra Black, Miguel Alvarino @ Palisades
Profligate makes dark, synthed-out techno that's best played loud, which we're sure it will be at Palisades tonight.
Dinowalrus, Tashaki Miyaki, Honey Wild, Turnip King @ The Studio at Webster Hall
LA band Takashi Miyaki make sleepy psych a la the many bands of David Roback (Mazzy Star, Rain Parade). This is the trio's second of three shows in NYC and features a good mix of local indie pop bands.
Temples @ Surf Lodge
UK psych band band Temples released their debut album earlier this, which is slick but well-done Britpop. If you're out in Montauk, this is a free show.
Horse the Band, Infinity Shred, We Are Not Our Bodies @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Horse the Band successfully combined metallic post-hardcore and Nintendo synths back in the aughts, and this year they're saddling back up again for their first tour in a while. They have a sense of humor too, so tonight's show should just be a fun time.
Pale Lights, Makeout Vertigo, Gingerlys @ Friends and Lovers
Pale Lights, fronted by former Comet Gain member Phil Sutton, just released Before There Were Pictures,and it's quite good, the sort of lightly psychedelic janglepop that Postcard Records and Creation used to release. It's also not that too far off from what Comet Gain does, either. (Also, Phil sounds a little like Lloyd Cole.) They headline a bill that also includes Gingerlys who are worth going early to see.
Dangles, Giggly Boys, Beech Creeps, Milk Dick @ Rippers
Spend your Saturday at the beach with the noise rock show at Rockaway burger joint.
Pure Hell, Dead Tricks, Done with You, Sharp Lads @ The Grand Victory
Some call '70s-era band Pure Hell "The World's First Original All Black Punk-Rock Band." The jury's still out on whether them or Death came first, but either way, these guys made some real killer punk back in their day which was both ahead of its time and worthy of being ranked among the other '70s greats if only they had gotten the recognition they deserved. They've been playing shows again and if this kind of stuff interests you, you won't want to miss this one.
Sky Ferreira @ Verboten
Sky Ferreira has the bright pop songs ("You're Not the One") and the grungy, angsty ones ("I Will"), so it makes sense she's successfully catered to crowds while sharing bills with both Miley Cyrus and DIIV. Tonight she's on her own though at one of Williamsburg's poppin' new dance clubs.
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Dana Buoy @ Baby's All Right
Akron/Family's Dana Janssen makes electronic pop as Dana Buoy, and he'll be touring with Sylvan Esso soon, but plays this show tonight with Sierra Leonean musician Janka Nabay. Should be a groovy night.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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by Bill Pearis
Love Inks @ SXSW (more)
Can you feel the love tonight? I can though mainly because we've got two bands with that in their name playing tonight. Though not in the same place. First is Austin's Love Inks who, as previously mentioned, are playing NYC for the first time. Tonight (6.2) they're at Glasslands with Rewards, Slowdance, and Celestial Shore. They'll also play Tuesday (6/7) at Pianos with Elastic Summer, Monokino and more.
Love Inks' debut, E.S.P., came out last month on City Slang and, as I wrote previously, it's a pretty little understated thing. Minimalist instrumentation -- guitar, bass, drum machine -- that doesn't get in the way of the band's main asset: singer Sherry LeBlanc's honeyed vocals. (In the same timbre as Beth Cosatino.) E.S.P. is what I like to call Sunday Morning music (Galaxie 500, Belle & Sebastian), and a fine example at that. You can check out "Blackeye" at the top of this post.
Tonight's Glasslands show is pretty solid all around. I've been wanting to check out Slowdance for some time. You can download two tracks from their website and both are pretty good: atmospheric rock that is, and yes, danceable. (Though maybe not slowdanceable.) Rewards, as you may remember, is Aaron Pfanning who was in Chairlift; and Celestial Shore are channeling some serious Brian Wilson vibes in a slightly mathy kind of way.
The other "love" band tonight is Portland trio Lovers (not to be confused with Lovvers), who are at Cake Shop with Household and Skeleton Head (They played last night at Union Hall...anybody go?). Lovers' most recent album, Dark Light, came out last fall on Badman Recordings and you can download "Figure 8" from it at the top of this post. It's a pretty good representation of the rest of the records: throbbing synths and big choruses. The BPMs are a little to slow to call it dance music, but it's definitely got a groove. Mood music you can move to.
You should get there early for local trio Household who I caught at Bruar Falls a couple weeks ago and really liked. They're in the Lilliput/Raincoats school of minimalist postpunk (or more recently Brilliant Colors or Yellowfever). No releases yet, but Household have a handful of streamable songs on their website which were produced by Andrew Raposo (who plays bass in various DFA-related bands). Definitely worth a listen.
Hospitality @ Pianos in Feb (more)
What else? After what seems like an awfully long time (two years plus), Hospitality are finally getting around to putting out an album. I think it's pretty much done, so hopefully we'll see that sooner than later. In the meantime, the trio are playing a whole bunch in June, starting Friday night (6/3) at Cake Shop where they'll share the bill with country folk act Numbers and Letters, and Edelweiss who kind of sound like first-album Foals and are not to be confused with the shortlived early '90s novelty act of the same name. The show is FREE.
Hospitality also play the final date of my Sound Bites series at the Fulton Stall Market on July 17. All upcoming shows are at the bottom of this post. More Fulton Stall Market (Seaport) shows are listed HERE.
TSOOL @ SXSW (more)
And last but certainly not least, the mighty Soundtrack of Our Lives arrive from Sweden this weekend, playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (6/5) and The Bell House on Monday (6.6). If you enjoy '60s/'70s style rock, there are few bands that do it as well as TSOOL, and certainly not many who put on a better live show. I wrote of their 2009 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg:
A nearly two-hour show of guitar windmills, endless stick twirls, karate kicks, ponderous, psychedelic lyrics and massive riffs. You could watch The Soundtrack of Our Lives and spend the whole time picking apart the references: The Who, Stones, Pink Floyd, Love, Spirit, Faces, Beatles, etc. But to do so is to miss the point of TSOOL, who distill everything that is great about rock's classic late '60s / early '70s era into one incredible band. And an even better live show. Seriously, these guys knock it out of the park every time.The band have just released a best-of compilation, Golden Greats, which is a fine introduction to the band's catalogue to date (five albums, all doubles) and really showcases what this band does so well. But live is where they make you a believer. TSOOL are promising wildly different setlists for the two shows, and superfans can buy a discounted $35 ticket that gets you into both. These guys love to play, and usually do two-hour sets so... be prepared.
Opening the Le Poisson Rouge show are The Mommyheads ('90s era indie rockers who pop up now and again), and at The Bell House is Montreal's sitar-fueled Elephant Stone (an especially inspired pairing). TSOOL are also on Last Call With Carson Daly tonight (6/2).
That's the main stuff this week. A few more recommended shows, day-by-day, are below
THURSDAY, JUNE 2
Some of you may remember The Barracudas who led the UK surf-rock/garage revival in the early '80s. (If not, there's a video below.) Singer Jeremy Gluck has formed a new line-up of the group and they're playing Union Hall tonight. Don't be confused with Georgia's Barreracudas on the bill as well. We can only hope they'll hll play together as The Barrarerrarerracudadas.