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Primavera

Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.

Continue reading "Primavera 2016 lineup (Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson, Drive Like Jehu, Suede, more)"

Bonnaroo

After the lineup leak that happened last week, the official 2016 Bonnaroo lineup has been announced, featuring Pearl Jam, Dead & Co, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Ween, Haim, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams, Father John Misty, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/22) at noon.

Full 2016 Bonnaroo lineup below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo announces official 2016 lineup"

by Andrew Sacher

Parallelogram

Three Lobed Recordings is releasing a five-album set this week called Parallelogram. Each album is a different split between two artists, and "each LP will be housed within its own letter pressed 'matchbook' bearing new original artwork by Casey Burns and printed by Dexterity Press." Each one is a pretty amazing pairing. They've got modern-day folk singer Hiss Golden Messenger on one with '60s-era folk vet Michael Chapman, avant-folk artist Six Organs of Admittance on one with American Primitivism guitarist William Tyler, the ever-evolving Kurt Vile with frequent collaborator Steve Gunn, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore & John Moloney (aka Caught On Tape) with the Alan Bishop/Bill Orcutt/Chris Corsano trio, and space rockers Bardo Pond with long-running indie staples Yo La Tengo.

The series has a mix of new original music from the artists, and covers. Hiss Golden Messenger takes on JJ Cale's "Wish I Had Not Said That," Elephant Micah's "Still Life Blues," and David Wiffen's "Smoke Rings."

Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn's split has each artist playing on each other's songs, which actually marks the first time they've collaborated in studio (despite playing live together for so long). KV takes on Randy Newman's "Pretty Boy" and John Prine's "Way Back When," and offers up a solo banjo version of his song "Red Apples" (now called "Red Apples For Tom Scharpling") from his 2009 God Is Saying This To You... album. Steve Gunn's half includes a cover of Nico's "60/40."

Thurston Moore and John Moloney take "Ono Soul" from Thurston's 1995 album Psychic Hearts, and turn it into a 19+ minute noise exploration for their sole contribution to the series. The Bishop/Orcutt/Corsano songs were recorded at one of the trio's only two performances, and include a wacked-out cover of Cream's "Politician."

You can order all five splits here and stream them in full below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Hiss Golden Messenger, Thurston Moore & more on new comp 'Parallelogram' (stream it)"

 Forecastle Festival

Kentucky's Forecastle Festival released its 2016 lineup today. It features The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Ryan Adams, and Death Cab for Cutie as headliners, along with Dr. Dog, Sylvan Esso, Speedy Ortiz, Nothing, Washed Out, Bully, Alex G, Big Gigantic, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr. and plenty of others. It'll take place from July 15-17 and tickets are currently on sale.

The full lineup is listed below.

Continue reading "Forecastle Festival announces 2016 lineup"

photos by P Squared

Dinosaur Jr with Kim Gordon / Kurt Vile / Steve Gunn @ Bowery Ballroom 12/3/2015
Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur Jr.

New York has always kind of been our home, even though we're from Massachusetts. In the early days it was really all about CBGB's and the other early clubs in New York; we played Boston but New York is what we always gravitated towards. J actually transferred to Hunter College from UMass to be closer to that music scene in the late '80s and also so he could be closer to Kim and Thurston from Sonic Youth. I don't know why, but we always thought New York was the coolest place, especially for punk rock. Plus, I actually grew up right outside of New York in the Stanford area. - [Murph in The Aquarian]
Last night (12/3), Dinosaur Jr. began their seven-show run at Bowery Ballroom celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album. The night started with Henry Rollins introducing the band from the balcony, and J, Lou and Murph then cranked out 1985's Dinosaur (maybe the least typically Dinosaur Jr-y of any of their records) in full. There there was a break, which took longer than expected due to Lou having cable problems, and the real fun began with a second set which featured favorites from throughout their career...and a parade of special guests, three of whom shared the stage together at Webster Hall at Wednesday's Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary party.

Steve Gunn came out to sing and play on "Yeah We Know" from Bug; then Eleanor Friedberger was brought out to sing "Get Me" from Where Ya Been (she playfully ripped up the lyric sheet, crumpled it into a ball and threw it into the audience and left the stage before the song was over); Kurt Vile sang and played guitar on "Crumble" (from Beyond). We'd see Kurt again before the night was over.

Finally, Kim Gordon came out for "Don't," much like she'd done three years ago at Terminal 5. Very much in rock star / karaoke mode, Kim mopped up the place, playing to the audience and offering the mic to folks in the front row to sing along. Then another break and the band came out with Kurt Vile again, as well as John Moloney on a second drum kit, for a killer cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." Setlist is below.

They do it again tonight (12/4) which is sold out. Who do you think might be tonight's special guests? More pics from Thursday's show below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr began their 7-show Bowery run w/ help from Kim Gordon, Kurt Vile, Henry Rollins & more (pics, setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts & Lee Ranaldo / Rainer Maria & Meredith Graves / Kurt Vile & Kim Gordon / Waxahatche & Mac McCaughan / Titus' Patrick Stickles
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary

None of the acts on any of Webster Hall's three stages last night (12/2) asked if anyone actually knows what Ground Control Touring is, but their name was on the marquee and many of them thanked them. I guess for those not in the biz it doesn't really matter when in one night you get to see Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Parquet Courts, Deer Tick, Rainer Maria, Screaming Females and more.The booking agency, who usually do their magic only behind the scenes, handles tours for many of indie rock's biggest names and was celebrating 15 years in business. The main ballroom was already packed when Hop Along kicked off the night and things stayed that way.

Very few of last night's acts played what you'd call a normal set, instead opting for fun collaborations and covers. Waxahatchee brought out Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour to cover The Clean's "Getting Older." Kurt Vile, with Violators guitarist Rob Laasko, played two songs before bringing out Kim Gordon, former Violater Steve Gunn (who'd just played a great solo set in the Marlin Room) and Woods' Jarvis Taveniere for a cover of Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray."

Kurt Vile would later turn up at Woods' set in the Marlin Room to cover Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Woods also had Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage out for two Neil Young covers" "Barstool Blues" and "Powderfinger." Parquet Courts' performance in the Marlin Room, meanwhile, basically had them as Lee Ranaldo's backing band, performing Sonic Youth's "Mote" and "Eric's Trip." (For those who already thought that Parquet Courts' Austin Brown looks like Thurston Moore, this underlined it.) That was the whole set. But cool. It was that kind of night.

Elsewhere at Webster Hall: Rainer Maria had Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves onstage for "Tinfoil" ("Rainer Maria are my favorite band", Meredith said to the crowd); Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles played solo to a sardine-packed Studio; and Perfect Pussy finished off the night with a typical crazed energy, and Meredith Graves writhing on the floor. They played a new song. Superchunk, meanwhile, just did what they always do: knocked out the hits with an energy most bands half their age can't muster. Tonight's sold-out Superchunk show at Baby's should be a treat.

Deer Tick can sell out Webster Hall on their own, but were added last minute to a show full of big names after it was already sold out, so that surely contributed to them closing out the main room to a less than full crowd, but it was a special treat for their fans that were there, and John McCauley and his seasoned band still gave it their all. Catch them again twice this month at Brooklyn Bowl.

As the night progressed there was overlap, and with navigating Webster Hall's stairs (fine going up, slower going down) and set times which weren't always adhered to so closely, meant missing some acts. (Sorry Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz and Felice Brothers) But it was a fun, unique night even if don't know what the hell Ground Control Touring is. More pictures from the whole night (our photographers actually did catch everyone), plus some videos of those special collaborations/covers (with more on the way), below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Deer Tick, Waxahatchee, Parquet Courts, Sonic Youth members & more celebrated & collaborated @ Ground Control 15 (pics, video)"

photo: Deer Tick at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Deer Tick

The Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary show at NYC's Webster Hall happens this Wednesday (12/2) with "short sets, collaborations, covers and surprises" from a very impressive lineup. That lineup now also includes Deer Tick, and other artists that were added since we last spoke are Screaming Females, Lee Ranaldo, Perfect Pussy and Woods.

Those additions join the initial lineup of Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches and Frankie Cosmos. (Conor Oberst dropped off.)

The show is totally sold out, but we're giving away tickets. Head below to enter our contest to win a pair. Also, if you're a Jukely member, they still have some tickets available too.

Also below is the flyer with set times...

Continue reading "Deer Tick added to GCT 15 show, set times revealed; Win tix to the sold out show (or get them on Jukely) "

photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.

In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.

Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.

Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.

Details on the songs being auctioned below...

Continue reading "Martin Courtney, Steve Gunn & more added to Alex Bleeker's NYC show; bands raising money for Surfer Blood guitarist"

photo: Wilco at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Wilco at Pitchfork 2015

Wilco have expanded their 2016 'Star Wars' tour further, including a couple more NY-area shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on February 2 & 3. The Groundhog Day show (2/2) is with William Tyler while the 2/3 show is with Steve Gunn. Tickets for both Cap shows go on sale Friday (10/23) at noon. You can still get tickets Wilco's two shows at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre (2/5 & 2/6) but Ticketmaster says "not many left." All dates are listed below.

In other news Star Wars is currently atop the vinyl sales chart. In celebration of this, Wilco are offering up a $2 off coupon for the LP at select brick-and-mortar record stores. Get it here and use it by October 27.

Continue reading "Wilco expand 2016 tour, add 2 shows at The Capitol Theatre"

photo: Superchunk at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Superchunk

Booking agency Ground Control Touring turns 15 this year, and they'll be celebrating that anniversary with a seriously stacked NYC show on December 2 at Webster Hall.

The show will take over all three rooms, and include Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches, Frankie Cosmos and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (10/22) at 10 AM (password = GCT15).

You can catch Parquet Courts, Hop Along and Torres at other upcoming NYC shows too. Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee and Titus Andronicus just played.

Webster Hall show flyer below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Titus Andronicus, Rainer Maria, Torres, Hop Along & more playing Ground Control 15"

photo: Sports at Baby's All Right in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sports
Bridget St John

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Future Punx, Pill, Eaters, Beth Israel, Heaven's Gate, Steep Leans, MPHO, Sneaks, WALL, Final Bloom, Justin Frye, Order of Operations @ Silent Bar
Dull Tools is bringing you this CMJ hangover party at Silent bar, which is up and running after some post-fire renovations. Pretty much every band on the label is playing and should be a lot of fun. The earlier you go, the cheaper admission is. Starts at 3 PM.

Owen Pallett/Les Mouches, Foxes In Fiction, Four Visions, Infinity Crush, Yohuna @ Orchid Tapes living room
Indie label Orchid Tapes is throwing this tiny post-CMJ party in their living room (only 35 people admitted) and most excitingly, Owen Pallett is on board to revisit songs from his old trio Les Mouches. They reissued their album You're Worth More To Me Than 1000 Christians on Orchid Tapes over the summer.

Man Man, Prince Rama @ Brooklyn Bowl
There really aren't any bands quite like either Man Man or Prince Rama, so needless to say, fans of eccentric music may want to be at Brooklyn Bowl tonight.

Oshun, Proda, Khalil @ C'mon Everybody
Oshun released their debut mixtape this year which they self-describe as "Floetry meets Lauryn Hill meets Chief Keef" which is pretty spot on.

White Out with Nels Cline, Mountains @ (le) poisson rouge
There's no doubt that guitarist Nels Cline is a master of his instrument (well, maybe if you're Mark Kozelek there is) and he's also extremely prolific in several projects. His group White Out have a new album called Accidental Sky on Northern Spy, and this is the release show. Local drone duo Mountains are not to miss either.

Razor, Blood Feast, Resistance, Anvil Bitch, Darkside NYC, Sweet Magma @ Saint Vitus
This is the final day of Brooklyn's Rage of Armageddon festival at Saint Vitus, which brings together a number of veteran death and thrash bands. It's Razor's second night at the festival, and they're promising an entirely different set.

Future Punx, Pill, Eaters, Beth Israel, Heaven's Gate, Steep Leans, MPHO, Sneaks, WALL, Final Bloom, Justin Frye, Order of Operations @ Silent Barn

Sam Amidon, Aoife O'Donovan, Thomas Bartlett @ St. Anne's Warehouse
This is the opening celebration for the new location of St. Ann's Warehouse and it's got a trio of great musicians on board.

Subhumans, Orphans, Opposition Rising @ The Acheron
It's the second of two nights for punk legends Subhumans at the up close and personal Bushwick club Acheron. Punk fans should not miss this.

Bethlehem Steel, Fern Mayo, Diet Cig, Downies, Comfy, PWR BTTM, I Tried To Run Away When I Was 6, Vagabon, Hiccup, Sports, ROMP, Nicholas Nicholas @ Palisades
CMJ might be officially over, but Father/Daughter and Miscreant are throwing their joint showcase today. It starts at 3:30 PM and goes til around midnight, and it's pretty stacked. Especially of note is Ohio's Sports, who have basically said they're done touring (so catch 'em while you can!).

The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, State Champs, You Blew It! @ Webster Hall
The Wonder Years are a polished pop punk band that even people who don't normally listen to polished pop punk could get into. It's emotional, cathartic stuff, and it's even better live. Motion City Soundtrack are another (slightly older) band who also push the boundaries of that genre, and You Blew It! are a newer band who do a lot of justice to '90s emo.

Michael Chapman, Steve Gunn, Bridget St. John @ WFMU Monty Hall
Two legends of the '60s British folk scene, Michael Chapman and Bridget St John, come together for this show. Opening is a much newer artist (who probably takes inspiration from that era), Steve Gunn.

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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photo: Wilco at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Wilco at Pitchfork

Wilco will continue their Star Wars tour in the new year with a whole bunch of just-announced dates, including two nights at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on February 5 & 6. The 2/5 date is with Bill Frisell, and the 2/6 date is with Steve Gunn. Tickets for those Brooklyn shows go on sale Friday (10/16) at 11 AM with a venue presale starting Thursday (10/15) at 10 AM.

Initially released digitally, vinyl copies of Star Wars will be available on October 30. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Wilco announce 2016 tour dates, including 2 nights at Kings"

by Bill Pearis

Steve Gunn
Steve Gunn Tour

While details on Steve Gunn's first record for Matador are still forthcoming, he has announced a fall tour with his former Paradise of Bachelors labelmates James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg. That tour includes a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Union Pool on October 23 & 24. The shows will feature special guests (TBA) and tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/21) at noon.

Steve Gunn will be at Union Pool before that, playing the final show of the venue's free "Summer Thunder" series on August 29 with Spacin' and DJ Mike Wolf. All Steve Gunn tour dates are listed below.

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg

James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg, meanwhile, will release their second collaborative album of guitar instrumentals, titled Ambsace, on September 18 via Paradise of Bachelors. It includes a number of originals, as well as covers of songs by The Smiths, Duke Ellington, and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake. You can stream their bucolic version of The Smiths' "Reel Around the Fountain" and two of their own compositions, below....

Continue reading "Steve Gunn touring this fall with James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg who cover The Smiths on new LP (listen)"

photos by James Richards IV

Wilco / Panda Bear / Jessica Pratt
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday

We have an early front-runner for the weekend's quietest act, and perhaps the festival's quietest act ever. It's all about two barefoot guitarists seated in the shade. Jessica Pratt must imagine she's playing in her living room instead of a small outdoor stage tucked in the southwest corner of Union Park. How else could she play through the noise and distractions that permeate a big outdoor music event such as this? Her melodies whisper, her guitar tones hover, and her voice suggests that it wants to make each of the few hundred listeners pressed close to the stage feel like he or she is the only other person within earshot. It works. It's easy to feel empathy for solo performers facing a big festival crowd, their panic intensifying as they struggle to command a restive audience's attention. But Pratt plays as if none of that is a concern. [Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 Pitchfork Festival kicked off yesterday (7/17) with sets from Wilco, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, Iceage, Ought, Steve Gunn, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker and more. That's a review of Jessica Pratt's set above. Wilco, fresh off surprise-releasing their new album Star Wars, opened by playing the album in full front to back. Then they continued with older favorites: "Camera," "Via Chicago," "Heavy Metal Drummer," and more. Pictures of day 1 and Wilco's full setlist are in this post.

The fest continues today (7/18) with Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Kurt Vile, Ex Hex and more. If you're not there, are you streaming it live?

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and day 3 pics are up. More day 1 pictures below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival 2015 day 1 in pics (Wilco, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, Iceage, Ought, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker & more)"

by Arielle Gordon

photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Pitchfork Fest 2014

The Pitchfork Music Festival happens this weekend in Chicago (7/17-7/19), featuring performances from Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Run the Jewels, Caribou, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Mac Demarco, Kurt Vile and loads more. BrooklynVegan will be there, so stay tuned for coverage and photos. If you can't make it, Pitchfork will also be streaming it live.

As usual, the fun continues later each night with a plethora of aftershows, both official and unofficial. There's something for every type of fan, with shows from Parquet Courts, Viet Cong, ILoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ariel Pink, Ex Hex How to Dress Well, Protomartyr and more. A guide to the night time action, below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest is this weekend and will be streaming live ++ a guide to the aftershows"

Fun Fun Fun Fest poster

Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.

The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 lineup: Jane's Addiction, D'Angelo, L7, NOFX, Wu-Tang, Venom, Ride, American Football, American Nightmare, Converge, Charlatans, Dag Nasty, MANY more"

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Union Pool have announced more performers for this year's free Summer Thunder series. New additions include Kid Congo Powers & Pink Monkey Birds and a reunion of shitgaze ragers K-Holes on July 25, and new Matador Records signee Steve Gunn will play Summer Thunder on August 29.

There are some additions to already-announced shows as well. The May 30 kickoff show with Hector's Pets will also feature sets from party punks Metalleg and Slam Section. The highly anticipated (by us at least) June 27 Destruction Unit show has now gotten better, with the addition of Pampers and Cheena.

The June 13 Blues Control show now also has Hex Message (who've toured with Gang Gang Dance) and Ohal. And the Summer Thunder edition of JD Samson's PAT party now includes a live performance by "gender-problematizing goth dance band," Bottoms.

And unfortunately Endless Boogie has dropped off the June 6 Summer Thunder show, but gnawa group the Innove Gnawa Band are still playing, with more acts to be announced.

Summer Thunder happens Saturdays from May 30 through August 29 at Union Pool from 2 PM - 6 PM. Free, 21+. For more info and updates, check out Summer Thunder's facebook.

Though not part of Summer Thunder, Union Pool will be having an "Afternoon Hang" on Saturday afternoon (5/23) in the front room, featuring cellist Clara Kennedy, J. Leisure and DJ Mike Wolf. That starts at 2 PM and is free. Flyer for that, and the updated 2015 Summer Thunder schedule, is below...

Continue reading "Steve Gunn, Kid Congo, Pampers, Bottoms, K-Holes & more added to Union Pool's free 2015 Summer Thunder series"

the line for Other Music on Record Store Day 2014 (more by PSquared)
RSD

Record Store Day 2015 is Saturday (4/18) and, as usual, some stores are doing special events as well. We already posted Rough Trade's events -- which include performances by Dresden Dolls and Sondre Lerche, and signings by Buzzcocks and Kim Gordon (schedule below) -- and here's a rundown of what else is going on in NYC. Remember it won't be quite as easy running around the city this year as the L Train will not be running from 8th Ave - Bedford at all this weekend (and the four weekends after that). With that in mind, here's Here's a rundown:

In Manhattan, Other Music usually has guest DJs for RSD, but this year will feature three in-store performances: 75 Dollar Bill (noon), Mantana Roberts (3 PM), and Laraaji (5 PM). Other Music is open from 10 AM - 8 PM on Record Store Day. More info here.

A block away from OM, In Living Stereo will be open at 8AM and have performances from Flowers of Evil (vintage-style punk rock from members of Crocodiles and A Place to Bury Strangers), as well as 3 Bean Stew and Pisser. There's also free PBR all day long. What RSD titles they ordered is here and schedule is below.

Generation Records on Thompson St in the Village will be open at 10 AM and they'll have in-store performances from sleazy hard rockers Mammal at 2 PM and Brooklyn speed-thrash outfit Iron Force at 3 PM. Flyer is below.

Great little East Village store Turntable Lab will be open at 10 AM and have guest DJs spinning all day, including Nancy Whang, Justin Strauss, Eli Soul Clap, Blue Jems, Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Midnight Magic, Monk One, Nomi Ruiz and more. You can check out what #RSD15 titles they're planning on carrying here, and they'll have a printable checklist for easy ordering available starting Friday (4/17).

Another East Village store, Good Records, will open at the civilized hour of noon on Saturday and will carry a number of RSD15 titles. They add, "As always, we will be putting out a great collection of rarities and classics culled for the day from our last few months of buying. Weather permitting, we will fire up the grill in back once the ruckus dies down. burgers, dogs and adult beverages for a nominal donation."

In Brooklyn, Academy Annex in Greenpoint will be open at 10 AM. There will be a free performance by Steve Gunn at 7 PM and Academy will be providing free coffee for people who line up early. The NYC branch of Academy will be stocking RSD titles as well as putting out a special collectible 45s selection.

Not too far from Academy in Greenpoint, Captured Tracks shop will be open at 10 AM as well, as will Ear Wax in Williamsburg. Norman's Sound & Vision in Williamsburg is open 9 AM to 9 PM on Saturday.

Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will once again be open for the entirety of Record Store Day 2015, midnight to midnight, and they'll be stocking select RSD titles.

The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have 20 boxes of unsorted $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.

Permanent Records, which relocated from Greenpoint to South Slope, does not have any in-store performances, but will be stocking lots of RSD15 titles and will be open from 11 AM.

DUMBO's Halcyon Records will be having an all-day RSD celebration:

Free giveaways, drinks, smiles and pleasurable company to spare. We will be carrying a huge selection of Record Store Day titles ranging from Rock to Soul to Pop to Hip-Hop, as well as an excellent batch of special House & Techno RSD releases. Be sure to check out our latest selection of used records as well...we have taken in some serious collectable gems, dancefloor smash hits and classics for days...
There will be Output DJs and Halcyon staff spinning all day. Lineup is listed below.

Over in New Jersey, Vintage Vinyl will be open at 8 AM and stocking over 300 titles.

And if you're shopping on Saturday, check out our guide to Record Store Day 2015 releases.

What else? Flyers and in-store schedules, below...

Continue reading "a guide to NYC Record Store Day 2015 in-store performances, special events (and free beer)"

photo: Steve Gunn at 4Knots Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Steve Gunn

Steve Gunn recently announced that he signed to Matador and he'll have the followup to 2014's Way Out Weather on that label at some point. Meanwhile, watch the recently-premiered video for "Wildwood" from Way Out Weather, below.

Steve is doing a lot of touring this year, and will be in Austin for SXSW this week. Not long after that, he plays NYC on April 1 at Baby's All Right with Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, August Wells, and JR Bohannon. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the video, below...

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photo: Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Patti

The snowy weather may cause some cancelations, so be sure to check with the venue before heading out tonight. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

TIbet House US benefit w/ Philip Glass, The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Patti Smith, Sturgill Simpson, Dev Hynes, Ira Glass, Debbie Harry @ Carnegie Hall
A cavalcade of amazing talent comes out in force to support Tibet House US. Tickets are still available. Where else will you see Philip Glass, Ira Glass, Sturgill Simpson and The Flaming Lips all on one bill?

Will Butler, TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom
His brother Win gets most of the spotlight, but the Arcade Fire's Will Butler is a talented singer and songwriter too, as can be heard on his first solo album which is out next week on Merge. Tonight's the record release show. Sold out.

Rob Delaney, Jeffrey Joseph, Erik Bergstrom, Tom McCaffrey, Kenny Zimlinghaus, John Early, Sabrina Jalees @ Splitty
It's Splitty's weekly Myrtle Comedy tonight, and the great Rob Delaney will be stopping by, along with other funny folk. Five bucks.

The Growlers, Broncho @ Baby's All Right
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain back in September which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-'60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well. Tonight's their second show of a five-night-stand at Baby's All Right with Broncho.

Punch Brothers, Gaby Moreno @ Beacon Theatre
Chris Thile is one of the more prolific guys in modern bluegrass. He reunited Nickel Creek last year, and now he's already got a new Punch Brothers album and is on tour with them too.

Hundred Waters, Mitski @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Both Hundred Waters and Mitski mix folk and art pop, with the former going in a more fleshed-out and sometimes-electronic direction and the latter in a more lo-fi indie direction. Great double bill.

Regal Degal @ Elvis Guesthouse
It may not be a first, but it's a first for us: this is a "record announce" party for Regal Degal's new album, Not Now, which will be out in May via Terrible. Hey, any excuse for a party.

EULA, No Bra, GULL, Martin Bisi @ Palisades
It's the release party for local noise rockers EULA, and Martin Bisi (who produced the album) also plays a set with former members of past bands he's produced, Sonic Youth and Swans. No Bra's post-punk performance art is worth catching too.

Fox Millions Duo (Kid Millions + Greg Fox), Steve Gunn & Mary Lattimore, Laura Ortman, Matthew Regula @ Silent Barn
UPDATE: Steve Gunn and Mary Lattimore are unable to join tonight due to weather conditions. The show will go on with Greg Fox / Kid Millions Duo, Matthew Regula, Laura Ortman, with a "snowy modular synthesizer workshop" and reduced admission: $8

Curren$y @ B.B. King Blues Club
New Orleans rapper Curren$y remains crazy prolific (he last released a mixtape in the fall and has an album planned for this year) and he's pretty active on the road too. Catch him in NYC tonight.

UPDATE: Curren$y moved to 3/29 due to snow.

Nude Beach, Bodega Bay, Dances @ Bowery Electric
Nude Beach make late- 70s-inspired power pop and do a ton of justice to the sound. This is one of two upcoming hometown shows for the NYC band at the moment, and it's free with RSVP.

Bloodshot Bill @ Union Pool
Tandoori Knights member, King Khan & BBQ/Mark Sultan collaborator, and solo artist in his own right, Bloodshot Bill has a voice that can go from a guttural growl to disarming falsetto, sometime within a single phrase. His take on blues and rock n' roll is best experienced live.

Haybaby, Whitewash, Chimes, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Haybaby make a promising mix of punk, post-punk and indie pop, and they recently signed to Tiny Engines for their upcoming debut LP.

DRKWAV (ft. John Medeski, Skerik, and Adam Deitch) @ Brooklyn Bowl
This trio of prolific jam banders -- John Medeski, Skerik (Les Claypool's Fancy Band, Mad Season) and Adam Deitch (Lettuce, 50 Cent) -- teamed up as DRKWAV to make jazz fusion which resulted in their debut album, The Purge, released last week.

Alex Winston, Royal Tongues @ The Westway
Alex Winston's new singles have seen her going in a more conventionally pop direction than her 2012 debut album, and if you want to see how those translate live, you have a chance tonight.

Holy Ghost! (DJ Set), A/JUS/TED, Le Youth @ Output
DFA mainstays Holy Ghost! spin like they play live -- heavy on '80s-era synths in a electro/postpunk/new wave.

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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photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)
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The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:

SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.

The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.

Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.

There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).

These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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Pitchfork Fest
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Already on sale for a while, Pitchfork Festival just announced the lineup to this year's fest at Chicago's Union Park, and it looks like this...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2015 lineup"

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The lineup has been expanded for the 2015 Big Ears Festival, happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN. New additions include psych pioneers Silver Apples, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (performing HIVE), Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, folk singer Ryley Walker, guitar wiz William Tyler, modern classical collective Bing & Ruth, electronic/ambient musician Loscil, cabaret singer Little Annie, and Chinese composer Wu Man.

They join previously announced artists such as Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Big Ears Festival adds Silver Apples, Tyondai Braxton, Omar Souleyman, Ryley Walker, William Tyler & more to lineup"

by Bill Pearis

leave the planet

Sharing a love of Slowdive, Felt and Field Mice, London based pair Nathalie Bruno and Jack Milwaukee (who is from Italy, just for the record) began working on music together which soon turned into an actual band, Leave the Planet. If they are getting off this rock, they're doing it gently, in beautiful fashion. This is shoegaze at its most glistening. Having only released a few songs, as well as a lovely cover of Galaxie 500's "Strange," Leave the Planet are now signed to Kanine Records and will release new single "Winter Sleep" on February 3. We've got the premiere of that song's video which was directed by Milwaukee. You can watch it below.

Leave the Planet will be visiting the East Coast next month where they'll play a handful of shows, including six in NYC:

Wednesday Feb. 4 @ Cake Shop with Wildhoney, Dead Leaf Echo, and Beliefs

Thursday Feb. 5 @ Shea Stadium with Breakfast in Furs, Lost Boy, and Chimes

Wednesday Feb. 11 @ Pianos with Cosmonaut, The Jaguar Club, Captain Baby, and Night Squirrel

Saturday Feb. 14 @ Brooklyn Nite Bazaar (FREE show) with Futurebirds, and Steve Gunn

Sunday Feb. 15 @ Baby's Alright with more TBA

Monday Feb. 16 @ Palisades with Gingerlys, Wild Pink and Melt

There are also dates in Baltimore and Philadelphia while they're here, too. All are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...

Continue reading "UK shoegazers Leave the Planet releasing new 7" & video (watch), playing six NYC shows & other East Coast dates"

tickets on sale

Jeff Beck added a second Capitol Theatre show, happening April 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/23) at noon, and promo tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Thursday (1/22). His April 18 show is sold out. He also added a third Paramount (4/15) show. Tickets for that one go on venue/Citi/VIP package presales today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the John Cooper Clarke show at MHOW go on Amex presale today at noon.

Futurebirds will play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Valentine's Day with Steve Gunn (who also plays Baby's All RIght in April) and Leave the Planet (who also plays Cake Shop in early February with Wildhoney, Beliefs and Dead Leaf Echo).

Tickets for the Seth Avett + Jessica Lea Mayfield show at Town Hall go on Amex presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Interpol show at Prospect Park go on Amex, BRIC and BrooklynVegan presale today at noon. BV password here.

Tickets for the Shakey Graves show at Warsaw go on BrooklynVegan presale at 10 AM. Password here.

SALES are playing Mercury Lounge on April 9. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale date Friday (1/23).

Pennywise, A Wilhelm Scream and Teenage Bottlerocket play Starland Ballroom on March 26 and Irving Plaza on March 27. Tickets for Irving go on Live Nation and Music Geeks (password: musicgeeks) presales today at 10 AM. No presale for Starland.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

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