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photo: Built to Spill at 50 Kent in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Built to Spill

photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Front Bottoms

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

The Front Bottoms @ Rough Trade
The Front Bottoms' new album Back On Top is their first for a major label, but it's actually more subdued and often folkier than its predecessor. Tonight they celebrate with this 7 PM in-store, and to get in you have to purchase the album from the Rough Trade store.

Built To Spill, Crosss, Clarke and the Himself's @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock guitar heroes Built to Spill play their first of four NYC shows tonight. Also on the bill: Toronto's doomy Crosss who are worth catching.

Eliot Glazer, Ilana Glazer, Aaron Glaser, Jon Glaser, Glazer (The Band) @ The Bell House
They're not actually all related (or spell their names the same way) but it's a great idea to bring all the funny Glazer/Glaser folks together for one show they're calling "The Glas/zer Family Reunion." Rounding things out: NJ band Glazer. Was having Glasser too much of a stretch?

Dan Melchior, Nick Forte, Krissi Kathrin, Ning Nong @ Trans-Pecos
Dan Melchior is a prolific musician but hadn't released a new record with Broke Revue in 10 years. Lords Of The Manor breaks that decade absence and its good to have their warm sludge back.

Black Uhuru, Top Shotta Band, Screechy Dan @ Brooklyn Bowl
One of the great second generation reggae groups, Black Uhuru helped bring the sound into the '80s with electronics and dub. (Early singles comp Showcase is a classic.) Still fronted  by Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, the band remain a positive force.

Ride, The Besnard Lakes @ Stone Pony
Following two nights at Irving Plaza, revived shoegazers Ride head to Stone Pony. Opening are Montreal's Besnard Lakes making for a great double bill.

Shifted, 400PPM (Shawn O'Sullivan), Skarn (Alessandro Cortini) @ Saint Vitus
The Tinnitus Music Series and Nothing Changes are teaming up for this night of extreme music, showcasing artists on Avian Records. Label boss Shawn O'Sullivan performs as 400PPM, and Nine Inch Nails' Alessandro Conrtini will play as Skarn. Wear earplugs.

Of Monsters and Men, Highasakite @ Beacon Theatre
Iceland's masters of sweeping "whoa-oh" style folk pop play their second of three Beacon shows tonight. If you're going, Norway's Highasakite are worth showing up early.

Phil Cook, The Dead Tongues @ Rough Trade
After the TFB show, Rough Trade hosts Megafaun member Phil Cook, who's supporting a new solo album Southland Mission. Opening is fellow North Carolina artist The Dead Tongues.

G.L.O.S.S., Aye Nako, Moor Mother Goddess, Cristy C. Road @ Silent Barn
G.L.O.S.S. stands for "Girls Living Outside Society's Shit," and the Olympia punk band make exactly the kind of confrontational music you'd expect from a group with that name. Locals Aye Nako are worth catching too.

Jose James (Billie Holiday tribute) @ Blue Note
Billie Holiday would have turned 100 this year. In addition to being an inspiration for the new Lana Del Rey album and the first artist to "play" The Apollo's upcoming hologram concert series, neo-soul singer Jose James will perform her music at a series of shows at the Blue Note this week. 8 and 10:30 PM sets every night through Sunday.

Child Abuse, Silk Purse, Lydia Lunch / Weasel Walter / Sandy Ewen "PLUS SPECIAL GUEST" @ Acheron
No wave legend Lydia Lunch plays this show with her Retrovirus bandmate Weasel Walter and a special guest, and another Retrovirus member, Tim Dahl, headlines with his band Child Abuse.

El Ten Eleven, Sego @ Le Poisson Rouge
Post rock duo El Ten Eleven are back with a new album this year, Fast Forward. It's got a lot more instruments than two people can play, but the band recorded it entirely themselves with loop pedals, so presumably they'll be recreating it with ease tonight.

Acid Dad, Dinowalrus, Cloak, The Flag @ Union Pool
One particular band of note on this bill is Cloak, who make dark synthy pop that's probably at least a little influenced by Pretty Hate Machine era Nine Inch Nails.

STATS, Survival, Couch Slut @ Baby's All Right
STATS' debut album is out now, and it subscribes to no particular genre: bits of hardcore, math rock, operatic prog and more all appear. Openers Couch Slut are not to miss either.

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Flesh World
Flesh World

As you may know, Flesh World (featuring members of Brilliant Colors and Limp Wrist) are supporting their debut album The Wild Animals In My Life on a tour soon. That tour already includes two NYC shows, and now they tacked on a third.

In addition to the great (and very different) bills of Baby's All Right on July 30 with Radioactivity and Honey Radar (tickets), and MHOW on August 1 with Total Control, Lust For Youth and Sannhet (tickets); Flesh World will play a midnight show after MHOW at Acheron with Survival, La Cruor and Scully. Tickets for that one are available too.

In related news, right after that tour is done, Limp Wrist will play their own NYC show on August 6 at Silent Barn. That's with Frau, In School, Crazy Spirit and Honeysuck. Tickets at door.

Updated Flesh World dates are listed, with a stream of their new album, below...

Continue reading "Flesh World add third NYC show to tour; Limp Wrist playing NYC too"

by Bill Pearis

Mercury Girls Philly / Mercury Girls Toronto

We've done a few of these "Band Vs. Band" posts over the years, but maybe never one where both bands have the exact same names, similar(ish) sounds, formation dates, and factoids. They're also both good and will play in NYC within the next month. Here's Mercury Girls (Philadelphia) Vs. Mercury Girls (Toronto).

Philadelphia's Mercury Girls formed in 2014 and features two Kevins of other bands: Kevin Attics of Literature and Kevin O'Halloran of Little Big League. (The five-piece also includes Sarah Schimineck, Emily Cahill and Chris Schackerman.) Their sound is not too far away from Literature's: breathless, sparkling indiepop. The band shared a couple very catchy demos on their bandcamp in March and played their first show in June with a few more since (including Cake Shop in NYC a couple weeks ago). Look for a single on Slumberland in the not-too-distant future. Stream their demos below, and you can catch them at Brooklyn's Alphaville on August 7. The rest of the lineup is still TBA.

The Mercury Girls from Toronto, seemed to have formed at almost the same time, and also have a member from a notable other band -- Fucked Up drummer Jonah Falco. Their sound is more in a fuzzy, dark post punk direction, however. They also have a demo out and you can stream its five songs below. Toronto's Mercury Girls will be on this side of the Canadian border for two NYC shows this month: July 22 at Acheron with Survival, Honey, and Worse and then Union Pool on July 23 with EZTV and Nude Beach. Tickets for both those shows are on sale now. They're also opening for ChameleonsVOX at their tour stops in Toronto and Montreal. Listen to their demo below.

Clearly, someone's going to have to flinch in this band name duel. Who should it be? And any suggestions for new names? When it happens, if there's no hard feelings, maybe they can play together as it would actually make a good double bill.

Continue reading "Mercury Girls from Philly (mems Literature / Little Big League) ~VS~ Mercury Girls from Toronto (mems Fucked Up)"


We knew that Mark Burgess of famed post-punk outfit The Chameleons would be bringing his ChameleonsVOX project to North America for a tour this fall, playing 1983's The Script of the Bridge in full, and now we have details. Dates have shifted around a bit and the NYC show will be happening October 8 at The Wick, the last date of the tour. It's quite a lineup too, with goth punks Anasazi, Cleveland's Pleasure Leftists, Portugese language hardcore act La Misma, and post-punkers Survival (not Hunter Hunt-Hendrix from Liturgy's other band with the same name). Tickets for The Wick show are on sale now.

While this is being billed as a "Farewell Tour," Mark says he'll continue to play shows here and there, but this will be his last major tour. All dates are listed, along with a YouTube stream of Script of the Bridge, below.

Pleasure Leftists, who are also opening for ChameleonsVOX in Columbus and Baltimore (and maybe others?), are also finally ready to follow their impressive EPs with their first full length, The Woods of Heaven. It's due this August via Deranged, which also put out their 2013 self-titled EP and early releases from White Lung, Fucked Up and more. First single "You You" is up that same alley of driving post-punk/deathrock as their EPs, as you can hear below. They're doing a run of headlining shows in August too, and those dates are also listed below.

Continue reading "ChameleonsVOX announce 'Script of the Bridge' tour dates, some w/ Pleasure Leftists who have a new LP soon (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher


Australian post-punks Rule of Thirds are on a North American tour as we speak, having just hit NYC for New York's Alright this past weekend. They're currently in the midst of a run of dates with NYC's Survival, which has them in Pittsburgh tonight (4/22), and that run brings them back to NYC on Saturday (4/25) at Silent Barn. Pawns and The Brass are on that bill too, and $8 at the door gets you in. All dates are listed below.

Following their 2012 demo and a 2013 7", Rule of Thirds put out their self-titled debut full length earlier this year on Mass Media in the US and No Patience in their home country. As is the case with a lot of post-punk, the basslines are the driving force here (and Rule of Thirds have killer basslines), but singer Freya Zaknich's piercing, distinct vocals are no small part of their appeal either. The 7" is a little more punk/deathrock, while the LP comes a bit closer to the "sounds like Joy Division" classification, but both are great. Check them out, with a video, below.

Continue reading "Australian post-punks Rule of Thirds on North American tour, playing NYC this weekend (dates, song streams, video)"

Part 1

For a long time, Part 1 seemed like perhaps the ultimate cult deathrock and punk band. From Milton Keynes, about 50 miles northwest of London, the band were part of the darker side of the early 80s UK anarcho-punk phenomenon that included Amebix, Rudimentary Peni, The Mob, Lack of Knowledge, Null and Void, The Dead, and others. Flangey and atmospheric postpunk guitars; echoing vocals that reminded of Rudimentary Peni; song titles like "The Corpse," "The Tomb," "Incest," "Ghost," and "Black Mass"; and creepy black and white artwork - it was easy to imagine the band as a coterie of fog-enshrouded ghouls banging out their particularly morbid take on punk in a dark tomb on England's moors. Like Amebix, who - it is hard to believe now - languished in relative obscurity until the internet revived interest through viral file- and video-sharing, so lately Part 1 are on the verge of being given their proper due. [Cvlt Nation]
The above quote is from a 2012 article on '80s UK deathrock band Part 1, who had decided to reform two years earlier. Their first show since the '80s happened at London's Buffalo Bar in August 2013, and this April they'll play their first-ever US shows.

Those shows include three in NYC, two of which are part of multi-venue punk festival New York's Alright. Their NY's Alright shows happen April 17 at Saint Vitus with Australia's Rule of Thirds, Survival and Cheena (mems of Pharmakon, Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, L.O.T.I.O.N., and Hank Wood & The Hammerheads); and April 18 at Saint Vitus with Anasazi, Pleasure Leftists and Institute. 4/18 is sold out, but tickets for 4/17 are still available.

After that, they play a Nothing Changes party late night on April 22 at Home Sweet Home with Tokyo punks Raw Distractions, who will also be in town for NY's Alright. That one's $8 at the door, and doors open at 10 PM.

Part 1 also have a Pittsburgh show with Wrathcobra and Silence, and a Philly show with Dark Blue and Fuck SS. All dates are listed below.

Though Part 1's discography had been out of print for years, All The Madmen reissued their 1985 album, Pictures of Pain, earlier this year in the UK, and Sacred Bones is reissuing their 1983 EP, Funeral Parade, on April 14. Stream the remastered "Salem" from the upcoming Sacred Bones reissue, plus "Black Mass" from Pictures of Pain (not the remastered version), below...

Continue reading "'80s UK deathrock band Part 1 reissuing EP on Sacred Bones, playing first-ever US shows (NY's Alright & Nothing Changes)"

photo: Dawn of Humans at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Dawn of Humans

Multi-venue NYC hardcore festival New York's Alright returns from April 16-19. Since we last spoke, the schedule was posted, and it includes shows at Acheron, Le Poisson Rouge, Saint Vitus, Palisades and The Wick. All shows (including the "unofficial" aftershows) this year will be ticketed, and tickets go on sale this Saturday (2/14). So far, only the link for The Wick's show is up, but tickets for LPR should be up son on their site, and the others should soon be on Ticketfly. Full schedule below.

Tickets are also on sale for a Kromosom / Aspects of War / Mommy show happening April 12 at Acheron, which isn't a NY's Alright show, but is a week earlier and entirely made up of bands playing the fest.

Continue reading "New York's Alright 2015 schedule & ticket info"

The Mob

The Mob were an anarcho-punk band originally from Yeovil, Somerset, England during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The band broke up in December 1983. Marc Mob was the bands center of attention with colourful (red) dreadlocks and an angelic face. On the contrary his voice sounded doomed, his lyrics featuring topics such as nuclear bombs, war, wastelands, death and doom in general. the mob. they knew that the world was a place of doom, gloom, and despair, and thus sung songs of mourning for a dying world. greed, corruption, and pollution have blotted out all hope and optimism. [Last.fm]
The Mob first reunited back in 2011 (maybe you saw them at Chaos In Tejas in 2012), and now they're returning to the US once again this spring. They were already announced for DC's Damaged City Fest, and have since added club dates happening beforehand including NYC's Acheron on April 7. That show is with Survival, Suicidas and Pox. Tickets are on sale now. All known dates are listed, with a video from Chaos In Tejas 2012, below.

UPDATE: Full tour announced. All dates are listed, with the tour poster, below...

Continue reading "UK anarcho-punk pioneers The Mob touring the US before Damaged City Fest (dates)"

photo:::Slingshot Dakota @ Saint Vitus, October 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Slingshot Dakota

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

Slingshot Dakota, Runaway Brother, Crazy and The Brains, Vasudeva @ Baby's All Right
BrooklynVegan is proud to present this show with driving indie pop duo Slingshot Dakota, boundary-pushing pop punks Runaway Brother, xylophone-filled folk punks Crazy & the Brains, and mathy/dancey instrumental rockers Vasudeva. BV's Andrew Sacher is DJing between sets. Hope to see you there!

Future Punx, Heaven's Gate, Survival, Pill @ Aviv
Brooklyn's newest DIY venue has a fun show lined up tonight, headlined by new wave-inspired Future Punx, and the hazy rock of Heaven's Gate.

Heaven's Jail, Such Hounds, Milk Dick @ Baby's All Right
This is a diverse bill of locals, and especially of note is indie folk band Heaven's Jail and scuz-pop band Milk Dick.

The Parlor Mob, The Gay Blades, Silverbird, GODS @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is always a good option for weekend evening entertainment, offering up free live music, microbrews, tasty treats, shopping, and a variety of games (mini-golf, ping pong) all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight, NJ riff rockers The Parlor Mob headline the night's live music.

Sharkmuffin, Mystery Channels, The Meltaways, granny @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn garage rock trio Sharkmuffin are a newer band, but sound straight out of the garage rock boom of the last decade. Picture something between Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sahara Hotnights and you'll get an idea.

Dr. Dog, The Districts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Dr. Dog are on night 2 of their eight-night NYC run with different openers. Tonight it's roots rockers The Districts. Sold out.

Oneida, Chris Forsythe & the Solar Motel Band, Mike Wexler @ Palisades
Brooklyn experimental scene vets Oneida play their first show of 2015 tonight, which is a good bill all around, with the jammy Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band (who put out the great Intensity Ghost LP in 2014) and psychedelic folk singer Mike Wexler.

Special Guest, Silk Rhodes, LF Wind, Bae Bro, Greem Jellyfish @ Palisades
Following the Oneida show is this late night party featuring Silk Rhodes and a Stones Throw labelmate who for, for now, is a surprise. Doors at midnight.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Daddy Long Legs, DJ Jonathan Toubin, DJ Phast Phreddie The Boogaloo Omnibus @ Saint Vitus
This is a party called the "New York Night Train Boogie Night Blues Dance" with live sets from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Daddy Long Legs, plus DJs Phast Phreddie The Boogaloo Omnibus and Jonathan Toubin (who also hosts).

Lydia Lunch's RETROVIRUS w/ Weasel Walter, Bob Bert & Tim Dahl; Yvette @ Rough Trade
No wave legend Lydia Lunch (of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and many other projects) brings back her RETROVIRUS show tonight, and she's joined by an impressive cast of guests for it. Opening are NYC's much newer and also great noisemakers, Yvette.

Pile, Krill, Baked, Swings @ Shea Stadium
Pile hearken back to '90s post-hardcore while their Massachusetts neighbors and Exploding In Sound labelmates Krill make indie rock not far removed from Spencer Krug. Good double bill.

Marvin Berry and The New Sound, Fletcher C. Johnson, Honey, Friend @ Silent Barn
This is the last-ever show for Marvin Berry and the New Sound who go their separate ways after tonight. They headline a very strong bill of garage/punk.

Arto Lindsay, Jahiliyya Fields, Gut Nose, Victoria Keddie, Diamond Terrifier (DJ Set) @ Trans-Pecos
No wave legend and experimental composer Arto Lindsay is headed to Ridgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos for a two-night stand this weekend. Tonight's the first, with an undercard of equally experimental artists.

Mayhem, Watain, Revenge @ Webster Hall
This is pretty much the place to be for black metal fans tonight with second wave legends Mayhem, one of the current millennium's best in the genre, Watain, and war metal extremists Revenge.

!!! , DJ Degal @ Union Pool
Punk-funk stalwarts !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are getting ready to head into the studio to record their new album. To make sure they're well prepared, they'll be playing their new material (and a few old favorites) this week at four consecutive nights at Union Pool. Tonight's your final chance to catch them.

Winter JazzFest
The 2015 edition of this yearly festival is in full swing tonight with concerts at 10 different NYC venues.

Mother Falcon, Marques Toliver (APAP NYC) @ Joe's Pub
Music industry conference APAP is happening in NYC this weekend, and with it many shows that don't fall under traditional rock formats. (You might be at an APAP showcase and not even realize it.) There are lots of APAP showcases at Joe's Pub over the weekend, including this one with many-membered chamber pop collective Mother Falcon.

NYC Podfest @ Fontana's
Now in its third year, the NYC Podfest brings the best of, you guessed it, podcasts from across the country to New York for a fun-filled audio-based weekend. Today it's taking place at LES venue Fontana's with an all-day program that includes the "Podcast Panel" with Jason Zinoman of The New York Times, with guests Matt Braunger, Dave Hill and Julie Klausner. And lots more.

Kneebody, Daedelus @ Apple Store Soho
Jazz group Kneebody, who recently collaborated with Kimbra, now team with instrumental hip hop producer Daedelus. This is free and starts at 4 PM.

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Puce Mary

Danish one-woman industrial noise project Puce Mary released her newest album, Persona, earlier this year via Posh Isolation. If you're unfamiliar, you can get a taste from the bleak, distortion-covered and effect-laden track "Courses" below.

She also has a North American tour underway at the moment, and it includes three NYC dates. Most of the tour is with Ligature (ex-The Men, currently Warthog, Foreplay), although he'll be joining for only one of the NYC dates. The first is at ISSUE Project Room on December 5, where Puce Mary will be performing under her given name Frederikke Hoffmeier. That's part of the the three-day Swedish Energies 2014: EMS at 50 series which celebrates 50 years of Stockholm's Elektronmusikstudion (aka EMS) and "brings together a wide-ranging international lineup of visionary electronic and improvisational musicians spanning genres of sound and visual art." Here's the details on that one:

The night opens with concrete sounds from UK-based Swedish sound artist Jenny Sunesson. Saxophonist Christine Abdelnour, known for the breadth of her textural alto techniques, plays duo with Joachim Nordwall, a member of The Skull Defekts and iDeal label-head. Sound artist Daniel Rozenhall and visual artist / graphic designer Sten Backman appear in a rare collaboration. Copenhagen's Frederikke Hoffmeier, aka Puce Mary, plays a solo set crossing rhythmic industrial and harsh power electronics. The notorious Swedish composer and visual artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff closes the night with a solo performance. A co-founder of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, von Housswolff's minimal-leaning works explore themes of electricity and communication with the afterlife.
Tickets are on sale now and get you into all three days of the series, which also features cool acts like Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))) and The Sons of God, among others.

Puce Mary's next NYC stop is Saint Vitus on December 11 with tourmate Ligature, Destruction Unit-related insanity project Marshstepper. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After that she'll play Palisades on December 19 which is otherwise a punk lineup with local bands Crazy Spirit and Survival, and Spanish hardcore outfit Orden Mundial. Tickets for that show are on sale now too.

That Palisades show is good all around, but if you're going don't miss Orden Mundial who will be here from Spain. Their speed-oriented attack provides an equally heavy contrast to Puce Mary's blasted-out industrial soundscapes. You can stream their newest LP below.

Puce Mary is also playing a show with like-minded NYC noisemaker Pharmakon in Montreal. Meanwhile, as we've discussed, Pharmakon's record release show is this Saturday (11/22) at Palisades. Tickets are still available.

All Puce Mary dates are listed, along with that track stream and the Orden Mundial LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Puce Mary released an LP, touring, playing 3 NYC shows (dates with Marshstepper, Orden Mundial & more)"

by Andrew Sacher


Brazil's Rakta make ripping punk that incorporates the dark sounds of gothy post-punk and also some of the tripped-out atmospheres of psychedelic rock. They put out a self titled EP at the tail-end of 2013 which is well worth checking out. You can download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it in full below. They've been in the US on a tour that hit NYC at Nothing Changes late last night (10/15) with Merchandise tourmates Ninos Du Brasil, and they'll be hanging around for another NYC show on Saturday (10/18) at Palisades with Toronto's S.H.I.T., plus Survival and Mommy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Their only other upcoming show that we're currently aware of is opening one of the LA stops on Iceage's tour. All of their dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...

Continue reading "Rakta played Nothing Changes, playing Palisades w/ S.H.I.T. on Saturday, opening for Iceage in LA (dates & EP stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Ukiah Drag in Chicago in June (more by Milos Markicevic)
Ukiah Drag

The Ukiah Drag are following their 7" from earlier this year with a full length, The Reaper's Quarters, on September 9 via Wharf Cat. The album was produced by Ben Greenberg (formerly of The Men, currently of Uniform and Hubble), and you can get a taste from two of its singles, "Her Royal Grip" and the just-released "Final Prayer," both excellent doses of psychedelic punk. "Her Royal Grip" moves from a garage rocker to a Doors-style trip, and "Final Prayer" is an eight-minute dirge of acid-soaked aggression not unlike Ukiah's past tourmates Destruction Unit. Stream them both below.

The Ukiah Drag will come to NYC to celebrate the new album with a release show on September 11 at Saint Vitus. It's a joint release party with Uniform, who celebrate their self titled 12" that day, and also features local punk bands Crazy Spirit and Survival, as well as local noise artist Nick Klein. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below. It's the only upcoming date for both The Ukiah Drag and Uniform at the moment.

Continue reading "The Ukiah Drag releasing an LP, celebrating w/ Uniform, Crazy Spirit & others in NYC (two track streams)"


Brooklyn's Nancy Sinatra-covering noise artist Pharmakon has announced that she'll release a new album, Bestial Burden, the followup to 2013's excellent Abandon, on October 14 via Sacred Bones. It was produced by Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon, who also helmed Abandon. You can check out the LP's tracklist and the trailer video for it, directed by Jacqueline Castel, below. Artwork above.

Pharmakon will tour Europe with Swans this fall (who she's toured with before), but before she leaves home she'll play Death by Audio on August 29 with Una Bestia Incontrolable and Survival. $10 at the door gets you in.

That's the first of two NYC dates that week for Barcelona punks Una Bestia Incontrolable. They also play 538 Johnson on 8/30 with Dawn of Humans and La Misma. They just put out a new 7" on Iron Lung Records, which you can stream (via Noisey) below.

Also below is the list of Pharmakon dates, LP trailer and tracklist.

Continue reading "Pharmakon releasing a new album, playing DbA with Una Bestia Incontrolable before European tour w/ Swans (dates)"

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Tickets for the RL Grime show at Terminal 5 go on Fan Club/VIP Package and AmEx presale today at 10 AM and noon, respectively. (Anyone know the password?)

Tickets for the Flying Lotus and Thundercat show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the EMA and Doldrums show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kimbra and Empress Of show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene) show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tom Vek show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for his Baby's All Right show.

Tickets for the PUP show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Mutual Benefit show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Glasslands Halloween show are still available.

TOKiMONSTA is playing Le Poisson Rouge on October 4 with Made In Heights. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Slavve are playing a free show at Rough Trade on August 2.

Soupcans, Pampers, Ultrathin and Chat Logs are playing Death by Audio on August 2. $8 at the door.

Amanda X, Two Inch Astronaut, Wing Dam and Cousin Brian are playing Death by Audio on August 8. $8 at the door.

Boytoy, Painted Zeroes, The Howl and Honduras are playing Death by Audio on August 9. $7 at the door.

Sleepies, Kal Marks, Left & Right and Washer are playing Death by Audio on August 13. $8 at the door.

Lodro, Waltz and Electroputas are playing Death by Audio on August 14. $8 at the door.

Sean Nicholas Savage is playing Death by Audio on August 15 with Nicholas Nicholas, Jerry Paper and CE Schneider Tropical the day before his free Central Park Summerstage show with Blood Orange. DbA show is $8 at the door.

Pharmakon, Una Bestia Incontrolable and Survival are playing Death by Audio on August 29. $10 at the door.

Dry The River and Nathaniel Rateliff are playing Bowery Ballroom on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general onsale Friday (7/25) at noon.

Comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one are on sale now.

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.


Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series is underway, happening every Saturday afternoon through the warmer months. The series, curated by Other Music this year, just announced it's July lineup which is pretty solid:

JULY 5: Widowspeak
JULY 12: The Men / Survival / Mercury Rising
JULY 19: Obits
JULY 25: Jonathan Toubin + Special Guests
More openers for some of those shows to be announced soon. In other Summer Thunder news, Ex-Cult have been added to the June 21 show with Liquor Store and Call of the Wild.

Related: Obits frontman Rick Froberg made an appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday as part of Red Mass' set.

This Saturday's Summer Thunder line-up (6/14) features Joe Bataan and 178 Improvisation Product. Parties start at 2 PM with bands beginning later in the day.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Lower - Soft Option (MP3)


Danish quartet Lower are currently in North America for a few East Coast shows, including two here in NYC: tonight (5/28) at Home Sweet Home with Survival as part of the weekly late night Nothing Changes party ($8 at the door), and then Friday (5/30) at Acheron with Jade Tree signees Dark Blue and La Cruor (tickets).

The group have just shared a second song from their upcoming Matador debut, Seek Warmer Climes, out June 17. Where "Lost Weight, Perfect Skin," was on the strident side, new single "Soft Option" is a little more melodic, with a chorus that recalls early-'80s bands like The Chameleons and The Sound. You can download it above and watch its video -- along with a couple other tracks from the LP and the band's current tour schedule -- below.

Continue reading "Lower are here, share new song off 'Seek Warmer Climes,' play Nothing Changes party tonight, Acheron on Friday"

by Ian Chainey

Punk Island

No man is an island. A punk fest? Yeah, we'll allow it.

The colossal Punk Island show spanning various stages in Staten Island on June 21 still requires your support. Last Thursday, the free, all-ages fest presented by MMNY and a Bunch of Punx hit its Kickstarter goal of $9,000. However, this only covers the "bare essentials," per the organizers. Thus, additional support has been requested, along with the news that benefit shows will also be scheduled to help lighten the financial load.

As it currently stands, Punk Island will feature a bill of nearly 100 bands and will encompass seven stages. Beginning in April, Punk Island's Facebook page has announced sets of 14 bands every Monday. Both the stages and currently confirmed bands are listed below. Needless to say, there's a ton more to come.

In other NYC punk news, Sad Boys have scheduled one last Brooklyn date before leaving to tour Japan. The Ground Zero compilation contributors will be joined by Survival, Creeping Dose, and Closet Case at Lulu's on May 8. Tickets are $7 at the door. The show description also mentions, ". . .a fucking balls to the wall 90s ass dance party," following the event in case you weren't sold already.

Find below the announced-so-far roster for Punk Island, a list of stages, and a particularly infectious Sad Boys set recorded for KBOO in 2013.

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The Horrors at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

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

The Horrors, Spires @ House of Vans
The Horrors' new album, Luminous, continues their don't-look-back escape from their garagey beginnings, and heads further into widescreen, groovy (at times Bunnymen-eque) pop. The record is out next week but you can get an early taste tonight. A free show, but RSVP is full. If you're going, be sure to get there for likeminded Brooklynites Spires.

David Lynch @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
The acclaimed director will be talking with the New York Public Library's Paul Holdengräber about "his many passions, including painting, music, Transcendental Meditation, and, of course, film." We hope hair care comes up too. Sold out, as you might expect.

Nickel Creek, Secret Sisters @ Beacon Theater
Though Chris Thile has been very active with his band Punch Brothers for the past few years, he's now reunited with Nickel Creek who are releasing new music and touring for the first time since their 2007 breakup. Tonight they're at Beacon Theater for a sold-out show.

The Both, Nick Diamonds @ Bowery Ballroom
Ted Leo and Aimee Mann have been collaborating for a couple years now, and this year they finally got out their debut album as The Both. Tonight's the first of two NYC shows on this tour, and is sold out. Opening is a solo set from Nick Diamonds of The Unicorns and Islands.

Alden Penner, Softspot, Vassals, Xander Duell @ Glasslands
Speaking of solo sets from Unicorns members, Alden Penner also plays one at Glasslands tonight. His is in support of his new solo record, Exegesis, and this is his second NYC show of the week.

Survival, Advaeta, Public Hex, CCTV @ Death By Audio
Tonight's show is a benefit for organizers in Guatamala to Resist Gold Corp and features a host of dark, postpunky bands.

Say Hi, Big Scary @ Mercury Lounge
Barsuk labelmates Say Hi and Big Scary bring their tour to Rough Trade tonight for their first of two NYC shows this week. It's been a while since Say Hi played here, so if you've been needing to see them tonight's a good chance to remedy that.

Cosmonaut, Butter The Children, OxenFree, Cave Needles, Water @ Pianos
Local band Cosmoutnaut concludes their Pianos residency tonight, featuring support from, among others, the shoegazy pop of Butter the Children.

Jolie Holland, People Get Ready @ Union Pool
Jolie Holland, who will release her new album Wine Dark Sea on May 20, begins her residency -- which happens over the next three Tuesdays -- with support from arty pop band People Get Ready.

Styles P, Funkmaster Flex, Chris Rivers, The Incomparable Shakespeare, Fame @ The Wick
The Lox have been pretty active lately, but tonight Styles P returns to the solo format for this show at new-ish Brooklyn venue The Wick.

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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Skull Defekts

Swedish experimental rockers The Skull Defekts, who count Lungfish's Daniel Higgs as a member, released their newest album with him on board, Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown, earlier this year via Thrill Jockey. You can get a taste of that from the trippy video for single "The Known Unknown" below.

The Skull Defekts are supporting that album with a short US tour that kicks off in Chicago on Tuesday (4/29). While Daniel Higgs will not be with The Skull Defekts on most of this tour, he will join them at their NYC shows which happen on May 3 at Trans Pecos with PC Worship, Ornament and Zomes (DJs); and May 4 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Sannhet and Survival.

The Trans Pecos show is an afternoon outdoor show, with a BBQ starting at 3:30 PM and the music starting at 4:30 PM. No advance tickets for that one, but tickets for the Studio show are on sale now.

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

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by Wyatt Marshall

Stoic Violence

California's furious hardcore punk band Stoic Violence just released Chained via Deranged Records, a relentlessly punishing 12" that revels in bleakness. The album is here just in time for New York's Alright, the multi-venue punk festival that they play, along with Hank Wood, La Misma, Anasazi and many more. Give it a listen below.

New York's Alright begins tonight (4/17) and continues through Sunday (4/20). Stoic Violence's set happens at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (4/19) with Infernoh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans and Murderer. Tickets for that show are still available.

As mentioned, Stoic Violence also kick off a tour after NY's Alright. When we last spoke, those dates were still TBA but have now been announced, including another NYC show happening on May 1 at Lulu's with Survival and Pleasure Industry.

Check out the full New York's Alright schedule HERE. All Stoic Violence dates are listed, along with their album stream, below...

Continue reading "Stoic Violence released 'Chained,' touring after New York's Alright (dates & LP stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pleasure Leftists (photo by Rosalee Bernabe)
Pleasure Leftists

Cleveland post-punks Pleasure Leftists have a few dates coming up supporting fellow Cleveland band Cloud Nothings, and after that they'll be touring Europe. But in between those two tours, they'll squeeze in a headlining appearance in NYC at Saint Vitus on April 25. Also on that show is Philly trio Dark Blue (mems Clockcleaner, Paint It Black, Purling Hiss), plus two NYC post-punk bands, Survival and Failed States. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All dates are listed below.

Following releases on small trusty labels Fan Death and Katorga Works, Pleasure Leftists teamed up with another small trust label, Deranged Records (White Lung's pre-Domino home), who put out their most recent 12" in late 2013. It's 5 songs of dark, driving post-punk and can be streamed in its entirety below.

Meanwhile, you can catch Dark Blue at Saint Vitus much sooner, when they open for Nothing at the Brooklyn venue tonight (3/20). That show also features local post-metallers Sannhet and industrial noise crew York Factory Complaint, and is sold out.

All Pleasure Leftists dates are listed, with their 12" stream and a Dark Blue song, below...

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by Doug Moore

Occultation at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)

After a relatively quiet autumn, NYC-based creepy crawlers Occultation (who share guitarist Ed Miller with the great black metal band Negative Plane) will take their, erm, occult rock on the road for the second time this year in December. The six-day tour kicks off with an appearance at the Acheron on December 4, along with the thoroughly un-Google-able punk band Survival (not the Liturgy side project), Yautja, and Razorheads. The tour then loops out towards the midwest, including a Chicago stop on December 7 at the Ultralounge.

Tickets for the NYC date are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with an Occultation track stream, below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)

Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select showsmagazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.

Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.

Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).

You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.

Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.

Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...

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by Doug Moore

Modern Life is War

Unsurprisingly, Modern Life Is War's October 12 show at the Studio at Webster Hall with Night Birds and Deathcycle has sold out. The recently-reunited Iowan hardcore band has consequently booked a second late-night set at Saint Vitus, also on 10/12. Tickets will go on sale Thursday (9/5) at noon, with support from Incendiary and Survival (the punk band, not the HHH-related project).

Stream the title track from MLIW's new album Fever Hunting, which came out this Tuesday, below, followed by a multi-cam MLIW set from This Is Hardcore 2013. Details for the LP and all tour dates are listed below as well.

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Shellshag @ MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Eric Copeland @ Bowery Ballroom in April (more by PSquared Photography)
Eric Copeland

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Eric Copeland, Regal Degal, Greatest Hits @ 285 Kent Avenue
Black Dice's Eric Copeland released his new solo album, Joke In The Hole, earlier this summer and is a total schizo freakout. Expect similar terrorizing sonics tonight, plus a set from Regal Degal.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, The Rooks @ Brooklyn Bowl
Chicago's "post-punk soul" innovator JC Brooks brings his unique, compelling Sound uptown (Brooklyn) for a fun night competing against the sounds of falling pins.

We Barbarians, Sacco, Isadora @ Cameo Gallery
Long Beach trio We Barbarian's sound is not a million miles away from Bear Hands or Local Natives, making dancefloor friendly rock.

Kicking Spit, Shellshag, Black Wine, Nuclear Santa Claust @ Death By Audio
It's an all Don Giovanni bill tonight at Death by Audio with lo-fi rockers Kicking Spit, veteran DIY duo Shellshag, power-pop-y rockers Black Wine, and Ramonesy punks Nuclear Santa Claust. Should be a great time.

Black Kids, Junior Prom @ Mercury Lounge
Victims of overhype success, lets not forget that what got these Floridians into the mess was some really catchy, likable songs. After a few years out from under the microscope, Black Kids are back and we're hoping for the best.

Bear Hands, The Coathangers, The Death Set, Pity Sex, EULA, Dead//Beat @ Paper Box
This stacked bill at The Paper Box is dubbed Blackout Summer '13 and it features some great bands, including garage punks The Coathangers, dance punks The Death Set, emo kids-turned-shoegazers Pity Sex, noise rockers EULA, and more.

Math the Band, Sparxx, Efraim, Murdertonics (DJ set) @ Shea Stadium
Math the Band have recently opened for bands like Peelander-Z and Andrew WK, and seeing them only once will show you exactly why. This duo is more concerned with rock for the sake of fun rather than for the sake of art. So even if you don't know the songs, head on over to Shea Stadium and party.

mewithoutYou, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves @ The Bell House
mewithoutYou have done just about everything from post-hardcore to art rock to indie folk in the course of their decade-plus career, and it's probably fair to expect a mix of all of that tonight. Meanwhile, Brooklyn's A Great Big Pile of Leaves make some of the best chilled out, start-stop emo since Minus the Bear, making this a great double bill.

Ovlov, Two Inch Astronaut, LVL UP, Flagland @ Union Pool
It's a night of loud rock at Union Pool with traditionalist indie rock from Ovlov, smart post-hardcore from Two Inch Astronaut, deceptively-slacker rock from LVL UP, and garage rock from Flagland.

Ladytron (DJ set), Sinden, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandtheft, Lauren Flax, Swizzymack @ Pier 78
This is a two-part danceparty with a diverse mix of DJs and performers: first half taking place on Pier 78 (West Side Highway and 38th St) and then at midnight it moves on the Hudson via the Star of Palm Beach cruiser.

The Love Goat, Action Swingers, Degreaser, BeauSoleil @ Cake Shop
The Love Goat is the exciting and new project from Lubricated Goat's Stu Spasm. Come aboard, they're expecting you. The night also features fellow Aussie punks Degreaser.

Bicep, Maxxi Soundsystem, Pional, JDH & Dave P @ Highline Ballroom
Dance all night at Highline Ballroom for this Fixed + Verboten party with Simian Mobile Disco collaborator Bicep, UK house producer Maxxi Soundsystem, John Talabot collaborator Pional, and Fixed regulars JDH + Dave P. 11 PM doors.

New Power Generation, Secret Band @ City Winery
It's "Purple Week" at City Winery and tonight's show is not Prince (or an artist formerly known as that) but it is members of his sometimes backing band, New Power Generation, plus the promise of "very special guests." For the price of these tickets, they better be special.

Survival @ Saint Vitus
Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix's new project, Survival, explores some completely different themes, delving into post-hardcore while dabbling with the vocal experimentation that marked some of his other band's releases.

Aye Nako, Priests, Tomboy, Bad Behavior @ The Living Gallery
Brooklyn's Aye Nako, who do pop punk right, and fiercely intense DC post-punks Priests are teaming up for a show at the Living Gallery tonight, which makes for one hell of a show. Brooklyn's punky Bad Behavior are worth catching too. You can stream their recent Never Trust a Dolphin EP, below.


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