Entries tagged with: The Beets
by Bill Pearis
The Beets' Juan Wauters released his first solo album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, last week on Captured Tracks. A little mellower than what his does with The Beets, it's a really nice record that sounds especially good on an overcast day like today. The album is available in a special gatefold edition with artwork (and a comic) by longtime visual collaborator Matthew Volz. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio.
He'll then open for the Vivian Girls' sold-out farewell show at Death by Audio on March 1, and then will be opening for Mac DeMarco 's upcoming tour including Webster Hall on April 9 with Amen Dunes and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available as well.
All tour dates, plus song streams and the flyer for the Baby's show, below...
Stranger Cat at Glasslands earlier this month (more by Ryan Muir)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest @ Madison Square Garden
Kanye's got two of the biggest, if not the biggest, rap albums of the current decade under his belt, and an elaborate stage show to deliver the material live. This show, the last on his NYC run, is doubly special because it's the second of A Tribe Called Quest's two "final" shows.
Caspian, 65daysofstatic, The World is a Beautiful Place & I'm No Longer Afraid To Die @ Bowery Ballroom
This epically atmospheric tour descends upon NYC tonight with Caspian's powerful post rock, 65daysofstatic who put a synth-rock spin on the genre, and TWIABP who make multi-layered emo.
Lou Reed Tribute w/ Arto Lindsay, Ivan Julian, Lenny Kaye, mems of TVTOR & more @ Bowery Electric
This huge Lou Reed tribute in a tiny room features many many musicians, including no wave legend Arto Lindsay, Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Lou Reed/Laurie Anderson/Marc Ribot collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess, Grooms' Travis Johnson, People Get Ready's Steven Reker, The Vaccines' Justin Hayward-Young, Caged Animals, Drowners, Jeffrey Lewis, Kirin J. Callinan, Phantom Family Halo, Sam Mickens, and even more.
Weezer, Elliot & the Ghost @ The Paramount
It may have been quite a while since Weezer released a good album, but they still have fun live shows and it's always a treat when you get to hear those old favorites. They're only doing a few dates this month, and this Long Island show is the closest they'll get to NYC.
Overkill, Kreator @ Stage 48
German thrash legends Kreator and NY thrash legends Overkill play two NYC shows at Stage 48 together this weekend, this being the second. Read our recent interview with Overkill.
Magmana, Glass Ghost, Stranger Cat @ Glasslands
Sharon Van Etten/Sufjan Stevens collaborator Cat Martino recently began working as Stranger Cat, a more electronic-tinged project than her other work, but still one with her knack for art pop dynamics and great songwriting.
S O H N, Empress Of, Daniel James @ Mercury Lounge
SOHN recently signed to 4AD and makes the kind of indie/R&B that's been in style lately, and Empress Of isn't on 4AD, but her brand of art pop is not too far removed from another artist currently on that label, St. Vincent. This is their first of 2 NYC shows this week.
TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner @ Joe's Pub
Writer/comedian Julie Klausner is in the midst of her 5-night TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN run at Joe's Pub, where she promises to "sing some goddamn songs." This is night 3.
Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ The Knit
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
Some other good local shows tonight:
* Bueno, Killer Bob, Bodyparts, Friend Roulette @ Muchmore's
* Zebu, Guerilla Toss, Blanche Blanche, Fat Creeps @ Death By Audio
* The Beets, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Judy Blooms @ Shea Stadium
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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While The Beets are still active, singer Juan Wauters will be releasing his first solo album, titled N.A.P. North American Poetry, on February 4 via Captured Tracks (who put out the first two Beets albums). That's the cover art above, which was designed, as with all of Juan's records, by Matthew Volz. The album was made between fall 2010 and the summer of 2012 at Gary Olson's Marlborough Farms studio. You can stream "Water" from the record and watch a new video interview (made by Volz) below.
Juan has a few shows coming up, including a free one tonight (11/7) at Molasses Books in Bushwick (770 Hart St) with Flower Girl playing as well. He'll also play Queens Museum on Saturday (11/9, 4 PM) for the opening of Matthew Volz's stage installation as part of Queens International biennial; and then November 14 at Shea Stadium with Soft Black, Bully, and Beat Radio.
Meanwhile, The Beets (who just released a new single of Howard Stern covers) have shows too, including one in NYC on November 16 at Glasslands with Flower Girl and Jimmy Whispers. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
All Juan Wauters and The Beets tour dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Julie Ruin, Priests @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin simply cannot be slowed down. They're already played quite a few NYC shows this year, and they keep selling them out (like tonight's). Opening the show is a killer DC band who probably owe a thing or two to Kathleen Hanna, and who just made quite the impression at their sole CMJ show, Priests.
Kylesa, Pinkish Black, Sierra @ Saint Vitus
Two bands that are tied to the metal scene, but really aren't that metal, Kylesa and Pinkish Black, are currently on the road together for this BV/IO-presented tour which also includes Kylesa's pals Sierra. Kylesa, who do have heavier roots, have been experimenting with psychedelia, shoegazey atmospheres, and alternative rock anthems lately, whereas Pinkish Black leans towards darkwave.
Kurt Vile, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Beach Fossils @ Terminal 5
It's hard to believe that it was only four years ago that Kurt Vile and Beach Fossils both played the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival, and now they're teaming up again for KV to headline what is by far his largest NYC show yet at Terminal 5. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (which has more Sonic Youth members than any other post-SY band at the moment) is on the bill too, and of course not to miss.
Serpentine Path, Castevet, Vorde, Oneirogen @ Union Pool
Brooklyn's reclusive metal alchemists Castevet -- featuring seriously shredding guitarist Andrew Hock -- play their record release show which is co-sponsored by our heavy sister site, Invisible Oranges.
Ashrae Fax, Historics, Donovan Blanc, DJ Frankie Teardrop @ Glasslands
North Carolina duo Ashrae Fax put out lost gem Static Crash 10 years ago which sounds like the best '80s 4AD album never heard (think Cocteau Twins but groovier). Mexican Summer reissued the record this year and have coaxed the band back into action.
Electronium: The Future Was Then @ BAM
Questlove, Dan Deacon, Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon and more are performing at this "freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979."
Minus The Bear, INVSN, Slow Bird @ Best Buy Theater
Technical-guitar emo is pretty in right now, and though their most classic records might be behind them, Minus the Bear are one of the bands who were a crucial part in developing that style.
The Waterboys, Freddie Stevenson @ Bowery Ballroom
Celt pop vets The Waterboys are official supporting their 10th LP, An Appointment with Mr. Yeats but expect no shortage of hits from This is the Sea and Fisherman's Blues.
Mike Donovan, LODRO, Pigeons @ Death By Audio
With the Sic Alps moniker retired, Mike Donovan is now playing under his own name, but expect the same swampy folk. LODRO's bluesy noir is a good fit as opener.
Marina Rosenfeld, David Grubbs, Susan Howe @ Issue Project Room
IPR's "Ten Years on the Infinite Plain" anniversary celebration continues tonight with composer/turntablist Marina Rosenfeld and the East Coast premiere of "WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER," the new collaboration between poet Susan Howe and musician/composer David Grubbs.
The Beets, Chastity Belt, Pony Time, The Beer Shits, Haybaby @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn mutant folkies The Beets headline this show but do check out Seattle's Chastity Belt whose new album, No Regrets, is streamable below. Also on the bill are Seattle's punky Pony Time and you can stream their album, Go Find Your Own, below as well.
Frightened Rabbit, Augustines @ Webster Hall
The album that many say Frightened Rabbit will never top is five years behind us, but they've still got a supportive fan base (as two nights at Webster Hall, one of which is sold out, might imply) and this year's Pedestrian Verse is still pretty good.
The Combat Zone, Missionary, Lude Boys, Longings, Failed States @ Fitness
It's a night of Boston (and Western Mass) and NYC hardcore/punk with The Combat Zone and Lude Boys coming from Boston, NYC's Missionary and Failed States (mems. of Nuclear Spring), plus Amherst's Longings, who are more mid-tempo punk/post-punk and have a killer demo out.
The English Beat @ Paramount
While singer Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band these days, there's no denying his many pop hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Save it For Later" and even General Public's "Tenderness."
Justin Townes Earle @ The Space at Westbury
JTE is a good excuse to check out this new Long Island venue (run by Bowery Presents) in a historic, '20s-era space.
The Swellers, Candy Hearts @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Two pop punk bands team up for this show at The Studio at Webster Hall.
Radiolab Live w/ On Fillmore, Noveller, Ophira Eisenberg @ Beacon Theatre
Once again, WNYC/NPR show Radiolab has taken its show on the road, this time with an event they're calling "Apocalyptical." In addition to hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, they've brought along musicians Noveller and On Filmore, plus comedian Ophira Eisenberg for their patented blend of science, music and humor.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss, Low Fat Getting High, Robot Death Kites, Sneaks @ Silent Barn
There's a good show at Silent Barn tonight with post-punk from Ed Schrader's Music Beat, punk from Low Fat Getting High, and more.
Nina Kraviz, Stacey Pullen, Jenifa Mayanja, Alex From Tokyo, Mike Khoury @ Output
The always-great Russian deep house producer/art pop singer Nina Kraviz plays this Halloween party at Output tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Pixies / Parquet Courts @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/20/2013
Much like the summer, Pixies' run of small NYC shows seems like a distant memory, but it was just a couple weeks ago. The last of them happened at Bowery Ballroom on September 20 where they blessed the crowd with "Broken Face," "Motorway to Roswell," and both versions of "Wave of Mutilation" that bookended their show. Plus, that cover of The Fall's "Big New Prinz" and "In Heaven" from Eraserhead and a bunch more. Setlist and a belated set of pictures from the show are in this post.
Opening were locals Parquet Courts who may just owe a thing or two to the Pixies. (And I bet they both like The Fall.) Parquet Courts play tonight (10/2), headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are still available. It'll work as a record release party for the band's new Tally All the Things That You Broke EP which comes out next week (10/8) on What's Your Rupture. You can stream it full right now in this post.
Tonight's MHOW show is pretty all-in-the-family. Pals The Beets are the undercard. Omaha, NE's Yuppies have a very good new album out on Dull Tools, the label that's co-run by Parquet Courts singer, Andrew Savage. You can stream that in full below as well. And opening tonight are Future Punx, which is the new band from Jason Kelly of Fergus & Geronimo which Andrew Savage used to be in as well. The Future Punx live band is basically the last touring line-up of F&G minus Savage. The band's first 7" will be out on Dull Tools soon and you can stream it now below.
More Pixies and Parquet Courts pics from Bowery, plus those streams, below....
Spider Bags at Hopscotch 2011 (more by Alex Broadwell)
North Carolina garage rockers Spider Bags are set to head out on a tour supporting fellow NC band Superchunk later this month, which hits NYC on September 27 and 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows are sold out, but you'll have another chance to catch Spider Bags in NYC when they headline the smaller Cameo Gallery on September 25. Opening the show is fellow friends of Titus Andronicus Liquor Store. Tickets for the Cameo show are on sale now.
Before Spider Bags head out with Superchunk, they'll play hometown festival Hopscotch, which is currently underway. They play a free Churchkey Records day party today (9/6) at Slim's Downtown with another Titus fave The Everymen, Queens rockers The Beets (who have upcoming NYC shows) and more. Full schedule for today's party below.
Speaking of Titus Andronicus, who we just caught in Chicago, frontman Patrick Stickles recently announced that their next album would be a 30+ song rock opera, which is expected to be released in November 2014. The album is currently available for pre-order, but will be refunded "in the event of Titus Andronicus breaking up or something." Check out a video of the band playing one of its songs, "Fatal Flaw," at a recent show, below.
All Spider Bags dates are listed, along with that Titus video and a song stream from Spider Bags' 2012 LP, below...
As mentioned, Seattle psych band Rose Windows are in NYC this week with Montreal's Suuns, playing Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (9/4) (tickets). The band, whose album is out now via Sub Pop (listen via Spotify), will soon be on tour with their Pacific Northwest neighbors, The Moondoggies, which will include a stop in NYC during CMJ. While both band's CMJ schedules are still being worked out, they'll play Death by Audio on October 17 as part of Sub Pop little brother label Hardly Art's "Non CMJ CMJ Showcase" that will also include Portland's Hausu, Australia's Lost Animal and locals, The Beets (who are playing shows too).
No word on advance tickets (most DbA shows don't have them anyway) but all Rose Windows and Moondoggies dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Omaha, Nebraska's Yuppies make dissonant but hooky indie rock with equal parts sloppy charm and smartass attitude. (There is a lot of early-'80s The Fall in there sound.) They make quite a ruckus on their debut album which is out September 17 on Dull Tools, the label run by Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage. If you dig Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold, you should definitely give this a spin, and you can stream three tracks from the LP below.
Yuppies will be leaving the heartland this fall for a tour that it's NYC for two shows. The first is a show at Death by Audio on October 3. Then they'll open for Parquet Courts at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 2 with The Beets (who have a new single covering Howard Stern) and Future Punx (featuring a member of Fergus & Geronimo, the old band of Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage). Tickets for that show are still available.
All tour dates are listed, along with song streams, below.
As you may know, Jackson Heights band The Beets are unabashed fans of Howard Stern and have actually appeared on the show. Howard told the band they reminded him of "his old 6th grade psychedelic band" (which he's played on his show a few times) and encouraged them to cover his songs. The Beets have done just that on a new 7" that features two Stern songs "Silver Nickels and Golden Dimes" and "Psychedelic Bee." That's the cover art above (as always by Matthew Volz) and you can stream "Silver Nickels" below. You can buy the single October 15 via Hardly Art.
The Beets have an upcoming tour on the East Coast to and from Hopscotch Festival. Upcoming NYC shows including Shea Stadium on September 21 and then opening for Parquet Courts at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 3 (tickets).
All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream (and snippets of Howard Stern's original version of "Psychedelic Bee"), below.
by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts @ 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Soon after, Parquet Courts will have their biggest headlining NYC show yet, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 2. Support comes from The Beets, Yuppies, and Future Punx, the latter of which is the new band from Jason Kelly who was in Fergus and Geronimo with PC's Andrew Savage. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday, August 2 at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/31) at noon.
In other news, Parquet Courts' other singer/guitarist, Austin Brown, has another group, The Keepsies. Not entirely dissimilar to his other band, The Keepsies are a little more indiepop and early '60s rock n' roll inspired. (They're good too.) They released their debut 7" last summer and have just released a second. You can stream below.
All Parquet Courts tour dates are listed, along with the Keepsies stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Jackson Heights' The Beets established their love affair with professional wrestling with their first album, Spit On The Face Of People Who Don't Want To Be Cool, the title of which was a reference to wrestler Carlito Colón. Singer Juan Wauters gets in the ring -- with women, a la Andy Kaufman -- himself in the video for his new solo single "Sanity" which was director by longtime Beets design associate, Matthew Volz. Official statement about the shoot:
We created a posting in search of girls willing to wrestle Juan for a video, we got one response and Juan ended up, accidentally, giving her a black eye. The other girls tried their best to pin him, and he tried his best to pin the girls. This video is a tribute to the art of wrestling, and to Andy Kaufman, but most of all it's a tribute to your surroundings and how you create within them. Juan Wauters doesn't make music from Queens, he makes Queens music. And this is what it looks like.Juan will be on tour with San Francisco's The Mantles next month, including both stops in NYC: Shea Stadium on July 9 and Cake Shop on July 13. All dates are listed, along with that video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn bluesy rockers LODRO, who have been hitting the local live circuit like crazy lately, have a few songs out and they've just recorded a new single, "Lazy Bones," which also happens to be the song in their first official video. Like their other tunes, this one comes awash in sludgy blues and psychedelia, and the dimly lit video complements that well. You can watch that video below.
Like we said, LODRO have been playing live a lot, and you've got two chances to see them in NYC over the next four days. Their first show happens on Saturday (5/11) at Mercury Lounge with DIIV, Xray Eyeballs, and DJ Dog Dick as part of Downtown Music Festival (tickets). Then on Monday (5/13) at Knitting Factory), they will play a BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Foxygen, Amen Dunes, and Prince Rupert's Drops. Chris Gethard is hosting and BV's Bill Pearis has just been added as the DJ for the night. Like all shows in the Sound Select series, admission is $3 at the door. All ages, no advance tickets.
LODRO also play another show later this month at Shea Stadium on May 31 with a strong local bill of The Beets, Darlings, and Eula.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, San Francisco quartet The Mantles are releasing Long Enough to Leave via Slumberland on June 18. If you dig '60s garage pop, keep an eye out for this one. The band have just released a second track, "Hello," which you can stream alongside the previously-released "Brown Balloon" below.
We also knew that The Mantles were playing Cake Shop on July 13 which is with Piano Movers and Comet Gain/Crystal Stilts-related band Pale Lights. Turns out that is the final night of a short East Coast tour with Juan Wauters of The Beets. They've got a second NYC show as well at Shea Stadium on July 9 with the rest of the line-up still TBA. All tour dates are listed below.
Phosphorescent at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
As mentioned, the Northside Festival is returning to various Brooklyn venues from June 13 - 16, and like in past years, they'll be doing two free shows in McCarren Park as part of the festival. We already mentioned that The Walkmen are playing one on June 15, and that one just got even better because Phosphorescent (who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) were added! The rest of the bill includes Friend Roulette and Abadabad. The show is free, but tickets are required and still available.
Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The second free McCarren Park show was also just announced. It will be headlined by Solange (who also just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) and support comes from Petite Noir, Cable, and My Midnight Heart. Tickets for that one are on sale now too. If you have a Northside bade, you're guaranteed entry for both free shows.
Northside Festival have added other bands, like Braids, too. An updated list of artists playing (and still more TBA) and lists of all Solange and Phosphorescent dates below...
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
by Bill Pearis
When I caught Veronica Falls at Bowery Ballroom a few weeks ago, Juan Wauters was one of the opening acts and it was at that point that I realized I hadn't heard from his band The Beets in a while. Though it's been two years since their last album, Let the Poison Out, the band are still together and have just released a new video for "Doing As I Do" from that album. It was filmed at the far Rockaways before Hurricane Sandy took its toll on the area. The Rockaways still need your help and the band encourages you to donate to disaster relief.
You can catch The Beets tonight (4/9) at Silent Barn as part of a pretty great lineup that includes UK indiepop band Golden Grrrls (who have stuck around a little longer in NYC than originally planned), California's charming Sea Lions, local postpunks Household and Army Men (ex-German Measles). More info here.
Next week, The Beets will head out on tour that will hit both coasts and includes anther NYC show at Death by Audio on May 4 with Bass Drum of Death. All Beets tour dates are listed below.
Bass Drum of Death
Speaking of, Bass Drum of Death will be in town because that same night they're opening for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Terminal 5 (tickets). They're opening the whole tour and their dates are listed below. BDoD have singed with Innovative Leisure (Nick Waterhouse, Allah-Las) who will release their new album this summer. You can stream "Shattered Me" from it below.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
4 months....that's how long we've spent stone cold sober watching bands at the new Silent Barn. This Friday we're compensating for all that in one night.Other upcoming events at Silent Barn include The Beets & Sea Lions on April 9th, and as mentioned, Twin Sister & Empress Of on May 11th.
[Friday, 3/29] is the first night that Silent Barn can legally sell beer + wine and drink all over our amazing, huge, multi-use utopia with all our friends.
DJ Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork, WNYU)
DJ Deep Cuts (WFMU's Marty McSorely, DBA's Brandon Perry, Silent Barn's barber)
DJ Ad Hoc (Ric Leichtung, also of 285 Kent/Market Hotel)
DJ ESP TV (Scott Kiernan + Victoria Keddie)
Entry is free to the entire space all night. Check out our studios! We'll fuckin cut your hair! We got a contraption that sometimes sorts and sometimes explodes fruit! We got a photo show of Discord Era DC political hxc!
Our doors open at 8:30. Our doors close...we'll figure that one out later. We're at 603 Bushwick Ave, off the Myrtle-Broadway JM or walkable from the Morgan L.
718-497-7148 is the number for Bushwick Car Service...that's all I'm gonna say.
It's like when Moses found Israel and then they had to wait outside for 40 years. And then drank a shitton of milk and honey on Friday night.
Empress Of, who played one of our BrooklynVegan day shows in Austin, last played NYC at Pianos
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Jeffrey Lewis - Cult Boyfriend (MP3)
Jeffrey Lewis @ Space Ducks party (more by Greg Cristman)
Jeffrey Lewis starts a U.S. tour on Thursday (11/8) in San Francisco that will wind its way across the country, finishing up with a NYC show at Knitting Factory on November 21 with Juan Wauters of The Beets opening the show. Tickets are now on sale.
If you haven't checked out Jeff's album from last year, A Turn in the Dream-Songs, you should definitely give it a spin, it's another trip into the mind of one of NYC's more thoughtful, witty songwriters. You can download "Cult Boyfriend" at the top of this post. Below is the video for his 2007 song "Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror" which remains one of the best ruminations on "indie famous" ever put to record (and the video's great), plus a full list of tour dates.
by Bill Pearis
Is it too late to say Happy New Year to all of you out there? Probably. Okay, nevermind. It is a New Year though, and the rock machine is already in full swing. If you haven't spent all your money on tickets to the chickfactor fest (I can't tell you how psyched I am to see Small Factory) there's some good options.
Top of my list this weekend is the previously mentioned Stepkids show at Knitting Factory on Saturday (1/14). Their self-titled debut made my Favorite Albums of 2011 list (#36) and don't feel it got enough attention. I wrote:
Like The Bees, The Stepkids recreate a specific era of sound -- early '70s psychedelic soul -- with such skill you might think it was some obscure Fifth Dimension album or outtakes from Psychedelic Shack. That it works beyond an exercise is mimicry shows how talented these three are.And they are crazy talented. All three members write and sing and spent time playing with the likes of Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and 50 Cent before deciding to take a stranger path in music. I do wish they'd make a 15-piece Stepkids Love Unlimited Orchestra so they could really do the complexities of the album justice in a live setting, but what they accomplish as a trio is still pretty damn impressive. (A killer light show helps in that department.) They were great when they played our day party at Public Assembly during CMJ week during which we taped them doing an acoustic cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Also down there is the Tom Sharpling-directed video for "Legend in My Own Mind" which is pretty funny.
Opening for The Stepkids are San Diego band Cuckoo Chaos who also play Friday (1/13) at Mercury Lounge with Country Mice. The band have toured with Anna Calvi and were last in town during CMJ. The band play an appealing take on afrobeat-y indie rock with nice harmonies. I do really like their song "Just Ride It" which is downloadable at the top of this post. If you like that one, check out their album Woman (listen on Spotify, buy at eMusic) and consider going to one of their shows this weekend.
Radical Dads at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, December 2011
A few spots above the Stepkids on my Albums of 2011 list (#29) is Radical Dads' debut, Mega Rama, which is nine tasty chunks of shouty/catchy indie rock wrapped up in one of my favorite sleeves of the year. They're also a total blast live, as evidenced by anyone who showed up early to the BV-presented show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar last month.
You've got your first chance to catch Radical Dads in 2012, as previously mentioned, Friday night (1/13) where they play Cameo Gallery. The whole evening's card is pretty stacked with local talent. Also playing are mellow folk pop band Backwords (stream their new album below), the sloppy pop of Moonmen on the Moon, Man and the electro-tinged stylings of Yanqui.
King Krule, last night at Mercury Lounge
I would mention the King Krule shows happening this weekend but as they're all sold out, you're either going or you're not. I thought he was good when I saw him at Glasslands during CMJ. He looks even younger in person, but that voice seems to be from someone 30 years older. Anyway, a few more weekend picks are below, day-by-day....
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
Chain And The Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins and many more play a Jonathan Toubin benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
Next door at Public Assembly, the Juan Maclean and Com Truise are playing a party celebrating new MTV show I Just Want My Pants Back. Tickets were free with RSVP but list is at capacity.
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
In addition to their previously discussed dates with Thee Oh Sees, Australia's Total Control have added a third NYC date which is actually happening before the others. The band will team with The Men, Nude Beach & Kicking Spit at Saint Vitus on 11/16. Tickets are on sale OR you can roll the dice and try to win a pair! Details on how are below.
Meanwhile The Men, who are going to SXSW in March, will support Russian Circles and Deafheaven at Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/14) and Maxwell's tomorrow.
All tour dates, contest details, and some streaming audio, below...
As you know, Williamsburg music venue Bruar Falls is sadly closing at the end of this month. As just mentioned, tonight is their first "Last Night Ever". The full final (as of today) schedule below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Beets - Doing As I Do (MP3)
Like Xray Eyeballs before them, The Beets have signed with Sub Pop subsidary Hardly Art who will put out the band's third album, Let the Poison Out, on October 24. This is the fourth Brooklyn band the label has signed: Golden Triangle, Xray Eyeballs and La Sera are the others.
We've got the first-released song from it, the Turtles/Troggs-ish "Doing as I Do." Grab it above. It's pretty hi-fi, at least compared to the rest of the Beets releases, and the band clean up pretty nicely.
Judging from the new press photo, The Beets have a yet another new drummer. Maybe they'll keep hold of this one. The Beets also have a few dates coming up, including Saturday night (9/17) at Knitting Factory with fellow Hardly Art band Hunx & His Punx, as well as an Orta Blu fundraiser Monday night (9/19) at Skylight West Rooftop.
All dates and the album cover art and tracklist below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Drive-By Truckers @ Stubb's
Y'ALL:An injured Drive By Truckers played a headlining show at Stubb's in Austin on 9/1 with Will Johnson on guitar and with Will Johnson's band Centro-Matic opening. The New Orleans date has now also passed, but the show goes on and DBT continue their tour on 9/7 in Tuscaloosa AL (a benefit for tornado relief).
Last Wednesday, I fell down and cut my hand.
Fifteen stitches in my left palm.
Wish I had a cool story, but I don't.
The movie version would have me getting cut by a bottle of rot-gut whiskey in a bar fight.
No doubt defending the honor of someone or another.
My heroics bookended by a scene of me carrying my hand for reattachment by a disgraced former surgeon in the back of a grimy tattoo shop because lack of insurance would preclude being seen by a real doctor.
I would be brave and not cry or complain.
Hurling would be out of the question.
Ahh, the movie version.
Unfortunately, the truth is kind of tame, lame even.
I was picking my daughter up at first grade, carrying a bottle of water.
I tripped and fell (in front of her entire class).
I fell, shattering the glass which I then duly landed upon, pushing shards up into my hand.
My fucking left hand.
Fifteen stitches in my palm.
No biggie. No cut tendons or damaged muscle. Missed that artery (bled like a stuck pig though).
Hurts like hell, but it won't long and I will be as good as new in a month or less.
Unfortunately, I can't play guitar for a few weeks and we have a tour beginning this week.
In the words of Three Dog Night, "The show must go on".
My friend Kevin told me, as I was bleeding all over the playground, awaiting my ride to the Emergency Room, "You guys have too many guitar players anyway."
Nonetheless, to insure everyone's Premium Rock and Roll Experience, we have recruited our friend Will Johnson, from Centro-matic to fill in on guitar, covering the SG through a Fender Vibro-King parts.
I will be in full front man mode, on other words, it's dancing shoes time.
I always wanted to be Phil Mogg, and for the next couple of weeks...
We only have Will Johnson through New Orleans, then we will have to improvise, but that's one of the things we do best, so STAY TUNED.
So come out to this, hopefully once in a lifetime DBT Show.
We guarantee you a great time and a Premiere Go-Go Extravaganza that you'll be telling your Grandkids about (maybe sooner than later).
Oh and Bob, the 9th is my son's birthday and it's GO TIME.
Long Live Rock and Roll and Country Soul.
(or is it Dr. Hook?)
The current trek never comes east, but in October DBT play a string of shows with Those Darlins not long after Those Darlins play The Bell House in Brooklyn with The Beets and Brothers. Tickets are still on sale for that show. Centro-Matic play MusicFestNW this coming weekend in Portland.
All dates and more pictures from the Austin show, below...
Live at the Gantries is a series of free, outdoor performances featuring a collection of Queens-based musicians as diverse as the borough. 2011 performances include: Latin jazz, indie rock, bluegrass string band, a gamelan orchestra, percussion chamber music ensemble, and a blues-rock band.The Beets play the free show tonight (7/19). Full summer schedule below...
Live at the Gantries starts Tuesday, July 12 and continues every Tuesday through August 16. Every show starts at 7 o'clock and ends with a spectacular sunset at Gantry Plaza State Park, a 10-acre waterside oasis between 49th and 50th Avenues along the East River [in Long island City].
DOWNLOAD: Pure X - "Dry Ice" (MP3)
Pure X photos by Grant MacAllister
Pure X opening for This Will Destroy You in Chicago in May
Austin's Pure X (formerly Pure Ecstasy) are releasing their first full length, Pleasure on July 5 via Acéphale in North America. A limited edition LP is available for pre-order on Acéphale's website. The first LP pressing is limited to 1000 copies on heavyweight vinyl, and the first 200 on ultraclear vinyl with red splatter. Grab the MP3 for "Dry Ice" above and check out the track "Twisted Mirror", along with the full tracklist and cover art, below.
The band recently finished up a tour with This Will Destroy You that hit Bowery Ballroom on June 2nd. A few pictures from their set on 5/28 at Bottom Lounge in Chicago are in this post
They've got a few upcoming dates in July, including two NYC shows: July 8 at 285 Kent and July 9 at Ding Dong Lounge. The 285 Kent show, presented by Chocolate Bobka, also has Tonstartbandht, FORMA, and RUN DMT on the blll. Ding Dong Lounge doesn't acytually list Pure X on the July 9th show which has Fungi Girls, Cough Cool, and Expensive Looks on the bill, but we'll assume for now at least that they are also playing it.
Fungi Girls opening for Hunx in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
"Texas' Fungi Girls are back making news with a teaser of two songs from their second LP, Some Easy Magic, scheduled to be released July 11 from Hozac Records. Take a listen to two of the songs off the LP and feel free to download one of 'em. It's not a stretch to say that we'll be getting some more of that hazey, nostalgic, garage/surf that they do oh so well." [Chromewaves]For fellow Austinites Fungi Girls, the Ding Dong Lounge show is one day of a much larger tour that also includes July 8th at Death By Audio with The Beets, Xray Eyeballs, and Fergus & Geronimo. All dates are listed below.
All dates, pics, soundcloud streams, album art and tracklist below...