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The Giraffes @ Saint Vitus 1/29/2016


Friday night (1/29) saw veteran Brooklyn heavy-riff rockers, The Giraffes, once again taking the stage at St. Vitus, this time a vinyl release celebration of their latest album, Usury. Finding the right words to describe all that goes into experiencing a Giraffes show isn't easy. Perhaps catharsis best sums it up. Like a medieval troupe performing a twisted morality play, the bands hypnotic show pulls audience members into its spell.

The center of this quartet is the Svengali-like lead singer, Aaron Lazar. Dressed in a dark three-piece suit Lazar embodies the persona of the corporate stooge one imagines as the antagonist from the album Usury. Flanking Lazar are Josh Taggart on bass, Andrew Totolos on drums, and the legendary riff-monster Damien Paris, all of whom are like the many temptations of St. Anthony, reminding Lazar's character that his true nature is not the corporate cross.

The set started slowly at first with the epic "Blood Will Run" off the new album and, while occasionally plagued by some technical issues, the band quickly found their feet, ramping up the heaviness and the energy, delivering a classic Giraffes show. Over the next frenetic hour, under a barrage of drinks and taunts from the audience, the musical tension built, the players dug deeper into their instruments, and Lazar's stooge unravelled to reveal the veteran rockers finishing with a punishing version of "Honey Baby Child"  -- a song dedicated to a recently deceased friend. Needless to say, the Giraffes are still one of the great bands of NYC.

Check out more pictures from The Giraffes show at Saint Vitus, below...

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The Giraffes

Brooklyn riff-rockers The Giraffes broke up in 2011 before reforming last year, and they released new album Usury back in October, which is finally getting a vinyl release in January. There will be an accompanying vinyl release show that's happening at Saint Vitus on January 29 with Happy Fangs and Gran Puta, for which tickets are on sale now. If you choose the $30 option on that ticketfly link, you get a copy of the album at the show.

Check out a video from their 2014 reunion show and stream Usury via Spotfy, below.

Continue reading "The Giraffes released 'Usury,' playing NYC vinyl release show"

The Giraffes

Brooklyn hard rock outfit The Giraffes have been at it since the late '90s, and after a couple years off in the early part of this decade, are fully back in action. Anchored by wildman singer Aaron Lazar and guitarist Damien Paris, the band will release their new album, Usury, digitally on October 2 via Silver Sleeve. (Vinyl comes out in January.) We're got the premiere of "Product Placement Song," a big-riffer with tongue firmly in cheek. Have a listen, and watch a trailer for the new album, below.

The Giraffes will play a record release show at Brooklyn's The Wick on October 3 with Netherlands and Mishka Shubaly also on the bill. Tickets are on sale now. The band have a couple other dates coming up, all are listed below.

Continue reading "The Giraffes ready new LP 'Usury,' share "Product Placement Song," playing release show at The Wick ++ other tour dates"

Torche at IO-Northside 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)

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

The Rentals, Mates of State, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Irving Plaza
Matt Sharp's post-Weezer band The Rentals released their first album in 15 years this past summer via Polyvinyl which pretty much picked up where they left off (in a good way). Their labelmates Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and former Polyvinyl (current Barsuk) band Mates of State will both make for nicely matched openers.

Beach Fossils, Heavenly Beat, Axxa/Abraxas @ Baby's All Right
It's an all Captured Tracks bill tonight, with Beach Fossils, their former bassist's solo project (Heavenly Beat) and Atlanta's Axxa Abraxas. This is the second of two nights at Baby's All Right for this lineup and the start of their tour.

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
The bi-annual vinyl extravaganza is back with tables from labels, some of your favorite local record stores, and used vendors. There's also Minimal Wave cupcakes and a host of DJs -- Nancy Whang and Jonathan Toubin among them -- and tons and tons of records.

Fletcher C. Johnson, Boytoy, Las Rosas @ Rough Trade
It's also Cassette Store Day and you can celebrate the medium at Rough Trade with this free day show curated by the current kings of cassettes, Burger Records. For more CSD fun, there's a Tape Meet at 1087 Flushing.

I.U.D. (Lizzy from Gang Gang Dance), Prince Rama, Psalm Zero, RatKing, Junglepussy, Juiceboxxx, King Concubine, Dark Sister, Trollkrem, tba, Fortunate Dad, DJ George Costanza, DJ Todd P @ MoMA PS1
The NY Art Book Fair is underway and this crazy diverse show happens as part of it with everything from psychedelia to rap to metal and still more.

Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, legendary boundary pusher Anderson teams with the Kronos Quartet for what is sure to be a special evening, their first-ever collaboration -- "Landfall" which was inspired by Hurricane Sandy.

Robert Plant (and the Sensational Space Shifters) @ BAM
Maybe Led Zeppelin will never reunite, but Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters (including members of Massive Attack and Portishead) get the Led out on their tours and their original material's not half bad either. Tonight's the first of two BAM shows, part of Nonesuch Records at BAM.

Torche, Broughton's Rules, Descender, Black Black Black @ Saint Vitus
Torche are genuinely as down-tuned sludgy as they are addictively catchy and their shows are always a helluva good time. Don Cab/Blunderbuss-related math/post rockers Broughton's Rules are worth catching too.

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Metal Mountains, Tall Firs @ Union Pool
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo focuses on melodic (and sometimes psychedelic) material with his current band The Dust. It's a little more straightforward than what he was writing SY but still excellent stuff.

Tape Deck Mountain, Slavve, Writer, Curelight Wounds @ Cake Shop
Slavve, the duo which features onetime Surfer Blood drummer Marcos Marchesani, released their self-titled EP this summer, full of hard-hitting lo-fi rock. Tape Deck Mountain, the shoegazy former San Diegans, released Sway last year. Their tour together starts tonight here.

Shellshag, Crow Bait, Murmurs, Pretty Pretty, Magnets @ Death By Audio
All around great lineup for punk and punk-ish bands at DbA tonight with local DIY regulars Shellshag, Long Island's alt-country-ish Crow Bait and their current tourmates from Seattle, Murmurs, and Columbus, OH DIY punks Pretty Pretty.

Phaeleh, Different Sleep, M!NT @ Glasslands
UK producer makes more of his atmospheric garage on his new EP which came out earlier this week. Tonight's show should be heavy on the vibes.

Old Wounds, The Banner, Go Deep @ ABC No Rio
It's the second of two NYC shows on the IO-presented Old Wounds tour, and today the metalcore ragers will be joined by The Banner and Go Deep.

Kasabian, Bo Ningen @ Terminal 5
Swaggering UK band Kasabian are still at it, having just released new album 48:13 that finds them still rocking in a funky, Brit kinda way. If you're going tonight, do get there in time to see Bo Ningen's wuxia take on prog-metal.

The Giraffes, Radkey, Netherlands @ The Wick
From the early days of the Brooklyn scene, hard rockers The Giraffes are back together with original singer Aaron Lazar for this show.

John Zorn, Billy Martin, Flea, John Medeski, Evan Lurie, Michael Blake, Calvin Weston @ Town Hall
The Strange & Beautiful fest, celebrating the music of Lounge Lizard leader John Lurie, comes to a close with this big tribute. Might Lurie, who's suffering from Lyme Disease, show up himself? We shall see.

Goldie, Dieselboy, Empress, Jakes, Double Dragon, Dave Shichman @ Verboten
Legendary DJ Goldie sounds Timeless as ever almost two decades after that album was released. Tonight he wraps up a short US tour in NYC.

Global Citizen Festival w/ Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots, Tiesto @ Great Lawn at Central Park
Lots of big names are coming together for this year's Global Citizen Festival which goes down today in Central Park.

Nuclear Santa Claust, Thin Lips, Black Wine, Adam Finchler @ Shea Stadium
Two of Don Giovanni's great band, Nuclear Santa Claust and Black Wine, team with Philly punks Thin Lips and NYC anti-folk singer Adam Finchler for this bill at Shea tonight.

Fucking Invincible, Tiger Flowers, Hivemasher, Torrential Downpour + special guests @ The Acheron
Dropdead/Daughters-related band Fucking Invincible play a type of ultra-aggressive core that loves tossing '90s-styled jud-jud breakdowns into the maelstrom. Tonight they're joined by an equally heavy lineup all around, plus special guests are promised.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Goes Cube at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by BBG)
Goes Cube

We've heard of cars. We've heard of skateboards. We've heard of clothes, drinks and instruments. But congratulations to Goes Cube for landing that next-level endorsement, bowling balls.

"Goes Cube is a great fit for DV8," says Brian Graham, director of sales and marketing for DV8. "These guys are bowlers, and they reinforce the fun and outrageous personality of the DV8 brand. We are very excited about adding some Ballers that will help us to bring DV8 and bowling to a new audience."
Yes, Goes Cube are officially "Ballers" (not in the Jim Jones sense), diplomats of the lanes so to speak.

No word on if Goes Cube will have a signature set of balls at the merch table when they hit the road for a string of dates with Exotic Animal Petting Zoo. The dates kick off on Friday in Colorado, making their way East for a final show at The Studio at Webster Hall on June 2nd with The Giraffes and Fashion Week. Tickets are still available.

EAPZ are releasing their new LP Tree of Tongues on June 19th. Stream some material at their Facebook page to get familiar.

A list of all dates and some videos are below...

Continue reading "Goes Cube love bowling; touring w/ Exotic Animal Petting Zoo"

Grand Victory

If you hear music blaring out of 245 Grand Street in Brooklyn, know that it isn't the return of the recently shuttered Bruar Falls, but the emergence of new venue The Grand Victory. The bar/live venue will open its doors on January 19th and already features a few upcoming shows, including 1/19 with Born Loose, The Threads, Bikini Carwash, "guest DJs & more!!", 1/25 with Oceanographer, Money/Paper/Hearts & Eagle Hawk Falcon Owl, and 1/28 with The Giraffes, Moon Rabbits, The Netherlands & Cinema Cinema.

words and photos by Keith Marlowe


The Giraffes played their last show with singer Aaron Lazar on Saturday, February 5th at the Mercury Lounge, a 20 song farewell set. If you are at all familiar, an unhinged show was no surprise for the unflinchingly real band, who has spanned time and trends and never gave a shit about what anybody else had to say. A front row seat at a Giraffes show meant getting caught in a beer rainstorm, as the band and audience members alike went flying into the crowd with wild abandon. Beer and bottles of Jameson were passed. Aaron made a noose out of the mic cord, wrapped it around his neck and gave it to the crowd to choke him while he forced lyrics past his collapsing trachea. A Giraffes performance is a spectacle you will never forget, and I'm so sad this era of the Giraffes is over I feel like someone died.

I talked with all four members about this last show, and what the future holds for them. The results of that discussion, more pictures and the setlist from Mercury Lounge, below...

Continue reading "an interview w/ The Giraffes ++ pics & the setlist from their final show w/ frontman Aaron Lazar"

The Giraffes on a boat (more by Keith Marlowe)

"Come say farewell to Aaron as he leaves The Giraffes to embark on his journey as a Wageearner."
As that message states, The Giraffes are bidding wildman/vocalist Aaron Lazar adeiu. Has he moved on to greener pastures? Either way, the Giraffes will play one final show with Lazar before he rides a giant moustache off into the sunset. Mercury Lounge will house said event on Feb 5th and Moon Rabbits (and possibly more bands TBA) will open the show. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/7) at noon. No word on the outcome of some of those "new jams" they were working on in early September (though it seems the band will continue on with a new vocalist), or the status of Aaron's other project Rumanian Buck, but if we hear more we'll let you know. - BBG

Crystal Castles @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009 (more)
Crystal CastleS

Asobi Seksu @ Bowery Ballroom 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Asobi Seksu

today in NYC
* Ute Lemper @ Joe's Pub
* Marah @ Bowery Electric
* Clinic, The Clox @ Maxwell's
* Ashley Bathgate @ The Stone
* Leon Russel @ Highline Ballroom
* Prefuse 73 @ Studio Square (DJ set)
* The Lemonheads @ the Crazy Donkey
* Meta and the Cornerstones @ Zebulon
* Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio @ Jazz Standard
* Tears for Fears @ the Wellmont Theatre
* The Giraffes, Freshkills @ Mercury Lounge
* Hacienda, The Naked Heroes @ Mercury Lounge
* Asobi Seksu @ 383 Carroll St across from BKYLN YARD
* Todd Goldstein, Birds & Batteries, M.T. Bearington @ Pianos
* Ibomba - International Bass Digital Cumbia Future Club @ Knitting Factory
* The English Beat, Bad Manners, Chris Murray @ Webster Hall
* Crystal Castles, Sinden, Destructo, JDH & Dave P @ Terminal 5
* Juliette Lewis, Dearly Beloved, ShiraGirl @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Abe Vigoda, Purple Rhinestone Eagle, Hollerado, Passive Aggressor @ Death By Audio
* Nat Baldwin, Dead Western, Skeletons, Little Women, Nine 11 Thesaurus @ Silent Barn
* Gasoline Silver, Jonathan Kane's February, Dave Soldier with Sean Hagerty @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Sons & Heirs (tribute to the Smiths and Morrissey), Andy Rourke of the Smiths (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Waking Lights, Soft Black, The Benjees, Sea Ghost, I'm Turning Into, The Caterpillers @ The Schoolhouse
* Peter Zummo Ensemble, Glissandro 70 (DJ set), Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra, Tim Sweeney (DJ set) (Warm Up) @ P.S.1
* Buke & Gass, Forest Fire, Kate Ferencz, Infinity Hotel (Skillman Street Arts & Music Fest, presented by Outlaw Gallery) @ 191 Skillman St

The Giraffes and Freshkills play a free Sailor Jerry-sponsored show at Mercury Lounge tonight (much like The Greenhornes and Des Roar do in September).

Crystal Castles headlines the HARD tour that hits Terminal 5 tonight. Rusko is also on the bill, as he was at the 9:30 Club in DC. Video from that show (taken by the one and only Scotto) below...

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words by BBG, photos by Keith Marlowe

Goes Cube

The Giraffes, Goes Cube, and East Of The Wall played Bell House on June 17th as part of a last minute NYC farewell to Goes Cube (the guitarist Dave is moving out of the city). Keith missed EOTW, but got pictures of both Giraffes and Goes Cube (in this post).

The Giraffes recently dropped Show, a Live CD/DVD combo culled from a recent show at Union Pool. Pick up a copy.

Some pics, the Show trailer and videos are below...

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words by BBG, photos by Keith Marlowe

The Giraffes on a Rocks Off Boat Cruise
The Giraffes

Goes Cube will play June 11th at the Bell House, possibly their final show in 2010:

As individuals, it's a major year for us, as well. This summer, Matt Tyson (bass) and his wife will welcome twins into the world. Meanwhile, David and his wife are moving out of New York City to an undisclosed location (even to them) somewhere out west.

Obviously, with such big plans (the next full length, the EP), this is not the end of Goes Cube. No way.... The soonest we will be conceivably playing again in NYC would be this fall (we've already been invited to play CMJ). However, depending on how things go, it may be longer than that. And consider this: the next time we DO play NYC, it will be as a touring band. After all, it's not worth David coming all the way back to NYC for one show.

So, it stands to reason we'd put together a really fun show to celebrate.... Joining us on the bill will be two bands who have become incredibly close friends of ours, influences on our music, and who we've shared the road with: The Giraffes and East Of The Wall.
Tickets are on sale - its a helluva triple bill.

Goes Cube recently released "Property" b/w "The Ban Has Been Lifted" 7" via The End Records. Want one? I have FIVE available for giveaway! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.

For those of you who can't make it to the Bell House, you will get a shot to catch East Of The Wall in NYC at The Studio At Webster Hall on July 30 with Black Cobra, Howl, and Struck by Lightning (tickets), and/or The Charleston when they play with Name on August 2nd.

Meanwhile, The Giraffes have been ragin' away, most recently on a Rocks Off Boat Cruise on June 3rd. Pics from the (absolute) mayhem are below...

Continue reading "The Giraffes played a boat (pics), playing w/ Goes Cube (their last show for a while) & East Of The Wall in Brooklyn"

Black Lips @ Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Gabi Porter)
Black Lips

Rock Off have updated their summer schedule of NYC Boat Cruise shows, which, like always, has focus on punk & garage (though there are other genres too). It includes Jello Biafra on May 29th, Electric Six on July 15th, Murphy's Law's annual Jimmy birthday show on August 12th, The Bouncing Souls on September 13th, and an August 2nd show with the Black Lips (who are in town much sooner a free but full RSVP-only show at Knitting Factory on April 29th with Pierced Arrows).

Other gigs includes Dam-Funk on April 24th (TONIGHT), Budos Band on June 11th, three NY Night Train parties, and The A-Bones on June 23rd. Tickets for most of the shows are on sale. No ticket info for Bouncing Souls yet. Black Lips go on sale Friday, April 30th.

Punk and punk-like boat shows are listed below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls, Black Lips, Jello Biafra & other boat shows "

photos by Vincent Cornelli

Julian Plenti

"On Friday night we stopped in at the Guggenheim for the second in the museum's "It Came From Brooklyn" concert series [(the first featured The Walkmen)]. This time around, the main event was Paul Banks' solo project Julian Plenti, with a solid dose of comedic input from MC Eugene Mirman...

...Banks took to the stage around 10:30, with a band significantly larger than his usual four piece. In addition to Banks on guitar, there was an additional guitarist, bass, drums, and a three piece string section. The mix of instrumentation served to flesh out the sound, and moreover it served as a solid foundation for the atmospheric sound of Julian Plenti....

...One of the more interesting points of the evening was Banks' choice of covers. They included America's "Horse With No Name" and the Pixies B-Side "Into The White". [Hippies Are Dead]

Banks/Plenti's core band consisted of the unmistakable Damian Paris of The Giraffes (who played their own show one night later at The Studio) on guitar, Nick Stumpf of The French Kicks on drums, and Dmitry Ishenko of I'm In You on bass. I'm In You was also the opening band and is currently still on tour with Julian. Banks was also joined by Yuiko Kamakara on viola, Erica Dicker on violin, and The Great Yoed Nir on cello.

There were also readings by Hampton Fancher and Rivka Galchen before Julian played.

Due to Julian's 10:30 set time, there was actually time on Friday to see Passion Pit and Phoenix at Summerstage before Julian, and then Rorschach and Hellbastard at The Charleston afterwards. At least a few people did just that.

Julian Plenti plays two more NYC shows in November. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from the Guggenheim (where Kandinsky works are now on display), and Julian Plenti's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Julian Plenti & band played The Guggenheim w/ I'm In You, Eugene Mirman & friends - pics, setlist "

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Goes Cube - "The Only Daughter" (MP3)

Goes Cube (photo by Bryan Bruchman)
Goes Cube

As storm clouds form overhead take comfort in the fact that on East 11th Street TONIGHT (9/26), they'll be a-rockin' as the great Goes Cube will team up with rowdy punks The Giraffes and The Midnight Show at The Studio @ Webster Hall.

Goes Cube are still basking in the glory of their massive LP Another Day Has Passed, which is out NOW via The End Records. The Giraffes, who released Prime Motivator late last year, are scheduled to tape an appearance on Fearless Music TV in the next couple weeks, though no word as to when that will air.

VIdeo for Goes Cube's "Saab Sonnet" and show flyer is below.

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MErcury Lounge

"There has been an exodus of live music from Downtown Manhattan recently, and the Lower East Side has been one of the hardest hit 'hoods--losing rock clubs such as Tonic, Luna Lounge and the somewhat short-lived Rothko over the past few years. Is the Mercury Lounge the next to go? The building that houses the famed venue has just hit the market through brokerage Massey Knakal with a price tag of $6.5 million. The five-story walk-up at Houston and Essex Streets--sandwiched between a nightclub and the towering new luxury rental building The Ludlow--has eight apartments (six of them currently rent-stabilized) and a billboard in addition to its commercial tenant. Don't panic: the listing indicates the club isn't going anywhere, and according to broker Philip Huang, the Merc's lease runs until 2018. Phew!

Can a new landlord boot the club come 2018? Well, according to the sales flyer on the listing, the Mercury Lounge has an option to renew for five years at fair market value. The club currently pays $20,000/month in rent, with a 3.5% annual increase. Noisy rock-'n'-rollers aside, the new owner's first mission might be to increase the revenue taken in from that east-facing billboard on the building's facade. According to the paperwork, the current deal (expires 12/31/2010) only nets the landlord $850 per month." [CURBED]

The Giraffes play Mercury Lounge tonight (2/6).

Saturday is The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (the latest recipients of Best New Music), Cause Co-Motion, The Depreciation Guild, and ZAZA (sold out).

Sunday is Lucero (sold out).

by Black Bubblegum

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Trash Talk

It's here. I hope you got your sleep this past weekend.... you're gonna need it with all the riffage going around. May we present... the day to day guide to heavy at CMJ 2008, below....

Continue reading "the 2008 guide to Heavy Music shows & panels @ CMJ"

DOWNLOAD: A Place To Bury Strangers - I Know I'll See You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Cloud Room - Hey Now Now (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Blacklist - Blue Shifted [from the Solidaire EP] (MP3)

A Place to Bury StrangersA Place To Bury Strangers play their first headlining (actually co-headlining) show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday Night (Dec 21) (a little less than four months since they received 'best new music'). Blacklist, The Giraffes and The Cloud Room (the co-headliners) are also on the bill. All tour dates below....

Continue reading "A Place To Bury Strangers - 2007 & 2008 Tour Dates"