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photo: White Lung at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
White Lung

White Lung aren't on tour at the moment, but the Vancouver band will be coming to NYC this week for a FREE show with a pretty amazing lineup. It's a VICE/Ray-Ban party happening Wednesday (7/29) at The Gutter with local punks The Men, UK grime artist Skepta (not the only NYC show he plays that night), and karaoke with Andrew WK. RSVP is open.

Andrew WK is also giving a motivational speaking lecture at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015. The fest just revealed their comedy stage, day-by-day lineup, and single-day tickets. More info here.

Watch a White Lung video below...

Continue reading "White Lung, The Men, Skepta & Andrew WK playing a free NYC show this week (RSVP open)"

by Andrew Sacher

Wild Moth - 'Inhibitor' artwork
Wild Moth

Earlier this year, San Francisco's Wild Moth released a split with their SF neighbors Creative Adult, and now they're set to release a new full-length, Inhibitor, on August 28 via Iron Pier (pre-order). It was recorded by Jack Shirley (who's worked with Deafheaven, Joyce Manor and others) and follows their 2013 debut LP on Asian Man, Over, Again. It features the previously-released single "Mirror" that they put out as a 7" flexi on their April tour with Whirr, and the brand new single "Buried" which premieres in this post.

As you may expect from a band who's toured with Whirr and released a split with Creative Adult, Wild Moth pull from a variety of '90s influences, specifically the decade's punk, shoegaze and alternative rock. Even if you watched the "Mirror" video on mute, you could probably get an idea of how they sound. Both guitarists play Jazzmasters and the camera focuses in as they make use of those whammy bars, the long-haired singer looks bored and over it, and the band is covered in drippy psychedelic visuals. Check both songs out below.

Wild Moth are also set to tour in November, and while the whole thing hasn't been announced yet, we know they'll play NYC on November 14 at the Acheron with The Men and PC Worship. That's a really good lineup all around. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/10) at noon.

You can see The Men in NYC way sooner though. They play Silent Barn on Saturday (7/11) with Honey, Junk Boys and Red Dawn ii. That's $8 at the door.

PC Worship also open one of Panda Bear's NYC shows in October (tickets), and knowing them, they'll probably find about 15 ways to play NYC before then too.

Show flyer for the Men/Wild Moth/PC Worship show, and those Wild Moth songs, below...

Continue reading "Wild Moth releasing 'Inhibitor' (stream 2 tracks), playing NYC with PC Worship & The Men (who also play this weekend)"

photo: Mudhoney @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Mudhoney

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

Mudhoney, Pampers @ Bowery Ballroom
Having just returned from a European tour, grunge punk icons Mudhoney are in town for two shows. Tonight's the first and if you're going definitely don't miss the bruising art-punk of openers Pampers.

Nude Beach, Outer Spaces, MPHO, RIPS @ Silent Barn
Brooklyn's Nude Beach excel at the kind of anthemic, heartland indie rock that the Midwest did so well in the '80s. This show also features promising indie rockers Outer Spaces and MPHO, aka Mark Perro of The Men and Holly Overton of Juniper Rising.

Goatwhore, Ringworm, Black Breath, Theories @ Saint Vitus
There's basically nowhere better to be in NYC tonight if you're a metalhead. NOLA vets Goatwhore headline, Ringworm and Black Breath bring the high-quality metallic hardcore, and deathgrind newcomers Theories start things off. Great bill all around.

Statik Selektah w/ special guest @ Santos
Veteran hip hop producer Statik Selektah releases his new album tomorrow and celebrates with a release show tonight. The album's stacked with killer guests, including Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Bodega Bamz, Skyzoo, Rapsody, comedian Hannibal Buress, and still many more, and he's saying select guests will be appearing at this show.

Night Train @ Littlefield
Seaton Smith subs for regular Night Train host Wyatt Cenac, and tonight's comedy talent includes Aparna Nancherla, Claudia Cogan, Tyler Richardson, Maeve Higgins, Chris Laker, and more.

Mandingo Ambassadors @ Union Pool
Monday's at Union Pool are usually home to Rev. Anderson and his Love Choir, but they've got the night off and in their place is Mamady Kouyaté's group Mandingo Ambassadors who carry on the Guinean dance band tradition. Two sets tonight: 10:30 PM and midnight, both free.

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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The Men / The Gotobeds / SAVAK / Christines
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The Gotobeds
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Christines

Cake Shop wrapped up its month-long 10th anniversary celebration on Saturday (5/30) with a pretty killer lineup of The Men, The Gotobeds, SAVAK, and Christines. Pictures from all four sets are in this post.

This was the live debut of SAVAK, which features Sohrab and Greg from Obits, and they seem to have appeared fully formed. (Obits made their live debut at Cake Shop, too.) Drawing from a variety of "pre-funk post punk" influences, SAVAK (their name a reference to the Shah of Iran's infamous/feared/hated secret police) pretty much knocked the unsuspecting audience for a loop. Sohrab traded vocal duties (often within the same song) with the band's other guitarist, Michael Jaworski, which brought an interesting dynamic to the band's, taught, angular punk. SAVAK also had two drummers: Matt Schulz (Enon, Holy Fuck, Late Night w/ Seth Meyers band) joined themfor the first half of the set which leaned more "rock," and then Benjamin Van Dyke (who's played with Will Oldham and others) joined them for the second half which leaned more towards artier post-punk. Both were excellent. (Schulz, in particular, is a fun drummer to watch.) SAVAK's set included a cover of The Stranglers' "Get a Grip On Yourself" and "This Currency Exchanged" which BrooklynVegan premiered a couple weeks back. A very, very impressive start.

The Gotobeds seemed a little more at home in the tight confines of Cake Shop than their last NYC show (The Wick with Protomartyr) and really fed off the audience on Saturday. Their set featured most of the "hits" from last year's Poor People Are Revolting, including shout-along "NY's Alright." They were terrific. Christines, whose stratospheric shoegaze is in the Swervedriver universe, started off the evening's festivities. I bolted before The Men's headlining set (their first NYC show in nearly a year) to catch Darling Buds at Knitting Factory. Next time.

More pics from Cake shop, below....

Continue reading "The Men, The Gotobeds, SAVAK (ex-Obits) & Christines helped celebrate Cake Shop's 10th anniversary (pics)"

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Cake Shop's monthlong 10th anniversary wraps up on Saturday (5/30) with their final "super show" featuring new Sub Pop signees The Gotobeds and SAVAK, the new band from Obits' Sohrab Habibion and Greg Simpson. The show is now more "super" as The Men have been added as headliners, and Christines will open the show. Advance tickets are now available and that's the flyer above.

The Men haven't played an NYC show in nearly a year but are "back" says the most recent post on their website, and they'll also play an all-NYC edition of City Sounds Festival in Paris on July 17 & 18 with Thurston Moore Band, Beech Creeps, Heavy Trash, White Hills, and The Mystery Lights. Flyer below.

The Mystery Lights, meanwhile, play NYC NYC tonight (5/26) at Baby's All Right with Austin's Holy Wave, as well as Laser Background, and Annique Monet. Flyer for that show is also below.

Continue reading "The Men are back, added to final Cake Shop "super show" w/ Gotobeds, SAVAK & Christines, playing Paris' City Sounds Fest"

by Andrew Sacher

SJB

Cambridge, MA's Sweet John Bloom already shared "Blood Moon" from their upcoming debut album on Tiny Engines, Weird Prayer, and now another song, "Moving Target," premieres in this post. It pulls from a handful of '80s/'90s influences, with the shouty indie rock of early Pavement, some of Sebadoh's catchy riffage, and a little Sonic Youth noise too. And at least partially thanks to producer Justin Pizzoferrato (who's worked with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr), they have the aesthetic of that era down pat. Listen below. The album's due out in May, and pre-orders will be available soon here.

The band also have two previously-mentioned upcoming shows: Brooklyn on April 24 at The Gutter and Cambridge on April 26 at Middle East Upstairs. Since we last spoke, the full lineups for those shows have been revealed. Brooklyn has The Men's Mark Perro playing as a duo with Holly Overton (aka MPHO), plus The Fluids and The Dangles; and Cambridge has The Sun Lions and Chandos.

MPHO also play Shea Stadium tonight (4/8) with Ttotals, The Yin Yangs and Heavy Birds. You can stream one of their tracks below too.

Continue reading "Sweet John Bloom share new song "Moving Target"; MPHO (ft. Mark Perro from The Men) on their Brooklyn show"

Burger

Burger Revolution returns for its third time this weekend. It happens on Saturday (3/7), and like in past years, Burger Records will be presenting shows all over the globe, including NYC, Miami, LA, Mexico, Brazil, France, Spain, Australia, and many many more places.

NYC gets three shows this year, all in Brooklyn. One happens at Aviv (496 Morgan) with Honduras, The Tin Yangs, Secret Crush, Granny and a duo set from The Men's Mark Perro and Holly Overton. That's $8 at the door. Another happens at 34 34th St in Sunset Park with Yabadum, Shunklings, Palm Pilot and Brazzers. That one's pay-what-you-want with a suggested donation of $5. And there's also one at Alphaville (140 Wilson) with The Drums' Johnny Aries, xylophone-fueled punks Crazy & the Brains, and Fat Heaven. That one's $7 at the door.

Check out the massive worldwide lineup below...

Continue reading "Burger Revolution 3 happens worldwide on Saturday (NYC w/ Honduras, Crazy & Brains, mems of The Men, Drums, more)"

Lou Reed

The late Lou Reed would have been 73 today, and in honor of that there will be a tribute show in Ridgewood, Queens tonight (3/2) at Trans-Pecos with Jeffrey Lewis & the Jrams, The Brooklyn What, Franz Nicolay, Mark Perro (The Men), Casey Holford, Steve Espinola, Brook Pridemore, Tim Garrigan, Eleanor, Anton Sword, Pete Galub, The Pendulum Swings, Phoebe Novak, Ben Shepherd, Rosy Street, Yoni Gordon and Will Atkins. Tickets are $7 and all proceeds benefit Picture the Homeless.

It's not the first Lou tribute that Jeffrey Lewis is partaking in. Watch a video from his performance at the birthday celebration he organized for Lou last year, below...

Continue reading "Jeffrey Lewis, The Men's Mark Perro, Franz Nicolay & more playing Lou Reed birthday show tonight"

Dream Police

The Men's avant-leaning spinoff Dream Police released their debut LP Hypnotized earlier this month via Sacred Bones and have been on tour with ripping psych punks Honey (mems Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes, Stupid Party) in support of it. When we last spoke, there was no NYC date on that tour (though both bands have played NYC separately since), but it was later announced that the tour would be concluding at Brooklyn's Union Pool on Saturday (11/22). That show is triply good because it features local punks Ivy, whose great self-titled LP is out now on Katorga Works. Remnants are on the bill too, and tickets are on sale now. In December, Dream Police kick off a West Coast tour. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Dream Police's Sacred Bones labelmate Pharmakon plays her album release show the same night in Brooklyn at Palisades, and ex-The Men project Ligature was recently added as an opener. Also on the bill is Baltimore's S. English (1/2 of Corporate Park) and Negation. Tickets are still available. Ligature also has upcoming dates with Puce Mary, including her Saint Vitus show with Marshstepper.

List of Dream Police dates, with streams from DP, Honey and Ivy, below...

Continue reading "Dream Police concluding tour w/ Honey in NYC this weekend w/ Ivy, add west coast dates; Ligature opening for Pharmakon"

by Andrew Sacher

Dream Police

We already posted two upcoming NYC shows for Brooklyn's Dream Police, another project of Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of The Men, and now a third's been announced. So has a tour (that doesn't hit NYC) with another intriguing Brooklyn band, Honey (mems Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes, Stupid Party). In addition to Dream Police's sold-out David Lynch Foundation benefit at Saint Vitus on 9/25 with Earth and Cult of Youth, and the Sacred Bones CMJ showcase at Trans-Pecos on 10/24 with Moon Duo, Amen Dunes and Marissa Nadler (tickets), Dream Police will play a release show for their debut LP on November 8 at Saint Vitus. Ticket info coming soon. All dates are listed below.

Dream Police have also put out the first single/title track from the album, "Hyponotized," which, as the LP teaser suggested, is a more experimental affair than The Men's recent output. It brings brooding post-punk, bright synths, and riffy guitars together for a truly interesting mix. Check it out below. The LP is due out November 11 via Sacred Bones.

Continue reading "Dream Police (mem The Men) streaming a track from debut LP, add dates including release show at Vitus & tour w/ Honey"

by Andrew Sacher

Dream Police

Last week we mentioned in passing that Dream Police, another project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, will be playing a David Lynch Foundation benefit in NYC with Earth and Cult of Youth, and now the duo have announced their debut album. The album's called Hypnotized and it will be out on November 11 via Sacred Bones (also home to The Men). That's the artwork above. From the sound of the minute-and-a-half-ish teaser video, Dream Police is taking Mark and Nick in a different direction than The Men's recent experiments with country rock, in favor of something more psychedelic. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below.

In addition to the David Lynch Foundation benefit, Dream Police will be playing the Sacred Bones CMJ Party happening on October 24 at Trans Pecos. Also on the bill is psych rock duo Moon Duo, psych folk/rock project Amen Dunes, and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

In other The Men-related news, former member Ben Greenberg has upcoming shows with his projects Music Blues and Uniform.

Dream Police teaser, LP tracklist and CMJ show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Dream Police (mems of The Men) releasing debut LP, playing Sacred Bones CMJ Party w/ Marissa Nadler & more"

by Ian Chainey

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Music Blues, the dense ball of downer drone from Harvey Milk's Stephen Tanner, hit the streets this week with the crushingly loud and soul-crushing Things Haven't Gone Well. Tanner recorded the album after the passing of a friend, pouring his emotions into the work, and, jeeze, does it ever come through. When we debuted the video for the aptly titled "The Great Depression" on Invisible Oranges, we had this to say:

Things Haven't Gone Well is a rare work evoking the distinct qualities of depression without coming off as maudlin. It does this mainly through inertia, accurately capturing the long slog of sadness. Tanner gets that real grief might be punctuated by breakdowns, but those periods are spaced between hours/days/weeks spent numbly starring off into nothingness. Things Haven't Gone Well is caught in that fog of being a step or two out of sync with the rest of the world. And because things have decelerated, Tanner has the time to find death lurking everywhere.
Cue gut punch and chest pains. For a guy that made feel-good food at Pies 'n' Thighs and the Commodore (and soon, the El Dorado), Tanner sure can capture the darkness of not wanting to get up.

In addition to the new tunes, Music Blues will be playing their first show. Filled out by Ben Greenberg (previously of the Men, currently of Uniform and others) and Brooks Headley (Universal Order of Armageddon, Born Against, pastry chef extraordinaire), the expanded trio will debut at NYC's Kenneth Willardt Studio on September 3 as part of Rose Johansen's gallery opening. The event is free and Music Blues will play at 8 PM.

Meanwhile, Uniform plays their release show soon with The Ukiah Drag.

A stream from Things Haven't Gone Well along with the show flyer appears below.

Continue reading "Music Blues (mems Harvey Milk, The Men, Born Against) released an LP (song stream), making live debut"

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)"

by Ian Chainey

Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
earth

The David Lynch Foundation has two fundraising shows on the horizon, both happening at NYC's Saint Vitus. The first takes place on September 25 and features Earth, Cult of Youth, and Dream Police (the project of Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of The Men). Tickets are available now. The second show occurs on October 4 and brings together JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate, the Soft Pink Truth, and Dominique Leone. Tickets for that show are also available now.

The David Lynch Foundation's aim, per its header, is "Healing Traumatic Stress and Raising Performance in At-risk Populations." According to Lynch's message on the foundation's website:

In 2005, we started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching [Transcendental Meditation] to adults and children in countries everywhere.

How are we able to do it? Because of the generosity of foundations and philanthropists and everyday people who want to ease the suffering of others--and who want to help create a better world.

Here are your helpers: The first date fits into Earth's tour with King Dude. Those two hit Saint Vitus the day before, September 24; a show that has subsequently sold out. Primitive And Deadly, the band's new album, will be available on September 2. You can watch a trailer for the new album and see their updated tour schedule below. Cult of Youth, too, have a new album in the works according to posting on their Facebook page: "100% done with every aspect of the new album as of a few minutes ago. I have never been more proud of a creative work in my life."

The other bill should be a noisy and synth-y affair with JG Thirlwell of Foetus and Sarah Lipstate of Noveller joining forces again after a successful run earlier in the year. Show-mate the Soft Pink Truth -- the genre-tweaking sideproject of Matmos' Drew Daniel -- recently released his giddy deconstructionist take on black metal, Why Do the Heathens Rage?, which he broke down with Invisible Oranges' Dan Lawrence. Finally, Dominique Leone offered up the footwork-inflected "running journal" 2014 on Bandcamp, adding new material back in July.

Updated Earth dates are listed, with streams from the artists, below...

Continue reading "Earth, Cult of Youth, JG Thirlwell & Noveller, Soft Pink Truth, Dream Police, others playing David Lynch Foundation benefits"

The Men at Union Pool earlier this month (via Joe Melnick)
The Men

Brooklyn punks/folk rockers/jammers/whatever-ers The Men played a free hometown show earlier this month for Union Pool's Summer Thunder series (which recently announced its August schedule) and they've got more dates coming up, including another free summer show in Brooklyn. The band will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 15 with Philly rockers Purling Hiss, Honey and Friend. All of The Men's dates are listed below.

Purling Hiss also recently announced that they'll release Weirdon, the followup to 2013's Water on Mars, on September 23 via Drag City. No music from that album yet but you can check out a teaser video below.

Continue reading "The Men playing shows, including Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Purling Hiss (who are releasing a new LP)"

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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.

Pickathon

Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Continue reading "Pickathon 2014 lineup (X, Nickel Creek, Mac DeMarco, War on Drugs, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Destroyer, more)"

UMS

Need an excuse for a vacation to Colorado? (the state that recently legalized marijuana). Denver's Underground Music Showcase festival happens this year from July 24-27 with a lineup of Real Estate, Blonde Redhead, People Under the Stairs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Baths, The Men, Gems, Residual Kid, Woodsman, Confluence, Equals, TV Girl and many more, plus still more TBA. The shows happen across over 20 Colorado venues. Passes are on sale now.

Full lineup (as it currently stands) below...

Continue reading "Denver's 2014 Underground Music Showcase lineup (Blonde Redhead, Real Estate, Baths, The Men, UMO and more)"

Iceage in Portland in 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Iceage

Copenhagen punks Iceage recently announced that they'd be returning to the US for Posh Isolation Fest in LA, and they've since announced a few other US shows to take place afterwards. One of those shows is in NYC on May 24 at Glasslands with NYC duo Uniform, aka Ben Greenberg (The Men, Pygmy Shrews, Hubble) and Michael Berdan (Believer/Law, Drunkdriver, Veins). Tickets for the Glasslands show are already on sale. All currently known Iceage dates are listed below.

UPDATE: More dates were announced including another NYC show happening on May 25 at Home Sweet Home (home of the Nothing Changes party). All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Uniform make their live debut at Nothing Changes on April 9 with L.I.E.S' Ron Morelli, Himomitsdad and DJ Ciarra Black.

All Iceage dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Iceage playing US shows after Posh Isolation Fest, including dates w/ Uniform (mems The Men, Believer Law) (NYC on sale)"

by Wyatt Marshall

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The Nothing Changes party goes down every Wednesday night around Midnight at Lower East Side club Home Sweet Home. Tonight (3/19) is a selection of noisy punk courtesy of Japan's System Fucker and Boston's Aspects of War. The duo have been on the road together, hitting up a number of East Coast-ish cities, including a stop at the Acheron earlier this month -- did you go? Expect insanity if you do tonight.

As usual, there's a lot to look forward in the coming weeks at Nothing Changes. Next week (3/26), electronics experimentalist Flex 1000 teams up with DJ Dog Dick, and the week after that (4/2), it's Youthquake and more TBA. Then on April 9,  electronica purveyor Ron Morelli (of the label L.I.E.S.) will DJ along with a performance by Uniform which features members of Believer/Law and The Men, and the Nothing Changes show will be the band's debut performance. Further down the line is Nothing Changes' one year anniversary celebration on April 23, featuring coldwave artist Martial Canterel.

Nothing Changes schedule with full lineups are listed, along with flyers below...

Continue reading "Nothing Changes upcoming schedule: System Fucker, DJ Dog Dick, Uniform, Martial Canterel & more"

Perfect Pussy at NPR SXSW 2014 showcase (more by Tim Griffin)
Perf Puss

Perfect Pussy's debut album, Say Yes to Love, is out today (3/18) via Captured Tracks, and it's been getting some great reviews. We like it too, but not everyone does. Ben Greenberg of The Men (also of Hubble, not to mention an in-demand record producer) had some pretty harsh words to say about it over at The Talkhouse

Perfect Pussy is, I believe, the last band that got a lot of attention from the 285 Kent crowd before the place closed the doors and dismantled the bouncy plywood stage for good. The band's bio name-checks Sonic Youth -- because, as we all know, you can't be a band in 2014 without name-checking Sonic Youth -- the VSS, and Cro-Mags, but to my ears they're way more like the Red Light Sting or the Sick Lipstick or some other Canadian squealy post-hardcore band from the early aughts whose baditude is unabashedly waved in your face while you try to figure out just exactly what caused it in the first place -- too much homework this week? Your Jetta ran out of wiper fluid? Is your boss at the Pita Pit giving you a hard time about coming in late again? Perfect Pussy's debut LP is called Say Yes To Love and it's out on the heels of a tremendous buzz generated from the band's loud-and-fast Bandcamp demo last year. The record has its moments but is generally pretty one-note in its sound. Sometimes, like on the album's second single "Interference Fits," the band gets slightly slower and maybe even a little prettier. But when you take a step back from that track, the guitar part sounds like something off a Cursive record. The song's minute-long ambient outro feels tacked-on, like someone left the tape recorder running by mistake after the band left the room.
He also, for the record, dedicates a full paragraph to making fun of the "285 Kent crowd," calling the drunken System of a Down sing-along from the venue's last show a "larger expression of how they think about rock music or music in general."

Meanwhile, Perfect Pussy, who played a bunch of shows in Austin for SXSW last week, have opened up in a new interview about bassist Greg Ambler's decision to throw his bass in the river at their bridge show with Nothing and Ex-Cult. He tells Wondering Sound:

It's weird to say what made me do it in that instant, but I know there was definitely a lot of stuff leading up to it. The night before, the drunk-driving incident, was really fucked up. We left Stubb's [where the band had been playing the NPR showcase] and there were all the cops down the street. Most of the younger band members had walked off to go back to the place they were staying and they stumbled across all these kids lying on the sidewalk, because the ambulance hadn't come there yet, so they called me to come pick them up. That very much affected them. The next day, we'd heard the Stereogum show [the band was scheduled to play] had been canceled. I kind of figured that it would, and I called my buddy the next morning and he said, "There's no way they're going to cancel the show," and I tried to explain to him that it was more than just this one incident, it's a direct result of this festival happening, people getting wasted and having no concern for other people -- that person was fleeing a DUI checkpoint at the time.

Then they were trying to just move the show, and I was really adamantly saying that we weren't going to play any show that day anywhere near that spot. I didn't want any of the band members going back there. I thought it was disrespectful, because [the incident] was as a direct result of the festival. Nobody's career was going to be made or broken by that particular show, so we should have, at the very least, rescheduled it for another time.

We had been planning to do that bridge show, but it was supposed to be for Friday night. I had said I would much rather just take the day off and just have everyone hang out and maybe play a show for just friends that wasn't a big buzz-fest. It was part frustration, part showmanship, I think -- you want to make the set memorable. Any time we play, I try to make that my outlet. I'm definitely a very cynical, negative person most of the time, and that's where I get most of those aggressions out. So that had something to do with what was going on there, but at the same time, being inwardly violent and just playing as fucking hard as you can every time you play. That's what was in my head: It was either me or the bass at that moment, and I'm old enough now to put my health above all. That's basically what it was.

Read more of the interview at Wondering Sound.

Perfect Pussy are currently bringing their stellar live show all around North America, and they'll be back in NYC for shows on April 4 at Death by Audio with Total Slacker, Friendless Bummer and Sarongs; and April 5 at Mercury Lounge with Tumul and Green Dreams. Tickets for the DbA show and the Merc show are on sale now.

If you haven't heard Say Yes to Love, you can stream it on NPR. Streams of two of its tracks, with the updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Ben from The Men trashed Perfect Pussy (who explained bass throw)"

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Montreal's Osheaga Festival is returning this year from August 1 - 3 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup was just announced and includes Outkast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Haim, SBTRKT (who's streaming a new EP), Pusha T, Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Danny Brown, Four Tet, Volcano Choir, Against Me!, Joey Bada$$, Jon Hopkins, Kevin Drew, Duke Dumont, Shlohmo, The Dismemberment Plan, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality, The Men and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out the complete lineup below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2014 lineup: Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Replacements, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown & more"

The Men @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/5/14 (via Todd Diciurcio)
Men

Brooklyn punks/country rockers/jammers The Men just released their new album Tomorrow's Hits this week and celebrated by bringing their tour with The Ukiah Drag to Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (3/5) for a hometown release show. You can check out a video of the band from that show, along with their new music video for "Pearly Gates" from the new record, below.

The Men will avoid SXSW insanity by heading to Europe for a tour next week, and later in the year they'll tour with their Brooklyn pals Nude Beach. That tour includes a show at new Brooklyn venue The Wick on May 10, and making it even more exciting, Obits are on that show too. That's a great triple bill. Tickets for the Wick show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Obits also just put out a new video. It's an animated one for the song "I'm Closing In" from last year's Bed & Bugs. Check that out, along with the Men videos and the list of tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Ukiah Drag

New England psych punks The Ukiah Drag recently hit the road with the relatively likeminded Destruction Unit, and they're about to tour with The Men which brings them back to NYC on March 5 at Bowery Ballroom with Honey. (You've perhaps also seen them in NYC with Lower / Pleasure Leftists or with Pop. 1280.) Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are still available.

The day after the Bowery Ballroom show, The Ukiah Drag will hang around NYC for a smaller show happening at Death by Audio (3/6) with IVY and PC Worship. All dates are listed below.

The Death by Audio show doubles as the release show for The Ukiah Drag's new single, "Dirt Trip," which comes out as a 7" on March 4 via Wharf Cat Records. The song was produced by The Men's Ben Greenberg, and it's soaked in sleazy bar blues swagger, western guitar twang, and desert rock psychedelia. Stream it, with the list of tour dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Men @ MHOW in November (more by Ebru Yildiz)
The Men

As noted before, The Men's new album, Tomorrow's Hits, comes out via Sacred Bones on March 4. The first track from that, "Pearly Gates," has just been released and it's a six-minute, one-chord rager full of skronky horns and strained vocals that sounds like something The Replacements might have pulled out at the end of a marathon, drunken live show in 1986. You can stream it below.

You can still get tickets to see The Men's NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on March 5 which also features tourmates The Ukiah Drag. A lot more tour dates have been announced since our last post, and all are listed below...

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