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Say Anything / The Front Bottoms / The So So Glos / You Blew It!
The Say Anything / Front Bottoms / So So Glos / You Blew It! tour hit NYC over the weekend for a sold-out Best Buy Theater show on Saturday (6/28). The headliners were supporting a new album which they played a few tracks from, but mostly split their discography pretty evenly including five from ...Is A Real Boy and early track "A Boston Peace."
Some pretty exciting openers were along for the tour, including lyrical acoustic punks The Front Bottoms who treated the crowd to favorites off last year's Talon of the Hawk and one off the just-released Rose EP (blow-up stage props included). Before that was power poppy punks The So So Glos who were back in their hometown of NYC for this show, and Florida's '90s emo devotees You Blew It! who focused mainly on this year's acclaimed Keep Doing What You're Doing.
Pictures of all four bands are in this post and continue below...
LODRO @ Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Alexis Taylor @ Manhattan Inn
In the US for the William Onyeabor tributes, the Hot Chip singer will be previewing his new album at this free matinee show. Special guests are being promised.
Bladerunner Trio (John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Dave Lombardo) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayerdrummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, you can catch them tonight.
Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Bowery Ballroom
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's held up very well.
Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest @ City Winery
A singer-songwriter for over 30 years (best known for "Tom's Diner" and "Luka"), Vega just released her new album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles where she samples 50 Cent on one track, believe it or not.
Weekend, Cities Aviv, Grey Zine @ Glasslands
Weekend moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn, dialed back the reverb and upped the melody/danceabilty in the music, the result of which was last year's terrific Jinx. Volume level remained constant: deafening.
Matt Pond PA, The Lighthouse & The Whaler @ Rough Trade
Long-running indie band Matt Pond PA are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album, Emblems, for this current tour which makes two stops in NYC, this being the first.
Jessy Lanza, Ricky Eat Acid @ Santos Party House
Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza released her debut album Pull My Hair Back via Hyperdub (Burial, Laurel Halo) earlier this year. It was co-produced and co-written by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, and falls somewhere between future R&B, the synthpop of Grimes, and the type of production that usually feels at home on Hyperdub.
The So So Glos, Juan Wauters, Flagland, Krill, Patrick Stickles (DJ set), Baked (DJ set) @ Shea Stadium
The So So Glos are no strangers to Shea Stadium (some of them live there) and are ofter at their raucous best at their home. This stacked lineup is being billed as a "Tooth Fairy" benefit, with all proceeds going into the mouth of a friend.
CHVRCHES, The Range @ Terminal 5
Who'd have thought a year ago that Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES would get so big? Tonight's the last of three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.
Skull Defekts, Sannhet, Surviva @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Much like they did in 2011 for Peer Amid, Daniel Higgs and Swedish experimental rockers Skull Defekts have joined forces for new album Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown which juxtaposes Higgs' beautiful, fractured poetry spewed over a tense arrangement. Higgs will be with the band tonight.
Tonstartsbandht, LODRO, AJ Davila y Terror Amor, Cassie Ramone, Plastic Pinks @ Trans-Pecos
This is a pretty killer bill, with Montreal/Brooklyn noisemakers Tonstartsbandht, the dark-n-stormy LODRO, Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila, former Vivian Girl guitarist Cassie Ramone and more
Majical Cloudz, Spencer Madsen (reading), Kool A.D. (reading), Mira Gonzalez (reading) @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Brooklyn poet Spencer Madsen releases his new book, You Can Make Anything Sad, this week (4/29) and he'll be celebrating it with a release show featuring readings and a live performance from Majical Cloudz.
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
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. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.
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Mac DeMarco at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Mac DeMarco @ Other Music
Get a sneak peak at Mac's new album, Salad Days, at this
free acoustic in-store ahead of his two proper headlining shows. UPDATE: To attend, you had to pre-order the album through Other Music, and the venue is now at capacity.
The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, The Hotelier, Crying, Told Slant @ Suburbia
Brooklyn DIY spot Suburbia hosts an excellent double dose of emo tonight with multi-layered Connecticut collective TWIABP and Worcester, MA's emo/pop punk/post-hardcore blenders THe Hotelier. Local support comes from chiptune band Crying and bedroom indie rockers Told Slant. Suburbia is pretty tiny, so this is sure to be a pretty wild show.
Peach Kelli Pop, The Mystery Lights, Scully @ Don Pedro
Peach Kelli Pop (aka White Wires drummer Allie Hanlon's other band) make sugary bubblegum garage confections like on the band's new single. This is their second of two NYC shows.
North Highlands, Ablebody, Bennio Qwerty, Cowboy @ Glasslands
North Highlands are going their separate ways -- singer Brenda Malvani is leaving NYC -- but on good terms, playing one last show together. We'll miss ya, NH!
Typhoon, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Wild Ones @ Webster Hall
This is a pretty good triple bill with art pop ensemble Typhoon, the folky Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and Typhoon's Portland neighbors Wild Ones.
Tiger & Woods, Poolside (DJ Set), DJ Spun @ Output
Electronic duo Tiger & Woods return to NYC for Output's weekly INPUT party, and dancey duo Poolside are on the bill DJing as well.
Allah-Las, Spires, The Black Hollies @ Rough Trade
Los Angeles band Allah-Las look and sound like they're from 1966, making sweet 12-string jangly pop. This is a rescheduled show from December and a one-off for the band.
Rakim @ SOB's
Rakim still plays his hometown a good amount, and tonight's another good opportunity to catch the legendary rapper.
JD Samson & MEN @ The Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum's Wind Up series continues tonight with a live set from ex-Le Tigre member JD Samson's band MEN. There will also be "interactive art making activities, tours of the new exhibition Other Primary Structures, and an open bar with beer and wine."
Svper, Arm Candy, Blizzard Babies @ Silent Barn
Barcelona duo SVPER make motorik synthpop that sounds a bit like Broadcast's Trish Keenan fronting "Electricity"-era Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
The So So Glos, Heeney, Pictureplane DJ set, Tony Quattro DJ set, Nick Gazin DJ set @ The Flat
Mishka is celebrating the 5-year anniversary of its flagship store (350 Broadway in Brooklyn) tonight with an in-store reception from 7 to 10 PM, and after that there's an afterparty at The Flat with local rock bands The So So Glos and Heeney, plus numerous DJs.
Hiro Kone, Dutch E Germ, Drew McDowall, Soren @ Baby's All Right
NYC electronic musician Hiro Kone celebrates his new album tonight at Baby's All Right with support from ex-Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ and others.
The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
The xx continue their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.
Joe Mande, Wyatt Cenac, Max Silvestri @ The Bell House
The very funny Joe Mande left NYC to live in LA a few years ago, but tonight he'll be back on his #BITCHFACE tour, and solid support comes from current NYC residents Wyatt Cenac and Max Silvestri.
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Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Front Bottoms at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Say Anything is another of the 2000s bands that were almost entirely ignored by indie music critics, though I still maintain that if 2004's ...Is a Real Boy and all of the earlier material leading up to it (that they reissued as All My Friends Are Enemies: Early Rarities last year) had come out during the #emorevival, it'd be treated far more nicely. Max Bemis & co. just announced that they'll release a new album, Hebrews, via Equal Vision this year (6/10), but Say Anything haven't ever really put out a great followup to ...Is a Real Boy, so #emorevival or not, their time to shine just might be behind them.
To further the Say Anything/#emorevival discussion, the band has just announced a tour which features support from The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, and You Blew It!, three bands that have definitely crossed over to indie rock fans/critics lately, and who we are definitely currently fans of. Not to mention none of these bands are wildly different from Say Anything. (Okay, well The So So Glos don't fall under the "emo" umbrella, but they're at least "pop punk" and did just open for Brand New and now this, so...)
The tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater and also includes nearby stops in Philly, NJ, Connecticut and upstate NY. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Thursday, April 3 at noon. All dates are listed, with some streams/videos, below...
Montreal punk festival Pouzza Fest is returning to multiple venues in downtown Montreal from May 16-18 to this year. The lineup includes The Hold Steady (who play NYC tonight [2/6]), Dillinger Four, Chixdiggit, The Lillingtons, The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms, Placeholder, Reagan Youth, The Holy Mess, The So So Glos, Gates, Night Birds, SNFU, Tim Barry, Amanda X, Russ Rankin (of Good Riddance), and many more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below.
The Lillingtons (whose members since formed Teenage Bottlerocket and Stabbed In Back) were initially active during the '90s, associated with other Ramones-inspired bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel. They briefly reunited for a new album in 2006, and finally hit the stage together again at Riot Fest Chicago in 2013. They've also got two Northeast dates before Pouzza Fest, including one in NYC on May 16 at Knitting Factory with related band Stabbed In Back. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at 10 AM.
Speaking of, The Queers will be in NYC soon too. All dates are listed, with some streams and the Pouzza lineup, below...
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is up and running in its new permanent Greenpoint location, offering shopping, food, fun, and free music every Friday and Saturday. There's a few previously discussed upcoming shows, including SISU on Friday (12/20), two Psychic TV shows later in the month, and the Panache weekend (1/10 & 1/11) that includes Mac DeMarco, Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band and more. And since we last spoke, more shows have been announced.
Swearin' co-headline with Cymbals Eat Guitars with strong local support from Low Fat Getting High on January 3, a one-off before their 2014 tour which includes NYC shows at Cake Shop (3/6) and Rough Trade (3/7) (tix).
Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Undergound tribute band The Pizza Underground is there on January 24 opening for French Horn Rebellion (maybe they'll have more than eight minutes of material by then), along with Seasick Mama and Heavenly Beat. And the day after that, the highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar (1/25), who just played Bowery Ballroom (12/17) will headline.
Brooklyn's dark, reverby Crystal Stilts will take over on February 8.
And atmospheric post-rockers Caspian, who recently headlined Bowery Ballroom, will make things a little more epic at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 1.
Other additions were announced too, and you can check out the full current schedule (along with full lineups for each date, if available), below...
Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they've just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.
Badges are still available. Full lineup announcement below...
NYC photographer Tod Seelie has been taking pictures of New York City since 1999 (including some for BrooklynVegan), and he's now compiled selections from his 14 years of photographing the city into a new book, Bright Nights. In a piece on the new book, Animal New York writes:
[Tod] has been shooting iconic New York -- not your shiny postcard tourist New York, not your banal work-a-day New York. Seelie shoots sweaty basement DIY shows, firey tall-bike jousting Bike Kill, Swoon's Swimming Cities trash-art-rafts on the Hudson River, lawless block parties, artists, train-hoppers, anti-heroes -- our heroes. He's kayaked to abandoned hospitals on New York's lesser known islands, crawled down subway tunnels and climbed bridges. Name a place. He knows how to get there. I've asked him, "How?"The book is being celebrated with a party in Brooklyn at Silent Barn tonight (11/7), which includes sets from local rock bands The So So Glos, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ken South Rock, Amour Obscur, and Japanther, whose Ian Vanek contributed an essay to the book. Advance tickets to tonight's show are off-sale but there may still be tickets at the door..
"If you see an island and there's water in the way, get a boat," he says, smiling. "Figure it out."
For two months, Seelie sifted through 14 years of New York photographs, film rolls and negative stacks, mating deliberate diptychs for the book. "That's at my ex-girlfriend at my old apartment in Bed-Stuy in 2003... That's my friend Porkchop in Staten Island on the train tracks in mid-2000s. It was like a playground out there."
Why now? "I'm trying not be an art handler anymore. I have to start having a career," he says. "There're all these hacks doing boring photography. I'm doing something wrong."
Tonight's party is about a week and a half ahead of Tod's book tour, which includes dates in Asbury Park and Philly but no other NYC dates at the moment. All dates (many venues still TBA) are listed below...
Diarrhea Planet in Chicago in May (more by Jeff Ryan)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The So So Glos, Diarrhea Planet, Grand Rapids, LVL UP @ Shea Stadium
The So So Glos and Diarrhea Planet just joined forces for a Mercury Lounge show on Friday (8/30), but if you wanna see them at their rowdiest and sweatiest, Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium is no doubt the place to do it. Plus, two fine local bands open the night: Grand Rapids and LVL UP.
The Underachievers, Sangro, Kendra Morris, Leaf, Laya LaRoche, MillyZ @ Paper Box
After playing Made In America this afternoon (which is streaming live) they'll come back home for a late show at Brooklyn's Paper Box. It's their first hometown gig since the release of their new mixtape.
Hippy, Beach Arabs, Highway Gimps, The Indecent @ Silent Barn
Hippy are one of the better local bands currently playing a lot on the DIY scene, and tonight they're at Silent Barn.
Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, Soft Metals, Alex Calder @ The Well (Captured Tracks)
Brooklyn label Captured Tracks celebrates its fifth birthday this weekend with a two-day celebration featuring most of the bands on their roster. It's the second and final night, and a pretty killer line-up tonight, too.
Laurent Gardnier, Mike Simonetti, A.Arias, Mike Huckaby @ Output
Electric Zoo was cancelled, but the official afterparties are still on. Output is also hosting a day party on the roof at 3 PM to help make up for today's events.
Fred Frith, Annie Lewandowski and Theresa Wong
Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith is on the final night of his residency at The Stone. Tonight he'll be performing two shows (8 PM and 10 PM) with Annie Lewandowski on piano and Theresa Wong on cello/vocals.
Roy Ayers @ Blue Note
Jazz-funk legend Roy Ayers wraps up his residency at the Blue Note tonight with two shows, 8 PM and 10:30 PM.
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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Diarrhea Planet in Chicago in May (more by Jeff Ryan)
Two bands that Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles is very fond of, Diarrhea Planet and The So So Glos, are teaming up for a NYC show on August 30 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon.
Diarrhea Planet are set to release their new album, I'm RIch Beyond Your WIldest Dreams, on August 20 via Infinity Cat. You can check out two garage-rockin' cuts from that album, "Separations" and "Kids," below. They also have a bunch of tour dates with Futurebirds before the Mercury Lounge show, all of which are listed below.
Meanwhile, as usual, you can catch The So So Glos in their hometown of NYC even sooner than that show. They've been added as an opener to the previously discussed Bass Drum of Death show happening at Glasslands on July 9 as part of BDOD's tour that also hits Shea Stadium a day earlier (where members of So So Glos work). The Glasslands show is also with Baked, and tickets for that show are still available.
All Diarrhea Planet and So So Glos dates are listed, along with those DP streams, below...
The So So Glos, whose album Blowout came out not too long ago, are playing a free show at Studio @ Webster Hall tonight (5/22) which will be streamed live on MTV Hive. You can get free tickets through Ticketweb but walk-ups will be let in until capacity is reached. Doors are at 7 PM. Flyer for the show is below.
The band's next NYC show is a previously discussed show happening this Sunday (5/26) at Knitting Factory as part of a show put on by Hunter College radio station WHCS. Since we last spoke, Crystal Stilts have been added to that bill, which also includes Dinowalrus, Heavens Gate and Trabajo. Tickets are $12 ($8 if you use promo code "hookmeupwhcs") and still available but if you'd like to go for free, we've got a pair to give away. Details on how to enter are below.
Roger Miret w/ Agnostic Front at Power of the Riff 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We were just talking about Brooklyn's The So So Glos, who released their pop punk-y new album, Blowout, performed on Letterman, and are currently on tour with Titus Andronicus. That tour doesn't hit NYC (Titus plays a free NYC show in August though), but we said it probably wouldn't be long before The So So Glos announce their own NYC show. Well, they've just announced one and it happens right after that tour on May 26 at Knitting Factory with Heaven's Gate, Dinowalrus, and Trabajo. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/10) at 10 AM.
The So So Glos are also set to play a Northside show in the back room of Public Assembly on June 14 (only the front room will be closed) with Shapes and Le Rug. Tickets for that show are on sale now and Northside badges will also be accepted. Updated dates are listed below.
The Knitting Factory recently announced some other cool punk shows happening there soon too. Oregon Americana punks Larry and His Flask, who we wrote about when they released their Hobo's Lament EP and toured with Frank Turner, are releasing a new full length, By The Lamplight, on June 25 via Cascadian Records in the US and Frank Turner's Xtra Mile Records internationally. They'll support that album with a tour that ends on July 28 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Their pal Frank Turner meanwhile, will be on his own tour that hits NYC for two sold out MHOW shows in July. He just released a new video from his new album, Tape Deck Heart, which you can watch below.
Back to Knitting Factory shows: Agnostic Front frontman Roger Miret will bring his street punk band Roger Miret and the Disasters to Knitting Factory on August 24 with another Agnostic Front-related project, Stigma. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other upcoming punk shows at Knitting Factory include power pop punks Cheap Girls (whose tour includes other NYC-area shows too) on May 17 (tickets) and post-hardcore rippers Coliseum on May 21 with the Dischord-signed Red Hare (mems. Bluetip, Dag Nasty, Swiz, Garden Variety, and more) (tickets).
All So So Glos and Larry and His Flask dates are listed, along with some videos, 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...
The So So Glos at Death by Audio in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
The So So Glos have been playing around NYC for some time now, and they've been experiencing newfound success this year with the release of their album, Blowout, which Stereogum named their Album of the Week. It also inspired Rolling Stone to call them a Band to Watch, and they landed a spot on Letterman this past Friday (4/26) to perform its single, "Son of An American," which you can watch a video of below. The band actually set up a television at Bushwick DIY venue Shea Stadium on Friday night after Weekend's show so they could watch the Letterman broadcast. If you haven't heard Blowout yet, SPIN is streaming the entire thing.
The So So Glos are on tour now with Titus Andronicus (not for the first time). That tour kicked off in CT last night (4/28) and continues in Cambridge tonight. No NYC dates are announced for it, but Titus will play a free show on August 8 as part of the River Rocks series, and The So So Glos are sure to add something in their hometown sooner than later too.
Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...
The Orwells @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Chicago-area punks (in all senses of the term) The Orwells start their tour tonight (2/27) in Boston. As mentioned, that tour includes an all-ages show on Friday (3/1) at Santos Party House, where they'll play with The So So Glos and Radkey. If you caught one of The Orwells' many wild CMJ 2012 performances (like at one of our day parties) you know their live show is not to be missed. And if you did miss it, here's your chance. Tickets are still available and we also have a pair you can win. Details are below.
This tour has the band careening towards SXSW, where they'll be playing a bunch of parties including a BrooklynVegan Party. All tour dates are listed below...
photos by Guy Eppel
all the bands @ Shea Stadium
Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus & the So So Glos got together at all ages, DIY Brooklyn venue She Stadium on Monday night (11/21) to benefit the National Lawyer's Guild who help the Occupy Movement. As you can see from the above pic, the night included some collaboration. There were topical covers too...
Near the end of Titus's set, someone requested a drinking song. "This is not a song about fucking drinking," replied Stickles, agitated. "This is a song about fucking justice." Titus launched into a brash and unsubtle cover of "I Fought the Law," and then invited Ted Leo and So So Glos vocalist Alex Levine to play Billy Bragg's "To Have and To Have Not," the chorus of which was exchanged among the frontmen: "Just because you're better than me/ Doesn't mean I'm lazy/ Just because you're going forwards/ Doesn't mean I'm going backwards."More pictures from the show and a video filmed by Patrick Stickles himself, below...
Ideas about Occupy Wall Street were in the air, foremost among them the political idea of consistency. In occupying a specific location for a lengthy period of time, protesters effectively buried themselves in a national conversation and physically articulated their willingness to stick to their guns. "You know how old I am?" Leo rhetorically asked the crowd. "You know how many marches I've been on? I get home and I feel great and two days later any media presence evaporates." [Village Voice]
photos by Lauren Monaco
Despite the sun blaring, sound levels needing to be kept low due in part to the birth of a baby red-tailed hawk, and the temporary shutting down of the show due to people climbing poles and otherwise being too violent, Lightning Bolt managed to play a headlining set at NYU's annual Strawberry Festival on Friday. And in keeping with the bird theme, they shared a bill with both Pterodactyl and Ducktails, and The So So Glos too.
The festival's mascot, a human dressed as a strawberry was in attendance and seen crowd surfing. Some video of that, and more pictures from the whole day, below...
Lightning Bolt at 285 Kent Ave on 4/27, photo by Kathy Zikas
"Lightning Bolt pummeled the crowed at Le Poisson Rouge [Thursday] night with their standard blitzkrieg attack of sound. For over an hour the noise duo blasted away through classics from their excellent discography sending the crowd into a near frenzy. Brian Chippendale did his best impersonation of a jackhammer playing the drums and Brian Gibson stood by, ever so effortlessly, as he turned his amps up to 11 and ripped through distorted blasts of thundering bass. Despite the breaks between songs, the non stop bombardment of escalated sound sent shock waves through the crowd that more then likely split a few ear drums. The relentless assault proved that these two men are masters of their craft as they powered aware with such force and precision that kept the crowd screaming for an encore. When the band answered the call they came back to the stage and began to tear through the epic track "Ride the Skies" which nearly sent everyone over the edge after an already incredible performance of hurricane like forces of sound crushing the crowd." [omgnyc]Lightning Bolt played Le Poisson Rouge Thursday night. It was one of two NYC dates the band played last week (they also played 285 Kent on 4/27, Wed), and the Providence duo will be back this week. NYU will host its annual Strawberry Festival (volunteer here) on Laguardia between West 3rd & 4th street on Friday May 6th with a special appearance from Lightning Bolt, as well as Pterodactyl, Ducktails, and The So So Glos. The fest goes down from 1PM until 5PM, and features food, drink, prizes, and even a DJ battle "with DJ Juan Farrakhan (BX) and DJ Jules Verne (BK, mem. FIASCO)." Unlike in years recent past, this year's event is advertised as "open to the public." More details are below.
In related news, soon after we posted about the May 5th Thermals show at Le Poisson Rouge, it was revealed that the show is actually an NYU show which would explain why advanced tickets were not easy to get. Note that "Advance tickets are only available for NYU. Non-nyu tickets available day of at doors." If you can get a ticket though, the show is a bargain: $7 for students, $10 for non-nyu, and both Twin Shadow and Tyvek were added to the very impressive Cinco de Mayo bill. Though:
IMPORTANT NOTE: those event times are NOT A MISPRINT. The doors for LPR will be open at 6, the first act goes on around 7, and this show WILL BE OVER AROUND 10. GET THERE EARLY.NYU students can get tix at Ticket Central.
Twin Shadow meanwhile is out on tour with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and will in fact open the May 6th show at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale. All TS dates are listed below.
The Thermals played Maxwell's with Dinowalrus last night (5/1), and in addition to the Le Poisson Rouge show, they're playing NYC at the Bell House in July after their tour with Matt & Kim. Tickets are still on sale.
Strawberry Festival details and Twin Shadow tour dates below...
photos by Chris La Putt
The Pogues completed their short tour and 3-night NYC run at Terminal 5 on St. Patrick's Day. We already posted about the first NYC show. Here are some pictures from the second, and they continue below..
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Kellyann Petry
Brooklyn based garage rock band The So So Glos, who announced from stage that they're no longer signed to Green Owl who just released their EP Low Back Chain Shift, opened the show. The audience was initially unresponsive, but the band didn't let their energy die. By the second to last song, "Execution," the crowd started to feed off of the band's enthusiasm and broke out into a full blown push pit.
Instrumental downtempo artist Ras G played a DJ set mainly focused on hip hop influenced electronic beats. The set contained a great deal of improvisation and most songs flowed directly into the next. His songs put a greater emphasis on using monotonous ambience than melody to complement his beats. He added to the diversity of the show, but being sandwiched between two hard hitting rock bands definitely overshadowed his calmer performance.
If you ever find yourself in a darkened room, and three tall figures in black hooded cloaks who call themselves Death appear in front of you, you're about to encounter one of two things; either an eternity of suffering and punishment, or the reunited proto-punk trio from Detroit executing a half hour of raw fury. Once the band removed their cloaks, revealing that they were not in fact satanic demons, Death made no hesitation to crash down on the opening chords of "Views" and turn the entire room into a mass frenzy. The level of intensity only heightened when Death went straight into "Keep On Knocking" and proceeded to play For The Whole World To See in its entirety (other than switching the order of "Freakin' Out" and "You're A Prisoner").
Just when it seemed like the show couldn't get crazier, Death's Dannis Hackney attacked his drums in "Rock-N-Roll Victim" with a ferocity matched only by his brother Bobby's piercing shouts, which cut through the music even more sharply than on 1975's recorded version. After truly making the audience feel like victims of Death's rock-n-roll, they lent a little bit of breathing room with "Let The World Turn." This song gave Death a chance to show off their more psychedelic, progressive side with Bobbie Duncan's reverb drenched guitar acting as the only complement to Bobby Hackney's confident vocal delivery. About two minutes in, however, the band schizophrenically shifted back into breakneck rock and roll, reigniting the audience's frenzy.
Later on, Bobby Hackney took the time to introduce the band members and honor his brother David, the original guitarist of Death, who passed away in 2000. "We refer to him not as the late David Hackney, but the early David Hackney," Bobby told the crowd, who responded with shouts of support. Hackney also took time before their last song to deliver one more speech. He told the audience that back in the '70s, under the reign of Nixon, anyone over the age of eighteen was constantly in fear of being drafted. Hackney added that although we don't have that problem today, the government is always taking new approaches to get in our way. "No matter what it is, we still say: POLITICIANS IN MY EYES!" The crowd erupted with applause as the one single Death was able to release back in 1975 thundered through the room, ending the set even more forcefully than it began.
Earlier that day I sat down with Death who answered some of my questions. Read that interview HERE.
Fucked Up didn't get kicked off by the cops this time, but they undoubtedly incited a riot. The assault of Fucked Up's triple guitars coupled with the fact that frontman Damian Abraham spends as much time in the audience as he does on stage was worthy of at least a misdemeanor. The audience didn't think twice about adding to the beast that the band created. At least one person stage dived every other second into the sea of mosh pits. After a half hour of pure aggression, Fucked Up ended their set with a rendition of Nirvana's "Breed."
If you were to walk in on the middle of Omar Souleyman's set, you wouldn't know what the hell was going on, but you would know that you wanted to be a part of it. Omar Souleyman, who played Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn three days earlier, is a pop musician from Syria who plays a style of music native to his country known as dabke. Whether or not you're familiar with dabke, you can enjoy its perfect mix of Arabic melodies and dance beats. Omar Souleyman built upon that sound with a prophetic vocal delivery that captivated the audience until the moment he left the stage. It's unlikely that anyone in the audience understood a word of what Souleyman was saying or singing, but not even the language barrier could prevent a dance party breaking out both on and off stage.
Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon, whose solo debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... was one of the defining albums of the golden age of hip hop, has been making a huge comeback after the release of 2009's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II, the thematic follow-up to his debut. Since its release, he has been performing constantly and writing prolifically (including releasing 2010's Wu-Massacre with Method Man and Ghostface Killah, and is currently working on another solo album expected to be released in 2011). Raekwon's performance at SUNY Purchase's Fall Fest furthered the impact of his comeback. He performed songs off of both parts of Cuban Linx in addition to some Wu-Tang classics, including a throwback/dedication to O.D.B. In between songs, he gave appropriate advice for a college crowd, advocating a balance of partying while still getting a degree: "You can do your drugs and still be a smart mothafucka." He remained positive even when a fight broke out on stage during one of his songs. Raekwon stopped the song and did everything in his power to clear the stage and break up the fight: "Push that bitch off stage!"
Raekwon opens for Disco Biscuits at Terminal 5 in December, and the rest of Wu-Tang tours the same month. More pictures from Fall Fest below...
photos by Leia Jospe
The Coathangers @ Death by Audio
Atlanta's The Coathangers, almost done with their tour, will bless Baltimore, MD tonight (11/17) with their garage-y punk, four days after their Saturday night Brooklyn show at Death By Audio with The So So Glos, The Ex-Humans, and Unholy Two. The Britney Spears fans are welcoming their new split 7" with The Numerators (on sale now) via Suicide Squeeze.
The So So Glos have a trio of new dates in their near future. First up, the band will headline The Studio at Webster Hall on November 26th with The Rassle and Devin Therriault (tickets). Then in December, they'll play the Showpaper Gallery on Dec 3rd with Weekends, Adult Themes, & Slow Animal, and Shea Stadium on Dec 11th.
All Coathangers and So So Glos tour dates, and more pictures of the two (Leia missed both openers) at DbA, male stripper included, below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
"Matt & Kim shuttin it down!! @ Webster Hall" - Bryan Lam
"Matt and Kim concert. It's time to get crazy in NYC!" - Erik Segura
Despite their constant movement into the audience, onto their equipment and up the scaffolding that held up their light setup, Matt & Kim placed their instruments as close together as the 9:30 Club stage would allow. Their hyperactivity made Sleigh Bells look like slackers and the onstage chemistry was oh-so-cute -- except when it wasn't.The above quote comes from Matt & Kim's DC show which took place on 10/22 at 9:30 Club, a few days before the band began its two day reign at the 1400+ capacity Webster Hall (where will they headline next? Terminal 5?) with The So So Glos and Donnis (10/26 and 10/27). The pictures in this post are from the 2nd show, where, as usual, the kids ate it up, and just generally went nuts. Not news, but Matt & Kim's days of ruling the DIY Todd P scene are a thing of the past. Their choice of The So So Glos, who helped found the now-closed Market Hotel, as opener was one reminder though, of their pre-VMA/mega-sponsored life.
After a short time, it became clear that although Matt & Kim have released two albums and have material ready for a third, all of their songs are pretty much variations on their big hits, "Yea Yeah" and "It's a Fact." All have loud and fast drumbeats, loud and fast keyboards and loud and fast keyboards -- usually with the same chord progressions. But in case anyone got sick of hearing the same "BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM" over and over again, Matt & Kim broke up their own set with samples from stadium staples like Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" and DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat." Adding the jock jams seemed appropriate given that Matt Johnson kept breathing heavily between songs, as if constantly between sprints. The band's bright light setup also added to the illusion that we were really at some overstimulating pep rally. -[DCist]
Matt & Kim's spunky NYC run is over (they're in Rochester tonight) (all dates below), but The So So Glos have another date in town tonight (10/28): they play a free show at Matchless with Titus Andronicus.
Matt & Kim's new album Sidewalks is out 11/2 (iTunes). "Matt and Kim fans around the country have been busy creating art on these postcards, distributed at festivals over the Summer, and sending them into m and k headquarters." Those postcards were compiled into a promotional video which you can watch under the rest of the pictures and videos from Webster Hall, and other stuff, below...
DOWNLOAD: Future Islands - Tin Man (MP3)
Future Islands at a BBQ show in 2009 (more by Sarahana)
You can almost count on one hand the shows happening this July 4th. She & Him, The Old 97s and Rosanne Cash all play free shows, while the Feelies hold fort a Maxwell's in Jersey. Add to those Shea Stadium's all-day BBQ show, that'll also be celebrating the one-year anniversary of its 20 Meadow Street location. The bands & genres range from black metal (via Liturgy) to 'minimalist funk' (courtesy of CSC Funk Band ) to sludge rock of La Otracina to synthy post-punk Future Islands (grab one of their songs above).
A flyer, more details and videos are below...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston Cover) (MP3)
Murphy's Law @ Culture Shock '09 (Serenaz)
The lineup is out for Culture Shock 2010, which will take place April 16th and 17th at SUNY Purchase. Headliners for this year's fest are pop-punk band Bayside (avoid the "Beautiful Girls" cover on their MySpace) (and check out another version above) and indie-pop collective Los Campesinos (who'll play Irving Plaza April 22nd) Friday night, and rapper Jay Electronica and The Books on Saturday. The rest of the bill is a varied mix that includes Surfer Blood, Black Milk, Maps & Atlases, L Mag Band You Need To Hear Ava Luna, Maluca, Das Racist, The So So Glos and Turbo Fruits. The annual event isn't technically open to non-students. The full lineup is below.
The bands were announced earlier this month via film at an event at the school. That video, the lineup and more are below...