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Flamin' Groovies @ Bowery Ballroom in July (more by PSquared Photography)
Flamin Groovies

We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy which hit NYC on October 29. As you may remember, like most things in Red Hook, Norton Records' warehouse was hit hard. Thanks to the help of fans and volunteers, the label persevered and will celebrate the one-year anniversary of surviving the storm with a two-day "Norton Records Hurricane Sandy 1st Anniversary Blast" on November 15 & 16.

The November 15 show happens at Warsaw and features Flamin Groovies and The Sonics, with Daddy Long Legs and DJs Josh Styles and Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

The November 16 show happens at Brooklyn Bowl and features Reigning Sound, La La Brooks, and The A-Bones with The Dirtbombs' Mick Collins, and Bloodshot Bill. The night ends with an edition of Soul Clap & Dance-Off and Tickets to that show are on sale as well.

The Sonics were last here in April to play a Norton Records benefit at The Bell House. The Flamin' Groovies were here in over the summer, as were Reigning Sound (who also played a Norton benefit in January). A-Bones will also play The Bell House in October opening for 5.6.7.8.'s.

Flamin' Groovies will be playing a few other shows before the Norton Records party and those dates are listed below.

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photos by Greg Cristman

"The f***in' SONICS! Tacoma's gift to rock n' roll, live at Brooklyn's own Bell House. They did not disappoint." - Tony Sachs

"What can I hear? None of the things. The Sonics rocked the Bell House tonight." - Ian Smile

"Holy hell! I just saw the god damn Sonics tear the roof off the Bell House! #Boom @ The Bell House " - Kevin Bannon

The Sonics @ the Bell House
The Sonics

Tacoma, WA garage rock legends The Sonics were last in NYC to play Norton Records' 25th Anniversary in 2011, and they returned over the weekend for a Norton Records benefit to help the label's continuing recovery from Hurricane Sandy damages. The show took place on Saturday (4/13) at The Bell House with long-running New Jersey rock n' roll true believers, Rye Coalition. The Sonics ripped through a number of their classics like "Psycho," "Strychnine," "The Witch," their cover of "Louie Louie," and more.

Check out more pictures and the setlist from the show below...

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Freshkills on a Rocks Off Boat Cruise (more by Keith Marlowe)
Freshkills

"See you in hell, world." - Freshkills

And with that statement, post-punk favorites and BV-SXSW veterans Freshkills are throwing in the towel. No acrimony or malice though, so help send the Brooklyn band into the sunset with one final party on Friday (3/1) at Union Pool. Violent Bullshit and Chron Turbine will play support and $8 gets you in at the door.

Chron Turbine also features members of Rye Coalition, who will play with The Sonics at the upcoming Norton Records benefit on April 13 at Bell House (tickets). Members of Rye Coaltion will also play as part of the upcoming Merel reunion at Grand Victory on April 5 which ALSO features Freshkills vocalist Zachary Lipez behind the wheels (tickets). Oh what a tangled web...

RIP Freshkills. Check out some tracks from the band below to salute them one last time.

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The Sonics @ Maxwell's, Nov. 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sonics

The folks at Dig Deeper do an amazing job of shedding light on lost musical treasures from the '60s and '70s. They're presenting a couple cool ones coming up this spring. The first of which is a tribute to Marva Whitney (who played Dig Deeper not that long ago and died in December) featuring Renaldo Domino w/ the Brooklyn Rhythm Band which will happen at Littlefield on March 23. Tickets are $15 and will be on sale soon.

The second show falls outside of Dig Deeper's usually soul milleiu, but fits in with their crate-digging spirit. Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics will play The Bell House on April 13 with Rye Coallition (whose members have a new project, Cold Fur). The show is a benefit for Norton Records who are still struggling to regain their footing after their Red Hook offices and warehouse were flooded during Hurricane Sandy. You may remember that The Sonics last played NYC at the Norton Records 25th Anniversary in 2011. Tickets ($25) will be on sale soon.

Flyers for both shows are below.

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words & photos by Keith Marlowe

Tandoori Knights @ the Bell House
Norton Records 25th Anniversary

I started the night, the fourth and final night of the the Norton Records 25th Anniversary celebration at the Bell House, watching Andy Shernoff from the Dictators playing an acoustic set in the front room. He ended with his hilarious zombie Jew song, based on Jesus's return to Earth.

The Figures of Light, who originally formed in 1970, played their classic proto-punk songs as well as tracks off their new album, Drop Dead, which was recorded this July in Brooklyn by the Gories' Mick Collins, who plays guitar in the band along with original members Wheeler Winston Dixon and Michael Downey, as well as Mark Natale and Miriam Linna from the A-Bones.

The Real Kids had to cancel due to illness, so another New Jersey band, the Swinging Neckbreakers filled in for them.

After them came the A-Bones, who feature vocalist Billy Miller and his wife, drummer Miriam Linna from Norton Records. They were joined at the end of their set Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney of the Flaming Groovies, who also played with the Daddy Long Legs the night before, and who played 'Teenage Head,' which was inspired by Kim Fowley when he was recording their record. Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, who played the celebration on Friday night as part of the Condo Fucks, was also playing guitar in the A-Bones. as he often does.

Tandoori Knights, a take-off on the British show Tandoori Nights were next. They are fronted by King Khan and Bloodshot Bill, and the band is a slightly slower, more melodic sound than the two are known for in their other projects, but they still kept the crowd moving until after 1 am, when Norton founders Billy and Miriam came out to thank everyone who had made the sold-out four day event such a success. Billy, Miriam, and King Khan also all made late night appearances on the first night of the fest.

The Sonics @ The Bell House
Norton Records 25th Anniversary

After they finished the thank-you's at nearly 1:45, the band everyone was waiting to see, The Sonics, took the stage. They had headlined a show Saturday afternoon at Maxwell's too. I didn't see that, but Sunday night they took the Bell House stage and just completely laid it down. I was really impressed. They played an hour and a half set that just kept picking up energy the entire time, hitting all their well-knows songs, like Strychnine, the Hustler, Boss Hoss, Psycho and climaxed with their first and best-known hit, the Witch, and tore right into a cover of Louie Louie they totally owned, probably playing it better and with more authority than any other band in the world is capable of doing. The biggest surprise to me was how good their new songs are. Usually a band reforms knowing that they have a catalogue that people celebrate and will pay to hear, and they can tour on that nostalgia factor, or write some songs that completely lack the chemistry that the original members once had. I've definitely groaned when a reunion band announces, "we're gonna play some of our new songs tonight." but the Sonics have hit the studio hard. The new songs, Cheap Shades, Bad Attitude, Don't Back Down, and Vampire Kiss were really tight, and would sound right at home on both Here Are the Sonics and BOOM. Their new record, 8, was recorded by legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino and was released in 2010. It's great to see such an important band still touring and recording great songs......

More photos from the Sunday night show below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Sonics @ Maxwell's
The Sonics

"When I heard that The Sonics, already in the New York City area this weekend to play Norton Records' 25th anniversary festival at Bell House, added an afternoon show at Maxwell's, I decided to buy a ticket. After all, I'd missed their previous East Coast appearance at the Cavestomp festival in Brooklyn several years earlier and since they're not playing here in Philadelphia, this seemed like a no-brainer.

Thankfully, this performance more than justified the $30 ticket price. The Sonics were in excellent form with keyboardist/lead vocalist Gerry Roslie (unfortunately obscured by the monitor on the right-hand side of the stage, so it was difficult to see him from where I was standing) trading off vocals with bassist Freddie Dennis (who sounded like a rawer John Fogerty!) and guitarist Larry Papyra firing off riffs with saxophonist Rob Lind in fine form as well. Roslie, in particular, was a revelation, since at almost 70 he still has the golden throat, a white, suburban Little Richard-like howl!

As for the setlist, the hour-long show featured basically all the classics from their '60s albums Here are the Sonics (the crown jewel in their catalog and one of the best '60s garage-rock albums ever), the terrific follow-up Boom and even a few from the much-maligned but still pretty good_Introducing the Sonics_. In other words, we got "Dirty Robber," "Boss Hoss," "Have Love Will Travel," "Cinderella," "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," "Louie Louie," "Keep A-Knockin'" and of course their best-known songs "Psycho," "Strychnine" and penultimate, pre-"encore" (the band never left the stage) classic "The Witch", their still-incredible first single from 1965..." [Matthew Berlyant @ The Big Takeover]

The Sonics headlined the final night of the Norton Records part at the Bell House (that started on Thursday) late last night (11/13). Here are the pictures from their Saturday afternoon show at Maxwell's, with the now-signed-to-Matador The Young. They continue below...

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by BBG, Bill Pearis & friends

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Austin reverb-drenched, garage punk four-piece The Young are in town this weekend and have managed to get themselves opening slots on some notable bills: Tonight (11/11) they open for Kurt Vile and Widowspeak at Webster Hall (tickets still on sale); then tomorrow afternoon (11/12, 3PM) they play with Pacific Northwest punk legends The Sonics at Maxwells (sold out); and then again Saturday night they're at Union Pool with Endless Boogie AND Call of The Wild (ex-Awesome Color). They also play Philadelphia on Sunday (10/13). All dates are at the bottom of this post.

The band has a single and an album on Mexican Summer under their belt and have recently signed with Matador Records. You can check out a couple MP3s above from their Mexican Summer output which have more than a whiff of sneery, late '70s power pop/new wave/punk to them. Their Matador debut is due out early 2012.

All tour dates, the tour flyer, a live video and another song too, below...

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"The Sonics? Wow!" - Anonymous | May 15, 2009 9:52 AM

Sonics Boom

Classic NYC garage rock label Norton Records will celebrate their 25th Anniversary over the course of four nights at The Bell House (Nov 10-13). The shows feature some pretty incredible artists, including most notably The Sonics, whose 1965 garage rock classic Here Are The Sonics is regarded by some as the first punk rock album. Norton Records reissued the album in 1999. The Sonics headline the last night (11/13) of the run. Tickets are on sale now for all four nights.

Tickets are also on sale for a daytime Sonics show happening November 12th at Maxwell's. You can hit this show and still not miss the show later that night at the Bell House. Sunday during the day is the Brooklyn Record Riot at Warsaw.

The Sonics need no introduction, but those not familiar should consider that Kurt Cobain said in a Nardwuar interview that "They got the most amazing drum sound I've ever heard. Still to this day, it's still my favorite drum sound. It sounds like he's hitting harder than anyone I've ever known." The White Stripes call them the "epitome of '60s punk," "harder than The Kinks," and say that "life becomes better after buying a Sonics record." Newer band Japandroids love them too, and say, "When you listen to it, even at low volumes, it sounds like it's blasting. And I like how you can feel they would melt your face if you saw them live." Don't sleep on catching them live. Last time they were in NYC was 2007. Who saw them at Warsaw? How was it? Check out videos from a December 2010 KEXP appearance below.

Fellow '60s garage rock vets ? and the Mysterians, best known for their 1966 single "96 Tears," headline the night before them. Other noteworthy bands include The Real Kids, led by John Felice of the The Modern Lovers, and The Randy Fuller Four. Randy Fuller was part of his brother's group The Bobby Fuller Four in the 1960s, who recorded the first successful version of the single "I Fought the Law," popularly covered by The Clash. Folllowing Bobby's untimely death in 1966 at age 23, Randy took over the group, which he renamed The Randy Fuller Four.

Reigning Sound, Mark Sultan (BBQ), The Condo Fucks, A-Bones, Flamin Groovies.... there are so many people on these bills, it's too much to list. Full lineup and some videos, below...

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NXSE 2009

NXNE has announced its lineup for the 15th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto from June 17 - 21, 2009.

NXNE will be taking over Toronto with live performances, films, and conference sessions in neighbourhoods all over the city. The hub of this invasion is Yonge-Dundas Square, where a huge shot of adrenaline will slam straight into the heart of downtown with four days of free concerts on the NXNE Mainstage, featuring performances by Black Lips, Burning Brides, Wintersleep, The Sonics, Youth Brigade, The Cool Kids, GZA and more.

A one day music and film/no conferences ticket to the festival costs $25, while a 5-day pass runs $50. All details, with schedule, below...

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photos by Kate Pedatella

details on Simian Mobile Disco's broken gear at the end of the post....

DEVO
Primavera

The Sonics rolled back the years during their highly anticipated comeback set at Primvera Sound, as old met new at the eclectic festival. The punk pioneers played a hit heavy set on day two of the festival (Friday), wowing the Barcelona audience with classics including 'Strychnine' and 'The Witch'.

Playing a rare festival show as part of their comeback tour, the Seattle band headed up a line up packed with returning legends.

Earlier on, the Bob Mould Band raced through favourites from the singer's former bands, Sugar and Husker Du, including 'Hoover Dam' and 'Hardly Getting Over It'.

Post punk trailblazers Devo received one of the best receptions of the festival so far, with a set as tight as their trademark yellow jumpsuits - which were disgarded towards the end of the show.

Spanish favourites Sebadoh made their return to the Barcelona festival to perform their debut album 'The Freed Man'.

And Portishead played their second set of the festival, following on from Thursday's showstopper, this time in the indoors Auditori. [Virtual Festivals][

The 2008 Primavera Sound Festival happened in Barcelona this past weekend. I just posted a bit about Portishead, and some Atlas Sound and El Guincho too. The rest of what we've got is below....

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