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by Bill Pearis

Terry band Australia

In the continuing competition of Melbourne musicians to see who can be in the most number of bands, we have Terry, a four-piece that features Al Montfort (of Total Control and Dick Diver, who were both recently in NYC), Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, School Of Radiant Living), and Xanthe Waite (Mick Harvey Band). Their debut single features three doses of shambly Television Personalities/Swell Maps style earworm indie rock. You can listen to "Talk About Terry" below.

Continue reading "members of Total Control & Dick Diver start another band, Terry (listen to their first single)"

photos by PSquared, words by Bill Pearis

Total Control / Sannhet @ MHOW 8/1/2015
Total Control

Australia's Total Control were in NYC this weekend for two sold out shows, playing a very sweaty show at Palisades on Friday with Crazy Spirit and Nandas, and then a slightly cooler show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with tourmates Lust for Youth (pics here), as well as Sannhet and Flesh World (pics here). While their records split the difference between straight-up punk and dark, synthy postpunk, Total Control stayed firmly on the punk side, though frontman Dan Stewart did occasionally play a tiny Teenage Engineering OP-1 that was somewhat comically set up on a normal sized keyboard stand.

Pacing around the stage and growling out lyrics through gnashed teeth, Stewart was a menacing presence even while having a scarf draped over his head most of the night. He and the rest of the band (all of whom play in about seven other bands each) banged out song after song with little in the way of stage banter, keeping the energy high. This was an older crowd, so not too much in the way of a pit, but it was a sea of nodding heads. Did I wish they'd played "Scene from a Marriage?" Yes, but I left very satisfied nonetheless. Let's hope this is not the last time we'll get to see them in NYC.

Sannhet were probably the odd band out on this bill (most of the crowd was downstairs during their set, to be honest), but their proggy brand of instrumental metal -- and the band's arresting lighting -- was impressive. They play again on August 21 at Saint Vitus with Uniform and Alberich (tickets).

More pics from Total Control (including one of their setlist) and Sannhet are below...

Continue reading "Total Control played two NYC shows (pics from Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Sannhet)"

by Andrew Sacher

Radioactivity at Baby's All Right - 7/30/15 (photo via)

Radioactivity brought their tour to NYC last night (7/30) at Baby's All Right in support of this year's great Silent Kill. They did basically everything you want out of a punk show -- short set, but no breaks in between songs for banter or anything. Just rocking straight through. If you haven't checked out the band (which includes members of The Marked Men) yet, we highly recommend it. It might not be totally accurate to call it "pop punk" but it's classic pop songwriting and classic punk energy. Kinda like if the Ramones were raised on '70s power pop instead of '60s girl groups.

Opening was Flesh World, the new band with members of Brilliant Colors and Limp Wrist, who were a great match for Radioactivity and also sounded excellent. They're a bit moodier, use a little more reverb, and sometimes dive into C-86/post-punk territory (like the bassline of set-closer "Church of Flesh"), but mostly up that same alley of driving punk.

Flesh World play two more shows in NYC this week, one of which is with Total Control, Lust For Youth and Sannhet on Saturday (8/1) at MHOW (tix). That's the second of two Total Control shows this week, the first of which is TONIGHT (7/31) at Palisades (tix).

Check out videos of Radioactivity and Flesh World at Baby's (via Heartbreaking Bravery) below...

Continue reading "Radioactivity and Flesh World played Baby's (videos); Total Control begin NYC run tonight"

by Bill Pearis

Flesh World

San Francisco's Flesh World are in NYC for three shows this week: Baby's All Right tonight (7/30) with Honey Radar and headliners Radioactivity (tickets); then Saturday (8/1) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Total Control, Lust For Youth, and Sannhet (tickets); and a late night show on Saturday at Acheron with Survival, La Cruor and Scully (tickets) .

We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the MHOW show over on our Facebook page.

Just in time for this tour, the band (which includes members of Brilliant Colors and Limp Wrist) have shared a video for "Just To Tear Me Down" from their terrific debut album The Wild Animals in My Life. Directed by Alex Cruse it's a video that could've been on 120 Minutes in 1989, with the band performing in a graveyard and a forest. It fits the song to a T. Watch that, and check out The Wild Animals in My Life in full, below...

Continue reading "Flesh World are here, share new video ++ win tickets to MHOW show w/ Total Control"

total control 2015

Total Control's tour starts this weekend, and they'll be in NYC at the end of the week to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with Lust For Youth, Sannhet, and Flesh World. Tickets are still available. They've just added a second NYC show, playing Palisades the day before (Friday, July 31) with Crazy Spirit and Nandas. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Updated tour dates and a stream of last year's Typical System, below...

Continue reading "Total Control playing Palisades before MHOW (tix on sale)"

by Bill Pearis

Dirty Ghosts

San Francisco's Dirty Ghosts will release their long-in-in-the-works sophomore album, Let It Pretend, this fall via Last Gang. It follows 2012's Metal Moon, which main songwriter Allyson Baker made with then-husband Aesop Rock. (They're divorced now, but have continued to collaborate, including on Aesop's most recent album, Skelethon.)

Before that they'll release the Cataract EP next week (7/25) via Burger which features three new songs plus two remixes of the EP's title track by Total Control's Mikey Young and Tobacco (aka Thomas Fec of Black Moth Super Rainbow), the latter of which makes its premiere in this post. The original definitely owes a little to punky new wave like Romeo Void or Missing Persons but Tobacco applies his low-fi g-funk pixie dust, giving it a whole new feel. Stream it, and the original, below.

Dirty Ghosts have a few California shows scheduled, including a hometown show this weekend with Dick Diver. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Dirty Ghosts releasing 'Cataract' EP on Burger featuring remixes by Mikey Young & Tobacco (listen); LP #2 this fall"

by Bill Pearis

Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)

The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.

Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.

Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.

In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Royal Trux, Royal Headache, Destruction Unit, Fucked Up, The Mob, Power Trip, Sheer Mag & more added to Berserktown II"

by Bill Pearis


Australian band Deaf Wish are an extremely well-named band. Their set at Death by Audio back in October when they played with Ausmuteants was maybe the loudest show I saw at the venue (or any venue) that year. In a good way. That visceral feeling in the chest only comes with instruments cranked. The band are gearing up to unleash their new album, appropriately titled Pain, on August 7 via Sub Pop. It's a real snarling beast, not all unhinged ragers, but even the "mellow" songs sound loud and full of contempt. (Total Control's Mikey Young did a great job mixing this thing.) You can stream "Eyes Closed" below...

Continue reading "Australian band Deaf Wish ready first album for Sub Pop (listen to "Eyes Closed)"

photo: Total Control at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Total Control

Fans of the great Australian post-punk band Total Control probably know that they don't play shows often, and they haven't played NYC since 2013. Earlier this year, they were announced for LA's Berserkertown festival, and the fest's promoters said at the time it'd be their only North American date of 2015. Well turns out that's not true, because they are in fact playing NYC on August 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's a great bill all around, with Danish synth pop band Lust For Youth, NYC post-metal trio Sannhet, and San Francisco's Flesh World. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/13) at noon.

Flesh World also previously announced a TBA NYC show for July 30, two nights before the Total Control show.

Sannhet also play a sold-out Northside show with Viet Cong and Girl Band.

UPDATE: It's actually a seven-date US tour. All dates are listed, with a video and the MHOW show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Total Control touring, playing NYC w/ Lust For Youth, Sannhet and Flesh World (dates)"


Total Control, Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Amen Dunes, Gun Outfit, Milk Music, and more will play Los Angeles festival Beserktown II from August 14 - 16. This marks the first US show for Total Control since 2013 -- main man Mikey Young is not a fan of touring -- and festival organizers are saying it's the band's only North American date of 2015. (Apparently it's their first show period since releasing Typical System.) The fest also marks a reunion of Denmark's No Hope For The Kids. Festival passes are on sale now. All announced Beserktown II acts are listed below.

Reformed Pacific Northwest punks Dead Moon will also be in NYC in June.

Continue reading "Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, Dead Moon, White Lung, No Hope for the Kids & more playing LA's Berserktown II fest"

Ultimate Painting @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ultimate Painting

Ultimate Painting, aka Jack Cooper from Mazes and James Haore from Veronica Falls, released their appealing debut album this year via Trouble in Mind and were last in the U.S. during CMJ. The band will be back in North America this spring to play SXSW and will be touring around it. They'll be opening for Twerps on a few shows, including both NYC ones: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/12) at noon with an AmEx presale begining Wednesday (12/10) at noon.  All dates are listed below.

Jack and James gave us Top 10 lists for 2014 and both said they listened to more songs than albums, at least of new stuff. So we get Top 10 Songs, plus a little commentary/context about their lists. Check those out, along with a stream of Ultimate Painting's album, below...

Continue reading "Ultimate Painting give us their Top 10s of 2014, touring with Twerps around SXSW (dates)"

by Bill Pearis


Australian band Twerps signed to Merge this year and released the Underlay EP in late summer. Then last month, they released a new single, "Back to You," which is about as perfect a slice of sunny janglepop as you could want and you can check out the video for that song below. "Back to You" is the first taste of Twerps' new album, Range Anxiety, which will be out January 27. (It's out 1/23 via Chapter Music in their home country.) It's a terrific album and folks who enjoy The Go Betweens, The Bats and The Pastels, Real Estate or just catchy, understated guitar pop, it's definitely an album to keep on your radar. We've got the premiere of the dreamier "Shoulders" which features lead vocals from guitarist Julia McFarlane and you can stream it in this post.

Twerps will be heading to this side of the world in March to play SXSW and will be touring around it. That includes two NYC shows: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows will be available via Ticketmaster soon. All dates are listed below.

Drummer Alex McFarlane was also nice enough to give us his Top 10 of 2014 which includes albums, shows and moments. You can peruse that, plus the new song stream, "Back to You" video and a trailer for the new album, below...

Continue reading "Twerps signed to Merge, released EP & single, new LP & tour in 2015 (dates, streams ++ Top 10 of 2014)"

by Bill Pearis

Hookworms' MB @ BV CMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
MB of Hookworms

Hookworms just released their terrific new album The Hum which further's the band's motorik psych, taking last year's adrenalized "Radio Tokyo" single (which they re-recorded for this LP) and further stepping on the gas. It is, as they say, a blast. While the band are signed to Domino's Weird World label, they do almost everything in-house. Frontman MJ produces the records in his Suburban Home studios (he produces lots of other UK bands too, like Joanna Gruesome and Eagulls), and the sleeves are all designed by guitarist JW. Hookworms' members, who stick to initials, all have day jobs and have no plans of giving them up for rock n' roll stardom.

That said, they'll be taking leaves of absence when they tour North America this Spring, including two NYC shows in April. Tickets to Palisades on 4/18 are already on sale, and tickets for their Rough Trade show on 4/17 go on sale today (12/5) at noon. Hookworms' shows are loud and intense and not to be missed.

The band's bassist, MB, talked with BV about The Hum, balancing their DIY spirit with growing acclaim, in-jokes, recollections of playing Death by Audio, his Top 10 albums of 2014, and more:

The Hum is a more upbeat record than Pearl Mystic. Was that intentional?

100%. We realised after we'd finished the last record that a lot of it was very slow numbers. We only ever played Away/Towards, Form & Function and Preservation live from that album, which is only a third of the record. We wanted the new album to be more representative of our live show, so we started writing some faster songs that would work well in the set. Radio Tokyo was actually written before Pearl Mystic was even released, and that became the starting point for the album; we enjoyed how people reacted to that song live. Our band definitely has a funny thing where when we're playing, you look up and see a crowd of people stood perfectly still with their arms crossed, then the second the set finishes they all rush up to tell you how amazing it was. I'm not saying we want people fighting and head-walking while we play, but we realised that was perhaps our fault for not being particularly upbeat.

More below...

Continue reading "Hookworms talk 'The Hum,' DIY, DbA, Top 10 of 2014 and more in BV interview"

Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.

Meanwhile, Rough Trade the NYC venue is open this weekend with Sallie Ford / Crooked Fingers tonight, followed by two shows from The Dream Syndicate.

List below...

Continue reading "Rough Trade's favorite albums of 2014"

by Bill Pearis

Lace Curtain

Austalian band Rat Columns were just on tour and main man David West is sticking around North America a little longer to tour one of his other projects, the mostly electronic Lace Curtain. (Not to be confused with ex-Harlem band Lace Curtains, even though it is actually very confusing. Leave off the last "S" for Australia.) Technically, Lace Curtain is West and Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control), but the latter isn't much for touring these days so this will be West in one-man-band mode. The tour, which is with Eaters, kicks off at Silent Barn on October 10 with Negative Supply and Hiro Kone on the bill as well. All dates are listed below.

Lace Curtain released their third EP back in February via Mexican Summer and it's probably the poppiest yet, while still keeping that chilly edge. Lead track "I Can't Wait" is hooky and danceable, and "Lovers Fade" is a pretty ballad that could've been on a Soft Cell album. You can stream those two and a few other Lace Curtain tracks below.

Eaters, meanwhile, will also be playing CMJ. All Lace Curtains/Eaters tour dates are listed, plus song streams, below...

Continue reading "Lace Curtain (Rat Columns / Total Control) released third EP, touring this month with Eaters (dates, streams)"

Lower Plenty

We already mentioned that Skygreen Leopards and J Fernandez have new material and tours hitting NYC's Baby's All Right pretty much as we speak, but what we didn't mention is so do Australia's Lower Plenty who are also on tonight's bill. They share members with Total Control, UV Race and Deaf Wish (who also have North American dates coming up) and make kinda-psychedelic folk on their new album, Life/Thrills, which comes out next week (9/23) via Mexican Summer. You can stream that in full (via Stereogum) below. Tickets will be available at the door for tonight's show.

After that show, Baby's hosts a Junglepussy show (tix also at door), and THEN hosts a third show with WIFE at 11 PM. WIFE is the Tri Angle-signed electronic project of James Kelly, guitarist/vocalist of the now-defunct metal band Altar of Plagues. It's a last-minute one-off while he's in NYC after the two Bear In Heaven shows he opened this week (pictures of MHOW coming soon) and is FREE.

Stream the Lower Plenty album below...

Continue reading "Lower Plenty (mem Total Control) releasing an LP on Mexican Summer (stream it), playing Baby's tonight; WIFE play after"

by Bill Pearis

Rat Columns in London (photo via @baileypunx)
Rat Columns

When Australian musician David West isn't making music with Rank/Xerox or with Mikey Young as part of Total Control and Lace Curtains, he's making his own bittersweet pop as Rat Columns. It's not that far off from the more tuneful moments of his other projects, but Rat Columns' new album, Leaf, is by far the poppiest thing he's done yet. (Including RC's 2012 debut, Sceptre Hole.) Made while West was living in San Francisco, the record was made at Kelley Stoltz's studio with both Stoltz and Young at the controls. There are strong nods to fellow Aussies The Church (and The Cure and The Smiths) and you can still detect the love for Wire that is much more prevelant in Total Control. West is a terrific songwriter and his whispery delivery fits the material. You can stream the whole album, and watch the video for "Fooling Around" (cowritten with Mikey Young), below.

Rat Columns are currently on tour and play NYC on Sunday (9/14) at Death by Audio with another Australian band with Mikey Young connections, The Stevens (who were just great at Baby's All Right on Thursday). Also playing are Outside World (who moved from Chicago to Brooklyn) and make power pop a la early dB's, plus newish Brooklyn shoegazers, Rips.

Available at shows on Rat Columns' tour will be a tape of unreleased David West demos titled Drop Out of Collage:

Look out for Drop Out of Collage at the merch table and a video trailer for it is below. Those dates include a stop, like most of the Australian bands on tour right now, at Gonerfest. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Rat Columns (David West of Total Control) released new LP, touring, playing Death By Audio this weekend (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis


Will any Australians actually be in Australia the month of September? They all seem to be touring North America in their many indie rock bands, many of whom are playing Gonerfest. One that isn't playing that but will be over on this side of the world for a few dates are Melbourne's Dick Diver. Where some of the country's current crop of bands look to New Zealand for inspiration, Dick Diver's sonic antecedents seem to be homegrown: shadows of The Go-Betweens' sweet strum and melancholic lyrical streak can be heard on Dick Diver's album, Calendar Days, which came out last year via Chapter Music. (Bassist Al Montfort also plays in Total Control whose Mikey Young produced the latest DD album.) Calendar Days is quite good and you can stream it and their 2012 album in full below.

Dick Diver's upcoming North American dates included two in NYC: September 25 at Cake Shop with dark synth duo Final Bloom, '80s-style indie poppers Sapphire Mansions and the psychedelic The New Lines; and September 26 at Death by Audio with fellow Aussies Free Time, post-punks PC Worship (who have an LP coming on Northern Spy/Dull Tools, and open for Parquet Courts in December) and Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss. All dates are listed, along with album streams, below...

Continue reading "Australia's Dick Diver touring North America, playing NYC w/ Guerilla Toss, PC Worship, Free Time, more (dates & streams)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Lust For Youth (photo by Rasmus Jensen

Lately it's been feeling like every new restaurant in NYC is Nordic-inspired (thanks, Noma), and, pretty soon, another Scandinavian invasion this way comes--loads of releases and performances from Danish bands are scheduled for the next two months.

We've mentioned that Posh Isolation's Lust for Youth and Damien Dubrovnik are playing the Posh Isolation fest in LA next weekend (May 16-17), and now both bands have streamed new songs from forthcoming albums. The deluxe version of Lust for Youth's International LP, out on 6/10 via Sacred Bones, is going to be accompanied by an International Remixes EP, featuring remixes of songs off of International by Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth), Silent Servant, Helm, and more. The Silent Servant remix of the title-track--a gorgeous synth number that builds from minimalist beginnings into heady dance bliss--is streaming below, along with another previously released song off of International.

Damien Dubrovnik, meanwhile, sits at the other end of the electronics spectrum, blasting out an intoxicating PE-style performance on "Penis Corset" off of a forthcoming 7", Patterns of Penetration, which is out on 5/26 via ALTER. For those trying to keep it straight, Lust for Youth is primarily the vehicle of Hannes Norrvide, though he later added Malthe Fischer and (live) Loke Rahbek (also of the now-defunct Var) to the lineup, while Damien Dubrovnik is Rahbek's project with fellow Posh Isolation label boss Christian Stadsgaard.

Lust for Youth will be playing a few US dates in between gigs in Europe, including two shows in Brooklyn--the Sacred Bones/AdHoc Northside show on June 14 at Baby's All Right with Container, Pharmakon, Uniform, and Croatian Amor, and a free 7 PM in-store on June 16 at Rough Trade. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now, no wristband or RSVP needed for the Rough Trade show. All of their dates are listed below.

A bit about that Baby's lineup: Container delivers some pretty wild techno (and recently released a new album), Pharmakon's noisy reputation proceeds her, and Uniform is a side project of members of Believer/Law and The Men. Croatian Amor is another of Loke Rahbek's projects--to add to the dizzying list--and traffics in something akin to ambient electronics. Listen to streams of all, with lists of tour dates for all, below.

Iceage in Portland, 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)

As discussed, Uniform will be opening for Iceage, another member of the Danish invasion, when they play Glasslands on May 24. (To bring things full circle, Iceage's Elias Bender-Rønnenfelt contributed guitars to the LFY track "Epoetin Alfa" below) Tickets for that show are still available. Iceage also play Home Sweet Home with NYC punks Anasazi on May 25 in a special Sunday installation of the weekly Nothing Changes party. And, for good measure, we should mention that Danish punks Lower, who are also playing the Posh Isolation LA fest, bring their tour to Nothing Changes the following Wednesday, May 28 (two days before they play Acheron).

One last related note--as previously mentioned, Pharmakon is also playing Pitchfork's Northside show with Marissa Nadler, Youth Code, Pyrrhon (Hey Doug!) and Couch Slut. Tickets are still available.

All Lust for Youth dates are listed, with the many streams, below...

Continue reading "Sacred Bones, Danish punk & more (Lust for Youth, Damien Dubrovnik, Croatian Amor, Container, Uniform, Pharmakon)"

by Bill Pearis

Cold Beat

Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew formed Cold Beat last year with Bianca Sparta (Erase Errata) on drums, and Kyle King on guitar. Despite a name that sounds like it should be a French minimal wave band from 1981, what Cold Beat have released so far is actually cheery indiepop, jangly and harmony-laden. Not miles away from Grass Widow, but definitely a little less obtuse. The band made the "Worms/Year 5772" EP last year and are set to release their debut album, Over Me, on July 8 via Lew's own Crime on the Moon imprint. The record was recorded with The Fucking Champs' Phil Manley and was mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring etc). You can stream "Mirror" from the album below.

For those who wish Cold Beat did sound like a French minimal wave band from 1981, there are excellent remixes of "Year 5772" by Pow! and Mikey Young which pretty much fit that description. You can stream those below too.

No word on live shows, but hopefully that changes soon. Meanwhile, check out the album art and tracklist, plus the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Grass Widow's Hannah Lew formed new group Cold Beat, releasing debut album in July (streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Total Control @ FFF Fest 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Total Control

Total Control, who made one of our favorite albums of 2011, are back with their second album, Typical System, which will be out June 24 via Iron Lung Records. The band, featuring Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and a member of UV Race, tend to split their time between moody, synthy post-punk and full-on rippers. The first track released from the album, "Flesh War," falls into the former. You can stream it below.

As we've pointed out before, Mikey Young stays incredibly busy with about 37 musical projects going at any one time. Another of them, the strictly synths Lace Curtain, just released their third EP which is out now on Mexican Summer. It's the closest they've come to straightforward songwriting yet (not a bad thing at all) and you can stream lead cut "I Can't Wait" below too.

Continue reading "Total Control ready 'Typical System' for June (stream a track); Lace Curtain released third EP"

Infest @ 1100 Warehouse (more by Fred Pessaro)
Rival Mob

Destruction Unit at Cheer Up Charlies (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Chaos in Tejas

Kromosom on the Lamar Bridge (more by Fred Pessaro)

Chaos in Tejas 2013 has come to a close, taking over Austin for four days across multiple venues and featuring bands as varied as Andy Stott, Kromosom and Framtid. If you missed it, live through the experience in pictures by checking out photos of The Damned and The Marked Men at 1100 Warehouse and The UV Race at Red 7 on 5/30; DIIV, Deep Time,  Survive and more at MohawkBolt Thrower , Full of HellIron Lung and more on 5/31.

Wait, there's more: check out pics of  The Men, Merchandise, Total Control and more at Cheer Up Charlie'sFramtidCrudos, Criminal Damage, Akitsa and more on 6/1; and InfestManilla RoadMind Eraser, Rival Mob and more Day 4 (6/2) coverage.

by Bill Pearis

Lace Curtain

As we've mentioned a few times, Total Control are visiting from Australia, playing two shows in NYC this week: tonight (5/22) at Mercury Lounge with Pop. 1280, Night Sins, and Sleepies (tickets); and 285 Kent on Thursday (5/23) with Raspberry Bulbs, Crazy Spirit, and Survival (tickets). If you haven't checked the band's music out yet -- motorik synth workouts, jittery post-punk and punk stormers -- you can stream both their fantastic 2011 album Henge Beat and their singles compilation below. Go to one (or both) of these shows!

Meanwhile, you may remember that Total Control's Mikey Young, David West and James Vinciguerra formed new electronic side project Lace Curtain. They dropped their debut EP back in March via DFA which I described as an EP that "would make a good soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi film or, in the case of "Good Intentions," someone's nightmare breakup or withdrawal. (In a good way, of course.)" A couple tracks from that EP are streamable below.

Lace Curtain have already announced their second EP, Falling/Running, which will be out June 11 on Mexican Summer. A little more straightforward than the DFA EP, the four new tracks would make for good late night driving music, or maybe just playing the old Atari game Night Driver. You can stream "Falling (II)" below.

Though one might postulate that with the sold-out DFA Records Anniversary Party happening on Saturday (5/25) at Grand Prospect Hall, Lace Curtain might be one of the "special guests" but as Total Control are playing DC that night, no dice. Meanwhile, Total Control have added West Coast shows happening after Chaos in Tejas. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Lace Curtain releasing new EP on Mexican Summer (stream a track); Total Control are here, expand tour (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

it's parquet

As you may know, Parquet Courts play this Thursday (3/7) at The Men's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show with Nude Beach. It's the first date of the band's biggest tour to date, that includes stops at SXSW, Chaos in Tejas, and stints with Total Control and Naomi Punk (who just played NYC). All tour dates are listed below.

The band are also releasing their first 7" via Rough Trade Shops in-house For US label. The A-side is "Borrowed Time" off last year's fantastic Light Up Gold with two new b-sides on the flip. You can stream one of those, "Smark Alek Kid," below.

Continue reading "Parquet Courts releasing 7" (stream a b-side); tour starts this week in NYC (updated dates)"

Total Control

Aussie post-punk Total Control (members of Lace Curtain, Eddie Current Suppression Ring, Ooga Boogas) have released a new video for "Sweaty," one of their contributions to the previously discussed 2011 split with Thee Ohsees. Stream the whole thing below.

As mentioned, Total Control are on the road this spring and will play two NYC dates, 285 Kent on 5/23 and Mercury Lounge on 5/22 (tickets on sale at noon today). Until then, head below for the new Total Control video, beaucoup streams and their full tour schedule.

Continue reading "Total Control get "Sweaty" in new video, add U.S. tour dates"