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In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.
Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.
Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...
Pooya (far right) with The Free Keys
This week saw the tragic news that members of Yellow Dogs had been murdered by Raefe Ahkbar, former member of Yellow Dogs "sister band" The Free Keys, who committed suicide soon after. Now, Pooya Hosseini of The Free Keys, who was there the night of the murder, has recounted his experience in a new interview with The New York Times:
Mr. Hosseini listened to the gunfire. Then his door crashed open.Read the rest of this depressing story at NY Times.
First all he saw was the gun, and then he focused on Mr. Rafie's face, wild-eyed, not with anger but with a strange beatific purpose, an almost happy demeanor.
" 'You think my bullets are not going to go through those coats and your body and the wall?' " Mr. Hosseini recalled, using English to recount Mr. Rafie's words, which had been spoken in Persian. "I said, 'Definitely, sure, but don't kill me. Just let me talk to you.' "
For the next several minutes, they spoke, Mr. Rafie, pointing the end of a .308 caliber, Spanish-made assault rifle at Mr. Hosseini, still crouched on the floor.
"He asked me, 'What happened to us?' " Mr. Hosseini recalled.
The two had been friends in Iran, playing music together and accompanying each other on mountain bike rides in the hills north of their Tehran homes. They came to the United States together, hoping to find musical freedom in Brooklyn.
But almost from the moment the men arrived together at Kennedy Airport in December 2011, relations were fraying. Mr. Rafie made little money as a bicycle messenger and began to steal things. He would hop turnstiles, frightening Mr. Hosseini and others who were seeking asylum and trying to assiduously follow the rules.
After about five months, the men kicked Mr. Rafie out of the band and stopped living with him. Mr. Hosseini said that, apart from a text message a few months ago, the two men had not spoken.
The surviving members of the band also gave an official statement.
From left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand
Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet
The Yellow Dogs have released an official statement on Sunday night's tragedy. Read it in full below...
After yesterday's confusing, sad news that members of Yellow Dogs were murdered by Raefe Ahkbar, former apparently disgruntled member of Yellow Dogs' "sister band" The Free Keys, the surviving members Koory and Obash have paid tribute to their bandmates, though briefly for now and via social media. On Facebook, they wrote "Thanks every one for all your prayers and condolences. We still can't believe this tragedy . R.I.P Arash Farazmand, Soroush Farazmand , and Ali Eskandarian." They also tweeted "Still in shock, we lost 3 of our brothers, Soroush Farazmand, Arash Farazmand and Ali Eskandarian, Rest In Peace."
Other bands have paid tribute too, like Black Lips, who posted a message yesterday, and Bear In Heaven, who tweeted, "Got the news about The Yellow Dogs at 830am from an old friend. Instantly sad, now feels totally tragic. Unprecedented. :/"
Now, a message has also been posted by The Free Keys, Yellow Dogs' sister band and former band of the shooter. They write, "We are shocked and heartbroken. We lost our family which we spent our lifetime together. Arash and Soroush were my true brothers. Thank you to everyone for the support. I don't know what I can say."
The Free Keys don't mention Ali Eskandarian by name. Ali is also the one that every news story claims is not in the Yellow Dogs, but according to recent interviews and pictures we found yesterday, he was also in the band, at least for a little while, and as recently as March.
Meanwhile, another detail on the shooting emerged that the gunman had 100 rounds of ammo on him. Police were said to have found 81 unfired rounds and some magazines in a guitar case on the roof where the shooter killed himself.
Pictured above is today's NY Post's new cover where the band is pictured with the sensationalist headline, "Fled Iran only to be gunned down in B'klyn." If you were wondering why they left Iran to begin with, you can take a look at the intriguing but sad cable released by WikiLeaks that details the trouble they faced for being a rock band by the Iranian government, which caused them to apply for US visas in 2009.
Watch a video by Yellow Dogs below...
Yellow Dogs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
In the statement from Yellow Dogs' manager (who was previously identified as a publicist) on the murder-suicide that killed "two" of the band's members, it was revealed that the shooter, allegedly Raefe Ahkbar, was not a member of Yellow Dogs, contrary to initial reports. USA Today and many other sources mention that the shooter was actually a former member of Yellow Dogs' "sister band" The Free Keys, who also came over to the US from Iran, and were also featured in Baham Ghobodi's film, No One Knows About Persian Cats. Arash Farazmand, the Yellow Dogs drummer who was murdered, was also once a member of The Free Keys.
Meanwhile, it's still not clear who from the Yellow Dogs was killed. The band's manager's statement said that only two of the victims were in the band, Sourosh "Looloosh" Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), while the third one Ali Eskandarian was a friend and fellow musician. However, in a March 2013 interview with SO Magazine, Yellow Dogs mention that Ali had been their new singer for four months. He's also pictured with them in this photo on their Facebook, and was with the band when we caught them at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December 2012. Yet, the band's Facebook still only lists the other four members sans Ali. An AltSounds interview from 2011 points out that Ali had been living with Yellow Dogs and The Free Keys in the same Brooklyn loft for years.
Yellow Dogs manager Ali Salehezadeh said the shooter hadn't spoken to the victims in months due to "a very petty conflict." Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that detectives suspect it was over a money dispute, but that they were still investigating. Update: The NY Times now points out that "There were accusations that [the shooter] had stolen money from the Free Keys, who forced him to leave the band last year, said John J. McCarthy, the Police Department's chief spokesman." Initial versions of the story mentioned he was kicked out of the band, but now it seems it was The Free Keys, and not the Yellow Dogs, he was kicked out of .
In a January 2012 interview with Yellow Dogs' Siavash "Obash" Karampour, Popgun asked:
You've been asked a lot about your Western influences and what sort of American stuff is big in Iran. Which Iranian artists, aside from Yellow Dogs of course, should the US airwaves be expecting, or does the censorship make that impossible?Many articles, like a feature on the Free Keys Filter did in 2007, bring up the DIY space that the two bands ran together in Iran.
Although it's censored and there are restrictions with high internet speed, artists still have a chance to get their music heard. You should definitely look out for our best friends and "sister band" the Free Keys, as they arrived to BK yesterday and will be calling Brooklyn home. This Glasslands show will be very exciting because it will be the first time for them to see us play since the two shows we did together back in the DIY illegal space we built together in Iran. Also be on the look out for the talented street artists and skater brothers ICY and SOT.
The Free Keys, though Ahkbar was not a member anymore, played as recently as 10/12 at Arlene's Grocery. Yellow Dogs played 10/23 at Brooklyn Bowl.
Earlier today the Black Lips released a statement on the killing
Yellow Dogs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We are very upset to hear that our friends in the the band yellow dogs were shot and killed in Brooklyn last night.We were first introduced to this band by the great film director Baham Ghobodi in his film No one knows about Persian cats.which showcased the alternative music scene In Tehran. When he heard that the band were in the states under refugee status we reached out to them to play a show with us at Webster hall they did and they were great. They were also nice enough to play our SXSW show case.This band risked there lives to escape Iran. They personally expressed to us how excited they were to be in the U.S where they could freely express them selves as artists. It is particularly sad that they were killed in America a place where they were supposed to have a new beginning. Yellow Dogs were really cool guys and we are gonna miss them. :( RIPBlack Lips were just in NYC last week for two shows.
Yellow Dogs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
This morning, it was reported that there was a shooting related to a Brooklyn/Iranian band, and it was speculated to be the Yellow Dogs. An official statement from the Yellow Dogs' manager (previously thought to be their "publicist") reads:
The shooter was not a former member of the band The Yellow Dogs, he was in another band from Iran and the two groups were acquaintances in the past. A personal conflict between the guys resulted in the dissolution of their relationship in 2012. The shooting resulted in the death of two of the members of the Yellow Dogs, Sourosh Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), along with a friend of theirs, fellow musician and author Ali Eskandarian. The shooter died from a self inflicted bullet wound on site. [via P4k]UPDATE: Despite what the above message says, it seems Ali was also a member of Yellow Dogs. The killer's band has also been revealed.
A musician furious over being thrown out of a rock band extracted bloody revenge in an early morning attack in Brooklyn Monday -- using a military-style rifle to fatally shoot three people believed to be bandmates, wound another person and then take his own life, law enforcement sources said.Speculation after the story first broke and has since been confirmed by The New York Times that the band in question was Brooklyn/Iranian band the Yellow Dogs who we recently called "constants in the NYC indie circuit". We last caught them with !!! at the end of last year at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The triple-homicide took place at 318 Maujer St., a Bushwick building where at least some members of the band are believed to live.
The killer, brandishing a Century Sporter .308-caliber semi-automatic weapon with a 20-round magazine, showed up around midnight and opened fire on a person standing outside.
That person was wounded.
Then he stormed into the building and kept firing off round after round...
...The band is made up of Iranians who have been in the country for a while and were seeking asylum here, law enforcement sources.
A neighbor, who identified himself only as Frank, said the building has been hosting boisterous parties.
"During the summer it was ongoing, really loud parties with the street blocked off by gypsy cabs,'' he said.
"It was the usual hipster rave scene.'' [NY Post]
UPDATE (1:44 PM): Yellow Dogs' manager has released a statement that says the assailant was not in Yellow Dogs but in another Iranian band, and that two of the three victims were in Yellow Dogs: Sourosh Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), along with a friend of theirs, fellow musician and author Ali Eskandaria.
UPDATE 2: Actually all three killed may be in Yellow Dogs as originally reported, and the killer was in their sister band The Free Keys.
An ABC news report video is below as is a 2009 interview CNN did with Yellow Dogs on the underground Iran rock scene.
Our thoughts go to the victims' friends and families.
Neko Case in Long Island in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Neko Case, AC Newman @ Radio City Music Hall
Neko Case has another lovely album under her belt -- The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You -- and will play one of NYC's most regal venues. Her New Pornographers bandmate, AC Newman, opens the show.
Matias Aguayo, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
Matias Aguayo has been making quality music for years, both as a solo artist and also as one half of German duo Closer Muzik, but his career got a bit of a boost (at least in North America) when he collaborated with Battles to sing lead on their song "Ice Cream." Tonight he returns to NYC for a FIXED party.
'We Have An Anchor' @ BAM
Jem Cohen presents his new work as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, a cinematic tribute to Nova Scotia with live music by a band that reads like an ATP line-up: Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and more. Tonight's the first of three performances and tickets are still available.
Vista Chino, Black Pussy, Kings Destroy @ Bowery Ballroom
For a while, John Garcia and Brant Bjork of stoner metal legends Kyuss were operating as Kyuss Lives, but they've since changed the band's name to Vista Chino, and also just released a new album, Peace?.
Porches, Laser Background, Isadora, What Moon Things @ Cake Shop
Local "bummer-pop" band Porches have been having a pretty good year with the recognition they've been getting for their new album, and tonight they've got another of their many hometown shows, happening at Cake Shop.
Allah-Las, Reverbation (DJ set) @ Mercury Lounge
Los Angeles' Allah-Las do a great job of making '60s West Coast pysch pop their own, as heard on last year's debut album. They play two shows at Mercury Lounge tonight, both of them sold-out.
Saves The Day, Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Long-running NJ pop punks Saves the Day, who released their first album on Equal Vision since 1999's Through Being Cool this year (stream it), are in NYC tonight for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening is Pitchfork-approved emo singer/songwriter Into It. Over It. and Hostage Calm (who also play CMJ).
SECRET HEADLINER, Iron Chic, Banquets, Chumped @ Saint Vitus
Jaded Punk, who wishes Saves the Day wold be good again, is hosting a show at Saint Vitus, not very far from MHOW, with a secret headliner and a lineup of pop punk openers, including Banquets (who opened Saves the Day's NJ holiday show in 2011). Hmmm...
UPDATE: You can now RSVP to the Jaded Punk show starting at 1 PM, and you will not be admitted without RSVP.
Okkervil River, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, Pickwick @ Terminal 5
Indie folk band Okkervil River have been at it for over a decade now, and even if their most memorable records are behind them, their newer stuff, including this year's The Silver Gymnasium, is still pretty good.
Eugene Mirman, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass, Wyatt Cenac @ The Bell House
It's once again time for the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and tonight's kickoff event is titled "The Urbane Comedy Hour: Non-Stop Courtesy and Culture Through the Prism of Comedy." Sounds deep. Sold out.
Telepathe, Eraas, Advaeta, A Place Both Wonderful and Strange @ The Bowery Electric
Spacey duo Telepathe headline this show, but fans of gothy postpunk might want to go just to check out Eraas and Advaeta.
Lee Foss, Mosco, T.Williams, French Fries @ Output
At this point, UK house producer Lee Foss might be more famous for his "supergroup" Hot Natured, but his own music still sets off dance floors too, and he'll do that at tonight's weekly INPUT party at Output.
Carcass, Immolation @ The Gramercy Theatre
British death metal legends Carcass released Surgical Steel, their first album since reuniting, this year (and first since 1996), and it's no nostalgia act; this is one of the contenders for metal AOTY. So naturally there's a ton of excitement behind this week's NYC shows, both of which are sold out. Tonight's their second of the two shows.
Graham Nash @ City Winery
The "Nash" in Crosby, Stills & Nash, one of the songwriters in '60s pop group The Hollies, and a reputable solo artist as well, Graham Nash continues his three-night run at City Winery tonight.
Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, continues his 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.
DJ Clark Kent, D-Nice, Rich Medina, Stretch Armstrong, Tony Touch @ Santos Party House
Like they did last month, Santos is hosting The Originals party with DJ sets from these hip hop vets.
Elliot Sharp, Noura Mint Seymali & Jeiche Oula Chighaly, Eli Keszler @ Issue Project Room
The Issue Project Room's 10th anniversary celebration continues tonight, headlined by avant-guitarist improvisationalist, Elliot Sharp.
Rewards, Bad Girlfriend, Cheerleader, Mt. Royal @ Pianos
Bad Girlfriend are better than your average girl-group-inspired garagey combo. You can check out a few recordings from last year below. Their debut album, due early next year, is being produced Aaron Pfenning of Rewards, who also play tonight. It's all in the family.
Communication Corporation, Mannequin Pussy, Vacation Jason, Shivering Brigade @ Death By Audio
Tonight is another of The Chris Gethard Show's "Weirdest Bands We Know" shows. Question is are they the weirdest band you know?
Gate, Tom Carter, Samara Lubelski + Marcia Bassett @ Union Pool
Four experimental musicians -- Gate (Michael Morley of The Dead C), Tom Carter (of Charlambides), and the duo of Samara Lubelski (Jackie-O Motherfucker, Chelsea Light Moving) and Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards) -- team up for a show at Union Pool tonight.
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DOWNLOAD: Joey Bada$$ - 95 Til Infinity (MP3)
Joey Bada$$ at SUNY Purchase in 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
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Joey Bada$$ @ 285 Kent
Exciting young Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ plays a sold-out show at 285 Kent tonight with his Pro Era crew. It was supposed to be a release show for his new Summer Knights mixtape, but that release has been pushed back to July 1. However, Joey's still promising that he'll be playing the new material at tonight's show. He just released another song from the new mixtape, "95 Til Infinity," today. Download it above or stream it below.
Big Daddy Kane @ Herbert Von King Park & Highline Ballroom
From the new garde to the old: BedStuy hip hop legend Big Daddy Kane headlines Herbert Von King Park tonight with mixmaster DJ Scratch as part of the 2013 SummerStage Series. Right after that, BDK will head to Highline Ballroom to team with high-octane Brownsville crew M.O.P., Chubb Rock, Grand Puba and DJ Bent Rock. Flat top haircuts and silk shirts are not required.
The Antlers @ Le Poisson Rouge
Le Poisson Rouge's 5th anniversary celebration continues tonight with a sold-out show from The Antlers, for whom the venue is an intimate one. Support comes from Dave Harrington of Nicolas Jaar's band.
Devendra Banhart @ Town Hall
Devendra Banhart is continuing to tour in support of his new album, Mala, and comes to NYC for a show at Town Hall tonight. Rodrigo Amarante (of Little Joy) opens the show.
The Heavy @ Webster Hall
The Heavy's last big trip to New York was a little less than a year ago when they headlined Irving Plaza and played Letterman. Moving up in the world, they will be at Webster Hall tonight with The Silent Comedy and The Skins. Tickets are still available
Nothing Changes w/ Lok Rahbek and Body of Light @ Home Sweet Home
Lok Rahbek of Swedish duo Lust for Youth (who recently played Chaos in Tejas) teams with Body of Light for a show at Home Sweet Home late tonight, part of the ongoing Wednesday night goth-tinged party. Look for DJ sets from Taylor Brode of Sacred Bones as well as Syb Vicious.
Liquor Store, Atlantic Thrills, 1-800-BAND & The Balls @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium hosts a pretty solid bill tonight, headlined by NJ rockers Liquor Store.
The Aluminum Group
Chickfactor 21 w/ Future Bible Heroes, The Aluminum Group & more @ The Bell House
Night Two of the indie zine's three-night soiree may or may not feature an appearance from Stephin Merrit who is definitely not touring with Future Bible Heroes. But as one Chickfactor's writers, they may coax him out into public. Also playing are Chicago's debonair The Aluminum Group who haven't played NYC in eons -- check out a track below. Tickets are still available.
The School @ Cake Shop
Do you like Camera Obscura? The School are kind of the Welsh version, with a whole classroom full of members to make their winsome, shy pop. They played a nice set last week at Cake Shop as part of NYC Popfest.
Radiation City @ The Mercury Lounge
This Portland, OR outfit mine a similar strain of '60s pop as The School, but with maybe a little more eye to the present, and a little more flair. Their new album, Animals in the Median, is quite alluring.
David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Wellmont Theatre
David Byrne & St. Vincent initially had two Wellmont Theatre shows scheduled, but after canceling one, the only remaining date is tonight. If you haven't yet, check out their recently released free EP. They'll be back in the NYC-area later this month for a Capitol Theatre show.
Darwin Deez @ Glasslands Gallery
Darwin recently headlined Bowery Ballroom so here's a chance to catch his relentlessly energetic live show in a much more intimate venue. Emil opens and tickets(via the willcall mobile app) are still available.
Chateau Marmont, Team Ghost DJ sets @ The DL
This event of the "France Rocks" series and features Parisians Chateau Marmont who "groove" more than they "rock," but they are from France. If your tastes lean towards yacht rock, they're worth checking out. Team Ghost, meanwhile, is the new group fronted by Nicolas Fromageau who was an original member of M83. Tonight is just DJ sets from the two bands but they'll both be playing Northside Festival.
Conveyor, New Myths, Norwegian Arms, Leapling @ Pianos
Brooklyn glitch folk act Conveyor are in the midst of a June residency at Pianos. Tonight's the second week which features support a solid line-up of locals, including Leapling who we profiled a while back.
Xenia Rubinos, Half Waif & more @ Death By Audio
Xenia is playing shows this weekend with Sinkane but if you want to see her in a more gritty atmosphere to Williamsburg DIY spot where she'll be playing with Half Waif, who gives off nice Austra-y vibes on her new EP.
Big Terrific @ Cameo
Tonight, Big Terrific host Max Silvestri welcomes comedians Phoebe Robinson, Phil Hanley, Aaron Glaser and DC Benny to his weekly free laugh-a-thon.
Soundcheck @ Greene Space
Greene Space's Soundcheck series continues today, featuring a conversation with Louis CK collaborator Tig Notaro, Robert Randolph, who was recently featured at Crossroads Guitar Festival and 30 Rock composer (and Tina Fey's hubby) Jeff Richmond. Seems like a colorful cast of very different but very successful people. Nice work, Soundcheck. Sold out, but you can watch the live webcast at 7 PM EDT.
Companion, Evangelicals, Air Waves @ Union Pool
Solid night of local music, featuring Norman, OK's Evangelicals and Pepi Ginsberg's chamber pop ensemble Companion. Air Waves, who we haven't heard from in a while, is also on the bill. $8 at the door.
Yellow Dogs, Dinowalrus, EULA, Shark? @ Brooklyn Bowl
Here's four bands that are all constants on the NYC indie circuit. Here you can see them all together while perhaps knocking down some pins at Brooklyn Bowl. The free RSVP is closed but you can get in for $6.
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by Bill Pearis
SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu, have a new EP titled Light Eyes that is currently out digitally and will be out in physical formats at the end of the month. Laying off the electric guitars a bit, the new EP has an almost baroque faerie folk feel to it. You can stream the whole thing below.
Having just wrapped up dates with Marnie Stern, SISU are now playing a few headlining shows. The tour wraps up with an EP release show on Friday (5/10) at Glasslands with Yellow Dogs and Young Boys. Tickets are still available and all remaining tour dates are listed below.
photos by Greg Cristman
!!! at MHOW - 12/13/12
!!! came to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg this past Thursday (12/13) with Sinkane (who DJs Bowery Hotel tonight [12/17] and opens for Solange on Tuesday [12/18]) and Yellow Dogs. The venue never got too packed, but but !!! aways put on a fun show. (Sinkane and Yellow Dogs are no slouches either.) Pictures from the show are in this post.
You can also check out what albums and songs were !!!'s favorites of the year, and more pics from MHOW below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Peoples Temple - Sons of Stone (MP3)
The Peoples Temple are on tour and make their NYC debut tonight (4/6) at Death by Audio with Apache Dropout, Yellow Dogs and Dead Sands.The band's Sons of Stone made my Favorite Albums of 2012 list, where I wrote this:
For those who long for the days when Anton Newcombe wrote catchy psych pop instead of plodding through the haze for eight minutes at a stretch might want to check out Lansing, Michigan's Peoples Temple. Not only do they share a proclivity for catchy '60s-ish acid pop, their name is a reference to Jim Jones' cult. Dig.You can download Sons of Stone's title track at the top of this post and click through for the video for "Axeman", the flyer for tonight's show, and all dates....
Twin Sister at ACL Live (more by Tim Griffin)
As some of you may know, in addition to screening free movies, the L Magazine-presented Summerscreen series in McCarren Park also features a live performance by a band each night before the film plays. On July 27, before Ferris Bueller's Day Off is screened, Twin Sister and Your Youth will play free sets at the outdoor Brooklyn venue. The Wednesday night shows happen in the Ballfields (Bedford and North 12th) from around 6pm-10pm.
Other bands playing at Summerscreen this summer include Widowspeak, Zambri, Milagres, and Yellow Dogs. The Wayne's World screening, originally scheduled for July 13, was rained out and is rescheduled for August 17 with Yellow Dogs.
Twin Sister meanwhile are in Chicago this weekend to play the Pitchfork Festival, and have upcoming dates scheduled with Explosions in the Sky, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Purity Ring, and others.
Updated schedule and dates below...
Thee Oh Sees @ Summerstage in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Death By Audio lists tonight's show like this:
6.17 -$5- (doors are at 10pm for this show)Well, we may know at least one band on the bill. Thee Oh Sees play Brooklyn Bowl Saturday (6/18) but list "06-17 shhhhhhh...." on their website (thanks Maxim), so it's either them or there are two secret shows. Who do you think the other bands are?
Adventure, CO LA (Matt Papich of Ecstatic Sunshine), and Weekends were supposed to play Death by Audio Friday night, but that show was cancelled. Weekends will instead open for Dom at Brooklyn Bowl.
To add to the mystery, a "Surprise special guest" is also listed on the Saturday Thee Oh Sees Brooklyn Bowl show that Yellow Dogs, and Emil and Friends are also playing. Who's playing that one?
All Thee Oh Sees dates below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Amor de Días - Bunhill Fields (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Walking Backwards" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Shadow Boxing" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Burn the Boats (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Garbage Strike (MP3)
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Amor de Dias
This weekend is dominated, for me at least, by NYC Popfest but as I've already written an exhaustive (exhausting) post about that, so go read it and we'll discuss other shows here. There's lots more to cover anyway.
One thing, and this is Popfest related really, is that Amor de Días are here this weekend, playing Knitting Factory on Sunday (5/22) opening for Damon & Naomi. We've got a pair of tickets to give away to this show. Just send an email with your name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Amor de Dias" and we'll pick a winner at random.
As you may know, the duo (Amor de Días) are Alisdair Maclean of The Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas, a group who played the first ever NYC Popfest back in 2007. I actually thought it was going to be Amor de Días in the "TBA" slot at the Thursday night Cake Shop show that turned out to be Pains of Being Pure at Heart. For this show to be happening at the same -- but not part of -- the 'Fest seems a little criminal.
MacLean and Núñez-Fernández formed Amor de Días back in 2008 and wrote and recorded whenever they had time, with help from current tourmates Damon & Naomi, indiepop legend (and master arranger) Louis Phillipe and Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson. Their debut, The Street of the Love of Days, came out this week on Merge and is a lovely little album as you might imagine from the talent involved. Their styles and voices are a perfect match for one another and the arrangements are just perfect. Among the treats is a particularly nice version of The Clientele's "Harvest Time." You can download "Bunhill Fields" at the top of this post.
Damon & Naomi's new album, False Beats and True Hearts, is a really nice record too. And if it's still pouring out Sunday night, all the better. It's an evening of rainy day music.
A much louder duo, also in town this weekend, are Minneapolis' BNLX, who play Pianos on Friday (5/20) and The Rock Shop on Saturday (5/21). I've written about them a couple times this year already and I do really dig their mix of rockin' tunes and corporate humor. I'll quote myself again:
Volume isn't just for punishment, though in the wrong hands it most certainly is. But sometimes you just can't achieve that clarity of sound, that particular strain of feedback, that shriiiiiiinnnnng you get from flicking the strings above the headnut, that tone...without cranking the amp. Ed Ackerson, a 20-year veteran guitar slinger of such Minneapolis bands as 27 Various and Polara, knows what he's doing. BNLX didn't just blow eardrums, they kinda blew minds...You can download two tracks from EP#5 at the top of this post, and I have a good feeling they'll have EP#6 at the merch table for the NYC shows. Also playing The Rock Shop show is Black Onassis, which is not the ex-drummer of Urge Overkill but a new group from former member(s) of Kasabian and Daylight for the Birds. Don't know much about them.
...for being just two of them and a laptop, they made quite a racket at the Rock Shop. Normally I'm one to complain about bands using canned backing instead of a real drummer, but vintage drum machine sounds -- right out of 1987, be it Jesus & Mary Chain or Age of Chance -- are kind of integral to what BNLX are doing. With a stroboscopic lightshow (what, no smoke machines?) you didn't really need anyone else.
More interesting is what's happening earlier that same evening at The Rock Shop: a tribute to Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets featuring a cavalcade of indie rock talent. Here's the press release:
When Brian Eno's first solo record, Here Come the Warm Jets, came out in 1974 it turned heads. It continues to baffle great minds due to the sneaky way it overlays whimsical pop with the beginnings of Eno's whole philosophy of creativity and experimentation.Musicians performing include Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan), Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Richard Baluyut (Versus), Rob Christiansen (Eggs), Amy Klein (Titus Andronicus), and Ben Trokan (Robbers On High Street).
Indy music stalwart Rob Christinsen (Eggs, Grenadine, East Ghost West Ghost) and Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden team up to present this great curiosity of a recording LIVE with a melange of rockers and experimentalists.
"It sounds fantastic but one of the things that I tried to do with Warm Jets was to bring musicians together who would normally never play together and to play a music that they couldn't agree upon. The music would come from the chemistry. But of course, it was impossible to do. I couldn't expect any of the session people I worked with to go along with it. They literally fought." - Brian Eno, 1974.
In that spirit, fifteen singers and ten instrumentalists from all musical worlds team up to perform this masterpiece.
The evening will be emceed by walking/talking Brian Eno encyclopedia, WNYC's John Schaefer.
Of course the big tribute this weekend is Sunday's Our Concert Could Be Your Life which celebrates the 10th anniversary of Michael Azzerad's chronicle of the American indie rock scene in the '80s. The talent assembled paying tribute to the bands covered in the book is pretty amazing, and it's changed/expanded a bit since first announced:
- Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
- Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
- Citay plays Mission of Burma
- Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
- Grooms plays Husker Du
- Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
- Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
- Callers plays Sonic Youth
- Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
- St. Vincent plays Big Black
- Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
- Buke and Gass plays Fugazi
- White Hills plays Mudhoney
- Yellow Ostrich plays Beat Happening
[note: both Tune-Yards and Buke and Gass play a sold out show at MHOW one day earlier. Dan Deacon also plays more shows this week. Delicate Steve has a headlining show coming up soon at Brooklyn Bowl.]
Cymbals Eat Guitars
And lastly, Cymbals Eat Guitars play their first show in a long time this Friday (5/20) at Glasslands. The band are finishing up their sophomore LP which is due out this fall
,so hopefully we'll get a preview of what's to come which they'll be playing in full at the show. The whole line-up is pretty good, with fellow '90s loving indie rockers Radical Dads (whose member Robbie just announced a new album for one of his other bands), Iranian transplants Yellow Dogs, and the psychedelic sounds of Mirror Mirror.
A few more picks, day by day, are below.
THURSDAY, MAY 19
Brooklyn/Iranian band post punk band Yellow Dogs are playing a show at The Morgan tonight (4/11). It's free and Cole from the Black Lips is DJing (the Morgan is located at 25 Bogart St). The Black Lips are in town for their big headlining show at Webster Hall on Tuesday (4/12), part of their tour with Vivian Girls. Tickets are still on sale for the NYC show, and I have a pair you can win. Details below.
If you miss Yellow Dogs in Brooklyn tonight, they also play Wednesday (4/13) at Pianos with Ohnomoon and others.
Contest details, the Black Lips' new video for "Modern Art", and updated tour dates, below...
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ the Seaport in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Andrew WK DJ w/ live performances @ Santos
* Culture Shock @ SUNY Purchase
* GWAR CRACK-A-THON @ MF Gallery
* Aloha, Pomegranates @ Maxwell's
* Hanne Hukkelberg @ Rooftop Films
* "Exit Through the Gift Shop" opening
* Yellow Dogs, Hypernova @ 92YTribeca
* Budos Band, The Jay Vons @ Southpaw
* Cable, Slacks, Goes Cube @ Union Pool
* Kaki King, An Horse @ Bowery Ballroom
* Caveman, Arms, Quiet Lights @ The Cameo
* The Low Anthem, Timbre Timber @ The Bell House
* Natural Child, Liquor Store, Foster Care @ Lulu's
* Liturgy, White Mice, Suffering Bastard @ Shea Stadium
* Suprise Me Mr. Davis, Anne & the Beekeepers @ Union Hall
* Wussy, The Fervor, Mystery of Two, Little Big @ Cake Shop
* Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Golden Triangle @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tao Saxo Quartet, Butchy Fuego, The Sway Machinery @ Zebulon
* The Little Death, Gordon Gano & The Ryans @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Rykarda Parasol, Bootblacks, Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch @ Littlefield
* Claymation Velociraptor,Sigmund Droid,LookBook,Common Loon,No Place @ Pianos
* Girls & Boys presents VIKING, The Hood Internet, Telephoned (Live) @ Webster Hall
* Air Waves, Beach Fossils, Total Slacker, Eternal Summers, Beachniks @ Bruar Falls
* Alex Battles, Gabe Rothschild, Lenny Molotov, B is for Baroness @ Petes Candy Store
* Real Estate, Family Portrait, Liam the Younger, Big Troubles @ Monster Island
* Justice of the Unicorn,Untied States,Lucky Pineapple,Pet Ghost Project @ Glasslands
* Fiasco,Daniel Francis Doyle,Dinowalrus,Pterodactyl,Dana Falconberry @ DeathByAudio
* Contact! w/ NY Phil plays Nico Muhly, Sean Shepherd, Matthias Pintscher @ Symphony Space
UPDATE: Shrinebuilder have added a last minute show tonight thanks to the volcano.
More about some of tonight's shows in This Week in Indie.
South Street Seaport just announced some of the bands playing there this summer.
The Banksy documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" opens this weekend at Sunshine Theater and Lincoln Plaza. As everyone that was clapping at the screening we hosted on Sunday will tell you, it's a great movie. Mr. Brainwash FTW!
Speaking of movies, I haven't seen it, but No One Knows About Persian Cats (Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh) also opens tonight...
"Recently released from prison, two young musicians decide to form a band. Together they search the underworld of contemporary Tehran for other players. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan to escape from their clandestine existence more », and dream of performing in Europe. But with no money and no passports, it won't be easy..."Iranian indie rock bands Hypernova and Yellow Dogs both star in the film and then are playing its opening party at 92YTribeca.
The Iranian event is not part of the Tribeca Film Festival which starts on April 21st.
The Roadburn Festival is underway in Tilburg in the Netherlands. Stay tuned for reports from the ground.
Coachella starts today in California. You can stream it online.
Have Coachella open in one window and the Gwar Crack-A-Thon open in another (or go to the Crack-A-Thon in person).
The Cribs were supposed to be one of the streaming Coachella performances today, but not anymore.
Pavement played a US show at the Fox Theater last night. A video from the show below...
Spoon played Kimmel last night. Video below...
Kaki King plays Bowery Ballroom tonight. Last night she was at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Two nights ago she was on Fallon. Video from the TV appearance below...
Caribou's recent video for "Odessa" below...