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photo: Death in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

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

The Who, Joan Jett @ Forest Hills Stadium
The Who are currently on the road celebrating their 50th anniversary. Tonight's their third of five shows in the NYC-area, and second of three in NYC proper. At this point, they have enough hits to put out a double album compilation of them (which they did last year), and these shows are sure to be filled with them. The great Joan Jett opens on all dates.

Arthur Russell tribute w/ Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry, Rubblebucket, Little Screen @ BAM
Much like last year's William Onyeabor tribute at BAM, this year's Red Bull Music Academy closes out with a two-day tribute -- this time to '80s NYC downtown scene icon Arthur Russell -- featuring a host of talented  performers.

Kurtis Mantronik, DJ Nicky Siano, Morgan Geist @ Good Room (RBMA)
RBMA will wrap up its 2015 slate with another Arthur Russell-related show, this one paying tribute to Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label he co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981 that released records by Mantronix, Just-Ice, T La Rock and EPMD to Nocera, Joyce Sims, and Kariya. On the bill: Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) will play Sleeping Bag sets.

The Just Joans, Working, The Chandler Estate, Pete Astor @ Baby's All Right (NYC Popfest)
Having played last night with The Loft, frontman Pete Astor (who was also in The Weather Prophets) will play solo today at this free NYC Popfest matinee. Pete, if you're reading this, please play "Like Frankie Lymon" today, okay?

The Darling Buds, The Spook School, Veronica Lake, Brideshead, Wallflower, Expert Alterations @ Knitting Factory (NYC Popfest)
Tonight's main Popfest attraction is a very stacked bill, including UK powerpoppers The Darling Buds, a very rare reunion show from shoegazers Veronica Lake, the charming/funny Spook School, Baltimore's Expert Alterations and more.

Lloyd Cole (acoustic) @ The Bell House
It seems kind of painful to have NYC Popfest and this show happening seperately, as Lloyd Cole is one of the iconic '80s nose-in-a-book, heart-on-his-sleeve songsmiths. He's still very much the literate charmer

The Men, The Gotobeds, Savak (ex-Obits), Christines @ Cake Shop
This is the last of Cake Shop's 10th anniversary shows and they're going out with a bang. This seems like a great place to see Pittsburgh's awesome The Gotobeds, this is the first show from The Men in nearly a year, and it's the first-ever show from SAVAK (ex-Obits).

Hector's Pets, Metalleg, Slam Section, Roya @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
One of the best NYC free summer music series, Union Pool's "Summer Thunder" brings live music and good times to the venue's backyard. The fun starts at 2 PM with bands starting at 2:30.

Yvette, Eartheater, Dreamcrusher, Unisex (Meredith Graves + Fernando Perez DJ) @ Alphaville
While you wait for Yvette's new EP to drop, catch them live -- an intense, loud experience -- tonight.

Bjork (DJ), The Haxan Cloak (DJ), Brandon Stosuy (DJ), Caleb Braaten (DJ) @ Saint Vitus
Bjork has been DJing NYC a good amount lately, and she'll continue to do so tonight with her Tri Angle-signed collaborator The Haxan Cloak, Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy and Sacred Bones' Caleb Braaten. Admission is $5 at the door (no advance tickets).

Death, Obnox @ The Studio at Webster Hall
You know the story by now: Detroit band Death makes a record in the '70s that predates and predicts punk rock, but it never comes out until Drag City releases it in 2009, and the band's continued as a live force since then. This year, they actually put out their first album of new music since the '70s, and we'll likely hear some of that as well as old favorites tonight. Opening is a much newer, similarly edgy punk band, Obnox.

Iron Chic, Soda Bomb, Somerset Thrower, DJ Mathcore @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Iron Chic keep the Dillinger Four/Hot Water Music/etc kind of raspy punk alive and well, and their live shows are super tight and super fun. Today's afternoon show is at Rockaway Beach's Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the new thing that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are doing.

Other Lives, Riothorse Royale @ Bowery Ballroom
Chamber pop trio Other Lives recently released their new album, Rituals, which is full of great atmospheres and harmonies, and you can tell it's the work of a band who have hung around Thom Yorke. (Atoms for Peace drummer Joey Waronker also co-produced it.) Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on this tour.

D.R.I. @ Blackthorn 51
D.R.I. helped pioneer that the crossover thrash genre that really came into fruition in the mid-late '80s, and thanks to bands like Power Trip and Iron Reagan, is still getting kids going wild today. They haven't released new music in a while, but they're going strong as a live band.

Steven Wilson @ Best Buy Theater
Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson recently put out a new solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase, which is inspired by the true story of Joyce Vincent, whose body went undiscovered for two years in her own apartment. It's also got his epic prog stylings very much intact. Tonight's his second of two NYC stops on this tour in support of the album.

Drew McDowall, StatiqBloom, Two from the Eye, York Factory Complaint @ The Acheron
For a night of music of the noise/electronic/industrial variety, this whole bill is pretty stacked. Coil/Psychic TV's Drew McDowall headlines the show.

Nine of Swords, Ex-Breathers, Stove, Washer, Cop @ Aviv
Especially of note on this bill is hardcore rippers Ex-Breathers, who are in town from Florida. Joining them are a few solid local bands, including Stove, the new project of former Ovlov singer Steve Hartlett.

Bill Frisell @ The Appel Room (Lincoln Center)
In this performance titled "Up & Down The Mississippi Traveling Highway 61," iconic guitar master Bill Frisell "embarks on a musical journey along the revered route, which Bob Dylan famously immortalized in 1965."

Vulture Festival
NY Magazine's pop culture festival brings a lot of cool talks, music and comedy events to one weekend in NYC. Most events today -- including a screening of Tig Notaro's new short film, Clown Service -- happen at Chelsea's Milk Studios.

Marcos Valle with Carlos Lyra @ Birdland
Brazil's Marcos Valle has had a long career, stretching back to the '60s. But he may be best known now for his 1982 single "Estrellar" which was used in a Southern Comfort ad shown a lot during last year's World Cup telecasts. Fans of samba, bossa nova, jazz, disco and kitschy fun take note -- tonight's the last night of his Birdland run.

Bellows, Diet Cig, PWR BTTM, Grounders, Hank May @ Palisades
Toronto band Grounders take a traditional '60s pop sensibility and fry it till golden brown, glistening and modern.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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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.

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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.

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When Gary Mundy formed Ramleh and the Broken Flag label in 1982, he was a primary participant in the UK power electronics scene, which attempted to outdo the industrial template first drawn by Throbbing Gristle. Very much a product of their time, his recordings were violent sonic bursts laced with proto-fascist and misogynist imagery, given vulgar titles meant to shock. Mundy and co-conspirator Philip Best quickly rose from this noise ghetto by applying the scene's best aspects (experimentation, improvisation, volume) to a more traditional rock format. Along with its sister group Skullflower, Ramleh laid the foundations for improvisational noise rock with a stubborn intensity that catered to no one. The band rarely issued records in quantities greater than 500, live shows were few and far between and cover art and liner notes were filled with cryptic drawings, photographs and abstract writings. Their sound remained reliably rooted in an unwavering formula: plodding heavy drums, an endlessly repetitive low-end bass groove and wave upon wave of guitar screech. - [Trouser Press]
British power electronics and noise rock pioneers Ramleh, who are currently Anthony di Franco, Gary Mundy, and Martyn Watts, will be playing two rare NYC shows in NYC in early 2015: January 28 at Home Sweet Home for Nothing Changes with JFK and Kleistwahr, and then January 29 at Saint Vitus with JFK, Alberich, Theologian, and York Factory Complaint. Ramleh are promising each night wil completely different, divergent sets. Tickets to both shows go on sale Monday (11/3) at noon.

JFK is one of Anthony di Franco's solo projects, and Kleistwahr is the solo moniker of Gary Mundy. The three local acts on the VItus show fit the bill well too, and you can also catch Alberich at the same venue on 11/6 (tickets). These are Ramleh's only North American dates that we know of. A few Ramleh streams below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

York Factory Complaint at Saint Vitus, January 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

If you're not familiar with the NYC duo York Factory Complaint, you may know some of their other projects--Ryan Martin is the co-founder of Dais Records, and Michael Berdan also is/was in Believer/Law, Uniform, Veins and Drunkdriver. Their new album, Lost In The Spectacle (preorder) is a hellish, disgusted trip through noise-drenched industrial waste. A track, "Loved," is streaming at NPR along with a Q&A with the band in which they expound upon the theory-intensive concept behind the album. Here's a bit:

Otis Hart: Lost In The Spectacle is the name of your new album as York Factory Complaint. Is that the same "Spectacle" French philosopher Guy Debord addresses in his book The Society Of The Spectacle?

Michael Berdan: It is indeed the situationist idea of the Spectacle that we're referencing, yes. Ryan and I both stand in agreement that the Spectacle is a very real social constraint and encompasses the whole of our psychic and spiritual existence. The individual idea no longer exists. The individual feeling disappears the more we allow our computers to socialize us. We believe what we are told to believe, we feel how we are told to feel, we make what we are told to make and we buy what we are told to buy. There is no such thing as a subculture in 2014. Any a------ can manufacture the full illusion of a clandestine identity within 10 minutes on Tumblr.

Now, it's a pointless exercise in futility to rebel against the Spectacle, as it absorbs all that it touches. So what can we do? We can acknowledge it for what it is and stare it dead in the eyes. Through a series of conversations, we decided that we wanted to make something that openly acknowledges the fact that taste and politics are bought and sold and how everything we create is just another cog in the Spectacle. This record is about our collective spiritual death.

The rest of the interview and song stream are over at NPR.

York Factory Complaint will be celebrating (perhaps the wrong word, given that interview excerpt) the release of their record next Wednesday, 7/16, at the weekly Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home. The show doubles as the release date for a new LP from the industrial ambient noise project Thought Broadcast, who will be releasing their new album Votive Zero. Give that a stream below.

Michael's Uniform project next play on July 31 at Union Pool with Noothgrush and Trenchgrinder.

Stream that Thought Broadcast song, with the full upcoming Nothing Changes schedule, below...

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Nothing at Saint Vitus - 3/20/14 (via @nicoletteelvie)

After playing SXSW, Philly shoegazers Nothing brought their tour to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus last night (3/20) with Dark Blue, Sannhet and York Factory Complaint. During their set they covered Nirvana's "Sliver" (which they've done before), and unARTig was on the scene to capture it. Check out a video of their cover, plus one of them playing "Get Well" and videos of the three openers, below.

Nothing's tour has them back in NYC for a free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show on April 4 at Glasslands with DIIV, which is now also "sold" out.

And speaking of Nirvana, Seattle police reexamined Kurt's death case, saying "It's a suicide. This is a closed case." Nirvana also have other news, including a campaign to turn Kurt's childhood home into a museum, a Rock Hall update, a Record Store Day 7", and a cover of "Dumb" by Sivu. More on all that here.

Videos below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Technicolor Teeth

If you're not familiar with Wisconsin trio Technicolor Teeth, you may be aware of drummer Amos Pitch's other band, Tenement. And while some Technicolor Teeth songs can pile on the distortion and angsty vocals, the hi-speed punk of Tenement is nowhere to be found. Their cassette full length, Can You Keep Me Out of Hell, which came out this week via Accidental Guest (and is only available at their shows), instead often pulls from the layered, swirling guitars of early British shoegaze and Spiritualized-style psychedelia. You can watch the videos for two of its tracks, "Blood Pool" and "Drips," along with a full stream of the album, below. You may have already heard the closing track, "Nocturnal Remission," on Accidental Guest's Beyond Inversion compilation.

Technicolor Teeth kicked off a tour in Chicago last night (3/5), and they'll be coming to NYC for show at Death by Audio this Saturday (3/8) for an Accidental Guest showcase that also includes the punk fury of Clean Girls, the industrial noise of York Factory Complaint, and the dissonant post-hardcore of Jail Solidarity. Next week, they'll join 6 million other bands in Austin for SXSW.

All dates are listed, with the stream, videos, and flyers, below...

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Corrections House @ Saint Vitus, 1/21/2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Corrections House

Corrections House, the new supergroup comprised of Sanford Parker (producer/engineer, Nachtmystium, Minsk), Mike Williams (Eyehategod), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, etc.), and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, who played this past weekend), kicked off their US tour at Saint Vitus last night (1/21) which was also their first-ever show. The band was joined by opening sets from York Factory Complaint (mems Believer/Law, Veins, ex-Drunkdriver) and Theologian, and featured "solo sets of spoken word, acoustic and experimental music with an end times collaboration to close out the night."

More pictures and a review of the show are over at Invisible Oranges.

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Twin Stumps - "Child Republic" Live at WFMU (MP3, via)

Mike Yaniro, in happier times

As you all may or may not know, a dear friend of mine named Michael Yaniro was a victim of violent robbery in the Ridgewood area of Queens (NYC). He was savagely beaten beyond recognition, and now he's got a long road ahead of him with many surgeries. To add insult to his injuries, he has no medical insurance!

A brief description of his injuries: His right eye socket needs surgery as there is a bone protruding into it... so it needs to be repaired to restore his ability to move the eye. (He has had this surgery, and will need more work in the future). He has a fractured jaw and nose which will require surgery to repair, as well as multiple broken bones in his face. Pieces of titanium metal is to be inserted in his face to support the bones.

His girlfriend Abby is trying to get him Emergency Medicaid, but that is really tough to get approved, and its doubtful whether or not it will be rewarded. That is why this fundraiser was started. Its not registered as non-profit organization (so if you're looking for a tax break, this is not the time and place for it), but as a way to possibly raise a little money to help him through his crisis. [Julie Finley]

Twin Stumps recently released a new killer LP on Dais Records. It's what turned me on to the damaged, caustic noise rock (in a Clockcleaner, Drunkdriver, Brainbombs sense) band. Soon after, their bassist Mike Yaniro was viciously attacked. Since then a groundswell of support from the underground has surfaced, including a few benefit shows. The latest show is scheduled for Dec 4th (Friday) at Death By Audio, where Pink Reason, Sightings, York Factory Complaint (featuring Genesis P-orridge), and White Suns are all on the bill.

If you can't make it on Friday, head to the Mike Yaniro site to see how you can help, or pick up a copy of the Twin Stumps LP (recommended!) here. Get back to rockin soon!

Pink Reason and White Suns tour dates, the show flyer, and a ton of videos are below...

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