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Haim @ T5 in May (more by Ebru Yildiz)
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Haim and Sleigh Bells will be playing a free concert at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park on August 5, part of the "Live in Levis" series. The show is and 18+ and you do need to RSVP.

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Montreal's HEAT are in town, having played Glasslands last night with UK band The Wytches. Since we last did a post on them, they've add a couple more NYC shows are both of them are today (7/26). They play a FREE show at 2PM at Rough Trade and then they'll play Cake Shop late tonight, an after-party for the Darren Hayman show.

HEAT released their debut EP earlier this year, full of post-VU style rock, which you can stream below.

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Sick Of It All at Rev25 (more by Rebecca Reed)
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NYHC vets Sick Of It All have announced that they'll release their tenth album, The Last Act of Defiance, on September 30 (album art and tracklist below), and will play a hometown show soon after that on October 4 at Irving Plaza with fellow NYC punk vets H2O as well as Pennsylvania's Wisdom In Chains and White Collar Crime LLC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, if you're headed to Philly (or already there) for This Is Hardcore (which began yesterday, 7/24), you can also catch Wisdom In Chains there on Saturday (7/26). A ton of other great bands have still yet to play too, like Converge, Blacklisted, Title Fight, CIV, Bold, Nails, Madball (with guest ex-guitarist Matt Henderson making a special appearance), Power Trip and plenty more. Remaining day-by-day lineups for TIH, below.

If you're not headed to This Is Hardcore, you can have your own mini TIH celebration in NYC this weekend. Xibalba, who played the PA fest last night, play a free show Saturday (7/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Harm's Way, The Banner and Crushed (Trap Them and Coliseum just played the same venue). And, as discussed, UK vets Subhumans are coming over for TIH and playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (7/27) with long-running NYHC band Sheer Terror, as well as White Collar Crime LLC (fka White Collar Crime) and Mischief Brew. Tickets for that show are still available.

SOIA and Sheer Terror's fellow veteran New York hardcore band Cro-Mags also recently announced a tour, NYC show at Saint Vitus included, which just went on sale.

SOIA LP info, TIH daily lineups and Madball's new video for "Born Strong", below...

Continue reading "Sick Of It All announce LP & show with H2O; This is Hardcore underway in Philly (related NYC shows this weekend too)"

Mobb Deep

If you live or hang out in Williamsburg, you may have noticed that for most of July, the corner space at Driggs & Metropolitan has been taken over as the Levis Commuter Workspace, offering wifi, workspace, and lots of cyclist services: tune-ups, customization, washes, and more. (Also a look at the clothing brand's Commuter line). The space closes this weekend but not before Prodigy of veteran hip hop duo Mobb Deep performs at the free Closing Party there this Saturday (7/26) at 7 PM. All you have to do to get in is RSVP. There will be cocktails provided by Baby's All Right and Grady's Cold Brew, commuters can bring their bikes for complimentary tune-ups, and there will be a chance to win a Tokyobike. Do note RSVP does not guarantee entry, which is based on capacity.

Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 recording sessions for their classic LP The Infamous (released in 1995) this year by releasing The Infamous Mobb Deep, a two-disc set that includes their first new music since 2006 and unreleased material from the original Infamous sessions. They just made a video for "Low" (ft. Mack Wilds) off the newly-recorded portion, which you can watch below.

Mobb Deep have also been pretty active as a live group lately. They played their home city this past May at Irving Plaza and this past Thursday (7/17) they played their actual hometown when they put on their first-ever show in Queensbridge Park, as part of the ongoing Summerstage series. Vulture caught the show and wrote:

A few hours before their "homecoming" concert in Queensbridge Park last Thursday night, Prodigy and Havoc, the two halves who make up the whole of the rap group Mobb Deep, were philosophizing as to why "The QB," which is what the giant public-housing project adjacent to the park is often called, has produced so many hip-hoppers. It is a roster that includes the great Nas, Capone (of Capone-N-Noreaga), Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté, and Mobb Deep itself, whose 1995 album The Infamous is considered a classic of hard-core urbanity, a formidable East Coast response to Dr. Dre's immortal Cali-based The Chronic. The QB's fecundity was a product of "time, space, and motion," said Prodigy, the erstwhile boy genius who, like his equally diminutive partner (neither tops five foot six), turns 40 this year. Much is owed to the Queens housing project's sheer size, said Prodigy; it was the biggest one not only in New York City but in the entire country. But more than that was "the location."

...when the group hit the stage, picturesquely set beneath the elegantly industrial arches of the renamed Edward I. Koch Bridge, a burst of joy came forth. "Queensbridge!," Prodigy shouted into the mike. "Queensbridge!" returned the crowd, which certainly included a large number of the QB "old-timers," some of whom have been living in the project for half a century and arrived in their wheelchairs to bop along to the beats. Never much for nonsense time-killing (no soft-ass, dreary R&B voicings for them), Mobb Deep went hard, kicking through their new stuff and bringing the old, really busting it on "Temperature's Rising," with its whoa! lines, "that snitch n***** gave the police your location/we'll chop up his body in six degrees of separation." The lines were just as foreboding as ever, but on this mid-summer evening, with the festive picnic crowd, the city gleaming in the sunset, no hint of mayhem could pierce the celebration.

Watch a couple videos of that show, with the new "Low" video, below...

Continue reading "Mobb Deep made a video, played Queensbridge Park; Prodigy playing free Levi's show this Saturday"

Guitar Center

Guitar Center will be opening a new location in Times Square on Thursday, August 7 at 7 PM. That'll give NYC's tourist mecca 28,000 square feet of new axes to choose from and to show off those new licks you learned when you try 'em out (remember, no Stairway). In celebration of that, The Roots will play next door at the free show at Best Buy Theater that day. Even though it's free, you still need a ticket to go, and there's a few places to pick one up on August 5 (details HERE). We also have two pairs to giveaway. One of those pairs also COMES WITH A LUDWIG DRUMSET (Questlove's signature 'Breakbeats' line), courtesy of Guitar Center. Here's what it looks like when Questlove plays it:

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Details on how to enter the contest, below...

Continue reading "The Roots playing a free show to celebrate Guitar Center's new Times Square location (win tix and/or a drumset!)"

Sufjan

Sufjan Stevens surprised some people when he went electronic on 2010's The Age of Adz, and though it was the first time he made a record like that, it wasn't the first time he made an electronic album. 2001's synth experiment Enjoy Your Rabbit got a vinyl release for its first time ever this year via Asthmatic Kitty, and one of its tracks, "Year of the Tiger," also got a video for the first time (dir. Geoffrey Hoskinson). You can watch that below.

Enjoy Your Rabbit was also reworked as an orchestral album in 2009 by the Osso String Quartet, and was released under the name Run Rabbit Run with arrangements from Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Gabriel Kahane, Michael Atkinson and more. TONIGHT (7/22) in Central Park, Michael Atkinson's New York orchestra The Knights will be performing the US premiere of a suite from Run Rabbit Run as part of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series in between performances of Bela Bartok and Igor Stravinsky. It beings at 7:30 PM, is free, and entry is first come, first served. More info here.

We're not sure exactly how early you need to get on line to get a seat for the show tonight, but we know at least it's not as hard as getting one of the tickets for Shakespeare in the Park which saw many getting to Central Park before dawn this morning. "King Lear," starring John Lithgow and Annette Bening, begins tonight.

The Naumburg series continues with two more concerts in August, and The Knights have other dates including a Brooklyn show at Roulette on September 18.

Watch that Sufjan video below...

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens released 'Year of the Tiger' on vinyl, debuting orchestra version in Central Park (TONIGHT)"

The Deli NYC Issue #39 (10th Anniversary)
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UPDATE: The McKibbin Loft vacate notices mentioned below have now caused The Deli 10th Anniversary party to move to Brooklyn Fireproof. Details TBA.

The Deli Mag has been chronicling the local scene (in NYC and other cities) and talking recording gear for 10 years, and they're celebrating a decade in print with a few parties. with Higher Animals, EULA, Melody Joy, Deathrow Tull, The Pluto Moons, Paxico Records, Joya Bravo, and Rue Brown, with a special Brooklyn Wildlife set featuring Ohene Cornelius, Johnny Voltik, Tyquan Sounds, Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky and more. Also playing, legendary junglist DJ Soul Slinger, plus a BBQ, tattoo artists and more. The party starts at 4 PM and the flyer is below. As mentioned above, this was originally supposed to be at McKibbin Lofts but is now happening at Brooklyn Fireproof. Stay tuned for details.

Then next weekend The Deli will take over Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The Friday, August 1 show is with Drowners, Spires, Mainland, The Can't Tells, and Little Racer. The Saturday, August 2 show is with Diane Birch, Secret Someones, 5J Barrow, The Prettiots and Poor Remy. Those shows, like most at BK Bazaar, are free and open to the public. You can also RSVP to skip the line.

And in related news, Gothamist reports that a few of the tenants living in McKibbin Lofts basement spaces have been ordered to vacate with a notice saying "the Department of Buildings has determined that conditions in this premises are immediately perilous to life." Lit Lounge is due to open its Bushwick location in McKibbin this fall.

Deli party flyer below...

Continue reading "McKibbin Lofts partially vacated, Deli 10th anniversary show w/ DJ Soul Slinger & more moved to Brooklyn Fireproof"

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The 2014 World Cup is over but for those in NYC who want to keep some of it's locale's spirit can do so via the Brasil Summerfest which is currently underway and runs through July 26. Tonight (7/21) you have two chances to see singer Baby Do Brasil. She's playing a free after-work show at South Street Seaport and will later play The Blue Note (tickets). Then later tonight Tutu Morales and Francois K will DJ at Cielo (10 PM doors).

Tuesday (7/22) at Le Poisson Rouge it's the previously discussed Arto Lindsay show with Zs and Bigyuki (tickets). Also that day you can catch samba/reggae singer Rogê who plays a free show at Hudson Square Music & Wine Fest at City Winery.

The rest of the lineup includes DJ Sany Pitbul and MC Junior at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Thursday (7/24, free); and electronic act Baianasystem on Saturday (7/26) at Joe's Pub (tickets). Brasil Summerfest comes to a close with the Baile Funk Closing Party which happens Saturday at Glasslands with DJ Sany Pitbull, MC Junior, and Zuzuka Poderosa with Nego Mozambiqu (tickets).

All Brasil Summerfest shows are listed here.

The Men at Union Pool earlier this month (via Joe Melnick)
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Brooklyn punks/folk rockers/jammers/whatever-ers The Men played a free hometown show earlier this month for Union Pool's Summer Thunder series (which recently announced its August schedule) and they've got more dates coming up, including another free summer show in Brooklyn. The band will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 15 with Philly rockers Purling Hiss and more TBA. All of The Men's dates are listed below.

Purling Hiss also recently announced that they'll release Weirdon, the followup to 2013's Water on Mars, on September 23 via Drag City. No music from that album yet but you can check out a teaser video below.

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Obits @ Union Pool yesterday (photo via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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Saturday's edition of Union Pool's free and outdoors Summer Thunder series (7/20) was a particularly good one with a headlining set from Brooklyn indie rock supergroup Obits and the heavy prog/psych awesomeness that was Toronto's Biblical. Union Pool have announced their August schedule for Summer Thunder schedule, which looks like this:

August 2nd: Jessica Pratt
August 9th: Har Mar Superstar + Cheap Shots DJs
August 16th: Super Secret Special Guest
August 23rd: PAT
August 30: Heavy Blanket
Openers for those shows are mostly still TBA. If you don't know, PAT is JD Samson's dance party "for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving whoever they want" with W. Jeremy, Amber Valentine, Honey Dijon, and Murray Hill. There will be video projections in the inside performance venue as well. PAT also happens at Union Pool this Thursday (7/24) with Justin Strauss, The Cary Nation, Amber Valentine and Tyler Jensen. That is also free.

Heavy Blanket, meanwhile, is J Mascis' voluminous psychedelic blues jam group who played Summer Thunder last year...for about 15 minutes (one song) before getting shut down for being too damn loud. How long will it last this year?

Again, Summer Thunder shows are free, 21+ and the live music usually starts around 3 PM depending on how many groups are on the bill. This coming Saturday's Summer Thunder (7/26) features DJ Jonathan Toubin, plus Baxx Sisi's, The Mystery Lights and a "secret set by a supreme international live act." Any guesses on who that might be?

Modern Baseball at Marlin Room at Webster Hall in June (more by Mimi Hong)
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Two Philly bands with great releases out this year, Modern Baseball and Beach Slang, will be heading out on a tour together this September. That includes a run with I Am the Avalanche which doesn't hit NYC (IATA play NYC tonight [7/18] with Somos though), but right before that, MoBo and Beach Slang will be here for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on September 5 with quality locals Chumped and Crow Bait. That run is leading up to MoBo's appearance at Riot Fest Chicago. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Chumped play NYC tonight (7/18) as part of the Gigawatts Festival. They go on at 12:30 AM at 97 Wyckoff (4th fl), right after Field Mouse. Not long after that, they play Suburbia on July 26 with Save Ends, Laureate and Cassevettes.

Crow Bait also have other local shows coming up, including Shea Stadium on July 23 with Deep Pockets (who were good at Saint Vitus last night), Eureka California and Good Grief; the Acheron on August 4 with their Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, The Elsinores and Giant Peach (tickets); and a previously mentioned Grand Victory show with Dead Stars and others in August.

All Modern Baseball/Beach Slang dates are listed, with album streams from all four bands on the BKNB bill, below...

Continue reading "Modern Baseball touring w/ Beach Slang, playing free NYC show w/ Crow Bait & Chumped (who have other dates)"

by Klaus Kinski

Harrington w/ LSF @ Austin's Mohawk (more by Tim Griffin)
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As usual, I am nailing you with a super last-minute show announcement that I should have mentioned days ago so you could have adjusted your agendas accordingly. Recurring show of awesomeness The Talk Show Series Presents will be back at Over the Eight in good ole Disney Presents Williamsburg Brooklyn TONIGHT (7/17) at 8:30pm. As you know, the Talk Show Series presents is an ongoing series that takes place at Over the Eight (594 Union) with a revolving cast of hosts, guests, and show titles. A recent installment called The Kevin Corrigan Show took place on April 17th and brought a whopper of a line-up including Michael Shannon, Natasha Lyonne, as well as Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from Broad City. It was insane. And packed. And people were butt-hurt when they couldn't get in. But I have a place for those people. It's called "day care." Because they are freakin' babies.

Anyhow, the next installment of The Talk Show Series Presents is, as I mentioned in the paragraph above, TONIGHT (7/17) at 8:30 PM and is billed as The Tim Harrington Show and features special guests Holly Miranda, J.C. Chandor (Director of All is Lost, Margin Call), Sasheer Zamata (SNL's first African American female cast member since 2007), and Carmelo the Science Fellow (Brooklyn's Mr. Wizard). And the show is abso-tootely free! You know host Tim Harrington as vocalist and partial nudist of legendary rock n' roll outfit Les Savy Fav. As a matter of fact, I caught Tim when he was a guest during a Talk Show Presents episode hosted by Bobby Tisdale and can 100% vouch for his attributes as extremely funny and engaging human being. Tonight's show promises to totally rip. It's gonna be funny. As well as poignant. And cozy. So if you have nothing to do head over there and enjoy yourself.

In other The Talk Show Series Presents news, the folks over there have been recording episodes of The Kevin Corrigan Show at someone's high-rise apartment, and so far the guests have been staggering. Head over to their tumblr and thrill to immaculate photographs shot by the great Seth Olenick that feature superstars Nick Offerman, Pedro Pascal, Janeane Garofalo and James Franco. More pics here and here.

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Proudly low budget and just as proudly absurd, this comedy directed by J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker tells what happened when General Trius (Nils d'Aulaire), whose planet was on course for a catastrophic collision with a comet, came to Earth looking for a new home for his people.

His mission was to kill earthlings and take over the planet, but when he heard music, something unknown on Hondo, he became an earthling-lover, as well as a banjo player. Kevin (Jay Klaitz), sent from Hondo to take over the general's mission, is equally captivated by music, and he and the general, performing in their spacesuits, win over the New York club scene and save both planets. - [New York Times]

The story of Future Folk, the duo of General Trius and the Mighty Kevin from a distant planet called Hondo, was documented in a film last year. This year, Trius and Kevin are currently heading across the North American portion of Planet Earth to screen the film and play live. The tour, sponsored by our friends at DOSTUFF, pulls into NYC on July 23 at Knitting Factory. The NYC screening and show -- like all the dates on the tour -- is free with RSVP. Admission based on capacity, first come, first served.

All Future Folk dates are listed, along with the trailer for the film, below...

Continue reading "Future Folk screening movie, playing live on free tour (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

DRUMS

As mentioned, The Drums are back with a new single, "Magic Mountain," which the band have now shared. "Punky" may not exactly be the word to describe it, but "Magic Mountain" is definitely the most aggressive thing they've ever done. Stream it below.

You can see The Drums will celebrate the release of the new single with a free show on Wednesday (7/16) on the rooftop of Supernova Terrace at Time's Square's Novotel Hotel. Doors are at 10 PM and you do need to RSVP to attend.

The Drums will also be back in NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in September as part of their fall tour. Tickets for those go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/16) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below...

Continue reading "The Drums streaming new 7", playing free show in Times Sq."

by Andrew Sacher

Guerilla Toss - '367 Equalizer' Artwork
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Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss followed 2013's Gay Disco LP today (7/15) with a new EP, 367 Equalizer, on Infinity Cat. Like the last LP, it combines elements of dance-punk, no wave, noise and more for its wacked-out sound. You can stream the EP in full below.

Though Guerilla Toss don't have a tour announced at the moment, we know they'll be playing Hopscotch and day 2 of the free Ipsum/Dead Labour End of Summer Blowout happening August 29-30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Day 2 also includes Flagland, who Guerilla Toss just played NYC with on Saturday (7/12), and two more TBA. Stay tuned.

As discussed, day 1 includes Single Mothers, Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit. While Single Mothers are here, the Canadian punks will also be getting in a smaller NYC show a day later at Cake Shop on August 30. Pricing info and more bands TBA. Hopefully we'll hear something off their debut LP by then.

Stream the new Guerilla Toss EP below...

Continue reading "Guerilla Toss streaming new EP, playing BK Bazaar with Flagland and more; Single Mothers add 2nd NYC show"

Viet Cong @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival begins at 1PM today at South Street Seaport and the Village Voice just announced set times:

PIER 16 STAGE
7 PM - DINOSAUR JR
5:30 PM - MAC DEMARCO
4:30 PM - THOSE DARLINS
3:30 PM - VIET CONG
2:30 PM - SPEEDY ORTIZ
1:30 PM - RADKEY

FRONT/ROW STAGE
4 PM - NUDE BEACH
3 PM - JUAN WAUTERS
2 PM - CRAZY PILLS
1 PM - DEAD STARS

A map of the stages, etc is below...

Continue reading "4Knots Fest is today -- set times announced"

by Bill Pearis

PATV

If you haven't heard of Brooklyn trio Public Access TV, well that's because you're not a British music journalist. They've already been acclaimed by the likes of Q, The Guardian and NME who called them "New York's hottest new band" before they even played their first live show -- which was at NYC's Niagra in January. (Lindsay Lohan and Alexa Chung were there.) PATV is fronted by John Eatherly who was in Be Your Own Pet and also played in Eleanor Friedberger's band and The Virgins for a while. Guitarist Xan Aird was also in The Virgins, and drummer Peter Baumann is also in Grand Rapids.

As for what they sound like, Eatherly knows his way around a hook and PATV's guitar pop seems directly decended from Phoenix and The Strokes, with a little hyperactive 1979 new wave in there on tracks like "I'm Allergic." Stream a couple songs below and look for their debut later this year.

You can also see Public Access TV live, including a few shows in the NY-area. They play NJ's Wonder Bar on July 29 with Reignwolf, and then a free late night show at Mercury Lounge on July 31. Then they'll play Baby's All Right on August 14 with Chicago's Twin Peaks, and Lemons. That's an all-ages show and tickets are on sale now.

After those shows, PATV will be on the road for a few shows with The Features. All tour dates are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "NME says Public Access TV is "New York's hottest new band"; playing Baby's All Right w/ Twin Peaks & other dates"

by Bill Pearis

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Unlike a lot of bands that call NYC/Brooklyn home, duo Jack and Eliza actually grew up here and have been friends since childhood. Now musical partners, Jack and Eliza make winsome pop, at this point just letting their guitars and voices convey their charms. If you liked the early, stripped-down days of Slow Club with a little Beach Boys/Everly Brothers influence, they're pretty appealing. Jack and Eliza will release their debut EP, No Wonders, via Yebo Music later this summer and you can stream "Hold the Line" (not a Toto cover) below.

We've also got the premiere of a brand new song, "Simple Strait," via a live video shot at Brooklyn's Rare Book Room studios. The song might be on their debut full-length which they're working on. Watch that below.

You can also see Jack and Eliza play live. Catch them Friday (7/11) at Rooftop Films at Metrotech Commons that also features a series of "twisted, romantic short films." That event is free and more details are here. They'll also open for Ski Lodge at Glasslands on August 23 with Rumors on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale.

Jack and Eliza have a few other East Coast dates scheduled and all are listed, along with the song stream and video premiere, below...

Continue reading "Jack and Eliza releasing debut EP, made a live video (watch), playing Rooftop Films, opening for Ski Lodge & other dates"

Future Islands in Austin (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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RSVP will open for Future Islands' free show at House of Vans on August 7 with Omar Soleyman, Operators and Mas Ysa at noon today.

RSVP will also open for the Holy Ghost! show at House of Vans on August 14 with Kim Ann Foxman and Dave P at noon today..

Tonight (7/10) at House of Vans its Gorilla Biscuits, Bouncing Souls, and Turnstile. RSVP is closed and if you did RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

JSBX @ BKNB (more by Ebru Yildiz)
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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are gearing up for a European tour that starts this weekend at the Sjock Festival in Belgium. As a warm up, the JSBX will play a surprise hometown NYC gig at Baby's All Right Thursday (7/10) as part of an already pretty cool lineup featuring Xenia Rubinos and Shilpa Ray. Northern Arms are on the bill as well and tickets are still available (Jon Spencer is the "special guest" and the show opener).

Stick around after that show for a free midnight performance with Indiana's dark-n-wild TV Ghost. TEEN and White Arrows will be DJing in the front room.

TV Ghost are currently on tour and will also play NYC on Saturday (7/12) at Cake Shop with Christines, Truthers and EZTV. All tour dates are listed below

Continue reading "Jon Spencer Blues Explosion playing Baby's Thurs. w/ Xenia Rubinos; TV Ghost play too, and Cake Shop & other dates"

Jay Z at Barclays Center in January (more by PSquared)
Jay Z

The Global Citizen Festival (formerly just Global Festival) returns this year with another concert on Central Park's Great Lawn on September 27. The giant, free ticketed event's goal is to raise money and its giant lineup that the masses should have no problem with includes Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots and Tiesto.

The festival is part of the Global Citizen movement, which "is an initiative of Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030." Head to the festival's site to earn free tickets or guarantee yourself a spot with VIP tickets ($100-$675) which are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Jay Z's tour with Beyonce hits MetLife Stadium on Friday (7/11) and Saturday (7/12). Tickets are still available.

Witch at Santos in 2012 (more by Sarah Coulter)
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Witch -- the stoner rock band that features Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis on drums, his Sweet Apple bandmate Dave Sweetapple on bass, King Tuff main man Kyle Thomas on vocals/guitar, and Lecherous Gaze/Annihilation Time's Graham Clise on guitar -- will be coming to NYC to headline the next FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 23. (You may remember Dinosaur Jr played the May one.) Opening the show are their Tee Pee labelmates Ruby the Hatchet. Though the show is free, you need tickets which go on "sale" Wednesday (7/9) at noon.

It's the only upcoming date for Witch at the moment, however, you'll get to see a couple of chances to see Witch's members at other times. Dinosaur Jr will be in NYC for the free 4Knots Festival on Saturday (7/12) that also includes Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. Then J Mascis will return on October 17 when his solo tour hits Bowery Ballroom (tickets).

Meanwhile, King Tuff just announced a tour that includes NYC shows on October 8 at Baby's All Right and October 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to Baby's go on sale Wednesday (7/9) at 10 AM and tickets to Bowery go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wed at noon.

Watch a live Witch video below...

Continue reading "Witch (J Mascis, King Tuff, etc) playing free Converse Rubber Tracks show this month"

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings @ Beacon Theater in February (more by PSquared)
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

The free Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival is back in 2014, happening July 16 & 17 at Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place in downtown NYC. Lineup this year includes Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, John Hiatt, Robert Cray and more. Specifically:

July 16
6:00 PM - No BS! Brass Band
7:00 PM - Lake Street Dive
8:30 PM - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

July 17
6:00 PM - James Carter Organ Trio
7:00 PM - The Robert Cray Band
8:45 PM - John Hiatt & The Combo

Free tickets for seating will be distributed two-per-person, starting at 3 PM on day of show on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place. Tickets are only needed for the seated section, standing room space is not ticketed (but space is limited).

The show is one of a few North American dates for Sharon who has a busy year of touring ahead. All Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Sharon Jones, John Hiatt & more playing 2014 Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival (lineup ++ Sharon Jones tour dates)"

Gramercy Arms

The Guardian reports that Rough Trade will open a new shop in Nottingham, the "independent music chain will establish its fourth store, following last autumn's opening in New York."

As you know, the NYC shop, located in Williamsburg, is both a record store and music venue. Upcoming shows at the NYC venue include new Frenchkiss-signed Cold War Kids side project French Style Furs (who also play Mercury Lounge), the 5-year anniversary of 'Let's Play House' (free entry and beer with RSVP), Sub Pop-signed Seattle psych band Rose Windows, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip (who relocated from Joe's Pub), a free Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens show (with Daptone DJs), and a free-with-purchase Gramercy Arms show.

Gramercy Arms, who we first mentioned in 2008 (the same year they last released anything and when we caught them at Bowery Ballroom with Nada Surf and Delta Spirit), "is a revolving New York based collective of musicians and artists, masterminded by main songwriter/producer Dave Derby (Dambuilders/Lloyd Cole) along with Rainy Orteca, Sean Eden and Kevin March. The group is releasing its second full-length record, The Seasons of Love, on Reveal Records on July 21st."

The Rough Trade show is their record release show and will feature: Kevin March (drums), Sean Eden (guitar), Rainy Orteca (bass), Carl Baggaley (keyboards), Claudia Chopek (violin), and Kendall Meade and Renee LoBue guesting on backing vocals. They have no other scheduled dates at the moment. You can watch their new video for "Always in Love", below...

Continue reading "Rough Trade opening a 4th store; Gramercy Arms, Naomi Shelton, French Style Furs & more playing the NYC one"

by Andrew Sacher

Single Mothers in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Single Mothers

Ontario punks Single Mothers have been promising their debut LP for a loooong time, and it looks like it may finally be coming soon. Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm (whose label Secret Voice released their self-titled EP) recently tweeted, "Hell froze over and Single Mothers finished an LP and it's very very good." The record will be released via XL imprint Hot Charity.

Meanwhile, we did just get new music from Single Mothers singer Drew Thomson. He put out a solo EP on Secret Voice last year and returned last week (6/24) with a new 7" single on No Sleep. It's more on the alt-country side than the punk of his main band, sounding something like a sad Wilco with some of the Craig Finn vocal stylings Drew also does in Single Mothers. You can stream both tracks, "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning" and "Oxy," below.

Single Mothers don't have a tour announced at the moment, but we do know they'll play The Fest and will be coming to NYC for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 29 with Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit, which is an all-around solid lineup of rowdy bands. It's part of Ipsum/Dead Labour's End of Summer Blowout which also includes a show the next day (lineup TBA).

Revisit Single Mothers' self-titled EP, with streams of Drew's new songs, below...

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