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No Joy @ Mexican Summer 5 (more by PSquared)
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Montreal's loud/ethereal No Joy are going on tour with Deafheaven and Indian Handcrafts -- a tour that kicks off in Brooklyn next month -- but before that they'll be below the border for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday with Black Pus, Cousin Brian and Flagland. It's part of Ipsum/Dead Labour's End of Summer Blowout (one of our top Labor Day Weekend picks) that also includes the Single Mothers show happening a day earlier. Like most all BKNB shows that is free and if you can skip the line by RSVPing. This will be the second time they've played the Bazaar this year.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the video for No Joy's "Hawaii," below...

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J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Xerxes
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Louisville post-hardcore rippers Xerxes are set to release the followup to their 2012 debut LP, Our Home Is A Deathbed, with a new album titled Collision Blonde on October 21 via No Sleep. We've got the premiere of its brand new single, "Exit 123," which is a terrific track that fans of this kinda stuff should dig. Here's what vocalist Calvin Philley had to say about it:

I cooked at a restaurant in southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of collision blonde. I got fired during the recording process but that's a different story. Exit 123 is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the ohio river from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantisized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That's it. I got myself fired in April and haven't been back to Indiana since.
The album was produced by emo renaissance man Evan Weiss. Listen to the new song below.

Xerxes are also on board for this year's No Sleep CMJ showcase which is also their record release show and which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. We already mentioned the showcase doubles as a tour stop for Aviator, Rescuer and The Felix Culpa; and it also includes Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Run Forever, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers. The show happens October 21 at The Paper Box (17 Meadow St in Brooklyn), it's FREE to the public (no badges required) and starts at 6 PM. 18+.

BV has TBA CMJ showcases too so stay tuned for that. Stream the new Xerxes track below...

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Drive Like Jehu

In the past few years, we've already seen Hot Snakes and Rocket from the Crypt reunite, and now another revered band in the Rick Froberg/John Reis family will be getting back together, Drive Like Jehu! The band only put out two albums during their short career, 1991's self-titled and 1994's Yank Crime, both highly influential on various types of post-hardcore, emo and indie rock to come. Now, the band launched a website listing a free, all ages show happening in their hometown of San Diego on August 31 at Balboa Park. They'll be playing "a short set accompanied by San Diego Civic organist Dr. Carol Williams," according to Swami Records (John's label). It's the only date announced, but fingers crossed that more will be added!

Rocket From the Crypt also play Fun Fun Fun Fest and PBR Fest.

Watch a full-set live video of Drive Like Jehu from 1992, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Run the Jewels at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
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FADER and vitaminwater's #uncapped series in NYC continues with another show on August 19 at SIR Stage 37 (508 West 37th St) featuring R&B crooner Jeremih and Killer Mike and El-P's no-bullshit rap project, Run the Jewels, plus a DJ set by DJ Envy. It's free but you have to RSVP to get in. RTJ have a few other dates coming up, including FYF Fest and FFF Fest. All of their dates are listed below.

Run the Jewels spoke about their upcoming sophomore album, Run the Jewels 2, in a new interview with XXL, where they talked about two guests they'll have on it, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker:

El-P: Well we can share what's already out now. We got Zack De La Rocha from Rage Against The Machine. My boy Travis Barker is on the album as well. Me and Mike are on the album, we're on every song. [Laughs] It's a dope record. The fact of the matter is it's the El-P and Mike show. The record really doesn't have a lot of features on it. There are some friends that pop up here and there but it's not a big feature record.

Killer Mike: We didn't plot to go find Zack De La Rocha and Travis Barker. We were at the studio smoking a joint and El and Zack saw each other grabbing a sandwich. Him and El was there and I was with Travis smoking weed. This record is very organic. One thing, when we made Run The Jewels, we never wanted to get--you can't make a better collab record than DJ Khaled, so if you ain't Khaled don't go fucking around with all the features, just do what you do to the best of your ability. And that's what Run The Jewels is. When you buy a Run The Jewels album, you're buying a Run The Jewels album.

Jeremih is also planning a new album, which Buzzfeed just did an interesting article on, discussing how he bridges the gap between indie-approved R&B and the more radio-ready stuff. You can hear his "indie" side on his recenty-released EP with Shlohmo, and for the radio stuff, check out his new single with Omarion, "Show Me," below.

Continue reading "Run the Jewels releasing LP2 ft. Zack De La Rocha & Travis Barker, playing NYC w/ Jeremih who collabed w/ Omarion"

Charles Bradley Documentary

There's never a shortage of cool movie screenings in NYC, but here's a roundup of some of the music (and cow) related screenings coming up in the near future. The screenings of Stop Making Sense and Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets already happened at Lincoln Center in the past week, and there's a another sold-out screening the Pulp doc tonight (Aug 7) at Rooftop Films at Industry City in Sunset Park, which will be followed by a Q&A with Jarvis Cocker and director Florian Habicht after which they'll then judge a Pulp karaoke contest.

As far as thing you can actually still go to, the new film from master documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, The Armstrong Lie) about Fela Kuti, Finding Fela, is screening regularly all week at the IFC Center. On Friday (Aug 8) after the 4:40 screening, Gibney will be there in person for a Q&A about the film. Tickets for that are on sale now.

There's a free screening of a documentary on soul singer Charles Bradley, titled Charles Bradley - Soul of America, coming up soon at City Winery on August 12. Bradley and director Poull Brien will be on hand for a pre-show Q&A. Again, it's free, but you do need to RSVP.

James Brown in The T.A.M.I. Show
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There's a James Brown biopic, Get on Up, out in multiplexes all over the city right now, but to give fans of the Godfather a more realistic fix, in late August Film Society of Lincoln Center will be putting on a 4-day series called James Brown: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The series runs from August 29 - September1, and will feature, some films like Rocky IV, Black Caesar, and The Blues Brothers which feature Brown performances, as well as the Brown-centric documentary Soul Power, and classic concert film The T.A.M.I. Show (which features an amazing set from Brown). Plus '60s teen comedy Ski Party, compilations of live performances, and more. Tickets for all these showtimes are available via the Lincoln Center website, and a full schedule of the program is below.

Elsewhere, as we've mentioned, the crowd-funded meat industry doc Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret screens on August 21 at AMC Loews Village 7 and you can win tickets from BV or buy them here. As we've also mentioned and are very excited about, the BV-presented screening of the City Gardens documentary Riot on the Dance Floor is happening on August 28 at the AMC Loews Village 7 and will feature a Q&A with Gibby Haynes, Sim Cain, and the director Steve Tozzi. Tickets are still on sale, and there's also an after party at Bowery Electric, for which we'll have more details soon.

That about does it until NYFF (just kidding, there's's tons of other stuff to tide you over until you can't get in to the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie). Enjoy the moviegoing month, and check out the schedule for the James Brown series, plus trailers for the Fela Kuti and Charles Bradley documentaries, below....

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Sky Ferreira at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
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NYC pop singer Sky Ferreira doesn't have a tour announced, but she's continuing to play local one-offs like the Music Hall of Williamsburg show she played last month (7/9). This Saturday (8/9), exactly a month after her last one, she'll play another one-off here at Brooklyn dance club Verboten, presented by Noisey and Ray-Ban. The show is FREE with RSVP but entry is still first come, first served. Doors at 9, Sky goes on at 10.

Sky makes a few festival appearances this year too, including Boston Calling and Fun Fun Fun Fest. All of her dates are listed below...

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High heels

"Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" is a new exhibition opening at the Brooklyn Museum on 9/10...

As fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power, and outlet of artistic expression for both the designer and the wearer, throughout the ages the high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism. Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes that defy categorization are featured among the more than 160 historical and contemporary heels on loan from designers, from the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from the Bata Shoe Museum. Designers and design houses represented in Killer Heels include Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zaha Hadid X United Nude, Iris van Herpen X United Nude, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, André Perugia, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, Vivienne Westwood, and Pietro Yantorny.
This provocative display, like "Revolution! Works from the Black Arts Movement" and "Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt", will be all ages, but those 19 years old and younger will get to go for free! They recently announced:
Beginning on September 3, 2014, admission to the Brooklyn Museum will be free for visitors ages nineteen and under, offering greatly increased accessibility and encouragement to visit the Museum, especially for teenagers.

At the same time, the Museum will increase its suggested general admission fees to $16, except for ticketed exhibitions and events, and to $10 for adults sixty-two and over and for students with valid I.D. Current school group pricing will remain the same.

Admission to Target First Saturdays, the Museum's highly popular monthly evening of art and entertainment that takes place the first Saturday of every month (except in September), will continue to be free from 5 to 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, head to the museum on Thursday, August 14th for a wet, musical display, titled "Score the Fountain":
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Jane and David Walentas Fountain, Outside Museum

We asked musicians and producers of all genres to create an original score to accompany our Jane and David Walentas Fountain in front of the Museum. We received a number of great entries, and submissions are now closed.

Check back next week for the list of selected compositions, then come enjoy the music in front of the fountain on August 14. This event is free.

More info about the Brooklyn Museum at their website.

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

High On Fire at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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In the latest addition to the awesome Converse Rubber Tracks free show series in NYC, stoner metal royalty High On Fire will bring their tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 15. Opening will be local brutalizers Blackest, ensuring that this will be a heavy experience. High On Fire are one of the best live bands around, and as usual with these free Rubber Tracks shows, you'll need tickets to get in, which go on "sale" Wednesday (7/30) at noon.

UPDATE: The show is actually part of Converse Rubber Tracks' first-ever tour which also features High on Fire headlining free ticketed shows in Boston, Toronto, LA, and San Francisco. All dates are listed below.

This should be a good way to tide you over until Sleep plays NYC on August 25th. And you can also get another Sleep-related fix with Om in October.

The last Rubber Tracks show in NYC was J Mascis and King Tuff's band Witch earlier this month (7/23). J Mascis plays NYC again when Heavy Blanket plays Union Pool and when his solo tour hits Bowery Ballroom in October. King Tuff also plays NYC again when his tour comes here for two shows in October.

All of High On Fire's dates are listed, with a video, below...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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, Honey and Friend. 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...

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by Bill Pearis

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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...

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by Andrew Sacher

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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...

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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...

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