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Las Rosas

Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, but will be taking a break for a fall tour that starts next week, including a few dates opening for Shannon & the Clams. In the middle of their tour, they'll be back in Brooklyn to play Alphaville on Halloween. Details on that spooky show have yet to emerge, stay tuned.

All tour dates -- including runs with Cool Ghouls and Fletcher C. Johnson -- are listed, along with a stream of last year's "Ms. America" single, below.

Continue reading "Las Rosas working on debut album, going on tour, playing shows w/ Shannon and the Clams & Cool Ghouls (dates)"


Handsome Dick Manitoba's current version of legendary NYC punk band The Dictators are making a tradition out of playing New Year's Eve at hometown venue Bowery Electric. They've announced that they're doing it again this year, though no openers revealed yet. Tickets are on sale now. The band is touring Europe first, and all dates are listed below.

Another long-running NYC punk institution, Murphy's Law, also plays a holiday show at that same venue. They'll be there on Halloween, a day they tend to celebrate with hometown shows. No openers for this one at the moment either. Tickets are on sale now. They also have a few other dates, which are listed below.

Meanwhile, this weekend Bowery Electric hosts another legendary punk band (but from Vancouver), D.O.A., on Saturday (9/26). Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

Continue reading "The Dictators playing NYE at Bowery Electric; Murphy's Law playing there on Halloween ++ win tix to D.O.A."

photo via HRBC Instagram
Huntington Rd Beach Club

Earlier this year Long Island got a new DIY venue, Huntington Rd. Beach Club. The venue is located in industrial Bohemia, NY, and it hosts shows on weekends that are mostly free to $5 and BYOB. At the moment, there are two upcoming shows on the schedule. One is this Saturday (9/19) with new DFA signees Guerilla Toss and support from Thee Terrible Ghosts, Sad Magic and Jarvis Probes (6 PM doors) and the other is a Halloween party with some local bands.

More info at the venue's Facebook.

photo: Screaming Females at Rough Trade in May (more by Ryan Muir)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females just headlined their label Don Giovanni's free annual New Brunswick show over the weekend, and they have more dates coming up. They play the Halloween show at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, Convention Hell, which has them covering X, members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more, and after that they'll go on a short Northeast tour.

The tour hits Brooklyn on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Most dates have support from Potty Mouth, but no opener announced for MHOW yet. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/16) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Screaming Females singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster directed and starred in the new video from their labelmates/recent tourmates Vacation. It's for the song "I Wish I Could Be Someone Else" off their new album Non-Person, and you can watch it below.

Continue reading "Screaming Females touring, playing Halloween in Asbury Park (as X), Brooklyn & more; Marissa is in the new Vacation video"

photo: Cypress Hill's 2014 Halloween-time show in NYC (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill are playing Riot Fest Chicago this weekend, and in late October they'll go on their annual Halloween-time tour. Their show on Halloween proper is in Asbury Park at The Stone Pony (10/31). Tickets are on presale now (password: PONY) and the general on-sale starts Friday (9/11) at 10 AM.

They also have shows in Boston, Philly, Silver Spring and NYC. The NYC show happens the day before Halloween at Best Buy Theater (10/30) with Immortal Technique and it's on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a flyer, below...

Continue reading "Cypress Hill going on annual Halloween-time tour (dates)"

photo by Chloe Alexandra Thompson
Wax Idols

Wax Idols have just announced fall tour dates starting just after the October 16 release of their third album, American Tragic. The NYC stop will be for a special Nothing Changes Halloween Party which happens at Saint Vitus on 10/31 with Azar Swan and tourmates Them Are Us Too. Tickets will be available soon.

All tour dates are listed, along with streams of "Lonely You" and "Deborah," below...

Continue reading "Wax Idols touring w/ Them Are Us Too, playing Nothing Changes Halloween party @ Saint Vitus w/ Azar Swan"

by Andrew Sacher

Illmind & Joell Ortiz
Joell Ortiz

Plenty of great hip hop shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

Joell Ortiz and Illmind celebrated their very good new collaborative album Human in NYC a few weeks ago, and they'll play another show here on August 26 at Santos Party House. Tickets are on sale now.

Among other things, A$ton Matthews makes an appearance on one of the year's best debut albums, Vince Staples' Summertime '06. He'll play NYC on August 19 at Santos Party House with Sha Hef. Tickets are on sale now.

Legendary MC Rakim played a free NYC show earlier this week, and he'll play again this month on August 19 at BB King's with Mr. Cheeks and Dres. This one's not free, and tickets are on sale now.

Common is taking part in the "Legacy of Hope Concert In Support of The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital" which happens August 26 at Barclays Center (tickets). He also plays the afterparty at Good Room. The lineup for both also includes Robin Thicke, Jonathan Butler and Miri Ben-Ari.

Long-running Southern rap group Nappy Roots are still at it and released 40Akerz Project earlier this year. They play NYC on November 3 at SOB's with CyHi The Prynce, 40 Akerz and special guests. Tickets are on sale.

Wale plays Webster Hall on September 23. Tickets are on sale.

New York vets Non Phixion broke up in 2006, but now they're reunited and celebrating their 20th anniversary on Saturday (8/15) at Highline Ballroom (tickets).

Former Das Racist member Heems will continue to support his new solo album Eat, Pray, Thug on August 25 at Baby's All Right with Sandunes and Big Baby Gandhi. Tickets are on sale.

Indie rap fans may also want to know about Busdriver, Elucid, Tanya Morgan and Jesucifer at that same venue, Baby's All RIght on September 19. Tickets are on sale.

We recently talked about experimental rapper Abdu Ali ahead of his set at last week's Impose Fest, and he has more NYC shows coming up too. He'll open for Lower Dens when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on September 28 (tickets). But sooner than that, he'll play his own show at Baby's All Right on August 18 with Leverage Models, ZGRT and Stash Marina. Tickets for Baby's are on sale.

Underground Brooklyn staple Jean Grae plays another hometown show on August 22 at Union Hall with Heben Nigatu & Tracy Clayton and Donwill. Tickets are available.

YouTube rap sensations Turquoise Jeep return to NYC on November 18 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale today (8/14) at noon.

Cypress Hill play their annual Halloween-time NYC show on October 30 at Best Buy Theater. This year's is also with Immortal Technique. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Other previously-discussed hip hop shows coming up in NYC include the Sean Price memorial show, Raekwon's Purple Tape show, Blackalicious with Kool Keith, A$AP Rocky / Tyler the Creator / Danny Brown / Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Young Thug with RL Grime, Fool's Gold Day Off, Billboard Hot 100 Fest, Murs / Red Pill, The Underachievers, Afropunk, and more.

Georgia Anne Muldrow

In other news, she doesn't have any shows announced yet but Georgia Anne Muldrow released her first rap album this year, A Thoughiverse Unmarred, on Mello Music Group. She's usually making R&B/soul, but it turns out she's just as good at making a straight rap record. The album features frequent collaborator and husband Dudley Perkins (aka Declaime) who also put out his own album this year, Southside Story, which Georgia features on. Both are recommended and can be streamed in full below.

Continue reading "Joell Ortiz, Aston Matthews, Rakim, Common, Heems, Cypress Hill & more NYC rap shows +++ new Georgia Anne Muldrow"

photo: GD50 in Chicago (more by Jay Blakesberg)
Grateful Dead

There was a rumor that the Grateful Dead would be touring with John Mayer. That rumor is now basically confirmed, though Phil Lesh isn't taking part in it. Surviving Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are teaming up with Mayer (plus RatDog/Furthur's Jeff Chimenti and Allman Brothers Band's Oteil Burbridge) as "Dead & Company." Their first confirmed date is NYC's Madison Square Garden on Halloween. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday, August 10 at 10 AM.

With Phil Lesh's absence, it remains true that the Chicago shows were in fact the final ones with all four of them. Phil is also playing his own NYC-area show on Halloween at the Capitol Theatre, which is part of a six-show run at that venue.

In related news, Bobby, Mickey and Bill were recently added to Lockn' Fest, which Phil was already confirmed for (though they're billed separately). Hot Tuna (playing a Jefferson Airplane set and an acoustic set), Robert Plant, Carlos Santana (playing on his own and with Phil Lesh) and more are also playing. Tickets are still available.


photo: Sufjan Stevens at Kings Theatre in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens will continue to tour in support of this year's excellent Carrie & Lowell, with a newly-announced fall US run.

The tour doesn't bring him back to NYC (which he played three times this year), but it will be nearby for a Jersey City show on Halloween at Loews Jersey Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/24) at 10 AM with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (7/23) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password.


All dates are listed, with a stream of his recently-released song "Harsh Noise," below...

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens announces tour dates, playing Jersey City on Halloween (BV presale included)"

Shocking Pinks

Shocking Pinks (the project of New Zealand singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nick Harte) are reissuing their acclaimed 2004 debut album, Dance the Dance Electric, on October 5. This will mark its first-ever release on vinyl and will come with nine digital-only bonus tracks from the original sessions. You can stream a track from it, "Nostalgia," below.

Shocking Pinks will be going on a world tour in support of the reissue, including North American dates this fall. The tour hits NYC on October 30 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon. Shocking Pinks will also play New Brunswick, NJ's The Banana Stand on Halloween (10/31).

All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

Continue reading "Shocking Pinks reissuing debut album, going on world tour including North American dates this fall"

by Andrew Sacher


Plenty of great metal, hardcore and other heavy shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

California old school-style death metallers Gravehill are playing shows in support of last year's Death Curse, including NYC on August 12 at the Acheron. It's a good lineup all around with their Dark Descent labelmates Ghoulgotha and Horrendous, plus Brooklyn locals Mutant Supremacy. Tickets are on sale. Stream Death Curse below.

Long-running death/thrashers Deceased are still active and will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a NYC show on November 14 at Saint VItus. Opening that show will be Bat, Iron Force and Grey Skies Fallen. Tickets are on sale now.

French grinders Department of Correction are touring the US with Mother Brain (again), and hitting NYC on August 8 at Saint Vitus with local staples Pyrrhon. Tickets are on sale.

Crust supergroup Severed Head of State (with members of World Burns To Death, Tragedy, J Church and more) come to NYC on July 30 at the Acheron with Razorheads and Indignation. Tickets are on sale.

Local black metal faves Krallice appear to be hinting at a new album on their Facebook. While details on that aren't confirmed, a live show for July 27 at the Acheron is. Radiation Blackbody and Feast of the Epiphany open. Tickets are on sale.

The doom and gloom of Planning for Burial returns to the stage on July 24 at Grand Victory with Iron Gag and Prostitution. Tickets are on sale.

Mexican black metal veterans Xibalba Itzaes (previously known as Xibalba, but changed to Xibalba Itzaes in 2010 to avoid confusion with the California hardcore band Xibalba) have been at it since the early '90s and will play their first-ever NYC show on Halloween at the Acheron. Opening is Fantom Warrior and Occult Burial. Tickets for what sounds like a pretty spooky Halloween are on sale now.

Die ChokingHuman Bodies

Die Choking are a new-ish Philly grindcore band with members of Total Fucking Destruction and Cop Problem. They debuted last year with two EPs, titled I and II, and you can stream both in all their brutal rapid-fast glory below. They're coming to NYC for a show on July 29 at Saint Vitus with Blänk, Sangharsha, Ides and Hounds. Tickets are on sale.

Sangharsha also play a Nepal benefit a bit sooner at Acheron on July 15 with Tiger Flowers, Skullshitter and Brute Mukti (tickets).

Boston black metal/punk blenders Human Bodies will descend upon NYC on July 21 at Acheron with One Master, Syphilitic Lust and Salo (tickets). Earlier this year, they put out the MMXIII​-​MMXIV, which compiles last year's No Life with 2013's MMXIII demo and includes two previously unreleased tracks. It's raw, eerie, and surprisingly kinda catchy. Stream it in full below.

Anthrax's Scott Ian is spending a lot of time at Saint VItus this year. His band Motor Sister played there in February, and now he's set to return for spoken word shows on August 4 and 6. Tickets for both are available. Scott's also taking part in the NYC performance of The Doomstar Requiem, the metal opera (or "Klok-Opera") from the Metalocalypse/Dethklok guy, Brendon Small. Tickets are available for that too.

Tucson sludge band Godhunter are making their way to NYC for a show on August 13 at Saint Vitus with Destroyer of Light and Immortal Bird. Tickets are on sale now. They released their debut album, City of Dust, last year. You can stream that below.

Death metal locals Artificial Brain play Saint VItus on July 30 with Cognitive, Organ Dealer and Skullshitter. Tickets are on sale.

Throwback riffers Ruby the Hatchet play Acheron on July 24 with Joy, The Golden Grass and IYEZ. Tickets are on sale.

Lastly (for now), the Destroy Cleveland documentary will be celebrated on July 25 at the Acheron with a set from Cleveland's Fuck You Pay Me (tickets). Here's the documentary description:

Destroy Cleveland is a documentary film by Matt Greenfield about Cleveland Hardcore from 1987 through the early 2000's.

Featuring interviews and performances by Integrity, Ringworm, Judge,H100s, Cider, Hatebreed, Quicksand, Apt 213, 9 Shocks Terror, Inmates, In Cold Blood, Quicksand, Civ, Dwid Hellion, Aaron and Lenny Melnick, James Bulloch, Tony Erba, Tony "Chubby Fresh" Pines, Paul Schlacter, Steve Peffer, Chris Pellow, and many more!!

Other previously discussed heavy NYC shows coming up include Windhand, Noisem, Revocation / Cannabis Corpse, Cult of Luna / Kylesa, Caspian / Circle Takes the Square, The Body, Earth, Slayer / King Diamond, Motorhead / Anthrax, Thou / False, Rosetta, Power Trip / Red Death / Foreseen, The Atlas Moth / Vattnet Viskar / Atriarch, Weedeater / Kings Destroy, Uncle Acid, High on Fire / Pallbearer / Lucifer / Venomous Maximus, Primitive Man, Ghost, Neurosis / Brothers of the Sonic Cloth / Sumac, Old Man Gloom, Godflesh / Prurient, Catharsis, Christian Mistress / High Spirits, Trap Them / Full of Hell, and more.

Speaking of Christian Mistress, their new album To Your Death comes out September 18 via Relapse and they recently put out its single "Open Road." Listen below.

What else?

Continue reading "Deceased, Department of Correction, Severed Head of State, Gravehill, Krallice, Die Choking, Human Bodies & more heavy NYC shows"

by Bill Pearis

The Darkness 2015 Tour

The Darkness' fourth album, The Last of Our Kind, is out now. It dials down the pomp just a little, in favor of a tougher sound (that at times is not too far from The Cult circa Love or Electric). You can stream the whole thing below.

The band will be on tour this fall, starting on the West Coast for Tenacious D's Festival Supreme and working their way East. The tour hits NYC at Irving Plaza on October 27. They'll also play Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony on October 28 and Huntington, NY's The Paramount on Halloween (10/31). Tickets for those three NYC-area shows go on sale Friday (6/26) at 10 AM with LiveNation presales beginning Wednesday (6/24) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with the album stream and music videos, below...

Continue reading "The Darkness released 'The Last of Our Kind,' announce North American tour with three NYC-area shows (dates, LP stream)"

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

"Cypress Hill concert was litttttttt" - @ohrocky_

Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill

West Coast rap veterans Cypress Hill went insane in the brain last week at NYC's Best Buy Theater for their mostly-annual "Haunted Hill" show which they played the night before Halloween (10/30). This year's show boasted support from La Coka Nostra, Immortal Technique and Vinnie Paz, and they filled their set with favorites from their '90s days like "Illusions," "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That," "Hand on the Pump," "How I Could Just Kill A Man" and of course "Insane In The Brain."

The Best Buy Theater show was actually the second NYC show they played in October, following the private show they played for MADE.COM at Baby's All Right on 10/7.

More pictures (including one of the setlist) and some videos from "Haunted Hill" below...

Continue reading "Cypress Hill played "Haunted Hill" with La Coka Nostra, Immortal Technique & Vinnie Paz (pics, videos, setlist)"

Photos by Greg Cristman

The Damned / TSOL / The Briefs @ Irving Plaza 10/31/2014
The Damned
The Briefs

From their name down, The Damned have been perfectly suited for Halloween shows for over 30 years, something they've done in NYC a few times, including this year. Friday's show (10/31) had Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible and the rest of the band tearing through some of their best-loved songs. It was a scary-good bill all around, with opening sets from LA punk vets TSOL (who they're on tour with and also well suited for Halloween) and Seattle pranksters The Briefs. Pictures from the whole night, plus some Halloween costume shots from around Irving Plaza (and Union Square) are in this post. After the show, Dave Vanian DJed the afterparty at The Hills (aka Don Hill's).

Before Halloween, Captain Sensible played Bowery Electric and after the Damned and TSOL hit Asbury Park. More pics from Irving Plaza below...

Continue reading "The Damned & TSOL played Irving Plaza w/ The Briefs (pics)"

Panda Bear

First Avey Tare put out a spooky video today and now his bandmate Panda Bear has followed suit. Those Animal Collective guys sure love Halloween! This one's a second teaser for his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, and it stars the Grim Reaper and a stuffed panda bear. How appropriate. Watch it below... and Happy Halloween!

Continue reading "Panda Bear releases new teaser for '...Meets the Grim Reaper' starring a panda bear & the Grim Reaper (happy Halloween!)"

Nick Reinhart

Nick Reinhart, guitarist/vocalist for math rockers Tera Melos, is celebrating Halloween with Scary Sounds II, the spooky-sounding guitar-only followup to last year's similarly themed Scary Sounds. Every sound you hear on the album was made with a guitar, and it definitely lives up to its name. You can download it at bandcamp for $6.66 and stream it in full below.

Tera Melos was also added to the first leg of the Circa Survive / Title Fight tour. (Pianos Become the Teeth, who just played NYC, are on the second.) That includes the NYC show happening on November 11 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.

Tera Melos also play a Halloween show in Houston tonight. All of their dates are listed, with the new LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Tera Melos guitarist Nick Reinhart released a Halloween LP (stream it); Tera Melos opening Circa Survive/Title Fight tour"

Girlpool at Death by Audio (via Todd Midler)

One of your many Halloween options tonight is the Diarrhea Planet / Hop Along / Mitski / Desert Sharks show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which is free, and includes a costume contest, face painting and more. Girlpool, who left quite the impact during CMJ, were supposed to play too but unfortunately dropped off as you can see in the above tweet. Bummer.

Girlpool will be back in NYC next week though to open for Jenny Lewis.

by Bill Pearis

Hundred V

Austin band Hundred Visions travel in the same circles as neighbors OBN IIIs and make a similar, if poppier, guitar racket. This week the band just released their second album, Spite, via Wau Pau and you can stream it via Rdio below. You can also check out the horror-themed video (a lot of that going around today, hmm) for single "You're Gonna Cut Me Loose" that plays like a lost, warped VHS rental from 1991. It makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

While Hundred Visions have no tour plans at the moment, if you're heading to Austin next week for Fun Fun Fun Fest, they'll be playing a couple shows during that, including a Burger Records presented FFF Fest Nites show, and another with Thee Oh Sees, Jack Name and Warm Soda. Dates are listed, along with the video album stream and flyer, below..

Continue reading "Hundred Visions released 'Spite' & new spooky video (listen/watch), playing FFF Fest"

World Inferno

The World/Inferno Friendship Society's annual Halloween show, Hallowmas, is its most-anticipated performance of the year. The event is known for its elaborate planning and surprises. Past Hallowmases have included a burning effigy of Mr. Terricloth constructed and set alight by a large, caustic cat; an ethereal string quartet performing throughout the evening in the rear of the hall; circus performances and fire breathing by the Odd Child Uprising troupe and a cadaverous marching band materializing on stage for the finale, "Pumpkin Time". The song (performed only at Hallowmas shows) includes street rallies, and references The Great Pumpkin from the Peanuts comic strip. - [Wikipedia]
The World/Inferno Friendship Society's annual Hallowmas bacchanal happens tonight (10/31) at The Wick with Emilyn Brodsky and is sold out. They are requesting you bring a pumpkin if you're going. It's a busy time for the Brooklyn band, as their new album, This Packed Funeral, is set to pop on November 11. It's a signature mix of styles as only they can combine and you can listen to a stream of the whole record, which makes its premiere in this post, below.

Right after their Hallowmas extravaganza, World / Inferno Friendship Society will start their fall tour, playing Voodoo Experience fest in New Orleans, then heading West. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "World/Inferno Friendship Society releasing new LP (stream it), playing annual Hallowmas show in NYC tonight + more dates"

Arcade Fire

It's Halloween and the horror short films keep coming. First Avey Tare, and now Arcade Fire have put one out called Festi. The band gives the following description:

Festi, an Arcade Fire production.
In association with people in Austin.
A look back at the Arcade Fire summer festival tour, 2011.
It was directed by "Noreen Bauble" and stars the members of Arcade Fire, James Murphy, Fleet Foxes, The National, ZZ Top, Slash, Peter Gabriel and more. Watch the full spooky thing below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire release short horror film 'Festi' ft. James Murphy, Fleet Foxes, The National, Peter Gabriel, Slash & more"

by Bill Pearis

Mac McCaughan @ HiFi during CMJ (via @marcviloria

I make no bones about my love of '80s goth: Bauhaus, Siouxsie, Xymox, Xmal Deutchland, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Bolshoi etc...I'm all for it. (Fields of the Nephilim, not so much.) But my favorite is probably The Sisters of Mercy whose first two albums -- 1985's First and Last and Always and (especially) 1987's Floodland -- are pretty much stone-cold classics that I can listen to anytime of the year, but I tend to OD on around Halloween. I was, in fact, listening to them today when I saw that Superchunk frontman and Merge mogul Mac McCaughan had just posted a cover of "First and Last and Always" on his soundcloud. Mac keeps the inherent drama but gives it the Portastatic treatment, stripping it down to acoustic guitar and synths. (Mac adds, "Doktor Avalanche was not available for the session.") You can stream it below.

Mac was just in NYC for CMJ, playing a solo show at HiFi. Anybody catch his set? Mac's take on the Sisters, plus a mix of classic '80s goth for your Halloween listening, below..

Continue reading "Mac from Superchunk covers Sisters of Mercy for Halloween (listen)"

by Bill Pearis

Zombie Dum Dum Girls @ Brooklyn Bowl (via @donstahl / @soundbitesnyc)

Dum Dum Girls played a Devil's Night show at Brooklyn Bowl last night (10/31) and, as a band that clearly enjoys Halloween, Dee Dee, Jules, Sandy and Malia played as flesh-eating zombies. It was also one of the last dates on their Too True tour, and as such began the show by playing the album front to back. Having seen DDGs at various points from throughout the year, this was definitely the best I've heard these Too True songs sounding live, and Dee Dee's voice in particular was in great form. The band then took a little break and came back for a second set of older songs, including a few that they don't play very often, like their lovely cover of Strawberry Switchblade's "Trees and Flowers" from the End of Daze EP. They finished off the night, appropriately, with a cover of The Cranberries' "Zombies." A short video clip of that, Dum Dum Girls' Brooklyn Bowl setlist, plus more instagrams and a few cellphone pics, below.

The night also included sets from Ex Cops who also dressed up (Amalie was in zombie mode too) and played a set comprised of all new songs, save for maybe one, from the just-released Daggers. Christines did not get in the Halloween spirit but their Swervedriver/MBV brand of shoegaze sounded good (and loud) nonetheless.

DDGs pics and video below...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls were sexy zombies, covered "Zombie" on Devil's Night at Brooklyn Bowl (pics, video, setlist)"

Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler has no upcoming tour dates at the moment, but she just finished a tour and was in NYC to play CMJ showcases for two labels: Sacred Bones at Trans Pecos and Bella Union at Le Poisson Rouge. We don't have video from those shows, but watch a full set she played in the KEXP studios earlier this year, below. How were the NYC shows?

Meanwhile, it's Halloween, and who better to get a playlist from on this dark holiday than Marissa Nadler. Listen to the creepy holiday mix she made at Spotify. Enjoy selections by Billie Holiday, Mazzy Star, Ry Cooder, John Carpenter and more.

Continue reading "Marissa Nadler played CMJ, made a Halloween playlist (listen)"

Avey Tare

Animal Collective member Avey Tare put out the debut album with his band Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks earlier this year, and they've now made a short film for its song "Catchy (Was Contagious)." Here's what director Abigail Portner had to say about it:

I wanted to make a video that referenced old horror movies from the 1950s Universal horror era. I am obsessed with movies like The Third Man, Truffaut's 400 Blows and Ingmar Bergman's films. I wanted it to have the style of classic old LA so we used the LA river and the neighborhoods surrounding it as locations. The movie Them from the 1940s was shot on the LA river and I wanted it to have that feel also. Parts of Grease and Chinatown were filmed there too. The videos I make for Animal Collective and my own personal style is pretty specific so it was great to work with Giovanni because I feel like he just got it. We were on the same page thematically, reference-wise and with regards to the style of filming and our goal - to create something that has a classic, pretty 1950's feel to it but the undertone is still very dark.
The film looks pretty great and thanks in part go to Giovanni Ribisi who goes behind the camera here for his first Director of Photography credit. The short film makes its live premiere tonight before the band go on at the Haunted Hotel Bash at the Ace Hotel in LA, and you can watch it below.

Also for the occasion, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks have made a Halloween-themed playlist which you can listen to here.

Avey Tare and fellow AnCo members Geologist and Deakin will be back in NYC when their DJ tour hits Brooklyn Bowl on November 14. The latter two members have also added another show to the AnCo DJ residency happening December 12 at the same venue. Tickets for both are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.

The fourth AnCo member, Panda Bear, recently announced his new album.

And speaking of slasher flicks and short film music videos, Nobunny just put out a short slasher flick for his song "Nightmare Night."

New Avey Tare video below...

Continue reading "Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks made a short film & a Halloween themed playlist; Animal Collective expand DJ tour"

The Damned

As you know, Manhattan club Don Hill's is reopening as The Hills, and though a public opening date still doesn't seem to exist, there is a Halloween party happening there, and it's free with RSVP. The occasion, in addition to it being October 31st, is the Damned show at Irving Plaza, for which this is the afterparty. The Damned members Dave and Pinch will be DJing.

The Damned are on tour and also play Philly (tonight) and Asbury Park (11/1). If you'd like to try and go to Irving Plaza for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets within our big Halloween show roundup post.

Last night Captain Sensible of the Damned and Fred Armisen teamed up (again) for a show at Bowery Electric. Check out a video of him performing his classic solo single "Wot" from that, below...

Continue reading "The (Don) Hills opening on Halloween (RSVP), after the Damned (win tix); Captain Sensible played the Bowery (video)"