Entries tagged with: new years eve
Andrew WK at Santos in 2013 (more by Dan Bracaglia)
At the tail end of 2013, Andrew WK celebrated New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza, and we weren't there but it unsurprisingly sounds like it was pretty wild. Whether you were there or not, you can remember it forever by purchasing one of Andrew's new limited edition New Year's Eve posters. For $10 more, you can get it autographed by Andrew. Available to purchase here. Also check out a video from NYE below.
Andrew also has some other dates coming up, including more of his solo Grand Piano Parties at Subculture like the ones he did in November. He'll be at Subculture on April 25 and 26, and tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with that video, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Wyatt Marshall
Dev Hynes / DIIV / Potty Mouth @ Baby's All Right 12/31/2013
Attending a show might not be the worst way to spend New Year's Eve in NYC, but there's no escaping wasted revelers. The New Years Eve DIIV, Nothing, Ratking, Potty Mouth and LODRO show at Baby's All Right was packed to the brim with party people by the time DIIV took the stage to countdown to midnight (with bubbly), and subsequently delivered an hour-long set which was peppered with new material as well as a cover of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."
I didn't catch LORDO's set that kicked off the night, but Potty Mouth sounded good with their indie/punk jams and, as usual, Nothing was loud as hell. (Perfect Pussy were also originally supposed to play but ended up playing at Acheron instead.) It's a shame most people dipped out before Manhattan rap trio Ratking took the stage at 1AM, because those three teenagers packed a serious punch with their angry, energetic performance. The place filled back up at 2AM, though, for a surprise performance from Blood Orange's Dev Hynes who played a set exclusively made up of songs left over from his Cupid Deluxe sessions. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.
How did you spend your New Year's Eve? More pics from Baby's All Right below...
The xx in Tulum - 12/31/13 (via @hickduarte)
There were tons of New Year's Eve shows here in NYC, as well as around the rest of the country, and down in Mexico, the Young Turks label threw a party on the beach in popular tourist site Tulum (famous, among other things, for its ruins). It literally went all night, kicking off with some of the label's DJs at 8 PM, followed by Sampha, John Talabot, Chairlift, The xx, Grimes, SBTRKT, Koreless, Pional, Four Tet and others playing past 11 AM New Year's Day.
During SBTRKT's set, he revealed an unreleased Jessie Ware collaboration, "Runaway." You can stream that, along with a video featuring clips of multiple sets from the show, and a few more pics, below...
It's New Year's Eve and every place in the city is trying to get your last dollars of 2013. There are a bunch of great show options tonight. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Gogol Bordello, Man Man @ Terminal 5
It wouldn't be New Year's in NYC without the high-energy, vodka-filled gypsy punk sets of Gogol Bordello. They're at Terminal 5 tonight and weirdo rock band Man Man provides quality support.
Andrew W.K., The Original Punk Rock Heavy Metal Karaoke Band, Team Spirit, Aleister X @ Irving Plaza
Literally nothing says party like Andrew WK, and if you're looking for a New Year's Eve PARTY, Irving Plaza may very well be your best bet.
Thurston Moore, Chelsea Light Moving, Mike Watt, John Zorn & more @ The Stone
Thurston Moore has quite the night planned for New Years Eve. At 8 PM, he'll do an early duo set with avant-sax great John Zorn ($25 at the door), and then he's got a second from from 10 PM - 1 AM that starts with a trio set of Thurston, The Minutemen's Mike Watt, and Black Flag/Sonic Youth/Minutemen/etc album designer Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn), followed by Thurston's current band Chelsea Light Moving. The late show is $50 at the door. Doors open at 9:45 and only 75 people will be admitted.
Mykki Blanco, DJ Rashad, Boychild, DJ Larry B, T.E.A.M.S., Ian Isiah, Princess Nokia, Michael Magnan @ Gramercy Theatre
Mykki Blanco makes forward thinking rap that also makes for a party at the live shows. Mykki's got a stacked list of guests for tonight too including footwork mastermind DJ Rashad.
Blood Orange (solo), DIIV, Potty Mouth, Nothing, Ratking @ Baby's All Right
New-ish Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right has put together a pretty stacked show for New Year's Eve with the shoegazey indie pop of DIIV, the punky indie rock of Potty Mouth, the super heavy shoegaze of Nothing, and the alt-rap of Ratking. Perfect Pussy was initially on this bill, but unfortunately they dropped off. UPDATE: Last minute addition, Dev Hynes will be performing at 2AM, playing "unheard & unreleased music from CUPID DELUXE sessions."
No Statik, Nomad, Perfect Pussy, La Misma, Grudges, Creeping Dose @ Acheron
...because Perfect Pussy are now playing this show instead. The Syracuse noise punks whose live show cannot be ignored will be joined by a genre-appropriate lineup that includes Bay Area hardcore shredders No Statik and some of NYC's best current punk bands like Nomad, La Misma, and others.
Elvis Depressedly, Spook Houses, Crying, Morrison Brook, Alex G @ David Blaine's The Steakhouse
It's a DIY New Year's Eve at this Brooklyn house show that includes the indie rock of Spook Houses, the chiptune of Crying, the lo-fi singer/songwriter Alex G, and more.
Phish @ MSG
Love 'em or hate 'em, Phish's New Year's run at Madison Square Garden is always quite the event for jam fans, and it wraps up tonight with the grand NYE finale.
Clutch, Into Another, Lionize @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Stoner rock greats Clutch ring in the new year with reunited post-hardcore vets Into Another and Lionize, who are no strangers to wild NYE shows.
Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, Para One, Lenvi, Don Clark, Hiyawatha, Branchez, Arnold, Tony Quattro @ Slake
This show leans a bit towards bombastic EDM, but one producer we wouldn't miss is France's Para One whose "You Too" single is one of the finest disco house tracks of the year.
DJ Spinn & Secret Guest, Traxman, L-Vis 1990, Nick Hook, J-Cush, Durban, TCJ @ 285 Kent
While 285 Kent may or may not be closing, they'll definitely be open tonight for this NYE rave thrown by the folks at Lit City Trax.
Antibalas, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ SOB's
Fela-inspired afrobeat band Antibalas play THREE shows at SOB's tonight (8 PM, 10 PM, 12:30 AM), and they're joined by Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra who do salsa covers of indie songs.
The Fela! Band, Rich Medina @ Knitting Factory
With there being three different Antibalas shows tonight, you might have time to squeeze in this other Fela-related NYE show too.
Murphy's Law, Urban Waste, Zombie Fight, Skum City, Death to Slater, Sewage @ Trash Bar
Long-running NYC punks Murphy's Law will ring in the new year in their hometown at the dingy Trash Bar.
Jill Scott, Luke James, DJ Premier @ Radio City
Neo-soul great Jill Scott will be doing a pretty classy New Year's Eve celebration at NYC's historic Radio City Music Hall.
Punch Brothers, Sarah Jarosz @ Bowery Ballroom
Brooklyn bluegrass band Punch Brothers wrap up their three-night Bowery Ballroom stint with this final, festive performance. Tickets are still available.
Jim Jones Revue, The Compulsions, Jeremy and the Harlequins, New York Junk, Graveyard Lovers @ Bowery Electric
For an old school sneer-n-attitude rock n' roll way to ring in 2014, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than The Jim Jones Revue. The rest of the bill is an equally denim-and-leather kind of vibe. Tickets are still available.
Moon Boots, Jkriv, Free Magic, Faso @ Glasslands
There's been much talk about a "house revival" this year thanks to breakthroughs from Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, and others, and Chicago's Moon Boots is right up there with them, making the kind of catchy stuff you can dance to all night.
Matthew Dekay, Avatism, Jimmy Edgar, DJ Three, Konrad Black, Taimur & Fahad & more @ Output
Brooklyn's new-ish dance club Output has tons of electronic musicians and DJs lined up for this big New Year's Eve party. The venue's been home to some of the best dance parties of the year, and tonight's will hopefully be no different.
MikeQ, Venus X, $hayne, Rizzla, Uniique, LSDXOXO, DANII PHAE @ GHE20G0TH1K Warehouse
GHE20G0TH1K is gathering up some regulars from their parties to celebrate NYE GHE20G0TH1K style.
Delta Spirit, (Cults DJ set), Sacco @ Brooklyn Bowl
Rootsy anthemic rockers Delta Spirit will be tearing it up at Brooklyn Bowl with a DJ set from Cults. The show is sold-out but there will be limited tickets available at the door.
Tanlines (DJ), Cale Parks (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
After Delta Spirit, stick around for what's sure to be a fun night of dancing with Tanlines and Cale Parks on the 1s & 2s.
Spank Rock, Amanda Blank, Roxy Cottontail @ El Privado
Party-centric electro rapper Spank Rock performs tonight with frequent cohort Amanda Blank at this Chelsea lounge.
Avan Lava, Juan Maclean (DJ), JDH, Justin Strauss, Evan Michael, Alan + Andrew Blancato, Mondo @ Cameo
A bit of a hodgepodge, but this looks like a fun night of NYE dancing that goes from Mondo's indiepop leanings to Juan Maclean's house-centric dancefloor fillers, to Avan Lava's over-the-top style.
Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
"Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says." If that sounds like your way to celebrate the new year, head to Park Slope's Barbes which is open from 10 PM until late.
Blondie & others @ Times Square
If you're planning on going to this, you're probably heading there pretty soon (and probably a tourist), but for the rest of us who will watch 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest' from our televisions (if at all), we can count on seeing Blondie among the list of performers that also includes Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Miley Cyrus.
Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles are DJing at Night of Joy (667 Lorimer in Williamsburg) and that's free.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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The Lawrence Arms at Riot Fest 2010 (more by Katie Hovland)
Chicago punk vets The Lawrence Arms hadn't been too active for a while, only doing a few shows a year. But earlier this year they picked back up again with more shows and they've announced that their first album in eight years, Metropole, will be out on January 28 via Epitaph. You can watch the video for that album's single, "You Are Here," below.
The Lawrence Arms play a New Year's Eve show in Chicago, and after that they'll head out on a full US tour in 2014. That tour hits NYC on March 5 at Gramercy Theatre with The Copyrights and Elway. Tickets to that show go on sale Saturday (12/28) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Mobile App/Music Geeks (password: "musicgeeks") presales starting Thursday (12/26) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
If you want to see Elway headline a smaller NYC show, they're at Saint Vitus on February 16 (tickets).
Speaking of New Year's Eve shows in Chicago, if you'll be in the Windy City for the holidays, check out our Chicago New Year's Eve concert guide that includes Death, Flosstradamus, Roky Erickson and more.
All Lawrence Arms dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
DOWNLOAD: Mykki Blanco - Booty Bamboo (MP3)
Will hip hop ever accept me? Who gives a fuck. Will the gay community turn their back on me if I stop dressing in drag? Who gives a fuck. Will I get signed? Who gives a fuck. I did a world tour off the strength of soundcloud singles, a lo-fi mixtape and my first EP. I was out there, I saw the power of music and saw the power of love and now I just want to develop my music and have fun. People who fuck with Mykki Blanco fuck with Mykki Blanco no image or politics needed.NYC rapper Mykki Blanco already has a mixtape and EP out, and plans to follow it with an official LP in 2014. That album is being teased with the new single "Booty Bamboo" that Mykki just posted to Soundcloud along with the above message. It was produced by Amnesia Scanner and can be downloaded above or streamed below.
Light a blunt with your friends and listen to my new track Booty Bamboo. I feel free, I hope you do to.
As discussed, Mykki rings in the new year in NYC at Gramercy Theatre on New Year's Eve with a ton of excellent guests, including production wizard DJ Rashad, UNO R&B singer Ian Isiah, Boychild, DJ Larry B, T.E.A.M.S., Junglepussy, Princess Nokia, and Michael Magnan. Tickets to that show are still available.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Doug Moore
Perfect Pussy at NYU, 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We mentioned a few weeks ago that Syracuse-based noise punkers Perfect Pussy were slated to play a New Year's Eve party at Baby's All Right, along with DIIV, Nothing, Potty Mouth and Ratking. For reasons unknown (the band hasn't issued a statement), they've dropped off the Baby's bill, and instead hopped aboard the lineup for the previously mentioned NYE party at Acheron, which features No Statik, Nomad, Grudges, La Misma and Creeping Dose. Perfect Pussy took a lineup hit as part of the switch; they're billed fourth to last at the Acheron as opposed to second to last at Baby's All Right, but they arguably fit into Ach's lineup a little better.
Chelsea Light Moving at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Greg Cristman)
As discussed, Thurston Moore is kicking off a residency at The Stone with two New Year's Eve shows at the venue. His first show is an 8 PM duo set with the venue's artistic director John Zorn ($25 at the door), and since we last spoke, he's expanded the schedule for the second show.
It begins at 10 PM with a previously discussed trio set of Thurston, The Minutemen's Mike Watt, and Black Flag/Sonic Youth/Minutemen/etc album designer Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn). Then from 11:30 PM to 1 AM, Thurston's current band Chelsea Light Moving will play. Admission for the late show is $50 at the door and that gets you into the 10 PM set and the 11:30 set. Doors open at 9:45 and only 75 people will be admitted, so get there early.
Thurston's residency continues through January 5, and includes shows with his Chelsea Light Moving bandmate Samara Lubelkski (1/2), his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley (1/3), and SY's Lee Ranaldo was added to the one with CLM's John Moloney (1/4).
Full schedule below...
by Doug Moore
Dying Fetus at Santos Party House, 2010 (more by Suren Karapetyan)
The last week of 2013 is shaping up to be a good one for death metal of the ignorantly technical (it's a thing), slam-heavy variety. We already mentioned that Suffocation and Pyrexia will be playing a show at Webster Hall's Marlin Room on 12/28 (tix here). Two days later, Pyrexia will join the long-running and even more slam-centric Dying Fetus for another gig, this time at Saint Vitus on December 30 (tickets here). Dying Fetus typically play substantially larger venues -- they headlined Gramercy last time they came to town -- so expect close quarters at this one.
The following day (12/31), both Dying Fetus and Pyrexia will head to Hartford, CT for a New Year's Eve show at the Webster. (Not to be confused with Webster Hall here in NYC.) Revocation, Internal Bleeding, and Sexcrement (yeah...) will join in the fun. Tickets for that show are on sale as well.
Chances are pretty good that DF will sell out the Vitus gig, so you'd be wise to pick up a ticket in advance if you're interested. Stream their peak effort Destroy the Opposition below.
AVAN LAVA at Webster Hall in June (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
NYC dance party FIXED is ringing in the new year at Cameo Gallery with AVAN LAVA, Juan Maclean (DJ), Justin Strauss, Evan Michael, Alan + Andrew Blancato, Mondo Indie Dance Party and FIXED regular JDH. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
French disco house producer Para One, who we highlighted earlier this year, is returning to NYC for a NYE party at Slake that also includes Gesaffelstein, Brodinski and many more. Full lineup and more info here.
Electro rapper Spank Rock will celebrate NYE at El Privado (518 W. 27th St.) with Amanda Blank Roxy Cottontail, Good Peoples and DJ Baby Eagle. Tickets are on sale.
And lastly, Blkmarket and ReSolute are teaming up with Output for a lengthy NYE party there with a huge lineup that includes Mathew Dekay, Avatism, Jimmy Edgar and many more. Full lineup and tickets here.
UPDATE: Tanlines are also DJing Brooklyn Bowl. Doors and show at 12:30 AM. Tickets are on sale.
Also check out other, non-dancey NYE concert options in NYC.
Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
New Year's Eve is quickly approaching, which means (among other things) that tons of people will stand out in the cold at Times Square for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Musical performers at this year's celebration include NYC legends Blondie, along with Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus. TV coverage begins at 8 PM on ABC. Full schedule for the night, below.
Also check out concert options for New Year's Eve in NYC.
Times Square NYE schedule below...
DIIV at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dan Bracaglia)
UPDATE: Perfect Pussy dropped off this show, but the rest is intact...
More artists have now been announced and the lineup is looking pretty impressive: reverby indie rockers DIIV, heavy shoegazers Nothing, punky indie rockers Potty Mouth, and still more TBA. Maria Sherman is DJing. Tickets for the show are on sale now, and will include a coconut champagne toast and some sort of open bar (details TBA).
Stream some tracks below...
by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy at 285 Kent in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of this year's great unsigned bands, Perfect Pussy, are unsigned no longer. The Syracuse noise punk crew have announced that they've signed to Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac DeMarco), and will release their debut full length on the label in early 2014. That LP will follow their 4-song I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling EP (streaming below), which they self-released earlier this year. Since that release, the band also offered another song, "Advance Upon the Real," to the new Accidental Guest Recordings compilation, Beyond Inversion (via Rookie Mag), which benefits Rachael's Women's Center in DC. You can stream that track below too.
Perfect Pussy have also announced an extensive, almost-two-month long tour. It begins with two previously discussed NYC shows, including tonight (12/5) at NYU's E&L Auditorium with Ceremony, White Lung, and Sleepies; and Friday (12/6) at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Yvette, and Flagland. Admission for the NYU show is free to students and $5 at the door to the general public, and tickets for the Shea show are on sale now.
Then, after touring to the west coast and back, Perfect Pussy will celebrate New Year's Eve at Baby's All Right. The rest of the lineup for the Baby's NYE party hasn't been announced yet, but considering the occasion, chances are we can expect other great bands too. Tickets for that show are not available yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.
All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...
Femi Kuti in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
New Year's Eve is just around the corner. We've already mentioned a few options of ways to celebrate in NYC, and here's a few more. Fela Kuti will be celebrated at Knitting Factory (12/31) with The Fela! Band and Rich Medina. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A similar celebration goes down at SOB's, where Fela-inspired afrobeat band Antibalas will be ringing in the new year. They're doing one show on 12/30 and then THREE shows on New Year's Eve (8 PM, 10 PM, 12:30 AM). Tickets for all four are on sale now.
UPDATE: Shabazz Palaces is cancelled.
As usual, you've got jam/electronic options like Phish at MSG (tix), Infected Mushroom at Best Buy Theater (tix), Big Gigantic at Roseland (tix), Disco Biscuits at the Theater at MSG (tix), Deadmau5 at Nassau Coliseum (tix), and Gov't Mule at Beacon Theatre (tix).
For a DIY New Year's Eve, head to David Blaine's The Steakhouse (1131 Myrtle Ave, Apt. 303) for Elvis Depressedly, Spook Houses, Crying, Morrison Brook, and Alex G.
If you're not in NYC, catch Screaming Females and Swearin' in Philly, Baauer in Philly, Danny Brown and Flatbush Zombies in San Francisco, Melvins and Mudhoney in San Francisco, The Breeders in Austin, Death in Chicago, Washed Out in Atlanta, or Run the Jewels in Raleigh.
Le1f at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, one of the many New Year's Eve concerts happening in NYC is local rapper Mykki Blanco at Gramercy Theatre, and since we last spoke, guests have been announced for that show. The bill now includes production wizard DJ Rashad, UNO R&B singer Ian Isiah, Boychild, DJ Larry B, T.E.A.M.S., Junglepussy, Princess Nokia, and Michael Magnan. Tickets for that show are still available and if you buy them before 11:59 PM tonight (12/2) you can skip the service fees thanks to the venue's Black Friday-Cyber Monday deal.
A few days earlier, Mykki's friend Le1f plays Brooklyn Bowl (12/28), and guests for that show were recently announced too. They include some of the same names playing Mykki's show, like Ian Isiah, Junglepussy, and Princess Nokia, plus House of Ladosha, Lakutis, and Mess Kid. DonChristian and Boody Rahel are opening, and Juniana Huxtable and Superpusha are hosting. Tickets for that show are still available too.
New Year's options in the NY-area keep coming. Rolling Stone is now reporting that Prince will be in the area to do a three-night run at Mohegan Sun Arena on December 27, 28, and 29. Tickets for all three shows go on sale December 6 at 10 AM.
Prince was last in NYC appearing as a guest with New Power Generation at City Winery in August.
He also recently released a new song, "Da Bourgeoisie," which you can download here and listen to below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Danny Brown @ Terminal 5 - 11/23/13
Bob Dylan music video star Danny Brown just teamed up with Sleigh Bells for the last two nights of their tour, which took place at NYC's Terminal 5 on Friday (11/22) and Saturday (11/23). For Danny, they were the first NYC shows since the release of his excellent new album, Old. Pictures of his set from Saturday's show are in this post.
Danny has a few more shows scheduled before the year ends, including a much more intimate performance in-store at the new Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday (11/26). It starts at 5 PM and is totally FREE, no wristband/RSVP or anything necessary. (4:30 doors.) All upcoming Danny Brown dates, including New Year's Eve in San Francisco with Flatbush Zombies (who also play NYC soon) and Traxamillion, are listed below.
Meanwhile, Rough Trade NYC opened TODAY (11/25) at 9 AM and later there will be an in-store/signing from Sky Ferreira at 7 PM (with a purchase of her new EP or LP) and an in-store from Charles Bradley at 8:30 PM (free).
More pics from T5 along with the list of dates, below...
Le1f at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Future-rapper Le1f, who just joined his pal Blood Orange at 285 Kent last week (11/15), will be over in Australia this December for a couple festivals, including Slanted and Enchanted and Meredith Music Fest. But upon returning home, he'll do a NYC show just before the new year at Brooklyn Bowl on December 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and special guests TBA. It's his only announced US date at the moment.
Le1f also appears, along with likeminded rapper Mykki Blanco, on UNO-affiliated R&B singer Ian Isiah's new mixtape, The Love Champion. Production on the tape comes from Brenmar, Gobby, Sinjin Hawke, Royal, ShyGuy, and Boody. You can stream it in full below, and download it for free (legally) at Mediafire.
Mykki Blanco also plays a New Year's Eve show in NYC with "friends."
Delta Spirit (more by Tracy Allison)
Looking for something to do in Chicago? Death will be at Reggie's.
Philly gets Swearin and Screaming Females.
The Breeders will be in Austin.
Washed Out plays Atlanta.
San Francisco gets the Melvins and Mudhoney at the Great American Music Hall Melvins also tour Australia in December. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Both Screaming Females and Swearin' spend a lot of time touring, and with both bands living so close to NYC, we get plenty of chances to see them here. Neither band have anything scheduled here at the moment, but they'll be pretty close when they team up for a show in Philly on New Year's Eve at Johnny Brenda's. This punky double bill is as a good a reason as any to ring in the new year in Philly, and tickets to do so go on sale Wednesday (11/13) at noon. Philly band Batty, who, like Screaming Females, played Ladyfest Philly this year, open the show. All dates for both Screaming Females and Swearin' are listed below.
If you haven't heard the new Swearin' album Surfing Strange, which came out last week (11/5), I think it's a huge step up from their already-great debut and I highly recommend it. On the debut, they basically came off as a pop punk band -- a lo-fi one that appealed to the indie rock kids, but a pop punk band nonetheless (not saying that's a bad thing, by the way) -- and it made sense. Most of the songs were handled by Allison Crutchfield, whose pop punk band P.S. Eliot, which she drummed in and her sister Katie (who now records as Waxahatchee) sang/played guitar in, had just broken up.
But the new album is far more collaborative, and as a result, far more diverse. Guitarist Kyle Gilbride (who used to front Big Soda) splits lead vocals almost evenly with Allison this time around, and they do more Pixies-style dual vocals together too. When Kyle does take lead, he's letting out an aggressive whine falling somewhere between Superchunk's Mac McCaughn and Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, with the earworm melodies to back comparisons like that up. Meanwhile bassist Keith Spencer, who didn't sing lead at all on the first album, takes the mic for two songs on this one, both wildly different from each other and from the rest of the album. "Melanoma" falls somewhere between Mineral and Red House Painters, and "Glare of the Sun" sounds like a Revolver-era Beatles song for the current DIY rock scene. The rest of the album sees the band going through the perfect power pop of early Weezer, J Mascis-worthy power chord riffage, and just the kind of bracing indie rock that will (hopefully) never go out of style.
All dates for Swearin' and Screaming Females are listed, along with a Spotify stream of Surfing Strange and videos from both bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Baauer - USB Drive (ZIP)
Baauer, or that guy who made "Harlem Shake," has done more that accidentally create a viral meme; he can get pretty big crowds moving. He had the whole place dancing when I saw him DJ before Kendrick Lamar's set at SXSW and he was a hit at Coachella too. He's currently on the road with AraabMuzik and S-Type, and after that he'll do a few year-end dates including New Year's Eve in Philly and a NYC show a few days earlier at Webster Hall on December 28. That show is a Brite Nites party and also includes cloud rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth in addition to CZ, Alex English, and rekLES. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (11/12) at 10 AM. All dates, including the South American Lollapaloozas, are listed below.
On his tour, Baauer's been throwing out USB drives with new music on them, and telling fans, "If you get one, share it with your friends, upload it to the Internet, or just keep it for yourself. Do with it as you please." You can download all four songs from the USB (via This Song Is Sick) above and stream them, along with the list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chicago house producer Moon Boots is about to wrap up his time on the French Express tour with labelmates Perseus, Jonas Rathsman, and Isaac Tichauer that hit NYC this past Wednesday (11/6) at Output. If you went to that show, how was it?
That tour wraps up in Miami this Saturday (11/9), and after that Moon Boots will be doing a few other shows, including a return to NYC on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Glasslands. It's PopGun's NYE party and also includes JKriv plus Discovery party regulars Free Magic & Faso. Tickets to this danceable way to ring in the new year are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
If you haven't checked out Moon Boots yet, dive into his thumping, endlessly catchy disco/house with the MP3s above or the streams, along with his list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bay Area hardcore band No Statik released their debut album, Everywhere You Aren't Looking, back in 2012 via Prank Records, and now they're set to follow it with a new record, Unity and Fragmentation, on December 4 via Iron Lung Records (who also released their 2010 7"). Its first single, "The Owl," misleadingly starts as a mid-tempo punk song, until they fade out the recording and come back for a 90-ish second blast of raw hi-speed fury. Check out the song below.
No Statik will also be heading on an east coast/southeast tour in late December into January. Some of the venues are still TBA, but we do know that they'll come to NYC for a show on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Acheron with local punk openers Nomad, La Misma, and Grudges. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and flyer for the NYC show, below...
Patti Smith in Austin in April (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As discussed, this year NYC punk legend Patti Smith is doing her year-end shows at Webster Hall on December 29 and 30. Since we last spoke, she's announced a third show in the area happening right before in Long Island at The Space at Westbury on December 27. Tickets for the newly-added date go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon and tickets for the Webster Hall shows (same link) are still available.
Opening the Webster Hall shows is Belle Ghoul, the project of Patti Smith's daughter Jesse Smith and Electric Six's Christopher Tait. No opener has been announced for the Space at Westbury show.
Updated dates are listed below...
confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).
Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...
Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.
Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.
Moon Boots plays Output.
Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.
DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.
Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.
Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.
Or maybe just head to Mexico!
P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.