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Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has started teasing a new solo album and/or band entitled "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz". You can watch a 2 minute YouTube video he released the other day below and "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz are billed as playing Fader Fort and the Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street at SXSW this week. Meanwhile JC & The Voidz played a secret show in DC on Saturday, and this is what those sexy fellas looked like:
Now we also wait for some sort of NYC announcement, and maybe even more Austin shows will pop up? You can watch that teaser below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Ringworm at The Acheron in March 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As mentioned, Cleveland metallic hardcore greats Ringworm are releasing their new LP Hammer of the Witch on March 18. It's a ferocious album--here's a bit of what we had to say about it over on Invisible Oranges:
Ringworm's latest, Hammer Of The Witch (Relapse Records), is an aural-back-alley-street-fight of a record; 13 tracks, not a single fuck given. The recording mix is perfect, with both guitars matched evenly against a machine-precision rhythm section. Vocal institution Human Furnace is still full of piss and vinegar, as song titles like "Leave Your Skin At The Door" and "One Of Us Is Going To Have To Die..." can attest. Blast beats and wailing solos interweave with brutal riffs, elevating the songs from basic hardcore workouts to something even more sinister. Even if you hear an obvious lead-up to a breakdown, it still hits like a sledgehammer each time. Too many bands of this style try to write songs around breakdowns instead of the other way around, and it keeps a lot of them lumped together in the generic hardcore bin.Listen to how the Cleveland originals continue to tear it up below.
You can catch an interview with Ringworm on the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show on March 18, Hammer of the Witch's release date. Tune in to guide to metal at SXSW for more info and all you need to know about metal down in Austin this year.
Ringworm will also be embarking on a tour with Death Before Dishonor at the end of the month. It doesn't hit NYC but will be nearby for a Long Island show at 89 North on March 30. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All dates are listed, with the stream of Hammer of the Witch, below...
Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Nine Inch Nails in Japan in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Holy 1994. Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails have both hinted that they're going on a co-headlining tour of the US and Canada this summer. Though nothing has officially been announced, Stereogum points to a fan forum, Echoing the Sound, which has done some digging and compiled a tentative list of the venues the tour will hit. Those include NYC-area shows at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. The exact dates that they will play said venues have not been announced yet, but we'll keep you updated. Tickets will be available at some point via Ticketmaster. Browse that list of venues below.
Both Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails celebrated 20th anniversaries of albums this past Saturday (3/8), Superunknown and The Downward Spiral, respectively, and Soundgarden will continue that celebration by performing the album in full at the iTunes Festival at SXSW on Thursday (3/13). If you'll be in Austin this week, you can check that out at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, and if you're staying home, it will stream live via the iTunes store.
Venue list and some videos from those albums below...
BrooklynVegan will be at Red 7 in Austin four days in a row this SXSW! Wednesday night is our 1-stage official showcase there. Then we take over both stages during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15). Thursday's lineup was announced. Saturday's lineup was announced. Here is Friday!
FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:00 La Femme
12:45 The Entrance Band
01:30 Mutual Benefit
02:15 Tomas Barfod feat Nina K
03:45 Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals)
04:30 Jessy Lanza
12:45 The Blind Shake
01:30 together PANGEA
02:15 Upset (ex-Hole/Vivian Girls)
03:00 OFF! (ex-lots of great bands)
03:45 Viet Cong (ex-Women)
04:35 Beth Israel
05:15 Parquet Courts
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
Interesting fact: this show contains members or ex-members of the Pixies, Super Furry Animals, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Burning Brides, Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes, Earthless, Women, WhoMadeWho, Hole, Best Coast, and Vivian Girls (Paz Lenchantin of the Entrance Band is currently also in the Pixies).
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin.
by Andrew Sacher
Sun Kil Moon, the current project of Mark Kozelek (ex-Red House Painters), released his newest album, Benji, last month via Mark's own Caldo Verde Records. Recorded with Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Will Oldham (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), Owen Ashworth (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone/Advance Base) and Postal Service collaborator Jen Wood, the album is some Mark's most personal, blatantly honest, and heartbreaking material yet. He sings about the deaths of family members, the Newtown shooting, his childhood sexual experiences, and going to see The Postal Service in 2013 while reminiscing about meeting Ben Gibbard when Death Cab for Cutie played the small stage at a Spanish festival in 2000.
He also sings about watching the Led Zeppelin film The Song Remains the Same, listening to Pink Floyd's "Dogs," and pokes fun at Nels Cline. This is all done with incredible detail, and set to Sun Kil Moon's consistently great somber folk. It's one of Mark's best albums yet, and if you haven't heard it yet you can listen via RDIO. Three of its tracks can also be streamed below.
Mark will be in Austin for SXSW this week where his only show is the official Pitchfork showcase. Later in the year, Sun Kil Moon will go on a US tour following their appearances at Pitchfork Festival and Forecastle Festival that brings them to NYC for a show on July 24 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (3/13) at noon.
Steve Shelley was supposed to play as a member of SKM on the March/April European dates but had to cancel, though the band is hoping he will be able to join them on later dates. All dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
LA producer Kastle has some tour dates coming up this year, including appearances in Austin for SXSW and The Do LaB stage at Coachella. He was last in NYC for the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, and he'll return to the area for a different kind of electronic music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, which goes down on May 24 and 25 at Metlife Stadium. In addition to Kastle, the lineup features AraabMuzik, Rudimental, Skream, Claude Vonstroke, MK, Boys Noize, Calvin Harris and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Kastle also plays a FREE NYC show sooner than that on April 5 at Slake (251 W. 30th St) with Druid Cloak, Figgy, Alex English and guests. As long as you RSVP, entry is free until midnight. Show flyer for that show, and the list of all tour dates, below...
"The South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference and Festival proudly announces multi-platinum selling, five-time Grammy-winning artist Lady Gaga as the keynote for the 2014 event. The keynote conversation, to be led by John Norris of Fuse, takes place on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Austin - Downtown."Wait, what?
In related news, we're almost done announcing our BrooklynVegan SXSW 2014 shows.
Upset -- the new band fronted by former Vivian Girls/Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler, along with Patty Schemel (Hole), Jenn Prince, and a rotating fourth member (which did/does include Kickball Katy, Kyle Gilbride from Swearin', Rachel Gagliardi of Slutever) -- released their punky, poppy debut LP, She's Gone, back in 2013 via Don Giovanni, and they've now paid tribute to one of their punky influences, 7 Seconds, whose song "Not Just Boys Fun" they recorded a cover of. Check out that cover below.
Upset will also be heading to SXSW, where they'll play a number of shows including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday, March 14 at Red 7, which also includes Parquet Courts, Beth Israel and more TBA. (full lineup coming very soon, we promise!) You can check out their whole schedule below.
In related news, Kyle Gilbride, who produced She's Gone and performed as a member of Upset at the Don Giovanni showcase in February will play NYC tonight when his band Swearin' brings their tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/7) with Even Hand and Certain Spiders. It's the band's second NYC show this week (they played Cake Shop last night with former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone), and was recently moved to MHOW from Rough Trade. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.
Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!
Check out the list and stream the playlist below...
by Bill Pearis
You may remember that Danish garage rock trio Baby in Vain were supposed to play NYC this weekend as part of the band's tour on the way to SXSW. Visa issues put the kibosh on most of the tour but the band will still be playing SXSW, so if you're going to Austin then keep an eye out. All their appearances are listed below. Hopefully they'll play the rest of the country soon.
Meanwhile, the band are set to release a new single, "Taught By Hand," which is a real stomper. We've got the premiere of that single and you can stream it in this post.
Baby in Vain SXSW schedule and new single stream below...
After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. Saturday's lineup is announced. Friday is on the way. Here is Thursday!
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:00 Basia Bulat
12:45 Cate Le Bon
01:45 Nicole Atkins
03:30 Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's)
04:30 Sylvan Esso
05:15 San Fermin
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, free Frito Pies from HomeState (while they last!), and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
This party should be especially interesting since we managed to create a pretty diverse lineup across the two stages all in one day. Basia Bulat into Cate Le Bon into Nicole Atkins into Torres into Rhett Miller into San Fermin will be a dream for some who will probably not want to step outside at all during our two early rap sets (Cities Aviv & Overdoz) and the heaviness Trash Talk and Nothing will bring.
The outside stage on this party was a collaboration with Life or Death who work with many of those artists, including Trash Talk (excited to have Trash Talk back on a BV SXSW show again), Odd Futures's Tyler the Creator (ditto), and our outside headliner Little Dragon who they manage. Thanks to them for the support and for helping us present my favorite Swedish electro-band Little Dragon again.
Those who want to dance can hopefully make it from Roosevelt;s outside set to Sylvan Esso's inside one, and then back out for Little Dragon. If capacity doesn't allow that, it's still a winning situation whichever stage you end up at.
Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" will be there too to teach artists and fans more about their new company and what they can maybe do for you.
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin...
by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher
Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).
On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.
On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.
Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.
There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.
Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.
Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)
Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.
Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.
Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.
We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).
It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.
During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.
That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.
The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.
Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.
And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.
That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...
UPDATE: Thursday lineup announced too
After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. All three day party lineups will be announced momentarily (update: Thursday is announced), but here is Saturday!
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:45 Fat White Family
02:15 Connan Mockasin
03:00 Hundred Waters
03:45 Bob Nanna of Braid
05:05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
01:30 Potty Mouth
02:15 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band)
03:05 Speedy Ortiz
04:00 Wye Oak
05:00 The Hold Steady
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin....
By Doug Moore
Given that Iron Reagan consists of current and former members of two very well-established metal bands (namely Municipal Waste & Darkest Hour), it's no surprise that they're on their way up so quickly. Formed just two years ago, this straight-ahead crossover thrash act has already built a substantial national following and adopted an aggressive tour schedule.
To wit: the band have announced their recent signing to the storied Relapse Records (who have been snatching up bands left and right lately -- they've signed IR, Torche, The Drip, Atriarch, & Nux Vomica this year alone). They've also announced an extensive run of live dates through March and April, with accompaniment from Occultist on most of the dates and Ghoul on a handful as well. The dates with Ghoul wrap up with an appearance at the aforementioned Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze festival; you can stream the Invisible Oranges-debuted Tankcrimes compilation of fest participants below.
Iron Reagan aren't hitting NYC on this run, unfortunately, but they'll be putting in a number of appearances at SXSW: the Pitchfork showcase on 3/11, the Converse/Thrasher show on 3/13, the MetalSucks showcase on 3/14, and the Tone Deaf showcase on 3/15. They're NOT appearing at the second annual Invisible Oranges showcase, which will feature Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne, & Venomous Maximus on 3/13 at the Quantum Lounge.
Stream that Tankcrimes comp and check out the full run of Iron Reagan dates, listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Austin garage rockers Ghetto Ghouls are releasing their self-titled LP on April 8 via Monofonus Press, and after sharing one of its tracks, "Peepshow," they're back with another, "Living Alone," which makes its premiere in this post. It's a lo-fi, distortion-covered downer punk dirge that has the singer yelling not much more than "I'M LIVINGGG ALONEEE" repeatedly and increasingly less restrained for the song's minute and a half duration. Check it out below.
Like many other Austin bands, Ghetto Ghouls will play a number of hometown shows next week for the insanity that is SXSW, including the Ping Pong day party at Hotel Vegas (3/12) with Natural Child, Shocked Minds, Dirty Fences and more; the Monofonus Press day party at Beerland (3/12) with Destruction Unit, Guerilla Toss, Lushes and others; the Thread Pull Records day party at Trailer Space (3/13) with Crooked Bangs, Lie and others; the official Monofonus showcase at The Hideout (3/15) with Protomartyr, Love Inks and more; and the annual Panache Hangover Party on Sunday (3/16) with Tweens, September Girls, The Blind Shake, Calvin Love, A Giant Dog, Yvette and many more.
Their SXSW schedule in list format, and the new song, below...
by Bill Pearis
stills from "Are You Okay"
Dum Dum Girls just released the video for "Are You Okay?," the second single from their new album, Too True. This is a little more than just a video though, as it's an 11-minute short film which was written by Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho). Directed by Brewer (who made flashy vids for Purity Ring and Passion Pit), the short features Dee Dee as a woman who has a freakout during a therapy session that doesn't stop when her hour's up. There's some definite Brian De Palma vibes being given off here, and you can watch it below.
Meanwhile, Dum Dum Girls' tour with Blouse starts on the West Coast this weekend and will then invade Austin for SXSW where they are playing 10+ shows. After, they'll head east where they've got two sold-out NYC shows.
All SXSW shows and tour dates are listed, plus the "Are You Okay" video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, a few of the members of Super Furry Animals are knee deep in side project mode at the moment, including bassist Guto Pryce, who formed the band Gulp with singer Lindsey Leven. Their debut album will be coming out later this year, but ahead of that, we've got the premiere of its new single, "Vast Space." Less off-kilter than some of Super Furry Animals' work, the new song is driving, moody, and a little psychedelic with Lindsey's cool, hushed vocals casually taking the lead. Check it out, with the album artwork, below.
Song stream below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Wild Beasts @ MHOW 3/4/2014
Wild Beasts are visiting the U.S. currently, playing release shows on either coast for their terrific fourth album, Present Tense. The quartet did an in-store at Other Music on Monday (3/3) and last night (3/4) played a very packed Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
With synthesizers at the forefront on Present Tense, the band's live show took a little rewiring, with two banks of keyboards dividing the stage into thirds, with frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming splitting their time between bass, guitars and keys. The same was true with lead guitarist Ben Little. The band's very emotive performance style works better with instruments strapped to them than keyboards at this point, but Thorpe and Flemming's voices were in top form and the crowd very into it. In particular, the guy yelling "FUCK YEAH WILD BEASTS" was very, very into it.
Though Present Tense has only been out for a week, folks knew the songs, cheering for "A Simple Beautiful Truth" and the dark n' dubby "Daughters." The biggest cheers still came from Two Dancers tracks such as "Hooting & Howling" and "All the Kings Men," the latter of which was introduced by Fleming as, "Remember the worst sex you ever had, with the worst person you've ever known, in the worst place you've ever been? This is about that."
The Range, who has been getting a lot of choice opening slots lately, kicked off the evening. He'll be playing a bazillion SXSW shows next week, and will tour with Chvrches after that (including their sold-out T5 shows). All upcoming The Range dates, plus pics from his MHOW set and more of Wild Beasts', below...
Jazz hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD have announced they'll release a new album, III, on May 6 via their new label home, Innovative Leisure (Bass Drum of Death, Classixx). You can get a taste of the new album with first single, "Can't Leave the Night," which is streaming below.
The trio first caught our ears partially because of their covers of Odd Future, James Blake, My Bloody Valentine and more, in addition to collaborations with Odd Future. Those collaborations haven't stopped (they produced a track on Earl Sweatshirt's 2013 album, Doris), and they'll be joined by Tyler, the Creator as a special guest when they play the BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at Red 7 on Thursday, March 18. BBNG have other SXSW shows too, and their whole schedule is below. Stay tuned for BrooklynVegan's full SXSW day party lineups.
by Doug Moore
Back in January, we mentioned Brainsqueeze II, the Californian punk/metal festival organized by Tankcrimes and featuring a number of acts that have worked with the label. A few acts -- namely Connoisseur & Impaled -- have been added to the bill since, and the daily schedule & venue info have both been announced. You can check those out below.
We've got a bonus on tap, too. Tankcrimes have put together a free downloadable (or streamable, if that's your thing) compilation that we just posted over at Invisible Oranges. Unlike most recent comps, it's a reasonable length -- sixteen short songs. I consider most of these songs worth listening to in their own right, but some of them are rarer finds -- an exclusive re-recording of a sardonic Muncipal Waste song called "Insurance Fraud" from their split with Crucial Unit. It also features songs from upcoming short-format releases by Fucked Up and The Shrine. There's also a bonus cut by Obsessor, who don't appear on the fest's lineup, and a secret bonus cut that you'll have to download the comp to hear.
The Fucked Up song is a Cardboard Brains cover from the B-side of the recently-announced sixth entry in their Zodiac series. Titled Year of the Dragon, the recording features a 17-minute A-side original, the Cardboard Brains cover, and a The Ugly cover. If you're heading to SXSW, you'll be able to catch Fucked Up at Pitchfork and Stereogum's day parties, both of which fall on Thursday (3/13).
You can stream the comp below (aside from that secret cut) or download it for free. Tickets for the festival are on sale here. The comp track listing, the Brainsqueeze day-by-day lineup, and a goofy commercial for the fest are available below as well...
Eagulls @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
With their ripper of a debut out now, Eagulls will be spending a lot of time touring this year. The band will fly into Austin next week for SXSW where they'll play upwards of 10 shows, so if you're heading that way too you have a bunch of chances to see them. Then the band will be back in late spring for a proper North American tour which kicks off in NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 13. Near the end of the tour, the band will return to NYC for the Northside Festival, opening for Titus Andronicus at Warsaw on June 12. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are on AmEx presale now with the regular on-sale starting Friday (3/7) at noon. Tickets for the Northside show go on sale Thursday (3/6) at noon, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.
Eagulls finished their last NYC run with a late-night show at Baby's All Right in January that was pure booze-fueled mayhem (though more on the part of the audience than then band). All of their SXSW shows and tour dates are listed, along with the new video for "Possessed," below...
photos by Lance Nelson, words by Andrew Sacher
Michigan rockers Cheap Girls are set to release their fourth album, Famous Graves on May 13 (pre-order). It's their first for Xtra Mile Recordings after leaving Rise Records, and sees them back with longtime producer/engineer Rick Johnson after 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The band's sound hasn't changed much, still enamored with the alt-rock and power pop sounds of the '90s, but they continue to hone their songwriting, resulting in some of their best material yet.
Cheap Girls are touring with Against Me! soon, and as discussed, both of those bands will come to Austin for SXSW where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 12 with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Frameworks, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors).
Ahead of the tour, I spoke to bassist/vocalist Ian Graham via IM about the new record, their new label, their favorite NYC shows they've played, their relationship with Against Me! and more. We've also got a set of pictures of the band from the Famous Graves recording sessions in this post. More of those pictures, the interview, list of tour dates, and more, below...
Soul legend Lee Fields stays very active with his band The Expressions, and he'll continue to do so with plans for a new album and tour dates this year. The new record, Emma Jean, comes out on June 3 via Truth & Soul and features a song written by Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach. The first single is a cover of JJ Cale's "Magnolia," which you can listen to below.
Lee will be previewing the new material at SXSW this year, and he's also got plans for a European tour, an appearance at Sasquatch, and a record release show in NYC happening on May 29 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (3/5) at noon.
All dates, including his SXSW schedule, are listed below...
Production great Shlohmo recently announced that he'd be touring North America this year after his appearance at Coachella, and since we last spoke, that tour has been expanded. It already included a NYC show happening on May 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it now also includes one at Bowery Ballroom (5/8) a day later. Both are with Purple. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon and tickets for the MHOW show (same link) are still available. All dates are listed below.
Shlohmo will also be in Austin for SXSW, where he'll join Jeremih for his set at day 2 (3/13) of FADER Fort. The rest of that lineup includes Chromeo, Theophilus London, Eagulls, Sam Smith, Mas Ysa, Connan Mockaskin, Glass Animals, 100s and Buscabulla. The day 1 lineup includes Little Dragon, YG, London Grammar, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, The Orwells, Temples, and more. RSVP is open.
Shlohmo and Jeremih have an EP coming out soon. You can stream a track from that, along with the list of Shlohmo dates, below...