Some of that good old Punch Your Moms In The Face Rap, with the obligatory Fizzy Womack feature. Produced by Aaron “Freedom” Lyles.
Flatbush Zombies @ VICELAND Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Flatbush Zombies, 100s, GrandeMarshall @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
NYC rap trio Flatbush Zombies love to rap about smoking, drinking, and doing drugs, and tonight's show should be an appropriately trippy experience with smoke clouds, 40s and one of the city's best current rap groups on stage. It's a Converse Rubber Tracks Live show -- free if you RSVPed, and "sold" out.
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band @ Union Pool
Sonic Youth may not be playing shows anymore, but luckily there's never a shortage of chances to see Sonic Youth members. Lee's band makes indie rock a bit more straightforward than SY's with some psychedelia thrown in too. It's good, and you can get a dose of it at Union Pool tonight.
TEEN @ Baby's All Right
Teen's second album take's the band formerly dronepop sound and drags it into '90s R&B territory. Tonight's the record release show for that LP.
Duke Dumont @ Output
Duke Dumont had one of the best dance-pop singles of 2013 with "Need U 100%." It was pretty on par with most of the Disclosure singles, but tonight at Output you can catch Duke in a much smaller room than you're able to see Disclosure in these days.
Peter Stampfel, Jeffrey Lewis, Bushwick Gospel Singers, Modern Hut @ Mercury Lounge
Folk veteran Peter Stampfel (of the Holy Modal Rounders) released his new solo album on his new label home of Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee) this week, and tonight he celebrates with this release show. It's a family affair with his frequent collaborator (and anti-folk great) Jeffrey Lewis, his daughter Zoe's band Bushwick Gospel Singers, and Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt's solo project Modern Hut.
Low Fat Getting High, Vulture Shit, Hive Bent, Grizzlor @ Death by Audio
It's Low Fat Getting High's EP release show and a good night for local punk all around.
Lapalux, High Klassified, Chits @ Glasslands
UK producer and Brainfeeder associate makes a great mix of future garage and instrumental hip hop. Tonight he'll bring his infectious beats to Brooklyn.
Wake Owl, Lyla Fox, Stone Cold Fox @ Rough Trade
Vancouver's Wake Owl (the moniker of singer/songwriter Colyn Cameron) released their debut album, The Private World of Paradise, in March via Vagrant. With crisp production from Shins member Richard Swift, the record is full of smart, tuneful pop that's much more interesting than the band's name might lead you to believe. Mumford-style folk it is not.
Har Mar Superstar, Walking Shapes, Cold Blood Club, Appomattox @ Bowery Electric
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar can turn any place into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too. Note that Walking Shapes' appearance here is part of their stunt of playing 24 shows in 24 hours today. They may be very tired by this point.
Toadies, Supersuckers, Battleme @ Irving Plaza
It's a double bill of '90s-era Southwest alt-rock with hitmakers the Toadies (remember "Possum Kingdom"?) and self-proclaimed "Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World," The Supersuckers.
White Hills, Degreaser, Aqua Nebula Oscillator @ Saint Vitus
According to their own bombastic press release, White Hills "set the international gold standard in what it means to be a space rock band in the 21st Century." Their live show is nearly as over-the=top as their PR. If you're going, get there in time to catch sludgy Aussie/Brooklyn band DeGreaser.
Kool A.D., Rebelmatic, Prop Anon, Sarcasmo Hosted By Ricky Powell @ The Studio at Webster Hall
It's a multi-genre night at The Studio at Webster Hall headlined by former Das Racist member Kool A.D. and hosted by legendary L.E.S. scenester Ricky Powell.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Sahdeeq and Khadafi unleash that gutter speech over a sublime Lewis Parker track and some cuts from DJ Ready Cee. Taken from the Keepers of the Lost Art LP, available now through Below System.
GRIM Team representative CHAZE just dropped this ill mix of electro, boogie, soul and breaks with Omar White to enhance your next trip on the iron horse.
Laurenovich and Buckwild preview a cut from the Silk Pyramids LP, dropping 24 May on Thrice Great Records.
Here’s the CDQ of the latest leak from the DITC Remix Project, due 7 May via Slice of Spice. Shouts to the official DITC site for the audio.
01. We All (Alchemist Remix) ft. O.C. & A.G.
02. Da Enemy (Bink Remix) ft. Big L & Fat Joe
03. All Love (Apollo Brown Remix) ft. Fat Joe, Lord Finesse, Big L, & A.G.
04. Thick (Lord Finesse Remix) ft. A.G., Big L, & O.C.
05. Best Behavior (Showbiz Remix #1) ft. Big Pun & Fat Joe
06. D.I.T.C. (DJ Premier Remix) ft. Diamond D, Showbiz, A.G., & Lord Finesse (Snippet here)
07. Casualties Of A Dice Game (Buckwild Remix) ft. Big L
08. Time To Get That Money (9th Wonder Remix) ft. A.G., Diamond D, & O.C.
09. Internationally Known (Diamond D Remix) ft. O.C., Fat Joe, & Big L
10. Way Of Life (Marco Polo Remix) ft. Fat Joe, Big L, Party Arty, & Showbiz
11. Drop It Heavy (Buckwild Remix) ft. KRS-One, Big Pun, & A.G.
12. Foundation (O.Gee Remix) ft. Diamond D, O.C., A.G., & Lord Finesse
13. Best Behavior (Showbiz Remix #2) ft. Big Pun & Fat Joe (BONUS)
14. Casualties Of A Dice Game (9th Wonder Remix) ft. Big L (BONUS)
Here’s a Monch/M-Phazes/DJ Revolution cut from the tenth anniversary Coalmine Records Unearthed LP, due 13 May, which is better than 85% of the new Pharoahe LP.
Chucky Smash, Cee-Low and Molecules keep it moving with this Buckwild produced single from their The Lost Tapes LP due 20 May on Ill Adrenaline.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Pink Baby
Woods / Cassie Ramone / Weyes Blood / Woolen Men
It had been a while since I'd seen Woods, a few years probably. The last time, whenever that was, was when the band still had Kevin Morby and that guy who spent most of his time on all-fours messing with a cassette deck and yelling into an old pair of headphones repurposed as a mic. The Woods that played Baby's All Right last night (4/22) as part of our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series was a much different creature, a more "proper" band and all the better for it.
The was the record release show for Woods' new album, With Light and Love, which is a good example of how Woods operate these days: song-focused, poppy, tight, and when they do stretch things out, there is purpose and direction (and serious chops) to the jams. The whole band is accomplished, but singer/guitars Jeremy Earl and guitarist/producer Jarvis Taveniere's interplay in the instrumental portions was seriously impressive. The band also have enough records at this point where the set pretty full of "hits." If you had prviously decided that Woods were not your thing, maybe it's time to revisit.
Portland, OR's The Woolen Men flew in special for this show and I was pretty taken by their set too, though as a big fan of last year's debut which came out on Woodsist, I was expecting to. The trio make no-nonsense, semi-sludgy, hook-filled indie rock indebted to '80s Flying Nun (The Bats, The Clean), certain strains of UK postpunk (The Fall, Wire), and Pacific Northwest foreathers (Wipers, Beat Happening). All three members write and sing -- there was some instrument switching at the end -- which keeps things interesting. Good set!
Weyes Blood, the project of former Jackie-O Motherfucker member Natalie Mering, played a short but sweet 5-song set including a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'." She switched between acoustic guitar-led psychedelic folk songs and piano ballads (with the piano coming through her sampler as she just sang), and though her songs can be spacey and trippy, her voice is huge. She delivers like a trained, classic pop star and certainly captivates the crowd like someone who could be on a much bigger stage than Baby's All Right. She started her set with a warning that she was about to take it down a notch, but we'd say she did just the opposite.
A line at the door when we opened ensured that Cassie Ramone would play to a full room despite being first of four on the bill (congrats to the first 100 people there who got one of the black light ink posters). After an introduction by our host Shirley Braha (with instagram doglebrity Marnie the Dog in hand), Cassie walked on stage quietly (with just her guitar in hand). She asked the room to sit and like people did when she opened for Mac Demarco in the same venue recently, everyone standing in the floor area complied. Cassie, who also plays in The Babies, proceeded to play a solid and seated 20 minute solo set on the same Baby's All Right stage she recently played as a Vivian Girl for the last time. Her set of mostly originals included her cover of "Do You Wanna Dance." With minimal pauses, almost no stage banter, pedals to fill the silence with reverb and looping effects, and a super focused and monotone delivery, Cassie successfully put us in a lo-fi trance.
In between sets (or all night if you were in the outer portions of Baby's) BV editor Bill Pearis spun a set of psych pop. If you came we hope you had a good time. NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen almost every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Mr. Little Jeans, Avid Dancer and Breakfast show in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in September.
Woods is about to head out on a tour with Quilt that brings them back to NYC for a show with Frankie Cosmos at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from the Baby's show below...
We got a new, free DL from our main man at Vulture Music, Xander Milne. ‘Judgement’ is a chuggy, hypnotic stomper that feature’s Xander’s signature, breathy keyboard work and some revival type, call-and-response vocal samples.
The best kept secret in L.A is Thee Mike B who recently introduced his alter ego Brillstein and with that treats us to his full blown pumping house banger of a track “Ode 2 Da Nude” (taken from his forthcoming six-track mini-album “Back To Bed” which will be released on Play It Down May 6th).
by Wyatt Marshall
Kvelertak at the Studio at Webster Hall, May 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Kvelertak, the rambunctious beer and party metal worshippers out of Norway, are going on a previously discussed tour opening for Mastodon and Gojira that hits NYC for a big show at Terminal 5 on May 15 (sold out), but if you'd like to see Kvelertak somewhere way more intimate than that, you're in luck. The day before, they'll headline their own NYC show at Saint Vitus (5/14). Prepare for a rowdy time that will surely include lots of stage diving and sweat and mucho beer spillage that you probably won't get at the T5 show.
Tickets for the Vitus show go on sale Thursday (4/24) at noon. Support TBA. Updated Kvelertak dates are listed, with a live video, below...
“This is the “get ready for warmer nights” mix. An eclectic combination of futuristic RNB sounds and vocals of all kinds, it will be perfect for cruising round with your girl(s) this summer.”
by Andrew Sacher
If you're from North America and you're not familiar with Athens, Greece psychedelic rock duo A Victim of Society, they may be familiar to some of your favorite psych bands. They've played recent Athens shows with The Black Angels, Moon Duo, Dirty Beaches and Disappears, and if you're a fan of any of those bands, you'll likely dig AVOS too. Their debut album, Distractions, comes out soon via Greek label Inner Ear Records (also home to their art rock neighbors The Callas), and you can get a taste of that from its single "Certain Sense," which premieres in this post. The track is a total trip through spacey guitar effects, distortion-drenched vocals, and demonic surf-rock melodies.
Check it out below...