We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.
Full initial lineup below...
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman have been doing a live version of space-oriented radio show "Star Talk" for some time, though Tyson is a lot better known these days, thanks to the reboot of science series Cosmos. But Neil and Eugene are still talking stars (live!) and will do so at Beacon Theatre on June 5 with special guests: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa and more! Tickets for this show are currently on fan presale (password is "cosmic") and go on sale to the general public Friday (4/18) at 11 AM.
In other live science show news, Bill Nye the Science Guy will be at Irving Plaza for three nights in July
by Bill Pearis
Christoph and Anton Hochheim are current members of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (guitar and drums, respectively) but also make music on their own as Ablebody. (They were also both in The Depreciation Guild with former TPOBPAH drummer Kurt Feldman.) Sonically indebted to '80s UK indie (they've been known to cover The Servants' "The Sun, a Small Star"), the brothers make dreamy janglepop with dash of melodrama. Ablebody will release a new single, "After Hours," next month and you can stream the A-side (and a few other tracks) below.
The Hochheims are going to be extra busy soon, as Ablebody are now opening on The Pains of Being Pure At Heart / Fear of Men tour which starts next week and concludes at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on May 22. Tickets are still available.
Before that you can catch Fear of Men, meanwhile, in NYC where they're playing three free shows over the next week. All TPOBPAH/FoM/Ablebody dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below..
Organized Konfusion member Pharoahe Monch released his fourth solo album, PTSD, this past Tuesday (4/15) and celebrated it on the day of its release in NYC at SOB's. If you missed that show, or just need to see him again, you won't have to wait very long. He's playing a Beat Society show in Brooklyn at Littefield on May 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
If you haven't heard PTSD yet, which features guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Black Thought, The Stepkids and more, you can stream it below.
Speaking of, Talib Kweli also has a few hometown shows coming up. He does a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl on June 11-12 with a 9-piece band and opening sets by Res & Niko Is. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and the latter is part of Northside Festival, which means you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. Before those shows, Talib will do a free 2 PM in-store and signing at Rough Trade NYC on May 17. No wristband or ticket required.
All Talib dates are listed, with a stream of Pharoahe Monch's album, below...
Monmouth Park during a horse race
Starting next year, Oceanport, NJ's Monmouth Park will double as an outdoor concert venue. Via press release:Monmouth Park, AEG Live, and The Thoroughbred Management, Inc. (TTM) have entered into an exclusive booking agreement for a new 7,500-seat, outdoor concert venue slated to open its doors May 2015.
As part of a multi-year deal, AEG Live and TTM - led by industry veteran Jerry Bakal - will bring shows to the Jersey Shore racetrack during summer months as part of an entertainment complex also blueprinted to include a boardwalk, restaurant and Bluegrass Miniature Golf Course, which opened in 2012.
"We're extremely happy to announce our agreement with AEG Live and TTM," said Bob Kulina, President of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park Racetrack. "Our partnership with these titans in the music industry will bring yet another form of exciting entertainment to our facility. We think this style of concert venue on the Jersey Shore is the perfect size and location for an amazing night out during the summer."
[...]"We are thrilled about working with AEG Live and what the addition of a designated concert space will mean to Monmouth Park and the overall area," stated Jerry Bakal. "Our goal is to be a year-round entertainment destination for locals and visitors to Oceanport and the Jersey shore."
Once completed, the amphitheater will have approximately 3,500 covered seats along with a lawn suitable to hold another 4,000 fans.
"Our vision for Monmouth Park is to continue to grow as an entertainment destination for the entire family," said Dennis Drazin, advisor to Darby Development LLC and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. "With the addition of the concert venue, boardwalk and restaurant - in addition to our already-successful mini golf course - we feel we're well on our way to establishing an inexpensive setting for unparalleled Jersey Shore entertainment."Monmouth Park still hosts many other events. Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming concerts next year.
The video collagists / crap connoisseurs known as Everything is Terrible! are back with two new "specials," which they'll be touring around the East Coast next month. The first, "Comic Relief Zero!," takes a look at those who dare stand in front of a brick wall for laughs; and the second, "Everything Is Terrible! Does The Hip-Hop!," is pretty self explanatory. If you need more explanation, or are just unfamiliar with the warped minds behind EiT!, you can watch trailers for both below.
The tour comes to NYC on May 21 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with video trailers, below...
photo by Dwayne Larson
Toronto indie band July Talk are led by two co-lead singers, Peter Dreimanis whose got a growl not unlike Man Man or maybe Tom Waits, and Leah Fay whose softer vocals recall fellow Toronto indie bands Stars or Metric. They put out their self titled debut album last year via Sleepless Records, and you can get a taste of it from the videos for "Guns + Ammunition" and "Let Her Know," which you can watch below.
July Talk have been in the US a few times, like for CMJ, SXSW, and others like a Chicago date at the Beat Kitchen earlier this year which Moxipop caught and wrote:"You got it," a guy in a backwards hat from the opening band yells out continuously during July Talk's performance at the Beat Kitchen. He's drunk and perhaps a little envious but in this case a drunk sad boy's sarcastic line couldn't be more appropriate: July Talk just has it.See for yourself.... They have more US dates coming up this month, including two in NYC. First they'll play Bowery Electric on Tuesday (4/22) with Nightshades and then Pianos the next night (4/23) (early 8 PM set). Both are FREE.
All dates are listed, with those videos, below...
Coldplay at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coldplay will release their sixth album, Ghost Stories, on May 19 via Parlophone/Atlantic and though a full tour in support of it hasn't been announced, they did just announce a few intimate international dates surrounding its release, including two in the US. They'll play LA on the album's release date, but before that they'll hit NYC on May 5 at Beacon Theatre, a much smaller venue than their 2012 shows at Barclays Center. Tickets will be on sale soon via this Ticketmaster link, and the band's mailing list subscribers will get early ticket info via Coldplay.com.
All tour dates are listed, with the videos for the very Bon Iver-sounding single "Midnight," the more Coldplay-sounding single "Magic," album artwork and tracklist, below...
Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jay Z has announced the return of his Budweiser Made In America Festival to Philly's Ben Franklin Parkway, but this year will be different because the fest also goes down in LA simultaneously. The LA portion will happen in Grand Park, and both festivals run from August 30-31 (Labor Day weekend). Lineups are still TBA but early bird 2-day passes are on sale for Philly and LA now.
The above picture comes from Sky Ferreira's new controversial video for "I Blame Myself", which is part music video, part an ad for what she is wearing, and part racist according to some. Sky defends herself in a Facebook letter that you can read under the video below...
Loop / FKA twigs
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Loop, Purling Hiss, Donovan Blanc @ Le Poisson Rouge
Existing for a barely five years, UK psych band Loop were one of the most perfectly-named bands ever. Rarely bothering with verse-chorus-verse song structure, the South London group took a riff and added layer upon layer till it had its own gravitational field. They were heavy, man, and got heavier as they went along. Loop are back in action and are stopping in NYC tonight on their way to Austin Psych Fest.
I Break Horses, River Consoles @ Mercury Lounge
The last time I Break Horses played Mercury Lounge main horsebreaker Maria Lindén was just about too sick to play. Let's hope for better health this time through NYC, as her second album of noisy/beautriful synthgaze is alluring.
Cloud Cult @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Minnesota's orch-pop ensemble offer up "An evening with Cloud Cult," with two sets: one acoustic and one electric. There may be some visual arts being made during the show as well.
The Black Lips, Natural Child @ Webster Hall
Get greasy with two of garage rock's wilder acts: Atlanta's debaucherous Black Lips and Nashville's southern-fried Natural Child. Tickets are still available.
The Coathangers, Audacity, Ex-Humans, Weed @ Baby's All Right
There will be a lot of loud, scrappy guitars on this bill with garage punk from The Coathangers and Audacity, plus Vancouver's sludgy Weed.
Eaters, Yvette, Dan Friel, Future Punx DJ set @ Glasslands
If you dig synthy, soundtracky music (John Carpenter, Goblin) or darkwave, Brooklyn duo Eaters may be for you. Tonight's the record release party for their debut album, and it's a pretty killer bill all-around, with ferocious Yvette and quirky new wavers Future Punx.
Dan Croll, Panama Wedding @ Bowery Ballroom
UK singer-songwriter Dan Croll released his debut album, Sweet Dissaray, back in March which is full of smart, catchy pop. Tonight's sold out but he'll be back in NYC for Northside Festival.
FKA twigs @ Westway
London's trip-hop-inspired FKA twigs began picking up buzz last year for her EPs that were co-produced by UNO producer and Yeezus collaborator Arca. She made her NYC debut at Glasslands last night, and tonight's her second-ever NYC show. Sold out.
Crying, Donovan Wolfington, Dowsing, Quarterbacks @ Death by Audio
Donovan Wolfington make a solid blend of punk and indie rock that's catchy, raw, and should go over well in a small, all ages venue like Death by Audio. The rest of the bill is pretty good too, including chiptune band Crying, power pop/emo band Dowsing, and lo-fi bedroom band Quarterbacks.
Jacques Greene, Samo Sound Boy, Total Fitness @ Output
Montreal producer Jacques Greene may not be from the UK but he has an excellent take on the garage beats that tend to come from there. Catch him in NYC at Output tonight.
Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile, Goosebumps @ The Wick (NY's Alright)
The second annual NYC punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright kicks off tonight at new-ish Brooklyn venue The Wick. If you're into the kind of crazy shows that end up looking like this, this bill is pretty stacked.
The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Citizen, Real Friends, Modern Baseball @ Best Buy Theatre
The band we're most excited about on this bill is Philly's Modern Baseball, whose mix of indie rock, lyrical pop punk, and sad folk will make former emo kids feel pretty nostalgic, but it's got the appeal to reach beyond that scene too.
Friend Roulette, Son Step, Conveyor, Small Wonder @ Knitting Factory
A nice line-up of Brooklyn pop acts, including Small Wonder whose understated style is in line with Mutual Benefit or Kings of Convenience.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Temples @ Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Hudson River Park's River Rocks returns to Pier 84 this summer for three Thursdays of free outdoor shows. The 2014 lineup leans decidedly Anglophilic: Wild Beasts (who were in NYC not that long ago) and Mutual Benefit will play on July 10; then it's Scotland's Teenage Fanclub (on their way to Merge 25, their first NYC show in four years) will play on July 24; and then on August 7 it's UK psych-pop combo Temples. Openers for the second two shows are still TBA. All River Rocks shows are free and all-ages. Doors open at 6 PM.
A rapper affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday after he cut off his penis and then jumped off a second story balcony in what police believe was a suicide attempt ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Our sources say ... cops were called to an apartment building in North Hollywood at around 1:00 AM and found Christ Bearer -- aka Andre Johnson -- on the sidewalk critically injured.
Christ Bearer is a member of the rap group Northstar ... a group discovered by members of Wu-Tang Clan. Two members of a group Bearer collaborates with live in the same apartment building and tell TMZ they were there early this morning when Christ Bearer suddenly -- without warning -- cut off his penis and jumped off the balcony. They say they were not on "any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing."
The two men say they rushed downstairs and Christ Bearer had already jumped up and began screaming incoherently. [TMZ]OUCH (hope he is ok!)
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Motörhead / Chance the Rapper / Little Dragon / Toy Dolls
However, Sunday's lineup thankfully featured some guitar-brandishing acts, besides Motörhead, who proved that rock is not dead at Coachella -- or in general. For instance, British punk veterans the Toy Dolls pulled a respectable crowd to the Mojave Tent (opposite the very different Calvin Harris's set) and kept a proper counter-clockwise, Doc-Martens-kicking-up-dust slam pit going at full churn throughout their high-energy performance. "Do you think I'm getting too old for this?" spiky-haired frontman Michael "Olga" Algar asked the crowd. It was likely a rhetorical question, but fans ceased their slam-dancing just long enough to shout back, "Noooooo!" - [Yahoo! Music] The first weekend of Coachella 2014 wrapped up Sunday night (4/13) with dance music and Arcade Fire, but there was lots of other stuff going on too. Motörhead, with Lemmy back in action after some health issues, was there to show them how it's done and brought out Slash for a few songs; punk pranksters Toy Dolls and indie rock vets Superchunk both played a high energy set that would tire bands 20 years their junior; and Chicago's Chance the Rapper brought out, um, Justin Beiber.
There were also Swedish pop charmers Little Dragon, Australia's very talented Courtney Barnett, photoshy North Carolinians Neutral Milk Hotel, industrial-techno outfit Factory Floor, and lots lots more. Pictures from Coachella weekend 1, day 3 are in this post.
We already posted day 1 pictures and day 2 pictures of the first weekend of Coachella 2014, and a set of day 3 is HERE, but here's a separate set of pics of Arcade Fire's headlining set that day. We already talked about their set, including the fact that Blondie singer Debbie Harry joined them for a cover of her own band's "Heart of Glass" and stayed to sing backup on "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." We also mentioned that Barack Obama bobbleheads and Pope Francis bobbleheads (which debuted in Austin) joined them, but what we didn't know is the actual person wearing the Pope Francis bobblehead was Aaron Paul, aka Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman, who was one of the many celebrities at the festival. That's a picture of Jesse with the Pope bobblehead above, via CoS, via Arcade Fire's manager.
More pictures of Arcade Fire's Coachella set below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.
...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.
Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.
One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.
by Klaus Kinski
Holy smokes people. Several times now I have tried to hip you l'il pups to Brooklyn's new and completely dominating series called "The Talk Show Series Presents..." which takes place, sporadically, in the back room of Williamsburg bar Over the Eight. The series is a talk-show formatted live show featuring a revolving cast of hosts and guests. The past few episodes have been hosted by famous awesome actor Kevin Corrigan and he has delivered such an unbelievable roster of high-end talent to that teeny tiny little room that they now need an ambulance on-site during the shows because people lose control of their bowels and sometimes faint or even drop dead from excitement.
And now, the next, star-studded, holy-shit-gasp inducing Talk Show Series Presents: The Kevin Corrigan Show is upon us and sweet baby Jeebus it's a whopper! Thursday (April 17), Talk Show Series will feature Michael Shannon, Nathasha Lyonne, as well as Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from the wildly and justifiably popular and groundbreaking series Broad City. The show is at 9 PM on the dot, and the show is FREE. Get there early because the place only holds about 30 people; 27 if I attend because I am a lard ass and take up hella more space than most humans.
In other Michael Shannon related news, besides being a compelling powerful actor, he's also a musician who happens to be in a band. That band is called Corporal and they happen to have a gig coming up on Friday April 25 at 17 Frost Street Space in Williamsburg. 17 Frost is a tiny space nestled cozily next to a god awful shit looking condo building in Williamsburg. Blink and you'll miss it.
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