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.
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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...
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...
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...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As you may know, Bonnaroo returns to Manchester, TN in June. The main lineup and the Club Stage lineup were already announced and 'Roo just announced the late night artists including Chance the Rapper, Darkside, Deafheaven, Die Antwoord, Disclosure, Frank Ocean, Ice Cube, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Pusha T, The Flaming Lips, Ty Segall, White Denim and more. Full late night lineup below.
Since we last spoke, the festival's comedy lineup was also announced and it includes Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller and Brad Williams.
Tickets for the fest, whose main lineup includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel and more, are still available.
Full late night lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Veruca Salt in 2014
The reunited Veruca Salt released their first new music since the Clinton administration as a Record Store Day single. Both new songs -- "The Museum Of Broken Relationships" and "It's Holy" -- pick up where Nina, Louise and the rest of the band left off. There's now a video for "The Museum Of Broken Relationships" which you can watch (via Stereogum) below. You can also stream both songs via a YouTube video below too.
As mentioned, Veruca Salt are touring this summer with two NYC shows (Bowery Ballroom on July 24 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 25) both of which are sold out.
Video and streams below...
LA post-hardcore rippers Touche Amore have been loving the road lately. They've already hit NYC on two tours in the past year in support of 2013's great Is Survived By (we caught them at SXSW too), and they've announced yet another string of North American dates from late June through the end of July with Tigers Jaw and Dads. There's no NYC date for this one, but they'll hit Long Island's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on July 15 and they have the day off before that, so hopefully they'll add something in NYC? Tickets for the Long Island show go on sale Friday (4/25) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
All Touche Amore dates, including The Fest, are listed with a recent full-set live video from Tampa, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Boy George @ Irving Plaza, 4/22/2014
George quoted Eckhart Tolle telling the crowd to stay in the now and songs included "Feel the Vibration," "Live Your Life" and George proclaimed that "love is bigger than war" during the track "Bigger Than War." George, who seemed happy to be back on the New York stage soaked up the love that the crowd (which included Miss Guy and Debbie Harry) was showering him with. He told funny anecdotes in between songs and thanked the crowd for not talking too loudly to each other during the new songs. He especially thanked the crowd for supporting his new album - [Accorging2G]With a new solo album out, Boy George made his NYC live stage return last night (4/22) at Irving Plaza, part of his current tour. The two-hour set featured much of the new album, covers (Yoko Ono, Bread, T. Rex, Bob Dylan), solo material but just a mere four Culture Club songs ("Church of the Poison Mind," "Karma Chameleon," "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?" and "Victims"). What, no "Time (Clock of the Heart)"?
Full setlist, videos and more pictures from the show are below...
People Get Ready will release their new album, Physiques, on June 24 via Brassland. The album was made with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier in downtown Manhattan's Clocktower Gallery (which is now, sadly, being renovated for condos). The album's title track is the first single and you can stream that below.
Known for their occasional high-concept, choreographed live shows, People Get Ready are part of the 2014 River to River Festival's kickoff event on June 19 at Battery Park's North End Way which is a free afternoon show. After that, they'll play a record release show at Rough Trade on June 24. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon.
Sooner than that though, they'll play Union Pool on April 29 as part of Jolie Holland's residency at the venue. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
No other tour dates have been announced yet -- the band's Jen Goma is currently busy playing as part of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart who are on tour through May. More dates will hopefully be announced soon but meanwhile check out People Get Ready's new song below.
by Bill Pearis
(photo via @impose)
Doug Gillard released his excellent new solo album, Parade On, earlier this month which features 11 examples of his expert popsmithery. If you haven't heard it yet, you can check out the video for "Ready for Death" and a stream of dreamy new single "Your Eyes" below.
Doug also played a record release show at Glasslands on April 8 and NYC Taper was there:Having previewed some of this material earlier in the month at Cake Shop, Gillard and his band were in fine form as they showed off new songs from Parade On alongside older Gillard songs like "Me & the Wind" and "Drip-Nose Boy". For a special treat, Gillard closed the set with one of Doug's earlier songs "I Am A Tree", first performed by his band Gem, and later, Guided by Voices.You can stream NYC Taper's recordings of "Overseas" and "I Am a Tree" below and download the whole set at his website.
Doug's next solo dates are opening for his old bandmates Guided by Voices. He's playing both the NYC show (May 23. Bowery Ballroom) and the DC show (May 24. Black Cat) which are sold out.
Streams and video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Mineral in the '90s
First we got new Sunny Day Real Estate music, then American Football announced shows, and now April 2014 continues to be '90s-Emo Reunion Month, because it appears that Mineral have some plans too. Details on what's actually going to happen are still scant, but the band's website links to their Facebook (launched in 2010 but still rarely updated), their Twitter (no tweets yet), and their Instagram on which they posted four pictures (two guitars, a bass, and a drumset) earlier this month. Check out those instagrams below, and stay tuned for more info.
The Austin band were only around briefly from 1994-1998 and released two now-classic full lengths -- the loud-quiet-loud emo/alternative rock of 1997's The Power of Failing and 1998's slowcore-leaning EndSerenading. After their breakup, the members went on to multiple other bands, including singer Chris Simpson and bassist Jeremy Gomez's The Gloria Record.
Watch some videos of the band's last-ever show at Emo's in Austin in 1997, with those Instagrams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio DeGreaser is the new-ish band from Australian expat Tim Evans who you may remember from Bird Blobs or the recent reincarnation of '80s legends Venom P. Stringer (who played ATP UK and US shows in 2010). The band's name is a good description of their heavy psych sound, which uses thick distortion like an industrial solvent. The band's new album, Rougher Squalor, is out soon on Ever/Never Records and we've got the premiere of the LP's lead track, "Word in Your Mouth," which you can listen to below.
DeGreaser open for White Hills at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Thursday (4/24) and tickets are still available. Shortly after that, they'll head out on a tour which kicks off at Death by Audio on May 6 with headliners Endless Boogie and Call of the Wild and Cyanide Tooth on the bill as well.
Some of the venues are still TBA but all dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Kyle Dean Reinford
Minnesota post-hardcore trio Tiny Moving Parts recently signed to Triple Crown Records (Into It. Over It., Weatherbox), who will release the J. Robbins-produced followup to their 2013 debut LP, This Couch Is Long and Full of Friendship, at some point in the near future.
While we're still waiting on more details about that, it won't be very long until we hear new Tiny Moving Parts music. They're also releasing a split with Old Gray on May 20 via Kind of Like Records, Broken World Media (Derrick from TWIABP's label) and Dog Knights (click each label link to pre-order). We've got the premiere of one their contributions to the split, "Fair Trade." Like the songs on their debut LP, this one combines the passionate lyrical shouts of a band like La Dispute with noodley Kinsella-style math-emo. You can check it out for yourself by listening below.
Tiny Moving Parts begin their tour with Frameworks tonight (4/23) and after that they'll be in the NYC-area to play day 2 (5/18) of NJ's Skate & Surf Festival which also features Pianos Become the Teeth, United Nations and more (tickets). Then in June they'll go on the just-announced tour with Modern Baseball, The Hotelier and Sorority Noise which hits NYC on June 5 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/23) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
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New wave veteran Wreckless Eric just reissued his 1989 album, Le Beat Group Electrique, on Fire Records for Record Store Day (anyone pick it up?) and he's now set to go on a US tour this June. The tour hits NYC on June 25 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (4/23) at noon.
Later in the year, Eric and his wife/colaborator Amy Rigby will play a NYC show together opening for Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter and his band The Rant Band at The Bell House on September 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a live video of "Whole Wide World" from 1980, below...
by Bill Pearis
It's springtime, ramps are at the greenmarket, cherry trees are in bloom and The L Magazine has published it's annual list of "8 Band You Need to Hear." This year, they are positing it as a rebuttal to claims that the Brooklyn scene is dead now that 285 Kent is closed:When the beloved underground venue 285 Kent closed in January, a bunch of thinkpieces took stock of the local music scene. Some pronounced the club's final night the end of Brooklyn as the country's (and continent's) music hub... Toronto, Philly and San Francisco--even Columbus, for crying out loud--might all be producing lots of new and exciting bands, but we'll be damned if New York hasn't churned out the most consistently vibrant (and weird) records and live shows in the last 15 years. Here are eight bands helping to keep it that way.We're not sure anyone has actually said that ever but, whatever their excuse, this year's list is, as usual, a mix of bands you may have heard, you may have heard of, and perhaps some you haven't. They are:The Flag
Slothrust (May 6, Bowery Ballroom opening for Ben Kweller)
Yvette (June 15, Warsaw with Fuck Buttons)
Porches (May 17, Shea Stadium)
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (May 23, Cameo)Read more about all eight bands over at The L. Maybe you caught Slothrust at Rough Trade's Record Store Day extravaganza. What do you think of this year's list?
Jello Biafra at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Former Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra and his current band The Guantanamo School of Medicine will be heading out on a North American tour this year with Detroit hardcore vets Negative Approach, whose current lineup has been active longer than the band's initial run in the '80s. That tour hits NYC on June 27 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Jello also just participated in Fuse's "Cratediggers" video series where musicians talk about -- and show off -- their record collections. As you might expect, he's got a lot of vinyl but some of the things he really digs might surprise you. (He's also still mad at Tipper Gore.) It's nearly 30 minutes over two parts, but the videos are funny, insightful and inspiring. Watch it below.
Meanwhile, the current incarnation of the Dead Kennedys (East Bay Ray, D.H. Peligro, Klaus Flouride and Ron "Skip" Greer) are also touring this June and hitting NYC on June 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon. All of their dates are listed below too.
The Replacements at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The spring edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival is a month away (May 23-25), and they've already announced the fall edition which goes down in Boston's City Hall Plaza from September 5-7. The September lineup, which is listed in full below, includes The National, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Volcano Choir, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, White Denim, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, San Fermin, S. Carey, Lorde, Childish Gambino and more. 3-day passes go on sale Monday (4/28) at 10 AM.
Tickets (3-day, 2-day and single day passes) for the May festival, which includes Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Brand New, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent and more, are still available.
Full September lineup, flyer, and announcement video, and video of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joining the 'Mats at Coachella, below...
Frontier Ruckus are playing Mercury Lounge on August 19. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (4/25) at noon.
Endless Boogie play Death by Audio on May 6 with Degreaser, Call of the Wild and Cyanide Tooth. No advance tickets for this one.
Forgetters, the current band of Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach, play another NYC show on May 30 at Death by Audio with Bennio Qwerty and The Seth. No advance tix.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.