La Luz at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
La Luz @ MoMA
It's hard enough to get a 21+ crowd to dance at a rock show, let alone on a Sunday night. But Seattle's surfy La Luz not only had folks dancing, but dancing down a makeshift aisle in the middle Mercury Lounge when we saw them last year. This band is fun. Tonight's show -- their only NYC show -- is part of the MoMA Nights series. Free with museum entry.
Jose Gonzalez, yMusic @ Damrosch Bandshell
Part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, this free show is a collaboration between Swedish guitar dreamweaver Jose Gonzalez and the yMusic ensemble.
Miami Dolphins, Advaeta, Killer Bob, Semi Femme @ Death By Audio
Hailing from Minneapolis, and having nothing to do with a certain sports team, The Miami Dolphins either sound like a nervous breakdown or a kindergarten class on an extreme sugar high. In a good way...we'll see tonight. Opening is the double-bass attack of gothy trio Semi Femme.
Juan Wauters, Cassie Ramone, Las Rosas @ Glasslands
Whether with the Beets or on his own, Juan Wauters makes idiosyncratic '60s folk-pop, usually with added visual flair from collaborator Matthew Volz. The rest of this bill is strong too with former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone and the beachy psych of Las Rosas.
Dillinger Escape Plan, Torrential Downpour, Mothership, Meek is Murder @ Saint Vitus
Before DEP head out on their huge tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, they'll take over Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, not only a smaller place than anywhere they'll hit on the NIN/SG tour, but a small room for them in general. Tickets were only $5 and needless to say, they went right away. Local-ish openers Torrential Downpour and Meek Is Murder both have a tech-y sound that fits right in with DEP, so this one should be fun all around.
Trippy Turtle, Obey City @ Glasslands
Both producers on this bill have palled around with Cashmere Cat, and while neither is as big as him yet, it doesn't seem unlikely that they'll be able to get a party started the way he does.
Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, IAMSU, Mack Wilds, DJ Drama @ Jones Beach
Wiz Khalifa is doing his 'Under the Influence of Music' tour again this year, and tonight's the first of two NYC-area dates. He's got 2000s dirty south star Jeezy with him, and the rest of the lineup is made up of young, rising rappers, a few of whom seem like they'll be much bigger this time next year.
Cherry Glazerr, GYMSHORTS @ Mercury Lounge
LA high school trio Cherry Glazerr released their debut album, Haxel Princess, this spring on notoriously party-friendly Burger Records. It's glitter-dappled, punky pop that's not scared to throw attitude or a Big Riff in your face.
Public Access TV @ Mercury Lounge
Called "New York's Best New Band" by NME before they'd even played a show, PATV is fronted by onetime Be Your Own Pet member John Eatherly. Hype aside, he does know his way around a hook and PATV's guitar pop seems directly descended from Phoenix and The Strokes, with a little hyperactive 1979 new wave in there too. We're curious, and this midnight show is FREE.
EULA, Big Ups, Pile, Courtship Ritual @ Palisades
Monica Salazar's voice and Jared Olmstead's liquid bass fuel duo Courtship Ritual's dark, mossy sound. Their debut album just came out on in-tune label GODMODE.
Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Fluct, Robot Death Cult, Hallow Bush, Nonhorse @ Silent Barn
This is the final night of the high-concept, six-Brooklyn-venues-in-six-nights "Bushwick Small World Tour" headlined by the Black Dice noisemaker.
Noothgrush, Trenchgrinder, Uniform @ Union Pool
Noothgrush put out high quality sludge for most of the '90s, before going on their initial hiatus in 2001. The band have been active again for a while now, most recently releasing a covers LP that took on Pink Floyd, Celtic Frost, Duran Duran and more. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows this week and features good local support from death thrashers Trenchgrinder and noise duo Uniform.
Overlake, Natural Stranger, Ghost Punch @ Cameo Gallery
Jersey City residents Tom Barrett and Lysa Opfer met while playing in other bands and bonded over a shared love of '80s/'90s indie rock. This friendship soon led to a musical collaboration and Overlake were born. While the influences are apparent, Barrett and Opfer take a different path with them, and their vocal interplay really makes things appealing.
Junglepussy, Princess Nokia, Lafawandah, Sadaf @ Baby's All Right
Fans of murky, UNO-style rap (Le1f, Mykki Blanco, etc) should find a lot to dig at this show, including Junglepussy who we recently profiled.
Dave Hill, Michelle Wolf, Colin Nissan, Mark Normand, Michelle Buteau @ Littlefield
Comedy/variety show BackFat comes to Littlefield for "Choice Cuts" featuring BV pal Dave Hill, Michelle Wolf (fresh off a 'New Faces' slot at Montreal Just for Laughs) and more.
Fort Lean, Tallahassee, The Tony Castles, Strange Pains @ Shea Stadium
Both Fort Lean and The Tony Castles have been quiet lately, so here's a good chance to catch up on a couple quality local acts.
Avan Lava, Uproot Andy, Cookies @ Rough Trade
Kitchy and over-the-top, Avan Lava set their dancepop phasers on High Camp.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
Chicago punk label Red Scare is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with a big hometown show, but ahead of that there will be a pre-party in NYC on September 26 at Knitting Factory. The show will feature an acoustic set from The Menzingers' co-lead singers Tom May & Greg Barnett, Lawrence Arms frontman Brendan Kelly, and an acoustic Elway set. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/1) at 10 AM.
by Bill Pearis
Canadian band Alvvays were just in NYC, playing a free show at Rough Trade on Monday (7/28, anybody go?). If you missed them -- and they've played NYC a few times now -- you can catch them on tour this fall. They'll be doing opening runs for Fucked Up in Canada and Real Estate in the UK, then in November, they'll dip back down into the US for a headlining club tour, including another visit to NYC at Rough Trade on 11/8. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Alvvays just released a video for the wistful "Archie, Marry Me," part of which was filmed out at Coney Island. Watch that, with the list of dates, below...
Daniele Baldelli (not a recent pic)
A founding father of the Cosmic Disco sound, Italian DJ Daniele Baldelli rose to prominence with his mixture of European electronica, synth pop (often played at slower speeds), equalizer effects, and ethnic folk music. Baldelli's use of African and Brazilian material helped distinguish his style from Italo disco, which permeated the clubs of Northern Italy during the 1970s. Taking up residence at the Cosmic, a venue by Lake Garda, he introduced club goers to a worldly, hypnotic sound during the late '70s and early '80s. Although the Cosmic Disco movement slowed down as the '80s progressed, Baldelli's reputation allowed him to extend his career into the following decades. [AllMusic]Famed Italian DJ and Cosmic Disco pioneer, Daniele Baldelli will be in the US this weekend for three shows, one in Philly on Friday followed by two daytime shows in NYC. First, he plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/2) with live sets from Indian electronic music pioneer Charanjit Singh, UK duo Simian Mobile Disco, and former Effi Briest and Up Died Sound member Hiro Kone, plus the Software-signed Maria Chavez. Tickets for that show are still available.
Then, the next day Daniele plays Output's Sundays on the Roof with a DJ set from Metro Area and Cem G. 2 PM doors. Tickets are on sale now.
Simian Mobile Disco will also keep the party going after Warm Up when they DJ a FIXED party at Cameo late night on Saturday (8/2) with FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that are available. SMD will return to NYC in September when their tour performing their new live-recorded album Whorl hits MHOW, also with JDH & Dave P (tickets).
All Daniele Baldelli dates are listed, with some videos, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Despite debating calling it quits before finally calling it quits, Blake Judd's black metal band Nachtmystium lives on with one final LP, The World We Left Behind, due out on Century Media on August 5. "Tear You Down" is the first song off the album, and, as is often the case with Nachtmystium's work, it's good -- creeping, brooding and blasting, with electronics that stutter in and out over the track. Judd's vocal delivery is whispered and, later, hysterically barked. A maniacal laugh ushers the track out.
Stream "Tear You Down" (via Pitchfork) below...
Mark Eitzel, leader of seminal indie rock/slowcore band American Music Club, hasn't put out new music in a couple years now, but he's touring as we speak. The tour comes to Brooklyn on Saturday (8/2) at The Wick for what will be a pretty solid night of singer/songwriters with Jay Farrar/Jim James collaborator Anders Parker and falsetto-driven indie folk singer Death Vessel. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of Mark's dates, including one with Stephin Merrit and another with Thalia Zedek, are listed below.
The Wick show is an 8 PM show, and after that Paul Johnson, Egyptrixx, Sinden and Doctor Jeep will take over the venue for a late-night dance party which begins at 11. Tickets for that show are available too.
All Mark Eitzel dates are listed, with videos of all three artists on that Wick show, below...
Foxygen will be back with a new album this fall, Foxygen...And Star Power, which will be out October 14 via Jagjaguar. It's a whopper -- 24 tracks! -- and you can check out the ELO-ish (by way of Nick Lowe) "How Can You Really" via its video, below.
The band will also be on tour this fall, with two NYC shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 8 with tourmates Dub Thompson and Webster Hall on October 9 (opener TBA). Tickets to both shows are currently on AmEx presale and will be on sale to the general public on Friday (8/1), Webster Hall at 10 AM and MHOW at noon.. You can also get tickets to the Webster Hall show via a BrooklynVegan presale which starts Thursday (7/31) at 10 AM. Check back Thursday morning for the password.
West Coast dates are with Steve Gunn opening, and others are with Gary Wilson. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Great Void is the moniker of Brooklyn musician Josh Ascalon, who has some pretty talented friends in the area such as Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Hooray for Earth, Chrome Canyon and members of Neon Indian, all of whom appear on his upcoming album. He's talented himself too, as you can hear on his brand new single, "Shift Age" which Chrome Canyon plays theremin on. It's '80s-style synth pop and readymade for the dancefloor (think "Blue Monday" or something), but Josh's rawer vocals recall the post-punk that much of that kind of stuff evolved out of. We've got the premiere of the video, which was animated by Johnny Woods, and you can watch that below. It's technically NSFW, but it is only animated, so maybe your boss will let it slide.
The Great Void celebrates the new single with a release party on Friday (8/1) at Cameo. It's a midnight show, and Neon Indian headlines with a DJ set. Also on the bill is Ta$$y. Tickets are on sale now.
Morrissey in Austin this year (more by Tim Griffin)
As reported earlier today, Morrissey is being sued by former bodyguard Bradley Steyn who claims he was asked to hurt David Tseng who runs fan site Morrissey-Solo.com. Morrissey has responded to these allegations, on Moz conduit True to You, calling them "vexatious lies." (You can totally hear him saying that, can't you?) Here's an excerpt:The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely. As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with.
The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money from what he terms "the Morrissey tour", and he has failed. He is now desperate, and this story is his latest escapade to gain someone's attention. What he is telling the world is that, as a music venue security officer, anyone who works with him in the future should expect the same harassment and persecution as he is now - mysteriously - wielding my way. It is beyond belief, and it is shocking that someone who makes claims of professionalism would lower himself to this level.You can read Morrissey's entire statement below...
by Bill Pearis
Ought @ Baby's All Right in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Montreal's Ought are definitely a band who win people over at shows, including people like myself who were kinda shruggy on their debut album. Folks will continue to have chances to do just that as Ought will be spending most of the second half of 2014 on tour, including a North American run this fall. Those dates include one at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on October 14. Tickets for that show will be available via Ticketmaster soon.
still from "Jackie Boy" video
Aussie ex-pats Scott & Charlene's Wedding released Any Port in a Storm last year which should appeal to fans of '80s-era Flying Nun bands or Real Estate. If you missed it upon release, you can stream it via Rdio and check out the Rocky-themed video for "Jackie Boy" below.
As mentioned, Scott & Charlene's Wedding are playing Brooklyn's Glasslands on September 21 with fellow Australians-living-in-abroad Free Time (tickets). That show is part of their first-ever US tour. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Virginia Beach's Turnover put out their debut LP, Magnolia, last year via Run for Cover and they're set to follow it with the 3-song Blue Dream 7" on August 26 via Broken Rim in the US and Dog Knights in Europe (click the links to pre-order).
Its first single, "Disintegration," is a slow-burner, opening with clean-guitar arpeggios not unlike Brand New's "Jesus Christ" or Manchester Orchestra's "I Can Feel A Hot One." And like those bands, this is wise-beyond-its-years kinda stuff, with singer Austin Getz reflecting on the unchangeable past and the unknowable future. "I just want to try to be a better man before I fall apart," he sings in the song's second half, a crushing post-hardcore climax after the softer intro. It's not the kind of stuff that every band in this style is going to tackle this early in their career, but the fact that Turnover are going for it and succeeding is making them look pretty promising right now. The song premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
The band will also be touring in late summer and early fall with Light Years and Malfunction. That tour hits NYC on September 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but will be soon via Ticketweb.
All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and new song stream, below...
The Rentals first album in 15 years, Lost in Alphaville, will be out in about a month (August 26) on Polyvinyl. Shortly there after, Matt Sharp and the rest of the band will start playing shows again too. Dates include two in the NY area: September 27 at Irving Plaza, and the day before (9/26) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets to both those NY-area shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
The Rentals first show back is at LA's Fonda Theatre on September 5. All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from the album, below...
by Andrew Sacher
UK indie rock duo Nai Harvest have been on our radar since the release of their impressive Hold Open My Head (on Topshelf/Dog Knights) earlier this year, and it was exciting when they announced they'd be coming to the US for The Fest, which we hoped would mean a NYC show would get added too. That's finally happened, as the band have announced a tour with two mathy American bands, Dads and Tiny Moving Parts. The tour hits NYC on October 20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Nai Harvest are following their EP with a split with Playlounge due out on Dog Knights/Topshelf this August. Each band contributes a new song and covers a track by the other band, and Nai Harvest recently shared their new contribution, "Buttercups." It's another love letter to '90s indie rock, but with enough hooks to prove that Nai Harvest have some real songwriting chops too. Check it out below.
Both Dads and Tiny Moving Parts have new albums coming out this year too, I'll Be the Tornado (out 10/14 via 6131) and Pleasant Living (out 9/9 via Triple Crown), respectively. Stream tracks from both of those LPs as well, with the list of tour dates, below...
As mentioned, turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will soon be out on the "Renegades of Rhythm" tour where they'll be DJing exclusively from Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection. (40k+ records!) There are still tickets for the September 4 date at Irving Plaza, but they've added a second show at the NYC venue the following night (9/5). Tickets for the just-added show go on sale Friday (8/1) at 10 AM with a Livenation presale beginning Thursday (7/31) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed below...
Avey Tare at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
While Panda Bear will be busy touring this year, the other members of Animal Collective will go on another DJ tour. The new tour brings them back to Brooklyn Bowl on September 12, October 3 and November 14, the same venue their last DJ tour hit this past June. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at 10 AM. Most dates, including the 10/3 and 11/14 shows, will have Geologist, Deakin and Avey Tare. Avey won't be at the 9/12 date.
All dates are listed, with exact lineups and a live DJ mix stream, below...
Brooklyn's Nancy Sinatra-covering noise artist Pharmakon has announced that she'll release a new album, Bestial Burden, the followup to 2013's excellent Abandon, on October 14 via Sacred Bones. It was produced by Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon, who also helmed Abandon. You can check out the LP's tracklist and the trailer video for it, directed by Jacqueline Castel, below. Artwork above.
Pharmakon will tour Europe with Swans this fall (who she's toured with before), but before she leaves home she'll play Death by Audio on August 29 with Una Bestia Incontrolable and Survival. $10 at the door gets you in.
That's the first of two NYC dates that week for Barcelona punks Una Bestia Incontrolable. They also play 538 Johnson on 8/30 with Dawn of Humans and La Misma. They just put out a new 7" on Iron Lung Records, which you can stream (via Noisey) below.
Also below is the list of Pharmakon dates, LP trailer and tracklist.
Beverly @ Cake Shop in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beverly have been added to The Drums' upcoming tour, opening all dates including the two NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 16 (tickets) and Bowery Ballroom on September 20 (sold out). Before that, you can also catch Bev at Rough Trade on August 15 with openers TBA (tickets). All dates are listed below.
In other news, Beverly just released a video for "Out on a Ride," from their enjoyable debut album, Careers, which features random tour footage as well as some shot at Baby's All Right. You can watch that, along with a Breakthrough Radio live session, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Sloan return this fall with Commonwealth, their 11th album. It has a playing card motif with each of the four members getting their own suit and side to the double album. You may have already heard Patrick "Shamrock" Pentland's riff-rocking "Keep Swinging (Downtown)" and now we get a track from Jay "Diamond" Ferguson's side. "Cleopatra" might be the album's standout cut, cramming in a crazy amount of hooks into its 2:42 length. Stream it below.
Commonwealth is out September 7. Pre-orders are on sale now, including a deluxe edition that includes a signed print and a deck of Sloan playing cards.