Hamilton Leithauser w/ Gene Clark tribute @ MHOW (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Nas @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Nas @ Beacon Theatre
Nas' groundbreaking debut, Illmatic, turns 20 this year and the making of that album is the subject of a new documentary, Time is Illmatic. That film screens tonight at Beacon before a performance from the man himself. Both are part of the opening night festivities of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
FKA Twigs @ Glasslands
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's in town for her first NYC shows, tonight being the first. Sold-out.
Hamilton Leithauser @ Joe's Pub
Of all the Walkmen's members side projects, frontman Hamilton Leithauser's not surprisingly seems to be the one with the widest appeal. We'll have to wait until June 3 to hear his debut solo album, Black Hours, but this week he'll likely play much of it at tonight's two Joe's Pub performances.
Taking Back Sunday, The Used @ Best Buy Theatre
With their original line-up back in action and having just released new album Happiness Is, Taking Back Sunday bring their tour to NYC tonight.
Weed, TONSTARTSSBANDHT, Laced, Nandas @ Shea Stadium
Vancouver sludge rockers Weed released their debut album, Deserve, last year via Couple Skate Records and they're currently over in the US continuing to support it on tour. Tonight's also the debut performance of new band Laced, which features Couples Skate owner Ian Kim Judd, Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur and Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau.
S. Carey, White Hinterland @ Le Poisson Rouge
When Sean Carey isn't playing as a sideman in Bon Iver, he makes equally delicate work on his own under the name S. Carey. His new album, Range of Light, came out earlier this month on Secretly Candian and tonight's the record release party.
William Tyler, Trummors, Ryan Sawyer, Darius Jones @ Union Pool
Guitar great William Tyler, who has spent time in Lambchop and Silver Jews, took the solo route last year with an atmospheric guitar album on Merge, Impossible Truth, that deservedly ended up on a couple best of 2013 lists. He just wrapped up his tour with Daniel Rossen last night at MHOW, and plays a headlining show at tiny Union Pool tonight.
Carl Cox @ Output
Veteran British DJ and general dance music legend Carl Cox helped pioneer house and acid. He's still raving, as you can hear tonight.
Kristeen Young @ Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "HOW SOON IS NOW!!!" in your ear. It's her second of four April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.
LE1F, Brenmar @ Brooklyn Museum
After a series of terrific mixtapes, NYC rapper Le1f recently released Hey, his first record for Terrible Records/XL. Tonight's show, with Brenmar, is part of the Brooklyn Artists Ball Dance Party.
Holly Golightly @ Knitting Factory
Once a member of Billy Childish's band Thee Headcoatees, Holly Golightly has been solo for nearly 20 years. She just released her new album All Her Fault, which is another fine slice of raw rockabilly garage.
Nina Person @ Baby's All Right
Best known as singer of The Cardigans, Nina Persson's solo work -- as heard on her new album Animal Heart -- is a bit more somber than her "Lovefool" days, but no less appealing.
William Fitzsimmons, Leif Vollebekk @ NYU Skirball Center
It's a night of contemplative modern folk with Illinois' William Fitzsimmons and Canada's Leif Vollebekk.
Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's talent includes Dan St. Germain, Alice Wetterlund, Jessi Klein, and Chris Locke.
LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye Listening Party @ Rough Trade
The vinyl box of LCD Soundsystem's farewell performance -- the megashow at MSG -- comes out on Record Store Day but you can get a preview at this listening party. Free with RSVP.
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Touche Amore at Santos in 2011 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Gainesville punk mecca The Fest recently announced its 2014 lineup and now many additional artists were announced, including Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Pianos Become the Teeth, Modern Baseball, Tiltwheel, The Sidekicks, Rescuer, Spraynard (reunion), Worriers, Three Man Cannon, Two Knights, Ben Nichols, Restorations, Placeholder, Enabler, The Weaks and more. Full list of additions below, and stay tuned for yet another announcement on April 21.
The new additions join previously announced bands Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Into It Over It, You Blew It!, Circle Takes the Square, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, and more. Tickets go on sale on Sunday (4/20) at 4:20 PM.
Lineup additions below...
AHJ modeling his signature jacket
Albert Hammond Jr., who released the AHJ EP last year, has announced a few North American tour dates in June with Phoenix, most of which are in Canada. Right after those dates, he'll play Brooklyn's Northside Festival at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 13 with Drowners (who probably own a couple Strokes records). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/16) at noon.
by Kelly Kettering
Pennsylvania's Dead End Path know how to manifest some seriously tough hardcore. Releasing the follow up to 2011's Blind Faith, their new LP Seance & Other Songs will be released via Triple B Records on June 10th. If you're craving a crusty breakdown, head below and listen to "Procession Light", the new record's first single, which premieres here.
"We're a hardcore band influenced by things other than hardcore," said singer Uriah Thomas. "Death, Discharge, Hum, Bathory - that was really the building blocks for a lot of the songs on this LP... This track is a good reflection of all of those influences coming through and being reinterpreted by a modern hardcore band. I think most of my personal favorite hardcore bands probably have had a similar mindset when creating their music. Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Poison Idea, Integrity - all hardcore punk bands that took from outside influence to create absolutely crushing music. That's our mindset."
Pre-orders of the album will be available in a week's time. Album artwork and new song stream below...
Flatbush Zombies at SXSW 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies are currently on the west coast for Coachella, and they have a few other shows coming up this month too. One of those is NYC-area college festival Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase, and the day before that fest they'll play a FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/24) with 100s and GrandeMarshall. Though the show is free, you do need tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (4/16) at noon.
Flatbush Zombies also just dropped a new track, "Red Light, Green Light" (ft. Espa). Check it out, with their list of all dates, including Houston's Free Press Summer Festival in May, below...
As mentioned, Echo & the Bunnymen will release their first new album in five years, Meteorites, on June 3 via 429 Records. They veteran UK group have now announced a North American tour, including two shows in NYC at Irving Plaza on August 16 & 17. Those shows are not on sale yet but will be soon via Ticketmaster.
All dates are listed below...
by Doug Moore
The Spanish technical death metal band Wormed released one of my favorite metal albums of 2013 in their wackadoo sophomore effort Exodromos. When I came across Wrong -- a black metal side project featuring Wormed burp/squealer Phlegeton -- I jumped at the chance to check out their sophomore album, the rather ESL-sounding Pessimistic Outcomes.
The album comes out on April 22 via Xtreem Music, and we just premiered a full stream of it over at Invisible Oranges today. Like Wormed, Wrong tend towards the theatrical, but that's pretty much where the similarities end; Wrong play a restrained and decidedly morose version of BM that has little in common with Wormed's off-the-wall insanity. From our IO writeup:Phlegeton's delivery in Wormed boils down to an array of squeals, burps, and chirps -- it works great over technical death metal, but is almost singularly ill-suited to mopey black metal. He's a talented vocalist and I expected him to modify his delivery, but perhaps not this much. The guttural component of his voice is almost completely absent here, replaced by a thoroughly effects-bathed range of washy sighs and shrieks that's heavily reminiscent of Wrest's delivery on the last couple of Leviathan records. His work here is a novel match for this otherwise conservative strain of black metal, and the album benefits considerably from it.You can stream Pessimistic Outcomes in full below...
Afghan Whigs at Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Afghan Whigs today (4/15) released Do to the Beast, the band's first album in 16 years. You can stream the whole thing, via Rdio, in this post. The band just played the first weekend of Coachella and will do so again Friday (4/18) for the second weekend, and the band has sold out East Coast shows (including one in NYC) next month.
While they still haven't announced a proper North American tour, Afghan Whigs have announced another NYC show: Beacon Theatre on October 4 with soul singer Charles Bradley. Tickets for the Beacon show go on sale Friday (4/18) at 11 AM with AmEx, artist, and Chase presales (password: "D2TBNYC") starting Thursday (4/17) at 11 AM.
The band will be spending most of the summer on tour in Europe, and all dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.
By Doug Moore
Agalloch at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Okay, so this is kinda huge: post-black metal heroes Agalloch are going on tour and Invisible Oranges is pleased to present the NYC show at Irving Plaza on June 30, with support from proto-doomsters Jex Thoth. Agalloch's new album The Serpent & The Sphere is already generating a lot of AOTY talk even a full month before its 5/13 release date, so you know this is gonna be a total blowout. All dates are listed below.
If you want to be present for said blowout in NY: an IO presale will start on Ticketmaster tomorrow (4/16) at 10am. It'll require a password for purchase; check the corresponding IO post tomorrow morning to find it. The presale will end on Thursday at 10pm, and the general sale will begin at the same link on Friday.
Prepare yourselves. Jex Thoth and Agalloch, who were recently added to Maryland Deathfest, will both be touring in the weeks before this show; their itineraries (and some recent music from each) are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Cheap Girls at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls just wrapped up tours with Against Me! and The Hold Steady (which included our SXSW showcase), and they've now announced that they'll hit the road again soon supporting Phoenix folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad (who they played NYC with in January). Cheap Girls' last tour didn't hit NYC, but this one will on June 14 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon.
After the run with Cheap Girls, AJJ head out on a second leg of dates with Hard Girls. Opening the whole tour is AJJ's Phoenix neighbors Dogbreth, who also go on a short western US tour with Waxahatchee this week. All dates are listed below.
Both Cheap Girls and Andrew Jackson Jihad have new albums coming out this year. As mentioned, Cheap Girls will release Famous Graves on May 13 via Xtra Mile. You can stream two of its tracks, "Knock Me Over" and "Man In Question" (ft. Craig Finn), below.
AJJ release their new album, Christmas Island, on May 6 via their new label home of SideOneDummy, which follows 2011's Knife Man LP on Asian Man. The new record was produced by John Congleton, who's been having a killer 2014, also helming the new Swans, Cloud Nothings, Angel Olsen, and St. Vincent albums this year. You can listen to its single "Children of God" below. If you're new to the band, fans of Against Me!, Bright Eyes or Titus Andronicus should take note.
All dates are listed, with all streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Analogue fetishists Xeno & Oaklander will return this summer with their new album, Par Avion, which will be out June 24 via Ghostly. Like last year's single, "Sheen" (which is included on the LP), Sean McBride and Liz Wendelbo are still making bubbling minimal synth, though songs like album-opener "Interface" introduce hazy new textures. You can stream that track, and Par Avion's title cut, in this post.
New track stream, album art and tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
We mentioned back in October that DC band Typefighter would be releasing their debut album, The End of Everything, this year. We now know that the album comes out next week (4/22) via DC label Huge Witch Records, but you can stream it ahead of its release date now. It follows a few folky EPs, and like lead single "Much," the album has them very much in bigger, more heavily distorted mode.
The stream makes its premiere in this post, and you can listen, with a recent video and their list of dates (none in NYC), below...
by Bill Pearis
UK pysch/garage/punk trio The Wytches are set to release their debut album via Partisan this summer. While we wait for that, the band have made a video for last year's "Robe for Juda" single. Shot on VHS, it's like a very twisted school play. You can watch it below.
Last here for SXSW, The Wytches will tour North America properly this summer, including West Coast dates with Cloud Nothings and METZ. They're also playing some East Coast headlining shows, including two in NYC: Mercury Lounge on July 24 and Glasslands on July 25. Tickets to Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/16) at noon. Tickets for Glasslands go on sale Friday at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the new video and an NPR "Field Recording" with singer Kristian Bell from SXSW, below...
B.B. in NJ in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
...says a rep of the blues legend to TMZ...B.B. King is totally embarrassed by his subpar performance in St. Louis recently -- but his rep tells TMZ, he has a good excuse for sucking ... the blues legend was off his meds.
King's April 4th performance at the Peabody Opera House was meandering and stilted, he chatted with the audience more than he sang, people heckled him, and some even walked out. It was bad.
But a rep for B.B. -- who's 88 years old by the way -- tells us, "Mr. King suffers from diabetes -- and he mistakenly missed a dose of his prescribed medication on the show day."
In addition to his high blood sugar problem, King's rep says the singer was exhausted from a 1,600 mile bus trip from Vegas -- adding, "Simply put, it was a bad night for one of America's living blues legends -- and Mr. King apologizes and humbly asks for the understanding of his fans."Catch B.B. on tour and find out for yourself what one of his performances is like.
Kevin Whittemore (right) w/ La Dispute at Acheron, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
La Dispute just wrapped up their tour in support of this year's excellent Rooms of the House in Cleveland last night (4/14). (We caught the tour in NYC a few days earlier at the sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg.) It's now been confirmed by the band's publicist that those were the last shows for guitarist Kevin Whittemore, who has chosen to leave the band. Kevin co-founded La Dispute along with current vocalist Jordan Dreyer and current drummer Brad Vander Lugt back in 2004, and this is the band's first lineup change since before the release of their first album. No official statement yet, but stay tuned.
In other "New Wave of Post-Hardcore" news, Title Fight played Coachella over the weekend, much to the confusion of some in the crowd who weren't ready for a mosh pit to break out. Check out our full set of pictures from Friday at Coachella for more from their set.
Watch La Dispute's video for "For Mayor In Splitsville" from the new LP, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Menzingers will release their fourth album, Rented World, next week (4/22) via Epitaph (pre-order), and after revealing singles "In Remission" and "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore," they've now made the whole album available to stream. The new album has some more studio shine than their past material (they worked with engineer Jon Low, who normally works with non-punk musicians like Kurt Vile and The National), but there's more aggression in the songs too. Many of them favor big, heavy '90s grunge riffs over the pop punk of their last album. Their knack for Craig Finn-like storytelling still shows up too, like on album highlight "Nothing Feels Good Anymore": "I'm at the party in a cloud of nicotine exhaled by drunk twentysomethings / there's a couple arguing in the bathroom, some couple kids trying to get high." Listen to the new record, via Spin, below.
The band are also supporting the new album on a previously discussed tour with Lemuria, PUP and Cayetana which hits NYC for what will by far be their largest headlining show here yet on May 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Ahead of the tour and album release, I cornered co-vocalist/guitarist Tom May and talked to him about their NYC shows, the new record and their thriving Philly scene (which includes tourmates Cayetana). You can check out the interview, with their list of tour dates and the album stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Twin Shadow - To the Top (MP3)
Twin Shadow has always had an affinity for the '80s, be it Prince or Bruce Springsteen. He now seems to be diving in to the decade with concrete boots on his brand new single "The Top." The press release claims he has "reinvented the power ballad" with the song, but to these ears it sounds more like he's dug up the corpse and is pulling some Weekend at Bernie's maneuvers. He says this about it:What is it when you realize that someone isn't right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell.
It's not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves constantly wanting to reset, like new years resolutions, like dreaming up moments from the past where the ending flips on its head, like true forgiveness...We just want to say "wait wait wait, this went too far in the wrong direction, can we try that again."On the Soundcloud he's tagged it with #Journey #Rock #Arena #80s #90s and it sounds like a song that could turn back time for Cher (or Laura Branigan) if she covered it. Lighters aloft, you can download it above and stream it in this post.
Will this be the direction of a new album? It's been two years since Confess. If you need more, Twin Shadow has a whole bunch of covers on his Soundcloud, including U2's "With Or Without You," 10CC's "I'm Not In Love" and Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years."
Twin Shadow's only live date at the moment is at the inaugural Hudson River Project festival in the Catskills this July.
"The Top" stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Texas trio Vetter Kids recently recently contributed a track to a split with Glish and Young /// Savage, and they're now set to release their debut EP, III, on May 20 via Texas Is Funny Records (pre-order). The guys are unabashed '90s lovers, and not unlike other contemporary bands Cloud Nothings or Title Fight, they're pulling from both grunge and post-hardcore. They told Impose:We are all 90's kids. So it definitely slips in. Growing up on Pinkerton, In Utero and Four Minute Mile is no joke, but at the end of the day we are just desperately trying to make ourselves smile. Not to get all zen and shit!You can hear it slip in for yourself on "Santa Fe, NM," the new single from their EP which premieres in this post.
As you may have heard, '90s alt-rockers Veruca Salt are back and will release their first new music in years as a Record Store Day 7". Says the band:On April 19, Record Store Day, we're releasing a limited-edition ten-inch. On one side are two brand-new VS songs; on the other side is "Seether," (a) because this is the 20th anniversary of its original release, and (b) because come on. We recorded the new songs with Brad Wood, and Minty Fresh is putting the record out, just like the first time around. So much more to tell, but we're too busy relearning all our old songs and recording new ones.The "relearning" part is because Veruca Salt are gearing up for live shows. While there hasn't been an official announcement, tour dates have emerged, including two in NYC: Bowery Ballroom on July 24 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 25. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/16) at noon.
All dates we could find, plus the cover art for their RSD14 7", below...
Vancouver sludge rockers Weed released their debut album, Deserve, last year via Couple Skate Records and they're currently over in the US continuing to support it on tour. The tour brings them to NYC for two shows this week, including Shea Stadium on Wednesday (4/16) with Tonstartssbandht, Laced and Nandas, and the next day they open the Baby's All Right (4/17) stop of the Coathangers / Audacity tour. Ex-Humans are on the Baby's show too, and tickets for that one are still available. All Weed dates are listed below.
For Laced, the Shea show will be their first-ever live gig. The brand new band features Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur, Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau (also of Warthog) and former Cairo booker/Couple Skate Records owner Ian Kim Judd. They're not to be confused with the UK band of the same name, who Shea's site actually links to in the show listing. No music from them yet, but stay tuned. (Also yes, this does mean you can see "Laced with Weed" at Shea this week.)
All dates are listed, with a stream of Weed's LP, below...