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.
Wu-Tang affiliated rapper Christ Bearer cut off his own penis (and then jumped off a building) (or so they say)
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!)
Coachella 2014 day 3 in pics (Motorhead, Chance the Rapper, Little Dragon, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Toy Dolls, Arcade Fire, more)
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...
Coachella 2014 day 2 pics & videos (Pharrell w/ huge guests, Nas w/ Jay Z, Solange w/ Beyonce, Pixies, QOTSA, Ty Segall, Pet Shop Boys, Future Islands & more)
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.
Michael Shannon, Natasha Lyonne, and the 'Broad City' stars appearing at 'The Kevin Corrigan Show' in Brooklyn this week
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.
Thank you for taking the time to read my words.
by Doug Moore
Infest in Miami, 2013 (more by Kris Alan Carter)
Since reforming after a 22-year hiatus last year, West Coast powerviolence pioneers Infest have been gradually working their way up the East Coast via a series of one-off dates: their first East Coast show was in Miami last March; the band followed it up with an appearance at the Invisible Oranges-sponsored A389 Bash this January, and put in an appearance at Damaged City Fest this past weekend. They will finally put in their first-ever NYC appearance on June 28 at the Wick, with support from Paint It Black, Replica, and Ajax. Tickets are on sale now.
Infest will also be venturing near the East Coast for an August 22 show in Cleveland. Warm up for the NYC date with their now-classic Live At KXLU session below...
Perfect Pussy at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy really do not stop touring. They brought their ongoing tour to NYC for two shows earlier this month, and they already have plans to return THREE more times in the near future. As mentioned in our NYC Record Store Day Guide, they'll play the big FREE RSD in-store at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday (4/19) afternoon with Nothing, Hospitality, Fear of Men, Palehound and more. They're also sticking around Brooklyn that day for a midnight show at Silent Barn with Arm Candy (more info).
As we also mentioned today in our Northside Festival update, Perfect Pussy will return for a TBA Brooklyn show during that festival (6/12-15). Stay tuned for more info on that.
Arm Candy released an LP, playing shows w/ Perfect Pussy, Priests, Downtown Boys, Chumped & more (dates & streams)
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn lo-fi punk trio Arm Candy recently put out their debut album, The Right to Bear Arm Candy, with six original tracks plus a cover of "What Kind of Monster Are You" by all-female '90s Dischord trio Slant 6. If you're a fan of the band they chose to cover, you might dig this too, and you can check it out by streaming it below. It's also downloadable (name your price) at bandcamp.
Arm Candy have been playing a good deal of local shows lately (maybe you caught them with Priests and Noun or with SVPER and Palehound), and they'll continue to do so. Three of those shows are this weekend, including the previously discussed Death by Audio (4/18) stop of the Priests / Good Throb tour, which also includes Brooklyn's Household.
Then on Saturday (4/19) they play the free WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College with Inc. Ka, LVL UP and more. Later that night they'll play a midnight show at Silent Barn with Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy and multiple DJs. More info on Facebook.
Stream The Right to Bear Arm Candy below...
by Bill Pearis
With singles like "Headhunter" and "Tragedy for You," Belgium's Front 242 were one of the biggest, most influential industrial/EBM dance acts of the late '80s and early '90s. The band -- which still features core members Jean-Luc De Meyer, Daniel Bressanutti, Patrick Codenys and Richard 23 -- has continued on while other genres came and went, though their most recent studio album was 2003's Pulse. While it's not a full tour, Front 242 will be playing select U.S. dates this fall, including NYC at Irving Plaza on September 24. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Front 242 will also play The Orpheum in Tampa, FL on September 25 and then Chicago (the home of their old label Wax Trax!) at Metro on September 27. Check out a selection of videos and streams below...
Parquet Courts share cat-friendly "Sunbathing Animal" video, playing 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' this month
by Bill Pearis
Frida the cat and owner Andrew Savage
Most everyone likes internet cat videos (perhaps you were just watching one), and Parquet Courts have now added to the bandwidth via the video for "Sunbathing Animal," which is the title track of their new album, due June 3 via What's Your Rupture. The video, co-directed by Andy Capper and PC singer Andrew Savage, stars Savage's cat, Frida, who didn't do as much sunbathing as they'd hoped. Savage tells Noisey:Every afternoon [Frida] takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile.... I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip.You can watch the video below. If you've played the mostly-one-chord "Sunbathing Animal" to death, Parquet Courts will premiere a new song on Late Night with Seth Meyers on April 30. The show, which only has musical guests twice a week, hasn't had the most exciting rock booking so far. (Though I think it's pretty solid otherwise.) So let's hope this is a turn for the more interesting as far as that goes.
NYC's next chance to see Parquet Courts is at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11, with a hand-picked line-up featuring tourmates Protomartyr, plus Future Punx, and Xerox. Tickets for that show are now on sale.
"Sunbathing Animal" video below...
Mars Volta/At the Drive-In leaders & Flea formed Antemasque, announce debut album (stream four songs)
At the Drive-In at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It wasn't long ago that The Mars Volta broke up and At the Drive-In's reunion ended, leaving co-leaders Cedric Bixler-Zavala going solo and Omar Rodriguez Lopez working with new band Bosnian Rainbows. Well now Cedric and Omar are back together where they belong with a new band, Antemasque, and on bass they're joined by none other than the very busy Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms for Peace bass master Flea.
Antemasque's self titled debut album will be out on July 15 via Omar's label Nadie Sound, and you can preview it by listening to four of its songs, "4AM," "Hangin' In The Lurch," "People Forget" and "Drown All Your Witches," below. There are also multiple ways to get the album on the cheaper side and get free bonus tracks. Details on that, along with the streams, below...
Woods release 7th album (stream it), curating record booth @ Captured Tracks shop, about to tour (but 1st Baby's All Right!)
Woods @ P4K Fest 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Woods' new album was released With Light And Love was released this week. Pitchfork's Ian Cohen writes:Similar to the Men's Tomorrow's Hits and Future Islands' Singles, other 2014 albums by respected "lo-fi" bands recording in a "real studio", With Light and With Love is a reminder that while Woods' hard-touring, road-dog reputation has solidifed their fanbase, people show up in the first place because the band can write great songs. Stream the whole album via Spotify below, and pick one up in an actual record store this Saturday aka Record Store Day. In fact, maybe you want to pick it up at the Captured Tracks Shop where:they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a leisurely noon for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.More NYC Record Store Day options and events in our NYC guide.
Once acquainted with the record, come help Woods celebrate on one of their upcoming tour dates or at their BrooklynVegan-presented record release show happening on Tuesday (4/22) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. It's a Red Bull Sound Select show we put together with Weyes Blood, Cassie Ramone and The Woolen Men also on the bill, not to mention recent addition DJ Bill Pearis. Tickets, first come first served at the door, are just $3 if you RSVP. First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured below.
The Baby's flyer, album stream and all tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
the line outside Other Music at RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
We're just a few days away from Record Store Day 2014 (April 19) and quite a few of NYC's record stores have special events planned in addition to carrying all the RSD exclusive titles. Here's a rundown.
The biggest in-store, probably no surprise, is at Rough Trade which will open at 9 AM and has a full day of musical performances. Hospitality and Perfect Pussy have now been added to the already announced line-up of Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. There will be DJs too, and they've already announced which RSD exclusive releases they'll have for sale. Band schedule below.
Generation Records in the Village also has a full day of in-stores. The store opens at 10 AM, and performers include Pour The Pirate Sherry, The Golden Grass, and Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ sets from Aaron Cometbus, Doug Gillard, Mr. Fine Wine of Downtown Soulville on WFMU, Zachary Lipez and more.
Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. This year's line-up, though, they are doing one actual live performance, with outsider artist Lonnie Holley at 1 PM. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Matana Roberts, Pete Swanson and more. Full schedule is listed below.
Over at Kim's Video, the store is opening early at 8 AM with "refreshments" and their own slate of DJs, including Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, plus members of Psychic Ills, Prince Rupert's Drops, and more. Full Kim's RSD schedule below.
Alex Bleeker @ In Living Stereo, RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan)
Around the block, In Living Stereo will open at 10 AM and have in-store performances from Chaos Chaos, Call of the Wild, and Balancer. Plus, there will be free PBR all day (ID required) and if you spend more than $100 you get a free In Living Stereo beer mug.
East Village store Turntable Lab will be open from 10 AM - 8 PM with a healthy stock of RSD14 titles and guest DJs including Aaron DRM, Alex from Tokyo, Sable, Blue Jemz, Dopeshoes, and more. Full DJ lineup is in a flyer below.
Good Records in the East Village will cary a few RSD exclusives and will be putting out a special batch of vintage vinyl just for the day. They'll be posting a list of what's in that batch on their Facebook at some point.
Greenpoint's Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM with lots of RSD exclusives, plus "plenty of fun gifts and other swag to give away to our first batch of shoppers."
At the new Academy Annex location at 85 Oak St. in Greenpoint, in addition to RSD titles they'll be putting out "a great collection of used rare '90s and '00s indie rock, punk, and a ton of classic titles."
Nearby at the Captured Tracks Shop, they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a leisurely noon for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.
Bushwick's The Crate -- the storefront for Wrecords By Monkey which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records -- will have it's Grand Opening on RSD, with $1 used records and new titles from local artists, plus free beer, and DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider.
Earwax Records, in its new N. 9th location in Williamsburg, will be open at 10 AM with a selection of RSD exclusives.
Norman's Sound & Vision, which moved from the East Village to Williamsburg a couple years ago, will have RSD exclusives and is open at 9 AM.
The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have a stockpile of $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.
Co-op 87 in Greenpoint may or may not be doing their 24-hour RSD marathon this year (they haven't decided yet) but will carry a select batch of independent label RSD exclusives as well as a whole bunch of $1 records they've been hoarding.
Cake Shop, who has participated in RSD the last three years, is taking this year off. The cafe and venue are still open though.
If you're going to be in the Windy City on Saturday, BV Chicago and Saki Records are teaming up again for a free Record Store Day party with live performances from Their / They're There/ ,Wedding Dress, Minor Characters, Landmarks, Meat Wave and Negative Scanner.
Please note that these stores are open year-round and need your support. In-store schedules and RSD14 flyers below...
Yesterday rumors about the end of AC/DC swept around the world and across the internet. Today AC/DC cleared the air:After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.
In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.Get well soon Malcolm!
The Fest announces more bands (Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Pianos BTT, Modern Baseball & more)
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...
Albert Hammond Jr. touring with Phoenix, playing MHOW with Drowners during Northside Festival (dates)
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 released a new song, playing free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at MHOW & festivals (dates, stream)
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...