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What's going on Friday? (EMA, Baths, Andrew WK, Caveman, The Feelies, Bo Ningen, Kevin Morby, Timber Timbre, more)

April 25, 2014 - 12:13am

EMA at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Baths, Young Fathers, P. Morris @ Bowery Ballroom
Baths took an unexpected turn towards emotional songwriting on last year's Obsidian, while still keeping his electronic pop style intact. He's continuing to support the album on his current tour, which hits NYC tonight for a sold-out show.

Andrew W.K. (Grand Piano Party) @ SubCulture
Andrew WK's got more Grand Piano Parties coming up this weekend, including one tonight and another tomorrow. While we don't always associate Andrew WK with grand pianos, we're sure he'll deliver on making it a party.

Caveman, Total Slacker, Reputante, Amanda X @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's a diverse bill, with guitar pop (Caveman, Reputante) separated by blasts of noise (Total Slacker, Amanda X). Free.

The Feelies @ The Bell House
Legendary New Jersey band The Feelies have proved influential on generations of post-punk, jangle pop and alternative rock bands, and their 30+ year old material still sounds timeless today. They're no slackers in the live show department either -- they play a few shows in the area every year these days and are always worth catching.

EMA, Downtown Boys @ Mercury Lounge
EMA's new album, The Future's Void, is just as and sometimes more devastating than its predecessor, with a killer variety of tunes that pull from industrial, alternative rock, folk and more. She's on tour with the saxophone-driven, politically-fueled Providence punk band Downtown Boys, who are worth showing up on time for. Sold out.

Bo Ningen, These People, Ken South Rock @ Knitting Factory
One of the most talked-about bands at SXSW this year was Japanese band Bo Ningen, due in no small part to their wild, guitar-swinging, in-your-face shows. Experience them for yourself -- this is the first of two NYC shows for the band.

The Bad Plus @ Jazz Standard (early set and late set)
Going for nearly 25 years, The Bad Plus continue to straddle the line between jazz and modern rock. Their new record is an album-length recording of Stravinsky's "THe Rites of Spring." Tonight's the second evening of a four-night run at Jazz Standard, with an early and late show.

The Split Squad featuring the Figgs, Los Dudes @ The Bowery Electric
Featuring Blondie drummer Clem Burke, Fleshtones guitarist Keith Streng, The Plimsouls Eddie Munoz, and others, The Spit Squad make crunchy, rockin' power pop. Their debut album was produced by Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows. Tonight they'll be aided and abetted by Boston's legendary The Figgs. Special guests could happen.

Timber Timbre, Fiver @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Timber Timbre's great and often-underrated dark balladry sounds as good as ever on this year's Hot Dreams, and maybe it's actually not that underrated 'cause tonight's show is sold out.

Heaven's Gate, Lost Boy?, The Veda Rays, Heeney, Sunflower Bean @ Death by Audio
Out of the ashes of Sweet Bulbs, Heaven's Gate took some of their old band's dreamy noise, but took it in a significantly different direction, playing to singer strengths and became more of punky rock band...while still using a lot of effects pedals.

Steve Gunn, Kevin Morby, Prince Rupert's Drops @ Rough Trade
A onetime member of Kurt Vile's backing band, The Violators, Gunn released his most recent solo album, Time Off, last year. Kevin Morby, meanwhile, used to be in Woods, now co-fronts The Babies, and released a very good solo album last year. He also now lives in California so your chances to see him play aren't as frequent.

Toadies, Supersuckers @ Stone Pony (NJ)
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.

Com Truise, Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
Com Truise brings the beats to tonight's Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall and is sure to keep the place moving.

Culture Shock @ SUNY Purchase
It's the first day of Purchase's annual two-day Culture Shock festival and features a variety of great stuff, including NYC rap trio Flatbush Zombies, R&B singer Kelela, production wizard Traxman, comedian Neil Hamburger, jazz trio Dawn of Midi, pop shoegazers FIeld Mouse and more. Kaytranada plays the afterparty. The festival is technically only open to students, alumni, and their guests.

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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Portishead's Beth Gibbons working on solo album, recorded a Black Sabbath cover with metal band Gonga (listen)

April 24, 2014 - 6:05pm

by Doug Moore

Portishead at Hammerstein Ballroom, 2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)

Both Portishead and their vocalist Beth Gibbons tend to work slowly; the former theoretically have an album in the works, though it could take "ten fucking years" to be completed. (We're down to seven, now; the band have reportedly cleared their schedules.) Gibbons, likewise, announced plans last year to release a solo album via Domino Records, but details are still in the offing 10 months after the initial announcement.

In the meantime, Gibbons teamed up with the unheralded UK doom band Gonga for an intriguing Record Store Day release: a basically note-for-note cover of Black Sabbath's classic, eponymous song. If you didn't get a copy last weekend (and don't want to spend a bundle on Ebay) you can stream the recording below. Gonga pretty much just play it the way Sabbath did, and even Gibbons' vocal performance is fairly conservative and buttoned up. Still, it's good to hear her voice on a new recording.

Check out the "Black Sabbath" cover (with footage from Mario Bava's titular 1963 horror film) below...

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Titus Andronicus and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die playing NYU's Strawberry Fest

April 24, 2014 - 5:47pm

Titus Andronicus at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by David Andrako)

NYU's annual Strawberry Festival is back for its 29th year with a typically great lineup of NJ punks Titus Andronicus and Connecticut emo collective The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Also on the bill is Rozwell Kid and For Everest. This year's fest happens on May 9 on LaGuardia Place between W 3rd St. and Washington Square South from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. "Many aspects of the event are restricted to those with an NYU ID, but the concert is all ages, open and free to the public."

Titus will play NYC after that during the Northside Festival on June 12 at Warsaw with Eagulls and Low Fat Getting High (tickets).

Festival flyer and a couple videos below...

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Paul Weller disgusted with Record Store Day; UK shop busted for selling on eBay

April 24, 2014 - 5:46pm

Paul Weller was among the artists who released RSD14 exclusives, his being a 7" of new single "Brand New Toy," which will be included on his new best-of compilation, More Modern Classics. There were 750 copies released worldwide and Weller was dismayed to see so many turn up immediately on Ebay. (His were not the only ones.) He won't be participating in Record Store Day again. From his website: This is a message to all the fans who couldn't get the new vinyl single on Record Store Day and/or paid a lot of money for a copy on eBay.

I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these "limited editions" by touts.

Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won't be taking part in Record Store Day again.

It's such a shame because as you know I am a big supporter of independent record stores but the greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD.

There were copies of my single on eBay the day before Record Store Day and I've heard stories of people queuing outside their local record shop only to be told there were none left at opening time!

It only takes a few to spoil a wonderful concept for everyone else. Shame on those touts.

Don't support their trade and don't let them use Record Store Day to ruin the very thing it's designed to support.

Onwards. PW

PS. I'd like to say thank you for all the positive, supportive comments on our privacy case recently. Bless ya. One of the copies of the 7" that turned up on eBay was linked to an account run by UK shop Townsend Records. Weller's wife, Hannah, discovered this herself. The store says "this matter is under investigation."

On the more positive, "Brand New Toy" is a nice little piece of Small Faces/Kinks style Britpop. More Modern Classics is out in June and you can check out the kaleidoscopic video for "Brand New Toy" below...

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Aussie band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard touring after Austin Psych Fest, including 2 NYC shows (dates, streams)

April 24, 2014 - 5:25pm

One of the most pricey RSD14 eBay turnarounds was a 12" by Australian psych band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. A copy of their trippy picture-disc "Head On/Pill" single, of which only 300 were made, went for nearly $400. (The band weren't happy about it.) There are copies going for less currently, however. You can stream it for free below.

The 16-minute song comes from Float Along - Fill Your Lungs, one of two records King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard released in 2013. The other was Eyes Like The Sky, a narrated concept album set during the American Civil War. If you like Brian Jonestown Massacre / Black Angels style garage-pysch, this seven-strong band do it well. Check out some songs and videos below.

The band are coming over to North American for Austin Psych Fest and will be touring afterwards, finishing up here in NYC with shows at Baby's All Right on May 16 & 17. The 5/16 show is with Mystery Lights, and Froth; and the 5/17 show is with Habibi, Fletcher C. Johnson, and Juniper Rising. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below...

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Brooklyn Zine Fest is this weekend; Lauren Measure throwing a book release party +++ other Worriers dates

April 24, 2014 - 4:55pm

The Brooklyn Zine Fest is a space for creative, independent, talented voices from New York City and beyond to connect with an engaged audience. Our exhibitors create all kinds of zines to showcase their writing, illustration, photography, interviews, cooking, and any & everything else they'd like to share with the world.Brooklyn Zine Fest returns this year from 11am to 6pm on Saturday (4/26) & Sunday (4/27) at the Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights). Each day has 75 different exhibitors, plus panels in the Othmer Library on the second floor of BHS. Saturday has a panel on Queer & Trans* Zinesters at 4:30pm, and Sunday has one on Zine Libraries, Archives, and Collectives at 1pm, and another on Anonymity in Zine Making at 3pm. Full list of exhibitors and BZF flyer below.

BZF also has lead-in events tonight (4/24) & Friday (4/25). The schedule for those looks like this:Thursday, April 24th at 7pm / FREE, All Ages:
Zines from the Borderlands: Storytelling about Mixed-Heritage

Featuring four Brooklyn Zine Fest exhibitors, this panel will discuss questions like, How can zines create new narratives and representations for mixed-heritage people, LGBTQ communities, and people of color? and, What is the role of zines, DIY and self-publishing within marginalized communities?

Friday, April 25th at 8pm / $8, All Ages (with beer for sale to 21+):
Brooklyn Brain Frame 2

Chicago's hugely successful performative comics event returns to Brooklyn, with host Lyra Hill curating a lineup of comics artists, writers, and musicians to perform live versions of their audio and visual work. Featuring several zine fest exhibitors and other New York artists, this show promises wild visuals, some amateur rapping, and live musical accompaniment.

One of the items that will be on sale Saturday at Brooklyn Zine Fest is How Do You Like What You Have, the new book of artwork by Lauren Denitzio, formerly of The Measure [sa] and currently of Worriers, which Don Giovanni is releasing. You can pick it up on Saturday at feminist collective For the Birds' table.

Lauren is also throwing a release party in Brooklyn on Sunday (4/27 at Lulu's which her band Worriers is playing, along with their labelmates Shellshag, and local pop punks Chumped. That show starts at 8 PM, is FREE, and will also have copies of Lauren's new book available. Show flyer below.

Worriers have a couple other shows coming up, including another hometown show on July 11 at Cake Shop with fellow NYC band Adult Dude and Halifax's Kestrels. All of their dates are listed below.

Speaking of zines and indie/punk bands, Swearin' and Radiator Hospital play The Miscreant's 50th issue party at Silent Barn on May 3.

Watch a video of Worriers at Suburbia, with the list of Brooklyn Zine Fest exhibitors and flyers, below...

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Rescuer and Direct Effect touring together in May, playing NYC with The Saddest Land Scape (dates)

April 24, 2014 - 3:55pm

by Andrew Sacher

Rescuer

Two Florida post-hardcore bands, Rescuer and Direct Effect, will be heading out on a tour together this year. Direct Effect just put out their newest record, Sunburn (via Tiny Engines), an album of Fucked Up/Paint It Black-style rippers. Rescuer's newest, Anxiety Answering, comes out June 3 via No Sleep and is more in the Touche Amore/Pianos Become the Teeth vein (we recently heard its excellent single). These are two pretty exciting bands at the moment, so this tour should be one to look forward to.

The tour brings Rescuer and Direct Effect to NYC for a show on May 22 at Suburbia (330 Melrose) with likeminded band The Saddest Landscape and Capacities. Later in the year, both bands play The Fest, which just added more bands.

All dates are listed, with streams from both bands' new albums, below...

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The Fest adds even more bands (Paint It Black, Iron Chic, The City on Film, Treasure Fleet, Sundials, State Faults, PUP, more)

April 24, 2014 - 3:36pm

Paint It Black in Philly in 2013 (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)

We mentioned earlier today that the reunited Mineral would be playing Gainesville, FL multi-venue punk festival The Fest (10/31 - 11/2), and since then even more artists have been announced. Those include Paint It Black, Iron Chic, Treasure Fleet, The City on Film (full band), Sundials, Hard Girls, American Sharks, Glocca Morra, Adventures, Creepoid, Football Etc., Old Lines, State Faults, PUP, Toys That Kill and more.

Tickets, including 3-day passes, Pre-Fest passes, and Fest + Pre-Fest 5-day passes, are on sale now.

Full list of lineup additions below...

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Brooklyn DA says his office won't prosecute minor pot charges

April 24, 2014 - 3:24pm

4/20 was Sunday and now comes more good news for marijuana smokers in one of NYC's five boroughs: The NY Post reports that Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson issued a memo to the NYPD that his office will no long­er prosecute people caught with small amounts of pot, or caught smoking it in public:In a move that directly bucks the Police Department's own policy and that of other DAs in the city, Brooklyn prosecutors will be directing cops to free the defendants, seal their cases and destroy their fingerprint file, according to a memo sent the NYPD and obtained by The Post.

"The goal of this new policy is to ensure that the resources of this office are allocated in a manner that most enhances public safety, and individuals, especially young people of color, do not become unfairly burdened and stigmatized by involvement in the criminal-justice system...

...Even when the defendant is issued a [desk-appearance ticket] (sparing him or her the daunting holding-cell experience), that defendant still must make sure that he or she appears in court on the DAT arraignment date -- a trip to the courthouse and a wait in the courtroom that may eat up most of a day,'' the memo says. - [NY Post]This applies to defendants with clean (or mostly clean) criminal records and no outstanding warrants, and if the charge is a Class B misdemeanor pot possession (aka less than 25 grams of weed).

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The Presidents of the United States of America released their first album since 2008, going on tour (dates & stream)

April 24, 2014 - 2:41pm

Veteran quirk rockers The Presidents of the United States of America had planned to be done recording music after 2008's These Are the Good Times People, but as drummer Jason Finn puts it, they "accidentally did it again" with this year's PledgeMusic-funded Kudos to You!, which came out this past February. It features a few re-workings of of older PUSA material and material from some of singer Chris Ballew's other projects, and new stuff too. The Long Winters' John Roderick makes an appearance, singing on "Crown Victoria." Listen to that one below, and stream the whole record at RDIO.

PUSA are also heading out on a tour this year which brings them to NYC for a show on August 6 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/25) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the song stream, below...

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Misery Index share title track from from 'The Killing Gods' (listen) ++ an interview with singer Jason Netherton

April 24, 2014 - 2:15pm

By Doug Moore

Misery Index at Fontana's, CMJ 2009 (more by Samantha Marble)

Jason Netherton likes to keep himself busy. His current band, Misery Index, is one of the tightest and most active death meta bands on the touring circuit -- they have their fifth album, The Killing Gods, coming out on May 23 via Season of Mist. Even when Misery Index isn't busy (and they haven't been especially so over the past few years), Netherton keeps working -- he's currently two years into a PhD program, and recently compiled an oral history of the death metal scene. This ethic goes back to the DIY roots of Dying Fetus, his influential previous band.

Invisible Oranges spoke to Netherton as part of our ongoing series on metal vocalists today. We also touched on his academic studies, his book, and the way the metal scene has changed over his two decades of involvement. Here's an excerpt:This stuff obviously relates to the book you have coming out shortly -- Extremity Retained: Notes from the Death Metal Underground. Is writing a book something that you've always wanted to do?

That sort of came together over the last touring cycle. I was trying to figure out something that I could do with my time -- a long term project of some kind.

Once you do this touring thing long enough, you get to know a lot of people. You see a lot of the same people in different cities, and you become part of this network of touring musicians. I decided to start documenting the conversations we'd have backstage or in the bus or wherever. We'd often end up talking about the state of the underground, or how it came from where it was in the late '80s and early '90s to where it is today. Other things would come up too -- tour stories, memories from recording sessions. I started to record these conversations, and before I knew it, I had dozens of them. Eventually I worked my way up to over a hundred, over about three years. In my downtime I'd transcribe them and put them into categories, which eventually became five different sections in the book.

It kind of unfolded like that. It wasn't necessarily planned -- I didn't know how it'd end up. I thought it'd be cool to have an oral history of death metal; there have been some other really cool books written about the death metal scene, but there hasn't been any collection of firsthand stories and anecdotes, like there's been for some other scenes.You can read the interview in full over at IO. Misery Index also recently debuted the title track for their upcoming album, The Killing Gods; you can stream it below. They're currently on tour with Gorguts in Europe; no North American dates have been announced in support of the album yet, but given the band's past habits, you can bet some will be.

All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...

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Thee Oh Sees playing free outdoor Northside Festival show

April 24, 2014 - 1:48pm

Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

As mentioned, Thee Oh Sees' hiatus was a brief one -- the same amount of time off for most bands wouldn't even be noticed -- and they're playing California shows in May. Still no word if a proper tour is in the works, but the band will play Brooklyn's Northside Festival, an outdoor show at McCarren Park on June 14. Like the CHVRCHES show on 6/15, this is free and open to the public but you will need to RSVP which you can do beginning Friday (4/25) at noon.

Thee Oh Sees' new album, Drop, was released on Record Store Day (4/19) and you can stream it via Rdio. Updated tour dates are listed below...

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The Horrors covered Frankie Knuckles' "Your Love" (listen); The Obamas, Elton John & Summerstage offer tributes

April 24, 2014 - 1:15pm

We lost house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles earlier this month and tributes are still pouring in, none more notable than former Chicago resident and current man in charge President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They released a condolence letter to Knuckles' family that read in part:
Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field, and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe.
You can see a photo of the letter below.

Meanwhile, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has set up the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing and treatment. Says Sir Reg:Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of colour, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.In more musical news, The Horrors just covered Frankie Knuckles' classic single "Your Love" as part of a session for BBC DJ Zane Lowe. Recorded live at the Beeb's famed Maida Vale studios, you can stream that below as part of the whole session -- "Your Love" kicks in at the 18 minute mark. Perhaps they'll play it at their Converse Rubber Tracks show next week (which is now sold out).

And lastly, Summerstage is presenting "Whistle!: A Tribute to Frankie Knuckles" at Bed Stuy's Herbert Von King Park on June 22, featuring the Soul Summit DJs, DJ Kervyn Mark, and DJ Stormin' Norman. There will also be a screening of the director's cut of Hands to the Sky, a documentary about the outdoor house music scene. You can check out a trailer for that below...

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Brody Dalle streaming solo LP, touring (dates, listen)

April 24, 2014 - 12:42pm

by Andrew Sacher

Former Distillers singer Brody Dalle releases her first solo album Diploid Love next week (4/29) but you can listen now ahead of its release. It's streaming below (via The Guardian) and also at NPR. As discussed, it features contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman and others. It's not exactly a return to the Distillers or anything, but parts of it are definitely sounding punkier than Spinnerette. Check it out.

Brody also has a number of tour dates coming up, including a Brooklyn show happening on May 14 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Her dates also list her as the opener for the Queens of the Stone Age show at Capitol Theatre (7/16) (whose Josh Homme she is married too), but The Cap's site still lists no opener.

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

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Comrades releasing 'Safekeeper' (stream a track)

April 24, 2014 - 12:14pm

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Callie Gajdica

Richmond, VA trio Comrades have been given the post-rock tag due to their lack of vocals, but that's just about the only thing post-rock about them. They list As Cities Burn, The Fall of Troy and Thrice among their influences, and with a vocalist thrown into the mix they could easily sound similar to any one of them. Distortion-fueled post-hardcore is really the driving force here, and some vaguely math rock tendencies are thrown in for good measure too. Their new record, Safekeeper, comes out on May 6 via Blood & Ink Records (pre-order) and you can get a taste of it from its new single, "Severance," which makes its premiere in this post.

Stream that, along with the album artwork, tracklist, and list of tour dates (none in NYC), below...

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What's going on Thursday? (Flatbush Zombies, Lee Ranaldo, Duke Dumont, Peter Stampfel, White Hills & more)

April 24, 2014 - 12:15am

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.
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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.

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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Woods, Cassie Ramone, Weyes Blood and The Woolen Men played the BV-curated RBSS show at Baby's All Right (pics)

April 23, 2014 - 5:50pm

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...

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Kvelertak playing Saint Vitus during Mastodon/Gojira tour

April 23, 2014 - 4:00pm

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...

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A Victim of Society releasing debut LP (stream a track)

April 23, 2014 - 3:20pm

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...

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Bonnaroo 2014 update: late night lineup, comedy lineup

April 23, 2014 - 3:14pm

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...

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