What's going on Friday? (Future Punx, Roses, Shift K3Y, Dark Entries, Supersuckers, Casket Girls, Guardian Alien & more)
Future Punx @ Glasslands in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
Future Punx, Roses, Darlings, The Beds @ Death by Audio
Even on a busier night, this DbA show would be a good option. Tonight marks the first NYC show from Roses, the new band from Juan Velazquez who used to be in LA's Abe Vigoda. Their dark postpunk-y pop will go well with headliners Future Punx's new wave redux and Darling's straight-up indie rock. As for openers The Beds, maybe someone can shed some light on who they are.
RedRedRed, Bezier, Max and Mara, Vereker, Josh Cheon (DJ Set) @ Radio Bushwick
'80s-underground-goth-leaning label Dark Entries celebrates its fifth anniversary tonight, featuring industrial duo RedRedRed, San Francisco's Bézier and Max + Mara, and label founder Josh Cheon on DJ duties. This was originally supposed to be at Baby's All Right but is now at Radio Bushwick.
Drowners, Spires, Mainland, The Can't Tells, Little Racer @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Deli has been zine-ing the scene for ten years and are celebrating the anniversary this weekend with shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Tonight features quality pop-rock from the likes of Drowners, Spires, Little Racer and more. Free and don't forget to RSVP to skip the line.
Supersuckers, Ten Ton Mojo @ Gramercy Theatre
Supersuckers have been putting out quality cowpunk, garage rock and more since the early '90s, and this year they returned with Get the Hell, their first album since 2008. We'll likely hear some of that tonight, and hopefully some classics too.
Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Oneohtrix Point Never @ Jones Beach
Relive 1994 with two of alternative rock's biggest bands who both put out seminal albums on the same day that year. Cool openers on this tour too. Tonight it's ambient electronics wiz Oneohtrix Point Never.
The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise @ Stone Pony Summerstage
Speaking of 20th anniversaries, The Offspring's classic, Smash, is two decades old this year. They'll play that in full, with the undercard being their old Epitaph labelmates Bad Religion and Pennywise.
Snowmine, The Casket Girls @ South Street Seaport
One of Brooklyn's more underrated bands, Snowmine make shimmering, widescreen, modern pop. Tonight they play the free Seaport Music Fest with Georgia's The Casket Girls who take sunshine pop and run it through distorted synths.
Blackfinger, Beelzefuzz, Kings Destroy @ The Acheron
Original Trouble singer Eric Wagner fronts doomish psych rockers Blackfinger, who are supporting of their eponymous debut which came out back in January. If you haven't caught Wagner's classic warble yet, this is a great opportunity.
Ivy, Ajax, Nandas @ Lulu's
There's not too much going on in NYC tonight, but it's as good a night as any to grab some free pizza (with your beer) at Greenpoint bar Lulu's -- which is sadly closing in a week -- and catch some of NYC's better local punk bands.
DJ Mustard, Shift K3Y, Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
London producer Shift K3Y's recent single "Touch" is pretty addictive and sounds like it'll sound great in a big room like Webster Hall. DJ Mustard has been behind some of the better rap songs of late, so his set should be fun too.
Guardian Alien, Grasshopper, Raajmahal, Good Willsmith, Sugarm, Velvet Zombie @ Trans Pecos
It's a night of experiment noise-n-drone and other out there stuff, headlined by Guardian Alien which is helmed by sometimes Liturgy drummer Greg Fox.
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
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(photo via Lulu's)
And another one goes. One of the original free-pizza-with-beer bars in North Brooklyn (that also hosted free music a lot of nights), Lulu's in Greenpoint, will be shutting it's doors for good on August 9. From the venue's Facebook:To our amazing customers: It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that the rumors are true. Lulu's will be closing its doors in two weeks; our last day open will be August 9th. We would like to thank all of you for making this such an amazing place to hang out! The customers at this bar are the best ever and I'm not just saying that Please stay tuned as there are a lot of fun shows in the next couple of weeks, with our grand finale show on August 9th to be announced soon. - Lulu'sGreenpointers informs us that Lulu's closing comes over a dispute with the landlord when owners wanted to turn it into a gay bar:In April of this year Lulu's owner John McGillion took out a lawsuit against his landlord for not allowing him to turn the establishment into a gay bar. According to the New York Post, McGillion stated that he was "barely scraping by on the proceeds of the bar" and felt that he would "be able to make a considerable profit" by making Lulu's a gay venue. The landlord's alleged (and shocking) 'anti-gay clause' stopped this idea from ever coming to fruition.Lulu's, we're sad to see you go, especially under such circumstances. There's still a week still to enjoy the music, drinks and free pizza. Friday (8/1) there's a solid bill of local punk with Ivy, Ajax, and Nandas.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Bear in Heaven's new album Time Is Over One Day Old is out next week via Dead Oceans. The record furthers their interstellar travels via fat waves of synths, heavy on grooves and rolling drums. (The album title, by the way, comes from an error message on a friend's television.) You can stream the album in its entirety over at NPR.
The band also consistently make interesting videos which continues on their just-released one for "Time Between." Directed by Nick Bentgen, it was filmed over the course of an month across the five-borroughs during the late night fringe hours. It's quite pretty, and a little creepy/tense at times, and you can watch over at the The NY Times.
Bear in Heaven play a record release party on Monday (8/4) at Rough Trade NYC which is free with purchase of the new album (you get two entry wristbands with each purchase). Then they'll be back in September at the end of their tour for two homecoming shows at Bowery Ballroom (9/16) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/17), both with Young Magic. Tickets are still available.
by Ian Chainey
California hardcore ragers Dangers -- who have one of the greatest Last.fm tags: "unreasonably pissed off" -- and cinema grinders Graf Orlock will be joined by Italian destroyers Holy for a tour of the East Coast this August. Dangers will actually get rolling out West with three dates that sub Holy and Graf Orlock for Ceremony. Then, the three will hook-up on and drop into cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, and Asbury Park. The three will hit Brooklyn's 538 Johnson on August 22 with Wet Witch and Vulture Shit. Tickets are $8 at the door. The next day, they'll play NYC's ABC No Rio (8/23) with Blackest and Ubasute for a 3 PM mid-day matinee. (They'll play Philly that night.) Tickets are $8 at the door. All dates are listed below.
Dangers released EP Five O'Clock Shadows at the Edge of the Western World back in January, continuing on in the spirit of their 2010 breakout Messy, Isn't It? Graf Orlock have been busy with their label Vitriol, but found time to get back in the studio. Preorders are now up for their 7" Trailer, with a full-length apparently on the way as well. Finally, the hefty Holy assembled the blistering Seclusion MMXIV EP this month which you can stream below as well..
All of the tour dates are listed, along with streams from the bands, below.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Philly shoegaze crew Whirr have shared another track from their upcoming album Sway. This one is called "Heavy" and it bears out the name, carrying a dark, droning undercurrent beneath the swirling shoegaze guitars that we're accustomed to from bassist Nick Barrett and producer Jack Shirley. Sway is out on September 23 via Graveface, and Whirr will hit NYC with Cloakroom on September 16 at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets). Check out the stream of "Heavy" below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
One day after Nachtmystium streamed a new (good!) song from their supposed final LP, The World We Left Behind, Nachtmystium front man and mastermind Blake Judd told Metal Mayhem Underground that Nachtmystium actully isn't finished. From the interview:"I decided that after all the shit hit the fan, I needed to get out of the spotlight for a while, get myself some help, and start a new and more normal life. At the time, I really felt like Nachtmystium needed to end for that to happen. Now that I have had a good nine months to clean myself up as far as my drug problem goes, and have regrouped mentally and made a new life for myself, I've been able to really think about what I'm doing and where I'm going with music. Due to the immense amount of feedback I have received from fans on our Facebook page telling me how sad they were that I was bringing the band to an end, I decided that ending the band was not what needed to happen in order to live a new life. I just reprioritized how the band is going to be present in my life, and I have also decided that I will no longer be touring at all. But just hanging up the name, all the momentum and success I've had with the band doesn't seem logical to me now that I have had time to do everything I've mentioned. I don't really care what people say or think about my decision to continue on with the band after announcing that it was coming to an end. I'm sure some people will talk shit, but that is nothing new for me or this band. I'm looking at The World We Left Behind as the end of a chapter in Nachtmystium's history. What I do next will be something new, theme-wise and musically. I'm not sure what direction I will take, but it's definitely going to be something new and different."So, to summarize, it looks like there may be more Nachtmystium in the future, but no tours.
We've followed the ups and downs of Nachtmystium over the last year or so, including Judd's arrest on theft charges, canceled shows, and more. In the interview with Metal Mayhem Underground, Judd also addressed the allegations that he ripped fans off, selling merchandise that he never delivered.I fell behind on many orders in late 2012 and a lot in 2013 due to my drug problem. Orders were made or taken and never filled, or weren't filled for a long time. I admit to that absolutely. I was a fucking mess and this is one of many areas in my life that problems were arising from as a result of my drug abuse issues. Since then, I have worked extremely hard to get these old orders either filled or refunded in an effort to repair the damage to my reputation and most importantly, get my fans taken care of. I hope that through these efforts, and the fact that I have been selling merchandise again through our Facebook page, and filling orders promptly, that I will be able to achieve that goal.While we wait for the next chapter, stream Nachtmystium's new song, "Tear You Down," below...
by Bill Pearis
The People's Temple
Lansing, MI band The People's Temple released Musical Garden earlier this year, which is arguably their best offering to date, mixing their established garage-psych influences with solid musicianship and a very solid batch of songs. There is no shortage of this sort of stuff out there, but these guys do it better than most. You can stream a couple songs from it below.
The band will be on tour this fall, opening for Mississippi rippers Bass Drum of Death, playing NYC's Santos Party House on October 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The day before that show, The People's Temple will also do a headline show at Acheron (10/7), openers TBA.
Bass Drum of Death, meanwhile, are due for a new album, having released a single back in January via Innovative Leisure which you can stream below.
Both People's Temple and Bass Drum of Death have other shows apart from their tour together. All dates for both bands,
Move over, James Murphy. The indie rock coffee competition is getting more crowded. In conjunction with their new album, Brill Bruisers, The New Pornographers have partnered with Intelligentsia Coffee on a limited edition signature blend called Brill Brew. Says bandleader AC Newman:
As absurd as it may seem for us to have a signature blend, I think it is important that there is some sort of marker, some flag planted in the earth, so that whoever walks into Intelligentsia, whoever drinks this, will know: 'The New Pornographers really really loved coffee.'A 12oz bag of Brill Brew is $19.95 and comes with a download card for the new album. What does Brill Brew taste like? Stephen Morrissey (not that one)of Intelligentsia Coffee says:After hearing The New Pornographers visit our coffee bars when they're in town, we invited them to choose an exclusive lot to call their own in celebration of their new album, Brill Bruisers. Carl tasted samples with us in the garden of our Chelsea shop in New York and chose a Kenya coffee grown by Harrison Kiongo Miti. Flavors of mango, nectarine and green apple shine in this cheerful and sweet coffee.For those not near an Intelligentsia store, Brill Brew can be ordered online. It and the album will be available August 26.
Perhaps The New Pornographers will be selling it at their merch table on tour too? They play November 19 at Hammerstein Ballroom with openersThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Tickets are still available.
While its brewing, check out the "War on the East Coast" video below...
Comedian, actor, and master of deprecating storytelling Mike Birbiglia is no stranger to BAM, having recently appeared in This American Life: One Night Only at BAM (which actually ended up having two nights). He returns to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on September 5, this time to premiere his new show/tour, Thank God For Jokes. His new batch of jokes should be equal parts embarrassing and hilarious, as always, and it's definitely worth grabbing tickets before they're gone. Tickets for his BAM appearance go on sale August 5 for BAM members and August 7 for the general public.
The BAM show is the kickoff to what will be a busy fall of touring. All tour dates, which include shows in NJ and Purchase NY, are listed below...
Pussy Riot's Nadya and Maria in NYC in January (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are suing the Russian government in the European Court of Human Rights over their 2012 arrest and imprisonment:
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were given an amnesty in December after serving 21 months in prison and pre-trial confinement, are demanding €120,000 (£71,000) each in compensation, plus €10,000 in court fees. They argue that the investigation and prosecution violated their rights and amounted to torture.
"They didn't get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally in the European court of human rights," said Pavel Chikov, the head of the human rights legal group Agora, which is representing the two women.
"Plus they want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority. This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all." - [The Guardian]Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were released in December as part of a Russian amnesty.
You may remember that there were two drug-related deaths at last year's Electric Zoo Festival in New York, causing the final day to be canceled. Jeffrey Russ was one of the fatalities and now Federal prosecutors in Mahattan have brought charges agains the person they believe sold him the drugs. From the NY Times:Patrick Morgan, who at 23 is the same age that Mr. Russ was when he died, was arrested on Wednesday in Buffalo on charges of narcotics distribution and narcotics conspiracy, after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration that zeroed in on the group of friends involved in the alleged drug deal as recounted in the criminal complaint against Mr. Morgan. Both charges carry a maximum prison term of 20 years.
One of the friends, who was not identified in the complaint, cooperated with the D.E.A. special agent leading the investigation, Louis Schmidt. In March, the friend met with Mr. Morgan and discussed the drugs that Mr. Morgan allegedly sold the three, according to the complaint. After the meeting, the two exchanged text messages.
"Hey it was great to see you last week," the friend who was working with the authorities texted Mr. Morgan, the complaint states. "Glad we got to talk about Jeff a little it was bugging me. Just know that I no longer blame us for giving the molly to him because it was him that made the mistake of taking too much."Morgan is currently out on a $100,000 signature bond.
by Bill Pearis
Portland's Wampire are back with their second album, Bazaar, which will be out October 7 via Polyvinyl. Originally a duo of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps, Wampire are now officially a five-piece and the new album was recorded direct-to-tape at Brooklyn's The Museum, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Jacob Portrait behind the boards. (Pre-orders are available now.) The band are still mining late-'70s / early-'80s soft rock (I have a feeling these guys own a couple Gerry Rafferty LPs), and the saxophone makes an appearance on the new album's first single, "Wizard Staff," which you can stream (via Stereogum) below.
Wampire will be opening for Temples on the West Coast leg of their current tour. All dates, plus the new track stream, below...
The dudes just got off tour with Eagulls, and as we mentioned they've got two NYC shows coming up. The first is at Mercury Lounge with fellow Chicagoans The Lemons on August 13 (tickets), and the second is at Baby's All Right on August 14 with Public Access TV in addition to The Lemons (tickets). If you'd like to go to either of the NYC shows for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to each. Details for that are below.
Twin Peaks have expanded their tour since we last posted as well. Updated tour dates, along with the video for "Flavor," below...
by Bill Pearis
Los Angeles band LA Font make hooky guitar pop that's equal parts '70s powerpop and '90s indie rock. I caught them in Austin at SXSW this year and they're a pretty fun live band too. Their debut album, Diving Man, came out last fall and they just released a new 7" this week. Both are worth checking out and you can stream them below.
LA Font will be making their first trip to the East Coast next month, including two NYC shows: August 24 at Baby's All Right with Swimming, and Radical Dads (tickets), and then Cake Shop on August 25 with more TBA.
All dates are listed, along with album and 7" streams, below...
UK band Temples are currently on tour in North America and were in NYC last night (7/30) to make their network TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They played "Shelter Song" off their debut album, Sun Structures, and you can watch that below.
Temples will be back in NYC next week to play the River Rocks finale on August 7 with Here We Go Magic and Spires. That show is free. They'll also play Montauk's The Surf Lodge on August 9 which is free as well. The band will be on tour through the end of October, including another NYC show at Irving Plaza on 10/27 (tickets).
All dates are listed, along with their Fallon performance video, below.
Menzingers acoustic, Lawrence Arms' Brendan Kelly & more playing Red Scare 10th anniversary pre-party in NYC
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.
Alvvays share new video, opening for Fucked Up in Canada, Real Estate in the UK, returning to US this fall (dates)
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...
pioneering Italian DJ Daniele Baldelli playing the US, including Warm Up & Output; Simian Mobile Disco DJing Cameo
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 touring, playing The Wick w/ Anders Parker and Death Vessel; Egyptrixx & friends playing there after
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...