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What's going on Friday? (Joanna Gruesome, Handsome Family, Single Mothers, Una Bestia Incontrolable & more)

August 29, 2014 - 12:21am

Joanna Gruesome @ Shea Stadium earlier this week (more by Dylan Johnson)

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

Joanna Gruesome, Big Ups @ South Street Seaport (FREE)
Joanna Gruesome pull equally from indie pop and aggressive punk, and the energy of their super-fun live shows leans more towards the latter. Big Ups pull from early '90s post-hardcore, and like JG, their live show is really where it's at. This show is free -- a great way to start off your Labor Day Weekend.

Handsome Family, Richard Buckner, Cereus Bright @ Rough Trade
True Detective may not have scored much at this year's Emmys, but the hit HBO show certainly brought deserved attention to veteran Americana gothic band Handsome Family via "Far From Any Road," which was used as the theme song.

Single Mothers, Dope Body, Vulture Shit, Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Canada's Single Mothers have been making highly promising literate punk for a few years now, and this year they're finally ready to release their long-awaited debut LP. The rest of the bill is great too, with noise rockers Dope Body, guitar-less punks Vulture Shit, and post-punks Ed Schrader's Music Beat.

Love as Laughter, August Wells, Prince Rupert's Drops @ Baby's All Right
Sam Jayne has fronted various incarnations of indie rock band Love As Laughter for 20 years, moving the band from the Pacific Northwest to Brooklyn. Their new single, "LZY SLDR," finds them still in catchy top form. Psych rockers Prince Ruperts Drops, set to drop a new album soon, open the show.

Boytoy, Las Rosas, Threats @ Baby's All Right
Las Rosas are perhaps Brooklyn's best garage rock band. This late night show (doors at midnight) is free.

Una Bestia Incontrolable, Survival, Nandas, Negation @ Death by Audio
Una Bestia Incontrolable are in town all the way from Barcelona for two shows in NYC this weekend, this being the first. Their new 7" on Iron Lung Records suggests this will be a wild show.

Ratking, Salomon Faye @ Pianos
Alt-rap trio Ratking have no lack of shows in their hometown of NYC, and this one's on the smaller side.

Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth @ Asbury Lanes
Perfect Pussy's live shows are rarely more than 15 minutes of nonstop noise punk, and the short sets are always an absolute thrill to watch. Potty Mouth's poppy punk is a good match.

Hector's Pets, Big Huge, Sunset Guns @ Rippers
It's the unofficial end of Summer, so why not spend it at this Rockaway Beach spot with a night of free music, headlined by Burger band Hector's Pets? The fun starts at 6 PM.

Electric Zoo @ Randall's Island
EDM festival Electric Zoo is probably something you want to avoid at all costs, but on the off chance you're getting dragged there, there's some stuff worth catching today like A-Trak, Jamie xx, Gesaffelstein, Bonobo, Gorgon City and Tensnake.

Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper @ Jones Beach
Two generations of authority-thumbing hard rock hit Jones Beach tonight. The musicians who made the music may be getting up there but "Dr. Feelgood" and "Eighteen" (amongst others) remain rebel classics.

The Ugly Club, Bellows, Terrible Terrible, eskimeaux, Stargazy @ Shea Stadium
If you like introverted bedroom indie pop, Bellows and Eskimeaux (who share members) should both be up your alley.

Such Hounds, Dead Stars, Left & Right, Crow Bait @ The Grand Victory
Relive various sounds of the '90s with indie rockers Dead Stars, poppy punks Left & Right, and alt-country punks Crow Bait.

Mouth of the Architect, Set And Setting, So Hideous, Hush @ The Acheron
For those who like their metal on the atmospheric side, all four bands at the Acheron tonight should hit the spot.

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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Xiu Xiu playing shows, including NYC one-off w/ Yvette

August 28, 2014 - 6:01pm

Xiu Xiu at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)

Xiu Xiu only has a few tour dates coming up at the moment, but one of those is a one-off in NYC happening on October 18 at Glasslands. He's promising Xiu XIu songs from 2002-2004 and 2014, which means we can count on material from this year's Angel Guts: Red Classroom and plenty from the much-loved early period of his career. Strong support comes from locals Yvette. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/29) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a stream from his 2002-2004 period, below...

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The Boomtown Rats reformed, playing NYC and Boston (dates, tickets on sale)

August 28, 2014 - 5:45pm

Like Madness and the Jam, the Boomtown Rats generally matched considerable Anglo-European success with near-total American commercial obscurity. Despite a string of intelligent, irresistible pop singles and intricate, skillful, unpredictable albums filled with assorted musical styles and sounds, the only US hit the Rats ever had was the morbid ballad "I Don't Like Mondays." While their albums are not uniformly excellent, the band's commitment to quality and growth, plus singer/songwriter Bob Geldof's magnetic personality, help elevate even lesser efforts to listenability, and much of their work is downright brilliant. - [Trouser Press]The Boomtown Rats reformed in 2013 to play the Isle of Wight Festival, their first live performance since 1986, and have kept playing shows. They'll be in the Northeast this fall to play New York's Terminal 5 on September 26 and Boston's Royale on September 28. Tickets to the T5 and Boston shows are on sale now.

Both those US shows are part of the "Smithwick's Presents The Big Session" featuring fellow Irish bands The Stunning, and Mundy. All dates are listed, along with a few videos, below...

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Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue & Oneirogen played Union Pool (pics)

August 28, 2014 - 5:35pm

photos by Greg Cristman

Falls of Rauros @ Union Pool - 8/27/14

Two excellent New England black metal bands joined forces in NYC last night (8/27), as Maine's Falls of Rauros and Masachusetts' Obsidian Tongue played an Invisible Oranges-presented show along with NY-based experimental metal composer Oneirogen at Union Pool. The two bands were well-paired, as both deal in the rustic-sounding atmospheric black metal that is associated with the pacific northwest, and both do it very well. Falls have a new album on the way and treated the crowd to some of that, as well as old stuff too.

More pictures from the show, below...

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Lansing-Dreiden, Connan Mockasin, Quilt, Weyes Blood, La Hell Gang & more playing Mexican Summer shows this fall

August 28, 2014 - 5:20pm

photos by PSquared

Lansing-Dreiden / Weyes Blood at Mexican Summer Five, 2013

Mexican Summer threw the two-day Mexican Summer Five fest in Red Hook last year to celebrate their half decade of existence. This year, they'll be doing it again, albeit on a slightly smaller scale with two back-to-back shows at Williamsburg venues. On October 15 at Glasslands its Jorge Elbrecht's Lansing-Dreiden, who have only played a handful of live shows ever. (Jorge is also in other bands like Violens and the new Coral Cross.) Also notable is the first US show by Chilean psych rock outfit La Hell Gang, whose new album Thru Me Again just came out on the label. (Stream a few tracks below.) Arp and new Mexican Summer signee Jefre Cantu-Ledesma round out the bill.

Then on October 16 at Baby's All Right, Connan Mockasin headlines a line-up that also includes Boston's Quilt and Weyes Blood (whose new album will be out the week after this show). The Baby's show is also a benefit for the Shoe4Africa charity which "facilitates health, social and educational programming within East African communities."

Tickets for both shows are on sale now. Flyers for both nights, plus (very) belated sets of pics of Lansing-Dreiden and Weyes Blood from Mexican Summer Five and La Hell Gang streams, below...

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GWAR documentary coming (watch the 9-minute trailer)

August 28, 2014 - 4:25pm

by Ian Chainey

GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)

Style Weekly dug deeply into GWAR this week and for good reason: the band have had a year like few others. Certainly, the sad news of Dave Brockie's passing will be the lasting memory for many, but after their downs, GWAR also had their ups. They've released a mountain of atypical merch and marketing ideas -- some good, some not so much. They're going back out on the road with Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity, and American Sharks. When they've played Oderus-less, they've looked in good form. And now there's going to be a GWAR documentary.

The nine minute trailer for Let There Be GWAR details the band's beginnings, showing how frustrated art school castaways built a band to fit their fantasies. It's actually a rather inspiring story and a clever piece of cinema, utilizing a picture-in-picture talking head technique to great effect. Of course, GWAR aren't just any band, but their origins are similar to other lifers that keep on doing it out of love. If you've winced at their recent capitalistic streak, it's a nice palette cleanser. A date and other release information for the Don Drakulich-directed documentary hasn't made the rounds yet, but you can watch the full nine minute trailer below.

Speaking of GWAR-related documentaries, you can catch them in Riot on the Dance Floor, the new film about Trenton, NJ rock club City Gardens, which makes its BV-presented NYC premiere TONIGHT (8/28).

Let There Be GWAR trailer below...

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Field Report releasing a new LP, going on tour (dates, streams)

August 28, 2014 - 4:15pm

Field Report at Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Field Report, the recording project of Justin Vernon associate Chris Porterfield (and an anagram of his name), is releasing his sophomore album, Marigolden, on October 7 via Partisan. You can stream two synth-coated folk rockers from the LP, "Home" and Wings," below. Field Report will also go on a tour in support of the album which kicks off on September 30 at Bowery Electric for a Communion night with Quiet Life, SWIMM, Sherman Ewing, Jilette Johnson and The Bones of JR Jones. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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

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College touring North America (dates)

August 28, 2014 - 3:40pm

French electronic musician College (aka David Grellier), who, among other things, contributed the song "A Real Hero" with Electric Youth to the Drive soundtrack, will be returning to North America for a tour here this fall. The tour kicks off in DC and hits NYC the next night on November 28 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/29) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

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Jad Fair releasing four collaborative LPs in 2014, including one w/ Danielson & they're touring together (dates, LP stream)

August 28, 2014 - 3:00pm

Daniel and Jad

Prolific cult artist Jad Fair released a collaborative album with Danielson, titled Solid Gold Heart, and you can stream the whole thing below. You can hear it live too, as Jad and Danielson will be touring together next month, including a show in NYC at Glasslands on September 12. Also playing that show is Don Fleming (who, among other things, spent time in Fair's old band Half Japanese), plus Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel. (Peter also plays NYC tonight [8/28].) Tickets are on sale now. Making this tour, and the Glasslands show in particular, all the more a family affair, longtime Jad Fair collaborator Kramer (whose label Shimmydisc released a lot of Fair's records) will be part of the ensemble.

This is one of four collaborative albums Fair is releasing this year as part of Joyful Noise Recordings' "Artist in Residence" series. The other three are with R. Stevie Moore, Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake, and Strobe Talbot.

Half Japanese are also a week away from releasing their first album in 13 years, Overjoyed (due 9/2 via Joyful Noise), and you can stream that in full via Pitchfork.

Dates are listed, along with the Solid Gold Heart album stream, below...

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Bon Iver's Justin Vernon & more playing Win Butler's Pop vs Jock basketball game during Pop Montreal 2014

August 28, 2014 - 2:42pm

Pop vs Jock 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Arcade Fire singer Win Butler's annual charity basketball game, Pop vs Jock, will go down in conjunction with Pop Montreal once again this year. The game takes place on September 20 at the McGill University Sports Centre, and includes Win along with fellow Pop vs Jock alumni Will Butler (his brother, also of Arcade Fire), Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), and newcomer Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Former NBA player Brent Barry and current player Matt Bonner round out the lineup as well. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds will go to DJ Sports Club, a charity offering sports and education programs to Montreal youth.

Arcade Fire were just in NYC for a three night run at Barclays Center.

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Bob Dylan announces tour, including 4 nights at the Beacon, completing 'Basement Tapes,' met The Beatles 50 years ago

August 28, 2014 - 2:03pm

Bob Dylan will be hitting the road again this year for a tour which culminates in NYC with a four-night run at Beacon Theatre from November 28 to December 2. These should be special shows for Bob Dylan, who often plays larger venues like Jones Beach and Barclays Center. Right before the Beacon run, Dylan also plays another show nearby NYC on November 26 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Tickets for NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday, September 5 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Bob Dylan will also now complete his ongoing Basement Tapes series with the release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4 via Columbia/Legacy:The Basement Tapes Complete brings together, for the first time ever, every salvageable recording from the tapes including recently discovered early gems recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home in upstate New York. Garth Hudson worked closely with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of this music preserved digitally for the first time.

The decision was made to present The Basement Tapes Complete as intact as possible. Also, unlike the official 1975 release, these performances are presented as close as possible to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967. The tracks on The Basement Tapes Complete run in mostly chronological order based on Garth Hudson's numbering system.Tracklists below.

Today (August 28) also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the day Bob Dylan met The Beatles and introduced them to marijuana. Dylan's next album had a full-band electric side, and The Beatles' next one had a folk song ("I'm A Loser").

All Bob Dylan tour dates are listed, with the Basement Tapes tracklists, below...

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James Murphy making music based on data from US Open tennis matches

August 28, 2014 - 1:25pm

After dabbling in film and coffee, James Murphy has finally gotten back to making music. Sort of. Murphy has teamed up with some big brains at IBM to generate music based on game data from 2014 US Open matches which is happening as we speak out in Forest Hills, Queens. (Did they pick him for his fondness for wearing white?) The project, called The US Open Sessions, uses every point, ace and foot fault to create bleeps and bloops coming out of your speakers. (It's very bleepy and bloopy.) Some 400 hours of it will be generated by the end of things on September 8. It's being generated live, so if you're watching on TV and want a soundtrack to it, here you go. The matches' music is archived as well. For more on this,  a short video of how this all came about can be watched in this post.

In related news, we weren't able to get James to sit on our City Gardens Q&A panel at AMC Loews Village 7 tonight (8/28), but we do hope he comes to watch the documentary about the club he once worked at as a bouncer.

US Open Sessions video below...

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Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion made a video, touring; Gerard Way and Frank Iero playing shows too (dates)

August 28, 2014 - 12:40pm

Geoff Rickly w/ United Nations at Saint Vitus on 8/2 (more by Greg Cristman)

Former Thursday frontman Geoff RIckly has been a busy guy this year, having already put out releases with two bands he's currently singing in, post-hardcore art project United Nations and the synth rock band No Devotion that he formed with the remaining members of Lostprophets (the ones who are not in jail for unspeakable crimes). United Nations recently wrapped up a tour (check out pics from NYC) and now No Devotion will be hitting the road as well.

No Devotion's tour includes multiple dates opening for Neon Trees, but they'll be headlining some smaller shows too, including one in NYC on October 28 at Glasslands. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/29) at 10 AM. No Devotion also just put out a video for "Eyeshadow" from their debut single, which you can watch with the full list of tour dates, below.

Another band that hailed from the same NJ scene as Thursday, and whose debut album was produced by Geoff, My Chemical Romance, has also splintered into various new projects. Frontman Gerard Way has gone solo and is playing shows this year including NYC/NJ on October 20 at Irving Plaza, October 22 at Starland Ballroom and October 23 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale here for Irving and Starland, and here for Webster. MCR guitarist Frank Iero is now playing as Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration, and they've got some shows as well including NJ on September 6 at Gamechanger with The Scandals, This Good Robot and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All of Frank and Gerard's dates are listed, with the No Devotion video and dates, below...

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watch a video of Roseland Ballroom being demolished

August 28, 2014 - 12:28pm

(via Rosa Goldensohn)

Roseland Ballroom shut its gates for good back in April after 56 years on 52nd St. The guts of the club are now being demolished which you can witness six seconds of via a Vine (via Gothamist) below. Do you miss Roseland?

Sad Vine video below...

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Peaking Lights releasing 'Cosmic Logic' (stream a track), opening for Real Estate at T5

August 28, 2014 - 12:12pm

by Bill Pearis

Dubby duo Peaking Lights are back with their third album, Cosmic Logic, which will be out October 7 via Weird World / Domino. Members Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis made the record themselves in LA and it was mixed by DFA's Matt Thornley. Where previous records have been blisfully happy to coast on vibes, Cosmic Logic is a step into more immediate, poppy territory. At least for Peaking Lights. Stream the first single, "Breakdown," below and you can check out an animated version of the album artwork over at their website.

Right before the album's release, Peaking Lights will be in NYC to open for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on October 2. Regal Degal and "very special guest" (and Real Estate video director) Tom Scharpling have also been added to that bill and tickets are still available.

If you're in San Francisco this weekend, Peaking Lights play The Chapel on Saturday (8/31) with Dream Boys. That's their only other date currently on their schedule. Album art, tracklist, "Breakdown" stream and T5 show poster below...

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What's going on Thursday? (City Gardens doc premiere, Reigning Sound, Widowspeak, Peter Stampfel & more)

August 28, 2014 - 12:01am

Reigning Sound in Chicago in 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)

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

City Gardens 'Riot On the Dance Floor' documentary @ Loews Village East
Riot on the Dance Floor, the long-in-the-works documentary on storied NJ punk/metal club City Gardens, is finally coming out this year, and it makes its NYC premiere tonight, proudly presented by BrooklynVegan. In addition to the screening, there will be a Q&A with director Steve Tozzi, City Gardens booker-and-subject-of-the-documentary Randy Now, Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Sim Cain (Rollins Band), John Joseph (Cro-Mags) and Howie Abrams (co-founder of In-Effect Records).

'Riot On the Dance Floor' afterparty w/ Gibby Haynes (DJ Set) @ Bowery Electric
After the screening, head to Bowery Electric for the free afterparty which Buthole Surfer Gibby Haynes is DJing. It's free and open to anyone 21 or over, whether you came to the movie or not. Stop by!

Heaven's Jail, Prospector, The Loom @ Baby's All Right
Tonight's the record release show for the new Heaven's Jail album, Ace Called Zero. Says producer Phosphorescent of main man Francesco Ferorelli, "He has the ability to casually sneak complex imagery and metaphor into a deceptively simple package. It's just great songwriting. Simple as that."

Reigning Sound, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, The Above @ Bowery Ballroom
Reigning Sound signed to Merge for this year's Shattered LP, which is more quality garage rock from the long-running band. This show's doubly exciting since Daptone-signed soul traditionalist Naomi Shelton opens.

Nancy, Atlantic Thrills, Ravi Shavi, Larry and the Babes @ Death By Audio
Ravi Shavi and Atlantic Thrills are both from Rhode Island and make Nuggets-style psych. They're on the bill with greasy Brooklyn rockers Nancy.

Widowspeak @ MoMA
It's the last of the MoMA Nights series which takes place in the museum's lovely Sculpture Garden where indie fans and ladies who lunch intermingle to the sounds of Widowspeak.

New Myths, The Suzan, Midnight Hollow, Basic Shapes, The Britnays @ Pianos
Brooklyn synthpop trio New Myths will release their debut album this fall and tonight's the last of their August residency shows.

THUMPERS, Sun Club, Little Racer @ Rough Trade
If big, synthy festival indie pop like CHVRCHES is your kinda thing, you may dig recent Sub Pop signees Thumpers too.

Peter Stampfel, Maharadja Sweets, Lazurite @ Trans-Pecos
Peter Stampfel is a veteran of folk, having been in the Holy Modal Rounders, and he stays very active today too. He's been a frequent Jeffrey Lewis collaborator as of late, and this year he put out a solo album on Don Giovanni.

Vic Ruggiero, Kepi Ghoulie, Todd Fausnacht @ Grand Victory
It's a good night for solo sets from ska/punk veterans with Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers) and Kepi Ghoulie (Groovie Ghoulies). The Snails' Todd Fausnacht opens.

Museum of Love, Cosmic Kids, JKriv (DJ sets) @ Verboten
Musuem of Love, the new band from LCD drummer Pat Mahoney (he sings!), just made their NYC live debut last weekend. Tonight's just a DJ set, but it is free.

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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ZZ Top and Jeff Beck cancel tour dates due to injury

August 27, 2014 - 11:29pm

ZZ (more by Greg Cristman)

The announcement says:Jeff Beck and ZZ Top Regrettably announce the suspension of the remaining scheduled double-bill tour dates due to an injury sustained by ZZ Top bassist, Dusty Hill.

Beginning with tonight's show in Clarkston, MI and continuing through to the last show in Thackerville, OK, all dates are now suspended and fans can obtain refunds through point of purchase.

However, Jeff and his band - Jimmy Hall on Vocals, Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums and Nicolas Meier on guitar will move forward with the following three previously scheduled dates, Tyler Bryant will open:

August 29 Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca, NY
August 30 The Concert Venue @ Harrah's Atlantic City, NJ
August 31 MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT

In addition, dates scheduled for West Palm Beach, Tampa, St. Augustine, Atlanta, Thackerville and Houston will potentially be rescheduled. Patrons should hold onto their ticket stubs for a possible future announcement.

"While we are very disappointed to not continue this tour with ZZ Top, our thoughts and best wishes are for Dusty to have a speedy recovery," stated Beck.CANCELLED DATES, which include Jones Beach, ARE LISTED BELOW....

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CMJ initial 2014 line-up released

August 27, 2014 - 8:59pm

The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...

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Pentagram announce tour with Bang, Radio Moscow, Kings Destroy & more (dates)

August 27, 2014 - 6:35pm

By Ian Chainey

Pentagram at The Power of the Riff East, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Pentagram, America's 40-plus-year-old doom institution, are heading back out on the road in October. The enduring dazers, now with guitar wiz Victor Griffin back in the fold, will be supported by Radio Moscow, Bang, and Kings Destroy. The tour will pass through places like Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, with possibly more dates to be announced in the near future. On November 1, they'll hit NYC's Gramercy Theatre with additional support from Blood Ceremony. Tickets will be surely be posted soon. The full list of dates appears below.

Fronted by the indefatigable and gonzo Bobby Liebling, star of the Last Days Here documentary, Pentagram have found themselves as elder statesmen in the American metal scene. Their last album, Last Rites, was released in 2011. As for their tourmates, hard-rockers Bang -- best known to relic collectors for their '71 self-titled album -- reformed this year to play a few US dates. Psych rockers Radio Moscow released their fourth album, Magical Dirt, back in June. Brooklyn stoner metallers Kings Destroy have found themselves on a number of bills, including earlier this month with Blackfinger and the upcoming Black Cobra and Lo-Pan show at Saint Vitus on September 18. And Canadian occult doomers Blood Ceremony cut the single Let It Come Down / Loving You in April.

All of the dates along with streams from the bands and the trailer for the Last Days Here documentary appear below.

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Cass McCombs & Meat Puppets releasing split 7" for fall co-headlining tour (streams)

August 27, 2014 - 6:34pm

As mentioned, Cass McCombs is hitting the road with veteran cowpunks Meat Puppets for a co-headlining tour that includes two nights at Rough Trade around Halloween (October 31 & November 1) (tickets). For the occasion, Cass and the Meat Puppets are releasing a split single. Cass' side features two new originals, and the Meat Puppets cover The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" and Texas Tornados' "Hey Baby (Que Paso)" on the flip. The latter's Kirk Kirkwood did the cover art (above) and you can stream a song from each side below.

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