Modest Mouse got ‘Sound Advice’ from Vanessa Bayer, add tour dates

photo: Modest Mouse at Prospect Park in July (more by David Andrako)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse have already played three NYC shows in support of this year’s Strangers to Ourselves, and they’ve now added a Long Island stop to their ongoing tour. It happens October 22 at The Space at Westbury, the day after their New Haven, CT show. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon.

Isaac Brock was the latest victim of Vanessa Bayer‘s ‘Sound Advice’ series. Watch that video, with the list of MM tour dates, below…

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What’s going on Wednesday? (Father John Misty, Faith No More, Hot Chip, Miguel, Ratking, Yo La Tengo & more)

photo: Father John Misty @ Bowery Ballroom in February (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Miguel @ Bowery Ballroom
Miguel made one of the best albums of the alt-R&B explosion with 2012′s Kaleidoscope Dream, and this year he managed to follow it one that’s at least as good, Wildheart.

Hot Chip, Georgia @ Webster Hall
Coming off their strongest album arguably since The Warning, UK dance act Hot Chip hit Webster Hall for their second of two shows, tonight with Museum of Love which is fronted by Pat Mahoney who has toured as their drummer.

Father John Misty, Angel Olsen, Summer Moon @ Central Park SummerStage
Will Central Park be big enough for the oversized persona of J. Tillman’s Father John Misty? We shall see. This is a solid show overall with the great Angel Olsen opening.

Dither, Lee Ranaldo, Yo La Tengo, Mark Stewart, Matmos @ Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell
It’s a night of guitars at center stage at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, featuring guitar quartet Dither with renowned Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo; a new collaboration with Yo La Tengo, compositions by Eve Beglarian and Joshua Lopes, plus Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint” performed by Mark Stewart and a live ensemble of 13 electric guitars and basses.

Jurassic Park (movie screening), Guardian Alien @ McCarren Park
It may be the biggest box office lizard ever, but it pales in comparison to Speilberg’s original which shows tonight at Summerscreen. Before the movie, Greg Fox’s Guardian Alien plays live. Free.

Shabazz Palaces, Eaters @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Featuring Palaceer Lazaro (Butterfly from Digable Planets), Shabazz Palaces continue to push rap into new realms, as heard on last year’s Sub Pop album, Lese Majesty. Opening act Eaters make soundtrack-y, synth compositions.

Ezra Furman, J Fernandez, Emily Einhorn Rough Trade
Having been around for a while, Ezra Furman is making waves with the poppy and deeply personal Perpetual Motion People. Opening is underrated Chicago singer-songwriter J Fernandez.

FOLD Festival @ Martha Clara Vineyards
Nile Rodgers conceived of this acronymed, two-day festival (“Freak Out, Let’s Dance”) that promises lots of cross- pollination between performers (today Duran Duran, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Grandmaster Melle Mel and Rodgers’ band, Chic) and nothing but the hits.

Ratking, Bishop Nehru @ East River Park Amphitheatre
Ratking have been having a pretty good year thanks to their solid 700 Fill EP and guest spot on Earl Sweatshirt’s fantastic new album. Tonight they team up with Bishop Nehru, who’s no slouch on the mic. And it’s free.

Incubus, Deftones, Death From Above 1979, The Bots @ Jones Beach
We wouldn’t normally get excited about an Incubus tour, but alt-metal bashers Deftones and dance-punk greats Death From Above 1979 on one bill sounds like a pretty great way to spend a night.

Faith No More, Refused @ Theater at MSG
For fans of boundary-pushing heavy music, this bill is pretty amazing. Both bands returned this year with looooong-awaited new albums that had them in fine form, and both have still got it live too.

For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Hot Chip played Baby’s All Right with Georgia and covered Bruce Springsteen & LCD Soundsystem (pics, setlist)

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Hot Chip @ Baby’s All Right 8/3/2015
Hot Chip
Hot Chip

As I walked up to Baby’s All Right on Monday (8/3) there was a massive truck parked outside on Broadway. A lot of movies film right around there, so at first I thought it was for a shoot but then I wondered if this was for Hot Chip. The door guy at Baby’s confirmed and it really hit me that these guys just don’t play places this size anymore.  (They’re at Webster Hall tonight and Wednesday.) In fact I’m pretty sure they haven’t played anywhere this small since their first NYC show which was at Rothko in 2005 (with Maximo Park, who was there?).

Hot Chip maybe weren’t expecting quite such a small place either. The band are touring as a seven-piece, with former New Young Pony Club drummer Sarah Jones and longtime auxiliary member Rob “Grovesnor” Smoughton helping out. As we mentioned ealier today, there was so much gear onstage, there was almost no space for opener Georgia and her band to set up, so she only was able to play two songs solo with a small drum kit. They also had two mixing desks taking up up some of the floor’s real estate. It was a lot of stuff.

Little of that mattered once Hot Chip hit the stage at 10 PM, and they seemed energized by being this close to their audience. Having a great new album (my favorite since The Warning) doesn’t hurt either and neither does having the extremely talented Jones and Smoughton behind them. We got a 90-minute show that featured the best of the new record, plus most of the singles from their older records. It was a hitfest. Old songs got new arrangements, and the’ve worked out clever transitions between songs so that it was a fairly seamless show, with guitarist Al Doyle occasionally taking a moment to introduce members of the band. Highlights for me were new songs “Easy to Get” and “Started Right,” which were stitched together, and the heartfelt “Alley Cats” from One Life Stand.

For the encore we got “Look at Where We Are,” “Boy from School” and then a pretty great cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” which got even better when Doyle, who spent time in LCD Soundsystem, turned the song into an ad-hoc cover of “All My Friends.” It was a great moment. Pictures from the night, including ones of Georgia’s brief opening set, are in this post.

This was a private show for members of Jukely, a concert subscription service where you pay a monthly fee for access to select show, as well as special events like this. Hot Chip play tonight (8/4) at Webster Hall with Georgia again and then Wednesday (8/5) with Museum of Love, both of which are sold out. More pics from the Baby’s show, below…

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Cult Leader streaming ‘Useless Animal,’ playing shows (dates)

by Andrew Sacher

Cult Leader

Cult Leader (aka 3/4 of Gaza) followed last year’s Nothing For Us Here EP in June with the Useless Animal EP on Deathwish. The first two songs are both sludgy minute-and-a-half metallic hardcore songs, but they switch it up for the seven-minute closer, “You Are Not My Blood.” Gone are the distortion pedals and screams, in favor of a brooding Swans-like dirge. Check out the whole EP below.

Cult Leader are playing some shows this October, including a stop in NYC on 10/23 at Acheron with NJ’s The Banner. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the EP stream, below…

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Nightmare of You back with Sammy Siegler, playing their debut in full at Bowery Ballroom in December

by Andrew Sacher

Nightmare of You

We just posted pictures of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah playing their debut in full for its tenth anniversary, and here’s another band you may not have thought about in ten years about to do the same thing: Nightmare of You. They haven’t played live at all in a few years, and frontman Brandon Reilly has lately been busy with The Movielife reunion. But they’ll be picking back up to play their 2005 self-titled in full on December 11 at Bowery Ballroom. They’ll have original drummer Sammy Siegler (Judge, CIV, Youth of Today, etc) in tow for this show (he left the band in 2008), and they’re promising special guests too. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/5) at noon.

If you missed out on Nightmare of You the first time around, it was a chance for these former punk/hardcore musicians to dive fully into Smiths/Cure/etc worship. Some of it lives up pretty well — listen to a few highlights from the album, below…

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Flesh World played Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics); Limp Wrist add late show at Silent Barn

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Flesh World @ MHOW 8/1/2015
Flesh World

San Francisco’s Flesh World just played three NYC shows: Baby’s All Right on Thursday (7/30) with Radioactivity and Honey Radar, then they opened for Total Control at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with Lust for Youth and Sannhet, and then played later that night (much later) at Acheron. Jess Scott still writes the same style of songs, musically at least, as she did in the underrated Brilliant Colors but Limp Wrist’s Scott Moore’s snaking, snarling guitar leads definitely push things into the punkier side of post-punk. It was a short but terrific set from them at MHOW. Pictures from their set are in this post.

We mentioned that Limp Wrist would be playing Silent Barn on August 6 after the Flesh World tour ends. Since we last spoke, that show sold out, but they added a late one. After the 7 PM show with Didi, In School, Frau and Honeysuck, they’ll play an 11 PM show with Crazy Spirit and Frau (tickets).

More Flesh World pics below…

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What’s going on Tuesday? (Hot Chip, Avengers, J. Cole / Big Sean, KMFDM, Deftones / DFA1979, Stan Ridgway, more)

photo: Hot Chip in Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Hot Chip

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

Hot Chip, Georgia @ Webster Hall
Coming off their strongest album arguably since The Warning, UK dance act Hot Chip hit Webster Hall for their first of two shows, tonight with fellow Domino recording artist Georgia.

The Avengers, Shellshag, Surfbort @ The Bell House
San Francisco punk greats The Avengers — which still feature founding members Penelope Houston and Greg Ingraham — are heading to the UK for a short tour but are kindly stopping here on the way there.

Stan Ridgeway @ Joe’s Pub
Both with his band Wall of Voodoo and on solo albums, Stan Ridgway is a vivid storyteller, bringing a noir style (and a distinctive vocal style and harmonica-playing) to tales of love, lust, unhappy accidents, procrastination, ghost marines in Vietnam, urban ennui and other subjects. Will he play “Mexican Radio,” “Camouflage” and “Ring of Fire”? Probably.

KMFDM, Chant @ Irving Plaza
Long-running industrial titans KMFDM invade NYC tonight. Fun game while you wait for them to go on: make up your own version of what KMFDM stands for. Here’s one: Kylie Minogue Fries Doughnuts Menacingly. We’re not especially good at this game, btw.

J. Cole, Big Sean, YG, Jeremih @ MSG
J. Cole’s out on the road supporting his late 2014 release, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and he’s got some pretty great openers: Big Sean, who made his best album yet this year, krazy Compton rapper YG, and alt-R&B standout Jeremih (who also makes this show worth it on his own — he really doesn’t tour enough).

Incubus, Deftones, Death From Above 1979, The Bots @ PNC Bank Arts Center
We wouldn’t normally get excited about an Incubus tour, but alt-metal bashers Deftones and dance-punk greats Death From Above 1979 on one bill sounds like a pretty great way to spend a night.

Brandon Flowers, Donald Cumming @ Terminal 5
Brandon Flowers’ new album isn’t great, but it’s better than you might’ve guessed a solo record from the Killers frontman would be in 2015. Plus, you’ll hear a few from his main band tonight too.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Letts @ Prospect Park
Prospect Park hosts a night of mindie folk from Edward Sharpe and veteran New Orleans jazz from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

FOLD Festival @ Martha Clara Vineyards
Nile Rodgers conceived of this acronymed, two-day festival (“Freak Out, Let’s Dance”) that promises lots of cross- pollination between performers (today Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold and Rodgers’ band, Chic) and nothing but the hits.

For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Lust For Youth & Marching Church playing shows (together and separate) — dates & LFY pics from MHOW

photos by PSquared, words by Bill Pearis

Lust for Youth

Lust for Youth are on tour with Total Control and played with them at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1). On record it’s the project of Swede Hannes Norrvide (who lives in Denmark these days) but live they’re a trio with a guitarist and keyboardist. For me at least, they were reminiscent of another Swedish group, The Tough Alliance, who make similarly balaeric synthpop with a decidedly subversive attitude. (They have a dark side but, musically at least, it was not on display Saturday.) Lust for Youth were not the most exciting band to watch live (being boring almost seemed like the point), but they sounded good. Pics from their set are in this post.

Lust for Youth have more dates coming up, including two returns to NYC. The first is October 29 at Mercury Lounge with their Sacred Bones labelmates/Denmark neighbors Marching Church (the other band of Iceage singer Elias Bender Ronnefelt), and the second is November 19 at Palisades. Tickets for Merc go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/5) at noon. Tickets for Palisades are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Marching Church also have another NYC show the day before that Merc show at Saint Vitus (10/28) with Trans FX. Tickets for that one are on sale now. A longer Marching Church tour hasn’t been announced yet.

More Lust For Youth pics, and their list of dates, below…

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Total Control played two NYC shows (pics from Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Sannhet)

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Total Control / Sannhet @ MHOW 8/1/2015
Total Control
Sannhet

Australia’s Total Control were in NYC this weekend for two sold out shows, playing a very sweaty show at Palisades on Friday with Crazy Spirit and Nandas, and then a slightly cooler show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (8/1) with tourmates Lust for Youth (pics here), as well as Sannhet and Flesh World (pics here). While their records split the difference between straight-up punk and dark, synthy postpunk, Total Control stayed firmly on the punk side, though frontman Mikey Young did occasionally play a tiny Teenage Engineering OP-1 that was somewhat comically set up on a normal sized keyboard stand.

Pacing around the stage and growling out lyrics through gnashed teeth, Young was a menacing presence even while having a scarf draped over his head most of the night. He and the rest of the band (all of whom play in about seven other bands each) banged out song after song with little in the way of stage banter, keeping the energy high. This was an older crowd, so not too much in the way of a pit, but it was a sea of nodding heads. Did I wish they’d played “Scene from a Marriage?” Yes, but I left very satisfied nonetheless. Let’s hope this is not the last time we’ll get to see them in NYC.

Sannhet were probably the odd band out on this bill (most of the crowd was downstairs during their set, to be honest), but their proggy brand of instrumental metal — and the band’s arresting lighting — was impressive.

More pics from Total Control (including one of their setlist) and Sannhet are below…

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DIIV announce fall tour with No Joy & Sunflower Bean (dates)

photo: DIIV @ Levitation Fest 2015 (more by PSquared)
DIIV at Levitation Fest 2015

DIIV have yet to share a song from their upcoming new album, Is the Is Are, but they’ve just announced an extensive fall tour with No Joy and Sunflower Bean joining them on most dates. The tour wraps up in NYC at Webster Hall on November 8 with both No Joy and Sunflower Bean on the bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon.

All tour dates are listed below.

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