X played ‘Los Angeles’ in full at City Winery (pics setlist), playing ‘Wild Gift’ tonight in “first four LPs in four nights” run

photos by P Squared Photography

X @ City Winery 8/21/2014
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Los Angeles rock icons X are in the midst of a sold-out, four-night run at City Winery, each night playing one of the first four albums in full. It kicked off Thursday (8/21) with John, Excene and the rest of X tearing through their fiery 1980 debut, Los Angeles. A sitdown joint like City Winery may be a strange place to hear such an adrenalized punk rock album as this (and tonight’s Wild Gift), but it may fit the mood better when they get to Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World. After tearing through its nine short songs, they came back out with a keyboard player and an additional guitarist for a set of other X songs.

Pictures and setlist from X at City Winery night 1 are in this post. More below…

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Jessie Ware shares Shura remix of “Say You Love Me” (listen)

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware already released the title track and a bonus track from her new album Tough Love (due 10/21), and she’s since released another, “Say You Love Me” (not a Fleetwood Mac cover). This one’s a soulful ballad, co-written by Ed Sheeran, and it was just given a remix by Shura that makes it sound more sensual than soulful, and more in line with the atmospheric garage collaborations Jessie’s been known for.

Jessie will also be on tour soon, and appears on the new SBTRKT album.

Stream the new remix and the original below…

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Scott Weiland says he isn’t in jail for meth, no matter what TMZ says. UPDATE: TMZ says guy in jail is actually Weiland impersonator

Scott Weiland

The above screenshot comes from Scott Weiland‘s Facebook page where he posted a video saying he is not in jail for meth, but actually in an LA studio recording with his bandmates. This was in reaction to TMZ who still insists that Scott is in fact in jail. TMZ says:

Weiland just posted a video to Facebook saying he’s NOT in jail. He appears to be in an L.A. recording studio. But there’s a bit of a twist …

We just spoke to a rep for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. who tells us, “He is definitely in custody. We did a physical check on that inmate and he is currently in custody.”

And … the Beverly Hills Police Dept. gave us a written statement titled, “Celebrity Arrest,” and in the statement it says, “The suspect, former Stone Temple Pilots band member Scott Weiland (46 years of age), was taken into custody for burglary and possession of a controlled substance.”

Stay tuned …

TMZ’s initial claim is that Scott has been in jail for four weeks for stealing razors and meth possession… The PiLOT thickens.

UPDATE: TMZ admits their mistake with this update:

L.A. County Sheriffs are now confirming the famous Scott Weiland is NOT in custody … and have launched an investigation to find out who exactly they have locked up.

This story is unbelievable — Sheriffs tell us they believe a Scott Weiland impersonator is currently behind bars … and claim he looks identical to the singer … including his trademark red hair.

We’re told once TMZ called cops after the real Scott posted online video calling BS on his arrest — they went and confronted the unknown man and established he was a knockoff.

The sheriffs — who are in charge of the jail — claim the Beverly Hills PD made the arrest and ID’d the guy as the former Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland. Pseudo Scott was processed and has been in jail since July 26th.

The guy in jail allegedly stole the razors and had meth … but he ain’t famous.

Now he is?

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What’s going on Friday? (Arcade FIre, X, OFF!, Kevin Morby, The Clean, Sidekicks, Earthless, Oddball Comedy & more)

Arcade Fire in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Arcade Fire

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

Arcade Fire, The Unicorns, Dan Deacon @ Barclays Center
Arcade Fire’s massive Reflektor tour finally rolls into NYC tonight, for its first of three huge arena shows at Barclays Center. What New York-centric songs will they cover? What bobblehead celebrities will make an appearance? These shows are also doubly special because they’re three of the VERY few reunion dates for fellow Canadian indie faves the Unicorns. And night three (Sunday) will be triply special with NYC punk legends Television.

X @ City Winery
LA legends X will be performing their first four albums in full over a four-night stand at City Winery. Tonight is their classic second album, Wild Gift. Sold out.

OFF!, Bad Antics, Gay Kiss @ Europa
Keith Morris’ classic-hardcore-style supergroup OFF! are unfortunately without their regular drummer for this tour, but they didn’t get just anybody to replace him. Dale Crover of the Melvins will be sitting behind the kit tonight, so this should be a cool one to catch.

Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachmann, Weyes Blood @ Baby’s All Right
Guitar-slinger Steve Gunn, who you may have seen play with Kurt Vile’s band, will release his new album, Way Out Weather, on October 7 via Paradise of Bachelors. Catch some of that live tonight as he tours with the terrifically talented Kevin Morby (Babies, Woods) and by all means get their early for Weyes Blood.

TEEN, White Hinterland, VietNam, Bebe Panthere @ 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 is headlined by the neo-R&B sounds of Brooklyn’s TEEN.

Black Wine, Grand Pantry Men, Sore Saints, Brick Mower, Brett Davis, Tim Duffy @ Death by Audio
Black Wine’s punky new album is out now on Don Giovanni and tonight’s the release party with their labelmates Brick Mower, comedy from Brett Davis and Tim Duffy, and more.

Dead Gaze, Mystery Lights @ South Street Seaport
The penultimate Seaport Music Festival show of 2014 features Mississippi noise-pop band Dead Gaze whose most recent album, Brain Holiday, came out last year on FatCat. Opening are NYC’s psych-garage rockers Mystery Lights.

The Clean, Roya @ Glasslands
Infinitely influential New Zealand legends The Clean just got their entire output released on one four-LP vinyl box via Merge and play their second of two sold-out NYC shows tonight. Opening is Roya which features Clean drummer (and Brooklyn resident) Hamish Kilgour on drums and Rahil of Habibi on lead vocals.

Kitty, Buckwheat Groats, AWKAFINA, Maxo, Swag Toof @ Palisades
If you like your rap with a sense of humor (and hey, who doesn’t?), there’s plenty of that here.

Mates of State, Mike Lawrence, Sheng Wang, Christie Young @ Pine Box Rock Shop
Mates of State have been putting out quality indie pop of the Barsuk/Polyvinyl variety (the labels they are/were signed to) for over a decade now, and though it’s been three years since a new album, they’ll have no lack of solid material at this free show.

RJD2 @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Hop aboard tonight’s cruise and get a healthy helping of alt-hip hop beats from the man who’s been behind Aesop Rock, Cage, Soul Position and plenty more.

The Sidekicks, Sundials, Dowsing, Chumped @ Saint Vitus
If you dig bands that toe the line between indie rock and punk, all four of the ones on this bill at Saint Vitus tonight do that and they do it well.

Baked, Porches, Celestial Shore, Bueno, Steve Hartlett @ Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium once again plays host to a fill full of quality DIY rock coming from four NYC regulars and a solo set from Ovlov’s Steve Hartlett.

Beiju, ONWE, Bodega Bay, Babychange, Madam West @ Bowery Electric
It’s no surprise to see an indie band with a little irony thrown it, but ONWE practically relies on it. It’s catchy stuff either way.

Guided By Voices, Boogarins @ The Paramount
The ever-prolific Guided by Voices will play surely another marathon set tonight, boozy and riff-filled. Brazil’s Boogarins are worth showing up early to catch.

Kristeen Young, Handjob Academy, Wildcat @ Union Pool
If you’re not worrying about catching a cold from Kristeen Young (ask Morrissey), she plays tonight with clever/funny rap trio Handjob Academy.

Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Vibe Lounge (Long Island)
Cymbals Eat Guitars make some serious rock music on their new album, LOSE, which expands upon their already-solid sound and includes some of their best songs yet. Tonight they’re on Long Island. After this, five more NYC shows to go.

Earthless, The Shrine @ Mercury Lounge
Earthless are trusty providers riffs on riffs on riffs, and The Shrine may not offer the same kind of 14-minute epics, but they’ve got some shredders too.

Oddball Comedy Festival w. Bill Burr, Chris Hardwick, Dave Attell, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Brody Stevens @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
This year’s traveling comedy cavalcade is a hard to pass up lineup, featuring Louis CK, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Burress, Sarah Silverman and more.

Mr. Scruff, Monk One @ Output
Known for his 1999 hit “Get a Move On” and DJing marathon sets, veteran Ninja Tune act Mr Scruff brings a light, playful touch to his brand of electronica.

Kurtis Blow, Doug E Fresh, Rob Base, Melle Mel @ @ BB King Blues Club
It’s a night of real old school rap at BB King’s, headlined by Kurtis Blow whose first album came out in 1980.

Pete Swanson, Alberich, Vereker @ Baby’s All Right
Pete Swanson once named an album Punk Authority, which is actually a very fitting title, but don’t expect guitars at Baby’s tonight. It’s gonna be noise-fueled electronics all the way.

Jordan Carlos, Kyle Grooms, Hadiyah Robinson, Mike Recine, Eli Yudin, Jason Saenz @ Union Hall
The Brooklyn Comedy Fest continues tonight with this special edition of “Cheap Date,” featuring free snacks, sketches, amazing prizes… and notable comedians.

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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The Rentals streaming new LP, reveal tour openers; Hooray For Earth playing w/ Grooms & Porches (win tix & an LP!)

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Matt Sharp’s post-Weezer band The Rentals are releasing their first new album in 15 years next week (8/26) via Polyvinyl, and are now streaming it in full on Pitchfork. They also recently announced a short tour, for which openers have since been revealed. The East Coast run will get their Polyvinyl labelmates Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on all three dates, with Polyvinyl alumni Mates of State joining in NYC and Philly, and Hooray For Earth in Asbury Park. Tickets for NYC, NJ and Philly are on sale now. The West Coast gets We Are Scientists (whose Keith Murray will be in The Rentals for this tour) and The Rentals’ old pals/tourmates/collaborators Ozma (who put out a new LP this year which is streaming below). All dates are listed below.

Hooray For Earth have other shows much sooner than that, including a NYC show this Saturday (8/23) at Bowery Ballroom with Porches and Grooms. Tickets for that show are available and we’re also giving away a pair, along with a copy of their new LP, Racy. Details below. Also below is their new video for “Say Enough” from Racy and a stream of an experimental guitar track they recorded with Grooms.

SSLYBY also recently mentioned that they’re working on a new album at Seattle studio Hall of Justice, where Nirvana recorded Bleach and which former Death Cab guitarist Chris Walla now owns. Beau Sorenson, who co-produced 2010′s Let It Sway with Walla, is producing.

And last but not least, you can catch Mates of State in NYC much sooner at their previously discussed free show this Friday (8/22) at Pine Box Rock Shop.

Lists of Rentals and Hooray For Earth dates, plus streams, below…

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Cold Specks releasing new LP featuring Michael Gira, playing Afropunk Fest this weekend, touring this fall (dates, LP stream)

by Robb Sperry-Fromm

Cold Specks at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cold Specks

Canadian goth-inflected soul songwriter Cold Specks, who is playing AfroPunk this weekend in Brooklyn, will release Neuroplasticity on August 25, including two songs that feature Swans Michael Gira. One, already shared awhile ago, is called “Exit Plan.” The newer one is called “A Season of Doubt.” Both make excellent use of Gira in his sinister whisper/growl mode. Cold Specks also recently appeared on Swans’ To Be Kind, so things would seem to be coming full circle. You can stream album-closer “A Season of Doubt” and the other 90% of Neuroplasticity, below.

Cold Specks has also announced a worldwide tour in support of Neuroplasticity. The tour will bring her back to NYC to play Rough Trade on November 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.

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an interview w/ Interpol’s Daniel Kessler (on the new LP, Arctic Monkeys, songwriting, social media, The Jam, more)

by Jonathan Dick

Interpol, NYC, June 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Interpol

Next month will see the release of El Pintor, the fifth full-length from Interpol. Since their eponymous debut with 2002′s acclaimed Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol have continued to explore the depth of their music – a veritable force of sound that varies between the detached misanthropy of bands like Joy Division and those punk compositional textures of bands like Fugazi. While maturation can be a difficult thing to come by in the realm of initial popularity, Interpol have not let the success of their debut be a place of creative satisfaction. Even twelve years after their breakout, Interpol sound as ambitious as ever. BrooklynVegan spoke to Daniel Kessler (guitars/vocals) about the band’s upcoming release and what their story has entailed so far.

It’s been four years since the self-titled. Was there a different mindset for you guys coming into El Pintor just given that gap in time?

Daniel: We hadn’t really discussed, in all honesty, “What are we gonna do” or “How are we gonna do this?” or “What’s it gonna be like?” We really didn’t. We just kinda got together in August 2012 and borrowed my friends in Battles‘ space for a few days and basically by day two Paul [Banks] was like “Maybe I should jump on the bass because I tend to sing the bass melodies pretty frequently, and it might help anchor the positions of the songs,” and I was like “Cool.” It was actually the first time we’d had any discussion about what we were gonna do bass wise for that record, and I had no idea what sort of bass player he really was. I knew he played bass on his record, but right away it was pretty clear. I was more enthused than anything. I’d say by day two or day three we had the formation of what are now a couple of songs on the record. Obviously it’s not the songs on the record as far as arrangements, but we had a guitar and bass line and vocals, which we’d never really done that soon off the bat. Sam [Fogarino] flew down from Athens, and by the end of eight days we probably had three songs that were in pretty good shape, and we recorded it, and we really liked the construction, we liked what was happening energy-wise. We didn’t really get together again after the last album until 2013 as far as writing goes, so we really wrote the whole record in 2013. It wasn’t really, for me, until the very end that I started having a look at what kind of record we had made. During the writing process I knew that the songs had maybe an urgency to them, but I wasn’t sort of analyzing anything while we were still in the game. It’s like you’re looking in from a step back. While we’re in the middle of writing and all that, I’m just kind of more focused on what we’re doing and logistics and when we’re gonna get together again and stuff like that.

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Robyn & Royksopp (joined by Susanne Sundfor) played Pier 97 (pics & setlist)

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Robyn & Royksopp on Ppier 97 – 8/20/14
Royksopp & Robyn
Royksopp & Robyn

Dance-pop emissaries Robyn and Royksopp kicked off a new North American run of their tour in NYC to a sold-out crowd on Pier 97 last night (8/20). The two acts have been on the road intermittently this year in support of their collaborative mini-LP. Following an opening set from Robyn’s fellow Swede Zhala (who’s signed to her label), Royksopp played a full-band set with guest vocals from collaborator Susanne Sundfor, and then Robyn played her set, getting the biggest cheers of the nights for her hits “Call Your Girlfriend” and “Dancing On My Own.” Then Robyn and Royksopp closed things out together with their collaborative set, which included material from their mini-LP and an encore of “None of Dem” (from Robyn’s Body Talk LP), which features Royksopp. Pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

You can get your Robyn on in NYC again with the ‘This Party Is Killing You’ party, “a night of all Robyn everything,” happening at Glasslands on September 26. Tickets for that are on sale now.

More pictures and a video for their recent Fallon performance, below…

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Faith No More promise change in 2015, add more dates, played new songs (video)

by Ian Chainey

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Will there be more of Faith No More? According to a tweet from the band, maybe:

The Mike Patton-fronted rockers have played two shows this year, most notably at Black Sabbath‘s Hyde Park event back in July when they debuted two new songs, “Motherfucker” and “Leader of Men.” You can watch video of both songs performed at Faith No More’s other date in Gdynia, Poland below. The new stuff development was foreshadowed by this tweet on May 29:

I hope you didn’t scroll to that pic while in the bathroom. Anyway, until actual word comes down that there is album in the works, the Faith No More continues to add more fest engagements. The most recent has penciled in a date on their 2015 calendar for Australia’s Soundwave Festival. The schedule haven’t been nailed down (four days total — Feb 22, 23, 28, and March 1. Four cities — Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane), but as you can see in the flyer below, they’re positioned as headliners atop a weird/interesting collection of artists including Mayhem, Godflesh, and Judas Priest (who are still set to tour the US soon), along with, uh, New Found Glory, Slash, and Papa Roach. Get your whiplash neck braces ready now, Australians.

In other Mike Patton news, Tomahawk have released a video for “South Paw” featuring sock puppets (*pours a bag of tube socks out for Sifl and Olly*). And Mr. Bungle‘s catalog will be getting repressed on vinyl next year. Of course, Patton’s Mr. Bungle bandmate, Trey Spruance will be touring with his Secret Chief 3 in October, including two NYC shows: October 21 at La Poisson Rouge and October 22 at Saint Vitus.

The two new Faith no More songs, the Tomahawk video, and the Soundwave Festival poster appear below.

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