What’s going on Monday? (Blizzard? Bully, Action Bronson, Zola Jesus, Years & Years, Savages, Broncho & more)

photo: Bully @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Blizzard

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

As you probably know, weather reports are calling for a “crippling and possibly historic” blizzard starting in mid-afternoon today. We’ll try to keep you up to date on show cancellations, but if it gets bad you might want to call the venue to make sure it’s still happening. Be safe.

Bully, Oxen Free, Brave Shores @ Pianos
Nashville’s Bully got some buzz during CMJ for their catchy indie rock. We’re still awaiting their album, but in the meantime they return to NYC tonight.

Action Bronson @ BB King’s
Action Bronson’s got a new album on the way this March, and from the single he put out, anticipation is pretty high. Hopefully we’ll hear a few more new ones tonight.

Zola Jesus, UNIFORM @ Saint Vitus
Zola Jesus is still riding high off last year’s Taiga, her biggest-sounding album yet and first for a big label. But while last year she supported it at Webster Hall, this week she gets more intimate with two Saint Vitus shows (both sold out). This is the second, and opening tonight is noise duo UNIFORM (ex-Drunkdriver, The Men).

Broncho, Dreamers, Heaven @ Rough Trade
Oklahoma’s Broncho make a good mix of power pop, garage rock, and some more out-there stuff too. In two days from now, they open for Billy Idol at Beacon Theatre, but here’s your chance to catch them in a more intimate setting.

Nels Cline & the Les Paul Trio @ Iridium
There’s rarely a lack of chances to catch guitar great Nels Cline in NYC. Tonight he’s with The Les Paul Trio at the Iridium for two shows (8 PM and 10 PM).

Years and Years @ Le Poisson Rouge
Winners of the BBC’s “Sound of 2015″ Poll (last year was Sam Smith; 2013 was Haim), UK act Years & Years make slick electronic R&B. This is their first US show. Sold out.

Savages @ Baby’s All Right
Tonight starts Savages’ final week of their nine-show NYC residency. What new surprises are in store?

Vomitface, Whiskey Bitches, Pixels, Lip Action @ Cake Shop
Jersey City trio Vomitface make sludgy, grungy rock and this is the final night of their January residency at Cake Shop.

Night Train @ Littlefield
Pheobe Robinson fills in for usual host Wyatt Cenac at this weekly comedy series tonight features guests Brooks Wheelan (who you may have seen on HBO’s Girls recently), Hasan Minhaj, Liza Treyger, Tanael Joachim and more.

Marilyn Manson @ Terminal 5
Veteran shock rocker Marilyn Manson has been getting some of the best reviews of his career for his new album, The Pale Emperor. The very young band Unlocking the Truth open tonight.

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

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Mount Eerie releases two more songs from ‘Sauna’ (listen)

photo: Mount Eerie at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Phil Elverum already announced a new Mount Eerie album, Sauna, and put out its excellent lead single, and now he’s back with another single, “Dragon,” as well as the video for the title track. Check both out below.

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listen to Aphex Twin’s ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2′ EP

by Bill Pearis

Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin’s Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 EP is out today (1/23). While from the same sessions, apparently, that gave us last year’s Syro, the title of this EP is dead-on: here Richard D James is working with very organic sounds/samples (live drums, piano, bells and chimes), giving things a decidedly jazzy feel. And if 13 tracks and 27 minute running time seems like more like an album, the EP tag actually makes sense listening to it. It’s variations on a theme, more than 13 distinct songs. You can stream an alternate mix of opening cut “Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix]” and the whole EP via Spotify, below…

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The Sidekicks played Baby’s with Roger Harvey, All Dogs and Cayetana, who covered New Order (video, pics)

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Sidekicks / All Dogs @ Baby’s All Right – 1/23/15
The Sidekicks
All Dogs

The Sidekicks released their fourth album, Runners in the Nerved World, last week on Epitaph and began their tour in support of it with a BrooklynVegan-presented release show in NYC on Friday (1/23) at Baby’s All Right with Cayetana, All Dogs and Roger Harvey.

Roger, who only has a few songs out at the moment, kicked off the show and took the chance to preview a handful of songs from his TBA debut album. Recorded, Roger has a lot more layers and instrumentation (that sound most directly influenced by Neutral Milk Hotel, who he covered at the show), but live they were mostly a standard rock trio, save four the two songs they brought out a trumpet player on.

All Dogs were next, with the most traditionally “punk” set of the evening. We were just saying the other day how diverse singer Maryn Jones is with her various projects, but All Dogs gives her the chance to just rock the hardest. We got some highlights off their EPs, their new single “Georgia,” and one song ended with Maryn incorporating a punked-up rendition of the chorus to Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs.” They were great, and the place was packed for them.

Cayetana
Cayetana

It stayed packed for their past tourmates Cayetana, who really do just get better every time I see them. Their live show is so sharp, and singer Augusta Koch’s voice cuts through over the music in a way that indie rock bands of their style can tend to shy away from. They played most of their 2014 debut, Nervous Like Me, and included a cover of New Order‘s “Age of Consent,” which they said they’d never played live before. They did that cover again at their Philly show the following night, which you can watch a video of below.

Finally The Sidekicks wrapped up the night with their headlining set that began on a high note (new album opener “Hell Is Warm”) and pretty much stayed on that level the whole time. The crowd actually seemed a little smaller for them than Cayetana and All Dogs, but The Sidekicks also had the biggest fans — a handful of people up front were pushing/moshing and yelling along the whole time. Their new album is a new direction from the band, ditching their punk roots more than ever before (not that 2012′s Awkward Breeds is exactly a Ramones album or anything), and sounding more like the first two Band of Horses and first three Shins albums. But unlike most bands who came in Band of Horses’ wake, The Sidekicks do have that strong punk background and it made their live show all the more exciting. They mastered the art of being a live band years ago, but adding in the widescreen grandiosity of these new songs made for the most unstoppable Sidekicks set I’ve seen yet.

More pictures from Baby’s, and the Cayetana video from Philly, below…

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Venom releasing a new album (listen to two songs)

Venom

Venom, the legendary NWOBHM/thrashers whose 1982 album title became the name of a certain metal subgenre, plan to return next week (1/27) with their fourteenth album, From the Very Depths, which is coming out on Spinefarm (pre-order). Two of its songs, “Grinding Teeth” and the awesomely-named “Long Haired Punks,” are out now, and both are speed-fueled rippers that have Cronos sounding like pure evil. Listen below.

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Fleetwood Mac began NYC-area run at Madison Square Garden (pics, review, video & setlist)

photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher & friends.

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac‘s classic lineup brought their ongoing tour to Madison Square Garden last night (1/22), their first of four NYC-area shows on this tour. From the opening harmonies of show starter “The Chain,” it was clear that having Christine McVie back in the fold makes a huge difference. They were great at Jones Beach in 2013 with just Stevie and Lindsey singing, but their three voices together is such a vital part of Fleetwood Mac. Having Christine back (MSG was Chrstine’s 44th show since rejoining, according to Stevie during her monologue before “Dreams”) also of course meant getting a handful of songs the band couldn’t play without her, which included “You Make Loving Fun,” “Everywhere,” “Say You Love,” “Over My Head,” “Little Lies,” and her show-closing, solo grand piano performance of “Songbird.”

Like their other recent tours, they played almost all of the legendary Rumours and otherwise stuck to the other four ’70s and ’80s albums this lineup made together. As a band still playing arenas 40 years after their first album together can do, they peppered their set (and ended it) with a few stories from the band members. Stevie gave multiple shout-outs to Hoda from the Today Show and to the show American Horror Story on which she appeared. Stevie introduced “Gypsy” with a story of being in San Francisco clothing store The Velvet Underground (not to be confused with the band, who were named after the book) “where all the rock and roll women bought their clothes” in the late ’60s. It was in that store, over the painted floor where Janis Joplin stood before her that she had a premonition of something big which she realized years later was, of course, Fleetwood Mac. This many years later, Stevie Nicks is still the kind of rock and roll woman her premonition told her she’d be: decked out in signature flowy layers, waving scarves with her tambourine, and doing hippie dances in a gold shawl during “Gold Dust Woman.” Without a doubt, she’s the most entrancing member of the band, and the one the crowd really freaks out over.

On the other hand, Lindsey Buckingham is the band’s rock star and lifeforce, running around the stage like he’s half his actual age and shredding away at his truly awesome guitar solos. As Mick noted towards the end of the show, he basically never left the stage. The extended solo at the end of “I’m So Afraid” was particularly epic — so much so that it seemed like the finale of the pre-encore set, but of course that would be “Go Your Own Way.” That one had the whole crowd on their feet, ready for the band to come back for more, and not one but two encores followed. Christine ended the night perfectly, at her piano with Lindsey by her side, but what may have been the night’s most powerful moment came during the first encore. It’s no secret that she does this at (probably all of) their shows, but at the end of “Silver Springs” when Stevie turns to make eye contact with Lindsey — who the song is obviously about — howling “I’ll follow you down ’til the sound of my voice will haunt you / you’ll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you,” it never fails to fill the room with that kind of tension that fueled the song 38 years ago. Maybe it’s just performance at this point, but damn if it doesn’t feel real.

Other highlights included monster Mick’s drum solo (“Don’t be shy. Don’t be shy… Are you with me? Are you with me?”), being brought back to the 80′s with “Little Lies” and “Everywhere”, and hearing Stevie do “Rhiannon” with her band after just hearing her do it with Deer Tick.

Christine, who the band acknowledged being back multiple times throughout the night, was the last to sing, but not the last to talk. Despite the older age of the sometimes-yawning crowd, MSG was still packed with people on their feet as Fleetwood Mac ended their final song after 11pm on a school night. (There were a lot of 30-and-20-somethings too, it should be said.) Very few people left early, but everyone was ready to go home. That didn’t stop Stevie from grabbing the mic post-encore and commanding the entire crowd’s attention for another few minutes, as she yet again talked about Christine being back in the band, though with somewhat awkward details, like how they sent Christine to a trainer to make sure she had the stamina after being gone 16 years. BUT WAIT, much like this paragraph, the show still wasn’t over. Then came Mick who truly had the last word, spending another few minutes, false endings included, telling us in his charming accent how much he loved us, that he hopes he sees us again, and that “The Mac is back!” They definitely did not give the impression that this would be their “last act”.

The Mac’s tour continues with two more NYC-area shows this weekend, Saturday (1/24) at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and Sunday (1/25) at Nassau Coliseum, and comes back around on February 8 at Prudential Center. Tickets for those are still available.

More pictures, some videos and the setlist from MSG below…

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Coil – Live at the All Tomorrow’s Parties – Camber Sands, UK (April 6, 2003) (AUD)

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What’s going on Sunday? (Zola Jesus, Fleetwood Mac, Sufjan, They Might Be Giants, Wildhoney, Smoke DZA & more)

photo: Zola Jesus at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zola

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

Zola Jesus, Deradoorian @ Saint Vitus
Zola Jesus is still riding high off last year’s Taiga, her biggest-sounding album yet and first for a big label. But while last year she supported it at Webster Hall, this week she gets more intimate with two Saint Vitus shows (both sold out). Opening tonight is Dirty Projectors/Avey Tare collaborator (Angel) Deradoorian.

Fleetwood Mac @ Nassau Coliseum
Fleetwood Mac are now back with their entire classic lineup — Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham — and tonight they continue their multi-night NYC-area run. They’ve still got it and they play all the hits, so see them while you still can.

Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Round-Up’ w/ Yarn/Wire @ BAM
While Sufjan will release his first studio album since 2010 this March, ahead of that he’s premiering a new piece called Round-Up at BAM which concludes its run tonight. Sufjan will be on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire is on piano and percussion.

They Might Be Giants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Geek rock faves are about to play five MHOW shows between tonight and May. While the other four have a specific album as their theme, anything goes at tonight’s. Sold out.

Weed Hounds, Wildhoney, Expert Alterations, Gingerlys @ Silent Barn
This is a stacked bill for shoegaze fans, with two of NYC’s better bands in the genre — Weed Hounds and Gingerlys — and Baltimore’s Wildhoney, who have a solid new LP coming soon on Deranged. Their indie rock neighbors and tourmates Expert Alterations should be good too.

Smoke DZA, Manolo Rose, Tray Pizza, Jy, Dave East, Big BZ, Sha Hef @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Smoke DZA is one of NYC’s most prolific weed-loving rappers, his most recent release being the collaborative album with his group RFC, The Outsiders, which came out in late November.

Steve Sobs, Spookfish, Yaman Palak, Cheetah Lamp @ Palisades
Last week Steve Sobs led his band Phantom Posse at a Silent Barn show, and their most famous member iLoveMakonnen was on hand as well too. Tonight’s show may be a smaller affair, but still a good one.

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

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Bottoms released EP (listen), celebrating tonight at Secret Project Robot (which hosts NYC Porn Film Fest next month)

by Bill Pearis

Bottoms

NYC trio Bottoms describe themselves as “two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer” and a “gender-problematizing goth dance band.” Simon Leahy and Michael Prommasi were both in Teeth, and they’re rounded out by “lead screamer” Jake Dibeler. Musically, Bottoms draw inspiration from acid house, electroclash/dancepunk and other underground dance scenes; lyrically they mix camp with some serious themes. They released “hiv” for World AIDS Day and they talked to FADER about their song “My Body”:

Musically, it’s was inspired by Terry Riley and the Paradise Garage sound. We’re really interested in the dichotomy of upbeat music with a more depressing lyrical theme. It’s like sad music for the club — people dancing to a suicide note. Of course with most of bottoms music, there is always a sense of humor. In this way, the music becomes a fair representation of the three of us as people: simultaneously sad and funny, and complex.

Bottoms’ debut EP, Goodbye, was released this week via JD Samson’s Atlas Chair label. You can stream a few tracks from it below.

Tonight (1/23) at Secret Project Robot, Bottoms play a record release show with JD Samson and Ryan Smith as your DJs. You can buy advance tickets that also gets you a copy of the vinyl at the show. They’ve got a few European shows coming up, in April. All dates are listed below.

Leahy is also the founder of NYC Porn Film Festival, which will happen February 27 – March 1 at Secret Project Robot, details still TBA.

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NateFest venue & ticket info revealed; Old Wounds playing shows with Sworn Enemy and Cult Leader (separately)

photo: Old Wounds at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Old Wounds

As previously mentioned, in honor of Ensign bassist Nate Gluck, who’s sadly battling cancer, a bunch of NY/NJ hardcore bands (and one from Canada) are coming together for NateFest. When we last spoke, the venue and ticket info was TBA, but it’s since been announced that it will happen at Howell, NJ’s GameChangerWorld on March 21 & 22. Tickets go on sale at 3 PM on Monday (1/26).

In case you missed it, the lineup includes Sick of It All, Kill Your Idols, Indecision, Killing Time, Endeavor, Purpose, Grade, Ensign, None More Black, NORA, For The Love Of, Shai Hulud, Mouthpiece, Strength 691, Bigwig, 45 Revolutions (mems Judge, Gorilla Biscuits, CIV), Old Wounds, Stag Party and more TBA.

Meanwhile you can also catch Old Wounds in NYC for free this weekend when they open for long-running metalcore band Sworn Enemy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (1/24). Also on that bill is 96, Ides and Dead Tricks. That show is before Sworn Enemy hit the road with Biohazard, which includes another show with Old Wounds: NJ’s Asbury Lanes on April 1. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Sworn Enemy also have a show at Queens venue Blackhorn 51 and a Long Island stop on the Biohazard tour. All dates are listed below.

Old Wounds also have a tour supporting Cult Leader (aka 3/4 of Gaza). They’re not on the NYC-area dates though (Purge is), which happen March 11 at Uncle Slevs in Montclair, NJ and March 12 at Amityville Music Hall on Long Island. Tickets for the Amityville show are on sale now. No advance tix for Montclair at the moment.

All lists of dates for Cult Leader, Old Wounds, and Sworn Enemy, below…

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