What’s going on Wednesday? (The Growlers, HTRK, Kelela, Self Defense Family, Grounders, Alice Boman & more)

photo: Growlers at Outside Lands 2013 (more by Paige K. Parsons)
Growlers

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

Trash Talk, Ratking, Lee Bannon @ Webster Hall Marlin Room
Raging hardcore band Trash Talk pretty much never play a show that doesn’t have both the band and crowd going apeshit, and tonight’s will likely be just that. Alt-rappers Ratking and hip hop producer Lee Bannon open.

The Growlers, Broncho @ Baby’s All Right
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain back in September which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-’60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well. Tonight’s their first show of a five-night-stand at Baby’s All Right with Broncho.

Self Defense Family, Creative Adult @ Saint Vitus
Makthaverskan had to unfortunately drop off this show due to visa issues, but it’s still a great bill with arty post-hardcore band Self Defense Family and dark punks Creative Adult. The tour also hits Webster Studio on Sunday, and Makthaverskan are still set to be here for that one.

Nothing Changes w/ HTRK, Pop. 1280 @ Home Sweet Home
Australian post punk act HTRK released Psychic 9-5 Club, their most hushed, electronic-based album to date. Expect volume to be high tonight, however, when they play late night goth party Nothing Changes. Pop. 1280 makes this an appealing double bill, especially if you don’t have to get up early on Thursday morning.

Kelela, DJ Ezra Koenig, DJ Alexis taylor, DJ E*vax, DJ Business Class @ MoMA Armory Party benefit
R&B boundary pusher Kelela headlines this year’s MoMA Armory Party benefit at MoMA’s Agnes Gund Garden Lobby with a two-hour DJ set from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, plus additional DJ sets from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, plus Business Class (aka Lawrence Abu Hamdan who is also the official commissioned artist for The Armonry Show) and E*vax (Ratatat).

Grounders, Twist, Sun Cut Flat @ Cake Shop
It’s a double dose of Toronto pop tonight at Cake Shop with the hazy sounds of Grounders and ’60s-ish duo Twist.

Jangula, Ski Lodge, Piers, Stalking Gia @ Pianos
Ski Lodge, who got a little more synthy on their new single, are doing a joint residency with fellow Brooklyn band Jangula every Wednesday in March, and tonight is the first of those shows.

Alice Boman, Julie Byrne, Cassandra Jenkins @ Rough Trade
Swedish singer Alice Boman makes spare, delicate music as heard on last year’s compilation, EP II + Skisser . Her songs should play well in an intimate room like Rough Trade.

GDFX, Daniel Pearce / Andrew Smiley duo, Kate Henderson’s Drone Acupuncture Installation, Sapropelic Pycnic @ Trans-Pecos
One of the few solo shows Greg Fox (GDFX) is playing in NYC before his band Liturgy heads out on tour this spring.

Animal Collective (DJ set), DJ Dogsynth, Spencer Sweeney
Animal Collective do another of their increasingly frequent DJ sets in NYC tonight. This one’s at Output, rather than their usual home of Brooklyn Bowl, and it’s just with Deakin and Geologist.

Dropkick Murphys @ The Paramount
It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and what better time to see Boston’s favorite Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys? Tonight continues their 5-show run in the NYC-area.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg’s Cameo. No word on who’s performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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 Blind Shake releasing a new LP (listen), playing SXSW

photo: The Blind Shake @ Mercury Lounge, 2/26/2015 (more by PSquared)
Blind Shake

Minneapolis’ animal beat bashers The Blind Shake just wrapped up their Modern Surf Classics tour with John Reis (including two NYC shows). No sooner than they sent their Hawaiian shirts to the laundry, they’ve announced a new album, Fly Right, which will be out April 14 via Slovenly. This one’s a bit different that what they’ve done before, allowing a little melody in without sacrificing the sheer impact of their signature sound. You can stream four songs off Fly Right below.

The Blind Shake play the legendary First Avenue club in their hometown this Friday (3/6) with Brother Ali and more. Then they’ll head to Austin for a bunch of shows during SXSW, details TBA.

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Sannhet schedule LP release show w/ Kayo Dot; drummer in Low Estate with mems of Orchid & Made Out of Babies (listen)

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sannhet

Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet‘s new album Revisionist is out today (3/3) on The Flenser, and they’ve announced a release show for it happening March 27 at Saint Vitus (where they just opened for This Will Destroy You) with Kayo Dot. Tickets are on sale now. After that, they’ll tour with Liturgy. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Sannhet drummer Christopher Todd is also in a new band with members of Orchid, Made Out of Babies and others called Low Estate. They recently put out the Blood Horizon EP with six tracks of genre-crossing heavy music, and you can stream that below. You can also download it (name your price) on bandcamp.

Speaking of Kayo Dot, frontman Toby Driver has an upcoming Stone residency that will include full Kayo Dot album sets, plus sets from his bands Maudlin of the Well, Tarter Lamb, and more.

List of Sannhet dates, their album stream, and the Low Estate EP stream, below…

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NYC Popfest announces 2015 line-up (The Loft, Darling Buds, Club 8, Veronica Lake, Eternal Summers, Wildhoney & more)

by Bill Pearis

The Loft
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NYC Popfest has just announced the lineup for its 2015 edition which happens May 28 – June 1 in venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Shows will happen at Cake Shop, Knitting Factory, Cameo, The Bell House and Baby’s All Right. Schedule is still TBA but four-day festival passes are on sale now.

Like always it’s a mix of bands from around the world, both new and veteran acts. Some of this year’s highlights include: The Loft, fronted by Pete Astor and one of the first bands signed to Creation Records; Sweden’s Club 8, one of the many bands featuring Labrador Records owner Johan Angergård; C-86 era band The Darling Buds who scored a few college radio hits in the late ’80s and early ’90s (and who many couldn’t tell apart from The Primitives); shortlived Ann Arbor, MI band Veronica Lake who put out records on Spin Art, Simple Machines and Bus Stop and haven’t played a show since 1994; The Catenary Wires, the duo featuring Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey of Heavenly and The Tender Trap; and Germany’s Brideshead who have been making music since the ’90s.

More on the international front: The Spook School, who charmed last year’s Popfest crowd, and other UK acts like Young Romance, and The Just Joans; Papa Topo and Jessica & The Fletchers from Spain; plus Wallflower from Japan, and Popfest’s first band from Russia, Palms On Fire.

From North America, there’s Eternal Summers (who have a new album out around the time of Popfest), terrific shoegazers Wildhoney and their fellow Baltimoreans Expert Alterations, three bands from California (Lunchbox, #poundsign# and Starry Eyed Cadet), and Rhode Island’s Working. And NYC is well-represented with Beverly, Roman a Clef, The Chandler Estate, Pale Lights, and Souvenir Stand.

The Popfest folks have put together a Spotify playlist featuring most all the band’s playing this year and you can stream that, and check out a few related videos and streams, below. More bands may be added, but check out the 2015 NYC Popfest lineup as it stands now, below.

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Modest Mouse share fifth song from new LP, announce tour (Prospect Park & 2 nights at Webster Hall included)

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Modest Mouse already released four songs from their upcoming album Strangers to Ourselves (due 3/17), and they’ve now put out a fifth, “Of Course We Know.” Listen below.

The band have also announced a tour which includes three NYC shows: Webster Hall on March 18 and 19 and a larger show at Prospect Park on July 22. No word yet if that’s a ticketed Prospect Park show or a free one, but if it’s the former, tickets should be available on Ticketmaster soon.

All dates are listed, with the new song, below…

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Pissed Jeans working on a new LP, playing shows (dates)

photo: Pissed Jeans at FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Philly’s noisy post-hardcore bashers Pissed Jeans are working on a new album this year, and while we’re still awaiting more details on that, we do know there’s a few chances to catch them live. Among those chances is a stop in NYC for two shows at Baby’s All Right on May 9 (early and late). Tickets for the 7:30 PM show with VEXX go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM. Ticket info and more bands TBA for the other show.

All known dates (still more TBA) are listed, with a video, below…

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Hip Hop Documentary (And Ya Don’t Stop 30 Years Of Hip Hop – Gangsta Gangsta)

The rise and fall of Gangsta rap. From Ice-T, Public Enemy & N.W.A. to 2pac, Biggie, Snoop and the Eastcoast – Westcoast beef.

CVMC staff Rachel and Matt talk about Hipaa compliance. Matt breaks out and starts rapping the importance of keeping patient information confidential.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement & Vacation played two Knitting Factory shows in one night (pics, setlists)

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

Screaming Females / Tenement / Vacation
Screaming Females
Tenement
Vacation

The awesome four-band bill of Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation brought their short tour together for two shows (early and late) at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Saturday (2/28). This all-Don Giovanni lineup also doubled as the final night of the label’s Brooklyn showcases. I caught the late show, and the pictures in this post are from the early one.

Kicking off this great night was Cincinnati’s Vacation. Vacation sound like their favorite Replacements album is Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. They seem like they like SoCal skate punk as much as they like ’60s garage rock, and like they probably have genuine love for the Ramones. Of course I could be wrong about all of this, but it wouldn’t be so fun to try to play spot-the-influence with them if they didn’t take these familiar sounds and give them such new life. Three of the four members were made up in androgynous eyeliner courtesy of Priests singer Katie Alice Greer (one of them gave Zachary Cole Smith a run for his money in the Kurt Cobain lookalike department), they bounced around that stage like rock stars, and frontman Jeffri Queen had a howling delivery that’s ready for way bigger venues. Vacation were the only band on the bill I was seeing for the first time, and I left the show fully sold.

Speaking of SoCal skate punk, Tenement followed with a killer set as indebted to that sound as it was to J Mascis guitar solos. They hardly said a word on stage, just banged out ripper after ripper and abruptly left without even a wave goodbye. Short, sweet, and punk as fuck.

Priests
Priests

Then came Priests, who were great and confrontational as always. Their post-punk-inspired punk is super tight — it’s held down by razor-sharp basslines, but Katie’s wild performances are what push a Priests show over the edge. She growls, shouts, and sometimes even sings delicately, and everything she does is totally physical.

Finally, headliners Screaming Females wrapped up the night. The shows were release parties for their excellent new album, Rose Mountain, and we got a handful of that album’s highlights. I’ve heard people consider Rose Mountain a tamer album for Screaming Females, which I think is only kind of true, but live the new songs definitely don’t have any less power than the older ones. For me, the new album’s strength lies in how great it is melodically (the title track has maybe my favorite Screaming Females chorus ever), but Marissa Paternoster, King Mike and Jarrett Dougherty are still the same crushing power trio we know and love. That was true as ever at Saturday’s show, where they were loud, locked in, and a total force. Plus. no matter how many times I see it, it’s never not a treat to experience Marissa’s shredding solos in person.

Screaming Females’ tour includes one more NYC show: Friday (3/6) at Silent Barn with labelmates Downtown Boys and locals Aye Nako. Advance tickets are sold out, but a few will be available at the door.

More pictures from Knitting Factory, with setlists from the early show from every band except Screaming Females (anyone have it?), below…

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This Will Destroy You played two nights at Saint Vitus (pics from night 2 with Sannhet & Planning for Burial)

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

TWDY / Sannhet / Planning for Burial @ Saint Vitus – 2/27/15
This Will Destroy You
Sannhet
Planning for Burial

Post rockers This Will Destroy You played a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus on Thursday (2/26) and Friday (2/27) with different openers each night. The first had their collaborator Christopher Tignor and local atmospheric metal band So Hideous, and the second had the gloomy Planning for Burial and local instrumental post-metal band Sannhet. The pictures in this post are of night 2.

Planning for Burial‘s set sounded a little less consistent than his recent album, as he was doing everything with a loop pedal and drum machine which just didn’t fully capture what makes the album so great. But there was no denying the power of the raw, cathartic ending which had him screaming into the air without a mic.

Sannhet, whose new album Revisionist comes out this week on The Flenser (same label as PfB) and had hit the web a few days prior to the show, sounded huge. Though atmospheric black and sludge metal are influences, their approach to instrumental rock is not too unlike TWDY’s and the pairing of the two of them was perfect. Sannet makes music that overwhelms you, and as good as their albums may be, there’s nothing like standing in front of the band with their wall of sound towering over you.

In comparison, This Will Destroy You played a much softer set, but still the kind with the ability to mesmerize. They opened with a newer one, but then took it right back to old favorite “A Three-Legged Workhorse” which really set the mood for the set. While Sannhet’s light show makes them a sight to see, TWDY is the kind of thing you want to close your eyes to. The minimal stage show feels intentional — one member even plays sitting down.

More pictures below…

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John Reis & The Blind Shake played Mercury Lounge with The So So Glos (pics)

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John Reis & the Blind Shake @ Mercury Lounge 2/26/2015
Swami John Reis and the Blind Shake

Post-punks in Hawaiian shirts Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake played their second of two NYC shows last Thursday (2/26) at Mercury Lounge, in support of their collaborative Modern Surf Classics album. With February being one of the coldest months NYC has seen in ages, the Pacific wave vibes were especially welcome, and these guys bring an intensity to their performance rivaling the Banzai Pipeline. Pictures from that show are in this post. Their tour wrapped up over the weekend, but The Blind Shake will be putting back on their signature jumpsuits to play Austin during SXSW later this month.

The So So Glos, like at Saint Vitus the night before, opened the show. Their only upcoming show scheduled at the moment is at Asbury Park’s Skate & Surf Fest in May. Pics from their Mercury Lounge show, plus more of John Reis & The Blind Shake, below…

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