Swirlies expand tour, playing ‘Blonder Tongue Audio Baton’ in full at Silent Barn on 4th of July (updated dates)

Swirlies

As mentioned, Swirlies are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year with a tour in July that hits Baby’s All Right on 7/5 with Kudgel, LACED, and DJ Ning Nong. Tickets are still available. They’ve added a second Brooklyn show, this one happening on July 4 at Silent Barn. They’ll be playing their 1993 album, Blonder Tongue Audio Baton (which is being reissued) in its entirety for “(probably) the first time and (maybe) the last time ever.” The Shea show also features Krill and ADVAETA, and tickets are on sale now.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with a flyer for the Shea show and a stream of Blonder Tongue Audio Baton, below…

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Sasquatch 2015 day 4 in pics: Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, Future Islands & more

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Future Islands / Run the Jewels / Tame Impala / Courtney Barnett / Kendrick Lamar
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4

Backed by a four-piece band, [Kendrick Lamar] bent the crowd to his will with roaring energy. He roamed the stage and made sure no side was ever too far away from him — early on, he pit the right and left against each other in a cheer war, a tactic ensuring they’d be engaged for the evening.

Lamar’s confidence seems beyond question — this is the MC who dropped the “Control” verse, after all — yet he didn’t spend much time on the songs of this year’s triumphant “To Pimp a Butterfly.” An ferocious, intricate work, it pushed the MC to new heights — or rather, old ones, the vintage achievements of jazz and soul. Their sounds permeate the album, illuminating the through-line of black American music in the way Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Common and other hip-hop innovators have before. Perhaps “King Kunta” and its fellows are too complicated to bring to life just yet: either way, when Lamar left the stage after 80 minutes, the audience wanted more. – [The Oregonian]

Sasquatch 2015 wrapped up on Memorial Day (5/25) with performances by Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Natalie Prass & Ryan Adams, and more. Pictures from those performances and more are in this post.

Pictures from Sasquatch day 1 are HERE, day 2 are HERE and day 3 are HERE. More from day 4, below…

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toyGuitar (mem Swingin’ Utters, One Man Army) made a video for “Human Hyenas” (watch), on Fat Wreck 25 tour

by Andrew Sacher

ToyGuitar

toyGuitar is the garage punk side project of Jack Dalrymple, who fronts One Man Army, also currently plays guitar in Swingin’ Utters, and is/was a member of Dead to Me, Re-Volts and others. He’s joined in toyGuitar by his Swingin’ Utters bandmate Miles Peck on guitar, his Re-Volts bandmate Paul Oxborrow on bass, and drummer Rosie Gonce. The band put out their debut album, In This Mess, earlier this year on Fat Wreck Chords (order yours), and we’ve now got the premiere of the video for its track “Human Hyenas.” If you dig the members’ other bands, as well as Burger Records-style garage rock, you should check this out. Watch the video below.

As previously mentioned, toyGuitar are on the Fat Wreck Chords 25th anniversary tour with NOFX, Lagwagon, Swingin’ Utters and more. That tour doesn’t hit NYC but it will be nearby on August 14 at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. Tickets for that show are still available. toyGuitar have other shows before that tour too. All dates are listed below.

NOFX were also announced as a Fun Fun Fun Fest headliner today.

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Spill (ex-Placeholder, We Were Skeletons) sign to Broken World, release new song “Big Boss” (listen)

by Andrew Sacher

Spill

Earlier this year, we mentioned that former members of Placeholder and We Were Skeletons formed the band Spill, and put out their debut single “Sucks Either Way.”.The band has since signed to Broken World Media (Derrick from TWIABP’s label), and they’ll release their debut EP on that label later this year. The EP will include the band’s brand new track, “Big Boss,” which premieres in this post. Like the previous single, “Big Boss” is more in line with Placeholder than We Were Skeletons, which also means it sounds like any number of crunchy ’80s/’90s indie rock bands. If you dig stuff like Weezer or Superchunk, this one’s probably up your alley. Check it out below.

They’ve also got a couple shows coming up, including Philly with Hurry and Baltimore with Tim Kinsella. Tour dates are listed below too.

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015: Faith No More, Billy Idol, Lifetime, Hum, Desaparecidos, Civ, Ice Cube, Merle Haggard & more

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First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing …And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below…

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What’s going on Thursday? (Chris Gethard premiere party, NYC Popfest, JSBX, Devo tribute, Hudson Mohawke, more)

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

Chris Gethard Show Premiere Party w/ Screaming Females, Hiccup, Mal Blum @ Rough Trade
BrooklynVegan is excited to be presenting this show, which is the premiere party for comedian Chris Gethard’s debut on cable TV. HIs show, formerly on public access, will now be on cable network Fusion, and at Rough Trade tonight the first episode will be screened. Additionally there’s music from his talented friends, including NJ shredders Screaming Females, Bomb the Music Industry frontman-turned-solo artist Jeff Rosenstock, singer/songwriter Mal Blum, and Hiccup who include Unlovables singer Hallie Bulliet, who’s also a member of The Chris Gethard Show‘s house band. To get in you needed to RSVP (which is now closed), but even with RSVP admission is first come, first served. Get there early!

Neil Hagerty (of Royal Trux), PC Worship, Sore Eros @ Baby’s All Right
While people wait for the Royal Trux reunion that’s happening this August (and so far only in LA), you can catch one half the band, Neil Hagerty, tonight with likeminded noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Bowery Ballroom
The JSBX ran through the better part of NYC not too long ago as part of their whirlwind Five Borough Freedom Tour and now they’re back as part of their proper tour supporting their terrific new LP, Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015.

Beverly, EZTV, Wildhoney, Roman a Clef, Souvenir Stand @ Cake Shop (NYC Popfest)
It’s opening night of NYC Popfest, featuring a host of jangly goodness, including the Prefab Sprout-loving Roman a Clef, Baltimore’s shoegazey Wildhoney, power-poppers EZTV and headliners Beverly. Keeping things flowing in between sets will be BV editor Bill Pearis on DJ duty.

Pixies, John Grant @ Kings Theatre
While it’s not quite the same without Kim Deal, Pixies continue on, delivering the hits. If you’re going to this show, we highly recommend you get there for opener John Grant, whose funny, sad songs and and magnetic stage presences is not to be missed.

Patrick Watson, The Low Anthem @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Last week, Montreal’s Patrick Watson released his newest album, Lost Songs for Robots (via Domino), which is a lushly arranged chamber pop album and a very good one. Tonight’s his first of two NYC shows on his tour supporting it (the second one is in December), and indie folk band The Low Anthem opens.

Worriers, Caves, Sundials, Alice @ Silent Barn
Worriers, the current band of former The Measure [sa] singer Lauren Denitzio, are preparing to release their new Laura Jane Grace-produced album on Don Giovanni, and from the sounds of first single “They / Them / Theirs,” it’s looking like it’s gonna be pretty great. Also on tonight’s bill is their British tourmates Caves, Richmond’s ’90s-style indie rockers Sundials, and another DG band, Alice.

Hudson Mohawke @ Irving Plaza
The very talented Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke has made beats for Kanye West, worked as one half of TNGHT, and is also a worthy solo artist. For the first time ever, he’s put together a live band to perform his music, and the debut of that live show is tonight.

Daedelus, M!NT, Treasure Fingers @ Verboten
Electronic wiz Daedelus last released his The Light Brigade LP on Brainfeeder in late 2014, and tonight he returns to NYC in continued support of it.

James Holden (live), Forma, JDH @ Le Poisson Rouge
James Holden still hasn’t released a followup to 2013′s great IDM opus, The Inheritors (given that followed his 2006 debut, it may be a while), but with singles dating back to 2000, he’s got no lack of worthy material to pull from in tonight’s live set.

Bonobo (DJ set) @ Output
As a live act, electronic musician Bonobo has gotten pretty huge, headlining big places like Central Park and Terminal 5. Tonight he’s in DJ mode, but will surely still get the party going.

Jack and Eliza, The Britanys @ Mercury Lounge
Jack & Eliza make charming ’60s-inspired pop with hints of Ricky Nelson or The Everly Brothers, or even a bit like early Slow Club. Their debut album, Gentle Warnings, is out June 9.

Grounders, Royal Garde, Teen Body @ Studio at Webster Hall
Toronto band Grounders take a traditional ’60s pop sensibility and fry it till golden brown, glistening and modern.

A Comedy Tribute to Devo @ Littlefield
Celebrating the new wave icons’ classic 1980 album Freedom of Choice — as well as the new 33 1/3 book on it — tonight features Evie Nagy, Fort Lean, Jake Fogelnest, Dave Hill, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden and actual Devo member Gerard Casale.

Marshall Crenshaw Band @ City Winery
Best known for his 1982 hit “Someday Someway,” Marshall Crenshaw has had a long carreer as a pop songwriter with a deep catalog of super catchy songs.

Gene Ween (does Billy Joel) @ Brooklyn Bowl
While the actual Billy Joel continues his unending Madison Square Garden residency tonight, Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) will explore “his deep and abiding man-love for the music of Billy Joel. Backed by a 7 piece band of fellow Joelophiles, Gene tears through the hits, and only the hits, from the man from Oyster Bay.”

Wizard Rifle, Huldra, Eidetic Seeing @ Bowery Electric
For your daily dose of both noise rock and metal, tonight’s show with Portland, OR’s Wizard Rifle is the place to be. They cite both Lightning Bolt and High on Fire as influences, and it’s not hard to see why.

Startalk Live! @ Apollo Theatre
Neil deGrasse Tyson brings his popular space-themed radio show/podcast to the Apollo with cohost Eugene Mirman and “special guests.”

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

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Kamasi Washington released ‘The Epic’ on Brainfeeder; NPR streaming its release show tonight (ft. Thundercat & more)

Kamasi Washington

Jazz saxophonist/composer Kamasi Washington has been at it for over a decade — early works include Young Jazz Giants, his quartet with Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat and others, who released a self-titled album in 2004 — but he’s been in the spotlight recently thanks to his contributions to Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly and his debut album as a bandleader, The Epic, which came out earlier this month on Flying Lotus‘ label Brainfeeder. (Thundercat appears on this too.) Pitchfork gave the album Best New Music and wrote:

It’s something of a gobsmacking paradox to discover what a hip-hop-free zone The Epic is, and how enamored of jazz’s past it turns out to be. This triple-album set is an extravagant love letter to (among other things): soul jazz, John Coltrane (various periods), and 1970s fusion leaders like Miles Davis and Weather Report. The Epic’s Disc 1 opener, “Change of the Guard”, might as well be titled “We Love All Kinds of ‘Trane”. Its ringing opening piano chords sound almost entirely lifted from the playbook of McCoy Tyner, the pianist in Coltrane’s so-called “Classic Quartet.” (That’s the group responsible for A Love Supreme.) The opening theme in the saxes is something that could only have been written after “Impressions”. And the harmonious writing for Washington’s string section recalls posthumous Coltrane releases like Infinity–tracks from which featured orchestral overdubs supervised by Alice Coltrane (who is, as you may have read, Flying Lotus’s aunt).

He performed the album live at the Regent Theater in LA the day before it came out, and tonight (5/27) at 9 PM EST, NPR will broadcast it for all to hear. HIs band at that show included Thundercat once again, arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leading the orchestra and choir, and many more (LA Times has a good review). His only two upcoming dates at the moment are in LA and DC, but let’s hope he makes it to NYC soon too.

Stream a track from the album and browse his tour schedule below…

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Sasquatch 2015 day 3 in pics: St. Vincent, Robert Plant, Lana Del Rey, Ex Hex, Jenny Lewis, Temples, Jose Gonzalez, more

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St. Vincent / Robert Plant / Ex Hex / Temples @ Sasquatch 5/24/2014
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3

On stage Annie Clark, or as she’s known, St. Vincent, is like an alluring, otherworldly android. She skitter steps around rapidly on high stiletto heels, staring blankly and doe-eyed, smiling at odd times while tearing through guitar lines seemingly effortlessly. Much of her show seems almost choreographed, moves precise, robotic, and at times in unison with her rhythm guitar player/keyboardist. Hers is a very conscious stage presence, each strange move intentional, and it is completely captivating. But her set on the Sasquatch main stage proved her to be not just an engaging performer, but an excellent musician as well; Clark is the complete package. Her confident guitar lines lead the way on her early hit “Cruel”, and the single “Digital Witness” from her 2014 self-titled album was very danceable over the massive, bass-heavy sounds coming from the stage. Her set was fairly light on stage banter, but when she finally spoke she said, “good evening ladies and gentlemen, and a special welcome to the others, and the queers, and the dominatrixes, and the dominated of Washington State,” before launching in to “Huey Newton”, drawing her fingers across her exposed neck in a throat slitting pantomime. – [KEXP]

The third day (Sunday, May 24) of the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival in Gorge,WA featured such performers as Robert Plant, St. Vincent, Temples, Lana Del Rey, Jenny Lewis (who also recently played Chicago), Jose Gonzlez, Twin Peaks and more. Pictures from day 3 are in this post.

Pics from Sasquatch day 1 are HERE and day are HERE. We’ll have pics from day 4 soon, meanwhile check out more of day 3 below…

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Patrick Watson expands tour, shares live video for “Hearts”

by Andrew Sacher

Patrick Watson

Montreal’s Patrick Watson released his newest album, Love Songs for Robots, last week (5/21) via Domino. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s a lushly arranged chamber pop record that incorporates a lot of diverse sounds without seeming overstuffed with ideas. A professionally shot live video of its song “Hearts,” which is part somber folk, part exotic polyrhythms, was just released. You can check that out, with an Rdio stream of the full album, below.

Patrick’s tour hits NYC this Thursday (5/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Low Anthem (tickets), and he’s also added many more dates including another NYC show later in the year.

He returns here to play Irving Plaza on December 11. Tickets for that show are currently on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales (pw: “musicgeeks”), and the general on-sale starts Friday (5/29) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, with that video and album stream, below…

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What’s going on Wednesday? (METZ/FIDLAR, Torres, Pixies, Pat Jordache, Catenary Wires, Marcos Valle, Portal & more)

METZ @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
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Torres @ Seaport, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

METZ, FIDLAR, Grooms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Toronto’s METZ upped their assault on our eardrums on all fronts with their second album which has better songs, better production and sharper focus. It somehow seems louder (and snottier), too, which basically ticks all the boxes of what you want from a record like this. Their tour with party boys FIDLAR is a bit odd, except that both groups turn crowds into a sweaty mess. They’re alternating headline slots, with METZ headlining tonight. (FIDLAR headline’s last night’s Bowery show.) If you’re going to this show, don’t miss local openers Grooms whose new album, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, is terrific.

Pat Jordache, Vesuvio Solo @ Elvis Guesthouse
Over the last three years, Pat Jordache has transformed from arty indie rock into a paranoid party band, with liquid bass, sinewy funk, and sonar dub. If you dig The Pop Group (or Mark Stewart’s solo work), Japan, or classic 4AD band The Wolfgang Press, Pat Jordache is successfully mining a similar vein.

Screaming Females Q&A w/ Ted Leo & performance @ Apple Store
Screaming Females have two NYC appearances this week, this being the first. It’s free, and in addition to performing, Screaming Females will give a Q&A with Ted Leo. They play NYC again tomorrow at the BV-presented ‘Chris Gethard Show’ premiere party.

Pixies, John Grant @ Beacon Theatre
While it’s not quite the same without Kim Deal, Pixies continue on, delivering the hits. If you’re going to this show, we highly recommend you get there for opener John Grant, whose funny, sad songs and and magnetic stage presences is not to be missed.

Torres, Aero Flynn @ Baby’s All Right
Torres’ new album has her diving even further into heavy rock territory at some parts, but also incorporates somber folk-inspired songs, art pop and more. Tonight’s her first of three upcoming NYC shows in support of it.

Portal, Impetuous Ritual, Negative Plane @ Saint Vitus
Australian death metal band Portal and related band Impetuous Ritual just wreaked havoc on Maryland Deathfest this past weekend, and now they bring their insanity (and masks) to NYC.

Future Brown, 3D Na’Tee, Maluca, mikeQ, Rizzla @ Output
Future Brown is the dance music “supergroup” of Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu and Lit City Trax’s J-Cush. Their debut album came out earlier this year on Warp.

The Catenary Wires @ Rough Trade
Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey are indiepop icons who have been at the heart of much-loved groups such as Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research, and Tender Trap. Their latest musical venture is The Catenary Wires. Where previous bands have been decidedly poppy and brash, The Catenary Wires make melancholic folk, but still with their knack for melodies. This is a free show, no purchase of any kind is required, and they’ll

Cassie Ramone, My Teenage Stride, Fletcher C. Johnson, Unhappy Mondays @ Shea Stadium
This is a solid bill of local bands, including onetime Vivian Girl and Babies singer Cassie Ramone, solid garage rocker Fletcher C. Johnson and underrated indiepop band My Teenage Stride who don’t play out enough for us these days. Opening act Unhappy Mondays claim to be the ” 2nd greatest Happy Mondays cover band.”

Marcos Valle with Carlos Lyra @ Birdland
Brazil’s Marcos Valle has had a long career, stretching back to the ’60s. But he may be best known now for his 1982 single “Estrellar” which was used in a Southern Comfort ad shown a lot during last year’s World Cup telecasts. Fans of samba, bossa nova, jazz, disco and kitschy fun take note — he’s at Birdland through Saturday.

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

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