Foxing detail ‘Dealer,’ share “The Magdalene” (listen)

by Andrew Sacher

Foxing

We knew Foxing would release their sophomore album Dealer this fall on Triple Crown, and now we have more details. It comes out October 30, that’s the artwork above, and the first single is second track “The Magdalene.” Foxing tone it down a bit this time around, going heavier on their atmospheric post-rock side and lighter on the yelling, but “The Magdalene” hasn’t lost what made previous singles like “Rory” so promising. Check it out below.

As recently mentioned, they’re co-headlining a tour with The World Is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die (a great double bill), and TTNG and Brightside are opening. It hits NYC on 12/3 at MHOW. Tickets are on sale now.

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Green Man fest 2015 pics/review Pt. 2: Sexwitch, St. Vincent, SFA, Father John Misty, Goat, Songhoy Blues & more

photos and words by Rachel Juarez-Carr & Christopher Jesse Juarez

Sexwitch / Songhoy Blues / St. Vincent / SFA / GOAT @ Green Man 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
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Green Man Festival 2015
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Green Man Festival 2015

The Green Man Festival has been taking place in Wales’ beautiful Brecon Beacons for the past few years, drawing an increasingly impressive line-up of worldwide and Welsh musicians to the sprawling Glanusk Estate. The 2015 edition happened August 20 – 23 and added enough extras (Hot tubs! A cinema! A beer festival! A science garden!) that you didn’t really even need to see any bands at all. But that would be silly, because the bands are great. Read on for some of the best bits from the last two days.

Most anticipated set: Sexwitch – the act billed only as “Special Guest” turned out to be the debut performance of a new project from Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan, TOY and Dan Carey – dark, droney and insistent.

Best set by someone we hadn’t heard of before: Hannah Lou Clark and her band, equal parts angsty and dreamy.

Best place to hide out to during the sudden three-hour heatwave on Saturday: The Cinedrome tent with Gulp, because angel-voiced dream pop makes everything better, even when you’re simultaneously horribly sweaty and covered in mud (somehow singer Lindsey Leven was immaculate in head-to-toe white, which reinforces our theory that Gulp are slightly magic.)

Most fun to shoot portraits of: Girl Ray, three London ladies who were finalists in the Green Man Rising competition and are very fun to hide between tents with.

Song we still have stuck in our heads: “Moons in My Mirror” by H Hawkline, whose pleasingly intriguing songs and deadpan demeanour were so appealing that the tentful of watchers were quite happy to comply with his request that they whistle the theme from the Great Escape while he tune his guitars, twice.

Most talked-about performance we failed to see: Northumbrian balladeer Richard Dawson [and not the late Family Feud host – Ed] in the Walled Garden, who we are assured was brilliant and unusual.

Youth enterprise award: The three children at the festival entrance with an acoustic guitar busking Super Furry Animals songs: Charlotte, Amelia and James. “Fire in My Heart” was a delight:

Green Man Festival 2015

Most packed tent: Songhoy Blues from Mali, because they manage to combine deeply cool rock-star stage presence with an overwhelming sense of glee. Plus singer Aliou Touré does really good dancing, and everything they played was brilliant.

Most unfortunate scheduling: Stealing Sheep, who are great but played at the same time as (and right next to) Songhoy Blues.

Most committed crowd: Super Furry Animals. Fans stood ankle-deep in mud and didn’t seem to mind the torrential rain, and in return received a predictably first-class set. There can’t be any better setting to hear “Mountain People” than the Mountain Stage at Green Man. (Extra points to the gentleman who crowd-surfed all the way to the front sitting in an eight-foot inflatable dinghy.)

Best between-songs chat: Welsh folk legend Meic Stevens, who at one point delightedly exclaimed, “I’ve had cancer for three years, you know, and I’ve had 150 hours of radiotherapy on my throat – they said ‘I wouldn’t have thought you’d be able to talk after that, let alone sing!’ but you’ve got to sing, don’t you?! Because it makes people happy!”

Most appropriate name: Towel, who played just after the 21-hour rain storm (complete with 6am wake-everybody-up thunder) stopped.

Best impromptu special guests: Deep Throat Choir who, 24 hours after Matthew E White apparently asked them to join him, appeared en masse at the end of his set and started making up dance routines while singing the outrageously catchy backing vocals to “Rock & Roll is Cold.”

Most rapt audience: Father John Misty, who was throwing himself on the floor by the first chorus of the first song and had row after row of grown adults grinning with glee like kids on Christmas morning.

Most apt headliner: Goat, whose vaguely pagan masked glory closed the final night of the Far Out stage and were followed by the ceremonial burning of the giant Green Man. Plus, “Run to Your Mama” might’ve been the best performance of the entire festival.

Pictures from the first two days of Green Man 2015 are HERE. Lots more pics from the final two days, below…

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the Men playing CMJ w/ Destruction Unit, headlining Acheron, opening for Ty Segall’s FUZZ (dates)

photo: The Men @ Cake Shop in May (more by Jena Cumbo)
The Men at Cake SHop

After taking some time off, Brooklyn’s The Men appear to be back in action. No word on any new recordings but they will be playing some shows this fall. In October they’ll headline Panache’s CMJ showcase at Baby’s All Right on 10/16, with Destruction Unit, Michael Rault, Celestial Shore, Dirty Ghosts, Beach Baby. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also get in with a CMJ badge (based on capacity).

After that, The Men will play The Acheron on November 14 with San Francisco band Wild Moth and PC Worship (tickets), then Bowery Ballroom the next night (11/14) where they’ll open for Ty Segall’s other project, Fuzz (tickets).

All tour dates, plus flyers, below…

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Danzig on Portlandia? (this pic of Carrie, Glenn & Fred rules)

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Officially looking forward to the next season of Portlandia after seeing the above photo posted to Carrie Brownstein’s Instagram, hoping Carrie wears that outfit to her upcoming almost-Halloween appearance at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, hoping Danzig does not wear his outfit at any of his Halloween-time shows this year (October 21st at Best Buy Theater included), AND not sure when Portlandia Season 6 hits IFC, but meanwhile you can catch Fred in his new IFC show Documentary Now!.

Check out a couple more pics from what seems to be a goth-themed sketch, via Fred’s instagram, below…

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Frog Eyes expand tour, add Brooklyn show (updated dates)

photo: Frog Eyes at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
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We recently mentioned that Frog Eyes are streaming their new album Pickpocket’s Locket, which officially drops this Friday, and since then the band have expanded their tour.

It previously only included West Coast dates, but now Frog Eyes added an East Coast show for November 11 at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn with Leverage Models and Pigeons. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/28) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed, with the album stream, below…

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What’s going on Thursday? (Beach House, The Good Life, Earth, Tei Shi, Sean Price tribute, Phuture & more)

photo: Beach House @ Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Beach House, Romantic States @ Baby’s All Right
Baltimore’s Beach House celebrates their new album Depression Cherry with this just-announced intimate show. Good luck getting tickets (they’re on sale at noon) but for those who do get them it’s likely to be a special night.

DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire), Chrome Sparks (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
You’ve seen him wow arenas full of fans as frontman for Arcade Fire; tonight you can see Win Butler spin tunes on his laptop as DJ Windows 98.

Tei Shi, Newtown Radio DJs @ MoMA
The final installment of the 2015 MoMA Nights series, you can catch Brooklyn-based (by way of Canada and Argentina) artist Tei Shi tonight in the museum’s sculpture garden. Free with museum entry.

Phuture, DJ Pierre, Turtle Bugg @ Output
With their squelching, 303-fueled track “In Your Mind,” Chicago’s Phuture basically invented acid house. Having played NYC for the first time ever earlier this year, they’re back in town tonight.

The Good Life, Big Harp, Anna McClellan @ Bowery Ballroom
Cursive’s Tim Kasher also fronts The Good Life, and this month they put out Everybody’s Coming Down, their first album in eight years. They’re on tour supporting it now, and hitting NYC tonight.

Earth, Holy Suns @ Saint Vitus
Masters of drone metal Earth are on tour now with Emil Amos’ band Holy Sons. They played LPR last night, and tonight they wrap up their NYC run at Saint Vitus. Sold out.

Sean Price memorial show @ SOB’s
Influential and beloved MC Sean Price stayed true to his ’90s roots for his entire career, keeping that sound alive as recently as this month’s Songs in the Key of Price mixtape. Sadly, he passed away at the too-young age of 43 this month, and this show will honor him.

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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Night Birds share “Blank Eyes” off ‘Mutiny at Muscle Beach’; Big Eyes added to NYC shows with Dillinger Four

by Andrew Sacher

Night Birds

Night Birds recently announced that they’ll follow 2013’s Born To Die In Suburbia with their third album, Mutiny at Muscle Beach, on October 2 via Fat Wreck Chords. Going by lead single “Blank Eyes,” it looks like Night Birds haven’t changed their sound at all. But when you do it this well, that’s totally fine. NB are somewhere between the kind of skate punk Fat was known for in the ’90s and Dead Kennedys’ more maniacal, surfier sound, and “Blank Eyes” rips just as hard as this kind of stuff needs to. Check it out below (via Nerdist).

As previously discussed, the band is heading out on tour with the great Dillinger Four, including two NYC shows. Those happen October 10 at MHOW (tickets) and October 11 at Saint Vitus (sold out). Those shows got even better since we last spoke, with Big Eyes being added. And there’s still one more TBA for Vitus.

Catch Big Eyes sooner when they open for Against Me! at the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on September 4 at The Stone Pony. Also on that bill is Cakes Da Killa. $ 3 RSVP is still open.

After that, Big Eyes play Silent Barn with Wet Nurse (9/22) and a stacked FREE afternoon show at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on September 27 with The So So Glos, Nude Beach, Mannequin Pussy, Bueno and Bikini Carwash. Noon start.

Listen to that new Night Birds song, with their list of dates, below…

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Neil Fest happening in NYC w/ Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Body/Head, Brian Fallon & more; Norah Jones touring

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The folks that have brought us Dylan Fest and Petty Fest will be bringing Neil Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young to NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on September 13 & 14. As usual for these things, the backing band is The Cabin Down Below Band but the lineup of guests is pretty impressive. Here’s the full list of announced performers:

Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt of The Drowners, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller of Guster, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel & David Gibson of Streets Of Laredo

Tickets for Neil Fest go on “friends and family” presale on Thursday (8/27) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (8/28) at noon. Ticket options include a $ 1500 VIP option that gets you balcony seating for four, complimentary beer and Jamesons all night, a poster and access to a pre-show party. Proceeds go to Sweet Relief On Behalf Of The Jameson Neighborhood Fund.

Related: Norah Jones, who most recently was seen opening for Neil Young as part of her country band Puss N’ Boots, will embark on a tour under her own name this fall. That wraps up with a show at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on November 8. Tickets for that go on Norah Jones presale on Friday (8/28) at 10 AM with the general on-sale beginning September 9 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

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Kamasi Washington played two nights at the Blue Note (with Thundercat & more), adds another NYC date

Kamasi Washington @ Blue Note (photo by Ryan Fitch)
Kamasi Washington

For his New York debut as a bandleader, Washington brought along some of the friends. “I met Terrace when I was 13,” Washington told the crowd when introducing Terrace Martin, alto saxophonist and heavyweight hip-hop producer for the likes of Snoop Dogg, “and he was bad way back then.” Martin brought the bandleader on board for Kendrick Lamar’s similarly epic album To Pimp A Butterfly, where he worked alongside fellow hometown hero bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner – who also joined the band at the Blue Note.

Opening with Askim, the band laid down grooves so deep they threatened to run through the stage. “The rhythm is thick up in here,” Washington said, alluding to the two drum sets and two bassists (one upright, one electric) onstage who seamlessly took the song through everything from a retro-sounding shuffle, to a modified reggae beat, to one that was almost samba-like. The crowd were moving in their seats, naturally.

…aesthetically the sound was a hearty mix of soul jazz and contemporary composition, the group’s welcoming attitude was a tribute to jazz’s occasionally messy, brash and party-ready beginnings. A wah-wah pedal for a bowed upright bass solo? An onstage drum-off? It all fits with Washington at the helm. [The Guardian]

Jazz musician Kamasi Washington just wrapped up a two-night, four-show stand at the Blue Note in NYC on his ongoing tour. He had a massive band, including frequent collaborator Thundercat, as The Guardian‘s review quoted above points out. You can read the rest of that here and check out more some pictures below.

We recently mentioned his tour would have him back in NYC for CMJ show on October 15 at BRIC House (tickets), and he since added another NYC show. This one’s at Le Poisson Rouge (10/16) the following day. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.

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Darwin Deez releasing ‘Double Down’ in September, playing Brooklyn this week, touring this fall (dates, song streams)

by Bill Pearis

Darwin Deez

Darwin Deez will release his third album, Double Down, via Lucky Number on September 18. It finds him in pretty much the same danceable guitar pop mode as his 2009 debut, scaling back a bit from 2013’s more lush Songs For Imaginative People, with spare arrangements allowing for a lot of breathing room (kinda the way early Spoon records were). His big-hearted songs don’t need a lot of gussying up, his warm voice does much of the heavy lifting. You can stream “Time Machine” and “Kill Your Attitude” below.

You can catch Darwin Deez on his tour in November and December, though he plays NYC on Wednesday (8/26) at Baby’s All Right with Junior Prom, Strange Names on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale.

All tour dates are listed below.

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