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April 23, 2015



4/28 DIIV, Sunflower Bean @ Baby's All Right

4/30 Weird Womb, Violent Video, Big Huge, Nachlass @ The Acheron

4/30 Theophilus London (DJ Set), Nick Hook @ Verboten

5/01 HEEMS, Michael Christmas, zZz, Pill, IYEZ @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar

5/01 Four Tet, Floating Points @ Sugarhill Disco

5/01 Damian Lazarus (and the Ancient Moons), Akufen, Bedouin, Ashwin Khosa @ Verboten

5/02 Cities Aviv, Sick Feeling, Show Me The Body @ Palisades

5/02 The Yin Yangs, Friend Roulette, Bootblacks, Slonk Donkerson, Bambara, Heaven's Gate, Jangula, Piers, Haybaby, Wade and Sons, Abhay Singh & Friends, The Semaphore, Semaphore, William Irish @ Silent Barn

5/03 Mika @ Verboten

5/07 Holy Ghost! (all vinyl set), Shadow Child @ Verboten

5/08 Terror Pigeon, Bellows, Cutters, The Eskalators @ Shea Stadium

5/08 Muse @ Webster Hall

5/11 W. Kamau Bell, Kevin Avery @ Union Hall

5/12 East India Youth, Glass Gang @ Rough Trade

5/13 Jane's Addiction (performing "Nothing's Shocking" and more) @ Brooklyn Bowl

5/19 Drowners @ Brooklyn Bowl

5/19 Violent Femmes @ Rough Trade

5/20 Mariachi El Bronx @ Baby's All Right

5/21 Krill, Big Ups, Warehouse, Downies @ Palisades

5/21 Kayo Dot, Hex Inverter, Disparager, Kevin Hufnagel @ Paper Box

5/21 TV on the Radio, Bo Ningen @ Terminal 5

5/22 Primal Scream @ Stone Pony

5/23 Melt Banana, Hot Nerds @ Saint Vitus Bar

5/23 Boys Noize, Mr. Oizo, Handbraekes, Salva, Spank Rock, Lil Internet, Cities Aviv, and more! @ Webster Hall

5/24 Jozef Van Wissem @ Littlefield

5/28 Told Slant, Half Waif, Taffy, Pinegrove @ Shea Stadium

6/03 Mumford & Sons, The Maccabees @ Coney Island

6/04 Mother Hips @ Rough Trade

6/04 No Way, Rhin, Grizzlor, Fashion Week @ The Acheron

6/06 Ancient Sky, Dommengang @ Union Pool

6/10 Magic Giant @ Mercury Lounge

6/10 Until The Ribbon Breaks @ Mercury Lounge

6/12 The Very Best, HEEMS @ McCarren Park (Northside Festival)

6/12 Ryan Hemsworth, Tommy Kruise @ Palisades

6/13 Holly Miranda @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

6/13 Against Me!, Special Guests @ McCarren Park (Northside Festival)

6/13 Dax Riggs @ Mercury Lounge

6/13 Michale Graves (former Misfits) @ Santos Party House

6/13 Self Defense Family, Wildhoney, Somerset Thrower @ The Acheron

6/14 Third Eye Blind, Dashboard Confessional @ Jones Beach

6/14 Institute, Anasazi, Cheena, Mommy @ Palisades

6/14 The Sun Ra Arkestra, PC Worship @ Rough Trade

6/15 Small Wonder, Washer, Haybaby, Mykil Love @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

6/18 Pattern is Movement (final NYC show), Ava Luna, SHRAF @ Baby's All Right

6/18 Ken Mode, Pyrrhon, Fight Amp, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus Bar

6/18 Summer Fiction @ Union Hall

6/19 Van Morrison, Taj Mahal @ Forest Hills Stadium

6/19 The Kooks, Joywave, Young Rising Sons @ Stone Pony

6/20 The Ataris (Performing their album Blue Skies, Broken Hearts) @ Santos Party House

6/21 D'Angelo (and The Vanguard), Gary Clark Jr. @ Forest Hills Stadium

6/21 Tim Kinsella @ Rough Trade

6/24 Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Hoodie Allen @ Jones Beach

6/26 Fungi Girls, Pill, Los Cripis, Arm Candy @ ALPHAVILLE.

6/26 Fucked Up, Doomsquad @ The Wick

6/27 Fucked Up, Doomsquad @ WFMU Monty Hall

6/30 Brian Wilson, Rodriguez @ Jones Beach

7/09 Waxahatchee @ Pier 84 (Hudson River Park)

7/14 Soak @ (le) poisson rouge

7/15 Lenka @ (le) poisson rouge

7/16 Elliot and The Ghost @ The Rock Shop

7/20 Guster, Kishi Bashi @ Central Park SummerStage

7/20 Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne + Jake One) @ (le) poisson rouge

7/21 Neil Young, Puss 'N Boots @ Jones Beach

7/22 Bone Thugs-n-Harmony @ Irving Plaza

7/23 James Bay @ Hammerstein Ballroom

7/23 We Were Promised Jetpacks, Krill @ Pier 84 (Hudson River Park)

7/24 Mr. Twin Sister, Moon King @ Bowery Ballroom

7/31 Veruca Salt @ Webster Hall

8/04 Incubus, Deftones, Death From Above 1979 @ PNC Bank Arts Center

8/04 Brandon Flowers @ Terminal 5

8/05 Incubus, Deftones, Death From Above 1979 @ Jones Beach

8/06 U.S. Girls, Yuck @ Pier 84 (Hudson River Park)

8/08 Saintseneca @ Baby's All Right

8/17 Mac DeMarco @ Bowery Ballroom

8/18 Mac DeMarco @ Webster Hall

8/19 Mac DeMarco @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

8/20 Mac DeMarco @ Warsaw

8/22 Social Distortion (playing "S/T" in its entirety), Nikki Lane, Drag The River @ Stone Pony

9/17 The Adicts, Reverend Horton Heat, The Creepshow @ Stage 48

9/19 Alabama Shakes, Drive-By Truckers @ Forest Hills Stadium

9/29 Hozier @ Radio City Music Hall



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Recommended Show
April 23, 2015

Written by Patrick McNamara

Let's talk about the best shows this week.

I'm basically just reiterating what the title of this feature already says.

This has been a good intro.

I luv U.

Thursday - April 23rd, 2015 A.D.

Delicate Steve play Brooklyn Bowl and why does this show come highly recommended this week? IT'S A BUTTERFLY THING YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND... UNLESS YOU DO, MANNNNN.

Dystopian synth punks Eaters (click their name for my fun blob facts) and loud ass band Yvette and sound shredder Dan Friel (Parts & Labor foreva) destroy the noise at Baby's All Right tonight. Bring earplugs and you just may be able to hear the sweet sounds of your crying grandchildren someday.

Long-running DFA dance band The Juan Maclean play Union Pool (and Friday and Saturday too). If you missed them last week when they played all those shows at Cameo, good news, life is full of fifth and sixth chances.

Other notable shows = Manic Street Preachers at Webster Hall + Crying at Shea Stadium + Las Rosas at Rough Trade + Dead Stars at Pianos + Ex Hex at (le) poisson rouge + Lindstrom at Good Room + Bluffing at Aviv


Friday - April 24th, 2015 A.D.

If you like free shows and the punk rock, whatever you do, don't stop reading. Moss Icon + Guerilla Toss + Beech Creeps + Multicults + Voice Coils play a FREE SHOW tonight at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Come for the punk. Stay for the hand-crafted tacos and artisanal jewelry.

New Jersey emo popsters Pinegrove play Palisades and the following song is a good song. My only problem with it is that it's far too short.

Hey, I need your opinion on something. Steve Winwood plays The Capitol Theatre tonight, right? Well then what I need to know from you right now is whether or not his song "Valerie" is a HAM or is it a JAM? I used to think it was a HAM and it always gave me the howling fantods whenever it would come on the radio, but I'm older these days and now I'm not quite sure it isn't, in fact, a JAM.

Other notable shows = The Juan Maclean at Union Pool + The Used at Warsaw + Yelawolf at Rough Trade + San Fermin at Music Hall of Williamsburg + Dinowalrus at Alphaville


Saturday - April 25th, 2015 A.D.

I love it when three really good bands play the same show but I'm weird. Speedy Ortiz + Mitski + Krill play Bowery Ballroom tonight and if each of those bands ran for President I'd totally vote for all of them. I don't know how I'd do it but maybe I'd buy the votes of a couple dead guys just like old time Chicago Mayor, Richard J. Daley, did. Ohhhh. Sick Mayor Daley burn this week, Rockness. Burnnnnn. SO SICK.

If you don't want to see three good bands at Bowery that's totally fine. It's your journey, man. Not mine. Perhaps you might be more comfortable not paying any money to see Chicago indie power popsters punks Into It. Over It. headline Brooklyn Night Bazaar alongside some other instantly delightful power popster punks. I just hope to God Into It. Over It. don't bring the long dead mayor of their town -- in office from 1955-1976 and a key reason why the 1968 Democratic National Convention ended in a goddamn riot -- along for the ride. F U MAYOR.

Damn, the punk hits keep coming this week. Palm (click that) + Washer (that too) + The Gradients (profile coming sooooon) + Flagland (click them too) play Palisades tonight. If you're looking to see some good up-and-coming loud rippers in a small space this is the one you'll wanna be at, man.

(*and if you stay until that show is over, another good one will begin because Providence electronic noise maker Container destroys Palisades with a special kind of loud later and I'm not quite sure why I'm keeping this info on the down low like this)

Other notable shows = The Juan Maclean at Union Pool (again) + The Used at Webster Hall + The Waterboys at Irving Plaza + Museum of Love at Good Room


Sunday - April 26th, 2015 A.D.

Indie folk master and man of a thousand names Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy aka Palace aka actually can we not run through all of this right now?) plays The Studio at Webster Hall tonight with a band called Bonnie Stillwater. It's a free record release "event" thing (not a "real" show) but he will play a few songs live so I don't know it might be worth it to stop by. I mentioned it was free, right?

Solid punkster popsters Wild Yaks play their first show in something like seven months at Baby's All Right and so this one is worth considering seeing as how this band is really good live. The videos don't do them justice. Please enjoy this video.

If you feel like experiencing the comfort of New Jersey, Asbury Lanes has a good one tonight led by the pop punk goodness of Chumped. Have you listened to their excellent full-length yet? If not, don't let the fact that it came out last year (what was 2014 even LIKE, mannnn?) deter you from streaming it right now. The only Golden Rule I ever remember to try and live by is "It's Never Too Late to Get Into Something Good."

Also, They Might Be Giants play Music Hall of Williamsburg and whatever happened to the guy who played the dad in Malcolm in the Middle.

Other notable shows = Big Terrific! at Warsaw + White Prism at Ace Hotel (free) + The Wombats at Rough Trade


Thanks a lot you guys have been silent but I hope you have been kind of chuckling on the inside. Let's do it again next week. I already have it in my calendar. This is a rather unnecessary step seeing as how I don't have shit else to do and this weekly web article is what I live for.

I luv U.

Festival Guide

Festival of Noise and Abstract Liberation.

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Random Rockness
Random Rockness
Random Rockness
Band We Like
April 20, 2015

Written by Patrick McNamara

Yazan (one name only - like Prince, or Elvis, or Steve) is a born and bred New Yorker who plays good old down-and-dirty country blues, albeit a psych sludge urban version. Maybe we should call this bayou borough punk. Maybe not. Regardless, this impressively mustachioed man is a booming crooner (a good set of pipes, this one) and a straight shredder (he also flings his Flying V guitar for Boston punk band, Pile) and you probably haven't heard anything quite like this before.

The man himself lists his influences as being Bob Dylan + Robert Johnson + Jimi Hendrix + Junior Kimbrough + Johnny Cash + RL Burnside and you should definitely set your expectations towards this guy sounding like these legends rather than sounding like Pile.

Yazan has offered up several sound sacrifices for streaming on the World Wide Intrasphere and you can explore his back catalog at your easy, breezy 100% chill pace. But first, you should start by listening to a couple of songs off of his brand new EP (so new that as of this writing it isn't even out yet, man) called “Howlin" because its vibes are so chill it just might make you bark at the moon buck neked.

I'll go ahead and post those two songs now because if I leave it up to you to find and listen you probably won't do it because you have other things on your mind and I don't have shit to do. “Tell Me Baby" is a rip roaring stomping good old JAM and will make you feel all funky and muddy in the cleanest, most celebrated way. And stick around for “I Get High" (me too, Yazan, me too) if you wanna know what life-affirming music seemingly made in the backwoods of Mars sounds like.

File Under: I Get

RIYL: High


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