Monthly Archives: November 2015

Video of The Day #89: Django Django

Source: Fuzzy Logic

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Another day, another Django Django video to love up on. “Shot Down” takes the viewer on a technicolor, kaleidoscopic trip through the US of A, as seen through the lenses of the band as they traverse the expansive amber waves of grain and purple mountain’s majesty. The rapid-fire barrage of saturated images is a cheeky play against the slower, more deliberate blurry rhythms of the ...

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Baltimore alt soul act Soujourne released new LP, These Seeds

Source: The Deli Magazine

Looking for the next big thing in funk? Look no further than Sojourne, a progressive soul four-piece belting out the finest sounds you heard from Baltimore. The lead vocalist, Trina Coleman, has pipes on par with Sara Bareilles and they have a wide spread of jams, from cheery upbeat melodies to slow cocktail lounge serenades. These Seeds is their debut LP and it’s a work of art. Though the band is entering a self-declared hibernation for the winter, you can catch them playing for Artworks on Maryland Public Television, 12/17, at 8:30pm. -Jonathan Goodwin

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On The Road Again: Cayucas

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Left Coast! I am so jealous of you right now. SO JEALOUS. And for once it’s actually not because I tend to covet the Southern California climate and warm sunshine as the East Coast starts to cool off at this time of year. 

No, this green-eyed monsterness is happening because a run of January Cayucas dates with Surfer Blood is imminent. So Phoenix, LA, Cayucos, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Visalia, Pioneertown, Flagstaff, and Santa Fe, y’all better get out there and shake many tailfeathers when the good vibrations of Cayucas roll into town.

Cayucas Tour Dates

Thurs. Jan. 7 – Phoenix, AZ @ ...

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ANOHNI (Antony Hegarty) releases "4 DEGREES" from Oneohtrix Point Never/Hudson Mohawke-produced album

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Inez & Vinoodh
ANOHNI

At the beginning of the year, Antony Hegarty announced she’d be releasing an album as ANOHNI called HOPELESSNESS with production from Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke. Now a song from that is finally out. It’s called “4 DEGREES” and it’s pretty much as insane/awesome as you’d hope an Antony/OPN/HudMo collab would be. Listen below.

The album will be out in the spring, and the trio will be playing shows in support of it too. So far only European festival dates are announced, but more shows are TBA.

OPN is also ...

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Michael Alan Alien releases limited edition ODB tribute album

Source: Deli Magazine NY

Bushwick born, Staten Island raised Michael Alan Alien grew up throwing art parties in the 90s. Before Wu-Tang was the empire it is now, they were just a bunch of friendly faces in a cloud of smoke on his guest list. ODB’s passing weighed heavily on the world’s Hip Hop community, and Michael Alan Alien is one of the many still holding the torch and spreading the light of one of Rap’s most brazen innovators. Considering ODB “the Van Gogh of Hip Hop,” Michael texted Miss Jones and linked with ODB’s brother Ramsey Jones and created a live tribute at ...

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Eagles of Death Metal ask artists to cover "I Love You All the Time" for charity (listen to Dean Ween & My Morning Jacket)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Dean Ween
Dean Ween

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 90+ fans at an Eagles of Death Metal show, the band have donated the publishing and master use of their song “I Love You All The Time” to The Sweet Stuff Foundation. They’re challenging iTunes, Spotify and other sellers to donate the proceeds to charity, and for other bands to cover the song, or offer up their own song to covered for charity. They’re calling it the “The Play it Forward Initiative.”

One notable musician to do so is Dean Ween. He’s known ...

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What are YOU doing New Years Eve? Here are your options.

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Photo by John Vettese

Photo by John Vettese

As we discussed this time last year, a concert is quite possibly the best way to blast into the New Year. Being in a packed crowd of music fans, screaming and singing along and hoisting drinks as lights flash and confetti flies…it’s ecstatic, it’s special and unique. And even if the artists treat the show as just another gig, it will automatically become a gig you’ll always remember.

This year’s New Years Eve live music options in the Philly region were a bit slow to emerge. At first, it was just lot of tribute bands ...

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Brendan Kelly playing acoustic shows with Derek Grant and Mikey Erg (who’s opening the Weston/Digger tour)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Brendan Kelly at Riot Fest Chicago 2015 (more by Rudy Rubio)
Brendan Kelly

Lawrence Arms co-frontman Brendan Kelly and Derek Grant (who drums for Alkaline Trio and other bands and is also a solo artist) are going on the three-date ‘Red Scare Acoustic Swingers Party’ tour of the Northeast this January. It hits Boston, Brooklyn and Philly.

The Brooklyn show happens January 22 at Knitting Factory with support from the constantly-busy (and always great) Mikey Erg. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Mikey Erg was also added as support, ...

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Rock’n’Roll time at the Cake Shop tonight (11.30) with Shiro & The Raw Dogs

Source: Deli Magazine NY

Rock and pop music are fun, but nothing can fire up a party as much as Rock’n’Roll, so if you are back from a quiet Thanksgiving holiday and feel like partying on a Monday night, you may want to head to the Cake Shop, where rockabillers Shiro & The Raw Dogs will be brginging the sound off the rebellious late ’50s. Active since 2013, the group has two singles under their belt. This year’s "My Baby’s Bad" is propelled by frantic, borderline tribal percussions and an incendiary combination of electric guitars and vocals.

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Massive Attack’s 3D composed music for Darren Aronofsky’s climate change protest artwork in Paris

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

“The Standing March” projected onto French National Assembly building, Paris (via @jeanlucr)
The Standing March

Massive Attack member 3D, aka Robert De Naja, composed the original score to The Standing March, a protest art project from Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky and French artist JR. In lieu of marches (which are forbidden in Paris following the terrorist attacks), Aronofsky and JR teamed up in a collaborative art installation featuring the images of over 500 people projected on France’s National Assembly building to bring attention to global warming during the U.N. Climate Change Conference. The exhibition is traveling around Paris ...

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Steven Wilson releasing an "interim album," touring in 2016

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Steven Wilson - 4 1/2

British prog-rocker and Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson is heading out on a short tour in 2016. He’s also announced a followup to 2015’s Hand. Cannot. Erase, called 4 1/2. The new release is out January 22 and is being described as an “interim album,” which is to say it isn’t exactly a proper full-length and is comprised mostly of outtakes from the Hand. Cannot. Erase. sessions as well as a new version of the Porcupine Tree song “Don’t Hate Me” from back in 1999.

The tour will hit NYC for a show at The ...

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Kacey Musgraves announces 2016 tour (dates)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Kacey Musgraves at Farm Aid 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves will continue to tour in support of this year’s Pageant Material in 2016. The new dates don’t bring her back to NYC, but she’ll be nearby for a show on February 20 at Starland Ballroom in NJ. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/4) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (12/3) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the video for “Biscuits” from her album, below…

Continue reading “Kacey Musgraves announces 2016 tour (dates)” at brooklynvegan

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Twisted Sister gives Donald Trump permission to use "We’re Not Gonna Take It"; Dee Snider wrote a Christmas musical

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Dee Snider (second from left) and his other Celebrity Apprentice contestants
Dee Snider

Donald Trump hasn’t had much luck getting permission to use pop songs on his presidential campaign, having been denied by Neil Young, R.E.M., Steven Tyler and more. But he finally found one: Twisted Sister‘s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” The Donald and the hair-metal vets are old pals, as singer Dee Snider was on Trump’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice back in 2013 — he was fired. Snyder spoke to Canadian Business.com about Trump using the song:

He called and he asked, which I appreciated. I said, ‘Look, ...

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Vektor releasing ‘Terminal Redux’ (stream a track)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Vektor at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Vektor

Philadelphia prog-thrash band Vektor will be touring with Voivod and Eight Bells next year. We recently discussed new music from both of their tourmates, but haven’t pointed out that Vektor also have a new album on the way called Terminal Redux, due 3/11 via Earache. They’re streaming a song called “Ultimate Artificer” in advance of that.

“Ultimate Artifice” is a tight, relentless riff machine that comes at you from all angles. Vektor are one of the few modern thrash bands that seem even ...

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The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and Restorations played Webster Hall (pics, review)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Menzingers / Pianos Become the Teeth / Restorations
The Menzingers
Pianos Become the Teeth
Restorations

The stacked tour of The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and Restorations hit NYC at Webster Hall on Friday (11/27). It was the final date of the tour, and all the bands mentioned on stage how much they had been loving it. Pianos singer Kyle Durfey said of his band, “I think I speak for the five of us when I say we could tour with these three bands for the rest of our lives.”

The venue was still gradually filling ...

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Jon Batiste led a musical tribute to Allen Toussaint at City Winery (pics)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Tribute to Allen Toussaint @ City Winery 11/29/2015
The Music of Allen Toussaint - A Memorial Tribute

Over the weekend, NYC celebrated the spirit and music of New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint with a show at City Winery. This was originally supposed to have been an actual Toussaint show before he tragically, unexpectedly died while on tour in Europe. Louisiana native Jon Batiste, who spends most nights these days as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert‘s bandleader, headed up the evening which included appearances from singer/musicians Morgan James, Stacie Orrico, Davell Crawford, Doug Wamble, as well as members of Batiste’s ...

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The prolific Ross Bellenoit is at it again with preview for Invisible Voice

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Ross Bellenoit | Photo by Brett Wilshe

Ross Bellenoit | Photo by Brett Wilshe

Ross Bellenoit has been kicking around the Philly scene for a few years now and is beginning to truly establish himself as a musician whose musical output is as varied as it is prolific. Just last week, Bellenoit released a three-song preview of his newest album, Invisible Voice, which will be his third album since the year began.

The preview, which you can check out below via Bellenoit’s bandcamp page, gives you a pretty solid idea of what to expect on Invisible Voice. The opener, “I’m Already Saying Goodbye” is tight ...

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Pope Francis rocks out on new album

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

He’s a global pinup who fills stadiums and thrills fans. And now Pope Francis has released what is, essentially, a rock album.

He doesn’t sing, but the pontiff who has energized millions of Roman Catholics with his vision of a compassionate, socially committed church lends his voice to an album…

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PREVIEWS of COMING ATTRACTIONS: Early December 2015

Source: DC Rock Live

The holiday season is upon us and as usual lessens the choices of great bands to see. But there is plenty there, it is just more of a refined menu than a smorgasbord buffet. So order up from this menu or ask us about our specials.

Flying in from a haunted cave near DC are All Them Witches backed by the excellent New Madrid. Catch the spell at the Black Cat this Wednesday, Dec 2nd.

Sheila E is still bringing the beat, this time to the Birchmere on Thursday, Dec 3rd.

Maribou State rolls into the U Street Music ...

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Sunn O))) streaming new album ‘Kannon’ (listen)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Sunn O))) - Kannon

Sunn O)))‘s new album Kannon is out later this week on Southern Lord, but you can stream it right now below (via Rolling Stone).

Kannon is another strong release from the influential art-doom outfit. The three songs here cover, as always, a surprisingly large sonic range for a band this deliberately monochromatic. There are more recognizable riffs here than usual, even as the face-numbing power of Sunn O))’s material still lies in the massive volumes and waves of sound. Mayhem’s Attila Csihar (who just played MHOW with Watain) contributes his croak to the opening ...

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ASTR Spreads Love and Acceptance at The Foundry

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Mike Mauger

Following a loving, brat-pop-filled set by Holychild, ASTR took the stage for an equally loving and energetic set that would bring down The Foundry. The NYC natives, who were at the first show I ever attended for Rock On Philly, showcased a new maturity with their ever-evolving sound, fresh from their latest six-song EP Homecoming.

With lead singer Zoe Silverman front-and-center and multi-instrumentalist Adam Pallin spinning their spacey electronica in the background with ease, it was no wonder how the pair captivated the passionate crowd. Though the sound-system seemed a bit off (Pallin ...

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