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Surviving Grateful Dead members to play Jerry Garcia tribute concert
Mar 5, 2015 11:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

For Deadheads disgruntled by the aftermarket ticket prices for the Grateful Dead reunion shows, there’s now another chance to see the surviving members together before the end. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh have been announced as part of the tribute concert Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music of Jerry Garcia.

Held on May 14th at Columbia, Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, the show will also feature performances by Bruce Hornsby, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Eric Church, Greensky Bluegrass, Jimmy Cliff, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Moe., O.A.R., Railroad Earth, The Disco Biscuits, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, and Jason Crosby. Lesh will play with his new band Communion alongside Yonder Mountain String Band, while Kreutzmann will be with his outfit Billy and the Kids.

Grammy-winning producer Don Was will act as music director and front an “all-star band backing the performers,” according to a press release. Co-produced by the Garcia family, the event will be filmed for later release on DVD/Blu-ray and digitally.

“Jerry gave his heart, soul, and music to his band mates, fellow musicians, and to millions of fans around the world,” said show creator and executive producer Keith Wortman. “Whether playing in the Grateful Dead, his acoustic and bluegrass bands, or his beloved Jerry Garcia Band, his ...

Violent Reaction Marching On
Mar 5, 2015 11:12am | StereoGum
I can’t be the only person who read Kelefa Sanneh’s recent New Yorker piece on New York hardcore and thought, “Goddam, I need to listen to more hardcore.” The big problem there: Turnstile, the one current band mentioned in the New Yorker piece, sound a little too close to 311 for comfort. So, as an […]

Stream GFOTY & Spinees Dog Food Mix 1
Mar 5, 2015 11:06am | StereoGum
We’ve been blessed with a lot of new stuff from PC Music lately, including A.G. Cook’s new one with Hannah Diamond “Drop FM” and details on the label’s SXSW showcase. Today GFOTY and Spinee have released a new compilation called Dog Food Mix 1 that sounds like it’s mostly GFOTY songs remixed by Spinee or […]

Mitski Francis Forever (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
Mar 5, 2015 11:03am | StereoGum
Last year, Mitski released her third full-length, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, which earned a spot on our 50 Best Albums list and grew to be one of my favorite records of the year. The Brooklyn-based musician has since announced that she’s signed to Don Giovanni, and recently traveled upstate to record a new album. […]

Track Premiere: Wadeshark Warhead Orphan
Mar 5, 2015 10:59am | CMJ


Named from the fact that multi-instrumentalist Jason Allan Wade seemingly hadn’t got enough mileage out of his name via his one-man trash act, Wade&Sons, and drummer/cooer Tarra Thiessen of Brooklyn surf garagers Sharkmuffin also appreciates the idea of economical word usage, Wadeshark goes off in much stranger sonic directions. Witness Warhead Orphan form their debut EP, Cyanide Baby, out March 27. It aurally recalls late nights fumbling up the stairs home seeing the stars while noticing the evening’s ephemeral background music seething through blood-rushing head throbs. Guitars wash then strike out and wash down again, vocals layer around, and drums keep that throb going. Should be interesting to see how they pull it off live at the record release shindig at Nola, Darling in Manhattan on the record’s release date, March 27, with Starlight Girls, Happy Lives, Hellbirds and Rolling Heads.

Check out Warhead Orphan below.

The post Track Premiere: Wadeshark – “Warhead Orphan” appeared first on CMJ.

EULA streaming LP; Martin Bisi opening their release party tonight w/ Swans' Algis Kizys & Sonic Youth's Bob Bert
Mar 5, 2015 10:57am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Sonic Youth with Bob Bert

NYC's EULA put out their new Martin Bisi-produced album, Wool Sucking, this week. We previously posted the single "Noose," which was pretty indebted to Sonic Youth-y noise rock, but the album touches on a few other styles too. There's the grungy indie rock of "I Collapse," the lounge-y "Little Hearts," the shouty dance-punk of "Orderly," the dream pop-ish "Monument" and still more. You can listen to the whole thing below.

EULA celebrate the new album with a release show in their hometown tonight (3/5) at Palisades, and the whole lineup is pretty great. It includes No Bra (to quote Bill, "imagine The Fall and LCD Soundsystem condensed into one [topless] German singer"), masked avant-pop guy Gull, and Martin Bisi performing with an impressive cast of collaborators.

The Sonic Youth/Swans producer will be joined by a former member of each of those bands, Algis Kizys (bass in Swans from Holy Money through Soundtracks for the Blind) and Bob Bert (drums in Sonic Youth from Confusion Is Sex through Bad Moon Rising), plus Ian Campbell of newer goth band Pop. 1280. It's the same lineup he did last year at the afterparty for the premiere of the BC Studio documentary, Sound & Chaos. Their set will also include visuals by Preston Spurlock and live painting by Davey Dave Ampersand. Adm...

Antemasque Accused Of Throwing Boiling Water At Fans
Mar 5, 2015 10:50am | StereoGum
The former At The Drive-In and Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler Zavala is famous for his theatrical onstage freakouts. At a recent festival show in New Zealand, Bixler Zavala may have taken this tendency way, way too far. According to people at the show, he hurled boiling water into the show’s front row, injuring a […]

Thee Oh Sees announce new album, Mutilator Defeated At Last, premiere Web listen
Mar 5, 2015 10:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

Thee Oh Sees are gearing up to release their sixth album in five years. Mutilator Defeated At Last is due out on April 19th via frontman John Dwyer’s own Castle Face Records.

The follow-up to last year’s Drop features the lineup of Dwyer, Tim Hellman, Nick Murray, Chris Woodhouse, and Brigid Dawson. The LP was mixed by Woodhouse and mastered by John Golden (Soundgarden, Melvins, Ty Segall).

In anticipation, the Bay Area rockers have let loose opening track “Web”. A rambunctious and psychedelic rocker, it’s marked by winding guitars and Dwyer’s hellish vox. Listen in below.

Mutilator Defeated At Last Tracklist:
01. Web
02. Withered Hand
03. Poor Queen
04. Turned Out Light
05. Lupine Ossuary
06. Sticky Hulks
07. Holy Smoke
08. Rogue Planet
09. Palace Doctor

Thee Oh Sees have a busy South by Southwest schedule lined up. Check out those dates, as well as those for their upcoming European jaunt, here.

The Week In Pop: Kelly Clarksons Edgeless Excellence Continues
Mar 5, 2015 10:43am | StereoGum
Kelly Clarkson started out with negative cred. In 2002, Clarkson became the first winner of American Idol, which made her wildly famous and deathly uncool. This was before poptimism, and although Idol was an massive ratings success, the average critical line was something like THIS POP STAR FACTORY IS AN AFFRONT TO GOOD TASTE THEY […]

All four current Grateful Dead members playing Jerry Garcia tribute; Alex Bleeker playing Dead set at Woodsist Fest
Mar 5, 2015 10:41am | Brooklyn Vegan

There's already insane demand for the three Chicago shows that surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are reuniting for, so perhaps some of that excitement will carry over into this Jerry Garcia tribute happening two months earlier in Maryland.

The tribute includes all four of those members -- Mickey and Bob solo, Bill with his band Billy & the Kids, and Phil with his band Communion (featuring Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, And Jason Crosby) -- as well as Bruce Hornsby, who's also playing at the Chicago shows. Though they're billed separately, maybe all the band practices they've been having will result in some collaborations too?

The rest of the lineup isn't too shabby either, with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry collaborator David Grisman, country vet Buddy Miller, roots rockers Los Lobos, electro-jammers Disco Biscuits and more. The tribute happens May 14 at Merriweather Post Pavillion, and tickets go on sale March 13 at 10 AM. Full lineup below.

In other Dead news, Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, who just took part in a Dead tribute in Brooklyn, have announced that they'll also play a Dead set at Woodsist Festival on May 18 in Big Sur, CA. That fest is also with Real Estate, Woods, White Fence, Peaki...

Stew of The Negro Problem & 'Passing Strange' made an improvised album with Double Nought Spy Car (hear 3 songs)
Mar 5, 2015 10:37am | Brooklyn Vegan

Stew & Double Nought Spy Car

A decade ago, Stew (of The Negro Problem and the Tony-winning Passing Strange) teamed with LA prog/surf instrumental combo Double Nought Spy Car to make an album together funded by the American Composer's Forum. The record, titled Panorama City, had a few guidelines: "create instant songs, no rehearsing, no second takes, no jamming." Stew explains further:

K, I cheated, as I had written down a few lyrical fragments that morning in a notebook which I sang from. But the best lines I promise you came to me via the spell the music cast that day in Panorama City, powered by G-d and conjured by the law firm of Lacques, Doten, Watkins and Berardi. I think the best compliment that we could be paid is by the people who don't think it was all totally improvised. But it was. No stops and starts, no overdubs, no previously agreed upon anything. It's a very Californian vibe, a nice combo of trust and confidence, old-heads, new strings, and damaged musical psyches with enough pop sensibility still left in their Don Kirshnerized-Aylerian DNA to party, a deeply satanic-Buddhist mushroom cult that exists only as long as the record button is depressed but seeking help. We let this music sorta hang out on a shelf for way too long and yet it seems like now is the perfect time to listen to it ... from a safe distance. Releasing records is the best revenge and our ma...

McDonalds asked Ex Cops to play a SXSW show for free heres their response
Mar 5, 2015 10:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

South by Southwest is a double-edged sword for bands. It’s a lot of work running from gig to gig, often having to go on without a proper soundcheck, and even more often having to play for free. And all that’s after expenses paid to actually get to and stay in Austin, Texas. (We examined all the ins-and-outs of playing the conference/festival in our cover story, “South by Southwest: Is It Worth It?”)

But despite all that, thousands of bands are still willing to play for pennies on the dollar. As bigger corporations try to stamp their brand on the event, though, the expectations for payment change. So when McDonald’s asked indie pop duo Ex Cops to play a showcase and said, There isnt a budget for an artist fee (unfortunately),” the band was more than a little offended.

“As of 2013, McDonalds is valued at 90.3 billion dollars,” band member Brian Harding wrote in an open letter on Facebook. After running down a list of Mickey D’s well-publicized business practices, Harding laid out what the company had offered for the band’s performance. “In lieu of being paid like a real artist, or anyone who is employed to do a service, McDonalds assures us that we will ‘be featured on screens throughout the event, as well as POSSIBLY mentioned on McDonalds social media accounts like Facebook (57MM likes!).’

“It is a horrifying and gross reality when one sees the ...

Q&A: Carly Rae Jepsen On Her All-Star Indie Collaborators And Really, Really, Really Anticipated New Album
Mar 5, 2015 10:28am | StereoGum
Following up a juggernaut like “Call Me Maybe” has got to be intimidating. There hasn’t been a song like that since, one that was so immediately pervasive and so utterly inescapable. The second that track hit, through a series of almost chance circumstances, it was swept up into the zeitgeist and spit out into ubiquity. […]

Thee Oh Sees Web + Mutilator Defeated At Last Details
Mar 5, 2015 10:17am | StereoGum
Less than a year ago, Thee Oh Sees released their punk-oriented psych record Drop, but the band has wasted no time announcing its follow-up. Mutilator Defeated At Last will drop in May on Castle Face Records, and “Web” is the album’s opening track and debut single, which the band has been performing live for quite […]

Mars Volta offshoot Antemasque accused of throwing boiling water at concert audience
Mar 5, 2015 10:17am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by William Ratel

Antemasque, the new project featuring Mars Volta members Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, find themselves in a bit of hot water

The band is accused of throwing a series of objects — including a tea kettle of boiling hot water — into the audience during a performance at Westfest in Auckland, New Zealand earlier this week.

The New Zealand Herald has shared a photo of one an attendee with burn marks on his arm, allegedly the result of the boiling water splashing onto him. Another attendee claimed the water hit him in the face.

Video below purportedly shows Bixler-Zavala holding the tea kettle and throwing it. There are also photos of the band hurling other items into the audience, including speaker stacks and instrument cases.

Westfest organizers told the Herald that they are investigating the incident. Representatives for Antemasque offered no comment.

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