Wolf Eyes (one of the greatest noise bands ever to emerge from “the dead, dread-filled haunted hills of Michigan,” thank you Forest Juziuk for the incredibly apt description of Michigan’s terrain) is releasing a new album, I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces, perhaps their one millionth recording to be release October 30th on Third Man Records. You can read more about the band right here but you can celebrate the release of their new album at Trans-Pecos. Don’t sleep on those tix!
Cabaret artist Salty Brine continues his residency at The Red Room on East 4th Street with HE’S SO UNUSUAL, a dazzling evening of song and scene that places Cyndi Lauper’s debut album She’s So Unusual into a world of Prohibition and perfectly-coiffed pansies. No stranger to taking on entire albums in one evening, Brine’s past “Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret” shows have included Joni Mitchell’s Blue and the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing. There will be surprises, and there will definitely be impressive costumes. Even Ms. Lauper herself gave it her seal of approval. Originally slated to end as October began, Brine is bringing this particular show back for two encore performances.
He’s So Unusual stars Salty Brine and is directed by Max Reuben with dramaturgy by Taylor Adamson, arrangements by Ben Langhorst, costume design by One-Half Nelson, lighting design by Mike McGee, sound design by AJ Surasky, and stage management by Ryan Courtney. Also featuring Ben Langhorst, Chris Nattrass, Ben Arons, and Rob Mosher.
CMJ is upon us, which translates to either the arrival of a complete shit show or (if you’re not really the observant type) venues suddenly appearing slightly more crowded with douchery than usual. Regardless of whether you’re in touch with the less-than-ideal reality for regular show-goers, or prefer to put on chakra glasses and render all those grayscale suits as rainbow zombies, you still gotta plan out this week just a little better than usual– having your friends drag you out of a cab, splash beer on your face, and carefully deposit your lifeless body at your favorite venue’s doorstep isn’t gonna fly. Instead, you’ll need PMA, advanced tickets, and whatever lies beyond this line.
Music: Silent Barn Benefit Featuring Parlor Walls, Celestial Shore, SIRENS, Mega Bog, Real Adult, and Future Punx (DJ Set)
The Famous Swords collective (run by Alyse Lamb of EULA and Parlor Walls) is hosting a show to benefit the Silent Barn in the wake of a fire that devastated the DIY venue and led to its temporary closure (read more about the fire here). Bands and artists around the city have come together to help get the beloved venue back on its feet. At this show, all proceeds from the bar and door will go to the cause. The show itself features a smattering of DIY mainstays: a DJ set by Future Punx, Alyse’s new band– Parlor Walls, Celestial Shore, SIRENS, Mega Bog, and Real Adult.
Nothing beats a blue Monday quite like a musical genre-bender, feminism and a cozy Greenpoint piano bar. Look no further than The Hum, a residency and weekly performance featuring female musicians working within genres as eclectic as R&B, art-rock, spectral pop, classical and punk.
Are you familiar with Inuit throat singing? Well, I mean have you really heard it? Like most people living this far south of permafrost, I’ve only heard my friends drunkenly imitate Inuit throat singing as a way of satirizing cultural appropriation and haven’t actually, really experienced the real-real deal IRL. Well, here’s my (and your) chance to hear this powerful, guttural form of music as performed by Tanya Tagaq (who you might have first been introduced to via her New Yorker cartoon likeness). Also, this is the first regular show happening at Williamsburg’s brand new venue, National Sawdust, so best a time as any to check it out.
Read more about National Stardust here.
A couple weeks back, Bikini Kill reissued their very first demo tape from 1991, Revolution Girl Style Now, via the band’s own record label. You’re probably about dried up after drooling over those three previously unreleased tracks included on the reissue and all the killer old photos of Kathleen Hanna and the band that emerged across the internet as a nod to the occasion. But get ready to salivate anew, coz we did some time travel of our own and rifled around (as gently as possible) the Kathleen Hanna Papers.
In many ways, Williamsburg’s newest venue couldn’t be more different from the (mostly) defunct DIY show spaces (bar/art-galleries and dingy old warehouses) that once lined the waterfront area. (Cameo, at least, is still here — for another month and a half, anyway). That’s because National Sawdust is a refined concert hall, a serious non-profit institution with powerful and moneyed supporters plus a leadership of established talent tapped directly from the music and art worlds.
It’s kind of a somber week (already) for show goers– mainly because one of the most reliable spots for an awesome underground/indie/neo-folk/punk/experimental/whatever show, the Silent Barn, suffered a fire late last week. Everybody’s OK, but the building itself is damaged (more on that later) to the point where shows have been suspended for at least the next month. They’re no dummies, they have insurance. But in order to act fast and get repairs done right-freakin’-now, Silent Barn is asking for donations. If charitable bitcoining isn’t your bag, there are other ways you can help.
Bands Apart is a new weekly column wherein we outline the sometimes vast differences between bands with not-so-different names. Soak up this super important knowledge and we guarantee you’ll impress your friends, bore your mother, and alienate your dog. Up this week: Lazyeyes versus Wolf Eyes.
Advaeta manage to pull of a very special kind of shoegaze– it’s dreamier, buzzier, and more uplifting than their predecessors. We can’t say their sound is totally unfamiliar, but it feels fresh enough against a back drop of icier pursuits. And, hey, surprise! Noise rockers Psychic Blood have a new EP.
Perfect Pussy was always meant to be commercially viable– the naughty but passable name, a sound that’s more influenced by At The Drive In than, say, Flipper– so we can’t fault them for acting like a product these days. But has their live show stood up to the noxious influence of shopping blogs and gushy bloggers? Well, you can go see them this weekend and find out. You legit have nothing to lose seeing as the show is free, and the rest of the lineup is guaranteed rad, see especially: Pawns and Guerrilla Toss.