LVL Up and Cloud Nothings, Together at Webster Hall – NEW YORK TIMES


From left, Greg Rutkin, Nick Corbo, Mike Caridi and Dave Benton of LVL UP.
From left, Greg Rutkin, Nick Corbo, Mike Caridi and Dave Benton of LVL UP.

Let the warm layers of fuzz engulf you while the melodies wiggle out from beneath a blanket of noise. That’s the dependable specialty of LVL UP and Cloud Nothings, two young, guitar-led bands that are children of ’90s alternative rock (Neutral Milk Hotel, Built to Spill, Nirvana), but not strict revivalists, borrowing also from later waves of pithy, loud, often self-loathing emo and pop-punk.

Born of house shows and D.I.Y. spaces, both groups have graduated to larger clubs — they play Webster Hall together on Wednesday, Feb. 1 — and cleaner recordings of late. LVL UP’s third album, “Return to Love,” was its debut last year for the eminent indie label Sub Pop, while the fourth LP from Cloud Nothings, “Life Without Sound,” has a more professional sheen without sacrificing scrappiness. Lo-fi, after all, can be a state of mind.

Aaron West announces tour with Empty Houses and Dryjacket – BROOKLYN VEGAN

Aaron West

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties (aka the solo project of Wonder Years singer Dan Campbell) has announced some full-band dates in continued support of last year’s Bittersweet EP. Openers are Empty Houses (a soul band with ex-Fireworks members) and Dryjacket (who just released the very good For Posterity last week).

The dates kick off in NYC on March 1 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

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Aaron West / Empty Houses / Dryjacket — 2017 Tour Dates
March 1st @ The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY
March 3rd @ Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
March 4th @ Palladium – Worcester, MA
March 5th @ Lost Herizon – Syracuse, NY

Oathbreaker announce tour with Khemmis, Sannhet, Jaye Jayle, more – BROOKLYN VEGAN

photo by Jeroen Mylle

Belgium’s Oathbreaker returned last year with Rheia, a boundary-pushing piece of screamo-ish black metal that cracked our year-end list. They did some US touring in support of it and now they’re set to return here this March/April. All dates are with Jaye Jayle (aka Young Widows singer Evan Patterson), and other openers vary by date including King Woman, Khemmis (who just played NYC), and Sannhet.

The run with Jaye Jayle and Sannhet includes a NYC show on April 8 at The Studio at Webster hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Rheia, below.

Oathbreaker — 2017 Tour Dates
March 15 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts *
March 16 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
March 17 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight *
March 18 Nashville, TN @ The End *
March 19 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth *
March 20 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
March 22 Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
March 23 Houston, TX @ Walter’s *
March 24 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder *
March 26 Mesa, AZ @ Underground ^
March 27 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar ^
March 28 W. Hollywood, CA @ Roxy ^
March 29 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside ^
March 30 Portland, OR @ Ash Street Saloon ^
March 31 Seattle, WA @ The Highline ^
April 1 Boise, ID @ The Shredder ^
April 2 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge ^
April 3 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater ^
April 4 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room ^
April 5 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean ^
April 6 Detroit, MI @ El Club ^
April 8 New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall %
April 9 Allston, MA @ Great Scott %

* w/ King Woman, Jaye Jayle
^ w/ Khemmis, Jaye Jayle
% w/ Sannhet, Jaye Jayle


The 2016 Year End Worldwide Top 200 Clubs by Ticket Sales was recently released by Pollstar and, at a glance, there appear to be quite a few familiar venues within the dance music world that have made it onto the list.

Right off the bat, one of North America’s most iconic dance clubs Webster Hall is sitting pretty at #2 with 279,090 tickets sold during the tracking period. Its New York neighbor, the iconic Terminal 5, sits not too far behind coming in at #4 with close to 260,000 tickets sold on the year. While not necessarily a dance-first venue like Webster Hall is, it has nevertheless played host to plenty of dance music acts on the year. The same goes for Denver’s Ogden Theatre which has hosted a fair share of dance music shows; due to Denver’s large dance music fanbase, they came in #8 with just over 184,000 tickets sold.

LA’s Hollywood Palladium and The Fonda Theater came in back to back in 15th and 16th selling 146,205, and 141,769 tickets respectively while another popular venue familiar to dance fans on the northwest, Roseland Theatre of Portland, trumped them both with just over 152,000 tickets and 13th place on the list.

If you’re wondering what the top-selling venue was, it’s Boston’s House of Blues with a staggering 323,165 tickets sold. The only venue anywhere near, not to speak of above, the 300,000 ticket mark.

The lone international representatives in the top 20 are Metropolis in Montreal which came in at #11, and Belgium’s Ancienne Belgique which was the 5th most popular venue to meet the criteria globally. Check out the full top 200 list below.


H/T: Pollstar Pro | Featured Image Source: Clubs In NYC