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December 6, 2013
Vampire Weekend at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
As discussed, Vampire Weekend -- who, since we last spoke, have ended up on A.V. Club's and NME's best of 2013 lists -- have a few upcoming US dates this month, including a private 'Live From The Artist's Den' taping on December 10. Though it's private, we're giving away a pair of tickets, and details on how to enter to win are below.
And in case you missed it, we're also still running contests for TONIGHT'S (12/6) A$AP Ferg show, The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl (12/9), MGMT & Dinosaur Jr. at Barclays Center (12/13), The Breeders at Webster Hall (12/19-20), and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Prospect Park (7/26). Click the links for more details on those contests.
Vampire Weekend contest details below...
December 4, 2013
As discussed, A$AP Ferg is bringing his tour with Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, Overdoz, and 100s to his hometown of NYC this Friday (12/6) at Irving Plaza. Tickets to that show were offered without fees as part of the venue's Black Friday-Cyber Monday deal, but now if you'd like to go and not pay anything at all, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter to win are below.
In related news, another A$AP Mob member, A$AP Ant is playing a show later this month at Santos Party House on December 18 with Chicago rapper Fredo Santana headlining (and making his NYC debut at the show) and Young Gleesh. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated A$AP Ferg dates are listed, along with the new video and contest details, below...
December 3, 2013
The Roots will be performing again at the annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam, now in its 7th year, at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, December 9 with host Hannibal Buress and a few "surprise special guests." No one's been announced for this year (hence "surprise") but Q-Tip, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Patti Labelle, A$AP Rocky, Big Daddy Kane, John Legend, Estelle, TV on the Radio, and more have appeared in years past. The event is private but Okayplayer is giving away 25 pairs of tickets and you can enter to win by filling out this form. BrooklynVegan is also giving away a pair and details on how to enter are below.
Speaking of holidays and The Roots, Okayplayer -- a music site which was started by Questlove in 1999 -- is selling a Cosby-style Roots holiday sweatshirt, which is part of the site's gift guide. That's it above.
Contest details and the flyer for the Holiday Jam, below...
December 2, 2013
by Bill Pearis
Swedish band Holograms' released their second album, Forever, over the summer and it's another gritty blast of angsty post-punk, definitely showing the non-shiny side of Stockholm. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below. The band just made a video for "Luminous," a slice-of-life clip which makes its premiere in this post.
Holograms will be heading to North America this week for their tour with TV Ghost (who gave us their Top 10 LPs of 2013), stopping at 285 Kent on Friday (12/6) with locals Heaven's Gate on the bill as well. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a pair away. Contest details, and the video and album streams, below...
November 27, 2013
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Lauryn Hill has some homecoming shows scheduled, which would have included two (early and late) TONIGHT (11/27) at Bowery Ballroom and a number of December dates. Tonight's early show has been postponed until December 10 "due to weather," but her late show is still on. All tickets for the early show will be honored at the 12/10 show, refunds are available, and they will not be valid at tonight's late show. $100 tickets are still available for the late show.
UPDATE: we also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the late show. If you want a chance of winning them, check out the instructions below.
Updated dates are listed below...
November 26, 2013
The Breeders at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
As discussed, The Breeders are playing their last Last Splash shows this December on a short tour leading up to their New Year's Eve show in Austin. Speedy Ortiz will be supporting many of the dates, including both NYC shows happening on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Details on how to enter to win, and the full list of tour dates, below.
UPDATE: In addition to performing Last Splash like they've been doing all year, the NYC, Chicago, Boston, and Austin stops will also feature full performances of their 1990 debut album, Pod.
Meanwhile, the Kim Deal-less Pixies are also touring and they'll be in the NYC-area for shows in Port Chester and NJ this January.
All dates are listed, along with contest details, below...
MGMT at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (More by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As discussed, indie-pop-turned-psych-weirdos MGMT are currently on a tour which brings them to NYC for a huge show at Barclays Center on December 13 with Dinosaur Jr. and Kuroma (fronted by a member of MGMT's live band). Tickets for that show are still available, but we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
If you're wondering what to expect from this ever-changing band at the Barclays Center show, this review on Memphis Flyer of Saturday's Orpheum Theatre show sheds some light:
You wanted to hear their big hits, like "Kids," "Time To Pretend," and "Electric Feel?" Score.Looking at the nightly setlists they've been posting on Instagram, they do change the order up from show to show. Speaking of their instagram, they're running a contest on it where you can win a chance to play the giant cowbell during "Your Life Is A Lie" on stage with them.
You wanted to hear the trippy stuff like "Siberian Breaks" and "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters?" Score.
You wanted to hear material from the new album? Score.
MGMT's set list broke down cleanly, with 6 cuts from Oracular Spectacular, 5 from Congratulations, and 5 from the newest album, MGMT.
You could use those numbers as a guideline and come up with many permutations of set lists, but MGMT elected to play their most accessible material. So they didn't play "4th Dimensional Transition" but they did play "Weekend Wars"; they didn't play "Lady Dada's Nightmare" but did "Flash Delirium"; didn't play the 2nd half of MGMT but did the first half.
In other Dinosaur Jr. news, J Mascis recently teamed up with Fred Armisen to cover TLC's "Waterfalls" at Berklee Performing Arts Center, which you can watch a video of below. J Mascis also just teamed up with Sharon Van Etten collaborator Doug Keith (not long after teaming up with Sharon Van Etten herself) to contribute a guitar solo to "Pure Gold In The 70s" off Doug's upcoming LP, Pony (due out 2/11). You can listen to that (via SPIN) below too.
Updated dates are listed, along with contest details, video and song stream, below...
November 22, 2013
Nick Cave at Beacon Theatre in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are going on a North American tour in 2014. Tickets to that tour, including the NYC stop at Prospect Park (7/26), go on sale today (11/22) at 10 AM. If you'd like to see that tour for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to any show on the tour, your choice. Three winners will be selected (one pair per winner). Details on how to enter to win, along with the list of tour dates, below...
November 15, 2013
Johnny Marr @ FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You're back in NYC on the 16th at Webster Hall. Now, last time you played here you had a very special guest and Brooklyn resident play with you. Any chance of seeing Andy join you for the show this week?Johnny Marr brings his current North American tour to NYC on Saturday (11/16) at Webster Hall. As our recent interview with the guitar icon notes, it might not be too surprising to see his old Smiths bandmate (and NYC resident) Andy Rourke come out for a song at the show. We're pretty sure he's in town -- he just DJ'd at Alison Moyet's NYC show last night. The Webster Hall show is sold out, but if you'd like to win a pair of tickets to see it -- or any other date on Marr's current U.S. tour -- we've got a pair to give away. Details, and his tour schedule are below.
Well, you know...Andy and I have been friends since we were school kids, and he's always been one of my favorite musicians. We try harder and harder to keep our relationship special, and we've managed to do that against some pretty amazing odds, and we're both very proud of that, and we sound good when we play together. I hope he's not out of town [laughs].
Can we expect a Johnny Marr autobiography anytime soon?
There is gonna be one, yeah. I've had so many offers and so many people advising me that my story is worth it, but I understand it's something that I have to do. I'll do it in the next couple of years. I'm into from the stance that I want it to be so thorough that I don't make a record or tour whilst I was doing it. It is gonna happen, and I've already made an agreement with a publisher for it, so I will get it done.
Marr Merch at Irving Plaza in May (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
We're also giving away a copy of Johnny's new solo album, The Messenger, on vinyl, as well as one of his "JOHNNY FUCKIN MARR" t-shirts. This is separate from the ticket giveaway. Details on that are below too.
November 11, 2013
MBV @ Philly's Electric Factory, 11/9/2013 (via @mceachern68)
As you may know, My Bloody Valentine are in town for two NYC shows, their first since 2009 and they're the last ones of their 2013 world tour before (supposedly) going back into the studio record an EP and work on some vinyl reissues. Tonight's show (11/11) is with Australia's Dumb Numbers who feature Dinosaur Jr's Murph on drums and who snuck in a surprise show last night at The Flat; Tuesday's show (11/12) will be opened by DIIV. Tickets are still available for both shows. But if you'd like to go for free we're giving a pair away to each show. Details on how to enter are below.
In our interview with MBV's Kevin Shields, we asked him where the best place to stand was at one of their concerts:
Honestly, just in front of the sound guy I guess. (Laughs.) It just depends on the venue, really. A lot of venues the desk is in the back, and the "sweet spot" is about ten feet in front of that. So... in the middle?Check out live footage of the band playing "Only Shallow" at The Aragon in Chicago on 11/3, and the set list from Saturday's show in Philly (11/9), below...