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July 21, 2015

Art by Courtney

Fresh off her appearance at this past weekend's Pitchfork Fest, Courtney Barnett is back in NYC for Wednesday night's sold-out show at Terminal 5. Before that, she'll be displaying some of the photographs she's taken on her current tour as well as some of her artwork at a private gallery exhibition TONIGHT in NYC featuring DJ sets by Torres and Speedy Ortiz's DJ SAD13, both of whom are opening for Courtney at T5. Again, this event -- which goes from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM in Manhattan -- is private but if you'd like to go we have a few guest list spots to give away. Enter to win below...

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July 8, 2015

photo: Rainer Maria at Bowery Ballroom on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Rainer Maria

Rainer Maria have been taking their reunion pretty slow, playing shows here and there rather than going on a big tour. Their next two are in their hometown of NYC this week: Friday (7/10) at Saint Vitus and Saturday (7/11) at Shea Stadium with SoftSpot. Vitus is sold out, but the Shea show is still on sale and we're also giving away a pair of tickets. Head below to enter the contest.

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July 6, 2015

Albarn being carried off stage at Roskilde 2015
Damon Albarn Roskilde 2015

Damon Albarn played Denmark's Roskilde Festival over the weekend (7/4) as part of Africa Express, the project he founded that brings together Western and African musicians. Where most festival sets keep things short and sweet, sticking to the hits, the Blur and Gorillaz frontman -- along with Songhoy Blues, Nick Zinner, Jeff Wootton, and Seye Adelekan -- played a marathon five-hour (!) set that also featured appearances from Blur's Graham Coxon, Laura Mvula and more. When the 4 AM curfew hit, Albarn still wasn't ready to get off stage and launched into a cover of The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" That question was answered by security who carried him offstage while he was still singing. Video of that, plus Africa Express performing Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood" and a song with Coxon/Mvula, below.

Albarn will be in the U.S. with Blur this fall, playing the Hollywood Bowl (10/20) and NYC's Madison Square Garden (10/23) with opener Courtney Barnett. Tickets to MSG are still available but if you'd like to go for free we've got a pair to give away and as a bonus it comes with a vinyl copy of Blur's The Magic Whip. Entry form is below.

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photo: Courtney Barnett at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by PSquared)
Courtney Barnett

To follow their (very tiny) first NYC show since 2003, Blur are returning for much larger US shows at LA's Hollywood Bowl on October 20 and NYC's Madison Square Garden on October 23. If that wasn't exciting enough, those shows just got a pretty awesome opener: fast-rising indie rocker of the moment, Courtney Barnett.

Tickets for both are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to the MSG show, along with a vinyl copy of Blur's new album, The Magic Whip. Enter the contest below.

Courtney has other dates, and will be in NYC for a headlining show this month at Terminal 5 (7/22) with Speedy Ortiz (who also play NYC with Waxahatchee) and Torres (who also plays NYC with Garbage). That show is sold out.

All Courtney dates are listed, with the video for "Pedestrian At Best" off her great new album, below...

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June 30, 2015

Bouncing Souls

As previously mentioned, NJ punks The Bouncing Souls are playing a big home state show on July 17 at Starland Ballroom with killer support from Andrew Jackson Jihad, Screaming Females, and Seaside Caves. Since we last spoke, the band revealed that they'll be playing 2001's great How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full at the show. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair. Details below.

The day after the show, Bouncing Souls singer Greg Attonito and his wife Shanti Wintergate's children's music duo Play Date play an afternoon NJ show.

Andrew Jackson Jihad also have a Brooklyn show the day after at Knitting Factory (7/18). We're giving away tickets to that one too, and they're also still on sale.

Stream How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full, with the contest details, below...

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June 19, 2015

by PSquared

Eden film poster

So far this has been a pretty good year for films revolving around music, both in documentary and dramatic form. The Wrecking Crew and Love and Mercy to name two. Adding to those and opening today (6/19) on select cities is Eden, a drama that centers around young DJ, Paul, and his friend Stan as they travail through life and the budding '90s "French Touch" electronic scene through its growth to the present. The film is directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, who got her start acting in future husband Olivier Assayas' wonderful 1998 film Late August, Early September. Moving into directing, this is her fourth film and most accomplished yet. (You would be well worth checking out her last film as well, 2011's very heavily French New Wave inspired Goodbye First Love.)

Much of the authenticity and excitement in many of the scenes derives from the fact that the film was co-written by Mia's brother Sven who was a DJ on the front lines right from the beginning. While not strictly autobiographical, there is no denying the story comes from someone who was right there as it was happening. For example, marvel at the moment early on when a young Daft Punk plays "Da Funk" for the first time at a Parisian house party. Recommended, especially if you are a fan of the music. In NYC it's playing at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. Watch the trailer below.

Speaking of music, the 2-CD soundtrack is fantastic, featuring the music that had this scene cooking, including songs from Jaydee, Frankie Knuckles, Joe Smooth, Cheek and of course the aforementioned Daft Punk and more. Tracklist, and a Rdio playlist with most of the songs is below. If you want the real thing: Broad Green Pictures and BrooklynVegan have five copies of the soundtrack to give away. Details below.

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June 10, 2015

photo: Beach Slang at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Beach Slang

We already knew Beach Slang were playing the stacked third day of Brooklyn's Gigawatts Festival (7/26) with Braid, Swearin', Laura Stevenson, Cheap Girls, Chumped, and more; and they've now announced a tour surrounding that. The tour includes two other shows in the area right before the Brooklyn date: Long Island's Amityville Music Hall on July 24 with Iron Chic, Broadcaster and Scout Boys ($10 at door, more info hereAsbury Lanes on July 25 (tickets).

Tickets for all three days of Gigawatts (also including Black Lips, Liturgy, Anamanaguchi and more) are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

Beach Slang also play Riot Fest Chicago, Riot Fest Denver, The Wrecking Ball, Pygmalion, and The Fest, which Beach Slang singer James Snyder's other band Weston plays too.

Their debut LP will be out later this year on Polyvinyl, but most details still TBA. Meanwhile, listen to last year's two EPs, with their list of dates, below...

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June 8, 2015


Toronto's Doomsquad have made a video for "Two-Way Mirror" from their Pageantry Suite EP which came out last month via Hand Drawn Dracula. The video, directed by Chris Boni, was filmed around Roswell, NM and involves aliens and ice cream. It's more of a short film than your standard music video and you can watch it below.

As mentioned, Doomsquad will be in NYC this week for Northside Festival, playing a late show Saturday (6/13) at Rough Trade with PINS. 10:30 PM doors for that one and tickets are still available, or you can get in with a Northside badge. After that, they'll be on tour with Fucked Up as part of their 'Zodiac' big band. That tour comes to Brooklyn's The Wick on June 26 (tickets) and WFMU Monty Hall in NJ on June 27 (tickets). If you'd like to go to the Wick show for free, we're also giving away a pair of tickets. Details, plus a list of Doomsquad tour dates, below...

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June 2, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


Kent, OH's Annabel are releasing their new album, Having It All, next week (6/9) via Tiny Engines (pre-order), and today they're streaming it in full. Annabel are one of the many newer bands diving into late '90s/early '00s emo, but Kinsella worship this is not. They go for the punchier stuff like Knapsack, The Get Up Kids' Four Minute Mile, Jimmy Eat World's "No Sensitivity," etc -- emo that keeps its punk influence (or at least its Superchunk influence) on display. And Annabel do that sound really well too. Listen for yourself below (via A.V. Club), and since this is emo we're talking about, if you want to read the lyrics, they're posted for every song on the new album at the band's tumblr.

As previously mentioned, Annabel are going on tour with an actual emo band from that era, The Appleseed Cast, who will be playing their fantastic 2000 album Mare Vitalis in full for its 15th anniversary. Additional support comes from another modern band, Dads. The tour hits NYC on July 28 at The Studio at Webster Hall. I'll also be DJing at that show before the bands go on and in between sets (doors are at 7). Tickets for the show are still available, and we're giving away two pairs. Enter the contest below...

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May 21, 2015

by Bill Pearis

photo: Ride @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)

Shoegaze greats Ride are in the midst of their reunion, having just wrapped a run in North America and are now back in the UK. Yesterday (5/20), Ride recorded a live performance at legendary BBC recording studio Maida Vaile for BBC 6Music. They sound really good, and you can stream the full, hour-long performance below.

Ride will be in Spain next weekend for Primavera Sound and right after that they'll head to NYC for two sold-out shows. They'll be back this fall for two shows at Irving Plaza (September 21 & 22) to which tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free we're also giving away a pair of tickets to the Irving show of your choice. Entry form, and an updated list of Ride tour dates are below.


Wait, that's not all. We've also got a Ride prize package to give away as well, that includes a red vinyl copy of Ride's OX4 best-of compilation (which came out for Record Store Day) which is signed by the band, as well as a CD copy of the deluxe, expanded edition of of their debut album Nowhere which includes the Today Forever EP, a recording of a 1991 concert and 40-page book. This is a separate contest from the ticket giveaway and entry form is below.

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