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November 15, 2013

Johnny Marr @ FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Johnny Marr

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?

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.

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.

Marr Merch at Irving Plaza in May (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
MERCH

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.

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November 11, 2013

MBV @ Philly's Electric Factory, 11/9/2013 (via @mceachern68)
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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...

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November 5, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Revenge of the Mekons
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Doc NYC is a weeklong documentary film festival which happens at IFC Center and SVA Theatre from November 14 - 21. Amongst the many films screening that week, a number of them are music related. Revenge of the Mekons makes its world premiere at Doc NYC and dares to chronicle the nearly 40-year career of these punk-and-beyond legends. You can watch the trailer below. The premiere happens November 15 at the SVA Theatre (9:45 PM) and there will be a Q&A after the film with director Joe Angio and the Mekons band members, moderated by Greil Marcus. Tickets are on sale. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a pair away. Details below.

Other music documentaries include:

The Punk Singer, which follows Kathleen Hanna from her self-imposed exile from music in the mid-'00s through the start of her new band, The Julie Ruin. It screens at the SVA Theatre on 11/16 at 7:15 PM (tickets). Hanna is expected to attend.

20 Feet from Stardom, about back-up singers behind some of the biggest names in music. It screens at the IFC Center on 11/13 at 7 PM (tickets)

Death Metal Angola</em> which tells the story of a couple who raise awareness and funds for an Angolan orphanage by organizing the country's first-ever national rock concert. It screens at the SVA Theatre on 11/16 at 9:45 PM (tickets).

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love, which is about the acclaimed composer and songwriter who died last year. It screens at the SVA Theatre on 11/17 at 6:45 PM (tickets).

You can check out the full list of music documentaries being shown here, and the entire slate of Doc NYC programming and schedule.

Trailers for most of the films mentioned above (minus the Hamlisch one), along with contest details, below...

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James Blake at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
James Blake

James Blake recently resumed his North American tour, which began on the west coast in October, hitting Treasure Island and other places, but was postponed for five dates so James could perform at the Mercury Prize ceremony back in his homeland of the UK. In case you didn't hear, James' album Overgrown won the prize. That win has seen an increase in sales for Overgrown -- yesterday (11/4) FACT reported that his Amazon sales have gone up over 2500%. Check out a video of James being interviewed after his win, below.

The tour hit Philly last night (11/4), comes to Boston tonight (11/5), and then James will return to NYC for two nights at Terminal 5 on Wednesday (11/6) and Thursday (11/7). Tickets for both T5 shows are still available, and we're giving away a pair to each night. Updated dates are listed, along with contest details below.

Since we last spoke, LA producer Nosaj Thing was added to the tour, including both NYC shows. Nosaj Thing released his newest album, Home earlier this year, and like James Blake, he collaborated with Chance the Rapper.

Speaking of James Blake collaborating with rappers, after being rumored to appear on Drake's Nothing Was the Same (which he didn't), he recently offered a remix of "Come Thru" from that album. You can stream that, along with the list of tour dates, contest details, and a couple videos, below...

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November 4, 2013

Mazzy Star in Portland - 11/3/13 (via @themahgoots)
Mazzy Star

Psychedelic rock trio The Entrance Band are set to follow their self-titled 2009 album with a new one, Face the Sun, on November 19 via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. You can stream the first two singles, "Fire Eyes" and "Spider," along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

The Entrance Band have a few shows scheduled for this fall, including one in NYC opening the previously discussed Mikal Cronin show at Webster Hall (12/11). Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich is on that bill too, and tickets are still available.

Before that though, they'll be doing some support dates on the Mazzy Star tour (like they did in 2012), which they joined in Portland, OR last night (11/3), the second night of the tour. Psychedelic folk singer Mariee Sioux is also on a few of the west coast dates, including this past Friday's (11/1) tour kickoff show in Sacramento.

The Entrance Band and Mariee Sioux have a few more dates with Mazzy Star before Psychic Ills take over as the openers on the rest of the dates, including the NYC show happening on November 20 at Terminal 5. Tickets for the T5 show are still available, and we're also giving way two pairs to the show. Each pair comes with a t-shirt that the winner can pick up at the show. Contest details below.

So far, Mazzy Star's setlists have been similar (but not identical), balancing their initial three '90s albums with this year's reunion album, Seasons Of Your Day. Check out the setlists for the Sacramento show and the Portland show, along with a short clip of the band playing "Fade Into You" in Sacramento, below.

All lists of dates, along with the Mazzy Star setlist/video, contest details, and the Entrance Band LP info, below...

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October 30, 2013

World's Fair at MHOW in August (more by Maclyn Bean)
World's Fair

As always, there's a number of good hip hop shows coming up in NYC, and here's a few of those...

Maybe not exactly hip hop, but as discussed, M.I.A. is doing a few shows this year, including two in NYC happening on November 1 and 4 at Terminal 5 (three if you count the YouTube Music Awards). Tickets for the 11/1 date are still on sale, and the 11/4 date is sold out but we're giving away a pair of tickets to that one. Contest details below.

Sooner than that, you can catch fast-rising Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper at his second of two nights at SOB's TONIGHT (10/30). He's doing two shows tonight (8 PM and 11 PM), both sold out. And if you're going, don't miss footwork wizard DJ Rashad, who's opening.

Another upcoming Chicago rapper, Tree, is playing NYC on November 19 at Glasslands with Illmind. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

An upcoming group of rappers, this time from NYC, World's Fair, are playing a Hot 97 Who's Next show at SOB's on November 21 with Ratking, The Incomparable, Shakespeare and G4SHI. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A more veteran NYC rapper, Jim Jones (of Dipset), will be teaming up with Skibeatz & the Senseis for a hometown show on November 3 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A bunch of veteran NYC hip hop DJs, including Afrika Bambaataa, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and many more, will be at the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation at SOB's on November 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info and full lineup here.

Mobb Deep w/ TNGHT at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
Mobb Deep

Some big name veterans will be just outside of NYC in Mashantucket, CT for Hip Hop Reunion II in the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on December 21 with Lil Kim, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Method Man, Redman, and more. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/1) at 10 AM and are on "special hip hop fan presale" now.

Meanwhile, Redman is also playing NYC TONIGHT (10/30) at Best Buy Theater as an opener on the previously discussed Cypress Hill Halloween show. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

More vets, this time from the west coast, Blackalicious (aka Gift of Gab and Cheif Xcel) are playing Brooklyn Bowl on December 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

For something much different, you can catch Kosha Dillz (who often opens for Turquoise Jeep) at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 4 with Kyle Rapps, Stan Ipcus, G.R.A.M.Z., Shamon Cassette and SFTTM. TIckets for that show are on sale now.

Stones Throw-signed rapper Homeboy Sandman is teaming up with YC the Cynic (who recently released his GNK LP), I Am Many, Open Mike Eagle and Tone Tank for a show on January 18 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are available.

A pretty big rap show that just happened in NYC was Drake's Barclays Center show on Monday (10/28) as part of his tour with Miguel and Future. On stage, he was joined by Busta Rhymes, Future, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and other A$AP Mob members. Check out the full setlist and a video of him playing a new song, "Trophies," below.

Speaking of A$AP Ferg, his previously discussed tour includes a NYC show happening on December 6 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Flatbush Zombies, Kanye with Kendrick, Kanye with Tribe, Jay Z, MellowHigh, Danny Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick with Schoolboy Q, and more. Browse our Hip Hop category for even more.

What else?

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October 23, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Ashrae Fax

Ashrae Fax were a shortlived duo from Greensboro, NC whose 2003 full-length, Static Crash, only came out on CD-R to almost zero fanfare at the time. The called it quits shortly thereafter. The record -- dark, ethereal and danceable -- had a life of it's own, getting a tiny vinyl pressing a couple years ago. The good ears at Mexican Summer gave it a proper reissue over the summer. It's a real lost classic, sounding like a forgotten 1985 4AD collaboration between The Cocteau Twins, Colourbox and Dif Juz discovered in Ivo Watts-Russell's attic. (Their song "Pointbreak" is a stunner.) You can stream a couple songs below and listen to the whole thing on Rdio or Spotify.

Band members Alex Chesney and Renée Mendoza Haran (who now sings with NC band Ama Divers) were coaxed out of retirement for last month's Hopscotch Music Festival and are now on a short East Coast tour. That includes an NYC show this Friday (10/25) at Glasslands. Historics, Donovan Blanc and DJ Frankie Teardrop are on the bill too and tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets that come with a vinyl copy of Static Crash too.

Glasslands flyer, song streams and contest details below...

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October 15, 2013

Savages at ACL 2013 Weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Savages

At last year's CMJ, Savages won everyone over with their intense live show, and this time around they're back, but not as some buzz band. The British post-punks play one of CMJ's largest shows, headlining Terminal 5 on Wednesday (10/16) with Duke Garwood (known for collaborations with Mark Lanegan, who coincidentally plays NYC tonight). Tickets for the show are still available, some CMJ badges will be accepted at the door, and we're also giving away a pair of tickets.

Contest details, along with the updated list of dates and a video, below...

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October 9, 2013

Body/Head at Union Pool in September (more by Adela Loconte)
Body/Head

We just recently posted some updates to the two-night Kim Gordon benefit at Issue Project Room (11/13-14), which take place in the midst of her band Body/Head's tour, but what we didn't realize is that there's yet another upcoming NYC show on Body/Head's schedule. This one happens a week after the IPR benefit at MoMA on November 21, as part of MoMA's PopRally series, which "features collaborations with artists and musical acts, performances, film screenings, receptions, and special viewings of exhibitions." Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and most recently The Julie Ruin, who played their second show ever with Body/Head) will be DJing. Tickets for the MoMA show are on sale now, and we're also giving away a few pairs. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Body/Head performs as a trio with no wave legend Ikue Mori at night 1 of the Kim Gordon benefit, and Kim performs in two separate duos (one with Jutta Koether, one with a TBA guest) at night 2. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale to the general public this Friday (10/11).

Meanwhile, The Julie Ruin next play NYC on October 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out).

Updated Body/Head dates are listed, along with contest details and a song stream, below...

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October 8, 2013

by Andrew Sacher

Zebra Katz at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zebra Katz

We recently discussed a number of Halloween shows happening in NYC, and here's one that we missed with three local artists. Synth funk crew AVAN LAVA will team up with the gothy Light Asylum and rapper Zebra Katz, whose super fun live show proves "Ima Read" is no one hit wonder. Tickets for this Halloween party are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

Zebra Katz recently collaborated with sugar-high pop duo Icona Pop on a one-off single, "My Party," which you can stream below...

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