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November 28, 2014

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Polaris @ Knitting Factory -- 11/21/2014
Polaris
Polaris

Polaris helped 'Pete and Pete' fans get nostalgic while helping Knitting Factory Brooklyn celebrate five years of existence in Williamsburg last week (11/21). The sold out show was also part of a larger tour for the Nickelodeon show band who by mid May will have played NYC three times in less than a year after spending more than ten years not existing at all. Baeble has a review:

Frontman Mark Mulcahy traipsed around the stage like an overgrown Puck gone strange with age, his lips turned up devilishly at the corners, his footwork spry despite the weight and years. His reedy voice sounded no less pained than it did all those years ago when he first sang "Hey, Sandy" and defined the Saturday morning of a generation or mooned through the drunken stumble of "She is Staggering" and gave a group of children their first look at the best and the worst of the intoxications of infatuation.
The setlist, which you can look at below, was long and everyone knew all the words. Mark, whose stage banter was funny and great, also played some Miracle Legion songs Pictures from Knitting Factory are in this post.

The NYC show before this one happened at the Bell House instead of Hammerstein Ballroom, and the next one is at Highline Ballroom (tickets).

Ski Lodge, who since also played a show at the closing-Glasslands, opened the BrooklynVegan-presented night. Check out more pictures from the Williamsburg show, including the headliner's merch and setlist, below...

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DBA

After 5 years of business on North 7th, and just when it finally became the only bar with that name in the hood, Williamsburg bar D.B.A. Brooklyn posted the following message to Facebook this week:

We're very sad to say d.b.a. brooklyn will be closing at the end of the month. It's a special place for so many special people. Please come out and have a drink before we go!
The Saints face the Steelers @1 Sunday 11/30 so the game party will be on as usual & following we will have a send off (drink the inventory and say goodbye) bash...The facebook page will remain active and we will use it to let everyone know next steps (new location if possible??) or next place to meet as a group for a drink (or a few!)
p.s. - We're open Thanksgiving @5pm - George will be behind the bar serving up turkey (wild) & cranberry (juice). It's delicious!
Have a good holiday!
d.b.a. brooklyn crew
Gothamist points out that "The bars stayed open after owner Ray Deter died while bicycling in Manhattan in 2011 and it appears the East Village location will stay that way."

Megadeth (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth

It's been a bizarre and sad week for Megadeth. It was confirmed today that remains found Wednesday in California are those of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine's missing mother-in-law...

Authorities say an autopsy to determine how she died is pending, but foul play is not suspected.

Sally Estabrook, 75, was last seen Oct. 4 at the Pinezanita RV Park and Campground in Julian, about 60 miles northeast of San Diego. Estabrook, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, was reportedly camping with friends when she vanished.

Rest in Peace Sally.

Meanwhile, Megadeth need 2 new members:

The veteran metal band's long list of lineup changes added another pair of entries [this week], with drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick both separately announcing their departures. As Loudwire reports, Drover made headlines with his exit first, issuing a statement reading, "After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey."

Hours later, Broderick posted his own announcement at his official site, writing, "Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it."

Shawn's brother Glen also used to play in Megadeth as guitarist, and he tells Blabbermouth "There Is NO Chance" I Would Ever Rejoin MEGADETH.

Megadeth was recently named the 7th best metal band of all time in a MetalSucks poll.

Mary J. Blige at FADER Fort at CMJ 2014 (more by Bao Nguyen)
MJB

As discussed, Mary J. Blige is releasing her new album The London Sessions next week (12/2) via Capitol and it includes collaborations with British artists such as Disclosure, Sam Smith and more. Leading up to its release, Mary's been putting out short "behind the music" videos with clips of her in the studio and talking about the recording process. She's calling the campaign 20/20, as the album was recorded in just 20 days. The newest video in the series premieres in this post and has Mary talking about her Disclosure collaboration "Follow," as well as footage of her and Disclosure working on the track. Watch that below.

Other videos in the series have premiered on Spin, Vibe, Idolator, Death and Taxes, and Celebuzz. Keep up with the growing 20/20 series here.

Watch the new video with Mary and Disclosure below...

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DFA 1979 at FFF 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
DFA
Bob Dylan

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
Bob Dylan undeniably changed the worlds of folk music and folk rock, and over half a century after the release of his first album he's still going strong. His 36th album is due out next year and right now he's on a tour which begins a five-night run at Beacon Theater tonight.

Death From Above 1979, Biblical @ Terminal 5
Returning 10 years after their debut album, DFA1979 are still partying like it's 2004 with their fuzzy brand of drums-and-bass.

Quintron's Weather Warlock w/ Sean Lennon, Steve Shelley, Nels Cline & more @ Secret Project Robot
Speaking of party machines, Quintron is playing this special show featuring his self-designed piece of equipment (the "Weather Warlock") that makes sounds based on atmospheric conditions. He's got a host of guests helping him out for this show.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic @ BB King Blues Club
The legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic pushed the boundaries of rock, soul, funk and psychedelia on their classic early '70s albums, and they're still at it. This week saw the release of First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, the first Funkadelic record since 2008.

College, Eno @ Highline Ballroom
French electronic musician College may still be best known in some circles for his contribution to the Drive soundtrack, but he's got more where that came from, as we'll hear at Highline tonight. Opening is NYC's Eno, not to be confused with Brian.

Rhys Darby @ Bell House (2 Shows)
Best known as Flight of the Conchords' manager, Murray, the New Zealand comedian is not to be missed. Mark yourself "present" at either the early or late show.

American Wrestlers, Splashh, Kate Rush, Heathered Pearls (DJ Set), R. Stevie Moore (DJ & MC) @ Baby's All Right
American Wrestlers are freshly signed to Fat Possum and make catchy, jangly indiepop. Check out "I Can Do No Wrong" below.  Also on the bill are Brooklyn's '80s-sweater-loving R&B/newwave throwbacks Splashh.

Grade, Ensign, Jewel Heist, Regret @ Saint Vitus
'90s-era post-hardcore band Grade were one of the bands who signed to Victory before that label turned to shit, and helped pioneer the screaming/singing mix that would soon take over most of that label's output and a ton of other bands in the 2000s emo scene. They're reunited now, and tonight they make their return to NYC with fellow '90s hardcore band Ensign on board as well.

Hooded Fang, EZTV, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Glasslands
Toronto's Hooded fang make trippy, organ-fueled, party-friendly garage pop. They play tonight with EZTV who owe a lot to early-'80s powerpop like Let's Active, Tommy Keene and Matthew Sweet.

Living Colour, Unlocking The Truth @ Irving Plaza
Two opposite ends of the heavy metal spectrum meet at Irving Plaza tonight with '80s-era veterans Living Colour and one of the youngest bands to ever play Coachella, Unlocking the Truth.

Phil Lesh @ Capitol Theatre
Another weekend, another 2-night stand of Phil Lesh at The Cap. As any Deadhead can tell you, Phil Lesh plays the favorites and his current band does it well. It's another night of his never-ending residency at The Cap, and these shows are always a good time.

Hockey, Born Cages, Evvy, Napoleon @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
it's another night of free tunes plus food, drinks, shopping, arcade games and more at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Tonight's lineup is headlined by former buzz band Hockey.

It's also Record Store Day Black Friday, with a bunch of exclusive titles that might make good holiday gifts? That's what they're banking on, anyway. We do kinda want the New Order 1981-1982 EP repress.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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November 27, 2014

Tofurkey

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade @ Thanksgiving Day Parade Grounds
It's your annual chance to brave the crowds at this Thanksgiving tradition, or maybe just watch your couch as you're nursing your Thanksgiving Eve hangover (or maybe not at all). This year's musical performers include KISS, Sting, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and more.

Jonathan Toubin @ Daddy's
There's really not much in the way of live music on Thanksgiving night, but masterful DJ Jonathan Toubin will be partying it up this holiday evening "with a supreme cast of secret guest djs from around the world" at Daddy's in Brooklyn (435 Graham Ave). The fun goes from 10 PM to 4 AM.

Le Rug, Caddywhompus, The Due Diligence, Jack Donovan @ Baby's All Right
If you gotta go see live music tonight -- and some of us are like that -- Baby's actually has a pretty good lineup tonight featuring headliners Le Rug who make whacked-out hyperspazzy indie pop. You can stream their Dead in a Hole EP below. $5 for this one.

Happy Thanksgiving!

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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November 26, 2014

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Julian / Blood Orange (via Jeanette Diaz)
Julian Casablancas
Julian

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz brought their tour to the Strokes frontman's former hometown of NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (11/25) in support of their zany debut album, Tyranny. While Julian's most known (and most loved) for his Velvet Underground/Television-inspired leather jacket rockers, and has since also ventured into synth pop and new wave, his new album with The Voidz has him making weirdo out-there psychedelic pop that has more in common with Ariel Pink than Lou Reed. They played most of the album, but did dip into Julian's solo career for "River of Brakelights" and into The Strokes' catalog for two off 2005's First Impressions of Earth, "Ize of the World" and "You Only Live Once," the latter of which saw Dev Hynes joining the band on vocals (video below).

Dev also opened the show with his Blood Orange project, and was sporting a shirt emblazoned with "BLACK LIVES MATTER," the hashtag that's been trending since the Ferguson case ruling was announced. Julian mentioned Ferguson on stage too, and after the show Dev took to Twitter to reflect:

Tonight I got to sing with a hero onstage in the city I love on a day I woke up alive and well. This is luck. It's all luck. We are told that our lives don't matter. Daily. Not just in situations like this that bring it to light. Let's look after ourselves. Let's look after each other. We are all we have and we have to stand up for ourselves & our neighbors. All lives matter. DO NOT FORGET. I know some of you feel this deep sadness. Like a fist pushing you down. Others may just feel bummed out for a day, but to those who have lived with this constant scrutiny & lack of importance in these eyes of others, it's more than a news story to us. Keep that in mind.
Shabazz Palaces, who have been on tour with Julian, played after Blood Orange, adding a dose of hip hop to the bill. They've also got a new album to support, and mixed stuff off that with stuff off their 2011 debut Black Up. Shabazz also joined Julian as guest musicians on "Father Electricity" during his set, but SP's Ishmael Butler didn't take over on lead vocals this time like he did in Montreal.

Unfortunately our photographer missed the openers, but more pictures of The Voidz, plus video of the Julian/Dev collab, a few other Voidz videos and their setlist, below...

Continue reading "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz played Hammerstein, did a Strokes song w/ Dev Hynes (pics, video, setlist)"

photos by Alex Olsen

Future Islands @ Death by Audio last week
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Future Islands's "Seasons" topped NME's Tracks of 2014 list and will likely be on others before best-of list season is over. The band just released a "reinterpretation" of the song by avant-jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD, who turn it into a '70s-style soul/funk jam. That band's bassist, Chester Hansen, talks a little about what they did with "Seasons":

We all love the original version of the song, and we were honored to have the opportunity to try and remix it. We heard Sam's isolated singing and realized how soulful and emotive it was and what seemed to sound the best was re-harmonizing the chords and taking it in a soul direction. We came up with a slow groove for the verse that let the vocals breathe, and played the chorus double time to make it more powerful. After we laid down the rhythm track, we overdubbed guitar, keys and a bunch of other parts to fill it out. We're very proud of it and so excited to share it with everyone.
You can stream BADBADNOTGOOD's "Seasons" remix below and you can download it from Amazon today for free.

Future Islands were one of the many bands who said goodbye to Death by Audio last week, playing last Tuesday (11/18) with The Immaculates (with Tim Harrington on one song), DJ Dog Dick and Adam Schatz & The Farewell to Death by Audio Suite. We already posted one set of pics from that show and we've got a second set in this post.

Future Islands' next shows in NYC are somewhere much bigger (with slightly nicer bathrooms), Terminal 5 on January 8 & 9. Tickets are still available for the 1/8 show (the 1/9 show is sold out). All tour dates are listed, along with the "Seasons" reinterpretation and more pics from DbA, below...

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Decibel

Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.

At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.

Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...

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Wu-Tang

RZA, who wants you to go vegan, posted to his Facebook this afternoon:

In enlightenment of what is going on in our country and around the world, Wu Tang Clan realize the voice of hip hop must be heard. Today on this Wu Wednesday, a special world priemere of the title track off our new album "A Better Tomrrow" will be released at 3:36p EST."
The song's arrived a little earlier than planned and you can listen to it over at Pitchfork.

A Better Tomorrow is due out next week (12/2) via Warner Bros. Meanwhile, their other new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, doesn't have an exact release date, though you might never hear it anyway.

Wu-Tang also played "Ruckus In B Minor" from A Better Tomorrow on Letterman last night. You can watch that performance below...

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