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July 1, 2015

Vince Staples at Apple Store SoHo (photo by Alex Van Lichtenstein)
Vince Staples

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples released his fantastic debut album, Summertime '06, yesterday (6/30) via Def Jam, and celebrated with two shows in NYC. The first was an in-store at Apple Store SoHo, and then he headed to Best Buy Theater for the 2015 XXL Freshmen show with Fetty Wap, DeJ Loaf, Tink and more. That's a pic of him at the Apple Store above, and you can watch a video of him playing "Señorita" from the new album at the Best Buy Theater show, below.

In continued celebration of the 2015 XXL Freshmen Class, Vince took part in an XXL Freshmen cypher with GodLink and OG Maco. Video of that is below too.

And lastly, featured Vince in their newest episode of "Over/Under" today. The series has artists "evaluate a series of random topics, declaring if they're overrated or underrated." To quote Pitchfork:

Vince Staples discusses sobriety, the Amish, KFC ("Fuck the Colonel. Fuckin' asshole. He's a slave owner"), Tom Cruise, PETA ("Tell PETA to save a fucking rhino and stop worrying about what somebody's wearing"), Oprah, Bill Nye the Science Guy ("Bill Nye is the reason all these kids know how to proportion their lean in their beverage"), and more
Watch that video below as well.

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by Bill Pearis

Apple Music launch

Apple Music, the new streaming-radio-social-etc platform from the iTunes/iPod/iPad/Macbook folks, launched Tuesday (6/30) on IOS devices, and today (7/1) it was included with the brand new version of iTunes. It seems to want to take on Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, Sirius/XM and everything else in one fell swoop. It features personalized "radio stations" based on an artist you like, or your music library, and they offer curated playlists from artists (like St. Vincent) and influencers (like Pitchfork) -- though finding them on Apple Music is not so easy, currently. You can listen to Thom Yorke's solo records on Apple Music (it's not on Spotify) and AC/DC who just agreed to put their music on various streaming platforms yesterday. Dr. Dre's The Chronic is exclusively streaming on Apple Music too. You can check out Apple Music with their three-month free trial.

More interesting, to me at least, is Beats 1 Radio, a live radio station (well, at least 12 hours a day currently) broadcasting from NYC, LA and London and featuring shows by Zane Lowe (who left BBC 1 for Apple), Hot 97 personality Ebro Darden and Rinse FM's Julie Adenuga. There are also shows hosted by St. Vincent and QOTSA's Josh Homme. It feels very freeform -- at one point today Zane Lowe followed a cut from noisy UK indie band Spring King with A$AP Rocky's "Everyday" -- but very pro radio sounding (sound effects, talking all over the songs) at the same time. The station is spearheaded by Trent Reznor (who worked for Beats before Apple acquired it) and he talked to Rolling Stone about his involvement:

I think having access to all the music in the world is great, but it then starts to place a burden on what the experience is like navigating through, now that you have access to everything," Reznor explains. "I think that naturally places the burden on having an experience be great. I want that feeling of walking into an independent record shop, if there are still any that exist, like Amoeba [Records], and being delighted by the choices and the way music is presented to you with love and care. It's exciting. And you leave with stuff you wouldn't have dreamed you wanted and you're excited to listen and share it and experience it.
Beats 1 can be listened to without subscribing to Apple Music, by the way, and you can make requests.

As for the social aspects of Apple Music, there is a "Connect" feature that allows musicians to upload songs, videos and photos that aren't already within Apple Music's system. For example, when I clicked on "connect," I was shown that Sonic Youth have offered up a live version of "Shaking Hell" (cool) and that Belle & Sebastian had uploaded a photo (shrug).

Is any of this enough for you to try it out or cancel your Spotify account? Apple Music doesn't work on Sonos systems yet but the wireless speaker manufacturers are promising compatibility by the end of the year.

by Andrew Sacher

Beach House

Beach House's fifth album, Depression Cherry, comes out August 28 via Sub Pop, and today they premiered its lead single "Sparks" on Spanish radio station RTVE. After 2012's big, bright sounding Bloom, "Sparks" has the band sounding more distorted, more off-kilter, and maybe more like MBV than they ever have before. You hear the song in a stream of the radio show below (via Gorilla vs Bear). It comes in at the 30-minute mark. It's also set to make its North American radio premiere today at 5:30 PM EST on Sirius XMU. UPDATE: Official YouTube stream is now below.

Beach House have several tour dates announced, but none in NYC. Those are all listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. enjoying a smoke and a cocktail in 'Decline II'
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

BAMcinématek will be presenting "Indie '80s" from Jul 17--Aug 27 at BAM Rose Cinemas, featuring a wide variety of off-kilter American cinema classics from the Reagan Years. The series features a number of music-related films, including two on the opening night (7/17): Penelope Spheeris' hedonistic, highly entertaining documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise which stars Lounge Lizard John Lurie (who did the score) and Richard Edson (Sonic Youth) and the omnipresent use of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You."

Other music-leaning films in the "Indie '80s" series include: groundbreaking 1982 hip hop doc Wild Style (8/27); Beth B's paranoid punk thriller Vortex starring Lydia Lunch (8/10); John Moritsugu's obscure 1989 punk satire My Degeneration (8/19); 1980's Blank Generation starring Richard Hell and Andy Warhol (7/30); Bruce Weber's 1989 Chet Baker documentary Let's Get Lost (8/9), and highly-quotable mockumentary This is Spinal Tap (8/14).

There are loads of non-music films in the series, too, such as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, River's Edge, Blue Velvet, Hollywood Shuffle, Ms. 45, My Dinner with Andre, Sex, Lies & Videotape, Sidewalk Stories, Trouble in Mind, and documentaries Sherman's March, The Thin Blue Line, Roger & Me, Seventeen, Swimming to Cambodia. BAM's "Indie '80s" schedule and a few trailers are below. Tickets are on sale.

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photo: Titus Andronicus at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Titus Andronicus already released "Dimed Out" and "Fatal Flaw" from their upcoming 29-song rock opera The Most Lamentable Tragedy (due 7/28 via Merge), and today they reeased a short film featuring six more of the album's songs (tracks 7-12). The film's called "The Magic Morning" and is described via press release like this:

"The Magic Morning" was written and directed by +@uteur Patrick Stickles in a display of artistic hubris that no buzz band today could begin to attempt. Side by side with Stickles in the Welles / Toland tradition stands Director of Photography / Editor Ray Concepcion, who brought the hyperkinetic (yet somehow supremely patient) style that made him a legendary fixture on the late '00s NYC DIY scene, his epic portrait of which stands as a powerful testament to that now-bygone era.

WATCH "Our Hero" awake to a world of wonder! GASP at the shocking secret of "The Lookalike!" MARVEL at the mysterious transformative powers of the Vernal Equinox! DANCE to those which are already being called "+@'s Greatest Hits Yet!" UNDERSTAND the underlying themes and motifs that elevate TMLT far beyond the petty constraints of a mere "rock album" and into the realm of that which the German philosopher K. F. E. Trahndorff first called, in 1827, Gesamtkunstwerk ("total art"--look it up)!!!

"People have been putting +@ in a box for too long," Stickles says, having taken a little time out and feeling a lot better. "We can do anything we decide to be our will, and I am proud to say this little movie was done entirely 'in-house,' in one day. Doubt and deny +@ at yr own peril." Then he falls asleep.

He's not done explaining himself, though! Today, the complete lyrics to TMLT, transcribed by The Artist's own keystrokes, are available for you to read on Genius, along with annotations from the master himself i/r/t the "officially released" TMLT tracks up to this point. Go ahead--name a buzz band who would drop their lyrics before the album, thereby putting the words to their ultimate challenge: standing alone. Still trying? Stop trying. Simply watch the site between now and July 28 for the complete anno+@tions and finally understand #TheTruthAboutTMLT.

"I just want to be understood," Stickles wrote on a note he'd given us in the event that he disappeared or became otherwise indisposed. "I know people are listening to TMLT somehow--I just know it--I want to share it with them, but I want them to understand it--help me--tell my story--" and then the bottom of the page is burned off.

Watch the video below. Titus' tour includes sold-out NYC shows at Shea Stadium from July 24-28 and a larger NYC show with Ex Hex and Spider Bags on October 16 at Warsaw. Tickets for that one are still available.

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photo: Modest Mouse at Firefly Fest 2015 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse's first full length since 2007, Strangers to Ourselves, came out earlier this year and today they gave "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box" a music video. Watch the Jorge Torres-Torres-directed video below.

Modest Mouse have been playing a bunch of festivals this year, with many more on the way. And their tour includes a return to NYC on July 22 at Prospect Park with Gene Ween. That show is sold out.

Updated list of tour dates, with the new video, below...

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Barclays Center's roof Atlantic Yards Webcam
Barclays Center

The 135,000-square-foot area is in the process of being covered with a layer of sedum, a genus of flowering plants that store water in their leaves. The idea is to capture rainwater, reduce noise output, and provide a more pleasing view for both passers-by and future residents of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park highrises being built around it.

The Architect's Newspaper recently got an exclusive tour of the roof in construction, and the photos give the otherworldly impression of a park floating above the streets of Brooklyn.

The green roof plan was raised from the dead thanks to a joint venture between Forest City Ratner and Greenland Holdings Group, a real estate development company out of Shanghai. A new roof structure had to be built on the existing roof to support the sedum, which is shipped in from Connecticut and hoisted onto the roof by crane. - [Brownstoner]

Brooklyn's Barclays Center just hosted David Byrne's "Contemporary Color" and now the outside of the venue is getting some color of its own -- a green roof -- which should give the rust-colored exterior more of a woodlands feel. That should be a nice selling point for real estate agents looking to move the first condos on the market at Pacific Park Brooklyn, the $4.9 billion project formerly known as The Atlantic Yards.

In other news, Barclays is getting ready for hockey -- the venue will host the Islanders starting this fall, after the team's 43 years at Nassau Coliseum. The first game will be October 9.

Barclays also recently hosted a couple New York legends: Bette Midler, as well as her former piano man (and Williamsburg native), Barry Manilow. Were you there?

photo: Courtney Barnett @ Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Courtney Barnett at Sasquatch 2015

Covering The Breeders' Cannonball has been a set staple on Courtney Barnett's current tour so it's no real surprise that she and Kim Deal might have a few things to talk about. The Talkhouse thought so, at least, and got the two together for the current edition of their podcast. Their insightful and funny hour-plus conversation touches on a lot of subjects: lyrical inspiration, guitar styles, drugs, what being 27 is like, and more. Have a listen below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Desaparecidos at Rough Trade - 6/26/15

Conor Oberst's punk band Desaparecidos brought their tour to NYC to celebrate their great new Payola LP with two release shows: Shea Stadium on 6/25 and Rough Trade on 6/26. We already posted pictures and a review of the Shea show, and now we've got a set of pictures of Rough Trade in this post. This one was opened by the Bandroidz.

Desaparecidos' tour comes back to NYC for a larger show on August 6 at Webster Hall with both the Bandroidz and The So So Glos. Tickets for that show are still available.

More Rough Trade pictures below...

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Tickets for the Cult of Luna and Kylesa show at Gramercy Theatre go on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales at 10 AM (Music Geeks password = musicgeeks).

Tickets for the Caspian and Circle Takes the Square show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Vaccines shows at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Shilpa Ray is playing Rough Trade on October 1. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the second Duran Duran show at Capitol Theatre are on sale now. The first is sold out.

Tickets to see Defeater and Superheaven opening for Four Year Strong at Gramercy Theatre are on sale now.

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Cayetana, Chumped, Thin Lips show at Baby's All Right are on sale.

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented L7 show at Warsaw are on sale.

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented High On Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer, Venomous Maximus show at Irving Plaza are on sale (MHOW too).

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Babes in Toyland show at Irving Plaza are on sale.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.