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December 22, 2014

MovielifeMovielife

As discussed, The Movielife are reuniting in 2015 and playing a NYC show on February 7 at Irving Plaza. That show went on sale this past Friday and quickly sold out, but the band then added another show happening February 6 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the newly-added date are on sale now.

There are also three chances to catch their singer Vinnie Caruana (including once with his band I Am the Avalanche) in the NYC-area before that.

words by Bill Pearis; photos via @Glasslands

Peelander Yellow working on Glasslands' backstage mural
Glasslands

Williamsburg venue Glasslands only has eight more nights left in business. In its early Glasslands Gallery days, the place had a lot of art-related events and, in that spirit, has added a bunch of new pieces for it's final days, all curated by Collective Craft. They include a mini-cloud above the soundboard, a plexiglass chandelier above the bar, an "Infinity mirror" created by Anamanaguchi bassist James Devito, the support beam in the middle of the room has been turned into a tree, and there are illuminated screens in the bathrooms. If you happen to look up while in the bathrooms, you'll notice an illustrated history of Glasslands' bathrooms. More art is being added daily.

While the art is only viewable during normal business hours, tonight (12/22) might be a good night to check it out as its Glasslands' free holiday party with Cerulean, Klaus, Sharif Mekawy Group, DJ Jonathan Toubin, and there will be karaoke too. This will also be the general public's only chance to peek backstage and see Peelander Yellow's new mural he painted back there. Doors are at 7 PM tonight.

Tickets are still available to all of Glasslands remaining shows (including TR/ST on 12/29 and Cymbals Eat Guitars on 12/30) except the NYE closing night extravaganza which is sold out.

A rundown of Glasslands' art installations, along with a few images, below...

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Sidekicks

As discussed, The Sidekicks are releasing their new Phil Ek-produced album, Runners in the Nerved World, on January 20 via Epitaph. You've already heard "Deer," and now they've got another single, "Summer Brings You Closer to Satan." Like "Deer," the new one has their punky rock moving in a more Band of Horses-esque direction, and The Sidekicks have proved their good at both styles. Since we last spoke they also put out the track "Jesus Christ Supermalls." You can check out videos for both new singles below.

The Sidekicks will support the new record with a North American tour running from late January through early March. That begins with a BrooklynVegan-presented album release show in NYC on January 23 at Baby's All Right with Cayetana, All Dogs, and Roger Harvey. Tickets are $10-12 and on sale now. 18+.

After the NYC show, Cayetana and All Dogs will join them on more dates, as will LVL UP. All dates are listed below.

All Dogs, whose singer Maryn Jones plays in Saintseneca with Steve from The Sidekicks, contributed the new song "Georgia" to the new The Le Sigh compilation which was celebrated at Silent Barn last night (12/21). Stream that song below.

The Sidekicks have also told us about their favorite albums of 2014, which include their future tourmates LVL UP, that band's labelmate Frankie Cosmos, The Sidekicks' Ohio neighbors Tweens and more. Find out who else made their list, with commentary, below.

The new songs and list of tour dates also below...

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Darlene Love

Darlene Love gave her annual performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the Late Show on Thursday (12/18). She's been doing it since 1986, but says with David Letterman retiring from the Late Show it would be her last for television. She told him, "I would never sing it again on another show. This is where it began. But I will sing the song again." Watch Darlene's performance and her interview with Letterman below.

Darlene also played one of her annual Christmas shows at BB King's the following night (12/19), and as discussed, she has three more coming up. She'll return to the NYC venue on December 26, 27 and January 2. Tickets for all three shows are still available.

She has a few dates in other cities in early 2015 too, including West Point, NY and Englewood, NJ. All of those are listed, with the Letterman videos, below...

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Pinkwash
Photo: Pinkwash @ Death by Audio in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Last night (12/21), The Le Sigh celebrated their new zine and compilation at Silent Barn (anyone catch it?), and tonight another NYC-based DIY zine, The Media, will have their 50th issue party at the same venue.

Downtown Boys and Pinkwash, who both signed to Don Giovanni and will release their debut albums on the label in 2015, are playing, and there will also be readings (including one by Radiator Hospital's Cynthia Schemmer), a panel on DIY publishing, and DJ sets by Media contributors. More info, via the Facebook event, below.

Both Downtown Boys and Pinkwash are playing the second night (2/7) of the Don Giovanni showcases in Brooklyn in February. Those showcases also include Screaming Females, California X, Priests, Tenement and more. Tickets are still available.

Watch a Downtown Boys video, with tonight's show info, below...

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Downtown Boys @ DbA in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Downtown Boys

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

Klaus, Sharif Mekawy Group, Jonathan Toubin (DJ), Cerulean @ Glasslands
There's eight days left of Glasslands and tonight is their Holiday Party, featuring DJ Jonathan Toubin and a host of other fun stuff. It's free and would be a good chance to see the art installations that are up for these last few shows, including Peelander Yellow's backstage mural (tonight's the only night non-performers are allowed there).

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly show tonight features appearances by Jen Kirkman, Jared Logan, and Subhah Agarwal.

Downtown Boys, Pinkwash @ Silent Barn
It's The Media's 50th Issue party with a live performance by DC's strident Downtown Boys and fellow Don Giovanni-signed Pinkwash, plus readings, a panel on DIY publishing and more.

In School, Pig DNA, Breakout, Howitzer, Raid @ Saint Vitus
NYC's In School (ex-Household) is an all-female hardcore band with queer and people of color members, and they make sneering, pissed off punk that's also catchy as hell.

Lez Zeppelin @ Highline Ballroom
The "all-girl, all-Zeppelin" tribute act tonight is performing "The Song Remains the Same" MSG concerts (July, 1973) and more.

Los Lobos @ City Winery
Legendary LA band Los Lobos, whose new album Si Se Puede: Los Lobo And Friends made NPR's Best of 2014 list, are back in town for another City Winery show. Tonight features two sets -- one "disconnected" and one "plugged-in.

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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December 21, 2014

The Front Bottoms at Best Buy Theater in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Front Bottoms

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

'Champagne Jam' w/ The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, Magic Mike, So So Glos, Big Ups, Kitty, GDP, Baby Baby, Chris Gethard, Emperor X, Prawn, Tiny Moving Parts, The Guru, Girl Spells @ Webster Hall
BrooklynVegan is proud to co-present this show with headliners The Front Bottoms, which includes a lot of other cool stuff too like Hold Steady singer Craig Finn in solo mode, Meredith Graves' new pal Kevin Devine, post-hardcore noisemakers Big Ups, quirky rappers Kitty and GDP, mathy emo bands Prawn and Tiny Moving Parts, the very funny Chris Gethard, the magician Magic Mike and still more.

Matchess, Cigarettes After Sex, Gel Set, PROMISE LAND @ Baby's All Right
When she's not unleashing her powerful pipes as part of Chicago postpunk outfit Verma, Whitney Johnson makes beguiling soundscapes under the moniker Matchess. She released Seraphastra on cassette in 2013 which got a vinyl release this year via Trouble in Mind. There are vocals but it's more siren song than banshee here.

Heathers, My Favorite, Gingerlys, Expert Alterations @ Cake Shop
NYC indiepop cult heroes My Favorite reformed for this year's Popfest and appear to be back in business for real. They play tonight with the shoegazy Gingerlys and Los Angeles band Heathers.

members of The Antlers, Bear in Haven, Real Estate, Here We Go Magic, People Get Ready, Darkside & more @ Glasslands
Ex-Darkside member Dave Harrington put this show together which includes a ton of cool people from the local NYC scene including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and more.

Jawbreaker Reunion, Manors, Adult Mom, Free Cake For Every Creature @ Silent Barn
The Le Sigh, a blog highlighting women in music and art, are celebrating their new zine and compilation tape at this show which includes a lot of artists they cover in the DIY pop spectrum.

Tyler, The Creator, Taco @ Terminal 5
Get wild with Odd Future's craziest MC, Tyler the Creator, at T5 tonight. Sold out.

Harry and the Potters, The Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, Whomping Willows @ The Bell House
Superfan muggles may wish to attend this Harry Potter themed holiday show, all others may wish to find other entertainment.

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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December 20, 2014

Madonna

You may have heard that demos of a new Madonna album leaked this week, and that she responded by saying she was "artistically raped" by hackers. Well now the Queen of Pop has officially announced her new album, which is called Rebel Heart and will be out on March 10 via Interscope.

She's also made six of the tracks available right now, including one called "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj (!), and some of those tracks were produced by Kanye West and Diplo, according to Billboard. The album also may feature production from Blood Diamonds, SOPHIE, and not Ariel Pink.

You can purchase those six tracks via iTunes and stream them via Spotify below...

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Fat White Family at Baby's All Right earlier this month (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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Quilt @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Fat White Family, PC Worship, Degreaser, Sunflower Bean @ Baby's All Right
Now calling Brooklyn their home base, UK band Fat White Family will be rubbing their scent on local venues more regularly -- which is good for music fans and maybe bad for clubs' cleaning staffs. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite antics.

Matisyahu @ Best Buy Theater
Happy Hanukkah! Matisyahu is here to celebrate the holiday with his annual Festival of Light tour.

Lemuria, Slothrust, Aspiga, The Young Leaves, Prince @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Buffalo's Lemuria have been one of the most consistent makers of indie punk for years now, and they haven't slowed down yet. Their tourmates Prince, just so there's no confusion, are also a punk band, not the singer.

Aye Nako, Heathers, Littler, Fern Mayo, Vagabon @ Shea Stadium
Another good place for indie punk fans to be tonight is Shea Stadium where Brooklyn's great Aye Nako headline.

Widowspeak, Quilt, What Moon Things @ Glasslands
Widowspeak and Quilt have both played Glasslands numerous times over the years and share and share a folky quality to their music. (If you haven't heard Quilt's album from this year, do remedy that). Tonight they both say goodbye to the venue that's last night is New Year's Eve.

Com Truise, Figgy, Nitemoves @ Glasslands
The end of Glasslands is near, so get there while you still can. Tonight's is a dancefloor-moving bill headlined by Com Truise.

Nick Lowe, Los Straightjackets, The Cactus Blossoms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
You may remember that Nick Lowe released holiday album, Quality Street, last year. He'll be in the spirit again this year, here for two shows, this being the second.

Orden Mundial, Mommy, Blank Spell, Pox @ The Acheron
Hardcore band Orden Mundial are in town all the way from Spain. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows this weekend, so catch them before they're back on the other side of the Atlantic.

Chris Gethard, Dan Licata, Elsa Waithe, BK Beefcakes, Shannon O'Neill, Conner O'Malley @ Union Hall
This show is called "Chris Gethard Fucking Loves Weirdos," which should give you the general tone of what to expect.

Tyler The Creator, Taco @ Starland Ballroom
Odd Future's krazy kid Tyler the Creator headlines NYC's Terminal 5 soon. That's sold out, but if you didn't get tickets there's also a chance to see him in NJ tonight.

The Slackers, Mephiskapheles @ Bell House
Happy Skalidays! Celebrate them right with The Slackers and Mephiskapheles.

Awkwafina, Bebe Panthere, Les Bonhommes @ Knitting Factory
Entertaining NYC rapper Awkwafina (known for hits like "My Vag" and "NYC Bitche$") headlines this bill. It's worth getting there early for the Deerhoof/Rainer Maria-related Les Bonhommes too.

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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December 19, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Run the Jewels

As far as their live show, whether it's quirky dance moves, getting the crowd to do silly shit, or damn-near inciting a riot, these guys put on a clinic as far as what a live hip-hop show is supposed to be. What helps that even more is how live their songs are, which are perfect for the live show, spinning classes, or both at the same damn time.

Despite both artists having a more-than-solid body of solo work to their name, they never stray from their RTJ material. Don't expect "Deep Space 9mm" or anything off the I Pledge Allegiance series. El-P and Killer Mike came strictly to run the jewels and after an hour-plus of one of the best live shows I've seen, it's safe to say the jewels got run. [Profile Wild]

El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run the Jewels, recently wrapped up their tour with Ratking, which included a "Suck My Dick Sun Kil Moon!" chant at Fun Fun Fun Fest, an impassioned speech in St. Louis, two NYC shows, two Chicago shows and more. The pictures in this post are from one of the Chicago shows.

Run the Jewels have been making a bunch of Best of 2014 album lists, and coming in at #1 on a few like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and the recently posted Complex list. Complex also didn't hesitate to throw 2014's big December releases on there that were left out of a lot of lists that came out already, including Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, D'Angelo and Charli XCX. You can browse their top 50 here.

Meanwhile, their tourmates Ratking, who also made some year-end lists, have a free NYC show TONIGHT (12/19) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Show Me The Body, Young Gutted and '86.

More pictures from Chicago below...

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