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July 1, 2015

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.

photos by Greg Cristman

Brian Wilson / Al Jardine / Rodriguez
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson brought his tour to Jones Beach last night (6/30) for his first of two NYC-area shows this week. The tour's in support of his new solo record, No Pier Pressure, and he did play a few off that, but mostly he filled the set with Beach Boys faves. For this tour, his band includes former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, and Brian gives them a chance to take lead on some songs too. They opened with "Our Prayer" into "Heroes and Villains," played a bunch of earlier highlights like "In My Room" and "Surfer Girl," '70s fave "Sail On, Sailor," a couple more off Smile and of course a few from Pet Sounds too. Brian's full setlist is below.

Storied folk singer Rodriguez opened with a solo set that included a handful of his songs, and covers of Jefferson Airplane, The Flamingos, Vic Damone and Little Willie John. The venue never really filled up for either set, but neither Brian nor Rodriguez seemed to let that bother them and both sounded great. They do it again near NYC at PNC Bank Arts Center tonight (7/1) (tickets). Pictures of Jones Beach are in this post.

In other news, in celebration of the new Brian Wilson biopic, Love & Mercy, Brian re-recorded the film's title track "with local public school students who benefit from Little Kids Rock's free Modern Band music program." You may remember two years ago, he played the LIttle Kids Rock benefit in NYC.

Video of the "Love & Mercy" performance, with more pictures and setlists from Jones Beach, below...

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by Bill Pearis

La Luz 2015

La Luz have shared a second track off their forthcoming second album, Weirdo Shrine, which is out in August on Hardly Art. "Don't Wanna Be Anywhere" is the quintessential La Luz sound: light and frothy, with drony organ and lush harmonies riding the crest. You can stream or download it below.

La Luz will be in NYC soon, when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on August 29. EZTV and Scully are also on the bill and tickets are on sale.

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photo:Ceremony @ BVSXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Ceremony, Pity Sex, Tony Molina, Uniform @ Bowery Ballroom
Ceremony have experimented with a lot of different styles since their powerviolence roots, and their newest album has them sounding more than a little like Joy Division. It's a good bill all around tonight, with shoegazers Pity Sex, Weezer/Thin Lizzy worshipper Tony Molina, and noise/hardcore duo Uniform. This lineup (with Wildhoney instead of Uniform) does it again tomorrow at the smaller/sweatier Shea Stadium too.

Basement Jaxx, Masters At Work, The Internet, Fei-Fei @ Central Park SummerStage
Long known as one of the best live dance acts around, UK duo Basement Jaxx should have SummerStage bouncing with hits like "Red Alert," "Romeo," "Where's Your Head At?" and "Oh My Gosh."

Brian Wilson, Rodriguez @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Pop legend Brian Wilson released a new solo album this year, and he's been playing some of that on this tour, but the majority of the 30+ song setlists have been Beach Boys favorites from "Little Deuce Coupe" to "Heroes and Villains" to "Sail On, Sailor." His band includes fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Making for a great double bill, storied folk singer Rodriguez opens.

Will Butler, July Talk, Walrus @ The Well
Arcade Fire's Will Butler released a solo album this year, and if you're a fan of his main band, you may dig some of this too. Today's show is a free 'Canada D'eh' show with an all-Canadian lineup, Canadian breakfast, Canadian whiskey, and Canadian craft beer. Doors are at noon and the music starts at 5 PM.

Bilal, DJ Adrian Younge @ Highline Ballroom
Philly neo-soul singer Bilal may not be as massive as Kendrick Lamar right now, but they worked on each others' new albums, so if you're a fan of TPAB you might like Bilal's new In Another Life too. Adrian Younge, who produced the album, is DJing tonight.

Talib Kweli, Rapsody, NIKO IS, K Valentine @ Brooklyn Bowl
NYC hip hop vet Talib Kweli continues to release music and perform consistently. Tonight's his first of three hometown shows this week. Tonight and tomorrow he plays full-band shows at Brooklyn Bowl, and on Friday he'll be at the International African Arts Festival in Commodore Barry Park.

PINS, Beverly @ Mercury Lounge
Manchester quartet PINS released their second album, Wild Nights, this week via Bella Union and it's a marked step up from their debut. If there's a little less sneer and snarl this time, it's in exchange for better songs and smoky, brooding atmosphere. They are well-matched tonight with Brooklyn's Beverly.

Chumped, Hiccup, Emilyn Brodsky, Early Riser @ Palisades
If you dig pop punk that avoids overproduction and is closer to Superchunk than whatever was on TRL in 2002, Chumped and Hiccup (members of The Unlovables, The Chris Gethard Show house band) will both be right up your alley.

Key!, B.I.C., special guests @ Santos Party House
Atlanta rapper Key! was once a member of Two-9 but has since gone solo and collaborated with Chief Keef, iLoveMakonnen, and others. Tonight's show is with the very fun Bronx crew B.I.C. (Bitches Is Crazy), who opened for Two-9 in NYC on Sunday. Special guests are promised too. Hmm...

Crying, Adult Mom, Greg McKillop, T-Rextasy @ Silent Barn
This is a pretty cool local bill, with Crying who went from a chiptune band to one inspired a bit more by Rush, and the Tiny Engines-signed Adult Mom who's not too far removed from The Moldy Peaches.

Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay @ Pier 97
If this was your last summer on earth, would you want to spend it seeing Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes and and onetime Men at Work singer Colin Hay all at one outtdoor show? That's what the "Last Summer on Earth Tour" is banking on. Let's hope the world doesn't end, though.

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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June 30, 2015

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sweetlife Fest 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar put out the video for another track off his brilliant new album, To Pimp A Butterfly, "Alright." It's a black-and-white video directed by Colin Tilley and the Little Homies. You can watch it below.

Kendrick has been playing festivals lately, and has more coming up. All are listed here. TPAB collaborator Bilal will be in NYC this week.

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>Burger-A-Go-Go 2015

Burger Records will be throwing its second-annual all-female-fronted Burger-A-Go-Go fest on September 5 at Santa Anna Observatory. This year's lineup includes Cat Power, The Julie Ruin, GLITTERBUST (aka Kim Gordon + Alex Knost), Kate Nash, Bleached, Cults, Cherry Glazerr, Kimya Dawson, Peach Kelli Pop, Death Valley Girls, and lots more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/2) at 10 AM Pacific. Initial lineup is listed below.

Meanwhile, the Burger Boogaloo 2015 happens this weekend (July 4 & 5) at Oakland, CA's Mosswood Park with performances from The Mummies, Black Lips, Fuzz, The Gories, King Khan & BBQ Show, Pandoras,, and a whole lot more. As you may remember, the Boogaloo is hosted this year by the one-and-only John Waters. Tickets are still available and the schedule is below.

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