June 15, 2013
The Walkmen @ T5, October 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Inter Arma @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Northside Festival
As you probably know from reading this site, Northside Festival is underway in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. If you have a badge, you can use it to get in to any official Northside showcase but admission is based on capacity. If it's a show you really want to go to, make sure to get there early, especially at smaller venues. Set times for most shows are available on Northside's Sched.org site. All Northside showcases listed below are indicated as such in the event title.
The Walkmen, Phosphorescent & More @ McCarren Park (Northside)
Hamilton Leithauser will again bulge his neck veins while screaming for The Walkmen today, bringing his band's dark and jangle pop to McCarrren Park along with Phosphorescent, Friend Roulette, Abadabad. If you didn't get free tickets, you can always just hang in the park and listen. Banana Republic outfits are optional.
Calexico, Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho, Akoko Nante Ensemble @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
Calexico, who also played NXNE and Bonaroo this week, round out a busy week by headlining Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park tonight. Supporting them will be Peruvian singer-songwriter Susana Baca, Mexican folk band Radio Jarocho and African vocal/percussion group Akoko Nante Ensemble. A very diverse, FREE Celebrate Brooklyn! show with talent from three different continents.
Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro @ Central Park
You can head to Central Park Summerstage
during the day for some FREE music from baroque pop legends The Zombies and two more contemporary (but still great) artists Django Django (who just played Bonnaroo) and the Nancy&Lee stylings of Adam Green & Binki Shapiro. UPDATE: Show is now evening, starting at 6 PM. Still free.
Caged Animals, Coastgaard, The Denzels, Juniper Rising @ Dr. Martens Stage (Northside)
You know how The L Magazine does that "8 Bands You Need to Hear Right Now" issue? Four of those bands are playing an afternoon show on an outdoor stage set up at N3 and Bedford. 2 PM - 6 PM and it's FREE.
Nothing's Too Good for the Common People: A Paul Kelly Retrospective @ Cantor Film Center
Chickfactor 21 comes to a close with this free, all-afternoon screening of filmmaker Paul Kelly's work, including the NYC premieres of Lawrence of Belgravia (about the eccentric Felt/Demin frontman) and Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story, plus his collaborations with Saint Etienne, Finnestiere, What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? and This Is Tomorrow, the latter two of which are also making their NYC premeires. FREE and visit Chickfactor for the details and the poster is below.
Merchandise, Milk Music, Destruction Unit @ 285 Kent (Northside)
Merchandise's croon-y dream pop headlines a sold-out 285 Kent tonight along with Dino-Jr uber fans Milk Music, but another major attraction to the bill is Southwestern psych-punk favorites Destruction Unit. If you can make it to 285, do NOT miss them.
Black Flag @ Warsaw (Northside)
No matter which side of the fence you are on regarding the Black Flag reunion, one thing is for sure, the band's appearance last night and tonight is nothing short of a major event. Catch them at the Warsaw again tonight with Good For You and Cinema Cinema.
Yellow Ostrich, Braids, Widowspeak @ Cameo (Northside)
This is an all around solid bill, but we're most excited for Braids, who are doing a pretty good job reinventing themselves this year with their new style that we'll hear more of soon on Flourish // Perish, which is being released by Arbutus (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, Doldrums). If you're going to that show, be sure to catch their set.
Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Pile & more @ Big Snow (Northside)
If you're into DIY and '90s-inspired indie rock, the Exploding In Sound showcase at Big Snow is pretty much the place to be tonight. All of the bands are playing are great, but perhaps the most exciting band on the bill is Speedy Oritz, who just released a great single from their much-anticipated debut album, Major Arcana (due out 7/9 via Carpark). This Northside show is technically "unofficial" but your badge will save you two bucks at the door.
Chance the Rapper @ Europa (Northside)
Another hot Northside show this weekend is Chance the Rapper, whose career is seriously elevating due to the success of his Acid Rap mixtape. He plays a sold-out show at Europa tonight, so if you don't have tickets and are using a badge, get there early. He's got another (also sold out) NYC show at SOB's next week.
Intronaut, Mouth of the Architect, Sannhet & more @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
Intronaut's tech-y take on Mastodon-ian sludge isn't for everyone, and if it isn't then the post-metal gods in Mouth of the Architect or the post-everything Brooklyn favorites Sannhet just might be. Scale the Summit's instrumentalists are also on board.
Subhumans @ Bowery Ballroom
UK anarchopunk greats Subhumans are back in the US again (yay), and have roped in support from World/Inferno Friendship Society and Blanks 77 for a show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Oof. So many great choices!
Summer Thunder w/ Inter Arma, Anicon, Pyrrhon
Inter Arma played last night's Invisible Oranges showcase with Torche at 285 Kent, and now the band headlines a FREE show at Union Pool during the day (doors at 2!) with Anicon and Pyrrhon. Drink specials, good riffs and great tacos. Win/win/win. Stick around for....
Limp Wrist @ Union Pool (Northside)
OMG. Limp Wrist is playing. The legendary Queercore punk gods will undoubtedly tear Union Pool apart and I cannot wait. Look for support from Princess Tiny and the Meats and In School. Unmissable.
Weekend, Yvette, Cities Aviv @ Knitting Factory (Northside)
Weekend's terrific, gothy new album, Jinx, is still a month away but you can get a taster tonight on this diverse bill that also features brainy Memphis rapper Cities Aviv and noisy Brooklynites Yvette. Tickets are still available for this early show. Weekend recently played two new tracks live on Newtown Radio and you can watch video of that below.
Kingdom, Dan Bodan @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
Stick around the Knit for the late show with Brooklyn producer Kingdom, who just released his new EP in late May. Support will come from Dan Bodan,who played his first live U.S. show back in late May, as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary Party.
Postal Service and Ra Ra Riot @ Barclays Center
After reissuing their sole album and playing Coachella loads of other places, The Postal Service are finally in NYC to play two shows at Barclays Center with openers Ra Ra Riot. Tickets are still available.
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
While it was sad that The Pastels had visa issues and couldn't make it to NYC, it has made it possible for somewhat secret openers Yo La Tengo (under their oft-used Condo Fucks pseudonym) to headline Maxwell's at least one last time. There are "special guests" now too. Sold out, of course.
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Maxwell's
We Were Promised Jetpacks are back in New Jersey today for the second time this week. The band opened for Ra Ra Riot at The Stone Pony on Thursday, and after a brief stop in Virginia, they will be headlining Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight. (Late show, after YLT.) No NYC dates announced for the Scottish indie rockers, so this is your best chance to see them in the area.
The Jazz Butcher circa mid-'80s
The Jazz Butcher, Gold Bears & more @ Spike Hill (Northside)
NYC Popfest was only a couple weekends ago, but the organizers are back with their own Northside showcase, and have pulled a coup, getting eccentric cult indie artist The Jazz Butcher for his first NYC show in over 10 years. He's brought crucial sideman Max Eider with him and let's hope he gets to sing some of his songs too. Also playing: Television Personalities' satellite members Texas Bob Juarez & Mike Stone, plus Georgia bands Gold-Bears and Small Reactions. Tickets are still available.
Christopher Owens @ The Slipper Room
The onetime Girls frontman recently released an acoustic version of his solo album, Lysandre, and has been playing similarly unplugged shows, like this -- the first of two nights at this tiny LES club.
Classixx, Fred Falke, Headband & Hooligan @ Le Poisson Rouge
After doing killer remixes for the likes of Phoenix, Ladyhawke, The Gossip and even Madonna, LA production duo Classixx put out their own very enjoyable album this year. It's a DJ set,though maybe Nancy Whang will make a guest appearance to provide vocals on their single "All You're Waiting For." Fred Falke and Headband & Hooligan make this a very danceable night out.
Quilt, Twin Peaks, Outside World, Turnip King, The Teen Age @ Public Assembly
A pretty killer indie rock line-up tonight, featuring two very good Chicago bands (Twin Peaks, Outside World), two good local bands (Turnip King, The Teen Age) and Boston psych folkies Quilt. $10 at the door.
Pharmakon, Lust for Youth & more @ Public Assembly (Northside)
Noise favorite Pharmakon leads an impressive late-night lineup alongside Sweden's Lust for Youth, Marshstepper, Body Of Light and Foreplay at Public Assembly. Its a great late night alternative of good bands, instead of drinking the night away. You can, of course, do both here.
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, La Big Vic, Lux Perpetua, Weyes Blood, Invisible Hand @ Shea Stadium (Northside)
Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks is back in town today for the Northside Festival at Shea Stadium. The guys recently released their latest album and had their release show at the Knitting Factory at the end of May. La Big Vic, who recently played the New Museum's "Music in the Park" series, will join them on the bill, as well as drone folk group Weyes Blood, who also opened for Bleeker back in February, indie pop Virginians Invisible Hand and Philly group Lux Perpetua.
Midnight Magic, Tippy Toes @ Trophy Bar (Northside)
Featuring a crack band of disco-adept musicians (many of whom have played on DFA Records records), Midnight Magic are a boogie wonderland come to life. Many of their members also play in Tippy Toes, a group that has been known -- on occasion -- to be fronted by Reggie Watts. You can stream Tippy Toes' new EP below. Live music from 7 PM to 10 PM during which it's $10 admission, free for the DJ party afterwards..
Sonny Smith, Little Wings @ Cake Shop
Sonny & the Sunsets played Northside last night and tonight Sonny does a spoken word piece, "Sees All Knows All" at Cake Shop. He's worth seeing in any permutation.
Son Volt, Colonel Ford @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
Alt-country vet Jay Farrar is mainly known for sad songs, but he kicks up some dust onSun Volt's latest, Honky Tonk. Some of Son Volt are also in Colonel Ford who open the show. Tickets are still available.
The Zambonis, The Sports, Stephen Clair @ The Rock Shop
22 years on and off the ice, The Zambonis are still the finest hockey-themed indie rock band in the world. No joke.
Baths @ Webster Hall
On his new album, Obsidian, Baths went from electronic musician to emotionally powerful songwriter, and it should be interesting to see how that goes over live at Webster Hall tonight. Support comes from his tourmates Houses and D33J.
Wires Under Tension @ Open Road Rooftop
Tonight the Rooftop Films Summer Series, which combines film and music, will return to the Lower East Side, as Wires Under Tension perform and "Outlandish animated creatures in outrageous situations" grace the silver screen.
The Gories, Daddy Long Legs, Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train will be hosting two Northside showcases at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. The first features The Gories, who have been remarkably quiet in 2013, and local blues trio Daddy Long Legs. The second is a speical addition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off, which has been on tour around the U.S. since SXSW.
Grupo Fantasma @ The Bell House
Legendary Latin psychedlic funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma will be at the Bell House tonight for what will surely be a trippy, groovy evening.
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June 14, 2013
photos by Wei Shi
Sonos Studio is a gallery and event space in LA that has been hosting a lot of good stuff lately with installations and performances by people like Beck, Janelle Monae, The Lonely Island, Dum Dum Girls, Dan Deacon, The xx, Teengirl Fantasy, Merchandise and many more.
BrooklynVegan, with Spinmedia and Sapporo's help, took over Sonos Studio on Thursday night for a show with Florida's Hundred Waters (who we also hosted at CMJ and who just finished a tour with The xx), LA's IO Echo (who we also hosted at CMJ and who are now on tour with CSS and MS MR), and LA's Groundislava (part of Shlohmo's Wedidit crew). The walls were adorned with beautiful music photography courtesy of BrooklynVegan photographers Amanda Hatfield, Dana (distortion) Yavin, David Andrako, Sarah Frankie Linder, Wei Shi and Debi Del Grande.
Speaking of photos and Wei Shi, those who tagged their Instagrams #brooklynvegan could take home a printed out copy before leaving, and we have a full set of pictures from the show by Wei Shi, in this post. Check out the rest of them below...
Kitty Pryde at 285 Kent in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
So Kitty (Pryde) may not actually be on the new Kanye album, but she did just put out her own new song, "Barbie Jeep." It's Kitty spitting fast(er than she did on "Okay Cupid") over a rattling beat from NYC producer Hot Sugar. Check it out below (via Noisey).
Meanwhile, Hot Sugar is playing a hometown show on Sunday (6/16) at Knitting Factory as part of the Northside Festival with indie rap trio Ratking and Normally Important. Tickets for Sunday's show are on sale, and you can also try to get in with your Northside badge.
Song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
You may know British comedic actor Matt Berry -- and his sonorous voice -- from The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace or Snuff Box all of which are highly reccomended if you've never seen them. But you may not know that he's an accomplished musician and songwriter: he wrote '80s parody "One Track Lover "for Darkplace (video below), lots of songs for Snuff Box and composed music for Steve Coogan's series Saxondale. He also released a few solo albums, most of which lean towards late '60s / early-'70s folky psych pop and they're all pretty good and not really "novelty." Berry also sings in a higher register than you might imagine given his bravado-laden speaking voice.
He recently released his fourth album, Kill The Wolf, and just made the whole thing available to stream which you can listen to below.
by Fred Pessaro
Inter Arma at IO-SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Limp Wrist. Torche. Kylesa. Contrast Attitude. Subhumans. Inter Arma. Mouth of the Architect. Does anything else need to be said about this weekend's massive lineup, Northside or otherwise?
We know my feelings on tonight's IO-presented Torche show (in a punk space!) and tomorrow's IO-presented FREE day show at Union Pool with Inter Arma, but tomorrow's Limp Wrist show with associated gay dance party afterword sounds absolutely unmissable, as does Sunday's more-punk-oriented Limp Wrist show at LPR.
For more suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Calendar. It rules.
photos by David Andrako
Dan Deacon / Merchandise @ Horshoe Tavern, Toronto 6/13/2013
While many of us are running around Williamsburg and Greenpoint for the Northside Festival and others are in Tennessee for Bonnaroo, David Andrako is up in Toronto for the annual NXNE festival. Much like NYC, it was a rainy night in The Queen City Last night (6/13) and he stayed put at Horseshoe Tavern for the extra-solid bill of Nu Sensae, Dan Deacon, Merchandise, DIANA and Moon King. Pictures from Horseshoe Tavern in this post.
Merchandise and Nu Sensae are heading this way for Northside. Merchandise play 285 Kent on Saturday (6/15) with Milk Music and Destruction Union which is sold out but you can try to get in with your Northside badge. Nu Sensae, meanwhile, also play with Destruction Unit, and Big Ups and Psychic Blood at Shea Stadium on Sunday (6/16). Advance tickets are still available or use the old Northside badge.
More pictures from NXNE day 1 below...
Singer/songwriter legend Elliott Smith would have turned 44 this year (and it's the tenth anniversary year of his death), and in celebration of that, tributes are happening in Portland, LA, Austin and NYC. THe NYC show happens on August 10 at Bowery Ballroom. It's being hosted by Rhett Miller (of the Old 97s) and also features Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), Mary Lou Lord (who toured with Elliott Smith) and special guests. Tickets for the NYC tribute go on sale Monday (6/17) at noon, and proceeds go to New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth.
Each event features a host, performances by his "biggest fans and closest friends and collaborators," and benefits a local charity. Info on all four tributes below...
by Andrew Sacher
We're still waiting til Tuesday (6/18) for one of the most anticipated albums of the year -- Kanye West's Yeezus -- to drop, but something tells us it may have surfaced on the internet a little early. Assuming what going around is the final version of the album, it's pretty consistent with Kanye's mini-rant at Governors Ball about not caring about the radio anymore; this is some of his most anti-commercial music yet. Rather than the lush string/horn arrangements he used on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the melodic R&B-style beats of 808s and Heartbreaks or the borderline-electropop of Graduation, on Yeezus Kanye is all about dark, distorted synth maximalism. On "On Sight" those synths were reportedly worked on with Daft Punk, he's got a TNGHT track on "Blood on the Leaves," and that's Evian Christ on "I'm In It."
He's pretty dark, lyrically, too and dominates most of the vocals on the record. Ye's been known to get heavy on the guest spots, but they're pretty low-key here. Not that they're coming from low-key people of course. The full version of "New Slaves" features Frank Ocean crooning at the end, a track called "Hold My Liquor" transitions from a Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) hook into a Chief Keef hook, and rumor has it that "God" appears on "I Am a God." I guess he really is talking back.
Kanye also brought in outside producer/Def Jam founder Rick Rubin (who just discussed the album at length) to help him out.
What may very well be the official tracklist for the album is below. Check that out and let us know your thoughts on Yeezus.
Young Chicago dudes and Orwells affiliates Twin Peaks self-released their debut album, Sunken, back in July. It's a strong collection of glam-influenced garage rock that DOESN'T sound as if a bunch of youngsters made it. You used to be able to listen to the whole album via their bandcamp, but they've recently inked a deal with Autumn Tone Records (congratulations, guys!), and it disappeared. - [BV Chicago]Autumn Tone will reissue Twin Peaks' debut on July 9. The band have just made a video for its very catchy track "Fast Eddie" and we've got the premiere of that in the post. Watch it below.
Meanwhile, NYC can go see Twin Peaks (who played BV Chicago's 2013 SXSW party) live as they're here for the Northside Festival. They'll play Public Assembly on Saturday (6/15) as part of a pretty great line-up including fellow Chicago band Outside World, plus Quilt, Turnip King, and The Teen Age. $10 at the door, or use your Northside badge to get in. They'll stick around to play Pianos on June 19 with Conveyor and Bad Cop (tickets).
All tour dates are listed, along with the "Fast Eddie" video, below...
The Postal Service @ Fox Theater, Pomona, CA 4/15/2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Torche at Saint Vitus in March (more by Harriet Roberts)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Northside Festival
As you probably know from reading this site, Northside Festival is underway in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. If you have a badge, you can use it to get in to any official Northside showcase but admission is based on capacity. If it's a show you really want to go to, make sure to get there early, especially at smaller venues. All Northside showcases listed below are indicated as such in the event title.
Postal Service and Mates of State @ Barclays Center
After reissuing their sole album and playing Coachella loads of other places, The Postal Service are finally in NYC to play two shows at Barclays Center. The first of those is tonight with Mates of State. That one's sold out but tickets to Saturday's show with Ra Ra Riot are still available.
Black Flag, The Men & more @ Warsaw @ Northside
Its the moment that every punk in New York City has waited for, the return of Black Flag. And despite everyone's differing opinion (like Mike Hill of Tombs's), it is still a major event. Also, a little band called The Men open the show. NBD. Black Flag play again on Saturday (6/15) at Warsaw too.
Torche, Ken Mode, Lo-Pan, Inter Arma @ 285 Kent (Northside)
There is no band that can seemlessly blend doom thunder and bubblegum pop in wuite the same way that Floridians Torche can. InvisibleOranges is proud to send Torche back to their punk roots, putting the band in the notoriously DIY space 285 Kent, where they'll team with metallic noisecore greats KEN Mode, blues-y Ohio doom favorites Lo-Pan, and the ever-incendiary Inter Arma. Let's get ignorant.
Kylesa, Blood Ceremony, White Hills, Lazer/Wulf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
We hope you make it to our Invisible Oranges Northside showcase, but if that sort of crossover metal is your thing, you'd probably also like to check out Music Hall of Williamsburg, where Osiris is putting on a Northside show with shapeshifting sludge rockers Kylesa doom traditionlists Blood Ceremony fuzz/psych rockers White Hills, and Lazer/Wulf.
Iceage, Lust for Youth, Puce Mary, Age Coin, Lower @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
Surprise! Fresh off of last night's performance at MHoW, Iceage and Lower have been added to Saint Vitus tonight, joining Lust for Youth, Puce Mary and Loke Rahbek (of LfY/Var, who played solo at Nothing Changes) for the second of two Pitchfork showcases at the venue.
Son Volt @ Bowery Ballroom (Northside)
Alt-country vet Jay Farrar is mainly known for sad songs, but he kicks up some dust on Sun Volt's latest, Honky Tonk. Tickets are still available, and they'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/15) as part of Northside.
Chrome Canyon, Computer Magic,Chateau Marmont @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
It's a fun synth-heavy bill tonight with the over-the-top spacerock of Chrome Canyon, winsome Brooklynite Computer Magic and the entertaining fromage of Parisians Chateau Marmont. Avan Lava will keep the party going between sets as DJs. Late show (doors 11:30 PM) and tickets are available.
The Hairs, Small Reactions, Gold Bears, Literature @ Cake Shop
Well here's a super solid bill featuring two of the more entertaining, energetic bands in indiepop: Georgia's Gold Bears and Philadelphia's Literature. Small Reactions (also from Georgia) and locals The Hairs are fun too.
Suuns, Amen Dunes, Tempers @ Glasslands (Northside)
A sinister night is in store with a bill like this, headlined by Montreal's sinuous Suuns and featuring dirgy Amen Dunes and sultry post-punk duo Tempers. Tickets are still available.
White Fence, PAWS @ Seaport Music Festival
White Fence, Las Rosas, Honey @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Northside)
White Fence, who played last night at Brooklyn Bowl, play two shows today. First they headline the free Seaport Music Fest with '90s-loving openers PAWS; then they'll play a late-night (doors 11 PM) Northside show at Knitting Factory with La Rosas and Honey (tickets).
Sonny & the Sunsets
Sonny and the Sunsets @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Northside)
If you were going to White Fence at Knitting Factory you might want to consider just spending the whole evening at the venue as the early show is good too. A vagabond charmer, Sonny Smith writes songs from the heart with just a smidge of self-depricating wit. He's a great storyteller too, one of the best between-song banterers around. Tickets are still available.
Sinkane @ Brooklyn Bowl
Onetime Yeasayer member Ahmed Gallab -- who has been all over New York City in 2013 -- plays tunder his alter-ego Sinkane with an opening set from the talented, eclectic Xenia Rubinoos.
Vulture Shit & more @ Ran Tea House
Brooklyn guitar-less punks Vulture Shit are playing a hometown show tonight at Ran Tea House (269 Kent Ave) with The End Men, Stolen Girls, The Mad Doctors, and 45 Adapters.
Mavis Staples, Cody ChesnuTT @ Prospect Park
The free Celebrate! Brooklyn series at Prospect Park continues tonight with sets from Mavis Staples (who also plays Clearwater tomorrow) and Cody ChesnuTT (who played SOB's last night).
The So So Glos, Shapes and Le Rug @ Public Assembly (Nothside)
Brooklyn natives, The So So Glos, who this year have a had a ton of great exposure with the release of their new LP, including a set set on Letterman, are heading back to their neighborhood to play a solid show with Shapes and amazing indie band, Le Rug (members of Butter The Children). The show is considered apart of a showcase for Brooklyn-based zine, 1.21 Gigawatts, and tickets are still available.
Har Mar Superstar, Supercute! & more @ The Grand Victory (Northside).
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar will likely turn tiny Grand Victory into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too. Also on the bill: Boxing Lesson, Purple, Spires, Supercute!, and The Young Things. Tickets to that show are still available.
Ian Isiah, Aquarian, Kuhrye-oo @ 285 Kent Avenue
Ian Isiah is bursting onto NYC's urban/electronic scene with full force. The "Mindfuck" singer already has collabs with artists like Brenmar, Mykki Blanco and Le1f lined up and tonight he will be at 285 Kent for Northside Festival with the mysterious Aquarian and Grimes protege Kuhrye-oo.
Field Mouse, Phone Tag, Tropic of Pisces, Candide, Home Alone @ Muchmore's (Northside)
Here's a solid bill of local bands, headlined by terrific dream pop band Field Mouse. Have you seen their BV Sessions video?
The Beets, pow wow! & more @ Matchless (Northside)
Pow wow!'s self-titled debut came out earlier this year and is one of 2013's more unsung records, loaded with indie pop gems. They play with scrappy protopunks The Beets who don't gig as much as they used to.
Rhys Chatham, Oneida @ Europa
Rhys Chatham is teaming up with his long time collaborators, Brooklyn based Oneida, tonight at Europa. Their last major appearance together in New York was back at 2012's Ecstatic Music Festival, and their collaborations are always intense.
Peanut Butter Wolf, Cale Parks (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
What is a weekend-long music festival without the parties? If you've already been thrown out of both the Jameson and Heineken lounges by 11:30 PM tonight, maybe drink a few cups of coffee and head over to Popgun's Northside Party at Glasslands. The night's entertainment will come from a pair of veteran DJs, Peanut Butter Wolf and Cale Parks (who is [was?] also the singer of Ohio indie rock band Aloha).
White Mandingos @ New Museum
Alternative west coast rapper Murs has teamed up with Darryl Jennifer, bass player of hardcore legends Bad Brains, and Sacha Jenkins, formerly the music editor of VIBE. They call themselves The White Mandingos and they will be fusing their diverse skill sets at the New Museum tonight. This could be a crazy one.
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