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Animal Collective at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Animal Collective

Animal Collective have been out on the road lately, hitting festivals like Bonnaroo and NYC's Governors Ball. They were supposed to return to the NYC-area this weekened (7/12) for Camp Bisco, but unfortunately the band have been forced to cancel all of their July dates. A statement from the band reads:

Hey AC fans,

Due to illness, we will unfortunately not be able to perform our upcoming July tour dates, including the Camp Bisco and Forecastle festivals. We deeply apologize and tried our best to make it work with an alternate set, but ultimately we didn't feel like we were giving fans what they deserved from an Animal Collective show. We are working on rescheduling the non-festival dates as soon as possible. Again we send our sincerest apologies to fans anticipating these shows, especially considering the cancellations earlier this year.

- Avey Tare, Deakin, Geologist, and Panda Bear
No replacement for AnCo's Camp Bisco set has been announced yet, but stay tuned for updates. The fest began today and is totally sold out.

All Animal Collective dates, as they currently stand, are listed below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Anna von Hausswolff @ Glasslands - 7/10/2013
Anna Von Hausswolff @ Glasslands - 7/10/2013

When the most prominent instrument on your album is the pipe organ, it's hard not to conjure up old-school gothic images. Swedish singer Anna von Hausswolff didn't lug an actual pipe organ into Glasslands last night (7/10) for her show celebrating the U.S. release of her album, Ceremony. But with her own seriously spine-tingling pipes and medieval organ jams, things did feel cathedral-esque. Lightening the mood, somewhat incongruously, was the twee ukelele pop of opener Kay Kasparhauser. Pictures from the show are in this post.

While in town, von Hausswolff stopped by WNYC's studios to perform on Soundcheck and you can stream that, along with more pictures from Glasslands, below.

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Maxwell's (more by PSquared Photography)
Maxwells

As you probably know, legendary Hoboken rock club Maxwell's will be closing at the end of the month, but not before a number of great final shows. Now, in addition to those final shows, NJ.com is reporting that the venue will throw a farewell block party too. The party happens on July 31 on 11th St between Washington St and Hudson Place. Maxwell's co-owner Todd Abramson said the music will "likely" be provided by various DJs. (Any chance Yo La Tengo might show up?)

Most of the big upcoming shows at the venue are sold out, but you can still get tickets for this Friday's (7/12) show with The Everymen, Life Eaters, Black Wine, and the Brooklyn What.

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Fortune Howl - "Interzone Export" (MP3)

XXYYXX at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
XXYYXX

Young upstart producer XXYYXX will be touring this summer, and as discussed, that tour brings him to NYC for two shows this week. The first happens on Friday (7/12) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Chrome Sparks (live), Fortune Howl, and DJ True Panther Sounds. That show is totally sold out, but if you weren't able to get tickets, we're giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

The next day, XXYYXX will head to Long Island City for this week's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 (7/13) with MK, Ryan Hemsworth, Bondax, Gobby, and James K, making for a great all around bill. Tickets for this Saturday's Warm Up are still available.

UPDATE: Pete Swanson replaced Bondax on the lineup.

If you want to keep the fun going all the way to 4 AM on Saturday after Warm Up, head to Tribeca Grand Hotel, where Ryan Hemsworth and a few others will be DJing all night (tickets). Flyer below.

XXYYXX made the mix for this week's Warm Up, and it includes tracks by Ellen Allien, Floating Points, Holly Herndon, Lapalux, Thundercat, Janet Jackson ft. Nelly, and more, in addition to a new XXYYXX song. You can stream that mix and check out the full tracklist, via FADER, below.

XXYYXX was also just added as the opener to many dates on the previously discussed CHVRCHES tour, including the NYC show on September 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available. After the run with CHVRCHES ends, XXYYXX will head to Austin for the just-announced Fun Fun Fun Fest. All of his tour dates are listed below.

Also in XXYYXX's mix is a new track from his Relief in Abstract labelmate/fellow Orlando resident Fortune Howl (who also opens the MHOW show). The track, titled "Interzone Export," is off of his upcoming new album, Earthbound, which is due out on July 30 via Relief in Abstract. Unlike XXYYXX, who makes future garage dancefloor bangers, Fortune Howl focuses more on songwriting and this new track sees his post-Panda Bear vocals awash in glitchy folktronica and psychedelia. We've got the MP3 downloadable above, or you can also stream it below.

All dates are listed, along with all song streams, contest details, and flyer for the Ryan Hemsworth party, below...

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Belle & Sebastian @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Belle & Sebastian

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Over the last 15 years, Belle & Sebastian have transformed from a shy band to a well-honed group of entertainers (with a catalog of great songs) who really know how to work a large outtoor crowd like the one they'll be in front of tonight. With Yo La Tengo on the bill too, it's a killer night under the stars. Sold out.

Sly & Robbie @ Metrotech Commons & Irving Plaza
Arguably the most famous rhythm section in all of reggae, Sly & Robbie have provided backbone for Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru, Peter Tosh, and Serge Gainsbourg, to name just a few. They've played on more than 200,000 (!) songs since the '70s. They play a free show at noon as part of BAM's R&B Festival at MetroTech, and then headline Irving Plaza tonight (tickets).

Toro y Moi, Shlohmo, Jonwayne @ House of Vans
After punk-heavy kickoff event, House of Vans goes for the groove tonight with Toro y Moi, Shlohmo and Jonwayne. This free show is RSVP'd out. If you got an RSVP, get there early. And be prepared to sweat.

Generationals, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Waxahatchee @ Pier 84 (FREE)
The kickoff to this year's River Rocks series at Hudson River Park's Pier 84, headlined by New Orleans popsmiths Generationals. Get there early for Waxahatchee, though, too. 7 PM, free.

Mood Rings, Travis Bretzer @ Mercury Lounge
At their best (like single "The Line"), Atlanta's Mood Rings evoke the ethereal, sultry wonderland of late-'80s

Heathered Pearls, Prism House & more @ Ace Hotel
Heathered Pearls, who recently collaborated live with Dirty Beaches, headlines an all-DJ bill at Ace Hotel tonight.

Camp Bisco: Day 1 @ Indian Lookout Country Club
The jam/electronic festival has been expanding into other genres, and it's got a pretty awesome, diverse lineup this year. It kicks off today with sets from Squarepusher, Com Truise, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, and more.

Slingshot Dakota, Pet Symmetry, Timeshares, Turnip King @ Big Snow
Bethlehem, PA emo band Slingshot Dakota headlines a bill at Brooklyn DIY spot Big Snow tonight, and if you're going to that, Long Island indie rockers Turnip King are worth catching too.

Shugo Tokumaru, Mirah, OneOne (mem. of Deerhoof) @ Bowery Ballroom
Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru headlines Bowery Ballroom tonight, and there's also some pretty great support coming from Mirah and OneOne (aka Satomi from Deerhoof and Saya from Tenniscoats).

Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival @ Brookfield Place Plaza (FREE)
Though best known for their cover of "La Bamba," Los Lobos' have been making gritty latin-inflected rock for nearly 40 years. (1984's How Will the Wolf Survive? is a genuine classic.) They play tonight as part of the free, outdoor Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival which also includes Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo. 6 PM.

Reggie Watts, Shining Mirrors @ Mercury Lounge
You never really know what comedian/musician Reggie Watts has in store, so tonight's sold-out show at Mercury Lounge is sure to be an interesting one.

UCBComedy Spotify Session: Adam Newman @ UCB East
UCBComedy is now on Spotify with standup from awesome comedians. The sets are recorded at UCBeast every month and released exclusively to Spotify. This month's comedian is Adam Newman (John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show). And it's FREE.

The Armando Diaz Experience at The Magnet Theater
Straight out of Chicago, the Armando Diaz Experience features experienced improvisers creating scenes based on a monologist's stories. The featured monologist this week is comedian, writer, and actress Ophira Eisenberg (host of NPR's "Ask Me Another). Tickets are no longer available online, but stand-by is definitely a safe bet to get into this show.

For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Savages @ MHOW in March (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Savages
Savages, Johnny Hostile @ Webster Hall
While they aren't the kind of band likely to ever pen a summer hit, London's Savages make a perfect soundtrack to a sweltering night in the city. Sold out, but you can still get tickets to their T5 show in September.

TEEN @ MoMa
MoMa's summer early evening series continues tonight with Brooklyn's TEEN. The show happens in the Sculpture Garden, but if it's raining the music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Doors at 5:30 PM and TEEN are on at 6:30 PM. Free with museum admission.

Jonas Rathsman, Perseus @ Output
The weekly INPUT parties at Output continue tonight with sets from Swedish deep house producer Jonas Rathsman and like-minded US producer Perseus.

Andrew Cedermark, Liquor Store, Little Big League @ Shea Stadium
Once a Titus Andronicus member, but at this point probably more memorable for his own material, Andrew Cedermark is back with a new album, Home Life (stream it on NPR), and tonight he'll play a Brooklyn show at Shea Stadium with solid support coming from Liquor Store and Little Big League.

Jucifer, Vaporizer, Rozamov @ The Acheron
The towering wall of white cabinets will again appear at Acheron tonight, when the mighty Jucifer lays waste to the crowds with doom riff after vibrating doom riff. It's gonna hurt, but in the best way.

The Shrine, Dirty Fences, Hessian, Toaster @ The Grand Victory
SST style punk, thrash, riff-y stoner licks. What's not to like from The Shrine? And in Grand Victory... seems like a double win.

Get Involved, The Scandals, Descender & more @ Saint Vitus
Get Involved, the new post-hardcore supergroup with members of Thursday, Glassjaw, Judge, and more, play a Brooklyn show tonight at Saint Vitus. And if you're going, definitely catch worthy newcomers The Scandals, who sound a bit like a heavier Gaslight Anthem (who they play with soon).

Monkey: Journey to the West @ David H. Koch Theater
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales features acrobats, martial arts, and an array of contortionists. It made its NYC over the weekend and continues tonight.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
Preservation Hall Jazz Band continue their week-long run at McKittrick Hotel tonight.

Fuel, Hoobastank, LIT, Alien Ant Farm @ The Paramount
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For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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by Arielle Gordon

Del Close Marathon

The 15th Annual Del Close Marathon went down in NYC from 6/28-6/30, and it was certainly "bigger than ever." With 420 shows on seven different stages, the marathon had no problem filling 56 straight hours with improv. As always, there were college teams, indie teams, local house teams, and mind-blowing team reunions with legendary lineups.

The Press Conference

The weekend kicked off with a press conference at the UCB Chelsea theatre (UCBT) with the original four UCB members (Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts). Amongst other topics, they premiered the illustrious Comedy Improvisation Manual, a dense comedy "textbook" written by Besser, Walsh, and Roberts. As Roberts put it, "The book took tremendous time to put together because we were painstaking in making sure that this could be understood by someone who's never seen improv and never had improv classes. So, we constantly challenged ourselves to look at it with naïve eyes."

Del Close Marathon

At the DCM party space, other improv celebrities stopped by to hang out, take pictures, and discuss their hopes and fears for the festival. Matt Besser talked about the proliferation of improv culture since the beginning of DCM, saying that "it used to be something where you almost had to explain what it was; now it's something that even our parents know about." Poehler, looking in her element in a UCB Comedy shirt, gave advice to young girls, saying that improv could teach them that "being silly is okay and fun; there's power in enjoying yourself. No one looks stupid if everyone's having fun." Indeed, that mindset certainly set the tone for the rest of DCM15.

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by Andrew Sacher

Aye Nako

Brooklyn's Aye Nako have been playing locally a lot since forming in 2010, and they just finally got their debut album, Unleash Yourself, out this year, which they played a release show for at Silent Barn in May. Similarly to recent albums by Big Eyes, Swearin', or Radiator Hospital, it's total pop punk but with an indie pop/lo-fi approach that's very much been in style lately. Not to say they're bandwagon jumping or anything though, this is one of the better debuts to come out of the Brooklyn DIY scene this year.

Like I said, they play around a lot (like at Living Gallery last night [7/9]), but at the moment their only scheduled date is a recently-announced show at Glasslands on September 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stream Unleash Yourself in its entirety below...

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by Bill Pearis

OHM

As you may know, Belle & Sebastian and Yo La Tengo play Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park on Thursday (7/11), for which tickets are sold out. Something you can still get, however, is Yo La Tengo's new single, "Ohm," which is from this year's Fade album. It's being released as a three-pack 12" which comes in a "4-box poly shower curtain display case." You can check out the artwork below.

"Ohm" also has a video, which was written and directed by onetime Simpsons scribe Donick Cary and animated by Sugarshack Animation. Like most YLT videos, it goes the extra mile, and I'd love to see a big printout of that "What is Yo La Tengo?" equation.

You can watch the "Ohm" video, and check out YLT's current tour schedule, below.

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo released new single and video; sold-out Prospect Park show with Belle & Sebastian is this week"

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today in Chicago
* Taste of Chicago (Day 1)
* Color Card with Small Houses @ The Whistler
* Mazurek, Baker, Abrams and Zerang @ Hideout
* The Cat Empire, Blackalicious @ House of Blues
* Hey Comanche, Zapruder Point @ Quenchers
* Ideamen, Peekaboos, Todays Hits, Prom Night @ Township
* Implodes, Videobug, Andy Ortmann, Scott Cortez @ Empty Bottle
* Hey Champ, Gemini Club, pOCEANs, Greg Corner @ Double Door (Free Show)

Taste of Chicago 2013 kicks off today in Grant Park.

Implodes, Videobug, Andy Ortmann, and Scott Cortez play the Empty Bottle.

The Cat Empire and Blackalicious play the House of Blues.

Speedy Ortiz, who play an in-store at Saki Records and the Coach House on July 13, have a new video for "Tiger Tank" from their just-released debut LP, Major Arcana. Check it out below.

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Deltron 3030

Deltron 3030 (aka Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala) have been talking about their long-awaited second album, Event II, for some time now, and after revealing two of its singles, "Pay the Price" and "City Rising from the Ashes", they've finally officially announced the full album details. It will be out on October 1 via Bulk Recordings and features a ton of serious collaborators including Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Faith No More/Tomahawk/etc frontman Mike Patton, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha, Emily Wells, The Lonely Island, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Bruno (of AWOLNATION), Black Rob, David Cross, Amber Tamblyn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Momofuku chef David Chang(!?), Casual, and Jamie Cullum. That's the album artwork above, and the tracklist is below.

The album will be preceded by the City Rising from the Ashes EP, due out on August 13, which features both previously released singles and a third album track, "The Agony."

Deltron 3030 also just released an album trailer, which includes the album's opening track, "Stardate," which is essentially a spoken word track from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Check that out, along with the other two singles and tracklist, below...

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Witch Cross 2013
Witch Cross

30 years is a long time to be away, but Danish heavy metal band Witch Cross have officially made their comeback with Axe to Grind. The new LP, out now on Hell's Headbangers, is the band's first new LP since the distinctly more primitive 1984 release, Fit for Fight, which saw release via Roadrunner initially and reissue by Hell's Headbangers recently. The slicker production and vocals by new frontman Kevin Moore changes the look of the band somewhat, but these Danes keep their centered sense of melodicism throughout the eleven tracks. Stream both the new LP (making its premiere here) and their entire discography below.

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Jeffrey Lewis @ Mercury Lounge, 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Squarepusher @ Le Poisson Rouge
Drill & bass veteran Squarepusher came to NYC last year for a big Terminal 5 show, but this week he's back for two shows at a much more intimate space, Le Poisson Rouge. Tonight he's on night 2. SFV Acid, who released his Starbucks-inspired debut album, The Dwell, back in May, opens, making for a great double bill. Just be ready for it to be really, really loud.

Can't Hardly Wait Screening ft. Jeffrey Lewis. Weed Hounds, Ganjatronics @ McCarren Park (FREE)
The L Magazine's annual free outdoor movie series kicks off tonight with 1998's better-than-most teen comedy, Can't Hardly Wait. (Whatever happened to Ethan Embry? Also, how is that movie 15 years old?) Get there early for a performance from NYC treasure Jeffrey Lewis who will hopefully perform his neighborhood classic, "Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror." Weed Hounds, who seem to be back in action after some time off, also play, and Ganjatronics open the evening. Doors are at 6 PM with bands soon after, and the movie starts around sundown. Free.

Salvia Plath, DJ Dog Dick, PC Worship, Close Encounters, The Mild High Club @ 285 Kent Avenue
Formerly known as Run DMT (not to be confused with the dubstep artist), Salvia Plath is headlining a bill at 285 Kent tonight on the heels of his very nice sounding psychedelic pop album, The Bardo Story, which was released this week. The support tonight is pretty good too, especially DJ Dog Dick.

The Polyphonic Spree, Harper Simon, AVAVA @ Bowery Ballroom
Progressive pop cult The Polyphonic Spree always put on a memorable show (they were one of the highlights of our SXSW parties this year), and tonight they're on the second night of their 2-night run in NYC.

Week of Wonders, The Hairs, The Scarfs, Franny & Zooey @ Cake Shop
Seattle's WoW continue their NYC run tonight, this time at Cake Shop where they'll play with heady openers The Scarfs and The Hairs, Franny & Zooey. $5 at the door.

Monkey: Journey to the West @ David H. Koch Theater
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales features acrobats, martial arts, and an array of contortionists. It made its NYC over the weekend and continues tonight.

The Heartless Bastards, JBM @ MHOW
Still touring off last year's Arrow, Americana rockers Heartless Bastards will bring a little Texas (via Cincinnati) grit to Williamsburg for this sold-out show.

Anna von Hausswolff
Anna von Hausswolff

Anna von Hausswolff, Kay Kasperhausen @ Glasslands
Swedish church organ enthusiast Anna von Hausswolff saw her acclaimed debut album, Ceremony, finally get a Stateside release this week via Other Music. Tonight she plays a record release show and tickets are still avaialble.

A Night of Comedy to Benefit 826NYC @ The Bell House
826NYC, a nonprofit organization fronted by writer and publisher Dave Eggers, holds several events each year to raise money for its operations, which include running a children's writing center. This fundraiser is co-hosted by Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell, and will feature comedians Daniel Kitson, John Oliver, Reggie Watts, and Mike Birbiglia, plus special guests. Tickets are still available.

Big Terrific @ Cameo (FREE)
Even though his Big Terrific cohorts Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman spend most of their time on the West Coast these days, Max Silvestri holds down the fort and  continues gets great guests for this. Tonight features Myq Kaplan, Bob Powers, Sean Donnelly and Damien Lemon. 8 PM, free.

For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

So Many Dynamos, Pretty & Nice @ The Rock Shop
If you like early-'80s new wave powerpop like The dB's, XTC and Squeeze, you'll probably dig Boston's Pretty & Nice, whose new album, Golden Rules for Golden People, stands proudly in that hooky tradition. Tonight is their second of two shows with St. Louis' So Many Dynamos.

Jana Hunter, Peals @ Playwright Celtic Pub
Before she formed Lower Dens, Jana Hunter was a solo artist and you can see her in that format here tonight. Also playing are fellow Baltimoreans Peals, which features William Cashion of Future Islands. It will also be streaming live, 10 PM.

The Fleshtones, The A-Bones @ Maxwell's
As the clock ticks down on much-loved Hoboken indie rock landmark, veteran NYC bands are stopping by for one last show at Maxwell's. Tonight it's super-rock purveyors The Fleshtones with support from The A-Bones. Tickets are still available.

Cyndi Lauper @ Beacon Theater
Cyndi Lauper has been celebrating the 30th anniversary of her debut album, She's So Unusual, on tour this year. Things got pretty crazy when the tour hit Austin, with Cyndi running into the crowd for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,"  so hopefully her NYC-area shows will be just as good of a time. Tonight she plays Beacon Theater.

Fat Joe, Cuarto Poder, Los Rakas @ Central Park (LAMC, FREE)
The Latin Alternative Music Conference continues today with a free show in Central Park from Fat Joe, Cuarto Poder, and Los Rakas. 7 PM start.

Leon Russell @ Rockefeller Park (FREE)
'60s, '70s and on rock musician Leon Russell plays Rockefeller Park tonight as part of the free River to River Festival.

B.B. King, The James Hunter Six @ Brookfield Place Plaza (FREE)
The Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival begins today with a free show from blues guitar legend BB King. It continues tomorrow with Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, and Alejandro Escovedo.

Suzanne Vega @ City Winery
Veteran alt-folkie Suzanne Vega brings her nearly 30-year catalog of thoughtful, observational songwriting -- and a full band -- to City Winery. Sold out.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
Preservation Hall Jazz Band continue their week-long run at McKittrick Hotel tonight.

Phish @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Love 'em or hate 'em, jam band icons Phish bring their expert musicianship to PNC tonight.

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

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tour-de-fat

Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing's annual bicycle/beer/community fundraiser/music festival, takes place in multiple cities throughout the summer. TDF comes to Chicago this weekend, and will take over Palmer Square on Saturday, July 13. What exactly is Tour de Fat? Well, it's a fair amount of things...

If dressing freaky, riding bikes, listening to bands and drinking beer are things you like, then don't miss the most FUN fundraiser around...Tour de Fat is coming back to town! Gather up your friends, family and neighbors and come enjoy eclectic entertainment and stellar beer, all while helping local bicycle nonprofits raise funds. The event is free, yet all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from parade participants will help make 12 US cities better places to ride a bike.

Each day begins with a giant bicycle parade that weaves through city streets, designed for people of all skill levels; all are welcome and colorful costumes are encouraged. For the rest of the afternoon, the stages heat up with world-class acts and the park becomes a celebration unlike any other! [Tour de Fat]

As far as a music lineup goes, Mucca Pazza play at 1:30PM and musical/comedy genius Reggie Watts will perform at 4PM.

Check out the full schedule for Tour de Fat - Chicago below...

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While Mike Scott treated us to solo shows late last year and a few Waterboys shows on the East Coast in the Spring ( TTown Hall in NYCh), The Waterboyshave just announced the band's biggest-ever North American tour, happening this fall. The tour is officially supporting the Scottish group's 10th LP, An Appointment with Mr. Yeats (stream it via Spotify), and will included hits from throughout their career, including the much-celebrated '80s albums This is the Sea and Fisherman's Blues. The tour hits NYC on October 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon.

Other NY-area shows include the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ on September 25 (tickets on sale 7/12), Weshampton Beach PAC, in Long Island on September 27 (tickets on sale now) and the Mayo PAC in Morristown, NJ on September 28 (tickets on sale now).

Before that, though, The Waterboys will be playing a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show on Friday, July 19 with Alasdair Roberts.

All tour dates are listed, along with a few classic Waterboys videos, below...

Continue reading "The Waterboys announce full-band North American tour dates"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fuzz - Loose Sutres (MP3)

Fuzz at DbA, 6/6/2013 (more by Devan Council)
FUZZ

While Ty Segall has a new solo album/tour in August, for the moment he seems to be enjoying playing drums in his other band, the proto-metal leaning trio Fuzz. Following their debut single on Trouble in Mind and a recent tour (where they tore up Death by Audio), Fuzz have just announced their self-titled debut will be out October 1 via In the Red. You can download "Loose Sutres" from the album above, or stream it below. The LP's proggy cover art and tracklist are below too.

After his solo tour in August, Ty will be going out with FUZZ again for a proper North American tour which includes a stop in NYC: October 12 at Mercury Lounge. That and most of the other dates are with CCR Headcleaner, and the Chicago date coincides with The Men and Purling Hiss' just-announced tour. Tickets to the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Ty Segall's Fuzz announce debut LP, tour (dates & stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Men at 4Knots in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Men

Brooklyn punks gone country jammers The Men have a few West Coast shows scheduled in early September, following their appearance at San Francisco's Outside Lands in August. After that, they'll take some time off before an October tour and then play a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5 with some pretty great openers.

Support on most of the October tour and the MHOW show comes from Philly's Dino Jr-inspired Purling Hiss, who just opened for Death in NYC last week (7/1), and whose new album, Water On Mars (out now on Drag City), is one of the better sludge/rock releases of the year.

And opening the MHOW show will be loud local Brooklyn garage rockers Pampers, who have opened for The Men in NYC before, and more recently rounded out other great NYC bills, supporting Ty Segall's Fuzz, Coliseum, Gun Outfit and more. You can also catch Pampers opening for OBN IIIs and Ex-Cult when those bands' tour together hits Death by Audio on July 25 with Shocked Minds.

Tickets for the Music Hall of Williamsburg show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon. All The Men dates are listed, along with streams from all three bands, below...

Continue reading "The Men & Purling Hiss touring, playing MHOW w/ Pampers"

The Polyphonic Spree @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Squarepusher, SFV Acid @ Le Poisson Rouge
Drill & bass veteran Squarepusher came to NYC last year for a big Terminal 5 show, but this week he's back for two shows at a much more intimate space, Le Poisson Rouge. Since we last spoke, it was announced that SFV Acid, who released his Starbucks-inspired debut album, The Dwell, back in May, was added to both shows, making for a great double bill. Despite the small size of these shows, tickets (adv $35, day $40) for both nights are still available.

The Denzels, The Mantles, Juan Wauters, Honduras @ Shea Stadium
San Francisco's Mantles no doubt own a copy of essential garage comp Nuggets (and a couple Kinks albums), as evidenced on their terrific Slumberland debut, Long Enough to Leave. This is their first of two NYC shows on their tour with The Beets' Juan Wauters. $8 at the door.

'Crystal Fairy' screening @ Wythe Hotel
Michael Cera and director Sebastian Silva will be in attendance at the BrooklynVegan-Presented free screening of 'Crystal Fairy' tonight at the Wythe Hotel, however RSVP is now closed. If you did RSVP and receive a confirmation though, please show up early as space is limited even for those on the list.

The Polyphonic Spree, Harper Simon, AVAVA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Progressive pop cult The Polyphonic Spree always put on a memorable show (they were one of the highlights of our SXSW parties this year), and tonight they begin a 2-night run in NYC. You can catch them in Brooklyn tonight at MHOW and in Manhattan tomorrow at Bowery Ballroom.

Dawn Landes @ Rockwood Music Hall
Doveman collaborator Dawn Landes (who contributed a bonus track to our Katrina and the Waves tribute EP) recently wrapped up some shows over in Europe, and now she's back home and will play Rockwood Music Hall tonight. She's on Stage 2 at 9 PM.

CSS, IO Echo @ Brooklyn Bowl
Brazilian electro rockers CSS released their new Dave Sitek-produced LP, Planta, back in June, and this week they're bringing their tour with another pop-minded band, IO Echo, to NYC for two shows. They hit Bowery Ballroom last night, and you can catch them tonight at Brooklyn Bowl.

Monkey: Journey to the West @ Lincoln Center
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales features acrobats, martial arts, and an array of contortionists. It made its NYC over the weekend and continues tonight.

Week of Wonders, Shark?, Hippy @ Death By Audio
Seattle's Week of Wonders continue their week-long assault on NYC with their second of four shows here. Tonight's support is a nice line-up of local indie rock (check out Hippy). Flown were originally scheduled to play but had to cancel.

Bass Drum of Death, The So So Glos, Baked @ Glasslands
Garage rockers Bass Drum of Death just brought their tour through NYC for a free show with UMO last month, and tonight they do their second of two headlining gigs in not-free, much smaller venues. Tonight's openers are The So So Glos and Baked. Tickets are still available.

So Many Dynamos, Pretty & Nice @ Mercury Lounge
If you like early-'80s new wave powerpop like The dB's, XTC and Squeeze, you'll probably dig Boston's Pretty & Nice, whose new album, Golden Rules for Golden People, stands proudly in that hooky tradition. Tonight is their first of two shows with St. Louis' So Many Dynamos. Tickets are still available.

Spires, Hints, Painted Zeros @ Pianos
If you like chiming, pre-Oasis Britpop, Spires brand of melodic psych rock will surely strike a chord. This is the first night of Spires' July residency at the Ludow St. club.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
Preservation Hall Jazz Band continue their week-long run at McKittrick Hotel tonight.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Lamp
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today in Chicago
* Abraham Levitan @ Hideout
* Gigantour 2013 @ Allstate Arena
* Lamp, Distant Cities, Sikiyadigo @ Ultra Lounge
* Oshwa, Cains & Abels, Adelyne Rose, Cult & Leper @ Schubas
* The Eidolons, Filter Free Rodeo, Cool Memories @ Empty Bottle

Gigantour 2013, which features Megadeth, Newsted, Hellyeah, and more, makes a stop at the Allstate Arena tonight.

Oshwa, Cains & Abels, Adelyne Rose, and Cult & Leper play Schubas.

Lamp, Distant Cities, and Sikiyadigo play Ultra Lounge.

Franz Ferdinand have a new video for "Right Action" from their forthcoming LP Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions. Check it out below at catch them at the Vic Theatre on October 10.

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photos by David Andrako

CSS @ Bowery Ballroom, 7/8/2013
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Brazil's CSS released their fourth album, Planta, about a month ago, which was produced by Dave Sitek and found the band exploring some new sonic territory. Live, though, the band remain in full party mode with singer Lovefoxxx front and center. She was in full effect last night at Bowery Ballroom, the first of two NYC shows on the band's tour. Through more than a couple costume changes, she and the band hit some of Planta's highlights while working in favorites like "Music is My Hot Hot Sex," "Hits Me Like a Rock," and "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above." (What no "Alala"?) Setlist below.

Los Angeles' IO Echo got the crowd warmed up and will do so again when CSS play tonight (7/9) at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are still available.

Pictures of IO Echo's set, plus lots more of CSS, below...

Continue reading "CSS played Bowery Ballroom w/ IO Echo (pics, setlist); both play again tonight at Brooklyn Bowl"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Travis Bretzer - Trying to Learn (MP3)

Part Time
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San Francisco combo Part Time are back with a new album, PDA, and like 2011's What Would You Say, it's a hazy nostalgia trip on the pop highway, with stops in '70s soft rock, '80s new wave, and the crystaline sounds of Factory and Sarah Records. It's out today (7/9) via Mexican Summer and you can stream the whole record below.

Part time will be in NYC this Saturday (7/13) at Union Pool, as part of a night curated by Mexican Summer, also featuring Quilt, Happy Jawbone Family Band and Edmonton, Alberta's Travis Bretzer. Tickets are on sale now.

Travis Bretzer's new EP on Mexican Summer, titled Making Love, will be out July 23. You can download an MP3 of "Trying to Learn" (not miles away from Mac DeMarco) above. He's also opening for Atlanta's Mood Rings (also on Mexican Summer) on Thursday (7/11) at Mercury Lounge and tickets to that show are still available.

Part Time album stream and flyer for the Union Pool show below...

Continue reading "Part Time released 'PDA' (stream it), playing NYC this weekend w/ Quilt and Travis Bretzer, who opens for Mood Rings (MP3)"

photos by Jimmy Farabi

Squarepusher at Metro on 7.05.2013
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During the Fourth of July holiday weekend (on 7/5), Squarepusher (aka aka Tom Jenkinson) brought his tour with Quadratic through Chicago for a performance at Metro. Much like his last performance at Metro, this show was heavy on material from 2012's great Ufabulum. We've got a set of pictures from the 7/5 show at Metro in this post. More below...

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Earth Crisis

Despite what you may think of latter Earth Crisis (personally not a fan), their first EP Firestorm is a classic of its time. The iconic title track, opening with its unforgettable "chug-chug" open string rhythm, set the tone for so many bands to come, reshaping much of the hardcore landscape in its time.

Now, 20 years later, Earth Crisis are celebrating the anniversary of said EP on a set of dates that include a stop at Santos Party House on July 14 with Shai Hulud (now with Chad Gilbert back in the fold), Thy Will Be Done, White Widows Pact (fka White Widows) and The Last Stand. Tickets are still available.

All tour dates are listed, along with a new White Widows video for "El Marrano" and Earth Crisis favorite "Firestorm," below.

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Kurt Vile at 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile released his excellent Wakin On A Pretty Daze this past April and has pretty much been on tour in support of it ever since. He already came to NYC for a relatively intimate show at Bowery Ballroom in May, and more recently he was here for two free outdoor shows: his mesmerizing set at 4Knots and his contributions to the Big Star tribute in Central Park. Now, KV is set to return to NYC in the fall for what will be his largest headlining show here yet, Terminal 5 on October 25. (He's played the venue before, but not as a headliner.)

Support at the T5 show comes from Beach Fossils, who also play the Captured Tracks 5th Anniversary in September. Tickets for the Terminal 5 show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, along with a few videos, below...

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The Cairo Gang
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today in Chicago
* Robbie Fulks @ Hideout
* Minsk, Alma Negra @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)
* Dawes, Cairo Gang @ Pritzker Pavilion (Free Show)
* Cairo Gang, Outside World @ The Owl (Free Show)
* The Western, Mike Golden & Friends @ The Whistler
* Kosmonaut, Cowboy Band, Adelyn Rose, Cult & Leper @ The Burlington

Dawes and Cairo Gang play Downtown Sound tonight. Cairo Gang then play a free, late-night show at The Owl with fellow Chicagoans Outside World.

Minsk and Alma Negra play a free show at the Empty Bottle.

Brooklyn hip hop duo The Underachievers have a video for their new single "The Proclamation." Check it out below.

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CSS at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

The Lox, Funkmaster Flex @ B.B. King
It's hard to believe that thirteen years have passed since Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Jadakiss released an LP as The Lox. And while each has been busy on the solo tip, many still miss the Yonkers crew that made their first appearance on "It's All About The Benjamins" way back when. Relive those old tracks, and classic solo material too like "We Gonna Make It", "Good Times" and "Mighty D-Block".

Nothing, Lazyeyes, Turnip King, The Backhomes, Treatment @ Paper Box
Philadelphia's Nothing practice heavy shoegaze, wowing a recent crowd at Saint Vitus. The band, which contains members of Night Sins, Horror Show, Salvation and recently Whirr, will headline Paper Box tonight before a tour with Whirr. Turnip King and Lazyeyes are also both worth checking out.

CSS, IO Echo @ Bowery Ballroom
Brazilian electro rockers CSS released their new Dave Sitek-produced LP, Planta, back in June, and this week they're bringing their tour with another pop-minded band, IO Echo, to NYC for two shows. The first of those happens tonight at Bowery Ballroom.

She & Him, Camera Obscura @ Central Park Summerstage
She & Him (aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) and Camera Obscura, who are both touring behind new albums this year, brought that tour to Central Park Summerstage over the weekend, and tonight they return to the venue for a second show.

Bass Drum of Death, Wild Yaks, Las Rosas, ILLS @ Shea Stadium
Garage rockers Bass Drum of Death just brought their tour through NYC for a free show with UMO last month, and tonight they do their first of two headlining gigs in not-free, much smaller venues. Tonight's is at Shea with strong support coming from Wild Yaks, Las Rosas (ex-Harlem), and ILLS.

The English Beat @ City Winery
After playing a free show in City Winery's backyard as part of the Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival, Dave Wakeling and his current iteration of The English Beat play tonight inside the venue. Sold out.

Sauna, Mannequin Pussy, Future Punx @ Death By Audio
Although it is an apt description for Death by Audio in July, Sauna is also an actual band (from Colorado, on Burger Records) playing the Williamsburg DIY venue tonight. Expect lots of jokes about that if you go tonight. Show up early to check out Future Punx (ex Fergus & Geronimo).

Week of Wonders, Chalk and Numbers, Pale Lights @ Mercury Lounge
If you're not worn out from the long holiday weekend, here's a nice indiepop show on the late side (doors at 9:30 PM) headlined by Week of Wonders (ex-Orca Team) who are making their NYC live debut at this show. Also playing: the charming, retro-pop sounds of Chalk & Numbers and Pretty Lights (featuring members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts).

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
PHJB are on night 2 of their week-long residency at the venue in support of their new album, That's It!.

There's good weekly comedy on Monday like Broken Comedy w/ Hannibal Burres @ Bar Matchless and Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield. For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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

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