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Ejecta
Ejecta

Ejecta, the new project of Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber who we highlighted in our electronic music at CMJ roundup, will play a record release party for their debut LP Dominae at Glasslands on November 23. Also on that bill is Vulgar Fashion, Future Punx (who also play NYC tonight [11/15]), and a DJ set by Chairlift's Caroline Polachek. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Dominae is streaming in full on Pitchfork with lots of NSFW visuals of Leanne (like the one below).

Speaking of artists we highlighted in our electronic music at CMJ roundup with upcoming Glasslands shows, Rhode Island IDM producer The Range will return to NYC for a show on December 6 at Glasslands with 100% Silk-signed deep house producer Octo Octa and Obey City. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's The Range's only announced date that we're currently aware of.

The Range recently released his album Nonfiction (streaming below), and more recently made a mix for Truants which included some unreleased tracks of his, in addition to tracks by Sigur Ros, Gang Starr, Aphex Twin, Aaliyah, Mogwai, and more. That mix is streaming below too.

Octo Octa also released an album, Between Two Selves, this year, and more recently put up a track titled "Further Out" which you can listen to below.

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Blood Orange @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Blood Orange

High on Fire @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
High on Fire

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

Blood Orange @ 285 Kent Avenue
Having spent the last couple years writing well-liked songs for other people (Sky Ferreira, Solange), Dev Hynes has upped his game for his second Blood Orange album which is loaded with hooky, slinky/sulty dance jams. Tonight's sold-out show promises "special guests" and Dev knows a few people. Wonder who's showing up?

Quilt, LODRO, Happy Jawbone Family Band @ Baby's All Right
This is a great bill for fans of psychedelia, with Quilt who recall the Haight-Asbury/Summer of Love sound, the sleazy blues of LODRO, and the freaky psych of Happy Jawbone Family Band.

Tragedy, Guns N Hoses, Satanicide @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar gets a little silly tonight, with some high-concept novelty rawk: Tragedy do hair-metal versions of Beegees' songs; the all-girl Guns N Hoses; and Satanicide aim to take you back to the spandex days of '80s New Jersey. Free.

Degreaser, Drunk Tiger, Bully, Nervosas @ Cake Shop
It's a multi-state bill, with Nashville's punky garage poppers Bully; Washington DC's sneery, swaggering Drunk Tiger; and Columbus, OH's Nervosas. Sludgy locals Degreaser round out the night.

Gringo Star, Ski Lodge, Princess Music @ Cameo Gallery
Atlanta garage rock band Gringo Star recently released Floating Out To See which you can stream in full below. Ski Lodge, whose debut album is quite good, open.

PC Worship, Protomartyr, Aykroyd, Future Punx @ Death By Audio
They're probably nice guys but Detroit band Protomartyr sound a little louche (in a good way) on their attitude-filled recordings, a couple of which you can stream below. (Worth a listen for sure.) Get there early for ace modern '80s new wave band Future Punx who are a lot of fun live.

PAWS, Little Big League, TOONs @ Glasslands
This is an excellent double bill for fans of indie rock that rocks. Fuzz rock trio PAWS are like Scotland's answer to Japandroids, and Philly's Little Big League make math rock-tinged indie and singer Michelle Zauner's powerful pipes are no small part of their sound.

'Revenge of the Mekons' @ SVA Theatre (9:45 PM)
Part of the Doc NYC film festival, Revenge is a career-spanning look at this legendary band who began as punks and have since tackled pretty much every genre under the sun. Tickets are still available.

High on Fire, Kvelertak, Doomriders @ Webster Hall
Fans of the punky side of stoner metal should not miss this show. Headlining is High On Fire, Matt Pike's (of Sleep) other band who are a bit faster and more rockin' than his other project, Norway's ultra-heavy descendants of true-blue rock 'n' roll Kvelertak, and Converge's party metal spinoff Doomriders.

A Wilhelm Scream, Single Mothers, Lugosi, The Reveling @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Melodic hardcore mainstays A Wilhelm Scream are out supporting their new record Partycrasher, but this tour most excites us because it's NYC's first chance in a while to catch Canada's rude, literate punks Single Mothers. They've only got two quick EPs to their name, but they're both super promising and they've got a hell of a live show too.

Flamin' Groovies, The Sonics, Daddy Long Legs @ Warsaw
Powerpop legends Flamin' Groovies are back with guitarist Chris Wilson and a barrelful of good time, hook-filled classics. They were a lot of fun the last time they were through NYC.

Chumped, Radiator Hospital, Living Room, The Ambulars, Billy Liar, Outta Gas @ Suburbia
This is an excellent night of fuzzy, lo-fi pop punk with the deceptively sugary Chumped (for whom its an EP release party), the heart-on-your-sleeve songs of Radiator Hospital, the sharp-edged pop of The Ambulars, and more at Brooklyn's cozy DIY spot Suburbia.

And So I Watch You From Afar, TTNG, Mylets @ Knitting Factory
This all-Sargent House bill should appeal to fans of rock that either has the "math" or "post" prefix attached to it, aka the kind of stuff that Sargent House has been known to be worthy providers of.

Blondes, RROSE, The Tin Man, Kondaktor, Bryan Kasenic, Kim Ann Foxman, Mike Servito, Wrecked @ Output
NYC dance duo Blondes surprised fans over the summer by streaming their new album in full the same day they announced it. They haven't been up to as much lately, but tonight they play this one-off in their hometown.

Excepter, Eraas, Soviet Soviet, Felte (DJ Set) @ Saint Vitus
This is the second of two NYC shows for Brooklyn post-punks Eraas and Italian post-punks Soviet Soviet this week. Also on the bill: local noise generators Excepter.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T. @ Theater at Madison Square Garden
We're not super into the headliner, but the openers on this tour, which hits the Theatre at MSG for three consecutive nights this week, are always worth seeing. Talib really needs no introduction, having been a mainstay in NYC rap since the '90s, and Big K.R.I.T. is one of the finest newer rappers keeping the dirty south alive and dirty. This is night 3.

Eli Paperboy Reed @ Union Pool
With a new album out soon, Eli Paperboy Reed will be premiering a lot of fresh material at two intimate shows at Union Pool, tonight being the second.

Black Uhuru @ B.B. King Blues Club
Guess who's coming to dinner? It's dub reggae legends Black Uhuru who are now in their 41st year as a band.

FYI: The L train will not run between Manhattan and Brooklyn starting at 11:30 PM tonight and won't resume till Monday morning.

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

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Reptar

There's "not many tickets left" to the Paul Simon and Sting show at MSG (3/4), but they've since added a second night happening on March 6 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the newly-added show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/Local presales start Thursday (11/21) at 10 AM, and general on-sale begins Friday, November 22 at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Shearwater at The Bell House go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Justin Timberlake at MSG go on Live Nation/Mobile App, venue, and Facebook presales today at 10 AM (password: "SEXYBACK").

Tickets to see J. Cole at The Theatre at MSG go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see H2O and Youth Brigade at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Suffocation and Pyrexia at Webster Hall's Marlin's Room go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Flogging Molly show at Roseland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Baauer and Ryan Hemsworth at Webster Hall are on sale now.

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.

Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coachella

Arcade Fire's big tour announcement today pretty much confirms what we already thought. The Montreal band will be one of the big acts at this year's Coachella.

Who else do you think is playing this year's 2-weekend California music festival in April?

by Andrew Sacher

J Cole

J. Cole has been doing a fair amount of touring this year for his newest album Born Sinner -- which if nothing else, spawned the Miguel-featuring "Power Trip" single, one of the catchiest rap songs of the year -- and he's just announced another North American run for 2014. The new dates include another NYC show happening on January 28 at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show are on fan presale now and general on-sale starts Friday (11/15) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

The newest Born Sinner single is "She Knows," which features Dirty Projector Amber Coffman and samples Cults' "Bad Things". Cole just played the song on Letterman this week, and you can watch that video, along with the list of tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Chumped
Chumped

Brooklyn's Chumped have been leaving their mark on the local punk scene for a little while now (and just returned home from The Fest), and this past October they finally put out their self-titled debut EP. It's a super catchy, super fun EP of pop punk with lower-fi indie rock sensibilities like The Get Up Kids or Superchunk. Singer Anika Pyle's got razor sharp delivery, dropping lines like "The subway smells like shit, but it's lovely isn't it? / In the sense that it will take you anywhere," in EP opener "Union Square." And though subtle, the guitar riffs are endless. Take a listen to the EP in full below.

Chumped will be celebrating the record with a release show in their hometown on Friday (11/15) at Suburbia (330 Melrose St). The show's got a great lineup, including Waxahatchee/Swearin-associate Sam Cook-Parrott's emotionally-charged basement punk project Radiator Hospital and another great Salinas-signed Philly DIY punk band The Ambulars, plus Suburbia residents Living Room (literally, they live there, pun intended?), Scottish sad-bastard acoustic punk Billy Liar, and NYC's Outta Gas. $5 at the door. Show flyer below.

As discussed, Radiator Hospital also has some upcoming shows with Potty Mouth including January 6 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are still available.

Show flyer and streams below...

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Sullivan Hall

Manhattan venue Sullivan Hall, which has been home to multiple jam band shows, DJ parties, jazz concerts and more, has officially closed its doors. In a statement (via Jambase), the venue's representatives write:

Live music venue Sullivan Hall in Manhattan is officially and permanently closed, as is DJ club Sullivan Room. We've been going month to month for nearly a year hoping we can get a new lease or an extension, but the ownership of the building decided to go in a different direction with the space. We knew that our future there was limited, but we did not anticipate the abrupt closure yesterday. We apologize to all of the performers who were unable to reschedule; the employees of the club who were given little to no notice; and all of the fans who were planning on attending our upcoming shows. While we are disappointed, we are thankful for a very long run as a music venue in New York City, and are very proud of what we accomplished.

In anticipation of the venue's closure, CEG Presents who booked Sullivan Hall, has formed new booking agreements with venues such as Drom in the East Village, Fontana's on the Lower East Side, new outdoor downtown venue Watermark, etc. CEG also books shows at many area venues including BB King's, Brooklyn Bowl, Cutting Room, Highline Ballroom, Gramercy Theatre, Irving Plaza, Le Poisson Rouge, etc. In addition, CEG does concert cruises w/ Rocks Off and Circle Line during the summer; books shows in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia; produces annual events such as the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball and Summer Jazz Festival; and does an annual series during the evenings and weekends of Jazz Fest in New Orleans. The Lion's Den opened in 1991. CEG started booking the venue in 1996, and quickly made it a strong competitor to other comparably-sized NYC venues. In order to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of live music venues in New York City, it was CEG's vision to upgrade the Lion's Den to the revamped Sullivan Hall in 2008. We're proud of the stellar lineup of musicians that CEG booked at Lion's Den and Sullivan Hall through the years: each member of Phish (Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell), Anders Osborne, Bill Kreutzmann, Dashboard Confessional, Dennis Brown, Derek Trucks Band, Dirty Heads, Disco Biscuits, Dr. John, English Beat, Lotus, The Low Anthem, Marco Benevento, Marc Ribot, Matisyahu, Meat Puppets, Medeski Martin & Hunter, moe., Mos Def, ? uestlove, Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Rubblebucket, Six Cheek (The Lumineers), String Cheese Incident, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Umphrey's McGee, Warren Haynes, Zac Brown Band and many more.

Throughout the years, CEG developed many young acts in the space that went on to much larger venues and that tradition continued to the very end with up & coming acts such as Dopapod, The Main Squeeze, The Revivalists, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and many more.

Prior to CEG's involvement, Alice in Chains and Ben Folds Five did early gigs in their career at Lion's Den.

We are so grateful to all of the musicians, fans, and members of the music industry for an incredible 17 year run and we look forward to being with all of you at our future shows for the next 17 years and more.

Among other things, the venue has been part of the multi-venue Winter Jazz Fest, and would have been used in the just-announced 2014 festival. Peace out to Sullivan Hall.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ Beacon Theatre (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Nick Cave

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, who released Push the Sky Away and played a sold-out run of shows earlier this year (including three in NYC at Beacon Theatre), will embark on an 18 city tour in summer 2014 (mid June to early August). Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, November 22, but look out for a special offer and more information on Monday (11/18). Meanwhile, cities (but not dates or venues) where the tour will hit are listed below.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' will release Live from KCRW for Record Store Day 2013 Black Friday (11/29) which will be out on CD and double vinyl. (Digital will be out December 3.) You can also check out the tracklist for that below, and stay tuned for more about what we just learned in the press conference Nick just gave via webcast.

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by Jonathan Dick

Johnny Marr @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Johnny Marr

Having influenced everyone from The Stone Roses to Radiohead to Deafheaven, Johnny Marr's guitar sound is easily one of the most recognizable, unfolding and swelling its notes, layer upon layer, with a melody that's as dense in its bombast as it is playful in its simplicity. A mere twenty-six years after leaving The Smiths, Marr released his first solo record, The Messenger, earlier this year. It's not to say there wasn't anything going on for Marr during the time between, however. In fact, while much of Smiths fandom has continued to revel in mourning and reunion speculation, Marr has spent the time since simply defining the terms of his own artistic progression. Membership in bands such as Modest Mouse, The Cribs, Electronic, The The, and innumerable guest spots for those artists who mince no words concerning the obvious influence for them has allowed Marr to properly illuminate the evolutionary arc of his career as a thankfully unfinished piece. I had the opportunity to talk with Johnny, who is on tour now, about The Messenger as well as his creative process and what his thoughts are on writing an autobiography.

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For The Messenger, I'm curious as to what kind of worked as a creative catalyst for you with the album. Why a solo album now? Was the creative process for the album different here than with your other projects?

Johnny Marr: Well, the reason the record happened when it did is because I had the ideas for the songs. I always have ideas for music and riffs and guitar parts, but over the touring years with Modest Mouse and The Cribs, I got a lot of ideas for things I wanted to sing about. It's a good start, so this album is actually driven mostly by lyrical concepts - ideas for what I wanted to sing about. That kind of ruled out the idea of me handing over the music to someone else to write lyrics, so it just fell together that way. It certainly wasn't my thinking that now would be a good time to do a solo record or have a solo career and then try and go about doing it. I just heard the songs first. I couldn't wait to get in the studio after coming off the road and just see if these things would turn into tracks. And the actual writing and recording of the record happened really quickly. I was demoing a song a day, and I ended up writing almost thirty songs - like, twenty-six or twenty-seven songs for it. It was a very inspired time. As for the creative process, I'd forgotten that I would be the producer. I was just working in the studio with my friend Doviak, and I had decided to do these songs. As I said, the demoing started to happen pretty quickly, and then I realized that the decisions of what microphones to put on the cymbals and what bass sounds to use was on me, and I'd not been in a position before where I was writing the lyrics and singing and playing the guitars and keyboards and finding the right microphones for cymbals. Technically, I was kind of a challenge I hadn't considered. It made me a bit of a grumpy person to be around for a couple of weeks [laughs]. Whereas in the past, you see, I was always fine with doing that - with being the first person in the studio and the last person to leave. It's a different thing when you're singing and writing the words. You need to be in a different headspace. I found that somewhat of a challenge for the first week or first few weeks. But now I've done it, and I'm proud that we managed to pull that off. I roped Doviak as co-producer to stop me going completely out of my mind or killing everybody in the building when I couldn't find the mic to put on the kick drum [laughs].

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Beck at Station to Station (more by Lukas Hodge)
Beck

Joining Thom Yorke, David Byrne and others in the hatred of Spotify is Beck. In a recent interview with Argentina's Pagina12 (translated by Future Heart), Beck said:

The music business is changing a lot, it also changes the way people listen. So I thought a lot about what it means to make music, whether people pay attention. (Citing an example in the frenzy leading up to the release of David Bowie's The Next Day, which fizzled by the time the record was released, Beck continues) It seems that major artists released an album and the next day no one talks about it.

So many musicians feel that we are taking some time to acclimate to the new environment, we are trying to figure out what it all means. As a society, what does it all mean? What are you doing to our brains, our nervous systems and our souls (laughs)?

I think most musicians feel alienated from the business side of music. We are in a business created specifically for business people, marketing. And that's how the world works, because music is like any other product they have to sell. I need to think about how to deliver it to people. But if left to musicians it would be something completely different, I'm sure. I'll try to keep that in mind.

[The rise of these sites are] inevitable, it's something that is coming like it or not. But I pose the question of how I can hold on, because what Spotify pays me is not even enough to pay the musicians playing with me or the people working on the disks. The model does not work.

I think the saddest thing about streaming is the issue of sound quality...it's like watching Citizen Kane on your phone. That's what people are listening to!

Hopefully, we will find the way to change that. There are many opportunities to improve the digital files and I know that Neil Young is working on a system for that. Eventually it will happen and people will fall in love with the music.

Beck's new album Morning Phase is due out in February 2014.

Eyehategod @ Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)

Cat Power @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Cat Power

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

Xeno & Oaklander, Eraas, Azar Swan, Soviet Soviet @ 285 Kent Avenue
This is the first of two NYC shows for Brooklyn post-punks Eraas and Italian post-punks Soviet Soviet this week. The whole lineup tonight is great though, also including Brooklyn minimal synth mainstays Xeno & Oaklander, who have just teamed up with Ghostly International for their new single "Par Avion" (streaming below), and local goth-pop duo Azar Swan.

Cat Power, Nico Turner @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (2 shows)
No offense to the recent Cat Power stuff, all of which has been excellent, but sometimes we miss the intimacy of the early slowcore days, and tonight we'll get a chance to revisit that kind of intimacy when Chan Marshall plays two solo shows at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (6 PM and 10:30 PM). The early show is sold out but you can still get tickets to the late one.

Smith Westerns @ Baby's All Right
Having just headlined Webster Hall, Smith Westerns sneak in a tiny show at new Williamsburg club Baby's All Right at the end of their tour. It's a midnight show and tickets are still available.

Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Chat Logs, Beech Creeps, IYEZ @ Death By Audio
Portland's Wooden Indian Burial make psychedelic garage rock, with a healthy dose of b-movie sci-fi -- there could be theremins in effect tonight. Check out their self-titled LP from 2012 below.

Man Tear, Marlene, Vaz, Kissey, Axel Boman @ Baby's All Right
You may already know that Sweden makes music (ABBA, The Cardigans, The Hives, etc) but let's be reminded tonight with a party called "Sweden Makes Music" featuring house producer Axel Boman, his DFA-signed duo Man Tear and some commercial-minded pop groups.

Kim Gordon, Jutta Koether, I.U.D. @ Issue Project Room
The second of the two-night IPR benefit honoring Kim Gordon features Kim performing two sets, each with different collaborators. One is with her Her Noise collaborator Jutta Kother, and the other is a trio set with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing).

Wooden Shjips, Cave Woodsman @ Knitting Factory
Long-running San Francisco psych band Wooden Shjips just released their new album,Back to Land, this week and play a their second NYC show this week with likeminded tourmakes Cave.

Active Child, JMSN @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The synthy Active Child is on the road supporting his new Ropor EP, and that tour brings him to NYC for two shows this week withJMSN, who did a lot of vocals on Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city. This is night 2.

Violent Femmes @ Roseland Ballroom
What can you say about Violent Femmes' 1983 debut album? "Kiss Off," "Add it Up" and "Gone Daddy Gone" -- and basically every song on it -- are bonafide teen-angst classics. You may not listen to it so much anymore but go to the show and just try not to sing along.

Eyehategod, Mutilation Rites, The Communion @ Saint Vitus
Sludge metal greats Eyehategod have had tough year with the passing of original drummer Joey LaCaze, and now after a brieft stint with Dale Crover of Melvins filling in, they've announced that Joey's permanent replacement is Aaron Hill (Missing Monuments, Mountain of Wizard). Tonight they return to NYC for their first of two shows here this week. If you're going tonight, Mutilation Rites rip too, so show up early.

Soft Black, Bully, Beat Radio, Juan Wauters @ Shea Stadium
Synthpop band Soft Black headline tonight but for those going to this show, do get there early for The Beets' Juan Wauters who'll have a new solo album out on Captured Tracks in the new year.

Chromeo @ Webster Hall
An amalgam of early-'80s electro-R&B (Cameo, Rockwell, various Jacksons), Chromeo are not afraid to embrace the cheese. And if you aren't either, it's a fun time. Expect songs from their forthcoming album White Women, which features guest appearances from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Toro Y Moi, and Solange.

Chromeo (DJ Set), Brenmar @ Slake
If you wanna keep the party going, Chrome will be DJing their own afterparty at Westside club Slake.

Eli Paperboy Reed @ Union Pool
With a new album out soon, Eli Paperboy Reed will be premiering a lot of fresh material at two intimate shows at Union Pool, tonight being the first.

Black Dice, Ratking, DJ Pizza Party @ 285 Kent
This multi-genre bill brings the noise of Black Dice together with the indie rap of Ratking, for what should make for a pretty unique night. And maybe there will even be some collaborations, because as weird as this matchup is, Ratking and Eric Copeland of Black Dice have an upcoming collaborative EP CONS EP VOL. 1. coming out, which you can stream a track from below.

John Fogerty @ Beacon Theatre
This is the third night at Beacon for John Fogerty and it's a little different than the previous two -- he'll be performing Credence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory and Bayou Country in full. Tickets are still available.

Alison Moyet @ Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center
The powerhouse voice behind Yaz, Alison Moyet has returned to her electropop roots with her new album, The Minutes, but you can expect "Situation" and "Don't Go" too. Former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke will DJ beforehand.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T. @ Theater at MSG
We're not super into the headliner, but the openers on this tour, which hits the Theatre at MSG for three consecutive nights this week, are always worth seeing. Talib really needs no introduction, having been a mainstay in NYC rap since the '90s, and Big K.R.I.T. is one of the finest newer rappers keeping the dirty south alive and dirty. This is night 2.

Catz 'N Dogz, Orchard Lounge, Tone of Arc, Connie @ Output
It's Output's weekly INPUT party tonight, and these four DJs/beatmakers should have you dancing til the early morn'.

Gary Clark Jr., Alice Smith @ Apollo Theater
Gary Clark Jr. plays the kind of blues guitar that even your dad can get down with, and he'll be bringing his licks to NYC for two shows this week (both sold out). Tonight he's at the legendary Apollo and on Saturday, he'll be at the big Terminal 5.

Weekend Nachos @ ABC No Rio & No Fun Club
Chicago's Weekend Nachos whip up a storm of hardcore fury, adding bits of crust, powerviolence, and sludge to the mix, and making for some surprisingly accessible stuff. Today they play two NYC-area shows, a matinee at ABC No Rio in the LES and a night show at No Fun Club in Island Park.

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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by Wyatt Marshall

Compressorhead in Union Square 11/12/13 (via @serisuekoishi)
Compressorhead

"Heaviest metal" robot band Compressorhead played Union Square on Tuesday (11/12), bringing the (not metal) hits like The Ramones' "I Want to Be Sedated" to the masses. You can check out video of that in this post. \m/, for sure, and bonus points for perfectly timed headbands, four-armed drumming and the guitar playing robot's cowboy boots.

If you're not familiar with Compressorhead, here's a little bit about the band, via their Facebook, where Compressorhead has shown a propensity for calling humans "meatbags" and dropping a lot of F-bombs:

Stickboy (drums) was created to exacting specifications. 4 arms, 2 legs, 1 head, no brain. he plays a Pearl 14 piece kit with double kick. stickboy junior, the bastard child of an unknown mother takes control of the hihat shuffle. inception date 2007

Fingers (guitar) joined stickboy in 2009 and brings 78 purpose built fingers, enough to play the entire fret board and pluck.

Bones (bass) is the highest precision bass player in known existence, and the youngest member of the band. inception date 2012.

Standaside meatbags. Oil is thicker than blood.

Compressorhead claims to be from Berlin, and though some might wonder if Banksy might somehow be involved, it is actually part of a GE campaign called Brilliant Machines, a year long effort to promote what megacorp is calling the "Industrial Internet" --- the merger of "big iron with big data to create brilliant machines" --- or, as I see it, one step closer to being enslaved by the Compressorhead dudes.

Anyway, apparently these maniacs played for seven fucking hours yesterday and the concert was streamed on Spotify--did anyone see it in Union Square?

Check out Compressorhead doing "Blitzkrieg Bop" and The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go" at Union Square, along with other videos of the bots playing Motörhead's "Ace of Spades" and what I think is Pantera's "Becoming," in this post. If that Pantera cover is the best the robots have got, no need to alert Jon Connor.

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MIA at Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
MIA

M.I.A. namedropped Invisible Children on her album Matangi and in a recent NPR interview, and now Alex from the organization has written An Open (Love) Letter to MIA. It begins:

In both M.I.A.'s new album Matangi and her recent interview with NPR, she name-drops a campaign made by the organization I work for -- KONY 2012. (Spoiler alert: Joseph Kony is still alive and we don't steal our donors's money. Cheers.) As both an employee of the creative team at Invisible Children and an avid fan of M.I.A., I thought we should respond to her comments because 1) Helllllllo, everyone at Invisible Children has been obsessed with her for years and have been taking with people in her camp (namely Afrikan Boy) since 2007 2) She raises very valid points and a discussion that needs to be had. As it is apparently a trend of 2013 (cc: Miley, Sinead, Amanda Palmer, Sufjan Stevens, everyone), I decided to pen this open (love) letter to respond:

Dear M.I.A.,

Before we get started here, know that we all had a huge geek-out when we heard you namedrop KONY 2012 on your album on "Boom Skit." Then we had an even bigger moment when we listened to your interview with NPR in which you talk about Jacob Acaye, a Ugandan boy (now man), featured in many of our films. You talked about how you could be in the same category as Jacob -- someone who's come through terrible circumstances and has a story to tell. You said the difference between you and Jacob is that you worked your way out of your situation and tried to tell your own story -- to speak for yourself. You say we went over to Africa, found this story, and uploaded it to YouTube and people listened. You say people didn't listen to you or take you seriously. You think it's messed up that people can't tell their own story -- that people have to have someone come in and package, market, and produce their story for the world to take it seriously.

We think it's messed up, too.

Read the rest, via Huffington Post, below...

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From left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand
Yellow Dogs
Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet

The Yellow Dogs have released an official statement on Sunday night's tragedy. Read it in full below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery, NYC - 11/8/2013
Sinead O'Connor

"The shows were all sold out and I had no luck getting tickets from brokers. But I went to City Winery anyway and scored a standing room spot for the show. I didn't know what to expect and I was blown away. She was nothing short of brilliant! She played a mix of new and old, reggae and Irish soul and her brand of rock pop. She sounded amazing and she looked like her old self -- fit, healthy and happy. She joked with the crowd and seemed to really enjoy performing. She commanded her band as well as the sound people with confidence and forcefulness and the kind of perfectionism that truly great musicians all have. My favorite tunes were "4th and Vine," "Three Babies," and "Last Day of Our Acquaintance." She also did a flawless version of her mega hit "Nothing Compares 2 U."" [PopDust]
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor just wrapped up her three-night stint at NYC's City Winery, part of her fall North American tour. Though she's gotten more attention lately for open letters to Miley Cyrus, let's not forget she's got a string of great songs and her voice is still in fine form. Pictures from her first of the three City Winery shows (11/8) are in this post.

More below...

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Sharon Jones @ NYC's Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones spent a good part of 2013 battling cancer but, following treatment and recovery, is ready to get back in action with a new album with the Dap Kings, Give the People What They Want, in January. They're also launching a two-month tour soon after which hits Texas for three shows. Houston on February 25 at House of Blues, Austin on February 26 for ACL Live at Moody Theater, and Dallas on February 27 at Granade Theater. Tickets for all three TX shows are on presale through Jones' website and it comes with a copy of the album!

Tickets to the ACL Live show go on regular sale on Friday (11/15) at 10 AM; Tickets to the Houston show go on regular sale on Thursday (11/14) at noon; tickets to the Dallas show go on regular sale Friday at 11 AM. All tour dates are listed over at at BrooklynVegan.

Check out the video for Sharon's new single "Retreat!" below.

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Body/Head @ Saint Vitus in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
Sharon Jones

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

Body/Head w/ Ikue Mori, Kim Gordon and Tim Barnes, J Mascis @ Issue Project Room
This is the first night of the two-night Issue Project Room benefit honoring Kim Gordon, each with different (and interesting) lineups. This one begins with a VIP reception that features Kim performing as a duo with Tim Barnes, and a solo set by Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis. Then, the regular portion of the show features Kim's Body/Head project (with Bill Nace) performing a special trio set with no wave legend Ikue Mori in tow.

Active Child, JMSN @ Bowery Ballroom
The synthy Active Child is on the road supporting his new Ropor EP, and that tour brings him to NYC for two shows this week, Bowery Ballroom tonight, and MHOW tomorrow. JMSN, who did a lot of vocals on Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, opens both shows.

Violent End, Brain Slug, Razorheads, Pleasure Industry @ Death By Audio
Chicago's Violent End (a new band featuring members of Raw Nerve, Vile Gash, and Manipulation) headline this heavy punk bill.

Deptford Goth, Noosa, Akua @ Glasslands
Love James Blake and The xx but don't like seeing them in cavernous rooms? You might want to try Deptford Goth, who makes similarly soulful downtempo electro. Tonight's the UK musician's second-ever North American show.

Nothing Changes w/ Raspberry Bulbs, Plod Blotz @ Home Sweet Home
Raspberry Bulbs have gotten the whole "elements of black metal" thing, but like another band who gets that description (Deafheaven), they're really not much of a metal band. Deafheaven takes stuff in a shoegaze direction, but Raspberry Bulbs make nasty, aggressive punk that begs to be seen live.

Wooden Shjips, Cave @ Mercury Lounge
Long-running San Francisco psych band Wooden Shjips just released their new album, Back to Land, this week and play a release show with likeminded tourmakes Cave.

Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, O'Brother @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is one of three chances to catch NJ's nasally, poppy folk punks The Front Bottoms in NYC before the end of the year (though all three are sold out). They're on second, preceded by the alt-rock-leaning O'Brother and followed by emo-approved indie rockers Manchester Orchestra.

Blanche Blanche Blanche, Street Gnar, Velvet Zombie, Eola, Isn't Ours @ Silent Barn
Blanche Blanche Blanche are still riding high off the release of this year's Wooden Ball, a freaky mix of psychedelia and art pop, and they've been playing many Brooklyn shows since.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T. @ Theater At Madison Square Garden
We'll save our thoughts on Macklemore, but the openers on this tour, which hits the Theatre at MSG for three consecutive nights this week, are always worth seeing. Talib really needs no introduction, having been a mainstay in NYC rap since the '90s, and Big K.R.I.T. is one of the finest newer rappers keeping the dirty south alive and dirty.

John Fogerty @ Beacon Theatre
Rock legend John Fogerty has over four decades of music, including countless swamp rock classics penned during his time in Creedence Clearwater Revival like "Fortunate Son," "Bad Moon Rising," "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" and tons more that you'll likely hear tonight, his second of three Beacon Theatre shows this week.

The B-52's @ NYCB Theatre At Westbury
These new wave survivors remain basically a party in a can, and they'll be popping the top tonight.

Native, Solids, Bennio Qwerty @ Saint Vitus
Mathy post-hardcore noisemakers Native have been on the road for a while this year, supporting their new LP Orthodox (out now on Sargent House). Their last trip here was with shiny alt-rockers O'Brother and Daylight, but now they return for an all-around noisier bill. Solids, who just signed to Fat Possum, are a scratchy guitar/drum Canadian rock duo (that might make you think of Japandroids), and Brooklyn's post-punky Bennio Qwerty can make a pretty good racket too.

Deleted Scenes, SWF, Unicycle Loves You @ Shea Stadium
DC spaz-rockers Deleted Scenes are planning to release an LP, Lithium Burn, on February 11 via Park the Van/Nevado, but they're prefacing it with the 7" single "Stutter." Deleted Scenes recently played a hometown show with local heroes The Dismemberment Plan, and from the sounds of this song, they're a pretty great fit. Tonight the celebrate the new single with a release show at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium. Stream the track below.

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Camp Lo @ B.B. King Blues Club
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth are certifiable legends of hip hop, and they've been pretty active this year (over 20 years since their classic debut), giving their home city a few chances to catch them.

Paramore, Metric, Hellogoodbye @ Madison Square Garden
Well congrats to Paramore, who have stayed huge enough to headline MSG, but the band we're most excited about on this bill is Canadian indie poppers Metric, who haven't played NYC since headlining Radio City in 2012.

Ty Dolla $ign, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, DJ Getlive @ Knitting Factory
This solid rap show (which you had to enter Scion's contest to get into) features of two of finest up-and-comers in the game at the moment, Vic Mensa and Deniro Farrar, who both made a solid impression on NYC during CMJ.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's playing tonight, but you can check Max's Twitter.

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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sharonjones

After recovering from treatment for stage-one bile duct cancer, Sharon Jones and her Dap Kings have announced a massive 2014 North American tour. The tour is in support of their forthcoming fifth album, Give the People What They Want, which is due out on January 14 via Daptone. Look for Sharon and co. to tag Chicago for a performance at the Vic Theatre on April 11. Tickets go on sale this Friday (11/15) at 10AM CST; stay tuned for presale information.

All dates and SJDK' making-of cut of their animated "Retreat!" video lie after the jump...

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Following cancer treatment and recovery time, Sharon Jones is back in action, as you may know, with her new album, Give the People What They Want, out January 14 on Daptone. Her previously-announced Beacon Theater show on February 6, to which there are still tickets, will be the start of a just-announced full two-month North American tour. Tickets for the tour are on pre-sale now and if you buy through Sharon Jones' site, you get a copy of the new record. (That deal is only for the pre-sale, sorry NYC.) All dates are listed in this post.

Before that, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings will be performing in NYC on a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which begins at 9 AM at CPW/77th St and finishes in Herald Square at noon. For those who don't live here (and those who do and don't go to the parade [most of us]), you can watch live coverage on NBC.

All dates are listed, along with a making-of version of her animated "Retreat!" video, below...

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photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

My Bloody Valentine @ Hammerstein Ballroom
MBV
MBV

My Bloody Valentine famously end their sets with 1988 single "You Made Me Realise," with its jet engine, tinnitus-inducing "holocaust" section. Like when James Franco cuts his arm off in 127 Hours, you know it's coming, and people prepare themselves for it. When they launched into it last night (11/11) at Hammerstein, people held up their arms, wiggling their fingers, like they were about to go over the first big drop on a rollercoaster. It is, admittedly, a hell of a ride. Some people throw up!

We'll back up a bit first. This was the first show the shoegaze legends had played in Manhattan since 2008, and first since releasing new album mbv earlier this year. While generally adverse to big rooms like this (I hadn't been to Hammerstein since New Order in 2006), I thought the sound was pretty good, with Kevin Shields and Belinda Butcher's vocals reaching above the miasma just enough. Shields, who greeted the crowd with a perfunctory but cheerful "Hi," took up at least a third of the stage with his wall of amps and the same could be said of the sonic real estate.

That tremelo'd "glide guitar" is what a lot of people were there to see (or hear, a lot of tall dudes were in the crowd), but I spent a lot of time watching bassist Debi Goodge and, especially, drummer Colm O'Ciosoig who played with a ferocity that matched the volume of Shield's amps. (O'Ciosoig is MBV's not-so-secret weapon.) Butcher stayed still for most of the show, with more time holding than playing her guitar, but her voice is still honey sweet.

It was hard to argue with the setlist, which gave us the lion's share of Loveless, three cuts from Isn't Anything (but no "Soft As Snow," which they haven't played in eons), choice EP cuts ("Honey Power" from Tremelo was very welcome), and four tracks from mbv. As much as I liked hearing "Soon," "To Here Knows When," and "Feed Me With Your Kiss," the new tracks were the real surprises of the night, taking on extra gravity live, especially "Only Tomorrow" which was one of the night's highlights. The intense (occasionally stroboscopic) light show and very cool projections added to the sensory overload experience.

Then of course "You Made Me Realize" where the volume went up to 13 and you could feel it in your chest. Don't know whether it's age or the need to accommodate new material, but the "holocaust" only lasted about six minutes. But it was long enough for me.

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(Murph of ) Dumb Numbers @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Dumb Numbers

I missed openers Dumb Numbers that featured old tourmate Murph (from Dinosaur Jr.) on drums, as I didn't get to Hammerstein till about 8:15 PM and had to deal with a line that went all the way to 9th Ave, thanks to some serious security. Arrive early for that coveted sonic sweet spot. (But I did see Dumb Numbers on Sunday night for their surprise show at The Flat where their sludgy doom went over pretty good.) East Village fixture BP Fallon kept the Hammerstein crowd entertained between sets with a DJ set of rock standards. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Tonight (11/12), My Bloody Valentine do it again at Hammerstein with DIIV opening. This is MBV's last show of their 2013 tour and tickets are still available.

More pictures from the first night at Hammerstein Ballroom and the headliner's setlist, below...

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Yellow Dogs

After yesterday's confusing, sad news that members of Yellow Dogs were murdered by Raefe Ahkbar, former apparently disgruntled member of Yellow Dogs' "sister band" The Free Keys, the surviving members Koory and Obash have paid tribute to their bandmates, though briefly for now and via social media. On Facebook, they wrote "Thanks every one for all your prayers and condolences. We still can't believe this tragedy . R.I.P Arash Farazmand, Soroush Farazmand , and Ali Eskandarian." They also tweeted "Still in shock, we lost 3 of our brothers, Soroush Farazmand, Arash Farazmand and Ali Eskandarian, Rest In Peace."

Other bands have paid tribute too, like Black Lips, who posted a message yesterday, and Bear In Heaven, who tweeted, "Got the news about The Yellow Dogs at 830am from an old friend. Instantly sad, now feels totally tragic. Unprecedented. :/"

Now, a message has also been posted by The Free Keys, Yellow Dogs' sister band and former band of the shooter. They write, "We are shocked and heartbroken. We lost our family which we spent our lifetime together. Arash and Soroush were my true brothers. Thank you to everyone for the support. I don't know what I can say."

The Free Keys don't mention Ali Eskandarian by name. Ali is also the one that every news story claims is not in the Yellow Dogs, but according to recent interviews and pictures we found yesterday, he was also in the band, at least for a little while, and as recently as March.

Meanwhile, another detail on the shooting emerged that the gunman had 100 rounds of ammo on him. Police were said to have found 81 unfired rounds and some magazines in a guitar case on the roof where the shooter killed himself.

Pictured above is today's NY Post's new cover where the band is pictured with the sensationalist headline, "Fled Iran only to be gunned down in B'klyn." If you were wondering why they left Iran to begin with, you can take a look at the intriguing but sad cable released by WikiLeaks that details the trouble they faced for being a rock band by the Iranian government, which caused them to apply for US visas in 2009.

Watch a video by Yellow Dogs below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Fans of avant garde black metal were understandably upset when Ireland's Altar of Plagues called it quits earlier this year, but at least we got one last killer album out of them in Teethed Glory and Injury (watch a video below). Main man James Kelly recently began his WIFE project, and now another member of Altar of Plagues took his talents to another band, the brand new black/death/doom specialists Malthusian. We premiered their debut demo, MXIII, over on Invisible Oranges earlier today, and you can listen to the stream below. First, here's what we had to say about it.

The three tracks on MXIII are bestial and grating, yet rich and complex--this is thinking man's metal just as much as it is primitive blunt trauma. The name Malthusian comes from the British scholar and man of the cloth Robert Malthus, who predicted an ugly end for humanity in what is known as the Malthusian catastrophe: at a certain point in the propagation of the human race, population growth will outpace agricultural production, leading to a collapse of society and a return to subsistence-level existence. In other words, like at least one of his more prickly predecessors, Malthus perhaps thought life in the future would be poor, nasty, brutish and short--and the world's population was hovering around the now-quaint billion mark when he died in 1834. What he didn't foresee were leaps in technology that would circumvent his dire predictions. In an interview with Metal Ireland, Malthusian addresses its namesake, and says that we can expect a fuller exploration of Malthus's influence on their next release.
In case you missed it, last Friday Invisible Oranges broke down Death Metal English--the lexicon of verbiage used by death metal singers to brutalize/evilfy death metal songs. Here's a sample:
Normal English: "Commuting to work"
Death Metal English: "TRANSPORTATION OF THE WAGEBOUND UNTO THE NEXUS OF PERPETUAL QUOTIDIAN ENSLAVEMENT"
There's plenty more where that came from, so head over to Invisible Oranges to practice up on your Death Metal English.

Check out the stream of Malthusian's MXIII and Altar of Plagues' last video below...

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