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Ant'lrd @ Lincoln Hall, October 2011 (more by Zach Pollack)
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today in Chicago
* Robbie Fulks @ Hideout
* Ant'lrd, KG Prince @ The Whistler
* We Are Scientists, The Avantist @ Schubas
* Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me @ Music Box Theatre
* Fatoumata Diawara, Alasdair Roberts @ Pritzker Pavilion (Free Show)
* Mouthbreathers, Flesh Panthers, Mac Blackout Band @ Cobra Lounge
* Killer Moon, The Dark Seas, Dead Feathers, Bionic Cavemen @ Beat Kitchen
* Bricklayers Foundation, The Other Way Around, Yairms, Andrew Levi Hiller @ Ultra Lounge

Ant'lrd and KG Prince play The Whistler tonight.

Fatoumata Diawara and Alasdair Roberts play a free show at Pritzker Pavilion as part of Downtown Sound.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me screens at the Music Box at 7:30PM. You can also catch the documentary on Wednesday night.

The Flaming Lips have a new video for The Terror standout "Turning Violent." Check it out below.

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La Luz @ Mercury Lounge, 7/14/2013
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It's hard enough to get a 21+ crowd to dance at a rock show, let alone on a Sunday night. But Seattle's La Luz not only had folks dancing, but dancing down a makeshift aisle in the middle of the crowd last night (7/14) at Mercury Lounge on their current tour. "It's called 'The Soul Train,'" singer Shana Cleveland informed the crowd. Cleveland and the rest of the band's sense of humor and playfulness came across not only in the casual stage banter but also their performance. La Luz are fun.

And also good at what they do. Their music is pretty standard '60s surf pop (think Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man") but they are very good at it, with killer four-part harmonies, tight musicianship and good songwriting. And, again, they are clearly having a blast onstage. It was a short set -- the band only have two singles out to date -- but better to leave you wanting more than overstaying their welcome.

If you do want more, or if you missed them last night, La Luz have added a second NYC show, playing Tuesday (7/16) at Shea Stadium with The Numerators and Chalk & Numbers opening. $7 at the door. Updated tour dates are listed below.

La Luz said their debut album will be out in October on a "Seattle label" (hmm...Hardly Art?). Meanwhile, the band's new single, "Brainwash," is out this week on Suicide Squeeze and you can stream both sides of that -- and watch a video for their first single, "Call Me in the Day" -- below.

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The Flaming Lips at Wellmont Theatre in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

The Flaming Lips, Spiritualized @ Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
You'll have to head out to Wallingford, CT to see these two neo-psychedelia vets together (about an hour and a half drive from NYC), but for a double bill like as strong as this one, it's definitely worth it. The Flaming Lips, whose tour brings them back to NYC in October for two Terminal 5 shows with Tame Impala, are on the road supporting this year's masterful, claustrophobic The Terror, which has inspired a drastic change in their light show and setlist to years prior.

Titus Andronicus @ Maxwell's
NJ's Titus Andronicus (who have a new video and were just added to The Fest) have pretty much become one of their home state's success stories at this point, and in honor of the closing of legendary home state venue Maxwell's, they're doing a 3-night run at the venue this week. The second show is tonight, and both remaining shows are totally sold out.

Filmstrip, Severe Severe, The Meaning of Life, Big Quiet @ Death by Audio
Cleveland's Filmstrip make a similar kind of post-slowcore indie rock to Pedro the Lion, as you can hear in two of their recently released tracks, "Stuck On Explode" and "Up On The Promenade," which are streaming below. They're on tour now, and swinging through NYC for two shows this week: Death by Audio tonight and Cake Shop tomorrow.

Bill Baird, Wake Island @ Cake Shop
Baird used to front Texas band Sound Team in the early '00s and emerged early this year with the sprawling Spring Break of the Soul. Also on the bill: Montreal's Wake Island.

The Monkees @ The Capitol Theater
Though minus Davy Jones (who died last year), the rest of The Monkees -- Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Mickey Dolenz, who all wrote and sang too, y'know -- will take a tour through their '60s career in chronological order tonight.

Soda Shop, Franny & Zooey, Hippy, Dead Young Friends @ Knitting Factory
Winsome indiepop duo Soda Shop headline this show of locals that also features Hippy, another band worth checking out.

Bestial Mouths, Azar Swan, Chtulu Fantasy @ Glasslands
Los Angeles gothic crew Bestial Mouths are in NYC for the first of two appearances, also set to play the Nothing Changes party on Wednesday amongst the fog-ridden goth crowd. And although Nothing Changes will clearly be the winner with respect to intimacy, Glasslands also has the great Azar Swan as well as Cthulu Fantasy on board, the former riding high off a compelling new digital single.

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds @ Wingate Field
There's a lot of talk about R.Kelly this year and his substantial catalog and yet Babyface, a name of similar caliber and of the same era, doesn't quite get the same recognition. Check the resume, and see you at Wingate Field.

DJ Dog Dick, Selma Oxor, Extreme Animals, Ulises Zarazu + Alberto Acinas @ 285 Kent
Pictureplane collaborator DJ Dog Dick plays around NYC a lot, and he's always worth showing up for. Tonight he plays a show at 285 Kent with Mexico City's Selma Oxor, Mexico City's Ulises Zarazu + Spain's Alberto Acinas, Extreme Animals, and a special guest appearance at 8:45 from Sasha Des'ree.

Earl Sweatshirt - secret NYC show
FADER and Vitamin Water are presenting a secret Earl Sweatshirt show in NYC tonight, and they're only allowing admission to one contest winner. The winner of said contest must find the hidden envelope which is somewhere in NYC and has information on how to get into the show.

There's also good comedy tonight, like Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield, Broken Comedy w/ Hannibal Buress @ Bar Matchless, and Whiplash @ UCB. For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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The Sun is Sick

Simsbury, CT may not have gotten any love, but Wallingford will experience a Flaming Lips invasion tonight (7/15). The spacey Oklahoma band is now on a tour with Spiritualized that vistis Oakdale Theatre tonight before leaving towards Pittsburgh. They play a 'Rock For Oklahoma' tornado victim benefit in their homestate on 7/23 with Kings Of Leon, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and more. The Lips return to NYC in October to play two nights at Terminal 5 as part of a tour with Tame Impala. Tickets are still available for everything. All dates are listed below.

"The Sun is Sick", pictured above, is a new comic book created by Lips sicko Wayne Coyne. The press release tells more:

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has announced the release of his first ever comic book, entitledThe Sun Is Sick. The adult-themed comic is a 40-page 6 ½" x 8 ½" full-color psychedelic fantasy in classic comic book form. It will go on sale at Comic-Com 2013 (at the San Diego Convention Center) beginning July 18th through 21st in an extremely limited print run and is sure to sell out. After that,The Sun Is Sick will be available through the official LIPS web store only beginning July 22nd where it will disappear fast.

WARNING!! The Sun Is Sick may be a comic book but make no mistake; this is not suitable for children and depending on what sort of person you are, it may not be suitable for some of you non-children either. If you have doubts at this moment then The Sun Is Sick is not for you. If you happen to be a LIPS fan that has enjoyed Wayne's beautiful artwork in the past and like adult-themed comic books then by all means this instant Collector's Item is waiting for you, but you better be quick.
In related news, Wayne Coyne appears on the forthcoming Moby album. Tour dates are listed below...

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Titus Andronicus in Chicago in 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
Titus Andronicus

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

Titus Andronicus @ Maxwell's
NJ's Titus Andronicus (who have a new video and were just added to The Fest) have pretty much become one of their home state's success stories at this point, and in honor of the closing of legendary home state venue Maxwell's, they're doing a 3-night run at the venue this week. The first show is tonight, and all three are totally sold out.

La Luz, Heliotropes, Eastern Midwestern @ Mercury Lounge
Seattle's La Luz - "Surf" can be a four-letter word these days, but this Seattle four-piece do the genre right, with ethereal harmonies, tremolo twang, and some seriously hooky songs. They're supposed to be a lot of fun live too.

inc., Kelela, Total Freedom @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Along with artists like How to Dress Well and Autre Ne Veut, LA duo inc. do the whole indie-R&B thing really well, and tonight they'll bring their show back to NYC for a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Support comes from likeminded artist and Teengirl Fantasy/Kingdom collaborator Kelela, and LA DJ Total Freedom.

Krallice, Vaura, Psalm Zero, MV Carbon @ Public Assembly
Vaura, Psalm Zero, MV Carbon @ Public Assembly
Krallice and Vaura are no brainers, but the secret weapon on this PA show is Psalm Zero, a new project featuring guitar wizard Andrew Hock of Castevet. Relatively stacked bill of eclectic, forward thinking metal. Recommended.

White Prism, Ski Lodge @ Ace Hotel
If your taste in synthpop leans towards the Italo stylings of Sally Shapiro, you might want to check out Brooklyn's White Prism, who will be playing Ace Hotel every Sunday night in July. Opening tonight are superior indie pop band Ski Lodge.

Bosnian Rainbows, Rye Coalition, Sister Crayon @ Bowery Ballroom
With the At the Drive-In reunion having come to an end, and The Mars Volta broken up now too, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is now fully focusing on his band, Bosnian Rainbows (whose lineup also includes Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes), and they bring their tour to the NYC-area for three shows this week. You can catch them at Bowery Ballroom tonight, and they'll also be at CT's Spaceland Ballroom on Tuesday (7/16) and Maxwell's on Friday (7/19).

Ryan Power, CO LA, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Xander Duell @ Glasslands
Ryan Power, who makes a similar kind of nostalgic pop to Ariel Pink or John Maus, released his new album, Identity Picks, last month, and tonight he celebrates with a release show at Glasslands. The bill's rounded out by some pretty great openers, including electronic artist Co La, VT pop weirdos Blanche Blanche Blanche, Mexican Summer-signed Xander Duell and DJ Turkey P (of NNA Tapes).

OneOne (Satomi from Deerhoof & Saya from Tenniscoats), Celestial Shore @ Manhattan Inn (FREE)
This duo, made up of Deerhoof and Tenniscoats members, will play a free show tonight at Manhattan Inn with support coming from Brooklyn indie rockers Celestial Shore.

Autodrone, Highspire, Heaven, Ceremony @ The Rock Shop
Shoegaze Sundays? Seems like it with this dreamy line-up that includes Lancaster, PA's Highspire. Which band will have the most pedals?

Jozef Van Wissem, Noveller, Tom Carter @ Union Pool
If you're into the experimental, the avant-garde, or the drone, all three artists on this bill are sure to win you over. It's being headlined by lutenist/Jim Jarmusch collaborator Jozef Van Wissem, and also features sets by guitarists Noveller and Tom Carter (of Charalambides).

Sublime with Rome, Pennywise, Descendents @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Probably the most opposite way of seeing Descendents pack the tiny Saint Vitus, but if you're willing to take the trip to Long Island to catch an opening set surrounded by Sublime with Rome fans, this show is still an opportunity to see the legendary punk band in the NYC-area tonight.

Mac Miller, Chance The Rapper, Vince Staples, The Internet, Meek Mill @ Stone Pony
We're not too interested in the headliner, but his three tourmates are worth catching. The Internet are an Odd Future-affiliated production duo, and both Chance and Vince are touring behind solid new mixtapes, which should make the show a pretty great time. And, unlike their upcoming Highline Ballroom show on Tuesday (7/16), Meek Mill is on this one too.

Earth Crisis with Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows, The L @ Santos Party House
For nostalgists only, join the revamped Shai Hulud and White Widows Pact to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Earth Crisis's influential chugga-chugga masterpiece, the Firestorm EP.

Astro, American Royalty, Helado Negro @ S.O.B.'s
Are Astro really Chile's answer to MGMT? Well not really, but they both do have a predilection for animal skins and catchy dance-rock.

Small Black @ The Surf Lodge
Those free shows in the Hamptons continue today with a set from Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black.

So Percussion @ Pier 17
So Percussion, who just played a River to River event with Joshua Light Show yesterday, does another one today on Pier 17. Like all River to River shows, it's free and open to the public.

The Cabin Sisters, Nevada Nevada, The Phantom and the Fox, Rodeo Ruby Love, Rise Cultivation Society, Yung Life, The End Men @ Pianos
Shoshanna sings! When not busy starring on Girls and The Neighbors, respectively, Zosia and Clara Mamet make music as The Cabin Sisters using their "unique brand of folk via body percussion, banjo and harmonies."

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 is part opera part Cirque du Soleil.

There's good weekly comedy tonight too like Asssscat 3000 at UCB and Hannibal Buress at Knitting Factory. 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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The Oblivians
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today in Chicago
* West Fest (Day 2)
* Taste of Chicago (Day 5)
* Tortoise, Magas @ Empty Bottle
* White Mystery, Slushy @ Jerry's
* Naam, Thee Arthur Layne @ Reggie's
* Andrew Cedermark, Jimmy Whispers @ The Burlington
* Rainbow Gun Show, The Bingers, The Sueves, Palmflower @ Cobra Lounge

West Fest 2013 finishes off tonight.

Tortoise and Magas play a sold-out show at the Empty Bottle.

White Mystery and Slushy play Jerry's.

Andrew Cedermark plays The Burlington.

Kathleen Hanna's The Julie Ruin have a new video for "Oh Come On." Check it out below.

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Tortoise @ the Empty Bottle, January 2012 (more by Chase Turner)
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today in Chicago
* West Fest (Day 1)
* They Liver (Day 2)
* Tour de Fat Chicago
* Taste of Chicago (Day 4)
* The Eternals @ Constellation
* Bailiff, Crushed Out @ Schubas
* Dick Dale, Ambassadors to Earth @ SPACE
* Reggie Watts @ Saki Records (Free; In-store)
* Simpleton & Cityfolk, Exit Ghost, Little Light @ Lincoln Hall
* Speedy Ortiz, The New Diet @ Saki Records (Free; In-store)
* The Oblivions, Heavy Times, Autodramatics @ Empty Bottle
* Bad Bad Meow, She Speaks In Tounges, Videotape @ Hideout
* Geronimo!, Speedy Ortiz, Shores, Cattle Drums, My Dad @ Coach House
* W. Kamau Bell, Janine Brito, Kevin Kataoka, Aparna Nacherla @ Park West
* Faces of the Bog, Arbogast, Sweet Chariot, Wizard Castle, Taken By The Sun @ Quenchers

West Fest 2013 begins today.

They Liver continues at Township & Ultra Lounge.

Tour de Fat happens at Palmer Square.

Speedy Ortiz play a 4PM in-store at Saki, and then DIY spot Coach House tonight.

Reggie Watts plays a 7PM in-store at Saki.

The Oblivions play a sold-out show at the Empty Bottle, and then headline West Fest tomorrow night.

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Come at Saki Records on 7.12.2013
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While in town to play the Empty Bottle with Brother JT and Wrekmeister Harmonies, indie rock veterans Come stopped by Saki Records on Friday afternoon (7/12) for an in-store performance. We've got a set of pictures from Saki in this post. Did you go to Come's Empty Bottle show? If so, how was it?

More pictures from their in-store at Saki lie after the jump...

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

Astro, Grand Resort, La MiniTK de Miedo @ Cameo Gallery
Are Astro this really Chile's answer to MGMT? Well not really, but they both do have a predilection for animal skins and catchy dance-rock. Quality local band Grand Resort open the show.

MK, XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Pete Swanson, Gobby, James K @ MoMA Ps1
This summer's Warm Up series (which can get very hot) continues with one of its strongest lineups today. It's got house veteran MK, party-startin' newcomer XXYYXX, cloud rap producer Ryan Hemsworth, noisemaker Pete Swanson (who replaced Bondax), Mykki Blanco collaborator Gobby, and James K.

Ryan Hemsworth, Crissy Murderbot, CJ Milli, That Work & more @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
After Warm Up, keep the party going with Ryan Hemsworth (and many other DJs) at Tribeca Grand Hotel all the way to 4 in the morning.

Pusha T, EPMD, Redman, Dizzy Wright & more @ Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
As Redman says, "Tonight's Da Night". So head on down to the BHHF to catch the king of coke-slang Pusha T along with hip hop legends EPMD, Reggie Noble (aka Redman) and many others as part of the BHHF event. Promises to be a great time with classic hip hop tunes. $30 at the door.

Summer Thunder w/ Joe Bataan, Quitapenas, Joel Stones @ Union Pool (FREE)
NYC latin soul legend Joe Bataan recorded one of the first rap records to chart ("Rap-O, Clap-O," watch the video below), had disco hits as well and has dabbled in just about every genre imaginable. Today he headlines this afternoon's free Summer Thunder show at Union Pool. 3 PM.

So Percussion, Joshua Light Show @ Michael Schimmel Center For the Arts Theatre (FREE)
The River to River Festival continues today with Dan Deacon collaborators So Percussion and psychedelic visualists Joshua Light Show. Like all River to River shows, this one is free and open to the public.

Shellshag, White Night, Extra Feeler, Love Warz @ Silent Barn
Brooklyn DIY vets Shellshag, whose very good new album, Shellshag Forever, is out now via Don Giovanni, will play a sold-out show at Maxwell's with Ted Leo on July 21 after their DG labelmates Screaming Females play a sold-out early show with more labelmates, Nuclear Santa Claust. But you can catch them at a smaller, not-sold-out show at Silent Barn tonight, which, besides Maxwell's, is their only currently scheduled NYC-area date.

Bennio Qwerty, Mainland, Darlings @ Glasslands
If you like your indie rock on the loud side, head to Glasslands tonight. Headliners Bennio Qwerty put the power in trio with some seriously muscular riffs. Darlings remain one of Brooklyn's more underrated (and catchy) bands.

Philip Glass Ensemble, Kishi Bashi @ Prospect Park Bandshell (FREE)
The free Celebrate Brooklyn! shows in Prospect Park continue tonight with a diverse lineup of contemporary composer Philip Glass, whose ensemble will be performing a live original score to Dracula, and support from of Montreal collaborator Kishi Bashi.

A Great Big PIle of Leaves, Young Statues, Happy Body Slow Brain @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Brooklyn's A Great Big Pile of Leaves just released their new album, You're Always On My Mind, which should appeal to Minus the Bear fans (stream it), and they're celebrating it with a release show at The Studio at Webster Hall tonight.

The Filmshop's "Kill Your Darlings" w/ Wild Yaks, Cult Fever @ MHOW
For another film/music option, tonight at MHOW is a mix of shorts by local filmmakers and music from local bands.

Napolean, Spires, Jangula, Grand Resort @ Shea Stadium
Grand Resort and Spires seem to be in a contest for who can play the most local show. We've lost count as to who's winning, but we like them both.

The Cabin Sisters, Sky White Tiger, Forts @ Grand Victory
Shoshanna sings! When not busy starring on Girls and The Neighbors, respectively, Zosia and Clara Mamet make music as The Cabin Sisters using their "unique brand of folk via body percussion, banjo and harmonies."

Camp Bisco: Day 3 @ Indian Lookout Country Club
The mostly (but not only) jam/electronic festival wraps up today with sets from Passion Pit, Danny Brown, VHS or Beta, Party Supplies, Free Energy, and more.

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Quilt, Part Time, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Travis Bretzer @ Union Pool
Mexican Summer curated this great bill, which goes down at Union Pool tonight, consisting of Summer of Love-lovers Quilt, freak folks Happy Jawbone Family Band, pop nostalgists Part Time, and another pop guy, Travis Bretzer.

The Mantles, Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Pale Lights, Piano Movers @ Cake Shop
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 second of two NYC shows on their tour with The Beets' Juan Wauters.

Hair Police, Chris Goudrea, White Suns @ Issue Project Room
If you missed the impeccably curated Hair Police show last night, make sure and catch the noise favorites at Pioneer Works tonight. Your ears will hate you and love you for it.

M.O.D., Malignancy, Dehumanized, Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus Bar
Billy Milano and M.O.D. will team with New York DM favorites Malignancy as part of a mixed-bill metal show at Vitus. Make sure and get their early to catch young contender Mother Brain rip shit up.

Cellular Chaos, Zulus, Yvette, Old Head @ Death By Audio
Weaser Walter's (XBXRX, Behold... The Arctopus) band Cellular Chaos headlines a bill at Death by Audio tonight, and there's solid local support coming from Zulus and Yvette. Pittsburgh's Old Head is on the bill too.

Xenia Rubinos, Helado Negro @ Mercury Lounge
A well-matched double feature of eclectic, latin-leaning pop headlined by the ebullient Xenia Rubinos.

Blonde Redhead @ The Surf Lodge (FREE)
The free shows at Montauk's Surf Lodge continue today with NYC indie rock/dream pop vets Blonde Redhead. You might not be making the trip to the Hamptons just to see a NYC band (or maybe you are), but if you're up there, there's no way you should miss this...

The Antlers @ Sole East Resort (FREE)
...Unless of course you're missing it because you've instead chosen to see the free Antlers show at Montauk's Sole East Resort. Then I guess that would be okay.

Chris Isaaak @ The Capitol Theatre
Though a moritorium should be declared on indie covers of "Wicked Game," Isaak's surfer take on Roy Orbison cool doesn't go out of style.

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

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 is part opera part Cirque du Soleil.

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Krallice at Saint Vitus, April 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Heavy heavy weekend of shows kick off tonight, featuring appearances from Malignancy/MOD, Krallice, Night Birds/Omegas, Descendents and so much more in addition to notable noise shows like Hair Police. Its going to be a nice weekend, so get out to the shows! For more suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.

If you missed it, in the past couple weeks on InvisibleOranges we interviewed Mike IX from Eyehategod; reviewed the new Exhaustion demofollowed Deafheaven on their current tour; posted the new Oathbreaker, Exhumed and The Secret videos; streamed material from Coffins, Carcass, Kayo Dot, Twilight of the Gods, Cardiac Arrest/Mutant Supremacy, Lustmord, Mammoth Grinder, Unkind and Villains; reviewed Martyrdoom; welcomed Mike Hill of Tombs and Robert Nelson/Owen Rundquist of collective Mutant Supremacy/Trenchgrinder/Skullshitter/Anicon fame to our East Village Radio show; and caught Wrekmeister Harmonies in their native Chicago.

Did I mention our TWO night CMJ showcase with Pelican? Head on over to InvisibleOranges to see what you're missing!

As discussed above, tune into Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio every Tuesday at 10 PM Eastern. Check out this week's episode in the EVR archives and you can check out the playlist too.

by Andrew Sacher

Porches (photo by Jessica Lehrman)
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Brooklyn's Porches. have been a staple on the local live scene since forming in 2011, and if you tend to go to shows at places like Shea Stadium, Big Snow, Death by Audio, Silent Barn, etc, there's a good chance you've probably seen them. They're one of the newest signees to Exploding In Sound Records (home to Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Pile, etc, formerly home to Speedy Ortiz), and they'll release their official debut album, Slow Dance in the Cosmos, on the label on August 27. It follows a number of EPs and other releases that they've put out in the two years since forming.

Porches. make the kind of music that you might call "slacker rock" because of singer Aaron Maine's lazy drawl and the seemingly carefree attitude of the music, but with a live show schedule and prolific output like Porches have, they're anything but slackers. You get the feeling there's a sly wit underlying these songs too. The album's just-released single, "Headsgiving," opens with a riff that you almost think is going to be "Pretty Woman," and later on you hear the Beatles-referencing line, "She was just 17, you don't know what I mean," but those bits of rock n' roll history are almost unnervingly familiar in the context of the song. You can stream "Headsgiving," along with another album cut, "Franklin the Flirt," below.

Porches. have two upcoming shows at the moment, including one on August 16 at Big Snow Shea Stadium with Chicago's My Dad (who are a staple in their own hometown scene), Sirs, The Para-medics and Cameron Wisch; and an album release show at Shea Stadium on September 6.

Song streams below...

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Julia Holter at POP Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Julia Holter, Jessica Pratt @ Le Poisson Rouge
Julia Holter has a new album, Loud City Song, on the way, and from the sound of its two singles, it's one to look forward to. It's not out til August but hopefully we'll hear some of the material at LPR tonight. It's worth seeing Jessica Pratt too, who does late '60s-style loner folk very genuinely.

Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, 3rd Bass, B.I.C., Timeless Truth, DJ Boogie Blind @ SRB Brooklyn
"...and now... the Prime Minister... sinister... Pete Nice" Hearing that intro to "The Gas Face" live and in the flesh will probably get the crowd moving enough, but add to that the appearance of Mr. "Huzzah" himself, and you have a total homerun. Mid-school hip hop fans, you miss this, you lose.

Camp Bisco: Day 2 @ Indian Lookout Country Club
The mostly (but not only) jam/electronic festival continues today with sets from Toro y Moi, Killer Mike, El-P, Ryan Hemsworth, Dan Deacon, Chris Malinchak, Baauer, Aeroplane, Lotus, NOT Animal Collective, and more.

Hair Police, Pharmakon, Alberich, Hollow Seed @ 285 Kent Avenue
Long-running noise favorites Hair Police mix it up with newer favorites Pharmakon and Alberich at 285 Kent tonight, part of an onslaught of noise/industrial destruction. Forget the sun and the nice weather, lets damage some hearing!

Night Birds, Omegas, Nuclear Santa Claust, Give, Chris Gethard (host) @ Death By Audio
Surf punks Night Birds have a new record to celebrate at Death by Audio, roping in Canada's Omegas for a night of tough and fun punk rock in the DIY space.  It'll be a fun one, and even Chris Gethard is in on the action!

The Everymen, Life Eaters, Black Wine, The Brooklyn What @ Maxwell's
The soon-to-close Maxwell's continues hosting great final shows tonight, and this lower key (but still quality) show is one of the few not sold out. It's a rock n' roll-oriented bill, and every band is worth seeing, but definitely don't miss the Don Giovanni-signed Black Wine, who make great indie rock.

XXYYXX, Chrome Sparks, Fortune Howl @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tomorrow, talented young producer XXYYXX (who really had the place bumping at our SXSW showcase this year) will play as part of a great lineup at Warm Up at MoMA PS1, but tonight he's in Brooklyn for a sold-out headlining gig at MHOW. There's solid support coming from Chrome Sparks (live) and XXYYXX's labelmate Fortune Howl, who we just premiered a track from.

Cheap Trick @ Seaside Summer Concerts
Few things sound more appealing than stretching out on a beautiful summer day while "I Want You to Want Me" is played live in front of you.  Maybe if it was free.  And there were funnel cakes and roller coasters nearby.  And a beach.  All of which are TRUE?  Is this the greatest concert of all time?

Blake Schwarzenbach, Fever Dream, Shady Hawkins @ The Acheron
Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach had been spending his time with his band Forgetters lately, but now he's got a couple NYC shows (like tonight's) and Fun Fun Fun Fest coming up under his own name. Wonder what he'll be playing tonight; new solo songs? Jawbreaker songs?

Patrick Krief (of The Dears), Reputante @ The Bowery Electric
The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree for Dears guitarist Patrick Krief, who dabbles in anthemic bombast on his solo albums. Expecting spiraling solos and a little o-face.

Bad Books, The Front Bottoms, The Wild @ Webster Hall
Bad Books headline tonight, but we're most excited for The Front Bottoms, whose new album, Talon of the Hawk, is incredibly catchy and sappily relatable.

Goldie, Aprodite, MC Armanni Reign, Dave Shichman @ Webster Hall
Drum & bass legend Goldie has been having a pretty active year with reissues of old material and new material on the horizon. Tonight he headlines a Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall, which should be a pretty good time.

Katerine
Katerine

Phillippe Katerine @ Florence Gould Hall
Start your Bastille Day festivities early with the first ever U.S. performance from this acclaimed French eccentric. Having made everything from suave pop to full-on noveltly rock, we have no idea what to expect tonight. (His new single is very disco.) But Francophiles would be foolish to miss it. Discounted tickets are available.

Valleys, Mood Rings, Klaus @ Cameo Gallery
Do you often describe the music you like as "dreamy"? Tonight's for you, then. Montreal's Valleys mix in dissonant guitar squalls into their dark, ethereal songs; Atlanta's Mood Rings, meanwhile, long for a world where the only two records made were The Miami Vice soundtrack and Cocteau Twins' Heaven or Las Vegas. Only one question: will there be smoke machines?

Highspire, Dead Leaf Echo, Twin Guns @ Cake Shop
Lancaster, PA shoegazers Highspire have been around for more than a decade, having released their most recent album, Aquatic, three years ago. (Stream it below.) They headline Cake Shop tonight with support from like-minded Dead Leaf Echo and Twin Guns. DJs The Perfect Prescription spin tunes (maybe a Spacemen 3 tune or two) in between sets.

Cyndi Lauper, Hunter Valentine @ The Capitol Theatre
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 the Capitol Theater.

Echo Friendly, Way Yes @ Glasslands
Well-done male/female vocals are a key selling point to The Echo Friendly's appealing sound which has its roots in the kind of pop-rock that hasn't been heard on the radio much since the late '80s. But just because it's out of fashion doesn't mean its out of style. Early show. $10.

Applescal, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls (DJ Set), Certain Creatures (DJ set) @ Glasslands
The late show at Glasslands marks the U.S. debut of Dutch electronic musician Applescal. His new album, Dreaming in Key, is not too far away from Jon Hopkins' new album. You can stream it below. Lord Raja also performs, with DJ sets from Heathered Pearls and Certain Creatures too. 11:30 PM

Bambara, Desert Sharks, Astral Gunk, Dead Waves @ Shea Stadium
Owing a little to early '80s gothy post-punk and '90s AmRep, Brooklyn trio Bambara lay down a punishing rhythm. The perfect soundtrack to your overheated paranoid freakout.

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 is part opera part Cirque du Soleil.

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

For fans of giant robots and giant monsters and the destruction they cause, you might just wanna head to a theatre near you for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.

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

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Oh Snap! 2012 (more by Tim Griffin) Oh Snap! Fest

Austin's 4th annual Oh Snap! benefit festival is happening Saturday (7/13) at The Scoot Inn. The two-stage fest, put on in memory of musician Sergio Machado, celebrates local talent and raises money for the Sergio Machado Memorial Scholarship. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out the flyer and full lineup/schedule below...

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Tickets

Baltimore's Dope Body, who come to NYC a lot (they play Saint Vitus with Scout Niblett in September), have added more dates here, happening at Death by Audio on July 29 and Glasslands on September 29. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. No advance tickets for the DbA show.

Psychemagik, who played a FIXED party back in March, will play another on July 26 at Sullivan Room with Daniel Avery. Tickets to that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Tickets to see And So I Watch You From Afar, TTNG, and Mylets at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for her Bowery Ballroom show go on sale at noon.

Tickets to the The Weeknd shows at Radio City Music Hall go on sale today at 11 AM.

Cayucas, who just played a sold out Mercury Lounge show, have announced that they'll return to NYC on August 28 at Knitting Factory with Norwegian Arms.
Tickets that show 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.

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Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival begins today (7/11), and the schedule for the whole fest (which runs through Saturday), has now been announced. Tonight is the Show & Prove Finals at Littlefield with sets from DAS EFX, Billy Conahan, Famous, Undeniable, and Kon Boogie performing to win a chance to be an opener at the final day's concert. On Friday (7/12), the Bodega Education Initiative will have a mentoring session for the Show & Prove semifinalists.

Then on Saturday (7/13), it's Family Day from noon to 3 PM, which will include "family-friendly music, dance, demos, workshops," and more. And finally at 3 PM, the final concert begins with sets from Pusha T, EPMD, Redman, a MCA Tribute by DJ Enuff, Dizzy Wright, Soul Understated, F. Stokes, Danse, Justo, Dyme-A-Duzin, Dillon Cooper, and more. The concert runs until 8 PM, and then there will be a Salute the DJ afterparty at SRB from 9 PM to 2 AM with DJ Scratch, Mick Boogie, and more.

TIckets for the final day events are on sale now.

Full schedule below...

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Dan Deacon @ NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
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today in Chicago
* Taste of Chicago (Day 2)
* Kurt Vile & The Violators, Swirlies @ Metro
* Rich Medina, David Sabat, Lego @ The Shrine
* Leo Kottke, Kim Churchill @ City Winery Chicago
* Jeff Parker, Geof Bradfield @ Constellation (Free Show)
* Ken Camden, Circuits Des Yeux, Alex Barnett @ Hideout
* Fletcher, Water District, Eleven Dollar Bills @ Empty Bottle
* An Aesthetic Anaesthetic, Temple, Luring Thieves @ Quenchers
* Ssssnake, I Love You, Hot Fruit, Pastel Fractal, Daviet @ Township
* Dan Deacon, Friends of the Gamelan @ Pritzker Pavilion (Free Show)
* Jetty Boys, DeeCracks, Deforesters, Flamingo Nosebleed, The Hairlips @ Ultra Lounge

Dan Deacon and Friends of the Gamelan play a free show at Pritzker Pavilion as part of Loops and Variations tonight.

Kurt Vile and Swirlies play Metro.

An Aesthetic Anaesthetic, Temple, and Luring Thieves play Quenchers.

Jeff Parker and Geof Bradfield play a free show at Constellation.

Eleanor Friedberger performed "Stare At The Sun" on Fallon last night. Check out the footage below.

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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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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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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.

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