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Frameworks

Frameworks' debut album, titled Loom, is due out in April. This coming week, they'll preview some of it in Austin at SXSW where one of their shows is the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night. We recently spoke to them about the new album and saw some in-studio pics. Now, we cornered singer Luke Pate again and asked him 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Luke: It's between Suburbia in Brooklyn and The Talent Farm in Pembroke Pines. The first time we played Suburbia I couldn't believe it was a real place. The layout is incredible and the dudes who run it are very commendable and friendly. The Talent Farm is also run by very sincere dudes and the sound there is always top notch. So It's one of those two.

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Elvis Costello & The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Elvis Costello

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

Elvis Costello, The Roots @ The Capitol Theatre
Power pop vet Elvis Costello and alt-rap band The Roots teamed up last year for the collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost. They've still only played a very select amount of shows together, like their September release show at Brooklyn Bowl, and tonight is their first NYC-area appearance since that show.

Juicy J, Travis Scott, Project Pat @ Irving Plaza
Once a member of the Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J is officially an elder statesman of trap rap, but doesn't act like one. He stays trippy, collaborates with younger guys like A$AP Rocky and Big Sean, and can be just as stupid fun. Joining him tonight is Kanye collaborator Travis Scott and Project Pat, Juicy J's older brother and frequent collaborator.

Imperial Topaz, Hexbreaker, Quintet, Jerry Paper, Seth Graham @ Death By Audio
NYC ambient pop duo Imperial Topaz have been releasing singles and playing local shows for about a year now, and tonight they celebrate the release of their debut album, Full of Grace, at this release show.

Teen Commandments, House of Blondes, New Myths, Sandy @ Glasslands
Brooklyn trio New Myths make spectral synth-rock and are currently finishing up work on their new album but you can stream their 2012 EP below. Tonight they play with the similarly minded House of Blondes.

Jangula, Life Size Maps, Darlings, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Turnip King @ Pianos
It's the second week of Life Size Maps' residency at Pianos and they've put together a nice line-up of indie rock locals to play alongside them.

Champagne Jerry, Hand Job Academy, Ratchet By Nature @ Union Pool
Ad Rock collaborator Champagne Jerry continued his monthly Joe's Pub appearances last week (3/7), and tonight he plays another NYC show at Union Pool.

Lorde, Lo-Fang @ Roseland Ballroom
The popular Lorde wraps up her sold-out three-night run at the soon-to-close Roseland Ballroom with support from the 4AD-signed Lo-Fang.

Ellie Goulding, Conway @ The Theater @ MSG
Not unlike Lorde, Ellie Goulding's pop songs are somewhat "alternative"-minded. She begins her two-night stand at the Theater at MSG tonight.

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

Not the busiest night, partially because everyone's in or heading to Austin for SXSW. Including most of BrooklynVegan. Follow our exploits via @BVSXSW on Twitter. If you're in Austin, come say hi at one of our many events (most of which are free).

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Cheap Girls

Cheap Girls' next album, titled Famous Graves, is due out in May. This coming week, like they've been doing on tour with Against Me!, they'll preview some of it in Austin at SXSW where one of their shows is the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night. (Against Me! play that one too.) We recently spoke to them about the new album and saw some in-studio pics. Now, we cornered singer Ian Graham again to ask him 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

Ian:That's an incredibly tough one. I'd have to break it down city-to-city. I know that we all really enjoyed this show we played at Neumo's in Seattle about 3 years ago. That place was great. But, since venues (unfortunately) come and go, we've gotta keep it city-to-city.

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Keith Richards in Japan last month w/ the Stones (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
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Keith Richards has time on his side. The Rolling Stones guitarist/skeleton is slated to follow his 2010 autobiography, Life, with another book this year. It's um... a children's book called Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar and is due out on September 9 via Little, Brown and Company's Young Readers division (LBC also handled Life). It's unsurprisingly Richards' first foray into writing for kids, and will be a collaboration with his illustrator daughter Theodora Richards. "I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I'm talking about," Mr. Richards said in a statement. OK, Keith.

Anyone have an alternate title?

by Bill Pearis

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As mentioned, La Femme are over from Paris for a lengthy tour of North America that is currently in Austin for SXSW. They play the French Tech party tonight (3/11) at Trinity Hall (RSVP) and their last shows of the week is the Friday BrooklynVegan free day party at Red 7. La Femme also play NYC at Glasslands on March 23, which is presented by BV and also features Future Punx and Regal Degal, making for a solid Sunday night's entertainment. (I'll be DJing between sets, too.) Tickets are still available. They'll also open for Trail of Dead on their two NYC shows (MHOW 3/28, Bowery Ballroom 3/29) at the end of March. All dates are listed below.

The band's 2013 album, Psycho Tropical Berlin, was just got a stateside release with a few bonus tracks. The band just released a video for album cut "Amour Dans Le Motu" and it's an eight-minute epic into the heart of darkness, and then the heart of a disco. Jungle warfare, topless dancers and general French sexiness abounds. Needless to say it's not exactly safe for work. Watch it below.

The band also took time out of their busy schedule to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:

1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country (or world) and why?

Probably one that we have not played yet! But of the ones that we have played, we would say The Showcave, in Eagle Rock, L.A.

more below...

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Basia Bulat @ Littlefield in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
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Basia Bulat welcomed her latest effort, Tall Tall Shadow, in 2013. She's coming to Austin for SXSW, where she'll play four shows including a FREE BrooklynVegan day party on Thursday, March 13 at Red 7 (one of three). Meanwhile, we asked Basia 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

BB: In America it's probably the Bowery Ballroom! I've played there a few times as a support act and headlined there for the first time in November which was really special.

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Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms last released Talon of the Hawk in 2013. This coming week, they'll come to Austin for SXSW where one of their shows is the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night after playing the Run For Cover/Brixton Agency day party the same day (flyers below).

TFB have also shared a cover of "Burn Harvard Burn" by Bar/None president Glenn Morrow (The Individuals, a) which will appear on the soundtrack of upcoming film HairBrained. Listen below.

Meanwhile, we cornered the band and asked them 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

FB: One of our favorite venues to play in the states is Firehouse Pizza in Normal, IL. The main reason is because Zak is a god of a man. He knows how to take care of a band and is super generous.

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Cat Power at Station to Station in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Cat Power

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

Cat Power @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (early and late)
The solo shows Chan Marshall has been doing bring her back to the early days of Cat Power when it was just Chan on stage by herself (she does still include new stuff in the setlists though). Tonight she returns to NYC to do the solo thing here again with two shows (6 PM & 9:30 PM) at MHOW.

Iggy Pop, New Order, Patti Smith, Phillip Glass @ Carnegie Hall
It's the annual Tibet House benefit with a typically amazing line-up.

Gary Higgins @ Baby's All Right
Back in 1973, Gary Higgins released the psychedelic folk masterpiece, Red Hash, a record totally ahead of its time that gained the recognition it deserves years later. He remains active, and tonight he performs that record in full at Baby's All Right.

Liam Finn, Shorts @ Union Pool
On his forthcoming album, The Nihilist, Finn played 67 instruments, which actually sounds about right. Anyone who's seen his live shows knows the dude can play anything. And often does! This is the second of his March "Murmuration" residencies.

Sleepers Work, Joel Ford, SHRAF @ Bossa Nova Civic Club
Sleepers Work is the alias of Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist William Flynn who has toured with St. Vincent, and others. No Turn Before The Shoreline is the first full length release from Sleepers Work which shows off his moody, ambient R&B.  Tonight's the record release party for the album. Free.

Xenia Rubinos @ The Mercury Lounge
The eccentric Xenia Rubinos brings her one-of-a-kind show to Mercury Lounge tonight.

Pete Donnelly of The Figgs, Brett Newski, Miles Wick @ Cake Shop
Steeped in the tradition of The Replacements, Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello, The Figgs have been creating great power pop for two decades now, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Tonight frontman Pete Donnelly plays solo.

Sin Fang @ Chez Andre at The Standard Hotel
He's dropped the "Bous" from his moniker but Seabear frontman Sindri Már Sigfússon continues to make dreamy electronics-heavy folk, most recently on 2013's Flowers. This is a free show but you need to RSVP to aohayon@standardhotel.com.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers continue their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.

Dropkick Murphys, Lucero, Skinny Lister @ The Paramount
It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day week without shows from Dropkick Murphys, and this year they wrap up their two-night stand in the NYC-area with tonight's Long Island show. If you're going, be sure to catch their country punk tourmates Lucero too.

Lorde, Lo-Fang @ Roseland Ballroom
The popular Lorde is on night two of her sold-out three-night run at the soon-to-close Roseland Ballroom with support from the 4AD-signed Lo-Fang.

Tonight's Roosevelt show at Glasslands has been cancelled.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Julian Casablancas

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has started teasing a new solo album and/or band entitled "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz". You can watch a 2 minute YouTube video he released the other day below and "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz are billed as playing Fader Fort and the Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street at SXSW this week. Meanwhile JC & The Voidz played a secret show in DC on Saturday, and this is what those sexy fellas looked like:

Voidz

Now comes word that it's happening again tonight (3/10) at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans. Good luck getting in there NOLA, though if you can't there's always Connections and Ex Hex at Siberia.

Now we also wait for some sort of NYC announcement, and maybe even more Austin shows will pop up? You can watch that teaser below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Ringworm at The Acheron in March 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Ringworm

As mentioned, Cleveland metallic hardcore greats Ringworm are releasing their new LP Hammer of the Witch on March 18. It's a ferocious album--here's a bit of what we had to say about it over on Invisible Oranges:

Ringworm's latest, Hammer Of The Witch (Relapse Records), is an aural-back-alley-street-fight of a record; 13 tracks, not a single fuck given. The recording mix is perfect, with both guitars matched evenly against a machine-precision rhythm section. Vocal institution Human Furnace is still full of piss and vinegar, as song titles like "Leave Your Skin At The Door" and "One Of Us Is Going To Have To Die..." can attest. Blast beats and wailing solos interweave with brutal riffs, elevating the songs from basic hardcore workouts to something even more sinister. Even if you hear an obvious lead-up to a breakdown, it still hits like a sledgehammer each time. Too many bands of this style try to write songs around breakdowns instead of the other way around, and it keeps a lot of them lumped together in the generic hardcore bin.
Listen to how the Cleveland originals continue to tear it up below.

You can catch an interview with Ringworm on the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show on March 18, Hammer of the Witch's release date. Tune in to guide to metal at SXSW for more info and all you need to know about metal down in Austin this year.

Ringworm will also be embarking on a tour with Death Before Dishonor at the end of the month. It doesn't hit NYC but will be nearby for a Long Island show at 89 North on March 30. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All dates are listed, with the stream of Hammer of the Witch, below...

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True Detective

The series' brooding atmosphere is framed by an expertly crafted soundtrack--some of the songs are haunting, some are bluesy, some are both. The music is selected by none other than T Bone Burnett, the Oscar-winning producer and musician.

"I have a long history with detective movies--almost as long as I have with rock 'n' roll," Burnett says. "I've always been interested in crime and true crime. If you listen to my records, like Criminal Under My Own Hat, you can feel it. I love Chandler and Hammett; I love detective movies." [Mother Jones]

Listen to a Spotify playlist of the music T Bone chose, below.

HBO hasn't posted a list of the songs from last night's True Detective episode like they did for episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, but that might just be because there wasn't much to list.

What did you think of the ending? Stream the soundtrack playlist below...

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No 'Zune' jokes, please
Pono

Neil Young has been working on his own digital music format and player for a while and has just announced details. Originally called "PureTone," the company is now called Pono and promises "the highest-quality digital music to discerning, passionate consumers, who wish to experience music the way the artists intended, with emotion, detail and power intact."

What that entails is a new lossless music format and also its own portable high-resolution digital-music player (pictured above) that holds 128 gigs of music, which comes out to "about 100-500 high-resolution digital-music albums, depending on the resolution and length of the original recording." You can use memory cards for additional music. There's also an iTunes-like Pono interface.

While the lossless Pono format may only appeal to audiophile types, the player might hold some interest for others. One of the biggest criticisms lobbed at the iPod was it's not-very-good internal amplifier and digital-to-analog converter. So if you've always wanted a better-sounding player... this could be it. There are some questions, such as "Will this also play my MP3s?," "Will I have to repurchase albums I already own in other formats," "Can I rip my CDs into the Pono format," "Is there cloud storage?," "Can I play Words With Friends on it?" and "If this all goes belly-up do I get my money back?" Those remain unanswered but you can pre-order your Pono player starting March 15 via Kickstarter.

Some of those questions might be addressed by Neil Young himself who will talk about Pono on Tuesday (3/11) at SXSW.

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

Turin Brakes, Butchers Blind @ The Mercury Lounge
Long-running Britpop duo Turin Brakes have always kept things on the more low-key folky side, only indulging in sweeping anthemicism occasionally. Tickets are still available.

Geryon, Vampillia, Colin Marston, Mossenek @ Death By Audio
It's another NYC show this week for Boredoms-related Japanese band Vampillia, and like all of the shows they're doing here, they'll be joined by a great, experimental-minded lineup.

Conveyor, Cult & Leper, The Top, Harpoon Forever @ Baby's All Right
Conveyor can be a bit bipolar -- the Brooklyn-based band often keep things lovely and acoustic, but their recent GOLD 7" finds them rocking out '70s style. Stream it below. This is their first local show in a while.

Dropkick Murphys, Lucero, Skinny Lister @ Starland Ballroom
It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day week without shows from Dropkick Murphys, and this year they've got shows in NJ tonight and Long Island tomorrow. If you're going, be sure to catch their country punk tourmates Lucero too.

Lorde, Lo-Fang @ Roseland Ballroom
The popular Lorde kicks off her sold-out three-night run at the soon-to-close Roseland Ballroom with support from the 4AD-signed Lo-Fang.

Night Train @ Littlefield
Tonight, Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show will be guest hosted by Jean Grae and Josh Gondelman. Guests include Emily Heller, Joe Zimmerman, Jena Friedman, Claudia Cogan, Lafayette Wright and more.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Lady Gaga

"The South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference and Festival proudly announces multi-platinum selling, five-time Grammy-winning artist Lady Gaga as the keynote for the 2014 event. The keynote conversation, to be led by John Norris of Fuse, takes place on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Austin - Downtown."
Wait, what?

In related news, we're almost done announcing our BrooklynVegan SXSW 2014 shows.

Chain and the Gang @ Secret Project Robot 2011 (more by Harriet Roberts)
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Japanther @ MHOW 2011 (more by Andre St. Clair)
Japanther

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

Chain and the Gang, Turn To Crime @ Union Pool
Ian Svenonious is a one-of-kind, having fronted legendary bands Nation of Ulysses and Make-Up and the very rock Chain and the Gang. The band's new album, Minimum Rock n' Roll, is out in April and you can stream a track from it below.

Japanther, Tiny Moving Parts, Tournament, Radical Discharge @ Saint Vitus
Japanther are always known to have a rowdy live show, and while Tiny Moving Parts may not be as nuts, they're pretty fun and undeniable themselves. We're happy to be presenting this co-bill from those bands, and there's punky support from Tournament and Radical Discharge.

Drowners, Stuckey & Murray @ Brooklyn Bowl
NYC's leather jacket-wearing rockers Drowners aren't shy about their affinity for bands like The Stokes and the Arctic Monkeys. They play for the toddler set at the family-friendly Kidrockers series this afternoon.

CYMBALS, Seoul, Paperwhite, Marian Hill, Lion Babe @ Brooklyn Bowl
The free It's A School Night series has a little SXSW flavor tonight with UK band CYMBALS and Montreal's Seoul. RSVP for gratis entry.

Buffalo Daughter, The Suzan @ Baby's All Right
Japanese trio Buffalo Daughter released records on Beastie Boys' label Grand Royal in the '90s and have continued since. Catch them tonight with another Japanese band, The Suzan.

Jungle, Wet @ The Mercury Lounge
Enigmatic UK act Jungle let their music do the talking: specifically, R&B-tinged dance pop that manages to sound both classic and modern at the same time. A duo in the studio, they expand to a seven-piece live, and this is their second of two sold-out NYC shows with Wet.

Throwing Muses, Tanya Donelly @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock vets Throwing Muses returned in 2013 with the album/book, Purgatory/Paradise, their first full length in 10 years. Tonight could be special: opening is Tanya Donnelly who was in the band during the '80s (and is Kristen Hersh's half-sister). Maybe she'll come out with TM for a couple songs?

Shellshag w/ Todd Congelliere, Tuff Tits, Magnets, Dirty Circle, Lilith Velkor @ Death By Audio
Last night, Toys That Kill's Todd Congelliere shared a bill with Tuff Tits (and Screaming Females) at Silent Barn to celebrate Shellhead's (of Shellshag) birthday. Tonight, Todd actually joins Shellshag on stage, and the three of them will be performing songs from each other's respective projects together.

Balk, Radical Dads, Mt Warning, Wool @ Glasslands Gallery
It's a night of '90s style indie rock with the flinty Balk, and seriously underrated trio Radical Dads

Antibalas @ SOB's
NYC afrobeat crew promise "a bunch of new/different material tonight, dusting off some old gems and working in some new stuff."

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

Bob Dorough @ Joe's Pub
You may not know his name but chances are you've heard Bob Dorough's songs and voice: he wrote and sang many of Schoolhouse Rock's best-loved songs, including "Three is Magic Number," "Conjuction Junction," and "The Shot Heard 'Round The World."

Vampillia, Leah Lazonick, Snowday, England in 1819, Three Thousand Rivers @ Pianos
Boredoms-related Vampillia play another of their zillion NYC shows at Pianos tonight.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Bill Pearis

CYMBALS
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We mentioned before that UK band CYMBALS would be coming over to play SXSW and turns out they're playing two shows in NYC this weekend before heading to Austin and both of them are free. They play an early show tonight (3/8) at Pianos. They're on at 7 PM and before them at 6 PM is Montreal's Seoul. CYMBALS also play Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (3/9) as part of the It's A School Night series with Seoul again, as well Paperwhite, Marian Hill and Lion Babe. Free with RSVP.

If you haven't checked out CYMBALS' new album, Age of Fracture, it's on the dancier side of Britpop and is not too far off from what Outfit, Hot Chip and Breton are doing. The band just released a video for New Order-ish "Erosion" and you can watch that below and stream the whole album via Rdio.

As for Seoul, the very new Montreal band are worth seeing too, making airy, crystaline pop that's funky and soulful in an '80s kind of way. I enjoyed their set at M for Montreal last year. Stream their song "Stay with Us" below.

CYMBALS' SXSW dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below...

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Little Dragon

Little Dragon's next album, entitled Nabuma Rubberband, is due in May. This coming week, like they did recently on Letterman (video below), they'll preview some of it down in Austin at SXSW where one of their shows is the Thursday BrooklynVegan free day party. Meanwhile, we cornered bassist Freddy & drummer Erik & asked them 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?

LD: Our favorite venue to play could be the Henry Miller library in Big Sur. Open small outdoor stage surrounded by the giant redwoods trees, what more to say??

more to say below...

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Paint It Black at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
PiB

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

Paint it Black, Hop Along, Night Birds, Bad Canoes @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Philly hardcore greats Paint It Black haven't played NYC in a few years, so needless to say, tonight's return is highly anticipated. Making the show even better, it's totally FREE, plus newer (but also great) Philly band Hop Along provides support, as does Brooklyn/NJ surf/skate punks Night Birds, and Marissa from Screaming Females' other band Bad Canoes.

Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter @ Brooklyn Bowl
Back in action with a new album, party-friendly, food-obsessed Japanese duo Cibo Matto play tonight with their old Grand Royal pals Buffalo Daughter.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Honeyblood @ Webster Hall
Makers of quality Scottish indie pop for a few years now, We Were Promised Jetpacks are back in town for tonight's Webster Hall show.

Murray Hill, Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys, Bridget Everett, Champagne Jerry, Peaches @ Gramercy Theatre
Downtown comedian and drag king legend Murray Hill headlines Gramercy with this one-off show tonight and he's brought many of his talented friends, including Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, singer/comedian Bridget Everett, Ad-Rock collaborator and fellow rapper Champagne Jerry, and Peaches.

Jungle, Wet @ Knitting Factory
Enigmatic UK act Jungle let their music do the talking: specifically, R&B-tinged dance pop that manages to sound both classic and modern at the same time. A duo in the studio, they expand to a seven-piece live, and this is their first of two sold-out NYC shows.

Frankie Cosmos, Whatever Dad, Ruby Buff, Spook Houses @ Shea Stadium
Frankie Cosmos' new album Zentropy may be the zillionth thing she's released, but it's her first album with a full band and the first album that's gaining her the attention she deserves. Fans of Beat Happening-style lo-fi and Moldy Peaches-style anti-folk should dig. Good bill all around too, including the likeminded Whatever, Dad (Elaiza of Crying) and Frankie's labelmates Spook Houses, whose NJ indie rock might appeal to fans of Titus Andronicus.

Throwing Muses, Tanya Donelly @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock vets Throwing Muses returned in 2013 with the album/book, Purgatory/Paradise, their first full length in 10 years. Tonight could be special: opening is Tanya Donnelly who was in the band during the '80s (and is Kristen Hersh's half-sister). Maybe she'll come out with TM for a couple songs?

Ejecta, Nicholas Nicholas, Yonatan Gat @ Glasslands Gallery
The new project from Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber, Ejecta's 2013 debut was an enjoyable batch of hooky synthpop. Live it's more of a band but no less appealing.

Bob Mould, Chris Brokaw @ City Winery
Bob Mould's solo debut, Workbook, is 25 years old this year and he's celebrating that tonight. Hopefully Bob will be previewing a song or two off his just-announced new solo album.

Mick Barr, Vampillia, Kevin Hufnagel, MV Carbon @ Silent Barn
It's another NYC show this week for Boredoms-related Japanese band Vampillia, and like all of the shows they're doing here, they'll be joined by a great, experimental-minded lineup.

Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Josh Ritter and tourmate Gregory Alan Isakov will be keeping things simple and acoustic this weekend over the course of two sold-out shows, this being the second.

Pop. 1280, Buck Gooter, Crosss, Night Squad @ Trans Pecos
It'll get weird at Trans Pecos tonight with the gothy Pop 1280, the grungy heavy psych of Canada's Crosss, and the noisy experimental Buck Gooter.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers continue their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.

Lolawolf, Boy Toy, Organs @ Union Pool
Today is the second annual Burger Revolution, where the party-loving label Burger is sponsoring shows around the world. This is one of two happening in Brooklyn...

Sunflower Bean, The Wives, Scully @ 180 Scholes St.
... and this is the other.

Cardiknox, The Preatures @ Brooklyn Bowl
Ever wonder what it would be like if The Strokes and Haim were one Australian band? It might sound a little like Sydney's The Preatures, who were last here for CMJ. Sold out.

Technicolor Teeth, Clean Girls, York Factory Complaint, Jail Solidarity @ Death By Audio
Technicolor Teeth share their drummer with Tenement, but instead of that band's hi-speed punk, they favor shoegazey guitars and layers of psychedelia. Good openers too.

System Fucker, Warthog, Aspects of War, Nomad, Herpes @ Acheron
Lots of good punk on this bill, including Japan's System Fucker, the great Katorga Works-signed Warthog, local regulars Nomad and more.

Daylight Savings Time starts tonight!

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Kurt Vile

South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.

We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.

An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...

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Ron Reyes w/ Black Flag in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Ron Reyes

Today in Black Flag: Following vocalist Ron Reyes being fired, bassist Dave Klein quitting, and the band apologizing for "falling short in 2013" and replacing Ron with Mike Vallely on vocals, Ron has recently made more comments on the whole thing. A recent article on Beatroute reads:

"When I found out about Flag, one of the first things I said to Greg was, 'We must take the high road on this. Do not disrespect those guys in public. They have the public's support. People LOVE Keith Morris, people LOVE Chuck Dukowski, people LOVE Bill Stevenson. If we come against those guys we are going to look like bitter old men. Greg said, 'Fuck it. I am bitter.' He did it and it completely backfired. I didn't even know about Greg's lawsuit until the day it went public. Mike V told me. Once the lawsuit came out (August 2013) we were the Evil Flag. There was the Good Flag and the Evil Flag...it was really hard. When I started I was on good terms with those guys. All of a sudden they stopped responding to my emails. Relationships were severed and I was guilty by association.""

Until Greg Ginn allegedly threatened Ron Reyes' family, Reyes was committed to the band. He says he deserves an Academy Award for what he had to put up with in 2013. He admits Mike V was right when he told Rolling Stone "Ron became combative and argumentative," emphasizing, "That did happen only after Greg threatened my family." The reasons for the alleged threat are not known.

On November 24, 2013 Ron Reyes was fired from Black Flag after working in collaboration with Greg Ginn for one year. He had an album contract, but nothing for the tour or partnership in the band. He now admits without the paperwork, he doesn't have a leg to stand on for the money he is owed from the tour. He has made amends with his FLAG friends and is back at work with local band PIGGY.

Damn. Read the rest at Beatroute.

Queen

I think the thing that's really special is that this is the real deal. This is live. In today's music world, you go to a concert and you're getting a lot of playbacks. There's click tracks. It is what it is. I'm not hating on it. But this is the real deal. This is pure. We're not playing to a click. We're not playing to tracks. This is all live instruments. I'm singing all the vocals with these guys on vocals. It's purely organic. I think in today's day and age, it's very exciting for an audience to see something that has that much heart. [Adam Lambert to Rolling Stone]
Back in 2011, we asked What's the worst example of a band replacing their singer? around the time INXS, Journey, and "Sublime With Rome" were all touring. Giving all three of those a run for their money, American Idol season 8 runner up Adam Lambert will tour as the lead singer of Queen this year, in place of the late Freddie Mercury. He's performed with the band before but this will be their first full tour together. Can't wait.

The tour, which features original members Brian May and Roger Taylor (but not John Deacon), comes to NYC for a show on July 17 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 14.

All dates are listed below...

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Flume at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Flume

Australian producer Flume has been posting studio pics which hopefully means we'll soon get a followup to his 2012 self-titled debut. But what we do know for sure is he'll be coming to North & South America soon for Lollapalooza Chile/Brazil and Coachella, and after that he'll be playing a few club dates including NYC at Highline Ballroom on April 14. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

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Wes Anderson's new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens today in limited release -- in NYC it's at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 and the Lincoln Square 13. With eight films under his belt, Anderson's whimsical style is as distinctive as anyone in the industry. One of his signatures is his use of music, and that goes from the harpsichord-laden scores to the soundtracks filled with impeccably curated pop songs.

While The Grand Budapest Hotel is his first not to use modern pop (frequent collaborator Alexandre Desplat did the score which can be streamed at Rdio), his other films are jam-packed with it. Indiewire reports that ABCKO will release a box set with the soundtracks to all eight of his film. This could include songs featured in movies that didn't make the cut for their official soundtracks. Details, beyond that's its happening, haven't surfaced yet, but we're going to assume the packaging will be exquisite.

Further reading: Rolling Stone cornered longtime Anderson film music supervisor Randal Poster to talk about his favorite music moments in his filmography. What's your favorite Wes Anderson movie music moment?

Watch the trailer for Grand Budapest Hotel below..

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Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park in 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Bob Mould

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

Broken Bells, Au Revoir Simone @ Webster Hall
Broken Bell put out the funky followup to their 2010 self-titled debut, After the Disco, earlier this year, and tonight they play their first proper NYC show since its release (not counting the 3-song Brooklyn show in they played in January). If you're going, it's worth catching Au Revoir Simone too.

Screaming Females, Tuff Tits, Todd Congelliere @ Silent Barn
This is one of two intimate NYC shows for the shredding punk trio Screaming Females happening this month. This one's in celebration of Shellshag's birthday, and also features Toys That Kill's Todd Congelliere, who has a new solo album. Todd and Tuff Tits team up again at DbA on Sunday too.

Tei Shi, Heavenly Beat, Atlanter @ Glasslands
Tonight's show was supposed to be headlined by Sweden's The Mary Onettes who postponed due to visa issues. Luckily, Heavenly Beat sound like they're Swedish, so the vibe remains the same. Headlining is Canadian ex-pat Tei Shi whose music falls roughly into the future R&B niche.

Dam-Funk, Maya Vik, Gordon Voidwell, DJ Thanksgiving Brown @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Dam-Funk will fill the Brooklyn Night Bazaar with his funk/hip hop tonight. Like all BKNB shows, it's free to get in and there's also not-free food, drinks, shopping and games.

Shilpa Ray, Bambara, The Veda Rays, Haybaby, Turnip King @ Shea Stadium
This is a pretty killer line-up of local bands, headlined by harmonium shredder Shilpa Ray, but also featuring voluminous bashers Bambara, the superior indie rock of Turnip King, and more.

Future Punx, Final Bloom, Eaters @ Death By Audio
Owing much to 1980-era new wave like Devo and Oingo Boingo, Future Punx come at you with flying angles. Their debut 7" is just out and they'll be celebrating that release tonight with likeminded bands Final Bloom and Eaters, plus Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage on DJ duties.

Bob Mould, Chris Brokaw @ City Winery
Bob Mould's solo debut, Workbook, is 25 years old this year and he's celebrating that tonight. Hopefully Bob will be previewing a song or two off his just-announced new solo album.

Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov @ Town Hall
Josh Ritter and tourmate Gregory Alan Isakov will be keeping things simple and acoustic this weekend over the course of two sold-out shows. Tonight's the first.

Swearin', Even Hand, Certain Spiders @ MHOW
Swearin' deliver an excellent take on '90s rock with elements of Weezer, Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr and more, but without ever sounding redundant. It makes for a thrilling live show too. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.

Color War, Doom Squad, Deanna Viva Garcia, Prince Rama (DJ Set) @ Baby's All Right
Brooklyn duo Color War make the kind of icy italo synthpop that could've ended up on the Drive soundtrack. Their new album, It Could Only Be This Way (stream it below), is just out and tonight's the record release show.

Moon Boots, Treasure Fingers, Henry Krinkle, Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
Moon Boots is making some of the best material in this whole "house revival" thing going on with Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Rudimental and more, and he should have you on your feet all night at Webster Hall.

Guardian Alien, Vampillia, G Lucas Crane, Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Trans-Pecos
This bill is loaded with experimental music, including the drumtastic noise of Guardian Alien, the Boredoms-related Vampillia and YYYs drummer Brian Chase.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers begin their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.

The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show @ Barclays Center
The folk rockin' Avett Brothers keep getting bigger and tonight they make the jump to headlining Brooklyn's Barclays Center. They'll be joined by the likeminded Old Crow Medicine Show.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. Saturday's lineup is announced. Friday is on the way. Here is Thursday!

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 Basia Bulat
12:45 Cate Le Bon
01:45 Nicole Atkins
02:30 Torres
03:30 Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's)
04:30 Sylvan Esso
05:15 San Fermin

OUTSIDE
12:00 Calvin Love
12:40 Cities Aviv
01:00 Overdoz
01:30 Trash Talk
02:10 Nothing
03:00 BadBadNotGood w/ special guest Tyler the Creator
04:00 Roosevelt
05:00 Little Dragon

Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).

We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, free Frito Pies from HomeState (while they last!), and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!

This party should be especially interesting since we managed to create a pretty diverse lineup across the two stages all in one day. Basia Bulat into Cate Le Bon into Nicole Atkins into Torres into Rhett Miller into San Fermin will be a dream for some who will probably not want to step outside at all during our two early rap sets (Cities Aviv & Overdoz) and the heaviness Trash Talk and Nothing will bring.

The outside stage on this party was a collaboration with Life or Death who work with many of those artists, including Trash Talk (excited to have Trash Talk back on a BV SXSW show again), Odd Futures's Tyler the Creator (ditto), and our outside headliner Little Dragon who they manage. Thanks to them for the support and for helping us present my favorite Swedish electro-band Little Dragon again.

Those who want to dance can hopefully make it from Roosevelt;s outside set to Sylvan Esso's inside one, and then back out for Little Dragon. If capacity doesn't allow that, it's still a winning situation whichever stage you end up at.

Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" will be there too to teach artists and fans more about their new company and what they can maybe do for you.

Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin...

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