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The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in July (more by Tracy Allison)
Hold Steady

Fans of The Hold Steady may be familiar with their fan club, The Unified Scene. One of the best-known members of The Unified Scene was Mike Van Jura (aka Jersey Mike), who passed away last year, and in honor of him, The Hold Steady have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help better The Unified Scene and offer fans a 5-song covers EP. I'll let the band take it from here...

Hey everyone,

A few years back, some of our biggest and most dedicated fans created an organization called The Unified Scene. We have seen members of The Unified Scene at our shows all over the world and it's flattering and exciting to see the community that they created.

One of the best known, most motivated and most vocal members of The Unified Scene was Mike Van Jura, or as he's better known, "Jersey Mike". Mike was the unofficial leader of The Unified Scene and handled a lot of internet and message board duties for us just as a function of his fandom.

Unfortunately, Jersey Mike passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in November 2012. Like many members of our audience, Mike had crossed from being a fan of the band to a real friend. All the members of the Hold Steady and The Unified Scene felt the loss immensely. We miss him.

The Hold Steady has always been about community and inclusiveness. As we often say at the end of our shows, "We are all The Hold Steady". We believe that.

With a new record coming out in 2014, we want to work with our fans to create a new and improved version of The Unified Scene. We want you to join us. By pledging, you will join The Unified Scene fan club, where you will get insider access, exclusive music, members-only content, pre-sale ticket opportunities and more.

For starters, we are recording a 5 song covers EP.....right now! This will be released on 12" vinyl (with download code) sometime in 2014. This will only be available to members of The Unified Scene. By pledging, you will also unlock access to updates and clues to what songs we are covering and scenes from the sessions.

Furthermore, we are offering some other exclusive incentives such as hand written lyrics, pep talks, private interactions with The Hold Steady, and much more. With the holidays coming up, these could also be great gifts for a THS fan in your life.

And don't worry.....we'll be adding even more packages in the coming days and weeks.

A portion of every pledge will be donated to the K+L Guardian Foundation to remember a great fan and friend, and to help the two young children he left behind.

We are looking forward to sharing our new record with you early next year and hope you will pledge to join The Unified Scene and become a part of something we are very excited about. And remember, we are ALL The Hold Steady.

Stay Positive!
THS

There's a number of rewards for different pledge amounts, and every pledge includes a digital download of the new EP. More details here.

Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jay Z

Jay Z has taken to his blog to say that he and his wife Beyonce are taking on a 22 Days Challenge to go vegan. He writes:

Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you've found the way.

On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a "plant-based breakfast" everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought...

Why now? There's something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day...It just feels right!

So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress... Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out! Please ha. I don't know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical challenge? We'll see...

Best of luck and health!

P.S. B is also joining me.

What would Grimes think? They began yesterday (12/3) -- good luck to both of them, and happy birthday Brooklyn vegan Jay!

King Krule at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
King Krule

Phantogram @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
phantogram

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

King Krule @ Webster Hall
Archie Marshall is an old soul trapped in a minor's body, a dichotomy made apparent on his terrific debut album, Six Feet Beneath the Moon, which mixes thoughtful songwriting with modern productions touches. Tonight's sold out.

Ida Maria @ Rough Trade
Norwegian singer-songwriter Ida Maria, once known for her wildcard electric performances, returns for her first NYC shows in some time. Will "Oh My God" still have the same punch?

Foley, The Dirty Nil, Shy Hunters, Tyburn Saints @ Glasslands
Tonight's finally the NYC debut of Canada punk rippers The Dirty Nil, who were supposed to play here in October but had to cancel at the last minute. If you like your punk quick and dirty, check this band out.

Phantogram, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Weeknight @ Terminal 5
While fans wait for Phantogram's new album, they can hear a few new songs -- like "Lights" from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack -- tonight at Terminal 5.

Sean Nicholas Savage, Zula, Regal Degal, Softspot @ Death By Audio
Prolific and a little eccentric, Montreal artist Sean Nicholas Savage mixes genres with abandon, as heard most recently on this year's Other Life, which came out on Arbutus Records (home of Grimes, Doldrums and more).

Dapwell from Das Racist (DJ set), The Kominas, Gandu Cirus, Ashni, Cerenkov, Gabe Merizalde @ Pianos
This is an afterparty for the South Asian Film Festival which is going on in NYC this week. Massachusetts band The Kominas headline, followed by a DJ set from onetime Das Racist member, Dapwell.

GOASTT (Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger), Aaron Roche @ Union Pool
If anyone has a right to ape the psych-pop sounds of The Beatles it's Sean Lennon who does just that with his band Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger who are now just going by the acronym GOASTT.

Elton John @ Madison Square Garden
With close to fifty years of pop/rock songwriting and a new album out this year that at least Rolling Stone likes, Elton John takes over MSG for what will surely be a night of hits.

Nothing Changes w/ Mueran Humanos, Reverso @ Home Sweet Home
South American synth-goths Mueran Humanos headline this week's edition of the popular late-night darkwave party.

O'Death, The Woes @ Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn's O'Death have been kicking for quite a while now, making their dark brand of gothic alt-country.

Occultation, Survival, Yautja, Razorheads @ Acheron
Occultation, the spooky rock/metal band featuring the guitarist of weirdo black metal act Negative Plane, kick off a week-long tour with a BK appearance alongside up-and-coming Nashville grinders Yautja and locals Razorheads and Survival (not the Liturgy side project)." Or something.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features Ali Wong, Andy Haynes, Phoebe Robinson, Chris Tellez, and Joe DeRosa.

Melissa Laveaux, Stranger Cat @ Cameo
Paris-via-Ottawa singer Melissa Laveaux comes to NYC to headline this show, and there's pretty great local support from Cat Martino's new electronic project Stranger Cat.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Against Me

As discussed, Against Me! are finally set to release their new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues -- their first since singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender -- on January 21, and now they've announced that they'll support it with a tour surrounding its release which kicks off in Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve. Opening on the whole tour will be two similarly anthemic bands, The Sidekicks and The Shondes, and that tour hits NYC at Brooklyn's new Rough Trade on January 9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.

All dates, including stops in New Haven and Asbury Park, are listed, along with a stream of "FUCKMYLIFE666" from the upcoming LP, below...

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Gene Clark

In 1974, former Byrd Gene Clark released his fourth solo album, No Other, a critical and commercial failure that earned increasingly more recognition over time and was received much more warmly upon its reissue in the early 2000s. Now, just about 40 years later, an indie supergroup will be performing the album in full on a short tour of the Northeast US. The band features both core members of Beach House, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, with Victoria handling vocals along with Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen (and newly a solo artist), Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak/Flock of Dimes/Dungeonesse. They'll be backed by members of Lower Dens, Celebration, Mt. Royal, and others. The full lineup (with mention of who's playing what) is below.

The tour kicks off in Philly on January 22 and it ends in NYC just a few days later at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 25. Brad Truax (Spiritualized, Interpol and others) will be DJing at all shows and a Gene Clark documentary will screen beforehand too. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the full supergroup lineup, a trailer for that Gene Clark documentary, and a full stream of No Other, below...

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Run the Jewels at Webster Hall in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Run the Jewels

El-P and Killer Mike are each about to wrap up another great year, having both been active on their own and as their collaborative duo Run the Jewels. RTJ appeared in NYC a few times, including their big headlining Webster Hall show and a slot at Fool's Gold Day Off, but before 2013 comes to a close, they'll do another headlining gig in NYC at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on December 13 with White Mandingos (ft. Murs and a member of Bad Brains) and Phony PPL. It's a Converse Rubber Tracks Live show which means it's free but do you need to get tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (12/4) at noon. Their only other US date scheduled for this year at the moment is New Year's Eve in Raleigh, NC.

In related news, Stereogum points to an instagram from El-P with a picture of a handwritten note of what you should not ask Run the Jewels in interviews. El-P specifies, "Do Not Ask: How we met, What we think about the state of hip hop, How we feel about other artists," then ends it with "Thank You + Good Luck!"

In more related news, El-P and Killer Mike are promising a second Run the Jewels album for 2014. In the meantime, check out their video for "Banana Clipper" (feat. Big Boi) from their self titled 2013 LP, below...

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The Men at MHOW in November (more by Ebru Yildiz)
The Men

The Men have been an-album-a-year since their 2010 debut, and that won't change in 2014. Their newest, Tomorrow's Hits, comes out via Sacred Bones on March 4, almost exactly a year to the day after New Moon, which in turn was almost exactly a year to the day after Open Your Heart. No tracks have been released from the new album yet, but you can check out the artwork and tracklist below.

The Men have also announced a short Northeast tour surrounding the album's release, which includes a show in their hometown of NYC on March 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketmaster Friday (12/6) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the new LP artwork and tracklist and a song from their recent Campire Songs EP, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

It's year-end list season and though all White Lung really have in the way of eligible releases is their recent 7", 2013 has really been a breakout year for them. So we asked them what new albums they were listening to this year, and guitarist Kenny William contributed a top 10 list that shifts between dark rap, heavy punk, goth, experimental soundscapers and more. Check out the full thing below.

White Lung have done a ton of touring this year, and though their schedule is almost empty at the moment, before the year ends the Vancouver punk band will return to NYC for a stacked show at NYU's E&L Auditorium on Thursday (12/5) with Ceremony, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. That show is free for students and $5 at the door for the general public.

White Lung's Top 10 LPs of 2013 list below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Grimes

Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.

Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.

Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...

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Flatbush Zombies at North Coast 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Flatbush Zombies

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

Flatbush Zombies, Bodega Bamz @ Irving Plaza
This is is a great double bill for the NYC weird-rap scene, headlined by maniacal druggy trio Flatbush Zombies and opened by A$AP collaborator Bodega Bamz.

Ida Maria @ Mercury Lounge
Norwegian singer-songwriter Ida Maria, once known for her wildcard electric performances, returns for her first NYC shows in some time. Will "Oh My God" still have the same punch?

Jagwar Ma, Fascinator @ Bowery Ballroom
With a debut album that owes more than a little to the early-'90s Madchester rave scene, Jagwar Ma will be twistin' your mellon (man) with sunshine vibes to spare. Sold out.

Mellowhigh @ Gramercy Theatre
Another bunch of odd rappers, but this time from the opposite coast, MellowHIgh is the trio of Odd Future members Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and Left Brain.

John Grant @ Rough Trade
John Grant's Pale Green Ghosts is Rough Trade Shops' #1 album of 2013 so this show at their new NYC store has potential to be special. Though you can really say that about any John Grant show. Tonight's show is free with purchase of his new LP.

Twin Sister, Leapling, Ava Luna, Celestial Shore, Zula, Empress Of (DJ set) @ Silent Barn
This is a "farewell party" for Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, which shut its doors in July without a proper sendoff. Tonight it gets one...at Silent Barn.

Luke Temple, Chris Bear, MEMs (5), Eliot Krimsky @ Union Pool
This is the first week of Luke Temple's "improvisational" December residency. Expect the unexpected. Also, expect Chris from Grizzly Bear to be a part of tonight.

Elton John @ Madison Square Garden
With close to fifty years of pop/rock songwriting and a new album out this year that at least Rolling Stone likes, Elton John takes over MSG for what will surely be a night of hits.

Golem, The Unemployed Fortune Tellers, Minnie Tonka @ Glasslands
The Festival of Lights celebrations continue with the annual Hanukkah show from klezmer punk band Golem.

Ask Me Another @ The Bell House
John Hodgman, Lizz Winstead, and Al Jacobs will feature in this "rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music." Sold out.

Benji B, Juan Atkins, J. Rocc, Jay Daniel @ The Panther Room
You may know Benji B as the man behind the orchestral rearrangements of Flying Lotus, TNGHT, Kanye West, Drake, Jeremih, and others that surfaced earlier this year. Not sure what he'll be stirring up tonight, but it will surely be a special night, as it's the NYC installment of his London party Deviation. Also on the bill is Detroit techno vet Juan Atkins, Stones Throw associate J.Rocc and Detroit newcomer Jay Daniel. Tickets for tonight's party are still available. Check out Benji B's orchestral video below.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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The Walkmen at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Walkmen

Bassist/organist Peter Bauer of The Walkmen revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that the band is going on an "extreme hiatus" after their upcoming show in Philly this week. He continues...

"We really just have no idea," Bauer says. "I don't think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won't, maybe we'll play shows. I think it's weird to make a hubbub about something if there's nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don't think we've been a gang properly for a long time, so there's not much to break up, I guess."

"When we play shows it's a really fun time seeing old friends," Bauer says. "It's not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment. We all live in different cities and we call each other occasionally. It's like going to Thanksgiving."

"I think it's cool that we're all still pals and all," Bauer says. "It's nice to be removed from [being a band] and to be friends, or something like that, and to see what happens from there.

"It's been almost 14 years now," Bauer adds. "I think that's enough, you know?"

The band's Philly show happens on Wednesday (12/4) at Union Transfer and is a fundraiser for Rail Park which also features Sun Ra Arkestra, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock, Birdie Busch, Light Heat, Chris Ward, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Tickets for what may be the band's final show for a long time are available.

The members will remain active musicians though, and a few have solo albums planned. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser is prepping a solo album which is due out in 2014 and will feature contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). Peter Bauer is also releasing one called Liberation! under the name Peter Matthew Bauer (and it also features other Walkmen members), and Walter Martin is planning one too.

Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Vampy Weeks

The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags  Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...

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by Nick Masi

Pearl Jam & Sleater-Kinney in Portland - 11/29/13 (via @eli_w_n)
PJ & SK

August 12, 2006 was the last time Sleater-Kinney performed together...that was until November 29, 2013! Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein joined Pearl Jam at the Portland, Oregon stop of their tour for a cover of Neil Young's 'Rockin in the Free World' at the Rose Garden last Friday, like Pearl Jam, Carrie and St. Vincent did in Dallas a couple weeks ago. Corin sang, Janet banged the drums with Matt Cameron and Carrie played guitar. Ah, the good ole days.

On our BrooklynVegan Blog Radio show on SiriusXMU, we have played a Sleater-Kinney song on every show since their hiatus and claimed that it wouldn't stop until they reunited. Does this count as a reunion? Personally, this isn't what I was holding out for, but it may be the start of something good. Fingers crossed. Check out the video below.

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Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Phosphorescent

We just got Q, Mojo and SPIN, and now we get another year-end music list for 2013 from Paste. The #1 slot went to Phosphorescent for their album Muchacho. Check out the full list below...

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by Doug Moore

Overkill at Stage 48 (more by Kassandra Carmona)
Overkill

This past weekend was extended by the food / booze / football bacchanalia that is Thanksgiving, which is pretty metal as far as holidays go. Still, a bunch of noteworthy stuff happened before you made a home on the couch. Here's what you might've missed:

Some not-quite-metal but sufficiently heavy show announcements saw the light of day: Converge/Cave In side project Mutoid Man's record release party (and full album stream); Goblin and Zombi's not-unexpected NYC tour stop; and Pissed Jeans in February. We also reminisced a bit about Overkill, Kreator, and Warbringer's two-night stand at Stage 48 the weekend before.

Not a bad short week over at Invisible Oranges, either. We talked to Integrity about their Systems Overload revamp (and streamed the whole thing). We also found out that people like novelty yacht rock covers of Iron Maiden songs way more than we thought. We streamed new music by suicidal sludgesters Servants of the Mist, majestic black metallers Ered Wethrin, and local no-guitar weirdos Geryon.

We also debuted two live Judas Priest videos from US Fest '83: "You've Got Another Thing Coming" on IO with a great writeup by longtime contributor Richard Street-Jammer, and another of "Breaking the Law" here on BV with a much lamer writeup by me. On our East Village Radio show, we chatted with IO contributor Beth Winegarner about her upcoming book, The Columbine Effect. (Don't forget to tune into the show every Tuesday at 10pm.) And, as ever, we ran down every noteworthy metal release of the week.

What did we miss?

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan had been having what seemed like a great year, having gone on a massive tour, made an interactive music video, and released a huge box set, but now reports are coming in that he's being sued by a group of Croatians for racism. In a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Dylan made a comment comparing the conflict between Catholic Croats and Christian Orthodox Serbs to that of Jews and Nazis and slavery in America:

This country is just too fucked up about color. It's a distraction. People at each other's throats just because they are of a different color. It's the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back - or any neighborhood back. Or any anything back. Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery - that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can't pretend they don't know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood
According to International Business Times, Croatian secretary general Vlatko Marić said, "It is an incitement to hatred. You cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats. But we have nothing against Rolling Stone magazine or Bob Dylan as a singer."

Business Insider mentions that due to Europe's strict free speech laws, Dylan and Rolling Stone would face a fine and formal sanction if found guilty.

John Grant @ LPR, April 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
John Grant

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

John Grant @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
With his second album reeling in the year-end accolades, John Grant plays his biggest NYC show yet. This is a special, stripped-down show but his powerful pipes and stage presence will probably make up for anything missing in the arrangements. If you can't make tonight's shows, he's also playing Tuesday at Rough Trade, free entry with purchase of his new CD.

Jagwar Ma @ Rough Trade
With a debut album that owes more than a little to the early-'90s Madchester rave scene, Jagwar Ma will be twistin' your mellon (man) with sunshine vibes to spare.

Small Reactions, Medals, Nicole Mercedes & The Affair, Coastgaard @ Pianos
Atlanta's Small Reactions make noisy, heart-on-sleeve indiepop a la The Wedding Present or Orange Juice -- check out their swell 2011 single "Nerve Pop" below.

Mutual Benefit @ Other Music
Mutual Benefit combine Sufjan style chamber pop with Antlers-style vocals and a bit of Microphones-y noise. Their debut album, initially self-released, gets wider distribution through Other Music Recording Co. this week. Tonight they celebrate on Other Music's home turf. Free.

Los Lobos @ City Winery
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Mexican-American rock vets Los Lobos just released a live album, Deconstructed in New York, which was recorded at City Winery last year. Tonight's the last of three sold-out shows at City Winery.

Radiolab Live @ Beacon Theatre
Once again, WNYC/NPR show Radiolab has taken its show on the road, this time with an event they're calling "Apocalyptical." In addition to hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, they've brought along musicians Noveller and On Filmore, plus comedian Ophira Eisenberg for their patented blend of science, music and humor.

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Get on board Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show, this week with Seaton Smith, Courtney Fearrington, Ayanna Dookie, Stavros Halkias and more.

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

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

Los Lobos @ City Winery
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Mexican-American rock vets Los Lobos just released a live album, Deconstructed in New York, which was recorded at City Winery last year. They return to the venue for three sold-out nights, this being the second.

Songs from Montague Terrace: A Tribute to Scott Walker @ Le Poisson Rouge
In conjunction with a forthcoming tribute album, Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), Bright Light Bright Light, Nicole Atkins, Ex Cops, and more will be performing Scott Walker classics with a live string section.

Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy continues his Sunday ministry/residency at Joe's Pub which runs through December 22.

Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ The Knit
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.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Quilt at Mexican Summer Five (more by PSquared)
Quilt

Boston's Quilt make folky psychedelia recalling the Summer of Love sounds of the Haight-Ashbury scene. They released their self-titled debut LP on Mexican Summer back in 2011, and its followup, Held In Splendor (which we've already heard a few songs from), comes out January 28 via the same label. The band's been known for some cool, jammy live shows too, and you'll be able to see those shows on their previously announced 2014 tour which hits NYC on February 28 at Rough Trade (tickets).

Meanwhile, Quilt singer/guitarist Shane Butler has given us a list of his top 10 things of 2013. None of them are albums, but one is in reference to some cartoons he and other bands drew at Woodsist Fest in Big Sur, one of which is pictured below. Check out the whole list below...

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Phosphorescent at ACL 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Phos

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

Marissa Nadler @ Rough Trade
Dream-folk singer Marissa Nadler recently announced that she signed to Sacred Bones for her upcoming LP, and from the sounds of the haunting first single, she'll be right at home at that label. Hopefully we'll see hear some of that new stuff at this free in-store. 1 PM, no wristband necessary.

Phosphorescent @ Rough Trade
You might want to hang around Rough Trade after Nadler's show, as Phosphorescent -- whose album Muchacho made RT's Albums of the Year list (#85) -- plays at 3 PM. Like Nadler's show, no wristband necessary.

Television, Gambles @ Rough Trade
Back in action (though without guitarist Richard Lloyd), Tom Verlaine and the rest of Television play the second of two shows at the new Rough Trade NYC. With a new album in the can, expect new songs...and hopefully plenty of classics. Sold out.

Kill Your Idols, Iron Chic, Concrete Cross, Bad Side @ Santos Party House
NYC/Long Island hardcore vets Kill Your Idols have been pretty active this year, having played Black and Blue and This Is Hardcore, and tonight they conclude their 2-night run at Santos. There's cool openers both nights too. Tonight gets Iron Chic (who just put out a great album), Concrete Cross, and Bad Side.

Hunters, Audacity, Big Ups @ Glasslands
This is an all-around great bill that rocks, with fuzz rockers Hunters, garage punks Audacity, and post-hardcore rippers Big Ups.

Netherlands, Wild Yaks, Low Fat Getting High, Grandfather @ Death By Audio
This is a record release show for synth-fueled punks Netherlands, and there's some other good bands on the bill too, including grungy punks Low Fat Getting High.

bEEdEEgEE, Mas Ysa, Pictureplane (DJ) @ Glasslands
This is the live debut by Brian DeGraw's (of Gang Gang Dance) new solo project bEEdEEgEE, which is just as synthy and weird as much of GGD's stuff. Local indie pop guy Mas Ysa is on the bill too, and Pictureplane DJs.

NOFX, Implants @ Irving Plaza
Long-running skate punks NOFX are still at it and they return to NYC tonight.

Greg Proops @ The Bell House
This is a live taping of the comedian's Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World podcast. Expect arched eyebrows and much laughter.

Kool & Kass, Tecla, Pegasus Warning @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's entertainment includes onetime Das Racist rapper Kool A.D.'s new project with Kass Overall.

Los Lobos @ City Winery
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Mexican-American rock vets Los Lobos just released a live album, Deconstructed in New York, which was recorded at City Winery last year. They return to the venue for three sold-out nights, this being the first.

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

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Tom Stoppard (center) with Darkside voice cast
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In case you didn't know, Pink Floyd's epic album The Dark Side of the Moon turned 40 years old on March 1, 2013. Since its release, it has been hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time and a feat of masterful engineering and production thanks to the great Alan Parsons. As a matter of fact, Dark Side remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988 and cashes in with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide. Your man Klaus is a life-long devotee of Pink Floyd and will gladly and blindly buy into any Pink Floyd-related project with great zeal (even Nick Mason's unfortunate release Fictitious Sports... holy moly. Ouch.). And as Pink Floyd and Co. are masters of the remix/remaster/repackage/rerelease scam, I was prepared for the inevitable onslaught of Dark Side rereleases.

But what I simply did not expect in this anniversary-time was the development and release of a play by an Oscar winning playwright set to the album The Dark Side of the Moon and the themes within it. But guess what: That's exactly what happened! Darkside (not to be confused with the group who is headlining Terminal 5), a radio play written by Academy Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard for BBC Radio 2, incorporating the music from Pink Floyd's iconic The Dark Side of the Moon, was released worldwide as a deluxe CD package this week (11/25):

Darkside incorporates music and lyrics from The Dark Side of the Moon which serves as the underscore to an abstract and compelling interpretation of the album's series of grand themes, which are both thought-provoking and laced with Stoppard's characteristic wit and humour. The play follows Emily, a philosophy student, through a series of thought experiments, which are vividly brought to life by a cast of characters portrayed by Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell, Iwan Rheon and others.
Now, I can hear you all cracking your knuckles and sidling up to your keyboards to lay into me for suggesting this album has any potential, but hear me out! I will defend Pink Floyd to my (probably shallow and unmarked) grave. Believe you me; this album has been re-spawned in the form of so many frustratingly expensive editions over the years that it borders on complete insanity and obvious greed. Because what it boils down to is putting a fancy silk hat on an already perfect thing. All the fancy packaging in the world won't enhance the one fact that really matters; that this is one of the best, most pristine records of all time. The only edition I need is the one that came out in 1973; a gatefold album on vinyl that came with two posters and two stickers. That's it. Perfection.

What this Tom Stoppard/BBC2 release brings to the table is a brilliant writer's interpretation of an extremely heavy album. Since its release people have discussed how inspiring and how open to interpretation this album is. And now, to celebrate the anniversary, we are given the opportunity to hear interpretation at work. I think it's a pretty cool idea, and so does Pink Floyd. David Gilmour was quoted as saying that "I found the script of Tom's play fascinating; I can't think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side of The Moon's 40 year anniversary." And Nick Mason approached it the way a fan probably would when he said, "I love it. If anyone is going to mess with the crown jewel of albums, Tom is a very good choice."

The radio play, which aired on BBC 2 in August, is out now on deluxe package CD with a 54-page booklet including the original script and Roger Waters' lyrics. Get it at Amazon. Or maybe Rough Trade? Or win one from us! Contest details (and a promo video) are below!

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Television at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Television, Gambles @ Rough Trade
Back in action (though without guitarist Richard Lloyd), Tom Verlaine and the rest of Television play tonight and Saturday and the new Rough Trade NYC. With a new album in the can, expect new songs...and hopefully plenty of classics. Both nights are sold out.

Dean Wareham, Papercuts @ The Bell House
A veteran of two classic indie rock bands (Galaxie 500 and Luna), Dean Wareham just released his first-ever solo record, the lovely Emancipated Hearts. He's playing The Bell House on Friday with Papercuts (whose Jason Quever produced Dean's LP) will open with an acoustic set.

The Menzingers, Modern Baseball, Banquets, Ma Jolie @ Bowery Ballroom
The Menzingers give their punk a dose of heart-on-your-sleeve everyman's rock, and they're one of the best bands doing that kind of thing right now. They've also got killer openers tonight, including fellow Philly bands Modern Baseball, who do the nasally away-message emo thing really well, and noodly post-hardcore band Ma Jolie. Plus, Jersey's Banquets, whose anthemic punk is probably the closest musically to Menzingers of the three opening bands.

Toxic Holocaust, Ramming Speed, In Defence @ Saint Vitus
These two ass-kicking thrash bands, Toxic Holocaust and Ramming Speed, are about as gnarly as names like Toxic Holocaust and Ramming Speed imply. So head to Saint Vitus if your Thanksgiving weekend needs a night of full-throttle assault.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Dawn of Midi, Pontiak, Woodsman @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Sure to be one of the loudest shopping experiences ever, A Place to Bury Strangers headline tonight's free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show. Go early for Dawn of Midi who answer the question, "what would electronic dance music sound like made solely by classical instruments?"

Brian Chase @ La Sala
Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase headlines this night of "drone based music in Just Intonation, meditative short films and video projection environments" happening in the old Monkeytown space.

LVL UP, Liam Betson, Heeney, Liquor Store @ Shea Stadium
LVL UP make crunchy '90s-style indie rock that's somewhere between Weezer and Built to Spill, and their DIY-attitude will go over really well in a place like Shea Stadium. The rest of this indie rock-oriented lineup is good too.

Glassjaw @ The Paramount
Early-'00s post-hardcore vets Glassjaw ended their hiatus a few years back, though they still aren't the most active band. They do have this one-off tonight though, and where better to see a Long Island Emo band than Long Island itself?

Kill Your Idols, Crime in Stereo, Altered Boys @ Santos Party House
NYC/Long Island hardcore vets Kill Your Idols have been pretty active this year, having played Black and Blue and This Is Hardcore, and tonight they begin their 2-night run at Santos. There's cool openers both nights too. Tonight gets Crime In Stereo, who reunited last year.

Slayer, Gojira, 4arm @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Slayer may not have their classic lineup, with Dave Lombardo out and Jeff Hanneman having passed away (RIP), but they're moving forward nonetheless. For this tour, they're promising "old school" sets, which means they'll be focusing on material solely from their first five albums. And get there early for French death metallers Gojira, who are always worth seeing too.

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

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Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Thanksgivukkah!

There is not much of anything going on in the way of shows tonight, so maybe you wanna go see a movie? Or just hang on the couch. You can plan the rest of your weekend, though, with our Thanksgiving Weekend Event Guide.

Speaking of holiday mash-ups, if you haven't seen Nick Kroll's trailer for fake screwball comedy Thanksgivukkah, it's got Penny Marshall, Fred Melamed, Fred Willard, Kumail Nanjiani and more, and you can watch it below.

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Mission of Burma at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Mission of Burma

Mission of Burma don't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they've announced what is currently a one-off opportunity to catch the indie rock veterans in NYC on February 7 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Stay tuned to see if other dates are announced.

Live video below...

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Ad-Rock at MoMA last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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In case you aren't caught up with the toy company GoldieBlox vs Beastie Boys drama, they posted an video/ad (which has since been taken down) which repurposed the Beasties' song "Girls" as a feminist anthem for young girls, advocating the idea that girls can create whatever they want and not be forever subject to all things pretty, pink, and princess.

Word then got out that the Beastie Boys were threatening copyright infringement over the use of the song, but GoldieBlox claimed it was parody and protected by Fair Use:

In the lyrics of the Beastie Boys' song entitled Girls, girls are limited (at best) to household chores, and are presented as useful only to the extent they fulfill the wishes of the male subjects. The GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video takes direct aim at the song both visually and with a revised set of lyrics celebrating the many capabilities of girls. Set to the tune of Girls but with a new recording of the music and new lyrics, girls are heard singing an anthem celebrating their broad set of capabilities--exactly the opposite of the message of the original. They are also shown engaging in activities far beyond what the Beastie Boys song would permit. GoldieBlox created its parody video specifically to comment on the Beastie Boys song, and to further the company's goal to break down gender stereotypes and to encourage young girls to engage in activities that challenge their intellect, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
The Beastie Boys didn't see eye to eye with that response, arguing that parody or not, the video was still used as an advertisement, and the group strictly prohibits the use of their songs in advertisements. In an open letter to GoldieBlox, they wrote:
Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial "GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys," we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad. We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering.

As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads. When we tried to simply ask how and why our song "Girls" had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US.

Now, GoldieBlox have responded with their own open letter, saying that they are "ready to stop the lawsuit":
Dear Adam and Mike,

We don't want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.

When we made our parody version of your song, 'Girls', we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren't too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls. Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It's been incredible to watch.

Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with threats that we took very seriously. As a small company, we had no choice but to stand up for ourselves. We did so sincerely hoping we could come to a peaceful settlement with you.

We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising. Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours.

Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video. In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team.

We don't want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.

Sincerely,

Debbie + Team GoldieBlox

Beastie Boy Ad-Rock just DJed the Body/Head show at MoMA last week (11/21) as a last-minute replacement for his wife Kathleen Hanna. He'll also be at the upcoming Champagne Jerry show at Joe's Pub on December 7, the next date of CJ's monthly series at the venue (tix).

Watch the GoldieBlox "Girls" video (reposted by someone else) below...

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