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Violent Femmes at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Violent Femmes
Pere Ubu at LPR in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
Pere Ubu

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

Pere Ubu, Gagarin @ Bowery Ballroom
Pere Ubu may have been forced to make a few adjustments to their lineup, but it's still a treat to catch these art punk legends while you still can. And their newest album, this year's Lady From Shanghai, ain't too shabby for a band over three decades into their career.

Spirit of Danger, Paper Fleet, The Planes, Casual Friday, @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn's Spirit of Danger have a sound that hearkens back to the heavy psychedelia and swagger rock that would retroactively be coined proto-punk or proto-metal. Tonight they headline a bill with three other local rock bands at Cake Shop.

Violent Femmes @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
This legendary band is down one Violent Femme and up one Dresden Doll, so it might not be exactly the same band you could have seen in 1983 (or at this year's Coachella), but it's still a night of classic tunes played by two of the three guys who wrote/recorded them.

Cuntz, Pop. 1280, Black Black Black, Cyanide Tooth @ Death By Audio
Cuntz are over from Australia to bless the US with their rackety rock n' roll for the first time ever. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows this week, and if you're going, be sure to catch Brooklyn goths Pop. 1280 as well.

Houses, Jamaican Queens, Candide @ Glasslands
Two indie pop bands, Houses and Jamaican Queens, are on the road together and today they play their first of two NYC shows together at Glasslands. Mercury Lounge tomorrow.

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth & The Catapult @ Irving Plaza
Montreal's pop violinist Kishi Bashi, still touring off last year's 151a, hits Irving Plaza tonight for a dose of his folky, baroque, very catchy music.

Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Cian Nugent @ Issue Project Room
Experimental guitarist Marc Ribot plays the ongoing IPR tenth anniversary tonight joined by avant-jazz saxist Matana Roberts and Irish folk guitarist Cian Nugent.

The Rosebuds, Dark Rooms @ Mercury Lounge
Did you know The Rosebuds covered Sade's Love Deluxe in its entirety? They did and you can stream it below. You can also go see them perform it live tonight. Tickets are still available.

Kastle, Sweater Beats, Druid Cloak, Jaw Jam, Lindsay Lowend @ Output
Kastle makes a kind of dancey future bass not too far removed from fast-rising producer XXYYXX, so if dancing and staying up late is your thing, you might wanna head to Ouput for their weekly INPUT party tonight.

Mike Servito, Honey Dijon, Nicolas Matar, Anthony Parasole, Wrecked @ The Panther Room
While that Kastle show is going down in Output's main room, The Bunker's Mike Servito does this other party in the venue's Panther Room.

The KDMS, Arthur's Landing, Darshan Jesrani, Metro Area, Artur8 (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Though Arthur Russell died in 1992 you can hear his dance-oriented songs recreated live via tribute act Arthur's Landing. Tonight's show also features UK/Polish duo The KDMS, Morgan Geist's Metro Area and more.

Hard Skin at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hard Skin

Hard Skin, La Misma, Vanity @ Acheron
Featuring the profanely articulate talents of frontman Fat Bob (who is a longtime employee of London's Rough Trade record store), tongue-in-cheek UK oi band Hard Skin bring the party anthems. You don't wanna miss.

O'Brother, Native, Daylight @ Santos Party House
Fans of heavy rock might enjoy this whole show, but we're most excited to see Native, whose mix of post-hardcore and math rock is great on record, but begging to be seen in a live show environment.

Shovels and Rope, Shakey Graves @ Webster Hall
Country folk duo Shovels and Rope released their second album, O' Be Joyful, and continue to grow in popularity. Tonight they play with Shakey Graves, who should appeal to fans of The Tallest Man on Earth.

Twin Sister, DJ Soul @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tonight is a party for new FOX sitcom Brooklyn Nine Nine (starring Andy Samberg) and you can catch an early screening of the first episode which debuts next week. Then stick around for a performance from Twin Sister. It's free, you just need to RSVP (which is still open)

Taking Back Sunday, Bad Rabbits @ Starland Ballroom
Last year, Taking Back Sunday went on a tour performing Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, a record that left a pretty big impact on a whole generation of kids when it came out. If you missed your chance at seeing them play that record, or just need to see it again, you're in luck because they're doing TAYF again tonight at Starland Ballroom before heading to Chicago for Riot Fest.

Eve, Dyme-A-Duzin, Camille Safiya @ Gramercy Theatre
Eve is back in action this year, and tonight she plays Gramercy Theatre (rescheduled from August's cancelled Irving Plaza date). If you're going, it's worth getting there early to catch Dyme-A-Duzin (of Phony PPL).

Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Brian Posehn @ The Town Hall
This Globochem-sponsored tour features Mr. Show alumnus Bob Odenkirk, David Cross and Brian Posehn and play two shows tonight. The 7:30 show is sold out but you can still get tickets to the 10:30. By the way, did you hear AMC is moving forward with Odenkirk's Saul Goodman show?

Remembering John Lennon w/ Bettye LaVette & Special Guests Bob Gruen, Jack Douglas and Dennis Elsas @ City Winery
Tonight is being billed as "an evening of memories and music with those who knew and worked with John Lennon," including singer Bettye LaVette, photographer Bob Gruen and Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas.

Common, Yahzarah @ Galapagos Art Space
Conscious rap veteran Common plays The ALT Scholarship Foundation's annual summer fundraiser, which benefits the foundation's scholarship program. It's mostly sold out but the $75 option still has a few tickets available.

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

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NOFX at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Cali skate punks NOFX have announced a US tour which will go down this fall and hit NYC on November 30 at Irving Plaza. Support at that show, and a few of the other Northeast dates, comes from The F.U.'s and Implants. Tickets for that show are currently on Citi Cardmember, Live Nation (password: "HOB20") and Music Geeks (password: "musicgeeks") presales, and the general on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.

As discussed, NOFX frontman Fat Mike's label Fat Wreck Chords are doing their official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with Good Riddance and Western Addiction reunions, plus sets from The Flatliners and Brooklyn/NJ surf punks Night Birds. That same lineup (minus The Flatlieners) goes on a Rocks Off Cruise (10/19) the next day. Tickets for both shows are still available.

You can also catch Western Addiction at a smaller, sweatier show when they play Acheron on October 20 with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) band Livids and Brooklyn punks Weird Womb. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Western Addiction's only full length album was 2005's Cognicide, which you can stream on Spotify.

Another good punk show at Acheron is Iron Chic, RVIVR, Nude Beach, and Giant Peach on October 13. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

That happens after Nude Beach's tour which hits Mercury Lounge on September 20 with Suspicious Beasts and Honey (tickets).

Meanwhile, you can also catch Long Island's Iron Chic in NYC when they open for Kill Your Idols at Santos Party House on November 30, with Concrete Cross and Bad Side also on the bill. That's Kill Your Idols' second show at the venue after the previously discussed November 29 date with Crime In Stereo and Altered Boys. Tickets for both nights are still available.

Iron Chic have some hometown LI dates coming up too, including the No Fun Club (9/15) stop on the Screaming Females/Waxahatchee/Tenement tour this weekend. All Iron Chic dates are listed below.

Boston punk fans may be interested in knowing that Dropkick Murphys have announced their hometown St. Patrick's Day shows, which include five shows at House of Blues from March 13-16. Tickets for all five shows go on sale Saturday (9/14) at 10 AM.

Don't forget that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are doing their Hometown Throwdown at the same venue in December.

As mentioned in our last punk roundup, The Casualties are doing some shows in Long Island and NJ this week. Since that post, they've also announced a show happening in Coney Island on Sunday (9/15) at Sideshows By The Seashore (1208 Surf Ave at the corner of Surf and W. 12th). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another punk show happening in Brooklyn this Sunday is Upstart Fest at Knitting Factory (9/15) with Koffin Fats, Turbo AC's, The Scandals, and more (tickets).

That same day at the East Village's Bowery Electric is the previously discussed Angry Samoans show with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown. Tickets for that show are still available.

Bowery Electric is also hosting the 'Carry On Band Series,' as part of the CBGB Festival, on October 10 (6 PM - 2 AM) with tons of punk legends like Cheetah Chrome, Lydia Lynch, RIchard Lloyd, Syl Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, The Waldos, Glen Matlock, Tuff Darts, Faith, Andy Shernoff and many more. Tickets for that are on sale now.

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Dirty Beaches

today in Chicago
* Icona Pop, K. Flay, Sirah @ Metro
* Empire of the Sun, Alpine @ Aragon Ballroom
* Loa Hex, Alias Punch, Charlatan @ Township
* Dirty Beaches, SISU, Ell V Gore @ Empty Bottle
* Porcelain Raft, Save the Clocktower @ Schubas
* J. Roddy Walston and The Business @ Double Door
* Andrew Belle, The Young International @ Lincoln Hall
* Bully In The Hallway, Tony Rogers, DAYTONICS @ Hideout
* Cerebral Ballzy, Culo, Brick Assassin, Max57 @ Beat Kitchen
* The Beauty 2's, Post Honeymoon, Electric Skyline @ Bottom Lounge
* Fake Limbs, Blizzard Babies, Blasted Diplomats, Split Feet @ The Burlington

Dirty Beaches, SISU, and Ell V Gore play the Empty Bottle tonight.

Porcelain Raft and Save the Clocktower play Schubas.

Bully in the Hallway headline the Hideout.

Fake Limbs, Blizzard Babies, Blasted Diplomats, and Split Feet play a BLVD Records showcase at The Burlington.

Bill Callahan performed "Small Plane," a track off of his forthcoming Dream River LP, in a small NYC park for NPR. Check out the footage below, and catch him at Alhambra Palace on October 14.

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by Bill Pearis

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It was about halfway through the third song of the night, "Drew," when the strings really came sweeping in, epic and autumnal and you could feel a wave of electricity sweep across the audience at Beacon Theatre last night (9/10). It was an honest-to-goodness hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck moment and what would be the first of many that night. Goldfrapp's gorgeous new album, Tales of Us, is drenched in the kind of strings that haven't been in fashion since John Barry stopped scoring James Bond films, and the 20-strong Wordless Orchestra brought it to dramatic life.

Of course the main star of the night (their only North American show this year) was Alison Goldfrapp, whose voice was in pristine form and whose blouse billowed in cinematic fashion. We got the Tales of Us played front-to-back (minus the LP's sold electronic cut, "Thea") followed by a short break and then a six-song encore older songs that fit the mood, augmented by a choir and the other half of Goldfrapp, Will Gregory. We got two Morricone-esque cuts from their 2000 debut, Felt Mountain ("Paper Bag" and "Lovley Head") and a showstopper rendition of "Caravan Girl" that earned a genuine standing ovation. Great night, maybe show of the year for me so far. As I left the theater couldn't help but wonder why Goldfrapp hasn't actually done a Bond theme? She'd knock it out of the park.

While in NYC Goldfrapp taped a performance for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon but it won't air until September 26. Goldfrapp setlist and a couple videos from Beacon Theatre, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

MGMT at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

MGMT's insanely weird new self-titled album, which is about as far out from Congratulations as that album was from Oracular Spectacular, comes out next week (9/17), but if you're an RDIO user you can stream it now. It's not just a stream though, it's also a trippy visual experience called "Optimizer" which lasts for the entirety of the record. Maybe it's just timing, but this whole thing goes pretty well with that new Arcade Fire song/visual.

If you're in NYC, you can experience the "Optimizer" on a big screen tonight (9/11) at Knitting Factory, where they're showing it at 8 PM. Doors open at 5, and it's totally free.

MGMT is also the subject of Pitchfork's new cover story, which is a good read if you're interested in the band's shift from accidental pop stars to hard-working creators of strange, somewhat difficult music.

All tour dates, including Virgin FreeFest, are listed, along with the video for "Your Life Is A Lie," below...

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One of this year's nominees...
Mercury Prize

The 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Shortlist was just announced with the following 12 albums up for this year's prize:

Arctic Monkeys - AM
David Bowie - The Next Day
Disclosure - Settle
Foals - Holy Fire
Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
James Blake - Overgrown
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula - Sing to the Moon
Rudimental - Home
Savages - Silence Yourself
Villagers - Awayland
David Bowie's very Bowie-esque The Next Day seems like the one to beat. Who do you think should win and what albums shoulda been on the list?

Jon Hopkins was in NYC a couple weeks ago; so was Laura Mvula who just played two shows last week in NYC; Laura Marling just played two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg and plays tonight (9/11) at St. Ann's Church.; Arctic Monkeys play a sold-out Webster Hall on Monday (9/16); Savages will be in NYC during CMJ for a show at Terminal 5; and Rudimental play MHOW and Bowery Ballroom in November.

Last year's winner was Alt-J's An Awesome Wave. This year's winner will be announced on October 30 in London.

by Doug Moore

(image via Gawker)
Marc Jacobs skrewdriver

Gawker pointed out this morning that a $68 t-shirt by designer Marc Jacobs bears a striking resemblance to the cover of the Boots and Braces 12" EP by the white power skinhead band Skrewdriver. Here's what one Nordstrom customer had to say (in a review entitled "why"):

This shirt is just wrong on so many levels!!! No one should get this shirt! it's to small.
Why indeed. This isn't the first time a mainstream company has accidentally appropriated an ethically-questionable design; those Mickey Mouse/Joy Division shirts from last year have become sought-after collectors' items.

by Andrew Frisicano

Ceramic Dog

Guitarist Marc Ribot has been talking for years about the monetary difficulties working musicians face (his efforts include negotiating with music festivals for fair pay and working with the NYC musicians union). He put some of those ideas into song form earlier this year with "Masters of the Internet," a track off Your Turn, the most recent album from his power trio Ceramic Dog. He expanded on those ideas with a post about the song, writing "hey, we love our tech toys too, but an empty i-Pod is just a crappy paper-weight."

This fall, there are a ton of chances to see Ribot in a variety of genre-hopping settings. He plays Thursday (9/12) at Issue Project Room with saxophonist Matana Roberts and guitarist Cian Nugent, as part of the IPR's ongoing ten-year anniversary celebration.

Ribot also has dates with Ceramic Dog, multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo (as a duo) and the Marc Ribot Trio (with avant jazzers Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor). He also takes part in a number of the upcoming John Zorn @ 60 concerts, which have been happening all year and end on October 4.

Full dates are listed below.

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by Doug Moore


We mentioned a few weeks ago that death metal legends Obituary are hitting the road in October. We also mentioned at the time that Obituary are funding their upcoming album via Kickstarter. At the time, Obituary had already hit their initial $10k goal.

Now, with four days left in their campaign, Obituary are a few thousand bucks shy of the $50k mark. This figure is relatively small potatoes by Kickstarter standards, but it's still impressive for a traditionally impoverished genre like death metal.

How do Obituary plan to spend their embarrassment of excess riches? By throwing a barbecue, of course:

We're going to invite all of our band member friends (from all of your favorite Florida Death Metal acts) to the studio for what will be a sort-of BBQ shindig, beer drinking, hell raising, free-for-all jam session / album release party...and we will perform a new song from the album!

We're calling the whole thing "Obituary's Redneck Studio BBQ and Free-For-All Jam Session" and we will be live streaming the entire thing, including the new song for all of the backers. We'll be doing this thing around November (may change), and we will update you on who will be there as they confirm. It's been a while since our last album release party, and this guest list is looking pretty unbelievable right now.

To top it off - we will be taking and answering questions from the backers during the live stream.

I have some qualms about bands using Kickstarter to fund their albums, and this is kinda why. How many people who backed the album will really have a chance to attend this party? That said, I bet this plan will go over well with said backers, and I have no doubt that the "Redneck Studio BBQ and Free-For-All Jam Session" will have some delicious, uh, proteins for consumption (and perhaps some vegan options?).

Contribute to Obituary's Kickstarter if you really want to find out what Jon Tardy looks like in a speedo. Their tour kicks off with a two-night stand at Saint Vitus on October 9 and 10; tickets are still available.

Check out the full run of Obituary tour dates, listed below.

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

J. Spaceman, Kid Millions, Eric Copeland @ Le Poisson Rouge
Spiritualized played Webster Hall last night and now here's your chance to catch frontman Jason Pierce in a much more intimate setting, with a little help from Oneida (and current Spiritualized) drummer Kid Millions. Eric Copeland of Black Dice opens.

Mountains, Date Palms, Goodwill Smith, Plankton Wat @ Union Pool
This bill is being presented by Thrill Jockey Records and features three of their artists (everyone on the bill except Goodwill Smith) that lean towards sparse post-rock. A must-see for any experimental music fans not going to J. Spaceman tonight.

Girls Against Boys, David Yow, Coliseum @ Bowery Ballroom
Post-hardcore vets Girls Against Boys are fully back in action, having celebrated the 20th anniversary of Venus Luxure No 1 Baby earlier this year, and continuing with more dates and an upcoming EP. Tonight they headline Bowery Ballroom with an excellent lineup that also includes Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid frontman David Yow and post-hardcore new(er)comers Coliseum.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. The line-up is usually held pretty close to the vest, but you can check his Twitter for the line-up. For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Youth Code, Night Sins @ Home Sweet Home
Tonight's Nothing Changes party hosts a couple acts that recall the heyday of EBM and industrial (Youth Code) and gothy postpunk (Night Sins). Both have new albums too.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Anasazi, Contingent, La Misma @ 285 Kent Avenue
Farfisa-fueled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads headline this show which is a benefit for the Sam Vincent Foundation, run by family of a good friend of the band's that passed away recently.

Kate Boy, ASTR @ Mercury Lounge
This Swedish outfit -- who channel Big '80s pop like Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush -- are in NYC for two shows, tonight being the second. ASTR open and it's an early show, doors at 6:30 PM.

Destruction Unit, Pharmakon, Ukiah Drag @ Mercury Lounge
If you like your shows noisy, Mercury Lounge is the place to be tonight. The bill's being headlined by Destruction Unit, who bring loud-as-fuck psych-punk and a killer live show, and it also features industrial-noise artist Pharmakon and the dark, minimal sounding Ukiah Drag.

blink-182, New Beat Fund, DIIV @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
blink-182 are on the third of three intimate NYC-area shows -- which inspired us to make the argument they're actually an important and influential band for some -- and tonight's is also a benefit. Proceeds benefit burn treatment centers, plus research for cancer, diabetes, and others life-threatening diseases. The show is being opened by Red Bull Records-signed New Beat Fund, whose t-shirt sales will support those charities as well, and Brooklyn indie rock band DIIV (who could probably headline MHOW themselves at this point). Sold out.

The Both (Ted Leo, Aimee Mann) @ The Bell House
Ted Leo and Aimee Mann went on a tour together last year which resulted in some on-stage collaboration, and now they've taken those collaborations a step further, by actually forming a band together. The band, called The Both, is on tour now and tonight is their first NYC show. Should be pretty interesting to see what they have in store.

Flume, Chet Faker, Touch Sensative @ Webster Hall
Australian producer Flume keeps getting bigger and bigger. Back in April he was here for a packed Music Hall of Williamsburg show, and tonight he's at the much larger (and also sold out) Webster Hall, where it's likely going to be a dance party all night.

Taking Back Sunday (performing TAYF), Bad Rabbits, Get Involved!, Lost In Society @ Starland Ballroom
Last year, Taking Back Sunday went on a tour performing Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, a record that left a pretty big impact on a whole generation of kids when it came out. If you missed your chance at seeing them play that record, or just need to see it again, you're in luck because they're doing TAYF again tonight and tomorrow at Starland Ballroom before heading to Chicago for Riot Fest.

Laura Marling @ St. Ann's Church
British folk singer Laura Marling's music may be highly indebted to the genre's early '70s period, but it's some of the most genuine material in that style being written today. She just did two sold-out nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and tonight she does a free (if you RSVPed and got in) intimate show at St. Ann's Church.

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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Spiritualized @ Webster Hall - 9/10/13

Neo-psychedelic greats Spiritualized are on the road and they just landed in NYC last night (9/10) for a show at Webster Hall with Guy Blakeslee (of The Entrance Band). They played a good amount off of last year's Sweet Heart Sweet Light, as well as hitting their classic Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, 2003's Amazing Grace, and a few other cuts from throughout their career. Pictures and the setlist from the show are in this post.

Spiritualized main man Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) is hanging around NYC to headline a more intimate show at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (9/11) with current Spiritualized drummer Kid Millions (also of Oneida), and Eric Copeland (of Black Dice). Tickets are still available.

More pictures and the setlist from Webster Hall below...

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Windhand @ Brooklyn's Saint Vitus earlier on tour (more by Caroline Harrison)

today in Chicago
* Elephant Revival @ SPACE
* Youth Lagoon, Pure X @ Lincoln Hall
* Goldroom, Glass Lux @ Empty Bottle
* Black Prairie, Jon Mooallem @ City Winery Chicago
* Windhand, Mount Salem, Marmora @ Cobra Lounge
* American Opera, Emblems, Ampersand Posture, Odd Folk @ Quenchers
* Bully In the Hallway, Aspiga, The Sky We Scrape, Typesetter @ Township

Youth Lagoon and Pure X play Lincoln Hall.

Black Prairie play City Winery Chicago.

Windhand, Mount Salem, and Marmora play Cobra Lounge.

Bully In the Hallway headline Township.

Volcano Choir performed "Byegone" on Fallon. Check out the footage below.

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by Tim Griffin

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden cleared for takeoff @ 360 - 9/10/2013
Iron Maiden @ COTA - 9/10/2013

Iron Maiden came to the Austin 360 Amphitheater, bringing Dave Mustaine and Megadeth along too. While I didn't get to see Megadeth (who sounded pretty great from my position stuck outside the venue), I did make it with plenty of time to shoot and catch all of Iron Maiden.

It's been more than a dozen years since I last saw Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Nicko McBrain, Janick Gers and their immortal mascot Eddie live. I was expecting a lot, which is good since that's what I and the rest of the audience got.

As their intro music ('Doctor Doctor' by UFO) finished and the house lights dropped, the crowd erupted in a roar. On the first note of 'Moonchild' Maiden set the tone with a giant pyrotechnic blast, and with few exceptions kept the heat coming for just shy of 2 hours. In contrast, the stage set reflected a glacial landscape replete with images of Eddie from different times in the band's history. 'Can I Play with Madness' followed next, with 'The Prisoner' and '2 Minutes To Midnight' rounding out the first four (full set list below).

After the warm-up, Bruce greeted the audience, "How the hell are you tonight? It's been a long time since I've been in Austin as I recall..." 25 years is indeed a long time, but it certainly hasn't slowed the band down. Beyond being as audibly tight as ever, Iron Maiden couldn't keep still for long. Bruce practically ran laps around the horseshoe riser that wrapped the stage, along with jumping and taking flight quite a bit (he is a pilot, so it fits). Steve, Dave, Janick and Adrian also made good use of the wide open stage set up, swapping positions throughout the night. The only person who stayed in place was Nicko, who was too busy beating the hell out of the drum kit.

With each new song the backdrop would change, often featuring the corresponding album artwork. Bruce ducked backstage during the many insane guitar solo shred-fests for wardrobe updates, including once to don a redcoat which he charged back on to the stage wearing while waving the Union Jack for 'The Trooper'. Eddie was ever-present, and couldn't be confined to the 2D backdrop for long. He showed up as a ten-foot-tall soldier rattling his saber during 'Run To The Hills' and as other giant animated embodiments throughout the night.

After a 14 song set Iron Maiden finished the show with a three-song encore, sounding as powerful as when they started the show, and maybe as strong as they sounded 20 years ago.

They're back. They never left. They're still great live. Check out more pictures from the Austin show (though they're only from the beginning) along with the set list and more upcoming dates below...

Continue reading "Iron Maiden came to the 360 Amphitheater (pics, setlist, review)"

by Arielle Gordon

Reggie Watts

Comedian, actor, and musician Reggie Watts is one of the busiest weirdos tearing up the comedy world right now. As one of the founding members of JASH, he's done social experiments testing if music can get you laid, start a party, get you high, and more. As the bandleader of IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!, he has provided the soundtrack to one of the best and most interesting phony talk shows on TV.

He is not going on the Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! Tour, which comes to New York for two shows at NYU Skirball Center on October 12 (a few tickets still available for the 10:30 show).

But he has just announced that he is headlining Irving Plaza on December 11, in what is apparently his last announced show of this year. (He likes to do unannounced shows, sometimes, though.) It's bound to be bizarre and wonderful, and I highly recommend seeing him live. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/13) at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Wednesday (9/11) at 10 AM, and Livenation and Music Geeks (password is "musicgeeks") presales starting Thursday (10/12) at noon.

All Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! and Reggie Watts solo tour dates are listed, along with a Comedy Bang Bang video with Aziz Ansari, below.

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by Bill Pearis

Sigur Ros @ MSG, March 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sigur Ros

Wildly popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones is currently filming Season 4 at various locations around Europe. After Season 3 featured bit parts from members of Coldplay and Snow Patrol, the show is continuing to put anthemic bands in cameos, namely Sigur Ros. Though the show films in the band's native Iceland (subbing for The Haunted Forest and other points North of The Wall), Jónsi, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason are in Croatia filming right now -- Dubrovnik is where Kings Landing scenes are filmed. No word on whether they'll contribute a song too, like The National and The Hold Steady did previously.

This is a big year for Sigur Ros television guest appearances, as they were already on an episode of The Simpsons. They are a Breaking Bad and Walking Dead away from a TV cameo EGOT. The band were last in NYC in March and have more North American tour dates this fall, though none in the five boroughs or surrounding area

Game of Thrones' fourth season will air Spring 2014 on HBO.

photos by James Richards IV

Gary Clark Jr. // Wu-Tang Clan // crowd
2013 North Coast Festival - photos by James Richards - September 1st, 2013
2013 North Coast Festival - photos by James Richards - September 1st, 2013
2013 North Coast Festival - photos by James Richards - September 1st, 2013

North Coast Music Festival 2013 finished off on Sunday, September 1 with performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Gary Clark Jr., Danny Brown, Purity Ring, and many more. You've already seen pictures from Day 1 and Day 2 of the festival, and shots from Day 3 are in this post. More below...

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Kendrick Lamar @ Firefly 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

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

Goldfrapp, Wordless Music Orchestra @ Beacon Theater
Her only U.S. show for 2013, Goldfrapp play a release show for their new album, Tales of Us, with the Wordless Music Orchestra providing the strings so intrinsic to the record's sweeping beauty.

ARMS, Common Prayer @ Mercury Lounge
After taking time off for life stuff, ARMS are back with an appealing new EP and tonight's the record release party.

Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), YOSHIMO, Noise Nomads @ Union Pool
Sonic Youth may not have a future, but the members have all been keeping very busy. Tonight Kim Gordon celebrates her noisy new Body/Head album with a sold-out show at Union Pool, one of a few upcoming dates the duo has in NYC. Opening the show is YOSHIMO of Boredoms (who also just played the NYC stop of Station to Station) and Noise Nomads (aka Jeff Hartford), who has been a favorite of Sonic Youth members for a while now.

Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Bishop Nehru @ Williamsburg Park
In the past year Kendrick Lamar has released one of the greatest rap breakthrough albums in recent memory, toured relentlessly (multiple NYC shows included), appeared on other huge songs ("Fuckin' Problems"), destroyed the competition ("Control"), and done a ton of other notable things that you probably don't need me to name. Needless to say, he's kept us very interested, so his return to NYC for the umpteenth time this year is a welcome one. Supporting him at tonight's show is Black Hippy crew mates Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, plus young upcoming Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru.

The Stepkids, Starlight Girls @ Mercury Lounge
Former backup musicians for Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and 50 Cent, this Connecticut trio make funky pop on their own. This is a record release show for their new album, Troubadour, which tones down the psychedelic soul in favor of '70s AM gold.

Rebelution, Matisyahu, Collie Buddz @ Rumsey Playfield
Religious jam-band scene-approved alt-rock reggae rapper Matisyahu hits Rumsey Playfield in Central Park tonight for a bill that also includes Rebelution and Collie Buddz.

Blink 182 @ Starland Ballroom
blink-182 are on the second of three intimate NYC-area shows -- which inspired us to make the argument they're actually an important and influential band -- and tonight's (like tomorrow's MHOW show) is also a benefit. Proceeds benefit Sandy Relief and cancer/diabetes research and treatment, and opener New Beat Fund's t-shirt sales will support those charities as well. Sold out.

Spiritualized, Guy Blakeslee @ Webster Hall
Spiritualized have been through town more than a few times in the last year, but with an album as strong as last year's Sweet Heart, Sweet Light, they're worth seeing again.

Hess Is More, Ane Trolle, Naja Rosa @ Cameo Gallery
A mighty live force capable of DFA-style dancerock, Hess is More are always worth checking out live. This will be your first of three chances to do so this month as part of their September "Hessidency."

Zuul, Villains, Throaat @ The Gutter
No need to call Ghostbusters, the coming of this Zuul -- from Carbondale, Illinois, not the underworld -- doesn't signify the return of The Destructor, though their NWOBHM-style riffage is bulldozer strength. Joining them is NYC sleaze metal band Villains, and Throaat, who have members of Natur and Wizardry.

Johann Johannsson @ Le Poisson Rouge
Highly prolific Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, whose most recent work is the score for new crime drama Prisoners, will perform tonight with American Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra @ Havemeyer Park (Nitehawk Outdoors)
Part of the Nitehawk Outdoors series, tonight's screening is Oscar-winner, Chicago, preceded by a performance by jazz-age style ensemble Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. It's free but you do need to RSVP.

Kate Boy, ASTR, Young Heel @ Glasslands
This Swedish outfit -- who channel Big '80s pop like Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush -- are in NYC for two shows, tonight being the first. They'll play Mercury Lounge tomorrow. Check out their video for "The Way We Are" 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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Deerhunter @ NYC's Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)

today in Chicago
* Station to Station: Chicago
* Rick Rizzo, Janet Bean @ Hideout
* CHVRCHES, XXYYXX @ Lincoln Hall
* Human Eye, Shocked Minds @ Empty Bottle
* Grant Hart @ Reckless Records (Free; In-store)
* Deerhunter, Marnie Stern, Stagnant Pools @ Metro
* Psychic Teens @ Permanent Records (Free; In-store)
* Sun Splitter, Psychic Teens, Eitarnora, Rare Animals @ The Burlington
* Paul Collins' Beat, The Stranger, My Blue Valentine, Sam Vicari @ Ultra Lounge

Station to Station: Chicago, featuring Thurston Moore, No Age, Mavis Staples, and more takes place at Union Station tonight.

If you missed Grant Hart at Danny's last night, he also plays an in-store at Reckless Records' Wicker Park location at 6PM tonight.

Deerhunter, Marnie Stern, and Stagnant Pools play Metro.

Psychic Teens play a 6PM in-store at Permanent Records and then The Burlington later on.

Eminem has a new video for "Berzerk." Check it out below.

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KISS in Dumbo this afternoon (via @mikegermano / Mrs. Klaus Kinski)

New York's greatest makeup'd rock band, KISS, are currently (as of this posting) in DUMBO shooting... something outside the Etsy offices. We're not sure what it's for. Maybe something related to their new book, Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975), which follows the band's formative years, culminating in the release of their breakthough single "Rock n' Roll All Nite." That book is in stores on Tuesday (9/10). Cover art for that is below.

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Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The fourth Tinderbox Music Festival, "an annual event showcasing a powerful and diverse lineup of established and emerging female artists producing innovative original music," is returning to NYC on November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's being headlined by experimental band Deerhoof, and also features sets by a bunch of local artists, including the shoegazey Butter the Children, the punky Aye Nako, the synth poppy Half Waif, the friends of Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dynasty Electric, and more. Tickets for the fest go on sale Friday (9/13) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting today (9/9) at 4 PM. Full lineup and the list of all Deerhoof tour dates are below.

Aye Nako have other shows coming up, including an opening slot on the Bowery Ballroom (9/16) stop of the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement tour (tickets) and our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Bouncing Souls, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon and more TBA (admission is $3 at the door).

Butter the Children also play another local show on October 7 at Cameo with Neighbors, Teen Girl Science Monthly, and Clarence. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full Tinderbox 2013 lineup, the list of Deerhoof dates, and some song streams, below...

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David Sedaris and Lena Dunham
David Sedaris and Lena Dunham

One day before author and humorist David Sedaris takes over Carnegie Hall by himself, he'll hook up with 'Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham for "an insightful evening of reading and conversation" on the same stage. Lena and David will be 'Alone Together At Last' at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in NYC on November 19, 2013 (8pm). "An Evening with David Sedaris" is at Carnegie Hall on November 20.

Tickets for an "Evening with David Sedaris" are on sale now.

Tickets for Lena and David will go on sale Friday, September 13, but you can get them starting Tuesday (September 10) via an exclusive BrooklynVegan presale. Just head to the ticket page (which will be live soon) and enter code VEG18042.

As for Girls, which is up for five Emmys this year, the show is currently in production for Season 3 (which will feature Kim Gordon in an episode) which will air in 2014. You can watch an "In Production" teaser below.

In related news, the first-ever movie adaptation of a Sedaris essay is coming to the big screen. 'C.O.G.' premiered at Sundance and hits theaters on September 20. The trailer and more information on the two Carnegie Hall events, below...

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire have a new album due out on October 29 via Merge (which features production by James Murphy), and they've been in the process of a marketing scheme called Reflektor, which is also the name of the album and its first single. That single was set to premiere today (9/9) at 9 PM, but it's out now. (It's 9 PM somewhere.) It's an awesomely weird song (that kind of sounds like what you'd imagine James Murphy producing Arcade fire would sound like) with an awesomely weird interactive video, which you can watch (and be a part of) at

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire will perform on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 28 with host Tina Fey.

Album trailer and behind-the-scenes videos below...

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Advance Base @ the Empty Bottle in March (more by Stan Golovchuk)

today in Chicago
* Jason Moody, Project Film @ The Whistler
* Tjutjuna, Bitchin Bajas, ONO @ The Burlington
* Grant Hart, Chris Connelly @ Danny's (Free Show)
* Darwin Deez, Caged Animals, Dozens @ Beat Kitchen
* Air Waves, The Warmbloods, Vacations @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)
* Advance Base, Hello Shark, The Multiple Cat @ Hungry Brain (Free Show)

Tjutjuna, Bitchin Bajas, and ONO play the Burlington tonight.

Grant Hart and Chris Connelly play a free show at Danny's.

Advance Base plays a free show at the Hungry Brain.

Franz Ferdinand have a new, NSFW video for "Evil Eye." Check it out below, and catch them at the Vic on October 10.

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photos by P Squared Photography

No Age @ MHOW, 9/5/2013
No Age - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn - photos by P Squared - September 5th, 2013

While the crowd members went for each others' jugulars (or whatever body parts they managed to make contact with) or danced along ecstatically sans pain, No Age properly fed the crowd's appreciation with track after track of nearly pure distortion and noise instrumentals. Although Spunt shouted into his mic, his words were just murmurs against the multi-stack drumstick smashes and distortion-loaded power chords. Midway through the set, Spunt announced it was time for "some new songs," and abandoned his drum kit temporarily for the bass. During No Generator, the low but heavy bass riffs brashly coupled with guitar chops, shook the venue (and even rattled the drummer-less drums). After playing a few fuzz-heavy An Object tracks (I Won't Be Your Generator and A Ceiling Dreams Of A Floor) and some oldies, Spunt eventually returned to his trusty drum kit to finish off the set, ending it with one of the band's more punk-rooted songs, Miner. - [CMJ]
The wild squall that is Los Angeles duo No Age invaded NYC last week, as their tour hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (9/6) with opening sets from locals Ornament (aka Joe DeNardo from Growing) and Regal Degal. Pictures from that show are in this post.

No Age stuck around on Friday (9/6) to play the kickoff event for the traveling Station to Station roadshow and we'll have pictures from that too soon. More pics from Music Hall below...

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photos by Jeff Ryan

Ted Leo (with The Both) // Superchunk
AV Festival 2013 - Chicago - Saturday
AV Festival 2013 - Chicago - Saturday

A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party 2013 finished off on Saturday evening (9/7). While Day 1 of the festival featured Neko Case, Mavis Staples, and more, Day 2 was fairly stacked, with performances by The Hold Steady, Superchunk, The Walkmen, The Both (aka Ted Leo + Aimee Mann), and even more. We've got pictures and some videos from Day 2 of the 2013 fest in this post. More below...

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