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The Julie Ruin @ Bowery Ballroom 9/3/2013
The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

She conceived the group as what she called her "dream band," with players from different walks of her life: on bass, her Bikini Kill band mate Kathi Wilcox; on guitar, Sara Landeau, an instructor at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, where Ms. Hanna occasionally teaches; on drums, her friend Carmine Covelli; and Kenny Mellman, Herb of the cabaret act Kiki & Herb, as a keyboardist and songwriter. They rehearsed casually around town and at Ms. Hanna's New Jersey home -- "I can't call it jamming, because I hate that; I don't jam," she said -- without considering where it would lead.

According to Ms. Wilcox, "When she approached me to join the band, she was sort of like, 'We may never tour, we may never make a record, but we're just doing this now for fun, because I need to.' "

But Ms. Hanna arrived with some songs intact -- including one, "Just My Kind," written for Christina Aguilera -- and though she didn't have an overarching sound in mind, she knew what she liked. "I know I love sexy surf guitars, I know I love loud snare," she said. "I love really simple repeating bass lines, and I love weird mad scientist keyboard sounds."

Mr. Mellman, a musical savant and a voracious consumer of new bands, gave himself the task of keeping the Julie Ruin up-to-date. "The last thing I wanted was for it to start sounding like a '90s revival," he said.
- [NY Times]

With The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna finds herself back on indie rock terra firma, but Tuesday night's album release show at Bowery Ballroom (9/3) , the band's other roots -- which might be summed up as the Joe's Pub drag-cabaret scene -- were proudly showing. Kiki & Herb's Kenny Mellman plays keyboards and their drummer Carmine Covelli also plays in Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments which also sports Hanna's hubby Adam Horovitz (who was at Bowery too, photo below) as a member. The Bowery show was hosted by everyone's favorite drag king comedian Murray Hill (who has also shared stages with Kathleen before).

Most people in attendance (a crowd that included Dave Hill and Kim Gordon) were probably too busy dancing and enjoying themselves to think about such things. While the show was a celebration of The Julie Ruin's debut album (out this week) and most of it was played, their set featured a number of Le Tigre songs. A picture of the setlist is below. The show was the kickoff to their tour and opening were sonic and cultural descendants, Swearin'. Photos from the show are in this post.

If you missed it, the tour finishes in NYC as well with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 25. Tickets for that are still available.

More pictures from Bowery, and video of The Julie Ruin's performance one night later on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (aka last night), below...

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Berlin Festival

The big festival season may be coming to a close now that Labor Day is behind us and it doesn't really feel like summer anymore, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any to still look forward to (though many are in warmer places than here in the Northeast).

One festival that will take an airplane ticket and a passport to get to from the US, but has a lineup that might make it worth it, is the Berlin Festival in -- you guessed it -- Berlin. It goes down this weekend from September 6-7 and includes Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Justice (DJ), John Talabot (live), and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full schedule here.

In October, Austin gets the previously discussed Austin City Limits Festival for two weekends (10/4-6 & 10/11-13) with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, passion Pit, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand and more. Weekend passes for weekend 2 and VIP options for both weekends are still available. Check out the schedule here. If you'll be in Austin for the festival, don't forget to catch some of the official late shows too.

Later on in the year, Austin gets the previously discussed Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10) which includes Descendents, Quicksand, Television, Deerhunter, MGMT, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Body Count, Cloud Nothings, Title FIght, White Lung and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full lineup.

Around that same time, New Orleans hosts the previously mentioned Voodoo Experience festival (11/1-3) with Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Gaslight Anthem, Desaparecidos, Cults, Rudimental and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.

Though it's not quite a "festival," NYC will be bombarded by a whole slew of bands this fall when a big portion of the music industry heads our way for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from October 15-19. Confirmed artists include The Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, The Long Winters, Savages, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Eleanor Friedberger, Kevin Drew, Obits, Fuck Buttons, Quadron, Speedy Ortiz, Lawrence Rothman and more. Badges are on sale now.

Right before CMJ, NYC will be getting the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival which goes from October 9 to 13 across various venues and includes Andy Shernoff, Arto Lindsay, Bass Drum of Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Ginger Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Meat Puppets, Obits, The Spits, Tommy Ramone, and more. Badges are still available.

And right as CMJ is ending in NYC, San Francisco will be getting its two-day Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19-20). That festival includes Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.

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Willie Nelson / MSMR in the SoundWave Tent / the crowd
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11

The redheaded stranger turned 80 this year and he's no worse for wear. Like the whiskey he often sings about (he opened with 1973's "Whiskey River") Willie Nelson only seems to get better with age -- his voice deeper, his words wiser -- even if he's increasingly aware of his creeping mortality. That the man closed his triumphant set with "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" seemed a little morbid if not too on the nose, but that combination of libertarian spunk and unblinking truthfulness is what makes Nelson a living classic. Which must be the reason John "Uncle Jesse" Stamos felt compelled to slip onstage and play bongos in Willie's Family band for the second half of the gig (he did fine, now let's move on). "Still Is Still Moving to Me" was another latter-day highlight, though the Outside Lands audience was most thrilled to hear old soulful numbers like "Georgia on My Mind" and "Night Life," and outlaw tales like "Beer for My Horses" and "Me and Paul." - [SPIN]
The 2013 Outside Lands Music Festival came to a close back on Sunday (8/11) with performances from country music legend Willie Nelson, Vampire Weekend, Hall & Oates, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Fishbone, and more. Pictures from Sunday's fun are in this post.

Much like we did at Lollapalooza and Firefly, BrooklynVegan commanded the SoundWave Tent for two hours each day with hosts Dave Hill and Christen Thomas. Sunday we had live performances with Dawes and MSMR and interviews with King Tuff and Camper Van Beethoven. Pics from that are HERE and in this post as well.

Pictures from Outside Lands Day 1 are HERE and Day 2 are HERE. More from Day 3 below...

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Destruction Unit at 285 Kent, June 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)

today in Chicago
* O'Brother, Native, Daylight, Sweet Cobra @ Bottom Lounge
* John Scofield @ Old Town School of Folk Music (Late Show)
* John Scofield @ Old Town School of Folk Music (Early Show)
* Software Giant, Sweet Deceivers, The Grooks @ The Burlington
* Nervous Passanger, Coaster, Rat Hammer, Mitar @ Ultra Lounge
* Destruction Unit, Gas Rag, Hawaiian Punch @ Bottom Lounge (Upstairs)
* The Cell Phones, Videobug, The Weird Bananas, Bricklayers Foundation, Mr. Ma'am @ Quenchers

O'Brother, Native, Daylight, and Sweet Cobra play Bottom Lounge tonight. Destruction Unit, Gas Rag, and Hawaiian Punch play the venue's upstairs room.

John Scofield plays both an early and late show at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Kathleen Hanna's The Julie Ruin played Fallon last night. Check out the footage below.

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AlunaGeorge // crowd at NCMF 2013 on 8.30
bandname @ venue - date
bandname @ venue - date

North Coast Music Festival 2013 took place this past weekend in Chicago's Union Park. The EDM and hip hop-heavy lineup featured Just Blaze, Mac Miller, RL Grime, AlunaGeorge, and many more on Friday, August 30. The festival was temporarily evacuated around 5:30PM due to a fast-approaching storm. After the weather passed, gates were reopened at 7:30PM and set times were shifted around in order to accommodate for the two-hour delay. Unfortunately, the storm wrecked all of headliners Passion Pit's gear, so the group closed out the night with a DJ set instead. We've got pictures from Day 1 of NCMF 2013 in this post. More below...

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Circle Takes The Square's As the Roots Undo was a revelation in 2004. After years lying dormant, the band resurfaced a while back. As mentioned, the Decompositions​:​Volume Number One LP is their first effort in eight+ years, packing nine tracks onto a single LP that came quietly last year via Bandcamp. The effort is currently available for pay-what-you-want via Bandcamp and you can stream it below in full.

Look for CTTS to hit the road too, anchoring a set of dates around their previously discussed appearance at the massive Not Dead Yet in Toronto. Those dates include a stop for an InvisibleOranges-presented show at Saint Vitus on Nov 10 with B Dolan with Live Band. Tickets are on sale. All other dates, and the album stream, are below.

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AlunaGeorge / Todd Terje

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

AlunaGeorge, Supreme Cuts @ Bowery Ballroom
After an impressive 2012 EP on Tri Angle, a collaborative hit with Disclosure, and a number of other very catchy singles, AlunaGeorge brought everything together for their recently released debut LP, Body Music, which they're now supporting on their first North American tour. They're at Bowery Ballroom tonight, and will hit MHOW tomorrow. Both sold out. Polica collaborators Supreme Cuts open both nights.

Todd Terje & Lindstrøm, JDH & Dave P @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Norwejan's Todd Terje and Lindstrøm, each acclaimed in their own right, join forces tonight for a collaborative live set, their first time doing so in the U.S. The two claim to be playing it loose, so it could prove pretty cool. Tickets are still available.

The Sidekicks, Hop Along, Living Room, I Scream Sine Waves @ Saint Vitus
Ohio pop punks The Sidekicks are on tour and they've brought the excellent, powerfully raw indie rockers Hop Along with them. That tour rolls through Brooklyn tonight for a show at mostly-metal venue Saint Vitus.

Black Forest, Plates of Cake, Vulture Shit, Beasty @ Cake Shop
Do you like cake? Well then you probably should head to Cake Shop for Plates of Cake. What kind? How about a slice of Black Forest? Those are actually indie rock bands, not confections, but you can get cake there too. They don't call it Cake Shop for nothing.

Porcelain Raft, Rewards, School of Night @ Glasslands
Brooklyn-via-Italy electronic musician Porcelain Raft released his new album, Permanent Signal, a couple weeks ago and tonight is the official record release show. Also on board Aaron Pfenning's Rewards and School of Night (aka Darby Cicci of The Antlers).

Laura Mvula, King @ Le Poisson Rouge
Laura Mvula hasn't escalated to pop stardom yet, but she's got the material for it so we wouldn't be surprised if it's not long until you don't see her in venues as small as these anymore. The UK singer has an immediate pop appeal, but not without ambition and boundary-crossing, and her single "Green Garden" is pretty hard to get out of your head.

Infinity Shred, Tony Quattro, Black Dave, Yung Gutted, GirlBro, Ary, Kitty Gizmo @ 285 Kent Avenue
8-bit champions Infinity Shred release their new album, Sanctuary, next week (9/10) but are celebrating tonight with a slew of likeminded retro-futurists. You can stream Sanctuary's title track below.

The Mission UK, Light Asylum @ Irving Plaza
Take equal parts dour goth and cheesy bombast and you get '80s survivors The Mission UK who are playing their first NYC show in 10 years. Break out your long black coats and spaghetti western are still available.

No Age, Ornament, Regal Degal @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Noisy rock duo No Age are touring behind album #4, which Sub Pop put out last month, and tonight they make their return to NYC for a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Regal Degal are worth showing up for too.

Empire of the Sun, Alpine @ Pier 26
s it an '80s fantasy movie? Ice Capades? No it's campy megapop band Empire of the Sun, whose second album, Ice on the Dune, manages an interesting feat: eliciting a nostalgic vibe without being nostalgic to anything in particular. If you're heading to this, get there early for fellow Australians Alpine who are pretty good.

Friend Roulette, Xenia Rubinos, Blanche Blanche Blanche @ Union Pool
Union Pool hosts a pretty interesting, diverse bill tonight with chamber pop collective Friend Roulette, boundary-pushing singer/instrumentalist Xenia Rubinos, and wacky psych poppers Blanche Blanche Blanche. If you like the weird mixed with the catchy, this is the show for you.

The Music Tapes @ 133rd St. Arts Center Lab
Before Neutral Milk Hotel heads on tour, Julian Koster is doing one last run of shows for his band The Music Tapes at 133rd St. Arts Center Lab. They play two shows today (2 PM and 7:30 PM). Free but RSVP is closed.

Full of Hell, White Widows Pact @ Even Flow Bar & Grill (LI)
Ruthless hardcore kids Full of Hell recently released their newest album, Rudiments of Mutilation; an in-your-face heavy album with hints of sludge and powerviolence that you know you just have to see live. Unfortunately, their current tour doesn't exactly come to NYC, but you can see them in Long Island tonight.

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

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Titus Andronicus at Lincoln Hall on 8.28.2013
Titus Andronicus - Lincoln Hall, Chicago - August 28th, 2013

Titus Andronicus are currently on tour throughout North America. Last week (on 8/28), the New Jersey crew visited Chicago for a performance at Lincoln Hall with Lost Boy and 10,000 Blades. Titus played an even mix of songs from their three LPs and a handful of new tunes, then closed out the night with a cover of The Replacements' "Bastards of Young." We've got pictures and a couple of videos from the 8/28 show in this post. More below...

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Haim - Webster Hall, NYC - September 3rd, 2013
Haim - Webster Hall, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

As musicians, there's no doubting Haim's pedigree but, more than anything, it's their pop sensibility that has connected with fans during the past year. Unsurprisingly, the infectious melodies of singles "Don't Save Me" and "Forever" proved to be the tipping point of their set, turning what had been a mostly appreciative Webster Hall crowd into a mass of singing and dancing partygoers. If Este and her sisters like the look of "fresh meat" as much as they say they do, they would do well to write a few more songs as catchy as these.

Buoyed by the response to their best songs, the sisters returned for an encore and closed out the night with a sparse and sinister rendition of "Let Me Go," which saw them unite to create the mother of all drum circles. As each one of the sisters pounded away in the strobe lights with hair billowing, arms flailing and blood racing, it was almost like watching three demonic specters performing a creepy rock 'n' roll rite. - [NY Post]

Sibling trio Haim are pretty much full-on sensations at this point, with rabid fans packing Webster Hall last night (9/3) to the gills following an appearance at Philly's Made in America Festival over Labor Day Weekend... and the band's debut album is still a month away. Where will they play next in NYC once the album is out? IO Echo, who also played over the weekend at Warm Up and will tour with Haim this fall, opened the show and pictures from their sets -- including one of Haim's setlist -- are in this post.

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Dr. Dog at Mercury Lounge - 9/3/13
Dr. Dog - Mercury Lounge, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

Last night, when the sold-out crowd started to pack the front bar of the venue, the Philadelphia rockers were still sound-checking, and even through the closed doors and heavy drapes, "Distant Light" sounded beautiful enough to hint at what was to come. What followed was certainly no gimmick of a set, well over an hour in length, that stretched past midnight, and showed off everything that Dr. Dog have to offer these days, while giving newer fans a chance to glimpse what they may have missed of the band's beginnings. There were bouncy, vocal-heavy songs like "Heavy Light" (which they opened with), vein-popping ragers (typically led by bassist-singer Toby Leaman) like "Fate" and "Vampire," and everything in between, like the blissful "Shadow People." [The House List]
Dr. Dog are about to head out on tour with The Lumineers surrounding the release of their new album, B-Room (due out 10/1 via ANTI-), but before that stopped in NYC last night (9/3) for a sold-out very intimate late show at Mercury Lounge. Pictures from that show are in this post.

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Cold Cave @ 285 Kent earlier this summer (more by Lucas Hodge)
Cold Cave

Swearin' @ House of Vans in August (more by David Andrako)

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

Suuns, Rose Windows, Dinowalrus @ Le Poisson Rouge
Montreal's intense, krauty Suuns have been through NYC a few times in the past year, but they are always worth catching. Tonight's show is an appealing triple-bill, including Seattle's psych-rockers Rose Windows and locals Dinowalrus. Tickets are still available.

Swearin', Shellshag, Honey @ 285 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn's scrappy, honest pop punks Swearin' just opened The Julie Ruin's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show last night, but tonight you'll get a chance to see them headlining, and in a location truer to their DIY roots. It's a great all-around show, rounded out by Brooklyn DIY vets Shellshag and Psychic Ills-related project, Honey.

Cold Cave, Douglas J. McCarthy @ Glasslands
Want to enjoy Cold Cave's gothy synthpop without any Boyd Rice aftertaste? Wes Eisold and crew will do just that tonight and tickets are still available.

Laura Mvula, King @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Laura Mvula hasn't escalated to pop stardom yet (tonight's show is not sold out, but tomorrow's LPR show is), but she's got the material for it so we wouldn't be surprised if it's not long until you don't see her in venues as small as these anymore. The UK singer has an immediate pop appeal, but not without ambition and boundary-crossing, and her single "Green Garden" is pretty hard to get out of your head.

Neko Case @ Skylight West
It's a month of extremes for Canadian Neko Case. Before playing in tony palace Radio City Music Hall, she'll play the much more intimate (but no less swanky) Skylight West tonight. It's a free show but the RSVP closed a while back. You can still get tickets to Radio City, though.

Lapalux, Slava, Druid Cloak, FLOTE @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
UK producer Lapalux has been signed to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label for a while now, and he finally put out his debut full length for the label earlier this year. He's now on his first North American tour since that release, hitting NYC tonight at Tribeca Grand Hotel (moved from Le Bain), and returning in early October for a show at Glasslands. All good openers tonight too.

Chopp, These Days, Black Lagoon, Petal War @ Death by Audio
Tom Tom, the zine dedicated to female drummers, is hosting tonight's show that's headlined by rapper, Chopp, plus sets from post punks These Days, Black Lagoon and Petal War. There will also be free pocket pianos and t-shirts, but it's $7 to get in.

The Music Tapes @ 133rd St. Arts Center
Before Neutral Milk Hotel heads on tour, Julian Koster is doing one last run of shows for his band The Music Tapes at 133rd St. Arts Center Lab. Tonight's the dress rehearsal, and it's the first of five appearances this week. Free but RSVP is closed.

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.

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


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Flume @ Music Hall of Williamsburg in April (more by David Andrako)

today in Chicago
* Flume, Tokimonsta, Touch Sensitive @ Metro
* Variety Lights, Miracle Condition, Fan-Tan @ Empty Bottle
* Meah!, Relays, Life Partner, Spooky Action Space Captain @ Township
* Catholic Spray, Fag Cop, Basic Cable, SkyMaul, Earring @ Animal Kingdom
* Hedlok, Blood Of Kings, Rumors Of War, Oxblood, Scars Of Armageddon @ Ultra Lounge

Sydney, Australia's Flume plays Metro tonight with Tokimonsta and Touch Sensitive.

Variety Lights, Miracle Condition, and Fan-Tan play the Empty Bottle. RSVP for free entry.

Eleanor Friedberger has a new video for the Personal Record tune "When I Knew." Check it out below, and catch her at Park West on November 11 with Colin Meloy.

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Wavves at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Wavves, who just played the Made In America fest in Philadelphia, have expanded their fall tour with King Tuff and Jacuzzi Boys. In addition to their original Dallas show on October 11 at Prophet Bar, they will play Austin on October 10 at Antone's as part of the 2013 ACL Late Night shows. Tickets for Austin and Dallas are available now.

Aside from playing festivals and touring, Nathan Williams and Stephen Pope of Wavves will be on the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V as radio hosts. You can tune in when game comes out on September 17 to see what they have to say.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. A couple videos below...

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Nine Inch Nails / Kendrick Lamar / Miguel
Made In America  - Day 2
Made In America  - Day 2
Made In America  - Day 2

Nine Inch Nails headlined the second night of Made In America, filling the "rock legend" slot occupied by Pearl Jam at last year's festival. As with Pearl Jam, many fans showed up mainly to see the headliner, and others left before their set. Like Public Enemy, who played the Rocky stage the prior day, NIN do not fit into the #YOLO vibe, which means that a good amount of the audience don't know what to do with their music. Are girls expected to grind? Should guys twirl their t-shirts over their heads? There's no question that it's a much different era from the one when Trent Reznor and crew leveled the stage at Woodstock '94 and had their zeitgeist moment. [CBS Philly]
The Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival on Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway wrapped up on Sunday (9/1) with sets from Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Miguel, Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar/Schoolboy Q/Ab-Soul/Jay Rock), Diarrhea Planet and Solange. Pictures of those artists are in this post. The second day of the festival also included sets by The Gaslight Anthem, Wavves, AlunaGeorge, The Front Bottoms, Pujol, The Underachievers, and more.

Kendrick Lamar/Ab-Soul/Jay Rock and AlunaGeorge will be playing NYC soon. Nine Inch Nails (with Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Queens of the Stone Age (with The Kills) will be playing the Jay Z-affiliated Barclays Center later this year.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Made In America coverage, check out pictures of day 1 (part 1) and day 1 (part 2). Stay tuned for another set of day 2 pictures. More of this set, below...

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Holly Miranda at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Holly Miranda

Holly MIranda, who has a new solo album and an album with Scarlett Johansson's band on the way, has been added as the opener to Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning's previously discussed tour. That tour hits NYC on October 24 at Mercury Lounge, and tickets for that show are still available.

After the tour ends, Holly will play a headlining NYC show on October 29 at Knitting Factory with Kendra Morris and Domino Kirke. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, the other Broken Social Scene co-founder, Kevin Drew, will be in NYC soon before Brendan, as he is part of the recently announced initial CMJ 2013 lineup. What show(s), he'll be playing is still TBA. CMJ runs from October 15-19.

All Holly Miranda dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda touring w/ Brendan Canning, playing Knit too"

The Julie Ruin at Union Pool last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julie Ruin

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

The Julie Ruin, Swearin' @ Bowery Ballroom
Kathleen Hanna, previously of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, is back at the mic for a new band, The Julie Ruin (named after her 1998 solo album), who make a good mix of the sounds Kathleen has experimented with throughout her career. Their debut album is out today (have you streamed it?) and they're playing a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom to celebrate. Openers Swearin' make scrappy, honest pop punk, and they're not to be missed either. The Julie Ruin will also be back for a Music Hall of Williamsbug show on October 25.

Beans, Pegasus Warning, Gobby, CX Kidtronik, The Juggs @ Glasslands
Abstract rapper Beans released his new collaborative EP with Mux Mool today, and he's celebrating that in Brooklyn with a release party at Glasslands. Mykki Blanco collaborator Gobby is worth seeing too.

Cy Dune, MEMS, Young and Often @ Pianos
Tonight Pianos hosts a number of musicians you're probably familiar with playing with projects you may be less familiar with. Seth Olinsky of Akron/Family headlines the night with his new riff-heavy project Cy Dune, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof is on the bill with his band MEMS, and Lorely Rodriguez (Empress Of) and Sam Owens (Celestial Shore) make up the duo Young and Often, who open the show.

Haim, IO Echo @ Webster Hall
Sibling trio Haim have spent most of the summer on the festival circuit, honing their live skills, doling out catchy, harmony-laden pop, and giving folks a taste of their debut album, Days Are Gone, which is out at the end of the month. Tonight's sold-out show is with IO Echo who you may have caught at Warm-Up over the long weekend.

The Music Tapes @ 133rd St. Arts Center Lab
Before Neutral Milk Hotel heads on tour, Julian Koster is doing one last run of shows for his band The Music Tapes at 133rd St. Arts Center Lab. Tonight's the dress rehearsal, and it's the first of five appearances this week. Free but RSVP is closed.

Andrew Cedermark, Big Search, Sleeping Bag @ Coco 66
One of the many ex-Titus Andronicus members, Andrew Cedermark has been operating as a solo artist for a few years now, and has a new album out this year.

Dr. Dog @ Mercury Lounge
Dr. Dog announced this show at the last minute and it sold right now, so if you've got tickets, you'll be getting a chance to see them in a pretty intimate environment before they tour with The Lumineers. Late show (10:30 PM).

Danny Brown, How To Dress Well, Speedy Ortiz @ NYU Mystery Show
This show is only open to those with an NYU student ID, and while the lineup is technically a mystery, clues have led us to believe the lineup is Danny Brown, How To Dress Well, and Speedy Ortiz.

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

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

In what could be one of the best metal tours of the fall, High on Fire will join Kvelertak for a string of North American dates this fall, with rotating support coming from Doomriders, Pack of Wolves and Windhand. The dates include stops from coast to coast and a health dose of Canada, and include Webster Hall on November 15. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday (9/4) at noon and will be available to the general public starting Friday (9/6) at noon.

Windhand won't be on the East Coast leg of that jaunt, but they WILL be in NYC this weekend. Don't miss them Friday at Saint Vitus (on 9/6) when the band teams with Ramming Speed and Golden Grass as part of their tour. Tickets are still available.

All dates and some streams are below.

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Fiona Apple @ Louis Vuitton party, Tokyo last week (via @mariaokowa)

You may have read reports on Friday (8/30) that Fiona Apple walked off stage in a huff during her performance at a Louis Viutton party in Tokyo (8/29) due to too-loud audience chatter. Most reports stemmed from a WWD story:

Apple instructed the audience to "shut the f--k up" and uttered other expletives, both audibly and under her breath, calling the event's attendees "rude." She continued with her set before shouting, "Predictable! Predictable fashion, what the f--k?" as she stormed off the stage. The show was punctuated with other bizarre moments, such as when she hit her head with her microphone, did a back bend over her piano bench and stared intensely at her guitarist as if in a love-struck trance.
Apple has since offered up a few clarifications to what happened, which her soon-to-be-tourmate Blake Mills shared with Twitter:
it's fiona.

if it wouldn't be too much trouble,if you could tweet to the twits who call themselves journalists (example chris martins of Sit-and-Spin magazine) that I FINISHED MY SET,I did my job,and they should do theirs too--boy ,would I be grateful.

They all miss the fact that there is a difference between the back-of-the-room-chatter that is simply annoying,--and the Operatic Drunken Blather,or the heckling (which is really just INTERRUPTING) that makes it impossible for us to do our jobs.

I hope most readers are already hip to the fact that they are consistently lied to. In my eyes, these writers have compromised their credibility. they are fiction writers.

And, incidentally, whoever first interrupted Chappelle should have been ass-to-concrete before it grew into something that ruined the show for anyone else.

no apologies.

I understand if you don't wanna,though.
anyway,I love you,see you later...

The person who took the above instagram also commented on her photo, "it wasn't as dramatic as they mentioned but she threw a few curse words out there for sure!"

Apple makes reference to Dave Chappelle, who also had some unruly audience trouble at the 8/29 Hartford, CT stop on the Funny or Die Oddball tour (which has gone mostly well). While there were reports calling it "another meltdown," the Oddball fest tweeted wrote "Hey Hartford! Pipe down and let Dave Chappelle do his thing!" Ebony writer Lesli-Ann Lewis was there and writes it wasn't his fault:

He had started with some Paula Deen jokes that went over well when he had to stop again. Maybe it was his gratuitous use of the N-word to a mostly White audience. Maybe it was the overpriced beer that, to my amazement, everyone seemed to keep buying. Whatever it was, there was a palpable change. The crowd got rowdier, louder, ruder. Folks started calling out random references to his past work (he informed us that if we ever see him in a Half Baked sequel, that means he's run completely out of money) and, most bizarrely, his 2006 Oprah interview.

After engaging some of the heckling politely, Chappelle had enough. "I've been up here a while now and I thought it was me but now I 'm sure it's you. There is definitely something wrong with you." he told us. In other words, 'shut up and let me perform.' Not many did. Finally, he gave up and took his cigarettes and his water and sat on stage. - [Ebony]

Chappelle apparently stayed on stage for most of his alloted time, though he spent some of it reading aloud from an audience member's book. The Oddball tour has rolled on without incident since then and will be in the NY area this weekend for two shows in New Jersey:  Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on September 6, and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on September 7Tickets to both are still available.

Fiona and Blake's tour hits NYC on October 21 and 22 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for the 10/21 show go on sale Friday (9/6) at 10 AM, and the 10/22 show is sold out.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Phoenix / Beyonce / Deadmau5 fan
Made In America  - Day 1
Made In America  - Day 1
Made In America  - Day 1

"We are Phoenix, from Paris, France" lead singer Thomas Mars shouted. "Are you with us or what?"

This gave way to the dance-pop musings of "Trying To Be Cool". The main-stage fans, many of whom had waited all day through the draining and relentless heat for Beyonce, appeared to be simultaneously exhausted and excited.

Mars then laid down on the stage, foreshadowing the introduction of their riveting instrumental track "Love Like A Sunset Part 1", a song crushingly augmented by a guitar riff mixed much louder than it was on record.

Then it was time for "1901". Mars stood on the front-row barriers propped up by security as cameras and phones popped out of every orifice of the embracing audience. He then took to the sea of fans, singing as he swam across their heads until he popped up at the soundboard rafters and made his way back. [Crave Online]

The Jay Z-curated Made In America festival went down on Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway this past weekend (Saturday, 8/31 and Sunday, 9/1). The first day included sets from Beyonce, Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Public Enemy, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky (who showed up late and played an abbreviated set), Haim, Rudimental, and more. Pictures of those artists (and a few) others are in this post. The festival also had a few last-minute punky additions on the Skate Park Stage including Cloud Nothings, Balance & Composure, and Restorations, who we unfortunately missed.

Jay Z also used the festival to announce his upcoming Magna Carta World Tour. Dates haven't been announced yet but will be soon, so stay tuned.

Some of the artists who played day 1 will be in NYC this week and next, including Haim, who play Webster Hall tonight (9/3) with IO Echo (sold out), and 2 Chainz who plays Williamsburg Park on 9/10.

Beyonce and Phoenix will also be back later this year to play Jay Z's home base, Barclays Center.

Stay tuned for day 2 pictures. A second set of day 1 pics is HERE and more of day 1 below...

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Pinback @ Metro, November 2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)

today in Chicago
* Rick Rizzo @ Hideout
* Pinback, Deathfix @ Lincoln Hall
* Dick Valentine, Scott Lucas @ Door No. 3
* Minor Wits, Fall Classic, In Threes, WAD @ Subterranean
* The Land Between The Rivers, Nicholas Zettel @ The Burlington

Pinback and Deathfix play Lincoln Hall tonight.

Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine and Local H leader Scott Lucas play Double Door's new basement spot Door No. 3.

Eleventh Dream Day's Rick Rizzo kicks off his September residency at the Hideout tonight.

Kicking Spit have a new video for "Reality Dropout." Check it out below.

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The Pixies already put out a new song, "Bagboy," earlier this year, and they've now just returned with four more new ones on a brand new EP. The EP can be downloaded for $4 right now at the Pixies site, and there's also a limited edition vinyl, a limited edition t-shirt, and a bundle with all three of those things.

The Pixies will be in NYC for four sold out shows this month right after they play Riot Fest Chicago (sans-Kim Deal).

Video for one of the tracks, "Indie Cindy," and EP tracklist below...

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today in Chicago
* JD McPherson, The Cactus Blossoms @ SPACE
* Johnny Young, Andy Ortmann, Daneil Fandino @ The Burlington
* Roommate, Thin Hymns, Norwegian Arms, Chandeliers @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)
* Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Hoyle Brothers, Charlie Parr, Adam Lee @ City Winery Chicago

Happy Labor Day!

Roommate, Thin Hymns, Norwegian Arms, and Chandeliers play a free show at the Empty Bottle.

City Winery Chicago have an all-day event featuring indoor and outdoor sets from Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Hoyle Brothers, Charlie Parr, and Adam Lee. It kicks off at 2PM.

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Danny Brown at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Danny Brown

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

Fool's Gold Day Off w/ Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, A$AP Ferg, Migos, World's Fair, Party Supplies & more @ Williamsburg Park
Fool's Gold's free annual Labor Day show has its most killer lineup yet this year, and they've moved from the City Winery backyard to the larger Williamsburg Park for it. Free with RSVP (which is now closed), but even if you RSPVed, it's first come, first served. Keep the party going at Brooklyn Bowl for the Fool's Gold Night Off afterparty, hosted by Bodega Bamz.

Weed Hounds, Psychic Blood, Perfect Pussy @ 285 Kent Avenue
Syracuse noise punks Shoppers are no more, but they've now got members in a new band, Perfect Pussy, who are equally loud, fast, and awesome. Tonight they'll play 285 Kent with the back in action Weed Hounds and Western Mass sludge rockers Psychic Blood.

Giuda, Livids, Andy Animal's Cannibal Tribe, 45 Adapters @ Cake Shop
If you're worn out from the long weekend and a bellyful of bbq, muster up just a little strength and get yourself to Cake Shop for Italy's Giuda whose music is part glam and part Oi and all fun. Expect a wild crowd and a lot of Fred Perry polos. And get there early for Eric Davidson's (New Bomb Turks) new-ish punk band Livids.

Walter TV, Jerry Paper @ Death By Audio
Mac DeMarco just played two shows in NYC and now he's onto a third with his other band, Walter TV. He's more of a team player here rather than in spotlight mode and you can check out WTV's cassette release, Appetite, below.

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

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Omar Souleyman @ Red 7 - 8/29/2013
Omar Souleyman, Atash, Bangaar @ Red 7 - 8/29/2013

What with all that's going on in the world right now, you'd be hard-pressed to attend a more topical show than Syrian musical legend Omar Souleyman who played Red 7 on Thursday (8/29). Also playing were Austin's Bangaar and Atash, and pictures from that show are in this post.

Souleyman was busy this weekend, playing two days later in NYC. Photos from Thursday's show at Red 7 are below...

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Diarrhea Planet in Chicago in May (more by Jeff Ryan)
Diarrhea Planet

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

The So So Glos, Diarrhea Planet, Grand Rapids, LVL UP @ Shea Stadium
The So So Glos and Diarrhea Planet just joined forces for a Mercury Lounge show on Friday (8/30), but if you wanna see them at their rowdiest and sweatiest, Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium is no doubt the place to do it. Plus, two fine local bands open the night: Grand Rapids and LVL UP.

The Underachievers, Sangro, Kendra Morris, Leaf, Laya LaRoche, MillyZ @ Paper Box
After playing Made In America this afternoon (which is streaming live) they'll come back home for a late show at Brooklyn's Paper Box. It's their first hometown gig since the release of their new mixtape.

Hippy, Beach Arabs, Highway Gimps, The Indecent @ Silent Barn
Hippy are one of the better local bands currently playing a lot on the DIY scene, and tonight they're at Silent Barn.

Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, Soft Metals, Alex Calder @ The Well (Captured Tracks)
Brooklyn label Captured Tracks celebrates its fifth birthday this weekend with a two-day celebration featuring most of the bands on their roster. It's the second and final night, and a pretty killer line-up tonight, too.

Laurent Gardnier, Mike Simonetti, A.Arias, Mike Huckaby @ Output
Electric Zoo was cancelled, but the official afterparties are still on. Output is also hosting a day party on the roof at 3 PM to help make up for today's events.

Fred Frith, Annie Lewandowski and Theresa Wong
Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith is on the final night of his residency at The Stone. Tonight he'll be performing two shows (8 PM and 10 PM) with Annie Lewandowski on piano and Theresa Wong on cello/vocals.

Roy Ayers @ Blue Note
Jazz-funk legend Roy Ayers wraps up his residency at the Blue Note tonight with two shows, 8 PM and 10:30 PM.

Good comedy options tonight include Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory and Chris Gethard @ The Creek and The Cave.

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

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