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Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Drake
Jacco Gardner at Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared)
Jacco Gardner

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Drake, Miguel, Future @ Barclays Center
Love him or hate him, Drake has put out two of the most memorable singles of the year, "Started from the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home," both of which appear on his newest studio album, Nothing Was the Same (out now), and should sound pretty great in a big arena. If you're going, don't miss R&B singer Miguel either.

Jacco Gardner, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Celestial Shore @ Death By Audio
The Dutch '60s psych/baroque pop-inspired Jacco Gardner just did a number of NYC shows during CMJ, including one of our own, and he's got one more in him before he heads back home. Tonight he teams with Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks who are bluesier and psychier than Alex's main band, and Brooklyn's mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore.

Crystal Antlers, PUP, Vasillus @ Glasslands
Long Beach's Crystal Antlers and Toronto's PUP are both bands who seriously know how to rock out, so fans of loud, sweaty, guitar-heavy shows may not want to miss this. The Dirty Nil were supposed to be on this show but dropped off.

Willis Earl Beal, CharlieRED, YC The Cynic, Kiah Victoria @ Knitting Factory
Willis Earl Beal just blessed NYC with his memorable brand of blues during CMJ, and tonight he does it again for this Red Bull Sound Select show.

Of Montreal, La Luz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
of Montreal released the somewhat back-to-basics (for them) lousy with sylvianbriar this year and are here for two shows at MHOW, this being the second. Seattle's surfy La Luz are definitely not to miss either.

Sparks @ Webster Hall
Russell and Ron Mael have been making boundary breaking pop as Sparks for over 40 years. They're back in town with their "Two Hands, One Mouth" tour where they strip down their 40-year catalog to just keybords and voice. Tickets are still available

Lee Ranaldo @ Other Music
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has been keeping active with his band Lee Ranaldo & the Dust, who just released an album, opened for Kurt Vile in NYC, and have many more dates including their own NYC show this January. Tonight, Lee takes a break from the band to host a guitar clinic at NYC record store Other Music, where you can go and learn a few tricks from one of the city's masters of the instrument.

Thomas Dolby @ Gramercy Theatre
Thomas Dolby is a lot more than the guy behind "She Blinded Me with Science," and tonight he'll demonstrate one of the reasons why with his interactive, technologically-advanced concert. And yes, the show does work in his best known song (along with his other well-known tunes).

Brandon Seabrook, Elliot Sharp, Nels Cline, Split Red, Zevioius @ The Grand Victory
Avant-garde composer/musician Eliot Sharp and guitar great Nels Cline teamed up earlier this month to perform as a duo during Elliot's residency at The Stone, and tonight they bring in jazz musician Brandon Seabrook to do it as a trio at The Grand Victory.

Ask Me Another Halloween Spectacular w/ R.L. Stein @ The Bell House
NPR and WNYC's 'Ask Me Another' show, which tapes live at The Bell House, is doing a Halloween Spectacular today, and for the occasion they've got Goosebumps author R.L. Stein as the special guest.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Jessi Klein, Larry Murphy, Sam Morril, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Burke, and more.

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Thee Oh Sees @ The Well, 2012 (more by Gabi Porter)
Oh Sees

OBN IIIs @ DbA in July (more by Fred Pessaro)
OBN IIIs

The Blind Shake @ SXSW 2013 (more by Sara Frankie Linder)
Blind Shake

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Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, OBN Ills @ 285 Kent Avenue
If you have any interest whatsoever in things "garage" and "punk" then this triple bill is pretty much unmissable. With the scifi protopunk of The Blind Shake and the in-your-face rock fury that is OBN-IIIs, the crowd will be ready for mayhem by the time Thee Oh Sees hit the stage. This tour also hits Irving Plaza on Tuesday, but you really wanna see these bands somewhere down and dirty if it's an option. And it is!

of Montreal, Surface to Air Missive @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
of Montreal released the somewhat back-to-basics (for them) lousy with sylvianbriar this year and are here for two shows at MHOW, this being the first.

Drake, Miguel, Future @ Prudential Center
Love him or hate him, Drake has put out two of the most memorable singles of the year, "Started from the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home," both of which appear on his newest studio album, Nothing Was the Same (out now), and should sound pretty great in a big arena. The tour hits NYC's Barclays Center tomorrow, and tonight it's at NJ's Prudential Center. If you're going, don't miss R&B singer Miguel either.

The 5.6.7.8's, The A-Bones, Guitar Lightnin' Lee and His Thunder Band @ The Bell House
It's a night of garage rock at The Bell House with Japanese trio The 5.6.7.8's (who may be best known in America for their appearance in Kill Bill) and The A-Bones, who count Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as a member.

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, William Tyler @ Union Pool
Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio is in the midst of his October residency with his newish side project Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. This is the last show of their October residency.

ARP, William Tyler, Jeff Tuohy @ South Street Seaport (FREE)
This is the annual "Taste of the Seaport" where you can sample fare from downtown restaurants, check out some music (including William Tyler, who's played in Lambchop and Silver Jews), all in support of Spruce Street School/PS 397.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ B.B. King Blues Club
Veteran hip hop duo Bone Thugs N Harmony are still kicking, and thanks to collaborations with guys like A$AP Ferg, probably still making younger fans.

Heartsounds, Cleave, The Stereo State, The Reveling @ Acheron
The melodic hardcore/punk of Heartsounds has gained them comparisons to bands like Propagandhi and A Wilhelm Scream, and if you dig that kinda thing, you might wanna check them out at Acheron tonight.

Child Abuse, Staer, Cellular Chaos, Nebadon @ Death By Audio
Say goodbye to your eardrums as this is a tinnitus-inducing bill of noisepunk, featuring local greats Child Abuse and Norway's chaotic Staer (stream a song below).

Lovers, Air Waves, Ian Mellencamp, Tami Hart @ Glasslands
Portland trio Lovers just released their new album A Friend in the World which features more bubbling synths, acoustic guitars and big choruses. Playing tonight with the strummy Air Waves and onetime Making Friendz leader Tami Hart.

The Black Crowes, Dr. John @ Terminal 5
New Orleans legend Dr. John has no lack of classic material to gain him the "legend" title, and he's no nostalgia act either. 2012's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down was a very worthy late-career album. Tonight he's the opener at the third of four Black Crowes Terminal 5 shows.

Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
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.

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Deltron 3030 @ House of Blues
Kid Koala, Deltron 3030
Kid Koala, Deltron 3030

"It's not there like it used to be. I'm not mad at that. You've got lots of new movements happening, like the trap movement, and I enjoy that quite a bit. So musically, there's a lot of great stuff. So far as rhyming and stuff goes, there are a lot of kids out there who are really dope, and that encourages me to get doper still. Like, the whole Odd Future camp, and what they're doing over there, that's special, and then in New York you've got Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. These are kids, but they're done. They've done their homework. And they are taking things that level further. I don't think hip-hop has to be what it used to be." [Del The Funky Homosapien]
Deltron 3030, the 'alternative hip hop supergroup' of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, reappeared with a new album and live dates in 2013, orchestra included. Those dates included NYC shows at Brooklyn Bowl (Oct. 9) and Highline Ballroom (Oct. 14), as well as a Chicago show at House of Blues (Oct 19). The latter is pictured in this post.

On 10/15 Deltron 30/30 appeared on Letterman joined by a 16-piece orchestra and 4-piece band onstage, including special guest, producer Just Blaze on keyboards. Check out the video from that, and more pictures and tour dates (Fun Fun Fun Fest included), below...

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Hercules & Love Affair at Catalpa in 2012 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
H&LA
Noisem at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Noisem

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Questlove, Dan Deacon, How To Dress Well, Jeremy Ellis, Sonnymoon @ BAM
Questlove, Dan Deacon, Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon and more are performing at this "freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979."

Ultra Bide, Paint Fumes, White Collar Crim @ Cake Shop
Long-running Japanese punks are back in action with their first new album in over a decade -- out now on Alternative Tentacles -- and they're on their first North American tour in 15 years, which already hit NYC once earlier this month, and is back tonight.

Teen Daze, Drop Electric, Camp Counselors @ Glasslands
They may not call it chillwave anymore, but Teen Daze (aka Canadian Matt Halverson) is still dropping the hazy, ethereal electronics on his actually quite nice new album, Glacier, which you can stream below.

Disma, Weed Is Weed, Godstopper, Imperial Triumphant, Yoshiko Ohara @ Acheron
Death metal supergroup Disma headline this show, which also includes black metal psychopaths Imperial Triumphant, Maryland's Weed Is Weed, Toronto's underrated Godstopper, and Bloody Panda frontwoman Yoshiko Ohara.

Hercules and Love Affair, The Crystal Ark @ Gramercy Theatre
Organizers of this Halloween-themed party are promising to "transform Gramercy Theatre into a garden of Extra-sensory audiovisual terror and earthly delights. All Hallows Festival will feature multiple floors, spectral light-shows, a theater of the damned, fully stocked bars, a 3 AM costume contest and mystical haunted environments." Plus disco jams from H&LA and The Crystal Ark.

The Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch, Fallujah, Noisem @ Knitting Factory
The Black Dahlia Murder are back on the road again, and they've got some excellent younger bands supporting them, including party-metallers Skeletonwitch and young death/thrash rippers Noisem.

Sworn Enemy, Dehumanized, Alekhine's Gun, Leech, Thorn Constellation @ Saint Vitus
'90s-era NY metallic hardcore stalwarts Sworn Enemy headline this show, which also includes Dehumanized, Alekhine's Gun, Leech, and Thorn Constellation.

JD Samson & MEN, Beverly @ Union Pool
Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin just played a sold-out show at MHOW last night, and tonight her former Le Tigre bandmate JD Samson's dancepunk band MEN play their own sold-out show at Union Pool. Opening is Beverly, who count Frankie Rose as a member.

Death by Audio Annual Yard Sale
Says the DBA folks: "he denizens of Death by Audio have been collecting items all year, it is your turn to take them off our hands. we will have all kinds of stuff, all proceeds go to improvements on the space and everything will be cheapo! come support us! winter is coming." Noon to 6 PM.

Black Crowes, Blind Boys of Alabama @ Terminal 5
This is the second of four nights at T5 for Black Crowes, and tonight's notable openers are the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama.

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Cenobites

HOT FROM HELL! My friends,I have some news which may be of interest to you. A few weeks ago I had a very productive meeting with Bob Weinstein of Dimension Pictures,in the course of which I pitched a remake of the first HELLRAISER film. The idea of my coming back to the original film and telling the story with a fresh intensity-honoring the structure and the designs from the first incarnation but hopefully creating an even darker and richer film-was attractive to Dimension. Today I have officially been invited to write the script based upon that pitch.What can I tell you about it?Well, it will not be a film awash with CGI. I remain as passionate about the power of practical make-up effects as I was when I wrote and directed the first HELLRAISER. Of course the best make-up in the world loses force if not inhabited by a first-rate actor. I told the Dimension team that in my opinion there could never be a Pinhead without Doug Bradley,and much to my delight Bob Weinstein agreed. So once the papers are signed , I will open a Lemarchand Configuration,dip my quill in its contents and start writing . I promise that there will be nowhere on the Internet where the news of my progress will be more reliable than here ,because the only author of these reports will be Your Infernal Corespondent ,me. My very best wishes to you
all,my friends.
Clive.

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by Bill Pearis

Lost Animal
Lost Animal

Some of you may remember Jarrod Quarrell from late '00s Australian band, St. Helens. When that band when kaput he started Lost Animal, a mostly solo project where most of the sounds come from his keyboard. Songwriting-wise, Lost Animals' debut, Ex Tropical, is not that far off what Wolf Parade was doing a decade ago -- smoldery, danceable and definitely rock, just with not so much in the way of guitars. You can check out videos for "Lose the Baby" and "Say No to Thugs" below and stream the whole thing via Spotify or Rdio.

Lost Animal are currently in NYC, having played 285 Kent last night with their Hardly Art labelmates Hausu (they played together during CMJ too). They've just added another last-minute show tonight (10/25) at new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right with Fascinator (stream some songs below), Mother Mask, LIFE (-2) (aka YYYs drummer Brian Chase & Lost Animals bassist Shaggs Chamberlain) and a DJ set from Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance. Music starts at 8 PM.

Lost Animal then head to the West Coast for a few shows before going back to Australia. All dates, plus videos and streams, below...

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by Doug Moore

Slayer at Mayhem Fest, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Slayer

Slayer's first North American tour since the demise of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP) earlier last year draws nigh; its first date is tonight (10/25) in Las Vegas, though it doesn't start in earnest until its 11/8 Minneapolis date. At this point, only half of the classic Slayer lineup remains. Guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya are still plugging away, while Hanneman has been replaced (seemingly for keeps) by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. Drummer Dave Lombardo -- who quit the band over a financial dispute with his bandmates -- is being covered by Paul Bostaph, who spent most of the '90s as a member of Slayer.

Perhaps in an attempt to dispel any misgivings about the tour, Slayer has announced that they'll be playing an "old school" set that spotlights material from their first five releases. So says the press release:

"Slayer's "Old School Slayer Night" set will include tracks from 1983's Show No Mercy, 1985's Hell Awaits, the genre-defining and Gold-certified Reign In Blood (1986), 1988's South of Heaven, also certified Gold, and Seasons.

"The final set list is still coming together," added Araya, "but we're going to give the fans what amounts to 'decades of aggression.' It's going to be a great night of music and moshing for everyone."
Hard to complain about that. Though Slayer will obviously never be the same after losing half the lineup that recorded those classics, Holt and Bostaph are more than competent enough to replicate them faithfully. After all, Slayer have been in working-stiff mode for a decade now; they exist for fan service, and they seem to know it.

Slayer's tour with Gojira and 4ARM hits NYC on November 27 at the Theatre at MSG. It also includes area shows at CT's Oakdale Theater (11/26) and NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center (11/29), and tickets for all three are still available.

Before the NYC-area dates, the tour hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest, where we're doing two FFF Nites shows. One of them is a metal show, presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges, which doubles as the Austin stop on the ongoing Black Tusk/Inter Arma tour. The show happens on Saturday, 11/9 at Hotel Vegas with the sludgy Black Tusk headlining at 12:45 AM, preceded by the psychedelic black metal of Inter Arma (11:45 PM), Chicago experimental metal band Yakuza (11 PM), and local Austinites Eagle Claw (10:15 PM). I've said this a few times, but if you haven't caught Inter Arma's live show, you should really do that. Their new album, Sky Burial, is handily one of the year's best, and their live treatments of it only emphasize its charms. Entry is free with a FFF Fest badge.

Check out a full live set by the current Slayer lineup, a full stream of the new Inter Arma, and Slayer's complete run of dates with Gojira and 4ARM, below...

Continue reading "Slayer playing "old school" set on tour; Black Tusk, Inter Arma, Yakuza & Eagle Claw playing IO-presented FFF Nite show"

by Andrew Sacher

Diarrhea Planet at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Diarrhea Planet

Nashville garage rockers Diarrhea Planet released their newest album, I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams earlier this year. It's a solid record but they're more of a see-it-live thing, so thankfully they've been touring like crazy since its release with no plans of slowing down. After an appearance at The Fest, they'll be kicking off a new run of dates with LA's The Lovely Bad Things (who play a different Fest show). That tour comes to NYC for a show on November 9 at Glasslands with local rock 'n' rollers Desert Sharks. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

The Lovely Bad Things spent some time releasing material on trusty garage rock label Burger Records, and they've since signed with Volcom Entertainment (Torche, Valient Thorr), who released their newest long-player, The Late Great Whatever, earlier this year. The album pulls from a few Cali-bred genres, including Thee Oh Sees/Ty Segall-style garage rock, Lookout! Records-style pop punk, and sunny melodies that date all the way back to early Beach Boys. It's a ripper, and you can stream the whole thing below.

All dates are listed, along with that LP stream and a Diarrhea Planet video, below...

Continue reading "Diarrhea Planet touring w/ Lovely Bad Things (dates, streams)"

by Doug Moore

Ultramantis Black

This week's bizarre-and-awesome-signing award goes to Relapse Records, who announced late yesterday that they've signed Philadelphia-based professional wrestler UltraMantis Black. If you've never heard of UltraMantis Black before, you're in luck -- his Wikipedia page is longer and more thoroughly referenced than those of many mid-sized American cities.

I'm not really sure what to expect from UltraMantis Black musically, but the signs are positive so far; Relapse's press release obliquely mentions that the band consists of members of Pissed Jeans and Pilgrim Fetus. This project screams "see it live"; I'm hoping for a show that strikes a fine balance between GWAR and Eat the Turnbuckle. Unsurprisingly, UltraMantis's PR copy is gold:

"UltraMantis Black has waged many battles. As a professional wrestler, he has fought a never ending array of opponents worldwide, hell-bent on usurping the Great & Devious insectoid leader of The Order of the Neo Solar Temple. In his quest to decimate the unconscionable and depraved current state of the cultural grappling landscape, he has guided his Spectral Envoy of the Final Judgement through space and time as they deal out justice in the guise of revenge towards those who desire to harm and exploit the vulnerable and voiceless. Now, UltraMantis Black takes his struggle to a new level.

Set to release their debut EP in early 2014 via Relapse Records, UMB seeks to further spread his gospel through a relentless musical assault of hardcore cacophony. His message is a simple declaration of war. A godless jihad against those who continue to systematically enslave, torture, and murder the Earth and all innocent and sentient life that exists upon it. Clear missives of animal, earth, and human liberation delivered under the secretive cloak of lucha libre to the soundtrack of blasting audio terrorism."

Check out a video of UltraMantis Black "destroying pathetic jobbers," as the presser put it, below.

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photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis

Flaming Lips @ T5, 10/1/2013
Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger

The Flaming Lips have a new EP coming out, featuring six songs "inspired by" Ender's Game, the new big budget sci-fi film starring Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley that's based on the 1985 novel of the same name. The film is about a battle between and man and a race of mutant bugs, which is, as you know, already the subject of so many Flaming Lips songs. One of those, "Peace Sword," is actually in the film and is a pretty good Flaming Lips song. You can listen to five of the six tracks it below and head to NPR to hear the other one, "If They Move Shoot 'Em." The Ender's Game EP is out digitally next week (10/29) and will be available on CD and vinyl as a Record Store Day Black Friday release.

Earlier this month The Flaming Lips played two shows at Terminal 5 with likeminded Aussie tourmates Tame Impala as well as Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and we've got a belated set of pictures from the 10/1 date in this post.

In other news, the Lips will be part of My Morning Jacket's previously discussed "One Big Holiday" festival at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera in Maya, Mexico from January 26-30, 2014. This four-night, all-inclusive "concert adventure" also features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx and DJ sets from Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza. Ticket packages are on sale.

Check out more pics from T5, plus the EP streams, below...

Continue reading "The Flaming Lips ready new EP (streams), playing MMJ's "One Big Holiday" in Mexico ++ belated T5 pics w/ Tame Impala"

Kylesa at Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Kylesa
The Julie Ruin at Union Pool in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julie Ruin
Kurt Vile in Austin in August (more by Glen Brown)
KV

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

The Julie Ruin, Priests @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin simply cannot be slowed down. They're already played quite a few NYC shows this year, and they keep selling them out (like tonight's). Opening the show is a killer DC band who probably owe a thing or two to Kathleen Hanna, and who just made quite the impression at their sole CMJ show, Priests.

Kylesa, Pinkish Black, Sierra @ Saint Vitus
Two bands that are tied to the metal scene, but really aren't that metal, Kylesa and Pinkish Black, are currently on the road together for this BV/IO-presented tour which also includes Kylesa's pals Sierra. Kylesa, who do have heavier roots, have been experimenting with psychedelia, shoegazey atmospheres, and alternative rock anthems lately, whereas Pinkish Black leans towards darkwave.

Kurt Vile, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Beach Fossils @ Terminal 5
It's hard to believe that it was only four years ago that Kurt Vile and Beach Fossils both played the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival, and now they're teaming up again for KV to headline what is by far his largest NYC show yet at Terminal 5. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (which has more Sonic Youth members than any other post-SY band at the moment) is on the bill too, and of course not to miss.

Serpentine Path, Castevet, Vorde, Oneirogen @ Union Pool
Brooklyn's reclusive metal alchemists Castevet -- featuring seriously shredding guitarist Andrew Hock -- play their record release show which is co-sponsored by our heavy sister site, Invisible Oranges.

Ashrae Fax, Historics, Donovan Blanc, DJ Frankie Teardrop @ Glasslands
North Carolina duo Ashrae Fax put out lost gem Static Crash 10 years ago which sounds like the best '80s 4AD album never heard (think Cocteau Twins but groovier). Mexican Summer reissued the record this year and have coaxed the band back into action.

Electronium: The Future Was Then @ BAM
Questlove, Dan Deacon, Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon and more are performing at this "freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979."

Minus The Bear, INVSN, Slow Bird @ Best Buy Theater
Technical-guitar emo is pretty in right now, and though their most classic records might be behind them, Minus the Bear are one of the bands who were a crucial part in developing that style.

The Waterboys, Freddie Stevenson @ Bowery Ballroom
Celt pop vets The Waterboys are official supporting their 10th LP, An Appointment with Mr. Yeats but expect no shortage of hits from This is the Sea and Fisherman's Blues.

Mike Donovan, LODRO, Pigeons @ Death By Audio
With the Sic Alps moniker retired, Mike Donovan is now playing under his own name, but expect the same swampy folk. LODRO's bluesy noir is a good fit as opener.

Marina Rosenfeld, David Grubbs, Susan Howe @ Issue Project Room
IPR's "Ten Years on the Infinite Plain" anniversary celebration continues tonight with composer/turntablist Marina Rosenfeld and the East Coast premiere of "WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER," the new collaboration between poet Susan Howe and musician/composer David Grubbs.

The Beets, Chastity Belt, Pony Time, The Beer Shits, Haybaby @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn mutant folkies The Beets headline this show but do check out Seattle's Chastity Belt whose new album, No Regrets, is streamable below. Also on the bill are Seattle's punky Pony Time and you can stream their album, Go Find Your Own, below as well.

Frightened Rabbit, Augustines @ Webster Hall
The album that many say Frightened Rabbit will never top is five years behind us, but they've still got a supportive fan base (as two nights at Webster Hall, one of which is sold out, might imply) and this year's Pedestrian Verse is still pretty good.

The Combat Zone, Missionary, Lude Boys, Longings, Failed States @ Fitness
It's a night of Boston (and Western Mass) and NYC hardcore/punk with The Combat Zone and Lude Boys coming from Boston, NYC's Missionary and Failed States (mems. of Nuclear Spring), plus Amherst's Longings, who are more mid-tempo punk/post-punk and have a killer demo out.

The English Beat @ Paramount
While singer Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band these days, there's no denying his many pop hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Save it For Later" and even General Public's "Tenderness."

Justin Townes Earle @ The Space at Westbury
JTE is a good excuse to check out this new Long Island venue (run by Bowery Presents) in a historic, '20s-era space.

The Swellers, Candy Hearts @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Two pop punk bands team up for this show at The Studio at Webster Hall.

Radiolab Live w/ On Fillmore, Noveller, Ophira Eisenberg @ 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.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss, Low Fat Getting High, Robot Death Kites, Sneaks @ Silent Barn
There's a good show at Silent Barn tonight with post-punk from Ed Schrader's Music Beat, punk from Low Fat Getting High, and more.

Nina Kraviz, Stacey Pullen, Jenifa Mayanja, Alex From Tokyo, Mike Khoury @ Output
The always-great Russian deep house producer/art pop singer Nina Kraviz plays this Halloween party at Output tonight.

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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by Andrew Sacher

Arcade Fire

As you may know if you have a computer, television, or go out in public sometimes, the fourth Arcade Fire album, Reflektor, comes out next week (10/29) via Merge (pre-order). It'll be on NPR's "First Listen" this Monday (10/28), though they'll be performing its songs for a live broadcast at 10 PM EST rather than simply streaming the album. But perhaps you've heard it already, because word is it leaked. UPDATE: It's now streaming in full (set to cinematography of the great 1959 film, Black Orpheus), listen below.

So far, I think it's a fascinating album, especially coming from Arcade Fire. Tons of bands with debuts as fully realized and brilliantly executed as Funeral start dying down after the initial hype, but Arcade Fire actually won a Grammy six years later for an also-great, if not slightly safer and more reserved album. From there, they could have easily continued riding that success with an even safer and more reserved album, calculated to please the Grammys all over again, but instead they took a left turn into uncharted Arcade Fire territory. A lot of people have been talking about how it's dancier, and it is a little bit, but not any more than "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." More than anything, it feels like this album's predecessors are albums like Talking Heads' Remain In Light or David Bowie's Low (James Murphy produced, remember), other albums by could-be arena rockers choosing to experiment with new textures and otherworldly melodies instead.

What do you think of Reflektor? Listen below, and let us know in the comments...

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by Doug Moore

Deicide at Gramercy Theater 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Deicide

As you may remember from a few weeks back, Deicide and Broken Hope spent most of October on an North American tour with Disgorge. The tour hit a rough patch on Tuesday (10/22) when several fans were stabbed during Broken Hope's set in El Paso, TX. (A suspect has since been arrested.) Things only got worse yesterday, when Deicide frontman Glen Benton purportedly kicked Broken Hope off the last few dates of the tour. Seems like kind of a silly move, given that only a handful of dates remained (the last is tonight), but Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner was ticked off enough to post the following (and since deleted) rant to the band's Facebook:

"El Paso... first a maniac wielding a box-cutter cuts 3 fans at our concert--one ear-to-ear (thankfully all the victims are going to recover), then we learned that Glen Benton is kicking us off the 'No Salvation Tour'. It was a helluva night. Since we started this tour, we've had to endure Glen Benton's constant bitching and ultimatums. He was always trying to snip our balls and demanded that we couldn't use our fog machines and on some nights, we couldn't use our backdrops or other production elements because he had issues with all of it. With respect to the headliner, we abided. Moreover, in efforts of friendship, good tour vibes, and because we're simply cool fucking guys, we let Glen Benton and his band use OUR BACKLINE because they didn't want to bring all their gear on tour!

"Specifically, we let the headliner use our cabinets and Glen Benton used our entire bass rig--head and cabinet--since his own bass head failed him early on. While we were generous with our backline, not once did Benton thank us, offer us a dime, or even lift a finger to help move anything--and he fucked up our bass head numerous times with his resetting the EQ, etc., despite us politely asking him NOT to mess with the bass tone we dialed in. Gee, with all the money and free gear Benton brags about to us daily, you'd think he'd do something about getting his own rig.

"Things got ugly in El Paso when, after we learned Benton had lost our bass rig cables and once again fucked with our bass head, so, we put our foot down and told him he couldn't use the head anymore. Note: we still allowed Benton to use our cabinets for their show.

"That said, Benton threw an EPIC hissy-fit and immediately kicked us off the tour! He booted Broken Hope from the tour simply because we refused to let him use our bass head! What bullshit. Now, even though that lame reason is what Benton used to get rid of us, I believe there's more to the story here. During this entire tour Benton has given BH and our crew nothing but a shitty attitude and has tried to sabotage our production every day for no good reason. Though Benton blocked us from using our fog machines, he couldn't stop us from using our professional soundman, nor stop us from giving concertgoers an amazing and high-powered show. The fact remains--as all our show attendees have seen--we fucking handed Glen Benton his ass every night of the tour and he couldn't keep up. Benton and his caravan of mini-van drivers couldn't touch our live show--even on our worst night.

"Benton sent Shaun Glass a text last night, threatening to break his jaw if Shaun badmouthed Benton. Well, I'm calling Benton out right now because his bullshit is old, fake, and he ain't scaring anyone. Glen Benton is a lazy, jealous, jaded, ungrateful, unprofessional, egomaniacal bully. He menaces everyone from bands and fans, to promoters and booking agents. How he maintains a career is beyond me. And this time, he fucked with the wrong band. Karma is a bitch, Benton.

"On behalf of Broken Hope, I'm sorry to the fans who won't see our performances in Dallas and Austin. You all know it's not our fault... we'd give you all a free show if we could. Thank you all for the support, for coming to our shows, for all the love you've given our "Omen Of Disease" album, and for understanding the bullshit and temper tantrums we've had to put up with on this tour."

Yikes. It's a safe bet that these two bands won't be touring together again any time soon.

Check out some live footage from the Deicide/Broken Hope tour's NYC stop and an interview with Glen Benton below.

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by Bill Pearis

IMAGE

Things are going great for Morrissey whose new book is selling like crazy. The new Issue of NME, as you can see from its cover above, features "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The UK music weekly picked these for the Top 10:

1. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp - Different Class
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Pixies - Doolittle
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Just keep in mind these are mostly British people making this list. Outkast's Stankonia is #500 if you were wondering, and the Top 50 are listed in this post. If you're wondering how NME came up with this list, here's what they said:
It means emailing a vast array of alumni from across the NME generations, from the sixties swingers through the hip young gunslingers of the 70s right up to today's troupe of rock'n'roll toreadors, and begging/bullying them to submit lists of their favourite fifty albums of all time. Some joined in, others were too busy/famous now, but we managed to gather together around 80 voters to submit lists, at which point the serious number-crunching began.
One of those 80 was '90s-era NME editor Johnny "Cigarettes" Sharp, who talked to The Quietus about how he came up with his ballot (and these kind of lists in general):
I and the rest of the NME alumni were simply told to vote for our 'favourite' albums - Ideally a top 50 but really anything we could rustle up by the following Monday.

And herein lies a flaw inherent in all such lists: The results are bound to be slanted towards the choices of the voters who they happen still to have contact details for, which will inevitably be the more recent contributors (Still, having first written for them over 20 years ago, they didn't do too badly tracking me down).

Inevitably, with the whole thing being a bit last-minute and no-budget, the votes were also those of individuals who could be arsed to sweat over a difficult task in their free time for no financial reward. Welcome to 21st century publishing.

The mag does have a sense of humor about all this. The bottom right corner of the cover has a picture of Morrissey saying "...until the next 500." NME is publishing the whole list -- in not annoying slideshow format -- throughout the day and you can click through 500 - 401, and 400 - 301 right now. Their top 50 are listed below....

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by Andrew Sacher

Their/They're/There in Chicago in July (more by Lindsey Best)
TTT

Their/They're/There is the newest project by a couple guys who already have a laundry list of projects: Mike Kinsella (previously of Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Owls, Joan of Arc, etc, and currently Owen) and Evan Weiss (previously of The Progress, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, Damiera, etc, and currently Into It. Over It.). They've also tapped guitarist Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) to complete the lineup. If you're familiar with those other projects, you're probably already sold on T/T/T and know exactly what you're getting yourself into: technical patterns, but highly melodic, and the kind of super-specific lyrics that gets these guys tagged with "emo."

Earlier this year, T/T/T released their self-titled debut EP via Polyvinyl (the longtime label of most-things Kinsella), and a followup EP, Analog Weekend, will be out on December 10 via the label, and also co-released by Topshelf. You can stream the self-titled EP in its entirety, along with "New Blood" from the new EP, below. The album artwork and tracklist for the new EP are below too.

Their/They're/There will be heading out on a short tour with Mike's cousin Nate Kinsella aka Birthmark, and Louisville duo Mansions. The tour hits NYC on December 19 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with song streams and more, below...

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photos by James Richards IV

The Men // Fuzz at Logan Square Auditorium on 10.18.2013
Purrling hiss, Fuzz, The Men
Purrling hiss, Fuzz, The Men

Last Friday (10/18), a pair of solid tours converged in Chicago for a big show at the Logan Square Auditorium----mates The Men and Purling Hiss, with Ty Segall's proto-metal trio Fuzz and their San Francisco buddies CCR Headcleaner. CCR got things started with a noisy, ramshackle set, only to be followed by a sound offering from the Dinosaur Jr.-echoing Purling Hiss. Ty's Fuzz were the highlight of the night, who ripped through their all-too-short pulverizing routine. I was holding out for their excellent cover of King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man," but it didn't make its way onto their setlist. No matter though, as Fuzz absolutely destroyed even without it. The Men capped the night off in support of this year's New Moon, performing a handful of cuts from the LP as well as some from Leave Home and Open Your Heart. We've got a full set of pictures from the 10/18 show in this post. More below...

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By Doug Moore

BFBF

The hits keep on coming from Greg Ginn's version of Black Flag. Shortly after losing his lawsuit against his former bandmates, Ginn has unveiled the title, album art, and track listing of Black Flag's new album (seen above) via iTunes, and...well, look at the thing. I'm not even sure what to say about it, other than that William Shatner's graphic designer apparently isn't on an exclusive retainer. The album will be called What The.... I concur.

Check out the track listing below.

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Dom in his DOM days, Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Kiss 1O8

Sometime this year DOM ceased functioning as a band and Dom, the frontman, is now recording music under the moniker Kiss 1O8. Why the name change? He recently talked about it to Exclaim:

I chose the name Kiss 1O8 after Kiss 108 FM, a pop radio station I used to listen to as a kid. That and 108 is a sacred number in some cultures, as it represents one, nothing and everything. When I hear 'Stargate,' I don't immediately think of the '90s sci-fi soap, I think of two bald men from Norway. To be honest, I don't really care what Ryan Seacrest or anybody else thinks about it.
The name change also marks a radical shift in musical styles, saying Kiss 1O8 is "more like Streets of Rage versus S Club 7, on some maximalist level." You'll be able to hear that for yourself when Dom releases Kiss 1O8's debut, HYPERFANTASY XL LP, on Halloween (10/31). You can stream a track from it below.

There's a listening party for the record happening before that at Le Poisson Rouge on October 29 featuring DJ sets from Kiss 1O8, Pictureplane, Ollie Sabin (Unicorn Kid), Devin Perez (DIIV), John Rambo and "Super Secret Guest TBA." The listening party is free but you do need to RSVP by sending an email to RSVP@newtownradio.com.

Flyer for the show and the track stream below...

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photos by Dylan Johnson

Peaches @ Le Poisson Rouge, 10/19/2013
Peaches @ Le Poisson Rouge
Peaches @ Le Poisson Rouge

Have people given you unnecessary shit for expressing yourself in that way?

Good, I'll take it. And I'll turn it around. Take this shit. That's what art is about. Art is ultimately about the discussion and about humans relating to each other. It goes deeper than the art. It's relations. Art is nothing if [it] doesn't make you feel or think. Some people are just like, "Yes. Beauty." But those people have some real shit going on, they just need that beauty for a minute. I don't doubt the importance of beauty, but whatever your beauty is might not be the same beauty. Humor, to me, is such a big part of it, too.

And it's interesting to incorporate that with sex. That's not done very often.

I mean, sex is fucking ridiculous. What is it? With the stick-it-in-the-hole or whatever. It's like, come on, it's hilarious. But it's also - and I've said this a lot in interviews - how we negate our own bodies. Every insult we give each other is a part of our body. You're an asshole? We all have an asshole. "You're a dick." "You cunt." It's all like, "Fuck you!" It's bodily functions. Shit face. Piss off. Those are just us. The worst insults come from our bodies. It's weird. You knee. You earwax. - [Gawker]

Peaches celebrated the NYC premiere of her new film, Peaches Does Herself, with a show at Le Poisson Rouge last weekend (10/19). The film is a documentation of Peaches' stage show of the same same name, which gives a mythologized, rock oper-ized account of someone named Peaches. Like the film, her LPR show also featured wild costumes, much sexual freedom and an appearance by the legendary Sandy Kane. JD Samson and Chris E. Pants helped at the show too. Pictures from LPR are in this post.

Peaches Does Herself opened at Village theater The Quad on Friday and today's the last day (10/24) for it, with screenings at 1:00, 3:10, 5:10, 7:00, and 9:30 PM. Tickets are still available.

Trailer for Peaches Does Herself and more pictures from her LPR show below...

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Little Dragon at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Little Dragon

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

Hausu, Shadow Walker, X-Ray Eyeballs, Lost Animal, Future Punx @ 285 Kent Avenue
Portland post-punks Hausu headline this night of generally angular sounds. Get there early for openers Future Punx's '80s-loving skronky new wave.

FIDLAR, The Orwells, Shocked Minds @ Bowery Ballroom
You normally don't associate Bowery Ballroom with wild nights, but the beer-n-bong fueled antics of both FIDLAR and The Orwells should rile the crowd up pretty good. Sold out, dawg.

Guerilla Toss, Blanche Blanche Blanche, The Dreebs, Designer @ Death By Audio
New England noise descends on DBA tonight with two bands from MA (Guerilla Toss, Designer) and one originally from VT (Blanche Blanche Blanche). The Dreebs fill the requisite locals spot.

Color Film, Crush Distance, Heavenly Beat @ Glasslands
'80s-leaning Color Film (the new project of Daryl Palumbo of Long Island post-hardcore band Glassjaw) celebrate the release of their new EP with this show. If you dig the liquid bass sounds and impassioned vocals of Japan and The Associates, you may want to check them out.

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom
Mind you, if you really like '80s sounds and impassioned vocals, why not go for the real bombastic deal with Simple Minds.

I Am The Avalanche, Sainthood Reps, I Hate Our Freedom, Sad and French @ Knitting Factory
And if you like Long Island post-hardcore bands not playing '80s-style new wave, this is a pretty solid post-hardcore/punk show with Long Island new(ish)comers Sainthood Reps opening for fellow, longer-running LI band I Am the Avalanche.

Little Dragon, SZA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Swedish synth pop band Little Dragon always bring danceable tunes and a highly entertaining show, and forward-thinking R&B singer SZA (signed to TDE) is worth catching too. Sold out.

Boys Noize, Pllo @ Output
Boys Noize gets associated with the EDM scene these days, but this week he does two nights at the intimate (for his standards) Williamsburg dance club Output.

Frightened Rabbit, Augustines @ Webster Hall
The album that many say Frightened Rabbit will never top is five years behind us, but they've still got a supportive fan base (as two nights at Webster Hall, one of which is sold out, might imply) and this year's Pedestrian Verse is still pretty good.

Terror, Counterparts, Power Trip, Code Orange Kids, Manipulate @ The Studio at Webster Hall
This bill brings together a few different types of hardcore bands. Most exciting to us are the crossover thrashers Power Trip and post-hardcore noisemakers Code Orange Kids.

Wesley Stace @ City Winery
John Wesley Harding is going by his real name, Wesley Stace, again, and tonight he returns to City Winery where he often does his Cabinet of Wonders variety show, but tonight's a regular gig.

Radiolab Live w/ On Filmore, Noveller, Ophira Eisenberg @ 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.

Philip Glass - "Songs of Milarepa" Premiere @ The Town Hall
Philip Glass' "Songs of Milarepa" is being premiered by a number of musicians in NYC tonight. More info here.

"IV-Aided Dreams" release party w/ Jorge Elbrecht @ Baby's All Right
Violens' Jorge Elbrecht will celebrate the release of his new collaborative single, "IV-Aided Dreams" (featuring Caroline Polachek) with a party at new Williamsburg spot Baby's All Right. The music video for that single will make its debut, Elbrecht will DJ and drink specials will be enjoyed by most.

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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Violent Femmes at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Violent Femmes

Acoustic punk vets Violent Femmes have been back in action this year (now with Dresden Dolls' Brian Viglione on drums), and one of their reunion dates was a NYC show in Central Park back in September. Though as you may have heard, that show abruptly ended early due to flooding. Via Glide:

Flash floods disrupted Violent Femmes 18 minutes into their set Thursday in Central Park, and ultimately halted the band's first New York show since 2007.

After playing only five songs, and waiting 20 minutes for the lightning strikes to pass, they were told to cut the performance short. "It's nobody's fault; it's the law," bassist Brian Ritchie apologized, promising they would return in October. Behind him a crew scrambled to cover the instruments with tarps. At 7:48, event security ordered Rumsey Playfield cleared, and an exodus of people retreated into the park, where its roads swelled with ankle-deep water.

Violent Femmes have now scheduled what appears to be a one-off in NYC, perhaps to make up for that Central Park show, happening on November 14 at Roseland Ballroom (one of the last shows for the venue). Tickets for the show go on a "special presale offer" today (10/24) at 10 AM, with Citi Cardmember and Live Nation/Mobile App presales starting today at noon. General on-sale begins Friday (10/25) at 10 AM.

UPDATE: Tickets purchased for the Central Park show will be honored. You must present original tickets with valid ID.

The only other Violent Femmes date we're currently aware of is Australia's The Falls Music & Arts Festival.

Watch a video of the band at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 below...

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by Lukas Hodge

Cold Cave in Winslow / dancers in Pittsburgh / Cat Power in Barstow
Station To Station - 2013
Station To Station - 2013
Station To Station - 2013

Just after you walk through the front doors of the historic La Posada hotel in Winslow, Arizona, a news clipping hanging from a bulletin board reads "Another City too Strong to Die". An interesting statement when you think about it due to the fact that it suggests that in all likelihood, this is not a place that's supposed to still exist. It almost advocates feelings that this is a city stuck swimming upstream. The question is raised, what here is worth preserving? If you ask a local, or even just walk a a single block through the small downtown area, you'll understand quickly that the hope of this town rests on a song written by Jackson Browne in 1972. Everywhere you go there are signs advertising the town crux: a street corner two blocks from the train station named "Standin' On The Corner" park. Dedicated to one line in a single song, it's surrounded by murals, shops, and even a bronze statue which may or may not be in Jackson Browne's likeness. The song, is of course, "Take It Easy" as performed by The Eagles. And while no other part of this tour really comes close to the level of polarization created by an arena-filling rock band, the story of Winslow works as an effective allegory to sum up the meaning of why myself or anyone rode a customized train disguised as a moving piece of art, complete with recording studio, post-production office, dining hall, and one of Frank Sinatra's private rail cars, from New York to California.

The answer comes from multi-media artist, Doug Aitken, who's devoted his life to the pursuit of collaboration and performance. The "Happenings", as Aitken branded them, were never overwhelming. The numbers were intentionally kept low at each date allowing every participant a feeling of intimacy with each piece of art they encountered, whether it be a stark and awkward Cat Power set in the backyard of a railroad inn, or a UFO high above the California deserts and a Beck set featuring a full choir. This was most noticeable at the Barstow date, a little over one thousand people showed up to the happening within the walls of at least a 4,000 capacity drive-in theater. It's obvious that Aitken's focus was not on attendance and not on outsiders but on bringing together different artistic communities that would almost never normally interact. And hey, a thousand witnesses can't be a bad thing.

Levi's ®, who made the public art project known as Station to Station possible, had their own tents that resembled nomadic sculptures, known as Yurts set up at each date where independent artists and designers could create their own denim products out of locally sourced goods under the "Makers" brand. To quote Maker Laura Sato via an interview with Vice:

The Makers yurt was Levi's® artistic contribution to Station to Station. Levi's® Makers is a collective of artisan's from across the country who sell their handmade goods under the label of Levi's® Makers.

For the majority of the trip, we had four other Makers along with the Levi's® Tailor Shop who had their stations set up in the yurt. Forestbound (one of a kind tote bags made of salvaged materials), Folk Fibers (hand-stitched, natural dyed quilts), Junkyard Jeans (customized chain-stitch embroidery), and Tangleblue Weavers. We also had a few guests along the way for a couple stops; Cobra Rock Boot Co.(handmade boots), Chimayo Weavers, and Teranishi (leather goods).

The yurt really gave us a platform to create and collaborate while allowing the public to observe our process and ask us questions. I've worked for the Levi's® Tailor Shop making handmade goods for almost three years, but when I met my fellow Makers on this trip it really hit me what a special thing I'm a part of. I got to work and become close with some of the most inspiring and talented people, all of us tied together with the common thread of loving to create and work with our hands. There was definitely a special energy inside the yurt.

The yurts which were also traveling with the train and acted as evolving installation pieces. The Nomadic Sculptures range from Carsten Höller's yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw a Frisbee through, to Liz Glynn's creation of the universe that develops at each stop. At some stops, filmmaker Kenneth Anger screened a film in his Yurt.

Every stop on the trip included a combination of visual arts, installations, and live music, all in a very unforgettable fashion. Some of the Happenings take place inside actual train stations (Chicago, Pittsburgh), while others exist within hubs at the creative centers of communities (Brooklyn, Barstow). How the tour arrives at each stop is the truly unforgettable part. Within each of the nine train cars, each serving a distinct purpose, it was almost impossible to find someone without their face glued to the windows admiring the little seen landscape from up on the rails or with their hands on one of the many interactive tools ("for the modern frontier") made possible by Levi's ®. Included in these was an original 1901 Underwood No. 5 typewriter linked directly to Twitter, a 1939 web-enabled Graflex Speed Graphic still cam for taking Instagram pictures, . and a 1960's Gibson hollow body plugged straight into Soundcloud.

Station To Station - 2013

Aitken has repeatedly begrudged the term "tour" and endorses the idea that the project is an entity which "constantly changes". All posturing aside, whatever you want to call it, it's impressive and ambitious. Each station had a very distinct feel and was drastically different from the happening prior. In Brooklyn, it kicked off in a dark noise-filled soundstage on the river with sets from electronic pioneers Suicide, tour staple No Age, and psychedelic locals Ariel Pink (who performed at multiple dates), as well as a youth marching band from Kansas City. By the time it reached Chicago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore had joined for his set with drummer John Moloney as Caught On Tape. The Legendary gospel diva Mavis Staples also performed.

Station To Station - 2013

As the train rolled on, it finally made its way to the southwest and, in my opinion, its defining showcases. When the train, decorated in highly visible, flashing, LED lights, pulled up on the beautifully restored grounds of the almost century old La Posada hotel (which was the original Winslow train stop) the traveling event arguably achieved its most characterized evening. Between the location of the stage being only a few feet from the train, and the recently restored Inn doubling as a local art museum, this seemed to be the exact platform from which Levi's ® and Station to Station creator Doug Aitken wished to "make their mark". Jackson Browne tossed out a few classics before finally playing "Take It Easy, which resulted in a fevered reaction from every middle aged resident sitting in their lawn chairs. Another tour favorite was Cold Cave, who in Winslow, played atop an elevated platform overlooking a haystack maze full of puzzled onlookers.

One of the main themes being pushed was that the most important part was not the "happening", but what comes after it. For someone like Doug Aitken who's constantly looking forward to the next collaboration or project, it makes sense that the aim of the entire undertaking was to push imagination into the future while taking educated hints from the past. What better place exists than being in a shuttle riding the exact tracks that helped shape the land moving beneath it?

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You already saw pictures and heard more about the NYC and Pittsburgh stops and saw a set of pictures from Chicago. More pictures and some videos from the train along with the Chicago, IL, Winslow, AZ, and Barstow, CA stops, below...

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