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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Quilt at Mexican Summer Five (more by PSquared)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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by Klaus Kinski

Tom Stoppard (center) with Darkside voice cast

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

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

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

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

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

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Television at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Thanksgivukkah!

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

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

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

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

Live video below...

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Ad-Rock at MoMA last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Debbie + Team GoldieBlox

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

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

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Black Flag at Grand Victory in June (more by PSquared Photography)
Black Flag

The Black Flag saga continues: After playing some sold out shows, and digitally releasing an album, vocalist Ron Reyes has left the band. In a note on Facebook, he writes:

The writing was on the wall since before we played our first show. So many things went wrong from the start. I was into things like having a good drummer, rehearsing and spending time on things like beginnings and endings of songs, being a little less distracted with tour life and a little more on the ball. You know things that would make our efforts worthy of the name Black Flag... Yes it is my opinion that we fell very short indeed and the diminishing ticket sales and crowds are a testament to that. However It was made clear to me that raising these issues was tantamount to a blasphemous stab in the back to Greg. How could I question him, his efforts and hard work? How could I dare be a fan of OFF! And or be friends and a fan of Flag? I was told that I had to chose sides. But I refuse to treat someone like an infallible Pope figure. No guitarist deserves such unquestioning blind devotion.
You can read Ron's full note below.

In case you're not caught up, Black Flag "reunited" with main songwriter/guitarist Greg Ginn and Jealous Again vocalist Ron Reyes. Then, a second Black Flag reunited as FLAG which included Nervous Breakdown vocalist Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, and others. Black Flag toured. FLAG did too. Then Black Flag sued FLAG, but lost. Black Flag showed us their new album artwork. They called it What The... We wondered the same thing. Then they let us hear the whole record (though it's still not technically out until 12/13). And now just like that, Black Flag are without a vocalist again.

It was fun while it lasted, right?

Read the rest of Reyes' note below...

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photos by Kassandra Carmona; words by Doug Moore

Overkill @ Stage 48, 11/24/2013

The Overkill/Kreator/Warbringer fall tour reached its conclusion with two NYC appearances at Stage 48 this past Saturday and Sunday (11/23 and 11/24). Metalheads with mortgages and 401(k)s everywhere are bummed it's over. Since you've no doubt read every single word of our preposterously epic Overkill interview on Invisible Oranges, you knew exactly what to expect from Overkill's headlining sets. If you missed the show (or want to relive its circle pit-infused glory), check out the pictures of all three bands from the 11/24 gig in this set. And if you need to brush up on Overkill's catalog, all 17 of their albums are streaming in the aforementioned interview.

More pics from Stage 48 below...

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Riot Fest Chicago will be celebrating its 10th anniversary next year with a 2014 festival from September 12-14. Early bird three-day passes (and three-day VIP) go on sale TODAY (Wednesday, 11/27) at noon CST. A general admission weekend pass will run you $70, which is a steal for what the fest is poised to offer. This past year, RFC had The Replacements, Pixies, Rocket from the Crypt, Rancid, Brand New, Quicksand, Touche Amore, and many more.

Stay tuned for more information on Riot Fest Chicago 2014.

Ab-Soul at Williamsburg Park in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Matthew E White in Chicago in 2012 (More by Sara Pieper)
Matthew E White

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Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, The Underachievers, Chevy Woods, Cashius Green w/ Pheo, June and Minty @ Best Buy Theater
The Smokers Club Tour descends upon NYC tonight for what will be an all-around very fun rap show. It's the hometown stop on the tour for Joey Bada$$ and The Underachievers, and though Ab-Soul's from the opposite coast, he shares their knack for adding a dose of weirdness and psychedelia to the genre.

Lauryn Hill @ Bowery Ballroom (early and late)
Neo-soul great Lauryn Hill has a short December tour coming up, but before that she does this one night stand (but two shows) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are expensive ($100 to be exact), but it's a good chance to catch her back in action in an intimate environment.

Matthew E. White @ Rough Trade
Matthew E White's Big Inner came in at #3 on Rough Trade Shops' year end list, so it's no giant surprise to see him playing this free in-store at the NYC shop's opening week. 7 PM, free, no wristbands needed.

Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, The Smith Street Band, Koo Koo Kanga Roo @ Terminal 5
British folk punk Frank Turner just keeps getting bigger, and tonight he returns to NYC to headline the huge Terminal 5. If you're going to this show, it's also worth catching Melbourne's The Smith Street Band, who are similarly folk punk, but also have a bit of Frightened Rabbit's broken-hearted honesty and drunkenness worked in. Stream their Don't Fuck With Our Dreams EP below.

Exclamation Pony, Rey Pila, Reputante @ The Bowery Electric
Ryan Jarman of The Cribs' side project, Exclamation Pony, has blossomed into an at least somewhat serious band, putting out a single this year -- which you can stream below. They play tonight with Mexico City band Rey Pila.

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

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Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill

A day of being grateful for what they've got, overeating and subsequent afternoon naps, Thanksgiving is the start of a long weekend for many folks, but one that usually doesn't have the most options for things to do -- or bands to see. Weather's not supposed to be so great either. Still, we've rounded up ten musical things to do in NYC during Thanksgiving Weekend. Plus one you can do anywhere with an internet connection and love of making fun of bad movies.

Read on below...

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intro by Bill Pearis

Mood Rings

Atlanta's Mood Rings released their long-in-the-works debut album, VPI Harmony, earlier this year and it's one of 2013's better dream pop albums, floating somewhere in the haze between Cocteau Twins style ethereal guitar wash and more sultry beat driven songs. It also contains one of my favorite songs of the year, "The Line," which if you haven't heard yet you can listen below. The band's tour with Cults wraps up tonight (11/26) here in NYC at Webster Hall which is sold out. If you have tickets, do get there early and check them out.

Mood Rings' main man William Fussell was kind enough to reflect on 2013, delivering his Top Ten Things of the Year. Only of one of which is an album. Check out his list below...

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Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The annual Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware in 2014 and the festival has been expanded from a three-day festival to a four-day festival, going down from June 19-22. Early bird campers will also be allowed in the Wednesday before (6/18), meaning the site will be open for five consecutive nights. Via Delaware Online:

"What drove this decision was the heartburn that a lot of people had last year with the traffic," says Michael Tatoian, chief operating officer of Dover Motorsports, Inc., which leases its grounds for the festival. "If we are able to extend the load-in period by a couple of more days, it will reduce the congestion.

"It won't eliminate it, but it will reduce it."

4-day passes go on sale Cyber Monday (12/2). Lineup TBA in early 2014.

by Doug Moore

Now that the weather has settled into the cold-and-shitty groove that it'll occupy for the next several months, the time is ripe for some bleak, depressing jams. To that end, we're streaming the debut EP by Tampa sludge troupe Servants of the Mist over at Invisible Oranges. From our writeup:

This band is from Tampa, but the music they play is not "Southern sludge"; it involves few blues notes and fewer good-times vibes. This stuff has more in common both spiritually and harmonically with the bottom-feeding negativity of bands like Coffinworm and Lord Mantis, though Servants of the Mist ditch the dense death/black metal rhythms in favor of endless slow-motion chugs. The riffs feel a little directionless at first, but if you emotionally sink down to their level, they start to make sense. Smyth's vocals catch the ear; the chewy tones and hard-fought grooves carry the weight.
Read the whole shebang on Invisible Oranges. Suicide Sex Pact comes out on December 10; it will be available for pay-what-you-want download via Servants of the Mist's Bandcamp. Stream it below...

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by Bill Pearis

The counter Rough Trade (w/ Morrissey Autobiography) (more by Chris La Putt)
Rough Trade

As you may have maybe -- just maybe -- heard, UK indie record store Rough Trade opened its first-ever NYC branch yesterday (11/25). As a record lover and Williamsburg resident, I headed over to N. 9th after work last night to check it out.

The store is big and warehouse-y with plenty of space in between shelves for easy browsing, and a centralized checkout area. (It is still small compared to the late-'90s days of Virgin Megastore and Tower.) There is a mezzanine with magazines and books (like import copies of Morrissey's Autobiography) on one side of the space, and on the other there is the Guardian Green Room which is a "multi-purpose digital lounge" and an exhibition space that currently has a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community. Main Drag music has a little vestibule with cool analogue synths, and a cafe run by Five Leaves will be open soon.

Donald Glover's 'Community' bedroom at RT

The store seems more in "must open" mode than "ready to open," as the record shelves are a little sparse right now. Prices for records are on the high side -- I saw very few less than $18 -- and they don't put records "on sale." But many of their featured items do come with "Rough Trade Exclusives," usually bonus discs which do add value. There are also no used records, which seems an odd choice to me given the way all other record stores in the area operate. Though in that way they're not so much treading on other's turf? They are, however, promising to stock imports, including the entirety of their 101 Albums of 2013... but that has not happened yet. (I was ready to buy the new Suede album, too.) I did buy the Morrissey book, which at $14.99 for an import seemed a bargain. Give it a month, and we'll hopefully see what the store is like.

I showed up too late for Sky Ferreira's live set, but there was a long line of people waiting to get their records/CDs signed. I watched a little bit from the mezzanine, as bf and DIIV frontman Cole Smith showed up to say hi. One fan asked if he would sign Sky's album too. He obliged, writing a note right on the most, uh, exposed area of the LP cover. Pretty funny.

I did, however, stick around to watch Charles Bradley. The performance space at Rough Trade is really nice. Official capacity is 250 but, with a seated balcony it felt bigger than that. There were ping pong tables in the back part of the balcony last night, that I'm told won't be there during ticketed shows (but will be available during the day). Lighting was good and the sound was better. Bradley has a pretty crack band who make any room sound good but I was really impressed with the acoustics. There are lots of small rooms in Williamsburg already, but this is a nice addition to the area.

Charles Bradley sounded fantastic. His years as a James Brown tribute artist have bestowed him with killer stage moves, and the dude just oozes charisma and soul. It was a real treat to see him in such a small room and the whole crowd was grinning the whole time. NYC will have two more chances to see Bradley in January.

Today (11/26) you can catch a free show from Danny Brown which happens at 5 PM. You do need to grab a wristband first which are available at the counter. Wednesday night (11/27, 7 PM) is a free in-store with Matthew E. White. Two shows from NYC legends Television will be Rough Trade's first ticketed shows (both are sold out).

In addition to having his bedroom there, Donald Glover will perform as Childish Gambino at Rough Trade on December 6. You need to buy a copy of his new album Because of the Internet. There will be a record signing following the performance.

Did you check out Rough Trade on opening day? What did you think? Buy anything?

by Caroline Harrison

Mike Doughty @ Webster Hall - 11/23/13
Mike Doughty @ Webster Hall - 11/23/2013

Mike Doughty played a pretty unusual show on Saturday night (11/23) at Webster Hall, the final night of his tour, with local band Moon Hooch. Doughty, former frontman for the defunct Soul Coughing, has a successful solo career. He's also avoided playing Soul Coughing songs at the vast majority of his solo dates. But Saturday's set was, start to finish, all Soul Coughing songs, that he also just re-imagined and released as a complete album.

Some time last spring I heard that Doughty was setting out to do this. He crowd-sourced the funding (very successfully) via PledgeMusic, and introduced the project thusly:

"After my memoir [The Book of Drugs, released in 2012], which was so full of darkness, I picked up a guitar and, by myself, played through the songs I wrote in the 90s -- between the ages of 20 and 29 -- to figure out who I was, where I was, and what I was trying to say. I want to separate the songs from that darkness; maybe I can make them more like what I initially intended them to be."
Soul Coughing will probably be included any list top ___ favorite musical artists anyone asks me to make, but for me a large part of that is the raw darkness that Doughty talks about, so it was with some trepidation that I listened to this new album (titled after all the songs he included, but for the sake of brevity, called "Circles Super Bon Bon"). It's not a bad effort--the songs are still undeniably Doughty, but something about the album hasn't clicked with me yet. I have a great deal of respect for Doughty's reasons for wanting to go back and re-record. But these songs don't exist in a vacuum--it's impossible for me not to compare them to the originals.

What I also understand is that I am never getting a Soul Coughing reunion. It's not happening. Doughty, in the previously mentioned memoir, described his relationship with the other members of Soul Coughing as a "dark, abusive marriage." This show was my opportunity to hear Soul Coughing songs--albeit reworked versions.

Doughty chose New York band Moon Hooch (who self-describe as "cave music", just an annoying way to say "house music but with instruments") to open for him on this tour. Moon Hooch is pretty inoffensive, and play club music with two horn players and a drummer. They're very technically adept musicians, and the crowd seemed to enjoy their set--which included a contrabass clarinet producing some dub-step WUBWUBWUBWUUUUBs and a surprise, brief appearance of a nude dancer.

Doughty's live set was mixed for me, as I expected. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience with only a few sour notes. The songs themselves are strong, so stripped-down renditions with live instruments only emphasized how artfully crafted the original compositions were. But Doughty's use of live sampling for other songs felt, especially in combination with the drum and bass, incongruous. Some of this may be that my tastes favor heavily layered, textured use of samples (I'm not the biggest fan of drum machines). Here, Doughty favored less weighty sounds in his sampling, leaning towards sounds that could have come from a Casio keyboard. He was also a little heavy-handed with the sample board: songs like "True Dreams of Wichita" got bogged down by the insertion of unnecessary noise; "Super Bon Bon" didn't benefit from the addition of what I could swear were jaw harp samples.

But regardless of my feelings for the new arrangements? I still heard some remarkable music. He opened with a track that didn't make it onto the re-imagined album--"Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago." The "encore" (Doughty made a point of saying he wasn't going to pretend to go backstage and then act surprised as he came back out for an encore) began with an intimate, solo rendition of "Janine." "Circles" is still as bouncy and catchy as ever. "Screenwriter's Blues" lacked some of the original acid, but I still shouted along with him as he spat, "and the radio man laughs because the radio man fucks a model too."

Mike Doughty will also be a guest at Bobby Tisdale's talk show on December 5 at Over the Eight.

Pictures of Saturday's show are in this post. They continue, along with the setlist, below...

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MGMT at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (More by Sarah Frankie Linder)

As discussed, indie-pop-turned-psych-weirdos MGMT are currently on a tour which brings them to NYC for a huge show at Barclays Center on December 13 with Dinosaur Jr. and Kuroma (fronted by a member of MGMT's live band). Tickets for that show are still available, but we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

If you're wondering what to expect from this ever-changing band at the Barclays Center show, this review on Memphis Flyer of Saturday's Orpheum Theatre show sheds some light:

You wanted to hear their big hits, like "Kids," "Time To Pretend," and "Electric Feel?" Score.

You wanted to hear the trippy stuff like "Siberian Breaks" and "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters?" Score.

You wanted to hear material from the new album? Score.

MGMT's set list broke down cleanly, with 6 cuts from Oracular Spectacular, 5 from Congratulations, and 5 from the newest album, MGMT.

You could use those numbers as a guideline and come up with many permutations of set lists, but MGMT elected to play their most accessible material. So they didn't play "4th Dimensional Transition" but they did play "Weekend Wars"; they didn't play "Lady Dada's Nightmare" but did "Flash Delirium"; didn't play the 2nd half of MGMT but did the first half.

Looking at the nightly setlists they've been posting on Instagram, they do change the order up from show to show. Speaking of their instagram, they're running a contest on it where you can win a chance to play the giant cowbell during "Your Life Is A Lie" on stage with them.

In other Dinosaur Jr. news, J Mascis recently teamed up with Fred Armisen to cover TLC's "Waterfalls" at Berklee Performing Arts Center, which you can watch a video of below. J Mascis also just teamed up with Sharon Van Etten collaborator Doug Keith (not long after teaming up with Sharon Van Etten herself) to contribute a guitar solo to "Pure Gold In The 70s" off Doug's upcoming LP, Pony (due out 2/11). You can listen to that (via SPIN) below too.

Updated dates are listed, along with contest details, video and song stream, below...

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Cults @ Voodoo Fest 2013 (more by Caitlyn Ridenour)

Danny Brown @ T5, 11/3/2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Danny Brown @ Rough Trade
Shapeshifting rapper Danny Brown, whose Old LP is one of the best rap albums of the year, just played two big shows at Terminal 5 opening for Sleigh Bells, but tonight he does something much more intimate with this in-store at Rough Trade

Temples, Spires @ Union Pool
While their debut album won't be out until early 2014, UK psych pop band Temples come armed with a string of catchy singles, jangly 12-string guitars and Mark Bolan haircuts. Tonight's show is with Brooklyn's Spires whose sound is as well-matched to Temples as their name.

Cults, Sacco, Mood Rings @ Webster Hall
With their new album, Static, out now, Cults further their danceable indiepop sound. This tour is with Atlanta's superior dreampop band Mood Rings who are worth showing up early for.

Rey Pila, Mainland, Silverbird @ Baby's All Right
Mexico City's Rey Pila make melodic, synth-heavy rock. Their on their way to Europe for a tour with Albert Hammond Jr. but beforehand are stopping in NYC for two shows, this being the first.

Rittz, Snow Tha Product, Jarren Benton @ SOB's
Fast-talking dirty south rapper Rittz, known for collaborations with Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, and others, returns to NYC for this SOB's show tonight.

Van Morrison @ Beacon Theater
Jazz-pop/folk rock legend released his well-received new album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, earlier this year, garnering favorable comparisons to his 1970 classic Moondance. His second of two NYC shows this time through brings him to the tony Beacon Theater, certainly a great place to see someone of Morrison's stature.

Alvvays, Jackie, Boytoy, No Kill @ Glasslands
Toronto group Alvvays is the project from Molly Rankin who is decended from Canadian folk royalty and made a record under her own name a couple years ago. Despite Rankin's family background, Alvvays make wistful, jangly, Brit-tinged indiepop.

Julie Klausner @ Joe's Pub
Writer/comedian Julie Klausner is in the midst of her 5-night TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN run at Joe's Pub, where she promises to "sing some goddamn songs." This is the final night.

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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Duchess Says @ Cabaret Underworld, 11/22/2013

M for Montreal and Brooklyn Vegan have partnered for shows/parties at CMJ, SXSW, The Great Escape and more, but this was the first year we actually presented a show at M for Montreal. The fest, now in its eighth year, happened over the weekend and our show (co-presented with CMJ) happened at the grungy Cabaret Underworld on Friday (11/22) with an all-Montreal line-up of We are Wolves, Duchess Says and Solids.

I've seen electropunks Duchess Says a number of times over the years, though mostly with US crowds in half-filled rooms where mischievous dynamo singer Annie-Claude heads into to the crowd to mess with people who don't know what to expect. This show, everyone at the way-sold-out Underworld knew what to expect and were ready to pay Annie-Claude's insanity in kind. This was easily one of the most sweaty, bonkers shows for me in recent memory (mind you I don't go to that many shows with bonkers potential anymore). I don't think there was any point where someone wasn't aloft. Except for when Annie-Claude had everyone hunch down on the floor and she covered the crowd with a giant piece of blue paper.

Openers Solids, newly signed to Fat Possum, had the crowd going too, providing their own light show in the form of two painter lights -- one hanging over the band, the other over the crowd. Both were swatted at and swinging for most of the set. They get compared to Japandroids a lot -- similar two-piece setup -- but Solids lean a little more indie rock. They're also little less intense, but just as loud and I thought their set was pretty terrific.

After the intensity of Duchess Says' set, I fought my way to the back of Underworld and never made it back up close for We Are Wolves set -- which was a little theatrical, with masks and props to go along with their gothy, synth leanings. But the crowd was into it.

You can read recaps of M for Montreal day 1 HERE and day 2 HERE, plus check out a few photos from Mac DeMarco's closing-night set HERE. More pics of Duchess Says and Solids (none of We Are Wolves, unfortunately) below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Title Fight at Europa in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Title Fight

"Emo is a style of rock music characterized by melodic musicianship and expressive, often confessional lyrics. It originated in the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement of Washington, D.C., where it was known as "emotional hardcore" or "emocore" and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace." [Wikipedia]
If you've been closely following along with the blogosphere lately, you've probably noticed talk, especially amongst the indie rock community, about an "emo revival." Some sites, like Stereogum and Buzzfeed, have directly written about the "revival," whereas others like Pitchfork -- a site which has previously derided even the most classic albums of the genre -- didn't explicitly call it a revival, but offered a valuable spotlight on the modern emo scene. NPR weighed in, asking, "Is Emo Back?," but still some, like Noisey, claim, "There's no emo revival, you just stopped paying attention." A writer at NYU Local agrees. Meanwhile, bloggers and local papers, like OC Weekly and Baltimore Sun, are running with this.

All of this attention is only doing the genre a service. As Chad Jewett points out on Half Cloth, "How did you find out about Diary, person born in 1988? Because you would have to have been preternaturally cool to have picked up on it in 1994 when it came out." In other words, maybe in 19 years someone will hear Is Survived By, and they'll thank their lucky stars for all these listicles and thinkpieces that pointed out that record and so many other great records. But does the increased attention for these bands (many of which have been around for years) in indie rock circles warrant calling it a revival? Maybe it's that people are realizing these "emo revival" bands have a lot more in common with indie rock bands than a lot of people thought.

For one reason or another (perhaps because kids who grew up on Drive-Thru Records comps are forming bands now), emo has been sneaking its way more and more into accepted indie rock. Nobody was screaming "emo revival" when Japandroids went from a well-liked indie rock band to one of the genre's most beloved with 2012's Celebration Rock, a record full of heart-wrenching lyrics, youthful spirit, and fast, catchy power chords -- all common descriptors of emo. (Not to mention it was released by Polyvinyl Records, home to such emo classics as Frame and Canvas, American Football, Look Now Look Again, and more.) Likewise, no one said it when Cloud Nothings' 2012 LP Attack On Memory got tons of love from indie rock critics upon its release and went on to appear in multiple year-end lists, including Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spin, and more. It's an indie record, but one with a heavy resemblance to early Sunny Day Real Estate and similarly emo lyrical themes ("I miss you 'cause I like damage / I need something I can hurt").

Japandroids at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

These records had all too much common with the great emo releases of that year, including Title Fight's Floral Green and Joyce Manor's Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired. Both of those albums embraced raw production, honest, innovative music, and were not geared towards a radio-pop fanbase, but yet were largely ignored in indie rock circles. It's essentially what indie rock is, and a far cry from what pop bands tagged as emo like Panic at the Disco, Hawthorne Heights, and Senses Fail were doing. Those pop-emo bands, and countless others, dominated rock radio, MTV, and a major part of the conversation on emo during the mid-2000s, scaring away many indie rock fans and critics from the genre all together. The two weren't always enemies. Emo kids and indie rock kids both hold equal claim to bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Cursive, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, Rilo Kiley, and others. Perhaps part of the split was because it was somehow cooler to look like this than like this.

Title Fight, who didn't appear on Pitchfork until the-year-of-the-revival despite notable album releases in 2011 & 2012, cited many of the same influences as modern indie rock bands for Floral Green, including Sebadoh, Hum, Nirvana, and Sonic Youth. And Joyce Manor did the same, namedropping Guided by Voices and Weezer's Pinkerton in interviews. It makes sense that fans who latched on to Japandroids/Cloud Nothings would gravitate towards Title Fight/Joyce Manor. So what makes them so different? Ian Cohen says in his 2013 Pitchfork review of the new Title Fight EP, "You're more likely to hear electro-pop or major-label bands such as Chvrches or Haim called "indie" more often than Title Fight. How is that? Is it because most of time, genre tags are used to described the perceived fanbase than the music itself?"

The question Ian poses in that review seems to be a huge factor in the need some have to cite an "emo revival." If Japandroids and Cloud Nothings are your kind of indie rock, or punkier indie-approved bands like Titus Andronicus and Fucked Up, or classic bands like Dinosaur Jr, Built To Spill, Superchunk, and Archers of Loaf, chances are you're going to (or already do) find a lot to like in Title Fight, Joyce Manor, Pity Sex (essentially a shoegaze band), Cloakroom (sludgy slowcore), Placeholder (fuzz rock/'90s-style indie/etc), and many more. And as certain people, like Jaded Punk Dan Ozzi in his Noisey article pointed out, these bands didn't come out of nowhere. This comparatively underground scene of emo has been co-existing with the mall-emo scene for years, and perhaps it's getting called a "revival" because of the sudden interest for it from a fanbase who, for the most part, previously ignored anything associated with that three-letter word.

I do think, to some extent, that at one point the "emo revival" tag meant something. Now-defunct bands like Algernon Cadwallader (who have a new band, Dogs On Acid, in the works and whose guitarist Joe Reinhart is now a sometimes-member of Hop Along) and Snowing/Street Smart Cyclist (whose singer John Galm now fronts the excellent garage punk band Slow Warm Death) revived a very specific type of emo in the late 2000s -- the math rock-influenced kind done (perhaps most notably) in the mid-'90s by Cap'n Jazz. That sound, which some people bafflingly call "twinklecore," can be heard in late-2000s bands Castevet, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), 1994!, and bands who rose more recently, including The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Dads, and Prawn. But that's only a small sect of the genre as a whole. I recently said that Brand New's 2006 LP The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is my favorite emo album since Diary, and Devil and God only came out two years before Algernon's first, 1994!'s first, and La Dispute's first. Thursday's final record, No Devolucion, came out in 2011 and in my opinion it's one of their best. The genre had a rough period as it entered the mainstream (but so did so many other genres) but it never vanished.

Touche Amore at Riot Fest 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Touche Amore

Why is it all happening now though? Perhaps with "indie rock's tuneful death rattle" and "the decline of guitar rock" in effect, with artists like Haim, Chvrches, Icona Pop, The 1975, and Lorde currently dominating the indie rock discussion, there are still people yearning for raw, scrappy guitar rock with DIY ethics and an alternative mindset. And a lot of us are finding that those cravings are satisfied by this large, thriving group of "emo" bands. In his "indie rock death rattle" piece on Grantland, Steven Hyden welcomed indie turning pop as a natural progression, but did point out some may be seeking something less pleasant, which he finds in Touche Amore's latest LP, Is Survived By.

Touche's record, another getting extra attention now thanks to the "revival," is one of the finest releases of this year, and embodies so many of the key factors of "underground rock." Its aggression is raw and unpolished, but it's melodically and dynamically exploring new ground for rock music. Lyrically, the themes won't be unfamiliar to indie rockers, exploring existential uncertainties ("To swallow mortality is enough of a task / And leaving your mark is just too much to ask") that aren't too different from a band like Titus Andronicus ("Okay, I think by now we've established everything is inherently worthless / And there's nothing in the universe with any kind of objective purpose"). They also happen to be musically and communally connected to post-hardcore bands like Converge and Thursday who have influenced forward-thinking underground rock bands, just as Pavement and the Pixies have.

At The Drive-In at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

It's not only newer bands though. Many now broken-up bands have been reuniting, and getting welcomed back very warmly. It's no surprise that the much-loved At the Drive-In caused excitement when they reunited, but in case there was any doubt how large that excitement would be in indie circles: They got huge spots on major indie rock festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella, and the reunion also got notable coverage on many indie sites, including Pitchfork, who weren't too kind to their classic Relationship of Command LP upon its release but scored it significantly higher upon its April 2013 reissue.

The fact that the idea of "indie rock" is so vague and encompasses so many things, many of which are not "indie" or "rock," is a great thing, but there are still kids who can't settle for Chvrches when a past generation got Fugazi. And luckily those kids won't have to worry. In addition to many of the bands mentioned above, there's Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee, Swearin', A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Courtesy Drop, Little Big League, Frameworks, Calculator, Iron Chic, Big Eyes, Single Mothers, Sundials, Aye Nako, Worriers, Caravels, Pianos Become the Teeth and so many more that all satisfy a similar craving, whether or not you call them "emo," "indie," or a "revival."

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by Doug Moore; interview by Jonathan Dick

Integrity at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

When metallic hardcore institution Integrity released their seminal sophomore album Systems Overload back in 1995, the band weren't entirely happy with the final mix & master -- it was slicker and more modern-sounding than they'd intended. Last year, members of their S/O-era lineup got back together to tweak the album's original masters for a limited Record Store Day release. Now that Integrity have announced that the same lineup will be getting back together for the Invisible Oranges co-presented A389 Records 10th Anniversary Bash, they're also releasing a CD version of the S/O revamp via Magic Bullet Records.

We're streaming the updated version of the album over at Invisible Oranges, plus an extensive interview with perennial vocalist Dwid Hellion and guitarist Aaron Melnick. Here are some excerpts:

What was the creative process like for you guys with Systems Overload? Was there a specific mindset or goal you guys had when you initially began writing the songs.

DH: At that time, we had just undergone one of our many band metamorphoses. Our first album, Those Who Fear Tomorrow, was initially met with great opposition from the underground music scene. Critics declared it was a virus that would "ruin hardcore." If the rumors are true that we had unknowingly helped create the genre known as metalcore, our critics may have experienced a momentary spell of clairvoyance. A year after TWFT was released, the critics changed their opinion, and as is common in human nature, they began to love that which they once despised. So, in turn, we changed our formula. We did not want to pander to expectations. We preferred to agitate the complacent. And this contempt helped to give life to what would become Systems Overload.

A2: We kind of went more towards '80s hardcore for Systems. I personally still listened to a lot of metal, but I was getting into a lot of foreign and old American hardcore. You know, not your typical youth crew stuff.

You've got a label like A389 celebrating its ten year anniversary, and it's interesting to think about how much has changed in the realm of music in that timeframe, especially with regards to independent music. What changes, good and bad, have you guys seen within heavy music from when Integrity first formed or from when you each joined?

DH: In general, the ability to listen to music before you decide to purchase it has raised the bar. I think that is a positive result of our modern technology within the music community.

A2: Well, things seem a lot more separate, with separate scenes for all these different types of music, but I guess that had already started in the late '80s. I think it is cool that everyone can record more easily with computers, but at the same time, I usually prefer the sound of 2-inch analogue tape. Of course, the internet is great for finding out about music. When I was a kid, it was much harder to procure music. Now you can just go to YouTube and type in anything.

Check out the rest of the interview over at IO. Don't forget that much of Integrity's catalog is available for free download via the band.

Listen to the Systems Overload remix/remaster below...

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Haim just made their SNL debut over the weekend, playing "Don't Save Me" and "The Wire," as well as appearing in a sketch that uses The Outfield's mega-'80s hit "Your Love" in a pretty funny way. It was a highlight of an especially lackluster episode of SNL, and you can watch all three clips in this post. Since their appearance, Este Haim's "bass face" -- already an internet meme -- is now full-on sensation, perhaps you've seen it on your Facebook timeline via every one of your friends.

In other news, both of Haim's Terminal 5 shows in May -- including the second show which was just added -- are sold out.

Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live has announced the hosts and musical guests from the remainder of 2013 which looks hopeful on the funny front: Paul Rudd hosts on December 7 with a second appearance from UK boy band One Direction; and John Goodman returns for his 13th hosting job with Kings of Leon as musical guests.

Then on December 21, SNL gifts us with what will be the year's most anticipated show: Jimmy Fallon will host with (surprise!) Justin Timberlake performing. SNL writers usually bring their A-game to a JT episode (expect a return of the Brothers Gibb), and this one will also be a way to remind folks that in the new year, Jimmy Fallon will be moving to The Tonight Show and current "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers will becoming the new Late Night, both of whom will start their new jobs on February 24.

Haim's SNL performances and that Outfield sketch below...

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