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Telekinesis at Lincoln Hall on 5.15.2013
Telekinesis

On Wednesday night (5/15), Telekinesis (aka the project of Michael Learner) brought his tour with Deep Sea Diver through Chicago for a performance at Lincoln Hall. The band, which now features Rebecca Cole (Wild Flag, The Minders), ran through most of this year's Dormarion, and of course played some older songs too. Were you there? If so, what did you think? We've got pictures from the 5/15 show at Lincoln Hall in this post. More below...

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by Fred Pessaro

George Michael

George Michael sustained a head injury in a car accident in his native UK yesterday, requiring the ex-Wham! vocalist to be air-lifted to a local hospital:

According to the singer's rep, Michael was a passenger in a Range Rover that crashed on the M1 motorway (a huge freeway) at around 5:50 PM local time.

The rep says no vehicles were involved in the crash. It's unclear exactly what caused the collision... Michael's spokesperson says the singer only suffered "superficial cuts" -- and was doing just fine. [via TMZ]

Get well soon, sir! And if there is any additional news then somebody tell meeeee.

by Fred Pessaro

The Rival Mob at 285 Kent in Brooklyn, April 2013 (more by Tod Seelie)
Rival Mob

Somebody get this guy a trophy. Whoever booked what is arguably the hardcore show of the year in Chicago, deserves some sort of kudos. I mean it's not everyday that a lineup like Cro-Mags with Breakdown (87 demo lineup), The Rival Mob, Damnation AD, Endpoint, No Tolerance, Spine and Assault USA is assembled. It's happening at Bottom Lounge on June 29 and tickets are on sale now.

Now all Chicago needs is a Judge reunion show. No word on that, but Breakdown is scheduled to play with Judge this weekend at Black & Blue Bowl in NYC with the great Kill Your Idols. Somebody find this Cro-Mags booker and give them the 3rd degree.

by Toby Tenenbaum

MS MR @ Bowery Ballroom, 5/15/2013
MSMR

From the website to your album cover art, it seems that everything you guys touch possesses a stunning and unique visual quality. Who comes up with these works of art?
While every element of the project comes directly from us, one of our initial goals for MS MR was to create a community around the project, and we've had the incredible opportunity to work with up-and-coming directors and photographers like Tyler Kohlhoff, who shot the covers of the EP and the album. These artists have helped us refine our aesthetic (and their own) and continue to contribute as we incorporate new visual ideas.

Will these visuals play a factor in your upcoming U.S. tour? Can you give some examples of what readers can expect if they come to one of your shows?
The live show has actually been a chance for us bring it all back to the music - during this first year of touring we've had the opportunity to put a face on the project and show our musicianship, so we have kept it all very minimal. We're also a new band and can't afford to yet fully realize our elaborate schemes for set design...but we're always thinking about it and are excited to start incorporating things bit by bit.

Despite the obvious comparisons to Florence + The Machine there is no doubting the mainstream appeal of MS MR and, given that they had a song in the Game of Thrones Season 3 trailer and are due to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight (5/16), I don't anticipate it being long before everyone and their mother is trying to figure out what the mysterious band name means.

Last night at Bowery Ballroom (5/15) was a great, if short, glimpse into the freshly released MS MR album Secondhand Rapture. Energetic, bold and powerful, MS MR (who played a BVSXSW day party this year) were enjoying their hometown gig on their first headlining tour. In addition to the music, singer Lizzie Plapinger, who two nights earlier was spotted in the crowd at Foxygen, treated the audience to nuggets of band autobiography between songs, including how they formed two years ago in keyboardist Max Hershenow's bedroom.

Tourmates Magic Man played a 40 minute opening set to warm up the crowd. More pictures from last night's Bowery Ballroom show are with many more tour dates below...

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rapture DJs

I'm not going to lie. I'd much rather be in NYC next week for the insane lineup that DFA Records put together for their 12th anniversary, but I'll take what I can get. Eight days before they hit Brooklyn with James Murphy and crew, Vito & Druzzi aka The Rapture DJs will drop into Beauty Bar here in Chicago to lay down a set with Studio Casual and Adam Rowe. That's the flyer above. Advanced tickets are on sale. All of their upcoming dates are listed below...

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Kurt Vile at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kurt Vile

No Joy @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall, 5/12/2013 (more by James Richards IV)
No Joy

today in NYC
* Jack Grace @ Barbes
* Lifelike @ Cameo Gallery
* Erin Markey @ Joe's Pub
* CollegeHumor Live @ UCB
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Wailers @ Gramercy Theatre
* Sam Amidon @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Kung Fu, Jeff Bujak @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Rafael Gomez Y Nuevo Circo @ Barbes
Nicole Henry, Grace Weber @ Joe's Pub
* The Flaming Lips @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Paramore, Kitten @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Pictureplane, Antwon @ Santos Party House
* No Joy, Weekend, Grand Resort @ Glasslands
* Tracy Morgan @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
* Eric Burdon & The Animals @ Highline Ballroom
* Lazyeyes, Wormburner, BNLX, BLK Kathy @ Pianos
* Kopecky Family Band, Matrimony @ Mercury Lounge
* The Guts, Scoundrel, Ylajali, Trash Tide @ Cake Shop
* Skullshitter, Syphilitic Lust, Scowl, Narc @ Union Pool
* Midnight Magic, Teengirl Fantasy @ Brooklyn Museum
* Uri Gurvich and BabEL, Brahim Fribgane @ The Stone
* Kurt Vile, Angel Olsen, Steve Gunn @ Bowery Ballroom
* DJ Craze, DJ Sabo, Gents & Jawns, Que Bajo?! @ Output
* Retox, I Am Heresy, Descender, Wet Witch @ The Acheron
* Jay Nash, Eliza Moore, John Murry @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Weird Owl, Throw Vision, Romantic States @ Cameo Gallery
* Pedrito Martinez Group, Nickodemus @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
* Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band @ The Apollo Theater
* Vulture Shit, Swells, Hooks, Unruhue @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
* Shark?, Mean Creek, Radical Dads, Haybaby @ Death By Audio
* Baby Teardrops, Libel, Birds In Weather, Onesie @ The Grand Victory
* The Lonely Wild, Ravens & Chimes, The Lonely Hearts @ Mercury Lounge
* Kathleen Hanna, Emily Nussbaum, Sam Lipstyle, Mark Bazar @ Union Hall
* Happy Lives, BLUFFING, Lil Kids, Andrew Devlon, Nuda Veritas @ Muchmore's
* A Bunch of Dead People, Public Speaking, Seductress, Ice Cream @ Big Snow
* Hurrah! A Bolt of Light, Vuvuzela, All Boy/All Girl, Sun Showers @ Public Assembly
* Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, DC Benny, Rachel Feinstein @ Eastville Comedy Club
Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band, The Everymen, Shellshag, The Brooklyn What @ Shea Stadium
* Cam Meekins, Pilot Nation, OG Swaggerdick & Michael Christmas, Cerebal Vortex @ Knitting Factory

Pictureplane's show with San Jose rapper Antwon at Santos Party House is cancelled, but Pictureplane will still open for Anamanaguchi at Irving Plaza on Friday.

Minneapolis' arch postpunks BNLX are in town, playing Pianos tonight. If you can't make it, they'll play Big Snow Buffalo Lodge tomorrow (5/17).

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Wampire released their new album, Curiosity, this week on Polyvinyl. The Portland duo also just let loose a new video for LP track "Orchids" and you can watch that below.

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FF

We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of Franz Ferdinand's first single, "Darts of Pleasure," and the band have just announced details of their fourth studio album. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will be out on Domino on August 27. What can we expect? "The Intellect Vs The Soul, played out by some dumb band," says frontman Alex Kapranos.

The band's last LP was 2009's Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. While no tracks have been released from the new record, you can check out a teaser trailer, cover art and tracklist below.

Franz Ferdinand recently played Coachella and will hit October's ACL Fest in Austin. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

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Jamie Lidell at Glasslands last month (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Jamie Lidell

In addition to the previously discussed FREE Jamie Lidell show scheduled to take over Prospect Park on August 2 with co-headliner Dan Deacon, the dance-y Englishman has scheduled another, far more intimate show the day prior at Le Poisson Rouge on August 1. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of a few select dates for Lidell, all of which are listed below.

Lidell was recently the subject of a short documentary, Jamie Lidell - What We See Is What You Get and you can watch it below too.

Meanwhile, Dan Deacon was recently announced as part of FYF in Los Angeles. Also, his Record Store Day 2013 single, "Konono Ripoff Nº1," recently got the video treatment, and the clip involves an interactive element courtesy Dan's smartphone app. Check that out, along with his and Jamie's tour schedule, below.

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Moon King @ BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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As discussed, The Thermals will roll into Chicago tonight (Thursday, May 16) on their North American tour in support of Desperate Ground. They'll be headlining Lincoln Hall with support from Chicago's great Bare Mutants and Toronto duo Moon King (ex-Doldrums). Advance tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Moon King play a couple of shows with The Thermals this week, including Chicago tonight, and then will wrap their month-long North American tour. They'll also play a few shows at North by Northeast in their native Toronto next month.

All known Moon King tour dates and a couple of song streams are below...

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by Fred Pessaro

Youth Code @ Nothing Changes, 5/15/2013
Youth Code

Los Angeles duo Youth Code played Nothing Changes at Home Sweet Home last night (5/15), their only show in the NYC area. Employing harder than hard EBM that reminded me of Ministry and Nitzer Ebb, the duo danced around their rigs and screamed into microphones while cranking out tunes from their latest demo cassette and their forthcoming LP on DAIS. Hardcore clearly runs through their veins (judging by their membership in Carry On, a Cro-Mags tee, and on stage discussion of the Judge reunion), and it was that high-energy that made their set so compelling despite almost endless gear issues. Check out pictures and video from their set below, along with a stream of their demo available now for pay-whatever on Bandcamp. Recommended.

Embarassingly enough, this was my first trip back to the former grounds of the party known as WIERD (eulogy here), and I don't quite know what I was waiting for. Nothing Changes has similarly good DJs, live bands, smoke machines cranked to 11, and much the same vibe. Change is always good in the long run, but if Nothing Changes can stay with a similar WIERD vibe and I'd be completely content. Upcoming Nothing Changes events include Craow, Outmode, Halves & Thirds on 5/22 and Tempers on 5/2.

More pictures, that stream and  video are below...

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The Thermals @ BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Kevin Figueroa)
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today in Chicago
* Shout Out Louds, Haerts @ Metro
* Colin Stetson, Justin Walter @ Schubas
* Four Tet (DJ set), Nate Manic @ Smart Bar
* Peter Murphy, Blah Blah Blah @ House of Blues
* The Thermals, Bare Mutants, Moon King @ Lincoln Hall
* Mike Rep, Tommy Jay, Negative Scanner, Sleaze @ Empty Bottle
* In Flames, Armored Assault, Burn The Remains @ Bottom Lounge
* Brain Vacation, The Celebrator, The Muzzlers, Robots Counterfeiting Money @ Ultra Lounge

Shout Out Louds and Haerts play Metro tonight.

Colin Stetson and Justin Walter play Schubas.

Four Tet DJs at Smart Bar.

The Thermals, Bare Mutants, and Moon King play Lincoln Hall.

HoZac Blackout Fest 2013 kicks off tonight with Mike Rep, Tommy Jay, Negative Scanner, and Sleaze.

The Flaming Lips played "Try To Explain," David Bowie's "Heroes," and a game of pictionary with Jimmy Fallon last night. Check out the footage below.

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Downton Diddy

When, Diddy announced via Twitter yesterday that he was a "series regular" on Downton Abbey and PBS denied it, we wondered if it might be for a Funny or Die video? Turned out that's indeed what it was. Sean Combs let us know that despite producers announcing they'd just cast their first black character on the popular PBS/BBC melodrama, he had in fact already been on the show as Lord Wolcott, "the new owner of Down Town Abbey," despite being ignored by the rest of the cast. See how it all plays out in Downton Diddy, below...

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Dowager Countess
Dowager Countess
Dowager Countess

The producers of extremely popular Masterpiece Theatre soap opera Downton Abbey told fans they were adding their first black character for the show's fourth season. If Diddy's tweet is to be believed, he'll be playing that role, a jazz musician Jack Ross. Apart from the promised "sneak preview," you're still going to have to wait a while, as Season Four won't premiere until season which will premiere January 5, 2014 when it will be back for eight episodes.

UPDATE: PBS denies Diddy's involvement in Downton Abbey! NY Mag says, "Diddy, meanwhile, is still retweeting various congratulation posts, as if this is really a thing. Maybe he just read The Secret?"

Diddy even posted a "sneak peak" picture to Instagram, ha. Maybe a Funny or Die video is on the way?

UPDATE: Yep, that's exactly what it is.

photos by James Richards IV

White Mystery // A Giant Dog at the Hideout on 5.10.2013
White Mystery
Psalm One

On Friday night (5/10), White Mystery played a record release show for Telepathic at the intimate Hideout with support from Psalm One and Austin's A Giant Dog. From what we've heard, all three female-fronted acts put on a great show. Were you there? If so, what did you think? Pictures from the 5/10 show are the Hideout are in this post. More below...

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Patti Smith @ Stubb's, Austin, 4/30/13
Patti Smith

"Fresh from her visit with the new Pope Francis in Vatican City (yes, that happened), Patti Smith returned to Austin to play tracks off her new album, Banga. There are few acts in rock 'n roll today that elicit the warmth and adoration that the nearly sold-out Stubbs crowd delivered to Smith. In return, the original NYC punk girl gave that energy back in what could only be described as a triumphant performance." [Culture Map]
Rock legend Patti Smith recently visited Austin for a show at Stubb's. We just posted a set of pictures from the show at BrooklynVegan. Check .em out.

Youth Lagoon @ a recent BV-presents show (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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today in Chicago
* Digitalism @ Bottom Lounge
* Limp Bizkit @ House of Blues
* Youth Lagoon, Majical Cloudz @ Metro
* Sir Sly, JMSN, Evan Ireland @ Empty Bottle
* Telekinesis, Deep Sea Diver @ Lincoln Hall
* VietNam, J. Fernandez, Marko Casso @ Schubas
* Majical Cloudz @ Permanent Records (Free; In-store)
* Touched By Ghoul, M. Sord, Dumbelievers @ The Burlington
* T'Bone, Yeesh, Evasive Backflip, Peoples Temple of America @ Ultra Lounge

Youth Lagoon and Majical Cloudz play Metro tonight. Majical Cloudz play a 5:15PM in-store at Permanent Records.

Telekinesis and Deep Sea Diver play Lincoln Hall.

If you're among the few who do "it all for the nookie," Limp Bizkit play House of Blues tonight.

Mikal Cronin has a new video for the MCII standout "Change." Check it out below.

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by Mark Cheskin

Black Moth Super Rainbow at Metro on 5.11.2013
Black Moth Super Rainbow

Black Moth Super Rainbow visited Chicago this past Saturday (5/11) for a performance at Metro as part of a short spring tour. Accompanying them for the whole run are Chicago locals Oscillator Bug and The Hood Internet.

Osiclator Bug started things off with a swirl of dizzying analogue synths, that had him screaming into his mic and pounding away on his keys like a madman. Throughout the set he occasionally hung his mic around his neck in order to manually tweak his synths and drum machine on the fly. It was impressive what he could do with his analog-setup, which he made operating seem like a cakewalk.

Next up, DJ party duo The Hood Internet temporarily turned Metro into a dance club. They seamlessly threw together everything from Cyndi Lauper "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" to R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)," which not only got the crowd dancing but singing as well.

Pittsburgh natives Black Moth Super Rainbow took the stage soon after looking fairly casual, except for the band's drummer who donned a slightly unsettling ski mask. Tobacco, wearing shorts, a baseball cap, and a hoodie, made a not-so-secret grin while walking towards his gear. Without saying a word he anchored himself to his prized synth vocoder and gripped the mic like a baseball bat. Black Moth played a bunch of new songs from their excellent Cobra Juicy album, as well as a few classics like "Sun Lips" while a projector provided a backdrop with some of the band's videos. Taking a whiff of the air you could smell that a few fans had secretly lit up while the band played some of their more subdued songs. Amongst the crowd, a few fans could be seen sporting their creepy Black Moth Super Rainbow masks, which were given to fans that helped crowdsource their latest album on Kickstarter. BMSR played a small encore before giving a small wave to screaming fans, leaving as quietly as they had entered.

Unfortunately, later on tour in St. Louis, someone(s) broke into their van and stole Tobacco's vocoder. The frontman then took to Twitter to say the setup "isn't too replaceable," but that he'll try. He also joked, "...if anyone finds who did it, I'll pay you to bring them to me. All in good fun."

Pictures of all three acts from the 5/11 show at Metro are below...

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J Mascis with Dinosaur Jr at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
J Mascis

One of the best things about summer is all of the free live music, and one of the great series in NYC is Union Pool's Summer Thunder! This year the series is even bigger, going every weekend from early June until September. The shows begin at 2PM, are 21+, and will feature drink specials all afternoon. The shows are FREE, and two of them are presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges respectively.

Summer Thunder kicks off the season on June 1 with Rocksteady Yeti DJ Crew. BrooklynVegan will present the second Summer Thunder event set for June 8 featuring Heavy Blanket (featuring J Mascis) and Love as Laughter. Invisible Oranges will present the June 15 Summer Thunder, with Inter Arma and more TBA.

Heavy Blanket released their self-titled debut last year on Outer Battery Records and you can stream that below. Love is Laughter also play Shea Stadium on Saturday (5/18) with Starlight Girls, Honduras, Birthdays and more.

More details on the rest of June's lineup of Summer Thunder, including shows with Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg), Endless Boogie and more, is below. See you there!

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Lauryn Hill at MHOW last night (via @gogo6969)
Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is about to do time for tax evasion, and though her high-priced show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night with guest DJ Q-Tip (May 14) might have smelled like a last ditch effort to wrangle up some cash, she reportedly didn't perform it like that:

Classic tracks such as "Lost Ones" and "How Many Mics" were delivered with such venom and quick-fire vocal prowess that it almost transformed them into entirely new compositions, nearly unrecognizable from the album versions unless you were paying close attention. The latter was especially ferocious, with Hill bringing the song down to near-silence (she would exercise considerable control over her band as the evening went on, shushing and cajoling them in equal measure depending on her mood) and turning things over to her trio of backup singers, before rousing the band and the crowd into a final, multisyllabic climax... She wasn't performing like someone who was about to go to jail. She wasn't performing like someone who just needed the money. Rather, she was performing like someone who cared so much about her craft and presentation that it bled seamlessly out of her, with near-flawless transitions and an intensity that belied her famous reclusive nature. It wasn't Lauryn Hill, neo-soul rapstress. It was Lauryn Hill laying it all on the line regardless of what would, or will, come next. -[Billboard]
Let's hope that hunger grows in her time away. Godspeed Lauryn Hill.

Check a video from last night  where Lauryn Hill invited her children on stage to perform at the end of the evening, below...

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MS MR @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Bruno Simões)
MS MR

today in NYC
* Paloma Trio @ Barbes
Pasek & Paul @ Joe's Pub
* Duo Argentos @ The Stone
* Howard Fishman @ Joe's Pub
* Hess Is More @ McKittrick Hotel
* No Joy, Heaven @ Mercury Lounge
* Uri Gurvich and BabEL @ The Stone
* Foxygen, Crumbs @ Mercury Lounge
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* MS MR, Magic Man @ Bowery Ballroom
* Empty Chairs, Redfoot @ Cameo Gallery
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* The Wailers @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
* Pure X, La Big Vic, Kirin J Callinan @ 285 Kent
* Eric Burdon & The Animals @ Highline Ballroom
* Martin Bisi, Ulan Bator, Insect Arc @ The Delancey
* NinjaSonik, The Skins @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Grandchildren, Walking Shapes, Beaty Heart @ Glasslands
* Book of Knots, Skeleton Key, Faun Fables @ Knitting Factory
* Chris Cohen, Happy Jawbone, Piano Movers @ Shea Stadium
* Shy Hunters, Fielded, Imperial Topaz, Gel Set @ Death By Audio
* Triple Hex, Gelatine, Jupiter Boys, Twilight Procession @ Cake Shop
* Har Mar Superstar, The Young Things, Nightbox @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Miracles of Modern Science, Mutts, Ian Cooke @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Problem, IAMSU!, Weekend Money, Hefna Gwap @ Santos Party House
* Sporting Life, Sediment Club, Weird Womb, Advaeta @ Public Assembly
* Bears, Very Rare, Lars Von Trier, The Gradients, Sweatstick @ Big Snow
* Peter Stampfel, Al Rose, Bushwick Gospel Singers, Zach Brock @ Spike Hill
* Janet Labelle, Midnight Snack, The Charles Warren Orchestra @ Bowery Electric

Montreal's No Joy are in town, playing tonight at Mercury Lounge with Heaven and tomorrow (5/16) at Glasslands with Weekend. Tickets are still available for both shows. If you haven't heard their terrific new album, Wait to Pleasure, you can stream it below via Spotify.

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Lawrence, Kansas' Hospital Ships will release their new album, Destruction In Yr Soul, on June 18. You can watch the LP's first video, "Servants," below.

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METZ at Lincoln Hall on 05.12.2013
METZ

On Sunday night (5/12), Toronto-based abrasive punks METZ toured through Chicago to play their largest headlining show here yet at Lincoln Hall with No Joy and TV Ghost. As per usual, feedback reigned supreme throughout the performance, and all three members were drenched in sweat by the time it was said and done. Were you there? If so, what did you think? Pictures and a few videos from the Lincoln Hall show are in this post.

Between their non-stop touring schedule, METZ somehow managed to make it into the studio to begin working on their second album. Guitarist Alex Edkins told Exclaim!, "We did manage to find some time after the European tour to get into the studio, and we recorded a new track that will probably see the light of day in a month or two on the internet," he explains. "But it is tough to find the time to focus on new material when you're going from club to club. We're hoping come September, when our touring schedule is all finished, we can focus on the new record." As discussed, you can also catch METZ at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival in July and at Pygmalion 2013 in September.

More pictures and some videos from their 5/12 Lincoln Hall show are below...

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Flaming Lips in Toronto (more by David Andrako)
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips were planning on landing in Simsbury, CT on July 15th, but Simsbury, CT has decided Wayne Coyne and crew will need to make other plans:

The town has decided against having The Flaming Lips play at the performing arts center at Simsbury Meadows this summer.

First Selectwoman Mary Glassman said the concert was conditionally approved pending a permit but that after conversations with Police Chief Peter Ingvertsen officials decided against the concert.

Glassman said the issue came down to staffing, and that it would have been difficult to get the necessary police officers in place for the concert, especially since the previously approved Emmylou Harris concert is planned for the following night. [Hartford Courant]

Major bummer Simsbury.

Meanwhile, the Flaming Lips have arrived in the NYC-area for a three-night run that looks like this:

Flaming Lips are here:
May 15 - The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon
May 16 - Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater
May 17 - Prospect Park Brooklyn, NY - GoogaMooga
Tune into Fallon tonight, get your tickets for the NJ show, and make sure to get to Prospect Park on Friday by 6:15!! The Darkness, Flaming Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs all on one bill has the makings of an epic show. It's just too bad that the Lips go on so early, and it's even sadder that the Darkness play at 4:45!

All tour dates and the band's newest (and very) NSFW video below...

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by Bill Pearis

(via @SoundbitesNYC Instagram)
Pinback

Pinback are never too far from my thoughts. Mainly because their billboard for new album, Information Retrieved, which the erected for the "Proceed to Memory" time-lapse video, is at the end of my block in Williamsburg and I pass by it every day.

Pinback won't be too from you either, most likely, as they'll be on an extensive North American tour this summer which hits NYC at Irving Plaza on September 13 with  Deathfix (the project of Fugazi's Brenden Canty). Tickets for that show go on LiveNation and Music Geeks presales on Thursday (5/16) at 10 AM (Music Geeks password is "musicgeeks") with the regular on-sale happening Friday (5/17) at 10 AM.

All tour dates are listed, alongside the "Proceed to Memory" video, below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Big muff superfuzz: ZZ Top @ Bergen PAC, 5/14/2013
ZZ Top

Legendary, bearded, and legendarily bearded (except for the drummer, whose name is Beard) Texas hard rock trio ZZ Top, who will be at Bonnaroo this year, played Bergen Performing Arts Center in NJ last night (May 14), part of a larger ongoing tour for the band that puts them in Westbury NY for a sold-out show at Theater at Westbury tonight. Pictures from their show are in this post.

If you missed it, we also recently caught Billy Gibbons back with his old band Moving Sidewalks in Austin and NYC.

The ZZ Top shows are in celebration of the band's massive legacy, compiled into a single, similarly massive chunk -- a 10-disc collection of their studio albums due on June 10:

The set, including the albums initially released on the London label as well as the string of Warner Bros. hits that followed, includes ZZ Top's First Album (1971), Rio Grande Mud (1972), Tres Hombres (1973), Fandango! (1975)*, Tejas (1976), Degüello (1979), El Loco (1981), Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985) and Recycler (1990). Each album is presented in a wallet sleeve that faithfully reproduces the original artwork, including the gatefold designs used for Tres Hombres and Tejas. The set presents, for the first time on CD, the original LP mixes for: ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud and Tejas that have long been on the wish lists of the band's most fervent fans.
Look for that at a merch table or retailer near you, and listen for songs from it at the dates listed, along with more pics from Bergen PAC, below...

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