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A musician furious over being thrown out of a rock band extracted bloody revenge in an early morning attack in Brooklyn Monday -- using a military-style rifle to fatally shoot three people believed to be bandmates, wound another person and then take his own life, law enforcement sources said.

The triple-homicide took place at 318 Maujer St., a Bushwick building where at least some members of the band are believed to live.

The killer, brandishing a Century Sporter .308-caliber semi-automatic weapon with a 20-round magazine, showed up around midnight and opened fire on a person standing outside.
That person was wounded.

Then he stormed into the building and kept firing off round after round...

...The band is made up of Iranians who have been in the country for a while and were seeking asylum here, law enforcement sources.

A neighbor, who identified himself only as Frank, said the building has been hosting boisterous parties.

"During the summer it was ongoing, really loud parties with the street blocked off by gypsy cabs,'' he said.

"It was the usual hipster rave scene.'' [NY Post]

Speculation after the story first broke and has since been confirmed by The New York Times that the band in question was Brooklyn/Iranian band the Yellow Dogs who we recently called "constants in the NYC indie circuit". We last caught them with !!! at the end of last year at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

UPDATE (1:44 PM): Yellow Dogs' manager has released a statement that says the assailant was not in Yellow Dogs but in another Iranian band, and that two of the three victims were in Yellow Dogs:   Sourosh Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), along with a friend of theirs, fellow musician and author Ali Eskandaria.

UPDATE 2: Actually all three killed may be in Yellow Dogs as originally reported, and the killer was in their sister band The Free Keys.

An ABC news report video is below as is a 2009 interview CNN did with Yellow Dogs on the underground Iran rock scene.

Our thoughts go to the victims' friends and families.

Continue reading "members of Yellow Dogs killed in Brooklyn murder-suicide"

Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

Songwriting legend Paul Simon is still going strong, having released the quality So Beautiful or So What back in 2011 and continuing to tour. Paul recently announced another tour to go down across the US and Canada in winter 2014 with Sting. The tour will feature the two musicians playing a collaborative set, in addition to solo sets from each of them. It hits NYC on March 4 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Tuesday (11/12) at 10 AM with a Live Nation/Local presale starting today (11/11) at 10 AM.

The two were last in NYC together for a benefit show at Radio City in 2012.

Last month, Paul released the massive box set, The Complete Albums Collection, which compiles all of his solo albums (including 1965's The Paul Simon Song Book, his solo album recorded during Simon & Garfunkel's career that included many songs which soon became Simon & Garfunkel songs), two live concerts, 37 tracks of bonus material, a 56-page book of photos and liner notes by Ashley Kahn. It might be a good holiday gift for your Paul Simon-obsessed loved ones. Two live videos from the concerts included on the box set, and the tracklist, are below.

All tour dates are listed, along with videos, below...

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My Bloody Valentine at ATP NY 2008 (more by Abbey Braden)
MBV

Anna Calvi @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
MBV

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

My Bloody Valentine, Dumb Numbers @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Shoegaze vets My Bloody Valentine are nothing short of legends and pioneers, with great material that speaks for itself and some of the most inventive guitar playing of the past few decades. This year they shockingly returned with mbv, this first new album since 1991's classic Loveless, and they've also been doing some tour dates since its release. The tour finally comes to NYC thsi week for shows at Hammerstein Ballroom tonight and tomorrow. Opening is Dumb Numbers, the project of Australia's Adam Harding which features contributions from Dinosaur Jr's Lou Barlow and Murph, Jesus Lizard's David Yow, Melvins' Dale Crover and more. Not positive who's in his live band, but we know Murph is for sure.

Anna Calvi, Gems @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The  sweeping, widescreen style of music Anna Calvi makes isn't exactly "pop" in the current sense of the word, but it is still enthralling. Especially live, she's a truly powerhouse performer with a spine-chilling voice and serious guitar chops.. Tickets are still available, highly recommended.

Elvis Costello @ The Capitol Theatre
Power pop pioneer/all-around great songwriter Elvis Costello is fresh off a collaborative album and show with The Roots, but this month he's back to the solo format for a tour that hits The Capitol Theatre twice this week, tonight and tomorrow.

Sky Ferreira, Smith Westerns, Gang of Youths @ Webster Hall
Sky Ferreira's recently released debut album, Night Time, My Time, is big, arena-ready pop with a rock edge, and she's out supporting it with garage poppers Smith Westerns.

Humanbeast, Profilgate, Pvre Matrix, Nick Klein @ 285 Kent Avenue
Two excellent purveyors of minimal/darkwave Humanbeast and Profligate team up for this show at 285 Kent which should turn into a dark, gothed-out dance party.

Mahogany, Domino Kirke, Metalleg, Men and Whales @ Glasslands
Currently working as a duo, local shoegazers Mahogany are back in action after a five-year hibernation.

Dylan Fest @ Bowery Ballroom
The annual Dylan Fest returns for its first of two nights at Bowery Ballroom tonight. The show will feature Bob Dylan classics performed by a number of musicians, including members of Black Keys, The Hold Steady, Heartless Bastards, The Mooney Suzuki, and more.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Comedian Mike Birbiglia does another of his informal 'Working It Out' shows at Union Hall tonight.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Jon Glaser, Brooks Wheelen, Myq Kaplan, Sasheer Zamata, Andy Haynes, and more.

Today is Veteran's Day. Thank you for your service.

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Destroyer @ Webster Hall, 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Destroyer

Love Inks @ Mohawk, Austin, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Love Inks

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

NY Comedy Festival
It's the final night of the 2013 NYCF. Options include a talk between Larry David & David Steinberg at Town Hall; Jenny Slate & Friends at Littlefield; and "Happy House" (with Reggie Watts, Kate Berlant, Jared Logan and more) at Santos.

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
The multi-venue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival wraps up tonight with three shows. Some notables include Star Slinger and Kastle at Output, Kaytranada, Jerome LOL, and Groundislava at Glasslands, and XXXY at Cameo. Check out tonight's full schedule below:

Star Slinger, Teki Latex, Kastle, Different Sleep, Distal, Clicks and Whistles @ Output
Jubilee, Kaytranada, Jerome LOL, Groundislava @ Glasslands
XXXY, Max McFerren, Lotic, Blacky II, Lamin Fofana @ Cameo
CocoRosie, Xenia Rubinos, Arc Iris, Jason Eldredge DJ set @ Brooklyn Bowl
Avant-pop duo CocoRosie's tour hit NYC for a Webster Hall show earlier this year, and tonight it wraps up with a more intimate one at Brooklyn Bowl, which is free with RSVP. Opening are two singers who also lean towards the eccentric, Xenia Rubinos and Arc Iris.

Circle Takes the Square, B. Dolan @ Saint Vitus
Experimental post-hardcore band Circle Takes the Square released their debut album, As the Roots Undo, in 2004, a unique step forward for the genre and now considered a modern classic. After being silent for years, the band quietly returned with its followup, Decompositions Volume Number One, in December 2012, and are now finally on a tour for that album which hits NYC tonight. Opening is alternative rapper B. Dolan.

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
The Irish singer wraps up her sold-out, three-night stint at City Winery.

The Blow, Love Inks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Blow released their first new record in six years last month, which finds Khaela Maricich right back in the groove of minimal synthpop with twisty wordplay. Seeing The Blow live, though, is almost another experience entirely, part performance art where Maricich is capable of making a very intimate connection with the audience. Don't miss Austin's Love Inks, either.

Destroyer, Pink Mountaintops @ Bowery Ballroom
How do you follow-up something as near-perfect as Destroyer's 2011 album, Kaputt? By avoiding it, mostly, with an EP of Spanish-language covers. Tonight Dan Bajar is in solo mode, but will no doubt entrance nonetheless.

Butter The Children, Sat Nite Duets, Radical Dads, Harbor Lights @ Death By Audio
Radical Dads, who do traditional, '90s style indie rock as well as any new band today, play a record release show tonight for their new single. It's also a release show for Milwaukee's Sat. Night Duets, whose new album is just out on Rad-Dads-affiliated label Uninhabitable Mansions. You can stream that below.

Kavinsky, Com Truise (DJ), Sleepy & Boo @ Webster Hall
After contributing to the excellent Drive soundtrack, French producer Kavinsky released his debut LP, OutRun and then celebrated it in NYC with a DJ set at Webster Hall in March. Tonight he returns to that venue, but this one's billed as "live."

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Tonight's the four-year anniversary of Hannibal Buress' comedy night at the Williamsburg venue and he's got Greer Barnes, Cameron Esposito and probably some other surprise guests to help celebrate. Usually Comedy Night is free but this one is $12.

Dumb Numbers, Degreaser, Breathing Shrine @ The Flat
Dumb Numbers, the project of Australia's Adam Harding, are currently supporting My Bloody Valentine on their North American tour which hits NYC this week, but ahead of those shows, the band have added a last-minute Brooklyn show happening tonight at The Flat. Dumb Numbers' album features contributions from Dinosaur Jr's Lou Barlow and Murph, Jesus Lizard's David Yow, Melvins' Dale Crover and more, and we know that at least Murph is part of their live band.

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

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Continue reading "What's going on Sunday? (Destroyer, The Blow, Kavinsky, CocoRosie, Radical Dads, Circle Takes the Square, Dumb Numbers & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Why yes, they are French
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The title of Parisian band La Femme's debut album, Psycho Tropical Berlin, is a pretty good summation of what to expect: crazed psychedelic pop with a krautrock/coldwave backbone and an affinity for surf rock. Add to that the inherent French element (Ye-Ye enthusiasm and smoky Gainsbourg cool), you get an inventive, highly entertaining album, and one of my favorites of 2013. You can stream the whole thing via YouTube below or via Rdio and Spotify. You can also check out snazzy video for singles "Hypsoline," "Packshot," and the groovy "Nous Etions Deux" (my favorite song on the LP), below as well.

La Femme haven't been to North American in a couple years -- maybe you saw them at 285 Kent with Crystal Stilts in 2011 -- but the band recently posted on Facebook that they're planning a two-month tour of North America in 2014 surrounding SXSW. You never know with foreign bands and our country's visa department, but let's hope it all works out. La Femme do have European dates lined up and those are listed, along with videos and the album stream, below.

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Night Beats @ Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Night Beats

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

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
The mult-venue BEMF continues today with some great shows, including Actress at 285 Kent, Giraffage at Brooklyn Bowl, Oneohtrix Point NEver at Glasslands, Kasper Bjorke at Output's Panther Room, The Magician at Villain, and more. Check out tonight's full schedule below:

Actress, Parris Mitchell, Dotter @ 285 Kent
Giraffage, ShadowBox, Lauren Flax @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tensnake, JDH, Paul Raffaele @ Cameo
Dave Q, Chrissy Murderbot, Seafloor, Nooka Jones, Braille @ Cameo (Basement)
Oneohtrix Point Never, Thug Enhancer, David Kanaga @ Glasslands
Nadastrom, Salva, Pete Tong, Sinden, Doorly @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Steve Rachmad, Mathias Kaden, Lenny Posso @ Output
Justin Miller, Kasper Bjorke, Justin Miller @ Panther Room at Output
Vin Sol, The Magician, Manik, DJ Spun, Beto Cravioto @ Villain
NY Comedy Festival
The 10th annual NY Comedy Fest is underway and tonight's shows include John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Rhys Darby & more.

Juan Wauters @ Queens Museum
The Beets singer plays this show as part of the opening of Matthew Volz's (who does all The Beets artwork) installation at the Queens International biennial. He'll be playing intermittently from 6:30 - 8 PM.

Moonface, Saltland @ Le Poisson Rouge
Spencer Krug is a man of many projects (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, etc) and lately he's been dedicating time to his solo project Moonface, which he just released the third album for, Julia With Blue Jeans On, an album of piano and voice that maintains Spencer's songwriting style that we all know and love. Opening the show is Saltland, aka Rebecca Foon who was Spencer's bandmate in Fifths of Seven, and also of Esmerine, Thee Silver Mt Zion, and more.

Mutual Benefit, Tape Deck Mountain @ Baby's All Right
Mutual Benefit's recently released debut LP mixes Sufjan-style chamber pop arrangements with Microphonesy cacophony, and singer Jordan Lee's voice is just a bit like Peter Silberman of The Antlers. They've been picking up some internet buzz, so catch 'em now before they're huge.

Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker, Carla Rhodes @ Bowery Ballroom
If you like your comedy strange and awkward, you probably already have tickets to this show. If you don't have tickets, too bad, it's sold out.

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Ski Lodge, Pearl & The Beard @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is now open with a mix of shopping, food, fun (ping pong and blacklight minigolf) and bands. Tonight is headlined by the folk-pop of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper.

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
This is the second of three sold-out shows at City Winery for the Irish singer.

Night Beats, Habibi, Zulus, Sleepies, Young Ruins @ Death By Audio
Seattle garage rock crew Night Beats released their new album, Sonic Bloom, earlier this year which is a solid set of psych rippers. Worth seeing live, especially with a strong backing bill like tonight's.

The Lovely Bad Things, Diarrhea Planet, Desert Sharks @ Glasslands
If you're looking for a sweaty rock 'n' roll show tonight, this just might be your best bet. The Lovely Bad Things mix Burger-style garage rock and Lookout!-style pop punk and Diarrhea Planet are a garage punk force to be reckoned with that their album only hints at.

Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd @ Izod Center
JT and The Weeknd already did their NYC show at Barclays Center earlier this week, but tonight's another chance to catch their double dose of future-R&B in the area at NJ's Izod Center.

Lady, Justin Baron @ Mercury Lounge
Using Lee Fields backing band, Lady made one of 2013's more underrated records, exuding old school soul/R&B vibes without being slavish to retro-sonics.

Future Punx, Nuraxi, Dillon James Rego, Jacer Racer, DJ Dirty Boogie @ Shea Stadium
Featuring former Fergus & Geronimo member Jason Kelly, Future Punx channel nervy early '80s new wave, with songs that probably could've stood up alongside Oingo Boingo or Wall of Voodoo.

Kate Nash, La Sera, Starlight Girls @ Terminal 5
After playing Bowery and MHOW earlier this year, Kate moves up to T5 for her latest NYC run.

B-52s @ The Capitol Theatre
These new wave survivors remain basically a party in a can, and they'll be popping the top tonight.

Chat Logs, Bambara, Florida, Warcries @ The Ho_se
If you're going to this show, be sure to catch Bambara, whose recent album Dreamviolence is dark and LOUD, and their live show delivers.

Jeffrey Lewis, Marcellus Hall, Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co. @ Union Pool
This is the official afterparty for the Comic Arts Brooklyn festival, and who better to headline than musician and comic artist Jeffrey Lewis?

Restorations, Weatherbox, Deep Pockets, Nightmares For A Week @ Saint Vitus
Restorations mix Torche-style sludge with everyman's punk that's somewhere between The Hold Steady and Hot Water Music, and it's as good in real life as it sounds on paper. Weatherbox fall somewhere between indie rock and emo, and they're worth catching too.

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 Doug Moore

Melt-Banana at Saint Vitus (more by Caroline Harrison)

It's been a busy week for heavy music; seemingly every week is these days. Here's what you might've missed:

DRI postponed their NYC date later this month until March, while Church of Misery canceled theirs altogether (for now).

It wasn't all cancellations and postponements, though -- we covered Melt-Banana, Brain Tentacles, and Vaz's stop at Saint Vitus (plus Cleric's new song and evident appeal for John Zorn), as well as Orange Goblin, Holy Grail, Lazer/Wulf, and Polygamyst's Halloween party at the same.

In case you were worried about them, Blake Judd from Nachtmystium is out of jail and has premiered a new song, though he may be dissolving his band. Also, the Broken Hope fan who got stabbed at one of their shows is doing a-okay.

Over at Invisible Oranges, we meditated on the mysteries of death metal's unique lyrical approach and the metal world's love of dumb band drama. We streamed new music by Vastum and Mercy Ties; we also ran down some seasonally-appropriate (and tough-to-find!) frosty black metal. On top of that, we interviewed BM legend and prolific solo artist Ihsahn and watched a non-Motörhead fan undergo conversion. And we provided you with an extensive rundown of all the new metal that's fit to buy.

Don't forget to keep an eye on our snazzy IO show calendar for your weekly dose of live punishment. And be sure to tune into our East Village Radio show next Tuesday at 10pm; we hung out with drummer Justin Ennis of the ever-busy Mutilation Rites (who are playing a show wth the newly-redrummer'd Eyehategod next week) during this past Tuesday's show.

That Vastum album may be the best old-school death metal album of 2013. Stream it below if you missed it the first time around.

Continue reading "the heavy low-down: "Death Metal English," Melt Banana, Vastum, Orange Goblin, Nachtmystium & more"

Twin Peaks in Chicago in May (more by Sara Pieper)
Twin Peaks

It seemed pretty obvious to us that when a band called "Laura Palmers" were playing new Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right the night after Chicago band Twin Peaks were opening for Born Ruffians at Music Hall of Williamsburg, that it was probably the same band under a not-very-hard-to-guess pseudonym. Then "Laura Palmers" was removed and "Secret Guest" was put up instead, but Drowners were added to the bill that also now includes Gang of Youths who were also added to the upcoming Sky Ferreira/Smith Weterns show at Webster Hall.

Now that the MHOW show is over, Twin Peaks have announced that they ARE in fact playing Baby's All Right tonight (11/8). Tickets are on sale. The show's on the early side with Gang of Youths going on at 8:30 and the whole thing is over by 11 PM. At that time tonight, the venue hosts a free party called "Comic Sans" with DJ set from Pearl Necklace's Bryce Hackford.

Check out "What's Going On Friday" for more Friday night NYC show options, Tiers at Cake Shop included.

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Basia Bulat at Littlefield in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Basia Bulat

Comedian/actor Bob Odenkirk, who among other things, you may know as Saul from Breaking Bad, is into music too, and he's just given his album of the year endorsement to Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat for her newest, Tall Tall Shadow. If you haven't heard that record, you can stream it below. You can also catch Basia on her ongoing tour which comes to NYC on November 23 at Bowery Ballroom with Luluc and Wilsen. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Bob Odenkirk just offered more details on the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, which is based on his Saul Goodman character. In a recent interview with IGN he talks about it being a hybrid of a prequel and a sequel to Breaking Bad:

Well, I've talked to Vince [Gilligan] and Peter [Gould], who are writing and creating the series, about this and I've said that a lot of people do want to see what happens to next to Saul. So, I don't know what they're going to do. I know they've talked about prequel, but they've also talked to me about sequel, and they've also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel.
Read the rest of the interview here.

All Basia Bulat dates are listed, along with the LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Bob Odenkirk endorses Basia Bulat (who is on tour), reveals more Breaking Bad spinoff details"

by Wyatt Marshall

Shoxx at The Acheron, June 2012 (more by BBG)
Shoxx

Olympia, Washington's GAG is a hardcore punk force to be reckoned with, and the band are  currently in the midst of a lengthy US tour that, as mentioned in today's What's Going On post, lands tonight (10/8) at Fitness at 1196 Myrtle Avenue with locals Shoxx, Goosebumps, Pleasure Industry and newcomers to the scene IVY (not to be confused with the NYC pop band of the same name). GAG brings the fury -- check out a video below for a preview of what is sure to be a nuts show. All GAG tour dates are in this post.

It will also be the last-ever show for the short-lived Shoxx (whose drummer, Elser Nino, also plays in Merchandise), so make sure to head over if you want to see them one last time. Also, check out a relatively recent track from Goosebumps below.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn newcomers Pleasure Industry are playing another wild show on Wednesday (11/13) at Death by Audio with Chicago's Violent End (a new band featuring members of Raw Nerve, Vile Gash, and Manipulation), Brooklyn's Brain Slug and New Brunswick punks Razorheads.

GAG, Ivy and Pleasure Industry tour dates are listed, along with streams, below...

Continue reading "GAG on tour, playing NYC tonight w/ Shoxx (last show ever); Chicago's Violent End playing NYC next week (dates, streams)"

Sinead

1) Sinead O'Connor writes a letter to Miley Cyrus
2) Amanda Palmer writes a letter to Sinead O'Connor
3) Sinead O'Connor writes a second letter to Miley Cyrus
4) Sinead O'Connor writes a third letter to Miley
5) Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus' Twitter feud was spoofed on South Park (along with the Yo Gabba Gabba characters). Via Metro...

Their feud hit fever pitch when Sinead penned an open letter to Miley following her erratic behaviour including a controversial MTV VMAs performance which saw her twerking semi-naked and appearing naked in her Wrecking Ball video.

And in [Wednesday's (11/6) South Park] episode, Sinead is called upon to help children's entertainers Yo Gabba Gabba persuade Foofa to stop her raunchy self-destructive behaviour.

Sound familiar?

The parallels don't stop there - Foofa is determined to show her more adult side and is planning a saucy MTV VMAs performance.

Check out a clip from the episode below.

Sinead's tour hits NYC for three sold-out nights at City Winery starting tonight (11/8) and continuing through Sunday (11/10).

Her tour also just hit Chicago's City Winery, and a review via Chicago Tribune reads:

She played the hits from her 1990 blockbuster "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" -- "Nothing Compares 2 U," which grew from a simple acoustic-guitar-and-piano arrangement, and a hard-charging "The Emperor's New Clothes," which had O'Connor grinning when she spotted audience members pogoing off to the side -- plus a ferocious "Jackie" from 1987's "The Lion and the Cobra," but this was no nostalgia trip.

O'Connor and her band transformed "Thank You for Hearing Me," from 1994's "Universal Mother," into a kind of rave-up hymn, one that elicited a standing ovation at the end. But the bulk of the show came from 2012's "How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?", which feels like a natural follow-up to "I Do Not Want ..." after her explorations of religious music, reggae and traditional tunes. These were songs raising the hairs on the backs of concertgoers' necks: from the harrowing junkie's pleas of "Reason with Me" to the raucous "The Wolf Is Getting Married" to the withering closing hymn "V.I.P.," which says more about celebrity than any of her open letters to Cyrus.

And since we're talking about it, it'd be wrong not to give Brooklyn fair warning that Miley Cyrus will be returning to Barclays Center on April 5, the same place her VMAs performance gave us everything from Halloween costume ideas to the need to explain to our moms what twerking is. Tickets to that show go on sale Saturday, 11/16 at 10 AM.

South Park video below...

Continue reading "Sinead O'Connor on tour, spoofed with Miley Cyrus (and Yo Gabba Gabba) on South Park"

by Andrew Sacher

Jungle

London's Jungle released their debut EP, The Heat, earlier this year, and though the sounds on it have been around for decades, they're delivered in a way that's entirely of the moment. Production-wise, Jungle operate in a very post-James Blake way, but unlike most artists for whom that descriptor applies, there's a real vintage-ness here, recalling the period of funk and soul just as those genres started transitioning into disco. They've got Marvin Gaye croons, Chic basslines, and sharp Earth Wind & Fire falsettos, but you can't even call those artists "out of style" when you consider records like Channel Orange and Random Access Memories are some of the most talked about albums of late. Jungle do the sound well too; each track on their four-song EP is a winner. Check out the video for the title track, and stream the other three, below.

Jungle will be crossing the Atlantic in 2014 to make their US debut in Austin for SXSW. No other North American dates have been announced at the moment, but stay tuned.

Video and streams below...

Continue reading "Jungle released their debut EP, making US debut at SXSW (video & streams)"

Polica @ Radio City Music Hall in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica

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

Polica, Marijuana Death Squad @ Webster Hall
Polica's blend of folk-style songwriting with indie pop and R&B aesthetics is as great live as it is on record. They were recently here opening for The xx, but now you can catch them at a headlining show, as they taken on Webster Hall.

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Tonight's the first full night of the multi-venue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (last night was the pre-show), and though all the shows should be great, our show of choice tonight is the one at Music Hall of Williamsburg which features one half of TNGHT, Lunice, Yeezus contributor Evian Christ, and upcoming rapper Rockie Fresh. Other BEMF shows include Erika, BMG, Souffront, Patrick Russell, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic @ 285 Kent Avenue, Sliink, Nadus, DJ Reck, Ezrakh, DJ Slow @ Glasslands, Letherette @ Villain and John Digweed, Naveen G, Mario Basanov, Nicholas Matar @ Output.

Mick Turner, Mike Wexler, Matteah Baim @ Union Pool
Dirty Three guitarist (among other things), Mick Turner, is set to release his new solo album, Don't Tell the Driver, on November 19 via Drag City which was recorded over the last four years, is a concept record and being described as a "post rock opera."

Os Mutantes, Capsula @ Le Poisson Rouge
Brazilian psychedelic legends Os Mutantes play tonight with fellow South American band Capsula.

Twin Peaks, Drowners, Gang of Youths @ Baby's All Right
Chicago's glammy garage rockers Twin Peaks played MHOW last night with Born Ruffians and tonight headline here (formerly listed as "Laura Palmers" and "Secret Guest"). This is also another chance to catch prettyboy pop-rock combo Drowners. Late night, Pearl Necklace's Bryce Hackford will DJ.

Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, Spires @ Bowery Ballroom
Widowspeak just released a new EP, The Swamps, last week which offers up more of their spooky, whispery sounds. Tonight's show also features synthy Vetiver side project Pure Bathing Culture and Spires' paisley-colored pop.

The Low Anthem, Robert Ellis, Grandchildren @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is now open with free shows every weekend, and tonight's is from indie folk collective The Low Anthem. Robert Ellis, who's also on the bill, opened for Deer Tick in NYC last night.

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
This is the first of three sold-out shows at City Winery for the Irish singer.

The Business, The Welch Boys, 45 Adapters @ Mercury Lounge
UK Oi vets The Business play tonight, which could get wild like it did in 2011.

Sleeping Bag, Shark?, Rozwell Kid, Porches @ Silent Barn
This is a good bill, especially for anthemic Brooklyn garage rockers Shark? and the Exploding In Sound-signed Porches. Porches are about to release a split with LVL UP on 11/26 via Birdtapes/Double Double Whammy, and you can stream both sides of that below.

Tombs @ Saint Vitus in April (more by Caroline Harrison)
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Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, Anicon @ Saint Vitus
This is a great local metal bill, including two big hitters: the atmospheric Tombs and the post-harcore-leaning Primitive Weapons.

Hard Nips, Mean Creek, Life Size Maps, Haybaby, Butterscotch Stanley @ Shea Stadium
All-girl Japanese punk band Hard Nips, who are a lot of fun live, headline this overall good line-up of local acts.

Lucero, Titus Andronicus, The Menzingers @ Terminal 5
Fans of punk-tinged heartland rock/folk rock and vice versa shouldn't miss this show, because all three bands expertly deliver that sound.

Sunset Guns, Typefighter, Heeney, Black Mountain Revival @ The Grand Victory
The band we're most looking forward to on this bill is Typefighter, who make very good post-Weezer power pop.

Tiers, Dead Leaf Echo, The Harrow @ Cake Shop
Coldwave duo (and Cult of Youth-related) Tiers have their record release party which also features superior local shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo.

Polar Bear Club, Citizen, Diamond Youth, Sainthood Reps @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Polar Bear Club has taken out some pretty great openers for this tour, including the anthemic emo-punks Citizen, power poppers Diamond Youth, and post-hardcore rippers Sainthood Reps.

GAG, Shoxx, Goosebumps, Pleasure Industry, IVY @ Fitness
Olympia's GAG chug away with a heavier, thicker, and darker take on the kind of power chord riffage that's been in punk's repertoire since the earliest days of hardcore, and they've got a seriously maniacal vocalist. See what you're in for via the live video embedded below. This is also the last-ever show for Shoxx (whose drummer Elser Nino is also now in Merchandise), and local punk band Goosebumps are always worth catching too.

NY Comedy Festival
The 10th annual NY Comedy Fest is underway and tonight's shows include Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, and Charlie Murphy.

China Crisis @ Iridium
Liverpool's China Crisis took the '70s yacht rock aesthetic and brought it into the age of mid-'80s New Romantics. Their glossy pop still sounds pretty good today.

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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Black Lips
Black Lips

Black Lips, and their documentary, are on tour, and the band played a show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Monday November 4th with Subsonics and Weird Womb, before hitting up Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday 5th November with Tweens and Habibi. Pictures from the Manhattan show are in this post, but I was at the one in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn punks Weird Womb opened the show. They amused the crowd with their self-deprecating humor and between song quips, "Lets do Four Loko and Five Hour Energy drinks- it's a Four By Five!", but singer Dakota seemed mostly keen to just get off stage. This made more sense later, as I learned the guitarist had no voice and should have been at home drinking lemon tea.

Described as "the best band in Atlanta" by the Black Lips-and chosen for this show and others on the tour by the band specifically for that reason- Subsonics, who remind me a little of the always awesome 'The Gories', came out like a surf punk garage noir dream, and rocked it out for their whole set. My personal favorite band for the night, Subsonics killed it with songs from their new release 'In The Black Spot' (Slovenly Recordings)- 'Too Damaged' rocked, as did the older hit "Frankenstein". Singer Clay Reed was definitely channeling the late Lou Reed a little tonight with his vocals and stance, and the crowd was more than receptive. Subsonics have been around since the early 90s and hopefully with more exposure will gain the recognition they so clearly deserve.

The venue packed to capacity as the Black Lips came on stage. The last time I saw them was Halloween 2011 at Webster Hall with Puerto Rican rockers Davila 666- who are no longer active. I don't remember much of that shit show, because I was wasted like most of everyone else I know that was in attendance (including the bands) - but from what I recall- they played technically better tonight. 'Dirty Hands' was a bright light sing along for the entire room, and 'Bad Kids' will always be a crowd surfing highlight. Even the fluffy haired, leopard print fur coated Bebe Buell copycat groupies that were endlessly pushing in front of me knew the lyrics to that one. The only criticism with Black Lips is that they keep getting better, smoother, more shiny- less Black Lips! The stage antics they built their reputation on are over. Black Lips are all grown up now, ironically on Vice Records, and in case you didn't notice- Vice is all grown up now too. The old school antics are gone. They're Beastie Boys gone from talking about your Right To Party to talking about Buddhism. I'm not hating, everyone needs to pay their bills. As a reviewer though; it does make for a less interesting show. Nobody got their dick out, nobody pee-ed, it was post-garage punk by numbers; delightfully inoffensive rocknroll. Very "nice"- your mom would have loved it. I quite liked it too.

More pictures from the Bowery show, wild crowd included, below...

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inside Vinyl Fantasy (photo by Lauren Carol Smith)
Vinyl Fantasy

Rough Trade NYC, the new Academy Records Annex and Captured Tracks shop in Greenpoint aren't the only new record stores Brooklyn's getting this fall. Vinyl Fantasy recently opened on 194 Knickerbocker Ave in Bushwick, selling mostly (in their words) classic rock, jazz, and blues records, and they plan on stocking comic books soon too. From the looks of their Facebook, they recently got in Public Image Ltd's 'Metal Box', and for what it's worth, there looks to be Melvins and Sleep posters on their wall (above).

The store also hosts a monthly art opening with a different featured artist each month. The next one happens on November 15 with Jo Rigol.

Williswmburg

Gawker has posed the question we've all (or nobody has) been wondering: "What's the Williamsburg of Your City? Responses so far include:

"Isn't Williamsburg just full of non-arty assholes now though? It has douchey thump-thump nightclubs and drunk guys yelling "Greg! Did you fuck her?" at one another down the street."
Another says:
"Chicago. Wicker Park is Williamsburg and Logan Square is Bushwick... Although Logan Square is probably just past the development tipping point and is giving way to places like Pilsen & Avondale for the poor cool kids."
And:
"in Austin, I'd say that Eastside is our Williamsburg. I could of course kill the hipness if I were to move there. :-)"
And:
I'd say in Philly that "Fishtown" is where you will find the most amount of people sporting thick-rimmed glasses and flannel shirts. The Barbary is probably you go to place for a hipster-scum dance party.
and more fun ones like:
Williamsburg is the biggest neighborhood in Brooklyn, it has a lot of different sub types of douche. There's still hipster douche, the burgeoning waterfront banker douche, and even the longstanding Hasidic douche.
Get in on the conversation at Gawker, or just check out the new guest-filled Yoko Ono video, below...

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photos by Chris Tuite

Johnny Marr @ The Fillmore
Johnny Marr
Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr performed "The Right Thing Right" from his solo album, The Messenger on Conan on 11/5, four days after his North American tour with Meredith Sheldon (ALAMAR), which started on Halloween in Anaheim, hit The Fillmore in San Francisco, a show we have pictures from in this post. There's more of them below with the video from Conan too.

Johnny's next tour stop is Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this weekend. NYC gets a show at Webster Hall on November 16 and tickets are still available. If you're going and want to keep the Smiths vibes going, save your ticket stub for an afterparty at Knitting Factory where your ticket will get you $5 off a ticket to see Morrissey/Smiths tribute band The Sons and Heirs play. You can also then yell, "That's not how Johnny Marr played 'Panic' earlier tonight!!!" If you want to be a jerk.

Dates, pictures and setlist from The Fillmore, and Conan video, below...

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out of context photo VIA...
nazis

"Neo-Nazi music is a pervasive problem in Germany. Government officials say the songs aid recruitment of young people into extremist groups. But officials say banning such music to protect Germany's young people isn't as easy as it once was because musicians are increasingly sly about what they put out." [NPR]

The National at Barclays Center in June (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The National

St. Vincent is the latest artist to review a record on Michael Azerrad's website The Talkhouse. Her target? The new Arcade Fire:

Google search #1: Madonna "Like a Virgin" bass sound.
(The bass sound on "We Exist" vaguely reminded me of Madonna's 1984 classic Like a Virgin.)
Result: Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
(Unconfirmed and will likely need to follow Nile Rodgers on Twitter and hope he @replies to my query directly.)

Unsatisfied, I contacted Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire drummer) and asked what they'd used for the bass. Turns out it was NOT a Prophet but a Korg MS-20 -- the vintage kind, not a new one or Reason, nerds! He even sent me a picture of the exact one! I was glad to have one pressing matter settled, but I continued down a Madonna rabbit hole and downloaded The Immaculate Collection. No "Oh Father"?????? Grievous oversight, Sire Records.

Related search: Is Seymour Stein still alive?
Result: Yes.

"FLASHBULB EYES" IS SUPER SICK AND DUBBY! KING TUBBY?! KING DUBBY?! AM I THE ONLY NON-STONED PERSON TO EVER MAKE THAT PUN?

Google search #2: Very-tall-men-fronted rock*^ bands
(Related: Glenn Danzig height)
*Co-fronted! No disrespect, Regine!
^Catch-all term for music in 2013 featuring at least one guitar
Results: Turns out Bryan Ferry isn't even that tall: 6'1". Some people just seem tall. Also Joey Ramone. (Apple autocorrected this to "ram one" -- usually so puritanical, Apple! Loosening your tie or was that a Joel Osteen-esque slip-up?)

Okay, so maybe "review" is a stretch in this case, but whatever St. Vincent wrote about the album and/or her Google searches is quite a read.

In other St. Vincent news, she is part of the recently-released Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, which also features Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith, and Matt Berninger of The National (among others), and can be streamed HERE.

And speaking of The National songs on soundtracks, after contributing a song to Game of Thrones last year, they now appear on the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack along with Patti Smith, Antony, The Weeknd, and more. The soundtrack will be out on November 19 via Lionsgate/Republic and you can stream The National's contribution, "Lean," now, below...

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by Doug Moore

Majeure

You may recall that Japanese post-rock stalwarts Mono are briefly touring North America later this month. Joining them for much of their tour will be the one-man electronic music act Majeure. Majeure is the side(ish) project of Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra. As with Zombi, Majeure's music is a mix of electronics and live musicianship, though its one-man format shifts the emphasis towards synths and sequencing. The same basic stylistic ingredients are at play: '70s-era film score music, 20th-century minimalism, and Can-style krautrock.

Majeure will release the followup to his 2012 album, Solar Maximum, with a new EP, Romance Language, on November 12 via Temporary Residence. A full stream of the EP premieres in this post, and if you like what you can hear, you can preorder it here. Listen below. The rest of Majeure's quickly-growing catalog is also available on Bandcamp.

As discussed, Mono's tour, with Majeure in tow, hits NYC on November 18 at Le Poisson Rouge. TIckets for that show are still available. All upcoming dates are listed, along with the EP stream, below...

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Ex Hex

When we booked Mary Timony's new band Ex Hex back to back with Mac McCaughan of Superchunk (who also happens to be the co-founder of Merge Records), we knew it was a BV-CMJ match made in heaven (not to mention Mary's other band Wild Flag is signed to Merge), but we didn't know the extent of it...

I guess Mac really liked their set, because Merge just announced they've signed Ex Hex too! Merge writes:

We are delighted to announce the addition of Ex Hex to the Merge roster. Hailing from Washington, DC, Ex Hex is Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris.

On the occasion of Ex Hex signing to Merge, Mary contributed the following information about the band:
Ex Hex is what your older brother's friends listened to. "Roxy Roller" and "Virginia Plain" rumbling from the Kenwood in the basement.
It's what your babysitters listened to, and it's what stuck with me.
Ex Hex is a power trio: guitar, drums, and bass.
We are thrilled to have found a home at Merge.

Ex Hex will release their debut album in 2014, and a tour is in the works including the SXSW Festival in March.

Mary adds:
I first met Mac and Laura in 1993 when Helium was playing shows with Superchunk; it's hard to believe that was twenty years ago! 
 
Merge is an iconic label with a roster full of artists that I admire and I'm so psyched that Ex Hex is on board!
Congrats to Ex Hex and Merge. Read more about the BV-CMJ show HERE. Watch a video from their set below..

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