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Tickets for the Failure show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon. You can also still get tickets to their Irving Plaza/Stone Pony shows (same link) with the BrooklynVegan presale password: "COMFORT".

Tickets for the Mad Decent Block Party in Coney Island with Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus and more go on Ticketmaster presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Queens of the Stone Age show at the Capitol Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Justin Timberlake show at Barclays Center go on MasterCard presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the newly-added Fleetwood Mac show at MSG go on Facebook presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Crosby, Stills & Nash shows at Beacon Theatre go on Live Nation/Local/VIP Package presales today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Michael McDonald show at Town Hall as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the newly-added Little Dragon show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the inaugural Deathwish Fest happening in Boston with Converge, Trap Them, Code Orange Kids, Self Defense Family and more go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for The Antlers show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Real Estate show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Shakey Graves is playing Bowery Ballroom on June 25 with Wild Child. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Fleetwood Mac at Jones Beach in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac are back with their classic lineup of Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie and going on an extensive North American tour this year which hits NYC on October 6 at Madison Square Garden. That show is almost sold out, but the band have now added a few more dates, including a second MSG show (10/7) happening the next night. Tickets for the newly-added show are currently on AmEx presale, go on Facebook presale Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM, Live Nation presale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM, and general on-sale Saturday (4/12) at 10 AM.

The tour also hits NJ on 10/11 at Prudential Center, and you can still grab tickets to that one and the other MSG show.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Tickets to see Wolfmother at Metro go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon CST.

Tickets to see Nothing at Subterranean go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see The Haxan Cloak at Lincoln Hall are on sale now.

Three-day passes for HoZac Blackout Fest 2014 are on sale now. Single-day tickets go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Panda Bear at Thalia Hall go on sale this Saturday (4/5) at 11AM.

Tickets for ALL shows on Thalia Hall's initial schedule go on sale this Saturday at 11AM.

Tickets to see Iceage and Uniform at Subterranean are on sale now.

Tickets to see Black Breath at Reggie's go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Red Fang, Big Business, and American Sharks at Berwyn, IL's the Wire go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Elvis Costello at the Copernicus Center go on sale this Saturday at 10AM. A JAM Productions presale will be active this Friday from 10AM to 10PM; the password is "DECLAN".

Tickets to see GOAT at Thalia Hall go on sale this Saturday at 11AM.

Tickets to see Meshuggah at the Vic Theatre go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

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Tickets to see Jurassic 5 at the Aragon Ballroom go on sale this Friday at 10AM. A JAM Productions presale is currently active and ends at 10PM tonight (4/3); the password is "WORD".

Tickets to see Yes at the Copernicus Center go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets to see Fleetwood Mac at the United Center go on sale this coming Monday (4/7) at noon.

Fleetwood Mac @ Madison Square Garden, 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Fleetwood Mac have been touring again albeit without Christine McVie, who left the band in 1998. McVie is now back in the band, as they confirmed on an appearance on The TODAY Show with Carson Daly this morning (3/27). You can check out the video footage at the bottom of this post.

They've also announced a large fall North American tour, dubbed On With The Show. That tour includes a performance at the United Center on October 2. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale to the general public on April 7 at noon CST. An American Express presale begins this coming Monday (3/31) at 10AM and a Live Nation presale will also be active on April 3 at 10AM.

All Fleetwood Mac dates and The TODAY Show footage can be found below...

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Fleetwood Mac on 'The TODAY Show'
Fleetwood Mac

Though the longest-running and most famous lineup of Fleetwood Mac toured again pretty recently, it was without Christine McVie. However, as rumored a few months ago after Christine briefly joined them on stage for the first time since 1998, she's officially back in the band. All five members -- Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie (who was recently diagnosed with cancer but says he's getting better) -- appeared on The TODAY Show with Carson Daly this morning (3/27), confirming the reunion. They also mentioned they'd be touring this fall, and that they'll perform at the TODAY plaza in Rockefeller Center on October 9. You can watch the TODAY interview below.

The tour, dubbed "On With The Show,' brings the band to NYC on October 6 at Madison Square Garden and Newark on October 11 at Prudential Center. Tickets for the tour go on sale Monday, April 7 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday, March 31 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

The band also just spoke to People Magazine about the reunion. Christine is happy to be back in the band, and when asked about the drama that plagued the band in the past, she said, "Well, it wouldn't be Fleetwood Mac without a bit of drama, you know. Of course there will be some drama, but for the most part I have to say everyone is getting along really well. At the moment the drama is kind of the fun."

The list of tour dates, with the TODAY video, below...

Continue reading "Fleetwood Mac officially back with Christine McVie, announce 2014 tour (MSG included) (dates)"


As you may already know, Record Store Day happens on Saturday, April 19 this year across multiple record stores nationwide, and RSD has revealed the full list of special releases for this year. There will be exclusive releases by countless artists, including David Bowie, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Broken Bells, Built to Spill, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Cure, Dinosaur Jr, Devo, The Flaming Lips, Disclosure, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Husker Du, J Spaceman & Kid Millions, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Joy Division, The Julie Ruin, Jorma Kaukonen, Hamilton Leithauser, Little Dragon, Mastodon, Motorhead, Mudhoney, Nirvana, The Notorious B.I.G., The Notwist, Oasis, Conor Oberst, of Montreal, OFF!, William Onyeabor, Opeth, Pissed Jeans, The Pogues, Pussy Galore, Ramones, Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen, The Standells, Tame Impala, The The, Chad Vangaalen, The Velvet Underground, Veruca Salt, Link Wray, The Yardbirds, Frank Zappa, The Zombies, Badbadnotgood, Bis, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Die Kreuzen, Eric B & Rakim, Ex-Cult, Sky Ferreira, Heatmiser, Julia Holter, David Lynch, Parquet Courts, R.E.M., School of Seven Bells, Omar Souleyman, The Specials, Spoon, Sun Ra, Liars, plus a Kanine Records compilation, the Muppet Movie soundtrack, and more. Full list of releases at RSD's site.

Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)

Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.

Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."

Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.

Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.

Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.

Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.

Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.

Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).

Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.

Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.

The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.

Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...

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Young Widows @ LPR, May 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Young Widows

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

Young Widows, Norman Westberg @ Saint Vitus
Though Young Widows have only been around since 2006 and only have three LPs under their belts, they already feel like something of an institution -- noisy rock music is becoming increasingly popular, and their ventures into the field have been as strong as anyone's. This is the first of the band's two-night stand at Vitus where they'll be playing their new album, Easy Pain, in its entirety.

Gene Clark's 'No Other' tribute @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Spearheaded by Beach House's Alex Scally, members of Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Wye Oak, The Walkmen, Fairport Convention, Lower Dens and more pay tribute to and recreate the former Byrds member's 1974 solo album. This is the second of two sold-out NYC performances.

Palehound, Dead Wives, Flagland, Advaeta @ Shea Stadium
Ellen Kempner's indie rock project Palehound has a new single out next month which shows her songwriting and arrange talents blossoming. She headlines this all-around solid show that also features New Haven, CT band Dead Wives (ft. Mike of Speedy Ortiz), and local up-and-comers Flagland.

Tom Odell, Vensaire, The Good Kids @ Brooklyn Bowl
This week's instalment of the Sunday It's a School Night parties features UK singer-songerwriter Tom Odell, who won the Critics' Choice Award at the Brit Awards. Like Coldplay? His piano-powered style could scratch that itch.

IYEZ, Primovanhalen, Nightdogs, Kelsey Lu @ Death By Audio
Brooklyn's IEYZ have been kicking around for a while -- last year's Psychic Jungle would be a good choice for your next freakout. You can stream it below.

Kim Ann Foxman, Andrew Potter @ Le Bain
This show at The Standard Hotel's chichi club is a release party for dance act Pleasure Planet's appealing new EP, Animals. (Stream some of it below.) Hercules & Love Affair's Kim Ann Foxman provides vocals for the EP's title track and performs tonight with one half of PP's core, Andrew Potter.

Pyrrhon with Ron Anderson's Pak, Couch Slut, Brandon Seabrook @ The Grand Victory
Get tech-death weird with Pyrrhon and Couch Slut at this tiny and underrated Williamsburg spot.

Jupiter Boys, Jetu, Dead Night @ Baby's All Right
For those looking for something a little different, you might want to head to Baby's tonight: Jetu are also known as The Blind Dates who are avant-dude Gary Wilson's backing band (he played NYC last night), plus drone-goth duo Dead Night and new-ish trio Jupiter Boys.

Kidrockers w/ Spires, TEEN @ Brooklyn Bowl
Familes that go see indie rock together stay together, and you can help keep yours intact at this Tyke-friendly day series that this week features pysch-pop fourpiece Spires and TEEN.

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

Reagan Youth, The Memphis Morticians, Twin Guns, Emergency Break, Dust Angel @ Bowery Electric
While guitarist and band co-founder Paul Bakija is the only remaining original member (Trey Oswald is the current lead singer, Dave Rubinstein died in 1993), Reagan Youth's fiery songs helped soundtrack the '80s NYHC scene.

Book of Love's show at Bowery Ballroom was canceled.

The Grammys
While the Grammys rep for actually giving awards to those who deserve it is dubious at best, the telecast is nonetheless a spectacle that at the least producers think is important. Among tonight's bombast: a Beatles reunion (Paul & Ringo); Daft Punk with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers; and a closing performance will featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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QOTSA at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by PSquared)

Announced performers for the upcoming Grammy Awards ceremony already included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Metallica, Daft Punk (with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers), Kendrick Lamar, and more, and since we last spoke there's been even more additions. Billboard recently reported that Beyonce and Jay Z will perform, and SPIN is now saying that the closing performance will feature a collaboration between Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, all of whom appeared in Dave Grohl's Sound City film.

The ceremony takes place Sunday (1/26) in LA and airs on CBS at 8 PM EST.

photos by Greg Cristman

Iggy & The Stooges @ The Mohawk Austin, TX 3/13/13

2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.

You can also check out year-end photo faves from BV contributors Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Dominick Mastrangelo. More of Greg's pics picks are below...

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The Blow @ MHOW, November 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Blow

While not as unexpected as My Bloody Valentine or Mazzy Star, The Blow released their first new full-length in seven years, which NPR's Bob Boilen just named his #1 album of 2013. One of the songs off The Blow, ""You're My Light," just got a remix by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and you can stream that below.

Meanwhile, singer Khaela Maricich just gave us her Top 10 of 2013. Most of it is music related, but there are art and TV choices in there too, and she provides commentary as well. You can check out that list below.

In other news, The Blow wrapped up their tour not too long ago and are already looking towards the next record:

We are in the west, taking a bit of a break. Soon, we will be even farther west, as far as one can go, and recording a new album. We won't stay west forever, the east will pull us back, we will just be here long enough to pretend that we are living in the seventies with a sailboat and a hammock and a lot of good parties in the hills.
Let's hope we don't have to wait seven years for the next one.

Check out Khaela's Top 10 list and that remix below...

Continue reading "Rostam of Vampire Weekend remixed The Blow (who gave us their Top 10 of 2013)"

by Bill Pearis

TOPS / Foxtrott @ M for Montreal 11/21/2013

Day 2 of M for Montreal featured five bands in their evening "official selection" which was again held at Casa Del Popolo and La Sala Rossa which are across the street from each other on St. Laurent Blvd. The night started strong with Foxtrott, aka Marie-Hélène L. Delorme, whose Shields EP is full of extremely catchy, quirky dancepop. (Stream it below, it's good.) For her live performance she was backed by a French horn (though a different one than she had at CMJ) which at times seemed to take the part that a guitar might've. We got a few new songs that I thought were as good as anything on the EP. Her music, I think, would work well in a more fleshed out band line-up but she held her own well. A live video of Foxtrott at Pop Montreal is below too.

Over at Sala Rossa it was TOPS who I've seen a number of times (they were at CMJ too), including when they used to be called Silly Kissers. They've grown a lot as a band -- and are now signed to Arbutus (aka Grimes' label) -- and have quite a few solid songs, many of which have an early '80s Fleetwood Mac vibe to them. There is also a dimestore quality to them which is kind of charming, but I wondered what they might sound like with fuller arrangements.

Back at Casa, it was MTL duo Solar Year whose ethereal brand of electronic music is icy with vocals that work like an instrument more than something where lyrics are important. They played against slow-motion projections of some palatial estate -- shades of Matthew Barney's Cremaster -- and, for it being as chilled-out as it was, I thought they were great. Their new album, Waverly, came out over the summer and you can stream it at Rdio.

Odonis Odonis

Next was Odonis Odonis at Sala Rossa, who I've also seen a few times but am very into their gothy, post-punk garage which they play at maximum volume. While it's easy to describe them as I did in the last sentence, they don't exactly sound like anybody else and get better every time I see them. Great set.


After that was Toronto's Born Ruffians but I snuck out to catch UK band Temples over at Cafe Campus where I made it in time for half their set. Armed with 12-string guitars and Mark Bolan hair, I am a sucker for this sort of Byrdsy/Kinksy/glammy type of Britpop and on singles "Shelter Song" and "Keep in the Dark" they do it very well. The band just announced their debut album, Sun Structures, will be out in February and you can stream their new single "Mesmerize" below. Their first North American tour has them in NYC next week: Bowery Ballroom on November 25. (tickets)  and Union Pool on November 26. (tickets)

My Thursday afternoon was also spent at Cafe Campus where its two stages were showcasing more commercially-minded pop -- some veering into Michael Buble territory -- the best of which was definitely Groenland whose music was on the orchestral side with strings and horns and a singer who played a ukulele and sounded more than a little like Adele.

Tonight (11/22), M for Montreal expands into M Fest with shows all over the city. That includes the BrooklynVegan co-presented show with We Are Wolves, Duchess Says and Solids at Cabaret Underworld, which is sold out.

Check out a review of M for Montreal Day 1 HERE and HERE. More M for Montreal coverage to come. Song streams below...

Continue reading "M for Montreal 2013 day 2 review: Odonis Odonis, TOPS, Foxtrott, Solar Year, Temples & more"

John McVie at Jones Beach in June (more by Greg Cristman)
John McVie

Some sad news from Fleetwood Mac: One of the two members who has remained in the band since the late '60s, John McVie, has been diagnosed with cancer. This has forced the band to cancel their Australian/New Zealand tour. A statement from the Fleetwood Mac's Facebook reads:

Fleetwood Mac who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.

John McVie, one of the co founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time.

"We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best."

Earlier this year, their tour hit the NYC-area for shows at Madison Square Garden and Jones Beach.

Best of luck to John on his treatment!

by Bill Pearis


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

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

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

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

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

Continue reading "is The Smiths' 'The Queen is Dead' the best LP ever? NME says yes in their "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list"

Vampire Weekend at Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Vampire Weekend

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

Vampire Weekend, Solange, Sky Ferreira @ Barclays Center
FIve years ago, when "A-Punk" was playing everywhere you went, it wasn't entirely predictable that Vampire Weekend would still be achieving baroque pop excellence three albums in. But that's what they've done, and in celebration of that, tonight they try out their skills as an arena rock band at Barclays Center. Get there early for the Dev Hynes-associated pop of Solange and Sky Ferreira.

Pixies, Parquet Courts @ Bowery Ballroom
Pixies might have lost Kim Deal as a member (they have Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in her place) and you might not be huge on their new EP, but this is still three of the four original members of one of the most classic indie rock bands of our time, playing relatively intimate venues. Tonight they wrap up their four-night run in NYC at Bowery Ballroom. Parquet Courts, who can headline a venue that size on their own (and will do so soon) open the show.

Cosmic Psychos, Pampers, Call Of The Wild @ Cake Shop
Australian farmers/proto-grunge band Cosmic Psychos are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band and are touring North America for the first time in a very, very long while. Tonight's the first of two shows at Cake Shop and is with one of NYC's best new(ish) bands, Pampers.

'Blokes You Can Trust' screening @ Over the Eight
While in town for the Cake Shop shows, Cosmic Psychos are also screening their documentary 'Blokes You Can Trust' each night. Tonight it's at Over the Eight and Saturday it screens at Videology, both in Williamsburg.

Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Williamsburg Park
It might be a bit colder out than it was for the other Williamsburg Park shows this summer, but throw on a sweater and enjoy some classic soul from the great Charles Bradley.

Nude Beach, Suspicious Beats, Honey @ Mercury Lounge
Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach, who take a punky approach to the classic-style of tunes of Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, play one of their many local shows at Mercury Lounge tonight. Always a good time.

The Selecter @ Gramercy Theatre
While not as well known as their 2-Tone brethren, UK ska vets The Selecter are still essential listening for anyone who owns an album by The Specials or The Beat. Singer Pauline Black is still a pistol live, too.

Phaeleh, The-Drum @ Glasslands
UK atmospheric dubstep producer Phaeleh is over in the US right now, and tonight he'll be bringing the vibes to Brooklyn for a show at Glasslands. Opening is Chicago's also-impressive production duo The-Drum.

L-Vis 1990, Nick Hook @ Le Bain
Two regulars on the NYC electronic scene, L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs) and Nick Hook (Fool's Gold), team up for a party at Le Bain tonight.

Patti Smith @ Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Patti Smith just announced some club dates, but if you've got tickets to tonight's sold-out event at the Met, you can see her in a less-rock environment doing a tribute to Hildegard of Bingen.

2562, Martyn, Contakt @ Output
Two futuristic dubstep producers, 2562 and Martyn, will join forces to keep the bodies moving all night at Williamsburg dance club Output. NYC's Contakt kicks things off.

Death In June @ The Bell House
While Douglas P is the sole orignial member at this point, uber-influential and controversial neofolk band Death in June are still pushing buttons.

DTCV, No Sky God @ The Bowery Electric
Jim Greer spent time in Guided by Voices and, for many years, was one of SPIN's best writers. His band DTCV (pronounced "detective") make post-VU indie rock.

Jenny Owen Youngs, Mal Blum, Stephen Brodsky @ Union Hall
Cave In's Stephen Brodsky is about to play with his riff-heavy side project Mutoid Man at Saint Vitus on Monday, but tonight he takes his softer solo project to Union Hall, where he'll be joined by fellow singer/songwriters Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum.

Heatsick, Maxmillion Dunbar, Aurora Halal @ 285 Kent Avenue
Two experimental electronic musicians, Heatsick and Maxmillion Dunbar, are teaming up to melt minds at 285 Kent tonight. Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal is on the bill too.

Bad Side, Fuck SS, Brain Slug, Pleasure Industry @ Acheron
Bad Side, who Paint It Black called the best current hardcore band in Philly, and who will open for Kill Your Idols at Santos in November, will be in NYC tonight to headline a show at Brooklyn punk/metal club Acheron. Also on the bill is fellow Philly band Fuck SS and two Brooklyn punk bands, Brain Slug and Pleasure Industry. Stream Bad Side's just-released Everybody Wants Something From Me 7" below.

Coke Weed, Light Heat, Peter Bauer (of The Walkmen), pow wow! @ Shea Stadium
Peter Bauer is pulling double duty at this show tonight. The Walkmen bassist is playing as part of Light Heat (ex Mazarin) and is also making his solo live debut tonight.

Fred Frith @ Roulette
Avant-garde guitar great is performing his 1980 album Gravity at Roulette with a large group of musicians. If you can't make it tonight, he does it again tomorrow too.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
It's the first of two nights for My Morning Jacket collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band at McKittrick Hotel (where they also did a residency in July).

San Fermin, Alexandra Steward @ Le Poisson Rouge
Making music equally indebted to indie rock and theatre, San Fermin released their debut album this week and tonight's the record release party. Fans of the Dessner brothers, DIrty Projectors and RENT, take note.

The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society, Dave Hill @ Littlefield
Fleetwood Mac's world tour has already hit NYC so what's a fan to do tonight? Go see this skilled tribute act perform Tusk in its entirety. Plus our pal Dave HIll opens and, just guessing, might make an appearance for a guitar solo or two.

Ian Hunter @ City Winery
He's not a young dude anymore but former Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter still wears shades onstage. His most recent album, When I'm President , got pretty good reviews.

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

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Ghost BC @ MHOW last week (more by Vladislav Grach)

Kendrick Lamar @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

New Order at Williamsburg Park last week (more by PSquared Photography)
New Order

Lollapalooza 2013 happens this weekend (August 2 - 4) in Chicago's Grant Park (and some of it will stream online). We'll be there watching bands on all the stages and hosting them in the Soundwave Tent every day from 1 PM - 3 PM (and from 12:40 on Saturday).

The Lolla line-up is pretty great this year, full of big names with a lot of choices (and the occasional tough decision to be made between competing stages). Here are thirteen bands (plus a few more) we don't want to miss....

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Fucked Up at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Fucked Up

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

Fucked Up, Title Fight, Hop Along @ House of Vans
This year's free House of Vans shows kick off tonight with a stacked triple billing of hardcore epics Fucked Up, genuine emo rippers Title Fight, and fuzzy folky alt-punks Hop Along. Like all House of Vans shows, this one is free with RSVP (which is now closed), but even if you've RSVPed, it's still first come, first served.

Prefuse 73 @ Output
Instrumental hip hop icon Prefuse 73 will be coming to NYC tonight to DJ the weekly Input party at Williamsburg dance club Output. These things tend to go late, so if you like to dance all night, this should be a good one. 10 PM doors. Advance tickets are still available.

Courtney Love, Starred @ Capitol Theatre
Courtney Love and Starred played their first of four NYC-area dates last night at Brooklyn's Warsaw, and the run continues tonight at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. Check out pictures and a video of last night's Warsaw show.

Old 97s, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades @ Brooklyn Bowl
Alt-country band Old 97s will be kicking off their three-night stint at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Each night sees the band playing a different album in full (plus other songs) with a different opener. Tonight Old 97s will perform Hitchhike to Rhome, and support comes from Trapper Schoepp & the Shades.

Keren Ann @ City Winery
Singer-songwriter Keren Ann was at City Winery back on the 20th, and she plays her second show at that venue tonight. We hear her set goes great with a bottle of the City Winery produced Keren Ann signature Cabernet Sauvignon.

Advaeta, Dark Room, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn trio Advaeta, who are a regular on the local live circuit, are playing a release show for their new 7" at Shea tonight with sets from Dark Room, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, and Bueno. You can stream both sides of the 7", "Gold Thought Exit" b/w "Newo" (which were recorded at the Silent Barn studio), below.

Mark Mulcahy @ Mercury Lounge
Having just released Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You, his first album in eight years, the onetime Miracle Legion and Polaris singer is also playing his first NYC show in ages. The new LP is terrific (stream it via Spotify) and his warm, weathered voice is always welcome. Tickets are still available.

Treetop Flyers, White Violet, Samuel Cooper @ Glasslands
London folk crew Treetop Flyers released their newest album on Partisan this week (6/25) and were at Mercury Lounge last night to celebrate. Tonight, they will be at Glasslands, with Athens, Georgia's White Violet and Samuel Cooper of local outfit Sunglasses.

Butter The Children, Huge Pupils, Poverty Hollow, Flagland @ Death By Audio
Downtown-signed pop shoegazers Butter the Children are headlining a bill at Death by Audio tonight, which is being rounded out by Poverty Hollow, and Flagland. Ovlov were initially on this show, but have been replaced by Huge Pupils.

Hugh Masekela @ Jazz Standard
Legendary horn-player Hugh Masekela was in the NYC-area for three shows this past spring, and this week he'll be actually in NYC for four nights at Jazz Standard. The first of those is tonight, and he'll be there every night through Sunday (6/30).

Q-Tip Offline @ Stage 48 Z Bar
The funky will be well-represented at Q-Tip's sold-out OFFLINE party, where the Abstract Poetic will rope in like-minded selectahs to join him behind the wheels of steel. Asses shall shake.

Peter Frampton, Robert Cray @ Beacon Theater
Back in 2011, Peter Frampton celebrated the 35th anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive, and now he's back out on the road with his Guitar Circus and special guests Robert Cray Band, Don Felder (ex-Eagles), and Byrds founder Roger McGuinn. Roger's been joining him for some classic Byrds tunes at recent shows, so hopefully we can count on that happening tonight too.

Heart, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience @ Jones Beach
Another classic rock option tonight is heading to Jones Beach (which is newly renovated due to Hurricane Sandy Damages, and recently hosted Fleetwood Mac and Rush) to catch Heart and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.

The Girl Can't Help It @ Videology (FREE)
There were rock n' roll movies before 1956's The Girl Can't Help It, but it was the first to not treat it like some dumb teenage fad. Smart, funny and visually inventive, with performances from Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Platters, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent, it's a genuine classic. 8 PM.

Anamanaguchi, Heartsrevolution, Gildas @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Absolut Vodka is in the middle of a Williamsburg takeover, which began last Saturday (6/22), and includes a Kitsune party at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (6/27) with sets from Anamanaguchi, Heartsrevolution, and Gildas. The party is free, but RSVP closed yesterday, and now the only way left to get in is to find Heartsrevolution in NYC today in their one-of-a-kind crystallized ice cream truck. They have ten tickets left, and there's no word yet on where the truck will be today, but you can follow their twitter for updates.

The Absolute takeover also includes a Pride celebration on Friday (6/28) as part of NYC Pride Week.

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

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Fleetwood Mac @ Jones Beach - 6/22/13
Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood) have been on the road for the past couple months for their first full tour in a few years, which already hit MSG, and returned to the NYC-area for a show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday (6/22). The tour is in celebration of a lot of things. They're supporting a new EP (their first new material in ten years) and the 35th anniversary reissue of Rumours. And as Lindsey mentioned on stage, they're celebrating the fact that when you go against the music industry's formula (in Fleetwood Mac's case, when they released the "difficult" double album, Tusk, as the followup to Rumours), sometimes time can treat the artistic decision well.

The Jones Beach show was my first time seeing Fleetwood Mac, so I can't comment on how it compared to seeing them in their prime, but besides all the retrospective stuff they were talking about on stage, they seemed more like a band hungry to tour again than a nostalgia act. Lindsey is a wildly impressive guitarist to watch, and not only does he still have the stage presence, but he would often put so much into a song that by the end of it, he was panting, stomping the ground, and triumphantly throwing his fist in the air. He practically screamed all of "Not That Funny," pulled off an intricate solo-acoustic rendition of the usually multi-layered "Big Love," and stole the show with his song-ending guitar solo on "Go Your Own Way." Stevie is still great on stage too and her voice is commanding as ever. She had many show-stealing moments too, leading the crowd in sing-alongs with "Dreams," "Landslide," and one of her solo cuts, "Stand Back," but if I had to say, she was most in full force during "Silver Springs," the "Go Your Own Way" b-side that ended up on the new Rumours reissue.

Not only was this my first time at Jones Beach Theater in a long time, it was also my first time this year, which means it was my first time seeing the venue since it re-opened after being severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. (The only other two shows there this year so far were Rascal Flatts or Pitbull.) The brand new stage and boardwalk look great again, and Stevie mentioned on stage that they've got all new dressing rooms too. Mick also mentioned how happy he was to see the place back in good shape during the speech he gave at the end of the show. The next Jones Beach show is Rush tonight (6/23).

More pictures, videos, and the setlist from Fleetwood Mac's show below...

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Rush at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

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

Motor City Bar Closing Party (FREE)
While the Ludlow St. fixture will be open till the end of the month, this is the official week-early wake for the joint, with free music from The Swinging Neckbreakers, Tall Black Girls, Baby Shakes and The Othermen, as well as a slew of DJs including Jonathan Toubin. Party starts at 4 PM, bands are from 5 - 7 PM, and they'll keep it going till 4 AM. It's free.

Alabama Shakes, Johnny Fritz, Houndmouth @ Capitol Theatre
Blues rockers Alabama Shakes, who just played Firefly yesterday, are bringing their tour to the NYC-area tonight for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. The bill is rounded out by a genre-appropriate lineup of Jonny Fritz (formerly Corndawg) and Houndmouth. You can still grab tickets if you haven't already.

Rush @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Prog rock legends Rush bring their tour to the newly-renovated Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (which looked pretty nice during Fleetwood Mac's show last night). The weather's looking good again so it should be a great night for some rock royalty and massive drum solos on the water.

Social Distortion, Dave Hause, Cheap Time @ Warsaw
Last night, long-running Orange County punks Social Distortion took their tour with Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause and garage rockers Cheap Time to NJ for a show that also included Hot Water Music. Tonight, HWM sadly won't be on the bill, but that aside, Brooklyn's Warsaw will be a much more intimate space to catch this band than Roseland Ballroom, and it should be a pretty wild show. To see Cheap Time at an even wilder show, catch them at Pianos tomorrow night.

Shakey Graves, Marmalakes,Wild Child @ Mercury Lounge
Austin singer/guitarist Shakey Graves, who played our BV Austin CMJ show in 2012, returns to the NYC tonight for an all-Austin bill that also includes Marmalakes and Wild Child. If you've yet to check him out, fans of The Tallest Man on Earth should dig his style. Familiarize yourself with this live session he filmed last year.

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Sinkane, King Britt DJ Set @ Central Park Summerstage (FREE)
This summer's free Summerstage shows in Central Park continue today with a pretty diverse lineup. The show's being headlined by afro-beat master, Femi Kuti, and also includes a set by Yeasayer/Of Montreal collaborator Sinkane and a DJ set from King Britt (who has releases on Hyperdub and other labels). Today's show runs from 3PM-7PM and is totally free.

Free Time, Ducktails @ Shea Stadium
Tonight is the release party for Free Time's self-titled debut which came out a couple weeks ago on Underwater Peoples. Fronted by Australian ex-pat Dion Nania, it's lovely post-VU strummy pop. They got a good get for their undercard: Matt Mondanile's Ducktails who usually play bigger places than Shea. Regal Degal, who just moved back to Brooklyn after a sojourn in LA, open the night. $10 at the door.

The New York Electronic Art Festival @ Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (FREE)
Part of the River to River Festival, the NYEAF "provides audiences with an opportunity to experience cutting-edge electronic artwork from artists working across the arts and technology spectrum." Tonight is headlined by industrial pioneer JG Thirwell who will perform with chamber ensemble The Manorexia Project.

Mother Falcon @ Joe's Pub
Enormous Austin collective Mother Falcon continue their NYC residency tonight which should, if nothing else, answer the question "can 18 people and their instruments actually fit on the Joe's Pub stage?" Tonight's guest is singer/songwriter Raul Midon. Advance tickets are still available.

Color War, Psychobuildings @ Ace Hotel (FREE)
Though the optimal place to listen to Color War would be in the Mojave desert with some cactus-based products to ingest, the swanky Ace Hotel is a lot closer for most of us, and the show is also free. Also playing is one-man psych-dance outfit Psychobuildings.

Obsolete Cinema w/ 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' & 'KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park' @ Freddy's Bar (FREE)
Why not spend your Sunday afternoon in doors watching obscure cult classics at this much-loved South Slope bar. Today's the kickoff event featuring two musical stinkers from 1978: the all-Beatles musical starring The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton (and George Burns and Steve Martin); and infamous made-for-TV movie starring everyone's favorite costumed rocker in a very Scooby Doo type story. Sgt. Pepper's is at 2:30 PM; KISS is at 4:30 PM.

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

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2013 Mermaids (more by Sachyn Mital)
Mermaid Parade

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

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade
It almost didn't happen this year, but thanks to support from the public, Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade is on for 2013. And a lovely day for it. Judah Friedlander and Carole Radziwill are your King and Queen and the fun starts at 1PM.

Phantom Power, The Teen Age, Dead Stars, Samuel Cooper, The Novel Ideas, Chickenhawks @ 252 Norman (FREE)
Is there anything that says summertime in Brooklyn like drinking on a roof while listening to awesome bands for five hours? Tonight you get the chance to do just that at 252 Norman, where Chickenhawks, The Novel Ideas, Samuel Cooper and Dead Stars among others will be performing. It's free, too.

Punk Island @ Coast Guard Pier (FREE)
More than 90 bands from every corner of the punk scene performing for 11 hours on seven stages, all curated by ABC No Rio's punk/hardcore collective. Part of Make Music NY.

Tropfest w/ Bear In Heaven, Chairlift, Neon Indian DJ @ Prospect Park (FREE)
This is a short film festival, but also has bands playing. Good ones too, a double danceable bill of locals Bear in Heaven and Chairlift, plus a DJ set from Neon IndianFree tickets are still available.

Hillstock (FREE)
DIY Brooklyn festival Hillstock kicked off last night with a handful of great performances, and will be continuing it's 3-day weekend of (mostly) free shows today at noon. The festival is taking place at 106 Emerson Place and will be a block party of numerous performances. Starting at 8 PM there will be an after party at The Bishop.

Summer Thunder w/ Johnny Fritz, Wild Yaks) @ Union Pool (FREE)
Union Pool is throwing free Saturday shows all summer long. It's usually a pretty chill time there, with good drink specials, food from the taco truck (they've added brunch items, btw) and good bands. Today it's Jonny Fritz (fka Jonny Corndawg) who just played like eight shows at Bonnaroo, and local yokels Wild Yaks. 2 PM.

Browse our Free Show Calendar for more no-cost-to-you concert options.

LODRO @ Knitting Factory last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Psychic Ills, LODRO @ Union Pool
If you just wanna hang out at Union Pool for your whole Saturday, Psychic Ills are playing a last minute show there tonight, a warm up before they head to Chile. LODRO are the well-matched openers for the evening that will only set you back five bucks.

Trap Them & more @ Saint Vitus
It has been too long since we last saw Trap Them in NYC. Now the grind/hardcore/swedish DM crew have returned for a couple of rare dates, including tonight's whopper of a show -- which BV-related metal site Invisible Oranges is presenting -- with young upstarts Full of Hell and ex-Tafkata crew Seven Sisters of Sleep. With Psychic Limb and Apart also on board, this is unmissable, if we do say so ourselves. (And we do!) Tickets are still available.

Delicate Steve, Superhuman Happiness @ Mercury Lounge
Hypertalented instrumentalist Delicate Steve is in the lab hard at work on his new album but is playing tonight testing out some of his new creations (and some you may already know). This was a free show that you had to get tickets through a mobile app but is now sold out.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound @ Mercury Lounge
Underrated soul revivalist, Chicago's JC Brooks adds a post-punk vibe to the genre, is a dynamic live performer and is well worth checking out. It's an early-ish show tonight at at Mercury Lounge (he's on at 9 PM) and tickets to that show are still available.

Social Distortion, Hot Water Music, Cheap Time, Dave Hause @ The Stony Pony
California punk legends Social Distortion will be in NYC tomorrow with Cheap Time and Dave Hause at Warsaw, but if you can't want that long to see this tour, like long walks on the beach and maybe also want to check out Hot Water Music, who have made a few memorable appearances in the area already this year and will not be on the Warsaw bill, than head down to Asbury Park Summer Stage at The Stone Pony in Jersey tonight.

Ski Lodge, Superhumanoids, Bowmont @ Cameo Gallery
If you ever wished the Smiths were a little more rum punch on the beach and a little less rain falls hard on a humdrum town? Or maybe you just like superior indiepop. Either way, Ski Lodge fit the bill. Expect lots of songs off their have debut album, due in August. Also on the bill will be Superhumanoids and local electro pop-rockers Bowmont.

Rogue Wave, Caveman @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fans of smart guitar pop, valhalla awaits. California's Rogue Wave, whose new album, Nightingale Floors, just came out this week, hook up with New York's Caveman for what is sure to be a very pleasant night indeed.

Fleetwood Mac @ Jones Beach
Nine Inch Nails side project Fleetwood Mac are making a comeback this year with a new EP and tour that already hit the NYC-area once for a MSG show. Tonight they'll return to the area for a big outdoor show at Jones Beach, which should be a pretty fun way to see them, and the weather is looking great too. There are still tickets available, but Ticketmaster says "not many left."

Vanilla Fudge @ BB King's
'60s psych vets Vanilla Fudge, known mainly for their proto-metal covers of songs like "You Keep Me Hangin' On," "She's Not There," "People Get Ready," and so on, are on what they're calling their "farewell tour." They did the same thing in 2011, but if this may actually be the last time we'll get to see the band, it's definitely a show worth catching while you still can. They play their first of two shows at BB King's tonight, and hit the venue again tomorrow.

Snap-Drag Drum Duo, Turnip King, Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, G.T. Arpe, Man Tease @ Ran Tea House
If you're into experimental music and complex percussion, then you might want to head to the Ran Tea House tonight for a stacked show featuring Snap-Drag Drum Duo, Turnip King, Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, G.T. Arpe, and Man Tease. Turnip King recently put out a great new EP titled Moon Landing that you should really check out if you haven't.

Dawes, Shovels & Rope @ Terminal 5
Folk rockers Dawes will be at Terminal 5 tonight. The guys are on tour supporting their latest album, Stories Don't End, which came out just after SXSW this year. Joining them will be husband and wife southern folk duo Shovels & Rope.

Jankay Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Zs, White Bike @ Secret Project Robot
Looking for a night of cultural stimulation and the avant-garde? Look no further because tonight Bubu musician Janka Nabay is playing with Zs and White Bike at Secret Project Robot. If you can't make it tonight be sure to catch Janka Nabay at Prospect Park with Os Mutantes on June 29.

Trails and WaysMatrimony, Moon Furies @ Knitting Factory
Indie pop band Trails and Ways is in the area this weekend on their way down to one of their first major festival appearances ever at Firefly tomorrow. Tonight you get the chance to see them in a much, much more intimate setting where they will be joined by Matrimony and Moon Furies.

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

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Lindsey Buckingham
Lindsey Buckingham

As mentioned, Nine Inch Nails are back with a new album, Hesitation Marks, which is due out on September 3 via Columbia. They've already released its first single, "Came Back Haunted" (which has a David Lynch-directed video on the way) and now they've revealed more details on the album, including its tracklist and full list of collaborators, via Rolling Stone. It does include King Crimson/Talking Heads/David Bowie/etc guitarist Adrian Belew (who is no longer part of the touring lineup), in addition to bassist Pino Palladino (The Who, D'Angelo), and most perhaps interestingly/surprisingly Lindsey Buckhingham of Fleetwood Mac. Check out the full tracklist and album credits below.

Nine Inch Nails are supporting the album with a tour that comes to the NYC-area for shows with Godspeed You! Black Emperor in Brooklyn on October 14 at Barclays Center and Newark on October 15 at Prudential Center. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.

Meanwhile, Fleetwood Mac, whose new EP is out now, are also on a tour which hit MSG back in April and returns to the NYC-area this weekend for a show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday (6/22). Tickets for that show are still available, but Ticketmaster is saying "not many left."

NIN tracklist, album credits, and song stream below...

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Pure Bathing Culture - "Pendulum" (MP3)

Pure Bathing Culture at Webster Hall in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Pure Bathing Culture

When Sarah Versprille and Daniel HIndman aren't making pastoral folk in their band, Vetiver, they're off working as a duo on their new dream pop project, Pure Bathing Culture. And when I say dream pop, it's because the band have all the dreamy atmospherics to earn them that title, but they're definitely have more pop ambitions than many of their twee peers. They contributed the cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" to last year's Rumours tribute album, and couldn't have picked a more appropriate song, if that gives you an idea.

Last year, the duo released their self-titled debut EP, and now they're set to put out their debut full length, Moon Tides, on August 20 via Partisan in the US and a day earlier via Memphis Industries in the UK. You can download the new album's very catchy single, "Pendulum," above, or stream it along with streams of all four tracks from their EP, below.

Pure Bathing Culture are currently on a tour which brings the band to NYC TONIGHT (6/7) at Mercury Lounge for a show with Monogold. Tickets are available.

All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Pure Bathing Culture (mems. of Vetiver) on tour, playing NYC tonight, releasing debut LP (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden in April (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac are making a pretty solid comeback this year with the reissue of their classic album, Rumours, and their first new music since 2003, Extended Play, which is actually a not-bad harkening back to the band's late '70s period (albeit without Christine McVie). They've also been on a tour for a while which brought them to Chicago for a United Center show back in April. You'll have another chance to catch the band in the area when they play Allstate Arena on June 14. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Fleetwood Mac's tour was recently expanded to include European and Australian dates later in the year. Updated dates are listed, along with a Spotify stream of the new EP, below...

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Before and after: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

As you surely remember, last October's Hurricane Sandy put a lot of things underwater. One of them was outdoor concert amphitheater Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre. Live Nation has been busy renovating ever since the water receeded:

Along with much of the coastal regions throughout New York and New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy inflicted catastrophic damage on the venue. Sandy generated a storm surge of 8--10 feet, and the ground floor, sub-structures and pathways under Jones Beach Theatre, which sits right on Zachs Bay, were submerged. Much of the 14,000 seat venue was impacted from the surge, from the stage to the seats, the backstage and concessions and VIP areas were all severely damaged.

But before construction could even commence, more than 3 million gallons of sea water had to be pumped out of the venue, which then had to be cleaned from top to bottom. Hundreds of tons of debris and damaged structures and equipment had to be removed from the site...

...The stage and boardwalk and their substructures had to be completely rebuilt from scratch. More than 9 miles of special MCM cable had to be replaced in the tunnels and access ways below the venue. All the doors on the main level, more than 200 in total, had to be replaced. Where possible the venue's infrastructure was redesigned to mitigate any future damages (i.e. the main electrical system was relocated to the second floor, above the 100 year floodplain) and replacement appliances and equipment were upgraded to energy efficient models.
The renovated Nikon at Jones Beach Theater was finished just in time for the 2013 season that kicks off Friday (5/31) with...Rascal Flatts.

Concerts at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater that you might be more interested in include, Fleetwood Mac on June 22, Bob Dylan/Wilco/Beck on July 27, and Depeche Mode/Bat for Lashes on September 8. The outdoor venue's entire summer schedule is below.

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