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Deafheaven at one of 285 Kent's last shows (more by PSquared)
Deafheaven

As you probably know by now, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closed for good. As the venue was hosting its final shows, Pitchfork filmed a documentary about the venue called "RIP 285 Kent." The description reads:

The film features interviews with the personalities that pushed 285 forward, including founder Todd P., booker/manager Ric Leichtung, and managers Kaitlin Browne and Siobhan McDonald, among others. It also includes discussion with local bookers Edan Wilbur, John Jacobson, John Barclay, and Pitchfork photographer Erez Avissar, plus interview and performance footage from Deafheaven, Fucked Up, DIIV, Dan Deacon, Pictureplane, Lodro, Wolf Eyes, DUST, and more.
Check it out below...

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Kitty

here's a new song. y not? produced by matt r. (pinkiepieswear) in loving memory of my late home away from home, 285 kent ave and all of the crazy fucking memories i've made there. (pic above related) u will be missed dearly. RIP
- Kitty
Listen to the song below...

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Fucked Up @ 285 Kent's last night (via @thatwhatdo)
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Todd P, 285 Kent's current leasholder, has responded to the flurry of interest in that Craiglist ad for the space that went up yesterday (and was soon flagged for removal):

people seem all up an arms about this, and while this particular ad is not my doing, so what if it had been? The place closed for good reason: it couldn't be made "legal" and people were going to end up in jail if it kept operating, plus would have seen their legal records tarnished against running "legit" spaces in the future... now that's one thing if that happens to me or to Ric Leichtung, but if it happens to the staff that's really not acceptable. But you know what, it's over. It has to become something else now. New York City is expensive for rent, Williamsburg especially, and this space is actually cheap, sadly. But either way, it's not like we can put a exhibition rope around it and preserve it as a museum.

a graffiti-less 285 Kent
285 Kent

As you probably know by now, Brooklyn DIY music venue 285 Kent is officially closed for good, having hosted its last-ever show earlier this month. Now that the venue is fully vacated, the space is available to rent for $8,000/month on Craigslist. The listing specifies that "you can make all the noise in the world at night if you desire" (oh yeah?) and says it's "perfect for any kind of commercial use, pop-up store, architect's studio, a photographer's studio, etc... or an amazingly well-located loft space." ... OR A MUSIC VENUE? Maybe someone who can afford it can turn it back into one? Maybe Jay Z and Beyonce?

UPDATE: The listing has been removed from Craigslist. Venue curator Ric Leichtung also tweeted, "I can't verify that this Craigslist ad is real. I would never put 285 Kent up for sale, not that I even could-- I was the space's curator," followed by, "Todd Patrick is 285 Kent's leaseholder. Please forward all inquiries to him about the Craigslist ad at toddpnyc@gmail.com."

UPDATE 2: Todd P responded.

photos by P Squared Photography

Deafheaven @ 285 Kent's 2nd to last show
Deafheaven

285 Kent began its life as a storage facility for the Domino Sugar factory located a block south, although some of the space's more recent tenants, mostly artists, have given it their own design touches. The walls are covered in black graffiti and corners of the room are stacked with detritus. In the bathrooms, torn electrical cables are threaded through toilet-paper rolls and strung around the doors. Water drips from the ceiling. The backstage area, a series of industrial hallways leading to other parts of the building, is also covered in graffiti. Leichtung, the booker, works out of an office with no desk; he sits on a bench seat ripped out of a passenger van. [New Yorker]
285 Kent closed forever after Sunday night's show with Fucked Up, White Lung, Diiv and more. Read more about that HERE.

And we already posted video of Deafheaven's full set, but here are some pictures we just got of the not-so-surprise guest who played the DIY venue's 2nd-to-last show, and who put out one of the most well reviewed albums of 2013. Deafheaven return to NYC to play Governors Ball this summer. Check out more pictures from their 285 Kent show below...

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videos by unARTig

Deafheaven at 285 Kent - 1/18/14 (via FADER)
Deafheaven

Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is now closed for good, but it went out with a bang: four final shows with killer lineups and special guests. One of those special guests was Deafheaven on Saturday (1/18), who joined the previously announced lineup of Wolf Eyes, Noveller, Alberich, MV Carbon, Lussuria and Sugarm. unARTig was on the scene and got full set videos of Deafheaven and Wolf Eyes, which you can watch below.

Deafheaven will be back in NYC in June for Governors Ball.

If you missed it, we also wrote about 285's Laurel Halo/Autre Ne Veut/etc show and the Fucked Up/DIIV/White Lung/etc show.

Videos below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Fucked Up via Andrew Van Beek / White Lung via BrooklynVegan Instagram
Fucked Up
White Lung

Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent officially closed its doors for good after last night's show (1/19), the last of four epic final shows that the venue hosted. First was last weekend's Laurel Halo / Autre Ne Veut / etc show, and this past weekend were the final three: Dan Deacon/etc on Friday, Deafheaven/etc on Saturday, and last night's with Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Guardian Alien and LODRO.

The show was a great way for the venue to go out -- celebratory, but also representing what the venue was always about, and why it will be so sorely missed. Three local bands who have called the venue home multiple times in its three-year existence (with the bands they were in last night as well as other various projects), returned to bid it farewell -- DIIV, Guardian Alien, and LODRO. But in addition to being a vital part of Brooklyn's local scene, 285 has also been a spot for bigger out of town bands to get crazier, sweatier, and more intimate with their fans while they were in town for other shows. Fucked Up did just that in 2011 when they played 285 after opening for Dinosaur Jr. at Terminal 5, so they were warmly welcomed back, and their Canada neighbors White Lung (who could probably headline the venue at this point) fit the spirit of the bill perfectly too.

crowd at 285 Kent last night (via Kari)
285 Kent

Anyone who's seen Fucked Up knows Damien Abraham likes to talk on stage, and last night he dedicated much of that to commemorating 285 Kent. "Of all the amazing venues we've played, this is by far the fucking coolest," he said at one point. He also encouraged the crowd saying you could do any of this, start a venue, form a band, book shows, do it yourself. Maybe in 2014 the possibilities of DIY seem more obvious than the days of Black Flag or something, but it's still inspiring to hear a band you look up to break down the fan/band/industry barriers and preach that to their fans. Maybe a 15 year old was there last night and is already forming his or her first band. 285 Kent's shows are all ages shows.

DIIV (via @chchchavez)
DIIV

Most of my good memories about 285 Kent involve the fact that you felt like you could have fun there, not just be part of a group of people standing around. I still scratch my head a bit at how mosh pits ever break out to DIIV at any show, but at 285 they always seem to, and it actually does feel right. Especially last night, when they were sandwiched between the ferocious punk of White Lung and Fucked Up.

White Lung's sets rarely cross the 20-minute mark, but last night's felt especially short (possibly shortened by their broken kick pedal) yet just as wild as usual. Their newer songs sound great, and when they played material off of Sorry, the crowd truly lost it. Fucked Up's set raged as always too. And though you can usually see through it when a band pretends they're doing an unplanned encore, it seemed legitimately spontaneous when Fucked Up discussed things on stage for a bit and then got the crowd rowdier than they'd been all night for the last-ever song played at 285 Kent, a cover of "Blitzkrieg Bop." Internet hate for all the 285 Kent commemoration often drops the line, "It's not CBGB," but hey, at least we went out with a Ramones song.

A couple more pics below...

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Deafheaven

Deafheaven have an upcoming tour with Between the Buried and Me and Intronaut that hits Long Island in February, but as their tweet above confirms, you can see them in NYC much sooner than that (and with a more desirable lineup). They're the special guest on Saturday's (1/18) show at 285 Kent which also includes Wolf Eyes, Noveller, Alberich, MV Carbon, Lussuria and Sugarm. Unfortunately, that show is sold out.

Deafheaven were also confirmed for NYC festival Governors Ball.

photos by Landon Speers; words by Leo Maymind

Autre Ne Veut / Laurel Halo @ 285 Kent, 1/11/2014
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The final four shows at much-loved Williamsburg DIY venue 285 Kent kicked off this past Saturday (1/11) with the most electronic-centric lineup, and while many are already mourning the loss of one of the most carefully-curated venues in recent years, the evening had an air of celebration, as it seemed like everyone who had ever played or experienced a show in that cavernous room had come to pay tribute.

Local producer and L.I.E.S.-affiliate Bookworms (real name Nik Dawson) kicked things off, as he unassumingly stood behind a folding table and coaxed stilted techno rhythms from a small selection of hardware as the crowd filled in. Alternating between pre-programmed beats on an MPC and triggering samples from the ubiquitous Roland SP-404 sampler, Dawson's set was the definition of quiet confidence, as he took long swigs of beer as Todd P bounced around the stage, fixing lights and putting final touches in place.

Setting up on the floor in front of the stage, Ital quickly boosted the energy in the room. Also utilizing an all hardware setup, Daniel Martin-McCormick mixed harsh, blunt drum sounds with warped soundscapes and muted bass lines but seemed to be struggling to control his machines. He attempted to restart his sequencer several times before admitting "this shit is breaking," though the crowd didn't seem to mind.

Next up was Autre Ne Veut, whose warped take on R&B was a bit of an outlier on this heavily rhythm-focused bill, but that didn't stop singer Arthur Ashin from going for broke. It certainly helped that his full backing band featured a veritable who's who of Brooklyn musicians, including members of Bear in Heaven, Zambri, and Noel Heroux from Hooray for Earth -- the latter of whom is proving to be one of the city's most resourceful and creative guitarists. Heroux carried much of the melodic weight of Ashin's dense songs, coaxing a plethora of warped riffs from his customized six string. The vocals were at times a bit ragged but the devotion Ashin demonstrated -- at one point climbing atop a stack of speakers and raising his arms to either side -- was indisputable.

The evening's secret guest, recent Warp-signee Patten (who had played 2 other NYC shows that week), quickly shifted the night's mood, melding futuristic, drum & bass-referencing tracks with heavily effected vocals and guitar that combined into dense polyrhythmic puzzles. His sync'ed visuals deepened the trance and thankfully, the following set from Laurel Halo's set didn't deviate too much from the hypnotic vibe Patten had created. Halo mostly stuck to dark techno workouts with slow builds, smartly opting to leave out her more ambient and vocal-centric songs.

I unfortunately missed most of closer Maxmillion Dunbar, but the night felt less like a departure and more like a rallying cry for the community. 285 Kent might be closing, but if the venue's storied three-year run has proven anything, it's that Brooklyn is still hungry for challenging, unique music and that fans will undoubtedly follow bookers Ric Leichtung and Todd P to a new home.

285 Kent's final countdown happens this weekend weekend with three nights/killer bills headlined by Dan Deacon (1/17), Wolf Eyes (1/18) and Fucked Up (1/19). Dan Deacon's is sold out, but tickets to the Wolf Eyes show are still available, and a few tickets for Fucked Up will be available at the door on Sunday night.

More pictures from Saturday night's show below...

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285 Kent

As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.

Full lineups for each show below...

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Fucked Up at 285 Kent in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fucked Up

You may have noticed that following last night's Maria Minerva show (12/19) at Brooklyn's 285 Kent, there are no more upcoming shows scheduled at the venue. (The only other one would have been the Don Giovanni showcase, which has since been taken off-sale.) We've heard the rumor, but 285 Kent representatives have not officially confirmed that the Williamsburg DIY venue is closing. Todd P did say though, that despite a claim by Gothamist, "last night was not the last show ever at 285." One of the venue's reps, Ric Leichtung, also tweeted "Beyond tonight, we have not announced any other events at 285 Kent, though there may be others in the future."

If the venue does close for good, it'd be a sad loss for the Brooklyn music scene. It's been home to many great local shows, some especially exciting surprises like the one where A$AP Rocky and Grimes showed up, the Trash Talk show where Odd Future showed up, and just a number of wild shows by everyone from Fucked Up to Thee Oh Sees (who also unfortunately are going on hiatus).

photos by Lukas Hodge, review by Brad Sanders

Touche Amore / United Nations @ 285 Kent - 10/9/13
Touche Amore, United Nations, The Saddest Landscape
Touche Amore, United Nations, The Saddest Landscape

Geoff Rickly took a break during United Nations' ripping set at 285 Kent last night (10/9) to dedicate a song to Touché Amoré, the band they were opening for. He said it's amazing and inspiring that in 2013 a hardcore band plays with as much heart as they do, and he's right. Watching the sea of people fight their way to the front of the oversold scrum just to scream a single lyric within earshot of TA frontman Jeremy Bolm was a life-affirming experience in itself, to say nothing of how life-affirming it was for everyone in the crowd to be seeing this band in the flesh.

Touché Amoré doesn't traffic in trends. Despite being lumped in with a "New Wave of Emo" that's reared its head this year on the blogosphere, the Los Angeles five-piece is purely itself, not just some bullet-point on a list. Their brand of hardcore is simultaneously shimmering and abrasive, and Bolm's self-obsessed, wounded lyrics and vocals help set them apart from the bands they're ostensibly sharing a movement with. They are emo in the sense that they emote, but they have a lot more in common with Converge or Moss Icon than, say, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. (Not throwing shade; TWIABP is a very good band as well.)

Their gorgeous cacophony comes off live exactly how you'd expect. At 285 Kent, they played basically every fan favorite, which is to say, they played basically every song they've ever written. The energy level in the crowd barely wavered from set opener "Just Exist" from this year's Is Survived By to closer "Honest Sleep" and unplanned encore song "Face Ghost." Bolm's vocals were mixed high - the only way to mix a Touché Amoré show - but he was matched in volume and intensity by a chorus of fans on nearly every line. Of course, the vocals wouldn't be nearly as effective if they weren't anchored by the incredible guitar tones of Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, sturdy bass lines from Tyler Kirby and some surprisingly off-kilter drum work by the tireless Elliot Babin. Despite Bolm being the center of attention, it's impossible to forget that you're watching a band up there.

Still, lyrics won the day, and I imagine most people in attendance will remember the show for how loudly the crowd was able to sing along. It was a little strange to see the words that Bolm wrote proudly, selfishly for and about himself being screamed by hundreds of people who felt they were written for them. It's amazing that 285 Kent wasn't sucked into a vortex of self, but somehow, amid all the shouted, narcissistic neuroses, a sense of community was forged. That's the gift Touché Amoré gives: laying bare their insecurities so we can indulge our egos. Hardcore is weird, but man, hardcore is awesome.

The show, which we at BrooklynVegan presented, was a headlining stop for Touché in the midst of their tour with AFI which hits NYC tonight (10/10) for a sold-out show at Webster Hall. Like we said above, last night's show was opened by Geoff Rickly's band United Nations, in addition to Topshelf-signed screamo band The Saddest Landscape. Pictures of all three bands are int his post.

Speaking of Geoff Rickly, he just teamed up with a few members of Made Out of Babies to form the new band, Strangelight (also featuring members of Goes Cube and Red Sparowes), who released their debut EP, 9 Days, this week via Sacrament Music. You can stream the EP in full (via Noisey) along with more pictures from the 285 Kent show, below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Perfect Pussy show at 285 kent reminding me how much I love guitars" - Skeet Disick

Perfect Pussy / Potty Mouth
Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, Lodro, Tweens
Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, Lodro, Tweens

"Cause I've heard a million times / What's gonna get your there," [singer Abby Weems] casually vented into the microphone, as the rest of the band backed her vocals with a melodic feel that made the Williamsburg audience powerless to the urge to, if not dance, at least make some movement. Heads banged all around, and some members even did succumb to Potty Mouth's melodies. A fan around the age of 60 at the front found himself moving his hips to the tunes, which Weems and guitarist Phoebe Harris happily laughed, giving the elderly patron a thumbs-up. [QRO Magazine]
Four killer guitar rock bands took over Brooklyn's 285 Kent this past Saturday (10/5). Noise punk crew Perfect Pussy were in from Syracuse and incited a mosh pit during their 20-minute closing set, Western Mass' Potty Mouth came to town to celebrate the release of their debut album, Hell Bent, the bluesy LODRO was the local representation for the night, and the show was kicked off by Cincinnati's bratty/sloppy/punky Tweens. It was the second NYC show Perfect Pussy and Tweens played together last week. Pictures from what was an all-around great night at 285 Kent are in this post.

More below...

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Radical Dads at South Street Seaport in August (more by Jeff Cate)
Rad Dads

As usual, Williamsburg all ages DIY spot 285 Kent has a ton of good shows coming up, including some especially great ones this week that we haven't had a chance to mention yet.

On Wednesday (10/2), the venue hosts a night of catchy guitar rock from some great locals like Radical Dads, Dead Stars, Haybaby, BOYTOY, and Honduras. Tickets are on sale.

Thursday (10/3) there's a double header, with the Dent May/Dead Gaze/Calvin Love show at 8 PM (tickets) and the FIXED 9th anniversary at midnight with a full live band set from The Field (tickets).

Sludge rockers California X come over from Amherst, MA on Friday (10/4) to headline a show that also includes Long Island indie rock traditionalists Turnip King, Body Parts, and Total Slacker DJs. Tickets are on sale.

Finally, as discussed, another group of Massachusetts rockers Potty Mouth celebrate the release of their debut LP, Hell Bent, at the venue on Saturday (10/5) with Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy. Since we last spoke, that lineup has been expanded to include Brooklyn's bluesy LODRO and Cincinnati garage pop trio Tweens. It's one of two NYC shows that Perfect Pussy and Tweens play together this week. Tickets are still available.

Some streams from those artists below...

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Cold Cave w/ Boyd Rice @ Saint Vitus last week (more by Greg Cristman)
Cold Cave and Boyd Rice

As you may have heard, Cold Cave's tour with Boyd Rice, which has been riddled with cancellations due to Rice's inclusion, hits 285 Kent on Saturday (6/29). The Brooklyn show is still happening, however Todd P has issued a statement about it:

As you may have heard, the There has been a small uproar about Boyd Rice joining Cold Cave's show at 285 Kent this Saturday. After a handful of venues in other cities canceled tour dates due to Rice's inclusion, and notices appeared on a couple of websites, we've received about 9 emails imploring us to cancel, as well as 3 recommending we do not cancel. There has been some additional chatter on Twitter and Tumblr, etc.

Boyd Rice recently reappeared after many years absence, and has performed on bills this year at Europa and at Saint Vitus, without incident or protest. The controversy has come up because Boyd Rice is a character who has spent the last 30 or so years saying truly disgusting things - everything from palling around with the KKK to wearing Nazi uniforms to advocating the subjugation of women and the efficacy of rape. The guy revels in offensiveness and whether or not his statements are meant sincerely, or as schtick - he completely sucks as a human being and as an artist he employs abuse imagery and hate rhetoric for shock - a practice we find despicable.

So that leaves the question - why is this asshole playing 285 Kent (which I help run with Ric Leichtung)?

The rest of Todd P's statement is below...

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285 Kent

Last night was the free Class Acress and Erika Spring show at 285 Kent. Neon Indian, Chairlift, and Lemonade all DJ'd. Who brought the dog?

Night Sins at Rituals in November (more by Lukas Hodge)
Night Sins

As you know, moody Tampa post-punks Merchandise will be in NYC to play a New Year's Eve show at 285 Kent with Tonstartssbandht, Blanche Blanche Blanche, and a "speciial guest." Tickets for that show are still available and it's also just been revealed that Merchandise are the secret headliners at the 285 Kent show two nights earlier (12/29) with Night Sins, Pharmakon, Shoxx, and Herzog Rising. It's a much cheaper way to see Merchandise than NYE ($8 as opposed to $20), and when Merchandise played previous NYC shows with Shoxx, they were joined by Shoxx's drummer so hopefully that happens again.

As mentioned, Pharmakon will play Saint Vitus on January 13 with Salvation (whose lineup includes members of Night Sins) and Raspberry Bulbs. Tickets for that show are still available.

The flyer for this show, a list of updated Merchandise dates, and some song streams/videos below...

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Sasha Go Hard at Santos in September (more by Julie Schabel)
Sasha Go Hard

You already know that Merchandise, Tonstartssbandht, Blanche Blanche Blanche, and "speciial guests" are playing 285 Kent on New Year's Eve (tickets) and that Titus Andronicus is playing next door at Glasslands (tickets). If you're headed to either of those shows to ring in the new year, and you're looking for some convenient after party plans once it turns 2013, stick around because footwork master DJ Rashadis DJing back to back with collaborator DJ Manny, fellow Chicagoan Sasha Go Hard (who first came to NYC in September and then played 285 Kent during CMJ), secret Body High guest, J-Cush, and Durban will be going all night at 285 Kent (doors: 1 AM). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Rashad and Manny recently posted a clip of a new song with two of their other collaborators, DJ Spinn and DJ Kidd, along with the message, "COMING SOON TEKLIFE 2013 SHIT!!!!!" You can stream that song below.

Also below is a stream of "Where Have You Been?," a track Sasha Go Hard recently cut with Freddie GIbbs for Freddie's upcoming project, East Side Slim (via FakeShoreDrive).

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Capital STEEZ

According to Pitchfork and "various sources", Capital STEEZ (real name Jamal Dewar), of Joey Bada$$'s crew, Pro Era, passed away this morning (12/24) at 19 years old. Joey tweeted, "This unfortunate xmas eve.. Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy.. May ur soul rest in peace Jamal.." and hours before that Capital STEEZ himself eerily tweeted "The end." Joey has continued to tweet on the situation with statements like "SICK TO MY STOMACH.." and "RIP CAPITAL STEEZ!!! 7.7.93 - 12.24.12." Other details on the situation are still sparse at the moment. Rest in peace, Jamal.

Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era were scheduled to play 285 Kent in Brooklyn on Saturday night (12/22), but the show ended up being postponed.

Pro Era just released their free Peep the Aprocalypse mixtape this past Friday (12/21). You can download the whole thing at that link and stream the track "Run or Fly," which features Capital STEEZ, below.

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by Bill Pearis

Prince Rama @ Cake Shop, CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Prince Rama

As you may be aware, Friday is December 21 aka 12/21/12, aka the day that the world is supposed to end according to the Mayan calendar. (Many people don't believe the world will actually end, or they probably wouldn't finished up Breaking Bad already.) There are a lot of Apocalypse parties happening, one of which will be at 285 Kent headlined by Prince Rama, which is entirely appropriate given their new album is called Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World. You can check out the new video for that album's "So Destroyed" below. I bet they'll throw a good Ragnarök event which will double as a holiday party too in case you want to wear your Santa suit. Also on the bill is Dickpic (DJ Dog Dick and Pictureplane) and Ami Dang. Tickets are $8 at the door, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.

Speaking of Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, we asked Prince Rama for their Top 10 albums of 2012. Instead, they gave us their Top 10 "Top 10 Lists of 2012" which you can check out below.

Continue reading "Prince Rama lists their Top 10 Top 10 Lists of 2012, playing end-of-the-world party in NYC (win tix!)"

by Andrew Sacher

Joey Bada$$ at SUNY Purchase in October (more by Kellyann Petry)
Joey Bada$$

Brooklyn throwback rapper Joey Bada$$ has been playing locally a lot this fall, and he's got at least one more hometown show before the year ends. He'll be at 285 Kent on December 22 and tickets for that show are on sale now. No official word on whether or not his crew, Pro Era, will be there, but he does usually play with them.

Last month, Joey released the digital single for his track "Waves" off his 1999 mixtape, and on the b-side he's got the new track, "Enter The Void," which features a great verse from Black Hippy member Ab-Soul, who he joined on stage at Terminal 5 in September when Ab-Soul was opening for Kendrick Lamar. You can stream that track below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Autre Ne Veut in Brooklyn in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Autre Ne Veut

Autre Ne Veut (aka Brooklyn's Arthur Ashin) has been putting out material for a couple years now, and it's always been solid but he's become more memorable for his, um, provocative cover art than the music itself. That's no longer the case on his new single, "Counting," which will appear on his new album, Anxiety, which is due out on February 12 via Software. The new track brings together the kind of art pop and R&B that we've seen recently from How to Dress Well and d'Eon, and it all culminates in a pretty explosive chorus. You can stream that track, and check out its tracklist and cover art below.

Autre Ne Veut has a hometown show coming up on December 7 at 285 Kent with a great local bill of Mykki Blanco and Oneohtrix Point Never (DJ). Tickets for that show are on sale.

Mykki Blanco has been touring with Death Grips and recently played Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Song stream, cover art, and tracklist, below...

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BEMF 2010 (more by Chris Doss)
BEMF

The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is here tonight (11/9) and Saturday (11/10), and since our last update, the full schedule has been revealed. They're no longer using Villain as one of the venues, but will be using 285 Kent instead.

Tonight's updates include Omar S, Drop the Lime, Nick Catchdubs, Morri$, Deadboy, Jackmaster, and Matt Shadetek playing Public Assembly; and Nadastrom & Sabo, Uproot Andy & Geko, and DJ Blass playing 285 Kent (all ages). Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Gold Panda, Photek, and more at Music Hall of Williamsburg; Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Fatima Al Qadiri, MikeQ, and more at Glasslands; and Braille, Brenmar, Mykki Blanco, Mess Kid, and more at Cameo.

Saturday's updates include Groundislava, Shlohmo, Salva, Lazy Brow, Jubilee, Wildlife!, Dre Skull, Dubbel Dutch, Fantasy Thrilla, and a special guest at Public Assembly; and Hussle Club and Body Language at Brooklyn Bowl. Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Nicolas Jaar, Lauren Flax, Nick Hook, and Heathered Pearls at Music Hall of Williamsburg; KI:Theory, FaltyDL, Benji B, and Pearson Sound at Cameo; and Baths, XXYYXX, Hiawatha, and Shadowbox at Glasslands.

Tickets for the festival are still available, including 2-day passes, 1-day passes for Friday (Saturday is sold out), and a special all ages ticket, which grants you access to tonight's 285 Kent stage (the rest of the venues are 21+).

Flyers with full lineups and set times are below...

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Cars floating in underground garage on Stone St. (via @wingedfeetxc)

Almost every NYC area show on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday was cancelled, and tonight (10/31) (aka Halloween) is looking a little better but still a large percentage of the shows are cancelled.

Tonight's Big Freedia show at Brooklyn Bowl is still on but opener Vockah Redu dropped off. Doors open at 6 PM and the show starts at 9 PM. Admission is free before 7 PM and after that it's $15-$20. UPDATE: Hess is More and Oh Land added to this show.

As mentioned, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and honoring tickets for Bowery Ballroom or Music Hall of Williamsburg, with plans to reschedule the original Bowery Ballroom date for some time next week.

Music Hall of Williamsburg was only available for Aimee and Ted's show tonight because the Jackie Greene show is cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

The Halloween shows in Williamsburg, including Glasslands' covers show, Death by Audio's covers show, and Cameo's free, weekly Big Terrific comedy (early) and The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and friends playing MIchael Jackson's Thriller (late), are still on. All door proceeds for tonight's Glasslands show are going to the Red Cross. Ted Leo tweeted he was gonna try and stop by Glasslands after Aimee Mann.

The Misfits annual Halloween show at Highline Ballroom is still on. No it's not. Update:: "The Misfits will go on, but not tonight. Due to weather complications, it is rescheduled for Dec 16th."

Murphy's Law at Trash Bar appears to be happening.

Saint Vitus is open and hosting a Van Halen / David Lee Roth cover band.

Acheron is open too with Author and Punisher.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society annual Halloween show at Warsaw is still on.

285 Kent, however, cancelled their Halloween show tonight. Organizer Todd P says, "We had to cancel Halloween, but it was not 285 Kent's decision; the organizers and bands involved [cancelled]. We would 100% do it and are pretty determined to book something else."

The Meter Men and other shows at BB King's appear to be happening.

Bad news from Dita Von Teese "Regrettably, all NYC StripStripHooray shows are cancelled. Tix will be refunded by LiveNation, & we will be back in early 2013. Thank you all for the support, we were so excited about these sold out shows! Stay safe, NYC! X." StripStripHooray was to have happened this week at Gramercy Theatre.

Wintersleep and Elliot Brood were supposed to play Knitting Factory last night, but are instead playing tonight.

Pete's Candy Store is open.

The Pit is open.

Open mic comedy at The Creek, followed by comedy by MURDERFIST, Joe Machi, Jesse Joyce, and The Cowmen, followed by more open mic comedy is all happening.

The Halloween show at Union Hall with Dionne Werewolf and Hall-oween and Oates is still on.

Halloween at The Film Society at Lincoln Center is open.

The Halloween show at Goodbye Blue Monday with Snake Monsters, Scorpion Child, and The Biomechanic is still on.

Littlefield is hosting a Halloween comedy show.

The Everymen, Runny, and Zac Clark & the Griswolds play Grand Victory tonight.

As mentioned, Andrew WK's Autumn Bowl show is cancelled.

As mentioned, Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays Center is cancelled.

As mentioned, the Park Slope Halloween parade and the Village Halloween Parade are both cancelled. But the VIllage Halloween Parade may still happen on a later date.

As mentioned, the Halloween show at the Bowery Electric is cancelled tonight.

The Hess Is More Halloween concert at Mercury Lounge is cancelled. UPDATE: Hess is More and Oh Land are now playing with Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl.

The Halloween show at WEIRD with Bellicose Minds and others is cancelled.

The Halloween show at SOB's is cancelled.

The party at House of Vans is cancelled. They write, "Hallo-Wolfbat is cancelled. The house of vans got two feet of water inside. We are planning to reschedule for a later date. It could be up to a month. All the electrical, sound, and lighting was damaged. Please spread the word. I'll let everyone know the outcome. Looks like it may be a end of the world party in December. I'm sorry"

The Reckless Kelly show at Bowery Ballroom has been postponed.

The Halloween party at The DL with Designer Drugs has been postponed.

Le Poisson Rouge still lists shows for tonight as of this post, but has no power, so cancellations are likely. And actually, "We are sorry to report that Mondo Indie Dance Party Presents MONDOWEEN! is canceled tonight due to power outages from Hurricane Sandy. We wish you all a safe Halloween and a speedy recovery from the storm." UPDATE: LPR confirms they are totally closed.

The Bell House is closed.
Canal Room is closed.
Pianos is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Cake Shop is closed.
Rockwood Music Hall is closed.
Fontana's is closed.
Santos Party House is closed.
Sunshine Cinema is closed.

A whole bunch of Thursday show are cancelled too.

What else?

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Michael Bolton, who seems to have a good sense of humor about his crappy music, will star as himself in new sitcom Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life according to Deadline. Look for the new sitcom on ABC next year.

Black Sabbath (sans Bill Ward) are finally going to do that album with producer Rick Rubin.

Gothamist wonders aloud if Barclays Center might have a racist metal detector policy (via an article in the NY Post).

I swear the BrooklynVegan not-CMJ day party lineups are coming very soon, though we've already revealed that we've got METZ, Deap Vally and Murals.

The 2012 edition of Austin City Limits, which is switching to two weeks next year, went down over the weekend (sans The Weeknd). Check out our photos from Day Two and Day One. Day Three on the way.

Speaking of the trend of having your festival two weekends in a row now, Ultra Music Festival announced they're doing it too.

Jon Carmanica at the NY Times talks about dance stars evolving to pop fame.

The same issue of the NY Times profiles Ellie Goulding who is dating pop fame dance star Skrillex (who she was hanging out with at Pianos the other night).

Adele's "Someone Like You" has topped another chart: most popular songs at funerals.

The Nick Waterhouse and Allah-Las tour hit Chicago last week. We got pictures.

Speaking of pictures, in NY we recently captured the butt shaking going on at Bowery for Nicky Da B, Flying Lotus and then SBTRKT at Terminal 5, Public Image LTD at both MHOW and Hammerstein, Menomena at Bowery (MHOW on the way), Revelation Records Anniversary Night Two (three and four on the way), and Morrissey not once, not twice, but thrice.

And oh yeah, don't forget the New York Comic Con shots.

Stream Divine Fits' appearance on NPR's World Cafe from earlier today.

Xbox's iTunes-esque new music service debuts tomorrow. Surprise: you're going to have to update your firmware to use it.

Kitty Pride, who plays CMJ this week, hates fellow redhead Tori Amos. For weird reasons.

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