Entries tagged with: Azealia Banks
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.
Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.
Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...
Wild Belle are playing The Bowery Ballroom on October 8. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (7/12) at noon.
Ani DiFranco is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 15. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with general on-sale starting Friday (7/12) at noon.
Morning Teleportation, Desert Noises, and Elephant Stone are playing The Mercury Lounge on August 10. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
John Oliver and Mike Birbiglia were added to tonight's A Night of Comedy to Benefit 826NYC @ The Bell House which is co-hosted by Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell and will also feature comedians Daniel Kitson and Reggie Watts. Tickets are still available.
Azealia Banks is the previously unannounced headliner playing the free Red Bull Sound Select show at The Starlight Ballroom in Philadelphia on July 26 with Mike Taylor and Khari Mateen. You can still request a ticket for that show and for the Gaslight Anthem one happening at Irving Plaza on July 27. Philly's flyer is below.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Tom Petty, Jim James, CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar @ Firefly 2013
"I really just play off the crowd. I've good chemistry with my DJ, and there's little things that we do where he knows what song to go to, how much energy to swindle into the next song," Kendrick Lamar explained. "I really just feed off the crowd and what side is rocking the most."People got down to Kendrick Lamar (who just announced a big Brooklyn show), Tom Petty, MGMT, CHVRCHES, Heliotropes, Alabama Shakes and more on Saturday aka Day 2 of Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. We were upset to miss Azealia Banks but trust her outfit was as funky as it was at Governors Ball (it was). We also missed Japandroids' early set. Pictures of what we did see on Saturday are in this post.
The MC had Firefly bouncing to cuts from his major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, including "Backseat Freestyle," "Money Trees" and "Poetic Justice."
Lamar went back to 2011's Section.80 for "A.D.H.D." and threw in his guest verses on A$AP Rocky's wildly popular "F---in' Problems" and Young Jeezy's "R.I.P. (Remix)."
"Since the sun is out, I wanna take y'all back to California," he said, presenting his L.A. "Recipe" of "women, weed and weather."
"I go in with a set mind, but sometimes it doesn't go as planned," he told us after the show. "It might get a little too crazy, and I might switch it up -- just to keep it that roller coaster ride. Rather than everybody just moshpitting every song, then they'd be tired out toward the end."
Lamar got the crowd riled up, encouraging them before "m.A.A.d City," "I don't care that it's hot ... when this beat drops, I wanna see you do whatever you have to do to get down." [MTV]
Like on Day 1 (and Day 3), BrooklynVegan was representing for two hours on the Soundwave stage with our hosts Billy Jones and Dave Hill. Heliotropes, after playing an earlier set on Red Bull's campground stage, came and played an acoustic set for us where we had just talked to CHVURCHES. Jim James was supposed to stop by and talk to us but his golf cart driver took him to the wrong tent and then it was too late because he had a 3pm set to play on the main stage which, though heartbroken, we did still rush to see.
Check out more pictures from the full day and Tom Petty's setlist below...
Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.
This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:
On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.
On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.
And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?
UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.
And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.
Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.
Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Fucked Up / Guns N Roses / Azealia Banks
We just posted pictures of day 2 (6/8) of NYC festival Governors Ball, which went down on Randall's Island this weekend, and here's more in this post. This time, we've got shots of Guns N' Roses, Animal Collective (who rival Kanye West for best light show of the festival), Cut Copy, Fucked Up and more.
Fucked Up's set was one of the craziest at the festival. Damien performed in the crowd and on the barrier as usual, but due to Friday's weather, this was by far the messiest I've ever seen it get. He was covered in mud, sweat, and beer by song 2 and so was a huge chunk of the crowd, who didn't let the swampy ground stop them from breaking out into a mosh pit. The set included the usual live favorites, "Son The Father," "Turn The Season, "I Hate Summer," etc, a rant about marijuana, and a tons of comments about how grateful they were for their fans. One of the best Fucked Up shows I've seen yet.
Cut Copy debuted a new song, "Explorers," earlier this week on tour (via Consequence of Sound). You can watch a video of that below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Nas / Kendrick Lamar / people in mud
Governors Ball continued on Saturday (6/8) for its second of three days. The weather was much better than day 1, but Friday's storm kept the entire place a mud swamp. Of course, that made for some interesting things like the muddy mosh pit during Fucked Up's set, but it also made walking from stage to stage kind of a drag. That said, it really wasn't that bad, and it was a whole lot more enjoyable to watch the music in the sun than in Friday's rain.
I got there just as Japandroids were going on (or, as they jokingly referred to themselves throughout their entire set, Guns N' Roses). They're an excellent festival band and were a great start to my day, though it was hard to get their usual crowd energy going on the large Governors Ball main stage. I'm sure that wasn't a problem at their afterparty at MHOW though, which I sadly missed. Did anyone catch that?
Maybe the most surprising thing I saw on Saturday was the size of Alt-J's crowd. I knew they were getting bigger, but I must not have fully realized to what extent. It was one of the largest crowds for a non-headliner I saw that day, and pretty impossible to move through it too. And it wasn't even people trying to get a good spot for Kendrick Lamar, who was on next, because a lot of them cleared out after Alt-J. Of course, Kendrick did bring his own huge crowd, and if I had to say, Kendrick worked a festival crowd better than any other act I saw this weekend.
For the Saturday night headliner, it was between Guns N' Roses on the Governors Ball Stage and Nas on the Honda Stage. I chose Nas. It was an excellent set from the legendary rapper, which included a good amount of Illmatic, some highlights of his new album (like "Daughters"), and backing by a killer live band. If you chose GNR, how were they?
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.
Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.
In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.
Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Osheaga Festival is returning to Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 2-4. This year's lineup includes The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, New Order, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Hot Chip, Alt-J, Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, Big Boi, Baauer, Father John Misty, Disclosure, Frightened Rabbit, Angel Haze, Jessie Ware, DIIV, Guards, and many more.
3-Day passes go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. There are still over 20 artists TBA, but you can browse the complete initial lineup below...
Eels at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The Orwells @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Boy @ Joe's Pub
* killer BOB @ The Stone
* The Stepfathers @ UCB
* Guerilla Toss @ The Stone
* Ed Kowalczyk @ City Winery
* Pedro Giraudo Sextet @ Barbes
* Las Rubias Del Notre @ Barbes
* Louis CK @ New York City Center
* Samothrace, Pilgrim @ Saint Vitus
* Jim Gaffigan @ The Capitol Theatre
* Eels, Nicole Atkins @ Webster Hall
* Potty Mouth, Aye Nako @ New Museum
* Vacationer, Body Language @ Maxwell's
* Shit Robot, Jacques Renault, EUG @ Le Bain
* The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tin Man, Fred P, Eric Cloutier @ Public Assembly
* The Ruby Suns, Painted Palms @ Mercury Lounge
* Andres, Anthony Naples, Magic Touch @ 285 Kent
* Freshkills, Violent Bullshit, Chron Turbine @ Union Pool
* Soley, Zach Hurd, Jeanne Jolly @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Ski Lodge, Night Panther, Day Joy, Belle Mare @ Pianos
* Bonaparte, Sami.The.Great, Bird Courage @ Glasslands
* B A N A N A S ! ! w/ Oro11, Alex (Lemonade) @ Glasslands
* Great Caesar, Vally Lodge, Laurelin Kruse @ 92YTribeca
* Good Field, Ramesh (of Voxtrot), Matt Bauer @ Union Hall
* The Orwells, The So So Glos, Radkey @ Santos Party House
* Brian Killer, Perdition, In School, Missionary @ Death By Audio
* Isle of Rhodes, The Ugly Club, The Highway @ The Rock Shop
* Dragons of Zynth, The Phantom Family Halo, Lushes, ITEZ @ Big Snow
* The Aye-Ayes, Jolly, OneHundredThousand, Josh Elkes @ Arlene's Grocery
* Mercies, Lily & The Parlour, Tricks, The Hollows, At Sea @ The Knitting Factory
* Mac De Marco, Naomi Punk, Calvin Love, Tonstartsbandht @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* PC Worship, Pop. 1280, Burning Star Core, Diamond Guardian Diffusion, Ducktails (DJ Set) @ Silent Barn
Comedian Dave Hill aka the King of Metal's power pop band Valley Lodge played The Explosion at UCB with him last night. If you missed it, Valley Lodge appear on stage in NYC again tonight at 92YTribeca. Know anyone in Boston? Dave opens for Janeane Garofalo at the Wilbur Theatre on Saturday.
The Orwells, who play a BrooklynVegan party at SXSW this month, are in town to play Santos Party House tonight.
BrooklynVegan Day Parties at SXSW this year will take place at the old Emo's location, and will also feature a set by Empress Of who plays Pianos Tuesday.
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If you're still waiting for Azealia Banks to put out her debut album, but would be okay with hearing her cover The Strokes instead, you're in luck because she recorded a cover of "Barely Legal," which you can listen to below. You may remember she has also once covered Interpol.
Bob Mould was just in town for two shows and while here he stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Star Machine," from last year's roaring The SIlver Age. As an online bonus, Bob and the band ripped through Sugar's classic "A Good Idea." Look for comedians Fred Armisen and Jon Glazer watching from the wings. Check out both clips below.
Firefly Music Festival 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dover, DE festival Firefly Music Festival had a great first year in July of 2012, and afterwards immediately announced it'd return in 2013. The 2013 festival happens from June 21 - 23 at the Dover International Speedway, and the lineup was just announced. It includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, The Walkmen, Django Django, Public Enemy, CHVRCHES, Amanda Palmer, Foxygen, Alabama Shakes, Toro y Moi, Dan Deacon, Action Bronson, The Avett Brothers, and more; and the headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, and Foster the People. The full lineup is below and you can watch the announcement video at their website. TIckets go on general sale Thursday (2/21).
Firefly happens a couple weeks after NYC festival Governors Ball, which has some lineup similarities (Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Avett Brothers, etc). That one goes down on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9 and tickets are still available.
Firefly lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Back in May 2012, Brooklyn producer Baauer (aka 23-year old Harry Rodrigues) released the single "Harlem Shake" on Mad Decent imprint Jeffree's. It was a solid single and one of the more memorable dance tracks of 2012, but I don't think any of us had any idea that almost a year later, it would become one of the biggest memes on the internet. If you haven't seen it yet (aka if you haven't been on a computer in two weeks), it's a video meme that's been blowing up YouTube (something like, oh you know, 4,000 videos uploaded in a day reaching over 40 million total views) that lasts about 30 seconds and features one person dancing in a crowded room to "Harlem Shake" and then once the bass drops, the whole room joins in. The "Harlem Shake dance" that they do isn't the "Harlem Shake" that the hip hop community knows dates back 30 years, but pretty much just a bunch of people going crazy. And it's been done by everyone from Matt & Kim to The Daily Show to The Today Show. Videos of those three are below, if you wanna see more, try YouTube.
So how did any of this happen anyway? Well FADER has laid out a comprehensive history of the meme, discussing the meme, its inventor, 19-year old film hobbyist Filthy Frank, Baauer, the real "Harlem Shake" dance, how Baauer actually feels about it, and if he's making any money from it.
And the memes are leading to other uses of the song too. Azealia Banks, who was supposed to release her debut full length this week but didn't, decided to record herself rapping over the beat, but Baauer's since had the track removed. Azealia questioned him on Twitter, "@baauer why you coccblockin tho??? Lmaoooooo" to which Baauer simply responded "cause its not ur song lol." Azealia then backfired "you're a pussy. You don't belong in hip hop" and Baauer has yet to respond, but Azealia's old pal Perez Hilton stepped in, causing Azealia to call him a "faggot" again. Perez then tweeted "Ugh. There you go again with the F word. Showing your true colors. You are so parched."
As mentioned, Baauer is on tour with veteran producer Just Blaze (and collaborating with him too) and that tour comes to NYC TONIGHT (2/15) for a show at Webster Hall. Once Baauer's fame picked up, tickets started going fast for that one and now it's sold out, but you might still be able to get VIP tickets.
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Not to turn into Perez Hilton or anything, but the same day we get the news that Justin Timberlake, another pop star who actually puts out great music, is releasing new material, Beyonce announced on facebook that Destiny's Child have recorded their first original song in eight years and Pharrell produced it. The song will appear on Love Songs, the upcoming Destiny's Child compilation which is due out on January 29 via Sony Legacy and can be pre-ordered now. The tracklist is below.
In related news, Beyonce, who is about to perform at the Super Bowl on February 3, but not until after she sings the National Anthem at President Obama's inauguration ceremony on January 21, said in an interview with GQ that she'll have her new album out "as early as April" and will go on a world tour in support of it. The album may or may not include her rumored sequel to her collaboration with Lady Gaga, "Telephone." (And that song may or may not also feature Azealia Banks.)
The album will follow 2011's 4, much of which saw Beyonce stripping back her sound and pulling more from '70s soul than contemporary R&B, but it also contained "Countdown," which is up there as one of Beyonce's greatest pop singles, and just one of the greatest pop singles of recent years in general.
The video for "Countdown" and the video for Destiny's Child's "Survivor" below...
by Andrew Sacher
As you may know, Angel Haze and Azealia Banks got in a Twitter fight yesterday (1/3) which resulted in Angel Haze releasing a diss track aimed at Azealia. Azealia Banks responded today with the Machinedrum-produced "No Problems" and tweeted, "Lol I def used that energy to write a fly new jam tho. It's not even really a diss anymore! Haha !!!"
...well Angel Haze thinks it's still a diss because she already responded with a second diss track called "Shut the Fuck Up" and the message, "you get an unmastered diss...you aint worth my studio time." Choice lyric: "How much twitter feed does it take to wanna make you get into the studio and come up with a different flow, not try to recreate '212,' the only shit you know." Damn.
Listen to both tracks below...
Things move quick on the internet, including fights. It was just this morning that Azealia Banks tweeted, "Seriously, if you were not born and raised in NY.... DON'T CLAIM NY. YOU ARE NOT A NEW YORKER." Angel Haze apparently took this to be a direct shot at her and her track "New York" and a Twitter fight ensued. (Some of the exchange was deleted, but Complex has the whole thing here.) Angel Haze posted a new track at 4PM on her SoundCloud called "On the Edge," a dis track absolutely pointed at Azelea, following up by saying she banged it out in, "20 minutes. It took me nothing but a hairflip...a real one." Zing! You can stream it below. A comeback track by Banks seems likely, no?
Meanwhile, Azealia Banks recently released a new track, "BBD," from her oft-delayed debut album Broke with Expensive Taste (currently due out February 12), and you can stream that below too.
Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.
One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.
Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.
Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.
Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.
Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.
Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.
Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.
If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.
For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.
Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit, plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.
Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).
Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).
The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.
My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.
To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.
Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.
What did we miss?
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ex Cops - Wonderful Christmas Time (MP3)
photo by Nanci Sarrouf
Admission. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is easily my most-hated holiday pop song. Repetive, grating, plodding, and seemingly recorded by accident, the song makes me want to suck a candycane into a point and gouge out my eardrums. (Unlike, say, The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" which I can listen to ad infinitum.) So it's a Christmas miracle that Ex Cops have taken this unfortunate Macca yuletide perennial and sped it up, turned it up and transformed it into a rough-hewn little indiepop charmer. We've got the premiere of the song right here in the post to download above or stream below. Merry Ex-mas.
Another present you're going to have to wait a bit for is Ex Cops terrific debut album, True Hallucinations, which hits January 22 via Other Music Recording Company. The band are playing a record release show at Glasslands that same day with Hunters also on the bill (tickets). After that, Ex Cops play Mercury Lounge on February 15 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon. You can see them sooner than that, though, as they were just added to tonight's Paul Banks show at Webster Hall (12/14) and tickets are still available.
Meanwhile Ex Cops' Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have each submitted lists of their favorite songs from 2012. In a bit of daring, they both include their own single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" on their respective lists. Check them out below.
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Death Grips @ LPR 10/17/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Gaucho @ Barbes
* Pinback @ Irving Plaza
* Henry Rollins @ Joe's Pub
* Justin Bieber @ Barclays Center
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Madonna @ Madison Square Garden
* Chris Cornell @ Bowery Ballroom
* MillionYoung, Cameron McGill @ Pianos
* Phil Lesh & Friends @ Roseland Ballroom
* My Jerusalem, Dead Heart Bloom @ Mercury Lounge
* Fins, Ghost of a Chance, ZZZ's @ Death By Audio
* Angel Olsen, Magmana, Bird Call @ Glasslands Gallery
* Death Grips, Mykki Blanco @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Red Fang, Black Tusk, Indian Handcrafts @ Saint Vitus
* The Big Sleep, The Denzels, Life Size Maps @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ed Askew, Yva Las Vegas, Supercute!, Pull My Daisy @ Zebulon
* Tristan Perich, Lesley Flanigan, Raft, Ben Sisto @ Public Assembly
* Wyatt Cenac, Gary Gulman, Jerrod Carmichael, Seaton Smith, Erin Judge @ Littlefield
* Revocation Plus a Life Once Lost, Ken Mode, Meek Is Murder @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Jonathan Ames, Henry Alford, Charles Star, Dan Wilbur, Amy Sohn + more @ Union Hall
* Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones/Paint in Black), Jenny Owen Youngs, Kyle Kinane @ Knitting Factory
Hurricane Sandy relief benefits tonight include Chris Cornell's solo show tonight Bowery Ballroom (he plays with Soundgarden tomorrow and Live on Letterman tonight, the latter of which streams live on CBS and VEVO); the Jonathan Ames, Amy Sohn, Henry Alford and more will be at Union Hall for a night of "words music and comedy"; and MillionYoung and Cameron McGill at Pianos.
Tonight's show at Public Assembly is an interesting one. The space used to be a mayonaise factory and two of the giant 20,000 gallong tanks remain perched in the ceiling of the main room. Tristan Perich, Lesley Flanigan, RAFT, and Ben Sisto will make music within those tanks with the audience below watching via projections. Should be quite a racket. The show is free, though a $5 donation is suggested. 8 PM, more info here.
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Azealia Banks just released a new video for her song "Atlantis" and you can watch that below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Azealia Banks / Hunters at Wythe Hotel 9/5/2012
At yay high, Azealia Banks is a tiny little thing, about 50% weave and 50% moxie. I didn't really have much expectation for her live show, especially given the setting -- a blingy Fashion Week party thrown by SPIN and fashion website Refinery29 -- but she definitely brought it last night (9/5) Flanked by two black-clad dancers (evoking early '90s club music more than anything hip-hop), Banks worked the floor and oozed charisma for her short but energized set. The crowd even stopped snapping pics on their phones (and in a couple cases, iPads) to dance to "212" which explosively closed her set. I don't know what it's like seeing her in a real venue (I personally missed her Bowery Ballroom performance, one of the very few live shows she's played to date), but in an intimate setting like the hype is understandable.
Azealia is on the cover of the new issue of SPIN which is rumored to be its last print edition. "Thanks to SPIN," Banks said in between songs. "I believe this is your last visible cover and I'm glad to be on it." From Madonna in 1985 to Azealia Banks in 2012. She's performing again tonight (9/6), a free and open-to-the-public show at M.A.C. Soho (506 Broadway) as part of Fashion's Night Out. She's on at 7:30 (but get there early).
Banks wasn't the only performer at this Virgin Mobile-sponsored party, held at swanky boho Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Danceable punks Hunters put on another great set, despite most party attendees elbowing their way to the bar unaware a band was playing. As at our 480 Pixels party, platinum-pink-haired singer Isabel Almeida commanded attention, be it belting it out or writhing on the floor tangled in her mic cord.
In related news, Azealia Banks recently confirmed that she worked on a song with Lady Gaga, but is still not sure if it will end up on Gaga's upcoming album, ARTPOP (due out in 2013), which is "not just an album", but also an iPad/iPhone/mobile app (looks like someone's been listening to Bjork). That announcement comes only two weeks after Gaga confirmed she'd be recording a song with her friend Kendrick Lamar for his new album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, which has been pushed back from its original release date of October 2 to October 22.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga also has a huge international tour in the works in support of ARTPOP. She's on tour in Europe with The Darkness as we speak, and she'll return to our shores in 2013. While she's here, she'll hit NYC on February 22 at Madison Square Garden and March 6 at Barclays Center (which opens this month with eight shows by venue director Jay-Z). Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but check ticketmaster for updates.
All Lady Gaga tour dates and more pictures from the Azealia Banks and Hunters show are below.
UPDATE: We found even MORE
As mentioned, Thursday (9/5) is Fashion's Night Out. Basically another excuse to throw a party (in the name of bringing money and attention to fashion), the evening has become music-oriented in the last few years with bands playing stores all over New York City. There's a lot of stuff going on, including the Azealia Banks / DJ Cosmo performance at M.A.C. Soho we already told you about; plus Icona Pop and Maria Minerva at Urban Outfitters; Matchbox Twenty (!?!) at Bloomingdales; Haim at Topshop; La Sera at Helmut Lang; We Were Promised Jetpacks at Rockefeller Center; and Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, just to name a few.
Below is a list of all the shows we could find with basic details and links where applicable/helpful. All shows are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Many have free food and booze as well. For more into visit the Fashion's Night Out website. Let us know what we missed, in the comments.