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Sustain Release

Sustain-Release is a new electronic festival coming to the Catskills this year from September 12-14 at Camp Lokta, a summer camp in Wurtsboro, NY. The lineup includes forward-thinking and experimental artists such as Blondes, Ital, Huerco S, Protect-U, Forma, Aurora Halal, Rrose, Person of Interest, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic, Clay Wilson, Xosar, MGUN, Antenes and more. Tickets ("limited to 500... strictly 4 the freaks") are on sale.

Full lineup below...

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Operators
Operators
Little Big League in May (more by Mimi Hong)
LBL

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Northside Festival
The Northside Festival's four-day takeover of North Brooklyn is in full swing tonight with basically every venue in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick involved. There are lots of shows but we've highlighted our picks here -- noted by the "(Northside)" in the event name.

Operators (Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade), Little Big League, Motion Studies @ Baby's All Right (BrooklynVegan Northside Showcase)
There's plenty of amazing shows tonight, though of course we hope you come to our showcase, which features the NYC debut of Operators, the new band of Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits member Dan Boeckner. From the sound of the song they released, it's seeming most similar to H Furs' stuff. Opening are Philly indie rockers Little Big League and Brooklyn's funky Motion Studies, who are on Nick Sylvester's (of Mr. Dream) GODMODE label, and he drums in the band too.

Blondes, Young Male, Max McFerren, Physical Therapy @ Baby's All Right
After our show you can stick around Baby's and dance to these quality DJs.

The War on Drugs, Woods, Julianna Barwick @ 50 Kent
This show is at the rechristened 50 Kent, aka the giant outdoor space that used to be Williamsburg Park.  It should be a good one too, with The War on Drugs' spacious Petty-isms perfect for the outdoor environment, as will Woods. Also: while some Northside shows might fill their badge quota quickly, that probably won't be a problem here given the size of the venue.

Sharon Van Etten, Amen Dunes @ Bowery Ballroom
We still remember when Sharon played the upstairs at Pianos as part of one of our CMJ day parties, so we couldn't be more pleased that her career has really taken off. This is her second of three sold-out NYC shows this week.

Animal Collective (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside Festival)
Animal Collective members Panda Bear and Avey Tare have been focusing on their own projects lately, but tonight the band (or maybe select members of the band) will be in NYC to DJ.

Nick Waterhouse, The Vandelles, Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Northside Festival)
If vintage soul is your idea of a good time, this should fit the bill: Nick Waterhouse really knows how this stuff is supposed to sound, and is a terrific songwriter to boot. That goes triple for Toubin, whose taste is beyond impeccable. The Vandelles are fun too! Unlike almost all Night Bazaar shows, this one is not free, but you can get in with your Northside Badge.

+/- {Plus Minus}, Flower (reunion show), John Lindaman, Trummors, Vomit Fist @ Cake Shop
Before Versus, brothers Richard and Ed Baluyut were in NYC band Flower who put out two albums and an EP's worth of moody indie rock during the second half of the 1980s. They reunite tonight to benefit the New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center, . Also on the bill: +/- Plus/Minus (featuring a third Baluyut brother, James), James Lindaman (of True Love Always), Trummors (Dave Lerner who used to be in Ted Leo + Pharmacists), andVomit Fist.

Nite Jewel, Ejecta, Brothertiger, Psychic Twin, The Great Void @ Cameo Gallery (Northside Festival)
Ejecta is the duo of Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber and Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford that centers around Leanne's (almost) always "completely naked" character. They also make pretty good synth pop. Headlining this showcase is eccentric performer Nite Jewel whose music is a hazy take on late '80s R&B pop.

Shellshag, Benny The Jet Rodriguez, Shark Pact, Dogjaw @ Death by Audio
It's a good night for lo-fi/DIY punk at DbA with local regulars Shellshag, LA's Benny The Jet Rodriguez, Shark Pact, and Olympia's Dogjaw.

Ka @ Europa (Northside Festival)
Brooklyn rapper Ka got a good amount of buzz last year for his impressive album The Night's Gambit, and tonight he'll take that material to the stage in his hometown.

Omar Souleyman, Dutch E Germ, Prince Rama (DJ Set) @ Glasslands (Northside Festival)
Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman puts on the kind of show that you just have to see for yourself, as many of you probably know already considering this is sold out. Former Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ opens.

Perfect Pussy, Shilpa Ray, Roya @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
One of two chances to see exciting live act Perfect Pussy during Northside, this showcase also features underrated performer Shilpa Ray and Roya which features members of Habibi and The Clean.

White Mystery, J.A.C.K., Whiskey Bitches, Vulture Shit @ Matchless (Northside Festival)
Guitar-drums garage rock duos are a dime a dozen, but White Mystery from Chicago stand out and not just because siblings Alex and Francis are flaming redheads. Alex has a soulful wail that she lets belt out at top register. They're also less blues-y than many of their brethren -- even without the singing nobody's gonna confuse them with The White Stripes, Thee Oh Sees, etc.

Psychic Twin, Sateen, Limited, Ziemba, Harvey Sid Fisher @ Muchmore's (Northside Festival)
occasional actor and cult singer Harvey Sid Fisher is probably best known for his album Astrology Songs in which he performs songs about the 12 signs of the Zodiac....the album came out on Gregg Turkington aka Neil Hamburger's Amarillo Records, which also makes Harvey labelmates with Anton LaVey.

Albert Hammond Jr, Drowners @ MHOW (Northside)
He just played Governors Ball last weekend with that band that he's in, and tonight Albert Hammond Jr plays his Strokes-y solo material for Northside crowds. Opening act Drowners probably own a Strokes album or two.

Marnie Stern, Tweens, Amanda X @ Rough Trade (Northside Festival)
This lineup is solid all around with Marnie Stern whose funny stage banter is matched by her guitar heroics, Cincinnati's punky, poppy Tweens and Philly's also punky Amanda X.

Perfect Pussy, Hop Along, Pleasure Leftists, Frankie Cosmos @ Saint Vitus (Northside Festival)
Excellent bill at Vitus with the fiercely intense noise punks Perfect Pussy, Philly indie rock faves Hop Along, Cleveland post-punks Pleasure Leftists, and twee pop/anti-folk singer/songwriter Frankie Cosmos.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ski Mask, Whore Paint @ Shea Stadium
Ed Schrader's Music Beat just released their new album Party Jail via JEFF The Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label. As the title implies the record is a good time, 13 hyperactive tallboys of fuzzbass dancepunk, not a million miles away from Le Tigre or The B-52s. Tonight's the record release party (and it's not part of Northside).

Porches, Fat (Bad) History Month, Pile, Dust From A Thousand Years, New England Patriots @ Silent Barn
Exploding In Sound throw their unofficial Northside showcase tonight at Silent Barn. As we've come to expect from EIS, it's packed with loud rock bands who should appeal to anyone nostalgic for the '90s.

Crow Bait, Beach Slang, Chandeli'ers, Outta Gas @ Suburbia
Tonight's the NYC debut of Beach Slang, the new Philly trio fronted by James Snyder of '90s punk band Weston. All they've got out so far is a 4-song EP, but each track is a winner with the sugary distorted guitar hooks of early Goo Goo Dolls and The Replacements meeting the gruff vocals of Jawbreaker. Tons of quotable lines too. This show doubles as the release show for alt-country punks Crow Bait (mem. Iron Chic) who are celebrating their debut album, Sliding Through the Halls of Fate, out now on Don Giovanni.

Ava Luna, Nat Baldwin, Glass Ghost, Grooms @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
This is the Western Vinyl showcase and is headlined by longrunning (and undervalued) Brooklyn Ban Ava Luna. We're fans of openers Grooms, too, who make Sonic Youth-style rock.

Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Axxa, Abraxas, Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Donovan Blanc, Mike Sniper (DJ set) @ Warsaw (Northside Festival)
Captured Tracks takes over Warsaw tonight for Northside. Of special note: West Coast band Craft Spells whose new album Naseua is worth checking out, as is their hyperactive live show. Label domo Mike Sniper will be spinning songs in between bands.

Kelis, Son Little @ Webster Hall
Kelis has been one of the most underrated pop singers for years, and this year she actually "went indie," teaming up with producer Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio) and releasing her new neo-soul-inspired album on Ninja Tune.

Bobby McFerrin & Questlove @ Town Hall (Blue Note Jazz Festival)
The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues tonight and the show at Town Hall is an interesting one. It pairs the jazz legend Bobby McFerrin (best known, unfortunately, as the guy who sang "Don't Worry, Be Happy") with Roots drummer/frequent DJ/D'Angelo collaborator/Twitter celebrity/whatever else Questlove for an evening of "musical dialogue" they'e calling "Mumbo Jumbo."

Tonight's Escort / French Horn Rebellion show at Watermark Bar has been moved to July 10 due to weather.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Moon Boots
Moon Boots

There's never a lack of good electronic shows coming up in NYC. Here's a few highlights...

To start, here's some at new-ish Williamsburg dance club Verboten. Hip hop producer Nosaj Thing teams up with Dutch dubstepper Martyn, NY's multi-genre Sebastian Tamayo, and San Francisco house producer Matrixxman for a show at Verboten tonight (6/6). Tickets are available. Martyn is releasing a new album, The Air Between Words, on his new label home of Ninja Tune (he was previously on Brainfeeder) on June 16. The album features his Four Tet collaboration and a collab with former Hype Williams singer (Inga) Copeland, "Love of Pleasure," which you can stream below. That album was prefaced with the Forgiveness EP which came out this week, and Martyn also released a Live at BBC video this week which you can watch below. Martyn and Matrixxman join forces in NYC again this summer for Warm Up.

Pop-house revivalist Moon Boots returns to Verboten on June 12 with his French Express labelmate Perseus and Plastic Plates. He just dropped another typically great single, "Whatever You Need," which you can stream below. Tickets for the show are on sale.

UK house producer/remixer Maya Jane Coles, who recently remixed Booka Shade's "Love Drug" (ft. ex-Azari & III member Fritz Helder), plays with George Fitzgerald and Alex Arnout at Verboten on June 20 (tickets). George also plays the same Warm Up as Martyn and Matrixxman.

DFA's The Juan Maclean hits Verboten on June 26. No other acts billed at the moment, but tickets are on sale.

Moving on to another Williamsburg dance club, Output, where UK hip hop/house producer Star Slinger plays on June 19. You can grab tix.

FIXED also have a couple parties at Output coming up, including one Sunday (6/8) on the venue's roof with a DJ set from NYC duo Blondes (tickets), and another one with veteran DJ/M83 collaborator Ewan Pearson on June 12 (tickets).

FIXED also throw a NYC party tonight (6/6) at Cameo) with James Murphy's pal Eric Duncan and Andrew Blancato. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

Medlar
Medlar

London house producer Medlar, who broke through in 2011 with his "Terrell" single, makes his US debut at another FIXED party at Cameo on July 18. Tickets for that one are on sale. Watch the video for "Terrell" below.

In other news, the Night Slugs label celebrates its 6th birthday on June 27 at 88 Palace with many of the usual suspects, Bok Bok, L-Vis 1990, Girl Unit, Mike Dunn and RP Boo (who has an Adult Swim single coming soon). Tickets for that one are on sale now.

Another good show happens at that venue the next night (6/28) with Pearson Sound, Vissacoor, Teengirl Fantasy, Rrose, Sinjin Hawke and Aquarian (tickets).

Speaking of electronic label anniversaries, UNO throws their UNOversary this year on June 14 at Cameo, which doubles as a Northside showcase. CFCF, Aquarian, Gobby, Kuhrye-oo and Feral are all on the bill. Tickets are on sale and you can also try getting in with your Northside badge.

King Britt
King Britt

Veteran Philly DJ King Britt is releasing his first full length as his Fhloston Paradigm alias, The Phoenix, on June 9 via Hyperdub (stream some very promising clips). He'll be in NYC to celebrate that release on July 7 at Cielo where he'll play a special DJ set and a live sci-fi set. Free admission and complimentary vodka cocktails before 11 PM with eflyer, $12 with eflyer after 11 PM, and $20 without eflyer.

Thug Entrancer, who put out his Death After Life LP via Software earlier this year, plays NYC again on June 19 at Cameo with a good lineup of Prism House and Octo Octa. Tix are on sale.

And don't forget tonight you can also catch James Blake DJing Output, which is sold out but a few tickets will be available at the door.

Of course those are just a few of the upcoming electronic shows in NYC. What did we miss? All mentioned streams and videos below...

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Tickets for most dates of the Jay Z and Beyonce tour go on sale today. On-sale time for the NYC-area show at MetLife Stadium is still TBA.

Tickets for the Elvis Costello shows at Carnegie Hall go on sale today at 11 AM for night 1 and night 2.

Tickets for the De La Soul show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Majical Cloudz show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for their show in the Marlin Room happening about a month earlier (same link) are still available.

Tickets for all Governors Ball Afterparties, including Damon Albarn, Kurt Vile, Washed Out, Earlwolf (aka Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler the Creator) and more go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added Flume show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Subhumans show at Le Poisson Rouge are on sale now.

Tickets for the Curtis Harding show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets to his Glasslands show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Peter Matthew Bauer (of The Walkmen) show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ought show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon. Tickets to their Baby's show with Dub Thompson are on sale now. Their Brooklyn Night Bazaar show with Pictureplane and LODRO is free.

Tickets for the Tweens and Amanda X Northside show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Pentimento, Have Mercy and Gates are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on July 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

SoKo is playing Le Poisson Rouge on June 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Oneida are playing Glasslands on July 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Endless Boogie are playing Union Pool on May 25. No advance tickets.

Frankie Cosmos and Radiator Hospital are playing Silent Barn on May 23. No advance tickets.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo are playing Capitol Theatre on October 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Q-Tip's #OFFLINE DJ night has left Output and found a new home in midtown Manhattan at Sankeys. Tickets for that show are on sale now for the upcoming party on May 22.

Glass Animals, Kitty Pryde, Moons, Fascinator, Kitty Cash, and Blondes are playing the Late Bloomers Vol. 1 "Spring" benefit at The Westway on May 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all proceeds go to Fountain House.

Bombino, who hits Austin Psych Fest this weekend, plays Brooklyn Bowl on September 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Steve Hackett brings his Genesis Extended World Tour to The Space at Westbury on November 15. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

The Budos Band play Bowery Ballroom on June 26. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Oddissee is playing Glasslands on June 25 with a live band. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for the Modest Mouse and Brand New show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium are still available.

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.

Blondes

NYC dance duo Blondes just announced and released a new EP, Rewire (via RVNG), in the same surprise manner as 2013's Swisher LP. The new EP features a Simian Mobile Disco remix of Swisher's title track, plus remixes of its track "Wire" by Claro Intelecto, Huerco S., and Function. Stream the 10+ minute Huerco S. remix below.

As discussed, Blondes open for chillout pioneers The Orb at Highline Ballroom TONIGHT (4/22), which is the first of two NYC shows on The Orb's tour. (The second is at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday without Blondes.) Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Blondes also play Moogfest in Asheville, NC this week and a live set at the May edition of One Step Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History on May 16 with Metro Area (DJ set) and Kevin Graves (DJ set). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Song stream below...

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The Orb

Last year chillout pioneers The Orb celebrated their 25th anniversary on tour. They're not waiting for another milestone to return, as they've already plotted a spring tour of North America, including two shows in NYC: Highline Ballroom on April 22 with local dance duo Blondes, and Brooklyn Bowl on April 25. Tickets to both Highline and Brooklyn Bowl are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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Stars of the Lid in NYC in 2008 (more by Chris Owyoung)
Stars of the Lid

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

Stars of the Lid @ The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Veteran ambient duo Stars of the Lid are playing their first US shows in five years this month, and having just played the Kranky 20th Anniversary in Chicago, tonight they do it in NYC. Like the Chicago show, they'll be joined by the 10-piece Wordless Music Orchestra tonight.

Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) @ Highline Ballroom(POSTPONED)
Though it was initially announced that Mos Def and Talib Kweli (aka Black Star) would be playing Brooklyn Bowl tonight, that's not actually happening and instead Mos Def was then to bring his time-tested rhymes to Highline Ballroom...but that has now been POSTPONED.

Sage the Gemini, Iamsu @ Highline Ballroom
Sage the Gemini and Iamsu had something of an internet rap hit with their collaborative track "Gas Pedal" this year, and tonight they join forces for the early show at Highline Ballroom.

Spank Rock, Body Language, DJ Sliink, Cakes Da Killa, Pegasus Warning, DJ Mursi Layne @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Afro-Punk curated this Red Bull Sound Select show that leans most heavily on hip hop and electronic music, and should be a pretty crazy time. Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.

Luke Temple, Ryan Seaton, Jeremy Gustin & Indigo Street, Adam Schatz @ Union Pool
It's the final night of Luke Temple's (of Here We Go Magic) improvisational residency at Union Pool tonight, and the support includes Ryan Seaton (of Callers), Jeremy Gustin & Indigo Street (of Delicate Steve), and Adam Schatz (of Man Man and others).

Har Mar Superstar, Lizzo, Computer Magic, See Through, DJ Jenny Eliscu @ Bowery Ballroom
The highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar is doing his "Obnoxiously Non-Denominational Holiday Party" at Bowery Ballroom tonight with support from Minneapolis rapper Lizzo, who played a CMJ show with P.O.S./Marijuana Deathsquads, the synthy Computer Magic, and others.

Blondes, Mas Ysa, DJ Dog Dick, Motion Graphics @ Baby's All Right
Pretty good local bill at Baby's tonight with dance duo Blondes, rising one-man indie pop band Mas Ysa, the multi-genre DJ Dog Dick, and others.

Bennio Qwerty, Sediment Club, Bad History Month, Bueno @ Death by Audio
It's the NYC date of the Exploding In Sound-signed noisy/folky Bad History Month, and BHM will be joined by solid local acts, including loud rockers Bennio Qwerty and no wavers Sediment Club.

Brazos, Ski Lodge @ Mercury Lounge
A good double bill of guitar pop here, with Brazos' more dusty approach, and Ski Lodge cribbing from '80s UK jangle.

Ikue Mori @ The Stone
Ikue Mori's residency at The Stone starts tonight and continues through Sunday (12/22). Tonight her duo with Zeena Parkins, Phantom Orchard, plays the early show at 8 PM, and then Ikue and Zeena are joined by Koichi Makigami, Cyro Baptista, and Erik Friedlander for a Phantom Orchard quintet set at 10 PM.

Pretty Good Friends Holiday Show w/ Eugene Mirman @ The Bell House
Eugene Mirman's "Pretty Good Friends" show does its holiday edition tonight with Daniel Kitson, Derrick Brown, Janelle James, and special guests. Tickets are still available for what should be a night of lots of laffs.

"The Best Show on WFMU" final broadcast
After 13 years on the air, Tom Scharpling's "The Best Show" is signing off after tonight's show. Expect a guest-filled goodbye. 9 - midinight.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Egyptrixx - 'A/B Til Infinity'
Egyptrixx

Toronto electronic musician Egyptrixx released his new album, A/B Til Infinity, last month (11/26) via Night Slugs, and it can be streamed in all its atmospheric and space-age synthy glory on RDIO. He'll celebrate that album when he makes the NYC debut of his A/V show (but not his NYC debut in general) at Glasslands on January 3. Sinden is co-headliner with Judge Wise (Brooklyn Bass) opening, and tickets are on sale now.

Another notable electronic show at Glasslands is jazzy UK producer Floating Points' return to NYC when he plays the venue on January 17 with Phil South and Love on the Run. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Detroit's Shigeto, who plays NYC quite frequently, plays Glasslands on December 28 with Lord Raja. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

NYC duo Blondes, who returned with a surprise album this year, play a TURBOTAX party at the venue on January 25 with MGUN. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Australian synth popsters Van She, who came here in September for a live show at LPR will return to NYC to DJ with live vocals at Glasslands on February 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, there's also a couple good electronic shows you can catch at Glasslands this week, including Girl Unit on Thursday (12/12) (tickets) and Nguzunguzu on Friday (12/13) (tickets).

Stream some tracks below...

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Blondes at Moogfest 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
Blondes

NYC dance duo Blondes returned with a new album Swisher over the summer, taking the opposite marketing approach of groups like Arcade Fire and Boards of Canada, by streaming it in full the day it was announced. They just now made a video for one its tracks, "Andrew," which you can watch, along with the LP stream, below.

Blondes will play a Bunker party in their hometown at Output on Friday (11/15) with Rrose, Tin Man, Kondaktor, and The Bunker's Bryan Kasenic. And in Output's Panther Room, there will be sets by Hercules & Love Affair's Kim Ann Foxman, The Bunker's Mike Servito, and Wrecked (Ryan Smith and Ron Like Hell). Tickets for the show, which you get you into both rooms, are available here and here. It's Blondes' only scheduled date at the moment.

Video and LP stream below...

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Kirin J Callinan at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Nate "Igor" Smith)
Kirin

Kirin J Callinan, who played 285 Kent and a private show last week, and who will be back next month while on tour with Ariel Pink, has added a FREE last minute Brooklyn show at Public Assembly tonight (5/20) with Diamond Terrifier, Amen Dunes (who played our show at Knitting Factory last week - photos HERE and HERE), Uumans, and more.

Diamond TerrifierDiamond Terrifier

The Public Assembly show may be the first time Callinan and Diamond Terrifier aka Sam Hillmer (aka Zs) will be performing as labelmates. DT recently signed to the label co-run by a member of Grizzly Bear, as we briefly mentioned before. The show is the record release party for DT's The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow, due on May 28. Kirin's debut album Embracism is due out July 2nd via Terrible Records in partnership with XL Recordings.

Videos for Diamond Terrifier's "Triple Gem" (which we premiered) and Kirin J Callnin's NSFW "Embracism," as well as the show flyer are below.

Continue reading "Diamond Terrifier celebrating Terrible Records release w/ labelmate Kirin J Callinan, Amen Dunes & more (free show tonight)"

Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
Andy StottLee Scratch Perry

As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...

A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.

Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).

And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.

Tickets for all events are on sale now.

These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy reveals full NYC lineup (Oneohtrix, Lee Perry, Andy Stott, Laurel Halo, Skream, Le1f, Young Chop, Big Freedia, Pantha Du Prince, Congos/Sun Araw, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

House of Woo

Maxmillion Dunbar (aka Andrew Field-Pickering, aka 1/2 of Beautiful Swimmers and head of the Future Times label) will release his new album, House of Woo, on February 19 via RVNG Intl. The lead single to that album, "Woo," is a psychedelic dance track with sparkling synths and a deep, headknocking beat that feels like it repeats endlessly and is only disappointing when you realize it doesn't. You can stream that track and check out the album's tracklist below. That's the cover art above.

As mentioned, Maxmillion Dunbar will play a NYC show TONIGHT (11/16) at 285 Kent with his RNVG labelmates Holly Herndon (whose new album, Movement, is out now and can be streamed below and purchased here) and Blondes. Admission is $10 and doors are at midnight. Show flyer below.

Continue reading "Maxmillion Dunbar releasing LP on RVNG (stream a track); his 285 Kent show w/ Holly Herndon & Blondes is tonight"

Holly Herndon
Holly Herndon

Recent RVNG signee Holly Herndon will release her new album, Movement, on the label this Tuesday (11/13). You can stream the track, "Fade," from that album below and listen to the entire thing over at NPR. She'll be playing a record release for the album in Brooklyn on November 16 at 285 Kent with labelmate Blondes and Maxmillion Dunbar. Admission for the show is $10 at the door and it's a late show with doors opening at midnight. The show flyer is below.

Meanwhile, Blondes will DJ in Brooklyn TONIGHT (11/8) at Glasslands along with Lemonade (also DJing) and more TBA for the B A N A N A S 1 year anniversary party. The show is free with RSVP. Doors are at 11:45 PM.

Lemonade also has an upcoming live show at Glassland on December 15 with Rush Midnight, the project of former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning. Tickets for that show are available.

Meanwhile, Rush Midnight has other upcoming shows including another in NYC this Friday (11/9) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all Rush Midnight dates and the Holly Herndon track stream and album info are below.

Continue reading "Holly Herndon releasing LP (stream it), celebrating it in NYC w/ Blondes, who play w/ Lemonade, who play w/ Rush Midnight"

photos by Diana Wong

Primus / Moog Factory / people in hot dog costumes
Moogfest 2012 Day 1
Moogfest 2012 Day 1
Moogfest 2012 Day 1

Moogfest 2012 kicked off unofficially with Justice on Thursday (10/25), and then it officially began on Friday (10/26) with sets by El-P, Buke & Gase, Blondes, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Miike Snow, Morton Subotnick and more. El-P played a studio session inside of The Moog Factory (where all Moog products are made), which we also took a tour of, and pictures of that are in this post. Those pictures include shots of the analog synth calibration office, the new white version of their Slim Phatty synthesizer, and their recent foray into guitar building.

One of the highlights of day 1 was synth veteran Morton Subotnick who played a set spanning the material he released from 1967's Silver Apples of the Moon, through 1978's A Sky of Cloudless Sulfur. Moogfest always makes a point to book a few forerunners of electronic music for their festival, which mostly features modern artists of the genre. And hearing these tunes, which were written decades ago, alongside much newer artists, it was easy to see how revolutionary Morton Subotnick was in his time.

Primus brought a set heavy with psychedelic visuals. Blondes, who always bring the dance party in NYC, did just as great of a job translating that same experience over in Asheville. And Explosions In The Sky's atmospheric set made for a great come-down later on in the show after a full day of dance parties and trekking through Asheville.

Coverage of the rest of the festival is coming soon and more pics from Moogfest day 1 are below.

Continue reading "Moogfest 2012 day 1 in pics (El-P, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Morton Subotnick, Blondes, and more)"

photos by Maxwell Reichert words by Kon Glikos

John Talabot @ Le Poisson Rouge - 9/27/12
John Talabot

Last Thursday night (9/27) FIXED hosted Barcelonian John Talabot at Le Poisson Rouge, this marking his second date on his North American tour -- and his first live date at the venue which he DJed back in August. Since the release of his LP fIN on Permanent Vacation early this year, he has been the recipient of a universal set of accolades and deservingly so. fIN is a complete record, in the sense that every song is its own realized concept, with all roads ending in the same place. No one idea ever overtakes another, resulting in a varied and inspired electronic album. When listening to it you get the sense that there are rich influences fueling the sounds, although they are not easily traceable. This kind of mysticism begs interest and is precisely what drives music fans crazy. Talabot ended up striking the proverbial cord in that respect, and fIN quickly found a home in techno DJ record bags, indie-playlists and hipster sects alike.

That diverse mix is what made up the crowd for the night, all awaiting the highly anticipated performance. After a notable opening set by Brooklynites Blondes; dishing out a hypnotic 4/4 helping of live techno. Talabot and fellow Spaniard and collaborator/vocalist Pional took center stage in front of a sizable set up including digital and analog gear, keyboards and some live percussion. As expected, Talabot moved through most of his celebrated LP, with highlights lying between the lines in the polyrhythmic changes from song to song. The slower material like "El Oeste", shined because of all of the individual elements coming in sharp and distinct, closing in on every moment passing by. While, more of the dancefloor-concentrated material gave into the crowd's revelry. Songs like "Destiny" and "So Let It Be Now" incorporated an ideal mix of harmonized vocals, texture and thump; giving everyone a chance to sweat it out, if for only a little while.

Overall, the interplay between the live organic elements and processed sound found an eccentric musical middle ground rarely attempted or experienced. While impressive, the performance did leave a feeling behind that Talabot is still getting comfortable with his elaborate live format and that there was room for the scope of his performance to grow. Still, being a voyeur within this circumstance is fortunate and if this show was any indication at all, the remaining dates on this North American tour are in for a real treat.

More pictures and a couple videos from the LPR show are below.

Continue reading "John Talabot played Le Poisson Rouge w/ Blondes (pics, videos, review)"

photos by Erik Erikson

Blondes at 110 Troutman - 9/15/12
Blondes

The day after the secret show at 285 Kent (9/14), which Ariel Pink didn't play, a Weird Magic-presented show went down at 110 Troutman (9/15) in Brooklyn with Blondes, Huerco S., Lamin Fofana, and Slava, plus DJ sets by Jan Woo, Irradiance Cache, //API//, and Terekke (who was a last-minute addition). Pictures from the show are in this post.

Teengirl Fantasy were on the bill too but the party was shut down by cops before they could take the stage. To make up for that, the band tweeted that they'll do a "secret set somewhere in bk this fri try 2 guess." There's a guest this Friday (9/21) at the Glasslands show with Nicholas, Jacques Renault, and Down + Out, but the guest is "from down under," so we can assume that's someone from Australia and not Teengirl Fantasy. There's also a special guest at the 285 Kent show with Laurel Halo, Ital, M. Geddes Gengras and Magic Touch. Any guesses on where it will be?

More pics from Saturday's show are below.

Continue reading "Blondes, Slava & more played 110 Troutman (pics); show was shut down before Teengirl Fantasy, who play a secret set on Fri"

Teengirl Fantasy on a boat last month (more by Leia Jospe)
Teengirl Fantasy

Teengirl Fantasy recently wrapped up their tour in support of their solid new record, Tracer. Now that they're home in Brooklyn and have some time to kill before Seattle's Decibel Festival (9/29), they're teaming up with old local pals Blondes for a Weird Magic-presented show on Saturday (9/15) at 110 Troutman in Bushwick with Huerco S., Lamin Fofana, and Slava. All five of those artists will be playing live and there will be DJ sets by Jan Woo, Ircache, and //API//. The flier for this show is below.

Meanwhile, Blondes have other upcoming shows including a Night Spa party on Sunday at Body by Brooklyn (275 Park Ave), where they'll DJ along with DJ sets by Jordan Lawlor (guitarist/bassist/keyboardist in M83), Physical Therapy and Jubilee. Tickets for that party are available. Blondes (live) were also added as an opener to the upcoming John Talabot show at Le Poisson Rouge on September 27, where he'll be playing live with Pional, who sings on his album. Tickets for show are still available.

All lists of dates, the flier for Saturday's show, and a stream of Teengirl Fantasy's remix of Blondes' "Wine" are below...

Continue reading "Teengirl Fantasy & Blondes playing shows (together and apart)"

Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Moogfest

Moogfest, which is becoming one of the most intriguing US music festivals, is returning to Asheville, NC this year on October 26 and 27. Like in past years, the festival includes some legends like Thomas Dolby and GZA performing Liquid Swords (like he is in NYC and other cities), some of our favorite newcomers like Julia Holter, Trust, and Disclosure, electronic heavy hitters like Orbital, Four Tet, Squarepusher, Richie Hawtin, Mouse on Mars, and Prefuse 73 with Teebs, in addition to a diverse list of other artists like Killer Mike, El-P, The Magnetic Fields, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Santigold, Divine Fits, Actress, Pantha Du Prince, Bear in Heaven, and more. Tickets for this year's fest go on sale Friday (8/10) at noon. The initial lineup is listed below.

Orbital, who released their new album, Wonky, this year, which featured a track with Zola Jesus, have a few other North American dates this year (still none in NYC though).

For Divine Fits, the new band featuring Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs), and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), who recently made their live debut in Austin, Moogfest is one of the few shows they've got scheduled this year, including the Chicago show they played last night (8/5) and an upcoming NYC show.

Moogfest 2012 lineup is listed below.

Continue reading "Moogfest 2012 lineup (GZA, Magnetic Fields, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Santigold, Julia Holter, Disclosure, Orbital, Four Tet, Divine Fits, Killer Mike & more)"

Lindstrom

Lindstrom will be releasing a 12" of remixes from his Six Cups of Rebel LP on June 25 with remixes from Oneohtrix Point Never (who plays Ecstatic Summer), Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, and Mark McGuire (of Emeralds). Have a listen to Oneohtrix Point Never's take on "Call Me Anytime" below.

Lindstrom is currently on a tour which brings him to NYC on Friday (5/25) for the previously discussed Webster Hall show with Simian Mobile Disco (tickets). That tour will also bring him to Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival this weekend where he'll play alongside Public Enemy, Actress, SBTRKT, Major Lazer, Gold Panda, Nina Kraviz, Matias Aguayo, FaltyDL, AraabMUZIK and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. The full lineup is listed below.

Speaking of electronic music festivals, Mutek goes down in Montreal from May 30 - June 3. The Mutek lineup includes Kode9, Nicolas Jaar, Clark, Blondes, Apparat, Shlohmo, Shackleton, Stephen O'Malley & Tim Hecker, Biosphere & Lustmord, and more. The full lineup is listed below.

In related news, as mentioned, Apparat will come to NYC after Mutek for a show at Gramercy Theater on May 31. It's since been announced that Sleepyhead will open that show. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details below, along with a list of all dates, song stream, and those festival lineups.

Continue reading "Lindstrom releasing remixes 12", touring (dates); Movement Fest & Mutek coming soon (lineups); Apparat adds opener (win tix)"

by Bill Pearis

While he's been hot stuff in his home of Los Angeles for a while, retro-styled R&B bandleader Nick Waterhouse is now gaining traction in New York too. His show this Saturday (5/19) at Mercury Lounge is now sold-out and he's been added to the line-up of the Village Voice 4Knots Festival at South Street Seaport on July 14.

In between -- next weekend to be specific -- he'll also play The Do-Over which happens at Dekalb Market on Sunday, May 27. It's a free party that goes from 2PM - 10PM and features a "secret cast of mystery guests" of whom Waterhouse is one. You do need to RSVP to go.

CORRECTION: The Do-Over is happening on May 27 but Nick isn't playing. Sorry for any confusion.

Nick also just released a video for his song "Some Place" from his enjoyable debut LP, Time's All Gone, which is out now and streamable at the bottom of this post, along with the new video.

The Do-Over is one of a growing number of shows happening at the Downtown Brooklyn space. Other announced shows include a series of parties thrown by Fixed and The Dog and Pony Show happening in June, July and August: Blondes with Holy Ghost! DJ set (6/3, tickets), Chromatics (7/22, tickets) and Maxxi Sound System (8/18, tickets).

Dekalb Market is also one of the Rooftop Films locations, and the first screening there happens TONIGHT (5/17) with a series of short films (inlcluding the brilliant "Walt Disney's Taxi Driver") and musical guest Future Shuttle.

Nick Waterhouse video and listed tour dates are below, along with more info on those upcoming Dekalb Market shows.

Continue reading "Blondes, Chromatics and more playing Dekalb Market (not together), which has Rooftop Films tonight"

Chromatics at Radio City last month (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Chromatics

Chromatics who released the much talked about Kill For Love earlier this year, and was in NYC for two shows last month, are continuing to play shows internationally over the next few months. They'll return to NYC for another show on July 22 at Dekalb Market in Brooklyn for a "Fixed x Dog and Pony" show with Blondes. Some of their other US dates, including Boston and Philly, are with Hot Chip, who play Prospect Park with Gang Gang Dance a few days prior (7/18).

Blondes also play Dekalb Market, but on June 3rd (and not with Chromatics as originally posted). Both shows, and one with Maxxi Soundsystem, are on sale.

Chromatics have also released a drumless version of Kill For Love. Here's what Johnny Jewel told Pitchfork about the album:

It's 11 tracks, because some of the tracks don't have drums to begin with. It's all the pop songs without drums... I think people will have a lot of fun with it because everyone keeps remixing 'Birds of Paradise' because there were no drums on it... I also mastered an instrumental version of the entire album. I always master multiple versions in case I want to collage or edit them later. I was really liking the way the vocal mixes sounded with no drums and I think that the drums on the album are so heavy, that it's interesting to hear the record as this almost-empty, almost-a cappella kind of thing.
Download the drumless Kill For Love for free and check out the tracklist and listen to one of those "Birds of Paradise" remixes, with all dates below...

Continue reading "Chromatics schedule dates, playing Dekalb Market (like Blondes), release free, drumless version of album"

by Andrew Sacher

Bonobo
Bonobo

Bonobo (aka Simon Green) released Black Sands Remixed, a remix album of his 2010 LP, yesterday (2/13) in Europe via Ninja Tune, and will release it next Tuesday (2/21) in North America. The album features remixes by Machinedrum, FaltyDL, Mike Slott, Mark Pritchard, and others. Check out the video for Machinedrum's remix of "Eyesdown" below, along with the album art and tracklist.

Bonobo is about to kick off a run of DJ dates in the US (none in NYC), followed by live dates in Australia this March, before returning to the US at the end of that month to present "A Night of Black: 'Black Sands Remixed' Album Launch" at Le Poisson Rouge on March 29, where Bonobo will DJ along with appearances by album remixers Machinedrum, FaltyDL, and Mike Slott. Tickets are on sale now.

You can catch Mike Slott at LPR even sooner when he opens Four Tet's sold out LPR show on 3/10.

You can also catch FaltyDL, who has a DC show coming up with Four Tet, in NYC TONIGHT (2/15) at Cameo when he DJs along with Loefah, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Dave Q, and J-Kush. The flier for this show is below.

FaltyDl's soundcloud page also lists that he opens for Matthew Dear at Bowery Ballroom (3/2) with Blondes (live) and Helado Negro, but that is NOT TRUE. Regardless, tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of that Matthew Dear show though, there will be an official after party taking place at Glasslands (3/2) with Dabrye and Jonwayne. Tickets for that afterparty are on sale now.

All dates, video, and flier below...

Continue reading "Bonobo got remixed, touring (dates), playing LPR w/ Mike Slott, Machinedrum & Falty DL (who also plays tonight)"

Blondes at Monster Island in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
Blondes

PopRally is presenting an evening of music, light, and sound, which features a live performance by Brooklyn electronic duo Blondes (aka Zach Steinman and Sam Haar) and a DJ set by Juan MacLean at MoMA on January 21. According to a press release, visitors will also have the exclusive opportunity to view the exhibitions Contemporary Art from the Collection, 1980-Now; Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions, 1962-1978; Sanja Ivekovic: Sweet Violence; and Projects 96: Haris Epaminonda. Tickets are on sale now. More details below.

Blondes will release their self titled debut LP on February 7 via RVNG Intl. and are also opening for Matthew Dear at Bowery Ballroom (3/2). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon.

Details for the MoMA show below...

Continue reading "Blondes playing MoMA, opening for Matthew Dear"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Matthew Dear - "Headcage" (MP3)

Matthew Dear at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Matthew Dear

Matthew Dear is releasing the followup to 2010's Black City LP with the Headcage EP on January 17 via Ghostly. The EP's second track, "In The Middle (I Met You There)" features a collaboration with The Drums' frontman Jonathan Pierce, and the EP's title track, which you can download above and stream below, was produced with Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid, who have also worked with Blonde Redhead, Glasser, and Fever Ray. There's also an audio/visual project which uses part of that track directed by Morgan Beringer, who has worked with Matthew in the past, which you can watch below. The brightly colored synths and morphing visuals of the video drift away from the bleakness of Black City, but Matthew's vocals come in lower than ever. He recently spoke to FACT about that:

In retrospect, I don't think it was intentional. Sometimes you just feel a bit lower than normal, and that day in the studio must have reflected that. The lyrics are quite dreamscape, and I think I had Lennon's 'Come Together' floating around in my head. You know, "feet, down below his knees" kind of a feel. Lyrically, I wanted to just rattle off a bunch of one-liners like that, that would make sense only as a group. Also, I love the intimacy of J.J. Cale's vocal delivery and was aiming for something similar. I must have been very close to the microphone for this one.
The track, "Headcage," will also appear on Matthew's next full length, Beams, which is set to be released in 2012. The artwork and tracklist for the EP is below.

Matthew has a few dates coming up in support of the EP, including Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco and a live show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on March 2 with Blondes (who also have an album coming out) and Helado Negro. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon.

All dates, stream, video, and album info below...

Continue reading "Matthew Dear releasing EP before LP, scheduling shows (dates, MP3 & video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Laurel Halo at PS1 in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Laurel Halo

Brooklyn electronic duo Blondes will release their self-titled debut full length on February 7 via RVNG Intl. The album's got eight original tracks and a second disc with remixes of every track by Laurel Halo, Teengirl Fantasy, Andy Stott and others. They've got a video for album track "Wine," which, like their 2010 EP Touched, is what it would probably have sounded like if Manuel Gottsching made house music. You can watch that video below, along with the Teengirl Fantasy remix of the same song. The artwork and tracklist are below too.

Blondes have an NYC show coming up on December 16 at 285 Kent Ave with Ital, Dariius, Laurel Halo (DJ), and Vibes Management DJs. More info on this show below.

Laurel Halo, whose Hour Logic EP is ending up on a few year end lists, also plays a headlining show a few days earlier at Glasslands on December 13 with Forma, Corps Exquis, and Lorna Dune. Tickets for that show are available. If you still haven't heard Hour Logic, it was an unexpected turn towards ambient IDM which hardly ever reveals the vocals that dominated her synthy dream pop EP, King Felix. Fortunately, she's great at both sounds. Hour Logic is streaming in full below.

Teengirl Fantasy also DJs at a True Panther party TONIGHT (12/9) at Cameo with DJ sets by Lemonade, Tanlines, Van Rivers (of Glasser who also have a 285 Kent show on 12/17), and Cool Places Soundsystem, who also DJs the King Krule show at Glasslands (1/13). The flier for the True Panther show is below.

Speaking of Ital, whose real name is Daniel Martin-McCormick and who was a member of 2000s Dischord band Black Eyes, then went on to form Mi Ami with Black Eyes bandmate Jacob Long, and also records music under the moniker Sex Worker, he's teaming up with electronic label Planet Mu (who just put out the new Keep Shelly in Athens EP) for his next release, Hive Mind, which is due out on February 13. You can stream and pre-order the entire thing at Planet Mu's website.

All dates, video, song streams, and other stuff below...

Continue reading "Laurel Halo shows, Blondes, Ital and a True Panther party too"

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