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Lee Ranaldo at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a bunch of live appearances coming up, including three very different shows in NYC and a solo/acoustic tour in Europe. The first one is this Friday (9/5) at St. Ann & The Holo Trinity Church for the fifth annual Dither Extravaganza with electric guitar quartet Dither and a big, impressive lineup that also features a duo set of composer Andrea Parkins with Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, noise metal band Cleric, turntablist DJ Rupture percussion trio Tigue, banjoist Brandon Seabrook and still more. Full lineup below.

Then on September 27 at Union Pool, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust will play a full-band show, their only one scheduled at the moment. The Dust have a new acoustic LP planned, so maybe we'll hear some of that at the show. Most details on that LP are still TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Lee also has previously discussed duo set with Noveller at Lincoln Center on November 20. Noveller also opens for Sun Araw at Baby's tonight (9/4). All of Lee's various dates are listed below.

In related news, back when Sonic Youth were still active they recorded the instrumental song "Creepers & Climbers" for artist Peter Coffin's Music for Plants project. As the title implies, the music was written specifically to be "heard" by plants, but it was recently made available to humans as well. You can stream it below.

In more Sonic Youth news, Art Info points out that Kim Gordon will have a show at Chelsea's 303 Gallery from June 4 to July 15, 2015. More details TBA.

And as previously discussed, Thurston Moore (whose new band also includes Sonic Youth/The Dust drummer Steve Shelley) has a new album and tour on the way. He also has some pretty serious opinions on black metal.

All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, with the 'Dither Extravaganza' lineup, below...

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Danny Brown at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Danny Brown

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

Neutral Milk Hotel, Circulatory System @ Prospect Park Bandshell
While Jeff Mangum hasn't released any new music since 1998's In The Aeoplane Over the Sea, nobody really seems to mind now seeing how he and NMH are finally playing shows again, and many people are getting to hear those songs live for the first time. Following this past winter's shows, he and the band now return to NYC for a victory lap at these two outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn! shows, which sounds like a nice place to hear the classics. This is night 2.

The Fresh and Onlys, The Shilohs, Christines @ Glasslands
Lumped in with the SF garage rock scene, The Fresh & Onlys make a twangy, tuneful brand of psych rock with distinct postpunk flourishes courtesy guitarist Wymond Miles. They really don't sound like anyone else  and are always worth catching live. Canadian ourmates The Shilohs make a decidedly Beatlesque brand of pop, and openers Christines owe just a little to '90s-era shoegaze.

FREEMAN, White Lighters @ Baby's All Right
With his long-running band a done deal, the artist formerly known as Gene Ween released his new solo album today via Partisan. He's got a soft spot for '70s pop on the new album which is an enjoyable listen.

Witch, Ruby the Hatchet @ MHOW
Though J Mascis is maybe the all time great indie rock shredder, he likes to rock out on drums too and his stoner rock band Witch (fronted by King Tuff main man Kyle Thomas) gives him a chance to do that. This Converse Rubber Tracks Live show is free if you RSVPed, which is now closed.

Field Mouse, Frances Cone, Weed Hounds, Lithuania @ Rough Trade
Field Mouse's new album is finally out now, and it mixes the shoegazy pop they'd become known for with shinier, mid '90s-style electropop-tinged alt-rock. Tonight's their record release show.

Bl'ast, Villians @ Santos Party House
Bl'ast released three albums of essential hardcore in the '80s on SST. They're now reunited, and the current lineup includes bassist Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) and drummer Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Eagles Of Death Metal, Goatsnake, Wasted Youth) supporting original members Clifford Dinsmore (vocals) and Mike Neider (guitar).

UPDATE: Bl'ast have actually cancelled all of their East Coast dates.

Crow Bait, Eureka California, Good Grief, Deep Pockets @ Shea Stadium
Good bill at Shea tonight spanning a few genres with the alt-country punk of Crow Bait, the indie pop of Athens, GA's Eureka California, the Superchunk-inspired Liverpool, UK band Good Grief, and shouty, slightly Hold Steady-ish punks Deep Pockets.

Man Forever, White Suns @ McCarren Park (Summerscreen)
The free Summerscreen series continues tonight. Before a screening of Cry-Baby there will be sets by the dark experimental metal band White Suns and Kid Millions' (of Oneida) project Man Forever.

Matmos, So Percussion Summer Institute, Kid Millions, Brian Chase @ Silent Barn
Speaking of Kid Millions, he also plays this show as Silent Barn that features veteran experimentalists Matmos, the So Percussion Summer Institute ("an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists"), and Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase.

Beech Creeps, Mutwawa, Brat Pit, Corido Ron @ Death By Audio
Beech Creeps are a bit of an NYC noise/experimental supergroup, featuring Lehrhoff (Ex Models), Luke Fasano (Yeasayer / People Get Ready) and Mark Shue (The Library is on Fire, and Monster Crunch granola maker).

PHOX, Trails and Ways @ Mercury Lounge
Wisconsin indie pop outfit PHOX combine sunny melodies with folky arrangements (and honeyed, breathy vocals) for a sound as airy as a summer breeze. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.

Total Abuse, Rectal Hygienics, Ligature @ Home Sweet Home
Austin hardcore band Total Abuse celebrate their new "Looking For Love" 7" at tonight's edition of Nothing Chances, and they'll be joined by Chicago noise rockers Rectal Hygienics and Chris Hansell's (Warthog, Foreplay, ex-The Men) Ligature project.

Baby Mollusk, Sergio Napoletano, Barelyon @ The Rock Shop
Baby Mollusk make the sort of kinda folky kinda punky indie rock that any fans of Hop Along, Speedy Ortiz, Swearin', etc should dig.

Jesus Christ and the Hallucinogenic Allstars, Pussywolf, Pharaoh, Mount Salem @ Saint Vitus
Chicago's Mount Salem wear their proto-metal and traditional doom influences on their sleeves, but they do it well. They're over in NYC for this show.

Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q @ Best Buy Theater
Three of the best contemporary rappers come together for what should be an excellent time at Best Buy Theater tonight.

Leif Vollebekk @ SubCulture
This underrated Canadian singer-songwriter released his most recent album, North Americana, at the start of this year and its folky charms will work especially well at an intimate venue like SubCulture.

Braid, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Marietta @ Asbury Lanes
16 years after Braid's now-classic Frame & Canvas was released, the emo vets are finally back with its followup, No Coast, and it was worth the wait. It picks up where they left off but sounds like a contemporary of the newer bands in the genre too. They'll hit NYC this Saturday, but the tour's also nearby in NJ tonight. Openers A Great Big Pile of Leaves make this a great double bill and Braid fans should dig them too.

Quiet Riot, Gilby Clarke, Faster Pussycat, BulletBoys @ The Paramount
Cum on feel the noize. Girls rock your boys. We'll get wild, wild, wild...with only drummer Frankie Banali remaining from the QR lineup that did that song.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.

If you wanna start your weekend off early, Thursday (7/3) has a few good options: The Black Lips and Night Birds will play a free show at House of Vans with "special guest" (RSVP is full); You could also go see Au Revoir Simone at MoMa Nights (free with museum entry); and Erasure/Depeche Mode's Vince Clark will be DJing with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller at Bowery Ballroom (tickets)

Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks extravaganza moves back to the East River (where they belong!) so Brooklyn can enjoy them again. Once again, they're also being broadcast on NBC that also features live performances from Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, and Ariana Grande. Here are best spots to see them.

Though it looked like they might not get a permit, Coney Island will be having its own fireworks this year on the Fourth. You could make a day of it, with the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, the beach, take in a Cyclones game, ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, see some freaks, and end the night with fireworks.

There's not a whole lot in the way of shows on the 4th (with Maxwell's closing, so goes The Feelies annual shows), but there are a couple options for those in need. Brooklyn Night Bazaar will have old-timey folk band Spirit Family Reunion, with Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. That's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.

If shaking your hips is more your thing, DJ Danny Tenaglia will give one of Brooklyn's best new dance clubs a tribal taste of the 90s with an extended DJ set going from 10pm to 6am (tickets).

There was supposed to be a rooftop edition of Q-Tip's #OFFLINE party earlier that day at Output, but that has been canceled. In it's place Joey Anderson, GE-OLOGY, and Turtle Bugg will be DJing on the roof from 3 PM - 10 PM. It's free with RSVP bound to be a great place to watch the fireworks.

Speaking of 90s hip hop group musicians turned DJs, Questlove of the Roots has been DJing at Brooklyn Bowl for 5 years now. It's a long weekend, maybe his 11pm set on Thursday (73) is your chance to finally check 'Bowl Train' out. Head back to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (7/5) for food, beer and the World Cup quarter finals followed by some Guns N' Roses tribute bands and, late night, LCD/Juan Maclean cohort Nancy Whang DJing.

You'd never risk being seen in a strip club, so head to the classier wine-themed music venue City Winery after the fireworks on July 4th for a special late WASABASSCO burlesque show starring Amber Ray, BooBess, Doc Wasabassco, Dolly Debutante, Medianoche, Mischief Molly, Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux and more. 10:45 doors, 11 PM show, $20 to get in.

There's also Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" which on the 4th features Puerto Rico's Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta Salsa. And if you can't mambo or otherwise, dance lessons are given before the main event. Tickets are still available.

Another option that includes two shows on the fourth and others throughout the week is Ascetic House's long Independence Day weekend in NYC. It begins with a Destruction Unit show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets). Then on the fourth, D Unit's Jes Aurelius will bring his Marshstepper project to Palisades with a bunch of other experimental musicians, and late that night D Unit hits Silent Barn. The psych punk crew's shows are always intense, but this intimate Silent Barn one should get real wild (and hot). There's multiple other shows over the next few days including D Unit drummer Andrew Flores' Jock Club project at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free late show) and an 8 PM show at Baby's All Right on 7/7 with a band called Lucifers Stoned Disciples who don't appear to be an actual band. Any idea who it might be? (PS, D Unit's new Adult Swim Single is out now and can be streamed below.)

UPDATE: Destruction Unit's July 4 show at Silent Barn also includes Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Cuddle Formation, Arm Candy, Alice and "Mute Benny" who may or may not be a band whose name rhymes with Schmutual Schmenefit. Starts at 2 PM.

Another all-day July 4 option is the big DIY show at The Ho_se with Mitski, Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop. 3 PM start.

If you're looking to get (not too far) away for the Fourth, you can head to Montauk where Philly shoegaze rippers Nothing are among a lineup of bands playing Red Bull Sound Select's 'A Weekend In Montauk.

A closer beach option is Rockaway, where at Rippers you can see Heliotropes, Wild Yaks and Friend Roulette. Bands start at 5:30 PM, it's free and more info here.

Further into the weekend, Union Pool's Saturday afternoon series "Summer Thunder" is a good one this week (7/5) with Widowspeak and Zachary Cale. It's free, outside, with drink specials and the taco truck in the backyard (that actually serves brunch stuff), and a pretty fun way to spend your day. Later that night in UP's performance space it's Long Island punks Iron Chic with Great Thunder and more.

Another Saturday afternoon option is the ever-popular Warm Up series at MoMA PS1. The 7/5 edition features UK garage titan DJ EZ, plus Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets are available now.

For an even artier Saturday, the Knockdown Center is throwing a closing reception for its Anxious Spaces installation, with performances by Dutch E Germ, Bubbles, Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Trabajo, VenessWolfChild, Rul de Nieves, Cloud Becomes Your Head and more. Entrance is $7-15 sliding scale.

For those who like things heavy, Saturday also offers two chances to catch Thou and The Body who are currently tourmates. There's a matinee at ABC No Rio, then a late night show at Palisades (doors at midnight).

And if neither heavy nor arty are your jam (okay maybe a little arty), the great avant-pop band Hundred Waters brings their tour to Glasslands on Saturday with Mas Ysa for their first show here since the release of their new album. You can still get tickets.

Another Saturday option that won't cost you anything is heading to Prospect Park for the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn series which hosts a great, diverse lineup of jazz/hip hop collective The Robert Glasper Experiment who will be joined on stage by veteran rap great Talib Kweli. Percussionist/composer Glenn Kotche and Brooklyn poet Aja Monet open. Doors open at 6, music at 7.

Fourth of July Weekend is also your last chance to check out the Kara Walker exhibit at Domino Sugar Factory.

Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend! Stream that new Destruction Unit song below...

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Brooklyn trio Relations released their debut album, Songbirds, at the beginning of April. Drawing from a variety of postpunk influences, the band make dark-hued but catchy, danceable pop. You can stream the whole album at Soundcloud and we've got the premiere of the video for "School Safety" in this post. The black-and-white clip was directed by Geraldine Baron-Visher and Antonia Grilikhes-Lasky and follows two women around the city as their days glancingly intersect. You can watch it below.

Relations have a busy month ahead of them as they'll be doing a residency at Pianos, playing every Wednesday in May. They'll play at 10 PM each week with hand-picked artists surrounding them:

5/7: PJ Norman, White Like Fire, Eastern Hollows, Savants, Wayne Szalinski

5/14 The Local Babes, Hints, yaman palak, Glass rifle, Enemy Planes

5/21 Lightning String, Django Voris, ppomattox, Ohligans

5/28 Strange Kids, FORTS, Peter Aaron/Brian Chase Duo (mems Chrome Cranks / Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Lycaon Pictus

Tickets for those residency show are on sale now. Additionally, Relations play Hudson, NY's Half Moon Inn on Friday (5/2) with Cave Needles.

Flyer for the Pianos residency and the new video below...

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California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Cali X

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

California X, Sleepies, LVL UP, Washer @ Shea Stadium
This is a great bill all around, with Amherst's sludgy California X, Brooklyn's punky Sleepies, the Built to Spill-esque indie rock of LVL UP, and lo-fi rockers Washer.

Alan Licht & Brian Chase, Mary Halvorson & Joe Morris @ Issue Project Room
Alan Licht is the guitarist in Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, and Brian Chase is the drummer of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but when they're not playing with their main projects, they also make experimental music together. Their collaborations have resulted in the debut album, We Thought We Could Do Anything, which they celebrate at IPR tonight.

Guards, The Dig, Modern Rivals, Grassfight @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Guards, whose frontman Richie Follin is the brother of Cults singer Madeline (and a former member of that band), make indie pop as accessible as Richie's sister's band, but more driving and anthemic. Like all BK Bazaar shows, entry is free tonight, and there's also not-free food, drinks, shopping, and games.

Chris Brokaw, Insect Factory, Dan Friel, Wavepool, 10000 Idiots @ Death By Audio
Chris Brokaw (of Come and Codeine), just opened the two Bob Mould shows in NYC, and now he plays two headlining solo shows here. This is the second, and sees Chris collaborating with guitar experimenter Insect Factory.

DRI, Mucky Pup, Sh*tkill, Morder, Apathy @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Crossover thrash vets DRI and Mucky Pup are no strangers to playing shows together, and they'll do so again tonight, which was rescheduled from November.

Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
A regular in NYC's drag scene for years, and once a member of the duo Kiki and Herb (with Kenny Mellman, who is now in The Julie Ruin), Justin Vivian Bond continues his show, The Drift, at Joe's Pub tonight. The show "creates a new, free associative, collage of spoken word and song inspired by the story of Karen Stone, a retired actress who drifts from one space to another -either in her mind, in couture or in bed." He does it again on 3/27, 3/28, 4/10 & 4/11.

Nicky Mao, Rose Kallal, YOU., New Modern Nail @ Trans-Pecos
Dig into the experimental sounds of Nicky Mao, Rose Kallal, YOU. and more at Trans Pecos tonight.

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers continue their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.

Houndmouth, Rayland Baxter @ Bowery Ballroom
The folk-rockin' Houndmouth kick off their two-night NYC run tonight.

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular @ Wellmont Theatre
Paramount's Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, which "[presents] the music of Pink Floyd, as you have never seen it before," returns to the NYC-area for showings in NJ tonight and Long Island tomorrow.

Most of BrooklynVegan is in Austin this week for SXSW. Follow our exploits via @BVSXSW on Twitter. If you're in Austin, come say hi at one of our many day parties at Red 7.

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

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Vampillia...maybe
Vampillia

Members are consist of 3 vocals; the ugliest rock star Psychic Yamanashi whose voice is nothing but annoying. Another vocal is Death voice from wood cutter Mongoloid who is very manly with secret naive heart. Mysterious Opera voice from beastly monster Velladon. They are backed by 3 strings; Punk and Classic, Progressive, also by piano, twin guitars, base, broadcasting. Main drum is skillful Chikada famous of World's end girlfriend, and support drum is Tatsuya Yoshida from Ruins. There are Toyohito Yoshida from BOREDOMS as a guardian god.

--Vampillia band bio

If you're not familiar, Japan's Vampillia are an extremely odd offshoot of the legendary noise/punk band Boredoms -- the anything-goes chaotic vibe is similar, but Vampillia focuses more heavily on pomp and theatricality. You can check out the thoroughly weird video they produced in advance of their upcoming SXSW performance below. They've also toured with the likes of Jarboe and Nadja; you can hear their excellent recorded collaboration with the latter below as well.

Vampillia will be returning to SXSW for the third time this year, and they'll be putting in a number of other live appearances during their time in the country as well. Three of them will be in New York City. First, they'll play at Silent Barn on March 8 alongside Mick Barr (playing a rare 'slow' solo set), Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon. Two days later, they'll play Death By Audio on March 10, along with Colin Marston, Geryon, & Mossenek, which is Barr's collaboration with vocalist Chuck Bettis. (Mossenek have an upcoming release on American Tapes; they also have a full-length and a Japanese tour w/ Nadja and Vampillia in the works.) Since Geryon features both members of Krallice's rhythm section and both Marston and Barr hold down guitar spots in the band, their entire lineup will be performing...separately. How often does that happen?

Vampillia will put in one more NYC appearance after SXSW -- they're playing the Knitting Factory on March 16, along with Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum, Zarigani$, Happy, & Starmarie, as part of the "Japan Nite" tour (which also includes an appearance at Athens's Slingshot Festival). Tickets are available.

UPDATE: Vampillia also play NYC on March 7 at Trans-Pecos with Guardian Alien (ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band), G Lucas Crane and Brian Chase; and March 9 at Pianos with Leah Lazonick, Snowday, England in 1819, and Three Thousand Rivers.

Mick Barr also has a third NYC show coming up -- March 21 at Secret Project Robot, alongside Ornament & Total Life, both of which are offshoots of the experimental unit Growing.

Check out the aforementioned Vampillia jams and the list of all of their currently announced dates below...

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Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
HWGM

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

Endless Boogie, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, CCDJ @ Baby's All Right
Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase has been playing a lot of experimental shows of late, and tonight is the debut of a new ensemble he's apart of -- Cochrane, Chase, DuClos and Jones -- who'll be playing "a set of driving instrumental arrangements created by Chris Cochrane." Also on the bill are Tunde Adebimpe's group Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band and the perfectly named Endless Boogie.

Small Black, Radical Dads @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is part of the family-friendly Kidrockers series, today with dancerockers Small Black and highly-underrated trio Radical Dads who'll be playing to a lot more actual dads than usually do. Show starts at 11:30 AM.

Until The Ribbon Breaks, Dusted, Porcelain Raft, The Range @ Brooklyn Bowl
Sunday series "It's a School Night" is throwing their Holiday Party tonight with an interesting bill, including IDM producer The Range (he of the acclaimed Nonfiction LP) and the ethereal electronics of Porcelain Raft. Free with RSVP (do so by 3PM today) or $7 at the door.

Here We Go Magic, Celestial Shore, Les Bonhommes, and Ron Shalom/Austin Vaughn @ Silent Barn
While Luke Temple is busy with a solo album, and an experimental collaborative residency at Union Pool, he's also been playing a lot with his band Here We Go Magic. Is a new album in the works? Also on the bill are the lovely, intricate sounds of Celestial Shore.

Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House
One of the many sad things about Maxwell's closing this year was that Yo La Tengo's annual Hannukah shows would no longer be happening. It's not quite the same but their four sold-out holiday shows at The Bell House will hopefully have some of the same spirit and surprises. Friday's show featured two sets and no openers. This is Night 3.

Dave Hill, The Gregory Brothers, Andy Burri, Stuckey & Murray, John Early, The Reformed Whores @ Union Pool
Variety show The Moon is throwing their holiday party tonight with an evening that's a little more musically oriented than they usually do. BV contributor Dave Hill is on the bill, as are the Gregory Brothers aka the guys behind Autotune the News, "Double Rainbow" and more.

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir @ Joe's Pub
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy continues his Sunday ministry / residency at Joe's Pub which runs through December 22.

Blanche Blanche Blanche, Guerilla Toss, PC Worship @ 285 Kent
Owing a lot to nervous staccato new wave groups, Blanche Blanche Blanche released their very tightly wound Breaking Mirrors earlier this year. Guerilla Toss aren't too far off from that description either.

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

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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White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

Hudson Mohawke (right) w/ TNGHT in August (more by Robert Altman)
Hudson Mohawke

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

Hubble, John Mannion, Diaphragm, Migrations in Rust, Yellow Tears @ 285 Kent Avenue
When Ben Greenberg isn't playing with The Men (or any of the other bands he is/was in), he makes experimental music on his own as Hubble which is very worth checking out as well.

Fort Lean, Dave Monks (of Tokyo Police Club), Roommates @ Baby's All Right
NYC trio Fort Lean are finishing up their new album, so here's a chance to check out some new songs. It's also a chance to see TPC frontman David Monks in solo mode.

Caveman, Vacationer, See Through @ Bowery Ballroom
Ever-popular NYC indie band Caveman are throwing their first-ever "Cavemas Celebration" tonight. What exactly that entails...you'll have to go to find out.

Turquoise Jeep @ Brooklyn Bowl
Lemme smang it girl. Smash it and bang it.

Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Hip hop elder statesman Biz Markie released his first album 25 years ago. He's still got what you need, and he'll be spinnin' it tonight.

Gems, FEMME, My Body @ Glasslands
Washington DC's ethereal dancepop duo GEMS headline tonight but, if you're going,  also check out Femme which is the solo project from Ultraista singer Laura Bettinson.

Matthew E. White, Dosh, Howard Ivans @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Having made one of 2013 more acclaimed records -- Big Inner -- Matthew E White headlines tonight. Get there early for Rosebuds frontman Howard Ivans who, in solo mode, makes soulful R&B.

Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Sleepies @ NYU's E&L Auditorium
Before NYU students take their finals and go home for winter break, they're getting a late-semester punk show that absolutely rips and is also open to the public (for a mere $5 at the door). All four of these bands are great, with powerviolence band-turned-garage punks Ceremony, the shredding, intense White Lung, the rackety Perfect Pussy, and Brooklyn's punk 'n' rollers Sleepies.

Mori, These Wild Plans, Graveyard Lovers, Sham-Poo, Hibou, Travis Alexander @ Pianos
New Montreal band Mori make slinky, alluring dancepop. Check out their debut EP below and their midnight performance tonight is free.

Hudson Mohawke, Kwes, Trippy Turtle, Jim-E Stack, Heathered Pearls @ Output
Hudson Mohawke is one half of TNGHT, and also worked on the recent Kanye West and Drake albums, so you know he knows his way around a studio. He also knows how to get a crowd going, and this should be a pretty fun show. Good openers too.

Tourist, Jim-E Stack, AIMES @ Rough Trade
Tourist got a boost in his career from his association with Disclosure, and considering just about everything they touch turns to gold, it might not be long before this guy is in way larger venues. So catch him at the relatively small Rough Trade NYC while you still can.

Porches, Krill, Baked, LVL UP, Lost Boy?, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
Tonight at Shea Stadium is the second night of the farewell party for Brooklyn venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, which closed over the summer. Good lineup too, including "bummer pop" band Porches, eccentric indie rockers Krill, crunchy Built to Spill-style indie rockers LVL UP, and others.

Mystical Weapons (Greg Saunier & Sean Lennon) @ Union Pool
Sean Lennon is a whirlwind of activity these days. He just played last night at Union Pool with his orch-pop band GOASTT, and he's back at the venue tonight with this improvisational project with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier.

Brian Chase & Andrea Parkins, Forever House @ Silent Barn
Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase is performing tonight with accordionist (!) Andrea Parkins, which should be interesting.

The Cult @ The Wellmont Theatre
Goths turned arena-sized riff rockers, The Cult are currently on the road playing their AC/DCish 1987 album, Electric, in full.

NRBQ @ Iridium
Terry Adams is the only remaining original member, but the "world's greatest bar band" still have a great catalog of underappreciated pop gems to choose from.

Com Truise, AEON RINGS, Kodacrome @ Paper Box
Com Truise recently announced a 2014 tour which includes a headlining NYC gig at Bowery Ballroom, but head to Paper Box tonight to catch him in a more intimate environment before then.

Gnaw, Notekillers, Psalm Zero @ Trans Pecos
The first ever show at Trans Pecos, the new venue operating in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), is a Northern Spy-presented night of noise-influenced metal and vice versa with Gnaw (ex-Khanate), Psalm Zero (mems of Castevet and Extra Life), and The Notekillers.

Potty Mouth @ Converse Rubber Tracks
Potty Mouth split the line between indie rock and punk, and they do it well. This is a free FADER-presented show but RSVP is closed.

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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Television at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Television

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

Television, Gambles @ Rough Trade
Back in action (though without guitarist Richard Lloyd), Tom Verlaine and the rest of Television play tonight and Saturday and the new Rough Trade NYC. With a new album in the can, expect new songs...and hopefully plenty of classics. Both nights are sold out.

Dean Wareham, Papercuts @ The Bell House
A veteran of two classic indie rock bands (Galaxie 500 and Luna), Dean Wareham just released his first-ever solo record, the lovely Emancipated Hearts. He's playing The Bell House on Friday with Papercuts (whose Jason Quever produced Dean's LP) will open with an acoustic set.

The Menzingers, Modern Baseball, Banquets, Ma Jolie @ Bowery Ballroom
The Menzingers give their punk a dose of heart-on-your-sleeve everyman's rock, and they're one of the best bands doing that kind of thing right now. They've also got killer openers tonight, including fellow Philly bands Modern Baseball, who do the nasally away-message emo thing really well, and noodly post-hardcore band Ma Jolie. Plus, Jersey's Banquets, whose anthemic punk is probably the closest musically to Menzingers of the three opening bands.

Toxic Holocaust, Ramming Speed, In Defence @ Saint Vitus
These two ass-kicking thrash bands, Toxic Holocaust and Ramming Speed, are about as gnarly as names like Toxic Holocaust and Ramming Speed imply. So head to Saint Vitus if your Thanksgiving weekend needs a night of full-throttle assault.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Dawn of Midi, Pontiak, Woodsman @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Sure to be one of the loudest shopping experiences ever, A Place to Bury Strangers headline tonight's free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show. Go early for Dawn of Midi who answer the question, "what would electronic dance music sound like made solely by classical instruments?"

Brian Chase @ La Sala
Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase headlines this night of "drone based music in Just Intonation, meditative short films and video projection environments" happening in the old Monkeytown space.

LVL UP, Liam Betson, Heeney, Liquor Store @ Shea Stadium
LVL UP make crunchy '90s-style indie rock that's somewhere between Weezer and Built to Spill, and their DIY-attitude will go over really well in a place like Shea Stadium. The rest of this indie rock-oriented lineup is good too.

Glassjaw @ The Paramount
Early-'00s post-hardcore vets Glassjaw ended their hiatus a few years back, though they still aren't the most active band. They do have this one-off tonight though, and where better to see a Long Island Emo band than Long Island itself?

Kill Your Idols, Crime in Stereo, Altered Boys @ Santos Party House
NYC/Long Island hardcore vets Kill Your Idols have been pretty active this year, having played Black and Blue and This Is Hardcore, and tonight they begin their 2-night run at Santos. There's cool openers both nights too. Tonight gets Crime In Stereo, who reunited last year.

Slayer, Gojira, 4arm @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Slayer may not have their classic lineup, with Dave Lombardo out and Jeff Hanneman having passed away (RIP), but they're moving forward nonetheless. For this tour, they're promising "old school" sets, which means they'll be focusing on material solely from their first five albums. And get there early for French death metallers Gojira, who are always worth seeing too.

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

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by Bill Pearis

Lost Animal
Lost Animal

Some of you may remember Jarrod Quarrell from late '00s Australian band, St. Helens. When that band when kaput he started Lost Animal, a mostly solo project where most of the sounds come from his keyboard. Songwriting-wise, Lost Animals' debut, Ex Tropical, is not that far off what Wolf Parade was doing a decade ago -- smoldery, danceable and definitely rock, just with not so much in the way of guitars. You can check out videos for "Lose the Baby" and "Say No to Thugs" below and stream the whole thing via Spotify or Rdio.

Lost Animal are currently in NYC, having played 285 Kent last night with their Hardly Art labelmates Hausu (they played together during CMJ too). They've just added another last-minute show tonight (10/25) at new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right with Fascinator (stream some songs below), Mother Mask, LIFE (-2) (aka YYYs drummer Brian Chase & Lost Animals bassist Shaggs Chamberlain) and a DJ set from Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance. Music starts at 8 PM.

Lost Animal then head to the West Coast for a few shows before going back to Australia. All dates, plus videos and streams, below...

Continue reading "Australia's Lost Animal playing North American shows, tonight in NYC w/ YYYs drummer Brian Chase & more (dates, streams)"

via @theluyas
The Luyas

Rockwood Music Hall is open again.

Power is back to most of Manhattan following four days of blackout in half the borough, with ConEd promising to have everywhere in the city back on by tonight and things are starting to get back to normal, though the Subways aren't quite there yet -- though the 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines are up and running. Current subway outage map is here.

Tomorrow's NYC Marathon is cancelled, though, as you probably have heard.

Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Saturday (11/3).

The Lower East Side early Friday evening and Cake Shop is open and tonight's free show with Montreal's The Luyas is on. Making it even more Canadian is Vancouver's Peace. The show is FREE and starts early (Luyas are at 8 PM) and there will be a donation box that goes to New Amsterdam Records' relief fund.

Later that night at Cake Shop (and not free) it's Home Blitz, and Watery Love.

As previously announced, Peace are also playing Pianos tonight at 10 PM and that's a free show too. on a diverse bill that also features Jennifer Stuart & the Design, Myra Flynn, and Randall Shreve & the Sideshow. (Peace play again at Death By Audio on Monday).

Next door, The Living Room is also back in business with James van Cuylenburg (of The Tealeaves), Chris Riffle, Deni Bonet and New Ponies.

The same goes for East Village club The Stone that will hold a Hurrican Relief benefit tonight at 8 PM, featuring John Zorn (sax) Joel Rubin (clarinet) James Moore (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Brian Chase (drums) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Tim Keiper (drums) Jon Madof (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) and many special guests. Then at 10 PM, it's Anthony Coleman.

It looked like Santos was going to be open for tonight Shiny Toy Guns, Colourmusic and MNDR show, but the venue just tweeted, "Due to complications in the wake of Sandy, we regret to announce that our events for this wknd are canceled. Refer to site for more info." Show has been moved to Monday, November 5.

Mercury Lounge is open but tonight's Anaka show has been postponed till December 2. The early show with Gangstagrass and The Newton Gang is still on.

Bowery Ballroom is back tonight with their first post-Sandy/blackout show: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Ava Luna.

STS9 plays Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Sunshine Cinema on Houston is open for business but the BV-presented screenings of Miami Connection have been rescheduled for next weekend (11/9, 11/10).

Bowery Electric is now actually electric again, but tonight's David Johansen show with Romans and Kay Kasperhausen has been postponed.

Joe's Pub is back in business and tonight they have Jack Hitt: Making Up the Truth.

Le Poisson Rouge's power is back on and tonight's FIXED show is happening with The Magician. This past Tuesday's cancelled Kitsune event with The Twelves and Yuksek has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 4th at LPR (New Moods are no longer on the bill).

Peter Wolf's shows at City Winery tonight and tomorrow are cancelled.

Webster Hall has power and though there's no show in the main space tonight, The Studio will be open with Gallows, Barn Burner, For Sleeping or Jumping, and DeathThrob.

The Jefferson Starship show that was to happen at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture is being postponed to a later date TBA.
Metropolitan Talent reports:

Due to Hurricane Sandy related logistical challenges, the following concerts in New York City are postponed:

Thursday, Nov. 1 Rickie Lee Jones - rescheduled for 11/14
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Friday, Nov. 2 Blackmore's Night - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Saturday, Nov. 3 Jefferson Starship - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Friday, Nov 9 Little Feat & Leon Russell - new date tba
Hammerstein Ballroom
Sunday's Little Feat & Leon Russell show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester is also postponed.

Citizen Cope at Beacon Theatre has been postponed, date still TBD.

The Dethklok / All That Remains / Machine Head / The Black Dahlia Murder that was to happen tonight at Roseland has bee postponed till Dec. 14. TIckets will be honored. This is the 2nd Dethklok show in a row at Roseland cancelled or postponed.

Matisyahu at Starland Ballroom, like the two Social Distortion shows before it, is cancelled.

Henry Rollins appears to still be appearing in Trenton, NJ tonight.

George Lopez's gig at Wellmont Theater on Saturday is postponed to 2/23/2013, and his Capitol Theater show will instead happen 2/22.

Maxwell's in Hoboken is still closed.

Teebs and Reggie Watts play a party in Long Island City.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, most venues are up and running.

Galapagos in DUMBO, which was ravaged by the storm, is back open tonight with Floating Kabarrette.

Shellshag are at XPO 929.

Free show at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight with The Stompin Riff Raffs and Daddy Long Legs. The show previously cost money and had T Valentine on the bill.

Wabasco Burlesque at Union Hall.

The Rock Shop is open.

Littlefield is hosting a Stache Bash.

Savoir Adore and Slowdance play the Brooklyn Museum with Jarana Beat. It's a free show that begins at 5 PM.

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is open and free.

Union Pool has Wolvhammer, Kreig, Doomsday, part of their BV-presented tour.

Music Hall of Williamsburg plays host to Woods, Widowspeak (who went Star Wars for Halloween), and Purling Hiss.

Knitting Factory is having a benefit for the Rockaways with Vast Aire, The Kominas and more.

Fagettes, Baroque Punk, and Dirty Virgins play Death By Audio

285 Kent will be pumping tonight to the sounds of Zomby, DJ Rashad, Massacooramaan, and J-Cush

Around the corner at Glasslands, it's Lazyeyes, The Doorbells, and The Midnight Hollow.

S. 5th St loft space Dead Herring plays host to Dead Stars, Little Radar, Anchorline, and Elliot & the Ghost. More info here.

At Cameo tonight, they have Eyes Lips Eyes, Leverage Models, and Beast Patrol early, and then at midnight it's indipop dance party Mondo! NYC.

Landlady and Marble Fawn are at Pine Box Rock Shop

At Le Loft (252 Norman in Greenpoint), it's Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone, Grooms, and Earthquake Party. More info here.

Shea Stadium has Sidekicks, Glocca Morra, Radiator Hospital and Brick Mower. More info here.

Over at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, it's Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, Highway Gimps.

Paper Diamond are at Brooklyn Bowl.

Zebulon is open and wants you to dance. DJ Tropical Jeremy provides the music.

Barbes in Park Slope is open with Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica and Banda Sinaloense De Los Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.

UCB West and East are open. The Pit too.

The Nets play their postponed first game of the season tonight at Barclays Center.

What else?

photos by Chris La Putt

Phantogram / Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Phantogram
Phantogram

It was ugly and rainy outside, but that didn't stop the pretty people from heading to the W NY Downtown hotel last night (12/8) to attend a party in honor of the Mick Rock picture exhibition that will be up at the hotel between now and 12/28. Mick Rock was of course in attendance, and there was a "Symmetry Live Performance" (the name of the hotel's performance series) by Phantogram (live) and Mark Ronson (DJ). DJ Cash also provided some tunes while we were there.

We left before Mark Ronson took over, but you can see more pictures of Phantogram (who played a bunch of songs from their new album), their setlist, Mick Rock, members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Zuccotti Park (it's right there), and more, below...

Continue reading "Phantogram played the Mick Rock party @ W Hotel (pics)"

Karen O

As you know, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has an opera coming to St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO. Kicking off in conjunction with VICE's "Creator's Project" (more details TBA), the show will actually run on eight nights from October 12-22...

An assault on the tragic joys of youth, fever dreams drenched in visual seduction, a cathartic spell spun through a cycle of nine songs.

Featuring Money Mark, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler, Brian Chase, Nick Zinner, Jason Grisell, Gillian Rivers, Yuiko Kamakari, Justin Kantor and Lili Taylor

Tickets for those shows and the rest of St. Ann's 2011-2012 season including another run of Daniel Kitson shows, and The Tiger Lillies (starring Justin Bond), are on sale now!

Nick Zinner at MoMA in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Nick Zinner

The Met is hosting an evening with Cinema 16 on June 3. The event features Nick Zinner and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Shahin Motia of Oneida, and MV Carbon of Metalux performing an original score for six short experimental films. Admission is free with museum admission. No reserved seats; space is limited.

Films:

Poeme Electronique (1958), dir. Edgard Varse and Le Corbusier
Screen Test: Salvador Dali (1966), dir. Andy Warhol
The Face (1967), dir. Herbert Kosower
Seeing the World (1937), dir. Rudy Burckhardt
Stone Welcome Mat (2003), dir. Gina Carducci
NY, NY (1957), dir. Francis Thompson
Nick Zinner is also showcasing his photography at Anastasia Photo through June 4.

Speaking of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and movies, Karen O recorded a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" with Trent Reznor for the upcoming film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film is the second adaptation of the Swedish novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson, and the first in English. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is written by Steven Zallian and directed by David Fincher.

Check out Karen O and Trent Reznor's take on "Immigrant Song" in the trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as the preview video for Cinema 16 at The Met below.

Continue reading "Nick Zinner, Brian Chase & friends playing w/ films @ the Met, Karen O & Trent Reznor covered Led Zeppelin (listen)"

Undead Jazz Fest

Founded in June 2010 the Undead Jazzfest is new kind of festival, bringing together an incredible array of artists from the new jazz and improvised music community currently exploding in New York City. With no headliners, affordable tickets, unorthodox venues and no drink minimums, the Undead Jazzfest aims to shake the public perception of what jazz can be today, celebrating the incredible music being made in a setting that is inviting to both the veterans and curious new fans.
Encompassing eleven venues over its four days (6/23 - 6/26), the Undead Jazzfest will feature appearances from more than 50 bands including names like Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Mountains and many others. The full list of participating bands is below. Four day passes are on sale for $45 until 4/28. The price increases to $50 after.

Undead Jazzfest is also responsible for curating another show outside of said festival, this one going down at Central Park Summerstage on June 11th with Medeski Martin & Wood, Josh Roseman's King Froopy All Stars and Jim Black's AlasNoAxis. It's one of many free 2011 Summerstage shows that have been announced.

AND, Undead Jazz presents a show at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (4/25) with Orchestre National de Jazz with Daniel Yvinec and John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble with special guests Theo Bleckmann , Kate McGarry and Uri Caine. Undead Jazz also presents Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors and Mary Halvorson Trio at the same venue on May 18th.

Full Undead Jazzfest 2011 lineup below.

Continue reading "Undead Jazzfest 2011 lineup announced, tix on sale now, and other related shows too"

by BBG

Monarch!

Monarch! played another NYC show Wednesday night (11/17) at Death By Audio with an assist from Brian Chase & Seth Misterka, and Vaura. The Monarch! set was easily their best of their three NYC outings (pictures from Cake Shop & Union Pool); rife with tension, peppered with razor-like noise/feedback, on-a-dime start-stops after engulfing ten-ton riffs, and featuring appearances from Jerry & Yoshi of Bloody Panda on vocals, Monarch! was in top form. One of my favorite performances of the year.

Vaura and Brian Chase & Seth Misterka were no slouches either. Featuring Toby Driver on bass and Kevin Hufnagel on guitar, Vaura blends gothy-pop with elements of shoegaze and black metal, resembling Alcest at times, but with other tricks up their sleeve and more punishing passages to punctuate wilder mood-swings. It was only their third live show, but Vaura seems much wiser than their years (the sum of good DNA I take it).

Brian Chase & Seth Misterka performed a set of free jazz, complete with Coltrane style swings up and down the scale on saxophone and drum hits on everything within reach, including his snare (which he was stepping on at the time). Refreshing, fun, complex, and great.

In all, a particularly impressive night of that I have tried to do justice to in pictures, as (((unartig))) has tried to do in video, Both are below...

Continue reading "Monarch played Death by Audio w/ Vaura & Brian Chase & Seth Misterka (pics & video) "

words and photos by BBG, additional photos by Greg Cristman

Monarch at Union Pool
Monarch

They just can't get enough! French doom greats Monarch have added a third and final NYC show. It happens WEDNESDAY (11/17) at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. The BrooklynVegan-presented show will also feature performances from Vaura (a new project featuring Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts/Dysrhythmia & Toby Driver of Kayo Dot/Maudlin Of The Well) and Brian Chase & Seth Misterka (Brian of Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing free-jazz with saxophonist Seth Misterka). The show kicks off at 8PM and costs $8!

We already posted pictures from the Monarch/Bloody Panda show at Cake Shop (which happened 11/12 with nutjobs Tinsel Teeth), but until now, haven't posted the shots from the show that happened at Union Pool the following night (11/13). Evoken opened that party with roar (and to similar audience applause), with Bloody Panda following and Monarch batting clean-up. Again, another great showing from both Bloody Panda and Monarch, who sounded incredible on the PA at Union Pool.

More pictures and video of all bands from Union Pool, including video of Monarch's full set, below...

Continue reading "Monarch played Union Pool w/ Bloody Panda & Evoken (pics, video), add Death by Audio show w/ Brian Chase, Vaura, more"

sometimes Superhuman Happiness dresses up
Superhuman Happiness

Superhuman Happiness, the afro-funk outfit headed by Antibalas's Stuart Bogie, kicks off a weekly Monday residency at Coco 66 tonight (10/4). The regular shows will have guests - some confirmed on the venue's website are Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on October 11th, comedian Matt Higgins on October 18th, and Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery on November 1st.

The Coco 66 show tonight (10/4) will be after (presumably) the free "Music of Fela!" concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 at 6:30pm (that's cause trumpeter Eric Biondo, Stuart and others play in both bands).

A video of Matt Higgins improvising with Stuart Bogie and drummer Miles Arntzen and Stuart Bogie's Superhuman Happiness at Public Assembly in 2009 are below...

Continue reading "a Superhuman Happiness residency & free Fela! reminder "

by Benjamin Lozovsky

Rain Machine
Rain Machine

Four distinctly non-metal acts came together to celebrate the upcoming release of Until The Light Takes Us, a much-anticipated documentary on the Norwegian Black Metal scene written and directed by Brooklynites Aaron Aites and Audery Ewell. Aites and Ewell made themselves available for the whole show, amiably speaking to fans about the film and taking pictures in front of promotional gear sporting a pixilated harbinger of doom. The event felt less like a release party than a gathering of friends to show support however. Despite moving to Norway while making the film, Aites still has plenty of Brooklyn-informed leanings, and he tapped friend and collaborator Kyp Malone (the two play in local band Iran together) to perform with his Rain Machine project. It ended up being just Malone solo, as he performed songs from the project's self-titled debut album with just a plaintive (and at times shattering) guitar and his quivering, unpredictable vocal charms.

Malone might have a future, although maybe just a small one, in comedy or motivational speaking; he filled up the awkward pauses of a quiet audience with deadpan cracks and mildly inspirational calls to move about, if not at this show, then perhaps sometime in the future.

Dave Pajo, playing as Papa M, was probably the only musical participant that had delved into metal material in the past, but on this night he performed his critically revered post-rock album Live From a Shark Cage. Or at least part of it, because after 5 or 6 numbers, the band left the stage. His ambient, textural guitar lines grew slowly as he looped percussive guitar bits underneath the ambling melodies that joined to form a more grand harmonic synthesis. He too had his peoples out in force, as co-members of his new band Yeah Yeah Yeahs Nick Zinner and Brian Chase showed up to cheer on their collaborator and friend. Pajo plays the album again at ATP's 10th Anniversary Festival in England in December, and he'll assist Zinner and Co in performing their breakthrough debut Fever To Tell at the same event.

Overall, it was very subdued night, with only one out of the four acts even rocking a drum kit on stage. That was Soft Circle, who mixed reverb-heavy, almost surfer guitar sounds with punishing krautrock and dance punk beats, courtesy of drummer (and layering whiz) Hisham Akira Bharoocha. But after listening to all that black metal, can you really blame Aites and Ewell for toning it down a notch on this night? There will be plenty of time for bleeding ears once the movie is released. Catch it in New York starting December 4th at the Cinema Village.

Kevin Barker was the first of four on the bill. We missed him, but more pictures from the rest of the show below...

Continue reading "Papa M, Rain Machine, Soft Circle & Kevin Barker helped celebrate a black metal movie @ Knitting Factory - pics"

Karen O @ Lollapalooza 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
Yeah yeah yeahs

"DGC/ INTERSCOPE TO RELEASE WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: ORIGINAL SONGS BY KAREN O AND THE KIDS. ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 29! LEAD SINGLE "ALL IS LOVE" OUT DIGITALLY AUGUST 25! MOTION PICTURE IN THEATERS OCTOBER 16!

Inside Karen O is a Wild Thing - as singer for the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs, her wild thing is in your face, vulnerable, obnoxious, tender, exciting... a self-proclaimed "spazoid." However, to Oscar-nominated Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze, Karen O and her music possess a child-like innocence, a guileless charm that put her exactly on the right emotional wavelength to sonically capture the highly-anticipated film.

To compose music for the film, O enlisted friends and fellow musicians she believed had the musical intuition that would bolster her intent to marry sound to vision. Dubbed Karen O and the Kids, the kids include Tristan Bechet (Services), Tom Biller (co-producer with Karen O and member of Afternoons), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Brian Chase (YYY), Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion), Nick Zinner, (YYY) and an untrained children's choir." [Where the Wild Things Press Release]
As the press release says above, the song "All is Love" is out today. You can listen to it at MySpace.

In related news, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on September 29th. That's six days after their much larger Manhattan show at Radio City Music Hall which sold out, I am told, in less than a day (UPDATE: There are a few random single tickets still available for Radio City at the moment, so not completely sold out yet)... I'm sure the MHOW show will sell out in less than a minute when tickets go on sale Friday at noon (2-ticket limit, will call only, opener TBA).

Some related videos below...

Continue reading "Yeah Yeah Yeahs add MHOW show - Karen O & the Kids made the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack (single out now)"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Dynasty Electric - "One Small Push" (MP3)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Since becoming a vegetarian I've felt a new openness and lightness. Channels have been cleared and obstacles have been removed; energy is flowing more freely from top to bottom. An elimination of obstructions, both physical and spiritual. And with this I've discovered a new sensitivity."
-[YYYs drummer Brian Chase on the band's site]
Today (3/10), New York art-rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their third album, It's Blitz!, digitally (available from iTunes in deluxe and regular versions). Physical copies come out in the US on March 31st and worldwide on April 6th, and right now, the record is streaming on the YYY's Myspace.

The '80s-inspired video for the first single, "Zero," was directed by Barney Clay who, with Karen O, previously directed the video of Tiny Masters of Today's "Hologram World," among others. Watch both of them below.

As far as touring, Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced a number of European summer dates, plus three US festivals so far - Coachella (4/19), Sasquatch (5/23), and Bonnaroo (6/12). Stay tuned for more future tour info as it becomes known.

The YYY's Brian Chase drummed on a track for Brooklyn's Dynasty Electric. That song, posted above, will be included on the band's forthcoming Land of Dreams record.

Besides the YYY album, video, and tour dates, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been releasing bizarre art-film shorts, dubbing their creation the SNAKESWEAT TRILOGY - both released clips are below. The band also covered The Ramones' "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" on the War Child: Heroes benefit compilation.

All tour dates and videos below...

Continue reading "Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz out now & streaming, new videos, tour dates & a Dynasty Electric MP3"