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Grizzly Bear are on the cover of the new issue of NY Magazine, which makes two weeks in a row that Brooklyn was prominently featured.

Despite making it into Billboard's Top 10 with their new album, Shields, the band still aren't making a lot of money.

Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.

And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

"The Artwork of Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout" is opening in Brooklyn soon. Meanwhile check out our recent Guided by Voices pictures from both Austin and the Deluna Fest in Florida.

Crystal Castles and HEALTH play Roseland on Wednesday (10/3). We're giving away tickets here and on our Facebook too.

Also on Wednesday, M83 plays Hammerstein Ballroom and we're giving away tickets to that on Facebook too. Tickets are also still on sale.

Another Facebook contest: win tickets to see Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber at Webster Hall on Friday (10/5).

The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.

Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."

Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.

Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."

Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."

More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!

But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.

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Continue reading "ALSO: Grizzly Bear on cover of New York; CDs turned 30; Dave Sitek's new label, Trent Reznor, Ryan Adams, Deadmau5, more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Gossip at Brooklyn Bowl, 9/27/2012
The Gossip

Gossip have been touring like crazy in support of their recent, Xenomania-produced album, A Joyful Noise, and hit Brooklyn Bowl last night and made good use of the venue's giant disco ball. The band's fans are enthusiastic to say the least, including one superfan who kept an 8x10 glossy and a Sharpie in front of him the whole show hoping for an autograph. (Hope you got it!) Ditto came out and sang with opener Bonnie Montgomery for a song, too (photos of that below), and Corin Tucker's favorite new band Magic Mouth rounded out the bill.

Gossip's tour rolls on, playing Toronto tonight. Tour dates are listed below, along with more photos from last night's Gossip show, including one of the setlist.

Continue reading "The Gossip played Brooklyn Bowl with Bonnie Montgomery and Magic Mouth (pics, setlist)"

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50 Cent wants you to stop masturbating, and he's taken to Twitter to tell you how to do it:

Step 1. To avoid the urge to masturbate stop going to porn sites.
Step 2. Make a conscious decision not to turn your head after people walk by you.
Step 3. Do not go to strip clubs
Step 4. Do not look at lust filled magazines
And there you have it. In related news, 50 may share the stage with his rival Fat Joe for for a Chris Lighty Tribute at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Snoop Dogg on Teen Son's Pot Use: 'He's Learning From The Master'. Catch Snoop Lion at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ tonight. He goes on at 10 (or when he feels like it). Tickets seem to still be available.

We premiered a new Strife song today.

Head to the BrooklynVegan Facebook for a chance to win tickets to that Questlove/Talib Kweli/Q-Tip DJ gig at the Capitol Theater where Fiona Apple also has a show coming up.

Speaking of Fiona, she told the crowd at her recent New Orleans show that she is sorry about the whole drug arrest mess.

More importantly, we're pretty sure your cat wants this for his or her birthday:

Cat Unicorn
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Conor Oberst played a 19 song solo show in Austin, with help from Daniel Johnston and Ben Kweller.

Ben and Conor will again team up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate park this October.

Obama and marriage equality supporters The National are currently in the studio (hopefully crafting the follow-up to 2010's High Violet), and have posted a six-second clip, titled "Jazz Brunch," to their new Soundcloud account. You can have yourself a "Jazz Brunch" HERE.

Steve Earle is playing an Obama fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl.

When in doubt, do like Andre Williams says, and "Blame it on Obama."

26 years ago today, heavy metal lost one its greatest bassists and heroes to a tragic bus accident. His recordings are among some of the greatest albums ever produced in metal. Cliff Burton, you are missed.

Metallica's Kirk Hammett will be signing his new horror memorabilia book on 10/11 in New York, NY @ Barnes & Noble, 10/13 in New York, NY @ Comic Con, 10/25 in Los Angeles, CA @ Barnes & Noble, 10/26 in Burbank, CA @ Monsterpalooza, 10/27 in New York, NY @ Chiller Theater, and on 11/20 in San Francisco, CA @ Books Inc.

Kirk is also one of the many guests appearing on that new Joey Ramone DVD we mentioned. We posted the new video that goes with that release, in "What's Going On" today.

Speaking of the Ramones, a young Morrissey did not like them, at least the first time around.

Tumbull, CT tried to throw a Michael Bolton concert, lost lots of money in the process.

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Continue reading "ALSO: 50 Cent not a wanker; Snoop Dogg on son's pot use; Steve Earle, the National, Metallica, Chelsea Wolfe & more"

by Bill Pearis

Tom Tom Club

Tom Tom Club (aka former Talking Heads rhythm section Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth) released a new EP, Downtown Rockers, this month -- their first new music in over a decade. Like all of TTC's music over the last 30 years, the new EP is breezy, danceable and fun. You can stream it over at East Village Radio.

Speaking of, Chris Franz hosted a two-hour special on EVR celebrating the release of Downtown Rockers and you can listen to an archive of that here. Additionally, Tom Tom Club will be playing Brooklyn Bowl on November 1 and tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 12 at noon. (They played their last year too.) The band's only other live date at the moment is a benefit for Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti which happens in Pittsburgh, PA on September 21 and more information about that can be found here.

A few Tom Tom Club videos are below.

Continue reading "Tom Tom Club released first new recordings in a decade; playing Brooklyn Bowl"

by Bill Pearis

Oberhofer
Oberhofer

As mentioned before, Oberhofer are playing Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (8/29) and since we posted about that Bleeding Rainbow and Heavenly Beat have been added to the show, which makes for a pretty solid line-up. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go to the show for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter are below.

Bleeding Rainbow's new album, Yeah Right, was supposed to come out October 9 but has now been pushed back to January 29. In the months leading up to it, the band will release a series of 7" singles, the first of which, "Pink Ruff," will be out in October, with "Drift Away" released in November and "Waking Dream" in December. You can stream "Pink Ruff" below and watch the video as well. Bleeding Rainbow head out on tour with Eternal Summers right after the Brooklyn Bowl show and will be back in NYC around CMJ. Updated dates are listed below.

The Brooklyn Bowl show will be the second show for Heavenly Beat in live band form. I caught the group's live debut at Public Assembly a few weeks back, and thought they were pretty good for a first show.

Video, streams and Bleeding Rainbow tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Bleeding Rainbow and Heavenly Beat added to Oberhofer show at Brooklyn Bowl (win tickets!)"

photos by Ryan Muir

The Drums / Chairlift at Brooklyn Bowl 8/22/2012
The Drums
Chairlift

No strangers to NYC shows this summer, The Drums (last seen opening for Bloc Party at T5) and Chairlift (last seen at House of Vans and then opening for The xx in Staten Island) played a SPIN/Diet Coke-sponsored free show last night (8/22) at Brooklyn Bowl. Pictures from the evening are in this post.

This looks to have been the last U.S. show for The Drums for a while, with only a few dates in Mexico and South America on their 2012 schedule. Chairlift, meanwhile, will be touring throughout the next two months, including two dates with The xx in NYC.

More pics of The Drums and Chairlift, and a list of all remaining tour dates are below.

Continue reading "The Drums and Chairlift played Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"

Here We Go Magic at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
HWGM

Brooklyn's Here We Go Magic have been touring in support of their new album, A Different Ship this year. They've already squeezed two hometown shows and they've just announced another one which will go down on September 18 at Brooklyn Bowl. It's a free 'Denim & Supply' show with RSVP or $5 at the door. All HWGM dates are listed below.

As mentioned, there will also be a free 'Denim & Supply' this month on August 31 at Brooklyn Bowl with Hospitality and ARMS. RSVP is open, or you can pay $5 at the door.

A list of all Here We Go Magic dates and the video for "How Do I Know" off of their new album are below.

Continue reading "Here We Go Magic playing free NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl (updated dates)"

It was two weeks ago that Oberhofer were to have played Hudson Park River Rocks show with The Soft Pack when that damn dechero messed everything up with its high winds, sheets of rain and low-hanging ominous cloud formations most of us had only ever seen in Ghostbusters. While not outside or free, Oberhofer will play Brooklyn Bowl on August 29 where the strikes are of the pin, not lightning, variety. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Oberhofer have made a video for "Crusin FDR" from their enjoyable debut album, Time Capsules II, and you can watch that below.

River Rocks will wrap up the 2012 season tonight (8/9) with Grimes, Wild Nothing and DIIV and the weather looks like it's going to be ok. Doors are at 6PM.

Oberhofer tour dates are listed below along with that video

Continue reading "Oberhofer made a new video (watch it), playing Brooklyn Bowl"

DOWNLOAD: The Hood Internet - "Grown Up Has No Trigger" (MP3)

The Hood Internet

As mentioned, The Hood Internet are releasing their new album, FEAT, on October 2 and playing shows in support of it including a NYC date on August 11 at Brooklyn Bowl. That show is no longer happening, and Brooklyn Bowl calendar now lists an early show that day (8/11) with Natural Child, The Peoples Temple, and Liquor Store, and a late show with St. Lucia, Big Black Delta, and Capital CIties.

Instead, The Hood Internet will make their way to NYC for a show on September 14 at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg with Body Language, My Gold Mask, and Oscillator Bug. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon. All Hood Internet dates are listed below.

The Hood Internet recently made a very topical mashup of Danny Brown's "Grown Up" and Dirty Projectors' "Gun Has No Trigger" called "Grown Up Has No Trigger." You can download that above or stream it below, along with a list of all dates...

Continue reading "Hood Internet replace BBowl show with MHOW (updated dates); mashed up Danny Brown & Dirty Projectors (MP3)"

Shut Up and Play the Hits

If you missed the many "one night only" screenings of the LCD Soundsystem concert doc Shut Up and Play the Hits last night (7/18, did you go?), those in NYC still have a few more chances to see it. The Landmark Sunshine has 7PM and 10PM screenings on both July 25 and 26, unfortunately they're all sold out. However, Brooklyn Bowl will hold a screening on Friday, July 27 with the added bonus of LCD drummer Pat Mahoney DJing as well.

Doors are at 11:30PM with the screening starting at midnight boasting "full concert sound" which probably mean "really really loud" which is probably the optimal viewing experience. Tickets are on sale now. If you're wondering if this film is any good, here's what The AV Club had to say:

James Murphy didn't direct Shut Up And Play The Hits, the documentary about the last concert performed by his band, LCD Soundsystem, at Madison Square Garden in 2011. But the film is a product of his magpie record-collector's aesthetic. The idea to throw a big farewell bash with friends (including Arcade Fire and comedian-musician Reggie Watts) is cribbed from The Last Waltz. The film's elegiac, end-of-an-era tone comes from Woodstock. The framing device for Shut Up And Play The Hits--the ecstatic performance footage is cut with morning-after scenes of a pensive, bored-looking Murphy struggling to come to terms with what he's just done--is reminiscent of Gimme Shelter. The obvious difference is that there's a lot less at stake in Shut Up And Play The Hits: Nobody died at LCD Soundsystem's final show, apart from the group identity Murphy created a decade earlier.
Meanwhile, The Creators Project has put together four little documentaries featuring Aziz Ansari, Reggie Watts, bandmembers and others sharing memories of the LCD salad days, which you can check out below.

Continue reading "LCD Soundsystem movie 'Shut Up and Play the Hits' screening at Brooklyn Bowl with Pat Mahoney DJ set"

Fishbone

As previously posted and tweeted earlier today, the BAM-sponsored, weekly free series of lunchtime live music outside downtown Brooklyn office complex Metrotech - always well curated, continues this afternoon (6/28), somewhat hilariously with a performance by ska-punk legends Fishbone (if you're close by, it's time to take your lunch break!).

The band is currently on a tour that also brings then Buffalo, Toronto and Montreal this weekend. They're back in NYC by July 8th to play two shows at Brooklyn Bowl - an early family show and a late gig with Paranoid Social Club. The late show is part of the CBGB Festival which is also hosting a screening of documentary "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" at Anthology Film Archives (individual tickets are on sale).

Fishbone are also on the lineups of Riot Fest Chicago and Bumbershoot this year, and have a lot of other dates scheduled too. They're all listed below...

Continue reading "Fishbone playing free show at noon, CBGB Fest, two shows at Brooklyn Bowl and other dates"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Ape School - Marijuana's on the Phone (MP3)

Ape School

You may remember Ape School, the current musical project from Philadelphia resident Michael Johnson who previously spent time in Holopaw as well as a stint in Lilys. It's been three years since he dropped Ape School's eponymous debut, having spent time with Kurt Vile and The War on Drugs, but is now back with Junior Violence which is out August 7 on Hometapes. With it he's brewed a terrific pot of psychedelic pop tea, brimming with catchy melodies, bright production, and playful (just weird enough) creativity. If you wished there was a middle ground between the two MGMT albums, this might fit that bill.

You can download first single "Marijuana's on the Phone" at the top of this post, and the image above is the sleeve to the 7" (out June 26) which comes in a really cool PVC sleeve with a transparency overlay done by Freegums. Ape School also have a few live dates lined up including one at the Northside Festival, playing Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (6/16) with Asobi Seksu, EXITMUSIC, and Field Mouse. Tickets to that show are still available, and you can get in with your Northside badge if you have one. They'll also open for Lotus Plaza at Mercury Lounge on July 18 and tickets are still available for that show. They'll also play a Junior Violence release show at Johnny Brenda's in Philly on August 17.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ape School ready 'Junior Violence' (MP3), playing shows (one w/ Lotus Plaza)"

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Dick Dale on a Rocks Off Cruise (more by Deneka Peniston)
Dick Dale

Surf guitar legend Dick Dale will head out for some Midwest/East Coast dates in July, heading as far south as Richmond before looping back to California in the days following. NYC is doubly on his itinerary, including shows at Brooklyn Bowl on July 21 with Lyres, Twin Guns, and DJ Tony Lo-Fi (tickets) and a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on 7/22 with Manitoba and The Detroit Cobras (tickets).

For The Detroit Cobras, who just announced a whole bunch more tour dates, the show is one of TWO NYC-area shows scheduled including one at Maxwell's. Head below for a full listing of all updated tour dates and some video.

Continue reading "Dick Dale touring; more Detroit Cobras dates announced (one with Dick on a boat)"

Man Man at House of Vans (more by BBG)
Man Man

Though we already knew that Man Man was heading to the NYC area for a show at Maxwell's on June 4th (tickets still on sale), the previously announced tour left out one key date which is now announced: June 5th at Brooklyn Bowl with Diamond Doves, a show that is FREE with RSVP or only $5 without.

Speaking of Brooklyn Bowl, the club which recently hosted Jonathan Toubin's return party and has an upcoming Levon Helm tribute scheduled, will be paying tribute to MCA this evening with a screening, on all HD screens with full concert sound, of "AWESOME: I F*CKIN' SHOT THAT!". There will also be a special Beastie Boys tribute AV performance by Eclectic Method. It's free, and continues to be free if you stick around to see Questlove DJ ($8 if you show up after 10pm).

Brazilian Girls, whose Tuesday, 6/19 Brooklyn Bowl show is already listed as "limited admissions at door" have added a 2nd date at the club happening one day earlier. Tickets for the 6/18 Brooklyn Bowl show go on sale at noon.

Man Man is currently working on their new record, though no status on the progress thus far. Until then, be on the look out for some new tunes at the dates below.

Continue reading "Man Man & Brazilian Girls add dates at Brooklyn Bowl (where an MCA tribute is happening tonight)"

Levon Helm lost his long battle with cancer on April 19, and his life and legacy will be celebrated at a couple of upcoming events, starting with a show by The Band tribute band The The Band Band at BB King's tonight (5/8). A portion of ticket sales will go to The American Cancer Society in honor of Levon Helm.

Brooklyn Bowl is hosting "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down": A Celebration of the Life and Music of Levon Helm on June 4. Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger and Joe Russo (of Zeppelin tribute band Bustle in Your Hedgerow and other projects) form the core of the tribute, with special guests including Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), members of Guster, members of The Felice Brothers, Nicole Atkins, Phosphorescent, Family Band, Diamond Doves, Kelli Scarr, Yellowbirds, and Tom Hamilton of American Babies. Tickets are $20 and on sale now, and proceeds will go to benefit Helm's "The Barn" studio.

Dave Dreiwitz meanwhile can be found tonight (5/8) at City Winery backing... Michael Moore, and Wednesday (5/9) backing Aaorn Freeman aka Gene Ween at 92YTribeca.

The flyer for the Brooklyn Bowl event is below, as is video of Bruce Springsteen's recent live performance of The Band's classic "The Weight."

Continue reading "upcoming Levon Helm tributes w/ Benevento, Russo, Dreiwitz, members of the Hold Steady & many more"

Jonathan Toubin Sunday night @ Brooklyn Bowl (via nickgazin)
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Welcome back Jonathan.

BADBADNOTGOOD @ Brooklyn Bowl (5/4/2012) (via @hollaPino)
Badbadnotgood
Beasties

As I'm sure countless musicians who happened to have shows scheduled yesterday did from stage, Coldplay (at Hollywood Bowl and like they did at All Points West), BADBADNOTGOOD (at Brooklyn Bowl), and Bomb The Music Industry! (at the NYU Strawberry Festival) paid tribute to Adam Yauch with a Beastie Boys cover worked into the set (who else did?). Watch video of the three mentioned, below...

Continue reading "Coldplay, BADBADNOTGOOD & Bomb The Music Industry! paid tribute to MCA (videos from last night)"

by Andrew Sacher

Badbadnotgood

Jazz leaning instrumental hip hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD, made up of pianist Matt Tavares, bassist Chester Hansen, and drummer Alex Sowinski, released their second album, BBNG2, last month for free on their website. Their first album, live material, and singles, are also all available for free on their bandcamp.

The new album's got live instrument/jazzy takes on Odd Future (who they've collaborated with), James Blake, My Bloody Valentine, and Kanye West instrumentals, and a handful of originals as well. And if those covers just sound like a way for the group to get our attention...I can't say it isn't working. These kids (the whole band is under 21) can really play and the arrangements are tight. Also, somebody tell them to do a Death Grips track on their next record.

BADBADNOTGOOD have some dates coming up including a NYC show at TONIGHT (5/4) at Brooklyn Bowl with DJ Still Life. Tickets are available.

They recently played Coachella (but weren't part of the initial lineup announcement) and while they were there they also did some backing for Frank Ocean during his set. Check out videos of them from Coachella, along with music videos, other live videos, and a session with Tyler, the Creator below, along with all dates...

Continue reading "BADBADNOTGOOD touring (NYC tonight), cover James Blake, My Bloody Valentine & Odd Future (who they also play with)"

by Bill Pearis

Mystery Jets - Radlands

Mystery Jets will release their fourth album, Radlands, on June 5 via Rough Trade. The band will play a release party for the record at Brooklyn Bowl on June 11 and tickets just went on sale for that. Mystery Jets will then open for ever-popular UK piano balladeers Keane for a string of dates including a June 15 date at Beacon Theatre. All Mystery Jets tour dates are below

This was the band's first album made after losing basist Kai Fish, who put out his first solo album Life in Monchrome last year. You might be able to tell from Radlands cover art, the London band made the album in Texas...Austin specifically. Explains main Jet Blaine Harrison:

We've always wanted to make a record in America and after touring Serotonin the time felt perfect to go and do it. Our first three albums were entirely conceived and recorded in London so going out to Austin felt like the furthest place from everything we knew. We arrived with a handful of songs, but one in particular felt like it captured the spirit of why we had come there. It was called Radlands (a fusion of the 1970s Terrence Malick film Badlands and Redlands, Keith Richard's Sussex estate), which is also what we named our studio; a big old wooden house on the banks of the Colorado river.

All we brought on the plane were the guitars on our backs, so we ended up borrowing all this amazing valve gear from an old guy called jack who ran a little studio up in the hills-which is why the songs sound the way they do. In the daytime we wrote lyrics on the porch and in the evenings a family of Deer would gather in the back yard to hear us play. Some nights we drove into town to drink and bring people back to play on the songs.

When we arrived home, it was hard to believe any of it even happened. It somehow all felt like a strange dream. But when Dan Carey heard it and invited us down to his studio we listened back to everything and it was all there, it was real. All we were missing were some gospel singers, which he found in the Streatham community ladies choir...

Texas proved to be a big influence on the record, with song titles like " The Ballad of Emmerson Lonestar" and "Lost in Austin," the latter of which references the storied Marfa lights. Musically, Mystery Jets do what they do -- anthemic UK-style indie.

For a taste of the new album, the video for "Someone Purer" and a stream of "Sister Everett" are below.

Continue reading "Mystery Jets releasing 'Radlands,' playing Brooklyn Bowl"

El Toubin

After a freak accident put Jonathan Toubin in critical condition last year, he finally came out of the hospital this past January. Last week, we were excited to announce that he'll be part of this year's NXNE lineup, and we since found out that his official welcome back party is a free New York Night Train party at Brooklyn Bowl on May 6 with a huge lineup including Ian Svenonius (Chain and the Gang) (DJ Set), Mr Fine Wine (WFMU's Downtown Soulville) (DJ Set), Josh Styles (Smashed! Blocked!) (DJ Set), Kid Congo Powers, The K-Holes, Daddy Long Legs, Expensive Shit, Performances by Anna Copa Cabanna & Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, Visuals by B.A. Miale & Spencer Bewley. RSVP is open. The flier for this show is below.

He has other upcoming apperances too, including his weekly parties at Home Sweet Home (every Wednesday) and his monthly Soup Clap and Dance Off party at Glasslands. He'll also host a silent disco at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park on July 7 with JD McPherson. Tickets are available. And he'll be at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ.

All dates and flier below...

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin returning with a big party & lots of dates!"

by Andrew Sacher

Fred Falke

French house producer Fred Falke will be in NYC for a FIXED show TONIGHT (4/6) at Brooklyn Bowl with FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P. Tickets for tonight's show are available. The flier is below.

Fred Falke's been an active producer in the French house scene since the '90s, but he released his first full solo LP, Part IV, last year. The album contains some of the singles Falke has been dropping throughout his career in addition to newer ones. Tracks like "Aurora," "Look Into Your Eyes," and "Back To Stay" focus on Falke's ability to chop up vocals, whereas cuts like "Chicago" and "Wait For Love" see the use of Daft Punk-y funk basslines, and the crunchy synths of "Electricity" dive into borderline Justice territory. Check out the video for "Aurora", a full stream of "Wait For Love" long with snippets of the entire album, below.

Video, stream, show flier, remixes and more below...

Continue reading "Fred Falke in Brooklyn tonight (released 'Part IV' in December)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Polica @ Brooklyn Bowl
Polica

If Polica's quick rise wasn't apparent before, it definitely was when the Minneapolis, Gayngs-related band packed Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (4/1), just a few nights after playing the significantly smaller Rock Shop which at some point they thought was the right-sized venue to book (the Brooklyn Bowl show was added much later). Here are some pictures from the bowling alley venue show, opener Zulu Winter included.

Polica's upcoming dates include, strangely, another trip east in May, but just to hit Philly, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and Albany (where their show is free). Polica's recent-past shows include SXSW where they played a BV party and an NPR one which is streaming online.

All future dates are listed under the rest of the pictures, below...

Continue reading "Polica played Brooklyn Bowl with Zulu Winter (pics)"

Tennis at Hotel Vegan (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tennis

Tennis were last in NYC on their tour with Hospitality for two sold out shows in March, before both making their way to Austin for SXSW where they played Hotel Vegan and the Carson Daly showcase.

Tennis will be in NYC again next week to perform on Letterman on 4/9. While they're here, they'll play a show at Brooklyn Bowl on April 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below...

Tennis were recently on other late night TV shows as well, having performed "Origins" on The Tonight Show and aired footage from SXSW on Carson Daly. Videos from both of those performances along with all dates below...

Continue reading "Tennis playing Letterman & Brooklyn Bowl (next week) --- updated 2012 Tour Dates (and Leno & Carson Daly videos)"

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at ACL 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Dale

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. announced a tour a while back which includes a NYC show happening on April 1 at Bowery Ballroom. They've since added a Brooklyn show happening one day earlier at Brooklyn Bowl (3/31). Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show and the Bowery Ballroom show are on sale now.

Speaking of wacky bands playing Brooklyn Bowl, all-metal tribute to the Bee Gees, Tragedy, complete their February residency at the club this Friday (2/24). A more serious Led Zeppelin tribute band (Zoso) plays there one night later.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are also playing Bonnaroo. An updated list of their dates is below...

Continue reading "Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. adds Brooklyn show (updated dates); Tragedy complete residency Friday"

Donuts

Continuing 6 years after Hip-Hop visionary J Dilla's death, the annual Donuts Are Forever tribute benefit is slated for this Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl (2/19). The concert includes DJ sets by TARA, Brina Payne, Ill Digitz, GETLIVE!, and returning act Parler, with producer Prince Paul and DJ Neil Armstrong headlining. Rap trio Tanya Morgan will share hosting responsibilities for the evening, following a performance Wednesday night (2/15) in iHeartDilla's "One Song" lineup at Southpaw. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are still available. Flyer below.

While "Donuts Are Forever" further solidifies itself as a tradition each year, new odes to the late maestro are still taking form. Questlove recently DJed an hour-long set for Hot 97 devised soley of J Dilla tunes, which is available for download here. The drummer also wrote an essay for XXL rhapsodizing J Dilla's singular talent, explaining his influence on Hip-Hop and his own work:

"The day after he recorded "Think Twice," for Welcome to Detroit, I look at the drum set, and I was like, "Wait, you recorded that on this?" And it was the most dingiest, dirtiest, not even second-hand. [It] looked like the Fat Albert junkyard gang drum set. Screws were missing; some of the heads were broken. Matter of fact, he didn't even use real drumsticks on "Think Twice." He used a vibraphone mallet, and he had a broken drumstick that he got some toilet paper from the bathroom, and some rubber bands. I was like, "You would rather go through this MacGuyver shit than buy new drumsticks?" He's like, "I didn't know where to get 'em this late at night; I had to make due." I was like, "Well, why did you hit the drums with the mallet?" He was like, "I didn't want the dynamic to be too aggressive. I wanted to sound muted, so I decided to play the drums with the soft cotton mallet." It looked like putting a marshmallow at the end of a toothpick [Laughs]. Next thing I know, I'm now flying to Philadelphia--I think the next week, [to work on] The Roots' Phrenology record [and] I tracked both "Quills" and "Pussy Galore" the same way. I went and got some orchestra mallets, and then I too started, just 'cause I seen how he got that sound."
As per usual, Questlove DJ'd at Brooklyn Bowl last night (as he will on many more Thursdays). He's also scheduled to appear at "Bowlive" events at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/1 and 3/8.

Dilla

In Detroit, J Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey, organzied a "Dilla Day" concert and community celebration in the producer's hometown this past weekend (2/10-2/11). Performers for the Friday night show included Danny Brown, Busta Rhymes,, Jay Electronica, and A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg (who has a NYC show coming up), while Saturday's free event included "hands-on beat-making exhibits for children" and a preview of a short-form documentary "Rebirth in Detroit," which followed J Dilla and other local musicians and is to be released later this year. Above photos of the Fillmore marquee via jmackhh.

Aside from his tribute duties, Prince Paul is reuniting with his erstwhile collaborators De La Soul for a new album. While the group's latest creative incarnation First Serve is still underway, two new videos were uploaded to their Youtube channel last weekend teasing new material. Check out "Life is Great" and "Mr. Big Mouph II" below...

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