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photo: Blood Orange @ FYF 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
Dev Hynes Blood Orange

As you may remember, Blood Orange is playing Harlem's legendary The Apollo Theatre on Saturday, December 12, a special show with "special guests" that is benefitting Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. That show sold out basically instantly, and he's now added a matinee show (3 PM) the same day. It will also benefit Opus 118 and feature special guests and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon.

photos by The Billy Farrell Agency & Scott Rudd


Grimes finally released her anticipated new album Art Angels today (listen), but before she did that, she brought her tour to NYC for a performance at the Guggenheim's International Gala Pre-Party on Wednesday (11/4). The Guardian was there, and they described the whole spectacle like this:

Grimes jumps into action inside a smallish circular stage, like a Star Trek transporter, with white pillars and stretched fabric ascending towards the high museum ceiling. The crowds gather on the space's famous spiral levels, but mostly stood down on the ground floor, surrounding the stage. It's crowded, but not uncomfortably so, given the current Grimes ascendancy.
They didn't love the show though, saying the set sounded "mushy and homogenous." Did you go? What did you think?

Some of Grimes' famous pals showed up, like A$AP Rocky (a fancier affair than the time they crashed 285 Kent toghether) and Dev Hynes (a less hot and sunny affair than the time they played Warm Up together). Pictures of them, Grimes, DJ SADAF and more are in this post.

Grimes returns to NYC with her signee Nicole Dollanganger for sold-out shows on 11/16 at T5 and 11/18 at MHOW. More pictures from the Guggenheim below...

Continue reading "Grimes brought an elaborate stage show to the Guggenheim (pics --- audience members A$AP Rocky & Dev Hynes included)"

dev hynes connan mockasin

Connan Mockasin and Dev Hynes recorded together while at Mexican Summer's Marfa Myths festival earlier this year and the fruits of that have just been released as a new three-song EP, Marfa Myths 001. You can stream "Feelin' Lovely" via YouTube and the whole EP via Spotify, below.

Both Connan and Dev have NYC shows coming up. Connan plays National Sawdust on December 2 (tickets), and Dev Hynes' Blood Orange plays The Apollo on December 12 (sold out).

In related news, Mexican Summer just announced that Marfa Myths will return in 2016, happening March 10-13 in Marfa, TX. Weyes Blood will be the 2016 Artist in Residence, recording while there with special guests, and there will also be sets by Dungen, Parquet Courts, No Age, Emitt Rhodes, Quilt, Raum with Paul Clipson, Sheer Mag and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale now, including a Marfa Bundle option that comes with the Connan/Dev 12" and a tote bag. Flyer for Marfa Myths 2016 is below...

Continue reading "Connan Mockasin & Dev Hynes release new EP (listen) ++ Marfa Myths fest 2016 lineup (Dungen, Parquet Courts, more)"

by Bill Pearis

RSD Black Friday 2015

The folks at Record Store Day have announced this year's RSD Black Friday releases for your post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy needs. (Black Friday 2015 is November 27.) This year's crop includes that Deerhoof live album, a double-vinyl reissue of Outkast's classic Stankonia, Lush's best-of Ciao!,  a new Ariel Pink single that features Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, and a new Spoon 10" featuring their cover of The Cramps' "TV Set."

Some other RSD Black Friday exclusives/firsts: vinyl reissues of Buzzcocks' Music in a Different Kitchen, The Clash's debut album, Faith No More's pre-Mike Patton 1985 debut album We Care a Lot, Ween's The Pod, a two-disc colored vinyl edition of Garbage's debut album, The Jesus & Mary Chain's odds-and-sods compilation Barbed Wire Kisses, and the rock-meets-rap Judgement Night soundtrack (where Mudhoney met Sir Mix-a-Lot).

In the more curious department, there's a 30th anniversary double-vinyl reissue of the 1985 Transformers Movie soundtrack that featured Stan Bush's "The Touch" (later reused in Boogie Nights to great ironic effect).  The gatefold jacket "completely 'transforms' all four sides from an Autobot themed jacket to a Decepticon themed jacket." Cool? There's also a vinyl soundtrack for Sharknado 3, which if you're an indie band/label wondering why you can't get your album pressed till July, this could be a contributing factor.

There are lots more RSD Black Friday 2015 releases and you can peruse the whole list here.

by Bill Pearis

Blood Orange Sandra's Smile

Blood Orange has just released a new single, "Sandra's Smile," and an accompanying music video which Dev Hynes directed and co-edited. The song definitely owes a little to Michael Jackson in the chorus; the black and while video, meanwhile, was shot all over NYC and is a nice bit of street life. Check it out below.

Dev will also be performing live at Harlem's iconic Apollo Theatre on December 12. Billed as "Blood Orange & Friends," the show promises to debut a lot of new material -- early versions of which may have been tested out at that Elvis Guesthouse show -- as well as a number of special guests. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. Says Dev:

Playing music saved my life; if it wasn't for the chance to play cello or piano when I was a kid growing up in Essex, I shudder to think where I'd be right now. At this point in my life, all that matters to me is giving back to communities and making people happy, so I have decided to put on a fun night of performances at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem that is hopefully affordable to all, with all proceeds going to the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. New York City, let's have some fun!
Tickets for the Apollo show go on sale Friday (10/30) at noon with a BLOODORANGE.NYC presale starting Wednesday (10/28) at noon. Poster for the Apollo show, and the "Sandra's Smile" video, below...

Continue reading "Blood Orange shares new single "Sandra's Smile" and video, playing benefit show at The Apollo in December"

Balance and Composure
Balance & Composure
Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson

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

Balance and Composure, Spill @ Union Pool (BV & Shiner Presents)
We're very excited to be co-presenting this show with Shiner Beers, headlined by the grungy Balance & Composure whose last NYC show was over a year ago at the much larger venue Irving Plaza. Opening is Spill, who recently formed with ex-members of Placeholder and We Were Skeletons. Advance tickets are sold out (though if you get there early enough there will be a few tickets sold), but it's a $5 show and each ticket comes with a Shiner beer.

Wavves, Twin Peaks, Steep Leans @ Saint Vitus
Wavves' new album is their most polished yet and their most dedicated to straight-up rockers the whole time. They're an even bigger blast live, and the openers tonight are well-matched. First of two NYC shows.

Laurie Anderson @ Park Avenue Armory
Laurie Anderson's "Habeas Corpus" installation uses "film, sculpture, music, and video to examine the story of Mohammed el Gharani, one of the youngest detainees at Guantanamo Bay." Open to the public during the day, it concludes at night with a celebratory concert and dance party with Syrian singer Omar Souleyman, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, guitarist Stewart Hurwood, and Anderson herself. This is the first of three nights.

Toro y Moi, Astronauts,etc. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chillwave survivor Toro Y Moi rediscovered the guitar on his enjoyable new album What For? but his funky, relaxed spirit remains.

Tanya Tagaq "Nanook of the North" @ National Sawdust
Inuit throat singer and Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq has collaborated with Bjork and her live show is considered a "gotta-see-it-live" experience. Tonight she performs a live score to the 1922 silent documentary Nanook of the North.

Sinkane, Justin Strauss @ Good Room
Sinkane, aka multi-talented Brooklynite Ahmed Gallab, has helmed the multi-city William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb tribute concerts, toured with Caribou, and last year released his fifth album, the underrated Mean Love. Entry is free before midnight with RSVP: email goodroomgoodvibes@gmail.com to get on the list.

Ought, LVL UP, Rick Maguire (of Pile) @ Secret Project Robot
Montreal's Ought get compared to Talking Heads a lot which comes across a lot more live than on record (such as their just-released Sun Coming Down). But live you also get why they've got such a fervent following -- frontman Tim Darcy's onstage charisma is hard to ignore. Seeing them at a space like SPR will be extra fun.

Fiasco, Cuntz, Super FM, Turbosleaze @ Palisades
Given their name and their hometown (Melbourne, Australia), you can probably guess what Cuntz sound like: bruising garage punk that's as bitter as vegemite. All good things, mind you.

Salad Boys, Unity @ Elvis Guesthouse
New Zealand's Salad Boys make the kind of fiercely strummed, jangly guitar pop that never really goes out of style (even if it's never exactly in style, either). They just released their terrific new album, Metalmania, via Trouble in Mind.

Sporting Life, Dev Hynes, Teengirl Fantasy, Sadaf, DJ Earl @ Elvis Guesthouse
After the Salad Boys show is the record release party for '55 5's, the new album from Sporting Life (aka Eric Adiele, known for his work as one-third of Ratking). He'll be performing live with HANN, Chris Designs, and special guests, plus DJ sets from Dev Hynes, Teengirl Fantasy and more.

Kehlani, Thundercat, Austin Millz @ FADER + vitaminwater
The alt-R&B bubble hasn't completely burst, as promising new artists like Kehlani are continuing to prove. Bass wizard Thundercat makes this a very cool double bill.

Eskimeaux, Told Slant, Attic Abasement, Real Life Buildings @ Baby's All Right
Eskimeaux's 2015 album OK is one of the brightest pop albums to come out of the whole Northeast DIY thing that's been going on lately. Eskimeaux is part of the Epoch collective, and fellow Epoch band Told Slant are worth catching too.

Alberich, Azar Swan, Lussuria @ The Acheron
It's a cool bill all around at the Acheron tonight with one-man industrial band Alberich, goth pop band Azar Swan, and dark ambient musician Lussuria.

Future Punx, Pill, Wall @ Alphaville
With songs flowing into each other and callbacks/codas to others, Future Punx's debut album is a gleaming, seamless, fun, and highly danceable dystopian look our our post-everything world. Tonight's the record release party.

Boytoy, Raccoon Fighter, Savants @ Good Room
Brooklyn trio BOYTOY make no-nonsense, ultra-catchy, punky indie rock and tonight is the release party for their debut album.

Oberhofer, Honduras @ Rough Trade
Brad Oberhofer will released his new album, Chronovisions in August which is more of his cheerful brand of indie rock/pop.

GGOOLLDD, NO/NO @ Rockwood Music Hall
These two Milwaukee bands have been on tour together and they hit NYC tonight: GGOOLLDD make big-sounding synthpop and NO/NO are kinda Joy Division-y.

Ibeyi, Vicktor Taiwò, Janelle Kroll @ Webster Hall
XL-signed French-Cuban duo Ibeyi make soulful downtempo pop on their self-titled debut album, which came out earlier this year.

Wolf Alice, Drenge, Made Violent @ Warsaw
If you like the more mainstream side of '90s alternative rock, buzzy UK bands Wolf Alice and Drenge might be your thing.

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

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still from Empress Of's "Standard" video
Empress Of Standard

Empress Of's very good debut album, Me, is out today (9/11) and if you haven't checked it out yet, it's streamable below. She's also just released an arty new video for single "Standard" which was directed by Zaiba Jabbar and Empress Of's Lorely Rodriguez and also features pro bodybuilder Rob Reinaldo. It puts a new perspective on the song, perhaps literally. Watch below.

Lorely has a couple Empress Of events today to celebrate the release of Me. There's a listening party at Other Music tonight at 6:30 PM where they'll "serve up pizza and drinks and play the album in full." Also the first 20 people who buy the record get a free ticket to her show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (9/13). You can also still buy tickets for that show.

Then tonight, Empress Of will host a NY Fashion Week afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse with her DJing along with Dev Hynes, Imogene, Molly Hawkins and "more friends." It starts at 10 PM and there's an open bar from 10-11 PM. It's free. (Micachu, who plays Alphaville tonight and LPR Saturday, played a Fashion Week thing at Elvis last night.)

Continue reading "Empress Of shares new video + listening party at Other Music ++ DJing NYFW afterparty w/ Dev Hynes @ Elvis Guesthouse"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

St. Vincent / Nelly Furtado, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes / finale
Contemporary Color
Contemporary Color
Contemporary Color

In "Contemporary Color," a copresentation of Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Byrne has organized collaborations among 10 elite color guard teams and recording artists, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado and Devonté Hynes. Between acts, the showcase, performed on Saturday at Barclays Center, included video clips making it clear that for many students, color guard is a way to find like-minded souls in what can be the most harrowing of American experiences: high school.

The idea to pair color guard with live music is an intriguing one, but the results don't entirely click. One exception was the pairing of Somerville High School in New Jersey with Money Mark and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys whose music, not unlike that of a marching band, grew in power. But too much of the music was on the slow side, suffocating the routines and making it apparent that the earnestness of the performers clashed with the musicians who had difficulty shedding their personas. They may have been in bands in high school, but it didn't feel as if they had ever been band geeks. - [NY Times]

After two shows last week in Toronto, David Byrne brought his music-meets-color-guard "Contemporary Color" extravaganza to Barclays Center on Saturday (6/27) and Sunday (6/28), pairing performers such as St. Vincent, How to Dress Well, Dev Hynes, Ad Rock & Money Mark, tUnE-yArDs, Nelly Furtado and Zola Jesus (performing songs written just for this production) with high school color guard teams. Pictures from Saturday's performance, plus video of St. Vincent and David Byrne's performances from Sunday, continue below...

Continue reading "David Byrne, St. Vincent, Zola Jesus, Dev Hynes & more played 'Contemporary Color' at Barclays (pics / video)"

by Sadaaf Mamoon

Samantha Urbani

Samantha Urbani is more than Dev Hynes' muse, a Twitter personality and onetime Friends fronter. Having released her first two solo works, she's well on her way to a glittery solo career. "1234" is a fluorescent bop produced by Dev's old Test Icicles' bandmate Sam Mehran and features boyfriend Dev and one-time Friends bandmate Matthew Molnar. "U Know I Know" is the swoony, emotional follow-up, also with help from Mehran. Stream both great tracks below.

Before she plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday, June 27 with Pachanga Boys, Eclair Fifi, Amnesia Scanner, and The Black Madonna (tickets), Samantha will test out her new live band ("still a work in progress") at her first solo show which happens at Baby's All Right on Thursday (6//25), which is free with RSVP.

Samantha will also be DJing at the Powrplnt Harlem Heat Opening Party at Hunter East Harlem on Wednesday (6/24). That's free and more info is here.

Continue reading "Samantha Urbani shared new solo single, playing free show at Baby's before Warm Up"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Thao / Cults / Richard Reed Parry & Sam Amidon / Jake Shears, Lonnie Holley & more
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell

Mr. Russell's eerie, solitary side was assigned to Lonnie Holley, singing in a bluesy, abstracted tone (and sometimes whistling) over clusters sustained on an electric keyboard; to Sam Amidon, who played terse banjo parts and sang with quizzical innocence; and to Richard Reed Parry, playing bass and singing just above a whisper. Devonté Hynes played guitar and sang the lean, meter-shifting indie rock that Mr. Russell recorded as a member of the Necessaries.

The band Cults expanded the distorted cello of Mr. Russell's "Being It" into a rock-guitar roar; "You Can Make Me Feel Bad" turned from a taunt into a cozy group-sing. And Mr. Bogie's house band, complete with a precise horn section, Latin percussion and lead singers including Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, reveled in disco tracks that Mr. Russell recorded as Loose Joints and Dinosaur L. - [New York Times]

Much like last year's William Onyeabor tribute, this year's Red Bull Music Academy closed out at BAM with a two-day tribute (May 29 & 30) -- this time to '80s NYC downtown scene icon Arthur Russell -- featuring a host of talented performers, including Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon with Richard Reed Perry, Thao Nguyen, Lonnie Holley, Cults, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and more artists from the Red Hot + Arthur Russell tribute album. Did you check out either night of the tribute shows? Pictures from the first night are in this post.

This year's RBMA officially wrapped with another Russell tribute, a dance party late Saturday night (5/30) at Greenpoint's Good Room that spun tracks from Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label Russell co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981. Anyone go to that?

In related news, the posthumous Arthur Russell album, Corn comes out next week (6/9) via Audika Records and is now streaming in full on NPR. The album features music recorded in 1982 and 1983.

More pics from BAM's Red Hot + Arthur Russell below...

Continue reading "Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry, Cults & more paid tribute to Arthur Russell at BAM (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Hannah Daimond/QT/Danny L Harle/Sophie & more on the red carpet
Hannah Diamond
Danny L Harl: Pop Cube

Friday's show was billed as the premiere of Pop Cube, "a multimedia reality network," whatever that is. It started with a stunt. With the audience lined up along the sidewalk, a white stretch S.U.V., not quite a block long, pulled up and gradually disgorged the performers outside a red-carpeted entrance.

The first, QT, posed for photographers and then put on headphones in an outdoor D.J. booth and started playing electronic pop. Soon, everyone was a momentary celebrity; the audience also used the red-carpet entrance, photo opportunities included, against a backdrop of logos.

Inside, BRIC's gallery had become a combination of party space and backstage TV studio; the D.J.s were Dux Content, the duo of Mr. Cook and his longtime collaborator, Danny L Harle. Audience members could, a sign offered, "Get your picture taken with a pop star!" -- the rest of the performers. Their encounters were shown on video screens. In a glassed-in studio, the group Thy Slaughter flailed at instruments like a grunge band, with its singer swigging from a bottle of whiskey, although the speakers broadcast Dux Content's set instead. - [New York Times]

UK post-pop collective PC Music made their NYC debut in spectacular fashion on Friday night, a happening at BRIC House dubbed "Pop Cube" featuring Hannah Diamond, Sophie, QT, Danny L Harle, GFOTY and more. Part of Red Bull Music Academy, "Pop Cube" winkingly treated everyone like a celebrity -- you walked the red carpet to get in as photographers snapped pics -- and its over-the-top design probably reinforced however you feel about PC Music (if you're aware of its existence). It was certainly not boring. The Times review doesn't mention it but the Thy Slaughter rock band incased in a glass studio included Dev Hynes and Sick Feeling's Jesse Miller-Gordon, displayed (unheard) like an exhibit at the Natural History Museum. This was a post-post-post modern event. Pictures continue below...

Continue reading "PC Music presented "Pop Cube" at BRIC House w/ Hannah Diamond, QT, GFOTY, Sophie, and more (pics)"

Ad Rock, Money Mark & Somerville High School Color Guard

David Byrne's high-concept Contemporary Colors shows, which pair pop musicians with high school marching band color guard troupes, are coming up, happening June 22 & 23 in Toronto (tickets) and June 27 & 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (tickets).

More details have been announced since we posted, including the composer and team pairings which are as follows:

David Byrne and Les Eclipses
Nelly Furtado and Ventures
How To Dress Well and Mechanicsburg High School
Devonté Hynes and Black Watch
Kelis and Brigadiers
Lucius and Shenendehowa High School
Money Mark + Ad-Rock and Somerville High School
Nico Muhly + Ira Glass and Alter Ego
St. Vincent and Field of View
tUnE-yArDs and Emanon
For a better idea of what to expect, you can check out a couple Contemporary Colors videos below. The first, directed by Bill and Turner Ross and edited by Steven Lippman, follows Ad Rock and Money Mark to Somerville High School in NJ for their first meeting. It makes its premiere in this post. The other is more of an overview of the event and a look at what color guard is, featuring Byrne and some of the students. Watch those below.

Continue reading "David Byrne details guest-filled 'Contemporary Color' shows +++ watch videos with Ad-Rock & Money Mark"

photos by Adela Loconte; words by Bill Pearis

Kirin / Sean / Dev / Weyes Blood @ Elvis Guesthouse 4/17/2015
Kirin J. Callinan Karaoke
Kirin J. Callinan Karaoke

Kirin J Callinan invited pals Sean Nicholas Savage and Dev Hynes to test out new material at Elvis Guesthouse on Friday night (4/17). It was done mostly karaoke style, with each of them performing to backing tracks off their ipods, iphones and laptops. (Kirin and Dev both played a little guitar, too.) Dev's set was the longest, featuring maybe five new songs, most of which sounded fairly fully formed. The night ended with a group sing-a-long of "New York, New York."

The night, which was a free party also had a guest appearance by Doldrums' Airick Woodhead who sang a new song that his band would also do later that night at nearby Mercury Lounge. Weyes Blood, onetime Golden Triangle bassist Alix Brown, and PC Music's QT were also hanging out, and Spank Rock and Fascinator were the evening's DJs. For happening at such a tiny spot, Elvis Guesthouse never got too packed and was a fun, very informal night. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Tonight (4/20), Elvis Guesthouse's sister venue Baby's All Right hosts a show with Dev Hynes collaborator Heems. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Elvis Guesthouse below...

Continue reading "Dev Hynes, Kirin J Callinan, Sean Nicholas Savage & more performed karaoke-style at Elvis Guesthouse (pics)"

Kirin & Sean

Kirin J Callinan has been sticking around NYC since his tour with Jack Ladder ended. Maybe you saw him at "drunk yoga" last weekend at Baby's? He's doing a free show tonight (4/17) at Elvis Guesthouse with Sean Nicholas Savage. It's a little bit different (that is a relative term with Kirin) and we'll let him explain:



On Kirin's instagram he posted a flyer for the show that lists Kirin J Cameltoe, Sean Savage Bliss and Devonte Hymen as the performers. Also: free beer from 7-8 PM, with the show starting at 8 PM. Spank Rock and Lord Fascinator will be DJing. Again, it's free but there is an option to claim tickets so it might be worth doing that just in case.

Flyer and more all-caps details via Kirin, below...

Continue reading "Kirin J Callinan, Sean Nicholas Savage (& Dev Hynes?) are karaoke-ing their own songs at Elvis Guesthouse tonight (free)"


Like last year, the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy will host a two-night tribute concert at BAM. Last year was William Onyeabor, and this year they'll be paying tribute to the late, great Arthur Russell whose music spanned folk, classical, dance and areas in between. The tribute concerts happen May 29 & 30 at BAM featuring Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Rubblebucket, Little Scream and more to be announced. (Originally listed as part of this, Phosphorescent is not currently on this lineup.) The show is co-presented by Red Hot, who released the Arthur Russell tribute album last year that all of these artists are featured on.

Tickets will be on sale soon. A little more info from RBMA:

The epitome of a postmodern musician, Arthur Russell changed the rules in his much-too-brief lifetime. The Iowa-born composer, cellist and singer entered the Downtown NYC scene in the 1970s - and by the time he passed away in 1992, his influence had permeated virtually every aspect of it. Be it as the musical director of experimental art space The Kitchen; collaborator to Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne, and Ali Akbar Khan; disco innovator with his Loose Joints and Dinosaur L projects; or extraordinary solo musician - Arthur Russell was a master of many trades. To honor his legacy, the Red Hot Organization released the compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, featuring more than 20 artists paying musical tribute. Over the course of two special evenings at BAM, the Red Bull Music Academy teams up with Red Hot to bring together an all-star cast of musicians to bring the compilation to life.
RBMA will wrap up its 2015 slate with another Arthur Russell-related show at Good Room on May 31, this one paying tribute to Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label he co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981 that released records by Mantronix, Just-Ice, T La Rock and EPMD to Nocera, Joyce Sims, and Kariya. Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) will play Sleeping Bag sets. Tickets will be on sale soon.

If you're unfamiliar with Arthur Russell's music, you can stream a few of his records (via Rdio) below, and acclaimed documentary, Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is available via iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services.

Continue reading "Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon, Cults, Richard Reed Parry, Kurtis Matronik, Thao Nguyen & more playing Arthur Russell tributes"

photo: Merzbow at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The Red Bull Music Academy will once again take over NYC this year from May 1-30 with several very cool events and various venues.

This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults, Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scream and more.

Tickets are on sale. The full schedule, with more info, below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy NY returns - 2015 lineup & schedule (return of the Storm Rave, GHE20G0TH1K, a Kid Millions commission & much more)"

by Sachyn Mital

Patti Smith / The Flaming Lips w/ Julianna Barwick / the whole gang (Miley too)
2015 Tibet House Benefit
2015 Tibet House Benefit
2015 Tibet House Benefit

The 25th Annual Tibet House Benefit took place at Carnegie Hall on March 5th near the beginning of the Year of the Wood Sheep Tibetan New Year celebration. Artistic Director and Composer Philip Glass invited friends like rocker Patti Smith and avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, who both performed for the benefit before, as well as newer talents like indie producer Dev Hynes and alt-country star Sturgill Simpson. The contingent of Tibetan musicians included the monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery and Tenzin Choegyal, who invited Anderson back out to help with "Heart Sutra." Rock icon Debbie Harry performed three songs including "Heart of Glass" which received large applause. The Flaming Lips with help from Julianna Barwick performed two covers, the The Beatles "She's Leaving Home" (they covered the entirety of Sgt Pepper's on record), followed by David Bowie's "Warszawa". It was a real treat for the band to perform it alongside Glass (who covered it on 1993's Low Symphony) and Wayne Coyne voiced his love for Glass before the song.

The evening concluded with Smith sharing "Birthday Poem" in advance of the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday later this year. She was then joined by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith and Her Band for "Gandhi" before the grand finale. All the artists, including Coyne's heady fwend Miley Cyrus, took the stage for "People have the Power" - with Smith asking the audience to rise and leading the way. Smith ended the night sharing a bow with Anderson, Harry and her daughter.

More pictures from the night and the full setlist, below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Debbie Harry, Flaming Lips, Sturgill Simpson & more played Tibet House Benefit (pics, setlist)"

by Andrew Sacher


Heems is a few weeks away from releasing his new album, Eat, Pray, Thug (due 3/10 via Megaforce), and he's now put out its second single, "Home." It features vocals from Blood Orange main man Dev Hynes, adventurous production, and it's hardly something you'd call a rap song. Listen, along with another new song that didn't make the record (via Rolling Stone) below.

Heems plays a release show for the album on March 10 at Santos Party House. Since we last spoke, Sandunes and Rizzla were added. Tickets are still available.

In related news, past Heems collaborator and fellow NYC rapper Action Bronson put out a new song this week from his upcoming album, Mr. Wonderful (due 3/24 via Vice/Atlantic). You can stream that below too. He also has a release show scheduled, March 24 at Terminal 5. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Heems releases Blood Orange collab from new LP (new Action Bronson out now too)"

New Myths

The Mexican Summer label is curating a cultural festival New Myths (not to be confused with the Brooklyn band of that name), which will happen March 13 - 15 in Marfa, Texas. There will be art, film and of course music, featuring artists on Mexican Summer and their electronic label, Software, as well as some acts they just like. The lineup includes Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin' Bajas, Suicideyear and more. There will also be a "recording residency" with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, and musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma will be presenting a "sound bath."

The Friday (3/13) and Sunday (3/15) events are free and a pass to all Saturday (3/14) events is $15, but you can buy a "New Myths" package for $40 that includes a Saturday ticket, an exclusive Dev Hynes / Connan Mockasin split 12", a tote bag and a journal. Note this is the weekend before SXSW's music portion starts, so for those heading that way you could make a week of it. Marfa, and its storied lights, has its own mystical appeal.

There's more, and the full line-up of events is listed below.

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Dev Ariel Carly

Blood Orange's Dev Hynes and former Foreign Born member (remember them?) Ariel Rechtshaid know a thing or two about hit-making. They teamed up previously for Sky Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" and Solange's "Losing You." On his own, Ariel contributed significant co-writing and production to Charli XCX's True Romance, co-wrote Usher's "Climax," produced Haim's Days Are Gone and Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, and plenty more. In addition to Dev's own project Blood Orange (and past projects like Lightspeed Champion and Test Icicles), he can be found contributing to Florence & the Machine, Kyle Minogue, Theophilus London, almost Britney Spears and more.

Now Dev and Ariel are teaming up once again to work with the voice behind "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen, as the above instagram points out. "Recorded one of my fav songs today with - @devhynes and @arielrechtshaid," Carly writes. Could be interesting.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Julian / Blood Orange (via Jeanette Diaz)
Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz brought their tour to the Strokes frontman's former hometown of NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (11/25) in support of their zany debut album, Tyranny. While Julian's most known (and most loved) for his Velvet Underground/Television-inspired leather jacket rockers, and has since also ventured into synth pop and new wave, his new album with The Voidz has him making weirdo out-there psychedelic pop that has more in common with Ariel Pink than Lou Reed. They played most of the album, but did dip into Julian's solo career for "River of Brakelights" and into The Strokes' catalog for two off 2005's First Impressions of Earth, "Ize of the World" and "You Only Live Once," the latter of which saw Dev Hynes joining the band on vocals (video below).

Dev also opened the show with his Blood Orange project, and was sporting a shirt emblazoned with "BLACK LIVES MATTER," the hashtag that's been trending since the Ferguson case ruling was announced. Julian mentioned Ferguson on stage too, and after the show Dev took to Twitter to reflect:

Tonight I got to sing with a hero onstage in the city I love on a day I woke up alive and well. This is luck. It's all luck. We are told that our lives don't matter. Daily. Not just in situations like this that bring it to light. Let's look after ourselves. Let's look after each other. We are all we have and we have to stand up for ourselves & our neighbors. All lives matter. DO NOT FORGET. I know some of you feel this deep sadness. Like a fist pushing you down. Others may just feel bummed out for a day, but to those who have lived with this constant scrutiny & lack of importance in these eyes of others, it's more than a news story to us. Keep that in mind.
Shabazz Palaces, who have been on tour with Julian, played after Blood Orange, adding a dose of hip hop to the bill. They've also got a new album to support, and mixed stuff off that with stuff off their 2011 debut Black Up. Shabazz also joined Julian as guest musicians on "Father Electricity" during his set, but SP's Ishmael Butler didn't take over on lead vocals this time like he did in Montreal.

Unfortunately our photographer missed the openers, but more pictures of The Voidz, plus video of the Julian/Dev collab, a few other Voidz videos and their setlist, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Tinashe first began picking up significant buzz earlier this year thanks to her Schoolboy Q-featuring, DJ Mustard-produced single "2 On," which later appeared on her debut album Aquarius which came out last month. The album -- also featuring guest spots from Dev Hynes, A$AP Rocky and Future, as well as production from Dev, Mike Will Made It, Evian Christ, Cashmere Cat, Boi-1da and others -- is mostly alt-R&B in the vein of The Weeknd or the self-titled Beyonce album. It's a sound that's been endlessly replicated over the past few years, but Aquarius is one of the better albums of this kind to come out this year. Watch the videos for "2 On" and the A$AP Rocky-featuring "Pretend," and stream the Dev Hynes-featuring "Bet," below.

Tinashe was recently in NYC for Power 105.1 Powerhouse, and she'll return for a headlining show on her North American tour in December. That tour hits Highline Ballroom on December 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the videos/stream, below...

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Drake @ SOB's (via)

Though Drake didn't make an appearance with his friend iLoveMakonnen at SOB's on Tuesday (maybe he could have broke up the fight), he did show up last night at the same club to make a CMJ guest appearance with his other friend Partynextdoor. Video below.

iLoveMakonnen plays CMJ again at Fader Fort.

Speaking of not-so surprising CMJ guest appearances and Fader Fort, Dev Hynes joined his friend and collaborator Kindness on stage at Fader Fort late last night. Rapper DeJ Loaf (who brought out Remy Ma and her mom at Santos Tuesday) also joined rappers Rae Sremmurd (who played SOB's Tuesday before iLoveMakonnen who also joined Rae Sremmurd on stage).

Last night was also the late Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples show at Highline Ballroomm, but more about that one later.

Mac DeMarco, who DJs again at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night, showed up to DJ the Captured Tracks day party at Baby's All Right yesterday, after a DJ set by PP's Meredith Graves.

The day parties at Baby's All Right TODAY (10/24) AND TOMORROW are our BrooklynVegan ones. Hope to see you there.

Fader Fort continues tonight. Watch a video of FADER spending the day with Vince Staples before his recent SOB's show, with the Drake video, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

The Blood Brothers
The Blood Brothers
The Blood Brothers

Early-mid '00s post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers are reunited this year, and having already played FYF Fest and a hometown Seattle show, they finally made their way to NYC over the weekend where they first played Central Park's Modern Sky Fest and then headlined a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw last night (10/5). The show was opened by Violent Bullshit, the current band of Orchid's Jayson Green, who mentioned on stage that The Blood Brothers' first tour was opening for his old band ("and look at me now").

The show sold out way in advance and was packed for The Blood Brothers. The entire front half of Warsaw was a moving organism for a lot of the show and was full of huge fans. Almost all the people you could see were yelling along, raising fists in unison and generally having a killer time. Lots of moshing, stage diving and crowd surfing, especially towards the end, and including co-frontman Johnny Whitney who jumped into the crowd while continuing to sing multiple times. The band sounded awesome and were way into the show themselves. Granted, they haven't been away as long as some of the other bands reuniting recently, but still it was hard to believe this was their fourth show together since 2007. A few of the people we talked to after the show even agreed they were better now than the first time around.

Blood Orange's Dev Hynes was there, which may seem a little surprising considering his recent output but not when you consider his old band Test Icicles (who Oh My Rockness said "sound like The Blood Brothers meets Death From Above 1979" in 2006). Also in attendance was Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who played with Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers in Head Wound City, their short-lived side project with the Locust's Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian who just played their second show ever (and first in nine years) in LA last month (two new songs included). Maybe Head Wound City will play NYC too? Let's hope.

The Blood Brothers' only two remaining shows that are currently announced are part of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November (one is an aftershow). More pictures from the Warsaw show, videos of both bands, and The Blood Brothers' 22-song setlist, below...

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Julian Casablancas @ Shea Stadium (via thedirtygrand)
Julian Casablancas

Blood Orange @ Shea Stadium (via noahisawesome)
Blood Orange

As predicted, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas played a secret show with his new band The Voidz at cozy Brooklyn DIY joint Shea Stadium tonight (9/22). They were billed as "Rawk Hawks", and played after "Naranja Bausch" who ended up being Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange who played new songs (Naranja is Spanish for Orange). Big Ups, not a secret at all, opened the Monday night show.

Did you get in? Julian's friend and labelmate Har Mar Superstar did. How was the show?

Julian tours bigger venues in October.