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Mos Def
photo: Mos Def at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The Eric Garner protests, like last weekend's Millions March, in NYC continue, and as you've probably seen and heard, many of those lending their voice to the cause are prominent musicians. Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey), offered an audio statement called "Thoughts On The Upheaval From A Global Perspective" via Stop Being Famous, as Billboard points out. Here's some of what he said:

Where are we? We're at a critical time. We're at a watershed moment for humanity. The urgency to 'change this miserable condition on this earth,' as Malcolm X said, is occurring to many of us, reaffirming itself.

It's the opportunity for necessary change, positive change, and it's not necessarily convenient or comfortable as I'm sure it is with any period of growth. I read somewhere that in order for an arrow to fly, the bow has to be drawn back. There's some pressure involved and I think we're all feeling that pressure. Some of us are more aware of it than others. Some of us are trying to drown it out. But we all feel it one way or another, in indelible ways in these times and days.

You can listen to the audio below.

RZA also spoke to Vanity Fair about it, saying:

The value of a man's life has been totally reduced. It has never been even put at the proper value, when it comes to a black man... But we have an old-school mentality of what you can do, as a cop, and how someone already considered a criminal, even when he's not committing a violent crime, or a real crime. Selling a cigarette is not really a crime, standing on the corner is not a real crime, at the end of the day.

But in this case, with Eric Garner, there is not a criminal here. This looks more like the ego and frustration of a man--forget that this guy was a cop. Take the uniform off. If you take the uniform off of those guys, it looks like a neighborhood beat down. It looked like a black guy got jumped by a bunch of white guys. It looks like this gang jumped that guy.

On Sunday (12/14), when Aretha Franklin attended the premiere of Selma (the film based on Martin Luther King and the 1965 civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama) in NYC, she was interviewed about how important she thinks a film like Selma is coming out at this time, and said:
I think that it's gonna bring a higher level of consciousness to everything that's happening, particularly between the movie and the Fergusons and all of the different happenings that we've had lately involving all of the young African American men. There is certainly a correlation between the two, the timing, and i think most importantly the timing. What was happening way back when and what is still happening now.
Lil B just released a song called "I Can't Breathe," which you can listen to below.

The Eric Garner case, other related tragedies, and the growing social movement around it also pushed D'Angelo to get his new album out as soon as he did (it was originally planned for 2015).

Meanwhile, money has been raised for Eric Garner's family via Fundly and Indie GoGo campaigns. Fundraisers, like the one Russell Simons was at, are becoming more common. Two happening in NYC just popped up today:

One is a show billed as "BLACK LIVES MATTER" happening on December 23 at SOB's. No artists announced at the moment, but tickets are on sale now.

The other is a noise show happening December 30 at Palisades with live sets from Nick Klein & Shredded Nerve, Miguel Alvarino, Appetite, Saran Man, Negation, Coil's Drew McDowall, Pure Matrix, POI, Bookworms and Young Male, as well as DJ sets from Analog Soul, Half Life and Pharmakon (aka Margaret Chardiet). That one's $12 at the door.

They may not really need the fundraisers in the end though, as the New York Times reports that New York City comptroller Scott M. Stringer is also "seeking to negotiate a settlement of a $75 million civil rights claim brought my Mr. Garner's family."

Stream the Lil B song and Mos Def speech below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Destruction Unit @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 7/3/14
Destruction Unit
Destruction Unit

Destruction Unit are in town for their label Ascetic House's long Independence Day Weekend in NYC which so far has included two NYC shows. First they played The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday night (7/3) and then a daytime show on the Fourth at Silent Barn. As we guessed, they're also sticking around for a third show TONIGHT (7/7) at Baby's All Right which has now been officially announced and also features White Hills and Ancient Ocean. Tickets for tonight's show are available. Show flyer below.

Destruction Unit don't really have "off nights" as far as I've seen, but Thursday's show was definitely an "on night." The band played with minimal lighting save for a projector coating the members with the lines from their optical illusion-inducing album cover and the occasional flashing of bright whites. Their show is as much a physical thing as it is a sonic assault, with guitarists Jes Aurelius and Nick Nappa waving their guitars in the air and singer/guitarist Ryan Rousseau delivering all attitude and manic aggression. The three guitars are all out in space, piling on endless layers of psychedelic atmospheres, as the bassist and drummer keep the band locked in, driving, and somewhat grounded on earth. It was the kind of set that in just about a half hour inspired fist pumping, headbanging, and moshing, as well as total spacing and tripping out.

Probably the most likeminded artist to Destruction Unit at the Studio show was the first band, Brooklyn's Honey. They also mixed psychedelia and punk, but were more psychedelic in a '60s throwback way with a ton of acid-soaked wah pedal guitar solos. They were great. Then came The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform who have been playing a lot lately (and will again soon), and gave another of their short-but-sweet sets of mechanic noise with Michael Berdan's deranged-hardcore-frontman-style delivery. Direct support was an ambient set from Coil/Psychic TV's Drew McDowall. Pictures of all four sets from the Studio show are in this post.

Destruction Unit at Silent Barn - 7/4/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
D Unit

The next day Destruction Unit helped celebrate America's independence as part of an all-day show at Silent Barn that also featured Mutual Benefit, Potty Mouth, a solo set from Lauren of Worriers, and a bunch more. They went on early (around 6 PM) and it was bright as day in Silent Barn with the venue's back window open, but D Unit were just as much a thrill to watch in the light as they were in the previous show's darkness. The way they jam on their songs makes every Destruction Unit show a different one, and they change up the setlist too (the Silent Barn show opened with "Evil Man" which I hadn't heard them play in a while). Once again it was guitars everywhere, both literally and sound-wise, and still a treat even if you had seen them 17 hours earlier.

Marshtepper at Palisades (via Ric Leichtung)
Marshtepper

Much later that night (around 1 AM), D Unit members Jes Aurelius and Nick Nappa graced new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades with a set from their Marshstepper project. Jes and Nick provided an electronics/noise set but more than anything else the show was performance art that included a nude man writhing on the ground and lots of blood. One person called it one of the weirdest shows they'd ever been to and another said seeing it was possibly the best idea ever.

Then on Sunday, D Unit drummer Andrew Flores took his Jock Club project to Bossa Nova Civic Club for a late show with Bookworms, Soren and Encapsulate. Anyone catch that one?

Like we said above, you can get tickets to catch D Unit in NYC again tonight (7/7). More pictures from the Studio show below...

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Mac DeMarco at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Mac

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

Mac DeMarco @ Other Music
Get a sneak peak at Mac's new album, Salad Days, at this free acoustic in-store ahead of his two proper headlining shows. UPDATE: To attend, you had to pre-order the album through Other Music, and the venue is now at capacity.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, The Hotelier, Crying, Told Slant @ Suburbia
Brooklyn DIY spot Suburbia hosts an excellent double dose of emo tonight with multi-layered Connecticut collective TWIABP and Worcester, MA's emo/pop punk/post-hardcore blenders THe Hotelier. Local support comes from chiptune band Crying and bedroom indie rockers Told Slant. Suburbia is pretty tiny, so this is sure to be a pretty wild show.

Peach Kelli Pop, The Mystery Lights, Scully @ Don Pedro
Peach Kelli Pop (aka White Wires drummer Allie Hanlon's other band) make sugary bubblegum garage confections like on the band's new single. This is their second of two NYC shows.

North Highlands, Ablebody, Bennio Qwerty, Cowboy @ Glasslands
North Highlands are going their separate ways -- singer Brenda Malvani is leaving NYC -- but on good terms, playing one last show together. We'll miss ya, NH!

Typhoon, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Wild Ones @ Webster Hall
This is a pretty good triple bill with art pop ensemble Typhoon, the folky Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and Typhoon's Portland neighbors Wild Ones.

Tiger & Woods, Poolside (DJ Set), DJ Spun @ Output
Electronic duo Tiger & Woods return to NYC for Output's weekly INPUT party, and dancey duo Poolside are on the bill DJing as well.

Allah-Las, Spires, The Black Hollies @ Rough Trade
Los Angeles band Allah-Las look and sound like they're from 1966, making sweet 12-string jangly pop. This is a rescheduled show from December and a one-off for the band.

Rakim @ SOB's
Rakim still plays his hometown a good amount, and tonight's another good opportunity to catch the legendary rapper.

JD Samson & MEN @ The Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum's Wind Up series continues tonight with a live set from ex-Le Tigre member JD Samson's band MEN. There will also be "interactive art making activities, tours of the new exhibition Other Primary Structures, and an open bar with beer and wine."

Svper, Arm Candy, Blizzard Babies @ Silent Barn
Barcelona duo SVPER make motorik synthpop that sounds a bit like Broadcast's Trish Keenan fronting "Electricity"-era Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

The So So Glos, Heeney, Pictureplane DJ set, Tony Quattro DJ set, Nick Gazin DJ set @ The Flat
Mishka is celebrating the 5-year anniversary of its flagship store (350 Broadway in Brooklyn) tonight with an in-store reception from 7 to 10 PM, and after that there's an afterparty at The Flat with local rock bands The So So Glos and Heeney, plus numerous DJs.

Hiro Kone, Dutch E Germ, Drew McDowall, Soren @ Baby's All Right
NYC electronic musician Hiro Kone celebrates his new album tonight at Baby's All Right with support from ex-Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ and others.

The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
The xx continue their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.

Joe Mande, Wyatt Cenac, Max Silvestri @ The Bell House
The very funny Joe Mande left NYC to live in LA a few years ago, but tonight he'll be back on his #BITCHFACE tour, and solid support comes from current NYC residents Wyatt Cenac and Max Silvestri.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Bill Pearis

people at Zebulon for an El Guincho show in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
Zebulon

Rumors have been floating around for a while, but now it's official: Williamsburg venue Zebulon, which has always been a great place for world music and jazz, as well as local and touring bands (including being the home of Grizzly Bear's first show in 2004) for about a decade (and almost never charged admission), will be closing its doors for good after their show this Sunday (12/9). The press release (via Zebulon's facebook) reads:

On Sunday, Dec 9 Zebulon will be closing its doors after ten exciting years of pioneering music and arts. Williamsburg has changed significantly since we opened, and unfortunately it is no longer possible today to continue the business in the manner in which it was conceived. Nevertheless, it's been a great run. We are proud to have given many celebrated artists a chance to play in an intimate setting or develop their sound in readiness for a larger audience. Zebulon has employed and supported struggling artists and their families, connected them to a wider musical community in New York and given them a stage on which to experiment. This is our final week so if you haven't been down in a while, please come and say hello/wave goodbye, and pay your respects to this gem of an institution. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for news of our next endeavors and adventures!
Major bummer for the neighborhood. The block Zebulon is on (Wythe between Metropolitan and N. 3rd) has changed drastically in the last two years: the bike club/repair shop, such a fixture for longer than I've lived in the neighborhood ('98),  is now a surf shop, and long-running diner Relish is now an very busy (and overpriced) Mexican place. Zebulon was the last holdout on the block from the early '00s Williamsburg expansion and will be sincerely missed.

The schedule of upcoming shows for Zebulon's final week (including Mike Wexler, Colin Stetson, Hubble and more) is below.

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Instruments like this will be played tonight
modular synth

Happy summer solstice! And what a way to kick off the season, it looks like it's going to be well into the 90°s today. Death by Audio will be celebrating it tonight (6/20) with Modular Solstice, a night of all modular synth performances by musicians who are or were involved in a project which uses analog electronics. (Let's hope for the instruments' sake DbA's A/C is up and running.) The lineup for tonight's show includes Drew McDowall (CSD, ex-Coil and Psychic TV), Mark Dwinell (member of Forma), Matthew Regula (member of Telecult Powers), Nathan Cearley (member of Long Distance Poison), and Jesse Derosa (member of Grasshopper). Doors for tonight's show are at 8 PM, first set at 8:30. Admission is $7.

Drew McDowall spoke to WFMU about what he's been up to and they touched on the DbA show, in addition to some other future plans:

You're playing the Modular Solstice Synthesizer show on Wednesday at Death By Audio in Brooklyn, what can you tell me about the instrument you will be playing? Lots of gear fetishists want to know, I'm sure.

As this is the first solo show that I've done I wanted to to make it even more exposed and solitary so it's going to be modular synthesizer. No other instruments. You'll have to come to see what it is.

What's next?

Putting the finishing touches to the next Compound Eye and CSD records. I've started collaborating with a few other people and doing remixes too. I'm doing something with Nicky Mao from Hiro Kone, i'm excited about that.

You can check out some videos of Captain Sons and Daughters (CSD) from their St. Mark's Church show in 2008 below.

Each artist performing at Death by Audio tonight has offered a one to two sentence description of their set. A couple of them actually sounds like it's about the music, but they're all pretty fun to read. Check them out below.

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