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The Faint at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The Faint are currently on tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album Danse Macabre. The party hits NYC on Friday (12/7) at Terminal 5 with Toronto's Trust and Icky Blossoms opening the show. Tickets are still available.

If you've read the site over the last week or so, you probably know we've been asking a lot of bands and artists to contribute year-end Top 10s (like Animal Collective who play Terminal 5 twice this week), and here we've got ones from both The Faint and Trust. The Faint did a collective list of favorite LPs and were only able to whittle it down to 12, including albums by Liars, Actress, Twin Shadow, Grimes (who did a list for us too) as well as both of their current tourmates. Check out the full list below.

As for Trust, main man Robert Alfons lists his 10 favorite tracks of 2012 and the top three spots all go to the same artist. Any guesses who? Don't forget that Trust will DJ late night at Glasslands on Friday (12/7) after their T5 show. Black Marble will play live and tickets are still available.

The Faint and Trust's 2012 Top 10 lists are below.

Continue reading "The Faint and Trust list their Favorite Music of 2012; on tour, playing Terminal 5 this week"

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UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

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"Every time I mention I like her or Justin
on Twitter though I lose like 20 followers," - Grimes

DOWNLOAD: Doldrums - She is the Wave (MP4)

Grimes at MHOW, 10/25/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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There is no doubt Grimes has had an amazing, perhaps overwhelming, year, selling out four 600-capacity nights in NYC recently to her album Visions ending up on many Best Albums of 2012 lists (like Rough Trade Shops, NME and Fred Armisen's). But what did Claire Boucher pick as her favorite albums of the year? We asked her and you can check out what she told us below.

She cheated a bit though, listing her tour-mates and Arbutus Records label-mate Doldrums' Lesser Evil as her #1, which doesn't actually come out till February 23, 2013, but if it's a list of what she heard in 2012 then we'll let it slide. You can download a track from that Doldrums album above or stream it below along with its music video.

Check out Grimes Top 10 (plus one more, actually) of 2012, which includes both Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift and possibly some inside jokes (we're just printing what she gave us), and that Doldrums song, below.

Continue reading "Grimes' Top 10 LPs of 2012 --- includes Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber & Doldrums' 2013 LP (stream a track)"

by Klaus Kinski (and Fred Armisen)

Fred meditates on his top ten...
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In my tenure as BV's tallest and prettiest contributor, I've noticed that one of the most polarizing figures we mention on here is the great Fred Armisen. It's like, any time we mention this dude all the negative-Nancys crawl out of the wood work. Oh well... You know what they say ('they' being people who use terrible quips to express themselves); "Haters gonna hate." The reality is, Fred Armisen rules. He's one of my most favorite, funny, uber-talented oddballs in the biz. He's consistently funny on SNL, no matter how abysmal the sketch may be. His show Portlandia (which returns January 4th 2013 on IFC) is one of the funniest shows to hit the gogglebox in recent memory. And he keeps it real with small-venue residencies and club shows. Fred recently hipped us to the top 10 records of 2012 that floated his boat.

In addition to Portlandia's imminent return (many guest stars included), and the Portlandia book which is currently available, don't forget the Fred is hosting the Snow Ball Ball at the Bell (Ball) House on Sunday December 16. The show also features guest DJs Tunde Adebimpe (from TV On the Radio), Peter Hale (from Here We Go Magic) and more!

Check out Fred's 'Best of' list, below...

Continue reading "Fred Armisen names his Top 10 LPs of 2012; 'Portlandia' Season 3 coming soon"

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The unwavering NYC video god (((unartig))) has swooped in with his best of for 2012, listing off important topics like "Best Album", "Best Show", "Goosebumpiest moment" and the all important "The show at which I wished I could secretly inflict everlasting and agonizing pain upon everyone." His picks for those are listed, along with accompanying video, below. (see his 2011 list HERE and 2010 HERE)

(((unartig))) was last seen shooting video at Eyehategod at Saint Vitus on Tuesday (11/27). Pictures from that show are HERE and last night's show are HERE. Stay tuned for his footage.

Continue reading "(((unartig))) names his favorite (and not so favorite) musical moments of 2012 (each with a video)"

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Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.

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Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.

As mentioned before, Tame Impala just announced a 2013 tour, and will play Terminal 5 in NYC on February 19. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/30) at noon.

NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.

Continue reading "NME Top 50 Albums of 2012; Tame Impala 'Lonerism' gets #1"

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The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.

By the way you can still get tickets for the December 15 show at Cameo that Sharon curated with She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain and "Special Guest."

A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.

Continue reading "'The Fly' magazine's Top 50 LPs of 2012 (Sharon Van Etten #1)"

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Rough Trade Shop is always one of the first to list their top albums of the year, and their list is always a good one to look at. This year is no different. Check out their Top 10 list, below...

Continue reading "Rough Trade's Top 10 Albums of 2012"

UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.

Frankenstorm

We'll keep you posted, but at the moment, Swans @ Bowery, Sic Alps @ Knitting Factory, and the show at Cake Shop are still listed as happening. Most other Sunday night shows (and a bunch of Monday shows) we would have listed are cancelled or postponed due to Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy). Subways and buses stop running at 7pm which is also when people living in "Zone A" are supposed to be evacuated by.

UPDATE: The Juan Maclean's DJ set at Le Bain is also still on (as of this post) CANCELLED too.

UPDATE: The Men are playing Don Pedro.

Union Pool doesn't have a show tonight, but is open.

ASPCA reminds you: All pets are accepted on the subway, taxi and trains during evacuation.

Fontana's says, "Hey everyone - we're going to be open this evening till we can. At least 2am. All Manhattanites workin the shifts - come keep us company."

Pianos is closed.

The Living Room is closed.

Cake Shop's show is now cancelled, but they "might still be open upstairs for fun and the bored-at-home-with-only-comic-books-you-haven't-read-yet-from-the-early-2000's. Stay tuned."

Spectre Folk, who were set to open for Sic Alps, at Knitting Factory tonight "have cancelled due to weather related travel issues. The show will go on with Sic Alps and PC Worship but will end early (10pm)." Tickets are still available.

Hannibal Buress is stuck in Houston. Not sure if his Knitting Factory show is going on without him.

UCB: "Due to MTA shutdown, both ASSSSCAT 3000 shows are cancelled tonight. Refunds will be issued to ticket holders."

All shows past 5:30pm at UCB East are also cancelled.

Pretty Good Friends is cancelled at Union Hall which will also be closed Monday.

The Bell House postponed an event tonight, and sadly cancelled Monday's Pat Kiernan Halloween trivia night.

Grimes, who has been in NYC the past few nights for her sold out four-night run, was set to play her last of those shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with Elite Gymnastics and Majical Cloudz, but due to the incoming Frankenstorm, tonight's show has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Mercury Lounge is also cancelled/closed.

Brooklyn Bowl is closing at 6pm.

The Molly Nilsson show at Glasslands tonight has been cancelled.

The xx were scheduled to play their second of two shows at the Paradise Theater tonight. They write...

Due to safety concerns related to Hurricane Sandy and the MTA shutdown in New York, we have been forced to postpone our remaining shows in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, including tonight's show at the Paradise in the Bronx. We are working with our partners to reschedule as soon as possible, so please hang on to your tickets and we'll advise as soon as we can. We'll have another announcement coming later in the week, including information on these shows and a new run of US dates in early 2013. In the meantime, please be safe. We'll be back to see you all soon.

Tonight's Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom has been cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase.

Villains is cancelled at Saint Vitus who write "We are closed this evening due to mandatory evacuation of "zone A". Obviously Mayor Bloomberg is not a Metal Head. We will reopen as soon as we can. In the meantime, enjoy this!"

Child Abuse at The Paper Box is cancelled.

Cat Power's Philly show at the Electric Factory has been postponed to January 2.

Brandie Carlile and Blitzen Trapper were set to play their first of two Beacon Theater shows tonight, but both tonight's show and Monday's show have been postponed.

Drom has cancelled multiple Sunday & Monday shows.

Sunday & Monday shows at Joe's Pub are cancelled.

"Due to impending hurricane, S.O.B's will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Shows will be rescheduled at a later date."

The Trey Anastasio Band show at Capitol Theater has been postponed to Monday, November 5. All tickets for tonight's show will be honored.

Louis CK was set to wrap up his run at the New York City Center tonight but has postponed the shows until March 2. Read his letter about postponing HERE.

"Pace Presents at The Schimmel Center for the Arts is disappointed to announce that, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the city, our 2012 Banjo Summit with BELA FLECK tonight, Sunday October 28, has been CANCELLED. We are currently in discussions with the artists regarding rescheduling this show. More information will be released as we have it. Again, our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Stay safe and dry in the storm!"

Irving Plaza says, "Tonight's Xavier Rudd show is postponed. We're working on a rescheduled date, will send out info asap. Refunds avail at point of purchase."

The Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) show at Apollo Theater, which was initially postponed to tonight from June 14, has now been cancelled.

"BAM Rose Cinemas will close today following the 4:40 screening of Argo. The cinemas will remain closed tomorrow and possibly Tuesday."

Blue Oyster Cult at Best Buy Theater is postponed.

Maxwell's says, "tonight's show with Ours has been postponed to Sunday, December 2nd. all tickets will be honored and refunds are available as well."

Carnegie Hall's Sunday & Monday shows are cancelled or postponed.

City Winery says, "Due to the inclimate weather in the New York area and the suspension of all major travel services tonight's (10/28/12) Shawn Colvin concert has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The show has been rescheduled for February 3, 2013. In addition the Eric Hutchinson show scheduled for Monday, 10/29/12 has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date."

If you had been planning on celebrating Halloween with Rusko at Pacha tonight, you'll have to settle for spending New Year's with him. Tonight's show has been postponed until December 30.

UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Grimes.The most amazing show. God I will marry you illegally in a heartbeat." - @HannahKuo

Grimes @ MHOW, 10/25/2012
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"I took Dramamine before the show and that's why I'm forgetting the words to my songs!" admitted/joked Grimes' Claire Boucher last night on stage. Lyric recollection or not, Grimes packed Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/25) for the first of four back-to-back, sold-out NYC shows, and fans (many of whom have adopted Claire's style) were there to dance. With a stage adorned with flora and backed by Myths (who did their own support set as well), Grimes kept everyone moving. Mykki Blanco, who fared pretty well at CMJ too, opened the night.

Tonight, Grimes moves to Bowery Ballroom with openers Elite Gymnastics and just-announced Blood Orange. She'll stay at Bowery for Saturday's show (10/27) then it's back to MHOW for her final NYC show on Sunday (10/28). Different openers each night while in NYC. More pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg are below.

Continue reading "Grimes played Music Hall of Williamsburg with Myths and Mykki Blanco (pics); three more sold-out NYC shows to go "

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Yesterday we mentioned that there was a secret opener for tonight's long-sold-out Grimes show at Bowery Ballroom. Today (10/26) it has been revealed as Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) who has shared a bill with Grimes in NYC before. He's on at 9pm sharp.

We last saw Dev a week ago in the crowd watching Sky Ferreira at the BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly. One day earlier he revealed on Tumblr that her new EP has a reworked version of a song he wrote.

Dev also contributed, as writer and producer, to the new Solange release, announced today, called "True" - out digitally on 11/27 via Terrible Records (in stores in January). That's the cover art above. More info and a video below.

Tonight's show is Grimes' 2nd of four shows total this weekend. Pictures from last night coming in a minute are up. Watch a Blood Orange video and get the Solange info below...

Continue reading "Blood Orange revealed as Grimes opener; Solange EP announced (Dev co-wrote & co-produced it)"

photos by Chase Turner

Grimes & friends @ Metro in Chicago - 10/23/2012
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To quote our photographer Chase Turner, "Grimes played a very sold out show at Metro with openers Myths and Elite Gymnastics. Grimes decorated the stage with children's dolls (Pikachu, Teletubbie, Totoro) and had dancers with green/blue hair with dark face paint crawling around the stage bizarrely." Pictures from that show, which happened Tuesday night in Chicago, are in this post.

Grimes is now in NYC for four sold out shows in a row starting tonight (10/25). Each show has different openers, and they look like this:

THURSDAY: Myths, Mykki Blanco
FRIDAY: secret guest, Elite Gymnastics
SATURDAY: Myths, Blue Hawaii
SUNDAY: Elite Gymnastics, Majical Cloudz
The middle two shows are at Bowery Ballroom. The first and last are at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Blue Hawaii (Raphaelle from Braids) also plays Cameo Friday with Opossom and ARMS. Maybe you caught them during CMJ, or maybe you caught Braids.

Majical Cloudz also had a show at Pianos earlier this week with Popstrangers, and one night before Opossom played there.

I wonder who the unannounced Grimes opener is. More pictures from Chicago below...

Continue reading "Grimes on tour w/ Elite Gymnastics & Myths, now in NYC for 4 shows (one with a secret guest), played Metro in Chicago (pics)"

Grimes on Pier 84 in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Grimes just kicked off kicked off her Mythical Gymnastics Tour last week, which is being supported by Elite Gymnastics and Myths. That show comes to NYC for four shows in October, that have long been sold out: Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/25 and 10/28 and Bowery Ballroom on 10/26 and 10/27. Elite Gymnastics, who recently went from being a duo to the solo project of James Brooks (the other member Josh Clancy was primarily the visual artist), is remaining on the tour as his new solo version of the project, but he won't be at Grimes MHOW show on 10/25 or her Bowery show on 10/27. On 10/25 it will be transgender rapper Mykki Blanco and on 10/27 it will be Braids side project Blue Hawaii.

If you missed your chance at copping tickets to the NYC shows and don't mind traveling a bit, you can also catch Grimes, Elite Gymnastics, and Myths TONIGHT (9/24) at Basilica Hudson, where Basilica Fest went down in August, and where Godspeed You! Black Emperor played a pre-ATP show on Thursday (9/20). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

An updated list of dates is below.

Continue reading "Grimes' Mythical Gymnastics Tour is underway, hitting Basilica Hudson tonight (updated dates)"

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As you can see in the tweet above, Grimes got all of her gear stolen at the Manchester show on her European tour last night (8/30). This is unfortunate news for Grimes, who has otherwise been having a pretty great year and is on an extensive world tour right now. Her tour is scheduled to continue at Dublin's Electric Picnic this weekend, and eventually hit NYC for four sold out shows in October. It hasn't been announced if she'll need to cancel any dates because of the theft.

Best of luck to Grimes in recovering her equipment. A list of all remaining dates on her tour is below.

Continue reading "Grimes got her gear stolen in the UK"

Sebadoh at MHoW, November 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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today in NYC
* Jacob Garchik @ Barbes
* Wade Bowen @ Joe's Pub
* Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub
* Mike O'Brien @ UCB
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Everest Cale @ Bryant Park
* Kitty Pryde, Lakutis @ Santos
* What Can You Do? @ The Stone
* Popular Culture, Ferns @ Cameo
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Remember, Dream v. 2.5 @ The Stone
* The Drums, Chairlift @ Brooklyn Bowl
* WFMU's 7 Second Delay Live @ UCB
* Pete Rock, DJ Premier @ East River Park
* Al Green, Charles Bradley @ Beacon Theatre
* Conveyor, Field Mouse, Abadabad, Y/Y @ Glasslands
* Highlife, Daniel Higgs, Endless Boogie @ McCarren Park
* Portland Cello Project, Live Footage @ City Winery
* Sebadoh, Circle of Buzzards, Sentridoh @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wino & Conny Ochs, Sean Ragon, Kevin Hufnagel @ Saint Vitus
* Many Mansions, Names Divine, United Waters, IYEZ @ Shea Stadium
* The Hairs, Chris Robison, Daniel Fromberg, Rabbit Troupe @ Cake Shop
* Little Feat, Papa Grows Funk, Stooges Brass Band @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Teenage Bottlerocket, Nothington, Masked Intruder, The Scutches @ Santos
* Rank Xerox, Rat Columns, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Deformity @ Death By Audio
* The Eastern Sea, Sundress, Your 33 Black Angels, Variety Lights @ Mercury Lounge
* Splash, Psychobuildings, Grand Resort, Lingerie, Le Sphinxx DJ set @ Public Assembly

The Coen Brothers classic Raising Arizona is showing for free in McCarren Park tonight as part of Summerscreen, along with performances from Highlife, Daniel Higgs and Endless Boogie.

Sebadoh/Sentridoh are here playing Bowery tonight, but you can also catch Lou Barlow in the Dinosaur Jr. video for "Watch The Corners", starring Tim Heidecker, below.

Austin City Limits 2012 Late Night Shows were announced.

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SNL writer Mike O'Brien, who you saw interviewing Joanna Newsom in our tattoo post yesterday, performs at UCB tonight. He goes on after John and Scott from 30 Rock do their thing.

Grimes, who recently played River Rocks, has a new video for "Genesis" which is viewable below. She dances with a snake. Claire will be back in NYC in October for four nights of sold-out shows.

Yeasayer performed "Longevity" on Jimmy Fallon on August 20th and A$AP Rocky performed "Goldie" last night (8/21). Check out video of both below. Quicksand plays Jimmy Fallon tonight, two days before they bless NYC in the first of sold-out two local shows.

Aesop Rock, not to be confused with ASAP Rocky, has a new video for "Cycles to Gehenna" off of his new album, Skelethon. Check it out below. His tour recently hit Austin for a sold out show at Mohawk. You can check out pictures from that show HERE

Check out a video below of Indians performing at Ace Hotel as part of that '5 at 5' series.

Gorguts recently played Irving Plaza and though a video of a full set has yet to emerge, check out video from last week in London below.

SXSW released a trio of videos featuring DIIV performing this past year. Check those out below.

The Walkmen performed "Heartbreaker" on Late Show With David Letterman last night. Check out video of that Heaven track below.

Stream a new Lightning Bolt track from their upcoming rarities comp below.

Lightning Bolt is one of the many artists whose photograph is on display at the BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" which is up now at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Hours:

8/21- 8/24; 9/4-9/5: 8am-8:30pm
8/27-8/31: 8am-3pm
9/3: Closed for Labor Day
Closed on Sats & Suns.
Stop by and check it out! And download the audio from our opening night concert.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (new Grimes video included)"

Yeasayer at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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today in NYC
* Birdy @ Joe's Pub
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Louie Belogenis @ The Stone
* Project Fukushima @ The Stone
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* ATM, Happy New Year @ Manhattan Inn
* Ze Luis, Forro in the Dark @ Nublu
* Bushwalla, Todd Carey @ Joe's Pub
* Deep Time, The Babies @ Union Pool
* Linkin Park, Incubus @ Jones Beach
* DOM, Bum Rap, Kings of Belmont @ Delinquency
* Ches Smith and These Arches @ Barbes
* Self Help, KNTRLR, Wet 10 @ The Delancey
* Shark?, Desert Sharks, Lost Boy? @ Big Snow
* Vassals, Trumpeter Swan, Jane Eyre @ Pianos
* Martha Wainwright, Nicole Atkins @ City Winery
* Yeasayer, Daedelus @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* WIERD w/ Arctic Flowers, Murderer @ Home Sweet Home
* Finger on the Pulse BBQ w/ Computer Magic @ Good Co.
* Erika Spring, Tiny Victories, Tezeo @ Mercury Lounge
* Gary War, Ami Dang, FORMA, Lorna Dune @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Harry & the Potters, Potter Puppet Pals @ Knitting Factory
* Michael Graye, Faster Than Light, Natalie York, Jack Byrne @ Cake Shop
* Enfants Terribles: Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock & Joey Baron @ Blue Note
* Fear Factory, Ashes Of Your Enemy, Dispute To Flames, Xero Gravity @ Starland Ballroom
* Little Seizures, Crooked Bangs, Feral Future, Mannequin Pussy @ Death By Audio
* Sonny and the Sunsets, MAGIC TRICK, Sam Jayne (of Love As Laughter) @ Maxwell's
* Freshkills, Violent Bullshit, Graffiti Monsters, Chron Turbine @ Public Assembly
* The Dunnie Bobos, I'm Turning Into, Incorporated Village of Ghost, The Due Diligence @ Glasslands

It's been a tough, wet summer for outside shows. Tonight's Summerscreen in McCarren Park (Empire Records) with Ducktails, Splash, and The Babies has been postponed due to the heavy rain, but will now happen August 29. You can still see The Babies, though, tonight when they play with Deep Time at Union Pool.

It's the 5-year anniversary of Finger on the Pulse's summer BBQ series tonight at Good Co. in Williamsburg. Computer Magic is DJing with food from Gwynett St. Rain or Shine. Starts at 7PM.

Tonight's Yeasayer show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is sold out, but will stream live on Bowery Present's YouTube channel.

Grimes, who played River Rocks last week, made her network TV debut on Jimmy Fallon last night. Check out her performance of "Genesis" below.

Grizzly Bear's appearance at StePhest Colbchella (on the Intrepid) aired last night on the Colbert show. Watch "Two Weeks," "Sleeping Ute," "Yet Again," and Colbert's interview with the band from it below.

Nude Beach made a video for their song "Walkin' Down My Street" from their album, II, which came out this week on Other Music's new label. You can watch it below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Grimes at River Rocks 8/09/2012
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The weather forecast was gloomy, with thunderstorms predicted for 8 PM but the winds were with the 5000+ folk who showed up to Pier 84 for the final 2012 River Rocks show with Grimes, Wild Nothing and DIIV, the final Hudson Park River Rocks show of 2012. While the rain stayed away, the air was thick with humidity which just added to the sweaty nature of the show.

Grimes has certainly come a long way in the last two years and though she still has a nervous, conversational rapport on stage, she has become a confident performer. Flanked by two dancers and armed with bubble machines, Claire Boucher had the masses dancing (and shrieking) for a good hour. She came back for an encore, playing a brand new, "not finished" track that the audience ate up like it was "Oblivion." They really did not want her to stop or leave the stage.

Grimes will be back in October for four sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. All Grimes dates are listed below.

The other acts of the night were of the indie rock (Captured Tracks division) variety, with Wild Nothing and DIIV. Wild Nothing played much of their new album, Nocturne, and had it for sale at the merch table, two weeks early. Setlist is in a picture below. They sounded terrific and have also come a long way and move around much more on stage.

Nobody moves more than DIIV, though. The indefatigable band never stop and put on another good set last night. This was the first date of their and Wild Nothing's tour together and all upcoming dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

Pictures, videos and setlists from last night, plus listed tour dates, are below.

Continue reading "Grimes, Wild Nothing & DIIV played River Rocks (pics)"

Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.

The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.

Continue reading "Treasure Island Music Festival 2012 line-up (M83, The xx, Joanna Newsom, SBTRKT, Divine Fits, Public Enemy & more)"

Cold Specks at Hotel Vegan, March 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

today in NYC
* Tom Rainey @ Barbes
* The Do @ Mercury Lounge
* Marty Ehrlich @ The Stone
* Kathy Mattea @ City Winery
* Jonny Corndawg @ Mercury Lounge
* Rob Base @ Tappen Park Summerstage
* New York Chamber Trio @ The Stone
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Doom Squad, North America @ Zebulon
* Mumford & Sons, Dawes @ Pier A Park
* Peter Yarrow @ McNally Jackson Books
* Le Blorr, Sunbears! @ Knitting Factory
* Cold Specks, Doe Paoro, ARMS @ Glasslands
* Sanctuaries, Life Size Maps @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Family Band, Jennifer Castle, El Dorado @ Union Pool
* The Voices In Your Head, The Can't Tells @ Cameo Gallery
* The March Fourth, Ruby Fray, Globular Cluster @ Cake Shop
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Big Black Cloud, Girls of Porn, Family Curse, Necking @ Death By Audio
* Dream Affair, Anasazi, Religious To Damn, Nao Katafuchi @ Public Assembly
* Yemen Blues, Khaira Arby, UkanDanZ @ Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell
* CMA Songwriters Series w/ Little Big Town, Natalie Hemby, Bob DiPiero@ Joe's Pub
* Dukes of September (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs) @ Beacon Theatre
* Lucy Wainwright Roche, Maggie Roche, Sloan Wainwright, Suzzy Roche @ Madison Square Park
* Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry, Starlight Girls, Liam McEneaney @ The Bell House
* Summerscreen ('The Princess Bride') w/ Extreme Animals, Soft Circle, PC Worship @ McCarren Park

"Tell Your Friends" comedy comes to The Bell House tonight, and in addition to the listed guests like Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and Todd Barry, there's a "JUST CONFIRMED: A SURPRISE GUEST" which they "can't say too much about this guy, except to say, if you've seen one of the TYF! surprise guests before, you know it means we've got someone goddamned amazing to close out the show. Trust me, if you miss this you're going to be very very sad."

"Celeste and Jesse Forever" opens in theaters this Friday. Hopefully you already caught our free screening on Monday at Sunshine Cinema. Tonight you can "Meet the Filmmakers: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, and Lee Toland" at the Apple Store in SoHo.

"Senna", which maybe you caught when we screened it for free at Knitting Factory, screens at Socrates Sculpture Park tonight.

High On Fire were supposed to play Bowery Ballroom tonight and MHOW on Thursday (8/2) but unfortunately, those shows were cancelled.

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The xx play Terminal 5 on Thursday (8/2). Check out video of new song "Swept Away" from their recent LA show below.

Grimes DJ'd 285 Kent this past Sunday (7/29), you can check out video from her set (she's cranking Marylin Manson) below. Don't forget she plays a free River Rocks show next week (8/9) with Wild Nothing and DIIV.

Passion Pit made a video for their single "Constant Conversations" and you can watch that below too.

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Grimes at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by Chase Turner)
Grimes

Grimes (aka Claire Boucher), who got her start in a more experimental scene before reaching much wider fanbases this year with her pop-centric Visions, is planning to follow that album with a more experimental project that she plans to release under a different moniker. Here's what she told MTV Hive about the new project:

Have you started on the follow up to Visions yet?

Yeah [but] I'm thinking about making one that is a bit more experimental that I don't put out as Grimes, because I want to stick with this pop aesthetic as Grimes. I've been working on more percussive noise music and also a lot of straight vocal music. I want to make [both] dark percussive shit and vocal ranging and release an album that's halfway between ethereal reggaeton and industrial dance music but is still very pop in its song [structures].

In the wake of Grimes' success, she also continues to collaborate with smaller artists like Blood Diamonds, and more recently with fellow Montreal artist Solar Year for the track "Brotherhood" off their album, Waverly. You can stream that entire album below.

Meanwhile, Grimes will be in NYC TONIGHT (7/29) to DJ at 285 Kent with Pictureplane, Arca, Rezzie, and "special guests" are promised as well. Unfortunately that show is sold out (did you get tickets?) but if you want to try your luck, it looks like some people over at the facebook event have tickets that they're trying to sell. Grimes also has five upcoming live shows in NYC, including a free one at Pier 84 on August 9 with WIld Nothing and DIIV and four sold out paid shows.

A list of updated Grimes tour dates and the Solar Year album stream below...

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Polaris

Last month the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, which awards a Canadian album of recorded music each year, revealed their long list and this week the short list was revealed. Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Drake, Kathleen Edwards, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Japandroids, and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are the 10 artists vying for this year's Prize, which will be announced at a gala on September 24. Who's gonna win?

Coachella

Concert cruises are all the rage lately, and this is in fact real.

Indio, CA music festival Coachella continues for two weekends in April, 2013. But just because they've decided to keep the fest in Indio, doesn't mean they can't take it on a couple of cruises as well. As seen in the picture above, S.S. Coachella will set set sail off of the Bahamas from December 16-19 and off of Jamaica from December 19-23. The lineup (thus far at least) includes Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, James Murphy (DJ set), Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Killer Mike, El-P, Sleigh Bells, Father John Misty, and more.

Holy Ship sails in January too.

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG & Chase Turner

Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Grimes
Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.

If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?

More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.

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photos by David Andrako

Flaming Lips in Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto - 6/16/12
NXNE

As previously mentioned, The Flaming Lips will "attempt to break a Guiness World Record by playing the most concerts in multiple cities during a 24-hour period, a record currently held by Jay-Z. They've got eight shows scheduled to take place on June 27 and 28 in Memphis, Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Each show is with a different band. Openers include Grimes, Neon Indian, Gary Clark Jr., Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, GIVERS, and more." Those shows begin on 6/27 at 4:30pm PT aka 7:30 ET aka now, and the whole thing will be streamed live at the O Music Awards site on three channels (the bus, the venues and the control room). The list of shows and bands they're playing with is below.

A little over a week earlier, on 6/16 to be exact, the Flaming Lips played a huge free show in Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto as part of NXNE. I don't know if it set any records, but the outdoor square was PACKED with people, many who were supposed to be at Radiohead, but ended up having some free time on their hands. At the show, Wayne Coyne and crew paid tribute to Radiohead by doing covers and constantly sending their love to Radiohead family during stage banter. Our pictures from that show are in this post too, and continue along with the 24 hour shows schedule, below...

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