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Tomboy
Tomboy

One of our recommended July 4 options in NYC is the semi-secret Destruction Unit show at Silent Barn happening during Ascetic House's long Independence Day Weekend. D Unit are still not billed on the event page ("Lucifers Stoned Disciples" are though) but other artists are including Massachusetts band Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Emily Reo collaborator Cuddle Formation (aka Noah Klein), Arm Candy, Alice (a new band) and Mute Benny. If "Mute Benny" doesn't sound like the name of a band you're familiar with, we don't think it will be too hard to guess who it is. That show starts at 1 PM and is $10 at the door.

The Ascetic House weekend also includes Destruction Unit at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets), Marshtepper and others at Palisades on the Fourth (tickets), Jock Club and others at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free), and "Lucifers Stoned Disciples" at Baby's All Right on 7/7, among others.

Speaking of secret bands and Emily Reo, Emily plays the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show at Secret Project Robot on July 12 with Big Ups, Pile, Alex G, Roomrunner, secret band "Muscle Car" and many more the same day as the free 4Knots Festival at South Street Seaport with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz and more.

Speaking of free shows on piers, the River Rocks series kicks off July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit.

And Alice just played with Mitski on Friday (6/27), who also plays an all-day July 4 show at The Ho_se with Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eternal Summers @ MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Phosphorescent, Heaven's Jail @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Phosphorescent wraps up a great year that's seen a pretty significant increase in critical and fan love for the band with the last show of his four-night, sold-out run at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Gorguts, Origin, Nero Di Marte @ Saint Vitus
Death metal vets Gorguts returned earlier this year with Colored Sands, their first post-reunion album and first in general since 2001, and it's very deservedly ended up on tons of metal AOTY lists. It's been a hell of a year for them, and tonight's your chance to catch them one last time before the year ends. Sold out, but if you didn't already get tickets, there's always next year with Carcass.

Lightspeed Champion @ Cameo
Before he was Blood Orange, Dev Hynes was more of a folk troubadour type as Lightspeed Champion. Tonight he's dusting off that persona for this free, early, solo show at Cameo. 6 PM and you do need to RSVP.

TONSTARTSSBANDHT, Porches, Turnip King, Slonk Donkerson, Sunflower Bean @ Trans Pecos
Here is a great night to check out Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos (aka the old Silent Barn space), with five melodic local indie rock bands.

Eternal Summers, Pre War @ Cake Shop
We are very excited to hear Eternal Summers' new album, The Drop Beneath, which is out March 4 via Kanine. They'll probably be playing more than a few of those new songs live tonight.

Oliver, Classixx @ Slake
While the West 30s club locale might not be the most ideal, if you have to be in a big club like this, you do have two appealing pop-friendly producers headlining.

Bobby Womack @ City Winery
R&B legend Bobby Womack, who released the terrific The Bravest Man In The Universe (produced in part by Damon Albarn) last year, is back in NYC for a three night stint at City Winery, this being night 2. Tickets are still available.

Tennis System, Slow Warm Death, Nuraxi, Dialogue @ Shea Stadium
If you like Wavves-style sludgy pop, you might want to check out tonight's headliners Tennis System whose new EP, Part Time Punks Sessions, is pretty good low-fi shoegaze. And if you like demonic garage punk, don't miss Slow Warm Death.

The Ocean Blue, Dead Leaf Echo, Dead Heart Bloom
Veteran modern rock band The Ocean Blue made a nice return this year with Ultramarine, their first album in 14 years, which found the band's signature breezy style still sounding good in 2013. They're closing out this year with a headlining Bowery Ballroom show with likeminded openers Dead Leaf Echo and Dead Heart Bloom.

The So So Glos, California X, Palehound, Darlings @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Pretty strong lineup all around with the punky So So Glos, sludgy Amherst rockers California X, singer/songwriter-meets-noise-rocker Palehound, and the indie pop of Darlings. Like all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, the music is free, and there's shopping, food, and more fun too.

LVL UP, Julia Brown, High Pop, Alex G, Pill Friends @ Silent Barn
The Birdtapes label celebrates its 1-year anniversary with this show that has a good lineup of indie rock bands on the label and/or friends of the label.

Martin Rev, Child Abuse, Netherlands, Forma @ Bowery Electric
When he's not making noise with his veteran synthpunk duo Suicide, Martin Rev is a solo artist who has been pretty active again this year. All great (and equally noisy) openers too.

Cro-Mags, Meyhem Lauren, Danny Diablo & The NYHC Allstars, Block McCloud, Wisdom In Chains & more @ Santos
NYC crossover thrash vets Cro-Mags may have had some trouble in recent history, but they're still kicking and will grace their hometown with another show tonight. Their set is part of Diablo Fest which includes a ton of performers like local rapper Meyhem Lauren.

Yo Gabba Gabba! @ Beacon Theatre
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!, the touring version of the Nick Jr. show that is known to feature indie/alternative music, returns to Beacon Theatre for six holiday shows this weekend. Three of them are tonight, and the remaining two are tomorrow.

Brand New, The Front Bottoms @ Starland Ballroom
Brand New do the second half of their discography tonight (they did the first half in Long Island last night), and if you're one of the lucky ones with those hard-to-get tickets, don't miss showing up for The Front Bottoms.

Dillon Francis, Cashmere Cat, Anamanaguchi @ Terminal 5
This should be a pretty fun show all around, with Dillon Francis, whose song "Without You" with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs was a pretty big hit in the dance world this year, plus fast-rising producer Cashmere Cat, and chiptune rockers Anamanaguchi. It's sold out and the same lineup does it again tomorrow (also sold out).

Lil Kim, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Ja Rule, Redman, Method Man @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
Ton of great names coming together for Hip Hop Reunion II tonight, including golden-era veterans Lil Kim, Mobb Deep, Method Man, Red Man, Warren G, and the slightly less veteran but still fun Fabolous. Also, Ja Rule

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Alex G
Alex G

20-year-old Philly singer/songwriter Alex G has a vast discography with multiple releases dating back to 2010. On his two most recent LPs, Rules, and Trick, he captures the essence of songwriters like Elliott Smith and Isaac Brock, while combining elements of psychedelia and experimentation. On record, he plays almost all the instruments himself, but live he's joined by a full band, who add a sense of fullness not heard on his lo-fi recordings. You can catch him with that band in NYC when they play Knitting Factory on January 5 with Great Caesar, The Guru and Cold Fronts. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's his only announced date at the moment.

Maybe you caught him in NYC last month when he played the Birdtapes Halloween party at Silent Barn with Boy Crush (Sean from High Pop), Trace Mountains (Dave from LVL UP), Shelf Life (Scotty from Olive Drab), and Starry Cat (Sam from Julia Brown).

Also on that bill was likeminded songwriter R.L. Kelly (aka Rachel of Kiss Kiss Fantastic), who Alex recently released a split with on Birdtapes, which you can stream below.

R.L. Kelly is also featured on a new compilation tape put together by the THE LE SIGH, a new zine and blog highlighting women in music and art, which Birdtapes is also releasing. Other artists featured on the tape include Potty Mouth, Priests, and Frankie Cosmos. The compilation is in honor of The LE SIGH zine's debut issue, which will be celebrated with a launch party at Silent Barn on November 17. Frankie Cosmos is playing the party, along with Baby Mollusk, Lizard Kisses, and Whatever, Dad. The zine+tape bundle will be available to purchase at the show, and gets released online the next day (11/18).

Flyer for that party, along with song streams and live videos below...

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by Andrew Sacher

LVL UP

LVL UP is an indie rock four-piece, who notably shares two members with Spook Houses, and one with Sirs. Their debut full length, Space Brothers, came out in early 2012 via Evil Weevil and they're set to follow that with the Extra Worlds 7", which is due out on April 6 via Double Double Whammy. You can stream the scrappy rocker, "Graveyard," which will appear on that 7", at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, we've also got the premiere of the video for "Nightshade" off of Space Brothers, a slow-burner that sees co-frontman Nick Corbo howling like Jeff Mangum over chords that sound better fit for a Built to Spill record. It's a solid cut and you can watch the video below.

Last Friday (2/8) during the snow storm, I wandered into a Purchase College apartment (which the members attend/attended) to catch LVL UP packing in some kid's living room, with about 90% of the crowd moshing and shouting the words. They'll be taking that raucous live show on the road this month for a few Northeast dates, including one in Brooklyn on February 23 at Shea Stadium with Krill, Porches, Butter the Children, and High Pop. A list of all dates, which includes shows with Waxahatchee, Eternal Summers, Joyce Manor, and others, is below.

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