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'Anna Nicole' kicks off BAM's 2013 Next Wave Fest...
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BAM has announced the 2013 Next Wave Festival which runs from September 17 - December 22. The line-up features a diverse range of programming including opera, theater, music and dance. This year's fest kicks off with the US premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera Anna Nicole which has performances at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from September 17 - 28:

The 2013 Next Wave Festival launches with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and New York City Opera co-production of Anna Nicole, an opera by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas based on the flamboyant life and tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith.
Other highlights include... the New York premiere of Jem Cohen's "We Have an Anchor" at BAM Harvey Theater from September 26 - 28:
DIY auteur and consummate independent filmmaker Jem Cohen (Museum Hours, Instrument, Benjamin Smoke) collaborates with a supergroup of acclaimed musicians-- Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), T. Griffin (The Quavers), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), plus guest vocalist Mira Billotte (White Magic)--in this cinematic love letter to Nova Scotia's Cape Breton.
And there's "21c Liederabend, op. 3" featuring compositions by compositions by new-music's finest: Thomas Cabaniss, Christopher Ceronne, Thomas Cipullo, Anna Clyne, Mohammed Fairouz, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, Marie Incontrera, David T. Little, Tod Machover, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Olga Neuwirth, Paola Prestini, Huang Ruo, Timur and the Dime Museum, Michael van der Aa, Alexandra Vrebalov, Julian Wachner, Holcombe Waller, Eric Whitacre, and Du Yun.

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There's also Questlove with "Electronium: The Future Was Then," which happens at Howard Gilman Opera House on October 25 & 26:

Following the success of Shuffle Culture (2012 Spring Season), BAM welcomes back Questlove with Electronium: The Future Was Then, a freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979. Questlove will be joined on stage by artists including Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon, and others to be announced. In Electronium, seminal electronic and archival recordings will be paired with modern riffs on classic electronic music models such as Busoni's New Esthetic in Music and Pierre Schaffer's Cinq Etudes--in addition to music from technological innovators such as Bob Moog, Stevie Wonder, and George Clinton.
Choreographer Bill T. Jones will have the New York premiere of his colaborative work, A Rite at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from October 3 - 5:
Coinciding with the centenary of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, director Anne Bogart and choreographer Bill T. Jones present the collaborative work A Rite. A true dance-theater piece, A Rite examines the revolutionary score through the lens of our present cultural moment, incorporating the writings of physicist Brian Greene, musicologist Severine Neff, and Jonah Lehrer's bestselling book Proust was a Neuroscientist. The cast of dancers and actors blend seamlessly--from a discourse on the piece and its controversial reception to large group dances that reflect Nijinsky's famous steps--all set to a deconstruction of the score that ranges from a modern recording to an old crackling one to a section sung by the cast.
Then there's Gary Lucas - "The Edge of Heaven" at October 4 & 5 at BAM Fisher:
Acclaimed American guitarist and songwriter Gary Lucas returns to BAM with a live performance of his album The Edge of Heaven (2010), a series of Chinese pop tunes from the 1930s, arranged and performed with a blues inflection. Those songs were made famous by two of the biggest music and film stars--Bai Kwong and Chow Hsuan--in an era when Shanghai was known as the Paris of the East. The Edge of Heaven album reached number one on the World Music charts in Canada and was chosen as one of the Best Discs of the Year by the French newspaper Libération. Featuring Lucas, his band Gods and Monsters, and two female vocalists--Sally Kwok and Mo Hai Jin-- from Shanghai, the cabaret-style performance received standing ovations in 2011 at both the 64th Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the 28th Nijmegen Music Meeting.
And also post-classical string quartet ETHEL who are premiering their new work Documerica on October 2 at BAM Harvey Theater.

Season tickets to BAM Next Wave go on sale June 10 to Friends of BAM and June 17 to the general public. Tickets to individual performances of Anna Nicole, The Blue Dragon, and We Have An Anchor go on sale August 5 to Friends of BAM and August 12 to the general public. Everything else goes on sale August 26 to Friends of BAM and September 3 to the general public.

There's lots more than this happening at BAM Next Wave and the rundown of all this season's programming is below.

Continue reading "BAM 2013 Next Wave Festival announced: Anna Nicole Smith opera, Questlove, mems. Fugazi, Godspeed ++ more"

'Anna Nicole' kicks off BAM's 2013 Next Wave Fest...
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BAM has announced the 2013 Next Wave Festival which runs from September 17 - December 22. The line-up features a diverse range of programming including opera, theater, music and dance. This year's fest kicks off with the US premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera Anna Nicole which has performances at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from September 17 - 28:

The 2013 Next Wave Festival launches with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and New York City Opera co-production of Anna Nicole, an opera by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas based on the flamboyant life and tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith.
Other highlights include... the New York premiere of Jem Cohen's "We Have an Anchor" at BAM Harvey Theater from September 26 - 28:
DIY auteur and consummate independent filmmaker Jem Cohen (Museum Hours, Instrument, Benjamin Smoke) collaborates with a supergroup of acclaimed musicians-- Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), T. Griffin (The Quavers), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), plus guest vocalist Mira Billotte (White Magic)--in this cinematic love letter to Nova Scotia's Cape Breton.
And there's "21c Liederabend, op. 3" featuring compositions by compositions by new-music's finest: Thomas Cabaniss, Christopher Ceronne, Thomas Cipullo, Anna Clyne, Mohammed Fairouz, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, Marie Incontrera, David T. Little, Tod Machover, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Olga Neuwirth, Paola Prestini, Huang Ruo, Timur and the Dime Museum, Michael van der Aa, Alexandra Vrebalov, Julian Wachner, Holcombe Waller, Eric Whitacre, and Du Yun.

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There's also Questlove with "Electronium: The Future Was Then," which happens at Howard Gilman Opera House on October 25 & 26:

Following the success of Shuffle Culture (2012 Spring Season), BAM welcomes back Questlove with Electronium: The Future Was Then, a freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979. Questlove will be joined on stage by artists including Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon, and others to be announced. In Electronium, seminal electronic and archival recordings will be paired with modern riffs on classic electronic music models such as Busoni's New Esthetic in Music and Pierre Schaffer's Cinq Etudes--in addition to music from technological innovators such as Bob Moog, Stevie Wonder, and George Clinton.
Choreographer Bill T. Jones will have the New York premiere of his colaborative work, A Rite at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from October 3 - 5:
Coinciding with the centenary of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, director Anne Bogart and choreographer Bill T. Jones present the collaborative work A Rite. A true dance-theater piece, A Rite examines the revolutionary score through the lens of our present cultural moment, incorporating the writings of physicist Brian Greene, musicologist Severine Neff, and Jonah Lehrer's bestselling book Proust was a Neuroscientist. The cast of dancers and actors blend seamlessly--from a discourse on the piece and its controversial reception to large group dances that reflect Nijinsky's famous steps--all set to a deconstruction of the score that ranges from a modern recording to an old crackling one to a section sung by the cast.
Then there's Gary Lucas - "The Edge of Heaven" at October 4 & 5 at BAM Fisher:
Acclaimed American guitarist and songwriter Gary Lucas returns to BAM with a live performance of his album The Edge of Heaven (2010), a series of Chinese pop tunes from the 1930s, arranged and performed with a blues inflection. Those songs were made famous by two of the biggest music and film stars--Bai Kwong and Chow Hsuan--in an era when Shanghai was known as the Paris of the East. The Edge of Heaven album reached number one on the World Music charts in Canada and was chosen as one of the Best Discs of the Year by the French newspaper Libération. Featuring Lucas, his band Gods and Monsters, and two female vocalists--Sally Kwok and Mo Hai Jin-- from Shanghai, the cabaret-style performance received standing ovations in 2011 at both the 64th Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the 28th Nijmegen Music Meeting.
And also post-classical string quartet ETHEL who are premiering their new work Documerica on October 2 at BAM Harvey Theater.

Season tickets to BAM Next Wave go on sale June 10 to Friends of BAM and June 17 to the general public. Tickets to individual performances of Anna Nicole, The Blue Dragon, and We Have An Anchor go on sale August 5 to Friends of BAM and August 12 to the general public. Everything else goes on sale August 26 to Friends of BAM and September 3 to the general public.

There's lots more than this happening at BAM Next Wave and the rundown of all this season's programming is below.

Continue reading "BAM 2013 Next Wave Festival announced: Anna Nicole Smith opera, Questlove, mems. Fugazi, Godspeed ++ more"

Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coachella

Multi venue UK festival The Great Escape began today (5/15). The big lineup includes Brooklyn's Parquet Courts, Phosphorescent, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, a keynote speech by Billy Bragg, a set by Mikal Cronin who is one of ten acts this year that NME says you have to see, and much more. Head to Brighthelm Center on 5/16 for a show BrooklynVegan is co-presenting with M For Montreal with AA Wallace, Husky Rescue, Blue Hawaii, How to Dress Well, Phantom and Cloud Boat. The flyer for that is below.

In other festival news, Sasquatch is right around the corner, Lollapalooza has announced set times, Bonnaroo announced theirs earlier this month, Austin City Limits recently announced their lineup, Governors Ball recently announced the schedule and is basically sold out, GoogaMooga is this weekend in Prospect Park, and FYF Fest, which recently announced its lineup, goes on sale Thursday.

Our Great Escape flyer is below...

Continue reading "Great Escape happening now, Lollapalooza set times, FYF Fest tickets & other music festival news"

FYF

LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2013 Lineup (My Bloody Valentine included)"

by Bill Pearis

High Highs @ Brooklyn Bowl, 9/18/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
High Highs

The High Highs released their debut album, Open Season, a few weeks ago and it's pretty lovely stuff: etherial, highly-melodic indiepop. You can stream the current single, "In a Dream," below and stream the whole album via Spotify.

The band have just been added to the Sky Ferreira/How to Dress Well tour that will hit NYC twice: March 20 at Bowery Ballroom and March 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, both of which are sold out. All High Highs tour dates are below.

Continue reading "High Highs released debut LP, added to Sky Ferreira / How to Dress Well tour (dates, stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Shlohmo - 'Laid Out'
Laid Out

LA producer Shlohmo, who released the impressive Vacation EP last year, will be following that with a new EP, Laid Out, on March 5 via Friends of Friends/Wedidit. He just released the opening track, "Don't Say No," which features guest lead vocals from How to Dress Well. It sees HTDW returning to the cracked recording style of his debut LP over Shlohmo's sensual R&B beats. You can stream that and the warped hip hop of another Laid Out cut, "Later," below. That's the cover art above.

Shlohmo will be supporting the new EP with a tour that kicks off in Canada at the end of this month and makes its way to Brooklyn on March 7 at Output (74 Wythe Ave) before hitting Austin for SXSW. The Brooklyn date and a few others on the tour are with D33J.

Tour flyer, a list of all dates, those two song streams, and EP tracklist below...

Continue reading "Shlohmo announces tour, releasing a new EP (listen to a new song w/ How To Dress Well)"

Roots Picnic

The Roots are putting on their 6th Annual Roots Picnic in Philly on June 1 at Penns Landing with a pretty great lineup of Grimes, Solange, Joey Bada$$, How to Dress Well, Hit-Boy, Araabmuzik, DJ Premier, Naughty By Nature (backed by The Roots), Robert Glasper, Gary Clark Jr., Lushlife, and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "The Roots Picnic tickets & 2013 lineup (Grimes, Solange, Joey Bada$$, How to Dress Well, Hit-Boy and more)"

Primavera 2013

Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2013 line-up announced"

Sky Ferreira @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira and How to Dress Well are teaming up for a U.S. tour that will begin after Sky makes stops at both Monterey, Mexico's Festival NRML and SXSW in Austin. Their tour together hits NYC for two shows: March 20 at Bowery Ballroom and March 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to both shows go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/23) at noon, with a regular on-sale on Friday (1/25) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Twin Shadow has remixed Sky's infectious 2012 single "Everything is Embarrassing" and you can stream that below.

Continue reading "Sky Ferreira and How To Dress Well touring together (dates); Twin Shadow remixed Sky's "Everything is Embarssing""

Pitchfork Albums

Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).

Check out their 50-30 picks below...

Continue reading "30 of Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2012"

by Bill Pearis

Pitchfork Top Tracks

Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?

You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2012 (Grimes' "Oblivion" is #1)"

Smashing Pumpkins in Chicago in October (more by Jimmy Farabi)
Smashing Pumpkins
Jessie Ware

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Big Boi @ SOB's
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Jessie Ware @ The Box
* Darlene Love @ BB King's
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Andrew Bird @ The Riverside Church
* Jason Lytle of Grandaddy @ Union Hall
* Vomitor, Negative Plane @ Public Assembly
* Smashing Pumpkins, Morning Parade @ Barclays Center
* Wheeler Brothers, Winter Sounds @ The Mercury Lounge
* Wyatt Cenac, Sara Schaefer, Nikki Glaser @ Littlefield
* Jason Mraz, Fitz & the Tantrums @ Madison Square Garden
* Gasoline Heart, Death On Two Wheels @ Knitting Factory
* Haybaby, Bad Cello, Butter The Children, LVL UP @ Big Snow
* Katy Steele, Teen Commandments, Belly Fire, Beca @ Cameo Gallery
* Hillary Barleaux, Catey Shaw, Ann Driscoll, Chloe Sunshine @ Cake Shop
* George Michaels (mems Bad Credit No Credit & Not Blood Paint) covering George Michael, Fernando Martinez & Friends a/k/a Holey Moley covering Hole, Sleepies w/ Alyse from EULA cover Pixies, Geek Skull covering The Ramones (Sandy benefit) @ Death by Audio

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Rachel Zeffira of Cat's Eyes released her first solo album, The Deserters, today in the UK. Like her band (with Farris of The Horrors), it's vaguely '60s-ish, but quite lovely and makes for nice mellow listening. You can stream the whole album below.

How to Dress Well made a video for "& It Was U." Check it out below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday? (Hanukkah night 3)"

by Andrew Sacher

Kendrick Lamar

FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.

This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.

Check out the full list below.

Continue reading "FACT's Top 50 Albums of 2012"

Total Loss

As mentioned before, How to Dress Well's new album, Total Loss, will be out September 17 and that's the cover art above and you can check LP track "Cold Nights" below. If you pre-order the vinyl, you'll get a bonus 7" with your order.

HTDW is playing a few shows in Europe this summer and while he has no formal North American tour plans, he will be playing Santos on October 8. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon.

That song stream and all upcoming How to Dress Well dates are listed below.

Continue reading "How to Dress Well playing Santos in October; stream a new track from his upcoming LP"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: How to Dress Well - "Ocean Floor for Everything" (MP3)

How to Dress Well at Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
How to Dress Well

As mentioned, How to Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) is kicking off a tour with Babe Rainbow (aka Cam Reed) and Aaron Read this week which will see Tom joined on stage by Cam and Aaron at each show along with an opening set from Babe Rainbow. That tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed show at Public Assembly on Saturday (6/9), which Rimar also opens. Tickets for that show are still available.

But before that, How to Dress Well will play a "private" show on Tuesday (6/5) at 141 Chrystie with Elite Gymnastics (whose NYC debut at MHoW Saturday had some unintended glitches) and DJ sets by Physical Therapy, Shayne (of Hood by Air), Arca, and Babe Rainbow. Doors are at 9, show starts at 10. There will be a few tickets available at the door: $10 cover and access is very limited, so get there early. The flier for this show is below.

HTDW's new album, Total Loss, is due out this fall via Acephale. He recently revealed the title track, "Ocean Floor For Everything," which is in the same vein of ambient R&B as his 2010 debut LP, Love Remains, but with much clearer production and Tom Krell's vocals are pushed to the forefront. It's pretty great, and you can download it above or stream it below, along with a list of all dates.

Continue reading "How to Dress Well playing 141 Chrystie w/ Elite Gymnastics before tour (dates & MP3)"

sledisland

The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

Continue reading "Feist, Stephen Malkmus, The Hold Steady and lots more playing Calgary's Sled Island Festival (full line-up)"

DOWNLOAD: Elite Gymnastics - "So Close to Paradise 3" (Physical Therapy Remix)
DOWNLOAD: Elite Gymnastics - "Here In Heaven 4 & 5" (CFCF Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: How to Dress Well - "Here In Heaven 3" (Elite Gymnastics Cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Elite Gymnastics - "Minneapolis Belongs To You 3" (LOL Boys Remix) (MP3)

Elite Gymnastics
Elite Gymnastics

Brooklyn's Lemonade, whose new album Diver comes out later this month via True Panther, will play a local show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 2 with Teengirl Fantasy and Elite Gymnastics. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (5/16) at noon.

Last month, Lemonade released a 12" for Diver single, "Neptune" featuring remixes from Mike Simonetti, Sinjin Hawke, Pasternak, and Jacques Renault. Grab the original HERE and stream all four remixes below.

The MHOW show will be the first NYC show for Minneapolis K-Pop influenced electronic duo Elite Gymnastics, who just wrapped up a tour with Sleigh Bells and Javelin. They've got a bunch of free releases on their tumblr, including the recently released RUIN 3, which compiles covers and remixes of tracks from the impressive RUIN 1 and 2, which have since been combined for a not-free vinyl release on Acephale. RUIN 3 includes remixes by CFCF, LOL Boys, and Physical Therapy and a cover by How to Dress Well, all of which you can download above or stream below. It also includes remixes by Natalie Bootleg and Anime Skyscraper, the latter of which you can stream below.

Their next release, RUIN 4, is available for pre-order at the Acephale webstore as a bundle with poster, buttons, and t-shirt. The CD includes two previously unreleased tracks from the RUIN sessions, all of RUIN 3, and more TBA.

Speaking of Sleigh Bells, they've announced a set of July tour dates that include Making Time 12th Anniversary HYPER-RAGER in Philly. All dates are listed, along with the above-mentioned streams, below...

Continue reading "Lemonade releasing 'Diver,' playing a show w/ Elite Gymnastics (who are making their NYC debut); Sleigh Bells touring"

How to Dress Well at Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
How to Dress Well

Brooklyn ambient popper How to Dress Well aka Tom Krell (who now calls Chicago home) is set to kick off a tour in June with Warp-signed Babe Rainbow and Aaron Read. That tour includes mostly west coast and Canada dates but it will come to NYC for a Brooklyn show on June 9 at Public Assembly. Tickets for that show went on sale this morning.

As Exclaim points out, Babe Rainbow (aka Cam Reed) and Aaron Read are on board to play live with HTDW at the shows, and the three musicians will be previewing some new material off of what will eventually become a new HTDW release. "This next album is about opening my heart, opening myself, to receive an address from myself I've been waiting for, for too long," said Tom of his new material.

In addition to assisting HTDW on stage, Babe Rainbow will also be open all dates on the tour. Check out a video of "It's All Happening" off his 2011 Endless Path EP with all dates below.

Continue reading "How to Dress Well will play new songs on tour with Babe Rainbow (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Active Child - 'Playing House' w/ HTDW (Chad Valley remix) (MP3)

Active Child @ Emo's (more by Tim Griffin)
Active Child

As recently mentioned, the harp playing electro-dream popper Active Child is now out on a tour that hits Bowery Ballroom in NYC this Saturday (9/10). Tickets are still on sale. Com Truise and the UK's Young Athletes League open the NYC show and other dates on the tour.

As also previously mentioned, Jonquil member Chad Valley joins the tour on 9/12 in Boston and stays on through the end. New Yorkers don't get Chad on the bill, but Chad does hit NYC for CMJ at LPR on 10/20 and then again on 10/26 at Terminal 5 with Friendly Fires and Theophilus London. All dates are listed below.

Chad Valley just finished a remix of of Active Child's song "Playing House", one of the best on the new album "You Are All I see" (out now on Vagrant). It's the song that features the complimentary R&B stylings of How to Dress Well. That remix makes its debut here. Grab it above!

Continue reading "Chad Valley remixed Active Child/How to Dress well -- MP3 premiere, updated tour dates, Bowery Ballroom Saturday"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo & Josh Darr

Twin Sister
Twin Sister
Cut Copy

Pitchfork Fest Day Three (Sunday, 7/17/11) was the day to go if you were looking to dance. The last day of the fest was pretty heavy on the electronic music with Cut Copy, Toro y Moi, HEALTH, Baths, Darkstar, and for something way chiller, How to Dress Well. The third day provided lo-fi masters Kurt Vile, Ariel Pink, and Deerhunter, and complete opposite ends of the hip hop spectrum with the abrasive and utterly offensive Odd Future and the this-must-be-from-another-planet rap of Shabazz Palaces. Day three was also the one chance to see a metal band (Kylesa).

Sunday was headlined by TV on the Radio. TVOTR, like Fleet Foxes who headlined the day before, have a wildly impressive double bill at Williamsburg Waterfront in September. Theirs is with Broken Social Scene on September 8. Tickets are still available.

Twin Sister played Sunday, and you can catch them for free in McCarren Park this Wednesday night (7/27).

Pictures of OFWGTKA's set are HERE. Day Two HERE. Day One HERE. Pics from the rest of Day Three are below...

Continue reading "pics from Pitchfork Fest 2011 -- Day Three"

The Rapture at FYFest (more by Rachel Carr)
The Rapture

The Rapture have released an Emperor Machine Remix Edit of "How Deep Is Your Love?" via the Adult Swim Singles Program (which recently released songs by Best Coast, The Tallest Man On Earth, Mastodon, How To Dress Well, Ford & Lopatin, and Active Child). Listen to the song below now. Download it Wednesday (7/20) along with all the other tracks released so far. Look for upcoming songs from Clams Casino, JJ feat. Ne-Yo, El-P, and Cerebral Ballzy in the coming weeks.

The Rapture play Music Hall Of Williamsburg on 8/20 before they head across the pond to the EU. The show is sold-out. All dates are also listed below.

Continue reading "Adult Swim Singles continues w/ a Rapture remix (listen)"

Superchunk @ Radio City in March (more by Tracy Allison)
Superchunk

today in NYC
* Yoro Ndiaye @ SOB's
* Juakali @ Southpaw
* Dawn Landes @ Barbes
* The Slip @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Marc Cohn @ City Winery
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* tUnE-yArDs, Austra @ Pier 54
* Dean and Ravo, DMC @ Europa
* Tim Berne, Kris Davis @ The Stone
* Johnny Thunders Birthday Celebration
* Swamp Dogg @ MetroTech Commons
* Gomez, Good Old War @ Terminal 5
* Mike Bones, Favourite Sons @ Zebulon
* Old 97's, Robert Ellis @ The Bell House
* Gary War, K Holes, Pop. 1280 @ Union Hall
* Mona, The Static Jacks @ Knitting Factory
* Superchunk, OFF!, Lemuria @ House of Vans
* The Wooden Birds, Ma'am @ Mercury Lounge
* King Creosote, Jon Hopkins @ Mercury Lounge
* Wild Beasts, Marques Toliver @ Le Poisson Rouge
* John Wesley Coleman, Rayon Beach @ Don Pedro
* White Hills, Man Forever, Weird Owl @ Union Pool
* Bambara, Yvette, French Miami @ Death By Audio
* Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers @ Hiro Ballroom
* Living Days, Chelsea Boys, Frances Rose @ Cake Shop
* Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey @ The Stone
* Patti Smith @ Castle Clinton National Monument at Battery Park
* Heaven (The Rock Shop's 1st Anniversary Show) @ The Rock Shop
* Reggie Watts, Yellowdogs, Aislyn, Los ToughFists @ Public Assembly
* Celestial Shore, White Laces, Arches, Megafortress @ Shea Stadium
* A&R, Little Star Dweller, Bermuda Bonnie, Infernal Devices @ Glasslands
* Emilyn Brodsky, Anna Vogelzang, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper @ Silent Barn
* Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Girl in a Coma @ Seaside Summer Concerts
* Frankie Gavin & De Dannan, Liam O Maonlai, Mcpeake @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Tiberius, Selfsame, Pretty Good Dance Moves, Supagroup, Diamondsnake, Unicorn @ Pianos
* Gunfight!, Shark?, Autodrone, DJ Steve Morehouse, The Benefit Of Music @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Marley Marl, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Mista Sinista, Chairman Mao, Roli Rho (5th Platoon), Twilite Tone, Getlive (Salute the DJ) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Check out This Week in Indie for more on some shows.

Get in line now for Patti Smith.

Too many free shows to choose from tonight.

We're giving away VIP tickets to see DFA1979/The Drums at Williamsburg Waterfront, via Facebook.

Check out our interview with Austra who plays the free show at Pier 54 tonight.

How to Dress Well recorded a live in-studio version of "Decisions" with an orchestra off his orchestral EP Just Once, out now on Yours Truly. Video below.

David Lynch set his short film, I Touch a Red Button to Interpol's "Lights" off their 2010 self titled LP. Check out the collaboration below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

DOWNLOAD: Chad Valley - "Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel?)" (Courtship Remix) (MP3)

Active Child at Le Poisson Rouge in May (more by David Andrako)
Active Child

Pat Grossi aka Active Child will follow up last year's Curtis Lane EP with the full length album You Are All I See on August 23 via Vagrant Records. The album was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Cass McCombs, Glasser) and features a collaboration with How to Dress Well. The Adult Swim Singles Program has a download for the album track "Hanging On." Stream the How to Dress Well collaboration called "Playing House" below.

Active Child will go on his first headlining tour with a full band in support of the album this August and September. The tour begins with a month-long residency at The Echo in LA followed by a month of North American dates with support from Com Truise and Chad Valley on select dates. The tour hits NYC on September 10 at Bowery Ballroom with Com Truise. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

Chad Valley, who isn't on the NYC bill, will be touring in support of his recently released EP Equatorial Ultravox. Grab the Courtship remix of "Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel?)" above and watch the video below.

All tour dates, videos, tracklist and stream below...

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DOWNLOAD: How To Dress Well - "Ready for the World" (XXXY Re-Edit) (MP3)

by Andrew Sacher

XXXY

Since adopting the moniker XXXY in 2009, UK producer Rupert Taylor has dropped quite a few singles on various labels. Earlier this year, he put out a 10" single for "You Always Start It" b/w "Ordinary Things" on the Ten Thousand Yen label. 350 copies were pressed and are now all sold out but you can stream the tracks on his bandcamp and below.

XXXY is back with his second single of the year, "You Gotta Do You" b/w "Open Your Eyes," which he released today (7/8) on Orca Recordings. On the new tracks XXXY goes for a slightly wonkier, bass-heavy sound, as opposed to his more chilled out offerings from earlier this year. Listen to soundcloud streams of the tracks below and pick up the 12" at Boomkat.

In addition to his singles, he's also done remixes for notable artists including Radiohead and How To Dress Well.

StompMag: The first track of yours I heard was a remix of Videotapes by Radiohead. Are you a big fan?

XXXY: Yeah, I'm a really big Radiohead fan. I haven't had the chance to get to the new album as much as I'd like to but I love everything they've done and I've been to see them a bunch of times. The remix of Videotapes just kind of came into my head and it was around the right tempo for me to work with. Normally when I'm doing remixes people approach me with an idea and if it's something I want to do and if I like the music, I'll do it. With the remix of Ready For The World, Tri Angle approached me and asked would I like to do something for How To Dress Well. And I said "definitely" because I love the album. And I think it turned out pretty good.

StompMag: Do you listen to a lot of music from the Tri Angle label?

XXXY: Yeah, I really like the stuff they're putting out. I really like OOoOO and How To Dress Well- they've got a lot of strange interesting sounds coming out. It's something different and really high quality.

Grab the How To Dress Well remix above and check out the Radiohead remix (titled "Straight to Video") below.

XXXY has some upcoming international dates in late July and early August. Those dates include two US shows which both take place late this month in NYC. He headlines Tammany Hall on July 29 with Laurel Halo, Shlomo, Braille, and Contakt. Tickets are on sale now. The next day (7/30) he plays PS1's 'Warm Up' with Tri Angle's Holy Other and Das Racist (DJ).

All tour dates, a video for the 2010 single "Rain", streams and stuff below...

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