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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:

Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

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The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.

Brian May of Queen wrote:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don't know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.

I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.

We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.

Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."

Brian Eno

Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:

David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye.

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Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."

Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:

One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.
Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)

J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."

The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."

Peter Gabriel writes:

I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.

He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.

There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.

Long Live Lazarus.

Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."

Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"

Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"

Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"

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Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:

John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.

Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."

Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.

Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.

Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.

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Dinosaur Jr at Bowery Ballroom, with Lee Ranaldo - 12/7/15
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Kurt Vile has been in NYC to guest at more than one of the seven Dinosaur Jr shows, including the finale last night (12/9). Before last night's show, Kurt, his band the Violators, and Dino Jr frontman J Mascis headed to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform "Pretty Pimpin," the excellent (and very popular) lead track off KV's album b'lieve i'm goin' down.... Watch the video, which has one of the more psychedelic light shows you're likely to see on Colbert, below.

Meanwhile, we've already written up something on all seven Dino Jr shows, but now we've got a set of pictures from Night 5 (12/7), the show that featured Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, Lee Ranaldo, Thalia Zedek, Todd Barry, Andrew Labrecque, famed indie rock producer Don Fleming, Don's ex-Gumball bandmate Jay Spiegel, and host Henry Rollins.

Lastly, Kurt's lengthy week in NYC also included an appearance at Cyndi Lauper's holiday show at the Beacon on 12/5. Watch Kurt and Cyndi play Cyndi's "Money Changes Everything" and cover The Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By" at that show, below.

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by Bill Pearis

Dinosaur Jr. w/ Negative Approach, Kevin Shields & Kim Gordon @ Bowery Ballroom 12/9/2015 (via @emilysarahg)
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Dinosaur Jr. played their final of seven 30th Anniversary shows on Wednesday (12/9) at Bowery Ballroom, playing their debut album Dinosaur in full and then returning for a guest-filled second set that played a bit like a Greatest Guests of The Week, with a few new additions. In bullet points:

- Fellow Massachusetts indie rocker Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads) -- who played Knitting Factory on Tuesday -- was the only special guest during the Dinosaur set, singing on "Cat in a Bowl."

- J Mascis said they didn't know what they were doing when they made Dinosaur, just throwing ideas against the wall. He thanked Gerard Cosloy (who ran Homestead back then, and is now of Matador Records and was in attendance) for putting it out.

- The first guests of the second set were Roddy Bottum (Imperial Teen / Faith No More) and Lynn Truell (The Dicks/Sister Double Happiness/Imperial Teen) who came out for "Start Choppin'."

- Kurt Vile made his third appearance of #Dino30, again performing "Crumble." Lou Barlow told a story, on behalf of Kurt, about Kurt listening to 2007's Beyond for the first time while driving and getting sideswiped while "Crumble" was playing.

- Stephen McBean from Black Mountain sang and played guitar on "Raisans" from Bug -- he's a good fit with Dinosaur Jr and this sounded excellent.

- Winning best attendance for #Dino30 was Lee Ranaldo making his fourth onstage performance, tonight coming out for "Little Fury Things."

- Kevin Shields was back again for a much better go at My Bloody Valentine's "Thorn" -- they nailed it tonight. Afterwards, Lou Barlow (who sang lead) told the crowd it was his favorite MBV song, recalling the first time he heard the song, a club in Brighton, England. Footnote: Kurt Vile housed a slice of pizza while watching from behind Lou's amps.

- Negative Approach came out for two of their songs ("Can't Tell No One" and "Nothing"), with J moving to the second drum kit.

- Negative Approach stuck around for Set 2 closer "Don't" which John Brannon shared lead screaming with Kim Gordon (who sang the song at night 1). Kevin Shields came back out too. Highlight of the night?

- Like the previous six shows, "Cortez the Killer" finished off the night. Lou said they shoulda done "Jingle Bells." Lee Ranaldo and Stephen McBean shared lead vocals, and Shields, Vile, Gordon and more were on stage for it too. Much tighter than last night, shorter too (I think).

- Today (Thursday, December 10) is J. Mascis' 50th birthday. Happy birthday, J!

- Henry Rollins' introduction was similar in theme to Monday's, with different anecdotes, tonight sharing a story about going to see Bad Brains back in the day. He also called everyone in attendance "wonderful parasites" and to keep spreading the love.

Setlist from the final Dinosaur Jr. 30th Anniversary show at Bowery Ballroom, plus more instagram pics and videos, below...

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Dinosaur Jr with Kim Gordon / Kurt Vile / Steve Gunn @ Bowery Ballroom 12/3/2015
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New York has always kind of been our home, even though we're from Massachusetts. In the early days it was really all about CBGB's and the other early clubs in New York; we played Boston but New York is what we always gravitated towards. J actually transferred to Hunter College from UMass to be closer to that music scene in the late '80s and also so he could be closer to Kim and Thurston from Sonic Youth. I don't know why, but we always thought New York was the coolest place, especially for punk rock. Plus, I actually grew up right outside of New York in the Stanford area. - [Murph in The Aquarian]
Last night (12/3), Dinosaur Jr. began their seven-show run at Bowery Ballroom celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album. The night started with Henry Rollins introducing the band from the balcony, and J, Lou and Murph then cranked out 1985's Dinosaur (maybe the least typically Dinosaur Jr-y of any of their records) in full. There there was a break, which took longer than expected due to Lou having cable problems, and the real fun began with a second set which featured favorites from throughout their career...and a parade of special guests, three of whom shared the stage together at Webster Hall at Wednesday's Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary party.

Steve Gunn came out to sing and play on "Yeah We Know" from Bug; then Eleanor Friedberger was brought out to sing "Get Me" from Where Ya Been (she playfully ripped up the lyric sheet, crumpled it into a ball and threw it into the audience and left the stage before the song was over); Kurt Vile sang and played guitar on "Crumble" (from Beyond). We'd see Kurt again before the night was over.

Finally, Kim Gordon came out for "Don't," much like she'd done three years ago at Terminal 5. Very much in rock star / karaoke mode, Kim mopped up the place, playing to the audience and offering the mic to folks in the front row to sing along. Then another break and the band came out with Kurt Vile again, as well as John Moloney on a second drum kit, for a killer cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." Setlist is below.

They do it again tonight (12/4) which is sold out. Who do you think might be tonight's special guests? More pics from Thursday's show below...

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photo: Matt Berninger w/ EL VY over the weekend (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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We mentioned earlier this year that The National began recording their long awaited Grateful Dead tribute album in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings. A new Stereogum feature on the band reports that the wait will finally be over in early 2016, and that they'll once again be teaming up with the Red Hot organization to release it (the same organization the Dessners did Dark Was the Night with).

More details since the initial announcement on who's contributing to it keep coming to. The band told Stereogum that the album has "somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 contributions," now including Perfume Genius, Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio), Marijuana Deathsquads (doing "Truckin'"), Unknown Mortal Orchestra ("Shakedown Street"), Fucked Up, Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear) on two songs including "Terrapin Station," Phosphorescent main man Matthew Houck, Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and more. Plus there's all the previously-mentioned names like Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Kurt Vile & J Mascis (doing "Box of Rain" together), The War On Drugs ("Touch of Grey"), and of course The National themselves (including their take on"Peggy-O," a traditional the Dead played a lot). The latter two have been played live before, and you can check out videos of those below.

The wait for this compilation has been long, but it sounds like it'll be worth it. The National's Bryan Devendorf said, "Some of the interpretations of the songs, you hear it, and you go, 'My god, this is fucking killer.'" With a solid group of some of the best indie artists out there covering the Dead, it's hard to go wrong.

In other "indie musicians covering the Grateful Dead" news, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and his band The Freaks doing another of their Dead tribute shows, and this one's in Brooklyn. It happens at Rough Trade on December 30. Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday (11/18) at noon. Alex Bleeker & The Freaks just played Brooklyn Bowl last week and are currently on tour in support of their new album.

All of The Freaks' upcoming tour dates are listed, with the National and War on Drugs videos, below...

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by Keith Marlowe

Dead Moon / J Mascis / Das Audit w/ Malcolm Mooney @ Pioneer Works 6/20/2015
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Saturday night (6/20) saw a sizeable chunk of NYC's rock scene trek out to Pioneer Works art space in Red Hook to see rock legends Dead Moon. The huge, open garden really makes the trip out worthwhile, such a great summertime venue. The sold-out show was presented by ISSUE Project Room.

Malcolm Mooney, the original vocalist for Can, joined openers Das Audit for an amazing rendition of "Thief," from the krautrock legends' classic Delay 1968. His voice still has the same haunting pathos of the recording, begging "Oh Lord won't you tell me, why must I be the thief...." That was an unexpected surprise, and I'm very grateful they played it.

Borbetomagus' twin saxophone and guitar bombardment was up next, and they sure don't seem to have lost any power in their nearly forty years of playing. After that, J Mascis played a stripped down set of songs accompanied by a prerecorded track.

The room and balcony were packed when Dead Moon took the stage. Due to unforseen health issues, original drummer Andrew Loomis was unable play on this tour so, with his blessing, Pierced Arrows' Kelly Halliburton subbed.  Their set showed them still playing with passion and energy, burning through a buncha Dead Moon hits including "54-40 or Fight," "I Hate the Blues," "Johnny's Got a Gun" and the chilling "Dagger Moon." Fred gave the crowd a smile at the lyric, "in New York City don't ya cross the line" during Dead Moon Night.

Here's hoping for the best, and another tour, for Fred and Toody and Dead Moon. More pictures from the whole night at Pioneer Works, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Kim Gordon on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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Old pals and indie legends Kim Gordon and J Mascis have teamed up for a new collaborative song, "Slow Boy," which will appear on the third installment of Converse's CONS EP series. It's pretty much exactly what you want from these two -- Kim's raw shouts and J shredding away. Listen and download it for free, below.

In related news, the Kim Gordon show at 303 Gallery opened this past Thursday (6/4). The show, The City Is A Garden, runs through July 24.

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The 2015 Newport Folk Fest happens July 24-26 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. This year's lineup isn't fully announced yet, but so far includes First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, Sturgil Simpson (who taped an episode of ACL TV last night), Courtney Barnett, Leon Bridges, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, Brandi Carlile, J Mascis and more. Festival passes and tickets to Saturday and Sunday are sold out but you can still get tickets to Friday (7/24) with Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, The Lone Bellow, Calexico, Heartless Bastards, Leon Bridges and more.

More to be announced, but daily lineups so far are listed below.

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UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

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Longing for the days of Lollapalooza 1993 or bummed that you missed out on them? Primus and Dinosaur Jr have you covered. The alt/funk metallers and the guitar-soloing indie rockers are heading out on a tour together this summer.

The dates include two in the NYC-area: one at NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage on July 24 and another at NYC's JBL Live at Pier 97 on July 30. Also another special guest TBA. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (4/3) at 10 AM, with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (4/1) at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password.

UPDATE: BV PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

There's also a presale for the whole tour happening now at Primus' site.

Meanwhile, you can catch Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis sooner when he opens for Dead Moon in NYC this June, and you can also catch Primus on their spring tour which hits Long Island in April.

Speaking of classic indie bands at Stone Pony Summerstage, BrooklynVegan is also presenting a Pixies / TV On the Radio show happening there in May (tickets).

All Primus / Dinosaur Jr dates are listed below...

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photo: Dead Moon at Chop Suey 3/14/2015 (via @ChopSuey)
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Portland garage punk legends Dead Moon, who existed from 1987 - 2006, are back in action with Fred & Toody Cole, plus drummer Andrew Loomis all returning. (Glad to see Fred recovering from last year's heart surgery.) They played Saturday (3/14) for the reopening of Seattle club Chop Suey. KEXP was there:

Portland's gritty 70's punk rockers Dead Moon did not disappoint in their return to the stage. Their relentless whining guitar and slow cool bass were as fuzzy and intact as ever. Fred and Toody Cole and Andrew Loomis wore their adventures from their infamous days of beer and whiskey stained dingy clubs like a badge of honor. In the old days, they sold out clubs to kids who couldn't get enough of their simple, haunting lyrics, and they sold out Chop Suey just as easily. Halfway through their set, the ultimate redeeming ballad of "It's O.K." rang out with the nostalgic perfection of a youth lived and lost, and crowd members rushed forward, moshing and screaming lyrics at the top of their lungs. Watching Toody and Fred continue to remind today's listeners that "it's okay" secures their timeless ballad as a cult punk necessity. Dead Moon are known for their full tilt performances, where the drums are hard and sparse, the guitar is a metal beast, the bass keeps you grounded, and the shrieking vocals make you want to spit your own call to arms.
You can watch video of Dead Moon playing "Johnny's Got A Gun" and "Walking on My Grave" from the Chop Suey show below.

While Dead Moon haven't announced a full tour (they didn't live the Pacific Northwest all that often back in the day), they do have a couple other shows lined up including one in NYC, playing Red Hook's Pioneer Works on June 20 with J Mascis, Borbetomagus, and Das Audit. Tickets are on sale now.

Dead Moon also play Chicago's Empty Bottle on July 10. Stream Dead Moon's Live Evil and Stranded in the Mystery Zone via Rdio below...

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Radiohead drummer Philip Selway is coming to the US soon for a tour which begins with his NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge, and ends with his second of two Coachella appearances. He's now confirmed that the opener on his non-festival dates will be Adem.

Adem (full name Adem Ilhan) is a folktronica/post-rock solo artist on Domino, who put out three albums in the mid-late 2000s, one of which was a covers album with songs by Bjork, Aphex Twin, Bedhead, PJ Harvey, and more. He's also a member of the '90s/'00s post-rock band Fridge with Kieran Hebden, aka Radiohead's pal Four Tet, and is one half of the duo Silver Columns with Johnny Lynch (aka The Pictish Trail). And he played on Philip's most recent album, 2014's Weatherhouse.

In addition to opening the shows, Adem is playing in Philip's live band, along with Kath Mann (aka Quinta) and Chris Vatalaro. The NYC show happens April 10 at LPR, and tickets are still on sale. All dates are listed below.

In other Radiohead news, The Bends turns 20 on Friday (3/13), and Stereogum are celebrating with Radiohead Week. Among their features is a post with 33 musicians discussing their favorite Radiohead song, including Ed Droste, J Mascis, Kip Berman, Wayne Coyne, Kathleen Hanna, Sadie Dupuis, Noel Gallagher, and more. They've also got Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves interviewing her dad about them (she calls them "middle of the road" and "the uncanny valley of interesting music").

Watch a video of a The Bends track, with the list of Philip Selway dates and a Selway video, below...

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As you probably know Sleater-Kinney's terrific new album, No Cities to Love, is out next week which you can listen to over at NPR if you haven't yet. Sub Pop just posted a video of a lot of famous people singing along to its title track. Folks like Andy Samberg, Gerard Way, Ellen Page, Sarah Silverman, The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus, Miranda July, J Mascis, Natasha Lyonne, Friday Night Lights / Nashville star Connie Britton, Fred Armisen (of course) and lots more. Watch it below.

Sleater-Kinney will be in NYC on Friday (1/16) to be interviewed by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City (you can leave questions you want answered). They return next month for two sold out shows at Terminal 5.

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Man, Burger Records is really feeling the Angus Soundtrack '90s kids lately. First they signed The Muffs and now they've booked Weezer for their fourth Burgerama festival happening March 28-29 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. And that's not their only kinda-crazy booking this year. They've also got Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the current version of Gang of Four, and of course plenty of awesome more expected names like Ty Segall, Black Lips, J Mascis, Ariel Pink, Roky Erickson, King Khan & BBQ Show, FIDLAR, White Fence, together PANGEA, The Queers, The Coathangers, Shannon and the Clams, JEFF the Brotherhood, La Luz, Girl Band and still plenty more as you can see in the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (12/12).

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We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.

While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.

MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...

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RSD

As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.

by Andrew Sacher

Honey at The Studio at Webster Hall in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Brooklyn's Honey are a new-ish band (with ex-members of Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes and Stupid Party) that have been playing around their hometown a good deal lately. You may have caught them recently with Destruction Unit, Crystal Stilts or The Men. They take the swirling riffs and wah-pedal freakouts of late '60s psychedelic rock, and inject it with garage punk energy that has made their shows something you can zone out to but also something you can bang your head to. They recently mentioned on their website that a debut album is on the way, and you can get a taste of that now from the single "Born." Listen below.

Honey's next show is opening the final free Summer Thunder show of the summer in Union Pool's backyard this Saturday (8/30) afternoon (2 PM start). It's headlined by J Mascis' psychedelic blues jam group Heavy Blanket, which should be a great fit. Hopefully this goes better than last year's Heavy Blanket show at Summer Thunder.

Flyer for Saturday's show and song stream below...

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Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kevin

Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew released his new solo album, Darlings, earlier this year, and has already come to the US to open Feist's solo tour and play a full band release show (with multiple Arts & Crafts musicians) at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, which happened after being postponed a few weeks in April. Now, he's announced a much longer North American tour which brings him back to NYC on September 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No word yet on what his live lineup will be like this time. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/23) at noon.

No openers announced for the MHOW show yet, but many dates are with J Mascis (who plays his own NYC show and also with Witch this week, 7/23). A few others are with Belle & Sebastian and one is with Thurston Moore. This month into August, Kevin's on a Canadian run with Modest Mouse (who have a few NYC-area dates after). All dates are listed, with a video from the new LP, below...

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Witch at Santos in 2012 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Witch

Witch -- the stoner rock band that features Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis on drums, his Sweet Apple bandmate Dave Sweetapple on bass, King Tuff main man Kyle Thomas on vocals/guitar, and Lecherous Gaze/Annihilation Time's Graham Clise on guitar -- will be coming to NYC to headline the next FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 23. (You may remember Dinosaur Jr played the May one.) Opening the show are their Tee Pee labelmates Ruby the Hatchet. Though the show is free, you need tickets which go on "sale" Wednesday (7/9) at noon.

It's the only upcoming date for Witch at the moment, however, you'll get to see a couple of chances to see Witch's members at other times. Dinosaur Jr will be in NYC for the free 4Knots Festival on Saturday (7/12) that also includes Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. Then J Mascis will return on October 17 when his solo tour hits Bowery Ballroom (tickets).

Meanwhile, King Tuff just announced a tour that includes NYC shows on October 8 at Baby's All Right and October 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to Baby's go on sale Wednesday (7/9) at 10 AM and tickets to Bowery go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wed at noon.

Watch a live Witch video below...

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J

Yesterday (6/9) we mentioned that Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis would be revealing a song and more details from his upcoming solo LP, Tied to a Star, today and here they are. The album will be out August 26 via Sub Pop, was recorded and produced by J himself, and features appearances by Cat Power, Mark Mulcahy, Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), and Ken Mairui (Young@Heart Chorus). Listen to its single, "Every Morning," below.

J's full tour has now also been announced. As discussed, it hits NYC on October 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/11) at noon.

Dino Jr also headline the free 4Knots Festival in NYC.

All dates are listed, with the new single and LP tracklist, below...

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J Mascis w/ Dino Jr at MHOW last month (more by Caroline Harrison)
J

Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis will be releasing a new solo album, Tied to a Star, at some point this year which follows 2011's Several Shades of Why. Sub Pop say music and more info on the album is coming tomorrow (6/10), but in the meantime the label's Megan Jasper (one of J's lifelong friends) sat down with him for a video interview about the new LP. They call it "A Revealing Conversation with J Mascis," and anyone who's ever seen J interviewed before should know just how talkative and revealing he does get. You can check that out below.

In the video, they mention J has a solo tour on the way and though all of those dates haven't been announced yet, we do know he's playing Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and a NYC show on October 17 at Bowery Ballroom. It's just J alone at these shows, but even in an acoustic setting, he still kicks on the distortion and rips a few of those classic solos. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/11) at noon.

Meanwhile, Dinosaur Jr will be back in NYC much sooner to headline the free 4Knots Music Festival (7/12) with Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more.

All currently known J Mascis dates are listed, with the LP artwork, interview video, and a live video, below...

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Pink Mountaintops

Based out of LA these days, Canadian psych outfit Pink Mountaintops recently released Get Back, their first new album five years. The new record features contributions from J. Mascis, Annie Hardy (Giant Drag), and others. Always at the whims of sole constant member Stephen McBean, some of the record has a strident '80s vibe (think Clash or New Model Army) as you can hear on single "Second Summer of Love." Stream that below and you can listen to the whole thing on Rdio.

Pink Mountaintops begin a tour this week that will hit NYC on July 8 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show are on sale today (5/21) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the "Second Summer of Love" stream, below...

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lineup

The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....

Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.

This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.

Ditto for emo vets Mineral

So much more greatness listed below....

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Fucked Up at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Fucked Up

As you may know, Fucked Up have a new album, Glass Boys, coming out June 3 via Matador and multiple tour dates including a release show in NYC happening on June 6 at Bowery Ballroom with Big Ups and In School, which is now sold out.

Even if you didn't get tickets to the release show, you'll still get a chance to see Fucked Up in NYC. They also play Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/9) with a BrooklynVegan presale starting on Wednesday (5/7) at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password.

UPDATE: Password HERE.

Since we last spoke, they were also added to day 2 (5/18) of NJ's Skate & Surf Festival that also features Pianos Become the Teeth, United Nations, Tiny Moving Parts and more (tickets). Updated tour dates are listed below.

Fucked Up also recently released a new track from Glass Boys called "Led By Hand" which features vocals from J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, who Fucked Up opened for when Dino Jr played Bug in full at Terminal 5. You can stream that, with the list of dates, below...

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After the Rock and Rall Hall of Fame induction at Barclays Center, "Nirvana" headed over to Saint Vitus for another show.

Actually it's happening right this second (2:30am Thursday night). Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for more. UPDATE: 4am: It's over.

Joan Jett, J. Mascis, Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, John McCauley of Deer Tick (and Deervana when Deer Tick is a Nirvana cover band), and Kim Gordon fronted Nirvana (aka Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) at the gig.

More photos, video setlist from the surprise Greenpoint gig, below...

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Doug Keith

You may know Doug Keith as a member of Sharon Van Etten's band but he's also a solo artist and will release a new album, Pony, on February 11 via The Village Label. The record was recorded with drummer Zeke Hutchins, who also plays with Doug in Sharon Van Etten's band, plus Brad and Phil Cook of Megafaun. A few months back, he revealed the first single from that album, "Pure Gold In The 70s," which features a guitar solo from Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis, and he's since released a second single, "Harvest Home."

Now, we're premiering a third track from the album, "You Can't Stand To Be Alone," in this post. If you're a fan of the folk rock that Doug's pals like SVE and Megafaun make, you might want to dig into Doug's solo stuff too. You can listen to all three of those tracks, and check out the album artwork and tracklist, below.

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