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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.

Bowie Jagger

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"

Yoko Ono John Lennon David Bowie

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 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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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts & Lee Ranaldo / Rainer Maria & Meredith Graves / Kurt Vile & Kim Gordon / Waxahatche & Mac McCaughan / Titus' Patrick Stickles
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
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Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary

None of the acts on any of Webster Hall's three stages last night (12/2) asked if anyone actually knows what Ground Control Touring is, but their name was on the marquee and many of them thanked them. I guess for those not in the biz it doesn't really matter when in one night you get to see Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Parquet Courts, Deer Tick, Rainer Maria, Screaming Females and more.The booking agency, who usually do their magic only behind the scenes, handles tours for many of indie rock's biggest names and was celebrating 15 years in business. The main ballroom was already packed when Hop Along kicked off the night and things stayed that way.

Very few of last night's acts played what you'd call a normal set, instead opting for fun collaborations and covers. Waxahatchee brought out Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour to cover The Clean's "Getting Older." Kurt Vile, with Violators guitarist Rob Laasko, played two songs before bringing out Kim Gordon, former Violater Steve Gunn (who'd just played a great solo set in the Marlin Room) and Woods' Jarvis Taveniere for a cover of Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray."

Kurt Vile would later turn up at Woods' set in the Marlin Room to cover Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Woods also had Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage out for two Neil Young covers" "Barstool Blues" and "Powderfinger." Parquet Courts' performance in the Marlin Room, meanwhile, basically had them as Lee Ranaldo's backing band, performing Sonic Youth's "Mote" and "Eric's Trip." (For those who already thought that Parquet Courts' Austin Brown looks like Thurston Moore, this underlined it.) That was the whole set. But cool. It was that kind of night.

Elsewhere at Webster Hall: Rainer Maria had Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves onstage for "Tinfoil" ("Rainer Maria are my favorite band", Meredith said to the crowd); Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles played solo to a sardine-packed Studio; and Perfect Pussy finished off the night with a typical crazed energy, and Meredith Graves writhing on the floor. They played a new song. Superchunk, meanwhile, just did what they always do: knocked out the hits with an energy most bands half their age can't muster. Tonight's sold-out Superchunk show at Baby's should be a treat.

Deer Tick can sell out Webster Hall on their own, but were added last minute to a show full of big names after it was already sold out, so that surely contributed to them closing out the main room to a less than full crowd, but it was a special treat for their fans that were there, and John McCauley and his seasoned band still gave it their all. Catch them again twice this month at Brooklyn Bowl.

As the night progressed there was overlap, and with navigating Webster Hall's stairs (fine going up, slower going down) and set times which weren't always adhered to so closely, meant missing some acts. (Sorry Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz and Felice Brothers) But it was a fun, unique night even if don't know what the hell Ground Control Touring is. More pictures from the whole night (our photographers actually did catch everyone), plus some videos of those special collaborations/covers (with more on the way), below...

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Mudd Club Rummage Sale

The famed Mudd Club opened its doors at 77 White Street, steps away from The Roxy, in October of 1978. For five years Mudd Club supported New York City's downtown music, fashion, and art scene giving exposure to artists and performers like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Lou Reed, The B-52's, and Anna Sui. Mudd Club housed Basquiat, Haring and friends offering a safe haven to create and even sleep.
Steve Mass, who ran the iconic late-'70s/early-'80s downtown NYC hangout/venue The Mudd Club, is throwing the first-ever official Mudd Club event since its closing. Dubbed "The Mudd Club Rummage Sale," which happens Thursday (11/19) at The Django at The Roxy Hotel. The event is a benefit for The Bowery Mission and features "famed treasures and priceless trash collected from an elite of couturiers, rock stars, artists, luminaries, bigwigs and significant sombebodies." Those somebodies donating items include Sting, Nan Goldin, The B-52's, and Cindy Sherman, and more. Mass told The NY Post, "It's not going to be a Sotheby's-type deal but more like a church basement sale."

In addition to the rummage sale, there will be an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and some live music from Kate Pierson and Pat Irwin of the B-52's plus Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith Group. DJs for the evening will be Paul Sevigny and Glenn O'Brien. The event's Hosting Committee includes Anna Sui, Kim Gordon, Jeffrey Deitch, Deborah Harry and more. Tickets for this benefit are $100 till Wednesday (11/18) at 3 PM and $200 after.

Check out video of The Cramps playing The Mudd Club in 1981, below...

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by Jonathan Dick

Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein's creative versatility might otherwise be astonishing were it not for the fact that the actor, musician, and writer, is grounded to a familiar commonality in which her fans continue to find comfort and even catharsis. From Portlandia to Sleater-Kinney and everything in between, the trajectory of Brownstein's creative mind remains a vulnerable place of self-awareness and a rare kind of honesty concerning her perspective of her own celebrity. That characteristic is especially present in her newly released memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. A humbling, bare, hilarious, and altogether moving recounting of her life and the challenges both past and present she faces, the book is simply yet another perspective on Brownstein's powerful simplicity and candor.

Season 6 of Portlandia is due in 2016 (with Danzig) and Sleater-Kinney will be going on another tour this year, five December NYC shows included. Currently touring for her memoir, Brownstein just made two NYC appearances this week -- the Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Wednesday (10/28) with Gaby Hoffman and Saint Vitus on Tuesday (10/27) with Questlove. Guests on other upcoming dates include Amy Poehler, Dave Eggers, Jessica Hopper and more.

I recently caught up with Carrie and discussed the tour, the challenges of writing her memoir, and why music remains a sacred space for her:

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BV: You've got a number of interesting and influential guests that you're collaborating with on your book tour. Was that something you wanted to do from the outset once you'd finished Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl?

Carrie Brownstein: Yeah. I had interviewed both Lena Dunham and Kim Gordon on their respective book tours, and I really liked the conversations I had with both authors. I felt like what I wanted was to bring together a group of people that would each have a different perspective or take on the book, so that each night I was essentially having a different kind of conversation, so that I would never sort of be on message. I'm not somebody that feels I'm on message or on point very much in terms like a politician. [Laughs.] But at the same time I thought, well, this will at least highlight different elements of the book, or potentially veer of into a tangent that might be interesting or exciting every night.

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Peaches

Peaches' new album Rub, which features her old roommate Feist and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, comes out this week (9/25) on I U She Music via INgrooves, and it's now streaming in full. Listen to the whole thing below.

Peaches' tour includes a NYC show on October 24 at Irving Plaza with Deap Vally (tix).

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by Bill Pearis

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Peaches has shared the video for "Close Up," the track from her new album Rub featuring Kim Gordon. Kim's in the video, too, starring as Peaches' wrestling trainer. It was directed by her collaborator Vice Cooler, and features a bevy of female wrestlers and luchadores, including Cassandro and Dirty Sanchez. It's fairly outrageous and some might considering it NSFW... you can watch it below.

Peaches' upcoming North American tour hits NYC on October 24 at Irving Plaza with openers Deap Vally. Tickets are still available.

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by Andrew Sacher

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile recently announced that he'd be releasing his new album, b'lieve i'm goin down, this fall, and now we have more details on that. It's due September 25 via Matador (pre-order). That's the artwork above, and the tracklist is below. The first single is opening track "Pretty Pimpin," which immediately feels different from his previous records, yet unmistakably KV. Watch its video below.

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon heard the new record, and said:

Kurt does his own myth-making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b'lieve i'm goin down... is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history ("valley of ashes") of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling.
Kurt's tour with Waxahatchee and Luke Roberts hits NYC on October 7 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

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>Burger-A-Go-Go 2015

Burger Records will be throwing its second-annual all-female-fronted Burger-A-Go-Go fest on September 5 at Santa Anna Observatory. This year's lineup includes Cat Power, The Julie Ruin, GLITTERBUST (aka Kim Gordon + Alex Knost), Kate Nash, Bleached, Cults, Cherry Glazerr, Kimya Dawson, Peach Kelli Pop, Death Valley Girls, and lots more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/2) at 10 AM Pacific. Initial lineup is listed below.

Meanwhile, the Burger Boogaloo 2015 happens this weekend (July 4 & 5) at Oakland, CA's Mosswood Park with performances from The Mummies, Black Lips, Fuzz, The Gories, King Khan & BBQ Show, Pandoras, 5.6.7.8s, and a whole lot more. As you may remember, the Boogaloo is hosted this year by the one-and-only John Waters. Tickets are still available and the schedule is below.

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Peaches

In addition to that new book, Peaches also has a new album, Rub, coming out September 25 on I U She Music via INgrooves. It's got a couple exciting guest appearances, including past collaborator (and former roommate) Feist and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. It also features performance artist Empress Stah in the video for thumping lead single "LIght In Places." Watch that video, and check out the tracklist, below.

Peahces will also support the album with a North American tour going down from early October through mid-November. It hits NYC on October 24 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (6/24) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

List of tour dates, video, and album tracklist, 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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photos by P Squared Photography and Amanda Hatfield

Dresden Dolls / Kim Gordon / Howlin' Rain / Buzzcocks
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2015 Record Store Day

Rough Trade NYC celebrated Record Store Day 2015 will an all-day party featuring live performances and signings. Among the highlights: the first Dresden Dolls show in NYC in five years; Sondre Lerche cut a record live to 78RPM lacquer; and Kim Gordon signed copies of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Buzzcocks, who played two NYC-area shows that week, stopped by to sign stuff too, plus there were live sets from Howlin' Rain, Ava Luna, Lee Bains III, Saun & Starr and Lord Raja. Pictures from Rough Trade's RSD15 events are in this post.

You could just walk into Rough Trade if you weren't shopping for Record Store Day exclusive releases. For those who were, there was a long line that, right before they opened on Saturday, stretched down and around Kent Ave up to N. 8th St. Apparently people were in line just after midnight on Friday. Madness!

Dresden Dolls' set was webcast live for supporters of Amanda's Patreon (an archived stream will be made available to everyone soon). More pics from Record Store Day at Rough Trade, below...

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The Dresden Dolls' albums Yes, Virginia (2006) and No, Virginia (2008) are being getting their first-ever vinyl release for Record Store Day 2015 (Saturday, 4/18) as a a three-LP set, The Virginia Monologues. To celebrate, The Dresden Dolls (who haven't played NYC since 2010) will perform a free show at Rough Trade as part of the store's RSD15 special events on Saturday. Amanda Palmer (who is very pregnant right now) and Brian Viglione will also be signing copies of the vinyl at the store. Their set is at 6 PM and free. Keep in mind that the L Train will not be running from 8th Ave - Bedford at all this weekend.

As for the rest of Rough Trade's Record Store day events, Sondre Lerche will also be there, performing on the mezzanine while the 78 Project cuts his set directly to a 78RPM record, Alan Lomax-style. There will also be sets from Lee Bains III, Howlin Rain, Saun & Starr, Lord Raja, as well as signings by The Buzzcocks (who play NYC tonight and NJ on Friday) and Kim Gordon. One slot in their schedule is still listed as "Special Guests" -- any guesses? Schedule is listed below and you can see what RSD15 exclusives the store is getting here. Rough Trade will be open from 8 AM - 11 PM on Saturday.

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Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon's new memoir Girl In A Band comes out next week (2/24), and it's seeming like it's gonna be pretty awesome (not that we would've thought otherwise). A few excerpts have come out where Kim has less-than-nice things to say about Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, and her split with Thurston Moore. One also appeared where she had nice things to say about Kurt Cobain (whose birthday is today, happy birthday Kurt). Catch up on those excerpts below.

Today a new Billboard podcast came out where Kim reads a part from her memoir about Sonic Youth's final show, and she also debuts a new solo track, "Close Your Eyes," on the podcast. Listen to that below too (song starts at 18:29).

Kim's book tour in support of Girl In A Band hits NYC on February 23 at Greenlight Books/BAM Cinematek and February 24 at Strand. More info and all dates here.

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Kim Gordon

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, no stranger to authoring books, is releasing a new memoir on February 24 via Dey Street Books called Girl In A Band, presumably named for the ill-advised question female musicians are often asked in interviews that Kim sarcastically sang about on "Sacred Trickster" ("What's it like to be a girl in a band? I don't quite understand!"). She's now announced a book tour in support of it, which has her being interviewed by different people at each stop.

The tour begins around release day, with two NYC appearances. First, she'll be at Brooklyn's Greenlight Books/BAM Cinematek on February 23 with Margaret Bodde (executive producer of a 2011 George Harrison documentary), and then at The Strand on February 24 with novelist/Vanity Fair contributing editor Elissa Schappell. To get into the Strand date, you need to purchase a copy of the book or a $15 Strand gift card. Stay tuned for more info on the Greenlight Books date.

Other stops on the tour will have Kim interviewed by Carrie Brownstein, Aimee Mann, Jon Wurster, Sub Pop's Bruce Pavitt (who also just released a book), and more. All dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Sandro's SY window display on N6 St. (photo via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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Walking out of last night's Merchandise show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, I did a double take seeing a store across the street with a Sonic Youth Confusion is Sex window display, one half with with the album's artwork on the window itself, the other half with a hanging t-shirt. The store is the Brooklyn branch of high-end Paris boutique Sandro and there's an entire SY collection available currently. The tee, which is made from 100% cotton and looks like something you used to be able to buy on Saint Marks for 10 bucks, goes for $95 and is actually one of the cheaper items. There's also a $340 "Day Dream" sweater, two different $110 knit ski caps and a bunch of other Sonic Youth album cover shirts ($95 - $130). N. 6th St sure is weird these days.

In other, more affordable and interesting, Sonic Youth-related news, Kim Gordon will play Issue Project Room on December 3. She's performing as a duo with guitarist Loren Connors, the first time they'll have done this. (Loren has played with Kim's ex too.) Gary War, who lives in New Zealand these days and hasn't released an album in a couple years, will open the show. Tickets to the show go on sale to IPR Members on Friday (10/17) and will be available to the general public starting October 24.

Meanwhile, Kim also has a couple Body/Head dates at Union Pool next month; and Lee Renaldo's art exhibition at One Mile Gallery in Kingston, NY is up through next week, and he'll play a collaborative set with Noveller at Lincoln Center next month. Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley will be in town next week with The Thurston Moore Band.

Body/Head at MoMA in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Kim Gordon's duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head are on board for Boston's Hassle Fest IV this November (with Jason Lescalleet, No Joy, Quilt, Downtown Boys and more), and directly before that they'll play two nights at Brooklyn's Union Pool on November 6 & 7. Both shows are with Wolf Eyes' Nate Young and his band Regression Nightmare. Night 1 will also be opened by Bill Nace's past collaborator Steven Baczkowski, and night 2 also by Vanessa Rossetto. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale (9/30) at 2 PM.

Kim also has an art show opening in NYC in 2015. All Body/Head dates are listed below.

In related news, Kim's ex-Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (who played Union Pool a few days ago and has an upcoming duo set with Noveller) has an art show of his own opening in NYC. The show's called Lost Highways and it opens on October 4 at One Mile Gallery (475 Abeel St) with the reception going from 6-8 PM. The show runs through October 25.

List of Body/Head dates and a video below...

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Lee Ranaldo at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a bunch of live appearances coming up, including three very different shows in NYC and a solo/acoustic tour in Europe. The first one is this Friday (9/5) at St. Ann & The Holo Trinity Church for the fifth annual Dither Extravaganza with electric guitar quartet Dither and a big, impressive lineup that also features a duo set of composer Andrea Parkins with Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, noise metal band Cleric, turntablist DJ Rupture percussion trio Tigue, banjoist Brandon Seabrook and still more. Full lineup below.

Then on September 27 at Union Pool, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust will play a full-band show, their only one scheduled at the moment. The Dust have a new acoustic LP planned, so maybe we'll hear some of that at the show. Most details on that LP are still TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Lee also has previously discussed duo set with Noveller at Lincoln Center on November 20. Noveller also opens for Sun Araw at Baby's tonight (9/4). All of Lee's various dates are listed below.

In related news, back when Sonic Youth were still active they recorded the instrumental song "Creepers & Climbers" for artist Peter Coffin's Music for Plants project. As the title implies, the music was written specifically to be "heard" by plants, but it was recently made available to humans as well. You can stream it below.

In more Sonic Youth news, Art Info points out that Kim Gordon will have a show at Chelsea's 303 Gallery from June 4 to July 15, 2015. More details TBA.

And as previously discussed, Thurston Moore (whose new band also includes Sonic Youth/The Dust drummer Steve Shelley) has a new album and tour on the way. He also has some pretty serious opinions on black metal.

All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, with the 'Dither Extravaganza' lineup, below...

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White Lung in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

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

White Lung, Pop. 1280, Uniform @ Saint Vitus
White Lung's new record is more of the punishing aggression, inventive guitar playing, and powerhouse hooks and screams of 2012's Sorry, and yet another winner from one of the best punk bands around. Those songs will come to life tonight at Saint Vitus, their first of two NYC shows this week. Opening are local goths Pop. 1280 and noise duo Uniform, making for a good bill all around.

White Magic, Weyes Blood @ Union Pool
So you like bands with "White" in the name but prefer folk to punk? White Magic (aka Brooklyn's Mira Billotte) casts her spell tonight with the equally bewitching Weyes Blood as opener.

Nothing Changes w/ Merchandise @ Home Sweet Home
After two Brooklyn shows, Florida's Merchandise return to Home Sweet Home where their gothy guitar pop will be right at home. This show is late and don't be surprised if this ends up being an unofficial afterparty for the White Lung show.

W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser, Eliot Glazer, Carrie Keagan, Jillette Johnson, Mates of State, Wakey! Wakey! @ LPR
This show benefits LGBQT organization The Ally Coalition and features a host of music and comedy talent. Tickets are still available.

Jello Biafra and The Guantanomo School of Medicine, Negative Approach @ Asbury Lanes
Jello Biafra may not be with the Dead Kennedys anymore, but he's still making smart/smartass political punk with his current band The Guantanamo School of Medicine. Tonight they're joined by another group of '80s-era punks, Negative Approach.

Garlands, John Errol @ Baby's All Right
This is not the Swedish band The Garlands who recently played NYC Popfest but a local band Garlands (not "the") who also make really good indiepop. Stream two tracks below.

Elvis Costello @ Carnegie Hall
Elvis Costello is an amazing performer in whatever permutation/lineup he chooses to play, but maybe none more than with just an acoustic guitar, where onstage stories are perhaps as entertaining as his impressive canon of songs.

Schoolboy Q, Domo Genesis, Tinashe, BlackoutBoyz (A$AP Yams & A$AP Jscott) @ Central Park Summerstage
Of all the Black Hippy rappers, Schoolboy Q is the biggest party animal so needless to say, his shows are always a great time. And with three quality albums now, he's got plenty to pull from tonight.

Lionel Richie, Cee Lo Green @ Jones Beach
From his funky days in The Commodores through his '80s sweater-wearing days, Lionel Richie is truly a talent. Some may want this show with Cee Lo Green to go all night long.

Wreckless Eric, Dion Nania @ Mercury Lounge
One of the original artists signed to punk-era UK indie label Stiff, Wreckless Eric is best known for his hit "Whole Wide World," but there's a lot more to him than that. Go get acquainted tonight.

Evian Christ, Dutch E Germ, UNiiQU3, Gatekeeper, Will Fry @ Output
Evian Christ first deservedly earned some buzz for his wacked-out dark hip hop beats, but his profile seriously rose when Kanye included him on Yeezus. He's since begun putting out new stuff, and it's pretty noticeable from those tracks that he's been in a room with Kanye West.

Little Racer, Cosmonaut, Weekender, The Balconies @ Pianos
Brooklyn band Little Racer have been at it for a while now, making very catchy, UK-inspired guitar pop. Tonight's the final show of their June residency at Pianos.

Dave Chappelle, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Janelle Monae @ Radio City Music Hall
Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in a big way, doing a whopping 10 nights at Radio City Music Hall. Tonight's rather star-studded with firecracker Janelle Monae, the influential DJ Premier and '90s star Busta Rhymes.

Mirror Kisses, Sunflower Bean, Grand Resort, ONWE, Teen Body @ Bowery Electric
Virginia's Mirror Kisses lists Microdisney, Prefab Sprout, and China Crisis as influences which can certainly be heard in their anthemic synthpop. They play tonight with a sympathetic lineup of likeminded locals, plus members of Beach Fossils on DJ duty.

Joe Henry @ City Winery
Joe Henry has been making literate folk pop since the mid-'80s with his most recent album, Invisible Hour, being released this year. (Fun fact: he's also Madonna's brother-in-law.)

Shakey Graves, Wild Child @ Bowery Ballroom
Shakey Graves makes folk that fans of The Tallest Man on Earth may be into. Fellow Austinites Wild Child favor harmony-laden rock.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

Raymond Pettibon + Kim Gordon @ Strand Bookstore (discussion)
Greg Ginn's brother Raymond Pettibon, who designed the Black Flag bars (as well as much of their album artwork, Sonic Youth's album artwork and more), released a new book, Raymond Pettibon: To Wit, and he'll be discussing that with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (who put out the book Is It My Body? earlier this year) at Strand tonight at 7 PM. After the discussion, there will be a Q&A and signing.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Body/Head at MoMA in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Body Head

Body/Head, the duo of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace will head to Barcelona for Primavera Sound at the end of this month. That's their only scheduled date at the moment, but upon returning home Kim will team up again with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing) for a NYC show on June 8 at MoMA PS1 as part of the venue's Sunday Sessions. Doors are at 6 PM, music at 8. Tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Body/Head were interviewed by Kyle Meredith for The Weekly Feed during the Big Ears Festival and the video for that has recently surfaced online. You can watch it below...

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Okkyung Lee

NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee is about to kick off a residency at East Village avant-garde artists' space The Stone, which runs from May 6 to 11. She's got some excellent guests appearing throughout the residency, including art pop veteran Laurie Anderson (5/6), no wave veteran Ikue Mori with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (5/7), Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (5/7), Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (5/9), Wake Up Awesome collaborator C. Spencer Yeh (5/10), two Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore collaborators -- Bill Nace & Chris Corsano (5/10), and more. Full schedule below.

Okkyung Lee also takes part in Hardcore Activity in Progress (part of Red Bull Music Academy) which happens on May 16 at the Knockdown Center in Queens with Napalm Death, Wolf Eyes, Gunplay, Bastard Noise, The Thing, clipping., Yoshiko Ohara, Gnaw and more. Tickets for that are still available.

Meanwhile, you can catch Ikue Mori at The Stone tonight (5/1) with Annie Gosfield (10 PM set), later this month on 5/21 with Susie Ibarra, and next month (6/11) with Nels Cline.

Jenny Hval also tours with Swans this month, including two NYC shows -- 5/18 at Bowery Ballroom & 5/19 at MHOW. Bowery is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still available.

Okkyung Lee's Stone residency schedule and some videos below...

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"Nirvana inducted in the Rock n Roll HOF tonight. Joan Jetted sang "Teen Spirit" Kim Gordon sang "Aneurysm" and Annie Clark sang "Lithium"" - Jody H

"Lorde joins Nirvana, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon for "All Apologies" - Rock Hall



And THEN THEY PLAYED SAINT VITUS.

More pictures from Barclays Center in Brooklyn below...

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Thurston Moore at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston

Thurston Moore recently talked to The Fly about his divorce with Kim Gordon and his new relationship with Eva Prinz, not long after Kim Gordon talked to Elle about the divorce. Following The Fly interview, feminist website Jezebel posted an article about it, headlined "Thurston Moore Confirms He Is A Dick."

Pitchfork now points out that Thurston has responded to Jezebel with a Facebook post where he calls the website "gender fascism":

Jezebel is gender fascism. By not having any real critical facility to understand, in their case, men in relationship to women (presumably them) they opt to promote hate by imperialist blather. By couching it in feminism is a distinct lack of class, but i'm sure they're having a bit of online fun and when they grow up maybe they'll glean the complexities of real life and love.
If you missed them the first time, you can read Thurston's interview here and Kim's interview here.

Thurston at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston

Last year, Kim Gordon talked to Elle about her divorce with Thurston Moore, and now in an interview with The Fly, Thurston has finally discussed it too:

"I've had some life issues," he said. "In your 40s and 50s things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It's really distressing. You have to work through it, it's very personal and I don't really talk about it so much. It's extremely... it's just something I work through in my own world."

Moore is now living in London with Eva Prinz, the woman Gordon referred to in the interview. Of his new relationship, he said:

"I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does. But I'll always have that experience of sadness that a separation brings, especially one that was as important, not just to me but everybody around us. There have been some fall-outs, but that's to be expected. It's pretty heavy."

He continued: "I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat's been out of the bag a while now, that's kinda where I'm at."

Read the full article at The Fly.

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Pussy Riot

Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, former (?) members of Pussy Riot, have been in NYC this week to (bravely) appear on The Colbert Report, speak at the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center, and then last night (2/6) they appeared again at a reception/fundraiser for the Voice Project at The Spotted Pig. An English speaker gave a brief history on Pussy Riot, but not much came from the "hosts" that were listed (we did spot Kim Gordon at the event though) (update: we're told Marina Abramovic, James Murphy, Questlove, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jemima Kirke, and Sean Lennon were all floating around somewhere at the event).

Pictures of Masha and Nadya are in this post. They continue below...

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