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Some of you may remember art installation The Maze which took over Death by Audio back in Fall 2009 and at at Chashama's Visual Arts Space in 2009. Well it's back, as the You Are Here Festival has returned for a month-long residency at Secret Project Robot Gallery in Bushwick (389 Melrose St) from July 12 - Aug 4.

Just like in previous years, the festival will include a "gigantic life size maze", and will host a grip of performers on Thursday - Saturday during their stay at the space. Thursday's kickoff event (7/12) features Miho Hatori's New Optimism, ZS, Bachanalia, Ann Liv Young and DJ JG Thirlwell of various Foetus incarnations. Other performers throughout the month include Xeno and Oaklander, Hubble, Mick Barr, Dan Friel, Zs, VAZ, Amen Dunes, Extra Life, Diamond Terrifier and many many more. Full schedule for "You are Here" is below including details on the art exhibitions at the space.

The festival is also readying a limited mixtape, featuring unheard/rare tracks from many of the performers scheduled for the event. Get a copy at the shows and at the You Are Here site, and check out "Hubble Potatoes" by Hubble which appears on said comp below.

In related news, both Diamond Terrifier and Hubble will perform at Zebulon tonight (7/10), joining Excepter and Hagfish & Poet Lounge. The show is part of a month-long residency durated by Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of Zs) on Tuesdays at the venue. The remainder of shows will feature a Patrick Higgins electro-acoustic set with Sleng Teng, and Tetryl Red on 7/17, ATM, with Psychic Reality, and Chuck Bettis on 7/24, and the final show on 7/31 with Talibam!, Violet Raid, Sun Watchers, and GADDFJXR.

Full details on the fest are below. The group is currently seeking funding for a Berlin edition in September 2012, contribute if you can.

Continue reading "The You Are Here Festival (aka The Maze) is coming to Secret Project Robot"

by Andrew Sacher

Laurel Halo
Laurel Halo

Brooklyn's Laurel Halo released her excellent new album, Quarantine, earlier this month and recently finished up a European tour in support of it. Now that she's back home, she's already begun scheduling local shows, including a Quarantine release party at 285 Kent on June 30 with Gatekeeper, Slava, Anenon, Wish, and DJ sets by Brenmar and Teengirl Fantasy, whose new album Laurel guests on. Tickets for that show are available.

Laurel Halo has another Brooklyn show set to take place on July 21 on Public Assembly with a great local bill of Pete Swanson, Noveller, and Burning Star Core (aka C. Spencer Yeh). As usual, New Yorkers will get plenty of more chances to catch Noveller, like at Entwine on Thursday (6/28) and at Secret Project Robot on August 4, but for Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans), he's saying the Public Assembly show is likely his last NYC show for 2012. If you've yet to hear his new album, Man With Potential, you can stream it below.

Speaking of Gatekeeper, who play the 285 Kent show, they'll release their debut full length, Exo, on July 17 via Hippos in Tanks, along with an accompanying video game. Gatekeeper will celebrate Exo with a record release show in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on July 27. Thunder Horse FX will be doing visuals for their set and the bill also includes Total Freedom, James Ferraro, Yen Tech and Arca. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The show flier and Exo cover art/tracklist are below.

Continue reading "Laurel Halo playing shows; 1 w/ Gatekeeper who also have a record release show"

by Andrew Sacher

Teengirl Fantasy's Tracer artwork
Tracer

Brooklyn duo Teengirl Fantasy have been having a pretty solid year. Back in January, they inked a deal with R&S Records (James Blake, Lone) who are putting out their killer new single, "Motif," on vinyl on June 25 and digitally on July 9. That single comes with the b-side "Eternal" and an Actress remix of "Motif." Check out the video for "Motif" below.

Now, the duo have just announced the release of their sophomore LP, Tracer, which will be out on August 21 via R&S/True Panther. They've roped in some pretty impressive guests for the album, including Panda Bear, Romanthony (aka the voice of Daft Punk's "One More Time"), Laurel Halo, and Kelela. The album won't include "Motif," but it will include "Eternal." The full tracklist is below along with a teaser video and that's the cover art above.

You can catch Teengirl Fantasy at a local show this weekend when they open for fellow Brooklynites/True Panther labelmates Lemonade at the previously discussed Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Saturday (6/2), which also serves as the NYC debut for Elite Gymnastics. Tickets for that show are still available. All TF dates are listed below.

Speaking of Laurel Halo, she put out her own (excellent) new album, Quarantine, in Europe this week and it will see a US release next week. You can stream that album in full below.

Videos, streams, tracklist and a list of all Teengirl Fantasy dates below...

Continue reading "Teengirl Fantasy releasing 'Tracer' LP feat. Panda Bear, Laurel Halo, Romananthony & more"

by Bill Pearis

Chairlift play Webster Hall tonight (5/8, tickets still available) and if you're going you would do well to consider getting there early for openers Ice Choir. (Laurel Halo also plays.) It's the newer band from Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman who used to front 8-bit shoegazers The Depreciation Guild.

The Ice Choir recently announced that their debut album, AFAR, will be released by Underwater Peoples on July 31. The label, mainly known for hazy stoner-friendly guitar rock, seems like an odd match for a band whose main influences seem to be Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout but people can like all sorts of different styles of music, so so can labels. The album was produced by Feldman and mixed by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht.

No tracks from AFAR have been released for us to hear yet, but album art is below and you can stream both sides of Ice Choir's debut single which came out last year on Shelf Life records. The band also have a few more shows lined up and those are below as well.

Also below are updated Chairlift tour dates and a capella live version of their song "Have We Met Before?" performed by an all-female choir comprised of local indie scene talent.

Continue reading "Ice Choir opening for Chairlift tonight, releasing 'AFAR' in July"

by Andrew Sacher

Laurel Halo at Warsaw 4/20/12 (via)
Laurel Halo

Laurel Halo's Spring EP which was originally set to come out in March under the moniker King Felix as the first release for Mute's new Liberation Technologies imprint, was pushed back and finally released earlier this month. Like her 2011 EP, Hour Logic, Spring focuses on Laurel's talents as a producer rather than her voice. It boasts a wide variety of sounds ranging from footwork to deep house to ambient. Although it's probably more suitable blasting through the PA at a club, it's just as listenable on headphones in a bedroom. Liberation Technologies is selling the EP on vinyl at their European webstore and its available digitally on iTunes. Streams of two of its tracks below.

Meanwhile, Laurel Halo is readying Quarantine, her debut full length which is due out under her usual moniker on June 5 in the US and May 28 in Europe via Hyperdub. Maybe you caught her previewing some stuff off the new album at her Unsound show at Warsaw this past Friday (4/20) (how was that?).

Quarantine is a drastic departure from all of Laurel's previous work and is by far her biggest and most distinct statement yet. After introducing and confirming her skills as a producer on Hour Logic and Spring, Laurel leaves almost all of her beatwork behind on Quarantine in favor of centering the songs on her own voice. Though she did use her vocals in the forefront of 2010's King Felix EP, the new album bares little resemblance to the reverby electronic pop of that release. Here, she's channelling a Bjork-like falsetto and overexposing her vocals to the point where you feel like you're in the room with her as she's recording them. The off-kilter melodies and sparse arrangements bring to mind early Laurie Anderson with a Berlin Trilogy type of itchingly addictive ambience. Sample the album for yourself with its closing track, "Light + Space," which is available to stream below.

Laurel will tour Europe in support of the album surrounding its release date, but before she leaves town, she'll play another NYC show opening for Chairlift at Webster Hall on 5/8 with Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman's Ice Choir project. Tickets are still available. Chairlift just finished their tour with Nite Jewel (who headlined Bowery Ballroom last night). Check out pictures from the Austin show.

All dates and song streams (when Soundcloud stops being down) below...

Continue reading "Laurel Halo reading 'Quarantine', opening for Chairlift"

Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Built to Spill
hopscotch

The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.

(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)

Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch lineup announced; Jesus & Mary Chain will be in NC in September; John Darnielle to do metal covers set "

by Andrew Sacher

Laurel Halo at PS1 in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Laurel Halo

Brooklyn's Laurel Halo, who has two solid EPs under her belt and another coming on Mute's new Liberation Technologies label (that one was supposed to come out this week, but has been pushed back), just announced that she's signed to Hyperdub, the label founded and run by Kode9 and whose roster also includes Burial. The label will release her debut full length album, Quarantine, on June 5 in the US and May 28 in Europe. The album art and tracklist are below.

Laurel's got two upcoming appearances in NYC including a techno party at Glasslands on April 13 with Korean Beauty Slaon and Rem Koolhaus (probably DJing?) and a live set during Unsound Fest at Warsaw on April 20 with Ital, Demdike Stare, Hieroglyphic Being, Zemi17, and Monolake, who are all also playing live. Tickets for that show are on sale. The Bunker party flier is below.

Ital meanwhile plays in Brooklyn TONIGHT (3/21) at Knitting Factory with The Suicide of Western Culture and Octo Octa. Tickets are available.

All dates, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Laurel Halo releasing LP on Hyperdub, playing Unsound/Bunker show w/ Monolake & Ital (who plays KF tonight)"

by Andrew Sacher

Julia Holter at LPR last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter

Unsound Fest, which goes down from April 18 - 22 across multiple NYC venues, has announced its schedule for 2012. The schedule is listed in full below, and here are some of its highlights:

Julia Holter, who has been making a ton of buzz lately with her excellent new album, Ekstasis, and her NYC live debut, which you can now watch in full at NPR, will be playing the first day of the fest on Wednesday, April 18 at Issue Project Room with Julia Kent and Jenny Hval.

On Thursday, April 19, psych/dub duo Peaking Lights and LXMP will play a free show at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center at 7:30 PM. That show will be followed by live sets by Actress, Next Life, and Hype Williams at Le Poisson Rouge at 11 PM.

Friday's (April 20) shows include Sun Araw, pole, and Inner Tube at Le Poisson Rouge at 6 PM and live sets by Laurel Halo, Ital, Demdike Stare, Hieroglyphic Being, Zemi17 and Monolake at Warsaw at 10 PM.

On Saturday, April 21, Biosphere and Lustmord's special TRINITY piece will be performed at West Park Presbyterian Church at 7 PM with an opening set by Jacaszek. After that show, at a venue TBA we'll get Sepalcure (live A/V set), Nguzunguzu (DJ), 2562 (DJ), Teeth (live), Throwing Snow (DJ), DaveQ (DJ), and Distal (DJ).

The festival wraps up on Sunday, April 22 with mostly Unsound LABS, including a talk with Biosphere & Lustmord on 'TRINITY' at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building at 4 PM. Glasslands will then hosting the Unsound Festival closing party at 9 PM with live sets by Napszyklat and Maria Minerva (who will be making her US debut) and DJ sets by Sun Araw vs Heat Wave and Eltron John.

Ticket info for all of the paid shows is available.

Full schedule including Unsound LABS below...

Continue reading "Unsound Fest posts schedule; tickets on sale"

Caged Animals at Brooklyn Bazaar in 2011 (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)
Caged Animals

Some pretty solid shows are going down at 285 Kent in Brooklyn this weekend. Tonight (3/2), they're hosting a dance party with Ital, Slava (live), Laurel Halo, Rezzie Weird Magic, Ilirjana Alushaj, Jan Woo, and special guests. More details below.

On Saturday (3/3), it's Caged Animals (who also play the official BV SXSW showcase in Austin later this month), special guest Blood Orange (who recently sold out Glasslands), TOPS, Phone Tag, and Royal Baths (DJ) at the Brooklyn venue. More details below.

The Men's record release show for Open Your Heart goes down at 285 Kent on Wednesday (3/7).

Brooklyn show details below...

Continue reading "shows @ 285 Kent this weekend include Blood Orange & Caged Animals (who play the BrooklynVegan showcase @ SXSW)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Maria Minerva - "Gloria" (MP3)

Maria Minerva
Maria Minerva

Last month, we announced that the Unsound Festival is returning to NYC on April 18 - 22 across various venues including BAMcinématek, The Bunker, Lincoln Center, ISSUE Project Room and Le Poisson Rouge. We also since mentioned the related Kickstarter campaign for UNSOUND LABS.

Now, a lot of really exciting additions have been made to the lineup, including Julia Holter (who makes her NYC debut at LPR on 3/6), Maria Minerva, Peaking Lights, Sepalcure, Nguzunguzu (who recently announced a tour), Laurel Halo, 2562, Inner Tube (aka Mark McGuire of Emeralds and Spencer Clark), and many more. The full current lineup is listed below. More details coming soon.

One of the most interesting additions to this year's Unsound lineup is Estonia's Maria Minerva (aka Maria Juur), who will be making her NYC/US debut at the festival. According to her facebook, she'll be "doing two things at the festival, more info soon." Maria first caught my attention with her first official LP, Cabaret Cixous, which dropped last year on Not Not Fun. The album showed a tasteful knack for ambient/experimental pop but left me admittedly feeling like she still had plenty of room left to grow. A few months later, she dropped the Sacred & Profane Love EP on NNF's sister label, 100% Silk, and it was exactly what Cabaret Cixous was yearning for. The most impressive moment on the EP (and her best song yet) is the track, "Gloria," which you can download above or stream below. Fans of Grimes, Julianna Barwick, or fellow Unsound performers Julia Holter and Laurel Halo, take note.

Lineup, song stream, and all Maria Minerva dates below...

Continue reading "Unsound Fest announces Maria Minerva, other lineup additions"

Evidence

Carlos Giffoni, who in addition to running No Fun, records edgy electronic music under his own name, is planning his next release, the "Evidence" 12" for a February 14 release on Ford & Lopatin's Mexican Summer imprint, Software. The 12" includes the 8-minute "Evidence" on the A-side (stream below) which features contributions from Laurel Halo, and "Desire in the Summer" on the B-side. That's the 12"'s cover art above. You can pre-order it at the Mexican Summer webstore.

Carlos has two upcoming local shows in NYC, including one TONIGHT (1/31) at Glasslands, where he'll be opening for Software labelmate Megafortress, and another on Thursday (2/2) at The Stone, as part of Dominick Fernow's curation at the venue.

Speaking of Laurel Halo, she's got an upcoming project under the moniker King Felix, which is also the name of her 2010 EP. The new release is called Spring, and its due out March 19 on Liberation Technologies, a new sub-label from Mute Records. FACT reports that:

A&Red by Patrick O'Neill (former Honest Jon's / Doldrums), Liberation Technologies plans to "extend [Mute's] freedom and vision ... Within this remit the label will work with highly distinctive and pioneering electronic musicians, some established, some new. Citing reference from Mute's original and continuing statement of intent, the label exists to give space to and encourage artists to experiment and challenge themselves, anonymously if they choose".
All dates and stream below...

Continue reading "Carlos Giffoni reveals song from new 12" (listen); King Felix (aka Laurel Halo) releasing LP on Liberation Technologies (part of Mute)"

AraabMuzik at Moogfest in October (more by Diana Wong)
AraabMuzik

When Altered Zones announced last month that they would no longer be operating, editors Ric Leichtung and Emilie Friedlander also announced a new project, AdHoc.fm, which will be "a 100% independent, daily music and visual culture publication" and is "coming in 2012."

Ad Hoc are throwing a New Year's Eve party at 285 Kent (12/31) with sets by AraabMuzik, Balam Acab, Light Asylum, Laurel Halo, Run DMT, a special guest, and Weird Magic DJs. Tickets for the show are on sale now. More details and dates are below.

Laurel Halo will also be DJing in NYC on New Year's Eve at Zebulon with DJ Hiro Kone and a band TBA. They'll be spinning "Italo Disco, House, Soul, Techno, Postpunk; whatever makes you move."

Another similar electronic-filled NYE option is the Nosaj Thing show at Glasslands (12/31). When we first discussed the show, no openers had been announced yet. We now know that the bill also includes El Topo (aka Dave Harrington of Nicolas Jaar's Darkside project), Archie Pelago, and DJIlirjana (Pop Manifesto/Typical Girls). Tickets are still available.

Speaking of AraabMuzik, he released the deluxe edition to his album Electronic Dream last week. The album features six new tracks, including the Deadmau5-sampling "I Remember," which you can stream below. We recently spoke to Gang Gang Dance engineer Sean Maffucci who is in New Moods, and he said "I don't think I've heard a record like this before. It seems to break every production rule and yet sounds so sweet and pleasing to the ears."

That stream, NYE show details and more AraabMuzik dates, below...

Continue reading "AraabMuzik, Laurel Halo, Balam Acab & more on NYE @ 285 Kent, Glasslands & Zebulon"

by Andrew Sacher

Laurel Halo at PS1 in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Laurel Halo

Brooklyn electronic duo Blondes will release their self-titled debut full length on February 7 via RVNG Intl. The album's got eight original tracks and a second disc with remixes of every track by Laurel Halo, Teengirl Fantasy, Andy Stott and others. They've got a video for album track "Wine," which, like their 2010 EP Touched, is what it would probably have sounded like if Manuel Gottsching made house music. You can watch that video below, along with the Teengirl Fantasy remix of the same song. The artwork and tracklist are below too.

Blondes have an NYC show coming up on December 16 at 285 Kent Ave with Ital, Dariius, Laurel Halo (DJ), and Vibes Management DJs. More info on this show below.

Laurel Halo, whose Hour Logic EP is ending up on a few year end lists, also plays a headlining show a few days earlier at Glasslands on December 13 with Forma, Corps Exquis, and Lorna Dune. Tickets for that show are available. If you still haven't heard Hour Logic, it was an unexpected turn towards ambient IDM which hardly ever reveals the vocals that dominated her synthy dream pop EP, King Felix. Fortunately, she's great at both sounds. Hour Logic is streaming in full below.

Teengirl Fantasy also DJs at a True Panther party TONIGHT (12/9) at Cameo with DJ sets by Lemonade, Tanlines, Van Rivers (of Glasser who also have a 285 Kent show on 12/17), and Cool Places Soundsystem, who also DJs the King Krule show at Glasslands (1/13). The flier for the True Panther show is below.

Speaking of Ital, whose real name is Daniel Martin-McCormick and who was a member of 2000s Dischord band Black Eyes, then went on to form Mi Ami with Black Eyes bandmate Jacob Long, and also records music under the moniker Sex Worker, he's teaming up with electronic label Planet Mu (who just put out the new Keep Shelly in Athens EP) for his next release, Hive Mind, which is due out on February 13. You can stream and pre-order the entire thing at Planet Mu's website.

All dates, video, song streams, and other stuff below...

Continue reading "Laurel Halo shows, Blondes, Ital and a True Panther party too"

Forma
Forma

If you've noticed that The Stone has been putting on some pretty great shows this month like Laurel Halo and Metalux, among others, that's because August 2011 is being curated by noise master Carlos Giffoni (of No Fun Fest) and Pi Recordings founder Seth Rosner. (not that any month at the Stone is ever bad.)

Their curation continues throughout the month and includes Spectre Folk and Forma TONIGHT (8/6) after Forma plays Warm Up with Simian Mobile Disco during the day.

Other artists playing throughout the month include White Out with Ikue Mori, Noveller, Oneohtrix Point Never, C. Spencer Yeh and Meg Clixby, Fieldwork, Sickness, Driphouse, Nautical Almanac, and others. Check The Stone's Calender for full show lineups throughout the month.

Some Forma song streams below...

Continue reading "Carlos Giffoni & Seth Rosner curated the Stone (Forma play after PS1 tonight)"

SBTRKT wearing an AraabMUZIK shirt at PS1 in July (more by Vincent Cornelli)
SBTRKT

After an awesome PS1 set, a live collab with Drake in Toronto, and playing Camp Bisco and Glasslands, UK dubstep producer SBTRKT will return to North America for a live headlining tour in October and November. As we learned from SBTRKT's last visit to North America (and confirmed in a new press release), live sets mean him and Sampha, who sings on the album. The tour stops in NYC twice. First on October 31 at Bowery Ballroom and then hits Brooklyn the next night, November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. AraabMUZIK, who SBTRKT is a fan of (check out the picture above), opens a few dates on the tour including the Halloween Bowery Ballroom date. No opener has been announced for the MHOW show. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, August 12 at noon. All dates are listed below.

As mentioned, SBTRKT will DJ at Electric Zoo in Randall's Island on September 4. He also DJs North Coast Festival in Chicago a day earlier (9/3). Tickets for Electric Zoo are still on sale.

AraabMUZIK will also be in NYC THIS Friday (8/5) at Santos Party House for a S!CK Party with White RIng Laurel Halo (who plays The Stone tonight 8/4), Blissed Out, and others. Tickets are on sale now. Check out a flier for this show below. AraabMUZIK dropped his first official full length Electronic Dream this past June. You can purchase that on iTunes.

All dates, flier and a tour video below...

Continue reading "SBTRKT announces tour, some dates w/ AraabMUZIK (who plays a NYC show much sooner too)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Crazy sweaty super awesome weekend with the most amazing girlfriend @tamaraaaah!! @lunice and @ganggangdance absolutely killed PS1!" - Teddy Kerk

"Miracles club at PS1. This is really dope." - Pictureplane

"Lunice destroying PS1 right now" - Alex Kim

"SYD OFWGKTA is not dj-ing at PS1 today. Still a great day so please come out. LUNICE will be nuts + Gang Gang Dance sound system!" - Kris Chen

"GANG GANG DANCE KILLING WITH A MOONBAHTON SET @ PS1" - khaled elsayed

"Gang Gang Dance" @ PS1
Gang Gang Dance (DJ Set)
Gang Gang Dance (DJ Set)

Warm Up continued at PS1 on Saturday (7/23) with the stacked lineup of Gang Gang Dance (DJ), Lunice, The Miracles Club, and Laurel Halo. Unfortunately, OFWGKTA's Syd tha Kyd never made it out, though she was originally scheduled.

The show was Lunice's second of two NYC shows last week. The first was the night before at Bowery Hotel with Pictureplane, who made it out to PS1 (tweeted above) before his own show at 285 Kent.

Gang Gang Dance will play NYC again this Saturday (7/30) at South Street Seaport for the free all ages Mad Decent Block Party.

The Miracles Club also have upcoming shows in NYC this week. On Thursday (7/28) they play Glasslands with Vockah Redu (who plays Warm Up this coming Saturday), and on Friday (7/29) they play a FIXED party at Public Assembly with Midnight Magic.

More pictures from 7/23 Warm Up below...

Continue reading "Gang Gang Dance, Lunice, The Miracles Club & Laurel Halo (but not Syd the Kid) made people dance @ PS1 (pics)"

Laurel Halo
Laurel Halo

As if it wasn't warm enough, the lineup of today's OUTDOOR PS1 Warm Up party is:

Gang Gang Dance (DJ set) / 4AD / New York, NY
Lunice / Lucky Me / Montreal, Canada
Syd tha Kyd / OFWGKTA / Los Angeles, CA
Miracles Club / Ecstacy Records / Portland, OR
Laurel Halo / Hippos in Tanks / New York, NY
Warm Up runs from 2 PM to 9 PM at PS1 in Long Island City. Admission is $15 and includes access to all exhibitions in addition to the dance party

How was Lunice at Bowery Hotel last night. he played with Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy who both DJ'd. They both play live at 285 Kent tonight where the DIY venue will [hopefully] be sporting 64000 btu-worth of new air conditioners.

UPDATE: Todd P says he isn't guaranteeing the A/C will work in time for tonight's show, or that even once installed it will work as planned. Hope for the best, but be prepared to sweat!

More details on the nighttime Brooklyn show below...

Continue reading "'Warm Up' today, air conditioning at 285 Kent tonight (maybe)"

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...

Continue reading "XXXY released another single, coming to NYC (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Miracles Club - "Light of Love" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Miracles Club - "Light of Love" (Cut Copy Re-Vision) (MP3)

Miracles Club

"We're not going to lie. When XLR8R first caught wind of The Miracles Club, we had our doubts. Granted, we were already fans of Honey Owens and her droney, experimental work as Valet and as a member of Nudge--we even made her the subject of an episode of XLR8R TV a couple years ago. But Honey Owens... doing house music? In Portland? And claiming classic Chicago sounds as an influence? No offense to our pals in the Pacific Northwest, but the City of Roses isn't exactly known for its love of DJ culture. Vintage stores, organic eats, and DIY noisemaking? Yes. Thumping, club-friendly beats? Not so much. So imagine our surprise when the outfit's debut EP, Light of Love, came out last year and was actually... good." [xl8r8r]
Portland's The Miracles Club released an EP of remixes of their track "Light of Love" on Cut Copy's Cutters Records back in May. Cut Copy contributed their own remix of the track to the EP. Listen to that and the original track above to compare.

Miracles Club have a number of Northside Festival shows coming up this weekend. They play the Let's Play House Northside showcase tonight (6/17) at Cameo with Blondes, Jacques Renault and others. They also DJ at 70 N 6th Street on June 18 with Konnichiwa and open for YACHT and Midnight Magic at the DFA Northside showcase on Sunday (6/19). Tickets are still on sale for the latter.

On July 23, they'll return to NYC to play the same PS1 Warm Up event that Gang Gang Dance is DJing. OFWGKTA's Syd tha Kyd, Laurel Halo (who plays 285 Kent tonight), and Lunice are also on the bill.

If you miss Laurel Halo at 285 Kent tonight, you can also catch her at the Newtown Radio 1 Year Anniversary BBQ at Shea Stadium on Sunday, June 19 with Autre Ne Veut, Forma and others.

Miracles Club EP album art a flier for tonight's show below...

Continue reading "The Miracles Club are here (and will be back) -- Northside dates, PS1 & a Cut Copy remix MP3"

by Andrew Sacher

Atlas Sound at SXSW (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Deerhunter

Atlas Sound played St. Cecilia's Church last night (6/16) with support from Lichens and White Rainbow. If half hour drone sets are your thing, you may enjoy catching Lichens again at Zebulon on June 22 with Soft Circle and Urxed. And if you're into similar sounds, but with more hip hop beats, White Rainbow plays again tonight (6/17) at the Impose Magazine & Weird Magic show at 285 Kent Ave. The bill also includes Laurel Halo, La Big Vic, Co La (who aren't playing Death By Audio), and others. There will also be DJ sets by Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance), DJ Azizaman, and Weird Magic DJs.

Atlas Sound, which was Bradford Cox with mic, guitar and effect pedals, played a great set last night with a ton of new songs (Bradford said he didn't really remember how to play most of his old ones). A full review and pics of this show coming soon.

Tickets go on sale today (6/17) at noon for Deerhunter's August 23 Webster Hall show. Tickets are still available for their August 22 show at the same venue too.

Updated Deerhunter dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Seapony - Dreaming (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Seapony - Blue Star (MP3)
DOWNLOADEternal Summers - Prisoner (MP3)
DOWNLOADKindest Lines - Destructive Paths to Live Happily (MP3)

Seapony
Seapony

It's year three of the Northside Festival, which for one weekend a year makes Williamsburg's music scene just a little crazier than it already is. This first night (tonight) is maybe the strongest overall, in that there are a lot of great showcases set up where -- if you don't have a badge -- you can stay put and get a quality night of music. Or if you do have a badge ($70 bucks, a good deal if you plan on going all four nights) -- some tough decisions. These are my personal picks, and not a comprehensive guide. Clearly lots more is going on (and even more shows that aren't part of Northside).

Radical Dads
Radical Dads

NYC Popfest has put together a really good show at Bruar Falls tonight featuring Eternal Summers, Reading Rainbow, The Secret History and Seapony. I highly recommend all four bands, but do consider going early (8:30) for Seapony who are here from Seattle and should appeal to those who covet 7"s from Sarah and Creation Records. MP3s from Seapony and Eternal Summers are at the top of this post.

Over at Union Pool,  Tiger Mountain booking (aka Skippy who books the Rock Shop) has a quality line-up of locals for ya. If you're looking for a great way to kick off your night, go here at 7:30 for Hospitality who make winsome but not unmuscular pop. Highly recommended. Later on in the evening is '90s indie rock loving Radical Dads whose great debut, Mega Rama, was released this week. (But not on vinyl...boo!). Pursesnatchers (Doug from Dirty on Purpose's band) finishes the night. Also playing: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Indian Rebound.

Kindest Lines
Kindest Lines

Meanwhile at Public Assembly the good folks of No Fun Productions, The Bunker and Wierd Records, have an evening of minimal synth, coldwave, industial and other dark arts planned. Performers include noise and sound artists Rene Hell and Carlos Giffoni; the ethereal, danceable sounds of Laurel Halo; synthpop traditionalists Xeno & Oaklander who make their music with seriously old-school sequencers and keyboards (patch bays are involved); and New Orleans' Kindest Lineswho make pop music that should appeal to fans of early New Order (and, yes, The Cure).  There's also a host of acclaimed DJs spinning in-between sets.

X-Ray Eyeballs
XRay Eyeballs

Primo Chicago garage label HozAc Records is hosting the debauchery at Shea Stadium tonight, with Xray Eyeballs (who also play the Kanine show Friday at Knitting Factory), the K-Holes, Making Friendz and My Teenage Stride in there as well to pop things up a bit.

Randoms: I also recommend catching Zaza at Coco66 (11:45, dark and sexy) and Mr. Dream at Glasslands (Midnight, '90s indie rawk).

Again, just my picks. Do go see some music tonight!

Continue reading "Bill's Northside Fest picks (Day 1)"

crowd @ Warm Up 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Warm Up

The full schedule for MoMa's 20l1 'Warm Up' season at PS1 has since been announced. The dance parties happen at the Long Island City location every Saturday from July 2 through September 3 from 2 PM to 9 PM. Admission is $15 and includes access to all exhibitions and 'Warm Up.' Check out the full lineup below.

As discussed, Four Tet and Matthewdavid play 'Warm Up' on July 9. STBRKT (who recently collaborated with Little Dragon) along with FaltyDL and others are also on that bill.

Other days feature Delicate Steve, Odd Future DJ Syd tha Kyd, Black Dice, Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Grimes, Tanlines, Sun Araw and many other DJs, producers and and bands. Das Racist, Simian Mobile Disco, Ford & Lopatin, Gang Gang Dance and a few other groups are performing DJ sets.

More info and the full schedule below...

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photos by Erez Avissar

Alan Howarth

""IF YOU'RE FROM NEW YORK, you'll know this one." As the image of an eye patch-sporting Kurt Russell flashed across twin screens behind the stage at West Village destination Le Poisson Rouge, the speaker struck up a portentous synth line and the audience burst into nostalgic applause; ...the tense theme from 1981 cult actioner Escape from New York is one of his own compositions. Alan Howarth... is something of an icon to fans of electronic movie sound tracks and effects: His résumé is peppered with Hollywood titles from Poltergeist to Raiders of the Lost Ark, John Carpenter projects like Escape and Halloween featuring prominently among them.

"Most of this music's just been sitting around for thirty years," Howarth admitted cheerfully, reveling in the attention it was now receiving and clearly overjoyed to find himself out of the studio and in front of some appreciative listeners. Harald Grosskopf, drummer for 1970s German space-rockers Ash Ra Tempel and author of 1979's Synthesist album (described by the organizers as "the nexus of Krautrock, Kosmische, and New Age"--and who am I to argue?), was in similarly high sprits. Taking the stage after Howarth, he got rather more of a workout, bobbing and weaving behind his stand-up kit while adopting a range of orgasmic/tortured facial expressions. "This screen is to monitor my blood pressure," he quipped, pointing to one of several nearby laptops. "It's nothing to do with the music."

After an hour or so of meandering but effortlessly enjoyable stuff, Grosskopf and friends made way for Emeralds, a young trio from Cleveland whose synth-heavy instrumental jams owe much to their senior colleagues' pioneering work..." -[Artforum]

Synthesizer music pioneers Alan Howarth and Harald Grosskopf shared a bill with Emeralds as part of the Unsound Festival at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday night (4/8). And it was old meets new, as Grosskopf was joined by A.R.P, Blondes, Laurel Halo, Pink Skull and James Ferraro. Howarth and Emeralds also played together. Jade Boyd provided the visuals.

The theme continued the next night as well as many of the same performers, Harald Grosskopf included, played and/or DJ'd at a secret party in Brooklyn. Erez was at both events, and his pictures from them continue, with some videos, below...

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Real Estate on a boat cruise (more by Marielle Solan)
Real Estate

WBAR is welcoming its 18th WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College on April 15th, 2011. The FREE, all-ages show will feature free food/drink/music at the Daina Event Oval at Barnard College (117th & Broadway) with performances from Real Estate, Blondes, Arp, Big Troubles, Grooms, Beige, Julianna Barwick, and others.

The show is also one of a few scheduled for Real Estate, who will also play Culture shock the next day, and a show on May 20 at The Bell House with Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and Family Portrait (tickets) and May 21 at Maxwell's with the same lineup (tickets). They also have a few more shows scheduled since we last spoke. All dates, more WBAR-B-Q details and the flyer is below...

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Pontiak
Pontiak

Arboretum
Arboretum

tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* It Is It comedy @ Pianos
* Arboretum, Pontiak, Coconuts @ Santos Party House
* Melissa Auf der Maur @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Laurel Halo, Corbu, Weed, The Young Friends @ The Cameo
* Netherfriends, Swingset Committee, Huntronik @ Cake Shop
* Mike Bones, Hex Message, Brother, Bubbles @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Clan of The Cave Bear, Vaz, Animal, Holy Sheet, Megachurch @ Shea Stadium
* Teeth Mountain,Larkin Grimm,Prince Rama,Erin Regan,Martin Lawrence @Silent Barn
* Love As Laughter, Neverever, DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin, Sea Lions @ Bruar Falls

If you missed Laurel Halo at Glasslands earlier this month, or over the weekend at the Eye & Ear Festival, catch her tonight at the Cameo with The Young Friends who you may have missed over the weekend at PopFest..

Speaking of bands you may have missed at PopFest, LA's Neverever, who are signed to Slumberland, play Bruar Falls tonight with Love as Laughter. Neverever's new video for "Coconut Shampoo" is below..

Neverever are not to be confused with Chicago band Netherfriends, who are playing the Pitchfork Festival this summer, and who you can catch at Cake Shop this evening.

Thrill Jockey Records represents tonight at Santos Party House with both Pontiak and Arbouretum on the bill.

Caves are the new Bears. Clan of the Cave Bear (in town from Cleveland) play Shea Stadium tonight with Megachurch (who they are on tour with), Vaz and others..

At Housing Works tonight: "Melissa Auf der Maur [ex-Hole] hosts a multi-media presentation of her new project, including a film screening, Q&A, comic reading, and live music," from her OOOM (Out Of Our Minds) project. A video is below.

"It Is It", the weekly free 8pm comedy show at Pianos, will have "Matt McCarthy, Hannibal Buress, Paul Mecurio, RG Daniels, Jane Borden and more" tonight.

Whiplash, the weekly late-night comedy show at UCB Theatre, will have Leo Allen, "Kumail Nanjiani, Kamau Bell, & more" tonight.

Speaking of Kumail, he was part of a Lost tribute show at UCB on Saturday night.

Speaking of Lost, the final episode was aired at The Bell House last night along with a performance by Lost episode tribute band Previously on Lost. A video about them is below...

What else?

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