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photo: Morrissey at Firefly last week (more by Vladislav Grach)

Contemporary Color in Toronto earlier this week (photo via @liveinlimbo)
Contemporary Color Toronto

Morrissey, Blondie @ Madison Square Garden
In good health now, Morrissey is here to play of the biggest rooms in NYC, a double bill with local legends Blondie.

Contemporary Color @ Barclays Center
Meanwhile, over at NYC's other basketball arena, David Byrne's high-concept extravaganza Contemporary Color matches Blood Orange, Nelly Furtado, How To Dress Well, Kelis, St. Vincent, Nico Muhly (and Ira Glass), tUnE-YaRds, Money Mark, Ad Rock and more to high school color guards. It debuted in Toronto earlier this week to rave reviews. This is the first of two nights at Barclays.

Rush @ Prudential Center
Rush have officially been a band for four decades, and in that time they've made challenging prog, blissful pop, and covered a lot of the ground in between. They're celebrating the 40th anniversary of this fruitful career on their current tour, which is just outside of NYC tonight and comes to MSG on Monday.

No Joy @ Rough Trade (1:30 PM)
No Joy's new album, More Faithful, is a great example of the possibilities still open within the shoegaze genre, making for an extremely satisfying listen. Live, they still turn things up to tinnitus-levels. This is a FREE afternoon show and the first 10 people through the door get a copy of More Faithful on cassette.

Destruction Unit, Cheena, Beech Creeps @ Union Pool (2 PM)
To quote Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dywer, Destruction Unit are "one of the most important underground bands in America," and seeing them just once can prove why. And with this band, seeing them a second time is often an entirely different experience. So even if you caught them at Palisades last night, it's worth getting to Union Pool this afternoon. Good openers too.

Broken Water, RIPS, Grooms @ Union Pool
You can just make a whole day of it at Union Pool: Olympia, WA's Broken Water seem caught between two worlds, though both could've existed in 1993. They have a fuzzy, pop side, as well as an aggressive, grungy punk side. They seem to like the dichotomy, and both sides can be heard on their new album,Wrought. Get there early for Brooklyn's terrific Grooms.

Tigers Jaw (acoustic), lowercase roses @ Le Poisson Rouge
Tigers Jaw made one of our favorite albums of last year with Charmer, and as their new acoustic album proves, those songs sound pretty great stripped down. That's how they'll be performing tonight. Opening is lowercases roses, aka Matt Scheuermann of The Sidekicks, who has a somber acoustic sound himself, somewhere between early Death Cab and The Microphones.

Pachanga Boys, Eclair Fifi, Samantha Urbani, Amnesia Scanner, The Black Madonna @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
MoMA PS1's Warm Up series brings forward-thinking electronic music to the venue every Saturday afternoon for the whole summer. This is the first one of 2015, and the artist of the moment on this bill is Dev Hynes associate/former Friends singer Samantha Urbani, whose solo singles have been picking up buzz lately.

Del Close Marathon
The Upright Citizens Brigade's annual around-the-clock improv onslaught brings unscripted laughs to a multitude of venues this weekend.

Tombs, Black Anvil, Svart Crown, Vorde @ Saint Vitus
It's the second night of the three-night Stardust festival at Saint Vitus, which brings a handful of diverse and awesome metal bands together for the weekend.

Dope Body, Show Me The Body, Banned Books, Dadras @ Aviv
Dope Body just never stop making noise. Last year's Lifer is still fresh in our heads, and they already dropped the Big Black-ish single "Old Grey" off their upcoming album, Kunk. Maybe we'll hear some more new stuff tonight?

Oshun, Princess Nokia, Mal Devisa @ C'mon Everybody
College-age duo Oshun blend neo-soul, hip hop, and a strong political message on their debut mixtape, ASASE YAA, which sounds like the work of seasoned musicians. It's great stuff, and here's a chance to see it performed live.

Hammer and the Nails, MFP, Moron, NYC Headhunters @ Acheron
Boston's Hammer and the Nails make Oi!-inspired punk that's very catchy but not at all polished (listen here). Tonight's show is with two hardcore bands from their hometown, and local support from NYC Headhunters.

Fucked Up, Doomsquad @ WFMU Monty Hall
In addition to their full lengths, Fucked Up's ongoing 'Zodiac' single series ignores all boundaries of hardcore (for example, their new single has a 20+ minute song and elements of psychedelia). Their current tour is in support of that single series, and openers DOOMSQUAD are joining them on stage for some songs.

The World Is a Beautiful Place and I'm No Longer Afraid to Die, Spraynard, Makeshift Shelters @ Amityville Music Hall
Emo/chamber pop outfit The World Is a Beautiful Place and I'm No Longer Afraid to Die recently inked a deal with Epitaph and have a new album on the way, though we're still waiting on music from that. Spraynard have a new one coming on their new label home, Jade Tree, and the raw pop punk singles they've dropped so far sound great.

The Adolescents, The Weirdos @ Asbury Lanes
This is a pairing of two West Coast punk greats, Adolescents and The Weirdos. The bands' lineups aren't exactly the same as back then, but they both have a couple constant members and this show should still be pretty wild.

FarmBorough Festival @ Randall's Island
Randall's Island gets its first-ever country music festival, and today's lineup features Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, and more.

Jonathan Rado (of Foxygen), The Lemon Twigs, Jackie Cohen, Los Cripis, Fungi Girls @ Baby's All Right
Foxygen's Jonathan Rado headlines tonight, but this is a quality show all-around with brotherly psych-pop band The Lemon Twigs and garagey Fungi Girls

Philip Glass & Tim Fain Benefit Concert for Nepal @ David Zwirner
Philip Glass will join violinist Tim Fain for a special benefit concert happening inside the Richard Serra: Equal's installation at David Zwirner which is made up of 40-ton steel cubes.

Marc Maron @ The Paramount
Having just made headlines interviewing President Obama, comedian, podcaster, TV star and enjoyable crank Marc Maron brings his current standup show to Long Island with a warm-up set from Mike Lawrence.

Justin Vivian Bond: Swallow My Pride @ Joe's Pub
A regular in NYC's drag scene for years, and once a member of the duo Kiki and Herb (with Kenny Mellman, who is now in The Julie Ruin), Justin Vivian Bond begins a 2-night stand at Joe's Pub tonight.

Allah-Las, The White Buffalo @ The Surf Lodge
If you're out in Montauk today, there are few bands better suited to play The Surf Lodge's free concert series than Los Angeles' Allah-Las who look and sound like the stepped out of The Endless Summer.

Matthew Dear, Daniel Bell, Ejeca, Heathered Pearls @ Verboten
Avant-pop artist, producer and interesting fellow, Matthew Dear spins records tonight.

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photo: 50 Kent, 2014 (more by PSquared)
50 Kent 2015 Schedule

Williamsburg's 50 Kent is seeing some film fun this summer, in addition to concerts, with Nitehawk Cinema's third annual free outdoor screening series starting in July. Nitehawk is teaming with BuzzFeed to present two FREE films under the stars: Billy Madison on July 7 and Mallrats on August 4, both special 20th anniversary screenings.

Stars Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will be doing a Q&A ahead of the Mallrats screening (8/4). Doors are at 5 PM and the movies begin at dusk. Again those screenings are free.

Also, Nitehawk's 2015 Shorts Festival is coming up! The five-day event highlighting the short film work of local artists and filmmakers will run November 11 - November 15, with special brunches, parties and Signature Series programming. Submissions for the festival are open now, and will continue through August 24. Tickets are on sale.

This week's Northside Festival 2015 is in full swing and will host big shows all weekend: Neko Case, Rhye, and Majical Cloudz on Friday, June 12 (tickets); Best Coast, Built To Spill, Alvvays and Bully on Saturday, June 13 (tickets); and Run The Jewels, Sleigh Bells, and Vince Staples on  Sunday, June 14 (tickets).

After Northside is over, Verboten StageONE will present three, all-day dance-oriented shows: Sasha, SCUBA, Guti, Agoria, Kate Simko, Brad Miller and Joris Voorn on July 3 (tickets); Jamie xx, Maya Jane Coles, andhim, Matador, Nastia and Bedouin on August 23 (tickets); and Carl Craig, Audion (aka Matthew Dear), Magda, Gaiser, Floorplan and Moodymann on September 19 (tickets). You can also buy a $200 combo ticket that gets you into all three.

Also in July: Common, Lion Babe, Mobb Deep, Charles Hamilton, Pitch Black Brass Band, Skyzoo, Rob Swift, Torae and Ralph "Uncle Ralph" McDaniels will play The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday, July 17 (tickets); and the The Greatest Day Ever, featuring Travis Scott, Trippy Turtle and more, happens on Saturday, July 18 (tickets).

photo: Pity Sex at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pity Sex

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

Buzzcocks, Doug Gillard @ Stone Pony
One of the OG UK punk bands, Buzzcocks had pop smarts from the get-go with a string of classic singles. Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle are still at it, having released The Way last year, that doesn't fiddle with their formula. Doug Gillard, who has played in Guided by Voices, Cobra Verde, Nada Surf and makes his own great guitar pop, opens..

Pity Sex, Foxes in Fiction, John Galm, Spirit of the Beehive @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Ann Arbor punkgazers Pity Sex headline this stacked free show that also includes the ambient Foxes In Fiction, former Snowing/Street Smart Cyclist vocalist John Galm, and Philly indie rockers Spirit of the Beehive.

The Juan Maclean (live), Delia Gonzalez (live), Midnight Magic (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
While they're mainstays on the DJ circuit, it's been a long time since The Juan Maclean actually played live. To get back into the swing, they're doing a six-night Brooklyn residency, starting tonight with three shows at Cameo then next week at Union Pool. Tonight's show is with fellow (but very different) DFA artist Delia Gonzalez.

Doldrums, Moon King @ Mercury Lounge
Airick Woodhead's new album as Doldrums is both poppier and dancier than anything he's done before, while remaining resolutely of odd. Moon King, which is fronted by Airick's brother Daniel, both open the show and play as a part of Doldrums live band. They're both exciting live bands, recommended.

Blind Idiot God, Insect Ark @ Saint Vitus
Experimental instrumental rock vets Blind Idiot put out releases on SST, Bill Laswell's label and John Zorn's label back in the late '80s and early '90s (all produced by Laswell except for one by Martin Bisi), and earlier this year they finally put out their first album in 23 years. It has them in fine form, as tonight's show likely will too.

Blitzen Trapper (performing Neil Young's "Harvest") @ City Winery (2 shows)
This weekend, Blitzen Trapper are releasing a live tribute to Neil Young's Harvest album, and today they're also playing it in full at two NYC shows.

Ava Luna, Nat Baldwin, Warehouse @ Baby's All Right
Ava Luna's sound -- part indie rock, part R&B, part cerebral thesis -- doesn't seem like it would work on paper but actually sounds pretty natural. Their brand new album (tonight's the release show), Infinite House, is the best thing they've done yet.

Brokeback, Holy Sons, Chris Brokaw @ Trans-Pecos
Doug McCombs of post-rock giants Tortoise and indie rock vets Eleventh Dream Day has also led the band Brokeback since the late '90s. They headline tonight, and it's a good show all around with Holy Sons, the project of Emil Amos (also of Om and Grails), and Codeine/Come guitarist Chris Brokaw (who's also playing in Brokeback tonight).

Spirit Family Reunion, Innove Gnawa Band, Morgan O'Kane @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn's Spirit Family Reunion make trad-style folk inspired by old timey country and bluegrass. Catch them in their hometown tonight.

Jeff Beck, Tyler Bryant @ The Paramount
Guitar legend Jeff Beck (of The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group and more) is in the midst of a multi-night NYC-area run with Jimmy Hall, who fronted the '70s southern rock band Wet Willie, on vocals.

Testament, Exodus, Shattered Sun @ Starland Ballroom
Two veterans of '80s thrash metal, Testament and Exodus, team up for this great double bill tonight, and Testament are promising a set that includes their first two albums played in full (1987's The Legacy and 1988's The New Order), as well as cuts from 1989's Practice What You Preach). They do it again on Long Island on Sunday.

Sadaf, Gobby, Sporting Life, Helmer, DJ Hungry Bodies @ Alphaville
Sadaf and Gobby hail from the same scene that brought us Arca and Mykki Blanco, so if you like them there's a good chance you'll enjoy tonight's show too. Also of note is Sporting Life, which includes a member of Ratking.

Tournament, KDH, Twin Strike @ Union Pool
Local punks Tournament put out the ripping, snotty new album Teenage Creature this week. Hear songs from that tonight.

Adrian Grody, Arthur Meyer, Alison Rich, Shellshag, Joe Pera, Lil Freckles, Conor O'Malley, and more @ Aviv
Tonight's new-ish Greenpoint venue Aviv's first-ever comedy show, and also includes a full set from local indie/punk band Shellshag.

Com Truise, Lord RAJA @ Verboten
The early show at Verboten tonight (7 PM) is headlined by '80s-inspired producer Com Truise.

Matthew Dear, Mike Dehnert, Kyle Hall, Dino G @ Verboten
This is Matthew Dear's "Subversions" party, which features "trippy decor, visuals and wild costumes." It's also his birthday.

Brooklyn Folk Festival
The annual Brooklyn Folk Festival begins tonight and runs through Sunday. This year it takes place at its largest venue yet, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Today's performers include Michael Hurley, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton and more.

NYC multi-venue punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright runs from today through Sunday. Of particular note is cult '80s UK deathrock band Part 1, who play their first NYC show ever tonight. Here's tonight's shows...

Kromosom, Blazing Eye, L.O.T.I.O.N., Pure Disgust, Sadist, Ajax @ Le Poisson Rouge
Interismo, Aspects of War, Mommy, Special Guest @ The Acheron
Part 1, Rule of Thirds, Survival, Aube, Cheena @ Saint Vitus

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The first-ever US installment of electronic music festival Mysteryland took place last year at NY's Bethel Woods Center for the Arts -- the first festival to happen there since the original Woodstock. The festival returns this year on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25 with Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots, Psychemagik, Sweater Beats, Perseus, Goldroom, Bondax, Anna Lunoe and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Meanwhile, Giraffage plays NY much sooner. This week actually, at Output on Thursday (3/19). Tickets are on sale.

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

Father John Misty, Guy Blakeslee (of Entrance Band) @ Bowery Ballroom
With a swagger that seems equal parts Jarvis Cocker, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Diamond, Father John Misty is a ham, but a self-depreciating one with an ace band and a whole bunch of great songs. Sold out.

Paul McCartney @ Irving Plaza
In town for the SNL 40th Anniversary, Paul gives a valentine to lucky fans who managed to get to the box office in time to snag a ticket to tonight's show.

DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler) @ Baby's All Right
After Win Butler serves coffee as a barista at La Colombe in Hudson Square today (true story), he'll head to Baby's for a late-night set under his DJ moniker, DJ Windows 98. Come prepared to dance.

Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, DJ Abilities, Homeboy Sandman @ Gramercy Theatre
Underground rap fave Aesop Rock released a new album towards the end of last year with Hail Mary Mallon, his group with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. Tonight, he and Rob come to Gramercy Theatre together, and on-stage collaborations seem likely.

The Lox, Biz Markie, MC Lyte, Mister Cee @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
One of the many rap shows happening in NYC for NBA All-Star Weekend, legendary New York trio The LOX (Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Jadakiss) plays this afternoon show at Webster Hall (3 PM doors).

Trophy Scars, Pour The Pirate Sherry, Reese Van Riper @ Arlene's Grocery
Shapeshifting NJ band Trophy Scars have gone from making high quality post-hardcore to moving outside of the genre into the realm of progressive rock and a Tom Waits-inspired singing style. No matter which mode they're in, they're good.

Dawn Landes @ Lincoln Center
The American Songbook Series continues tonight with Brooklyn folk singer and Will Oldham collaborator Dawn Landes.

Two Gallants, Happiness @ Rough Trade
Two Gallants put out their most rockin' album yet earlier this month, and tonight they wrap up their 3-night stand in NYC on their tour supporting it. Deer Tick side project Happiness open. Sold out.

The Shivers, Tigereye @ Mercury Lounge
Folk duo The Shivers (now with Keith Zarriello joined by Benham Jones instead of Jo Schornikow) released their new album, Forever Is A Word, this month, and tonight they celebrate it with this release show.

E-Town Concrete, VOD, Indecision, The Banner, Suburban Scum, Razorblade Handgrenade @ Starland Ballroom
If you're spending Valentine's Day in NJ and want to celebrate at a hardcore show, local veterans E-Town Concrete, LI vets VOD and more have you covered.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jonathan Toubin (DJ), Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Lenny Kaye, Julianna Barwick, Austin Brown (Parquet Courts), Cassie Ramone, Brad Oberhofer, Crocodiles, EZTV, Christian Peslak @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is the New York Night Train & Panache Booking Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Benefit with a headlining performance from the JSBX, plus  host of indie musicians, as well as the "Village of Love Dance," a "V-day Raffle with fabulous local prizes" a dating game and more TBA.

The Sons & Heirs, The Steve McQueens, Doug Gillard @ The Bell House
Does you ever feel this way: "Two lovers entwined pass me by, and heaven knows I'm miserable now"? Do you want the one you can't have and is it driving you mad? Morrissey knows how you feel. He's not here tonight but is in spirit with this V-Day party featuring Smiths tribute act The Sons & Heirs and Ohio indie rock legend Doug Gillard. The Steve McQueens, if you're wondering, is a Prefab Sprout tribute band making this a truly special night for '80s-prone heart-on-sleeve types. Who knows, you might meet somebody who really loves you.

Motion Studies, Katie Rush, Limited, Leisure, Cassie Ramone (DJ Set), Future Punx (DJ Set) @ Baby's All Right
You've got your Valentines Day brunch and evening plans set, but what to do in between? Head to Baby's for this free 4 - 7PM show. Motion Studies fly the dancerock flag in a DFA style, Limited dabble in '80s New Romantic and '90s R&B styles, and Leisure make shoegazy indiepop.

Har Mar Superstar, Computer Magic, Crazy and The Brains @ Mercury Lounge
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar can turn any place into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too. Tonight's show is also with talented synthpop act Computer Magic.

Mister Lies, eskimeaux, My Favorite, Band Practice @ Shea Stadium
NYC indiepop cult heroes My Favorite bring melody and melodrama in equal measure.

Dave Chappelle @ Gramercy Theatre
After a lengthy vacation from the spotlight, one of our sharpest comic minds returned to the stage a couple years ago. It's good to have him back. Tonight's his third of five shows at Gramercy Theatre.

Matthew Dear, Derrick May, Ambivalent @ Verboten
Derrick May was one of the Belleville Three (along with Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson) who created the blueprint for techno in the late '80s.

Living Colour @ Brooklyn Bowl
Living Colour are currently in the studio finishing up their new album, title Shade.

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Detroit's annual electronic music festival Movement returns this year from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend). The phase one lineup was announced and it includes Snoop Dogg under the name DJ Snoopadelic, Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, Dog Blood (aka Boys Noize and Skrillex), Carl Craig, Matthew Dear, Danny Brown, Ben UFO, Clark, Fort Romeau, Nina Kraviz, People Under the Stairs, Rone, Shigeto and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full phase one lineup below...

Continue reading "Movement 2015 initial lineup: Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, Dog Blood, Snoop Dogg as DJ Snoopadelic, Danny Brown & more"

Photo: Run DMC at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

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

Run-DMC, LL Cool J, DJ Z-Trip, Lecrae, K. Michelle, Diggy Simmons @ Barclays Center
While original Run DMC members Darryl McDaniels and Joseph Simmons reunited back in 2012 for their first shows since the passing of Jam Master Jay, tonight's Xmas show at Barclays Center will be their first public show in the legendary hip hop group's hometown since coming back.

RatKing, Show Me The Body, Young Gutted, '86 @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Run the Jewels may have ran the world of alt-rap this year, but their recent tourmates Ratking's debut album, So It Goes, was another of 2014's finest moments in that genre. Catch them in their hometown tonight for free.

DonChristian, Tigga Calore, Joey LaBeija, False Witness, LE1F (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
If you're into Le1f, there's a chance you're already familiar with this pal, rapper/singer DonChristian, and an even better chance that you'd like his style. He plays Le1f's Kwanzaa show later this month, but tonight he headlines his own NYC show, and Le1f's DJing it.

TK Wonder, Kissey, Evvy, DJ Anthony Bones @ Glasslands
Getting her start in the spoken word scene, Baltimore native TK Wonder blends hip hop, electronic and R&B styles. Also on the bill is Kissey who collaborates with TK under the name Wonderkiss.

Mates of State, Dreamshow @ Mercury Lounge (2 shows)
Indie pop duo Mates of State have two shows at Mercury Lounge tonight (the early show is sold out), and they're promising to debut a bunch of new songs.

RL Grime, Lunice, Branchez @ Terminal 5
Trap producer RL Grime put out his debut LP this year, and quickly got a lot more famous -- tonight's his biggest NYC show yet by far, and it's sold out.

RL Grime, Abjo, Andre Power @ Output
After T5, keep the party going at Output.

Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder, Inanimate Existence, Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus
Punny stoners Cannabis Corpse and Texas thrashers Mammoth Grinder bring their killer double-billed tour through NYC tonight. Show up early for local two-man band Mother Brain.

Heaven's Gate, The Gradients, Washer, DONE, Half Human @ Silent Barn
It's been more than a year since post-shoegazers Heaven's Gate released their excellent debut album. A new EP is supposedly on the way soon, and perhaps we'll get a taste of that tonight.

Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass, Buster Poindexter, Regina Carter, Pedrito Martinez, Sofia Rei, Bria Skonberg, The Xylopholks, Molly Ryan, Kat Edmonson @ Town Hall
It's the second annual Gotham Holiday Swing variety show featuring everyone from This American Life host Ira Glass (once again performing with Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass), David Johansen in Buster Poindexer guise, Kat Edmonson and more, all backed by Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks Orchestra.

Matthew Dear, Paco Osuna, Aril Brikha, Michael Gracioppo @ Verboten
Hard to pigeonhole, electronic musician Matthew Dear is a mad scientist making dance music hybrids from a number of disparate beakers. While his live shows can be elaborate spectacles, he's in DJ mode tonight alongside Spanish spinner Paco Osuna.

Slava, Draveng, Head Hurtz, Physical Therapy @ Baby's All Right
Doors are at midnight for this late night dance party with Berlin's Draveng and a local faves.

Shilpa Ray, Wild Bore, Young Runner, Stuydeyed @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn punk blueser Shilpa Ray's latest release is 2013's It's All Self Fellatio EP, but she recently announced that she'll follow it with a new album on Northern Spy. Maybe we'll hear some of that tonight.

Zula, eskimeaux, Rivergazer, Trace Mountains, Jordan Martin @ Shea Stadium
A lot of cool names from the local scene are on this bill, including prog poppers Zula, Eskimeaux (the project of Epoch Collective member and Frankie Cosmos band member Gabby Smith), the Porches-related Rivergazer, and Trace Mountains (Dave from LVL UP).

Orden Mundial, Crazy Spirit, Puce Mary, Survival @ Palisades
Danish noise artist Puce Mary's last show in NYC was with Pharmakon earlier this month, and if you like her you'll probably like Puce Mary too. The rest of the bill is on the punk side, with Spain's Orden Mundial, NYC's ripping Crazy Spirit, and local regulars Survival.

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Tickets for the Lucinda Williams show at Beacon Theatre go on sale beginning today at 9 AM.

Tickets for the Swans show at Warsaw go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cymbals Eat Guitars show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the James show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Mark Lanegan show at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Supersuckers are playing Knitting Factory on November 15. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the second Taking Back Sunday holiday show at Starland Ballroom, this one with Modern Baseball, go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Jason Isbell and Damien Jurado show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM.

Flogging Molly are playing The Capitol Theatre on December 2. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the East India Youth shows at Mercury Lounge and Glasslands go on sale today at noon and 10 AM, respectively.

Tickets for the EIGHT Dr. Dog shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Thee Oh Sees and Jack Name shows at Bowery Ballroom and Warsaw go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Angel Olsen shows at Roulette and Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the second SBTRKT show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. Tickets (same link) for the original show are still available.

Tickets for the Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman hosted edition of StarTalk Live! go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Damien Rice shows at The Box and Warsaw go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Oh Land, Walking Shapes, Wardell and Sons of An Illustrious Father show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly added Kimbra and Empress Of show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon. Tickets for her "special collaborative set" at Le Poisson Rouge with Kneebody on September 26 are on sale now.

Tickets for the Rufus & Martha Wainwright holiday shows at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added Jenny Lewis show at The Space at Westbury go on sale today at noon. Tickets (same link) for her Terminal 5 show are still available.

Tickets for the newly-added Fitz & the Tantrums show at The Space at Westbury go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Demetri Martin show at Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Delicate Steve is playing Mercury Lounge on November 20 after his tour with Tame Impala. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Austin Psych Fest CMJ Showcase at Rough Trade featuring A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Aquarium Drunkard CMJ Showcase at Rough Trade featuring Kevin Morby, Twin Peaks, Modern Vices and Geronimo Getty go on sale today at noon.

PAWS, Flashlights, Orenda Fink and Amanda X are playing a Flowerbooking CMJ Showcase at Knitting Factory on October 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM. PAWS also play Shea with Solids during CMJ.

Blue Hawaii and Ballet School are playing a PopGun CMJ party at Glasslands on October 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Wampire, CYMBALS, Spires, Dune Rats and Casual Sex are playing a PopGun CMJ party on October 21 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Matthew Dear is DJing a CMJ show on October 25 at Verboten with Roman Flügel and Daniel Avery. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

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We told you ARMS was releasing a covers EP, and you already heard the Guided By Voices track. Now listen to the entire EP, via Spotify, below...

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The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...

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ARMS at MHOW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Brooklyn band ARMS (the current project of former Harlem Shakes guitarist Todd Goldstein) will be paying tribute to some of their influences -- specifically Broadcast, Elliott Smith, Guided by Voices, They Might Be Giants, Matthew Dear, Thunder & Lightning, The Faces and Rufus Wainwright -- on a new covers album, Backwards Record, due out September 2 via Paper Garden Records. We've got the premiere of the video for their cover of GBV's lo-fi classic, "Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory." ARMS' take on the song is -- wait for it -- guided by voices. As in they've recorded the cover a capella. You can watch the video below.

ARMS also have two local shows coming up this weekend. First they play Mercury Lounge on Friday (8/15) with Conveyor (tickets), and then they play the Rooftop Films closing party on Saturday (8/16). Doors open at 8 for that, music at 8:30, and by 9 PM they'll be screening multiple short films. More details here.

GBV cover video, with LP artwork and tracklist, below...

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Ceremony at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)

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

Plaid @ LPR
In UK electronic duo Plaid's 20+ year career, they've collaborated with/remixed Bjork, Goldfrapp, Unkle, Portishead, and many more. Tonight the Warp-signed duo return to LPR.

Wilsen, Icewater, Jennah Bell, Kennan O'Meara @ Baby's All Right
It's a busy night at Baby's, with three separate shows. The first features two bands specializing in etheral pop: Wilsen and Icewater.

Yonatan Gat, Mandingo Ambassadors @ Baby's All Right
Then at 10 PM it's Show #2 with Monotonix's Yonatan Gat...

Celeste, Starchild @ Baby's All Right
...and then late night (midnight doors) it's Starchild who has toured as a singer with Blood Orange and Solange.

Ceremony, Nothing, Iron Lung, Bad Side @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
There's a killer (and free!) show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight with the wild PV-turned-garage-punks Ceremony, heavy shoegazers Nothing, powerviolence duo Iron Lung, and Philly hardcore band Bad Side.

Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene @ City Winery
It's a double-dose of jangly power-pop and keen songwriting chops. Matthew Sweet, with his '90s hit "Girlfriend," is the better known of the two, but in certain circles Tommy Keene is held in very high regard.

The Sheiks, Iyez, The Chickenhawks, Speedo @ Death by Audio
Memphis garage rockers The Sheiks recently recorded a new 7" with Jack Oblivian, and their singer also plays in Ex Cult.

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) @ Irving Plaza
A PBS kids TV superstar in the '90s, Bill has seen a resurgence lately (we could use more science in the world) and will be doing three sold-out nights at Irving Plaza, this is the first.

Omar S, Luke Hess, OG Ignitt, Turtle Bugg @ Output
While much of the deep house world continues to move closer to pop, Omar S heads in the other direction, making more stylistically underground material, still of course with masterful production.

Speculator, Cool World, Advaeta, Jerry Paper, Sunflower Bean @ Palisades
Low fi LA band Speculator headline tonight's Palisades lineup; get there early to catchy the warmly psychedelic pop of Sunflower Bean.

CYMBALS, Ume, Midnight High, The Cosmonauts, Sideways Revolt, David Baron @ Pianos
UK band CYMBALS make dancerock not too far off from Hot Chip and they were good when we caught them back in March. Tonight's show is with Austin power trio Ume. One note: the Cosmonauts on this show are NOT the California psych band signed to Burger.

Frankie Cosmos, Infinity Shred, Chumped, Chappo, Field Mouse, Dead Stars, Shark?, Marvin Berry and The New Sound, Gunfight, Michael Jordyn and Greg, The Teen Age, Happy Lives, ONWE, Big Neck Police, Huge Pupils, Retail, Scherzo, Cal Fish @ Radio Bushwick (Gigawatts Festival)
The four-day Gigawatts Festival started yesterday but kicks into high gear tonight with a huge line-up of bands. We like Field Mouse, Dead Stars, Frankie Cosmos, The Teen Age and Shark? in particular.

OOIOO, Lichens, Ryan Sawyer @ Rough Trade
Led by Yoshimi of Boredoms, OOIOO have been around since the '90s, making highly-rhythmic, experimental music with each new album rarely sounding like its predecessor. The band released Gamel last year in Japan (their first since 2009) which is based around the ancient instrument, the gamelan, and is said to be the most representative of the band's live sound.

I Am The Avalanche, Somos, Rust Belt Lights @ Saint Vitus
I Am The Avalanche headline this sold out show, and if you dig them, we recommend getting there early for Somos too. Their punk/indie mix should fit the bill well.

Calvin Love, Las Rosas @ South Street Seaport
The Seaport Music Festival today brings Edmonton's synthy/twangy Calvin Love for an early evening show. If you've never caught Brooklyn's garagey Las Rosas, here's a good chance to do so (they're worth seeing). FREE, music starts at 7 PM.

Flume, Sweater Beats, Goldlink @ Terminal 5
Australian producer Flume saw a HUGE bump in his career recently, partially thanks to a Lorde remix. Tonight's his third of three sold out Terminal 5 shows this week, and it's worth showing up on time for rapper Godlink.

Gogol Bordello, Man Man @ The Space at Westbury
The always-wild gypsy punks Gogol Bordello don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they'll be nearby for three area shows, this being the first. The eccentric Man Man will be a good fit too.

Matthew Dear, Trus'me, Ryan Elliot, Will Calcutt, Jakub Alexander @ Verboten
Matthew Dear is a maker of both heady electronic music and poppier stuff too. Given the lineup and location, we have a feeling he'll be focusing on the former tonight.

Netherlands, D'nt, Max Low & the Electric Lights, Flesh @ Grand Victory
Timo Ellis fronts this excellent synth-fueled heavy punk band. Embrace your squelchy side at their show tonight.

Mortals, Godmaker, Mammal @ The Acheron
Sludgy chuggers Mortals recently dropped their sophomore LP on their new label home of Relapse and it's a good one. They celebrate the record in their hometown tonight.

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Since releasing The Way Things Fall last year, Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus have been back in ice-cold ADULT. mode. The duo will be in Asheville, NC later this month for Moogfest. Shortly after that, ADULT. will play Brooklyn's Verboten on May 7 with Xeno & Oaklander and Stallone The Reducer opening. Tickets are on sale now.

In anticipation of their Asheve apearance, ADULT. made a mix made entirely of label Ghostly, International's artists, including HTRK, Shigeto, John Foxx, Com Truise and Xeno & Oaklander. You can stream that (via XLR8R) below.

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Matthew Dear at Capitale in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)

Electronic musician Matthew Dear has no plans announced for a full tour at the moment, but after returning to NYC from DJing Montreal's Igloofest on Friday (1/17), he'll be making an appearance at Brooklyn's Paper Box on Saturday (1/18). It's a Verboten-presented show that also features Matt Tolfrey, Ryan Crosson and jozif. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's not totally clear if he'll be DJing or playing live.

Last month/year, Matthew teamed up with Tegan & Sara (who play the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center) for a cover of Tears for Fears' "Pale Shelter." You can stream that cover, along with Matthew's list of dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

DJ Koze

As usual, newish Williamsburg dance club Output has a ton of great upcoming shows, including James Murphy, Rustie, Zomby, SBTRKT (DJ set), the just-mentioned Duke Dumont show, and a number of Bunker parties. A bunch of other good shows were recently announced too, including...

German producer DJ Koze, who released Amygdala, an excellent guest-filled album with Caribou, Apparat, Matthew Dear, Milosh (of Rhye) and more, this year, will play an "extended set" at Blkmarket's daytime/night time party at Output on August 10. That party also includes sets from John Roberts (live), Carsten Jost, Taimur & Fahad, and Ostrich. Tickets for that one are on sale now. You can stream Amygdala in its entirety below.

On August 9, jazzy UK beatmaker Floating Points will be teaming up with NYC's FaltyDL for an Output show. Tickets available on Resident Advisor and Ticketfly.

Resident Advisor is throwing a party at the venue, that will sprall across the main room and the Panther Room, on August 3, which includes sets from Robert Hood as Floorplan, Shifted, Holly Herndon, MGUN, Marcellus Pittman, Joey Anderson, and more TBA. Tickets for that party are on sale now. Flyer below.

And lastly (for now), one of those Bunker parties we were talking about above is an especially notable one happening on August 2 with Demdike Stare headlining. The rest of the lineup includes Atom™ and The Bunker's Derek Plaslaiko. Tickets for that party are available on Resident Advisor and Ticketfly. Flyer below.

All flyers and some song streams below...

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One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.

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photos by Dylan Johnson

Matthew Dear / Chairlift @ Capitale, 2/21/2013
Matthew Dear

Last week (2/21) Chairlift and Matthew Dear played the high-concept Black party at tony downtown joint Capitale. The onetime bank did make for a striking setting. Chairlift were a last-minute sub for The Virgins had to drop out of the show. The night ended with a DJ set by The Rapture. Did you go? What was the scene like? Did you visit the "special sound experience by Sennheiser" and if so what was it? More pics from the Black party are below.

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Chairlift @ Glasslands, 12/19/2013 (more by Robert Altman)

As mentioned, Matthew Dear is performing at the "conceptual music experience" known as "Black," which is happening on Thursday (2/21) at swanky downtown eatery/club Capitale in the historic Bowery Bank building. The Virgins were to have played this as well, but have dropped out and have been replaced by Chairlift. The Rapture are DJing, and Black also features Jim-E Stack, a "special sound experience by Sennheiser," and art installations by Charlie Nesi, Young & Sick, and Joel Walker. Tickets (starting at $40) are still available.

Matte, the producers of the event, made a video announcement for the Black party and you can watch that stylishly NSFW clip below.

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Says the PR

On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The
, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Woot. 2013 Lineup below...

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Matthew Dear at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Winnie Cheung)
Matthew Dear

BLACK: a conceptual music experience, an ode to a color that is a lifestyle, a color that defines New York. We will embrace the edge of culture in music and art, while revering its inexhaustible history. The event will feature live musical performances by Matthew Dear, The Virgins, The Rapture DJ's, and Jim-E Stack.

Enjoy custom art installations by Young & Sick and Charlie Nesi, and video projections from Trevor Owsley, Joel Walker, and Jason Naylor. LA lifestyle shop Black Banditz will have a pop-up tatoo shop upstairs in the VIP lounge.

The "conceptual music experience" known as BLACK will go down at chichi LES club Capitale on Feburary 21. It's from the same people who orchestrated the "Full Moon" party that Yacht played down by South Street Seaport last summer. Could be fun? Tickets are on sale now.

Flyer for BLACK and Matthew Dear tour dates, below...

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Gardens & Villa at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gardens & Villa

Santa Barbara indie pop crew Gardens & Villa haven't given us an album since their 2011 self titled debut on Secretly Canadian, but they did treat us to some music this year with a cover of "Gypsy" for the the Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me, and a remix of their tourmates Polica's "The Maker" for Polica's remix EP.

We asked the band for a list of their top 10 songs of 2012, and like their own sound, most of the artists they chose lean on the indie pop side of things like Beach House, Ariel Pink, Peaking Lights, Pure Bathing Culture, and others. You can check out their full list below.

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Simeon of Silver Apples
Silver Apples

Psychedelic electronic music pioneers Silver Apples (aka Simeon, who has performed under the name solo since the death of bandmate Danny Taylor) has a number of European dates coming up and after that he'll head over to the US where he'll play a NYC show on October 4 at Public Assembly with a pretty solid lineup of local (and much younger) openers, Xeno & Oaklander, Man Forever, and La Big Vic. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon. It's his only announced US show at the moment.

UPDATE: Silver Apples also play 92YTribeca on October 5 with CFCF and Win Win.

Speaking of Xeno and Oaklander, they've been revealed as one of the artists to be featured on the new John Foxx & The Maths album, Evidence, which is due out on September 10 via his own Metamatic Records. John sang on the first three Ultravox albums, after which he had a lengthy solo career, including early minimal synth classic "Underpass." Evidence will be his third album with The Maths, a project he started in 2009. [Seek out 2011's 'Interplay,' it's great. - Bill] The other artists appearing on the new album, like Xeno & Oaklander, are indebted to John Foxx's music in one way or another. Those artists include The Soft Moon, whose contribution you can listen to HERE, Matthew Dear, and Gazelle Twin. The album also features a cover of Pink Floyd's "Have A Cigar" and a remix of the track with Matthew Dear by Tara Busch. The cover art and tracklist is below.

The Soft Moon will also be touring soon and hitting NYC on September 20 at Glasslands (tickets) and October 30 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale 8/17 at noon).

Matthew Dear will be touring soon too. That tour includes the previously discussed Webster Hall show (11/17) (tickets), and since we last spoke more dates have been announced, most of which (including Webster Hall) will be opened by Light Asylum. The updated list of dates is below.

All lists of dates and the John Foxx album info are below.

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Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.

The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Le1f - Dark York (ZIP)

Blood Diamonds
Blood Diamonds

Vancouver's Blood Diamonds (aka Michael Diamond aka Mike Tucker), who we profiled when he came to NYC for a Glasslands show in August of last year, will return to the Brooklyn venue almost exactly a year later for a show on August 3. The show is with NYC rapper Le1f. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Blood Diamonds has since signed to 4AD, who will release his Phone Sex 12" on July 24. You can stream the title track from that maxi single, which features Grimes, below. It differs from his earlier tropi-pop singles and is dominated heavily by Grimes' vocals, but it's a great listen and the new 12" is one to look forward to.


Le1f (aka Khalif Diouf), who is also on the Glasslands show, released the Dark York mixtape earlier this year on Das Racist's Greedhead label. Le1f identifies on facebook as "GAYNGSTA RAP" and was featured in a recent Pitchfork article, "We Invented Swag: NYC's Queer Rap," so Le1f is definitely joining the increasing number of openly gay rappers, but as he points out in the Pitchfork article, he doesn't want to "make gay NYC rap 'a thing.'" He continued saying, "The whole 'room for one' mentality is homophobic... if the world is ready for a gay rapper, then they're ready for multiple gay rappers. If we were straight, no one would be comparing us."

Le1f's Dark York mixtape features a number of solid producers, namely Nguzunguzu (whose new Warm Pulse EP is out this week) and Morri$, and also includes a handful of tracks that Le1f produced himself. Thanks to those producers, the mixtape is mostly made up of dark, murky beats and Le1f sounds like the Danny Brown from hell with a far more subdued delivery than Danny's rambunctious shout, but one that's equally swagged out. You can download the entire EP for free above or stream it below.

Le1f will also play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 this summer on July 21 with Matthew Dear (DJ), Sepalcure MikeQ (who plays a RINSED party tonight (7/6) at the loft at 70 North 6th St. [above Public Assembly]), and JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are available.

Warm Up begins this weekend (7/7) with sets from Todd Terry, Light Asylum, Nguzunguzu, Trust, and Arca ft. HBA (tickets). Ahead of this week's show, Arca made a FADER/MoMA PS1 mix which you can stream below.

Song streams are below.

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Matthew Dear at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Winnie Cheung)
Matthew Dear

As mentioned, Matthew Dear will release his new full length, Beams, on August 28 via Ghostly, and will support the album with some dates in the fall, including a NYC show at Webster Hall on November 17 (tickets). He'll be in NYC even sooner than that to DJ Warm Up at PS1 on July 21 with Sepalcure, Le1f, MikeQ, and JDH & Dave P (tickets). And since we last spoke, he's added another DJ set in NYC a week before Warm Up, which happens at Le Poisson Rouge on July 14 with Sleepy & Boo. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Matthew also just revealed the video for Beams single, "Her Fantasy," which was directed by Tommy O'Haver. You can watch that video below, along with an updated list of dates...

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