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photos by Landon Speers; words by Leo Maymind

Autre Ne Veut / Laurel Halo @ 285 Kent, 1/11/2014
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The final four shows at much-loved Williamsburg DIY venue 285 Kent kicked off this past Saturday (1/11) with the most electronic-centric lineup, and while many are already mourning the loss of one of the most carefully-curated venues in recent years, the evening had an air of celebration, as it seemed like everyone who had ever played or experienced a show in that cavernous room had come to pay tribute.

Local producer and L.I.E.S.-affiliate Bookworms (real name Nik Dawson) kicked things off, as he unassumingly stood behind a folding table and coaxed stilted techno rhythms from a small selection of hardware as the crowd filled in. Alternating between pre-programmed beats on an MPC and triggering samples from the ubiquitous Roland SP-404 sampler, Dawson's set was the definition of quiet confidence, as he took long swigs of beer as Todd P bounced around the stage, fixing lights and putting final touches in place.

Setting up on the floor in front of the stage, Ital quickly boosted the energy in the room. Also utilizing an all hardware setup, Daniel Martin-McCormick mixed harsh, blunt drum sounds with warped soundscapes and muted bass lines but seemed to be struggling to control his machines. He attempted to restart his sequencer several times before admitting "this shit is breaking," though the crowd didn't seem to mind.

Next up was Autre Ne Veut, whose warped take on R&B was a bit of an outlier on this heavily rhythm-focused bill, but that didn't stop singer Arthur Ashin from going for broke. It certainly helped that his full backing band featured a veritable who's who of Brooklyn musicians, including members of Bear in Heaven, Zambri, and Noel Heroux from Hooray for Earth -- the latter of whom is proving to be one of the city's most resourceful and creative guitarists. Heroux carried much of the melodic weight of Ashin's dense songs, coaxing a plethora of warped riffs from his customized six string. The vocals were at times a bit ragged but the devotion Ashin demonstrated -- at one point climbing atop a stack of speakers and raising his arms to either side -- was indisputable.

The evening's secret guest, recent Warp-signee Patten (who had played 2 other NYC shows that week), quickly shifted the night's mood, melding futuristic, drum & bass-referencing tracks with heavily effected vocals and guitar that combined into dense polyrhythmic puzzles. His sync'ed visuals deepened the trance and thankfully, the following set from Laurel Halo's set didn't deviate too much from the hypnotic vibe Patten had created. Halo mostly stuck to dark techno workouts with slow builds, smartly opting to leave out her more ambient and vocal-centric songs.

I unfortunately missed most of closer Maxmillion Dunbar, but the night felt less like a departure and more like a rallying cry for the community. 285 Kent might be closing, but if the venue's storied three-year run has proven anything, it's that Brooklyn is still hungry for challenging, unique music and that fans will undoubtedly follow bookers Ric Leichtung and Todd P to a new home.

285 Kent's final countdown happens this weekend weekend with three nights/killer bills headlined by Dan Deacon (1/17), Wolf Eyes (1/18) and Fucked Up (1/19). Dan Deacon's is sold out, but tickets to the Wolf Eyes show are still available, and a few tickets for Fucked Up will be available at the door on Sunday night.

More pictures from Saturday night's show below...

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285 Kent

As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.

Full lineups for each show below...

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Vampire Weekend at Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Vampire Weekend

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Vampire Weekend, Solange, Sky Ferreira @ Barclays Center
FIve years ago, when "A-Punk" was playing everywhere you went, it wasn't entirely predictable that Vampire Weekend would still be achieving baroque pop excellence three albums in. But that's what they've done, and in celebration of that, tonight they try out their skills as an arena rock band at Barclays Center. Get there early for the Dev Hynes-associated pop of Solange and Sky Ferreira.

Pixies, Parquet Courts @ Bowery Ballroom
Pixies might have lost Kim Deal as a member (they have Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in her place) and you might not be huge on their new EP, but this is still three of the four original members of one of the most classic indie rock bands of our time, playing relatively intimate venues. Tonight they wrap up their four-night run in NYC at Bowery Ballroom. Parquet Courts, who can headline a venue that size on their own (and will do so soon) open the show.

Cosmic Psychos, Pampers, Call Of The Wild @ Cake Shop
Australian farmers/proto-grunge band Cosmic Psychos are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band and are touring North America for the first time in a very, very long while. Tonight's the first of two shows at Cake Shop and is with one of NYC's best new(ish) bands, Pampers.

'Blokes You Can Trust' screening @ Over the Eight
While in town for the Cake Shop shows, Cosmic Psychos are also screening their documentary 'Blokes You Can Trust' each night. Tonight it's at Over the Eight and Saturday it screens at Videology, both in Williamsburg.

Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Williamsburg Park
It might be a bit colder out than it was for the other Williamsburg Park shows this summer, but throw on a sweater and enjoy some classic soul from the great Charles Bradley.

Nude Beach, Suspicious Beats, Honey @ Mercury Lounge
Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach, who take a punky approach to the classic-style of tunes of Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, play one of their many local shows at Mercury Lounge tonight. Always a good time.

The Selecter @ Gramercy Theatre
While not as well known as their 2-Tone brethren, UK ska vets The Selecter are still essential listening for anyone who owns an album by The Specials or The Beat. Singer Pauline Black is still a pistol live, too.

Phaeleh, The-Drum @ Glasslands
UK atmospheric dubstep producer Phaeleh is over in the US right now, and tonight he'll be bringing the vibes to Brooklyn for a show at Glasslands. Opening is Chicago's also-impressive production duo The-Drum.

L-Vis 1990, Nick Hook @ Le Bain
Two regulars on the NYC electronic scene, L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs) and Nick Hook (Fool's Gold), team up for a party at Le Bain tonight.

Patti Smith @ Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Patti Smith just announced some club dates, but if you've got tickets to tonight's sold-out event at the Met, you can see her in a less-rock environment doing a tribute to Hildegard of Bingen.

2562, Martyn, Contakt @ Output
Two futuristic dubstep producers, 2562 and Martyn, will join forces to keep the bodies moving all night at Williamsburg dance club Output. NYC's Contakt kicks things off.

Death In June @ The Bell House
While Douglas P is the sole orignial member at this point, uber-influential and controversial neofolk band Death in June are still pushing buttons.

DTCV, No Sky God @ The Bowery Electric
Jim Greer spent time in Guided by Voices and, for many years, was one of SPIN's best writers. His band DTCV (pronounced "detective") make post-VU indie rock.

Jenny Owen Youngs, Mal Blum, Stephen Brodsky @ Union Hall
Cave In's Stephen Brodsky is about to play with his riff-heavy side project Mutoid Man at Saint Vitus on Monday, but tonight he takes his softer solo project to Union Hall, where he'll be joined by fellow singer/songwriters Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum.

Heatsick, Maxmillion Dunbar, Aurora Halal @ 285 Kent Avenue
Two experimental electronic musicians, Heatsick and Maxmillion Dunbar, are teaming up to melt minds at 285 Kent tonight. Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal is on the bill too.

Bad Side, Fuck SS, Brain Slug, Pleasure Industry @ Acheron
Bad Side, who Paint It Black called the best current hardcore band in Philly, and who will open for Kill Your Idols at Santos in November, will be in NYC tonight to headline a show at Brooklyn punk/metal club Acheron. Also on the bill is fellow Philly band Fuck SS and two Brooklyn punk bands, Brain Slug and Pleasure Industry. Stream Bad Side's just-released Everybody Wants Something From Me 7" below.

Coke Weed, Light Heat, Peter Bauer (of The Walkmen), pow wow! @ Shea Stadium
Peter Bauer is pulling double duty at this show tonight. The Walkmen bassist is playing as part of Light Heat (ex Mazarin) and is also making his solo live debut tonight.

Fred Frith @ Roulette
Avant-garde guitar great is performing his 1980 album Gravity at Roulette with a large group of musicians. If you can't make it tonight, he does it again tomorrow too.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
It's the first of two nights for My Morning Jacket collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band at McKittrick Hotel (where they also did a residency in July).

San Fermin, Alexandra Steward @ Le Poisson Rouge
Making music equally indebted to indie rock and theatre, San Fermin released their debut album this week and tonight's the record release party. Fans of the Dessner brothers, DIrty Projectors and RENT, take note.

The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society, Dave Hill @ Littlefield
Fleetwood Mac's world tour has already hit NYC so what's a fan to do tonight? Go see this skilled tribute act perform Tusk in its entirety. Plus our pal Dave HIll opens and, just guessing, might make an appearance for a guitar solo or two.

Ian Hunter @ City Winery
He's not a young dude anymore but former Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter still wears shades onstage. His most recent album, When I'm President , got pretty good reviews.

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

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words and photos by Greg Cristman

The Congos & Sun Araw Band / Lee "Scratch" Perry
The Congos vs. Sun Araw
Lee Scratch Perry vs. Adrian Sherwood

Once again, the Red Bull Music Academy put on an amazing one-of-a-kind presentation in New York, this time to a sold out Le Poisson Rouge crowd last Thursday (5/30). The evening was called NYC in Dub and featured performances by the iconic Lee "Scratch" Perry who was teamed up against On-U sound label head and influential producer Adrian Sherwood, the legendary The Congos, who versed experimental indie rockers Sun Araw and M Geddes Gengras (all three of who collaboratred on an album last year), and an opening set by Future Times (aka Maxmillion Dunbar and Protect-U) and Peaking Lights. An elaborate and very crowded stage set up was brought in along with the massive Sub Atomic Soundsystem that shook the building to its core with thick heavy dub bass and rhythms.

This was one of the most amazing reggae shows I've seen in quite some time and may have been the best Lee Perry performance I've ever seen. At 77 he's still going strong and is as eclectic and crazy as ever, continually igniting his disposable lighter and running his fingers, hands and even boots through the flame, whipping towels around his head and dousing himself with water. He performed many of his classics, including "War Inna Babylon," that had most of the audience singing along. The Congos vs. Sun Araw set was equally enjoyable with Sun Araw delivering an incredible dub backdrop for the three Congos singers. They delivered a set culled mainly from their first album, the 1977 reggae masterpiece Heart Of The Congos (produced by Lee Perry), including the classic tracks "Fisherman," "Congoman" and "La-La Bam Bam." Future Times and Peaking Lights combined for an approach to dub that was more rooted in electronic and techno and they often reminded me a little bit of Lee Perry collaborator The Orb.

Pictures of the show, including shots of the setlists for the Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood and The Congos/Sun Araw sets, are in this post. They continue below...

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by Andrew Sacher

House of Woo

Maxmillion Dunbar (aka Andrew Field-Pickering, aka 1/2 of Beautiful Swimmers and head of the Future Times label) will release his new album, House of Woo, on February 19 via RVNG Intl. The lead single to that album, "Woo," is a psychedelic dance track with sparkling synths and a deep, headknocking beat that feels like it repeats endlessly and is only disappointing when you realize it doesn't. You can stream that track and check out the album's tracklist below. That's the cover art above.

As mentioned, Maxmillion Dunbar will play a NYC show TONIGHT (11/16) at 285 Kent with his RNVG labelmates Holly Herndon (whose new album, Movement, is out now and can be streamed below and purchased here) and Blondes. Admission is $10 and doors are at midnight. Show flyer below.

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Holly Herndon
Holly Herndon

Recent RVNG signee Holly Herndon will release her new album, Movement, on the label this Tuesday (11/13). You can stream the track, "Fade," from that album below and listen to the entire thing over at NPR. She'll be playing a record release for the album in Brooklyn on November 16 at 285 Kent with labelmate Blondes and Maxmillion Dunbar. Admission for the show is $10 at the door and it's a late show with doors opening at midnight. The show flyer is below.

Meanwhile, Blondes will DJ in Brooklyn TONIGHT (11/8) at Glasslands along with Lemonade (also DJing) and more TBA for the B A N A N A S 1 year anniversary party. The show is free with RSVP. Doors are at 11:45 PM.

Lemonade also has an upcoming live show at Glassland on December 15 with Rush Midnight, the project of former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning. Tickets for that show are available.

Meanwhile, Rush Midnight has other upcoming shows including another in NYC this Friday (11/9) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all Rush Midnight dates and the Holly Herndon track stream and album info are below.

Continue reading "Holly Herndon releasing LP (stream it), celebrating it in NYC w/ Blondes, who play w/ Lemonade, who play w/ Rush Midnight"

Hieroglyphic Being
Hieroglyphic Being

Warm Up continues at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/18) with Jacques Greene, Floating Points, Hieroglyphic Being, and Secret Circuit. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available.

While Chicago mainstay DJ Hieroglyphic Being (aka Jamal Moss) is in town, he'll play a late night party at 285 Kent on Friday (8/17) with Maxmillion Dunbar, Antennes, SFV Acid, a DJ set by James Gerard and visuals by Aurora Halal. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In related news, SFV Acid will play an UNO party one night earlier (8/16) at The Hester with Mykki Blanco, Physical Therapy, Krystal Klear, and a "Special Secret Guest." No promises on who the guest is, but perhaps it will be one of the people in town for Saturday's Warm Up, like past Warm Ups have yielded. Maybe you should go and make your friends envious. The flier for this show is below.

A list of all Hieroglyphic Being dates and some song streams below.

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