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Beastie Boys at work in Oscilloscope Labs (via Oscilloscope)

The Beastie Boys' NYC studio, Oscilloscope Labs is going to be used a portion of the year as a learning center, part of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. The studio was built in 2002 by the late Adam Yauch, Matt Marinelli and Mark Edwards. The Beasties made To the 5 Boroughs and Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 there, and it's also been used by Phoenix, Metric, Jon Spencer and others.

Beasties manager John Silva contacted NYU program chair Jeff Rabhan who told The Village Voice, "We went over there and looked at it, and you could feel the energy of the space. It's like, 'Holy shit.' It's an unbelievable room that screams Beasties. Instantly we were like, 'We'd love to do it.' " Oscilliscope is currently open to students in the program 30 days per semester. More from the Voice story:

"To them, it's like, 'Let me get my hands on the Beasties' studio,' " he says. "There's no trepidation on the part of students to get in there and start playing with the gear. They've been beating each other up to get on the sign-up sheet."

'There's no trepidation on the part of students to get in there and start playing with the gear. They've been beating each other up to get on the sign-up sheet.'
Keeping the studio afloat was the endgame, but there's also a full-circle quality to giving students access to the Oscilloscope space. In their infancy, long before they became MTV darlings and generational spokesmen, the Beastie Boys were just another group of teenage kids trying their hand at punk rock and hardcore. It was Dave Parsons, then owner of Rat Cage Records, who gave the trio their first ingress to recording, and the rest is history. For Dechen, there's comfort in knowing that Oscilloscope now has the potential to offer the same kind of support to younger musicians.

"It would be great if Oscilloscope could do something similar for young bands," she said. "This partnership seems like a meaningful step in that direction."

Oscilloscope is now one of four recording studios associated with NYU.

photos by Mimi Hong

Vic Mensa / QT / Tei Shi
Vic Mensa
Tei Shi

NYU's fall semester just started and they rang it in with their annual mystery concert at the Skirball Center on Thursday (9/3). It was a multi-genre bill with rapper Vic Mensa (whose much-anticipated new album is on the way) electronic artist SOPHIE and pop musician Tei Shi. SOPHIE's set was particularly exciting, as he brought recent collaborator Le1f and QT.

Pictures continue below...

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photo: Vic Mensa at 2015 Pitchfork Festival (more by James Richards IV)
Vic Mensa

This year's NYU Mystery Concert has been revealed and it's pretty eclectic/awesome. It features rapper Vic Mensa, electronic artist SOPHIE and pop musician Tei Shi. It happens Thursday (9/3) at the Skirball Center. Doors are at 7, and tickets are free with a valid NYU ID on a first come first serve basis. It's only open to NYU students.

Vic Mensa had been dropping something new every week over the summer, and since we last spoke he put out two more songs: "I Been" and "All that Shines." The anticipation remains high for his album. Listen to the tracks below.

Continue reading "Vic Mensa released more new songs, playing NYU Mystery Concert with SOPHIE & Tei Shi"

photos by Mimi Hong

Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings continued their current tour on Friday (5/8) afternoon at the free annual NYU Strawberry Festival, their second of three NYC-area shows this spring. Like most of their recent shows, they split the set between their last two records with highlights like "Psychic Trauma," "No Future/No Past," "I'm Not Part of Me," "Wasted Days" and more. Also on the bill was local regulars Celestial Shore and LVL UP, and LA/NY's Field Trip. Pictures are in this post.

Cloud Nothings return to the NYC-area this weekend for Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival. More pictures from Strawberry Fest, and their setlist, below...

Continue reading "Cloud Nothings played NYU's Strawberry Festival w/ LVL UP, Celestial Shore & Field Trip (pics, setlist)"

photos by Samantha Saturday

Coachella 2015 - Day 1

Cloud Nothings provided the only shade of relief in an afternoon overloaded with sun-shining lackadaisical grooves and showboating MCs. Exemplifying everything you ever loved about noise rock and art punk, Dylan Baldi and company perfectly played the part of the geeks in the corner whilst tanned tummies and beefy bros went about their silly business elsewhere. [Buzzbands.LA]
Cloud Nothings played the first of two Coachellas this past weekend. They played the Friday, giving day 1 a dose of harder, punkier music (most stuff in that realm happened the next two days). We got highlights from their last two records like "Stay Useless," "Pattern Walks," "I'm Not Part of Me," "No Future/No Past," "Wasted Days" and more. Pictures of Cloud Nothings and their setlist are in this post. They do it again this Friday (4/17) for Coachella weekend two.

Cloud Nothings also have other upcoming shows, including a free Brooklyn show at MHOW on 4/22 with Amanda X ("sold" out) and NJ's Skate & Surf fest in May. They have also been announced for the 30th annual NYU Strawberry Festival. This year's happens Friday, May 8 at LaGuardia Place (between W 3rd St. and Washington Square South) from 12:30 - 4:30 PM. LVL UP, Celestial Shore and Field Trip round out the bill, and it's free as always.

Updated Cloud Nothings dates are listed, with the Strawberry Fest flyer and more Coachella pics, below...

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photo: Le1f at The Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)

Local rappers Le1f and Mykki Blanco are teaming up for a show with electronic musician Kingdom at NYU's Kimmel Center on Thursday (2/19). The show's presented by NYU Program Board and NYU LGBTQ Student Center, and it's free for NYU students and only $5 for the general public. Doors are at 7, show at 8. Tickets will be on sale in person starting noon on Thursday. More ticket info and show flyer below.

Le1f was also just announced for Firefly Music Fest.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Dead Heavens / Cayetana @ Saint Vitus - 2/10/2015
Dead Heavens

Post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) began a residency for one of his two recently-formed bands, Dead Heavens, at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus last night (2/10). Dead Heavens sees Walter & co. tapping into the heavy psych and garage rock sounds of the late '60s (and one member -- Paul Kostabi of White Zombie, etc -- really looks the part), and while you don't always see guys who used to write minute-long hardcore songs wailing on wah-pedal guitar solos, Walter is as much a natural with this stuff as he is in his other bands.

Opening was Without who count The Hold Steady's Bobby Drake as a member (and who I missed), and Philly indie rock trio Cayetana who sounded as great as they did two weeks ago at Baby's. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.

The residency continues February 17 with Gates, Twin Strike and Descender (tix); and February 24 with The Golden Grass, Black Black Black and These People (tix).

In related news, Walter and fellow NYHC vet Richie Birkenhead (Underdog, Into Another, Youth of Today) will join Tony Rettman, author of the new NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 book, for an NYU-presented discussion at 20 Cooper Square on February 24. It's on the fourth floor and starts at 6:30 PM. Kelfa Sanneh (New Yorker, New York Times) will moderate.

In more related news, Cayetana recently put out the video for "Scott Get The Van, I'm Moving" from their 2014 debut, Nervous Like Me. Watch that, with more pictures from Vitus below...

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photo: Chance the Rapper at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Chance the Rapper got plenty of deserved buzz off of 2013's Acid Rap mixtape, and he's planning to change things up pretty significantly for his next release, Surf, the debut album from his live backing band The Social Experiment, which Chance says is really the brainchild of trumpet player Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal. A new FADER story on the album opines, "It's almost as if Chance and his friends are aiming to reverse-engineer the act of beat-digging. Where earlier generations of hip-hop producers foregrounded small fragments of music from the past, The Social Experiment buries new ones for the future." FADER got to hear the album when they interviewed Chance, and their story makes it sound like a dense, complex piece of work. Read more here. Watch the album's new trailer video and stream some recent music Chance and The Social Experiment uploaded to Soundcloud, which may or may not appear in some form on Surf, below.

A new GQ interview with Chance also reveals that Frank Ocean, Andre 3000 and J. Cole will appear on the next Chance the Rapper album, which is separate from Surf, The Social Experiment's album.

Chance doesn't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but he did announce that he and The Social Experiment will come to NYC to play an NYU show on February 24 at Webster Hall with Sweater Beats. Tickets are on sale now, and "all non-NYU purchased tickets must be accompanied by an NYU student with an NYU ID on the day of the event."

Album trailer and song streams below...

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Spotify released the listening data for students at universities throughout America, and as the college section of USA Today points out, NYU ranked #1 in what Spotify considers "hipster" music:

We don't need Spotify data to tell us NYU is cool. But sure enough, the data confirms that NYU students embody their school's urban artsiness in their musical choices, listening to more "hipster" categorized music and slowcore playlists than other students around the country. Indie rock rules NYU's most distinctive listening patterns, with students streaming more James Blake, Mac Demarco and the Strokes -- relative to other schools.
The full list, which only includes the 40 big schools who listened to the most music on Spotify, can be browsed at Spotify.com (maybe Purchase, Bard, Pratt, Wesleyan, and Rutgers are all RDIO users!)

photos by Mimi Hong

Jamie xx / Ghostface Killah at NYU Skirball Center - 9/3/14
Jamie XX
Ghostface Killah

Jamie xx wrapped up a North American tour at Hopscotch this past weekend (9/6) after hitting NYC's Electric Zoo the weekend prior. In between, he returned to NYC for NYU's annual mystery concert at the Skirball Center on September 3 with hip hop veteran Ghostface Killah and hip hop newcomers Ratking. We've got a set of pictures of all three artists from the show.

Jamie will be back in NYC in November when The xx play the Guggenheim International Gala benefit.

More pictures from the NYU show, below...

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Jamie xx w/ The xx in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jamie xx

The annual NYU Mystery Concert takes place this Wednesday (9/3) at the Skirball Center, and the lineup is secret no more. It includes Jamie xx, Ghostface Killah and Ratking. The show starts at 7 PM and tickets will be available for free day-of via NYU Ticket Central on a first come, first served basis. The show is only open to NYU students.

Ratking and Ghostface are locals, but for Jamie xx, the show is part of a few other remaining US dates he has leading up to Hopscotch this weekend. He also played the first day of Electric Zoo this past weekend before it was shut down. All dates are listed below. He'll be back with The xx to play the Guggenheim International Gala benefit in November.

Ratking were also just announced as a support act on Run the Jewels' upcoming tour.

Continue reading "Jamie xx on tour, playing NYU Mystery Concert w/ Ghostface Killah & Ratking this week (dates)"

Woods @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

In the band's own words: "Fresh off of the release of their eighth official album, With Light and With Love, Woods are pleased to announce a new single for Captured Tracks due July 8th featuring two brand new non-album songs, "Tambourine Light" and "Tomorrow's Only Yesterday," meant as a companion piece to the album. You can pre-order the single here." Listen to "Tambourine Light" below.

Catch Woods on tour this summer and fall. New Yorkers who missed the band at Baby's All Right (4/22) and Bowery Ballroom (5/16) have another chance on 6/13 when the band open for The War On Drugs at the big Northside Festival show at 50 Kent. If you already bought a ticket for this show, consider youself lucky to get such a fine, fine opener. All of the band's dates, which take them to Chicago for Wicker Park Fest, to Portland for Pickathon, to Big Sur for their own festival, back to Austin (where they recently played Psych Fest), to San Francisco for Outside Lands to all over Europe, are listed below.

On October 24, possibly as part of CMJ, the band plays another NYC show, this time with psychedelic light show pioneers Joshua Light Show at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (a venue we've seen the Joshua Light Show do a series of performances at before). We'll post more details about that one as they surface.

Dates and song below...

Continue reading "Woods expand tour, opening for War on Drugs in Brooklyn, releasing new non-LP single (listen) --- stream & dates"

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

TWIABP @ NYU's Strawberry Festival - 5/9/14
The World is a Beautiful Place & I'm No Longer Afraid To Die
The World is a Beautiful Place & I'm No Longer Afraid To Die

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die isn't really a band with a clear frontman or a standout member. Several of the band's many members take on vocal duties, and their whole sound is really a pretty communal thing. Now you can hear what one of the band's singers, David Bello, sounds like on his own, as he'll release a new solo EP, Tires, next week (5/20) via Man of 1000 Masks.

The new single, "Burn Up In A Car," is an acoustic emo campfire song that should appeal to anyone who liked TWIABP's softer moments like "Gig Life" or other acoustic emo singalongs like Brand New's "Soco Amaretto Lime" -- a band whose early stuff is hard not to think of when David sings "And I hope you burn up in that fucking car / And I hope when you crash you had your seatbelt on, now you can't get out of it." The song premieres in this post and can be listened to below.

Meanwhile, TWIABP just played NYU's free, afternoon Strawberry Festival this past Friday (5/9) with Titus Andronicus. Pics of Titus are HERE, and pics of TWIABP are on Facebook and in this post.

More pictures, with the new David Bello song stream, below...

Continue reading "The World Is A Beautiful Place singer David Bello releasing EP (stream a track); TWIABP played NYU's Strawberry Fest (pics)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Titus Andronicus @ NYU Strawberry Festival - 5/9/14
Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus headlined NYU's free, afternoon Strawberry Festival this past Friday (5/9) with a set that included a few favorites ("A More Perfect Union," "In A Big City"), a cover of The Stones' "Gimme Shelter," and a lot of new material off the upcoming rock opera the band have been talking about. Pictures of their set are in this post and on Facebook. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die also played and pictures of their set are HERE.

Titus next play NYC during the Northside Festival on June 12 at Warsaw with Eagulls and Low Fat Getting High. Tickets for that show are still available, or you can also try to get in with your Northside badge.

Liam Betson
Liam Betson

In related news, former Titus Andronicus member Liam Betson (who has also previously recorded as Liam the Younger) is releasing a new solo album, The Cover of Hunter, on July 22 via Double Double Whammy (pre-order). The album features contributions from Titus frontman Patrick Stickles, Julian Lynch, Luka Usmiani (Ducktails, Big Troubles), Alex Steinberg (of Alex Bleeker & The Freaks), Ian Drennan (Big Troubles), Ian Dykstra (also ex-Titus), and Titus/Real Estate producer/mixer Kevin McMahon (who also produced it).

Check out the album trailer and artwork, along with more Titus pics, their setlist and a video, below...

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Titus Andronicus at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by David Andrako)

NYU's annual Strawberry Festival is back for its 29th year with a typically great lineup of NJ punks Titus Andronicus and Connecticut emo collective The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Also on the bill is Rozwell Kid and For Everest. This year's fest happens on May 9 on LaGuardia Place between W 3rd St. and Washington Square South from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. "Many aspects of the event are restricted to those with an NYU ID, but the concert is all ages, open and free to the public."

Titus will play NYC after that during the Northside Festival on June 12 at Warsaw with Eagulls and Low Fat Getting High (tickets).

Festival flyer and a couple videos below...

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Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

Songwriting legend Paul Simon was recently paid tribute to at Carnegie Hall and not long before that played 2 MSG shows w/ Sting. We didn't make it to the actual Carnegie Hall event, but we have pictures from the rehearsal the night before with Bob Mould, John Doe, Josh Ritter and more. The Wall Street Journal was at Carngie Hall though and writes:

After a slow start, perhaps attributable to a string of songs from Simon's early, more somber days, the concert found its footing in a stretch kicked off by Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers with, of all things, a Ramones-like reading of "Motorcycle," a song Simon wrote in 1962 for Tico and the Triumphs. ("We be the troubled waters under the bridge," Haynes joked.) Isobel Campbell and Vetiver's Andy Cabic's cheery reading of "Born at the Right Time," and "Think Too Much" by TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Antibalas's Amayo tapped into Simon's compositional joy, and Brent Dennen's tender "Something So Right" and Dan Wilson's wonderful "Only Living Boy in New York" exposed his thoughtful side.
More at the WSJ and at Rolling Stone. Paul also has a few more events coming up this year, including two in NYC, and one not far from here.

First, he'll be back at Carnegie Hall on April 17 performing as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert. This one includes his pal Sting too, plus James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Dionne Warwick, Kevin Spacey, Patti Scialfa (E Street Band), Chris Botti, Renée Fleming and more. Tickets ($150 - $600) are on sale now.

A few weeks later, Paul joins Linda and Arthur Carter for NYU's 2014 Vision Awards Gala taking place on May 7 at Beacon Theatre. The award "recognizes individuals whose creativity, passion, and innovative thinking have shaped the American experience." Tickets ($200 - $50,000) are on sale now. More info here.

And it's a bit upstate from NYC, but on August 2 Paul plays the Cooperstown Concert in celebration of The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum's 75th Anniversary. Also at that show will be former Yankee Bernie Williams (who is also a jazz guitarist) and others. Tickets are on sale and more info is here for what could be a good weekend away if you're into Paul Simon and you or someone you know is a baseball fan.

Watch a video of Paul playing "Sound of Silence" from his BV-presented Webster Hall show in 2011, below...

Continue reading "Paul Simon was covered at Carnegie Hall, playing a Rainforest benefit there, an NYU thing @ Beacon Theatre, & Cooperstown"

Richard Hell

NYC punk legend Richard Hell is celebrating the paperback release of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp this month with some live talks/interviews. He was already interviewed by Robert Christgau in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, and this week he will be at Strand Books on Thursday (3/20), reading an excerpt from his book and then being interviewed by NYU professor Bryan Waterman (who wrote the 33 1/3 volume for Television's Marquee Moon). You have to buy a copy of his book from Strand or a $15 Strand gift card to attend.

Then on Saturday (3/22) at NYU, Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy will interview Hell at 7 PM in the Great Hall at Cooper Union. That's followed by a panel with writer Vivien Goldman, feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin), and singer Tamar Kali. Admission is at at 6:30 for conference attendees, and at 7:00 for the general public, as space allows.

UPDATE: Both of those Richard Hell events are part of 'Punk at 40,' which also includes Bryan Waterman presenting a Marquee Moon edition of 'Classic Album Sundays at Output on Sunday (3/23). Tickets are on sale.

Not exactly a punk legend himself, but a Marky Ramone collaborator, Andrew WK will also be at Strand Books on May 22 with Phillip Crandall, author of the 33 1/3 volume for AWK's I Get Wet. More info TBA.

In more '70s-era punk news, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain already brought their amazingly named 'Sex Doll Tour' to NYC once earlier this month, and they've since tacked on another NYC show to the end of the tour happening on March 31 at Grand Victory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Tour flyer with all dates and the flyer for the Grand Victory show, below.

Australian '70s punk vet Deniz Tek (of Radio Birdman) joins forces with The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn and his band The Miracle 3 for a show on May 29 at Bowery Electric. Also on that bill is Nikki Corvette and Palmyra Delran. Tickets are on sale now. Deniz also plays NJ's Brighton Bar the next day (5/30) before his TBA European tour.

There's another show at Bowery Electric on May 10 with CJ Ramone (who was a Ramone from '89-'96). He'll be joined by Brass Knuckle Evangelists and The Threads. Tickets are on sale.

In more related news, we just posted today that Ramones/Talking Heads/Blondie/Richard Hell/Suicide producer Craig Leon is reissuing solo material and playing NYC and Moogfest.

Glen Matlock/Sylvain Sylvain flyers and a classic Richard Hell video below...

Continue reading "Richard Hell being interviewed in NYC this week; Glen Matlock & Sylvain Sylvain touring; Deniz Tek too, & more"

Deerhunter at MSG in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Deerhunter have a couple shows coming up this week, including a hometown show in Atlanta with Black Lips and Lonnie Holley on Friday (3/7), and they'll be in NYC TONIGHT (3/4) at Highline Ballroom for an NYU students only show with guitar hero Marnie Stern. Kiah Victoria is on the bill too, and advance tickets are on sale, but you do need an NYU ID to get in.

All Deerhunter dates (including an Atlas Sound show this month) are listed below...

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XXYYXX at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Orlando producer XXYYXX returns to the Northeast to get the dancefloors moving at a couple shows this week, including a benefit show in NYC on Friday (2/21) at NYU's E&L Auditorium in the Kimmel Center. He'll be joined by another solid beatmaker, Giraffage, who he toured Europe and played our 2013 official BV SXSW showcase with, and UK DJ Purple. NYU students can get tickets at NYU Ticket Central now for $5 and admission is $7 at the door for the general public. Proceeds will go towards the CHILL Foundation. All XXYYXX dates are listed below.

Also at NYU this week, Ian MacKaye will be speaking about the Fugazi Live Series as part of MIAP10, the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program's 10-year anniversary celebration. (the Fugazi Live Series grew out of a MIAP thesis.) That takes place on Wednesday (2/19) on the 6th floor of the Michelson Theater (721 Broadway) at 6:15 PM. It's free and open to the public. First come, first serve.

All XXYYXX dates are listed, with some streams, below...

Continue reading "XXYYXX playing shows, including NYU w/ Giraffage this Friday; Ian MacKaye speaking there on Wednesday"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Ceremony / White Lung @ NYU - 12/5/13
White Lung

Before NYU heads into finals week, they threw a semester-end show last night (that was also open to the public) in the Kimmel Center's E&L Auditorium with four killer punk bands -- Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. The tidy and spacious auditorium may not have been everyone's ideal way of seeing this show that sounds like it'd happen in a dingy DIY space, but what's more punk than putting on a cheap show in a school?

Brooklyn's Sleepies kicked things off with the tamest set of the night, but still a rippin' one that saw them going through tracks off their 2012 Weird Wild World LP that The Men's Ben Greenberg produced, and from the way they play you can tell why a member of The Men would work with them.

Up next was Perfect Pussy, fresh off their signing to Captured Tracks, which was announced earlier that day. There's been a lot of talk about Perfect Pussy lately, thanks in part to their solid EP, but their live show is really where it's at. Singer Meredith Graves is a total force and an entertaining performer, and though when someone with that level of charisma fronts a band the attention can be entirely on her, with Perfect Pussy that's not the case. The whole band goes nuts, even the dude whose job it is to make noise with his electronics, and they are LOUD. Don't miss out on seeing this band if you can help it.

They were followed by White Lung, who were joined by Wax Idols singer Hether Fortune on bass, like they were at Fun Fun Fun Fest and the rest of their tour. As always, White Lung put on a great show, and they used their last live appearance of 2013 to showcase some of their new material, including the stuff on their recent single. From the sound of that and the other new material they played last night, a new album from this band is much anticipated.

Once powerviolence, now garage punk band Ceremony wrapped up the show, and as always, the place went nuts for them with moshers and stage divers taking over the whole front half of the venue.

Pictures of all four bands are in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies played a wild show at NYU's E&L Auditorium (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

NYU is putting on yet another great show before this school semester ends, and this one's an all-punk lineup with powerviolence-turned-garage-punks Ceremony, Vancouver shredders White Lung, Syracuse noisemakers Perfect Pussy, and Brooklyn punk 'n' rollers Sleepies. This excellent quadruple bill is free to students and $5 at NYU Ticket Central to the general public. It takes place on December 5 at NYU's E&L Auditorium (4th floor of Kimmel Center). More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.

Both Ceremony and White Lung have a few other dates coming up (none in NYC), all of which are listed, along with a stream of White Lung's new 7," below.

For Perfect Pussy, it's one of a few upcoming dates, including other NYC stops on November 23 at 285 Kent with Shannon and the Clams and A Rex and J Rex (tickets); and December 6 at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Flagland, and experimental art rockers Yvette, who were recently added to the bill (tickets).

All lists of dates, streams, and NYU show flyer, below...

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Dr. Dog in Central Park in 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
Dr Dog

NYU are doing their annual Mystery Concert on September 3 at the Skirball Center this year. Clues have led us to believe that the lineup might look like this: Danny Brown, How to Dress Well, and Speedy Ortiz. What do you think? The show is free with your NYU ID, but you must be a student to enter.

For a minute we thought maybe Dr. Dog was playing too due to a "Reservoir Dogs" clue NYU put out mixed with the last minute, random, small Dr. Dog show at Mercury Lounge happening late the same night, but then we realized "Reservoir Dogs" also leads to Danny Brown.

Dr. Dog's new album, B-Room, is out on ANTI- October 1, and they're heading out on the road with The Lumineers in the fall. All of their dates are listed below.

And meanwhile, we know for a fact that you can catch Danny Brown in NYC for free a day earlier at Fool's Gold Day Off in Williamsburg Park (9/2).

Continue reading "Danny Brown, How to Dress Well & Speedy Ortiz playing NYU Mystery Concert???; Dr. Dog playing Merc"

by Andrew Sacher

Merchandise on a bridge during SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Merchandise, whose recently-expanded lineup puts on way more killer shows than when they were a three-piece, are touring like crazy this year. Their run with fellow punk-minded bands Milk Music and Destruction Unit hits NYC on June 15 at 285 Kent as part of the Northside Festival (tickets), but you'll be able to catch Merchandise in NYC even sooner and for free when they play NYU's Strawberry Festival on May 10 at LaGuardia Place between Washington Sq. and West 3rd St. Library Time is also on the lineup and more bands TBA. The show runs from 12:30 to 4:30 PM and is open to the public.

Merchandise released their new album, Totale Nite, earlier this month via Night People. It's the followup to last year's Smiths/Joy Division-indebted Children of Desire, and brings new elements to their sound like bluesy harmonicas, weird sax freakouts, and a Sabbathian interlude. I'd say it's a pretty worthy followup to Children of Desire. What did you think of it? Did you think it was the worst? If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it via Spotify, along with an updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Merchandise playing NYU's Strawberry Fest (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Eulogy

Earlier this year, rapper Cakes Da Killa put out his full length debut, The Eulogy, which you can stream below and download for free at the Mishka bandcamp. He hails from the same NYC queer rap scene as Mykki Blanco and Le1f (who had their breakout moments last year), and while it's not necessarily fair or accurate to blindly group those rappers together, they do have musical similarities and as Cakes says in an interview with Pitchfork, "We're all cunty, we're all gay, and we're all really out" (referring to Le1f and Antonio of House of Ladosha, though he does say he's a big Mykki Blanco fan too).

(check out pics from LE1f's recent Knitting Factory show)

Like Mykki, Cakes' got don't-give-a-fuck bragging and relentless flow and waits only two lines on The Eulogy to show that off when he spits "Niggas pay my loans just to finger fuck my asshole." Lines like that (which appear all over the album) have earned Cakes descriptions like "pottymouthed," but is it really more pottymouthed than what a ton of heterosexual rappers talk about? Either way, Cakes does what any good rapper should do best. He talks about what he knows, he doesn't censor himself, he's funny, angry, and confident, and so far that all resulted in a hell of a record.

(check out pics from Mykki Blanco's recent BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase)

Cakes plays a previously discussed NYC show this Wednesday (3/27) at NYU's E&L Auditorium with a great lineup of Killer Mike and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire. Tickets are $2 for NYU students and $4 for the general public at the NYU box office, and they go on sale today (3/26) at noon.

Stream The Eulogy below...

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Killer Mike in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Killer Mike

As mentioned, Killer Mike will be in NYC next week (3/20) playing a Scion party at Public Assembly. (He's currently in Austin for you-know-what.) You can still win tickets to that show (the only way to get in) via contests on Twitter and Instagram -- deadline for entry is Friday (3/15).

This will not, however, be you only shot at seeing the Atlanta rapper in the near future. Killer Mike will play NYU's E&L Auditorium on March 27 with Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Cakes da Killa. The show is $2 for NYU students and $4 for non-NYU. Tickets are not on sale yet but should be very soon at the NYU ticket central box office. Flyer for the show is below.

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