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New Years Eve

Christmas is just around the corner, and right after that it's one of the biggest party nights of the year, New Year's Eve. We've already posted about a bunch of musical ways to ring in 2016 (browse our "New Year's Eve" tag), and here's a roundup of those, with even more options included:

First, for the rockers out there, there's the Mutoid Man and Royal Thunder shows at Saint Vitus on NYE and NYD (tickets); the Gogol Bordello shows at Terminal 5 on 12/30 and NYE, the latter of which has them playing Gypsy Punks in full (buy tickets or win them); and the Deer Tick shows at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/30 and NYE (tickets). After Deer Tick's NYE show, there's a DFA party at the venue with DJ sets from Museum of Love featuring Pat Mahoney and Dennis McNany (tickets).

For indie rock on the slightly lighter side, there's DIIV, Tamaryn, and a special guest at Bowery Ballroom (tickets); and the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show at Rough Trade (tickets). Union Pool has a night featuring dancerock outfit Motion Studies, DJ Preskool & DJ Matt Ca$h ($10 at the door). For something quirkier, They Might Be Giants kick off a three-night run at MHOW on NYE that continues on Jan 1 & 2 (tickets).

Or if classic punk is more your thing, you have Handsome Dick Manitoba's current version of The Dictators at Bowery Electric (tickets) and Murphy's Law at The Shop (tickets).

But enough about rock. It's New Year's Eve and you want to dance, right?? As always, there's plenty of options in that realm. Justice and Gesaffelstein are DJing Brooklyn Hangar with Bob Moses and With You (tickets). Wherever it is, there's an after hours party at the same venue (3 AM to 10 AM) with Odesza, Chrome Sparks (DJ) and Julia Niko (tickets). Justice's Ed Banger labelmate Breakbot will be at Slake (tix). DFA's Holy Ghost! and Nancy Whang are DJing Pioneer Works (tickets). Miami house vet Oscar G plays Output with Ace Alvarez and Viviana Toscanini (tickets); and the venue's Panther Room hosts Penguin Prison (DJ), Teddy Stuart and Pint (tickets). Verboten has Hot Since 82 and Julia Govor (tix); and Palisades has Obey City, Photay, Sonnymoon, Shore and Nick Hakim (tix).

Webster Hall's annual New Year's Eve Ball has a ton of stuff going on, including sets from Tchami (who has a brand new EP), Klingande and Classixx. Plus there's a bunch of recurring parties, like Tiki Disco at Good Room; a Rinsed party at a secret Brooklyn location with Dinamo Azari, Jacques Greene, Morgan Geist, Paris Mitchell and Todd Edwards; a Mister New Year's Eve party at a secret Brooklyn location; a Mutual Dreaming party at Space Is The Place; The Bunker at Trans-Pecos; and the annual The Rub party at The Bell House.

If you want to rock and dance, you probably want to see Cymbals Eat Guitars and Anamaguchi at Baby's All Right (tickets).


If you'd rather see a rap show on New Year's Eve, there's no shortage of that either. Future wraps up an incredible year on Pier 36 with a DJ set from Rudimental (tickets). That's part of Big Week NYC, which also includes rapper Travi$ Scott on Pier 94 opening for Nicky Romero and The Chainsmokers (tickets). Future collaborator Dej Loaf plays a Queens show on NYE at Amazura (91-12 144th Place) (tickets). For something more on the indie-rap side, there's Ratking's Wiki at Aviv (tickets). And queer rappers Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa team up at Mercury Lounge (tickets).

Another New Year's Eve tradition is jam bands, and there are good options in that world too. There's of course Phish's sold-out MSG run from 12/30 - 1/2. If you aren't going, you can stream the webcast on LivePhish.com. Webcast tickets are up for pre-order. The Disco Biscuits also have their run at Playstation Theater (fka Best Buy Theater) the same four days (tickets), and Gov't Mule do their Beacon Theatre run on 12/30 and NYE. Night 1 is a regular Mule set, but NYE has them playing three sets, paying homage to The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and The Grateful Dead, respectively. NYE is sold out but resale tickets are available and so are tix for 12/30.

If seeing tributes to classic British bands is your idea of a fun New Year's Eve, you can see Smiths/Morrissey tribute The Sons & Heirs at Littlfield with an opening set from Nada Surf/Guided by Voices' Doug Gillard and special guests (tickets). There's also Beatles tribute The Fab Faux's run at City Winery from 12/27 to 12/31. New Year's Eve proper has two shows, an early set billed as "The Beatles at Shea Stadium & more" and a late set of "mixed Beatles favorites." Tickets for both are available.

If you'd like to party like it's 1999, Videology is hosting a Purple Rain danceparty with sets heavy on Prince, Shelia E, The Time, Apollonia 6, plus other early '80s favorites. $10 at the door.

Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and her hubby Brandon of Crocodiles will be DJing at Night of Joy, which is free and has an open vodka bar from 11:30 PM till the ball drops. Flyer below.

Other options include Macy Gray playing early and late sets at the Iridum on NYE, followed by a NYD show and two Jan 2 shows (tickets). Knitting Factory Brooklyn has a show with Avan Lava, French Horn Rebellion, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture DJ sets), Computer Magic (DJ), Deidre & the Dark, and more (tickets).

Something you probably don't want to do is stand out in the cold (actually it might be like 50° but still) and watch Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in Times Square with no one good playing... unless you like Jimmy Buffett, who also plays Barclays Center with Huey Lewis and the News the same night (tickets).

Did we miss anything good? Whatever you do, have a safe and happy New Year!

Continue reading "NYC New Year's Eve Concert Options: DIIV, Gogol Bordello, TMBG, CYHSY, Odesza, Future & more ways to ring in 2016"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Duran Duran @ Capital Theatre 8/1/2015
Duran Duran
Duran Duran
Duran Duran

Lead singer Simon Lebon marched with a certain swagger all the way to front of the stage and stared at the audience with an intense look without even a hint of a smile. Part of his charm has always been his dramatic quirkiness - which has translated to his persona as well as the fantastic music he writes for Duran Duran. The band kicked off with "Wild Boys" - which today, sounds like a reference to what they used to be when they first took the world by storm. The hits rolled for around ninety minutes with not a single moment of "filler". The setlist revisited the most commercially successful endeavors from their legacy - including songs from albums such as "Rio", "Notorious", "The Wedding Album", "All You Need Is now" and "Astronaut". - [Radiocremebrulee.com]
New Wave survivors Duran Duran played two sold-out nights at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre over the weekend (August 1 & 2). While they have a new, guest-filled album due out in September, the band mostly stuck to the hits, opening with "Wild Boys" and cranking through the lion's share of their '80s MTV-era hits. They did play new single "Pressure Off" and did "Election Day" by spinoff band Arcadia, as well. Setlists differed a little between the two nights and you can check out both and pictures from Saturday's show (including a few of opener Penguin Prison) in this post.

Duran Duran's show at South Street Seaport was canceled but they are playing Nile Rodgers' two-day FOLD Festival in Riverhead, NY on Wednesday (8/5). The Long Island fest also includes Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae (who sings on "Pressure Off"), Grandmaster Melle Mel (whose "White Lines" Duran Duran cover), Q-Tip (DJ Set), Slander, Snoh Aalegra and Chic. Rodgers is promising a unique festival experience, as he told Entertainment Weekly:

"With FOLD Festival I curate the artists and I curate the playlist as well, to a large extent," Rodgers tells EW by phone as he prepares for the event, which has a lineup that includes Beck, Keith Urban, Pharrell Williams and Chic itself. "What winds up happening is that you are bombarded with hit records from the moment you walk in the door, you just hear hit after hit after hit after hit."
Tuesday's FOLD Fest (8/4) lineup features Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold. Tickets to both nights of FOLD Fest are still available. More pictures of Saturday's Duran Duran show at Capital Theatre are below...

Continue reading "Duran Duran played two nights at The Cap (pics, setlists), playing Nile Rodgers' FOLD Fest this week"

photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

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Chris Glover
Chris Glover @ Sin-e in 2005

NYC music venue Sin-e existed in three different places before shutting down for good. The most notable location is the original cafe/coffeehouse which was on St. Mark's in the East Village. That's where Jeff Buckley got his start. Buckley's first real release was his 1993 4-song EP entitled "Live at Sin-e" which was expanded into a live double album in 2003, which you can stream in full via RDIO below.

In 2000, slightly ahead of its time, Sin-e relocated to Williamsburg, but that location didn't last long. Back in 2007 the NY Times wrote about it:

"everybody kept telling me go to Williamsburg," in Brooklyn, [owner Shane Doyle] said. "I didn't even know where Williamsburg was." He found the neighborhood and built a 380-capacity club, a giant Sin-é, on an otherwise all-residential block of North Eighth Street near Bedford in 2000. But problems with the city and the community kept it from getting a liquor license and forced him to close after only a few months. [I saw two shows there: Alternative TV and Muckafurgason - Bill.] Mr. Doyle had sold Arlene's Grocery to finance the Brooklyn club; when it failed, he was uncharacteristically down. "I'm walking around, thinking to myself: What the hell am I going to do?" he said. "I have no profession. I have no skill."
Long story short, he went back to Manhattan and opened the next Sin-e at 150 Attorney (corner of Stanton) on the Lower East Side. According to the same NY Times article, Sin-e LES opened in 2001, Bowery Boogie says 2002, but a New York Magazine from 2003 says it opened that year ("the club is run with the discipline of Manhattan workhorses like the Mercury Lounge--there are four or five bands per night, and you can set your watch to the start times").

One thing we're sure about is that Sin-e closed April 2007. BrooklynVegan put together one of the final shows with Pela, Marissa Nadler, Tim Fite and more. Sharon Van Etten used to play there a lot. I saw Walter Schreifels there (and blogged about it). Frightened Rabbit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Test Icicles (Dev Hynes included), Ra Ra Riot, The Antlers, The Dresden Dolls (Amanda Palmer included), Man Man, Kayo Dot, Made out of Babies, Ferraby Lionheart, You Say Party We Say Die, Goes Cube, Annuals, Takka Takka, Dawn Landes, The Rakes, We Are Wolves, The Giraffes, Magic Numbers, The Dears, Doveman, Kimya Dawson, Ours, Dean & Britta, Dirty on Purpose, Elefant, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah all played there. Bill distinctly remembers seeing a great Richard Hawley show there. It's where we caught Chris Glover way before Penguin Prison was a thing. Seeing the Secret Machines there was one of my favorite concerts of 2004, the same year Robyn Hitchcock played a last minute gig there. Other Passengers played one of the final shows there. Their frontman Billy Jones also worked there as a booker before he booked Pianos which was before he became co-owner and music director of Baby's All Right.

ANYWAY, who even knew that over seven years later, the location of Sin-e on the Lower East Side was still sitting empty. Gothamist and Bowery Boogie knew, and now BB points out that "materials submitted to the Department of Buildings suggest that a six-story, mixed-use building is currently planned for the site. The finished product will boast a total of 6,959 square-feet of floor area, most of which is dedicated to five full-floor condos; the remaining 1,375 square-feet is earmarked for retail use (probably three stores).... demolition permits were approved by the DOB back in September. So it's only a matter of time." Rest in Peace again Sin-e!

Stream Jeff Buckley live at (the East Village) Sin-e below. A video of The Diggs playing the LES spot is down there too...

Continue reading "remember Sin-e? (the one on the Lower East Side, which may finally be demolished) "

Wave Racer
Wave Racer

The fourth annual Full Moon Festival happens on NYC's Beach at Governors Island on August 8. The fest has been announcing its lineup on instagram, and names include Delorean, Penguin Prison, Son Lux, JDH & Dave P, Wave Racer (who we just highlighted), The Knocks, EMEFE and more. All currently announced names are listed below. Tickets are on sale now.

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Made In America

As previously mentioned, Jay Z is throwing his Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly and LA this year, simultaneously on August 30-31. The lineup for Philly has just been announced and includes Kanye West and Kings of Leon as headliners, plus The National, Pharrell, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, Grimes, De La Soul, Baauer, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost and more. Full lineup below.

UPDATE: The LA lineup was also announced and it includes headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer plus Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Metric, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, YG, Dr. Dog, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA and more. Full lineup below.

2-day passes for both fests are on sale now.

Lineups below...

Continue reading "Made In America 2014 Philly & LA lineups (Kanye, De La Soul, The National, Grimes, Pharrell, Kendrick, Weezer, more)"

Van She

Australian synth pop band Van She came over to the US last year for their first tour here in a while, and they're now set to return for another one in September. The new tour hits NYC on September 28 at Le Poisson Rouge with Penguin Prison (live vocal DJ set) and French Horn Rebellion. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Van She's Matt Van Schie has also been busy with his new project Du Tonc, who made their NYC debut in late June.

Continue reading "Van She returning to the US, playing Le Poisson Rouge (dates)"


French Horn Rebellion have just announced a "Party Ensemble Residency" that will happen on four consecutive Fridays from April 19 - May 10 at Brooklyn Bowl and each one features a different set of collaborators. April 19 features '80s pop icon Jody Watley (who features on their "Cold Enough" single), plus Body Language DJ set and Ernesto of Penguin Prison; April 26 is billed as "Savoiring the Night" and if you note the spelling you might make guesses as to who the "special guests" might be; May 3 features a live set from Auto Body, plus help from Le Tigre's JD Samson (who guests on "Girls"), plus Ernesto again and a DJ set from Dirty Grand; and the final Friday (5/10) is with Nancy Whang (LCD/Juan Maclean), JPatt of the Knocks and Ernesto. All four shows feature FHR with their full band The Great Apes and tickets are on sale now. Flyer for the residency is below.

Two new remixes of "Girls" (feat. JD Samson and Fat Tony) were released today (by FM Attack and Rogue Vogue) were released today and you can stream them below, along with their recent Love is Dangerous EP and a few other FHR tracks. The band are also heading to SXSW and playing other shows after it, and all tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "French Horn Rebellion release new remixes (stream); announce NYC residency w/ Jody Watley, Nancy Whang ++ more"

by Bill Pearis

Savoir Adore
Savoir Adore

CMJ just released the third round of artists playing this year's fest which happens in three weeks (October 16 - 20). Names include Dent May (who we already knew about) Penguin Prison, Toronto's Born Ruffians, Erika Spring, Berlin trio Fenster (who were here in March) Chad Valley, Rush Midnight and more. Full list is at the bottom of this post.

Also on the just-added list are Brooklyn's Savoir Adore who will release their new album, Our Nature, the week of CMJ (10/16 specifically). The band recorded it at the same upstate studio as their 2010 debut, In the Wooded Forest, and are self-releasing this one. If the last album was wide-screen pop, the band have gone CinemaScope with Our Nature. It's dancier, more anthemic and brimming with hooks and just plain bigger sounding. Last year's "Dreamers" single (which opens the new album) is a good indicator of what to expect, and you can watch the video for that below along with a stream of album track "Regalia."

Before CMJ, Savoir Adore will play Knitting Factory on October 9 for an Our Nature record release party with Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Those three bands are touring together immediately after and judging by their schedule, their only open day to play CMJ will be 10/16.

The list of all Savoir Adore dates, the list of third round CMJ artists, that song stream and video are below...

Continue reading "CMJ announces third round of artists, including Savoir Adore whose new LP is out soon and who are touring (dates)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Black Keys / good question, Firefly Music Fest 7/22/2012
Firefly Festival 2012 - Day 3
Firefly Festival 2012 - Day 3

The Firefly Music Festival wrapped its successful first year on Sunday (7/22) with performances by The Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, The Head & the Heart, Fitz & the Tantrums, Bombay Bicycle Club and many more. As mentioned before, tickets on 3-day passes for the 2013 Firefly are now on presale.

Pictures from Sunday are below and you can also check out previously-posted pics from Friday (7/20) and Saturday (7/21).

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest day 3 in pics (Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Bombay Bicycle Club, Girl Talk and more)"

Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Passion Pit / Kud Cudi at Governors Ball - 6/23/12
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Governors Ball went down in Randall's Island over the weekend (6/23-6/24) with 26 bands across two stages and no overlapping sets. Day 1 was "headlined" by Passion Pit (though Kid Cudi played after them) and also included Chromeo, Major Lazer, Atmosphere, Santigold, Duck Sauce (Armand Van Helden and A-Trak), James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (Special Disco Version DJ set), and more. Probably the most anticipated set of the day was Passion Pit's, who were playing their first NYC area show in about a year and a half, and first since announcing their new album and releasing two singles from it (both of which they played). NY Times didn't seem to approve much of their set though, writing:

Saturday played out as a party punctuated by angst; there were many, many calls for putting hands in the air. Party and angst mix in Passion Pit, who work in two main modes: the shimmering anthem and the pulsating dance-pop song, both with more cryptic lyrics than might be expected. Passion Pit stacked the anthems at the beginning of the set-among them a new song, "Take a Walk," about an immigrant who finds himself financially ruined-before revving up the dance tunes. But the stage didn't add much beyond subwoofers to Passion Pit's songs; Michael Angelakos's vocals, mostly falsetto, needs studio help.
They wrote similar criticism of Kid Cudi, mentioning that he also needs the safety net of the studio, but were very positive about Day 1's selection of dance music, including Special Disco Version, Duck Sauce, and Major Lazer. What did you think? Or did you just go on the (much better day) Sunday?

Pictures from Sunday are on the way. More from Saturday below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2012 - day 1 pics (Passion Pit, Santigold, Chromeo, Special Disco Version, Kid Cudi, Major Lazer & more)"


Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.

No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest happens in Delaware --- 2012 dates & lineup (Jack White, Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab & more)"

photos by Joe McCabe

Miike Snow @ Terminal 5
Miike Snow

Like the Shins are about to do, Bloc Party will do, Miike Snow, who played a small post-SXSW show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, just completed a three night run at Terminal 5. Tonight (4/27) they play Letterman. We have some pictures from the 2nd T5 show, which Penguin Prison opened. More, including a shot of their setlist, below...

Continue reading "Miike Snow played 3 shows at Terminal 5 (after 2 at Coachella and 1 at MHOW) -- pics & setlist"

Governors Ball

As posted last night, Modest Mouse are playing Governors Ball on Randall's Island during the weekend of June 23-24 (same weekend as Orion), but they are just one of many artists that are now announced, and listed, along with more information, below...

Continue reading "NYC fest Governors Ball announces 2012 lineup (Beck, Passion Pit, EITS, Built to Spill, Devendra Banhart, Cults & more)"

Wise Blood on the Glasslands balcony (more by Ryan Muir)
Wise Blood

Those wanting to catch both Picturepane and Wise Blood can do so for free on Saturday courtesy of Jelly & The Morgan. Those wanting to catch them both even sooner have a decision to make tonight (9/1). You can head to Cameo to catch Pictureplane along with Autre Ne Veut, or instead choose Glasslands where Wise Blood plays with Cities Aviv, and D'eon.

Regardless of which you choose, you can spend the later portion of your night at Glasslands with Chicago's Supreme Cuts who will be handling the "late night show" and promise they have some "very special things lined up". In honor of their visit to Brooklyn they made us an exclusive mixtape which you can listen to below (it's the "Trouble: Club Paradise Mix). While you're down there you'll also find a mix they did for Fader who wrote "Chicago newcomers Supreme Cuts call their sound Future RnB, a surprisingly apt title for their seamless mash of sultry vocals and gritty post-dub beats."

Wise Blood return to the NYC stage on October 20th at Le Poisson Rouge for a Windish CMJ showcase with Art vs. Science, Penguin Prison, Mr. Little Jeans, Chad Valley, Data Romance and Geographer. All tour dates and mixes below...

Continue reading "Pictureplane vs. Wise Blood, a Supreme Cuts mixtape, a CMJ showcase @ LPR"

Rock Beach

After an online leak that included false information about big headliners (like The Strokes, Odd Future, Fleet Foxes, Gayngs, Dan Deacon), and then a promised-but-never-happened announcement about something right after that, NYC show promoters Jelly have officially announced a series of shows at "RockBeach"...

TOPMAN and JELLY have announced their partnership to bring you 'ROCKBEACH'- a brand new festival concept taking place from July to September this summer in the Rockaways of Brooklyn. The series of six free weekend events will deliver the hottest acts and new talent from its brand new home and will also - for the first time ever - offer festival camping for the last three events in the series at the Floyd Bennett Field - the setting of New York's first ever airport.

"After 5 years of Pool Parties in Williamsburg, we are very excited to be moving out to the Aviator Sports Complex near one of our favorite summer destinations, Fort Tilden Beach. We are looking forward to leaving Bedford Ave behind offering an ultimate weekend destination and adventure for all ages." - JELLY

The whole ROCKBEACH experience will deliver weekends of the coolest music and total fun to festival-goers with the likes of slip n slides, dodgeball, beach volleyball and most importantly - swimming pools filled with ice cold water and giant inflatables.

Entry to the festival is free - all festival-goers need to do is register online at WWW.ROCKBEACH.US In addition, there will be a ROCKBEACH festival shuttle bus with roundtrip rides costing $20 - but there are 100 lucky bus tickets up for grabs for each event which can be won by registering online at WWW.ROCKBEACH.US.

The first ROCKBEACH will take place on Saturday 9th July 2011 and will include performances from Penguin Prison, Wild Yaks, Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang, and Monogold.

The July 9th date is the only one with a lineup, but there's also a less-specific flyer that has a big list of bands, and then there's a list of dates with no bands attached. All of that is below...

Continue reading "Jelly announces RockBeach shows"

photos by Brian Reilly

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Girl Talk @ Wellmont Theater
Girl Talk

Girl Talk completed the first leg of his current tour at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ Saturday night (2/5) (one night after Lauryn Hill played the same venue). Penguin Prison opened the show, like they did on previous dates. Pictures from that show are in this post.

Now on a slight break, Greg Gillis will launch the second leg of his tour at Terminal 5 in NYC on 2/24. The show is sold out.

Opening all Girl Talk dates from 2/24-3/25 are both Max Tundra and Girl Talk's Illegal Art label-mate Junk Culture, both of whom will first play their own smaller show at Glasslands in Brooklyn on 2/23 with Nite Club and George & Jonathan. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are listed below.

Junk Culture released "Summer Friends" this week. The full 5-song tracklist is listed below. Download two of the tracks for free above now.

"Oxford Mississippi native Deepak Mantena of creative pop-project Junk Culture developed the sound for his newest release, Summer Friends, from a lifetime collection of sounds he'd captured on a handheld recorder. Drawing on inspiration he found in the vibrant harmonies, psychedelic noises and dance rhythms that saturated his environment, he created alluring melodies using guitar, keyboard, and percussion and topped them off with choruses of his own explosive vocals. Experimenting with recording and sampling the symphony of sounds from his everyday life left him filled with a sense of freedom and a revived faith in the process of making music; the warm euphoric tunes he emerged with reflect a compelling range of influences that include everything from west-coast style pop to hip-hop mash-ups and raw punk-informed electronic dance tunes." [PR]
Max Tundra doesn't have a new release, but has been busy in the studio creating one. Meanwhile he is giving away a new track in the form of a Rockford Files theme song remix (grab that above). He has also recently released remixes for Marnie Stern, Abe Vigoda, Chilly Gonzales, Tune-Yards, Kele and others. Listen to those remixes below.

More pictures from the NJ Girl Talk show, all tour dates, and a pair of time lapse videos from the show in DC are also below...

Continue reading "Girl Talk & Penguin Prison played Wellmont Theater (pics), Max Tundra & Junk Culture playing Brooklyn & releasing stuff"


today in NYC
* Bars Mitzvah @ Southpaw
* Ozomatli @ Irving Plaza
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chuck D @ Apple Store SoHo
* Bad Reputation @ Barbes
* Colin Stetson @ The Stone
* Lotus, D.V.S* @ Mercury Lounge
* Charlie Hunter @ Rose Live Music
* Mia Zabelka @ Issue Project Room
* Alloy Orchestra @ World Financial Center
* Ryan Sawyer, Shahzad Ismaily @ The Stone
* Joseph Arthur, Greg Laswell @ City Winery
* Brooke Shields @ Feinstein's at Loews Regency
* Das Racist, Jasmine Solano @ Highline Ballroom
* Baptist Church, Sweet Tooth Nelson @ Zebulon
* Yellow Ostrich, Telenovelas, La Big Vic @ Pianos
* Donna The Buffalo, Roy Jay Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Best Coast, Wavves, No Joy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Fergus & Geronimo, Easter Vomit, PC Worship @ Union Pool
* Occult Blood, Ivens, The Vomit Arsonist, Lussuria @ The Acheron
* Mussels, The Brooklyn What, Proud Humans, Steer @ The Rock Shop
* Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Deluka, Infernal Devices @ The Bell House
* The Knocks, Penguin Prison, Like Diamonds, Lightwaves @ Tammany Hall
* Michael Leonhart and the Avramina 7 @ David Rubenstein Atrium (free)
* Happy New Year, North Highlands, Eskalators, Sweet Bulbs @ Death By Audio
* White Ring, Blissed Out, Von Haze, Pictureplane DJ set @ Santos Party House
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Melted Toys, Wet Dream, Speculator @ Glasslands
* The Young Things, Workout, Luke Rathborne, Evan Watson & The Headless Horsemen @ Bowery Electric
* Weed Hounds, The Missionaries, I'm Turning Into, Lost Boy?, Harpoon Forever @ Silent Barn
* Seabrook Power Plant, Smother Party, STATS, Casperelectronic (Peter Edwards) @ Littlefield

The Radio Dept. @ Webster Hall is cancelled. How was last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg?

Yellow Ostrich kicks off their Pianos residency tonight.

Popshop returns to Tammany Hall tonight - this time with Penguin Prison and The Knocks on the bill. Flyer below.

A sort of NSFW new Grails video for "Daughters of Bilitis" is below..

What else?

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Dan Deacon has been tapped by Francis Ford Coppola to score his next film, Twixt Now and Sunrise, due later this year. The gothic romance stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin & Elle Fanning. In addition to scoring the film, Mr. Coppola and Mr. Deacon are collaborating on a larger level, details of which will be announced soon.

The announcement comes on the cusp of Deacon's concert of new music for So Percussion on Jan. 20th at the Merkin Concert Hall in NYC and his first performance of new orchestral work Feb 3rd and 4th with the Kitchner-Waterloo Symphony in Kitchner, Ontario.
In not really related news, Dan's old touring partner Girl Talk was the topic of a much-talked-about article in the NY Times (again) this past Sunday. Girl Talk is on tour now. Max Tundra and Junk Culture are both opening the sold out Terminal 5 show. Penguin Prison opens the sold out Wellmont Theatre show.

The new Francis Ford Coppola movie is a horror movie, as the video below points out...

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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2010

It's a little bit later this year, but the third annual The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival will take place across two venues in Williamsburg on December 18th: Music Hall of Williamsburg and Public Assembly (if you didn't know, they are right next door to each other). The "fest" will feature acts from across the digital spectrum ("emerging and established bands, DJ's and producers from the Boroughs and beyond") including Sinden, Kid Sister, Javelin, Tittsworth, Class Actress, Brahms, Lemonade, and many others, with more to be announced.

Tickets are currently on "Super Limited Reduced Price Advance" sale.

Lemonade meanwhile is out on tour with their True Panther labelmate Delorean. Two NYC shows happen very soon and both are still on sale.

Initial BEMF lineup and two videos from last year below...

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by Bill Pearis

Delphic (via)

Last night was the Manchester band Delphic's first NYC show, riding in on a wave of UK hype and rescheduled tour dates. Hype didn't exactly translate to a packed house, but Delphic were impressive and confident live. The three main members are multi-taskers and when not playing guitar or bass or singing, they're tweaking filters and twiddling knobs that actually seem to be doing something. Delphic have also figured out a sound, anthemic and ethereal that soars atop skittery sequencers with big choruses and some serious dancefloor knowhow. New Order comparisons (the guitar and hi-hat heavy drumming more than anything else) are inevitable but they're probably closer in spirit to Friendly Fires.

They just need more good songs. Right now they've got three great ones -- "Doubt," "This Momentary" and "Counterpoint" -- but the rest of the set (and their album, Acolyte, out next week in America) feels like samey-sounding filler. But the highs were definitely highs. "Counterpoint," stretched out to over ten minutes with an extended techno-y middle section, is bliss.

Delphic play San Francisco tomorrow (6/16) tomorrow and L.A. on Friday (6/18) and then do the European festival circuit which is probably the best way to see these guys at this point.

This was my first time seeing Penguin Prison who've only played a handful of dates anyway. Chris Glover has been kicking around for a while, having put out some hip hop-ish singles on Interscope in the mid-'00s ago before getting chewed up and spit out by the system. As Penguin Prison, he's a lot more fun and clearly very talented. The dude knows his way around a hook, and he's got a set of pipes, somewhere between Justin Timberlake and Scritti Politti.

I dig the songs on his MySpace but live it didn't quite have the same oomph for me, though the crowd was pretty into it. The phrase in my head while watching Penguin Prison play was "80s Movie Montage Music." Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. No question Glover has the It Factor, something his entirely competent backing band needs a little more of. Fun, absolutely, but not more than that.

Video of Delphic performing "Doubt" on Jools Holland, below...

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photos by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Holy Ghost! - Say My Name (MP3)

"Good luck trying to find a better live show than the one LCD Soundsytem just put on at Terminal 5." - Jon Cohen


Holy Ghost! played their 2nd live show as a full band last night at Terminal 5 in NYC (5/20) (they went on at 8:30). Their six song set included a guest appearance by Penguin Prison, "Say My Name" (download it above, get it on their new EP) and "Jam for Jerry". Their full setlist is below.

Holy Ghost's first-ever show was a private show Saturday night at Under 100. Their third is tonight (Friday, 5/21), again at Terminal 5, and again opening for LCD Soundsystem. In fact, they open every LCD show from now until June 9th, and for Hot Chip at Summerstage. All dates below.

LCD Soundsystem went on at 9:30 and played for two hours, long encore included. The encore included a cover of Empire State of Mind - that's when the balloons came down, which they tacked on to NY I Love You.

The bands seemed to be having some technical difficulties. James said it's nice to be able to sleep in his own bed before each of the four NYC shows they're doing at the venue through Sunday.

More pictures, a video, setlists and more dates below..

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Loose Limbs - Red Hands (Martin Clancy Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: New Numbers - Islands EP (Zip)

Broken Social Scene @ SXSW (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Broken Social Scene

Aquarian Weekly: Where does Broken Social Scene go from here? Are there any cinematic soundtracks on the horizon?

Brendan Canning: We've got a lot of cinematic music in the can. There's a few movies we're working on while we do a month of touring and festivals to promote the record. We're involved with Daydream Nation, It's Kind Of A Funny Story, and This Movie Is Broken, which mixes Broken Social Scene live concert footage with a plot line that's half fiction thrown in. Now's the time to work hard, stay on top of things, and know this is our moment.

This weekend boasts an insane amount of awesome shows: Broken Social Scene, Beach House, The Clean, Caribou, Local Natives, Jonsi... of course they're all sold out. So I'm gonna try and suggest things to do that the more lackadaisical music fan can still get into. It's broken up by day...

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LCD Soundsystem @ Studio B in 2007
LCD Soundsystem @ studio B

tonight in NYC
* Mike Birbiglia @ Caroline's
* Questlove (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Caetano Veloso @ Terminal 5
* "The John Oates Party" @ Canal Room
* Janelle Monae @ Highline Ballroom
* David Garza, Cate Le Bon @ Union Hall
* Midlake, John Grant @ Bowery Ballroom
* Toshimaru Nakamura @ Issue Project Room
* Rocky Votolato, Brooke Waggoner @ City Winery
* LCD Soundsystem @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Zaza @ Webster Hall
* Fixed w/ SonicC, JDH & Dave P @ Santos Party House
* High Places, Soft Circle, Bow Ribbons @ Shea Stadium
* Electric Jellyfish, Mike Wexler, Up Died Sound @ Zebulon
* Florence and the Machine, Holy Hail @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Juiceboxxx, Shams, Bodega Girls, Light Asylum @ North 4th
* Radical Dads, Thunderfakers, Conversion Party @ Union Pool
* Serena Maneesh, The Depreciation Guild @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Weasel Walter, Toby Driver, Charlie Looker, 10 @ Silent Barn
* Mon Khmer, Your Nature, Kordan @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Tim Barry, Red Clay River, Jonny Corndawg @ Knitting Factory
* Morning Fuzz, Finding Fiction, Making Tents, Caves @ Glasslands
* The Bombettes, Deep Sleep, No Friends, Night Birds @ Bruar Falls
* Little Gold, We Are Country Mice, Backwords, Neon Gloworms @ Cake Shop
* Penguin Prison, Solid Gold, Das Racist, Bad Brilliance @ Mercury Lounge
* Libraries On Fire, Doug Gillard, Landlady, Big Troubles @ Death By Audio
* Nashville Pussy, Green Jelly & Psychostick on a Rocks Off Boat

Tonight was supposed to be that Mayhem show at Irving Plaza. The related makeup show of sorts happens at Europa on April 18th.

Tonight Silent Barn hosts a few worthy out-there acts: Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos, which at a gig earlier this year (on video below) featured Weasel on guitar, Talibam's Kevin Shea on drums and Ceci Moss on bass; Kayo Dot's Toby Driver and Mia Matsumiya as Tartar Lamb; Charlie Looker of Extra Life playing solo; and a band we know nothing about, 10, apparently on tour from S. Korea. - AF

As somewhat hidden in a Jonny Corndawg post which was a Delta Spirit and MG&V post, Tim Barry of Avail is headlining a show at Knitting Factory tonight.

Questlove DJ's every Thursday in April at Brooklyn Bowl.

Quasi performed for KEXP. Check out a video below...

What else?

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