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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:

Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

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The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.

Brian May of Queen wrote:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don't know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.

I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.

We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.

Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."

Brian Eno

Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:

David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye.

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Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."

Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:

One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.
Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)

J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."

The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."

Peter Gabriel writes:

I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.

He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.

There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.

Long Live Lazarus.

Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."

Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"

Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"

Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"

Yoko Ono John Lennon David Bowie

Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:

John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.

Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."

Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.

Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.

Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.

See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...

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Bang on a Can

NYC-based new music collective Bang on a Can have announced their 2015-2016 agenda, and that includes the return of the all day Bang on a Can Marthan next summer (happening in Rotterdam, MA and NYC), and much more before that. BoaC's marching band Asphalt Orchestra will perform Pixies songs at Rockwood Music Hall on September 24 as part of "FONT Music 2015 Presents: Without A Frame" that also features yMusic, Stephanie Richards + Greg Saunier duo and more (tickets). That should help them wrap up for their next show as part of opening weekend (10/4) at new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust where they'll play "an inventive street set including Pixies material, music by Bulgaria's infamous Ivo Papasov, plus music by Tom Ze and Thomas Mapfumo." They'll also play the very pricey Park Avenue Armory GALA on October 15 with The Young Professionals & Contemporaneous.

Other BoaC events in NYC include the annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert at Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Hall on February 6. That's part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, and features world premieres by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Rene Lussier and more. Details TBA. All upcoming Bang on a Can events, NYC and otherwise, are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Mr Robot

One of the most (deservedly) talked-about shows of the summer was drama Mr. Robot which just wrapped up its excellent first season last night. If you haven't seen it, I've described it as Fight Club meets American Psycho, but about computer hackers. (Specifically, one hacker, named Eliot, played with perfect spacey detachment by Rami Malek.) That is very, very reductive (the show is about a lot of things, you come to learn) but that gets you there. The whole season is now available on USA on-demand. Music is treated just as expertly as everything else in this show, including some some familiar songs and cool, more obscure choices. MAJOR spoilers lie below, so read at your own caution.

Continue reading "Mr. Robot music: 'Where is My Mind', Perfume Genius, Alabama Shakes, M83, Tangerine Dream, The Cure & more"

Pixies @ Chicago's Metro 6/10/2015
The Pixies

Overall, Deal or not, they played really well, and they seemed into it. Like I said above, the last time I saw them, at Riot Fest, and maybe even the time before that, they seemed bored and going through the motions. Maybe the opportunity to headline for diehards--for surely far less money than they make at festivals--ignited something fun in them. It certainly showed in the set list, right? It wasn't a greatest-hits run through or an insistence on the new stuff: They played five songs from Indie Cindy--a way to say they like the record, I guess--but also hits ("Wave Of Mutilation," "Here Comes Your Man," "Debaser," "Velouria") and deep-ish cuts ("I've Been Tired," "Cactus"). - AV Club
Last Wednesday (6/10), Pixies were supposed to open for Robert Plant at Chicago's FirstMerit Bank Pavillon, but when the onetime Led Zeppelin frontman got ill and canceled, Pixies ended up up playing Metro, which they hadn't played since 1989. It was also guitarist Joey Santiago's birthday, making for an extra fun evening. Pics and setlist are in this post.

Tonight (6/18), Pixies will back in the Boston area to help say goodbye to Cambridge, MA's club T.T. The Bear's Place which is closing after 41 years. Tonight's show will mark the first time the Pixies have played T.T. The Bear's since 1987, which was not too long after Surfer Rosa was released.

Pixies tour dates, plus more pics from Pixies' Chicago show, below....

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by Gretchen Robinette

Pixies @ Beacon Theatre 5/26/2015
Pixies

Taking full advantage of impassioned company and the savory acoustics of the space, Pixies played a comprehensive set of a vast scope of work, weaving in and out of timeless classics and lesser known B-sides and current releases. Not content to rest on their laurels, they leaned into new and unusual material with the giddiness of a high school band at their first talent show, then pivoted into oldie-goodies, turning spectator intrigue into frenzied sing-alongs. All of it was presented with the dramatic arc of a rock opera. "Wave of Mutilation" ascended deliberately and hovered, with Frank Black's voice crawling through Paz Lenchantin's deep, muddy basslines. Then seizing on the hypnotic mood, Pixies grabbed the crowd by the necktie with the raucous anthems "Break My Body" and "The Holiday Song." Lenchantin drove numbers like "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and "Velouria," spookily mimicking former bassist Kim Deal with her playing and support vocals, while David Lovering's flawless percussive churning intertwined with Joey Santiago's standout guitar fluency on heavyweights like "Debaser" and "Bone Machine." - [The House List]
After playing the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony Summer Stage on Saturday, alt-rock vets Pixies continued their four-show, NYC-area run with their first of two sold-out nights (5/26) at one of the cities' toniest spots, Beacon Theatre. Pictures from their set, as well as opener John Grant, are in this post.

Pixies and Grant do it again at Beacon tonight (5/27), then they'll take their show over to Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on Thursday (5/28), to which tickets are still available.

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photos by P Squared Photography

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The Pixies
TV On the Radio

[TV on the Radio] came out just after 7 and did an approximately 1-hour set that, by necessity, left out a couple of my favorites but covered all the major bases. "Wolf Like Me" is still an amazing track as are "Young Liars," "Golden Age," "DLZ," and "Dancing Choose." Newer songs like "Happy Idiot" and "Could You" had some of the younger people around us jumping. Vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and guitarist Kyp Malone thanked The Pixies several times and made it a point to mention how wonderful it was for all of us to be in the same place together. That was kind of cool.

...I haven't really heard Indie Cindy, last year's return from the [Pixies'] 23-year recording hiatus. It was less than well-received (Pitchfork famously gave it a 1.0 out of 10.), and I may have fallen for the anti-hype a bit. The band interspersed tracks from that record -- "Magdalena 318," "Indie Cindy," "Bagboy," "Silver Snail," "Snakes" -- throughout the set, and they fit in pretty seamlessly. I remember liking "Bagboy" when it came out as a single, especially the Kim-like backing vocals.

Speaking of Kim: Yeah, I felt her absence (and the absence of "Gigantic" from the set). [Paz] Lenchantin did a great job throughout, though, on bass and backing vocals. She's a bit more animated than the rest of the band and has that bass player stalk / runway walk thing totally down. [CoolDad Music]

Pixies and TV on the Radio's respective tours crossed paths over the weekend for a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. Opening was Pixies tourmate John Grant. Pictures of all three sets, and Pixies and TVTOR's setlists, are in this post.

TVTOR already played two NYC shows on their tour, but Pixies and John Grant have three on their tour this week. Those happen tonight (5/26) and Wednesday (5/27) at Beacon Theater, and Thursday (5/28) at Kings Theatre. Wednesday is sold out, but tickets for the other two are still available.

More pictures and setlists below...

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enter to win tickets to see Pixies & TV on the Radio in NJ, at the end of this post...

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photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).

A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).

But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...

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photo: River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
River to River

The free River to River Festival returns in 2015 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 18-28 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and more. Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens June 21 at Winter Garden at Brookfield Place as well as shows with Olga Bell, Roomful of Teeth, and more. River to River kicks off with the R2R Bash at Battery Park City's North End Way on June 18, featuring a performance by East African vocalist Somi.

Full schedule below...

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Sweetlife

The Sweetlife Festival comes to Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 30-31 with a lineup of Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Pixies, Billy Idol, Phantogram, Charli XCX, Lucius, Vic Mensa, SZA, Raury, Sinkane, San Fermin, Goldlink, Bishop Nehru and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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Tickets for the second Pixies and John Grant show at Beacon Theatre are on local presale now. Use the password, INDIE.

You can also get tickets to their other NYC shows and their NJ show with TV on the Radio.

photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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The Pixies' May 27 show at Beacon Theatre sold out during the presale and they've now added a second Beacon show the day before (5/26). Tickets for that show will go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon, with a Pixies fanclub presale starting Tuesday (3/24) at 10 AM EDT, and MSGE Insider and Bowery presales beginning Thursday (3/26) at 10 AM.

Pixies other NYC-area shows on their tour with John Grant include the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony on May 23 with TV on the Radio playing as well, and King's Theatre on May 28. Tickets for both those shows are still available.

Updated Pixies tour dates below...

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Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Pixies, TV on the Radio and John Grant show at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony Summerstage (5/23) go on BrooklynVegan presale today at 10 AM. PASSWORD: HEYBV.

There's also a Live Nation presale starting today at 10, and if you miss out on the presales, you can try again when the general on-sale starts Friday (3/6) at 10 AM.

Pixies and TVOTR also play Cooperstown together a day earlier. Pixies and John Grant play NYC twice on their tour together, and TVOTR play NYC with Bo Ningen on their tour.

TVOTR

Just yesterday we mentioned how TV on the Radio are touring this year but didn't have a NYC show scheduled. Well that changed quickly, as the band just revealed a show for May 20 at Kings Theatre with the wild Bo Ningen. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon with AmEx and venue presales starting Thursday (3/5) at 10 AM.

TVOTR also have a couple shows with the Pixies and John Grant that are near NYC, including the BrooklynVegan-presented show on May 23 at Stone Pony Summerstage. Tickets for that show are now on Pixies presale. PASSWORD: SNAKES.

The BrooklynVegan presale starts Wednesday, and we'll post that password then.

TVOTR, Courtney Barnett, Shamir, Stromae and Boogie were also just announced for NPR's SXSW Showcase at Stubb's.

Meanwhile, Kyp Malone's solo project Rain Machine plays NYC tonight (3/3) at Cameo with Lewis Lazar and The Hydras, Aerial East, and Kelsey Lu. Tickets are on sale.

Updated TVOTR dates are listed below...

Continue reading "TVOTR expands tour, add NYC w/ Bo Ningen, NPR SXSW with Courtney Barnett; tix on presale for NJ show w/ Pixies"

photo: Pixies at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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photo: TVOTR at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TVOTR

Both Pixies and TV on the Radio are touring separately this year, and they're set to cross paths at Cooperstown's Brewery Ommegang on May 22 and Boston Calling on May 24. We're now excited to announce that right in between, BrooklynVegan is presenting the double bill of Pixies and TVOTR at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony Summerstage (5/23). Pixies' tourmate John Grant is also on the Cooperstown and Asbury Park shows. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM, with a Pixies presale starting Tuesday (3/3) at 10 AM, and BrooklynVegan and Live Nation presales starting Wednesday (3/4) at 10 AM.

Pixies' tour with John Grant also includes two NYC shows: 5/27 at Beacon Theatre and 5/28 at Kings Theatre (tickets). No NYC show scheduled for TVOTR at the moment.

All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...

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photo: Passion Pit at MSG in 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Passion Pit

Tickets for the Passion Pit show at Kings Theatre go on venue presale today at 10 AM. Password is KINGSFAN.

Tickets for the Pixies show at Kings Theatre also go on venue presale today at 10 AM. Password is also KINGSFAN.

There's a promoter presale for the Pixies' Beacon Theatre show at 10 AM too. Anyone know the password?

photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies

Pixies were already billed for Boston Calling, Shaky Knees, and Amnesia Rockfest, and now they've announced a full North American tour surrounding those festivals. The tour includes NYC shows on May 27 at Beacon Theatre and May 28 at Kings Theatre (which re-opened earlier this month). Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (2/27) and a fan presale begins Wednesday (2/25) at 9 AM EST. Password: "snakes."

UPDATE: John Grant is opening.

This tour will once again have Paz Lenchantin (The Entrance Band, A Perfect Circle, Zwan) on bass, and they're promising to debut some new material. All dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Empire Records

You may remember that last year for Record Store Day, Father/Daughter Records put out Faux Real, a compilation of punk and indie bands covering fictional TV and movie bands. RSD rejected the idea of putting out a sequel, but Father/Daughter are going ahead with it anyway and will release Faux Real II on April 28. It features Chumped, Krill, Allison Crutchfield, LVL UP and more taking on songs from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Billy Madison, Doug, Almost Famous and more. Listen to LVL UP's take on "Somebody Kll Me Please" from The Wedding Singer, with the full tracklist, below.

There's also a release show happening in NYC on April 28 at Palisades with Bellows, Small Wonder, Rivergazer and Sharpless. Tickets are on sale now.

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In other music movie news, Empire Records turns 20 this year, and Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg will be hosting a high-concept anniversary celebration on April 8. Presented by BBQ Films, they're even calling it Rex Manning Day and will have the whole place turned into the actual Empire Records store from the movie. Here's the event description:

Twenty years - to the day! - since the original Rex Manning Day, BBQ Films invites you to "Say No More, Mon Amour," damn the man, and save The Empire. For one night only, Williamsburg's Rough Trade is transformed into the legendary Empire Records, with all the staff and characters you've come to love (and hate).

On April 8, 2015, join Lucas and his couch cushion, boss Joe (but don't touch his drums!), Gina and her "Sugar High," and, of course, Corey and her crush, Rex Manning... Immerse yourself in the world of Empire Records with a screening of the film, live music, a Rex Manning autograph, and, if you're brave enough, a chance to shave your head for Debra's funeral. Music-veto power available, pending Mark's approval.

Tickets include:
• 1 free drink and free BBQ Films gourmet popcorn
• A Rex Manning autograph
• 1 custom button at the DIY Button Station
• A fabulous Rex Manning Photobooth
• Screening of Empire Records (1995)
• A live set from the Empire house band, and potential additional sets TBA
• A head shaving station (first five folks who shave their heads drink free)
• A limited-edition event poster by Todd Ian Goldstein
• ...and all the theatrical immersion BBQ Films guests have come to expect...

Limited edition! For brave souls, special secret experiences will be auctioned off the night of. Think: A Warren shopping spree. A Gina Sugar High. An Oh Rexy You're So Sexy one-on-one with Rex himself... Come with a few extra bucks if you're game!

Tickets are on Internet presale now (anyone know the password?) and the general on-sale begins Friday, 2/20, at noon. A portion of proceeds will go to a TBA charity.

Empire Records is filled with memorable music moments, like when Eddie eats a special brownie and watches a GWAR video (only to hallucinate that GWAR attacks him on stage), when Joe gets behind the kit for AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You Got It)," when most of the cast dances on the rooftop to The The's "This Is The Day," and of course when Gina joins Berko (played by actual rock musician Coyote Shivers) to sing "Sugarhigh." (By the way, if Faux Real III happens, someone should really do "Sugarhigh.") And for the real nerds, the post-credits scene when Eddie and Mark argue over whether Primus or the Pixies have better bass lines.

Revisit some of those moments below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Thrice
Thrice

Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.

The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.

Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.

And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

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Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

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photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies

The spring edition of the biannual music festival Boston Calling happens this year from May 22-24. They've once again put together a great lineup (curated by The National's Aaron Dessner, produced by Crash Line Productions), this time including Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tenacious D, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Jason Isbell, Gerard Way, Run the Jewels, Sharon Van Etten, Krill and more. Early bird tickets go on sale at noon today (1/14), using the password "BOSTON."

Once again there will be no overlapping sets. Full lineup and announcement video below...

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We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.

While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.

MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pity Sex at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Pity Sex

When I saw Pity Sex at Webster Hall in August they included an excellent cover of Pixies' "Gigantic" which they didn't really change up much but they also owned it and made it fit perfectly in their set. We mentioned the cover would be coming out on their upcoming split with Adventures (aka the band with 3/4 of Code Orange who are way less metal than Code Orange), and now a stream of the song has premiered over at Stereogum. It's just as good recorded as it was at Webster, and you can hear it for yourself below.

The split also includes equally great original tunes from Pity Sex and Adventures, "Acid Reflex" and "Flowing Through," respectively, both are which are also streaming below. And it will have Adventures' cover of Turning Point's "Behind This Wall" (not yet released). The 7" comes out next week (10/7) via Run for Cover.

Song streams below...

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Black Francis w/ Pixies in Boston 1/13/2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Black Francis

Pixies have been touring pretty much nonstop this year in support of Indie Cindy and the last leg of that tour will wrap up next month in Madison, WI on 10/12. Wasting no time, frontman Charles Thompson has just lined up a few solo shows under his old Black Francis pseudonym that begin the very next day. While it doesn't include NYC proper, he'll play Hudson, NY's Club Helsinki on October 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Pixies and Black Francis tour dates are listed, along with Pixies' new(ish) video for "Ring the Bell," below...

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JEFF

As mentioned, JEFF the Brotherhood are set to release an EP of covers, titled Dig the Classics, which will be out via Infinity Cat/Warner Brother next week (9/30). We've got the premiere of The Wipers' classic, "Mystery." Says singer/guitarist Jake Orrall:

To quote the great Shellshag (who also covered this one on their "Fuck Society" covers record), "This song should be a standard, every band should cover it". This includes us obviously.
Give it a listen, plus their cover of Pixies' "Gouge Away" (which premiered at SPIN), below.

JEFF will soon be on tour, too, playing their NYC spiritual home, the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 12 (sold out), and also Santos Party House on October 13 (tickets). Both those shows are with tourmates Diarrhea Planet.

All upcoming JEFF tour dates, plus those streams from the new covers EP, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Basement / Superheaven / Pity Sex @ Webster Hall - 8/19/14
Basement
Superheaven
Pity Sex

I walked into Webster Hall on Tuesday (8/19) around 7:20, about three quarters of the way through Ovlov's set, the first set of a four-band bill, and it was packed. I've been to a handful of Webster Hall shows, but unless the headliner was someone like Paul Simon, I've never seen the 1,500-capacity venue that full so early on. But this was a special show. Basement, the UK post-hardcore band who put out two much-loved albums in 2011 and 2012 before going on a 2-year hiatus which just ended, were headlining the sold-out gig. And it was their second New York City show ever.

This wasn't just Basement fans waiting around for their favorite band to go on though. The crowd was appreciative of every band that played, and for good reason. Ovlov, who I've never seen outside of a DIY venue let alone a place as big as Webster Hall, had no trouble on the big stage. And their usually-scrappy indie rock sounded cleaner than ever. Pity Sex were up next, one of the few shoegaze bands around who can incite mosh pits, and it didn't take long for that to happen on Tuesday. It wasn't as crazy as their last NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (though that show was crazy for bad reasons too), but they sounded great. And most excitingly, they did an excellent cover of the Pixies' "Gigantic" which will appear on their upcoming split with Adventures. Pity Sex's Britty Drake does a great Kim Deal and the band really did justice to this one. Keep an eye out for that split.

They were followed by Superheaven (formerly Daylight). I had yet to really become a fan of Superheaven's recent debut album, Jar, but they won me over as a live band. With Jar, they come closer to post-grunge and alt-metal than any other band on the bill, and whether or not that sound is your style (it's not really mine), it's hard to deny that they do it right. Their tones were heavy as fuck, they were effortlessly tight, and they were no statues on stage either.

Then Basement came on, and if there was ever any doubt of how beloved this band is and how missed they were in NYC, that was erased within the first minute. I was upstairs when they started, and the crowd screaming to set opener "Whole" instantly echoed through the entire venue, louder than anything had been all night. That didn't change for the entire set, save for the two songs they played off their brand new EP. The band expressed more than once on stage how grateful and shocked they were to be playing to such a large crowd and getting the kind of feedback they were. Their last and only other NYC show was at the MUCH tinier Acheron in 2011 (also with Daylight, but that time Basement were the openers), and they said on stage that there couldn't have been more than 50 people there. To say Tuesday's show was a triumphant return to NYC would be an understatement.

Pictures from Webster Hall are in this post. More, with Basement's setlist, below...

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