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by Bill Pearis

Prince Rama

Prince Rama's new album, Xtreme Now (out 3/4 via Carpark), is a lot of fun, ranging from fizzy dancepop, to punky rockers, to swaying arms anthems. All of it's got Prince Rama's pixie dust on it (it might just be glitter). The latest song to be shared from it is "Slip Into Nevermore," which sounds like something from an '80s fantasy film where flowing-haired maidens ride horseback, racing across a rocky coastline against the sounds of breathlessly strummed acoustic guitars, tom-heavy percussion, sweeping synth strings, and "huh! hah!" accents. (Your interpretation may be different.) You can stream "Slip Into Nevermore" below.

The band play an Xtreme Now release show at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 4. PC Worship are also on the bill and tickets are still available. They'll then be on tour all over North America through April. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Prince Rama share "Slip Into Nevermore" from 'Xtreme Now'; PC Worship added to Brooklyn release show"

photo: Le Butcherettes in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Le Butcherettes

Mexican garage rockers Le Butcherettes spent the past year touring with Antemasque, Melvins, and Faith No More, and also released their newest album A Raw Youth on FNM frontman Mike Patton's Ipecac Recordings. Now they're set to go on a headlining tour around SXSW in 2016.

The tour hits NYC on March 7 at The Studio at Webster Hall and March 9 at Rough Trade. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (1/15) at 10 AM and noon, respectively, with an AmEx presale for Rough Trade starting Wednesday (1/13) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Le Butcherettes are also one of the artists taking part in the very cool Joyful Noise 2016 Flexi-Disc Series. It's the label's fifth and final year doing the series, and it has each artist putting out never-before-heard material on a 7" flexi-disc (limited to 1000 copies) that you can get by subscribing. Other artists include Don Caballero, Thurston Moore, Swirilies, Julianna Barwick, Lil Bub ft. Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson, Ought, Sondre Lerche, Prince Rama, Chris Cohen, Ava Luna and Briana Marela.

Stream A Raw Youth with Le Butcherettes' list of tour dates below...

Continue reading "Le Butcherettes announce tour, on Joyful Noise flexi-disc series with Don Cab, Thurston Moore, Swirlies & more"

by Bill Pearis

Prince Rama on a motocross bike

Prince Rama's Xtreme Now is out March 9 and they've just shared a second track from the album. "Now is the Time of Emotion" is a fuzzy, squelchy new wave stomper with an extremely ear-worm "whoah-oh" chorus. Have a listen below.

The Xtreme Now release show happening March 4 at Baby's All Right (tickets) in Brooklyn is the start of Prince Rama's upcoming tour.

Continue reading "Prince Rama declare "Now is the Time of Emotion" on new single (listen), announce 2016 tour dates"

photo: Clutch in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Clutch, Crobot, Valkyrie @ Terminal 5
Clutch released the excellent Psychic Warfare earlier this year. The presence of like-minded riff-rockers Valkyrie (featuring members of Baroness and Crobot) make this a go-to show if you're looking for some head-banging relief from family commitments.

Dan Deacon, Prince Rama @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you're looking for some fun this week, Dan Deacon's crowd-participatory shows are always entertaining. Opening are nu-age Brooklyn duo Prince Rama who are also a whole lot of fun (and about to release a very good new album).

Future Punx, Gauche, Dougie Poole @ Silent Barn
Future Punx released their high-concept, highly danceable debut album This is Post Wave this year, mixing synthpop, Devo-esque arty tongue-in-cheek paranoia and an overarching theme of "where do we go from here?" Their live show is always a good time.

Jazmine Sullivan @ Gramercy Theatre
Jazmine Sullivan had one of the year's finest (if a bit underrated) R&B albums with Reality Show, which has one foot in '60s/'70s soul and another in more contemporary R&B (and features the fantastic, stomping single "Dumb" featuring Meek Mill).

The Loved Ones, Garrett Klahn, Make War, Jackie Thousand @ Saint Vitus
Philly punk faves the Loved Ones have been inactive for years, with frontman Dave Hause focusing on his solo career instead, but they're finally back. They just opened for The Bouncing Souls in NJ, and tonight they make their way to Brooklyn. It's their first of two NYC shows (the other is in February). This one's opened by Texas Is The Reason frontman Garrett Klahn, who has a new solo album coming in a couple weeks.

Sports, Pinegrove, Vagabon, Long Beard @ Baby's All Right
There's been no lack of quality bands combining '90s pop punk with scrappier indie rock lately, and Ohio's Sports are one of the good ones. This whole bill is good, with more straight-up indie rock from Pinegrove and Vagabon, and the slowcore-ish Long Beard.

John Digweed, Naveen G @ Output
John Digweed, once famous for his DJ nights at Twilo with Sasha in the '90s, is still going and hits Brooklyn club Output tonight.

Jesse Malin, Hollis Brown, Don Dilego, Hidden Cities @ Bowery Ballroom
Former D Generation frontman Jesse Malin released not one but two albums this year, New York Before the War and Outsiders. Velvet Elk, the label he runs with Don Dilego, throws its first annual holiday benefit show tonight, and proceeds benefit The Bowery Mission.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. Tonight's show is part of Chloe Hilliard's December residency and also features guests Ahamed Weinberg, Brian Frange, Prescott Tolk, Max Bernstein, Naomi Ekperigin, and Myq Kaplan.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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New Order / Janelle Monae / Psychic TV / Shamir / Prince Rama
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"What we're trying to do is create an immersive experience where moving throughout the festival grounds is as engaging as standing and staring at the stage," said Omar Afra, the Day for Night festival producer.

Reas, whose software, prints and installations have been featured in galleries globally, will showcase a television signal collage that highlights the most watched shows on a local Los Angeles station projected onto a 20-by-25-foot (6.1-by-7.6-metre) canvas.

"The idea is to create something which is already a visual assault and make it more of a literal visual assault," Reas said...

...Vincent Houze created a structure of gauzy black screens that act as a container of fog and serve as canvases for lava-lamp-like animations of water meant to mimic brain activity after going under general anesthesia. The exhibit will be controlled from his smartphone.

"Millennials are engaged every moment with the screen on the phone, the screen on the computer, video games and we feel like this is a long time coming for the world of music production to catch up with the way young people engage art and music," Afra said. - [Reuters]

Houston's inaugural Day for Night Festival happened over the weekend, which billed itself as an "evolution of light and sound," and featured an eclectic lineup that on day 1 (12/19) including New Order (who hadn't played the city since 1989), Janelle Monae, Philp Glass, Psychic TV, Battles, CocoRosie, Prince Rama and more. Acts played against digital art installations (there were more on the festival grounds, too) making for a rather unique experience.

We'll have pictures from the second day of Day for Night (with Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Death Grips, U.S. Girls and more) soon but you can check out lots more from day 1, below...

Continue reading "Houston's Day for Night Festival day 1 pics: New Order, Janelle Monae, Battles, Shamir, Psychic TV, CocoRosie & more"

by Bill Pearis

Prince Rama

New age synthpop duo Prince Rama (aka Brooklyn's Taraka and Nimai Larson) will release their new album, Xtreme Now, via Carpark on March 4. According to the press release, the album's creative genesis came from a near-death experience in Estonia which sparked a "recurring sense of time-schizophrenia" in Taraka. One of her visions:

In the year 2067, I witnessed an aesthetic landscape where art museums are sponsored by energy drink beverages and beauty is determined by speed. I saw a vision of ancient tapestries stretched across half-pipes and people base-jumping off planes with the Mona Lisa smiling up from their parachutes. I saw art merge with extreme sports to form a new aesthetic language of 'Speed Art.' I realized that time travel was possible via the gateway of extreme sports, and I wanted to make music that would provide the score.
Uh huh. Whatever was their muse, first bouncy first single (and LP opener) "Bahia" is an extremely catchy and a little reminiscent of Tom Tom Club or early Banarama. Nothing wrong with that at all. Have a listen, and check out album art and tracklist, below.

Prince Rama have a couple shows lined up in their future. Next weekend they'll play the Day for Night Festival in Houston, TX and then they've also got a record release show in NYC at Baby's All Right on March 4. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now.

Continue reading "Prince Rama announce new LP 'Xtreme Now,' share bouncy first single "Bahia," playing shows (dates)"

photo: Yuck @ River Rocks 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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CMJ is just barely behind us, and now it's time to start thinking about SXSW who have just announced their first round of showcasing artists. Acts include, Alex G, Crystal Castles, Yuck, Micachu & the Shapes, Barry Adamson, Anamanaguchi, PUP, The Spook School, Wildhoney, Sunflower Bean, Pure Bathing Culture and lots more. The music portion of SXSW 2016 happens March 15 - 20 in Austin, TX. The entire list of Round One artists is below...

Continue reading "SXSW announces first round of 2016 artists"

"Tutti Fruiti" single art on the drawing board
New Order Tutti Fruiti

New Order will release "Tutti Fruiti" (featuring La Roux's Elly Jackson) as the official second single from their new album, Music Complete which will come with a handful of remixes, including one by Hot Chip who make the song a little more bleepy/bloopy. You can stream it below.

Hot Chip's "Tutti Fruiti" remix is also one of the first contributions to a new site, New Order's Singularity, which will feature artists talking about the band's wide-reaching influence. Alexis Taylor writes:

Whether it is walking the streets late at night with 'Thieves Likes Us' as my soundtrack, or having the pleasure of remixing their new single with Hot Chip, New Order will always be a huge part of my life. They are true pioneers who manage to strike a great balance between emotional sincerity on record and good natured, irreverent charm in person.
The site, which just launched, also features a New Order playlist from The Cure's Robert Smith, and testimonials from Factory Floor (New Order drummer Stephen Morris produced an early FF single) and Algiers.

Still no word on a North American tour, but New Order will play Houston, TX's Day for Night Festival which happens December 19 & 20 and also features Kendrick Lamar, Janaelle Monae, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Dillon Francis, Death Grips, Nicolas Jaar, Psychic TV, Cocorosie, Elephant, Holly Herndon, U.S. Girls, Prince Rama and more. Festival passes are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Related: Hot Chip just released a studio version of their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark."

Continue reading "New Order share Hot Chip remix of "Tutti Fruiti," playing Day for Night fest in TX w/ Kendrick Lamar, Philip Glass, more"

by Bill Pearis

xander-duell

Some of you may remember arty NYC band Inouk who were around in the early/mid '00s and were fronted by brothers Alexander and Damon McMahon. When the band called it quits, Damon went solo as Amen Dunes and Alexander struggled with a few demons. Having made it through the other side, Alexander now makes music as Xander Duell and released Experimental Tape No 2, Vol. 1 back in 2011. For his proper studio debut album, Wade Laiste (out now via Swedish label Ingrid), he brought in his brother Damon as producer and the record also features musical/studio contributions from Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt. Bowie's clearly an influence here but it has its own weird, off-kilter charms. You can stream the whole album, via Rdio, below.

Xander Duell will celebrate Wade Laiste's release tonight (9/24) at Elvis Guesthouse. It's pretty great bill, especially given how small EG is, with TEEN, Luke Temple and White Bike also playing, and Prince Rama as DJs. Tickets are on sale and flyer for the show is below.

Continue reading "Xander Duell (ex-Inouk) released 'Wade Laiste,' celebrating at Elvis Guesthouse tonight with TEEN, Luke Temple & more"

photo: JAMC @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Black Ryder @ Terminal 5
With it's mix of Phil Spector melodies and wall-of-noise distortion, no one had quite heard anything like The Jesus & Mary Chain's debut album, Psychocandy, when it came out in 1985. It's since become the template for a lot of music, but the band remind us where it came from with these shows playing that album in full.

New Order listening party @ Donna
Get an advance taste of New Order's first new album in ten years (and first with Gillian Gilbert in 14 years) at this free listening party. You can also get a taste of some New Order-themed cocktails and buy the vinyl early. 9 PM.

Built To Spill, Crosss, Clarke and the Himself's @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock guitar heroes Built to Spill play their first of four NYC shows tonight. Also on the bill: Toronto's doomy Crosss who are worth catching.

Low, Andy Shauf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Slowcore/indie vets Low have been consistently great for over two decades, and this year's Ones and Sixes on Sub Pop fits right in with the rest of their quality material. It's worth catching opener Andy Shauf, who makes somber folk music that should pair well with Low.

Doomtree, Speedy Ortiz, Serengeti @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's a pretty cool multi-genre bill with alt-rap from Doomtree and Serengeti, and discordant indie rockers Speedy Ortiz sandwiched in the middle.

The Decemberists, Lucius @ The Capitol Theatre
The Decemberists have both a new album and a new EP out this year. The new stuff's a bit more straightforward than their prime-era material, but we'll probably hear some old favorites tonight too.

Voice Coils, Trumpet Trumpet Synthesizer, Hair, Lea Bertucci @ Silent Barn
Local "supergroup" Voice Coils' best known member at this point is probably Mitski, who doesn't usually play with the band anymore, but even without her they still make challenging yet accessible indie-prog.

Potty Mouth, Crying, Heliotropes @ Shea Stadium
The Northeast indie rock scene is well represented at Shea tonight with the punky Potty Mouth, proggy chiptuners Crying, and Heliotropes.

Jose James (Billie Holiday tribute) @ Blue Note
Billie Holiday would have turned 100 this year. In addition to being an inspiration for the new Lana Del Rey album and the first artist to "play" The Apollo's upcoming hologram concert series, neo-soul singer Jose James will perform her music at a series of shows at the Blue Note this week. 8 and 10:30 PM sets every night through Sunday.

Spaceface, Corbu @ Cake Shop
When not playing  in the touring band of Flaming Lips, Jake Ingalls fronts his own psych-rock band Spaceface who aren't entirely disimilar to what Wayne Coyne and co do.

TEEN, White Bike, Luke Temple, Prince Rama (DJ set), Xander Duell @ Elvis Guesthouse
This is the record release show for Xander Duell (aka Alexander McMahon of Inouk) but is a pretty stacked lineup with performances by TEEN and Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, all in Baby's tiny performance area/dancefloor.

Myq Kaplan, Danny Hatch, Ophira Eisenberg, Tim Duffy, Liam McEneaney, Bryan Tucker @ Raaka Chocolate Factory
A pretty sweet lineup of comedians will be performing tonight at this Red Hook actual chocolate factory.

Severed Heads, StatiqBloom @ Rough Trade
Formed in 1979, Australia's Severed Heads began as tape loop manipulators not unlike Cabaret Voltaire but, by the late '80s, pop melodies became a major part of their sound and singles "Greater Reward" and "All Saints Day" were hits on College Radio and in alternative dance clubs. This is their first NYC show in 25 years.

Mr. Twin Sister, Daniel Edinberg (of The Stepkids: DJ Set) @ The Archway
Mr. Twin Sister plays the "Live at the Archway" series of free concerts happening at the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO. 5:30 - 8 PM.

Mass Gothic, Philosophical Zombie @ The Gutter
Noel Heroux of Hooray for Earth has discontinued the use of that band and has signed to Sub Pop as Mass Gothic. What's it all about? Go to the show!

Spirit Family Reunion, Big Kitty, Innove Gnawa Band, Spitzer Space Telescope, Victory Gardens @ Union Pool
Spirit Family Reunion kick off their two-day Harvest Festival featuring "some of our favorite acts, both local and cosmic, we've encountered over the years ranging from avant country to North African dance music. Each night will start out with solo performers and culminate with a full band dance party after we play."

Of Monsters and Men, Highasakite @ Kings Theatre
Iceland's masters of sweeping "whoa-oh" style folk pop play their second of three Beacon shows tonight. If you're going, Norway's Highasakite are worth showing up early.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Fable

Some of you may remember "Debut," the ambitious, large-scale production by Derrick Belcham (La Blogotheque) and choreographer Emily Terndrup (Sleep No More) that happened last year at Queens venue The Knockdown Center and featured music by Porcelain Raft's Mauro Remiddi, Julianna Barwick and more. Those folks are teaming up again for another large-scale production that again merges independent music, immersive dance theater and large-scale art installation, titled "Fable", that will be performed at Knockdown Center from October 8-17:

The production features a giant, sound-reactive enclosure that showcases a different, acclaimed musician for each of the six performances, a 360-degree sound environment and an expansive array of transforming light systems from floor to ceiling. In a shifting proscenium, an unpredictable choreographic and theatrical narrative immerses the audience on a depicting a revelatory encounter between a man and a mysterious voice who, over the course of a surreal and increasingly volatile evening, explore the variable boundary between delusion and actuality through the incomparable expanse of a century-old structure.
Each evening features a score written and performed by Remiddi and David Moore (Bing & Ruth). However, each performance will feature an improvisational performance by a different artist and a DJ set to end the night. The lineup looks like:
Thursday, October 8th: Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire)

Friday, October 9th: Julianna Barwick

Saturday, October 10th: Porcelain Raft / White Hinterland

Thursday, October 15th: David Moore (Bing & Ruth)

Friday, October 16th: Blonde Redhead / Prince Rama

Saturday, October 17th: Skyler Skjelset (Fleet Foxes) / Julianna Barwick

Tickets are on sale now.

by Bill Pearis

Prince Rama at Fulton Stall Market, 7/4/2015 (photo by @LittleWaterRadio)
Prince Rama Fulton Stall Market

South Street Seaport's Fulton Stall Market began a few years ago as a more typical farmers market, with a few stands set up along South St at Fulton. (It was the location of my Sunday Sound Bites series, you may or may not remember.) Hurricane Sandy messed everything up for FSM (and most stuff at the Seaport) for a while, but it is now back in a permanent indoor location at 207 Front St. In addition to NY-area produce and products, it also has the Market Bar (beer/wine), a little record shop via the Record Grouch folks, and Little Water Radio, an internet station that broadcasts live noon - 6 PM Eastern every day.

Little Water Radio launched a couple months ago, started in part by Stephen Dima who was a DJ at East Village Radio for years and programs River Rocks, 4Knots, Seaport Music Fest, Modern Sky Festival and more. Little Water Radio includes shows from labels Northern Spy and Paper Garden and, full disclosure, I've got one on there as well ("Past Future Perfect," Saturdays 2 - 4 PM). The LWR side of Fulton Stall Market also has a stage -- it's where Prince Rama played at the Festival of Independence on the Fourth of July this year -- and they're going to have free live shows every Friday evening. This Friday (7/31) it's folk artist Josephine Foster (who plays Trans-Pecos tonight) -- UPDATE: Josephine had to cancel her FSM appearance, Parlor Walls playing instead. August's schedule currently looks like this:

August 7: Color Collage Record Release Party
August 14: Christines, The Lemon Twigs
August 21: Cheerleader
August 28: Cold Front
Speaking of Prince Rama, they are hosting a special evening called "SPAGHETTABOUTIT" at Fulton Stall Market on August 9. It's a Guns N' Roses themed meal and we'll just let them explain:
Prince Rama's Nimai, in conjunction with her sister Taraka, Paper Garden Records and the Fulton Stall Market all come together with a fun and delicious singular purpose -- to unify food and music. Nimai will be cooking the food of course, while Taraka takes over DJ'ing duties. The theme of this particular Sunday dinner will draw inspiration from Guns N' Roses. We will celebrate "Spaghetti Incident" by DJing all of Guns N' Roses greatest hits and cooking all of the greatest food to go along with it! All local produce, generously supplied by Local Roots CSA. Will also include some Ennio Morricone bits and pieces.
Knowing Prince Rama, this will probably be fun. Tickets for "SPAGHETTABOUTIT" go on sale Thursday (7/30) at noon.

by Bill Pearis

Prince Rama @ the Whitney, 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
Prince Rama

South Street Seaport will be full of music on the Fourth of July, as they'll host the free Festival of Independence offering a wide variety of performers across three stages. Acts include singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston and indie rock band Elk City (featuring Luna's Sean Eden) on the Fulton Street Stage; Prince Rama and Salt Cathedral on the indoor Fulton Stall Market Stage; and over at the Peck Slip Stage there's Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts and other twangy acts. The Seaport is also a good place to watch the fireworks. Full lineup and schedule below.

UPDATE: Elk City have unfortunately dropped off the bill.

Speaking of the Fulton Stall Market, the permanent indoor space is also host to Little Water Radio which broadcasts live every day from noon - 6 PM. There are shows from Northern Spy and Paper Garden records, and a host of other DJs (including this writer; my show "Past Future Perfect" is on Saturdays 2-4 PM Eastern). The space just opened the Market Bar which serves beer and wine. Little Water Radio is planning more live shows on Fulton Stall Market's stage this summer. Stay tuned.

Continue reading "Freedy Johnston, Prince Rama & more playing Festival of Independence at Seaport on 4th of July"

photo: Neko Case with New Pornographers @ Hammerstein 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Neko Case with New Pornographers

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

The Northside Festival's four-day takeover of North Brooklyn is in full swing today with basically every venue in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick involved. There are lots of shows but we've highlighted our picks here -- noted by the "(Northside)" in the event name. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows.

Neko Case, Rhye, Majical Cloudz @ 50 Kent (NORTHSIDE)
It's the first of three big 50 Kent shows happening during Northside, and the artists on tonight's lineup all have ties to Canada: songwriter (and New Pornographer) Neko Case, R&B duo Rhye and, intense Montreal duo Majical Cloudz.

Paul Weller, Hannah Cohen @ Terminal 5
With nearly 30 years of songwriting under his belt, including new album Saturns Pattern, the onetime Jam and Style Council frontman has a lot of classics to choose from. He's still a diamond geezer.

Bad Religion, Plague Vendor @ Bowery Ballroom
Bad Religion are on the final night of their sold-out four-night NYC run, and this show has them playing all material from the 21st century. Epitaph-signed gothy garage punks Plague Vendor open.

Ex Hex, Spider Bags @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (NORTHSIDE)
Indie rock vet Mary Timony unleashes her inner rock star with power trio Ex Hex, making killer glammy power pop. Tonight is also with their Merge labelmates Spider Bags.

JEFF The Brotherhood, Weird Womb, Ice Balloons @ The Wick
Having been unshackled by Warner Brothers earlier this year, JEFF released their riff-rockin' new album themselves via Infinity Cat. It will be weird not having the option to see them at Death by Audio on this tour, but The Wick should be a fun substitute.

The Holydrug Couple, Hubble, LODRO @ Alphaville (NORTHSIDE)
Chilean psych duo The Holydrug Couple released their new album, Moonlust, in May via Sacred Bones. The new album was recorded in Chile, and then mixed in Brooklyn by The Men's Ben Greenberg and is a somewhat new direction for the band, with Serge Gainsbourg's soundtrack work being an admitted influence.

Fred Thomas, Gun Outfit, Mitski, Dreamcrusher @ Saint Vitus Bar (NORTHSIDE)
Tonight Vitus hosts the first of two Pitchfork Northside showcases, and this one's got the highly lyrical Fred Thomas (of Saturday Looks Good To Me), punk-spirited slowcore band Gun Outfit, artful/powerful songwriter Mitski, and the noisy Dreamcrusher.

Bongzilla, Crypt Sermon, Hasj @ Acheron
Stoner doom greats Bongzilla broke up after their 2005 album, but after a 2008 Wisconsin one-off, the band are finally back for more dates this year including their long-awaited return to NYC. Making this show extra great, it's the first NYC appearance for Philly trad-doomers Crypt Sermon since the release of their excellent debut album on Dark Descent earlier this year.

Beach Fossils, Frankie Cosmos, Jerry Paper, Warehouse @ Rough Trade (NORTHSIDE)
This is the Bayonet Records showcase, featuring Beach Fossils (frontman Dustin Payseur runs the label with his wife, Katie), twee-ish singer Frankie Cosmos, eccentric performer Jerry Paper, and Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse.

Alden Penner (of The Unicorns), Michael Cera, Small Black (DJ Set) @ Knitting Factory (NORTHSIDE)
Unicorns member Alden Penner has another solo release on the way soon, and it features a collaboration with actor/musician Michael Cera, who's already collaborated more than once with another Unicorn, Nick Thorburn. Cera's playing with Alden tonight, and he also recently dropped a solo album and will play some stuff from that too.

Mono, Holly Hunt @ Le Poisson Rouge
Japanese band Mono have been making massive post rock for years, most recently on the two albums, The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness, which came out on the same day last November.

Sleepies, Clean Girls, Vulture Shit, Mannequin Pussy, Wildhoney, Kindling, Kal Marks, Palm, Washer, Nonsense, DONE @ Aviv (NORTHSIDE)
For a very big bill of indie rock, punk, shoegaze, and more in that general realm, head to Aviv for the Exploding In Sound/Gimme Tinnitus/Ipsum showcase.

Tyler, The Creator, Taco @ Irving Plaza
The always-ridiculous Tyler the Creator returns to NYC tonight with his pal Taco. What kinds of antics will he have in store for us tonight?

The Very Best, Heems, Irie Mafia, Jacco Gardner, Oy, Sevdaliza, St. Grandson @ McCarren Park (NORTHSIDE)
This show is free with RSVP, and there's a lot of cool diverse music from local rapper Heems, UK-based Afro dance pop group The Very Best, Dutch '60s-style psych musician Jacco Gardner, and more.

Ben Nichols & Rick Steff of Lucero @ The Shop
While Lucero aren't hitting NYC on their upcoming tour, Ben & Rick from the band will be here tonight to strip things down as a duo. Their slower acoustic songs are as great as their rowdy songs, so this show should be pretty special.

Prince Rama, Moon Bounce, The Midnight Hollow, Evvy, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly @ Baby's All Right (NORTHSIDE)
Space age / new age duo Prince Rama are out there, but in a totally fun way, bringing lots of interactive elements (and kitschy fun) to their performances. They highlight this FREE Northside show.

Ducktails @ Elvis Guesthouse
Matt Mondanile's solo project, Ducktails, is not too different than his main band, Real Estate, making jangly guitar pop. A new album is out soon via Domino and he'll be touring with the Ducktails band later this year, but tonight is a solo show, and is free.

Drenge, Made Violent @ Knitting Factory (NORTHSIDE)
Falling somewhere between post-Nirvana grunge and early '00s garage revival, UK duo Drenge are adored by the British music press. The US has been slower to woo.

Wild Yaks, Violent Bullshit, Youthquake, Gozer @ Grand Victory (NORTHSIDE)
The Yaks aren't the only Wild on this bill -- the very fun Violent Bullshit play old school hardcore. This will be a sweaty show.

Coliseum, Sex Cross, Psychic Teens @ Asbury Lanes
Coliseum's new album, Anxiety's Kiss, has them expanding upon their consistently great post-hardcore/heavy punk formula, adding in new musical ground like the desolate psychedelia of "Driver At Dusk." They recently played NYC, and tonight are nearby in Asbury Park.

Ryan Hemsworth, Tommy Kruise, Jubilee @ Palisades (NORTHSIDE)
Pop/rap producer Ryan Hemsworth returns to NYC this weekend for two shows, this being the first.

Max Silvestri, Mike Lawrence, Brooke Van Poppelen, Brett Davis, Joseph Pera, host Seth Olenick @ Over The Eight
Seth Olenick, author of comedy photo hook Funny Business, put together free show tonight with a handful of very funny local comedians. 8 PM start.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Slingshot

Slingshot Festival is returning to Athens, GA from March 26-28, and this year's lineup includes a DJ set from LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, Jamie xx, Nosaj Thing, Clark, Saint Pepsi, Reptar, Holly Herndon, Glenn Kotche, Prince Rama, Omar Souleyman, Juana Molina, Awesome Tapes From Africa, a DJ set from Washed Out, and more TBA.

There will also be a comedy night headlined by Kurt Braunohler, as well as a Japan Nite with Peelander-Z, TsuShiMaMire, QUORIUM, the fin., BO-PEEP and Zarigani$. Tickets go on sale today (1/22) at 9 AM EST.

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

Le1f-associated rapper/singer DonChristian released his album Renzo Piano earlier this year, which features Le1f, fellow avant-rapper Antwon, production from The-Drum's Jeremiah Meece, frequent Le1f collaborator Boody, FACT year-end list maker lsdxoxo and others. If you're into the kind of dark, left-field stuff of Le1f and Antwon, you'll likely dig DonChristian too. You can stream the album and watch the video for its track "Clerk" below, and download it for free here.

DonChristian headlines a NYC show TONIGHT (12/19) at Cameo, which Le1f DJs. Also on the bill is Tigga Calore, Joey Labeija b2b False Witness, Shyboi and Geng. Tickets are still available.

Later this month, he opens Le1f's Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28, which also features singer Rahel (who's on Renzo Piano as well), Boody, Abdu Ali, Juliana Huxtable, Joey Labeija and more special guests. Tickets for that are still available too.

In addition to guesting on Renzo Piano, Rahel also has a song with Jeremiah Meece, and she's featured on that FACT-approved lsdxoxo album, whorecore, which also features another great left-field NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa. You can stream that album below.

Cakes Da Killa also had lsdxoxo produce multiple tracks on this year's Hunger Pangs, and he's got two upcoming local shows too. He was added to the !!! (chk chk chk) / Prince Rama New Year's Eve show at Knitting Factory (tickets), and he's got a show at Baby's All Right on February 20 with UNIIQU3 (tickets).

DonChristian and lsdxoxo album streams below...

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Edan and Josh of DbA on the final night (more by PSquared)
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Chris Gethard wearing DbA tribute on his show this week (photo by Heidi Vanderlee)
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Death by Audio closed last weekend after seven years in existence. We said our goodbyes already, but we thought we'd offer up a roundup of our coverage and other tributes to the space.

Comedian Chris Gethard wore a homemade t-shirt, inspired by the one DbA booker Edan Wilber wore on the showspace's final night, at the taping of the most recent episode of The Chris Gethard Show which you can see above.

This Sunday's New York Times offers a photo feature from DbA's final night.

Writer Noah Kardos-Fein who plays in Yvette and was at most of DbA's final shows (Yvette played one too), wrote a very nice piece for WNYC:

Bands felt like Death By Audio was a second home - indie phenoms Future Islands and wild Canadian rockers METZ both played their first ever New York shows at Death By Audio. It was the kind of place where a small fledgling band had a good chance of playing on the same bill as a much bigger, touring band. And one day, that fledgling band might just become a headliner.
You tended to get just as much as you were willing to put in: if you attended or played shows there regularly, there was a good chance you'd get to know the staff there, as well as other regulars. Those were the people who made up the bulk of the crowd last Saturday night - some of them who since moved to other cities even flew across the country to be there. It's also why there were a lot of tears, hugs, and positive energy going around in the final hours.

Oliver Ackermann on stage (more by P Squared)
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Impose gathered up tributes from a variety of artists, DbA employees and other people in the DIY scene, including manager/booker/soundguy Edan Wilber:

The value of what I have gotten from my experiences here are immeasurable, and leaps and bounds more valuable than any material wealth I could've gained doing something else. I have met people from all around the world just because they heard about this little room that some friend of their's said they just had to play in. It's a shame to lose something like that because it can't be manufactured. We have always run on the best of intentions and it propelled us so far for so long, none of us could've imagined it would've lasted as long as it did and stayed true to its beliefs from day one. I'm happy to go out on such a high note, the past few weeks have been mind-blowingly incredible and I have gotten to see many old friends make their pilgrimage here one last time and I look forward to a few more rad weeks before we are forced out of the only place in NYC thats ever felt like home to me.
Impose also tracked down most of the DbA show flyers from their entire existence. There are also reports from the final night at The Observer, Gothamist, Stereogum, and The Village Voice.

Glasslands, which is right around the corner from DbA and will close at the end of December, offered up


And this was Death by Audio's final word, via Twitter:

Death by Audio's final month of shows was pretty astounding, including performances by Lightning Bolt, METZ, Protomartyr,  Future Islands,Thee Oh Sees (twice), Dan Deacon,  Les Savy FavTy Segall, A Place To Bury Strangers (twiceFuture Punx/Priests, Deerhoof, Woods, Woolen MenScreaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood (twice), White Mice, Burnt Skull, a reunited Dirty on Purpose, Pampers, Coasting, Guerrila Toss, not to mention the very cool Death by Art installation (which some people didn't like). 

For those who'll be in Washington, DC next weekend, many of the in-house created, super-hard arcade games that you may have played in DbA's back room will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's courtyard on December 6 as part of an "indie arcade" curated by MAGFest and American University's Game Lab.

We've got all of Death by Audio's last month's shows listed, along with video from many of them, below...

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!!! @ Central Park Summerstage in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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The NYC New Year's Eve options continue to grow. If you want to ring in 2015 with extra exclamation points and new age mysticism, !!! (chk chk chk) will be playing with Prince Rama on NYE at Knitting Factory. "Special Guests" are also promised and you also get a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM.

Prince Rama DJ'd at Baby's last night with Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Anyone go to that?

A-Trak at North Coast Music Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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In honor of World AIDS Day, December 1st, some of the biggest names in the music and media industry are partnering with Lifebeat, Music Fights HIV/AIDS to draw urgent attention to the dramatic rise in HIV among young people ages 13-24.

From Nov. 24th - Dec 1st, a coalition of major media outlets, celebrities, online music distributors, and music venues will display banner ads, editorial content on websites, and activate their social media platforms, visual messages in support of #MusicFightsAIDS will be displayed every two minutes on nine jumbo screens in the heart of Times Square reaching more than 2 million people daily. Venues and nightclubs will distribute HIV prevention materials, activate their promotional and social media channels, and encourage their audiences to share a unified message. Superstar DJ's Steve Aoki, Dirty South, The Chainsmokers, A-Trak, Fedde Le Grand, have recorded a new series of PSAs to amplify awareness among their young fans. PSAs will be featured on mtvU, Spotify and other partner sites.

As quoted via press release above, HIV/AIDS prevention foundation Lifebeat has teamed up with multiple musicians and others in the industry for a week-long fight against HIV/AIDS leading up to World AIDS Day, December 1. The week will include a benefit show happening in NYC at Pacha on November 30, headlined by A-Trak. Also on that bill is Fedde Le Grand, Tritonal, Green Lantern and more special guests TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

That same week (11/25), A-Trak releases the physical version of his new Full EP on his own Fool's Gold label. That EP features the single "Push" with vocals from Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, who you can also catch in NYC at Baby's All Right TONIGHT (11/19) with DJ Prince Rama and others (tickets).

Watch the lyric video for "Push" below...

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Deafheaven at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

"Top Secret!" @ Death by Audio
There's only four nights left of much-loved Death by Audio and none of the remaining lineups have been announced. Who could it be tonight?

TV on the Radio @ Rough Trade
TV on the Radio may not all live in NYC anymore but it remains their spiritual home. They celebrate their new album, Seeds, with four shows here this week. For tonight's show you need to buy a copy of the new album at Rough Trade to get into the show. Doors at 7:30 PM with the show at 8.

Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Ted Leo, Greg Barris, Regina Spektor, Ira Glass, Jena Friedman @ Irving Plaza
Tonight's a benefit for Doctors Without Borders (who are on the front lines of dealing with the ebola crisis in Africa) starring a cavalcade of comedy and musical talent. Tickets are still available.

Deafheaven, Beast Patrol @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The genre-defying black metal/post-rock/shoegaze force that is Deafheaven puts on shows that actually deserve to be called "epic" and if nothing else, there's not a dull moment watching frontman George Clarke on stage. This was free with RSVP which is now closed.

Mobb Deep, Smoke DZA, Fat Tony @ Knitting Factory
Though the new album Mobb Deep put out this year didn't quite live up to the 1995 album it was named after, The Infamous is still a stone cold classic and any chance to hear those songs live is worth taking. In all their years, apparently the Queensbridge duo have never played Brooklyn, and tonight's show is billed as their first-ever gig in the borough. It also doubles as a celebration for Knitting Factory's 5th anniversary in Brooklyn and has a good undercard.

Jonathan Richman @ The Bell House
With a naive charm and post-VU minimal style, Jonathan Richman has been charming audiences for 40 years. This is the second of two shows at The Bell House.

DJ Mustard, Nadus, Austin Millz, Jasonscott @ Output
We all know DJ Mustard from hearing his tag "Mustard on the beat, ho!" on like, every song on Hot 97, but the man behind hits from YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tinashe, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Tyga and so many more is behind them for a reason. He knows his way around a beat.

The Hold Steady @ The Space at Westbury
Though you'll have two chances to party with everyone's favorite literate bar rockers on and right before New Year's Eve in NYC, tonight you can catch them for free (with RSVP) just outside of the city.

Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow), Sky White Tiger, SINCE, Prince Rama (DJ set), Rinsed (DJ set) @ Baby's All Right
Baby's is often hoppin' with a party crowd and with a lineup of DJs and performers like this, it looks like tonight's gonna be one of those nights.

Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Best known here in America for acting in City of God and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which he scored using only acoustic, Portuguese David Bowie covers), but Brazilian artist Seu Jorge has been making music since the '90s. This is part of his eight-night run at the Blue Note.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Screaing Females / Ted Leo / Pujol / Shellshag @ DbA 11/9/2014
Screaming Females
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As most people figured out ahead of time, Screaming Females were the "Special Guest" headliners at Death by Audio on Sudnay night (11/9). Pujol, who they had been touring with, were playing, both bands had just hit Asbury Lanes, it just made sense. However, most people didn't know that there was another surprise on the show -- Ted Leo + Pharmacists, who played their first show together in over a year. Talk about a nice bonus! Shellshag started out the night which also marked the beginning of the last two weeks of Death by Audio's existence. Pictures from the whole night, including a few from next door's Death by Art installation, are in this post.

In other DbA news, a few more shows for this week are now up on the venue's website:

Wednesday 11.12: Pygmy Shrews, Mike Berdan, Pleasure Industry

Thursday 11.13: "Special Guest," Prince Rama (performing a 15-minute "exercise", Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Mr. Transylvania

Friday 11.14: "Special Guest," Guantanamo Baywatch, The Numerators, Rips

Any guesses on the "Special Guests"? Monday, November 17 (Future Punx, Priests) is the last DbA show with bands listed. The last five nights are all listed as "Top Secret!"

Pampers, Honey, New England Patriots and Nandas play DbA tonight (11/10). More pics from Sunday's show with Screaming Females, Ted Leo and more, below...

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Hessismore released their new funky, ecclectic album Myheadisaballroom / Whoneedsapalaceanyway earlier this year and are about to set forth a companion EP of remixes all done by women. (Hessismore's current eight-piece lineup is all men.) Lorna Dune, Pollyester, Anna Clyne and Prince Rama will all put their particular spin on songs, and you can stream Lorna Dune's take on "Bearsong" below. The EP will be out in early 2015.

When Myheadisaballroom / Whoneedsapalaceanyway was released, Hessismore celebrated with a five-night run at NYC's Nublu. Mikkel Hess and his other seven bandmembers, who are very good live, will return to Nublu for four nights: November 20 - 23. Lorna Dune will be the opening act for all four shows and tickets are on sale now.

Remix stream, and a Rdio stream of Hessismore's new album, below...

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Baby's All Right

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right opened last year around this time -- their first show was BrooklynVegan's CMJ day party on October 18. The place has been pretty much an instant hit since. As mentioned, Baby's is celebrating its first birthday with a special week of shows, including tonight's sold out White Fence show (10/13), the Mexican Summer party with Connan Mockasin, Quilt and more on Thursday (10/16, sold out), and Wampire & TOPS late show on Friday (tickets), and Frankie Cosmos, Porches & more on Friday early and Saturday (October 17 & 18, tickets).

Other shows happening that we haven't mentioned yet include Young Magic, Princess Nokia and Prince Rama (DJ) on Tuesday (10/14) (tickets); and Caveman, Icewater, Public Access T.V., and Lily McQueen on Wednesday (10/15) (tickets). Stick around late night on Wednesday for a midnight set from Endless Boogie (tickets).

The Baby's show is one of three East Coast shows Caveman have this week. Dates are listed below. Icewater, meanwhile, have a new self-titled EP and you can stream the two tracks from that below. And Public Access T.V. will play another show at Baby's this week, a midnight set with Ryn Weaver (tickets), that starts immediately after the Connan Mockasin show.

A birthday gift for all of us: their delicious/deadly frozen Pink Baby cocktails are just $1 at happy hour this week. BV will be back at Baby's for CMJ next week, with day parties on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25), full lineups TBA, plus a Saturday night show with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport.

Happy birthday, Baby's All Right! Icewater stream below...

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Cloud Nothings at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
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Perfume Genius in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Cloud Nothings, Tyvek @ Irving Plaza
Cloud Nothings returned with another excellent album this year, Here and Nowhere Else, which like 2012's Attack on Memory continued to push their indie rock further into post-hardcore territories. Their shows are always great too (partially thanks to their maniacal drummer) and Tyvek's opening set should be a good fit.

Perfume Genius, Matteah Baim @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While Perfume Genius has always been great, he takes a huge leap forward on his new record Too Bright, crossing over into previously unchartered sonic territory as far as his earlier albums were concerned.

Fleetwood Mac @ MSG
With Christine McVie back in the band for the first time since the late '90s, this is the Fleetwood Mac most people want to see. Expect the return of songs like "Songbird" and "You Make Loving Fun" to the setlist.

James Murphy (DJ set), Pete Tong (DJ set) @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Part of NY Super Week, coffemaker James Murphy and famed UK DJ Pete Tong will trade sets after a conversation with Endgame: The Calling author James Frey.

Big K.R.I.T., Two-9 @ Highline Ballroom
The buzz may have died down a bit for Big K.R.I.T., but just in terms of rhymes he's still one of the best there is in the newer-school rap scene. Two-9 have been seeming pretty promising too.

Xeno & Oaklander @ The Kitchen
The 'Synth Nights' series at The Kitchen continues tonight with moody synth duo Xeno & Oaklander who will play "an all-analogue synth set accompanied by a projection of new Super 8 films by Liz Wendelbo."

"Debut" w/ Julianna Barwick, Porcelain Raft, more @ Knockdown Center
Sleep No More performer Emily Terndrup and La Blogotheque director Derrick Belcham are premiering their new project "Debut" tonight, and will put on the show tomorrow and Thursday as well. "Debut" merges "independent music, contemporary dance theater and large-scale art installations." The music was written and will be performed by a very impressive cast of Julianna Barwick, Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft), Ruby Kato Attwood and John Ancheta (Yamantaka // Sonic Titan), David Moore (Bing & Ruth), Jessie Stein (The Luyas), Hannah Epperson, Taraka Larson (Prince Rama) and Reed Smidebush (Muuny).

Gardens & Villa, Alex G, Grand Resort @ Bowery Ballroom
The once-buzzy Gardens & Villa team with the currently-buzzy Alex G tonight for this show which also includes Brooklyn indie poppers Grand Resort, so it's a pretty cool bill all around.

DJ Quik @ SOB's
Hip hop veteran DJ Quik has been at it for over two decades, and his most recent album, 2011's The Book of David, proved he's still going strong. He finally follows that album with The Midnight Life next week and tonight he plays a release show for it.

Matthewdavid, Cities Aviv, Trabajo, The Lark Kidder Band @ Death by Audio
Brainfeeder associate Matthewdavid goes in a hip hop/R&B direction on his new album, so teaming up with local rap weirdo Cities Aviv should be a good fit tonight.

Prince Rama, Puro Instinct, Leverage Models @ Glasslands
This is a cool bill with psych freaks Prince Rama, Puro Instinct whose dream pop heads in a bit of dancier direction on their new single, and Shannon from Stars Like Fleas' current band Leverage Models.

Vulture Shit, Big Ups, Flagland, Lost Boy?, Washer @ Palisades
Pretty much every band on this bill is a quality example of the punkier side of Brooklyn indie rock. If you only catch one band on this show tonight though, we especially recommend the Fugazi/Slint blend of Big Ups.

The Bangles @ City Winery
While some associate The Bangles with the silly but fun "Walk Like an Egyptian" and shmaltzy "Eternal Flame," the band got their start -- when they were just called The Bangs (as in Lester) -- as part of LA's early-'80s Paisley Underground scene that spawned Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and The Three O'Clock.

The People's Temple, The Mystery Lights, Mirror Queen @ Acheron
Lansing, MI band The People's Temple released Musical Garden earlier this year, which is arguably their best offering to date, mixing their established garage-psych influences with solid musicianship and a very solid batch of songs. There is no shortage of this sort of stuff out there, but these guys do it better than most. Tonight they headline Acheron ahead of their show this week at Santos with Bass Drum of Death.

Jackson Browne @ Beacon Theatre
An icon of the '70s California boomer singer-songwriter style, Jackson Browne released his 14th album, Standing in the Breach, this week. But expect lots of hits -- like "Running on Empty" and "The Pretender" -- as well as new songs.

Seth Herzog's SWEET @ The Slipper Room
Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, Seth Herzog's SWEET gets back to business as usual: being one of the most consistent comedy shows in the city.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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