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Pussy Riot's Nadya and Masha (via @Masha Alekhina)
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Here we go again...

The Olympics may be over, but it's still Russia. In what has now become a dispiritingly common image, Pussy Riot's Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alyokhina were once again violently detained at a demonstration on Monday. [2/24] This time, they were part of a large group protesting outside a Moscow court where a group of protesters from a 2012 demonstration were being sentenced. And the cycle continues. - [Vulture]
This comes after being pepper-sprayed and whipped by Cosacks while making a video, and arrested/detained during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Pussy Riot's Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikov returned to Russia to "carry out a Pussy Riot action" in Sochi (where the Olympics are currently happening), and after arriving in Sochi they were arrested, then released, then members of Pussy Riot were sprayed and whipped by Cossacks while trying to film a video. That video was for the song they've been talking about in interviews since arriving in Sochi, "Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland." The video's been completed and is out now.

You can watch it below...

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Pussy Riot may be free, but the masked members of the Russian feminist punks have had a tough time of it while protesting during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Earlier this week, former (current?) members Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikov (who were in NYC not long ago) were arrested and detained, and now comes disturbing footage of Pussy Riot being pepper sprayed and whipped by Cossacks while trying to film a video:

An Associated Press video showed the Cossacks advancing on the five women and one man with whips, knocking them down and striking them. The performers had just been shown gathering quickly at an outdoor plaza in Sochi, about 20 miles from the Olympic Park, taking off coats, putting on their ski masks and preparing to perform when the Cossacks attacked.

The Cossacks roughly pulled off the masks and flicked their whips at the group. When the group escaped they tweeted what had happened, providing details and photos. They had been preparing to make a video of a new protest song, "Putin will teach you how to love your Motherland," when the Cossacks appeared and set upon them. - [Washington Post]

If unfamiliar with The Cossacks, the Washington Post story describes them:

The Cossacks, descended from czarist-era horsemen who patrolled the borders of the Russian empire, are remembered historically for leading pogroms against Jews. Today they are socially conservative and ardent supporters of the Russian Orthodox Church. Recently, they have been revived as a sort of volunteer citizen patrol, and about 800 of them have supplemented the police providing security for the Winter Games here. On patrol, they often wear military-style jackets and high lambskin hats.
That video, not pleasant to watch, is below...

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Nadya and Masha at The Spotted Pig (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikov, who maybe aren't but maybe are still in Pussy Riot, recently returned to Russia (specifically, Sochi, where the Olympics are currently happening) after visiting NYC, and The Guardian reports that they've since been arrested by Russian police:

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina said they had come to the Winter Olympics to hold a Pussy Riot performance, but were simply walking down the street when they were detained.

"We were just walking around Sochi when they grabbed us," said Tolokonnikova by telephone from a police station not far from the Olympic Park. "They told us we are suspected of theft. Of course there has been no theft."

...As of early afternoon, she had not yet been questioned, and said "nobody is telling us anything" about what will happen next.

"We are in Sochi in order to carry out a Pussy Riot action," wrote Tolokonnikova on Twitter shortly after the detention. "The song is called, 'Putin will teach you how to love the motherland'".

This is less than two months since they were initially freed.

UPDATE: BBC News has since reported that they've been released: "The two band members and three other women emerged from the police station in Sochi wearing their trademark ski masks after their brief detention."

Nadya and Masha at The Spotted Pig last week (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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Following an open letter from still-anonymous Pussy Riot members stating that Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova (who just visited NYC) were no longer in the group, Masha and Nadya have finally given their response. From a new New York Times article:

The letter "doesn't follow the ideology of Pussy Riot," Ms. Tolokonnikova said in an interview on Sunday, in Russian. She also took issue with its claims that she and Ms. Alyokhina no longer speak to other members of the group. "The people we performed with in Moscow, we're still in contact with," she said, adding that she didn't know who wrote the letter. It was signed by six anonymous individuals, some of whom used the same pseudonyms that she and Ms. Alyokhina once did.

Ms. Tolokonnikova and Ms. Alyokhina also disputed the idea that Pussy Riot was, as the letter states, a seemingly closed-off "all-female separatist collective."

"Pussy Riot can be anyone, and no one can excluded from Pussy Riot," Ms. Tolokonnikova said. "Pussy Riot can only grow."

The article also mentions that Questlove, who was at the fundraiser at The Spotted Pig that Masha and Nadya appeared at, "didn't even want to meet them -- he didn't want to ruin the mystique." Read more at the NY Times.

A video of Pussy Riot speaking at the Amnesty concert below...

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

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Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, former (?) members of Pussy Riot, have been in NYC this week to (bravely) appear on The Colbert Report, speak at the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center, and then last night (2/6) they appeared again at a reception/fundraiser for the Voice Project at The Spotted Pig. An English speaker gave a brief history on Pussy Riot, but not much came from the "hosts" that were listed (we did spot Kim Gordon at the event though) (update: we're told Marina Abramovic, James Murphy, Questlove, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jemima Kirke, and Sean Lennon were all floating around somewhere at the event).

Pictures of Masha and Nadya are in this post. They continue below...

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Before last night's (2/5) Amnesty International Human Rights Concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot appeared (introduced by Madonna), still-anonymous members of Pussy Riot sent out an open letter stating that neither Nadya nor Masha are still members of Pussy Riot anymore. The letter in English (via Pitchfork) reads:

We are very pleased with Masha's and Nadya's release. We are proud of their resistance against harsh trials that fell to their lot, and their determination by all means to continue the struggle that they had started during their stay in the colonies.

Unfortunately for us, they are being so carried away with the problems in Russian prisons, that they completely forgot about the aspirations and ideals of our group--feminism, separatist resistance, fight against authoritarianism and personality cult, all of which, as a matter of fact, was the cause for their unjust punishment.

Moreover, instead of the names of Nadya and Masha, the poster of the [Amnesty International] event showed a man in a balaclava with electric guitar, under the name of Pussy Riot, while the organizers smartly called for people to buy expensive tickets. All this is an extreme contradiction to the very principles of Pussy Riot collective: We are all-female separatist collective--no man can represent us either on a poster or in reality. We belong to leftist anti-capitalist ideology--we charge no fees for viewing our art-work, all our videos are distributed freely on the web, the spectators to our performances are always spontaneous passers by, and we never sell tickets to our 'shows'.

Our performances are always 'illegal', staged only in unpredictable locations and public places not designed for traditional entertainment. The distribution of our clips is always through free and unrestricted media channels. We are anonymous, because we act against any personality cult, against hierarchies implied by appearance, age and other visible social attributes. We cover our heads, because we oppose the very idea of using female face as a trademark for promoting any sort of goods or services.

The mixing of the rebel feminist punk image with the image of institutionalised defenders of prisoners' rights, is harmful for us as collective, as well as it is harmful for the new role that Nadya and Masha have taken on.

The New York Times notes that backstage at Barclays Center last night, Nadya and Masha had no comment on the letter, but they have said things like "We are no longer Pussy Riot" in other interviews, deciding to focus their efforts on Russian prison reform. That said, you'd never know they thought that based on their (brave) Colbert Report appearance, and their statement in the press conference before the Amnesty show that "anybody can be a member of Pussy Riot". "Pussy Riot" or not, we continue to applaud what they are doing.

Nadya and Masha are still in NYC and will be at tonight's Voice Project reception/fundraiser at The Spotted Pig, which Kim Gordon, Sean Ono Lennon, Questlove and others are hosting.

Madonna, Pussy Riot, a crotch, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips @ Barclays Center - 2/5/14
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What a (long) night! The Amnesty International show at Barclays Center wrapped up around 1am Wednesday night with a concert-ending performance by The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono. Many more, including Lauryn Hill, Colbie Caillat (I think that's her crotch), Tegan & Sara, Cake, Bob Geldof, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Blondie and of course Pussy Riot (who were on Colbert one night earlier) also took the stage at the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Those sitting too far away to see could watch what was going on on the big screens, though sometimes that content was a bit questionable. Did you go? What did you think? We'll have more on the whole shebang with pics later.

Meanwhile check out some video below...

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Masha and Nadya of Pussy Riot on 'Colbert'
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Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are currently in New York and will be at tonight's Amnesty International benefit (2/5) at Barclays Center. While here, they appeared on last night's episode of The Colbert Report for an interview. Masha and Nadya, in good spirits and in front of an audience fully on their side, talked via a translator about Vladimir Putin's "bright future" for Russia, kissing female cops, their release from Russian prison, and why they gave themselves an English name. "We wanted to let English people enjoy themselves," said Nadya. When Colbert asked if there was a Russian word for it, Masha replied, "There are lots of words in Russia." You can watch the whole interview below.

Tickets are still available to tonight's Amnesty International benefit with Flaming Lips, Madonna, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids, Cake, and others. Pussy Riot will also be at the Voice Project Reception Thursday afternoon (2/6) at The Spotted Pig and tickets (price includes cocktails and hors d' oeuvres) are still available for that too.

Colbert video below...

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Members of Pussy Riot will appear in Brooklyn for the Amnesty International Human Rights Concert at Barclays Center on Wednesday (2/5) (introduced by Madonna). That won't be NYC's only chance to see the ladies coming from Russia though. They'll stay in NYC to appear at West Village gastropub The Spotted Pig (2/6) (314 West 11th St) the next day for a Voice Project reception and fundraiser. The Voice Project "were instrumental to Pussy Riot while they were in prison and it is  a Foundation Anna Gabriel (Peter's daughter) & Hunter Heaney set up to support Artists in oppressive areas-this is the group that was vital to their survival while imprisoned, not to take away anything from the other agencies, sending food, clothing, and fundraising for them."

The event will be hosted by Kim Gordon, Sean Ono Lennon, Ken Friedman, Questlove,  Maggie Gyllanhaal and Peter Sarsgaard. Tickets (including VIP options) are on sale now.

Madonna at MSG in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As discussed, members of Pussy Riot will be appearing in Brooklyn for the upcoming Amnesty International Human Rights Concert happening on February 5 at Barclays Center, which also features The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids, Cake, and others.

Since we last spoke, it's been announced that Madonna, who just performed at the Grammys, will introduce the members at the concert. She said in a statement:

I am honored to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot. I have admired their courage and have long supported their commitment and the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom of expression and human rights.
Tickets are still available.

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We already mentioned the Amnesty International Human Rights Concert would be going down in Brooklyn on February 5 at Barclays Center with The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, and others, and there's just been a very interesting addition:

Members of the Russian art collective Pussy Riot, who were recently freed from prison after 21 months, will participate in Amnesty International's landmark Bringing Human Rights Home concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on February 5, Amnesty International announced Tuesday.

"We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," said Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, whose imprisonment was the subject of hundreds of thousands of online actions by Amnesty activists after they were jailed for publicly criticizing Putin in a church. "We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty's work is in connecting activists to prisoners."

"A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps. We will never forget what it's like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn!"

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alekhina, who are now working to improve conditions for prisoners in the Russian penal colony system, will address attendees at the concert to raise awareness about prisoners of conscience--people who have chosen a non-violent path yet are jailed for their beliefs, color of skin, gender, or sexual orientation, and whose rights Amnesty has championed throughout its 50-year history. The star-studded lineup includes The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat, Cake and more yet to be announced.

"Today, as we work to improve human rights conditions in the United States, we can't abandon the fight for the rights of imperiled individuals around the world," said Amnesty International USA Executive Director Steven W. Hawkins. "When we come together on February 5 in Brooklyn, our voices will be amplified by the presence of Pussy Riot, who continue to demonstrate the power we share when we take a stand against injustice. Join us next month and become a part of the next wave of the human rights movement."

Tickets are still available.

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on release (via @tamagna71)
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Thanks to that Russian amnesty that just passed, Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will be home for Christmas. The two were just released from prison where they were supposed to serve sentence till March:

"Two months out of the almost two years that the girls have served is not much," Tolokonnikova's husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told CNN. "So the effect of this amnesty for Maria and Nadezhda is not really felt."

The Russian government said the amnesty marked the anniversary of the adoption of Russia's post-Communist constitution in 1993.

But Tolokonnikova, released from a Siberian facility on Monday, told CNN she felt that the amnesty was a publicity stunt to bolster the government's image before it hosts the Winter Olympics in February. Verzilov said much the same.

"President Putin obviously used this amnesty option to (brighten) up his image before the Olympic games," Verzilov said.

Russia's record on human rights is in the spotlight as the country prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Pussy Riot's 2012 performance of a "punk prayer" that criticized Putin, who was prime minister at the time, was held at a Russian Orthodox cathedral. The musicians were found guilty of hooliganism.

Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike during her prison term to protest what she said were poor conditions at a Mordovian prison. In October, she was transferred to a Siberian facility for medical treatment, and she remained there until her release Monday.

She said Monday that she is eager to help Russian prisoners by calling attention to conditions they face. But first, she said, she is looking forward to reuniting with family, including her 5-year-old daughter in Moscow. - [CNN]

No matter the reasons, great news they are finally out.

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As mentioned, a Russian amnesty bill was on the table this week that could potentially mean an early release for imprisoned Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who would otherwise finish their two-year sentence in March. That amnesty passed yesterday (12/18) and Reuters reports that they will indeed get early release, though an exact date has not been set:

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday two jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot would be freed under an amnesty but described their protest against him in a church as disgraceful.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, and Maria Alyokhina, 25, are serving a two-year jail sentence for performing a crude "punk prayer" against Putin and his ties to the Russian Orthodox church in Moscow's main cathedral.

The two women had been due for release in March but are now expected to be freed sooner under the amnesty, in part because both are mothers of small children.

The amnesty will also enable 30 people arrested in a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling to avoid trial - removing two irritants in ties with the West before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics in February.

Hooray for Pussy Riot! (and about time)

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
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Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will spend the rest of her two-year prison term at a hospital in the Krasnoyarsk region, a news report said Monday.

Tolokonnikova made the request herself after she had been examined at the hospital, which is run by the prison, and the authorities will now decide what job to give her while she is there, Itar-Tass reported.

Tolokonnikova's lawyer said her client was feeling well and has joined the hospital's band.

Her sentence is set to run until March 2014, but her lawyer thinks that she could be released earlier under an amnesty planned for this month in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Constitution.

A draft of the amnesty is currently under consideration by the State Duma and is expected to be passed on Wednesday. It could come into effect by the weekend. - [The Moscow Times]

In other, more hopeful Pussy Riot news, CBS reports that the Russian Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, saying that the lower courts didin't provide full evidence of their guilt and "overlooked mitigating factors." Factors like their youth and that they both have young children -- the latter being an item in the proposed Amnesty which is expected to be passed this Wednesday (12/18). Both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina's sentences will be up in March, 2014.

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Imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who had been missing for over three weeks, has been found, reports Rolling Stone. She had not been transferred to a Siberian prison, as feared, but has been in Tuberculosis Hospital No. 1 in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk being treated for conditions related to her hunger strike. Her husband spoke with RS:

"She was in good condition. She said her conditions were OK," Verzilov said by phone. "She's not sick right now, she's just having procedures and tests related to the hunger strike." Verzilov added that conditions at the hospital were satisfactory. Although the facility does treat tuberculosis, it functions as an ordinary hospital.

The activist had been missing for 24 days, after she was abruptly moved from a camp in Mordovia, where she had been serving her sentence. She told Verzilov that during the time of her disappearance, she had been kept from having conatct with the outside world throughout her three-week transfer across Russia.

"She said conditions and treatment were OK, but that the one thing was she was in very strict isolation," he said.

Rolling Stone says it's unclear where Tolokonnikova will serve out the rest of her two-year sentence which is due to be up in March 2014.

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Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is being relocated thousands of miles to a prison colony deep in Siberia, according to her husband Peter Verzilov. Tolokonnikova has been missing for 17 days, since she vanished into the Russian prison system to be transferred to an unknown camp. Verzilov says she is now en route to the city of Krasnoyarsk, 2,600 miles east of Moscow, in the heart of Siberia...

...The exact prison colony where Tolokonnikova will be held is still uncertain, but Verzilov believes it will be Colony 50, near the town of Nizhny Ingash -- 190 miles from the city of Krasnoyarsk. This camp is considerably more remote than Tolokonnikova's previous colony in Mordovia, which had been roughly a six-hour drive from Moscow.

Her supporters suggest the authorities have chosen a prison so far from Moscow as a punishment for the nine-day hunger strike that Tolokonnikova began in September to protest conditions in her previous camp. The action, which brought unusual attention onto Russia's harsh prison system, eventually forced officials to agree to transfer her after Tolokonnikova became dangerously weak. - [Rolling Stone]

Tolokonnikova has not been seen since October 20 when she disappeared from Colony 14 in Mordovio, where she is serving a two-year sentence. She's due for release in March 2014.

CBGB Movie

As discussed, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is returning to NYC from October 9 to 13 across various venues, and a number of films (including the premiere of the CBGB movie) are screening at the festival. Festival badges are still available, and since we last spoke, tickets for individual movies went on sale.

The CBGB movie premieres at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on October 8 and tickets for that are on sale now.

Other screenings include Bad Brains: A Band in DC, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust, Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All, Geek USA, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin', Led Zeppelin Played Here, Montreal Underground, Pleased to Meet Me, Pussy Riot: Putin Pissed Himself, Searching for Sugarman, The Blank Generation and more. Tickets for most of those are available at Brown Paper Tickets and the film's schedule is at CBGB's site (though it requires a lot of clicking around to see it all).

Additionally, we'll be giving away tickets to all the screenings happening at Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, which include Searching For Sugarman, Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams, The ESG Story, Pussy Riot: Putin Pissed Himself, The Johnny Thunders Story, Geek USA, Filmage: The Story of the Descendents/All and more. The full schedule of Wythe Hotel screenings and contest details are below.

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Jeffrey Lewis just put out a collaborative record with The Peter Stampfel Band but already has a new three-track 7" coming out on August 27 via Rough Trade. The title track is "WWPRD" which stands for "What Would Pussy Riot Do?" The always thoughtful Lewis muses about ethics and polics, saying Pussy Riot are true heroes who put their money where their mouth is: "The world needs punk rock heroes...bands who break through walls with speakers, not just try to sell you sneakers." You can watch video of him performing "WWPRD" live in London, below.

Lewis played one of the Summerscreen shows last month, and will play again in Brooklyn tonight (8/15) at Secret Project Robot. The show is final date on a short East Coast promotional tour for the book Gender & Sexuality For Beginners which Lewis illustrated and was written by Jaimee Garbacik. The latter will read excerpts from the book and the night also features The Best Thing Ever. The show is also a benefit for the ACLU.

Jeffrey Lewis will then head to the UK for the Reading and Leads festivals. All tour dates are listed, plus the live version of "WWPRD," below.

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Paul McCartney at Barclays Center - 6/8/13 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Bear Mountain at Governors Ball - 6/7/13 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Paul McCartney @ Barclays Center
Paul McCartney recently landed in Brooklyn for a Barclays Center show on Saturday (6/8), where he played a three hour set with a ton of Beatles songs. He's set to do it again at the same place tonight, and tickets are still available.

The Drums @ Webster Hall
This is the kickoff party for NYC music industry event The New Music Seminar. It's been a while since The Drums have played (and the members seem to be working on solo stuff these days, so here's a good chance to catch them. Also on the bill: Pearl & the Beard, Avan Lava, and Hess is More who are worth showing up early for.

Bear Mountain @ Glasslands
One of the newer bands we were excited to see at this year's Governors Ball was Vancouver pop four-piece Bear Mountain (pictures of their set), and they won me over. They played at 12:45 PM under a tent on the Friday, so I'm sure some of the people in attendance were just there to stay dry, but most of the very large crowd looked like they were there to see them. They do lean a bit on the mainstreamy side, but they've got the live show to back that kind of thing up, and the tunes are strong too. It doesn't seem like it's going to be very long before these guys are playing way bigger venues than Glasslands, so while they're still in town, it's definitely worth catching their set at the Brooklyn venue tonight. Black Light Dinner Party and Cookies open. - Andrew

The Body, Sannhet & more @ Acheron
The Body played The Acheron last night with Mutilation Rites/Geryon (pictures are up at Invisible Oranges), and return to shake the venue again tonight (tickets) with Sannhet, Theologian and Hasj.

Marijuana Deathsquads (ft. mems of Polica) @ Mercury Lounge
Polica just stopped by NYC to play Governors Ball, and singer Channy Leaneagh plus the two drummers are sticking around to back Marijuana Deathsquads (aka the group led by Ryan Olson of Gayngs) at their Mercury Lounge show tonight. Solid Gold, who also played Govs Ball, and opened Polica's afterparty.

Turnip King at Cameo
Sea Cliff. Long Island's Turnip King make the sort of scruffy indie rock that relies equally on melody, dissonance and washes of ethereal guitar. Tonight's show is with Departures and Don't.

Fat Tony @ Knitting Factory
Houston rapper Fat Tony releases his new mixtape, Smart Ass Black Boy, this week (stream it) and he'll play a release show for it in NYC tonight at Knitting Factory with Tom Cruiz, 1OILLE, and Tecla.

Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postizos @ Le Poisson Rouge
Experimental guitarist Marc Ribot (who has played with Tom Waits, John Zorn, and more), is bringing his group, Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postizos, to Le Poisson Rouge tonight. Support comes from Edmar Castaneda.

Chaka Khan & more @ The Apollo
The Spring Gala at NYC's legendary Apollo Theater goes down tonight, and it includes a performance by soul/funk veteran Chaka Khan. There will also be performances "in salute to Chaka" by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Holliday, Patti Labelle and Alexandra Burke.

Half Moon Run @ Mercury Lounge
Montreal's Half Moon Run swung by NYC for a show at Glasslands on Friday (6/7), and they'll be sticking around for a show at Mercury Lounge tonight with Oceanographer.

Diane Birch @ Joe's Pub
Singer/songwriter Diane Birch plays Joe's Pub tonight.

Plus, there's always good weekly comedy shows on Monday like Whiplash @ UCB and Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield.

Gunplay's SOB's show, which was originally scheduled for tonight, is now happening on Wednesday (6/12), and is billed a release show for his Acquitted mixtape, which drops on Tuesday.

If you don't want to go out in the rain, HBO's Pussy Riot documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, airs tonight at 9 PM EDT.

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Paul McCartney @ Frank Erwin Center, Austin, 5/23/2013
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Paul McCartney's Out There tour just swept through Austin with a two-night stand at the Frank Erwin Center and we've got pictures (and setlists) of the pyrotechnic/av/hit-filled extravaganza over at BV Austin.

The former Beatle plays two nights at Barclays Center in a couple weeks and while  the June 8 show appears to be sold out, tickets are still available for June 10.

In other news, McCartney has joined the growing list of musicians supporting the release of incarcerated Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina who is currently on a hunger strike. He wrote a letter to Russian officials, saying:

My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world. In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case.
Meanwhile, the classic 1976 live album, Wings Over America, is getting the deluxe box set reissue treatment next week (5/28) with a bonus disc of audio, a DVD featuring a rarely-seen television special, Wings Over the World, a photo booklet and more. The original release was the first  triple album to go to #1 on Billboard's albums chart. You can watch a video "unboxing" the reissue below.

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Last night (3/24), CBS news program 60 Minutes did a segment on Russian feminist punks Pussy Riot, whose arrest last March (and subsequent imprisonment) following a protest in Moscow's largest cathedral got a lot of worldwide attention. Lesley Stahl interviews Yekaterina Samutsevich (who was released in October) as well as one of the members who has gone into hiding. You can watch the segment below.

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Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich out of jail

Good news from the Pussy Riot saga:

An appellate court in Moscow on Wednesday set free one of three jailed members of a punk protest band but upheld the two-year prison sentences of her band mates, issuing a split decision in a case that has drawn international condemnation of Russia over the suppression of political speech.

The ruling, by a three-judge panel of Moscow City Court, upheld the guilty verdict against all three women on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, stemming from a "punk prayer" performance in the city's main cathedral last February in which they urged the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Vladimir V. Putin.

The judges, however, ordered the immediate release of one of the women, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, accepting an argument by her new lawyer that she had far less of a role in the cathedral stunt than her band mates, and that the lower-court judge who convicted the women in August should have taken that into account.

"The method of punishment in the form of imprisonment is to be canceled," said the judge, Yury A. Pasyunin, reading the court's decision, reached after a half-hour break to consider the arguments. "Samutsevich is to be released from custody." She emerged from the courthouse less than an hour later to applause from supporters, clutching her father, tears streaking her face.

The appeals hearing, originally scheduled for last week, had been delayed after Ms. Samutsevich, citing disagreement over legal strategy, announced that she wanted to fire her lawyer and separate her defense from the team representing the other two women in the band, Pussy Riot.

The other women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24 -- both mothers of young children -- were ordered to serve the remainder of their original sentences, two years in a prison colony. Their lawyers promised continuing appeals. - [NY Times]

One free, two to go.

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Grizzly Bear are on the cover of the new issue of NY Magazine, which makes two weeks in a row that Brooklyn was prominently featured.

Despite making it into Billboard's Top 10 with their new album, Shields, the band still aren't making a lot of money.

Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.

And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

"The Artwork of Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout" is opening in Brooklyn soon. Meanwhile check out our recent Guided by Voices pictures from both Austin and the Deluna Fest in Florida.

Crystal Castles and HEALTH play Roseland on Wednesday (10/3). We're giving away tickets here and on our Facebook too.

Also on Wednesday, M83 plays Hammerstein Ballroom and we're giving away tickets to that on Facebook too. Tickets are also still on sale.

Another Facebook contest: win tickets to see Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber at Webster Hall on Friday (10/5).

The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.

Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."

Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.

Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."

Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."

More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!

But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.

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The Illuminator, whose mission is "to smash the myths of the information industry and shine a light on the urgent issues of our time", and whose projections have been seen everywhere from the Russian Consulate in Manhattan ("Free Pussy Riot") to Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn "99% Occupy", lit up the rusty facade of the new Barclays Center the other night, as you can see in the pictures above and at the website of Develop Don't Destroy.

Protests continue tonight outside the venue as Jay-Z takes the stage inside (Talib Kweli spins the afterparty).

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