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The Kills at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kills

The Kills were last in NYC for Governors Ball and they've since added more dates which brings them back here for a benefit show in the fall. That show is The Open Road Aperture Foundation Benefit Party, which is a tribute to photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank, and happens on October 21 at Terminal 5. In addition to The Kills' short set, there will be music by Alec Soth, Joe Purdy and Billy Bragg (whose tour also hits NYC twice before that). Tickets, starting at $150, are on sale now.

The tour also includes a Halloween show in LA with Queens of the Stone Age (who play the NYC-area this week). The Kills haven't released an album since 2011's Blood Pressures, but they're reportedly working on a followup. Alison's other band The Dead Weather (with Jack White and a QOTSA member) have a new LP on the way too.

All Kills dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "The Kills touring, playing benefit in NYC w/ Billy Bragg, LA on Halloween w/ QOTSA & other dates"

photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

Haim / Brody Dalle / La Luz @ Sasquatch 6/1/2014
2014 Sasquatch Festival - Day 3
2014 Sasquatch Festival - Day 3
2014 Sasquatch Festival - Day 3
2014 Sasquatch Festival - Day 3

Everyone has their own opinions on what makes for a memorable day of Sasquatch. Some believe that it's a chance of a lifetime headliner. Others think that it's a day filled with warm temps and unceasing sunshine.

But what really makes an unforgettable day at the Gorge's perennial Memorial Day festival is a day where no matter the time, there's always a mind-blowing performance to be found. The final day this year was one of those days.

Starting promptly at 1 p.m., the first few hours of the third day were stacked with some of the best female offerings that Sasquatch had provided yet. Seattle's fun loving punk rock outfit Tacocat jammed out to a jaunty set of tunes and kept the audience rapt with a combination of irreverent humor and a hurricane of bubbles that swirled in front of them. They were immediately followed on the Yeti stage by their Hardly Art label mates La Luz who kept it cool and breezy with an engaging display of their modern surf-rock sound.

The bevy of fantastic women performers continued with another epic one-two punch on the main stage starting with bona fide punk rock ass-kicker Brody Dalle. Tune-Yards kept things thumping shortly thereafter and got the crowd moving with her one of a kind, drum-driven world music inflected sound. Dozens of people burst into a legitimate full-tilt run down the gorge as she kicked into her song "Gangsta." - [The News Tribune]

Sasquatch 2014 came to a close on Sunday (6/1) with sets from Haim, Queens of the Stone Age, tUnE-yArDs, Rodriguez, Parquet Courts, Tycho, Kid Kudi, Elbow, John Grant, Waxahatchee, Brody Dalle, La Luz, Lucius, Bob Mould, Major Lazer, comedians like Hannibal Burress and Kate Berlant, and lots more. Pictures from Sasquatch day 3 are in this post.

Check out pictures from day 1 and day 2. More from Sasquatch day 3 below...

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Brody Dalle

Former Distiller Brody Dalle has once again expanded her tour in support of her new solo album, Diploid Love. After her run supporting her husband Josh Homme's band Queens of The Stone Age on their tour -- including a sold out NYC-area show at Capitol Theatre (7/16) -- Brody will headline another NYC show on July 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale today (5/30) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, with a recent video, below...

Continue reading "Brody Dalle playing Bowery Ballroom after tour w/ Queens of the Stone Age (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Brody

Former Distillers singer Brody Dalle releases her first solo album Diploid Love next week (4/29) but you can listen now ahead of its release. It's streaming below (via The Guardian) and also at NPR. As discussed, it features contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman and others. It's not exactly a return to the Distillers or anything, but parts of it are definitely sounding punkier than Spinnerette. Check it out.

Brody also has a number of tour dates coming up, including a Brooklyn show happening on May 14 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Her dates also list her as the opener for the Queens of the Stone Age show at Capitol Theatre (7/16) (whose Josh Homme she is married too), but The Cap's site still lists no opener.

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Brody Dalle streaming solo LP, touring (dates, listen)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2

Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.

...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]

Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.

Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.

One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.

Day 1 pics here. Day 3 pics here. More day 2 pictures, Blake Anderson of Workaholics moshing to Ty Segall included, and videos below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 day 2 pics & videos (Pharrell w/ huge guests, Nas w/ Jay Z, Solange w/ Beyonce, Pixies, QOTSA, Ty Segall, Pet Shop Boys, Future Islands & more)"

QOTSA at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by PSquared)
QOTSA

Stoner rock giants Queens of the Stone Age already had a ton of dates announced for this year, and they've just added four more US dates to happen in July. One of those happens in the NYC-area on July 16 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. It's about a 40 minute train ride from NYC, but worth it if you want to see them somewhere MUCH more intimate than their recent Barclays Center show. Tickets for the Cap show go on sale Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM.

QOTSA also play Coachella this weekend, and if you're not going, you can stream it live.

All dates are listed below...

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Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

Slowdive
Slowdive

One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2014 line-up: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, NMH, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, QOTSA, and more"

Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)
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Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.

Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."

Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.

Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.

Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.

Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.

Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.

Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).

Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.

Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.

The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.

Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...

Continue reading "Daft Punk won 5 Grammys including Record/Album of the Year + other winners/videos: QOTSA/NIN, Beatles, Metallica, more"

QOTSA at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by PSquared)
QOTSA

Announced performers for the upcoming Grammy Awards ceremony already included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Metallica, Daft Punk (with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers), Kendrick Lamar, and more, and since we last spoke there's been even more additions. Billboard recently reported that Beyonce and Jay Z will perform, and SPIN is now saying that the closing performance will feature a collaboration between Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, all of whom appeared in Dave Grohl's Sound City film.

The ceremony takes place Sunday (1/26) in LA and airs on CBS at 8 PM EST.

Hangout

Another of the many festivals Outkast are reuniting for this year is Alabam's Hangout Music Festival, which goes down in Gulf Shores from May 16-18. The rest of the lineup is pretty impressive too, including The Black Keys, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, Chance the Rapper, Andrew WK, Black Lips, Valerie June, Le1f, Diarrhea Planet and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/16) at 10 AM. Full lineup below...

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photos by PSquared Photography

Queens of the Stone Age & the Kills @ Barclays Center
Queens ofo the Stone Age
The Kills

As the house lights dimmed and a giant screen projected a 60-second countdown for fans to anticipate the arrival of Queens, they strolled on stage with instruments and drinks in hand and ripped it from the get-go. Opening with "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire," and then jumping right into "No One Knows," to the first ...Like Clockwork single, "My God is the Sun," they managed to extend each song a bit by jamming and feeding off each other's playing as if they were an improv jazz group that were using roaring guitars and thick bass rather than trumpets and saxophones. "We were in Boston last night," singer Josh Homme told the crowd, which was met with a chorus of boos, "Boston has a lot of rules. This is New York City, you have no rules. You are at a Queens show, you can do whatever you want," he said just before going into "Burn the Witch." It is with that mentality that has gotten Queens the respect they deserve over the years. They are one of the few rock and roll bands, that still know how to be rock stars. They may not be trashing hotel rooms or discussing their womanizing, but they can surely play as hard as they want and encourage their audience to live as hard as they want. [Huffington Post]
Queens of the Stone Age have had a big comeback year with ...Like Clockwork, the long-awaited followup to 2007's Era Vulgaris which reunited many of the musicians who were on the mega-popular Songs for the Deaf and ended up on many Best of 2013 lists, as well as being nominated for a Grammy. Around the time of its release, they played an intimate Brooklyn show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, but over the weekend (12/14) they had their real victory lap when they headlined the Barclays Center. Their friends The Kills opened, and pictures of both bands are in this post.

QOTSA also recently told us their favorite albums of 2013, and in other related news, both QOTSA and The Kills have members in The Dead Weather, who just released a new song.

More pictures from Barclays Center, along with QOTSA's setlist and a couple videos, below...

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Queens of the Stone Age at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
QOTSA

Queens of the Stone Age made a solid comeback this year with ...Like Clockwork, an album which has ended up on many year-end lists, including NME, Rolling Stone, Paste, SPIN, Q, Mojo, Amazon and Rough Trade. We asked them to send a list of their favorite albums of the year. They're a big band, and their list mostly includes other big bands (and big solo artists), but it's also got a certain Jack White-approved compilation, and two relatively smaller artists, Earthless and Kurt Vile, so kudos to those guys for being QOTSA-approved. You can check out the full list below.

As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age will bring their tour to NYC on Saturday (12/14) at Barclays Center with The Kills. Tickets for that show are still available.

QOTSA's best of 2013 list below...

Continue reading "Queens of the Stone Age's Favorite Albums of 2013 (catch them at Barclays Center Saturday)"

NME

UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.

As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...

Continue reading "NME names its Top 50 LPs & tracks of 2013 (guess who's #1?)"

Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Vampy Weeks

The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags  Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...

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Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Phosphorescent

We just got Q, Mojo and SPIN, and now we get another year-end music list for 2013 from Paste. The #1 slot went to Phosphorescent for their album Muchacho. Check out the full list below...

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by Andrew Sacher

SPIN

It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.

Check out their full list below...

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Arctic Monkeys @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Arctic Monkeys

Kind of like MOJO's laddish slightly younger brother who went to college during '90s Britpop, UK monthly Q Magazine has time for new music but still pays attention to older artists as well. Their new issue -- with Robbie Williams on the cover -- doles out its Top 50 Albums of the Year (and other 2013 Q Awards). Topping the list is Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM.

Arctic Monkeys will be back in North America in early 2014, playing NYC at Madison Square Garden on February 8 with Deerhunter. Tickets are still available.

The entire Q Mag Top 50 LP list below...

Continue reading "Q Magazine's "50 LPs of 2013" List; Arctic Monkeys top it"

by Bill Pearis

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Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...

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QOTSA

Another year, another round of band holiday sweaters. This year we can get in the holiday spirit by wrapping ourselves in warm, cozy attire from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Descendents (again), Metallica, and more. Just like Grandma used to make. That's the QOTSA one pictured above, and the other three are pictured below.

As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age (who made Amazon's and Rough Trade's top albums of 2013 lists) will be in NYC for the holiday season when their tour brings them to Barclays Center on December 14 with The Kills. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated tour dates are listed below.

QOTSA's tour includes an Australia/New Zealand run in March with Nine Inch Nails and former Distillers singer Brody Dalle (who's also married to Josh Homme of QOTSA). Brody recently announced details of a new solo album (via Music Week), which will be out in early 2014 via Caroline. The record is set to feature contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman, former Girls (and current Papa) member Darren Weiss, and more. And it's being produced by Alain Johannes, who's worked with QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, and did Brody's Spinnerette album.

All QOTSA dates are listed, along with more sweater pics, below...

Continue reading "Queens of the Stone Age on tour, have holiday sweaters (DFA 1979, Metallica & more, too); Brody Dalle details new solo LP"

by Wyatt Marshall

Deafheaven at 285 Kent in July (more by Lukas Hodge)
Deafheaven

The discerning folks over at Amazon have announced their picks for the best albums, songs and artists of 2013, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City and Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe filled out the top three spots on their best albums list.

A bit more of a surprise was Deafheaven coming in sixteenth overall with Sunbather and landing "Best Hard Rock & Metal" honors in both the artist and album category--Russian Circles won "Best Hard Rock & Metal" song with "1776", stealing the trifecta that was just within Deafheaven's grasp. Sixteenth-best album of the year and best hard rock and metal album of the year on a huge site like Amazon is pretty high profile for Deafheaven, the San Francisco post-black metal band that still road warriors-up for shows at small clubs. But they've been on the big stage before--to be specific, for Apple's keynote announcement for the iPhone 5c, when the cover of Sunbather graced one of the five iPhones on the projection screen behind the presenter.

Check out the top 20 best albums according to Amazon below, compare that to more old school and indie retailer Rough Trade's list, and head over to Amazon to see what else they thought was a cut above...

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Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:

1. John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.

You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.

Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).

A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.

Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.

Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...

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Alex Turner doing an ELVIS IMPERSONATION??? (more by Tim Griffin)
Alex Turner

LA radio station KROQ is doing its annual Almost Acoustic Christmas from December 7-8 at LA's Shrine Auditorium. The lineup for day 1 was just announced, and it includes Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Foals and more. Tickets for day 1 go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon. Full day 1 lineup below.

In related news, Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Vampire Weekend were all among the winners at the 2013 Q Awards. Arctic Monkeys won 'Best Track' for "Do I Wanna Know?" and Foals and Vampire Weekend won for 'Best Live Act' and 'Best Act In The World Today,' respectively.

There was some drama at the ceremony though, as it certainly sounded like Foals took a stab at Arctic Monkeys (via NME). Upon receiving their award, Foals' Yannis Phillippakis said, ""It shows you don't need a backing track, you don't need affectation, you don't need Elvis Presley impersonations." As NME points out, it seems pretty obvious that he was talking about Alex Turner with the Elvis impersonations bit.

Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, and Foals have all played NYC this year. Queens of the Stone Age are about to, when their tour hits Barclays Center (12/14) with The Kills (tickets).

Meanwhile, Vampire Weekend just had to cancel some European dates.

Full KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas day 1 lineup below...

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Neil Young & friends during Lou Reed tribute
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The annual Bridge School Benefit Concert went down over the weekend (10/26 & 10/27) with sets from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and more. On the first day, Neil Young joined Arcade Fire (like he did at the 2011 benefit), this time for a new song that Win said was written in a dream and inspired by Neil, and hence titled, "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song." Neil also joined MMJ for "Harvest Moon." You can check out an 8-hour full-set video of day 1 below (MMJ comes on around 4:50, Arcade Fire around 5:40, QOTSA around 6:40, and CSNY around 7:40).

On the second day, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, MMJ, Jenny Lewis and others performed The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" as a tribute to Lou Reed (who passed away earlier in the day). Tom Waits also performed his first concert in five years, and was joined by Primus' Les Claypool on upright bass. His set, along with the Lou Reed tribute, can be watched below.

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