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A$AP Rocky and friends modeling his Guess line
ASAP ROCKY GUESS JEANS

We are in the midst of New York Fashion Week 2016, the glitziest time of year in the city. In addition to all the fashion shows, there are tons of parties, many of them with a music theme. Kanye West is throwing a big one at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (2/11) which will double as a premiere party for his new album. Tickets are still available.

Most of these NYFW parties, however, are much smaller and invite-only. But that never stops people from trying to scam their way in, though. For example, A$AP Rocky will celebrate his new limited-edition Guess Originals collection with a party at Lower East Side club The Box on Thursday. He'll perform, as will A$AP Twelvyy, Playboi Carti and Cozy Boys. Rocky's Guess Originals collection will be officially be available next week (you can order online now though), and for his line the familiar GUESS logo becomes GUE$$. He talked to The Hollywood Reporter about it:

I actually looked into the archives just to see what was available and after that my main focus was silhouettes and reconfigurations, because I didn't want it to fit exactly like those jeans back then, when they were so big and baggy. I wanted to give kids today knowledge of what Guess meant to Hip Hop and the urban community in the nineties and late eighties. From the drug dealer on the corner with the t-shirt, the rapper Nas saying 'When I get dressed, it's nothing less than Guess' and Tupac in the movie Juice
Elsewhere this Fashion Week...

There's a NYFW tribute to David Bowie happening at Electric Room below Dream Downtown on Friday (2/12). The band is made up of fashion people (Michael H, Andy Hilfiger, etc), but they're promising appearances by drummer Sterling Campbell (B-52's) and Earl Slick and others. Invite only.

Ra Ra Riot will perform at Gramercy Hotel's Rose Bar on Wednesday, February 17. Also invite only but they do play Webster Hall next month.

by Tatiana Tenreyro

photo: Vampire Weekend at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield
Rostam Batmanglij

Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend has released a solo single, "EOS", along with its video. It's a beautiful track about loss, accompanied by a choir that completes it. The video was directed by Rostam and features animation by Jon Race, which is inspired by a 25-second exposure photo taken of desert dunes in India. "EOS" is out now via XL digitally and will be on a 7" in February. Watch the video below.

In related news, Ra Ra Riot (who have worked with Rostam more than once, including on their recent single) announced the openers for their tour. PWR BTTM are opening all dates, and additional support comes from Sun Club on their first leg and And The Kids on the second. As mentioned, the first leg of the tour hits NYC on March 4 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Listen to PWR BTTM's 2015 debut album, Ugly Cherries, and check out their tour dates below...

Continue reading "Rostam releases solo song; PWR BTTM opening for Ra Ra Riot"

photo: L7 at FFF Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
L7

SXSW already announced two rounds of 2016 artists, and today a third round was announced, including L7, Bloc Party, The Cult, Loretta Lynn, Waxahatchee, Frankie Cosmos, D∆WN, Polica, Dilly Dally, Eleanor Friedberger, Protomartyr, Holy Fuck, Ra Ra Riot, Fat White Family, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, All Dogs, Judy Collins & Ari Hest, The Dandy Warhols, Des Ark, Mick Jenkins, Lady Leshurr, Mitski, Supersuckers, Teen Suicide, together PANGEA, Turnover, Younghusband and more.

Full list of additions, below...

Continue reading "SXSW announces third round of 2016 artists"

Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot have announced a tour supporting their upcoming album Need Your Light. The tour kicks off in Albany on March 2 and hits NYC two days later on March 4 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on artist presale now, and the general on-sale begins Friday (12/11) at noon via Ticketweb.

Need Your Light is out February 19 via Barsuk. Stream the lead single "Water" (ft. Rostam of Vampire Weekend), with their list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot announce 2016 tour, Webster Hall included (dates)"

photo: Baio w/ Vampire Weekend at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio (who goes by Baio in his solo project) released his first solo album, The Names, in September via Glassnote. He recently went on tour to promote his album near the release date of the LP, and now announced that he'll be going on another tour in 2016 (following a few more scattered dates this year).

He'll be playing NYC again on February 9 on Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Baio also just released an "expansion pack" featuring remixes of tracks from The Names last week. It's available to purchase online and you can stream it below.

In related news, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend is featured on their old pals Ra Ra Riot's first single,"Water," from their forthcoming album Need Your Light, which is out on February 19 via Barsuk. Rostam wrote the song with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles, along with the title track. Ra Ra Riot just wrapped up a tour that hit NYC's Baby's All Right earlier this month, and they're playing the just-announced Savannah Stopover Festival in March.

Watch the lyric video for "Water," with the streams of the Baio remixes and his tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Baio announces 2016 tour, streaming remix "expansion pack"; Rostam is on the new Ra Ra Riot song (listen)"

Savannah Stopover

Now in its sixth year, The Savannah Stopover will happen March 10-12 at venues all over Savannah, GA. For those who'd like a little of that SXSW flavor but with less insanity, the Stopover provides a more genteel experience. The fest just announced its initial lineup which includes Yuck, Ra Ra Riot, Porches, Alex G, Beverly, Big Ups, Mass Gothic (Noel from Hoorary for Earth's new band), All Dogs, White Reaper and more. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

All artists in 2016 Savannah Stopover's initial lineup are listed below....

Continue reading "Savannah Stopover announces initial 2016 lineup"

photo: Ra Ra Riot in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Ra Ra Riot

The Alexandra Lawn-less Ra Ra Riot haven't released a new album since 2013's Beta Love, but they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in early November.

It kicks off in Philly, ends in Kingston, NY, and hits Brooklyn in between on November 3 at Baby's All Right with local support from PWR BTTM. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot announce November tour (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Blind Mice

New Bedford, MA's Blind Mice count brief Ra Ra Riot drummer Michael Ashley as a member, but you wouldn't guess they have a former member of that band from listening. They make punk-inspired emo with stadium-sized hooks but with a raw, unpolished style that's more fit for basement shows. New single "Nervous" off their upcoming Sunday Songs EP (due 3/17 via Animal Style, pre-order) is a great example of this. Check it out for yourself -- it premieres below.

Continue reading "Blind Mice releasing an EP (listen to a new track)"

3/4 of Otherwhile (via Otherwhile Instagram)
Otherwhile

About three years ago, it was announced that Ra Ra Riot cellist Alexandra Lawn was leaving the band. We haven't heard much from her since, but we now know she's formed a new band called Otherwhile with Elizabeth Palmer (guitar, vocals), Paige Conners (bass, vocals) and Stefan Macarewich of The Gromble (drums, vocals, production). Otherwhile recently finished successfully Kickstarting their debut album which they say has "a definite throwback angle to 70s and 80s pop" and they name Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders as influences. A 13-song tracklist for the album with working titles was posted to their Instagram. Backers are estimated to get their copy in the mail this January.

They've only played a few shows so far, including private gigs for at least two of the backers, but stay tuned for more.

Escape FestEscape Fest

The Escape Music Festival, which recently moved ot Governors Island, is happening this weekend. Tickets are still on sale and we have a couple of VIP passes you can try to win courtesy of doNYC. Enter via the form below...

Continue reading "win a pair of VIP passes to Escape Fest (this weekend on Governors Island w/ Yeasayer, Moby, Girl Talk, Placebo)"

Escape New Location

The two-day Escape Festival happens October 11-12 in NYC but has just moved locations. Originally set for Pier 9 in Brooklyn, it will now take place at Governors Island Beach Club. Other than locations, the line-up remains the same with Placebo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, The Crystal Method, Girl Talk and more. There will be free ferry rides from Lower Manhattan to Governors Island. More info on Escape's site. Tickets are still available.

Escape

As mentioned the two-day Escape Festival is coming to Brooklyn this fall, happening October 11-12 on Pier 9 at Degraw St and Van Brunt St. The final lineup has just been announced and includes Girl Talk, a Moby DJ set, Anoraak, and The Joy Formidable, in addition to previously announced artists Placebo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, The Crystal Method and more. There's also a second stage curated by Barcelona's Elrow party-throwers. Tickets are on sale now and full line-up is listed below...

Continue reading "Escape Festival full lineup announced, additions include Girl Talk, Moby, The Joy Formidable, Anoraak and more"

Escape

Brooklyn's getting a new music festival this year, Escape Music Festival (courtesy of Balearic Entertainment), which happens from October 11-12 on Pier 9 at Degraw St and Van Brunt St. The festival is planning to host "30 dance music & indie/electro rock acts on two stages over two days and nights," and the phase 1 lineup includes Placebo, Yeasayer, The Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, ASTR and others, along with DJ sets from STRFKR and Neon Indian. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Full phase 1 lineup below...

Continue reading "inaugural Escape Music Festival happening in Brooklyn this year (Placebo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, Crystal Method, more)"

Bumbershoot

Like we did at Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, BrooklynVegan will be taking over 2-3 hours of the Soundwave tent each day at Bumbershoot in Seattle this Labor Day Weekend. We'll have a mix of live interviews and performances with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, and a very special 3 hour session on Sunday dedicated to Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary.

The Soundwave tent is #18 on the Bumbershoot map. Check our the full fest schedule HERE, and our current, full Soundwave tent schedule below. See you in Seattle!

Continue reading "Bumbershoot this weekend, look for BrooklynVegan & Barsuk in the Soundwave tent (schedule)"

Ra Ra Riot @ Barclays Center (via @karianneco)
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot just played NYC, opening for the second of The Postal Service's two shows at Barclays Center on Saturday (6/15). The band will be back in the area on Saturday (6/22) , playing a free show at The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Then, after taking most of the summer off, they'll be back in NYC this fall to headline Terminal 5 on October 9. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/19) at noon with the regular on-sale starting Friday (6/21) at noon.

That's RRR only October show announced so far. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot opened for The Postal Service, play The Surf Lodge this weekend and T5 in October (updated dates)"

MusicFestNW

Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2013 lineup announced (Animal Collective, Godspeed, Deerhunter, Shuggie Otis, Ty Segall & more)"

MS MR @ MHOW this month (more by Toby Tennenbaum)
MS MR

Montauk venue Surf Lodge's 2013 free Summer Concert Series has an impressive line-up that kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with Theophilus London and Portugal. The Man, and continues this weekend with MS MR on Saturday (6/1). This year's slate includes Bear Mountain (6/8), Willie Nelson (6/9), Django Django (6/16), Ra Ra Riot (6/22), Phosphorescent (6/30), Blonde Redhead (7/13), Father John Misty solo (7/28), Jamie Lidell (8/3) Autre Ne Veut (8/24), and the previously discussed YACHT show (8/31). Again, the shows are free.

Full Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series line-up below...

Continue reading "Willie Nelson, Django Django, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty & more playing free shows at Montauk's Surf Lodge"

Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.

Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2013 lineup & tix (Death Cab for Cutie, MGMT, Kendrick Lamar, Breeders, Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter & more)"

Ra Ra Riot (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Record Store Day

How was your Record Store Day? Did you get your hands on one of the limited Binary Mind 10-inches? "Binary Mind contains the title track and the unreleased song "All I Fear" plus three demo versions of "Binary Mind," "Wilderness" and "I Shut Off," all from the Beta Love sessions." If you missed it, ypou can stream "All I Fear" below.

Ra Ra Riot and We Were Promised Jetpacks have added a show together at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on June 13, 2013. Tickets are on sale.

For Ra Ra Riot the show is a headlining date in the middle of their tour with the Postal Service who they play with two nights later at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

For We Were Promised Jetpacks the show is so far a one-off in the USA, so I can't help but assume we'll find out about a NYC show very soon, though we know that so far it won't be part of Summerstage.

All currently announced WWPJ dates, and Ra Ra Riot dates and that unreleased song, below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot released a song on RSD (listen), playing NJ with We Were Promised Jetpacks during Postal Service tour"

The Postal Service @ Mondavi Center, Davis, CA last night (via @naseemk)
Postal

It's a big week for The Postal Service, whose 10th anniversary edition of their sole album, Give Up, was released on Tuesday (4/9). On that same day, the band played their first show of their reunion tour in Reno Nevada. You can watch a few videos from that show, as well as last night's performance (4/10) in Davis, CA, below. You can also watch Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello talking about how the Postal Service came to be in a short documentary and stream the reissue via Spotify below.

After their performances at Coachella 2013's two weekends, The Postal Service's tour will eventually hit NYC at Barclays Center on June 14 (sold out) and June 15 (still tickets). It has since been announced that Mates of State will open night 1 and Ra Ra Riot will open night 2. Both bands open other dates on that tour as well. This comes after Ra Ra Riot's run with The Shins.

Updated Ra Ra Riot tour schedule, streams and videos below...

Continue reading "Postal Service now on tour -- watch live video; Mates of State & Ra Ra Riot added as openers (updated dates)"

Ra Ra Riot at MHOW in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ra Ra Riot

As mentioned, The Shins are going on a tour this year which hits NYC on May 26 at Williamsburg Park (tickets go on AmEx/AEG Live presale today [3/28] at 10 AM). Man Man is opening that show, but most of the other dates on the tour are being supported by Ra Ra Riot.

And though you won't be able to see Ra Ra Riot with The Shins in NYC, you can catch them in here TONIGHT (3/28) at Apple Store SoHo, which is totally free. The band will be there from 7 - 9 PM doing a 'Meet the Musicians' session and then playing a short set.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot opening for The Shins, playing Apple Store SoHo tonight (dates)"

A still from 'Mistaken for Strangers'
Mistaken for Strangers

The National, who'll headline the Barclays Center in June, are the subject of a new tour documentary, Mistaken for Strangers, which will make its premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (April 17 - 28). The film was directed by Tom Berninger, whose brother Matt is lead singer of The National. Here's the synopsis:

Adrift in life and fuelled by the desire to create, Tom Berninger accepts his brother's offer to come on The National tour as a roadie and decides to chronicle his experiences with the band. Although Tom starts off with dreams of making a rock documentary (you can watch the portaits he made on each of the band members), a different story emerges as tensions among the band members lead to unforeseen drama. Following the band from Berlin to Paris to Los Angeles to a 2010 Obama rally in Madison, Wisconsin, Mistaken for Strangers is not your typical road documentary.
The film will screen on April 17 and will be followed by a special live performance by The National.

Festival packages go on sale to AmEx cardholders on Monday (3/4), which is one day before the entire slate of films for Tribeca will be announced. Festival passes go on sale to the general public following Monday (3/11). Individual tickets will go on sale 4/9 for AmEx cardholders, 4/14 for downtown residents and 4/15 to the general public.

In related news, The National are co-headlining (with fun.) the Boston Calling Music Festival which goes down in Beantown on May 25 and 26. The fest also includes appearances by The Shins, Of Monsters & Men, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird and more. Tickets to Boston Calling go sale Friday, March 8 and the whole line-up is below.

Continue reading "The National (band & documentary) playing Tribeca Film Fest, headlining Boston Calling Music Festival"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ra Ra Riot @ MHOW, 1/22/2013
Ra Ra Riot
Ra Ra Riot

Congratulations are in order for Ra Ra Riot, who released their latest LP, Beta Love, via Barsuk yesterday (1/22). The release was celebrated at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night with Savoir Adore, the first of two NYC shows.

You could sense a change in the crowds temperament when the band reached back and delivered "Too Too Too Fast", "Can You Tell", "Oh, La", "Ghost Under Rocks", and "Boy." The band took a risk and covered U2′s "Two Hearts Beat As One" and they surprisingly nailed it. You wouldn't normally put Ra Ra Riot and U2 cover band in the same sentence, but trust me, it worked.

To no surprise the grand royal was "Dying Is Fine." It's arguably the bands finest moment to date. It's where the bands energy and the crowds reciprocation connected to form their own super-group. Hearing the song in such a magical moment caused a whole bunch of memories to come flooding back to me that were associated with that song years ago.-[We All Want Someone To Shout For]

Hopefully you got into the sold-out show and if not, then maybe you streamed it on Youtube. If you did neither, you can still catch the archived show streaming below. Ra Ra Riot, who have been without Alexandra Lawn for almost a year now, play NYC again on Friday (1/25) at Webster Hall with Guards (sold out).

More pics and a stream of last night's show are below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Savoir Adore (pics, setlist, video), play Webster Hall this week"

Widowspeak @ Brooklyn Bowl, 1/13/2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Widowspeak

Ex Cops @ Pianos, CMJ 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Ex Cops

today in NYC
* Taarka @ Barbes
* Wildlife @ The Stone
* Them Jeans @ Lillium
* Matt Costa @ City Winery
* Ryan Ferreira @ Sycamore
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Johnny Winter @ B.B. King's
* Ellie Goulding, St. Lucia @ Terminal 5
* Dwight Yoakam @ The Capitol Theatre
* Soundgarden @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Ex Cops, Hunters, Gambles @ Glasslands
* Danielia Cotton, Muasic @ Bowery Electric
* Christopher Owens, Melted Toys @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mrs. Adam Schatz, Half Waif, Yost @ Cake Shop
* Carl Testa, Anne Rhodes, Joe Morris @ The Stone
* Mieka Pauley, Alastair Ottesen @ Pete's Candy Store
* Ra Ra Riot, Savoir Adore @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Jib Kidder, Wanda and Wonder, Creeptone @ The Delancey
* The Dreebs, Guerilla Toss, Tonstartsbandht @ Death By Audio
* The Zen Tricksters, Rob Baraaco, Keith Kenny @ Brooklyn Bowl
* "The Big Story" w/ Malcolm Gladwell and David Goldhill @ Joe's Pub
* The Top, Cardboard, Cassandra Jenkins, Free Time @ Cameo Gallery
* The Weeks, Junior Astronomers, Street Smells @ The Knitting Factroy
* Juan Wauters, The Hairs, Eleanor, Liz Hogg, I'm Turning Into @ Muchmore's
* Widowspeak, Murals, Alex Laliberte (of Vensaire), Prince Rupert's Drops @ Mercury Lounge
* Alec Berlin, Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion, The British and the French @ Pianos (Showroom)
* Nick Francis, Salina Sias, Ana Egge, Freddie Stevenson, Michael Daves @ Rockwood Music Hall

Tonight's sold-out Ra Ra Riot show at Music Hall of Williamsburg will be streamed live via Bowery Presents YouTube page. Tune in at 10 PM.

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Widowspeak, who play a record release party at Mercury Lounge tonight, were interviewed by Bleary Eyed Brooklyn about their new album, Almanac. You can watch that below.

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Arts and Crafts 10

Toronto record label Arts & Crafts, which was co-founded by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and in honor of that, they're presenting the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival in Toronto on June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common. The festival's lineup is made up entirely of Arts & Crafts-affiliated bands, including Broken Social Scene, Feist, Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, Cold Specks, Timber Timbre, Jason Collett, Zeus, The Darceys, Hayden, Gold & Youth, and Still Life Still. For Broken Social Scene, the show is an exclusive return from the hiatus they began after their 2011 tour. Early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/16) at 10 AM EST via the festival's website, and full price tickets go on sale Friday (1/18) at 10 AM via the festival's site, ticketmaster, and Toronto retailers Rotate This and Soundscapes. VIP ticket options are available too. Kids get in for free. The festival flyer is below.

The festival happens two days before Canadian music marathon NXNE and a limited number of NXNE wristbands will also gain admission to the festival. It's nice that this time around, the BSS show won't actually be during NXNE.

In addition to the festival, Arts & Crafts will be celebrating the anniversary in other ways, including releasing the double CD/4xLP boxset, Arts & Crafts // 2003-2012, which includes a collection of hits, rarities, and b-sides from the label; and also releasing Arts & Crafts // X, "an entirely original collection of collaborative recordings by artist pairings from the Arts & Crafts roster, including new compositions and fresh, unexpected interpretations."

The label will also be presenting a photography exhibit with photographer Norman Wong, a fashion collaboration with Canadian designer Jeremy Laing, a short fiction contest inspired by Broken Socal Scene's You Forgot It In People, and a pop-up shop which will be open from late May into mid June and serve as a headquarters for AC10 and Field Trip at a TBA location, plus possibly more stuff to come.

The trailer video and flyer for Field Trip are below...

Continue reading "Arts & Crafts celebrates 10 years with Broken Social Scene / Feist-headlined Field Trip fest, compilations, art exhibits & more "

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