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Klaus Johann Grobe
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Swiss duo Klauss Johann Grobe released their second album, Im Sinne de Zeit near the start of the year via Trouble in Mind and I'm pretty sure there's only been a handful of days since that I haven't listened to it. With only organ, bass and drums (and vocals in Swiss-German), they merge krautrock drive and tropicalia's spirit into one of 2014's grooviest albums. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video, below.

The band, which includes a third member on bass live, just wrapped up a European tour opening for Temples and spent most of the rest of 2014 playing festivals and touring the album. Hopefully, they'll head to North America in 2015, we shall see. KJG have given us their Top 10 LPs of the year, telling us, "These couple of records helped us make all the touring a bit more comfortable in 2014." You can check out their list with commentary, below.

TEEN
TEEN

Brooklyn's TEEN, who released their second album this year, included KJG's Im Sinne der Zeit on their Best LPs of 2014 list, after being wowed by them at the Netherlands' Valkhof Festival this summer. You can check out their whole list of the year's favorites below. TEEN spent most of their 2014 on tour, had all their gear stolen (and launched a successful PledgeMusic campaign to help them keep touring), and are currently on break, though you may have seen singer Teeny Lieberson at this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery.

Both TEEN and Klaus Johann Grobe's lists for Best LPs of 2014, plus song streams, below...

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White Fence @ Glasslands 2013 (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

White Fence, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Juan Wauters @ Baby's All Right
Tim Presley's been cranking out White Fence records all by his lonesome for some time, but for For the Recently Found Innocent, he teamed up with Ty Segall in a real studio to give things a little more oomph. Live, White Fence are another beast entirely, really bringing those '60s-inspired sounds to life. Tonight's show is with Australian psych band King Gizzard who are a good match. Both will be here for CMJ too.

Hollie Cook, Rioux, Brittany Campbell @ Glasslands
Hollie Cook's second album, Twice, is one of 2014's most effortlessly enjoyable albums, blending modern pop smarts with with late-'60s lovers rock reggae and spot-on production by Prince Fatty. Tying it all together: Hollie's honeyed vocals.

JEFF The Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Juiceboxxx @ Santos
While this might not have the quite the appeal of seeing JEFF and Diarrhea Planet at Death by Audio last night, both bands bring a frenzied energy to any venue they play. Plus, unlike DbA, you can still get tickets.

Ramona Lisa, Bing and Ruth, Ian Drennan @ Le Poisson Rouge
Chairlift singer Caroline Polacheck released Arcadia, her solo debut as Ramona Lisa this year, a playful ebullient record that recalls Kate Bush, Goldfrapp and other forward-thinkers. Live she counters the mostly electronic backing with an engaging, theatrical show involving backup dancers, projections, and lots of eyes. This is the last time they're doing this particular show, so if you've been interested, act now.

Iceage, Uniform, Cheena @ Acheron
Iceage's third album has them moving more into punk blues territories that sounds inspired by The Bad Seeds and The Gun Club. Following their Bowery Ballroom show last night, the band's intense live show should be magnified significantly in this smaller venue. Noise duo Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) are not to miss either.

Dave Harrington @ Nublu
With Darkside gone dark perhaps permanently, we're still waiting to see what Dave Harrington has up his sleeve next. Meanwhile catch him DJing tonight.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy show this week features Barry Rothbart, Harris Stanton, Sabrina Jalees, Phil Hanley.

Happy Columbus Day and, to our neighbors to the North, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Ramona Lisa / crowd with beach balls / DJ EZ @ Warm Up - 7/6/14
Ramona Lisa
Todd Edwards
DJ EZ

Among the many things going on in NYC over the July 4 weekend was the continuation of this summer's Warm Up series in MoMA PS1's courtyard. Luckily, Saturday (7/6) was a nice sunny day (unlike the two previous), so it was great timing for this outdoor show which included the NYC debut of UK garage vet DJ EZ, American house vet Todd Edwards, RVNG's Maxmillion Dunbar (who was joined by the Flex Is Kings dancers), Charlift singer Caroline Polachek's solo set Ramona Lisa, and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. The NY Times caught DJ EZ and Todd Edwards and wrote:

Mr. Edwards went first, and stayed resolutely in the present for much of his set, playing songs by young producers like Dosage and NVOY. The best garage has the feeling of being made on toy instruments: sweet and ecstatic, with moist, slippery synths and sugared soul vocals serving as anchor. Mr. Edwards did a commendable job linking the sound of now to yesterday, eventually coolly slipping into older music. He was also a ham, singing along to his own songs, especially "Shall Go" and "Face to Face," his 2001 collaboration with Daft Punk, and taking endless videos of the crowd and himself.

DJ EZ, whose series of "Pure Garage" compilations were the genre's most definitive, took on more of the historical burden in his show-closing appearance, billed as his first D.J. set in New York. He showcased some of garage's biggest pop crossover moments, including "Re-Rewind," by the Artful Dodger and Craig David, and Daniel Bedingfield's "Gotta Get Thru This," as well as songs by M-Dubs and a garage remix of Sisqo's "Thong Song." (Garage remixes of American R&B songs were some of the most inventive of the day.)

...And yes, they both played Disclosure, whose 2013 album "Settle" has become the new movement's standard-bearer, even if it's sometimes a dry tribute to music that is resolutely wet.

After Warm Up, DJ EZ played NYC again at Output. Anyone catch that? Meanwhile, Ramona Lisa's set, which you may call the odd one out on the bill, was quite a spectacle with Caroline and her dancers in matching white outfits in front of the venue's eccentric backdrop. Pictures of the whole day are in this post, though unfortunately none of the inside of the "Hy-Fi" art installation which was closed that day (there's a few shots of it from the outside though).

Warm Up continues this week (7/12) with Mister Saturday Night, a live set from Cibo Matto (who also play Summerstage with Bonobo the next day), Archie Pelago, Gabriel Garzón Montano, and Auntie Flo (tickets). Get ready for that one with the new Mister Saturday Night compilation which you can stream, along with more pics of the last Warm Up and J-Cush's mix for that one, below...

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The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.

If you wanna start your weekend off early, Thursday (7/3) has a few good options: The Black Lips and Night Birds will play a free show at House of Vans with "special guest" (RSVP is full); You could also go see Au Revoir Simone at MoMa Nights (free with museum entry); and Erasure/Depeche Mode's Vince Clark will be DJing with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller at Bowery Ballroom (tickets)

Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks extravaganza moves back to the East River (where they belong!) so Brooklyn can enjoy them again. Once again, they're also being broadcast on NBC that also features live performances from Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, and Ariana Grande. Here are best spots to see them.

Though it looked like they might not get a permit, Coney Island will be having its own fireworks this year on the Fourth. You could make a day of it, with the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, the beach, take in a Cyclones game, ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, see some freaks, and end the night with fireworks.

There's not a whole lot in the way of shows on the 4th (with Maxwell's closing, so goes The Feelies annual shows), but there are a couple options for those in need. Brooklyn Night Bazaar will have old-timey folk band Spirit Family Reunion, with Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. That's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.

If shaking your hips is more your thing, DJ Danny Tenaglia will give one of Brooklyn's best new dance clubs a tribal taste of the 90s with an extended DJ set going from 10pm to 6am (tickets).

There was supposed to be a rooftop edition of Q-Tip's #OFFLINE party earlier that day at Output, but that has been canceled. In it's place Joey Anderson, GE-OLOGY, and Turtle Bugg will be DJing on the roof from 3 PM - 10 PM. It's free with RSVP bound to be a great place to watch the fireworks.

Speaking of 90s hip hop group musicians turned DJs, Questlove of the Roots has been DJing at Brooklyn Bowl for 5 years now. It's a long weekend, maybe his 11pm set on Thursday (73) is your chance to finally check 'Bowl Train' out. Head back to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (7/5) for food, beer and the World Cup quarter finals followed by some Guns N' Roses tribute bands and, late night, LCD/Juan Maclean cohort Nancy Whang DJing.

You'd never risk being seen in a strip club, so head to the classier wine-themed music venue City Winery after the fireworks on July 4th for a special late WASABASSCO burlesque show starring Amber Ray, BooBess, Doc Wasabassco, Dolly Debutante, Medianoche, Mischief Molly, Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux and more. 10:45 doors, 11 PM show, $20 to get in.

There's also Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" which on the 4th features Puerto Rico's Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta Salsa. And if you can't mambo or otherwise, dance lessons are given before the main event. Tickets are still available.

Another option that includes two shows on the fourth and others throughout the week is Ascetic House's long Independence Day weekend in NYC. It begins with a Destruction Unit show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets). Then on the fourth, D Unit's Jes Aurelius will bring his Marshstepper project to Palisades with a bunch of other experimental musicians, and late that night D Unit hits Silent Barn. The psych punk crew's shows are always intense, but this intimate Silent Barn one should get real wild (and hot). There's multiple other shows over the next few days including D Unit drummer Andrew Flores' Jock Club project at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free late show) and an 8 PM show at Baby's All Right on 7/7 with a band called Lucifers Stoned Disciples who don't appear to be an actual band. Any idea who it might be? (PS, D Unit's new Adult Swim Single is out now and can be streamed below.)

UPDATE: Destruction Unit's July 4 show at Silent Barn also includes Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Cuddle Formation, Arm Candy, Alice and "Mute Benny" who may or may not be a band whose name rhymes with Schmutual Schmenefit. Starts at 2 PM.

Another all-day July 4 option is the big DIY show at The Ho_se with Mitski, Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop. 3 PM start.

If you're looking to get (not too far) away for the Fourth, you can head to Montauk where Philly shoegaze rippers Nothing are among a lineup of bands playing Red Bull Sound Select's 'A Weekend In Montauk.

A closer beach option is Rockaway, where at Rippers you can see Heliotropes, Wild Yaks and Friend Roulette. Bands start at 5:30 PM, it's free and more info here.

Further into the weekend, Union Pool's Saturday afternoon series "Summer Thunder" is a good one this week (7/5) with Widowspeak and Zachary Cale. It's free, outside, with drink specials and the taco truck in the backyard (that actually serves brunch stuff), and a pretty fun way to spend your day. Later that night in UP's performance space it's Long Island punks Iron Chic with Great Thunder and more.

Another Saturday afternoon option is the ever-popular Warm Up series at MoMA PS1. The 7/5 edition features UK garage titan DJ EZ, plus Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets are available now.

For an even artier Saturday, the Knockdown Center is throwing a closing reception for its Anxious Spaces installation, with performances by Dutch E Germ, Bubbles, Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Trabajo, VenessWolfChild, Rul de Nieves, Cloud Becomes Your Head and more. Entrance is $7-15 sliding scale.

For those who like things heavy, Saturday also offers two chances to catch Thou and The Body who are currently tourmates. There's a matinee at ABC No Rio, then a late night show at Palisades (doors at midnight).

And if neither heavy nor arty are your jam (okay maybe a little arty), the great avant-pop band Hundred Waters brings their tour to Glasslands on Saturday with Mas Ysa for their first show here since the release of their new album. You can still get tickets.

Another Saturday option that won't cost you anything is heading to Prospect Park for the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn series which hosts a great, diverse lineup of jazz/hip hop collective The Robert Glasper Experiment who will be joined on stage by veteran rap great Talib Kweli. Percussionist/composer Glenn Kotche and Brooklyn poet Aja Monet open. Doors open at 6, music at 7.

Fourth of July Weekend is also your last chance to check out the Kara Walker exhibit at Domino Sugar Factory.

Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend! Stream that new Destruction Unit song below...

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by Ian Chainey

DJ EZ
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DJ EZ, a titan of UK garage, is coming to the US for the first time. In the beginning of July, DJ EZ will swing into the States for four events over three days. This includes the absolutely stacked bill for Long Island City's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on July 5 that includes Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play another NYC show in Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets for the Output show are available now.

UPDATE: The initial announcement for the Warm Up show listed Jam City and Champion, though neither are playing and instead it's Ramona Lisa and Maxmillion Dunbar.

DJ EZ has been spinning for over 20 years and has been closely associated with the UK garage scene, releasing a number of mixes including the popular Pure Garage series. Following his July engagements, DJ EZ will return to the US in August. All of his dates, along with a couple videos of DJ EZ in action, below.

Meanwhile, this year's Warm Up season kicks off this weekend (6/28) with a lineup of A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha du Prince (live), DJ Spoko and Mumdance. A/JUS/TED made the mix for this week's Warm Up, which premiered today over at Pitchfork (one of the series' presenters). You can stream that mix, with the tracklist, below.

MoMA PS1's 'Hy-Fi' (via Gothamist)
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This summer's visual art installation on display in MoMA PS1's courtyard will be "Hy-Fi," the giant towers made from vegetables that we mentioned were coming earlier this year. That's a photo of one above by Katie Sokoler, via Gothamist. Head to their site to see many more, and head to Curbed to see some there too.

In less happy news for Warm Up goers this summer, starting July 25 the G train will terminate at Nassau Ave for 5 weeks. If the G is your usual way of getting to MoMA PS1, you can still take the bus shuttle service running between Nassau and Court Sq or take the 7 to Court Sq or the E to Court Sq/23 St.

List of DJ EZ dates, and all mentioned streams, below...

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Flea

As mentioned, the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns as part of Smorgasburg on Saturday, May 10 from 11 AM - 6 PM. This one is also part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Autre Ne Veut, Caroline Polachek (Chairlift, Ramona Lisa), Tanlines' Jesse Cohen, Optimo and Sandra Electronics to make your crate digging a little more pleasurable. BrooklynVegan is also a proud sponsor.

As in previous editions, the BFRF is a mix of used vendors and independent label booths from the likes of DFA, Captured Tracks, Partisan, Cascine, Warp, Frenchkiss, Famous Class, Minimal Wave (with their now famous MW cupcakes) and more. New vendors for this edition are:

Black Gold
Campers' Rule Records
Chris Carnahan Records
Dais Records
Jammyland
Polyvinyl Record Co.
Rough Trade
RVNG
Self-Titled
The Bunker New York
TPOS Productions
Vin Du Select Qualitite
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There will also be some exclusive items for sale, like an early chance to buy the Sylvan Esso album, otherwise "sold out" 7"s from Famous Class and more. A full list of Brooklyn Flea Record Fair exclusives and full vendor list below.

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Ramona Lisa

Chairlift's Caroline Polachek releases her first solo album as Ramona Lisa next week (4/15) via Terrible Records. That's the cover art above. You can check out the video for current single "Backwards and Upwards" (much more upbeat than "Arcadia") in this post.

Ramona Lisa will play a record release party at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on April 28. No word on the rest of the bill but tickets are on sale now.

"Backwards and Upwards" video (and the one for "Arcadia") below...

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DOWNLOAD: Ramona Lisa - "Arcadia" (MP3)

Ramona Lisa

Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, last seen on stage with Blood Orange, is venturing out on her own under the name Ramona Lisa. She's actually been playing shows under the guise for a year or so, but will have an album out via Terrible on April 15. Polacheck made it her own (mostly in Rome, hence the name) with a laptop, and calls it "a concept album of love songs that are nature allegories" and describes it as 'pastoral electronic music." That description definitely fits the ethereal opening track, "Arcadia," which you can download above or watch the insect-obsessed video (co-directed by Polachek) below.

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Marissa Nadler

Folk singer Marissa Nadler played a couple California dates last week and she's got two more upcoming shows scheduled at the moment, both of which happen in NYC. The first happens at on January 19 at Le Poisson Rouge, where she'll be opening for Elysian Fields, and Ramona Lisa is also on that bill. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Then, on February 6, she'll open for Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, their second of two shows at the Brooklyn venue, the second of which is being opened by Devendra Banhart (who has a new album on the way). Tickets for the Swans/Marissa Nadler show are still available but the show with Devendra is sold out.

Marissa will be announcing a European tour soon. Until then, these two NYC shows are the only upcoming dates we're aware of. You can watch her video for "In Your Lair, Bear" below.

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