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Perfect Pussy at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy really do not stop touring. They brought their ongoing tour to NYC for two shows earlier this month, and they already have plans to return THREE more times in the near future. As mentioned in our NYC Record Store Day Guide, they'll play the big FREE RSD in-store at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday (4/19) afternoon with Nothing, Hospitality, Fear of Men, Palehound and more. They're also sticking around Brooklyn that day for a midnight show at Silent Barn with Arm Candy (more info).

As we also mentioned today in our Northside Festival update, Perfect Pussy will return for a TBA Brooklyn show during that festival (6/12-15). Stay tuned for more info on that.

Updated Perfect Pussy dates (including shows with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Potty Mouth) are listed, with a video of them at 285 Kent in 2013, below...

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LCD's final show, MSG 4/2/2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD

Well, they didn't call it The Short Farewell. LCD Soundsystem's The Long Goodbye five-LP live album boxset of the group's final show (MSG, 4/2/2011) is being released on Record Store Day (April 19). And that goodbye is getting longer. As a leadup to that, an exhibit about the show/boxset will take over the exhibition room at Rough Trade NYC from April 7 - May 7. (That's the space that just had the Moog installation.) Here's what visitors can expect:

LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will immerse attendees in the sounds, sights and emotions of the band's historic April 2, 2011 farewell, an epic near 4-hour tour de force hailed by New York magazine as "a marvel of pure craft" and Rolling Stone as a "staggeringly great night." LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will come alive in multiple dimensions via exclusive video, advance pressings of the album's five vinyl LPs laid out on five turntables, and a massive assortment of 4" x 6" prints of images by longtime LCD photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya, many never before been seen--and all available for the taking and replenished weekly.
The exhibit is free and open to the public, 11 AM - 11 PM nightly.

Palehound @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Palehound

Record Store Day 2014 is just a couple weekends away (Saturday, April 19) and even if you aren't one of the ones clamoring for RSD exclusive releases, you can partake in teh festivities via free in-store performances. Rough Trade NYC has announced it's slate of RSD live music performers: Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. Additionally, the day will feature DJ sets by Bella Union's Simon Raymonde, the folks at Daptone Records, Justin Strauss, and Deano Sounds of Cultures of Soul Records. Set times have not been announced but the performances are free to attend.

The Rails, which features Kami Thompson (Richard & Linda Thompson's daughter), plays London's Rough Trade East in the morning and flies to NYC immediately after for her show at the Williamsburg location (shades of Phil Collins at Live Aid there).

Fear of Men play another free show in NYC the night before (4/18) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, with Beverly, Alvvays and Beach Day.

If you are one of those looking for RSD14 exclusive releases, Rough Trade has published their list of what they're getting in the store. On Record Store Day, Rough Trade NYC opens at 9 AM.

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After four months of being closed for renovations and soundproofing (a mere week after they first opened), Rough Trade's music venue finally has the green light to reopen. Tonight (3/21) there's two shows: Rathborne and Streets of Laredo early (tickets), and How to Dress Well late (sold out). Saturday night (3/22) is Elysian Fields, Melvin Van Peebles Menage A Trois, and The Aspiring Me (tickets); and Sunday has Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in conversation with JG Thirlwell, which is free, followed by a book signing.

Other notable upcoming shows: The Allah-Las (3/27, sold out), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (3/28, sold out), and I Break Horses on 4/18 (tickets). Also upcoming is Ben Watt w/ Bernard Butler to which you can still get tickets (Joe's Pub is sold out), but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below.

Full Rough Trade schedule is here. If you're going there, don't forget to check out the big Moog installationGlad to have you back open, guys, and glad to not have to write "Rough Trade cancels/moves more shows" anymore.

Contest details below...

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Dilla

De La Soul recently gave away their entire catalog for free download in celebration of the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, and they'll continue that celebration with more new material, including a mixtape, Smell the D.A.I.S.Y., which will have all beats by the late, great J Dilla. They recently released one of those, "Dilla Plugged In" (which reworks "Plug Tunin'"), which you can listen to below.

Dilla will also be celebrated in NYC with the inaugural "NY Loves Dilla" concert at Marlin Room at Webster Hall on March 23. The show will be headlined by Talib Kweli, and also features sets from Phony PPL and YC the Cynic, with host Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey. TIckets for that show are on sale now.

That's one of three NYC shows the busy Talib Kweli is taking part in that week. He'll also be at a special edition of Soulive's 8-night Bowlive at Brooklyn Bowl on March 20. Also appearing that day is DMC of Run DMC, The Shady Horns and Alan Evans Trio (tickets). Talib then does a free in-store and signing at Rough Trade NYC on March 22.

Stream the De La Soul/Dilla song, with a message from De La on the upcoming material, below...

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Tune-Yards

tUnE-yArDs has announced that she'll release her third album, Nikki Nack, which follow's 2011's excellent w h o k i l l, on May 6 via 4AD. You can preview it with a megamix of clips from the album, below.

She also announced some dates that include a few festivals (Sasquatch, Free Press Summer Fest, NXNE, Firefly and Pitchfork) and a NYC show the day after the album's release at Rough Trade (5/7), a much smaller venue than her 2012 show at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (3/5) at noon, and will probably go pretty fast.

All dates are listed, with the megamix, below...

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Swearin' at Saint Vitus this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Swearin'

Looks like Rough Trade still needs a little more time to get their ducks in order, as two more upcoming shows have now moved to other venues. Swearin's show on March 7 with Even Hand and Certain Spiders will now happen at Music Hall of Williamsburg -- it's now an all-ages show and tickets are still available. Swearin' also play Cake Shop the night before (3/6) with Cassie Ramone (tickets).

The other move is Jungle's show on March 8 which will now happen at Knitting Factory (Wet are opening). While Knit is a bigger capacity venue, it's still being listed as sold-out (as is the Mercury Lounge show on 3/9).

The next show after those on Rough Trade's current schedule is The Damnwells on March 15 and that's sold out and staying put for now.

by Andrew Sacher

St Vincent

St. Vincent is set to release her much-anticipated self-titled album next week (2/25) via Loma Vista, but you can now listen to it in full ahead of its release date. It's streaming below (via The Guardian), or you can listen at NPR. It's got the arty eccentricities we've come to expect from St. Vincent, but it's also some of her most accessible stuff to date. Check it out.

As discussed, her tour hits NYC on February 26 at Terminal 5 (sold out), but two days before that she'll be doing an album signing at Rough Trade NYC (2/24). Head to that store starting at noon Friday (2/21) to get a wristband and then return Monday (2/24) to purchase the album and have it signed. The signing starts at 9 PM and space is limited.

Listen to St. Vincent below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Kelela at MHOW during CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kelela

R&B boundary pusher Kelela just followed her impressive debut album/mixtape CUT 4 ME with a new single, "The High." Like on her mixtape, she eschews typical R&B production in favor of working with producers of the IDM/bass/future garage/etc variety. This one, produced by Gifted & Blessed, is murky, downtempo and hardly melodic, and it serves as an excellent background for the atmospheric crooning Kelela does on the track. Listen to it below.

Kelela plays around NYC a lot, and she'll do so again, as she's just announced two US shows to follow her appearance at SXSW: one in LA and one in NYC happening on April 3 at Rough Trade with "special guests." Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are about to come to NYC to play the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center on Wednesday (2/5) (tickets), and after that frontman Wayne Coyne will be going on a solo tour of record stores. It kicks off at Manhattan's Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 AM, and that's followed by an appearance at Brooklyn's Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day. All dates on the tour are listed below.

For Wayne's solo tour, he'll be selling an "extremely limited edition" of the Flaming Lips first EP, which was initially released in 1984 and at that point featured Wayne's brother Mark on lead vocals. Details via press release on what this edition of the EP will entail:

Wayne will be selling an extremely Limited Edition version of the 12" EP which is housed with a hand-crafted, custom-made solid chocolate skull; anatomically correct and life-sized, of course. Each skull contains a special Gold Coin that is redeemable as admission to any headline show by THE FLAMING LIPS in the world.

The Flaming Lips 1st EP will be available as a limited edition 12-inch on green vinyl and signed by Coyne. The last time this recording was available on vinyl was in 1986. It was originally recorded in two sessions at Benson Sound in 1984 and released on the group's homemade label Lovely Sorts of Death Records. This edition has been remastered by LIPS bassist Michael Ivins and given a reimagined cover by freak artist Charlie Immer.

The Flaming Lips are also performing on The Late Show with David Letterman (which is filmed at the Ed Sullivan Theatre) on Thursday (2/6), celebrating Beatles Week.

Stream a track from the EP, along with all Wayne Coyne solo and Flaming Lips dates, below...

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Outside Rough Trade back in November (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Rough Trade

After being closed since the second week of operations to fix sound / noise issues, Rough Trade's concert venue looked ready to reopen this week with shows from Sylvan Esso on Thursday (1/30) and Eagulls on Friday (1/31). (Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tigre's 1/29 show was cancelled.) Unfortunately it looks like Rough Trade is still not quite ready for prime time.

Friday's Eagulls show has been moved to Baby's All Right. The show is now a late show -- doors at midnight -- and The Teen Age are no longer on the bill, but Slonk Donkerson are still opening. Tickets are still available. UPDATE: It'll just be Eagulls. Mark McGuire of Emeralds plays at 11 PM.

Man Man and Xenia Rubinos on Saturday (2/1) has been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are Still available.

UPDATE: The Total Slacker / Perfect Pussy show on February 12 is now going to be at Baby's All Right. Life Sized Maps and Honduras are also on the bill and tickets appear to be sold-out back on sale.

As for the Sylvan Esso show on Thursday, no word yet but if the two shows after are moving...stay tuned.

UPDATE: The Sylvan Esso show was moved to Baby's All Right.

More updates: The Lanterns on the Lake show on 2/7 was also moved to Baby's All Right, the Mutual Benefit show on 2/8 was moved to Knitting Factory, and the together PANGEA show on 2/14 was also moved to Knitting Factory.

TPOBPAH at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
TPOBPAH

NYC indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been relatively quiet lately, but it's looking like that's about to change. Frontman Kip Berman has been instagramming guitar pedals lately, which hopefully means they're back in the studio, and Pains have also announced what will be their first hometown show in a while, happening on March 28 at Rough Trade NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon.

The band's only other currently announced date is New Orleans festival BUKU Music + Art Project, which happens from March 21-22 and also includes The Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Baauer b2b RL Grime, Danny Brown, Phantogram, Skream, Wavves, Big Freedia, Thundercat, Cashmere Cat, Blood Diamonds and more. Tickets for that festival are on sale now.

There's also been some changes to Pains' lineup. Keyboardist Peggy Wang recently announced that she left the band in order to focus on her job as a writer at Buzzfeed.

TPOBPAH recently released a belated video for "Belong" off their 2011 LP of the same name, which you can watch below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Television
Television

New York punk legends Television celebrated the opening of Brooklyn's new music venue/record store Rough Trade NYC with a two-night stand during the venue's opening weekend of November 29 and 30. Back in November, we posted pictures of night 1, and we've now got a belated set of pictures from night 2 in this post.

Not long after this opening celebration show, the venue sadly had to shut down the show room and cancel December shows due to sound/noise issues. That trend is continuing as they just announced that most January shows have moved to other venues too. Hopefully they get done what they need to do soon. February shows like The Orwells are still scheduled for now. Meanwhile you can still stop by and browse their stock of records and books for sale.

Who knows what the venue will look like when they're finished fixing it so it can reopen, but more pictures of what it looked like on its first weekend can be viewed below...

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Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Rough Trade

Though it looked like the new Rough Trade NYC, which put its shows "on hold for a while," would be back this January, it's unfortunately not ready yet, and almost all January shows have been moved.

Against Me!, The Sidekicks and The Shondes, who would have played this Thursday (1/9), now play at the larger Music Hall of Williamsburg, which also means the previously sold-out show is back on sale.

Connan Mockasin (1/10) was moved to Glasslands, and ARP is opening (sold out). He also plays Mercury Lounge with Mood Rings a day earlier (tickets).

Cloud Control (1/11) was moved to Baby's All Right (tickets).

Cloud Nothings (1/16) was moved to Baby's All Right (sold out).

Francis and the Lights (1/17) was moved to Baby's All Right (sold out).

Saintseneca (1/18) was a free in-store performance and will happen as planned.

Royal Bangs and Bad Suns (1/19) was moved to Baby's All Right (tickets).

It's now looking like things will be back for The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger's show (1/29) (tickets).

Sylvan Esso at Webster Hall in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso, the collaborative duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, were on the road earlier this year supporting Volcano Choir and then supporting another superduo Minor Alps (Julianna Hatfield and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf). Now they've announced a headlining tour for winter 2014. The tour brings them back to NYC for a show at Rough Trade on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with a stream of their "Hey Mami" single and a remix of it by Do Make Say Think's Charles Spearin, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Cloud Nothings

The new Cloud Nothings album is set to drop in 2014, and while we still don't know the title or release date, some exciting news about it has just been announced. You'll get to hear every track on it when the band plays it in full at Brooklyn's new Rough Trade NYC on January 16. From the sounds of the clips in the album trailer, this is something to look forward to, and they're promising old stuff too. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/20) at noon.

In addition to the new album, Cloud Nothings will also be releasing a single as part of Polyvinyl's 7" series which also includes upcoming releases from Mikal Cronin, Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), Into It. Over It., Hospitality, Foxygen side project Diane Coffee, and others.

Album trailer below...

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Saintseneca

As discussed, Saintseneca are heading out on a tour in 2014 that includes SXSW and a stop in NYC on January 18 at Baby's All Right with LVL UP, Broncho and Brass Bed. Tickets for that show are still available. Earlier that day, Saintseneca will also do a free in-store at Rough Trade. Doors for that open at 1:30 PM, and the music starts at 2.

The band also recently made a video for "Visions" off their upcoming LP, Dark Arc (due out 4/1 via ANTI-), and you can watch that, along with the updated list of tour dates, below...

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Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
RTNYC

We just mentioned that Rough Trade's live shows are "on hold for a while" due to sound issues at the venue, and while some (like tonight's Tourist show) are being moved, others, like Andrew Bird (12/6) and DIIV (12/7), The Stepkids (12/9), Lucius (12/10) and Au Revoir Simone (12/17) have unfortunately been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Other updates via Rough Trade's Twitter: Childish Gambino's show on Sunday, 12/8 at 6PM has been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg but you still need to buy a copy of his new CD at the store that day to get a wristband.

Allah Las (12/6), Langhorne Slim / Felice Bros (12/11), and Cults (12/18) have been postponed. Stay tuned for updates on where those shows end up.

Rough Trade's music venue (more by Greg Cristman)
Rough Trade

Last night (12/4), Ida Maria was supposed to play Rough Trade when it got an 11th-hour relocation to Music Hall of Williamsburg. Turns out all shows at Rough Trade for the next month or so are going to get moved as well, due to sound issues with the venue. Here's the Press Release:

Following consultation with local residents and local authorities, Rough Trade and The Bowery Presents have decided it would best to put 'on hold' all live performance events at the Rough Trade NYC store, until further notice. This decision has been made to allow additional sound remediation work to be carried out, during which time scheduled RTNYC live events, where possible, will be transferred to the other local venues. RTNYC
Rough Trade, the store, remains open 9 AM - 11 PM daily.

Tonight's show (12/5) with Tourist, Jim-E Stack, and AIMES will now happen at Baby's All Right. AIMES are no longer playing, but all tickets will be honored. 8 PM doors.

No word on where the rest of Rough Trade's December schedule -- like Friday's Andrew Bird show (12/6) -- will end up, so stay tuned. UPDATE: Andrew Bird, DIIV and other shows have been cancelled.

Against Me

As discussed, Against Me! are finally set to release their new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues -- their first since singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender -- on January 21, and now they've announced that they'll support it with a tour surrounding its release which kicks off in Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve. Opening on the whole tour will be two similarly anthemic bands, The Sidekicks and The Shondes, and that tour hits NYC at Brooklyn's new Rough Trade on January 9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.

All dates, including stops in New Haven and Asbury Park, are listed, along with a stream of "FUCKMYLIFE666" from the upcoming LP, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Marissa Nadler @ Rough Trade - 11/30/13
Marissa Nadler

Right before Phosphorescent's in-store at the new Rough Trade NYC on Saturday (11/30), Marissa Nadler did an in-store of her own. Marissa has a new album, July, coming out this February on her new home of Sacred Bones, and she used the in-store as an opportunity to preview some of those songs live for the first time. She was playing stripped down versions of the songs that she said were really meant to be backed by a band, but they sounded lovely nonetheless. Pictures of her set are in this post.

They continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Phosphorescent @ Rough Trade NYC - 11/30/13
Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent, the indie folk collective fronted by Matthew Houck, has been having an excellent year with Muchacho already ending up on year-end lists. He's got three sold-out full band shows at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg and a not sold-out solo show at that venue coming up, but to preface that, Matthew took Thanksgiving weekend as an opportunity to play a mostly-solo show at Brooklyn's new Rough Trade NYC. It was one of the venue's free in-stores and happened this past Saturday (11/30) with Matthew being joined by a keyboard player for a couple songs and otherwise playing by himself. Pictures of that in-store are in this post.

It was the same day as an in-store from Marissa Nadler and also the second night of Television's 2-night run which we caught night 1 of. If you haven't already, you can read our initial thoughts on the venue.

More pictures below...

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photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis

Television @ Rough Trade, 11/29/2013

"Next time, we're bringing a road crew," Tom Verlaine joked as he fumbled with knotted guitar cord, finally throwing the thing to an audience member to undo while he fiddled with other gear. Even a master of tangled guitar solos needs help sometimes. Once that was straightened out (literally), Television got down to business for their first NYC show in six years years, and first of two at the new Rough Trade.

The sound at the new venue, this being its first ticketed show, was crystal clear (though maybe not loud enough for some), perfect for the guitar interplay Television are known for. I never got to see the original line-up but I thought Richard Lloyd's replacement Jimmy Rip did a fine job on the bands' signature songs "I See No Evil" and "Marquee Moon." I was happy to hear "1880 Or So" from their 1992 comeback album as well, as part of their 80-minute or so set. A new album, their first since then, is promised soon.

Gambles (aka former Levy member Matthew Daniel Siskin) opened the night, playing a Jonathan Richman-y set with just acoustic guitar. Much of that was done on the floor in the middle of the crowd -- including a cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," a pretty ballsy move, whether it was successful or not.

Both Television and Gambles play Rough Trade again tonight (11/30), which is sold out. You can, however, hit RT for a couple free shows today: Marissa Nadler plays at 1 PM and Phosphorescent is on at 3 PM.

Rough Trade, the store, seems to have filled out it's stock a bit since I was there on Monday, and still had quite a bit of Record Store Day Black Friday items. I eyed that Stiff Records 7" boxset but couldn't pull the trigger. I did, however, pick up an import copy of the new book from Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley titled Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop. Their book collection has definitely filled-out and is pretty impressive.

More pics from Television and Gambles below...

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Danny Brown at Rough Trade NYC - 11/26/13 (via Taylor Sprow)
Danny Brown

Danny Brown, fresh off two big shows with Sleigh Bells, did something more intimate yesterday (11/26) at the new Rough Trade NYC, where he played a free in-store. Like the in-store sets are, his set was brief, but included a number of Old standouts like "Smokin & Drinkin," "Dope Song," "Handstand," and "Dip," plus some non-album tracks like the especially great "Molly Ringwald" from the Loosies comp. You can watch a video of his full set below.

Did you check out the show or go to Rough Trade NYC yet in general? Read our initial thoughts on the venue/store, and head there during Thanksgiving Weekend for a number of great events.

Danny Brown's next NYC show is SPIN's Year In Music Event which happens on December 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with a multi-genre lineup that also includes Superchunk and Charli XCX, plus comedian host Hannibal Buress. It's an invite-only show, but we're giving away a few pairs of tickets via Twitter. Details on how to enter the contest are below.

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by Bill Pearis

The counter Rough Trade (w/ Morrissey Autobiography) (more by Chris La Putt)
Moz
Rough Trade

As you may have maybe -- just maybe -- heard, UK indie record store Rough Trade opened its first-ever NYC branch yesterday (11/25). As a record lover and Williamsburg resident, I headed over to N. 9th after work last night to check it out.

The store is big and warehouse-y with plenty of space in between shelves for easy browsing, and a centralized checkout area. (It is still small compared to the late-'90s days of Virgin Megastore and Tower.) There is a mezzanine with magazines and books (like import copies of Morrissey's Autobiography) on one side of the space, and on the other there is the Guardian Green Room which is a "multi-purpose digital lounge" and an exhibition space that currently has a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community. Main Drag music has a little vestibule with cool analogue synths, and a cafe run by Five Leaves will be open soon.

Donald Glover's 'Community' bedroom at RT
Community

The store seems more in "must open" mode than "ready to open," as the record shelves are a little sparse right now. Prices for records are on the high side -- I saw very few less than $18 -- and they don't put records "on sale." But many of their featured items do come with "Rough Trade Exclusives," usually bonus discs which do add value. There are also no used records, which seems an odd choice to me given the way all other record stores in the area operate. Though in that way they're not so much treading on other's turf? They are, however, promising to stock imports, including the entirety of their 101 Albums of 2013... but that has not happened yet. (I was ready to buy the new Suede album, too.) I did buy the Morrissey book, which at $14.99 for an import seemed a bargain. Give it a month, and we'll hopefully see what the store is like.

I showed up too late for Sky Ferreira's live set, but there was a long line of people waiting to get their records/CDs signed. I watched a little bit from the mezzanine, as bf and DIIV frontman Cole Smith showed up to say hi. One fan asked if he would sign Sky's album too. He obliged, writing a note right on the most, uh, exposed area of the LP cover. Pretty funny.

I did, however, stick around to watch Charles Bradley. The performance space at Rough Trade is really nice. Official capacity is 250 but, with a seated balcony it felt bigger than that. There were ping pong tables in the back part of the balcony last night, that I'm told won't be there during ticketed shows (but will be available during the day). Lighting was good and the sound was better. Bradley has a pretty crack band who make any room sound good but I was really impressed with the acoustics. There are lots of small rooms in Williamsburg already, but this is a nice addition to the area.

Charles Bradley sounded fantastic. His years as a James Brown tribute artist have bestowed him with killer stage moves, and the dude just oozes charisma and soul. It was a real treat to see him in such a small room and the whole crowd was grinning the whole time. NYC will have two more chances to see Bradley in January.

Today (11/26) you can catch a free show from Danny Brown which happens at 5 PM. You do need to grab a wristband first which are available at the counter. Wednesday night (11/27, 7 PM) is a free in-store with Matthew E. White. Two shows from NYC legends Television will be Rough Trade's first ticketed shows (both are sold out).

In addition to having his bedroom there, Donald Glover will perform as Childish Gambino at Rough Trade on December 6. You need to buy a copy of his new album Because of the Internet. There will be a record signing following the performance.

Did you check out Rough Trade on opening day? What did you think? Buy anything?

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