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The above picture comes from Sky Ferreira's new controversial video for "I Blame Myself", which is part music video, part an ad for what she is wearing, and part racist according to some. Sky defends herself in a Facebook letter that you can read under the video below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pazz & Jopp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.

You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.

Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..

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Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As discussed, Dover, Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival is returning this year and has expanded to a four-day festival happening from June 19-22. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been announced and it includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Iron & Wine, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Sky Ferreira, Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, not to mention everyone's favorite festival act Jack Jackson as one of the headliners. Tickets go on sale Monday (1/20) at noon, and VIP passes are already on sale.

Full lineup below...

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John GrantDisclosure

British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?

Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...

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by Andrew Sacher


Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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by Andrew Sacher


I always look forward to FACT's year-end list, which you can count on to be chock full of (but not limited to) forward-thinking electronic music, pop, R&B and rap, and it's one of the lists where I'm usually guaranteed to find something new. They just put out their 50 Best Albums of 2013 list, and it has all of those things, from one of the biggest name pop stars of the year to some of the most obscure stuff. It's also got one of the least obvious #1s I've seen on lists this year.

Check out the whole thing below...

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NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.

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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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Sky Ferreira at Rough Trade last night (11/25) (more by Chris La Putt)
Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira helped celebrate the opening of NYC's new Rough Trade record store and music venue with an in-store yesterday (11/25), which we posted pictures of here. Yesterday she also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to perform "You're Not the One" off her recently-released Night Time, My Time, and you can watch a video of that performance below. She also has since made a video for that album's title track (directed by Grant Slinger), which you can watch at Pitchfork.

As discussed, Sky will be touring with Miley Cyrus and Icona Pop, and that tour hits the NYC-area on April 3 at Izod Center, April 5 at Barclays Center, and April 24 at Nassau Coliseum. Tickets for those shows are still available.

All dates are listed, along with those videos, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Sky Ferreira
Sky Ferreira
Sky Ferreira

The first real concerts at Rough Trade's new NYC location, in partnership with Bowery Presents, will happen this weekend with Television (both sold out), but meanwhile the venue opened tonight (11/25) with a pair of free "in-stores". An "in-store" at the Williamsburg record store that is also a concert venue, is a short and free show. Sky Ferreira, who recently headlined Webster Hall, played five seven songs during her venue-opening in-store set and we have pictures of her and the store in this post.

Danny Brown plays an in-store Tuesday at 5pm. Matthew E. White is Wednesday. Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent play free ones Saturday afternoon (Television is Friday and Saturday night). More pics of Sky and the store below...

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photos by Adela LaConte

Sky Ferreira @ Webster Hall
Sky and Smith
Sky and Smith

Sky Ferreira is currently on a tour with Smith Westerns which hit NYC on Monday (11/11) at Webster Hall. (And then Smith Westerns did their own smaller NYC show last night, 11/14.) Pictures from the Webster Hall show, including openers Gang of Youths, are in this post.

Sky, who also recently took part in the Elliott Smith tribute in Brooklyn and did some dates with Vampire Weekend and How to Dress Well, has been added to her pal Miley Cyrus' massive 2014 tour, along with Icona Pop. That tour comes to Brooklyn on April 5 at Barclays Center, and also hits IZOD Center (4/3) and Nassau Coliseum (4/24). Tickets are currently on presale, and general on-sale begins Saturday (11/16) at 10 AM. "I'm so lucky. I always get to tour with the best people," Sky notes.

Sky is also doing an in-store on opening day (11/25) for Brooklyn's new Rough Trade NYC. Admission is free with a purchase of her new Night Time, My Time: B-Sides Pt. 1 EP (which comes out that day) at Rough Trade on the day of the in-store. Performance starts at 7 PM. EP tracklist below.

All dates are listed, along with more Webster Hall pictures, below...

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Smith Westerns at Webster Hall - 11/11/13 (via James Ryang)
Smith Westerns

Chicago guitar pop band Smith Westerns have been on a tour opening for Sky Ferreira which hit NYC for a show at Webster Hall last night (11/11). The tour picks back up in Boston on Wednesday (11/13), and after that Smith Westerns will swing back around to NYC for a headlining show here at the new Baby's All Right on Thursday (11/14) before hooking back up with Sky in Philly the next day. Tickets for Thursday's show are on sale now.

Check out both Sky Ferreira and Smith Westerns' setlists from last night's Webster Hall show, plus a video of Sky playing "You're Not The One" and the updated list of tour dates, below...

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Cat Power / Sky Ferreira at Elliott Smith tribute (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cat Power
Sky Ferreira

As you may have heard, on the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a tribute show went down at Glasslands in Brooklyn with a number of musicians, including Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), and more. We already posted pictures, the setlist, and a fan video from the show, and now there's professional video of the show, courtesy of The Bomber Jacket (one of the show presenters). They're planning on releasing the audio from the show as well ("hopefully by Christmas"), and all proceeds from that release will benefit the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund.

Meanwhile you can watch those videos below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cat Power / Cole & Sky
Elliot Smith Tribute
Elliot Smith Tribute

[Sadie] Dupuis delivered the night's heaviest alt-rock blast, leading a Nirvana-like performance of "Abused" by dialing up the track's soft-loud-soft dynamics. [Marissa] Nadler offered a mesmerizing lullaby with the gentle strums of "Pitseleh." [Yoni] Wolf played three tracks solo on piano, including "Angeles" and "Say Yes," adding his own spin lyrically and musically, something a "chord guy" like Smith would appreciate, Wolf joked.


Cat Power soon walked onstage and raised a glass from behind the piano -- "cheers to Elliott," she said. She played a solo version of her own tune, the haunting "Names," from 2003's You Are Free, before her band joined for a jazz/R&B-flecked "Between the Bars," which hit with extra punch due to Marshall's own history of alcohol abuse and mental illness.

She handed out knit caps, like those Smith so often wore (Marshall sported a yellow-gold beanie over her bleached blonde hair all night), and closed with From a Basement on the Hill's "Pretty (Ugly Before)." Ferreira joined Marshall onstage, and the two traded verses and invited the crowd to join -- "Fucking sing it if you know it!" shouted Marshall -- on the repeated outro: "I was so ugly before didn't know what to do." The jam-packed audience inside the DIY venue all sang in hushed tones together, in unison. [Rolling Stone]

On the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a number of musicians gathered at Brooklyn venue Glasslands for a tribute show. The night's cast included Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu. Pictures of the show, a partial setlist, and a video of Sky Ferreira joining Cat Power for "Pretty (Ugly Before)" are in this post.

For Cat Power, this show was ahead of her upcoming solo tour which brings her back to NYC for two shows on November 14 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (early and late). The early show is sold out but tickets for the late show are still available.

Sadie Dupuis played this just after her band Speedy Ortiz wrapped up a number of CMJ shows, including our Friday party. Speedy Ortiz returns to NYC tonight (10/23) at The Flat for a Mishka show with J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr). It's an afterparty for the debut of Mishka's new Dinosaur Jr line, which happens at their store (and J will be there doing an in-store signing).

More pictures, the partial setlist and video below...

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"I feel v Drake rn" - Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira might be a pop singer, but she usually pals around with Cole of DIIV and tours with bands like Smith Westerns, Vampire Weekend, and How to Dress Well. But now it looks like she's also hanging with actual pop stars, like Miley Cyrus, who just tweeted a picture of the two hanging out in person (they've already exchanged twitter love) at Miley's album release party yesterday (you can see it below). But they're not just hanging out. It feels like Miley's giving her some career advice too. One aspect of Miley's world-trolling album marketing scheme was getting naked on her album cover (and other places), and now Sky has followed suit.

In a rally of Instagram posts, Sky posted clips of a few songs from her upcoming debut LP, Night Time, My Time (due out 10/29 via Capitol), and has now revealed the album's artwork. Shot by Gaspar Noe, who made squirmy films Enter the Void and Irreversible, and directed videos for Animal Collective and Nick Cave, the edited version (above) is risqué at best, but the unedited version (below) might not be something you want to look at while you're at work.

Sky recently cancelled the rest of her dates with Vampire Weekend, but will soon be kicking off her tour with Smith Westerns that hits NYC on November 11 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. Sooner than that, she'll play the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands (10/21) with Cat Power (who just announced a solo show), Sadie of Speedy Ortiz, Cole of DIIV, Marissa Nadler and more (tickets).

NSFW album artwork and the Sky/Miley pic below...

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Elliott Smith

Like the four Elliott Smith tribute shows that took place in August to honor the songwriting legend in the ten-year anniversary of his death, another will happen in NYC on the actual day of the anniversary, October 21. The tribute show happens at Glasslands and includes some pretty great musicians like Cat Power, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith with Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (of Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning (of Rewards, ex-Chairlift), Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu.

$50 tickets for the show are on sale now, and some of the proceeds will benefit Elliott Smith Memorial Fund. That fund benefits Outside In and Free Arts for Abused Children, and there's also an IndieGogo campaign raising money for Outside In that includes rewards related to the Glasslands show:

* Set lists from the night
* High-quality 12" x 11" concert posters, designed by local artist Allison Specketer
* Live recording of the show (participating bands TBA)
* Goodie Bag (details TBA) from Kill Rock Stars
* High-quality 18" x 24" concert poster, autographed by all the musicians
Check out an Elliott Smith video from 2000 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Sky Ferreira at Barclays Center last week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira is set to release her debut album, Night Time, My Time, on October 29 via Capitol, and she just revealed one of its singles, "You're Not the One." It's total '80s era Cyndi Lauper/Madonna-style pop, and proof that "Everything Is Embarrassing" isn't the only catchy tune Sky's got up her sleeve. Check out the video for the new single, along with the album tracklist, below.

Sky is currently wrapping up her tour with Vampire Weekend (which just hit Barclays Center), and after that she'll head out on another tour with indie pop-rockers Smith Westerns (who also put out a new album this year). That tour hits NYC on November 11 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/25) at noon.

Smith Westerns will have a tour-only 7" on the road with them for that tour, and they just released the 7"'s b-side, "3am Spiritual." You can listen to that, along with the Sky Ferreira video/tracklist, and the list of all tour dates, below...

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photos by Dylan Johnson

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend

On the heels of their excellent third album, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend brought their tour to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Friday (9/20) -- the day after Yeah Yeah Yeahs played the same big venue -- for what was their largest headlining NYC show yet. VW split the set pretty evenly between all three of their albums, playing tons of highlights like "Giving Up the Gun," "Cousins," "Unbelievers," "A-Punk," and many more in their 23-song set, plus a cover of Blur's "Song 2." Opening the show was two pop singers with a Dev "Blood Orange" Hynes association, Solange and Sky Ferreira. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.

The show also streamed live on Sirius XM's Alt Nation, and if you missed it (or want to listen again), it rebroadcasts today (9/23) at 8 PM ET.

More pictures, plus VW's setlist and videos (including one of "Song 2"), below...

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DIIV at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)

Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV and Sky Ferreira were arrested late Friday night in Saugerties, NY after a traffic stop. Smith was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of aggravated unlicensed driving, all of which are misdemeanors. Ferreira was charged with misdemeanors criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. From The Daily Freeman's police blotter (via P4k):

Officers stopped a 1990 Ford pickup truck with New Jersey registration after the driver made several vehicle and traffic infractions, police said. Police said a registration check showed the license plates on the truck were stolen and the driver, Smith, was wanted by the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office on an outstanding vehicle and traffic warrant. While taking Smith into custody, officers found a plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin, police said. Police said Ferreira, a passenger in the truck, was found in possession of Ecstasy and resisted arrest. Smith and Ferreira were arraigned in Saugerties Village Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail -- Smith in lieu of $2,500 bail and Ferreira in lieu of $1,500 bail.
Smith and Ferreira were out in time for DIIV to play Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday, where Ferreira joined the band to cover Cat Power's "Nude as the News" which you can watch a bit of below.

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Virgin FreeFest

The VIrgin Mobile FreeFest is returning for its fifth year on September 21 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. This year's lineup leans pretty heavily on indie/pop crossover with names like MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Washed Out, The Avett Brothers, CHVRCHES, Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira, Robin Thicke, Pretty Lights, Kaskade, and more.

Free tickets go on "sale" August 9 at noon, and a presale (via Twitter and Facebook) begins August 8 at noon. There will also be premium packages which guarantee admission, and include a t-shirt and souvenir cup for free fountain drinks at the festival. Any contributions will go to Washington, DC's transitional home for homeless youth, The Sasha Bruce Re*Generation House, which the festival had been raising money for over the last four years to help have it built.

Speaking of Washed Out, he just announced some other special free events happening in NYC and LA this week.

Full FreeFest lineup and announcement video below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Lil B / Foxygen / Yo La Tengo
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013

After entering with a robed choir behind him, R. Kelly starts stringing together his hits, medley style. A verse, a chorus, and then on to the next. Songs about "getting freaky in the club," the kitchen, the car, wherever. Kelly was the subject of a years-long investigation over child-pornography charges, but was eventually acquitted in 2008. None of that appears to matter to anyone left in the park tonight, as one of the largest crowds in Pitchfork history flocks to check out the dominant R&B performer of the last two decades. The Union Park crowd reaction isn't quite as over-the-top as that of his typical audience, but the dancing continues to escalate until the set peaks with "When a Woman's Fed Up" and the stepping songs "Happy People" and "Step in the Name of Love," accompanied by white balloons. Kelly saves "I Believe I Can Fly" for the encore, and this time white-dove balloons fill the sky. [Chicago Tribune]
Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (7/21) with its most hip hop heavy day, including sets from rappers El-P, Killer Mike, Lil B, and Tree, plus rap producers TNGHT and Evian Christ (who both happen to be Kanye collaborators). And not exactly rap, but in that real there were also sets from MIA and obscure up-and-comer R. Kelly. It wasn't all hip hop though. Sunday also gave us sets from Foxygen (whose singer, Sam France, continued his streak of climbing at festivals), Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, Glass Candy, and more. Pictures of the final day of the festival are in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pictures and review are HERE and more pictures are HERE. Day 3 pictures continue below...

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Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.

3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.

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(via @robotsvsghosts Instagram)

Tickets for the Scout Niblett and Dope Body show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

Sky Ferreira is playing Maxwell's on June 17. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Iggy Azalea sold out her previously mentioned Bowery Ballroom show (6/17), and added another one happening a day earlier (6/16) at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show are on sale now.

Mike Birbiglia's final performance of his one-man-show, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, happens at Carnegie Hall on June 2. Tickets are still available

Wale, who also plays Summer Jam, is playing Best Buy Theater on June 24. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Trail of Dead and Ume show at Maxwell's go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Kisses at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Week of Wonders, Chalk And Numbers, and Pale Lights at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation and Natalia Clavier are playing S.O.B.'s on June 4. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Drowners and Skaters show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.


Looks like we have openers for Vampire Weekend's show at Barclays Center in September. That's a double dose of Dev Hynes associated pop. Tickets are still available.