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Alden Penner
Alden Penner

As previously discussed, Alden Penner of The Unicorns (who might reunite) is coming to NYC for a show on April 29 at Glasslands, which also features SoftSpot, Vassals and Xander Duell (tickets). He's since added a second NYC show happening a day earlier at The Studio at Webster Hall (4/28). That show also features Vermont duo Pours (whose Christopher Shar was previously a touring member of Man Man and Santigold) and guitarist Nick Millevoi (who has releases on The Flenser, John Zorn's Tzadik Records, and more). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The two NYC shows are Alden's only upcoming dates at the moment. Pours have a couple others, all of which are listed, along with some streams, below...

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MGMT at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
MGMT

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

MGMT, Dinosaur Jr., Kuroma @ Barclays Center
MGMT have gone from indie pop stars to weird psych explorers to even weirder psych explorers, and while their more recent material has tons of value (Congratulations is my personal favorite of their records, for what it's worth), it's definitely the strength of those earlier singles that has allowed them to play a venue as big as Barclays Center. So you can probably count on tons of fans wondering what the hell is going on in between "Time to Pretend" and "Kids." Also, the legendary Dinosaur Jr. opens this show, so if you're going, be sure to show up on time for them.

Factory Floor, Cities Aviv, Yvette @ 285 Kent Avenue
After four years of teasing us with singles and EPs, UK trio Factory Floor finally released their self-titled debut album this year. Like their other work, it's rooted in Detroit techno and acid, but with a stark, post-punk outlook. Live, don't expect an exact representation of the album -- the band rip up their songs live, with live drums and electronics played on the fly. Tonight's show is pretty solid with Cities Aviv and Yvette on the bill too. Sold out, but a few tickets will be available at the door if you get there early.

Run The Jewels, White Mandingos, Phony PPL @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
One of the most flat-out fun and totally raw rap albums of the year was Run The Jewels, the collaborative project of El-P and Killer Mike, both fresh off two killer 2012 solo albums (Killer Mike's was produced by El-P). Their live shows are just as fun, and they comprise material off all three of those albums and more. They just played Webster Hall, so in the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg, this should be a blast.

Mutoid Man, Manalive, Summoner @ Saint Vitus Bar
The the epic Cave In and the insane Converge are both incredible bands, and Mutoid Man puts the singer of the former with the drummer of the latter. Together, they manage to keep some of the epicness, some of the insanity, and they give it a huge dose of party rock for great results. They rip.

!!!, Holy Fuck @ Webster Hall
Now based all over the globe, dancepunk group !!! made their best record in ages with this year's Thr!!!er. They're always fun live, and Canadians Holy Fuck should get the party started right.

Diarrhea Planet, Porches, Designer, No Regret's Coyote @ Barnard College
For Barnard College's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), they've brought in a few rockin' bands, including garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet (whose live show is one to remember), and "bummer pop" Exploding In Sound signees Porches.

Salt Cathedral, Truest, Sasha Carlson, Bleeding Rainbow, Brendan Rivera @ Pianos
Philadelphia band Bleeding Rainbow's Yeah Right was one of the year's most underrated records, a roaring album that mixed punk and shoegaze and big choruses. Also on the bill tonight: Sasha Carlson of UK band Splashh.

NGUZUNGUZU, L-Vis 1990, secret guest @ Glasslands
Nguzunguzu have lent their production to Kelela, Le1f, and others, and they make some pretty cool stuff on their own too. Catch them tonight with Night Slugs label boss L-Vis 1990 and a "secret guest."

Small Black, Twintapes, Brothertiger, Lip Talk @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's musical entertainment is headlined by synthpop band Small Black.

Telepathe, Living Days, Village Psychic, Roxy Cottontail (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Speaking of synthpop, Brooklyn duo Telepathe released "Slow Learner" on Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label earlier this year. Check them out tonight on this diverse bill.

Pizza Underground @ Baby's All Right
When it comes to pizza-themed rock bands, prefer Personal & the Pizzas, but there's no denying the gawker appeal of this Velvet Underground tribute act who change all the lyrics to be about pizza, featuring Home Alone's Macauley Culkin. This show is early (7PM), free and there will be free pizza. Free pizza!

YLT @ Maxwell's in June (more by PSquared Photography)
YLT

Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House
One of the many sad things about Maxwell's closing this year was that Yo La Tengo's annual Hannukah shows would no longer be happening. It's not quite the same but their four sold-out holiday shows at The Bell House will hopefully have some of the same spirit and surprises. This is night one.

Alarms and Controls, Life Size Maps, Poor Lily @ Cake Shop
The Dischord-signed Alarms and Controls includes members of '90s-era Dischord bands Circus Lupus, The Crownhate Ruin, and others, and if you like those bands, the overall '90s Dischord sound, or The Dismemberment Plan, you'll likely dig Alarms and Controls too.

Pompeya, Loveskills, Leverage Models @ Cameo Gallery
If you love Big '80s music like The Associates, Blue Nile, ABC, and (early) Spandau Ballet, you will probably dig the widescreen sounds of Leverage Models who have a firm grasp on that, right down to the saxaphone and syn-toms.

The Dikes of Holland, Stolen Girls, Black Lagoon @ Death By Audio
Tonight's show is headlined by Austin garage punks The Dikes of Holland and you can check out their most recent album, Braindead USA, below.

Peace Arrow, Celestial Shore, Brad Pit, Heaven's Gate, Tonstartsbandht, Softspot, Dada Trash Collage, Baked, Jerry Paper, The Dreebs @ Shea Stadium
There are a lot of quality local bands on this bill, including aggressively dreamy Heaven's Gate and the somewhat mathy Celestial Shore. It's also a birthday party, so be ready to sing at some point.

A John Waters Christmas @ Stage 48
The director and kitsch connoisseur will be sharing "some of his favorite holiday traditions, from his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts to his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus and an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories."

Spires @ The Standard, East Village
Spires will be debuting their new line-up tonight at this early show at East Village branch of The Standard hotel chain. The show is free but you need to RSVP by emailing aohayon@standardhotel.com.

Alt-J @ The Studio at Webster Hall
You had to enter SiriusXM's contest to get into this show, but if you did that you'll get a chance to see this now-pretty-famous band in the intimate Studio at Webster Hall.

The Range, Zeljko McMullen, Michael Beharie, Diamond Terrifier @ Trans-Pecos
IDM producer The Range has picked up some speed this year with his acclaimed Nonfiction LP, and tonight he'll be at Todd P's new Trans Pecos venue (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). Saxman/electronic musician Sam Hillmer's (of Zs) Diamond Terrifier project is worth catching too.

Juelz Santana @ BB King's
Diplomats member Juelz Santana has a pretty notable solo career too, and apparently he's working on his first solo album since 2005. Maybe we'll hear some new songs tonight?

Videology's 10th Anniversary Party
Williamsburg's videostore-turned-bar/screening-room/videstore turns 10 years old today. There's a host of special programming in store, plus BV's Bill Pearis will be DJing starting at 11 PM. There's also half-price drinks all night, but you must RSVP to attend.

Chumped, Broadcaster, American Hellfire Club, Remnants @ Lulu's
The self-titled debut EP from Brooklyn's poppy punks Chumped is one of the best EPs of its kind to come out this year, and they were pretty fun at the BV/EIS party last night. This is their last show of 2013, so if you haven't caught them yet and can't wait til next year, don't miss your chance.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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King Krule at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
King Krule

Phantogram @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
phantogram

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

King Krule @ Webster Hall
Archie Marshall is an old soul trapped in a minor's body, a dichotomy made apparent on his terrific debut album, Six Feet Beneath the Moon, which mixes thoughtful songwriting with modern productions touches. Tonight's sold out.

Ida Maria @ Rough Trade
Norwegian singer-songwriter Ida Maria, once known for her wildcard electric performances, returns for her first NYC shows in some time. Will "Oh My God" still have the same punch?

Foley, The Dirty Nil, Shy Hunters, Tyburn Saints @ Glasslands
Tonight's finally the NYC debut of Canada punk rippers The Dirty Nil, who were supposed to play here in October but had to cancel at the last minute. If you like your punk quick and dirty, check this band out.

Phantogram, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Weeknight @ Terminal 5
While fans wait for Phantogram's new album, they can hear a few new songs -- like "Lights" from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack -- tonight at Terminal 5.

Sean Nicholas Savage, Zula, Regal Degal, Softspot @ Death By Audio
Prolific and a little eccentric, Montreal artist Sean Nicholas Savage mixes genres with abandon, as heard most recently on this year's Other Life, which came out on Arbutus Records (home of Grimes, Doldrums and more).

Dapwell from Das Racist (DJ set), The Kominas, Gandu Cirus, Ashni, Cerenkov, Gabe Merizalde @ Pianos
This is an afterparty for the South Asian Film Festival which is going on in NYC this week. Massachusetts band The Kominas headline, followed by a DJ set from onetime Das Racist member, Dapwell.

GOASTT (Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger), Aaron Roche @ Union Pool
If anyone has a right to ape the psych-pop sounds of The Beatles it's Sean Lennon who does just that with his band Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger who are now just going by the acronym GOASTT.

Elton John @ Madison Square Garden
With close to fifty years of pop/rock songwriting and a new album out this year that at least Rolling Stone likes, Elton John takes over MSG for what will surely be a night of hits.

Nothing Changes w/ Mueran Humanos, Reverso @ Home Sweet Home
South American synth-goths Mueran Humanos headline this week's edition of the popular late-night darkwave party.

O'Death, The Woes @ Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn's O'Death have been kicking for quite a while now, making their dark brand of gothic alt-country.

Occultation, Survival, Yautja, Razorheads @ Acheron
Occultation, the spooky rock/metal band featuring the guitarist of weirdo black metal act Negative Plane, kick off a week-long tour with a BK appearance alongside up-and-coming Nashville grinders Yautja and locals Razorheads and Survival (not the Liturgy side project)." Or something.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features Ali Wong, Andy Haynes, Phoebe Robinson, Chris Tellez, and Joe DeRosa.

Melissa Laveaux, Stranger Cat @ Cameo
Paris-via-Ottawa singer Melissa Laveaux comes to NYC to headline this show, and there's pretty great local support from Cat Martino's new electronic project Stranger Cat.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Bill Pearis

Companion

Pepi Ginsberg has been moving around the Brooklyn music scene for five years or so, having released two albums on Park the Van records and most recently last year's Yes City which was out on Double Cube. She's sidelined her solo work in favor of a new band she's formed, Companion who are definitely more slinky and danceable than her previous work.

Companion will release their self-titled debut on February 5 and we've got the premiere of "Blue Movie" from it. You can stream the track below. Companion also have a couple NYC shows coming up. They'll play Pianos on December 18 (tickets) with SoftSpot and Gem Trails, then in the new year they'll play Cameo on January 10 (tickets) with Sam Buck Rosen and Honeywild.

Tour dates are listed below, along with that song stream and a video of previous single "21st Century Crime."

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Alt-J at Glasslands - 8/7/12
Alt-J

UK band Alt-J played their second of two NYC shows (and first in Brooklyn) last night (8/7) at Glasslands, after having played Mercury Lounge a day earlier (8/6). Both shows were sold out, and like at the Mercury show, most of the crowd knew the words to every song. The setlist was similar to the previous night, playing 12 of the songs on their debut LP, An Awesome Wave (interludes and hidden track included), which comes out in America on September 18 via Canvasback.

Alt-J will return to NYC on their larger North American tour which hits Bowery Ballroom on September 12. Tickets for that show are still available.

Mon Khmer and SoftSpot opened the show. More pictures of all three bands are below...

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