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photo: Mac McCaughan at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
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For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
The bi-annual vinyl extravaganza is back with tables from labels, some of your favorite local record stores, and used vendors. There's also Minimal Wave cupcakes and a host of DJs -- Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum among them -- and tons and tons of records.

Mac McCaughan, Flesh Wounds, And The Kids @ Baby's All Right
Though he ostensibly went solo with his Portastatic albums, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan released his first-ever album under his own name this year. He'll be backed tonight by Flesh Wounds, who will do their own opening set.

Skate & Surf Festival @ Asbury Park Oceanfront
Skate & Surf may have gotten the rep as being a strictly pop punk festival, but it's more diverse than that and this year's lineup is pretty impressive. Among the big names on today's bill are Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys and post-hardcore progsters Thrice (first NYC-area appearance of their reunion), and elsewhere there's influential hardcore greats American Nightmare, art rock shapeshifters mewithoutYou, melodic hardcore bashers Defeater, '90s alt-rock devotees Superheaven, gravelly-voiced punks Iron Chic, Canadian hardcore riffers Cancer Bats, and still more.

Black N' Blue Bowl @ Webster Hall
While Skate & Surf goes down just outside of NYC, a different kind of punk festival goes down right in the heart of the city. Today's lineup includes the Bad Brains/Cro-Mags related band The Regulators, Brooklyn alt-metal/metalcore vets Candiria, NYHC legends Madball, a reunion from '80s NYC hardcore/Oi! band American Eagle, influential chugsters Earth Crisis, new-ish Baltimore (but NYHC-inspired) band Turnstile, and more.

Lightning Bolt, Oneida @ Le Poisson Rouge
Lightning Bolt returned this year with their sixth album, and it has them sounding as chaotic and noisy as ever. They continue to put on the kind of wild live shows that you just have to see to believe, and tonight's sold-out gig is a good bill all around with another regular in the noise/avant-garde scene, Oneida.

Storm Rave w/ Frankie Bones, Adam X, Heather Heart, Lenny Dee, Rob Gee @ Secret Warehouse
Frankie Bones was a key player in the NYC '90s underground dance music scene with his wild Storm Rave parties. He hasn't thrown one in 22 years, but that will change tonight. Joining him is a lineup of other veterans of that same NYC scene. Part of the Red Bull Music Academy, it maintains the old spirit by keeping the locale a secret.

Full of Hell, The Body @ ABC No Rio and Saint Vitus
Wild hardcore kids Full of Hell and sludge/drone metallers The Body are currently on the road together destroying ear drums across America together, and today they roll into NYC for two shows. First they play a 3 PM matinee at ABC No Rio with Radiation Blackbody and Through Thorn and Brier, and then at night they hit Vitus with Water Torture and Mother Brain.

Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Kings Theatre
Folk rock as we know it wouldn't be what it is today without Crosby, Stills & Nash, who continue to inspire new groups and whose classic material still sounds timeless. Tonight's their second of two shows at Brooklyn's newly-reopened Kings Theatre.

Brian Wilson @ State Theatre
The mastermind behind The Beach Boys (and thus, some of the most influential pop music ever) Brian Wilson released a new solo album this year, and he'll be spending some time on the road too. His proper tour (with Rodriguez) comes to the NYC-area for two shows this summer, but first he plays New Brunswick's State Theatre Benefit Gala tonight, just outside of NYC.

Roy Ayers, Rich Medina @ Output (the roof)
Master of good vibes (literally), soul/jazz legend Roy Ayers plays the kickoff of Output's roof series. Rain is in the forecast but let's hope his "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" spirit keeps the clouds away. Doors are at 2 PM and Roy goes on around dusk -- it's free before 5 PM if you RSVP.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Sleepies, Pill, Bambara @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
We were super bummed to hear Brooklyn Night Bazaar lost it's lease and will have to be out by the end of May. But there are still some good times left, so take in the mini golf, ping pong, beer, snacks and music, which tonight includes a pretty awesomely noisy lineup of A Place to Bury Strangers and lots more. A good one.

Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Tredici Bacci, Mega Bog, Eartheater @ Trans-Pecos
This is a daytime BBQ show featuring the debut of Boston's Tredici Bacci, an Italian soundtrack ensemble led by former Guerilla Toss member Simon Hanes.

Nude Beach, OCDPP, Weird Womb, Cold Waste, Young Ruins @ Cake Shop
Help one of our favorite places, Cake Shop, celebrate their 10th anniversary tonight with this "super show" featuring the heartland indie rock of Nude Beach, punk-inspired supergroup OCDPP (Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls, Xray Eyeballs), and more.

The Feelies @ The Bell House
NJ indie rock legends The Feelies don't play that often (or far away from home) so please cherish when you get a chance to see them. They reward with long sets, still-great playing and some unexpected covers.

Psychedelic Furs, Black English @ Wellmont Theatre
It's still okay to dance like Molly Ringwald, especially when seeing Richard and Tim Butler's veteran alt-rock group trot out on the hits. "Love My Way," "Into You Like a Train," and "President Gas" still sound great.

Wild Nothing, Journalism @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jack Tatum is currently finishing up work on the third Wild Nothing album (Nocturne came out in 2012). While no details on that have been announced, they'll be playing new songs tonight at this free show (you had to RSVP which is now closed).

Tennis, Kuroma @ Mercury Lounge
Boat-loving Denver duo Tennis released Ritual In Repeat (produced by Black Keys' Patrick Carney) last year, furthering their transformation from reverby indie types into anthemic pop indie types. If you're going, MGMT-related band Kuroma are worth seeing.

Obnox, Uniform, Ballroom @ WFMU Monty Hall
Lamont "Bim" Thomas just released Know America, his second album this year under the Obnox moniker (Boogalou Reed came out back in January), continuing his hot creative streak. It's a concept album about hijacking a radio station to bring his vision of rock n' roll to the airwaves. His vision is blown-out but very soulful and goes well beyond typical garage rock. There's a lot going on besides just fuzz. Also on the bill: ex-The Men/Drunkdriver noise duo Uniform.

Mike Gent (of The Figgs) and Doug Gillard @ Hi-Fi Bar
Both The Figgs and Doug Gillard probably played 169 Avenue A a bunch of times back when it was Brownies, so it's nice to have them back in a familiar setting at Hi-Fi.

Madam West, Looms, Piers, Whitewash @ Baby's All Right
This is a free afternoon matinee, so stop by Baby's All Right have some brunch, hit the bloody mary bar and enjoy some up-and-coming bands. On the bill: Whitewash, who make make moody, textural rock with some jazzy tendencies.

The Spits, Pampers, CCR Headcleaner, Tournament @ The Wick
Keeping alive the sound of the Ramones, but maybe even sleazier, The Spits roll through NYC tonight to help celebrate the Acheron's fifth anniversary (though the show is at nearby venue The Wick). It's a great bill of punk/garage openers all around too.

The Flex, Red Death, NYC Headhunters @ Acheron
While the Acheron is celebrating its 5th anniversary at The Wick tonight, it's still hosting its own show too, and it's a good one. Furious UK hardcore band The Flex headline, and before them it's the killer crossover thrash/d-beaters Red Death from DC. Locals NYC Headhunters (mem Vanity) open.

Sick Feeling, PC Worship, Psalm Zero, VHVL, James Place DJs @ 'The Maze' at SELECT Art Fair
Ever wanted to see a bunch of bands play inside a giant maze on the roof of the former Dia Center building? Well you're in luck, as the You Are Here Festival does just that. It's part of the SELECT Art Fair, and tonight features punks Sick Feeling and noisemakers PC Worship.

Peelander Z, Tornavox, Bodega Bay @ Knitting Factory
As anyone who's ever seen them knows, Japanese Action Comic Punks Peelander-Z put on an unforgettable live show, and it's a ton of fun.

Broncho, Strange Names, Winstons @ Rough Trade
Broncho bring garage rock and late '70s power pop together into a mix that's very appealing and makes for some pretty enjoyable live shows.

Traxman, The Present @ Elvis Guesthouse
Traxman hails from the same Chicago footwork scene that gave us the late DJ Rashad (who he recently paid tribute to). Tonight he'll keep the dancefloor moving at new Ave A party spot Elvis Guesthouse.

Trance Lords, Ian Isiah, Iceboi, Doss, Will Fry, Imogene, Mr UNO NYC & Ms Norelation, special guests @ Palisades
It's the fourth anniversary of underground NYC dance label UNO, which in that time has given us Arca, Mykki Blanco, Fatima Al Qadiri, and more great artists. Special guests are promised tonight. Who could they be?

Ende Tymes Festival @ Silent Barn
NYC's "festival of noise and abstract liberation" continues tonight with Bastard Noise, Pharmakon, Dead Machines, Hyena Hive, One Dark Eye, R. Jencks, Granpa and many more.

The Roadside Graves, Peter Stampfel & the Ether Frolic Mob, Out Of System Transfer, Folk Y'all @ Kings County Saloon
NJ folk rockers Roadside Graves haven't released an album since 2011's We Can Take Care of Ourselves, but they're still going as a live band. Tonight they play with folk legend Peter Stampfel.

Jay Z @ Terminal 5
This is Jay Z's first of two shows this week at Terminal 5, a very small venue for a guy who's played multiple nights in a row at Barclays Center. And on top of that, he's promising old songs and deep cuts that he doesn't play live often, which is a pretty amazing treat for a guy with twelve albums ranging from good to great, who usually does hits-filled setlists. The only way in was to enter through TIDAL's contest which is now closed.

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PAWS @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Shilpa Ray, D'NT, Triptides, Clapperclaw @ Baby's All Right
An intense performer, Shilpa Ray doesn't let you just idly watch her. Not that you could. She's also likely the most aggressive harmonium player you've ever seen. Her latest EP, It's All Self Fellatio, came out last year on Nick Cave's Bad Seed Ltd. label.

TRAXMAN, Special Guest, Sadaf, DJ Weird Magic @ Baby's All Right
Chicago footwork mastermind Traxman returns to NYC for the late show at Baby's and a special guest is promised. Who could it be?

Little Racer, Teen Commandments, Stargazy, Karla Moheno @ Cameo Gallery
Brooklyn band Little Racer have been at it for a while now, making very catchy, UK-inspired guitar pop. They headline this bill of similarly melodic indie pop bands.

Iceage, Uniform @ Glasslands
Denmark's Iceage like to put on moody punk shows that are mostly in the dark and never overstay their welcome. This is their first of two NYC shows this weekend and opening tonight is the noise-driven duo Uniform, whose lineup includes members of The Men and Drunkdriver.

Mobb Deep, Smif-n-Wessun @ Irving Plaza
Queens hip hop veterans Mobb Deep are celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Infamous this year with a reissue, new material, and a lengthy tour which includes a hometown show tonight.

Banner Pilot, Sad and French, Jukebox Romantics @ Knitting Factory
If you're into modern punk bands doing it like '90s punk bands, Banner Pilot are for you. Their tour hits NYC tonight with pretty solid local support.

Pujol @ Rough Trade
Pujol's new album KLUDGE just came out and it's a fairly hi-fi affair for this Nashville garage rocker -- not slick (greasy maybe) -- with some terrific songs on it. This is a free matinee...

Pujol, Dirty Fences @ Mercury Lounge
...before tonight's Mercury Lounge show

Oneohtrix Point Never, Matmos, Dutch E Germ @ MHOW
OPN has been one of the modern leaders of ambient music as of late, and he's tapped some pretty good support for tonight's show including veteran duo Matmos and ex-Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ.

PAWS, Alex G, The Dirty Nil, and MA @ Shea Stadium
Somewhere between '90s indie rock and classic pop punk lies Glasgow trio PAWS, whose new album Youth Culture Forever provides more of those sugary hits. Also don't miss lo-fi singer/songwriter Alex G and Canadian ragers The Dirty Nil.

Grant Hart, Grooms, Shy Hunters @ Bowery Electric
Grant Hart may be not as popular as his former Husker Du bandmate Bob Mould, but he's still got an active solo career as well, which included the release of last year's very well-received The Argument.

Valley Lodge, OxenFree, Pavell @ Rock Shop
While most people know Dave Hill as a comedian, he's also a musician with the serious chops on guitar. He spent time as part of Cleveland band Cobra Verde and plays tonight with his current band, Valley Lodge.

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Tara Jane O'Neil, Trummors @ Union Pool
As part of TV on the Radio, Tunde Adebimpe is one of the recognizable figures in the '00s Brooklyn band boom. Tonight he plays with his other band, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. Feel free to bug him tonight about why he's abandoned Brooklyn for LA. Also on the bill: former Rodan/Retsin member Tara Jane O'Neil who makes excellent noise folk.

Mister Saturday Night: Justin Carter, Eamon Harkin @ Mister Saturday Night's House (Red Bull Music Academy)
RBMA continues tonight with one of NYC's long-running dance parties, Mister Saturday Night.

Electric Daisy Carnival @ MetLife Stadium
The mostly EDM festival Electric Daisy Carnival may be something you want to avoid, but if you are going, there is some cool stuff to catch today like Kastle, Carl Cox, John Digweed, Art Department and more.

John Digweed, Alex Graham, Art Department, Nicolas Matar @ Output
And whether or not you go to EDC, there's always the afterparties at Output which are taking a pretty old school approach this year. Tonight's has NYC '90s rave/club scene vets John Digweed and Alex Graham, Cielo founder Nicolas Matar, and Canadian duo Art Department.

We hope you're enjoying Memorial Day Weekend. We made a guide of some of the extended holiday goings-on.

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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Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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SUNY Purchase's annual Culture Shock festival returns this year from April 25-26. The day 1 lineup includes Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies, R&B boundary pusher Kelela (who plays NYC this week), footwork wizard Traxman, indie rapper Milo, comedian Neil Hamburger, jazz trio Dawn of Midi, pop shoegazers Field Mouse, the funky Pluto Moons, and the punky Palberta. Montreal beatmaker Kaytranada plays the afterparty.

Day 2 is headlined by Lil B, and also features indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, the eccentric Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, NYC queer rapper Cakes Da Killa, pop/folk punks Modern Baseball, Mass. art punks Guerilla Toss, Wham City Comedy, New Paltz's Breakfast In Fur, Rochester harpist Mikaela Davis and Brooklyn's Hungry March Band. The festival is technically only open to students, alumni, and their guests.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

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Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Speedy Ortiz

Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.

The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.

Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.

Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.

After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.

And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).

Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.

All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...

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LE1F @ the Whitney in April (more by Ryan Muir)
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Wolf Eyes @ Saint Vitus in June (more by Greg Cristman)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Butter The Children, Bent Shapes, Gross Relations, Two Inch Astronaut @ Cake Shop
Tonight is the record release party for Bent Shapes' terrific new album, Feels Weird (which you can stream at P4K or Spotify), but all the bands playing tonight are worth catching: Butter the Children (nu-gaze), Gross Relations (fuzzy, '90ish indie) and Exploding In Sound label's Two Inch Astronaut.

Afro-Punk Festival
Brooklyn's free Afro-Punk Festival returns to Commodore Barry Park today and tomorrow, and today we're getting sets from Saul Williams, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Theophilus London, Jean Grae, and more. Note that tonight's two headlining slots are "???" and "Special Guest." Who will fill those slots?

Wolf Eyes, The Men, PC Worship, TBA @ Pioneer Works
Confrontational Detroit noise crew Wolf Eyes teams with The Men for an interesting pairing at Pioneer works. Though The Men 2013 isn't quite the raging band they were in years past, that doesn't give you an excuse for not wearing earplugs when Wolf Eyes blast you out of the room. Recommended.

Black Kids, Via Audio, French Horn Rebellion (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
Victims of overhype success, lets not forget that what got these Floridians into the mess was some really catchy, likable songs. After a few years out from under the microscope, Black Kids are back and we're hoping for the best. Tickets are still available but know this is a LATE show, doors at 11:30 PM and Black Kids going on at 1 AM.

Caribou (DJ set), Museum of Love (DJ set), Stellar Om Source, Pional, Empress Of, Terreke @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continues today. As usual, the whole lineup is great, but especially of note is John Talabot's vocalist Pional and Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of. It should be interesting to see what Caribou spins too.

Liquor Store, The Abandos, Hot Guts, Hollow Hills @ Shea Stadium
It's almost like two shows in one at Shea tonight: Go early for the gothier sounds of Hollow Hills and Hot Guts; stay late for the mess punk of The Bandos and Liquor Store.

Autre Ne Veut @ The Surf Lodge
We just caught Autre Ne Veut opening for Twin Shadow in Central Park, and tonight the NYC musician will be a little bit out of the area for a show at Montauk's Surf Lodge. But it's totally free so if you're around those parts, this one's not to miss.

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Hunx & His Punx, Hunters, Las Rosas, 2 Pretty @ Death By Audio
Hunx and Hunters on the same bill? This is bound to get a little nutty tonight.

Traxman, Dance System, Jim-E Stack, J-Cush, Durban @ 285 Kent Avenue
Footwork master Traxman is in town from Chicago and will join this great lineup at 285 Kent for a killer dance party tonight.

Pity Sex, Modern Baseball, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die @ The Wood Shop
Pity Sex have transformed from an emo band to a shoegaze band on their new album, Feast of Love, and while last night they played a Brooklyn show with an indie rock-friendly lineup, tonight they return to their roots for a Long Island show with two emo bands: Modern Baseball and The World Is...

Roger Miret & The Disasters, Stigma, The Scrapers @ Knitting Factory
When he's not playing in Agnostic Front, the NYHC legend takes on street punk in his band The Disasters. Catch those guys with another Agnostic Front-related band, Stigma, at Knitting Factory tonight.

Hellbent Hooker, Hymen Holocaust, Trashawk
Metal for scumbags, and that is a complement. The sleazy Hellbent Hooker headlines a show at Union Pool tonight adding support from the charmingly-named Hymen Holocaust and Trashawk. You'll feel dirty just being in the same room with them, awesomely filthy.

If you're looking for a movie to go see, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost wrap up their "Cornetto" trilogy with The World's End which might be the best of the bunch, owing more than a little to John Carpenter and prime-era Jackie Chan. It's also flat-out hilarious and probably the only major studio film to ever have plot points involving Primal Scream and Sisters of Mercy.

Nore Davis, Josh Gondelman & More @ UCBeast
Brendan Eyre, Julia Johns, Nore Davis (MTV) & Josh Gondelman (Modern Seinfeld) tell longer, hilarious stand up bits in It's a Long Story, hosted by Alison Leiby.

Bonnie McFarlane @ The Creek and The Cave
Stand up comic Bonnie McFarlane (Last Comic Standing, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman) has been killing it at Long Island City's The Creek and The Cave, and tonight's her last performance. Come out to support McFarlane and watch her disprove the title of her newest film, Women Aren't Funny. As if all of those reasons weren't enough - it's FREE.

Brooklyn Comedy Festival @ The Gutter
There's a lot of good stuff happening at the first ever Brooklyn Comedy Festival tonight, including a writer's panel with Emmy Blotnick (Bestweekever.tv, Nikki & Sara), and stand up from some of New York's strongest comedians - Nick Turner (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Mike Lawrence (Conan), Nimesh Patel (NYC Broken Comedy), Luke Cunningham (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)and more. Eight bucks covers the whole night.

For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar. And for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Animal Collective @ T5, 12/4/2012
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Animal Collective wrapped up a two-night run at Terminal 5 last night (12/5). You've already seen the setlist from the first night and you can check out the setlist from night 2 at the bottom of this post. It's slightly different than night 1, exchanging "Rosie Oh," "Honeycomb," "Pulleys," and "Cobwebs" for "Crimson," "Mercury Man," "Father Time," and "Also Frightened." Are you upset that you went to night 1 and not night 2? Or vice versa? Or are you just bummed/happy you stayed home?

Traxman opened night 1 and pictures from that show are in this post. Highlife opened the second night.

More pics from Tuesday and the setlist Wednesday are below.

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Animal Collective at Terminal 5 - 12/4/12 (via Ryan Bakker)
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Animal Collective played their first of two Terminal 5 shows last night (12/4) (rescheduled from their one Williamsburg Park show). They focused their set on playing most of 2012's Centipede Hz, but also included two tracks off Merriweather Post Pavillion, and a few others. You can check out the full setlist from last night below.

Traxman opened last night's show, and AnCo will do it again at T5 tonight (12/5) with Highlife opening. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

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by Andrew Sacher

SPIN top 50 2012

SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.

The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Traxman

After So So Glos, Lost Boy, Life Size Maps, and Big Ups play 285 Kent tonight (5/25), an entirely different show will go down at the venue. Weird Terrain is throwing a dance party which will kick off at midnight and reign until the wee hours of the morn. The party's being headlined by Traxman (aka Cornelius Ferguson), who's pretty much running the game of footwork right now and has been a mainstay in the Chicago dance scene since the 90s. He recently released a great new full length, Da Mind of Traxman, on Planet Mu and you can stream the track, "1988" from that release below.

Tonight's lineup also includes Howse (aka Nathaniel Oak), one of the newest members of the small, but always impressive Tri Angle Records family. Like labelmates Balam Acab, Clams Casino, and oOoOO, Howse's beats emerge from dark, otherworldy swamps, rarely feeling like they've ever seen the light of day. And he'll be a great fit with Traxman tonight too -- underneath those swampy layers, he's blasting minimal footwork patterns that no doubt are inspired by the scene Traxman has long been part of. Tri Angle will issue Howse's most recent EP, Lay Hallow, on May 28. Listen to the track, "VBS" below.

Also on tonight's bill is 100% Silk artist Octo Octa (aka Michael Morrison), who dropped a collaborative 12" with La Vampires (aka Amanda Brown) last week. The collaboration is some of the strongest material I've heard from either artist. See for yourself by checking out the video for "Freedom 2K" and stream another track from the collab, "Wherever, Boy" below.

Joining Traxman, Howse, and Octo Octa tonight will be Naka Naka (who's in town from Mexico), The Range, and Rezzie (Weird Magic). Check out more info at the facebook event. Flier below.

You can keep the party going at 285 Kent on Saturday (5/26) too when Lazer Sword (who are on Modeselektor's Monkeytown label) come through on their North American tour which kicks off tonight in Charlotte, NC. Tomorrow's show is with Night Slugs producers MORRI$ and Helix, along with resident Fade to Mind, Weird Magic, and S!CK DJs. Tickets are available. The tour is in support of Lazer Sword's new album, Memory, out now on Monkeytown. Stream the track, "Missed a Spot," from that release below.

Another dance option for tonight (5/25) is the Turbotax party at Santos Party House, which is billed as 'Fade to Mind vs Night Slugs." It's part of a North American tour that Bok Bok (Night Slugs) is on, and tonight he'll by joined by Rizzla (Fade to Mind) and Kingdom (who has releases on Night Slugs and runs Fade to Mind), along with Turbotax regular Rem Koolhaus. Check out a recent Night Slugs mix Bok Bok made, which features material from Night Slugs labelmates Girl Unit and Jam City, here. A list of all Bok Bok dates, his tour flier, and the flier for tonight's show are below.

Speaking of Night Slugs, both Jam City and Girl Unit have new releases out on the label this month. Stream clips of Girl Unit's Club Rez EP below and stream a genesis mix for Jam City's Classical Curves LP (his debut full length) here. Jam City is currently supporting that release on tour and will come to NYC for a turbotax party on July 27. A list of all Jam City dates and the tour flier are below.

One last related bit, LA duo Nguzunguzu, who have released material on Kingdom's Fade to Mind label, have a new EP coming called Warm Pulse. It will be out July 3 digitally and August 14 physically via Hippos in Tanks. The cover art is below.

A list of all dates, streams, video and fliers below...

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