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Mother Falcon @ Empire Control Room - 8/22/2015
Mother Falcon @ Empire Control Room - 8/22/2015

Earlier this month, Austin-based indie orchestra Mother Falcon sent out this message:

Just a quick note to let you know that MF's 3rd album, Good Luck Have Fun, will not be released as planned this Friday, August 14. In addition, the album's first single, "Kid", has been pulled. The release parties and concerts scheduled for 8/21 at the ND (w/ RF Shannon and The Quintessential Clarinet Quintet) and 8/22 at Empire Control Room (w/ TAFT and Monté) will become free shows as a gesture of appreciation to the band's hometown of Austin for many years of love and support. Mother Falcon will make a major announcement about the new album and the band's future next week.
That major announcement is that the new album will now be released on October 9 by their new label, Universal Music Classics. Their fourth album, planned for 2016, will also come out via UMC.

What does Mother Falcon's Matt Puckett have to say about all this?

"Good Luck Have Fun explores more deeply the indie-pop as well as the neo-classical sides of our sound. It's new territory for us both sonically and now in our partnership with UMC. We feel the team at the label truly understands both aspects of what we are up to musically and we can't wait to see what comes next."

Elizabeth Sobol, President & CEO of UMC underscores Matt's sentiment: "I've been following Mother Falcon for quite some time now. Their classically-derived instrumentation and exploratory compositions set them apart. No one sounds like Mother Falcon. Their music is truly in line with the artistic vision of Universal Music Classics."

Congrats to the band for all that, and for the packed not-release shows they played over the weekend. We were at the Empire one. Pictures are in this post, and more shows are coming.

After a couple of October gigs in Houston and New Orleans, Mother Falcon will head out on a fall tour with Ben Sollee. That trek hits City Winery in Nashville, World Cafe in Philly, Thalia Hall in Chicago, Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on 10/21, and many other places. All dates are listed with the rest of the photos below...

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Tickets for the James Blake show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly Universal Republic-signed The Weeknd's show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the New Yorker Festival (which features Portlandia Live, Beirut, Vampire Weekend, and others) go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Luyas show at Glasslands are on sale now. Tickets for their Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon.

Tickets for The Hold Steady and Lucero NYE show at Wellmont Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Of Montreal show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the just-added second Silversun Pickups / Cloud Nothings show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the WHY? show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the two Dredg shows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Interpol frontman Paul Banks' show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Australian Sub Pop band Husky's show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cannibal Corpse, Misery Index, and Hour of Penance Rocks Off cruise go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cave show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Dinosaur Jr. "You're Living All Over Me" show with Kurt Vile at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Felice Brothers' NYE show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for My Morning Jacket's three-night run at the Capitol Theater are on sale now. 3-Day passes are also available.


Kreayshawn is set to release her debut album, Somethin 'Bout Kreay, on September 18, instead of August 14 as originally planned, via Columbia and it will feature guest spots from 2 Chainz, Diplo, Sissy Nobby, Kid Cudi, and others. That's the cover art above and you can check out the tracklist below. In support of it she'll be going on the ALL GIRL aka GROUP HUG TOUR with Rye Rye, Honey Cocaine, and Chippy Nonstop. That tour hits NYC on November 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The full list of dates is still TBA.

In related news, Azealia Banks, who dissed Kreayshawn on twitter earlier this year, recently apologized, tweeting, "I apologize for coming down on you so hard earlier this year," and Kreayshawn responded, "It's all G! I fux with you music above all!" Kreayshawn then spoke to MTV about the apology:

"I went to her Mermaid Ball show in LA because a lot of my homegirls were performing," Kreayshawn said. "She ended up hitting me up a couple of weeks after and said, 'I really wanna publicly apologize,' and I [thought that was] really dope."

"I think it's cool because there's so many girls looking up to everyone that all the beef tears our fans apart," the rapper continued. People feel like, 'I have to be this person's fan and hate on this person.' So I think it shows that you can forgive people, you can apologize to people, you can realize you're wrong and it shows camaraderie for all girls. It's for girl power."

Azealia Banks also hinted at collaboration with Kreay, and wants to throw Angel Haze in the mix too.

Angel Haze, like Azealia Banks, got her start in NYC on a Beggars-related label (Azealia on XL, Angel on True Panther), and she recently announced that she has signed to major label, Universal (Island in the UK), making her labelmates with Azealia Banks. As mentioned, Angel Haze's next NYC show happens on August 29 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Azealia Banks' debut LP for Universal, Broke With Expensive Taste, which was supposed to come out this fall, has been pushed back to February, 2013. Check out her recent video for "Van Vogue" off the 1991 EP, which was released in June, below.

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks has also recently made a fan out of Shirley Manson of Garbage (who are reunited with a new album and have been touring all year). In an interview with IFC, Shirley was asked about her opinion on the rise of female rappers:

My favorite out of those is Azealia Banks. The first time I heard "212? I almost died. It felt dangerous and exciting and really fresh and I have a little crush on Kreayshawn, too. But I don't know if those girls are getting time on the radio. It's great that they are getting played via YouTube or Tumblr, but I want them on the radio. Like in the 90s when Missy Elliott was getting played. You know, it's hard out there right now for women with attitude.
Garbage's remaining tour dates, which include some shows with Screaming Females, are over at BV Austin.

Kitty Pryde

Speaking of rappers getting played via YouTube or Tumblr, Kitty Pryde (pictured with Doom above) is on tour and she plays NYC TONIGHT (8/22) at Santos Party House (she hears Andrew WK owns it). Since we last spoke, Lakutis (who also plays as part of a stacked lineup at Glasslands in September) was added to tonight's bill. Tickets for the show are still available.

Also, next week at Santos (8/30) is the next Shortcuts party with Kreayshawn collaborator Riff Raff and Meyhem Lauren (Angel Haze played the last one). Tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of Meyhem Lauren (a man) and rappers signing to major labels (Action Bronson), Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, and Tanya Morgan (a group of men) play a free NYC show this week and we're giving away VIP tickets.

House of Ladosha, who play 285 Kent on Saturday (8/25), also play Santos next month (9/20) with SSION and TEETH (tickets).

LE1F has been added to the upcoming Big Freedia show on a boat. Tickets are still on sale and stay tuned for a ticket contest for this show coming later in another BrooklynVegan post.

Kreayshawn tracklist and Azealia Banks video below...

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The SOPA online piracy bill that helped spark this week's unprecedented Internet protests will be redrafted, its lead sponsor said Friday.

The move came shortly after the Senate postponed a key vote on the companion PIPA bill scheduled for next week and amid calls for consensus before Congress moves forward on any legislation to address the problem of foreign piracy websites.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) had hoped to push his Stop Online Piracy Act through the committee next month. But in the wake of growing opposition triggered by Wednesday's Internet blackout, Smith said the committee "will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution."

"I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said. "It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products."

Smith said his committee "remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation." -[LA Times]

The fight may not be done yet, but it's nice to know that the protests, most notably the blackout, actually had some effect.

In somewhat related news, and as previously mentioned, Anonymous (says that they) attacked a bunch of websites last night in retaliation for Megaupload's shutdown.Good Morning Silicon Valley has an update:

The Department of Justice and FBI sites are back up today after being targeted yesterday by hacker group Anonymous in retaliation for the takedown of Megaupload.com, a file-sharing site the U.S. government says enables online piracy. However, Universal Music Group's site, another target, remains inaccessible this morning. The shutdown of Megaupload Thursday came a day after the Web went dark in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Anonymous vowed yesterday it would go after government and entertainment websites, saying on its YourAnonNews Twitter account: "You cannot censor the internet. You cannot subpoena a hashtag. You cannot arrest an idea. You CAN expect us #OpMegaupload."

The New York Times reports that of the seven people named in the indictment, four have been arrested and three are at large. Those arrested include the founder of Hong Kong-based Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, a 37-year-old man the Telegraph describes as "a millionaire playboy" who has been called Germany's "most notorious hacker."

Still waiting for Hipster Runoff (who has written on the subject) to theorize that Anonymous was actually going after Universal's website in retaliation for Lana Del Rey's SNL performance.

"http://www.justice.gov & universalmusic.com TANGO DOWN! You should have EXPECT US!" - AnonOps


"Anonymous's favorite weapon for these attacks is what's called for a "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attack, which directs a flood of traffic to a website and temporarily crashes it by overwhelming its servers. It doesn't actually involve any hacking or security breaches.

The Anonymous attack came soon after the DOJ announced the indictment of seven individuals connected to Megaupload for allegedly operating an "international organized criminal enterprise responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of copyrighted works."" [CNN]

"Hacktivist" collective Anonymous are retaliating for the closing of Megaupload, claiming responsibility for taking down the websites of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), the US Justice department, Universal Music Group (and a French affiliate) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). All of those sites are currently unreachable, and there are current threats against Senator Chris Dodd's website, Whitehouse.gov, FBI.gov, Vivendi France, and many others.