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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015

Head Wound City, the side project/supergroup of The Blood Brothers' Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, and The Locust's Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian, got back together in 2014 for their second show ever and first in nine years. Now the reunion is continuing with more shows and a full length album in the works, the followup to their only release, 2005's self-titled EP. Via San Diego City Beat:

In a lot of ways the recording of the new album was the exact opposite experience of the first EP. They had time and a budget and, perhaps more importantly, they were different people as well. To hear them tell it, the new material is still hard and visceral, but it's also mature and sonically varied. They're no longer five twenty-somethings just banging away on their respective instruments with abandon. They're five thirty-somethings banging away, but this time with feeling. They also brought in veteran producer Ross Robinson, who produced classics like At the Drive-in's Relationship of Command and The Blood Brothers' ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn.

"He was like a coach. Between takes, he'd talk to us about what we'd been doing and why we were doing it," says Serbian. "He'd just get us pumped up between takes and I've never had anyone do that."

They played a few more West Coast shows in June, and this past weekend they hit the second day of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and an FFF NITES show. We've got pictures of their set at the fest and a video of the night show. More below...

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photo: Karen O at McKittrick Hotel in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Karen O

The new Tomb Raider video game Rise Of The Tomb Raider will be out on November 10 and it features a new song by Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O, "I Shall Rise." She told Rolling Stone that she wanted it to be her version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Watch the video game trailer with a clip of the song and stream the whole thing via Spotify, below.

She also mentioned to Rolling Stone that as she's entering the full time job of motherhood, the YYYs will remain on a bit of a hiatus.

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yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Karen O

Karen wrote on Facebook:

Shortly after we brought him home I held him in my arms and listened to Roberta Flack singing this tune I felt my heart exploding in my chest with a love I couldn't begin to put into words so Roberta's will have to do for now?The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless skies, my love
To the dark and the endless skies
Congrats, Karen!

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Ryan Adams & Norah Jones / Valerie June / Charles Bradley / finale - 9/13/2015
Neil Fest
Neil Fest
Neil Fest
Neil Fest

A gaggle of talented folks came together at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night (9/13) to pay tribute to the music of Neil Young and raise money for the Sweet Relief charity. Backed by the Cabin Down Below band, the first of two nights of NeilFest featured Ryan Adams and Norah Jones singing "Old Man" (Ryan also performed "Cinnamon Girl" and Norah sang "Don't Be Denied"), Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's Body/Head performing "On the Beach," Charles Bradley belting out "Heart of Gold," Valerie June singing "Mellow My Mind" and The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon doing "After the Gold Rush." Fallon also came out with Jakob Dylan, Black Keys' Patrick Carnery and Butch Walker for "Ohio." Other performers included Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner with onetime Virgins singer Donald Cumming, Nicole Atkins (who was joined by rock photographer Danny Clinch), Danny Masterson (yes of That '70s Show), Adam Green, Michelle Branch, and more. Pictures, a few videos and setlist from Night 1 of NeilFest are in this post.

Tonight (9/14) is Night Two of NeilFest with much the same lineup. Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon has been added to tonight's bill and hopefully Sharon Van Etten, who was listed but didn't play Sunday night, will be there too. Kills/Dead Weather singer Alison Mosshart was at Sunday night's show but didn't perform -- maybe she and Jack White (who are in town to be on Colbert's Late Show) will swing by? (But maybe not, if Patrick Carney will be there again.) We shall see. More pics from NeilFest Night 1, below

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Neil Fest

The folks that have brought us Dylan Fest and Petty Fest will be bringing Neil Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young to NYC's Bowery Ballroom on September 13 & 14. As usual for these things, the backing band is The Cabin Down Below Band but the lineup of guests is pretty impressive. Here's the full list of announced performers:

Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt of The Drowners, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller of Guster, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel & David Gibson of Streets Of Laredo
Tickets for Neil Fest go on "friends and family" presale on Thursday (8/27) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (8/28) at noon. Ticket options include a $1500 VIP option that gets you balcony seating for four, complimentary beer and Jamesons all night, a poster and access to a pre-show party. Proceeds go to Sweet Relief On Behalf Of The Jameson Neighborhood Fund.

Related: Norah Jones, who most recently was seen opening for Neil Young as part of her country band Puss N' Boots, will embark on a tour under her own name this fall. That wraps up with a show at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on November 8. Tickets for that go on Norah Jones presale on Friday (8/28) at 10 AM with the general on-sale beginning September 9 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

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Maximum Balloom Let It Grow

TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek has reactivated his Maximum Balloon solo project for a second album due out at some point on his Federal Prism label. (Maximum Balloon's debut came out in 2010.) No details beyond that it's "upcoming," but Sitek has shared a song from it, the dreamy, laid-back "Let it Grow" which features his TVOTR bandmate Tunde Adebimpe and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O on vocals. You can stream it below...

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Laurie Anderson

Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night (4/18) in Cleveland. For Lou Reed's induction, Patti Smith gave out the award, recalling the day Reed died. "The entire city was in mourning. I realized at that moment, that I had forgotten when I was on the subway, that he was not only my friend, he was the friend of New York City."

Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, accepted it and also gave a very moving tribute, where she quoted an old saying, "a person dies three times: the first time when your heart stops; the second time when you're buried or cremated; and the third time when your name is spoken for the last time." You can watch video of both Smith and Anderson's speeches below.

Following his induction, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner did "Vicious" and and then Beck performed "Satellite of Love." Watch video of both performances below.

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Pssy Riot

This song is for Eric and for all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from state terror -- killed, choked, perished because of war and state sponsored violence of all kinds -- for political prisoners and those on the streets fighting for change
Pussy Riot have released a new song/video, "I Can't Breathe," which is partially about Eric Garner who was killed by an NYC policeman last summer. The song was recorded in New York during the Garner protests and features Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt (both of whom were in the Vice party house band Pussy Riot performed with), and downtown legend Richard Hell who contributes spoken word (specifically, Garner's last words) to the end of the song. The video, meanwhile, has Pussy Riot's Masha and Nadya being "buried alive in the Russian riot police uniforms that are worn during the violent clashes of police and the protesters fighting for change in Russia." Watch it below...

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Earlier this week we started to hear rumblings of a super secret, giant Vice party taking place Friday night (tonight, 12/5) somewhere in Brooklyn. Many big names were rumored to be playing. Like the event they just threw in Toronto, it would be to celebrate the now-mega-company's 20 years of existence. Then last night Nick Zinner tweeted the above "Vice Confidential" memo which has the Yeah Yeahs guitarist playing as part of a house band which will be fronted by Karen O and a ton of other exciting guests, if it all comes true. Pussy Riot is even on there, as are a bunch of Vice Records artists, as you can see above.

The show is invite only, but apparently they'll at least be filming it all (for the benefit of those not in attendance, and for those who make it in but partake a bit too much in the open bar), and they gave away a few tickets.

It goes without saying that the timing of this, though surely coincidental, is just a bit unfortunate for everyone since the last time we used "Brooklyn", "Vice" and "party" in the same sentence, was to discuss the final night of Death By Audio less than two weeks ago (Glasslands closes on New Year's Eve).

For what it's worth, I don't think there's any crossover between the Vice lineup and who played the final month at DbA, though Hisham Bharoocha used to be in Lightning Bolt who played DbA's final night.

So, who's on the list?

Karen O w/ Ezra Koenig @ McKittrick Hotel (via Siyu Zheng)
Karen O

Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O kicked off her run of intimate shows (four in NYC included) this past Tuesday (9/9) at McKittrick Hotel's Manderley Bar (pics) (home of Sleep No More), and the following night's (9/10) show saw her joined by three other 2000s NYC indie greats. One was her own YYYs bandmate Nick Zinner (again), who joined for a few songs, who joined for a few songs including "Day By Go" which also included Julian Gross of Liars (who is also her designer) on tambourine. Then, during the encore, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig joined for their Her collaboration, "The Moon Song." Last night (9/11), Daniel Kessler of Interpol was in the audience, as he just tweeted from Interpol's official account.

UPDATE: This post initially said that Julian Casablancas joined Karen, but despite reports elsewhere to the contrary, Karen O's publicist tells us that it was Julian Gross of Liars and not Julian Casablancas, who joined on tambourine that night (and the following night).

Karen's run of shows wraps up tonight (9/12) at Le Poisson Rouge, which like the previous three, is sold out. Will any guests join her at this one too? After the NYC run ends, Karen continues with three nights at LA's Hollywood Forever Cemetery, two London shows and a Berlin show.

Julian Casablancas also has a new album coming out with his band The Voidz, along with a tour that Shabazz Palaces are opening. Ezra appears on the new SBTRKT album which two new songs came out from this week.

photos by P Squared Photography

Karen O
Karen O

Karen O is celebrating the release of her great new (but not actually new) solo record Crush Songs with a series of intimate shows that began last night at Sleep No More venue McKittrick Hotel's Manderly Bar (the venue that previously housed Twilo and Sound Factory). She returns to that venue for the next two nights before playing a single show at Le Poisson Rouge and then heading to LA to play some more. Pictures from the first night, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

The small room was filled with smoke when people entered the partially seated gig around 11pm. Karen was accompanied by an all star band comprising of LA's Moses Sumney (who also performed his own song) and NYC's Holly Miranda. Her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner played on a few of the songs too. Russel Simins (of Blues Explosion), who drummed for Karen and Nick at MoMA, was there on the side playing tambourine for a song. The lo-fi Crush songs sounded great filled out with the additional instruments.

Everyone got a poster as they left. You can see that poster and the setlist among the rest of the pictures, along with a stream of the whole new album, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Karen O

Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O already shared "Rapt" off her upcoming debut solo album, Crush Songs (due next week via Julian Casablancas' label), and now she's unveiled another one, "Day Go By." Like its predecessor, it's rawly-recorded bedroom folk that is a step away from the bigger sounds of recent YYYs albums (the album was also recorded about seven years ago). Listen (via Urban Outfitters) below.

Karen's upcoming shows include four intimate gigs in her hometown of NYC during release week, which are all sold out.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O is releasing her first solo album, Crush Songs, on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records, and she's now announced some intimate shows to celebrate it. She'll begin with a three-night run at NYC's McKittrick Hotel (Sept. 9-11) at the Manderley Bar and a fourth NYC show on 9/12 at Le Poisson Rouge. That's followed by a three-night run in LA, a two-night run in London, and a Berlin show. Tickets for all dates go on sale via Karen's website on Friday (8/15). The US shows go on sale at noon PST/3 PM EDT. All dates are listed below.

Before the tour, Sofar Sounds will host advance listening parties for Crush Songs in 21 cities on August 27, including NYC. "The events will take place at secret locations in homes and apartments where hosts will play the deluxe edition of Crush Songs--featuring O's own words and artwork--for private audiences in each city." Head HERE for a chance to attend. Full list of cities below.

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"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[
NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Karen O

Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O recently announced that she'd release her first solo album, Crush Songs, on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records, and she's now given us the first taste of the record. "Rapt" is under two minutes of bedroom singer/songwriter stuff with no more than her roughly recorded voice and a few guitar chords. Watch the video, directed by her husband Barney Clay with production by her Stop the Virgens collaborator KK Barrett, below.

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The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.

If you wanna start your weekend off early, Thursday (7/3) has a few good options: The Black Lips and Night Birds will play a free show at House of Vans with "special guest" (RSVP is full); You could also go see Au Revoir Simone at MoMa Nights (free with museum entry); and Erasure/Depeche Mode's Vince Clark will be DJing with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller at Bowery Ballroom (tickets)

Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks extravaganza moves back to the East River (where they belong!) so Brooklyn can enjoy them again. Once again, they're also being broadcast on NBC that also features live performances from Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, and Ariana Grande. Here are best spots to see them.

Though it looked like they might not get a permit, Coney Island will be having its own fireworks this year on the Fourth. You could make a day of it, with the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, the beach, take in a Cyclones game, ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, see some freaks, and end the night with fireworks.

There's not a whole lot in the way of shows on the 4th (with Maxwell's closing, so goes The Feelies annual shows), but there are a couple options for those in need. Brooklyn Night Bazaar will have old-timey folk band Spirit Family Reunion, with Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. That's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.

If shaking your hips is more your thing, DJ Danny Tenaglia will give one of Brooklyn's best new dance clubs a tribal taste of the 90s with an extended DJ set going from 10pm to 6am (tickets).

There was supposed to be a rooftop edition of Q-Tip's #OFFLINE party earlier that day at Output, but that has been canceled. In it's place Joey Anderson, GE-OLOGY, and Turtle Bugg will be DJing on the roof from 3 PM - 10 PM. It's free with RSVP bound to be a great place to watch the fireworks.

Speaking of 90s hip hop group musicians turned DJs, Questlove of the Roots has been DJing at Brooklyn Bowl for 5 years now. It's a long weekend, maybe his 11pm set on Thursday (73) is your chance to finally check 'Bowl Train' out. Head back to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (7/5) for food, beer and the World Cup quarter finals followed by some Guns N' Roses tribute bands and, late night, LCD/Juan Maclean cohort Nancy Whang DJing.

You'd never risk being seen in a strip club, so head to the classier wine-themed music venue City Winery after the fireworks on July 4th for a special late WASABASSCO burlesque show starring Amber Ray, BooBess, Doc Wasabassco, Dolly Debutante, Medianoche, Mischief Molly, Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux and more. 10:45 doors, 11 PM show, $20 to get in.

There's also Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" which on the 4th features Puerto Rico's Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta Salsa. And if you can't mambo or otherwise, dance lessons are given before the main event. Tickets are still available.

Another option that includes two shows on the fourth and others throughout the week is Ascetic House's long Independence Day weekend in NYC. It begins with a Destruction Unit show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets). Then on the fourth, D Unit's Jes Aurelius will bring his Marshstepper project to Palisades with a bunch of other experimental musicians, and late that night D Unit hits Silent Barn. The psych punk crew's shows are always intense, but this intimate Silent Barn one should get real wild (and hot). There's multiple other shows over the next few days including D Unit drummer Andrew Flores' Jock Club project at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free late show) and an 8 PM show at Baby's All Right on 7/7 with a band called Lucifers Stoned Disciples who don't appear to be an actual band. Any idea who it might be? (PS, D Unit's new Adult Swim Single is out now and can be streamed below.)

UPDATE: Destruction Unit's July 4 show at Silent Barn also includes Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Cuddle Formation, Arm Candy, Alice and "Mute Benny" who may or may not be a band whose name rhymes with Schmutual Schmenefit. Starts at 2 PM.

Another all-day July 4 option is the big DIY show at The Ho_se with Mitski, Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop. 3 PM start.

If you're looking to get (not too far) away for the Fourth, you can head to Montauk where Philly shoegaze rippers Nothing are among a lineup of bands playing Red Bull Sound Select's 'A Weekend In Montauk.

A closer beach option is Rockaway, where at Rippers you can see Heliotropes, Wild Yaks and Friend Roulette. Bands start at 5:30 PM, it's free and more info here.

Further into the weekend, Union Pool's Saturday afternoon series "Summer Thunder" is a good one this week (7/5) with Widowspeak and Zachary Cale. It's free, outside, with drink specials and the taco truck in the backyard (that actually serves brunch stuff), and a pretty fun way to spend your day. Later that night in UP's performance space it's Long Island punks Iron Chic with Great Thunder and more.

Another Saturday afternoon option is the ever-popular Warm Up series at MoMA PS1. The 7/5 edition features UK garage titan DJ EZ, plus Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets are available now.

For an even artier Saturday, the Knockdown Center is throwing a closing reception for its Anxious Spaces installation, with performances by Dutch E Germ, Bubbles, Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Trabajo, VenessWolfChild, Rul de Nieves, Cloud Becomes Your Head and more. Entrance is $7-15 sliding scale.

For those who like things heavy, Saturday also offers two chances to catch Thou and The Body who are currently tourmates. There's a matinee at ABC No Rio, then a late night show at Palisades (doors at midnight).

And if neither heavy nor arty are your jam (okay maybe a little arty), the great avant-pop band Hundred Waters brings their tour to Glasslands on Saturday with Mas Ysa for their first show here since the release of their new album. You can still get tickets.

Another Saturday option that won't cost you anything is heading to Prospect Park for the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn series which hosts a great, diverse lineup of jazz/hip hop collective The Robert Glasper Experiment who will be joined on stage by veteran rap great Talib Kweli. Percussionist/composer Glenn Kotche and Brooklyn poet Aja Monet open. Doors open at 6, music at 7.

Fourth of July Weekend is also your last chance to check out the Kara Walker exhibit at Domino Sugar Factory.

Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend! Stream that new Destruction Unit song below...

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Karen O at Walter Martin's Joe's Pub show in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Besides being the powerhouse singer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O has been a force in many other ways, composing soundtracks, contributing individual solo songs to others, and badass collaborations to others. Not to mention she's made an opera, launched a side project, and can call both Santigold and Swans collaborators. The list goes on. But one thing she's never done is put out a solo record which will change this year.

Karen's first solo LP is called Crush Songs and will be out on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records. Karen says, "When I was 27 I crushed a lot." (She's 35 now.) "I wasn't sure I'd ever fall in love again." (She did.) "These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours."

No music from Crush Songs yet, but you can check the album artwork below...

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Walter & Karen O / Hamilton Leithauser with the chorus @ Joe's Pub 5/16/2014
Walter Martin
Walter Martin

NPR: So is this just something to entertain parents, or is this - which by the way, I should say is a worthy endeavor in and of itself - or is this intended to start a conversation about music between kids and their parents, adult listeners?

WALTER MARTIN: Well, I think of stuff that will appeal to kids will hopefully be - I like the beat, maybe. But looking back on what I've made, I think it's sort of saying to parents, like, this parenting stuff is really hard and kind of insane. But take a step back as often as you can to remember how fun and hilarious the whole experience can be. - [NPR]

With the Walkmen on "extreme hiatus," keyboardist/bassist and father of two Walter Martin released the family-friendly solo album, We're All Young Together earlier this month. The first proper show around that happened on Friday (5/16) at Joe's Pub. For the all-ages event, Walter had a full band -- including The Walkmen's Matt Barrick, Kat Edmonson and members of French Kicks -- and some very special guests. Walter's cousin and Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser sang as part of the chorus, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner who also played on the album, joined him too.

Walter also played Littlefield on Sunday (5/18) which was slightly less star-studded BUT had free ice cream -- which most kids would probably say was a better deal. Their parents...hard to say. More pictures from Joe's Pub, and an instagram from Littlefield, below...

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Pissed Jeans @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Pissed Jeans

Union Pool's "Summer Thunder" series is returning for another season of Saturday outdoor shows during the warmer months at the Brooklyn venue (484 Union Ave). This year is a co-production with Other Music and things kick off on May 31 with dub DJ crew Blazer Sound System and a live performance from Permanent Love. The initial June lineup has been announced, featuring Pissed Jeans (6/7), Latin soul singer Joe Bataan (6/14), and Liquor Store, Call of the Wild and a TBA "Special Guest Headliner" (6/21).

The June 28 show is with drum-centric combo IIII (Four) featuring Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle / Boredoms), Ryan Sawyer (Lonewolf) and Ben Vida. It's a high-concept piece they'll be performing:

The original piece, which has been performed in New York and at various music venues such as the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia with a range of 4 to up to 40 drummers, was written for 4 lead drummers who each expressed one of the four seasons we experience on the planet through a rhythm; spring, summer, fall and winter. Through each rhythm a multi-dimensional dialogue is created between the other musicians performing. This concept piece morphed into a musical composition which embraces the change seen on our planet as it goes through transitions and seasonal / environmental progression.
All "Summer Thunder" shows are free, start at 2 PM and are 21+. Flyer and initial schedule (we're told some more pretty big name will be announced soon, so stay tuned), below...

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Karen O at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Karen O

As mentioned, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O was nominated for an Oscar for "Moon Song," the song she co-wrote with Spike Jonze for his film Her, which Arcade Fire's Will Butler and Owen Pallett scored (they're nominated too). It's since been announced that Karen will also perform "Moon Song" at the awards ceremony. U2 and Pharrell will perform too. The ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs on Sunday, March 2 at 7 PM on ABC.

In related news, Karen just released another version of "Moon Song" which features a duet with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. You can stream that, along with the original version, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Kirin J. Callinan @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Kirin J Callinan

There's an interesting, last-minute addition to Baby's All Right's schedule tonight (12/11). There's an early show featuring a collaborative performance from Kirin J. Callinan (who wrapped up dates with Cut Copy last month), Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase and Splashh singer Sasha Carlson. The night also features DJ sets from Cara Stricker, Petra Collins and Sandy Kim. No advance tickets, 8:30 PM door. This is all before the late show (11 PM doors) with Chicago rapper ShowYouSuck.

Speaking of Splashh, the UK band (not to be confused with Brooklyn's Splash [one "h"]) were just here for stripped-down shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, as part of Kanine Records' curated weekend (12/6 & 12/7). UK band Splashh released their debut album, Comfort, this year which mixed strong hooks with blown-out production and nasally attitude. If you missed it, you can stream it via Rdio.

Carlson is sticking around NYC for a few more solo shows. He plays Pianos on Friday (12/13) with Bleeding Rainbow, Salt Cathedral, Truest, and Brendan Rivera. Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flyer for it is below. He also plays the Kanine Records holiday party at Glasslands on December 22 with Eternal Summers and Little Big League. Tickets for that show are still available.

Flyer below...

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UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.

As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...

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by Bill Pearis

Lost Animal
Lost Animal

Some of you may remember Jarrod Quarrell from late '00s Australian band, St. Helens. When that band when kaput he started Lost Animal, a mostly solo project where most of the sounds come from his keyboard. Songwriting-wise, Lost Animals' debut, Ex Tropical, is not that far off what Wolf Parade was doing a decade ago -- smoldery, danceable and definitely rock, just with not so much in the way of guitars. You can check out videos for "Lose the Baby" and "Say No to Thugs" below and stream the whole thing via Spotify or Rdio.

Lost Animal are currently in NYC, having played 285 Kent last night with their Hardly Art labelmates Hausu (they played together during CMJ too). They've just added another last-minute show tonight (10/25) at new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right with Fascinator (stream some songs below), Mother Mask, LIFE (-2) (aka YYYs drummer Brian Chase & Lost Animals bassist Shaggs Chamberlain) and a DJ set from Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance. Music starts at 8 PM.

Lost Animal then head to the West Coast for a few shows before going back to Australia. All dates, plus videos and streams, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Barclays Center - 9/19/13
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Like fellow NYC indie rock bands The National have done and Vampire Weekend will do tonight (9/20), Yeah Yeah Yeahs made the jump to arenas last night (9/19), taking on their city's newest one, Barclays Center. They kicked off their set with two songs from this year's Mosquito ("Sacrilege" and "Under the Earth"), accompanied by the Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir. They then proceeded to dive into the rest of their catalog, mixing it up pretty well between all four full lengths (and including "Art Star" from their first EP), and delivered a characteristically lively show with lots of confetti. Pictures and the setlist from the show are in this post (Har Mar Superstar opened, but unfortunately we missed him).

More pictures below...

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