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Samantha Urbani shared new solo single, playing free show at Baby’s before Warm Up

Samantha Urbani is more than Dev Hynes' muse, a Twitter personality and onetime Friends fronter. Having released her first two solo works, she's well on her way to a glittery solo career...

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Blood Orange played Webster Hall with Caroline Polachek, Despot & Ian Isiah (pics, setlist)

"Amazing show tonight, @devhynes!" - @DitaVonTeese

While last night's Wester Hall show (2/6) wasn't as (indie) star-studded as the Cupid Deluxe record release show at 285 Kent back in December, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes has more than enough charisma to hold his own...

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Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion) & Samantha Urbani played Cameo, playing Trans Pecos as Gayer

Dev Hynes, the man behind Blood Orange, just lost his apartment in a devastating fire, but he's been moving forward and giving back to fans (perhaps because of how much they gave to him) with intimate shows in his hometown of NYC...

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Blood Orange streaming new album, announces NYC record release show

Dev Hynes will release Cupid Deluxe, his second album as Blood Orange, on November 19. Having spent the last couple years writing well-liked songs for other people (Sky Ferreira, Solange), Dev has upped his game for the new record which features 10 slinky/sulty dance jams with guest appearances from David Longstreth, Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, Friends' Samantha Urbani, Clams Casino, Despot, and more...

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Friends released a new song (stream), playing Glasslands this weekend with a DJ set from… Test Icicles???

Though they've lost a few members in the last year, Friends are still a going entity. Singer Samantha Urbani still fronts the group, now a trio, and they released a new track last month, a "Taoist power ballad" titled "The Way" which features nonspecific help from Dev Hynes...

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Pagan Rituals (featuring members of Friends and Tear it Up) releasing debut 7″ and playing shows (dates, streams)

For an outsider, Tear it Up and Friends don't exactly seem like the best match for bandmates. Yet here's Pagan Rituals to prove them wrong...

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Amanda Hatfield’s 11 favorite Live Music Photos of 2012 ———(that she took)

M83 @ Central Park Summerstage, 8/8/2012

Photographer Amanda Hatfield has taken a lot of pictures for BrooklynVegan in 2012, and though we realize the year isn't over yet, we asked her if she would list her favorite shots from the past year...

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Friends’ Lesley Hann joins Royal Baths who have a bunch of upcoming shows (dates)

Royal Baths are opening for Moon Duo tomorrow night (10/5) at Knitting Factory and the show will be their first with a new line-up that includes Lesley Hann of Friends on bass (who seems to have left that group, along with Matthew Molnar, if their most recent 285 Kent show is any indication)...

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Friends & Janka Nabay playing 285 Kent w/ Splash (who have other upcoming shows too)

What do you when you're the drummer of Real Estate but you leave the band just before they start getting way bigger? Form a disco band! At least that's what Etienne Pierre Duguay, who sat behind the band's kit until 2011 when he was replaced by Jackson Pollis, did...

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Friends and Splash played Bowery Ballroom (pics)

Brooklyn's Friends are currently touring in support of their debut album, Manifest (out now on Fat Possum), and that tour brought them to NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom last Saturday (7/7) with Splash...

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