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125 E. 11th St. New York, NY 10003 | East Village | 212-353-1600

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Webster Hall has existed for over a century, but this landmarked, three-story venue is not stuck in tradition: It caters to every possible form of nightlife that's popped up in the city since the venue was created. For club-hounds, weekly staples include campy dance party The Awesome '80s Prom and rave Circus. For concertgoers, main-stage booking is handled by indie-rock-and-beyond warlords Bowery Presents. With a disco ball crowning its center, Webster's 2,500-capacity Grand Ballroom was recently called "the best stage in New York City" by none other than Prince. And if it's good enough for him...


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    Fresh off an impressive 2011 in which he rocked both Madison Square Garden (as an opening act for Swedish House Mafia) and Glee (which recently featured his Duck Sauce track “Barbra...
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    Budget-friendly musical showcases abound while the Association of Performing Arts Presenters is in town for their yearly cultural shopping spree. The highlight is arguably GlobalFest, a...
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    M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez moved from his native France to Los Angeles to make his new album, and like a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming reflects the...
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    “We’re full-grown men,” John McCauley assures us right at the top of the new Deer Tick album, “but we act like kids!” Hey, if he hadn’t said it,...
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    A mix of homemade bedroom pop, Springsteen sentiment, fuzzed-out guitars, an almost-underwater aesthetic, and songs that can be as lengthy and densely packed as this sentence, Kurt Vile...
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    Annie Clark is too perfect a rock star, but she will do. She has the china doll features of a pop star. She is put-together and glamorous. For all her effort, she looks effortless. She's...
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    Big riffs, big dicks, big chords, bigger bank accounts: that's the circa-1987 rock'n'roll fantasy Chickenfoot sells so convincingly, even if Sammy Hagar's all-excess braggadocio comes...
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    In the studio, Battles doesn’t downplay their dependence on any number of gizmos and gadgets—it’s one reason why the Brooklyn math-rock trio recruited Gary Numan to sing a...
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    Dance the night away on four floors with fire performances, flying vampires, and a “virgin sacrifice.” The reveler with the best costume wins $5,000 cash. Mon., Oct....
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    The Danish electronic producer's bewitching compositions are built upon the most important lessons from IDM, house, and minimal techno, but somehow they still seem moody and impulsive and...
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    Indie duo Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner are partners through marriage and music, which (like the not-quite-played-out DIY electro-pop of their music) would be kitschy if they hadn’t...
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    Blaming Panda Bear for chillwave is like blaming Faith No More for Limp Bizkit. The cuddly mush-merchant truly had the best intentions in 2007 when he released Person Pitch, an album of...
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    Does Stephen Malkmus sound old on Mirror Traffic, his latest record with post-Pavement outfit the Jicks? Maybe. But certainly not in any pejorative sense of the word. Coming off a world tour...
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    "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" might be a Toby Keith tune, but it's a sentiment to which Toronto hardcore group Fucked Up would surely relate. Their latest, David Comes to Life—a nearly...
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    Laura Marling's first two records were celebrated, Mercury Prize nominated pieces that carved new runes into the English folk lingua Franca. Guided by her voice, they made its traditional...
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    The New York dance-punk faith-keepers go unexpectedly godly on In the Grace of Your Love, their just-released follow-up to 2006’s Pieces of the People We Love, which may or may not...
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    “God is dead,” Mikael Åkerfeldt declares reassuringly near the top of Heritage, the latest from Sweden’s Opeth. That’s the kind of proclamation that provides a...
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    Trouble & Bass celebrate five years of chaotic bass sounds with the same favored guest who headlined their fourth anniversary, Plastician. A Rinse FM heavyweight and the founder of the...
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    When Toro Y Moi released 2009’s “My Touch” EP, the scene that would soon coalesce under the unfortunate moniker “chillwave” was little more than kids around the...
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    Chan Marshall hasn’t released a new Cat Power album since 2008’s Jukebox, her second set (after 2000’s The Covers Record) of low-and-slow indie-blues remakes. A recent post on...
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    Atlanta's Deerhunter have been making the international festival rounds this summer, playing Pitchfork in Chicago, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, and Primavera Sound in Barcelona. This weekend they...
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    Destroyer, the project of Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Bejar, has a new album out called Kaputt, a clumsy word written in very classy script on the cover. It sounds different from his...
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