Downtown Music Festival hits lower Manhattan this weekend, and former Village Voice cover star Kilo Kish, who's also playing the festival, has prepped a playlist to get you in the mood.
"Are you excited to be here?" I ask. "I'm, like, fucking cumming in my pants," replies Tucker. It is 8:45pm on a Sunday evening, and I am waiting in a fake Tuscan piazza with the members of Total Slacker (Tucker Rountree, Emily Oppenheimer, Dave Tassy and Zoe Brecher) -- a Brooklyn band who specia ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts this weekend, in no particular order.
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Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Even though I've never laid eyes on them, it's easy to recognize Nude Beach's Chuck Betz and Ryan Naideau at the Williamsburg coffee shop where we meet. Ripped leather jackets and Germs pins stand out against carefully sculpted hippery. Vocalist Betz, with his bed-head buffount hair-do, is a dead ri ... More >>
These are the 10 best concerts in NYC this week.
Hurricane Sandy has completely destroyed Brooklyn recording studio The South Sound. Located at the mouth of the Gowanus Canal, the 7000 square foot music and arts building which records bands like Beach Fossils, The Melvins, and Wild Arrows stood no chance against the flood waters that rushed in Mon ... More >>
Holograms w/Herzog Rising, ERAAS, Heavenly Beat, The Dreebs 285 Kent Saturday, September 8 Better than: Fashion Week. Holograms haven't had the easiest time. They're unemployed. They're broke. They've struggled to acquire work visas. They are in need of new equipment. Only one of the members has a ... More >>
DIIV w/ Cloud Nothings 285 Kent Thursday, July 12 Towards the end of DIIV's set last night at 285 Kent, lead singer Zachary Cole Smith looked out over the packed house and took a moment. At this point, the band had played its dreamy shoegaze for about 30 minutes; after each song, the crowd responde ... More >>
Of Montreal w/Jens Lekman McCarren Park Friday, June 15 Better than: Listening to Diamond Dogs during your "Poststructuralism and Feminist Theory" seminar. Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman's loss was serendipitous curation's gain during the Northside Festival's biggest show. Onstage alone du ... More >>
The Voice is giving away tickets to this Friday's Northside Festival showcase with the spectacular Of Montreal, Jens Lekman (performing a solo acoustic set thanks to visa woes), the roaring Portland band The Thermals, and Brooklyn's own Beach Fossils. Head over to the Voice's promotions section to e ... More >>
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In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. This weekend had a diverse array of musical entertainments, from the nails-on-a-chalkboard sounds of a crapcore experimental group to the genre-bending garage-hop of Bosco ... More >>
A nation (or, at least, a city) of music dorks called a day of mourning when the long-running indie-oriented video show New York Noise was unceremoniously cancelled by New York City's NYC-TV last year. But you can't keep a good fan down for long. Noise creator/curator/editor/producer Shirley ... More >>
Nicki Minaj performs at Yves Saint Laurent tonight. Let's be honest: Shopping isn't really the main attraction of Fashion's Night Out. Who has time to sift through sales racks when there are so many parties to go to? Some eventsDrake's DJ set at Versace, Neon Indian's invite-only gig a ... More >>
That chyron makes being a buzzband sound a lot more fun than it is. Last year the local-music show New York Noise was unceremoniously given the heave-ho by NYC TV, but creator (and NYC indie-scene lifer) Shirley Braha has returned with a new half-hour video show on MTV Hive, the indie-leaning ... More >>
An assortment of local bands heading to Texas for beer, BBQ, and maximum blogability
Well, that's one way to let CMJ know what you think of it, if you are the vast music recommendation website Pitchfork--by having a multi-day, 30-plus band festival in the middle of Williamsburg during the marathon's prime three nights. They're calling it #Offline, paradoxical hashtag and all; ... More >>
Not the bathroom, though we obviously have a picture of that too. All photos by Georgia Kral.Bathrooms at DIY clubs are notoriously nasty--as they should be. The Market Hotel? There's rarely any toilet paper, the stall doors don't close, and the stench of urine is enough to make you forget yo ... More >>
Not again! Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week we mostly spent anticipating tomorrow's Siren Festival, we talked at length with headliner Ted Leo, celebrated at a pre-party with Monotonix, and looked back at nine years worth of past triumphs. See you there, hopefully?
Beach Fossils' Dustin Payseur. All photos by Georgia Kral.Beach Fossils/Small Black Mercury Lounge Wednesday, July 14 These last two weeks have been pretty exciting for Brooklyn's Beach Fossils: first, their bassist threw his low-end ax off a boat at the conclusion of a Fourth of Jul ... More >>
Yesterday, a minor scandal broke out as video surfaced of Beach Fossils bassist John Pena chucking his instrument into the East River after a particularly heated Fourth of July performance at Long Island City's Water Taxi Beach. Certain corners of the Internet were not amused. Brooklyn Vegan comme ... More >>
Sam HorineIn the week we put the worst band name in New York to a vote (Phil and the Osophers, you are no match for Freelance Whales), we watched as LeBron James put his own name in as the most hated in New York, while Kanye West stood proudly at his side. The last place West was seen before ... More >>
So here is delightful footage of, yes, Beach Fossils' notably spastic bass player chucking his axe into the river during a Water Taxi Beach show. This is a thing with this band, apparently: 45 minutes or whatever of amiably, jangly, glo-fi good vibrations climaxing with 15 seconds of visceral, ins ... More >>
Total Slacker: It is, apparently, never too hot to do this. All photos by Georgia KralTotal Slacker, Red Romans, Ava Luna Union Pool Tuesday, July 6 Last night in the freezing (yessss) back room of Union Pool, three Brooklyn acts gave startlingly fresh performances. The bill--Red Romans, a j ... More >>
Beach Fossils prior to the grand, violent finale. Pics by Chris Becker.Beach Fossils/Woven Bones/The Beets Bruar Falls Thursday, July 1 You get to like it, the rudimentary BOOM-BOOM-THWACK, BOOM-BOOM-THWACK of a two-piece stand-up drummer -- no flash, no cymbals, no particular variety ... More >>
Hey! It's almost the Fourth of July! In the party circuit, this weekend is no different from any other, besides the free fireworks and the overenthusiastic patriotic bros that will be stumbling around the city. At least you have an excuse to look like a hillbilly, though. Don your American fl ... More >>
No photos because they searched us for photographic devices on the way in. So Pitchfork had a party in their Greenpoint office last night. The young exuberant fellas of Beach Fossils played. Pitchfork.tv taped it. There was a keg and some awesome vodka made by a neighborhood guy named Tito. Some pe ... More >>
Those flower pots aren't going to replace themselves. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week that 25,000 people converged on a South Street Seaport venue meant for only about 10,000, were denied a free Drake concert, and promptly began rioting, we dodged metal chairs, watched as Police Commission ... More >>
Tonight, The Deli's "Best of NYC" festival kicks off with Beach Fossils, the sensitive, disaffectedly distorted surf bums with a mobile drummer. At the Abrons Art Center, the Joshua Light Show splashes lava-lamp gurgling, polka-dotted hallucinogen projections atop Woods, a lo-fi folk act whose psy ... More >>
L MagazineTwin SisterAnother year, another edition of L Magazine's "8 NYC Bands You Need To Hear." Said this last time around, but the point bears repeating: handpicking a barful of relatively intriguing unknowns in this city isn't an easy task, nor has it gotten any simpler in the last 12 months, e ... More >>
Making up for last week's paucity of shows thanks to SXSW and MtyMx, the city has an overstuffed dance card this weekend. First, chilllwave maestro Toro Y Moi will be playing with Tropicalia breakbeat-borrowers the Ruby Suns at Brooklyn Bowl. To quote one of the latter's tunes, "Kenya dig it?" Hol ... More >>
The mythical tents arrive. Pic by Zach Baron.The good news: Todd P is now personally presiding over his wildly ambitious, somewhat flawed three-day DIY-rock fete out in Monterrey, Mexico, which ends late tonight, perhaps mercifully. Took him awhile to get there, though: Evidently he spent hou ... More >>
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