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For months, there's been a battle raging in Bushwick between Castle Braid, a pricey condo building "custom-built to enable the artist," as their website puts it, and Occupy Bushwick, who accuse Castle Braid of failing to provide affordable housing, despite receiving a generous tax abatement that req ... More >>
Earlier this week, we went down to Occupy Wall Street's second anniversary, where things were a little quiet. Sure, there were a couple of arrests, some shouting, some ludicrous attempts by the cops to make protesters stand on some "First Amendment steps," identical to another set of steps three fe ... More >>
A partial list of comparisons the Brooklyn-based trio Keepaway has received since it released "Yellow Wings" in 2010: Timbaland; The Strokes; Gang Gang Dance; any number of Ethiopiques compilations; Modest Mouse; MGMT; Yeasayer; LFO; southern hip-hop (the drum patterns); a barbershop quartet; and An ... More >>
Holy Ghost! finish their tour in Brooklyn
Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.comMGMT Guggenheim Museum Thursday, November 10 Better than: A rock show without a reclining Pope sculpture looming above. During the afterparty for the Guggenheim Museum's annual International Gala Thursday night, held in honor of Maurizio Cattelan and his triump ... More >>
Skip the rent and go to MGMT
Neon Indian gets strange
Long were the days when my nights when my days once revolved around you. Cool Spotify timewaster of the day: If you search for "year:xxxx-xxxx" the browser will display the most popular songs released in that range in descending order. So what does this tell us about, say, this morning's heal ... More >>
The Foo Fighters' seventh album Wasting Light became the band's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in April, following a mountain of pre-release hype that included some of the best reviews of the band's career, a documentary about the making of the album, and the inevitable pu ... More >>
As the Weeknd says, "XO till we overdose.."Two days ago, r&b changed again. On Sunday night, a Canadian collective called the Weeknd released their nine-song mixtape, House of Balloons, on their web site. Though they were quick to deny the direct involvement of Drake's sonic architect, Noah " ... More >>
Oh my dogg, the Oscars were terrible this year: Anyone who is not Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, or Cate Blanchett ("That's gross") is invited to take a seat. The only other entity that came out ahead: Staten Island's own PS22 Chorus, taking a break from prettying up tunes from Katy Perry, MGMT, Arie ... More >>
The revolution will have a hand up its bell
Built to Spill try not to sink the ship
Run Tila, run! Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith.In the week one of us went to the Gathering of the Juggalos and came back with what is increasingly looking like Stockholm Syndrome, we witnessed Tila Tequila (and Method Man) battle a pack of angry ICP fans and--shortly after she took her top off--lo ... More >>
If MGMT's stupendously bizarre new Congratulations was designed to alienate everyone, it failed miserably -- the boys just wrapped up a two-night stand at Radio City, with Tuesday's opening night documented in full by NYC Taper.
He'll probably buy you a beer if no one else will. Pics by Rob Trucks, more below.B.o.B/Yelawolf/Playboy Tre Irving Plaza Tuesday, August 17 Every single person at this show was underage and/or drunk, present company excepted. Multiple amorous young couples took turns making out in various ... More >>
Keepaway's Mike Burakoff. All photos by Georgia Kral.The Music Slut began posting five years ago, and to celebrate, the localish pop blog invited some of its favorite bands to play to a captive audience on the Marco Polo Cruise boat Half Moon. And we must admit: cruising down the East ... More >>
plate of the day/FlickrThe summer has claimed another classic railcar-style diner: Williamsburg's Relish, a fixture of Wythe Avenue for years, has closed.
A Greenpoint spot finds an particular clientele, for good and/or ill
Tonight, find Mr. Johnny Rotten aged to post-punk perfection with Public Image Ltd. at Terminal 5, where you'll catch the ex-Sex Pistols frontman wailing about "Death Disco," songs that aren't love songs, and the like. At Mercury Lounge, discover a couple of Christopher R. Weingarten-approved acts ... More >>
Join the release party for Keepaway
Ben Clark/NickelodeonBottom row: Christian Jacobs, DJ Lance Rock, and Scott Shultz. Top row: Brobee, Muno, Plex.The characters of the Nickelodeon preschool children's show, Yo Gabba Gabba!, recently barbecued with riff-rockers Them Crooked Vultures: picture a gap-toothed cyclops (Muno), a pin ... More >>
Before Carrie Bradshaw's ballerina skirt and Blair Waldorf's slutty/Stepford Wives silk blouses, there were Punky Brewster's ripped "boyfriend" jeans. In honor of the Metropolitan Museum's "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity," which explores the style evolution of American women ... More >>
This week's album chart has in its first two positions the two biggest stories in pop music last week. Once again, the pole position was assumed by Canadian teenager Justin Bieber, whose first full-length, My World 2.0, sold 92,000 copies--only the second time this year that the No. 1 album h ... More >>
MGMT. You're wearing two different socks, dude. Photo by Josh CheuseIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla on the gleeful self-sabotage of MGMT, Francis Davis looks back on the work of jazz's Paul Motian, and Theon Weber reviews David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love tribute to Imel ... More >>
On Congratulations, which isn't quite as terrible or career-suicidal as it tries to be
Featuring the odd return of 1995, in the persons of Soundgarden and Green Day, modern arena-rock surrogates the Strokes, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Phoenix, the National, and the Black Keys, and who else but Lady Gaga? Music is a befuddling tapestry in which Cypress Hill will always have a home. Comp ... More >>
Rejoice for Freelance Whales!
Tough day on the Internet: Everyone is both probably lying to you and totally hilarious. As we grapple with this whole Fucked Up getting sued thing, let us examine today's other remarkable music-biz announcements and rate them on a) believability and b) amusement.
"Glo-fi" or "chil-wave", that sub-sub-sub genre of electronic indie pop, was kind of a big deal at SXSW this year. Well, as big of a deal as something solely focused on trying to sound like Christopher Cross on muscle relaxers can be in 2010 at a constantly internet-streaming, forever re-twee ... More >>
The guys of Girls play with actual girls
7:42 p.m. Trio of women standing at the Fork in the Road table eating sliders from Purple Yam. Another woman sips a beer and eats some of the Tiffin Wallah spread, which looks bountiful, stomach-filling, and quite wonderful. Crowd is large but not out of control. People wander around with happy, ... More >>
Yeah, that's right, we're talking about you, Rostam. Scans via StereogumWill Vampire Weekend lose their unofficial Polo endorsement? Is this the end of MGMT's scarf, headband, and sunglasses-sponsorship deal with Beacon's Closet? Will Beirut's Zach Condon lose his humble gypsy cred by standin ... More >>
In the week we learned to our deep and lasting dismay what a Gummibar is, we counted down the worst songs of the '00s with the newly relocated F2K crew--peruse if you dare but do not blame us when you come in contact with something like "I Am Your Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)," or are ina ... More >>
Hey the Grammy nominations were announced. Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Maxwell (!!), etc. Best Male Solo Rock Performance is staggeringly old (Dylan, Young, Springsteen, Fogerty, Prince). Best Metal Performance ain't so youthful neither (Slayer, Megadeth, Judas Priest, ... More >>
How a Connecticut liberal arts school became the epicenter of surrealist Brooklyn pop
How the fuck did Ryan Cabrera fall all the way to Sullivan Hall? Five years ago, the MTV star was sitting happily in the Billboard top 10, hooking up with Elvis' granddaughter, ripping Ashlee Simpson's facile little heart into pieces. Tonight, he plays an acoustic set at a venue music-business stude ... More >>
How politics changed how we thought about music, if we thought about music at all
Mr. Hansen shows us his serious sideâagain
A tiny gathering of vast proportions