Remember that April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outka ... More >>
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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
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 >>
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
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.
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 >>
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 >>
In the week the word Ickitt became noun, verb, adjective, and baby, we dodged Watchmen hype, welcomed the Roots' newest member, Jimmy Fallon, and tried desperately to forget the details of the Rihanna/Chris Brown police report. Broadway Jimmy Jones got his animated gif. An ailing Michael Steele vow ... More >>
Please join us in congratulating SOTC faves Parts & Labor for being asked to play this spring's All Tomorrow's Parties: The Fans Strike Back in Minehead, England. For the upcoming installment of the Best Music Festival Series Ever, the weekend's 6000 ticket-buyers curate one day by individually choo ... More >>
Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley Amazing Baby, "Pump Your Brakes" I saw this first as an advertisement on subway walls, and it is probably the last format in which I will see it, but Elvis Costello has a show, and he's now announcing his pres ... More >>
While this Jim Jones remix of MGMT's "Electric Feel" basically makes no sense, keep in mind that both acts are on Columbia and . . . forget it. I have no idea what to even say about something like this, besides that I'll probably never listen to it again. [Via On Smash]
Mr. Hansen shows us his serious sideâagain
A tiny gathering of vast proportions
Battles; all photos by Mark Austin Bonnaroo: Day One MGMT, Battles, Superdrag, circus freaks Thursday, June 12 photos by Mark Austin Nick Anderman will be checking in a little later today from the 'Roo. But until he's done shaking off that hippie-juice hangover, enjoy Mark Austin's glorious pho ... More >>
photo by Rebecca Smeyne Via our bros: June 29:: Hold Steady with White Denim July 20:: Liars and special guests who may have played an after party with Angus and the crew a few months ago. [i.e. Battles or Fuck Buttons] July 27:: MGMT and Black Moth Super Rainbow August 3:: Black Lips, Deerhunt ... More >>
Yeasayer at the Mercury Lounge in December (Chris Keating's beard phase); photo by Rebecca Smeyne Yeasayer MGMT Bowery Balloom Wednesday, February 13 When Yeasayer broke last fall, I tried, for a morning, to like them and it just didn’t take. But they struck a chord with lots of folks, and the ... More >>