Former Battles frontman gets off the floor and onto the pod
Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Dan Friel hits the Knitting Factory
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
After its Saturday night performance at 285 Kent, Extra Life will be no more. On November 13, the band shared news of the "amicable" breakup on its blog: "While it's somewhat difficult to articulate exactly why, let's just say that the inner creative momentum driving the band has stalled." In short, ... More >>
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Better than: That cousin of yours who has fantastic taste and knows he has fantastic taste coming to your house and playing you fantastic music and showing you a great time, and every so often you catch him looking at you in a condescending way and you want to enjoy yourself less but you just can't ... More >>
A collaboration between 33-year old former Battles leader Tyondai Braxton and 75-year old minimalist forefather Philip Glass takes place today at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival. It hardly falls under the header of WTF. In fact, it likely would have only taken a few dozen monkeys with a few doze ... More >>
To get to Pier 36 from Brooklyn, one must cross the Williamsburg Bridge and make a left. It has been used to store bananas, in the '80s served as a dock for a prison barge that inmates referred to as "The Love Boat," was home to the NYPD's drug-busting TNT squad, and--in the '90s--played host to art ... More >>
Brooklyn's econo-electronics-mishmashing, art-rocking noisemakers Parts & Labor are calling it a day and throwing a farewell jamz bash to ring in the band's indefinite hiatus on Friday at 285 Kent. Conceived in the early aughts by electronic gnaw artists and dueling vocalists Dan Friel and (bassist) ... More >>
Battles w/Nisennenmondai Webster Hall Tuesday, November 1 Better than: Standing stock-still for 75 minutes. The members of Battles took the time to remind the crowd at Webster Hall on Tuesday night that they were from New York, but one look at their live setup could have indicated that; while t ... More >>
Brooklyn trio play Webster Hall
Charlie Looker has spent 10 years in New York art-rock anomalies--Lavender, Zs, Period, Extra Life, Sculptress, even (briefly) Dirty Projectors. The common thread is always the place where the vulnerable sentiment of indie rock collides with the jagged rhythms of contemporary composition; Loo ... More >>
Though originally birthed in Oberlin, Skeletons are a quintessential New York amalgam, guided by a fluttery art-jazz shimmer, a minimalist aesthetic, a grab bag of post-punk grooves and those disjunctive melodies currently turning the underground into a 12-tone headfuck (cf. Dirty Projectors, Tyond ... More >>
Jason Frank RothenbergThe rock band Battles is often likened to a machine. It's not too much of a stretch: on their breakthrough debut Mirrored, they soldered together eerily controlled riffs, futuristic textures, and fiendishly powerful drumming; and on stage, the group's wrench-heavy, wrenc ... More >>
"In reality, there is no greatest of all time," wrote Prodigy, wisely from prison. This sort of wisdom resonates in a week during which Phil Collins says "That's All" (sort of) to his epic career, and the Dropkick Murphys make a confusing Billboard Top Ten debut with an album called Going Out ... More >>
Not as many hoodies in this crowd as you might expect. Pic by Jenn.Tyondai Braxton with the Wordless Music Orchestra Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Monday, March 7 Better Than: Watching Fantasia alone in the dark on a Monday night Tyondai Braxton's 2009 solo record Central Market rightfu ... More >>
So Gloss Drop, the eagerly awaited new record from defiantly complex, deliciously weird art-rock trio Battles, is due out in June, which is great news, considering the excellent of 2007's Mirrored, which boasted, in "Atlas," probably the most appealing profoundly disturbing rock anti-single o ... More >>
Art/math/science-rockers Battles, one of the best live acts in the business (though attempting to actually dance at one of their shows may cause serious injury), have finally announced the details of the follow-up to 2007's outstanding, confounding Mirrored, and their first release since the ... More >>
Braxton's solo work gets major backing
It's officially fall, y'all. And while that means, unfortunately, that Pavement Week has come to a close, we have a full schedule of dance-y affairs to keep you busy through the weekend. For the most part, we'll recommend you stay city-side. That is, unless seeing Zach Baron play black metal ... More >>
So Tyondai Braxton, he of bewildering and deeply awesome NYC art-rockers Battles, has left the group, effective immediately, terse Warp Records statement and all. I admit to being dismayed and unnecessarily melodramatic about it. These guys are/were fantastic, dense and cerebral and overpower ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing new and emerging MP3s from local talent. New York's various punk-inflected marching bands and steampunk street crews have brought out the inner band geek in tons of local flute-tooters and glock-rockers. But the profoundly manic Asphalt Or ... More >>
Salute. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week we finally got to unleash the initial Siren Festival details on the world (July 17! 10th anniversary! Matt & Kim, Ted Leo, Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Harlem! Totally free!), we celebrated Cinco De Mayo like Anna Wintour, Pharrell, a ... More >>
Björk, Brandon Stosuy, and the Dirty Projectors's Amber Coffman. All photos by Sam Horine.We won't pretend to be remotely objective about Rites of Spring, last night's DJ benefit for Haiti organized by our pal Brandon Stosuy and featuring the diverse yet weirdly complementary talents of the ... More >>
Björk spins at a dance party benefit for Haiti
As promised, writer/curator/good human Brandon Stosuy has just posted the rest of the details pertaining to the May 2nd "Rites of Spring" benefit he organized with Björk, Alex Ross, Dave Longstreth, and Tyondai Braxton. Tickets go on sale next Tuesday at Brooklyn's Record Grouch/Old Made Vin ... More >>
Earlier this morning, the New Yorker's Alex Ross posted the Seldon Hunt-designed flyer for "Rites of Spring," the May 2nd benefit for Haiti organized by SOTC buddy Brandon Stosuy, and featuring Björk, the Dirty Projector's Dave Longstreth, and Battles's Tyondai Braxton in the humble confines ... More >>
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