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CMJ Day One: Thurston Moore’s Penance Tour

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Though my first day of this year’s CMJ Music Marathon was spent at events not included in the festival’s schedule, I’m not sure you can say I “skipped CMJ.” In the midst of a tradition 34 years running, everything that happens in the New York music world this week—be it officially sanctioned showcases, anti-establishment bashes specifically meant to counterprogram against corporate sponsored events, or high-profile acts in town to capitalize on an uptick in interested media outlets—is rolled into an amorphous blob called “CMJ.”…

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Live: Ben Frost and Julianna Barwick Drown The Wick in Sound

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This past Saturday Bushwick’s big, handsome, recently revamped venue The Wick held the first show in the ongoing series, “Tinnitus.” Presented by Pitchfork’s recurring metal column, Show No Mercy, and the long-running producer of heavy events, Blackened Music, its programming focuses on “composers of extreme sound” as a loose organizing principe.…

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Punk Lives at Palisades

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The apocalypse feeling that comes with each fresh closing of a previously thriving Brooklyn DIY spot is tough to deny. While mourning 285 Kent, or wincing at the impending departure of Death by Audio, it can feel like the sad end of something right and just and true.…

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Interview: The Clean Come Back to Brooklyn!

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While the prolonged zombie state of some bands’ reunions can start to bum a guy out, no one with a heart and two ears could be unhappy to see The Clean again. This week, the legendary band, instigators of Dunedin, New Zealand’s wildly influential DIY rock scene of the 1980s, play two Brooklyn shows; one tonight at Rough Trade, one at Glasslands tomorrow.…

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Live: FKA Twigs Conquers Webster Hall

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Tahliah Barnett, the artist currently known for being Formerly Known As Twigs, played her second ever New York City show last night to an unusually large, sold-out Webster Hall crowd, who absolutely fucking adored her. There’s been a steady uptick in the London-based singer’s profile since the release of her first EP in December of 2012.…

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Tickets on Sale Now for Fool’s Gold Day Off With Danny Brown, French Montana and So Many More

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If you recall, Fool’s Gold Day Off (aka the biggest party of the summer, aka your best chance of becoming BFFs with Danny Brown) returns to 50 Kent (Kent Ave. and North 12th St.) on September 1 before it spins off into a multi-city mega-tour hitting Toronto, L.A., Atlanta and Miami this fall.

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Major News: “Fool’s Gold Day Off” Returns to Brooklyn at 50 Kent

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It’s back. Since 2010, Labor Day’s greatest tradition (eating potato salad in the Hamptons isn’t a tradition) is dancing up a sweat at the New York installment of Fool’s Gold Day Off, the all-day, feel-good, can-this-really-be-happening concert curated by its titular Brooklyn-based record label.…

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Grimes, How to Dress Well, and the Perils of Poptimism

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When Grimes’ first new song in two years hit the Internet a couple weeks ago, it was furiously marketed as a track Rihanna rejected, a PR move with obvious SEO appeal and rank cynicism. For Grimes’s Claire Boucher, it seemed unintentionally self-depricating.…

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Live: White Lung Made a Mosh Pit of Saint Vitus

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Several songs into White Lung’s set, a young woman in the crowd near me started throwing frantic, undirected air punches. Fists swirled up and around her in wild loops that connected occasionally, semi-randomly to surrounding arms and shoulders.…

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Singeth the Raven “Nevermore”

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I didn’t even know there would be another piece of music. The main attraction in last night’s program at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater was The Raven, a relatively short new vocal work by Toshio Hosokawa based on the Poe poem, part of the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial celebration (presented by Gotham Chamber Opera).…

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Behind the Noose: A Q & A with The Haxan Cloak

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For a guy who made a concept record following a soul’s escape from a post-death body falling into decay, Bobby Krlic is a pretty chipper. Excavation, the critically acclaimed album he released last year under his recording name, The Haxan Cloak, is a beautifully dark and mildly terrifying thing.…

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Art and the Academy: Red Bull Elevates the Corporate Music Festival

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Tonight, dance crews representing four different styles and eras of club music will take over Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Bazaar, filling every corner of that big room with competing beats and the weirdly specific gyrations each might trigger. Like many dance-floor freak outs before it, this one will be fueled by Red Bull.…

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A (Brief) Oral History of L’Amour

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Louder Than Hell, a doorstop-sized oral history of metal music, comes out in softcover today. Authors Jon Weiderhorn and Katherine Turman both live in Brooklyn—Bay Ridge, to be exact—so we thought, what better way to celebrate the book’s paperback launch than to cull all its mentions of L’Amour, the rock club that called itself “The Rock Capital of Brooklyn”?…

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Not the Prokofiev You Thought You Knew

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Is it poor form to describe new music in images? In my defense, it was at least encouraged at the New York Philharmonic concert last night, whose centerpiece was highlights from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet, with its scene- and character-specific score.…

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Northside #tbt The War On Drugs

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Take a trip down memory lane as we check out past performances from the bands returning to this year’s Northside Fest roster.

The War On Drugs have come a long way since Wagonwheel Blues, their debut album that was the first and last to include Kurt Vile. While the latter has gone on to achieve solo success, Adam Granduciel and his Drugs have found similar fortune, releasing their third album to critical and audience acclaim.…

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Northside Sound: Titus Andronicus

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Northside Sound is a series on the Northside Festival blog that features material from this year’s line-up of artists. Northside Fest runs from June 12 through 15 in venues throughout North Brooklyn.

I was friends with a very eccentric dude in college who wrote a rock opera.…

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The New York Times Won’t Call Perfect Pussy By Their Name

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The New York Times has many, um, quirks, not the least of which is a notoriously quaint, pearl-clutching approach to the use of profanity. Most recently, they referred to Is The L Train Fucked as a site with an “unprintable name.” It’s charming, in its way, but also a little confusing, particularly when it manifests as referring to Pussy Riot by name, but indie darlings Perfect Pussy as another “unprintable name.”…

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