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Watch: Kelis performs on Letterman
Apr 23, 2014 12:11am | Cosequence Of Sound

Kelis supported the release of her new album, Food, with a visit to the Late Show on Tuesday night. Accompanied by an extensive ensemble of horns and backing vocalists, she performed her latest hit, “Jerk Ribs”. Watch the replay below.

Food is out now through Ninja Tune. The album was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and features appearances from CSS and Priscilla Ahn.

Barack and Michelle Obama Pen Letter to Frankie Knuckles' Friends and Family...
Apr 23, 2014 12:03am | The Daily Swarm

One Chicago legend honors another Chicago legend. DJ David Morales posted a letter from Barack and Michelle Obama on his Facebook page. Via FACT:

Considered the godfather of house music, Knuckles died earlier this month. Morales, whose Def Mix agency represented Knuckles, posted a scan of the Obamas letter on his Facebook page [below]. Barack served in Chicago, Knuckles hometown, for many years, and has met the DJ before [see above].

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What's going on Wednesday? (Factory Floor, Patti Smith, Fear of Men, Courtney Barnett, July Talk, Greg Ashley & more)
Apr 22, 2014 11:36pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Factory Floor @ 285 Kent, Dec. 2013 (more by PSquared)

Fear of Men @ Rough Trade RSD14 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Factory Floor, Protect-U @ MHOW
Rooted in Detroit techno and acid, Factory Floor bring a stark, post-punk outlook to their sound. Don't expect an exact representation of the album tonight -- the band rip up their songs live, with live drums and electronics played on the fly.

Acid Mothers Temple, Perhaps @ Mercury Lounge
Veteran Japanaese psych band Acid Mothers Temple are stopping in NYC tonight before heading to Texas' capital for Austin Psych Fest. Tickets are still available

Fanfarlo, Lilies On Mars @ Rough Trade
Fanfarlo continue to move away from the Arcade Fire-isms of their debut into the realm of synthy '80s pop. Tonight's the second of two NYC shows on their current tour with Lilies on Mars.

Kristeen Young featuring Pornography, Ken Fury @ Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "HOW SOON IS NOW!!!" in your ear. It's her third of four April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.

Better Than Ezra @ Irving Plaza
We can't help but think of Norm McDonal...

M.I.A. adds 2014 summer tour dates
Apr 22, 2014 8:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

M.I.A. has expanded her upcoming summer tour. The outing now includes dates in New York (featuring Solange), Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco for late May.

Consult Maya’s full tour schedule, which also includes a string of U.S. and European festival appearances, below.

The tour comes in support M.I.A.s latest album, Matangi.

M.I.A. 2014 Tour Dates:
04/25 Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater
04/26 Asheville, NC @ Moogfest
04/27 Washington, DC @ Echostage *
04/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ AE Stage *
04/30 Detroit, MI @ Detroit Masonic Theater *
05/01 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater *
05/03 Toronto, ON @ Younge-Dundas Square
05/04 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
05/05 Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
05/06 Portland, ME @ State Theater *
05/08 Queens, NY @ Knockdown Center *
05/09 Queens, NY @ Knockdown Center *
05/10  New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
05/24 Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Hall
05/30 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
05/31 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan
06/01  San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
06/25-29  Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
06/28 Seinajoki, FL @ Provinssi Rock
06/30 Arendal, NO @ Hove Festival
07/05 Belfort, FR @ Les Eurorockeenes
07/11 Gräfenhainichen, DE @...

Andrew Bird announces U.S. tour with his new band Hands of Glory
Apr 22, 2014 7:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Andrew Bird has been playing shows backed by folk guitarist Tift Merritt, stand-up bassist Alan Hampton, and others for a few years now. This summer, however, the whistling violinist is making it official by bringing Merritt, Hampton, drummer Kevin O’Donnell (of Bird’s old band Bowl of Fire), and pedal steel guitarist Eric Heywood on the road as his new backing band, Hands of Glory.

Eponymously named after Bird’s 2012 companion album to Break it Yourself, the band is described as “an old timey acoustic configuration” (via Brooklyn Vegan). Their first full tour together kicks off with a two-night stint at D.C.’s Lincoln Theater, and includes stops at Bonnaroo, Toronto’s Urban Roots Fest, and New York’s Summerstage series.

Consult the full docket below.

Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory 2014 Tour Dates:
06/06 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music !
06/08 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theater *
06/09 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre *
06/10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
06/12 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
06/12 - 15 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival *
06/15 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom *
06/16 – Austin, TX @ The Paramount *
06/20 – Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua *
06/21 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass ...

Lily Allen Sheezus Video
Apr 22, 2014 7:24pm | StereoGum

Here’s the video for the new Lily Allen song we heard earlier today, the title track (and opener) from her forthcoming third album Sheezus. Apparently this is not one of the rubbish songs that have been serviced to radio, but the singer’s preferred choice for a single. She talked to Rolling Stone about its provocative lyrics earlier this month:


Watch: Becks heartfelt cover of Arcade Fires Rebellion (Lies)
Apr 22, 2014 6:37pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Ted Maider

On Sunday night at Coachella, Beck made a surprise cameo during Arcade Fires festival-closing set, donning Aaron Pauls Pope Bobblehead to help cover Prince’s “Controversy”. However, his gig as Papier-mâché Francis may not have been quite as unexpected at it seemed, as the emcee-turned-troubadour actually offered up a rather subtle clue earlier in the evening.

During his own set at the very same main stage just an hour beforehand, Beck preceded Morning Phases “Blue Moon” with a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion (Lies)”. As he told the crowd beforehand, he first heard the song while waiting outside of a local bar, its anthemic tones convincing him to await entry even amid a torrential downpour. Imbuing the song with that history, Beck delivered a brief but heartfelt rendition, stripping it down to an acoustic guitar and vocals that mirror a similar sense of small-town romanticism. Was Beck truly dropping a hint of rock and roll teamwork to come? Or, is he just as big a fan of Funeral as the rest of us?

(Read: Beck’s Best Cover Songs)

Mull that over as you catch the replay below:

Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again & Every Little Thing
Apr 22, 2014 6:04pm | StereoGum

Next month, Robyn and Röyksopp will release their collaborative EP Do It Again in support of their upcoming European and North American tour. So far we’ve only heard a short preview but two of the songs have already surfaced. “Every Little Thing” sounds like a drawn out ’N Sync song (in the best way possible) and “Do It Again” taps into the same gratifying self-empowerment vein that made Robyn such a success on her Body Talk series. Listen to both of the songs via Pop On And On here.


Electric Zoo returning to Randall's Island this year w/ drug-sniffing dogs, patdowns, & plainclothes security (also music)
Apr 22, 2014 5:04pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Wyatt Marshall

Fans at Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)

Electric Zoo may be going to Mexico, but it turns out the EDM fest will also be returning to NYC over Labor Day weekend (Aug 29 - 31) at Randall's Island. But things will be a little different this year thanks to the two drug-related deaths (not to mention one reported case of sexual assault and 31 arrests) which cancelled the third day of the 2014 edition.

The Wall Street Journal reports the safety measures at Electric Zoo this year are pretty all-encompassing. The new security measures will include drug-sniffing dogs stationed at every entrance, plainclothes security officers that specialize in narcotics, thorough patdowns, and more. "Amnesty bins" will be placed at the gates, where concertgoers can get rid of whatever they shouldn't be bringing in without punishment before going in. Oh, and to get in, concertgoers will need to watch an online anti-drug PSA delivered by electronic musicians in order to activate their wristbands. The new safety measures are coming in the wake of festival organizers Mike Bindra and Laura DePalma selling their promotion company, Made Events, to the conglomerate SFX Entertainment.

The festival will also be several hours shorter and start later in the day in order to reduce sun exposure.


Stream Ramona Lisa Arcadia
Apr 22, 2014 4:53pm | StereoGum

Caroline Polachek took a break last year from her synth-pop band Chairlift to work on her solo project, Ramona Lisa, and record an album. Arcadia was crafted solely on a laptop by Polachek, manipulating MIDI samples and singing directly into the laptop’s mic. Though the recording may have been cloistered and intimate, the result is a pastoral, loose, and sunny collection of songs. Listen to the entire thing below.


Reigning Sound releasing an LP on Merge, touring, playing NYC with Nude Beach (who signed to Don Giovanni)
Apr 22, 2014 4:29pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)

Reigning Sound, the Memphis garage rock band led by Greg Oblivian, signed to Merge back in 2012 and they're now set to release their first album for the label, Shattered, which comes out on July 15 and follows 2009's Love and Curses. You can get a taste of the new album from its lead single, "Falling Rain," along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.

Reigning Sound also have a number of tour dates planned, including a NYC show happening on May 22 at Brooklyn Bowl with local power pop trio Nude Beach, who they've toured with before and who shared a Brooklyn bill with Reigning Sound's pals Detroit Cobras earlier this year. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

In related news, Nude Beach announced that they've signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee), which shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering they played DG's 2014 showcase, have shared bills with DG bands recently, and Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau's old band Dustheads was signed to DG as well.

They have other dates coming up before the Reigning Sound show, including a previously announced tour with The Men which hits NYC on May 10 at The Wick with more garage rock faves, Obits. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Nude Beach dates are listed, ...

Song : Cheerleader : Perfect Vision
Apr 22, 2014 4:18pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

We first introduced you to Philly quintet Cheerleader back toward the beginning of the year. At the time, they had an EP of demos and a video for a lo-fi pop-rock song “New Daze”. That led to performances at SXSW and a new limited edition 7″ scheduled June 16th via Young & Lost / Bright Antenna and available digital download on April 28th.

Their proper debut song is the instantly grabbing “Perfect Vision”. We must say, this is far more accessible than anything we could have anticipated from them this soon in their early career. The song is sure to grab them some heavy attention with its sparkling instrumentation and anthemic chorus. Grab a listen for yourself below.

Tour Dates:
May 3 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands
May 5 London, England Bush Hall *
May 6 London, England Rock Feedback @ The Ace Hotel
May 7 Manchester, England Academy 3*
May 8 London, England Rising @ The Black Heart
May 10 Brighton, England The Great Escape, NME Stage
May 12 London, England Paint It Black @ The Sebright Arms
June 7 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle

* w/ The Hold Steady
w/ Alvvays

Black Lips Funny Video
Apr 22, 2014 4:13pm | StereoGum

Black Lips recently released the album Underneath The Rainbow, and now have a video for the track “Funny.” Starring the band playing on stage while puppeteers make marionettes dance around them, it’s an easygoing and silly video that must have been a good time to make. At least it’s definitely a relief from the last time we had a puppet-themed video in these parts. Watch below.


The Orb are here, so I scanned the flyer to their 1997 Hammerstein Ballroom show
Apr 22, 2014 4:06pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The Orb @ Hammerstein Ballroom 1997 (click HERE for a bigger flyer)

Back in '97, way before "EDM" was a thing, but when NYC rave culture had already gotten what seemed back then a bit too popular, rave music heroes The Orb (never lame) came to town for a show in support of Orblivion. The Hammerstein Ballroom show flyer (fliers were still important back then), which I just scanned in honor of The Orb returning to NYC this week, resembled a rave flyer and the rave elements of the show definitely helped to ensure a venue that big was not too big.

The event was produced by rave music producer Matt E. Silver. Raving meant staying out late, and for Hammerstein Ballroom, 2am was pretty late. For those wanting more, the afterparty location would be revealed via a flyer at the concert. "Drum n Bass" was already an established thing and the 2nd room at Hammerstein was rounded out with three DJs including NASA co-founder DB, Dieselboy from Pittsburgh and Giant Step DJ Chillfreeze. Tickets were available at the Hammerstein box office, Other Music, Throb (RIP), Breakbeat Science (RIP), Satellite Records (RIP unless you count their website and EDM rebranding), and Strange? (RIP), not to mention "all Ticketmaster locations". There isn't a single ".com" on the flyer, nor a location to get tickets in Brooklyn.

Rolling Stone was at that show:

With a level of sensory overload that evoked Pink Floyd, a constant stream o...

The National cancel gigs in Russia and Ukraine
Apr 22, 2014 4:06pm | NME
The band have said they hope current political instability 'resolves in a positive, democratic and peaceful way'

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