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Brendan Kelly playing acoustic shows with Derek Grant and Mikey Erg (who's opening the Weston/Digger tour)
Nov 30, 2015 3:53pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Brendan Kelly at Riot Fest Chicago 2015 (more by Rudy Rubio)
Brendan Kelly

Lawrence Arms co-frontman Brendan Kelly and Derek Grant (who drums for Alkaline Trio and other bands and is also a solo artist) are going on the three-date 'Red Scare Acoustic Swingers Party' tour of the Northeast this January. It hits Boston, Brooklyn and Philly.

The Brooklyn show happens January 22 at Knitting Factory with support from the constantly-busy (and always great) Mikey Erg. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Mikey Erg was also added as support, along with The Fiendz, to the Weston / Digger co-reunion tour. That includes the NYC date happening this Saturday (12/5) at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets). Since we last spoke, Digger also added a New Year's Day show in PA with Bigwig, who play NYC with The Queers on 12/30.

Mikey Erg also has a handful of other solo dates, including Suburbia (12/5) the same night as the Weston NYC show, with Anika Pyle (Chumped, Katie Ellen) and Lauren Denitzio (Worriers); the holiday benefit show at Shea on 12/14 with Cymbals Eat Guitars, Laura Stevenson and Antarctigo Vespucci (tickets); and the 12/16 date of Slackers keyboardist/vocalist Vic Ruggiero's residency at Grand Victory (tickets). Al...

Watch A$AP Ferg Surprise A Superfan At Her Wedding
Nov 30, 2015 3:52pm | StereoGum
A$AP FergEarlier today we saw A$AP Rocky paying tribute to the late A$AP Yams via new song "Yamborghini High." Now here's footage of A$AP Ferg offering up a different kind of tribute. As Pigeons And Planes points out, Ferg made a surprise video toast at a wedding where the bride, Jessica, was one of … More »

PLAYLIST: BBCs Sound of 2016
Nov 30, 2015 3:19pm | Chart Attack

Each year, the BBC releases a longlist of 15 rising international musicians  "the most exciting and innovate artists" in their words who will come to define the year ahead. Oftentimes, their eight ball proves frighteningly accurate. Past winners include HAIM, Sam Smith, Adele and Years & Years. Now you can get to know the BBC's Sound of 2016.

This year's panel of 144 DJs, critics, and writers have just today adjourned their conclave, descended from the oracle's mountain, and named the years Most Promising, from hip-hop to soul to psych. And, lo, among them sits 19-year-old Brampton-born R&B singer/songwriter Alessia Cara. We've definitely heard some rumbles about NAO. Most of the names will appear new and strange, but if the BBC's track record holds up, half of them will be household this time next year.

PLAYLIST: BBC’s Sound of 2016 by chris hampton | Chart Attack.

Massive Attack's 3D composed music for Darren Aronofsky's climate change protest artwork in Paris
Nov 30, 2015 3:19pm | Brooklyn Vegan

"The Standing March" projected onto French National Assembly building, Paris (via @jeanlucr)
The Standing March

Massive Attack member 3D, aka Robert De Naja, composed the original score to The Standing March, a protest art project from Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky and French artist JR. In lieu of marches (which are forbidden in Paris following the terrorist attacks), Aronofsky and JR teamed up in a collaborative art installation featuring the images of over 500 people projected on France's National Assembly building to bring attention to global warming during the U.N. Climate Change Conference. The exhibition is traveling around Paris for a week after being presented on the National Assembly building. 3D's music can also be heard in the project's site.

In other Massive Attack news, trip hop pioneers recently announced an European/UK tour with Young Fathers, happening early next year, in support of new material. Details on their new music have not been released yet, but their tour dates are listed below.

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Cayucas Big Winter Jacket Video
Nov 30, 2015 3:14pm | StereoGum
Cayucas - Big Winter JacketCalifornian indie-pop group Cayucas, alums of our 2013 best new bands list, revel in sleek guitars and wide-open, sun-kissed vocals. Today they have shared the accompanying video to "Big Winter Jacket," the leadoff track from their sophomore effort Dancing At The Blue Lagoon. The music video is set in some homey American suburb, … More »

Steven Wilson releasing an "interim album," touring in 2016
Nov 30, 2015 2:54pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Steven Wilson - 4 1/2

British prog-rocker and Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson is heading out on a short tour in 2016. He's also announced a followup to 2015's Hand. Cannot. Erase, called 4 1/2. The new release is out January 22 and is being described as an "interim album," which is to say it isn't exactly a proper full-length and is comprised mostly of outtakes from the Hand. Cannot. Erase. sessions as well as a new version of the Porcupine Tree song "Don't Hate Me" from back in 1999.

The tour will hit NYC for a show at The Beacon Theatre on March 5. Tickets for that show go on Chase and local presale on Thursday (12/4) at 10 AM and then on sale to the general public on Friday (12/5) at noon.

Check out all tour dates and stream Hand. Cannot. Erase. (which is still pretty crazy) below...

Continue reading "Steven Wilson releasing an "interim album," touring in 2016" at brooklynvegan

Twisted Sister gives Donald Trump permission to use "We're Not Gonna Take It"; Dee Snider wrote a Christmas musical
Nov 30, 2015 2:48pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Dee Snider (second from left) and his other Celebrity Apprentice contestants
Dee Snider

Donald Trump hasn't had much luck getting permission to use pop songs on his presidential campaign, having been denied by Neil Young, R.E.M., Steven Tyler and more. But he finally found one: Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It." The Donald and the hair-metal vets are old pals, as singer Dee Snider was on Trump's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice back in 2013 -- he was fired. Snyder spoke to Canadian about Trump using the song:

He called and he asked, which I appreciated. I said, 'Look, we don't see eye to eye on everything--there are definitely issues that we're far apart on.' But thinking back to when I wrote the song and what the song is about, it's about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system. If anybody's doing that, he sure is. Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes. They're raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That's what 'We're Not Gonna Take It' is about. And we're friends. I have spent time with Donald and his family. I don't think either of us expected that we would like each other, but you know, Donald Trump is a pretty chill guy. He's a frontman. When that camera goes on, he furls his brow, he does his thing. Off-camera he's very self-depreca...

Kacey Musgraves announces 2016 tour (dates)
Nov 30, 2015 2:48pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Kacey Musgraves at Farm Aid 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves will continue to tour in support of this year's Pageant Material in 2016. The new dates don't bring her back to NYC, but she'll be nearby for a show on February 20 at Starland Ballroom in NJ. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/4) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (12/3) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Biscuits" from her album, below...

Continue reading "Kacey Musgraves announces 2016 tour (dates)" at brooklynvegan

Vektor releasing 'Terminal Redux' (stream a track)
Nov 30, 2015 2:28pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Vektor at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Philadelphia prog-thrash band Vektor will be touring with Voivod and Eight Bells next year. We recently discussed new music from both of their tourmates, but haven't pointed out that Vektor also have a new album on the way called Terminal Redux, due 3/11 via Earache. They're streaming a song called "Ultimate Artificer" in advance of that.

"Ultimate Artifice" is a tight, relentless riff machine that comes at you from all angles. Vektor are one of the few modern thrash bands that seem even mildly interested in pushing the genre in new directions, and the band's prog chops, unusually strong sense of melody, and experimental approach to song construction are all on full display here. That and about a metric ton of amazing riffs. If this is any indication, Terminal Redux is an album to look out for in 2016, and if it wasn't already clear, that Voivod tour is absolutely stacked.

Thirsting for more new metal? As always, Invisible Oranges has a run-down of the newest heavy releases.

Stream "Ultimate Artificer" and check out tour dates below...

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CHVRCHES curate bedtime mix featuring My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai, and more listen
Nov 30, 2015 2:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by David Brendan Hall

In September, Tame Impala put together a “bedtime mix” for BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggert which included Panda Bear, Frank Ocean, Kraftwerk, and more. This week, Taggert’s called on CHVRCHES to curate their own cozy, sleepy time playlist.

The 34-minute collection features cuts from the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai, Aphex Twin, and Brian Eno, among others. Slip under the covers, snuggle up with a couple pillows, and stream the whole mix below.

CHVRCHES’s sophomore album, Every Open Eye, is out now.

Talib Kweli attacked by bigots in Copenhagen
Nov 30, 2015 2:24pm | Fact Magazine

Thankfully, the BK MC is okay.

Talib Kweli was the victim of a racist attack in Copenhagen on November 26, according to his Instagram. The rapper was able to escape the attackers and performed later that night.

“I was attacked by two bigots last night saying they “hate me” and they didn’t even know who I was, they just didn’t like the color of my skin. It wasn’t an Internet attack, it was physical. I was hit and kicked,” he writes.

“It goes to show you that racism and hate doesn’t stop for ppl with money or “celebrity” whatever that means. They stop nothing tho.” [via Pigeons and Planes]

Me and @nikohigh walking into Christiania Copenhagen last night. One of my favorite places in the world until last night. I've been hearing about Danish racism on the rise. I witnessed it firsthand. I was attacked by two bigots last night saying they "hate me" and they didn't even know who I was, they just didn't like the color of my skin. It wasn't an Internet attack, it was physical. I was hit and kicked. Thank you to @nikohigh for helping me get out of there. It goes to show you that racism and hate doesn't stop for ppl with money or "celebrity" whatever that means. They stop nothing tho. The show still went on, Copenhagen was a great crowd. Ev...

The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and Restorations played Webster Hall (pics, review)
Nov 30, 2015 2:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Menzingers / Pianos Become the Teeth / Restorations
The Menzingers
Pianos Become the Teeth

The stacked tour of The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and Restorations hit NYC at Webster Hall on Friday (11/27). It was the final date of the tour, and all the bands mentioned on stage how much they had been loving it. Pianos singer Kyle Durfey said of his band, "I think I speak for the five of us when I say we could tour with these three bands for the rest of our lives."

The venue was still gradually filling up as Restorations abruptly took the stage for their very early 6:15 set time, going right into "Separate Songs" without so much as a "hello" or anything. Each band on this bill was distinctly different from every other, and with Restorations' post-rock-infected heartland rock, they managed to occupy the exact middle ground between The Menzingers and Pianos Become the Teeth. They sounded awesome as always, with a set mostly pulled from last year's LP3 (b...

Track Premiere: Andy Kavanaugh Marsh Marigold / The Golden Fill
Nov 30, 2015 1:56pm | CMJ

The Goodnight Loving was a much-loved ragged roots band from Milwaukee who released some fine recs in the latter 2000s and, while amassing a good cult following, went the way of many bands who prefer authentic fun’n’fury over, say, desperately hoping Miley Cyrus shows up in one of their tees in an ad campaign, or […]

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Jon Batiste led a musical tribute to Allen Toussaint at City Winery (pics)
Nov 30, 2015 1:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Tribute to Allen Toussaint @ City Winery 11/29/2015
The Music of Allen Toussaint - A Memorial Tribute

Over the weekend, NYC celebrated the spirit and music of New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint with a show at City Winery. This was originally supposed to have been an actual Toussaint show before he tragically, unexpectedly died while on tour in Europe. Louisiana native Jon Batiste, who spends most nights these days as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's bandleader, headed up the evening which included appearances from singer/musicians Morgan James, Stacie Orrico, Davell Crawford, Doug Wamble, as well as members of Batiste's band Stay Human, Batiste's father Michael, and more. Pictures from the Toussaint tribute are in this post.

The day before (11/28) there was another Tourssaint tribute, which happened in Washington Square Park. It was in the style of a New Orleans funeral, complete with a marching band. His actual funeral in New Orleans happened November 20 which doubled as a musical tribute with performances/tributes by Cyril Neville, Deacon John, Davell Crawford, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis Costello, John Boutte, Boz Scaggs, and the Preservation Hall Brass Band...

Thom Yorke compares YouTube, Google to Nazi Germany
Nov 30, 2015 1:43pm | Fact Magazine

He likes Boomkat, though.

In an extensive interview with Italy’s La Repubblica, Thom Yorke pivoted from a question about how he listens to music (“Mostly with Boomkat”) to a frequent target of his criticism: YouTube.

“A friend of mine told me about this app to skip commercials on YouTube … They put advertising before any content, making a lot of money and yet, artists are not paid or are paid smalls sums, and apparently this is fine for them.”

“All I know is that they make money from the work of many artists who do not derive any benefit. Service providers make money: Google, YouTube. A lot of money. Oh, sorry, it was yours? Now it is ours. No, no, we are joking, it is always yours, They seize it.”

Then, as required by Godwin’s Law: “Its like what the Nazis did during the Second World War. In fact they all did that during the war, the British too: steal the art from other countries. Whats the difference?” [via CoS]

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