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What's going on Wednesday? (Neutral Milk Hotel, Bl'ast, Witch, Danny Brown, The Fresh & Onlys, Matmos, more)
Jul 22, 2014 11:21pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Danny Brown at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

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

Neutral Milk Hotel, Circulatory System @ Prospect Park Bandshell
While Jeff Mangum hasn't released any new music since 1998's In The Aeoplane Over the Sea, nobody really seems to mind now seeing how he and NMH are finally playing shows again, and many people are getting to hear those songs live for the first time. Following this past winter's shows, he and the band now return to NYC for a victory lap at these two outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn! shows, which sounds like a nice place to hear the classics. This is night 2.

The Fresh and Onlys, The Shilohs, Christines @ Glasslands
Lumped in with the SF garage rock scene, The Fresh & Onlys make a twangy, tuneful brand of psych rock with distinct postpunk flourishes courtesy guitarist Wymond Miles. They really don't sound like anyone else  and are always worth catching live. Canadian ourmates The Shilohs make a decidedly Beatlesque brand of pop, and openers Christines owe just a little to '90s-era shoegaze.

FREEMAN, White Lighters @ Baby's All Right
With his long-running band a done deal, the artist formerly known as Gene Ween released his new solo album today via Partisan. He's got a soft spot for '70s pop on the new album which is an enjoyable listen.

Witch, Ruby th...

Listen: The Rentals new song 1000 Seasons
Jul 22, 2014 8:57pm | Cosequence Of Sound

The Rentals, the project of former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp, return on August 26th with their first album in over 15 years, Lost in Alphaville. Also featuring The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, Ryen Slegr of Ozma, The Section Quartet pianist Lauren Chipman, and Lucius own Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the album was first previewed by “Thought of Sound”. Now, the quasi-supergroup has unleashed “1000 Seasons”.

Like its predecessor, “1000 Seasons” sees The Rentals recalling the crunchy power-pop of the late 90s. As heavy-breathing guitars and squealing synths scream off into space, Sharp laments our modern reliance on impersonal, instant communication. “But words are not as romantic as they cross the Atlantic in some viritual cry for help,” he sings, urging us to “write it, write it, write it down” while the ladies of Lucius promise, “I will read it when the days dont move so fast.”

Take a listen below:

James Murphy to score, Ad-Rock to star in Noah Baumbachs new film While Were Young
Jul 22, 2014 8:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Two big-name musicians are contributing to Noah Baumbach’s new film, While We’re Young, but in entirely different capacities. LCD Soundystems James Murphy will provide the original soundtrack, while Beastie Boys Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz has signed on to star in the leading role (via SPIN).

Murphy previously scored Baumbach’s 2010 film Greenberg. Ad-Rock, meanwhile, has some experience acting, appearing in several films and TV shows in the 1980s and 90s. More recently, he made cameos as himself in 30 Rock and Inside Amy Schumer.

Of course, Murphy and Ad-Rock also have their own history together involving a broken refrigerator.

According to a plot synopsis on IMDB, “While We’re Young is about “an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife find their lives loosened up a bit after befriending a free-spirited younger couple.” The film also stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, and Adam Driver. Ad-Rock is set to play Stiller and Watts’ married friend. It’s set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Get a taste of Ad-Rock’s acting work in this trailer for the 1989 film Lost Angels:

Even Jack White is miserable attending a Cubs game
Jul 22, 2014 8:14pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Full disclosure: I’m a Mets fan living in the heart of Wrigleyville, mere blocks aways from Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. I have nothing against the Cubs, but I take glee in their 100-plus years of losing, solely because if they were to win a World Series, my apartment would likely be burned to the ground in the subsequent celebration riots. Jack White, on the other hand, seems less than thrilled by the product being put out on the field. Ahead of his two-night concert stint in Chicago this week, White made the trek north to catch tonight’s Cubs-Padres game. Per Jeb Lund, he doesn’t look too pleased with what he sees.

Watch Jack White Sing Lordes Royals In Milwaukee
Jul 22, 2014 7:27pm | StereoGum

Jack White has been incorporating a lot of covers into his set recently — just this weekend, he did a quick shoutout to Jay Z’s “99 Problems” and last month he covered Kanye, Beck, and the Stooges all in one show. The latest to get the cover treatment is Lorde’s “Royals,” which seems to be a favorite among older rock musicians trying to recapture their youth with Krist Novoselic and Bruce Springsteen recently providing their takes on the chart-topper. There’s still no full video of the performance but there is a quick Instagram, which you can watch below.


Stream: Tame Impalas new EP, Live Versions
Jul 22, 2014 7:02pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Back in April, Tame Impala released their Live Versions for Record Store Day. According to a press release, the nine-track collection went on to become to highest-selling vinyl of RSD 2014. Now, Modular is releasing the EP for mass consumption; it’s available for purchase here and is streaming below via Spotify.

The recordings are pulled from an October 2013 show at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre, feature material from as far back as their 2006 self-titled EP. Frontman Kevin Parker hand-selected each song. “His goal was to give fans something they wont already have,” reads press for the release, “something theyve only previously experienced at a Tame Impala show.”

As such, jams often stretch the songs far longer than their original versions, with some breaking the seven-minute mark handily. Also included is a brief, previously-unreleased instrumental called “Sestri Levante”. Take a listen to all the Live Versions below.

Live Versions Tracklist:
01. Endors Toi
02. Why Wont You Make Up Your Mind
03. Sestri Levante
04. Mind Mischief
05. Desire Be Desire Go
06. Half Full Glass
07. Be Above It
08. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
09. Apocalypse Dreams

Bobby Shmurda Isn't Good for Hip-Hop...
Jul 22, 2014 7:02pm | The Daily Swarm

From Rap Rehab:

While watching the video for Hot N**** by Epic Records newest artist Bobby Shmurda, I could hear a voice in my head repeatedly cry out, the music industry hates Black people.

Out of countless amazingly talented unsigned artists waiting for their big break, why would a record company sign yet another half-ass artist whose message is all about death, murder, guns, and more death? It couldnt possibly be about all the money they project making off this Youtube one-hit wonder since the past couple of years have shown us that viral video stars like Trinidad James and Chief Keef dont necessarily translate to real-world superstardom.

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Tuatara Snakecharmer
Jul 22, 2014 6:57pm | StereoGum

Tuatara is a band with a lot of pedigree: started by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, the Screaming Trees’ Barrett Martin, Luna and the Chills’ bassist Justin Harwood, and saxophone player Skerik in the late ’90s, they’ve been consistently putting out albums of their rock/jazz fusion. We’re already heard “The Skeleton Getdown” from their upcoming new double album Underworld and now here’s the short but sweet “Snakecharmer,” where they’re once again joined by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready on guitar. Listen below.


'Space Station 76' Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler in sci-fi spoof - watch first trailer
Jul 22, 2014 6:48pm | NME
SXSW comedy like 'Anchorman' meets 'Airplane' in space

FKA Twigs: From Backup to Main Attraction...
Jul 22, 2014 6:37pm | The Daily Swarm

From Pitchfork:

FKA twigs, the 26-year-old singer and producer born Tahliah Barnett, paces around her Manhattan hotel room on an evening in late June, impatiently refreshing her email on her iPhone. The Londoner is waiting for Nabil Elderkin, the in-demand director behind videos like Frank Oceans Pyramids and Nicki Minajs Lookin Ass, to send her the final cut of the visual for her new single Two Weeks. While recording her upcoming debut album, LP1, Barnett inched toward artistic autonomy, teaching herself how to use the software necessary to produce or co-produce many of her songs (alongside bold names including Adele collaborator Paul Epworth and sometime Drake hook man Sampha). She paints herself as a goal-oriented perfectionist. I have to learn everything there is to learn, she says at one point. So she seems a bit unnerved anticipating Elderkins edit, tripping up when she tries to describe the videos concept. Its really complicated, she concedes.

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Iggy Azalea-Loving Americans Arent Ready For A Tupac Musical Says Saul Williams
Jul 22, 2014 6:26pm | StereoGum

The Tupac-inspired musical Holler If Ya Hear Me closed on Sunday after only 55 performances and a month on Broadway. The show starred Saul Williams, who talked to Rolling Stone about the musical’s closing and put the blame on a lot of people. First, he tackled the helpful Broadway ticket-selling TKTS workers for being honest about the quality of the show and the reviewers for “something deeply embedded in a lot of the reviews that went deeper than just a dislike of the play,” also known as racism. He finally landed on what’s probably the real reason: Iggy Azalea. “There is no disconnect between this and Iggy Azalea, an Australian girl rapping with a southern accent, being Number One on the charts. It’s all related to where we are right now as a culture and within the culture of the arts.” While there is some argument to be made for America’s propensity for rappers like Azalea and Macklemore, it’s a leap to blame the show’s failure on that. It’s more likely that no one wanted to see it because by pretty much all accounts, it was very bad and uninspired. Oh well, life goes on and all “twenty-six thousand people” that Williams said gave a standing ovation will just remember Holler as a fond, distant memory.


Edgar Wright to follow 'The World's End' with 'Baby Driver'
Jul 22, 2014 5:55pm | NME
'Cornetto Trilogy' director back to Working Title Films following departure from Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

The Rentals 1000 Seasons
Jul 22, 2014 5:51pm | StereoGum

Last month, the Rentals announced that they were releasing their first album in a decade and a half and shared the new song “Thought Of Sound.” The group is still primarily the project of ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp but he’s joined by an all-new lineup and “1000 Seasons” makes good use of them, with solid drumming from the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, guitars from Ozma’s Ryen Slegr, strings from Lauren Chipman, and vocals from Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of indie-pop group Lucius. The song is all about the passage of time, which is appropriate considering how long the band has been gone. Listen below.


Pitchfork Music Festival: July 18-20, 2014
Jul 22, 2014 4:48pm | CMJ

This past weekend, Pitchfork hosted their annual Chicago-based Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park with headlining acts Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and Kendrick Lamar. The auxiliary lineup was more than impressive though, with acts booked like the ever-elusive, London-based trip-hop group FKA Twigs, the Brooklyn hardcore band Perfect Pussy and the somber guitar musings of Sun Kil Moon.

On Friday, the first of three gloriously temperate days, the OWSLA act Hundred Waters opened the festival with introspective electronic music that swayed between wavering and delicate to violent and abrasive. Across the park, the industrial house act Factory Floor followed. The steely and reserved English trio broke the fourth wall when vocalist/guitarist Nik Colk cracked a wide smile at all the erratic limbs flailing in the crowd. Their set may have been the most physically engaging electronic act of the festival, save for Grimes. Sharon Van Etten played soon after, one of the days undisputed highlights. Showing off her chops on the omnichord, Van Etten jettisoned through songs like Taking Chances and Your Love Is Killing Me. Each song felt deeply personal, wildly emotional, impossible not to empathize with, and her voice, synched with her magnanimous stage presence, was absolutely chilling.

As the female rapper wunderkind SZA performed catty-corner across the park, Sun Kil Moon played the main stage in the late afternoon for an expansive, ge...

The Rentals release second song from new album; Weezer share 'Back to the Shack'
Jul 22, 2014 4:46pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Matt Sharp's band The Rentals, whose line-up these days includes Lucius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig as well as Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, will release their long-awaited (15 years) new album, Lost in Alphaville, on August 26. They've just released a second track from the album, "1000 Seasons," which is an ode to making a connection in today's hyper-connected world. Stream it below. Still no tour dates announced

Meanwhile, Matt's old band, Weezer, also released the studio version of riff-rocker "Back to the Shack," which is the first single for their new album, from their new album, Everything Will Be All Right in the End. Stream that below too.

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