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Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick and more currently on "Bushwick Small World Tour" with four Brooklyn shows this week
Jul 28, 2014 4:48pm | Brooklyn Vegan

DJ Dog Dick at Mercury Lounge in 2013 (more by Jonathon Bernstein)

Black Dice's Eric Copeland,  as well as DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Robot Death Cult and Fluct are currently on what they're calling the "Bushwick Small World Tour", which is a "conscious tour" of six small venues all within the Brooklyn neighborhood. The idea is being pitched as "a funny way to point out the insane amount of hard work and spaces coming out of a 20 block radius." The tour started Saturday (7/26) at Body Actualized Center and then moved to Secret Project Robot on Sunday (7/27). But you've still got four more  chances to witness this, including tonight (7/28) at Trans-Pecos. with Marley G, DJ Jacksy and a mix tape party with Max Alper and Diamond Terrifier too.

The different shows will feature slightly different lineups, with special guests each night. The rest of the tour looks like this:

July 29 @ Shea Stadium with Beech Creeps

July 30 @ The Ho_se with Kneeling Bus, Alaina Stamatis and DJs Prince Rama

July 31 @ Silent Barn w/ Hollow Bush, Non Horse, DJ Scooba Ooba and video art by Arron Warren

Flyer for the "Bushwick Small World Tou...

Meat Puppets & Cass McCombs going on co-headling tour, playing Halloween & All Hallow's Day in NYC (dates)
Jul 28, 2014 4:06pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Meat Puppets at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)

Here's a cool pairing. Alternative rock godfathers Meat Puppets will be teaming up with the newer and consistently impressive songwriter Cass McCombs for a co-headlining tour this fall. The tour hasn't been announced in full yet, but many of the dates have been revealed including a two-night stand in NYC at Rough Trade on Halloween and All Hallows Day (or Samhain, if you prefer). Meat Puppets headline on night 1 and they'll switch for night 2. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.

Meat Puppets' classic Meat Puppets II turned 30 earlier this year. Stream it, with a Cass McCombs video and a list of all currently known dates, below...

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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' - watch first trailer
Jul 28, 2014 4:03pm | NME
Peter Jackson's swan song to the epic world of J.R.R. Tolkein

Sharon Van Etten guesting on new She Keeps Bees album, touring w/ Tiny Ruins (dates ++ Letterman & KEXP live video)
Jul 28, 2014 3:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Sharon Van Etten at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Following the release of her most recent album, Are We There, Sharon Van Etten has been all over the place lately. Back in early July, Sharon brought her band for a 20 minute live performance on KEXP, which you can now watch in its entirety online. Then last week, right before playing Pitchfork Fest, she stopped by on Letterman for a fantastic performance of "Every Time the Sun Comes Up." She also has a new video out for "Our Love." You can check out all those videos below.

She's also been featured performing on some other artists' songs. In addition to appearing on a recent Leverage Models song and video last year, she's featured on two tracks on the upcoming She Keeps Bees album, Eight Houses, which is out via Future Gods on September 16. (Sharon and She Keeps Bees are old pals.) There's a video for one of the songs featuring Sharon, titled "Is What It Is," which you can also watch below.

Sharon also has added some fall dates to her ongoing tour, including a run of dates with Tiny Ruins. Nothing with the two in NYC, unfortunately, but Tiny Ruins do have two smaller club shows here: August 9 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) with Cassie Ramone and August 10 at Baby's All Right (tickets) with Tashaki Miyaki, Weyes Blood and Belle Mare. The New Zealand folk a...

Vybz Kartels Beautiful Girl gets an unofficial video starring Jamaican LGBTQ youth
Jul 28, 2014 3:54pm | Chart Attack

After a career spent denouncing homosexuality, Vybz Kartel made a small movement towards acceptance, but it wasn't enough to fully atone before he was sentenced to life in prison for murder. So we can say with almost absolute certainty that the Jamaican dancehall star would not approve of this unofficial video for his song "Beautiful Girl," co-directed by Andy Capper and Adri Murguia.

It was filmed on location during a shoot for a Vice documentary in Kingston, Jamaica, where the city's LGBTQ youth have been marginalized from society by discrimination and violence to live in the city's storm drains and sewers. With a fog machine, a generator and some studio lights, the gyrating youth take the genre's powerful sexuality and turn into an occasionally direct confrontation the society that produced it. Brave doesn't even begin to describe. Give it a much-needed upvote on YouTube.

Vybz Kartel’s “Beautiful Girl” gets an unofficial video starring Jamaican LGBTQ youth by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.

Meatbodies Tremmors
Jul 28, 2014 3:53pm | StereoGum

L.A. rocker Chad Ubovich has done time on guitar and bass in Mikal Cronin’s band and on bass with the Ty Segall-affiliated garage rock project FUZZ. He’s now fronting his own band, the marvelously named Meatbodies, and they’re putting out a self-titled LP on In The Red this fall. Lead single “Tremmors” matches straight-up Zeppelin crunch with colorful psych-rock flourishes that remind me of ’90s Flaming Lips and Tripping Daisy. Fans of humongous power chords, shit-kicking drums, and wildly wailed melodies must listen below.


Meatbodies announce debut album, touring this fall, playing NYC during CMJ (dates, new song stream)
Jul 28, 2014 3:45pm | Brooklyn Vegan

LA band Meatbodies, who released a 7" on Ty Segall's God imprint and toured through NYC earlier this summer, have just announced their self-titled debut album, which will be out via In the Red on October 14. You can stream the very crunchy "Tremmors" from it in this post.

Meatbodies will be on tour this fall, doing stints with Purling Hiss and Hunters. In between those runs, they'll be in NYC for CMJ on October 23 & 24. No firm details yet, expect those to be revealed closer to the fest.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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Connections Beat The Sky Video
Jul 28, 2014 3:27pm | StereoGum

Last month, we premiered “Beat The Sky,” a new track from the prolific Columbus band Connections, who were also one of our best new bands of 2013. Now they’ve shared the new song’s video, which is your typical band-playing-a-show montage that’s elevated by the group’s energetic and earnest punk, and some cool-looking cloud-related effects. Watch below.


Walt From Lost Is In That Pop Group Youve Been Hearing On The Radio All Month
Jul 28, 2014 3:26pm | StereoGum

Waaaaaaaaaaaaalt! Turns out Malcolm David Kelly, who played Walt on Lost, is the MK half of the pop duo MKTO alongside Tony Ortiz. Their song “Classic” has been getting major top 40 airplay this summer. It’s the song that compares the object of the singers’ affections to classic pop music and old-school movie pinups — you know, the one that goes, “I wanna thrill you like Michael/ I wanna kiss you like Prince/ Let’s get it on like Marvin Gaye/ Like Hathaway write a song for you like this” and “Hepburn, Beyonce, Marilyn, Massey!” Kelly delivers the song’s rap verse while Ortiz handles the singing. If it’s still not ringing a bell, here it is.


She Keeps Bees Is What It Is (Feat. Sharon Van Etten) Video
Jul 28, 2014 3:25pm | StereoGum

A month ago, She Keeps Bees shared the affectingly minimal “Is What It Is,” from their upcoming album Eight Houses, featuring Sharon Van Etten on backup vocals. The song seems made for lonely late-night drives, and the font of the title card for its new video, appearing above a car speeding down a darkened highway, immediately brings to mind the moody aesthetic of the film Drive. That’s where the similarities end, however — rather than neon violence, the Keith Musil-directed clip is full of subdued emotion and odd beauty, at once seeming both real and surreal as a young ballerina slips out the window and performs a dance routine atop her mother’s moving car. Watch it below.


Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj Bang Bang
Jul 28, 2014 3:24pm | StereoGum

If you completely forgot about the existence of Jessie J, everyone will understand. The London pop singer hasn’t really made much impact in America since she released the butt-ass awful “Price Tag” more than three years ago. But today, she’s toplining a new song called “Bang Bang” that also features dominant pop queens Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. And the song, it turns out, is fun as hell, a giddy blast of energy with a hammering rhythm track and a slick double-time Nicki verse and a wailing-too-hard-to-let-you-hear-yourself-thing chorus. Give it a listen below.


stream Spoon's new album, 'They Want My Soul'
Jul 28, 2014 3:21pm | Brooklyn Vegan

As you may know, Spoon will release their new album, They Want My Soul, next week (8/5). You can stream it now, though, over at iTunes Radio.

In other news, frontman Britt Daniels talked with The Guardian about seven Spoon songs that define their sound, which is a pretty good read. Spoon will be in NYC soon for their Central Park Summerstage show on September 10 as part of their upcoming tour. Tickets for that show are still available.

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DIIV's Zachary Cole Talks Arrest, Addiction...
Jul 28, 2014 3:17pm | The Daily Swarm

From Stereogum:

I feel like theres all this weird mythology that sort of surrounds me, and it distracts from the purity of the band, he says. If somebody mentioned DIIV, they wouldnt hum the song, theyd be like, Oh yeah, the guy who got pulled over driving a stolen car with heroin in it. I really hate that. DIIV began as an intentionally shadowy enterprise, but Smith has become far from anonymous over the past two years. I never wanted my face or personality to be part of the band, but it became inevitable, he says. This next record I did want to reveal myself a little bit more, but I never wanted to feel so exposed as I do now. I just feel like out there on the internet Im just standing there completely naked and everybodys just gawking, like, Man, you fucking loser. Whenever he returns to this subject which is often his voice quivers with a fragility that matches his boyish frame.

I just feel like people who prosecute drug addicts, they have no ability to understand what its like to struggle with addiction, he says, troubled by the lack of empathy. Ive spent a lot of time in therapy and in rehab and different stuff thats helped me learn how to handle it on my own, but they dont really offer resources for how to talk to the general public about it. I know how to involve my girlfriend and my mom and my friends in my recovery, but when it comes down to the general public, it...

Pussy Riot to sue Russian government over imprisonment
Jul 28, 2014 3:09pm | NME
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are seeking £71,000 each in compensation

The Dillinger Escape Plan playing Party Smasher Inc show at Saint Vitus on Thursday before NIN/Soundgarden tour
Jul 28, 2014 3:03pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Dillinger Escape Plan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed )

The Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden tour hits the NYC-area this week, including the NJ show on Saturday (8/2) that The Dillinger Escape Plan open. Right before DEP hook up with that tour though, they'll headline a much smaller show in NYC on Thursday (7/31) at Saint Vitus with local-ish openers Torrential Downpour and Meek Is Murder, both of whom have a tech-y sound that will pair well with DEP, and Mothership. $5 tickets go on sale Tuesday (7/29) at noon. Flyer below.

The show is presented by Party Smasher Inc, the "collective of creative professionals and artistic provocateurs" that was founded by DEP guitarist Ben Weinman, and just recently launched their website, which is a "one-stop portal for musicians, photographers, illustrators, fashion designers and industry mavericks of all stripes."

Updated DEP dates are listed, with that flyer and the Party Smasher Inc logo, below...

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