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Win: The Best Independent Albums of 2015
Dec 21, 2016 7:42am | Drowned In Sound
A massive giveaway for one lucky DiSser.

Now that we have revealed our albums of the year, we can now offer you one of the biggest competition prizes we've ever run.

One lucky DiSser will win an absolutely massive pile of signed vinyl, a stack of CDs, some t-shirts, posters, and there's even a super-rare limited edition Pixies cassette. There's everything from CD editions of our album of the year (spoiler alert!) by Father John Misty to Joanna Newsom, Girl Band, John Grant, Jamie xx, Sleater-Kinney, Bjork, Beach House (both 2015 releases including the velvet sleeve edition of Depression Cherry, plus poster), Kurt Vile, Editors (special Japanese edition of the album), Temples (holographic 12" + t-shirt), Fat White Family (badges and t-shirt), Alabama Shakes, Battles, Gwenno, Songhoy Blues, Soak, Deerhunter, El Vy, Ezra Furman and loads more. Plus signed vinyl including Faith No More, Ghostpoet, Enter Shikari, Roisin Murphy, Spookyland, Genghar, Claptone (plus mask!), and another PIAS tote bag full of records... In fact, there's too much to lift, and the winner will get so much stuff that it's probably going to require the world's strongest postman to deliver it.

To win all of this, all you need to do is be a...

What's going on Saturday? (Wilco, Shearwater, Chumped, Lady Leshurr, Oberhofer, Wolf Eyes & more)
Feb 5, 2016 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Shearwater at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Wilco, Steve Gunn @ Kings Theatre
Wilco have been making good to great records for over two decades now, the latest being last year's Star Wars. Their current tour hits Brooklyn venue Kings Theatre twice this weekend. This is night 2, with experimental musician (and Kurt Vile collaborator) Steve Gunn opening.

Shearwater, Jib Kidder @ Mercury Lounge
Shearwater's new album Jet Plane and Oxbow is another winner, and it's nothing if not ambitious. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on this tour, and it's sold out.

Chumped, Jeff Rosenstock, Chris Gethard (as Morrissey), Adult Dude @ Suburbia
Chumped were quite possibly the best real-deal pop punk band in Brooklyn during their short run. They're sadly calling it quits, but not before two final shows at DIY spot Suburbia. This is the second, and there are some pretty amazing openers. Jeff Rosenstock could easily pack this place on his own, an Chris Gethard as Morrissey is sure to be a good time.

Wolf Eyes, Michigan Underground @ Union Pool
Wolf Eyes three-show Union Pool residency wraps up tonight with a highly experimental/improvisational set, feat...

Future releases new album EVOL
Feb 5, 2016 8:25pm | Fact Magazine

The rapper’s newest full length is here.

As DJ Khaled promised, Future’s new album EVOL is available now. The album comes less than a month after the mixtape Purple Reign and features 11 tracks. The album does not contain the previously released track ‘In Abundance’, however it does include the recently dropped ‘Fly Shit Only’ and the previously released Weeknd collaboration ‘Low Life’. We’re understandably excited — his previous album DS2 was one of our top 10 favorite albums of last year.

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Stream: Futures new album EVOL
Feb 5, 2016 8:16pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Today, Future releases his new album, EVOL, via Epic Records. It’s available to stream on Apple Music and purchase digitally through iTunes.

The 11-track effort serves as the Atlanta rapper’s fourth full-length overall following one of 2015’s best, Dirty Sprite 2. It’s also the latest in a string of projects from the ever-prolific MC, coming just months after his Purple Reign mixtape and What A Time To Be Alive, his joint tape with Drake.

EVOL debuted in full earlier tonight during DJ Khaleds new Beats 1 show, We the Best Radio, before hitting streaming platforms.

The album is preceded by The Weeknd-aided Low Life and “Fly Shit Only”. Revisit “Low Life” below.

EVOL Tracklist:
01. Aint No Time
02. In Her Mouth
03. Maybach
04. Xanny Family
05. Lil Haiti Baby
06. Photo Copied
07. Seven Rings
08. Lie to Me
09. Program
10. Low Life (feat. The Weeknd)
11. Fly Shit Only

Futures EVOL Is Out Now
Feb 5, 2016 8:06pm | StereoGum
Future's EVOL Is Out NowAs promised, Future has just dropped his new album EVOL, only two days after its official announcement and two weeks after his last mixtape Purple Reign. This marks his seventh full-length release in the past 16 months, so even if you don't buy our argument that Future might be the best rapper … More »

Ty Dolla $ign & HWLS Plays
Feb 5, 2016 7:04pm | StereoGum
Ty Dolla $ign & HWLS - Yours Truly's Songs From Scratch series pairs up vocalists and producers who might otherwise never work together, and it's resulted in plenty of great collaborations. As Pitchfork points out, the latest installment teams up West Coast R&B playboy Ty Dolla $ign with Ta-ku and Kit Pop, the Australian production duo known as HWLS. More »

Kurt Russell Smashed An Actual 19th Century Antique Guitar In The Hateful Eight, Museum Isnt Happy
Feb 5, 2016 6:43pm | StereoGum
Kurt Russell Smashed An Actual 19th Century Antique Guitar In The Hateful Eight, Museum Isn't HappyThere's a scene in Quentin Tarantino's new movie The Hateful Eight where bounty hunter John Ruth, played by Kurt Russell, grabs a guitar from his prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and smashes it against a beam in one the film's many, many outbursts of sudden violence. (It is a Tarantino movie.) … More »

Shut Up, Dude: This Weeks Best And Worst Comments
Feb 5, 2016 5:29pm | StereoGum
Shut Up, DudeA fun fact about me is that I have never seen a football game. Ive seen clips, of course, but not enough to really understand the rules or know any players. One thing I do understand, though, is Coldplay. So Im super pumped for Sunday. See you at Blocheads house. More »

Anderson .Paak played SOB's & 'Colbert' (pics, video, review)
Feb 5, 2016 5:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by PSquared; words by Andrew Sacher

Anderson Paak

Last month, Anderson .Paak released Malibu, his first album since getting a serious career boost by being the breakout star of Dr. Dre's album Compton. He came to NYC this week to celebrate (after being delayed by Winter Storm Jonas), hitting The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday (2/3) and a sold-out SOB's show last night (2/4).

Last night's show began with just Anderson's DJ on stage, and seconds later Anderson's voice started coming through the PA as he slowly made his way to the stage. It was pretty clear from that instant that he'd have the crowd in the palm of his hands the whole night. He introduced his next song by shouting out Dr. Dre and DJ Premier (the latter of whom was in the house) and then played his Dre/Premo collab "Animals" from Compton. Once he got into the Malibu stuff, his ace band joined him on stage. In addition to the DJ (who also plays electronic drum pads), he's got a guitarist and a bassist, and Anderson himself takes over on live drums for about half the set. He's most entertaining when he's up front, so it's almost too bad that there isn't another full-time drummer, but when he gets behind that kit he kills. He's easily as good at drumming as he is at singing and rapping, and when he really go...

Kendrick Lamar, Black Keys, Lars Ulrich to induct 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class
Feb 5, 2016 4:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Snubbing acts like Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, and Janet Jackson, this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class includes N.W.A., Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Chicago, and Steve Miller. Today, the Hall announced the artists who will be inducting the new class, and it’s perhaps an even more interesting list than the inductees themselves.

Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will all be on hand for the April 8th ceremony. Oh, and so will Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, for some reason.

It would stand to reason that Lamar will induct N.W.A., but as for whom the others will give speeches for, it’s anyone’s guess. My guess would be Ulrich inducting Deep Purple, The Black Keys for Cheap Trick, and Thomas welcoming Miller. Of course, that still leaves Chicago without an inductor, so it’s likely there’s one more name yet to be announced.

The RaRHoF ceremony will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 8th.

The Monkees recruited Rivers Cuomo to write a song for their new album, and it went as well as youd expect
Feb 5, 2016 4:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

The Monkees are marking their 50th anniversary as a band by releasing an album containing material written by songwriters new and old. One such collaborator is Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and the initial draft of his song left much to be desired, as The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz explained to Rolling Stone.

“We all agree that the lyrics in the Rivers Cuomo song needed to be aged up a little but,” Dolenz explained. “It sounds like it’s about a little girl and I’m 70 years old, so Rivers is re-writing the lyrics.”

The album, entitled Good Times!, also promises songs written by Noel Gallagher, Death Cab For Cuties Ben Gibbard, Neil Diamond, and Carol King, with production by Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger.

Good Times!, out June 10th, marks The Monkees’ first release following the passing of singer Davy Jones in 2012. According to Rolling Stone, Michael Nesmith is not expected to participate in the album, leaving Dolenz and Peter Tork to record as a pair.

Good Times! Artwork:

monkeys good times

In support, Dolenz and ...

Gun Outfit King Of Hearts
Feb 5, 2016 3:59pm | StereoGum
gunoutfit-kingGun Outfit just released their most recent full-length, Dream All Over, in October, but the Olympia band is quickly following that up with a new EP, Two Way Player. We've already heard "Expansion Pact" and "Make Me Promise" from the upcoming release, and today they've shared a third track, "King Of Hearts," … More »

Megaphono festival underway in Ottawa: pics & report from day 1 w/ The Acorn, Emilie & Ogden, more
Feb 5, 2016 3:37pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Acorn / Emilie & Ogden / Patchostars @ Megaphono 2/2/2016
Megaphono 2016 Day 1
Megaphono 2016 Day 1
Megaphono 2016 Day 1

The second annual Megaphono music festival kicked off earlier this week in Ottawa, Canada. Focusing on the Ottawa music scene, the industry event has brought delegates from North America and abroad in a large swath of capacities from booking agents to publicists, managers to music publishers. And even a photographer from New York. I'll be filing dispatches from the four-day festival here in Canada's capital and we get started with the first day of the festival from Tuesday (2/2).

The opening night of Megaphono began in the gorgeous St. Alban's Church and a keynote speech by rock critic Jessica Hopper. Her book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, was released last year. Hopper's keynote address was brief, 20 maybe 25 minutes tops and touched on the state of women, and their treatment, in a male-dominated music industry. Disappointing was the lack of Q&A after the address. The forum to ...

Meek Mill Placed On 90-Day House Arrest
Feb 5, 2016 3:29pm | StereoGum
Meek-MillAmid his ongoing beef with Drake (which bafflingly continues even though Drake clearly won), Meek Mill has had some more important matters to deal with. According to The FADER, a Philadelphia judge found him guilty of violating his parole in December, and today he was sentenced to a 90-day house … More »

Phish announce 2016 summer tour dates
Feb 5, 2016 3:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Phish at MSG in 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)

With their New Year's MSG run behind them, Phish have announced a summer tour. There's an online ticket request period underway now at It runs through Friday 21 at 11:59 PM, and tickets go on sale to the public February 25.

This tour doesn't hit NYC, but it comes close for a three-night run at Saratoga Performing Arts Center from July 1-3 and a Hartford show on July 8 at Xfinity Theatre. All dates are listed below...

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