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What's going on Sunday? (Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Dave Harrington, Peter Silberman, My Favorite & more)
Dec 21, 2014 2:47am | Brooklyn Vegan

The Front Bottoms at Best Buy Theater in June (more by Mimi Hong)

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

'Champagne Jam' w/ The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, Magic Mike, So So Glos, Big Ups, Kitty, GDP, Baby Baby, Chris Gethard, Emperor X, Prawn, Tiny Moving Parts, The Guru, Girl Spells @ Webster Hall
BrooklynVegan is proud to co-present this show with headliners The Front Bottoms, which includes a lot of other cool stuff too like Hold Steady singer Craig Finn in solo mode, Meredith Graves' new pal Kevin Devine, post-hardcore noisemakers Big Ups, quirky rappers Kitty and GDP, mathy emo bands Prawn and Tiny Moving Parts, the very funny Chris Gethard, the magician Magic Mike and still more.

Matchess, Cigarettes After Sex, Gel Set, PROMISE LAND @ Baby's All Right
When she's not unleashing her powerful pipes as part of Chicago postpunk outfit Verma, Whitney Johnson makes beguiling soundscapes under the moniker Matchess. She released Seraphastra on cassette in 2013 which got a vinyl release this year via Trouble in Mind. There are vocals but it's more siren song than banshee here.

Heathers, My Favorite, Gingerlys, Expert Alterations @ Cake Shop
NYC indiepop cult heroes My Favorite reformed for this year's Popfest and appear to be back in business for real. They play tonight with the shoegazy Gingerl...



David Fincher to direct an HBO series about the music video industry
Dec 20, 2014 4:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Before helming films like Se7enGone Girl, and The Social Network, David Fincher spent the 80s directing music videos for A-list acts like The Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Sting. Now, hes set to revisit those early days with an forthcoming series for HBO.

According to Deadline, Fincher will direct Living On Video, a half-hour comedy about the music video industry in Los Angeles circa 1983. The series will focus on a main character named Bobby, a recent college dropout who heads to Hollywood in the hopes of directing a sci-fi epic, only to land work as a PA at a video production company.

Living On Video will reportedly resemble the structure of HBO mainstay Entourage, as Bobby comes into contact with big-name directors, publicists, crew members, and record executives of the “then-exploding video industry.”

Fincher developed the concept alongside Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Bob Stevenson, an early collaborator from his video directing days. Wilkes and Stevenson will also write the series. Though casting is still underway, a pilot episode has already been given the go-ahead by HBOs top brass.

This isnt the only music-centric series coming to HBO. Earlier this week, the broadcast giant picked up Martin Scorsese and Mick Jaggers long-in-the-works TV series about a 70s New York City record label executive.

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David Fincher to direct an HBO series about the music video industry
Dec 20, 2014 4:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Before helming films like Se7enGone Girl, and The Social Network, David Fincher spent the 80s directing music videos for A-list acts like The Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Sting. Now, hes set to revisit those early days with an forthcoming series for HBO.

According to Deadline, Fincher will direct Living On Video, a half-hour comedy about the music video industry in Los Angeles circa 1983. The series will focus on a main character named Bobby, a recent college dropout who heads to Hollywood in the hopes of directing a sci-fi epic, only to land work as a PA at a video production company.

Living On Video will reportedly resemble the structure of HBO mainstay Entourage, as Bobby comes into contact with big-name directors, publicists, crew members, and record executives of the “then-exploding video industry.”

Fincher developed the concept alongside Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Bob Stevenson, an early collaborator from his video directing days. Wilkes and Stevenson will also write the series. Though casting is still underway, a pilot episode has already been given the go-ahead by HBOs top brass.

This isnt the only music-centric series coming to HBO. Earlier this week, the broadcast giant picked up Martin Scorsese and Mick Jaggers long-in-the-works TV series about a 70s New York City record label executive.

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Grimes reveals the origins of her name
Dec 20, 2014 3:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Ever wonder how young Claire Boucher became the hyperactive superwoman of Avant garde synthpop we know as Grimes? It seems we have MySpace to thank .

According to a series of tweets posted Saturday, Boucher came up with the name Grimes while filling out her MySpace artist page. “On myspace ur genre could be grime and u could have 3 genres so i was plural grime, b4 knowing what grime was,” she explained. “I was very please to discover that i actually loved grime music.”

Boucher originally told journalists that she drew inspiration from experimental artist Ken Grimes and The Simpsons character Frank Grimes. She admitted she was “originally too embarrassed” to reveal the name’s true origins.

on myspace ur genre could be grime and u could have 3 genres so i was plural grime, b4 knowing what grime was

— Clear Butcher (@Grimezsz) December 20, 2014

i was originally too embarased of this story so i told journalists i was named after frank grimes, who is also very cool

— Clear Butcher (@Grimezsz) December 20, 2014

or wait, no i said i was named after someone else named grimes argh, — see this is why you shouldnt lie to journalists

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The Twilight Sad at Glasgows O2 ABC
Dec 20, 2014 3:30pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The Kilsyth outfit play a headline show in Glasgow. Matthew McAndrew provides the pictures.>

St. Vincent at Frank Erwin Center in Austin
Dec 20, 2014 3:00pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Annie Clark plays a support slot for the Black Keys at the University of Texas at Austin venue. Jessica Alexander shoots.>

The Black Keys at Frank Erwin Center in Austin
Dec 20, 2014 3:00pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney play a headline show in Austin as part of their US tour. Jessica Alexander provides the pictures.>

Madonna announces new album, featuring a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna" ft. Nicki Minaj (hear 6 songs now)
Dec 20, 2014 2:46pm | Brooklyn Vegan

You may have heard that demos of a new Madonna album leaked this week, and that she responded by saying she was "artistically raped" by hackers. Well now the Queen of Pop has officially announced her new album, which is called Rebel Heart and will be out on March 10 via Interscope.

She's also made six of the tracks available right now, including one called "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj (!), and some of those tracks were produced by Kanye West and Diplo, according to Billboard. The album also may feature production from Blood Diamonds, SOPHIE, and not Ariel Pink.

You can purchase those six tracks via iTunes and stream them via Spotify below...

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Shut Up, Dude: This Weeks Best And Worst Comments
Dec 20, 2014 1:42pm | StereoGum

Twas the Shut Up, Dude before Christmas when all through the blog not a reader was trolling not even RubJohn. This week D’Angelo messed up our Best Albums Of 2014 list, but his surprise LP doesn’t have to mess up yours: The Gummy Awards will launch next week — sorry for the delay, there was a tech problem — and you’ll all get a last chance to weigh in on the year’s best music. We also have a lot more great features coming to our year-end coverage. Your best and worst comments are below!

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iLoveMakonnen × Ezra Koenig × Despot Down 4 So Long (Remix)
Dec 20, 2014 11:09am | StereoGum

iLoveMakonnen has teamed up with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and Despot for a remix of his track “Down 4 So Long,” which was released as a one-off earlier this year. Both Koenig and Despot contribute verses surrounded by Makonnen’s hook — Koenig shouts out the “Shmoney Dance” and Monaco on his. The track was released as part of Red Bull’s 20 Before 15, and is the final song to be released in the series, which has featured tracks from Jessie Ware, Skrillex, and Lil Herb & Earl Sweatshirt. It was recorded at Red Bull Sounds Studios in New York. Listen below.

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Watch Nicki Minajs The Pinkprint Movie
Dec 20, 2014 10:57am | StereoGum

Nicki Minaj has shared a narrative short film to accompany her new album. The Pinkprint Movie is separated into three acts that correspond with songs from the record: “The Crying Game,” “Grand Piano,” and “I Lied.” “All Things Go” plays over the opening credits. Executive producers include Minaj, Lil Wayne, Birdman, and music video director Nabil. It was directed by Taylor Cohen and Francesco Carrozzini, and stars Minaj, Willy Monfret, and Boris Kodjoe. Watch below.

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Grimes Explains How She Really Got Her Name
Dec 20, 2014 10:30am | StereoGum

Where did Claire Boucher get the name Grimes from? In an interview with The Guardian in 2012, she said that that “it’s a secret and I’m never going to tell because it’s actually really embarrassing,” and then ended up telling the reporter that she named herself after artist Ken Grimes. Turns out she was lying — she took to Twitter today to clarify the origins of her moniker and set the record straight:

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Watch Darlene Loves Last Christmastime Letterman Performance
Dec 20, 2014 10:18am | StereoGum

Darlene Love has been singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on David Letterman’s late-night shows for almost 30 years. She originally recorded the track for Phil Spector’s 1963 album A Christmas Gift For You, first performed the track for Letterman in 1986, and she’s done it during the holidays without fail ever since. Last night, with Letterman retiring in a few months, she performed it for the last time. Love told The New York Times that she wouldn’t sing it for any other talk show hosts after him, so you can watch the final late-night rendition of her Christmas classic below.

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Madonna Releases Six New Tracks, Announces Album Rebel Heart
Dec 20, 2014 9:22am | StereoGum

Madonna responded to the massive leak of her unfinished demos by announcing a new album, Rebel Heart, and sharing six new tracks, which are all available to download and stream now. “I was hoping to release my new single ’Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring,” she wrote in a statement on her website. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.” Rebel Heart is scheduled for release on March 10th. The new songs include “Bitch I’m Madonna,” which features Nicki Minaj and sounds a lot like the rumored collaboration between her, Diplo, and SOPHIE. Additional tracks also feature production from Kanye West. Listen to all of them below.

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Madonna previews new album Rebel Heart by releasing six tracks featuring Kanye West and Nicki Minaj
Dec 20, 2014 8:35am | Cosequence Of Sound

Madonna has announced her new album, Rebel Heart, and released six of its 19 tracks for immediate download. The move comes after 13 unfinished or demo tracks from the album were leaked onto the Internet earlier this week.

In a note on her website, Madonna wrote, “I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”

In addition to “Living For Love”, today’s release includes “Devil Pray”, “Ghosttown”, “Unapologetic Bitch”, “Illuminati”, and “Bitch I’m Madonna”, the latter of which features Nicki Minaj. Additionally, Kanye West and Diplo contributed to the production of the tracks.

According to Madonna’s website, more music will be released on February 9th. The entirety of Rebel Heart will then be available on March 10th.

Below, listen to “Illumnati” produced by Kanye West, and “Bitch I’m Madonna” featuring Madonna.


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