Review: No Joy at Baby’s All Right – short but sweet (or sweat?)

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Last night I caught No Joy at Baby’s All Right. It was a steamy evening, and I headed to South Williamsburg after getting caught in a monsoon in Bushwick. The rain didn’t help the heat, though, so upon entering the back room of Baby’s, I felt sticky and so did the atmosphere in the relatively small space.

That atmosphere, however, added to the beautiful din that No Joy brought to the stage. If you’ve heard their new record More Faithful — and are familiar with the loud shoegaze grunge that was 2013’s Wait to Pleasure (one of my favorite records of that year) — you know that it has an abundance of lighter, more ethereal moments than its predecessor. If you haven’t heard either of them, get on it here and here. Jazamine White-Gluz’s vocals also tend to be more in the forefront on Faithful, whereas on their other albums and EPs, they are obscured in reverb and haze. I admit it took some getting used to, but it’s grown on me, and what really sealed the deal was hearing the new tracks live.

They went back and forth between tracks from Faithful and Pleasure at Baby’s. Their set was sadly brief (about 35 minutes) but still sounded really great. The three guitars were loud and dissonant, but the layering of their sounds made the overall effect rather dreamy. The smoke machines and warm, neon-pastel (and pass out) lighting aided this. [Read more…]

Gov Ball and Nitehawk present Weird Al’s UHF Film Feast

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As you may know, Nitehawk Cinema, the best (in my opinion) movie theater in NYC, loves to pair the movies they’re showing with delicious, thoughtful and eclectic dishes to match. Building on that, they also have FILM FEASTS, where they create an entire menu for one movie (food AND drink). It’s usually a classic, like previous picks Pulp Fiction, Christmas Vacation, or Big Lebowski. Or it’s one that is relevant to the now, like the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer screening which is sold out (the Netflix prequel series is out July 17). [Read more…]

Governor’s Ball 2015: Reasons to get to the island early

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Well folks, we are officially only NINE DAYS out from this year’s Governor’s Ball weekend on Randall’s Island, so it’s time to start planning. Although… you probably already have your outfits picked out, don’t you? Schedules, food vendors, transportation options, the festival grounds map and more have been released by the Gov Ball team, and we’re here to help you make the tough decisions easier.

P.S. can’t make it the whole weekend, but still want to come for a day? Well you’re in luck! They’ve re-released a limited number of single day tickets – GET ON IT HERE.

So one of our favorite things to do is entice you to get there EARLY. There are so many fun and amazing smaller acts playing this year that are well worth your waking up a little bit earlier, and really get your wristbands’ worth! Plus this is not to mention the food options curated by The Infatuation. Those are probably well worth it on their own…

Keep reading to find out what acts we think you should check out every day of the festival before 5. Plus our choices of food vendors, which may or may not depend on how many 24 oz Foster’s you’ve consumed by that time.

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Red Bull Music Academy Festival starts on Friday

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For the past 2 years, Red Bull Music Academy has taken over New York for the month of May with all sorts of live and conceptual performances, lectures, and workshops held at venues all around the city.  These varied programs are an exciting and fun way to explore and celebrate the diverse culture of the city through its modern music landscape.  This year is no different.

The festival returns this Friday, kicking off 30 days that are set to include FKA Twigs (UPDATE: 3rd SHOW ADDED), PC Music and SOPHIE, the return of iconic NYC parties GHE20GOTH1K and Storm Rave, lectures with A$AP Rocky and George Clinton, an experimental noise Nothing Changes night at Output, an outdoor dancehall party and more. Check out the full lineup, event and ticket information, and some music samples, below.

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Governor’s Ball After Dark: late night shows announced from Harlem to Brooklyn

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Just when you thought Governor’s Ball couldn’t get any better, they go and add a slew of post-festival, Bacardi-sponsored performances that are not to be missed. Ranging in venue from classics (Apollo Theater) to brand new (Verboten) and a handful of old standbys in between (Webster Hall, Irving Plaza), it’s going to be hard to choose. And hey, we know it’s pretty aggressive to go out after a festival, especially one as stacked as Governor’s Ball is. But with lineups that include Deadmau5, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, and Hot Chip? It’s going to be impossible to resist. It’s not all electronic music either. They’ve got new punks (White Lung) and indie mainstays (Conor Oberst) in the mix too.

Check out our nightly picks and the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 17th at noon EST (*except for Little DragonJ. Roddy Walston & The Business, and Big Gigantic, which go on sale at 10am EST*). Tickets will be over at Governor’s Ball’s website (and DoNYC), where you can also still purchase 3-day and single day passes.

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Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear tour taking over NYC this week

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Josh Tillman, formerly of Fleet Foxes (and a solo run as J. Tillman), received critical acclaim as newly-monikered Father John Misty in 2012 with Fear Fun. Since then, a lot has happened to the man and his alter ego, including meeting and marrying his wife Emma. Thus comes I Love You, Honeybear, his cheeky, self-deprecating, romantic sophomore album.

I Love You, Honeybear has also received much critical acclaim this past week (it was officially released on Tuesday) and I couldn’t agree with the reception more. This album, as Stereogum’s Tom Breihan put it, knocked me flat on my ass. I haven’t made it a day since I received it in my inbox without listening to it at least once. [Read more…]

Review: Future Islands spoiled, uplifted Terminal 5

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As their secret set during Death By Audio’s final week was well worth the freezing cold wait around the block, so too was the freezing cold walk to Terminal 5 for Future Island’s second sold out show this past Friday. The sheer charisma and dedication of the band, specifically lead singer Samuel T Herring, is astounding. And while following such an intimate, emotional show at Death By Audio should be a difficult feat, Future Islands really only one-upped themselves. These guys have been playing together for 8 years and the emotion they still bring to their live show is uncanny.

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Psychodrama’s Second Session: a web series you should be watching

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It’s rather serendipitous: 3 aspiring actors befriend each other in the same class at the William Esper Studio in NYC. They (Kimmy Foskett, Liza Renzulli and Luisa Fidalgo) slowly come to realize that intense hangovers, cute hipster boys and aspirations aren’t the only thing they have in common; they have the same therapist! They realize… hey, guys. This could be something?

Thus begins the brainstorm for the first season of Psychodramaa web series of short themed clips, each involving events and conversations that have really happened to these 3 ladies in their time here in NYC as 20-somethings. And with titles like Indecision, Sex, Jealousy, Motivation and Communication, these episodes connect with the viewer, no matter how much acting you’ve done or therapy you’ve been to. The writing is sharp and smart and perfectly relatable (props to Kimmy and Liza).

The show is not just relatable, either. The production and direction of this show are incredibly professional, especially for these CHIX on a budget (they’ve used crowd-funding sites for both seasons). I’ve been consistently impressed by the quality and content, so I was really happy to hear that there would be a Second Session this winter (watch the entire first session here). [Read more…]