Popchips and Spin Mag Present: Pop Up Live, Vote To Bring NYC Band To Austin’s Premier Festival

Our friends over at popchips have teamed up with Spin Magazine to bring us Pop Up Live — a fan driven competition designed to expose new music in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle featuring 250 up-and-coming bands!

Exclusive tracks from each are artist can be found over on the popchips Facebook page, so head on over to cast your vote by downloading your favorite song by Sept. 12th to enter the band of your choice to win $500 plus the opportunity to play at one of Spin Magazine’s always awesome parties in Austin… but only if they impress some of the industry’s most influential folks first!

Not to toot our own horns, but we’re excited to announce that yours truly will be sitting on a panel along with Tom Windish of, you know, Windish Agency, David Marches, Senior Editor of Spin, and Jesse “The Devil” Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal to help decide which band makes it to Austin.

On Halloween this year, the five finalists from each city will be announced and go on to the final voting round where the fans will be invited to vote again on popchips facebook page for the grand prize winner. The winning band will be announced November 16th and will be Austin bound come March 2012.

So do your part and vote ensuring that when your favorite new band is all over the blogosphere you can totally pick up that hottie on the other end of the bar by saying something like “You know that band [enter Pop Up Live contestant here]? I totally discovered them…”

Ticket Giveaway: Fashion & Flow, A Taste Of NYFW In Brooklyn

It’s that time of year again, when the high heels get higher, the black chiffon gets blacker and the women all around our New York City streets seem a foot taller – Fashion Week is almost here! But before the madness begins, Brooklyn’s gotta represent!

Tomorrow night at Public Assembly, Fashion & Flow will be showcasing independent local designers — including our absolute favorite Maria Severyna, who combines the languid silhouettes of Donna Karen with avant-garde construction of Rick Owens to make totally Oak worthy designs — along with musical performances by Australia’s The Morning After Girls, Imaginary Friends and more!

In addition, 20% of all ticket sales will be donated to ART START — an amazing New York City based organization that gives homeless and at risk youth the means to express themselves through art, and hopefully save a life along the way through impressive programs such as Homeless Youth Outreach, Youth Offender Outreach, Emerging Artists in Residence and 1:1 Apprenticeships.

So fashion and music lovers, and do-gooders alike, grab your tickets here for a special presale price… or comment below to enter to win a pair of tickets for you and a friend! Also, FREE booze from Brooklyn Brewery and an afterparty at High Horse from 11-4am!

$15/advance, $20/door, 7-10pm

Tonight: Hip Hop and Tarot Cards Unite at Mishka

Something happened to the dudes of our generation — a whole big troupe of boys who grew up with video games, sci-fi film and easy access to internet porn. Most of these guys are living in Brooklyn, and I’ve probably had them buy me a drink. I mean, according to OkCupid, every single person with a penis spends a lot of time thinking about space. But it seems they’re onto something…

Enter visual artist, hip hop aficionado and FREEburg’s go-to flyer guy, BeholdTheDestroyer!. Between his own blog, space riddled illustrations and hip hop musings over at Mishka — like the recent in-depth analysis of how L.A. based rapper Zeroh induces feelings of a modern day Jack Kerouac — he’s taught us that rap music isn’t just all about ass, titties and money… well, not all of the time anyway.

We caught up with the artist also known as Ray Smiling via gchat to talk about his new show that opens tonight at Mishka, called “TAROT DE LES VICIEUX PAROLIERS” — works that spotlight hip hop’s heavyweights as foreseers of the future. Did I mention there will be free booze?

Oh and ladies, I’m gonna go ahead and assume that this will be as easy as shooting fish in a barrel, so you’re welcome in advance.

me:  So Tarot and hip hop, huh? Two things that seem very different – how and why did you decide to marry the two?

Ray:  because I’m convinced that if you listen to “Hard In Da Paint” enough you can tell the future. But, only if your future involves gun violence. No, I combined them because they’re both about archetypes.

me:  When making the collection, did you match rappers with tarots that signify them in some way?

Ray:  I matched the attributes of the major tarot cards with the rappers personas, most of which matched pretty perfectly. Like, Tyler The creator as the Devil Card which symbolizes pessimism, lust, obsession and anger which is pretty spot on

me:  On your website you say that you “connect dots on things that never really needed to be related” – other than your current show, give us some examples.

Ray:  At the show I’m also debuting a short book I wrote called “Quotations From Cash Money” At one point in there I believe I compared Juvenile to Shakespeare and God. I don’t think anyone ever really needed to consider those three sitting in a room together. Unless we’re talking about the illest cipher in heaven. Also, nudity and power tools.

Starts at 7pm!
350 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY

Sexy New Rewards Single “Equal Dreams” Features Solange Knowles

Aaron Pfenning no doubt knows how to churn out synth heavy dreams, you know, being a founding member of that little Brooklyn band called Chairlift and all. But under moniker Rewards, Pfenning’s synth takes a turn from the drearier variety to an up-tempo worthy of rubbing bodies together.

To be frank, each track has that reverberating quality that is nicely paired with a sexual partner and the newest single “Equal Dreams” is no exception.

With the addition of Solange Knowles’ yearning “am I everything you always wanted” cry to Aaron’s breathy bellow, we’ve made a promise to ourselves to play this on repeat… with a stranger from Union Pool or, well, dancing on our own.

Equal Dreams (Feat. Solange Knowles) by DFA Records

Summerscreen: “Party Time! Excellent!”

I’m not going to bore you with all the facts — just come check out Wayne’s World and a very special performance by Yellow Dogs TONIGHT at the McCarren Park ballfields… you know you can barley hold it together just thinking about the sing-a-long that awaits you!

Yellow Dogs go on at 7pm, movie starts at 8ish!

Summerscreen Kicks Off Tonight!!!

We’ve partnered with our wonderful friends over at The L Magazine again to bring you yet another series of music and movies, not to mention yummy Bark Hot Dogs and Six Point brews!

Tonight at Summerscreen, we’ll be kicking it in South Central with everybody’s favorite homeboy gone well, we’re not sure…We’re talking about the movie that taught us all not to owe drug dealers money — Friday, of course!

Get there early to check out a musical performance by our girl TECLA — who you’ve probably spotted killing it on the keys alongside Gordon Voidwell. TECLA’s carefree-upbeat synth partners with her sensual rasp to create a sound that has been described as “SWV on acid” that’s sure to get you all sorts of transfixed.

Doors open at 6pm, performance by TECLA at 7pm, and Friday starts at sundown. So put on your favorite red or blue bandana and come on down to the ballfields on the corner of North 12th and Bedford tonight and every Wednesday for the next few weeks, you may even win an iPad2.

Check out the full lineup of nostalgic movies and our neighborhood’s favorite bands (curated by yours truly) after the jump… Did we mention that it’s FREE!?

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FREE This Week: Beach Fossils, Javelin, Punches, and Booze

Our homies over at Death + Taxes and Ray-Ban know how to throw a party — and by this, of course, we mean that this Thursday at Santos Party House guests will not only be treated to grooves to make your butt move but that there’s also an open bar.

And since nothing goes better with free cocktails than tropics-infused musical libations, Beach Fossils, Javelin and Punches will be there to remind you why summer is better than, well, anything else.

In case you need a soundtrack to your walk through the perfectly sticky Chinatown streets Thursday night, grab Punches remix of “LightHouse” by NewVillager below — a band that has recently garnered a whole ‘nother level of recognition.

So take Ray-Ban’s words to heart like a new found “stay gold,” and never hide… RSVP, get there early, and save me a dance! NewVillager – LightHouse (PUNCHES Remix) by punchesbk

Ticket Giveaway: Noah And The Whale at Irving Plaza

We’ve always been fans of the poetic realism Noah and the Whale serve up — from heartache to hope. And as other bands from their homeland (see: Mumford & Sons) climb the ranks of the folk-rock scene, Noah has been steadily maturing from their 2006 debut to this year’s release of Last Night On Earth back in March. But, it seems, that frontman Charlie Fink is still coming of age.

“I don’t think that coming of age thing has been in anything I’ve done before,” Fink says. “But from the beginning I wanted to write a record that had that excitement of being young and being in the night. I think it’s that naivity — that feeling that things are happening everywhere except where you are, wondering what’s out there in the wide world. It’s when you’re on a bus, you don’t know where you’re heading, you don’t know what’s at the end of it, and you have this fantasy that whatever’s at the end of it is going to be remarkable and magnificent.”

And with that kind of wafting longing, it’s no wonder the band lists Noah Baumbach and Charles Bukowski, along with their perfect “loser’s pride,” among their influencers. Catch Noah and the Whale at Irving Plaza this Saturday (6/16) or just comment below to win a pair of tickets to the show!