285 Kent booker/manager on Vice Media and the closing of Williamsburg’s clubs

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It’s no secret that Vice Media is expanding and soon will take over every part of South Williamsburg not owned by or J Crew or Two Trees. Still, the owners of the clubs that have been displaced by Vice (Death By Audio, Glasslands, 285 Kent) have been very tight-lipped about why they are shuttering. We reached out to Glasslands yesterday and haven’t heard a peep. What’s with all the secrecy?

Gawker tracked down Ric Leichtung, the guy who ran the now defunct 285 Kent and got an answer:

The landlord’s been waiting for a pay day like this for years. The landlord’s made little headway on bringing the building up to code to host legitimate businesses, opting for these really short term 2 or 3-year commercial leases to illegal loft spaces and quasi-legal establishments like 285 Kent so that the landlord could easily kick them out or wait for their leases to expire and cash in when they found a buyer. [Read more...]

TOKiMONSTA’s CMJ Show is Tomorrow, 10/22

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In case you missed TOKiMONSTA’s show at LPR earlier this month, you’ve got a second chance to see the West Coast glitchhop turned trap artist tomorrow, 10/22. The amazingly talented Jennifer Lee will headline MeanRed’s AM Only CMJ Showcase at Williamsburg’s Output along with Ben Pearce, LXURY, Saint Pepsi and SPAZZKID. Hot off the release of her newest album Desiderium, TOKi is taking a break from her headlining tour with Skrillex to show a little love in the city. Her performance is energetic, fun and delivers all of the bass drops you need on a Wednesday night.

If you’re looking to get down with some of the best up and coming electronic artists, this is the CMJ showcase to hit. You can still snag tickets at the second GA release price of only $20!

AM Only CMJ Showcase | Ben Pearce / LXURY / Saint Pepsi / Spazzkid / TOKiMONSTA at Output
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 22nd / Doors at 10PM
Venue: Output - 74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Age: 21+

INTERVIEW: Graham Fink of Milo Greene

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West Coast electro-pop quartet Milo Greene (the band, not the fictional agent) is back on the road, and this time they’re promoting their sophomore album, Control, out this January on Atlantic Records. They’ll be supporting Bombay Bicycle Club at Terminal 5, this Wednesday October 22nd as part of the official CMJ lineup. I chatted with band member Graham Fink about tour life, their exciting new sound and why there’s nothing better on the road than hardcore super fans.

MV: I know that you guys just started your tour and that you’re playing a lot of tracks from the new album. Are you feeling really awesome?

GF: Yeah, it’s been really great so far. The first show or two were a little nervewracking just because we’ve never played any of these songs before, and we’re playing seven songs from the new album in our set list, so there’s a lot of new material to push through. But I think we’ve kind of found our stride and it feels really good. The crowds seem to be receptive. If our merch numbers are any indicator, I would say that people really like it. We’ve had to reorder merch two or three times already and it’s the first week of tour. It’s fun to get out there and play new stuff. It’s a nice combination of making new fans from the people who are coming out to see Bombay Bicycle Club, and then our existing fans coming out to see the change and the progress.

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Glasslands is officially closing at the end of the year

glasslandsWell my morning is ruined. Glasslands Gallery is officially closing at the end of the year. From [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

oozing-wound-joe-martinez-640Alright, time to level with you guys: With a week full of CMJ insanity in front of me and a month’s worth of half-listened to records sitting in my inbox, the feeling today’s bare-bones metal line-up has kindled deep in the pit of my being is one of relief, not disappointment. String my cred up by the lamp posts, hurl your disdain down from on high. Do your worst. Ill just be here catching my breath…

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Live Review: La Hell Gang played Glasslands

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La Hell Gang recently signed to Brooklyn’s Mexican Summer label and played their first ever US show on Wednesday night at Glasslands.

Having followed Chilean pyschedelic rock extensively over the last couple of years, it is always a rare but essential opportunity when a band rolls in to town. Given that La Hell Gang’s new album, Thru Me Again, is only their second in close to 5 years, it was definitely not a show to miss.

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INTERVIEW: Eliot Lipp of Pretty Lights Music

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It was a big week for Brooklyn based electronic DJ and producer, Eliot Lipp. Lipp’s in the middle of a national tour and just celebrated the release of his newest LP out on Pretty Lights Music, Watch the Shadows, which is a deliciously diverse collection that fuses hip-hop sounds, synth beats and vocals for tracks that keep you guessing, “what’s next?”

Even though I caught Eliot while he was getting over a cold, it didn’t stop the ambitious artist from sharing his excitement about recent collaborations, his most anticipated tour stops and tips for staying healthy on the road.

Megan Venzin: Where do you feel like you get most of your influences for producing music?

Eliot Lipp: Probably from listening to my friends music and listening to stuff with other producers that I hang out with. I’m influenced a lot by them, also from playing live and recently kind of starting to make me want to make more club and dance music.

MV: And this your something like your 7th or 8th release!

EL: Something like that, I can’t really remember but it’s getting up there. (Laughs)

MV: How do you feel like your sound has evolved over time, and how have you grown as a performer?

EL: There’s a lot more layers. I’m trying to make it so musically there’s more depth to it, but I don’t know I’m also trying to get better at the engineering side of it. I took a mixing and mastering class at Dubspot in New York and that helped me quite a bit, just learning the technical aspects of being a producer.

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More FREEwilliamsburg at CMJ: Fame School, Turbogeist, Ski Lodge, Big Muff Radio and more

freewillycmjA couple days ago, we announced our first of FOUR Official CMJ showcases with Porcelain Raft, Darkside’s (RIP) Dave Harrington, Excepter, Lydia Ainsworth and Buscabulla at Cameo Gallery. What’s that you say? Four CMJ showcases? That’s right… we got three more for ya.

We’re getting things started as early as humanly possible with a free day show at Pianos on the first day of CMJ, Tuesday, October 21. Doors are at 1 PM for the indie rock-heavy bill featuring Small Death, QuadGreen Gerry, Glass Gang, Little Racer and Big Muff Radio. After that, head across the Williamsburg Bridge with us for more buzzable indie rock at The Flat. Turbogeist (James Jagger’s band – as in MICK JAGGER’S SON) have flown in all the way from London to headline the Hooper Street stage with Ski Lodge and support from HITS, Life Size Maps, Honduras, Lazyeyes, Journalism and DJ’s Kristina Tequila and Danny Brooklyn. Entry is free with a CMJ badge or $5 otherwise. Doors are at 6 PM.

As you’ll note from the above poster, we’ve also taken over The Flat on Saturday night for what is easily the dopest hip-hop showcase at CMJ this year with Fame School, International Scumbags, Loyal Duce, Weekend Money, Skip Rage, Big Breakfast, Estiee, Leek 92 and DJ Neuport. After the sets, stick around because we’ve got the haps on that late night afterparty with Harukasalt and Cobrakrames; the perfect way to shut CMJ down. A badge will get you into the whole rager, other than that, it’s $10 before 8 and $15 thereafter.