Win A Pair of Tix to Dark Disco on The Roof Feat. REZZ


The heat wave has broken and summer seems to be winding down (NOOO!), which means there’s no better time to hit Output’s lovely rooftop for frozen margaritas, breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and most importantly, incredible music. This Saturday August 27th, Dark Disco on the Roof host’s Mau5trap’s newest hero, REZZ. And I use the word hero because I’m having a hard time believing that this gal is mortal. REZZ has been booked on practically every electronic festival lineup this year from Holy Ship to HARD Summer to Camp Bisco to Shambhala to … I could go on for way longer than this post dictates.

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Nada Surf playing two NYC shows in September

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Nada Surf return home for a couple of shows in September, firstly at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday the 17th and then Bowery Ballroom on the 18th. Now officially a quartet in the last few years with the addition of guitar maestro Doug Gillard, they will play as a trio for the Music Hall show while he has re-joined Guided By Voices, they’ll be back to a four-piece at Bowery Ballroom (now, how about a GBV/Nada Surf combined show?!).

I’ve previously mentioned that Nada Surf should be considered one of the all time New York greats, and their most recent album, You Know Who You Are, only adds weight to that claim. Released in March on Barsuk Records, it’s another stellar collection of power-pop with perhaps Matthew Caws’ most heartfelt lyrics to date. Few writers can turn a song on its head or throw out a lyric that seems inconspicuous on a first impression and then a masterstroke on further reflection quite like him.

You can watch the two videos from the album, Cold to See Clear and Rushing below.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend


I don’t make the rules in this city, but everything that is worth mentioning is happening on Friday this weekend. That leaves the rest of your time to… I don’t know, go to a museum, watch netflix, check out a neighbourhood you always thought was too far away, make the most of it, apart from Friday, of course, choose very carefully.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

STARSPAWN-CD1Remember all those mean things I said about August last week–how the pickings were slim, there weren’t many shows, and so on? Well I take it all back. This week makes up for it and then some, so let’s thank the almighty law of averages and get on with it.

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REVIEW: BangOnNYC’s Elements Festival Keeps Its Cool


Photo by Chris Lazzarro, Freedom Film LLC

Brooklyn may have reached sweltering temperatures of over 100 degrees last Saturday, but organizers and attendees of the second annual Elements Music and Arts Festival managed to keep their cool. This year’s event was an expanded version of the 2015 debut, featuring four larger stages, more fanfare and an impressive lineup of heavy hitting artists. [Read more...]

Boys Noize Returns to Brooklyn with Two LIVE Shows


Those who missed the North American debut of Boys Noize LIVE at Studio E last month will have two more chances to catch the industrial techno whiz at Music Hall of Williamsburg. On October 11th and 12th, Alex Ridha returns in support of his 2016 release, Mayday, with sounds and set-ups that get the blood flowing.

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MeanRed and House of Yes Team Up Next Month


Start your fall off right by planning a visit to Bushwick’s trippiest venue, House of YES (located at 2 Wyckoff Ave.). The multi-stage odyssey plays host to a number of electrifying performances thanks to it’s towering ceilings, stunning lighting and arial rigging. If you haven’t been, there are plenty of reasons to check out House of Yes in September when some of our favorite artists are stopping in.

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The Acheron is Back…as the Best Punk Bar in Brooklyn


We’re all familiar with the ghost stories of NYC venues past. CBGB gets co-opted by John Varvatos — CBGB-ish peddler of Billy Joe Armstrong-approved looks and wares. North 6th is snatched up and scrubbed down by Bowery Presents and Ticketmaster’s hamster-powered server farm. 285 Kent and DBA finally slip into Murdoch’s yawning cultural detritus, with lines of former and future Vice employees lining the South 2nd sidewalks in those final weeks to glean Snapchat capital/”say goodbye”/covertly peruse their new cubicle spaces.

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