Hi Brooklyn, meet Athens

athensAthens is a little college town in Georgia with one of the best music scenes this side of the Mississippi. If you haven’t heard bands coming out of this wonderland, which you have unless you live under a rock or have horrible taste in music (R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel, Drive By Truckers, Of Montreal just to name a fraction), now is your chance. This month, four Athens bands travel up to Williamsburg to grace our ears with their presence.

The Whigs usher in their Athens brethren, laying down some rock tunes at Rough Trade Wednesday night, supporting their recently released album, Modern Creation. A little rough at first, their tracks wiggle their way into your mind becoming the soundtrack to your life. They just make you feel good.

Lera Lynn, now based in Nashville, started her career in Athens releasing her debut album, Have You Met Lera Lynn? in 2011. Her lingering, slow Southern gothic sound is like an ice cold sip of fine whiskey. Country, Americana and bluesy influences can be heard throughout her classic songs. The release show for her latest album Avenues is at Baby’s All Right next Tuesday, September 9.

September 10, Baby’s All Right also welcomes Athens musicians for a second night with New Madrid, who played earlier this spring, and Reptar, who drive a cult like fan base (myself included) with their spacey dance beats. They’ve been working on a new album for a while now, so the set is sure to unveil new ditties.

All of these are going to be rad shows, so go ahead, do yourself a favor and buy tickets right now.

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

NR090_YOB-ClearingThePathtoAscendWhile the rest of the world slogs through post-holiday depression and mourns beside the final embers of summer, metal nerds the universe over have joined in celebration of one of the biggest release days of the year, knowing damn well that as long we can still wear black after Labor Day, everything will be just fine.

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Live Review and Videos: Afropunk Festival 2014

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Last weekend, Afropunk hosted its 10th weekend festival at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene. Previous years had been blighted with long lines taking an age to get in, they managed to fix that problem this time around as I breezed right through at 4:30pm, so a big pat on the back to the organisers.

We’ve got some footage for you from Saturday, courtesy of (((unartig))) below the jump. 

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The Commodore’s chef is not a fan of the “nose-to-tail bros” of the Williamsburg food scene

tannerIf you’ve walked by The Commodore you have probably seen their fearless head chef Stephen Tanner chilling outside and smoking a cigarette. Aside from running Commodore’s kitchen (and soon El Cortez in Bushwick), co-founding Pies-N-Thighs, and playing bass for the band Harvey Milk, Stephen also [Read more...]

Electric Zoo 2014 Survival Guide

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The time is finally upon us. It’s that glorious weekend in NYC when we can throw caution to the wind and dance like maniacs for three days straight. The animals will RAGE. Electric Zoo will take over Randall’s Island Friday Aug. 29 – Aug. 31st. Whether it’s your first time out of the cage, or you’re a howling veteran we want to make sure you’re geared up with everything from A-Trak to Zedd (A to Z – get it??) to make this weekend safe, fun and all-around epic.

Visit the Electric Zoo website first. You’ll be able to get a quick snapshot of items that are allowed and items that are prohibited during the festival. One of the big changes for this year is NO CAMELBAKS. Regardless of size, you’ll need to leave your Camelbak at home, or risk getting turned away.

So here are some great things to keep handy:

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Perfect Pussy melts faces tonight at Shea Stadium

Didn’t snag tickets for tonight’s show? Don’t cry. We’re pretty sure they will be back.  And in the meantime, here is a little taste of what being in a kick-ass punk band is like, from Perfect Pussy’s bassist Greg Ambler:

FreeWilliamsburg: Last time you were in Brooklyn, you played two shows in the same night- The Knitting Factory and Saint Vitus. How did you keep up? What was different between the two sets?

Greg Ambler: I keep up by smoking tons of weed and play the same regardless of where I am or who is watching. I attempted to snap my bass in half at St.Vitus and ended up just fucking up my knee which was probably pretty funny to watch.

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CMJ artist announcement is tomorrow

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I can’t believe it’s already (almost) that time of the year again.

As in past years, the CMJ Music Marathon brain-trust will host an invite-only artist announcement party tomorrow (8/27) somewhere in downtown Manhattan, where the first round of bands playing this year’s Music Marathon will be announced. There will also be live performances by Juan Wauters and Porches.

While the event is invite only, CMJ are offering a few people (21+) entry to the event if you enter this contest. You’ll also get some Champion swag. Contest winner will be informed of the location of the party prior to the event.

CMJ Music Marathon 2K14 runs from October 21-25 this year and boasts 1,400 artists in 80 venues in our fair city. If you’ve never attended, it’s basically like SXSW for New York City, except with less tech and overt sponsorship. Meaning… five days of live music, ’round the clock and sometimes free drinks. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

REVIEW: Teklife and Kevin Saunderson Played PS1 MoMA Warm Up Series

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I finally made a visit to PS1 MoMA’s Warm Up Series this past Saturday. Despite the imminent looking “Independence Day” clouds that were rolling overhead, the weather held out and made way for a comfortable afternoon of daydrinking and dancing in the courtyard.

This year’s installation is massive. The two towers of white brick are multifunctional. Observers can sit inside of the ceiling-less structure, and look up to see a metal infinity symbol hardly that hardly obstructs the view of the sky. Surrounding the towers are bade pools where people can cool their feet in water. Many people opted to do so on Saturday while soaking up some background tunes.

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