Top 5 shows of the weekend


I’ll be taking over this column from Coleman, who has admirably been handing you better plans than you had for the weekend for quite some time now. Your ears might get a bit more of a break from time to time (please, always bring earplugs), but as someone who goes to 150-odd shows a year, I’m hoping you will find the quality of recommendations remain high.

5) Dave Gorman at Subculture
I’m throwing a bit of a curveball to start things off, with a comedy show at Subculture. Dave Gorman is a British comic, and I’m always a bit wary of our humour getting lost in translation (as the saying goes, “a common language separated by two countries”), but Gorman is nerdy and niche enough to hopefully pull in more than just an expat crowd. I went last night and thought he was hilarious. There will be a powerpoint presentation…

Friday and Saturday, 7pm and 9pm both nights (and another 6 performances at the same venue next week).

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Over the Counter: This Week in New and Interesting Music

“Over the Counter” is a column by our music editor Peter Rittweger which focuses on new and interesting music that isn’t featured prominently on the blog-o-sphere. This edition examines new releases from Title Fight and Sick Feeling, plus an old record from The Men’s Ben Greenberg and an upcoming show from Couch Slut. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

nslcoverprenew2Happy belated MLK day, everyone. If you’re coming off a three-day weekend, welcome back to earth. If not, hopefully there’s something here to help. Before we begin, however, let’s just take a second to remember that metal, and it’s diverse, globe-spanning constituency—despite what a bigoted minority of artists and fans might spew—probably wouldn’t exist without the efforts of Dr. King. So next time you feel like vibing someone at a show or sneering at a subset other than your own, table it. Metal might not be for everyone, but it doesn’t belong to anyone, either.

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REVIEW: Wild Child Brought Warm Austin Vibes To Williamsburg


The cold snap may have still been kicking this weekend, but you couldn’t tell inside the cozy confines of Music Hall of Williamsburg where Austin based Indie Folk band Wild Child kept the crowd feeling warm and fuzzy with their endearing love songs, energetic sing-alongs and thoughtful lyrics. This rag tag bunch of southerners was considerably well-received in Brooklyn where they played to a packed house of fans who were not afraid to dance, holler and play vocal response games with the band. There’s nothing pretentious about Wild Child – these buds are all about having fun.
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REVIEW: Dillon Francis Lost His Pants at Terminal 5, and We Lost Our Minds


Dillon Francis brought his Friends Rule Tour to Terminal 5 this Weekend

Photos by Tyler Etheridge

Terminal 5 got dirty for Dillon Francis this weekend. I’m talking, sweat was literally dripping from the ceiling, dirty. And that’s the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it.

Dillon Francis’s sold out Friday night performance was an endless barrage of bass and special guests that satisfied longtime fans of the 27-year-old DJ/Producer/Internet Celeb/Comedian/Guy who will babysit your kid for a hefty price tag of $7,500, while winning over new fans as well. The positive vibes, impeccable showmanship and seemingly endless surprises made this, quite possibly, the best show I’ve ever experienced at the often sub-par Midtown West venue. I didn’t even care that I had to wade through fake ID-toting teenagers who opted to wear tube tops and bikini bottoms in 18 degree weather. This was a special occasion. Dillon Fucking Francis was in town, and that meant that rules were going to be broken. I hope the girl who was so drunk she could hardly stand and crying her eyes out in the crop top and jeans found her way back to Jersey, because her friends were NOT GONNA MISS DILLON FRANCIS. They made that very clear. And sorry not sorry, I had to silently support them. SORRY GIRLFRAN YOU DUN FUCKED UP.

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Live Review: The Vaselines played The Bell House

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One of Glasgow’s finest, The Vaselines, had fans swaying during their songs and in stitches between at The Bell House on Friday night. The once fairly enigmatic band have been going more steady since 2008 and released their third full-length record, V For Vaslines, last year. The album is packed with their customarily catchy tunes and two-part vocal harmonies; unfairly flying under the radar of critics best-of lists.

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Over the Counter: Five albums you may have missed last year

ultramantisblackStarting a new column is always sort of awkward, because it doesn’t have its voice yet; so the best thing I can do is try to provide some context. A couple of weeks ago, I was reading an essay by Zadie Smith about her experience reading Their Eyes Were Watching God, and it struck a chord with me. She describes how its author, Zora Neale Hurston, went from being a “well-kept, well-loved secret” to an “entire literary industry,” and ultimately reduced to an “avatar of black woman-ness.” The same thing happened to “indie” over the past decade or so. It has become more of an “industry” than just “music.” It has become an avatar for prevailing trends; branded, marketed and sold in album streams and music video teasers. Somewhere amidst all of the white noise, there’s still great music being made. That’s what I hope to focus on. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

EinherjerWith a barrage of killer new releases, more Brent Hinds weirdness, and a huge show announcement from This One Goes To Eleven, this week is by far 2015’s biggest yet. So sit down, strap in, and get ready for some whiplash, it’s going to be a good one.

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