Death By Audio is closed – a tribute plus video footage of its final shows

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Death By Audio hosted its last ever show on the 22nd of November with the final set being played by Lightning Bolt, we have some great video from the final two nights below.

As the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, but for some, Vice media paved paradise to put up an office block. The narrative of change in the area is a well trodden one, as is the temptation for hyperbole when it comes to ones own personal preferences. The story of Death By Audio is shared with the likes of The Fillmore East, Maxwells, 285 Kent, CBGBs, it doesn’t matter; the constant is how a place can have such a positive impact on so many people, and it will be told again, it is not a means to compare one to another.

The first time I went to DBA the power went out multiple times, it was about 200 degrees, the bathrooms would cause a lutropublicaphobe to implode and I wondered what I had done to deserve such punishment, but there was something about it that made me want to go back. The ramshackle appearance and occasional blip masked what was actually an incredibly well-ran machine that almost all of the time ran like clockwork, and even the bathrooms became endearing!

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Grooving with The Shadowboxers

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“Expect to be entertained and expect to party.”

That’s what you’ll get when you see Atlanta soul/pop band Shadowboxers. The band plays two shows Friday December 5 at Mercury Lounge – one early, one late, with a wardrobe change in between.

The Shadowboxers draw inspiration from 70’s funk and harmony bands like The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. Their playlist is a mix of old and new, spanning Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder to HAIM, Allen Stone and Jungle. Adam Hoffman (vocals, guitars), Matt Lipkins (vocals, keyboards) and Scott Schwartz (vocals, guitars) formed the group in 2008 while attending Emory University. Since then, the trio also picked up bass player Carlos Enamorado and drummer Cole McSween. The band worked with producer Brady Blade and engineer Chris Bell on their first full length album “Red Room,” released in January of last year and since then the band has been playing live shows and working on their dance moves. [Read more...]

Brookyln Electronic Dance Round Up: Nov 21-22

Thankful there’s no lake effect snow in Brooklyn, this week ends with one last push to party before heading home for thanksgiving. Starting tonight at Cameo, Cut Mistake Music features a showcase with No Regular Play member Greg Paulus and new label signees N’conduit + Jack Fuller. At Glasslands, Kim Ann Foxman returns with disco house producer Fred Everything. On Saturday you can get things started at TBA with some real Detroit house vibes courtesy of Rick Wade. Over in Bushwick, Palisades hosts an Allergy Season x Adhoc session with Galcher Lustwerk and more. Then finally, Underground Quality presents a 10 year Anniversary party at Output with free entry before midnight. Pass the stuffing, this turkey’s done!

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Top five shows of the weekend

DBA5) Occultation, Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, Think Tank at Palisades
In the interest of full disclosure, this one was booked by yours truly and is flying under FREEwilliamsburg’s This One Goes To Eleven banner, also written by, umm yeah, you guessed it. But rest assured, I wouldn’t splatter my name all over something I didn’t believe in, and this one—headlined by Brooklyn dark rockers, Occultation, and featuring support courtesy of local Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, and noise punk upstarts, Think Tank—has me truly hyped. Throw in Palisades, probably Bushwick’s preeminent seen-and-be-seen venue these days (FYI: I consider Shea/The Acheron to be East Williamsburg staples), and you have one hell of a Friday night rager on tap. Tickets are just $10, so come out and support your local nepotist.

Friday, doors at 8pm

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This Girl F$@KING Loves Dillon Francis

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I’m assuming, you already know that I’m madly in love with Producer/DJ/Comedian/Viral Sensation/Drunken Chef Dillon Francis. I can’t help it. The cats. The pizza. The multiple alter egos ranging from Becky, the basic bitch girlfriend of DJ Rich as Fuck (another alter ego) to Rave Dad, a papa so PLUR he named his daughter Molly. As much as I hate saying it . . . I CAN’T EVEN. Just visit Dillon Francis’ Merch Table and you will immediately understand that the  universe crafted us perfectly for each other. For $20,000 he will ruin your step dad’s Christmas. WORTH IT.

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Free Shows at Output This Weekend

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Looking to burn some calories and get your dance fix prior to next Thursday’s mondo pigout? Have I got the workout plan for you! And no, I’m not going to to tell you to do drugs, or do something even more drastic like drop $39 on a 45-minute Soul Cycle class. Hell no. Instead, I’m telling you get yourself over to Output for some TOTALLY FREE booty-shaking goodness.

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Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington performed ‘NY I Love You’ with ‘SUCK IT VICE’ written on his body at DBA

Photo via kleebatron

Photo via kleebatron

Last night was the 5th to last night of shows at Death By Audio as the venue has to close due to Vice Media purchasing the block. Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington joined The Immaculates on stage last night for a performance of LCD Soundsystem’s New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down with ‘SUCK IT VICE’ written across his body (see above picture via kleebatron). Oh and the surprise headliner? None other than Future Islands. Check out [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

bulbsI want to begin this week by saying goodbye to Death By Audio, which, after many years serving as Kent Ave’s BEST venue, has now entered its final days of existence. Although a punk haven by trade, DBA hosted its share of metal weirdos in the past, so please, when you’re cracking a PBR at Vitus or The Acheron this week, make sure to pour a little out for the DIY icon. As the condo plague continues to spread north and east over the coming months, you’re going to want all the karma you cant get.

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