Something Wicked Festival 2014

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Next up on my list of out of town festivals is Something Wicked in Houston, TX. After traveling for Forecastle, I figured why not keep the “party down south” thing going? Besides, in Texas it’s festival weather year round. When I saw the opportunity, I broke out in the words of Matthew Mcconaughey, “Alright, Alright, Alright.”

Something Wicked (presented by Disco Donnie Presents and NightCulture) takes place at the Sam Houston Race Park Oct. 25-26th and packs a serious punch in terms of lineup. The headliners are hot: BassNectar and Dillon Francis on Saturday (initiate fangirl sequence NOW). Martin Garrix and Kaskade take the stage on Sunday. If that’s not enough to get you rearin’ up to go, they just dropped the rest of the lineup last week. Spoiler alert: it’s cray.

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REVIEW: BangOn NYC! Short Shorts 3: From Dusk til Dawn

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And in a flash of glitter and glow-in-the-dark face paint, the party of the summer is over. Vibes were all good Saturday night into Sunday morning when BangOn threw their annual Short Shorts shindig. The secret location, which turned out to be in a multi-level Supper Club near Bedford-Nostrand, was packed when we arrived around 2 AM. As per usual, the crowd was flashy including everyone from babes sporting neon unitards to bros in the glow. You know what I’m sayin’.

Despite the cramped situation, my friend and I were still able to score silent disco headphones in a matter of minutes. Quiet Clubbing (who I’ve been tipped off may or may not be appearing in an upcoming episode of Shark Tank) has this system down to an art. You give them your ID or a credit card. They give you a set of headphones and a numbered return ticket, and well if you break them, you buy them. Simple enough! The DJ’s were solid. The Blue channel offered a more top 40 set list, while green focused on deep house. You always knew which channel was crushing it by the cheers that broke out over the dancing crowd.

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Listen: Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’

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It’s annoying that Drag City isn’t on Spotify. Thankfully NPR is streaming Ty Segall’s latest, which is getting great reviews. We love it too:

Manipulator also recalls the way some of the best ’90s bands captured that era while making their own timeless records for the canon. Segall’s upper register makes his voice a dead ringer for that of Suede’s Brett Anderson, and Manipulator showcases the mysterious swagger of that group’s classic debut. The distortion monster “It’s Over” channels Blur at its catchiest, while “The Feels” captures the same arena-ready, world-takeover notions that powered Oasis through its early successes. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal update

pallbearer-0414Hello and welcome to This One Goes To Eleven loyal pawns, hooded torch-bearers, fallen apostles, and mildly curious passerby. It needn’t take a hot-air balloon diatribe on the recent explosion of extreme music into the indie-verse for you to quickly glean why we are here. The reason is simple and the purpose is clear: We are gathered today, and each Tuesday for the foreseeable future, to pay pilgrimage to the coming week in metal, and–with the world headed to hell in a hurry–assemble a soundtrack for the ensuing roadtrip. Eyes front and Dio horns up. Now someone, count me in.

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Black Wine and Brick Mower are playing at Death By Audio on Friday 22nd of August

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Black Wine have just released their latest album, Yell Boss, on Don Giovanni Records and are playing a record release show at Death By Audio this Friday (22nd of August). The record hits a bit harder than 2012′s Hollow Earth though as usual the trio split songwriting and singing duties between them.  The album artwork is by Screaming Females‘ Marissa Paternoster and you can listen to lead single, Rime, below the jump.

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Electric Zoo DJ to Watch: GRiZ

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Dropping bass, spinning house, laying trap – international artists from all genres of EDM will be making the trek to NYC over labor day weekend for the 6th Annual Electric Zoo Festival. Staff writer Megan Venzin will be highlighting her favorite artists each week leading up to the Zoo, taking place August 29-31st on Randall’s Island.

Who are they?: GRiZ (aka Grant Kwiecinski) is a 24-year-old Detroit-based DJ, producer and Saxophone player. He’s a former member of LEAK, and is half of GRiZmatik, a side project with popular New York producer Gramatik, and one-fourth of Big GRiZmatik, a collaboration that also includes the two members of Colorado’s Big Gigantic.

What do they sound like?: GRiZ blends dubstep, glitch and live saxophone to create a unique genre he refers to as “electro-soul”.

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Top five shows of the weekend

high-on-fire-45) Daylight, Ratking, Young Male, and More at Europa Club
Featuring pop punk, art-rap, and DIY techno, this Saturday night highlight at Europa Club—which, contrary to rumors, is still alive and well—is one of the most diverse bills of the weekend, and that’s before we even get to the laundry list of local DJs/party purveyors who will be spinning tracks between sets. And although the scene is sure to be a fucking hipster Golden Corral, that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out. This is North Brooklyn, after all, you better be used to it by now.

Saturday, doors at 8pm

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Twin Peaks are playing tonight in Williamsburg

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Pitchfork didn’t give it much love, but we’ve been thoroughly enjoying their latest, Wild Onion. They play Baby’s All Right tonight with The Lemons and Winston. Here’s their latest single, “Flavor”:
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