Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Autumn is finally here! And while we may be in for a fairly wet and grey weekend, I’m ready for some more moderate temperatures. I’m not so ready for the inevitable bug I seem to have picked up, so let’s not waste anyone’s time here, music is a healer.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

a1304811290_10After a week off, we are suddenly waist deep in fall releases and an assortment of other sonic terrors that seemed almost inconceivable last time I checked in. Thus, before we get too far behind—and because I’m on new kitten duty (metal, I know)—let’s get at it before it gets away.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

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After just about digesting all the food from the Vendy Awards last weekend it’s once again time to turn our attention to music. The weather looks like it should be just about perfect, so I can think of nothing better than to hole up inside at a show!

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LVL UP return to love (and Market Hotel) for record release bash

maxresdefaultIn the sea of cynicism, sarcasm, and post-whatever irony that is New York City, LVL UP’s latest opus, Return to Love, possesses an endangered quality: Earnestness. A neo-biblical tale of finding a reason to wake up in Brooklyn circa 2016, the band’s third LP—which drops Friday via Sub Pop—provides the focused indie-pop answer to their previously sprawling rock n’ roll rabble, capturing in its 10 hook-stuffed tracks the true bleary-eyed spirit of LVL UP.

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Electric Zoo Interview: Lane St8 of Mind

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Much of mainstream music is fueled by visual media. Those snippets of confetti falling on an ocean of flailing arms stirs excitement, but how many videos have you ever taken that actually capture what that moment felt like?

Up until this interview, I had never seen Lane 8 perform and I had only enjoyed his most recent summer mixtape on soundcloud. Though that’s enough to take note of an artist, what drew me into pursuing an interview with him was hearing about his “This Never Happened” tour. It’s not the name of his next hit single, it’s the idea that he wants you to embrace while witnessing his performance, a traceless night of fun that will live on solely through the memories of his attendees.

FREEwilliamsburg: What was your inspiration for your “This Never Happened” Tour?

Lane 8: While I was on tour last fall and my wife and I noticed at a lot of the shows, whenever the better known tracks from the album were playing, all we could see was just a sea of phones and iPads. The screens were just so overpowering you couldn’t even see people’s faces. We decided while we were wrapping that tour up that we wanted to fix this. Our goal was to get the audience to listen to music for 90 minutes straight without checking their Instagram and hopefully interact with other people inside the venue. All because, when you’re at a music show, even though there are strangers around you, in theory you all share a love for that type of music.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

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There really is a fantastic run of events this weekend, and what made the cut was put ahead P.S Eliot/Ought at Market Hotel, Allah-Las at Baby’s All Right, and The Album Leaf at Littlefield to name a few. Slightly out of town is the excellent Don Giovanni-led New Alternative Music Festival out in Asbury Park. Finally, the 2016 Vendy Awards are at Governor’s Island on Saturday, and there are still a few tickets available at the time of writing, it’s always a great event, especially if you’re a fan of street food (2015 review here).

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GIVEAWAY: MK Returns to His Former Hood, Win Tix to See Him at Sugar Hill Disco This Saturday

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Detroit-made house producer and DJ Marc Kinchen, better known by his stage name, MK, might live on the West Coast now, but he’s still heavily influenced by his former years, which he spent hanging with high-profile artists and building beats in Bedstuy. Long term residents of Bedstuy, like Marc, are quick to comment on the neighborhood’s transformation, a familiar story that has also been told by legendary names like Spike Lee and Jay-Z, two of the neighborhood’s most infamous OGs.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

a4090602649_10As you’ll no doubt notice from the notable LPs—or lack thereof—below, the fall release season has yet to kick into full, fire-breathing gear. Use the extra listening time this week to get caught up on what you missed so far this year, because no matter how kvlt you are, I guarantee you haven’t heard it all.

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