FREEwilliamsburg’s Top 25 Albums Of 2016

2016 was the dirt fucking worst. There’s no other way to put it. It seems almost absurd to talk about what a great year it was for music, in light of all of the terrible things that have happened, but music helped us cope a lot over the last twelve months. And serendipitously, a wealth of great records were released this year, as everything else seemed to go for broke. Here are twenty-five of them that allowed us to forget the cruel dystopia that has become our reality, if only for a little while. We needed both their comforts and catharsis, perhaps more than ever before.

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Bernie fundraiser on Tues & Weds with Cass McCombs, Gang Gang Dance and more


Are you feeling the Bern?! If so, there’s a two-day fundraiser starting tonight at Baby’s All Right. ‘Special Guests’ are billed too. Perhaps Bernie will stop by?

Cass McCombs, Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Gang Gang Dance, Kevin Devine, MAS YSA, Frankie Cosmos, Spirit Family Reunion, [Read more…]

Our favorite 50 albums of 2013


50. Dirty Beaches – Drifters / Love is the Devil
49. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
48. Fuzz – Fuzz
47. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
46. Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
45. Fidlar – Fidlar
44. James Blake – Overgrown
43. Cuushe – Butterfly Case
42. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
41. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
40. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
39. Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat
38. The Mantles – Long Enough to Leave
37. Bent Shapes – Feels
36. Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle
35. California X – California X
34. Camera Obscura – Desire Lines
33. DJ Koze – Amygdala
32. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
31. Sonny and the Sunsets – Antenna and the Afterworld
30. Ezra Furman – The Year of No Returning
29. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
28. Various – After Dark 2
27. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
26. Segue – Pacifica
25. Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister
24. Thee Oh Sees – Floating Planet
23. Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana
22. Mikal Cronin – MCII
21. Nils Frahm – Spaces

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DIIV, Cass McCombs, Julianna Barwick and more playing festival in Hudson New York this weekend


Tickets are still on sale and Hudson is a quick train ride away! Grab tickets here:

Basilica Hudson is working in collaboration with international music organizers and connoisseurs, Pitchfork’s Brandon Stosuy and Brian Deran of Gleam House and Leg Up Management, to program BasilicaSoundScape (formally Basilica Music Fest), a carefully curated weekend program featuring a wide range of music, visual art, and literature that aims for specific connections and overlaps instead of “festival”-style overload.

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Ticket Giveaway: Cass McCombs & Lightspeed Champion at Bowery Ballroom

I don’t think I need to do much convincing for you to head over to our Twitter page and enter in this contest. Just watch the dreamy video for “You Saved My Life” to remind yourself how much you love Cass McCombs. And once you you do that, tweet this (it’s as easy as copy & paste):

I love @freedubya but I’d love them more if they gave me Cass McCombs & Lightspeed Champion tickets!

This is one of the few shows Lightspeed Champion will play with a full band this year, so it should be a real treat. Check out the video for “Marlene” after the jump.

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