If you’ve been sitting up waiting in the long dark of a proverbial night for the return of Brooklyn’s finest self-loathing, 70s-worshipping rock n’ roll odyssey road trippers, Titus Andronicus, then the metaphorical rooster has figuratively crowed. This morning, Patrick Stickles and co. announced their new record—The Most Lamentable Tragedy—on a new label—Merge—with a spit-sprayed and snot-nosed new single, “Dimed Out”, restoring balance to our myopic, warehouse-strewn corner of the universe in the process.
“To see a seamless performance is kind of boring. I like to see things kind of fall apart.”
These are the words of Kim Gordon, after watching clip after clip of live performances gone wrong. As part of the “Unbound” series, last week BAM and Greenlight Books hosted Kim Gordon to talk about her new memoir, Girl in a Band with longtime friend Margaret Bodde, although not much was actually uttered about the book the whole night. At the start, Bodde and Gordon reminisced a few minutes about the early 80s and (possibly) meeting each other for the first time at CBGBs. Bodde showered Gordon with accolades for her various works, then dived in to questions, starting with one about Gordon’s relationship to an audience. Gordon talked about how music is different than other mediums of art and admitted feeling self-conscious at times. [Read more...]
Canada’s TOPS have a video for their new single, “Way to Be Loved,” and it features a cameo (inexplicably) from Mac Demarco’s sack. (See the 1:46 mark.) Needless to say, it’s not safe for work, unless looking at someone’s balls hanging out of their jeans is acceptable at your job. That said, we love the song!
A couple more by TOPS, who we’ve been enjoying: [Read more...]
Four days. 50 venues. 350 bands. It’s Northside Festival again, or, as we call it, the most wonderful time of the year, and if you weren’t paying close attention to the local blogwaves, then you might not have even realized it was happening on your doorstep. Unlike spectacle-heavy music fests like Governors Ball and Electric Zoo, Northside, now the borough’s biggest music festival, has remained organic, exploding within Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick’s best (and gloriously air conditioned) venues—as well its selection of epic outdoor options—as if it were just another summer weekend in Brooklyn. Of course, as any Northside Music Festival vet can tell you, the brain-boiling array of talent makes this one anything but average, with the likes of Titus Andronicus, The War on Drugs, Ratking, Fuck Buttons, Perfect Pussy, Marissa Nadler, Watain, and more set to take our beloved stages come Thursday. So grab your badges and gather round as we rundown our favorite shows of the weekend ahead.
There is no escaping the shadow Governors Ball will cast over New York City’s show-going scene this weekend. Whether you missed out on badges, drying your salty, resentful tears with a signed poster of André 3000, or have been too busy scoffing from your Black Flag-wallpapered cool dungeon to care (Childish Gambino? Mwahaha, tasteless fools), the reality is this is Governors Ball’s weekend, and we are just brunching in it. But have heart, badgeless masses, there are still plenty of killer shows to go around, all you have to do is check out our Top 5 Non-Gov Ball Shows of the Weekend, grab tickets, and then get out there and have fun while your friends cower in staph-infected port-a-johns and savor every last molecule of their $9 Bud Lights. And let’s be honest, for true music fans—Mountain Dew-backed neo-Woodstockism aside—it doesn’t get much better than that.
VH1 and Republic records have been scouting America in search of the next buzz band. After half a million votes sent by fans via Twitter, the 24 finalists have been selected, all of whom will compete in the finals of VH1′s Make a Band Famous. This event will be broadcast through a 24-hour live stream hosted by All American Rejects lead singer and bassist, Tyson Ritter. Finalists will compete in a series of challenges over that time period like learning a cover song in an hour, recreating classic hits with toy instruments (so Brooklyn) and busking for fans on the mean streets of Williamsburg (they better bring their A-game, or it’s about to get real apathetic up in hurrr . . . ).
Here’s your list of worthy contenders, all of whom will be competing for the coveted title of winner, a showcase at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival next weekend and a contract with Republic Records: