VH1 and Republic Records to make one band famous at Northside Festival

header-logo copyVH1 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:

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Pallbearer announce new album in advance of Northside Festival showcase

pbAfter two years, a million riffs, and countless tour dates, Southern Doom overlords Pallbearer—the de-facto metal breakthrough of 2012—have officially announced their sophomore album, Foundations of Burden, due August 19th via Profound Lore. Their simultaneously devastating-but-life-affirming debut, Sorrow and Extinction, is by no means an easy act to follow, but Pallbearer have armed themselves accordingly, recruiting Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Sleep, Red House Painters) to produce and Animetalphysical for what might be the raddest album art I’ve seen this year.

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New video from Ejecta – ‘Eleanor Lye’ (NSFW)



Rough Trade NYC’s music venue to reopen tonight!



From Brooklyn Vegan:

After four months of being closed for renovations and soundproofing (a mere week after they first opened), Rough Trade’s music venue finally has the green light to reopen. Tonight (3/21) there’s two shows: Rathborne and Streets of Laredo early, and How to Dress Well late (sold out). Saturday night (3/22) is Elysian Fields, Melvin Van Peebles Menage A Trois, and The Aspiring Me; and Sunday has Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in conversation with JG Thirlwell, which is free, followed by a book signing.

The full line-up is here.

Hey-ya! OutKast to headline Governors Ball Music Festival

Big Boi posted a pic to his Instagram of him and Andre 3000 kicking it in ATL

Big Boi posted a pic to his Instagram of him and Andre 3000 kicking it in ATL

Get your Polaroids ready! OutKast is set to headline this year’s Governors Ball on Randall’s Island, according to an exclusive from Rolling Stone. The duo confirmed rumors of their reunion last night by officially appearing on the line-up for Cochella for their returning debut in April. GovBall will reveal hints to the rest of the line-up over the coming days on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ryan Hemsworth – “Against A Wall” ft. Lofty305

“Against A Wall” is taken from the album Guilt Trips, out Oct. 22 on Last Gang Records.

Watch: Deerhunter: “Back to the Middle”


Deerhunter have shared the video for their Monomania track “Back to the Middle”. Shot in London, the video features Durassie Kiangangu, who lip syncs along with the track. Olivier Groulx directs.

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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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