Expect left field dance music interspersed by bassed up club sounds from across the globe but with an emphasis on their French counterparts.
“We tend to favour live blends over bootlegs and edits, and the occasional tweaks and glitches you will hear in this mix are made live using (and abusing) the slip mode on the CDJs nexus. We have always had a hard time choosing between 4/4 and broken rhythms, or between techno and a song format, so we tend to jump from one to the other. We grew fascinated and obsessed by these dualities, and it’s the re-contextualisation and association of these tracks together that create our own version of club music.”
Torres in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tombs at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Di Lynn Ring)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Celebration, Dragons of Zynth @ Baby's All Right
If the advent of Katrina Ford's new band Mt Royal put any question to whether her old band Celebration were still going...they are. In fact, Celebration have signed to Bella Union who will release their new album, Albumin, next month. Get an early listen in live form tonight.
Dave Hause, Chris Farren, Cayetana, Brian McGee @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This lineup is mostly punk frontman solo projects -- The Loved Ones' Dave Hause, Fake Problems' Chris Farren and Plow United's Brian McGee -- but it also features Philly's punkish indie rockers Cayetana whose forthcoming debut LP already has three excellent singles out and is shaping up to be a good one.
Midnight Magic, King Holiday, Keith Sweaty @ Cameo Gallery
If you like your dance music played by a skilled live band, you're in luck as two bands on this bill fall under that category. Midnight Magic are straight-up disco
The Numerators, Scully, Fire Retarded, Sharkmuffin @ Death By Audio
Punks the Numerators don't play as ofter as they used to, and tonight's show is their only NYC show for 2014. Caroline Partamian, pulls double-duty tonight, also playing in Scully which is a revamp of her old band The Splinters.
The Wytches, Slavve, Heat @ Glasslands
UK trio The Wytches concoct a brew that mixes raw-throat punk, stoner/doom psych, and Bad Seeds swagger, with perhaps just the tiniest hint of Wicker Man folk. Tonight's show also features Montreal's Heat who owe more than a little to the Strokes, and local loud rock duo Slavve.
Drenge, Wax Witches @ Mercury Lounge
Falling somewhere between post-Nirvana grunge and early '00s garage revival, UK duo Drenge are adored by the British music press. Will NYC take to them as well?
Veruca Salt, Battleme @ MHOW
Veruca Salt, now back with their original lineup, play their second NYC shows in many many years this week. (Bowery Ballroom was last night and their first.) You'll likely hear a bunch of new tracks from their forthcoming new album, but there's no way they're not gonna hit with "Seether" and "Number One Blind." Sold out.
Honduras, ONWE, Journalism, Turnip King, Lazyeyes @ Palisades
Honduras bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honnduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance.
The Everymen, Everest Cale, Rocket and the Ghost, We Roll Like Madmen, Caldor Kids, Secret Weapons @ Pianos
New Jersey's The Everymen returned this April with Givin' Up On Free Jazz, back with another dose of boozy heartland swagger that comes off even better live.
Tombs, Pyrrhon, Statiqbloom, Passage Between @ Saint Vitus
Tombs continue to perfect their sludge metal formula on this year's killer Savage Gold, and tonight's the release show for that. Good openers too, so get there on time.
Fell Voices, Yellow Eyes, Mongrel @ The Acheron
Some competition in the metal world tonight: Fell Voices make some of the best atmospheric black metal in the Pacific Northwest, and tonight they play their only show of 2014, here in NYC. It's a good bill all around here too.
Torres, High Highs @ South Street Seaport
Torres makes confessional, grungy folk that's heavier live than you might expect from listening to the album. Australian indie pop band High Highs open.
Lucero, J Roddy Walston and the Business @ Capitol Theatre
Country punks Lucero know how to have a rowdy, whiskey-fueled good time, but they also know how to pull your heartstrings with sad (and also whiskey-fueled) down-on-their-luck songs. They don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they play two nearby shows, this being the second.
Rustie, Ac Slater, Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
Rustie often makes maximalist in-your-face electronic music, but he has a real sense of melody that many others who do a similar thing are lacking. He's got a new album on the way (that he just posted a song with Danny Brown from), so hopefully he'll drop a track or two from that tonight.
Melted Toys, Tonstartssbandht, Free Time, Street Gnar @ Cake Shop
San Francisco's Melted Toys just released their second album, which came out a couple weeks ago. Like their debut, the album falls somewhere between psych and indiepop, easy-to-swallow and effervescent, with occasional halucinatory side effects. They play tonight with their Underwater Peoples labelmates Free Time, as well as Montreal/Brooklyn noisemakers Tonstartssbandht.
Ten Foot Pole, Burning Streets, Sad and French @ Grand Victory
Ten Foot Pole have been making melodic punk -- not far removed from NOFX -- since the early '90s (and hardcore under the name Scared Straight before that), and next year they'll release their first album since 2004. No music's come out from that yet, but maybe we'll get to hear some at this show.
The Pietasters @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Hop aboard a boat and get a dose of ska with The Pietasters tonight.
The Split Squad, Ivan Julian, New York Junk @ The Bowery Electric
The Split Squad formed around singer/bassist Michael Giblin, who is a session musician and producer and has fronted bands like The Parallax Project and Cherry Twister. If that name is unfamiliar, you might know some of the rest of the band: Clem Burke (Blondie), Keith Streng (The Fleshtones), Eddie Munoz (The Plimsouls), and Josh Kantor (The Baseball Project). If you like Beatlesque power-pop, this might be the ticket tonight.
Quarterbacks, Foozle, Alice @ 603 Upstairs
Quarterbacks make scrappy twee that's readymade for college house shows, which this may feel a bit like tonight.
Black Rainbow, Cousin Brian, Slow Animal, Vulture Shit @ Shea Stadium
San Francisco DIY punks Black Rainbow's members came up in the same scene that the members of Shellshag were part of before they moved here, and like that band, Black Rainbow still sound great and relevant today. This is their first of two NYC shows of the weekend.
DJ Dodger Stadium, Dubbel Dutch, Sage Caswell @ Cameo Gallery
DJ Dodger Stadium is the duo of electronic producers Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy. They just put out their excellent album, Friend of Mine, and tonight's the release show (live).
Destination Moon Art & Music Fest with People's Champs, Three-o Huxtable, Underground River, Jack and Eliza @ Littlefield
Unlike a lot of bands that call NYC/Brooklyn home, duo Jack and Eliza actually grew up here and have been friends since childhood. Now musical partners, Jack and Eliza make winsome pop, at this point just letting their guitars and voices convey their charms. If you liked the early, stripped-down days of Slow Club with a little Beach Boys/Everly Brothers influence, they're pretty appealing. They play tonight as part of this evening of music and art dubbed "Destination Moon."
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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This week Nike introduced the Nike+ FuelBox in NYC. The “vending machine” does not require coins, instead you plug in your Nike+ FuelBand & in exchange of fuel points (collected within the last 24hrs) , you can get Nike garments like tees & socks (priced between 500 – 1000 fuel points). The FuelBox moves so keep an eye on Nike’s NYC twitter account for the next location.
If you live or hang out in Williamsburg, you may have noticed that for most of July, the corner space at Driggs & Metropolitan has been taken over as the Levis Commuter Workspace, offering wifi, workspace, and lots of cyclist services: tune-ups, customization, washes, and more. (Also a look at the clothing brand's Commuter line). The space closes this weekend but not before Prodigy of veteran hip hop duo Mobb Deep performs at the free Closing Party there this Saturday (7/26) at 7 PM. All you have to do to get in is RSVP. There will be cocktails provided by Baby's All Right and Grady's Cold Brew, commuters can bring their bikes for complimentary tune-ups, and there will be a chance to win a Tokyobike. Do note RSVP does not guarantee entry, which is based on capacity.
Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 recording sessions for their classic LP The Infamous (released in 1995) this year by releasing The Infamous Mobb Deep, a two-disc set that includes their first new music since 2006 and unreleased material from the original Infamous sessions. They just made a video for "Low" (ft. Mack Wilds) off the newly-recorded portion, which you can watch below.
Mobb Deep have also been pretty active as a live group lately. They played their home city this past May at Irving Plaza and this past Thursday (7/17) they played their actual hometown when they put on their first-ever show in Queensbridge Park, as part of the ongoing Summerstage series. Vulture caught the show and wrote:A few hours before their "homecoming" concert in Queensbridge Park last Thursday night, Prodigy and Havoc, the two halves who make up the whole of the rap group Mobb Deep, were philosophizing as to why "The QB," which is what the giant public-housing project adjacent to the park is often called, has produced so many hip-hoppers. It is a roster that includes the great Nas, Capone (of Capone-N-Noreaga), Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté, and Mobb Deep itself, whose 1995 album The Infamous is considered a classic of hard-core urbanity, a formidable East Coast response to Dr. Dre's immortal Cali-based The Chronic. The QB's fecundity was a product of "time, space, and motion," said Prodigy, the erstwhile boy genius who, like his equally diminutive partner (neither tops five foot six), turns 40 this year. Much is owed to the Queens housing project's sheer size, said Prodigy; it was the biggest one not only in New York City but in the entire country. But more than that was "the location."
...when the group hit the stage, picturesquely set beneath the elegantly industrial arches of the renamed Edward I. Koch Bridge, a burst of joy came forth. "Queensbridge!," Prodigy shouted into the mike. "Queensbridge!" returned the crowd, which certainly included a large number of the QB "old-timers," some of whom have been living in the project for half a century and arrived in their wheelchairs to bop along to the beats. Never much for nonsense time-killing (no soft-ass, dreary R&B voicings for them), Mobb Deep went hard, kicking through their new stuff and bringing the old, really busting it on "Temperature's Rising," with its whoa! lines, "that snitch n***** gave the police your location/we'll chop up his body in six degrees of separation." The lines were just as foreboding as ever, but on this mid-summer evening, with the festive picnic crowd, the city gleaming in the sunset, no hint of mayhem could pierce the celebration.Watch a couple videos of that show, with the new "Low" video, below...
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Johnathan Demme's classic Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, and the film has been making the rounds at various screenings around the country and was just released on Blu-Ray. The film will screen as part of Lincoln Center's Sound + Vision Festival at the Walter Reade Theater on August 1, to be followed by a Q&A with David Byrne himself. File this one under 'not to be missed.'
Tickets are sold out, but If you'd still like to go we have two pairs of tickets to the Lincoln Center screening to give away. ALSO one of those two winners will also be getting the new Blu-Ray of the film SIGNED BY ALL FOUR MEMBERS of the Talking Heads. Details on how to enter the contest, plus a few clips from Stop Making Sense, below...
Rumblings from the land of streaming giants. Amazon says that it has added "hundreds of thousands of songs" to its Amazon Prime music streaming service, following complaints that its selection was too small. A few of the artists mentioned in their announcement are Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Nick Cave, A$AP Rocky and Oasis. Unfortunately, they still don't have a deal with Universal. Subscriptions were raised from $79 to $99 this past April, and they include unlimited music, movie and TV show streams, as well as free two-day shipping.
Spotify is a bigger kid on the block, with 20 million songs in its catalog to Amazon's million and change. Rumors circulated that Google was interested in purchasing Spotify, but balked at their asking price of well above $10 billion, after a Wall Street Journal article surfaced, reporting just that. However, Recode states that they reached out to "multiple sources at both companies" and claims that there have been no discussions between the companies about an acquisition. The Recode article says it was nothing more than meetings between Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek and Google execs about commercial deals at YouTube, Google Play, and Android:"There has not been a single conversation about Google's interest between the two," said one source, reflecting many others. "There was never a price, never a negotiation, never anything."Neither Google nor Spotify has given an official statement on the matter.
If anyone is going to purchase Spotify, it seems unlikely to be Apple, who acquired Dr. Dre's Beats for $3 billion earlier this year.
Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We recently mentioned that Rustie is releasing a new album, Green Language, which features Danny Brown on a track, and that track has now come out. It's called "Attak" and can be streamed below.
Video of Danny's set from last night, with the new song stream, below...