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Adventurous Listening: Battles, Black Dice, Gang Gang Dance at SummerStage

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Battles, Black Dice, Gang Gang Dance
Central Park Summerstage, 8/16/08


Three of New York's finest and most original bands shared the stage on Saturday for a free concert at Central Park SummerStage. Presented in the pleasant outdoor setting of Central Park on a beautiful day, hundreds of people who would normally never come to experience the experimental tribal sounds of Gang Gang Dance got to see them in a perfect setting. The swaying trees played perfect compliment to their mystical songs.

Brooklyn's noise pioneers followed with an ear-shredding set that was not for everyone, but helped showcase the extent of their influence over the entire NYC music scene.

Headlining was maybe the most accessible and brightest of the three bands, Battles...

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Should I Be Embarrassed For Listening To Conor Oberst?

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Sunday night, with a bit of shame, a new friend revealed her secret like for Metro Station, and in particular, their song featured in the commercial for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Led by Miley Cyrus’ 19 year-old brother, Trace, Metro Station's "Seventeen Forever" is the typical type of generic synth pop punk trash that has the potential to get lodged inside your head whether you want it there or not.

For one music industry insider to share such embarrassing information with another is not easy, especially within the context of our first real conversation. Reputations are put on the line with such openness, and she wasn't going to be the only one to bare her weakness for cheesy music far removed from the Pitchfork-approved realm. So, with it swung back around to me, I was left to answer the question "what is my music guilty pleasure?"

A pretty girl and a few glasses of whiskey can unlock my most embarrassing secrets.

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Sunday At The Pool: The Day King Khan Showed Us His Ass

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A week after the insanity brougt by MGMT, McCarren Pool was again the craziest place to be on a Sunday in Brooklyn. The day featured beach balls, toilet paper and bananas flying through the air, a guitar-playing chihuahua, a very special guest appearance by Duffy, King Khan's ass, and quite a lot of quality rock & roll courtesy of The Black Lips, Deerhunter, King Khan & The Shrines, and Tall Firs.

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Thank You For Breaking Justin Vernon’s Heart

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Bon Iver, Bowerbirds
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 7/30/08


Self-released in late 2007, and later receiving a wide release on Jagjaguwar in February, Bon Iver's "For Emma, Forever Ago" has been collecting universal praise everywhere it goes. And how could it not? Justin Vernon's soul-baring debut is a rare breed that contains both a unparalleled emotional depth and rich sonic atmosphere.

By now, fans know the back story: Vernon secluded himself to a cabin in Wisconsin, where he metaphorically carved himself open, pouring all of his personal struggles, heartache and loss into the song writing process for what would become  "For Emma, Forever Ago." And with every minute of the record, listeners share an emotionally binding experience with Vernon. As sad as it can be, the supremely rich vocals give the songs an uplifting glow.

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Butthole Surfers Reunion Tour Ends With A Bang

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In their heyday, The Butthole Surfers were the craziest band on the planet. Under the influence of heavy drugs and insanity, their concerts were legendary events of unpredictable madness.

In 1986, they first met Lynch (a.k.a. Kathleen, a.k.a. Ta-Da the Shit Lady), who was then working at a strip club called Sex World in New York City. Though never an official member, she became the Surfers' famous "naked dancer," performing intermittently with them through 1989. One show in Washington D.C. with G.W.A.R. saw Kathleen take the stage to dance in nothing but gold body paint and antique wooden snow shoes. And at another particularly wild concert in 1986, Haynes and Lynch reportedly engaged in sexual intercourse while on stage, as Leary used a screwdriver to vandalize the club's speakers. This came after only five songs, during which time Haynes had started a small fire. Wikipedia

With all of their core and most consistent members along for the ride, Webster Hall's Butthole Surfers reunion concert last night promised to be an entertaining one...

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Donate $5 To Cancer Research And Receive Free The Walkmen – You & Me Album Download

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Ever since getting my hands on a press copy of The Walkmen’s You & Me, I can’t stop listening. There have been a few great albums released this year (Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago, Black Mountain – In The Future, Xiu Xiu – Women As Lovers), but none compare to what The Walkmen [&hellip
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If You Hype It, They Will Come

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"Well, you know what MGMT sound like live? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Their music and stage presence are so bland, we all might as well have been staring at a brick wall."—Amy Phillips, Pitchfork, Oct 20, 2007

MGMT's status in the music world has changed a lot since Amy Philips saw them that night at Crash Mansion. Nothing proves that more than the sea of people that flocked to McCarren Pool on Sunday. Rain and lightning did little to keep the crowds away. A line wrapped around the outside of the pool with hipsters looking for their free opportunity to see one of the hottest acts alive, along with Ting Tings and Black Moth Super Rainbow.

After having spent most of my day at the Guggenheim, I arrived shortly after 5pm, and the line was unlike anything I've ever seen at McCarren Pool. I soon overheard a staff member mention that no one else was getting in, as hundreds stood on queue unwilling to accept that sad fact. Roughly 15 minutes later a staff member walked down the line with a megaphone telling everyone that the pool had reached capacity and no one else was coming in...

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