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Liars to Curate and Play the Sonic City Festival in Belgium This Weekend

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Ah to jump on a plane and fly to Belgium tonight. Even Liars need a break once in a while, getting out of the studio to flex their musical muscles. They will be taking a break from working on their follow-up to Sisterworld to curate the Sonic City festival in De Kreun, Belgium, taking place this weekend, from October 28-30th.

28 Oct 2011 | More

FAC. DANCE, Factory Records Compilation Release Out Now

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Let’s lose it on the dancefloor tonight. FAC. DANCE is a new double album spotlighting the early dance output of Factory Records from 1980-1987. Return to the post-Joy Division, pre-rave years of this important Manchester record label founded by Tony Wilson, Alan Erasmus and designer Peter Saville. You can hear a track from A Certain Ratio now.

26 Oct 2011 | More

Zebra Baby Play Panda Tonight

If I had to come up with an anthropomorphic, Noam Choamskiist nonsensical sentence I would be at pains to do better than the title of this post, however all of it makes sense. Zebra Baby are a band formed by Ali Ramos and Char Johnson and they are performing tonight at 9:30 at Panda, a venue located in New York at 139 Chrystie Street. See, easy stuff, Zebra Baby are celebrating the release of a new single called “Juice”. We saw them first at Williamsburg Fashion Weekend and love the hell out of that, so thus we’re looking forward to more.

26 Oct 2011 | More

In Case Of Feeling Tired From CMJ

It’s nobody’s fault but mine.

23 Oct 2011 | 1 comment | More

Bleeding Knees Club Sneers at Us for IAMSOUND’s CMJ 2011 Showcase

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Bleeding Knees Club’s Alex Wall has perfected the art of the sneer but it’s all in the name of good punk fun. Let’s say the band is updating fave 60′s rock classics with a California dreamin’-by-way-of-the-Gold-Coast trip for the teenager still lurking within us.

21 Oct 2011 | More

Weekend Play Cameo for MTV Hive: Weird Vibes and Popgun Presents

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“If you think we were loud and obnoxious before, you’re gonna hate this,” says singer/bassist Shaun Durkan before Weekend blasted into a new song, (“Hazel” perhaps), with all the sonic command and immediacy of hits off their Sports album.

21 Oct 2011 | More

The Duke Spirit Play a “School Night” at the Baronial Bowery Hotel, 10.18.11

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London’s The Duke Spirit were more stunning than ever, playing the posh baronial party space upstairs at Bowery Hotel on Tuesday night for KCRW’s “School Night” event…

20 Oct 2011 | 1 comment | More

Three Occupy CMJ: French, Swedes and New Zealand Bring Their Local Flavor

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I am not certain if my information is 100% accurate as to the extent of this scourge but I definitely know that at least 3 countries have taken on an invasion of CMJ this year. As if on their own native soil they’ve setup access to food, their thinkers and musicians and more often than not luring innocent fair goers with free drinks, drinks as in alcoholic booze. I thought music is supposed to be contentious, in the eye of the beholder, for each one their taste, it doesn’t seem like we’re taking this as serious as say if a WTO meeting were to take place in our city. Take it from someone who knows their history this will not end well, first the French will setup two nights of French bands and next they’ll revive monsieur Buonaparte and then it’s good bye Louisiana or *gasp* Texas.

When Ceasar said: “Hey, let’s give the masses bread and entertainment”, as these insolent invaders are seeming to do, what he didn’t expect was the response from Brutus: “Hey, I find this knife in your back really entertaining right now, Ceasar”, and all history’s ever heard from Caesar afterward was “gurgle, gurgle, ooooooh”. So, dear fellows, let’s start misunderstanding more and rush to the venues of the occupants listed below (at the times also provided below).

18 Oct 2011 | More

CMJ Tonight: “Death to Hip-Hop” Afro Punk CMJ Showcase

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Well that’s a contentious start to the CMJ (College Music Journal for those just joining us) 2011 in NYC: “Death to Hip-Hop”, an Afro Punk showcase featuring the young stars of the scene Cerebral Ballzy and Ninjasonik and the incredibly bad-ass, and basically founders of the “Punk scene” band Death. The show is at Music Hall of Williamsburg, doors open at 8, accepting CMJ badges, $10 pre-sales or $12 at the door. Read on for details.

18 Oct 2011 | More

Fader Fort by Fiat CMJ Weekend Lineup Announced

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Get thee to the Fader Fort this Friday and Saturday at Drive-In Studios on 18th St.’s West side to see some amazing acts by day, before you see them at their official CMJ Music Marathon 2011 showcases. Why not have some unofficial fun while the sun does shine?

17 Oct 2011 | More