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Monday, Dec 9, 2013
John Grant, the artist behind Rough Trade's album of the year, was part of the NYC store's second week of shows. Before they had to stop.

John Grant’s Pale Green Ghosts has deservedly found its way into several end of the year best of lists, including #5 at Mojo and #9 at Q. But Grant received top marks from the UK music institution, Rough Trade, who honored him with ‘Album of the Year’. To celebrate, Grant is performing in-store at Rough Trade East on the 9th of December but before that he graced the stage of Rough Trade’s new NYC store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


The store had only opened the prior week, before the Thanksgiving holiday, and in its performance space had hosted Television, Charles Bradley and many others—sometimes more than one show a day (after Grant’s set, We Are Scientists were schedule to perform). Grant’s show, including the one the night before just down the road at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, were considered “stripped down” and didn’t include a drummer—just three folks on stage instead of the five or six from when I saw him in July.


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Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013
by Sean Issofresh
Photographer Sean Issofresh was on hand for us at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans to capture some of the fest's greatest moments.

Photographer Sean Issofresh was on hand for us at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans to capture some of the fest’s greatest moments.


Bassnectar:


Big Gigantic:


Billy Squier:


Destructo:


John Michael Rouchell:


Matt and Kim:


Nine Inch Nails:


Pearl Jam:


Royal Teeth:


The Breton Sound:


The Cure:



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Friday, Nov 22, 2013
Cut Copy consistently give one of the best live performances and are my top live act of 2013.

Having seen Cut Copy earlier this year at the Governors Ball Festival, I decided they were the best act there. Well, they’re two for two now, having just outdone that performance with a gig for the NPR Music and KCRW Metropolis launch event at the intimate (le) Poisson Rouge, an exceedingly small space for the band. Metropolis DJ Jason Bentley opened the show and we have pictures from the first two songs, so you may not get the full feel of blasting lights and the dance-happy music but it’s a start. The band are celebrating the release of their album Free Your Mind which expands their already intense electro-dance-rock oeuvre with such hits as “Footsteps”, the title track and “We are Explorers”. They just performed that last song on Fallon, and there is a clip below for you to watch, a better way to see what they are up to. If you didn’t live stream the seventy minute performance the first go around, check NPR as they will probably share the video soon.


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Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013
Having crafted Icona Pop's "I Love It", Charli XCX is at the forefront of the girl-pop movement.

Unlike the show I saw at Irving Plaza last week, Charli XCX knew took full advantage of the space with her oversized-pop sound. With just one album, Charli couldn’t afford to hold back the punches as she fronted an all-girl band.


She also knew she had to do her own rendition of the song “I Love It”, that she shared with Icona Pop, making them a star. She encouraged the audience in her announcement, “This is my first hit and I know you all know the words! I wanna hear you fucking sing!”. And the crowd obliged, bouncing with the same high energy Charli herself brought to the stage, jumping and waving her hair. She also performed a cover of the ‘80s pop hit, “I Want Candy”, one of her current favorite songs she said, alongside the lead singer from Kitten (who along with LIZ had opened for her). Check out the photos and video below.


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Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013
The seasonal formula is easy. More alcohol results in more cheer and more cheer equals more holiday spirits.

The Village Voice in New York may have been cutting their writers/staff earlier this year, but they aren’t afraid to tack on a new culinary event on the New York scene. Following in the foot steps of their ‘Choice Eats’ food event and their beer-themed ‘Brooklyn Pour’, the Voice will introduce ‘Holiday Spirits’ to Queens at Studio Square on December 5th, “the 80th anniversary of the day that ended the Prohibition era”.


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