10 Signs You're Too Old For Coachella

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Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three busy days at Coachella. Whether you've gone to the festival since the first year in 1999 or just started going a few years ago, the festival can feel a bit, well, different than when you were in your teens and 20s. If so, you might want to check and see if you just might be getting too old for this shit.

See also: The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

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EXCLUSIVE: Listen to Ace Frehley's Long-Lost Pre-KISS Acetate Demo Found in a Barn

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Chris Reisman
The Molimo acetate, a KISS Army Holy Grail!
With KISS now safely enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one would assume every piece of the band's legacy would have been properly documented. Shockingly, that wasn't the case. That is..until now.

Record collector Chris Reisman was working his way through an extensive vinyl collection in a barn in upstate New York when, in the last bit of excavating, he found a box full of decades-old acetates and demos. Among them, KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's earliest known major label recordings as part of shelved psychadelic/prog-rock outfit Molimo.

See also: The Oral History of NYC's Metal/Hardcore Crossover

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 4/18/14

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Courtesy of Vanguard Records
Catch the Indigo Girls at Tarrytown Music Hall this Sunday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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PREMIERE: Small Sur's "Wild Geese" for Singles Club - Issue #2

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Courtesy of Singles Club // Credit: Chris Muccioli
Small Sur
Remember how Sub Pop used to have its own subscription service for fans of the label to get new music? That idea has been reconfigured for the 21st century thanks to a new and quarterly publication called Singles Club. In November, they debuted their first single, Daniel Bachman's "Coming Home." Being a subscriber to Singles Club means getting a 7" with the single on Side A and an exclusive interview with the artist on Side B.

We're happy to premiere the second single, Small Sur's "Wild Geese." "We chose Small Sur because their music is kind and pure," says Jeffrey Silverstein, a mastermind behind this project. He adds: "Everything happens really fast these days and they are a perfect reminder of what it is to just be, to appreciate the here and now. They're kind of the best anti-anxiety medication you can find." Bob Keal of Small Sur adapted a Mary Oliver poem for his contribution to the club and is excited to be part of a project with such a clear and passionate vision.

Listen to Small Sur's new tune after the jump.


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10 Must-Have Record Store Day Releases

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Part of the reason Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vinyl reissues, or deluxe box sets that you set your sights on, the sheer amount of cool, unique albums that are released on Record Store Day are enough to get all types of music lovers out in droves to pick up these collectibles -- all while supporting their independent local record shops at the same time.

The list of exclusive releases this year is quite impressive and more extensive than ever before. So for your convenience, ahead of Saturday's Record Store Day, we've come up with a list of what we feel are the 10 must-haves of this year's bumper crop of RSD releases.

See also: How to Write a "Vinyl is Back!" Story

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Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival Returns to South Street Seaport July 12!

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Photo: Laura June Kirsch
Oh hello there! We are very excited to announce that our fourth annual 4Knots Music Festival will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 1- 8 p.m. at the South Street Seaport, rain or shine. Manhattan's favorite summer music festival will return with 10 + bands hand-picked by our music department. As you well know, the festival is FREE, ALL AGES, and OUTDOORS. It's our 14th year curating this type of fest, and as always, it'll feature only the most renowned and emerging music artists burning up your Tumblrs and Twitters and such. It's going to be a blast, and much like last year, the festival will feature two stages -- located on Pier 16, alongside the iconic New York City landmark Peking VIP Ship and near Pier 17 within the See/Change space at Fulton @ Front Street. This will expand this year's festival northwest and onto the iconic cobblestone streets near the former Fulton Market.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!

See also: Last year's 4Knots Music Festival coverage

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Here's the Story on the Wu-Tang Affiliate Who Appears to Have Cut His Penis Off

Categories: Wu-Tang

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As we reported yesterday, rapper Christ Bearer apparently severed his penis and jumped off of his Studio City apartment balcony, in what appears to be a suicide attempt.

But despite his affiliation with Wu-Tang Clan, most people -- Wu fans included -- know very little about him. Here's his story:

See also: The "Wu-Tang Affiliate" Who Cut Off His Penis Is Not Affiliated With Wu-Tang, Says Wu-Tang

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Revisiting Purple Rain's Original Reviews

Categories: Prince

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Prince in Purple Rain
Should you see Purple Rain? Yes. The answer is yes. Of course, that's the perspective from someone living in a world that has already been influenced by three decades of Purple Rain's greatness. It's a film recognized by all non-jive turkeys as an absolutely beautiful marriage between modern music and the moving image. But while most movie-goers today "get it," at the time of the film's release there were plenty of critics who clearly hadn't been purified in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. In the spirit of the film turning 30 this year, and its screening last night at Tarrytown Music House, we take a look back at the reviews of Purple Rain upon its 1984 release.

See also: Elvis Costello, D'Angelo, Chris Rock Pay Tribute to Prince - Carnegie Hall - 3/7/13

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Five Better Producers for Michael Jackson's New Album

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Like most right-thinking people, we were disappointed when producers decided to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it.

They're doing it again this year with a new record called Xscape, produced by a collaborative team headed up by Timbaland and due in May. The saddest part of the whole deal is that Michael probably did leave behind some worthy scraps for producers to craft into a new record, but the people in charge of that unreleased material are picking the wrong producers to work with. We could actually experience a legitimately great posthumous work by Jackson if it were in the right hands. These five producers, for example, might actually do something cool with those tracks now in the MJ vault.

See also: In Defense of Michael Jackson's Magic

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Look for the Punks This Weekend, New York's Alright 2014 Gets Underway Thursday

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Crazy Spirit at 285 Kent during New York's Alright 2013.
For the second year running, and this year maybe to fill the void left by the now-finished Chaos in Tejas festival in Austin, the New York's Alright punk/hardcore festival has attracted in punks from all over to New York. From Thursday through Sunday, various spots throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan will be drenched in feedback, d-beats, leather, bristles, studs and acne.*

The big draw to fests of these sorts is the appearance of international bands and rare-ish appearances or reunions. This year, New York's Alright has both: Bands from Sweden, Japan and England round-out the overseas offerings; while NYC's Crazy Spirit are due to perform for the first time in a while, and non-touring Cleveland maniacs Inmates are set to play. (Odds of fireworks going off during the band's set are still being set.)

See also: The Oral History of NYC's Metal/Hardcore Crossover

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