Anna Lunoe Promises "Good, Sweaty, Fun" at Brooklyn Bowl Tonight

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Anna Lunoe
Tonight, Sept. 29th, Anna Lunoe is headed to the Brooklyn Bowl alongside Kygo as one of the many stops in her All Out Fall Out Tour. Lunoe first discovered her passion for music when she began hosting a radio show in her home country of Australia in 2005. Since then, she has mastered both DJing and producing, as well as singing, which she does on both her own tracks and those of her fellow DJs. Lunoe's musicality stems from many different influences across so many genres -- she's named Beck, Outkast, and Diplo as some of her inspirations -- inspiring what has become her very personal and unique musical sound. We talked to Lunoe about what people can expect from All Out Fall Out.

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Eric Prydz Is Bringing the World's Largest Hologram to MSG Tonight

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Eric Prydz EPIC 3.0 show is going to be, well, Epic!
Considered by many a dance music legend, Eric Prydz has produced hits that have satisfied the mainstream and underground in equal measure. We met up with the DJ and his manager Michael Sershall at the Refinery Hotel to talk to them both about the EPIC 3.0 show that makes its way tonight, Sept. 27, to Madison Square Garden, a blow out the two say will feature elements heretofore unseen in any other EPIC production (or any other show in general, for that matter).

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Get Lost in the "Unusual, Handmade, Live Ambiance" of DJ Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap

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Saturday, DJ Jonathan Toubin's famous 'Soul Clap Dance-Off' returns to the Brooklyn Bowl after a summer off. Toubin, known for his spinning of old and obscure soul 45's, hosts the monthly BK Bowl party where a special guest comes 'round to facilitate a middle of the night dance off. For the return of the Soul Clap, Buster Poindexter, a.k.a. David Johansen of the New York Dolls, will be teaming up with one of the best DJ's in the city for the Saturday evening party.

To complement the amazing and classic music, Toubin has a number of exciting visuals and aesthetic elements in store for the show. Aiding the old school vibe will be shadow dancers -- dancers who will move behind a screen allowing the audience to view their gyrating silhouettes. "I'm trying to create all these visual things where people don't stare, and they get lost in this unusual, handmade, live ambiance," says the DJ. "It should hopefully look different and feel different and organic and express what all these people do, but hopefully it won't also detract from the main thing which is just the music and this dance contest we have."

In advance of his return, Toubin spoke with us about his summer, festival experiences, and style versus fashion.

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Meet Daye Jack, the NYU Student Whose Experimental Hip-Hop Will Make You Swoon

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Lately, it seems like Atlanta's got a whole new bag of tricks; the latest to emerge from the musically prolific city is 18-year-old rapping-singer Daye Jack. The Nigerian-born and Atlanta-bred musician is incredibly fresh to the scene, with only eight months under his belt. This past January, Daye took to SoundCloud to premiere his debut mixtape Hello World, which he recorded last Fall, during his first semester at New York University. What's even better is the kid doesn't study music at NYU -- he studies programming, which he views as akin to his musical pursuits.

Less than a year out of the gate and Daye already has his second project Soul Glitch slated to drop in the coming months. Now, he's preparing to play the first show of his career this Thursday, Sept. 25, at Baby's All Right. We spoke with Daye about finding his sound, his emotional connection to his music, and his cross-country and cross-continent upbringing.

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My Brightest Diamond: "New York Will Always Be My Artistic Home"

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My Brightest Diamond - Shara Worden
Shara Worden's symphonic outfit My Brightest Diamond continues to craft lyrically lush and prolific soundscapes on her latest LP This Is My Hand. The visceral backbeats and percussive pulse of tracks like "Pressure" and "Lover Killer" befittingly compliment Worden's pristine vocals. In no doubt a result of her operatic training and emotive intuition, This is My Hand leaves listeners captivated from beginning to end.

In advance of My Brightest Diamond's show at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, Sept. 25, we spoke with Shara Worden about rhythm, the body, feminism, and why she calls NYC home.

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'Loving Yourself': The Philosophy of Junglepussy

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Junglepussy has but a freshman record and a few singles under her belt, but the fierce-as-fuck personality with a message about taking no shit and focusing on your health has already earned her a dedicated army of followers online. The Brooklyn-born West Indian rapper is a fashion student-turned-retail employee, -turned-YouTube comedian, -turned-MC, -turned-lifestyle guru, -turned-DKNY model. And she's only just beginning.

Earlier this month, Junglepussy (real name Shayna McHayle) put out a video for "Nah," a chilled-out track from her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, on which she spits about staying hydrated, shopping at Trader Joe's, getting head, and Kevin Costner. We just had to talk to her.

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Loudon Wainwright III: 'I Figured I'd Be Dead Before I Was 30'

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With the exception of his satirical West Coast soulmate Randy Newman, Loudon Wainwright III is one of the only singer-songwriters from the '70s still turning out tunes that are consistently well-crafted, profound, and funny. We recently spoke to Wainwright about his newest album, Haven't Got The Blues (Yet), which mordantly tackles such touchy subjects as clinical depression, old age, and (on the shit-stirring "I'll Be Killing You at Christmas") the country's demented love affair with guns. Hilarious onstage, Wainwright is actually sort of serious in conversation, though also quite forthcoming (and, OK, funny), as when he decided to discuss the superb songs on his 26th (!) album.

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Darbie Nowatka of Bishop Allen Talks New LP and Leaving Brooklyn

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Bishop Allen's latest LP Lights Out showcases their penchant for memorable hooks and earnest lyricism. After a little over a decade of crafting indie anthems featuring soundscapes reminiscent of power-pop ballads and twee glazed finesse, Bishop Allen continues to expand their aesthetic in a way that defies predictable clichés. After a little over a decade, Bishop Allen is still making listeners swoon. Listen to Lights Out and it's obvious why. 



In advance of their record release show at Glasslands tonight, we spoke with band member Darbie Nowatka about Bishop Allen's move from Brooklyn to Kingston, the final track on Lights Out, and future collaborations with her husband and fellow bandmate Justin Rice.

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Funk Legend Steve Arrington On Being Sampled By A Tribe Called Quest, N.W.A. and Jay Z

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Funkateer Steve Arrington
Steve Arrington has attainted a position of righteous funk royalty. Having risen to prominence with the band Slave in the late-'70s, he then flew the roost to form the humbly-monikered Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame before storming through the '80s as a solo funkateer. Along the way, Arrington's swaggerific grooves have also been repurposed and looped up to bed tracks by rap chaps like Jay Z, N.W.A. and A Tribe Called Quest.

Ahead of a solo show at Le Poisson Rouge this Tuesday, we spoke to Arrington about the parallels between funk and rap, engaging in musical conversations with Q-Tip, and his links with New York City's nascent hip-hop movement.

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Claude VonStroke Gives a Taste of the Dirtybird BBQ

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Listening to the dirtybird BBQ compilation is a smorgasbord of sounds and thematic rhythms for the senses. TDJ and Producer Claude VonStroke is the mastermind behind dirtybird Records, and has maintained a close friendship with his fellow DJ colleagues, many of whom will be on the BBQ tour with him, since it all began in 2005. This label and friend group is taking their annual 'dirtybird BBQ' to a national level. Originally started and held in San Francisco, the BBQ is touring the US and Canada in the upcoming months, and for the first time spreading around the dirtybird love and sound the way it was meant to be shared.

We spoke with Claude VonStroke while he was on vacation with his family in Mexico about what makes his label work and the special guest being featured at Sunday's BBQ.

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