Deafheaven: "Genre-Mixing Was Definitely a Goal"

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Reid Haithcock
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Some names tell you all you need to know about a band: Slayer. Dee-Lite. Metallica. Pearl Jam, eh, not so much. But Deafheaven? Definitely. Black metal (Deaf) + heaven (shoe gaze) = a slew of critical acclaim and year-end "best of" nods for the band's 2013 Sunbather, their second LP since forming in 2010.

See also: The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013

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Karen O Extras: Leftover Quotes From the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Front Woman

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Dan Martensen
Last week's print issue of The Village Voice featured an incredibly thoughtful and well researched article on the whirling dervish known as Karen O, in advance of her band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' gig at the Barclays Center tonight. In it, we talked about her love of New York, what playing a hometown show like this means to her and about the future of the band, after the release of their latest album Mosquito. Because of space limitations, we weren't able to include everything. Here is the rest of what Karen O had to say.

See also: Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Has Big Plans for the Group's Biggest Show

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I Was in an All-Girl Blink-182 Cover Band Called Dumpweed

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It was 1999, a particularly hot summer in San Antonio, Texas. I remember walking into a Wal-Mart, away from my mom to wander the vast CD racks for something new and exciting. It was a big time for pop music. The cover of Millennium, by the then inauthentic-feeling boy band, the Backstreet Boys, showed five distinct personas in all white suits, standing before a bluish-purple power-point background. In America, it still holds the record for the most album shipments in one year--11 million orders. Good thing Burger King had begun giving away two or three song demos for free, or I might have bought it. Zayne Riggins, my albino 3rd grade significant othe,r had recently introduced me to the magic of palm muted power chords. I wasn't looking for Backstreet Boys anymore--I was looking for Blink-182.

See also: Win Tickets to Blink 182's Show at Music Hall of Williamsburg!

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Five Reasons You Should Give a Shit About Kool A.D.

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Last year, Das Racist was on the verge of big things, thanks to the mainstream attention 2011's Relax attracted. Instead of blowing up at the end of 2012 though, the Brooklyn trio just quietly imploded and went away. Fans were super-bummed at the premature split and the blame was laid squarely at the feet of Kool A.D. (a.k.a. Victor Vasquez), who admitted on Twitter last December that he had quit the group a full two months before Heems (real name Himanshu Suri) had performed a Das Racist set solo and told the crowd that the band was over.

Kool A.D. plays Webster Hall Wednesday night, opening a bill that also features El-P, Killer Mike and Despot. If you're heading to the show this evening, do yourself a favor and get there early, even if you're still holding a grudge. Because there are many reasons you should still care about Kool A.D.
Here are five of them.

See also: Q&A: Das Racist On The "Michael Jackson" Video


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Star & Dagger Will Drink to That (...and That ... and That ... and That Too)

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Leslie Van Stelten
Forget Thelma & Louise: Star & Dagger are the ladies you really want to take a road trip with. Only, though, if booze, blues and shenanigans in copious amounts are your thing. Or, as guitarist Dava She Wolf (Cycle Sluts From Hell) elucidates her band's appeal: "A subwoofer's cauldron forged by functional alcoholism, pharmaceutical voyage and junk drawer hallucinogens, all under a heavy contraband haze that hangs low enough to embrace the Almighty Downtrodden so they can revel in it."

Yeah, pretty much. Star & Dagger, rounded out by Sean Yseult (White Zombie) and newcomer/old soul vocalist Von Hesseling, are whisky rock-a-rollers. On their irresistible 10-song debut, Tomorrowland Blues, the swampy, sometimes-metallic tunes include the edgy, honky-tonkin' foot-stomper "Your Mama Was A Grifter," and "Before It's a Crime," whose ominous low-fi bass rumblings support lyrics such as: "...So you killed a few men in your time... can't execute you before it's a crime."


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Bey vs. Biebs: Beyonce and Justin Bieber Face Off at Separate Concerts Tonight

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We think we know who these two are picking.
Tonight, Beyoncé plays the Izod Center, while Justin Bieber is performing at Newark's Prudential Center. Damn it, bookers, aren't you supposed to research this type of thing? Faced with a choice of this magnitude, we're surprised we haven't seen the heads of pop fans spontaneously exploding all over the city, as they try and figure out who to see tonight. Why doesn't someone just go ahead and organize an impromptu Lady Gaga concert in Central Park this evening, just to really push everyone over the edge?

See also: The Very Intentional Self-Destruction of Justin Bieber

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Ben Folds' Top 5 Best Covers

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Ben Folds Five are performing Tuesday night in Prospect Park as part of the Last Summer on Earth tour. Since Barenaked Ladies are also on the bill, we understand the urge to stay away will be overwhelming. Here, then--to balance out the prospect of having to hear the Big Bang Theory theme song in its entirety--are five good reasons to get over there tonight: Ben Folds' top five best cover songs.

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Composer Ólafur Arnalds Makes "Very Delicate Music"

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At only 26, Icelandic composer and multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds has already proved his ambitions extend far beyond his native country's larger-than-life landscapes. Thus far Arnalds has scored a ballet, several films, recorded five slow-burning EPs, three albums and composed pieces for hardcore bands, including Heaven Shall Burn. And he has no intention of stopping now. With so many projects, it's impressive Arnalds has the time to kick off a months-long tour across the U.S., Australia and Europe promoting his most recent studio album For Now I Am Winter, which touches down tonight at Glasslands. We caught up with Arnalds last week when he touched down on American soil, and asked him about performing in old-school cabaret tents, minimalism versus metal and being your own worst critic.

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Santigold Teams Up With A Vodka Company to Make Art Tonight at Roseland Ballroom

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In 2008 you couldn't turn on the TV and not hear a song off Santigold's self-titled debut blasting over commercials for Bud Lite Lime or Kohls or Honda Civic. The album was everywhere; Santi took a page from Moby's Play-book and licensed it to all takers. Point is, she's not exactly shy about cozying up to corporate brands. In fact, she did it before it was the norm. So it's no surprise that she--like Bloc Party and Grimes before her--has teamed up with ABSOLUT X for a night that "incorporates music, art and mixology to break new artistic ground" for a special performance tonight at Roseland Ballroom. There are masks and specialty cocktails involved (full press release after the jump). So too are Questlove, contemporary artist Sanford Biggers and mixologist Naren Young. We caught up with Santi for a very quick chat about art and fashion and her tiny role on The Office. Oh, and we threw a question in about booze in for good measure.

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If You're Not Paying Attention, You're Part of the Problem: The Black Angels Get Real

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The unapologetically lo-fi, imperfect recordings; the discordant, impassioned political balladry punctuated by frustrated calls-to-action; the telltale, metallic sojourns of psychedelic rock: at first play, Indigo Meadow, the latest from The Black Angels, sounds like it could've been ripped from a bin of vinyl discarded from the shelves of the '60s.

Rife with desperate concern, anger and an un-ignorable need to do something about various blights on society brought on by the government, The Black Angels aren't simply a band that sounds like they're ripping themes and stylistic cues from bands that protested the Vietnam War and its aftermath in 4/4 time. They're taking advantage of these similarities and genre affiliations to prove that times may change and the war may have a different name, but these problems stay the same--and that a band should be singing about them all without a filter, be it 1973 or 2013.

See also: Live: Titus Andronicus And The Black Angels Cap Off The 4Knots Fest

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