Chromeo - Central Park SummerStage - 9/12/14

Categories: Last Night

All photos Sachyn Mital
Better Than: That very drunk slice of Buffalo chicken pizza you had last night.

Chromeo has crept into our consciousness more and more over the past few years. In 2007 the group released Fancy Footwork, their second studio album but their first one-two punch to our conception of what an alternative, electro-funk duo should and could be. Since then, their disco-driven sound has been enlivening festivals like the Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, and Lollapalooza. Earlier in 2014, Dave 1 and P-Thugg released their most recent album, White Women, and the result has been twofold: They've created yet another album rich with daring musicality and lyrics, all while informally officiating their completely singular, and completely sexy, sound.

See also: Why EDM Is Thriving While Other Genres Are Sinking

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Michael Stipe Thinks the Koch Brothers' Power Is Just Kind of Stinky

Categories: R.E.M., Video

We ran into R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe on Thursday near the brand-new David H. Koch Plaza, outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and asked him what he thought of the gleaming new fountains.

Stipe says he likes the new fountains in front of the Met -- but the Koch brothers? Not so much.

Burn Your Boring Indie Rock Records and Head to Basilica Soundscape

Categories: Festivals

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If there's anything the internet has taught us, it's that summer music festivals are bottomless k-holes of selfie snapping woo girls, culturally insensitive garments, and Molly that is actually just shards of broken glass. And that's only the bathroom line! (And by bathroom, I mean a hole in the ground lined with Pop Chips ads.) As for the music, I like that "pumped up kicks" song as much as the next closet Gossip Girl fan, but who needs to hear it past the first chorus, let alone in a million iterations, each more forgettable than the last? It's totally understandable that, when faced with the prospect of finding another music festival, most sane people keep clicking until they find a good cat video to watch.

But listen. What if I told you there's an event happening upstate, which, while technically a "festival" of "music," offers all the sheer, unadulterated joy of noise making and none of the existential despair? Where nothing is boring and nobody is awful and you don't have to sacrifice your physical comfort for hours on end, or at all? Where you can score a weekend pass for the price of approximately three Coachella beers? Where you'll never have to choose between Vampire Weekend and Skrillex because neither is playing, but also because nobody's sets overlap unless they are actively and awesomely collaborating? Where fucking Swans will play for two whole hours, obliterating all your worldly attachments until you ascend to heaven?

See also: Swans' Most Terrifying Songs

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The Future Is Female: An Attempt to Knock the Patriarchy Off Its Pedestal

Categories: Feature

All photos by Melanie Bonajo
Last night, art students and hip New Yorkers convened at a gallery on Bowery, The Hole, for the opening of Future Feminism, an exhibit of 13 feminist tenets set forth by a collective of five artists: Antony, voice of chamber pop group Antony and the Johnsons, dance-based performer Johanna Constantine, Kembra Pfahler of shock rock group the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, and hip-hop/electro/folk artists Sierra and Bianca Casady of CocoRosie. The exhibit and performances and talks set to take place in the space through September 27th are the beginning of the future, what these five women have taken from feminists past, and where we as a "species" need to move forward.
"Future Feminism is definitely a new movement," said photography student Mike Bailey, attending the event. "It's a whole new wave of feminism."

See also: How Not To Write About Female Musicians: A Handy Guide

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Remembering Dee Dee Ramone's Rap Album on Its 25th Anniversary

Categories: Ramones

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Dee Dee, a "Funky Man"
This weekend is the official 40th anniversary celebration of the Ramones, which is being celebrated at Bowery Electric with a giant tribute concert. With a legacy that has influenced everything from music to fashion, the imprint they've left on worldwide pop culture only seems to grow with each passing year. But while everyone's rightfully caught up in the proper acknowledgement of their groundbreaking '70s output, another milestone for the group is being overlooked. Well, maybe milestone is a bit generous, as it's more of a kidney stone, but regardless it's one of the most peculiar pop culture moments of all time. Yes, Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramones' rap album under the name Dee Dee King is turning 25.

See also: Our Interview With Tommy Ramone Was One of His Last

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/12/14

Categories: Weekend

Credit: Christopher Victorio
Teen queen Lorde plays Pier 97 this Sunday with Majical Cloudz
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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Premiere: The Lawsuits' Funk Up on "You Aren't the Same"

Categories: Premiere

Photo courtesy Caitlin McCann
Forget New York, Los Angeles or Nashville, for the last few years the most fertile and vibrant music scene in the country has been in Philadelphia. The evidence is all around you: [ASSUMES PHILLY VOICE] you got your Kurt Viles over dere, and your War on Drugs over dere, and your Man Mans, and your Pissed Jeans etc. etc so on and so forth. That's present day Philly, which adds tremendously to that city's already stellar music history. Enter the Lawsuits: the band would make Teddy Pendergrass proud, and their sometimes-funky, R&B-laced sound, one could argue, would sound right at home on Philadelphia International Records. There's no doubt singer Vanessa Winters' soulful voice has some Gamble and Huff-ness injected into it, which is perhaps why she often lends it to Philly groups like rappers Ground Up when they need help murdering a hook. On the Lawsuits' new song, "You Aren't the Same," which you can hear after the jump, she sings a lovelorn tale of a relationship gone awry. "No dreams are designed for two," she puts it plainly.

The band plays Mercury Lounge on Oct. 1, so listen to "You Aren't the Same" over and over and sing the words back to them when they're in town.

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Who is the Best DJ in New York?

Categories: Best of NYC

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Is it Gina Turner?
Is it Gina Turner? Jonathan Toubin? Just Blaze? Mister Cee? DJ Rekha? Cast your vote on that and 89 other categories in our annual populist exercise, the 2014 Village Voice Best of NYC® readers' poll!

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Spoon - Central Park SummerStage- 9/10/14

Categories: Last Night

All photos Sachyn Mital
Spoon are no nonsense. It takes less than a minute for them to remind you of this. After walking out and jumping right into "Knock Knock Knock"--a standout from their new album They Want My Soul, one that seems to yield more surprises upon each listen--they reached the chorus. Frontman Britt Daniel bark-growled it in a way where, sure, the words were still kinda there, but they'd become percussive elements on their own. His movements were wire-y and jagged as always, his head bobbing like a machine stuttering into its own rhythm. The overall vibe he exuded could be summed up along the lines of "Yeah, let's get this started, goddamn it."

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Madison Square Garden - 9/10/14

Categories: Last Night

All photos Jena Ardell
Better Than: Any other 63-year-old who has had the same hairstyle since 1976.

There's an old concert-going axiom that goes something like this: If you're seeing an older, more established act, you're going to have to endure a half-dozen (or more) songs from the album they're promoting in order to hear the crowd favorites. We've all had to do it. You want to hear Neil Young play "Cinnamon Girl"? You're first going to have to listen to eight tracks from his latest vanity project. You want to hear U2 crush another rendition of "One"? Not until you listen politely as they trot out the toothless collection of songs they just released. These new records are often ones we haven't heard, haven't bought, or haven't connected with on the same level that we have with the oldies. It's a tradeoff that's just about as old as rock 'n' roll: You wanna hear the hits? Fine. But you're gonna hear these new songs whether you like them or not.

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