Betty Who - Bowery Ballroom - 4/19

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Photos Nathalie Zaro. See more Betty Who at the Bowery Ballroom photos.
Better Than: Any Who or Guess Who concert in the past 30 years.

"Three months ago, I literally did not know what I was doing," Betty Who confided in one of many girlfriendly asides during her headlining set at the Bowery Ballroom Saturday night. What a difference three months can make. A viral video can kill a career as easily as it can make one, and while "Somebody Loves You" showed that the indefatigable, classically trained Aussie transplant is far more talented than your garden-variety, 15-"Fridays"-of-fame phenom, things could go either way.

See also: "Somebody Loves You," and That Somebody is Betty Who

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/21/14

Categories: Listings, Live

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Amanda Lopez
RiFF RaFF aka Horst Simco is in town Monday.
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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Just How Dangerous Is Coachella?

Categories: Coachella

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Photo Timothy Norris
By Andrea Domanick

On Thursday, Coachella attendee Kimchi Truong died after an apparent overdose. It's believed to be the first death tied to the giant annual festival since 2008 -- though the actual number is hard to ascertain, since the Riverside County Coroner's Office says it does not track them.

But as always happens when a young person ODs at a music festival, parents and onlookers alike are wondering: Just how safe are these bacchanals? Should they be shut down entirely? Or should we just be glad there aren't more fatalities?

See also: Kids + Drugs = The Coachella Experience


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Kids + Drugs = The Coachella Experience

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Photo Timothy Norris
Oakland resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death, Thursday was shocking. But what's really shocking is that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often.

This story is about very young people doing a shit-ton of drugs, but let's start with the old folks of the Coachella Valley. Fooling themselves into believing they're not going to die, they populate ticky-tacky communities behind guarded gates, with giant televisions, preposterously lush lawns and mammoth green hedges. They've bought into the illusion that this is a lush paradise, rather than a punishing desert that will remain hospitable only as long as politicians willingly waste the diminishing stash of Western water. The men, who are tan, and the women, who take walks in the morning, came from greater L.A., arriving to places like Indian Wells and Palm Springs to escape the smog, traffic, crowding and chaos.
How betrayed they must feel, then, when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brings the riff-raff back to their doorstep for two weekends every year - the biggest, most unruly traveling circus imaginable.

See also: 10 Signs You're Too Old For Coachella


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10 Signs You're Too Old For Coachella

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Photo Chris Victorio/OC Weekly
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

Categories: Kiss

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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

Categories: Weekend

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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

Categories: Premiere

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Courtesy of Singles Club // Credit: Chris Muccioli
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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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Photo By Erik Hess

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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