Jason Sebastian Russo & Tara Autovino Need Your Help "Getting the Fuck Out of Brooklyn"

Guiding Light
Living with your significant other can be nice and cozy...now and again, but imagine going on tour with them? Yes, as in, bringing whatever crap you deal with at home and loading it into a compact car, traveling throughout this great country, and praying it doesn't end in separate plane tickets back to New York.

Alright, so we're being a bit cynical, but that reality is what makes this story we're about to share even more incredibly lovely.

Filmmaker Tara Autovino (Ultimate Christian Wrestling, For A Swim With The Fish) and her boyfriend Jason Sebastian Russo (Hopewell, Common Prayer, and Mercury Rev) will be departing fairly soon on a month-long tour. The duo, who live together in Williamsburg, are embarking on a 10,000-mile journey, and will be recording their adventure every inch of the way. The project will culminate in a film and album titled Guiding Light.

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How Facing Manslaughter Charges Saved Randy Blythe of Lamb of God's Life

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Randy Blythe in film As the Palaces Burn, directed by Don Argott
In 2012, filmmaker Don Argott thought he had finished shooting his documentary on Virginia metal band Lamb of God when he got the call that lead singer Randy Blythe had been arrested while the band was on tour in the Czech Republic. Blythe was being held on charges of manslaughter for an incident that had occurred two years prior and was facing up to 10 years in prison. Argott's film was far from over.

As the Palaces Burn has its NYC premiere Monday, March 3, at the Highline Ballroom. It chronicles the first leg of the 2012 tour and the dark turn of events that followed, including Blythe's trial. We discussed this unique rock documentary with both Argott and Blythe.

See also: Lamb of God Discuss Life After Manslaughter Charges

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Bear Hands "Haven't Figured Out a Way to Exorcise Demons Yet"

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Brooklyn's Bear Hands are celebrating the release of their second full length, Distraction, with a major national tour that will include a set at Coachella and six shows at this year's SXSW music conference. The tour starts this Wednesday, February 26th, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, with support from Miniature Tigers, Total Slacker, and Jack and Eliza. We caught up with the quartet's shy but charismatic frontman, Dylan Rau, to find out more about their understated, but multifaceted sound, as well as their big plans for 2014, now that they count both ultra-respected indie label, Cantora, and the big guys at Warner Brothers Europe, as their professional bases.

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Cibo Matto: Food-Obsessed Until They Die

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Sean Lennon
Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto--the super-freaky, pogo-hopping and food-obsessive gloss queens of Downtown avant-Hip Hop groove--are finally back after a 15 year hiatus with the just-dropped motherfucking dance action of Hotel Valentine.

But let's backtrack. Back in the mid-90s, the Japanese duo of Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda magically appeared out of nowhere with a bubblegum hip-hop fusion of lo-fi and booming breakbeat thump 'n' grind and cuckoo rapping about culinary delights (chicken, birthday cake, beef and jerky) amidst thick funk-ilicious throbs that mirrored the East Village hybrid of the experimental vortex and the graffiti-scrawled, urban landscape. The Cibo ladies not only owned avant-garde and noise-rock cred with Sean Ono Lennon as a member and both Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and John Zorn singing their praises, but the twosome also palled around with the Beastie Boys and made weird TV appearances as they scored MTV hits like "Know Your Chicken," all while maintaining their DIY roots.

Cibo Matto playLe Poisson Rouge Friday, Feb. 14

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If Only We'd Been A Confused Metro-North Commuter During The Taping Of Cibo Matto's Reunion Announcement

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Laura Stevenson Embraces Don Giovanni's Family Affair

This weekend, the Music Hall of Williamsburg will play host to a family reunion of sorts as Don Giovanni Records takes over the venue to showcase its artists. The Brooklyn-based label is unusual in that its roster is one big bear hug of a multi-faceted musical love fest, a collection of independent artists that check off a handful of genres as they challenge and re-work their definition of the word on every release they put out with Don Giovanni. Thy name of the game is "acceptance" in that regard, in that Don Giovanni banks on the personalities of the bands it supports, and encourages them to write and record their music as opposed to rejecting submissions and tailoring their artistic identities.

See also: Don Giovanni Keeps the Jersey-Punk Dream Alive

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We Don't Need No Stinkin' Labels: Brooklyn's Snowmine Go Their Own Way

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Brooklyn-based Snowmine wanted more than what labels were offering. So, with a desire to release Dialects and see their hard work pay off, the band decided to forego that structure and start their own label. Surrounded by an encouraging team, a growing and devoted following, and a treasure trove of unique influences, the band created their own label--Mystery Buildings--and started a crowdfunding venture via PayPal that has funded their tour as well as several other upcoming projects. Released on February 4, Dialects, the album that made it all happen, is a swirling, echoing, and sweetly sullen trip worth the currently $12,578 they've raised in support of it.

We spoke with the lead singer of Snowmine, Grayson Sanders, about the album, his influences, and their successful journey to seeing both the album's release and an upcoming national tour come through.

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Behind the Infamous Neil Young Carnegie Hall Concert Taping

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When Tom Adams brought his camera to Neil Young's performance at Carnegie Hall earlier this month, he didn't capture it on an iPhone or a piece of machinery that's worth more than three months' rent. He grabbed a camera before he left the house, double-checked to make sure the batteries were charged, and brought it along with him knowing full well that he might not be able to bring it into the venue. He did, and he didn't spend the show--Young's first at the storied concert hall in 41 years--becoming the flash-popping enemy of the people sitting next to him. He put the camera on the floor, trained its lens to shoot in between the bannisters in the railing before him, and hit record. And he wasn't alone.

[UPDATE: Warner Bros has now taken Tom Adam's Neil Young concert video removed from Youtube.] Adams' statement:

"While Warner Brothers certainly has the legal right to remove the video I produced, I am frustrated that no one from the company contacted me directly. Sure, I'm just a small fish in a gigantic pond, but I obviously touched on a nerve here. I simply received a standard email from YouTube noting the copyright infringement. I see the viral nature of this video as an opportunity for Warner Brothers to make a progressive move towards a more modern way of dealing with fan-produced media. I wish they would have seen this as a chance to taking a leading role in the rapidly changing world of online distribution ... especially when dealing with one of the world's most respected and prolific entertainers who, after 40+ years of performing, still has an amazingly solid connection with his fans. I wish they would have considered an alternative way to preserve and present this magical event to his fans instead of just removing it. So if anyone out there in Warner Brothers-land is reading this, I'm all ears and just a click away."

See also: Tickets to Tonight's Neil Young Show at Carnegie Hall Are Selling For $3,000

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Inside Against Me!'s "Transgender Dysphoria Blues"

Laura Jane Grace is the kind of frontwoman who locks eyes with stagedivers as they leave her realm and collapse into a sea of outstretched hands. She beams, either clutching at the mic stand before her or barreling down on the neck of her guitar, anchored by both as kids backflip and vault themselves off the lip of the stage and into the crowd. More people in the room are singing along than not; most bodies are represented by a raised fist or two, depending on the professed dedication of those present and their familiarity with the new stuff. It takes about a song and a half for the swirling vortex of a clumsy pit to devour the congregation, and throughout it all, the bright lights and busy atmosphere don't obscure Laura's vision. This is familiar territory. These fans are familiar faces. These choruses go over just as well in Brooklyn as they do in New Haven, Boston, DC and Philly. This is an Against Me! headlining tour, just like any other.

... Except it's not, exactly.

See also: Live: Against Me! Go For Broke At Music Hall Of Williamsburg

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"[Nirvana] Went From Opening Band to International Rock Stars at That Moment."

Credit: Bruce Pavitt
Kurt Cobain at the Piper Club in Rome
"It's kind of like coming full-circle, starting with the Subterranean Pop radio show in 1979 and finally doing this book signing at the Rough Trade Records store in Brooklyn," says Sub Pop co-founder Bruce Pavitt. Seventeen years after leaving Seattle and his iconic label behind to focus on his family, Pavitt has both physically and mentally returned to an era of rock he helped build. In his photo journal titled Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, released via Bazillion Points in December of last year, he shares a glimpse into a moment just before grunge broke into the mainstream as Nirvana, Tad, and Mudhoney tour Europe, the former two on the "Heavier Than Heaven" tour and relatively unknown on both sides of the Atlantic. Pavitt finds "beautiful resonance" in the fact that he gets to celebrate his memories at the new, Brooklyn location of the original UK record store where his book's narrative ends. Additionally, he gets to do so through a Q&A session with Our Band Could Be Your Life author and old friend Michael Azerrad. "I have deep respect for all the work that he's done to convey the intricacies of the indie culture from that era," he says.

Prior to this event and a few months in advance of the release of his second book Sub Pop U.S.A., a collection of the thousands of record reviews he wrote for his fanzine in the '80s, Pavitt shares his reflections on his time in Seattle, the "post-Nevermind" musical landscape, and his take on '90s nostalgia.

See also: Q&A: The Vaselines' Eugene Kelly On Nirvana Covering Their Songs, Loving Mudhoney, Eugenius And New Tunes

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Yuna Wants to Break Listeners Free of Their Fantasies

Categories: Interview, Yuna

Courtesy of Total Assault
Since moving to Los Angeles three years ago, Yuna has encountered a host of interesting faces and talents. "I love seeing their ideas, their passion," she states. "I feel driven and motivated by these people." The people in question are a growing list of talented collaborators like Frank Ocean's producer Om'mas Keith, Robin Hannibal of Rhye, Incubus Michael Einziger and the one and only Pharrell Williams, who pumped up her single "Live Your Life" off of her second album, 2013's Nocturnal. Blending the diversity of her helpful peers with her background as a singer-songwriter in Malaysia's growing music scene, Yuna created a special slice of breezy and sweet pop music that helped get her name-dropped in a list of "20 Artists to Start Listening to in 2014" by the Huffington Post.

Before her concert tonight at Highline Ballroom, the budding singer and fashion designer (who recently launched her basicwear line 14NOV), discusses her decision to pursue music instead of her law degree, Feist, and her take on censorship controversies between her home of Malaysia and American pop stars.

See also: Forget Justin Timberlake and Destiny's Child -- Timbaland and Pharrell Are Back!

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