MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
Grimes is often compared to sounding like Mariah Carey, Enya, Bjork, a baby, and an extraterrestrial all at the same time. All four of her New York City shows sold out in just days. If your ear’s interest still hasn’t been peaked, just go watch her music video for her single “Oblivion” where she resembles a little girl with pink hair, bouncing around a packed stadium with an oversized 1991-esque boom box, headphones, as she floats in and out of the men’s locker room while buff dudes in white towels pump iron.
The Montreal-descendent, born Claire Boucher, is an electro-pop singer/producer who is an almost confusing combination of femininity and darkness; draped in soft pinks and harsh blacks with touches of green… mainly in her hair. She has described her own music as "A.D.D. music," which is quite accurate. It is danceable, 1980’s-style synthy-dreamy-pop. It was her time at McGill University in Montreal that she became involved with the underground electronic music and industrial scene. Her music production had its birth in her apartment originally using GarageBand, a Roland Juno-G keyboard, and two different vocal processors (Line 6 M9 and a BOSS VE-20).
Her first album, released in 2010 was followed by Halfaxa that same year, and (what people have claimed her best yet) Visions in 2012.
When asked in an interview with Tiny Mix Tapes why she doesn’t just start a band, she said it’s because she is very picky. “The kind of people I want to be in my band have priorities. The kind of people I want to contribute something cool to the live set are doing their own shit. I can’t ask them to, and I don’t want to just pay for session musicians, because I want someone who’s going to do something weird.” A nice dose of eccentricity is always a good thing and it's certainly something you can expect from Grimes.
See the below schedule for her NYC shows and scoop up any remaining tickets here.
Thursday, October 25- Music Hall of Williamsburg
Friday, October 26, Bowery Ballroom
Saturday, October 27, Bowery Ballroom
Sunday, October 28, Music Hall of Williamsburg
When Fool's Gold Records was born in 2007, there was no doubt the label would redefine what it means to be an indie label. Founded by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, the pair created a one-of-a-kind label placing them in a unique category based on their music, parties, and beyond. Five years later, Fools Gold has everything to celebrate about.
You know a show is going to be good when you can hear the bass hits form down the block. And when I say hear, I mean you could FEEL them from a block away. That's what greets concert goers on a random Monday night in Brooklyn when the likes of Sepalcure and SBTRKT come to town.
Sepalcure opened the show, but were certainly just as anticipated as the main event. The duo, pumping out some of the most serious house music I've heard in a while, kept the crowd going for almost an hour. Both the main floor and balcony were completely packed, and unlike most concerts, even most dance concerts, there wasn't a single person just standing there. Everyone was groovin' and vibing on the crazy ups and downs Sepalcure were dishing out.
Feeling musically starved? Need a concert fix? We've got you covered. Here are some incredible shows coming up in the next few weeks.
(p.s. If you got Kraftwerk Tickets, you suck.) (p.p.s. If there are any shows/artists you want us to add, comment below!)
Cloud Nothings/A Classic Education/Crinkles (Glasslands)
SPANK's 4-year anniversary turned up the vibe on nightlife, a convergence of art music and hot men. For all of the Boyz who love boyz and girls who love boyz who love boyz this was the party for you. Plenty of free flowing champagne and the best house music in the NYC, with resident DJs Sean B + Will Automagic! The spank collective hit it on all the marks before the year end. By bringing the loft party full circle returning to 12-turns 13 in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, one of the most underground venues in NYC. With enough indoor and outdoor space to accommodate all of the art, video, pyramids, bathroom violinists, and fairy dust throwing performance artists a space can allot. The collective has four years worth of loft parties, art shows, readings, pool parties, disco boat cruises and zine releases to commemorate so the celebration wasn't over yet, part deux of SPANK's 4 year run was the official live album release party for ESCORT, the 17 piece disco band from Brooklyn. Festivities took place on Saturday December 17th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with Midnight Magic and of course SPANKs own DJs Will Automagic and Sean B were there.
In 2003 a tech geek from Oregon began making electronic music under a very misleading name. Honoring an alternative high school, rather than a boat, YACHT’s debut was a somber albeit kinetic collection of ambience suitable for a reflective night in bed. However, a continuous mutation over the last eight years and the addition of four musicians has landed this rapidly growing group (in popularity as well as size) in an entirely different location than its origin. Their latest album Shangri-La, released June 21st, is a collection of socially aware dance tracks made of equal parts contemplative lyrics and loose-yourself beats. A savage reflection on our society’s current state, this album draws parallels between old world id and future cultural regression.
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is coming ! This festival is only about good emerging talents. It is going to be at Public Assembly / Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday December 18 at 8.00pm. Tickets here ! Here is the line-up : Sinden, Kid Sister, Treasure Fingers, Penguin Prison, Javelin, French Horn Rebellin, Tittsworth, Class Actress, BRAHMS, oOoOO, FaltyDL, Lemonade, Creep, Michna, Cubic Zirconia, Bordy Language, Dave P., Star Eys, PUNCHES, Lloydksi, Blu Jemz, Free Magic, VDRK, Azari & III
The party was first supposed to be at Good Units, it moved to Williamsburg. This is the second edition of Dark Disco. Their main goal is to bring newborn talents with famous djs at the same party.
They won't only satisfy your ears but your eyes too. This is going to be one of those nights with great djs mixing with hudge screens behind them. I like this concept because it strangely doesn't disturb your focus on the music.
Dark Disco night at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 4 with :
Nicky Egan, Le Poisson Rouge, 7PM
by Kelsey Paine
Having gone to high school back in Massachusetts with two of Nicky Egan's band members, I knew I had to check out their soulful set at Le Poisson Rouge. Originally from Philadelphia, Egan recently graduated from Berklee School of Music in Boston where she formed her band. The group's sound blends old school funk, R&B and rock, all intertwined with Egan's strong and smokey vocals, a cross between Etta James and Janis Joplin. These kids are serious about their music--Egan bangs out notes on her piano with a power and confidence far beyond her age, and Johnny Simon's guitar solo on an Aretha Franklin cover was sexy and electrifying. Look for Nicky Egan's debut solo album Good People to come out soon.
Nottz (and special guests), Sullivan Hall, 8:30PM
Millionyoung, Cake Shop, 4:00 p.m.
by Hanna Furey
There has been so much hype about Millionyoung and Sunglasses leading up to CMJ 2010 that when they were scheduled to play at the Cake Shop's early show, you can only imagine what type of tricks people were pulling to get out of work early. Millionyoung took the stage first and seemed completely unfazed by the small crowd. The threesome from Florida exploded into their first song with vibrant energy and enthusiasm, which immediately got those in attendance dancing and enjoying the intimate but lively show. Their catchy drum beats, fuzzy guitars, ethereal vocals and well layered effects made me remember why I love electro-pop so much.