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New York x Austin: Rounding Up the Brooklyn Bands at SXSW

Habibi at SXSW. (Photos by Ankita Mishra)

Habibi at Longbranch Inn (Photos: Ankita Mishra)

SXSW certainly isn’t for everyone– the crowds, the queues, the lack of available cabs, sure to leave any New Yorker squirming– but really, there’s no better place for discovering a whole lot of great music in not a whole lot of time. While the warm(ish) Texas weather was definitely a major selling point, the ultimate goal for yours truly (plus one talented photographer pal), was to catch as many bands as humanly possible. Despite the dark cloud of an early, unexpected tragedy (luckily, we were both fast asleep at the time of the accident), the festival re-gained its momentum. Over the course of four booze-and-BBQ fueled days, we criss-crossed Austin in search of some familiar faces. Here’s what we found.
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The Bowery Riots Have One Eye On the Past, One Eye On Tonight’s Show at Cameo

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Justin Dean Thomas and TJ Rosenthal of The Bowery Riots

As one might infer from their name, which comes from marrying the 19th Century gang the Bowery Boys with the Astor Place Riot of 1849, The Bowery Riots are not your run-of-the-mill downtown New York indie band. Their garage-punk-meets-blues aesthetic (both sonically and visually) comes from a heartfelt respect for the New York bands of yore and the history of the neighborhood they still call home (that neighborhood is now called “Nolita”). And it certainly doesn’t hurt their street cred that Andy Rourke of The Smith produced their first EP.
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Lindsay Lohan Caught the Debut of ‘New York’s Hottest New Band’ Last Night

Public Access TV takes the stage at Niagara last night (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Public Access TV takes the stage at Niagara last night (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

“This is fun,” said John Eatherly midway through the first gig of the East Village’s newest indie darlings, Public Access TV, at Niagara yesterday evening. Of course it was fun – the tiny venue was slammed with it-girls (Tennessee Thomas and Alexa Chung, for example), journalists and British music execs eager to see the fellas NME called “New York’s Hottest New Band.” Even Lindsay Lohan was there.
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Here’s What Justin Strauss Dropped at Panther Room Last Night

Welcome to Last Night’s Playlist, in which our favorite DJs share the tunes they played last night. 

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Justin Strauss behind the decks at Panther Room. (photo: Bryan Mette)

For the very first instalment of Last Night’s Playlist, we’re pleased to feature a living nightlife legend, Justin Strauss. Strauss has been keeping folks dancing for decades – since well before the “death of New York nightlife” (i.e. Michael Alig’s incarceration). He’s played at infamous institutions like Area, Danceteria, Limelight and Tunnel. He’s remixed Tina Turner. He’s worked with Depeche Mode. And even after over three decades of spinning, remixing and producing, Strauss is still at the forefront of what’s fresh – under the moniker a/jus/ted – a collaborative project with Teddy Stuart – he’s remixed everyone from Holy Ghost! to Blood Orange.

Here are just a few tunes Strauss played yesterday evening at Output‘s Panther Room during his back to back set with Eric Duncan aka Dr Dunks. If you like what you hear, you can catch Strauss tomorrow night at the Bossa Nova Civic Club.
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Kay Kasparhauser Of The Prettiots On Ukuleles and Bubble-Gum Fetishists

Rachel Trachtenburg, Lulu Prat & Kay Kasparhauser. Photo: Colin Dodgson

Rachel Trachtenburg, Lulu Prat & Kay Kasparhauser. Photo: Colin Dodgson

Anyone who plays the ukulele and admits to having worn neon bathing suits in high school is fine by us, which is why we’re like, totally 100% behind Kay Kasparhauser, frontwoman of local band The Prettiots. Though Kasparhauser says she “wouldn’t be disappointed or insulted if someone underestimated us and thought we were just some kids making pop,” there’s a sense of charm and self-awareness – particularly to their lyrics – that makes The Prettiots much more than that.
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Will Fussell of Mood Rings Got His Bucket Hat Stolen By a Groupie

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Zach Wolfe

Last month I had the glorious opportunity to see Atlanta-based band Mood Rings open for Cults but I didn’t because I was too busy getting drunk or straightening my hair (or getting drunk while straightening my hair). At any rate, this is now a deeply felt regret as yesterday evening they opened for Connan Mockasin at Mercury Lounge and they were just swell — despite being down their synth player, who could not make the 14-hour drive for personal reasons. Luckily, his absence was well compensated for with generously used effects and a setlist consisting largely of songs they had written back when they were a four-piece.
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MeLo-X On Remixing the Beyoncé Album for Blue Ivy’s Birthday: ‘I Have No Limits’

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It is so freaking cold outside, we nearly forgot the gloriously momentous occasion that occurs on Jan. 7: Blue Ivy Carter’s birthday (that’s the holy spawn of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, in case you actively shun all pop culture media outlets). You know who didn’t forget Blue Ivy’s special day? Brooklyn-based rapper and remix mastermind MeLo-X, who released his remix of Beyoncé’s self-titled album, Yoncé-X, earlier today (following some carefully conceptualized teasers on Instagram, naturally).
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Upcoming: Blouse in the House, It’s Diarrhea Planet’s World

FIVE YEARS FOR CAPTURED TRACKS

As a prelude to the two-day anniversary festival this weekend, Captured Tracks records will have a kick-off party tonight at Glasslands, headlined by Blouse. The show will double as the Portland trio’s album release show for their sophomore effort, Imperium; fans of the ethereal, smeared art-pop of Blouse’s debut (full of warped synth lines, coiled guitar melodies and Charlie Hilton’s detached, Broadcast-leaning vocals) will find more to love here. Singer-songwriter Donovan Blanc and unpolished, fractured-racket makers Writer will open. Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Friday, doors at 8 p.m., $10.
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Captured Tracks Celebrates Five Years With a Record Store and Festival

Captured Tracks, at 195 Calyer St. (Photos by Phillip Pantuso)

Captured Tracks, at 195 Calyer St. (Photos by Phillip Pantuso)

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Captured Tracks

One of the two curations booths.

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The other curation booth.

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Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks, at 195 Calyer St. (Photos by Phillip Pantuso)Captured TracksOne of the two curations booths.The other curation booth.Captured Tracks

Of all the record labels in Brooklyn, no one’s captured our ears quite like Captured Tracks has over its five-year run so far. The Greenpoint-based label has bolstered an already stout roster (which includes Wild Nothing, DIIV, and Beach Fossils) with a series of reissues of influential indie bands, including The Clean, Medicine and Wake, whose records used to be nearly impossible to find.
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Free Shows in Parks This Weekend, Joan of Arc Next Week

Thanks to our summer weekends guide, you already know that the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is taking over Tompkins Square Park on Sunday. Here’s what else is coming up this weekend and beyond. Afropunk-2013-Line-up
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For nearly a decade now, the two-day Afropunk Festival, held at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, has symbolically marked the end of the summer festival circuit with bonkers lineups that are blessedly (at this point) bereft of white twenty-something indie rock bands.
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This Weekend, Rock Out at an Old Stone House

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This weekend, a two-day music-and-arts festival (featuring Doldrums, Pictureplane, Ava Luna, Heliotropes, Heavenly Beat, and plenty more) comes to the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house left standing in New York City.

The original house, located just across the Brooklyn-Queens border in Ridgewood, was built in 1661 on land granted by Peter Stuyvesant. The current structure was built starting in 1709 by a Flatbush resident named Paulus Vander Ende, and in 1820, another man named Adrian Onderdonk erected frame additions to the house. The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House has been maintained by the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and the National Register of Historic Places over the years, operating as a historical museum, genealogical research library, and host to a plethora of other cultural events…
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