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Next Tuesday night Django Django will return to New York for a headlining performance at Webster Hall, which will feature an opening set from Seattle electro-rockers Beat Connection, who just signed to Anti- Records.

The show comes in support of Django Django’s new album Born Under Saturn (out via Ribbon Music) and should be a blast. The only time I previously caught them was at The Knitting Factory in 2012, so I’m excited to see what they do with a much larger space. This will also be my first time seeing Beat Connection perform live, which is an added bonus to what will be a great night of music.

Tickets for the show are still available to purchase at the moment, but don’t sleep on it too long.
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Moon King

Tomorrow night Moon King, the Toronto-based duo of Daniel Woodhead and Maddie Wilde, will return to New York for a slot at Bowery Ballroom, opening for Mr. Twin Sister. The group released their debut album Secret Life earlier this year via Last Gang Records

We last caught Moon King when they played Baby’s All Right along with Doldrums, the band of Daniel’s brother, Airick. Their performance at Baby’s that night was impressive, and I’m sure they will have no problem filling out the room at Bowery with their power-psych rock sounds. It also doesn’t hurt that right after you’ll be treated with the always funky late-night jams from Mr. Twin Sister, who always deliver the goods live.

There are still a few last minute tickets on sale for the show, but you may want to move quickly on those.
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Preview: Newport Folk Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2015

Newport Folk Fest 2015

This weekend I’ll be making my first ever journey to Rhode Island for the Newport Folk Festival.

I’ve heard nothing but great things from friends who have gone, who have called the festival one of the best out there, and a very relaxing festival experience. That’s not to mention an impressive lineup that includes Roger Waters, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, Tallest Man On Earth, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, Courtney Barnett, Leon Bridges, Angel Olsen, Blake Mills, J Mascis, Hozier, Jason Isbell, First Aid Kit, Jose Gonzalez, Laura Marling, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow, Calexico, Shakey Graves, Heartless Bastards, Hiss Golden Messenger, and many more.
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Preview: Full Moon Fest 2015

By Will Oliver, July 21st 2015

Full Moon Festival 2015
On August 1 Full Moon Fest will celebrate their five year anniversary, taking place at a brand new location: The Brooklyn Mirage. The Mirage will be surrounded by 20 foot high walls that are adorned with tropical flora, euphoric misters, as well as beach sand, taking inspiration from Thailand’s full moon parties set beneath the August full moon.

This year the electronic-heavy festival will sport a lineup that features Yelle, Tensnake, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, Rufus du Sol, Oliver Nelson, Mothxr, Pillow Talk, JDH + Dave P, Nick Monaco and more.

Tickets are still available for the festival, but you have until the day of the festival to pick up the tickets for the second release price of $70. The next tier will move up to $80.

Below you can find the “Waxing Moon Mix” that PillowTalk made for the festival and find Leah’s coverage of last year’s edition of the festival here. I’ve also included some streams of songs from the artists playing at the fest.

Preview: 4Knots Music Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2015

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4Knots Music Festival has always been a highlight of any NYC summer since as long as I can remember. No matter the change in name (formerly Siren Music Festival) or venue (from Coney Island to South Street Seaport), the festival always finds a way to stick out in the always crowded live music center that is New York City.

This year marks the festivals first On this Saturday, July 11, 4Knots returns for its fifth year, but it will be its first year at Hudson River Park. This year, the lineup dives heavily into thrashing garage rock (Twin Peaks, Screaming Females, Meatbodies), chill rockers (Mikal Cronin, Happyness), rising rockers (Heaters, Heaven, Surfbort) and legendary rockers making their return to New York (Super Furry Animals, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks).

If anything, the super rare live appearance of Super Furry Animals should be worth the price of admission ($25 for the whole day), as if sets from Stephen Malkmus, Twin Peaks, Mikal Cronin, and Screaming Females weren’t enough motivation. Get there early to catch sets from some up-and-coming bands that you’ll be seeing more of in the immediate future.

Tickets for the festival are still on sale. Find the festival settimes posted below.

Super Furry Animals – 8:30pm
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – 6:45pm
Twin Peaks – 5:45pm
Mikal Cronin – 4:45pm
Screaming Females – 3:45pm
Happyness – 2:45pm
Meatbodies – 2:05pm
Heaters – 1:25pm
Heaven – 12:40pm
Surfbort – 12:00pm

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Tomorrow night Unknown Mortal Orchestra will make their long-awaited live return to New York for a sold out performance at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Tomorrow night will feature an opening set from Brooklyn resident Buscabulla

The performance is a part of their tour for their newly released album Multi-Love, which takes their sound to an even new direction than ever before. Hearing Ruban Nielson and the rest of his band play live is a completely different experience than on record. I’ve seen them a few times now, and their live shows always leave me impressed. It will be interesting and exciting to see how he mixes the new material with his old.

If you can find a last minute ticket, you should find your way down to Warsaw tomorrow night, it’s sure to be a good one.
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Temples

Temples had a great 2014, releasing their strong and assured debut album Sun Structures via Fat Possum which ended up on many best of lists, even with its early release datre. The band are continuing the momentum, bringing their tour back to New York this Monday for a perfectly booked show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The intimate venue is the perfect size for the English psych-rockers, who last wowed me live when I saw them play Bowery Ballroom back in 2013. That was a wonderful performance, and I’m sure that they’ve improved as performers since it, making me even more excited to return and see what delights await from this gig.

Tickets for the show are still on sale. This will likely be Temples last appearance here until their next album, so if you’re free Monday night, you best find your way to Williamsburg.
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The Tallest Man On Earth

On May 12 Kristian Matsson released Dark Bird Is Home, his fourth album as The Tallest Man On Earth (out via Dead Oceans). It’s It’s his first album with a full band playing behind him, resulting in a rich and fuller record than fans have ever received.

He’s in New York this week to play a set of shows here in support of the record. Tomorrow night he’ll kick off the two night residency with a delightfully intimate showing at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a much more personal performance than what will likely come at Beacon Theatre the following night, although that’s not to say it won’t be a special show in its own right.
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Torres

Tomorrow night the magnificent talent that is Torres will play a sold out Baby’s All Right in celebration of her brand new album Sprinter, out now via Partisan Records.

Her debut album was one of powerful personal material stripped down to a bare folk rock. This time around she pushes the boundaries even further, creating something just as personal and powerful, just in a new light. It’s going to be a treat to see how this translates live, especially in a room such as Baby’s All Right, a seemingly perfect place to catch someone like Torres.

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. tomorrow, and the show will feature an opening set from Aero Flynn. Tickets for the show have long sold out, but you can always try your luck at the door, and she’ll return to New York in no time for a performance at Mercury Lounge on June 26.

The Juan MacLean

The Juan Maclean, the duo of John MacLean and LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang released new album In A Dream last year.

The group is in the midst of a New York residency, with three shows at Cameo Gallery that took place last week, and three at Union Pool this week, with the first happening tonight, and two more coming Friday and Saturday. Prior to this residency, the group hadn’t played live for six years.

The band has expanded to a four-piece band to re-produce the songs off the album, and each show is supposed to be different than the last, as they work out the new songs. HEIDEMANN will open Fridays show, and Computer Magic on Saturday.

All three of the remaining shows are sold out, but sometimes Union Pool sells some at the door. So best get there early, or call in advance.
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