Modest Mouse Performs at Williamsburg Waterfront

Lightning suffocated Modest Mouse's July 23rd performance at the Williamsburg Waterfront to only five songs.

But since they love Brooklyn so much, they reschedule for yesterday, August 14.

Check out the photos from the event!

All photos by Michael Tessier

Neon Trees Take the Stage for Fashion Week

The first person to stand on the catwalk just after 11 a.m. at today's Express Your Love Spring 2011 Fashion Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion sponsored by Style360 wasn't decked out in the freshest gear for the 2011 spring season. In fact, the person wasn't even a female. It was Neon Trees' lead singer Tyler Glenn, who sported a black mo-hawk, snow-white sunglasses, a slim-fitting purple velvet jacket, checkered grey pants tucked into black socks dotted with skulls and crossbones, and clunky, untied black boots. And just as the last few seats were filled and the lights narrowed down to the stage, he clicked the microphone, put it to his lips, and started to wail.

New Albums Hit the Shelves

Check out some of the month's best new albums that hit the shelves today:

The Black Angels: Phosphene

Blonde Redhead: Penny Sparkle

Michelle Branch: Everything Comes and Goes [EP]

Chilly Gonzales: Ivory Tower

Chromeo: Business Casual

Brandon Flowers (The Killers): Flamingo

Metric Performs at Juicy Couture for Fashion's Night Out

Amongst the pink leather handbags, shoulder-hugging tops, cases of neon watches and fall-edition button-up coats, on a stage in the back, underneath the spray-painted moose hanging on the wall, behind the DJ booth, sat a black grand piano and a lone stool surrounded by three acoustic guitars pre-tuned for Metric to perform at the Juicy Couture flagship store on Friday September 10th for the much anticipated Fashion's Night Out.

As the DJ's puffing and pulsing came to a lull, and the crowd of Metric fans and curious shoppers huddled around the low-key, intimate stage, lead singer Emily Haines and guitarist Jim Shaw ascended and smiled, nodding to the crowd, Emily snagging the microphone, Jim the guitar.

Andaz 5th Avenue Hosts Fashion's Night Out Party

Clusters of parched mouths and grumbling bellies huddled around the stainless-steel, communal kitchen on Friday September 10th in the center of the 6,500 square foot event space on the second floor of the Andaz 5th Avenue hotel, swirling glasses of wine, clinking glasses of local liquor, grabbing at canapes and mini-sandwiches and talking of Fashion Week's firm hold on all of New York City.

Hosted by Andaz, Vogue culinary editor Jeffrey Steingarten and Momofuku's celebrity chef David Chang, the event packed over 1,000 people into the brand new mid-town hotel's acclaimed event space, serving up endlessly delicious hor d'ourves: braised pork ribs dripping in a carmelized sweet and sour sauce and fried red onion flakes; pork belly squares folded into fluffly, steamed buns; Benton's smoky mountain ham on thick and crunchy crackers; kimchi apple salad; and mini-cups of frothy, whipped tofu with heirloom tomatoes.

Blonde Redhead Headlines Gilt City's Fashion Week Kick-Off at Tribeca Grand Hotel

Just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8 in the black curtained, cobblestone floored basement of the swanky Tribeca Grand Hotel, Kazu Makino, the lead singer of Blonde Redhead, slowly walked onto the stage wearing a frothy white blouse and grey military-style hat, with her long, pale-cinnamon legs tucked into clunky, unzipped black boots. The majority of the crowd had been there for at least an hour, enjoying the electrified comradarie of Gilt City's Fashion Week kick-off accompanied by complementary Brooklyn Brewery beer and Avion tequila. Blonde Redhead headlined the event while premiering their new album Penny Sparkle, which is due on shelves September 14. And as Kazu adjusted the candles on top of her keyboard and cranked the machine to start, the crowd turned away from the bar and inched a little bit closer to the stage.

Black Angels Release New Album at Secret Show in the Lower East Side

The large, gothic ballroom in the Angel Orensanz Center boiled in a sinister red light that illuminated the decaying cathedral backdrop with its curling, cringing Corinthian collumns and rust-colored archways as Austin, Texas' psychedelic-rock group the Black Angels took the stage for a secret, invite-only show to give the masses a taste of their new album, Phosphene Dream, which officially debuts on September 14.

Already making a heavy showing at the SXSW festival earlier this summer, and continuing onto the Reading Leeds Festival in the UK just two weeks ago, the Angels have fulfilled the fall-tour prerequisite by captivating festival junkies in the summer months, and have thrown a glob of icing on the proverbial cake with their new album debuting this month. Taking much of their influence from the iconic psychedelic group The Velvet Underground (including their name and band logo), the Angels throw together a darker, more penetrating twist.

Stars Comes to Terminal 5 September 24

Probably one of the best indie acts to come out of Canada, Stars, fueled by the eloquent tag-team vocals of Torquil Campbell and Amy Milan, is continuing their fall tour at Terminal 5 in Manhattan on September 24 after their June 2010 release of their fifth studio album The Five Ghosts.

"The Five Ghosts is lyrically the darkest thing we've ever done," frontman Campbell said in an interview. "There was a lot of being haunted going on when we were making the record. Chris had a strange experience of being haunted in the hotel room that he was staying in when we got together in Vancouver to write. Chris ended up leaving his hotel room after three days in the middle of the night and never going back because he claimed to be being haunted by this entity who was under his bed. So right from the beginning of making the record, we were sort of freaked out. As the year went on, I lost my dad, and a lot of things kept coming back to us and reminding us of ghosts, you know, that your life is filled with ghosts, ghosts of the past and ghosts of other worlds."

Black Francis Fills Joe's Pub
Black Francis Scheduled to Play Acoustic Set in East Village This Weekend

The indie-rock legend Black Francis (Frank Black) makes a pit stop at Joe's Pub, a cozy East Village music venue, on September 3, 4 and 5 at 9:30 p.m., in the middle of his two-month-long tour littered almost exclusively with shows in the west and south.

The Pixies frontman has continued his career after the Pixies by producing solo works under the name Black Francis and has produced more than a dozen albums (even through the Pixies reunion tours), including his two 2010 releases: The Golem and Non Stop Erotik.