BREAKING BAND
Album Review: Too True

We might not know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootise Pop, and frankly, we shouldn’t care. What we should be more interested in, however, is that it apparently takes four ladies and three albums to sum up the Dum Dum Girls. Their most recent collection, Too True, off the Sub Pop records, is to be released in the United States January 28 2014. NPR streamed the album on their website on January 20 as a “First Listen” and you might have caught the single “Rimbaud Eyes” on Soundcloud.

BREAKING BAND
Rudimental Announces US Tour Dates

Part of the Big Beat recording fam, the genre defying band, Rudimental is finally crossing the pond and setting out to play in North America...and their doing it big. On the brink of their debut album release this coming spring, the quartet will be bringing their eclectic blend of sounds (which range from House to Garage to R&B) to some of the biggest music showcases this year.

Rudimental will be one of the live acts appearing at the first weekend of Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, and the guys will also headline a series of major concert dates including New York’s Bowery Ballroom;San Francisco’s Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop; and at the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood. In addition, they'll showcase their diverse influences through live DJ sets playing a string of Black Butter showcases in Miami, New York and LA. Additionally, their jam packed schedule also sees them making a number of appearances at Austin, Texas’ annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference, scheduled for March 12th – 17th. For full details, please visit www.rudimental.co.uk.

Rudimental has earned global applause for their effulgent vision The Hackney-based group made an astonishing breakthrough last year with their blockbuster single, “Feel The Love" feat. John Newman. The distinctive dubstep-flavored anthem was just the track to push them into huge success, entering the U.K. Singles Chart at #1 before spending 11 consecutive weeks in the Top 10. It was even named as iTunes’ 'Dance Song of the Year,' and is currently among the nominees for the Brit Awards’ prestigious “British Single” honor, slated to be awarded February 20th in London.

From their stunning sound clash of live instrumentation, eclectic beats, and soulful songcraft, the foursome without a doubt will be creating one of the popular sounds of the future. Check out their US tour dates below and listen to another goodie "Hell Could Freeze" feat. Angel Haze.

THE BAND AID
Band Tracker: Upcoming Concerts in NYC

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!)

3/28

Cloud Nothings/A Classic Education/Crinkles (Glasslands)

3/29

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Attention PYT's: NYC's Under 21 Fun

For the many avenues of NYC nightlife, traveling down the under 21 block is as exciting as the nonexistent streets of the Upper West Side on a Monday night. Key word: nonexistent. While we couldn’t find you a plethora of night hits, we have found some solid choices for all you Joonbugs-in-training. The perfect end to your first date- some dancing, bowling or maybe a quick concert- any one of these are bound to have you, your friends, and your future boytoy partying the night away.

Webster Hall 19+

EARGASMIC
Just Announced: Petty Fest 2011

The Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg have just announced they will host "Petty Fest 2011" on October 5 & 6. The event will feature musical performances by Norah Jones, Ryan Miller (Guster), and Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne). Comedy personalities Will Forte, Justin Long and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) will also be performing, presumably giving the evening a fun, if not ironic, atmosphere. Forte has performed with Guster before, though, so perhaps he's had some singing lessons in the meantime.

ALL ACCESS PASS
Live Review: Deadbeat Darling

Their name lends itself well; they truly are darlings. Although the word deadbeat does not quite sum them with the same accuracy. Distinguished or delectable might be more apt, although it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue in the same way.

Name aside, Deadbeat Darling were hailed home like champions at the Bowery Ballroom in New York’s lower east side on July 9. Returning from their forty-three day stint in Wales in the UK where they were recording their second album, they headlined the sold out show which also featured support from three astounding acts.

ALL ACCESS PASS
An Interview With Bobby Long

Once upon a time he was a vague twinkle in a Twilight fan's eye. Already proving that he is more than just a cameo in a hugely successful movie franchise, it was only a matter of time before Bobby Long stepped out of their shadows and starred as the main protagonist in his own show.

"God bless Bobby Long" mused the lead vocalist of Ivan and Alyosha as he peered into an audience made up almost entirely of women. Warming up the crowd at a recent performance at the Bowery Ballroom, New York, he sounded out loud what everyone else was thinking. Bobby Long's appeal as a twenty something singer songwriter, with a charming demeanor and nice hair to boot, had not gone unnoticed.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Kanye, Oh Kanye...

Kanye West performed songs from his new album My Beautiful Dark And Twisted Fantasy during a live performance Wednesday morning at New York City's Bowery Ballroom.

Sounds good and clean, right?

Wrong.

Kanye could not let a performance go without spilling his true feelings. He bad-mouthed Swift for “milking” what had happened to her at the VMAs, instead of “defending” West. “Taylor never came to my defense at any interview…and rode the waves, and rode it and rode it.”

DAILY POP
Kanye West Playing Surprise Show Tonight in New York City

Hip-hop megastar Kanye West is playing a surprise show at the Bowery Ballroom tonight in the Lower East Side.

The award-winning producer and hip-hop icon is set to perform his new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in its entirety tonight.

Teyana Taylor, who will open for Kanye tonight, leaked the surprise news on her Twitter page Monday, writing: "Just got to rehersals [sic] for my performance with mr Ye West tomorrow at the Bowery Ballroom 2morr. Dark Fantasy Baby!!!”

Tickets went on sale today at noon.

ALL ACCESS PASS
The Black Angels and Black Mountain Blast Bowery Ballroom


It was an all-black psychedelic rock affair at Bowery Ballroom last Tuesday night. Trance-inducing rock bands the Black Angels and Black Mountain teamed up for their fall tour, alternating head line duties and laying down enough consciousness-expanding tunes for a crowd of Woodstock-ready proportions.

The Black Angels took opening duties at Bowery, whereas Black Mountain opened up during the next evening's second NYC date at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The crowd was buzzing right away with anticipation for Austin, Texas psych rockers The Black Angels. As soon as the band took the stage with ominous opener “You on the Run” from their 2008 record Directions to See a Ghost, the numerous sweet smells of a certain illegal substance battled the cool, stagnant air for supremacy.