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Spiritualized Blasts Radio City Into Orbit

Salvatore Bono   |   August 2, 2010   12:20 PM ET

In the final night of Spin Magazine's weeklong 25th anniversary celebration, it could only end one way -- epically. Through the week Spin has been featuring concerts at New York's Terminal 5 including; The Flaming Lips, Smashing Pumpkins, The National and The Black Lips. Yet, it was this final show that culminated into one of the most ambitious concerts New York City has seen all year: Brit rocker J. Pierce -- aka Spiritualized -- performing his 1997 breakthrough Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space, in it's entirety for the final time, with a full orchestra and choir at Radio City Music Hall.

Chad VanGaalen Lives Up To Expectations At River To River Festival (VIDEO)

Dustin Reid   |   August 2, 2010   11:20 AM ET

"I felt like maybe bringing a shotgun and just blowing my own head off on stage. Would that be like, maybe, entertainment for 'New Yorkonians?' I'm from Canada, all we do is just watch the leaves fall off the tree."

-- Chad VanGaalen.

Modest Virtuosos Avi Buffalo Perform At Southstreet Seaport

Ben Bromberg   |   August 2, 2010   10:45 AM ET

Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg and his bandmates in Avi Buffalo may only be 19 years old (give or take a year), but their skill is impressive enough to make Chad VanGaalen blush. The 32-year old indie semi-veteran and opening act told the audience at this Friday's free show at the South Street Seaport, "We aren't allowed to share our beers with them. But they make me embarrassed to be playing guitar, with how talented they are."

Animal Collective Spins Impressive Set to Oblivious Crowd At PS1's Warm Up

Alex Jacobs   |   August 2, 2010   10:10 AM ET

In the 5th installment of PS1's Warm Up concert series, Animal Collective's Deakin and Avey Tare played a ninety-minute DJ set to more than a thousand eager fans. For the most part, they stuck to the vaguely atmospheric electronica that influenced the texture of their 2009 tour de force, Merriweather Post Pavilion. Merriweather blended the band's signature experimental pop with elements of modern techno to make their most danceable album to date. Singles like "My Girls" and "Summertime Clothes" are routinely played alongside house and electro bangers on club dance floors without a wink.

Equal Parts Unique And Fun, Primus And Gogol Bordello Take The Williamsburg Waterfront

Jake Ray   |   July 31, 2010    1:27 PM ET

Friday was a perfect Brooklyn night for two of the most unique bands out there to make a sold out stop at the Williamsburg Waterfront.

A Bright Night For Up-And-Comers Dan Sartain and Mike's Pawn Show At The Mercury Lounge

Alex Thornton   |   July 30, 2010    2:45 PM ET

For an early show on a typical Thursday night The Mercury Lounge had drawn in a decent-sized crowd, though a majority of them lingered at the bar despite a great lineup. The crowd, with a median age in the mid-thirties, had a distinct rockabilly vibe and genuine, enthusiastic energy.

The National Erupts At Sold Out Terminal 5

Simon McCormack   |   July 30, 2010   12:03 PM ET

Most bands are louder, fuller and more grandiose live, than they are on MP3. But a few bands transform themselves in concert. They become entirely different beasts, unrecognizable when compared to the creatures who inhabit their album. The National is one of those rare breeds.

Black Keys Hit Hard At Central Park's SummerStage

Alex Jacobs   |   July 29, 2010   11:30 AM ET

2010 has been a good year for The Black Keys. Their sixth full-length effort, Brothers, debuted at number three on Billboard's Top 200 (right behind a compilation from Fox's musical sitcom Glee and a re-issue of Exile on Main Street, so for all intents and purposes, they debuted at number one). The record has garnered not only commercial success, but also critical acclaim from mainstream news outlets and rock-snob bloggers alike.

Quiet Hooves Make Sure Their Shows Are Worth More Than The Entry Cost

Brian Walter and Jonah Sprung   |   July 28, 2010   10:49 PM ET

On Monday night, fresh off a hard weekend spent stereotyping ourselves on the Jersey Shore, we headed back into Brooklyn to see the Athens favorite Quiet Hooves along with an assortment of other acts. The transition was a painful one, and our spirits were flagging as we walked from the subway to our destination venue, Death By Audio. Entering the dingy basement by the industrial Williamsburg waterfront did little to lift them; there were about five people inside, two of whom were likely candidates for parents of the band, and the show space was so small that we had to hide behind a stack of amplifiers to avoid making awkward eye contact with the performers. We had been worried about arriving half an hour late, but were clearly at least an hour too early.

The National Play Brooklyn, "Sort Of Our Home"

Zara Golden   |   July 28, 2010   12:04 PM ET

It's all pretty perfect when you see it live. Standing in Prospect Park on a midsummers night, the stage set high enough above the crowd so that even the leisurely picnickers in the back of the park could see from their blankets, and sound system turned up loud enough to reach the ticketless lingering on the lawns outside the bandshell. And they sounded good -- as good as the last time I saw them, and as good as they sounded in my headphones earlier in the day. The National are as professional and stately as a band can be.

Smashing Pumpkins Get Psychedelic At Terminal Five

Rebecca Harrington   |   July 27, 2010    5:46 PM ET

When The Smashing Pumpkin formed in the late 80's, Billy Corgan had flowing, shoulder length hair and wore paisley shirts paired with Victorian pendants. In 1995, when Corgan proclaimed in a disquieting monotone that, "The world is a vampire," he wore silver pleather pants and a black T shirt that said "Zero" on it. It is really hard to say which way the man looked better. Both were very distinct looks.

Flaming Lips Performance At SummerStage Is Predictable, But No Less Impressive (SLIDESHOW)

Ben Bromberg   |   July 27, 2010   12:08 PM ET

For anyone who has seen the Flaming Lips perform live before, they know there is nothing quite like sky-filling plumes of orange and yellow confetti being shot into the audience by cannon, especially when it syncs up with the question mark in bandleader Wayne Coyne's title chorus, "Do You Realize??" The Flaming Lips have the rare talent of creating magic on stage without rabbits or top hats, and for those who haven't witnessed the band's live show before, it can feel like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, impossible to replicate. But replicating the once-in-a-lifetime is exactly what Coyne and his Lips have been in the business of doing for more than a decade, building up their reputation as one of the most sought after live acts on the planet. And this Monday at the Central Park SummerStage, they did not disappoint.

NYC Musical Events Roll Out Biker-Friendly Ammenities

Monica Klein   |   July 27, 2010   10:36 AM ET

As New York City (finally) becomes increasingly biker-friendly, more and more New Yorkers are giving up their metro cards and biking through the city. This summer, more than ever, New York City's free concerts are becoming bike-accessible, as event planners begin to truly take cyclists into consideration.

Brooklyn's Very Own Field Of Dreams (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW)

Alex Thornton   |   July 26, 2010    2:11 PM ET

Celebrate Brooklyn! once again transformed The Bandshell at Prospect Park into a hot venue for an all day festival on Saturday, both literally and figuratively. Presented by Grammy-winning producer Andres Levin and The Bruce High Quality Foundation, the event du jour was "Field of Dreams (Un Mundo Nuevo)".