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Sleigh Bells Brings Their A Machines To Milk Studios (DOWNLOAD FREE MP3)

Beatrice Rothbaum   |   June 28, 2010    9:30 PM ET

Although they were only a small part of an overstimulating, overwhelming bill that included M.I.A., Neon Indian, Interpol, Mark Ronson, Die Antwood, Tame Impala, The Rapture, and other acts, along with high profile film screenings and visual installations, the performance I was most excited to see at the twelve-hour-long, 80,000 square feet Creator's Project launch party at Milk Studios on Saturday was Sleigh Bells.

You may wonder why the chance to see this band was so exciting to me, and I've been wondering that myself. After all, Sleigh Bells has just released its debut album, Treats, only a month-and-a-half ago, and weren't even on the music blog-radar until its performance at the CMJ Festival last October. They are one indie-electronic noise duo (comprised of Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss) from Brooklyn among countless others.

Sign Up To Cover Concerts This Week: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Beth Orton, She & Him And More

Zara Golden   |   June 28, 2010    4:20 PM ET

Huffington Post continues its local coverage with the help of our Citizen Journalism Unit. To join the local reporting team and receive advance assignments, click here or apply to cover any of this week's events by clicking PARTICIPATE below.

WhoMadeWho with Blackbells
Danish trio, WhoMadeWho, are paving their own musical path, finding room for woodwinds in their disco-punk, space-age synths within their pop-sensibilities. With a sound unlike the rest, their show is likely to stand out as well.

Who: WhoMadeWho with Blackbells
When: Monday, June 28, 7pm
Wanted: Writer, Photographer
Where: Mercury Lounge
217 East Houston Street
New York, NY‎
(212) 260-4700‎

M.I.A. Flashes Audience With Colorful Performance (SLIDESHOW)

Monica Klein   |   June 28, 2010    1:21 PM ET

After weeks of speculation, the secret guest of Vice and Intel's Creator's Project emerged on stage, decked out in flashing sunglasses, a camo-print hood and bright red lips. As screens throughout the eight-story Milk Studios building paused their live twitter feeds to announce that "your favorite Sri Lankan" was in Gallery 2, M.I.A. finally appeared amid seizure-inducing lights and shrieking crowds of fans.

As the last performer of the night, M.I.A. took the stage around 11:30pm, following short sets from Sleigh Bells and Die Antwoord. After over three hours of performances, the gallery was already packed with a hyped-up, sweating mass of fans, and the petite pop star's first song, "Born Free," fed off the audience's energy as back-up dancers riled the crowd up further.

The Creators Project Overwhelms, Then Underwhelms (SLIDESHOW)

Zara Golden   |   June 28, 2010   12:31 PM ET

This Saturday, Milk Studios, an 80,000 square-foot exhibition space in Manhattan's Meatpacking district, was transformed into a digital playground for the Creator's Project Launch, a twelve hour event spearheaded by VICE and Intel, designed to promote digital media. Around each corner was a different installation, film screening, panel discussion or live music -- all informed, to some degree, by technology.

Write For The NYC Beat: The Huffington Post Citizen Journalism Music Blog

Rebecca Harrington   |   June 28, 2010   12:21 PM ET

Are you in the New York City area this summer? Are you interested in music journalism? Do you want to go to free concerts?

In an effort to grow our community of young, passionate citizen journalists, The Huffington Post is launching our first ever concert blog on the New York vertical. Check out the blog every week for chances to cover area concerts and music festivals, download new music and read reviews and set lists. It is the perfect way to get develop your journalistic skills while hearing the music you love.

Every week we will post a calendar of concerts happening in the New York City area. If you are interested in covering a concert, just sign up and tell us why you are the best journalist for the assignment. We hope you can participate in this exciting opportunity. Good luck!

SummerStage Executive Director Speaks With The Huffington Post

Monica Klein   |   June 27, 2010    3:44 PM ET

In 1986, the Central Park Conservancy held the first SummerStage event in Manhattan. Since then, the City Parks Foundation has taken over and expanded the event immensely, and SummerStage has become an intrinsic part of a summer in New York City. While New Yorkers suffer through subway construction delays and slow-moving groups of tourists, SummerStage offers an array of free cultural escapes, with theater, dance and music events lasting from June through late August. This year marks the 25th anniversary of SummerStage, as well as the program's expansion into parks throughout the five boroughs. The Huffington Post sat down with City Parks Foundation Executive Director David Rivel to discuss upcoming musical events, Japanese curry hot dogs and how to avoid Drake-style crowd rioting at SummerStage's free concerts this summer.

Huffington Post: What is the role of the City Parks Foundation?

David Rivel: We've been around since 1989 and our mission as an organization is to improve neighborhood parks all around the city. The first thing we do is programming in parks, because when parks are failing it's generally because they're empty and people don't use them... The second thing we do is we work with communities to help them get involved in their parks. So we create friends groups, we help teach those people how to raise money, how to work with the parks department, how to get money for capital projects, how to work with elected officials....So when it comes to programming, we do a lot of different kinds. We do arts and cultural programs, including SummerStage, but also kids programs; we have a marionette theater in Central Park and a traveling puppetmobile.

Wavves Crash The Knitting Factory In Brooklyn (DOWNLOAD FREE MP3)

Beatrice Rothbaum   |   June 26, 2010   11:39 AM ET

Out of last night's 20 inaugural Northside Festival shows within the four-mile radius of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Wavves was the only headliner to sell-out days in advance. Wavves, the project of 23-year-old San Diego-native Nathan Williams, first set the indie blogosphere buzzing less than two years ago by posting noisy, unpolished, self-recorded mp3s for free download. Impressively, the band has released two albums since then, Wavves and Wavvves, and still receives a great deal of attention whenever a new show is announced or a track is posted.

Backstreet's Fanatical Fans Are Back

Monica Klein   |   June 25, 2010    8:33 AM ET

In 1996, OJ Simpson was on trial for murder. Princess Diana and Prince Charles were going through a scandalous divorce, Tupac was shot down, and Jon Benet Ramsey went missing. And in 1996, to the deep chagrin of my parents, I bounced around my room to the Backstreet Boy's epic first CD for an entire year. Obsessively clicking repeat, (and occasionally whacking my SONY Disk player as my overworked CD began to skip) I sang along to 'I'll Never Break Your Heart,' attempting to imitate their strangely spastic dance moves, dreaming of spending just one second in the presence of Nick and Brian. Along with one million other prepubescent teenyboppers across America, I promised myself that I would be their biggest fan, like, forever.

Fourteen years later, standing amid two thousand screaming fans, I realized that some girls might have taken this promise a bit more seriously than I did.

Phil Collins Sings Motown At The Roseland Ballroom

Rebecca Harrington   |   June 24, 2010    3:24 PM ET

One of my mother's favorite expressions is, "Everyone gets worse as they get older." In my experience, this maxim has generally proved true. I have gotten worse. But has Phil Collins? That is the question.

One thing is clear: age has made Phil Collins look back on the music of his youth with a kindly eye. Collins recently wrapped up a three night stint at the Roseland Ballroom promoting his new album "Going Back"--a collection of hits from the Golden Age of Motown. Collins was a childhood fan of soul and Motown music, which made him want to try his hand at singing some of the repertoire. Because, why not?

The concert was set up like an old fashioned dance hall, as befitting the occasion. It was standing room only and Collins was backed by an 18 piece band, including 3 former Funk Brothers and several excellent back up singers. Collins' program ran the gamut from The Temptations' "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" to Stevie Wonder's "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" and it lasted for over 2 hours.

Band of Horses Surprise With Pop-Up Show at Grand Central Station (DOWNLOAD FREE MP3)

Will Winner   |   June 24, 2010    2:42 PM ET

Last night at Grand Central Terminal, American indie rockers Band of Horses propelled hundreds of New Yorkers into their weekend with a free show sponsored by the AOL Pop Up Series. Coming off the release of their latest album, Infinite Arms, the band took the occasion to showcase their new music and to prepare fans for their sold-out show at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Saturday, June 19.

Hundreds of Band of Horses aficionados lined up outside the 42nd Street entrance of Grand Central with hopes of gaining admission to the tightly secured event. Only a limited amount of VIP passes were available; those who had them got a much better view, while the rest were left behind the press section, clutching their free posters and straining their necks to get a good look.