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    TV on the Radio Wow Brooklyn

    TV on the Radio's sold-out three-gig stint at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple came to a close last night as the band delivered the same ecstasy, artistic ambition, and sonic precision they have on their past two SPIN-approved albums. After a set from psychedelic act Dragons of Zynth, TV on the Radio greeted a packed venue littered with Obama fliers and dove into material off their latest effort, Dear Science, as well as familiar tunes from their previous offerings, including "Young Liars," "Staring at the Sun," and "Wolf Like Me." With extra horn players (who doubled as enthusiastic hand-clappers) and a back-up singer in black fringe, frontman Tunde Adebimpe and bandmate Kyp Malone traded vocals as drummer Jaleel Bunton, bassist Gerard Smith, and guitarist/keyboard virtuoso Dave Sitek crafted intricate rhythms and thick soundscapes behind them. Ever the showman, Adebimpe alternately clasp

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    Beck Rocks New York City

    Beck rarely puts on a conventional live show.

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    Jenny Lewis Debuts Solo Tunes in New York

    It was a night of extremes at Harlem's Apollo Theater Saturday, as alt-country darling Jenny Lewis and potty-mouthed comedienne Sarah Silverman shared the stage. The indie rock and comic elite (including Interpol's Carlos D and Stella actor Michael Showalter) came out for the mix of devilish humor, transcendent harmonies, and, you know, the occasional metal cover. During the raucous opening set, Silverman covered topics ranging from sexually confused gay-bashers, removing excess body hair, and her proposed series of get well cards for women with hysterectomies. ("Sorry about your hysterectomy, but look on the bright side... more room for penises!") But even the comic was eager to grab her seat for the headlining act.

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    Kings of Leon Headline High Profile NYC Concert

    After more than a year of preparation -- including studio time, summer festival gigs, an SNL appearance, and a SPIN cover shoot -- Kings of Leon welcomed the arrival of their new album, Only by the Night, by launching their North American tour last night with a sold out show at New York City's Webster Hall. Among the celebs in attendance at the high profile Southern rockers' debut show: Drew Barrymore, Danny Masterson, and Gossip Girl stars Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford. Kings of Leon, who kicked off their set with "Crawl" from their soaring new release, alternately had fans waving lighters, crowd surfing, and tapping their cowboy boots on the floor.

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    Joan Jett, Tom Morello Open Punk's Refurbished Birthplace

    "This is going to be a motherfucker of an evening," designer John Varvatos declared at the opening of his shop at 315 Bowery, the once seedy, prostitute and junkie-ridden locale of punk's kicking and screaming birthplace, CBGBs. The upscale retailer cleared out his pricey wares and welcomed a crowd of downtown music lovers after taking over the famed venue'slease from now deceased original owner, Hilly Kristal. The new tenant paid tribute to the building's storied past by hanging record sleeves and framed posters of the Rolling Stones, the Ramones, and the Velvet Underground on the walls, which surrounded a bustling chatter of flashing cameras and small-talking fashionistas sporting tattered leather jackets and plenty of eyeliner. But despite the celebration, the star-studded affair (which raised proceeds for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation) also drew its share of critics.

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    What's the Deal? While the diminutive DJ's past two albums, 2002's 18 and 2005's Hotel, dabbled in ambient instrumentals and guitar rock, respectively, Last Night sees Moby triumphantly return to his club music roots, and compresses an all-night rager in New York City into a 15-song set. And much like dance music's eclectic scene, Moby taps an odd mishmash of sources for inspiration, from the U.K.-influenced rap in "Alice" to the pogo-like synths of"257.Zero," to the soulful samples of "Everyday It's 1989," which sounds like an updated version of C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)". Who?With eight studio albums and several best-of compilations under his belt, Moby has already established himself as one of electronica's preeminent (and bespectacled) figures.

  • Life is a Highway for Sufjan Stevens

    Indie rock heartthrob Sufjan Stevensplayed to a full house Thursday night (Nov. 1) at the Brooklyn Academyof Music as part of the 25th Next Wave Festival. The songwriter debutedthe musical and cinematic piece "The BQE," which he described as a"bizarre and beautiful ode to one of the world's ugliest expressways."Stevens performed with a full orchestra as the film he directed airedabove him -- shots of neighborhood stoops, bustling traffic andbillboards off the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway matched the instrumentalswells of the symphony. A troupe of day-glo hula hoopers even came outduring the performance to accompany the epic score. Followingan intermission, Stevens performed a series of his familiar hits,including "Jacksonville" and "John Wayne Gacy, Jr.," while projectionsof psychedelic animation, fireworks and (of course) cheerleaders airedbehind his band.

  • PJ Harvey Brings New York Her Love

    Miss Polly Jean Harvey, looking demure in a white Victorian-stylegown, played an electrifying set during Wednesday night's (Oct. 10)sold-out concert at Beacon Theater. "I don't know if you can read mydress, but these are the lyrics to my songs," she said while gesturingto the black print on her lengthy skirt.

  • Arcade Fire Thump their 'Neon Bible,' LCD Soundsystem Offer Up Some North American Fun

    Revelers traveled by boat, bus and other forms of publictransportation to see the Randall's Island stop of the Arcade Fire andLCD Soundsystem tour Saturday afternoon (Oct. 6). Les Savy Favopened the indie rock juggernaut event and frontman Tim Harringtonstripped and shrieked through their impassioned set. The bearded singerhad a series of costume changes, ranging from a gray muscle tee to anude body stocking to nearly no clothes at all. Blonde Redheadfollowed, launching into their seductive brand of ethereal rock. Theart-school trio played a series of songs off of their recent disc, 23,including "Heroine" and the album's trippy title track. Songstress KazuMakino writhed along to the music in a white dress and slouchy boots asshe delivered her cooing vocals.

  • Datarock

    Who? The Norwegian ensemble helped usher in the new rave movement with a flurry of Casio keyboards and matching red hoodies. Founded in 2000, the band hails from the same Bergen music scene that bred Kings of Convenience, Röyksopp, and Annie. Their full-length debut, Datarock Datarock, was originally released in 2005 by Young Aspiring Professionals, a label formed by frontman Fredrik Saroea and bassist Ketil Mosnes, but the duo has now inked a deal with Nettwerk, who will distribute the album in the U.S. this month. What's the Deal? Part Devo and part !!!, Datarock crib unlikely pop culture influences from the late '70s and early '80s.

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