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Yellow Dogs benefit concert to raise money for late musicians' families


A week after a murder-suicide took the lives of two members of the Iranian band Yellow Dogs, a benefit concert in Brooklyn will raise money for the families of the deceased.

Last Monday, Ali Akbar Mohammadi Raffi opened fire on Yellow Dogs members Soroush Farazmand and Arash Farazmand, along with friend Ali Eskandarian, killing all three before turning the gun on himself. According to Brooklyn Vegan, Monday’s benefit concert at the Brooklyn Bowl will include Nada Surf, Dirty Fences, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, and more musicians. Tickets, on sale now, are $15 to $30, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the families.

Check out the poster for the memorial show below:

Brooklyn band the Yellow Dogs at the center of murder-suicide investigation


An indie rock band who transplanted themselves from Iran to Brooklyn is at the center of a still developing murder-suicide incident that has left four people dead.

The New York Times is reporting that early Monday morning, a gunman opened fire on Soroush Farazmand, Arash Farazmand, and Ali Eskandarian, three members of the Yellow Dogs, a group of Iranian expatriates who began in Tehran and had been operating out of a townhouse in the East Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The assailant then turned the weapon on himself. The Wall Street Journal identified the shooter as Raefe Ahkbar, who was reportedly dismissed from the band for selling equipment.

Guitarist Soroush Farazmand, 27, and drummer Arash Farazmand, 28 were killed, along with their friend and fellow musician Ali Eskandarian, 35. Sasan Sadeghpourosko, 22, was shot twice in his right arm and is in stable condition. Two members, vocalist and guitarist Siavash ‘Obash’ Karampour,  24, and bassist Koory Mirzeai, 26, were not involved in the shooting.

The Yellow Dogs formed in Tehran and stayed largely underground in order to avoid the ire of the Iranian government. They moved to Brooklyn several years ago, fearing retaliation after being gaining wider exposure in Nobody Knows About Persian Cats, which won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 2009, and were in the process of seeking asylum in the United States.

The band performed at SXSW, supported well-known indie bands including !!!, and performed at rising-act venues like San Franciso’s Great American Music Hall, Chicago’s Empty Bottle; and New York’s Brooklyn Bowl and Glasslands.

Learn more about them and their history in the video below.


On the scene: Drake takes over Barclays in Brooklyn

Drake may be the greatest rapper alive.  And now we might want to crown him the hardest working man in showbiz, too. On the New York stop of his “Would You Like a Tour?” at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last night (Oct. 28), the Toronto rapper emerged in workout-appropriate sneakers and a baby blue outfit that could’ve been a high-end take on the classic Canadian tuxedo, issued a formal introduction (“I go by the name of Aubrey Drake Graham”) and proceeded to pull out every last stop in romancing “one of the best audiences I have ever played for in my life.”

About three quarters of the way through the show, that included mounting a huge circular platform that dropped down from the ceiling and allowed him to call out section numbers in the nosebleeds, note women’s features that he liked (long legs, red hair) and chat up individuals in the crowd: “Hey, I see you in that Commes des Garçon hoodie … You! You’re clapping like you at a Miley Cyrus show …” If that soon seemed like a Borscht Belt routine (and it especially did when he described two men wearing suits as “Bernstein and Feldman over here”), the larger effort drew from the long tradition of soulmen wooing females from the stage. READ FULL STORY

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