December 13, 2013
As discussed, Disclosure collaborators London Grammar will be touring North America in 2014, including a stop in NYC for a BrooklynVegan-presented show on April 9 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available, but they've since announced another smaller NYC show, happening sooner at Baby's All Right on January 16. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale today (12/13) at noon. It currently appears to be a one-off in between their Australian and UK dates. Updated dates are listed below.
London Grammar, like Angel Haze and Haim before them, have taken on a cover of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." They performed it this week in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, and you can watch a video of that performance below.
Updated London Grammar dates are listed, along with the video, below...
MGMT at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
MGMT, Dinosaur Jr., Kuroma @ Barclays Center
MGMT have gone from indie pop stars to weird psych explorers to even weirder psych explorers, and while their more recent material has tons of value (Congratulations is my personal favorite of their records, for what it's worth), it's definitely the strength of those earlier singles that has allowed them to play a venue as big as Barclays Center. So you can probably count on tons of fans wondering what the hell is going on in between "Time to Pretend" and "Kids." Also, the legendary Dinosaur Jr. opens this show, so if you're going, be sure to show up on time for them.
Factory Floor, Cities Aviv, Yvette @ 285 Kent Avenue
After four years of teasing us with singles and EPs, UK trio Factory Floor finally released their self-titled debut album this year. Like their other work, it's rooted in Detroit techno and acid, but with a stark, post-punk outlook. Live, don't expect an exact representation of the album -- the band rip up their songs live, with live drums and electronics played on the fly. Tonight's sold-out show is pretty solid with Cities Aviv and Yvette on the bill too.
Run The Jewels, White Mandingos, Phony PPL @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
One of the most flat-out fun and totally raw rap albums of the year was Run The Jewels, the collaborative project of El-P and Killer Mike, both fresh off two killer 2012 solo albums (Killer Mike's was produced by El-P). Their live shows are just as fun, and they comprise material off all three of those albums and more. They just played Webster Hall, so in the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg, this should be a blast.
Mutoid Man, Manalive, Summoner @ Saint Vitus Bar
The the epic Cave In and the insane Converge are both incredible bands, and Mutoid Man puts the singer of the former with the drummer of the latter. Together, they manage to keep some of the epicness, some of the insanity, and they give it a huge dose of party rock for great results. They rip.
!!!, Holy Fuck @ Webster Hall
Now based all over the globe, dancepunk group !!! made their best record in ages with this year's Thr!!!er. They're always fun live, and Canadians Holy Fuck should get the party started right.
Diarrhea Planet, Porches, Designer, No Regret's Coyote @ Barnard College
For Barnard College's WBAR Winter Formal (aka Space Prom), they've brought in a few rockin' bands, including garage punk ragers Diarrhea Planet (whose live show is one to remember), and "bummer pop" Exploding In Sound signees Porches.
Salt Cathedral, Truest, Sasha Carlson, Bleeding Rainbow, Brendan Rivera @ Pianos
Philadelphia band Bleeding Rainbow's Yeah Right was one of the year's most underrated records, a roaring album that mixed punk and shoegaze and big choruses. Also on the bill tonight: Sasha Carlson of UK band Splashh.
NGUZUNGUZU, L-Vis 1990, secret guest @ Glasslands
Nguzunguzu have lent their production to Kelela, Le1f, and others, and they make some pretty cool stuff on their own too. Catch them tonight with Night Slugs label boss L-Vis 1990 and a "secret guest."
Small Black, Twintapes, Brothertiger, Lip Talk @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's musical entertainment is headlined by synthpop band Small Black.
Telepathe, Living Days, Village Psychic, Roxy Cottontail (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Speaking of synthpop, Brooklyn duo Telepathe released "Slow Learner" on Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label earlier this year. Check them out tonight on this diverse bill.
Pizza Underground @ Baby's All Right
When it comes to pizza-themed rock bands, prefer Personal & the Pizzas, but there's no denying the gawker appeal of this Velvet Underground tribute act who change all the lyrics to be about pizza, featuring Home Alone's Macauley Culkin. This show is early (7PM), free and there will be free pizza. Free pizza!
YLT @ Maxwell's in June (more by PSquared Photography)
Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House
One of the many sad things about Maxwell's closing this year was that Yo La Tengo's annual Hannukah shows would no longer be happening. It's not quite the same but their four sold-out holiday shows at The Bell House will hopefully have some of the same spirit and surprises. This is night one.
Alarms and Controls, Life Size Maps, Poor Lily @ Cake Shop
The Dischord-signed Alarms and Controls includes members of '90s-era Dischord bands Circus Lupus, The Crownhate Ruin, and others, and if you like those bands, the overall '90s Dischord sound, or The Dismemberment Plan, you'll likely dig Alarms and Controls too.
Pompeya, Loveskills, Leverage Models @ Cameo Gallery
If you love Big '80s music like The Associates, Blue Nile, ABC, and (early) Spandau Ballet, you will probably dig the widescreen sounds of Leverage Models who have a firm grasp on that, right down to the saxaphone and syn-toms.
The Dikes of Holland, Stolen Girls, Black Lagoon @ Death By Audio
Tonight's show is headlined by Austin garage punks The Dikes of Holland and you can check out their most recent album, Braindead USA, below.
Peace Arrow, Celestial Shore, Brad Pit, Heaven's Gate, Tonstartsbandht, Softspot, Dada Trash Collage, Baked, Jerry Paper, The Dreebs @ Shea Stadium
There are a lot of quality local bands on this bill, including aggressively dreamy Heaven's Gate and the somewhat mathy Celestial Shore. It's also a birthday party, so be ready to sing at some point.
A John Waters Christmas @ Stage 48
The director and kitsch connoisseur will be sharing "some of his favorite holiday traditions, from his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts to his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus and an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories."
Spires @ The Standard, East Village
Spires will be debuting their new line-up tonight at this early show at East Village branch of The Standard hotel chain. The show is free but you need to RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alt-J @ The Studio at Webster Hall
You had to enter SiriusXM's contest to get into this show, but if you did that you'll get a chance to see this now-pretty-famous band in the intimate Studio at Webster Hall.
The Range, Zeljko McMullen, Michael Beharie, Diamond Terrifier @ Trans-Pecos
IDM producer The Range has picked up some speed this year with his acclaimed Nonfiction LP, and tonight he'll be at Todd P's new Trans Pecos venue (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). Saxman/electronic musician Sam Hillmer's (of Zs) Diamond Terrifier project is worth catching too.
Videology's 10th Anniversary Party
Williamsburg's videostore-turned-bar/screening-room/videstore turns 10 years old today. There's a host of special programming in store, plus BV's Bill Pearis will be DJing starting at 11 PM. There's also half-price drinks all night, but you must RSVP to attend.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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December 12, 2013
Dan Deacon @ Horseshoe Tavern/NXNE Toronto 6/13/2013
Longtime BV photographer David Andrako shot quite a few shows for us this year and, while 2013 isn't over yet, he was nice enough to submit his 10 favorites...so far. We may have to update come January 1, but for now check out the rest of what he chose (with links to the full sets above each picture) -- plus his favorite songs of the year -- below...
Julianna Barwick at the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn ambient pop artist Julianna Barwick has some tour dates scheduled for February; none in NYC, but she'll be playing her hometown much sooner as an opener at the first two nights of Phosphorescent's four-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg (12/18-21). The first night, which Phosphorescent plays solo, is still on sale, but the other three full-band shows are sold out. Heaven's Jail opens nights 3 and 4. All JB dates are listed below.
Julianna's newest LP, Nepenthe, was one of the best of its kind this year, and has been called a favorite by TV Ghost, Gorilla vs Bear, Drowned In Sound, and others. If you've yet to hear it, you can stream it via RDIO. Watch the video for its track "The Harbinger" below.
Julianna also just made a FACT mix earlier this month, which you can stream, along with that video and the list of tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
The Entrance Band @ Webster Hall last night (more by @jamesprestunes)
Los Angeles psych rockers The Entrance Band are currently in NYC, having played Webster Hall last night (12/11) opening up for Mikal Cronin. If you missed them last night, or want to see them again, they're playing tonight (12/12) at Baby's All Right with The Golden Grass. It's a free show, with doors at 8 PM and the show starting at 9 PM. If you haven't heard them at all, their new album, Face the Sun, is a paisley-printed mind-melter and you can stream the whole thing, and check out the video for "Spider," below.
This might be your last chance to see The Entrance Band for a while as bassist Paz Lenchantin has been drafted by Pixies to replace Kim Shattuck for their continuing tour. Just remember, Paz: no stage diving.
Album stream and video below...
Philip Glass at Prospect Park in July (more by Adela Loconte)
Following David Byrne's big Philippines benefit at Terminal 5 in November to help those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, another more intimate, but equally cool benefit is happening in NYC on December 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. This one's got modern composer Philip Glass joined by an impressive indie lineup of Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles) with past collaborator Ben Vida, plus Prefuse 73, Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), DJ Jon Santos, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, the music of Tyondai Braxton, Aphex Twin, and Edgard Varèse will soundtrack an upcoming dance performance by Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham at The Met on February 20.
The xx at Radio City in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The xx are doing a pretty unconventional residency in NYC, as Pitchfork reports. They'll be playing 25 shows at Park Avenue's Armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall from March 19-29, and each one only holds 40 people. $55 tickets are/were available here via internet, phone, and in person.
The event description reads:
The xx has made big noises across the pop landscape while barely raising their voices above an ear-grazing whisper. Their poignant, minimalist music is a tribute to their unflinching drive for originality, which has ensured their position as one of the most in-demand bands of our time.--
After headlining major festivals and huge outdoor venues like Coachella and Lollapalooza and sold-out runs at quintessential venues like Radio City Music Hall, the Mercury Prize-winning trio comes to the Armory for a much more intimate experience. Defying perceptions of a traditional concert, the xx creates a site-specific environment to delve into uncharted levels of depth in their sound where dark and light collide as the memory of the outside world falls away. This uniquely voyeuristic and deeply personal setting is the perfect oasis for the band to perform, while in the process redefining their music and their relationship to the audience that surrounds them.
Originally commissioned by Manchester International Festival.
The Armory thanks Burberry for their support in this production of The xx.
Public support has been provided to by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the NYC Council.
by Andrew Sacher
No Sleep Records was responsible for many of the year's great punk, emo, and hardcore (and other genres in that realm) releases this year, and the label's presence increased in the indie rock community thanks to a new love affair between emo and indie. To celebrate the holidays, the label has given us a free compilation of holiday music from a few standout artists on the label, including Allison Weiss, Maps For Travelers, State Faults, and others, plus a couple artists not on the label, including Harvey Danger's Sean Nelson (who put out a pretty underrated solo album this year). You can download the album for free at bandcamp and stream it in full below...
by Bill Pearis
Hospitality's new album, Trouble, is out in about a month (1/28), and it finds the Brooklyn trio dabbling in '70s-sounding spacey synthesizers and proggy vibes, while still maintaining their way with a melody, hook, and clever lyric. If you haven't heard first single "I Miss Your Bones" yet, you can stream it below.
As mentioned, Hospitality will be a part of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Fest here in NYC. They play on January 31 at The Greene Space for a collaborative performance with all-teen ensemble Face the Music. In addition to Hospitality songs, the two groups will perform a new piece by Hospitality's Nathan Michel. Tickets are on sale now.
Immediately after, Hospitality are going out on a North American tour that concludes back here in Brooklyn on March 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to MHOW go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon.
All tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sam Smith w/ Disclosure at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
Sam Smith has had a pretty steady rise, first catching ears towards the end of 2012 with his guest lead vocals on the Disclosure single "Latch," and then focusing on a solo career that included an EP and had him in NYC for a sold-out Mercury Lounge show in August. He was then longlisted for the BBC 'Sound of 2014', showed no signs of slowing down musically with his excellent new "Money On My Mind" single, and just won the Brits 2014 Critics' Choice award which has gone to Adele and Florence & the Machine in previous years.
He's also got some dates announced for 2014, including only one North American show at the moment, which happens at the significantly larger (than Mercury Lounge) Webster Hall on March 24. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday, 12/18 at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.
Disclosure has a lot going on too. Earlier today, we posted about their new video, remix LP, and NYC DJ dates happening during their sold-out Terminal 5 run.
All Sam Smith dates are listed, along with a stream of his recent single, below...