February 14, 2016

by Klaus Kinski

Brooke Van Poppelen (photo by Seth Olenick)
Brooke Van Poppelen

So, you already know that British comedian Noel Fielding has six shows happening at the Gramercy Theatre in March and that fellow British Comedian Jimmy Carr has three shows happening at the same venue later on in March. I've been in a considerable state of comedy hibernation for a while now, but these two sets of shows have rekindled the comedic fire within me. As usual, The Bell House and Union Hall are killing it with the comedy programming. Here are some highlights (click the show title for tickets).

Saturday, February 20th, Union Hall : Comedy Outliers - The 4 Year Anniversary : Brandon Collins and Mike Brown celebrate the fourth anniversary of their high energy, critically acclaimed "Comedy Outliers" stand-up showcase. This event's line-up is nuts and features Ophira Eisenberg, Pete Lee, Dan Soder, Anthony DeVito, Jared Fried, and Omar Thompson. A better cross-section of the current NYC comedy scene you will not find.

Sunday, February 21, Union Hall : Nate Craig & Friends : Hosted by Nate Craig, this is as classic a NYC stand up show as you can get. Featuring Rachel Feinstein, Nick Vatterott, David Angelo, Josh Gondelman, and Jon Rudnitsky.

Tuesday, February 23, Union Hall : Deep-er-ness : Host Joe Zimmerman presents his favorite comedians for stand up sets that explore the more meaningful topics (i.e. philosophy, psychology, religion, environment, economy, death, love, childhood, race, history, social commentary, current events, personal stories, etc). After each set, Joe and the comic sit down for a "deep talk," in which Joe and the featured comic sit awkwardly close and Joe asks them a few ridiculous questions

Wednesday, February 24, The Bell House : RISK! Hosted by Kevin Allison: RISK! is a live show and podcast created and hosted by Kevin Allison (MTV's The State, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Reno 911!, etc), where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share. This installment features recovering child actor Mara Wilson, Klaus-favorite Sean Patton, and the great John Fugelsang RISK! will return to the Bell House on Wednesday March 23 with a line-up TBD.

Thursday, February 25, Union Hall : Brooke Van Poppelen Headlines a Basement! : I haven't done a top 10 comedians list since 2012, but if I had to do one today Brooke would be near the top of the list. You may know her as the host of "Hack My Life" on truTV, but as a stand-up she's practically peerless. Do. Not. Miss. This. Show. Hosted by Maria Heinegg with sets from Seaton Smith and Giulia Rozzi.

Picture This

Friday, February 26, Union Hall : Picture This! : I love the concept of this show; As stand-up comedians perform on stage, and army of illustrators draw them. Hosted by Peggy O'Leary with stand-up from Josh Gondelman, Giulia Rozzi, Joe Pera, Mike Drucker, Wendi Starling, and Mike Lawrence. Animators include Bryan Brinkman, Dan Pinto, Gabe Pinto, Kate Cropper, Nelson Diaz, and Rachel Gitlevich.

Monday, February 29, Union Hall : An Evening with Mark Normand : Mark Normand made my top 10 list in 2012. He's one of the best.

Friday, March 4, Union Hall : Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets : An evening of comedy, music, and whatnots host by friend-of-BV Dave Hill. As with previous installments, the evening will feature music from Hill's hot rock band Valley Lodge. Other guests include Norwegian comedian Daniel Simonsen, comedian Ramon Rivas, and cabarettist and actress Molly Pope.

Monday, March 14, The Bell House : Crybabies LIVE with Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre : This is one show I am looking forward to more than most others currently on my radar. "Crybabies" is a podcast where hosts Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre interview comedians, musicians, actors, and writers about the movies, tv, music, plays, art, and culture that make them cry. Your man Klaus loves a good cry, and with a staggering line-up featuring Dave Hill, Amy Sedaris, Ted Leo, and Eugene Mirman, you know I'll be there.

Monday, March 21, Union Hall : Keep it Surreal with Rob Cantrell: Rob is one of the most unsung heroes of comedy. I first came to know him many years ago via the Marijuana-logues and have seen him several times since then. He is brilliant. For this show Rob will do a full 45 minute set. Expect some special guests too.

Friday, April 15, The Bell House : Jen Kirkman : I Know What I'm Doing and Other Lies : Jen Kirkman was the secret headliner of a 2014 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival show. By deciding not to stick around for her set, she incorrectly and perhaps criminally made the assumption that I was a hispter white "kid" whose attitude was steeped in sexism. What she didn't realize was that I was at the show as a civilian but decided the next day to review what I saw anyway; I wasn't there on assignment for the purpose of covering the show. But I'm all about the bygones. Kirkman is a very talented comedian and author and I won't let a little libel prevent me from making sure BV readers know about this upcoming show. Jen will do some storytelling, participate in a Q&A (all questions are in bounds), and afterwards she will sign "books and boobs" (not my words). Get tickets now before it inevitably sells out.

I Choo Choo Choose You

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Benefit For Planned Parenthood of NYC feat. Mac DeMarco, Boss Hog, Kevin Morby, Kid Congo, Skaters, Delicate Steve, Joseph D'Agostino (Cymbals Eat Guitars), Saint Rich, Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls), Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Laura Gibson, Mark Eitzel, The Mystery Lights, No Eagles & @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
A whole bunch of cool musicians come out in force to suppport Planned Parenthood and celebrate Valentine's Day. Expect a song or two from each, with some fun collaborations as well.

Maxwell, Nas @ Barclays Center
R&B/neo-soul great Maxwell hasn't released an album since 2009's BLACKsummers'night, which is supposed to be part one of a trilogy, and he's saying he'll release part two this summer (titled blackSUMMERS'night). Meanwhile, he plays his first NYC show in five years tonight and Nas makes it an excellent double bill. They both do it again at Prudential Center tomorrow.

Noisem, Ilsa, Lotus Fucker, Lucid Terror, Death Vacation @ Aviv
Thrashy hardcore band Noisem and the sludgy Ilsa play Vitus with Coffins tomorrow, but first they're squeezing in this last minute show tonight.

Poison Idea, Iron Reagan, Child Bite, Chud @ Acheron
Portland punk legends Poison Idea had said they'd be going on hiatus last year but they quickly became active again. Their current tour is in support of last year's very solid Confuse & Conquer on Southern Lord, their first album since 2006. Making this night even better is crossover thrash revivalists Iron Reagan and art punk weirdos Child Bite.

Mitski, Mal Devisa, 100% @ Knitting Factory
Mitski recently signed to Dead Oceans, and she's set to release her anticipated new album on the label this year. Maybe we'll get to hear a new song or two tonight.

The-Dream, Ro James, Abir @ Bowery Ballroom
The-Dream recently released his newest album Genesis, a nice dose of atmospheric, downtempo R&B. He's also on the new Kanye album, and Kanye is in NYC this weekend... but maybe we shouldn't jump to conclusions.

JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate @ National Sawdust
Veteran experimental musician JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus) and the newer but also very talented Sarah Lipstate (aka Noveller) team up for a collaborative set tonight. Thrilwell is on synthesizers and sequencers, and Lipstate is on guitar.

Bettye LaVette @ Iridium
Soul veteran Bettye LaVette returned last year with her new album Worthy, which was nominated for the Best Blues Album Grammy. We'll find out if she wins on Monday, but meanwhile she plays Iridum tonight.

The Soft Moon, WALL @ Saint Vitus
San Francisco's The Soft Moon switched things up a little on their latest album, putting more of a focus on songs than sounds and mood. (Mind you the mood is still dark and foreboding.) It's an odder record than anything they've done before, all of which is a good thing. One thing that hasn't changed is the intensity (and volume) of The Soft Moon's live show. Second of three NYC shows for the band. Sold out.

TEEN, Becca Kauffman, Miho Hatori (New Optimism), Gemma @ Union Pool
A perfect Valentine's Day show whether you have a sweetheart or not: TEEN celebrate the release of their excellent new album Love Yes tonight.

Valium Valentine feat. Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow), Hisham Bharoocha, Heather Goldin of Beau, Damon McMahon (aka Amen Dunes), Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Empress Of, Zanna Van Vorstenbosch, Charli XCX and Nick Zinner @ MoMA PS1
Miike Snow singer Andrew Wyatt, in collaboration with German artist Sarah Ortmeyer, will be part of an event called "Valium Valentine" where over six hours "Mr. Wyatt is joined by male guest musicians for an improvised durational piece. Creating an emotional peak at the top of every passing hour, female singers each perform a song that Mr. Wyatt has composed especially for the occasion."

The Sons & Heirs (The Smiths and Morrissey Tribute), Rob Sheffield, Doug Gillard (of Nada Surf), The Jewbadours @ Bell House
Are you miserable when two lovers entwined pass you by? There's a place where you're allowed to embrace your glumness and that's at this Morrissey-themed Valentine's Day party with Smiths/Moz tribute act The Sons & Heirs, Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield, and all-around good guy Doug Gillard.

Aparna Nancherla, Myq Kaplan, Matt Koff, Nick Turner, Carolyn Castiglia, Lane Moore, Katina Corrao, Corrine Fisher, Selena, Coppock & more @ Littlefield
In their own words: The Rejection Show is back with it's "Super Bowl" of Rejection Shows, celebrating Valentine's Day with an evening of its best breakup, heartbreak, and love related performances/stories from shows past, present, and future --blending into an evening of love songs, live music, and a party.

Juan Wauters, Tall Juan @ Shea Stadium
Juan and Juan kick off their tour with this V-Day party that will feature karaoke after the live sets.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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February 13, 2016

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Ween @ 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO 2/12/2016
Ween
Ween

The band didn't have much rust to shake off as they proceeded through a set that not only contained plenty of beloved classics, but also more rare material. Gener was in fine voice as Ween performed in front of a stage setup that included the band's famed Boognish logo. After opening with "What Deaner Was Talking About," "Buckingham Green," "Beacon Light" and "Bananas And Blow," the five-piece lit into "Japanese Cowboy" off 1996's 12 Golden Country Greats. While Ween hadn't performed the song since 1996 Gener played the tune at last year's Summer Camp during his set fronting Umphrey's McGee. - [Jambase]
Ween are officially back, having played their first reunion show last night (2/12) at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, their first of three nights there. Dean, Geen and the band played a 33-song set which included favorites like "Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)," "Roses Are Free," "Mister Richard Smoker" and "The Goin' Gets Tough From The Getgo" and lots more. Setlist and lots more photos below.

Their tour will bring Ween to NYC in April for three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.

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photo: Protomartyr in Chicago in January (more by James Richards IV)
Protomartyr

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Protomartyr, Priests, Beech Creeps @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Protomartyr's third album, The Agent Intellect, picked up right where Under Color Of Official Right left off -- nuanced and powerful post-punk over which frontman Joe Casey tells tales of barroom poets, casually negligent parents, and other fun subjects. Tonight's with tourmates Priests (always great live) and local noisemakers Beech Creeps.

Martin Courtney, EZTV @ Baby's All Right
Martin Courtney's solo debut, Many Moons, isn't all that different from what he does in Real Estate, but his strapping on the acoustic -- plus nice use of mellotron -- give the record a lovely, light touch. His band, which includes Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, are great. Opening tonight are EZTV who have Nic Hessler playing guitar with them and they're going to let him sing a few songs too.

Donuts Are Forever Hosted by Jarobi feat. DJ Spinna, Illa J, Daru Jones & The Ruff Pack, Run P. @ Brooklyn Bowl
The great producer J Dilla died ten years ago this month, and to celebrate his life, the tenth annual Donuts Are Forever show goes down at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. A Tribe Called Quest's Jarobi hosts.

Screaming Females, Long Beard @ Monty Hall
NJ shredders Screaming Females always put on a killer show and they change it up a lot too. Tonight's their second of two shows at home state venue Monty Hall. Both sold out.

Bettye LaVette @ Iridium
Soul veteran Bettye LaVette returned last year with her new album Worthy, which was nominated for the Best Blues Album Grammy. We'll find out if she wins on Monday, but meanwhile she plays Iridum tonight and tomorrow.

The Soft Moon, Container, Uniform, Carson Cox (as Video Blue) @ Market Hotel
San Francisco's The Soft Moon switched things up a little on their latest album, putting more of a focus on songs than sounds and mood. It's more odd than anything they've done before, all of which is a good thing. One thing that hasn't changed is the intensity (and volume) of The Soft Moon's live show. First of three NYC shows for the band. Sold out.

The Hairs, Glitter, Kyle Forester @ Cake Shop
A great night of indiepop, headlined by the scratchy, humorously neurotic sounds of The Hairs. Kyle Forrester (Ladybug Transistor, Crystal Stilts) opens the night.

Ronnie Stone, Slime Boize, Bueno, Operator, Edith Pop @ Shea Stadium
How serious you take Ronnie Stone is up to you but his intentionally kitschy, '80s-in-a-blender shtick (somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Prefab Sprout) is not without craft, even if it is a big joke.

Toilet Boys, The Sweet Things, Battletorn @ Saint Vitus (two shows)
NYC rockers Toilet Boys have been going at it since the '90s (with a couple hiatuses in there), led by NYC club fixture Miss Guy, who's collaborated with Blondie and others. they play an 8 PM and a midnight show tonight. The early show is sold out.

Eric D Johnson, Kevin Morby & Sam Cohen @ The Box
Fruit Bats main member Eric D Johnson, Kevin Morby and Sam Cohen are teaming up tonight for a collaborative show. The description reads, "Sam, Eric and Kevin will accompany one another on new arrangements of their songs. They will also each cover one song by their fellow performers. It promises to be different take on the songs spanning their careers."

Blue Oyster Cult @ BB King's
It's the 40th anniversary of "Don't Fear the Reaper," and Blue Oyster Cult are celebrating that with a residency at BB King's. Aside from hits like that one (and "Burnin' For You" and "Godzilla"), BOC had influential proto-metal albums like 1973's Tyranny and Mutation, which they still play songs from today.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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February 12, 2016

by Bill Pearis

Doug Tuttle

Doug Tuttle's new album, It Calls on Me, is out next week via Trouble in Mind. It's a terrific album, steeped in mushroom tea psychedelia with lush harmonies, memorable songs and warm, spot-on production. (As I said previously, if you dig Woods, Doug is in similar territory here.) You can stream the whole album, via Impose, below.

You can catch Doug on his winter tour which starts next week and hits NYC on February 25 at Rough Trade with Herbcraft. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

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photos by Greg Cristman

Graveyard / Spiders @ Brooklyn Bowl - 2/10/16
Graveyard
Spiders

Swedish rockers Graveyard brought their tour with Spiders to NYC this week, playing Bowery Ballroom on 2/8 and Brooklyn Bowl on 2/10. They were initially going to play Bowery in January, but it was one of many shows that were rescheduled due to Winter Storm Jonas. (They ended up getting stuck here and squeezing in a smaller show at Saint Vitus around that time though.) Pictures of the Brooklyn Bowl show are in this post.

At the Bowery show, Graveyard played a set that hit most of their 2015 album Innocence and Decadence while also finding time to cover a bunch of their older stuff as well. We didn't get the exact Brooklyn Bowl setlist, but they've basically been the same the whole tour. After that show there was also an afterparty at the Our Wicked Lady rooftop bar in Bushwick, where openers Spiders played while Graveyard partied.

Check out more pictures from the Brooklyn Bowl show, the setlist from the Bowery show, and some social media reactions below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Dr. Dre at Coachella in 2012 (more by David Andrako)

Coming on the heels of the producing the very successful Straight Outta ComptonDr. Dre is producing and starring in a new semi-autobiographical TV series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new show is called Vital Signs, has already starting shooting, and also holds the distinction of being the first original show ever produced by Apple (Apple and Dre, you might remember, have a longstanding relationship), and will probably be distributed via Apple Music.

The show, which is currently set for six episodes, has an interesting purported structure; each episode will be about a different emotion and how Dre deals with said emotion. It also apparently involves a large orgy scene in the first episode, which, as we know from True Detective, is very important if you want to make a show sufficiently dark. Vital Signs also involves Sam Rockwell, which is good news.

Check out a video of Dr. Dre and Tyrese celebrating the fact that they just sold Beats to Apple for $3 billion below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Future

This is the second week of this new "Five Notable Releases of the Week" feature. If you missed the (mostly self-explanatory) introduction of what this thing is all about, revisit week one. I did point out that it's not about individual singles, which means it won't include the best release of this week: Beyonce's "Formation" song/video. But as long as you watched the Super Bowl, you probably don't need a reminder of that anyway. Also, I really hoped I'd be talking about the new Kanye album today but so far no sign of it. Hopefully by next week!

Anyway for this week's albums, read on below...

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by Bill Pearis

'Roadies' cast
Roadies

Cameron Crowe is delving into TV, co-creating the new series Roadies for Showtime. It's a world he knows well, having spent a lot of time on the road with rock bands as a teenaged reporter for Rolling Stone, experiences he later turned into his 2000 autobiographical film Almost Famous. This new series, co-created by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Wicked), is set in the present day and will follow the exploits of the crew behind fictional group Staton-House Band. Here's the official synopsis:

Roadies gives an insider's look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of "roadies" who live for music and the de facto family they've formed along the way. The music-infused ensemble comedy series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music's unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for a successful arena-level band.
Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino Imogen Poots, Keisha Castle-Hughes, and Luis Guzman are amongst the show's cast. Cameron Crowe has been in a creative/ commercial funk since Almost Famous with a string of duds (Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo, Aloha) but him returning to a place near and dear to his heart, not to mention working with the creator of My So-Called Life, sounds promising. J.J. Abrams is producing.

Roadies doesn't premiere until June 26 but you can watch a trailer for the series below.

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13th Chime

British deathrock band 13th Chime were active in the early '80s but only released a few recordings at the time. They did have an album that never saw the light of day, but Sacred Bones recently unearthed those recordings and put it out, along with a compilation of their early singles. (They're not the only old UK deathrock band that Sacred Bones have reissued.)

Now 13th Chime are set to play their first-ever US show at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on April 16. They'll be joined by Sacred Bones labelmates Anasazi (who take clear influence from the original deathrock era) and Boston post-punks Dame. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out a couple 13th Chime songs below...

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