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photo: Beech Creeps @ Union Pool, 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

RDJ2, Thanksgiving Brown (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
The great underground hip hop producer RJD2 recently announced a new album, Dame Fortune, prefaced by the soulful single "Peace of What." It sounds like his new stuff is something to look forward to, and we'll likely hear some old faves tonight too.

Lil Reese, Louie Crump, Retroi$awesome @ The Studio at Webster Hall
While he's probably best known to most as the guest rapper on Chief Keef's "I Don't Like," Lil Reese has his own worthy career too. He most recently released the 300 Degrezz mixtape on New Year's Eve.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. Tonight continues Jo Firestone's residency and guests include Kurt Braunohler, Jena Friedman, Carmen Lynch, Andy Sandford and more.

Beech Creeps, Junk Boys, RIPS @ Union Pool
Raw, noise-driven, and prone to pedal-to-the-medal tempos, Beech Creeps headline this free show that also features blues punks Junk Boys and Rips.

The Show Show w/ Jean Grae @ Union Hall
Todd Barry, Starlee Kine, and Donwill guest tonight at Jean Grae's variety show at Union Hall.

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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Logic sold out his Terminal 5 show and added another for April 4 at the same venue. Tickets are on sale now.

Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, who appears on virtually every critic year-end list this year, is playing Terminal 5 on March 25. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday at noon.

Tickets for the Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Crytopsy, & Abysmal Dawn show at Irving Plaza are on LiveNation and Ticketmaster presale (password = BELLS).

Tickets for A$AP Ferg and G-Eazy's third third show at Terminal 5 are on G-Eazy presale (password = DARKOUT). The other two shows are sold out.

Tickets for the Duran Duran and Chic show at Barclays Center are on fan club presale.

Tickets for the Murder City Devils show at Webster Hall are on presale now (password = GoodTime).

Tickets for the Ben Folds & yMusic show at Beacon Theatre go on artist presale today at 11 AM (password = SOTHERE).

Tickets for the Death Side, S.H.I.T, Vaaska, Warthog, Indignation, and Mommy show at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today.

PUP dropped off the rest of the Modern Baseball tour and was replaced by Sorority Noise. Tickets for their Webster Hall show are still on sale.

Tickets for the Best Coast, Wavves and Cherry Glazerr show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale at noon.

Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau are playing a late show after their previously announced show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their earlier show are still available.

Tickets for the Mount Moriah show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale today at noon.

China Crisis are playing Iridium on December 19. Tickets are on sale now.

Superhuman Happiness, Beastronaut and Madaila are playing Rough Trade on March 19. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale starts Friday at noon.

Jack Garratt, who BBC says is the frontrunner for the Sound of 2016 poll, plays Bowery Ballroom on February 29 and MHOW on March 1. Tickets for both shows go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale starts Friday at noon.

Kurt Braunohler plays the Bell House on January 21 Tickets are on sale.

Very long-running gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama (who have collaborated with Justin Vernon) play an APAP showcase with Heritage Blues Orchestra and... Cherry Poppin' Daddies (who are apparently still around) at BB King's on January 17. Tickets are on sale.

After touring with Speedy Ortiz, Aye Nako are playing a show with Vagabon, Arm Candy, and T-Rextasy at Shea Stadium on January 2. Tickets are currently on sale.

White Pisces and The City and I (members of Mannequin Pussy) are playing Palisades on Thursday (12/10). Tickets are on sale.

Nellie McKay, Rufus Wainwright, David Mansfield & Catherine Russell Present: 'An Evening of Songs Benefiting Bailey House w/ Special Guests' at City Winery on January 24. Tickets are on sale.

Macy Gray is playing two New Year's Eve sets, New Year's Day, and two January 2 sets at Iridium. Tickets for those shows are on sale.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photo: Joanna Newsom @ Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Joanna Newsom

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

Joanna Newsom, Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi @ Kings Theatre
Joanna Newsom finally returned from a five-year break of making albums with this year's Divers. At first, it seemed a bit more conventional her prior releases, but it reveals itself to be just as complex and gripping. Tonight's her first of two NYC shows. Opening is Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi (who's worked with Joanna), who recently put out a collaborative album.

Deerhunter, Atlas Sound @ Rough Trade
Deerhunter's new album has them returning to the dream/psychedelic pop sounds of Halcyon Digest after a trip into rawer garage rock territory on Monomania. Tonight's their first of three NYC shows in support of it. Deerhunter co-frontman Bradford Cox's great solo project Atlas Sound opens.

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Animal Flag @ Baby's All Right
TWIABP released one of the very best rock albums of this year with Harmlessness, a lushly-arranged post rock/indie rock/emo album written from a deeply personal perspective. Their recent live shows are at least as good as the record.

Dinosaur Jr. & special guests @ Bowery Ballroom
One of the quintessential American indie rock bands, Dinosaur Jr. celebrate their 30th anniversary with seven shows at Bowery Ballroom. Each night they're play their debut album in full with an additional set filled with special guests.

Nothing Changes Party w/Consumer Electronics, Yellow Tears, Alberich, Copley Medal @ Saint Vitus
Nothing Changes has been branching out of its normal Wednesday/Home Sweet Home confines and presents this show tonight headlined by Consumer Electronics, the current group from power electronics pioneer Philip Best (Whitehouse), who recently released the brutal Dollhouse Songs.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield (2 shows)
After years of being merely a great live show, Wyatt Cenac is turning "Night Train" into a web series. Tonight features two tapings: the early with Sasheer Zamata, Sabrina Jalees, Matteo Lane, Phoebe Robinson, Jeffrey Joseph, and Jean Grae; and the late show is with Kurt Braunohler, Hari Kondabolu, Maeve Higgins, Josh Gondelman, and more. Both are sold out.

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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Peaches / Converge / Antemasque / just a skeleton chillin'
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 1 - 11/6/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 1 - 11/6/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 10 - Day 1 - 11/6/2015

Mostly inspired and occasionally inane, Antemasque carried that same agitated vigor and theatrics of prior projects into their set on the Orange stage Friday night, starting 15 minutes late with "In the Lurch" and walloping through. Almost immediately one thing was clear: There's no one true frontman.

Each member performed with violent energy, demanding attention. [Omar] Rodríguez-López flailed on his guitar wildly and somehow maintained precision in his often math-y riffs, while his bassist brother Marfred [Rodríguez-López] recklessly knocked around. Blink-182's Travis Barker held down the middle, pummeling the drum kit and continuously evoking drawn-out yells of "Traaaaaavis!" from the crowd.

[Cedric] Bixler-Zavala also hurled his body across the stage in ways that made it unclear whether he was possessed by the music or some sort of Satanic presence, inexplicably hiding under a white tarp at one point as he sang. [Austin Chronicle]

Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off on Friday (11/6) and day 1 was loaded with great sets: Schoolboy Q, Converge, Drive Like Jehu, Babes In Toyland, The Dwarves, Cheap Trick, Hudson Mohawke, Rae Sremmurd, King Khan & BBQ, Mikal Cronin, Peaches, Parquet Courts, Cedric and Omar's Mars Volta/ATDI offshoot Antemasque with Travis Barker, and still plenty more. We already pictures of Shamir's set and one set of Drive Like Jehu, and we've got more DLJ shots, pics of everyone mentioned above, and more in this post.

FFF Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) and it wraps up today (Sunday, 11/8). Stay tuned for more coverage.

More day 1 pictures (by Tim Griffin unless otherwise noted) below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 day 1 pics (Schoolboy Q, Converge, Antemasque, Babes In Toyland, Dwarves, Cheap Trick, more)"

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Austin's 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest announced its comedy stage and day-by-day lineup, and put single-day tickets on sale today.

The comedy stage includes Tig Notaro, Doug Benson, Eric Andre, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Sabrina Jalees, Jonah Ray and Kurt Braunohler. "Additionally, GZA will explain "the science of hip-hop", Andrew W.K. will lead a motivational speaking lecture, and Big Freedia will be giving the festival audience twerking lessons."

Single-day tickets are on sale at the festival's website. Check out the daily lineups below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest reveals 2015 comedy stage, day-by-day lineups, single-day tickets"

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr; words by Sadaaf Mamoon

Mikal Cronin @ London's 100 Club, 6/1/2015
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Indie rocker Mikal Cronin and band began a UK/EU tour last Thursday (5/28) at Primavera Sound, in support of their third studio album MCIII, out now on Merge. We caught them playing London's 100 Club last night (6/1), with pictures in this post.

Mikal also recently premiered the video for "Say" on Funny Or Die, directed by comedian Jonah Ray. Like his recent video that paid homage to Natalie Imbruglia's "Stay," this another tip of the hat, this time to Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" video, with Jonah, Kurt Braunohler, Nick Thune and other comedians as a contentious bunch of Chevy Chases and Mikal as Paul. It hearkens back to the glory days of tweed blazers on '80s MTV and is quite cute, the pink utterly befitting of that joyful bassline. Jonah says of the video:

When my friend Mikal Cronin approached me about doing a video parody of Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" and said that I would be playing the part of Chevy, I stopped him right there. I said, "Mikal, my dear sweet acquaintance, I alone cannot play 'the Chevy,' as we are all 'the Chevy.' He is the light, the love, the Fletch." That's when Mikal broke down in tears over the phone. I laughed at him and said, "It'll be okay young, dumb, silly Mikal... It'll be okay."
The European leg of the tour wraps up next week (6/10) in Amsterdam, and you can catch Mikal Cronin stateside at NYC's own 4Knots Music Festival with Super Furry Animals, Twin Peaks and more, on 6/11. Tickets are still available.

Watch the video and check out more pics and the setlist from the London show, below...

Continue reading "Mikal Cronin played London (pics), spoofs Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" in new video w/ Kurt Braunohler & more"

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Mikal Cronin @ Bowery Ballroom 5/5/2015
Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin celebrated the release of his third album, the factually-titled MCIII, at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday night (5/5), part of his current tour. While the new album is resplendent in strings, Mikal and band played it straight, though keyboards did fill in some of the orchestrations. (His mostly-new band includes drummer Nick Murray who spent some time last year in Thee Oh Sees.) Pictures and setlist from the show -- including openers EZTV and William Tyler -- are in this post.

In other news, Mikal got some help from Hot Tub hosts Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal for his video for "Turn Around." Made with the JASH comedy group, it's a shot-for-shot remake of Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" video and features cameos from comedians Paul Scheer, Jonah Ray, Real Estate's Matt Mondanile and Mikal's old bandmate Ty Segall. The video has Imbruglia's seal of approval and you can watch that, along with Cronin's recent performance on Conan, below.

Mikal will be back in NYC this summer for the 2015 4Knots Festival on July 11 at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park, which also has Twin Peaks, Meatbodies and more on the bill as well. All upcoming tour dates for Mikal Cronin are listed, along with videos and more pics from his Bowery show, below...

Continue reading "Mikal Cronin played Bowery Ballroom (pics, setlist), spoofed Natalie Imbruglia in new video w/ Kristen Schaal & more"

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

Laura Marling, Villagers @ Warsaw
On her terrific new album, Short Movie, Laura Marling goes widescreen electric with bigger ambitions and arrangements. But her folk roots still shine through. If you're going to tonight's sold-out show, do get there in time for Villagers, aka Irish singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien whose new album will be out next month.

The Music of David Byrne & Talking Heads @ Carnegie Hall
Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall happens tonight with Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, Sharon Jones, Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff, Cee-Lo Green, Beth Orton, and lots more performing the songs of David Byrne & Talking Heads. Antibalas are the backing band.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Liedy's Shore Inn
The JSBX release their cracking new album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 this week and are celebrating by playing shows at dive bars in every borough. Tonight brings them to Staten Island's Liedy's Shore Inn. It's free.

Night Train @ Littlefield
It's a good Night Train this week, as Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, who used to host "Hot Tub" at Littlefield, are "hijacking" the show. Guests include Eugene Mirman, Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams, Matt Wayne, Alingon Mitra, and Michael Palascak. Unsurprisingly, it's sold out.

The Preatures, Long Nails, The BOTS @ Rough Trade
Ever wonder what it would be like if The Strokes and Haim were one Australian band. It might sound a little like Sydney's The Preatures, who are stopping here post-SXSW. Sold out.

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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Comedian Kurt Braunohler's Comedy Central web series Roustabout just wrapped up its first (perhaps only?) season. The show had a very original and charitable premise:

Comedian Kurt Braunohler has a plan: Jet ski the length of the mighty Mississippi, raise enough money to send 500 goats and 1,000 chickens to Africa, and spread as much absurdity and joy as possible along the way. Join him as he reconnects with old friends and makes new ones, performs stand-up and engages in good old-fashioned hijinks at each one of his stops along the great American river.
You can watch the trailer and first episode of Roustabout below and you can donate to the cause as well.

Kurt, who still does "Hot Tub" with Kristen Schaal but it's now on the West Coast, will be going on a Roustabout tour that hits NYC on February 25 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kurt Braunohler jet-skied from Chicago to New Orleans for charity & web series 'Roustabout,' touring (dates, video)"

Vivian Girls at their last show (more by PSquared)
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As previously mentioned, Cassette Store Day is returning this year on September 27, and since we last spoke, the first round of releases has been announced. There will be cassettes from Foxygen, Vivian Girls, Mutual Benefit, Dntel, Kevin Morby, Fear of Men, They Might Be Giants, Weedeater, Zero Boys, Kurt Braunohler, Enslaved, Immortal, Suffocation, Testament, Typhoon, The Rural Alberta Advantage, PUJOL, Chuck Ragan, The Gaslight Anthem, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Restorations, R. Stevie Moore and many more, as well as still more being added.

Check out the full initial list below...

Continue reading "Cassette Store Day reveals initial list of 2014 releases"

by Arielle Gordon

Sarah Silverman

You may know Sarah Silverman from her brief stint on SNL, her under-appreciated program The Sarah Silverman Program, or her relationship with Matt Damon. You can now add to the list: Sub Pop sweetheart. Following in the paths of David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, and more, Silverman is releasing her next comedy album We Are Miracles on Seattle's Sub Pop. The album, which is set to be released this September, is taken from her latest live tour, and is available for pre-order on Sub Pop's site now.

If you just can't wait to hear Silverman, you can catch her on Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which includes Silverman, as well as Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Hannibal Buress, and more. It hits the NYC area in August.

Silverman's close friend, SSP co-star, and fellow comedian Brian Posehn is also on tour, with an upcoming date at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this September and an appearance at Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin.

In other comedy news, Kurt Braunohler, of "Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen [Schaal]," and the canceled-too-soon Bunk is premiering his Comedy Central Half Hour tonight (725) at midnight ET/11 PM CT. CC has a preview.

In other ex-SNL star news, comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall on Monday (7/28) which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one on Sunday (7/27) are on sale now.

Finally, comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray just premiered their new show, The Meltdown, based on their weekly LA stand-up show of the same name, on Comedy Central last night. You can watch the first episode in full online here.

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

by Klaus Kinski

Eugene Mirman w/ Bobcat Goldtwait (via Eugene's instagram)
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Ladies and germs, today we find ourselves on the brink of Thanksgiving and a Nor'easter. I can't wait to see which one will be a bigger disaster for me personally. Regardless, before you pack your backpacks or your hobo-bandanas that you'll hang from the end of a stick and head out to see your friends and family, here's a quick comedy round up for you to enjoy.

Last night (11/25), Wyatt Cenac's Littlefield-based comedy residency Night Train celebrated its One Year Anniversary with an absolutely dominating evening of talent. The line-up included sets by David Cross, Michael Che, Ted Leo, Seth Herzog, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Andy Wood, Michelle Buteau, and of course, Wyatt Cenac. Congrats on a successful year and a successful anniversary celebration, Wyatt! Check out the Littlefield calendar for more upcoming Night Train shows.

Speaking of Eugene Mirman, NYC semi-recurring-ish comedy staple Pretty Good Friends has a holiday show coming up at the Bell House on Tuesday December 17 and the announced guests so far include Eugene Mirman and the great Daniel Kitson. Last weekend Daniel Kitson began yet another massive residency St. Ann's Warehouse that is set to wrap-up on December 21 2013. A lot of those shows are sold out while a handful of others only have a handful of seats left, so get tickets now. Eugene Mirman also has some December dates with Klaus Hero Kurt Braunohler. Those are listed below.

And for Cod's sake, let's not forget that Union Hall is still a force to be reckoned with in terms of small-room huge-talent comedy bookings. Every Sunday night Creaghead and Company takes over the room and for a measly $7 brings us some of the biggest names and freshest talent in the biz. Tickets are only available at the door and the room fills up quick, but if you want to see comedians before they become superstars or comedians who can sell out places like Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, this is the place to be.

One show on the Union Hall calendar that I am really looking forward to is the release party for comedy photography book Funny Business by the great Seth Olenick which is happening on December 21. The shindig will feature Seth Olenick, Brooke Van Poppelen, Max Silvestri, and "very special guests". While there, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the book. If you recall, we mentioned Seth's Kickstarter campaign back in February 2013 and I was so happy to see that he actually exceeded his goal. This is an exceptionally solid body of work by a fantastic portrait photographer.

Manhattan venue Joe's Pub has been programming some comedy into the calendar lately too. John Roberts, viral video master and voice Linda on Bob's Burgers, will be headlining the venue on Sunday December 15.  Along with his many original characters, look for Roberts to bring his east coast everymom and star of the viral "Christmas Tree" videos "Margie" to life onstage. Tickets are on sale.

And while we're on the subject of Joe's Pub, tonight (11/26) the great Julie Klausner wraps up the 5-night run of her show TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner. For tonight's evening of music and comedic banter, Julie welcomes Ted Leo. A handful of tickets are available.

Julie's incredible podcast How Was Your Week recently featured American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer Kathleen Hanna and is something I must insist you listen to immediately. Kathleen is the subject of a new documentary called The Punk Singer which begins its theatrical rollout on Friday (11/29). New Yorkers can catch the film -- which also includes appearances from Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Tavi Gevinson, Adam Horovitz, Kim Gordon, and Kathryn Wilcox --  at Nitehawk Cinema or the IFC Center. Hanna will appear in person for a Q&A after the 2:00pm screening at Nitehawk on Saturday November 30 and tickets are on sale. Click here for a full list of screening dates and cities.

Eugene Mirman dates are listed, along with John Roberts' "Christmas Tree" video, below...

Continue reading "Klaus Kinski's Comedy Cannon (Eugene Mirman, Daniel Kitson, John Roberts, Julie Klausner, Kathleen Hanna & more)"

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Bridgett Everett & Nick Kroll / Kurt & Kristen / Stephin Merritt
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There was much laughter to be had at the 2013 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival last weekend at The Bell House and Union Hall. We already posted pictures from the first two nights and here's a set from Saturday (9/28) and Sunday (9/29). Saturday at The Bell House brought "Hot Tub with Kurt And Kristen" back to New York (both Braunohler and Schaal live in LA now) with appearances by Nick Turner, Nick Kroll, Leo Allen, and Bridgett Everett (whose new show is debuting at Joe's Pub soon); and over at Union Hall it was "Comics We Hope Don't Move To LA (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There)."

Then on Sunday, the EMCF celebrated the Season 4 premiere of Bob's Burgers with cast members  Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Jon Benjamin,  Larry Murphy, Hannibal Buress, and Jon Glaser. Stephin Merrit -- who didn't even appear at The Bell House when Future Bible Heroes (a band he actually is in) played -- also came out with Kenny Mellman to sing one of the show's songs, "Electric Love." Over at Union Hall on Sunday it was "Creaghead & Company EMCF Edition: Thoughtfully Included Since It Was Scheduled Here Anyway."

Pics from nights 1 & 2 are here. More pics from nights 3 & 4 of EMCF 2013 below...

Continue reading "Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest days 3 & 4 in pics (Kurt & Kristen, Bob's Burgers, Stephin Merritt & more)"

Bridget Everett

As you may know, Bridget Everett has had a monthly show at Joe's Pub for a while now with her band The Tender Moments (that includes Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz on bass). Many of the songs she's been performing regularly at Joe's Pub, as well as some new ones too, form the basis of Everett's new show, Rock Bottom, which she co-wrote with Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman and Horovitz. The synopsis:

In Rock Bottom, "early Bette Midler" (NY Times) Bridget Everett barrels through life tip-toeing toward disaster, wine bottle by wine bottle and man by man. Instead of succumbing to her chardonnay-induced stupor, Bridget embraces a series of revelations that lead this voice of an angel to redemption. Rock Bottom is what happens when you're too passionate to give up, and too big to fail.
Rock Bottom, which Horovitz is apart of, will have its first performances at Joe's Pub on October 30 and November 1 & 2. Tickets are on sale now.

In other news, Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments release their new CD, Pound It next week, and will play a release party at Joe's Pub on Tuesday (10/1). Tickets are on sale now. She'll also be a special guest at Patti Lupone's Carnegie Hall show on November 7 (tickets) and she'll be at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin too.

Meanwhile, even sooner than all of that, she'll appear at The Bell House on Saturday (9/28) for Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's Hot Tub show, as part of Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. That show is sold out.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Bridget Everett releasing CD, working on new show w/ Ad-Rock that makes its debut at Joe's Pub next month (dates)"

by Klaus Kinski

Kurt

When I first really started getting into the NYC comedy scene, one of the first people to get the Klaus Kinski Gold Pass of Unbridled Greatness was Kurt Braunohler. Back when BV and I started doing our Rock n ROFL shows at Pianos Kurt participated in one of them and absolutely blew the roof off of the place. I remember a lot of people in attendance not really knowing much about Kurt, but when the show was over most of the people there couldn't stop talking about how amazing Kurt was. I initially came across Kurt when I caught him and his comedy partner Kristen Schaal as part of a showcase somewhere; probably UCB or Rififi. Since then I have seen him dozens of times, alone or with Kristen, and he is literally one of the best in the biz. Like so many comedians I love, NYC lost Kurt to the greener pastures of Los Angeles and, man, is that mofo flourishing!

I'd say that the one big thing he did that brought his name into the greater public consciousness was his "how do I land" prank aka "The Cloud Project" in which he raised $6k on Kickstarter and hired a pilot to write the words "How Do I Land?" across the LA sky. It wigged people out and sure enough it hit newspapers, blogs, and news reports from Timbuktu to Portland, Maine -- or Portland, Oregon for that matter. Besides that, Kurt has been a regular on Bob's Burgers and continues to host the weekly comedy variety show "Hot Tub" with his comedy partner Kristen Schaal which packs the house each Monday night in LA just as it did in NY for seven years.

I am beside myself to report that Kurt also recorded an album which comes out on Tuesday August (8/20) via Kill Rock Stars. The album, titled How Do I Land, was recorded earlier this year to totally cram-packed rock clubs in Seattle and Portland. Not only is it Kurt's first release, it's also Kill Rock Star's first comedy signing-slash-release. Right now you can pre-order the sucker, which I highly recommend, because it is without question one of the tightest comedy albums I have heard in an extremely long time.

And I am also beside my besided self to report that Kurt is going to be celebrating the release of How Do I Land with an epic CD Release Party at The Bell House on Tuesday August 27. Not only am I chuffed that he is having this release show in his old stomping grounds of NYC, but I am also chuffed at the caliber of guests that will be joining him that evening. Besides Kurt (already worth the price of admission) the evening also includes sets by Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Hannibal Burress, Nick Turner and musical guest Ted Leo. Schwing! Tickets are just about gone, but there will be some at the door.

Footage of Kurt's appearance on Conan last night (8/15), my favorite Vine of all time, and his tour schedule, are below.

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Mirman Festival

The 6th annual EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL is returning to the Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn this September...

Featuring expert curator and comedy host extraordinaire Eugene Mirman and an all-star cast of comedians, actors, musicans and super surprise guests, the EMCF has been called "the best ironic-comedy-festival-but-also-real-comedy-festival known to man" (HuffingtonPost).....EMCF 2013 sees the return of popular shows like StarTalk Live! and the legendary Invite Them Up and Pretty Good Friends. The festival is packed with amazing performers such as Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Che, Kurt Braunohler, Leo Allen and many more!
Tickets are on sale now the shows happening September 26-29 at the Bell House and Union Hall. Full lineup with links below...

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by Klaus Kinski and Kurt Braunohler

Kurt

This installment of Klaus Kinski Bugging Funny People He Adores For Their Top 10 Favorite Things of 2012 brings us face to face with the great comedic tornado that is Kurt Braunohler. Kurt entered a cherished spot in my heart chambers many many years ago when I first saw him performing with Kristen Schall somewhere. Since then I've seen him do stand-up and sketch type stuff alone or with Kristen no less than 70 million times and he has never, ever, never ever not brought his A-Game to the stage (a favorite bit, btw). His resume is extensive. Kurt has been seen (or heard) on TV on Bob's Burgers (FOX), Chelsea Lately, Delocated (Adult Swim), John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show, The Heart She Holler (Adult Swim), Comedy Central Presents, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), Assy McGee (Adult Swim), Human Giant (MTV) and the anti-game show he hosts, BUNK! on IFC. He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life.

As far as stages, Kurt has performed at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Chicago, New York Comedy Festival (named a "Comic to Watch"), SXSW, Bonaroo, All Tomorrow's Parties, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (IF.Comedy Award nominee), Melbourne Comedy Festival (Barry Award Winner), the HBO Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival ("Improv Ensemble of the Year" Award Winner) and he once performed at Radio City Music Hall, but only because his comedy partner (Schall) is pretty famous. And who can forget the awesome web series Penelope: Princess of Pets? Or the fact that he hosted Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal for 7 years? Do you like wunderkinds? Then you will LOVE KURT!

Kurt's list of favorite albums from this year, brought to life with my htmling and youtube embeddings, as well as a list of upcoming Kurt tour dates (no NYC), are yours to enjoy. BELOW.

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Craig Finn w/ The Hold Steady in NYC in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Craig Finn

Listen to the references he makes in his lyrics or read an interview with him and you know that Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has a wide range of taste, and that isn't lost on his list of the top ten records of 2012, which bounces from underground rapper El-P to folk legend Bill Fay to non-stop rockers Japandroids. Of the list, Craig says, "A lot of my friends made really great records this year. To keep myself sane, I've created a list of my top ten records by people I don't know personally. Compiled quickly, probably with some ommisions." You can check the whole thing out below.

Craig will be taking part of the Soundtrack Series in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (11/30) along with Cynthia Kaplan, Jenny Rubin, Daniel Ralston, Steve Zimmer, and host Dana Rossi. The event description reads, "Five artists-writers, comics, actors and musicians-tell the stories they forever connect with songs from their past. There's the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We're the third one." Craig will be doing his on "I Will Dare" by the Replacements. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Meanwhile watch Craig on the Chris Gethard show TONIGHT (11/28).

As mentioned, The Hold Steady will play Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero. Since we last spoke, comedian Kurt Braunohler has been added to that bill as well. Tickets for the show are still available.

Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012 list is below...

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Ben Gibbard at Hi-Fi Bar in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ben Gibbard

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben GIbbard, who played a single intimate show in NYC during CMJ, kicked off his tour with Advance Base in Minneapolis last week and they're set to hit NYC TONIGHT (11/5) at Town Hall. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Ben also just recently released a video for "Teardrop Windows" off of his debut album, Former Lives (out now via Barsuk), which was directed by Tom Scharpling, who also recently directed videos for Aimee Mann, Nude Beach, and others. The video stars comedian Kurt Braunohler, who plays a record label executive that tries to turn Ben into a "bad boy." Check out that video and an updated list of dates below.

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Miguel at MoMA PS1 in August (more by Leia Jospe)
Miguel

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* Ka'a Davis @ The Stone
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Jay-Z @ Barclays Center
* Miguel @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jarrod Spector @ Joe's Pub
* Dum Dum Girls @ Other Music
* Allen Toussaint @ City Winery
* CC Carena, Sugar Life @ Zebulon
* Stephane Wrembel @ Empire Rooftop
* The Campilongo Quartet @ Living Room
* Floating Action, Bird Dog @ Mercury Lounge
* Paper Route, Alexander Howard @ Mercury Lounge
* Bob Log III, Cheap Time, Ex-Humans @ Glasslands
* Tony Scherr Trio w/ Anton Fier and Rob Jost @ Living Room
* Public Forum Duet: Alec Baldwin and David Brooks @ Joe's Pub
* Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger (of The Doors) @ Tarrytown Music Hall

If you missed Dum Dum Girls at Europa last night, you have another chance to catch them today, and for free inside Other Music.

The one and only Bob Log III is on tour with Cheap Time and plays a show in Williamsburg at Glasslands tonight. Stop by and have a boob scotch or two.

First Kristen left, and now 'Hot Tub' is coming to an end. Tonight is the FINAL HOT TUB WITH KURT BRAUNOHLER! at Littlefield and the guests are Eugene Mirman, James Adomian, Marcus Monroe, and Nick Turner.

Speaking of, did you catch the season 3 premiere episode of Bob's Burgers after the Simpsons last night? If you didn't know, Eugene Mirman is the voice of Gene Belcher, Kristen Schaal is Louise Belcher, and last night's episode had Kurt on it too.

Miguel's album, Kaleidoscope Dream, is out this week (10/2) and he plays Bowery Ballroom tonight. If you haven't already, you can stream it at NPR.

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NPR is also hosting the stream for the new Tame Impala album, Lonerism (due out 10/9 via Modular). You can also now pre-order the deluxe edition. The band's tour will hit NYC for two shows in November.

Pharoahe Monch posted the "trailer for DAMAGE off the forthcoming multimedia deployment PTSD presented by Pharoahe Monch & W.A.R Media. Damage is the 3rd installment of Pharoahe Monch's personification of the bullet. (1. Stray Bullet 2. When the Gun Draws)". Watch below.

Bat for Lashes made a video for the song "All Your Gold" off of her upcoming album, The Haunted Man (due out 10/23 via Capitol). Check it out below.

What else?

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photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Frisicano

Phillip Glass & Frank Ocean
Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton
Frank Ocean

The first ATP NY festival within New York City limits, also known as "I'll Be Your Mirror USA", kicked off Friday night (9/21) at Pier 36 in Manhattan. The opening night featured a typically eclectic mix of acts: comedians Kurt Braunholer, Hannibal Buress and Janeane Garofalo, and musicians Lightning Bolt, Edan the DJ (filling in for Lee Ranaldo And Leah Singer, who canceled for "unresolvable technical issues"), Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton (they played together), and Frank Ocean. Glass (piano) and Braxton (guitar, then synth) kept their set on the short side, performing Glass's "Étude No. 1" followed by No. 2 and No. 10 (which elicited cheers from the audience when announced). Quite a few people no doubt came just for the Glass performance, perhaps as a companion to his Einstein on the Beach opera currently running at BAM, but those same people seemed open to the following set by Frank Ocean (who had plenty of his own devotees in the house). Ocean, backed by a rich-sounding four-piece, played his way through a mostly Channel Orange set, with some Nostalgia/ultra songs thrown in and new opening track "Summer Remains." His songs, crisp on record, lend themselves to a live-band staging and the musicians dug into the grooves adding some supremely funky moments to the already hooky tracks. You can see his full setlist below.

The organizers did their best to give Pier 36, an expo space on the East River, a cozy feel for the festival. The two-stage set up features one platform outside, facing away from the FDR highway and surrounded by food trucks and porta potties. Inside, the massive hall was outfitted with a layer of carpet and couches and chairs along the walls for those needing a rest (this weekend's schedule runs 12 hours each day). Along the water, the Queen of Hearts (with a movie screen on board) was docked next to another outdoor area out back. Movies run all day, and there are beanbags in there, but you might want to stay away if you get seasick easily.

One girl we talked to in the crowd was in town from the UK and bought tickets just to see Frank Ocean for the first time. But she got there in time to see Lightning Bolt who, like the rest of the music before Frank on the bill, she ended up despising. Kudos to ATP for even getting her in front of a noise rock band though.

ATP day two, which fest co-curator Greg Dulli's band the Afghan Whigs is co-headlining along with The Roots, is already underway. Check out the slightly-outdated schedule HERE, and a picture of the current schedule (which you can print) below. Schedules are also available at the door, AS ARE TICKETS.

More pictures from day one, and Frank's full setlist, below...

Continue reading "ATP NYC -- day 1 pics, review & setlists (Frank Ocean, Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Lightning Bolt & more)"

ATP

The first-ever ATP NY happened back in 2008, but up in the Catskills. That lasted three glorious years before moving to Asbury Park last year. Asbury Park was also great, but wasn't in the cards for 2012 so ATP moved the festival to NYC where it happens THIS WEEKEND at Pier 36 (you can see the location in the map above). Today's schedule looks like this:

Friday 21st September
Festival opens - 6.00pm

Stage 1:
Lightning Bolt - 8.30pm-9.00pm
Lee Ranaldo And Leah Singer Edan The Dee Jay - 9.15pm-10.15pm
Philip Glass And Tyondai Braxton - 10.45pm-11.15pm
Frank Ocean - 11.45pm-1.00am

Stage 2:
Kurt Braunholer - 7.05pm-7.25pm
Hannibal Buress - 7.30pm-7.55pm
Janeane Garofalo - 8.00pm-8.30pm

Films On Queen Of Hearts:
Koyaanisqatsi - 8.00pm
Quadrophenia - 10.00pm (featuring the brand new surround mix made by the Who)
+ Edan The Dee Jay

Poor Kurt B. And hopefully that 30 minute break between Glass and Ocean is enough time for the awkward changeover to happen. I mean, I love Frank and Philip, but I'm afraid that A LOT of Frank fans will be showing up just for his set, and many of them will have very little interest in the rest of the lineup, especially music you need to be very quiet during. Check out the full, three-day SCHEDULE. Get your TICKETS (THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR).

UPDATE: Lee Ranaldo has been replaced by Edan (a DJ who is also DJing later in the film room). We also recently found out Chavez was replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood on Saturday.

Listen to some music below...

Continue reading "ATP NYC, the first-ever, begins today"

ATPNY

The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).

Tickets are still available to all three days which can be gotten online or at Other Music. Peruse the full schedule below, perhaps while listening to the ATP mixtape that Greg Dulli made for us.

Continue reading "ATP NY 2012: full schedule"

photos by David Andrako and Chris La Putt

Kristen Schaal w/ Mad Men's Jon Hamm dressed up as the Big Apple
Backstage Photos by David Andrako

As mentioned, NYC comedian and actress Kristen Schaal (who plays Symphony Space in NYC tonight, 7/24) is moving to Los Angeles, which is sad or all of us, but probably great for her because she's surely moving on to exciting things. On Thursday (7/19), Kristen joined Eugene Mirman, Mike Birbiglia, Kurt Braunholer, John Oliver, Bobcat Goldthwait and musical guests OK GO at the new Williamsburg Park for a giant and free edition of "Pretty Good Friends" where Kristen's pretty good friends, special guest Jon Hamm included, helped wish her goodbye (You may remember Kristen was in Mad Men's first episode). Jon Hamm appeared as the Big Apple, as you can see in the picture above. More pictues from the whole show (Williamburg Park's 2nd-ever show) (it was supposed to be the third), backstage included, below...

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