Posted in To Do | music on October 4, 2009

Antony @ Apollo Theater in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)

tonight in NYC
* Atlantic Antic
* Lucinda Williams @ Irving Plaza
* NY Burlesque Fest @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Dinosaur Jr @ Northern Lights in Clifton Park
* Sufjan Stevens, Cryptacize @ Bowery Ballroom
* Woe, Aluk Todolo, Malkuth, Castevet @ Union Pool
* The Legendary Shack Shakers, The Defibulators @ The Bell House
* Chain and the Gang, Silk Flowers, Julianna Barwick, Screens @ Mercury Lounge
* Maps and Atlases, Princeton, Laura Stevenson & The Cans @ Knitting Factory
* Life of the World to Come (film) w/ Rian Johnson, John Darnielle @ Housing Works
* Gavin Friday & Friends w/ U2 members, Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, Antony & many, many more @ Carnegie Hall

Today is The Ninth Annual New York City International Pickle Day.

Sufjan Stevens kicks off a four-night run with Cryptacize at Bowery Ballroom.

"Count yourselves among the fortunate, Philadelphians. Celebrated songwriter Sufjan Stevens is playing only 14 shows on his tour that launched at a sold-out Johnny Brenda's on Monday, and with a repeat performance scheduled last night, two of the indie auteur's dates were set at the cozy Fishtown club.

Stevens' 75-minute set with his six-piece band was notable for more than just its intimate setting. (Last time through town, Stevens - who brought the indie-music world to ecstasy with his 2005 folk-baroque album Illinois - sold out the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, roughly 10 times the size of Johnny Brenda's.)

Coming on stage in a Zoo York skull-and-bones T-shirt and camouflage cap, Stevens was backed by an able and adaptable ensemble that included a trombonist who played guitar and a trumpeter who switched off to French horn and keyboards. Finger-picking a banjo, and singing in a tremulous voice, Stevens began by conveying a sense of spiritual wonder with "All the Trees in the Field Will Clap Their Hands" from 2004's biblical-flavored Seven Swans." [philadelphia inquirer]

Sufjan performed all of Seven Swans at ATP NY this year.

Lucinda Williams plays from her 1992-2001 catalogue at Irving Plaza tonight. She played the same venue last night.

Rian Johnson's Mountain Goats concert film, Life of the World to Come, screens at Housing Works Bookstore with the director and John Darnielle in attendance.

Chain and the Gang, Silk Flowers, Julianna Barwick and Screens play Mercury Lounge.

Zazen Boys were scheduled to play Southpaw tonight, but their trip here was canceled.

NY Burlesque Fest continues at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Union Pool hosts a BV-sponsored metal bill that includes Woe, Aluk Todolo (who played the WFMU Fest this week), Malkuth and Castevet.

Have you checked out the new Knitting Factory Brooklyn yet? Tonight the venue presents Princeton, Maps and Atlases, and Laura Stevenson & The Cans. In October Princeton is going on tour with Art Brut.

Gavin Friday & Friends holds a benefit at Carnegie Hall. Guests include Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch (who played Music Hall last night), Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, Jr., JG Thirlwell, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Chloe Webb and "special guests" (the phrase starts to lose meaning...).

Video of Lady Gaga on SNL, new Breakfast at Sulimay's, Volcano Choir and more below...

What else?




Comments (19)

Thank you BV for posting today's events early. Now I can plan my day in my dreams, rather than in the few hours before a show. Happy Sunday!

Posted by L. | October 4, 2009 3:52 AM

when did rosie o'donnell play the apollo?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2009 4:15 AM

Speaking of SNL last night, was Jenny Slate on the show? You know, because after last week, she may have gotten the boot.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2009 6:51 AM

just got 1 for sufjan!

lucinda is 52 for one ticket!
car meehls on a gravel road

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2009 9:38 AM

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2009 10:42 AM

i was just about to make comment about rosie o'donnell and then saw comment 4:15am. it's amazing how similar they look.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2009 11:15 AM

i am an idiot...a drunk fool.

Posted by rebel and die | October 4, 2009 12:22 PM

No mention of the Blink 182 show tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2009 12:29 PM


Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2009 2:30 PM

Frank Sidebottom at Cake Shop (he just played Otto's Shrunken Head, I think). You will not be disappointed.

Posted by bill p | October 4, 2009 7:07 PM

"Frank Sidebottom at Cake Shop "

oops, more info here:

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 4, 2009 8:14 PM

Lady GaGa showed up at Gavin Friday's show. introduced by BONO of all people. we live in a very bizarre world.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:41 AM

wonder what happen in ATL? pics, report? van fucked up? or did Jared puss out to the "fag"

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:49 AM

lady poopoo

Posted by dannyboy | October 5, 2009 1:50 AM

Svenonious killed Malcolm X
for Federal Express.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 9:33 AM

I NEVER thought I would EVER say this, but Lady Gaga was one of the highlights of the show. she's clearly talented and has a sense of humor. all of the gimmicky s**t aside, I really enjoyed her song last night.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 2:51 PM


I actually went to the Blink182 show. Not really my thing, but, had a free ticket and figured I'd know a good portion of the set at least. My only real comment is that I've never been so glad to have a side-stage view, because watching Travis Barker absolutely bash his kit all night was something to be seen. I never realized he was anything more than a mediocre drummer until I watched him for 90mins straight. To start out the encore they had him and his drum kid hoisted probably 25-30' above the stage and were swinging it and rotating it and whatnot while he was wailing away - really cool.

The show as a whole I imagine was pretty cookie-cutter for this reunion tour thing, and don't believe there were any new songs played. I figure just about everything you'd hope/expect to see in a setlist made it there with the exception of "Adam's Song" which I only noticed was missing because I really wanted to hear it. Really loud and energetic crowd, too.

Finally, Fall Out Boy (who opened) sucks.

Posted by Funderburgh | October 5, 2009 6:13 PM

lady poopoo

Posted by lv | October 17, 2009 12:06 PM

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