Posted in To Do | music on October 5, 2009

Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom last night (more by Tammy Lo)
Sufjan Stevens

tonight in NYC
Whiplash @ UCB Theatre
Lucinda Williams @ Irving Plaza
Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
Sufjan Stevens, Cryptacize @ Bowery Ballroom
The Choke, Wild Yaks, Images @ Bowery Electric
Taxi Taxi, Mr. Gnome, Noxious Foxes @ Union Hall
Francis of Francis & The Lights @ Rockwood Music Hall
A Place at the Table w/ Rufus Wainwright @ Chelsea Art Museum
Human Eye, Terrible Twos, Stupid Party, Nude Beach @ Bruar Falls
Home Video, ArpLine, The Naked Hearts, Darlings @ Studio at Webster Hall (free)
Precious Metal w/ Meek Is Murder, Castevet, Flourishing, Alkahest @ Lit Lounge
Small Beast w/ Matt Kanelos, Pete Galub, M.G. Lederman, Sally Novell, Paul, Wallfisch, Thomas Simon @ The Delancey

Human Eye is here from Detroit. Bruar Falls tonight. Don Pedro's tomorrow.

"From the ashes of punk stalwarts The Clone Defects-- who broke up in October '04-- rises a new and incredible band fronted by Defects' Tim Vulgar. Human Eye has rotated more heads than an exorcism televised during half-time at the Super Bowl. Vulgar calls what Human Eye does alien punk, though it is primitive enough to recall the basic punk attack of The Dead Boys or any Killed By Death band you care to name colliding with Throbbing Gristle or Chrome. You know, earthy but art-damaged. The quartet recorded the twelve tunes for their debut with Ryan Sabatis of the Piranhas in his basement studio over the course of several months (though it could have been done quicker had the drummer not been jailed for burgling audio-visual equipment from a school). Only in Detroit does one find musicians of this caliber. Figures it was the drummer." [In the Red]
Sufjan Stevens and Cryptacize repeat last night's Bowery Ballroom show with another at the same venue. Tomorrow and the next night they play at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Lucinda Williams does the last of her NYC career retrospective shows at Irving Plaza.

Rufus Wainwright performs at A Place at the Table at Chelsea Art Museum. It's a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, which is a shelter for a homeless LGBT youth. Rufus appeared with Scarlett Johansson and Gavin Friday at last night's Carnegie Hall benefit for (RED).

UCB Theatre hosts Whiplash, which tonight features comedians Larry Wilmore, Moshe Kasher, Andy Kindler and host Leo Allen.

A new video from Los Campesinos! for their song "There Are Listed Buildings" is posted below. They last visited NYC in August.

New Dead Weather video for "I Cut Like A Buffalo" is below.

What else?



Comments (23)

Have Sufjan Stevens ticket tonight. Do not have original credit card I used to make purchase. Can I still get in with photo ID?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 5:38 PM

wtf happened at waaaavvvvvvesssssss ATL show last nite where Jared Smileee was gonna open a can of Buford style whoop asss on the van. nothing? something? anything? what kind of blog is this to leave us hanging??? did they make up? circle jerk? nude fist fight on hot coals? c'mon vegan, get your sources to work nigga

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 5:41 PM

^^yeah i was wondering the same thing...hopefully the huge rock stars black lips were busy helping atl flood victims

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 6:23 PM


Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 6:37 PM

5:38- You have to look Sufjan in the eyes and tell him it's your ticket. If you are pure of heart, you shouldn't have any problems.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 6:44 PM

anybody have an extra Sufjan ticket for any of the nights? I'm having no luck on CL.

If you do, call/text me - I'm gonna be outside the venue around 7:45


five one six four one seven six six two two

Posted by @willbah | October 5, 2009 7:05 PM

You didn't need the credit card last night. Just ID.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 7:21 PM

Human Eye are fuckin great

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 7:24 PM

Sufjan Stevens is not a rock star. He is a poet and a storyteller.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 8:55 PM

There was a nice mix of darkies and honkies at the show last night. I would anticipate the same in case anyone is curious.

Posted by Mulatto Melvin | October 5, 2009 8:55 PM

timmy vulgar is a true RnR mad man. nice to see the nod to human eye on BV.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 10:13 PM


She is at Madison Square Garden now, and she's got hummus with capers in the lobby.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 10:49 PM

Monday Night's show:

* = new song

Start - 10:05 pm

The Mistress Witch from McClure

Impossible Soul*

All The Trees In The Field Will Clap Their Hands

Come On! Feel The Illinoise

Casimir Pulaski Day

All Delighted People*

Size too Small

The Dress Looks Nice on You

Age of Adz (Victoria?)*

Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head!



Neck brace fan-girl poetry

Chicago (Acoustic)

There's Too Much Love*

Worth noting that Bryce Dessner of The National played guitar on more than a few songs. Anybody know if that's a tour thing or just for the NY shows? Also worth noting that the packed 11 people on stage for a good portion of them too. The trumpet player was killing it.

Show highlights for me were Detroit and There's Too Much Love. Oh yeah, and the girl who came out to gush about her love of Sufjan before the encore. It was a nice respite from the often heavier overtones that come with a Sufjan show. Somebody was telling me she's also a musician/comedian that's worked with him in the past. Name escapes me, though.

Posted by @willbah | October 6, 2009 7:38 AM

The trumpet player really did take over some of the songs, he was crazy good.

I had to catch a train so I regretfully missed both encores, but I really really enjoyed the new stuff. Saw someone throw up the horns to Age of Adz, which was kind of awkward, but it was all good stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 8:54 AM

And I was psyched he played "Come On," I think he mentioned they hadn't done it in forever. Such a great song.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 8:56 AM

Really like some of the new songs. Age of Adz? The long song that he said go get a drink at the bar wasn't really good.. But I'm looking forward to hearing the new stuff from the studio.

Can I just also add that Cryptacize was horrible? I mean what were they doing up there? I felt like the singer thought she was singing in a school musical and the band was trying to be artsy but coming up with nothing creative at all. The attempt to be quiet/loud was completely phony and didn't work.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 9:39 AM

Highlight was the toilets exploding downstairs in Bowery so some of us weren't let into the venue until just before the show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 9:47 AM

the "neck brace" girl doing the spoken word encore was the girl that was singing backup the whole night. not the singer of cryptacize, the other girl all the way on the side. when they came out of the encore she was laughing about how brave she was.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 10:07 AM

Bowery wouldn't let us in for Cryptacize cause the crapper exploded. They any good?

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 10:20 AM

cryptacize had a fantastic singer but given what a great voice she had, the songs weren't as good as they should have been. Personally, I would scrap the distorted electric guitar and do acoustic guitar or piano or something lighter. I really didnt think the electric guitar sound was complementing her voice very well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 10:21 AM

@ 7:38 AM It was Rosie Thomas.

Posted by Katie | October 6, 2009 10:44 AM

i thought that cryptacize singer was pretty average - Sufjan's definitely had better voices backing him up in the past.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 10:57 AM

Ah! That's BP Fallon in the DW vid!

Posted by Joly | October 8, 2009 4:12 AM

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