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November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving! Not much is going on today in the way of shows, though of course there's the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with Pat Benatar, Questlove, Trey Songz and more performing.

Webster Hall's weekly House Party is still on this week, and it's a Thanksgiving edition with special guests promised.

Videology in Williamsburg is showing The Shining on a loop all day.

Check out our NYC concert calendar and NYC comedy calendar for more.

Whatever you do, have a great day! And may Adele bring all of our families together...

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November 25, 2015

Photos by Greg Cristman

Nik Turner's Hawkwind
Nik Turner's Hawkwind

I was in the band for 10 years, and after I left, I discovered they'd trademarked the name of the band (without me). I thought, I have a right to that name. It was my nickname, because of my pronounced, prodigious habit of spitting and flatulence. (Because of) my scurrilous habits, and the drawing of attention to them by people, I was known as Hawkwind. It was all true. I was quite shocked to find (Brock had) trademarked the name, and proceeded to sue me for using the name, for calling my band ex-Hawkwind, because I had a band that was all ex members of Hawkwind. They sued me, and I paid out about 10 grand or something. - [Chicago Tribune]
Nik Turner and his version of Hawkwind are currently on tour and hit NYC on Monday (11/23) for a show at Grand Victory in Williamsburg. Backed by Hedersleben (who played their own spacey set as well) Nik brought lots of Hawkwind favorites, including classics "Silver Machine" and "Orgone Accumulator."

Also on the bill: Timo Ellis' metal-pop trio Netherlands and Brooklyn rock band Dinner (not the Danish art pop musician of the same name.) Pictures of all the openers, plus more of Nik Turner (including the setlist), below...

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photos by Christina Domingues

Yonatan Gat / Pill @ Knitting Factory, 11/24/2015
Yonatan Gat

Yonatan Gat just wrapped up his North American tour with a homecoming Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory on Tuesday night (11/24). As usual, Yonatan and his excellent band set up on the floor, surrounded by the audience, and played a highly improvisational set of instrumental psych-suft rock. Also on the bill: the skronky sax attack of new Mexican Summer signees Pill and the sludgy, shringy The Yin Yangs. Pictures from the whole night continue below...

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Eagles of Death Metal

It's been almost two weeks since the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris, that included opening fire on a crowd at the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan that killed at least 90 people including their merch guy Nick Alexander. The band sat down with Vice's Shane Smith for a half-hour interview about that horrible night. You can watch it below.

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Animal Collective had been saying their new album is on the way, and though they've yet to announce it officially they're actually streaming it on loop on the radio in Baltimore's BWI Airport RIGHT NOW (seriously). BV writer Tatiana Tenreyro was in the airport and Shazamed it, which revealed that the album is called Floridada and is due out on Monday, November 30 (screenshots above, larger ones below). The full text on the cover says, "Tired of the waa waa? Visit the everywhere place! Dip yourself in Floridada."

Update: As a commenter points out, Avey says the album is not called 'Floridada,' just one of the songs.

Avey Tare's cousin and comedian Matt Baetz is also in the airport and posted an Instagram:

Avey's sister Abby Portner commented an emoji on it, and then Avey Tare responded with his own pic:

@mattbaetz1 YouFoundUs?

A photo posted by DP (@aveytare_voiceofthefly) on

Matt says the album's streaming in the airport until about 6 PM.

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Christmas Roundup

It's that time of year again. Like "All I Want is Christmas is You," holiday shows in NYC are omnipresent. We've already posted about NYC Hanukkah shows, now here's a roundup of just about everything else.

Darlene Love is playing four "Love For the Holidays" shows like last year at BB King Blues Club on December 20, 26, January 2 and 16 (tickets). Another Phil Spector associate, Ronnie Spector, is doing her annual Christmas shows this year at City Winery on December 22-23 (tickets).

India Arie is doing a Christmas show at Irving Plaza on December 15 with Johnathan Reynolds, and tickets for that show are on sale now.

There are also plenty of options for your holiday burlesque needs. Le Poisson Rouge is doing a few Christmas burlesque shows: Burlesque-A-Pades: Sleigh Ride on December 12 (tickets) and It's A Hot Pink Christmas on December 20 (tickets). Elsewhere: The burlesque troupe Wasabassco is putting on a late "Holiday Season Spectacular" at City Winery (tickets). Wassabasco will also be at Bell House on December 4 for a 70's themed Christmas show (tickets).

Mariah Carey is doing a run of holiday shows again this year at the Beacon Theatre on December 8-18 , and tickets for that are on sale now. For slightly less moolah and slighty less actual Mariah, there's a FREE Mariah Carey-themed party called "Party Like It's 1999: All I Want for Christmas is Mariah Edition." at The Bell House on December 5. Meanwhile, Union Hall is also doing a Holiday Pop Singalong on December 18 that promises to feature Mariah prominently, along with Bowie, Bieber, Wham! and more (tickets).

Speaking of The Bell House, they might be the kings of holiday shows. (Makes sense: the place is the ski lodge of NYC music venues.) Look at all these:  Buzzfeed's Kwanzaa Show on December 5, which is a sold-out taping of Buzzfeed's "Another Round" podcast with musical accompaniment by Jean Grae. The next night (12/6)  is "Landlady Holiday Spectacular," with people like Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim and more, which features live music and production of Landlady's holiday play Red Velvet: An Ill-Conceived Santa Story (tickets).

Lots and lots more holiday shows are listed below...

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photo: Richard Thompson at Joe's Pub in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Richard Thompson

Glen Hansard is on tour now, and since we last spoke the legendary Richard Thompson was added as an opener to a few dates. One of those is the Brooklyn show happening Monday (11/30) at Kings Theater.

Glen's other NYC show, Tuesday (12/1) at Beacon Theatre, is with August Wells who also joined him at Housing Works in September. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Richard Thompson returned this year with the Jeff Tweedy-produced album Still, which just landed on MOJO's Top 50 LPs of 2015 list. Listen to a track from that below...

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Mojo Mag

Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...

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British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.

Check out the full list below...

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Juliana Hatfield Paul Westerberg

The Replacements reunion may be done, but frontman Paul Westerberg is staying busy. He's got a new collaborative project with Juliana Hatfield (whose band the Juliana Hatfield Three also recently reunited) called the I Don't Cares. They're set to release an album called Wild Stab, but meanwhile two singles are out. One is "1/2 2 P" which came out a few weeks ago, and the other is "King of America" which just came out on iTunes today, as Consequence of Sound points out (via Pitchfork). That one doesn't appear to be streaming anywhere yet, but you can listen to "1/2 2 P" via Spotify, below.

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