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October 24, 2014

Drake @ SOB's (via)

Though Drake didn't make an appearance with his friend iLoveMakonnen at SOB's on Tuesday (maybe he could have broke up the fight), he did show up last night at the same club to make a CMJ guest appearance with his other friend Partynextdoor. Video below.

iLoveMakonnen plays CMJ again at Fader Fort.

Speaking of not-so surprising CMJ guest appearances and Fader Fort, Dev Hynes joined his friend and collaborator Kindness on stage at Fader Fort late last night. Rapper DeJ Loaf (who brought out Remy Ma and her mom at Santos Tuesday) also joined rappers Rae Sremmurd (who played SOB's Tuesday before iLoveMakonnen who also joined Rae Sremmurd on stage).

Last night was also the late Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples show at Highline Ballroomm, but more about that one later.

Mac DeMarco, who DJs again at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night, showed up to DJ the Captured Tracks day party at Baby's All Right yesterday, after a DJ set by PP's Meredith Graves.

The day parties at Baby's All Right TODAY (10/24) AND TOMORROW are our BrooklynVegan ones. Hope to see you there.

Fader Fort continues tonight. Watch a video of FADER spending the day with Vince Staples before his recent SOB's show, with the Drake video, below...

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extinct birds

Tickets for the Sleater-Kinney reunion show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the second Future Islands, Operators and Wing Dam show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. Night 1 is sold out.

Tickets for the At the Gates, Converge and Vallenfyre show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Kim Gordon & Loren Connors show at Issue Project Room go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Sam Smith show at MSG go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Crowbar show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ariel Pink show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fishbone show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Dropkick Murphys shows at Irving Plaza and the Paramount go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cold War Kids and Elliot Moss show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport happening at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

There are also free BrooklynVegan day parties at Baby's All Right on TODAY and Saturday from noon to 7 PM.

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.

John Nolan w/ TBS at T5 in 2012 (more by Devan Council)
John Nolan

The No Sleep Records CMJ showcase (which BV co-presented) went down this past Tuesday (10/21) at the Paper Box and was headlined by Taking Back Sunday/Straylight Run's John Nolan, who was joined by a backing band. He's now put out the video for his new solo single "Here Comes the Wolf" which appears on the soundtrack to Jason Michael Brescia's new independent drama/comedy Bridge And Tunnel. The video just premiered over at AltPress. You can watch it, with a clip of John playing "Existentialism on Prom Night" at the No Sleep show, below.

John will team up with The Movielife/I Am the Avalanche's Vinnie Caruana to headline the soundtrack's release show in NYC on December 29 at Webster Hall. (It doesn't specify which room, but presumably the Studio or the Marlin Room since Patti Smith is in the Grand Ballroom.) Ticket info is still TBA too. Vinnie also has a solo song on the soundtrack which you can stream below.

The Webster Hall show is the day after the two Taking Back Sunday holiday shows in NJ. Night 1 is with The Menzingers, night 2 is with Modern Baseball and tickets for both are still available.

Videos/streams below...

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Protomartyr in Chicago in July (more by James Richards IV)

TWIABP at NYU Strawberry Fest in May (more by Chris La Putt)

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.


Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, The World is a Beautiful Place & I'm No Longer Afraid To Die, Protomartyr, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Tweens, The Wytches, Dilly Dally @ Baby's All Right (BrooklynVegan Day Party)
There's a lot of cool stuff today, but of course we hope you make it over to our free day party which goes from noon-7PM and features raucous garage rockers Twin Peaks, sneering punks Single Mothers, post-rocky emo band TWIABP, smart and highly quotable post-punks Protomartyr, Australian psych party King Gizzard, garage popsters Tweens, psych/garage rockers The Wytches, and the NYC debut of Toronto lo-fi rock band Dilly Dally. Sailor Jerry will have free tattoos and complimentary beverages, and Bell's Brewery will be selling a variety of their craft beers, plus they'll have a free keg while it lasts. Plus: Baby's kitchen is open serving their happy hour menu all day. Hope to see you there!

Concord America, CYMBALS, Wampire, White Fence @ Arlene's Grocery
UK band CYMBALS make dancerock akin to Hotchip adn they do it pretty well; Wampire's brand of indie dips into '70s yacht rock; and White Fence channel '60s garage and paisley pop. Not a bad day show choice at all.

Popstrangers, Literature, White Reaper, Flowers, DOTT, Monomyth, Dinosaur Feathers @ Cake Shop
Hard to go wrong at Cake Shop today with such acts as Philadelphia's hyperactive janglers Literature, much-buzzed-about UK trio Flowers, Irish indiepop band DOTT, Halifax, NS quartet Monomyth and more.

Splashh, The Wytches, PINS,PAWS, Beverly, Solander @ Knitting Factory
Part of Culture Collide Festival, this day party is another good option to catch some of CMJ's busiest bands, including across-the-pond acts Splashh, The Wytches, PINS and PAWS, not to mention Brooklyn's own Beverly.

Dune Rats, Monomyth, Go Back To The Zoo, Liam Bailey, Delta Riggs, Bad//Dreems, Big Harp, Future Loves Past, Taymir, Lay Low, Gossling, Lydia Ainsworth, Go Wolf, Hundreds, Eden Mulholland, Monokino @ Pianos
There's some cool stuff on this show including Australian garage punks Dune Rats, Canadian power/indie popsters Monomyth and the new age-y Lydia Ainsworth.

James, Oscar, Pinact, September Girls @ Rough Trade
Manchester vets James just played Webster Hall, now you can see them in what's probably the smallest show they've played in eons. It was already a good option with Pinact and September Girls. Free and all-ages.

Comfy, Bad Cello, Running in the Fog, Adult Mom, Bethlehem Steel, Small Wonder, Flagland, Attic Abasement, Mitski, Rivergazer, Girlpool, Amanda X, Jawbreaker Reunion, Bent Shapes, Nicholas Nicholas, Sharpless, Moon Bounce, Leapling, Vagabond @ Silent Barn (Day & Night)
This all day and night (2 PM - 2 AM) Miscreant x Father/Daughter party is unofficial (but only $5) and features a stacked lineup from lo-fi introverts like Small Wonder and Adult Mom to indie rockers like Amanda X, Jawbreaker Reunion and Bent Shapes, to the arty pop of Mitski and Sharpless, and hyped LA duo Girlpool.

Foxes in Fiction, Mister Lies, Emily Reo, R.L. Kelly, Yohuna @ The Shop
This is a good bill of DIY pop ranging from electronic sounds to sparse acoustic guitars.

Potty Mouth, Flashlights, Beach Day, Honduras, Boytoy, Beverly, Las Rosas, Sun Club, Dilly Dally @ The Studio at Webster Hall
There's a lot of cool stuff on this showcase: the punky pop of Potty Mouth and Flashlights, the indie pop of Beach Day, Honduras and Las Rosas, and the scrappy rock of Dilly Dally.



Virus, Krallice, Sannhet, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus
Insanely weird Norwegian metal band Virus are coming to Saint Vitus for a two-night stand beginning tonight, and both shows have great openers. This one is black metallers Krallice, post-metal/post-rockers Sannhet, and noisy hardcore band Couch Slut.

Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Bruce Willis, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Jimmy Heath, Charles Bradley, Matthew Whitaker, Steve Jordan, Jorge Luis Pacheco @ Apollo Theater
It's the 13th Annual "A Great Night in Harlem" benefitting "countless elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis across the country." Tonight's honoree is Herbie Hancock with a host of amazing talent -- plus Bruce Willis -- on hand for performances.

The Muscadettes, Vesuvio Solo, The Posterz, Homeshake, Lydia Ainsworth, Tei Shi, Allie, Eman, Lisa LeBlanc, Solids, Heat @ Arlene's Grocery
It's M for Montreal's annual CMJ blowout at Arlene's Grocery, with a bunch of great Canadian talent. Go early for free poutine (if you eat that), stay late (really late) to catch The Muscadettes close out the night at 3:30 AM.

Purling Hiss, OBN IIIs, Hunters, Calvin Love, Meatbodies, Dune Rats, Happyness, Homeshake @ Baby's All Right
Panache Booking brings some of its roster to Baby's All Right tonight, including one of shouldn't-be-missed OBN-IIIs few CMJ performances. The whole bill is solid though.

Frankie Cosmos, Flowers, Beverly, September Girls, Only Real, DJ Andy Nystrom (PWN), DJ Lio Kanine @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Kanine Records is throwing this free show at Williamsburg entertainment/shopping destination with a great bunch of indie pop bands (make sure you see Flowers this week). RSVP to skip the line.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I'm No Longer Afraid To Die, Empire! Empire!, Field Mouse, Wildhoney, Sorority Noise @ Cameo Gallery
Topshelf's showcase (presented by Washed Up Emo) is good as usual this year with the lushly layered TWIABP, the raw and inward-looking Empire! Empire!, the alt-pop of Field Mouse, the shoegaze of Wildhoney, and the crunchy pop of Sorority Noise.

Protomartyr, Creepoid, Love as Laughter, Eaters, Special Guest @ Death By Audio
If you're visiting from out of town, this is a good night to visit one of Williamsburg's best venue's Death By Audio which is set to close in less than a month. Headliners Protomartyr were great here back in the Spring, and the whole line-up is rock-solid.

Blue Hawaii, Ballet School, Lydia Ainsworth @ Glasslands
Montreal's Blue Hawaii make skittering, ethereal electronic music on record but live it's a little more of a dance party. Also of note: fellow Arbutus artist Lydia Ainsworth whose classically trained background makes for complex, orchestral pop.

Zola Jesus, DJ Dodger Stadium, Dave P, Sammy Slice @ Le Bain
Zola Jesus's sound and stage show was excellent at Webster Hall earlier this week. Tonight she may have to scale things down performance-wise, but it's a great chance to see her in a much more intimate location.

First Aid Kit, Samantha Crain @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Swedish duo First Aid Kit make more of their quality folk pop on this year's Stay Gold. They were already in NYC around its release date and now they're back for round 2 (not part of CMJ).

Boytoy, Little Racer, Tennis System, Weekender, Suburban Living, The Muscadettes, Gal Pals, Needle Points @ Lit
Comprised of twin sisters Chantal and Kathleen Ambridge (plus a drummer live), Montreal's Muscadettes make super-catchy, riffy rock with shouty choruses and hooks a'plenty.

Mexican Golden Girls, DMA's, Bear's Den, Peter Matthew Bauer, Little May, Chief Scout, Colony House @ Mercury Lounge
The Paradigm Agency's CMJ showcase is highlighted by former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer who makes is own fine gritty, heartland style indie rock. Stay late for DJ duo Mexican Golden Girls.

Alkaline Trio, Skeleton Key @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Grim but melodic punks Alkaline Trio have eight records ranging from pretty good to pretty great, and they'll be playing two in full at each night of this 4-night run at MHOW (it won't be announced which albums are which night). This is night 4, and though all four shows fall during CMJ, they're not part of the fest.

Wye Oak, Joshua Light Show / Woods, Joshua Light Show @ NYU Skirball Center
Using old-school psychedelic "liquid light" projections, Joshua Light Show has been bringing a visual element to pop music since the mid'60s and his team do incredible things. This three-day festival continues with two separate shows: Baltimore's anthemic Wye Oak, and then Woods whose style should fit in with JLS' visuals well. Not part of CMJ.

Wolvves, Glass Gang, Sunflower Bean, Bo Ningen, Baby Alpaca, Bowmont, MOTHXR, Eddi Front, The Yum Dee Days, Fascinator, Shilpa Ray, Altopalo, Waltz, Vandana Jain, Girlpool, Fielded @ Pianos
You can catch some of the most talked-about CMJ bands (Girlpool, Bo Ningen) at the Deli Magazine showcase.

Kevin Morby, Chris Forsyth,Twin Peaks, Springtime Carnivore, Modern Vices, Ryley Walker, Geronimo Getty @ Rough Trade
So many CMJ shows to choose from, but this is another good one with ubertalented former Woods/Babies dude Kevin Morby, pych folk singer Ryley Walker, and Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks. And more!

PAWS, Solids, Heat, Meat Wave, Washer @ Shea Stadium
This is the Ipsum/Heavy Trip showcase and it's pretty stacked, with two quality fuzz pop bands -- PAWS and Solids -- plus Heat, Meat Wave and Washer, who all fit the bill well.

Be Forest, The Flag, Kindling, DOTT, Lia Mice, Night Powers, Curelight Wounds @ The Gutter
The good folks at Gimme Tinitus and Mirror Universe Tapes have put together this quality showcase at The Gutter's backroom, with Italy's shoegazy (in an '80s 4AD way) Be Forest, and Ireland's charming DOTT amongst its highlights.

Moon Duo, Amen Dunes, Marissa Nadler, Dream Police @ Trans-Pecos
Sacred Bones' showcase is good start to finish with The Men-related experimental duo Dream Police, dream folk singer Marissa Nadler, psych folk band Amen Dunes, and psych rock band Moon Duo.

Krill, Ex-Breathers, Lost Boy?, Flagland, Kal Marks, Dirty Dishes, Two Inch Astronaut, Geronimo! @ Trash Bar
If you've been to an Exploding In Sound party before, you know every band goes hard and the fans reciprocate. With such a good chunk of the family on the bill tonight, that's sure to be the case again

The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band has had a very long and impressive run, but sadly the band has chosen to retire at the end of this month. They'll go out with a bang though, with six shows in eight nights at the Beacon.

Restorations, Self Defense Family, Brian McGee, Ghost House @ Asbury Lanes
Restorations' new record has them doing the kind of blue collar rock we've gotten from The Gaslight Anthem and The Menzingers, and it's easily their best yet. Self Defense Family on the other hand, play a type of forward-thinking post-hardcore that changes on every release. SDF play NYC tomorrow and Restorations will do so in November, but here's a good chance to catch the two bands together in the area.

Deniro Farrar, Denzel Curry, Remy @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
There's not too much in the way of exciting hip hop at CMJ this year, but Deniro Farrar is undoubtedly one of the best options.

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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BrooklynVegan will be at Baby's All Right for CMJ again this year with a day party today, a Saturday day party (lineup TBA very soon!) and an official Saturday night show.

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More of today's options below...

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October 23, 2014

The Gutter

Despite official confirmation that it was Williamsburg bowling alley and music venue The Gutter, many still think and are reporting (officially or to their friends on Twitter), that the 1st New Yorker to have ebola went to Williamsburg bowling alley and music venue Brooklyn Bowl. Questlove is DJing Brooklyn Bowl tonight and posted this message to Instagram:

Don't believe the hype. We are open. #BowlTrain bowling alley mentioned was another alley not @BrooklynBowl. (Side note on the real we should stop the mindless panic and pray for the brother's recovery and health, we can do better than ignint comments NYC)
Meanhile, the Gutter (where CMJ shows were cancelled tonight), has finally broken its silence with this statement:
To all our customers, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
We've been in constant contact with the health department and they have determined that there was no risk to our customers.
Closing today was simply a precautionary measure.
I'm not sure if there was an event at The Gutter last night, but regardless, as a CNN reporter quickly figured out, bellabellejane was not also there.

UPDATE: The Gutter have issued a 2nd statement, hoping to open Friday night.

UPDATE: NYC officials confirm that The Gutter was the Williamsburg bowling alley the ebola-infected doctor went to last night.

The Gutter

Goodnight Records just sent out the message that "Unfortunately our CMJ show is canceled tonight as The Gutter can't open because of "Unforseen circumstances."" The Gutter is a bowling alley in Williamsburg that is not Brooklyn Bowl, and which matches the description related ot the ebola scare happening in NYC right now, and which has since been 100% confirmed as the bowling alley that Craig Spencer went to. It was not Brooklyn Bowl, which is another bowling alley in the same neighborhood.

Brooklyn Bowl earlier confirmed that no authorities had been in contact with them, and they are open.

Heaven, Big Sleep, Friend Roulette, Heliotropes and Sun Club were the bands scheduled to play the Gutter tonight.

Update: The man's name is Craig Spencer and he has tested positive for ebola.

UPDATE: The Gutter issues a statement.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Judas Priest / Steel Panther at Izod Center - 10/17/14
Judas Priest
Steel Panther

Anyway, the show took a dark turn when they played their ballad "Beyond the Realms of Death", which made me have to sit down a second and think about my own mortality and also how this chick's ass was in my way for a second. But I got over that fast because then Rob Halford came out on a fucking Harley for "Hell Bent for Leather" and it was the greatest thing ever to happen in North America. He also wore like nine different leather jackets during the show, which ruled. Most singers are lucky if they can wear like three jackets tops. [Dave Hill's Barclays Center review]
Metal legends Judas Priest's tour with Steel Panther already hit NYC for a show at Barclays Center. We posted pictures and Dave Hill's review of that (excerpted above), and now we've got a set of pics from the other NYC-area stop that happened October 17 at the Izod Center. Like at the Barclays show, this was packed with classics like "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," "Breaking the Law," "Hell Bent for Leather," "Metal Gods," plenty more. Didn't catch the exact number of leather jackets this time though.

More pictures, with the setlist, below...

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photos by PSquared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher

Thurston Moore
Thurston Moore

The Thurston Moore Band -- aka Thurston Moore, his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and guitarist James Sedwards -- brought their tour in support of their brand new album The Best Day to Saint Vitus Tuesday night ("we're on our tour of Northeast black metal clubs," Thurston joked on stage). Thurston's new album is the most Sonic Youth-sounding thing he's been involved with since The Eternal, and he's definitely got the right band for the job. James Sedwards is a bit more of a J Mascis type than a Lee Ranaldo (he threw a few wailing guitar solos in there), but Deb held down that SY-style bass playing really well and it was fun to watch her rock out on a small stage in comparison to seeing her with MBV last year. And of course Steve and Thurston have insane chemistry. It's impossible to not wish Kim and Lee were on stage too, but during some of those noise buildups it almost felt like being at a SY show.

Opening the night was their tourmates PCPC, the collaborative band that Andrew Savage and Austin Brown of Parquet Courts formed with members of PC Worship. This year, Andrew and Austin already have a Parquet Courts album out and a Parkay Quarts album on the way that they recently put out a track from, but it was a mystery as to what PCPC would sound like. Turns out they sound... a lot like Sonic Youth. You could argue it was almost a little too similar to be opening for Thurston Moore, but PCPC did it well. Their set had plenty of noise jams too, but these were definitely well-written songs, kind of in the Bad Moon Rising style. Andrew splits lead vocals with one of the PC Worship members, and though Austin doesn't sing in this one, he still stands there looking a lot like a young Thurston Moore. Andrew had jokes too -- "Have you had enough? Or are you thurston for some moore?" Heh heh.

The Thurston/PCPC tour returns to NYC on Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade. That show is sold out but we're giving away tickets.

Video of PCPC's set and one of Thurston playing "Psychic Hearts," with more pictures from Saint Vitus, below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore Band & PCPC (Parquet Courts + PC Worship) played Saint Vitus (pics, review, videos)"

UPDATE from Brooklyn Bowl:

UPDATE 2: Wiliamsburg's other bowling alley venue, The Gutter is allegedly shutting down tonight due to the ebola scare.

Brooklyn Bowl is open.

(photo by @joerussophoto)

Veteran UK alt-rock band James are in town this week, having played Webster Hall on Tuesday (10/21) as part of CMJ. In addition to songs off their 13th album, La Petite Mort, the Manchester band played crowd favorites such as "Born of Frustration," "Come Home" and "Say Something." Setlist below.

James have added another NYC show this week and it's in a much more intimate venue, headlining Rough Trade's free Friday (10/24) day party that also features Oscar, Pinact, September Girls and Adult Jazz. The show is all-ages and no wristband or RSVP is required.

Continue reading "James played Webster Hall for CMJ (setlist), added to free Rough Trade day party w/ Pinact, September Girls & more"