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November 25, 2015

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The 6th annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 12 at Knitting Factory. The premise, as always, is this:

The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
While the whole lineup of musicians involved hasn't been revealed, it will feature members of The Hold Steady, Guided By Voices, Swans, Autre Ne Veut, Unlocking The Truth, Moon Hooch, Tokyo Police Club, Weeknight, The Rapture, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Last year's event was a lot of fun. Tickets are on sale and proceeds this year will go to to Daniel's Music Foundation, a non profit organization that provides recreational music programs to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, ages three to adult in the NYC area.

photo: Teenage Jesus & the Jerks at MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
Teenage Jesus & the Jerks

Nicolas Jaar's label Other People will be in residency at RIdgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos this December, and they have some very exciting stuff coming up.

It begins on December 8 with recent Other People signee Okokon, ambient great William Basinski, and a live improv set from Bladerunner and no waver Arto Lindsay. Not to be confused with John Zorn's band of the same name, Bladerunner is a five-piece band including Nicolas Jaar, his Darkside bandmate Dave Harrington, live Darkside member Will Epstein, Tlacael Esparza (ARMS/Friend Roulette) and Samer Ghadry. Tickets are on sale.

Then on December 9 it's a Nicolas Jaar DJ set in the basement (100 cap, tickets only available at doors), followed by influential hip hop DJ Afrika Bambaataa spinning a vinyl-only DJ set on December 10 with Against All Logic (DJ), Solpara (live), DJ Slugo (DJ), and Valentin Stip (DJ). Tickets are on sale.

Lastly, legendary no wave band Teenage Jesus & the Jerks will reunite once again to close the residency on December 11. Singer Lydia Lunch plays shows a good amount, but Teenage Jesus haven't played since their 2009 reunion (which had Thurston Moore on bass). That show is with A Pleasure (live) and Hollow Earth b2b Ancient Astronaut. No word on what the band's lineup will be for this yet. Tickets are on sale now. Other People reissued a live TJ&TJ LP earlier this year.

Listen to some of the artists below...

Continue reading "Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, William Basinski, Nicolas Jaar, Afrika Bambaataa & more playing Other People residency"

by Bill Pearis


As you may recall, feline internet celebrity Lil BUB is releasing an album, Science & Magic, next week. (Preorders are available and 25% of the proceeds are going to the ASPCA.) As to how much BUB actually had to do with the recording process, her pawprints (and purrs and meows) are all over it -- if you dig '70s synthesizer albums, Italian prog, Ratatat and other instrumental magic you may want to investigate further. You can listen to "New Gravity" from the album right now.

Lil BUB will be going on a record signing tour next week to promote the LP's release, including a stop at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday (12/1). The 5:30 PM event is limited to 100 people and each $60 ticket allows entry of one adult and up to two children (12 and under) that also includes:

-A signed copy of "Science & Magic" (vinyl, or CD)
-A signed, numbered, and personalized limited edition, hand-made art print of BUB on a Turntable, by Justin Santora
-A chance to meet BUB
-A photo with BUB
-A $20 donation to animals in need, to be equally split between Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and Lil BUB's Big FUND
All dates of Lil BUB's tour, including a show in Beacon NY, are listed below.

Continue reading "Lil BUB shares "New Gravity" from her new album, going on a record signing tour including Rough Trade NYC (dates)"

OPN at Villain - 11/20/15 (photo via @bendorenfeld)
Oneohtrix Point Never

In summer 2014, Daniel Lopatin found himself unexpectedly living the rock and roll lifestyle by proxy on a tour opening for Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden.

Far from being the hedonistic experience you might expect, Lopatin would wake at 5:30am every morning for soundcheck at whatever identical amphitheatre he arrived at that day, and spend much of the rest of his time on tour staring out the window looking at "repetitive, brutal and ubiquitous" landscapes. As a self-enforced rule, Lopatin would only listen to hard rock stations Lithium and Ozzy's Boneyard in the car to embrace a specific mindset that seems the antithesis of the strange and striking electronic music he's made his name with over the past 10 years.

Watching Lopatin perform his new album Garden Of Delete live in London recently, it became clear how much of this experience has seeped into his Oneohtrix Point Never persona. Not only is he accompanied by longtime visual collaborator Nate Boyce on guitar, he's framed by two vertical screens that look like smaller versions of those you'd see at corporate arena venues - albeit hacked by an alien intelligence to display a combination of otherworldly CGI images and subliminal messages. [FACT]

Oneohtrix Point Never celebrated Garden of Delete at Williamsburg club Villain this past Friday (11/20), and he's since added more dates to his schedule. It includes another NYC show, this time at the larger Warsaw on March 17. Tickets for that show are on sale.

All dates are listed, with a stream of the album's latest single "Ezra," below...

Continue reading "Oneohtrix Point Never adds 2016 tour dates"

by Bill Pearis

Jack Name

Glammy lo-fi artist Jack Name released the strange and wonderful Weird Moons back in January via John Dwyer's Castle Face label. The LP is getting a cassette release via Italy's Maple Death label which is going to be kind special. Given an Italian title translation, Luna Spettrali, Side A will have the entirety of Weird Moons, while Side B will be an entire live show recorded in Bologna, Italy last summer on 1/4 tape. Jack's live shows are very different that the records he's made, and this live show in particular features a bunch of songs that haven't otherwise seen the light of day. We're sharing with you "Sharing With You" from that live side, a creepy funk number to haunt those very late night hours when you should be in bed already. That makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it (along with the entirety of Weird Moons) below.

That cassette is a limited release, so order yours now. Jack is currently in Europe where he plays Salzburg, Austria tonight (11/25) with Ariel Pink. After that he's got a handful of shows in Italy, so if you're over that way, go see him. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jack Name releasing 'Lune Spettrali' cassette (listen to "Sharing With You"), touring Europe"

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Electronic jam band Lotus are playing at show at Terminal 5 on February 6. Tickets are currently on sale.

Tickets for the Lamb of God, Anthrax, Deafheaven, & Power Trip show at NJ's Starland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for the Hammerstein Ballroom show are on sale now.

Taj Mahal Trio is playing two shows at City Winery on February 16 & 17. Tickets are on sale now.

Fetty Wap is opening for EDM trio Yellow Claw (whose new album on Mad Decent features Ty Dolla $ign and Pusha T) on December 26 at Pier 36, part of Big Week NYC. Tickets are on sale.

Marc Cohn is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his Grammy-winning debut album with two shows at City Winery on March 26 & 27. Tickets are currently on Vinofile member presale.

Tickets to the Cymbals Eat Guitars show at Shea Stadium with Laura Stevenson, Antarctigo Vespucci (aka Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren), and Mikey Erg go on sale at 10 AM.

Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth & The Catapult), Shannon Conley (Lez Zeppelin, Hedwig & The Angry Inch), Jenna Nicholls, and more are playing a tribute to PJ Harvey to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Stories From The City, Stories From the Sea on December 18 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are currently on sale.

Dropkick Murphys are going on a 20th anniversary tour that hits NYC on March 9 and 10 at Webster Hall with Tiger Army and Darkbuster. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/27) at noon. The tour also includes four shows and one afterparty in Boston.

The Losers Lounge are playing six Brill Building tribute shows for three nights at Joe's Pub on December 3, 4 & 5. Tickets are currently on sale.

Soul legend Gladys Knight and The O'Jays are playing a show at Beacon Theatre on January 16. Tickets are currently on sale.

G-Eazy and A$AP Ferg sold out their show at Terminal 5 and added a second show on January 23. Tickets are on artist presale now and go on general sale on Friday at 10 AM.

Soul & R&B icon Nona Hendryx will pay tribute to Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf with a show called "Parallel Lives" which happens at Joe's Pub on November 29 with two shows (7 PM & 9:30 PM). It features the vocal talents of Joey Arias, Women of the World, Liza Jesse Peterson, Etienne Stadwjck and Hyndryx herself. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets for The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die show at Baby's All Right are on sale now. Their MHOW show with Foxing is sold out.

Tickets for the 1349, Tombs and Full of Hell show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

We're giving away tickets to the Kelela show at MHOW on Facebook.

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.

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Jess Flynn
Katie Ellen

Chumped are on hiatus, but we recently mentioned that singer Anika Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly formed the new band Katie Ellen. They've already played a few shows, and this week they released their first song, "Lucy Stone." It's more lo-fi than anything Chumped had ever done (though they are saying it's just a demo), but the melody and drive of that band aren't lost at all. It's a heavy song lyrically, dealing with the very real anxieties surrounding expectations that are set for you by family/society/loved ones/etc: "Well I don't wanna have your children / Does that make me less of a woman? I don't believe in getting married / It's a social economic prison." Listen below and download it for free here.

Katie Ellen's next show is playing the next installment of comedian Chris Gethard's 'Career Suicide' show, "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." It happens December 21 at Union Hall. Tickets are on sale.

Anika also plays a solo show with Lauren Denitzio and Mikey Erg.

Continue reading "Katie Ellen (1/2 of Chumped) share first song, "Lucy Stone," playing Chris Gethard's 'Career Suicide' show"

photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Best Buy Theater in July (more by Mimi Hong)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Laura Stevenson, Antarctigo Vespucci (aka Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren), and Mikey Erg (of The Ergs, Worriers and a zillion other bands) are teaming up to play a holiday benefit show at Shea Stadium on December 14. They're accepting coats for the New York Cares coat drive and unused toys for Safe Horizon. All proceeds from the door will go to Safe Horizon. It's a pretty stacked lineup, especially for such a small venue, and tickets for what will be a fun night for a good cause go on sale today (11/25) at 10 AM.

The show happens right after Cymbals Eat Guitars wrap up their three BV-presented release shows with Kevin Devine and friends, celebrating KD's split 7" series. The NYC show (12/11 at The Bell House) also has Laura Stevenson.

Jeff Rosenstock (whose van was recently broken into) is on tour now with Modern Baseball, and also hitting NYC on 12/11.

Mikey Erg also has an upcoming December show with Anika Pyle (Chumped) and Lauren Denitzio (Worriers).

Song streams, tour dates, and the Shea show flyer below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars, Laura Stevenson, Antarctigo Vespucci and Mikey Erg playing holiday benefit show at Shea (on sale)"

by Bill Pearis

Benjamin Schoos

Benjamin Schoos will release his new album Night Music, Love Songs on January 29 via his own Freaksville label. As the title suggests, the new record is an ode to the wee hours, which is when the Belgian-born Francophone wrote and recorded the album. He elaborates:

Both night and women are the muses of this collection of songs. Nothing would please me more than people listening to my new record while driving down a dark road around 2am. My previous album, Beau Futur, dreamed about three-dimensional pop and constantly broke the tempo within the record. It is a fact, I enjoy playing with the codes and references of pop music and poetry (from Arthur Rimbaud to Arthur Cravan) but this one is definitely is an "anti-reference record." It reflects my moods and emotions at that time, that was 100% my priority. I'm very proud of it. My songwriting and I have grown in this adventure.
Lush synths, piano, and minimal percussion are on the palette for this mood-setting album. The first single and opening track from Night Music, Love Songs is "I Love You," a very French slow jam, complete with a slinky guitar riff, strings (courtesy a vintage Solina String Machine) and, of course, a sax solo. Says Schoos, "It's an intimate song which mixes delicate flavours of nostalgia with intense sentimental rêverie. I wanted the listener to be immersed in the nocturnal ambiance I was living in while recording." The track makes its premiere in this post, immerse yourself below.

Continue reading "Benjamin Schoos offers 'Night Music, Love Songs' on new album (listen to sultry first single "I Love You")"

photo: Jay Rock @ Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Jay Rock @ S.O.B.'s
While the rest of Black Hippy has been pretty prolific over the past few years, Jay Rock stuck mostly to guest features until he finally got his second album out this year. It's called 90059 and it proves the long gap between albums didn't hurt the quality of his work at all. He was just in NYC opening for Kendrick Lamar, but now he's back on his own tour.

My Morning Jacket, Strand of Oaks @ Beacon Theater
My Morning Jacket returned this year with their very solid seventh album, The Waterfall. They always shine as a live band too, and their four-night run at The Beacon continues tonight with opener Strand of Oaks.

Eddi Front, Rachel Angel, Family Lumber, Beach Moon/Peach Moon @ Palisades
With a spooky, spare piano style, Eddi Front made her debut in 2012 with a self-titled EP. She's now set to release her debut album, Marina, in March. Get an early taste tonight.

Beat Connection, Phantoms, My Body, Psychic Twin @ Mercury Lounge
Seattle's Beat Connection began life as more of a DFA style dancerock but have shifted into more soulful, R&B-flavored territory on new album Product 3.

Scott Weiland, The Icarus Line, Ten Ton Mojo @ Gramercy Theatre
Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland headlines this show, and if you're going we also think it's worth catching the Nick Cave-ish band The Icarus Line.

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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