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December 17, 2014

Olof Arnalds

As discussed, Jose Gonzalez is going on a 2015 tour, and since we last spoke it's been announced that Icelandic folk singer Ólöf Arnalds will be opening on both European and North American dates. That includes the NYC show happening April 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Full list of tour dates below.

Olof's newest album, Palme, was recorded with longtime collaborator Skúli Sverrisson and múm's Gunnar Örn Tynes, and it came out earlier this fall via One Little Indian. You can stream that in full below, via The Line of Best Fit, and also head to that link to read Olof's own track-by-track thoughts on the record.

Jose Gonzalez's new album, Vestiges & Claws, will be out next year. It's his first solo album since 2007, but he did contribute music under his own name and with his band Junip to last year's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack (which also features Arcade Fire and other bands). You can stream "Step Out" from that soundtrack, with the Olof LP stream and list of dates, below.

Continue reading "Olof Arnalds released 'Palme,' opening for Jose Gonzalez on 2015 tour (updated dates & LP stream)"


Kuroma, the MGMT-related band who opened MGMT's Barclays Center show, are releasing a new album called Kuromarama later in 2015 on Votiv Music. Ahead of that, they've got a beach-y new single out called "20+Centuries," and we've got the premiere of the song's new video in this post. You can check that out below, and if you like what you hear, the single is available digitally via Amazon and iTunes.

Kuroma just played NYC last week opening for of Montreal singer Kevin Barnes at Baby's All Right on 12/11. Anyone catch that?

Continue reading "Kuroma played Baby's with Kevin Barnes, made a new video"


Tickets for the Ex Hex show at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today at 10AM. An AmEx presale for their show at MHOW starts today at noon.

Tickets to see Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Ricky Eat Acid, Ronald Paris a "special secret guest" and more at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve are on sale now, including the $99 "Baby's 2015 Watch" option that gets you into a year's worth of shows at the venue.

Tickets for Glasslands' final show on NYE go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the recently added Helmet show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Their other two NYC shows are sold out.

Tickets for the The Twilight Sad show at Baby's All Right go on fan club presale today via the band's website.

Alvvays tickets go on BV presale today too.

Tickets for the Alex G and Teen Suicide show at Palisades go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Swans show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Juliana Hatfield Three show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

July Talk are playing Mercury Lounge on February 28. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale date Friday (12/19).

SOB's is hosting 'BLACK LIVES MATTER: A Fundraising Event for Eric Garner's Family' on December 23. Tickets are on sale.

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.

Photo: Alvvays at Seaport Music Fest in July (more by Chris La Putt)

Tickets for Alvvays' headlining show at Bowery Ballroom during their tour with The Decemberists go on BrooklynVegan presale at noon today (12/17). Get yours using the password ALBVBVAYS.

photo: Glasslands, night of Wu Lyf show, 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)

As mentioned, Glasslands will be closing out their time on Kent Ave with a New Year's Eve Party featuring four "special, secret" guests, all of whom have history with the venue. None of those guests have been revealed yet, but the night includes a one-hour open vodka bar early and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

We asked Glasslands/Popgun's Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal for Top 10 lists. Rami gave us his favorite albums of 2014 (many of the artists have played Glasslands over the years); Jake gave us his 10 favorite Glasslands shows ever. You can find out who ended up their lists, below. What was your most memorable show at Glasslands?

Rami and Jake also asked us to let folks know that they are looking to collect any physical memorabilia from Glasslands, be it flyers, posters or whatever. If you have something, please get in touch at

Continue reading "Rami & Jake from Popgun list their favorite LPs of 2014 & favorite Glasslands shows; tickets on sale for NYE finale "


First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.

We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.

See the list for yourself below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2014"

Photos: Rufus Wainwright at Clearwater Fest 2014 (more by Chris La Putt) / Soulside

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Soulside, Sweet Jesus @ Saint Vitus
Before there was Girls Against Boys, members of that band were in Dischord/DC post-hardcore band Soulside, who broke up back in 1989 but have influenced a ton of bands since. Now they're back and tonight's their first of two NYC shows at Saint Vitus (both sold out). Opening is Sweet Jesus, who feature members of Have Heart, Verse, Dropdead and Soul Control, and are a pretty good fit.

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwright @ Town Hall
Rufus & Martha Wainwright are celebrating the holiday shows with two shows at Town Hall this week, this being the first. The lineup is loaded with diverse and impressive names including other Wainwrights, country singer Emmylou Harris, NYC indie vets Cibo Matto, and the long-active all-around great performer Justin Vivian Bond.

How to Dress Well, Ian Williams, Com Truise & more @ Verboten
This SPIN/Microsoft-presented show "pairs groundbreaking artists across the worlds of music, digital design, and visual art to build one-of-a-kind, collaborative pieces of content." It features How to Dress Well with multi-media artist Melissa Matos (TRUSST), Ian Williams (of Battles/Don Cab) with visual artist Ron Amstutz, and Com Truise with videographer Deborah Johnson (aka CandyStations). To get in, you had to RSVP.

Beach Fossils, PC Worship, Jerry Paper, Red Sea @ Glasslands
NYC indie pop band Beach Fossils have played Glasslands many times over the years, and tonight they return to say goodbye before it closes at the end of the month. It's a cool bill all around, with noise rockers/Parquet Courts pals PC Worship, Jerry Paper (who just signed to Beach Fossils' new label), and Atlanta's tropical/synth poppy Red Sea.

Jordan Lee (Mutual Benefit), Widest Smiling Faces, Cave Cricket, Yaman Palak @ Silent Barn
Jordan Lee's Mutual Benefit project often, um, benefits, from the many musicians he has with him, but he puts on a good show on his own too.

Wynter Gordon, Ronald Paris (of Porches), Frankie Cosmos, Tassemonacy + Steven Reker @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Porches frontman Aaron Maine (aka Ronald Paris) and his girlfriend/collaborator Frankie Cosmos play together a lot, and they've got a big Bowery Ballroom show coming up in February. Tonight they strip things down for solo sets in a smaller room, and weirdly enough the show's being headlined by R&B/pop singer Wynter Gordon. Also weirdly (but cool), the ex-Austra duo Tasseomancy plays a collaborative set with Steven Reker to open the night.

Budos Band, The Citizens Band, Jonathan Toubin (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
This is the "Peace & Love Holiday Ball" which benefits both The David Lynch Foundation and the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund. The Budos Band, who usually play much bigger rooms than Baby's, are headliners, with Omaha, NE's funky instrumentalists The Citizens Band playing too, and Jonathan Toubin will be your DJ for the evening.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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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December 16, 2014

Budos Band
photo: Budos Band at Daptone Super Soul Revue 12/6/2014 (more by PSquared)

Jonathan Toubin knows his way around a party which is to say he's an in-demand dude during this festive time of year. He's got his fingers all of the following events...

On Wednesday (12/17) at Baby's All Right he'll be DJing the Peace & Love Holiday Ball which features live sets from The Budos Band, The Citizens Band and "surprise guests." The Citizens Band and the Budos Band ( who just played the Daptone Super Soul Revue) usually play bigger places than Baby's so here's a good chance to catch them somewhere more intimate. Tickets are on sale and benefit The David Lynch Foundation and the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund.

Then on Saturday (12/20) at Brooklyn Bowl, it's the holiday edition of Soul Clap and Dance Off with special guest selector Charles Bradley. It doubles as a release party for Norton Records' Souvenirs of the Soul Clap Vols 1 & 2. Tickets for Brooklyn Bowl are on sale now.

On New Year's Eve at Home Sweet Home, Nothing Changes is presenting the "New York Night Train Annual New Year's Ball" featuring live performances from Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Andy Animal's All Male Revue, and the debut of PMS and the Moodswings (featuring members of Habibi). Toubin and Josh Styles will be DJing and tickets will be available at the door. More info here.

Then on January 3 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar it's a "Captured Tracks/New York Night Train HAPPENING!" featuring live sets from Juan Wauters and EZTV, plus Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, DJ sets from Toubin and C/T head Mike Sniper. That show is free but you can RSVP to skip the line.

Jonathan Toubin will also be DJing the Glasslands Holiday Party on Sunday (12/21), the Detroit Cobras show at Baby's All Right on 1/2 (which is Detroit Cobras' second of two NYC shows that week, following Bowery Electric on 12/30) and some other gigs as well. All Jonathan Toubin dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin DJ gigs: Soul Clap w/ Charles Bradley, a benefit w/ Citizens Band & Budos Band, NYE w/ Kid Congo, more"

Juliana Hatfield
Photo: Juliana Hatfield at The Bell House in 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)

As discussed, Juliana Hatfield is releasing her first Juliana Hatfield Three (her trio with drummer Todd Philips and bassist Dean Fisher) album, Whatever, My Love, on February 17 via American Laundromat Records. Now JH3 have announced a tour to kick off soon after that, billed as the 21st anniversary tour for Become What You Are, their 1993 debut album as a trio. The tour hits NYC on March 1 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Wednesday (12/17).

All dates are listed, with a stream of a track from the new album and the video for "My Sister" from the '93 album, below...

Continue reading "Juliana Hatfield Three going on 'Become What You Are' 21st anniversary tour (dates)"



Canadian indie pop band Alvvays released their debut album this year which has been showing up on a whole lot of Best of 2014 lists. If you haven't checked it out yet you can stream the whole thing below via Rdio.

Alvvays will be on tour with The Decemberists this spring, including NYC at Beacon Theatre on April 6 (sold out). Right before that show, Alvvays will play their biggest NYC headlining show yet at Bowery Ballroom on April 2. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/19) at noon, but you can get them early via the BrooklynVegan presale which begins Wednesday (12/17) at noon. Check back Wednesday morning for the password.


All Alvvays tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Alvvays headlining Bowery Ballroom (BV presale) while on tour with The Decemberists"