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October 28, 2014

A-Trak at North Coast Music Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)

Run the Jewels/Beyonce collaborator and future FKA twigs tourmate Boots is playing Baby's All Right tonight (10/28) ahead of his Letterman appearance with Run the Jewels happening later this week.

Also on tonight's bill is DJ Flan Emoji. If that name doesn't ring a bell immediately, perhaps you heard about the time The Daily Mail misidentified A-Trak as an Odd Future member named Flan Emoji. A-Trak, whose current Twitter name is Flan Solo, just tweeted "I heard DJ Flan Emoji might be djing somewhere in New York tonight...?" DJ JR is on the bill too. Tickets are on sale now.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin


Weezer's ongoing tour in support of their new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End hit NYC last night (10/27) for a very small (for them) and very sold out show at Bowery Ballroom. Like at other shows on the tour, they opened with an acoustic set pulling heavily from the Blue/Pinkerton era with "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly," "Why Bother?," "El Scorcho," "The Good Life," "No One Else," "Buddy Holly" and more. Then the full electric band took the stage to perform the new album in full. During that they were joined by MS MR singer Lizzy Plapinger for "Go Away" (it was Bethany from Best Coast on the album and Frances from Hop Along in Philly), a choir, and had a confetti-filled ending. They returned for a one-song encore of Pinkerton's fiery opener "Tired of Sex."

More pictures of the show and the setlist below...

Continue reading "Weezer played their new album w/ Lizzy from MS MR and an acoustic set of old songs at Bowery Ballroom (pics, setlist)"


Luna called it quits about ten years ago, with their final show being at Bowery Ballroom in February 2005. Since then, Dean Wareham has since released records with his wife (and Luna bassist) Britta Phillips as well as solo ones. Lately, though, there have been Luna reunion rumors floating around... and were confirmed today by Wareham via Twitter, replying to a few fans inquiries. There will be a Spanish tour in 2015:

After the Spanish tour, Wareham said Luna will also play the US, including NYC:
Stay tuned for details on US shows, but flyer for the Spanish tour is below...

Continue reading "Luna getting back together, playing US shows and touring Spain in 2015"

Captain Sensible busking outside Amoeba Records last year (via Amoeba Records)Fred Sensible

As mentioned, The Damned are in town this week to play Irving Plaza on Halloween with TSOL, and The Briefs (tickets). While here, guitarist Captain Sensible will be sitting in with Fred Armisen and the 8G House band on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday (10/29). Then, he and Armisen will perform live later Wednesday night at The Bowery Electric at the "Sally Can't Dance" party which this week is also Halloween-themed. Legendary drag queen Mistress Formica will also be performing, along with DJs Alix Brown, Howie Pyro, and Gina Bon Jersey. There's also an open bar from 11:30 PM - 2:30 AM. Tickets are on sale now.

Flyer for the party, plus a few Captain Sensible solo videos and a clip of him and Armisen busking outside Amoeba Records last year, below...

Continue reading "Captain Sensible sitting in on 'Late Night' & playing Bowery Electric w/ Fred Armisen before Damned's Halloween show"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Joan Jett Tribute for Little Kids Rock
Joan Jett Tribute for Little Kids Rock
Joan Jett Tribute for Little Kids Rock

One of the most moving parts of the evening was Kathleeen Hanna's speech about you before her performance. She talked about how you helped her during a difficult part in her life. She also told a story about you getting knocked out cold when someone threw a bottle at you during a concert and it hit you in the head. Do you remember that incident and did you actually get knocked out?

Joan Jett: Yes I do remember it. I don't think I was knocked out cold, but I was knocked to the ground and I was in a daze. But during Kathleen's speech, I was on the verge of tears. I guess I just didn't realize how much I meant to Kathleen, and what our experience meant to her. To me, it was just two musicians, and two girls from slightly different generations, relating but having the same experiences. It was really moving. To tell you the truth, I'm still processing it. I don't know what to say. [100.7 WZLX]

The annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala went down at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom this past Thursday (10/23). Following an auction and a performance by childrens a cappella group Sharkapella, the "Rocker of the Year" award was awarded to the evening's special guest, Joan Jett.

To pay tribute to Joan, Cheap Trick performed "I Hate Myself For Loving You," Gary U.S. Bonds and Jake Clemons performed "Eye to Eye," former Distillers singer Brody Dalle did "Victim of Circumstance," Jessie Malin did "Bad Reputation," Darlene Love did "Little Liar," Social Distortion singer Mike Ness played "Love Is Pain," and Bikini Kill/Le Tigre/etc's Kathleen Hanna teamed up with her husband and former Beastie Boy Ad-Rock for "Fake Friends," which Kathleen prefaced with a moving speech (as you can see above).

Joan took the stage herself a few times too. Once with Tommy James to perform his massive hit "Crimson and Clover," (she told the crowd that Tommy wrote one of her biggest hits), again with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong for "Don't Abuse Me," and once more with Alice Cooper for "Be My Lover." Finally, all the performers took the stage to end the night with "I Love Rock N Roll."

Alice Cooper is in NYC again tonight to open for Motley Crue at MSG.

More pictures from the Little Kids Rock benefit below...

Continue reading "Joan Jett honored at Little Kids Rock benefit by Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Kathleen Hanna, Billie Joe Armstrong, more - pics"


Alex Zhang Hungtai will release the next Dirty Beaches album, Stateless, next week (11/4) via Zoo Music -- the followup to 2013's Drifters/Love is the Devil -- and he's now saying it will be his last for the project. He tweeted the following:

Hi guys thank you all for the support of STATELESS, its sad to say goodbye to DB, but rest assured NEW PROJECTS NEW MUSIC COMING SOON 2015. this may not be a smart move & painful1 too, but in the long run I'll look back& be glad I moved on from Dirty Beaches. Thank you all x. RIP DIRTY BEACHES 2005-2014. Time to move on.
Bummer to hear but we look forward to whatever those new projects will be.

Stateless is an instrumental album, and it was recorded with Italian composer Vittorio Demarin on viola and mixed by David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley. You can stream it in full at Pitchfork and listen to one of its tracks below.

Continue reading "Dirty Beaches is no more, streaming final album, 'Stateless'"

Jessie Ware @ Webster Hall, 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
Jessie Ware

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

Jessie Ware @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Jessie Ware has come a long way since we first heard her featured on SBTRKT's first album. Her sophomore LP, Tough Love, is out now and sees her working with some bigger names (like Ed Sheeran) on some songs, but she keeps her more minimal pop vibes intact on others. Tonight is sold out.

Adrian Belew Power Trio, Saul Zonana @ Highline Ballroom
Robert Fripp's 2014 version of King Crimson (which doesn't include Adrian Belew) was here not long ago, but if you're a fan of the flavor Belew gave that band, you can get your fix tonight. His Power Trio has been dipping pretty heavily into the Crimson catalog lately.

No Devotion, Ricky Eat Acid, Black Clouds, Creepoid @ Glasslands
Since the breakup of Thursday, frontman Geoff Rickly has actually become more prolific. This year he's been focusing on two bands that he fronts, the post-hardcore wall of noise that is United Nations and the synth rock band he formed with the non-criminal members of Lostprophets, No Devotion. Tonight's No Devotion's first US show, and with good openers too.

Pallbearer, Tombs, Vattnet Viskar, Ecstatic Vision @ Saint Vitus
Doom masters Pallbearer released Foundations of Burden, their second album that's heavy with melancholic leads, redwood-thick riffs, and sorrowful singing. This is the first of two sold-out shows as part of their tour with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar.

Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper @ Madison Square Garden
Hair metal giants Motley Crüe are on a massive farewell tour -- they signed a contract saying they'd never tour again -- so if you're needing to rock out to "Dr. Feelgood," "Kickstart My Heart," "Home Sweet Home" and more you're running out of chances. Needless to say, the Crüe are pulling out all the stops for this one. Fellow friend of the devil Alice Cooper opens.

Boots, Flan Emoji (DJ Set), DJ JR @ Baby's All RIght
Boots has been having a pretty busy year. He did a large amount of the production and co-writing on Beyonce's excellent self-titled album, he's got a tour with FKA twigs coming up, and he's on the new Run the Jewels album and will perform with them on Letterman this week. FIrst though, he plays his own show at Baby's tonight.

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. Tonight's the very last one.

Slothrust, The Teen Age @ Cameo
Jangly and grungy in equal parts, Slothrust released their most recent album Of Course You Do early this year (though it would've fit in perfect in 1995). This show, which is Halloween-related, is free with RSVP.

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
The Irish singer released, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, earlier this year and begins her three-night run at City Winery this evening.

The Memories, The Chickenhawks, Milk Dick, Jupiter Boys @ Death by Audio
Portland, OR duo of Erik Gage and Kyle Handley (who are both in White Fang too) write songs mainly about girls and getting high, the two pillars of rock n' roll -- though The Memories fall more on the lo-fi pop end of the spectrum. They'll play Cake Shop tomorrow as well.

Drowners, Boytoy, Sunflower Bean @ Rough Trade
Somewhere between The Strokes and The Libertines. NYC pretty boy rock band Drowners do write pretty catchy songs. Tonight's show is with the Breeders-y Boytoy and paisley poppers Sunflower Bean.

Wilco @ The Capitol Theatre
Though Jeff Tweedy and his son just released their terrific Tweedy album, the Wilco train rarely stops rolling, and tonight pulls into its first of three shows at The Cap'. It's a lovely room and tickets are still available.

Mozart's Sister, Salt Catherdral, My Body @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Mozart's Sister, the solo project from Caila Thompson-Hannant (Think About Life, Shapes & Sizes), mixes mid-'90s dance and R&B influences, Thompson definitely brings her own strong personality. She's always been an engaging performer, so this is definitely worth checking out.

The Jayhawks @ Town Hall
Long-running Americana band The Jayhawks are coming up on their 30th anniversary, and just reissued their three post-Mark Olson albums -- 1997's Sound of Lies , 2000's Smile and 2003's Rainy Day Music.  That said, they still mix up the setlists pretty good -- expect a good assortment from throughout their career (and a couple Golden Smog songs too).

Misfits, Jasta @ Irving Plaza
This may not be the version of the Misfits you love the most, but if you're going to see it anytime, Halloween week would be it.

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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October 27, 2014

photos by Mimi Hong

Tompkins Square Dog Hallowen Costume Parade

Halloween is here again, and that means NYC's best parade. Grand Marshall Whoopi Goldberg will lead "hundreds of PUPPETS, 53 BANDS of Different Types of Music, DANCERS and ARTISTS, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the nation's most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world!" The theme this year is "The Garden of Earthly Delights!":

Although one often associates Halloween with things Infernal, this year's Halloween Parade is headed to Paradise, or more specifically the Garden of Earthly Delights. Join us as we unearth the layers of Heironymous Bosch's timeless altarpiece, exploring the precarious borderland Garden between the primeval terrors of wilderness and the modern confines of civility.Is there an oasis, a point of respite between the ravaging wilds of nature and stifling constrictions of urban life? A garden is above all, a place of precarious balance - just enough nature to tie us to our primeval roots, yet not so much we might lose our way and fall prey to the dangers that lurk in the wilderness. It is a narrow borderland of green where one might be of nature without being fully in it. The great gardens of Europe often featured mazes of hedgerows, where visitors could experience the vicarious terror of becoming lost (literally "bewildered") while taking comfort from the confines of civilization that encircled them.

The beginning of humankind's transition to sedentary farming coincides with a mythological obsession with the Garden, as the dangerous uncertainty of our hunter-gatherer past gave way to ordered paths, sheltering walls, and sustaining bounties. The Tree of Life and the fruits of immortality are never found in the forest, jungle, or savannah, but rather in a cultivated Garden - whether Golden Apples tended by the Hesperides of the Greeks, or the Jade Emperor's Peaches of Immortality pilfered by Monkey King of Chinese Myth, or the Biblical Garden of Eden whose fruits bring knowledge even as they harken the end of innocence. Like Borges' Garden of the Forking Paths, it is a place of infinite possibilities and permutations contained within a finite and intimate space. Gardens are also places of forbidden delights and forgotten joys hidden away behind ivied walls and locked gates. The Secret Gardens of Hans Christian Andersen and Frances Hodgson Burnett remind us that the Garden evokes a return to childhood's fearless and ephemeral embrace of the world.

The New York Village Halloween Parade has always been a secret garden of sorts, a place where, for 40 years, wildness of a very rare variety has flourished within the high walls of New York's avenues. Halloween being a night of inversions, our "garden" is not a safe place where the "wild" is kept out; it is a safe place where the wildness of imagination is invited in! Just as Frederick Law Olmsted's ramble in Central Park cultivates the liberating thrill of bewilderment amidst its twisting paths, paraders know they will be safe within the procession.

This year Parade puppeteers will sow the seeds of a verdant Garden, turning 6th Avenue into a greenway of surging shoots, unfurling blossoms, and tempting fruits dangling low from the animated boughs of a giant Tree of Life. All are invited to our workshops to help bring our not-so-secret, world-famous "garden" to life and celebrate our oasis of wildness that in the end (as Olmsted said) is what truly civilizes us.

MEANWHILE, the dog Halloween parade happened in Tompkins Square Park on Saturday, and BrooklynVegan photographer Mimi Hong stopped by before she got to our CMJ showcase. Her constumed dog pictures continue below...

Continue reading "Village Halloween Parade returns Friday, but the Tompkins Square Dog Costume Parade was Saturday (pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Beach Slang / Pity Sex / The Jazz June
BV CMJ Showcase Saturday
BV CMJ Showcase Saturday
BV CMJ Showcase Saturday

After our Saturday (10/25) day party at Baby's All Right, we went right into the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport. Sport, who are in the US from France for just a few shows on their way to The Fest, started a little after 8 and were unfortunately forced to play as a 3-piece due to their other guitarist's hand injury. Even with the smaller setup though, Sport sounded great. Somewhere between a hardcore band and noodly emo, there's obvious influences on their sound but they really have a cool thing going on and never sound like one particular band. A small group of people up front were clearly familiar and knew every word, but it seemed like Sport won over even those who weren't. They were a great start to what would be an all around great night.

Cayetana followed. I hadn't seen them since they opened for The Menzingers before their album was out, and they were great then too, but Saturday's show was on another level. They were super tight, and considering Augusta Koch's lyrics are a huge part of their sound it was great to hear her voice cutting through the mix loud and clear. Up next were their Philly neighbors and Tiny Engines labelmates Beach Slang, who kept the good vibes going and inspired the biggest singalongs of the night. They played all seven full-band songs from their two EPs and even though it had only been 11 days since they last played them in NYC, it was refreshing all over again.

Pity Sex followed, and they've come a long way since they played our CMJ day party on the same stage almost exactly a year ago. Their debut album had been out for a few months at that point, but it's really picked up steam and this time the room was packed with people who clearly knew the songs. My personal highlight was that it was the first time they played the stripped-down Britty Drake-fronted "Hollow Body" at a full-band show, and like at Webster in August they included their spot-on cover of the PIxies' "Gigantic" which is always super fun.

The show wrapped with a set from The Jazz June, the one veteran band on the bill, but their set wasn't only nostalgia. They've got a new album coming in November (their first in 12 years) and the songs they played off that fit right in with the newer bands on the bill. Of course they included old favorites too, and in a year that's had no lack of reunions from the late '90s emo scene, it was great to hear The Jazz June's stuff holding up and played in great form too.

In between sets, Tom Mullen from Washed Up Emo spun golden era emo which inspired a few singalongs from the crowd up front. Thanks to Tom, all the bands, everyone at Baby's All Right and everyone who came out to the show. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

More pictures from the whole night, below...

Continue reading "The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana & Sport played our official CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right (pics)"

Belle & Sebastian at Pitchfork Chicago 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Pitchfork Paris begins this Thursday (10/30) and continues through Saturday (11/1), but if you won't be in Paris for it you can still stream many of its sets from the comfort of your own home. (Buy some croissants and it will be just like you were there!) You can watch sets from Belle and Sebastian, St. Vincent, Mogwai, Four Tet, Future Islands, tUnE-yArDs, Foxygen, the Notwist, Ought, Son Lux, Perfect Pussy, Jungle, D.D Dumbo, Kwamie Liv and possibly more TBA, in the video player below.

Stay tuned for Thursday, meanwhile check out the fest's schedule and a teaser video below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Paris is this week, streaming sets from St. Vincent, Belle & Sebastian, tUnE-yArDs, Four Tet, Future Islands, more"