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December 12, 2014

Swans in Chicago in June (more by Brigid Gallagher)
Swans

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

Swans, Liturgy @ Warsaw
More than 30 years into their career and Swans are arguably better than ever -- their last two records, including this year's To Be Kind, were pretty much instant classics. Tonight they squeeze in one last 2014 hometown show and they've got another (much newer) intense NYC band to open. Sold out.

Swearin', Quarterbacks, Bethlehem Steel, Mean Creek @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
There's no lack of modern indie rock bands worshipping the '90s, but Swearin' are really one of the better ones, with actual songs that are as strong as some of the bands who influenced them.

YOB, Tombs, Kings Destroy @ Saint Vitus
Doom metal had quite the year in 2014, and looking at the year-end lists we've seen so far, it's pretty much between the Pallbearer album and YOB's Clearing the Path to Ascend for 2014's doom valedictorian. Tonight begins a 2-night stand at Saint Vitus with great and different openers each night. Both sold out.

Centro-Matic, Anders Parker Cloud Badge @ Mercury Lounge
Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds. All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus...after this tour. This, the second of their two shows here, may be your last chance to see them in NYC.

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Alex G @ Knitting Factory
Cymbals Eat Guitars made their boldest LP yet with this year's LOSE, and if you like traditional-style indie rock, not many other records in 2014 hit the spot like that one did. Alex G's DIY pop opus DSU was one of 2014's memorable records too, making this a solid double bill.

Porches, LVL UP, What Moon Things, Cantina @ Palisades
Porches is co-headlining Bowery Ballroom in February but you can catch them in scruffier surroundings tonight with a host of worthy openers.

Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Crying, Somos @ Gramercy Theatre
This tour is loaded with cool stuff from the lyrical, youthful Modern Baseball, to the delicately arranged and cathartic Foxing, to the gameboy-fueled pop punks Crying, to guitar slingers Somos. This is the first of 2 NYC shows. MHOW on Monday.

Anamanaguchi, Sharp Eagle Platform, Finn Diesel, Maxo, Bruce Smear, Doss @ Baby's All Right
Eight-bit wonders Anamanaguchi are opening for Dillon Francis's shows at Terminal 5 next month, but you can catch them in cozier confines tonight.

Animal Collective (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Avey Tare and Panda Bear won't be there tonight, but the other two members of Animal Collective will be spinning the hits (or whatever it is they spin) from midnight til late.

Your Old Droog, Dave East @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Your Old Droog got so many Nas comparisons at first that he was rumored to even secretly be the classic rapper himself. He isn't, but he's certainly got his own lyrical chops.

Coy Kids, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Dream Child, Against Grace, Left Me Bashful, Sursum Verbo @ Pianos
Bubu musician Janka Nabay plays this mid-evening at one of his favorite haunts tonight. His set is listed from 10 PM - midnight, so you could be in for an epic set.

Flosstradamus, GTA, Curtis Williams w/ Two-9 @ Terminal 5
Chicago beatmakers Flosstradamus know how to get a room moving, so it's no surprise that they're about to take over the huge Terminal 5 for two nights, one of which (tonight) is already sold out. Openers should be a good time too.

Demetri Martin @ Capitol Theatre
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin brings his short tour just out of NYC tonight, and he'll be back in February to play the city proper (with two other area dates before and after).

Aimee Mann, Ted Leo @ The Space at Westbury
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (who collaborate as The Both) will bring their Christmas show to NYC proper on Saturday, but tonight's the second of two other shows in the area before that. Helping them get in the holiday spirit is Susannah Hoffs of The Bangles and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton.

Excepter, Guardian Alien, PCPC, Rat Piss Aquarium (Weyes Blood solo) @ Trans-Pecos
This is a release party for Parquet Courts/PC Worship side project PCPC's book that they made in lieu of making any kind of record so they'd have something at the merch table on their European tour. Playing live music will be Greg Fox in Guardian Alien Mode, Excepter, and Rat Piss Aquarium which is "Natalie Weyes Blood harshin."

The Figgs, BLOCKHOUSES @ Bowery Electric
The Figgs have been creating great power pop for two decades now, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Steeped in the tradition of The Replacements, Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello, their annual Christmas shows are always a great time to catch them as the coming of winter seems to kick the trio's playing up just a notch.

Vitamen, Baby Dayliner, Mishka Shubaly @ Union Pool
Snarky pop trio The Vitamen called it quits in 2005 and are not getting back together, but they are dusting off their instruments for this one-off show with their old pal Baby Dayliner (who they used to back).

Larry and The Babes, Sunflower Bean, Heeney, Nonsense, The Britanys @ Aviv
Brooklyn's newest DIY showspace tonight has a lineup of some of the hardest-working bands in the borrough, namely Sunflower Bean and Heeney.

Gabriel Kahane @ BAM
Composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, who's collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Blake Mills and others, is performing his newest work, The Ambassador, from December 13-10 at BAM with fellow Sufjan collaborators Rob Moose, Alex Sopp (both of yMusic), and Casey Foubert, as well as Ted Poor, Laura Lutzke, Nathan Schram, and Gabriel Cabezas (also of yMusic).

Z100 Jingle Ball @ Madison Square Garden Arena
Depending on which corner of the "indie music internet" you frequent, you may like to know this lineup includes Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Kiesza, Charli XCX and others. Or perhaps you might like to avoid this at all costs.

American Hi-Fi, Charly Bliss @ Mercury Lounge
Pretty sure American Hi-Fi stopped being the flavor of the weak in like, 2002 the latest, but it's 2014 and here we are.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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December 11, 2014

Parquet Courts in Bed Stuy in June (more by Joe McCabe)
PC

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

Parquet Courts, Blues Control,PC Worship @ Webster Hall
Parquet Courts have had a busy year, releasing two very good albums, staying on tour pretty much constantly, and forming a noise project with members of PC Worship (who open tonight). They cap off the year tonight with their biggest hometown show yet, which is sold out.

Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal), Kuroma @ Baby's All Right
Of Montreal are gearing up to release a new album early next year but frontman Kevin Barnes may well play some of it tonight at this solo show. MGMT-related band Kuroma opens.

Russian Circles, Mutoid Man @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is a killer double bill for fans of heavy music with post-rock crushers Russian Circles and the Converge/Cave In-related Mutoid Man, who have some of the elements of their main bands but trim all fat and just have a good time.

James Murphy (DJ set), Tim Sweeney, Mike Simonetti, Cooper Saver @ Output
Party like it's 2002: James Murphy will be spinning with his pal Tim Sweeney making Output feel a little like The Plant Bar (ok maybe not) with help from former Italians Do It Better domo Mike Simonetti (who just started a new label).

The Thurston Moore Band @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Thurston's current band has him backed by an excellent lineup that includes his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on drums and My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe on bass, and their new album is his most Sonic Youth-sounding material since The Eternal.

Suckers, DOM, Future Punx, Cameron Hull, Mazed (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
Inactive for a while, Suckers are reforming to say goodbye to a venue they've played many times over the years: Glasslands, which closes at the end of the month. Also on the bill: DOM who reinvented themselves a while back (swapping guitars for synths), and neo-new-wave band Future Punx.

Pharmakon, Marshstepper, Puce Mary, Aischrolatreia Ligature, Penchant @ Saint Vitus
This is a great bill with the Destruction Unit-related Marshstepper whose live show includes blood, nudity and must be seen live if you want any real idea of what it's like. On top of that, there's Pharmakon (headlining) and Puce Mary, who both make eardrum-damaging PE/industrial/noise with wild vocals, and ex-The Men project Ligature.

Centro-Matic, Elephant Micah @ Rough Trade
Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds. All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus...after this tour. These shows may be your last chance to see them in NYC.

Dan Friel, Peter Kerlin's Octet, Charles Waters (Trio), Matt Nelson @ Trans-Pecos
With what kind of looks like table at a Silicon Valley flea market, Dan Friel coaxes strange sounds out of his homemade electronics. He headlines tonights experimental line-up of music.

Trey Anastasio Band @ Beacon Theatre
There's been no lack of Phish shows in NYC in the past year, and tonight their guitarist Trey Anastasio returns with the other band he leads for the first show in a two-night run. Both are sold out.

Bilal, Dragons of Zynth, DJ Rashad "Tumblin' Dice" Smith @ Brooklyn Bowl
Bilal balances the line between accessible neo-soul and the more psychedelic side of it, and he does it well. If you were confused, opener DJ Rashad "Tumblin' Dice" Smith is not to be confused with the late DJ Rashad.

Gabriel Kahane @ BAM
Composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, who's collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Blake Mills and others, is performing his newest work, The Ambassador, from December 13-10 at BAM with fellow Sufjan collaborators Rob Moose, Alex Sopp (both of yMusic), and Casey Foubert, as well as Ted Poor, Laura Lutzke, Nathan Schram, and Gabriel Cabezas (also of yMusic).

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 10, 2014

Waxahatchee at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Waxahatchee

Beverly @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Kevin Barnes

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

Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, The Goodbye Party, Weyes Blood @ Glasslands
It's one of your last chances to get to Glasslands before it closes, and of all these final shows this lineup is especially hard to pass up. Waxahatchee's been previewing stuff off her upcoming album lately so maybe we'll hear some of that. Steve Gunn will bring the psych folk and his impressive fretwork, The Goodbye Party will bring the lo-fi pop, and Weyes Blood provides the evening with some all-star pipes.

Dave Hill, Valley Lodge, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Bridget Everett, Chris Distefano, Larry Murphy @ The Bell House
This is Dave Hill's monthly show "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets," though for the holidays they've moved from the bathroom to "under the mistletoe." He's pulled together quite a line-up too.

Public Access TV, Beverly, Crocodiles (Brandon DJ Set), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Kip DJ Set), DJBP, DJ Lio Kanine @ Baby's All Right
It's the Kanine Records holiday party, featuring live sets from Public Access TV, Beverly and Sleigher (actually Jamaica Queens) in the performance room, and a host of DJs (including Kip of TPOBPAH and BV's Bill Pearis) in the front. It's free with RSVP.

FaltyDL, Braille, Dave Q, Funafuji, Seafloor, Nooka Jones @ Cameo
Percussion Lab is having their holiday party at Cameo tonight with a pretty stacked lineup that includes at least two of NY's finest beatmakers, FaltyDL and Braille (of Sepalcure). It starts at 10 PM and is totally free.

Prince Rupert's Drops, Weird Owl, Rhyton @ Union Pool
It's a full night of different types of psych at Union Pool tonight, with the '60s pop style of Prince Rupert's Drops, the space-y Weird Owl, and the Middle Eastern-tinged Rhyton.

Olivia Jean, The Dough Rollers @ Rough Trade
This totally free Third Man Records-presented show features two of their artists: Black Belles singer Olivia Jean, who put out her garage/rockabilly debut solo LP this year, and the rootsy Dough Rollers who put out an EP recently. We're not sure if Jack himself will be there, but maybe he'll show up virtually.

The Foreign Exchange, Natasha Diggs, OP! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Foreign Exchange is the long-running hip hop duo of Little Brother's Phonte and producer Nicolay. They're not supporting a new album at the moment but last released Love in Flying Colors in 2013. Tonight's show is free with RSVP (which is now closed).

Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Susanna Hoffs, Jonathan Coulton @ Tarrytown Music Hall
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (who collaborate as The Both) will bring their Christmas show to NYC proper on Saturday, but there's two other shows in the area before that including tonight's in Westchester. Helping them get in the holiday spirit is Susannah Hoffs of The Bangles and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton.

Gabriel Kahane @ BAM
Composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, who's collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Blake Mills and others, is performing his newest work, The Ambassador, from December 13-10 at BAM with fellow Sufjan collaborators Rob Moose, Alex Sopp (both of yMusic), and Casey Foubert, as well as Ted Poor, Laura Lutzke, Nathan Schram, and Gabriel Cabezas (also of yMusic).

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 9, 2014

Ben Watt at Joe's Pub in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Ben Watt

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

Angel Olsen, Lionlimb @ Bowery Ballroom
Angel Olsen's varied 2014 album goes from somber folk to upbeat indie rock and it's rightfully been appearing on a bunch of year-end lists already. Tonight she plays the third of her three NYC shows on this tour.

Common, Jay Electronica @ Irving Plaza
Common's been spitting quality conscious raps for over two decades, and continued to do so on this year's Nobody's Smiling. Tonight he's with much younger rapper Jay Electronica, who we're still patiently waiting on a debut album from.

Ben Watt, Porcelain Raft @ Le Poisson Rouge
Everything But the Girl guitarist Ben Watt released Hendra, his first solo album in 30 years, earlier this year and is returning to NYC for a second time this year, though onetime Suede guitarist Bernard Butler is not accompanying his this go-round. Opener is Italian dreampop artist Porcelain Raft.

Jana Hunter, Zula, Christian Peslak @ Glasslands
Singer of Lower Dens and also an accomplished psych-folk artist on her own, Jana Hunter plays one of the last-ever shows at Williamsburg venue Glasslands tonight. Opening are proggy pop band Zula and Delicate Steve/Saint Rich member Christian Peslak.

Exit Verse, Joel Michael Howard, Leapling @ Knitting Factory
Exit Verse is the new band from Karate frontman Geoff Farina with members of Chisel and more. Their roots in '90s indie rock strongly show on their recently-released debut album, and tonight's openers are a good match.

Matmos (perform Robert Ashley's "Perfect Lives"), HARIBO @ Issue Project Room
Longrunning electronic duo will be performing scnes from the groundbreaking television opera Perfect Lives (which ran from 1978-1983) written by Robert Ashley, who passed away earlier this year. They'll be collaborating with a string ensemble, a video artist and more.

Spank Rock, Amanda Blank, Cunt Mafia, Eli Escobar (DJ Set), Roxy Cottontail (DJ Set), Viki Villainess, Mike Q (DJ Set), Lil Internet (DJ Set), Nelleke (DJ Set), Blu Jemz (DJ Set), Noah (DJ Set) @ Baby's All Right
Spank Rock recently released a new EP, The Upside, which is dark electro rap that sounds more like it came from the UNO scene than something like "Sweet Talk" (listen to it). He celebrates it with this official release party tonight.

Jack and Eliza, Plume Giant, Modern Rivals @ Rough Trade
Jack & Eliza make charming '60s-inspired pop with hints of Ricky Nelson or The Everly Brothers, and it's also a bit like early Slow Club.

bottoms, Skeletonhead, Princess Tiny and the Meats @ Saint Vitus
bottoms share two members with TEETH and describe themselves as "two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer." Their new EP is coming out in January on JD Samson's label and fans of Le Tigre's electroclash would probably dig.

Manchester Orchestra, Chris Staples @ The Bell House
Earlier this year, Manchester Orchestra released Cope, an album filled with big stadium-ready rock riffs, and more recently they put out Hope, which featured the same songs stripped down and with more delicate arrangements. Tonight they'll be in stripped-down mode, and are appropriately playing a much more intimate space than their last NYC show (Terminal 5).

Rathborne, Napoleon, Filmstrip, Oh Oh Ecstasy @ Bowery Electric
Rathborne headlines this show, and if you're going we especially recommend catching Filmstrip, whose recent LP wasn't too far removed from The Men's punkish country rock.

James Blood Ulmer & Marc Ribot @ City Winery
Veteran jazz/funk/blues guitarist James Blood Ulmer and avant-guitar great Marc Ribot share the stage for the first time ever tonight.

"Women of Letters" w/ Kristin Hersh, Meg Wolitzer, Sara Benincasa, Adriene Truscott, Aparna Nancherla, Rachel Antonoff @ Joe's Pub
It's another installment of "Women of Letters," which "involves five or six female writers, performers, actors, politicians, and artists joining together to revive the lost art of letter writing." Among tonight's lineup is Throwing Muses singer Kristin Hersh.

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 8, 2014

Yellow Ostrich @ Pianos earlier this year (more by David Andrako)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Yellow Ostrich, Tei Shi, Norwegian Arms, Belle Mare @ Glasslands
Not only is this Yellow Ostrich's last show at Glasslands, which is closes at the end of the month, but their last show ever. The band are splitting amicably and frontman Alex Schaaf is already working on a new project.  Catch them one last time, with opener Tei Shi and others.

Swet Shop Boys, Wiki (of RatKing) @ Baby's All Right
Former Das Racist member Heems teamed up with British rapper/actor Riz MC (aka Riz Ahmed) and the duo released their Swet Shop EP on Heems' Greedhead label earlier this year. It's got production from Lushline, Lynas, Ryan Hemsworth and DADRAS, and it's more proof that Heems has pretty much been on fire this year.

Mirah @ a living room in Ditmas Park
Mirah has been busy this year, releasing a new album and going on multiple tours. This current one's a little different, she's playing in fan's living rooms. Where, exactly, the Ditmas Park show will be is a secret -- till you buy a ticket.

Angel Olsen, Lionlimb @ Bowery Ballroom
Angel Olsen's varied 2014 album goes from somber folk to upbeat indie rock and it's rightfully been appearing on a bunch of year-end lists already. Tonight she plays the second of her three NYC shows on this tour.

Landlady @ Mercury Lounge
Landlady main man Adam Schatz has organized this "Holiday Spectacular" featuring Luke Temple, Celestial Shore, Xenia Rudios and more. The show is a benefit for The Bushwick School of Music.

Jamie T, Made Violent @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Carry on the Grudge is Jamie T's first album in five years and finds the UK artist mixing electronics  with more traditional singer-songwriter styles. The record has shown up on more than a few end-of-year lists, including NME, Q, and Uncut.

Smashing Pumpkins @ Webster Hall
The Smashing Pumpkins release  their new album Monuments To An Elegy on December 9, and are playing four release shows happening in Berlin, London, Paris and tonight in New York.

Conor Oberst, Natalie Merchant, The Felice Brothers, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, Jonathan Wilson, Suzanne Vega @ Beacon Theatre
It's the 10th annual WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit concert, with a host of talented performers and proceeds going to the eclectic NYC radio station.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly show tonight features appearances by Ari Shaffir, Janine Brito, Mehran Khaghani, and Shane Torres.

Crowbar, Unearth, Black Crown Initiate, Divider @ Saint Vitus
New Orleans sludge mainstays Crowbar have spent much of 2014 touring behind their excellent new LP Symmetry in Black. Their current tour, with Unearth and Black Crown Initiate stops at Saint Vitus tonight which begins the evening with a screening of Noisey's NOLA documentary.

Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Sarah Vowell, Fred Armisen @ The Bell House
Here's another benefit for kids' creative writing program 826NYC featuring a host of funny folks.

Dej Loaf, Boldy James, Kiyanne & Spank Jus Bizness @ SOB's
Dej recently played her single "Try Me" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots, and was also one of the many Detroit rappers featured onEminem's song "Detroit vs Everybody" from his new Shady Records compilation, Shady XV.

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 7, 2014

Cibo Matto @ Central Park Summerstage (more by Adela Loconte)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

tUnE-YaRds, Cibo Matto, Beep! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
tUnE-yArDs dove further into their world of quirky, eccentric pop on this year's Nikki Nack, and Cibo Matto returned with their first album since 1999 which had them still in good form. Tonight concludes their four-night run at MHOW.

Fred Schneider, Lena Hall, Miriam Shor, David Johansen, Stephen Trask, Michael C. Hall, Tits of Clay @ The Hills NYC
Don Hill's was the birthplace of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, and Stephen Trask returns to the venue (now called The Hills NYC) for this Don Hill tribute that also benefits benefitting youth addiction nonprofit Road Recovery. He's brought current Hedwig start Michael C Hall (of Dexter and Six Feet Under), along with a few other notable friends.

Max Richter @ Bowery Ballroom
Great contemporary composer Max Richter is billing this show as 'The Leftovers and The Blue Notebooks,' the latter being the name of his acclaimed 2004 album and the former being the name of the HBO series that aired over the summer that he soundtracked.

Sloan Wainwright, Peter Stampfel, Cosy Sheridan, Muppeteer Peter Linz, Sam McTavey @ CIty Winery
While Rufus and Martha's holiday shows are still to come, tonight their aunt Sloan (who also plays their show) does her own smaller holiday show at City Winery. Especially of note on the lineup is folk legend Peter Stampfel.

Kendra Morris, Kiah Victoria, The Side Project, Quiet Life @ Brooklyn Bowl
Diverse lineup for Brooklyn Bowl's "School Night!" show tonight with soul singer Kendra Morris, electropop singer Kiah Victoria, saxophone quartet The Side Project, and folk/roots rockers Quiet Life. Free with RSVP which is open til 3 PM, or $8 at the door without

Avan Lava, Reverend John DeLore @ Littlefield
Tonight is a benefit for Andrew Schneider's multimedia art project YOUARENOWHERE, featuring a live performance by over-the-top dance act Avan Lava. Admission includes a drink ticket.

X blank X, Blues Control, Silk Purse @ Monty Hall (NJ)
Mid 70's Cleveland art punk band X__X reformed earlier in 2014 for their first live shows in 35 years.

Trivia Night For Cheaters w/ John Hodgman @ The Bell House
John Hodgman takes advantage of his know-it-all persona as quizmaster for this night benefitting for kids' creative writing outlet 826NYC.

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 6, 2014

Angel Olsen at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Angel Olsen

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

Angel Olsen @ Roulette
Angel Olsen's varied 2014 album goes from somber folk to upbeat indie rock and it's rightfully been appearing on a bunch of year-end lists already. Tonight she plays the first of her three NYC shows on this tour.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Apollo Theater
Tonight's the final night of Daptone's three-day holiday extravaganza, the "Super Soul Revue," at the iconic Harlem venue.

The Graveyard Kids, The Brooklyn What, Peter Stampfel, God Tiny, LIAM, Skinnybones @ Aviv
This show is being billed as "A Funeral for Rock N' Roll." Specifically, a New Orleans style funeral. Among the acts playing are psychedelic folk legend Peter Stampfel and punks The Brooklyn What. This might also be a good chance to check out new DIY showspace, Aviv.

Brooklyn Rock Lottery @ Baby's All Right
A bunch of musicians from notable bands will be divvied up into "groups" today, then they'll spend the day writing and rehearsing original songs which they'll then perform at this show with proceeds going to the Harmony Program. Musicians include members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Parquet Courts, Obits, Beverly, TEEN, Au Revoir Simone, Dismemberment Plan, and more. Sold out.

Philip Glass (The Etudes) @ BAM
Philip Glass' 20-years-in-the-making project is performed in full tonight with help from nine other pianists, including Nico Muhly and Timo Andres.

Cyndi Lauper, 50 Cent, Sufjan Stevens, Natalie Maines, Patty Griffin, Salt-n-Pepa, Liv Warfield, STRFKR, Emily West, Rob Thomas, Emily Haines (of Metric) @ Beacon Theatre
This is Cyndie Lauper's annual 'Home for the Holidays' benefit show, with a star-studded and disparate lineup of performers.

BADBADNOTGOOD, Jerry Paper @ Bowery Ballroom
Jazz/hip hop trio BadBadNotGood caught ears early on thanks to associations with Odd Future, but they've since grown into a group who are notable on their own. Opening tonight's show is Jerry Paper who is on Dustin from Beach Fossils' new label. Sold out.

Peelander Z, Life Size Maps, Hard Nips @ Glasslands
The far-out, always entertaining Peelander-Z headline this show and, as it's their last at the soon-to-close venue, expect stops to be pulled.

Hot Chip (DJ Set), JDH & Dave P @ Good Room
Al & Felix of Hot Chip were just here playing as part of their side project New Build and tonight they'll be spinning tunes at the venue formerly known as Europa.

tUnE-YaRds, Cibo Matto, Beep! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
tUnE-yArDs dove further into their world of quirky, eccentric pop on this year's Nikki Nack, and Cibo Matto returned with their first album since 1999 which had them still in good form. Tonight's night 3 of their 4-night run at MHOW.

Truthers, Scully, Milk Dick, Rips @ Union Pool
What we've got here is a great lineup of scuzzy, fuzzy garage rock n' roll (and one that seems like it could've been at DbA). Scully features ex members of Splinters, and Milk Dick have a new release out on JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label.

Chuck Ragan, Adam Faucett @ Rough Trade
Hot Water Music are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, but co-frontman Chuck Ragan is staying extra busy focusing on his rootsy folk solo project as well. Tonight's show is sold out.

Bongripper, Hasj, Hound, Water Torture @ Saint Vitus
Though they almost did in 2011, Chicago stoner metal greats Bongripper have actually never played NYC, but that will finally change tonight. Not too surprisingly, it's sold out. Also of note is Hound, who feature members of Ted Leo's band The Pharmacists and None More Black.

Lucius, Bahamas, Elaphant @ Terminal 5
Brooklyn's Lucius, featuring lookalike singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, have spent much of 2014 on the festival circut, still riding high on 2013's,Wildewoman.

Jacques Greene, Rinsed, Justin Strauss, BOY/FRIEND, THENEWDEAL @ Slake
Jacques Greene hails from Montreal, but his garage-inspired beats sound straight out of the UK. If you haven't heard this year's Phantom Vibrate or After Life After Party EPs, they're worth seeking out.

Ampere, Slingshot Dakota, Petal, Clean Girls @ Suburbia
Pennsylvania DIY pop bands Slingshot Dakota are on tour together which hits NYC tonight for this show. Headlining though, is ex-Orchid hardcore ragers Ampere, which makes for a very diverse (and awesome) night. And it's actually your second chance to catch Ampere today. They play a matinee with Capacities at ABC No Rio this afternoon.

Madball, Turnstile, Death Before Dishonor, Take Offense, Downpresser @ Webster Hall
There's really nowhere besides Webster Hall that NYHC fans should be tonight: Madball shows aren't the rarest thing and they may not have their full classic lineup, but tonight's the 20th anniversary celebration of their debut, Set It Off, so it'll be a special one.

The Futurebirds, Daniel Romano, Ben Miller Band @ Gramercy Theater
It's the fourth annual Ho Ho Ho Down benefit with a folk/country lineup. Especially of note is Canada's Daniel Romano who's melancholic country is great and a nice alternative to, say, the kind of country that was just nominated for a bunch of Grammys.

frnkiero andthe cellabration, Transit, Northern Faces @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Weekends mean Brooklyn Night Bazaar is open, and that means arcade games, drinks, food, record vendors, jewelry vendors and more. Oh and free music, and tonight's got a lineup of melodic punk.

The Scotch Bonnets (ft. HR of Bad Brains), The Far East, Dead Tenants @ Palisades
While Bad Brains' kinda flakey HR is a part of The Scotch Bonnets' show tonight, the DC reggae band is more the outlet for singer/songwriter Kristin Forbes, so take his presence here with that in mind.

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December 5, 2014

tUnE-yArDs at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Strand of Oaks @ Ace Hotel (5 PM)
Strand of Oaks made the switch from a somber folk singer to an upbeat folk rocker this year and it's boosted his career more than ever before. Last night the band played their biggest NYC show yet at Bowery Ballroom and tonight they hang around for a free one, part of Ace Hotel's 5 at 5 series.

tUnE-YaRds, Cibo Matto, Beep! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
tUnE-yArDs dove further into their world of quirky, eccentric pop on this year's Nikki Nack, and Cibo Matto returned with their first album since 1999 which had them still in good form. Tonight's night 2 of their 4-night run at MHOW.

The Blow, Zambri, Cookies @ Glasslands
Tonight two bands  (The Blow, Zambri) who've graced Glasslands' stage many times over the years will say goodbye to the venue which closes at the end of the month. It's the first show in a long time for Zambri.

Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Obey City @ Best Buy Theater
This is a killer double bill with two of NYC's finest drug-rap groups, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. It wasn't too long ago you could catch either of those in smaller venues around the city, but tonight's co-headlining gig at the larger Irving Plaza is sold out.

Doomriders, Black Black Black, Humanless, Mammal @ Saint Vitus
Converge bassist Nate Newton's a busy guy these days. That band's touring next year, his band Old Man Gloom recently put out an album, Cavalera Conspiracy recently put out an album he played bass on, and the stoner metal band he fronts, Doomriders, are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a few shows this weekend. They're in NYC tonight.

The Randy Fuller Four, Andy Shernoff, The A-Bones, Daddy Long Legs, Miriam and Nobody's Babies, Bloodshot Bill @ Bell House
Tonitght's the Norton Records Holiday Spectacular, featuring Randy Fuller (brother of Bobby "I Fought the Law" Fuller) and the label's stable of groovy garage bands.

Richard Buckner, Jessi Robertson, Dan Abraham @ Union Hall
Long-running alt-country singer Richard Buckner may not have gotten as big as some of his Merge labelmates (you may remember one of Arcade Fire's earliest NYC shows was with him) or some of the people he's influenced (like Bon Iver), but he's consistently kept it, releasing his tenth album Surrounded last year.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band @ Apollo Theater
Tonight's the second of Daptone's three-day holiday extravaganza, the "Super Soul Revue" at the iconic Harlem venue.

Philip Glass (The Etudes) @ BAM
Philip Glass' 20-years-in-the-making project is performed in full tonight with help from nine other pianists, including Nico Muhly and Timo Andres.

The Feelies @ Asbury Lanes
Hoboken indie rock legends, The Feelies opened for Yo La Tengo at Town Hall last night and decided to play another area show while they had their gear out anyway.

Single Mothers, Show Me The Body, Basic Bitches @ Baby's All Right
Single Mothers make angry, attitude filled punk that kicks right into full gear and never lets up on the aggression until they leave the stage. It may finally be getting colder out, but you're most likely leaving this one covered in sweat.

Foo Fighters @ Irving Plaza
Foo Fighters have a new stadium rock record out and their tour next year hits NYC for an actual stadium show at Citi Field. But tonight they're in town for something a tad smaller. You have to line up at the box office like the old days to get tickets. Good luck.

Lemonade, Cut Copy (Tim & Ben), JDH (DJ sets) @ Glasslands
Your chances to dance the night away at Glasslands are running out -- this is a good one, a tag team DJ event featuring members of Cut Copy and Lemonade.

Lagwagon, Swingin' Utters, This Legend @ Gramercy Theatre
Because you just can't escape '90s punk nostalgia, Fat Wreck Chords labelmates Lagwagon and Swingin' Utters both have new albums out this year and they're now celebrating them on a tour together.

Elvis Depressedly, Told Slant, Bellows, Yours Are The Only Ears @ Shea Stadium
Elvis Depressedly first began generating some buzz in the Orchid Tapes DIY scene (Alex G, RIcky Eat Acid, Foxes In Fiction, etc), and he's now made the move to larger label Run for Cover (Tigers Jaw, Pity Sex) who will put out his debut full length next year. The rest of tonight's bill is all in the family -- Told Slant, Bellows and Yours Are The Only Ears come from their own DIY community, a collective known as The Epoch, and frequently collaborate/share members.

Potty Mouth, UNiiQU3, The Guests, LADD @ Barnard College
This mutli-genre bill at Barnard College features indie/punks Potty Mouth, electronic producer UNiiQU3 and more.

The Waldos, Dogmatics, Heap @ Bowery Electric
If you're in the mood for some old school punk tonight, head to Bowery Electric where Walter Lure's band The Waldos plays. Before forming this band, Walter was a member of Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers.

Alberta Cross, Fly Golden Eagle, The Candles, Invisibleman @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is open with a night of folk rock. It's free to get in and watch the bands, and there's plenty of not-free fun too like arcade games, shopping, good food, drinks and more.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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December 4, 2014

Strand of Oaks in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Yo La Tengo, The Feelies @ Town Hall
While their Maxwell's Hanukkah shows are sorely missed, Yo La Tengo will be celebrating the season -- and their 30th anniversary -- with two shows at Town Hall, tonight being the second. Tonight's show is with another legendary NJ indie rock outfit. Sold out.

tUnE-yArDs, Cibo Matto, Beep! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
tUnE-yArDs dove further into their world of quirky, eccentric pop on this year's Nikki Nack, and Cibo Matto returned with their first album since 1999 which had them still in good form. Tonight begins their 4-night run at MHOW.

Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls with Ice Choir @ Converse SOHO
This free in-store performance sounds kinda cool: Dee Dee doing a full set of Dum Dum Girls songs as backed (and arranged) by Kurt Feldman's new romantic synthpop outfit Ice Choir. It's a free show (one of a few around the country) in celebration of a new multi-artist holiday EP that will be available on vinyl only at these shows.

Strand of Oaks, Torres @ Bowery Ballroom
Strand of Oaks made the move from an introverted folk singer to a big-sounding folk rock band this year, and the change has been pretty successful. Tonight's their largest headlining show in NYC yet, and it's a great double bill with Torres' grungy folk.

New Build, Future Punx, Orange Cassettes @ Rough Trade
New Build, the side project of Hot Chip's Al Doyle and Felix Martin, play their second NYC show of the week. This one is without tourmates Museum of Love but in their place are local new wavers Future Punx, and Orange Cassettes which is the new band from Radio 4's Anthony Roman.

TEEN, Beverly, Charly Bliss, Scully @ Glasslands
TEEN have played Glasslands many times over the last few years and will say goodbye to the soon-to-close venue as part of a very good bill of indie rock.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Apollo Theater
Tonight's the first of Daptone's three-day holiday party called the Super Soul Revue at the iconic Harlem venue.

Junius, So Hideous, In Aeona @ Saint Vitus
Tis the season to be jolly, and Prosthetic Records are celebrating with a decidedly un-jolly holiday party at Saint Vitus tonight. Heavy post-rockers Junius and likeminded locals So Hideous will stack this show with dark atmospheres. Admission gets you a free glass of Prosthetic Imperial Black Ale brewed specially for the occasion by Sixpoint Brewery.

Shad, Kahli Abdu, Jay Wirth @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Alt-rapper Shad keeps the golden age hip hop vibes alive on his new EP, Boarding Pass, which came out this week. Tonight he's in NYC for a one-off show.

X Blank X, Cellular Chaos, Ron Anderson/Richard Hoffman/Brian Chase Band, Sediment Club @ Cake Shop
Mid 70's Cleveland art punk band X__X reformed earlier in 2014 for their first live shows in 35 years. Tonight's show is with a group of fittingly experimental acts, including Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase.

Oliver, Plastic Plates, Alex English, Dali, Hiyawatha, Maximillion Dunbar, Shawn Reynaldo, Contakt, Bobby B @ Output
Dance duo Oliver get funky on their new Light Years Away EP for Fool's Gold. They're on tour in support of it, hitting Output for their weekly INPUT party tonight with Plastic Plates and some of the Girls & Boys DJs. Maxmillion Dunbar and others are in the Panther Room.

Low Fat Getting High, Grizzlor, Ceramics, biggpigg @ Grand Victory
Low Fat Getting High have been one of the more promising bands in Brooklyn's DIY rock scene as of late thanks to their catchy and aggressive grunge/punk hybrid. Their debut LP finally came out a few weeks ago, and tonight they'll likely be ripping through plenty of that.

John Zorn's Masada Marathon w/ Abraxas, Forro in the Dark, Sfia Rei, Erik Friedlander, Uri Gurvich @ Nublu
Part of the Nublu Jazz Fest, tonight's lineup was curated by Downtown icon John Zorn.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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December 3, 2014

Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House, December 2013 (more by PSquared)
YLT

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

New Build, Museum of Love @ Me1rcury Lounge
On tour together New Build and Museum of Love share a sound (soulful, serious dance music) and a history: MoL's Pat Mahoney played drums with Al Doyle in both Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem. Let's hope for some cross-pollination tonight.

Yo La Tengo, Antietam @ Town Hall
While their Maxwell's Hanukkah shows are sorely missed, Yo La Tengo will be celebrating the season -- and their 30th anniversary -- with two shows at Town Hall, tonight be the first. Unlike Thursday's show with The Feelies, you can still get tickets for tonight (with Antietam).

Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
Bob Dylan undeniably changed the worlds of folk music and folk rock, and over half a century after the release of his first album he's still going strong. His 36th album is due out next year and right now he's on a tour which concludes his five-night run at Beacon Theater tonight.

Kim Gordon & Loren Connors, Gary War @ Issue Project Room
Avant-guitar wiz Loren Connors has performed with Kim Gordon's ex-husband/bandmate Thurston Moore numerous times, but this is the first time he and Kim will be collaborating live so it should be an interesting one. The terrifically weird Gary War opens.

James Blake (DJ), Airhead, Dan Foat, Mr. Assister @ Output
James Blake just played an intimate live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg two days ago, and tonight he appears in NYC again but this time to DJ.

Jhene Aiko, SZA, The Internet @ Best Buy Theatre
Jhene Aiko and SZA are two of the better artists to have come out of the alt-R&B trend, and tonight they team up for a show together. Odd Future's The Internet should fit the bill pretty well too.

Say Anything, Saves The Day, Reggie & The Full Effect @ Irving Plaza
You may balk at the idea of seeing Say Anything and Saves the Day in 2014 (some of you may even balk at the idea of doing that ever), but if you do want to, there's no better tour to see than this. Saves the Day are playing their 15-year-old gamechanger Through Being Cool and Say Anything are playing their 10-year-old ...Is A Real Boy, an ambitious album from the usually-not-ambitious pop punk scene. This is night 2 of 2.

The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Symphony Space
This gospel group has been going strong since the 1940s, and their last release was 2013's Justin Vernon-produced I'll Find A Way. Tonight's their 2014 holiday show in NYC.

Jose James @ Rockwood Music Hall
Neo-soul singer Jose James is in town for a two-night stand of solo acoustic shows at Rockwood Music Hall (both sold out).

The Pizza Underground, Har Mar Superstar, Toby Goodshank @ Bowery Ballroom
The year's cheesiest tour comes to a near-end tonight in NYC with the always fun Har Mar Superstar, and the pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute act (featuring Macaulay Culkin) that has extended its 15 minutes to over a year.

Chrome Canyon, Young Ejecta, Alex Pasternak (DJ Set), Evan Michael (DJ Set), DJ Lady Guy @ Glasslands
While on record Chrome Canyon is just Morgan Z, live CC are a full band who bring his early-'80s synth vision to life. It's a very narrow focus -- somewhere around 1982, between Jan Hammer, Wendy Carlos, the themes to Knight Rider and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy miniseries -- but they do it very well. Also on board tonight: Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber synthpop project Young Ejecta.

Pinegrove, What Moon Things, Youth Worship, Railings @ Shea Stadium
When Asobi Seksu went on hiatus, guitarist James Hanna formed Youth Worship who follow in a similar, if more rocking, style.

Slothrust, Thelma & The Sleaze, Aye Nako, Little Waist @ Silent Barn
Bad puns aside, Nashville trio Thelma and the Sleaze make killer riff-n-attitude rock n' roll. Their second NYC show of their tour, this one's a rock-solid bill with Slothrust and Aye Nako worth catching too.

James Hoff, C. Spencer Yeh @ The Kitchen
The December installment of The Kitchen's "Synth Nights" series features two Brooklyn artist/musicians: Hoff with his BLASTER project - he infects drum machines with computer viruses; Yeh, meanwhile, will perform "improvisations on violin, voice, and electronics, presenting his most recent electro-acoustic strategies while revisiting older autodidactic performance gestures."

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.

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