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November 25, 2015

Christmas Roundup

It's that time of year again. Like "All I Want is Christmas is You," holiday shows in NYC are omnipresent. We've already posted about NYC Hanukkah shows, now here's a roundup of just about everything else.

Darlene Love is playing four "Love For the Holidays" shows like last year at BB King Blues Club on December 20, 26, January 2 and 16 (tickets). Another Phil Spector associate, Ronnie Spector, is doing her annual Christmas shows this year at City Winery on December 22-23 (tickets).

India Arie is doing a Christmas show at Irving Plaza on December 15 with Johnathan Reynolds, and tickets for that show are on sale now.

There are also plenty of options for your holiday burlesque needs. Le Poisson Rouge is doing a few Christmas burlesque shows: Burlesque-A-Pades: Sleigh Ride on December 12 (tickets) and It's A Hot Pink Christmas on December 20 (tickets). Elsewhere: The burlesque troupe Wasabassco is putting on a late "Holiday Season Spectacular" at City Winery (tickets). Wassabasco will also be at Bell House on December 4 for a 70's themed Christmas show (tickets).

Mariah Carey is doing a run of holiday shows again this year at the Beacon Theatre on December 8-18 , and tickets for that are on sale now. For slightly less moolah and slighty less actual Mariah, there's a FREE Mariah Carey-themed party called "Party Like It's 1999: All I Want for Christmas is Mariah Edition." at The Bell House on December 5. Meanwhile, Union Hall is also doing a Holiday Pop Singalong on December 18 that promises to feature Mariah prominently, along with Bowie, Bieber, Wham! and more (tickets).

Speaking of The Bell House, they might be the kings of holiday shows. (Makes sense: the place is the ski lodge of NYC music venues.) Look at all these:  Buzzfeed's Kwanzaa Show on December 5, which is a sold-out taping of Buzzfeed's "Another Round" podcast with musical accompaniment by Jean Grae. The next night (12/6)  is "Landlady Holiday Spectacular," with people like Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim and more, which features live music and production of Landlady's holiday play Red Velvet: An Ill-Conceived Santa Story (tickets).

Lots and lots more holiday shows are listed below...

Continue reading "A guide to NYC holiday concerts and events"

photo: Richard Thompson at Joe's Pub in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Richard Thompson

Glen Hansard is on tour now, and since we last spoke the legendary Richard Thompson was added as an opener to a few dates. One of those is the Brooklyn show happening Monday (11/30) at Kings Theater.

Glen's other NYC show, Tuesday (12/1) at Beacon Theatre, is with August Wells who also joined him at Housing Works in September. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Richard Thompson returned this year with the Jeff Tweedy-produced album Still, which just landed on MOJO's Top 50 LPs of 2015 list. Listen to a track from that below...

Continue reading "Richard Thompson touring, opening for Glen Hansard (dates)"

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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"

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)"

November 24, 2015

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman was to have played the NY Comedy Festival earlier this month with a show at BAM but got sick and had to postpone. She's just announced the makeup date: January 22 at BAM's Peter Jay Sharp Building. The show is titled "Sarah Silverman and Friends" and they haven't announced who those friends will be but tickets are on sale.