February 8, 2016

photo: Graveyard @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

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

David Bowie Tribute w/ The Pains of Being TEEN, White Hinterland, Adesuwa, Best Behavior, & more @ Mercury Lounge
"Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am: A Tribute to David Bowie" features a bunch of indie acts headlined by a mash-up of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and TEEN. Late show, doors at 9:30

Graveyard, Spiders @ Bowery Ballroom
If you like your heavy rock riffage the way it sounded in the early '70s, Graveyard have you covered. Related band Spiders make this a good double bill. This is the rescheduled date, after January 23 was cancelled due to Winter Storm Jonas. They also play Brooklyn Bowl on February 10.

Pell, Daye Jack @ SOB's
Pell is yet another recent breakout of the kind of sing-rapping that's been very much in style lately. If you like Chance the Rapper, you might dig Pell too.

Emma-Lee Moss, Jenny Zhang, Sarah Howe @ Elvis Guesthouse
Emma-Lee Moss, aka the brains behind Emmy the Great, headlines this Chinese New Year celebrations featuring "poetry, dumplings, AZN pop" and more.

Ask Me Another w/ Leslie Odom Jr. @ Bell House
NPR's live quiz show taping "Ask Me Another" returns, and tonight's guest is Leslie Odom Jr, who plays Aaron Burr in the acclaimed hip hop musical Hamilton.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
All aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy cavalcade, this week with guests Sasheer Zamata, Sam Morril, Adrienne Iapalucci, Daniel Sloss, and Clayton English.

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February 7, 2016

Beyonce, Chris Martin & Bruno Mars -- Halftime show

BEYONCÉ announced THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR today following her appearance during Super Bowl 50. The highly-anticipated tour, promoted by Live Nation, presented by American Express and produced by Parkwood Entertainment, will kick off in North America on April 27 in Miami, Fla. at Marlins Park with 21 additional stadium dates lined up throughout the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas and more. The European leg of THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR will start on June 28 in Sunderland, United Kingdom at Stadium of Light. Additional European stadium dates include London, Manchester, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Frankfurt and more. A full list of tour dates and venues is below.

Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, Feb. 15 in Europe and Tuesday, Feb. 16 in North America (full on sale schedule provided at end of release). Beyhive members may purchase tickets in advance beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Monday, Feb. 15 for shows going on sale on Feb. 22.
As the above-quoted press release says, Beyonce timed a tour announcement with her appearance as part of the Halftime show of Superbowl 50 (where she performed her new song, but not the Coldplay song she appears on). All dates, including June 7 at Citi Field in NYC, and the Halftime video and setlist, below...

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Missy Elliot

Just in time for today's big game, Missy Elliott drops new single "Pep Rally" that is pumped with football imagery, including the line "yeah we get crackin' like we up at the Super Bowl." Too bad she's not part of the halftime festivities, but you can see her -- and just a bit of "Pep Rally" -- in an Amazon commercial that'll be shown during the game. It also has Alec Baldwin, Jason Schwartzman, and Dan Marino in it. Watch that and listen to "Pep Rally" in full, below.

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Daniel Sloss

As BrooklynVegan's resident UK comedy fiend and all around Anglophile, I am pleased as punch to report that 25 year old Scottish comedic powerhouse Daniel Sloss is about to bring his stand-up show "Dark" to NYC's Soho Playhouse from February 9 through February 13. Tickets are on sale now. After that, he jets over to Los Angeles to perform  at the Westside Comedy Theater on February 16 and February 23.

In his quarter century on this planet, Daniel has become of of the UK's most sought-after comedians. Not only did he sell out all eight of his seasons at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival, but "Dark" has previously sold out four weeks at the renowned Edinburgh Conference Centre to over 10,000 people. He's also toured 80 dates across UK and 15 countries in Europe plus a week-long run of dates in London which were added because of insanely high demand. Sloss is also big on the tele in the UK; he starred in his own BBC3 show The Adventures of Daniel, and appeared on UK TV's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Sunday Night at the Palladium, The John Bishop Show, Russell Howard's Good News, The Paul O'Grady Show and many more.

In the US, he appeared on Conan a whopping five times. He's also performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Pete Holmes Show, and @Midnight. This is a great opportunity to see a prolific comedian on our home turf in an intimate setting before he inevitably moves onwards and upwards to large theaters. Check out his five Conan appearances below.

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photo: Voivod @ Gramercy Theatre, 2015 (more by Matthew Bredeau)

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

Super Bowl 50
There's a very good chance that, like most of the country, you won't be seeing a show tonight at all and you'll instead be watching the Super Bowl. From a musical point of view, the halftime show has Coldplay and they're set to be joined be Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and possibly Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. Lady Gaga is also singing The National Anthem. Plus, we can count on something musical going down in the commercials.

Voivod, Vektor, Extinction A.D., Eight Bells @ Gramercy Theatre
If you are seeing a show tonight, it's hard to go wrong with this one. Voivoid have been crafting a weird mix of progressive rock and thrash metal since the '80s and there's still no one quite like them. Both openers are solid too.

Ed Askew Band (w/ Jonah Smith) @ Pete's Candy Store
Ed Askew made one of the finest cult folk records of the '60s with Ask the Unicorn. He was gone for a while, but lucky for us he's currently very active as a performer and recording artist.

Ronald Paris (of Porches), Harmony Tividad (of Girlpool), Sitcom, True Blue @ Silent Barn
While Porches are now playing bigger venues than ever, main member Aaron Maine (aka Ronald Paris) still gives you a chance to see him play intimate spots like this one. Making this a good double bill is Harmony Tividad, one half of Girlpool.

Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show "Thank God for the Jokes" for nearly two years. He's finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.

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February 6, 2016

by Andrew Sacher

UPDATE: Tour Announced

photo: Beyonce at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Beyoncé just dropped "Formation," the first new song she's released since the 2014 expanded edition of her great 2013 album Beyoncé. It's got a beat by Mike WiLL Made-It, an appearance by Big Freedia, and it was co-written by Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd. If you liked her sorta-trap songs "***Flawless" and "7/11," you're gonna love this too. Oh and also, she says "I slay" about 90 times. As if we thought otherwise.

The video also pays a massive tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. According to The FADER, it was directed by Melina Matsoukas who also did the "Pretty Hurts" video. Watch it below and pick up a free download at beyonce.tidal.com. According to SPIN, she'll give the song its live debut Sunday night (2/7) at Super Bowl 50. The main act is Coldplay. Bruno Mars is promised too and Rihanna and Justin Timberlake are rumored. Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem.

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photo: Shearwater at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Wilco, Steve Gunn @ Kings Theatre
Wilco have been making good to great records for over two decades now, the latest being last year's Star Wars. Their current tour hits Brooklyn venue Kings Theatre twice this weekend. This is night 2, with experimental musician (and Kurt Vile collaborator) Steve Gunn opening.

Shearwater, Jib Kidder @ Mercury Lounge
Shearwater's new album Jet Plane and Oxbow is another winner, and it's nothing if not ambitious. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on this tour, and it's sold out.

Chumped, Jeff Rosenstock, Chris Gethard (as Morrissey), Adult Dude @ Suburbia
Chumped were quite possibly the best real-deal pop punk band in Brooklyn during their short run. They're sadly calling it quits, but not before two final shows at DIY spot Suburbia. This is the second, and there are some pretty amazing openers. Jeff Rosenstock could easily pack this place on his own, an Chris Gethard as Morrissey is sure to be a good time.

Wolf Eyes, Michigan Underground @ Union Pool
Wolf Eyes three-show Union Pool residency wraps up tonight with a highly experimental/improvisational set, featuring help from Nate Young, John Olson, James Baljo, Viki Viktoria, Chip Apetechnology (Survival Research Labs), Sam Hooker, and Tyler Hicks.

Oberhofer, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Edley O'Dowd, LODRO, Cassie Ramone (DJ Set) @ Sunnyvale
This is the grand opening party for new East Williamsburg venue Sunnyvale, featuring live sets from Oberhofer and LODRO, plus a DJ set from Psychic TV's Genesis P-Orridge & Edley O'Dowd, and a late night DJ set from Cassie Ramone.

Lady Leshurr, Jubilee @ Gramercy Theatre
UK rapper Lady Leshurr picked up a lot of buzz for her addictive single "Queen's Speech Ep. 4," and she's already proven that she has more quality material in her. Tonight's her NYC debut.

Lotus, EL Ten Eleven @ Terminal 5
Lotus have been mixing electronic music and a live jam band approach for years now, and they continue to be staples of that style. Post rockers El Ten Eleven make this a great double bill.

Mal Blum, Peter Stampfel, ANMLPLNET, Lauren Measure (of Worriers), Out of System Transfer, The Dregs @ Aviv
This is the birthday show for Jersey Beat founder Jim Testa, and among the lineup is three Don Giovanni artists: singer/songwriter Mal Blum, folk vetran Peter Stampfel, and Worriers singer Lauren Denitzio.

Crazy and the Brains, Brett Davis, High Waisted @ Le Poisson Rouge
Crazy & the Brains mix classic-style punk with xylophone, and it works out really well. Tonight they team up with comedian Brett Davis, who's no stranger to doing standup at punk shows.

Bang On a Can All-Stars @ Merkin Concert Hall
Part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, this is the annual Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert on Saturday (4/6) at Merkin Concert Hall, featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing world premieres of new works by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Zhang Shouwang & René Lussier, plus Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning / Grammy-nominated "Anthracite Fields."

Dylan LeBlanc, Zachary Cale, Bird Dog @ Rough Trade
Acclaimed Muscle Shoals-born folk crooner Dylan LeBlanc celebrates the release of his third album, Cautionary Tale.

Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show "Thank God for the Jokes" for nearly two years. He's finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.

Dave Harrington One Heart Trio, Plaque, Blizzardo, DJ Fitness, DJ iggy[crisp], FaltyDL (special guest) @ Trans Pecos
This is "House of Feelings IV" which is a "night of continuous music" starting at 9 PM and flowing till the wee hours. Highlights include a set from the Dave Harrington One Heart Trio and a DJ set from FaultyDL.

Matthew Dear, Lee Curtiss, Bella Sarris @ Verboten
Avant-pop artist, producer and interesting fellow, Matthew Dear spins records tonight.

MOIST PAULA, Dj Record Grouch, Kyp Malone @ Union Pool
This is an "afternoon hang" not unlike Union Pool's Summer Thunder series, with free live music and DJ sets starting at 2 PM, including a set from TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone.

Ronnie Stone and The Lonely Riders, We In Cloudz @ Saint Vitus
How serious you take Ronnie Stone & the Lonely Riders is up to you but his intentionally kitschy, '80s-in-a-blender shtick (somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Prefab Sprout) is not without craft, even if it is a big joke.

Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
New York Dolls singer David Johansen puts back on the tux and his party-friendly Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret at this fancypants supper club.

Golden Tears: David Bowie Tribute @ Cake Shop
Celebrate the life and music of the late David bowie with this "million-band tribute" (actually more like 20), including Sam Kogon, My Teenage Stride, Space Merchants, Fly Ashtray, and more. The fun starts at 7 PM and it's FREE.

Bernie Man: A Benefit for Bernie Sanders @ Union Hall
This comedy benefit for Bernie Sanders features Mystery Science Theatre 3000's Frank Conniff, Liam McEaneaney, Jeffrey Joseph, David Feldman, Phoebe Robinson, and onetime VH1 host John Fugelsang.

AraabMuzik, Nadus @ Slake
AraabMuzik has been prolific for years now, making beats for rappers and putting out his own quality material too. Tonight he'll get the dancefloor moving at Slake.

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

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February 5, 2016

photos by PSquared; words by Andrew Sacher

Anderson Paak

Last month, Anderson .Paak released Malibu, his first album since getting a serious career boost by being the breakout star of Dr. Dre's album Compton. He came to NYC this week to celebrate (after being delayed by Winter Storm Jonas), hitting The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday (2/3) and a sold-out SOB's show last night (2/4).

Last night's show began with just Anderson's DJ on stage, and seconds later Anderson's voice started coming through the PA as he slowly made his way to the stage. It was pretty clear from that instant that he'd have the crowd in the palm of his hands the whole night. He introduced his next song by shouting out Dr. Dre and DJ Premier (the latter of whom was in the house) and then played his Dre/Premo collab "Animals" from Compton. Once he got into the Malibu stuff, his ace band joined him on stage. In addition to the DJ (who also plays electronic drum pads), he's got a guitarist and a bassist, and Anderson himself takes over on live drums for about half the set. He's most entertaining when he's up front, so it's almost too bad that there isn't another full-time drummer, but when he gets behind that kit he kills. He's easily as good at drumming as he is at singing and rapping, and when he really goes off (like at the end of the Colbert performance), it's truly a sight to be seen and had the SOB's crowd was howling.

If you haven't seen Anderson .Paak yet, don't miss the chance. It was one of those shows where the album is already great but the live show just brings it to a whole other level.

Marcus Machado and Jay Watts opened, but we missed the latter. Check out more pictures from SOB's and the Colbert video below...

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Acorn / Emilie & Ogden / Patchostars @ Megaphono 2/2/2016
Megaphono 2016 Day 1
Megaphono 2016 Day 1
Megaphono 2016 Day 1

The second annual Megaphono music festival kicked off earlier this week in Ottawa, Canada. Focusing on the Ottawa music scene, the industry event has brought delegates from North America and abroad in a large swath of capacities from booking agents to publicists, managers to music publishers. And even a photographer from New York. I'll be filing dispatches from the four-day festival here in Canada's capital and we get started with the first day of the festival from Tuesday (2/2).

The opening night of Megaphono began in the gorgeous St. Alban's Church and a keynote speech by rock critic Jessica Hopper. Her book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, was released last year. Hopper's keynote address was brief, 20 maybe 25 minutes tops and touched on the state of women, and their treatment, in a male-dominated music industry. Disappointing was the lack of Q&A after the address. The forum to have a conversation was an opportunity lost - especially in the wake of last month's flashpoint and fallout over the Heathcliff Berru allegations - and would have dovetailed nicely with the Safe Spaces panel taking place the next day.

The evening's showcase was headlined by The Acorn. Rolf Klausener returned with last year's Vieux Loup and he and his band performed a dreamy set of electro-folk pop numbers and, being the only full band of the night, their sound filled the church as holiday lights adorned the stage at their feet and lights projected overhead danced and into the chapel behind them.

The first two bands of the night - both solo artists - were a contrast in styles: the thumping sampled-beats-over-airy-vocals of Pipahauntas (Sam Pippa) and the sparse, lovely melodies of Emilie Khan and her harp, Ogden - together making up the duo Emilie & Ogden. On record Khan's voice and harp playing are complemented by multiple instruments, but at St. Alban's she held the sold-out crowd's attention with just her her voice and instrument.

From the church we headed to the later showcases at two venues next door to each other - Black Squirrel Books and The House of Targ - a subterranean dive bar complete with pinball machines and noted for their pierogi (which were excellent.)

At Black Squirrel I caught November, the solo project by Gregory-Yves Fénélon, and Heavy Bedroom, a project by Alex Maltby. Heavy Bedroom was tipped as one to see by the locals I had chatted with earlier in the day. I enjoyed their brief set of lo-fi rock with songs that structurally seemed to teeter on the brink of collapse. This was heightened by the slightly rough around the edges performance and the revelation that he had rounded up his drummer and bass player to learn the songs in just three weeks.

I finished the evening at House of Targ where I saw solid set by Montreal's Congo-born francophone rapper Patchostars before calling it an early night with panels to attend early the next morning.

Stay tuned for more coverage of Megaphono. More pictures from Day 1 are below...

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photo: Phish at MSG in 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)

With their New Year's MSG run behind them, Phish have announced a summer tour. There's an online ticket request period underway now at tickets.phish.com. It runs through Friday 21 at 11:59 PM, and tickets go on sale to the public February 25.

This tour doesn't hit NYC, but it comes close for a three-night run at Saratoga Performing Arts Center from July 1-3 and a Hartford show on July 8 at Xfinity Theatre. All dates are listed below...

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