November 26, 2014

The Blind Shake at McCarren Park in June (more by PSquared)
Blind Shake

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

Bob Dylan @ NJPAC
Bob Dylan begins his five-night Beacon Theatre run in two days, but ahead of that there's another chance to catch him not far from NYC tonight.

Interpol, Hundred Waters @ Terminal 5
Interpol may not change it up much on their new album, but if Interpol doing what Interpol does best is what you seek, you've probably already got tickets for tonight. It's the third of three shows, all of which were sold out. Make sure you don't miss Hundred Waters, whose layered art pop will be a great start to the night.

Blonde Redhead, VBA @ Bowery Ballroom
NYC indie greats Blonde Redhead have tackled dream pop, noise rock, synth pop and more in their 20+ year career, and returned this year with their ninth album, Barragán. Tonight's the second of three NYC shows on this tour, all with different openers. This one's got the rockin' VBA.

The Blind Shake, Wax Witches @ Baby's All Right
With a new album on Castle Face that is their rawest cut of animal beat garage proto-punk yet, The Blind Shake barrel into NYC for two shows. Tonight's the second.

Method Man, Redman, Berner, Mick Jenkins @ Best Buy Theater
While the new Wu-Tang Clan album comes out in less than a week, right now member Method Man is working with his pal Redman, who he's been collaborating with for two decades now.

Avan Lava, Clementine & the Galaxy, The Adversary @ Glasslands
Over-the-top dance act Avan Lava say Goodbye to Glasslands (which closes at the end of Decmember) and to everyone else -- this is their farewell show.

Kingdom, Ma Nguzu, Rizzla, Dubbel Dutch, False Witness, special guests @ Good Room
LA beatmaster Kingdom is debuting a new party called Viper XL tonight at the Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) in Brooklyn. In addition to Kingdom himself, the lineup includes Ma Nguzu of Nguzunguzu and other friends, plus special guests are promised. This will probably go late, and doesn't sound like a bad way to spend the biggest bar night of the year.

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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November 25, 2014

Spike Hill during NYC Popfest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Death by Audio closed last weekend and New Year's eve will be the last night for Glasslands, both making way for Vice's new offices. And now comes word of another Williamsburg live music venue closing: Spike Hill, which is right by the Bedford Ave. L stop, will likely shutter for good before the end of 2014 reports Gothamist.

The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, was cagey about offering a final date for the closure, but conceded that "early December" was a workable timeline. He wasn't sure about future plans for the space, whether it would be kept intact or torn down, but said he didn't think "the building is worth anywhere near what the real estate is worth." One thing was definitely clear: "The building's under contract for a lot of money."
Spike Hill's venue hosted bands most nights, often without cover, and was home to NYC Popfest events for the last few years. The last show currently on Spike Hill's calendar is December 6 with Cold Blood Club, Of Clocks & Clouds, The Highway, Bondage & Discipline and Exiles.

December 6, incidentally, is the same day Glasslands is hosting an event called "A Dance Party Funeral for the neighborhood of Willamsburg." $10 at the door for that one.

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Wrekmeister Harmonies at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
J.R. Robinson

Wrekmeister Harmonies, the experimental doom brainchild of Chicago-based performing artist J.R. Robinson, have announced an NYC performance of Robinson's most recent epic Wrekmeister piece, Then It All Came Down, which is based on an interview between Truman Capote and Charles Manson-associate Bobby Beausoleil and was released last month on Thrill Jockey. The show will take place at Brooklyn's Signal Gallery on December 14, and tickets are on sale now.

Wrekmeister Harmonies performances are big events, as they generally feature an impressive visual component and always include an ever-changing cast of a-list heavy avant-garde musicians, and this one is no exception. The live band will feature Dave Pajo (Slint, Tortoise), Emil Amos (Om, Holy Sons), Dylan O'Toole (Indian) and members of Liturgy. Robinson doesn't perform much, and especially not outside of Chicago, another reason that his shows are more art events than your standard touring metal band, so this one should be pretty awesome for those New Yorkers who can catch it.

Before the NYC show, the band also play Chicago on December 6 at Bohemian National Cemetery -- those are their only two dates at the moment. Check videos of Robinson and company performing "You've Always Meant So Much to Me" (via Pit Full of Shit) and "Then it All Came Down" (via unARTigNYC) at Saint Vitus last year, below.

Continue reading "Wrekmeister Harmonies released 'Then It All Came Down,' playing Chicago and NYC w/ members of Slint, Om & more"

ARC

NYC's ARChive of Contemporary Music will hold their annual Holiday Record & CD Sale from December 13 - 21:

We have lots of LPs that have never been in any of our sales before--huge section of jazz and lots of rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, you name it! Quite possibly we have the most vinyl we've ever had. Prices are generally much less than you will see in local stores or on-line, since we have only a week to move them out.

The ARC sale will also feature books and videos. This sale will have more than 700 books about jazz for sale. Plus books about every topic you can imagine. Videos? We will have VHS and DVDs of all kinds, lots of old movies, some classics and some crazy stuff.

PLUS: There's the ARC Mart, sort of a thrift store within the record sale, that will have kitchen items, clothing, and all sorts of stuff.

If you're an ARC member there's their also-annual cocktail party Thursday, December 11 where you get first dibs on this year's wares.

And as we're in the giving season, you can donate unwanted records and CDs to the ARC. It's tax-deductible and they even come to you.

An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK © The End of Music, LLC/ courtesy HBO
Kurt Cobain

Not only does Dave Grohl have an HBO series, but his former bandmate Kurt Cobain will now be the subject of a new documentary on HBO called Montage of Heck, coming in 2015. They're calling the film, made by filmmaker Brett Morgen (who also did a Rolling Stones documentary for HBO), the "first authorized documentary" on Kurt Cobain. Of course there are several other films on Nirvana and Kurt, but this was the first made with the cooperation of his family, and was also executive produced by his daughter Frances Bean Cobain. The name comes from a mixtape of the same name Kurt made with a cassette recorder around 1988. Here's more info via press release:

The film is a raw and visceral journey through Cobain's life and provides no-holds-barred access to Kurt Cobain's archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks. The film features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as previously unheard Cobain originals.

"I started work on this project eight years ago," says Morgen. "Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt's archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media."

No exact premiere date is set at the moment but stay tuned for more info.

photos by Adela Loconte

Interpol
Interpol

Interpol, free of snow, brought their tour to NYC for the first show in a sold-out three-night run at Terminal 5 last night (11/24). They're supporting their new album El Pintor, and they played a good chunk of that, otherwise focusing mostly on their first two records, Turn On The Bright Lights and Antics, and only offering a song each from the others. Their tourmates Hundred Waters, also with a new album to support, opened the show. Pictures are in this post.

The three-night run continues tonight, with Hundred Waters going off on their own to headline Rough Trade with support from Mutual Benefit's Jordan Lee (tickets), and Interpol will instead be joined by NYC's Lip Talk at Terminal 5. Interpol and Hundred Waters team up again to conclude the run on Wednesday (11/26). Again, both upcoming T5 shows are sold out. Hundred Waters will also be back on their own on a headlining tour in 2015.

Before Interpol's T5 show, they also performed "Everything Is Wrong" from the new album on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Video of that, with more pictures, Interpol's setlist and a video from T5, below...

Continue reading "Interpol played Terminal 5 w/ Hundred Waters & 'Late Night w/ Seth Meyers' (pics, video, setlist), playing 2 more times"

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The good folks at Norton Records will be celebrating the season again at The Bell House the weekend of December 5-6. The centerpiece of this year's Holiday Spectacular happens on Friday, December 5 with performances by The Randy Fuller Four, Andy Shernoff & the Norton All-Stars, A-Bones, Daddy Long Legs, Miriam & Nobody's Babies, and Bloodshot Bill. Then on Saturday, December 6 the Bell House will screen documentary The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard about the '60s psych-garage band. Tickets are available separetly for these two events or as a discounted package.

Randy Fuller, who played bass in The Bobby Fuller Four, also just published a book titled I Fought The Law: The Life And Strange Death Of Bobby Fuller. There's a book launch happening on Thursday, 12/4 at Jefferson Market Library NYPL (425 Sixth Ave @ 10th St) where Randy will be signing copies of the book. That happens at 7 PM and is free.

The Bell House hosts a lot of holiday-themed events. Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots will throw a Christmas Extravaganza on December 11. Mick "Mankind" Foley will be Santa for the evening and more musical guests will be announced. Tickets are on sale now. On a similar note, there's The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular on December 14 (tickets).

Eliot Glazer will tape a holiday version of his web series Haunting Renditions where he "takes some of pop music's most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads," on December 16. Special guest: his sister Ilana Glazer of Broad City (who are doing two nights at Bell House a few days earlier). Tickets are on sale.

A couple more: Wasabassco's 70's Christmas Carol on December 18 is a funky, disco-fied re-imagining of Dickens' beloved holiday classic (tickets); and Harry & the Potters present The Yule Ball on December 21 with performances from The Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, and Whomping Willows (tickets).

Flyer for the Norton Holiday Spectacular below...

Continue reading "Norton Records (w/ Randy Fuller Four), Harry & the Potters, Puss 'N' Boots & more holiday shows at The Bell House"

Zola Jesus at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zola

Zola Jesus released her new album Taiga earlier this year and already went on one tour in support of it hitting NYC at Webster Hall and a small, free Urban Outfitters show afterwards. In early 2015, she'll head out on another tour in support of it which returns to NYC for another smaller one on January 25 at Saint Vitus, Brooklyn's black-walled venue where her dark pop will feel right at home. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Zola also just performed a stripped-down version of "Nail" from her new album for NME. Watch the video of that, with the list of all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Zola Jesus touring in 2015, playing Saint Vitus (on sale now)"

RZA

Vegan and Wu-Tang Clan member RZA helped PETA out by speaking in their new promotional video, where he says he wants you to go vegan for "a better tomorrow." It's also a pretty good cross-promotional tool considering one of Wu Tang's two new albums is called A Better Tomorrow and is due out next week (12/2) via Warner Bros. Watch the new PETA video and stream A Better Tomorrow's recent single, "Necklace," below...

Continue reading "RZA says "a better tomorrow is a vegan tomorrow""

Emmy the Great

It's been a little while since hearing from UK singer-songwriter Emmy the Great. She spent some time traveling around the world and has now signed with Bella Union who will release her new EP, simply titled S. Says Emmy:

My previous recordings were a reflection of my internal world, but this is a record of me trying to engage with the outside. Over the course of travelling and touring for the last two years I inhabited many cities and landscapes. While I wrote this EP and the album that will follow, everything changed. As I wrote the songs I began to reflect more and more the world that I saw around me, incredibly bright, technologically breathtaking. I am curious about being a person in this world, and I tried to write that into the music.
The lead track on the new EP is "Swimming Pool" which features vocals from Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. It's a little different than you may remember Emmy sounding, and you can stream and watch the video for that below.

In other news, Emmy has reviewed Iggy Azalea's Reclassified for The Talkhouse.

My relationship with Iggy Azalea begins on a freeway in 2013. Driving myself to a show in a car that has been known to smoke from the engine if put in reverse. Terrified of the consequences of a crash (car disintegrates, head falls off, etc.), I obey the law of not touching my phone while driving, and end up listening to a playlist of her music on loop for two hours.

During this period, I get to know Iggy's legend, best heard in the lyrics of the song "Work," pretty well. Every time "Work" comes around, dancefloor synths pulsing sadly as she speaks her opening lines -- "Walk a mile in these Loubotins/They don't wear these shoes where I'm from" -- I imagine the video with Iggy walking down a dusty red dirt road, alone. After a while, the first minor chord in that opening sequence is enough to make me feel teary. She did it ALL ALONE, I think, FOR A DREAM.

Read the whole thing at The Talkhouse. "Swimming Pool" video and track stream below...

Continue reading "Emmy the Great releasing new EP in January (video for single w/ Tom of Wild Beasts), reviewed Iggy Azalea's new album"

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