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October 24, 2014

By Klaus Kinski

A few days ago I mentioned that Irving Plaza will be playing host to at Doctors Without Borders Benefit on Wednesday November 19. Unbelievably in the few days that have elapsed since that post, ebola has officially shat itself upon our doorstep. Looks like I'll have to curtail all of my various hobbies that involve playing with human feces, blood, and saliva amIright? Anyhow, tickets for that benefit are officially onsale. Tickets are being sold in two tiers; $60 general admittance and $110 VIP admittance which allows bearers access better seating/standing. The line-up currently consists of hosts Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, Ted Leo, and more TBA. AKA, this is going to sell out. So pony up the dough because this ebola shizz is serious biz.

photos by Mimi Hong

Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club brought their tour in support of the Mercury Prize-nominated So Long, See You Tomorrow to NYC for the second time this year at Terminal 5 on Wednesday (10/22). Their 20-song set included almost all of the new album -- their shift towards arty electronic pop and most interesting LP to date -- and others like early single "Always Like This" and a cover of Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat."

Opening were their tourmates Milo Greene (whose sound appears to be shifting from a mindie folk thing to a mindie R&B thing), and Luxley. More pictures and BBC's setlist below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Tweens / PAWS / Lee Bains III @ Arlene's Grocery 10/22/2014
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires

While Amanda was at Pianos on Wednesday (10/22), fellow BV photographer Chris La Putt was at nearby Arlene's Grocery for the Never Better CMJ day party where there was a rockin' bill of grungy Scottish trio PAWS, southern sleazy riffmongers Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, poppy/punky Tweens, and Manchester, UK's attitude-heavy PINS. Then, as a palate cleanser, he swung by Rockwood Music Hall to catch soulful Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees.

Pictures from those sets are in this post, with more below...

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Sleater-Kinney have added a 2nd NYC reunion show at Terminal 5 to their tour. The new date is on sale now!

Maxwell's in 2013 (more by Matt Schiels)

Hoboken venue Maxwell's closed as a music club in 2013 only to be sold and re-opened as a bar/restaurant earlier this year. When we last posted, we mentioned the new owners aren't ruling out live music, and now Jim Testa at The Star Ledger (via reports that there will in fact be live music. It's a little different than the stuff Maxwell's used to have though:

"We definitely want to have music back in Hoboken," said [new co-owner Pete] Carr. "We're trying to engage the local community and offer a stage for the town's local indie bands to play." And with an initial spate of concerts that includes veteran NJ cover band the Nerds next Thursday, an Eric Clapton tribute band on Nov. 7, and DJ nights on Halloween weekend, Carr and [Evan] Dean seem enthusiastic about making original live music a staple at the venue again.

...Dean and Carr then reached out to some of the people driving Hoboken's current music, including musician and promoter Dave Entwistle, restauranteur and blogger Stephen Bailey, and producer/musician Chris Gibson. Because Entwistle and Bailey have been responsible for the Hoboken Music Awards since their inception, they'll be using their new role as curators for Maxwell's Tavern's back room to do a monthly HMA Indie Night and bring the best local bands to the venue's back room.

"I don't care what the naysayers say about this not being the old Maxwell's," said Bailey.

"This is a chance to start a brand new venue, and create a whole new Hoboken scene."

...The new team will launch their first Hoboken Music Awards Indie Night on Friday, Dec. 5. "We have a really good feeling about this," said Entwistle. "The first Friday of every month will be locals night. If you play a HMA Night at Maxwell's, you'll be eligible for the next year's awards." It's a fresh approach, and we'll have a new logo, new ideas, new music," he said.

The venue's first concert is tonight (10/24) with American Idol singer Elise Testone. More info on other upcoming events and tickets at the Maxwell's website.

Ex-Maxwell's booker Todd Abramson can now be found at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

Earlier this year, The Decemberists played their first shows since 2011, and now they have new music on the way... which you can preview in like 20 minutes from now. Frontman Colin Meloy tweeted that he'll be busking in Williamsburg at Bedford and N 7th at 11:30 AM and will be playing new Decemberists songs. "I'll be the bearded and bespectacled guy," he adds.

Photos by Greg Cristman

Ideal Bread / The Microscopic Septet / Number Stations
Ideal Bread
The Microscopic Septet
Curtis Hasselbring's Number Stations

Cuneiform Records has been home to a stylistically diverse -- yet united in avant-garde leanings -- roster for three decades and the label celebrated their 30th anniversary with a show at ShapeShifter Lab in Gowanus on Wednesday (10/22). Three of Cuneiform's artists played: Ideal Bread injected some whimsy into their set of Steve Lacy covers by using spatulas, books and handbags as percussion to jolt the crowd at the start of their set; The Microscopic Septet's front line of saxophones was impressive; and trombonist Curtis Hasselbring's current project, Number Stations, opened the night. Pictures from the whole evening are in this post and continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Courtney Barnett's ramshackle gigs are now serious fucking rock shows" - Eve Barlow

"Came to New York just to see Courtney Barnett. Totally worth it" - Steph Mangan

Courtney Barnett
San Fermin

Courtney Barnett was one of the artists to see at last year's CMJ, and it turned out that the hype was real. She's gotten increasingly (and deservingly) more popular since then and returned for just one CMJ show this year, a Webster Hall show on Wednesday (10/22) on her co-headlining tour with San Fermin. Courtney went on first, but it felt like it should have been reversed considering a good portion of the room left before San Fermin's set.

Norwegian artist Mikhael Paskalev opened. More pictures from the show, below...

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The Gutter

Yesterday it was revealed that the doctor with ebola in NYC spent the evening at Williamsburg concert venue and bowling alley The Gutter before realizing he had symptoms. Last night The Gutter was closed as a result. The CMJ show scheduled to take place there was cancelled. Late last night the Gutter issued their first statement. This morning they posted this second one:

We voluntarily decided to close The Gutter yesterday evening as a precautionary measure while we gathered more information. We are working with the NYC Health Department to have the bar cleaned and sanitized under their supervision and expect to be open sometime today after that is completed. Doctors advising the Health Department have told us that our staff and customers were at no risk.
Meanwhile, tonight's CMJ show at the bowling alley is also cancelled, though show presenter Gimme Tinnitus says maybe the show will uncancel itself if they do open. If it does, they're asking for donations to Doctors Without Borders.

The Village Voice recently said The Gutter has the best bowling lanes in NY.

The bands scheduled to play the Gutter tonight were/are Dott, Be Forest, The Flag, Kindling, Night Powers, and Lia Mice. It was/is a $5, no-badges show.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Bowl continues to spread the word, that "As confirmed by New York City's health commissioner, Dr. Spencer visited another bowling alley and not Brooklyn Bowl."


Killer Mike and El-P's new Run the Jewels album RTJ2 comes out next week (10/28) via Mass Appeal, but apparently it leaked ahead of time. El-P and Killer Mike found about it, but instead of being bad sports, they each tweeted links to a free download of the album themselves. You can grab it HERE.

The duo are also working with Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Baauer, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, the Alchemist, Boots, Dan the Automator and more to make a cat-themed remix album called Meow the Jewels. If you're a cat, you can audition to be part of it.