November 19, 2014
Alvvays at Seaport Music Fest 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Toronto pop charmers Alvvays are still in the midst of their North American tour with fellow Canadians Absolutely Free (which hit NYC a couple weeks back). They'll have a couple months off before loading up the van again, this time to open for The Decemberists on their 2015 tour, including the NYC stop at Beacon Theatre on April 6. Tickets to that show just went on Decemberists fan club presale (but look to have sold out of those already) and there will be an AmEx, Chase and local presale on Thursday (11/20) at noon and the public on-sale begins at 11 AM on Friday (11/21).
All Alvvays tour dates are listed below...
A-Trak at North Coast Music Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
In honor of World AIDS Day, December 1st, some of the biggest names in the music and media industry are partnering with Lifebeat, Music Fights HIV/AIDS to draw urgent attention to the dramatic rise in HIV among young people ages 13-24.As quoted via press release above, HIV/AIDS prevention foundation Lifebeat has teamed up with multiple musicians and others in the industry for a week-long fight against HIV/AIDS leading up to World AIDS Day, December 1. The week will include a benefit show happening in NYC at Pacha on November 30, headlined by A-Trak. Also on that bill is Fedde Le Grand, Tritonal, Green Lantern and more special guests TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
From Nov. 24th - Dec 1st, a coalition of major media outlets, celebrities, online music distributors, and music venues will display banner ads, editorial content on websites, and activate their social media platforms, visual messages in support of #MusicFightsAIDS will be displayed every two minutes on nine jumbo screens in the heart of Times Square reaching more than 2 million people daily. Venues and nightclubs will distribute HIV prevention materials, activate their promotional and social media channels, and encourage their audiences to share a unified message. Superstar DJ's Steve Aoki, Dirty South, The Chainsmokers, A-Trak, Fedde Le Grand, have recorded a new series of PSAs to amplify awareness among their young fans. PSAs will be featured on mtvU, Spotify and other partner sites.
That same week (11/25), A-Trak releases the physical version of his new Full EP on his own Fool's Gold label. That EP features the single "Push" with vocals from Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, who you can also catch in NYC at Baby's All Right TONIGHT (11/19) with DJ Prince Rama and others (tickets).
Watch the lyric video for "Push" below...
by Andrew Sacher
"Mustard on the beat, ho!" You can pretty much turn on rap radio at any time of the day and hear that multiple times -- between producing hits for YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tinashe, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Tyga and so many more, DJ Mustard is basically everywhere. And not for nothing, he knows his way around a beat. He also put out his proper debut album this year, 10 Summers, which was produced entirely by Mustard himself and featured contributions from plenty of big names likes YG, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Iamsu!, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, Dom Kennedy, Lil Boosie and more. You can preview the album and download it for cheap ($3.99) over at Google Play, and check out the video for the Ty Dolla $ign/2 Chainz-featuring "Down On Me" below.
DJ Mustard has a few shows coming up, including NYC TONIGHT (11/19) at Output with Nadus, Austin Millz and Jasonscott. Will any of his many collaborators show up? Tickets for tonight's show are available.
All dates (including the February Holy Ship! 2015) are listed, with that video, below...
by Bill Pearis
UK multimedia duo Public Service Broadcasting are looking to the heavens for their new album, The Race For Space, which is out February 23. As the title suggests, this time the focus their cut-and-paste technique is the '60s obsession with getting into orbit. The first single is "Gagarin," a tribute to Russian cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth in a spacecraft. With samples from various radio and television broadcasts, J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth have concocted a very funky backing track for it. For the video, directed by Alex Kemp, you get just what you'd expect: a pair dancing astronauts. You can watch it below.
PSB were last in North America for CMJ 2013 but they'll splash down on this side of the Atlantic again next year for SXSW. They'll be touring around it too, including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 10. Tickets for that show are on PSB presale right now, go on AmEx presale today at noon with the public on-sale starting at noon on Friday (11/21).
All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Marilyn Manson is playing Terminal 5 on January 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale at noon today, Ticketmaster presale at noon on Thursday (11/20), and general on-sale at noon on Friday (11/21).
You can also catch The Lone Bellow with Odessa at Bowery Ballroom on March 25 and MHOW on March 26. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale at noon today and the general on-sale begins at noon on Friday (11/21).
The Districts are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 10 with Pine Barons. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale starting at noon on Friday (11/21).
The Ting Tings are playing Bowery Ballroom on January 20 and Rough Trade on January 21. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale starting at noon on Friday (11/21).
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Bono at the Meadowlands in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
When Bono's cycling accident in Central Park was first reported, it didn't sound terribly serious. U2 had posted, "Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back!," which seemed like a speedy recovery was on the way. However, an update from Rolling Stone reveals otherwise. Bono was reportedly in surgery for five hours, and...
The singer suffered numerous serious injuries, including a "facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye," three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin.In order to recover, Bono will apparently "require intensive and progressive therapy," but they do expect a full recovery. Get well soon Bono.
According to orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD, "[Bono] was taken emergently to the operating room...where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws." On Monday, Bono underwent a second surgery to repair a fractured left pinky finger.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Planning for Burial at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
New Jersey's Planning For Burial, who released the excellent Desideratum earlier this year, is heading out on a short run of east coast dates this month into December. He'll be hitting NYC for a show at Grand Victory on November 30, which will feature support from Phily's Psychic Teens (who just put out a new 7"), Street Sects nad Hex Cult. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Planning For Burial also recently released a split with Minnesota goth/post-punk crew Liar In Wait. Planning For Burial's track, "Mischief Night," which you can stream below, is really a continuation of the more accessible flavors of Desideratum, showcasing a strongly developed take on shoegaze and post-rock. Its a legitimately lush, beautiful, enveloping listen. Check it out, with the list of dates, below...
Deafheaven at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
"Top Secret!" @ Death by Audio
There's only four nights left of much-loved Death by Audio and none of the remaining lineups have been announced. Who could it be tonight?
TV on the Radio @ Rough Trade
TV on the Radio may not all live in NYC anymore but it remains their spiritual home. They celebrate their new album, Seeds, with four shows here this week. For tonight's show you need to buy a copy of the new album at Rough Trade to get into the show. Doors at 7:30 PM with the show at 8.
Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Ted Leo, Greg Barris, Regina Spektor, Ira Glass, Jena Friedman @ Irving Plaza
Tonight's a benefit for Doctors Without Borders (who are on the front lines of dealing with the ebola crisis in Africa) starring a cavalcade of comedy and musical talent. Tickets are still available.
Deafheaven, Beast Patrol @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The genre-defying black metal/post-rock/shoegaze force that is Deafheaven puts on shows that actually deserve to be called "epic" and if nothing else, there's not a dull moment watching frontman George Clarke on stage. This was free with RSVP which is now closed.
Mobb Deep, Smoke DZA, Fat Tony @ Knitting Factory
Though the new album Mobb Deep put out this year didn't quite live up to the 1995 album it was named after, The Infamous is still a stone cold classic and any chance to hear those songs live is worth taking. In all their years, apparently the Queensbridge duo have never played Brooklyn, and tonight's show is billed as their first-ever gig in the borough. It also doubles as a celebration for Knitting Factory's 5th anniversary in Brooklyn and has a good undercard.
Jonathan Richman @ The Bell House
With a naive charm and post-VU minimal style, Jonathan Richman has been charming audiences for 40 years. This is the second of two shows at The Bell House.
DJ Mustard, Nadus, Austin Millz, Jasonscott @ Output
We all know DJ Mustard from hearing his tag "Mustard on the beat, ho!" on like, every song on Hot 97, but the man behind hits from YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tinashe, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Tyga and so many more is behind them for a reason. He knows his way around a beat.
The Hold Steady @ The Space at Westbury
Though you'll have two chances to party with everyone's favorite literate bar rockers on and right before New Year's Eve in NYC, tonight you can catch them for free (with RSVP) just outside of the city.
Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow), Sky White Tiger, SINCE, Prince Rama (DJ set), Rinsed (DJ set) @ Baby's All Right
Baby's is often hoppin' with a party crowd and with a lineup of DJs and performers like this, it looks like tonight's gonna be one of those nights.
Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Best known here in America for acting in City of God and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which he scored using only acoustic, Portuguese David Bowie covers), but Brazilian artist Seu Jorge has been making music since the '90s. This is part of his eight-night run at the Blue Note.
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 18, 2014
Well that didn't take long. Earlier today, a Ride reunion was teased and now it's officially been announced that the legendary shoegazers will bless us with their first shows since their 1996 breakup in 2015! As speculated, they will in fact play Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival (with The Strokes and more TBA) and they've also announced two North American dates so far, one of which is at NYC's Terminal 5 on June 4 (same place fellow reunited shoegazers Slowdive just played). Tickets will be on sale soon.
Check out the full list of reunion dates (via Pitchfork) and listen to Ride's classic 1990 debut Nowhere and 1992's sophomore LP Going Blank Again...
Helmet at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Chris LaPutt)
'90s heavy genre-defying legends Helmet recently celebrated their classic 1994 album Betty on a European tour, and they've now begun announcing North American dates for 2015. One of those is a Betty show happening in NYC on February 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (11/19) at noon and to the general public at noon on Friday (11/21).
only other currently announced dates are a festival in Chile in December and a DC show happening a few days after the NYC show. It seems likely that more could be announced, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: A full tour has been announced including a second NYC show happening February 22 at Saint Vitus. Each show will feature Helmet playing a Betty set and a full second set, no opener. Tickets for Saint Vitus also go on sale Friday at noon.
All dates are listed, with a stream of Betty, below...