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January 30, 2015

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Tickets for the two Faith No More shows at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the two Sufjan Stevens shows at Beacon Theater and Kings Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the recently added Foo Fighters show with Royal Blood at Citi Field go on sale today at 10AM. The first show is sold out.

Tickets for the Rush shows at MSG go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Primal Scream shows at Warsaw and Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cult of Luna show at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at 10AM. (Update: on-sale time TBA.)

Tickets to the just-added fourth Scharpling & Wurster Live show at The Bell House go on sale today at 10 AM. The other three are sold out.

Tickets for the Primus Willy Wonka-themed show at The Paramount go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Peter Ulrich show at Webster Hall's Marlin Room go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Travi$ Scott/Young Thug show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Cashmere Cat show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cheap Trick/Peter Frampton show at Pier 97 go on sale today at 11AM.

Kid Ink and Dej Loaf are playing Kings Theatre on April 19. Tickets for that show go on Ticketmaster and LiveNation presales today at 10AM with the general on-sale beginning Saturday (1/31) at noon.

Tickets for the Cursive show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon. Tickets for one of their two Bowery Ballroom shows with Beach Slang are still on sale, but the other is sold out.

Tickets for the Liturgy show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the recently added Timber Timbre show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Their other Bowery show (same link) is still on sale.

Tickets for the Toro y Moi show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Purity Ring show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Spirit Family Reunion show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the two Hinds (fka Deers) shows go on sale today: Baby's All Right at 10 AM and Mercury Lounge at noon.

Tickets for the Action Bronson show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. His show at BB King's is sold out.

Tickets for the Hanni El Khatib show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Lower Dens album release show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the two recently added Lauryn Hill shows go on sale today: Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios at noon and City Winery at 3PM.

Tickets for the Mourn show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their show at Baby's are on sale now.

Tickets for the newly-added Taking Back Sunday and Menzingers show at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon. Night 1 is sold out.

Tickets for the Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, Kentucky go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kiesza/Betty Who show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Kaiser Chiefs show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon.

Ricky Eat Acid, Glass Gang, Conner Youngblood, Marz Leon and Abhi//Dijonis are playing Mercury Lounge on February 23. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Landlady is playing Mercury Lounge on February 24. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Shura is playing Rough Trade on March 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Isadora and The Big Sleep are playing Rough Trade on March 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Australian band The Preatures play Rough Trade on March 23. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the just-added Chet Faker with XXYYXX show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. Their other show is sold out.

The Ting Tings are playing Webster Hall on April 8. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.


The music is performed by Mr. Stevens, on keyboards and electronics, and Yarn/Wire, a contemporary chamber group of two pianists and two percussionists. Although one segment had a beat on drum and rattle, vaguely suggesting Native American music (the rodeo includes a Native American parade in traditional costumes) the score avoided Oregon's local color for what might be BAM's local color: minimalist contemplation. It was full of glimmering sounds -- bowed vibraphone, pretty piano chords -- with, now and then, something staticky or sprockety from Mr. Stevens's electronics. For each segment -- concentrating on one rodeo event, intercutting various competitors and performers -- Mr. Stevens chose a strategy and stuck to it: a certain texture, a certain beat, perhaps with chromatic meanderings, perhaps not. Calf roping got running, Bachian counterpoint, while a segment with a lone calf had Yarn/Wire singing a cappella harmonies. [NY Times]
Sufjan Stevens wrapped up the world premiere of his new piece, Round-Up, earlier this week, which ran from January 20-25 at BAM. The quote above is from NY Times' review of one of the performances. Did you catch one?

As you may know, Sufjan's next project is his upcoming album, Carrie & Lowell, which is due out March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty. He's calling it a return to his folk roots, which is what made us fall in love with him in the first place. Tickets for his tour in support of it go on sale at 10 AM local time today (1/30). The NYC shows happen at Beacon Theatre on April 11 (tickets) and at the newly refurbished Kings Theatre on May 1 (tickets).

photos by Chris La Putt

"I'd just like to reiterate here: it's 2015, I'm seeing Marilyn Manson tonight, life is wonderful" - Nick DeSimone

"It's 2015 and I'm listening to a new Marilyn Manson album and not hating it and WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING?" - Steven W Beattie

"It's 2015. I'm 32. And I'm thoroughly enjoying a new Marilyn Manson record." - Jordan Campbell

"At Marilyn Manson's concert tonight @ Terminal 5 & was shocked 2 hear him dedicate "Sweet Dreams" 2 his friend of 20 years, Michael Alig!"" - Michael Alig

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson released his ninth album, The Pale Emperor, this year which some are calling a comeback. He's on tour in support of it now, and hit NYC last night (1/29) at Terminal 5, which was rescheduled from January 26 due to Winter Storm Juno. Did you catch the show? Do you agree that he's once again risen to relevance? Was he ever relevant to begin with?

Opening the show was Unlocking the Truth, the very young Brooklyn metal band with a $1.8 million deal with Sony and an upcoming Bonnaroo appearance. Pictures of the night are in this post.

Marilyn was also supposed to play Long Island's Paramount Theatre on 1/27 but due to the weather, that show was 100% cancelled and won't be rescheduled. Refunds are available.

More pictures from T5 below...

Continue reading "Marilyn Manson is back (?), cancels Long Island, but played rescheduled Terminal 5 show (pics)"

photo: Jack White in Austin last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Jack White

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

Jack White, Run The Jewels @ Madison Square Garden
Former White Stripe, blues lover, and guitar-rock devotee Jack White returns to MSG (where The White Stripes played in 2007) for his first headlining show here as a solo artist. His recent sets have all had him mixing it up between his solo stuff and his former bands (at his Nashville show on Wednesday, he actually reunited The Raconteurs on stage). If you're going tonight, definitely don't miss Run The Jewels, the recently-formed rap duo by Killer Mike and El-P that truly reinvigorated both of their careers. Tonight's show is sold out.

If you're not going, you can stream it live on Pandora. It begins at 9 PM and loops for the next 72 hours. An archive will go up on February 3 where you can listen to it song-by-song.

Hamilton Leithauser, Elle King @ Bowery Ballroom
While no longer fronting The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser retains his signature raspy, impassioned delivery...and taste in suits.

Torres, Mainland, Heliotropes, Ancient Ocean @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Torres announced her new album earlier this week, and put out the single which has her sounding more rocking than on her debut. Hopefully we'll hear even more new stuff tonight.

Beverly, Honduras, Christines @ Alphaville
Bushwick bar Alphaville has been open for a few months, but this is the first official show in its back room performance space. It's a pretty killer kickoff, with the ultra-melodic indie rock of Beverly, '60s revivalists Honduras, and Christines' thick shoegaze.

Blondes (DJ), John + Jehn, Johnny Hostile, JDH @ Good Room
While here for Savages' residency, singer Jehnny Beth has been doing a few shows with partner Johnny Hostile as their electronic duo incarnation. Blondes will be DJing.

Tombs, Black Anvil, Darkside NYC @ The Acheron
Sludgesters Tombs and black metallers Black Anvil are two of NYC's best local bands, and this spring they'll hit the road together in Europe. But tonight they'll give their hometown a taste of that same double bill.

Screaming Females @ Stevens Institute of Technology
Screaming Females are about to release their sixth album, and from the sound of the songs they've put out so far, it's going more of their badass rock and killer riffs. They've got a couple NYC shows coming up next month, but tonight they'll be nearby in Hoboken.

Invisible Familiars, Adam Schatz & Thomas White's Option Copter (w/ Cibo Mato, Delicate Steve, Sean Lennon + more) @ Baby's All Right
Having worked with Martha Wainwright, Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon and others, Jared Samuel's own music, as Invisble Familiars, is an appealing hodgepodge of styles that is at once quirky, folky, poppy and danceable. Tonight's the release party for his Other Music debut and opening is Adam Schatz & Thomas White's Option Copter that features Cibo Matto, Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, Sean Lennon, and "many more!" Sounds intriguing.

Ben Howard, Hiss Golden Messenger @ Hammerstein Ballroomv
Ben Howard's the headliner, but if you're going to this show we especially recommend showing up for Hiss Golden Messenger. He'stransformed from a haunting bare-bones folk singer to an Electric Dylan-esque folk rocker, and whatever mode he's in, it's great.

Celestial Shore, Zula, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Voice Coils @ Shea Stadium
This is a pretty stacked bill of local experimental bands, with the mathy indie pop of Celestial Shore, the psych pop of Zula, the arty/eccentric Cloud Becomes Your Hand, and prog collective Voice Coils, who include members of various local bands and are fronted by Mitski.

Ovlov, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, KSPILL @ Silent Barn
If you miss the indie rock and post-hardcore sounds of the '90s, you'll find that the bands on this bill fill that void pretty well.

Addison Groove, Doctor Jeep, ROZI, Regent Street @ Cameo Gallery
UK footwork producer Addison Groove is one of the musicians who had the pleasure of collaborating with DJ Rashad before he sadly passed away. If you like Rashad's stuff, there's a good chance you'll dig Addison Groove's too.

Frontier Ruckus, The Bros. Landreth @ Mercury Lounge
Michigan folk pop band Frontier Ruckus released their fourth album, Sitcom Afterlife, in late 2014. Tonight they make their way to NYC in support of it.

Sara Rachele, Kevin Hufnagel @ Union Hall
Singer/songwriter Sara Rachele makes folk with a rock edge, and opener Kevin Hufnagel is a ukulele-playing solo artist when he's not shredding in metal bands Dysrhythmia, Vaura, and Gorguts.

John Oliver @ Beacon Theater
While we wait for Last Week Tonight to return to HBO, host John Oliver does standup tonight in one of Manhattan's toniest venues.

Demetri Martin @ The Paramount
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin brings his tour just out of NYC tonight, and he'll be back in February to play the city proper.

Wolf Alice, Drenge @ Mercury Lounge
Two buzzy, hard-rockin' UK bands hit Mercury Lounge for the early show tonight.

The B-52's @ The Space at Westbury
Coming up quickly on their 40th anniversary, The B-52's still bring the party with a catalogue of classic dance-friendly postpunky new wave.

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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January 29, 2015

paper doll set included in Best of The Best Show box set

Scharpling & Wurster Live! sold out its third show at the Bell House (March 12), in addition to the two shows March 11. They've now added a second show on 3/12, a late show with doors at 10 PM. That's four shows total -- who do they think they are, Louis CK? Tickets to that just-added show go on sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM.

The Best of The Best Show box set, which these live shows are promoting, is out in March.


Not to be confused with nearby Paramount Theaters, like the ones in Asbury Park, Long Island or Westchester (or less nearby ones like the one in Austin), Brooklyn's Paramount Theatreon Flatbush will begin hosting live entertainment for the first time in over 50 years. (Also not to be confused with another re-opened Flatbush Avenie venue, Loew's Kings Theatre.) A press release reads:

Barclays Center affiliate Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment has formed an alliance with LIU Brooklyn in which it will begin bringing entertainment to the university's historic Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

With the focus on booking emerging talent, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment will program a variety of events, including music, comedy, and boxing.

The programming will return the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre to its original roots as an active entertainment venue for the first time in more than half a century.

Originally built in 1928 as a movie palace, the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre later hosted renowned Rock & Roll and jazz shows featuring artists such as Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

Currently used as a multi-purpose space, the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre still has much of its original luster and can accommodate capacities of up to 1,500.

The partnership will create unique part-time job opportunities for LIU students, giving them a chance to gain valuable experience by working in various roles at the LIU Brooklyn ParamountTheatre.

Next month, Barclays Center and Brooklyn will host All-Star 2015 events, which will include LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre serving as a fan hub with the debut of the NBA House Presented by BBVA Compass. LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre will provide an interactive basketball experience on its full-size court and will include appearances from NBA legends.
Stay tuned for more info and an initial schedule of events.


As discussed, Cursive have a tour coming up in support of the reissue of The Ugly Organ, which will pull heavily from that album's era. The tour already includes NYC shows on March 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom (night 1 sold out, night 2 still on sale), plus nearby Long Island and Absury Park shows, and they've now added a smaller NYC show happening March 12 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for the new date go on sale at noon on Friday (1/30).

The whole tour will be with a cellist, and it's been revealed that in NYC it will be Gretta Cohn, who played all the cello on The Ugly Organ. Beach Slang (who put out a new song today) and John Congleton and the Nighty Nite open both Bowery Ballroom shows, but no opener has been announced for Saint Vitus yet.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Cursive expand 'Ugly Organ' tour, add Saint Vitus show"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Viet Cong @ Union Pool, 1/28/2014
Viet Cong
Viet Cong

After having flights canceled twice (due to Winter Storm Juno), Canadian band Viet Cong made it into NYC just in time for their first of two sold-out record release shows, which happened at Union Pool Wednesday night (1/28). I had seen them twice last year -- at one of our SXSW parties and at 4 Knots -- but this was the first time where I had actually gotten to listen to a lot of their music beforehand. Which certainly helps, given their sometimes gnarled, labrynthine sound.

While there are definite echoes of Gang of Four, Wire, Neu!, Joy Division and other postpunk/kraut influences, Viet Cong don't really sound like any of them. It's a weird, complex blend of those things, put through a kaleidoscopic lens filter. It makes a lot more sense watching them live, where you can see that something you thought was just one guitar part is actually two separate ones, or "oh that's a keyboard." Add to that drummer Mike Wallace (who's mom flew in from Calgary just for these NYC shows) rarely plays a straight 4/4 beat. Some of the best parts of their live show, however, happen when they burrow into a groove or bring a Fall-like level of repetition, like the pounding middle of "Death" which closes their new album (and last night's set). A really great show.

Both openers at Union Pool were terrific: Honey, whose brand of rock seems born straight from Detroit, 1970; and the arty/skronky PC Worship (Viet Cong frontman/bassist Matt Flegel was up front for their whole set). Viet Cong play again tonight (1/29) at Mercury Lounge with What Moon Things, which is also sold out. Hopefully they'll be back sooner than later.

Update: Mercury Lounge pics are up. More pictures of last night's show, below...

Continue reading "Viet Cong played Union Pool with Honey & PC Worship (pics). UPDATE: And Mercury Lounge too"

by Bill Pearis


Late last year, Azar Swan released their second album, And Blow Us a Kiss, which adds some serious Kate Bush vibes to the duo's electro-goth-tribal MO. You can stream the whole album below.

The vinyl version of And Blow Us a Kiss just came out and they're throwing a release party tonight (1/29) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. There will be a stripped-down performance, featuring Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Nothing Changes' Nikki Sneakers, and there will also be readings by Brandon Welchez, Anna C Cabanna, Kristen Korvette, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Chaz Rowaldo and Zachary Lipez. Plus, Crocodiles and others on DJ duty. It starts at 10 PM and is free.

Album stream below...

Continue reading "Azar Swan released new album (listen), celebrating tonight at free Brooklyn show w/ Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls & more"


Chilean psych-rock band Föllakzoid will release III (yes, their third album) via Sacred Bones on March 31. Its four long tracks follow dark, minimal lines, locked grooves and spaced-out repetition. For the new album they also enlisted the help of German synth specialist Uwe Schmidt (who releases music as Atom™ and Señor Coconut) to help expand their universe. Zone out to the 12-minute opening track "Electric" below.

UPDATE: We originally posted that Föllakzoid would be at Austin Psych Fest Levitation this year, which is apparently unconfirmed. We hope it happens!

Continue reading "Follakzoid releasing new album (listen to a song)"