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October 1, 2014

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The 13th annual "Great Night in Harlem" takes place at The Apollo on October 24 with Herbie Hancock receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Quincy Jones, with special guest Bruce Willis. "Herbie himself will make an all-star tribute to our beloved trumpeter Clark Terry." Chaka Khan will pay homage to Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire. Al Jarreau, Jimmy Heath, Steve Jordan, Charles Bradley and more will be there as well. Tickets are on sale now.

The late H.R. Giger will be celebrated on October 15 at Spectacle Theatre with shows at 7:30 PM and 10 PM where "rarely seen documentaries, experimental films and music videos made by HR Giger," will be screened. More info here.

Tickets for the Belle & Sebastian show at Radio City go on Fan Club presale today at 10 AM. You can also go through Ticketmaster beginning at 11 AM with code GLASGOW.

Tickets for the Alt-J show at Madison Square Garden with Phantogram go on fan presale today at 10 AM. You can get access if you're on their email list.

Tickets to see Modern Baseball, Foxing, Crying, Somos and others at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for their Gramercy show.

DOM are playing Mercury Lounge on December 27. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (10/3) at noon.

Riff Raff is playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on October 29. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (10/2) at noon.

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.

King Khan at LPR in June (more by Chris La Putt)
King Khan

Blake Mills at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Blake Mills

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

Blake Mills, yMusic @ Le Poisson Rouge
When not working and touring with Fiona Apple, Blake Mills makes his own accomplished blues folk. His new album, Heigh Ho, just came out and tonight's the release show. It's sold out, but if you bought a ticket you got a copy of the record as a bonus.

Bryan Ferry, Dawn Landes @ Beacon Theatre
He's been battling a throat infection which has forced him to cancel a few recent shows, but the onetime Roxy Music singer and still-suave dude will be playing tonight's show. He's got a guest-filled album on the way soon.

The Black Lips, King Khan & BBQ Show, LiveFastDie @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This two-night NYC stand (yesterday at Irving Plaza) sounds like trouble -- in a good way. A double-dose of party-friendly garage and soul, get in it.

Jack and Eliza, Larry and the Babes @ Baby's All Right
If you miss the winsome, early days of Slow Club, this Brooklyn duo make a similarly sweet sound. Tonight's the release show for their debut EP. Early show, over before 9 PM.

Team Spirit, Sunflower Bean, Bluffing @ Baby's All Right
Team Spirit, the band fronted by former Passion Pit member Ayad Al Adhamy, finally released their debut album, titled Killing Time, which is out via via Vice/WB. Help them celebrate tonight with up-and-comers Sunflower Bean and Bluffing. You get a free CD with entry. 9 PM doors.

Arrington de Dionyso, Yonatan Gat, Dear Leader @ Death by Audio
Arrington de Dionyso makes "trans-utopian world music for a world that exists in fever dreams and halucinations." You may also know him from his old band, Old Time Relijun. Also playing: former Monotonix man Yonatan Gat.

Bambara, Dheatd Refuge, Nola Gras, Teen Injection @ Trans-Pecos
Brooklyn's Bambara sound like their name: loud and pummelling. A little dark too, last year's Dream Violence mixes gothy shoegaze with a good sense of melody, plus shringy feedback.

The Blow, DJ Dapwell @ Union Pool
This is the first of The Blow's three Union Pool "unplugged" residency shows. Says Khaela: "These shows are a laboratory for working out new ways of performing electronic music live. We will be performing songs, just songs, from the extended Blow catalog." Ok then!

Jungle @ Warsaw
Enigmatic when it comes to press shots and music videos, UK dance act Jungle are a seven-or-eight piece band live, more than capable of bringing the grooves to the stage, even if maybe all their songs sound exactly alike.

Tycho, Beacon, Christopher Willits @ Terminal 5
Tycho's downtempo IDM really comes off more like post-rock live, where they play as a full band and are heavy on the viiiibes, man.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Sex Jams, Honne Wells @ Cake Shop
Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat make rackety post-punk with just a bass and a floor tom, but you'd never think it doesn't sound full. They always put on a good show.

Delta Spirit, Streets of Laredo @ Bowery Ballroom
The folk rockin' Delta Spirit put out a new album, Into The Wide, earlier this month and tonight they're on the second of three nights in NYC in support of it. All three are sold out.

Movement, The Mast, Lemonade (DJ) @ Glasslands
Australian trio Movement offer a moody take on the whole indie/R&B thing going on at the moment. They opened for Banks at Terminal 5 last night but tonight you can catch them in a much more intimate environment.

Balance and Composure, Seahaven, Creepoid @ Irving Plaza
Balance & Composure and Seahaven are the two bigger names on this bill, but if you're going we especially recommend showing up on time for Creepoid too. The Philly band's mix of shoegaze and slowcore does a lot of justice to the '90s bands in that style and they're good live too.

Living Room, Caravela, Vasudeva, Bethlehem Steel @ Saint Vitus
Tonight Vitus hosts a pretty cool bill of bands that lean towards emo, indie rock or a little bit of both. Living Room, who put out their enjoyable Braid-ish album Moonchaser this past August, are headlining the night.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. 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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September 30, 2014

Billy Joel

As you may know, Billy Joel is in the midst of a neverending residency at Madison Square Garden, and apparently the Piano Man's melodies aren't getting everyone feeling alright. At the recent September 17 show, attendee Ari Ganeles was allegedly the victim of some drunken violence and he's now suing the venue. NY Daily News reports:

Ari Ganeles, 39, suffered a beatdown after he joined other attendees in objecting to the behavior of a drunken group, according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. He wound up with fractures to his nose, arm and ribs, a torn rotator cuff and facial injuries. "They were being abusive to everyone around them, spilling drinks on people in front of them," Ganeles' lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, said Tuesday.

Prior to the attack on Ganeles, ushers working for Madison Square Garden asked the men to behave, but other staff continued to sell them alcohol at their seats, Jaroslawicz said.

Page Six adds that MSG offered a statement: "We do not welcome anyone into The Garden who behaves in an inappropriate and violent manner in any way, and they will not be welcomed back. We are looking into the particulars of this incident."

Now you have another reason to say no the next time your mom asks you to see Billy Joel with her. Safety first.

Alt-J at LPR earlier this month (more by PSquared)
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Alt-J's slightly weirder sophomore album This Is All Yours came out this week, and now they've announced what is by far their largest NYC show yet. They recently played intimate shows here at Le Poisson Rouge and Rough Trade and have a larger sold-out show happening at Beacon Theatre on November 16 on their proper tour, but now that seems intimate too. The UK band have announced they'll be returning in 2015 to headline Madison Square Garden on March 30 with support from Phantogram. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at 10 AM.

Presumably more North American dates happening around then will be announced. All currently known dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Alt-J headlining Madison Square Garden in 2015 with Phantogram (updated tour dates)"

Movement

Australia's Movement are currently in North America bringing their nocturnal R&B to Banks tour. That tour hits NYC tonight (9/30) for a big show at Terminal 5 which is sold out. Even if you don't have tickets to the T5 show tonight, you can still catch Movement in NYC though. They headline a much smaller venue Wednesday (10/1) at Glasslands with The Mast and a DJ set from Lemonade before heading back out with Banks. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Movement dropped their moody self-titled EP earlier in the year, so expect to catch jams from that on both the Banks tour and the few off-date shows they're playing. Their NSFW video for "Ivory" from the EP, with their list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Movement on tour w/ Banks, playing their own Brooklyn show on Wednesday after tonight's T5 show (dates)"

Electricity"

New Zealand scene vet Peter Jefferies was set to begin his North American tour on Wednesday (10/1) at Brooklyn's Issue Project Room. Unfortunately, Visa Issues have caused the whole tour to be canceled. A short statement from his label, Superior Viaduct:

Unfortunately, Peter Jefferies was denied entry last minute due to a visa issue. Hopefully we can re-schedule for next year. Advance tickets refunded by the venues. We are very sorry, folks.
The tour was in support of Superior Viaduct's reissue Jefferies' 1994 album Electricity (the same year as his last US tour). Let's hope he gets those visa problems worked out soon.

All (canceled) dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Peter Jefferies cancels US tour (visa problems)"

photo by Shervin Lainez
Single Mothers

Sleepy Kitty, the duo of Paige Brubeck and former Harvey Danger drummer Evan Sult, released their sophomore album Projection Room earlier this year. After putting out a video for its track "Don't You Start" in August, they've now returned with another video for "Hold Yr Ground," both of which you can watch below.

The band have a couple shows coming up, including one in NYC TONIGHT (9/30) at Pianos with The Liza Colby Sound, The Prettiots, Fiona Silver and Alice Limoges. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

Their only other date announced at the moment is in Chicago on Mischief Night. Full tour schedule, with those videos, below...

Continue reading "Sleepy Kitty (ex-Harvey Danger) made a video, playing shows including NYC tonight (dates)"

Shamir's dance-friendly set at Muchmore's during Northside (@brooklynvegan)
CMJ Flyer

Enacted in 1926, ​the New York City's ​cabaret laws were originally to put the kibosh on illegal booze. After the repeal of prohibition, the law -- which requires clubs and bars to get an expensive permit for dancing -- went largely unenforced until the Giuliani administration and his efforts to clean up the city. Williamsburg club/coffee shop/venue Muchmore's is taking a stand against cabaret laws, suing the city:

Andrew Muchmore​, owner of ​Muchmore's Cafe ​in Williamsburg, filed suit in Brooklyn federal court to challenge New York's ​cabaret laws ​- which prohibit danci​​ng ​by more than three people at one time unless the venue has a cabaret license.

In the suit, he cites the first and 14th amendments and claims the tight restrictions against patrons shaking their money makers have forced him to play ​sedate if not ​dreary tunes at his nightspot​ and coffeehouse.

The real estate attorney argues the stricture prevents him from cranking beats that might actually tempt patrons to ​want to dance ​- and thus break the law, according to his s​​uit.

To avoid any potential skirmish with code enforcement officers, Muchmore avoids hosting acts that "involve dancing or would tend to elicit dancing," the suit states.

Instead, Muchmore plays ​safe ​wallflower genres including "folk music, rock music, experimental electronic music, jazz and other forms of music that are not conducive to dancing," the suit states. - [NY Post]

!!!'s 2003 dancepunk touchstone "Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)" confronted cabaret laws and NYC powers-that-be in its own funky way. Stream it below...

Continue reading "Williamsburg venue Muchmore's suing New York City, saying cabaret laws are unconstitutional"

Oneiorgen at IO show in August (more by Greg Cristman)
oneirogen

Two quality NYC bands, Geryon and Oneirogen will team up this week for an Invisible Oranges-presented show in their hometown which also includes New Firmament (ex-Extra Life) and Toronto's Gates (not to be confused with NJ's Gates). Here's what IO had to say about the show:

Geryon's one we're excited for. The experimental death metal drums and bass duo from Krallice's Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein brought a shot of innovation to the genre with its debut LP late last year. Canada's Gates speaks a different language, a captivating brand of ambient experimental doom that moves from droning to chaotically crushing. ONEIROGEN's no stranger to IO-presented shows--the one man band's experimental and ethereal looping metal is a thing of beauty. New Firmament, from Baltimore, creates lush, deep and dark ambient soundscapes.
The show happens Thursday (10/2) at Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff in Ridgewood, Queens). More info at the Facebook event. Show flyer below.

Geryon and Oneirogen will team up again with another ex-Extra Life band, Psalm Zero, when that killer trio of bands opens the first of two Year of No Light shows at Saint Vitus on November 13 (tickets). Oneirogen plays again with Father Murphy at their Acheron show on October 9 (tickets). Geryon play again opening the second of two Virus shows at Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).

Continue reading "Geryon, Gates (Toronto), Oneirogen & New Firmament playing IO-presented NYC show this week"

CMJ Flyer

As mentioned, Ultimate Painting (aka James Hoare of Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes) will release their debut album next month via Trouble in Mind. They've shared two more tracks from the album, "Winter in Your Heart" and "Ten Street," which you can stream along with the song "Ultimate Painting" and a mix they made with some of their influences, below.

Also as mentioned, UP will be in NYC for CMJ and they've got quite a few shows lined up already with maybe more still to be announced. Here's the lowdown:


Tue. Oct. 22 - New York, NY @ Pianos (Kanine CMJ day party FREE)
Tue. Oct. 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (Panache CMJ Showcase)
Wed. Oct. 23 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase)
Fri. Oct. 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (Trouble In Mind CMJ day party FREE)
Fri. Oct. 25 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Panache CMJ day party FREE)
Flyers for all of those shows, plus the full lineups, are below. Before the CMJ shows, Ultimate Paiting will also play nearby Bard College on October 21. That follows a few other North American dates, all of which are listed below.

Continue reading "Ultimate Painting share more songs from debut LP, touring before playing lots of CMJ shows (dates, stream)"