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March 5, 2015


Tickets for the TV on the Radio show at Kings Theatre with Bo NIngen go on AmEx and venue presale today (3/5) at 10 AM. Password: KINGSFAN.

Tickets are also still on BrooklynVegan presale for the BV-presented Pixies, TVOTR, John Grant show in NJ. Password: HEYBV.

Pixies and John Grant also have other dates together, including two in NYC (tickets).

photo: Natural Child in Chicago, 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Natural Child are going on tour in May with fellow Nashvillians Faux Ferocious. Dates include two nights at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 7 & 8. Tickets for those shows will be on sale Friday (3/6).

Before that spring tour, Natural Child will be in Austin for SXSW. The band were last here for one of Death by Audio's final shows. No word on new music, but all Natural Child dates are listed, along with "Ain't Gonna Stop" video, below...

Continue reading "Natural Child touring, playing SXSW, two shows at Baby's All Right & other dates"

photo: Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

The snowy weather may cause some cancelations, so be sure to check with the venue before heading out tonight. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

TIbet House US benefit w/ Philip Glass, The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Patti Smith, Sturgill Simpson, Dev Hynes, Ira Glass, Debbie Harry @ Carnegie Hall
A cavalcade of amazing talent comes out in force to support Tibet House US. Tickets are still available. Where else will you see Philip Glass, Ira Glass, Sturgill Simpson and The Flaming Lips all on one bill?

Will Butler, TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom
His brother Win gets most of the spotlight, but the Arcade Fire's Will Butler is a talented singer and songwriter too, as can be heard on his first solo album which is out next week on Merge. Tonight's the record release show. Sold out.

Rob Delaney, Jeffrey Joseph, Erik Bergstrom, Tom McCaffrey, Kenny Zimlinghaus, John Early, Sabrina Jalees @ Splitty
It's Splitty's weekly Myrtle Comedy tonight, and the great Rob Delaney will be stopping by, along with other funny folk. Five bucks.

The Growlers, Broncho @ Baby's All Right
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain back in September which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-'60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well. Tonight's their second show of a five-night-stand at Baby's All Right with Broncho.

Punch Brothers, Gaby Moreno @ Beacon Theatre
Chris Thile is one of the more prolific guys in modern bluegrass. He reunited Nickel Creek last year, and now he's already got a new Punch Brothers album and is on tour with them too.

Hundred Waters, Mitski @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Both Hundred Waters and Mitski mix folk and art pop, with the former going in a more fleshed-out and sometimes-electronic direction and the latter in a more lo-fi indie direction. Great double bill.

Regal Degal @ Elvis Guesthouse
It may not be a first, but it's a first for us: this is a "record announce" party for Regal Degal's new album, Not Now, which will be out in May via Terrible. Hey, any excuse for a party.

EULA, No Bra, GULL, Martin Bisi @ Palisades
It's the release party for local noise rockers EULA, and Martin Bisi (who produced the album) also plays a set with former members of past bands he's produced, Sonic Youth and Swans. No Bra's post-punk performance art is worth catching too.

Fox Millions Duo (Kid Millions + Greg Fox), Steve Gunn & Mary Lattimore, Laura Ortman, Matthew Regula @ Silent Barn
UPDATE: Steve Gunn and Mary Lattimore are unable to join tonight due to weather conditions. The show will go on with Greg Fox / Kid Millions Duo, Matthew Regula, Laura Ortman, with a "snowy modular synthesizer workshop" and reduced admission: $8

Curren$y @ B.B. King Blues Club
New Orleans rapper Curren$y remains crazy prolific (he last released a mixtape in the fall and has an album planned for this year) and he's pretty active on the road too. Catch him in NYC tonight.

UPDATE: Curren$y moved to 3/29 due to snow.

Nude Beach, Bodega Bay, Dances @ Bowery Electric
Nude Beach make late- 70s-inspired power pop and do a ton of justice to the sound. This is one of two upcoming hometown shows for the NYC band at the moment, and it's free with RSVP.

Bloodshot Bill @ Union Pool
Tandoori Knights member, King Khan & BBQ/Mark Sultan collaborator, and solo artist in his own right, Bloodshot Bill has a voice that can go from a guttural growl to disarming falsetto, sometime within a single phrase. His take on blues and rock n' roll is best experienced live.

Haybaby, Whitewash, Chimes, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Haybaby make a promising mix of punk, post-punk and indie pop, and they recently signed to Tiny Engines for their upcoming debut LP.

DRKWAV (ft. John Medeski, Skerik, and Adam Deitch) @ Brooklyn Bowl
This trio of prolific jam banders -- John Medeski, Skerik (Les Claypool's Fancy Band, Mad Season) and Adam Deitch (Lettuce, 50 Cent) -- teamed up as DRKWAV to make jazz fusion which resulted in their debut album, The Purge, released last week.

Alex Winston, Royal Tongues @ The Westway
Alex Winston's new singles have seen her going in a more conventionally pop direction than her 2012 debut album, and if you want to see how those translate live, you have a chance tonight.

Holy Ghost! (DJ Set), A/JUS/TED, Le Youth @ Output
DFA mainstays Holy Ghost! spin like they play live -- heavy on '80s-era synths in a electro/postpunk/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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March 4, 2015

Sam Prekop

The Sea and Cake frontman Sam Prekop released his fifth solo album and second album of modular synth compositions, The Republic, lats week via Thrill Jockey. This week he put out the video for the pulsating, ambient "Weather Vane," which you can watch below. The press release notes that the first half of The Republic "was composed to accompany an art installation of the same name by David Hartt," who also worked with Sam on this video.

Sam is also going on a tour this spring with his Sea & Cake bandmate Archer Prewitt. They'll be "playing as a duo, performing improvised synth/guitar duets followed by a short set of classic Sea and Cake tracks."

That brings the two of them to NYC on May 12 at The Wick. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "The Sea & Cake's Sam Prekop released a new modular synth album, touring w/ bandmate Archer Prewitt (dates, video)"


Alt rock veterans Violent Femmes have stayed active on the live circuit pretty much since the '80s, but haven't released new music since their 2008 cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" or a new record of original material since 2000's Freak Magnet. That will change on Record Store Day (April 18) when they'll release the Happy New Year EP featuring four new songs, one of which, "Love Love Love Love Love" (penned by Jake Brebes), you can listen to (via Rolling Stone) below.

Violent Femmes will spend most of this summer on tour with Barenaked Ladies on their "Last Summer on Earth 2015" tour, including a stop in NYC at JBL Live at Pier 97 on July 1. Men At Work's Colin Hay plays that show as well and tickets are on sale.

All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Violent Femmes releasing first new music in 15 years for #RSD15 EP (listen to a song), touring w/ Barenaked Ladies"

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

"Risked life and limb to get to the #Nails gig at St Vitus tonight.
No surprise, it was worth it." - Ivan BlackNBlue


Metallic hardcore ragers Nails are off to tour Europe, but before leaving, the California band stopped in NYC for a one-off at Saint Vitus last night (3/3). Local support came from two Long Island hardcore bands: Incendiary and Deathcycle. More pictures of all three bands below...

Continue reading "Nails played Saint Vitus w/ Incendiary and Deathcycle (pics)"

Mitski (photo by Kenneth Bachor)

Brooklyn songwriter Mitski won us over with last year's Bury Me At Makeout Creek, a great mix of folk, lo-fi indie rock, and art pop that contained one of our favorite songs of the year. Now she's signed to Don Giovanni for its TBA followup making her labelmates with Screaming Females, Priests, California X and more.

Mitski's upcoming tour includes dates supporting Hundred Waters, supporting her new labelmates Screaming Females, and supporting Speedy Ortiz (with Krill).

The Hundred Waters run hits NYC NYC at MHOW this Thursday, 3/5 (tix), the Screaming Females run hits NJ April 4 at Asbury Lanes (tickets), and the Speedy/Krill run hits NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 25 (tickets). All of those bands also play SXSW.

In semi-related news, Mitski's new labelmates California X's short tour hits NYC this week on Friday (3/6) at Saint Vitus with Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

Continue reading "Mitski signed to Don Giovanni; California X will be here soon with Ovlov (win tix!)"


Public Services with Jo Firestone is an all-new variety show from Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000, UCB, WFMU) and Jeremy Levenbach (Whiplash, Big Terrific). Featuring a staged reading of an original sewer-themed soap opera called "Public Services", this show also features celebrities, up-and-coming comedians, and notable nobodies. Public Services combines soap opera, celebrity interviews, and live comedy to give the audience that sweet alt comedy they didn't even know they were cravin'.
"Public Services with Jo Firestone" happens tonight (3/4) at Littlefield and it's got a pretty amazing group of comedians for the show: Jon Glazer, Chris Gethard, Eugene Mirman, Aprana Nacherla, Andy Blitz, Larry Murphy, Dan Lica and more, plus a live music set from Langhorne Slim. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

Jon Glaser will be back at Littlefield next week (3/11) for the Brooklyn Free Space Fundraiser Spectacular Evening of Entertainment! featuring Janeane Garofalo, H. Jon Benjamin and more -- which is now sold out.

Aparma Nacherla, meanwhile, will be at Union Hall on Friday (3/6) for this month's edition of Dave Hill's "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" that also features Mrs. Smith, Bandits on the Run, and Eliot Glazer (tickets). Then she'll be at the Bell House on March 10 for Jezebel's "March Madness: An Evening of Readings by Women We Love" that also features Ariel Dumas, Jena Friedman, Jean Grae, Phoebe Robinson, Juli Weiner, and Delaney Yeager. That event is free by sending an RSVP email to

Janeane Garofalo will headline an event called "Reductress Presents: The Brotherhood of Women" at The Bell House on March 19 that also features Sara Benincasa, Naomi Ekperigin, Lizz Winstead, Eliot Glazer, Tyler Coates, Elissa Bassist​, Cocoon Central Dance Team, and Anna Drezen (tickets).

Later this spring at The Bell House, on May 7, Greg Proops will be taping an episode of his podcast "Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World" and tickets for that are on sale.

Back over at Union Hall, SNL's Sasheer Zamata hosts "Sasheer Zamata Party Time!" at the venue on March 19 with guests Bridget Everett, Sabrina Jalees, Charla Lauriston, and Liza Treyger (tickets).

Dave Hill will also be at Union Hall on March 21 for a live taping of Nerdist podcast "Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction" that also features Jared Logan, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Max Silvestri, Eli Sairs, Kara Klenk, Mehran Khaghani, Jono Zalay, and host Bryan Cook. Tickets are on sale.

photo: outside Palisades in September (more by Ryan Muir)

Bushwick all ages venue Palisades opened last spring, and this spring it will celebrate its one-year anniversary on April 25 with electronic/noise musician Container, Black Dice's Eric Copeland, and Woosazi. Tickets are on sale now.

Container's last NYC show was the Pitchfork/Blackened Music-presented February installment of 'The Tinnitus Series' at The Wick. The next one happens there on March 27 with Untold (live), Egyptrixx (live) and Tessela (DJ). Tickets are on sale now.

Untold also plays Pitchfork's SXSW party and Container plays their NXNE showcase.

Listen to some Container and Untold below...

Continue reading "Container & Eric Copeland playing Palisades 1-yr anniversary; Untold & Egyptrixx playing 'Tinnitus' series at The Wick"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Noel Conrad

Philly shoegazers Creepoid first caught our ears with last year's self-titled sophomore LP on No Idea, and cemented that interest even further when we caught them opening for Dinosaur Jr. Now they've signed to Geoff Rickly's Collect Records to release their third album, Cemetery Highrise Slum, and lead single "American Smile" has us pretty excited for it. They've never been straight shoegaze, but on this song especially they're going into grungy slacker territory that suggests maybe playing with Dinosaur Jr rubbed off on them. Listen below.

The album was produced by Peter Mavrogeorgis, who engineered The National's High Violet and Sharon Van Etten's Tramp, and will be out on June 23. Pre-order coming soon. Artwork and tracklist below.

They've got a US tour with Pity Sex, a few stops at SXSW, and a UK tour with A Place to Bury Strangers coming up (no NYC show at the moment). All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Creepoid announce new LP on Collect Records, share a song"