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February 3, 2016

by Bill Pearis

Still Flyin

Led by Sean Rawls, San Francisco's Still Flyin' has been around since the mid-'00s, more a collective than a band and featuring a revolving lineup that has, over the years, included Jens Lekman, members of Love is All, The Aislers Set, Versus, Ladybug Transistor, Architecture in Helsinki, and other groups. (I saw them play at SXSW years ago with more than a dozen people on stage.) Still Flyin' are currently a sextet and just released Perfect Future via Ernest Jenning Record Co./We Were Never Being Boring. Pulling influence from Orange Juice, New Order, Elephant 6, etc, this is charming, wide-eyed, party-friendly indiepop and you can stream it below.

Still Flyin' are currently on the East Coast for a short run of shows. The first is here in NYC, tonight (2/3) at Cake Shop. For fans of indiepop, the whole bill is super solid, featuring Ladybug Transistor offshoot/reduction O/R/F (aka the band's Gary Olson, Julia Rydholm, and Kyle Forester), Love is All's James Ausfahrt, and Brooklyn indiepop stalwarts My Teenage Stride. Some of these folks have been in Still Flyin' over the years, so it wouldn't be too surprising to see an extra-large version of the band (for at least a few songs) tonight. Tickets are on sale.

All Still Flyin' tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and the flyer for the Cake Shop, below.

Continue reading "Still Flyin' released 'Perfect Future' (listen), on East Coast tour, play NYC tonight w/ mems of Love Is All, Ladybug Transistor"

by Bill Pearis

photo: No Joy @ Rough Trade, June 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
No Joy

Montreal's No Joy are in winter hibernation but will emerge from their slumber in the spring for a couple shows. One of those is in NYC: April 30 at Saint Vitus with San Francisco's Creepers. Tickets for the Vitus show will go on sale Thursday (2/4) at noon.

The other No Joy show will be in Toronto on May 5 as part of Canadian Music Week, details TBA. To celebrate these new shows, No Joy shared a "slow-cooked, deeply screwed" version of "Corpo Dæmon" (from last year's More Faithful) and you can stream that below.

Creepers, you may remember, features Shiv Mehra and Daniel Tracy of Deafheaven and their sound falls more into the traditional shoegaze realm. (Think Swervedriver or noisier Ride.) They released an EP in 2013 and dropped their debut album, Lush, in 2014. You can stream Lush below. The Vitus show -- a great double bill -- is their only East Coast date announced at the moment, but they're promising more. Stay tuned.

Continue reading "No Joy share "Corpo Daemon" remix, announce shows, playing NYC with Deafheaven offshoot Creepers (dates)"

Big Kap

Keith Carter aka Legendary DJ Big Kap passed away today [February 3, 2016] in NYC at the age of 45. As one of the premier DJs from New York's Flip Squad DJ crew, Kap's impact on NYC Hip Hop is unparalleled.

His most memorable project was The Tunnel album with Funkmaster Flex, featuring some of Hip Hop's royalty including Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, Dr. Dre and more. The album debuted at 35 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, shifting nearly 100,000 copies in its first week. [The Source]

As The Source reports, veteran New York hip hop DJ Big Kap has sadly passed away at 45. Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg wrote on Instagram, "Woke up to terrible news today ... We lost Big Kap .... Not only a great DJ, key part of the flip squad and big dog pit bulls , and incredible talker with a unique and awesome voice but more than anything -- great guy ...always good for a warm smile and a sincere conversation... Was always very fond of this guy ever since I met him .. RIP brother." His collaborator Funkmaster Flex also wished that he rest in peace.

RIP Big Kap. Stream a few tracks off The Tunnel below...

Continue reading "DJ Big Kap, RIP"

photos by Nick Karp

I Am the Avalanche
I Am the Avalanche

After being postponed due to Winter Storm Jonas, I Am the Avalanche's original lineup played their first shows in two years at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (1/30) and the much smaller DIY spot Suburbia on Sunday (1/31). We caught them at Suburbia, and needless to say, it was packed to the gills and it was a totally wild show. The great newer Long Island punk band Timeshares opened, as did Make War.

I Am the Avalanche singer Vinnie Caruana's other band The Movielife also have more reunion shows coming up, including NYC on March 24 at Webster Hall with TBA special guests. They're working on new material for the first time since 2003's Forty Hour Train Back to Penn, and they're promising to debut some of the new songs at these shows. Tickets for NYC are still available.

More pictures from Suburbia below...

Continue reading "I Am the Avalanche played Suburbia with Timeshares & Make War (pics)"

Vermeer

Tickets for the Kanye West WAVES premiere at MSG are on AmEx presale now. General on-sale starts Thursday (2/4) at 10 AM. Each ticket comes with a digital download of the new album.

Tickets for the Old 97's and Heartless Bastards show at Irving Plaza goes on BrooklynVegan presale at 10 AM. (password = VEGANBASTARDS). Their MHOW show (same link) goes on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the NOFX show at Irving Plaza go on Live Nation/Music Geeks/Ticketmaster presales today at 10 AM (passwords = "awards," "musicgeeks").

Tickets for the Graham Nash show at Town Hall go on VIP package presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Santigold show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales today at 10 AM. Password = AWARDS.

Tickets for the Smashing Pumpkins (acoustic) and Liz Phair show at Beacon Theatre go on Ticketmaster presale today at 10 AM. Password = ELECTRO.

Tickets for the Blonde Redhead show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the PUP show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon. Their Saint Vitus show is sold out.

Tickets for the Jay Prince show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for The Twilight Sad show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for The Thermals show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for their Market Hotel show.

A bunch of musicians are coming together to pay tribute to blues legend Lead Belly at Carnegie Hall on Thursday (2/4), including Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon and Marky Ramone. Tickets are available.

Ray LaMontagne is playing a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on June 22. Tickets go on Amazon presale today at noon, Ticketmaster/Bowery/Celebrate Brooklyn presale on March 2 at noon, and general sale on March 4 at 10 AM.

Trixie Whitley is playing Rough Trade on March 18. Tickets are on sale now.

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.

photo: Jenny Lewis in Chicago in 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Jenny Lewis

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

Jenny Lewis, & The Watson Twins, M. Ward @ Beacon Theatre
Ten years ago, Jenny Lewis teamed up with the Watson Twins to release Rabbit Fur Coat. That album still lives up today, and Jenny and the Watsons are celebrating by performing it at Beacon Theatre tonight and tomorrow. M Ward, who guests on the album, opens both shows.

Greg Dulli, Joseph Arthur @ Bowery Ballroom
The Afghan Whigs frontman kicks off his solo tour tonight, where he'll lead a stripped-down band through a selection of his own songs (from throughout his career) and covers. The talented Joseph Arthur opens. Tickets are still available.

Craig Finn @ The Appel Room
As part of the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn plays a solo show tonight. His latest release is last year's Faith In The Future, which saw him getting his mid-'80s Springsteen on.

Shuggie Otis @ City Winery
70s cult soul icon Shuggie Otis resurfaced a few years ago and we're glad to have him back playing classics like "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Aht Uh Mi Hed."

Wilco, Steve Gunn @ Capitol Theatre
Wilco have been making good to great records for over two decades now, the latest being last year's Star Wars. Their current tour hits NYC-area venue Capitol Theater twice this week. This is night 2, and experimental guitarist/Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn opens.

William Tyler, Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool
In addition to playing with Lambchop, Silver Jews and more, guitarist William Tyler cuts impressive American Primitivism records on his own. He just opened for Wilco last night, and tonight plays a headlining show.

Talib Kweli with live band @ Blue Note (two shows)
NYC rap staple Talib Kweli is possibly busier than ever this winter, with a total of nine shows in about two months. Tonight he and a live band knock out two more, and they'll do it again at the Blue Note tomorrow too.

Arrested Development @ B.B. King's
Arrested Development's 1992 debut 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... was a genre-defying smash that spawned three hit singles. Apart from a late-'90s hiatus, they've remained active since.

Styles P, Kid Capri (DJ) @ SOB's
The LOX have been back in action as of late, but that hasn't stopped Styles P from being a prolific solo artist. He hasn't gone a year without an album since 2011, his latest being last year's A Wise Guy and a Wise Guy. Bronx vet Kid Capri is on the boards tonight.

Savoir Adore, Tigertown, Arizona @ Baby's All Right
Underrated Brooklyn pop act Savoir Adore celebrate the release of their new single "Lovers Wake" with the show tonight.

"Terry Riley's In C" presented by Darmstadt Essential Repertoire @ LPR
Darmstadt's annual birthday concert this year presents a performance of Terry Riley's "In C" as performed by an eclectic ensemble including guitarist David Grubbs, clarinetist Joshua Rubin of the ICE Ensemble, and electronic musician Ben Vida.

Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
New York Dolls singer David Johansen puts back on the tux and his party-friendly Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret at this fancypants supper club.

Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show "Thank God for the Jokes" for nearly two years. He's finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.

Chris Gethard, Jo Firestone @ Bell House
Both Jo Firestone and Chris Gethard blur the line between comedian, performance art and "other," so it's about time they put their heads together for this show they're calling "FIREGETH."

Still Flyin', My Teenage Stride, O/R/F, James Ausfahrt @ Cake Shop
Led by Sean Rawls, indie pop collective Still Flyin' has been around since the mid-'00s featuring a revolving lineup, including members of Aislers Set, Versus, Ladybug Transistor and other groups. Tonight also features NYC indie stalwarts My Teenage Stride, Love is All's James Ausfahrt, and Ladybug offshoot O/R/F. What are the chances that the opening acts will also be playing in Still Flyin' tonight? Seems likely.

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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February 2, 2016

UPDATE: The Flaming Lips and Florence + the Machine too

Kurt Vile

As Kurt Vile just revealed on his Instagram, he was an answer on the Jeopardy! College Championship tonight. (Seriously.) Apparently, none of them got it right:

UPDATE: The Flaming Lips were too. It said: "In 2015 Miley Cyrus toured with these indie darlings who sound like their mouths are on fire." See Wayne Coyne's Instagram of it below. Florence + the Machine were too (but we haven't seen the question yet).

It wouldn't be the first time indie rock was on Jeopardy!.

Continue reading "Kurt Vile was an answer on 'Jeopardy!' (no one got it)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Renee Stamatis
Floating Points

Last year Floating Points released his great debut album, Elaenia, which was recorded with a full band and was closer to chilled-out jazz than his earlier electronic recordings. He toured in support of it, including playing a show with an 11-piece band at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, and he's set to tour again this year.

Not long before playing US festivals Moogfest and Shaky Beats, Floating Points will play two live shows in NYC: May 12 at Bowery Ballroom and May 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon.

All dates are listed, with a 50-minute video of his 11-piece band performing in a THUMP Session, below...

Continue reading "Floating Points touring, playing two live NYC shows (dates)"

photo: Coldplay at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coldplay

Coldplay recently announced a stadium tour, and now they've added new dates in Chicago, LA, and the NYC-area.

In addition to MetLife Stadium on July 16, they'll hit the same venue on July 17. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (2/5) at 10 AM with a venue presale starting Wednesday (2/3) at 10 AM. Fan club and Citi presales for both already started. Updated dates are listed below.

As you probably know, Coldplay are also playing the Super Bowl 50 halftime show this Sunday (2/7). They're set to be joined by Beyonce and Bruno Mars. It was also revealed today that Lady Gaga (who will honor Bowie at the Grammys) will sing the National Anthem.

Continue reading "Coldplay expand tour, add LA, Chicago & NYC-area dates"

Okeechobee

Florida is getting its biggest-ever camping music festival this year in Lake Okeechobee with the arrival of the inaugural Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival on March 4-6. The festival, which is produced by some of the makers of Bonnaroo, has a varied lineup, including headliners Mumford & Sons, Hall & Oates, Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex, along with Robert Plant, Big Grams, Fetty Wap, Four Tet, Future, Jason Isbell, Joey Bada$$, Miguel, Odesza, Shabazz Palaces, Ween and many more. It's also one of the last-ever US shows for Youth Lagoon.

Like Bonnaroo does, they're having a big superjam thing too. Theirs is called "PoWoW! A Live Superstar Mashup," and it's led by Miguel and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler. The jam sesh also includes Hall & Oates' John Oates, jazz breakout Kamasi Washingon, two members of pioneering funk band The Meters (George Porter Jr and Zigaboo Modeliste), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, DJ Chris Karns, and Soulive members Eric Krasno and Neal Evans. Special guests are promised too.

3 and 4-day weekend passes are available now, along with VIP packages. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Okeechobee includes Robert Plant, Kendrick, a jam with Win Butler, Miguel, John Oates, Kamasi Washington & much more"