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by Klaus Kinski

Eugene Mirman at his comedy festival last weekend (more by David Andrako)
Mirman

It isn't often that I dedicate a single post to a single one-off show, but sometimes one pops-up that has such a great line-up and whose proceeds go to such a great charity that I gotta spill it. On Tuesday October 22, Gramercy Theater will play host to an event called A Night of Comedy, Music and Other Awesome Stuff. The purpose of this event is to benefit an organization called OneKid OneWorld and their projects in Kenya and El Salvador:

OneKid OneWorld provides a foundation for education in impoverished communities throughout Kenya and El Salvador by giving children from primary school up through secondary school the opportunity for a better and brighter future.

By providing the basic needs of learning fundamentals like desks and books as well as paying teachers' salaries, building classrooms and even installing solar power technology so students can study at night, OneKid continues to make a tremendous impact not just on individual lives, but communities as a whole.

If that's not something you can get behind then you're a monster and belong in my nightmares and not amongst humanity. The line-up so far is preposterously awesome and features sets by David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Eugene Mirman, Judah Friedlander, Wyatt Cenac and Todd Barry. Attendees will also thrill to music care of the great Rhett Miller from the Old 97's. The show also promises appearances from other "stars from stage and screen," though these add-ons are still TBD.

Tickets are currently on-sale and are available in three different options ranging from $50 - $85; front section VIP tickets (including close to the stage seating, a OKOW t-shirt and three raffle tickets) are $85, reserved seating just behind the VIP section are $65 and General Admission tickets are $50. So reach into those coffers of yours and pull out some dough and make a difference in the life of someone who cannot even fathom the privileges you take for granted on a daily basis and get rewarded with an incredible show. And don't forget that Gramercy sells those gigantic cans of Budweiser which are basically the best.

And in somewhat related news; David Cross has a show during the 2013 NY Comedy Festival, Eugene Mirman just had a comedy festival, and Todd Barry has a lot of shows coming up including a podcast taping at The Bell House on Tuesday October 29 (with Natasha Lyonne, Hannibal Buress, Nick Turner, Andy Borowitz, and more).

While I have your attention, apropos of nothing, please see my new favorite YouTube video of all time. Great song, great concept, hilarious main character, and a sweet ass cameo you gotta see to believe at the 2:33 mark.

Continue reading "David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Wyatt Cenac, Rhett Miller & more playing OneKid OneWorld benefit in NYC"

by Doug Moore

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So this isn't entirely new info. Famed Star Trek star/all-around weird dude William Shatner discussed his upcoming prog rock collaboration with Yes guitarist/keyboardist Billy Sherwood in a Rolling Stone interview back in September. The album will apparently pair a bunch of Sherwood-penned prog tunes with Shatner's "original spoken word poetry"; one can only hope that such a pairing is as insane in practice as it sounds on paper. Shatner was in rare form for the interview; here are just some gems among many:

"The label came to me and said, "Would you like to do another album?" and I said, "Absolutely." Then they said, "Well, what would you like to do?" In that moment, I had a creative thought. I said, "I'll take that period of time, an hour before sunset, where a guy is at the beach and in despair about his life, and write music that goes through twilight and sunset into the sounds of the night. Gradually, with the beauty of the night and his thinking, he regains the joy of his life.""

"I think that prog rock is the science fiction of music."

"I'd love to be part of a discussion of where progressive rock ends and country music begins."

"Well, it's up to you to convince [listeners] that it's not a novelty record."

This isn't Shatner's first go-round with the music business; he recorded a 'metal album' a few years back, made a record (and covered Pulp) with Ben Folds in 2004, and the roots of his musical career go back to the '60s with his cult classic The Transformed Man.

But Shatner has revealed the details of the upcoming prog album -- entitled Ponder the Mystery, duh -- and judging by what we know so far, this might be the single most absurdly Shatnerian media event ever. It's out next week (10/8) via Cleopatra Records. Here's a bit of the press release:

"As word began to circulate about William Shatner's newest musical project, the prog rock concept album Ponder The Mystery, critics and fans quickly realized it was a match made, if not in Heaven, then in the most glorious reaches of the galaxy. Shatner is after all an enormously popular and celebrated icon of science fiction fantasy, and no musical genre is as invested in, devoted to or driven by fantasy and the imaginative as progressive rock. And though Mr. Shatner is no stranger to the musical world, what sets this effort apart from previous endeavors is the fact that he co-wrote the album, penning a set of intensely personal lyrics for producer/multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood (of the prog rock institution Yes) to compose around. And now, after months of puzzled rumors, probing questions and ponderous speculation, the album is finally ready to be embraced by the general public; it will be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats October 8, 2013.
Joining the two Bill's on this journey into the mysteries of human curiosity and consciousness is a group of virtuosos from numerous genres and fields: Mick Jones from Foreigner (not Mick Jones from The Clash), Simon House from Hawkwind (a version of which plays NYC on 10/13 without him), Steve Vai from...the G3 tour, acclaimed jazz guitarist Al Di Meola, Rick Wakeman (also of Yes), Belgian multi-instrumentalist Joel Vandroogenbroeck, better-known multi-instrumentalist Edgard Winter (playing sax here), Nik Turner (also of Hawkwind and who is playing Saint Vitus in November), country singer Vince Gill, Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream, Robby Krieger from The Doors, smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, and jazz keytar king George Duke.

My brain starts to ache when I try to imagine the specifics of what this album is going to sound like, but I do not exaggerate when I say that I can't wait to hear what this sounds like. Hopefully it will be the technicolor rainbow space vomit of cleanly-produced sound that this insane list of guests implies. There are some sound snippets over at Amazon.

Oh, and he'll be performing the album live. No East Coast dates have been announced but he'll be playing shows in California later this month and those are listed below. Shatner told The Beach Reporter if they go well, there may be more. "I'm feeling the audience out to see whether it's as good as I think it is and whether we should go on with it or not. In effect, Hermosa Beach is a testing ground. This is a new experience for everyone."

In all seriousness, kudos to Shatner for staying creatively active after all these years. Ponder the Mystery comes out on 10/8; keep an eye out for some streaming samples. Meanwhile, check out the tracklist and list of live dates, below.

Continue reading "William Shatner releasing prog rock album featuring members of Yes, Hawkwind & more, performing it live too (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
White Lung

Vancouver's White Lung had, in my opinion, the best straight-up punk record of 2012 with Sorry, and they've put on some of the best live shows I've seen in the past year. So needless to say, the fact that they're working on their next full length is incredible news. That album hasn't been announced yet, but they're preceding it with a new 7" that will be out on Deranged Records on November 5.

Like many of the best tracks on Sorry, the 7"s A-side, "Blow It South," starts with power chords turned up to 11, leading into an unstoppable attack of lightning-fast drumming and mind-melting guitar shreds. What's different here though, is singer Mish Way's voice. On Sorry, she balanced piercing shouts with a few moments of psychedelic, hushed singing, but here she's pushed her voice to the front, sound bigger and more melodic than ever, and even working in some adept harmonies in the chorus. Mish isn't shy about her love for Courtney Love, and with that comparison in mind, if Sorry (and its predecessor It's the Evil for that matter) was White Lung's Pretty On the Inside, "Blow It South" is hinting at their Live Through This. Check out the song below.

At the end of this month, White Lung play Gainesville's The Fest, and right after that they'll head out on a west/southwest tour with Antwon. No NYC shows scheduled at the moment, but all of their dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "White Lung releasing a new 7" (track stream + updated dates)"

Phoenix at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Phoenix

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Phoenix, The Vaccines @ Barclays Center
It's been quite the time for arena-sized indie rock in Brooklyn lately, with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend having just taken on the borough's new joint. Now it's Phoenix's turn (who unlike VW and YYYs, are no strangers to this type of room). The Vaccines open.

Parquet Courts, The Beets, Yuppies, Future Punx @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Parquet Courts have put together a solid bill for tonight's release party for their new Parkay Quarts EP, with sets from The Beets, Omaha's Yuppies and the Devo-esque Future Punx. Tickets are still available.

The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala @ Terminal 5
Two bands who love making far-out psychedelia, but not without keeping a sense of pop in mind -- The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala -- team up to co-headline two nights at Terminal 5. Opening both nights is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, because with that much psychedelic pop at one show, you gotta have a Lennon on the bill, right?

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert. Tickets are still available.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Santos Party House
Hard rock vet Joan Jett returned with her first new album since 2006 this year, and it's pretty characteristic of the snarly anthems she's been making her whole career, which of course isn't a bad thing. Tonight, she and her band play an intimate release show at Santos Party House. Things should get a little crazier than the outdoor Coney Island shows she's been doing.

Radical Dads, Haybaby, Dead Stars, Boytoy, Honduras @ 285 Kent Avenue
Here we have a very solid lineup of local indie rock talent. Headliners Radical Dads, Dead Stars and Boytoy all both fall on the '90s end of the scale, Haybaby slide a little more punk, and Honduras lean surfy.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arc Iris @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie stalwarts CYHSY have a new EP, Little Moments, out this week and you can stream it below. They celebrate with a release show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Tickets are still available.

Lake, Tropical Ooze, Prettiots @ Cake Shop
Olympia, WA indiepop band Lake just released their sixth album, The World is Real, via K Records. (Stream it on Spotify.) If you're tastes are on the sunshine pop end of the spectrum, definitely check them out.

Colleen Green & White Fang, The Memories, Hector's Pets @ Death By Audio
While not officially part of the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars tour, most of these bands are on that trek. Burgerama, meanwhile, hits Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/5).

Jenny Hval, Ludwig Persik, Tica Douglas @ Glasslands
Norway's Jenny Hval makes the kind of forward-thinking art pop that falls somewhere between Laurie Anderson and PJ Harvey. Tonight's her second of two NYC shows.

Twin Peaks, Writer, Today's Hits @ Mercury Lounge
Chicago youngsters Twin Peaks make sprightly indie rock are back in town for two shows, and tonight's show also features WRITER, who make pretty catchy noise pop.

Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In), Me You Us Them, Wing Dam @ Silent Barn
When Stephen Brodsky isn't busy with his band Cave In, or his many other projects (most recently, Mutoid Man), he tones it down for his solo project, which plays a local show at Silent Barn tonight.

Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ The Capitol Theatre
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along.

Mutilation Rites, Earthling, Syphilitic Lust @ Union Pool
Local black/thrash shredders Mutilation Rites are on a creative tear. They put out 3(!) releases in 2012 -- two EPs and an LP. They're apparently working on new material already, and will be playing a bunch of it at this show. Like-minded out-of-towners Earthling and icky locals Syphilitic Lust will provide support.

Ben Sollee, River Whyless @ City Winery
Cellist and singer/songwriter Ben Sollee makes music that defies easy categorization. Hear for yourself: his new album, The Hollow Sessions, is a free download.

Nels Cline, Elliot Sharp @ The Stone
Avant-garde composer/musician Elliot Sharp is in residency this week (10/1-6) at The Stone, and tonight he and Nels Cline are doing an improvisational duo guitar set for the late show (10 PM).

Okta Logue, Friend Roulette @ Mercury Lounge
German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue are kicking off their North American tour in NYC tonight with a headlining show at Mercury Lounge. They'll be back during CMJ, when they play Bowery Ballroom (10/18) with The Long Winters, Eleanor Friedberger, and more. Opening tonight's Merc show is NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette.

Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese continues her four-night run at Gramercy.

Big Terrific @ Cameo (FREE)
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features James Patterson, Matt Koff, and Jared Logan

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher

Brian Fallon / Bouncing Souls
Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013
Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

I'm not 100% sure what the average age was at The Bouncing Souls' Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Monday (9/30) -- our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select -- but it was no all ages hardcore matinee show. Yet that didn't stop the crowd, who probably had work rather than school the next morning, from going apeshit like they were in their teens for the New Brunswick punk heroes. The Souls (new drummer George Rebelo of Hot Water Music included) were in great spirits delivering tons of old favorites -- "True Believers," "Hopeless Romantic," "Manthem," etc -- which had the crowd shouting back, fists in the air, piling up on each other, and endlessly stage diving.

Before they went on, co-headliner and co-curator Brian Fallon (frontman of The Gaslight Anthem) played a "solo" set, joined by his bandmate Alex Rosamilia on guitar. The Bouncing Souls and The Gaslight Anthem have a long history together, and though the latter might be more successful, they'll tell you it never would have happened without the influence of The Bouncing Souls. So it was a pretty special night, because the two bands who have shared bills many times -- just this summer in NYC in fact -- collaborated on stage for the first time ever.

Brian and Alex began their set together, playing stripped down folkier versions of GA tunes with the whole crowd singing along like a drunken campfire night. A bunch of covers were worked in too (check out a picture of the setlist below), including The Misfits' "Astro Zombies" (for which he was joined by an enthusiastic crowd member) and Roky Erickson's "I Walked with a Zombie" (for which Brian instructed the entire crowd to sing, and which he played and talked about on the East Village Radio special we recorded with him). Eventually, all four members of The Bouncing Souls joined Brian and Alex for a few songs at the end of their set, including Gaslight Anthem's "Handwritten." And Alex returned the favor by sneaking in on guitar towards the end of The Bouncing Souls' set.

As with all RBSS shows, the openers are local bands. For this one, we teamed up with Brian to pick two Brooklyn bands that would fit the punk theme of the night. First was Aye Nako, whose amped up rhythms (thanks to a ferocious drummer) and sugary guitar melodies recall the heyday of pop punk, before the genre was taken over by jet-black bangs and neon t-shirts. After them was Nude Beach, who have an early Elvis Costello thing going on, but with a punk attitude and lo-fi ideals. Both bands acknowledged the headliners from stage, with Aye Nako singer Mars Ganito mentioning she was once in a Bouncing Souls cover band for a Halloween show.

Comedian Chris Gethard hosted the show, cracking jokes about his birthplace New Jersey, where it seemed like much of the crowd had traveled from that night to see the co-headliners from NJ play a $3 show in Brooklyn. .

NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows -- always only $3 -- happen each month and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (like the recent Mannie Fresh show in Chicago and Tobacco show in Austin).

Another review of the show can be read over at Local Bozo. More pictures and some videos from our Brooklyn show below...

Continue reading "The Bouncing Souls, Brian Fallon, Nude Beach & Aye Nako played BV-curated RBSS show @ MHOW (pics, videos)"

by Doug Moore

We debuted a new song from Oozing Wound's killer debut album Retrash over at Invisible Oranges this morning. Since I just finished writing about it over there, I'll let myself, um, speak for myself:

"Like Noisem or Slutvomit (who also have a sweet record out this year), Oozing Wound juices up their thrash with ingredients from newer, scarier parts of the metal world. Where Noisem draws on death metal and Slutvomit borrows from black metal, these guys thicken their brew with sludge. The effect is like Slayer on an all-hamburger diet, or like High on Fire with a far larger thrash component. Incidentally, High on Fire is one of the three bands they list as an influence on their FB; the other two are Black Sabbath and...the Carpenters. Very funny, guys."
Be sure to check out the whole spiel over at IO. Retrash comes out on 10/15 through Thrill Jockey (who are really digging into this metal stuff these days); preorder it here.

Oozing Wound are also gearing up for a run of East Coast/Midwestern North American dates. The tour hits New York City twice: first at Death By Audio on 10/30 with shoegaze trio The Dreebs, the gothy Pop 1280, and no wavers Sediment Club, and then again at Secret Project Robot on 11/3 with Guardian Alien (aka former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox), Skimask, and Child Abuse (who also play this week). No advance tickets for those shows.

Stream Oozing Wound's "Call Your Guy", watch a video of a second song ("Welcome to the Spaceship, Motherfucker"), and check out the full run of dates below...

Continue reading "Oozing Wound releasing an LP, touring (dates & streams)"

photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Pixies / Parquet Courts @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/20/2013
The Pixies, Parquet Courts @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/20/2013
The Pixies, Parquet Courts @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/20/2013

Much like the summer, Pixies' run of small NYC shows seems like a distant memory, but it was just a couple weeks ago. The last of them happened at Bowery Ballroom on September 20 where they blessed the crowd with "Broken Face," "Motorway to Roswell," and both versions of "Wave of Mutilation" that bookended their show. Plus, that cover of The Fall's "Big New Prinz" and "In Heaven" from Eraserhead and a bunch more. Setlist and a belated set of pictures from the show are in this post.

Opening were locals Parquet Courts who may just owe a thing or two to the Pixies. (And I bet they both like The Fall.) Parquet Courts play tonight (10/2), headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are still available. It'll work as a record release party for the band's new Tally All the Things That You Broke EP which comes out next week (10/8) on What's Your Rupture. You can stream it full right now in this post.

Tonight's MHOW show is pretty all-in-the-family. Pals The Beets are the undercard. Omaha, NE's Yuppies have a very good new album out on Dull Tools, the label that's co-run by Parquet Courts singer, Andrew Savage. You can stream that in full below as well. And opening tonight are Future Punx, which is the new band from Jason Kelly of Fergus & Geronimo which Andrew Savage used to be in as well. The Future Punx live band is basically the last touring line-up of F&G minus Savage. The band's first 7" will be out on Dull Tools soon and you can stream it now below.

More Pixies and Parquet Courts pics from Bowery, plus those streams, below....

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Atoms for Peace @ Barclays Center earlier on tour (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
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today in Chicago
* Atoms for Peace @ UIC Pavilion
* Nick Lowe, Paul Cebar @ SPACE
* Ra Ra Riot, Cayucas @ Double Door
* Vino, Brett Saxon, Project Film @ Township
* Kings of Leon, The Weeks @ House of Blues
* Savage Sister, Sister Crystals @ The Whistler
* Sam Amidon @ Old Town School of Folk Music
* Lucy Rose, Jennifer Hall, Meagan Hickman @ Schubas
* Rough Magic, Mike Coykendall, Angela James @ The Burlington
* Ian Hunter and The Rant Band, Eric & Amy Rigby @ City Winery Chicago
* The TonTons, The People's Temple of America, Son of Ram @ Empty Bottle

Atoms for Peace play UIC Pavilion tonight.

Ra Ra Riot and Cayucas play Double Door.

Savage Sister and Sister Crystals play The Whistler.

The TonTons, The People's Temple of America, and Son of Ram play the Empty Bottle.

The So So Glos have a new video for "Wrecking Ball." Check it out below, and catch them at Metro with Desaparecidos on October 25.

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by Klaus Kinski

Chris Gethard hosting RBSS show at Knit in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

When I first mentioned the 2013 New York Comedy Festival back in August, I wasn't able to hide my blasé feelings about the initial line-up. If you recall, I described the initial line-up as being "bogged down with conservative, mainstream talent." Towards the end of the post, however, I tried to end on a more optimistic note by stating that in festivals past they were sure to include more indie-centric fare and that there was no reason to think the 2013 installment of the fest would be any different. Sure enough, the fest has announced some shows that are definitely more up my/our alley. Highlights for me (click on the show title for tickets) include:

Matt Braunger at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Wednesday November 6 at 9:30 PM (tickets): Simply put, Matt Braunger is absolutely fucking hilarious and his special Shovel Fighter is one of the great comedy experiences of all time. He is easily one of the most underrated comedians out there and this show is sure to be a treat.

Julian McCullough at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Thursday November 7 at 9:30 PM (tickets: Julian McCullough is an absolute powerhouse of hilarity who I've seen about 100 times and who is one of the most solid and consistently funny comedians in the biz. Julian has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR's This American Life, and starred in his own half hour special on Comedy Central. You can also catch him every Saturday as host of TBS' Very Funny News and on MTV2's hit series Guy Code. He gigs around town a lot and any opportunity to see him is a must.

Chris Gethard and Friends at The Creek and the Cave on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM  (tickets): Klaus favorite and friend of BV (and host of last night's Red Bull Sound Select show at MHOW), Chris Gethard is one of the funniest and most capable storytellers in the history of mankind and I am convinced he is incapable of failure as a performer. Head out to Queens for this show in a nice room with nice people and great beers.

Behind the Scenes at The Colbert Report at Town Hall on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Yes, I know, Colbert is far from indie. But he's really just a talking head propped up by an extremely talented pool of writers. For the most part, these writers are a major part of the indie NYC comedy scene in one way or another. This will be a great opportunity to bring these behind-the-scenes people into the spotlight alongside His Highness Mr. Colbert. Because, without them, Colbert is nothing more than that guy who was hilarious in Strangers With Candy.

Nikki & Sara & Friends at The Gramercy Theater on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM (tickets): You might know Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer from their MTV show Nikki and Sara LIVE. I know Nikki and Sara from years of seeing them live all over NYC for the past several years. Individually or as a team, they rule. I cannot recommend this show enough. Plus, Gramercy sells those massive cans of Budweiser.

An Evening with David Cross at The Paley Center on Friday November 8 at 6:30 PM (tickets): New York City Resident David Cross recently wrapped up a small tour with Mr. Show Alumni Bob Odenkirk and Brian Posehn which landed at Town Hall for two shows on September 12. This time around, he's flyin' solo for what the Paley Center describes as "The Paley Center and the New York Comedy Festival welcome Cross to discuss his career, his creative process and thoughts on comedy, and life as a never-nude." Though billed as "An Evening With David Cross" that description makes it sound like a moderated interview. Who knows. It's worth checking out regardless.

Rhys Darby
Rhys Darby

Rhys Darby at The Gotham Comedy Club on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM/ 10:30 PM and Saturday November 9 at 8:00 PM/10:00 PM/11:45 PM (tickets): You might know Rhys as the lovable manager Murray Hewitt on HBO's Flight of the Conchords. But Rhys is also an hilarious comedian with a penchant for sound effects. He rarely blesses our shores with a performance, so I urge to you try and catch one of his five performances at the Gotham Comedy Club.

Oh, Hello : The Kroll Show at The Paley Center on Saturday November 9 at 4:00 PM (tickets): I've been an avid fan of Nick Kroll for many many years. His repertoire of characters is astounding and usually a spot-on lampooning of some of the most insufferable sects of popular culture. The Paley Center event will include "executive producers and writers Kroll, John Levenstein, and Jonathan Krisel (who also directs the episodes) to discuss the production of the technically dazzling parodies, the process of breathing life into such tragic souls as Ref Jeff, and the perils of ice dating." Attendees will also see two episodes from Season 2 of the Kroll Show. Nick is a great dude and a super-talent and his success is much deserved and makes your man Klaus happy.

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail at The Bell House on Saturday November 9 at 7:00 PM (tickets): Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani are two of my favorite people on earth. Kumail even did one of our Rock n ROFL shows back in the day. It broke my little black heart when Kumail moved to Los Angeles, but I can't say that I blame him as his career has thrived since the relocation. The Meltdown is a recurring comedy showcase out in Los Angeles that brings in some of the biggest names in comedy. It's so great, in fact, that it was picked up by Comedy Central and will soon be a TV show executive produced by some dude named Ben Stiller or something. It is a blessing from the Gods of Comedy that they will bring their show to NYC for one night only. Even though the line-up has not been announced, I urge one and all to get tickets now before it's too late and you get a one way ticket to Regretsville USA.

REVOLT

Sean "Diddy" Combs is launching his own music television network, REVOLT, later this month. What's it all about? The "multi-genre, multi-platform music network" will feature "that new shit, the stuff that people are afraid to play," Diddy says in a new promotional video, and adds,"If you like good music, you finally have a home."

While the cable network doesn't launch till October 21, REVOLT's YouTube channel has been busy over the last few months doing short features on a wide variety of artists. With their slogan "Powered by Music, Driven by Culture & Fueled by You!" it sounds a little like Current.TV's model when it started. Among the folks who'll be working there, onscreen and off, is former Stereogum editor Amrit Singh.

You can check out a few REVOLT video segments below...

Continue reading "Diddy's all-music cable station REVOLT launching 10/21"

by Andrew Sacher

Meek

Brooklyn's Meek Is Murder are releasing their sophomore album, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters, on October 22, and after revealing one of its tracks, the band are new debuting a second, "Ghost Moth," which makes its premiere in this post. Like most tracks on the album, it's a spastic, ever-evolving tune, and it includes some air-guitar-worthy shredding, not unlike what their producer Kurt Ballou did on "Sadness Comes Home" last year. The song only stays whiplash-inducing speed for so long though, before they pull a 180 and end in a head-nodding sludgefeast. Check it out below.

Meek Is Murder also have some previously discussed hometown shows coming up, including the Metal Injection/Metal Sucks CMJ showcase on October 18 at Acheron with Fuck the Facts, Fit For an Autopsy, Hivesmasher and the live debut of Stomach Earth, the new project of Mike McKenzie of The Red Chord (who once counted Meek guitarist Mike Keller as a member too). Tickets for that show are still available. After that, they join their friends So Hideous (who also have a new album on the way) for a day show (3 PM) on October 26 at ABC No Rio with NJ post-metal quintet East of the Wall and Mary Todd.

So Hideous also open the BV/IO-presented Kylesa, Pinkish Black, and Sierra show at Saint Vitus on October 25. Tickets for that show are still available.

Meek Is Murder song stream below...

Continue reading "Meek Is Murder release "Ghost Moth" from new LP (listen)"

The Flaming Lips at Wellmont Theatre in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Flaming Lips

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @ Terminal 5
Two bands who love making far-out psychedelia, but not without keeping a sense of pop in mind -- The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala -- team up to co-headline two nights at Terminal 5. Opening both nights is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, because with that much psychedelic pop at one show, you gotta have a Lennon on the bill, right?

Big Boi, Killer Mike @ Brooklyn Bowl
Big Boi's currently the more active member of Outkast and while his solo stuff isn't anything to ignore, you can usually count on hearing tons of 'Kast at his shows too. His frequent collaborator and fellow ATLien Killer Mike opens the show.

Liam McEneaney @ The Bell House
Funny guy Liam EcEneaney is throwing a release party for his new CD, Comedian, and has invited a bunch of equally clever friends Christian Finnegan, Jim Gaffigan, Todd Barry, Gilbert Gottfried, Hannibal Buress, plus musical guests Starlight Girls and The Summer Replacements. Tickets are still available.

Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ State Theatre (NJ)
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along. This tour has two more NYC-area shows, playing Port Chester's Capitol Theater tomorrow, and then on Saturday (10/5) will be at Webster Hall.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon, and theme of tonight's show is "Greatest Hits Night." So no need to scream for "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," they're probably going to play that. Tickets are still available.

Jenny Hval, Ludwig Persik @ Mercury Lounge
Norway's Jenny Hval makes the kind of forward-thinking art pop that falls somewhere between Laurie Anderson and PJ Harvey. Tonight's her first of two NYC shows. Check out the kinda NSFW video for "Innocence Is Kinky," below.

Warpaint, DJ Nelleke @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's been over two years since LA dream pop quartet Warpaint were in NYC, but that finally changes tonight. There's been talk of a new album -- which will be their first since their 2010 debut -- so hopefully we'll hear some of that new stuff tonight. Sold out.

Jagwar Ma, DJ Angus Gruzman @ Glasslands
Australia's Jagwar Ma, whose debut album owes much to the '90s baggy scene, made their American debut at Mercury Lounge last night and tonight they're at Glasslands. Sold out but they'll be back in December.

Prince Rama @ Clocktower Gallery
Tonight is the premiere of Prince Rama's film, Never Forever, a free-form bit of strangeness that includes both the "twisted world of a post-apocalyptic gym queen" and a "VR robot turned pop star." It looks kind of like The Apple? After the film there's a lecture, "Pop Music and the Apocalypse," from singer Taraka Larson. The event is sold-out but you can check out the trailer below.

Tyvek, Shark?, Darlings, Juan Wauters (The Beets) @ Death By Audio
On their way back from Goner Fest, Detroit noise punks Tyvek stop by Death by Audio to trash the place with a fine line-up of local openers.

Aaron Dilloway and Richard Pinhas, Matthew Regula, John Mannion, On a Clear Day @ Saint Vitus
Former Wolf Eyes' dude Aaron Dilloway tonight will play a collaboritive show with Richard Pinhas of '70s French prog band Heldon for what surely be some mind-expanding sounds.

Twin Peaks, Lost Boy?, Flagland, The Teen Age @ Shea Stadium
Chicago youngsters Twin Peaks make sprightly indie rock are back in town for two shows, and tonight's show also features The Teen Age who make equally catchy guitar pop.

Dita Von Teese @ Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese continues her four-night run at Gramercy.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Ian Hunter @ New York's The Paramount, December 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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today in Chicago
* Papa, Doleful Lions @ Schubas
* Dan Croll, Max Jury, Doe Eye @ Empty Bottle
* Electric Six, My Jerusalem, Magicks @ Double Door
* Langhorne Slim & The Law, Jonny Fritz @ Lincoln Hall
* Cassettes on Tape, Schooner, Kangaroo @ The Burlington
* Ian Hunter and The Rant Band, Jon Langford @ City Winery Chicago
* Atlas Genius, Family Of The Year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ House of Blues
* Prairie Porn, Rose Cult, Red Deer Cave People, Circus and the Fog @ Fireside Bowl

Electric Six, My Jerusalem, and Magicks play Double Door tonight.

Ian Hunter and The Rant Band begin their two-night run at City Winery Chicago tonight.

Toro y Moi have a new video for "Rose Quartz." Check it out below, and catch them at the Vic on October 30 with The Sea and Cake.

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words by Bill Pearis

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory, 9/28/2013
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Having premiered at Manchester International festival in July, Massive Attack V Adam Curtis made its North American debut on Saturday night (9/28), the first of six shows at the cavernous Park Avenue Armory. Projection screens covered three sides of the main hall, including a translucent one in front of the stage. Massive Attack played behind it and were occasionally spotlighted though the screen and, when singers Elizabeth Fraser (of Cocteau Twins) and reggae legend and longtime collaborator Horace Andy were singing, occasionally projected onto it.

Co-creator and filmmaker Adam Curtis calls this "a musical entertainment about the power of illusion and the illusion of power." It is engrossing, powerful, and a little depressing. And not what really I'd call a concert, though one person near me tried really hard to dance through the whole thing. This is more a lecture with a live soundtrack. Using exclusively archival footage, Curtis fashions a complex essay on where he thinks politics, the media and the world went wrong starting in 1980 or so. The way he connects the dots -- Butterfly Effect style -- between seeming disparate happenings around the globe (involving Nicolae Ceaușescu, Donald Trump, Ted Turner, to name three) is fascinating, if heavy-handed (Curtis is on the Oliver Stone end of the Subtly Scale).

Massive Attack meanwhile, help the narrative with well-chosen covers (sometimes a little too on-the-nose), everything from The Archies to Bauhaus to Leadbelly (via Nirvana) and many points in between. Undoubtedly the most moving, haunting musical moment is when Liz Fraser sings "Everything is Going According to the Plan" by '80s Russian postpunk band, GrOb. Her voice, not heard live in NYC since the Cocteaus broke up, is still a magical, ethereal wonder and is, for some, reason enough to consider ponying up the dough for this.

The performances continue tonight (9/30) and then Wednesday - Friday (10/2 - 10/4). Friday is sold out but tickets are available to the other shows. We are also giving away a pair of tickets to Friday's show as well as the afterparty.

A few more pictures below...

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The Last of the Just

Before you head out to the Grand Theft Auto music events happening as part of the ongoing New York Film Festival tonight (9/30), here's a bit more about the films I've seen so far this festival:

Some films that did not do much for me:

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism by the Romanian director Corneliu Poumbou -- This was another film about film and the making of a film. It features very long static shots, a trend of the Romanian New Wave of film going on today, of which this director is part of. In fact the whole film is only about 20 takes but did not connect with me at all. loved his last film Police, Adjective though.

Jimmy P Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian --- This one stars Benecio Del Toro and was directed by the French director Arnaud Desplechin whose 2004 film Kings & Queens was one of the best I saw that year. Based on a true story, it is just what the title states, a case study of the psychotherapy of a Native American ex soldier after WWII. Very well acted by both Del Toro and French actor Mathieu Amalric, but it was a completely unremarkable film to me. Another critic put it best to me. This would have been great if it was a PBS American Playhouse production.

The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh was loved by a number of people I saw it with. It is told with the use of both newsreel footage and clay figurines. It's a pretty harrowing story of the Khmer Rouge and their deadly atrocities in Cambodia and the direct affect on Panh, the only survivor of his family who all died in the refugee camps. While striking in content, I could not find my way in to it.

Finally, there were 3 fascinating documentaries I saw:

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photos by Greg Cristman; words by Doug Moore

Carcass @ Gramercy Theatre 9/26/2013

As we've mentioned a few times over the past couple of weeks, the dual Carcass and Immolation shows at Saint Vitus on 9/25 and at Gramercy Theater on 9/26 were two of the most hotly anticipated NYC metal events of the year. We've got a writeup and photos of the Gramercy gig, plus full-set videos from the Saint Vitus show, over at Invisible Oranges:

There were also a few bigger-venue-related glitches to deal with...But those problems aren't what I'll remember about this show. Instead, I'll remember Immo bashing through a set composed mostly of tunes from their underrated new album. (For real, though, guys: "Higher Coward" next time, please?) I'll remember Ross Dolan joking that the bands onstage were so old that the show should've been held at the Museum of Natural History. I'll remember Jeff Walker letting his punk roots show through in a string of snotty stage quips: joking that he might be 24-year-old drummer Dan Wilding's dad;, referring to the audience as "a chorizo fest"; and lashing out at 20 years' worth of Swansong criticism by pointing out that the opening cut was written in 1990, long before Carcass purportedly sold out. And, of course, I'll remember Carcass banging out a nearly flawless set that spanned all 28 years of their run.
You can read the whole thing over at IO.

Be sure to check out our Surgical Steel review and our Jeff Walker interview if you haven't. Take a peek at photos from the Gramercy gig (including Walker's awesome Thin Lizzy/Taco Bell shirt) and video from the Vitus gig below. You could also choose to give the Surgical Steel b-side "Zochrot," which was recently released as a Decibel flexi-disc, a spin while you take a look at the pics. It's streaming below as well.

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Tangerine Dream at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Bouncing Souls, Brian Fallon, Nude Beach, Aye Nako @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series happens tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. For this one, we teamed up with Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon to co-curate the show with us. He'll play a solo set before a headlining set from New Jersey punk forefathers Bouncing Souls (Hot Water Music drummer George Rebelo in tow), who were a large influence on Brian's band. Opening are two great smaller Brooklyn bands: punk-inspired power pop trio Nude Beach and self-defined homopop/queercore band Aye Nako, who make raw, honest pop punk.

Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served. Hope to see you there.

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert.

Fat Tony, Mess Kid (DJ Set), Ezra Marcus (DJ Set), Skate Dude Thrash, Cumdrizzle, DJ Yung Primo @ 285 Kent Avenue
It's a <3CANDY<3FROM<3STRANGERS party.

Quinn Walker (of Suckers), Wild Yaks, Cameron Hull, Rewards, Lakutis, Dapwell (Das Racist, DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
Some members of NYC's indie pop and alt-hip hop scene come together for this Cameo show tonight.

Ed Askew, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, The Monte de Rosas Band @ Death By Audio
Folk legend Ed Askew is pretty active on the NYC scene these days, and tonight he's performing with a full band that includes Mary Lattimore, Diane Cluck, Bobby Copperhead, and Matthew Robinson.

Jagwar Ma @ Mercury Lounge
Australia's Jagwar Ma, whose debut album owes much to the '90s baggy scene, make their American debut tonight. Sold out, as is tomorrow's Glasslands show. But they'll be back in December.

Susanne Sundfor, For Every Story Untold @ Mercury Lounge
You may know Susanne Sundfor as an M83 or a Royksopp collaborator, but the Norwegian art pop artist also has a number of her own records out, and her solo material is of quality too

Eleanor, Couches, Beach Arabs, Backlights, Maya Vik @ Pianos
Here's another chance to catch San Francisco's grungy, poppy Couches while they're still in town.

Moon Tooth, Vulture Shit, War Generation, Basal Gang, The People's Temple Project @ Saint Vitus Bar
Long Island metal band Moon Tooth, who Metal Sucks compared to Torche, Mastodon, and Baroness, headline this show at Saint Vitus. If you're headed to this one, don't miss guitar-less Brooklyn punks Vulture Shit.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker start their seven-night run at Beacon, tonight doing their classic Aja in full, plus "selected hits." You can still get tickets.

Tangerine Dream, The Alchemist, Oh No, Woody Jackson @ Church of St. Paul The Apostle
If you haven't left your house since Grand Theft Auto V came out, this might be a good reason to. Four of the game's key composers, ambient legends Tangerine Dream, hip hop producers The Alchemist and Oh No, and composer Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire) are performing at this NY Film Fest-related event tonight. Recommended for non-video game nerds too.

Flying Lotus, Gilles Peterson @ Le Poisson Rouge
After that GTAV show, there's an official afterparty with Flying Lotus and BBC's Gilles Peterson, who both hosts radio shows in the game.

Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese begins her four-night run at Gramercy. Tickets are still available.

Typhoon, Radiation City, My Body @ Le Poisson Rouge
Like Sufjan and Beruit? Maybe it's time to check out this Portland's orch-pop ensemble.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests James Adomian, Streeter Seidell, Katina Corrao, J.F. Harris, Josh Makinda, and more.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Sigur Ros @ Laneway Festival Detroit earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
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today in Chicago
* San Fermin, Kellen & Me @ Hideout
* MS MR, Wildcat! Wildcat! @ Lincoln Hall
* Sigur Ros, Julianna Barwick @ Auditorium Theatre
* Suzanne Vega, Leif Vollebekk @ City Winery Chicago
* Week of Wonders, The Sueves, Zigtebra @ The Burlington
* Mac Blackout, Le Tour, The Sueves, SkyMaul @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)

Sigur Ros and Julianna Barwick play the Auditorium Theatre.

Week of Wonders, The Sueves, and Zigtebra play The Burlington.

Suzanne Vega plays her second of two shows at City Winery Chicago with opener Leif Vollebekk tonight.

Forest Swords has a new video for "Thor's Stone" off of this year's great Engravings. Check it out below.

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today in Chicago
* Wolf Eyes @ The Owl
* Hyde Park Jazz Festival (Day 2)
* Nat Baldwin, Justin Walter @ Hideout
* Cody Chesnutt, Myron & E @ Lincoln Hall
* Johnathan Rice, Bonzie @ Bottom Lounge
* Suzanne Vega, Al Rose @ City Winery Chicago
* Jenny Hval, Acteurs, The Humminbird @ Empty Bottle
* DTCV, Thunders, Damp Hay @ Township (Late Show)
* Twin Forks, Matrimony, Kodiak Farm Boys @ Subterranean
* Rvivr, Daylight Robbery, Boxsledder @ Township (Early Show)
* Week of Wonders, Hollow Boys @ Saki Records (Free; In-store)
* Murder By Death, Larry and His Flask, The Blind Staggers @ Reggie's

Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval makes her Chicago debut at the Empty Bottle tonight. Acteurs and The Hummingbird will get things started.

Wolf Eyes play The Owl.

Murder by Death, Larry and His Flask, and The Blind Staggers play Reggie's.

Nat Baldwin and Justin Walter play the Hideout.

Seattle's Week of Wonders play a 4PM in-store at Saki Records with Hollow Boys. You can also catch them at The Burlington on Monday night (9/30).

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2013 finishes off tonight.

The final episode of Breaking Bad airs at 8PM Central. Don't have cable // AMC? The Burlington will be screening it in their live room through the projector and sound system.

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Jack White at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

'Inside Llewyn Davis' concert @ Town Hall
The new Coen Brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, which takes place in NYC's '60s folk music scene, screens at this year's NY Film Festival, and today there's a celebration happening at Town Hall. The film's music will be performed by a number of huge guests, including Jack White, Patti Smith , Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, and more.

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert.

Darwin Deez, Caged Animals, Celestial Shore @ Knitting Factory
This is the second time Darwin Deez and Caged Animals have toured together this year, and this is the final stop for this round of dates. Celestial Shore open.

Guitar Wolf, The Coathangers, Coward @ Santos Party House
Over from Japan for Goner Fest, zombie-fighting garage rocker Guitar Wolf pulls into town tonight with tourmates The Coathangers. It doesn't get much more rock n' roll than this.

The Dodos, Dustin Wong @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
With their fifth album out this summer, The Dodos are relative indie vets at this point, having honed their anthemic, rhythmically-charged sound into well-oiled -- and still enjoyable -- machine. Loop pedal master Dustin Wong opens the show and tickets are still available.

Dope Body, Guardian Alien, PC Worship @ Glasslands
Baltimore noise rockers Dope Body were already in NYC twice this month, having opened for Scout Niblett a couple weeks ago and for Fucked Up last night, and tonight they headline a show here at Glasslands. Opening are two local noisemakers, Guardian Alien (aka former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox) and PC Worship.

Electric Six, My Jerusalem, Les Sans Culottes @ Bowery Ballroom
Detroit's Electric Six have been making tongue-in-cheek, id-overload, disco party rock for over a decade. They'll release their ninth album, Mustang, on October 8.

Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, Pangaea @ Output
It's a Hessle Audio label night at Output with the same lineup that played the venue back in April. If you haven't already, check out Ben UFO's Fabriclive.67 mix.

Ski Lodge, NGHBRS, The Melodic @ Brooklyn Bowl
The School Night series is presenting this show featuring Ski Lodge, NGHBRS and The Melodic. It's free with RSVP; otherwise $5 at the door.

John Zorn, Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn & more @ Le Poisson Rouge
Avant-sax great John Zorn continues his run of Zorn@60 concerts with two shows (6:30 and 10 PM) tonight with some pretty exciting guests, including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk). And Marc Ribot will be at the early show.

Lea Bertucci, C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, I'd M Theft Able, Thomas Dexter @ Silent Barn
It's a night of experimental music at Silent Barn, including Lea Bertucci (for whom the show is a record release), violinist C. Spencer Yeh, and more.

Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, wraps up his 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ The Bell House
This is the last night of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest and is a party for the season premiere of terrific FOX animated comedy Bob's Burgers, which Mirman is on. Tonight will also feature appearances by fellow cast members Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal and a host of surprise guests.

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ Union Hall
Meanwhile over at Union Hall, the EMCF is hosting Creaghead & Company, which they playfully note, "Thoughtfully Included Since It Was Scheduled Here Anyway." Tonight's show is with Myq Kaplan, Ken Reid, Mike Drucker, James Adomian, and Aparna Nancherla.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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"New Cast Member or Arcade Fire?" / "live" from Club Salsatheque
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As you may know, Montreal's Arcade Fire are in NYC this weekend and were just musical guests for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, and they played the title track from the forthcoming Reflektor, as well as "Afterlife" from the album. They also appeared in game show parody, "New Castmember or Arcade Fire?," that also featured host Tina Fey.

After SNL, the 30-minute NBC Arcade Fire special was not a live event, as some had speculated/hoped, but a pre-taped concert from, what appeared to be mostly shot at Club Salsathèque in Montreal (where they played earlier this month) that featured cameos from Michael Cera, Bono, Zach Galifianakis, James Franco, Bill Hader and others. New songs included "Here Comes the Night Time", plus "We Exist" and "Normal People."

No video has surfaced yet but we'll add when it's up. UPDATE: The videos of both SNL appearances and the game show parody are up now, and can be watched below.

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Atoms for Peace @ Barclays Center 9/27/2013
Atoms For Peace, James Holden @ Barclays Center - 9/27/2013
Atoms For Peace, James Holden @ Barclays Center - 9/27/2013

Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich's Atoms for Peace hit Barclays Center last night (9/27), as part of their tour, with all the crescendos and dramatic lighting effects you'd expect. The group -- which also includes Flea on bass, stalwart drummer Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco on additional percussion -- played a good chunk of both Yorke's Eraser and this year's Atoms for Peace album, Amok, plus his UNKLE track, "Rabbit in the Headlights" and Radiohead b-side, "Paperbag Writer." If you went, what did you think of the show? Pictures of the show are in this post.

James Holden opened the show and he plays again tonight with Four Tet which, if you didn't hear has moved locations. No longer at Williamsburg's Riverfront Studios, the show's is now happening at 251 W 30th St in Manhattan, which is the space that once housed Rebel NYC. Doors are at 10 PM.

More pics from Barclays Center, plus the setlist, are below.


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Phoenix @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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today in Chicago
* Mother Falcon @ Constellation
* Hyde Park Jazz Festival (Day 1)
* Billy Bragg, Joe Purdy @ SPACE
* Phoenix, The Vaccines @ Aragon Ballroom
* Wavves, King Tuff, Jacuzzi Boys @ Park West
* Brokeback, Jim Becker, Joe Adamik @ Hideout
* Pink Frost, Outer Minds, Touched By A Ghoul @ Empty Bottle
* Ewert & The Two Dragons, Trapper Schoepp, Ode @ Beat Kitchen
* Calabrese, Creepy Band, The Hallow, Ghost Sector @ Ultra Lounge
* Many Places, Moritat, The Field Auxilary, Handsome Lady @ Township
* The Van Goghs, Soft Speaker, Black Cat Heart Attack @ The Burlington
* Mike Golden, White Mystery, Amrita, Low Spark, Ariada @ Concord Music Hall
* Cocks Members, Douglas J McCarthy, Die Warzau, Acucrack, The Clay People, En Esch, Bile @ Metro
* The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, together PANGEA, White Mystery, The Memories, White Fang, Colleen Green @ Subterranean

Phoenix and The Vaccines play Aragon Ballroom tonight.

Pink Frost play a record release show for Sundowning at the Empty Bottle.

Billy Bragg and Joe Purdy play their second of two shows at SPACE.

Brokeback, Jim Becker, and Joe Adamik play the Hideout.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2013 begins today with performances by the Ken Vandermark Ensemble, Jeff Parker Trio, Frank Rosaly, the John Burnett Orchestra, Mike Reed's People, Places & Things, and many more.

Superchunk performed "Void" and "Driveway to Driveway" on Fallon last night. Bassist Laura Ballance, who hasn't been touring with the band lately, joined them for the TV appearance. Check out the footage below.

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Aimee Mann & Ted Leo @ The Paramount - 9/27/2013
Aimee Mann & Ted Leo @ The Paramount - 9/27/2013

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have started a new musical partnership called #BOTH and have done a few shows together as this new collaboration. They're also currently on a tour together, playing separate sets, and that tour hit Austin last night (9/27) at The Paramount. Both Ted and Aimee are charming and great storytellers, making for a very entertaining evening. Despite the way the tour is being billed, Ted did join Aimee for a taste of what's to come from #BOTH.  We can't wait to hear more.

In the meantime, more pictures from Ted and Aimee's sets at The Paramount are below.

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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert. Tonight's show is sold out but you can still get tickets to some of the other five performances.

Four Tet, James Holden, George Fitzgerald, JDH & Dave P @ 251 W 30th St.
Last night, James Holden opened for Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and tonight he opens for Thom's pal Four Tet at Riverfront Studios, the same Brooklyn venue that the multimedia Station to Station tour stopped at. This should be an interesting night.

UPDATE: "Due to issues w/ Cinespace, Sat's event w/ Four Tet & James Holden has been moved to 251 W 30th St. All advance tickets will be honored."

Fucked Up, Dope Body, Lodro @ Le Poisson Rouge
Fucked Up, the hardcore band that makes 75+ minute rock operas and has one of the most fun live shows around, returns to NYC tonight. It hasn't been long, but we're not complaining. Good openers too.

'We Have An Anchor' @ BAM
Jem Cohen presents his new work as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, a cinematic tribute to Nova Scotia with live music by a band that reads like an ATP line-up: Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and more. Tonight's the second of three performances.

Superchunk, Spider Bags @ Bowery Ballroom
One of America's quintessential indie rock bands remain at the top of their game: the new I Hate Music is packed with hooks and, live, Mac can still land a flying leap off the drum riser. The second of two sold-out out shows at Bowery.

Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Elvis Costello @ Central Park Great Lawn
The Global Citizen Festival returns to Central Park with a lot of famous people (but not the only famous people in NYC this weekend).

zZz, Tempers, The Naked Heroes @ Death By Audio
Not to be confused with Brooklyn-via-Japan's ZZZ's, zZz is a gothy Dutch band and tonight they're in NYC for a show at Death by Audio. And local goths Tempers (who do a killer Swans cover) are not to miss.

Jason Lescalleet, Graham Labkin, Seth Cluett @ Issue Project Room
The Issue Project Room's 10th anniversary celebration continues tonight, with an experimental collaboration between Graham Lambkin and Jason Lescalleet.

Typhoon, Radiation City @ Littlefield
Like Sufjan and Beruit? Maybe it's time to check out this Portland's orch-pop ensemble. Tonight's show is sold out, but you can still get tickets to Monday's show at Le Poisson Rouge.

John Zorn (A Museum-Wide Celebration), Mike Patton, Kenny Wollesen, Carol Emanuel, Jay Campbell, Chris Otto, Erik Friedlander @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hang with John Zorn all day (10 AM - 8:30 PM) as part of the last weekend of the Zorn@60 celebration. Today he'll be performing with Bill Frisell, Mike Patton, Erik Friedlander, Abby Fischer and more. Free with museum admisstion.

Shilpa Ray, Zerobridge, Ranjit (& the Ambassadors) @ Paper Box
Garage rocker Shilpa Ray has a few local shows coming up, like tonight's at Paper Box.

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ The Bell House
The EMCF continues tonight with the return of Hot Tub w/ Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal. Guests include Eugene Mirman, Nick Turner, Leo Allen, Bridget Everett, and more. Sold out.

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ Union Hall
You can also catch more EMCF action at Union Hall, and tonight's show is called "Comics We Hope Don't Move to LA (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There)." Those comics would be Sean Donnelly, Jena Friedman, Claudia Cogan, Josh Gondelman, Dan St. Germain, and The Lucas Brothers. Tickets are still available.

Low Fat Getting High, The Netherlands, Problem With Dragons @ The Grand Victory
Yet another chance to rock out with promising Brooklyn punk band Low Fat Getting High. Also on the bill: Timo Ellis' nutso synthpunk/metal band The Netherlands.

Jimmy Cliff @ Webster Hall
One of reggae's true living legends, Jimmy Cliff truly needs no introduction and at 65 still going strong. Tickets are still available.

Future Blondes, Teleoahqaal, Key of Shame, Skullcaster, Love Goat @ Acheron
Future Blondes and Skullcaster just teamed up for a Nothing Changes party earlier in the week, and tonight they bring their dark sounds to the Acheron.

Goosebumps, White Line Fever, Creeping Dose, Ivy @ Lulu's
Goosebumps make the kind of menacing hardcore that you really have to see live, and tonight you'll get a chance to do so, as they return to Lulu's.

Susanne Sundfor, The Mast @ Glasslands
You may know Susanne Sundfor as an M83 or a Royksopp collaborator, but the Norwegian art pop artist also has a number of her own records out, and her solo material is of quality too.

Trash Talk, Ratking, SECRET GUEST @ 285 Kent Avenue
Odd Future Records-signed rowdy punks Trash Talk return to 285 Kent for a headlining date in the middle of their tour with Danny Brown and Action Bronson. It's a venue they (and their Odd Future pals) have brought chaos to before. Wonder what goes down tonight.

Van She, Penguin Prison, French Horn Rebellion @ Le Poisson Rouge
You might not know this, but Australians like making shamelessly big, catchy synth pop. No seriously. Just ask Cut Copy. Or The Presets. Or like, Empire of the Sun. Van She are no exception to this rule, and tonight they play a smaller venue than those bands usually play in NYC, so it should be an intimate, shamelessly fun time.

Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, continues his 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.

Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement, Kicking Spit @ Asbury Lanes
If you missed this awesome tour of Don Giovanni labelmates when it came through NYC (or if you live in New Jersey, or prefer seeing shows there), you'll get one more chance tonight. This bill is rounded out by yet another Don Giovanni band, Kicking Spit.

Soul Clap & Dance Off w/ Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl
Jonathan Toubin spins world-famous '60s soul 45s at his extremely popular Soul Clap party. Kid Kongo Powers is tonight's guest DJ.

Arcade Fire @ SNL
Tonight's also the season premiere of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Arcade Fire. After SNL, NBC is airing a half-hour concert special at 1 AM.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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