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by Andrew Sacher

Radiator Hospital at Glasslands earlier this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Radiator Hospital

We just caught Radiator Hospital playing an excellent set in Brooklyn at Glasslands on Monday (1/6), as part of their ongoing tour with Potty Mouth. After the run with Potty Mouth ends, singer Sam Cook-Parrott is going on a solo tour for a couple of weeks, and not long after that he'll return to NYC for a Double Double Whammy label showcase at Shea Stadium on February 12 with Generifus, Frankie Cosmos, Crying and Quarterbacks. It's not clear at the moment if RH will be playing solo or full-band at that show, but stay tuned for more info.

Double Double Whammy will also be releasing Radiator Hospital's Mall of America EP on cassette soon, and Forward Records is putting it out on 10" vinyl. Sam is also promising at least two releases for 2014, so we have that to look forward to too. Meanwhile, if you haven't already, you can stream the Mall of America EP below.

Crying will also play the same venue a few days earlier when they open the previously discussed You Blew It! / Prawn show at Shea on 2/8.

As for Frankie Cosmos, she just played Death by Audio last night (1/7), and ahead of that show we mentioned that she'll be releasing her first full band album, Zentropy, on Double Double Whammy. The album follows multiple solo releases on bandcamp, and its first single is "Owen," which first appeared as a rougher track called "I Love My Brother Owen" on her 2012 album, Thanks For Everything. The new version features harmony vocals with Porches frontman Aaron Maine, who also drums in Frankie's band. You can stream the new track below. Frankie also has another local show happening sooner on February 6 at Silent Barn with Big Ups (who have other dates), Ovlov (ditto) and LVL UP (ditto again).

All Radiator Hospital dates are listed, along with all streams, below...

Continue reading "Radiator Hospital playing more shows, including one with Frankie Cosmos who's releasing an LP (dates & streams)"

The Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween (more by Chris Tuite)
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids and Cake are among the artists announced for the next Amnesty International Human Rights Concert, which takes place this year at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on February 5. The concert also features Colbie Caillat, Imagine Dragons, The Fray, and other special guests. Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/11) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (1/9) at 10 AM and an Internet presale starting Friday (1/10) at 10 AM.

Some background on the Amnesty concerts, via press release:

Twenty-five years after its initial concert series, which featured U2, Sting, Lou Reed and others, Amnesty International is bringing back the concert - with a digital twist - to raise awareness about human rights to a new generation. The Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home concert will use technology to connect the music and message in real time from the stage of the Barclays Center to activists across the globe.

"The fight for global human rights begins at home," said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director for Amnesty International USA. "This concert is part of an evolving conversation about human rights that grounds the universal struggle for dignity and freedom in the injustices we see every day in our own backyard in the United States. We're bringing back the concerts to show a new generation of activists how to stand up for justice at home and abroad - whether it is fighting for the right to voice dissent peacefully on social networks or in the streets, protecting the rights of women and girls, or standing in solidarity with individuals persecuted for who they are or what they believe."

Watch some recent Flaming Lips and Lauryn Hill videos below...

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by Jonathan Dick

Pixie David Lovering @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Having released their second EP in under a year (the unceremoniously titled EP-2 just last week), the Pixies have wasted no time in calling up their creative forces. It's likely a welcome relief for the band to have some news that doesn't include the words "bassist," "revolving," or some permutation of "Kim" in the headline. While rock fandom often (read: justifiably) associates comebacks or band reunions with the tinny sounds of a cash register, this interview with drummer and founding member David Lovering suggests a band that, without regard for their incomparable influence and popularity, simply wanted to get back together and play.

What was the thought process behind you guys getting back together, making new music, and going back out on the road?

David Lovering: I think it all began basically as a little rumor or something like that. Because when the Pixies broke up years ago I would have never thought we'd get back together. If you'd told me we'd get back together I would just laugh at you, you know [laughs]? It was just impossible. Then I think Charles [aka Black Francis] said something on radio, some interview, this was years ago in the UK, and that kind of got thrown out and all of a sudden it just made him maybe think twice about it. So Charles had called Joe, and Joe had said "Hey, what do you think? Let's get back together," and then I got the call and then Kim got board, and we all got back together. I don't know if it was a financial impetus or whatever, but it just seemed time was right, and we had been gone a long time. It just seemed like the fun thing and the right thing to do.

Since you guys first formed in the mid 80s the music industry has gone through what's arguably its biggest change. How have you as an artist seen that change since you initially helped form The Pixies?

David Lovering: Well, it's interesting. It's a completely different ballgame with new material now. It is the digital age, and everything is just song-by-song rather than an album. You also know that when an album is released it only has a seven - or I think it's like a three or so week shelf life on it, so that's just the way everything is going. To us it's all brand new. I gotta say we're lucky that we have management that's much smarter than us and can really handle these things. They've got it going where we have everything like a big email list, a database, we're able to put things out on EPs now with the way we're doing it. It's working fine, and I'm a bit surprised at how it's working for us. Again, it's none of my efforts. It's all management and everyone who had the greater powers to do all this, so I'm quite amazed at it.

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Continue reading "an interview w/ Pixies drummer David Lovering (on rotating bassists, magic, social media, reunions, Rush & more)"

by Bill Pearis

La Femme

La Femme's Psycho Tropical Berlin was in a three-way tie for first in my Best Albums of 2013 (though I officially ranked it #3) and I continue to listen to it a lot. I wrote:

The title of Parisian band La Femme's debut album, Psycho Tropical Berlin, is a pretty good summation of what to expect: crazed psychedelic pop with a krautrock/coldwave backbone and an affinity for surf rock. Add to that the inherent French element (Ye-Ye enthusiasm and smoky Gainsbourg cool), you get an inventive, modern, highly entertaining album, unlike anything anything else I heard this year.
The band are still putting together their upcoming North American tour that includes visits to Austin for SXSW and Psych Fest and I'm tickled pink to announce that BrooklynVegan will be presenting La Femme's March 23 NYC appearance at Glasslands. Openers are to be announced, but tickets go on sale Friday (1/10) at 10AM.

Hopefully we'll get full North American tour dates soon. Meanwhile, check out a few of La Femme's very cool music videos and a full YouTube album stream below...

Continue reading "La Femme playing NYC in March (BV presents)"

David Byrne at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
David Byrne

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

Jherek Bischoff, David Byrne, Zola Jesus, Sondre Lerche, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, Mirah @ St. Ann's Warehouse
Amanda Palmer/Parenthetical Girls collaborator Jherek Bischoff has a two night's stay at St. Ann's Warehouse where he'll be performing his album Composed in full with an impressive line-up of guests, including the one-and-only David Byrne. This is the first night and a few tickets are still available as of this posting.

Endless Boogie, Dan Higgs, Josh Wildman @ Union Pool
One of NYC's perfectly named bands, these guys lay down the boogie riff and put the pedal to the metal. Tonight's the first week of their January residency. Tonight's show also features Lungfish's Dan Higgs, and DJ/gadabout Josh Wildman doing his "amazing freak out squelching guitar ramblings."

Lucius, Matt Sucich @ City Winery
Dual-vocalled Brooklyn indie pop collective, who last played NYC with two sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows in December, makes another hometown appearance at City Winery tonight.

Robert Glasper, Jason Moran, Ravi Coltrane, Bilal, Eric Harland, Alan Hampton @ Town Hall (Winter Jazz Fest)
The annual Winter Jazz Fest continues tonight at Town Hall with the jazz-hop piano stylings of Robert Glasper, the smooth neo-soul of Bilal, John & Alice Coltrane's son Ravi, and more.

Champagne Jerry @ Joe's Pub
Brooklyn rapper Champagne Jerry continues the rollout for his upcoming album, For Real You Guys, with a new song that he'll debut at his monthly Joe's Pub show tonight. Last month's show included Beastie Boy Ad-Rock. He probably won't be at this one, will anyone else?

Ian Isiah, Benja, Silverbird, Rising Sun Allstars Quincy Vidal @ SOB's
Le1f/Mykki Blanco collaborator Ian Isiah makes the kind of futuristic R&B we've been seeing a lot of lately, and he headlines this SOB's show tonight.

Tonstartssbandht, Cool World, Mother Tongue, Jerry Paper, Sunflower Bean @ Silent Barn
Rhode Island is representing at this show with the catchy sludge of Cool World and noisy/nasaly Mother Tongue -- plus Montreal/NYC experimental duo Tonstartssbandht as headliners.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's playing tonight, but you can check Max's Twitter.

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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by Andrew Sacher

The Front Bottoms @ Shea Stadium - 12/28/13 (via Terrence Meade)
Front Bottoms

We're still playing catch-up a bit now that the holidays are over, and in light of that, here's a somewhat belated recap of our BrooklynVegan holiday party at Shea Stadium on December 28 with The Front Bottoms, Chris Gethard and Tiny Moving Parts.

Tiny Moving Parts opened the show, and I admittedly was only vaguely familiar with their record going into it, but it was pretty hard not be won over by their great-spirited, intensely delivered mathy post-hardcore. Much of the crowd also seemed unfamiliar, but almost no one looked unimpressed. They were followed by comedian Chris Gethard, who hosted our Bouncing Souls and Foxygen shows earlier in the year, but this time was doing a full set. He began it with the premise that nobody wants comedy at a rock show, and was proceeded by multiple planned "interruptions" from "crowd members" who "thought they could do a better job."

Eventually, Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella walked on stage and asked, "are you sick of this guy yet?" and he was then joined by his band for a super fun headlining set. They had played a sold-out NYC show at the much larger Bowery Ballroom a day earlier, so needless to say this show at the dingy Shea Stadium was PACKED, sweaty, and exactly the kind of way you'd want to see The Front Bottoms. The whole crowd went nuts, moshing, stage diving, and shouting basically every single syllable back at Brian. The guys in Tiny Moving Parts came back on stage to sing one of Front Bottoms' songs with them, they had tons of props like big inflatable creatures in the back of the stage (including a snowman), and Gethard and some other people threw balloons and light sticks into the crowd during the songs. If you came, we hope you had as much fun as we did.

The Front Bottoms are about to hit the road with You Blew It!, and the closest that tour comes to NYC is a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North (tickets). Meanwhile, you can catch You Blew It! in NYC when their tour with Prawn hits Shea Stadium on 2/8 with Crying and Living Room. YBI! are also streaming their new record on Pitchfork.

Check out a video of The Front Bottoms playing "Santa Monica" and a clip of "The Fued" from the Shea show, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms rocked the BV holiday party at Shea Stadium w/ Tiny Moving Parts & Chris Gethard (videos)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Youth Code at Nothing Changes, 5/5/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

It weirded us out a bit when Touche Amore toured with AFI, but in what's got to be an even more surprising tour package, Youth Code will be touring with AFI starting on Friday (1/10). The unlikely pair will will kick things off in Tucson, and while there is no NYC date, there is a Poughkeepsie show on 1/29 at The Chance. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

If you haven't yet, take a listen to Youth Code's debut LP below. It's a little hard to imagine how Youth Code's industrial assault is going to pair up with 2013 AFI. If you go, let us know how it is.

Youth Code will also be performing some of their own shows along the way. Those dates, as well as the dates with AFI, are listed below...

Continue reading "Youth Code touring with... AFI (dates & LP stream)"

Do Stop Believing -- Canal Room is about to be no more (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Tiffany and Debbie Gibson

The Canal Street venue that lately is mostly known for hosting 80s & 90s themed tribute shows (like the one we caught in 2011 with Debbie Gibson and Tiffany), is closing. The final two nights at Canal Room, despite what this 12/20 letter said, are January 10 & 11:

From Canal Room co-owner Marcus Linial

Last Call. Canal Room Closing. It's Bittersweet.

After 15 years in the building and 10 years as Canal Room , My partner Sam and I have sold the club. This was our decision and the timing was right. The space will be a new upscale lounge. Not a live music venue. We wish the new owner all the best.

Our last 2 night's will be Friday Jan 3rd with The Bayside Tigers and Saturday Jan 4th with Jessie's Girl - The Worlds Hottest '80s Tribute Band. Could't think of a better way to go out.

We thank all of our amazing staff over the years you know who you are, all the bands that have performed on our stage. All the customers and clients. Without you..we could not have been in business for so long.

Also excited that both shows Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl and Saved By The 90s Party with The Bayside Tigers have a new home. More on that soon.
Hope to see you all over the next few weeks and at our final weekend Jan 3 & 4. Happy Holidays to you all.

Tickets for the final two shows on 1/10 & 1/11 are still on sale, and future "Saved by the 90s" and "Back to the Eighties" shows will happen at Le Poisson Rouge.

Our own memories of Canal Room include seeing Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers there in 2009, ending up there for random CMJ showcases and sponsored parties, watching Jon Brion make magic with Rhett Miller, catching an artsy performance as part of a Fischerspooner residency, and seeing The Go! Team cheer through a show right when they were all the hype. What do you remember about the place?

Goodbye Canal Room!

by Andrew Sacher

Caution Children

Florida's The Caution Children are set to release their third LP, Safe Crusades / No Judgements / And Baby, the followup to 2011's Unknown Lands (pay-what-you-want), on February 18 via Flannel Gurl (Dads, My Fictions) in vinyl and cassette formats. The band take an atmospheric approach to post-hardcore, bringing in elements of post-rock and shoegaze, and for the new record they've enlisted the help of Comadre's Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor), who's proved to be pretty good at manning the boards for this kind of thing. On the album's new single, "Psalms," they do this as well as ever, matching the vocalist's raw desperation with the band's pure beauty. That track makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it, along with the LP artwork, below.

Continue reading "The Caution Children releasing a new LP (stream "Psalms")"

photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher

Potty Mouth / Radiator Hospital @ Glasslands - 1/6/14
Potty Mouth
Potty Mouth

Potty Mouth and Radiator Hospital kicked off their short run of shows together in Brooklyn at Glasslands last night (1/6), gracing the venue with a double dose of punky indie rock. Potty Mouth, fresh off a New Year's Eve show in NYC, headlined with a quick and enjoyable set that they split between new stuff they've been working on and choice cuts off their slacker punk debut LP, Hell Bent.

Radiator Hospital, primarily the project of Waxahatchee collaborator Sam Cook-Parrott, has played NYC solo in the past, but last night he was in full band mode (like the recent Suburbia show) with a four-piece that included Swearin' drummer Jeff Bolt and guitarist/backup vocalist Cynthia Schemmer (also of Heavy Bangs). Radiator Hospital's excellent 2013 LP, Something Wild, is something of a scrapbook of ideas ranging from scratchy pop punk to bedroom folk, but with a full band, Sam was even more consistently powerful than on record. The band delivered ripper after ripper (with only one solo song worked in), keeping the crowd bouncing the whole time and a bunch of people shouting along during "Our Song."

In related news, Swearin', who just cancelled a NYC show, will be back when their tour hits Cake Shop on 3/6 and Rough Trade on 3/7.

Waxahatchee also bring their tour with Cayetana and All Dogs to NYC on 1/21 at Mercury Lounge and 1/23 at Glasslands.

More pictures from the Potty Mouth/Radiator Hospital show (we missed openers Kissing Is A Crime) and the list of remaining dates, below...

Continue reading "Potty Mouth & Radiator Hospital played Glasslands (pics)"

Mohawk photos by Tim Griffin

J. Mascis & Residual Kid in Mascis-chusetts
Residual Kid

Residual Kid @ Mohawk in Austin - 1/3/2014
Free Week in Austin - 1/3/2014

They may be young, but they are talented and apparently J. Mascis agrees because the Austin band, who we also caught at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2012, recently spent some time in Massachusets recording with none other than the Dinosaur Jr. frontman. Residual Kid's recent Facebook posts include quotes like: "Having a blast recording in Mascis-chusetts! J. Mascis rules!", "Man, you're gonna LOVE these new recordings with J.Mascis!", and "Mascis-chusetts has been awesome! Recording with J.Mascis was an amazing experience - can't wait to share the new songs with you!"

Meanwhile, Ben Redman (drums), Deven Ivy (guitar) and Max Redman (bass) are back in Austin and celebrating the annual week of free shows known as 'Free Week' which continues through 1/11. Residual Kid played a free show at Mohawk on 1/3 and pictures from that show, which was with What Made Milwaukee Famous, are on this post. If you missed it, RK play again Thursday (1/9) at Holy Mountain and Friday (1/10) at Cheer Up Charlies, both also free.

Their upcomin gCheer Up Charlies show will also sadly be one of the last happening at the eastside space which is closing down after this weekend and moving to Red River in the former home of Club DeVille. This is big music venue news for locals and SXSW-tourists alike. Both DeVille and Cheer Up Charlies have been very active venues during SXSW, with Cheer Up Charlies especially notorious for being the location of many unofficial Todd P shows.

Club DeVille, where we hosted a bunch of BrooklynVegan SXSW shows, is (was) also right next door to Mohawk where we recently caught Big Freedia and Public Enemy and.... Residual Kid. More pictures of the latter below....

Continue reading "Residual Kid recorded w/ J. Mascis, played Free Week (pics); Cheer Up Charlies moving to Club DeVille spot"

by Wyatt Marshall

Crazy Spirit at New York's Alright 2013 (more by Tod Seelie)
Crazy Spirit

Punk and hardcore festival New York's Alright is back for a second year and will run at various venues around the city from Thursday April 17th to Sunday April 20th. The line-up (which includes several bands that played the fest last year) features solid locals like Anasazi, Dawn of Humans, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Nomad, Warthog, La Misma, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads and some select imports like Wiccans, Infernöh, Omegas, No, and Stoic Violence, to name a few, making for a strong bill. Full lineup below.

Here's what the fest organizers said in their announcement:

No one thought we would be foolish enough to do it again, but here we are, "proud" to present New York's Alright 2014. This festival will be taking place Thursday, April 17th through Sunday, April 20th, at various venues around the friendly city of New York. We will be bringing together some of the best bands in contemporary DIY punk and hardcore from different parts of the world for your enjoyment.
Tickets go on sale on Valentine's Day, February 14---the same day the Acheron's D-fest kicks off in Mexico City. Love is very much in the air this year. Stay tuned to New York's Alright 2014's Facebook page for details on lineups and venues.

Several bands playing the fest have upcoming NYC shows even sooner. Goth punks Anasazi are teaming up with La Misma and Santa Ana's Damages on Friday (1/10) at Lulu's. The show is Damages' east coast tour kickoff and will also celebrate the release of a La Misma 7". All Damages dates are listed below, as well as a stream of their recent EP.

Sweden's Infernöh and Brooklyn's Nomad are teaming up for a tour before the fest, which includes a TBA Brooklyn show on April 12. Dates and an Infernöh stream below.

London's No and Long Beach's Stoic Violence will also be hitting the road together immediately after New York's Alright, which brings them back to NYC for a TBA Brooklyn show on May 1. Dates and streams below.

Pleasure Industry are also playing a hometown show at a TBA venue on February 8 with Asylum, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos and others TBA.

All lists of dates, streams, and the New York's Alright 2014 lineup, below...

Continue reading "New York's Alright returning in 2014 (Wiccans, Hank Wood, La Misma, Anasazi, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Nomad, more)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Residual Kid, WMMF, and OBN IIIs @ Free Week in Austin - 1/3/2014
Free Week in Austin - 1/3/2014
Free Week in Austin - 1/3/2014
Free Week in Austin - 1/3/2014

Free Week continues in Austin until 1/11. Meanwhile we made it out for sets by Residual Kid, OBN IIIs, What Made Milwaukee Famous, and more. Pictures are in this post.

Residual Kid just got back from a trip to Massachusetts where they recorded with J. Mascis. Ask them about it at their two remaining Free Week shows including the one at the closing Cheer Up Charlies.

More Free Week pictures below....

Continue reading "Free Week 2013 in pics: OBN IIIs, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Residual Kid & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Eric Townsend)

It's the new year, and like every year, there's a ton of great hip hop shows coming up in NYC, especially a lot this month (and of course a few announced for the months after that). So while you're trying to stay warm during the coldest winter, here's some of those shows you might want to check out:

As discussed, Jay Z brings his Magna Carter World Tour to his stomping grounds of Barclays Center on Sunday (1/12) and Monday (1/13). If you can't make the Brooklyn dates, or just still need more Hov in your life, there's other nearby dates happening at Mohegan Sun (1/17), Nassau Coliseum (1/19), and Prudential Center (1/22). Tickets for those shows are still available.

A bunch of golden-age rappers are joining forces for the Masters of Ceremony show at Radio City Music Hall on January 24 with DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, and Black Sheep. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another long-running NYC rapper, Talib Kweli will play the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at SOB's on January 19, and this one also honors the late Nelson Mandela. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Also at SOB's on January 27, producer 9th Wonder will celebrate the release of his label Jamla Records' Jamla is the Squad compilation album. Statik Selektah hosts for the night, and the show will also feature ADD-2, Rapsody and the entire Jamla team -- Actual Proof, HaLo, GQ, Heather V and more -- with special guests. Not sure whose those guests will be, but the album features appearances from Jadakiss, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Phonte, and more. Stream a 9th Wonder-produced Rapsody track from the compilation, below. Tickets are on sale now.

Sooner than that, SOB's hosts Le1f/Mykki Blanco collaborator Ian Isiah on Wednesday (1/8). That show also features Benja, Silverbird, Rising Sun Allstars and Quincy Vidal. Tickets are on sale.

And Ty Dolla $ign, who got some internet love for his 2013 mixtape, Beach House 2 (stream below), will play SOB's on January 22 with Black Cobain, Tijon and Gliffics. Tickets are on sale.

Dom Kennedy, who's notably collaborated with Curren$y, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies and others, plays NYC on January 28 at Irving Plaza with Skeme. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another Dom Kennedy collaborator, Nipsey Hussle, plays NYC on January 24 at Highline Ballroom with Erk the Jerk and The Kid Daytona. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Nipsey recently released a new track, "6in Heels," which you can stream below.

Waka Flocka Flame plays NYC on January 27 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As discussed, J. Cole brings his tour to NYC this month on January 28 at the Theatre at MSG. Tickets are still available.

And 2 Chainz, Pusha T and August Alsina bring their tour to NYC soon after on February 5 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other upcoming hip hop shows happening a bit later in the year include Cam'ron at Stage 48 on 2/20 (tickets), Shaggy at Brooklyn Bowl on 2/25 (tickets), and Slaughterhouse at Best Buy Theater on 4/26 (tickets).

And Kanye West just announced a tour.

These are just a few of the upcoming hip hop shows in NYC. What else?

Streams below...

Continue reading "upcoming NYC hip hop shows: Jay Z, Rakim, Talib Kweli, Dom Kennedy, J Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T, more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin


New York punk legends Television celebrated the opening of Brooklyn's new music venue/record store Rough Trade NYC with a two-night stand during the venue's opening weekend of November 29 and 30. Back in November, we posted pictures of night 1, and we've now got a belated set of pictures from night 2 in this post.

Not long after this opening celebration show, the venue sadly had to shut down the show room and cancel December shows due to sound/noise issues. That trend is continuing as they just announced that most January shows have moved to other venues too. Hopefully they get done what they need to do soon. February shows like The Orwells are still scheduled for now. Meanwhile you can still stop by and browse their stock of records and books for sale.

Who knows what the venue will look like when they're finished fixing it so it can reopen, but more pictures of what it looked like on its first weekend can be viewed below...

Continue reading "Television @ Rough Trade -- pics from one of the first and last shows at the new NYC venue"

Club DeVille RIP. Cheer Up Charlie's East RIP.

The Cheer Up staff writes on 12/30:

Dear friends,

As you may have all heard, we are moving from our current location on January 15th. Our last operating night in our Eastside treehouse is January 12th. Today we signed a new lease at 900 Red River St. Although we are incredibly heartbroken to leave the Eastside, we are excited that we will have the chance to keep doing what we love. We hope that you will join us in recreating the place that we all call home. There will be some down-time as we get ourselves resettled. The space that we are moving into needs lots of love, and that is only something that a community can provide. We are so happy to be able to have a new place to go to and to share with you.

Looking forward to our first big blowout at our new space! Stay tuned- we will announce our opening date as soon as we know.

Tamara, Maggie, Charlie, and the Cheer Up staff

This wasn't just because a new space was available though. You might have also heard about the letter they wrote on 12/13:
Dear Friends,

We have received news that the property that Cheer Up Charlies sits on has been sold, and the new owners have given us notice that our current lease will be terminated on January 15th.

We are currently seeking a new space, and we intend on continuing to grow. When we find our new spot we will continue to play host to the same types of events, free live music shows and all kinds of other fun stuff! We are deeply saddened that it's ending for us at 1104 East 6th St. but nothing is dying. Our rhythm may be disrupted for awhile, but we will keep on dancin'!

We hope that you stop by sometime before January 15 to celebrate with us in what will soon become our former home. Consider the next 30 days more of a celebration of the creative endeavors our current building has housed, than an eulogy. Thank you for hanging out with us for 3 tremendously fun years- it couldn't have been the same without you! We will find a new space and we will let you know as soon as we do! No matter where we end up, we will take the spirit of the Eastside with us. Let's all give this 600 sqft building a proper farewell hug!

We Love YOU,

Candice, India, Brian, Carly, Celesta, Paul, Matt, David, Zach, Dustin, Paul E, Max, Ellie, Tison, Cole, Tamara, Maggie and Charlie

The final three shows, as you can see in the flyer above and the flyers below, happen this end-of-Free Week weekend: Jan 10, 11 & 12. Go party!

Final lineups below:

Continue reading "Cheer Up Charlies leaving eastside, taking over Club DeVille space on Red River (celebrate with them this weekend)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Happy Jawbone Family Band @ Mexican Summer Five, October 2013

Happy Jawbone Family Band's Tastes the Broom was a great introduction to the prolific Brattleboro, VT collective and then followed it up with their proper Mexican Summer debut album in October. The group have just made a video for "D-R-E-A-M-I-N'" -- directed by Joey Pizza Slice -- and that makes it's premiere in this post.

Also in this post is a belated set of pics from Happy Jawbone Family Band's performance at the Mexican Summer Five fest that happened in Red Hook back in October. No US tour dates as of right now, but they are about to head to Europe and those dates are listed below. One more thing below as well -- the band's Top 10 list for 2013. It is a little unusual, just like the band themselves.

Video, more Mexican Summer Five pics and their Top 10 list below...

Continue reading "Happy Jawbone Family Band share new video ++ belated pics from Mexican Summer Five"

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Generation Records
The Jicks' new album, Wig Out at Jagbags, is out today and SM is celebrating with two appearances today. At 4 PM he'll be Momofuku Milk Bar in Williamsburg, digging into his "Cinnamon and Lesbians" ice cream and signing posters. Then at 8 PM, he and the Jicks will play live at Generation Records which is free with purchase of the new album.

Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall
Neil Young did the Crazy Horse thing for much of 2012 and 2013, playing some excellent, noisy shows, and tonight he's on night 2 of a four-night run at Carnegie Hall, which will presumably be more stripped down and show off his prettier side.

Feathers, Fielded @ Mercury Lounge
Austin's Feathers are on their way to Europe where they'll be opening for Depeche Mode, definitely a good pairing given their moody, synth-heavy sound. Before they jet off, they're playing this show at Mercury Lounge.

Bobby Previte's TERMINALS, John Medeski, Nels Cline, So Percussion, Helado Negro @ Le Poisson Rouge (Winter Jazzfest)
The 2014 Winter Jazz Fest begins tonight with this kickoff show that includes eclectic drummer/composer Bobby Previte, John Medeski (of Medeski Martin & Wood), guitar great Nels Cline, the always-interesting So Percussion, and experimental Brooklyn musician Helado Negro.

Frankie Cosmos, Free Pizza, Dylan Ewen, Flower Girl @ Death by Audio
Anti-folk-inspired singer Frankie Cosmos recently announced her full band debut, Zentropy, and this is her first show since that announcement. Hopefully we'll hear some of it tonight.

Comedy Notebook with Liam McEneaney @ House Works Bookstore
Janeane Garofalo, Myq Kaplan, SNL's Vanessa Bayer and Catherine Popper try out new material tonight. FREE.

The Goddamned Dave Hill Show on WFMU
Filling the timeslot of the departed and much-loved Best Show, Dave Hill makes his proper radio debut tonight with guests Philip Anselmo, comedian Jon Benjamin, and rock person Doug Gillard. Tune in here at 9 PM EST.

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Endless Boogie at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Endless Boogie

Jammy Brooklyn rockers Endless Boogie are about to kick off a residency at hometown venue Union Pool for the month of January (something they've done before). They'll be playing every Wednesday this month, starting this week (1/8), and there's different openers every night.

Photographer and DJ Josh Wildman, a regular at the now closed Max Fish where Endless Boogie could also often be found, will be doing "his amazing freak out squelching guitar ramblings" to open up the first night (1/8) of the residency that also features Lungfish's Dan Higgs on the bill.

Syphilitic Lust, whose 1/2 show at Acheron with Mutilation Rites was cancelled, will make their next appearance as part of the second week (1/15) of the residency along with Jack Rose collaborator and D. Charles Speer & the Helix member Hans Chew who maybe you caught opening for the Boogie back at their album release show in February.

Spacin', Mike Wexler + Band, Call of the Wild, Steve Gunn and a few others TBA will likely be confirmed for the 1/22 and 1/29 dates, so stay tuned for more concrete details on that. No advance tickets for any of the four shows; admission is $9 at the door.

Endless Boogie also open one of the two sold-out Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks NYC shows in February.

Some videos and the full schedule below...

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by Doug Moore


Combination horror-film/heavy metal culture festivals curated by aging thrash icons: they're a thing now. Last year brought us the inaugural edition of Phil Anselmo (Pantera)'s Housecore Horror Festival, which was excellent by all accounts. This year, we get Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil (see what he did there?) at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom from February 6 - 8. Early-bird tickets are on sale.

The fest will split its time between celebrity panel discussions, including both movie-biz types like prominent zombie-makeup man Gregory Nicotero and big-name rockers like Slash, and actual metal performances from (mostly) long-running bands: Carcass & Exodus on Friday (2/7), and Death Angel, Orchid, and Death Division on Saturday (2/8). Metallica fans no doubt recall that Hammett got his start playing guitar with Exodus. He'll be offering those fans some nod-and-wink service by joining Exodus on guitar during their encore at the festival. Oddly, he'll do the same with Death Angel after their set, though he doesn't have the same history with them. On the other hand, the West Coast thrash bands of that generation have always been an incestuous bunch -- Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is effectively a full member of Slayer now too.

Rewind to the beginning of thrash history with Exodus's very first demo (featuring Hammett on guitar), plus a promo video for Fear FestEvil, below:

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Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neil Young

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

Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall
Neil Young did the Crazy Horse thing for much of 2012 and 2013, playing some excellent, noisy shows, and tonight he begins a four-night run at Carnegie Hall, which will presumably be more stripped down and show off his prettier side.

Potty Mouth, Radiator Hospital, Kissing Is A Crime @ Glasslands
Tonight Glasslands hosts an excellent double bill of punky indie rock (or indie rock-y punk) with the deadpan melodies of Potty Mouth and the #feelings bedroom rock of Radiator Hospital. Local post-punks Kissing Is A Crime open, and they're worth catching too.

Child Abuse, I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues, Nebadon, Weakwick @ Silent Barn
Local faves Child Abuse bring the heavy, technical noise to Silent tonight, and there's a strong support bill, including I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues (whose lineup includes Mick Barr of Krallice) and savage Minneapolis noise rockers Weakwick.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. This early show is sold out.

John Hodgman @ Union Hall
Right after Birbiglia wraps up, John Hodgman will take over Union Hall for a show he's calling "Daddy Pitchfork." We're not sure exactly what that is, but it's sold out.

Wyatt Cenac's Night Train @ Littlefield
Get on board Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show, this week with guests Max Silvestri, Dan St. Germain, Tiffany Stevenson, Justy Dodge and more. Tickets are still available.

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Thurston Moore w/ Sonic Youth at Battery Park in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Thurston Moore

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Thurston Moore, White Out @ The Stone
Sonic Youth/Chelsea Light Moving guitar destroyer Thurston Moore wraps up his residency at The Stone tonight. The 8 PM show is with Tom Surgal of experimental duo White Out, and then for the 10 PM show, Tom's bandmate Lin Culbertson joins them, making for a White Out trio set with Thurston on guitar (which has happened before).

Autodrone, Mahogany, Highly Suspect, Kissing Is A Crime @ Mercury Lounge
Thaw out with a double-dose of local dreampop via Autodrone and Mahogany, plus local post-punk band Kissing Is A Crime and Highly Suspect.

Great Caesar, The Guru, Cold Fronts, Alex G @ Knitting Factory
If you're going to this show, we most recommend getting there early to catch opener Alex G, whose lo-fi songwriting is pretty good, and he's got a full band live.

Celestial Shore, Wei Zhongle, Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, Girls & God @ Death by Audio
Some cool bands at DbA tonight, including Brooklyn mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore.

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.

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Cassie Ramone w/ The Babies @ Shubas Chicago, 2012 (more by Stan Golovchuk)IMAGE

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

Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, John Moloney & others @ The Stone
Sonic Youth/Chelsea Light Moving guitar destroyer Thurston Moore continues his residency at The Stone tonight. The 8 PM show is with his Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo and his Chelsea Light Moving/Caught On Tape bandmate John Moloney. Then for the 10 PM show, Moloney hangs around and he and Thurston are joined by Gene Moore and Daniel Carter.

Gospels, Rumors, Bent Shapes @ Glasslands
If you're going to this show, openers Bent Shapes are worth getting there early for with their spunky, angsty take on indiepop.

Magic Man, The Novel Ideas, Photocomfort, Jarod Dickerson @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's show is headlined by Boston synthpop outfit Magic Man.

Lost Boy?, Slonk Donkerson, The Denzels, Breakfast In Fur @ Mercury Lounge
Miss the days of catchy '90s alt-pop? Tonight's line-up at Mercury Lounge features a full roster of local bands who do too.

Carousel, Mirror Queen, Township, Eidetic Seeing @ Acheron
This show is presented by psych label Tee Pee and features two of its more '70s-riff-loving acts -- Pittsburgh's Carousel and Brooklyn quartet Mirror Queen.

Cassie Ramone, Colleen Green, Virginia Trance, Juniper Rising, Xray Eyeballs @ Death by Audio
This very solid bill features many local bands but don't miss LA's Colleen Green who makes charming, Ramones-influenced low-fi pop.

Kim Ann Foxman, Archie Pelago, Nooka Jones @ Glasslands
You may know Kim Ann Foxman as a Hercules and Love Affair collaborator, and tonight she'll keep Glasslands dancing at this DJ night which also includes Archie Pelago and Nooka Jones.

Magik Markers, Degreaser, Lushes @ Union Pool
Noise rock trio Magik Markers returned in 2013 with their first album since 2009, and tonight they celebrate the album with a genre-appropriate bill of Degreaser and Lushes.

Darlene Love @ BB King's
Still in the holiday spirit? Darlene Love does her last of three holiday shows at BB King's tonight, and you can count on her to bring plenty of Christmas/seasonal hits.

Christian metal vets Stryper have postponed their show at Stage 48 due to weather.

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by Bill Pearis

Phil and Don Everly

Rock n' Roll lost one its original greats today, Phil Everly, one half of legendary duo The Everly Brothers, who died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74. He and his brother Don created a distinctive close harmony style with '50s staples like "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream." All three of those hits were penned by another duo -- Boudleaux and Felice Bryant -- but Phil and Don could write too, like on what is arguably their greatest song, "Cathy's Clown."

The Everly Brothers were also one of the few of rock n' roll's first wave to continue successfully into '60s, and stuck together till 1973 at which time Phil released his first solo album, Star Spangled Springer. They patched things up a decade later and continued to play together since. Their influence is hard to overestimate. Rest in peace, Phil.

Some streams and videos of Everly Brothers classics below...

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The five or so inches of snow Hercules dumped on NYC wouldn't normally be enough to cause too much havoc, but couple that with falling temperatures that are due to drop all the way down to 1° Fahrenheit (the coldest night in 10 years, reportedly), and that makes for weather most folks want to avoid. It's also caused a few cancelations and postponements tonight, show-wise.

Glasslands is closed tonight, meaning the early show of Yvette, Christines and Future Punx has been postponed till February 21. All tickets will be honored and refunds are available at point of purchase.

Tonight's late show with Toronto's Egyptrixx was also canceled, but he'll now be DJing at Cameo's basement with Judge Wise, and Evan Michael. Tickets are $5 with RSVP. From the looks of Glasslands' twitter, his show there (which would have been the NYC debut of his A/V show) will still be rescheduled at some point.

And Swearin' were to have headlined Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight, but "due to the inclement weather and the fact that [they] are all scattered along the east coast at the moment, [they[ are unfortunately going to have to cancel." The three other bands on the bill -- Cymbals Eat Guitars, Porcelain Raft and Low Fat Getting High -- are still playing and that show is free.

And, as mentioned, Saturday's (1/4) Stryper show at Stage 48 ain't happening.

Whatever you do tonight, wrap up tight and stay warm. Any other cancellations we missed?