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photo: All Dogs at Baby's All Right in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
All Dogs

All Dogs' debut album Kicking Every Day comes out next week via Salinas (pre-order), and it's now streaming in full. As the early singles hinted, Kicking Every Day is yet another quality addition to the current wave of pop punk-infused indie rock that there's been no lack of lately. The whole thing is solid, but I especially recommend checking out "Leading Me Back To You" which caught my ear at Baby's earlier this year for including a punky take on the chorus to Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs" at the end. You can stream the whole album below, via NY Times.

All Dogs will be in NYC this weekend on their tour with The Sidekicks, which hits Silent Barn on Saturday (8/22) with Fleabite and Florist. $7 at the door gets you in.

All Dogs singer Maryn Jones will stay busy later this year when she tours with Saintseneca. She's both a member of that band, and her solo project Yowler will open. The Sidekicks open those shows too, and their singer is also a Saintsenca member. Tickets for the NYC stop on 10/9 at Mercury Lounge are still available.

Speaking of The Sidekicks, former guitarist Matt Scheuermann's solo project lowercase roses will reissue his solid self-titled EP this week on his new label home, Lame-O Records.

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tUnE-yArDs @ Pemberton Fest 2015 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Tune-yards at Pemberton fest
Porches @ Prospect Park this summer (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Porches

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

tUnE-YaRds, Shabazz Palaces @ Prospect Park Bandshell
This is an amazing double bill and it's totally free. Neither artist fits comfortably into a genre -- tUnE-yArDs probably leans closest to art pop and Shabazz Palaces to rap -- and the two have more in common musically than it might seem. Should be a great show.

Jamie xx, Mike Simonetti @ Terminal 5
Jamie already has two great albums out as a member of The xx, and this year he focused his talents on a solo album which is quickly getting as much love as his main band. This is his first of three NYC shows on this tour, and it's sold out.

Mad Decent Block Party @ MCU Park
The Mad Decent Block Parties take over Coney Island's MCU Park for two days this weekend. This is the first and has a lot of cool stuff including dancefloor-mover Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, the wild Die Antwoord, the also-wild Major Lazer, up-and-coming rapper Vic Mensa and more.

Mad Decent Afterparty @ Webster Hall
After the Block Party, head to Webster Hall for the afterparty with Diplo, Party Favor, Gent & Jawns, and Dirty South Joe.

Watkins Family Hour, Justin Townes Earle @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
The FREE Lincoln Center Out of Doors season continues today with an especially exciting show for indie/rock/folk fans. Watkins Family Hour (featuring two Nickel Creek members, Fiona Apple and more) are performing Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited in full with special guests, and Justin Townes Earle opens.

Porches, Kevin Morby @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
This is a pretty killer edition of Union Pool's free "Summer Thunder" series, with the always great Kevin Morby, and rising NYC band Porches. Expect this one to be packed. 2 PM, 21+ and, as mentioned, free.

Savak (ex-Obits), The Effects, Law$uits @ Union Pool
Featuring Sohrab and Greg from Obits, SAVAK made their live debut back in May and pretty much knocked the entire audience for a loop by being so great out of the gate. The band's taught, angular punk is a little weirder than Obits, with shared/traded lead vocals and two drummers (though not at the same time). This is SAVAK's second show and you should go see them. The Effects are the new band from Devin Ocampo who you might know from Dischord acts Faraquet and Beauty Pill. SAVAK also play Cake Shop on Sunday.

Jawbreaker Reunion, Juiceboxxx, Geoff Rickly, Malportado Kids, Show Me The Body, Abdu Ali, Destiny (Princess Nokia), Dan Friel, Try the Pie, Ellie Herring, Sneaks, Vagabon, VHVL, Adult Mom @ Secret Project Robot
Impose is presenting this day show (1-8 PM) which has a lot of cool stuff. There's a solo set from Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion's Geoff Rickly, Downtown Boys offshoot Malportado Kids, indie-punks Try The Pie, indie rockers Vagabon, rap eccentric Abdu Ali, experimental musician Dan Friel, and more.

Saintseneca, Multimagic, Jess Williamson @ Baby's All Right
Saintseneca make layered, harmony-laden indie folk, but they stick much closer to their DIY roots than most bands who fit that description.

Quantic, Gilles Peterson, Afrika Bambaataa @ Central Park Summerstage
SummerStage is billing this as a "30th Anniversary DJ Celebration" featuring hip hop/electro legends Afrika Bambaataa, BBC 6 Music's Giles Peterson and producer Quantic. This is a free event, 5 PM.

Xeno & Oaklander, FBI Warning, Love Tempo, Katie O'Sullivan, Alex From Queens @ Good Room
It's been almost a year since we heard from electronic duo Xeno & Oaklander who make their music entirely on analogue equipment, early '80s style.

Moritz Von Oswald, Atom TM, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), Jlin, Dorian Concept, Rabit @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
Today's edition of Warm Up features German producer (and half of Basic Channel) Mroitz Von Oswald, a live performance from Atom™ (aka Uwe Schmidt aka Señor Coconut), a DJ set from UK act TEED, Planet Mu footwork artist Jlin, Ninja Tune's Dorian Concept, and Tri Angle's Rabit.

Pill, Honduras, Bambara, Gingerlys @ Palisades
A very solid lineup of local bands, this show features the skronky punk of Pill, Brit-influenced garage rockers Honduras, deafeningly loud Bambara and the shoegazy jangle of Gingerlys.

Department Of Correction, Pyrrhon, Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus
French grinders Department of Correction return to NYC with likeminded locals Mother Brain and tech-deathy locals Pyrrhon.

Psychemagik, Beto Cravioto, Higgins @ Output
Among other things, UK electronic duo Psychemagik are known for having one of the most addictive dance remixes of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams." Hearing that at 2 in the morning on a weekend sounds like a pretty good time.

Delta Spirit @ The Surf Lodge
It's good weekend for music fans to spend away in the Hamptons, with folk rock band Delta Spirit playing this free show tonight and tUnE-yArDs playing one at this venue tomorrow.

MCA Day 2015: Celebrating the Life of Adam Yauch @ Littlefield
In celebrate of the late, great Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Littlefield hosts this free day show from noon to 5 PM.

Yes, Toto @ PNC Bank Arts Center
A bit of a strange double bill with prog legends Yes (this lineup with Steve Howe and Alan White) and early '80s pop/rock act Toto. Even if you hate it, "Africa" is hard not to sing along to.

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

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the 'Pumpkins w/ uninvited guest / Marilyn Manson @ PNC Bank Arts Center 7/29/2015
Smashing Pumpkins
Marilyn Manson

"I don't know how those people are getting on stage but the next person that does is getting a guitar upside the head!" Twice, fans made it on stage during Smashing Pumpkins' set at PNC Bank Arts Center on Wednesday night (7/29), first during "Disarm" and then during "1979." Thankfully, roller coaster enthusiast Billy Corgan did not have to resort to guitar violence after that. Video of both stage invasions are below.

This was the first of three NYC-area shows for Smashing Pumpkins' tour with Marilyn Manson. The latter's set was even more highly theatrical than when he played Terminal 5 back in January. It takes guts to sing in stilts at age 46! Pictures and setlists for both Smashing Pumpkins and Manson are in this post.

Their co-headlining tour hits Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Friday (7/31) and Susquehanna Bank Center on Sunday (8/2). Tickets for those are still available.

More pictures below...

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photo: Dinosaur Jr at MHOW in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Dinosaur Jr

photo: Radioactivity on a bridge in Austin in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Radioactivity

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

Primus, Dinosaur Jr., Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @ JBL Live at Pier 97
It's a Lollapalooza '93 reunion with Primus and Dinosaur Jr. There's no Front 242 or Fishbone? Instead, opening is Sean Lennon's The GOASTT.

Radioactivity, Flesh World, Honey Radar @ Baby's All Right
It's a pretty killer triple-bill featuring motorik punks Radioactivity, the chainsaw pop of Flesh World, and Indianapolis' sludgy Honey Radar.

Weekend, Regal Degal, Laced, Geoff Rickly (DJ Set) @ Shea Stadium
It's been a couple year's since Weekend's last album, Jinx, and we are curious as to what's up with the band these days.

Boxed In, Ben Talmi @ Baby's All Right
If you dig George FitzGerald's new album, you probably also dig Boxed In, who contributed a lot of the album's live vocals.

Watkins Family Hour @ City Winery
Watkins Family Hour is something of a super collective, led by 2/3 of Nickel Creek and including a bunch of other members, the most famous one being Fiona Apple. They recently released their self-titled debut album, which entirely features covers (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, more). Tonight concludes their three-night run at City Winery, and then they play a free Lincoln Center show in August.

Blake Mills, Julian Lage @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While Blake Mills may be best known to some as a collaborator of Fiona Apple (who probably can't join him tonight, since she's playing her own NYC show), he's a worthy artist on his own too. Blake plays City Winery tomorrow too.

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Mercury Lounge
Melancholic Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks return to NYC in continued support of their third album, last year's Unraveling. This is a much more intimate show than last week's at Pier 84.

Benji B, Jay Daniel, Skepta, Martyn @ Output
This is one of the several chances you have to see UK grime artist Skepta in NYC this week. The bill also has three DJs who will keep the party going all night.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ Highline Ballroom
It's been 20 years since long-running Cleveland hip hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony released their beloved sophomore album, E. 1999 Eternal. In celebration of that, they're playing it in full tonight.

Migos @ Highline Ballroom
If you're not soaking up hip hop nostalgia at the Bone Thugs show, maybe you'll be getting down to a much newer group, Migos. They just put out their official debut album, Yung Rich Nation, and this is the release party.

Severed Head Of State, Razorheads, Indignation @ Acheron
Crust supergroup Severed Head of State include members of World Burns To Death, Tragedy, J Church and more). Their shows are pretty rare, so if you're a fan, this one is definitely worth catching.

Saintseneca, Radiator Hospital, Accidental Seabirds, Dentist, Bone & Marrow @ Asbury Lanes
Saintseneca make layered, harmony-laden indie folk, but they stick much closer to their DIY roots than most bands who fit that description. They'll be in NYC in August, but this show is nearby and also features the great indie rock band Radiator Hospital.

Silver Apples, Bookworms, Giant Claw @ Trans-Pecos
For nearly 50 years, Silver Apples (these days the torch is carried by founder Simeon) have been making mind-expanding minimal electronic psych.

U2 @ MSG
Rock and pop superstars U2 are almost through their eight-show run at Madison Square Garden. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour and reviews have been pretty favorable.

Sunflower Bean, Honduras, Heaven's Gate @ Rough Trade
Tonight's the record release party for Sunflower Bean's new 7" and they say it's their last NYC show for a while. Openers Honduras and Heaven's Gate are both worth catching as well.

The Sadies @ Union Pool
Toronto alt-country act The Sadies have been at it since the late '90s and released Internal Sounds in 2013 and a collaborative album with Gord Downie last year.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

P.S. Austin City Limits announced single day lineups and put single day tickets on sale.

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photo: Girlpool at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Girlpool

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

Girlpool, Florist @ Baby's All Right
Buzzy duo Girlpool put out their debut album this year, which has is up a similar alley to last year's EP: socially conscious lyrics sung in unison.

White Lung, The Men, Skepta, karaoke w/ Andrew W.K. @ The Gutter
This is a stacked show in a tiny venue with two great punk bands, White Lung and The Men, grime artist Skepta, and karaoke with the king of partying, Andrew WK. It's a Vice/Ray-Ban party that you had to RSVP for.

TV Girl, Novelty Daughter, Current Joys @ The Studio at Webster Halls
TV Girl released the highly-underrated French Exit last year which is a nice mix of indie pop, an early '90s/Daisy Age approach to sampling/beats, and a highly cynical lyrical view of relationships. Their live show is fun, too.

Users, Good Field, Reservations, David Moss @ Littlefield
Austin's Reservations began as a folky duo of Jana Horn and Paul Price, having released a self-titled EP in 2012. Since then they've added drummer Jason Baczynski and have just released their debut full-length, Taking Time. With a smoky/dusty sound, you can draw comparisons to Widowspeak or Sharon Van Etten, but Reservations are doing their own thing too. Good Field (which is fronted by Price) plays as well.

Lee Bannon, Tint @ Baby's All Right
After the Girlpool show, stick around Baby's for a set with hip hop producer Lee Bannon, who's worked with Joey Bada$$ and more. UPDATE: This show is cancelled.

Skepta @ Palisades
In addition to that Vice/Ray-Ban party, UK grime artist Skepta also plays his own show at Palisades tonight. Sold out.

Watkins Family Hour @ City Winery
Watkins Family Hour is something of a super collective, led by 2/3 of Nickel Creek and including a bunch of other members, the most famous one being Fiona Apple. They recently released their self-titled debut album, which entirely features covers (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, more). This is night 2 of 3 at City Winery, and this one includes special guests Mikaela Davis & Ashley Monroe.

Josephine Foster, Ed Askew Band, Colby Nathan @ Trans-Pecos
If you like late '60s/early '70s bare-bones folk, tonight's show is a tough one to pass up. Ed Askew was actually doing it back then and he continues to be great now, and Josephine Foster is a newer artist who does justice to that era.

Die Choking, Blänk, Sangharsha, Ides, Hounds @ Saint Vitus
Die Choking are new-ish Philly band with members of Total Fucking Destruction and Cop Problem, who make brutal rapid-fast glory. They put out two EPs last year and their first full length comes out this October.

Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick @ The Paramount
Two '70s acts whose most famous albums might be live ones (Frampton Comes Alive and Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan) know how to bring a crowd to their feet and keep them there. Just go easy with cellphone pics in front of Frampton, ok?

Boxed In, Future Punx @ Mercury Lounge
If you dig George FitzGerald's new album, you probably also dig Boxed In, who contributed a lot of the album's live vocals. Tonight's bill is good all around (if not a bit odd) with new wavers Future Punx opening (and playing their last NYC show till October).

Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson @ PNC Bank Arts Center
While Smashing Pumpkins' recent recorded output doesn't quite live up to their '90s material (last year's Monuments to an Elegy wasn't half bad though), this tour is especially worth seeing because original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is back in the fold. Marilyn Manson co-headlines.

Dazed and Confused screening, Slothrust @ McCarren Park (Summerscreen)
Richard Linklater's ode to his late '70s youth starring a whole bunch of young actors, most of whom are now famous, shows at Summerscreen tonight. The screening is well matched with Slothrust who probably own the Dazed & Confused soundtrack. Free: doors at 6 PM, music shortly thereafter with the movie beginning at sundown.

Howling, Ame, Nikola Baytala @ Output
Howling is the duo of Berlin producer Frank Weidemann (aka Âme) and LA-via-Australia singer RY X (of The Acid). They make the kind of singer/songwriter electronic music that fans of The xx and James Blake will probably dig. Ame plays a solo set tonight too.

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

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photo: Django Django @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Culture Club @ Beacon Theater
The original lineup of '80s icons Culture Club didn't make it over as planned last fall but are here now for their second of two nights at Beacon Theatre. Expect multiple costume changes, plus all the hits and probably a few songs from their new album, Tribes, that's due out early next year.

Django Django, Beat Connection @ Webster Hall
With their second album, Born Under Saturn, furthering the band's mix of dancepop and surf rock, this will be the first NYC show Django Django has played since the new album's release. Their live show is always a treat.

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
Titus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. It's the final night of their sold-out 5-night run at Shea Stadium, but they play NYC again in October.

The Appleseed Cast, Adjy, Annabel @ The Studio at Webster Hall
The Appleseed Cast are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their 2000 sophomore album, Mare Vitalis, which was pretty much the perfect halfway point between their emo roots and the post-rock territory they would explore later on. The Tiny Engines-signed Annabel are a newer band who do justice to the emo/indie style of that era. Adjy replaced Dads, who had to drop off this tour. BV editor Andrew Sacher is also DJing between sets.

Watkins Family Hour (ft. Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, more) @ City Winery
Watkins Family Hour is something of a super collective, led by 2/3 of Nickel Creek and including a bunch of other members, the most famous one being Fiona Apple. They recently released their self-titled debut album, which entirely features covers (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, more). Tonight begins their 3-night run at City Winery, and then they play a free Lincoln Center show in August.

The Wilful Boys, Droor @ Tender Trap
Wilful Boys are a crew of Australians living in NYC, making shouty, shriiingy punk rock. That's a style Australians seem especially good at and singer/drummer Steven Fisher's vocals don't so much drip with attitude as they are jet-propelled at your face. This is a free show.

Hot Soup Comedy @ Irish Exit
Lots of big names (Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Buress) make surprise drop-ins at this free weekly comedy show at Midtown East's Irish Exit. Starts at 8 PM.

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

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Watkins Family Hour

Watkins Family Hour is the Americana collective featuring Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, plus Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz and other guests. We already knew they'd be performing Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted in full during the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival on August 8 at Damrosch Park Bandshell, and since then a full tour has been announced.

The tour includes three other NYC shows happening July 28, 29 and 30 at City Winery. Tickets for night 1, night 2 and night 3 are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In related news, the day after those shows, frequent Fiona Apple collaborator Blake Mills plays City Winery (7/31). That's an addition to his previously-announced tour which hits MHOW (7/30) a day earlier (tickets). Watkins Family Hour have the day off on 7/31 so it doesn't seem unlikely that Fiona will appear at Blake's show. Tickets for City Winery are on sale now.

Updated Blake dates are listed, with the Watkins Family Hour dates and a stream of their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Steal Your Heart Away," below...

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Courtney and Lana (photo via Scott Lipps Instagram)
Courtney

Courtney and her band (Tad Kubler included) (via Courtney Love Instagram)
Courtney

Courtney Love kicked off her tour with Lana Del Rey last week in Houston at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion (where the above picture was taken). The tour was supposed to continue this past weekend in Dallas, but they had to cancel it after Courtney's opening set due to weather, which Lana issued an apology about. Fortunately, everything's been going well since, and the tour will continue on the West Coast this weekend into next.

Courtney's band for this tour includes guitarist Micko Larkin, drummer Scott Lips, bassist Jennie Vee (who you may have just seen opening for Manic Street Preachers), and pretty excitingly, The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler on guitar. Courtney's actually been playing all Hole songs on this tour (as long as we're counting Nobody's Daughter as a Hole album), as well as a few covers like Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen, and Big Star. Check out videos of them playing "Doll Parts" and "Celebrity Skin" at the Houston show, as well as videos of LDR playing "Video Games," "Ultraviolence," and "Born To Die," at that one, below.

After the run with Courtney ends, LDR continues on the road with Grimes. No NYC dates, but Lana will be here for the Sunday of Governors Ball. We're giving away tickets to the Saturday, and there's still a few hours left to enter.

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

The Mountain Goats, Stephen Brodsky @ City Winery
The Mountain Goats' new album is lyrically centered on professional wrestling, but whether you're a wrestling fan or not, it still has all the traits that make a good Mountain Goats album. Tonight's their third of three NYC shows on their current tour, and though Ides of Gemini had to drop off, they're keeping the opener in the metal realm with Cave In/Mutoid Man's Stephen Brodsky.

Inter Arma, Yautja, Forn @ Saint Vitus
This is great show all around with Richmond metal experimenters Inter Arma (whose most recent release was the 45+ min, one-song EP The Cavern on Relapse), Nashville sludge weirdos Yautja, and Boston doomers Forn.

Kromosom, Aspects of War, Mommy @ Acheron
Melbourne d-beaters Kromosom are in town for NY's Alright (which begins later this week), and ahead of that they're squeezing in another NYC show tonight with Boston's Aspects of War and NYC's Mommy, who both also play NY's Alright.

At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre @ Webster Hall
This is a stacked show for metal fans, headlined by Swedish melodeath pioneers At the Gates, who returned last year with At War with Reality, their first album, since 1995's highly-influential Slaughter of the Soul. Before them, it's metallic hardcore leaders Converge, one of doom metal's most exciting young bands Pallbearer, and the AtG-related Vallenfyre. Sold out.

Dot Wiggin Band, Arc Iris, Rachel Trachtenberg @ Baby's All Right
The Shaggs' sole album, Philosophy of the World, is perhaps the quintessential outsider art album, with a backstory as interesting as the music itself (which spawned a stage musical ten years ago). After tributes and posthumous praise and references on The Gilmore Girls, the album remains a genuinely strange, created-in-a-vacuum, highly influential piece of pop culture. Forty four years after its release, singer/guitarist Dot Wiggin released her first solo album. Yes, she does play Shaggs favorites like "Who Are Parents?" and "Foot Foot." This show is a 4 PM matinee and all-ages.

Odonis Odonis, Ice Balloons, Talk In Tongues @ Baby's All Right
Toronto's gothy, abrasive/ethereal Odonis Odonis are working on their follow-up to last year's Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, so hopefully we'll get some new songs tonight. Opening are Kyp Malone's fun side project Ice Balloons and LA band Talk in Tongues.

Happyness, Savants @ Cake Shop
Young London trio Happyness coulda dropped into American college radio circa 1999 effortlessly with a laid-back sound somewhere between Summerteeth and Terror Twilight. Knowing the difference between mellow and boring, these guys write effortlessly melodic songs loaded with all sorts of great, seemingly tossed-off asides (and at least one Prefab Sprout reference) that will have you reaching for the lyrics sheet (or wishing you had one).

Stevie Wonder @ Barclays Center
Steve Wonder's 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life contains some of his best-loved songs -- "Sir Duke," "I Wish," "Isn't She Lovely," "As" -- and he'll be performing the album live tonight.

Bill Baird, Ryan Sawyer, Fan Letters, Nadia Botello/Will Owen/Lee Tusman @ Silent Barn
Baird used to front Texas band Sound Team in the early '00s and emerged last year with the sprawling Spring Break of the Soul.

Excruciating Terror, Stapled Shut, Skullshitter, NARC @ Silent Barn
LA death-grinders Excruciating Terror were around in the '90s before members went on to play in Bloody Phoenix, Asesino, Endless Demise and others, and they reunited in 2013 for their first time in 15 years. They were supposed to play NYC around the time they played MDF 2014, but didn't make it over. Now they're finally coming here for two shows, this all ages matinee being the second.

Cleric, Torrential Downpour, Morality Crisis, Bangladeafy, Hannibal Montana @ The Paper Box
Noise metal band Cleric, the tech-y Torrential Downpour and more play the Paper Box tonight.

White Prism @ Ace Hotel
If your taste in synthpop leans towards the Italo stylings of Sally Shapiro, you might want to check out Brooklyn's White Prism, whose new album, Open Heart Job, was just released. They're playing every Sunday in April at Ace Hotel.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Fort Lean

Around since the start of the decade, Brooklyn band Fort Lean are only just now getting ready to put out their debut album. It's called Quiet Day and will be released this spring via Ooh La La. You can stream the catchy single "I Don't Mind" and "Cut to the Chase" below. The band have also offered up a cover of the Jeremy Spencer Band's "Travellin'" which makes it's premiere in this post. If you're unfamiliar with the original, Fort Lean guitarist Zach Fried will fill you in:

Jeremy Spencer was a guitar player in the initial incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, mostly known for abruptly disappearing while they were on tour in LA and joining a religious cult. This might be his greatest contribution to the world of music, I listen to this song a lot.
Have a listen to that below.

Folks in NYC can catch Fort Lean this weekend as they play Rough Trade on Saturday (2/21) with NGHBRS and The Henry Millers. Tickets are on sale. They'll also be heading to SXSW next month, and playing the Savannah Stopover and other dates while on the road. All are listed below.

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Tickets

Tickets for the recently added third Courtney Barnett show with Chastity Belt at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the added Viet Cong show at MHOW (part of Northside Festival) go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the D'Angelo show at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Calexico shows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ty Segall solo acoustic shows at Baby's All Right and Bell House and Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jason Isbell & Craig Finn shows at The Space at Westbury and The Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Swans show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Dan Deacon show at Warsaw go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sebadoh show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Speedy Ortiz/Mitski/Krill show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Animal Collective continue their DJ residency at Output on March 4. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk) show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Matt & Kim recently added show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the H2O shows at Saint Vitus will be available in person at the venue starting 6 PM on Saturday (2/14). Tickets for night 1, night 2, and night 3 go on sale online on Sunday (2/15) at noon.

Tickets for the Stevie Wonder show at Barclay's Center go on sale tomorrow at noon.

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The Gaslight Anthem show at Webster Hall was sold out but tickets are back on sale. T5 is still sold out. (Update: and sold out again.)

The newly-added Courtney Barnett and Viet Cong shows both go on BrooklynVegan presale at noon.

Tickets for the Death Cab for Cutie and Explosions in the Sky show at MSG go on AmEx, local, and Citi presales today at 11 AM. Password = DEATHCAB.

Tickets for the Speedy Ortiz show at Bowery Ballroom with Mitski and Krill go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Calexico shows at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ty Segall solo acoustic shows at Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Stevie Wonder show at Prudential Center go on Facebook presale today at noon. His Barclays center show (same link) is still on sale.

Tickets for the Swans show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon. Their Bowery Ballroom show (same link) is still on sale.

Tickets for the Unknown Mortal Orchestra show at Warsaw go on sale today at 12:15PM.

Tickets for the Sebadoh show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Natalie Prass show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

LA producer Kodak to Graph plays Baby's All Right on April 3 with Big Wild and Obeson. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for the Lord Huron and Hamilton Leithauser show at Terminal 5 are on AmEx presale.

Tickets for the second Matt & Kim show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at 11AM.

The Kooks are playing Central Park Summerstage on June 24 with Atlas Genius and Joywave. Tickets for that show go on presale today at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (2/13) at noon.

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photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG, 1/22/2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Fleetwood Mac

Sunday night (2/8) many thousands of people gave up watching the Grammys live to catch the reunited Fleetwood Mac play the Prudential Center. Like at MSG, they played two dozen songs to a packed house. Unlike at MSG, Stevie did not return to the stage after the last song, but Mick Fleetwood did supply the closing remarks again. Prudential Center setlist and videos below.

Stevie Wonder was not in the audience. We know this for sure because he was seen on TV all the way on the other coast, helping out Usher with some harmonica for Songs in the Key of Life classic "If It's Magic." Then Stevie and Jamie Foxx (who offered up a bit of his Oscar-winning Ray Charles impersonation next to Stevie) presented the final award of the night, Record of the Year to Sam Smith who won four total. Stevie will be visiting the Prudential Center soon though, on April 14, two days after the "Songs in the Key of Life" tour hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center (4/12). Tickets are on Citi/VIP package pre-sales now (as of 10am). A Facebook pre-sale starts Wednesday (2/11), and then a Live Nation/Mobile App pre-sale starts Thursday. Who has the password?


On Monday (2/16), CBS airs Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life -- An All-Star GRAMMY Salute, a two-hour special with performances by Janelle Monáe, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Usher, and more. You can watch the commercial, along with Fleetwood Mac Prudential Center videos, below.

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photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG last month (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Fleetwood Mac

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

Fleetwood Mac @ Prudential Center
Fleetwood Mac are now back with their entire classic lineup -- Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- and tonight they wrap up their multi-night NYC-area run. They've still got it and they play all the hits, so see them while you still can.

Chumped, Timeshares, Roger Harvey, Never @ Grand Victory
Brooklyn pop punks Chumped are one of the city's best new bands in the genre, as last year's well-received Teenage Retirement helped prove. Tonight they're with Long Island punks Timeshares, somber songwriter Roger Harvey, and Never.

Hubble, Nick Klein, Die Reihe @ Silent Barn
Tonight Silent Barn hosts a noise/avant-garde/electronic bill headlined by Hubble, one of the projects of former The Men member Ben Greenberg.

Barrsheadahl, Angel of Retribution, Weasel Walter/Chris Pitsiokos Duo, SakeCat @ Palisades
Another good bill for fans of experimental music goes down tonight at Palisades, headlined by Barrsheadahl, the trio of Mick Barr (Krallice), Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, Lydia Lunch) and Kevin Shea (Talibam!, Rhys Chatham). Tim Dahl's past collaborator Weasel Walter (Behold... The Arctopus) plays a duo set with saxist Chris Pitsiokos in support of their new collaborative LP, Drawn and Quartered.

Nick Thune, Ben Kronberg, Kate Berlant @ The Bell House
A bit like Steven Wright or Demitri Martin, Nick Thune is a joke-teller, not so much an anecdotal comedian. He's also very funny, and headlines the "Very Comedy! Much Tour!" tour, with another dry wit type, Ben Kronberg, and awesomely out-there Kate Berlant.

Hannibal Buress @ BAM
Once an underground favorite and known as a comedian's comedian, Hannibal Buress is nobody's secret anymore. He's used to playing in Brooklyn on Sunday nights, but this is a little bigger than the front room of Knitting Factory.

There's also The Grammys on TV tonight (also the premiere of Better Call Saul, plus the return of The Walking Dead and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver).

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

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photo: D'Angelo at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Dangelo

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

D'Angelo @ Apollo Theatre
It only took D'Angelo 14 years to follow up his beloved Voodoo with a new album, Black Messiah, that he dropped late last year. So far it seems like this one's pretty equally loved -- countless people called it the best album of 2014. Tonight's his first NYC show since its release.

The Felice Brothers, Strand of Oaks @ Cannon's Blackthorn
Long Island's annual "Shine A Light" benefit show (presented by The Tommy Brull Foundation) happens with two great folk rock bands this year. Sold out.

The Movielife, Crime in Stereo, Zumo Kollie @ Irving Plaza
Late '90s/early '00s Long Island melodic hardcore band The Movielife broke up in '03 after two albums of Lifetime/Gorilla Biscuits worship and a third album and EP that pushed that sound in new directions. They briefly reunited in 2010-11, and now they're thankfully back once again. Tonight's their second of two sold-out Irving Plaza shows with their pals Crime In Stereo.

California X, Pinkwash, Downtown Boys, Worriers, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower, Alice, Chris Gethard (host) @ Knitting Factory (Don GIovanni showcase)
The Don Giovanni showcases continue tonight with another great lineup. There's sludge rockers California X, noisy punks Pinkwash, confrontational punks Downtown Boys, Lauren Measure's current band Worriers, the Ramones-inspired Nuclear Santa Claust, garage-y punks Brick Mower, and the reverby Alice. Comedian Chris Gethard hosts.

Jason Isbell, Damien Jurado @ Beacon Theatre
A former Drive-By Trucker, Jason Isbell's most recent album, Southeastern won best Album, best Artist, and best Song at the 2014 Americana Music Honors.

Chop and Quench, Underground System, Damian Quinones (y Su Nuevo Conjunto), Earl Maxton (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar puts local crafts, microbrews, food-truck type eats, mini golf, ping pong, and live music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's live entertainment is headlined by Chop and Quench which is the members of the cast and band of FELA! the musical.

The New Lines, Jet Black, Soft Science, Pale Lights @ Cake Shop
Long-running zine The Big Takeover turns 35 this year and is planning a series of shows. This is the first of them featuring Brooklyn baroque-psych band The New Lines, plus Quebec's Jet Black (who roar like Swervedriver), and Sacramento, CA's Soft Science (also shoegazey but but more on the dreamy side) and jangly indiepop band Pale Lights.

Invisible Days, Lame Drivers, Big Quiet, Snowmans of Love, Scupper @ Pine Box Rock Shop
WFMU DJ Paul Bruno launched his new label Unblinking Ear Records with a killer compilation titled Serious Rockers. Five of the bands featured on that play this release show tonight.

Juan Wauters @ Fulton Stall Market
The Beets frontman plays this free 2 PM show at the Seaport's indoor market.

Hannibal Buress @ Capitol Theatre
Once an underground favorite and known as comedian's comedian, Hannibal Buress is nobody's secret anymore.

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
The Brooklyn Flea's indoor space on Dean St. in Crown Heights will have a mini Record Fair with a mix of tables from labels, record stores and used vendors, including Captured Tracks, ATO, Rough Trade Shops, and Warp. There will also be DJs and a pop-up bar with Dogfish Head beer. It runs 10 AM - 6 PM.

Lee Ranaldo, Adam Rudolph's Go (Organic Guitar Orchestra) @ Rockwood Music Hall
The annual Alternative Guitar Summit is underway, and probably the most exciting day (at least from an indie rock standpoint) is today because Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo is on board to headline the night.

Eyehategod, Full of Hell, cleanteeth, Clamfight @ Saint Vitus
Sludge legends Eyehategod are still touring in support of their excellent 2014 self-titled LP, and tonight the begin a sold-out 2-night stand at Saint Vitus. Different openers both nights, and they're all worth catching too, especially the wild hardcore band Full of Hell.

Fleetwood Mac @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Fleetwood Mac are now back with their entire classic lineup -- Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- and tonight they continue their multi-night NYC-area run. They've still got it and they play all the hits, so see them while you still can.

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

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The Sidekicks / All Dogs @ Baby's All Right - 1/23/15
The Sidekicks
All Dogs

The Sidekicks released their fourth album, Runners in the Nerved World, last week on Epitaph and began their tour in support of it with a BrooklynVegan-presented release show in NYC on Friday (1/23) at Baby's All Right with Cayetana, All Dogs and Roger Harvey.

Roger, who only has a few songs out at the moment, kicked off the show and took the chance to preview a handful of songs from his TBA debut album. Recorded, Roger has a lot more layers and instrumentation (that sound most directly influenced by Neutral Milk Hotel, who he covered at the show), but live they were mostly a standard rock trio, save four the two songs they brought out a trumpet player on.

All Dogs were next, with the most traditionally "punk" set of the evening. We were just saying the other day how diverse singer Maryn Jones is with her various projects, but All Dogs gives her the chance to just rock the hardest. We got some highlights off their EPs, their new single "Georgia," and one song ended with Maryn incorporating a punked-up rendition of the chorus to Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs." They were great, and the place was packed for them.

Cayetana
Cayetana

It stayed packed for their past tourmates Cayetana, who really do just get better every time I see them. Their live show is so sharp, and singer Augusta Koch's voice cuts through over the music in a way that indie rock bands of their style can tend to shy away from. They played most of their 2014 debut, Nervous Like Me, and included a cover of New Order's "Age of Consent," which they said they'd never played live before. They did that cover again at their Philly show the following night, which you can watch a video of below.

Finally The Sidekicks wrapped up the night with their headlining set that began on a high note (new album opener "Hell Is Warm") and pretty much stayed on that level the whole time. The crowd actually seemed a little smaller for them than Cayetana and All Dogs, but The Sidekicks also had the biggest fans -- a handful of people up front were pushing/moshing and yelling along the whole time. Their new album is a new direction from the band, ditching their punk roots more than ever before (not that 2012's Awkward Breeds is exactly a Ramones album or anything), and sounding more like the first two Band of Horses and first three Shins albums. But unlike most bands who came in Band of Horses' wake, The Sidekicks do have that strong punk background and it made their live show all the more exciting. They mastered the art of being a live band years ago, but adding in the widescreen grandiosity of these new songs made for the most unstoppable Sidekicks set I've seen yet.

More pictures from Baby's, and the Cayetana video from Philly, below...

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photo: Zola Jesus at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zola

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

"Zola Jesus, Deradoorian @ Saint Vitus
Zola Jesus is still riding high off last year's Taiga, her biggest-sounding album yet and first for a big label. But while last year she supported it at Webster Hall, this week she gets more intimate with two Saint Vitus shows (both sold out). Opening tonight is Dirty Projectors/Avey Tare collaborator (Angel) Deradoorian.

Fleetwood Mac @ Nassau Coliseum
Fleetwood Mac are now back with their entire classic lineup -- Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- and tonight they continue their multi-night NYC-area run. They've still got it and they play all the hits, so see them while you still can.

Sufjan Stevens' 'Round-Up' w/ Yarn/Wire @ BAM
While Sufjan will release his first studio album since 2010 this March, ahead of that he's premiering a new piece called Round-Up at BAM which concludes its run tonight. Sufjan will be on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire is on piano and percussion.

They Might Be Giants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Geek rock faves are about to play five MHOW shows between tonight and May. While the other four have a specific album as their theme, anything goes at tonight's. Sold out.

Weed Hounds, Wildhoney, Expert Alterations, Gingerlys @ Silent Barn
This is a stacked bill for shoegaze fans, with two of NYC's better bands in the genre -- Weed Hounds and Gingerlys -- and Baltimore's Wildhoney, who have a solid new LP coming soon on Deranged. Their indie rock neighbors and tourmates Expert Alterations should be good too.

Smoke DZA, Manolo Rose, Tray Pizza, Jy, Dave East, Big BZ, Sha Hef @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Smoke DZA is one of NYC's most prolific weed-loving rappers, his most recent release being the collaborative album with his group RFC, The Outsiders, which came out in late November.

Steve Sobs, Spookfish, Yaman Palak, Cheetah Lamp @ Palisades
Last week Steve Sobs led his band Phantom Posse at a Silent Barn show, and their most famous member iLoveMakonnen was on hand as well too. Tonight's show may be a smaller affair, but still a good one.

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

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photo: Weyes Blood at Mexican Summer Five (more by PSquared)
Weyes Blood

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

Weyes Blood, Excepter, Regal Degal, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk @ Baby's All Right
Weyes Blood's new album is terrific but it's best to experience her powerhouse vocals in a live setting. This whole bill is good too, with experimentalists Excepter, art punks Regal Degal and Kansas transplants Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk.

The Besnard Lakes, USA out of Vietnam @ Rough Trade
We're coming up on two years since Montreal's The Besnard Lakes released the last album, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, and while they haven't announced a new record, there is movement in the works...hence this tour. Their brand of guitar rock grandeur makes a case for "epic" not being a four-letter-word (in the not literal sense, of course, which it clearly is).

Sufjan Stevens' 'Round-Up' w/ Yarn/Wire @ BAM
While Sufjan will release his first studio album since 2010 this March, ahead of that he's premiering a new piece called Round-Up at BAM which continues tonight and runs through Sunday (1/25). Sufjan will be on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire is on piano and percussion.

Kayo Dot, Gnaw, The Glorious Revolution @ Coco 66
Kayo Dot bring together a ton of different metal subgenres (and some non-metal ones too) into a mix that's truly their own. Local noisemakers Gnaw are not to miss either.

Reverend Horton Heat, Robert Gordon, Dale Watson, Rosie Flores @ Gramercy Theatre
In the world of surf-rock, the Rev is a lengend, bringing a crazed twang to his raucous instrumentals and psychobilly freakouts. This show was originally supposed to be at Irving Plaza.

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Loren Connors @ Sugarcube
It's another free show in the inflatable South Street Seaport venue Sugarcube, and this one's the first of two Northern Spy-presented shows with two excellent avant-garde guitar players.

The Mystery Lights, EZTV, Worthless @ Knitting Factory
Party-friendly garage rockers The Mystery Lights release their new album, At Home With the Mystery Lights, on February 1. (Stream some of it below.) Tonight's an early preview, and are joined by power pop band EZTV.

Savages @ Saint Vitus
We're a little more than halfway through Savages' nine-show NYC residency, and they seem to have gotten comfortable with the new material they're playing at these shows. (We're still hoping they'll add "She Will" and "Flying to Berlin" pop up on setlists, though.) Sold out, but check Savages twitter -- they have been releasing a few tickets at the door to most of the shows so far (including last Saturday's Vitus show).

Louis C.K. @ Madison Square Garden
Once an underground sensation, Louis CK has become one of the biggest comedians in America -- by doing it his way. This is Louis CK's third of four (!) MSG shows.

Scully, Daddy Issues, Merkin, White Rope @ Cake Shop
Formed when San Francisco band Splinters splinters, Scully's sound isn't all so different -- garagey, punky pop -- and, also like that band, they've got good songs as the backbone.

Pale Lights, Great Lakes @ Friends & Lovers
Like the expertly jangled sound of '80s indiepop like Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, Felt and The Go-Betweens? Brooklyn's Pale Lights, led by sometimes Comet Gain member Phil Stutton, keep the flag flying. Ladybug Transistor offshoot Olson, Rydholm, and Forester were supposed to play tonight as well but have had to drop off the bill.

Nitty Scott MC, Celeste, Chelsea Reject, DJ Patrick A Reed @ The Acheron
Tonight, Celeste brings her recurring hip hop party back to the mostly-punk/metal venue Acheron, and this time it's an all-female lineup with Nitty Scott and Chelsea Reject.

Alejandro Escovedo @ City Winery
Punk rocker turned roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo concludes his City Winery run with a different album performed in full each night. Tonight it's 1996's With These Hands.

Brenmar, Sliink, L-Vis 1990, Calore @ 88 Palace
Stay out late at Chinatown's restaurant-by-day, dance-club-by-night 88 Palace for this stacked Dark Disco party.

Sworn Enemy, Old Wounds, 96, Ides, The Dead Tricks @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Long-running metalcore band Sworn Enemy headline this free night at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, and we think it's worth showing up on time for NJ's Old Wounds too.

Motion Studies, Rathborne, Fitness @ Palisades
Motion Studios carry on in the live band dance rock tradition of early-'00s Brooklyn and do a very good job of it. Catch them tonight with the solid pop of Rathborne.

Bootsy Collins' Rubber Band @ BB King Blues Club
Formed in the mid-'70s while Bootsy Collins was also playing in Parliament-Funkadelic, Rubber Band have now been bringin' the funk for four decades.

Fleetwood Mac @ Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City)
Fleetwood Mac are now back with their entire classic lineup -- Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- and tonight they continue their multi-night NY-area run. They've still got it and they play all the hits, so see them while you still can.

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

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Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup brought their ongoing tour to Madison Square Garden last night (1/22), their first of four NYC-area shows on this tour. From the opening harmonies of show starter "The Chain," it was clear that having Christine McVie back in the fold makes a huge difference. They were great at Jones Beach in 2013 with just Stevie and Lindsey singing, but their three voices together is such a vital part of Fleetwood Mac. Having Christine back (MSG was Chrstine's 44th show since rejoining, according to Stevie during her monologue before "Dreams") also of course meant getting a handful of songs the band couldn't play without her, which included "You Make Loving Fun," "Everywhere," "Say You Love," "Over My Head," "Little Lies," and her show-closing, solo grand piano performance of "Songbird."

Like their other recent tours, they played almost all of the legendary Rumours and otherwise stuck to the other four '70s and '80s albums this lineup made together. As a band still playing arenas 40 years after their first album together can do, they peppered their set (and ended it) with a few stories from the band members. Stevie gave multiple shout-outs to Hoda from the Today Show and to the show American Horror Story on which she appeared. Stevie introduced "Gypsy" with a story of being in San Francisco clothing store The Velvet Underground (not to be confused with the band, who were named after the book) "where all the rock and roll women bought their clothes" in the late '60s. It was in that store, over the painted floor where Janis Joplin stood before her that she had a premonition of something big which she realized years later was, of course, Fleetwood Mac. This many years later, Stevie Nicks is still the kind of rock and roll woman her premonition told her she'd be: decked out in signature flowy layers, waving scarves with her tambourine, and doing hippie dances in a gold shawl during "Gold Dust Woman." Without a doubt, she's the most entrancing member of the band, and the one the crowd really freaks out over.

On the other hand, Lindsey Buckingham is the band's rock star and lifeforce, running around the stage like he's half his actual age and shredding away at his truly awesome guitar solos. As Mick noted towards the end of the show, he basically never left the stage. The extended solo at the end of "I'm So Afraid" was particularly epic -- so much so that it seemed like the finale of the pre-encore set, but of course that would be "Go Your Own Way." That one had the whole crowd on their feet, ready for the band to come back for more, and not one but two encores followed. Christine ended the night perfectly, at her piano with Lindsey by her side, but what may have been the night's most powerful moment came during the first encore. It's no secret that she does this at (probably all of) their shows, but at the end of "Silver Springs" when Stevie turns to make eye contact with Lindsey -- who the song is obviously about -- howling "I'll follow you down 'til the sound of my voice will haunt you / you'll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you," it never fails to fill the room with that kind of tension that fueled the song 38 years ago. Maybe it's just performance at this point, but damn if it doesn't feel real.

Other highlights included monster Mick's drum solo ("Don't be shy. Don't be shy... Are you with me? Are you with me?"), being brought back to the 80's with "Little Lies" and "Everywhere", and hearing Stevie do "Rhiannon" with her band after just hearing her do it with Deer Tick.

Christine, who the band acknowledged being back multiple times throughout the night, was the last to sing, but not the last to talk. Despite the older age of the sometimes-yawning crowd, MSG was still packed with people on their feet as Fleetwood Mac ended their final song after 11pm on a school night. (There were a lot of 30-and-20-somethings too, it should be said.) Very few people left early, but everyone was ready to go home. That didn't stop Stevie from grabbing the mic post-encore and commanding the entire crowd's attention for another few minutes, as she yet again talked about Christine being back in the band, though with somewhat awkward details, like how they sent Christine to a trainer to make sure she had the stamina after being gone 16 years. BUT WAIT, much like this paragraph, the show still wasn't over. Then came Mick who truly had the last word, spending another few minutes, false endings included, telling us in his charming accent how much he loved us, that he hopes he sees us again, and that "The Mac is back!" They definitely did not give the impression that this would be their "last act".

The Mac's tour continues with two more NYC-area shows this weekend, Saturday (1/24) at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall and Sunday (1/25) at Nassau Coliseum, and comes back around on February 8 at Prudential Center. Tickets for those are still available.

More pictures, some videos and the setlist from MSG below...

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photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup of Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are currently on a tour which lands in NYC tonight to begin a three-show run in the area. The only show in NYC proper is MSG tonight (1/22), and that's followed by Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Saturday (1/24) and Nassau Coliseum on Sunday (1/25). They return again next month to hit Prudential Center on February 8. You can still get tickets to those.

The tour's recent stop in Lincoln, NE last week was cut short after drummer Mick Fleetwood got sick backstage. Independent.IE reported, "A drum technician played Go Your Own Way for Fleetwood, then Christine McVie played the piano and sang Songbird with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham before the band ended the show." Luckily everything went fine at the following show in Grand Rapids. Let's hope it stays that way in NYC!

In related news, Night of 1000 Stevies, the annual Stevie Nicks tribute drag/burlesque/dance party returns for its 25th year to NYC's Irving Plaza on May 1. Tickets are on sale.

A video and the setlist from the Grand Rapids show below...

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photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fleetwood Mac

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

Fleetwood Mac @ Madison Square Garden
Fleetwood Mac are now back with their entire classic lineup -- Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- and tonight they begin their multi-night NYC-area run, this being the only show in NYC proper. They've still got it and they play all the hits, so see them while you still can. They're saying they may stop touring after this year.

Sufjan Stevens, Yarn/Wire @ BAM
While Sufjan will release his first studio album since 2010 this March, ahead of that he's premiering a new piece called Round-Up at BAM which continues tonight and runs through Sunday (1/25). Sufjan will be on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire is on piano and percussion.

Just Blaze's House Party w/ Joey Bada$$, Statik Selektah, & more
Joey Bada$$ put out his official debut album, B4.DA.$$, this week, and it saw him staying true to his '90s influences but pushing his sound forward too. Tonight's his third NYC show of the week, part of Just Blaze's weekly party at Webster Hall.

Amen Dunes, Kevin Morby, Nude Beach @ Bowery Ballroom
Amen Dunes' psych rock sounded better than ever on last year's Love, and this week he revisited and updated four of its songs on a new EP. Tonight's show is an all-around great lineup with former Woods member/Babies co-frontman Kevin Morby and power poppers Nude Beach.

Dawn Richard @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Dawn Richard's new album Blackheart takes "alternative R&B" and pushes it into all kinds of different directions, with exceptional production. Tonight you can see how these wild sounds translate live.

Lydia Lunch, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Miss Guy, Sherry Vine, Matt Hitt, DJ Jonathan Toubin @ Bowery Electric
Another of the many shows Jonathan Toubin is DJing in NYC this month, and this one's got a great lineup: no wave legend Lydia Lunch, punk pioneer Handsome Dick Manitoba (of The Dictators), NYC club fixture Miss Guy, drag queen Sherry Vine, and Drowners singer Matt Hitt.

Alejandro Escovedo @ City Winery
Punk rocker turned roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo will celebrate his 64th birthday with his annual residency at NYC's City Winery. For this year's residency, he'll be playing his first three solo albums full across three nights, starting tonight with 1992's Gravity.

Father, Junglepussy, Glass Gang @ Baby's All Right
Get a double dose of futuristic rap from Father and Junglepussy, plus an opening set from Brooklyn electropoppers Glass Gang.

Kid Millions, Mick Barr, Sarah Bernstein, Stuart Popejoy, GDFX, Ava Mendoza, Brat Pit @ Silent Barn
They're calling this night the "Ice Melter," featuring a bevy of hot experimental-leaning musicians, including a collaboration between Oneida's Kid Millions, Mick Barr, Sarah Berstein and Stuart Popejoy, a solo set from Liturgy/Guardian Alien's Greg Fox (GDFX), and more.

Honduras, The Teen Age, The Yin Tangs, Sunset Guns, Best Behavior @ Coco 66
Yes, Coco 66 still exists and has shows, even if it's been out of the spotlight for a while. Tonight's a nice lineup of local bands headlined by the very talented Honduras.

Gingerlys, Mumblr, Palehound, Fern Mayo @ Shea Stadium
Somewhere between indiepop and shoegaze like the catchy sounds of Gingerys who are currently working on the first album. Catch 'em in action tonight with also-great locals Palehound and more.

John Hodgman's Secret Society @ Bell House
John Hodgman's society (of comedy concerns) isn't so much a secret anymore, having outgrown its old home of Union Hall and may soon do the same for its new one -- tonight's sold out.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Sharon Van Etten / Patrick Stickles with Deer Tick @ Brooklyn Bowl 12/27/2014
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Deer Tick just wrapped up their six-night 10th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl that had them covering classic albums in full in addition to sets of their own material.

THE ALBUMS THEY PLAYED
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set
I was there for the "War Elephant" night. Hearing Deer Tick perform the album that made me fall in love with them was perfection. At least two of the songs on that album they almost never play live which made it even more special.

Another highlight of night one was finding out that happy NRBQ members were in the audience to see Tiddlywinks performed live because they heard about it and bought tickets. Marshall Crenshaw, who guested on about 5 of the NRBQ songs, has since said on his WFUV show that he thinks it was special to see a young crowd experiencing NRBQ's music. Also special was Jana Hunter of Lower Dens opening the show and then returning to the stage to cover Buddy Holly hit "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" with Deer Tick and Marshall Crenshaw who played Buddy Holly in the movie "La Bamba". They played that right before Deer Tick did "War Elephant" which was first released on Jana's label FEOW! Records (the Partisan Records release was a re-release). John thanked Jana for helping put Deer Tick on the map.

Each night featured a different opener and multiple special guests. Here's the final tally:

DEER TICK @ BROOKLYN BOWL -- OPENERS & GUESTS

12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, Lux Deluxe, Skye Steele

12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), Josh Rawson (Felice Brothers)

12/28: Joe Fletcher, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), James Felice (Felice Brothers)
+ James Felice, Robert Ellis, Bryan Minto, Chris Marine, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson & Joe Fletcher on "Goodnight, Irene."

12/29: The Districts, Vanessa Carlton, Robert Ellis, Alex Collier (The Weeks)

12/30: The Weeks, Smoota, Julian Veronesi (Titus Andronicus), Spencer Swain

12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, Chris Paddock (emcee), Skye Steele, Stevie Nicks, Vanessa Carlton, John's mom

(Did we miss anyone?)

On night 2 (12/27), which is pictured in this post, Deer Tick performed Lou Reed's Transformer with Sharon Van Etten singing lead on "Perfect Day". Watch the video of that below. Ian Felice did "Walk on the Wild Side" and Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles came out for "I'm So Free." Deer Tick guitarist Ian Patrick O'Neil sang most of the lead on the rest of Transformer's songs. The full setlist is also below.

Opening the second night was Robert Ellis, who covered Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" and also joined Deer Tick on guitar during the Transformer set. Ellis then played with the band again the next two nights.

Rolling Stone was at the Beatles night:

With frontman John McCauley serving as John Lennon and guitarist Ian O'Neil taking the McCartney parts, the usually scrappy garage band opened the evening as a harmonizing three-piece pop outfit, running through overlooked Beatles gems like "It Won't Be Long" and "Till There Was You." There were plenty of pleasant surprises along the way, as when Goldsmith came out to sing lead on "Don't Bother Me" ("He's our George tonight," said McCauley), Felice added some unexpected accordion to "Little Child" and Stinson joined the band for a ragged take on "I Wanna Be Your Man."
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Vanessa Carlton, aka Mrs. John McCauley, performed twice during the run, despite being NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. One of those times was on backup vocals on New Year's Eve when the biggest special guest of all appeared to help Deer Tick play Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon". That guest of course was Stevie Nicks, a long time mentor to Vanessa, and the person who officiated her wedding to John.

More pictures, video and the setlist from Deer Tick's 12/27 show, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick played 6 nights at Brooklyn Bowl w/ many guests (night 2 pics & video w/ Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, Robert Ellis & more)"

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Photo: Stevie Nicks & Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

Deer Tick completed their 6-night run at Brooklyn Bowl leading up to New Year's Eve, which included a ton of guest appearances including Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, other members of Titus Andronicus, Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, The Felice Brothers, Dawes, and many more.

The most exciting appearance of all happened the night of New Year's Eve though, with Stevie Nicks joining the band to perform her classic "Rhiannon" from Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 album. Watch a video of that below.

Also on stage for that song was Deer Tick frontman John McCauley's mom, and his 9 months pregnant (!) wife Vanessa Carlton who has toured and collaborated with Stevie before. Stevie also officiated John and Vanessa's wedding.

Meanwhile, Fleetwood Mac -- currently with their classic lineup of Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- are returning to the NYC-area soon on their 2015 tour which hits MSG on 1/22, Atlantic City on 1/24, Nassau Coliseum on 1/25 and Prudential Center on 2/8 (tickets). This may be your last chance to see them though. The Guardian points out that Lindsey Buckingham told PBS that their 2015 tour and the new album they have planned (their first since 2003) will be their "last act." Lindsey also spoke about his collaborations for the album with Christine McVie, who recently rejoined the band for the first time since 1998, calling them "the best songs we've co-written in years."

Watch the Stevie Nicks/Deer Tick video below...

Continue reading "Stevie Nicks joined Deer Tick on NYE (video); Fleetwood Mac breaking up after 2015?"

3/4 of Otherwhile (via Otherwhile Instagram)
Otherwhile

About three years ago, it was announced that Ra Ra Riot cellist Alexandra Lawn was leaving the band. We haven't heard much from her since, but we now know she's formed a new band called Otherwhile with Elizabeth Palmer (guitar, vocals), Paige Conners (bass, vocals) and Stefan Macarewich of The Gromble (drums, vocals, production). Otherwhile recently finished successfully Kickstarting their debut album which they say has "a definite throwback angle to 70s and 80s pop" and they name Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders as influences. A 13-song tracklist for the album with working titles was posted to their Instagram. Backers are estimated to get their copy in the mail this January.

They've only played a few shows so far, including private gigs for at least two of the backers, but stay tuned for more.

Danzig at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
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Dirty on Purpose @ Rubberlip, 2007
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar and our 2014 Halloween Weekend guide for more of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights.

Samhain, Goatwhore, Midnight @ Best Buy Theater
Samhain, the band Danzig led between the Misfits and his eponymous band, are reunited this year and they finally come to NYC on... the night of Samhain. The reunion lineup includes Glenn, plus Baroness guitarist Peter Adams and Danzig Legacy members London May and Steve Zing (no Eerie Von). Danzig Legacy has played Samhain material before, but it's a treat to see a whole night dedicated to it. Plus there's excellent support tonight from blackened death metallers Goatwhore and speed metallers Midnight.

Dirty on Purpose, Sisters, French Miami, Darlings @ Death By Audio
Some of the bands that one called Death by Audio home are reuniting for this show that kicks off DbA's final month. Headliners Dirty on Purpose, who were one of Brooklyn's more underrated bands of the '00s, will be playing their first show since 2008.

David Bazan (w/ Passenger String Quartet), David Dondero @ Bowery Ballroom
Over the years David Bazan has fronted Pedro the Lion, Headphones and put out solo material (and still other projects too). For his new album, he's re-worked material from those three with a string quartet and tonight David and the quartet will bring those re-workings to life.

Cass McCombs, Meat Puppets @ Rough Trade
t's the first night of Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs' co-headlining two-night stand at Rough Trade. The Meat Puppets go on first tonight, and bring over three decades of their influential alternative rock. Cass is a bit newer but he's also excellent and a great fit.

Yellowbirds, Mesiko, Steve Salett @ Baby's All Right
Sam Cohen's Yellowbirds project is coming to an end, but not before playing one last show tonight.

Pentagram, Blood Ceremony, Kings Destroy @ Gramercy Theatre
It's been a great year for doom metal, so even though it's been a while since a new Pentagram album, it's perfect timing to welcome these veterans who have been putting out tremendous doom since the '70s. The witchy flute-filled Blood Ceremony are a newer band who do a lot of justice to trad-doom, and locals Kings Destroy fit the bill well too.

Speedy Ortiz, Ex Hex, Aye Nako @ Glasslands
The excellent double-billed tour of Speedy Ortiz and Ex Hex lands in NYC for its first of two nights tonight. Speedy makes '90s-style indie rock that owes at least a little to some of Mary Timony's past bands (like Helium), and Timony's current band Ex Hex take the swaggering glam and power pop of the late '70s / early '80s and make it their own. Local openers Aye Nako are a good match and not to be missed.

The Dean Ween Group @ Brooklyn Bowl
While Gene has reverted by to his given name, Dean Ween carries on with his stage name and makes music in pretty much the same vein as he did with Ween.

Las Rosas, Lace Curtains, The Moon Dudes @ Union Pool
This is the record release party for Lace Curtains' second album, A Signed Piece Of Paper, which came out this past week. The album has some indie rock a la Michael Coomers' old band Harlem but there's a strong '70s singer-songwriter vibe to it as well. Las Rosas headline and made superior surfy garage pop.

The So So Glos, Slothrust, Dinowalrus, Weird Womb, DJ Lady Guy @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's the second night of Halloween weekend at BK Night Bazaar and this one's got a lineup of local guitar rock bands.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Allen Toussaint @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While most of his best-known songs were made famous by other performers, producer, arranger, hitmaker and general New Orleans living legend Allen Toussaint in no small way helped shape not only the sound of that city's R&B scene but of rock n' roll and pop music in general. Tonight he teems up with the equally legendary New Orleans neighbors Preservation Hall Jazz Band for what will surely be a fine evenign of music.

Psychemagik, Nikola Baytala @ Output's Panther Room
UK Psychemagik make similar to synth-funk to Daft Punk and Justice, and they're also known for great remixes too, like their one of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams."

The Damned, TSOL @ Stone Pony
While it's not quite as exciting as seeing them on Halloween, The Damned are still one of the best original UK punk bands with a list of classics as long as your arm. While we miss having powerhouse drummer Rat Scabies on the kit, frontman Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible certianly keep the Damned flag flying respectably.

Phil Lesh & Friends @ Capitol Theatre
Phil Lesh & Friends' never-ending residency at the Cap continues tonight with another set sure to be chock full of Grateful Dead favorites. Dead Heads already know this, but even if you're a casual fan, Phil & Friends are worth seeing.

Yo Gabba Gabba Live! @ Theater at Madison Square Garden (2 shows)
Yo Gabba Gabba Live!, the touring version of the Nick Jr. show that is known to feature indie/alternative music, returns to the Theater at MSG for two shows today.

Milagres (as Queens of the Stone Age), Year of the Dragon (as Misfits), The Finks (as The Velvet Underground), The Live Ones (as Hank Williams), Alien Trilogy (as Devo), Nice Apt. (as Spacemen 3) @ The Gutter
Most of the cover shows went on last night, but if you've still got that desire left in you, there's another at The Gutter tonight.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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