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by Bill Pearis

Britta Phillips

Britta Phillips has made records with Luna and as one half of Dean & Britta, not to mention her early-'90s band The Belltower. (She was also the singing voice of Jem.) Here comes her first solo album, Luck Or Magic, which will be out April 29 via Double Feature Records. The record started as a collaboration with electronic producer Scott Hardkiss, who died in 2013. She shelved the project for a while but came back to it with help from producer Eric Broucek. The album is half covers (including The Cars' "Drive" and Dennis Wilson's "Fallin' In Love") and half Phillips originals. The first single is a gorgeous cover of Evie Sands' "One Fine Summer Morning" from 1969, and you can listen to that below.

Speaking of, Dean & Britta recorded the soundtrack to Noah Baumbach's 2015 film Mistress America, and released a 7" single last month with Britta covered Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" on one side, and they both tackle Paul and Paula's 1962 hit "Hey Paula." you can listen to the Dylan cover below as well.

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photo: Matana Roberts at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Matana Roberts

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

Winter Jazzfest
The 2016 edition of the multi-venue Winter Jazzfest NYC really kicks into full gear today and tomorrow, with countless great shows. Today includes tUnE-yArDs collaborator Naytronix at The New School Jazz Building Glass Box Theater; drag artist Joey Arias, rock-covering jazz band Sexmob and Brooklyn Bhangra band Red Baraat at LPR; Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld with sax great Colin Stetson at Judson Memorial Church; contemporary avant-garde musician Matana Roberts at Subculture; Dutch art punk vets The Ex at The Greene Space; R&B trio KING and Kendrick Lamar producer Terrace Martin at The Bitter End; and so much more.

Shiner, Rosetta, Spotlights @ Saint Vitus
This is the first of two BrooklynVegan-presented Saint Vitus shows for reunited '90s-era band Shiner, whose spacey post-hardcore was quite possibly ahead of its time (it's been very much in style lately). Opening tonight are atmospheric metal band Rosetta and sludge-gazers Spotlights.

Slick Rick, Kosha Dillz @ Brooklyn Bowl
Slick Rick, one of rap's first great storytellers and master of the laid-back flow, is still kicking and playing his annual birthday show in NYC tonight. Humorous Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz opens.

Rick Ross @ Stage 48
Rick Ross returned in late 2015 with the new album Black Market, and even if he's not in the fame spotlight as much as he once was (the album was rolled out rather quietly), he's still making quality tunes.

D.R.A.M., Abra @ Santos Party House
D.R.A.M. may have been best known for a while as the guy behind the Beyonce-endorsed and Drake-sampled viral hit "Cha Cha," but more recent material makes it seem like he's got a real career ahead of him. Experimental R&B artist Abra, of the cultish Awful Records crew, opens this show.

Psychemagik, Francesco Tristano, Beto Cravioto & Higgins, Tuff Cone, DJ Timo @ Good Room
Psychedelic dance duo Psychemagik got their start making notable remixes (their take on Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" is especially good), but lately they've been putting out original songs which are just as infectious.

Yonatan Gat, PC Worship, Guardian Alien @ Mercury Lounge
Yonatan Gat is very much a "see it live" musician, as he and his band's style -- usually set up on the floor and highly improvisational -- can be described (as I have before) as in-your-face. If you're ok with that, his shows are highly recommended. This is a very DIY bill all-around, with the noisy PC Worship and Liturgy's Greg Fox in solo Guardian Alien form

Wall, Pill, RIPS @ Union Pool
Brooklyn band Wall make scratchy post punk (a more serious B-52's come to mind) and their debut EP was produced by Parquet Courts' Austin Brown. Tonight's the release show with skronky Pill and RIPS on the bill, too.

'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' & "The Man Who Fell to Earth' @ Walter Reade Theater
David Bowie, who we lost this week, was an accomplished actor in addition to being a musician. See him in two of his most iconic roles with these free screenings at Lincoln Center. Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence is at 6:30 PM; The Man Who Fell to Earth is at 9 PM.

Betty LaVette @ City Winery
Soul vet Bettye LaVette continues to tour in support of this year's Worthy. This show is part of the APAP conference/festival.

The Black Clouds, Crazy and the Brains, Those Mockingbirds, Dead Stars, Darkwing @ Pianos
Crazy & the Brains take classic punk and inject it with a serious amount of xylophone playing. If that sounds weird, you just have to see it in action. Also worth catching tonight are the '90s-style indie rockers Dead Stars. (And note, headliners The Black Clouds are the NJ band, not the DC post-rock band Black Clouds.)

Ryan Hemsworth @ Output
Maker of several beats of the cloud rap era, Ryan Hemsworth brings the party to Output tonight.

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

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by Bill Pearis

Fargo soundtrack

The first season of FX series Fargo, loosely based on the Coen Brothers 1996 film of the same name, defied expectations by being really good. The second season continues to defy, by actually being possibly better than the first -- something True Detective could not pull off. (Final judgement withheld till Monday's season finale.) Season 2 also cleverly draws from the rest of the Coen Brothers universe, incorporating flashes from their other films into Fargo's world, this season set in 1979. It's got a great cast (Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman to name a few), balances humor, tension and very human moments deftly, and is one of the best-looking shows on TV.

The second season also ups the ante with an amazing soundtrack filled with brilliantly chosen, sometimes surprising, songs from the era, but also cover versions of songs used in various Coen Brothers films. The fourth episode uses The Chieftains & Bon Iver's version of "Down in the Willow Garden" (which is woven throughout Raising Arizona), but they've commissioned a number of covers just for the show, including: Blitzen Trapper's great, '70s southern-fried boogie take on "Man of Constant Sorrow" (from O Brother Where Art Thou?); Tweedy doing Jose Felciano's "Let's Find Each Other Tonight" (originally in Fargo); White Denim turn Kenny Rodgers' "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" (used in The Big Lebowski) into cheesy disco; and Spoon's Britt Daniel delivers a fine solo acoustic version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Run Through the Jungle" (also Lebowski). It comes off like a Coen Brothers tribute album (for that matter Fargo is at times like a Coen Brothers tribute series).

None of the original recordings of these have been released yet in any official way, and there's been no word on a soundtrack yet, apart from there will be one. But people have been ripping them and putting them on YouTube. Listen to rips of Blitzen Trapper, Britt Daniel, and White Denim's contributions (and that Cheiftains/Bon Iver cover), and check out the soundtrack listing of each episode (courtesy show music supervisor Maggie Phillips' blog), below.

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

dylan books

Vulture recently talked to a bunch of musicians who compiled a list comprised of their favorite music memoirs. Many of the musicians, like Questlove, Paul Stanley, and Nikki Sixx interviewed have written memoirs themselves.

It's a varied list that covers a fair amount of ground and provides some interesting nuggets about what the different musicians like in their music writing. Anthrax's Scott Ian likes Gregg Allman's memoir because "From the murder of his father to his brother trying to hang him from a tree when they were kids to the insane levels of rock-and-roll excess, this book has it all." Bethany Cosentino is a fan of Storms: My Life With Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac because "There is also an intense amount of emotional shit you go through while you're touring and living your life in the public eye. I think this book does a really good job of reminding people of that."

Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis recommends Will Hermes' Love Goes To Buildings On Fire, which is not a memoir in any way but is still a pretty great music book. And Questlove directs us towards Carrie Brownstein's new book Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, which we just talked to her about. That was an easy one for Questlove, as he just talked to her about the book at at Saint Vitus.

Books that got multiple mentions:  Jewel and Aerosmith's Joe Perry like Bob Dylan's Chronicles; Def Leppard's Phil Collen and The Zombies' Colin Blunstone both rep Keith Richards' Life, and Michael Stipe and Garbage's Shirley Manson both recommend Patti Smith's Just Kids (not a surprise, Michael).

There's been a deluge of music memoirs lately, from Carrie's book to new tomes by Chrissie Hynde, Kim Gordon, Grace Jones, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello and Travis Barker. And there's more exciting stuff on the way from Tom Petty, Laura Jane Grace, John Doe and Carly Simon, just to name a few.

Check out the whole list at Vulture.

by Andrew Sacher

Psychemagik

London/LA-based dance duo Psychemagik first caught our ears a few years ago thanks to their quality remixes, like their still-great take on Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams." Turns out they're good are more than remixing though, as they recently dropped the original single "Mink & Shoes" (ft. Navid Izadi) and it's a thumping psychedelic seven-minute track that's very worth hearing. Listen below.

They also continue to rise and play increasingly bigger venues. Their next NYC show happens at the fairly large Highline Ballroom on December 5. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only upcoming date besides that recently announced New Year's Eve festival in Tulum, Mexico.

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photo: GD50 in Santa Clara (more by Jay Blakesberg)
Grateful Dead

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

TOPS, Puro Instinct, Jerry Paper @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Montreal's TOPS make slinky pop that seems to come from the limbo land of post-disco, pre Big '80s when Steely Dan and Fleetwood Mac were trying to figure out their next move. We're bummed that original tourmate Molly Nilsson had visa problems and couldn't make it to the  U.S. but Puro Instinct make for a good double feature. As for opener Jerry Paper... a little goes a long way.

(Grateful) Dead & Company @ MSG
While the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well shows are behind us, three of the four core members (Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann) are continuing on as Dead & Company with John Mayer. This is their second of three MSG shows.

Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre
If you'd like to see a Dead set at a smaller venue and without John Mayer, Phil Lesh & Friends at The Cap will have you covered.

Bernie Fest feat. Janeane Garofalo, Mark Normand, Aparna Nancherla, Matt Koff & more @ Cameo Gallery
This is a fundraiser for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign featuring a whole bunch of very funny folks. Expect the unexpected...and maybe some surprise guests.

DVA, Christopher Tignor @ Trans-Pecos
Czech-based Northern Spy-signed experimental band DVA (not to be confused with the UK producer on Hyperdub of the same name) returns to NYC tonight. Opening is Christopher Tignor, a frequent This Will Destroy You collaborator and a member of Wires Under Tension.

Youssou N'Dour @ Terminal 5
Acclaimed Senegalese singer-songwriter, activist, politician (even an occasional actor), N'Dour remains a joyous musical force 30 years into his career.

Ben Folds, Ymusic @ The Paramount
Piano pop dude Ben Folds teamed with classical sextet yMusic for this year's So There. Catch their version of chamber pop live tonight.

Everything Is Terrible! @ The Bell House
In this YouTube age, there are no shortage of weird/wrong VHS-era videos floating around, but few have the curatorial taste and demented affinity for the stuff like the folks at Everything is Terrible!. What makes them a few cuts above isn't just finding this crap, but also editing and juxtaposing it into something that takes on a funny, surreal and occasionally nightmarish quality.

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

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Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac's eccentric, expansive followup to Rumours, 1979's Tusk, is getting a new reissue this year. It was previously reissued back in 2004, but the new one due December 4 via Rhino comes loaded with more rare bonus matrial.

The box set features two LPs, a DVD, and five CDs. The CDs include a remastered version of the original album, a disc of alternate versions and outtakes, another called The Alternate Tusk with more alternate versions, and two live discs from the Tusk tour. The DVD has a 5.1 surround sound mix of the album, and the vinyl is just of the remastered album.

The box set also contains a booklet with recent interviews and liner notes. The release of this deluxe reissue coincides with the "classic lineup" of Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, and John McVie touring again. Mick Fleetwood told Mirror this summer that the band has a "shitload of new songs" and there is a possibility of creating a new album, yet nothing has been confirmed yet.

The tracklist and trailer video for the reissue and list of all upcoming tour dates (only in Australia and New Zealand) below...

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photo: Eugene Mirman @ EMCF 2015 (more by David Andrako)
Eugene Mirman

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

Eugene Mirman, Derrick Brown, H. Jon Benjamin @ Bell House
This is the release party for Eugene Mirman's sprawling, awesomely weird 7-LP comedy box set, I'm Sorry (You're Welcome). If this show is half as kooky as the box... it could be an interesting night.

Voice Coils, Crown Larks, Parlor Walls, Soft Spot @ Aviv
Voice Coils' most notable member may be vocalist Mitski, who isn't usually playing live with them these days, but their unique proggy sound is quite the experience either way.

Big Freedia, Hibou, Boyfriend @ Irving Plaza
New Orleans' queen of bounce Big Freedia is more popular than ever, thanks in part to her Fuse show (season 4 recently premiered), but her live shows are still where it's really at. They're total parties.

Cypress Hill, Immortal Technique, DJ Eddie B Swift @ Playstation Theater
Veteran rap group Cypress Hill have made a tradition out of playing Halloween-time shows in and around NYC, and they'll do that again this year. Halloween proper is in Asbury Park but they'll be in Times Square tonight. Their old pal Immortal Technique opens.

Expert Alterations @ Rough Trade
Baltimore's Expert Alterations look and sound like they're straight from 1986's UK indiepop scene (we're talking C-86 here), and their debut album, You Can't Always Be Liked, is a scrappy, catchy good time. They celebrate tonight with this free early show that leads perfectly into...

Joanna Gruesome, Aye Nako, King of Cats @ Rough Trade
...tonight's main attraction Joanna Gruesome whose sound falls somewhere between indiepop and roaring punk (often in the same song). The band's new album, Peanut Butter, is terrific and it should be interesting to see the band's new two-singer lineup.

Go Deep, Fashion Week, Good Grief, The Netherlands @ Saint Vitus
There are a few cool bands on this bill, headlined by local hardcore act Go Deep who recently signed to 6131.

Painted Zeros, Vagabon, Becca Ryskalczyk, Eskimeaux @ Shea Stadium
Painted Zeros celebrate their new album on Don Giovanni at this show, and all three openers are talented members of the local DIY rock scene.

Gary Clark Jr., Black Pistol Fire @ Terminal 5
Gary Clark Jr plays blues rock rooted in the genre's early days, and it continues to catch on with a lot of people. Tonight he takes on the massive Terminal 5.

Deer Tick, The Felice Brothers @ Cannon's Blackthorn
The annual Long Island benefit show for the Tommy Brull Foundation is tonight with old friends Deer Tick and The Felice Brothers. The same double bill hits Connecticut tomorrow too.

Dances (as T.Rex), Jangula (as David Bowie), Heliotropes (as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Piers (as Fleetwood Mac), and Stringer (as The Smiths) @ Alphaville
Start your Halloweening early with this show featuring a whole lot of bands pretending to be other bands.

Emo Halloween covers show @ Matchless
Washed Up Emo and Bye Week Productions are presenting this cover show with sets of Saves the Day (Stay What You Are in full), The Get Up Kids, Weezer and Guided by Voices. The lineup includes members of Field Mouse and more.

Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre
While Phil's Grateful Dead bandmates and John Mayer are about to play three MSG shows, he'll be keeping things in a smaller venue (and without John Mayer) for six nights at The Cap. This is the first.

Shocking Pinks, TV Baby, Masks @ Baby's All Right
Shocking Pinks (the project of New Zealand singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nick Harte) just reissued their acclaimed 2004 debut album, Dance the Dance Electric, marking its first-ever vinyl release.

Midnight Magic, Tippy Toes (DJ Set), Mike Simonetti (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
Midnight Magic make straight up live band disco like you might have heard in 1977. Tonight they play one last show at soon-to-close Cameo with DFA-related pals Tippy Toes and Mike Simonetti.

Jay Farrar (Son Volt) @ City Winery
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Son Volt's debut album, Trace. Rhino just released a deluxe edition CD and tonight frontman Jay Farrar will be performing the songs of Trace with Gary Hunt and Son Volt's original pedal steel player, Eric Heywood.

Portland Cello Project @ Littlefield
The PCP turns contemporary pop into classical jams your uptight uncle would like. Their most recent album was a tribute to Elliot Smith.

Spooky Mansion feat. Blue Hawaii (DJ Set), Gems, Golden Pony @ Paper Box
They're calling this a "creepily immersive concert experience" with "interactive games, crazy installations, Halloween drink specials and more!" Tonight's entertainment includes Montreal's Blue Hawaii.

Richard Lloyd (of Television), New York Junk, Faith @ Bowery Electric
As original guitarist for Television, Richard Lloyd helped define the mid-'70s Bowery rock scene. The block may not look like what it used to in the heyday of CBGB, but he's still a master of his instrument.

Motion Studies (as Hall & Oates), Fielded (as Kate Bush) @ Union Pool
Motion Studies' soulful dancepop probably owes more than a little to Hall & Oates, so it's fitting they'll be performing as that duo for this Devil's Night show. Same for Fielded as Kate Bush.

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

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dog as Pizza Rat at Tompkins Square Park Halloween dog parade (via @jillathrilla)
Pizza Rat

As you surely know, Halloween is Saturday (though judging from the amount of people dressed up last weekend, some people may have been confused) and there is no shortage of spooky things to do. The extravaganza that is NYC's annual Village Halloween Parade happens on Saturday on 6th Avenue from just North of Spring Street to 16th Street and lasts from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. This year's theme is "Shine a Light" and you can be in it.

There are also loads of shows to go see on Halloween, including Flipper (with David Yow) at House of Vans, Wax Idols at Saint Vitus, Fred & Toody at Union Pool, The Orwells with just-added Twin Peaks and Shark? at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Joanna Gruesome, Aye Nako and more at Shea Stadium, Skrillex on the Pier of Fear (aka Pier 94), Murphy's Law at Bowery Electric, Ringo Starr at Kings Theatre, the big show at MSG with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer and more (or the other Dead member Phil Lesh just outside of NYC)... and many other show options.

If you wanna get an early start on the spooky action, there's a Cramps tribute happening at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/29) featuring a whole bunch of cool people: Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore), Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories), Jon Spencer (JSBX/Heavy Trash), Palmyra Delran (The Friggs), Sophia Urista (The Veevees), Robert Gordon, Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens (Boss Hog), Jack Ridley (Threats/Drowners), Peter Aaron (Chrome Cranks), Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Miss Guy (Toilet Boys), Michael Cummings (Skaters), Mike Edison (Raunch Hands), Pat Phillips (Honduras), Cynthia Ross (New York Junk) plus DJs Jonathan Toubin and Alix Brown. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Toubin, his annual "Monster Mash" and "Haunted Hop" parties happens this year on Saturday at Secret Project Robot and features a host of current NYC bands covering classic NYC bands. Details still to be revealed but it's $10 with costume and $20 without and flyer is below. Also below: Toubin's 2015 Halloween mix.

Other shows: World Inferno Friendship Society will play their annual Hollowmass party at Warsaw on Halloween. These shows are spectacles, often involving elaborate set-pieces, fire-breathing, marching bands and more. Karla Rose and the Thorns, and Vic Thrill also play and tickets are on sale.

DFA Records are throwing a Halloween Party at Palisades on Saturday with Container, Guerilla Toss, Ciarra Black, Pill, Malory, PC Worship, Larry Gus, and Show Me The Body. Tickets are on sale now. And Wolf + Lamb, Mike Simonetti, and Paul Raffaele will be spinning at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Disco Club on Saturday (tickets).

Cameo Gallery, which closes in less than a month, is throwing a "Cameoween" party on Saturday night featuring a live performance by Le1f, DJ sets from Neon Indian and Ssion and karaoke hosted by Samantha Urbani. This is a FREE party and starts at midnight.

Halloween is also the time for cover shows, where bands play as another, usually more famous band. At Alphaville on Friday (10/30) you can catch Dances as T.Rex, Jangula as David Bowie, Heliotropes as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Piers as Fleetwood Mac, and Stringer (mems of Heeney) as The Smiths. That show is $8 at the door. Also on Friday at Union Pool, Motion Studies will perform as Hall & Oates with Fielded (apparently just being themselves as Kate Bush) also on the bill. That's a free show.

For something more emo on Friday, Washed Up Emo and Bye Week Productions are presenting cover sets of Saves the Day (Stay What You Are in full), The Get Up Kids, Weezer and Guided by Voices at Bar Matchless (10/30). We don't know who all the performers are, but the STD and TGUK sets feature members of Field Mouse (advance tix sold out, but some will be available at doors).

At Cake Shop on Halloween you can see Parlor Walls as Wire, Stringer doing The Smiths again, Dirty Dishes as Stone Temple Pilots, Death to Slater as Bruce Springsteen's 2 Piece Band, The Regrets as Blondie, Hellbirds as The Ramones, and Oh Golly as Violent Femmes (tickets). Following that there's a free dance party featuring exclusively Girl Talk songs...and lasers (free).

Over at Silent Barn on Saturday they'll have Delicate Steve (as Smashing Pumpkins), Celestial Shore (as The Ramones), Very Fresh (as Alanis Morrissette), and Dear Leader doing something they're calling "TRL 1999 w/ Carson Daly." Tickets are on sale and day-of it's $10 at the door with costume or $12 without.

And at Baby's All Right on Halloween you can see "the world's drunkest tribute to Guns 'N Roses," Mr. Brownstone playing a midnight show (tickets).

For those who want another chance to dress up their pooches like Pizza Rat or Bagel Pigeon or whatever, there's "Pawfest" at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Saturday afternoon. It starts at noon, is free, and will also feature live performances from The Supertones, The Shipwrecks and The Flesh. Flyer for that is below.

And if you don't mind traveling outside the city just a bit on Halloween, there's Screaming Females as X at Asbury Park's Convention Hell with members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more; Cypress Hill play The Stony Pony; The Darkness play The Paramount in Huntington, NY; and Sufjan Stevens will be in Jersey City. And that aforementioned Phil Lesh show at The Cap.

What else?

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Gov't Mule at Lockn' 2015 (via)
Gov't Mule

Virginia's Lockn' Festival wrapped up Sunday (9/13) after two successful previous days. The biggest highlight of day 3 was another set from Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters, whose day 2 set was fantastic. The Sunday set was a similar idea and did have a few repeats in the setlist, but also gave us a few treats we didn't get on Saturday like "Going to California" and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You."

Sunday also included Gov't Mule, whose frontman Warren Haynes spent a lot of time on stage this past weekend. He sang for the Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Carlos Santana set on Saturday which we wrote about, and immediately after that he headed to the Blue Ridge Bowl side stage for a Gov't Mule late-night set. After Mule's set on Sunday, he appeared on stage yet again to guest with Widespread Panic. It's Warren's first year since The Allman Brothers Band ended -- and also the 20th anniversary of Gov't Mule's debut album -- and clearly he's still going strong and keeping that Southern rock/blues/jam sound alive and well (he played a couple Allman songs too).

Warren is also touring soon in support of his new solo album Ashes & Dust, which came out earlier this summer on Concord. It's a little folkier than his Gov't Mule stuff, and well-matched support on select dates comes from recent country breakout Chris Stapleton and Justin Townes Earle. The album features his and Grace Potter's oft-performed cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman," which you can listen to below. Warren's backing band for the tour includes Jeff Sipe and ChessBoxer.

There's one NYC-area date with Chris, October 1 at Capitol Theatre (tickets), and also one with Justin, October 7 at the Space at Westbury (tickets). All dates are listed below.

If you haven't yet, check out recaps and pictures of Lockn' day one and Lockn' day two.

Continue reading "Lockn' finished up w/ Robert Plant, Gov't Mule, more; Warren Haynes touring with Chris Stapleton & Justin Townes Earle"

by Andrew Sacher

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.

Continue reading "All Dogs streaming debut album 'Kicking Every Day,' playing NYC this weekend; lowercase roses reissuing EP on Lame-O"

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

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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.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

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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.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photo: 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.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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