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by Bill Pearis

From '480 Pixels' opening party @ 92YTribeca (more by Amanda Hatfield)
92YTribeca

The 92nd Street Y will leave its space at 200 Hudson Street, known as 92YTribeca, because "a second, physical location is not critical to our mission," according to a letter sent Thursday afternoon to the workers at both sites. The decision was made by the 92nd Street Y board Wednesday night. The 92nd Street Y expects to be out of the Hudson Street space sometime this summer, according to the letter signed by Sol Adler, the Y's executive director.

92YTribeca, an arts and entertainment branch that seemed aimed at a younger, downtown crowd, opened in October 2008 with the indie rocker John Vanderslice and a screening of the comedy "Wet Hot American Summer." "We believe 92Y can best serve the community now and in the future by investing our resources into our flagship location uptown on Lexington Avenue," Mr. Adler's letter said in part. - [NY Times]

Well this is certainly sad news, as the opening night party for BrooklynVegan's 480 Pixels photo exhibit there was one of the best times I've had in the last year. I saw a bunch of fun shows there over the last few years, not to mention film screenings and art events. 92YTribeca, you will be missed, but meanwhile you can still check out the venue's remaining calendar of events.

DIIV at River Rocks, August 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DIIV

DIIV already revealed they'll be headlining the Captured Tracks CMJ show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (10/18) and will also play the KEXP CMJ day show at Union Square Ballroom on Thursday and also at Fader Fort (RSVP) that same day too, not to mention the Pitchfork party on Friday (10/19).

The band will also be the secret guest at the Life or Death PR CMJ show Saturday night (10/20) at 92YTribeca that also includes Twerps, Slug Guts, Mac DeMarco and more (though no 2nd secret guest as originally announced). $10 at the door, or get in with your CMJ badge. More info here.

Full line-up for the 92YTribeca show, set times and the flyer, and DIIV tour dates, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt and videos by Jessica Amaya

Screaming Females/Hunters/Heliotropes 92yTribeca 8/16/2012
Screaming Females
Hunters
Heliotropes

Here's another set of pictures from the opening party of "480 Pixels," the BrooklynVegan photo exhibit that's on display at 92YTribeca now through September 6. (Gallery hours are at the bottom of this post.) In addition to pics of Screaming Females, Hunters and Heliotropes from Chris La Putt, who put the whole show together, there are also videos by Jessica Amaya of each band that are well worth checking out. A review of the show is here.

NYC Taper was also on hand and you can download Screaming Females entire "480 Pixels" set here. Setlist is at the bottom of this post.

Heliotropes have a new single coming out in September and you can stream that below. The band's next show -- September 2 at Rippers in Rockaway Beach -- now includes Library Is On Fire, Hunktronik, Electric People and NAAM.

Pics, streams, videos and setlists are below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Screaming Females/Hunters/Heliotropes, 92YTribeca, 8/16/2012
Screaming Females
Hunters
Heliotropes
92YTribeca

BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" opened last night, Thursday (8/16) at 92YTribeca and we threw a party that went a little beyond your typical box wine opening, with Screaming Females, Hunters and Heliotropes playing. It was truly a memorable -- and seriously rocking -- evening.

This was my first time seeing Heliotropes and Hunters and really liked both. A confident rock band through and through, and with big riffs and close-style harmonies, Heliotropes dip a little into early '90s Seattle but they own it. I'm not sure how much of the crowd knew them before their set, but everyone I talked to was really impressed. Catch Heliotropes again at Rippers in Rockaway Beach on September 2 and when they headline Glasslands on October 2 with Cloud Eater, Grandfather and Fan-Tan.

Hunters, meanwhile, are a little more in punk and post-punk territory with platinum pink haired singer Isabel Almeida a natural frontperson, wailing into the mike while tangling it's cord around her and often writhing on the floor. You can't take your eyes off her. Her personality matched well with the band's in-your-face sonic assault, led by guitarist Derek Watson, that was short, sharp and danceable. And loud.

This all had the crowd primed for the evening's main attraction who did not disappoint. A veteran of BV events, Marissa Paternoster (who also has art displayed as part of our show) is a double barrel threat of serious guitar shredding and a set of pipes that validate the band's name. There was a bit of a pit going for Screaming Females which probably doesn't happen often at the venue, given the evening began with an announcement to please put our cellphones on vibrate. If we hadn't, Screaming Females' sonic attack was shaking them for us. Screaming Females' next NYC show is Riot Fest on September 8 at Williamsburg Park with the Descendents, Gogol Bordello, and more.

Big ups to BV's Chris La Putt who put the whole thing together. If you weren't able to go last night, '480 Pixels' will be up at 92YTribeca through September 6. As good as the pictures on display look here on the site, it's something else entirely to see them big in high resolution. Definitely stop by if you can. UPDATE: These are the summer hours:

Monday, 8/20: open 8am-3pm
8/21- 8/24; 9/4-9/5: 8am-8:30pm
8/27-8/31: 8am-3pm
9/3: Closed for Labor Day
Closed on Sats & Suns.
More pictures from the show, below...

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BrooklynVegan photo exhibit currently @ 92YTribeca (photos by Amanda Hatfield)
Heliotropes
Heliotropes
Heliotropes

today in NYC
* Llama @ Barbes
* Straylight @ The Stone
* Ulrich Ziegler @ Barbes
* Wanda Jackson @ Maxwell's
* Stanley Jordan Trio @ Iridium
* Q-Tip's #Offline @ Irving Plaza
* Sxip's Hour of Charm @ Joe's Pub
* Bushwalla, Todd Carey @ Glasslands
* Sleepies, Mr. Dream, EULA @ Dead Herring
* Pop Your Funk w/ DJ Mickey Perez @ Zebulon
* Tropical Ooze, Old Monk, Pre War @ Cake Shop
* Lacrymosa, Shenandoah & the Night @ Joes' Pub
* Widowspeak (DJ set) @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
* Celebration, Mike Wexler, Hiro Kone @ Union Pool
* Jane's Addiction, Die Antwoord @ Williamsburg Park
* Cuddle Magic, You Won't, These Animals @ 92YTribeca
* Tan Vampires, The Yes Way, Viva Mayday @ The Rock Shop
* Black Bananas, Bosco Delrey, Wild Yaks @ Mercury Lounge
* Mewithoutyou, Kevin Devine, Buried Beds @ Bowery Ballroom
* Doll Fight, Laura Stevenson, Wojcik, Leda @ Death By Audio
* Imperial Teen, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Knitting Factory
* Bosco Delrey, Zambri, Prince Rama, Javelin @ The Dumbo Arch
* The Barrens, Invisible Days, End And, Generator Ohm @ 929 XPO
* Baby Acid, Mannequin Pussy, Sharkmuffin, French Miami @ Muchmore's
* Hot Sugar, Lotide, Raja, Jim-E Stack, PT & Cambo (The Kort) @ Spike Hill
* Ancient Sky, Gross Relations, Bad Credit No Credit @ Cameo Gallery
* Enfants Terribles: Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock & Joey Baron @ Blue Note
* Stephan Moore, Caroline Park, Tim Rovinelli and Evidence @ The Stone
* Futurist, Cobalt and The Hired Guns, BAM, Xylofaux @ The Bowery Electric
* Maxmillion Dunbar, Hieroglyphic Being, Antennes, SFV Acid @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Birthmark, Phone Home, Big Black Delta, Late Guest at the Party, Leaves of Green @ Pianos
* JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, The Revelations featuring Tre Williams, Mingo Fishtrap @ Brooklyn Bowl

BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" is up at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Stop by and check it out!

If you're looking for something to do this afternoon, Bosco Delrey, Zambri, Prince Rama, and Javelin are playing a free show under the DUMBO archway. There will be Smorgasburg food vendors and other fun stuff and festivities start at 2PM with bands starting around 3:30 PM. If you can't make it, they're streaming the show live here.

Tonight, Celebration play their old haunt Union Pool with Mike Wexler and Hiro Kone. Singer Katrina Ford is an instense, magnetic frontpersons and their live show is always something else.

Speaking of something else, the Film Society at Lincoln Center is showing 1980's indescribable cult flick The Apple tonight as part of their Midnight Movie series. If you've never experienced this phantasmagoric musical, maybe it's time to give way to BIM. Tickets are still available. Trailer for this masterwork is below.

Speaking of movies, don't forget we're showing one for free this Monday.

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Animal Collective made a video for their song, "Today's Supernatural," the single off of their upcoming album, Centipede Hz, which will stream in full on this Sunday's Animal Collective Radio show. Check out the video below.

Beth Orton, who will have a new album and NYC shows in October, played The Late Show with David Letterman earlier in the week. Watch her performance of "Magpie" below.

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480 pixels flyer

More info HERE and HERE, and at the venue's website. Flyer for the live music portion below...

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480 Pixels

As mentioned, Thursday (8/16) is the opening of the BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" at 92YTribeca which will run through September 6 and features some of the best photographs that have run on our site, many for the first time in large format. (Width of the photos on our site? 480 pixels.) The exhibit will also feature drawings by Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster.

Screaming Females also headline the live music portion of the opening party that also features performances from Hunters, and HeliotropesTickets for the show are still available but if you want to go for free, we're also giving a pair away. Details are at the bottom of this post.

Time Out ran a nice little feature on the exhibit where five our photographers talk about their contributing shot and you can read that here. Hope to see you out there, it'll be a fun time. A full list of contributing "480 Pixels" photographers and those contest details are below.

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Screaming Females in 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Screaming Females

We at BrooklynVegan are excited to announce the opening of a gallery show called '480 Pixels - An Exhibition of BrooklynVegan's Music Photography,' which will feature work by BV photographers. The gallery opens at 92YTribeca on August 16 and runs through September 6, and is free to the public. For many of these photos, the gallery will be the first time that they have been publicly displayed at a size larger than 480 pixels, the standard width for photos on BV.

On the opening day, there will be a free opening reception at 6:30 PM and a BV-presented show on the 92YTribeca mainstage at 8 PM with Screaming Females, Hunters, and Heliotropes. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

The list of BV photographers whose work will be on display at the exhibition is below. Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females will also be showing a few pieces of her artwork at the exhibition.

The show is one of many scheduled for Screaming Females, who come to Brooklyn this summer for Riot Fest Brooklyn which goes down at Williamsburg Park on September 8. They also play C.L.I.T. Fest in NJ this weekend. All of their dates are listed below.

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Rob Delaney

So, comedian Rob Delaney, who is in town to play two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom and two sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg is also playing 92YTribeca tonight (5/10) on a bill of all Daily Show contributors inclyding Jenna Kim Jones, Elliott Kalan, and Adam Lowitt. Not sold out. All Rob Delaney dates are listed below...

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Aaron Freeman

Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) released, Marvelous Clouds, his first solo album under his real name, this week via Partisan Records. Freeman's record release show at 92Y Tribeca tonight (5/9) is sold out, but we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details are below.

Marvelous Clouds is a tribute to famed poet and songwriter Rod McKuen, whose songs have been recorded by a lot of famous people, including Frank Sinatra and Madonna. (Terry Jacks went to #1 with his version of McKuen's "Seasons in the Sun" in 1973.) You can stream the song "As I Love My Own" at the bottom of this post.

When you're done listening, feel free to let Freeman know what you think. He's given out his phone number ([609] 542-0751) and is encouraging people to leave him messages.

Joining Freeman tonight night will be Mitch Marcus, Joe Young, Brian Fishler, and Ween sideman Dave Dreiwitz who last night (5/8) backed Michael Moore (yes, that Michael Moore) at City Winery, and who plays the Levon Helm tribute at Brooklyn Bowl on June 4.

Details on how to win tickets to the 92Y show, Aaron's only upcoming date at the moment, and the song stream below...

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DOWNLOAD: Bright Moments - "Travelers" (MP3)

Bright Moments
Bright Moments

Bright Moments is the moniker of Brooklyn, multi-instrumentalist Kelly Pratt, who has lent his talents to Beirut, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Owen Pallett, and others. According to facebook the full band also includes Jon Natchez (of Yellow Ostrich, Beirut, and many other bands), Jared Van Fleet (ex-Voxtrot, Sparrow House), Nikhil Yerawadekar, and Yoshio "Tony Afro" Kobayashi. He released his debut LP, Natives, this past February on Luaka Bop. The album fits in well with the "world music" leanings of the David Byrne-associated Luaka Bop and the orchestrations of his aforementioned collaborators (Beirut and Arcade Fire especially). Grab the album track "Travelers" above or stream it below.

He's got an upcoming NYC show at 92YTribeca on April 28 with Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality. Tickets are on sale now and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win tix are below.

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Jason Forrest

Electronic music producer, musician and DJ Jason Forrest plays a free show at Public Assembly tonight (6/3) with Star Eyes, Dev/Null, and Lil Internet. Saturday (6/4) is the first-ever NYC screening of content from Jason's new online TV network Network Awesome at 92Y Tribeca. According to Jason, who launched the website in January:

"There's a fantastic amount of incredible TV shows, movies, interviews and videos that are just not getting the exposure they deserve. I started to wonder what would happen if someone put all these bits of culture together, and this is the main concept behind Network Awesome. We are passionate about sharing what we think is interesting, entertaining and culturally relevant. It's like with your friends, you say 'Cool, look at this!'"
The NYC screening will consist of short films by Karel Zeman, Sally Cruikshank and Guido Manuli, and a rare presentation of the TV show Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. According to 92Y's website, "Special guests will be on hand", though it doesn't specifically say if Jason will be there (we assume he will be). Tickets are available. Check out a video teaser for the show below.

In April, Network Awesome posted a "Live Music Show" curated by Das Racist. Their more-recent Live Music Show was curated by Jason himself. In May they posted "A Time Capsule of Early 1980s NYC's Lower East Side or, "New York's Alright (If You Like Basquiat)": Downtown 81." Browse the site for more.

Jason released an album called The Everything on April 15 in Germany via Staatsakt. You can download the album on iTunes and check out the artwork, tracklist, and the track "New Religion" below.

Continue reading "Jason Forrest is in NYC (show Friday, screening Saturday), launched an online TV network, released 'The Everything'"

photos by David Andrako

50 First Jokes

John F O'Donnell and Claudia Cogan hosted their 5th Annual 50 First Jokes night at the 92YTribeca on January 5th, 2011. The show, which might have been more appropriately titled 57 First Jokes, featured 57 New York based comedians telling the very first joke that they'd written in 2011.

Each comic was given approximately 2 minutes to perform and try out his or her new material. The sold-out show, also produced by O'Donnell and Cogan, was split into 3 acts that each featured approximately 20 comics. A set of pictures from the whole night continues below...

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photos by kolored

Blonde Redhead

"The room was filled to a suffocating level with smoke, tinted with hints of strawberry flavor, and bright white light- making it hard for just about anyone to orient themselves in the first few minutes of entering the room.

As the new songs played on the speakers below the murmur of voices, special $9 Blonde Redhead cocktails were served- raspberry vodka with prosecco and a touch of grenadine. And although the room too smokey, and the drinks too expensive and sweet, once the band took the stage to play a short set of Penny Sparkle songs, the air in the room shifted." [Free Williamsburg]

Blonde Redhead previewed their new album with an invite/contest-winner-only show at 92YTribeca here in NYC on Tuesday night. Penny Sparkle will be out September 14th via 4AD. Their tour with Pantha Du Prince kicks off in Philly on October 15th. Tickets are still on sale for the NYC show at Terminal 5.

More pictures and a video from the 92YTribeca show, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Blonde Redhead - Here Sometimes (MP3)

Blonde Redhead

In advance of their upcoming North American tour this fall, Blonde Redhead will be hosting a live preview for their forthcoming album, Penny Sparkle, on Tuesday August 10th at 92YTribeca. The band will spin the record before playing a live set. Entry is invite/contest only, but we have two pairs of tickets to give away. Details are below.

Penny Sparkle comes out September 14th on 4AD - check out one of its songs above.

The NYC show on their tour with Pantha Du Prince happens November 3rd at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale.

Contest info and a flyer are below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

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"He's a tender, bruised singer, like a less affected Antony. Though he rarely works with much beyond piano, he writes sturdy melodies and arrangements, solid enough to carry his bleak lyrics, doled out frugally.

"Look Out, Look Out," which opened the show, began with spooky, elongated notes played by Alan Wyffels (who played keyboards, the only backing musician) before Mr. Hadreas's piano darkened the mood. The galloping piano line on "You Won't B Here" recalled Coldplay. On "Learning" repeated, bright two-note bursts cut through morbid lower-register chords as Mr. Hadreas sang menacing lines in a hopeful way: "You will learn to mind me/And you will learn to survive/Me.""[NY Times]

To quote Amanda, "I definitely feel like I witnessed something pretty special." She was referring to the Perfume Genius show she shot at 92YTribeca on Tuesday. The pictures are in this post. That's part of the NY Times review above.

If you still haven't listened to the record, it's still streaming. If you're not totally convinced that you should go check him out at Glasslands on Friday night (where I hope to be since I missed the show to see Rufus Wainwright on Tuesday), check out the Seattle studio session videos, with more pictures from 92Y, below...

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by Gabi Porter

Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson has a rare gift of making serious music that isn't really serious at all. He manages to be playful and ramshackle, drinking what he claimed was a pint glass full of whiskey, and looking like he was mischievously playing his mother's piano when he knew he wasn't supposed to, and with posture that would have terrorized piano teachers the world round. He mesmerized a room full of chattering adults at 92YTribeca Friday night, into respectful silence. According to friends at the Bell House for the show the previous night, at one point you could actually hear crickets.

Doveman, who next plays a show at LPR on Thursday night, opened the evening with Thomas Bartlett's sweet and understated falsetto. More pictures below...

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My Brightest Diamond @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Chris La Putt)
My Brightest Diamond

Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) will be curating a two-night event with music, film and more at 92YTribeca in NYC on March 5th and 6th.

Over two nights, Shara hosts a tremendous cast of artists to showcase the different ways people create. From the sewing installations of Dena Verdesca, to the yarn circle lead by Amy Fritch, to the provocative photography and Tableau Vivant performances of Sarah Small, to the paper art installation and spontaneous poetry of Tim Fite, to the live projections by video artist Deborah Johnson and the flower graffiti of Nikki Borodi - you will hardly recognize the 92YTribeca gallery and mainstage as the spaces are transformed by these wildly creative artists. To add to the magic, Shara has brought together live performances by puppeteer Lake Simons, Brooklyn acappella group Black Sea Hotel, songwriters Dayna Kurtz & Mamie Minch, a screening by filmmaker Cathryn Davis Zommer, plus a special performance by Shara Worden with the dynamic chamber ensemble yMusic and other surprise guests artists to be announced.
The nights - dubbed "Diamonds, Teeth and Yarn" - will kick off 92YTribeca's Women's History Month calendar. Tickets to both nights are on sale. The full schedule, as listed below, includes at least one "Special Guest To Be Announced".

Shara played Bowery Ballroom in January. She's also on the new Clogs' album; she and the band will be at Big Ears Festival in Knoxville at the end of March, where yMusic (playing with Shara at 92YTribeca) will perform a piece by St. Vincent.

yMusic will be playing with Gabriel Kahane on Wednesday, March 3rd as part of the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center's Allen Room (where Dirty Projectors will play Getty Address with Alarm Will Sound this Friday). On March 5th and 6th (the same nights as these 92YTribeca shows), yMusic will be at Symphony Space with Gina Gibney Dance Company.

All tour dates and the lineup for Shara's two 92YTribeca events are below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Inlets - Bright Orange Air (MP3)

Inlets @ Music Hall of Williamsburg last February (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Inlets

Inlets, the musical project of Sebastian Krueger, will finally release its long-awaited debut album, Inter Arbiter, on April 20th through twosyllable. Krueger is best known for playing with Shara Worden/My Brightest Diamond, Osso String Quartet, DM Stith and others. Inlets was established with its 2006 EP, Vestibule, and the debut album isn't short on guests either, with contributions from Zach Condon, Angel Deradoorian, and Osso's Marla Hansen. The track above, "Bright Orange Air," is a devilish piece of minor key pop.

Inlets will play a Friday, March 12th show at 92YTribeca with Bell and Glass Ghost (whose tour dates are below). Tickets are on sale.

Inlets are also playing an invite-only early show at Pianos this Friday (2/12). You can't buy tickets, but we have two pairs of tickets to give away - information on those is below.

Contest details, more album info, and all tour dates (including Inlets at SXSW) are below...

Continue reading "Inlets - debut record (MP3) & tour dates - 92YTribeca, SXSW & an invite-only show at Pianos (win tix) "

Damon and Naomi

Damon & Naomi (the other Galaxie 500-related couple-duo) will be at 92Y Tribeca on Saturday, January 30th for the first-ever movie theater screening of their 2009 career-spanning DVD Damon & Naomi: 1001 Nights. After the film, the pair will do a Q&A with Harvard Film Archive director Haden Guest. Following that is a concert, with Damon & Naomi accompanied by guitarist Michio Kurihara (from Ghost). Sharon Van Etten opens the music portion. Tickets to the film and music are on sale, as are music-only tickets. We also have a pair of movie+music tickets to give away. Details are below.

A similar movie & music event will be at Boston/Cambridge's Brattle Theatre the next night (1/31).

A live performance from the DVD and contest details are below...

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words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Heavy

Given that most of their gear was already on the stage, one would have thought the interim between opener James Dean Wells (of the Gay Blades) and headliner The Heavy on Saturday (1/16) would have been rather brief. The whirring of noise that begins "If I Were Going" from the Afghan Whigs classic "Gentlemen" came on the 92Y Tribeca loudspeakers and, despite a solid set, Wells had done little to capture the attention of those who arrived early. As track one bled into the title track and then "Be Sweet" the prospect of maybe one or two more tracks from "Gentlemen" was a welcome. Given the Whigs' soul, R&B and Stax records leanings, it seemed a more appropriate opener. Forty minutes - or eight and a half tracks - later, The Heavy finally sauntered onto the stage to the Spaghetti Western opening of "Short Change Hero". Frontman, Kelvin Swaby bounced from one end of the stage to the other, pointed at the ladies, and early on had the crowd shouting "What you say?" during the call and answer chorus of "Big Bad Wolf." The set was split evenly among older songs and new material from last year's The House That Dirt Built. "Colleen", "Girl" and "That Kind of Man" all off 2007's Great Vengeance and Furious Fire were among the highlights of a pulsating, hour-long set. Despite moving almost non-stop, Swaby and the rest of the band somehow had attitude and swagger to spare, cashing most of it in on set closer "How You Like Me Know" ,the single from the new record.

The Heavy, who also opened for The Hot Rats at Bowery and Music Hall last week, perform tonight (1/18) on Late Night with David Letterman backed by the Dap Kings Horns (Neal Sugarman, Dave Guy and Ian Hendrickson-Smith) before heading back to Europe to play a string of shows through the end of February.

More pictures and the headliner's setlist below...

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DOWNLOAD: DJ Ayres & DJ Eleven - Glamourous Life 3 (mix) (MP3)

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There's no single New Year's Eve option that is like OMG this year, but the amount of options does keep increasing. We've learned about a bunch more events since our first roundup, and many of them were then covered in subsequent posts. Here are even more....

One potentially really good one is happening at the Old American Can Factory with The Rub. Built by MeanRed hosts . Tickets are on sale. Grab a new free mix from the The Rub's DJ Ayres and Eleven above. Flyer for the event below.

The Rub sometimes play Southpaw on New Years Eve, but that Brooklyn venue hosts two separate shows this year instead (Felice Brothers is sold out, but tickets still available for Dean & Britta).

If you have a lot of money to burn, Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room is selling $250 to $750 tickets for a night that features a performance by Courtney Love (of Facebook fail fame). Get your spot here. A flyer, just to show it's not too good to be true (that is if she shows up), below.

Public Assembly is hosting a party with DJs from The Ohio Party. Tickets (with open bar and not) are on sale.

Team Robespierre headlines Bruar Falls. Full lineup below.

92YTribeca has a party too with "music, comedy, visual and conceptual art." A lengthy list of those involved is below. Tickets are on sale.

Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids and Scott Durday of the Soundmen are playing a party in NoHo. Flyer below.

Union Hall hosts Project Jenny Project Jan and DJs. Tickets are on sale. Its sister venue The Bell House has Obits and Eli Reed.

Glasslands promises an "extravaganza" with locals Golden Triangle and Electric Tickle Machine.

And remember, Gogol Bordello play pre-NYE shows December 27th-29th at Webster Hall (they're in Charlottesville, VA, for NYE itself). Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets are also on sale for the previously-mentioned Europa Trouble & Bass bash, with DJs "AC Slater/B. Rich/Udachi/The Captain(T&B)/Stareyes(T&B)/Jubilee/VDRK/Bradley D." Flyer below

One stay-at-home option includes watching the Times Square "action" via the live feed while browsing the Brooklyn Vegan archives. The embedded Times Square feed, event flyers and two Will Smith-related videos are below...

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Grant Hart

Husker Du's Grant Hart just released his first solo album since 1999's Good News for Modern Man. The record, Hot Wax, came out October 6th on Con D'or Records, and along for the ride were members of Godspeed You Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion (who recently backed Vic Chesnutt).

Hart is currently on tour behind the new disc, and he plays NYC's 92YTribeca on Saturday, December 19th. Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale. One day later Grant appears at Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ.

About the new songs, Hart said, "the song 'Narcissus,Narcissus' is my first attempt at combining ancient Greek mythology and American rock-a-billy. By merging those influences with an ice cream truck atmosphere I think I have found a style that defines this period of my career. 'You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water' is one of the most organic rock and roll songs that I have ever written. It's style owes a lot to my devotion for patti smith. It was inspired by a comment made by a monk during the selection process to find the next Panchen Lhama, who said of one candidate, 'he is the reflection of the moon on the water but he is not the moon.'"

Bob Mould also has shows coming up including 2 nights in a row in NYC.

Grant Hart album art, tracklist and all tour dates are below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Laura Cantrell

Laura Cantrell will be performing on Monday (11/16) at BLVD for the Appalachian Community Fund's 5th Annual Benefit. Tickets are pricey and still on sale. On Saturday night (11/14), Laura played a cheaper NYC show at 92YTribeca. Amy Allison, singer and frequent Laura Cantrell collaborator, opened the show.

Laura's digital-only new album, Trains and Boats and Planes, is out now. More pictures and a video from 92Y below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea

Girls in stripes at the Nicole Atkins show - m4w - 28 (TriBeCa)

You were standing with a group of friends in front of me for most of the show tonight. You had on a striped shirt, jeans, and rain boots. We first made eye contact at the bar before the show started and I thought you were really cute. Anyway, I couldn't tell if you were checking me out during the show but in case you were, know that it was mutual and I'd like to take you out for a drink and find out what other music you're into. Put "Neptune City" in the subject so that I know it isn't spam. [Craigslist]

Nicole Atkins & The Sea play the Stone Pony in NJ on November 25th. Friday night (11/13) they played at 92YTribeca in NYC. More pictures and the setlist from that show, below...

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