Entries tagged with: Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
Surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will reunite to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary with three Chicago shows from July 3-5 at Soldier Field, the same venue their last show with Jerry Garcia took place. Joining them will be Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby who performed with the Dead several times in the '80s and '90s, and Jeff Chimenti of Bob Weir's band RatDog. Bob Weir tells tells Billboard that these will be the last shows with the four Dead members together.
Tickets will be available to fan club members from February 9-11, a local public presale runs from Feb. 12-13, and the general on-sale begins Feb. 14.
Peter Shapiro (Brooklyn Bowl and Capitol Theatre co-owner/booker) is producing the shows. That will follow four Phil Lesh shows at The Cap in March, in celebration of Phil's 75th birthday. Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks celebrate the Peter Shapiro-owned Relix's 40th anniversary with a "Brooklyn Is Dead" show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets).
Watch The Dead's 1974 Winterland concert below...
Sinkane at William Onyeabor tribute (more by Chris La Putt)
It's finally summer which means there's no lack of free outdoor live music in NYC, and here's yet another option. The Lot in Long Island City is a free, all ages music & film series running from August 2 - September 20 at 43-15 Crescent Street with music every Saturday from 3-9 PM and film every Thursday from 6-10 PM. The music lineup includes shows from Sinkane, Small Black, Kevin Morby, Hollis Brown, Jonny Fritz (formerly Jonny Corndawg), Widowspeak, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, The Sugarman 3, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, and more. Full schedule below.
Sinkane, who's due for a new album, also has a fall tour with Helado Negro coming up that includes a NYC show happening October 5 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After the tour, he plays another NYC show on November 2 at SOB's. No other artists billed for that show yet. Tickets are on sale. All of his dates are listed below.
Sinkane's Long Island City show is with Blue Note-signed jazz musician Takuya Kuroda, who among other things has collaborated with Jose James. Takuya also plays a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on July 26 with Gabriel Garzón Montano. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Watch a video of him below.
Speaking of all-day Saturday music series in Long Island City, Warm Up at MoMA PS1 kicked off this past weekend (6/28) and continues this coming weekend (7/5) through September 6. As we mentioned, to get to LIC from July 25 through September, you can't use the G (which will be stopping at Nassau), but there will be a bus shuttle service between Nassau and Court Sq, and you can still take the 7 or E.
The Lot in Long Island City schedule, with the list of Sinkane dates and Takuya Kuroda video, below...
Real Estate just announced details of their third album -- it's called Atlas and will be out March 4 via Domino. That's the cover art above. The first-released song from the LP, "Talking Backwards," is a nice bit of strummy pop and you can watch the video for it in this post.
While no live dates have been announced yet, NYC can catch bassist Alex Bleeker with his band & the Freaks at Death by Audio on Saturday (1/18) with Each Other, Nurse and Soldier, Tonstartssbandht, and Baked.
Video for "Talking Backwards," and Atlas' tracklist, is below.
Afro-Punk is presenting a Red Bull Sound Select show with DJ Sliink, Spank Rock, Body Language, Cakes Da Killa, Pegasus Warning, MikeQ, Larry B, Unique & Mursi Layne at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 17. Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
Dusted (Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck's softer project) are playing Rockwood Music Hall on December 14 and Brooklyn Bowl on December 15 with Until the Ribbon Breaks after Holy Fuck opens for !!! at a sold out Webster Hall show (12/13). Tickets to the Rockwood show are on sale now, and the Brooklyn Bowl show is free with RSVP.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 30. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
The Stepkids are playing a free in-store at Rough Trade NYC on December 9 and a not-free show at Brooklyn Bowl on February 8. Tickets for the latter go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
Gambles is playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are playing NYC-area shows on April 11 and 12 at The Borgata in Atlantic City, April 24-26 at the Theater at Westbury (tickets), and July 17 and 18 at The Capitol Theatre (tix on sale 12/6 at noon).
We Are Scientists are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 18. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Bill Pearis
Jacco Gardner released his debut album, Cabinet of Curiosities, earlier this year and this week he follows that up with a new single on Trouble in Mind. You can stream the a-side, "End of August," which continues his exploration of baroque, mushroom tea psychedelica, here in a distinctly autumnal mood. You can order yours now and stream it below. The Dutch wunderkind and his ace band also recently recorded a "Les Soirees de Poche" session for the La Blogotheque folks and you can watch that full half-hour performance below.
As mentioned, Jacco will be in North American soon for a tour that includes West Coast dates with the Allah-Las and a visit to the CMJ Festival in NYC. He's added a few more dates, including a tour-capper at Brooklyn's Death by Audio on October 28 with two solid locals, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, and Celestial Shore. Updated dates are listed, along with that song stream and video, below.
Real Estate at Crest Hardware in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
We're less than a week away from the official closing of Hoboken rock venue Maxwell's, and still more shows are being added to the club's final schedule. Another NJ band who has gone on to achieve higher levels of success, Real Estate, will play a late show (11 PM doors) on Monday (7/29). It's the second show members of Real Estate will have played there this month, considering Martin Courtney joined The Feelies a few weeks ago. Tickets for Monday's show are on sale now.
You can also catch Real Estate side project Ducktails at MoMA tonight (7/25). Then they play more shows in August, including a free NYC show with another NJ band who just played Maxwell's, Titus Andronicus on August 8 on Pier 84 with Juan Wauters (of The Beets). That show is part of the River Rocks series, which hosts Foxygen, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and The Aves tonight. All Ducktails dates are listed below.
Another Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks open for Woods at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (7/27), and after touring the US and Canada for the next month, return home for a show at Cake Shop on August 28. All Freaks dates are listed below.
Thermals @ 285 Kent, March 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Q-Tip @ Cielo
* Kim Smith @ Joe's Pub
* Dave Davies @ City Winery
* Laura Marling @ Roulette
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Secret Chiefs 3 @ The Stone
* Dawn Richard @ Gramercy Theatre
* Pantha Du Prince @ West Park Church
* Kuroma, Fort Lean, IDEATH @ Glasslands
* CAROL LIPNIK and SPOOKORAMA @ Barbes
* Della Mae, Margaret Glaspy @ The Rock Shop
* Tica Douglas, Woof Woof, Hayley Coupon @ Cameo Gallery
* Deiphago, Mutant Supremacy, Damnatum, Agrath @ Saint Vitus
* Wakey!Wakey!, Michael Daves, Ana Egge @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The Thermals, Screaming Females, Hop Along @ Bowery Ballroom
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Spectre Folk, King Cyst @ Knitting Factory
* A conversation with J. Cole and Elliott Wilson @ Highline Ballroom
* Apache Dropout, Blank Realm, Three Tsunamis, Pop Zeus @ Death By Audio
* John Talabot, Pional, Lemonade, JDH & Dave P @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gobby, SFV Acid, Fur, Kuhrye-oo, Ian Isia, fLako, Pick A Piper, Shadowbox, Lavina Yelb, Kraftmatiks @ Le Baron
* You Bred Raptors?, Two Seconds to Midnight, Pillow Theory, The Karma Exchange, Dave Wanamaker @ The Mercury Lounge
The Thermals bring their tour in support of their new Desperate Ground LP to NYC for their first of two Bowery Ballroom shows tonight. As discussed, Screaming Females open both dates, and Hop Along opens tonights show. Since we last spoke, Don GIovanni band Black Wine were added to Wednesday's (5/29) show.
Back in March, The Thermals came to NYC for a few shows including Ace Hotel's '5 at 5' series. Check out a video of them playing an acoustic version of "You Will Be Free" from their new album at that Ace Hotel show, below.
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks' new album, How Far Away, is out today on Woodsist. The band play a record release show tonight at Knitting Factory with Spectre Folk (who count Steve Shelley as a member) and Big Troubles side project King Cyst. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. You can also listen to the album in the Knit's front room at 6PM where it'll be spinning on vinyl. You can also bring your own vinyl and they'll play it too as part of the club's new Tuesday series, Release and Rewind. The front room is free. You can stream a track from their new album below.
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Tickets to see Paul Weller at Apollo Theatre, Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.
As mentioned, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks will also play a Record Store Day in-store at In Living Stereo, and they're also playing their own show on May 28 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
As mentioned, Fake Problems are going on a tour with The Menzingers that hits NYC on Saint Vitus on June 11. That show has since sold out, but you can catch Fake Problems a couple days later at Mercury Lounge on June 13. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Big Black Delta, who are playing Glasslands in June, have added another NYC show happening a few days earlier at Mercury Lounge on June 19. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon. Tickets for the Glasslands show are still available too.
UK synthpop artist Frankmusik are playing Maxwell's on June 6, Pianos on June 8 and Union Hall on June 12. Tickets to Pianos and Union Hall are on sale now. Tickets for Maxwell's go on sale today at noon.
Kuroma, Fort Lean and IDEATH (DJ set) are playing Glasslands on May 28. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
SXSW is no doubt a great way to see a lot of bands in a short amount of time and can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little much for some. If you'd like to see many of the same bands but in a more genteel setting, you might be interested in The Savannah Stopover which happens the weekend before SXSW (March 7 - 9) in at various clubs in Savannah, Georgia. Over 100 bands will play, including Of Montreal, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Chelsea Light Moving, Hunters, Braids, Delicate Steve, Turbo Fruits, Ducktails and loads more.
photos by Tracy Allison
Deer Tick & friends @ Brooklyn Bowl
Deer Tick have been up to a lot this month, and after just posting pics from their set at the Capitol Theatre last night (12/27), where they were supporting My Morning Jacket, we've got a slightly belated set of pics of the third and final night of their Brooklyn Bowl residency, where they performed an album and an EP in its entirety each night. Night 3 (12/19) saw the band, who were joined by a horn section, playing Divine Providence and the Tim EP. Here are those pictures.
Like the first two shows, Deer Tick's Ian O'Neill opened the show (no pics of his set), and for this one he was followed by Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks whose bluesier (than Real Estate) sound had them fitting in with Deer Tick a lot better than Real Estate or Ducktails would have. Then Yaps (whose Top 10 Albums of 2012 list is below) introduced author/comedian Dave Hill (who just gave us his Best of 2012 list) who introduced Deer Tick (shirtless, obviously) before they went on to play a booze-soaked set of Divine Providence, Tim and covers of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," Paul Westerberg's "Mr. Cigarette," Elliot Smith's "Between the Bar," Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your RIght (To Party!)," plus a few other original tunes worked in. Members of Delta Spirit also joined for the encore.
As mentioned, Deer Tick play a sold out show at Maxwell's tonight (12/28) and NYE in Boston with Two Gallants.
More pics and Deer Tick's setlist from the third show at Brooklyn Bowl, and Yaps' Top 10 list, below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's psych-pop group Prince Rupert's Drops dropped their debut album, Run Slow, a few weeks ago via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. It's a well-steeped cup of mushroom tea, brimming with ragged guitars, drone outs and enough melody to keep the straight interested. You can stream the whole thing below.
Prince Rupert's Drops have a couple local shows coming up. They'll play Mercury Lounge on December 29 with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks (tickets); and then again at Mercury Lounge on Jan 22 opening for Widowspeak at their record release party (tickets).
Album stream is below.
Sigur Ros at Celebrate Brooklyn in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tickets for the SIgur Ros tour, MSG show included, go on Fan Club presale (password: "BRENNISTEINN") today at 10 AM.. The MSG show goes on AmEx/MSG presale Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on sale starts Friday (11/16) at 9 AM.
Flogging Molly are playing Roseland Ballroom on February 2. Tickets for that show go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/Live Nation Mobile App presales start Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (11/16) at 10 AM.
Lotus are playing Best Buy Theater on January 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM. AEG Live presale starts Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (11/16) at noon.
Tickets for the They Might Be Giants show in Long Island go on venue presale today at 10 AM (password: "PULSE"). Tickets are also still available for their 12/30 show at MHOW, which is part of a three night run, but the other two are sold out.
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 29 with Prince Rupert Drops. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
by Bill Pearis
The Babies @ Glasslands, 6/6/12 (more by Tamara Porras)
There have been a lot of benefit concerts here in NYC to aid Hurricane Sandy victims and there are likely to be even more to come. There certainly are a lot of people who still need our help. Here are a few we just learned about.
The Babies record release show at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (11/13) we already alerted you to has become a Hurricane Sandy benefit of sorts. You can get $2 off the door with a donation for Hurricane Sandy Relief. Here's what's needed:
-Heavy duty cleaning supplies: bleach, industrial trash bags, contractor bags, brooms, mops, buckets, simple green, work gloves, gogglesYou can stream The Babies' new album, Our House on the Hill (out 11/13), in full over at SPIN and is really good, well worth a listen. The Babies have become a formidable live force too and, if truth be told, I like them more than either Vivian Girls or Woods (with whom they share members and I like just fine). We're also giving a pair of tickets away to this show (which also features Alex Bleeker and the Freaks and the Sundelles) and details are at the bottom of this post (And if you win, bring extra stuff!).
-Warm clothing, like heavy coats, gloves, hats, scarves.
-Diapers, baby food, bottles, formula.
-Food in general but specifically food that is appropriate for children (snack foods, cereal, rice, pb&j, bread)-
-Some places need flashlights & batteries, especially C or D.
Also on Tuesday in Williamsburg, the Finger on the Pulse / Snacky Tunes guys are throwing a Sandy relief benefit at Cameo featuring Moon Hooch, Emil & Friends and Erika Spring with DJ sets from Computer Magic. $5 at the door with 100% of the door and 10% of the bar going to the Red Hook Initiative. Flyer for the show is below.
Backing up a bit, on Sunday afternoon (11/11) at Matchless there's a benefit show with BV faves Heliotropes, DC bandShark Week, plus Zula, and Fantasmes. The party goes from 3 - 7 PM and is a $10 donation at the door. 100% door + 10% bar will be donated to New York Cares.
Shark Week are also playing another Sandy relief benefit the night before (11/10) at XPO 929 with Love Darling, and Clinical Trials. $8 at the door, more info here.
Flyers and contest details are below.
by Bill Pearis
When Real Estate signed to Domino last year, the label also signed its members' projects, including Alex Bleeker and the Freaks and Ducktails (Matt Mondanile). The latter, which began as Mondanile solo sound experiments, has morphed into a much more traditional five-piece rock (including members of Big Troubles) band that will release their Domino debut, The Flower Lane, in January 2013. The album was recorded over the summer with producer Al Carlson (Peaking Lights, Oneohtrix Point Never).
You can stream the electric piano driven title track below, and check out the album's tracklisting as well.
DOWNLOAD: Black Dice - "Pigs" (MP3)
Black Dice at PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Brooklyn experimentalists Black Dice will release their new album, Mr. Impossible on April 10 via the Domino-related Ribbon Music. It's the followup to Repo which was released almost exactly three years prior via Paw Tracks. Grab the single, "Pigs," above and watch the video for it below. The album artwork and tracklist is also below.
Black Dice were added to the Real Estate show at K&K Super Buffet on January 28 in Queens, which is part of Real Estate's tour with The Babies. Dogleather is also on the bill and Oneohtrix Point Never and Ducktails will DJ. $5.00 tickets are on sale NOW.
In related news, Real Estate member Alex Bleeker and the Freaks have two NYC shows coming up. They play Mercury Lounge on February 4 with La Big Vic and Family Portrait. Tickets are on sale now. They also play Glasslands on March 5 with Young Prisms, Boy Friend, and Tanks Amigo. Tickets for that show are on sale now too. The Glasslands show is part of a tour that Young Prisms will be heading out on. All dates for that tour are listed below.
All dates, video, stream, album art and tracklist below...
DOWNLOAD: Woods - "Christmas Time is Here" (VInce Guaraldi Cover) (MP3)
Woods at Woodsist Fest in July (more by Natasha Ryan)
Woods are heading out on a December tour that begins today (12/7) and culminates in a hometown show at Glasslands on December 19 with Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Steve Gunn, and Tide Eyed (DJ). Tickets are on sale now.
Woods are also welcoming the month of December with a cover of a song Dawes also just performed for the AV Club. It's Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here." You can grab that cover above, and stream it below along with all dates...
Woodsman @ SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"After spreading the gospel in the Rhinoceropolis DIY scene of their native Denver, Woodsman unleashed a steady torrent of brain-burning 7"s and cassettes last year with the help of Mexican Summer and Lefse. On their new full-length, Rare Forms, Woodsman take full advantage of one of Germany's finest exports: the mechanical, "motorik" 4/4, or what Neu! drummer Klaus Dinger once called the "Apache-Beat." Still, their music evokes something more bucolic than the steel and asphalt of the autobahn. Warm guitar tones, distant melodies, grainy feedback loops, and shamanistic drumming summon panoramic landscapes and mystical milieus-- images, I think, that would come to mind even if the band hadn't adopted a pastoral namesake." [Altered Zones]Woodsman, who are set to release their upcoming EP, Mystic Places, on October 25 via Fire Talk, have a few shows coming up including two in NYC this week. They play Cake Shop on Thursday (8/25) with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Orca Team and Flower Orgy and Shea Stadium on Friday (8/26) with Steve Gunn, Sacred Harp, and GDFX. They also play a New Haven, CT show on August 31 at BAR. Grab two MP3s from the upcoming EP above, or stream the same songs with all tour dates, below...
Real Estate at Bomb Fest 2011 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Congrats to Real Estate (and new live drummer Jackson Pollis), as well as offshoots Ducktails (Real Estate's Matthew Mondanile) and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, who have all signed to Domino! The label will release the forthcoming Real Estate LP, currently in the throes of production, in October. Details are forthcoming. Meanwhile some new live shows were announced.
With the heat starting to crank up even though its only early June, there may be some reconsideration regarding show choices based on venue coolness and comfort. We already knew that The Feelies will play Maxwell's three times in early July in addition to their FREE outdoor appearance at Prospect Park with Times New Viking and Real Estate. But now comes word that Real Estate has hopped on the air-conditioning train too, by adding a show at Maxwell's on July 24th (the day after the Prospect Park show). Tickets for Real Estate are on sale, and Feelies tix are all still available too: July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
The Maxwell's show, like most of Real Estate's July dates, will be with Dent May. They are all listed below.
Both Real Estate and Ducktails will also hit the Woodsist Festival in Big Sur on July 30th and 31st, where they'll meet up with Woods, Sic Alps (new/old drummer Ty Segall included), The Fresh & Onlys, Woods/Fresh & Onlys Big Band, and many others over the two days. Individual day tickets are still available.
Full Woodsist lineup, some videos and all dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
BOBBY @ Knitting Factory
"If you were at Knitting Factory last night, you got a trio of entertainment forms. You have the experimental musical stylings of BOBBY, you have projected artistic images and the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. As we know, Cinco de Mayo is when St. Mayo drove five big snakes out of Tijuana using a mariachi band while wearing a big sombrero.Molly Sarle was in fact the female voice on stage with her own band BOBBY at Knitting Factory last night (5/5), a change from BOBBY's last NYC show, and every other show they've played since. Mountain Man member Amelia Meath, who filled in for Molly at the previous shows, instead watched this one from the front row.
The Massachusetts-based collective are a fairly new band as founded by Tom Greenberg and featuring Molly Sarle of the popular vocal group Mountain Man. When I use the term experimental, that's a code word for "I have no idea what genre of music this lies under". Then I have to admit that music shouldn't need to be defined by genres. With the sparse guitars and a few electronic samplers, keyboards and processors, BOBBY does a fine of job making all that weirdness come together. It does help that Sarle's whoops and moans gives their set an other worldly quality." [Music Snobbery]
BOBBY played after a chill set by Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks (who covered a Mountain Man song). Detroit band Prussia opened the show and impressed with high energy and strong vocals. To quote Flagpole, "Imagine Flowers-era Rolling Stones colliding with Animal Collective while hanging out at Vampire Weekend's house and you're on the right track."
Right before the show we hosted a Hornitos Tequila-sponsored Cinco de Mayo party in the Knitting Factory front bar. 21+ ticketholders could choose between a free "Vegan Margarita" (named after the website more than the ingredients) and the "What about Bobb(by)" (or they could have both) (or as many as they could drink/hold in a 2 hour period). Which one did you like better? I thought I liked the "Vegan" better at first, but ended up partial to the "Bobby."
BOBBY return to NYC as part of a tour with Thao & Mirah. Prussia also played a show one night earlier at Mercury Lounge with Dominique Young Unique. Alex Bleeker's band Real Estate has a few shows coming up later this month.
More pictures from the Knitting Factory show, below...