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photo: White Lung at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
White Lung

White Lung aren't on tour at the moment, but the Vancouver band will be coming to NYC this week for a FREE show with a pretty amazing lineup. It's a VICE/Ray-Ban party happening Wednesday (7/29) at The Gutter with local punks The Men, UK grime artist Skepta (not the only NYC show he plays that night), and karaoke with Andrew WK. RSVP is open.

Andrew WK is also giving a motivational speaking lecture at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015. The fest just revealed their comedy stage, day-by-day lineup, and single-day tickets. More info here.

Watch a White Lung video below...

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Government Issue

Gainesville punk bonanza The Fest has added more bands to its 2015 lineup. There's reunited hardcore legends Government Issue (who also play NYC this month), party animal Andrew WK, Ramonesy punks Mean Jeans, Gainesville vets Radon, one of Mikey Erg's many bands Hatrabbits, a solo set from KJ of Chixdiggit, emo revivalists Football etc, and more.

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The lineup also includes a lineup of late '90s/early '00s Florida punks The Beltones, who played a few other reunion shows this current decade like Punk Rock Bowling 2012. To quote a 5-star Punk News review of their second and final album, 2001's Cheap Trinkets:

The Beltones possess a wide variety of influences-from rockabilly to the Pogues-and the convergance of such varying styles while maintaining a strong punk feel is no easy task. But the Beltones do it really well, and such talent recalls the brillaince of a band like the Swingin' Utters. Another reason this band stands apart from the rest is the emotional depth of the songs. I'm not going to make absurd comparisons by calling the lyrics Dickinsonian or whatever, but singer Bill McFadden is a pretty adept song writer. His lyrics of alienation, pain, lost hope are a refreshing substitute to the "beer guzzling because my girl left me so I'm gonna go to the pub and get in a fight with my bros backing me up" b.s. that is so prevalent in punk today.
Stream Cheap Trinkets, and check out the full list of Fest additions and updated lineup, below...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

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Festival Supreme, the music/comedy fest put on by 2015 Best Metal Album Grammy winners Tenacious D, will return for its third year this fall, happening at Los Angeles' Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds on October 10. The lineup is pretty supreme indeed, including Kids in the Hall, Rocket from the Crypt, the original cast of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, The Darkness, Die Antwoord, Jenny Slate, Amy Poehler, Super Dave Osborne, Neil Hamburger, Dan Deacon, Andrew WK and lots more.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday (6/11) at noon PDT, with a Festival Supreme website presale beginning Tuesday (6/9) at 10 AM PDT (password: SUPREME). Full 2015 Festival Supreme lineup is listed below...

Continue reading "Tenacious D's Festival Supreme announces 2015 lineup: MST3K reunion, Kids in the Hall, RFTC, The Darkness & more"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015: Faith No More, Billy Idol, Lifetime, Hum, Desaparecidos, Civ, Ice Cube, Merle Haggard & more"

photo: The Movielife at Irving Plaza in February (more by Mimi Hong)
Movielife

Long Island melodic hardcore band The Movielife have been reunited for a bit now, but they haven't actually played the Island in over 13 years. That will change this summer when they headline the Today's Mixtape Festival happening August 15 - 16 at The Emporium in Patchogue, NY. Also on the bill is Incendiary, Iron Chic, a Saturday night afterparty with Andrew WK and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below.

That's the second upcoming NYC-area appearance for The Movielife, who also have the iDobi Meltdown Festival in NJ which they curated. They play day 2 (6/27) with Balance & Composure, Make Do And Mend, and Timeshares; and day 1 (6/26) has Lifetime, The Menzingers, Laura Stevenson and Worriers.

Iron Chic have other shows around here too. They play the Long Island stop of Treasure Fleet's tour on 5/23, the new Riis Park Beach Bazaar series of free shows in the Rockaways on 5/30, and them and Timeshares open for Gin Blossoms on Long Island on 7/10.

Today's Mixtape Festival full lineup and flyer below...

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photo: The Julie Ruin @ MHOW, Oct 2013 (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...

H2O, Kill Your Idols @ Saint Vitus (noon)
In celebration of NYHC/pop punk vets H2O's 20th anniversary, they just played three nights at Saint Vitus with two albums of their six-album discography played in full a night. Now to cap off the run, they've got two all-ages matinees at the venue this weekend, this being the first. It's a great double bill with fellow NY punk vets Kill Your Idols opening.

The Julie Ruin, Bleached, Youth Code (DJ set) @ House of Vans
Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre still makes biting, urgent material with her band The Julie Ruin, who play a free show in NYC tonight (though you had to RSVP, which is now closed). Get there early for garage pop band Bleached.

Pissed Jeans, VEXX @ Baby's All Right (2 shows)
Noisy post-hardcore rippers Pissed Jeans always put on a wild show, and tonight they'll put on two -- 8 PM and midnight. Olympia punks Vexx are on both shows and worth seeing too. Opening the early show is Big Ups and opening the late show is Honeysuck.

Superheaven @ Rough Trade
Superheaven's new album Ours Is Chrome dropped this week, and if you're looking for a new band with alt-rock bangers like "Cherub Rock" and "Everlong," look no further. This is a free, all ages afternoon release show (1:30 doors, 2 PM show), ahead of their tour which begins in NYC this Friday.

Nate Wooley (Seven Story Mountain V), Maya Dunietz, Fritz Welch, TILT Brass @ Abrons Art Center
The final night of the ISSUE Project Room-presented Tectonics Festival features Nate Wooley presenting Seven Story Mountin V which has been "expanded in scale and complexity for a 19-piece ensemble."

Har Mar Superstar, Mereki, Lost Lander, Holiday Mountain @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers up a wide variety of evening entertainment, including ping pong, mini-golf, arcade games, shopping, micro-brews and local wines, and of course free live music. Tonight is headlined by entertaining party-starter Har Mar Superstar.

Juan Wauters, Nude Beach, Tall Juan, Vox Disco @ Shea Stadium
You get two Juans for the price of one tonight: Wauters is celebrating the release of his terrific new album, Who Me?; Tall Juan makes a similar raw garage-folk ruckus. In between the Juans are excellent heartland punks Nude Beach.

Endless Boogie, Hoagie Jungle, The Renderers @ Union Pool
One of the most accurately named bands in NYC, Endless Boogie grab hold of a groove and don't let go. It's not 100% accurate as they do usually stop at some point but don't try and argue that to get your money back. Also on the bill: New Zealand's long-running The Renderers who will play Cake Shop later in the evening.

Zuli, The Renderers, Hamish Kilgour, Flying Squirrels, Amber Arcades @ Cake Shop
One of Cake Shop's "super shows" celebrating their 10th Anniversary, this show features The Renderers and fellow kiwi Hamish Kilgour (of The Clean, etc), and German artist Amber Arcades whose live band features members of Real Estate and Quilt. There may also be surprise guests, who can say?

DJ Playero, DJ Laz, Erick Rincon, Happy Colors, Pablitomix, Notch, Uproot Andy, Geko Jones @ Verboten
Part of the Red Bull Music Academy, tonight Verboten is being taken over by Que Bajo Records and they'll be spinning cumbia, reggaeton, that will spin salsa, bachata, dancehall, baile funk, merengue, mambo, kuduro, kwaito, funana, tribal guarachero and more.

The Minus 5, Steve Wynn and The Miracle Three @ WFMU Monty Hall
When not playing in Young Fresh Fellow, and The Baseball Project, Scott McCaughey shows a slightly more serious side with The Minus Five which also (usually) features REM's Peter Buck. Also on the bill is Steve Wynn, which means most of The Baseball Project are playing this show. Who knows what may happen?

Saun & Starr @ Ginnys
Some of you may recognize Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe from their days singing backup for Sharon Jones. Saun & Starr have now made their own album, titled Look Closer, which is out May 19 via Daptone (of course). The pair celebrate the new LP at this Harlem spot, playing an early and late show tonight.

Antwon, Wiki, Show Me The Body @ Elvis Guesthouse
Two alt-rappers play this show, Antwon and Ratking's Wiki, and opening is the more rock-oriented Show Me The Body.

Creeping Dose, Mommy, Born Wrong, Pleasure Industry, Dilate @ The Acheron
A handful of solid local hardcore bands are on this bill, and especially worth catching is the angry, uncompromising Ontario band Born Wrong while they're in town.

Luke Roberts, Chris Brokaw, Toby Driver, Andrew Hock, Cetacea @ Trans-Pecos
This is a cool show all around with solo sets from Luke Roberts of black metal band Thantifaxath (not to be confused with the folk singer), Chris Brokaw of Codeine and Come, Toby Driver of Kayo Dot and several other bands, Andrew Hock of Psalm Zero, and Cetacea aka Bryan Bray of Canadian metal band Gates (not to be confused with the NJ post-hardcore band).

Rough Francis, D'NT, Gozer @ Grand Victory
Rough Francis features the three sons of Bobby Hackney (of proto-punk legends Death). Some of them have also played in their fathers' band, and their sound isn't too far removed.

Marky Ramone w/ Andrew WK @ The Stone Pony
Marky Ramone (Ramones drummer from 1978-1983 and 1987-1996) is currently on the road playing his old band's songs with Andrew WK singing. Tour hits NJ tonight.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Jonathan Dick

Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone will take the stage at the Gramercy Theater on 1/17 to celebrate the upcoming publication of his memoirs, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone. Sitting behind the drums for one of the greatest bands in rock history for fifteen years provided more than enough perspective for the Brooklyn native who will turn 59 later this year. The timing is especially poignant given that last July saw the death of Tommy Ramone who'd been the last surviving member of the original lineup. It was Tommy who would recommend Marky to replace himself when he left the band in 1978, setting in motion another chapter for a band that had already established itself as one of punk rock's most iconic groups. I recently spoke with Mark to discuss the book release show (featuring Andrew W K), his earliest days with another genre-defining band, and why punk rock is still the best form of exercise.

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BV: Let's talk about the book for a second, Mark. What made you feel this was the right time for an autobiography?

Marky: Well, it took five years in the making, and the process of writing it was a year and a half. I read all the Ramones books, and there were a lot of exaggerations, and I just wanted to clear them, so in my book I did. I just don't like when people try to change history for their own reasons. I'm not gonna mention names. I'm just saying that I believe what happened happened and that's what happened. To change history for one's idea of sensationalism I think is wrong. On the Internet, especially these days, a blog or a writer can say anything and then everybody believes that, y'know what I'm saying? I'm sure you've experienced that. That's where a lot of people unfortunately get their news. In my book it's my whole life story beginning with the music scene plus growing up in Brooklyn, New York, and then later on after me, Johnny, and Joey decided to retire in '94 and then our last show was in '96. It's a lot more informative. Obviously it has a lot to do with time being in the band for fifteen years and doing 1700 shows. I absorbed everything and what you read, that's the result.

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Continue reading "an interview w/ Marky Ramone (whose autobiography is out now) --- catch him on tour"

VICE PARTY

Earlier this week we started to hear rumblings of a super secret, giant Vice party taking place Friday night (tonight, 12/5) somewhere in Brooklyn. Many big names were rumored to be playing. Like the event they just threw in Toronto, it would be to celebrate the now-mega-company's 20 years of existence. Then last night Nick Zinner tweeted the above "Vice Confidential" memo which has the Yeah Yeahs guitarist playing as part of a house band which will be fronted by Karen O and a ton of other exciting guests, if it all comes true. Pussy Riot is even on there, as are a bunch of Vice Records artists, as you can see above.

The show is invite only, but apparently they'll at least be filming it all (for the benefit of those not in attendance, and for those who make it in but partake a bit too much in the open bar), and they gave away a few tickets.

It goes without saying that the timing of this, though surely coincidental, is just a bit unfortunate for everyone since the last time we used "Brooklyn", "Vice" and "party" in the same sentence, was to discuss the final night of Death By Audio less than two weeks ago (Glasslands closes on New Year's Eve).

For what it's worth, I don't think there's any crossover between the Vice lineup and who played the final month at DbA, though Hisham Bharoocha used to be in Lightning Bolt who played DbA's final night.

So, who's on the list?

Greg Barris (photo via Michael Alex Newman)
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Comedian Greg Barris is a busy guy. He's co-hosting the Doctors Without Borders benefit at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 (tickets) and, among other things, started a new series/podcast this year called "Mind Warriors" which mixes science and laughs:

Mind Warriors: Bringing you the most cutting edge information from the edge of the universe (that's two edges). Mind Warriors is a comedic, science interview show hosted by Greg Barris that delves into the spiritual and scientific research and practices of each guest Mind Warrior with a question and answer session at the end with the audience.
The next edition of "Mind Warriors" happens at Brooklyn's Union Hall on January 11 with Andrew WK as guest. Tickets for that are on sale now. The first "Mind Warriors" video is below.

Andrew WK is busy too, playing a solo show at Knitting Factory on November 22 (part of their Fifth Anniversary celebration), and will be with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg at Gramercy Theatre on January 17. He'll also be on WNYU on December 11 at 4PM for a " live radio interview and party DJ set!" so mark your calendars. Updated AWK schedule is listed below.

And in related funny/smart news, there's a benefit for 826NYC (the nonprofit that promotes creative and expository writing skills) at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Sarah Vowell, Fred Armisen and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale.

Reggie Watts also plays The Bell House on Friday (11/7) as part of the NY Comedy Fest, and then later in the evening at The Blue Note.

Andrew WK dates -- including New Year's Eve in Chicago -- are listed, along with the first episode of "Mind Warriors," below..

Continue reading "Andrew WK adds dates, guesting on Greg Barris' "Mind Warriors"; Fred Armisen & more doing 826NYC benefit"

Phosphorescent at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
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As discussed, Mobb Deep are playing Knitting Factory on 11/19 to help celebrate the venue's fifth anniversary in its current Brooklyn location. That show is one of many great shows scheduled for the week-long 'Knit Ball: Celebrating 5 Years in Brooklyn.' A few other highlights include Phosphorescent (solo) and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (solo) teaming up on November 20 (tickets); a solo set from Andrew WK with Xenia Rubinos and The Skins on November 22 (tickets); and a not-free set from comedian Hannibal Buress (who often plays free Sunday shows in the front bar) on Sunday, November 23 (tickets).

The BrooklynVegan-presented Polaris show on 11/21 which Ski Lodge (which is sold out) is part of the week-long celebration too.

Other shows include Moon Hooch and Elephant Wrecking Ball on 11/18 (tickets); ASTR, Ghost Beach and Body Language (DJ) on 11/21 (tickets); MC Chris, MC Lars and Spose on 11/22 (tickets); and "very special guests" are promised for November 17.

Andrew WK has other dates including his January show with Marky Ramone at Gramercy Theatre. All of his dates are listed, with the Knit Ball flyer, below...

Continue reading "Knitting Factory celebrating five years in Brooklyn w/ Andrew WK, Phosphorescent, Lady Lamb, Hannibal Buress & more"

Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone, whose signed picture is up in many Brooklyn restaurants and who we realized recently went to the same Brooklyn high school as Neil DIamond, is releasing an autobiography titled Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone on January 13, and he'll be celebrating in NYC that same week. His band Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg will perform at Gramercy Theatre on January 17 and Andrew WK, who was recently the subject of an article by Perfect Pussy frontwoman Meredith Graves, will guest on vocals like he did for Marky in the past. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/10).

Marky drummed in the Ramones from '78-'83 and '87-'96, playing on such classic albums as Road to Ruin, End of the Century, Subterranean Jungle and more. Watch a full set video of Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg ft. Andrew WK from their 2013 Santos Party House show, below...

Continue reading "Marky Ramone releasing an autobiography, celebrating at Gramercy Theatre w/ Andrew WK"

bloody nose at LOA's show @ Starland Ballroom earlier this month
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Stage diving is the hot topic of the week with Joyce Manor speaking out publicly against it happening at their shows. It reminded me of all the attention stage diving was getting after a kid died jumping off the stage at a Life of Agony show at L'Amour. I looked it up, and that kid was 18-year-old Christopher Mitchell, and the sad incident happened on Dec. 18, 1994, almost exactly 20 years ago. It resulted in charges (reminiscent of the Lamb of God situation), court cases, and made the NY Times. Not much has changed. Here's an excerpt from that 1996 NY Times article:

...Bands welcome it, and in some cases, have come to demand mosh pits, as an energizing form of feedback from the fans. Audiences have taken to it as a freeing physical release.

"The kids would mosh to Paul Anka right now," said John Dittmar, president of Pinnacle Entertainment, a New York booking agency. "It almost doesn't matter what band it is, the kids want to get out there and move around."

Ron Delsener, a New York concert promoter whose company handles events at arenas like the Roseland ballroom and Madison Square Garden, said that moshing is to the 1990's what jitterbugging was to the 1940's. "Moshing is getting out your stress and tensions," Mr. Delsener said. "America is pretty wild these days. Now it is not only, 'I touch you,' but 'I push you.' "

Victims of moshing are increasingly seeking damages for their injuries. According to Entertainment Insurance Agency, which specializes in insurance for performing artists, concert venues and promoters, claims are about six times what they were 10 years ago.

"We've grown into a more litigious society," said Walter R. Howell Jr., who owns Entertainment Insurance. "A lot of these are mosh pit cases."

In the same year as Mr. Mitchell's death, two young men became quadriplegics as a result of moshing injuries, according to Crowd Management Strategies, and the Woodstock concert accounted for 7,000 injuries alone.

"It ranges from chaos with etiquette where the physical contact is light, to literally a raging brawl, where there are people in the pits who come to hurt people or to sexually assault women," Mr. Wertheimer said.

Those involved in the production of concerts, however, say security is usually good and that incidents associated with moshing are the exception, not the rule.

"Maybe you'll have a broken bone or two every now and then, but the real serious injuries that you see a lot of press on is not what is happening on a day-to-day basis," said Mr. Dittmar, the booking agent, whose clients include the Spin Doctors and White Zombie. "Is it a little bit more aggressive these days? Yes, but everything is more aggressive."

Read the rest in the NY Times.

Life of Agony were never the same after they witnessed someone die at one of their shows (how are Miss May I and the family of Alberto Scott doing?). LOA singer Keith Caputo (now Mina Caputo) was/is always warning the crowd to be extra careful, including at their most recent gig which was a sold out, packed house at Starland Ballroom in NJ earlier this month. Despite the warnings though, not everyone walked out of the 2014 show unscathed. The girl in the picture above suffered a bloody nose, and one dude left with blood running down his face. Neither seemed upset though, and Mina later posted: "Girl breaks nose at gig last night, Boy splits his head! Sending U both love. i Feel terrible about it! Obviously last night was incredibly amazing! Dangerous & Inspiring #LIFEOFAGONY pits R like fuckn war zones, but ironically full of love. Unreal." Love was in the air (as was bassist Alan Roberts who closed the show as usual by riding for a bit on top of the crowd).

Since our last post about bands speaking out against stagediving, others have joined in the conversation too, like The Hotelier, whose singer Christian Holden told AltPress:

I hate stage diving both as a listener and performer. When I'm playing, I don't care about the spectacle of the "wild crowd" and more so just find myself worrying if the people up front are getting kicked in the face, if the smaller folks are getting crushed and if someone is going to trip on my cable and rip the head off my bass cab or step on our pedal boards. My energy onstage correlates to the energy in the crowd, and when I see that someone is annoyed because he or she is getting crushed, it bums me out. I'd rather see peeps in the crowd yell at a stage diver or let the person fall on his or her face. There is more power in small or shy people speaking for themselves and affirming themselves in the spaces they occupy.
Andrew W.K. (who almost got sued for stagediving) and Dan Ozzi of Noisey "give you in the ins and outs on how to successfully stage dive and how to take part in a mosh pit", in the recent CoS video below...

Continue reading "20 years later, the stage diving debate rages on (RIP Christopher Mitchell)"

Spoon at FFF 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Spoon

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

Spoon, !!! , Operators (ex-Wolf Parade) @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
Having released the terrific They Want My Soul earlier this summer, Britt Daniel and the new line-up of Spoon play this sold out show tonight. (They were great at the McKittrick secret show back in August.) In addition to punk-funk exclamationists !!!, Dan Boeckner's new band Operators open tonight... and between them and Spoon, the entire lineup of Divine Fits will be there tonight, so it's not out of the realm of possibilities that we might bet a song or two from that.

Karen O @ McKittrick Hotel
Karen O's first (but recorded 7 years ago) solo album, Crush Songs, is out now, and unlike Yeah Yeah Yeahs' increasingly bigger sounding music, it's raw introverted bedroom folk. This week's four intimate shows (tonight's being the second) should fit the sound well.

Bob Mould, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom
Between his time in Husker Du, Sugar, and a prolific solo career, the legendary Bob Mould has over three decades of great material to pull from for this week's 3 NYC shows, this being the first. Openers Cymbals Eat Guitars are not to be missed either. This year's LOSE is one of the year's most powerful indie rock albums.

Dead Rider, Dan Friel, Advaeta @ Baby's All Right
Chicago's Dead Rider (ex-US Maple) headline this night of experimental music, noise and general out-there vibes.

Philip Glass & Steve Reich @ BAM (Howard Gilman Opera House
Nonesuch Records' 50th anniversary at BAM continues with the second of three collaborative nights of contemporary composer greats Philip Glass and Steve Reich, their first live collaborations in over thirty years.

Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile @ BAM (Harvey Theater)
Contemporary jazz composer Brad Mehldau is on his second of two nights at BAM for the Nonesuch anniversary, and this one's extra special because he'll be joined by Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers' Chris Thile.

Man or Astro-Man?, The Pack A.D., Wray @ Brooklyn Bowl
Everyone's favorite sci-fi surf punk band Man or Astro-Man? are back in town for two NYC shows this week, tonight's being the first.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ Madison Square Garden
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers put out their 13th album this year, Hypnotic Eye, and they're also responsible for some of the most massive heartland rock hits dating back to the 1970s. We should get a little of everything tonight.

Naomi Punk, PC Worship, Laced, Psychic Blood @ Palisades
This bill is loaded with raw DIY-minded rock with the grungy Naomi Punk, the noisy PC Worship, the Beach Fossils/Nude Beach-related Laced, and more noise/grunge from Psychic Blood.

Nick Waterhouse, PEP @ Rough Trade
LA classic soul/R&B lover Nick Waterhouse, who has made his way through NYC twice this year already, is back to lay down some live grooves, many of which are from his new album, Holly.

White Denim, Clear Plastic Masks @ MHOW
Austin's jam scene-approved rockers White Denim kick off a three-night at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. Their current tour is continuing to support last year's Jeff Tweedy-produced Corsicana Lemonade.

"ASK ANDREW LIVE" w/ Andrew WK @ Santos Party House
This is billed as "a night of in-person intimate advice on life, love and" -- yep, you guessed it -- "partying."

The Stevens, Free Time @ Cake Shop
Melbourne's The Stevens pull from a variety of landmark indie rock -- The Clean, Guided by Voices, Pavement -- but don't sound quite like any of them. The band's debut album,The History of Hygiene, is 24 tracks of lo-to-mid-fi shambly pop perfection. No doubt there is a lot of this type of stuff out there, but The Stevens make superior product

Jason Lescalleet, Decimus @ Body Actualized Center
Drone/sound collage master Jason Lescalleet just played a collaborative show at Trans-Pecos with Kevin Drumm, and tonight he's back in solo mode for this show at Body Actualized Center.

Interpol signing @ Other Music (5 PM)
Interpol played three NYC shows last week in celebration of new album El Pintor which is out this week. Buy it and get the band to deface it with Sharpies at Other Music tonight.

Sweet @ The Slipper Room
Seth Herzog's comedy night Sweet is celebrating its 10th anniversary with three guest-filled shows this week, this is the final night. Herzog has promised appearances by Colin Quinn, Hannibal Buress, Vanessa Bayer, Dave Hill, and Questlove at some point during the week, and folks like Jim Gaffigan, Todd Barry and more have appeared as unannounced guests. Who will show up tonight?

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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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Riot Fest

The initial lineup for Riot Fest Toronto was recently announced, and since then the Riot Fest Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Riot Fest Denver (Sept. 19-21) lineups were announced as well.

Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...

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Andrew WK

As briefly mentioned, Andrew WK will appear at Strand Books on May 22 to celebrate the 33 1/3 volume of AWK's I Get Wet. From Strand:

On Thursday, May 22, Andrew W.K. joins Phillip Crandall to talk about Phillip's 33 1/3 title, I Get Wet. Phillip's book examines not only the making of I Get Wet as an album, but the history and mythology of Andrew W.K.'s career. This event will kick off our series with 33 1/3 album books. This event will take place in Strand's Rare Book Room at 7pm.

Andrew W.K., the self-declared King of Partying, joins Phillip Crandall to talk about Phillip's 33 1/3 title, I Get Wet. Phillip's book examines not only the making of I Get Wet as an album, but the history and mythology of Andrew W.K.'s career. A book that has been praised by diehard fans and skeptics alike, it's is essential reading for anyone who likes great music writing.

This event will kick off our series with 33 1/3 album books. An evening no music lover will want to miss. Party hard!

The I Get Wet 33 1/3 book came out earlier this year. To gain entry to the Strand event you have to buy it from Strand, or if you already have it you can purchase a $15 gift card instead. More info here.

Andrew also has multiple dates coming up, which are listed, along with the "Party Hard" video, below...

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Sam Smith w/ Disclosure at T5 in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sam Smith

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

Sam Smith @ Webster Hall
It wasn't that long ago that Sam Smith wasn't known as much more than the singer on Disclosure's "Latch," but from the impressive solo tracks he's been releasing ahead of his debut album (due out in May), he's shaping up to be an exciting artist on his own too. Tonight's show is sold out.

Boogarins @ Other Music
Brazilian band Boogarins' debut album came out via Other Music Recording Company and the band play a free in-store at OM's NYC store tonight ahead of their Glasslands show on Tuesday.

Solids, PUP, Pachangacha @ Glasslands
It's a triple attack of punky indie rock at Glasslands tonight with Solids and PUP stopping in NYC on their way back to Canada after SXSW, and Connecticut's Pachangacha joining them too. All three bands do it again tomorrow at Mercury Lounge.

Bob Dylan in the 80s w/ John & Ian of Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim, Elvis Perkins, Spirit Family Reunion, Dawn Landes & more @ MHOW
Bob Dylan's 1980-1990 period is being honored with a tribute album on ATO Records this week, and to celebrate that there's a release show at MHOW with many of the artists contributing to the album (plus one who isn't), including Langhorne Slim, John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Spirit Family Reunion, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen, members of Tea Leaf Green, and special guests,

Tinariwen, The Melodic @ Brooklyn Bowl
Malian band Tinariwen bring their exotic sounds to Brooklyn Bowl for the second of two nights there tonight.

Calvin Love, TOPS, Jimmy Whispers @ Baby's All Right
It's a double dose of Canadian pop with Edmonton's synthy/twangy Calvin Love and the '80s soft-rock sounds of Montreal's TOPS.

Guerilla Toss, Ryan Power, D Watusi, Death Moth @ Death by Audio
Freaky Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss and their psych pop labelmate Ryan Power team up for another show together at DbA tonight.

La Femme @ The Standard East Village
If you missed the Parisians at Glasslands last night and can't make their shows opening for Trail of Dead, they play tonight at The Standard (early show 7 - 9 PM). It's free but you do need to RSVP to aohayon@standardhotel.com.

The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
The xx continue their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.

RAC, Prides, SPEAK @ Rough Trade
RAC, who work with many artists including Bloc Party's Kele, kick off a 2-night run in NYC tonight. Tonight's show is sold out, but tomorrow's larger Webster Hall show is still on sale.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
The very funny Mike Birbiglia is about to take his "Thank God for Jokes" set on tour, which doesn't include any dates in NYC, but before he leaves he'll do another of his small "Working It Out" shows tonight.

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac continues his weekly Night Train comedy show tonight with errick Brown, Anthony DeVito and more to be announced.

Ask Me Another w/ Andrew WK @ The Bell House
This is a live taping of WNYC's podcast, "a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music" featuring host Ophira Eisenberg and special guest Andrew WK.

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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Richard Hell

NYC punk legend Richard Hell is celebrating the paperback release of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp this month with some live talks/interviews. He was already interviewed by Robert Christgau in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, and this week he will be at Strand Books on Thursday (3/20), reading an excerpt from his book and then being interviewed by NYU professor Bryan Waterman (who wrote the 33 1/3 volume for Television's Marquee Moon). You have to buy a copy of his book from Strand or a $15 Strand gift card to attend.

Then on Saturday (3/22) at NYU, Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy will interview Hell at 7 PM in the Great Hall at Cooper Union. That's followed by a panel with writer Vivien Goldman, feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin), and singer Tamar Kali. Admission is at at 6:30 for conference attendees, and at 7:00 for the general public, as space allows.

UPDATE: Both of those Richard Hell events are part of 'Punk at 40,' which also includes Bryan Waterman presenting a Marquee Moon edition of 'Classic Album Sundays at Output on Sunday (3/23). Tickets are on sale.

Not exactly a punk legend himself, but a Marky Ramone collaborator, Andrew WK will also be at Strand Books on May 22 with Phillip Crandall, author of the 33 1/3 volume for AWK's I Get Wet. More info TBA.

In more '70s-era punk news, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain already brought their amazingly named 'Sex Doll Tour' to NYC once earlier this month, and they've since tacked on another NYC show to the end of the tour happening on March 31 at Grand Victory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Tour flyer with all dates and the flyer for the Grand Victory show, below.

Australian '70s punk vet Deniz Tek (of Radio Birdman) joins forces with The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn and his band The Miracle 3 for a show on May 29 at Bowery Electric. Also on that bill is Nikki Corvette and Palmyra Delran. Tickets are on sale now. Deniz also plays NJ's Brighton Bar the next day (5/30) before his TBA European tour.

There's another show at Bowery Electric on May 10 with CJ Ramone (who was a Ramone from '89-'96). He'll be joined by Brass Knuckle Evangelists and The Threads. Tickets are on sale.

In more related news, we just posted today that Ramones/Talking Heads/Blondie/Richard Hell/Suicide producer Craig Leon is reissuing solo material and playing NYC and Moogfest.

Glen Matlock/Sylvain Sylvain flyers and a classic Richard Hell video below...

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First Lil Bub and now Gary Gnu...

Gary Gnu

Westchester's second Pop Goes the Culture variety show, a colorful evening of meaningful performances and meaningless awards recognizing favorite pop culture acts, was held Saturday, March 2 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers. The event, which honored everyone from Broadway star Gregory Jbara to Capitol Theatre owner Peter Shapiro, was presented by Mamaroneck author Jon Chattman and his A-Sides brand Pictured (L-to-R) Chattman, honorees - rocker Andrew W.K. and Great Space Coaster puppet Gary Gnu (with Jim Martin). Photo by: Lindsay Burdick Witts
You might not consider this news, but no gnews is good gnews!

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Lil Bub

Internet cat celebrity Lil Bub moves to cable for Lil Bub's Special Special which airs on Animal Planet this Saturday (2/8) at 9 PM EST. It's bound to be weird -- guests include Amy Sedaris and Andrew WK (who's got Grand Piano parties in NYC in April). Get a taste, with help from AWK and a dude playing a "saxitar," via the video for single "Star Party Animal." It's pretty much what you'd expect, which is a good thing. You can also  pre-order the single on iTunes and net proceeds will go to a charity of Lil BUB's choice.

Watch the video -- and a couple other clips from the Special Special -- below...

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Andrew WK at Santos in 2013 (more by Dan Bracaglia)
Andrew WK

At the tail end of 2013, Andrew WK celebrated New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza, and we weren't there but it unsurprisingly sounds like it was pretty wild. Whether you were there or not, you can remember it forever by purchasing one of Andrew's new limited edition New Year's Eve posters. For $10 more, you can get it autographed by Andrew. Available to purchase here. Also check out a video from NYE below.

Andrew also has some other dates coming up, including more of his solo Grand Piano Parties at Subculture like the ones he did in November. He'll be at Subculture on April 25 and 26, and tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

All upcoming dates are listed, along with that video, below...

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Baby Dee at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
Baby Dee

Performance artist/multi-instrumentalist/singer Baby Dee, known for collaborations with Andrew WK, Antony and others, plus another Antony collaborator who Baby Dee often shares the stage with, Little Annie, are teaming up for a Christmas Eve show at Joe's Pub, a place they've played together before. It's probably one of the only shows in NYC that night, so if "an evening of depressive snowmen, disgruntled reindeer, incontinent Santas, washed up hermaphrodites and yuletide sobstresses" sounds like your way to spend Christmas Eve, then this is not to miss. Tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of holidays and Andrew WK, he parties it up at Irving Plaza on New Year's Eve. Tickets for that show are still available.

Little Annie and Baby Dee released the collaborative album, State of Grace in 2012. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy features on the title track, and you can stream that song, along with the rest of the album, below...

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Flatbush Zombies at North Coast Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Flatbush Zombies

Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to stuffing your face on Thursday, it also means looking for good deals on all your holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and probably the rest of December). NYC music venues Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre are getting in on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday fun, and offering no Ticketmaster fees for all shows happening in December and January at Irving and Dec-Feb at Gramercy.

Starting at 12:01 AM on Friday (11/29), and running through 11:59 PM on Monday (12/2), you can get fee-less tickets to Flatbush Zombies (tix), A$AP Ferg (tix), Gwar (tix), Andrew WK (New Year's Eve) (tix), Mykki Blanco (New Year's Eve) (tix), Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz (tix), and more.

Unfortunately not part of this deal because it happens in April, but you can still get tickets to our BrooklynVegan-presented London Grammar show at Irving Plaza.

confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
confetti

The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).

Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...

Thurston Moore will set up shop at the Stone in the East Village for two special shows on 12/31, one with John Zorn and another with Mike Watt.

Gogol Bordello are at Terminal 5 for two rowdy nights (12/30 & 31) (where Amanda Palmer played last year).

Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.

Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.

Moon Boots plays Output.

Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.

DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.

Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.

Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.

Or maybe just head to Mexico!

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P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.

DOT

Back in September, the NY Mag-affiliated blog Bedford + Bowery opened up a pop-up called the B+B Newsroom on Grand St, just off Bedford in Williamsburg, a space that hosts panel discussions, artists talks and screenings. (Some people were disappointed that it didn't turn out to be a cat cafe like posters promised.) They've hosted discussions on the state of nightlife and DIY venues, did some stuff during CBGB Fest and other events. The space is popping down at the end of the month but they do have a few interesting things -- all free -- planned before they do, including the previously-mentioned Andrew WK lecture on partying on 10/29. Here's a few highlights:

Tonight (10/23) they're screening documentary Dirty Old Town which is about Billy Leroy of the iconic and Billy's Antiques & Props which was at Bowery and Houston until last year. (You may know him from from cable reality shows Baggage Battles or Storage Wars.) Billy will be in attendance at the screening.

On Thursday (10/24) they're hosting a screening of The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations, a documentary about the beloved children's book which just premiered at The New Yorker Festival.

Sunday (10/27) is "Comedy Night" with BV contributor Dave Hill, plus Greg Barris, Sara Armour, Matteo Lane and Neal Stastny.

And on October 30, they'll host a panel discussion titled "How to Grown an Indie Label" with the heads of local indie record labels labels Captured Tracks, Loma Vista, and Cascine.

You can see the full rundown of events over at B+B. Trailers for Dirty Old Town and The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations below...

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