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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...

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bloody nose at LOA's show @ Starland Ballroom earlier this month
Bloody nose

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...

Continue reading "Riot Fest 2014 Chicago & Denver lineups (The Cure, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Wu-Tang, Flaming Lips, MANY more)"

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...

Continue reading "Andrew WK & Phillip Crandall discussing 'I Get Wet''s 33 1/3 book at Strand Bookstore in May +++ tour dates"

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...

Continue reading "Richard Hell being interviewed in NYC this week; Glen Matlock & Sylvain Sylvain touring; Deniz Tek too, & more"

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...

Continue reading "Andrew WK selling New Year's Eve show poster, playing more Grand Piano Parties (dates & video)"

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...

Continue reading "B+B Newsroom hosting free events through October (Dave Hill, Andrew WK, 'Phantom Tollbooth' doc & more)"

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

If you're wondering if Andrew WK ever stops partying, no, he doesn't. He's got 'The Party Bible' coming out, and there's still a few European dates left on his tour with Marky Ramone (which hit NYC twice). And now he's announced a headlining NYC show to happen on one of the biggest party days of the year: New Year's Eve (12/31) (not his first time). Andrew and his band will ring in the new year at Irving Plaza, and you can probably count on this getting prettttttty crazy. Tickets are on Live Nation and Music Geeks (password: "musicgeeks") now, and the general on-sale begins Friday (10/18) at 10 AM.

Andrew WK is also giving a lecture on partying (seems kind of contradictory, no?) in Brooklyn on October 29 at Bedford + Bowery Newsroom (155 Grand St), and he'll be doing a solo "Grand Piano Party" at NYC's Subculture on November 15 and 16. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 of the Grand Piano Party are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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Andrew W.K. @ Riot Fest Chicago earlier this month (more by Cory Dewald)
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Party aficionado Andrew W.K., who is hard at work on his tome, The Party Bible, is also starting his tour with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg this week. (Maybe you saw them at Santos back in May.) When we originally posted about this tour, they were to have played Irving Plaza on October 3, but that show has since been moved a couple days later and is now happening Saturday, October 5 at Irving Plaza. All tickets from the original will be honored, and are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we've also got a few pairs of tickets to give away! In addition to tickets, winners will also be able to meet Andrew, Marky, and the band.

All Blitzkrieg dates and contest details can be found below...

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Andrew WK

If there is a word that is synonymous with Andrew WK, it is "party." It's in his signature song, it's in the name of the NYC venue he owns (where Joan Jett is playing soon), it is woven throughout the very fibre of his white-wearing being. If you've ever tried to party as hard as Andrew WK and failed, he is now here to help via his first book, The Party Bible. Says AWK:

This book is the culmination of my entire career as a professional partier. In fact, this book is the culmination of my entire life. Everything that has ever and never happened has led to me being in the perfect position to receive the contents of The Party Bible and write it down, once and for all. This is a powerful and dangerous feeling, but it is definitely meant to happen. I'm grateful to all my party friends for requesting this book. This is our book.
How did Andrew come to write this book? Who can really say, but a video dramatization (some might call it promotional material) is in this post.

Andrew WK, who played Riot Fest Chicago recently, is currently finishing up his "Party Messiah" solo tour. The Party Bible, which will come with a soundtrack CD, will be published by Simon & Schuster, date TBA.

Tour dates are listed, along with video, below...

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photos by Kirstie Shanley

Gwar / Danzig
Riot Fest - 2013 - Day 1
Riot Fest - 2013 - Day 1

Not long after [Andrew W.K.'s set], on the Roots Stage, part-time UCLA professor and full-time punk rocker Greg Graffin joined his band Bad Religion. The great thing about the California punk veterans is that the majority of their songs (in true punk rock fashion) rarely pass the two-minute mark. We were treated to a nice variety of songs from their 30+ year career, including classics like "I Want to Conquer the World," "We're Only Gonna Die," and "Infected." They also performed a few tunes from this year's True North, such as "Fuck You," "Dharma and the Bomb," and the LP's title track. The members threw around some self-depreciating humor, poking fun at their age. "We've been around since the 80s!" said Graffin, now fully greyed. Their songs are timeless, and some are even more relevant now than ever. Just go re-listen to "21st Century Digital Boy." [BV Chicago]
Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests this year) is currently underway. It's on its third and final day (9/15) as we speak (set times). The festival began this past Friday (9/13), and on the first day we caught sets by Danzig, Joan Jett, Bad Religion, Gwar, Atmosphere, Andrew WK, Smoking Popes, Saul Williams, Dessa, and more. Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.

Update: Day 2 pictures are now posted here and here. Day 3 pictures are here and here.

More day 1 pics below...

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Riot Fest

Just as Pitchfork Fest is kicking off (Kim Deal & the Breeders included), fellow Chicago festival Riot Fest, whose lineup was already killer, announces:

Pixies, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Suicidal Tendencies, Andrew W.K., Hatebreed, T.S.O.L., Off With Their Heads, The Flatliners, Nativ, Hostage Calm, The Interrupters, New Beat Fund, and Pet Symmetry will all be joining us this September to round out this rock and roll carnival!

Regrettably, a few bands have had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. Motörhead, Bad Brains, and Attack Attack! will not be able to make it this year.
Keep an eye out for the daily schedules and individual day passes for all of this year's Riot Fests Wednesday, July 24.

Bummer about the cancellations (feel better Lemmy!), but nice additions, Kim Deal-less Pixies included. Get your tickets, stay cool, and check out the just-released map of Lollapalooza this year.

Check our BV Chicago for more Chicago stuff every day and follow them on twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

UPDATE: Check out our pictures from Pitchfork Day One, Bjork and Joanna Newsom included, at BrooklynVegan and BV Chicago.

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

Black Sabbath, whose current lineup includes Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk, are going on a tour this year in support of their new album, 13, and they've just announced that professional partier Andrew WK (who just broke a world drum record) will be joining them on tour to open each night with a DJ set before Sabbath play. Regarding being asked to join the tour, Andrew said:

I'm just shocked. It's just the most incredible dream come true! This is the greatest honor I could be given. I remember when the phone rang and I first heard that Black Sabbath wanted me to be their exclusive opening act. I was really in a state of disbelief - almost sick with amazement and excitement. It took about 3 days until I fully mastered the reality of this opportunity and realized it was really going to happen. Black Sabbath's music changed my life from the first time I heard it, and this tour will change my life all over again. I couldn't be more thankful or humbled by this one-in-a-billion miracle. Can this really be real!? What kind of adventure will this be!?
The tour never actually hits NYC but it comes close on August 4 at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ) and August 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT). The NJ show appears sold out at the moment, but tickets are still available for the CT show.

All dates are listed, along with a video of Andrew WK performing with Ozzy's daughter Kelly Osbourne, below...

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

Professional partier Andrew WK is in the midst of some shows singing in Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg (he already did one in NYC), and today he'll attempt to set a drumming world record. At 7 PM today (6/19), Andrew will head to the Oakley Store in Times Square and attempt to drum for 24 hours straight until Thursday at 7 PM, to set the record for "LONGEST DRUM SESSION IN A RETAIL STORE."

Throughout his session, he'll be joined by other drummers, including Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Marky Ramone (Ramones), Questlove (The Roots), Liberty DeVitto (former drummer for Billy Joel), and some serious hard hitters like Nick Jonas (Jonas Brothers) and Zac Hanson (Hanson). Plus there will be some surprise guests joining him along the way too.

The session will be hosted by OMusicAwards.com, aka the people who were also behind the Flaming Lips world record attempt. If you can't make it to Times Square, you can also watch the session stream live at the O Music Awards website. More information on O Music Award's blog and Andrew WK's site.

The next NYC stop on the Andrew WK/Marky Ramone tour happens on October 3 at Irving Plaza (tickets).

photos by Dan Bracaglia

Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew WK @ Santos, 5/3/2013
Marky Ramone
Marky Ramone

There is a good chance that Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg featuring Andrew WK are packing for (if not already on their way to) Serbia now (they play there on 5/9), but the band warmed for their tour with a show on Friday at Santos Party House (May 3). Playing a 90 minute set of Ramones classics with the party-animal on vocals (and Marky on drums), Santos became a mass of singalongs, stage-dives and general insanity.

If you missed out on Santos, fear not. Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg will play another NYC show on October 3 at Irving Plaza as part of a string of dates. Tickets are still available. More pictures from Santos, and a video too, are below.

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Maria Minerva
Maria Minerva

This Saturday (5/4), NYC's New Museum is presenting "New Museum Untapped: Music in the Park," a day of free music happening as part of the "IDEAS CITY StreetFest," which goes down from 11 AM to 6 PM, occupying more than a square block around the New Museum. The musical performances will take place on the basketball courts in Sara D. Roosevelt Park from noon to 4 PM. Artists playing include La Big Vic, Maria Minerva (whose new Bless EP is out now), Pearl Necklace, Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone), Lorna Dune, and Michael Alan.

Saturday night, Andrew WK will use his keyboard to control the lights on the outside of the New Museum.

Show flyer and a newish Maria Minerva demo below...

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