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Photos by Greg Cristman
Stop & Frisk / UNICORN CHOICE @ 2013 Rock Lottery
The 2013 edition of the annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/7) at Knitting Factory where members of various local bands -- including Walter Schreifels, "Delicate" Steve Marion, and Maria Minerva -- were thrown together randomly to form new groups, and then write and perfors new songs all in the course of 12 hours. Proceeds went to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education.
The bands met at 10 AM and were divvied up as follows:
Stop & Frisk: Maria Minerva, Jeff Curtin (Small Black), Steve Myers (The Afghan Whigs / Mighty Fine), Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box / Slavic Soul Party / Barbez), Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft)In addition to original songs, the bands threw in some covers as well. Stop & Frisk covered Prince's "Darling Nikki" and Black Purple covered the Beastie Boys "Sabotage." Pictures from the 2014 Rock Lottery are in this post.
Black Purple: Zach Jaeger (Chron Turbine), Awkwafina, Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls / Violent Femmes), Stephen Brodsky (Cave In / Mutoid Man), Deron Pulley (Les Bonhommes)
UNICORN CHOICE: Andrew Keoghan (Lawrence Arabia / Lips), Christopher Todd (Sannhet), Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand / Rival Schools)
U.W.I: James Canty (The Make-Up / Ted Leo / Nation of Ulysses), Angus Tarnawsky (Apache Beat / Devin / Ef Es VII/2), John Stanesco (Friend Roulette), Corey Zaloom (Riverwild), Oliver Ackerman (A Place To Bury Strangers)
HXMXN PXXPLX: (L to R): William Kuehn (Rainer Maria / Shining Mirrors / The Prosaics), Alyson Greenfield, Christian Owens (Bad Girlfriend), Stuart Bogie (Superhuman Happiness / Antibalas / Fela! The Musical), Hanoi Jane (Onieda)
Femi Kuti in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
New Year's Eve is just around the corner. We've already mentioned a few options of ways to celebrate in NYC, and here's a few more. Fela Kuti will be celebrated at Knitting Factory (12/31) with The Fela! Band and Rich Medina. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A similar celebration goes down at SOB's, where Fela-inspired afrobeat band Antibalas will be ringing in the new year. They're doing one show on 12/30 and then THREE shows on New Year's Eve (8 PM, 10 PM, 12:30 AM). Tickets for all four are on sale now.
As usual, you've got jam/electronic options like Phish at MSG (tix), Infected Mushroom at Best Buy Theater (tix), Big Gigantic at Roseland (tix), Disco Biscuits at the Theater at MSG (tix), Deadmau5 at Nassau Coliseum (tix), and Gov't Mule at Beacon Theatre (tix).
For a DIY New Year's Eve, head to David Blaine's The Steakhouse (1131 Myrtle Ave, Apt. 303) for Elvis Depressedly, Spook Houses, Crying, Morrison Brook, and Alex G.
If you're not in NYC, catch Screaming Females and Swearin' in Philly, Baauer in Philly, Danny Brown and Flatbush Zombies in San Francisco, Melvins and Mudhoney in San Francisco, The Breeders in Austin, Death in Chicago, Washed Out in Atlanta, or Run the Jewels in Raleigh.
by Wyatt Marshall
"Hardcore Lørd" at Brooklyn Rock Lottery 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The fourth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery, which happens on 12/7 at Knitting Factory and randomly puts various members of different bands into new bands for just that day, has expanded upon the previously announced list of participants. Lineup additions include members of Quicksand, Afghan Whigs, DIIV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dresden Dolls, Antibalas, Sannhet and more. There's still five more artists TBA and one "Very Special Guest," who, like everyone else, will be suject to the following:
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.Previously announced participants include members of The Make-Up/Nation of Ulysses, Cave In, Oneida, Rainer Maria, and more. Full lineup, as it currently stands, below.
Tickets for the Rock Lottery are on sale now, and all proceeds go to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education. There will also be a raffle at the Rock Lottery giving away some not-too-shabby swag including first class tickets from Delta and badges to next year's Northside Festival. Check out pics & a recap from last year's Rock Lottery. A video of last year's (via Animal) below.
As discussed, Sannhet, whose drummer Christopher Todd is participating in this year's Rock Lottery, just put out a new EP titled Lions Eye. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below.
A Place to Bury Strangers's Oliver Ackerman is also participating, and as discussed, his band is scheduled to play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, November 29 with Dawn of Midi, Pontiak and Woodsman, so check that out if you want to get your grub on and catch a free show or if you need an activity to get you out of your Thanksgiving food coma.
Check out the list of participants, video from last year's Rock Lottery, and Sannhet EP stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Grizzly Bear / My Morning Jacket in Times Square - 10/12/13
In between the day's coffeehouse-ready beginning and stadium-worthy end, Divine Fits and Grizzly Bear delivered the two most CBGB-worthy sets of the day: It was easy to picture Divine Fits' (and Spoon's) Britt Daniel and Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste in the recesses of a rock club, though the North Stage of the festival, sidled up alongside the Ed Sullivan Theater, felt as natural an arena as any for their straightforward rock stylings and fuzzed-out, exploratory soundscapes, respectively. As the 2013 festival season nears its end, both Grizzly Bear and Divine Fits have hopscotched between the stages of the country's biggest productions, and the two bands made for standout moments at CBGB just as they did at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands before them.We're now in the midst of CMJ, but this past weekend another music marathon took over NYC, CBGB Festival. The fest didn't have much in the way of CBGB-related music (or much at all), but like last year, the main attraction was a big free Times Square show. This year's show started with Lisa Loeb, followed by The Wallflowers, then Spoon/Wolf Parade-related supergroup Divine Fits. People then began really piling in for James Murphy's DJ set, which was followed by Grizzly Bear, and finally My Morning Jacket, who brought out The Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), and Antibalas (who played two of their own NYC shows that weekend). Despite seeming like a potential disaster, the whole thing actually went over pretty smoothly. Pictures of the whole day are in this post.
My Morning Jacket's grand finale at CBGB was fortified by friends, as special guests hopped on and off the stage for the final moments of the festival. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Antibalas collaborated with Jim James for the recently released tribute Fela Kuti compilation RED HOT + FELA, and their performance of "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" was as meditative and serene as it was explosive and untethered. Jakob Dylan then joined in for a take on "Don't Do It" from The Last Waltz before My Morning Jacket wrapped up the festival with "One Big Holiday," which relished in its might as a literal and figurative showstopper. [Rolling Stone]
Antibalas at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC Afrobeat band Antibalas plays a pair of hometown shows this weekend: Saturday (10/12) at Roulette in Brooklyn (tickets) and Sunday (10/13) at the Highline Ballroom (tickets). The opener the first night is Tuelo Her Cousins, and Song Sparrow Research for the second.
The Saturday's concert serves as a benefit for MIMA Music (whose mission is "to build a global network of arts-education programs, music education partners, and music based curriculum in under-served schools around the world").
Last year, the band released a new record, its first in a half-decade (they'd been kept pretty busy with other projects, like the musical Fela!). The self-titled collection was recorded at Daptone Record's House of Soul Studios in Brooklyn. You can watch a session of the band performing at the studio below...
Antibalas at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Music Frees All Festival returns to various NYC venues this weekend (7/17-21) including Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Bell House. The main event of the festival happens on Saturday (7/20) at the Bell House with Antibalas, The Stepkids, Pegasus Warning, and DJ Prince Paul. Tickets for that individual show are on sale now, as are tickets for the entire festival. Proceeds will go to help producer Scotty Hard (De La Soul, Black Sheep, etc) who, in 2008, was paralyzed from the chest down after a stolen car broadsided the taxi he was in. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a free festival pass. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Other artists playing this weekend include Xenia Rubinos, Cuddle Magic, EMEFE, Chicha Libre, Zongo Junction and more. Full lineup and flyer below...
Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As noted, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return to BAM from April 25 - 27 and is again curated by The National's Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. A partial list of 2013 performers has been announced and includes headliners The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, as well as Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Julia Holter and Here We Go Magic. Full list of announced performers is below.
The 2013 Clearwater Festival will take place on June 15 and 16 at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. This year's line-up includes Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Son Volt, Mavis Staples, Antibalas, Nicole Atkins, Patterson Hood and more. Full line-up is below. Tickets for Clearwater are on sale now.
photos by Greg Cristman
My Morning Jacket / Jim James @ the Capitol Theater
MMJ kicked off their three-night run at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on Thursday (12/27) and continued the following two nights. As previously mentioned, each night got an entirely different setlist and a different band opened each night too, with Friday (12/28) getting Antibalas and Saturday (12/29) getting Floating Action. Friday's show got "Holdin' On To Black Metal," their cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man," "Golden," and others; while Saturday got "Circuital," "Evil Urges," "Wordless Chorus," and others.
Pictures and the setlist from night 1 are HERE. Pics of night 2 and the setlists and some videos from night 2 and 3 are below...
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Moody Theater in 2011 (AUS) (more by Tim Griffin)
Afrobeat authority Femi Kuti and his band The Positive Force are slated to tour the US in 2013. That tour kicks off in the beginning of January, and will hit NYC on January 26 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (10/17) at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/19) at noon.
Femi and co.'s most recent album, Africa For Africa, was released in 2010 in the UK and France, and in 2011 in the US. You can take a listen to that album in its entirety, via Spotify, at the bottom of this post.
In related news, Fela Kuti is being celebrated in NYC during CMJ with a show on Thursday at Littlefield with EMEFE, Mokaad, The Funk Ark, The Rainbow Children, and DJ Monk-One. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In more related news, Brooklyn's Antibalas (a band modeled after Fela's band) has some upcoming dates this December, culminating ina hometown show on December 14 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Red Baraat. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/19).
Lists of all known Femi Kuti tour dates, all Antibalas dates, and a stream of Africa For Africa are below.
words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray
David, St. Vincent and the gang on stage in Houston
Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Dallas
Arriving in Nashville, a few of us head straight to the local "meat and 3." Three sides of vegetables should not be taken as a sign that this is a diet-conscious tour. In the South, vegetables function as napkins for grease rather than repositories for vitamins.
After a long night of honky-tonking with the crew, we file in to play the historic Ryman Auditorium, which for over thirty years housed the Grand Ole Opry. Our show is great, but the horn section isn't quite ready to pack up their cases. One of the best things about touring is bumping into friends who are also on the road. By happy accident, Antibalas is also in Nashville, performing at a venue nearby our own. Several Antibalas band members played on "Love This Giant," and a few of them are in bands with other people in our party. At the end of their set, all eight of our horns join them for Fela's "Open and Close":
Next up is Austin. Jon has a biologist friend teaching at UT so we ride our bikes over to campus to hear her give a lecture on sexual selection. We learn some truly fascinating facts about animal courtship behavior, such as the seduction technique of the Australian bowerbird. In an attempt to find a mate, the male bowerbird builds a highly complex and elaborately decorated hut, which he then presents to his sweetheart as a nuptial gift. But sex isn't all romance. As if we needed further proof that bedbugs are the most disgusting animal on the planet, we learn their reproductive habits. Apparently when ready to mate, the male bedbug grows an intermittent organ that he then uses to randomly stab the female through her exoskeleton.
Learning about sexual suicide can build up quite an appetite. After the lecture, we get in a cab and head to the best restaurant of tour yet: Uchiko. Executive chef Paul Qui won season 9 of Top Chef and the food does not disappoint. The jar jar duck is one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted, Star Wars: Episode One reference notwithstanding.
In my experience, Austin audiences are usually very receptive and this time is no exception. Several people speak of the St. Vincent song "Cheerleader" as one of the show highlights, in part because of its choreography. The movements for this song are quite simple: lie supine on the floor and play. But as anyone who has ever played a brass instrument knows, it is really hard to play while lying down. Breathing is more labored, as is forcing air through a horn. Also, water tends to build up and flow back down into the mouthpiece. But the visual effect is stunning
In Dallas, I get some time by myself and take long bike ride to the Dallas Museum of Art. This museum holds quite a few works by contemporary masters, many of which I have never seen before. Of particular note are a series of early post-impressionistic Piet Mondrian landscapes juxtaposed with some of his later Neo-Plasticist works. The stylistic differences between the two are striking and provide a perfect example of an artist completely abandoning one style for another.
David, Tony, Mary-Anne
The Dallas show turns out to be the 100th David Byrne show Tony and Mary-Anne, a couple who we have seen at several stops along this tour. They have seen every incarnation of David's bands since 1978. They met when David, from the stage, spotted Tony with a homemade Talking Heads t-shirt. David invited him backstage because he liked the shirt, and Tony subsequently went on to design some t-shirts for DB. After the Dallas show we all cheers Tony and Mary-Anne and jump on the bus for San Diego.
David Byrne and St. Vincent play Santa Barbara, CA tonight (10/11) at the Arlington Theatre. The rest of their tour dates are here. More photos from Brian Murray are below.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at Williamsburg Park - 8/18/12 (via Naja Rosa Koppel)
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and their Daptone labelmates Antibalas shared a bill for a free show at Williamsburg Park last night (8/18). Antibalas were celebrating their new self-titled album, which came out earlier this month via Daptone. They were followed by a great set by Sharon Jones and her band that left people wanting more, and included a cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," like Sharon's sets have in the past. A video of them playing "Longer and Stronger" at last night's show is below.
This summer's Williamsburg Park shows continue TONIGHT (8/19) with another great double bill of My Morning Jacket and Shabazz Palaces. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. MMJ will return to the NYC area for three shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre in December.
Lower Dens @ Glasslands in April (more by Joe McCabe)
today in NYC
* Val-Inc @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* David Dondero @ Joe's Pub
* Spryo Gyra @ Blue Note
* Langhorne Slim @ The Bell House
* Holy Ghost! DJ set @ Marquee NYC
* The Japonize Elephants @ Barbes
* Mike Lee & New Tricks @ The Stone
* WAR @ Queensbridge Park
* Heliotropes, The Loom @ Union Pool
* Lower Dens, No Joy @ Bowery Ballroom
* Los Amigos Invisibles @ Le Poisson Rouge
* MNDR, Javelin, Delicate Steve @ the Intrepid
* Elzhi, Sene, 41 Strings, Joe Cool @ SOB's
* Outside, Artifact, Doggiesatnight @ Zebulon
* Slavic Soul Party @ Jewish Museum
* Deleted Scenes, The Spinto Band @ Mercury Lounge
* Death Cab For Cutie, Surfer Blood @ Wellmont Theater
* Way Yes, Strange Shapes, Rimar, Railbird @ Pianos
* Shady Hawkins, TinVulva, Mannequin Pussy @ 285 Kent
* "secret headliner," Grand Rapids, Shark? @ Cake Shop
* Trabajo, 100 milkteeth, Y/Y, Body Building @ La Sala
* DJ Rockin Rob, DJ Biz Markie, DJ Cash Money @ Crotona Park
* Here We Go Magic, SINKANE @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kayo Dot, Triple Cobra, The Big Con @ Bowery Electric
* Lotus Plaza, Hollow Stars, Warm Ghost @ Knitting Factory
* Lorelei, The New Lines, Mansions and Junipers @ Glasslands
* Electric Six @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise - The Harbor Lights
* Dolores Boys, Insect Ark, Hot Tub Panorama, Ice Balloons @ XPO 929
* Soft Black, Island Twins, Weird Rivers, Makeup Monsters @ Shea Stadium
* Eric Andre, Mike Dobbins, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire @ Santos Party House
* Grasshopper, Alan Watts, Warcries, Kel Valhaal, Future Shuttle @ Big Snow
* Angel Haze, Carrie Wilds, King Leo, Venus X, Covert Kids @ Santos Party House
* The Parlor Mob, Kelle Calco & The Colored Boys, Carleigh Jade @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sarah Barthel of Phantogram (DJ), Punches (DJ), Sean Glass (DJ) @ Hudson Terrace
* Kids & Explosions, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Wolf In a Spacesuit @ Mercury Lounge
* Eugene Mirman, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, OK Go & more @ Williamsburg Park @ 9pm
* Thank You Good Night free comedy w/ Erin Lennox, Nate Fernald, Joel Walkowski, Adam Sokol, Mike Lawrence @ Cake Shop
Lower Dens headline a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom tonight, and were officially added as the opener for Beach House at Summerstage on Monday.
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Some movie called The Dark Knight Rises makes it debut in theaters tonight at midnight.
"Summer of Sam" screens in Tompkins Square Park.
"Slumdog Millionaire" screens in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Passion Pit made a video for "I'll Be Alright" from their new album Gossamer which you can watch below.
Antibalas, who play a free show with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings in Williamsburg Park next month, have made their first ever video for new song "Dirty Money." You can watch that below.
Meanwhile there's a free show in Williamsburg Park tonight with Eugene Mirman, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, OK Go & more.
The Vaccines have a video for their new single "Teenage Icon" which you can watch below as well.
Death Cab For Cutie and Surfer Blood play Wellmont Theater in NJ tonight.
There's a secret show at Cake Shop.
You can also check out a new Freelance Whales track below too.
Field Report at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tonight (7/17) is the first show for new Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park featuring Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Maybe this isn't the most exciting start for the venue, but there are a lot of cool shows coming up, including Refused with Off! on Wednesday (7/18), a big outdoor edition of Eugene Mirman's "Pretty Good Friends" with "special guests" and OK GO on Thursday (7/19), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Antibalas on August 18 (FREE), Bob Mould playing Sugar's first two albums on September 7 (FREE), David Byrne & St. Vincent on September 29, Animal Collective on October 5 and more. All upcoming Williamsburg Park shows are listed below.
If you're a fan of Field Report (aka former Justin Vernon cohort Chris Porterfield) but would like to see him in a more intimate setting, he's also playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/21). Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.
As mentioned before, Anitbalas will open for Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at the free Williamsburg Waterfront show on August 18. Before that the Brooklyn ensemble are playing a few shows on the West Coast. All tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
Antibalas' Williamsburg Park show is a record release show for their new album which is out August 7 on Daptone. It's their first album in five years and you can check out "Sare Kon Kon" from the album below.
The half decade since their last album has been spent working on the Tony-winning musical Fela! -- many of the members also in the show's house band. The show's been on a world tour and returns to Broadway July 9, 2012 to August 4 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and tickets can be purchased here.
Song stream and tour dates are below...
POP Montreal is returning to Montreal this year from September 19 - 23. The initial lineup was revealed and it includes Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance, David Byrne, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, I Break Horses, Hot Snakes, Dirty Three, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cate Le Bon, Bertrand Burgulat (!), and more. The full initial lineup is listed below and many more announcements to come. Early Bird tickets are on sale until June 30, when regular sale begins.
Meanwhile, Montreal will be getting the Ohsheaga Festival even sooner.
Initial POP Montreal lineup below...
Sharon Jones at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings have a bunch of shows and festival appearances scheduled this summer and they've just announced that they'll be playing Williamsburg Park on August 18 with openers Antibalas. That show falls directly in between the Jane's Addiction (Aug 17) and My Morning Jacket (Aug 19) shows at Williamsburg Park. No word on an on sale yet but
keep an eye on Ticketmaster. UPDATE: It's a free show, folks!
In other news, openers Antibalas, who have been busy for the last few years with the Fela! musical, are set to release their first album since 2007. The self-titled LP is due out August 7 on Daptone Records.
All Sharon Jones and Antibalas dates are listed below...
this is the actual show flyer, and a screenshot of Little Shalimar's Facebook...
My first guess, based on multiple clues above, is The Phenomenal Handclap Band, though then I don't get what the secret is all about. Who do you think is playing with Little Shalimar and Tit n Twat at Union Pool tonight (7/12)?
The Stepkids will release their debut LP on September 27th via Stones Throw, and have provided a new video for "Wonderfox" to tide us over. View director Henry DeMaio video's of spacey Steely-Dan-goodness below and/or stream samples of the psyche-funky grooves at the Stones Throw site & two full songs at the Stepkids site. Stepkids will play a FREE show in NYC next week (July 12th) supporting Antibalas at Fort Greene Park.
Where: Fort Greene ParkThe show is one of a handful of dates scheduled for the the Stepkids, all of which are below with that new video, and album details...
When: Tuesday, July 12th, 6 to 9PM
Join Antibalas for a free homecoming in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn. The band is excited to be back home and playing to their friends and family. It's been awhile, so make sure you don't miss the show!
Joining Antibalas that evening will be DJ Frank Gossner (VOODOO FUNK) and an opening set by The Stepkids.
After cancelling his string of East Coast shows and a few with Neil Young earlier this year due to complications from lung cancer, Burt Jansch is back out on the road and will play The Bell House on December 15th (tickets) and two shows at Iridium on December 20th (tickets still available for for the 8PM and the 10PM). As with the previous cancelled tour, the Pegi Young Band is out with him, though they drop off before the Iridium dates.
In related news, Neil Young will get the royal treatment at Carnegie Hall on Feb 10th as part of a benefit for Music and Arts Programs for Underprivileged Youth. The show will feature a gang of artists paying tribute to the music of the giant, including Patti Smith, Living Colour, Devotchka, Bettye LaVette, Bebel Gilberto, Aimee Mann, The Roots, Cowboy Junkies, Antibalas, St. Vincent, J Mascis, with "additional artists to be announced". Tickets are on sale.
Full tour dates are below, as well as some video taken the other night at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia.
"WITNESS' 6th Annual Focus for Change Benefit Dinner & Concert" goes down on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Co-Hosted by Peter Gabriel, there will be performances by Antibalas, Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, will be there too. Click the link to get your $750 tickets.
Fistful of Mercy is Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper & Dhani Harrison, and you can catch them at the Apollo Theater on November 17th. Tickets are still on sale.
Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band play Terminal 5 on 2/12. Tickets are on sale.
UK band Peggy Sue are worth getting to Terminal 5 early on November 19th. They open that date for Kate Nash. Tickets are still on sale.
Randy Newman plays Town Hall on March 5th. Tickets are on sale.
Rural Alberta Advantage play Mercury Lounge on 1/12. Tickets are on sale.
sometimes Superhuman Happiness dresses up
Superhuman Happiness, the afro-funk outfit headed by Antibalas's Stuart Bogie, kicks off a weekly Monday residency at Coco 66 tonight (10/4). The regular shows will have guests - some confirmed on the venue's website are Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on October 11th, comedian Matt Higgins on October 18th, and Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery on November 1st.
The Coco 66 show tonight (10/4) will be after (presumably) the free "Music of Fela!" concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 at 6:30pm (that's cause trumpeter Eric Biondo, Stuart and others play in both bands).
A video of Matt Higgins improvising with Stuart Bogie and drummer Miles Arntzen and Stuart Bogie's Superhuman Happiness at Public Assembly in 2009 are below...
Kniting Factory Records, in the process of reissuing all of Fela Kuti's catalog, is hosting at re-release party for 7 CDs (that contain 14 albums) that they're calling "Na Poi" releases (named after his '72 LP/song) tonight (5/10) at Knitting Factory. It's free and there will be music from the Fela Un-Dustrial Complex DJs.
Other upcoming Fela-related events include the after-party for this year's Obie Awards, which will have Antibalas playing a set at Webster Hall on Monday, May 17th. Tickets are on sale. Fela!, which won an Obie for its Off Broadway run, is nominated for 11 Tony awards this year.
Between those, Antibalas & Fela! band member Stuart Bogie plays with his group Superhuman Happiness at Pianos on Friday May 14th.
Videos are below...
people watching Sonic Youth in Battery Park (more by Jason Bergman)
The 2010 River to River series of free summer shows in NYC is slowly being announced. As previously mentioned, Genesis member Steve Hackett is playing Rockefeller Park, the Bang on a Can Marathon returns to the World Financial Center in June, kids will be crowding into Battery Park on 4th of July, The Old 97s play South Street Seaport the same day, and other bands play South Street Seaport on other days. Rockfeller Park is located at the north end of Battery Park City, and will also host free shows by Beth Orton and Burning Spear this summer. Castle Clinton, also located in Battery Park, has so far announced Antibalas. Free movies on "The Elevated Acre" at 55 Water Street so far this year include "The Muppets Take Manhattan". Those and other free Battery Park events announced so far, below...
Los Campesinos! @ Sound Fix in 2009 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* Antibalas @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Hanson @ Gramercy Theatre!
* Child Abuse, Grooms, Skeletons @ Glasslands
* Figeater, Ty Citerman, Kaoru Watanabe @ Zebulon
* Greg Peterson, Elephant Micah, PG Six @ Cake Shop
* You Can Be A Wesley, Ravens & Chimes @ Union Hall
* Los Campesinos! & Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Irving Plaza
* Amanda Blank, MNDR, Pacific Theater @ The Bell House
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Semi Precious Weapons, Nico Vega, Breedlove @ Bowery Ballroom
* Friends Academy, Noxious Foxes, Dead Meadow's "Three Kings" Screening @ Pianos
After lots of volcano-related drama, Los Campesinos! ended up playing a Saturday afternoon show at Maxwell's. They kicked off their rescheduled tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars in Boston last night. They continue at Irving Plaza in NYC tonight.
The National is streaming live from the Greene Space today.
The new New Pornographers album is streaming at NPR.
Gogol Bordello are playing Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow and tickets just went on sale.
There's a really expensive benefit at Brooklyn Bowl tonight with Antibalas (and Geologist). Flyer below.
Band of Horses and Grizzly Bear will share a bill at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer.
A Grizzly Bear song is in a new Washington State lottery ad. Watch it below...