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photo: Caveman @ Cameo, 2013 (more by Jessica Amaya)

It's the last week for long-running Williamsburg club Cameo Gallery with the final night being Saturday (11/21). There were a few unannounced nights when we last posted but now all has been (mostly) revealed and tickets are still available to all of them. Tonight (11/17) Communion and Wild Honey Pie are presenting the intensely chipper Diet Cig, plus LAUV, Such Hounds, Tropic of Pisces. On Wednesday (11/18) it's Mr. Twin Sister, their good friends Ava Luna, and what they're saying is a "Very Special Guest."

Friday (11/20) and Saturday (11/21) both have early and late shows. On Friday, the early show (7 PM) is Eternal Summers, SoftSpot, Little Racer, and Monograms; then the late show (midnight) is The Juan Maclean live, plus Evan Michael, and another "Special Guest."

On Saturday, the early show (8 PM) is Caveman, the Dave Harrington Group, WALTZ, and HEART ACHE. Then at midnight, it's the last hurrah danceparty with a DJ set from St. Lucia (DJ set), plus Plastic Plates.

Again, tickets are still available for all of Cameo's remaining shows.

photo: Will Butler @ Baby's All Right in March (more by Erik Erikson)
Will Butler

Will Butler will close out a very busy 2015 with a holiday show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 17 with comedian Jo Firestone and the Hearing Things opening. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/2) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/30) at noon. You can watch a video preview about the show below.

Jo Firestone
Jo Firestone

Jo Firestone, who was just named one of Brooklyn Magazine's "30 Under 30," is a very busy performer as one look to her show calendar will attest. (She's also a writer on the Chris Gethard Show.) Her very very full schedule this week includes: Littlefield tonight (9/28) as part of Night Train with David Cross which is sold-out. She's also at Littlefield on Tuesday (9/29) with her show/competition "Punderdome 3000" that she co-hosts with her dad, Fred (tickets). On Thursday (10/1) at Housing Works she hosts her monthly series "Loose" (tickets); and on Friday (10/2) you can catch her at both the Slow Dance comedy show at Niagra (8 PM) and then at midnight she's part of "The Incredible Gameshow Showcase" at Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea (tickets). And on Saturday (10/3) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg it's "Jo & Billy Talking About Chocolate" with Billy Nord and that show is free. She also cohosts "Dr. Gameshow" on WFMU every Monday night from 6-7 PM EST. Jo has lots more stuff coming up, check out that calendar for details.

She's also warming up the crowd for bands TEEN and Ava Luna at Saint Vitus on October 24 (tickets). Check out some Jo Firestone videos below.

Continue reading "Will Butler playing Brooklyn holiday show with Hearing Things and Jo Firestone (who is very busy)"

by Andrew Sacher


One of Ava Luna's multiple vocalists, Felicia Douglass, also leads her own band called Gemma. It's a duo with Erik Gundel, who used to be in Motel Motel, and it's a little more in the indie-R&B pop realm than either of the members' other bands. Their debut album, As Ever, comes out this week (10/2) via Inflated Records (pre-order), but you can hear it before then. The full stream premieres below.

Gemma will celebrate the album with a release show on October 7 at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn with Railings, Cookies and special guests.

Continue reading "Gemma (mem Ava Luna, Motel Motel) releasing 'As Ever' and celebrating at Shea Stadium (stream the LP)"

The Hum

The collaborative concert series The Hum will continue at Manhattan Inn every Monday in October. Each show starts at 9 PM and admission is free (with a $5-10 suggested donation). The lineup looks like this:

Nandi Rose Plunkett (Half Waif) & Johanna Cranitch (White Prism)
Alena Spanger (Tiny Hazard) & Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief)
[Third Set TBA]

Tamsin Wilson (Wilsen) & Katrina Cunningham
Tom Tom Magazine Curated Set (all drummers)
Juliana Ronderos (Salt Cathedral), Gabi Jimeno (Balancer) & Kelsey Lu

+ Becca Kauffman (Ava Luna), Angelica Bess (Body Language), Rosana Caban (Psychic Twin) & Kristin Slipp (Cuddle Magic)
+ L.atasha A.lcindor AKA L.A., Hailey Niswanger, Nikara Warren & Katie Jones
+ Emily Wells & Lorna Dune

+ Kaki King, Kiran Gandhi (Madame Gandhi)
+ Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive), Katie Von Schleicher (Wilder Maker), Jeanann Dara & Rose Blanshei (Prima)
+ Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive), Alisha Roney (Feathers+Eyes) & Amy Leon



$3 RSVP is open to see Vince Staples with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik on August 10 at The Shop, the next Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.

$3 RSVP is open to see Against Me! with Cakes Da Killa and Big Eyes on September 4 at The Stone Pony, the following Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.

Tickets for the Parquet Courts and Pill show at Warsaw are on sale now.

Wale is playing Webster Hall on September 23. Tickets are on sale now.

Mac Miller is playing Bowery Ballroom on September 27. Tickets go on sale at noon.

TEEN, Ava Luna and Jo Firestone are playing Saint Vitus on October 24. Tickets are on sale now.

Matt Pond PA are playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on November 21. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

If you missed out on the BrooklynVegan presale, you can get tickets for the BV-presented Front Bottoms, Elvis Depressedly and Smith Street Band shows at Irving Plaza today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown and Vince Staples show at the Theater at MSG go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cat Power solo show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Deafheaven, Envy and Tribulation show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to the King Diamond show at Best Buy Theater with Exodus go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the D.O.A. show at Bowery Electric go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Makthaverskan show at Baby's go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Greg Graffin (of Bad Religion) show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the DIIV, No Joy and Sunflower Bean show at Webster Hall go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Get Up Kids and Into It. Over It. show at Irving Plaza go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Thurston Moore Band show at WFMU Monty Hall go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks) show at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Nightmare of You show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the US Girls show at Mercury Lounge with Escape-ism go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the five just-announced They Might Be Giants residency shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the El VY (Matt Berlinger of the National and Brent Knopf of Menomena / Ramona Falls) shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Matthew Friedberger (of Fiery Furnaces) show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Lust for Youth / Marching Church show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for LfY's show at Palisades is on sale now. Tickets for Marching Church's show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

Tickets for the Duke Dumont show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Modest Mouse's Long Island show go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Pentagram shows at Revolution and Saint Vitus go on sale at 2 PM.

RSVP is open for the free Julian Casablancas + The Voidz and Cherry Glazerr show at House of Vans. RSVP is required, but entry is first come, first served.

Tickets for The Hotelier and Runaway Brother show at The Studio at Webster Hall are on sale now. The Hotelier's day show at Brooklyn Flea (8/16) is free.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Fucked Up in London in May (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Mission of Burma @ The Bell House, 2014 (more by PSquared)
Mission of Burma

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

Fucked Up, DOOMSQUAD @ The Wick
In addition to their full lengths, Fucked Up's ongoing 'Zodiac' single series ignores all boundaries of hardcore (for example, their new single has a 20+ minute song and elements of psychedelia). Their current tour is in support of that single series, and openers DOOMSQUAD are joining them on stage for some songs.

Great Lake Swimmers, Vandaveer @ Bowery Ballroom
Toronto's Great Lake Swimmers offered up another dose of their indie folk rock on this year's A Forest of Arms. They were in NYC early last month, and they return tonight.

The Adolescents, The Weirdos, All Torn Up, Electric Frankenstein @ Gramercy Theatre
This is a pairing of two West Coast punk greats, Adolescents and The Weirdos. The bands' lineups aren't exactly the same as back then, but they both have a couple constant members and this show should still be pretty wild.

Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker @ Le Poisson Rouge
If you like late '60s / early '70s psychedelic folk, few 2015 albums capture that sound better than the ones by Jessica Pratt and Ryley Walker. Jessica has a hushed style, not unlike Vashti Bunyan or Sibylle Baier, while Ryley is jazzier and jammier, similar to The Pentangle.

Mykki Blanco (Dogfood MG), Psycho Egyptian, Violence, Amnesia Scanner @ Palisades
Mykki Blanco isn't rapping these days, but still finding ways to put on eccentric performances. Who knows what tonight's show will have in store.

Wolvserpent, Fell Voices, Anicon @ Saint Vitus
It's the first night of the three-night Stardust festival at Saint Vitus, which brings a handful of diverse and awesome metal bands together for the weekend.

Pride Week Rally w/ Ashanti @ Pier 26
Pride Week kicks into high gear with the annual Rally, this year featuring R&B star Ashanti.

'Paris is Burning' screening @ Prospect Park
To quote the event description: "BRIC's screening of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary Paris Is Burning will feature an introduction by director Jennie Livingston and by Junior LaBeija and Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis, both of whom are featured in the film. Before the screening, fellow Paris Is Burning cast members Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza and Jose Disla Xtravaganza present The Houses United Ball: Celebrating Brooklyn, which will feature members of the Houses of LaBeija, Ninja, Mizrahi, Khan, Infinity, Milan, Princess and Xtravaganza. Vjuan Allure will DJ before and during the ball." Part of Pride Week.

Pansy Division, Youth Quake, Bottoms @ Bowery Electric
Openly-gay pop punk band Pansy Division put a handful of records out on the venerable Lookout! Records in the '90s, and they keep that sound alive today (their most recent record was 2009's That's So Gay on Alternative Tentacles).

Action Bronson @ The Paramount (Long Island)
Action Bronson keeps the sound of '90s hip hop alive and well, most recently on this year's Mr. Wonderful. Tonight, the Flushing, Queens rapper plays just outside of his hometown.

Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, Mariachi El Bronx @ Stone Pony Summerstage (NJ)
Three bands who mix ethnic folk music and punk rock -- the Celtic Flogging Molly, the Gypsy-inspired Gogol Bordello and The Bronx's mariachi alter-ago, Mariachi El Bronx -- are currently on tour together. They aren't playing NYC, but will be nearby tonight.

Hivesmasher, Tiger Flowers, Meek is Murder, White Widows Pact, Hammerfight @ Black Bear Bar
Massachusetts tech-y grind act Hivesmasher are saying this is their last NY show. They'll be joined by some quality local hardcore bands, including Tiger Flowers, Meek Is Murder and more.

Tiga, Dan Wender, Blacky II @ Le Bain
Long-running Montreal house producer Tiga hits NYC to keep the party going all night at Le Bain (10 PM - 4 AM). He returns later this summer for Warm Up.

DMX, Rakim, The LOX, Shabba Ranks, Mase, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, Das Efx @ Radio City
Tonight Radio City hosts the "Masters of Ceremony" show which puts a number of hip hop legends on the same stage for one night.

The Soul Rebels #RebelJam ft. Rakim, Slick Rick, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Eric Krasno & surprise guests @ Blue Note
After the Robert Glasper shows, many of the performers at tonight's Radio City show are heading over to the Blue Note to join The Soul Rebels for a 12:30 AM jam sesh.

Del Close Marathon
The Upright Citizens Brigade's annual around-the-clock improv onslaught brings unscripted laughs to a multitude of venues this weekend. You can buy a $35 wristband at UCB Chelsea starting today at noon, and that gets you into every show (based on capacity).

FarmBorough Festival @ Randalls Island
Randall's Island gets its first-ever country music festival, and things kick off today with Dierks Bentley and more.

Destruction Unit @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Destruction Unit, Vanity, Shredded Nerve, Live Drum Punishment @ Palisades
Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer has said, "I believe Destruction Unit to be one of the most important underground bands in America," and if you've seen them live it's easy to see why. They balance punk and psychedelia to the point where you're not sure if you should zone out or flail your body around, and no one time seeing them is like the next.

Marc Maron, Mike Lawrence @ BAM
Having just made headlines interviewing President Obama, comedian, podcaster, TV star and enjoyable crank Marc Maron brings his current standup show to BAM with a warm-up set from Mike Lawrence. Sold out.

Diet Cig, Heathers, Gingerlys, Mercury Girls @ Cake Shop
Cake Shop liked the idea of the "Super Show" they did for their 10th anniversary, they're continuing them on a monthly basis, featuring bands they really love.

Starlight Girls, Def Girls, Fetzing, Melt @ Kings County Saloon
The shoegazy pop of Starlight Girls is the main attraction, but openers Melt make superior, '90s style indie rock (and have Cassie Ramone on bass).

Ty Segall, William Tyler @ Mercury Lounge
Ty plays his first of two sold-out solo acoustic shows tonight with this early show at Mercury Lounge...

Ty Segall, The Mystery Lights, Cory Hanson @ Rough Trade
...before wrapping things up at Rough Trade with Brooklyn psych band The Mystery Lights and WAND frontman Cory Hanson. If you didn't score tickets and are in the area, it might be worth swinging by to see if they have any last-minute tickets available.

Desaparecidos, Bandroidz @ Rough Trade
Before Ty: Conor Oberst put out his best album in ten years with the new Desaparecidos album. Unlike his recent folk and country affairs, this is a real-deal punk album, so it should be a blast to hear in a tightly-packed small venue like this one.

Ava Luna, Charly Bliss, Evvy @ New York Hall of Science
How often do you get to see a show at a science museum? Tonight's features the funky Ava Luna, and Charly Bliss' riffy pop. Also: free beer.

Horse Meat Disco, House of Stank, DJ Spun, Mystic Bill @ Output
This London-based four-man DJ collective are known for finding pearls in bins of forgotten disco 12", having released a series of acclaimed compilations. Their real expertise comes into play at their DJ gigs, though. Just trust their taste...and the beat.

Roger Sellers @ Elvis Guesthouse
Austin musician Roger Sellers makes intricately layered music, part aural soundscapes a la Tangerine Dream, part savvy pop.

Mission of Burma, Megafauna @ The Bell House
One of the most influential American indie/punk bands of the '80s (Signals, Calls, and Marches and Vs. are stone-cold classics), the band continue their mission (sorry) today with strident vigor. They're still great.

Jack Oblivian, The Sheiks, Gozer @ The Grand Victory
Garage punk legend Jack Oblivian hits town with fellow Memphis band The Sheiks for what should be a real good time.

Richard Thompson @ Town Hall
Modern folk icon and guitar great Richard Thompson just released his Jeff Tweedy-produced new album, Still, and celebrates tonight.

James Chance, Will Epstein, Parlor Walls, Eve Essex @ Trans-Pecos
No wave vet and general cool dude James Chance is one of Trans-Pecos' new curators, but tonight he headlines this Northern Spy curated show.

Robert Glasper @ Blue Note
As part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, jazz/hip hop pianist Robert Glasper is doing four nights at the Blue Note (6/24-27) with 8:30 and 10 PM sets. His albums are loaded with guests like Common, Jill Scott, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Norah Jones, Bilal and more.

I Love the '90s @ Le Poisson Rouge
While Screech is in prison,  Saved by the Bell's Mr Belding (aka actor Dennis Haskins) will be partying at this '90s nostalgia party.

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

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photo: Bad Religion @ Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)

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

Bad Religion, Plague Vendor @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Punk veterans Bad Religion begin a four-night stand in NYC tonight. Tonight's show has them playing only 20th century material, and tomorrow's show at the same venue will be all 21st century. Then they do the same thing across two nights at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday and Friday. The much newer but also great Epitaph punk band Plague Vendor opens all shows.

Son Lux, Olga Bell @ Bowery Ballroom
Sufjan Stevens collaborator Ryan Lott recently expanded his Son Lux project to a trio with jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. They've got a new album coming out this month, and tonight they team up with Dirty Projectors member Olga Bell in NYC.

The Maccabees, Luke Rathborne @ (le) poisson rouge
After the atmospheric Given To The Wild, it sounds like The Maccabees are getting back to their more rocking roots on recent singles. Tonight they headline LPR, a much smaller NYC venue than the ones they played last week opening for Mumford & Sons.

GoldLink, Chaz French @ Rough Trade
Fresh off being named an XXL Freshmen, Virginia rapper GoldLink kicks off a 2-night stand in NYC tonight.

Verses Narrow, Go Deep, Cavallo, NY in 64 @ Saint Vitus
Saint Vitus hosts a pretty good night of punk tonight with Verses Narrow (now featuring former BoySetsFire drummer), Go Deep (recently signed to 6131), and more.

Ava Luna, Guerilla Toss, Joey Pizza Slice, CE Schneider Topical @ Aviv
Ava Luna's sound -- part indie rock, part R&B, part cerebral thesis -- doesn't seem like it would work on paper but actually sounds pretty natural. Their brand new album, Infinite House, is the best thing they've done yet. Having just wrapped up a tour, this is a homecoming show for them.

Doug Loves Movies @ Irving Plaza
Doug loves weed, and he also digs cinema. He'll be indulging the latter -- taping his Doug Loves Movies podcast -- and probably the other, with surprise guests tonight.

Algiers, The Flag @ Mercury Lounge
Algiers just released their self-titled debut album via Matador which showcases their gothy, gospel-inflected, politically minded sound.

Dave Hill, Michelle Wolf, Daniel Koren, Greg Barris, more @ The Bell House
Occasionally shirtless BV contributor Dave Hill celebrates the release of his new comedy album, Let Me Turn You, tonight with guests Michelle Wolf, Daniel Koren, Greg Barris, Seaton Smith and more.

The Vaccines, Drowners @ Warsaw
Having just played Seaside, NJ as part of Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road traveling festival, Britpoppers the Vaccines play Brooklyn tonight with likeminded local band Drowners (who have at least one UK expat in the band).

The Black Keys @ iHeartRadio Theater
Like most shows at iHeartRadio Theatre, this offers a chance to catch performers in a space much smaller than they normally play, but tickets are given out through contests. This is definitely an intimate spot for Black Keys who just played last weekend's Governors Ball.

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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Brooklyn's annual Gigawatts Festival returns this year with a lineup that's bigger and more impressive than ever. The fest happens July 24-26 at The Wick & The Well, and artists playing include Black Lips, Braid, A Place to Bury Strangers, Liturgy, Swearin', Beach Slang, Cheap Girls, Chumped, Anamanaguchi, Pile, Ava Luna, Cerebral Ballzy, Amanda X, Potty Mouth, Mannequin Pussy, Heaven's Gate, Honduras, Laura Stevenson, Dan Friel and still more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at 10 AM with a pre-sale starting today (5/13) at noon. To get tickets in the presale, use the password: savetheclocktower.

Check out the full day-by-day lineups below...

Continue reading "Gigawatts Festival 2015 happening at The Wick & The Well w/ Black Lips, Braid, APTBS, Liturgy, Swearin', Beach Slang & more"

photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.

Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...

Continue reading "NXNE expands 2015 lineup; Atlas Sound, Foxes In Fiction and more playing BrooklynVegan showcase"

photos by P Squared Photography and Amanda Hatfield

Dresden Dolls / Kim Gordon / Howlin' Rain / Buzzcocks
The Dresden Dolls
Kim Gordon
2015 Record Store Day
2015 Record Store Day
2015 Record Store Day

Rough Trade NYC celebrated Record Store Day 2015 will an all-day party featuring live performances and signings. Among the highlights: the first Dresden Dolls show in NYC in five years; Sondre Lerche cut a record live to 78RPM lacquer; and Kim Gordon signed copies of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Buzzcocks, who played two NYC-area shows that week, stopped by to sign stuff too, plus there were live sets from Howlin' Rain, Ava Luna, Lee Bains III, Saun & Starr and Lord Raja. Pictures from Rough Trade's RSD15 events are in this post.

You could just walk into Rough Trade if you weren't shopping for Record Store Day exclusive releases. For those who were, there was a long line that, right before they opened on Saturday, stretched down and around Kent Ave up to N. 8th St. Apparently people were in line just after midnight on Friday. Madness!

Dresden Dolls' set was webcast live for supporters of Amanda's Patreon (an archived stream will be made available to everyone soon). More pics from Record Store Day at Rough Trade, below...

Continue reading "Dresden Dolls, Kim Gordon, Sondre Lerche, Buzzcocks, Howlin' Rain & more celebrated RSD15 at Rough Trade (pics)"

photo: Adventures at Baby's earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)

UK rockers Basement announced a US summer tour earlier this month, and today they revealed the openers for the East Coast leg. They'll be joined by their punky Run for Cover labelmates Adventures, and two Exploding In Sound bands, LVL UP and Palehound. Here's what Basement said about the openers:

We are really excited to announce that ADVENTURES, LVL UP and PALEHOUND will be the support bands for the second leg of our USA tour this summer. The bands we get to support us are bands that we have chosen ourselves because we either love them as people, as a band or both. If you haven't heard of one of the bands don't just dismiss them because you haven't heard their music before, go check them out and listen to them. Excited to tour this summer with these awesome bands.
That leg of dates includes the NYC show happening August 17 at Irving Plaza.

UPDATE: The NYC show was moved to Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are still available.

The NJ show, which is co-headlining with Title Fight, doesn't have LVL UP or Palehound but it does have Adventures as well as Alex G (who also plays NYC with Girlpool in July). Tickets for that one are available too. All dates are listed below.

Adventures were in NYC last week, and related band Code Orange returns to open for Poison the Well in May, and they'll be in the area this July on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest tour with Slayer, King Diamond and more.

LVL UP and Palehound also have a NYC show together this Saturday (4/18) at Silent Barn with Ava Luna (album release show) and Palberta. LVL UP also play NYU Strawberry Festival with Cloud Nothings and more in May, and they'll hit Shea on their tour with Glocca Morra and Greys later that month.

All lists of dates and some videos/song streams below...

Continue reading "Adventures, LVL UP and Palehound opening for Basement"

by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn band Ava Luna will release their new album, Infinite House, on April 14 via Western Vinyl. So the press release goes, the band were on a writing retreat in Benton, Mississippi and stumbled upon an abandoned house in the woods. No Scooby Doo encounters or decisions to record the album there, but it did prove inspirational for band's new album which was made in part in Benton and in Brookyn. The first single is "Billz," which, like a lot of their music, doesn't seem like it'd work on paper but actually sounds pretty natural. It crashes in like indie rock, then pivots to R&B, finally ending up somewhere in-between. You can stream it below.

Having recently played the first show at the not-quite-ready-for-primetime new Market Hotel, Ava Luna's next shows will be album release shows in NYC: April 17 at Baby's All Right (tickets) and April 18 at Silent Barn. No word on openers for either show yet.

Album art, tracklist and song stream below...

Continue reading "Ava Luna releasing new album (stream a track) and playing two NYC release shows in April"

view from Market Hotel's stage, 12/23/2014 (via @markethotelnyc)

Ganglians @ Market Hotel, 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Market Hotel

Silk Rhodes, Ava Luna, Macula Dog, 999Reversus, and Cal Fish were supposed to play Trans Pecos tonight. The bands are still playing but the show has been moved to "961 BROADWAY (ABOVE MR. KIWI'S)," which some of you may recognize as being... Market Hotel! That makes this the "FIRST SHOW AT THE NEW AND IMPROVED LEGENDARY SPOT."

While going just to check out the new and improved venue, which has been closed for nearly five years, is certainly reason enough, it's also Ava Luna's last show for "a long time." $10 at the door, which opens at 8 PM. UPDATE: This show is small and private.

Market Hotel's been tweeting updates (like the pic above) on the re-opening process. If this show means they're officially back or if it's just a one-off while they continue to complete the process remains to be seen.

!!! in Central Park in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Louis CK @ MSG
The very funny Louis CK pretty much needs no introduction, as two close-to-sold-out MSG shows prove. Not long ago he trekked the country with several other comedians on the Oddball Comedy Tour, but this month he's doing a few headlining dates of his own which will likely see him doing longer sets. Tonight's his first at MSG, and he returns on the 14th.

!!!, DJ Mister Saturday Night @ Union Pool
Punk-funk stalwarts !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are getting ready to head into the studio to record their new album. To make sure they're well prepared, they'll be playing their new material this week at four consecutive nights at Union Pool. (They'll play a few old favorites, too.) Tonight's the first.

Mark McGuire, Port St. Willow, GABI, Rootless, Ancient Ocean @ Baby's All Right
Though Emeralds are no more, guitarist Mark McGuire continues to make soaring soundscapes on his own, most recently releasing the Noctilucence EP on Dead Oceans.

Told Slant, Adult Mom, Gay Panic, Mallory @ SIlent Barn
Told Slant scan as "bedroom pop," but rather than looking introverted on stage they give uplifting, passionate performances. The rest of the bill is pretty similarly minded.

Silk Rhodes, Ava Luna, Macula Dog, 999Reversus, Cal Fish @ Market Hotel
Originally this show was to be at Trans Pecos but has been moved to the new Market Hotel! NYC funk-punk collective Ava Luna are regulars on the scene but they're billing tonight as their "last show for a long time." Catch them while you still can!

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. 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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Speedy Ortiz @ Mercury Lounge - 11/2/14 (via Marc Viloria)

The killer double bill that is the Speedy Ortiz / Ex Hex tour rolled through NYC over the weekend hitting Glasslands on Saturday (11/1) with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/2) with Big Ups. Speedy headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. Did you catch either one? How were they?

The tour wraps up in Durham, NC on Friday (11/7) and after that, Speedy will return to NYC to play one of the final Death by Audio shows on November 11 with Hunters, Palehound and Bong Wish (ex-Fat Creeps). That's a pretty solid lineup, and $10 at the door gets you in. Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Speedy singer Sadie Dupuis is one of the artists contributing to the new Keep In Touch (KIT) 7" subscription series which also includes Cloud Nothings (who just announced a Chicago show), Mutual Benefit, Big Ups, Into It. Over It., Girlpool, TOPS, The So So Glos, Ava Luna, Ricky Eat Acid, Playlounge, "and a few surprises." It's a year-long subscription and the idea is "each month you'll receive a 7" x 7" postcard with a record pressed directly into a full color image curated by that month's artist." You can subscribe here.

List of dates and a live video from this past SXSW below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz played 2 NYC shows w/ Ex Hex, playing DbA; Sadie on 7" series w/ Cloud Nothings, Into It Over It, more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Mr. Twin Sister @ Baby's All Right, 10/3/2014
Mr. Twin Sister

Having futzed with their name and their sound just a bit, Mr. Twin Sister celebrated the release of their new album with two sold-out shows at Baby's All Right this weekend (October 3 & 4). Whether it was this tweaking, leaving Domino to self-release their new album, or just taking time off, Andrea Estella and the rest of the band (a six-piece) seem energized and they sounded great on Friday night, ably reproducing the new LP's deep shag disco/R&B. For a few songs they were aided by Ava Luna's Felicia Douglass and Becca Kauffman for backup vocals and, on singles "In the House of Yes" and "Blush," a string quartet joined them for some seriously lush sounds.

The night also featured Ava Luna whose Carlos Hernandez did the string arrangements for Mr Twin Sister, and Touch. More pictures from the night, below...

Continue reading "Mr. Twin Sister celebrated their new album w/ 2 shows at Baby's All Right (pics from night 1 with Ava Luna and Touch)"

by Bill Pearis

House of Yes

Mr. Twin Sister, as they are now known, have just released a third track from their new album which is out September 22 via Infinite Best. "The House of Yes" is much in the same mould as "Blush" and "Out of the Dark" -- lush R&B/house with a definite UK bent. (Think Sade, Bjork's first album or either of Everything But the Girl's late-'90s albums.) The production hits all the right notes (Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna did the gorgeous string arrangements). You can stream it below.

The band's two record release shows are coming up at Baby's All Right on October 3 & 4. The 10/3 show is with Ava Luna and Touch, and the 10/4 show is with Toronto's Moon King and Zula. Timothy Allen DJs at both shows (which are 18+) and tickets are still available.

Streams below...

Continue reading "Mr. Twin Sister share third song from new LP (stream); Ava Luna, Moon King & more opening NYC record release shows"


We profiled Atlanta's Warehouse when they came to NYC back in April and, at that point, had only released live material. Now they've finally put out their debut album, Tesseract, and like the live songs hinted, it's noisy post-punk that's maybe more than a little reminiscent of Mannequin Men. You can stream the album in full below and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.

Warehouse have a few shows coming up this month, including a return to NYC for shows on July 16 at Baby's All Right with Bueno (before DJ Dog Dick's late show) at the venue) and July 19 at Rough Trade with local funk punks Ava Luna and Oneida drummer Kid Millions' Man Forever project, which is a good triple bill. Tickets for the Rough Trade show and tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Warehouse released their debut LP (download/stream), playing shows including NYC w/ Ava Luna & Man Forever"

Little Big League in May (more by Mimi Hong)

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

The Northside Festival
The Northside Festival's four-day takeover of North Brooklyn is in full swing tonight with basically every venue in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick involved. There are lots of shows but we've highlighted our picks here -- noted by the "(Northside)" in the event name.

Operators (Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade), Little Big League, Motion Studies @ Baby's All Right (BrooklynVegan Northside Showcase)
There's plenty of amazing shows tonight, though of course we hope you come to our showcase, which features the NYC debut of Operators, the new band of Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits member Dan Boeckner. From the sound of the song they released, it's seeming most similar to H Furs' stuff. Opening are Philly indie rockers Little Big League and Brooklyn's funky Motion Studies, who are on Nick Sylvester's (of Mr. Dream) GODMODE label, and he drums in the band too.

Blondes, Young Male, Max McFerren, Physical Therapy @ Baby's All Right
After our show you can stick around Baby's and dance to these quality DJs.

The War on Drugs, Woods, Julianna Barwick @ 50 Kent
This show is at the rechristened 50 Kent, aka the giant outdoor space that used to be Williamsburg Park.  It should be a good one too, with The War on Drugs' spacious Petty-isms perfect for the outdoor environment, as will Woods. Also: while some Northside shows might fill their badge quota quickly, that probably won't be a problem here given the size of the venue.

Sharon Van Etten, Amen Dunes @ Bowery Ballroom
We still remember when Sharon played the upstairs at Pianos as part of one of our CMJ day parties, so we couldn't be more pleased that her career has really taken off. This is her second of three sold-out NYC shows this week.

Animal Collective (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside Festival)
Animal Collective members Panda Bear and Avey Tare have been focusing on their own projects lately, but tonight the band (or maybe select members of the band) will be in NYC to DJ.

Nick Waterhouse, The Vandelles, Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Northside Festival)
If vintage soul is your idea of a good time, this should fit the bill: Nick Waterhouse really knows how this stuff is supposed to sound, and is a terrific songwriter to boot. That goes triple for Toubin, whose taste is beyond impeccable. The Vandelles are fun too! Unlike almost all Night Bazaar shows, this one is not free, but you can get in with your Northside Badge.

+/- {Plus Minus}, Flower (reunion show), John Lindaman, Trummors, Vomit Fist @ Cake Shop
Before Versus, brothers Richard and Ed Baluyut were in NYC band Flower who put out two albums and an EP's worth of moody indie rock during the second half of the 1980s. They reunite tonight to benefit the New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center, . Also on the bill: +/- Plus/Minus (featuring a third Baluyut brother, James), James Lindaman (of True Love Always), Trummors (Dave Lerner who used to be in Ted Leo + Pharmacists), andVomit Fist.

Nite Jewel, Ejecta, Brothertiger, Psychic Twin, The Great Void @ Cameo Gallery (Northside Festival)
Ejecta is the duo of Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber and Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford that centers around Leanne's (almost) always "completely naked" character. They also make pretty good synth pop. Headlining this showcase is eccentric performer Nite Jewel whose music is a hazy take on late '80s R&B pop.

Shellshag, Benny The Jet Rodriguez, Shark Pact, Dogjaw @ Death by Audio
It's a good night for lo-fi/DIY punk at DbA with local regulars Shellshag, LA's Benny The Jet Rodriguez, Shark Pact, and Olympia's Dogjaw.

Ka @ Europa (Northside Festival)
Brooklyn rapper Ka got a good amount of buzz last year for his impressive album The Night's Gambit, and tonight he'll take that material to the stage in his hometown.

Omar Souleyman, Dutch E Germ, Prince Rama (DJ Set) @ Glasslands (Northside Festival)
Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman puts on the kind of show that you just have to see for yourself, as many of you probably know already considering this is sold out. Former Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ opens.

Perfect Pussy, Shilpa Ray, Roya @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
One of two chances to see exciting live act Perfect Pussy during Northside, this showcase also features underrated performer Shilpa Ray and Roya which features members of Habibi and The Clean.

White Mystery, J.A.C.K., Whiskey Bitches, Vulture Shit @ Matchless (Northside Festival)
Guitar-drums garage rock duos are a dime a dozen, but White Mystery from Chicago stand out and not just because siblings Alex and Francis are flaming redheads. Alex has a soulful wail that she lets belt out at top register. They're also less blues-y than many of their brethren -- even without the singing nobody's gonna confuse them with The White Stripes, Thee Oh Sees, etc.

Psychic Twin, Sateen, Limited, Ziemba, Harvey Sid Fisher @ Muchmore's (Northside Festival)
occasional actor and cult singer Harvey Sid Fisher is probably best known for his album Astrology Songs in which he performs songs about the 12 signs of the Zodiac....the album came out on Gregg Turkington aka Neil Hamburger's Amarillo Records, which also makes Harvey labelmates with Anton LaVey.

Albert Hammond Jr, Drowners @ MHOW (Northside)
He just played Governors Ball last weekend with that band that he's in, and tonight Albert Hammond Jr plays his Strokes-y solo material for Northside crowds. Opening act Drowners probably own a Strokes album or two.

Marnie Stern, Tweens, Amanda X @ Rough Trade (Northside Festival)
This lineup is solid all around with Marnie Stern whose funny stage banter is matched by her guitar heroics, Cincinnati's punky, poppy Tweens and Philly's also punky Amanda X.

Perfect Pussy, Hop Along, Pleasure Leftists, Frankie Cosmos @ Saint Vitus (Northside Festival)
Excellent bill at Vitus with the fiercely intense noise punks Perfect Pussy, Philly indie rock faves Hop Along, Cleveland post-punks Pleasure Leftists, and twee pop/anti-folk singer/songwriter Frankie Cosmos.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ski Mask, Whore Paint @ Shea Stadium
Ed Schrader's Music Beat just released their new album Party Jail via JEFF The Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label. As the title implies the record is a good time, 13 hyperactive tallboys of fuzzbass dancepunk, not a million miles away from Le Tigre or The B-52s. Tonight's the record release party (and it's not part of Northside).

Porches, Fat (Bad) History Month, Pile, Dust From A Thousand Years, New England Patriots @ Silent Barn
Exploding In Sound throw their unofficial Northside showcase tonight at Silent Barn. As we've come to expect from EIS, it's packed with loud rock bands who should appeal to anyone nostalgic for the '90s.

Crow Bait, Beach Slang, Chandeli'ers, Outta Gas @ Suburbia
Tonight's the NYC debut of Beach Slang, the new Philly trio fronted by James Snyder of '90s punk band Weston. All they've got out so far is a 4-song EP, but each track is a winner with the sugary distorted guitar hooks of early Goo Goo Dolls and The Replacements meeting the gruff vocals of Jawbreaker. Tons of quotable lines too. This show doubles as the release show for alt-country punks Crow Bait (mem. Iron Chic) who are celebrating their debut album, Sliding Through the Halls of Fate, out now on Don Giovanni.

Ava Luna, Nat Baldwin, Glass Ghost, Grooms @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
This is the Western Vinyl showcase and is headlined by longrunning (and undervalued) Brooklyn Ban Ava Luna. We're fans of openers Grooms, too, who make Sonic Youth-style rock.

Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Axxa, Abraxas, Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Donovan Blanc, Mike Sniper (DJ set) @ Warsaw (Northside Festival)
Captured Tracks takes over Warsaw tonight for Northside. Of special note: West Coast band Craft Spells whose new album Naseua is worth checking out, as is their hyperactive live show. Label domo Mike Sniper will be spinning songs in between bands.

Kelis, Son Little @ Webster Hall
Kelis has been one of the most underrated pop singers for years, and this year she actually "went indie," teaming up with producer Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio) and releasing her new neo-soul-inspired album on Ninja Tune.

Bobby McFerrin & Questlove @ Town Hall (Blue Note Jazz Festival)
The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues tonight and the show at Town Hall is an interesting one. It pairs the jazz legend Bobby McFerrin (best known, unfortunately, as the guy who sang "Don't Worry, Be Happy") with Roots drummer/frequent DJ/D'Angelo collaborator/Twitter celebrity/whatever else Questlove for an evening of "musical dialogue" they'e calling "Mumbo Jumbo."

Tonight's Escort / French Horn Rebellion show at Watermark Bar has been moved to July 10 due to weather.

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Iceage at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

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

Iceage, Anasazi @ Home Sweet Home
It's the second of two Iceage shows and tonight's is the more intimate one. NYC goth punks Anasazi open and if you like Iceage there's no reason you should miss this band.

Grand Resort, Gold Lake, Lazyeyes, Andrew Keoghan @ Baby's All Right
Synth-heavy indiepop band Grand Resort wear their jangly influences on their sleeves (C-86 / Sarah Records) but win out with enthusiasm and an ear for infectious melody. They headline this line of similarly tuneful locals.

Nap, Borts Minorts @ Cake Shop
Borts Minorts' shows involve unitards, a stringed instrument made out of a ski, effected vocals, choreography, and general weirdness. The Residents as aerobics instructors? Maybe.

Honduras, Elliot and The Ghost, The Montauk Project, Glass Curtains @ Mercury Lounge
Honduras bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance.

Ava Luna, Space Beach, Pile, Grass Is Green, Washer @ Shea Stadium
NYC funk-punks Ava Luna team up with two quality post-hardcore-leaning Massachusetts bands, Pile and Grass Is Green, and more tonight for what should be a pretty fun show.

Endless Boogie, Watery Love, Mordecai @ Union Pool
Endless Boogie are one of the more perfectly named bands in Brooklyn. When they find a groove they go long. Perhaps just as interesting on this bill are Philly band Watery Love who do the scuzz-punk thing very well.

Comedy Night with Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

Electric Daisy Carnival @ MetLife Stadium
EDC may not be our favorite NYC-area music festival but there's some stuff worth catching today like Rudimental (live), AraabMuzik, Skream, MK and more.

Tale of Us, Chymera @ Output
And like the rest of the weekend, there's an EDC afterparty at Output. Tonight's brings together Berlin duo Tale of Us with Ireland's Chymera.

We hope you're enjoying Memorial Day Weekend. We made a guide of some of the extended holiday goings-on.

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Tickets to see Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood perform his score to There Will Be Blood at United Palace are on sale now.

Tickets for the recently announced, fourth Mineral show at Saint Vitus with Into It. Over It. go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for The Fresh & Onlys show at Glasslands go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Orwells show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Kevin Gates show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Body Count record release show at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Misfits show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

If you didn't get tickets for the Guided By Voices shows at Irving Plaza, The Paramount and The Stone Pony in the BrooklynVegan presale, you can get them in during the general sale which starts today at noon.

Tickets for the Strokes show at The Capitol Theater go on sale today at noon.

RX Bandits, who seemed like they were breaking up but then toured The Resignation in full followed by some of their members getting the touring lineup of The Sound of Animals Fighting back together, were just announced for Riot Fest and they're also playing a NYC show at Best Buy Theater on July 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Exploding In Sound are doing their official Northside showcase at Baby's All Right on June 15 with Guerilla Toss, Ovlov, Krill, Celestial Shore, Mattress Financial, Baked, Leapling, Flagland, Washer, Manors, Heliotropes and Creepoid. Tickets are on sale now. EIS is also doing an unofficial showcase on June 13 at Silent Barn with Porches, Bad History Month, Pile, Dust from 1000 Yrs and New England Patriots. No advance tickets for that one.

Tickets for the Andrew Bird shows at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to both performances. Check the link above for contest details.

show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cynic show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Haley Bonar show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Chad Valley, Lemonade, Yumi Zouma, Xeno & Oaklander and Lusine show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Raveonettes shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Twin Peaks show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Man or Astro-Man? show at the Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Brooklyn Bowl show are still available.

Tickets for the La Roux show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Radioactivity and Bad Sports show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets to see Doldrums and his brother Moon King play their first-ever show together at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the Cymbals Eat Guitars show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for The Offspring's Smash shows at Terminal 5 with Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kasabian show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Ava Luna, Man Forever and Warehouse are playing Rough Trade on July 19. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the James Blake DJ set at Output go on sale today at 1 PM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

La Sera at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
La Sera

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

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
Happening at popular food destination Smorgasburg, the BFRF is a mix of used vendors and independent label booths from the likes of DFA, Captured Tracks, Partisan, Cascine, Warp, Frenchkiss, Famous Class, Minimal Wave (with their now famous MW cupcakes) and more. This year it's also a part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Autre Ne Veut, Caroline Polachek (Chairlift, Ramona Lisa), Tanlines' Jesse Cohen, Optimo and Sandra Electronics to make your crate digging a little more pleasurable. BrooklynVegan is also a proud sponsor.

Vulture Fest
New York Magazine's pop culture blog Vulture is throwing this two-day  festival this weekend featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy. Most of it is happening at Milk Studios in Manhattan.

M.I.A., Solange @ Webster Hall
After playing Queens warehousy Knockdown Center last night, MIA teams with Solange for a very sold out part of Vulture Fest.

Shoes, Paul Collins' Beat, Barreracudas, Games @ The Bell House
Night two of the Brookyn Power Pop Festival features some true legends in the genre, with The Nerves' frontman Paul Collins and Chicago's under appreciated Shoes, plus two great newer band -- Barreracudas and Brooklyn's Games.

La Sera, High Waisted, Springtime Carnivore @ Baby's All Right
With Vivian Girls behind her, Katy Goodman's main focus is now on the more pop-oriented La Sera. Tonight's the record release show for her new album, Hour of the Dawn.

Upset, Worries @ Baby's All Right
Ex-Hole/Vivian Girls band Upset play their second of two NYC shows of the week tonight, and joining them is their Don Giovanni labelmates Worriers, whose socially aware pop punk rips.

Robert Henke's Lumiere, The Haxan Cloak @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
As part of Red Bull Music Academy, artist Robert Henke will present the US premiere of his laser light show, Lumière, and joining him is dark electronic musician The Haxan Cloak. Sounds mind-bending.

Ava Luna, Heliotropes, Le Rug, Eastern Hollows @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's headlined by long-running and underrated Brooklynites Ava Luna.

Ovlov, Geronimo!, Dead Wives, LVL UP @ Death by Audio
Good night of '90s-style indie rock at DbA with the Dino Jr/SY-loving Ovlov, the noisy Geronimo!, Speedy Ortiz-related Dead Wives, and crunchy Built to Spill-esque rockers LVL UP.

Tennis, Ski Lodge @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Poppy Colorado duo Tennis are currently working on their new album and may be playing some new stuff. They sing to tykes at Kidrockers at NYU's Skirball Center during the afternoon before tonight's MHOW show.

Shark?, Howth, Soft Black, Pinegrove @ Shea Stadium
If you like sugary garage punk like Wavves, Shark? are one of the better local bands in Brooklyn doing that sort of thing.

Cretin Stompers, LODRO, Downer, Honduras, Baby Acid @ The Flat
Featuring members of Wavves and the Reatards, scuzzy trio Cretin Stompers have some ultra-catchy songs underneath that low-fi noize. They're the not-so-secret guests tonight that's an otherwise fun bill, with Cassie Ramone and Tamaryn DJing between sets.

Okkyung Lee w/ C Spencer Yeh // Chris Corsano/Bill Nace @ The Stone
NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee continues her Stone residency tonight with past collaborator C Spencer Yeh at the 8 PM set and two Sonic Youth member collaborators Chris Corsano & Bill Nace (the latter of whom is currently in Body/Head with Kim Gordon) at the 10 PM set.

The Men, Obits, Nude Beach @ The Wick
If you haven't checked out The Wick, finally open after a slow gestation period, here's a good show to check out with lots of great, no-nonsense guitar rock.

Brigid Dawson's Fare Thee Well Opening Reception @ Worship
Brigid is not part of the current touring line-up of Thee Oh Sees, but here's a chance to see her artwork at Williamsburg vintage clothes store Worship. Tonight's the opening with beverages in the store's open backyard and a performance by Jim McHugh.

Agoria, Kindness, Ripperton, Lusine, Nicole Ross @ Verboten
Kindness has a new album coming out which reportedly features Robyn, Blood Orange, and Kelela. Maybe he'll give us a taste of some of that tonight.

Ulcerate, Inter Arma, Car Bomb @ Saint Vitus
It's a solid double header for metal at Vitus tonight with the atmospheric death metal of Ulcerate and the psychedelic black-ish metal of Inter Arma.

Saturday Slamfest @ Blackthorn 51
A bunch of metal bands come together for Saturday Slamfest at Queens venue Blackthorn 51 today, most notably death metal originals Suffocation.

HAIM, Shy Girls @ Terminal 5
HAIM's ascent continues. Resistance is futile.

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We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Festival 2014 initial lineup (Spoon, Mastodon, Sun Kil Moon, St. Vincent, Death, High on Fire, White Lung & more)"

The War on Drugs at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by PSquared)
War on Drugs

As you may know, the Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15 this year, and includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, CHVRCHES, Albert Hammond Jr., Dead Milkmen and more.

There have since been new additions to the schedule, including two big outdoor, all ages shows at the 6000-capacity 50 Kent (formerly Williamsburg Park, entrance at N. 12th). The first is The War on Drugs on Friday, June 13 ($20 adv, $25 day of) and then it's Beirut on Saturday, June 14 ($35 adv and day of). Tickets will be on sale soon via Northside Fest's site. These not-free big outdoor shows are in addition to the free big outdoor shows in McCarren Park with CHVRCHES (6/15) and one more TBA.

Other lineup additions include Perfect Pussy, Pharmakon, Eleanor Friedberger, Lust for Youth, Diane Coffee, Talib Kweli, Ava Luna, Yvette, Benjamin Booker (touring with Courtney Barnett), The Barr Brothers and Shamir (live debut). More info on exact venues and individual tickets will be available soon at Northside Fest's site where you can also buy a festival badge (Early Bird Music Badges ($65), Innovation Badges ($245), Film Badges ($25), and Premium Badges ($275) are on sale).

There's also a film portion, including the NY premieres of Homemakers (dir. Colin Healey), the Oscilloscope-presented of Montreal documentary The Past is a Grotesque Animal (dir. Jason Miller), and Whiffed Out (dir. Jason Giampietro), and the Brooklyn premiere of Summer of Blood (dir. Onur Tukel). More info on the film portion here.

Dum Dum Girls at SXSW 2014 (more by Steven Noreyko)

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

Dum Dum Girls, Blouse @ Bowery Ballroom
Having released their poppy Too True earlier this year, Dum Dum Girls' tour hits NYC this week for two shows. Don't miss openers Blouse who have turned into a formidable live band.

Solids, PUP, Pachangacha @ Mercury Lounge
These three rowdy rock bands just hit Glasslands last night, and tonight they return to rage with you at Mercury Lounge. The Japandroids-y Solids and SideOneDummy-signed punks PUP are in town on their way back to Canada from SXSW, and Pachangacha bring over their Dino Jr-isms from CT.

Classixx, GEMS @ MHOW
LA dance duo Classixx return to NYC to get the dancefloors moving here once again, and this time they're bringing Washington ethereal dancepop duo GEMS with them.

Ava Luna, Ryan Power, Guerilla Toss, Jerry Paper, Krill, Ashcan Orchestra, Railings @ Silent Barn
This bill is loaded with Northeast representation: it's the last hometown show for NYC funk punks Ava Luna before they head to Europe, plus Vermont pop weirdo Ryan Power, Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss, their indie rock Mass. neighbors Krill and more.

Vertical Scratchers, Boogarins, Adult Dude @ Glasslands
John Schmersal has previously led the great Brainiac and Enon, and now he's fronting a new project, Vertical Scratchers. They make their NYC debut tonight, and the whole bill is solid with Brazilian psych rockers Boogarins (one of the more talked about bands at SXSW this year) and NYC punks Adult Dude.

Liam Finn w/ Connan Mockasin, Love As Laughter @ Union Pool
Liam Finn wraps up his March "murmuration" residency at Union Pool with fellow New Zealander Connan Mockasin who definitely will bring a wildcard element to the evening.

Talib Kweli, Res, Sonnymoon, Soul Inscribed, Gentei Kaijo, Javi Santiago, EE Delray, Malik Work, Alex Pasternak of Lemonade, Aka Suga @ LPR
Via LPR's site, "Started in 2012, The Lesson is a live band, improvised 'experimental hip-hop groove session' that takes place every Thursday night on the Lower East Side, and welcomes a variety of musicians, singers, and emcees to its stage." Tonight The Lesson celebrates its 2-year anniversary with some great guests including Talib Kweli and his Idle Warship partner Res.

Delicate Steve, Javelin, Anand Wilder @ Rough Trade
Tonight as part of Rough Trade's Moog installation, Delicate Steve, Javelin and Yeasayer guitarist Anand Wilder will put on a collaborative performance with its equipment. It's free, 8 - 11 PM. Flyer below.

Bluffing, Huge Pupils, Heaven's Gate, Slonk Donkerson, M.O.T.O. @ Shea Stadium
Tonight's a record release show for Bluffing's new EP, Sugar Coated Pills of Wisdom. We like Heaven's Gate and Slonk Donkerson too.

DTCV, Spaceships, Max Low, Marzipan @ The Grand Victory
Jim Greer spent time in Guided by Voices and, for many years, was one of SPIN's best writers. His band DTCV (pronounced "detective") make post-VU indie rock.

Martha Wainwright, JD Samson (of Le Tigre), Edie Falco, Dawn O'Porter, Yael Stone, Amelia Lester @ The Bell House
"Australian literary salon" Women of Letters, which "involves five or six female writers, performers, actors, politicians, and artists joining together to revive the lost art of letter writing," returns to the US tonight with various guests including singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright, The Sopranos' Edie Falco, MEN/Le Tigre's JD Samson, Orange is the New Black's Yael Stone, and more.

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, Panama Wedding @ Webster Hall
RAC, who work with many artists including Bloc Party's Kele, wrap up their 2-night run in NYC tonight.

Tonight's Allman Brothers Band show (and the rest of their run) at Beacon Theatre has been postponed.

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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