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Christmas is just around the corner, and right after that it's one of the biggest party nights of the year, New Year's Eve. We've already posted about a bunch of musical ways to ring in 2016 (browse our "New Year's Eve" tag), and here's a roundup of those, with even more options included:
First, for the rockers out there, there's the Mutoid Man and Royal Thunder shows at Saint Vitus on NYE and NYD (tickets); the Gogol Bordello shows at Terminal 5 on 12/30 and NYE, the latter of which has them playing Gypsy Punks in full (buy tickets or win them); and the Deer Tick shows at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/30 and NYE (tickets). After Deer Tick's NYE show, there's a DFA party at the venue with DJ sets from Museum of Love featuring Pat Mahoney and Dennis McNany (tickets).
For indie rock on the slightly lighter side, there's DIIV, Tamaryn, and a special guest at Bowery Ballroom (tickets); and the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show at Rough Trade (tickets). Union Pool has a night featuring dancerock outfit Motion Studies, DJ Preskool & DJ Matt Ca$h ($10 at the door). For something quirkier, They Might Be Giants kick off a three-night run at MHOW on NYE that continues on Jan 1 & 2 (tickets).
But enough about rock. It's New Year's Eve and you want to dance, right?? As always, there's plenty of options in that realm. Justice and Gesaffelstein are DJing Brooklyn Hangar with Bob Moses and With You (tickets). Wherever it is, there's an after hours party at the same venue (3 AM to 10 AM) with Odesza, Chrome Sparks (DJ) and Julia Niko (tickets). Justice's Ed Banger labelmate Breakbot will be at Slake (tix). DFA's Holy Ghost! and Nancy Whang are DJing Pioneer Works (tickets). Miami house vet Oscar G plays Output with Ace Alvarez and Viviana Toscanini (tickets); and the venue's Panther Room hosts Penguin Prison (DJ), Teddy Stuart and Pint (tickets). Verboten has Hot Since 82 and Julia Govor (tix); and Palisades has Obey City, Photay, Sonnymoon, Shore and Nick Hakim (tix).
Webster Hall's annual New Year's Eve Ball has a ton of stuff going on, including sets from Tchami (who has a brand new EP), Klingande and Classixx. Plus there's a bunch of recurring parties, like Tiki Disco at Good Room; a Rinsed party at a secret Brooklyn location with Dinamo Azari, Jacques Greene, Morgan Geist, Paris Mitchell and Todd Edwards; a Mister New Year's Eve party at a secret Brooklyn location; a Mutual Dreaming party at Space Is The Place; The Bunker at Trans-Pecos; and the annual The Rub party at The Bell House.
If you'd rather see a rap show on New Year's Eve, there's no shortage of that either. Future wraps up an incredible year on Pier 36 with a DJ set from Rudimental (tickets). That's part of Big Week NYC, which also includes rapper Travi$ Scott on Pier 94 opening for Nicky Romero and The Chainsmokers (tickets). Future collaborator Dej Loaf plays a Queens show on NYE at Amazura (91-12 144th Place) (tickets). For something more on the indie-rap side, there's Ratking's Wiki at Aviv (tickets). And queer rappers Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa team up at Mercury Lounge (tickets).
Another New Year's Eve tradition is jam bands, and there are good options in that world too. There's of course Phish's sold-out MSG run from 12/30 - 1/2. If you aren't going, you can stream the webcast on LivePhish.com. Webcast tickets are up for pre-order. The Disco Biscuits also have their run at Playstation Theater (fka Best Buy Theater) the same four days (tickets), and Gov't Mule do their Beacon Theatre run on 12/30 and NYE. Night 1 is a regular Mule set, but NYE has them playing three sets, paying homage to The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and The Grateful Dead, respectively. NYE is sold out but resale tickets are available and so are tix for 12/30.
If seeing tributes to classic British bands is your idea of a fun New Year's Eve, you can see Smiths/Morrissey tribute The Sons & Heirs at Littlfield with an opening set from Nada Surf/Guided by Voices' Doug Gillard and special guests (tickets). There's also Beatles tribute The Fab Faux's run at City Winery from 12/27 to 12/31. New Year's Eve proper has two shows, an early set billed as "The Beatles at Shea Stadium & more" and a late set of "mixed Beatles favorites." Tickets for both are available.
If you'd like to party like it's 1999, Videology is hosting a Purple Rain danceparty with sets heavy on Prince, Shelia E, The Time, Apollonia 6, plus other early '80s favorites. $10 at the door.
Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and her hubby Brandon of Crocodiles will be DJing at Night of Joy, which is free and has an open vodka bar from 11:30 PM till the ball drops. Flyer below.
Other options include Macy Gray playing early and late sets at the Iridum on NYE, followed by a NYD show and two Jan 2 shows (tickets). Knitting Factory Brooklyn has a show with Avan Lava, French Horn Rebellion, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture DJ sets), Computer Magic (DJ), Deidre & the Dark, and more (tickets).
Something you probably don't want to do is stand out in the cold (actually it might be like 50° but still) and watch Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in Times Square with no one good playing... unless you like Jimmy Buffett, who also plays Barclays Center with Huey Lewis and the News the same night (tickets).
Did we miss anything good? Whatever you do, have a safe and happy New Year!
photo: Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Earlier this month, part of the lineup leaked for this year's series free concerts at Montauk's restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge, and we've now got the full schedule. Some highlights include Mac DeMarco (5/22), Flaming Lips (6/7), Alvvays (6/14), Benjamin Booker (6/20), The Allah-las (6/27), Jon & Josiah of The Head and the Heart (6/28), Sylvan Esso (7/26), Delta Spirit (8/8), tUnE-yArDs (8/9), The Joy Formidable (9/4), and more.
As usual, the annual series hosts these free shows each weekend from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. It's not too far from NYC, and the bands make for a pretty good reason to get away to Montauk for a weekend.
Check out the full 2015 Surf Lodge concert series schedule below...
As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...
Prolific local rapper Smoke DZA recently dropped the third installment of his Ringside EPs with R.F.C. producer 183rd, which you can stream or download for free below. His next hometown show happens Monday (4/6) at SOB's with J.Y. and Tray Pizzy. Tickets are on sale.
DZA is also playing producer Harry Fraud's FREE party TONIGHT (4/2) at Westway with Jesse Marco, Daytona, Adrian Lau, Al-Doe and Gloss Gang. Doors are at 9, and special guests are promised. Flyer below.
One of DZA's past collaborators, Bodega Bamz, is set to release his official debut album, Sidewalk Exec, on April 14 via 100 Keep It / Duck Down, produced entirely by V. Don. So far three songs from the album are out, "El-Rey," "Billy Bats," and "Bring Em Out" which features Flatbush Zombies. You can stream those below. The album also reportedly will feature the late A$AP Yams.
Bodega Bamz plays a release show for Sidewalk Exec on release day at SOB's (4/14). Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds are hosting. Tickets are on sale.
Joey Fatts and A$ton Matthews, who have toured and collaborated with several A$AP Mob members, are signed to A$AP Yams' Yamborghini Records, and are 2/3 of the group Cutthroat Boyz with Vince Staples, are playing together on April 23 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Also on that bill is The Koolest, WavThang and Chase Manson. Tickets are on sale. Joey dropped the Ill Street Blues EP about a month ago, which you can stream below. All tour dates here.
Vince and Earl's "Hive" partner Casey Veggies was recently added as an opener to Big Sean's NJ show happening April 22 at Starland Ballroom (tickets). Sean also plays NYC-area fest Hot 97 Summer Jam on June 7 (tickets); and his tour with J. Cole, YG and Jeremih hits NYC on August 4 at MSG (tickets).
Also on Summer Jam is Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$ (who has a NYC show at Terminal 5 on 4/19), Meek Mill & Dej Loaf (who both play NYC on their tour with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Tinashe), and more.
Atlanta rapper Zach Farlow, who's been getting some buzz, partially thanks to his work with Rich Homie Quan and others, comes to NYC on April 8 at Santos Party House. That show's with Earlly Mac, and tickets are on sale now. Listen to his Rich Homie Quan collab, "Low," below.
For something more old school, Masta Ace's group eMC (with Wordsworth and Stricklin) are releasing their first full length since their 2008 debut this year. It's called The Tonite Show, and will be out May 5 via M3/Penalty Entertainment/Sony Red. You can watch the video for one of its singles, "Fly Thoughts" (ft. Pearl Gates), below. eMC play a release show for that album on 4/20 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale. Masta Ace also plays a SummerStage show, but details are still TBA.
Fellow NYC vets Mobb Deep will continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic The Infamous with a show on April 26 at BB King's with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif N Wessun. Tickets are on sale.
Smif N Wessun also play DJ Mike Nice's 40th Birthday Bash on May 20 at Stage 48 with Kool G Rap, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, The Faculty, Royal Flush, Miilkbone, Odoub & Sean Strange, Persia, Kent Lucas, ThaRegime, D.C., J. Rebel, and Dayshawn Losey. Tickets are on sale.
One more old school New York group: Salt N Pepa play BB King's on July 16. Tickets are on sale.
There's also two hip hop shows happening in NYC tonight (4/2): Fetty Wap at Webster Hall for the one-year anniversary of Just Blaze's House Party, and The Lox at The Wick. Like Masta Ace, The Lox also have a TBA SummerStage show.
As for the rest of this weekend, you can catch rapper Cakes Da Killa opening for kitschy synth pop group AVAN LAVA at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (4/3) (tickets), and that same night hip hop producer The Gaslamp Killer headlines a big lineup at Capitale with Kidnap Kid, Vashtie and many others (tickets). Cakes recently put out the new song "Serve It Up," which you can stream below.
Other previously-discussed hip hop shows happening in NYC include Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival with Common, Shabazz Palaces, Azealia Banks, The Game (The Documentary 10th anniversary), Migos / OG Maco, Jedi Mind Tricks, Yelawolf, Tyler the Creator, Action Bronson (NJ), Kool AD, iLoveMakonnen, Black Milk, Talib Kweli / Immortal Technique, Death Grips? and more.
Doug Benson is bringing his podcast "Doug Loves Movies" back to Gramercy Theater on April 27. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Avan Lava play Bowery Ballroom on April 3. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (2/27) at noon.
Tennis are playing MHOW on May 13 and Mercury Lounge on May 16. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Champagne Jerry plays Joe's Pub on March 11. Tickets are on sale.
The Dan Band play Joe's Pub on February 27, March 20 and May 1. Tickets are on sale.
Shy Girls are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 29 with Tei Shi. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
George Maple is playing Rough Trade on March 24. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Cibo Matto @ Central Park Summerstage (more by Adela Loconte)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
tUnE-YaRds, Cibo Matto, Beep! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
tUnE-yArDs dove further into their world of quirky, eccentric pop on this year's Nikki Nack, and Cibo Matto returned with their first album since 1999 which had them still in good form. Tonight concludes their four-night run at MHOW.
Fred Schneider, Lena Hall, Miriam Shor, David Johansen, Stephen Trask, Michael C. Hall, Tits of Clay @ The Hills NYC
Don Hill's was the birthplace of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, and Stephen Trask returns to the venue (now called The Hills NYC) for this Don Hill tribute that also benefits benefitting youth addiction nonprofit Road Recovery. He's brought current Hedwig start Michael C Hall (of Dexter and Six Feet Under), along with a few other notable friends.
Max Richter @ Bowery Ballroom
Great contemporary composer Max Richter is billing this show as 'The Leftovers and The Blue Notebooks,' the latter being the name of his acclaimed 2004 album and the former being the name of the HBO series that aired over the summer that he soundtracked.
Sloan Wainwright, Peter Stampfel, Cosy Sheridan, Muppeteer Peter Linz, Sam McTavey @ CIty Winery
While Rufus and Martha's holiday shows are still to come, tonight their aunt Sloan (who also plays their show) does her own smaller holiday show at City Winery. Especially of note on the lineup is folk legend Peter Stampfel.
Kendra Morris, Kiah Victoria, The Side Project, Quiet Life @ Brooklyn Bowl
Diverse lineup for Brooklyn Bowl's "School Night!" show tonight with soul singer Kendra Morris, electropop singer Kiah Victoria, saxophone quartet The Side Project, and folk/roots rockers Quiet Life. Free with RSVP which is open til 3 PM, or $8 at the door without
Avan Lava, Reverend John DeLore @ Littlefield
Tonight is a benefit for Andrew Schneider's multimedia art project YOUARENOWHERE, featuring a live performance by over-the-top dance act Avan Lava. Admission includes a drink ticket.
X blank X, Blues Control, Silk Purse @ Monty Hall (NJ)
Mid 70's Cleveland art punk band X__X reformed earlier in 2014 for their first live shows in 35 years.
Trivia Night For Cheaters w/ John Hodgman @ The Bell House
John Hodgman takes advantage of his know-it-all persona as quizmaster for this night benefitting for kids' creative writing outlet 826NYC.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Bill Pearis
Beverly, the duo of Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, have been playing together for a year or so. Drew, who plays in Frankie's live band (and also in Avan Lava), is the primary songwriter but you can hear Frankie's influence in Beverly's first released song, "Honey Do," which will be on the Non Violent Femmes compilation Kanine is releasing on Record Store Day. It's sweet -- especially when Drew coos the title -- and warm and fuzzy, and a pretty great pop song. It definitely makes me anxious for their album, which will be out this summer. Meanwhile, stream "Honey Do" below...
AVAN LAVA at Webster Hall in June (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
NYC dance party FIXED is ringing in the new year at Cameo Gallery with AVAN LAVA, Juan Maclean (DJ), Justin Strauss, Evan Michael, Alan + Andrew Blancato, Mondo Indie Dance Party and FIXED regular JDH. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
French disco house producer Para One, who we highlighted earlier this year, is returning to NYC for a NYE party at Slake that also includes Gesaffelstein, Brodinski and many more. Full lineup and more info here.
Electro rapper Spank Rock will celebrate NYE at El Privado (518 W. 27th St.) with Amanda Blank Roxy Cottontail, Good Peoples and DJ Baby Eagle. Tickets are on sale.
And lastly, Blkmarket and ReSolute are teaming up with Output for a lengthy NYE party there with a huge lineup that includes Mathew Dekay, Avatism, Jimmy Edgar and many more. Full lineup and tickets here.
UPDATE: Tanlines are also DJing Brooklyn Bowl. Doors and show at 12:30 AM. Tickets are on sale.
Also check out other, non-dancey NYE concert options in NYC.
Avan Lava are playing Rough Trade on December 21. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
The Whigs are playing Brooklyn Bowl on January 10. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Zebra Katz at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We recently discussed a number of Halloween shows happening in NYC, and here's one that we missed with three local artists. Synth funk crew AVAN LAVA will team up with the gothy Light Asylum and rapper Zebra Katz, whose super fun live show proves "Ima Read" is no one hit wonder. Tickets for this Halloween party are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.
Zebra Katz recently collaborated with sugar-high pop duo Icona Pop on a one-off single, "My Party," which you can stream below...
photos by Jonathon Bernstein; words by Bill Pearis
The Drums @ Webster Hall 6/10/2013
Back to the show, where there were many more moments of pure unadulterated joy. The Drums don't always play every single one of their crowd pleasers - my first time seeing them live (Bowery Ballroom, 2011), they didn't perform their biggest hit "Let's Go Surfing." On Monday night, which they kept celebrating as their return to New York City, no hit was left unplayed. In addition to "Let's Go Surfing," the band played "I Need a Doctor," "Down by the Water," "Money", "Book of Revelation," "Hard to Love," "I Felt Stupid" (their oldest song, which got the biggest cheer from the crowd) and many others. The set reached its apex when "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "Days" were played back-to-back, which is the moment that I realized that I'd never seen Webster Hall - or any similar venue - quite like this. I literally believe that there wasn't a person in the room who wasn't singing "Forever and Ever" and I have never felt a floor shake like it did during "Days." - [2BitMonkey]Before Northside, before Chickfactor, this week in NYC was the New Music Seminar, a mostly industry confab that did have a few showcases too, most notably at kickoff party at Webster Hall on Monday (6/10) with headliners The Drums who haven't played in a while. The showcase also featured sets from the bubbly Avan Lava, folky Pearl & the Beard and krautrocky Hess is More who performed as a trio. Pictures from Monday's show are in this post.
Hess is More will debut an entire new repetoire, titled "MY HEAD IS A BALLROOM," on June 20 at Glasslands. If you've never seen Hess is More, their live show is highly recommended. Cascading Slopes and Float Fall open and tickets are on sale now.
More pictures from Webster Hall below...
by Bill Pearis
The Drums @ Brooklyn Bowl, 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
The New Music Seminar is back in action for 2013, happening from June 9 - 11 in New York City. A regular summertime fixture here from 1980 - 1995, the NMS returned in 2011 and expanded last year. While featuring industry panels, there are also showcases too on June 10 & 11 with a kickoff show at Webster Hall on June 10 featuring The Drums, Pearl & the Beard, Avan Lava, and Hess is More. Tickets for that show are on sale now and NMS attendees can get in with their badges (which, starting at $249, are priced for industry, not music fans).
Most of the showcases, however, happen at small Lower East Side venues like Pianos, Cake Shop and Tammany Hall. One that's notable is an all-Swedish showcase at Cake Shop on June 10 featuring Chris Merritt, Yves Jean, State of Grace, and Full of Keys. Visit the NMS website for full showcase and conference schedule.
Speaking of Swedish and Cake Shop, tonight (6/3) at the Ludlow venue are three Scandinavian bands who were here to play NYC Popfest over the weekend. The show is headlined by Finnish band French Films who were (along with UK group Flowers) the breakout band of the weekend, bringing some rock n' roll swagger to the fest that is often just associated all things twee and cute. (They're playing a few times this week, actually.) Also playing: Sweden's Alpaca Sports (jazzy orch-pop), and Azure Blue (ethereal synthpop).
The Gories at The Bell House in 2012 (more by Jason House)
As mentioned, Mac DeMarco and White Fence will be playing the Panache Northside showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. That show now also includes Walter TV. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
White Fence also play another Northside show the next day at Knitting Factory (tickets). Mac DeMarco has a ton of other upcoming dates too, all of which are listed below.
Brooklyn Bowl is hosting other Northside shows too, including one of Questlove's weekly Bowl Train parties as a late show after the Panache showcase (tickets).
The following night (6/14), the venue will be headlined by Sinkane with Xenia Rubinos playing as well.. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Sinkane has other upcoming dates, including another NYC-area show happening on June 16 at Maxwell's (tickets) which is also with Xenia Rubinos. All dates are listed below.
That same night, Bond Music Group are doing their showcase as a late show (doors: 11:30 PM) with Chrome Canyon, Computer Magic, AVAN LAVA (DJ), and Chateau Marmont. Tickets for that one are on sale.
Then, on the Saturday (6/15) of Northside, New York Night Train are doing their showcase, which includes an early show with The Gories and Daddy Long Legs; and a late show with Jonathan Toubin doing his Soul Clap & Dance-Off party with guest DJ Mick Collins (of the Gories and Dirtbombs). Tickets for the early show and the late show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Finally, on June 16, POP Montreal is doing a show with Born Ruffians, The Spinto Band, and Turf War. Tickets for that show are on sale.
You can also get into any of these shows with your Northside Badge. All Mac DeMarco and Sinkane dates are listed, along with show flyers, below...
Chris Isaak is playing The Capitol Theatre on July 13. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Body Language and Avan Lava are playing Bowery Ballroom on August 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Dicky Betts and Great Southern, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Beverly McClellan are playing Rock The Blues Summer Jam 2012 at The Capitol Theatre on July 26. Tickets for that go on sale today at noon.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Little Boots @ MHOW 5/7/2013
Hesketh and her backing band (which included a live drummer and a pair of synth players) performed nine of "Nocturnes'" 10 songs. There was even a surprise performance of the bubbly non-album track "Headphones" ("I wear my headphones at the disco and nobody ever has to know!") that got a better-than-usual reception for a non-album track. It all culminated with the back-to-basics synth banger "Shake," which closed the encore beneath a sea of confetti (courtesy of openers Avan Lava, who stormed the stage with confetti guns). Still, Little Boots aren't ready to close the book on the major label days, including "Remedy" and another "Hands" track -- "Meddle" (an unlikely collaboration with pop producer Greg Kurstin and Hot Chip's Joe Goddard) -- in the encore. Both inspired as much intensity from the crowd's front rows as any if the set's selections. - [Billboard]Little Boots (aka Victoria Hesketh) celebrated the release of her new album, Nocturnes, last night at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg. (Her tour hit LA last week.) It's been four years since her debut, Hands, and the crowd clearly hadn't forgotten her. It was a fun night all around with Austin's Feathers giving the evening a sultry start before AVAN LAVA blew the place up with thier glitter bombast set. Indie rockers who don't go to dance shows that often might recognize AVAN LAVA's Drew Citron as one half of Beverley (that features Frankie Rose on drums).
Before her MHOW show, Little Boots performed live for WNYC radio's "Soundcheck" and you can stream that, and check out more pictures from last night, below.
photos by Wei Shi
Little Boots at Echoplex, 5/2/2013
As mentioned, Little Boots releases her new album, Nocturnes, this week. It's currently streaming over at Pitchfork. Her tour with AVAN LAVA and Feathers will hit NYC tomorrow (5/7) for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. She's in town today, though, and will be performing live on WNYC's "Soundcheck" at 2PM.
Last week, Little Boots, AVAN LAVA and Feathers played Los Angeles club Echoplex last Thursday (5/2) as part of BritWeek (the same venue where The Rolling Stones played the weekend before). More pictures from that show below...
NYC rapper Mr. Muthafuckin 'eXquire recently put out his first release for Universal, the Power and Passion EP, which featured the tracks "Telephuck" and "The Message," both of which he just stopped by Sway to perform. While there, he was also interviewed, and you can check out videos of that interview and both performances below.
eXquire will play a hometown show this Wednesday (12/12) at Knitting Factory for a Ladygunn holiday party with Avan Lava and DJs Illyse Singer and Good Goose. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's his only announced date at the moment.
Videos are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Sophia Knapp - Close to Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sophia Knapp - Into the Waves (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cardinal - Love Like Rain (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cardinal - Carbolic Smoke Ball (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Savoir Adore - Dreamers (Golden Pony remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Savoir Adore - Dreamers (MP3)
Del Fuegos in the '80s
Things are beginning to heat up, show-wise, as SXSW gets closer so if you're going to Austin you might do the smart thing and stay home and rest. But if you're dumb like me, there's lots of good music this weekend. To wit:
Dan Zanes these days is best known for his highly successful career as a maker of children's music, but in the '80s he fronted Boston's Del Fuegos, whose brand of no-nonsense roots rock was a college radio staple in the Reagan years. Dan and his brother Warren, plus other original members Tom Lloyd and Woody Giessmann have gotten the old band back together so 40-somethings can call the sitter and go hear him sing songs for grown ups. They play Bowery Ballroom tonight (2/23) and The Bell House on March 3.
In addition to records like 1984's The Longest Day and 1985's Boston, Mass, The Del Fuegos were one of the first "cool" bands to be accused of selling out, appearing in a
Budweiser Miller commercial (which you can watch at the bottom of this post) that, if nothing else, inspired the classic Young Fresh Fellows song "Beer Money." Seems kind of silly today, and I'm sure Del Fuegos singles like "Don't Run Wild" and "I Still Want You" have held up pretty well.
The band have recorded a new EP, Silver Star, and you can stream one of its songs at the bottom of this post, where you'll find all Del Fuegos 2012 tour dates.
Another option tonight, over at Union Pool, is Sophia Knapp who you may know from Lights or Cliffie Swan but will release her solo debut on Drag City next week. The press release for Into the Waves offers up "melodic psych pop of the 60's, Tropicalia ballads, chilly '80s New York dance records, and the seduction of Stevie Nicks or Françoise Hardy" as influences but I think it sounds uncannily like the soft-focus pop of late-'70s Olivia Newton John.
You can download two tracks from her album at the top of this post and watch the video for "Nothing to Lose" further down. In addition to tonight's show at Union Pool, Sophia plays a free record release show at Sway on Wednesday, Feb 29 (leap day), and opens for Nite Jewel at Bowery Ballroom on April 24.
Cardinal (Richard Davies on the right)
There are a lot of good shows Friday night (2/24) and we'll start with Richard Davies at Cake Shop. The Australian-born singer fronted cult band The Moles in the late '80s, and whose 1994 album with Eric Matthews, Cardinal, is a baroque pop classic. Improbably, Davies and Matthews made a second Cardinal album, Hymns, that came out last month and basically picks up where the first one left off. It's a little more indie rock and a little less harpsichord and trumpets, but it's recognizably Cardinal. You can download two tracks from Hymns at the top of this post.
Davies will also be playing SXSW next month. He can be hit-or-miss live, but is a legend and worth going to see. Also playing are What Next?, the new band from onetime Cause Co-Motion dude David Klein that also features members of The Beets and Beachniks, so expect some scratchy shambolic (maybe charming) indiepop. Check out one song at their Bandcamp page. Also playing: The Pharmacy and Intuitions.
Montreal's Pat Jordache play Glasslands Friday night (2/24). Pat was in Sister Suvi with Merrill Garbus and though his music is a little more trad-indie than tUnE-yArDs, it's still rather weird. When I saw them at CMJ, they reminded me of '80s goth but their album that dark side isn't quite as pronounced. Maybe it was the two drummer thing. Anyway, Pat Jordache make a cool racket and know how to play to a crowd. They're opening for Javellin which I realize is why most people are going to go to this show, but do get there early for Pat.
Over at Cameo on Friday, Savoir Adore are having a record release party for their Dreamers EP. The single "Dreamers" came out on Neon Gold late last year and expands on their heartfelt, big pop sound. The EP expands that 7" with a bunch of remixes, one of which you can download at the top of this post. The band are going out with fellow Neon Gold acts The Knocks and St. Lucia, touring their way to SXSW and all dates are at the bottom of this post. Savoir Adore are putting the finishing touches on their new album, Our Nature, which will be out later this year.
And finally, Spanish Prisoners are playing Knitting Factory Friday (2/24) with fellow locals Clouder. Spanish Prisoners album from last year, Gold Fools, is still a pay-what-you-want download from their Bandcamp page and is a terrific album if you haven't heard it yet. The band just released a video for "Know No Violence" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Like pretty much every band in America, they're going on tour next month, stopping in Austin for SXSW, and all tour dates are below.
And that's the main stuff for this week's TWII. A few more day-by-day picks for shows not mentioned already are below
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
We haven't heard from Acrylics in a while. See what they're up to at Cameo, with Kuroma, Tezeo, and Bright Moments.
Get trippy at Glasslands with Prince Rama, Gary War, Future Shuttle, ^w0rm b1n^, plus a DJ set from Gang Gang Dance.
Snowmine wrap up their Pianos residency tonight, playing with Tiny Victories, Decades, and Awning.
Ava Luna at BV Holiday Party last month/year (more by Jessica Amaya)
Wintersleep are going on a short North American tour this month which ends in 2 NYC dates happening on January 24 at Mercury Lounge with Pretty & Nice and January 25 at Glasslands with ARMS and Writer. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show are on sale now. All Wintersleep dates are listed below.
Speaking of ARMS, their frontman, Todd Goldstein, is opening for John Roderick (of the Long Winters) at his Mercury Lounge show (1/28), which is three days after ARMS play Glasslands and one day after John Roderick opens for Aimee Mann at her sold out MHOW show. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are still available.
Rewards were also just announced as the opener for the second School of Seven Bells show at Mercury Lounge (3/1). Their record release show (happening at the same venue on 2/28) sold out and Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon.
Both Rewards and School of Seven Bells also DJ in Brooklyn next Friday (1/13) at Cameo Gallery with CREEP, who is also DJing. Doors are at midnight for this late show, which takes place after Radical Dads play the same venue a few hours earlier. Radical Dads recently played a great set at our Brooklyn Bazaar Holiday Party.
Avan Lava is not to be confused with Ava Luna, who just played a BV Holiday Party with Widowspeak and Twin Sister, the latter of which they're heading out on tour with later this month. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but Ava Luna just announced their own NYC show happening shortly after the tour ends at Mercury Lounge on February 24 with Celestial Shore, Darlings, and Cindy Lou Gooden. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/11) at noon.
You can catch Darlings in NYC even sooner when they headline Glasslands on Thursday (1/12) with The Suzan, Fabric, and DAYTONA (mems. of Harlem and Wild Yaks). Tickets for that show are available.
Friends play Cameo on January 24th.
Faris (of the Horrors) and Honor (of Cerebral Ballzy) both DJ cameo this Friday night (tomorrow, 1/6).
More Wintersleep & Har Mar dates below...
Elvis Perkins @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Green Day @ Don Hill's
* Julia Nunes, BLEAK! @ 92YTribeca
* Rival Schools, Antelope @ Union Pool
* Hot Chip, Gang Gang Dance @ Terminal 5
* Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jason Collett, Zeus (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Holy Fuck, Rewards, Food Stamps @ Cake Shop
* Wormburner, Jake Winstrom, Tim Lee 3 @ Pianos
* Inlets, Sparrow House, A Weather @ Union Hall
* Cattle Decapitation, Mutant Supremacy @ Europa
* Dosh, White Hinterland (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* Harlem, Thomas Function @ Monster Island Basement
* Vivian Girls, The Grates, Reading Rainbow @ Maxwell's
* Avan Lava, LE1F, The New Thrill, Rat Boy @ Glasslands
* Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Dawn Landes @ The Bell House
* Adam Green, Savoir Adore, The Dead Trees @ Bowery Ballroom
* Elvis Costello (and the Sugarcanes) @ United Palace Theatre
* Knight School, Gross Relations, Sword and Sandal @ Bruar Falls
* Hot Chip (DJ), The Juan Maclean (DJ), JDH & Dave P @ Webster Hall
* Pilfers, Tsunami Rising, Karen Gibson Roc, Across The Aisle @ Knitting Factory
* The Sediment Club, NT, Martartar, Parasite Singles, Abraham Rubin @ Party Expo
* White Suns, Landlords,Wildfire, Yoni Gordon & the Goods, Sanitized @ the Charleston
* Project Jenny/Project Jan, Nyle X Naysayers, Nuclears, Deathrow Tull @ SheaStadium
* Phantom Orchid, Leslie Keffer, Noveller, Okkyung Lee, MV Carbon, Mi Or and The Pedestals @ Coco 66
Big Stereo says, "Avan Lava is a new project made up of singer Tom Hennes and music maker Le Chev (the bassist for Fischerspooner). The duo just put out their debut "Vapors" EP which is available to download from their site (free as of now). Of course, if you dig it you should be showing support by dropping the five bucks at iTunes." The show at Glasslands tonight will be their debut performance.
Jamie Lidell introduces his new band in a new video. Below...