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Dead

As Dead Heads likely know, original Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has an ongoing residency at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre with his band Phil Lesh & Friends. The residency has already had him at the venue multiple times, and will continue to do so, including a run this week with shows tonight (4/10) through Saturday (4/12). The band for these particular shows is Phil Lesh, John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. Friday and Saturday are sold out, but you can still get tickets for tonight and Thursday.

After this week's run, Phil & Friends (this time Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jackie Greene, John Medeski, and Joe Russo), who play mostly Grateful Dead songs, will head to NYC for two nights at BAM, April 14 and 15. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair for each night. Details on how to enter to win, below.

The Cap is owned by Peter Shapiro, who is presenting the BAM shows and also owns the Brooklyn Bowl, which has since opened locations in Las Vegas and London. Phil Lesh will play three nights at the Vegas one leading up to 4/20 (tickets), and he also plays two nights at the London one in July (tix on sale Friday, 4/11 at 10 AM).

There's other upcoming Dead-related shows at the Capitol Theatre too. Renowned tribute band Dark Star Orchestra does a two-night stand on May 16 & 17. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale.

And on a semi-related note, Hot Tuna, the blues band of Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady who come from the same San Francisco scene that birthed the Grateful Dead and their members have collaborated, play the Cap on June 16. That's one of four NYC-area shows on their electric tour with Leon Russell which also hits NYCB Theatre at Westbury on 6/20, Bergen PAC on 6/21 and Pine Belt Arena on 6/22. Tickets for the Cap show and the other three are on sale now.

In more Dead news, Phil Lesh's former Grateful Dead/Further partner Bob Weir is playing with his band RatDog at upstate NY jam band festival Mountain Jam, which takes place from June 5 - 8 on Hunter Mountain. Other artists playing include Gov't Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blitzen Trapper and many more. Since we last spoke, The Allman Brothers (who recently had to postpone the rest of their March Beacon Theatre run due to Gregg's illness) were added as the Sunday headliner and will be performing their first two albums in full. Tickets for the fest are still available.

Also not long after those Phil Lesh NYC shows, John Kadlecik, who has played in Further, Phil Lesh & Friends (including this week at the Cap) and Dark Star Orchestra, brings his John K. Band to NYC's Highline Ballroom on April 18 with opener Adam Ezra. John will be previewing new material at the show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In more related news, the Dead's pals New Riders of the Purple Sage (whose earliest incarnation featured Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Dead drummer Mickey Hart) will headline the "Psychedelix Americana": Music of The Deli and Relix show at Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday (4/12). The rest of that lineup includes Andy Statman, Scott Metzger's WOLF!, Diamond Eye Jack Super Jam, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Union Street Preservation Society, and King Stork. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's also a Dead tribute band called Half Step playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 1. Tickets for that are on sale now.

And lastly, this isn't exactly "news" but in lieu of Letterman's retirement, Jambase.com posted a video of an old Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir rehearsal on Letterman. You can watch that, plus revisit other Dead/Letterman memories including Jerry & David Grisman playing "Friend of the Devil" in '93 and Jerry and Weir on the show in '82, below.

Any other Dead-related events coming up in NYC that we missed?

Videos and Phil Lesh contest details below...

Continue reading "Grateful Dead roundup: Phil Lesh shows (win tix to BAM), Dark Star Orchestra, New Riders, Hot Tuna, Mountain Jam update"

Lucinda Williams at SXSW 2014 (more by Steven Noreyko)
Lucinda

Alt-country vet Lucinda Williams mentioned when we caught her at SXSW that she'd be releasing a new album soon, and though that still hasn't been officially announced, Lucinda did announce some upcoming shows. She doesn't hit NYC this time around, but she'll be nearby to play The Stone Pony on June 11 and The Space at Westbury on June 19. Both of those shows, and others on the tour are with The Kenneth Brian Band. Tickets for the NYC-area shows go on sale Friday (4/11) at 10 AM and noon, respectively. The Westbury show is currently on artist presale. All dates are listed below.

In related news, fellow country singer Emmylou Harris, who covered and collaborated with Lucinda on her 1995 album, Wrecking Ball (which Nonesuch just reissued with bonus material), also has dates coming up in support of that reissue. Those dates see Emmylou joined by Daniel Lanois, Steven Nistor and Jam Wilson, plus Daniel Lanois will also open with a solo set. They'll hit NYC on Saturday (4/12) at BAM. Tickets are available via BAM, but you may have to call the box office. More details at BAM's site. All dates are listed below.

Lucinda and Emmylou also collaborated on "Greenville" from Lucinda's 1998 album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Watch a clip of them performing that together in 2007, with both artists' lists of dates, below...

Continue reading "Lucinda Williams touring; Emmylou Harris reissued 'Wrecking Ball' & touring too (dates)"

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As you may recall, legendary composer Ennio Morricone will be in North America in March for concerts in Los Angeles and New York, including Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 23 where he will lead a 200-piece orchestra. Tickets are still available.

Leading up to his Barclays appearance, BAMcinématek is presenting "The Music of Morricone," a film series running March 20 - 22 featuring four great movies with Morricone scores: Roland Joffé's The Mission (March 20, tickets); John Carpenter's The
Thing
(March 21, tickets); Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers (March 21, tickets); and Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (March 22, tickets). Morricone will be at the 5:30 PM screening of Once Upon a Time in the West to introduce the film -- that one's already sold out, unfortunately, but there are other showings if you want to see the movie on the big screen.

UPDATE: Turns out none of the screenings are on sale yet. Tickets go on sale January 29 for BAMcinématek members and February 3 for the general public. Good news!

Stream Morricone's scores from all the films in the series, below...

Continue reading ""The Music of Morricone" film series happening at BAM before Ennio Morricone's Barclays concert"

BRIC HOUSE

BRIC, the 'driving force' behind the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (the free shows in Prospect Park) and Brooklyn Independent Television, have opened a new venue! BRIC House, located in the former Strand Theatre at 647 Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn (by BAM), had a grand opening party last night with Burning Spear. The party continues Saurday with an all day block party (flyer below, schedule HERE)...

BRIC House architect Thomas Leeser has transformed the historic 1918 Strand Theatre into a state-of-the-art home for BRIC, the driving force behind a number of Brooklyn's most widely renowned and beloved arts and media programs. The renovation has reclaimed 20,000 square feet of additional public space, has created a street-level presence and the full integration of BRIC's visual arts, performing arts, and media programs. BRIC House will include a 3,000-square foot contemporary art gallery, a 240-400 capacity flexible performance space, a glass-walled television studio fully visible to the public lobby, an artist work/performance studio, a public lobby with a café and full state-of-the-art media broadcasting center. The facilities will serve as a home for artists and audiences - a place where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of Brooklyn.

"Two years ago we launched this project to provide a state-of-the-art home for BRIC and UrbanGlass," said Mayor Bloomberg. "I'm thrilled with the result of this public-private partnership, which has brought an extraordinary addition to the burgeoning Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, and new and renovated space for unparalleled access to the terrific programming of these two dynamic organizations."

The block party Saturday is free, but tickets are on sale now for shows with Emily Wells, The Bad Plus, and more.

Continue reading "new venue BRIC House opens by BAM: block party Saturday & other shows scheduled"

by Andrew Frisicano

Nico Muhly
Nico Muhly

Two Boys, the opera by Nico Muhly and librettist Craig Lucas, makes its NYC debut October 21 at the Metropolitan Opera House with a run of seven shows (10/21, 10/25, 10/30, 11/2, 11/6, 11/9 & 11/14). Tickets are on sale now. As described by the Met, the show explores "identity and desire in the shadowy world of the Internet as a detective investigates the stabbing of one teenage boy by another -- and discovers a tangled web of online intrigue." You can hear/see a preview of English National Opera's 2011 production in this post.

Another new opera, Anna Nicole, is currently at BAM (through September 28th) as part of the Next Wave Festival. The show is possibly the last ever production by the New York City Opera (and most certainly the last for this abbreviated season) -- the group says it needs to raise $7 million by the end of September to put on its planned 2013-14 schedule. And they're asking for $1 million from regular folks by way of Kickstarter.

Wondering if Anna Nicole is worth the money? NY Times liked it, calling the show "a production that shouldn't be missed." NY Mag, not so much.

Two Boys preview video below.

Continue reading "Nico Muhly opera 'Two Boys' debuting in NYC in October; Opera about Anna Nicole Smith currently playing at BAM"

Bill Callahan at the Allen Room in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan released his fourth post-Smog solo album, Dream River, via Drag City this week (9/17). It's a country-esque flute-filled album that you can pick up at the Drag City webstore. A video of him playing one of its tracks, "Small Plane," in NYC's 6th & B Community Garden for NPR's Field Recording sessions is below.

Bill's tour in support of the album begins with a boat show in his current hometown of Austin this Sunday (9/22) and makes it way to NYC for a previously discussed show at Webster Hall on October 6. Since we last spoke, outsider artist Lonnie Holley has been added to that show. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available. A bunch of European shows for 2014 were just added to Bill's touring schedule, and you can check out the updated list of dates below.

The day after the Webster Hall show, BAM (10/7) will be showing a screening of his new-ish tour documentary, Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film, in the Peter Jay Sharp Building at BAM Rose Cinemas at 7:30 PM. Bill Callahan himself will be appearing at the screening for a "reverse Q&A" which takes place after, where he asks the audience questions about the documentary.

Updated dates are listed, along with that video, below...

Continue reading "Bill Callahan expands tour, doing a reverse Q&A + screening at BAM after Webster Hall (updated dates & recent video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Sidi Toure

SIdi Toure is the legendary blues singer/guitarist from Mali who has been making music in his home country for decades and finally began gaining worldwide recognition in recent years. His newest album, Alafia, will be released by Thrill Jockey Records on September 17, and its first single "Ay Hora" is out now. Whether or not "Malian blues" is a phrase that often enters your vocabulary, this is good stuff and you should check it out below.

Sidi will be touring North America around the time of the new album's release, and that tour brings him to NYC for a show on October 5 at BAM Cafe. No ticket info for that show are the moment.

All dates are listed, along with the song stream and LP tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Sidi Toure releasing a new album, touring (dates & stream)"

by Bill Pearis

It is like a finger pointing a way to the moon...
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Bruce Lee's endlessly influential and eternally cool kung-fu classic, Enter the Dragon, is 40 years old this year. If you've never seen it (or heard Lalo Schifrin's amazing score), you can rectify this on the big screen as BAM Rose Cinemas will be showing a new DCP restoration of the film from August 30 -- September 5. Tickets are on sale now.

In addition to Enter the Dragon, BAM will have a mini film festival with five flicks that show off wing chun, the legendary kung fu style: 2008's Ip Man (about the wing chun master who taught Bruce Lee) on August 29; Bruce Lee's 1972 film Way of the Dragon (co-starring Chuck Norris) on August 31; Sammo Hung's very funny 1978 film Enter the Fat Dragon on September 1; Sammo Hung's other ode to wing chun, The Prodigal Son, on September 2; and the Shaw Brothers' 1978 film Invincible Shaolin (with its near endless string of insane training sequences) on September 3.

In related news, The Grandmaster -- Wong Kar Wai's biopic about Ip Man starring Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang that is unlike anything the director has ever done before -- gets its American release on August 23. It's showing this weekend, though, at the Museum of the Moving Image on Saturday (8/10, 8 PM) with a post-screening Q&A with Wong Kar Wai. Sold out, though stand-by tickets may be available before the screening.

Trailers for all the films mentioned in this post are below.

Continue reading "Bruce Lee classic 'Enter the Dragon' turns 40, newly-restored print screening at BAM this month with other kung fu films"

NMH

As you probably know, Neutral Milk Hotel is reunited and touring this year. Up until now, none of their dates were in NYC, but it's just been announced that Neutral Milk Hotel will play Capitol Theatre on January 22, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on January 23, 24 and 25, and Webster Hall on January 27 and 28, 2014!

Tickets for the Capitol Theatre show, BAM shows, and Webster Hall shows go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon.

You may remember that Jeff Mangum played three of his own shows at BAM back in 2012.

No openers have been announced for those shows, but many of the other dates are with Elf Power, who play their own NYC show sooner on October 7 at Knitting Factory (tickets).

Updated tour dates are listed, along with a video of NMH in NYC in 1998, below...

Continue reading "Neutral Milk Hotel expand tour, playing 6 NYC-area shows!"

Antibalas at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Antibalas

Music Frees All Festival returns to various NYC venues this weekend (7/17-21) including Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Bell House. The main event of the festival happens on Saturday (7/20) at the Bell House with Antibalas, The Stepkids, Pegasus Warning, and DJ Prince Paul. Tickets for that individual show are on sale now, as are tickets for the entire festival. Proceeds will go to help producer Scotty Hard (De La Soul, Black Sheep, etc) who, in 2008, was paralyzed from the chest down after a stolen car broadsided the taxi he was in. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a free festival pass. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Other artists playing this weekend include Xenia Rubinos, Cuddle Magic, EMEFE, Chicha Libre, Zongo Junction and more. Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Music Frees All Festival coming to various NYC venues this weekend w/ Antibalas, Stepkids, Prince Paul & more (win tix!)"

yMusic at Carnegie Hall in January (more by Greg Cristman)
yMusic

Contemporary classical sextet yMusic, who have worked with The National, Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors, My Brightest Diamond, and more, will be performing on Stage 2 at Rockwood Music Hall tonight (5/22), premiering works written by Sufjan Stevens, Timo Andres, and Marcos Balter, in addition to "less-new-but-still-pretty-new" works by Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman. Advance tickets for tonight's show are available. Doors are at 6:30. Did anyone catch them performing in a Harlem loft last night (5/21)?

yMusic are also performing with filmmaker Sam Green and The Quavers for a "night of outdoor music and cinema" on PIer 15 on June 20 as part of the River to RIver Festival and the Rooftop Films summer series.

Speaking of people performing works by Nico Muhly, that will also happen in November at BAM as part of the Next Wave Festival:

In this ambitious, expansive reimagining of the art-song recital, the 21c Liederabend festival comes to BAM, featuring music by many leading lights from the international and New York contemporary new-music scenes.

Boasting 10 world premieres, this unique weekend event--which played to sold-out audiences in its last two incarnations--pairs video artists and lighting designers with new-music ensemble NOVUS NY, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and top soloists. The eclectic, impeccably curated lineup is different each night and includes a commissioned song cycle by British-born composer Anna Clyne and music by Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Eric Whitacre, Marie Incontrera, David T. Little, Olga Neuwirth, Judd Greenstein, Paola Prestini, Ted Hearne, and many others.Featuring compositions by: Thomas Cabaniss, Christopher Ceronne, Thomas Cipullo, Anna Clyne, Mohammed Fairouz, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, Marie Incontrera, David T. Little, Tod Machover, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Olga Neuwirth, Paola Prestini, Huang Ruo, Timur and the Dime Museum, Michael van der Aa, Alexandra Vrebalov, Julian Wachner, Holcombe Waller, Eric Whitacre, and Du Yun.

Check out a video of yMusic performing the Annie Clark (St. Vincent)-penned tune, "Proven Badlands," for WYNC, below...

Continue reading "yMusic performing new works by Sufjan Steven, Nico Muhly & others tonight; Big 'new-music' event also coming to BAM"

'Anna Nicole' kicks off BAM's 2013 Next Wave Fest...
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BAM has announced the 2013 Next Wave Festival which runs from September 17 - December 22. The line-up features a diverse range of programming including opera, theater, music and dance. This year's fest kicks off with the US premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera Anna Nicole which has performances at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from September 17 - 28:

The 2013 Next Wave Festival launches with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and New York City Opera co-production of Anna Nicole, an opera by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas based on the flamboyant life and tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith.
Other highlights include... the New York premiere of Jem Cohen's "We Have an Anchor" at BAM Harvey Theater from September 26 - 28:
DIY auteur and consummate independent filmmaker Jem Cohen (Museum Hours, Instrument, Benjamin Smoke) collaborates with a supergroup of acclaimed musicians-- Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), T. Griffin (The Quavers), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), plus guest vocalist Mira Billotte (White Magic)--in this cinematic love letter to Nova Scotia's Cape Breton.
And there's "21c Liederabend, op. 3" featuring compositions by compositions by new-music's finest: Thomas Cabaniss, Christopher Ceronne, Thomas Cipullo, Anna Clyne, Mohammed Fairouz, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, Marie Incontrera, David T. Little, Tod Machover, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Olga Neuwirth, Paola Prestini, Huang Ruo, Timur and the Dime Museum, Michael van der Aa, Alexandra Vrebalov, Julian Wachner, Holcombe Waller, Eric Whitacre, and Du Yun.

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There's also Questlove with "Electronium: The Future Was Then," which happens at Howard Gilman Opera House on October 25 & 26:

Following the success of Shuffle Culture (2012 Spring Season), BAM welcomes back Questlove with Electronium: The Future Was Then, a freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979. Questlove will be joined on stage by artists including Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon, and others to be announced. In Electronium, seminal electronic and archival recordings will be paired with modern riffs on classic electronic music models such as Busoni's New Esthetic in Music and Pierre Schaffer's Cinq Etudes--in addition to music from technological innovators such as Bob Moog, Stevie Wonder, and George Clinton.
Choreographer Bill T. Jones will have the New York premiere of his colaborative work, A Rite at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from October 3 - 5:
Coinciding with the centenary of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, director Anne Bogart and choreographer Bill T. Jones present the collaborative work A Rite. A true dance-theater piece, A Rite examines the revolutionary score through the lens of our present cultural moment, incorporating the writings of physicist Brian Greene, musicologist Severine Neff, and Jonah Lehrer's bestselling book Proust was a Neuroscientist. The cast of dancers and actors blend seamlessly--from a discourse on the piece and its controversial reception to large group dances that reflect Nijinsky's famous steps--all set to a deconstruction of the score that ranges from a modern recording to an old crackling one to a section sung by the cast.
Then there's Gary Lucas - "The Edge of Heaven" at October 4 & 5 at BAM Fisher:
Acclaimed American guitarist and songwriter Gary Lucas returns to BAM with a live performance of his album The Edge of Heaven (2010), a series of Chinese pop tunes from the 1930s, arranged and performed with a blues inflection. Those songs were made famous by two of the biggest music and film stars--Bai Kwong and Chow Hsuan--in an era when Shanghai was known as the Paris of the East. The Edge of Heaven album reached number one on the World Music charts in Canada and was chosen as one of the Best Discs of the Year by the French newspaper Libération. Featuring Lucas, his band Gods and Monsters, and two female vocalists--Sally Kwok and Mo Hai Jin-- from Shanghai, the cabaret-style performance received standing ovations in 2011 at both the 64th Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the 28th Nijmegen Music Meeting.
And also post-classical string quartet ETHEL who are premiering their new work Documerica on October 2 at BAM Harvey Theater.

Season tickets to BAM Next Wave go on sale June 10 to Friends of BAM and June 17 to the general public. Tickets to individual performances of Anna Nicole, The Blue Dragon, and We Have An Anchor go on sale August 5 to Friends of BAM and August 12 to the general public. Everything else goes on sale August 26 to Friends of BAM and September 3 to the general public.

There's lots more than this happening at BAM Next Wave and the rundown of all this season's programming is below.

Continue reading "BAM 2013 Next Wave Festival announced: Anna Nicole Smith opera, Questlove, mems. Fugazi, Godspeed ++ more"

Erykah Badu / Yasiin Bey

As discussed, Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey have joined forces for a fascinating show called "YOU'RE CAUSING QUITE A DISTURBANCE":

A collaboration with four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012-2013 Brooklyn Phil Artist-in-Residence ERYKAH BADU and 2011-2012 Brooklyn Phil Artist-in-Residence YASIIN BEY (Mos Def) Featuring new arrangements from Badu's 2008 album New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War by Brooklyn composer TED HEARNE (plus original music by Hearne) as well as the legendary arrangements of Yasiin Bey's songs by composer DEREK BERMEL (plus original music by Bermel)
The June 8 show at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House have sold out, but a second show has been added the next night (6/9)Tickets go on sale on May 20.

In related news, Brothers Hypnotic, a film about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will screen for free on Friday (5/17) as part of the Rooftop Films series, and will feature a live appearance from the group who have worked with both Badu and Bey.

Badu is also playing Governors Ball, and Yasiin Bey will also play a FREE show on June 24th at Central Park Summerstage.

2013 R&B Festival

The line-up of free lunchtime shows for BAM's 2013 R&B Festival has been announced. The fest happens Thursdays at noon from June 6 - Aug 8 at MetroTech Commons, located at the corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Avenues. This year's performers are:

June 6: Mint Condition
June 13: Bobby Rush
June 20: Zozo Afrobeat Orchestra
June 27: Stooges Brass Band
July 3: Avery*Sunshine
July 11: TBA
July 18: Fatoumata Diawara
July 25: TBA
Aug 1: Sheila E
Aug 8: Shuggie Otis
Due note that the Avery*Sunshine performance happens on a Wednesday (7/3). The concerts happen rain or shine.

Parquet Courts on a bridge in Austin last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Parquet Courts

As mentioned, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, the festival curated by The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, will return to BAM from April 25 to 27. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been expanded to include Parquet Courts, Phosphorescent, Burgundy Stain Sessions w/ Doveman, Exitmusic, Graphic Score: Clara Claus w/ Bryce Dessner, People Get Ready, Derek Bermel, and Timo Andres. Those artists join the previously announced lineup of The Roots, Solange, TV on the Radio, David Longstreth, Julia Holter, Eleanor Friedberger, and more.

Check out the day-by-day lineup, which includes a film shorts program each day, a TBA visual art installation, and an afterparty/dance party on the Saturday, below. 3-Day passes and tickets for April 25, April 26, and April 27 are still available.

Bryce Dessner performing 'Planetarium' last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bryce Dessner

In related news, The National, who have been playing material live from their upcoming album, Trouble Will Find Me, have just officially revealed album single, "Demons." Check out the video for that track below.

The National's tour includes their huge Brooklyn show at Barclays Center on June 5 with Youth Lagoon. Tickets for that show are still available.

Video and Crossing Brooklyn Ferry lineup below...

Continue reading "updated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 2013 lineup +++ The National's new single (listen/watch)"

Erykah Badu at Afropunk 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Erykah Badu

"Queen of Neo-Soul" Erykah Badu has some scattered live dates scheduled for this year and she'll be making a trip to NYC for a pretty busy weekend here in June. For one, she was added to NYC festival Governors Ball, which goes down on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9. Tickets for that festival are still available.

While she's here, she'll be performing her 2008 album, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), live at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on June 8 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Brooklyn Philharmonic's 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), who will also be performing a "reprise of selected works" from his 2012 Brooklyn Philharmonic installment, with Lena Horne and the Bed-Stuy Tradition. This show will be taking place right next door to the Barclays Center, a venue Mos Def has some issues with. Mos Def previously performed with Erykah Badu at Afropunk Fest 2012. Tickets for the BAM show are on sale now.

A list of all Erykah Badu dates and the video for "Honey" off of New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) below...

Continue reading "Erykah Badu playing BAM w/ Brooklyn Philharmonic & Mos Def, and Governors Ball (other shows too)"

photos by Greg Cristman

John Cale & Wordless Music Orchestra @ BAM, 1/18/2013
John Cale & the Wordless Music Orchestra

Q. Of all your albums, why are you revisiting "Paris 1919"?

A. It happens to be the one album where I finished all the songs before I went in to record. I wrote them when I had just moved to Warner to work in A&R. I took an office job and I was there every day, and I was writing these songs. After a while I realized, "This is nostalgia, pure and simple: I'm writing about the stuff that I miss about Europe." I wasn't writing to the album's title; I gave it the title afterward, and what it meant was: "Here we are in the height of the cold war; how did we get here?" This album seems to be about how we got there, looking back to the Versailles Treaty [signed in France in 1919]. - [NY Times]

Former Velvet Underground member John Cale played three shows at BAM in the last week as part of the Academy's Next Wave Festival. The first was a star-studded tribute to onetime VU singer Nico on January 16 featuring the vocal talents of Greg Dulli, Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Peaches, The Magnetic Fields, Joan as Policewoman, Meshell Ndegeocello and more.

Then on Friday and Saturday (1/18, 1/19) Cale collaborated with the Wordless Music Orchestra to perform his 1973 album, Paris 1919, in full, plus other songs from throughout his long musical career. Pictures from Friday's performance are in this post.

More below...

Continue reading "John Cale & Wordless Music Orchestra played BAM after Cale's Nico tribute (pics) "

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis

Morrissey at BAM, 1/11/2013
Morrissey

Morrissey made his first trip to Brooklyn on Friday night (1/11) for a show at BAM, the second of four shows the former Smiths frontman is doing in the NY area this month. Opening the show with new-ish song "Action is My Middle Name" (which he performed recently on Letterman) and a handful of different oldies ("How Soon is Now," "Please, Please, PLease," "November Spawned a Monster") swapped in, the setlist was different enough for Moz fans to justify going to see him again after he was just here in October. (Setlist is below.) Of course for some, the only justification needed is he's playing. And those are the people who try and get on stage and hug him.

Like the shows in October, Kristeen Young opened. Morrissey plays House of Blues in Alantic City tonight (1/12) and The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on January 19.

In other Smiths-related news, Morrissey former co-writer Johnny Marr is on the cover of the new issue of MOJO. The issue comes with a CD featuring many of Marr's colaborations over the last 25 years, including Sandy Shaw's somewhat rare version of"Hand in Glove" which she recorded with Marr and the rest of the instrument-playing Smiths in 1984. It's also got "The Right Thing Right," the opening track from Marr's upcoming solo album, The Messenger (out Feb. 26), and you can stream that below.

More pics and setlist from BAM and that Johnny Marr song stream are below.

Continue reading "Morrissey played BAM (pics, setlist); Johnny Marr on cover of new 'MOJO' (stream a track from his new LP)"

First Blues

At the encouragement of Bob Dylan, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg went into the studio in 1971 to record his first ever album of music. He then re-entered the studio in 1976 and 1981 and finally in 1983 he compiled all of the recordings (which featured contributions from Dylan, members of his band, and Arthur Russell, and was produced by John Hammond Sr.) onto a double LP called FIrst Blues. Now, 30 years later, Ginsberg Recordings are reissuing the album in vinyl and digital formats, and to celebrate they're throwing a release party in NYC.

The celebration takes place on January 16 at Housing Works Cafe (126 Crosby St.) with Ginsberg's "friends, collaborators, relatives and co-conspirators" Lou Reed, Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, CA Conrad, Steven Taylor, Hettie Jones, Arthur's Landing, and others. A limited edition of "500 seven track vinyl that mimics the original style down to the newspaper insert" will be available at Housing Works that night and online.

John Cale
John Cale

That same night, Lou Reed's Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale will be doing a Nico tribute at BAM (1/16) with a number of guests including Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Mark Lanegan, Magnetic Fields, and more. Tickets for that show are still available.

John Cale also performs his solo album, Paris 1919 with the 20-piece Wordless Music Orchestra at BAM on January 18 and 19 and tickets for those shows are still available too.

Some song streams from First Blues below...

Continue reading "Allen Ginsberg's 'First Blues' getting a reissue; Lou Reed playing release party (same night as John Cale's Nico tribute)"

Arto Lindsay
Arto Lindsay

Arto Lindsay of legendary no wave group DNA, The Lounge Lizards, and pursuer of an impressive solo career, will be performing material from throughout his career in NYC TONIGHT (11/30) at the New Museum. Tickets for the show ($12 for members, $15 for non-members) are available.

Speaking of no wave legends, Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks), who played Knitting Factory earlier this month will be playing with her band Big Sexy Noise in NYC on December 17 at Bowery Electric with "Caught on Tape" duo Thurston Moore/John Moloney. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

For Thurston Moore and John Moloney, the Bowery Electric show is part of a short December northeast tour that the duo will be on, which also includes the previously discussed Brooklyn show at Union Pool on December 11 with Speedy Ortiz and Lone Wolf. All of their dates are listed below.

In other related news, Thurston's ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon, who will guest at the upcoming, sold-out Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me show at T5, will also be a guest with John Cale (of the Velvet Underground) when he does a tribute to Nico at BAM on January 16 at the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Other guests at that show include Mark Lanegan, Sharon Van Etten, Magnetic Fields, Joan as Police Woman, Peaches, Nick Franglen, and Meshell Ndegocello. Tickets for that show are available. It's one of two shows that John Cale is doing for the BAM Next Wave festival.

A list of all Thurston Moore/John Moloney dates and some videos, below.

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Morrissey @ Terminal 5 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Morrissey

Tickets for the Morrissey show on his 2013 tour at BAM in Brooklyn go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for the show at Tilles Center Concert Hall in Long Island are also on sale at 10AM, and tickets for Capitol Theater in Port Chester go on sale today at noon.

Morrissey at Radio City in October (more by Chris La Putt)
Morrissey

Morrissey's fall tour brought him to NYC for a Radio City show and two at Terminal 5, but shortly after he was forced to postpone the rest of the tour due to his mother's illness.

He's now rescheduled the postponed dates and added several new ones for an early 2013 tour (via P4K). The new dates will bring Morrissey to NYC on January 11 at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check BAM's site for updates. He also has a few other NYC area dates surrounding that one, including Long Island's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on January 9, Atlantic City's House of Blues on January 12, and Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on January 19.

All dates are listed below.

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The Comedy

On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker - "Tim & Eric Awesome Show") is an aging hipster with unlimited options. He spends his days with like-minded friends ("Tim and Eric" co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a."Neil Hamburger") in aimless recreation and endless games of comic irreverence. Director Rick Alverson's provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.
As previously mentioned, new comedy The Comedy also stars Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. You may have caught an early screening of the film over the summer (like at BAMcinemafest), but the flick officially opens this month in limited theaters thanks to Tribeca Film. Check out the full list of locations and dates, along with the trailer and another video clip, below.

Those in LA get a shot at seeing the movie as early as this Friday (11/9) at the Cinefamily where Tim Heidecker will be in person, as part of a Q&A. Can't make that one? The Q&A will also be streaming online.

The film opens in NYC next Friday (11/16) at BAMcinematek in Brooklyn. Heidecker and Alverson will be in attendance for evening Q&As on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. Tickets are on sale.

You can see it earlier, though, and in Williamsburg where the film takes place. BrooklynVegan is proud to present a special FREE SCREENING of The Comedy at Knitting Factory THIS SUNDAY, November 11. No RSVP required. Doors are at 5 PM and the screening starts at 5:30, first come, first served. Hope to see you there (you can even take the L now if you have to).

You might also want to stick around at Knit after for a special three-year anniversary edition of Hannibal Buress' comedy show for which advance tickets are available and advised ("special guests"). Comedy after the Comedy (and P.S. you can also catch The Comedy actor Will Sheff as part of a Sandy benefit at Knitting Factory tonight)

The Comedy also has a soundtrack coming out next week on Jagjaguwar that includes tracks from Gayngs, Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic and Donnie & Joe Emerson to name a few. Full soundtrack listing is below.

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Vampire Weekend on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night

Vampire Weekend were musical guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Halloween night (10/31) which is being broadcast this week from Brooklyn (though they canceled Monday's show due to Hurricane Sandy). Dressed as skeletons, they performed a brand new song, "Unbelievers," as well as their old chesnutt "Oxford Comma." Video of both songs is below.

Tonight's Jimmy Kimmel Live will features Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert, plus The Avett Brothers with the Broooklyn Philharmonic, which should be pretty cool.

Videos are below.

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

The inaugural Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival that went down at BAM this past May and was curated by The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, was a success and they've decided to do it again in 2013. The 2013 festival will take place at BAM from April 25-27. The lineup has not been announced yet but stay tuned.

Another Dessner-related event happening in BAM's 2013 Winter/Spring season is Planetarium, "an evening of songs and instrumental works inspired by the solar system, by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens." You may remember that Bryce, Nico, and Sufjan performed one of those pieces, "Venus," at the MusicNOW Festival this year. You can watch a video of that below.

Another music event in BAM's 2013 Winter/Spring season is Mic Check, a "celebration of contemporary music from North Africa and the Middle East," which features hip-hop artists alongside traditional musicians Amkoullel (Mali), El General (Tunisia), El Deeb (Egypt), Brahim Fribgane (Morocco), and Shadia Mansour (Palestine).

All three shows are part of the just-announced 2013 Winter/Spring Season at BAM which includes 12 theater, dance, music, and opera engagements--from Jan 17 to Jun 9.

That Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens video is below

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