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DOWNLOAD: Beirut - Elephant Gun (MP3)

Beirut @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)

Sounds Like Brooklyn Music Festival is a borough-wide celebration of Brooklyn's musical talent, comprising mainstage events at BAM (performances by Beirut, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Kaki King, and Chairlift), music in BAMcafé, off-site performances at thirteen Brooklyn venues (The Bell House, Bodega, bushbaby, Le Grand Dakar, Frank's Lounge, Goodbye Blue Monday, Monkey Town, Pete's Candy Store, Solomon's Porch, Sputnik, Southpaw, Union Hall, Zebulon), and a BAMfamily event (featuring Guy Davis).

BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo commented, "Sounds Like Brooklyn Music Festival demonstrates BAM's continuing commitment to celebrate the borough's vibrant music scene and its wealth of talent. We're thrilled to partner with many of Brooklyn's most dynamic clubs and venues, and we're excited to present exceptional artists in our own house."

Tickets are now on sale for Friends of Bam only. Public sale begins Friday December 12th. More dates and details below...

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Bebel Gilberto

As far as I can tell, Bebel Gilbeto has just four shows coming up, and all of them are in NYC, which makes sense since the Brazilian singer-songwriter was born and lives here.

Tickets are still available for both Red Hot + Rio 2 shows happening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music tonight/Thursday and Friday. As previously noted, CéU, Curumin, José González, Otto, João Parahyba (from Trio Mocoto), and Bebel Gilberto are the artists playing those shows.

An all-star benefit tribute to the music and culture of Brazil, Red Hot + Rio 2 salutes Samba Soul, the post-tropicália movement of the 70s that merged elements of North American soul music with Brazilian rhythms. Mixing samba with R&B, soul with baião, pioneering artists like Jorge Ben Jor and Tim Maia signaled a cultural awakening that changed the direction of Brazilian music forever. The concerts at BAM bring together the newest generation of Brazilian and international artists who represent the legacy of this influential musical style.
Bebels' third upcoming show is in a much more intimate setting, but unfortunately/not surprisingly, the $40 tickets to her December 9th show at Joe's Pub are all sold out. Tickets are still on sale though for her recently announced, fourth upcoming NYC show, at Town Hall, but that's not until June. All dates, in a list format, below...

Continue reading "Bebel Gilberto tour dates - BAM (today), Joe's Pub, Town Hall "

Clogs @ Tonic - November 7, 2005 (more)
Clogs @ Tonic

Bell Orchestre @ Tonic - November 7, 2005 (more)
Bell Orchestre

Clogs (featuring members of The National) and Bell Orchestre (featuring members of Arcade Fire) went on a short tour together back in 2005. Since then there hasn't been a ton going on with the two higher-art indie-rock side projects, which makes sense, since both the Arcade Fire and The National have been keeping more than busy. That should change a bit in 2009 though, when not only are both groups releasing new albums, but they will also both share a NYC stage once again - this time with the added bonus of Michael Christie and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

Shuffle Mode
Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 8pm

Michael Christie, conductor

Shuffle Mode will bring a critically acclaimed independent artist to the mainstage in an exiting new concert format. Using seeming contradictory musical languages to create a dialogue, Michael Christie and the orchestra will team up with a sensational guest artist in a concert accessing a broad variety of sounds and styles. The guest artist is currently TBA.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Tickets: $15, 30, 40, $50

Tickets are on sale. Grizzly Bear and Final Fantasy play with the Brooklyn Philharmonic two days later. All dates below...

Continue reading "Clogs & Bell Orchestre - new albums & a show @ BAM"

photos by Chris La Putt

Menahan Street Band @ Southpaw
The menehanstreetband

The Budos Band have three NYC shows coming up, one of which is tonight, Thursday November 13th, at SOB's. The second is at BAM Café on December 6th, and the third is December 19th at Mercury Lounge with their Daptone Records labelmate Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens. Naomi also performs every Friday at the Fat Cat. Mercury Lounge tickets are on sale.

In other Daptone news, Sharon Jones recently performed two non-CMJ shows during CMJ week, one of which was an Obama fundraiser, and the other for Perez Hilton. Back in September Sharon and the Dap Kings performed at Austin City Limits (ACL) (the festival), and for ACL the TV show. Look for the latter on PBS.

Last but not least, the latest Daptone/Dap Kings/Budos off-shoot, The Menahan Street Band, performed at Southpaw with the Phenomenal Handclap Band back in October (before CMJ even). They were joined on stage by special guests including Charles Bradley, but not Sharon (she stayed in the audience). More pictures from that show, and all Daptone-tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Budos Band tour dates, Menahan Band pics, Daptone stuff"

Grizzly Bear @ Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
Grizzly Bear

As promised, tickets are on sale for the Brooklyn Philharmonic show (thx all).

photos by Ryan Muir


Ramember all the way back in September when St. Vincent and Sufjan Stevens shared a stage at BAM in Brooklyn? Well, Daptone's own Naomi Sheleton was on that bill too, and here finally are the pictures from her portion of the evening which I thought would go nicely with this show announcement::

Thu. 10/23 @ Southpaw in Brooklyn
Daptone Family Fundraiser for Barack Obama
featuring the Budos Band and Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens plus very special guests from the Daptone Stable, as well as DJ's Honeydripper, TNT and Neal Sugarman
$20 adv./$25 d.o.s, 8 pm doors
>> buy tickets
That's one of two upcoming Daptone events at Southpaw (the very venue Sharon Jones used to play a lot before she got too big) (that would be awesome if she showed up at the benefit). The other Daptone show is TONIGHT (Friday, October 17th). More Naomi pics below...

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Grizzly Bear @ Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear & Final Fantasy will be performing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted by Michael Christie, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 8 PM. Tickets go on sale October 20th.

Nico Muhly will be writing the arrangements for GB. FF writes his own. Grizzly Bear's last NYC show was at Hammerstein Ballroom with The National. Their next one will be a few songs at an event for Obama.

"Last spring, Final Fantasy and members of Beirut went outdoors with instruments, microphones, and Alan Lomax's headphones for an ethnomusicological exercise in fake field recordings that captures the culture of the fictional land of Spectrum.' Final Fantasy's Spectrum, 14th Century is out now from from Blocks Recording Club. Final Fantasy's next EP, Plays To Please, is out October 21st, "as part of the Pregnancy Series, presented jointly by Slender Means Society, States Rights Records and Blocks Recording Club. It is six songs written by Toronto genius Alex Lukashevsky, delivered by a 35-piece big band, including Nick Fraser (Drumheller), Paul Mathew (The Hidden Cameras) and Andrew Bird."

photos by Ryan Muir


Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) rocked BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House at BAM's all-night party The Takeover [Saturday] night. While it was a little weird to see a rock show at a sit-down theater, her music was suited to the venue. She manages to somehow sound delicate and strong at the same time, filling the theater with sound, but causing the audience to hold our collective breaths for fear of overwhelming the poor girl. She had five other people on stage with her, with a sax/clarinetist, a pianist and a violinist in addition to a bassist and drummer, lending a chamber pop flavor to the mix.

Let not all this lead you to believe that the girl cannot rock, though. She totally shreds on the guitar. It creates a good incongruousness to her fragile voice.

She played a few new songs, although this was my first time seeing her, so I wouldn't have realized. But they were as well received as the older stuff. Though the show was almost an hour long, she played about seven songs. I don't know if it was the setting, the hour, or what, but each song seemed to last forever (in a good way) creating an ideal atmosphere in which to kind of bliss out.

She wrapped up the show by inviting Sufjan Stevens onstage (he had curated and hosted the night's performances) for a cover of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight."... [AM NY]

More pictures below...

Continue reading "St Vincent & Sufjan Stevens @ BAM's Takeover, NYC - pics"


No word on a dunk tank or jumping castle, but the Brooklyn Academy of Music sure knows how to throw a party. And they have asked Sufjan Stevens to curate the music component for an evening that will also include DJs, video art, and horseplay. The event, entitled TAKEOVER, takes place Saturday September 27th, 2008 from 9PM to 4AM.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House will house the musical selections, which features St. Vincent, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens and Brooklyn Youth Chorus singing Nico Muhly and other works. Our [Asthmatic Kitty's] good friend Deborah Johnson is providing a video installation. For more details on the event, including a list of films and other activities please visit the TAKEOVER website here.

Tickets are $20. BAM's last takeover featured extinct band Be Your Own Pet. Nico Muhly is performing at (le) poisson rouge tonight (9/9). Naomi Shelton recently played Summerstage with members of The Budos Band who are also her Daptone labelmates. More St Vincent tour dates HERE.

Artist Talk with ETHEL, Bill Bragin & Guests - Oct 16 @ BAM

Tickets are now on sale to the public for the BAM Next Wave Festival which includes the "Red Hot + Rio 2" shows which include CéU, Curumin, Bebel Gilberto, Otto and José González.

José González is also playing a NY Mag event at The Yard. Tickets are also on sale for that.

NY Magazine is also hosting a National & Grizzly Bear concert at Hammerstein Ballroom for which tickets also went on sale.

Jose Gonzalez

NY Mag's next 'indie rock' event takes place this Saturday with Islands. The one after that will take place on September 28th and be called "Campfire by the Canal"...

Unlike all those years you spent at Boy Scout camp, no group push-ups, map making or log carving will be required for you to feel the love at this special campfire celebration at The Yard in Brooklyn. All you'll be asked to do is sit back and enjoy a full set by José González. We're also giving you hilarious tales of summers gone by performed by members of the Upright Citizens Brigade. Campfires never looked this good.

Tickets on sale in August 2008

And that's not it for Jose and NYC in 2008. He'll be back again to perform two more times in December, again in Brooklyn, but this time at BAM:
Red Hot + Rio 2
The Next Generation of Samba Soul

Dec 4 & 5 at 8pm

An all-star benefit tribute to the music and culture of Brazil, Red Hot + Rio 2 salutes Samba Soul, the post-tropicália movement of the 70s that merged elements of North American soul music with Brazilian rhythms. Mixing samba with R&B, soul with baião, pioneering artists like Jorge Ben Jor and Tim Maia signaled a cultural awakening that changed the direction of Brazilian music forever. The concerts at BAM bring together the newest generation of Brazilian and international artists who represent the legacy of this influential musical style.

Featured artists: CéU, Curumin, Bebel Gilberto, José González, Otto
Backing band: Kassin +2, Moreno Veloso, Domenico, João Parahyba Sr. & son
Music Directors Kassin & Mario Caldato, Jr.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit BrazilFoundation's AIDS-related projects.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Running time: 120min, no intermission
$25, 45, 65

BAM tix go on sale to the general public on September 2nd. All Jose G dates below...

Continue reading "Jose Gonzalez - 2008 Tour Dates (BAM, NY Mag @ the Yard)"

Orchestra Baobab

Orchestra Baobab is a Senegalese Afro-Cuban, Son, and Pachanga band. Organized in 1970, as a multi-ethnic, multi-national club band, Orchestre Baobab adapted the then current craze for Cuban Music (growing out of the Congolese Soukous style) in West Africa to Wolof Griot culture and the Mandinga musical traditions of the Casamance. One of the dominant African bands of the 1970s, they were overshadowed in the 1980s and broke up, only to reform in 2001 after interest in their recordings grew in Europe. [Wikipedia]
Orchestra Baobab play two shows in NYC this week. Both of them are free! The first one is Wednesday afternoon in Rockefeller Park. The second one is Thursday at Metrotech in Brooklyn at noon. All dates below...

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Afro Punk

Michelle N'degeocello, The Nosiettes, The Dirtbombs, Tamar Kali, Bermuda featuring Antibalas Horn Section, Little Jackie, Sophia Ramos, and much more.....

Continue reading "4th Annual Afro-punk Festival --- July 5-13 in Brooklyn, NY"

Orchestra Baobab
Orchestra Baobab

"2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech Jump Starts a Summer of Soul Featuring Music Superstars Oleta Adams, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Skatalites, Alice Smith, Orchestra Baobab, Phoebe Snow, Lionel Loueke with Somi, Otis Clay and Ryan Shaw, Leela James, and Richie Havens with Marcus Carl Franklin"....

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Paul Simon, David Byrne & friends @ BAM, April 12, 2008 (judester1213)
David Byrne and Paul Simon

David Byrne and Paul SimonNobody sings a Paul Simon song better than Paul Simon - except maybe David Byrne. The former Talking Head front man burned down the house at Wednesday's Brooklyn Academy of Music gala, bringing his signature wiggles and yelps to "You Can Call Me Al" and "I Know What I Know." Simon told us: "David's the only person I could think of, besides me, who has a New York sensibility and knows those African grooves." Simon, who also performed with Brazilian chanteuse Luciana Souza and may take his "Capeman" songs on tour, added, "I've known David for years, but we've become close friends in the last six months." Byrne told us he's collaborating with their mutual friend Brian Eno "for the first time in 20 years. Brian had written a lot of music, but needed some words, which I know how to do. What's it sound like? Electronic gospel. That's all I'm saying." [Daily News]
Sunday night was the last "UNDER AFRICAN SKIES" show (the David Byrne ones). "SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN" happened in early April. The third and final of week of Paul Simon's residency is called "AMERICAN TUNES". That kicks off April 23rd with the hilarious (to me) bill that includes both Grizzly Bear (one of my favorites) AND Josh Groban (one of my mom's favorites). More pics and stuff below....

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My Brightest Diamond (opening for the National) @ BAM (Kathryn Yu)
My Brightest Diamond @ BAM

Two years after the world formally met her via her debut, Bring Me the Workhorse, Brooklyn, NY's My Brightest Diamond - spearheaded by Shara Worden - has been established...............And with A Thousand Shark's Teeth, Diamond's sophomore release is due out June 17th, 2008 on Asthmatic Kitty Records........
Tracklist and tour dates below....

Continue reading "new My Brightest Diamond album, a NYC solo show, SXSW"

The National scarf

NYU Program Board presents The National with Phosphorescent & Maps and Atlases

Thurs, Feb 28, 2008 at Kimmel Center, 8pm
$8 for NYU students, $10 for public

On sale now to NYU ID holders at Ticket Central;
limit 2 advance per ID.

This NYU show is five days after The National play two shows at BAM in Brooklyn.

Other upcoming NYC-area shows include June 14th w/ REM & Modest Mouse @ Jones Beach, June 19th w/ the same bands in NYC, and two shows Bryce Dessner is playing with Wilco's Glenn Kotche at the Kitchen in March. All tour dates below....

Continue reading "THE NATIONAL are playing NYU, Bryce is playing The Kitchen w/ Glenn Kotche, BAM, REM, other 2008 Tour Dates"

Kyp Malone @ BAM Cafe, Brooklyn - Feb 15, 2008 (aberger915)
Effie Briest @ BAM Cafe

Effi Briest @ BAM Cafe, Brooklyn - Feb 16, 2008 (john q)
Effie Briest @ BAM Cafe

Continue reading "'Brooklyn Next' continues Feb 20-24, 2008"

February 15-- Brooklyn Next--Black Rock Coalition: Power Douglas with Dragons of Zynth and Tunde Adebimpe & Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio)
February 16-- Brooklyn Next--JellyNYC: White Rabbits with Miss Fairchild and EFFI BRIEST
February 22-- Brooklyn Next--Soul Summit Music with Special Guests DJ Spinna and Strafe
February 23-- Brooklyn Next--Soul Summit Music with Special Guest Danil Wright
February 29-- Black Rock Coalition: Earthdriver and Swear On Your Life
Those are upcoming events at the BAM Cafe in Fort Greene. Info on Kyp Malone's Valentine's Day dinner party below...

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"Tickets go on sale today to Friends of BAM for Love in Hard Times: The Music of Paul Simon. In this unprecedented month-long residency, Paul Simon collaborates with an extraordinary range of artists in three concerts: Songs from The Capeman, Under African Skies, and American Tunes. Tickets are available to the general public on February 11.

photos by Jonny Leatherv

Joanna newsom @ BAM

I went through a period of serious Joanna Newsom obsession. Then, I'm not totally sure what happened. I couldn't get into her last album, I didn't like seeing her play outside at McCarren Pool, and of course there was that stupid fur hat. Well, after last night's part-orchestral show at BAM in Brooklyn (Jan 31, 2008), all is forgiven.

The show was split in half by by an intermission. The first half of the show (the black dress half) was Joanna with full orchestra. The second half (the pink dress half) was Joanna and 3-piece band. I definitely never saw her play with an orchestra before, and I'm pretty sure it was the first time I even saw her play with more than just one person occasionaly accompanying her. She had a drummer, banjo player, and violin player in her non-orchestra band, and all of them were playing so good together, and singing backup .....I loved it.

Joanna newsom @ BAM

The Brooklyn Philharmonic Crchestra was great too, but it is the parts without them that stand out most in my mind - Joanna just being Joanna...singing the songs I love most....in a concert hall...with drums. The orchestra only played songs from the new album I think - songs arranged by Van Dyke Parks. The second half was mostly older stuff, and two completely new songs. Then for the encore she didn't play harp, or with a band, but instead stood and sang with her old friend what's-his-name accompanying her on banjo.

Being seated in a concert hall, with those acoustics, and a great band, and hearing those songs....it brought back all the good feelings I used to have listening to the The Milk-Eyed Mender over and over and over and over. I didn't want the show to end. I think I may be obsessed again. More pictures below....

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BAM presents Love in Hard Times: The Music of Paul Simon

Paul Simon

Three unique programs in April--part of BAM's Spring 2008 season

• Three separate programs: Songs from The Capeman, Under African Skies, and American Tunes

• Songs from The Capeman, a concert staging of music from the Broadway show The Capeman, with Oscar Hernández and The Spanish Harlem Orchestra and featuring Claudette Sierra, Obie Bermudez, Ray de la Paz, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Paul Simon, and more to be announced

• Special guest stars for Under African Skies and American Tunes include: Hugh Masekela, Milton Nascimento, Kaïssa, David Byrne, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Olu Dara, Grizzly Bear, The Roches, Paul Simon, among others

Grizzly Bear is also co-headlining a show with the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 1, at 9 p.m. David Byrne is also doing a Wordless Music Series show in NYC at some point this year. More Brooklyn Acacedmy of Music show info below....

Continue reading "Paul Simon doing BAM w/ Grizzly Bear, David Byrne & more"

DOWNLOAD: The National - All The Wine (MP3)

Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom's February 1st show with members the Broolyn Philharmonic Orchestra at BAM is sold out, so she added another one. Tickets for January 31st go on sale Wed @ 10am.

The National's February 22nd show at BAM is sold out, so they added another one. Tickets for February 23rd also go on sale Wed @ 10am.

Joanna Newsom & orchestra, Atlanta, GA - Nov 17, 2007 (CRED)
Joanna Newsom & orchestra

The first half of the concert featured the lush string arrangements written by celebrated pop composer Van Dyke Parks for Newsom's second album, "Ys." The second half offered older and newer songs in the rootsy, world-music-influenced settings Newsom has devised with her touring quartet. Making a puckish joke about propriety in the classical world and in pop, she wore a full-length black gown for the first part and a candy-pink minidress for the second. In both configurations, Newsom took advantage of Disney Hall's acoustics to give equal weight to every element of her multifaceted compositions. [LA Times - LA show]
All the orchestral shows in other states have been such a tease, so I couldn't be happier to finally announce that Joanna Newsom will in fact be bringing it to Brooklyn - @ BAM on February 1, 2008 to be exact. Stay tuned for more details.

Speaking of BAM, tickets are now on sale for their Spring season of shows. That includes performancs by the Mavis Staples & The National. All tour dates below...

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outside Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC - Nov 3, 2007 (CRED)

Though the event had been promoted as a wild night of partying, music and movies, the overbearing rules made it more of a hostile takeover. It seemed that everywhere we went we were doing something wrong. No photos! No beer in the Opera House! No beer in the movie theater! (No seats, either.) You can’t stand here, you can’t go in through that door, you can’t go up to the café because we’ve let so many people in that human sausage links are now tumbling down the escalator! (No eating the human sausage links!)

This was BAM’s first time hosting this ambitious event – the Times describes BAM’s executive producer Joseph V. Melillo as “looking somewhat overwhelmed amid a sea of hipsters”, saying “We lost our virginity tonight.” – so we really ought to be more gentle. In theory, Takeover was an inspired and well-programmed use of the building’s superb facilities. We just hope that if and when we takeover again, they let a lot less of us in. [Gothamist]

Earlier in the evening, Sufjan Stevens performed "BQE".
Next up for BAM: The National.