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photo: Protomartyr in Chicago in January (more by James Richards IV)
Protomartyr

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

Protomartyr, Priests, Beech Creeps @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Protomartyr's third album, The Agent Intellect, picked up right where Under Color Of Official Right left off -- nuanced and powerful post-punk over which frontman Joe Casey tells tales of barroom poets, casually negligent parents, and other fun subjects. Tonight's with tourmates Priests (always great live) and local noisemakers Beech Creeps.

Martin Courtney, EZTV @ Baby's All Right
Martin Courtney's solo debut, Many Moons, isn't all that different from what he does in Real Estate, but his strapping on the acoustic -- plus nice use of mellotron -- give the record a lovely, light touch. His band, which includes Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, are great. Opening tonight are EZTV who have Nic Hessler playing guitar with them and they're going to let him sing a few songs too.

Donuts Are Forever Hosted by Jarobi feat. DJ Spinna, Illa J, Daru Jones & The Ruff Pack, Run P. @ Brooklyn Bowl
The great producer J Dilla died ten years ago this month, and to celebrate his life, the tenth annual Donuts Are Forever show goes down at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. A Tribe Called Quest's Jarobi hosts.

Screaming Females, Long Beard @ Monty Hall
NJ shredders Screaming Females always put on a killer show and they change it up a lot too. Tonight's their second of two shows at home state venue Monty Hall. Both sold out.

Bettye LaVette @ Iridium
Soul veteran Bettye LaVette returned last year with her new album Worthy, which was nominated for the Best Blues Album Grammy. We'll find out if she wins on Monday, but meanwhile she plays Iridum tonight and tomorrow.

The Soft Moon, Container, Uniform, Carson Cox (as Video Blue) @ Market Hotel
San Francisco's The Soft Moon switched things up a little on their latest album, putting more of a focus on songs than sounds and mood. It's more odd than anything they've done before, all of which is a good thing. One thing that hasn't changed is the intensity (and volume) of The Soft Moon's live show. First of three NYC shows for the band. Sold out.

The Hairs, Glitter, Kyle Forester @ Cake Shop
A great night of indiepop, headlined by the scratchy, humorously neurotic sounds of The Hairs. Kyle Forrester (Ladybug Transistor, Crystal Stilts) opens the night.

Ronnie Stone, Slime Boize, Bueno, Operator, Edith Pop @ Shea Stadium
How serious you take Ronnie Stone is up to you but his intentionally kitschy, '80s-in-a-blender shtick (somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Prefab Sprout) is not without craft, even if it is a big joke.

Toilet Boys, The Sweet Things, Battletorn @ Saint Vitus (two shows)
NYC rockers Toilet Boys have been going at it since the '90s (with a couple hiatuses in there), led by NYC club fixture Miss Guy, who's collaborated with Blondie and others. they play an 8 PM and a midnight show tonight. The early show is sold out.

Eric D Johnson, Kevin Morby & Sam Cohen @ The Box
Fruit Bats main member Eric D Johnson, Kevin Morby and Sam Cohen are teaming up tonight for a collaborative show. The description reads, "Sam, Eric and Kevin will accompany one another on new arrangements of their songs. They will also each cover one song by their fellow performers. It promises to be different take on the songs spanning their careers."

Blue Oyster Cult @ BB King's
It's the 40th anniversary of "Don't Fear the Reaper," and Blue Oyster Cult are celebrating that with a residency at BB King's. Aside from hits like that one (and "Burnin' For You" and "Godzilla"), BOC had influential proto-metal albums like 1973's Tyranny and Mutation, which they still play songs from today.

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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David Bowie

As The NY Times eerily announced about two hours before today's tragic news, Michael Dorf's annual tribute concert at Carnegie Hall will be for the late, great David Bowie this year. The show happens March 31 with The Roots, The Mountain Goats, Cyndi Lauper, Jakob Dylan, Bettye LaVette, Ann Wilson of Heart, Perry Farrell, and "surprise guests." Bowie's longtime producer Tony Visconti is putting the house band together.

Tickets go on sale today (1/11) at 11 AM, and proceeds benefit Young Audiences New York, Little Kids Rock, Church Street School of Music, the Center for Arts Education, the American Symphony Orchestra and Grammy in the Schools.

Bowie's latest album, Blackstar, came out three days ago, on his 69th birthday.

Read tributes from The Mountain Goats, Questlove of The Roots, and Cyndi Lauper, below...

Continue reading "The Roots, Mountain Goats, Cyndi Lauper, Perry Farrell & more playing David Bowie tribute concert at Carnegie Hall"

Grammy

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."

Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.

Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.

Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.

Continue reading "2016 Grammy Awards nominees (Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, Caribou, MMJ, Bjork, Wilco, Dr. Dre, Drake, Flying Lotus, Courtney Barnett, more)"

photo: Bettye LaVette at Clearwater 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Bettye LaVette

Soul vet Bettye LaVette continues to tour in support of this year's Worthy. She's already playing NYC again at a John Lennon tribute in December, and now she has a 2016 tour announced too.

The tour includes an APAP show at NYC's City Winery on January 15 with Catherine Russell and Davina & the Vagabonds. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a video of her playing "Worthy" live, below...

Continue reading "Bettye LaVette touring in 2016, playing an APAP show (dates)"

photo: Martin Sexton at Clearwater Festival 2014 (more by Chris LaPutt)

Theatre Within have announced details of their 35th annual John Lennon tribute show. It happens on December 4 at Symphony Space and celebrates Lennon's 75th birthday. (The show also happens four days before the 35th anniversary of his death.) Performers include Bettye LaVette, Joseph Arthur, Martin Sexton, Nicole Atkins, and Richard Shindell, among many others. This year Eve Ensler, the writer of the Vagina Monologues, will receive the John Lennon Real Love Award. Full lineup for the celebration is is below and tickets are on sale now. Proceeds go to fund the John Lennon Real Love Project, "Theatre Within's mobile songwriting program which brings the healing power of John Lennon's music and creative expression to children undergoing long term medical treatment and with special needs."

Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has a few musical releases coming up. In addition to her involvement in that John Malkovich album, she's also issuing a 7" vinyl release of the previously-released Christmas music she made with The Flaming Lips. Finally, she's shared one of the tracks from the upcoming remixes and covers album Yes, I'm A Witch Too. The track finds Death Cab for Cutie remixing "Forgive Me My Love" to haunting effect. The album is out February 19 via Manimal. Listen below.

In other Lennon-related news, the acoustic guitar used to record "Love Me Do" was auctioned off for an absurd sum of money over the weekend.

Continue reading "Bettye LaVette, Joseph Arthur, Martin Sexton, Nicole Atkins & more playing the 2015 John Lennon tribute in NYC"

photo: Bettye LaVette at Clearwater Fest 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Bettye LaVette

Soul singer Bettye LaVette has been touring for most of 2015, promoting her album Worthy, which was released earlier this year. She premiered selections from Worthy during her residence at Cafe Carlyle back in January before embarking on a world tour, and now she has more dates coming up.

She returns to NYC On October 16 at City Winery. Tickets are on sale now, and there's also a meet and greet option.

Bettye appeared on the Late Show a few months prior to David Letterman's retirement playing her own memorable rendition of The Beatles' "Wait." Watch a video of that performance, along with her list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Bettye LaVette touring, playing City Winery & other dates"

peeps chillin' on the Hudson at Clearwater 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Clearwater

Croton, NY's annual two-day folk fest Clearwater Festival returns this year from June 20-21. The initial lineup has been announced, including Neko Case, The Felice Brothers, Guster, Ani DiFranco, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Lone Bellow, Los Lobos, Tom Paxton, Bettye LaVette, Joseph Arthur, The Felice Brothers, The Mavericks and more, plus still more TBA. Tickets are on sale now, and children 12 and under get in for free.

The festival was founded by Pete Seeger and he used to perform every year before sadly passing away last year. Last year's fest had a few tributes to him.

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Clearwater Festival 2015 initial lineup (Neko Case, Felice Bros, Guster, Bettye LaVette, Blind Boys of Alabama & more)"

photo: Bettye LaVette at Clearwater Fest 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Bettye

Like Debbie Harry will do in March, soul veteran Bettye LaVette will kick off a residency at NYC's Cafe Carlyle tonight (1/28) which runs through February 7. (It would've began last night, but blizzard.) Tickets for all nine nights are on sale now. She has other tour dates booked through April, all of which are listed below.

Bettye also released her new album, Worthy, this week via Cherry Red Records, and she'll be playing selections from that at the Cafe Carlyle shows. The record features a handful of covers, including songs by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. You can listen in full at the Wall Street Journal). The album trailer and her list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Bettye LaVette released a new album, kicking off Cafe Carlyle residency tonight (LP stream + other tour dates)"

Bumble

The blizzard was kind of not so blizzard-y (in NYC at least), but Winter Storm Juno has scared away most of tonight's notable shows. Here's a rundown of what is and (mostly) isn't happening, at least at this point. We'll update.

After initially being postponed, tonight's Years and Years show at Rough Trade is happening after all. Doors at 8 PM with the band on at 9 PM. This will be their first U.S. show.

London Grammar's show at Terminal 5 has been postponed to Wednesday (1/28). All tickets honored and refunds are available if you can't make the new date.

Tonight's performance of Mike Doughty's biblical rock opera at the WNYC Greene Space has been re-scheduled for Thursday (1/29). Wednesday's two shows will remain as originally scheduled.

The Louis CK concert at Madison Square Garden is canceled.

Marilyn Manson's show at The Paramount with Unlocking the Truth has been postponed, new date TBD.

Nick Hakim's final show of his residency at Mercury Lounge was initially postponed and now it's back on. Also still on: Adia Victoria early show at Merc with Mrs. Adam Schatz.

The Motion City Soundtrack show at Irving Plaza has been postponed till Wednesday (1/28).

Ska-punk fans: ReelBigFish and Less Than Jake's show at Best Buy Theater has been rescheduled for a time less likely to be affected by snow: June 16. The two bands' show on Wednesday (1/28) at Best Buy is still on for now.

Tonight could be a good chance to finally check out Sleep No More. it's open, and they're giving out "a complimentary toast of bubbly at check-in to warm your weathered soul."

Brooklyn Bowl is closed tonight.

Federico Ughi Quartett's show at Union Pool tonight has been canceled.

Ne-Yo's record release show at Stage 48 has been postponed, details TBA.

Bettye LaVette's show at Cafe Carlyle was cancelled.

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Notable NYC shows that are still happening as of now:

Youth Code, Sannhet, and Statiqbloom show at Saint Vitus is 100% still on.

Jim Gaffigan "in conversation" with Judy Gold at 92 Y is currently still on.

Brooks Wheelan's show at Union Hall is still on and is a record release party for his new comedy album, This is Cool, Right?

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photos by Chris La Putt

Lucinda Williams / Bettye LaVette @ Clearwater Fest 6/22/2014
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2

Seeger began hosting "folk picnics" in the 1960s to pay for building a boat that would travel on the Hudson to highlight environmental issues. Seeger and his wife, Toshi, who died last July, lived in nearby Beacon, in a home with a spectacular view of a bend in the river.

The informal fundraising concerts became the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival in 1978. In recent years it has settled in a park jutting into the river in this community 35 miles north of New York City and has modernized beyond its folkie roots. With the strong lineup, Seeger remembrances and sunny skies, organizers were expecting their biggest crowd ever. - [Daily Freeman]

One of the most laid-back music festivals in the NY area, the environmentally themed Clearwater Festival happened over the weekend, the first since this death of founder Pete Seeger. The second day (Sunday, 6/22) featured music across seven stages, including Puss N Boots who pics are posted here. Sunday's lineup also included Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, Arc Iris, Toshi and Bernice Reagan, Martin Sexton, Houndmouth, and more. Pictures from day 2 of Clearwater Fest are in this post.

Pictures from Clearwater day 1 are HERE. More of day 2 below....

Continue reading "Clearwater Festival 2014 day 2 in pics (Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, Toshi Reagan, Arc Iris & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Paul Simon tribute
Paul Simon tribute

Tickets are still available for tonight's Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall with Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Brett Dennen, Dan Wilson, Isobel Campbell & Andy Cabic, Joe Henry, Josh Ritter, Joy Williams, Judy Collins, L.P., John Doe, Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, Sam Moore, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Bob Forrest & Gibby Haynes (who mentioned the show on the Daily Show), Richard Marx, Antibalas, Mike Gordon, and more.

Last night (3/30), as usual on the night before a Michael Dorf event at Carnegie Hall, there was a rehearsal at Dorf's club City Winery with many of the performers doing the same Paul Simon songs. We have pictures from that one along with the setlist of songs they played (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe did 'Think Too Much'). Check out the setlist and more pics below...

Continue reading "Paul Simon Carnegie Hall tribute is tonight -- check out pics + setlist from rehearsal @ City Winery (Tunde Adebimpe, Bob Mould, John Doe, Josh Ritter & more)"

RIchard Thompson at Joe's Pub in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Richard Thompson

Clearwater Festival will return to Croton Point Park on June 21 & 22 in Croton, NY this year. Performers include Puss N Boots (feat. Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper), Rufus Wainwright, former Fairport Convention guitarist Richard Thompson (whose 2013 LP gave his career a bit of a re-boost), Josh Ritter, Tom Paxton, Houndmouth, David Amram, Spirit Family Reunion, Arc Iris and more. Tickets, including 2-day passes and single-day tickets, are on sale now.

The festival's founder Pete Seeger normally plays every year, but this will be the first one since the folk legend's passing earlier this year.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Clearwater Festival 2014 lineup and tickets"

Beatles

We're only days away from the 50th anniversary of the day The Beatles set foot in America, and as you may know that means tons of events, many of which are right here in NYC. Since we last spoke, more have been added, including that JFK Airport will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day the band first landed at the airport, February 7. At 11:30 on that day at the TWA Flight Center, located in JFK's Central Terminal Area, adjacent to JetBlue's Terminal 5 (not that Terminal 5 of course), the tribute will take place and include an unveiling of the Beatles historical airport maker and a live band playing the band's hits.

Other events in NYC include "Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Beatles," which runs from February 6 - May 10 at the New York Public Library. The exhibition, created by the GRAMMY Museum, covers the band's 1964-66 period, and will have many pop culture artifacts, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, and more on display.

NYPL also hosts an interview with Mark Lewisohn, who wrote Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years on February 10 at 6 PM, and a screening of What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA on February 13 at 6 PM.

There will also be NYC Fab 50 tribute concerts, including one at The Apollo on 2/6 with Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), Bettye LaVette, Lloyd Price, Melvin Van Peebles and Gary U.S. Bonds; followed by one with the Spin Doctors, NYC's Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and School of Rock, and international Beatles tribute bands on 2/7 at Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th St); then a closing concert at Town Hall on 2/8 with Tommy James, Melanie, Marshall Crenshaw, Fred Schneider (of the B-52s), Al Jardine (of The Beach Boys), Gene Cornish (of The Rascals), Greg Hawkes (of The Cars), and many more. There's also a final party at The Bitter End on 2/9. More info and tickets (with proceeds going to Food Bank for New York City) for all four events HERE.

Concert promoter Sid Bernstein, who presented the Beatles' first NYC shows at Carnegie Hall, plus their Shea Stadium shows (and who passed away last year), will be honored with a memorial concert at The Cutting Room on February 12, the 50th anniversary of the Carnegie Hall shows. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

If you missed them, check out the other Beatles' US 50th Anniversary events that we posted last week.

And lastly, Ringo Starr is also touring this year.

Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jay Z

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Jay Z @ Barclays Center
While Jay Z no longer has any stake in Barclays Center, no doubt it will still feel like home for this first of two nights at the arena.

Chris & Cosey @ Radio Bushwick
When industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle shut down operations in 1981, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti kept working together, making icy, trance-like dance music with occasional forays into pop. Having just played sold-out shows as MoMA PS1 and Santos, Carter Tutti perform Chris & Cosey material tonight -- no advance tickets, $20 at the door.

Cloud Control, Avers, ARMS, Little Racer @ Brooklyn Bowl
Australia's Cloud Control play their second NYC show this weekend as part of the "It's A School Night series" which is free with RSVP.

globalFEST @ Webster Hall
This annual world music festival takes over Webster Hall once again. If you're going, don't miss Caribbean "tumbutronic" artist KiT. Full globalFEST schedule is below.

NYC Podfest @ Fontana's
Witness live recordings of some of the best podcast's on the web -- featuring the likes of Myq Caplan, Colin Quinn, Dave Hill and lots more. The talk starts at 3 PM and tickets are still available to many of the events.

Giles Corey, Planning For Burial, My Mountain, Whip Angels @ Cameo
Giles Corey and Planning for Burial share a similarly bleak vibe: Corey, one half of Have a Nice Life, works a melancholy brand of folk in solo mode; PfB bring droning, shoegaze-y minimalist songs with occasional hints of black and doom metal to the table. Prepare to revel in your mid-January SAD.

"How to Use Outboard Effects" workshop w/ El-P & Nick Hook @ Converse Rubber Tracks
It's the third weekend of free (if you registered) creative workshops at Converse Rubber Tracks. Tonight learn from rapper EL-P & producer Nick Hook. Mind you, if you're first question is "What are Outboard Effects" this workshop might not be for you.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Tonight's announced guests included Harris Stanton, Chris Cotton, Bridget Everett. Get there early.

Stanley Clarke Trio feat. The Harlem String Quartet + Bettye LaVette, The Walkervilles @ Highline Ballroom
This sounds kind of special: legendary jazz bassist Stanley Clarke playing with the Harlem String Quartet, plus the great Bettye LaVette.

Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir @ Joe's Pub
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy concludes his Sunday ministry/residency at Joe's Pub.

Arto Lindsay/Greg Saunier/Shahzad Ismaily/Ofir Ganon, PC Worship, Mr Transylvania @ Death by Audio
No wave legend and experimental composer Arto Lindsay (of DNA and others) joins Deerhoof's Greg Saunier plus Shahzad Ismaily and Ofir Ganon for a collaborative set which should get pretty intense.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Continue reading "What's going on Sunday? (Jay Z, Chris & Cosey, Cloud Control, globalFEST, Arto Lindsay, Giles Corey & more)"

Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

City Winery founder Michael Dorf has announced this year's tribute show at Carnegie Hall to benefit NYC music education programs. (Last year was Prince, and he's done The WhoR.E.M., and others in previous years.) 2014's will be a tribute to Paul Simon on March 31 and the New York Times reports that Bob Mould, Ben Sollee, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, Bettye LaVette, Dan Wilson,, composer Allen Toussaint and Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, will be among the performers. Tickets are on sale now.

Paul Simon may or may not show up for his own tribute but you can definitely see him in NYC early that same month when his tour with Sting  hits Madison Square Garden for two shows. The March 4 show is sold out but you can still get tickets for the March 6 date.

Bettye LaVette also plays NYC much sooner at Highline Ballroom on Sunday (1/12) with Stanley Clarke Trio and The Harlem String Quartet. Tickets for that show are still available.

And as discussed, Allen Toussaint also teams with Blind Boys of Alabama for a NYC show this week at BB King's on Friday (1/10) (tickets).

Theatre Within's 33rd annual NYC John Lennon tribute goes down at Symphony Space on December 6, two days before the anniversary of Lennon's death. This year's lineup includes Steve Earle, Raul Malo (lead singer of the Mavericks), Marc Cohn, Teddy Thompson, Dana Fuchs (who played "Sexy Sadie" in Across the Universe), Joan Osborne, Bettye LaVette, Toshi Reagon and Rich Pagano (of Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Steve Earle, he'll be doing some solo acoustic dates in 2014, including a Long Island show on February 8 at The Space at Westbury. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.

All Steve Earle dates, including two in CT, are listed below...

Continue reading "Steve Earle touring, playing John Lennon tribute in NYC & solo Long Island show (dates)"

Violent Femmes at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Violent Femmes
Pere Ubu at LPR in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
Pere Ubu

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Pere Ubu, Gagarin @ Bowery Ballroom
Pere Ubu may have been forced to make a few adjustments to their lineup, but it's still a treat to catch these art punk legends while you still can. And their newest album, this year's Lady From Shanghai, ain't too shabby for a band over three decades into their career.

Spirit of Danger, Paper Fleet, The Planes, Casual Friday, @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn's Spirit of Danger have a sound that hearkens back to the heavy psychedelia and swagger rock that would retroactively be coined proto-punk or proto-metal. Tonight they headline a bill with three other local rock bands at Cake Shop.

Violent Femmes @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
This legendary band is down one Violent Femme and up one Dresden Doll, so it might not be exactly the same band you could have seen in 1983 (or at this year's Coachella), but it's still a night of classic tunes played by two of the three guys who wrote/recorded them.

Cuntz, Pop. 1280, Black Black Black, Cyanide Tooth @ Death By Audio
Cuntz are over from Australia to bless the US with their rackety rock n' roll for the first time ever. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows this week, and if you're going, be sure to catch Brooklyn goths Pop. 1280 as well.

Houses, Jamaican Queens, Candide @ Glasslands
Two indie pop bands, Houses and Jamaican Queens, are on the road together and today they play their first of two NYC shows together at Glasslands. Mercury Lounge tomorrow.

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth & The Catapult @ Irving Plaza
Montreal's pop violinist Kishi Bashi, still touring off last year's 151a, hits Irving Plaza tonight for a dose of his folky, baroque, very catchy music.

Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Cian Nugent @ Issue Project Room
Experimental guitarist Marc Ribot plays the ongoing IPR tenth anniversary tonight joined by avant-jazz saxist Matana Roberts and Irish folk guitarist Cian Nugent.

The Rosebuds, Dark Rooms @ Mercury Lounge
Did you know The Rosebuds covered Sade's Love Deluxe in its entirety? They did and you can stream it below. You can also go see them perform it live tonight. Tickets are still available.

Kastle, Sweater Beats, Druid Cloak, Jaw Jam, Lindsay Lowend @ Output
Kastle makes a kind of dancey future bass not too far removed from fast-rising producer XXYYXX, so if dancing and staying up late is your thing, you might wanna head to Ouput for their weekly INPUT party tonight.

Mike Servito, Honey Dijon, Nicolas Matar, Anthony Parasole, Wrecked @ The Panther Room
While that Kastle show is going down in Output's main room, The Bunker's Mike Servito does this other party in the venue's Panther Room.

The KDMS, Arthur's Landing, Darshan Jesrani, Metro Area, Artur8 (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Though Arthur Russell died in 1992 you can hear his dance-oriented songs recreated live via tribute act Arthur's Landing. Tonight's show also features UK/Polish duo The KDMS, Morgan Geist's Metro Area and more.

Hard Skin at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hard Skin

Hard Skin, La Misma, Vanity @ Acheron
Featuring the profanely articulate talents of frontman Fat Bob (who is a longtime employee of London's Rough Trade record store), tongue-in-cheek UK oi band Hard Skin bring the party anthems. You don't wanna miss.

O'Brother, Native, Daylight @ Santos Party House
Fans of heavy rock might enjoy this whole show, but we're most excited to see Native, whose mix of post-hardcore and math rock is great on record, but begging to be seen in a live show environment.

Shovels and Rope, Shakey Graves @ Webster Hall
Country folk duo Shovels and Rope released their second album, O' Be Joyful, and continue to grow in popularity. Tonight they play with Shakey Graves, who should appeal to fans of The Tallest Man on Earth.

Twin Sister, DJ Soul @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tonight is a party for new FOX sitcom Brooklyn Nine Nine (starring Andy Samberg) and you can catch an early screening of the first episode which debuts next week. Then stick around for a performance from Twin Sister. It's free, you just need to RSVP (which is still open)

Taking Back Sunday, Bad Rabbits @ Starland Ballroom
Last year, Taking Back Sunday went on a tour performing Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, a record that left a pretty big impact on a whole generation of kids when it came out. If you missed your chance at seeing them play that record, or just need to see it again, you're in luck because they're doing TAYF again tonight at Starland Ballroom before heading to Chicago for Riot Fest.

Eve, Dyme-A-Duzin, Camille Safiya @ Gramercy Theatre
Eve is back in action this year, and tonight she plays Gramercy Theatre (rescheduled from August's cancelled Irving Plaza date). If you're going, it's worth getting there early to catch Dyme-A-Duzin (of Phony PPL).

Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Brian Posehn @ The Town Hall
This Globochem-sponsored tour features Mr. Show alumnus Bob Odenkirk, David Cross and Brian Posehn and play two shows tonight. The 7:30 show is sold out but you can still get tickets to the 10:30. By the way, did you hear AMC is moving forward with Odenkirk's Saul Goodman show?

Remembering John Lennon w/ Bettye LaVette & Special Guests Bob Gruen, Jack Douglas and Dennis Elsas @ City Winery
Tonight is being billed as "an evening of memories and music with those who knew and worked with John Lennon," including singer Bettye LaVette, photographer Bob Gruen and Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas.

Common, Yahzarah @ Galapagos Art Space
Conscious rap veteran Common plays The ALT Scholarship Foundation's annual summer fundraiser, which benefits the foundation's scholarship program. It's mostly sold out but the $75 option still has a few tickets available.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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D'Angelo / Elvis Costello + Princess / Chris Rock & more @ Carnegie Hall
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013


Amidst a snowy midtown backdrop, Carnegie Hall generated a little heat when the Michael Dorf-produced Prince Tribute opened last night (3/7). Stacked with performers giving props to the man in purple and paisley, the lineup featured some of the same names from the previous evening's "rehearsal" at City Winery, as well as surprise appearances from names like Chris Rock and more. Backed by The Roots with guitarist Wendy Melvion (of Prince's backing band The Revolution), D'Angelo show-closing numbers "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" / "1999" were the clear highlights of the evening, with performances from Bilal (doing "Sister" and channeling Keith Sweat circa 1990s), Bettye LaVette ("Kiss"), Sandra Bernhard ('Little Red Corvette") and Fdeluxe ("High Fashion/Mutiny") also causing impromptu aisle dances. Fun night, and it was great to see people up and out of their seats, wilding out in a buttoned-up place like Carnegie Hall.

More pics from last night including the setlist, The Waterboys, The Roots, Eric Leeds, Diane Birch, the Cardigans' Nina Perrson, DeVotchka, Bhi Bhiman, Kat Edmonson, Blind Boys of Alabama, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Talib Kweli, Princess (Gretchen Lieberum & Maya Rudolph) and all iterations there within, are below.

Continue reading "D'Angelo, The Roots, Elvis Costello, Bilal, Chris Rock, Bettye LaVette & more played the Prince tribute @ Carnegie Hall (pics) "

photos by PSquared Photography

Bettye LaVette at Joe's Pub - 1/12/13
Betty LaVette

Soul legend Bettye LaVette, whose first single came out 50 years ago, came to NYC for two shows this past weekend, including one at City Winery on Friday (1/11) and another at Joe's Pub on Saturday (1/12). Pictures from the Joe's Pub show are in this post. Included is a shot of the written setlist, though she didn't play everything on it, and added in a cover of The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me."

She has other upcoming shows and will be back in NYC to open for The Blind Boys of Alabama when they play Town Hall on May 17. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of all remaining dates and more pictures from Joe's Pub below...

Continue reading "Bettye LaVette played Joe's Pub (pics, setlist)"

Dr. John at BAM in April (more by David Andrako)
Dr John

Dr. John and the Lower 911 are playing Town Hall on March 16 with Allen Toussaint. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM.

Cult singer Rodriguez is playing Town Hall on on April 10. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM.

Billy Bragg is playing Town Hall on April 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Bettye LaVette & the Blind Boys of Alabama play Town Hall on May 17. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Nick Offerman show at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Bettye LaVette at Highline Ballroom, May 2010 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette, who is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a musician, is in the Midwest now and about to play two shows at the new City Winery Chicago, but after a stint across the pond, the soul singer will retire from the road for the year in middle December. The downtime won't last too terribly long though; Bettye LaVette will play a pair of NYC shows in early January: 1/11 at City Winery (tickets) and 1/12 at Joe's Pub (tickets).

All tour dates are listed, along with video of an entire live show, below...

Continue reading "Bettye LaVette on tour, playing Joe's Pub & City Winery (in NYC & Chicago) -- updated dates"

Bettye LaVette at Highline Ballroom in 2010 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her music career this year with a new album, Thankful N' Thoughtful, due out Septemnber 25 via Anti-, and an autobiography co-written with David Ritz (whose written biographies of Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, and others) titled A Woman Like Me, due out September 27 via Blue Rider Press/Penguin. Thankful N' Thoughtful was produced by Craig Street and features tracks written and/or performed by The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley, The Pogues, Savoy Brown, Sly Stone, and others. The tracklist, an album trailer, and a lyric video of her take on The Black Keys' "I'm Not the One" are below.

Bettye will support the album with a tour beginning in October, but before that kicks off, she'll preview some of the new material in NYC at Highline Ballroom on September 28 and will do a Q&A and book signing one day earlier (9/27) at Barnes & Noble in Union Square. Tickets for the Highline show are on sale now.

A list of all dates, videos and album tracklist are below..

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Tift Merritt in Madison Square Park 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Tift Merritt

The free 2012 Oval Lawn Series launches in NYC's Madison Square Park (between 5th and Madison Ave and 23rd and 26th St.) tonight (6/20) at 7PM with James Maddock and His Band and will continue every Wednesday through Aug. 8.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of free shows in Madison Square Park (where the Big Apple BBQ also happens). The full schedule with showtimes is listed below...

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The Roots on the Intrepid (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Roots

The Roots and "special surprise guests" will celebrate the holdays at their 5th Annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam, which goes down at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (12/15), followed by the usual Questlove DJ stint shortly thereafter. The show is private, but you (and a guest) can win a special invite by signing up for the Okayplayer newsletter. Further details are at the Okayplayer site.

The Roots will also celebrate legendary delta blues musician Robert Johnson's 100th birthday at the Apollo on March 6th, joining a lineup that includes Shemika Copeland, Bettye LaVette, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Sam Moore, Todd Rundgren and more TBA. Tickets are on sale, and the show will double as a benefit for the construction of the Blues Hall of Fame by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.

The Roots recently celebrated the release of their new LP Undun and inddirectly called Michelle Bachmann a "Lyin' Ass Bitch" (and will no longer have carte blanche on the songs they play as a result).

Video of Questlove and Black Thought from Power 105 this morning discussing the Michelle Bachmann incident, as well as the concept behind Undun is below...

Continue reading "Roots playing Okayplayer holiday party & Robert Johnson's birthday (but not whatever they want on Fallon anymore)"

Deluna fest

Speaking of shows the Shins are playing...

"DeLuna Fest and Five Flags Tourism Group are excited to announce the performance schedule for this year's music festival taking place on the gorgeous sugar-white sands of Pensacola Beach, FL, on October 14th, 15th, and 16th. DeLuna Fest's five stages and waterfront hotels along Pensacola Beach will play host to over 80 bands..... Go to http://lineup.delunafest.com/schedule to see the full schedule for this year's outstanding line up for DeLuna Fest 2011 which includes Linkin Park on their only US Fall date, The Shins, Weezer, Cake, Jane's Addiction, Cut Copy, Big Boi, Matt & Kim, Girl Talk, Wanda Jackson, Bettye LaVette, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many, many more.

Tickets are on sale now for only $189.95 for all three days, all stages and in/out privileges."
Don't hold Linkin Park against them. We know how hard it is for Florida festivals to sell tickets! Hotel options HERE.

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