Entries tagged with: Charles Bradley
photo: Miss Guy of Toilet Boys with Peaches at Irving (via @missguynyc)
Toilet Boys are playing a show with The Sweet Things and Battletorn at Saint Vitus on February 13. Tickets are available now.
While we're talking about Barbara Maier, the singer also taught Deborah Harry, Handsome Dick Manitoba, and Kathleen Hanna, who will be honored at Rhythm & Soul 2015, in celebration of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls' tenth anniversary. That happens at Roulette on December 4. Tickets are available now.
And just one more: Barbara's student and Downtown NYC performance art icon Penny Arcade returns to Joe's Pub on January 16. Tickets are currently on sale.
X-Files Burlesque is a thing that exists and will happen at Joe's Pub on December 19. Tickets are currently on sale.
On a similar note, Pink Room Burlesque is presenting its 5th annual "Miss Twin Peaks Pageant" at Joe's Pub on January 30. Tickets are currently on sale.
Bridget Everett is doing a few shows at Joe's Pub in January (1/5, 1/7, 1/8, 1/9). Tickets are on sale now.
Charles Bradley is playing a free Paste Magazine show at Brooklyn Bowl on November 17. RSVP is open.
Guests were announced for the annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends "Home for the Holidays" show at Beacon Theatre: Boy George, Judy Gold, Cam, Keb' Mo', Ledisi, Valerie Simpson, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, and Carson Kressley. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
The Wailers are playing Brooklyn Bowl on February 17 & 18. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.
Richard Buckner plays Union Hall on Saturday (11/7) with Vincent Cross. Tickets are on sale.
Canadian rock vet Bryan Adams plays Beacon Theatre on February 11. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Sharon Jones' cancer sadly returned but she's still fighting and touring soon. When we last posted, her schedule included a couple shows just outside of NYC (Newark and Tarrytown) and now it's got one happening in the city.
Sharon and the Dap-Kings play this year's WFUV Holiday Cheer show at Beacon Theatre on December 4 with Brandi Carlile & Friends and Dawes. They'll be playing songs off their upcoming holiday album, due 10/30 via Daptone. Tickets for that show are on WFUV, local and Chase preasles now (password = SOCIAL) and the general on-sale starts Friday (10/23) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, with a stream of the Dap-Kings' recently released single "Thunderclap," below.
Also as discussed, the US premiere of her new documentary Miss Sharon Jones! happens in NYC on November 12 at SVA Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.
In other Daptone news, NYC afrobeat band The Budos Band have announced a hometown show for December 12 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/23) at noon. Their only other date we're currently aware of is in San Francisco this November.
As you may know, fellow NYC Daptone afrobeat band Antibalas have an upcoming hometown residency happening October 28, November 4, 11, and 18 at Brooklyn Bowl with different guest each night. Since we last spoke, soul singer (and Daptone associate) Lee Fields was revealed as the guest for the final night. The other guests are The Funk Ark (10/28), EMEFE (11/4) and Superhuman Happiness (11/11). Tickets for all four are still available.
And lastly, another soul singer, Daptone artist and Budos Band collaborator, Charles Bradley, also has some shows coming up. One is in the NYC-area, opening for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on December 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He's also got some shows with Grace Potter, and he plays New Year's Eve in DC. All dates are listed below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Ryan Adams & Norah Jones / Valerie June / Charles Bradley / finale - 9/13/2015
A gaggle of talented folks came together at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night (9/13) to pay tribute to the music of Neil Young and raise money for the Sweet Relief charity. Backed by the Cabin Down Below band, the first of two nights of NeilFest featured Ryan Adams and Norah Jones singing "Old Man" (Ryan also performed "Cinnamon Girl" and Norah sang "Don't Be Denied"), Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's Body/Head performing "On the Beach," Charles Bradley belting out "Heart of Gold," Valerie June singing "Mellow My Mind" and The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon doing "After the Gold Rush." Fallon also came out with Jakob Dylan, Black Keys' Patrick Carnery and Butch Walker for "Ohio." Other performers included Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner with onetime Virgins singer Donald Cumming, Nicole Atkins (who was joined by rock photographer Danny Clinch), Danny Masterson (yes of That '70s Show), Adam Green, Michelle Branch, and more. Pictures, a few videos and setlist from Night 1 of NeilFest are in this post.
Tonight (9/14) is Night Two of NeilFest with much the same lineup. Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon has been added to tonight's bill and hopefully Sharon Van Etten, who was listed but didn't play Sunday night, will be there too. Kills/Dead Weather singer Alison Mosshart was at Sunday night's show but didn't perform -- maybe she and Jack White (who are in town to be on Colbert's Late Show) will swing by? (But maybe not, if Patrick Carney will be there again.) We shall see. More pics from NeilFest Night 1, below
The folks that have brought us Dylan Fest and Petty Fest will be bringing Neil Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young to NYC's Bowery Ballroom on September 13 & 14. As usual for these things, the backing band is The Cabin Down Below Band but the lineup of guests is pretty impressive. Here's the full list of announced performers:
Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt of The Drowners, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller of Guster, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel & David Gibson of Streets Of LaredoTickets for Neil Fest go on "friends and family" presale on Thursday (8/27) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (8/28) at noon. Ticket options include a $1500 VIP option that gets you balcony seating for four, complimentary beer and Jamesons all night, a poster and access to a pre-show party. Proceeds go to Sweet Relief On Behalf Of The Jameson Neighborhood Fund.
Related: Norah Jones, who most recently was seen opening for Neil Young as part of her country band Puss N' Boots, will embark on a tour under her own name this fall. That wraps up with a show at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on November 8. Tickets for that go on Norah Jones presale on Friday (8/28) at 10 AM with the general on-sale beginning September 9 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.
The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.
Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...
Alabama's Hangout Music Festival returns from May 15-17, and the lineup's just been expanded. Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sam Smith, Natural Child and more were added to the fest, joining Foo FIghters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Jenny Lewis, Future Islands, Father John Misty and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Tallest Man on Earth is ready to release album #4, the followup to 2012's great (and possibly underrated) There's No Leaving Now. It's called Dark Bird Is Home and will be out May 12 via Dead Oceans. He put out a minute-long trailer video that you can watch, with the tracklist, below. Artwork above.
Tallest Man is also playing a few festivals, including Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music Festival (co-curated by Justin and Aaron Dessner). The lineup still hasn't been announced in full, but there have been some leaks revealed on the Eaux Claires Twitter including Tallest Man, Low, Liturgy, Polica, S. Carey, Sylvan Esso, Sam Amidon, Phil Cook, Melt-Banana, Field Report, Doomtree, Colin Stetson, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, BLind Boys of Alabama, Haley Bonar, Marijuana Deathsquads and more.
S. Carey (aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver) also has a new EP called Supermoon coming out next week (2/17) via Jagjaguwar. You can listen to a Spotify stream of that (via SPIN), with the full list of announced artists for Eaux Claires (so far), Tallest Man dates, and LP tracklist/trailer, below...
Hangout Music Festival, which will now be co-produced by Goldenvoice (the same company that produces Coachella), returns to the beaches of Gulf Shores, AL from May 15-17 this year. The lineup includes Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Phantogram, Damian Marley, Jenny Lewis, Lupe Fiasco, Future Islands, Father John Misty, Drive-By Truckers, Toro y Moi, Charles Bradley, Strand of Oaks and more.
Tickets go on sale today (1/13) at 10 AM EST. Full lineup below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
photo: Budos Band at Daptone Super Soul Revue 12/6/2014 (more by PSquared)
Jonathan Toubin knows his way around a party which is to say he's an in-demand dude during this festive time of year. He's got his fingers all of the following events...
On Wednesday (12/17) at Baby's All Right he'll be DJing the Peace & Love Holiday Ball which features live sets from The Budos Band, The Citizens Band and "surprise guests." The Citizens Band and the Budos Band ( who just played the Daptone Super Soul Revue) usually play bigger places than Baby's so here's a good chance to catch them somewhere more intimate. Tickets are on sale and benefit The David Lynch Foundation and the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund.
Then on Saturday (12/20) at Brooklyn Bowl, it's the holiday edition of Soul Clap and Dance Off with special guest selector Charles Bradley. It doubles as a release party for Norton Records' Souvenirs of the Soul Clap Vols 1 & 2. Tickets for Brooklyn Bowl are on sale now.
On New Year's Eve at Home Sweet Home, Nothing Changes is presenting the "New York Night Train Annual New Year's Ball" featuring live performances from Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Andy Animal's All Male Revue, and the debut of PMS and the Moodswings (featuring members of Habibi). Toubin and Josh Styles will be DJing and tickets will be available at the door. More info here.
Then on January 3 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar it's a "Captured Tracks/New York Night Train HAPPENING!" featuring live sets from Juan Wauters and EZTV, plus Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, DJ sets from Toubin and C/T head Mike Sniper. That show is free but you can RSVP to skip the line.
Jonathan Toubin will also be DJing the Glasslands Holiday Party on Sunday (12/21), the Detroit Cobras show at Baby's All Right on 1/2 (which is Detroit Cobras' second of two NYC shows that week, following Bowery Electric on 12/30) and some other gigs as well. All Jonathan Toubin dates are listed below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley at Daptone Super Soul Revue 12/6/2014
Brooklyn's Daptone record label, the soul outfit whose ear for talent and eye for period-correct detail has put it in the forefront of a revivalist wave, had few choices when it came to recording its first live-in-concert label showcase. How could they not go to the Apollo, that cradle of talent immortalized by James Brown on one of the greatest concert recordings ever?Last weekend was the three-night Daptone Super Soul Revue at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre. We were there for the big finale on Saturday (12/6) and pictures from the whole night are in this post.
Brown's memory was invoked more than once Saturday, the closing of a three-night "Daptone Super Soul Revue" that served, at various moments, as coming-out party, effusive comeback celebration, and defiant jam session. The crackerjack production whisked six acts on and off the stage seamlessly over the course of three hours, one group starting before the previous one's ovation had died down. Those transitions were helped, of course, by the overlapping nature of the bands, with label owners Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann) and Neal Sugarman frequently among the instrumentalists backing up assorted vocalists. - [The Hollywood Reporter]
Lineups were different each night but all three featured Sharon Jones who had the crowd eating out of her hand -- and dancing in the aisles -- the whole time. Equally show-stopping was Charles Bradley, who also played all three shows, and whose time as a James Brown tribute act prepped him for the night. His dance moves and give-110%-stage-performance made for a memorable part of the night. As mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter review above, it was a seamless three hours of music, with no downtime in between acts. (Saun & Star, Naomi Shelton, The Sugarman 3, The Budos Band and the night's MC, Binky Griptite, were also part of the celebration.) The night finished with everyone on stage for, naturally, a cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "It's a Family Affair."
Antibalas were on the first two nights, but unfortunately not the one we caught. All three nights were filmed for a film (and surely a live album). We look forward to that. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings have a few dates on their schedule, including New Year's Eve shows in San Francisco. Those dates are listed, along with lots more pics from the final night of the Daptone Super Soul Revue, below...
The 13th annual "Great Night in Harlem" takes place at The Apollo on October 24 with Herbie Hancock receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Quincy Jones, with special guest Bruce Willis. "Herbie himself will make an all-star tribute to our beloved trumpeter Clark Terry." Chaka Khan will pay homage to Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire. Al Jarreau, Jimmy Heath, Steve Jordan, Charles Bradley and more will be there as well. Tickets are on sale now.
The late H.R. Giger will be celebrated on October 15 at Spectacle Theatre with shows at 7:30 PM and 10 PM where "rarely seen documentaries, experimental films and music videos made by HR Giger," will be screened. More info here.
DOM are playing Mercury Lounge on December 27. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (10/3) at noon.
Riff Raff is playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on October 29. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (10/2) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Charles Bradley at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Soul singer Charles Bradley has some tour dates coming up, including a few in NYC that we already mentioned like the Beacon Theatre show (10/4) with Afghan Whigs as part of their tour (tickets) and the 3-night Daptone holiday party at The Apollo in December (12/4-6) (tickets). He's now got yet another NYC gig on the horizon, happening this Friday (9/26) at The Garage (611 W 50th St) with rap trio Ratking. That one's FREE with RSVP and there will be free drinks too.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
The Daptone label is throwing a three-day holiday party called the Super Soul Revue at NYC's The Apollo on December 4,5 & 6 with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Charles Bradley playing all three nights. The lineups otherwise vary a bit but are as follows:
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8p.m. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Antibalas, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, The Sugarman 3, Saun & StarrThe shows are being recorded by Daptone's in-house engineers for a live album to be titled the Daptone Soul Revue, Live at the Apollo. Tickets for these special night go on sale Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM with a Daptone presale (password: DAPTONEFIRST) starting Tuesday (9/16) at 10 AM.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 8p.m.: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band, Antibalas, The Como Mamas
Menahan Street Band, Saun & Starr
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8p.m.: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, The Sugarman 3, Saun & Starr
Charles Bradley, meanwhile, plays Beacon Theatre on October 4 opening for Afghan Whigs (tickets). Sharon Jones in currently in Australia on tour. All tour dates for Jones and Bradley are listed below.
There's never a shortage of cool movie screenings in NYC, but here's a roundup of some of the music (and cow) related screenings coming up in the near future. The screenings of Stop Making Sense and Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets already happened at Lincoln Center in the past week, and there's a another sold-out screening the Pulp doc tonight (Aug 7) at Rooftop Films at Industry City in Sunset Park, which will be followed by a Q&A with Jarvis Cocker and director Florian Habicht after which they'll then judge a Pulp karaoke contest.
As far as thing you can actually still go to, the new film from master documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, The Armstrong Lie) about Fela Kuti, Finding Fela, is screening regularly all week at the IFC Center. On Friday (Aug 8) after the 4:40 screening, Gibney will be there in person for a Q&A about the film. Tickets for that are on sale now.
There's a free screening of a documentary on soul singer Charles Bradley, titled Charles Bradley - Soul of America, coming up soon at City Winery on August 12. Bradley and director Poull Brien will be on hand for a pre-show Q&A. Again, it's free, but you do need to RSVP.
James Brown in The T.A.M.I. Show
There's a James Brown biopic, Get on Up, out in multiplexes all over the city right now, but to give fans of the Godfather a more realistic fix, in late August Film Society of Lincoln Center will be putting on a 4-day series called James Brown: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The series runs from August 29 - September1, and will feature, some films like Rocky IV, Black Caesar, and The Blues Brothers which feature Brown performances, as well as the Brown-centric documentary Soul Power, and classic concert film The T.A.M.I. Show (which features an amazing set from Brown). Plus '60s teen comedy Ski Party, compilations of live performances, and more. Tickets for all these showtimes are available via the Lincoln Center website, and a full schedule of the program is below.
Elsewhere, as we've mentioned, the crowd-funded meat industry doc Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret screens on August 21 at AMC Loews Village 7 and you can win tickets from BV or buy them here. As we've also mentioned and are very excited about, the BV-presented screening of the City Gardens documentary Riot on the Dance Floor is happening on August 28 at the AMC Loews Village 7 and will feature a Q&A with Gibby Haynes, Sim Cain, and the director Steve Tozzi. Tickets are still on sale, and there's also an after party at Bowery Electric, for which we'll have more details soon.
That about does it until NYFF (just kidding, there's's tons of other stuff to tide you over until you can't get in to the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie). Enjoy the moviegoing month, and check out the schedule for the James Brown series, plus trailers for the Fela Kuti and Charles Bradley documentaries, below....
the beer garden at House of Vans in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
The free Vans and FYF-presented Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) are returning this summer with two shows a month from June - August. The June shows will be Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco and Benjamin Booker (6/12); and STRFKR, Poolside and Chrome Sparks (6/19); and the other four lineups are still TBA.
All shows are free with RSVP, but entry is still first come, first served (doors at 7 PM). RSVP for the 6/12 show opens today (5/21) at noon.
Full list of House Party dates, with flyers for the events, below...
The 2014 season of Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors festival happens over three weeks this summer, from July 20 - August 10 at various outdoor venues in and around Lincoln Center. Highlights this year include a memorial concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger with The Chapin Sisters, Peter Yarrow, Dar Williams and more; a collaboration between José González and yMusic; the first performance in 40 Years of Larry Harlow's Hommy: A Latin Opera; the world premiere of The Campbell Brothers' A Sacred Steel Love Supreme celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme; Chicago contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird premiering new works by Bryce Dessner and Andy Akiho; plus Toshi Reagan, Roberta Flack, The Negro Problem, and more.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors also contains a few mini-fests within it this year. The all-day globalFEST happens on July 27 featuring M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Bombay Royale, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Charanjit Singh and lots more.
The final week (August 6 - 10) will be Americanafest NYC, featuring concerts by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Cassandra Wilson, Rosanne Cash, Charles Bradley, The Lone Bellow and more.
For details on all the events at this year's Lincoln Center Out of Door festival, visit their website. All shows are free, all ages, and open to the public. Full 2014 schedule below...
Afghan Whigs at Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Afghan Whigs today (4/15) released Do to the Beast, the band's first album in 16 years. You can stream the whole thing, via Rdio, in this post. The band just played the first weekend of Coachella and will do so again Friday (4/18) for the second weekend, and the band has sold out East Coast shows (including one in NYC) next month.
While they still haven't announced a proper North American tour, Afghan Whigs have announced another NYC show: Beacon Theatre on October 4 with soul singer Charles Bradley. Tickets for the Beacon show go on sale Friday (4/18) at 11 AM with AmEx, artist, and Chase presales (password: "D2TBNYC") starting Thursday (4/17) at 11 AM.
The band will be spending most of the summer on tour in Europe, and all dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
by Bill Pearis
Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...
by Bill Pearis
The counter Rough Trade (w/ Morrissey Autobiography) (more by Chris La Putt)
As you may have maybe -- just maybe -- heard, UK indie record store Rough Trade opened its first-ever NYC branch yesterday (11/25). As a record lover and Williamsburg resident, I headed over to N. 9th after work last night to check it out.
The store is big and warehouse-y with plenty of space in between shelves for easy browsing, and a centralized checkout area. (It is still small compared to the late-'90s days of Virgin Megastore and Tower.) There is a mezzanine with magazines and books (like import copies of Morrissey's Autobiography) on one side of the space, and on the other there is the Guardian Green Room which is a "multi-purpose digital lounge" and an exhibition space that currently has a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community. Main Drag music has a little vestibule with cool analogue synths, and a cafe run by Five Leaves will be open soon.
Donald Glover's 'Community' bedroom at RT
The store seems more in "must open" mode than "ready to open," as the record shelves are a little sparse right now. Prices for records are on the high side -- I saw very few less than $18 -- and they don't put records "on sale." But many of their featured items do come with "Rough Trade Exclusives," usually bonus discs which do add value. There are also no used records, which seems an odd choice to me given the way all other record stores in the area operate. Though in that way they're not so much treading on other's turf? They are, however, promising to stock imports, including the entirety of their 101 Albums of 2013... but that has not happened yet. (I was ready to buy the new Suede album, too.) I did buy the Morrissey book, which at $14.99 for an import seemed a bargain. Give it a month, and we'll hopefully see what the store is like.
I showed up too late for Sky Ferreira's live set, but there was a long line of people waiting to get their records/CDs signed. I watched a little bit from the mezzanine, as bf and DIIV frontman Cole Smith showed up to say hi. One fan asked if he would sign Sky's album too. He obliged, writing a note right on the most, uh, exposed area of the LP cover. Pretty funny.
I did, however, stick around to watch Charles Bradley. The performance space at Rough Trade is really nice. Official capacity is 250 but, with a seated balcony it felt bigger than that. There were ping pong tables in the back part of the balcony last night, that I'm told won't be there during ticketed shows (but will be available during the day). Lighting was good and the sound was better. Bradley has a pretty crack band who make any room sound good but I was really impressed with the acoustics. There are lots of small rooms in Williamsburg already, but this is a nice addition to the area.
Charles Bradley sounded fantastic. His years as a James Brown tribute artist have bestowed him with killer stage moves, and the dude just oozes charisma and soul. It was a real treat to see him in such a small room and the whole crowd was grinning the whole time. NYC will have two more chances to see Bradley in January.
Today (11/26) you can catch a free show from Danny Brown which happens at 5 PM. You do need to grab a wristband first which are available at the counter. Wednesday night (11/27, 7 PM) is a free in-store with Matthew E. White. Two shows from NYC legends Television will be Rough Trade's first ticketed shows (both are sold out).
In addition to having his bedroom there, Donald Glover will perform as Childish Gambino at Rough Trade on December 6. You need to buy a copy of his new album Because of the Internet. There will be a record signing following the performance.
Did you check out Rough Trade on opening day? What did you think? Buy anything?
Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:
1. John Grant - Pale Green GhostsYou can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.
Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).
A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.
Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.
Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...
Charles Bradley @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
This morning, Rough Trade NYC announced a few of their first ticketed evening shows. Now they've just announced a whole lot more, including some free in-stores. The record store/venue opens on November 25 with a free show from Charles Bradley that night. Phosphorescent and Marissa Nadler will both perform free in-stores on November 30, and John Grant performs on December 3 which is free with purchase of his new album Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Similarly, Nick Lowe is performing on December 8 and you can get into that one by purchasing his new Christmas album.
Other upcoming free in-stores include Matthew E. White (11/27) and The Stepkids (11/9). Another ticketed shows has been added as well, Allah-Las on 12/6 (no ticket info yet). Updated Rough Trade NYC show schedule is listed below...
Charles Bradley at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Soul singer Charles Bradley has been quite the touring machine lately, having already played NYC more than once this year, not to mention sets at a bunch of festivals, and he's just announced more dates into 2014, including two more NYC shows. He plays Bowery Ballroom on January 17 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 18. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (10/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (10/16) at noon.
All tour dates are listed below...