Entries tagged with: Chris Gethard
by Andrew Sacher
Chumped at BK Bazaar in September (more by Mimi Hong)
Brooklyn's Chumped have been tearing up the local scene for the past year -- if you go to pop punk shows in NYC (like, the good kind) there's basically no chance you haven't seen them -- and they only get better every time. (If you're into this kind of stuff and you haven't seen them, definitely amend that soon.) This week, their debut album, Teenage Retirement, came out on Anchorless Records and it basically lives up to everything their EPs and super fun live shows proved they were capable of. To quote Stereogum, who awarded it Album of the Week:
Even if Teenage Retirement doesn't offer anything new, exactly, it's the best kind of comfort food. It surges and flares and swoons in the right ways, at the best moments. It doesn't just remind you of old records, records that might've once meant a lot to you. It is one of those records. And if you give it the chance, it could mean a whole lot to you right now.That pretty dead on in my opinion, and if you want to hear it for yourself, check out the full album stream embedded below.
Chumped will be celebrating the new record with a weekend of release shows in Philly, Brooklyn and Long Island from December 12-14. The Brooklyn show happens December 13 at Suburbia (same place as their 2013 EP release show) and is stacked with Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard (who's a regular at punk shows), former Bomb the Music Industry frontman Jeff Rosenstock, Philly indie rockers Cayetana (repaying the favor from when Chumped opened their release show), and Chumped's past tourmates Adult Dude. Tickets at door. Suburbia's gonna be packeddd.
After the release weekend shows, Chumped have another previously announced NYC show on December 30 at Acheron opening for Plow United. That one's also with Mikey Erg, Up For Nothing and Hatrabbits. Tickets are still available.
All dates are listed, with the LP stream and release weekend flyer, below...
UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
NJ's folk/pop/punks The Front Bottoms are teaming up with BrooklynVegan yet again to celebrate the holidays this year. Last year, it was a small show at Shea, but this year it's gonna be a much bigger affair called the Champagne Jam which takes over all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday, December 21. The Front Bottoms are playing the Grand Ballroom with Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and magician Magic Mike. In The Marlin Room it's two NYC punk bands, The So So Glos and Big Ups, two alt-leaning rappers, Kitty and GDP, novelty rockers Baby Baby and Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard. And in The Studio it's electronic musician Emperor X, two mathy emo bands, Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, CT indie rockers The Guru, and Girl Spells, the new project of Adrianne Gold of Philly indie popsters Catnaps.
Tickets, which get you into all three rooms, go on sale Friday (9/26) at 10 AM. There's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Tuesday (9/23) at 10 AM and a Front Bottoms fan club presale starting Wednesday (9/24) at 10 AM. Check back here tomorrow morning for the BV presale password. The show's all ages (under 16 must be accompanied by a parent).
UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Check out a few videos from some of the artists playing, below...
Holy Ghost! in Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Frankie Cosmos @ MoMA
Frankie Cosmos combines the twee pop of Beat Happening with the anti-folk of Moldy Peaches for a blend that works very well. She's a regular in NYC DIY venues, but this evening's show in MoMA's gorgeous courtyard should be a special one.
Holy Ghost!, Kim Ann Foxman, Dave P @ House of Vans
It's the last free Vans House Party of the summer tonight, and the parties will go out in style with the addictive dance pop of Holy Ghost!.
Pretty and Nice, Jacksie, Adult Dude, Denizen @ Glasslands
Pretty and Nice are unfortunately going on indefinite hiatus this year after being a band for nine years, but before that they've got a new EP out this week which continues their knack for catchy pop. And they've got some fairwell shows including tonight's so see them while you can. Local indie rockers Adult Dude are worth catching tonight too.
Twin Peaks, The Lemons @ Baby's All Right
Chicago's Twin Peaks make fun, summery garage rock not unlike their pals in The Orwells. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on their tour with The Lemons, whose catchy lo-fi pop is worth showing up for.
LODRO, Waltz, Electroputas, Ora Iso @ Death By Audio
Having put the wraps on their debut album (due sometime soon TBA) and a tour with DIIV, smoldering and bluesy LODRO should be well rehearsed and maybe armed with some new tunes. Waltz, meanwhile, have their amps set on Despair with some serious Birthday Party style melodrama.
Woodsman, Cloudland Canyon, Psychic Reality, Seabat, Velvet Zombie @ Palisades
The recently-opened Bushwick venue Palisades has very quickly become a hot spot for small shows, and tonight they'll host the first show in their new "Palisades Presents" series. The show will feature a few different types of ambient music from the guitar/loop pedal of Velvet Zombie, to the synthy Seabat, more synths (and vocals) from Psychic Reality, and finally a special collaborative set from Woodsman and Cloudland Canyon. Should be a cool night. Woodsman recently put out a new single that you can hear below.
New Myths, Skymatic, Two Seconds to Midnight, Little Anchor, Tutlie @ Pianos
Brooklyn synthpop trio New Myths will release their debut album this fall. Before that happens, they're doing an August residency at Pianos, and this is your second of four chances to see them.
Weeknight, Boot Blacks, Youth Worship @ Rough Trade
If you dig the moodier side of The Raveonettes, you'll probably be into spending an evening with Weeknight's desolate highway synth-n-twang sound. They're matched with two bands who probably also wear a lot of black.
Jamie Kilstein, Chris Gethard, Matty Blake @ Union Hall
Tonight at Union Hall it's a live recording of the 'Tell the Bartender' show with stories from guests Jamie Kilstein (Citizen Radio, 'Conan') and the always-entertaining Chris Gethard, plus an appearance from Matty Blake ('30 Rock,' 'Orange is the New Black').
Sete Star Sept, The Brood, Skullshitter @ Acheron
Sete Star Sept are an unhinged noisecore duo from Japan, laying waste with just drums and bass.
Dee Dee (from Dum Dum Girls) @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Pitchfork celebrates Issue 3 of their print edition The Pitchfork Review tonight, featuring readings from some of the writers and a solo set from Dum Dum Girls' singer, Dee Dee.
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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Head over to the BrooklynVegan Facebook page for a chance to win tickets to this year's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival stops at PNC Bank Arts Center or Jones Beach. Tickets for all four NYC-area shows are still available.
Chris Gethard is appearing at SiriusXM on August 21 for a taping of Unmasked. Head over to Interrobang for instructions on how to enter for a chance at tickets to the taping.
Ray Lamontagne already announced two Beacon Theatre shows, and he's now added a third happening November 14. Tickets for that one go on AmEx, Chase Preferred, MSGE and Ticketmaster presales today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday (8/15) at noon. Ticketmaster says "not many left" for the first two.
Buke and Gase are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 10. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale Friday (8/15) at noon.
Bayside, I Am The Avalanche and Seaway are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 4. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Thursday (8/14) at noon.
RAC and The Knocks are playing Terminal 5 on October 23. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/15) at noon.
Waters (ex Port O'Brien) are opening for Smallpools at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 28 and Irving Plaza on October 30. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon and Live Nation/Ticketmaste presales today at 10 AM, respectively. General on-sales start Friday (8/15) at noon and 10 AM, respectively.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
We think it would be a fun way to combine a few things; playing in one of our favorite venues, inviting some younger east coast bands on the shows which we don't always get to do, putting together some great merchandise sales and donating some of those profits to charity along with some other special surprises that we'll announce later.This year's will happen on December 27 and will feature Philly punks The Menzingers, as well as Modern Chemistry. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/15) at 10 AM, and there's an ongoing presale (details here). Show flyer below.
TBS are also playing all three Riot Fests this year and The Menzingers are on Chicago and Denver. Menzingers also play hometown festival Made In America this month (8/31), and they're playing an acoustic set at NYC's Knitting Factory on September 26 with Lawrence Arms singer Brendan Kelly to celebrate Red Scare's 10th anniversary. Tickets for the KF show are still available.
The Menzingers have also announced a couple Northeast shows leading up to their appearance at The Fest with the reactivated Spraynard and Cassavetes. They'll be nearby NYC for a Long Island show at Amityville's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on October 24. That show also includes Lee Corey Oswald, making for a good bill all around. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All Menzingers dates are listed below.
Speaking of The Fest, more bands were recently added including Kind of Like Spitting, Goodtime Boys, The Interrupters, Dave Hause, James Alex (Weston, Beach Slang), Living Room and more. A comedy showcase featuring Chris Gethard and more was also announced.
More Fest addition details, TBS show flyer, list of Menzingers dates and videos, below...
Dave and his new pal, Lucy (via @mrdavehill)
Everyone's favorite comedian / musician / actor / Amazon.com employee / BV contributor Dave Hill is returning to his old stomping grounds on Union Hall on September 3 for a new show. This is not just any show, however - Dave is recording for his new album, to be released on independent stand up label A Special Thing Records. Larry Murphy and Greg Barris will perform as well and tickets are on sale.
In other news, fellow friend-to-BV, Chris Gethard was supposed to perform at Highline Ballroom on July 25 but was rescheduled for October 20. The show is billed as "Chris Gethard and Friends" and while those "friends" haven't been announced yet, tickets are on sale now.
Watch video of Dave performing at Union Hall below...
(photo via @griffinshot)
Tickets for the Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and The Love of Everything show at Shea Stadium are on sale now. JG's Seaport Music Fest show with Big Ups happening three days afterwards is free.
Midnight Masses play Mercury Lounge on August 21. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (7/18) at noon.
Long-running indie rock band The Figgs play Mercury Lounge on October 3. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (7/18) at noon.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1 with Allen Toussaint. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (7/18) at noon.
Country duo Shovels and Rope play Bowery Ballroom on September 22 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 23, both shows with John Fullbright. Tickets for both shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (7/18) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
It's hard to believe it's been well over a decade since the Upright Citizens Brigade first started their weekend-long improv marathon. Since its more modest conception as a two-day festival at one theatre, the Del Close Marathon has expanded exponentially, enjoying its biggest and most diverse year yet this weekend (June 27 - 29). While over 420 (hehe) shows across eight venues may seem intimidating to some, the Del Close Marathon is definitely worth checking out. Passes are $30 (cash only) and can be purchased at any of the venues. They get you into most of the shows, some bigger performances have separate tickets.
This year's lineup is packed with more comedy elite than a Comedy Central roast. Big names include Nick Kroll, Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Thomas Middleditch (of Silicon Valley), Sasheer Zamata (SNL), the girls of Broad City (Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson), and more. Beyond just the celebrities, this weekend promises to bring some of the strongest improvised comedy you're likely to see anytime soon, so stop by! Here are some highlights from the weekend:
Friday is packed with premium shows. "John and Scott" features John Lutz and Scott Adsit, experienced improvisors and 30 Rock cast members, doing what is sure to be a hilarious hour of two-man comedy. You can find tickets to that show here. The Chris Gethard Show is having a Game of Thrones-style battle to the death to see who gets to attend its Comedy Central pilot (which didn't get picked up) for the first, and only, public viewing. You can buy tickets to that show here. However, for the real improv nerds, the place to be Friday night is the original UCB Theatre in Chelsea. Come for the 4 PM press conference and stay for "Director's Commentary with Ben Schwartz [of Parks & Recreation] & Friends"; "MOTHER" (veteran improv team featuring Jason Mantzoukas (of The League and Jon Daly of Kroll Show).
Saturday, stop by UCBeast to listen in on a live taping of Matt Besser's podcast, improv4humans at 2 PM. Then run back to the main Chelsea theatre for "The Hiking Trip," (featuring Gil Ozeri, Ben Schwartz, and Horatio Sanz), "Mantzoukas and Morris" (with Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Morris), "Casey & Woods" (with SNL writer Neil Casey and Zach Woods (The Office, Silicon Valley). Or check out the late night lineup at the theatre, featuring Mike Birbiliga telling monologues, SNL's John Milhiser improvising, and the original Derrick Comedy crew, minus Donald Glover.
If you've made it to Sunday, dear reader, you've made me proud. And you will be rewarded, in the form of a fantastic afternoon of improv. Stop by the Chelsea theatre for "Baby Wants Candy" (an improvised musical act from LA), "The Mantzoukas Brothers," "Adsit & You," and more. Then run over to the Haft Auditorium to wait on a standby line for the legendary ASSSSCAT, featuring all of the original members of the UCB theatre doing what they do best. Both ASSSSCATs are sold out, but you might get lucky.
So grab your friends, grab a bottle of water (as the Del Close Marathon really is a marathon), and grab your wristbands at any of the eight venues hosting the festival across the city. I'll see you there.
Reggie Watts @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tickets are still on sale for Reggie Watts' big headlining performance at Town Hall, happening this Wednesday (6/18). Get out there and support the man at one of his biggest live shows yet. Heading to Toronto for NXNE? Reggie will be there too.
Speaking of the Bell House, you can get tickets to the 6/24 live taping of the Tell Your Friends! podcast with Andy Borowitz, Bryan Tucker, Ophira Eisenberg, Andy Blitz, MIchelle Carlo, Bob Powers, Liam McEneaney, and Jessi Klein.
The Bell House is also where Jen Kirkman is doing a night of new material.
The next edition of Running Late with Scott Rogowsky: Brooklyn's Live Late Night Comedy Talk Show happens at Littlefield on 6/25 with Mike Sacks (Author, Poking A Dead Frog, And Here's The Kicker), Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show), and Dan St. Germain.
The next edition of The Talk Show Series Presents is set to happen this Thursday (6/19) at Williamsburg's Over the Eight. Bobby Tisdale is the host, with guests Ahna Tessler, Eleanor Friedberger, and more TBA. It's free. Over the Eight is also showing the World Cup, though, so it may be more crowded than usual just from overlap.
Dave Hill is also taking part in An Evening of Friends at the Ace Hotel on 6/23 with John Early, Michael Cavadias, Jemima Kirke, Cole Escola & Kate Berlant.
Max Silvestri (or someone subbing for him) still hosts The Big Terrific Comedy Show every Wednesday night at Cameo. It's free, and you never know who might pop in. Sometimes Aziz Ansari does a set. Maybe you'll catch him testing out material for his upcoming SHOW AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.
Speaking of lots of tickets, Dave Chappelle has NINE Radio Cith shows coming up.
Rob Delaney has six upcoming shows at comedy club Caroline's.
Chris Gethard has a bunch of shows coming up, big and small.
Browse our NYC Comedy Show Calendar for much more.
As mentioned, The New Pornographers have a new album, Brill Bruisers, coming out in August and they're playing NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets just went on sale). If you'd like to hear the dulcet tones of frontman AC Newman's voice sooner than that, he'll be the musical guest at Night Train with Wyatt Cenac this Monday (6/15) at Littlefield. The lineup also includes the very funny and increasingly popular Chris Gethard, the funny and talented Kate Berlant, SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan, and Sheng Wang. Tickets (a mere $5) are on sale now.
If you haven't heard the title track to Brill Bruisers yet, stream that below.
I got word about ten days ago that Comedy Central was going into high gear deciding if they wanted to air TCGS. This past weekend, I was in a sandwich shop in Toronto when I got a tough call - after much debate, Comedy Central have decided that TCGS is not for them.Read the rest at his Tumblr, though he notes: "I still feel in my gut like we are going to find a new home."
Obviously this is a huge bummer, and there are a lot of feelings to sort out here. I'm sad it won't be going down. I feel like I let my friends down. I'm definitely a bit shell-shocked - it's been a crazy six months and I was pretty convinced for a moment there that it might actually happen.
Most of all though, I feel grateful.
Meanwhile, continue to watch new and old episodes on his website (Lemuria was his last musical guest), and go out and catch Chris live (at bigger and bigger venues). Tickets are now on sale for a 7/15 "Chris Gethard and Friends: show at NYC's Highline Ballroom, a pretty big room, but he can handle it.
Chris also plays the Slipper Room in NYC this Tuesday (6/10) at part of SWEET before opening some shows for his friend Mike Birbiglia including one in Atlantic City on 6/14. He also appears at an upcoming Night Train at Littlefield, at UCB for the upcoming Del Close Marathon, and at this year's Outside Lands festival. All dates are listed along with the last episode of the show (with Lemuria) below...
As mentioned, comedian Chris Gethard is releasing My Comedy Album on April 22 via Don Giovanni, and he's celebrating with a release show in NYC at Knitting Factory the day it comes out. When that show was first announced, not many details were announced, but here's more. He'll be joined by a number of musical/comedic guests including Mikey Erg (of The Ergs and tons of other bands), Shannon O'Neill, who will reprise her Prison Freaks comedy show for this one night only, local DIY vets (and Don Giovanni labelmates) Shellshag, DG label head Joe Steinhardt (who's promising quality jokes), singer/songwriter Mal Blum, and comedian/Bob's Burgers star Eugene Mirman. Still more unannounced guests will be showing up as well. Tickets are still available.
Chris also recently released the first track from his new album, "Mother's Day," a bit about how on a recent Mother's Day his mom told him "a story she's never told anyone" about his birth. Listen to that, with his full list of upcoming dates (including other Chris solo and Chris Gethard Show events in NYC), below...
As you may remember, comedian Chris Gethard (who recently starred in the new Front Bottoms video) is releasing his first album, My Comedy Album, on April 22 via NJ punk/indie label Don Giovanni Records. He'll celebrate with "a night of music and comedy" on the album's release date (4/22) at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. No word yet on who else will be there, but as the show flyer points out, "Chris Gethard has both an album and friends," so we can probably count some of those friends showing up. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/7) at 10 AM.
Show flyer and a video below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
still from Kevin Drew's "Good Sex" video
It's been a while since we've done one of our video roundups, but there were just too many good videos this week to pass up the opportunity. (Plus, in honor of Valentine's Day, there's some v-day-themed ones worked in here.) We already posted a bunch this week, like Little Dragon, Thurston Moore, Metronomy, The Notwist, Thundercat, OFF!, Marissa Nadler, Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles, Mission of Burma covering The Beatles, Polica, DTCV, La Femme, The Marked Men's return to NYC, and more, yet there were still plenty of cool ones we didn't get to. Check out recent videos from Kevin Drew, The National, Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht, Phantogram, La Dispute, The Front Bottoms, Guided by Voices, Blouse, Chelsea Wolfe, S. Carey, Death Grips, Quilt, Shellshag and Twin Shadow & Samantha Urbani covering The Smiths, below.
Who doesn't love a good underdog story? The classic tale of "man works his way up the ranks of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, man is cast on a Comedy Central show that is cancelled after one season, man creates his own show on public access and does bizarre shit until he's discovered."
If you've been following the inspiring trajectory of The Chris Gethard Show over the past few months, you were probably screaming and crying with the rest of the GethHeads when Gethard announced that Comedy Central ordered a pilot of the show. You also probably attended, or wish you attended, his album recording at the Creek and the Cave.
Well lucky for you, he's finally releasing his debut comedy album, titled simply, My Comedy Album. It's coming out digitally and on vinyl through NJ punk/indie label Don Giovanni Records. The record is out on April 22, but you can preorder both vinyl and digital copies HERE now. Lose well, GethHeads.
Speaking of Don Giovanni, the label's annual Brooklyn showcases happen soon on 2/6 at DbA and 2/7 - 2/8 at MHOW with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Tenement, Nude Beach, California X, Priests, Night Birds and more. Tickets for the DbA show and the MHOW shows are still available.
Watch a video from The Chris Gethard Show below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Front Bottoms @ Shea Stadium - 12/28/13 (via Terrence Meade)
We're still playing catch-up a bit now that the holidays are over, and in light of that, here's a somewhat belated recap of our BrooklynVegan holiday party at Shea Stadium on December 28 with The Front Bottoms, Chris Gethard and Tiny Moving Parts.
Tiny Moving Parts opened the show, and I admittedly was only vaguely familiar with their record going into it, but it was pretty hard not be won over by their great-spirited, intensely delivered mathy post-hardcore. Much of the crowd also seemed unfamiliar, but almost no one looked unimpressed. They were followed by comedian Chris Gethard, who hosted our Bouncing Souls and Foxygen shows earlier in the year, but this time was doing a full set. He began it with the premise that nobody wants comedy at a rock show, and was proceeded by multiple planned "interruptions" from "crowd members" who "thought they could do a better job."
Eventually, Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella walked on stage and asked, "are you sick of this guy yet?" and he was then joined by his band for a super fun headlining set. They had played a sold-out NYC show at the much larger Bowery Ballroom a day earlier, so needless to say this show at the dingy Shea Stadium was PACKED, sweaty, and exactly the kind of way you'd want to see The Front Bottoms. The whole crowd went nuts, moshing, stage diving, and shouting basically every single syllable back at Brian. The guys in Tiny Moving Parts came back on stage to sing one of Front Bottoms' songs with them, they had tons of props like big inflatable creatures in the back of the stage (including a snowman), and Gethard and some other people threw balloons and light sticks into the crowd during the songs. If you came, we hope you had as much fun as we did.
The Front Bottoms are about to hit the road with You Blew It!, and the closest that tour comes to NYC is a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North (tickets). Meanwhile, you can catch You Blew It! in NYC when their tour with Prawn hits Shea Stadium on 2/8 with Crying and Living Room. YBI! are also streaming their new record on Pitchfork.
Check out a video of The Front Bottoms playing "Santa Monica" and a clip of "The Fued" from the Shea show, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Chris Gethard hosting a BV-RBSS show (more by Amanda Hatfield)
It goes without saying that Chris Gethard is one of my favorite comedians in the biz these days. Not only that, he's a favorite of just about everyone here at BV HQ. Over the past few years, Gethard's popularity has been on a steady trajectory upwards and I've been enjoying his explosion with butt loads of pride, joy, and glee. Between his now legendary cable access show The Chris Gethard Show, his relentless and always fresh live gigging all over the place, and of course his book A Bad Idea I'm About To Do, this dude is never not dominating. And now it appears he will be taking his comedic dominance to Comedy Central as it was just announced that Comedy Central ordered, no, DEMANDED, a pilot of The Chris Gethard Show! which will be produced by Funny Or Die and Zach Galifianakis. From Deadline.com:
Brillstein Entertainment Partners is co-producing, with Gethard and Zach Galifianakis exec producing alongside Funny Or Die's Will Ferrell, Owen Burke, Adam McKay and Mike Farah as well as Brillstein's Brian Stern. TCGS, whose episodes often are based on original bits, has featured such guests as Galifianakis, Sean Combs, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, John Mulaney, Bobby Moynihan and Andrew WK. The show also is known for championing the Brooklyn music scene and New York's fringe artists and oddballs.Wondering why Chris is making this move? He lists the many reasons he is and isn't doing it, at his website.
Meanwhile, catch Chris Gethard live on December 28th at Shea Stadium (if you have a ticket because it's sold out) as part of the BrooklynVegan Holiday party with Chris and The Front Bottoms.
And it wouldn't be a Klaus article if I didn't editorialize and ponder, so here goes: Besides the fact that The Chris Gethard show is consistently hilarious, unique, and interesting, there is something very novel and important about the show's current home on Manhattan public access which I think is what makes the show so goddamned appealing. And although this is CERTAINLY awesome news for Gethard and his cast of pals in terms of bouncing into the big leagues, I have to wonder if the show's endearing lo-fi character will be destroyed by the monster that is Comedy Central. I mean, WE ALL SAW WHAT HAPPENED TO WAYNE AND GARTH, right!?
The Front Bottoms have an upcoming tour which already includes sold out shows happening in NYC on 11/13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Manchester Orchestra and O'Brother, and on 12/27 at Bowery Ballroom with HfmO: A Hall and Oates Tribute and The Bynars.
Now, we at BrooklynVegan are proud to announce that we're teaming up with PopGun to present a holiday show that The Front Bottoms will headline in NYC. It happens at the intimate Shea Stadium on December 28, a day after their bigger show at Bowery Ballroom. The very funny Chris Gethard (who also hosted our Bouncing Souls show) is on the bill, in addition to Minnesota mathy post-hardcore trio Tiny Moving Parts. Tickets for the show go on sale today (10/23) at 10 AM.
The Front Bottoms' newest album, Talon of the Hawk, came out earlier this year via Bar None. It's a fun, catchy, and very lyrical album that's folky, poppy, and punky without really being folk, pop or punk. If you haven't heard it you can stream it in full, along with the updated list of tour dates, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Chris Gethard hosting RBSS show at Knit in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
When I first mentioned the 2013 New York Comedy Festival back in August, I wasn't able to hide my blasé feelings about the initial line-up. If you recall, I described the initial line-up as being "bogged down with conservative, mainstream talent." Towards the end of the post, however, I tried to end on a more optimistic note by stating that in festivals past they were sure to include more indie-centric fare and that there was no reason to think the 2013 installment of the fest would be any different. Sure enough, the fest has announced some shows that are definitely more up my/our alley. Highlights for me (click on the show title for tickets) include:
Matt Braunger at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Wednesday November 6 at 9:30 PM (tickets): Simply put, Matt Braunger is absolutely fucking hilarious and his special Shovel Fighter is one of the great comedy experiences of all time. He is easily one of the most underrated comedians out there and this show is sure to be a treat.
Julian McCullough at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Thursday November 7 at 9:30 PM (tickets) : Julian McCullough is an absolute powerhouse of hilarity who I've seen about 100 times and who is one of the most solid and consistently funny comedians in the biz. Julian has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR's This American Life, and starred in his own half hour special on Comedy Central. You can also catch him every Saturday as host of TBS' Very Funny News and on MTV2's hit series Guy Code. He gigs around town a lot and any opportunity to see him is a must.
Chris Gethard and Friends at The Creek and the Cave on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Klaus favorite and friend of BV (and host of last night's Red Bull Sound Select show at MHOW), Chris Gethard is one of the funniest and most capable storytellers in the history of mankind and I am convinced he is incapable of failure as a performer. Head out to Queens for this show in a nice room with nice people and great beers.
Behind the Scenes at The Colbert Report at Town Hall on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Yes, I know, Colbert is far from indie. But he's really just a talking head propped up by an extremely talented pool of writers. For the most part, these writers are a major part of the indie NYC comedy scene in one way or another. This will be a great opportunity to bring these behind-the-scenes people into the spotlight alongside His Highness Mr. Colbert. Because, without them, Colbert is nothing more than that guy who was hilarious in Strangers With Candy.
Nikki & Sara & Friends at The Gramercy Theater on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM (tickets): You might know Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer from their MTV show Nikki and Sara LIVE. I know Nikki and Sara from years of seeing them live all over NYC for the past several years. Individually or as a team, they rule. I cannot recommend this show enough. Plus, Gramercy sells those massive cans of Budweiser.
An Evening with David Cross at The Paley Center on Friday November 8 at 6:30 PM (tickets): New York City Resident David Cross recently wrapped up a small tour with Mr. Show Alumni Bob Odenkirk and Brian Posehn which landed at Town Hall for two shows on September 12. This time around, he's flyin' solo for what the Paley Center describes as "The Paley Center and the New York Comedy Festival welcome Cross to discuss his career, his creative process and thoughts on comedy, and life as a never-nude." Though billed as "An Evening With David Cross" that description makes it sound like a moderated interview. Who knows. It's worth checking out regardless.
Rhys Darby at The Gotham Comedy Club on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM/ 10:30 PM and Saturday November 9 at 8:00 PM/10:00 PM/11:45 PM (tickets): You might know Rhys as the lovable manager Murray Hewitt on HBO's Flight of the Conchords. But Rhys is also an hilarious comedian with a penchant for sound effects. He rarely blesses our shores with a performance, so I urge to you try and catch one of his five performances at the Gotham Comedy Club.
Oh, Hello : The Kroll Show at The Paley Center on Saturday November 9 at 4:00 PM (tickets): I've been an avid fan of Nick Kroll for many many years. His repertoire of characters is astounding and usually a spot-on lampooning of some of the most insufferable sects of popular culture. The Paley Center event will include "executive producers and writers Kroll, John Levenstein, and Jonathan Krisel (who also directs the episodes) to discuss the production of the technically dazzling parodies, the process of breathing life into such tragic souls as Ref Jeff, and the perils of ice dating." Attendees will also see two episodes from Season 2 of the Kroll Show. Nick is a great dude and a super-talent and his success is much deserved and makes your man Klaus happy.
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail at The Bell House on Saturday November 9 at 7:00 PM (tickets): Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani are two of my favorite people on earth. Kumail even did one of our Rock n ROFL shows back in the day. It broke my little black heart when Kumail moved to Los Angeles, but I can't say that I blame him as his career has thrived since the relocation. The Meltdown is a recurring comedy showcase out in Los Angeles that brings in some of the biggest names in comedy. It's so great, in fact, that it was picked up by Comedy Central and will soon be a TV show executive produced by some dude named Ben Stiller or something. It is a blessing from the Gods of Comedy that they will bring their show to NYC for one night only. Even though the line-up has not been announced, I urge one and all to get tickets now before it's too late and you get a one way ticket to Regretsville USA.
DIIV @ Osheago 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Omar Souleyman @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
CT5 w/ DIIV, Mac DeMarco, Blouse, MINKS, Chris Cohen, Heavenly Beat @ The Well
Brooklyn label Captured Tracks celebrates its fifth birthday this weekend with a two-day celebration featuring mos of the bands on their roster. It's a pretty killer line-up tonight, too.
Summer Thunder w/ Daniel Higgs, Thurston Moore, Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool (FREE)
This weekend's edition on Summer Thunder has been put together by drummer Ryan Sawyer and he'll play as part of an improv trio featuring trumpet man Nate Wooley and some dude named Thurston Moore. Lungfish's Daniel Higgs is on the bill too, and while this show may not be the most listener-friendly music, a chance to see two indie rock icons for free in a small space is a chance you may not want to pass up. 2PM, 21+.
Cajmere, Liars, IO Echo, Lil Silva, Jon Hopkins, Sam Valenti IV @ MoMA PS1
Another strong lineup (as usual) at this week's Warm Up with sets from three excellent electronic musicians: Chicago house vet Cajmere, post-rock-meets-dance producer Jon Hopkins and poppy UK producer Lil Silva; two live bands: Liars and IO Echo; and a DJ set from Ghostly founder Sam Valenti IV.
Omar Souleyman, Bobb Trimble, 75 Dollar Bill, Steve Gunn @ Pioneer Works
Brooklyn's Issue Project Room is celebrating a decade of experimental, avant-garde and generally eclectic programming with a two-month festival called Ten Years on the Infinite Plain. It kicks off tonight at Red Hook's Pioneer Works with a show featuring -- in what is now extremely timely booking -- Syrian musical legend Omar Souleyman, plus performances by Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, 75 Dollar Bill, and Steve Gunn. Tickets are still available.
Electric Zoo @ Randall's Island
While Electric Zoo may be widely known for some cringeworthy electronic music, they've also got enough good stuff to warrant going. Today (day 2 of 3) we get sets from Moderat, A-Trak, AraabMuzik, Chris Malinchak, Just Blaze, RL Grime and more.
The Dwarves, The Queers @ Le Poisson Rouge
Obnoxious is an understatement, but they wouldn't have it any other way. Both The Dwarves AND The Queers will team up for a night of snotty punk rock at Le Poisson Rouge. Expect stage dives, childish humor, and lots of fun.
Wrekmeister Harmonies, Spreaders, I Say Fuck @ End Records Omega Warehouse
Yes, the Wrekmeister Harmonies "Big Band" is back for a second round, this time a FREE show at The End Records Omega Warehouse. The show is FREE, BYOB and lets get nuts.
Modeselektor (DJ set), Rudimental (DJ set), Delta Heavy @ Best Buy Theater (Electric Zoo Afterparty)
One of the better Electric Zoo afterparties happens tonight with DJ sets from IDM wizards (and Thom Yorke collaborators) Modeselektor and pop/house/drum & bass crossover band Rudimental.
Shigeto, Beacon, Heathered Pearls @ Bowery Ballroom
Speaking of Ghostly, it's all Ghostly bill at Bowery Ballroom tonight with sets from electronic (or electronic-leaning) musicians Shigeto, Beacon, and Heathered Pearls. Not exactly the type to get you dancing, but you should be able to viiiiiibe.
Jon Hopkins, Paul Raffaele, Justin Strauss @ Cameo Gallery
After Jon Hopkins blesses the Warm Up crowd with an appearance, he'll head to Williamsburg for a midnight show at Cameo. With two openers on this bill, be prepared to stay out late.
Rhett Miller @ City Winery
The Old '97s frontman is back in NYC for a relatively intimate performance sure to please both audiophiles and oenophiles alike.
Martial Canterel @ 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro)
Martial Canterel, Figure Study, FORMA, Hot Guts @ Cameo Gallery
Xeno & Oaklander's Sean McBride headlines under his Martial Canterel guise for a night of minimal synth, darkwave and general gothiness.
Grooms, The Flag, Slavve @ Death By Audio
Grooms' new album, Infinity Caller, may well be their best yet, with big hooks duking it out with their signature guitar noise. Tonight's the record release party.
Friends, Greatest Hits, Haribo and Test Icicles (DJ set) @ Glasslands
Now down to a trio, Friends soldier on. The most interesting thing about this show may be who's spinning tunes in between sets: Dev and Sam from mid-'00s arch artrockers Test Icicles.
L-Vis 1990, Lil Silva, Slava, Peter Fonda @ Glasslands
Another post-Warm Up option: Lil Silva brings the party to Williamsburg as well. He'll be filling Glasslands with a late-night party that has an all around great lineup joining him.
Main Attrakionz, Cashclick, Shyst, M.U.V.I. @ Knitting Factory
It's been a while since NYC rap duo Main Attrakionz played a hometown show, but if you've been itching to see them, tonight's your chance.
Pictureplane, House of Ladosha, Lil Internet @ Paper Box
If Warm Up (and its related afterparties) and Electric Zoo (and its official afterparties) aren't enough dance options in one day for you, local party starter Pictureplane is giving you one more. He'll be at Paper Box in Brooklyn, and House of Ladosha are no bores on stage either.
Poison Idea @ Cake Shop & Saint Vitus
Poison Idea without the legendary guitarist Pig Champion is a bit iffy... Regardless, the Northwest punk legends have some immortal songs, and you can catch them twice today including a matinee at Saint Vitus.
Black Witchery, Teloch Vovin, vadimVon @ Saint Vitus
War machine Black Witchery will attack Saint Vitus on Saturday night, shrouding Manhattan Avenue in darkness and turning all of Greenpoint into the land of sodom. OK, maybe that was heavy-handed, but it will rule regardless.
Young Adults, Pile, Big Ups, Weird Womb, Flagland @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Every band at this sure-to-be-loud rock show is worth seeing. Two of MA's more promising noisemakers, Young Adults and Pile, are coming over to NYC for the night. Meanwhile, all three locals are regulars on the scene, and always good ones to catch.
Yacht @ The Surf Lodge
YACHT are reliably a good time live and they've got the catchy tunes to back their live show. "Psychic City" and "Dystopia" always make for some good sing/dance-alongs. Doesn't hurt that this is free and outside in an idylic setting. If you're in the Hamptons, of course.
Novelization! w/ Chris Gethard, Eliot Glazer, Kelly Crisp, Liam McEneaney, Marlow Riley, Heidi Vanderlee @ Union Hall
They don't do it so much anymore, but most movies used to get the quickie novelization treatment. The folks listed above will be reading from novelizations of such works as Home Alone 2. The Goonies, When Harry Met Sally, Crossroads, and so much more.
Wild Yaks, Hector's Pets, Toaster, Blackout, Zula, Kids Row @ Rippers
Your chances to see bands playing at Rockaway's Rippers are dwindling. Take advantage while you can.
Tombs @ Stanhope House (NJ)
Brooklyn's Tombs are looking a lot less Brooklyn-y these days, with three of the four members now living outside of the tri-state area, which means "local" shows are fewer and farther between. Head out to Stanhope, NJ to catch the band with the great Pyrrhon in tow.
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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by Arielle Gordon
Chris Gethard w/ Jessie Ware @ Lollapalooza (more by Cory Dewald)
Comedian Chris Gethard has been working his ass off in the New York comedy scene for years, performing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre with his supergroup The Stepfathers and the theatre's famous ASSSSCAT 3000, doing stand up everywhere from Union Hall to the East Village, and of course, hosting The Chris Gethard Show every Wednesday night on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. His recent deal with IFC has propelled him further into comedy nerd stardom, and he's a friend of BrooklynVegan, having co-hosted our Lollapalooza interviews earlier this month, and we're happy to announce he'll be hosting our Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon show at MHOW on 9/30 (part of Red Bull Sound Select).
Meanwhile, all of this is culminating in a spectacular Week at the Creek. Many comics are fortunate enough to get a residency at The Creek and The Cave. However, Chris Gethard is taking this coveted spot and running with it in a way that only he can.
On Sunday (9/1), he's inviting his "enemy" Vacation Jason (Riley Soloner) to perform his "hit mixtape" Coconut Berry Lemon Tree on stage with Gethard as he does stand up. Monday's show is still a secret, but promises to be "FUCKING COOL." Tuesday, Gethard is joined by Mike Birbiglia, who will give him an "in-depth public critique" on his stand up set, with the goal of making Gethard as anxious for his stand up recording as possible. On Wednesday, Gethard is recording his set for the first time ever, then afterwards heading to The Chris Gethard Show. For true fans who go to both the recording and that night's episode of the show, Gethard promises to buy dinner between the two shows. Thursday's show is also a secret, but is apparently going to "BLEND WORLDS." Friday is going to be yet another recording of his stand up set.
Chris Gethard is one of the hardest working comedians I know, and really, he's earned this Week at the Creek. All the shows are free, so there's no excuse not to check out at least one. He will definitely make it weird.
by Arielle Gordon
We just wrote about the Sixth Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and here's another comedy festival and this one hits next week: The Brooklyn Comedy Festival. It's being held at a variety of venues in the general Williamsburg area from August 19 - 24.
According to the festival organizers, it will include a mix of sketch, improv, and standup and features some strong local comedians, such as Chris Gethard (who traveled to Lollapalooza with us just a week ago), The Lucas Bros., Dan St. Germaine, Calise Hawkins, Mike Lawrence, Nimesh Patel, and more. Schedule is at the BCF website and full performer list and show dates are listed below.
photos by Cory Dewald
Ghost BC w/ Chris Gethard / Jessie Ware / Frightened Rabbit
We were just over in Chicago for tons of Lollapalooza fun, including three full days spent at the festival, and some afterparties we threw too. As you may know, while we were at the festival, like we did at Firefly in Delaware and are doing again this weekend at Outside Lands in San Francisco, we hosted two hours easy day inside the Soundwave Tent, which included interviews and stripped down performances by Ghost BC, Frightened Rabbit, Jessie Ware, School of Rock All Stars, and Deap Vally on day 1; Local Natives, Smith Westerns, IO Echo,, Drowners and another set of School of Rock All Stars on day 2; and Bear Mountain and The Orwells on day 3. The BV-portions of the tent were hosted by Billy Jones and comedian Chris Gethard of The Chris Gethard Show.
We'll have the full audio from these sessions available at some point, but meanwhile I can tell you that we learned Ghost's guitarist was not very Ghostly at all and he speaks beautiful English (when we could hear it though his mask), Chris Gethard has two Morrissey tattoos, Jessie Ware likes to ride the subway, the kids from School of Rock do in fact rock, the frontwoman of IO Echo has stage fright and a thing for Enya, each member of Bear Mountain has a different symbol tattooed on them and our show was their first-ever try at going acoustic, the Smith Westerns like to party, and the ladies LOVE the Orwells. who were collecting phone numbers from girls in the audience throughout our entire interview with them. Though short, both Frightened Rabbit's and Local Natives' super intimate sets in our tent were huge treats for the crowd in attendance, some of whom were in the tent waiting on line to get their bodies painted.
Pictures of all three days of our activities are in this post. They continue below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Queens of the Stone Age / Crystal Castles / Ghost
Alice Glass [of Crystal Castles] and co. appeared on stage right on schedule. Just like last time, Glass brought along a bottle of booze which she took a sip of before starting the show, but she didn't share it with the audience this time around. The band played "Baptism" during their their set with strobe lights blaring and blue lights shooting beams through the smoke. Glass even crowd surfed a bit and got up close and personal with a few fans. Unfortunately her mic seemed to get tangled up and her vocals didn't come through for the last bit of the song. This however didn't stop her from screaming the lyrics to those around her. [BV Chicago]Lollapalooza 2013 is currently underway, having kicked off this past Friday (8/2). We already posted pictures of about half the artists we caught that day, and there's more shots of other bands -- including Queens of the Stone Age, Crystal Castles, Ghost BC, Deap Vally, and more -- in this post. We've also got some shots from the BrooklynVegan-hosted portion of the Soundwave Tent.
If you're not at the festival, you can stream it live from home.
More day 1 pictures below...
Ghost at the BV Soundwave Tent at Lollapalooza (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
As you may know, this weekend's Lollapalooza 2013 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park with lots of big names (some of which we're excited to see). The BrooklynVegan portion of the Soundwave Tent is currently underway where hosts Chris Gethard and Billy Jones just interviewed Ghost BC, as you can see above. Still to come at the Soundwave Tent today: interviews with Jessie Ware, Deap Vally and a performance from School of Rock. If you're there, stop looking at your phone and swing by.
If you're not there, you can watch the live webcast which starts today at 2:30 PM CDT and the schedule is as follows:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2For more Lollapalooza coverage, visit BV Chicago, and follow us on Twitter (BrooklylnVegan, BV Chicago) and Instagram (BrooklynVegan, BV Chicago).
2:30PM - SMITH WESTERNS
3:30PM - ICONA POP
4:15PM - CRYSTAL CASTLES
5:15PM - IMAGINE DRAGONS
6:15PM - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
7:30PM - BAND OF HORSES
8:30PM - THE KILLERS
10:00PM - NINE INCH NAILS
Lollapalooza live stream below...