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Christmas Roundup

It's that time of year again. Like "All I Want is Christmas is You," holiday shows in NYC are omnipresent. We've already posted about NYC Hanukkah shows, now here's a roundup of just about everything else.

Darlene Love is playing four "Love For the Holidays" shows like last year at BB King Blues Club on December 20, 26, January 2 and 16 (tickets). Another Phil Spector associate, Ronnie Spector, is doing her annual Christmas shows this year at City Winery on December 22-23 (tickets).

India Arie is doing a Christmas show at Irving Plaza on December 15 with Johnathan Reynolds, and tickets for that show are on sale now.

There are also plenty of options for your holiday burlesque needs. Le Poisson Rouge is doing a few Christmas burlesque shows: Burlesque-A-Pades: Sleigh Ride on December 12 (tickets) and It's A Hot Pink Christmas on December 20 (tickets). Elsewhere: The burlesque troupe Wasabassco is putting on a late "Holiday Season Spectacular" at City Winery (tickets). Wassabasco will also be at Bell House on December 4 for a 70's themed Christmas show (tickets).

Mariah Carey is doing a run of holiday shows again this year at the Beacon Theatre on December 8-18 , and tickets for that are on sale now. For slightly less moolah and slighty less actual Mariah, there's a FREE Mariah Carey-themed party called "Party Like It's 1999: All I Want for Christmas is Mariah Edition." at The Bell House on December 5. Meanwhile, Union Hall is also doing a Holiday Pop Singalong on December 18 that promises to feature Mariah prominently, along with Bowie, Bieber, Wham! and more (tickets).

Speaking of The Bell House, they might be the kings of holiday shows. (Makes sense: the place is the ski lodge of NYC music venues.) Look at all these:  Buzzfeed's Kwanzaa Show on December 5, which is a sold-out taping of Buzzfeed's "Another Round" podcast with musical accompaniment by Jean Grae. The next night (12/6)  is "Landlady Holiday Spectacular," with people like Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim and more, which features live music and production of Landlady's holiday play Red Velvet: An Ill-Conceived Santa Story (tickets).

Lots and lots more holiday shows are listed below...

Continue reading "A guide to NYC holiday concerts and events"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Jess Flynn
Katie Ellen

Chumped are on hiatus, but we recently mentioned that singer Anika Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly formed the new band Katie Ellen. They've already played a few shows, and this week they released their first song, "Lucy Stone." It's more lo-fi than anything Chumped had ever done (though they are saying it's just a demo), but the melody and drive of that band aren't lost at all. It's a heavy song lyrically, dealing with the very real anxieties surrounding expectations that are set for you by family/society/loved ones/etc: "Well I don't wanna have your children / Does that make me less of a woman? I don't believe in getting married / It's a social economic prison." Listen below and download it for free here.

Katie Ellen's next show is playing the next installment of comedian Chris Gethard's 'Career Suicide' show, "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." It happens December 21 at Union Hall. Tickets are on sale.

Anika also plays a solo show with Lauren Denitzio and Mikey Erg.

Continue reading "Katie Ellen (1/2 of Chumped) share first song, "Lucy Stone," playing Chris Gethard's 'Career Suicide' show"

Mike and the cast of 'Don't Think Twice'
Don't Think Twice Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in 2012's acclaimed Sleepwalk with Me. He's got a new movie in the works, titled Don't Think Twice about an improv troupe that includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates), Tami Sagher (Inside Amy Schumer) and Chris Gethard. The official synopsis:

The comedy is about an improv group that loses the lease on its home theater at the same time that one of its cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch-comedy show on TV. It's about the bitterness and backstabbing that occurs among friends when they realize that maybe not everyone's gonna make it after all.
Filming in NYC is currently underway, so stay tuned.

In other news, Mike is part of charity event "The 2nd Annual Talent Show" which happens at NYC's New World Stages / Stage 3 on December 1. Also part of this are Bleachers, Sara Bareilles, Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Elle King, Andrew Dost, John Early, Roy Wood Jr, Jacqueline Novak, with host Rachel Antonoff and JD Samson as your DJ for the evening. Tickets are on sale and all proceeds go support New Alternatives' work with LGBTQ Youth. Poster for the show is below.

Continue reading "Mike Birbiglia making new movie w/ Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard & more ++ performing at LGBTQ benefit show"

photo: HEALTH at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Health at Levitation 2015

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

HEALTH, Pictureplane, Very Much (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
HEALTH tone down the noise a bit (but not completely) on their terrific new album Death Magic, which is the catchiest thing they've done yet. They didn't "go pop" though; it's still very weird. Pictureplane is a great fit to open the show.

Thor:"I Am Thor" Documentary Screening and Performance @ Saint Vitus
"Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star in the 70's & 80's whose theatrical band THOR hit the scene alongside Metallica and Kiss, but never achieved the gold record status of its contemporaries." The new documentary on him screens at Vitus tonight.

Flamin' Groovies, Nude Beach, Miriam @ Baby's All Right
Powerpop legends Flamin' Groovies are back with guitarist Chris Wilson and a barrelful of good time, hook-filled classics. Next year's their 50th anniversary with a new album on the way. They're well-matched with Nude Beach.

Okkervil River (performing Black Sheep Boy) @ Bowery Ballroom
Okkervil River's acclaimed album Black Sheep Boy turns 10 this year and the band are celebrating with a tour where they're playing it live in full. This is the second of three nights at Bowery Ballroom. Sold out.

Jim Tews "Felines of New York" Book Release @ Littlefield
Jim Tews new photo book Felines of New York exposes the "furry underbelly of New York City's most glamorous, self-important residents." This release show will feature cat-related comedy from Todd Hanson (founder of The Onion), Maeve Higgins, Mike Polk, Doogie Horner, Mrs. Smith, Team Submarine, and Dr. Brett Levitzke,

Pill, Courtship Ritual, Winkie, The Naked Heroes, Plaque @ Palisades
Newly signed to Mexican Summer, Brooklyn's skronky, sax-fueled post punks Pill are always fun live. The headline this dark-tinged bill that also features the slinky Courtship Ritual and the decidedly goth Winkie.

Future Punx, Way Out, Suicide Slide, Jason Bartell (of Fang Island) @ Union Pool
Future Punx released their terrific debut album, This is Post Wave, which is part concept album and part manifesto. All to a danceable, very new wave beat.

This American Life Presents: 12 Days of Christmas The Improv Show @ Bell House
Ira Glass and the TAL folks have put together an impressive lineup of talent for this holiday themed improv show, featuring with Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher, Aidy Bryant, Scott Adsit, and Sasheer Zamata. Unsurprisingly this is sold out.

H2O, Angel Du$t, Give @ Santos
New York punks H2O celebrated their 20th anniversary this year and released the new album Use Your Voice, which... certainly sounds like H2O. That's not a bad thing though, they're good at what they do.

Frankie Cosmos, All Dogs, Eskimeaux, Florist @ Webster Hall - Marlin Room
Frankie Cosmos' twee-ish sound gets a bit more danceable on her new EP, which she celebrates tonight. Good openers too: scrappy pop punks All Dogs and Epoch bands Eskimeaux and Florist.

Johanna Warren, Two Inch Astronaut, Jonah Furman, Thelma @ Palisades
This is a cool bill, with the folky Johanna Warren, post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut, former Krill singer Jonah Furman, and Thelma.

Tribute to Nina Simone feat. Nick Hakim, Xenia Rubinos, Deva Mahal, Jaime Woods, Amy Leon, J. Hoard, Paris Monster @ Manhattan Inn
One of the first shows booked since The Hum's Rachael Pazdan began booking Manhattan Inn is this tribute to the legendary Nina Simone, with a pretty great lineup of musicians.

Hans Chew, Rhyton @ Mercury Lounge
This is a good double bill of experimental music, with Hans Chew (of D. Charles Speer & the Helix and other projects) and trippy rock band Rhyton.

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

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Tickets for the Jeff Lynne's ELO show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Anthrax with Lamb of God at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the St. Germain show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Jose Gonzalez + yMusic show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for Ty Segall's new band The Muggers' two shows at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Yo La Tengo show at Loew's Jersey Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Ratatat show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Lush show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sunflower Bean show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets see A$AP Ferg open for G-Eazy at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cass McCombs show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Justice's New Year's Eve DJ Set at a TBA Brooklyn warehouse go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the A Sunny Day in Glasgow show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Phil Cook show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

Single-day tickets for the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in NJ go on sale at noon.

Brooklyn duo Beacon are playing a show at Bowery Ballroom on February 11. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Local rockers Nude Beach play Union Pool this Saturday (11/14) with Savoy Motel, Fur Helmet and Eyes of Love. Tickets are available.

Swans guitarist Norman Westberg already has a release show for his new solo album happening Sunday (11/15) at Union Pool, and he since added another happening Saturday (11/14) at Bar Matchless with Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Western Estates and Faith NY. Tickets at door.

The day after Des Ark open for Hop Along and Radiator Hospital at Bowery Ballroom (sold out), they play their own show at Union Pool (12/13). Tickets are on sale.

Indie pop bands Expert Alterations, EZTV, and Mercury Girls play Cake Shop on December 19 with DJ Drew Citron (of Beverly). Tickets are on sale.

Emo bands Free Throw, Young and Heartless and Daisyhead play Cake Shop on January 10. Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn rap staple Jean Grae has a talk show at Union Hall, with editions happening November 24, December 12 and Dec 22 with different guests (like Wyatt Cenac and John Hodgman) each night. More info and tickets here.

Comedian Chris Gethard does his 'Career Suicide' shows again on November 18 and December 21 at Union Pool. The 11/18 show is with Joe Rumrill and the guest for 12/21 is still TBA. Tickets are on sale.

Local experimental band Zs, whose new album Xe came out earlier this year on Northern Spy, play Palisades on November 20 with Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Wume and Sunwatchers. Tickets are available.

Zs member Sam Hillmer also plays as Diamond Terrifier, and has free shows every Monday of November at Trans-Pecos. The first was earlier this week. More info on each one here.

Portland, OR folk singer Johanna Warren, Maryland post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut, Jonah Furman (frontman of the now-defunct Krill) and Thelma play a Sunday matinee at Palisades on November 22. Tickets are available.

Skronky local punks Pill play Palisades (11/22) that night with Courtship Ritual, Winkie, The Naked Heroes and Plaque. Tickets are available.

Local DIY-pop artists Adult Mom, Fern Mayo, Vagabon and Long Neck (aka Lily of Jawbreaker Reunion) play Palisades on November 28. Tickets are on sale.

There's a Nothing Changes party happening December 7 at Saint Vitus with Consumer Electronics, Yellow Tears, Alberich and Copley Medal. Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn's krauty indie rockers Grooms are playing Palisades on December 5 with Solvey (aka Jessica Zambri of Zambri) and Drawing Boards. Tickets are on sale.

Pile frontman Rick and his Exploding In Sound labelmate Bad History Month play Palisades on December 18 with Soft Fangs and Cave Cricket. Tickets are on sale.

There's a big ska show with The Slackers, The Pietasters, The Snails and Sammy Kay and the Fast Four happening December 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale.

Slackers keyboardist/vocalist Vic Ruggiero also has five solo shows at Grand Victory in December: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Different openers each night. More info and tickets here.

Escort, the 15-piece disco orchestra, play Brooklyn Bowl on December 18. Tickets are on sale now.

Amy Helm, the daughter of The Band's Levon Helm and who has played with Roger Waters, plays Brooklyn Bowl on January 14. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels are playing three nights at Brooklyn Bowl on February 25 - 27. Tickets are on sale. Special guests TBD and they've been exciting before.

Soulful singer Gabriel Garzón-Montano, who sings on the new Drake album, plays Baby's All Right on December 18. Tickets are on sale now.

Comedians Starlee Kine, Jon Ronson, Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Jon Glaser, Maeve Higgins and more will perform at a benefit for UNICEF's Syrian children relief which happens at The Bell House on December 20. Tickets are on sale.

More benefits: Ted Alexandro, The Lucas Brothers, Hasan Minhaj, Sasheer Zamata, Seaton Smith, Michelle Wolf, Giulia Rozzi, Will Miles, Kenny DeForest, Clark Jones are all performing at The Bell House on November 18 with proceeds going to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Tickets are available.

The "Landlady Holiday Spectacular" happens at The Bell House on December 6 with Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim, Erica Eso, Big Thief, The Danny Fisher-Lochhead Ensemble, Gemma, Jeff Curtin and His Magic Theremin, Angelica Bess, Sarah Pedinotti and more. Tickets are on sale.

Electronic dance artist Tiga performs at Output on November 28. Tickets are on sale.

Nineties dance music vet John Digweed plays Output on December 29. Tickets are on sale.

DJs/producers/remixers the Martinez Brothers spin at Verboten on November 25 with wAFF and Filsonik B2B Jesse Calosso. Tickets are on sale.

Multitalented R&B artist Meshell Ndegeocello plays Le Poisson Rouge on February 20. Tickets are on sale now.

Saratoga Springs' finest band, The Figgs, play their annual NYC holiday show at Bowery Electric on December 11 with Doug Gillard on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.

House music DJ/producer/remixer extraordinaire Todd Terry spins at Bowery Electric December 23. Tickets are on sale.

English folk rock vets The Strawbs play BB King Blues Club on May 10. Tickets are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.


A few comedy options for you over the next week. Tonight (11/5) at Housing Works it's "Loose: A Comedy Show," hosted by the funny/ubiquitous Jo Firestone and featuring a pretty great lineup of Chris Gethard, Megan Gailey (CONAN), Roy Wood, Jr., Michelle Wolf (Late Night with Seth Myers), Sasheer Zamata (SNL) and some surprise guests. The $10 ticket includes a free drink.

On Friday (11/5) at Union Hall it's this month's edition of Dave Hill's variety show, "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" with Marcus Monroe, Adira Amram & The Experience, Danny Felts, Murderfist, Greg Barris, and Dave's group Valley Lodge as house band (tickets).

Filmmaker and comedian Judd Apatow, who will be in town for the New York Comedy Festival, will be doing a "lengthy set" at popular UCB Chelsea show "Whiplash" on Monday (11/9) which is sold out but you can try the standby line.

Also Monday night at Littlefield is Wyatt Cenac's "Night Train" which will feature guests Ian Abramson, Langston Kerman, Matthew Broussard, Shalewa Sharpe, Andrew Michaan, Sonia Denis, and more (tickets).

The NY Comedy Fest starts proper on Tuesday (11/10) and they've added some cool shows in addition to the big ticket headliners. On Tuesday at Littlefield, Comedy Central is presenting "Seven Minutes In Purgatory" which challenges comedians to "perform directly to a camera alone in a soundproof room, while audience members watch a live feed in another room." This week's test subjects: Ian Abramson, Aparna Nancherla, Nick Vatterott, Dave Hill, Seaton Smith, Joel Kim Booster, Wham City, plus "special guests!" Tickets are on sale.

Over at Union Hall on Tuesday it's a NYCF edition of Chris Gethard's "Career Suicide" which is "an hour of comedy focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." Marcus Monroe is also on the bill (tickets).

Meanwhile at The Bell House of Tuesday, it's a live taping of the "Sporkfull" podcast featuring John Hodgman, WNYC's Brooke Gladstone, former NY Times food critic Mimi Sheraton, pro eater Crazy Legs Conti, and Mamie Minch (tickets).

Wednesday (11/10) at The Bell House it's the debate of the century: "Trump Vs. Sanders!" The real politicians (or whatever Trump is) are busy, so doing their best impressions will be Anthony Atamanuik as Trump and the great James Adomian as Sanders. It'll be mostly improvised based on questions from the audience. Tickets are on sale and get a taste via a video below.

The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy

At Union Hall on Wednesday, also part of NYCF, is a talk between SNL "TV's Funhouse" (and Triumph the insult comic dog) creator Robert Smigel and Kliph Nesteroff who just wrote the terrific book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy. We hear Triumph just might make an appearance. Tickets are still available.

At Littlefield on Wednesday is an NYC edition of LA show "Picture This!" which features "stand-ups performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists." Hosted by Brandie Posey, the show features Ilana Glazer, Chris Gethard, Sean Patton, Michelle Buteau, Brooke Van Poppelen, Aparna Nancherla, Matteo Lane, Bryan Brinkman, Mike Hollingsworth, Rachel Gitlevich, Nelson Diaz, Patrick Hosmer, and Dan Pinto (tickets).

Thursday (11/12) at The Bell House it's a NYCF edition of WNYC's popular "Ask Me Another" gameshow with guestestant David Cross (tickets).

Community creator Dan Harmon will do live taping of his popular "Harmontown" podcast on Friday and Saturday (11/13 & 11/14) at Gramercy Theatre. Friday is sold out but tickets to Saturday are still available.

Also on Friday at Kings Theatre is the "Comedy Central Live in Brooklyn" show whose lineup now looks like this: Hannibal Buress, Nathan "For You" Fielder, Jay Oakerson, "Oh, Hello with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney," Jeff Ross, Roy Wood, Jr. and more (tickets).

There's loads more NYCF shows -- check out their full schedule.

Continue reading "upcoming comedy shows: 'Harmontown,' Robert Smigel, Judd Apatow, NYCF additions and more"

Youth Lagoon / Yvette @ Rough Trade in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Yvette @ Rough Trade

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

Youth Lagoon, Moon King, Ronald Paris @ Webster Hall
Youth Lagoon's recently-released third album is his most diverse yet, with a sound closer to art rock than his first two records but never really sticking to an exact genre. His recent live shows have been great too, and both of tonight's openers are good.

Marching Church, Ukiah Drag @ Mercury Lounge
Marching Church is another band fronted by Iceage singer Elias Bender Ronnefelt, and their sound isn't miles away from Elias' main band. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows, and support comes from psychedelic punk band The Ukiah Drag.

Glue, Strutter, JJ Doll, Slav @ Palisades
Glue make the kind of hardcore that's all unfiltered aggression, over and done with it about as quickly as it started. They've only been around for a few years, but their live shows are already impossible to forget.

Beyond, Nuclear Age, Impact! @ Saint Vitus
NYHC vets Beyond (whose lineup included future Bold/Quicksand member Tom Capone) have been reunited for a bit now, but live shows are still rare. They're finally playing one again tonight to celebrate Revelation Records' reissue of their 1988 demo Dew It! and WNYU session "Crucial Chaos."

Hate Eternal, Misery Index, Beyond Creation, Rivers of Nihil @ The Studio at Webster Hall
If you're a death metal fan, you'll probably find that this bill is utterly stacked from start to finish.

Chad Valley, Stranger Cat, Vesuvio Solo @ Baby's All Right
Emotive UK synthpop act Chad Valley just released his new album, Entirely True Blue, via Cascine and plays tonight with Stranger Cat (aka Cat Martino) and Montreal's slightly gothy Vesuvio Solo.

Yvette, Kill Alters, Macula Dog, Hair (Booker Stardrum, Simon Hanes, Brandon Seabrook) @ Trans-Pecos
Yvette have not mellowed out one iota on their new Time Management, offering up industrial shriiiing and other noises that don't go well with a hangover. They're awesome.

Courtship Ritual, The Flag, Pajama People, Hand of God (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Courtship Ritual's music, slinky, sultry with more than a hint of witchy goth, should make for a fun pre-Halloween party.

Moon Boots, Felix Da Housecat, Paul Raffaele @ Verboten
If you're looking to dance the night away, everyone on this lineup is fit to help you do just that.

Spooky Mansion feat. Talib Kweli, Alissia, Sporting Life, and more @ Paper Box
The Wild Honey Pie is throwing a four-day Halloween party called Spooky Mansion at the Paper Box. This is the second night, and it's heavy on the hip hop side.

Chelsea Reject, Twelve45, Kait Browne, Nappy Nina, DJ Mursi Layne @ Elvis Guesthouse
While Talib Kweli is at Paper Box tonight, Duck Down signee Chelsea Reject (who's opened for Talib) has a show at new-ish Manhattan club Elvis Guesthouse.

JD Samson (of Le Tigre), Amber Valentine, Andy Pry, Lauren Flax, Beppe Savoni, DJ James Mulry @ Union Pool
JD Samson's monthly PAT party has its Halloween edition with "good vibes, good sound, video projection by local video artists and DJ's that aren't afraid to go deep." Requests for "Monster Mash" may go ignored, however.

Chris Gethard, Low Fat Getting High, Gary Richardson, Bambara, The Black Black, Mike Dobbins @ Shea Stadium
The very funny Chris Gethard graces his hometown with another show tonight, and as his shows often are, this one's got a few great local punk bands playing too.

Tribute to The Cramps, Jonathan Toubin (DJ), DJ Alix Brown @ Bowery Electric
Attentional teenage goo goo mucks of all ages: Start your Halloween Weekend early with this tribute to psychobilly legends The Cramps featuring members of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Boss Hogg, The Fleshtones, The Dirtbombs and more.

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

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photo: Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs @ Mercury Lounge, 2011 (more by David Andrako)

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

Holly Gollightly & The Brokeoffs, Party Lights @ Knitting Factory
Onetime Thee Headcoatees member and prolific artist in her own right Holly Golightly is having an especially busy year, having released two albums in the second half of 2015. Tonight's show is with The Brokeoffs (aka her multi-instrumentalist husband Lawyer Dave).

Marnie the Dog's Book Release / 13th Birthday Party w/ Frankie Cosmos (Greta Kline DJ Set), Josh Burgess (of Yumi Zouma - DJ Set), Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift - DJ Set), Hot Sugar @ Baby's All Right
Our old pal Marnie, who hosted a show for us at Baby's All Right, is now one of the most popular pets on the internet. She celebrates the release of her new photo book, as well as her 13th birthday, tonight. $5 entrance goes to ASPCA.

Autre Ne Veut, Gems, Mazed @ Bowery Ballroom
Autre Ne Veut continues to push the boundaries of R&B on his highly emotional new album, Age of Transparency. It's good stuff.

Ty Dolla $ign, Skizzy Mars @ Highline Ballroom
Buzzy pop rapper Ty Dolla $ign is still a few weeks away from releasing his anticipated album Free TC, but he's slowly been revealing music from it. Maybe we'll hear more tonight.

"The Hum" w/ Kaki King, Kiran Gandhi, Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive), Katie Von Schlieicher, Jeanann Dara, Rose Blanshei, Bridget Kearney, Alisha Roney, Amy Leon @ Manhattan Inn
The series of free (with a suggested $5-10 donation) shows known as The Hum continues at Manhattan Inn tonight. The series brings together different artists for unique collaborations, and tonight's lineup looks pretty promising.

Everclear @ BB King's
Everclear may continue to get lamer and lamer, with Art Alexakis leading an entirely different band than the one who made their '90s albums, but 1995's scuffed-up Sparkle & Fade remains one of the better albums of major-label post-grunge. You still might not want to see the present-day version of the band, but they're playing that album in full tonight.

Night Train w/ David Cross @ Littlefield
David Cross fills in once again for Night Train host Wyatt Cenac and welcomes comics Marcella Arguello, Crystian Ramirez, Bryan Cook, and Eric Neumann.

Chris Gethard, Jo Firestone @ Union Hall
It's another night of Chris Gethard's Career Suicide shows, for which he promises "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." Tonight's show also has a set from 'Punderdome 3000' host Jo Firestone.

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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photo: Panda Bear at Warsaw in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Panda Bear

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. Not all of these shows are associated with CMJ, but most are. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.

Panda Bear, PC Worship, Deakin (DJ) @ Bowery Ballroom
Panda Bear's new album does what Panda Bear does best -- futuristic psychedelic pop with a lot of Brian Wilson influence -- but it's a clear progression from his earlier work too. Tonight he begins a sold-out three-night run at Bowery Ballroom, and openers PC Worship are worth showing up for.

Jay Electronica, Fame School & friends, DonMonique, Jay IDK, Young Roddy, Russ, Staten America @ Santos Party House
Will Jay Electronica ever release his debut album? No one knows, but at least he stays active in other ways like squeezing in a CMJ show tonight.

Gooch Palms, Surfbort, Bent Denim, Sweet Bronco @ Cake Shop (DAY)
Day parties don't really kick in till Wednesday, but you can head to Ludlow St. for a few options, including Cake Shop which today has Australia's Gooch Palms, wild Brooklyn punks Surfbort and more. Pianos also has a day party today, and their lineup is listed below.

Lontalius, Anthonie Tonnon, Marlon Williams, Carb on Carb @ Baby's All Right
It's the free annual New Zealand @ CMJ showcase with Dead Oceans signee Marlon Williams, emo/punk duo Carb on Carb, and more.

Frankie Cosmos, Mega Bog, Sheer Agony, Laced @ Baby's All Right
This is the Bayonet / Couples Skate showcase and in addition to Frankie Cosmos, make a point to check out Montreal powerpop trio Sheer Agony who recall vintage dB's by way of The Kinks.

Hooton Tennis Club, Sykes, Jake Isaac, Garden of Elks, Stealing Sheep @ Living Room
Liverpool's Stealing Sheep are somewhere between late '60s faery folk and early '80s synthpop, for a sound that is modern and unlike anyone else. (Though they do sound a little like...Metronomy?) Also on the bill: another Liverpool band, Hooton Tennis Club, who owe a lot to '90s indie rock.

Kero Kero Bonito @ Palisades
PC Music-related London trio Kero Kero Bonito's music pays tongue-in-cheek homage to the shiny plastic future of J-pop, rapping and singing about food, playing videogames, the merits of cats vs dogs and other light conversation.

Tav Falco & The Panther Burns, Mike Watt @ The Grand Victory
Art-damaged, highly eccentric rockibilly artist Tav Falco has been scaring the neighbors since the late '70s when his band Panther Burns often included Alex Chilton. For this tour, his rhythm section is Mike Watt and Toby Dammit who, among their many awesome individual accomplishments, both played in more recent lineups of The Stooges.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. Tonight it's their much-loved Aja in full, plus a second set of hits. Also: not a CMJ show (though we'd go if it was).

Greg Barris "Unbunned" @ Union Hall
Greg Barris' "Unbunned" this week features appearances from funny folk like Dave Hill, Brooke Van Poppelen, Chris Gethard, and Barry Rothbart.

Hooton Tennis Club, Martin Courtney (of Real Estate), Francis A. Gorman, The Suffers @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Martin Courtney's first solo album Many Moons isn't a radical departure from what he does with Real Estate, though it's a little more '70s soft rock (in a good way). Get an early preview at this show that also features Texas soul act The Suffers and another (of what will be many chances) to see Hooton Tennis Club.

PRhyme & Adrian Younge @ Gramercy Theatre
PRhyme is the duo of legendary producer DJ Premier and Eminem associate Royce da 5'9", and their self-titled debut was one of the very best rap albums of last year. Tonight they play a one-off show backed by Adrian Younge, whose music was the source of DJ Premier's samples on the PRhyme album.

Beach Baby, Dilly Dally, Oscar, Monika @ Output (roof)
This is a pretty cool CMJ rooftop party going from 6-10 PM. Especially of note are Canada's Dilly Dally who hearken back to '90s indie rock bands like The Breeders, and the pop shapeshifter Monika, who takes on '70s disco, modern pop and plenty in between.

Zebra Katz, Octo Octa, Nire, Jamie Nxir @ National Sawdust
The Red Bull Music Academy and Reggie "Regg Roc" Gray and his FLEXN dance crew are teaming up to put on this show that features a "night of flex beats, dance and rhymes" with rapper Zebra Katz and various electronic artists.

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

FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks), The Intelligence @ Terminal 5
Sparks and Franz Ferdinand proved to be two great tastes that taste great together on their collaborative FFS album. This tour should prove even moreso, with hits sets from both bands as well as FFS songs. Making the night even better: brainy garage wiseacres The Intelligence open.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. For the first night, you get Aja in full, plus a second set of hits.

Tame Impala, LA Priest @ Radio City Music Hall
For Tame Impala's third album Currents, Kevin Parker went heavier on the synths and offered up some of his best psych-pop songwriting yet. Tonight's the first of two sold-out NYC shows, both with LA Priest, the funky new project of former Late of the Pier frontman Sam Dust.

Kurt Vile and the Violators, Waxahatchee, Luke Roberts @ Webster Hall
Kurt Vile returned this year with b'lieve i'm goin down.... It's got plenty of the guitar heroics and clever lyrics we've come to expect from KV, but also new ground is explored including a heavy usage of piano. He's always great live, and these shows should be no exception. Waxahatchee is also supporting a new album, Ivy Tripp, her biggest-sounding record to date (and the current live band is her best yet).

Wavves, Twin Peaks, Steep Leans @ Irving Plaza
Wavves' new album is their most polished yet and their most dedicated to straight-up rockers the whole time. They're an even bigger blast live, and the openers tonight are well-matched. Second of two NYC shows.

Pentagram, Electric Citizen, Satan's Satyrs @ Saint Vitus Bar
Stoner/doom metal as we know it probably wouldn't exist without the influence of Pentagram, so it's exciting that they still tour and put out records. Tonight's their second of two Saint Vitus shows, in support of the new Curious Volume LP.

Stars, Geographer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Stars' recent albums haven't been the most exciting, but there's no denying the power of Set Yourself on Fire and those other earlier records. They begin a two-night run in NYC tonight.

Homeshake, Jerry Paper @ Baby's All Right
Peter Sagar, who used to play guitar for Mac DeMarco, has his own band Homeshake. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, as you can tell on their new album, Midnight Snack.

Scott Rogowski, Horatio Sanz, Here We Go Magic, Budd Mishkin @ Littlefield
It's another edition of live talk show Running Late with Scott Rogowski, and it's a pretty impressive lineup of guests: former SNL castmemeber Horatio Sans, NY1's Budd Mishkin, and a live performance by Here We Go Magic.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Black Sea Hotel, Ellis Ludgwig Leone (of San Fermin) @ National Sawdust
Accompanied by American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Brooklyn Youth Chorus will perform pieces by a variety of composers, including National Sawdust director Paola Prestini. The night also features San Fermin bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone performing a new work by Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and Bulgarian a cappella trio Black Sea Hotel.

Four Year Strong, Defeater, Superheaven, My Iron Lung @ Gramercy Theatre
We're not so into the headliner of this show, but we are excited about melodic hardcore band Defeater and the grungy Superheaven, who make for a great pairing on their own.

Chris Gethard (Career Suicide), Jeff Rosenstock @ Union Hall
Chris does another of his recurring Career Suicide shows tonight, and the musical guest is his old pal Jeff Rosenstock, who seemingly only knows how to put on wild shows.

Garden City Movement @ Elvis Guesthouse
Garden City Movement are from Israel, and they make the kind of electronic pop that gained popularity in the wake of James Blake's first album. They're currently on their first uS tour.

Guardian Alien, Jon Mueller, Byron Westbrook, Brown Water Wampum Band @ Alphaville
This bill has at least two expert drummers: Liturgy's Greg Fox with his Guardian Alien project and Pele/Collections of Colonies of Bees/Volcano Choir's Jon Mueller as a solo artist. rounding things out is Byron Westbrook (Corridors) and another Liturgy (and PC Worship) related band, Brown Water Wampum Band.

'All for the Hall' w/ Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris & more @ Best Buy Theater
This is a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with tickets starting at $100. Legendary songwriters Paul Simon and Emmylou Harris are on the bill, and they join veteran artist Vince Gill and modern-day Top 40 singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.

Drowners, Tora, Beasthead, Evvy, Del Water Gap, My Bubba, Sherman Ewing, Adam Melchoir, Sebastian Mikael, Mothers, Hunter and the Bear @ Rockwood Music Hall
It's the monthly Communion night that takes over all three stages at Rockwood, headlined by local indie rockers Drowners.

Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. (Aziz Ansari and Louis CK have both stopped by in recent weeks.) 8 PM.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Laura Stevenson at 2015 Gigawatts Fest (more by Carly Hoskins)
Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson will follow 2013's Wheel with a new album titled Cocksure on October 30 via Don Giovanni. The first single is the fuzzy rocker "Torch Song," and you can stream that below.

Laura's going on tour opening for Matt Pond PA, which hits NYC on November 21 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Additional support comes from Completions, aka Shawn Alpay of Matt Pond's band. Tickets for Webster are on sale now.

Laura has another NYC show sooner than though, with comedian (and her labelmate) Chris Gethard at Union Hall on September 21. It's one of Chris' "Career Suicide" shows, which offer "an hour of comedy about suicide, depression, alcoholism, and all the other funnest parts of life. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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photo: Tweens at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Dalek, Publicist UK, Azar Swan @ Saint Vitus Bar
Industrial rap crew Dalek headline tonight, with support from Relapse-signed Publicist UK (who are from Brooklyn) and gothy pop act Azar Swan.

Kamasi Washington @ Blue Note (2 shows)
Jazz musician Kamasi Washington has been having a pretty busy year. He appears on Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat's new albums, and he also has his own, The Epic, out on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label (Thundercat features on that album too). Tonight he begins his two-night stay at the Blue Note with 8 PM and 10:30 PM sets each night.

Tweens, Moral Panic @ Cake Shop
Cincinnati garage pop trio Tweens haven't reinvented the wheel or anything, but their live show is a high-energy sugar rush. They're super fun.

Graham Nash @ City Winery
In addition to being a member of The Hollies and one of folk rock's most famous supergroups ever, Graham Nash has a very worthy solo career, including the classic 1971 LP Songs for Beginners. You'll likely hear stuff from all three of those things and more tonight.

Sam Cohen, Adrienne Lenker, Keenan O'Meara @ Manhattan Inn
Part of this intimate Greenpoint venue's "At the Inn" series, tonight's features onetime Yellowbirds and Apollo Sunshine frontman Sam Cohen, whose solo debut from this year is well worth checking out. Free but donations are suggested.

Sun Club, Fake Palms, Fern Mayo, Nap @ Palisades
Toronto's Fake Palms make low fi post-punk, not entirely dissimilar to Women and Viet Cong, though with a little more straightforward songwriting. (Not a bad thing at all.)

Baked, Zula, Flagland, Gnarwhal, Fond Han @ Silent Barn
You may know a thing or two about '90s indie rock being back, and one of the most consistently solid homes for those types of bands is Exploding In Sound Records. The label is throwing an extended weekend of shows in Brooklyn and Boston, which continues tonight.

"Ask Me Another" @ The Bell House
Another in NPR's "Ask Me Another" live quiz show tapings, tonight features Sonia Manzano and Emilio Delgado who you might know better as Sesame Street's Maria and Luis.

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide @ Union Hall
It's another night of Chris Gethard's Career Suicide shows, for which he promises "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life."

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
This is an extra-loaded Brooklyn Comedy Festival edition of Night Train, with guest host Seaton Smith, plus Nick Turner, Myq Kaplan, Michelle Buteau, Kevin Barnett, and Charles McBee.

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

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Brooklyn Comedy Festival 2015

The third annual Brooklyn Comedy Festival will be taking place across 12 different venues throughout the borough from August 24 - August 30. Showcasing a staggering array of New York's finest comedic talent, the festival will deliver audiences everything under the comedy rainbow including stand-up, sketch, duo, improv, musical comedy, character, storytelling, and more. Mercifully, the shows are either free or extremely inexpensive. Who, exactly, is gonna be there? Let's see:

Performers this year include Sasheer Zamata, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Monroe Martin, Chris Gethard, Sean Patton, Aparna Nancherla, Seaton Smith, Mark Normand, Nick Vatterott, Michelle Wolf, Nick Turner, Myq Kaplan, Louis Katz, Kevin Barnett, Yamaneika Saunders, Michelle Buteau, Joe Pera, Dave Hill, Josh Gondleman, Jared Logan, Pete Lee as well as sketch and improv from groups like Murderfist, GUS, RICHARD. There will be surprise drop ins and special guests including Ron Jeremy. The final show of the festival will bring Roast Battle to The Knitting Factory!
The fest begins with a Kick-off Party and Showcase at Knitting Factory on Sunday (8/23) and will culminate, as mentioned above, with a grand finale Roast Battle at the Knitting Factory on August 29. There will be a wrap party at Crown Victoria on August 30 (1-6 PM) where folks can nurse their comedy hangovers with daytime drinking and fellowship. Festival highlights are listed below, but I urge you to VISIT THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE where you can find a more elaborate schedule that includes listings of free events and special additions.

Continue reading "2015 Brooklyn Comedy Fest starts Sunday: lineup / schedule"

Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia, who you may have seen on Season 3 of Orange is the New Black or at this year's Del Close Marathon, will be doing one of his "Mike Birbiglia's Dream" shows at UCB Chelsea on Wednesday (7/8) where he enlists a "dream cast" of improvisers to work off of his storytelling. This show will feature Tami Sagher (Broad City), Chris Gethard and more. There are a few tickets left.

Mike was also on last week's Inside Amy Schumer and has a role in her new film Train Wreck which is out next week. In other news, Birbiglia was on The Tonight Show last week and revealed that the first person he and his wife told that they were expecting a child was President Obama who then offered them some parenting advice. Watch video of that below.

Continue reading "Mike Birbiglia got parenting advice from President Obama, doing 'Dream' show at UCB Chelsea w/ Chris Gethard & more"


Tickets for the Tame Impala shows at Radio City Music Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Old 97's shows at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for Windhand show at Gramercy Theatre with Danava and Monolord go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Chuck Ragan show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Pure Bathing Culture show at Baby's All Right with Wild Ones go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the The Fall of Troy Doppelganger show at Webster Hall with And So I Watch You From Afar and Slothrust go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the The Velvet Teen show at Knitting Factory go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Darkness' 3 NYC-area shows go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Motorhead and Anthrax show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Peaches show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for Wavves shows at Irving Plaza and Saint Vitus go on sale at 10 AM.

After the Pianos Become the Teeth, TWIABP, Turnover and Take One Car show at LPR (tickets), Turnover will open for Lydia and Seahaven at Gramercy Theatre on October 1. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

Riff Raff is playing Webster Hall on July 11. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

Chris Gethard is doing two more of his Career Suicide shows at Union Hall on July 5 and 20. Tickets are on sale now.

Bonobo added two more dates to his ongoing DJ residency at Output on August 8 and November 12. Tickets are on sale now.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano is playing Le Poisson Rouge on July12. Tickets are on sale now

Tickets for the SOPHIE show at Output with Star Eyes and Cry Baby are on sale now.

Rodrigo Amarante (of Little Joy) plays Rough Trade on July 25. Tickets are on sale now.

Porcelain Raft's new Half Awake EP is out now, and he's celebrating with a release show tonight (6/26) at Baby's All Right. Joining him will be Skyler Skjelset and Crater. Tickets are on sale.

Miguel, Titus Andronicus, Boys Life, Low, Dungen, Leon Bridges, Daughter, John Grant, 7Seconds & more NYC shows go on sale today too.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Will Ferrell, Letterman's bridge & a wedding on 'TCGS' (via @patrickcotnoir)
Will Ferrell officiating a wedding on The Chris Gethard Show with pieces of David Letterman set

When The Late Show with David Letterman closed up shop last month, much of the set was unceremoniously dumped outside the Ed Sullivan theater for garbage pickup. Needless to say, fans picked up on it and grabbed stuff -- including the NYC backdrop. The Brooklyn Bridge and the George Washington Bridge parts of the set were rescued by The Chris Gethard Show staff. Letterman gave his blessing and now they live on as part of TGS' set. The bridges make their debut on this week's episode of TCGS which taped on Tuesday (6/23) and featured three live weddings:

One thing that people like to do when they get married in New York is get married in front of some of our bridges. You see it all the time. So, it's very hard to find a bridge that fits inside a television studio, but luckily, one of my heroes David Letterman, he recently gave us the thumbs-up to use the bridges from his show. So I can think of no better way to debut them on The Chris Gethard Show than to let them serve as the backdrop of your wedding.
Best Man for all those weddings was Will Ferrell. The weddings episode of The Chris Gethard Show will air on Thursday (6/25) at 10 PM EDT on the Fusion Network.

P.S. Brooklynites can catch Chris Gethard live at Union Hall twice in July.

photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Sacher

Chris, Hallie & Jeff / Screaming Females / Mimi on the Hoops
Jeff Rosenstock
Screaming Females
The Chris Gerthard Show Premiere

The Chris Gethard Show made the move from public access to cable network Fusion last night (5/28), and Chris and a number of his talented friends celebrated in style with a BrooklynVegan-presented premiere party at Rough Trade NYC. Chris began the night asking if anyone was a fan of TCGS, which was met by roars from the majority of the crowd, and most of the room was bopping around to openers Hiccup, whose lineup includes Hallie Bulleit and Alex Clute from TCGS' house band.

After Hiccup, Chris returned to the stage to introduce the next musical guest, Jeff Rosenstock. As anyone who's seen a Jeff show knows, Jeff Rosenstock fans LOVE Jeff Rosenstock and they go hard the whole time he's on stage. He played as a power trio which included his former Bomb the Music Industry! bandmate John DeDomenici on bass. Chris introduced them and got the performance started with an "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant (a tradition). That went on for four or five minutes and had pretty much the whole crowd involved. That crowd involvement didn't die once, even during the more lyrically advanced songs. Jeff played stuff off his new solo album, We Cool?, which the crowd already knew all the words to. And when he brought out Fake Problems' Chris Farren to play stuff from their collaborative Antarctigo Vespucci project, the crowd knew all the words to that too. The whole place basically never stopped jumping around (including Chris Gethard, who was in the jumping mob of people for almost the whole set), both on stage and off.

For Jeff's big finale, he brought Chris Gethard back out on stage to sing lead on a Smiths cover (Chris's favorite band), and then Chris and Jeff led the crowd in yet another "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant. Soon, they were joined by Hallie from Hiccup/TCGS and then she took over the chant in an even crazier way. (Less baseball game chant, more rap metal yelling.) This big grand finale included her and Chris lying on stage, Jeff's guitar making its way through the crowd, and more shenanigans before finally ending with just Jeff's trio playing a piano/synth/xylophone coda.

Jeff Rosenstock

After all that craziness, the night could have ended there. But of course it didn't, because the main reason the event was even happening had yet to begin: the screening of The Chris Gethard Show's cable TV debut. The episode, which was a bit dark on Rough Trade's screen (sorry about that!), included some impressive guests for his debut, including Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who go back with Chris to their UCB days and also work with him on their cable TV show, Broad City. The premise of the episode was acknowledging weird things about your weird body and then totally owning it, and Chris, Ilana and Abbi had guests either Skype in or show up in person to celebrate their bodily weirdness. I won't ruin anything in case you haven't seen the episode yet, but one detail is that it includes a "Genital Chamber" (watch a clip from that part below). To paraphrase Chris, how can you make the move to cable TV and not incorporate genitals? Ending the show was a musical performance from more old friends The Front Bottoms. (Members of TFB were also in attendance at the premiere, but none made appearances on stage.)

After the screening, Chris took the stage again and thanked everyone for watching, and brought out a few other TCGS cast members, including Shannon Patricia O'Neill, Murf, and crowd favorite Mimi on the Hoops for her hula-hooping routine.

Then Chris brought up another musical performer, his Don Giovanni labelmate Mal Blum. Mal and Chris performed their collaborative song "Crying at the Wawa" from Chris's comedy album, My Comedy Album, which came out on Don Giovanni last year. Then Chris left the stage and Mal did a solo cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (which her DG labelmates Downtown Boys recently recorded a cover of too) followed by one of her own songs.

Chris Gethard and Mal Blum
Chris Mal

Finally to wrap up the night was a set from Don Giovanni's shreddingest [sic] band, Screaming Females. Though Screaming Females aren't the sing-along kind of band that Jeff Rosenstock is, and they included no chants about eating butts, the crowd was just as enthusiastic for them. Mimi returned to the stage for more hula-hooping during their set. People all over the floor and in the balconies were dancing and jumping around, and of course the band was great as always. They were super tight, Marissa Paternoster's solos were face-melting as ever, Marissa even crowd surfed, and we got a great setlist with old favorites like "It All Means Nothing" and "I Don't Mind It" mixed in with stuff from their great new album.

Screaming Females (who also gave a performance and Q&A with Ted Leo at Apple Store SoHo a day earlier) next play the area opening for Bouncing Souls in NJ in July. Chris Gethard has more NYC shows, including the Vulture Festival at The Bell House this weekend, and one with Mal Blum, who plays Palisades on 7/2, the day after Hiccup play there with Chumped. Chris Farren next plays NYC in July on his tour with Rocky Votolato and Dave Hause.

Set your DVRs to start taping The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion if you can. Check out more pictures from last night's Rough Trade show and a clip from the first episode, below...

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Chris Gethard

Tonight's (5/28) the premiere of the cable TV debut of The Chris Gethard Show (previously on public access), which the cable network Fusion recently picked up. If you'd like to watch it, check out the listings above for where to watch. Guests on the first episode are Ilana Glazer and
Abbi Jacobson of Broad City along with musical guest The Front Bottoms. Extra footage, including of the band, will also be posted on Fusion's website.

You can also watch the episode if you're going to the BrooklynVegan-presented premiere party at Rough Trade tonight. If you're going, you had to RSVP (which is now closed), but even with RSVP admission is first come, first served. Get there early! Doors are at 7.

UPDATE: The show aired and the premiere party happened and it was all awesome! Stay tune for more on that.

In addition to a screening of the show and comedy from Chris, tonight's show has music from Screaming Females, Jeff Rosenstock, Mal Blum and Hiccup.

Mal is also teaming up with Chris for one of his two Career Suicide shows at Union Hall, which will have "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." She plays the second (June 15), and the first one (June 1) has another of Chris's musically inclined friends, Mikey Erg. Tickets for both are on sale now.

Mal Blum also has Palisades show (7/2) coming up, and Hiccup play one there with Chumped a day earlier.

Chris is also part of UCB's 2015 Del Close Marathon at the end of June.

the late Del Close in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
Del Close

The Upright Citizens Brigade's annual Del Close Marathon will feature 575 improv shows from June 26-28, happening around-the-clock on nine stages across seven locations: UCB Chelsea, UCB East, Theater for the New City, 4th Street Theatre, Magnet Theater, SVA Theatre and FIT Haft Auditorium. You can buy a $35 wristband at UCB Chelsea starting June 26 at noon, and that gets you into every show (subject to capacity, of course). The only shows with advance tickets are the higher-profile, bigger shows at SVA and FIT, which include:

FRIDAY 6/26: Broad City Live (sold out), an improv session with Key & Peele writers, Horatio Sanz's "The Hooray Show"; and improv with the cast of Silicon Valley.

SATURDAY 6/27: Nick Kroll & Friends, an improv show with The Daily Show writers; Mad Men finale scene-stealer Brett Gelman's Gelmania! Live!, and an improvised show with Comedy Bang! Bang! writers.

SUNDAY 6/28: a special preview screening of Thank You Del Close documentary and two editions of ASSSSCAT 3000 (7:30 PM sold out; 10 PM you can get tickets)

Non-ticketed events, most of which are only 30 minutes (some even less), include Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard (6/27, 3 PM at UCB Chelsea), "Mike Birbiglia's Dream" (6/27, 6:30 PM at UCB Chelsea), the writers of Late Night with Seth Meyers doing a show (6/27, 9:30 PM at Magnet Theatre), 30 Rock's Scott Adsit (6/28, 3:30 PM at UCB Chelsea), and an entirely improvised episode of Seinfeld (6/28, 4:30 PM at UCB Chelsea).

As this goes for three days straight, needless to say there is a lot more, so pour over the whole 2015 Del Close Marathon schedule.

photo: Palma Violets @ SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Palma Violets, Public Access TV @ Bowery Ballroom
UK band Palma Violets offer up big hooks and laddish camaraderie and wild fan reaction; their new album, Danger at the Club, just came out this month.

FKA twigs @ Brooklyn Hangar
FKA twigs has always incorporated dance and fashion into her persona, but apparently these three shows at Brooklyn Hanger are going to be more that a concert. Titled "Congregata," she says they're "an insight into my mind, my roots, my inspirations. a swelling conceptual performance using dance, performance and my music to date to create a world that I want you to share with me." Sold out.

Jane's Addiction, A Place to Bury Strangers @ The Paramount
Veteran alt-rock outfit Jane's Addiction are playing their 1988 major label debut, Nothing's Shocking, and if you're going, do check out longtime Brooklyn noisemakers/guitarthrowers A Place to Bury Strangers.

Tink, Detroit Che, Asia Sparks @ SOB's
It's another edition of Hot 97's' 'Who's Next' show at SOB's tonight with quickly rising Chicago rapper/singer Tink.

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Spirit Family Reunion @ Central Park Summerstage
While Derek Trucks is no longer busy with The Allman Brothers Band (who called it quits), he still leads this band with his wife Susan Tedeschi. Brooklyn old time folk revivalists Spirit Family Reunion open and they're worth catching.

Encapsulate, Pleasure Korps, Soren, Deep Pill, Horoscope @ Trans-Pecos
Marshstepper just did their thing at Output last week, and tonight the members play NYC again (separately) for this showcase presented by the Ascetic House collective that they're part of. Jes from Marshstepper is in Pleasure Korps with Chris from Ligature/Warthog/etc, and the other half of Marshstepper is Encapsulate. Elsewhere on the bill is Arizona's Deep Pill and NYC's Soren and Horoscope.

Bobby Rush @ BB King's
Blues veteran Bobby Rush has been active since the '60s, and tonight he plays a tribute to the great BB King, who we lost last week, at his namesake venue.

Chris Brokaw + Tim Foljahn @ HiFi Bar
You may know him as the drummer in Codeine and the guitarist in Come (and playing in Wrekmeister Harmonies, and The New Year), but Chris Brokaw makes music on his own as well, like this year's instrumental The Periscope Twin.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
All aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy show, this week featuring guests Sheng Wang, Shane Torres, Emmy Blotnick, and Selena Coppock.

Chris Gethard @ UCB Chelsea
Chris Gethard, whose cable show launches soon, performs an hour of stand up "focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life."

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

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As previously mentioned, comedian Chris Gethard (whose credits include Broad City and Don Giovanni) is moving his public access show to cable network Fusion this month. The first episode airs on at 10 pm on 5/28. In celebration, BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that we've teamed with Chris and Fusion to throw a premiere party in Williamsburg on May 28 at Rough Trade NYC!

Chris will be there of course, and we'll have live music from his Don Giovanni labelmates Screaming Females and Mal Blum, as well as his old friend Jeff Rosenstock and new-ish band Hiccup who include Unlovables singer Hallie Bulliet, who's also a member of The Chris Gethard Show's house band. In addition to the music and live laffs, we'll also screen the first episode of the new show as it airs.

The party is totally FREE but you do need to RSVP, which is now open (18+ to get in). Even with RSVP though, admission is first come first served based on capacity, so get there early!

If you're unfamiliar with The Chris Gethard Show, here's some history in Chris' own words:

The Chris Gethard Show started out at the UCB Theater in 2009 and eventually spent four years on public access television, where it garnered a cult audience spread out all over the world. It's a highly interactive talk show that is known for empowering lonely kids, embracing its own loser status, and putting on some of the strangest comedy going. From having Zach Galifianakis give random audience members haircuts to hosting the first ever public appearance by a recently re-united Sleater Kinney, The Chris Gethard Show is producing some of the most innovative comedy of the last few years. They also created an annual holiday dedicated to sandwiches.
Chris also adds this about the premiere party:
After many years in the public access trenches, TCGS is headed to greener pastures. The Chris Gethard Show debuts on the Fusion network on May 28th, and Brooklyn Vegan is hosting a premiere party at Rough Trade Records in Williamsburg. The debut episode will be shown and a number of bands who are friends of TCGS will help celebrate the occasion. Hiccup features Hallie and Alex from the TCGS house band (The LLC). Mal Blum is one of the most beloved TCGS musical guests of all time. Screaming Females put on an unforgettable performance where King Mike insisted on having his head off screen the entire time. And Jeff Rosenstock was a part of an infamous evening known simply as "Eat More Butts". Please come out and join the celebration as these friends gather to celebrate New York's favorite resident underground show making the jump to cable.
See you there????

Check out videos of Screaming Females, Jeff Rosenstock, and Mal Blum from public access episodes of TCGS, below...

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Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock is on tour now, having already played NYC six times this year, and he's got a seventh show here coming up. It's a free one happening on May 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with the Max Levine Ensemble and other bands TBA.

Jeff is currently on a run with Chumped, which will be nearby NYC this weekend on Sunday (4/26) at Asbury Lanes (tickets). Both Jeff and Chumped were announced last night for The Fest. Updated dates are listed below.

In less happy news, at the recent Austin stop of the Jeff/Chumped tour, a woman tweeted about being "groped by five or more straight white dudes" because they said she "didn't deserve front row." Jeff took to his Twitter to call those guys out, and his series of tweets reads:

It is complete total fucking bullshit that ****** didn't get to enjoy our show tonight because of male entitlement bullshit.






Maybe I need to say this more clearly although I thought it was clear as fucking day...




That is a bummer to hear.

Jeff's new album, We Cool?, came out earlier this year via SideOneDummy. Stream it in full, with his updated list of dates, below...

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Gainesville's annual punk festival The Fest returns in 2015 for its 14th year (hence Fest 14) from October 30 to November 1, and like in previous years, a handful of the bands play Pre-Fest in Little Ybor from October 28-29. This year's initial lineup was just announced and it includes Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Tim Barry, The Jazz June, Drug Church, Pup, The City on Film, Kepi Ghoulie, Beach Slang, Frameworks, Foxing, Iron Reagan, Crocodiles, Cult Leader, Young Widows, Xerxes, Jeff Rosenstock, Restorations, Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, Chumped, The Sidekicks, Mikey Erg, Night Birds, Tiltwheel, Lagwagon, Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket and many more.

Tickets are set to go on sale via The Fest's website June 1.

It's a great year for punk festivals between this, Asbury Park's Skate & Surf, and Atlanta's Wrecking Ball. Full initial Fest 14 lineup, and a video recap of Fest 13, below...

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

The Menzingers, Crazy & the Brains, Big Eyes @ Baby's All Right (BrooklynVegan Presents)
The next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select happens tonight with punk bands The Menzingers and Big Eyes (who both played our RBSS show in NJ three days ago too). This one also has the xylophone-fueled Crazy & the Brains who make it a great triple bill (if we do say so). Admission is $3 with RSVP, $10 without. No advance tickets. Flyer above. Brett Davis hosts. Hope to see you there!

Fury, Unified Right, West Point, High Card, US Dogs @ Acheron
LA's Fury make ripping hardcore indebted to the genre's early days, and they do a ton of justice to their influences. Check 'em out.

Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique @ Highline Ballroom
Two socially conscious New York rappers, Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique, are on tour together and tonight they hit their shared hometown for a Highline Ballroom show. Sold out.

Outside World, Marigolds, New Casino @ Cameo Gallery
Outside World make hooky, anthemic janglepop in the tradition of Tommy Keene, The Barracudas and The dB's. Maybe not a surprise: bassist Hazel Rigby is daughter of dB's drummer Will Rigby.

Mega Bog, Pill, CE Schneider Topical, Big Eater @ Shea Stadium
Seattle artist Erin Birgy makes airy, jangly pop as Mega Bog. She plays tonight with Brooklyn's skronky Pill.

Chris Gethard, Griffin Newman @ Union Hall
While we wait for Chris Gethard's cable TV debut, he's doing with show tonight with pal Griffin Newman who explains tonight as thusly: "Chris and me take turns saying overly personal things into a microphone!"

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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Brett (right) & Darren Mabee on cable access show 'The Special'
Brett Davis and Darren Mabee

When Chris Gethard left cable access for cable television (his show will debut in May via on Fusion), the guy who took over his Manhattan Neighborhood Network show was Brett Davis. You may know Davis from New Brunswick basement punk shows, from the many NYC comedy shows he appears at, or more recently from TCGS where he played Smith, a character that inspired a lot of hate mail, or you may remember him from his mid-'00s alter ego MC Steinberg (maybe you remember MC Steinberg from public access show New York Noise).

Chris Gethard & Brett Davis

Brett's public access show is called The Special: Without Brett Davis and Chris Gethard talked him up to Laughspin:

"I think the Chris Gethard Show fans will love him," Gethard tells Laughspin. "He's innovative and smart and likes to play with things in a way that I think will totally embrace the anarchy of public access and all the different ways you can connect to people while using it. I don't think his show will be like mine at all. I think it will be totally unique and reflect his sensibilities. But I really think we managed to do some innovative stuff on public access and if there's one guy in New York who I think is an innovator right now, it's Brett."

Amongst a community of peers and fans in New York, Davis is known for immersive character work on stage. Brett cites Scharpling & Wurster as a major influence, which shows in his work. The comedian has built somewhat of his own "Newbridge"-style universe in New York. The workhorse comedian runs three regular shows per month, all of which he hosts in the guise of an ever-expanding amount of characters. Usually, carefully plotted narratives play out over the course of each show. You can also expect absurd audience participation bits, choreographed but convincing on-stage violence and a smattering of other surprises. In other words, fans who loved the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the Gethard show are in good hands with Brett Davis.

Each week, Brett plays a different character (hence the "Without" part of the title) as guest host. One of the regular players on the show is Darren Mabee, who was a fixture at NYC shows in the mid-'00s and had the band We Are the Seahorses. You can watch the most recent episode, hosted by "punk guru" Craig Evanhalen, below.

You can catch Brett in action as host of both of the BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers: April 11 at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ with Big Eyes and Cheerbleeders, then April 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Eyes, and Crazy & The Brains. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

In addition to his cable access show Brett also co-hosts (with Sally Burtnick) the monthly The Macaulay Culkin Show at Shea Stadium. The April edition (4/26) will feature Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Saenz, Unisex, Max Wittert, Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica.

You can also catch Brett this weekend in NYC. Tonight (4/3) he'll be at BHQFU on Avenue A, for the "Quinceañera de Elisa" with Brian Fiddyment & Edy Modica, Becca Kauffman, Mary Houlihan & Sam Taggart, Colin Burgess and hosts Lorelei Ramirez and Ana Fabrega. On Saturday (4/4) at The Creek, he'll be appearing as part of "Underbelly" with Nick Vatterott, Maria Heinegg, Tony Zaret, Courtney Maginnis, Joseph Klein, Clark Jones, Will Winner, Amber Nelson, and host Nick Naney. He's got a bunch of other appearances lined up and all dates are listed below...

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