Entries tagged with: Crazy and the Brains
by Andrew Sacher
NYC's Crazy and the Brains have been playing around here for a while, making appearances at places like Sidewalk Cafe's Antifolk Festival and opening for Jeffrey Lewis. If either of those things ring a bell, you probably have an idea of what Crazy and the Brains sounds like, and if not, you can expect quirky folk punk/anti-folk that's smart, funny and very catchy. They're also one of the few rock bands with a xylophone player.
The band released their debut album, Let Me Go (which features a guest appearance from The Moldy Peaches' Adam Green), back in 2013, and this week they put out a new video for one of its tracks, "NYC." Check out that video, plus the video for the album's title track, below.
Crazy and the Brains will be celebrating the new "NYC" video with a video release show in NYC TONIGHT (5/16) at Shea Stadium with their pal Jeffrey Lewis, plus Heeney and L.A. Boobs. Admission is $8 at the door. Show flyer and set times below.
In June, the band will go on a tour which begins with a WFMU live appearance in Jersey City on 6/11. All of their dates are listed, with the videos, Shea show info, and more, below...
The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band have been playing NYC a lot lately, and they've got two more shows happening this month, which are CD release shows for their new album, Hey It's...The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band which is out May 15. The first happens in Brooklyn on May 16 at Shea Stadium with The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, and Shellshag; and the second one happens the next day at The Bowery Electric (5/17) with Crazy & the Brains and Berth Control. Tickets for the Shea show are on sale now and admission for the Bowery Electric show is $8 at the door.
You can also catch Shellshag in NYC at one of their many upcoming shows. Those shows include Death by Audio this Friday (5/10) with Black Wine, Swearin', and comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard (who hosts the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show); May 18 at Mercury Lounge with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters (sold out); May 25 at Party Expo with Moira Scara; and Death by Audio on June 5 with Shell's brother's band Apogee Sound Club.
Shellshag and Apogee Sound Club also both hit Death by Audio again four days later with Big Eyes.
After their release shows, The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band will head over to Europe for a number of shows, including one in London performing as Daniel Johnston's backing band. All dates are listed, along with a video from one of their recent Mercury Lounge shows, below...
Dufus' last show at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Daniel Sieradski)
Manhattan's SideWalk Cafe is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of that, they'll be having anniversary events all year long. The first of these will be the winter edition of the bi-annual Antifolk Festival, which will take place at the cafe from February 19 to 28. The 10-day festival includes a number of performers each day, and the full schedule is below. One of the notable ones is on February 26, the cafe will host Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel (of Holy Modal Rounders), who have a long collaborative history, plus Forest Creature, Larkin Grimm, and others.
Forest Creature is the new duo of Seth Faergolzia (Dufus) and John Ludington, and the Sidewalk Cafe show is part of their February/March tour, which also includes a Brooklyn show later that night (2/26) at Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway) with Chingching. They recently revealed their first track, "Beasly," a meandering antifolk cut, which you can stream below, along with a list of all dates.