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UK rockers Wolf Alice play Irving Plaza on April 2. Tickets go on Live Nation presale at 10 AM (password = TRACKS). General on-sale begins Friday at 10 AM.

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are playing Beacon Theatre on April 7. Tickets go on Live Nation presale today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday at noon.

Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire play MSG on April 18. Tickets are on various presales now and the general on-sale starts Saturday at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Big Grams (aka Big Boi and Phantogram) show at Irving Plaza go on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale at 10 AM (password = musicgeeks).

Tickets for the Muse show at Prudential Center go on AmEx/Internet/VIP presale at 10 AM. Tickets for their Barclays Center show are still available.

Tickets for the newly-added Natalie Merchant show at Beacon Theatre go on local presale at 11 AM (anyone know the password?).

JD Samson, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture DJ's) and special guests are playing The Bell House on January 16. Tickets are on sale.

Liam McEneaney is playing The Bell House on January 10 with Rob Paravonian, Dave Hill and more TBA. Tickets are on sale.

Dar Williams is playing her "Christians, Pagans & Other Hipsters" show at The Bell House on December 26 with Lucy Wainwright Roche and special guests. Tickets are on sale.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon composer Tan Dun will premiere "Shu - The Secret Songs of Women Symphony for 13 micro films, harp and orchestra", as part of a Chinese New Year show at David Geffen Hall on 2/9. Tickets are on sale.

Did you get your tickets to Hall & Oates & Sharon Jones at MSG?

Tickets are on sale for RATATAT at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for St Germain at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for José González at Beacon Theatre.

Tickets are still on sale for Gogol Bordello's two end-of-year shows at Terminal 5.

EDM fest Electric Daisy Carnival returns to NYC on May 14 and 15 at Citi Field. Tickets go on sale November 30 at noon.

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.


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"

Dave Hill and his good friend Danzig
Dave Hill and Danzig

The above Instagram photo of Danzig posing with Dave Hill, taken at Danzig's tour stop at Electric Factory in Philly on Friday, is a great reminder that Danzig headlines the Playstation Theater in NYC TONIGHT (10/21). Tickets are still available.

UPDATE: Right after posting this we realized that Danzig has been also making news today for allegedly roughing up someone taking pictures at the Montreal show, two nights after he was hanging with Dave.

Dave Hill was backstage at that Philly show, after himself performing "Fuck Your Enemy" with openers Superjoint Ritual -- not the first time Dave did that with Phil Anselmo's band, and hopefully he finds time to do it again tonight before flying to Austin where he opens for Snoop Dogg on Friday night (?!?).

UPDATE 2: Dave did in fact make it on stage again in NYC:

Dave also returns to Texas in November to be part of Anselmo's Housecore Horror Festival where among other things, he'll be playing guitar as part of Thor's band. Johnny Kelly of Danzig (and Type O Negative) will be on drums for that supergroup.

Housecore has also announced their full film lineup. The massive slate includes a documentary about Thor, aptly titled I Am Thor (he'll also be introducing Zombie Nightmare and Rock N' Roll Nightmare), a screening of the GWAR-movie Skulhedface with live commentary by Gwar's own Sleazy P. Martini, a screening of Dawn of the Dead with live accompaniment by Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, and a special screening of the classic Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer in honor of Corey Mitchell, the author who co-founded Housecore with Anselmo and who passed away last year. This is all in addition to just a ton of horror films and rock docs with titles like Cannibal Man, Voodoo Dick, Deathgasm, Coffin Cruising and Terrain Hatefuck. You get the idea. The updated festival poster and Aztec Theater lineup are at the end of this post.

There's also an I Am Thor screening and performance in Brooklyn on November 22 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.

You can also catch the comedy and rock n roll stylings of Dave Hill at Union Hall in Brooklyn on November 6th for the next edition of "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets". Dave Hill hosts and plays in his band Valley Lodge that night. Special guests for the evening so far include Marcus Monroe, Adira Amram & The Experience, and Danny Felts.

Dave, who last week read his classic BrooklynVegan Def Leppard review out loud at a CMJ event, also appears as part of "Seven Minutes in Purgatory" at Littlefield on November 10th, along with Ian Abramson, Aparna Nancherla, Nick Vatterott, and more (part of New York Comedy Festival). (By the way, Def Leppard just announced a Barclays Center show with Styx and Tesla. Dave, you going??)

Last but not least, don't forget that you can tune into the The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU every Monday from 9pm-midnight (also available to stream any time in the archives).

Continue reading "Dave Hill hanging with Danzig, opening for Snoop Dogg, jamming with Superjoint Ritual, playing with Thor at Housecore Horror Fest"

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.

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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Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday? (CMJ, Panda Bear, Stealing Sheep, PRhyme, Tav Falco, Sheer Agony, Jay Electronica & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric may be best known for his 1977 UK hit "Whole Wide World" but he's got a catalog full of great songs that showcase his low key, off-the-cuff style. 1996's 12 O'Clock Stereo, recorded as The Hitsville House Band moniker, is a real gem which was reissued last year by Fire. (Stream it below.) Fire will also be releasing Eric's first solo album in over a decade this fall. Titled amERICa, it's out November 13 and is indeed about the USA, a country he's called home since 2011. (He lives in upstate NY these days.) Says Eric:

I've been touring the U.S. since 1978 so moving here wasn't a complete culture shock. I've driven from Rhode Island to San Francisco, Minnesota to the Gulf Of Mexico. I keep rolling along and sometimes the sunrises and sunsets are glorious and I get to thinking about things like where have I been, and how the hell did I wind up here? Some of the songs are quite reflective - the idea of dying one day becomes alarmingly real. I'm quite accepting of it - maybe I've got twenty years left if I'm lucky. Ten more albums.... I've been through some tough shit at various times in my life. I survived. I'm lucky, I have a great life.
You can stream amERICa's opening cut, "Several Shades of Green" which features his signature guitar-chug style and storytelling. Listen below.

Wreckless Eric will be touring this fall, including a show on October 17 at WFMU Monty Hall in Jersey City with "sporadic cluttering of musical accomplices." Tickets are on sale now.

Eric will also be a part of Wesley Stace's next Cabinet of Wonders show, happening at City Winery on Friday (9/11). He'll be performing with Amy Rigby and the rest of lineup includes Ted Allen (Chopped), Stacey D'erasmo, Dave Hill, Sally Timms of The Mekons, Dar Williams and Ryan Miller of Guster. Tickets are on sale.

All Wreckless Eric tour Dates are listed, along with amERICa artwork, tracklist and "Several Shades of Green" stream, below.

Continue reading "Wreckless Eric releasing 'amERICa,' shares first single, touring, including 'Cabinet of Wonders' show & WFMU Monty Hall"

Patton Oswalt

The October edition of Dave Hill's variety show "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" happens at Union Hall on 10/2 with Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie, plus Matthew Holtzclaw, Mary Radzinski, and Michelle Buteau. Dave's group Valley Lodge are the house band and tickets are on sale now.

In other comedy news, Patton Oswalt is doing two shows at The Bell House on November 12 (7 PM & 9 PM) as part of the NY Comedy Festival. Tickets are on sale. Also part of the NYCF, Patton will be "in conversation" at 92Y on November 11 to talk about his memoir Silver Screen Fiend. Who he'll be in conversation with, they haven't said, but tickets are on sale now.

by Klaus Kinski

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"

by Klaus Kinski

Q.E.D. Astoria

One of NYC's most interesting and criminally overlooked-by-me venues has to be Astoria Queens' multi-use space Q.E.D. The place opened back in November of 2014 and has since played host to an incredible array of performances, lectures, comedy events, and more and someone should probably punch me and the yams for waiting this long to blab about it. Q.E.D. was started by a superior lady named Kambri Crews, a long-time producer and promoter of stand up comedy who, for four years, served as the Director of Marketing and PR for the comedy club Comix. During that time she also created and ran the 50-seat venue Ochi's Lounge. Those are two venues I miss very much. She followed that by becoming the comedy booker for the 92Y Tribeca. Kambri is also the author of the heartbreaking memoir Burn Down The Ground and an accomplished public speaker and storyteller, giving speeches and performing around the USA.

Q.E.D. is very much a venue for the people, by the people. Not only do they present us with a staggering variety of their own free or cheap programming and classes, (like a special effects make-up class that looks crazy awesome on Saturday [June 27]), but they're also all ears if YOU want to teach a class or if YOU want to curate your own show. It's DIY without all the pretension and affectation.

And Kambri very much keeps her roots as a comedy producer and curator alive and well at Q.E.D. July in particular has a ton of great shows on the calendar, including such names as Aparna Nachrerla, "TV's Frank" Conniff, Myq Kaplan, Ted Alexandro, and more.  So when you're done cooking yourself to tumor city on Rockaway Beach, cool of at Q.E.D. yo!

Notable QED comedy shows are listed below...

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Rhett Miller and Dave Hill Summertime video

Rhett Miller has released a video for "Most in the Summertime" which is from his new solo album The Traveller. The clip features cameos from Nicole Atkins (who played with him at City Winery earlier this week) and Dave Hill. Watch it below.

Meanhile, his band Old 97's will be on tour this fall, including two nights at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl on October 20 & 21. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/26) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

In other news, Miller recently participated in the AV Club's Hatesong feature, offering up Michael Buble's "It's A Beautiful Day":

I didn't really dislike him personally until a couple of years ago I was in a restaurant and a song came on, and the person with whom I was eating said, "Hey, isn't that you?" And I listened for a second and I felt like, "Oh, yeah..." You know, in a restaurant you can't really hear what's happening. I thought, "Yeah, that's my song. That sounds like 'Perfume.'" Which was the single off the 97's Grand Theatre Vol. 2 in 2011. And as the song went on I realized, wait, there's a pre-chorus section; that's not in the song. And then it hit the chorus, and the chorus was different from my song, but weirdly, the lyrics in the chorus were the lyrics in my song. And so I Shazam-ed it, of course, and I figured out it was the Michael Bublé song called "It's A Beautiful Day."
Find out the rest of the story at at AV Club...

Continue reading "Rhett Miller shares "Most in the Summertime" video, hates Michael Buble; Old 97's announce fall tour dates"

dave hill

Hello. This is your man Dave Hill with an announcement of global importance. On Tuesday, June 9, my debut comedy album Let Me Turn You On will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public by aspecialthing records, a reputable label if there ever was one. As you can probably imagine, I am very excited about this as it is the culmination of nearly ten years of performing live comedy in dank basements, juke joints, convalescent homes, and correctional facilities all over the world. And while, sure, the sex has been incredible, it also feels good to have some of my live comedy work be released both in the popular CD format and on iTunes, which is why I write to you today. Whether you need a good laugh or would just like a better understanding of why I have never once appeared on network television (I have, however, appeared on basic and premium cable many, many times. Let me be clear on this, everyone I went to high school with! Haha. Ha.), I encourage you to go ahead and pre-order your copy of my incredible album today. It is full of "jokes", anecdotes, stories, and other theoretically humorous observations from a life lived to the best of my abilities for the most part. I also rip a couple sweet guitar solos here and there because I can. It is a really great album to listen to while enjoying a killer workout, participating in medical experiments, or just sitting there eating a corn dog or something probably. I don't even know. You'll figure it out. And as if all of that is not enough, the cover art is by the great Danny Hellman, one of my favorite artists ever.
Dave Hill will be celebrating the release of Let Me Turn You on at The Bell House on June 9 with guests Michelle Wolf, Daniel Koren, Greg Barris, Seaton Smith and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Before that, Dave is a part of the "Comedy Tribute to Devo" at Littlefield on Thursday (5/28) that also features Devo's Gerald Casale, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden, Fort Lean and "special guests." Tickets are still available. Dave says he's "gonna do a song, not sure which one yet. I might rip a sweet solo or two also."

You can also get a dose of Dave via WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show which airs every Monday from 9 PM - midnight, Eastern time. Dave's got a few other live dates as well, and all are listed below.

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Devo's classic 1980 album Freedom of Choice celebrates its 35th birthday this year and coinciding is the release of Evie Nagy's 33 1/3 book about the album which was just published last week. In celebration of both things, there's a "Comedy Tribute to Devo" at Littlefield on Thursday (5/29) hosted by Jake Fogelnest and featuring the band's own Gerald Casale (UPDATE: Gerard had to cancel which is a bummer), plus Dave Hill, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden, Fort Lean and "special guests." Fred Armisen wrote the foreword to the 33 1/3 book so maybe if he's in town? Tickets are on sale. Flyer, a stream of Freedom of Choice, and videos for its title track and "Girl U Want," below.

In related news, Loser's Lounge will present a New Wave-themed edition -- B-52's Vs. Devo" at Joe's Pub on June 11, 12 & 13. If you've never been to a Loser's Lounge before, they feature the LL Orchestra (commanded by Joe McGinty) and a host of guest vocalists tackling the featured artists' songs. They're usually a lot of fun and tickets are on sale.

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Public Services with Jo Firestone is an all-new variety show from Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000, UCB, WFMU) and Jeremy Levenbach (Whiplash, Big Terrific). Featuring a staged reading of an original sewer-themed soap opera called "Public Services", this show also features celebrities, up-and-coming comedians, and notable nobodies. Public Services combines soap opera, celebrity interviews, and live comedy to give the audience that sweet alt comedy they didn't even know they were cravin'.
"Public Services with Jo Firestone" happens tonight (3/4) at Littlefield and it's got a pretty amazing group of comedians for the show: Jon Glazer, Chris Gethard, Eugene Mirman, Aprana Nacherla, Andy Blitz, Larry Murphy, Dan Lica and more, plus a live music set from Langhorne Slim. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

Jon Glaser will be back at Littlefield next week (3/11) for the Brooklyn Free Space Fundraiser Spectacular Evening of Entertainment! featuring Janeane Garofalo, H. Jon Benjamin and more -- which is now sold out.

Aparma Nacherla, meanwhile, will be at Union Hall on Friday (3/6) for this month's edition of Dave Hill's "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" that also features Mrs. Smith, Bandits on the Run, and Eliot Glazer (tickets). Then she'll be at the Bell House on March 10 for Jezebel's "March Madness: An Evening of Readings by Women We Love" that also features Ariel Dumas, Jena Friedman, Jean Grae, Phoebe Robinson, Juli Weiner, and Delaney Yeager. That event is free by sending an RSVP email to Madness@Jezebel.com.

Janeane Garofalo will headline an event called "Reductress Presents: The Brotherhood of Women" at The Bell House on March 19 that also features Sara Benincasa, Naomi Ekperigin, Lizz Winstead, Eliot Glazer, Tyler Coates, Elissa Bassist​, Cocoon Central Dance Team, and Anna Drezen (tickets).

Later this spring at The Bell House, on May 7, Greg Proops will be taping an episode of his podcast "Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World" and tickets for that are on sale.

Back over at Union Hall, SNL's Sasheer Zamata hosts "Sasheer Zamata Party Time!" at the venue on March 19 with guests Bridget Everett, Sabrina Jalees, Charla Lauriston, and Liza Treyger (tickets).

Dave Hill will also be at Union Hall on March 21 for a live taping of Nerdist podcast "Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction" that also features Jared Logan, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Max Silvestri, Eli Sairs, Kara Klenk, Mehran Khaghani, Jono Zalay, and host Bryan Cook. Tickets are on sale.

photo: Trash Talk @ Afropunk Fest 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Trash Talk, Ratking, Lee Bannon @ Palisades
Raging hardcore band Trash Talk pretty much never play a show that doesn't have both the band and crowd going apeshit, and tonight's at small-ish Bushwick venue Palisades should be just that. (Trash Talk were also one of the first bands to play Palisades when it opened last year and it was insane.) Alt-rappers Ratking and hip hop producer Lee Bannon open, and the three of them do it again at Webster's Marlin Room tomorrow.

Matthew E. White @ BRIC House
White's lush, string-laden new album, Fresh Blood, is out next week and he'll be celebrating tonight. It's a special show, where he'll be backed by a 30-piece orchestra, which should really bring those songs to life. Sold out.

Nails, Incendiary, Deathcycle @ Saint Vitus
Nails blend metal and hardcore in a way that's as relentlessly brutal as the former but embraces the brevity of the latter. Their latest record, 2013's Abandon All Life, is one of the more superior albums in this style of recent years, but of course this stuff is best experienced live.

Torres @ The Greene Space
Torres has a new album on the way, and from the sound of its lead single, it further embraces her rocking side. Catch her playing a few shows on your lunch break (this is a 12:30 PM show) at this WNYC Soundcheck session today.

Bleed The Pigs, Anicon, Skullshitter, Belus @ The Acheron
Nashville grinders Bleed the Pigs make raw, powerful stuff on their new split with Thetan that dropped last week. Stream it below, and catch them at Acheron tonight. Good local support too.

Rivergazer, Small Wonder, Plume Giant, Diet Cig @ Shea Stadium
Pretty good lineup of local bands with the Porches-related Rivergazer, Epoch member Small Wonder, the poppy Plume Giant, and lo-fi pop duo Diet Cig.

Dropkick Murphys, The Mahones, Blood or Whiskey @ The Paramount
It's almost St. Patrick's Day, and what better time to see Boston's favorite Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys? Tonight begins their 5-show run in the NYC-area.

Langhorne Slim, Jonny Fritz @ Baby's All Right
Langhorne has a new record coming out soon and, ahead of it's promotional push, plays this solo show tonight with Deer Tick's Johnny Fritz. Sold out.

HTRK, Blazer Sound System, Kiki Kudo @ Baby's All Right
Australian post punk act HTRK released Psychic 9-5 Club, last year which was their first album made as a duo, following the death of Sean Stewart who died in 2011. It's their most hushed, electronic-based album to date, but expect volume to be high tonight.

Rain Machine, Lewis Lazar (and The Hydras), Aerial East, Kelsey Lu @ Cameo
When not playing in TV on the Radio, Kyp Malone stays busy with his solo project Rain Machine that takes on influences like bluegrass and gospel.

Aparna Nancherla, Michelle Buteau, Seaton Smith, Ben Kronberg, Mike Lawrence, Dave Hill @ Littlefield
This show is "Picture This" which is "a live comedy show with stand-ups performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists."

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Cuddle Magic @ Rough Trade
Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, gets the "whimsy" tag a lot (mainly due to her name) but new album Ripely Pine shows she's got some serious muscle, too. Tonight's the record release show for that LP and it's sold out.

Yonatan Gat, Beech Creeps, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo @ Union Pool
Onetime Monotonix member Yonatan Gat celebrates the release of his new album, Director, tonight with with a pretty stellar lineup of avant/experimental rock. Gat smudges the line between performer and audience -- as long as you're prepared to be an active participant, his shows are a lot of fun.

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

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Eliot & Ilana (and Bob Balaban) on 'Broad City'
Abby & Eliot

This week's very funny episode of Broad City featured the first we've seen of Ilana Wexler's brother, Eliott, who sings at their grandma's Shiva. Eliott is played by Ilana Glazer's real-life brother Eliot Glazer who, you may know, brings his classically-trained pipes to his live show "Haunting Renditions" where he takes some of pop music's most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads. The next edition of "Haunting Renditions" happens at Littlefield on February 20 and features guests Dave Hill and Marnie the Dog. Tickets are on sale now.

Tonight (2/6) at the Bell House, Eliot Glazer will be one of the guests at storytelling game show "The Shame Game." Other guests include Late Night with Seth Meyers' Michelle Wolf, Phoebe Robinson, plus hosts Ginny Leise and Soojeong Son. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Dave Hill, his next edition of "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" happens at Union Hall on March 6. Guests include Aparna Nancherla, Mrs. Smith, and Bandits on the Run, and tickets are on sale.

In other notable comedy/variety show news, the next edition of "Running Late with Scott Rogowski" happens at UCB Chelsea on February 11. Guests for this one: former SNL castmember Kevin Nealon and daytime talk show legend Jerry Springer. Tickets are on sale now.

by Arielle Gordon

NYC Podfest

Now in its third year, the NYC Podfest brings the best of, you guessed it, podcasts from across the country to New York for a fun-filled audio-based weekend (January 9 - 11). This year festival founder Jeremy Wein is bringing bigger names than ever to The Bell House (Friday, January 9) and Fontana's (Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11). Tickets are on sale now. Things kick off at The Bell House with Kevin Allison's (The State) RISK! podcast. This show has become hugely successful online and in LA, where its monthly live show consistently packs the Nerdist Theater at The Meltdown. The show, which has featured Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, and more, asks its guests to reveal personal, often embarrassing stories about themselves that they thought they would never tell. This show's theme is "Butts" and features Sasheer Zamata (SNL), stand up Matt Braunger, and more TBA.

Other interesting shows include a podcast panel on 1/10 at Fontana's (tickets) hosted by Jason Zinoman of The New YorkTimes featuring podcast experts Dave Hill (WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show), Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week?, and Matt Braunger (Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger); later that same evening at Fontana's, it's "The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart" (featuring Hasan Minhaj and Executive Producer Adam Lowitt); and Fontana's on Sunday 1/11 at 8PM it's The Todd Barry Podcast with special guests Yo La Tengo.

There's lots more. View the full lineup below.

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"We're not birds, we're a jug band!"

It's that time of year again. You can't seem to walk a block without seeing Christmas lights or hearing holiday favorites (all ten of them) from every passing storefront. If you're looking for something beyond "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for the hundredth time, there's no shortage of holiday-themed shows over the next few weeks. (Though some of them, however, may include that old chestnut.) Here's a few of them:

Sloan Wainwright is bringing the full band version of her intimate project to City Winery on Sunday (12/7) for a special holiday-centric show with the similarly minded Peter Stampfel & The Ether Frolic Mob (who plays new Greenpoint venue Aviv the night before) as well as performances from Cosy Sheridan, Muppeteer Peter Linz, Sam McTavey and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now. You can also catch Sloan at her niece and nephew Rufus and Martha Wainwright's holiday shows at Town Hall later in the month, one of which features, among many many others, Cyndi Lauper who's doing her own guest-filled holiday show.

Old 97's lead singer and prolific solo artist Rhett Miller is hosting his second annual holiday shindig at City Winery on December 16. The "Holiday Extravaganza" features music from Miller and comedy from Jen Kirkman, Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Like last year, B.B. King Blues Club is hosting a slew of shows dedicated to the holiday celebrations. There's the club's annual Christmas party hosted by Ronnie Spector on December 20 (tickets), and four shows from another Phil Spector protege, Darlene Love, on December 19, 26, 27 and January 2. Tickets for all four shows are still available.

For those celebrating the other major religious holiday during this season, a cappella group The Maccabeats are having their annual Hanukkah show at B.B. King's on December 25 with support from Y-Studs. Tickets are on sale now.

Another option is "Christmas for the Jews" at City Winery. The stand-up show features sets from Avi Liberman, Jon Fisch, Cory Kahaney and more. Sold out.

Meanwhile, Matisyahu plays his annual "Festival of Light" show on December 20 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.

What else? You can catch Dave Hill, his band Valley Lodge, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Bridget Everett, Chris DiStefano, Larry Murphy and more at "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe and Tell Me All Your Secrets" on December 10 at The Bell House. Tickets for the show are still available.

As discussed, there's a few other holiday shows at The Bell House including Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots, The Sweetback Sisters, Eliot & Ilana Glazer, Wasabassco's 70's Christmas Carol and what's sure to be a very magical show presented by Harry & the Potters.

Bridget Everett will also perform at drag king legend Murray Hill's holiday show with Carmine Covelli (who's in Bridget's band The Tender Moments and The Julie Ruin), and burlesque performers Perle Noire, Trixie Little and Mr. Gorgeous on December 13 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are still available.

Another Christmas comedy show is Dan St. Germain's Christmas Spectacular at Union Hall on December 16 with sets from Brooks Wheelan, Jared Logan, Kevin Barnett, Jacqueline Novak and Team Submarine. Tickets for that show are still available.

Also at Union Hall, on December 14 (tix) is a Christmas edition of their monthly "Muppet Vault" series where they'll show classic holiday TV special Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas (done here as a singalong) and other appropriate clips from Muppetland.

For a night of music and comedy, there's Aimee Mann & Ted Leo's Christmas tour stop at Town Hall on December 13 with Fred Armisen, The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek-rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other previously mentioned holiday shows include Nick Lowe, John Waters, and the stacked WFMU Holiday Cheer Benefit with Conor Oberst, Natalie Merchant, The Felice Brothers, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow and Jonathan Wilson.

For a little more traditional Holiday fun there's How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Theater at MSG from December 5 through December 28. (tix).

Speaking of Emmet Otter, check out some great bloopers/outtakes from that Christmas special below...

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Metal Grasshopper

Long in the works, Metal Grasshopper is finally here! Dave Hill (seen recently at a Judas Priest concert) and Phil Anselmo (seen recently in a documentary about New Orleans metal and on a boat with Lemmy) will be posting episodes of their comedy/metal series on YouTube. The first episode is live now! Watch below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Dave Hill of WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show

Judas Priest

Thursday night I went to see Judas Priest at the Barclays Center, the place usually reserved for concerts by the rapper Jay-Z in Brooklyn, and that shit was fucking awesome, especially if you like Judas Priest, which duh. Here's what happened. First, my friend Dave, who knows I am basically the biggest Judas Fucking Priest fan of all-time and I should probably be in the fucking band and you can ask anyone, gave me some extra tickets he had to the show and I was like "Thanks, Dave, you're the best!" until my friend Rob, who has a job, called to tell me that he had FOUR FUCKING TICKETS to sit in the sweetass VIP LUXURY BOX the place where he works owns so I told Dave to go fuck himself and threw the tickets he gave me in the trash. Anyway, fast forward like 45 minutes and I'm walking into the Barclays Center and you could tell all the people who worked there were just like "Why isn't this dude going in the band entrance or something?" because of my strong rock look. I had a leather jacket on and everything. But then I just flashed my VIP LUXURY BOX TICKET and they ushered me through some special doors where everything smelled much better. Then I got on some elevator with my friends and some other fucks and I said "I hope Solange doesn't beat the crap out of me!", which was a humorous reference to the time the R&B star Beyonce's sister smacked the shit out of the rapper Jay-Z in an elevator that everyone on the elevator seemed to get a real kick out of. Sometimes it's hard to know how to act on an elevator but I like to think I helped everyone relax.

A couple minutes later, we were totally in the fucking VIP LUXURY BOX, which was awesome. Normally at concerts I like to be down on the floor in the front row because the band seems super pumped about it and the makeout potential (with super hot chicks) is much better but I am definitely down for mixing it up with some VIP action every once in a while too. The cool thing about the fucking VIP LUXURY BOX is that everything in there is totally free. You can grab like six beers from the fucking fridge and no one is gonna say shit about it. And when you get done with those you can grab six more. Fuck it. Also, there was a nice chicken dish with those fingerling potatoes that look like dicks, and also hot dogs, which- yeah, I know- also look like dicks but calm down. There was also a vegetable plate so vegetarians can have some shit to eat too if they think they're gonna pass out or something.

Anyway, I got myself a fucking hot dog (normally I don't like relish but the kind they had was actually pretty good), cracked open a cold one and went to sit down at front of the VIP LUXURY BOX with my friend Marc, who came from work. As soon as I did, like 80 hot chicks down below whipped there heads around to look at me like they wanted to bone but I didn't have time for that shit because I was there for Priest, not to give some hot chick the best night of her life. Steel Panther was still on at this point and they were good but a part of me was also like get off the fucking stage right now or I will come down there and kick all four of you guys in the taint cuz I want to see Judas Priest right fucking now and I pretty much speak for everybody here on this one, thanks.

After Steel Panther ffinished, I went to take a monster piss in the VIP FUCKING BATHROOM down the hall, which has way better urinals than the bullshitty ones regular people at the Barclays Center have to use. While I was in there, the guy taking a leak next to me was all like "The Rangers are winning" and I was like "Calm down- this doesn't mean we're dating." Then I got the fuck out of there.

When I got back to my seat in the VIP LUXURY BOX, there was a giant banner in front of the stage that said Judas Priest on it and I was super pumped.


Judas Priest about to hit the stage and @mrdavehill is ready. #judaspriest #barclayscenter

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Then like two minutes later, the banner falls down and all of a sudden everyone in Judas Fucking Priest but Rob Halford is standing there like they were gonna kick everyone's asses and it was awesome. They start jamming fucking "Dragonaut" (not the Sleep song, duh) from their new album which is awesome but still seems fucking nuts when you know how to play "Heading Out to the Highway" or something instead. Then a couple seconds after that, Rob Fucking Halford walks on stage covered in leather and I almost pissed my tight rock jeans even though I had just gotten back from taking a massive leak. Anyway, Rob is singing, it's the fucking best and we are both basically owning the entire Barclays Center. Some people say Rob has trouble hitting the notes like he used to but it didn't matter because I had that shit covered. You could tell everyone sitting near me was like "Holy shit."

After the first song, Judas Fucking Priest launched into "Metal Gods", an awesome song about me and the guys in Judas Priest. It should be noted at this point that K.K. Downing, one of the original guitarists in the band, quit a few years ago and they have this new guy Richie Faulkner who is totally sweet at guitar but compared to me it's just like "You're kidding, right?" The thing is though I don't even know if I'd have time to be in Judas Priest right now because I have other shit going on. Sometimes life is all about timing and I hope Rob Halford and the rest of the band understand that. Anyway, Glen Tipton is still in the band and is awesome at guitar and has cool hair. Even so, a lot of the time he just stands there like he's making a salad or something and sometimes I'm just like "Get your shit together- you're in Judas Fucking Priest!" The cool thing, though, is that the bass player, Ian Hill (No relation. That I know of! Hahahahaha. Mom?! I am kidding. Haha), looks like he was cryogenically frozen in 1982 and then thawed out right before the show and he fucking breaks out the rock moves the entire show like he's not even really trying. If Glen Tipton would turn around even once during the show he'd be like "Ian Hill (no relation) is fucking owning me right now!" but whatever.

Anyway, the show took a dark turn when they played their ballad "Beyond the Realms of Death", which made me have to sit down a second and think about my own mortality and also how this chick's ass was in my way for a second. But I got over that fast because then Rob Halford came out on a fucking Harley for "Hell Bent for Leather" and it was the greatest thing ever to happen in North America. He also wore like nine different leather jackets during the show, which ruled. Most singers are lucky if they can wear like three jackets tops.

After "Hell Bent for Leather", the whole band went back stage to check out some tits and high-five I bet before coming back out for the encore, which included my personal anthem "Living After Midnight" and then another one. Personally, I think it's fucking insane that Judas Priest didn't play "Heading Out to the Highway", "Hot Rockin'", or "United" and I hope someone has a long fucking talk with them about it and then they can have a good long think about it on the bus, but Judas Priest is still so good at being Judas Priest it's not like I can stay mad at them. I bet if Jay-Z tried to ride a motorcycle on stage he couldn't even handle that shit for like two seconds. Also, he sucks at rapping. The drummer for Judas Priest is Scott Travis. I would like to be in their band.


Judas Priest continue on tour and play Izod Center in NJ on 10/17 before continuing towards Texas to co-headline Fun Fun Fun Fest. More pictures and the setlist from Brooklyn, below...

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Fred Pessaro

Ex-BrooklynVegan metal writer Fred Pessaro went to New Orleans to creat a 7-part Noisey Youtube documentary on the "people and culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others." We mentioned when the first episode was released. They're now up to number four which you can watch with one, two, and three below.

One of those "other" bands featured in the movie is Goatwhore who are playing three shows with the reunited-sort-of Samhain at the end of October (Philly, DC and NYC). Goatwhore also play a bunch of shows before and after then including a pre-Samhain headlining show at the Bug Jar in Rochester (with Mortals and Wolvhammer), and one before that at Cobra Lounge in Chicago (also with Wolvhammer). In November they tour Europe with Dying Fetus, Malevolence, and Fallujah. All dates are listed with those videos below.

Samhain recently played Riot Fest in Chicago (and was joined by Randy Blythe of Lamb of God).

Entertainer Dave Hill is not in the documentary or on tour with Goatwhore, but he did have special guest Phil Anselmo on his first-ever WFMU "Goddamn Dave Hill Show", and he had Mike IX Williams from Eyehategod on the most recent episode. Every episode can be streamed at at WFMU.org. Catch Dave live and in the flesh and telling secrets and playing with his band Valley Lodge and with Mike Doughty (who probably has absolutely no ties to New Orleans metal) and others at Union Hall on Friday (10/3).

Continue reading "Episode 4 of 'NOLA' doc released (video); Goatwhore touring around Samhain shows (dates); Dave Hill doing stuff too"

by Chris La Putt

Dave Hill, Eugene Mirman, Amy Schumer, Bridget Everett,
Eugene Mirman Festival 2014 - Night 1 - Gowanus Idol
Eugene Mirman Festival 2014 - Night 1 - Gowanus Idol
Eugene Mirman Festival 2014 - Night 1 - Gowanus Idol

The 7th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival began last night at the Bell House with a singing competition for comedians dubbed Gowanus Idol judged by festival founder Eugene Mirman along with Amy Schumer, NPR's This American Life host Ira Glass, and comedian Jon Glaser as Derrick Brown's dad. He took over as judge when Amy had to leave.

Tickets are still available to see 5 Comics to Watch Get on Variety's 10 Comics to Watch List featuring Mehran Khaghani, Michelle Wolf, Phoebe Robinson, Janelle James, Joe Zimmerman, host Josh Gondelman at Union Hall tonight, and for the Bell House's A Night of Cutie-Pies with Nick Thune, Jon Glaser, Karen Kilgariff, and SNL's new Weekend Update co-anchor Michael Che.

Spoiler: Bridget Everett won the competition. Catch her show at Joe's Pub called ROCK BOTTOM, which we saw last week. It's been extended until October 16th.

Pictures from the Bell House continue below...

Continue reading "'Gowanus Idol' @ The Bell House! (Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest Night 1.... IN PICS) --- Bridget Everett, Dave Hill, Jon Glaser & more"

by Arielle Gordon


For 10 years, Seth Herzog's excellent comedy showcase Sweet has been a NYC comedy staple, bringing fresh faces and old pros together. Everyone from Donald Glover to Jeff Ross has performed there over the years, with Herzog's distinctive energy keeping the crowd coming back week after week.

To celebrate Sweet's tenth anniversary, Herzog has put together a three-day comedy extravaganza at its current home of The Slipper Room running tonight (9/8) through Wednesday (9/10), featuring the likes of Colin Quinn, Hannibal Buress, Vanessa Bayer, Dave Hill, Questlove, and many more surprises to come each night. As for who's playing which night, you're just gonna have to show up and find out. Tickets ($10 per night or $25 for all three) are on sale now.

Watch a Sweet set featuring Reggie Watts, Questlove, Greg Barris, and more, below...

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Robyn in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Robyn, Royksopp @ Pier 97
Ready to do it again? A sonic Scandinavian Reese's cup, Royksopp and Robin just sound better together.

Heaven's Gate, Weekends, Advaeta, Bueno, Et Al @ Silent Barn
Heaven's Gate are due for a new record sometime soon so it seems like a good chance to check in on their hazy rock tonight. Plus: Silent Barn now has a cafe if you're feeling peckish. Beer and wine too.

Kevin Gates @ Gramercy Theatre
Kevin Gates has a hard-hitting Southern rap flow, but he's also got genuinely melodic stuff too, with a mix that comes off not unlike aughts-era T.I.

Midnight Masses, Living Days, Riverwild, DJ PreSkool @ Union Pool
Trail of Dead side project Midnight Masses put a new album out this year and they're currently on a short tour that hits NYC tonight at Union Pool and then again tomorrow at Mercury Lounge.

Nick Hakim, Gabriel Garzón Montano @ Baby's All Right
Nu-R&B performer Nick Hakim whose new EP, Where Will We Go Pt. 2, will be out in September and who's played dates with Maxwell, headlines tonight. Also on the bill: Gabriel Garzón Montano, who just recently play PS1 Warm Up.

Friends of Single People w/ Anthony DeVito, Dave Hill, Aparna Nancherla and more @ Littlefield (BK Comedy Fest)
Part of the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, this is "Friends of Single People" where folks get to represent their single friends onstage in a live dating game. Some of those folks include Jo Firestone, Anthony Devito, Dave Hill and more.

Boris Khaykin, Ian Fidance, Sasheer Zamata, U.S. National Improv Team, Sean Patton, Stone Cold Fox, Hello Phones, Trevor Noah @ Glasslands (BK Comedy Fest)
More Brooklyn Comedy Festival, with an early improv show (with SNL's Sasheer Zamata) and then a late show with South African comic Trevor Noah, Dan Wilbur, and more.

'Ask Me Another' w/ Gilbert Gottfried @ Bell House
Another in NPR's "Ask Me Another" live quiz show tapings, tonight features veteran crank Gilbert Gottried.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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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by Arielle Gordon

Neko Case surrounded by comedy admirers at '13 Mirman fest (more by David Andrako)

What do Ira Glass, Michael Ian Black, Mike Birbiglia, and Neko Case have in common? They all made an appearance at last year's spectacular Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Brooklyn's most well-curated, arbitrarily created comedy festival.

Well, the festival is back for its seventh year from September 18 - 22 at The Bell House and Union Hall, this year with an extra night of festivities added onto the standard four-day lineup. As usual, its an eclectic mix of comedians, entertainers, musicians, and scientists, including H Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Michael Che, Dave Hill, Elna Baker, Nick Thune, Jon Glaser, Bridget Everett, Michelle Wolf, Jessi Klein, Wyatt Cenac, Robyn Hitchcock and Derrick Brown among those announced so far. There's also two nights of Startalk Live! this year, one hosted by Bill Nye and one with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Like every EMCF, the best shows are always rife with special guests and secret additions. 2014 schedule, as it stands, is below and tickets go on sale Friday (8/8) at 1 PM. You can also buy, for the first time, a ($500) Eug Express Lane VIP Pass that gets you into all the shows and allows you to skip the line.

2014 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival lineup is listed below...

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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...

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