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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.

Continue reading "Dave Hill offers to 'Let Me Turn You On' on new album, celebrating at The Bell House ++ other dates"


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.

Continue reading "Devo's 'Freedom of Choice' celebrating 35th anniversary with 33 1/3 book & a comedy tribute in NYC"


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)
trash talk

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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Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday? (Trash Talk, Matthew E. White, Nails, HTRK, Torres, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper & more)"

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.

Continue reading "2015 NYC Podfest line-up & schedule: Kevin Allison, Yo La Tengo, Todd Barry, 'The Daily Show,' Gilbert Gottfried & more"

"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).

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by Chris La Putt

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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...

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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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Those charming men: Phil Anselmo & Dave Hill enjoying breakfast...
Phil Anselmo and Dave Hill

To quote Housecore Records' YouTube posting, "After screening their Metal Grasshopper project at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, this happened..." WATCH BELOW...

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by Arielle Gordon

Dick Cavett and Dave Hill (via Dave's instagram)

You may know Dave Hill from his stand up, his band, or his book, or from sometimes shirtless concert reviews on this website. Today, however, Dave takes on another role -- "Vice President of Fulfillment" at Amazon.com. In case you haven't been following the dispute between Amazon and the French publishing group Hachette, this new video should shed some humorous light on the issue. The video features author Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, Blink), who has been personally affected by the dispute, and legendary talk show host Dick Cavett. This isn't the first time Dave and Dick have gotten together, either.

If that's not enough Dave Hill for you, you can catch him live, like at "Choice Cuts" which happens at Brooklyn's Littlefield on July 31 with Michelle Wolf, Colin Nissan, Mark Normand, Jen Kwok and more. (Ticktes). as part of , listen to his WFMU show, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, or listen in on his newest stint on Pete Holmes' podcast, You Made It Weird.

Upcoming Dave Hill tour dates are listed, along with that video, below...

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Night Beats @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
NIght Beats

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

Night Beats, Beverly, LODRO, Roya @ Baby's All Right
Seattle psych/garage rockers Night Beats keeps things good and greasy on last year's Sonic Bloom. This is a pretty great bill with just-added Beverly (who's album came out this week), Roya (featuring members of Habibi and The Clean) and LODRO's sinister blues.

Au Revoir Simone, Little Daylight, Lower 48 @ Brooklyn Bowl
Having been together for 10 years now, ARS still sound fresh on their most recent album, Move in Spectrums. If you can't make this show, they'll play MoMA on Thursday.

Paul Collins' Beat, 1-800-BAND, Marvin Berry and The New Sound, Fletcher C. Johnson @ Cake Shop
Powerpop legend Paul Collins will surely fill Cake Shop to the sweaty brim tonight, with an excellent undercard of likeminded upstarts.

People, Child Abuse, Cellular Chaos, Angel of Retribution @ Death by Audio
Avant trio People features Mary Halvorson, Kevin Shea, and Crystal Stilts keyboardist Kyle Forester. Tonight's the record release show for their new album, 3xaWomen, and it's an all-around experimental/noisy bill.

Babe The Blue Ox, Ida @ Mercury Lounge
Two of NYC's longest running indie rock bands, who can say how many times these two have played together over the last 20 years?

SPEEDO>, Luke Temple, Austin Vaughn @ Manhattan Inn
Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple highlight's this free show at Manhattan Inn. The performance room is impossibly small, and in the round, making for a very memorable show environment.

Pinprick Punishment, Future Primitive, Agitator, A Truth, Geronimo @ Don Pedro
Pinpick Punishment make a vaguely experimental brand of hardcore that recalls classic '80s bands such as Black Flag and B'last. The Japanese crew are over in America on their current tour and have a few shows left, including tonight's in NYC.

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.

Dave Hill, Bridey Elliot, Erik Bergstrom, Kara Klenk, Mike Recine, Alec Lambert, Boris Khaykin @ Muchmore's
If that's not enough comedy for your, here's another show in Williamsburg, this one at tiny Muchmore's featuring sometimes BV contributor Dave Hill and a host of other funny folk. Free.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Reggie Watts @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Reggie Watts

Tickets are still on sale for Reggie Watts' big headlining performance at Town Hall, happening this Wednesday (6/18). Get out there and support the man at one of his biggest live shows yet. Heading to Toronto for NXNE? Reggie will be there too.

Tickets are also still strangely on sale for the David Cross/David Hill thing happening the same night at the Bell House.

Speaking of the Bell House, you can get tickets to the 6/24 live taping of the Tell Your Friends! podcast with Andy Borowitz, Bryan Tucker, Ophira Eisenberg, Andy Blitz, MIchelle Carlo, Bob Powers, Liam McEneaney, and Jessi Klein.

The Bell House is also where Jen Kirkman is doing a night of new material.

Moving to Union Hall: Greg Barris and very special guests happens on 7/9 and Nick Turner and very special guests happens on 7/15 and ManBoobs Comedy and very special guests happens on 7/18.

Meanwhile, Wyatt Cenac's Night Train shows continue to happen each week in June at Littlefield with Dave Hill, Mike Lawrence and more. AC Newman was a guest this week.

The next edition of Running Late with Scott Rogowsky: Brooklyn's Live Late Night Comedy Talk Show happens at Littlefield on 6/25 with Mike Sacks (Author, Poking A Dead Frog, And Here's The Kicker), Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show), and Dan St. Germain.

The next edition of The Talk Show Series Presents is set to happen this Thursday (6/19) at Williamsburg's Over the Eight. Bobby Tisdale is the host, with guests Ahna Tessler, Eleanor Friedberger, and more TBA. It's free. Over the Eight is also showing the World Cup, though, so it may be more crowded than usual just from overlap.

Dave Hill is also taking part in An Evening of Friends at the Ace Hotel on 6/23 with John Early, Michael Cavadias, Jemima Kirke, Cole Escola & Kate Berlant.

Max Silvestri (or someone subbing for him) still hosts The Big Terrific Comedy Show every Wednesday night at Cameo. It's free, and you never know who might pop in. Sometimes Aziz Ansari does a set. Maybe you'll catch him testing out material for his upcoming SHOW AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.

Speaking of lots of tickets, Dave Chappelle has NINE Radio Cith shows coming up.

Rob Delaney has six upcoming shows at comedy club Caroline's.

Chris Gethard has a bunch of shows coming up, big and small.

Browse our NYC Comedy Show Calendar for much more.


Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is about a month old at this point, with the former Daily Show correspondent (and guest-anchor)'s move to HBO. The pay-cable network not only allows for no language restrictions, but also longer form pieces as well, that allow Oliver and his writers to go a little more in depth. The show had its first viral moment this past Sunday with its 13-minute segment on the possible changes to the FCC's "Net Neutrality" regulations that could allow cable providers to offer different speeds to certain corporate clients. While being very funny, Oliver consisely explained Net Neutrality, noting they were "the only two words promising more boredom than 'Featuring Sting.'" He then urged the internet commenters to let the FCC know what they think of the proposed changes by going to the FCC's website that allows a 120-day public comment period. So many people did just that, and it crashed the FCC's servers (though it's working now). If you haven't seen the piece you can watch it below.

If you've watched Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, you maybe have also noticed its very catchy theme music, which is actually the song "Go" by Dave Hill's band, Valley Lodge. You can watch the video for that -- which came out last summer -- below. Your next chance to catch Dave and Valley Lodge is at The Bell House on June 18 which is part of his "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" variety show that features David Cross and more. Tickets are still available.

And if you're interested in attending a taping of Last Week Tonight, tickets can be requested here. "Net Neutrality" video and Valley Lodge song below...

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