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Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Deerhoof

Experimental noise popsters Deerhoof have announced that they'll be heading back on the road for an international tour this year, which includes support from NYC rapper Awkwafina (who played Tinderbox 2013 with Deerhoof) and NYC's Celestial Shore on most dates. Celestial Shore aren't on the NYC date which happens on May 3 at Le Poisson Rouge, but Awkwafina is, in addition to London's Tomaga. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Though you can't see Celestial Shore at that show, they've got a bunch of other hometown dates coming up, including 2/6 at Baby's All Right with Friend Roulette and Zula; two with Cloud Becomes Your Hand including 2/8 at Silent Barn with Aye Aye Rabbit (mems. Deerhoof) and Little King, and 2/14 at The Ho_se with Ava Luna and Killer Bob; the Palehound show at Pianos (2/27) which now also includes Grass Is Green, Bluffing and Howler; and Baby's on 3/3 with Oberhofer and Big Ups. All of their dates are listed below.

Deerhoof also just made a video for "Flower" off their 2012 LP, Breakup Song, and you can watch that, along with their list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof made a video, touring w/ Awkwafina & Celestial Shore (who have many other dates)"

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The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.
The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.

Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.

There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...

Continue reading "Jarvis Cocker, Four Tet, Max Tundra, YACHT, Rustie and more contribute to 'Everything is New' charity project (streams)"

Philip Glass at Prospect Park in July (more by Adela Loconte)
Philip Glass

Following David Byrne's big Philippines benefit at Terminal 5 in November to help those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, another more intimate, but equally cool benefit is happening in NYC on December 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. This one's got modern composer Philip Glass joined by an impressive indie lineup of Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles) with past collaborator Ben Vida, plus Prefuse 73, Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), DJ Jon Santos, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

In related news, the music of Tyondai Braxton, Aphex Twin, and Edgard Varèse will soundtrack an upcoming dance performance by Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham at The Met on February 20.

Prefuse 73 is also going on a tour with Nosaj Thing that hits NYC on January 30 at Output. Tickets are still available here and here.

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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Los Lobos @ City Winery
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Mexican-American rock vets Los Lobos just released a live album, Deconstructed in New York, which was recorded at City Winery last year. They return to the venue for three sold-out nights, this being the second.

Songs from Montague Terrace: A Tribute to Scott Walker @ Le Poisson Rouge
In conjunction with a forthcoming tribute album, Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), Bright Light Bright Light, Nicole Atkins, Ex Cops, and more will be performing Scott Walker classics with a live string section.

Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy continues his Sunday ministry/residency at Joe's Pub which runs through December 22.

Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ The Knit
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Luke Temple

While he's spent the last few years concentrating on Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple recently returned to solo mode with Good Mood Fool which was released a couple weeks ago via Secretly Canadian. On it, he bathes in warm funk and gentle reggae, giving things an enjoyably mellow vibe. You can check out the video for "Florida" and a couple other tracks below, and the whole record can be heard via Spotify.

Temple is currently finishing up a short East Coast tour with his band that includes Eliot Krimsky (Glass Ghost, Here We Go Magic), Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors) and Brian Betancourt (Hospitality). He'll then head to Europe but on his return he's doing a December residency at Union Pool, playing the first three Tuesdays of the month. He's gathered some pretty impressive talent to open on the nights:

DECEMBER 3 (tickets)
ELLIOT KRIMSKY
MEMS (5) - (Ofir Ganon and Greg Sarnier of Deerhoof)
CHRIS BEAR (of Grizzly Bear)
LUKE TEMPLE

DECEMBER 10 (tickets)
DANIEL CARTER//AUSTIN VAUGHN
SAM OWENS (of Celestial Shore)
STEVE MARION (of Delicate Steve)
LUKE TEMPLE

DECEMBER 17 (tickets)
ADAM SCHATZ (of Man Man, Landlady, etc)
JEREMY GUSTIN AND INDIGO STREET (of Delicate Steve)
RYAN SEATON (of Callers)
LUKE TEMPLE

As a unifying theme, all of the sets during the residency will be improvised. No word on advance tickets just yet. Ticket links above. All tour dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below.

Continue reading "Luke Temple released new LP (streams), doing guest-filled NYC "improvisational" residency in December & other dates"

Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Deerhoof

The fourth Tinderbox Music Festival, "an annual event showcasing a powerful and diverse lineup of established and emerging female artists producing innovative original music," is returning to NYC on November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's being headlined by experimental band Deerhoof, and also features sets by a bunch of local artists, including the shoegazey Butter the Children, the punky Aye Nako, the synth poppy Half Waif, the friends of Yeah Yeah Yeahs Dynasty Electric, and more. Tickets for the fest go on sale Friday (9/13) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting today (9/9) at 4 PM. Full lineup and the list of all Deerhoof tour dates are below.

Aye Nako have other shows coming up, including an opening slot on the Bowery Ballroom (9/16) stop of the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement tour (tickets) and our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Bouncing Souls, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon and more TBA (admission is $3 at the door).

Butter the Children also play another local show on October 7 at Cameo with Neighbors, Teen Girl Science Monthly, and Clarence. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full Tinderbox 2013 lineup, the list of Deerhoof dates, and some song streams, below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof, Aye Nako, Butter the Children & more playing 2013 Tinderbox Music Festival (lineup & dates)"

Odd Future's Tyler the Creator @ MHOW, 3/23/2013 (more by Jason Bergman)
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Seu Jorge @ T5, 2010 (more by kolored)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Bob Saget @ Bowery Ballroom (early) & MHOW (late)
Once known for family sitcom Full House , Bob Saget now has a rep for mining the dark side of comedy for "mature audiences." Tonight he performs an early show at Bowery Ballroom before scooting across the East River for a late set at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Bowery is sold out, but you can still get tickets for MHOW.

Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket @ Webster Bank Area
Bob Dylan and Wilco begin their run of NYC-area shows (all of which are with My Morning Jacket, except Jones Beach with Beck) in CT at Webster Bank Arena tonight (moved from The Ballpark at Harbor Yard). Expect lots of multi-generational folk tradition, and maybe even some collaborations.

The So So Glos, The Moon Dudes, Las Rosas, New Cross, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof @ Rippers (FREE)
As long as it doesn't rain, what better way to spend the heatwave than out at the Rockaways with this free show featuring So So Glos, Las Rosas, and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier? 12 PM - 9 PM. FREE

Odd Future, Meek Mill, Schoolboy Q, World's Fair, Funkmaster Flex @ Williamsburg Park
This all killer no filler bill is practically a mini hip hop festival, and one of the best shows outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park is hosting this summer. It's got mallrat rap crew Odd Future, Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q, upcoming Queens group World's Fair, legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex, and Meek Mill, who has at least a few really fun songs that you'll probably hear tonight.

Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z @ Yankee Stadium
JT and Jay Z (not Jay-Z) both have boundary-pushing new albums under their belts, and tonight they join forces for their second of two shows at the gigantic Yankee Stadium.

The Specials @ The Stone Pony
These Two Tone vets inspired so much mediocre music, it's sometimes easy to forget that The Specials' debut album is just about perfect, and still sounds great today.

Overlord, Miniboone, Giraffes Giraffes @ Cake Shop
Despite a name that suggests throwing devil signs, Overlord are an indiepop group with tendencies towards British Invasion and '60s surf sounds. Tonight they'll say farewell to departing member George Pasles.

The World Is..., Daylight, Dads, Pity Sex @ Death By Audio
Most of this show leans on the emo side, except openers Pity Sex, who have ditched their emo-y past for total shoegaze on their new album, Feast of Love. It's an excellent album, and if you're going to this show, Pity Sex are very worth showing up early to see.

Tim Barry, Cory Branan, Des Ark @ Knitting Factory
Avail have been quiet for the past five years or so, but their frontman, Tim Barry, still tours solo a lot, and tonight he hits Brooklyn for a headlining show at Knitting Factory. Support comes from Lucero associate Cory Branan and Des Ark.

Kode9, L-Vis 1990, Recloose, Kelela, Obey City @ MoMa PS1
The forward-thinking summer electronic music series at MoMA PS1, Warm Up, continues today with sets from Hyperdub label head Kode9, Night Slugs co-head L-VIs 1990, exciting R&B newcomer Kelela, Recloose, and Obey City.

Akitsa, Lussuria, Endless Humiliation @ Saint Vitus
Lussuria and Endless Humilation are great support bands, but the main attraction here is clearly the super rare performance by Quebecois black metal band Akitsa. Their primitive black metal is spotted with Oi, and made for a helluva performance at Chaos in Tejas earlier this year.

The Burlies, Paperhaus, Electric People @ Shea Stadium
The Dismemberment Plan are fully back in action (what do you think of their new song?), but meanwhile, frontman Travis Morrison's other band, The Burlies, are doing stuff too, and you can catch them in Brooklyn tonight headlining a much more intimate venue than D-Plan would probably headline if/when they play here.

Antibalas, The Stepkids, Prince Paul (DJ Set), Pegasus Warning @ The Bell House
The Stepkids spent the early '00s backing up big name R&B and hiphop acts like Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and 50 Cent. On their own, the trio take a more Steely Dan approach, and they're not afraid to show off their chops. Part of the Music Frees All Festival.

The Lone Bellow, The Low Anthem, Joe Purdy @ Prospect Park Bandshell (FREE)
The free Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park continue tonight with a bill that indie folk fans might not want to miss.

RX Bandits, Northern Faces @ Best Buy Theater
The Bandits are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their seminal album, The Resignation, this year and playing the whole thing in full on tour. Songs like "Sell You Beautiful" and "Decrescendo" still sound great today, and if you were a fan of that era of the band, there should be some pretty great nostalgia for you at Best Buy Theater tonight.

Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tonight's edition of Jonathan Toubin's popular Soul Clap & Dance Off party features guest selector Eleanor Friedberger. Doors at 11 PM.

Tommy James & The Shondells, Felix Cavaliere @ The Great Auditorium (NJ)
Tommy James & The Shondells began in bubblegum ("I Think We're Alone Now," "Mirage") but later penned psychedelic classic "Crimson & Clover."

Kaiju Big Battel @ Stage 48
So you've seen Pacific Rim three times and you're jonesing for more Giant Monster Action? Head to Stage 48 for some old-school guys-in-rubber-suits spectacle which answers the questions, "What would a Wrestling Federation run by TOHO Studios be like?"

Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Guster @ PNC Bank Arts Center
We don't if we'd spend our "Last Summer on Earth" watching Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster, but that's what this '90s nostalgia tour is called.

Zorn@60 @ Lincoln Center
No Wave pioneer John Zorn celebrates his 60th birthday as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. This is the first of three nights, and tonight's performance features "six powerful works for string quartet, performed together in a single evening for the very first time.

Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Brazilian star Seu Jorge -- best known in America for singing Portugese versions of Bowie songs in The Life Aquatic -- is here for a week run of intimate shows as Blue Note.

Week At The Creek with Christian Finnegan and Nick Turner
The Creek & the Cave hosts "Week At The Creek," a standup series where one comedian performs at the Long Island City venue every night for a week. This week, hilarious standups Christian Finnegan and Nick Turner are stepping up to the plate. And it's FREE.

Monkey: Journey to the West @ Lincoln Center
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales is part opera, part Cirque du Soleil.

Other notable shows tonight include Joakim @ Cameo Gallery, Slonk Donkerson, Weiney, The Gradients, Sharkmuffin @ Muchmore's, Marcellus Pittman, Aaron Siegal, Free Magic, Faso @ Glasslands Gallery, and Gunfight, Boytoy, Thizz Rattlers, DJ Double Head @ Union Pool.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Satomi w/ Deerhoof at Ecstatic Music Festival 2013 (more by David Andrako)
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Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) is continuing to host its free concert series this summer, and there's a couple interesting shows coming up, including former Psychedelic Furs keyboardist (and Loser's Lounge bandleader) Joe Mcginty doing his weekly piano karaoke tonight (7/2).

Another upcoming show is Sky White Tiger, the collective led by former Polyphonic Spree member Louis Schwadron, who has also worked with Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Radiohead, and Elton John. They play this Wednesday (7/3) at 10 PM.

On July 7, former Shivers member/current Phosphorescent member Jo Schornikow will play a solo set at 9:30 PM.

And on July 14, Satomi from Deerhoof and Saya from Tenniscoats will play a collaborative set as Oneone, and support comes from Brooklyn indie rockers Celestial Shore.

Check out the full lineup at Manhattan Inn's site.

The National at Mercury Lounge last month (more by Sarah Gainer)
The National

Youth Lagoon @ Bell House last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Youth Lagoon

today in NYC
* Lotte Anker @ Barbes
* Rakim @ Red Hook Park
* Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bugs in the Dark, Gung @ Muchmore's
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* Walter Jones, Jacuzzihidive @ Cameo Gallery
* Dither, Lorna Dune, Philip White @ Silent Barn
* The National, Youth Lagoon @ Barclays Center
* World's End Press, Selebrities @ Mercury Lounge
* Cristina Pato and The Migrations Band @ Joe's Pub
* Chimneys, Malcolm, eskimeaux, Told Slant @ Big Snow
* The Mountain Goats, The Baptist Generals @ Maxwell's
* Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman Quartet @ The Stone
* Hard Nips, Potty Mouth, Leda, Pretty Greens @ Cake Shop
* Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones, Sarah Borges @ City Winery
* St. Paul and The Broken Bones, James Bay @ Mercury Lounge
* Liam McEneaney, Rob Paravonian, Janeane Garofalo @ Union Hall
* Grandchildren, Conveyor, Francisco The Man, Strange Shapes @ Pianos
* Yellowbirds, Alecia Chakour, Freddie Stevenson @ Rockwood Music Hall
Chains of Love, Guyanna Ross & The Supremes, The Veda Reys @ Knitting Factory
* Shellshag, 50 Million, Apogee Sound Club, Extra Feeler, Lilith Vector @ Death By Audio
* So So Apropos, Lora Faye, Wilsen, St. Claire, Sami.The.Great, Kiddo, Basinger @ Spike Hill
* Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation, Magrudergrind, Black Anvil @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Secret History, French Films, Hints, DJ Kip Berman (of Pains of Being Pure at Heart) @ Glasslands

Tonight's the kickoff of the 2013 season of Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park with a free show by Patty Griffin. Gates open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 8:15 PM.

This evening is also your last chance to catch Finland's French Films who play Glasslands with NYC indie poppers The Secret History. Hints also play and Kip Berman of Pains of Being Pure at Heart is DJing. Tickets are still available.

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Deerhoof just released a video for "Breakup Songs" which is from last year's similarly titled Breakup Song album. You can watch it below.

Disclosure, whose excellent debut LP is out this week, appeared on "Jools Holland" last night to perform their track "Latch" with Sam Smith. Check out a video of that below.

Another one of the big breakout UK groups of the year, Savages, also appeared on late night TV last night, making their network debut on "Fallon." They played "She Will" and a web exclusive of "City's Full," both of which you can watch below.

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Bushwick Open Studios

Bushwick Open Studios happens this weekend (May 31 - June 2) and is "a three day arts and culture festival that celebrates the community's vibrant arts scene with the goal of fostering dialogue and collaboration between local artists and residents." You can wander around the Brooklyn neighborhood and check out local artists' works where they made it. It's free and open to the public. Full artist listings are here.

There is also lots of music going on with BOS as well, which begins with an Official Launch Party at Shea Stadium on Friday (5/31) with Darlings, LODRO, Air Waves, and EULA. Tickets are $10 at the door and includes a Brooklyn Brewery open bar from 8 - 9 PM. More info at the facebook event.

There is also the BOS Music Festival which happens Saturday (6/1) at Don Pedro with The Othermen, Twin Guns and more; and Sunday (6/2) at Lone Wolf with Ken South Rock, Sorceress and more. Full line-ups are below and more info on the event flyer, which is also pictured below.

There's still more. The BOS '13 Electronic Music Showcase happens Saturday night at the Bossa Nova Civics Club with Octo Octa, Datalog, Tomeeo, Nanohumans, and Stephane Bonefant. More info at the facebook event.

On Sunday at Brooklyn Fire Proof East is "Moving On," a "fringe concert series" hosted by composer and performer Ian M. Colletti, (Vaudeville/ Vaudeville Park) and includes performances from Sam Mickens, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Dysrythmia's Kevin Hufnagel, Au Revoir Simone's Erika Spring, Sophia Knapp, and lots more. Line-up for that is below and more info at the facebook event.

Line-ups for BOS Music Festival and "Moving On" and that flyer below...

Continue reading "Bushwick Open Studios happens this weekend: music includes Greg Saunier, LODRO, Erika Spring, YYY's Brian Chase & more "

Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lee Ranaldo

The Lee Ranaldo Band, which features Lee along with his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel, are about to head to Spain and Portgual for a short tour this month, and upon returning to NYC they'll play a hometown show at Union Pool on April 28. Admission for that show is $12 at the door and openers TBA. They've got some other dates coming up this year too, all of which are listed below.

Meanwhile, Lee and Steve's past Sonic Youth cohort Thurston Moore is on tour with his band, Chelsea Light Moving, and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (4/5) at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Thurston also contributed to Joyful Noise's new "Cause & Effect" series, which pairs an influential solo musician with an artist they've influenced on a split 7" single. Thurston's 7" has a track by Talk Normal on the b-side. The series also includes Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh's Lou Barlow paired with Dumb Numbers and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow paired with Child Bite. You can stream the Thurston Moore/Talk Normal 7" at Pitchfork and listen to the other two below.

Thurston Moore and ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon (separately) are also set to play the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival in London which goes down from June 14-23 at the Southbank Centre. Other artists performing include Yoko Ono herself with the Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux (her first show in five years), Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Savages, Marianne Faithfull, Immortal Technique, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto, Sean Lennon with Cibo Matto, Boy George and more TBA. More info at the festival's website.

Meanwhile, you can catch Kim Gordon in NYC at the recently expanded "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets," which takes place during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1. Kim will be joined by Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and many more. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, along with the Joyful Noise 7" streams, below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo Band touring; Thurston Moore w/ Lou Barlow & others on Joyful Noise 7" series, playing Yoko Ono's Meltdown"

Danielson at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Ben Lozovsky)
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As mentioned, Jeffrey Lewis added a fourth show to his Mercury Lounge residency with Peter Stampfel, which happens this Sunday (3/31) (tickets), and before he heads out on his European tour in April, he'll play another NYC gig. This one's especially exciting because it's with Danielson Famile, who haven't played together in a pretty long time (Danielson has played without the Famile more recently though). Welcome Wagon is also on that bill and tickets are on sale now. It's one of two announced Danielson Famile dates, the other being in Philly at Union Transfer (4/15) a day earlier with Deerhoof and People Get Ready.

Daniel Smith will be DJing the Wovenhand show at Littlefield on April 12 (tickets). Wovenhand (David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower) are signed to Danielson's Sounds Familyre label.

Updated Jeffrey Lewis dates are listed, along with a spotify stream of Danielson's 2006 album, Ships, below...

Continue reading "Danielson Famile playing shows again (1 w/ Jeffrey Lewis)"

photos by David Andrako

Deerhoof @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 2/20/2013
Deerhoof

The Ecstatic Music Festival, which has been happening at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, continued last night (2/22) with one of the more anticipated of this year's season: Deerhoof with Chicago ensemble Dal Niente, including new work by Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter. This was the first time in NYC for this pairing that  made it's debut last summer as part of Chicago's Wordless Music series. You can check out more photos and the program from the concert below.

Next up at the Ecstatic Music Fest on Saturday (2/23): Laurel Halo, Julia Holter and Daniel Wohl combine forces with Wohl's TRANSIT ensemble, performing commissioned works as well as their previous works performed in new configurations. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Deerhoof with Ensemble Dal Niente played the Ecstatic Music Festival (pics)"

photos by David Andrako

Shara Worden & The Orchestra for the Next Century, Ecstatic Music Fest 2013
Shara Worden

As you may know, the Ecstatic Music Festival is underway in NYC with concerts happening now through March 21 at Merkin Concert Hall in the Kaufman Music Center. Last night (2/6) featured a performance by Clogs and Sarah Kirkland Snider & Orchestra for the Next Century. The latter was presenting the world premiere of Unremembered, a 13-song cycle set to poetry and artwork by New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows. DM Stith, My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden (who performed the opening night) and Clogs' Padma Newsome. sang as part of it. Pictures from the evening, as well as setlist and program notes,  are in this post.

The next EMF performance happens February 20 featuring a collaboration between Deerhoof and Chicago ensemble Dal Niente, including new work by Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter. Deerhoof and Dal Niente previously collaborated last summer as part of Chicago's Wordless Music series. Tickets to the event are still available.

More pics from last night's Ecstatic Music Festival performance are below...

Continue reading "Clogs, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Shara Worden and more played Ecstatic Music Festival (pics, setlist)"

Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Ecstatic Music Festival

As discussed, the indie/classical Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center this year and it begins Friday (1/25) with a show from My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The festival also includes shows with Clogs, Laurel Halo and Julia Holter, Deerhoof, Megafaun, and more. The full schedule is below and tickets for select shows are still available.

However, you've also got a chance to attend for free because we're giving away a pair of tickets to a show of your choice. Contest details and the Ecstatic Music Festival schedule, below...

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Fest kicking off (win tix to show of your choice!)"

Mystical Weapons

Then there's Mystical Weapons, an improv duo that came about after Sean Lennon became friendly with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, and Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda suggested the two try playing together. The resulting album is a really cool, eclectic, loosely powerful collection of experiments with some basic structure.

"All the music is improvised, which is one of the guidelines," Lennon explains. "Then there would be verbal guidelines, which were sometimes based around instrumentation or a key signature or a concept or mood."

"A song like 'Dirty Neon' was as simple as saying, 'All right Greg, you play piano this time and I'll play drums,'" Lennon continues. "And then 'Mechanical Mammoth' was all about playing the ARP 2600 on an atonal setting so the intervals on the keys weren't 12-tone but kinda random. Some songs were about just using the kalimba and the last song, 'Consortium Musicum,' was about playing toys live. I'm really proud of that one because it's very atmospheric, even though it's just us sitting cross-legged, playing toys." - [CBC]

You can stream Mystical Weapons' debut album over at the CBC (which is out 1/15) and you can watch a video of them performing "Colony Collapse Disorder" below.

Or you could go see them play live Saturday night (1/12) at Big Sky Works in Williamsburg. They've stopped selling advance online tickets, but you can buy them at the door. $15, 9 PM.

Flyer for the show and video are below...

Continue reading "Mystical Weapons (Sean Lennon & Deerhoof's Greg Saunier) releasing album, playing NYC this weekend"

DOWNLOAD: "Timber" (Greg Saunier remix) (MP3)

Mantra Percussion 'Timber' rehearsals
Mantra Percussion

Part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon's Timber makes its New York premiere this weekend, running tonight through Saturday (12/13 - 12/15) at the Fishman Space. As the title suggests, there's a lot of wood involved in this percussive piece:

Timber is scored for six amplified wooden 2x4s, cut into different sizes, giving each one a slightly different pitch. Called "simantras", these percussion instruments, with origins in the Eastern Orthodox Church, were first used in classical music by composer Iannis Xenakis. Far from a gimmick, the custom instrumentation allows Gordon to create the impression that the sound is traveling around and through the room by subtly shifting the accent of sound from one player to another. The result is a meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level.
Mantra Percussion ensemble will be bringing Timber to life at the Next Wave fest performances and you can watch video of them in action below. Performances are at 7:30 PM and tickets are still available.

The Timber CD was released last year (in a wooden box, of course), and next year will see the release of a remix album, featuring remodels by the likes of Antipop Consortium, Oneohtrix Point Never, Johann Johannson, Fennesz and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier whose version we have the premiere of in this very post. You can download it above or stream it below, along with the Timber video.

Continue reading "Michael Gordon's 'Timber' makes its NYC debut at BAM Next Wave fest, gets remixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier (stream)"

Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter

The Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in 2013 from January 25 to March 21, where it's happened in past years. Over the course of the approximately two month-long period, the festival will be presenting eleven shows, with multiple collaborations between artists that blur the lines between indie and modern classical. The collaborations include Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Sarah Kirkland Snider with vocalists DM Stith, Padma Newsome (of Clogs), and Shara Worden; DJ / rupture and Zs; Deerhoof with Dal Niente and Marcos Balter; Laurel Halo and Julia Holter with Daniel Wohl; Arnold Dreyblatt with Megafaun; Simone Dinnerstein with Tift Merritt; a Bang on a Can concert, and more.

Individual tickets and festival passes go on sale today (11/27).

Full schedule is below.

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Festival 2013 announced 2013 (Julia Holter, My Brightest Diamond, Laurel Halo, Megafaun, Deerhoof & more)"

Liam Finn

Haven't seen Liam Finn in a while? Clearly he's been hitting the gym. Catch the multi-instrumentalist/songwriter's impressive new look on the road now as part of a string of US dates with Deerhoof that have him in Houston tonight night before he slides up the East Coast by middle November. NYC can catch those impressive pecs at a solo show at Glasslands on November 16th where he'll team with Reuben and the Dark for a set (of the live show variety). Tickets are still available.

The Glasslands outing will help him bide time before he hits the studio with the goal being to complete a new record before Christmas. Details on said recording are sketchy, but hopefully Glasslands will showcase some of those new jams.

Speaking of Deerhoof, Greg Saunier, who was in NYC and dressed up for Halloween, also has some shows coming up at Lincoln Center.

Dare Liam Finn into a push-up contest at the dates listed below.

Continue reading "Liam Finn on tour with Deerhoof, playing Glasslands (dates)"

Mirel Wagner

24-year-old singer Mirel Wagner was born in Ethiopia but spent most of her life in Finland. With only spare guitar and her whispery, expressive voice, her songs are delicate and brittle like beautiful little spiderweb. Her debut album came out on Friendly Fire Recordings back in March. You can stream it below via a Spotify player and check out the video for album-opener, "To the Bone," below.

Mirel will be playing her first North American shows next month, including the Hopscotch Festival and a few dates opening for Deerhoof. She's got two shows in NYC: a solo show, as mentioned, at Joe's Pub on September 16 (tickets) and then at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Deerhoof and Buke and Gass on September 17 (tickets).

Opening for Mirel at Joe's Pub is Natureboy who maybe you caught at her Pianos residency back in June. She'll also be opening for the amazing Cate Le Bon at Union Pool on September 22 and tickets are still available. Natureboy also just recorded a Daytrotter session which you can listen to here.

A list of all tour dates, the video, and album streams below...

Continue reading "Mirel Wagner playing Joe's Pub w/ Natureboy before Deerhoof tour; Natureboy opening for Cate Le Bon (dates)"

Buke & Gase at BAM in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Buke and Gase

As recently mentioned, Buke and Gase will he heading out on a tour with Deerhoof which comes to NYC for a show on September 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mirel Wagner. TIckets for that show just went on sale. Since we last discussed that show, Deerhoof's full tour itinerary was revealed. All of their dates are listed below.

After the tour ends, Buke and Gase will play a few headlining dates, including one in NYC which happens on October 12 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, July 20 at noon.

A list of all dates and a video below...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"

Deerhoof at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Deerhoof

Michael Shannon's favorite band, Deerhoof, has a few, mostly festival, dates scheduled, including POP Montreal and Hopscotch this September. That same month, they'll play a NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 17 with Buke and Gase and Mirel Wagner. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/11) at noon.

A list of all dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof playing shows, one at MHOW w/ Buke & Gase (dates)"

POP Montreal

POP Montreal is returning to Montreal this year from September 19 - 23. The initial lineup was revealed and it includes Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance, David Byrne, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, I Break Horses, Hot Snakes, Dirty Three, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cate Le Bon, Bertrand Burgulat (!), and more. The full initial lineup is listed below and many more announcements to come. Early Bird tickets are on sale until June 30, when regular sale begins.

Meanwhile, Montreal will be getting the Ohsheaga Festival even sooner.

Initial POP Montreal lineup below...

Continue reading "POP Montreal initial 2012 lineup revealed (Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance, David Byrne, Tim Hecker, Hot Snakes & more)"

photos by Ed Lefkowitz, words by Andrew Frisicano

Rahzel & Kenny Muhammad @ BAM
Shuffle Culture

The Questlove-curated "Shuffle Culture" debuted at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House last night (4/19). As promised, a rotating cast of performers including Deerhoof, the Metropolis Ensemble, DJ Jeremy Ellis, D.D. Jackson and Sasha Grey (not to be confused with Gray) graced the stage at different times, performing in 5 to 10 minute bursts before transitioning into the next act. I had little idea what to expect going in and I think the show benefits from the blind approach (aka don't click below if you're going tonight).

The two-show run concludes tonight with Willis Earl Beal and Gray (not to be confused with Grey) replacing Reggie Watts. Both should fit well into the atmosphere of the gig. Tickets are still on sale.

More about the show and pictures are below...

Continue reading "Questlove brought 'Shuffle Culture' to BAM (pics and review), does again tonight (tix still available)"

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