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If you missed out on getting tickets for the Agalloch show at Irving Plaza during the Invisible Oranges presale, you can still get them in the general on-sale which starts today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Thievery Corporation show at new summer venue Pier 97 go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for Steely Dan's Long Island and Atlantic City shows go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the "Star Talk Live" show at Beacon Theatre with Neil deGrasse Tysonat and Eugene Mirman go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Afghan Whigs and Charles Bradley show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Albert Hammond Jr. Northside Fest show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fuck Buttons Northside Fest show at Warsaw go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Eleanor Friedberger Northside Fest show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The War On Drugs Northside Fest show at 50 Kent are on sale now.

Tickets for the Beirut Northside Fest show at 50 Kent are on sale now.

Tickets for the Andrew Jackson Jihad, Cheap Girls and Dogbreth show at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Wytches show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets to their Glasslands show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Veruca Salt show at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kelis show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the third National show at Prospect Park go on sale today at noon.

Honduras are playing Mercury Lounge on May 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Dig Deeper is presenting a show with The Conscious Minds (fka The Gaylads), Crazy Baldhead, DJ Scratch Famous, DJ Mr. Robinson and DJ Honky at Littlefield on April 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

RSVP is still open for our $3 Woods, Weyes Blood, Woolen Men, Cassie Ramone show happening at Baby's All Right on Tuesday. First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for a black light-friendly show poster.

Guitarists Vernon Reid, Robben Ford, Oz Noy, Earl Slick, Alex Skolnick, and Guthrie Trapp will all perform at a D'Addario launch event the Carle Place Guitar Center on Long Island on Thursday, May 1st at 6PM. FREE.

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

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The War on Drugs at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by PSquared)
War on Drugs

As you may know, the Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15 this year, and includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, CHVRCHES, Albert Hammond Jr., Dead Milkmen and more.

There have since been new additions to the schedule, including two big outdoor, all ages shows at the 6000-capacity 50 Kent (formerly Williamsburg Park, entrance at N. 12th). The first is The War on Drugs on Friday, June 13 ($20 adv, $25 day of) and then it's Beirut on Saturday, June 14 ($35 adv and day of). Tickets will be on sale soon via Northside Fest's site. These not-free big outdoor shows are in addition to the free big outdoor shows in McCarren Park with CHVRCHES (6/15) and one more TBA.

Other lineup additions include Perfect Pussy, Pharmakon, Eleanor Friedberger, Lust for Youth, Diane Coffee, Talib Kweli, Ava Luna, Yvette, Benjamin Booker (touring with Courtney Barnett), The Barr Brothers and Shamir (live debut). More info on exact venues and individual tickets will be available soon at Northside Fest's site where you can also buy a festival badge (Early Bird Music Badges ($65), Innovation Badges ($245), Film Badges ($25), and Premium Badges ($275) are on sale).

There's also a film portion, including the NY premieres of Homemakers (dir. Colin Healey), the Oscilloscope-presented of Montreal documentary The Past is a Grotesque Animal (dir. Jason Miller), and Whiffed Out (dir. Jason Giampietro), and the Brooklyn premiere of Summer of Blood (dir. Onur Tukel). More info on the film portion here.

Teenage Fanclub @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Teenage Fanclub

As mentioned a couple times, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, culminating in the Merge 25 festival in Carrboro, NC from July 23 - 26. They've just released the full line-up which now includes appearances from Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality, and Mikal Cronin.

That's in addition to previously-announced performers Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language. Festival passes are sold out, but individual tickets to some of the shows are still available. Day-by-day lineups and ticket info below.

Let's hope this means Teenage Fanclub, David Kilgour, Caribou and some of the other out-of-country performers work in other dates while in the U.S. The Clientele are touring, as are the reunited The Rock*A*Teens.

Merge 25 line-ups & individual show ticket info below...

Continue reading "Merge 25 fest full lineup: Teenage Fanclub, David Kilgour, Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, Imperial Teen & more added"

Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Phosphorescent

We just got Q, Mojo and SPIN, and now we get another year-end music list for 2013 from Paste. The #1 slot went to Phosphorescent for their album Muchacho. Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Paste Magazine's Top 50 LPs of 2013 (Phosphorescent is #1)"

Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Speedy Ortiz

Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.

The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.

Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.

Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.

After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.

And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).

Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.

All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz on tour, playing Pitchfork CMJ (lineup) and other CMJ shows (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Okta

German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue just put out their new record, Tales of Transit City via The End Records in the US (and Sony/Columbia worldwide). The record owes much of its influence to the sounds of the late '60s and early-mid '70s, with hints of Pink Floyd's proggy psych atmospheres and the bluesy jamming of the Dead. And somebody was listening to the harmonies of John, Paul, George and Ringo when they wrote "Mr. Busdriver." Tales of Transit City isn't only a retro thing though. Though Okta Logue love the sounds of yesteryear, they do them in a way that suggests they're fans of some modern bands like The Walkmen and The Helio Sequence too. Check out two videos from the album and a Spotify stream of the whole thing, below.

Okta Logue are kicking off a North American tour in NYC tonight (10/2) at Mercury Lounge with NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette, who sound like they've heard a few Sufjan records in their time (stream their I'm Sorry You Hit Your Head LP below). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

After making their way around the US and Canada, Okta Logue return to NYC for CMJ, where they'll play the previously discussed Long Winters show at Bowery Ballroom (10/18), which also includes Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, and Promised Land Sound (sold out).

Friend Roulette have some CMJ shows scheduled too, including one at Paper Box (10/15) with Beliefs and Heliotropes (tix). All dates for both bands are listed, along with the videos/streams, below...

Continue reading "Okta Logue released an LP, kicking off North American tour in NYC tonight w/ Friend Roulette (dates, videos, streams)"

photos by P Squared

Superchunk w/ Eleanor Friedberger @ Bowery Ballroom, 9/28/2013
Superchunk, Spider Bags @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/28/2013

For more than two decades, minus a few years hiatus, Superchunk has consistently released high quality albums filled with excellent songs. There's not a clunker among any of their ten studio albums -- heck, there isn't even a bad song in their catalog. The newest release came out last month, and I Hate Music not only continues the streak, but its one of the strongest albums in their history. The band is currently on tour in support of the album and performed two shows at Bowery Ballroom this weekend, and we were there for Saturday's barnburner. Superchunk opened the show on high octane, working through a democratic mix of songs from the new album interspersed with the classics in an hour-long set that barely came up for air. And the very-sold out crowd was with them throughout. - [NYC Taper]
Superchunk's current tour hit NYC over the weekend for two sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows with openers Spider Bags. We were there for Saturday's show (9/28) and photos from the show are in this post. If the band looks a little different, it's because bassist Laura Ballance is sitting out touring due to hearing condition hyperacusis, and was subbed by Jason Narducy of Bob Mould's band.

They brought out Merge labelmate Eleanor Friedberger during the first encore to sing Patti Smith's "Free Money" and the Ramones' "Oh Oh I Love her" and then Mac McCaughan and drummer Jon Wurster switched places allowing Wurster to sing on covers of The Misfits' "20 Eyes" and Black Flag's "My War." Setlist is below, as are a couple streams from NYC Taper's terrific sounding recording of the whole show which you can download over his way.

Mac and the rest of the band were busy while they were here. They stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (9/27) to play "Void" from their new album I Hate Music and their 1994 nugget "Driveway to Driveway" as a web exclusive. You can watch those below. Then on Saturday, they spent most of the day at Bushwick's Shea Stadium filming a new music video, so look out for that soon.

More pics from Saturday's Bowery Ballroom show, plus the setlist, live recordings and Fallon videos, below...

Continue reading "Superchunk played 'Fallon' and Bowery Ballroom twice, joined by Eleanor Friedberger at 2nd show (pics, setlist, streams) "

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As they do every year, Seattle radio station KEXP will be in NYC for CMJ broadcasting live and hosting free performances from some of this year's participating bands. This year, they'll be broadcasting from Greenwich Village's Judson Memorial Church from 9 AM to 5 PM on October 16, 17 & 18. This year's KEXP live performance line-up is this:

WEDNESDAY, OCT 16: Bear Ceuse (10 AM), Lee Fields & the Expressions (noon), Weekend (2 PM) and The Helio Sequence (4:30 PM)

THURSDAY, OCT 17: TBA (10 AM), Minks (noon), Au Revoir Simone (2 PM) and Ski Lodge (4 PM)

FRIDAY, OCT 18: HAERTS (10 AM), Eleanor Friedberger (noon), The Dismemberment Plan (2 PM) and Ghost Wave (4 PM)

The performances are free and open to the public with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bear Ceuse's Adam Horne will probably not be doing any of his kids songs parodies, but you never know.

photos by Melissa O'Hearn

John Roderick @ Soundwave tent, Bumbershoot 2013
Bumbershoot

While The Long Winters haven't released an album since 2006's Putting the Days to Bed, the band has never officially broken up, though it's mainly frontman John Roderick at this point. However, as mentioned, he's gotten the old band back together to play the Barsuk Anniversary celebration in Seattle this November. Specifically, they'll be performing 2003's terrific When I Pretend to Fall in full, with the line-up that made and toured the record. If you've never listened to the album, you can stream it via Spotify or Rdio.

Before that happens, The Long Winters will be doing the same here in New York during CMJ at Bowery Ballroom on October 18. The band line-up for that show is Roderick, Michael Shilling on drums, and Sean Nelson on keyboard. Bassist Eric Corson, who's playing the Barsuk anniversary, can't make the NYC show, unfortunately. Like with most CMJ shows, there's a zillion bands playing and the Bowery bill also features Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, Promised Land Sound, and Okta Logue. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/6) at noon.

John Roderick talked a bit about the reunion when he visited The Soundwave Tent at Bumbershoot in Seattle this past weekend during the BV-hosted portion of the day (Sunday, 9/1, which was "Barsuk Day"). He and host Dave Hill chatted while dueling it out via guitar solos. Pictures from Roderick's visit to the Soundwave tent are in this post. More of them below....

Continue reading "The Long Winters performing 'When I Pretend to Fall' in full at CMJ; John Roderick dueled w/ Dave Hill @ Bumbershoot (pics)"

CMJ 2013

The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.

They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.

We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.

Continue reading "CMJ 2013 initial line-up released"

video by Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya, David Andrako and Chris La Putt; photos by Jessica Amaya

Eleanor Friedberger

What has being "Eleanor Friedberger" brought you that being a Fiery Furnace hasn't?

Eleanor Friedberger: Well, if it doesn't sound too corny, it's helped me tremendously... become a more well-rounded person. Doing things with my brother, I was very quick to let him take over. It becomes more obvious to me now as time has passed. I think it's about getting older too, but I feel so much more in control of what's happening. I have so much fun onstage now and I don't remember feeling that way before. Not that it was the opposite of fun, but it was something else. It was really tense... really hard. Fiery Furnaces shows were so physical, like a sporting event. Now I have fun on stage and I hope that's apparent. It's a very different feeling for me.

Eleanor Friedberger has been busy since the release of her second solo album, Personal Record. She's done a headlining tour of North America (including a hometown show at MHOW), and she's about to head to Europe to do the same. And when she returns she'll go out on the road opening on Colin Meloy's upcoming solo tour, including the NYC show at Town Hall on November 1. Tickets to that show are still available.

In the midst of all this, Eleanor also found time to appear on the sixth installment of our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. She and her band performed "My Own World," "Singing Time" and "Roosevelt Island." Big thanks to Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya, David Andrako and Chris La Putt for making this look (and sound) great. Dig into Eleanor's set at the bottom of this post.

If you missed them, Ski Lodge was our first BV Studio SessionField Mouse was the second, Ex Cops the third, Noun the fourth and Savoir Adore the fifth. There are more to come.

Pictures from Eleanor's BV Sessions, the videos, and her upcoming tour schedule are all below.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger recorded a BV Studio Session video, opening for Colin Meloy on fall tour (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Eleanor Friedberger @ MHOW, 6/28/2013
Eleanor Friedberger @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/28/2013

Finishing a tour and going right to your own bed seems really nice, right?

Eleanor Friedberger: Yeah, it's amazing. I can't remember the last time I ended a tour in New York. We usually start there. It's great to have the satisfying finish line. And I live just like 5 minutes away.

Are you still in Greenpoint? Is it the same place you've lived for years?

No, but I've lived within the same six bock radius for about 13 years.

I think I remember a few years back you riding around the neighborhood on sort of an old-timey bicycle...

Old-timey? I mean I have a Schwinn that was my uncle's.

Well, it wasn't one of those huge front wheel bikes from the 1900's...

I'm not a steam-punker! - [The L Magazine]

Eleanor Friedberger and TEEN's tour came to a close with a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (6/28). The show was opened by Cassandra Jenkins who also plays bass in Eleanor's band. Pictures from the whole show are in this post.

The night started off with the premiere of a short film, "She's a Mirror," that was based on her song (from the new Personal Record) and has Eleanor playing multiple roles. You can watch the whole thing on Vimeo.

More pics from MHOW are below.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger, TEEN and Cassandra Jenkins played Music Hall of Williamsburg; watch Eleanor's new short film"

Savages at MHOW in March (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Savages

Artist Doug Aitken just announced a new project, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, a traveling train tour that will take place over the course of three weeks in September. A press release reads:

At each stop, Station to Station will curate leading figures from the art, music, culinary, literary, and film worlds for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings. The Aitken designed train turned kinetic sculpture will act as a cultural studio- globally broadcasting unique content and experiences from the stops as well as on the moving train.
Each stop will feature a variety of different artists. Musicians taking part in the project include Savages, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Ariel Pink, Eleanor Friedberger, Dan Deacon, No Age, Twin Shadow, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nite Jewel and Connan Mockasin.

There will also be other artists Kenneth Anger, Olaf Breuning, Peter Coffin, Urs Fischer, Meschac Gaba, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller, Christian Jankowski, Aaron Koblin, Ernesto Neto, Jack Pierson, Stephen Shore, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Lawrence Weiner; writers Dave Hickey, Barney Hoskyns, and Rick Moody; and chefs Alice Waters and Leif Hedendal, and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Plus, even more participants TBA.

Station to Station stops in ten different cities this September, including NYC on September 6. More details on the specific "happenings" and ticket information are forthcoming. The project "will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support non-traditional programming at seven partner museums around the country."

Savages' tour schedule makes it seem unlikely that they'll be on the NYC stop, but their tour does bring them here for shows on Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out) and September 12 at Terminal 5 (tickets).

All Station to Station stops are listed below...

Continue reading "Savages, Dirty Projectors, Eleanor Friedberger, Ariel Pink, Dan Deacon, No Age & more playing 'Station to Station' tour"

FYF

LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2013 Lineup (My Bloody Valentine included)"

by Bill Pearis

Eleanor

Eleanor Friedberger just released the video for "Stare at the Sun," the first single from her forthcoming solo album, Personal Record (out 6/4 on Merge). Directed by Scott Jacobson, the clip features sheepdogs, sign language, split-screens and enough lens-flares to fill a JJ Abrams movie. You can watch it below.

In other news, Eleanor is opening for Rodriguez tonight (4/10) at Town Hall, so if you're going to that sold-out show, do get there early for her set. She'll back to play NYC again on on April 26 at BAM as part of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (tickets) and then again on June 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg which is the last date of her tour with TEEN (tickets). Updated tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger made a video for "Stare at the Sun," opening for Rodriguez tonight in NYC (updated dates)"

TEEN at BV SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TEEN

As mentioned, Eleanor Friedberger will release her new solo album, Personal Record, on June 4 via Merge. If you haven't checked out first single, "Stare at the Sun," you can do so below.

While there's been no tour announcement yet, Eleanor will play Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 28. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday at noon, with the regular on-sale happening Friday at noon. She's also playing the 2013 edition of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry at BAM in April.

That show is with TEEN, who played one of our SXSW day parties last week. The band have a new EP, Carolina, out May 28. You can stream the title track off that EP below. The band are heading to Europe for a tour this week and all dates are listed below.

UPDATE (3/20): Full tour announced, all with TEEN, dates below.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger touring with TEEN who have a new EP coming out (dates, streams)"

Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Solange

As noted, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return to BAM from April 25 - 27 and is again curated by The National's Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. A partial list of 2013 performers has been announced and includes headliners The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, as well as Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Julia Holter and Here We Go Magic. Full list of announced performers is below.

Festival passes to all three days of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry are on sale now as are tickets to April 25 (The Roots), April 26 (Solange), and April 27 (TV on the Radio).

Continue reading "The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio headlining 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (initial line-up announced, tix on sale)"

Personal

Eleanor Friedberger will release her new solo album, Personal Record, on June 4. It's her second album for Merge. Like 2011's Last Summer, it's a little more poppy than her work with Fiery Furnaces. You can stream the first single, "Stare at the Sun," below.

Also below is a short video on Eleanor's trip to Jamaica where she took the cover shot for her album. The video goes gives a little insight about new album and has her wry wit on display.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger gets 'Personal' on new LP (stream a track)"

Map from 'Portlandia: A Visitor's Guide'
Portlandia

Fred Armisen and Eleanor Friedberger are appearing this Thursday (11/15) at Barnes & Noble Union Square in NYC for the bookstore's "Upstairs at the Square" series which is hosted by NPR's Katherine Lanpher. Fred will be talking about his and Carrie Brownstein's new book, PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors and other subjects, with Eleanor Friedberger performing live. Fred's a drummer (among other things), so maybe he'll play along too.

Eleanor just wrapped up recording her new solo album for Merge which she recorded at DFA studios. Maybe you heard her preview new material at the Merge CMJ showcase last month? While you wait for that to come out, Eleanor appears on the new Christmas album Holidays Rule where she contributes a cover of Elvis' "Santa Please Bring My Baby (Back to Me)." Other artists on the compilation include Tame Impala, The Shins, Andrew Bird, Rufus Wainwright with Sharon Van Etten, Paul McCartney and more. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio below.

Meanwhile, Eleanor's brother (and Fiery Furnaces bandmate) Matthew Friedberger is currently on tour with The Sea & Cake which stops in spookily-lit Marfa, TX tonight. All tour dates are listed below.

When not promo-ing his new book (you preview it here and watch the video trailer for it below), Fred Armisen is staying busy on SNL where he recently played Mayor Bloomberg giving one of his post-Sandy NYC addresses, shoutout to "Homeland" included, below...

Continue reading "Portlandia Book out now; new Eleanor Friedberger LP soon; Fred Armisen & Eleanor Friedberger appearing at B&N this week"

Reigning Sound

Merge Records have added two new artists to their roster: Memphis, TN's long-running garage greats Reigning Sound (previously on In the Red), and Lambchop guitarist William Tyler whose 2011 instrumental solo album, Behold the Spirit, was well-received (stream it at Spotify). Neither act have specific release news but look for albums from both in 2013.

Meanwhile both Tyler and Reigning Sound will be part of Merge Records' official CMJ showcase which will be at Mercury Lounge on October 18 with Telekenesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Mount Moriah and Superchunk frontman/label domo Mac McCaughan also on the bill. It's the first CMJ showcase Merge has had since 2008. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/19) at noon.

The only artist on the Merge CMJ showcase that has any other upcoming tour dates listed is Telekinesis, though none in NYC. Those are listed below.

Continue reading "Reigning Sound and William Tyler sign to Merge, playing label's CMJ showcase w/ Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger and more"

AC Newman w/ New Pornographers at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
AC Newman

NYC comedy duo Wrestling Team (aka Mark Bisi and Andy Beckerman) do a live taping of their Beginnings interview podcast at UCBEast on the second Tuesday of every month, and new episodes premiere every Thursday (listen for free on iTunes). This month's live taping, which is TONIGHT (9/11) at UCBEast, will feature Mark and Andy talking to Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio) and David Rees (Get Your War On, How to Sharpen Pencils), and the musical guest will be New Pornographer AC Newman. $5 tickets for tonight's show are available.

Tonight's show happens about a month before AC Newman begins his tour with The Mynabirds which comes to NYC on October 22 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and October 24 at Maxwell's (tickets). Newman's new album, Shut Down the Streets, is out October 9.

Meanwhile, you can also catch Lizz Winstead in NYC when she brings her Free Or Die book tour to Brooklyn's Galapagos Art Space on September 24 (tickets) and Manhattan's 92YTribeca on October 3 (tickets). She'll also do her 'Bang The Dumb Slowly: The Year In Politics' show at Gramercy Theatre on November 5, the day before Election Day. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

David Rees has other upcoming NYC appearances too. He'll be coming to Union Hall on September 19 and 20. The 9/19 show is a free 'Comedians With Books' show with Janeane Garofalo, which is part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, and the 9/20 show is a 'Librarian Olympics' show, which tickets are on sale for. David will also do a BCRG-presented show this week a bit outside of NYC at Beacon, NY's Hudson Valley Auctioneers on September 15 with Bobby Tisdale (writer for Late NIght with JImmy Fallon among other things), Beth Hoyt, and musical guest Eleanor Friedberger. The Beacon, NY show is Eleanor's only upcoming show at the moment.

All AC Newman dates and a stream of his recent single, "I'm Not Talking," are below.

Continue reading "AC Newman playing 'Beginnings' at UCBEast tonight w/ Lizz Winstead & David Rees (updated dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; video by Jessica Amaya; words by Bill Pearis

Eleanor Friedberger

One night before the 4Knots Music Festival too over the space, fire included, it was the last Seaport Music Festival show of the year on Friday (7/13), a nice, if low-key affair (part of the River to River Festival) with Fiery Furnace Eleanor Friedberger. With no new album to plug, Friedberger seemed pretty relaxed and jovial, playing mostly songs off last year's great Last Summer with added pizaz from sax player Robbie Lee.

The undercard slot went to Ex Cops who were just teriffic, I thought, with a sound that's some where between New Zealand 1985 and London/Manchester 1992, and great songs like their Other Music debut single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" and a few that I hadn't heard before. The band can really play too. Looking forward to their first album, which is due out this fall.

I didn't catch that much of Zambri's opening set, but am a fan of all things slinky, tribal and gothy and have enjoyed their shows in the past.

In addition to more pictures of all three bands below, you can also check out video performances from Friday night's show.

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger, Ex Cops and Zambri played South Street Seaport (pics, video)"

Ted Leo at How Was Your Week? in February (more by Erik Erikson)
Ted Leo

Julie Klausner's weekly How Was Your Week? podcast, which is often taped at The Bell House, will tape there again on June 27 with special guests Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (Ted was also a guest on the show back in February), Jim Gaffigan, Katie Notopoulous, and other very special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and after its taping, it will be available for free on iTunes, like the rest of the How Was Your Week? podcasts.

Ted Leo, meanwhile, plays in Citizens Arrest at Warsaw on Thursday (6/14) as part of the FFF/Chaos in Tejas showcase at the Northside Festival with Ceremony, Magrudergrind and Royal Headache.

Speaking of comedy shows at the Bell House, the Greg Barris-hosted 'Heart of Darkness' featuring Kristen Schaal, Dave Hill, Jon Glaser, and Mind Warrior Hamilton Morris, with music by The Forgiveness w. Aerial East, Das and Alexandre Tannous, happens at the Brooklyn venue on Saturday (6/16). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Kristen Schaal, she also performs at Kurt Andersen's Kings County show on June 29 at Galapagos with Jessi Klein and Eleanor Friedberger (who plays the Seaport in July). Tickets for that show are on sale now. There's also a Kings County show at The Bell House on June 24 with Wyatt Cenac, Lucy Sexton, Chairlift, and a "A TOP SECRET SPECIAL GUEST". Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Kristen has also been doing warm up shows in advance of her 1-hour taping coming up in San Francisco. She's got two left, and they happen on Tuesday (6/12) and Thursday (6/14) at UCB East. Both are sold out but there will be a standby line for the Thursday show.

In other comedy news, Brooklyn Brewery is hosting a new monthly series called Tom Shillue's Funny Story. The first of those goes down this month on June 21 with Tom Shillue, Bobby Tisdale, John Mulaney, and more TBA. Tickets are $10 and include a free beer.

Eleanor Friedberger at Hotel Vegan, SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger and Ex Cops will play a free show Pier 17 at the Seaport on July 13, the night before the 4Knots Festival. That brings the total up to four for Friday shows at the Seaport, the others being The Miracles Club on June 22; Veronica Falls with The People's Temple on June 29; and Patrick Watson with Loney Dear on July 6.

It looks like that's Eleanor's only upcoming show at the moment. Ex Cops, however, will play this week at the Northside Fest as part of Other Music Recording Co.'s showcase at Union Pool on Thursday, June 14 with Nude Beach, The Everymen and a mystery headliner. No advance tickets for that one.

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