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photo: Blood Orange in Webster hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange

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

Blood Orange and friends @ Apollo Theater
Not counting the warm-up show at Baby's on Thursday night, it's been a year and a half since Blood Orange has played a full band show in NYC. He plays two today, with lots of special guests (Kindness, Le1f, Junglepussy, Ratking and some unannounced) and proceeds going to charity. Both sold out.

Sleater-Kinney, Torres @ Kings Theatre
Sleater-Kinney made a triumphant return this year, coming back after a ten-year hiatus with a killer new album and live shows that were electric as ever. They wrap up this year with five more NYC shows, starting tonight. Each has a different opener, and tonight it's Torres, whose Sprinter was another winner this year.

The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show with Jonathan Coulton, Liz Phair, John Roderick and very special guests @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The impressive lineup of Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Liz Phair, John Roderick and Jonathan Coulton are out on a tour together, collaborating and playing holiday songs (like "Why Can't I Wreath"). With even more special guests promised, it sounds like a very good time. This is their second of two NYC shows.

Hop Along, Radiator Hospital, Des Ark @ Bowery Ballroom
Hop Along had been one of the busiest and best bands in indie rock's underground for a few years, and this year they put out their first release on a big label (Saddle Creek) and finally started getting the recognition they deserve. (Tonight's 500-cap show is sold out.) Radiator Hospital take a similar approach to blending indie rock, folk, pop and punk, and they're a great band in their own right. The darker/quieter Des Ark is too.

Speedy Ortiz, Aye Nako, Dirty Dishes, Gemma @ Palisades
This is the second of two NYC shows on Speedy Ortiz's tour benefitting the Girls Rock Camp Foundation. Both have different (and good openers), and this one has poppy punks Aye Nako, synthy indie rockers Dirty Dishes, and indie-R&B artist Gemma (mem Ava Luna, Motel Motel).

Brooklyn Rock Lottery @ Knitting Factory
A bunch of musicians from notable bands will be divvied up into "groups" today, then they'll spend the day writing and rehearsing original songs which they'll then perform at this show with proceeds going to Daniel's Music Foundation. Musicians include Luke Jenner of The Rapture, indie rock vet Doug Gillard, Autre Ne Veut's Arthur Ashin, members of Swans, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club and more.

Rhett Miller's Holiday Extravaganza @ City Winery
It's an "Evening of Comedy & Music with Special Guests" at the Old 97's 3rd annual holiday show. Sold out.

Shellshag, Downtown Boys, Vacation, Bad Canoes @ The Bell House
Long-running regulars of the local DIY scene, Shellshag released their fifth album Why'd I Have To Get So High? this year on Don Giovanni and they're celebrating it tonight. It's a good (all-Don Giovanni) bill all around.

A-Trak, AraabMuzik, Falcons @ Terminal 5
Fool's Gold founder and former Kanye West tour DJ A-Trak always knows how to get a party started, and that's probably what's going to happen tonight. The great beatmaker AraabMuzik makes things even better.

Lady Leshurr, Jubilee (Mixpak), HDBeenDope @ Gramercy Theatre
Following some collaborations with Orbital and Basement Jaxx, UK rapper Lady Leshurr started getting much-deserved attention for her own material when her video for "Queen's Speech Ep. 4" started going viral. It's gotten some Azealia Banks comparisons, and it feels about as exciting as when "212" first dropped. Tonight's her NYC debut.

Mirah (w/Harsh Crowd) @ Ace Hotel
The always-great singer/songwriter Mirah plays a collaborative show today with Harsh Crowd, "a band comprised of four 13-year-olds who met at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls two summers back." It's one of Ace Hotel's '5 at 5' shows, which means it starts at 5 PM and they'll play five songs.

Gun Outfit, The Men, B Boys, Scully @ Alphaville
Gun Outfit's new album Dream All Over is punk in spirit but psychedelic folk/slowcore in sound. It's good stuff, and tonight's their second of two NYC shows in support of it. It's especially good, because Brooklyn punks/jammers/country rockers The Men areo on it too.

Whitney, Murals, The Lemon Twigs, June West @ Baby's All Right
A very solid bill featuring Whitney (ex Smith Westerns), Louisville, KY's Murals and Long Island's talented Lemon Twigs.

Elvis Perkins @ Berlin
Elvis Perkins focused on his soft folky side for this year's I Aubade. Tonight he wraps up a two-night run at Jesse Malin's new-ish East Village club Berlin.

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Herbcraft @ Trans Pecos
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band have a jammy style that's equal parts Grateful Dead and Marquee Moon-era Television. It's good stuff.

Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
It's a night of soulful R&B with the dapper Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Union Pool mainstay Rev. Vince.

The Get Up Kids, Into It. Over It. Rozwell Kid @ Starland Ballroom
The Get Up Kids, whose punky take on emo influenced both the mainstream boom in the 2000s and the current revival, are celebrating their 20th anniversary o this tour. Good openers too: Into It Over it, the project of Evan Weiss (a guy who literally bridges the gap between 1990s and 2010s emo), and the Thin Lizzy-esque Rozwell Kid.

Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane @ Capitol Theatre
Chris Thile is constantly busy with a handful of projects. Tonight his band the Punch Brothers play just outside of NYC.

Couch Slut, Insect Ark, Geryon, Chain Gang Grave @ Saint Vitus
This is a pretty great local bill, with hardcore/metal/noise blenders Couch Slut, Angels of Light-related Insect Ark, experimental death metal duo Geryon (mem Krallice), and sludgy hardcore band Chain Gang Grave.

Jim Gaffigan @ Madison Square Garden
Known as the "clean" comedian who talks about food, Jim Gaffigan is nonetheless hilarious (his sitcom ain't bad either) and he plays his biggest hometown show ever tonight.

It's also SANTACON, so approach wobbly folks in red and green holiday attire with caution, if at all.

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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Christmas Roundup

It's that time of year again. Like "All I Want is Christmas is You," holiday shows in NYC are omnipresent. We've already posted about NYC Hanukkah shows, now here's a roundup of just about everything else.

Darlene Love is playing four "Love For the Holidays" shows like last year at BB King Blues Club on December 20, 26, January 2 and 16 (tickets). Another Phil Spector associate, Ronnie Spector, is doing her annual Christmas shows this year at City Winery on December 22-23 (tickets).

India Arie is doing a Christmas show at Irving Plaza on December 15 with Johnathan Reynolds, and tickets for that show are on sale now.

There are also plenty of options for your holiday burlesque needs. Le Poisson Rouge is doing a few Christmas burlesque shows: Burlesque-A-Pades: Sleigh Ride on December 12 (tickets) and It's A Hot Pink Christmas on December 20 (tickets). Elsewhere: The burlesque troupe Wasabassco is putting on a late "Holiday Season Spectacular" at City Winery (tickets). Wassabasco will also be at Bell House on December 4 for a 70's themed Christmas show (tickets).

Mariah Carey is doing a run of holiday shows again this year at the Beacon Theatre on December 8-18 , and tickets for that are on sale now. For slightly less moolah and slighty less actual Mariah, there's a FREE Mariah Carey-themed party called "Party Like It's 1999: All I Want for Christmas is Mariah Edition." at The Bell House on December 5. Meanwhile, Union Hall is also doing a Holiday Pop Singalong on December 18 that promises to feature Mariah prominently, along with Bowie, Bieber, Wham! and more (tickets).

Speaking of The Bell House, they might be the kings of holiday shows. (Makes sense: the place is the ski lodge of NYC music venues.) Look at all these:  Buzzfeed's Kwanzaa Show on December 5, which is a sold-out taping of Buzzfeed's "Another Round" podcast with musical accompaniment by Jean Grae. The next night (12/6)  is "Landlady Holiday Spectacular," with people like Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim and more, which features live music and production of Landlady's holiday play Red Velvet: An Ill-Conceived Santa Story (tickets).

Lots and lots more holiday shows are listed below...

Continue reading "A guide to NYC holiday concerts and events"


Tickets for the Jeff Lynne's ELO show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Anthrax with Lamb of God at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the St. Germain show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Jose Gonzalez + yMusic show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for Ty Segall's new band The Muggers' two shows at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Yo La Tengo show at Loew's Jersey Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Ratatat show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Lush show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sunflower Bean show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets see A$AP Ferg open for G-Eazy at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cass McCombs show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Justice's New Year's Eve DJ Set at a TBA Brooklyn warehouse go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the A Sunny Day in Glasgow show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Phil Cook show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

Single-day tickets for the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in NJ go on sale at noon.

Brooklyn duo Beacon are playing a show at Bowery Ballroom on February 11. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Local rockers Nude Beach play Union Pool this Saturday (11/14) with Savoy Motel, Fur Helmet and Eyes of Love. Tickets are available.

Swans guitarist Norman Westberg already has a release show for his new solo album happening Sunday (11/15) at Union Pool, and he since added another happening Saturday (11/14) at Bar Matchless with Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Western Estates and Faith NY. Tickets at door.

The day after Des Ark open for Hop Along and Radiator Hospital at Bowery Ballroom (sold out), they play their own show at Union Pool (12/13). Tickets are on sale.

Indie pop bands Expert Alterations, EZTV, and Mercury Girls play Cake Shop on December 19 with DJ Drew Citron (of Beverly). Tickets are on sale.

Emo bands Free Throw, Young and Heartless and Daisyhead play Cake Shop on January 10. Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn rap staple Jean Grae has a talk show at Union Hall, with editions happening November 24, December 12 and Dec 22 with different guests (like Wyatt Cenac and John Hodgman) each night. More info and tickets here.

Comedian Chris Gethard does his 'Career Suicide' shows again on November 18 and December 21 at Union Pool. The 11/18 show is with Joe Rumrill and the guest for 12/21 is still TBA. Tickets are on sale.

Local experimental band Zs, whose new album Xe came out earlier this year on Northern Spy, play Palisades on November 20 with Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Wume and Sunwatchers. Tickets are available.

Zs member Sam Hillmer also plays as Diamond Terrifier, and has free shows every Monday of November at Trans-Pecos. The first was earlier this week. More info on each one here.

Portland, OR folk singer Johanna Warren, Maryland post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut, Jonah Furman (frontman of the now-defunct Krill) and Thelma play a Sunday matinee at Palisades on November 22. Tickets are available.

Skronky local punks Pill play Palisades (11/22) that night with Courtship Ritual, Winkie, The Naked Heroes and Plaque. Tickets are available.

Local DIY-pop artists Adult Mom, Fern Mayo, Vagabon and Long Neck (aka Lily of Jawbreaker Reunion) play Palisades on November 28. Tickets are on sale.

There's a Nothing Changes party happening December 7 at Saint Vitus with Consumer Electronics, Yellow Tears, Alberich and Copley Medal. Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn's krauty indie rockers Grooms are playing Palisades on December 5 with Solvey (aka Jessica Zambri of Zambri) and Drawing Boards. Tickets are on sale.

Pile frontman Rick and his Exploding In Sound labelmate Bad History Month play Palisades on December 18 with Soft Fangs and Cave Cricket. Tickets are on sale.

There's a big ska show with The Slackers, The Pietasters, The Snails and Sammy Kay and the Fast Four happening December 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale.

Slackers keyboardist/vocalist Vic Ruggiero also has five solo shows at Grand Victory in December: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Different openers each night. More info and tickets here.

Escort, the 15-piece disco orchestra, play Brooklyn Bowl on December 18. Tickets are on sale now.

Amy Helm, the daughter of The Band's Levon Helm and who has played with Roger Waters, plays Brooklyn Bowl on January 14. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels are playing three nights at Brooklyn Bowl on February 25 - 27. Tickets are on sale. Special guests TBD and they've been exciting before.

Soulful singer Gabriel Garzón-Montano, who sings on the new Drake album, plays Baby's All Right on December 18. Tickets are on sale now.

Comedians Starlee Kine, Jon Ronson, Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Jon Glaser, Maeve Higgins and more will perform at a benefit for UNICEF's Syrian children relief which happens at The Bell House on December 20. Tickets are on sale.

More benefits: Ted Alexandro, The Lucas Brothers, Hasan Minhaj, Sasheer Zamata, Seaton Smith, Michelle Wolf, Giulia Rozzi, Will Miles, Kenny DeForest, Clark Jones are all performing at The Bell House on November 18 with proceeds going to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Tickets are available.

The "Landlady Holiday Spectacular" happens at The Bell House on December 6 with Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim, Erica Eso, Big Thief, The Danny Fisher-Lochhead Ensemble, Gemma, Jeff Curtin and His Magic Theremin, Angelica Bess, Sarah Pedinotti and more. Tickets are on sale.

Electronic dance artist Tiga performs at Output on November 28. Tickets are on sale.

Nineties dance music vet John Digweed plays Output on December 29. Tickets are on sale.

DJs/producers/remixers the Martinez Brothers spin at Verboten on November 25 with wAFF and Filsonik B2B Jesse Calosso. Tickets are on sale.

Multitalented R&B artist Meshell Ndegeocello plays Le Poisson Rouge on February 20. Tickets are on sale now.

Saratoga Springs' finest band, The Figgs, play their annual NYC holiday show at Bowery Electric on December 11 with Doug Gillard on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.

House music DJ/producer/remixer extraordinaire Todd Terry spins at Bowery Electric December 23. Tickets are on sale.

English folk rock vets The Strawbs play BB King Blues Club on May 10. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Dom Flemons

Café au Go Go opened in February 1964 in the basement of 152 Bleecker Street and provided a stage for many of the greatest rock, jazz, folk and stand-up comedy performers of their era. A list of venue regulars reads like a who's-who of the New York art and pop scene of the time: Van Morrison, Jefferson Airplane, Oscar Brown Jr., Judy Collins, George Carlin, Linda Ronstadt, Richie Havens, Muddy Waters, Odetta, Richard Pryor and Stan Getz. The Café set the stage for the first New York performance of The Grateful Dead, hosted Jimi Hendrix and is indelibly linked to the infamous obscenity arrest of Lenny Bruce following his shows at the club.
It's the 50th anniversary of legendary (and long-closed) Village club Café au Go Go and the Greenwich House is celebrating with a series called "The Café au Go Go Revisited." The full schedule of events is below but Thursday (5/6) at the Greenwich House is Eli "Paperboy" Reed with onetime Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Flemons' appearance is in the midst of his current tour with Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band. He'll be back in the NYC area for the Brooklyn Folk Festival in April. All Dom Flemons dates and " Café au Go Go Revisited Music Series" schedule are listed below.

Continue reading "Dom Flemons on tour, playing NYC with Eli "Paperboy" Reed as part of "Cafe au Go Go Revisited" series (dates)"

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Tickets to see Deerhunter at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon. Tickets to their 9/19 show at Webster Hall are still available too.

Tickets to see Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens, and more playing the music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis' at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., have added a third NYC date to their tour with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis happening on November 15 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets to that show go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM, Live Nation/Mobile App presale Thursday (8/22) at 10 AM, Citi Cardmember Preferred Tickets and general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at 10 AM.

The Black Crowes are playing four acoustic shows at Capitol Theatre from October 18-22 and four full band shows at Terminal 5 from October 24-29. Tickets for the Terminal 5 shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre shows go on sale Friday at noon (no presale).

Eli "Paperboy" Reed" is playing Mercury Lounge on September 23 and October 28. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.

Oh Land is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 20 and Gramercy Theatre on September 24. Tickets to the MHOW show go on AmEx presale sale today at noon, the Gramercy Theatre show go on Live Nation presale Thursday (8/22) at 10 AM, with both shows having general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.

"Remix Artist Collective" RAC are playing Bowery Ballroom on November 14 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 16. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.

Tickets to see blink-182 at Wellmont Theatre go on Live Nation presale today at 10 AM (password: "SUMMER").

Tickets to see RL Grime at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Temples at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.

Tickets to see Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman at Town Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Phantogram at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presage today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.

Tickets for the Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, and H2O show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Leverage Models, Maria Minerva, and Butterclock at Glasslands are on sale now.

Lorde already announced Webster Hall and Warsaw shows which are now both sold out, and she's added another show happening at Webster Hall on October 1. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Johnny Flynn is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 23. Tickets to that show go on sale today at 9 AM.

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

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photos by David Andrako

The Impressions

The history of The Impressions is a timeline that spans almost the entire course of rock & soul music. As most of you already know the group counted both Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield within their ranks over the last half century. They are blessed to have founder members Fred Cash and Sam Gooden still onstage and sounding great.... Pulling from a repertoire that includes doo-wop, gospel, civil rights anthems and "blaxploitation" soundtracks the trio gave a guided tour of how their songs have become entwined in American culture. "It's Alright", "Gypsy Woman", "Keep On Pushing", "Superfly", "People Get Ready", "Choice of Colors", "Move On Up", "We're A Winner" - you get the picture. I think the phrase "achingly beautiful" could have been coined to describe "I'm So Proud". -[SkeletonPete]
The Impressions, backed by a band that featured Brooklyn's Binky Griptite and the Dee-Kays (members of the Dap-Kings), played one of the last shows at Southpaw (on February 2nd). The venue inches closer to its final night ever.

The show was a rare teaming of performers and opened with Binky accompanying singer Inyang Bassey, and included the DJ stylings of Pari, Honky, Mr. Robinson, and Eli "Paperboy" Reed. Here are some pictures and a video. It all continues below...

Continue reading "The Impressions played one of Southpaw's final shows w/ Binky Griptite & the Dee-Kays (pics & video)"


"In what may be Soul music's most exciting collaboration of the year, Rock'n Roll Hall of Famers THE IMPRESSIONS will team up with Brooklyn's BINKY GRIPTITE and the Dee-Kays, a group of musicians featuring members of the Dap-Kings, for a unique Soul revue showcasing two of the best acts of the genre's history, bringing together two generations. This is a rare chance to hear some of the greatest Impressions hits, such as "Keep on pushing," "Choice of Colors", "We're a winner" and of course "People get ready," all performed by the group's original members Fred Cash, Sam Gooden and Reggie Torian (who replaced former lead vocalist Curtis Mayfield in the early 1970s), backed by the mighty DeeKays. If you have always wondered what it was like to see the Impressions during their prime in the 1960s, this show is a must for you! "
This goes down at Southpaw TONIGHT (18 days before the end).

PREVIOUSLY: The Rub moving to the Bell House, eulogize Southpaw (where they'll play one more time)

Roy Loney of the Flamin' Groovies w/ the A-Bones (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
A-Bones with Roy Loney

Similar to 2009, Roy Loney & Cyril Jordan of The Flamin' Groovies will reunite on stage with "musical accompaniment" by The A-Bones for two shows in two different countries this week. The first happens TONIGHT (4/21) at the Bell House in Brooklyn where The A-Bones will also play a separate set of their own and share a Norton Records family bill with Los Vigilantes and Daddy Longlegs. Tickets are still available.

Then it's on to a plane and to the UK for the proto-punkers who will play an Easter Sunday show as part of the LeBeat Bespoke Festival in London, England. Also playing that British festival (but today) is Eli 'Paperboy' Reed who also has a Brooklyn show in his future. The soulful guy will share a bill with Lily and The Parlor Tricks at Southpaw on June 6th. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are listed below.

In other soul news, The Budos Band now have a NYC show scheduled. You can catch the instrumental Daptone ensemble when they play a free Summerstage show in Staten Island's Tappen Park on August 3rd. That's about a month and a half after they play the Dave Matthews Band Caravan Festival in Atlantic City, and a couple of weeks before they head down to North Carolina for the Hopscotch Fest.

Daptone family member Lee Fields plays Summerstage this summer too, but the one in Central Park along with Fitz & the Tantrums. Meanwhile catch him with the Sweet Divines at Southpaw in May.

The A-Bones recently played a benefit at Union Pool in support of relief for Japan. How was that? Sometimes A-Bones member and full time Yo La Tengo member Ira Kaplan recently sat in with Obits at Generation Records on Record Store Day. Last night Obits played a different benefit at Union Pool, and pictures and a review from that one (in honor of Brendan Majewski) are on the way.

Tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "The Flamin' Groovies are back (Bell House tonight), Eli 'Paperboy' Reed schedules shows, The Budos band too"

Eli "Paperboy" Reed at Governor's Island (more by David Andrako)
Eli Paperboy Reed

Eli "Paperboy" Reed is back after "what seems like a long hiatus" (according to him)(actually around three months since Bell House and he also played Le Poisson Rouge during CMJ), and will play Brooklyn Bowl on January 12th as part of a five-date Northeastern tour. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show. Full tour sked for the crooner is below.

Manhattan will get some blue-eyed soul of their own in January also, courtesy of Fitz & The Tantrums:

"The Tantrums have built a following in La-La land with an energetic live show and a handful of excellent tunes. As front man, Fitz is charismatic, bringing to mind Brian Ferry with a dash of Sam Cooke.... [but] here's the deal: Fitz and the Tantrums are not a revival band. While their songs all evoke the production values and straightforward songwriting stylisms of the motown/stax era, the music is original. It's what New York Times reviewer Rob Hoerburger calls "the equivalent of a farm-to-turntable groove...pinpoint harmony, sophisticated songcraft, serious vocal or playing chops".

Little did I suspect that I was going to see would be representative of the groundswell of what some critics are dubbing a new wave in the genre. We're talking about eighties' kids of fifties' parents who are making this music their own: Mayer Hawthorne, Eli (Paperboy) Reed, Kings Go Forth, Aloe Blacc, Jamie Lidell, Soul Track Mind, and Fitz and the Tantrums." -[OB Rag]

Fitz & The Tantrums' last appearance at Mercury Lounge sold out, and now the band will headline Bowery Ballroom on January 19th, one week after Reed plays B Bowl, and exactly one month before Kings Go Forth play Southpaw. Tickets for Bowery are on sale.

The Bowery show is part of a larger tour for Fitz and his band in promotion of their new LP Pickin' Up The Pieces which is out now. All Eli and Fitz dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Fitz & the Tantrums and Eli "Paperboy" Reed schedule shows"

Eli "Paperboy" Reed at Governor's Island (more by Tracy Allison)
Eli Paperboy Reed

For the curious, J & R Musicfest & Tech Expo won't be just demos of the latest wi-fi enabled equipment. Over four days, the annual "fest" will dedicate two days to free shows across from its downtown location (at City Hall Park) featuring performances by J Cole, Alexis Jordan, Marsha Ambrosius, and Eli "Paperboy" Reed between August 27th and August 28th. Full lineup is below.

For those in need of urgent sweet soul crooning, you can get your fix TONIGHT (8/25), as Eli "Paperboy" Reed will also sit in as a special guest at Rockwood Music Hall with The Sweet Divines. Mr. Reed won't be the only guest sitting in with the band, as Dap Kings guitarist Binky Griptite, soul songstress Maxine Brown, and Inyang Bassey (backing vocalist for Moby) will all get the assist (in addition to an opening set from Bassey and Griptite).

Tonight isn't his only appearance with The Sweet Divines either, as both will ALSO appear at the 2010 edition of the Brooklyn Soul Festival held at the Bell House on 10/8 and 10/9 (though on different days). The two day festival will feature appearances from Barbara Lynn, Vernon Garrett, Don Gardner, and Reed on day one (10/8), as well as Betty Harris, Harvey Scales, Renaldo Domino, and The Sweet Divines on day two (10/9). Tickets are on sale for day 1, day 2, and a two day pass.

The Rockwood show flyer, J&R Fest lineup and times, and all Eli dates, below....

Continue reading "soul @ Rockwood tonight, J&R Musicfest this weekend, Brooklyn Soul Festival in October (all w/ Eli Reed)"

photos by David Andrako

Eli Paperboy Reed on Governors Island
Eli Paperboy Reed

"Well, from what Alastair, Ken and Christopher say, it looks as if music fans (and maybe bicyclists) have been the luckiest Governors Island visitors so far, both for the quality and sheer number of events.

The permit process must be deterring amateur concert promoters -- thank goodness -- and yes, as a tourist attraction, a pop concert feels like a more festive destination than a theater marathon. (The party can start on the boat.) Pop concerts are also used to building their own infrastructures, and audiences are prepared for outdoor, standing-room shows. And of course, unlike the situation for the visual arts or dance, there is immediate big money to be made from concert tickets for Grizzly Bear or 50 Cent. Corporate sponsors have been paying to produce many of the better events.

Summer in New York City is a riotously competitive time for outdoor concerts -- Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, P.S. 1, Jelly NYC and other series are all presenting first-rate shows, many of them free and more convenient at exit time -- but Governors Island has held its own this year." [NY TIMES]

That quote is from a series of stories the NY Times is doing on Governors Island.

The pictures in this post are a second set from Sunday night's Converse-sponsored free show (the first set is HERE). Sunday's show was also the last (for now) oo the "Gone to Governors" series (there are more pay shows coming up though). It's been a fun summer of ferry rides and scenic views on "The Beach".

The pictures continue below...

Continue reading "Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Chief & Dr Dog Gone to Governors --- more pics & a 'Governors Island Conversation'"

photos by Tracy Allison

"Dr Dog put on an incredible (free!) 2-hr non-stop kickass show in the rain on Governors Island. Beautiful! There was a hilarious intro song!" - hedgemaze

"Dr Dog @ Governors Island ruled and was free, the way i wish all shows could be." - Nick Harvey

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog. Eli 'Paperboy" Reed & Chief made up the lineup of the semi-rainy free Converse Gone to Governors show at Governors Island Sunday night (8/15) (one night after Neon Indian headlined the same space). A set of pictures from the show, continues below...

Continue reading "Dr. Dog, Eli Paperboy Reed & Chief @ Governors Island (pics)"

Dr. Dog @ Terminal 5 in May (more by Tracy Allison)
Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog's free Beach at Governors Island show is happening on Sunday, August 15th. The openers for that show will be Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves and recent Domino signees Chief.

That gig is in advance of Dr Dog's October/November North American tour with Brooklyn's Here We Go Magic. No NYC date for that as of yet, but its currently scheduled shows are below. Here We Go Magic, however, does have a New York show, booked for August 11th Coco 66.

Dr. Dog singer-guitar player Scott McMicken has a solo show coming up at the Rock Shop on Sunday, August 22nd. Tickets are on sale. That's actually one of three solo dates he has planned with Springs, which is the musical name of Brooklyn's Mike Visser. Mike recorded a song with Scott as part of the Shaking Through Series, and a video of that is below. Springs also has a show with Sharon Van Etten at the Bushwick Starr on August 7th and a July 30th show at Arlene's Grocery.

Also coming up are some shows by Dr. Dog-related band Juston Stens & the Get Real Gang, the project of Dr. Dog's ex-drummer Juston Stens. Juston plays with TV Torso and Slow Animal at Death By Audio on August 25th, and then with ARMS and TV Torso at Mercury Lounge on Friday, August 27th. Tickets are on sale for the Manhattan show.

All tour dates, and video of Dr. Dog playing their single "Shadow People" on Craig Ferguson on July 2nd, are below...

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photos by David Andrako


Eli "Paperboy" Reed has been busy touring through most of May and June (in support of his new album). On June 3rd he played a NYC show at Mercury Lounge. Tonight, June 19th, he plays another NYC show - this time at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Tickets are still on sale. More pictures and (a picture of) the setlist from Mercury Lounge, with a few more dates, below...

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Eli Paperboy Reed

Eli "Paperboy" Reed's new record, Come And Get It (his major label debut), comes out August 10th in the US on Capitol. The album, produced by Mike Elizondo (a guy who has put his mark on a quite a few songs), drops quite a bit earlier in the UK, coming out May 10th on EMI/Parlophone.

Eli is on tour in Europe through May before returning to North America for shows in June. The two-week US trip starts and ends with a pair of NYC shows. First, they play a Mercury Lounge show on June 3rd (on sale Wednesday at noon), then a June 19th gig at The Bell House (probably on sale soon).

All tour dates and videos are below...

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Bell House

"Join us at the Bell House on New Year's Eve for a legendary ROCK and SOUL blowout! Subway Soul Club's DJs will be spinning until the wee hours as well as special performances from OBITS and Eli "Paperboy" Reed. FREE cans of Sofia Blanc de Blanc champagne with admission. Food vendors! Party favors! Door prizes! Let's get it on." [Tickets are on sale]
Mercury Lounge just announced a late show with Titus Andronicus.

Eli Paperboy Reed @ The Bell House (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Eli Reed

Tickets are on sale for the recently-added Neon Indian show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Soul man Eli "Paperboy" Reed is playing a show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night (11/21). Tickets are on sale for that too. Eli, who also plays in Salem, Massachusetts tonight (11/20), was supposed to hit DC on the 22nd, but that's been cancelled "due to some logistical problems".

Jacob Blickenstaff took the picture of Eli you see above. If you happen to be in Memphis, check out his pictures on display at the Stax Museum of Ameican Soul Music.

Speaking of BV photographers with cool other projects, Justina Villanueva just released the first issue of her own magazine. Check out her recent photos from Jesus Lizard at Irving Plaza too.

Sunday is the Talib Kweli show at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are still on sale. It's one of three shows Talib will play in the city before the end of the year.

Other shows coming up at Brooklyn Bowl with tickets on sale include Julian Plenti, Dr. Dog, and Dangerous (All Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson). Dangerous also opened for Deer Tick there on Halloween.

It's been a year since Eli performed on Jools Holland. The video from that performance is below...

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words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Maxine Brown & The Sweet Divines
Brooklyn Soul Festival

The 1st Brooklyn Soul Festival was a great success. Sell out crowd on the 1st night and nearly so on the second. The crowd was a nice mix of the soul intelligentsia, older music fans and twenty-somethings out to hear some good music. Both backing bands, Eli Reed and the True Loves and the Sweet Divines/Divine Soul Rhythm Band did a phenomenal job bringing the groove and nuance out of a large range of material with obvious love and attention. That set the stage for the artists - Hermon Hitson, Roscoe Robinson and Barbara Lynn on the first night and Maxine Brown and Otis Clay on the second - to shine brightly and deliver stunning performances.

"The Sweet Divines seem to be taking a tip from the Sweet Inspirations, a sixties soul quartet that included Cissy Houston, who was Whitney's mother and Dionne Warwick's aunt. In addition to recording their own songs the Sweet Inspirations sang back up for Aretha Franklin and Elvis. Similarly, the Sweet Divines have sung back up for soul singers such as Sharon Jones (see Purplish Rain). In a move that seemed to bring everything full circle, old school soul meets retro soul, on Saturday the Sweet Divines sang back up for Maxine Brown, who was backed up by the Sweet Inspirations in the 1960's." [The Strongest Women I Know]
Read more about it with Jacob's first night's pictures HERE. More pictures from the second night, below...

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words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Eli 'Paperboy' Reed and Barbara Lynn @ The Bell House
Brooklyn Soul Festival

The 1st Brooklyn Soul Festival was a great success. Sell out crowd on the 1st night and nearly so on the second. The crowd was a nice mix of the soul intelligentsia, older music fans and twenty-somethings out to hear some good music. Both backing bands, Eli Reed and the True Loves and the Sweet Divines/Divine Soul Rhythm Band did a phenomenal job bringing the groove and nuance out of a large range of material with obvious love and attention. That set the stage for the artists - Hermon Hitson, Roscoe Robinson and Barbara Lynn on the first night and Maxine Brown and Otis Clay on the second - to shine brightly and deliver stunning performances.

One of the great highlights for me (among many) was Maxine Brown performing a gorgeous take on "Piece of My Heart" - the song originally performed by Erma Franklin, then Janis Joplin, and then interpreted again by Ms. Brown around the same time. If felt as if the whole room was singing along.

The music at the festival was able to connect the different groups and ages in attendance as well as the artists themselves. Many musicians who had played previous nights at the monthly series Dig Deeper were in attendance. Dean Parrish, Lenis Guess, Otis Clay (on the night before he performed) and Baby Washington were all enjoying themselves, watching each other perform with respect and reverence.

The music of the festival spanned blues, gritty funk, Brill Building craft, Hi Rhythm grit, gospel raves and plaintive ballads - and most importantly connected with the audience as great music of the here and now.

More pictures from the first night, below...

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Maxine Brown

Village Voice: So how did the idea of a soul festival first start out?

Richard Lewis, Organizer of the Brooklyn Soul Festival: We've known Eli [Paperboy Reed] for a while and have been talking about doing a bigger deal than Dig Deeper; something more like a festival. In Europe, they have this concept of a weekender where everyone goes somewhere for the weekend and stays up til dawn dancing and listening to DJs and bands. That's done less so here in the U.S. Michael and I had this idea of doing a bigger thing with multiple artists like that and Eli had been thinking of doing a night with three artists that he had backed at various times. So we said, 'why don't we just do the thing together and make a festival out of it?'

Eli 'Paperboy' Reed & The True Loves will play backing band at The Bell House tonight (8/28). The Sweet Divines have that honor on Saturday. Tickets and more info on this weekend's festival, which includes a record fair on Saturday, HERE.

Recent live Eli Reed, who makes an appearance on the new Basement Jaxx album, videos below...

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Basement Jaxx

"There's a good reason why the new record is called Scars," says Felix Buxton. "Making it has been a grueling process. When we finished recording, it felt like we'd come out of a boxing ring." His bandmate Simon Ratcliffe nods in agreement.
Basement Jaxx's new album 'Scars' will be released by Ultra and XL Records on October 6th. A little less than a month later the band will visit North America to DJ in a few major cities, including New York City of course. Tickets are now on sale for a November 7th gig at Santos Party House which doubles as FIXED's 5-year anniversary party.

'Scars' is full of guest appearances including Kelis, Maleka & Chipmunk, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Sam Sparro, Lightspeed Champion, Amp Fiddler, Yo Majesty, Yoko Ono, Paloma Faith, Lisa Kekaula, Jose Hendrix, and Jose James. All dates, the tour poster, the Scars (cover art above) tracklisting, and the video for "Raindrops", below....

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Eli "Paperboy" Reed @ Madison Square Park in June '08 (more by Chris La Putt)
Eli Paperboy Reed

The Brooklyn Soul Festival will take place at the Bell House on August 28th and 29th. Acts on the bill include Otis Clay, Barbara Lynn, Maxine Brown, Roscoe Robinson, and Hermon Hitson.

Two nights of full sets from legends of soul music from around the country, rarely seen individually, never before on the same bill together - backed by two of the most in-demand bands in soul music today. Before and after the live performances, top soul DJs from around the world (Germany, UK, Georgia, LA, and NYC confirmed so far) will spin the finest 45s for the dancefloor. Vintage clothing and record fair the afternoon of day 2! On the first night, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Loves will be the backing band (as well as playing some new songs from their forthcoming Capitol Records album), and on the second night, the Sweet Divines will be the backing band (as well as doing their own set).
Tickets for Day 1, Day 2 and two-day passes are now on sale. Full lineup, flyer, and some videos below...

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photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Hot Legs @ the SPIN party @ Stubb's in Austin - March 20, 2009


Bizarre supergroup: Tinted Windows features members of Hanson, Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins and Fountains of Wayne playing catchy guitar-pop.

The pin-up: Sienna-lookalike Little Boots combines pre-recorded beats with synth and live drummer.

Commercial breakthrough: Cutesy New Yorkers Chairlift are already featured on an iPod ad.

Novelty act: Hot Leg is the new 1980s hair-metal project for Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins.

Critical darlings: UK act Mumford and Sons and their four-part harmonies.

Stadium potential: London goths White Lies attempt to merge U2 and the Killers. Playing Splendour in the Grass.

Crowd favourite: Boston act Passion Pit -- big on hand claps and synths.

Best new band name: Airborne Toxic Event have just signed to Universal and combine Bruce Springsteen and the Hold Steady.

The novelty act played two shows (that I know of) at SXSW this past week. There was the Friday afternoon SPIN party (pictured above), and the 11pm set at Emo's Annex the next night. I caught the latter which satisfied my need to see the leader of the Darkness's new band at least once. I doubt i would go see them again, or even really listen to more than maybe a single, but they were fun, and they shred on guitar.

More pictures Jacob took on Friday, below...

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Eli Paperboy Reed

I guess some of this is technically old news, but I never realized it until this week. Morrissey, currently not actually on tour (he got to the US on March 6th after cancelling four shows, played one night, and then cancelled two more), was supposed to be touring with Massachusetts' neo-soul wonder-kid Eli Paperboy Reed. This was confirmed by Eli himself in a lemmingtrail posting. On December 5th Eli described the opportunity as "Totally nuts". Three posts later he wrote, "Yeah its insane. No animal products on our rider anymore!" (I like that part). BUT... Flash forward 8 dissapointing days later. Eli posted:

Eli - 12/13/08 - 2:30 am

This isn't happening....Morrisey came to our show in London and said that we weren't right for his tour. Apparently on his last tour he kicked off the opening band after the first show so at least that didn't happen. I'm pretty bummed

That does suck. That also explains why Eli is available to play the Bell House (3/12, TONIGHT), SXSW, and a whole bunch of other shows this month including March 28th at Maxwell's.

That also explains why Bill Pearis' partly-published list of UK bands playing NYC this month included a band (that I am now just first posting about) called the Courteeners, who in addition to playing Mercury Lounge on March 17th, are in North America because they're touring with Morrissey (as opposed to being here because they're playing SXSW like most of their countrymen). And yes, Morrissey is a fan:

"Every song was very strong and full of hooks and dynamics. So many groups in England, they're hyped and they're all over the press, but they don't actually have any songs, they don't really have anything to offer ... But it's different with The Courteeners."
- Morrissey.
As much as I feel bad for Eli, at least the Moz is keeping it real. Eli is probably over it anyway. He's got better things to think about, like, eleven shows at SXSW, and...his major label record contract...
After releasing his debut album through Somerville's Q Division last year, Brookline native Eli "Paperboy" Reed this week signed a major-label deal with Virgin Records.

Reed spread the news earlier today via the Lemmingtrail music and arts message board.

"After what seemed like forever of contract negotiations on Tuesday I finally signed with EMI/Virgin Records," Reed wrote. "I am really psyched to start working on another record and to make the best damn record I've ever made. 2009 is going to be a good year, I think."

Reed wrote that his Virgin deal does not include his seven-piece backing band, the True Loves, due to their unstable lineup. But he added he will continue to work with them under some sort of "sharing agreement." Terms of the contract were not revealed. [Boston Herald]

All Eli Paperboy Reed dates HERE. All Courtneeners dates (including the three NYC shows with Morrissey that are hopefully still happening) (but not including any Morrissey dates before NYC - Red Cortez are the band opening, or not opening, the beginning of Morrissey's tour) and a video, below...

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Wardell's Band with Robert Parker @ Ponderosa Stomp '07 in NOLA
Ponderosa Stomp

Ponderosa Stomp is an American roots music festival that showcases the world's most authentic, vibrant rockabilly, R&B, jazz, blues, soul, funk, and swamp pop....The 8th annual Ponderosa Stomp will take place in New Orleans on April 28-29, 2009.
The Stomp is also hosting a set of dates at this year's Lincoln Center Festival 2009, which runs from July 7 through July 26, 2009 (tix on sale Friday 3/13). The Stomp @ Lincoln Center includes The Get Down: Soul/R&B evening on July 16, Best Dance in Town: Rockabilly on July 17 (both part of the Midsummer Night Swing series), and "A Tribute to Wardell Quezergue" on July 19 at the refurbished Alice Tully Hall.

The only date with details so far, "A Tribute to Wardell Quezergue," honors the songwriter and arranger known as the "Creole Beethoven" with a performance of recent Quezergue (pronounced Kuu-zair) arrangements by:

New Orleans musician, producer, and session man Mac Rebennack (Dr. John); R&B icons The Dixie Cups and Robert Parker; soul greats Jean Knight, Dorothy Moore, Tammy Lynn, and Tony Owens; legendary New Orleans drummer Zigaboo Modeliste; garage-music pioneer Michael Hurtt; plus an all-star ten piece band led by Wardell Quezergue himself in a rare New York appearance.
Those at SXSW next week can get a preview of Ponderosa Stomp at its Friday, March 20th showcase at Continental Club featuring Roy Head, Barbara Lynn, Lil buck Senegal, Classie Ballou, Huelyn Duvall, Floyd Dakil, The Silver Apples, Little Joe Washington, The Bo-Keys, The Elite, The Excels. Founder Dr. Ike Padnos - a real anesthesiologist, is also presenting a SXSW panel.

Eli Paperyboy ReedThough it doesn't mention it on the schedule, Eli Paperboy Reed will be performing with Barbara Lynn at the SXSW stomp. Eli is also playing the same SXSW venue two days earlier, and a show at The Bell House in Brooklyn this Thursday night (3/12). He's also playing a lot of other places. All tour dates below.

The Lincoln Center Festival in NYC will also host the North American premiere of a work by Philip Glass, performed by Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa as part of Two by Four with the Ruhr, four-hand and two-piano works.

Full Lincoln Center Fest '09 highlights, Eli tour dates, and a Wardell Quezergue bio, below....

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