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Literary and postmodern icon William S Burroughs, who died in 1997, would have turned 100 this year and there are Centenary celebration events happening all over the world. In New York, WSB100 (which was [and still is] being funded by an Indiegogo campaign) is happening the entire month of April at various venues around the the city:

Help us celebrate 100 years of America's preeminent avant garde literary iconoclast: William S. Burroughs. As ferocious, provocative, disturbing, and exciting as the artist himself, NYC's month-long WSB100 features extraordinary original performances, films, readings, panels, and world premiere tributes in honor of the legendary mindbending troublemaker himself.
You can buy a festival pass for $100 that gets you in to all the WSB events, or buy individual tickets.

On the musical side, the WSB100 takes over The Stone this month through April 20. Tonight is Kenny Wollesen at 8 PM and Ariana Reiens at 10 PM. Other notable nights include Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth played on WSB's 1990 album Dead City Radio) on April 17; John Zorn and Bill Laswell on April 19; Hal Willner, Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang and Lenny Pickett on April 20. No advance tickets for these shows.

Then on April 21 at Issue Project Room, Elliot Sharp and Steve Buscemi will have a collaborative performance, creating "a collage of sound and words integrating texts by William S. Burroughs with Elliott Sharp's vast soundworlds." Buscemi spent a lot of time with Burroughs in the author's later years and currently has a screenplay of Burroughs' Queer in development. Tickets are on sale.

On April 22 at the Incubator Arts Project it's a collaborative performance by Lydia Lunch and Quintan Ana Wikswo. Tickets are on sale. Then on April 23 at Poetry Project, there is a "reading marathon" featuring Anne Waldman, Penny Arcade, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, JG Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Elliott Sharp, Sam Mickens, and many more. Full line-up and more info is here.

There are more events happening too. Details are at WSB100 but the full schedule is listed, along with a few Burroughs-related videos, below...

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Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Drake
Jacco Gardner at Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared)
Jacco Gardner

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

Drake, Miguel, Future @ Barclays Center
Love him or hate him, Drake has put out two of the most memorable singles of the year, "Started from the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home," both of which appear on his newest studio album, Nothing Was the Same (out now), and should sound pretty great in a big arena. If you're going, don't miss R&B singer Miguel either.

Jacco Gardner, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Celestial Shore @ Death By Audio
The Dutch '60s psych/baroque pop-inspired Jacco Gardner just did a number of NYC shows during CMJ, including one of our own, and he's got one more in him before he heads back home. Tonight he teams with Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks who are bluesier and psychier than Alex's main band, and Brooklyn's mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore.

Crystal Antlers, PUP, Vasillus @ Glasslands
Long Beach's Crystal Antlers and Toronto's PUP are both bands who seriously know how to rock out, so fans of loud, sweaty, guitar-heavy shows may not want to miss this. The Dirty Nil were supposed to be on this show but dropped off.

Willis Earl Beal, CharlieRED, YC The Cynic, Kiah Victoria @ Knitting Factory
Willis Earl Beal just blessed NYC with his memorable brand of blues during CMJ, and tonight he does it again for this Red Bull Sound Select show.

Of Montreal, La Luz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
of Montreal released the somewhat back-to-basics (for them) lousy with sylvianbriar this year and are here for two shows at MHOW, this being the second. Seattle's surfy La Luz are definitely not to miss either.

Sparks @ Webster Hall
Russell and Ron Mael have been making boundary breaking pop as Sparks for over 40 years. They're back in town with their "Two Hands, One Mouth" tour where they strip down their 40-year catalog to just keybords and voice. Tickets are still available

Lee Ranaldo @ Other Music
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has been keeping active with his band Lee Ranaldo & the Dust, who just released an album, opened for Kurt Vile in NYC, and have many more dates including their own NYC show this January. Tonight, Lee takes a break from the band to host a guitar clinic at NYC record store Other Music, where you can go and learn a few tricks from one of the city's masters of the instrument.

Thomas Dolby @ Gramercy Theatre
Thomas Dolby is a lot more than the guy behind "She Blinded Me with Science," and tonight he'll demonstrate one of the reasons why with his interactive, technologically-advanced concert. And yes, the show does work in his best known song (along with his other well-known tunes).

Brandon Seabrook, Elliot Sharp, Nels Cline, Split Red, Zevioius @ The Grand Victory
Avant-garde composer/musician Eliot Sharp and guitar great Nels Cline teamed up earlier this month to perform as a duo during Elliot's residency at The Stone, and tonight they bring in jazz musician Brandon Seabrook to do it as a trio at The Grand Victory.

Ask Me Another Halloween Spectacular w/ R.L. Stein @ The Bell House
NPR and WNYC's 'Ask Me Another' show, which tapes live at The Bell House, is doing a Halloween Spectacular today, and for the occasion they've got Goosebumps author R.L. Stein as the special guest.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Jessi Klein, Larry Murphy, Sam Morril, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Burke, and more.

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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Phoenix at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Phoenix

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

Phoenix, The Vaccines @ Barclays Center
It's been quite the time for arena-sized indie rock in Brooklyn lately, with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend having just taken on the borough's new joint. Now it's Phoenix's turn (who unlike VW and YYYs, are no strangers to this type of room). The Vaccines open.

Parquet Courts, The Beets, Yuppies, Future Punx @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Parquet Courts have put together a solid bill for tonight's release party for their new Parkay Quarts EP, with sets from The Beets, Omaha's Yuppies and the Devo-esque Future Punx. Tickets are still available.

The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala @ Terminal 5
Two bands who love making far-out psychedelia, but not without keeping a sense of pop in mind -- The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala -- team up to co-headline two nights at Terminal 5. Opening both nights is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, because with that much psychedelic pop at one show, you gotta have a Lennon on the bill, right?

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert. Tickets are still available.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Santos Party House
Hard rock vet Joan Jett returned with her first new album since 2006 this year, and it's pretty characteristic of the snarly anthems she's been making her whole career, which of course isn't a bad thing. Tonight, she and her band play an intimate release show at Santos Party House. Things should get a little crazier than the outdoor Coney Island shows she's been doing.

Radical Dads, Haybaby, Dead Stars, Boytoy, Honduras @ 285 Kent Avenue
Here we have a very solid lineup of local indie rock talent. Headliners Radical Dads, Dead Stars and Boytoy all both fall on the '90s end of the scale, Haybaby slide a little more punk, and Honduras lean surfy.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arc Iris @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie stalwarts CYHSY have a new EP, Little Moments, out this week and you can stream it below. They celebrate with a release show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Tickets are still available.

Lake, Tropical Ooze, Prettiots @ Cake Shop
Olympia, WA indiepop band Lake just released their sixth album, The World is Real, via K Records. (Stream it on Spotify.) If you're tastes are on the sunshine pop end of the spectrum, definitely check them out.

Colleen Green & White Fang, The Memories, Hector's Pets @ Death By Audio
While not officially part of the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars tour, most of these bands are on that trek. Burgerama, meanwhile, hits Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/5).

Jenny Hval, Ludwig Persik, Tica Douglas @ Glasslands
Norway's Jenny Hval makes the kind of forward-thinking art pop that falls somewhere between Laurie Anderson and PJ Harvey. Tonight's her second of two NYC shows.

Twin Peaks, Writer, Today's Hits @ Mercury Lounge
Chicago youngsters Twin Peaks make sprightly indie rock are back in town for two shows, and tonight's show also features WRITER, who make pretty catchy noise pop.

Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In), Me You Us Them, Wing Dam @ Silent Barn
When Stephen Brodsky isn't busy with his band Cave In, or his many other projects (most recently, Mutoid Man), he tones it down for his solo project, which plays a local show at Silent Barn tonight.

Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ The Capitol Theatre
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along.

Mutilation Rites, Earthling, Syphilitic Lust @ Union Pool
Local black/thrash shredders Mutilation Rites are on a creative tear. They put out 3(!) releases in 2012 -- two EPs and an LP. They're apparently working on new material already, and will be playing a bunch of it at this show. Like-minded out-of-towners Earthling and icky locals Syphilitic Lust will provide support.

Ben Sollee, River Whyless @ City Winery
Cellist and singer/songwriter Ben Sollee makes music that defies easy categorization. Hear for yourself: his new album, The Hollow Sessions, is a free download.

Nels Cline, Elliot Sharp @ The Stone
Avant-garde composer/musician Elliot Sharp is in residency this week (10/1-6) at The Stone, and tonight he and Nels Cline are doing an improvisational duo guitar set for the late show (10 PM).

Okta Logue, Friend Roulette @ Mercury Lounge
German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue are kicking off their North American tour in NYC tonight with a headlining show at Mercury Lounge. They'll be back during CMJ, when they play Bowery Ballroom (10/18) with The Long Winters, Eleanor Friedberger, and more. Opening tonight's Merc show is NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette.

Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese continues her four-night run at Gramercy.

Big Terrific @ Cameo (FREE)
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features James Patterson, Matt Koff, and Jared Logan

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

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Pixies @ Wellmont Theatre in 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Pixies

Deerhunter @ MHOW, 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Deerhunter

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

Pixies, Reignwolf @ Bowery Ballroom
Pixies might have lost Kim Deal as a member (they have Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in her place) and you might not be huge on their new EP, but this is still three of the four original members of one of the most classic indie rock bands of our time, playing relatively intimate venues. Tonight they're at Bowery Ballroom for their first of four NYC shows this week, two of which are at the same venue, and one of which is at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Pet Shop Boys @ Beacon Theater
Earlier this summer Pet Shop Boys released Electric which is their most spirited, melodic record in who knows how long. Tonight's the second of two sold-out shows at Beacon, a gorgeous setting for what will likely be a highly theatrical stage show. Jacques lu Cont, aka Stuart Price who produced Electric, opens the show. Sold out.

Hess Is More, Youthfaire, Listening Center @ Cameo Gallery
A mighty live force capable of DFA-style dancerock, Hess is More are always worth checking out live. This will be your second of three chances to do so this month as part of their September "Hessidency."

Fancytramp, Fielded, Flown @ Death By Audio
Fancytramp started as the solo project from Heavy Cream's Olivia Scibelli and has morphed into its own freestanding thing. Nashville Scene calls them "bubblegrunge."

Psychic Friend, Dynasty Handbag @ Glasslands
When not playing in Imperial Teen and Hey Willpower, Will Schwartz makes Todd Rundgren style piano pop as Psychic Friend. If you can't make tonight's show, Psychic Friend play Mercury Lounge on Sunday (9/22).

No Joy, Alex Calder @ Mercury Lounge
Montreal's No Joy made one of the best shoegazy records in some time with this year's Wait to Pleasure which deftly blends the heavy and the ethereal. They'll be back for Mexican Summer's fifth anniversary next month if you can't make it tonight.

Deerhunter, Mas Ysa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Deerhunter, who followed up their prettiest album with one of their roughest this year, are coming to NYC for a three-night run, beginning tonight. The next two shows are at Webster Hall, but tonight they'll be in a room a quarter of the size, Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening the show is Brooklyn indie pop project Mas Ysa.

Oneohtrix Point Never @ Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
Ambient musician Oneohtrix Point Never is about to release a new album later this month, his first for Warp, but ahead of its release he'll be playing a hometown show tonight. It's in a cathedral, which should be a pretty nice environment for his sound.

Shining, Phuture Doom @ Saint Vitus Bar
Confusingly, both Norway and Sweden are home to metal bands called Shining. The Shining in question here are the Norwegian one; they call their music "Blackjazz", which in practice means taut, highly modernized rock/metal with a glossy production and a secret weapon in the form of a saxophone. They'll be sharing the stage with local metal/hardcore brutes Alekhine's Gun and reclusive Long Island prog-deathsters Cryptodira.

Philip Glass, Elliot Sharp, Optipus & E.S.P. TV, Jaded Lover, Liquid Blonde, Transgendered Jesus @ Santos Party House
Tonight is the 8th Annual Music & Film Benefit Concert for the Film-Makers Cooperative featuring a host of impressive talent.

DTCV, Butter The Children, Forts @ The Grand Victory
Jim Greer spent time in Guided by Voices and, for many years, was one of SPIN's best writers. His band DTCV (pronounced "detective") make post-VU indie rock. Here's also another chance to catchy shoegazy Brooklynites Butter the Children.

Jake Bugg, Honeyhoney @ Webster Hall
Still in his teens, Jake Bugg makes the kind of '60s influenced folky Britpop that MOJO editors go crazy for. Other folk too: this Webster Hall show is sold out.

Morricone Youth @ Havemeyer Park (Nitehawk Outdoors)
Tonight's the final edition of Nitehawk outdoors in Williamsburg's makeshift Havermeyer Park. They're showing Connery classic Goldfinger with a live performance by Morricone Youth who probably know their way around a Bond theme.

The Everymen, PEP, Unicycle Loves You, Sri @ Pianos
New Jersey rockers The Everymen don't get enough attention for their earnest, heartland-style music, exemplified on last year's New Jersey Hardcore. Check 'em out live tonight.

Valley Lodge @ The Rock Shop
You know Dave Hill as a comedian and shirtless concertgoer, but did you know he can also shred? Catch his seriously impressive guitar skills tonight with his band Valley Lodge.

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

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Squarepusher @ Moogfest 2012 (via @ListenDickhead and @cjasonclark )
Squarepusher

We already posted some of this, but here's an even more up to date list of NYC and NJ shows happening or not happening tonight (11/1/2012).

As mentioned, the Squarepusher, Bonobo (DJ), Holy Fuck, and Mount Kimbie show at Terminal 5 isstill on, and for what it's worth, there will be drink specials before Squarepusher's headlining set.

Zebulon will be hopping tonight with Nels Cline/Elliot Sharp Duo, Cactus Truck, Normal Love and Bunny Brains.

The Wolf Gang show that was supposed to happen tonight at Santos has been moved to Knitting Factory with The Royal Concept opening. Tickets to see the UK group are still available. Though, the show that was at Knit before is cancelled ("Sorry to tell everyone that Band Slam the Vote has actually been CANCELLED.")

Like Big Freedia last night, the Tom Tom Club show at Brooklyn Bowl is still on. Doors at 6 PM, show at 8 PM.

Questlove will DJ afterward with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

Like everywhere else below 34th St, Mercury Lounge is still without power (though maybe not for long) and is closed tonight. The Darcys were supposed to play Mercury Lounge tonight (11/1) with Rey Pilabut it has been postponed to November 6.

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Future Shuttle, and Secret Colours will play 285 Kent tonight, $8.

Next door at Glasslands, it's Black Spade, Fresh Daily, Cavalier, Quelle Chris, and 0hbliv.

At Death by Audio around the corner, they've got Roomrunner, plus Sleepies and EULA (who performed together last night as The Pixies), as well as Big Ups. $7 at the door.

JD McPherson, Donavon Frankenreiter (who was supposed to play Bowery Ballroom) and Sean Rowe are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tonight's K'Naan show at Highline Ballroom has been postponed.

The Meat Loaf show at Beacon Theatre, which was supposed to happen on tonight has been postponed to a later date: "Fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets as we work to reschedule the show. An announcement about a new date will be forthcoming."

Woodkid was forced to cancel his dates in NYC, San Francisco, and LA due to the hurricane and its effect on major airports. The NYC show was supposed to happen tonight (11/1) at Irving Plaza and will be rescheduled to a TBA date. Tickets are refundable at the reseller.

As mentioned, the ESG show at Bowery Electric with Sinkane has been postponed to a later date TBD in December/January. The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black show that was moved to tonight from Tuesday (10/30) has been cancelled.

As mentioned, all Dita Von Teese shows have been cancelled.

The Freelance Whales show at Webster Hall has been postponed.

Todd Barry's show at the Bell House is postponed. The Bell House is closed tonight.

Union Hall, however, is open as a bar... but tonight's Communion NYC has been cancelled. UPDATE: Union is now hosting a fundraiser with Riot Fox & Mount Sharp - 8:30pm/$10 proceeds to benefit Red Hook Initiative.

Littlefield is open with the Chris Gethard Show, featuring "the weirdest bands we know": Big Digits, Stumblebum Brass Band, Naked Heroes, and Mindtroll. Tickets are still available.

For more comedy, head to UCB West.

Barbes is open with Rachelle Garniez at 8 PM and the People's Champs at 10 PM.

Rhyme Calisthenics at Public Assembly has been cancelled due to "commute issues."

The Meter Men show at B.B. King Blues Club is still on but "if you bought tickets and cannot make it due to the storm, B.B. King Blues Club will once again honor ticket credits for future shows. please contact info@bbkingblues.com with proof of purchase to claim your credit."

Social Distortion were forced to cancel their show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie on Sunday (10/28), but both of their shows at Starland Ballroom in NJ tonight and Friday are CANCELLED TOO.

Found Footage Festival is happening at Maxwell's in Hoboken. UPDATE: Cancelled, they're still without power.

Over at Carnegie Hall, the performance by the Orchestra of St. Luke's with conductor Nicholas McGegan that was to be in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1 with soloist to be announced. And the performance by pianist Wael Farouk, that was to happen in Weill Recital Hall, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1. Tickets for both November 1 performances will be honored at their new date.

The Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks game at Barclays Center is postponed. New date: Saturday at 7:30pm.

Canal Room is closed.
Pianos is closed.
Le Poisson Rouge is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Joe's Pub is closed.
Cake Shop is closed.
Rockwood Music Hall is closed.
Fontana's is closed.
Santos Party House is closed.
Sunshine Cinema is closed.
UCB East is closed.

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Mi-Gu
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Tokyo experimentalists Mu-Gu, aka Yuko Araki and Hirotaka "Shimmy" Shimizu, who have both played in Cornelius Group, Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band, If By Yes, and Brother's Sister's Daughter (with Mike Watt), have three albums out since 2003, including their most recent, Pulling From Above, which came out on Ryuichi Sakamoto's label, Commons. Now they're compiling material from those three import releases for the album, Choose the Light, which will be out on October 2 via Sean Lennon's Chimera Music (who just put out the Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and Kim Gordon album this week).

Mi-Gu will be coming to NYC for a show on October 4 at Union Pool with Nels Cline's Eye Bone (aka Nels with Jim Black and Teddy Klausner). Admission for that show is $10 at the door. No advance tickets at the moment.

There are a bunch of other chances to catch Nels Cline in NYC in the upcoming months too, including Retrofret on October 6 in Brooklyn as a duo with Julian Lage (free/invite only), Zebulon on November 1 as a duo with Elliot Sharp, The Stone on December 5 as a member of Ben Goldberg's Unfold Ordinary Mind, and the previously discussed Medeski Martin & Wood show at The Blue Note on December 12.

A list of all Nels Clines dates and a video of Mi-Gu at Union Pool in 2010 with Sean Lennon and Yuka Honda are below.

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