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Strand of Oaks in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Yo La Tengo, The Feelies @ Town Hall
While their Maxwell's Hanukkah shows are sorely missed, Yo La Tengo will be celebrating the season -- and their 30th anniversary -- with two shows at Town Hall, tonight being the second. Tonight's show is with another legendary NJ indie rock outfit. Sold out.

tUnE-yArDs, Cibo Matto, Beep! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
tUnE-yArDs dove further into their world of quirky, eccentric pop on this year's Nikki Nack, and Cibo Matto returned with their first album since 1999 which had them still in good form. Tonight begins their 4-night run at MHOW.

Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls with Ice Choir @ Converse SOHO
This free in-store performance sounds kinda cool: Dee Dee doing a full set of Dum Dum Girls songs as backed (and arranged) by Kurt Feldman's new romantic synthpop outfit Ice Choir. It's a free show (one of a few around the country) in celebration of a new multi-artist holiday EP that will be available on vinyl only at these shows.

Strand of Oaks, Torres @ Bowery Ballroom
Strand of Oaks made the move from an introverted folk singer to a big-sounding folk rock band this year, and the change has been pretty successful. Tonight's their largest headlining show in NYC yet, and it's a great double bill with Torres' grungy folk.

New Build, Future Punx, Orange Cassettes @ Rough Trade
New Build, the side project of Hot Chip's Al Doyle and Felix Martin, play their second NYC show of the week. This one is without tourmates Museum of Love but in their place are local new wavers Future Punx, and Orange Cassettes which is the new band from Radio 4's Anthony Roman.

TEEN, Beverly, Charly Bliss, Scully @ Glasslands
TEEN have played Glasslands many times over the last few years and will say goodbye to the soon-to-close venue as part of a very good bill of indie rock.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Apollo Theater
Tonight's the first of Daptone's three-day holiday party called the Super Soul Revue at the iconic Harlem venue.

Junius, So Hideous, In Aeona @ Saint Vitus
Tis the season to be jolly, and Prosthetic Records are celebrating with a decidedly un-jolly holiday party at Saint Vitus tonight. Heavy post-rockers Junius and likeminded locals So Hideous will stack this show with dark atmospheres. Admission gets you a free glass of Prosthetic Imperial Black Ale brewed specially for the occasion by Sixpoint Brewery.

Shad, Kahli Abdu, Jay Wirth @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Alt-rapper Shad keeps the golden age hip hop vibes alive on his new EP, Boarding Pass, which came out this week. Tonight he's in NYC for a one-off show.

X Blank X, Cellular Chaos, Ron Anderson/Richard Hoffman/Brian Chase Band, Sediment Club @ Cake Shop
Mid 70's Cleveland art punk band X__X reformed earlier in 2014 for their first live shows in 35 years. Tonight's show is with a group of fittingly experimental acts, including Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase.

Oliver, Plastic Plates, Alex English, Dali, Hiyawatha, Maximillion Dunbar, Shawn Reynaldo, Contakt, Bobby B @ Output
Dance duo Oliver get funky on their new Light Years Away EP for Fool's Gold. They're on tour in support of it, hitting Output for their weekly INPUT party tonight with Plastic Plates and some of the Girls & Boys DJs. Maxmillion Dunbar and others are in the Panther Room.

Low Fat Getting High, Grizzlor, Ceramics, biggpigg @ Grand Victory
Low Fat Getting High have been one of the more promising bands in Brooklyn's DIY rock scene as of late thanks to their catchy and aggressive grunge/punk hybrid. Their debut LP finally came out a few weeks ago, and tonight they'll likely be ripping through plenty of that.

John Zorn's Masada Marathon w/ Abraxas, Forro in the Dark, Sfia Rei, Erik Friedlander, Uri Gurvich @ Nublu
Part of the Nublu Jazz Fest, tonight's lineup was curated by Downtown icon John Zorn.

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

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John Zorn at Maxwell's, 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Zorn

John Zorn describes his Masada songbook as follows: "The idea is to put Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together." He's been writing Masada material for about 20 years, and he's racked up some 600 compositions in the idiom. If you only know Zorn for his noise-oriented work, do yourself a favor and Youtube some Masada performances.

A few months before he joins Dave Lombardo and Bill Laswell for a rare appearance as Bladerunner, Zorn and many, many others will get together to debut the 20 new Masada compositions that comprise Masada Book 3: The Book of Beriah. The show is being billed as a "marathon shuffle concert": each of the 20 tunes will be interpreted by a different group of musicians. The cast is diverse, from Zorn himself and frequent collaborators like Marc Ribot and John Medeski to younger, weirder Zorn affiliates like Abraxas, Cyro Baptista, Cleric, and Secret Chiefs 3. The show is slated for March 19 at the Town Hall (123 West 43rd St.). Tickets are on sale.

Zorn's other upcoming shows include the gigs he has scheduled as Bladerunner with ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lomardo & Bill Laswell which hits LPR in NYC and Reggie's in Chicago. They are all listed below.

Check out a Zorn + Ribot version of a Masada tune and the announced lineup of Beriah contributors below too...

Continue reading "John Zorn to debut 20 new Masada compositions at "shuffle concert" at NYC's Town Hall (dates)"

Bilal at Prince tribute in March (more by Fred Pessaro)
Bilal

The annual Winter Jazz Fest is returning in 2014 for its 10th anniversary, happening from January 7 - 11. Artists playing include John Medeski, Nels Cline, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Ravi Coltrane, Ceramic Dog, Eliott Sharp, Keren Ann, Mother Falcon, Roomful of Teeth, and many more, across multiple venues including Le Poisson Rouge, Judson Church, NYU Lounge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, Bitter End, Subculture, and The Bowery Electric. Early bird festival passes are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale Saturday (11/16).

Tentative lineup and partial schedule below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazz Fest 2014 lineup & tix (Robert Glasper, Bilal, John Medeski, Nels Cline, Ceramic Dog, Mother Falcon & more)"

Thurston Moore on the 'Station to Station' tour (more by Lukas Hodge)
Thurston Moore

As discussed, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is playing two New Year's Eve shows at The Stone, an early one with John Zorn, and a late one with Mike Watt. Since we last spoke, we realized those shows are actually part of Thurston's residency at the venue, which kicks off on NYE and continues through January 5. He's curating for the week, and also performing with different collaborators each night.

Most notably, the residency has him performing with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley for two shows on 1/3, with Chelsea Light Moving drummer John Moloney for two shows on 1/4, and with another CLM member, Samara Lubelski, on 1/2. Probably don't expect Sonic Youth or Chelsea Light Moving songs though. He'll also be performing with NYC experimental duo White Out (who have releases on Thurston's Ecstatic Peace label) on the final night (1/5). The full schedule and an updated list of Chelsea Light Moving tour dates are below.

Meanwhile, as we speak, avant guitarist/banjoist Eugene Chadbourne's residency at the venue is underway. It kicked off this past Tuesday (10/29) and included his Halloween show at the venue last night (10/31). It continues with Eugene playing as a duo with Tatsuya Nakatani tonight (11/1), solo on Saturday (11/2), and as part of a 5-piece on Sunday (11/3).

Most of the other Nov/Dec curators are all notable jazz musicians and improvisers. One that's especially exciting to us is Ikue Mori, drummer of seminal no wave band DNA, 1/3 of Death Ambient (with Fred Frith and Kato Hideki), and a frequent collaborator of John Zorn, Mike Patton, various members of Sonic Youth, and more. She curates/performs at The Stone from December 17-22 and collaborators for the week include Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Sylvie Courvoisier, John Zorn and more, plus a "SPECIAL SURPRISE BAND" TBA on 12/20. Full schedule for her residency below.

In related news, Ikue Mori plays a previously discussed special Body/Head trio set with B/H members Kim Gordon and Bill Nace at the Kim Gordon benefit at Issue Project Room.

Then, from December 25-29 at The Stone, it's the annual John Zorn end of the year improv week, leading up to Thurston Moore's NYE shows. Zorn will be joined by multiple other improvisers throughout the week, including Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Erik Friedlander, Okkyung Lee, and many more. Full schedule below.

All mentioned Stone residency schedules, along with Chelsea Light Moving dates, below...

Continue reading "Eugene Chadbourne, Ikue Mori & more curate Nov/Dec at the Stone; Thurston Moore does January"

Friedlander

Erik Friedlander was one of the musicians that took part in the all-day John Zorn marathon at the Metropolitan Museum in September. If you missed his set (and you might have, even if you attended -- he went on before noon), Friedlander will be at Zorn's East Village venue the Stone all week.

As is the custom, he'll be performing different songs and with different bands each night. For tonight's opening edition, he plays a pair of solo sets: his original "Block Ice & Propane" material and songs from John Zorn's Volac -Masada: Book of Angels project. The latter tunes are the same batch he played at the Met; see a video of him jamming next to Assyrian ruins, below.

From there, he performs with an all-cello ensemble, his excellent Americana-y quartet Bonebridge (who will debut songs from their forthcoming CD NightHawks) and producer Scott Solter (who has engineering/recording credits include Superchunk's I Hate Music, St. Vincent's Actor and many others), among others.

The full schedule and details are listed, along with those  videos, below...

Continue reading "cellist Erik Friedlander starts week-long residency at The Stone"

John Zorn
John Zorn

Avant-garde sax great John Zorn has been celebrating his 60th birthday this year with a ton of NYC shows. The celebration, dubbed Zorn@60, has been going on for months, and there's only a few events left.

Tonight (9/27), Zorn does his third of three nights at Miller Theatre at Columbia University. At tonight's show, he'll be performing work from all over his career, and will be joined by many collaborators including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk), Ikue Mori (DNA, Kim Gordon collaborator, etc), Marc Ribot, Erik Friedlander and many more. More details here. Tickets are still available.

Then on Saturday (9/28), he'll (literally) be at The Met all day with multiple performances from 10 AM to 8:30 PM. Many other performers will be at these too, including Bill Frisell, Mike Patton, Erik Friedlander, Abby Fischer and more. The performances are free with museum admission. Full schedule for the day, below.

On Sunday (9/29), he'll be at Le Poisson Rouge for two shows (6:30 PM and 10 PM), both of which include Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn, and Joey Baron. The early show also has a few other names, like Marc Ribot and more. TIckets for the early show and the late show are on sale now.

Finally, Zorn will team up with Japanese composer/musician/film scorer Ryuichi Sakamoto (of Yellow Magic) for an improvised evening of music on October 4 at Japan Society (333 E 47th St). This one is sold out.

Schedule for Zorn's day at The Met, and a live video from 1992, below...

Continue reading "John Zorn wrapping up Zorn@60, doing a full day at The Met & other shows w/ Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell & more"

photos by Greg Cristman

"A night of Round Robin improvs and Julia Holter just adjusted her sheet music??? #undeadjazz #redmusicacademy" - Bill Bragin

"James Chance. You too with the sheet music?" - Bill Bragin

Andrew Bird & Joe Lavano / Kim Gordon / Julia Holter & Thundercat
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets

The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued last night (5/1) with the sold-out Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which went down at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The night featured a ton of incredible performers, including (in order of appearance) Jameszoo, Questlove, Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, Thundercat, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Dosh, Roy Hargrove, James Chance, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, Bernie Worrell, Glenn Gotche, Erik Friedlander, Vijay Iyer, Robert Glasper, DJ Spinna, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, and Joe Lovano. Pictures from that night are in this post.

Many of the performers have other upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events (or non-RBMA shows) in NYC too. Kim Gordon plays tonight (5/2) at Knockdown Center in Queens as one half of the duo Body/Head with Bill Nace. Other artists on the bill include Stephen O'Malley, Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson and many more. That show appears sold out is back on sale.

Thundercat, who has a new album on the way, plays with Flying Lotus on May 5 and 6 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night.

After the RBMA residency is over, Julia Holter plays Le Poisson Rouge on July 12 with Jessica Pratt. Tickets for that show are still available.

The "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" also doubled as part of the Undead Music Festival, which includes another Andrew Bird and Martin Dosh show on Saturday (5/4) at Shapeshifter Lab, where he'll be playing as a duo with Martin Dosh. The rest of that bill includes Jeremy Ylvisaker and Todd Sickafoose. Tickets for that are still available.

Andrew WK is touring as a the singer of Marky Ramone's band, and that tour hits NYC on Friday (5/3) at Santos (tickets) and October 3 at Irving (tickets).

More pictures from the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird, Questlove, Thundercat, Kim Gordon and others played the 'Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets' (pics)"

Mykki Blanco at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mykki Blanco
Andrew Bird w/ Yo La Tengo on Hanukkah 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Andrew Bird

The Red Bull Music Academy already announced a huge NYC residency which includes a number of great shows at multiple venues, and this thing just keeps getting bigger and better. RBMA has now announced some new shows and updates to previously-announced ones. For example, the "Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets" that's happening on May 1 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple has added Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer and Roy Hargrove to the mix that already included Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, and others. Tickets for that show are still available. The full lineup is below.

UK DFA-signed dance trio Factory Floor will be joining their labelmates at the massive 12 Years of DFA Records, which takes place at Brooklyn's dazzling Grand Prospect Hall on May 25 (tickets). They were also added as DJs to the recently discussed Evian Christ and Oneohtrix Point Never show happening at Saint Vitus on May 26 (tickets).

Rapper Mykki Blanco, who just headlined Bowery Ballroom, and who was recently announced for this weekend's (4/5-7) Blues for Smoke festival at the Whitney Museum with Le1f, has also been added to Le1f's RBMA show. That show happens on May 7 at Glasslands with Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, and others (tickets).

And UK bass/house producer Mosca and Mathew Jonson have been added to the closing night party on May 31 at 74 Wythe Ave that also features L.I.E.S. feat. Legowelt, Beautiful Swimmers, Marcos Cabral, Willie Burns, Bookworms, Professor Genius, Jahiliyya Fields, Shawn O'Sullivan + Kerri Chandler, and Red Bull Music Academy Allstars. Tickets are still available.

Updated Red Bull Music Academy schedule HERE. The full list of lineup additions for the residency and the full lineup for the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" show below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco, Factory Floor, Andrew Bird and more added to Red Bull Music Academy shows"

Red Bull

"On May 1 the Brooklyn Masonic Temple will welcome a host of artists to participate in a unique evening of live improvisation. No Wave pioneer James Chance, Wilco's Glenn Kotche, ?uestlove of The Roots, Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth fame, and Parliament Funkadelic founding member Bernie Worrell are among the more than 20 artists slated to perform together on stage. The show is part of the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy festival that will touch down in New York from April 28 to May 31 with an unprecedented series of 37 concerts, club nights and special events in 34 venues around town."
Tickets are still on sale. The just-announced list of performers and more information is below...

Continue reading "Kim Gordon, James Chance, Questlove, Andrew WK, Glenn Kotche & more in for big Red Bull improv jam"

Still from Radio Unnamable
Radio Unnamable

As previously mentioned, the 2012 BAMcinemaFEST kicks off tonight (6/20) with a screening of Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me. This year's fest includes 22 features with 20 of those being New York premieres and, as usual, there are a few music-related films as well. On June 26 they'll screen Radio Unnamable, a documentary about WBAI DJ Bob Fass, "the father of freeform radio." There will be a Q&A after the screening with Fass and directors Paul Lovelace, Jessica Wolfson. Immediately after that will be a performance in the BAMcinemaFest lounge with Simeon Coxe of Silver Apples which is free with your screening ticket.

Screening on June 28 is  Tim Sutton's debut feature Pavillion, which "follows laconic teenager Max, who moves from an idyllic lakeside town in New York to his father's home in arid suburban Arizona." The score is by the Sea & Cake's Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt, and the two will perform immediately after the screeening in the BAMcinemaFest lounge. Again, the performance is free with the ticket to the screening. This explains why Sam and Archer are performing at Mercury Lounge on June 30 too.

And the closing night (7/1) is a screening of Lotte Reiniger's dreamlike 1926 animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed with live accompaniment by by Dublin collective 3epkano and Erik Friedlander.

The same night is a screening of documentary Rock 'N' Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen about the legendary rock photographer which was directed by Big Audio Dynamite's Don Letts (The Punk Rock Movie, Strummerville). The screening is followed by BAMcinemaFest's closing night party.

The full BAMcinemaFest 2012 Schedule is below.

Continue reading "Silver Apples' Simeon Coxe, Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt performing at BAMcinemaFest which starts tonight"

Undead

FOUR NIGHTS celebrating the incredible, dynamic, explosively creative jazz, instrumental, and adventurous music being made in New York City.

May 9th: A Marathon of Concerts in Greenwich Village
May 10th: Medeski, Martin & Wood & ?? at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, featuring So Percussion, Steven Bernstein, Vernon Reid & more!!
May 11th: Night Of The Living DIY in Brooklyn, Seattle, Norway & more...
May 12th: Improvised Round Robin Duets at 92Y Tribeca

Lovingly and tirelessly organized by Adam Schatz of Search & Restore, and Brice Rosenbloom of BoomCollective.

The 2012 Undead Music Festival (formerly known as Undead Jazz Fest) starts Wednesday (5/9) with three shows in Greenwich Village, including a Tonic reunion happening at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, 5/9. (There's a Tonic Reunion tonight at The Stone tonight, 5/7, too, unreleated to the Undead fest.)

Other Undead performers include Medeski, Martin & Wood at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Thursday (5/10) and a multi-venue "Night of the Living DIY" on Friday (5/11) which includes the previously mentioned Bjorkestra show at the new Shapeshifer Lab (which meanwhile is hosting two nights of Undead-presented shows with Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black).

Four days passes are still on sale. More detailed info (performers, tickets) is available at the Undead Music website and the full schedule is below.

Continue reading " Undead Music Fest this week: a 2nd Tonic reunion, Medeski, Martin & Wood & much more (full lineup, schedule, dates)"

Undead Jazz Fest

Founded in June 2010 the Undead Jazzfest is new kind of festival, bringing together an incredible array of artists from the new jazz and improvised music community currently exploding in New York City. With no headliners, affordable tickets, unorthodox venues and no drink minimums, the Undead Jazzfest aims to shake the public perception of what jazz can be today, celebrating the incredible music being made in a setting that is inviting to both the veterans and curious new fans.
Encompassing eleven venues over its four days (6/23 - 6/26), the Undead Jazzfest will feature appearances from more than 50 bands including names like Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Mountains and many others. The full list of participating bands is below. Four day passes are on sale for $45 until 4/28. The price increases to $50 after.

Undead Jazzfest is also responsible for curating another show outside of said festival, this one going down at Central Park Summerstage on June 11th with Medeski Martin & Wood, Josh Roseman's King Froopy All Stars and Jim Black's AlasNoAxis. It's one of many free 2011 Summerstage shows that have been announced.

AND, Undead Jazz presents a show at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (4/25) with Orchestre National de Jazz with Daniel Yvinec and John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble with special guests Theo Bleckmann , Kate McGarry and Uri Caine. Undead Jazz also presents Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors and Mary Halvorson Trio at the same venue on May 18th.

Full Undead Jazzfest 2011 lineup below.

Continue reading "Undead Jazzfest 2011 lineup announced, tix on sale now, and other related shows too"

photos by Erez Avissar

Queen Mermaid Laurie Anderson (at Santos Party House)...
Laurie Anderson

Mark your calendar for this year's Mermaid Parade, happening Saturday, June 19th at 2pm. Leading the proceedings will be "King Neptune" Lou Reed and "Queen Mermaid" Laurie Anderson. The parade's afterparty, featuring burlesque and music, is at the nearby NY Aquarium later that night. More details on the route and transportation are here.

Check out some pictures from the 2009 parade (which had Harvey Keitel and wife Daphna Kastner as the king and queen) and 2008's ball/afterparty

Laurie Anderson has a new album on the way.

Laurie Anderson's forthcoming Nonesuch release, Homeland, is due out on June 22. To count down the weeks till then, Nonesuch will release one short video clip featuring Anderson's male alter ego, Fenway Bergamot, every Tuesday now through release day. In today's inaugural clip, Bergamot revisits the early days of the 2008 financial crisis. BAM has announced that Anderson will give the NY premiere of her new work, Delusion, at the Next Wave Festival this fall. [Nonesuch]
Delusion will run at BAM's Harvey Theater Sep 21-25, Sep 28-30, Oct 1 & 2 at 7:30pm and Sep 26 & Oct 3 at 3pm. Tickets will be $20, 35, 45, 60. "Next Wave Festival subscription tickets for Friends of BAM (as well as subscribers to both the 2010 Spring Season and 2009 Next Wave Festival) are on sale Jun 7; subscription tickets for the general public are on sale Jun 14. Single tickets for Delusion and Vollmond are on sale Aug 30 (Aug 23 for Friends of BAM)."

The above-mentioned Nonesuch videos get posted here. There's also a remix contest for the song "Only an Expert" off that record, which runs through May 27th (the winner will get $1,000 and their song will be available on iTunes).

Looking way into the future, Laurie Anderson joins Lou Reed, Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, and Uri Caine to perform with John Zorn in "a series of mind-bending sonic compositions and no-holds-barred improvisations" at NYC Opera on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Tickets...TBA?

Lou recently took part in the Anthology Film Archives benefit at Hiro, but never made it to the Codes Festival in Poland where he was scheduled to play with Laurie and John Zorn on May 15th (Laurie and John did go though). All three of them are next scheduled to appear together on July 2nd at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

The pictures above and those below are from an April 28th benefit show at Santos Party House with Laurie Anderson, Tony Conrad, Erik Friedlander and (not pictured) Text of Light. More pictures and videos (including one with Laurie talking about Delusion) are below...

Continue reading "Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed are king & queen of the 2010 Mermaid Parade, playing BAM & other shows & stuff "

Frightened Rabbit @ LPR acoustic in 2009 (more by Jonny Leather)
Frightened Rabbit

tonight in NYC
* Hanson (night 3!) @ Gramercy
* Heavy Trash @ The Saint (NJ)
* Hole, Little Fish @ Terminal 5
* Tracy Bonham @ Galapagos Art Space
* Frightened Rabbit @ Sound Fix Records
* Josh Rouse, The Woes @ The Bell House
* Willie Mays, Radical Sons @ Don Pedro
* N.E.R.D., Jay Electronica @ Irving Plaza
* Big Soda, Big Eyes, Nude Beach @ Coco 66
* VV Brown, MNDR, Class Actress @ Bowery Ballroom
* Taylor Hollingsworth, Mia Riddle @ Union Hall
* Frightened Rabbit, Maps and Atlases @ Webster Hall
* Tao Seeger Band, The Morgues, Cassandra Jenkins @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Morning Benders, Twin Sister, Twin Shadow, Papa @ Mercury Lounge
* Chiara String Quartet play Steve Reich and more @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Mottel/Dahl/Nilson/Fox, El Topo, Priestbird, Living Sacrifice, Spider @ Pianos
* Pod Blotz & Zaimph, Purple Haze, MV Carbon, Driphouse, Denial Ain't Just a River in Egypt @ Death By Audio
* Laurie Anderson, Tony Conrad, Erik Friedlander, Text of Light (Alan Licht & Lee Ranaldo), Transgendered Jesus @ Santos Party House

From Santos: Charles S. Cohen, executive producer of Academy Award nominated film Frozen River, is celebrated at this Film-makers cooperative benefit concert. Laurie Anderson, Tony Conrad, Erik Friedlander, Text of Light, and Transgendered Jesus will perform live along with films from the cooperative's collection.

The Chiara String Quartet's program at Santos tonight includes Steve Reich's Different Trains, Jefferson Friedman's String Quartet No. 2 and Anton Webern's Five Pieces for String Quartet. Tickets are on sale.

Frightened Rabbit, after having a bit of trouble getting into the country at the beginning of their tour, are here today to play two NYC shows. At 6:30 you can catch them play afree acoustic show at Sound Fix. Then later tonight they headline a sold out Webster Hall.

Did the MNDR and Class Actress show at The Studio at Webster Hall even happen last night? Regardless, both acts open for VV Brown at Bowery Ballroom tonight.

The Morning Benders complete their April series of NYC shows tonight at Mercury Lounge. Twin Sister open up for them. Members of Twin Sister opened up for them (playing in Holiday Shores) Saturday night at Music Hall.

A trailer for the album Cocorosie is releasing on Sub Pop can be watched and listened to below...

A video of Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore performing "My Wealth Comes To Me" live on KEXP, below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

by Andrew Frisicano

Marc Ribot

"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Marc Ribot (but were afraid to ask)" is the first of the Stone's new Monday night seminar series and, as previously mentioned, it happens tonight (1/4). The first 13 of those events, which the venue describes as "a special series of workshops, lectures, seminars and Q&As on a variety of fascinating subjects by some of the world's most unique, cutting edge musical thinkers," are laid out below and cover a huge spectrum of musicians and topics.

Ribot will be performing as part of the NY Guitar Festival on January 14th (doing a live improvised score to Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid") and playing with his stellar group Ceramic Dog on February 2nd at (Le) Poisson Rouge (with Skeletons, who played NYE and New Year's Day shows at Zebulon, opening). Tickets for the LPR show, which is also part of the NY Guitar Fest (more on that later), are on sale.

Another interesting, very different Q&A event is also coming up. On February 23rd, Santos Party House will host "Ask Andrew W.K. Anything: An intimate evening of unpredictable performance." Presumably the event is being held to further address the internet rumor that Andrew W.K. is an actor who plays the part of Andrew WK. Tickets are on sale. In other news, he's re-releasing his formerly-import-only-record Close Calls With Brick Walls with a new "lost" disc Mother of Mankind on February 23rd, and he's on this year's Warped Tour.

More info on the Andrew W.K. event and the Stone's seminar series are below...

Continue reading "Marc Ribot & Andrew W.K. answer your questions and other upcoming events (The Stone, Santos, LPR & more)"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Colin Stetson - Letter to HST (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Colin Stetson - Time Is Advancing With Fitful Irregularity (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Erik Friedlander - May It Please Heaven (MP3)

Erik Friedlander
Erik Friedlander

As previously mentioned, Saxophone player Colin Stetson and cellist Erik Friedlander get together for a night of music Friday, June 5th (tonight) at Abrons Art Space Recital Hall (466 Grand Street, NYC). Tickets are on sale.

The show is being put on by the Manhattan New Music Project, which works to connect new-music artists and the community "by reaching out to adult audiences through performance and recording, and to children through residencies in New York City public schools."

Credits for Friedlander include collaborating with John Zorn, Mountain Goats, Sting, Yoko Ono (on her new EP) and others. Stetson has played with the Arcade Fire, Antibalas and Bell Orchestre, and opened on tour for The National.

At the gig, Friedlander will be playing selections from his Zorn disc Volac, Book of Angels, Masada Book II. Speaking of Zorn, Erik will also be playing The Stone (where Zorn is artistic director) on Sunday, June 14th.

The above recordings are from Friedlander's 2005 Brassland album Maldoror, and Stetson's 2008 disc New History of Warfare, Vol. 1, on Aagoo Records.

Live solo videos of both performers, below...

Continue reading "Colin Stetson & Erik Friedlander - MP3s, video, a live show "

Tonic

Since the closing of LES spot Tonic in 2007, The Stone has been one of the venues that's attempted to fill the void left by the experimental-music-friendly space.

Like Tonic did, The Stone frequently brings on guest curators (not coincidentally Stone founder John Zorn was one of Tonic's most regular hosts and played at Tonic's final show). Now, with guitarist Grey Gersten's monthlong May curatorial run ending Sunday, May 31st, former Tonic co-owner Melissa Caruso Scott comes out of booking retirement to take the reigns in programing the first two weeks of June at The Stone.

Speaking about her choices Scott said, "These artists played some of my favorite Tonic shows and I can't wait to see them again." Her picks include Japanese musician Yuka Honda, who's also playing a Summerstage show with Mike Watt, guitarist Charlie Hunter, Elysian Fields, Vernon Reid, Joan as Polcewoman, cellist Erik Friedlander, and more. Her full schedule is posted below.

Speaking of Friendlander, he plays on Yoko Ono's new DON'T STOP ME! EP (out June 9th Via iTunes Exclusive Digital Download), and you can also catch him live on June 5th along with saxophone player Colin Stetson at the Abrons Art Space Recital Hall. The show is presented by The Manhattan New Music Project, and tickets are on sale.

Before the time of both Tonic and The Stone, the original Knitting Factory on Houston Street featured an ecclectic mix of avant and experimental music (frequently with Zorn and others). The co-founder of that venue, show promoter and current owner of City Winery Michael Dorf, will curate the second half of the June at The Stone.

Acts on his schedule include Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers (who have completed their Pianos residency and are also playing Citysol), Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) with saxist Tim Berne, and Marc Ribot, the guitarist who's had considerable presence at each of the aforementioned venues -- gigging regularly at the Knit on Houston St, getting arrested for protesting the closure of Tonic, and hosting several nights of his 55th-birthday retrospective at The Stone in mid-May.

Check out the full June schedule for The Stone, below...

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Joan as PolicewomanJoan as Policewoman will play shows at 8 and 10 pm at the Stone in NYC on New Years Eve. The 'Annual End The Year Improv Night' with John Zorn happens at the same venue three nights earlier. Other names on the Stone's schedule for December (curated by Jennifer Charles) include Gary Lucas, Erik Friedlander, Doveman, Alan Licht, Hal Willner's Parade (Yuka Honda & Sean Lennon), Elysian Fields, JG Thirwell, and Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog (tonight, Sunday December 7th).

January's schedule, curated by Craig Taborn, doesn't have many names
I recognize, but February, curated by Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas, has Twi the Humble Feather, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Chris Schlarb, Diane Cluck, Jon Natchez, Kelly Pratt, Lexie Mountain Boys, Megafun, John Zorn, Ecstatic Sunshine, Sam Amidon, and Tristan Perich,

For other NYC shows on New Years Eve, browse HERE.

Joan Wasser (as Policewoman) and at least one band member also contribute to Gramercy Arms.

Marc Ribot is also playing December 9th at Blue Note and December 11th at Knitting Factory.

Erik Friedlander
ERik Friedlander

Erik Friedlander's bow grates across the strings of his cello, wrenching notes into a stunted, disdainful exclamation. Imagine Friedlander-- now one of the world's top cellists with a Rolodex of collaborators from John Zorn and Laurie Anderson to John Darnielle and Courtney Love-- as a boy from New York's hinterlands, maybe 14 or 15 years old, out West in an RV sitting atop a 1966 Chevrolet pick-up truck. His mother, father, sister, and dog are along for the ride, as the truck barrels down an interstate. Suddenly, an Airstream trailer-- "sleek, silver...throwing our reflection back at us"-- zips past the Friedlander summer home. More than three decades later, this is how Erik Friedlander remembers his family losing a piece of their pride. [Pitchfork]
Erik Friedlander is playing the free BrooklynVegan party at Pianos today (Oct 20, 2007) - upstairs @ 6:15pm - NOT 4:45pm like the flyer says. Tim Bracy will instead play at 4:45pm. They switched.

Listen & watch Erik Friedlander on Virb.com. And come by and see him today, and get there early for Dave Godowsky and the King Left. Then after Erik get dinner before dancing with us at the afterparty. c u there.

Rolling StonesSing your children (or yourself) to sleep with the new Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of the Rolling Stones. Of the releases I have already sampled, I can strongly recommend Linda Thompson's Versatile Heart, Nina Nastasia & Jim White's You Follow Me, and Erik Friedlander's Block Ice & Propane is one of the best albums I have heard all year - an intriguing contemporary jazz album from an artist who has been featured on recent albums by the Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice. You can also order the MP3's directly from his site for just $9.95.

The only reissue worth mentioning is singer-songwriter Sam Baker's mercy.

Oh, and according to a friend's ten year-old daughter, Disney's High School Musical 2 is the only album worth buying this week, perhaps this year.

Have I left anything noteworthy off the list? What new music releases can you recommend this week?

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