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photo: Grimes at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

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

Grimes @ Guggenheim Museum
Grimes' highly anticipated new album finally drops this week. So far we heard one song that's pretty close to mainstream pop and another that's nothing like pop at all. We don't know what else to expect from this album, but maybe we'll learn more tonight.

Jennylee, Young Magic @ Baby's All Right
Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg doesn't stray too far from her band's dark, slinky sound on her solo debut, right on!, which is out in December. Get an early taste tonight.

Soldiers of Fortune @ Max Fish (2 sets)
NYC indie rock super group Soldiers of Fortune (featuring members of Oneida, Chavez, Interpol and more) celebrate their second album tonight with two sets at Max Fish (8:30 PM & 10 PM), both are free. The album features guests like Cass McCombs and Stephen Malkmus...are either in town?

Tribulation, Occultation @ Saint Vitus
The stacked Deafheaven / Envy / Tribulation tour hits NYC's Webster Hall tomorrow, but tonight's an off night and Tribulation are headlining their own show at Saint Vitus. Their new album is a killer mix of black and death metal influences with classic rock riffage and some genuinely catchy songs.

Envy, So Hideous, Edhochuli, Driftoff @ Black Bear Bar
This show has a special guest headliner, and we're hearing it's someone to legitimately be excited for. UPDATE: It's Japanese screamo greats Envy. The undercard is pretty stacked too with atmospheric black metal locals So Hideous, Pittsburgh's proggy post-hardcore band Edhochuli, and Rosetta/Junius/City of Ships-related ragers Driftoff.

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Land Lines @ Bowery Ballroom
Once a folk singer, Nathaniel Rateliff is now more popular than ever with his soul band Th Night Sweats, whose song "S.O.B." has been pretty unstoppable this year.

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club @ Beacon Theater
After 16 years, Buena Vista Social Club are saying 'Audios' with a world tour -- and a double-disc reissue of their debut album. This is the second of two nights at Beacon.

Jaye Bartell Record Release, Will Stratton, June West @ Union Pool
Jaye Bartell has been making music since the mid-'00s and you may have seen him open shows for Jessica Pratt or Angel Olsen recently. His sonorous voice fits well with his dark, dusty, folky songs, as can be heard on 2013's Loyalty which just got reissued by Captured Tracks-related label Sinderlyn. He celebrates that reissue tonight.

Jon Glaser, Janeane Garofalo, John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac, Andy Blitz, Scott Adsit, Eugene Mirman, Carl Newman @ Bell House
Jon Glaser (Delocated, Girls) hosts this night of "Comedytainment" that benefits PS321 and features a whole bunch of funny people, plus New Pornographers' Carl Newman(who is also funny).

Antibalas, Saul Williams, EMEFE @ Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn afrobeat band Antibalas are on the second show of their four-show, month-long residency at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Each has different guests, and tonight it's Saul Williams and EMEFE.

The Districts, Lady Lamb, Sun Club @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Rootsy rockers The Districts headline this show, and if you're going we especially recommend catching Lady Lamb. She's ben consistently great for a while, but this year's After is a noticeable step forward.

Laraaji, Headaches, Foxes in Fiction, James Place @ Trans-Pecos
Influential ambient musician Laraaji has been doing some reissues this year, including a just-released pressing of his Brian Eno-produced 1980 album, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance. The show's presented by the Human Pitch label, whose Landon Speers (aka Headaches) is on the bill. And two newer ambient musicians, Foxes In Fiction and James Place, open.

Midnight North w/ Phil Lesh @ SOB's
The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh had one 3-night run at the Capitol Theatre this past weekend and he does another this coming weekend. He's got time to kill in between, so tonight he's joining his son Grahame's band Midnight North for a few songs at their SOB's shows.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

S / The Gotobeds
CMJ 2015 Day 3
CMJ 2015 Day 3

The annual Sub Pop / Hardly Art CMJ showcase went down last night (10/15) at Knitting Factory. It kicked off with Mass Gothic, the new thing from Hooray for Earth's Noel Heroux who just signed to Sub Pop. They were pretty good -- catchy, agreeable indie rock that was at times dancey, at times darker and a little heavier, and hit a few spots in between too.

The biggest draw for me was S (aka Jenn from Carissa's Wierd) whose 2014 album Cool Choices remains one of the most underrated albums of last year. S tours as a 4-piece band, and they played basically every song I wanted to hear from that album (except "Remember Love"). They don't have the craziest live show or anything, but Jenn's voice sounded amazing and it was great to finally hear those songs. The heartbreaking lyrics are definitely the biggest sell with the Cool Choices songs, and having them sung right in front of you is some pretty heavy stuff. If you're still sleeping on this record, you should really change that.

Next was The Gotobeds, who most people at BV have seen before but I was getting my first live taste of last night. Their live show is great in just about all the ways you want from a band like this. They've got tough fist-pumping punk rock and more brainy post-punk tendencies too. They're great musicians, even better performers (I still kinda can't believe how high frontman Eli Kasan can kick), and they've got as much a wiseass sense of humor as they do raw power. Great set, and you can catch them again at the free BrooklynVegan all-day party on Saturday.

I caught a bit of Olympia's Nirvana-ish punks Strange Wilds before heading home (our photographer had left already though). And Protomartyr wrapped up the night which Bill can tell you about...

Protomartyr frontman Joe Casey spent most of the night in Knit's front bar watching the Mets game, cracked a baseball joke (that I didn't get) at the start of their set but otherwise didn't offer up much between-song commentary. That's ok: the band were pretty on fire last night for an intense set that split its time between new album The Agent Intellect (their toughest, bleakest yet) and 2014's Under Color of Official Right, plus "Three Swallows" from No Passion All Technique. You 've got two more chances to see Protomartyr at CMJ: tonight (10/16) at Rough Trade (12:45 AM, tickets), and Saturday (10/17) at the Car Wash show (sold out).

In between S and The Gotobeds, H. Jon Benjamin (with help from Eugene Mirman and a guy claiming to work for Sub Pop) did a bit involving prank calls that got very dark very quick. Funny too. More pictures below...

Continue reading "The Gotobeds, S, Mass Gothic, Protomartyr & more played the Sub Pop/Hardly Art CMJ showcase (pics/review)"

photo: Kero Kero Bonito at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kero Kero Bonito

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

Kero Kero Bonito, Destiny, Bruce Smear, Maxo, Balún, Jerry Paper, Love Spread, DV-i, Ary (of Anamanaguchi) @ Palisades
PC Music-related London trio Kero Kero Bonito's music pays tongue-in-cheek homage to the shiny plastic future of J-pop, rapping and singing about food, playing videogames, the merits of cats vs dogs and other light conversation. First NYC show.

Big Ups, Yvette, "Uld (UK)", Shopping @ Elvis Guesthouse
This is a cool show all around with local representation from the Fugazi/Slint-esque post-hardcore band Big Ups and the atonal noise rockers Yvette, plus UK post-punks Shopping and a band billed as "Uld (UK)" who are apparently on Fat Possum Records.

'The Hum' w/ Tamsin Wilson (Wilsen), Juliana Ronderos (Salt Cathedral), Idgy Dean, Katrina Cunningham; Tom Tom Magazine Curated Set (all drummers) @ Manhattan Inn
The October edition of 'The Hum' continues at Manhattan Inn tonight. Each show has different artists collaborating with each other, and it's free with a $5-10 suggested donation.

Night Train feat. Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
All aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy cavalcade, this week featuring guests Eugene Mirman, Beth Stelling, Charlie Pickering, and Christian Polanco.

It's Columbus Day which may be why there's not too much else going on. (Rest up: CMJ starts tomorrow.) To our Canadian friends: happy Thanksgiving! For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Robyn & Eugene Mirman (via Robyn's Facebook)

As mentioned, Robyn Hitchcock is playing NYC's City Winery on November 20. There are still a few tickets left for that 7 PM show but Robyn has now added a late show (10 PM) that same night. Tickets for the late show are on sale now.

Robyn will also be performing at the next edition of Wesley Stace's vaudevillian Cabinet of Wonders which happens at City Winery on October 9. Also appearing: Dave Hill, Kelly Link, Eugene Mirman, poet Tom Sleigh, Emma Swift, The Dead Milkmen's Joe Jack Talcum and Loudon Wainwright III. Tickets are on sale now.

The November edition of Cabinet of Wonders happens 11/18 at City Winery and is with Advance Base, Tanya Donelly, Jon Glaser, The Barenaked Ladies' Steven Page, Okkervil River's Will Sheff and Bobby Tisdale. Tickets for that show are on sale as well.

That happens after Advance Base's tour (which includes two NYC shows in October) and right before Okkervil River's tour (which includes three NYC shows in November).

All Robyn Hitchcock dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Robyn Hitchcock adds second City Winery show, playing 'Cabinet of Wonders' this month w/ Eugene Mirman & more"

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Eugene & Reggie / 'Bob's Burgers' songfest / Stephin Merritt / John Hodgman
Mirman Fest 2015
Mirman Fest 2015
Mirman Fest 2015
Mirman Fest 2015

The 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival happened over the weekend with events at The Bell House and Union Hall (and then a EMCF edition of StarTalk Live! on Monday at Beacon Theatre). Among this year's festivities: Mirman's 'Pretty Good Friends' show featured the work of Elegant Too, the production team behind the songs on Bob's Burgers. They brought up different performers to sing the songs, including Jon Spencer & Cristina Martinez (Boss Hog, etc) who did "Sex Song" and a couple others, AC Newman and Eleanor Friedberger performed "Fart School for the Gifted" and "Electric Love" and Mirman sang "Gene's Snake Song." They brought out everyone at the end to cover Blondie's "One Way or Another."

On Sunday, since the Emmys were happening in real life at the same time, the EMCF hosted the Fake Emmys. It should be noted that there were a few past EMCF performers up for real awards, including Amy Schumer, Jon Glaser, Jessi Klein, John Oliver, Josh Gondelman, John Mulaney, Louis CK, not to mention Archer and Bob's Burgers

Other fun things at this year's fest: Mirman hired a mariachi band to play the crowd out; there was free ice cream for everyone on Saturday night; and there were curiosities like the "Eye Contact Booth with Eugene" booths where you could "Get Local Real Estate advice" and "Swear at a Local Broker" and outside Bell House was the "Bounce with someone we paid to compliment you in a bouncy castle." Also: Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, Jessi Klein, Janeane Garofalo, Ira Glass, Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit, Jon Benjamin and many more.

Check out more pictures from the 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival below...

Continue reading "2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival pics: 'Bob's Burgers' songs, Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Stephin Meritt & more"

by Klaus Kinski

Eugene Mirman I'm Sorry You're Welcome

In a move reminiscent of Pink Floyd's Everestian Discovery box set, longtime Klaus favorite comedian Eugene Mirman is set to release I'm Sorry (You're Welcome), a "monumental 9-volume, 7-LP comedy album" on October 30 via Sub Pop.

The monumental 9-volume/7-LP set, due October 30th on Sub Pop Records, is much more than a comedy album, and much less than the 100 CD-album that Mirman originally conceived for the project 10 years ago. In addition to Mirman's brilliant stand-up performance at Seattle's Columbia City Theater in June 2014, the collection includes more than 500 tracks featuring: a guided meditation for various body parts; an erotic new age "Fuckscape" for sexing to; a comprehensive sound effects library, voiced by Mirman, including everything from "rain" to "zoo with nothing to lose"; an aural pharmacy of "digital drugs" from marijuana to apple cider vinegar; over 45 real minutes of real crying; an introduction to possibly useful Russian phrases; ringtones and outgoing voicemail messages for your personal use; and 195 consecutive orgasms. It is, as comedian Daniel Kitson writes in the set's liner notes, "a parade of excellence punctuated with benevolent explosions of the purist, uncut, nonsense."
Part comedy album, part high-brow-low-brow art project, my pea brain is still processing the magnitude of this upcoming release. The project will be released on several formats, but not on CD. You can get it on vinyl. You can get it digitally. And if you have $1200 burning a hole in your pocket, limited-edition embroidered robes and an armchair with embedded audio players are also be available to pre-order now from Sub Pop's Mega Mart (while supplies last) (obviously). It all sounds mega-weird and mega-random, and goddamnit I really wanna hear this thing. A full breakdown of the album's contents as well as a trailer for the project are below.

Eugene will do a small tour in honor of his masterpiece, including an NYC show at The Bell House on October 30. Tickets for that are on sale now. Those dates are below.

Before that tour, the comedian will be hosting the 8th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival which happens next weekend. The fest will be bouncing between The Bell House and Union Hall from September 18 - September 20 and will crescendo with an installment of Startalk Live at the gigantic Beacon Theater on September 21. Advance tickets to many of the EMCF are sold out, but there's usually some tickets available when doors open each night. Feast your eyes on the ECMF schedule below! Basically, there's a shitload of stuff below, so get down there.

Continue reading "Eugene Mirman releasing 7-LP box set w/ comedy, 45 minutes of crying, 195 consecutive orgasms & more + he's touring after next week's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival"


Comedian Marc Maron is playing LI's Paramount on June 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the The Appleseed Cast Mare Vitalis show at The Studio at Webster Hall with Annabel and Dads go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the The Rezillos shows at Gramercy Theatre and The Wonder Bar go on sale today at 10 AM.

StarTalk! Live with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman returns to Beacon Theatre on September 21. Tickets for this show go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Paul McCartney shows in Philadelphia, Charlottesville, and Columbia, SC go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the GWAR show at LI's Paramount go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Down show at Starland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

The Avett Brothers are playing The Stone Pony on August 16 with Nicole Atkins Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Fat Wreck Chords 25th anniversary show with NOFX, Swingin' Utters, Lagwagon and more at Stone Pony Summer Stage go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Swirlies show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Opeth show at Beacon Theater and LA's Orpheum go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Tamaryn show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at 10 AM.

Porcelain Raft are playing Baby's All Right on June 26. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Panda Bear, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Basement Jaxx, AA Bondy, Thurston Moore, Christopher Owens & more NYC shows go on sale today too.

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.


Startalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman is coming to the Apollo Theatre on May 28. Tickets are currently on StarTalk presale (password = COSMIC), there's an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/1) at noon, an Apollo presale starting Thursday (4/2) at noon and tix go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/3) at noon.

StarTalk will become a weekly late night talk show on the National Geographic Channel starting April 20. That will have a wide variety of guests and each episode will feature a minute-long rant from Bill Nye (a la Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes). The show will be filmed in front of a studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium.

In other news, Eugene Mirman just performed in NYC as part of the "Bob's Burgers Live!" tour that hit Beacon Theatre on Friday (3/27). From Decider:

The lights go down and Benjamin (Bob Belcher) and Mirman (Gene) rise to the occasion to introduce how the night will play out -- every member of the Belcher clan will do their own stand-up routine, followed by a live table reading for an upcoming episode where they'll be joined by Kevin Kline (Mr. Fischoeder), Larry Murphy (Teddy), and showrunner Loren Bouchard. They then introduce Dan Mintz, known for his role as the inimitable Tina Belcher, who meekly took the stage following deafening applause. Needless to say, Mintz can't get through his first joke without the crowd breaking out into uproarious laughter -- Tina comes from that guy? -- and forcing him to start again. One might not expect Mintz, who looks like he enjoys quiet nights in with a good book after browsing Whole Foods and indecisively going home with nothing, to have been a part in creating one of the most fully formed female characters in primetime. Like Tina, however, Mintz gives whole new meaning to "deadpan" by refusing to smile during his entire set before bringing out his "sister," Kristen Schaal, followed by Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, and H. Jon Benjamin, who all brought the house down in their own fashion and comedic style before sitting down for a hilarious table read of an upcoming episode.
Eugene Mirman has a handful of live appearances coming up (including standup, StarTalks, and other things), though nothing in NYC right now, and those are listed below.

Continue reading "'StarTalk' coming to the Apollo & cable TV; Eugene Mirman performed w/ 'Bob's Burgers Live,' has more upcoming dates"

Laura Marling

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

Laura Marling, Villagers @ Warsaw
On her terrific new album, Short Movie, Laura Marling goes widescreen electric with bigger ambitions and arrangements. But her folk roots still shine through. If you're going to tonight's sold-out show, do get there in time for Villagers, aka Irish singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien whose new album will be out next month.

The Music of David Byrne & Talking Heads @ Carnegie Hall
Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall happens tonight with Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, Sharon Jones, Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff, Cee-Lo Green, Beth Orton, and lots more performing the songs of David Byrne & Talking Heads. Antibalas are the backing band.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Liedy's Shore Inn
The JSBX release their cracking new album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 this week and are celebrating by playing shows at dive bars in every borough. Tonight brings them to Staten Island's Liedy's Shore Inn. It's free.

Night Train @ Littlefield
It's a good Night Train this week, as Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, who used to host "Hot Tub" at Littlefield, are "hijacking" the show. Guests include Eugene Mirman, Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams, Matt Wayne, Alingon Mitra, and Michael Palascak. Unsurprisingly, it's sold out.

The Preatures, Long Nails, The BOTS @ Rough Trade
Ever wonder what it would be like if The Strokes and Haim were one Australian band. It might sound a little like Sydney's The Preatures, who are stopping here post-SXSW. Sold out.

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Public Services with Jo Firestone is an all-new variety show from Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000, UCB, WFMU) and Jeremy Levenbach (Whiplash, Big Terrific). Featuring a staged reading of an original sewer-themed soap opera called "Public Services", this show also features celebrities, up-and-coming comedians, and notable nobodies. Public Services combines soap opera, celebrity interviews, and live comedy to give the audience that sweet alt comedy they didn't even know they were cravin'.
"Public Services with Jo Firestone" happens tonight (3/4) at Littlefield and it's got a pretty amazing group of comedians for the show: Jon Glazer, Chris Gethard, Eugene Mirman, Aprana Nacherla, Andy Blitz, Larry Murphy, Dan Lica and more, plus a live music set from Langhorne Slim. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

Jon Glaser will be back at Littlefield next week (3/11) for the Brooklyn Free Space Fundraiser Spectacular Evening of Entertainment! featuring Janeane Garofalo, H. Jon Benjamin and more -- which is now sold out.

Aparma Nacherla, meanwhile, will be at Union Hall on Friday (3/6) for this month's edition of Dave Hill's "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" that also features Mrs. Smith, Bandits on the Run, and Eliot Glazer (tickets). Then she'll be at the Bell House on March 10 for Jezebel's "March Madness: An Evening of Readings by Women We Love" that also features Ariel Dumas, Jena Friedman, Jean Grae, Phoebe Robinson, Juli Weiner, and Delaney Yeager. That event is free by sending an RSVP email to Madness@Jezebel.com.

Janeane Garofalo will headline an event called "Reductress Presents: The Brotherhood of Women" at The Bell House on March 19 that also features Sara Benincasa, Naomi Ekperigin, Lizz Winstead, Eliot Glazer, Tyler Coates, Elissa Bassist​, Cocoon Central Dance Team, and Anna Drezen (tickets).

Later this spring at The Bell House, on May 7, Greg Proops will be taping an episode of his podcast "Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World" and tickets for that are on sale.

Back over at Union Hall, SNL's Sasheer Zamata hosts "Sasheer Zamata Party Time!" at the venue on March 19 with guests Bridget Everett, Sabrina Jalees, Charla Lauriston, and Liza Treyger (tickets).

Dave Hill will also be at Union Hall on March 21 for a live taping of Nerdist podcast "Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction" that also features Jared Logan, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Max Silvestri, Eli Sairs, Kara Klenk, Mehran Khaghani, Jono Zalay, and host Bryan Cook. Tickets are on sale.

Jon Glaser on last week's episode of 'Girls'

A host of comedy talent -- including Fred Armisen, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman (who'll be on tour with Bob's Burgers), and current SNL castmembers Mike O'Brien and Michael Che -- will be at Littlefield on March 11 for show being billed as "A Brooklyn Free Space Fundraiser Spectacular Evening of Entertainment!" Jon Glaser will be your host for the evening and tickets are on sale now.

Glaser, who you may have seen recently on episodes of Girls or Parks and Recreation, will be appearing on Sunday (2/22) at Shea Stadium for The Macaulay Culkin Show (which does not actually feature the Pizza Underground member). He'll be there for a live reading of a screenplay, "Whenever Possible Forever," that also features Jake Fogelnest, Joe Rumrill, Julio Torres, Ted Shumaker, and Tynan Delong. Glaser gives the backstory on this:

about a year ago, Brett Davis messaged me on Facebook asking me to do his show. I wasn't available, and he basically said there was an open invitation to do the show "whenever possible forever". Highly enjoying that phrasing, I jokingly challenged him to write a screenplay called "Whenever Possible Forever". I immediately received an opening scene in response. I wrote back something along the lines of "You keep writing, I'll keep reading." I'd receive new scenes every week or so, and would volley back with continued encouragement. This went back and forth for about a few months, until finally, at another comedy show, approximately 35 hard copy pages were placed in my hands, printed out on different kinds of mismatched paper. This dumb bit turned out to be something very weird, creative. smart, stupid and funny, and the world needs to know about it!
It's $5 at the door and starts at 8 PM. Flyer below...

Continue reading "Fred Armisen, Eugene Mirman, Michael Che & more playing benefit at Littlefield; Jon Glaser doing 'Macaulay Culkin Show' "

Bob's Burgers

One of network TV's funniest series, Bob's Burgers will be taking the show on the road in March with Bob's Burgers Live:

...will feature the talented voice cast of the hit animated series, including H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob Belcher"), Kristen Schaal ("Louise Belcher"), Eugene Mirman ("Gene Belcher"), Dan Mintz ("Tina Belcher") and John Roberts ("Linda Belcher"), along with creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard. Performances will include a raucous and lively mix of stand-up comedy, fan Q&A, a live BOB'S BURGERS table read and an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming episodes.
What, no songs? Surely there will be songs. The NYC stop is March 27 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/23) at 10 AM with LiveNation, Chase cardmember and local presales starting Thursday (1/22) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Eugene Mirman, H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal & more on 'Bob's Burgers Live' tour, playing Beacon Theatre (dates)"

Greg Barris (photo via Michael Alex Newman)

Comedian Greg Barris is a busy guy. He's co-hosting the Doctors Without Borders benefit at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 (tickets) and, among other things, started a new series/podcast this year called "Mind Warriors" which mixes science and laughs:

Mind Warriors: Bringing you the most cutting edge information from the edge of the universe (that's two edges). Mind Warriors is a comedic, science interview show hosted by Greg Barris that delves into the spiritual and scientific research and practices of each guest Mind Warrior with a question and answer session at the end with the audience.
The next edition of "Mind Warriors" happens at Brooklyn's Union Hall on January 11 with Andrew WK as guest. Tickets for that are on sale now. The first "Mind Warriors" video is below.

Andrew WK is busy too, playing a solo show at Knitting Factory on November 22 (part of their Fifth Anniversary celebration), and will be with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg at Gramercy Theatre on January 17. He'll also be on WNYU on December 11 at 4PM for a " live radio interview and party DJ set!" so mark your calendars. Updated AWK schedule is listed below.

And in related funny/smart news, there's a benefit for 826NYC (the nonprofit that promotes creative and expository writing skills) at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Sarah Vowell, Fred Armisen and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale.

Reggie Watts also plays The Bell House on Friday (11/7) as part of the NY Comedy Fest, and then later in the evening at The Blue Note.

Andrew WK dates -- including New Year's Eve in Chicago -- are listed, along with the first episode of "Mind Warriors," below..

Continue reading "Andrew WK adds dates, guesting on Greg Barris' "Mind Warriors"; Fred Armisen & more doing 826NYC benefit"

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Klaus Kinski

Eugene Mirman with Robyn Hitchcock and H. Jon Benjamin
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2014 - Day 3
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2014 - Day 3

The 7th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival took over the Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn for the past few days to bring audiences an audacious, eclectic, and titillating smorgasbord of comedic events. Of all the events, I chose to attend You Never Know Who Might Drop By at the Bell House on Saturday September 20 at 10:00pm. The only guest to be announced ahead of time was H. Jon Benjamin. The rest of the line up was listed as "Special Guest." Remarkably, even with only one guest announced, the show was very sold out.

The show ended up being hosted by special guest Eugene Mirman. I sort of assumed that would be the case, but you know what happens when you assume right? Ass. U. Me. Anyhow, Euge was the host and he performed his duties with his usual grace and aplomb. His hosting agilities shouldn't be surprising considering he's a non-stop performer and has hosted recurring comedy showcases Invite Them Up, Tearing The Veil of Maya, Pretty Good Friends, and probably more. Saturday evening, he kept his opening set extremely short and tight, but he did have an extremely funny riff about how you can literally write whatever you want about yourself on LinkedIn and there is zero proof required. He read off samples of his own bullshit LinkedIn profile and I gotta tell you it was pretty damn funny.

Wyatt Cenac
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2014 - Day 3

Eugene's first guest was Wyatt Cenac. Throw a dart at an open page of Time Out New York and chances are you will hit a show listing with his name on it. The dude not only has his own show called Night Train every Monday night at Littlefield, but you can see him practically every night of the week at several other venues throughout the city. The dude's a machine. A relentless performer. It has taken me a while to be drawn into Wyatt's super low energy delivery and stage demeanor, but I gotta say he was killing me on Saturday. He's definitely a super popular comic who is definitely worth checking out.

Glaser as Johnny Ding-Dong
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2014 - Day 3

After Wyatt wrapped up his set, the great and Klaus-Approved Gold Pass Favorite Jon Glaser came out (not his first time this year), reprising his role as Brooklyn's #1 Insult Comic Johnny Ding-Dong. I haven't seen this particular character of his in eight freaking years; the last time was during a Comedians of Comedy stop at Irving Plaza (video here). Johnny basically insults audience members over pretty banal and obvious characteristics of theirs; a hat, glasses, how they're sitting...then he sits down and eats a slice of pizza, very slowly. At some point during this, the sound guy 'accidentally' starts playing the theme song to the 1978 drama The Deerhunter, which also happens to be one of the saddest instrumental tunes of all time. Johhny then goes through an emotional breakthrough. Aside of being extremely funny, the whole bit intentionally goes on for waaaaay too long, testing the audience's endurance to the fullest. It is not an easy bit, but it is one of my favorites as it so absolutely alienates the audience to the extreme.

Johnny Ding-Dong left the stage and was followed by a bit with Eugene Mirman and the great Robyn Hitchcock. They started out as a duo, offering up bits of very funny advice for problems submitted by audience members prior to the show. Luckily, before the bit got too long, Eugene left Robyn up there alone with an acoustic. Besides regaling the audience with great stories and personal philosophies, Robyn played three tunes, including a beautiful cover of "The Crystal Ship" by the Doors (on his new album) and a fantastic version of his tune "Dismal City" that was so much better than the full band version... it was nuts. He was a fantastic storyteller and I loved his solo tunes.

Joe Wong
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2014 - Day 3

After Hitchcock came comedian Joe Wong who I actually never heard of, but man did he slay. I cannot tell you how much I loved this guy. There was a brilliant economy to each of his jokes. They were free of flair and BS; they were delivered as perfect as you could imagine. His insights into the racism inherent in American society, though troubling, were so elegantly lampooned that the entire room was roaring. For me he was the highlight of the evening. I love seeing a comic for the first time and having him/her absolutely destroy. Sadly, his calendar is empty, but if you see the name Joe Wong on any upcoming comedy showcases you should go. Refreshing talent. I would like him to be famous immediately, thanks.

Wong's set was quite brief unfortunately, and he was followed by Eugene Mirman and Ted Allen (Chopped, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) for round two of audience advice. I missed this because I had to pee wicked bad and also needed another beer, but I heard some laughs while I was in the latrine so that was a good sign. Next up was the only billed comic of the night, H. Jon Benjamin. HJB definitely had the longest set of the evening, and it started out with a bit featuring him and Eugene, where Eugene read off all of HJB's requirements from his talent rider. This definitely felt like it went on a bit too long as even Eugene regarded the bit as "The exhausting comedy of Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman." Side note: Mirman and Benjamin have created Flotsam, a "Post-Structural Online Shopping Experience" where you can buy sacks of "hand-chosen items that are hand-hewn by machines in America and are shipped directly to you."

Back to the Bell House, after that HJB was joined by one of my personal favorites Larry Murphy. The premise of their bit was that since we were at The Bell House we were most certainly missing episodes of the Big Bang Theory which seems to be on TV in perpetuity. So they acted out some smarmy Big Bang esque dialogue which, like the rider bit, went on a bit too long as well.

Jen Kirkman
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2014 - Day 3

Although Jon Benjamin's set was definitely hilarious and worth seeing, it went on longer than I had the strength to endure. I was at a motorcycle block party earlier in the day and had been drinking since 3 in the afternoon, so by the time headliner Jen Kirkman took the stage, I was hot, sweaty, gassy, uncomfortable, and basically seeing quadruple. I can see why she'd headline; she has a history in comedy that stretches way back to the old days in Boston with Larry Murphy and Eugene Mirman, she has a book out that sold a zillion copies, she's a favorite on Chelsea lately, she was in from LA... she's famous and successful. But combine the fact that I don't really care for her comedy and the fact that my liver was hanging out my asshole and down my pant leg, it was time to go.

The early show at the Bell House was a special EMCF edition of "Pretty Good Friends" with Jessi Klein, Nick Thune and Karen Kilgariff. Pics from EMCF night 1 are here and we'll have more to come. Pics from night 3's early show, plus more from "You Never Know Who Might Drop By," below...

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by Arielle Gordon

Neko Case surrounded by comedy admirers at '13 Mirman fest (more by David Andrako)

What do Ira Glass, Michael Ian Black, Mike Birbiglia, and Neko Case have in common? They all made an appearance at last year's spectacular Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Brooklyn's most well-curated, arbitrarily created comedy festival.

Well, the festival is back for its seventh year from September 18 - 22 at The Bell House and Union Hall, this year with an extra night of festivities added onto the standard four-day lineup. As usual, its an eclectic mix of comedians, entertainers, musicians, and scientists, including H Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Michael Che, Dave Hill, Elna Baker, Nick Thune, Jon Glaser, Bridget Everett, Michelle Wolf, Jessi Klein, Wyatt Cenac, Robyn Hitchcock and Derrick Brown among those announced so far. There's also two nights of Startalk Live! this year, one hosted by Bill Nye and one with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Like every EMCF, the best shows are always rife with special guests and secret additions. 2014 schedule, as it stands, is below and tickets go on sale Friday (8/8) at 1 PM. You can also buy, for the first time, a ($500) Eug Express Lane VIP Pass that gets you into all the shows and allows you to skip the line.

2014 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival lineup is listed below...

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StarTalk Live! with Eugene Mirman is happening at select dates around the country, including two at this year's Bumbershoot in Seattle with Bill Nye the Science Guy and NYC's Super Week with Neil deGrasse Tyson, which is part of NY Comic Con. Before either of those Eugene will bring StarTalk to Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on August 16 with Bill Nye the Science Guy as filling in for Neil, who's off doing other things. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre show go on sale at noon today (6/27).

Don't forget, Bill Nye will be doing three live shows at Irving Plaza in July. The first two shows are sold out but you can still get tickets to the 7/20 show.

All upcoming StarTalk Live! dates are listed below.

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photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

Outkast / Foals / Chance the Rapper / crowd
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1

Playing essentially the same set they've begun taking across America, the version with "Hey Ya!" in the middle instead of left for desert, there were no hints of the awkwardness some saw in the hip-hop duo's Coachella performance in April: just urgency. While both men are no doubt happy to collect their headlining cheddar, on Saturday night, their performance was about legacy. They appeared within a cube with black-and-white projections of the American flag, evoking their "Stankonia" cover art, and their banter guided the crowd between songs as the set pivoted from hits to deep cuts, remembering the days they rehearsed rap verses around the kitchen table and crowing over OutKast's eternal coolness before "So Fresh, So Clean." [The Oregonian]
Washington state music festival Sasquatch went down this past weekend (its only weekend) for three days packed with loads of bands. We just posted pictures of Yelle from day 1 (5/23), and we've got way more pictures from the first day in this post, including shots of Outkast, Die Antwoord, Rudimental, Mogwai, Damien Jurado, Phantogram, Foals, Phosphorescent, Chance the Rapper, De La Soul, Eugene Mirman, Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's) and so many more.

White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83) also played that day and just announced a NYC show.

More day 1 pictures below...

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Star Talk Live

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman have been doing a live version of space-oriented radio show "Star Talk" for some time, though Tyson is a lot better known these days, thanks to the reboot of science series Cosmos. But Neil and Eugene are still talking stars (live!) and will do so at Beacon Theatre on June 5 with special guests: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa and more! Tickets for this show are currently on fan presale (password is "cosmic") and go on sale to the general public Friday (4/18) at 11 AM.

In other live science show news, Bill Nye the Science Guy will be at Irving Plaza for three nights in July

Chris Gethard

As mentioned, comedian Chris Gethard is releasing My Comedy Album on April 22 via Don Giovanni, and he's celebrating with a release show in NYC at Knitting Factory the day it comes out. When that show was first announced, not many details were announced, but here's more. He'll be joined by a number of musical/comedic guests including Mikey Erg (of The Ergs and tons of other bands), Shannon O'Neill, who will reprise her Prison Freaks comedy show for this one night only, local DIY vets (and Don Giovanni labelmates) Shellshag, DG label head Joe Steinhardt (who's promising quality jokes), singer/songwriter Mal Blum, and comedian/Bob's Burgers star Eugene Mirman. Still more unannounced guests will be showing up as well. Tickets are still available.

Chris also recently released the first track from his new album, "Mother's Day," a bit about how on a recent Mother's Day his mom told him "a story she's never told anyone" about his birth. Listen to that, with his full list of upcoming dates (including other Chris solo and Chris Gethard Show events in NYC), below...

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New York nonprofit 826NYC is celebrating 10 years of providing students ages 6 - 18 with free literacy and writing programs. Part of this year's festivities is a fundraising event happening March 5 at Town Hall called the Tenth Anniversary Chat Spectacular. Hosted by Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell, the night pairs distinguished artists in conversation, specifically: documentary filmmaker Ken Burns & author Kurt Andersen; former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver and musician / journalist Questlove; Portlandia's Fred Armisen & the Audience; as well as Russian author Masha Gessen and music by Robyn Hitchcock. 826NYC promise more guests to be announced.

Tickets to 826 NYC's Tenth Anniversary Chat Spectacular are on sale now.

This will be one more busy night for Armisen, who has Portlandia returning at the end of the month, not to mention his new gig as bandleader for Late Night with Seth Meyers.


Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

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The Allman Brothers are returning to Beacon Theatre for another multi-night run at the venue from March 7 to 22. Tickets to those shows go on sale Friday, January 10 at 10 AM, and there's a couple ongoing presales right now.

The Hood Internet, Pictureplane and Bearstronaut are playing a free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Glasslands on January 16. It's free, but you do need tickets, which are on "sale" now.

'60s-era cult guitar hero Peter Walker, who we recently profiled, is playing Baby's All Right on February 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Scott Simon's Wonderful Town takes place at The Bell House on January 22 with Eugene Mirman, Nellie McKay, Polkabjorn & Kleine Heine, Nore Davis, and Mars mission specialists Jane Poynter & Tabor MacCallum. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Assuming the weather allows it too, the 8th Annual 50 FIrst Jokes, hosted by John F. O'Donnell, takes place at The Bell House tonight (1/3). Tickets are available.

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.

Stars of the Lid in NYC in 2008 (more by Chris Owyoung)
Stars of the Lid

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

Stars of the Lid @ The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Veteran ambient duo Stars of the Lid are playing their first US shows in five years this month, and having just played the Kranky 20th Anniversary in Chicago, tonight they do it in NYC. Like the Chicago show, they'll be joined by the 10-piece Wordless Music Orchestra tonight.

Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) @ Highline Ballroom(POSTPONED)
Though it was initially announced that Mos Def and Talib Kweli (aka Black Star) would be playing Brooklyn Bowl tonight, that's not actually happening and instead Mos Def was then to bring his time-tested rhymes to Highline Ballroom...but that has now been POSTPONED.

Sage the Gemini, Iamsu @ Highline Ballroom
Sage the Gemini and Iamsu had something of an internet rap hit with their collaborative track "Gas Pedal" this year, and tonight they join forces for the early show at Highline Ballroom.

Spank Rock, Body Language, DJ Sliink, Cakes Da Killa, Pegasus Warning, DJ Mursi Layne @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Afro-Punk curated this Red Bull Sound Select show that leans most heavily on hip hop and electronic music, and should be a pretty crazy time. Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.

Luke Temple, Ryan Seaton, Jeremy Gustin & Indigo Street, Adam Schatz @ Union Pool
It's the final night of Luke Temple's (of Here We Go Magic) improvisational residency at Union Pool tonight, and the support includes Ryan Seaton (of Callers), Jeremy Gustin & Indigo Street (of Delicate Steve), and Adam Schatz (of Man Man and others).

Har Mar Superstar, Lizzo, Computer Magic, See Through, DJ Jenny Eliscu @ Bowery Ballroom
The highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar is doing his "Obnoxiously Non-Denominational Holiday Party" at Bowery Ballroom tonight with support from Minneapolis rapper Lizzo, who played a CMJ show with P.O.S./Marijuana Deathsquads, the synthy Computer Magic, and others.

Blondes, Mas Ysa, DJ Dog Dick, Motion Graphics @ Baby's All Right
Pretty good local bill at Baby's tonight with dance duo Blondes, rising one-man indie pop band Mas Ysa, the multi-genre DJ Dog Dick, and others.

Bennio Qwerty, Sediment Club, Bad History Month, Bueno @ Death by Audio
It's the NYC date of the Exploding In Sound-signed noisy/folky Bad History Month, and BHM will be joined by solid local acts, including loud rockers Bennio Qwerty and no wavers Sediment Club.

Brazos, Ski Lodge @ Mercury Lounge
A good double bill of guitar pop here, with Brazos' more dusty approach, and Ski Lodge cribbing from '80s UK jangle.

Ikue Mori @ The Stone
Ikue Mori's residency at The Stone starts tonight and continues through Sunday (12/22). Tonight her duo with Zeena Parkins, Phantom Orchard, plays the early show at 8 PM, and then Ikue and Zeena are joined by Koichi Makigami, Cyro Baptista, and Erik Friedlander for a Phantom Orchard quintet set at 10 PM.

Pretty Good Friends Holiday Show w/ Eugene Mirman @ The Bell House
Eugene Mirman's "Pretty Good Friends" show does its holiday edition tonight with Daniel Kitson, Derrick Brown, Janelle James, and special guests. Tickets are still available for what should be a night of lots of laffs.

"The Best Show on WFMU" final broadcast
After 13 years on the air, Tom Scharpling's "The Best Show" is signing off after tonight's show. Expect a guest-filled goodbye. 9 - midinight.

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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by Klaus Kinski

Eugene Mirman w/ Bobcat Goldtwait (via Eugene's instagram)

Ladies and germs, today we find ourselves on the brink of Thanksgiving and a Nor'easter. I can't wait to see which one will be a bigger disaster for me personally. Regardless, before you pack your backpacks or your hobo-bandanas that you'll hang from the end of a stick and head out to see your friends and family, here's a quick comedy round up for you to enjoy.

Last night (11/25), Wyatt Cenac's Littlefield-based comedy residency Night Train celebrated its One Year Anniversary with an absolutely dominating evening of talent. The line-up included sets by David Cross, Michael Che, Ted Leo, Seth Herzog, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Andy Wood, Michelle Buteau, and of course, Wyatt Cenac. Congrats on a successful year and a successful anniversary celebration, Wyatt! Check out the Littlefield calendar for more upcoming Night Train shows.

Speaking of Eugene Mirman, NYC semi-recurring-ish comedy staple Pretty Good Friends has a holiday show coming up at the Bell House on Tuesday December 17 and the announced guests so far include Eugene Mirman and the great Daniel Kitson. Last weekend Daniel Kitson began yet another massive residency St. Ann's Warehouse that is set to wrap-up on December 21 2013. A lot of those shows are sold out while a handful of others only have a handful of seats left, so get tickets now. Eugene Mirman also has some December dates with Klaus Hero Kurt Braunohler. Those are listed below.

And for Cod's sake, let's not forget that Union Hall is still a force to be reckoned with in terms of small-room huge-talent comedy bookings. Every Sunday night Creaghead and Company takes over the room and for a measly $7 brings us some of the biggest names and freshest talent in the biz. Tickets are only available at the door and the room fills up quick, but if you want to see comedians before they become superstars or comedians who can sell out places like Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, this is the place to be.

One show on the Union Hall calendar that I am really looking forward to is the release party for comedy photography book Funny Business by the great Seth Olenick which is happening on December 21. The shindig will feature Seth Olenick, Brooke Van Poppelen, Max Silvestri, and "very special guests". While there, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the book. If you recall, we mentioned Seth's Kickstarter campaign back in February 2013 and I was so happy to see that he actually exceeded his goal. This is an exceptionally solid body of work by a fantastic portrait photographer.

Manhattan venue Joe's Pub has been programming some comedy into the calendar lately too. John Roberts, viral video master and voice Linda on Bob's Burgers, will be headlining the venue on Sunday December 15.  Along with his many original characters, look for Roberts to bring his east coast everymom and star of the viral "Christmas Tree" videos "Margie" to life onstage. Tickets are on sale.

And while we're on the subject of Joe's Pub, tonight (11/26) the great Julie Klausner wraps up the 5-night run of her show TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner. For tonight's evening of music and comedic banter, Julie welcomes Ted Leo. A handful of tickets are available.

Julie's incredible podcast How Was Your Week recently featured American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer Kathleen Hanna and is something I must insist you listen to immediately. Kathleen is the subject of a new documentary called The Punk Singer which begins its theatrical rollout on Friday (11/29). New Yorkers can catch the film -- which also includes appearances from Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Tavi Gevinson, Adam Horovitz, Kim Gordon, and Kathryn Wilcox --  at Nitehawk Cinema or the IFC Center. Hanna will appear in person for a Q&A after the 2:00pm screening at Nitehawk on Saturday November 30 and tickets are on sale. Click here for a full list of screening dates and cities.

Eugene Mirman dates are listed, along with John Roberts' "Christmas Tree" video, below...

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Sky Ferreira @ Webster Hall, 11/11/2013 (moire by Adele Laconte)


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

Rough Trade NYC Grand Opening w/ Charles Bradley, Sky Ferriera
The successful London mini-chain finally opens their first NYC store complete with a 250 capacity venue, a cafe run by Five Leaves, a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community (no really), and over 20,000 records/CDs (and none of them used). Opening day performances include Sky Ferreira (free entry w/ CD purchase, line opens at 8 AM fyi) at 6:30 PM; and Charles Bradley (free, 9 PM).

David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' @ Terminal 5
While looking for a new home for Here Lies Love, David Byrne has gathered the cast of his and Fatboy Slim's successful Public Theatre musical for this performance to benefit the people of the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders and tickets are still available.

Temples, Ex Cops, Dead Heart Bloom @ Bowery Ballroom
While their debut album won't be out until early 2014, UK psych pop band Temples come armed with a string of catchy singles, jangly 12-string guitars and Mark Bolan haircuts. Their first of two NYC shows, this one's matched with locals Ex Cops and tickets are still available. You can also catch Temples tomorrow at the much smaller Union Pool.

S O H N, Empress Of, Daniel James @ Glasslands
SOHN recently signed to 4AD and makes the kind of indie/R&B that's been in style lately, and Empress Of isn't on 4AD, but her brand of art pop is not too far removed from another artist currently on that label, St. Vincent. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.

Honey Wild, Hippy, The Sanctuaries, Always @ Mercury Lounge
Like a twangier Vampire Weekend, quartet Honey Wild headline this all-Brooklyn show that also features likeably scruffy indie rock combo Hippy.

Thundercat, Mike Slott @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Bass master  and Frequent FlyLo collaborator Thundercat returned earlier this year with his new album, Apocalypse, and well as a tribute to the late Nintendo head Hiroshi Yamauchi.

Van Morrison @ Theater at Madison Square Garden
Jazz-pop/folk rock legend released his well-received new album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, earlier this year, garnering favorable comparisons to his 1970 classic Moondance. His tour brings him into NYC for two shows, this being the first.

Nils Frahm, Dawn of Midi @ Le Poisson Rouge
Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm released his new album, Spaces, a collection of minimalist piano pieces, lush synthesizer workouts and other sonically adventurous stuff that melds the classical and electronic-music worlds. Opening are Dawn of Midi who meld the synthesized and organic.

TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner @ Joe's Pub
Writer/comedian Julie Klausner is in the midst of her 5-night TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN run at Joe's Pub, where she promises to "sing some goddamn songs." This is Night 4.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac celebrates the one-year anniversary of his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests David Cross, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Michael Che, Andy Wood, and...free pie! Sold out.

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

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