Entries tagged with: Gramercy Theatre
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Andrew Sacher
Napalm Death / Voivod @ Gramercy Theatre - 2/2/2015
Monday's (2/2) cruddy winter weather in NYC didn't stop the totally stacked Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate tour from rolling through Gramercy Theatre and packing the venue to the gills. This six-band bill went hard from its 6:30 start time to its end around midnight, with almost no low points.
It did start off a little slow, with openers Black Crown Initiate. They weren't bad, but on a bill of bands mostly derived more or less from early hardcore, their love of machine gun breakdowns just felt a bit out of place.
Things shifted into full gear when metallic hardcore greats Ringworm took the stage. They put tracks off their influential 1993 debut, The Promise ("Necropolis") right up against stuff from last year's killer Hammer of the Witch (title track and a couple others), but you wouldn't have guessed the songs were released 21 years apart if you didn't know any better. The whole band tore through every song with insane precision, and singer Human Furnace was basically never not in beast mode. You couldn't possibly stand still for them, and that would be true of each subsequent band as the next five hours flew by.
Next was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash supergroup, fronted by Municipal Waste shouter Tony Foresta, with the most flat-out fun set of the night. They look and sound straight out of thrash's early days, down to the outfits, hairstyles and stage moves. But with a level of homage approaching parody, and 12-second songs called "Your Kid's An Asshole," it's clear (and refreshing) that Iron Reagan aren't taking this too seriously. That doesn't mean they don't rip though. Their shows are a grin-inducing nostalgia trip, but also every riff and every drum fill is tight, locked in, and bold as fuck. Don't look to Iron Reagan if you want groundbreaking, but their shows are unmissable if you want a helluva good time.
Then came California death vets Exhumed, who are about to release a re-recorded version of their 1998 classic debut, Gore Metal (which they half-jokingly apologized for on stage), and they played a good chunk of that album. It was their first NYC show since new bassist/growler Matt "Slime" Ferri joined, and while I'm not the best judge for this stuff (death growls aren't usually my thing -- band leader Matt Harvey's higher-pitched shrieks are much more my speed), he seemed to carry his weight and mesh with Harvey well. There was no doubting that Harvey is a master though. He shined as a frontman, and maybe even more so when he made his way to the edge of the stage for some terrific soloing.
The place noticeably turned up when the first of the two co-headliners, Voivod, took the stage. The crowd packed in closer, the mosh pits got fuller, and chants of "VOI! VOD! VOI! VOD!" punctuated songs. Frontman Snake took the first of those chants as an opportunity to introduce their new bass player, Rocky, who replaced original bassist Blacky last year ("We love him so much... he's greasy"). He fit the band well -- younger guy in a tight Motorhead t-shirt who certainly knew his way around a bass, and really did seem to feel right at home with the other members. But of course the real star of their set was Snake. That dude is ageless, maniacally fronting the band like they're still a bunch of young punks. They gave us classics from their prime '80s era, right up through new single "We Are Connected" off their upcoming split with At the Gates, and all of it crushed. Their set (like all of the night's sets) was encore-less, and the crowd really didn't want them to go.
That high didn't subside at all when Napalm Death came on to give us yet another set from a band with over three decades behind them and zero signs of slowing down. They had a fill-in for guitarist Mitch Harris, and though it would've been nicer to see them with Mitch, lead screamer Barney Greenway called the fill-in a "virtuoso" and it was hard to disagree. His playing was razor sharp, and from the crowd's apeshit reaction to the entire set, I don't think anyone was getting too picky about who they had up there. Part of that was also probably due to the fact that all eyes were mostly on Barney, who was in a literal frenzy for the entirety of the set. ND were supporting their new album, Apex Predator - Easy Meat, and while some people see bands this far into their career strictly for the classics, the new songs were actually highlights of the all-killer set. Sure it got wild for "Scum" and their version of Dead Kennedys' "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," but this was no nostalgia set. Barney ran around stage all night in a Swans t-shirt, which is pretty apt. Like Swans, Napalm Death's groundbreaking beginnings took place in the '80s, but they're still making vital music and putting on brutal live shows in the '10s.
More pictures from most of the show (our photographer missed Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate), and some videos from the show, below...
Marky Ramone will take the stage at the Gramercy Theater on 1/17 to celebrate the upcoming publication of his memoirs, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone. Sitting behind the drums for one of the greatest bands in rock history for fifteen years provided more than enough perspective for the Brooklyn native who will turn 59 later this year. The timing is especially poignant given that last July saw the death of Tommy Ramone who'd been the last surviving member of the original lineup. It was Tommy who would recommend Marky to replace himself when he left the band in 1978, setting in motion another chapter for a band that had already established itself as one of punk rock's most iconic groups. I recently spoke with Mark to discuss the book release show (featuring Andrew W K), his earliest days with another genre-defining band, and why punk rock is still the best form of exercise.
BV: Let's talk about the book for a second, Mark. What made you feel this was the right time for an autobiography?
Marky: Well, it took five years in the making, and the process of writing it was a year and a half. I read all the Ramones books, and there were a lot of exaggerations, and I just wanted to clear them, so in my book I did. I just don't like when people try to change history for their own reasons. I'm not gonna mention names. I'm just saying that I believe what happened happened and that's what happened. To change history for one's idea of sensationalism I think is wrong. On the Internet, especially these days, a blog or a writer can say anything and then everybody believes that, y'know what I'm saying? I'm sure you've experienced that. That's where a lot of people unfortunately get their news. In my book it's my whole life story beginning with the music scene plus growing up in Brooklyn, New York, and then later on after me, Johnny, and Joey decided to retire in '94 and then our last show was in '96. It's a lot more informative. Obviously it has a lot to do with time being in the band for fifteen years and doing 1700 shows. I absorbed everything and what you read, that's the result.
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Prong @ Santos - 9/30/14
Long-running metal band Prong released their fourth album since their 2002 reunion and ninth overall, Ruining Lives, earlier this year and they've been on tour with another veteran metal band Overkill. That tour included a NYC show without Overkill that happened this past Tuesday (9/30) at Santos Party House (moved from Gramery Theatre). Though they're out supporting Ruining Lives, the band's been offering an even mix rather than just focusing on the new album (plus including their cover of Chrome's "Third From The Sun"). Sunlord opened the show. Pictures, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
Prong's not the only metal show that was recently moved from Gramercy to Santos. The Deicide / Septicflesh / Abysmal Dawn / Carach Angren / Inquisition show set for October 9 at Gramercy will now happen at Santos as well. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from the Prong show, below...
NYC! Common is coming to the Gramercy Theatre on Monday, July 21st, for a FREE concert to celebrate the release of his 10th studio album, Nobody's Smiling!Nobody Smiling is Common's tenth studio album, and features guest appearances from Lil Herb, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples and Cocaine 80s.
We'll be handing out wristbands for free entry during the following times:
10AM EST on Friday July 18th
And again at 10AM EST on Monday July 21st.
Pick-Up Location: The Gramercy Theatre on 23rd Street & Park Avenue
Space is limited and wristbands are first come first served.
Can't make the show? Be sure to catch the live broadcast courtesy of Yahoo! & LiveNation starting at 9PM EST on https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/common
Watch the video for "Kingdom: (ft. Vince Staples) and listen to "Diamonds" (ft. Big Sean), below...
Gramercy in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We recently mentioned that most of the shows at NYC venue Gramercy Theatre were cancelled due to the 'A Night With Janis Joplin' residency, which was moving to that venue from Broadway. Now it looks like all of those shows have been cancelled (or postponed indefinitely) too. via The Associated Press:
Fans of "A Night With Janis Joplin" will just have to hold on, hold on.Refunds for the shows will be available at point of purchase.
Producers said Wednesday they have had to postpone indefinitely the off-Broadway opening "due to production issues." The show made a splash on Broadway in October and was to open Thursday at the smaller Gramercy Theatre in Chelsea.
The Gramercy Theatre schedule is now looking very empty.
Though the Live Nation booked Gramercy Theatre in NYC does have a few random concerts still scheduled there (like Freddie Gibbs/Madlib and Bun B/Kirko Bangz, you'll notice that most of the upcoming schedule is now taken up by 'A Night With Janis Joplin', which is moving there from Broadway. The press release reads:
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN arrives at Gramercy Theatre following an engagement at Broadway's Lyceum Theater where it was hailed by critics and had audiences leaping to their feet and dancing in the aisles. Mary Bridget Davies, who has taken New York by storm with her critically acclaimed performance as Janis Joplin, will reprise her role. On stage, Davies will be joined by many of the production's Broadway cast - a stellar, eight-piece rock band as well as her "Joplinaires" - incredible female singers who provide the iconic voices of the blues and soul singers who influenced Joplin's music, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.Tickets are on sale/presale now.
Janis Joplin fans nationwide will be able to enjoy A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN when they perform on the TODAY Show Friday, April 4th, LIVE from Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York City. A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN has partnered with Live Nation to redesign its new, permanent home to host eight one-of-a-kind concerts a week, Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday 7pm &10pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets ($65-$90) are available online at Ticketmaster.com and at the Gramercy Theatre box office. Premium tickets are also available. The historic New York City concert venue has welcomed eclectic and out-of-the-box arts and entertainment for decades and is one of only a handful of NYC concert venues suitable to host a special rock and roll experience of this kind.
"We are ready to rock with Janis at the Gramercy, cut loose and let A Night With Janis Joplin really move," said Michael Joplin, Janis' brother. "Laura and I are stoked about our new theater - we'll really be able to dance!"
Flatbush Zombies at North Coast Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to stuffing your face on Thursday, it also means looking for good deals on all your holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and probably the rest of December). NYC music venues Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre are getting in on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday fun, and offering no Ticketmaster fees for all shows happening in December and January at Irving and Dec-Feb at Gramercy.
Starting at 12:01 AM on Friday (11/29), and running through 11:59 PM on Monday (12/2), you can get fee-less tickets to Flatbush Zombies (tix), A$AP Ferg (tix), Gwar (tix), Andrew WK (New Year's Eve) (tix), Mykki Blanco (New Year's Eve) (tix), Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz (tix), and more.
Mykki Blanco at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC rapper Mykki Blanco likes to spend a lot of time on the road (and playing locally), and he recently announced more shows for this year, including a hometown gig on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are currently on PopGun presale (password: "CosmicAngel"). They go on Live Nation/Mobile App and Music Geeks (password: "musicgeeks") presales Thursday (8/8) at 10 AM, and general on-sale starts Friday (8/9) at 10 AM.
That show comes after a number of other North American shows this summer/fall, including Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, and another NYC appearance as part of the free Afro-Punk Festival, which goes down on August 24-25 at Commodore Barry Park with Danny Brown, Le1f, Big Freedia, Death, Chuck D, and more. RSVP for Afro-Punk Fest is still open.
All Mykki Blanco dates are listed, along with a video, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Besides Nick Kroll, the Gramercy Theater has even more Klaus Approved comedy shows of note on their schedule. On Monday November 26th check out the always insanely hilarious and mind blowing Doug Loves Movies Live Podcast with Doug Benson & Special Guests. The line up is always TBD but, trust me, Doug NEVER disappoints. Last time Doug was in town he had on stage with him Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Amy Schumer, and Nikki Glasser. The time prior to that he had on stage with him Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, Mike Birbiglia, Morgan Spurlock, and John Mulaney. Do the math, bonehead.Tickets are on sale now. Lots more dates are listed below.
Less than a month after Doug Loves Moves splits sides at the Gramercy, the venue will play host to ex-NYC-based comedic genius Pete Holmes. Pete will take to the stage on Friday December 21st and tickets are on sale now. Pete has been a favorite of mine forever. Remember when he did the BV KK ROFL at Pianos back in 2008? Reminisce. More Pete Holmes dates below!
RJD2's record collection?
RJD2's NYC New Year's Eve show at Gramercy Theater, which is on sale now, will be with Com Truise and Chrome Sparks (who will DJ). Chrome Sparks (not to be confused with Chrome Canyon or Chrome Cranks) meanwhile can be found at Glasslands on 12/14 with producer Gigamesh (whose tour also brings to the Delancey one night earlier). Com Truise has no other shows scheduled at the moment.
RJD2 recently created a Spotify playlist of songs he's been listening to lately, and filmed a new video as part of T-Mobile sponsored series called "Life Without Limits". In it he talks about his career, and basically how he lives his life. You can watch that, along with more dates for artists mentioned above, below...
Dita Von Teese is scheduled to play four Halloween-time burlesque shows at NYC's Gramercy Theater on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday...
Latest Strip Strip Hooray NYC update: if you have tickets for the Oct 30th show, that may be moved to Thursday, November 1st to a late night 2nd show. More updates coming, but this looks like our best solution due to the storm and transportation issues for ticket holders. I will confirm this sometime tomorrow.Tomorrow is today. We're standing by. Meanwhile, check ticketmaster for tickets.
UPDATE: Tuesday's show is cancelled, and a 2nd show on Thursday has been added. Dita says:
Like other NYC shows, tomorrow's StripStripHooray! show is cancelled. Tix will be refunded & we are adding a 2nd show on Thursday night, so I will be posting that link soon. Unfortunately, you must buy new tickets for that show. More info to come, stay tuned & stay safe! VIP Meet & Greet ticketholders will be contacted individually by phone.And then she said:
Http://Teese.us/4x to buy tickets for Thursday's makeup show.---
I know that many of you will find reasons to be angry about the cancellation, but all the shows are closing, plus we have no choice because there is no power and no transportation for people trying to make it to the shows. (Not to mention no tech rehearsals!) The good news is that right now, you can get good tickets for the Tuesday show if you act fast...plus it's our last show, so it will be the wildest one! We promise!
Thank you for understanding.
Meanwhile, I am here playing UNO by candlelight at my hotel with friends.
Looking forward to basking in the pink spotlight!
The Jealous Sound at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Emo vets The Jealous Sound returned this year with A Gentle Reminder, their second full length album overall and first since their 2003 debut. They toured in support of the album this past February and made their way to Austin for SXSW in April, where they played a BV day party. Now they're set to kick off a fall tour which brings the band back to the NYC area for shows at Gramercy Theater on October 2 and Ollie's Point on October 3 in Amityville. Tickets for both of those shows are on sale now.
A spotify stream of A Gentle Reminder and a list of all upcoming Jealous Sound dates are below...
by Klaus Kinski
'Pretty Good Friends' at Williamsburg Waterfront, 2011 (more by David Andrako)
I wish so badly that summer was almost over because this heat is basically killing me softly and enveloping me in depression and heat-related anxiety. By the time I get to work I'm as sweaty as Michael Moore after 8 hours of mowing lawns and people are all "Are you ok?" because they think I'm dying right before their eyes. Sadly, the reality that summer has hardly begun was made apparent when I realized that the concerts at Williamsburg Park kick off TONIGHT with the Outlaw Roadshow featuring Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies. Outlaw?! The fuck?! Yeah. Sure. Whatever, millionaires. Nothing says 'outlaw' like having a record that went 7× Platinum in both Canada and the United States.
I digress. What REALLY has me cranked is that Pretty Good Friends take their show from the tiny basement of Union Hall and return to the Waterfront again this year for a show on Thursday July 19th. This year's line-up is epic! Eugene Mirman will be joined by friends Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, the legendary Bobcat Goldthwait, music by OK Go and many surprises! (And hopefully no torrential downpours like last year.) For me, the main event is Bobcat. Over the past several years he has evolved from type-cast goofball character actor to acclaimed director, writer, and comedian. This is a rare treat for NYC and THE SHOW IS TOTALLY FREE! More Kurt Braunohler dates below...
I was out of town on Wednesday July 11th working on my tan and looking super hot and shiny on a beach which means I sadly missed BOB ODENKIRK and UCB PALS: A LOAD OF HOOEY! at the UCB Theater, Chelsea. This is a major heartbreaker for yours truly as Bob happens to be one of my idols, and seeing him perform in the flesh in NYC is beyond rare. Like, never happens. What makes it more painful was that his "pals" included the much loved/hated David Cross, Bob's partner in crime for many many years. I was gnashing my teeth at the idea that I missed a once in a life time reunion, but David quelled my anxiety with the following words on his facebook page.
Also, get your socks psyched for Bob and I to put something together for a low-key mini-tour of grandiose fucking around. We've been doing things with each other (not in a Penn State way) and they have been really fun and very well-recieved. I just jumped on a show he did at UCB here in NY last week. Super fun. So we'll be doing more of that hopefully late fall/early winter. Again, something very low-key, not a big production and in smaller theaters. Like 500 seaters, something like that. Keep it intimate.Commence the high-fiving everyone! In the meantime, David will be hitting the road for a handful of dates. He's also gettin hitched; sorry ladies. And gentlemen. Anyhow, check out his scheduled, ok-to-publish publicized appearances below. With any luck, he'll be working out his material in small rooms all over NYC in the days leading up to these shows!
The Gramercy Theater on 23rd street is no stranger to awesome comedy events, and if I'm to believe what I read in my inbox the pattern continues. On Sunday August 19th, Klaus favorite Doug Benson will take over the Gramercy Theater for a whopping TWO SHOWS! First, The Benson Interruption Live Podcast will tear the roof off the place at 4:20PM. I LOVE THE INTERRUPTION. The premise is simple; Doug has his favorite comedy friends do stand-up while he sits there and derails their entire set. The results are some of the funniest shit I've ever seen. Once the place cools down and clears out, the doors will re-open at 7:00pm for Doug Loves Movies. This is a KILLER day of comedy in one spacious, air conditioned venue. If you're like me you're gonna want to go ahead and pick up the Official Doug Benson Combo Pass and make seeing both shows a total cinch.
And speaking of comedy at the Gramercy, Klaus favorite Pete Holmes just announced a show there on Friday December 21st. Tickets go on sale Friday July 20th at noon! Check out this website for more upcoming show info.
Oh and speaking of the Gramercy Theater and Klaus favorites, Klaus SUPER FAVORITE Todd Barry recently recorded a live album at the Gramercy Theater. Titled "Super Crazy," you can watch the performance on Comedy Central Saturday July 21st at 11pm. If you don't have a DVR, Comedy Central, friends with Comedy Central, or have other reasons why you can't see the special on the TV which are none of my business, Comedy Central Home Entertainment will release the "Todd Barry: Super Crazy" extended and uncensored DVD and Comedy Central Records will release the extended and uncensored CD and Digital Album on July 24. The CD fairy left a copy in my mailbox and, lemme tell you, it is fucking hilarious. Classic Todd.
Tour dates for Kurt Braunohler, David Cross, and Todd Barry are listed below.
Dub pioneer, living legend and genuine eccentric, Lee "Scratch" Perry is currently on a US tour that will stop at NYC's Gramercy Theater on Thursday (5/17) with openers Subatomic Sound System. Tickets for that show are still available. All Lee Perry dates are listed below.
If you're unfamiliar with his extensive canon of work, you might want to check out Perry documentary, The Upsetter, which was released on DVD earlier this year. Perry's seminal album Blackboard Jungle Dub just came out as a cool 10" box, one of the hottest Record Store Day releases this year. And for the real fan, you can now get the Lee "Scratch" Perry vinyl figure which is pictured above.
Perry makes a short but memorable appearance in the recently-released documentary Marley which is still in theaters (like NYC's Sunshine Cinema). Marley is also streaming now via various sources and comes to DVD August 9.
In other reggae news, August marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence from British colonial rule and there will be a celebration at Summerstage in Central Park on August 19 with a free show featuring Inner Circle, Israel Vibration, The Mighty Diamonds and DJ Carter Van Pelt.
In other news from the island, we were sad to read that Skatalites bassist and founding member Lloyd Brevett died last week at age 80. RIP Lloyd.
You can watch videos of the Skatallites and Lee "Scratch" Perry in action, plus the trailer for The Upsetter and a list of all Perry tour dates below...
Apparat, who actually made a couple of appearances in Texas for SXSW, will return to North America with a full band for a strategic strike of shows on our shores in May. The five date North American trek will include stops at Sasquatch, in Chicago, at Lightning in a Bottle, at MUTEK, and in NYC at Gramercy Theater on May 31st. Tickets are currently on presale and go on regular sale at 10AM tomorrow (3/30).
Apparat will be joined by names like Jeff Mills, Shackelton, Blondes, Tim Hecker, Nicholas Jaar, at Mutek 2012, which runs from May 30 - June 3 in Montreal. More artists will be announced but tickets are on sale. Current lineup is below.
Apparat's new single "Candil De La Calle" has hit the racks, digital and otherwise. The single is packaged with a dub remix by Sascha, a remix by Fennesz (streamable below), and a "Black Water" reworking by Hamburg's DJ Koze. Check out video of "Candil De La Calle" from a recent MTV session alongside a full The Devil's Walk album stream (which dropped late last year) and all tour dates, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Pete Holmes @ Rock n ROFL 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
In the Klaus Kinski Hall of Fame of Comedians Your Man Klaus Loves Endlessly Even Though They've Left NYC for Greener Pastures, Pete Holmes has his own gallery dedicated to his honor. Bear in mind that this hall of fame only exists in the meaty gore-locker between my ears so visitors are not permitted. But it is a very prestigious place to be, youbetcha. As a matter of fact, when our fearless leader BV asked me to curate a comedy line-up for the premier installment of our epic but short-lived Brooklyn Vegan and Klaus Kinski Present Rock n' ROFL, Pete was the first person I asked and first to commit to the bill. Back in those days, you could catch Pete practically any night of the week here in NYC. Nowadays he is in LA and, by Cod, he's thriving. From his website:
Pete Holmes is a comedian. Maybe you saw his half-hour Comedy Central Presents. Or on Conan. Or Jimmy Fallon. Or maybe you saw him on VH1. Or heard him as the e*trade baby or on Comedy Central's Ugly Americans. Pete was named one of Variety's Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2011. Pete also draws cartoons for The New Yorker, wrote for NBC's "Outsourced" and currently writes for FOX's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter." He is a regular on CollegeHumor.com and makes videos with FrontPage Films.That blurb fails to mention that he has his own podcast called You Made it Weird which is one of the best, most entertaining podcasts in a comedy world that is practically choking to death on half assed, shitty, so-called comedy podcasts. THEREFORE, I am thrilled to fits to tell you that not only is Pete coming back to NYC for a show, but that show will be a live podcast of You Made it Weird!! The show will take place on Saturday April 7th at 10:00pm at the Gramercy Theater. Guests will include Jim Gaffigan, Michael Ian Black, and the great Matt McCarthy!! You can get regular tickets or VIP tickets. But considering Gaffigan sells out some of the largest theaters in the country ON HIS OWN, I think the theater will be a madhouse. My advice to you? Spend the extra $$$ and get a VIP ticket so you get early entry (and a signed poster) and, thus, a great seat. Regular seats are only $12 which is a preposterous bargain, bro. This show is going to be a blast, and I promise it will sell out so get on this. More Pete dates below...
Oh, and speaking of live podcasts taking place at the Gramercy Theater, get a load of this; Klaus fave Doug Benson will be bringing his I Love Movies podcast to the Gramercy on June 11th at 8:00pm. I haven't a clue who Doug's guests will be, but I've been to his Doug Loves Movies live shows before and let me tell ya, he brings line-ups worth 8 times the price of admission.
I also noticed in the dates below that Doug is recording a live album in Bellevue WA. on 4/20 which totally reminded me that Brooklyn-based comedy hero Eugene Mirman will bring his normally Brooklyn-Based comedy festival The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival to Seattle Washington from March 29th - March 31st, 2012!! Such good news for Seattle-based BV readers! You are in for SUCH a treat! You'll be getting:
* Invite Them Up, 3/29 at The Crocodile Hosted by Bobby Tisdale w/ Eugene Mirman, Ron Funches and more TBA!Wow!
*Star Talk Live, 3/30 at the Neptune Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson w/ Paul F. Tompkins, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman and special guests!
*Talent Show, 3/31 at The Crocodile Hosted by Elna Baker and Kevin Townley with Eugene Mirman, Bobby Tisdale and more TBA!
*Pretty Good Friends, 3/31 at the Neptune With Bobcat Goldthwait, Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler and more TBA!
Tour dates below...
photos by Jonathan McPhail, words by BBG
Deicide who released their last LP and Century Media debut To Hell with God last year, headlined Gramercy Theater on 3/3 with Jungle Rot, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne. The show was part of their string of dates together through the end of March, and also one of the first shows on the trek. Pictures of Deicide (with Glen Benton in tow) are in this post, though unfortunately no shots of the support.
The Deicide show was one of four notable shows going on on Saturday night with Drugs of Faith taking over Death By Audio (pics), Tombs/Argonauts hitting Union Pool (pics), and Catheter/Laughing Dog hitting 538 Johnson.
More Deicide pictures from Gramercy are below.
photos by Di Lynn Ring, words by BBG
Corrosion of Conformity @ Gramercy
Corrosion of Conformity played Gramercy Theater on March 1st, as part of a round of dates with Torche, Valient Thorr & A Storm of Light. Here are some pictures from the show.
The string of dates is ongoing, and will terminate in Birmingham, Alabama a few days after hitting Austin for SXSW. All tour dates are listed below.
In related news, three of the hands on the tour have recent releases to celebrate. Valient Thorr has a new split 7" with High on Fire (who play the BV/POTR party during SXSW in Austin). Stream their side at Metalsucks and order it now via Volcom. Torche are welcoming Harmonicraft via the same label on 4/24, and recently released "Kicking" at Pitchfork. And last but certainly not least, COC recently released the new video for "The Moneychangers" from their new self-titled LP out now via Candlelight. Check that out alongside tour dates and more pictures from Gramercy Theater, below...
Primus at Roseland (more by Kurt Christensen)
Primus recently announced a MHOW show happening on February 8. Tickets went on sale last week and are now sold out. They've since added another NYC show happening one day later at Gramercy Theatre (2/9). The show is a benefit for Les Claypool's nephew Matthew who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and at 2 months old was admitted into the hospital. All proceeds from the show will go toward his medical bills. Tickets for this show go on sale at noon today (11/26).
If you are unable to get tickets to the show before it sells out, but would still like to donate in support of Matthew, you can do so at www.babymatthew.org.
Primus were also recently announced on the lineup of the 2012 Wakarusa Festival which goes down in Ozark, Arkansas from Mary 31-June 3. The jam band-heavy fest also will host sets by Girl Talk, Fitz & the Tantrums, Gary Clark Jr., Daedelus, Tinariwen, Blitzen Trapper and more. Full list below.
Our thoughts go out to Matthew and his family. Updated Primus dates, the Wakarusa lineup, and more about Matthew below...
Fitz & the Tantrums @ Summerstage 2011 (more by Bryan Kremkau)
Though I don't see it on the Livestream (or this one, or this one), Fitz & the Tantrums are playing stripped down versions of a couple of their songs ("Moneygrabber" and "Dear Mr. President") at Zuccotti Park for Occupy Wall Steet right now (11:30am on 11/10). Fitz says:
"We wanted to show our support to the Occupy Wall Street protestors everywhere who are keeping the focus on the culture of greed that is pervasive in our financial institutions and the lack of reform and accountability that has taken place. We are not anti-capitalist but we are not in support of an untethered Wall Street without regulations and without the Glass-Steagall act that protected our society after the great depression up until the 1980's. We Need Reform Now."They're in town to play a sold out show at Terminal 5 tonight (11/10). Don't have tickets? We're giving away a pair on our Facebook right now.
Fitz & the Tantrums will return to NYC to offer yet another soulful New Year's Eve option. They play Gramercy Theater. Tickets are on various presales now and go on general sale Friday at noon. Lee Fields, who they shared a Summerstage bill with, plays The Bell House on the same night.
More Fitz dates below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
"Ghost isn't playing" - Ryan Jones
"No Ghost. Wah" - Sergei
"Enslaved is playing at the Gramercy tonight. Their fan base looks exactly like what you would expect them to look like." - William Hart
Enslaved @ Gramercy Theatre
Despite a sizeable loss with the subtraction of Ghost from the lineup, the Enslaved/Alcest tour has soldiered on with Junius picking up the slack. The trio of bands hit NYC at Gramercy Theater on Sunday, 9/25, one of their first dates on a tour that ends on the West Coast in October.
All three bands have recent releases to celebrate; Enslaved released a new EP, Alcest has the recent Le Secret EP, and Junius has a new LP in Reports From the Threshold of Death via Prosthetic. Alcest is also planning to release a new LP due early next year, though details are still forthcoming.
More pictures and setlists from Gramercy Theater are below.
The above photo was taken of Peter Hook while he was just in NYC and visiting East Village Radio. The below video is Peter playing Joy Division song "Atmosphere" and STOPPING IN THE MIDDLE TO YELL AT AUDIENCE MEMBERS at his 'Closer' show at Gramercy Theatre. Setlist down there too...
Union Transfer rendering
Lots of interesting stuff to report in the world of live concert promotions...
NYC concert promoter Bowery Presents, who already has expanded to NJ, Boston, Maine, and Canandaigua, NY (not to mention MSG, Jones Beach, the Meadowlands, Radio City, etc), is opening a new music venue in Philadelphia this month. In partnership with Philly's one and only Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management, Union Transfer is...
... "named after the original train depot station that occupied the building [and] was developed by the group to meet Philadelphia's need for a mid-sized live music space and will accommodate 600 people. The general admission venue boasts a flexible capacity and can manage up to 1,000 people for larger crowds. Located at 1004-26 Spring Garden St, steps from Center City, Union Transfer is slated to open on September 21, 2011.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah headline the very first show at the new space. Felice Brothers, Shellac, Mogwai, Tune-Yards, RJD2, Langhorne Slim, Little Dragon, CSS, Odd Future, Dum Dum Girls, Friendly Fires, The Black Angels, Boris, SBTRKT and many others are also already on the initial schedule.
In perhaps less exciting news for Bowery Presents, Mercury Lounge talent buyer Jay Belin has reportedly moved on and started booking Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre and the new Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island for Live Nation.
The Paramount Theatre is...
...located on New York Avenue a block and a half north of Main Street. The space is the former home of the nonprofit Inter-Media Arts Center (IMAC), which closed its doors in 2009 after 26 years of hosting jazz, folk and blues concerts.Upcoming shows at the Paramount include Rusted Root, Elvis Costello, The B-52's, Weird Al Yankovic, BB King, Willie Nelson, the Pixies, Brand New and Ray Davies.
The 1,500-capacity venue has been undergoing renovations for months. Among the changes, there will be a VIP lounge on the balcony and a member's only "Founder's Room" with a separate entrance in addition to the general admission floor.
"With both the architecture and the vibe of the venue dedicated to quality sound, hospitality, and experience, The Paramount is sure to be a hotspot for all of Long Island, and especially for Huntington," the founders said in a news release." [Long Island Press]
Speaking of moving on, Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden aka Skippy has moved to the music capital of Texas. He is still booking the Brooklyn club (and other NYC rooms) though. You just won't see him there as much.
Speaking of Brooklyn Bowl, and last but not least for this post, the Wetlands is having a Class of '96 reunion at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (9/11). Ex-employees of the famed Tribeca club who will probably be in attendance include Rocks Off founder Jake Szufnarowski, Bowery Ballroom (and Union Transfer co-booker) Johnny Beach and of course ex-Wetlands owner and current Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro. Brooklyn Bowl hosted a Wetlands get together of sorts in 2010 too, though that one was on a much sadder note, as it was to remember Wetlands' very first employee Dave Nolan who died of a heart attack last year.
by Bill Pearis
Despite a general consensus that it's a not the greatest idea or use of his time, Peter Hook and his current band The Light continue to tour the Joy Division catalogue and will be in New York next Tuesday (9/13) for a show at Gramercy Theatre, a show that was originally supposed to be at Irving Plaza. Where last year's tour concentrated on Unknown Pleasures, this time the focus will be on Joy Division's second, final album, Closer. Some dates on this tour will still get Unknown Pleasures, though, and all tour dates are below indicating which album Peter Hook & the Light will be performing.
Back in May, Peter Hook & the Light released an EP of new versions Joy Division songs, including the unrecorded "Pictures in My Mind" plus three other songs with lead vocals by Rowetta who sang with Happy Mondays in the '90s and later placed fourth on the first UK season of Simon Cowell's X Factor. Videos for The Light's versions of "Atmosphere" (with Rowetta) and "Pictures in My Mind" (with Hook taking lead vocals) are at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, the rest of New Order are reuniting without Peter Hook, and that includes keyboardist/guitarist Gillian Gilbert who hasn't played with the band since the '90s. Gilbert was a part of the recording of 2001's Get Ready but bowed out of touring to take care of her and husband (and New Order drummer) Stephen Morris' daughter. Replacing Hook will be Tom Chapman, who plays in Bernard Summner's Bad Lieutenant. I wonder how low he slings his bass? This version of New Order play October 17 at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels and October 18 at La Bataclan in Paris and both shows are benefits for ailing friend of the band Michael Shamburg who produced many of the band's '80s videos. Maybe they'll stick to songs from 1992's Republic which doesn't features much of Hook's signature bass style.
Speaking of Gilbert, she and Morris (who made records as The Other Two in the early '90s) have released a new EP, Swing, under the name Gillian and Stephen on their own Hard Cheese label, consisting of house-y instrumentals originally conceived and written as a soundtrack to Anna Blessman & Peter Saville's exhibition between October 2010 and January 2011 at the Gallerie Frac Champagne-Ardenne in France. Saville designed the sleeve.
You can stream a track off the Swing EP at the bottom of this post, which is also where you can find those Peter Hook & the Light videos and tour dates.