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Janes Addiction / Peaches / Babes in Toyland / Django Django
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015

[Ozzy] Osbourne started out his [headlining] set with "I Don't Know," "Mr. Crowley," and "Bark at the Moon." He sprayed the crowd with a fire hose throughout the night, dumped a bucket of water on his head twice and repeatedly asked the audience if they were having fun. "I can't f---ing hear you," he kept saying, smiling when the crowd responded with cheers. This was the 66-year-old's first solo performance in several years.

"Iron Man" was a crowd favorite, with Morello, Slash and Butler joining Osbourne on the stage. Morello's guitar had a sign reading "Ozzy Rules"on the back with "Arm the Homeless" on the front.

Two Smurfs made out in the Loa VIP section, blue falling down their faces with the rain as Butler performed an impressive bass solo during "N.I.B." [BILLBOARD]
The rain hit hard in New Orleans on Halloween, which made for a very soggy Day 2 of the 2015 Voodoo Fest, but spirits didn't seem to be too dampened as people enjoyed sets from Ozzy Ozbourne (with Geezer Butler, Slash and Tom Morello), Jane's Addiction, Babes in Toyland, Django Django, Peaches, Santigold, Public Image Limited, The Growlers and more. Pictures from Saturday are in this post, though unfortunately none of Ozzy's supergroup, but you can check out his setlist below.

Over in the comparatively dry tent that was the Toyota Music Den (which was co-curated by us) there were performances and Q&As featuring Django Django, Babes in Toyland, and more..

The final day of Voodoo Fest (11/1) was canceled due to worsening weather (and tornado warnings), but there ended up being an all-star jam at New Orleans spot 30/90 on Sunday night featuring Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, Lettuce, Ludlow Thieves and other Voodoo acts.

Pics from day 1 are HERE. More from Voodoo Fest's rainy Halloween and the Ozzy setlist, below...

Continue reading "2015 Voodoo Fest day 2: Jane's Addiction, Babes in Toyland, Peaches, Santigold & more pics +++ Ozzy's supergroup setlist"

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Florence / Modest Mouse / Metric @ Voodoo Fest 10/30/2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015

Taking one of her few moments to stand still at centerstage as her 10 fellow band-members sonically introduced themselves, Welch's hands orchestrated their sound. Long, thin fingers climbed the space around her, and she fell into "What the Water Gave Me," a track from the 2011 release "Ceremonials."

Swiftly unleashing herself from the stillness, Welch burned a path from stage-left to stage-right, bewitching the front rows with a tambourine held high.

"Hello Voodoo Festival," she called. "We are Florence and the Machine. Thank you so much for having us. Now, we would have liked to have a choir with us, but it turned out they were all ghosts and went back home. So, I was wondering if you'd be our choir this evening? Can we sing this one together?" - [Nola.com]

Heavy rain and wind wreaked havoc on New Orleans' Voodoo Fest on Halloween Weekend, but Friday's kickoff day (10/30) went off fine, with a headlining set from Florence + the Machine where any dramatic weather system seemed part of her theatrical performance. The holiday weekend meant lots of folks were dressed up -- both on stage and off -- and acts like Metric and Florence got into the Halloween spirit. Some, like Modest Mouse, were business as usual, attire-wise. Other performers Friday included Joey Bada$$, Jason Isbell, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, and more.

Gerard also stopped by the Toyota Music Den, which BrooklynVegan helped curate along with SPIN and Stereogum, as did The Joy Formidable and Wax Motif.

We'll have pictures from Day 2 of Voodoo fest up soon. (Sunday was rained out.) More pics from Friday, below...

Continue reading "2015 Voodoo Fest day 1 in pics: Florence, Metric, Joey Bada$$, Modest Mouse, Gerard Way, The Joy Formidable & more"

photos by P Squared

Drake, Gallant & Drake's face / Left Shark
Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens continues to tour in support of this year's intimate, heartbreaking Carrie & Lowell. He already played three NYC shows earlier in the year, and on Halloween he was nearby NYC for a Jersey City show at Loews Jersey Theatre. He and his band played mostly off the new album with a few other career-spanning favorites, and Sufjan ended the set by bringing out opener Gallant to cover Drake's unstoppable "Hotline Bling" in front of a giant backdrop of Drake's face. (He did it in Baltimore the next night too.)

More pictures, a video of the Drake cover, and the setlist below...

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens & Gallant played Jersey City on Halloween, covered Drake's "Hotline Bling" (pics, video, setlist)"

David Yow w/ Flipper at House of Vans (photo by Ryan Muir)

Flipper with The Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid's David Yow on vocals have been playing shows and they just came to NYC over the weekend for a Halloween show at House of Vans. Gibby Haynes from the Butthole Surfers joined them on stage at one point, and the venue was dressed for the occasion (as were many of the fans). Did you go? How was it?

We already knew Flipper were billed for Boston Hassle Fest this week (11/5-7) and now they also added another NYC show for this Friday (11/6) at the Acheron. Opening is local post-hardcore band The Austerity Program who probably owe a thing or two to Flipper and David Yow. Tickets go on sale today (11/2) at noon.

Check out a video and a few more pictures from House of Vans below...

Continue reading "Flipper w/ David Yow celebrated Halloween at House of Vans, playing another NYC show this week (tix on sale)"

Danzig NAdler

Marissa Nadler covering one of my favorite Danzig songs! Happy Halloween. Watch below...

Continue reading "Marissa Nadler covers Danzig's "Blood and Tears", made a video for Halloween (watch and listen)"

Popcorn pup at Tompkins Sq Halloween Dog Parade (more by Mimi Kim)

Happy Halloween! There are a bazillion show options tonight -- some spooky, some not -- not to mention the Village Halloween Parade. We detail all the highlights in our Halloween show guide. Have a safe and fun holiday!

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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It's Halloween weekend, so you know Glenn Danzig is gonna have something new for us, and he did not fail to deliver. Danzig gave a new video interview to Rolling Stone where he talks about his favorite horror movie monsters. He's got especially good stuff to say about Night of the Living Dead: "I remember [it] changing everything. It was just like these people who came back to life and they're actually eating human beings. And you're seeing them eating human beings. I remember seeing that in a theater and girls were screaming and people were throwing up. It was... [grins] pretty wild." Watch the video below.

The video is also more promotion for his upcoming covers album, Skeletons, which more info was recently revealed about. That's the cover art above and the tracklist is below. He played three of its songs at his recent NYC show at Playstation Theater: Elvis Presley's "Let Yourself Go," The Litter's "Action Woman" and Black Sabbath's "N.I.B." The album comes out November 27 via Nuclear Blast (pre-order). Album trailer below.

Speaking of Danzig and Halloween, the Misfits' iconic "Halloween" is just one of 20 tracks our metal blog Invisible Oranges put together today for an Invisible Oranges Halloween Playlist. It also includes stuff by Type O Negative, Ghost, Helloween, Slayer, and more. Head here to check it out.

And earlier today, we posted that Superchunk's Mac McCaughan covered "When The Evening Comes" by Bobby Steele's post-Misfits band The Undead.

Continue reading "Danzig celebrates Halloween by discussing his favorite horror movie monsters (naturally) ++ more details on his covers LP"

by Amanda Hatfield

photo from New York Comic Con 2011
New York Comic Con 2011

It's now been a little over two months since the loss of our photo editor, photographer, and dear friend Chris La Putt to cancer. I've spent some of that time looking back through his old photos in preparation for a photo show of his work -- more information on that coming very soon -- and just to reminisce about him. If you're reading this site, you're probably most familiar with Chris's excellent photos of bands playing shows, but he shot lots of other things, too. One of our shared favorite not-music events to photograph almost every year was the Village Halloween Parade. He invited me to come along and shoot it with him in 2010, and the day made for one of the most fun Halloweens I've ever had. It was an annual tradition for us until last year, when he wasn't feeling up to it and I went alone. Beyond the Halloween Parade, Chris loved taking pictures of people in costume wherever he found them, including New York Comic Con and various zombie walks.

In honor of Halloween, and in memory of Chris, here are a few of our favorites of his pictures of people decked out in their spooky, funny, and sexy best:

Continue reading "Halloween (and other creepy) photos by Chris La Putt "

photo: Mac w/ Superchunk at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Mac McCaughan

Superchunk's Mac McCaughan has released an acoustic Halloween-themed cover of "When The Evening Comes" by Bobby Steele's post-Mistfits band The Undead. It's not the first time a Superchunk-related project has covered something Misfits-related at this time of year. Listen below.

As mentioned, Superchunk are playing the stacked Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary show on December 2 at Webster Hall (all three rooms). Conor Oberst had to drop off, but the lineup still includes Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Parquet Courts, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along and more. Tickets are still available.

Stream Mac's cover of "When the Evening Comes" below...

Continue reading "Superchunk's Mac McCaughan covered post-Misfits band The Undead's "When The Evening Comes" for Halloween"

Mr Brownstone

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler would not hesitate to get back together with Slash and Axl, if that's what they decide to do, as Blabbermouth points out:

Asked about the persistent rumors of a reunion of the GUNS N' ROSES' classic lineup, Adler recently said: "I have no idea. Put it this way: I've known [former GUNS guitarist] Slash for 38 years, we've known each other. He knows damn well if he told me something that I would climb the highest mountain and I would be screaming it out for joy. So, if anything happens, I will be the last to know about it."

He continued: "I'm just glad that I had an opportunity in my life to achieve my dreams, to play with such great people and such talented people and make such a great record with those people. And just being a part of it, I'm happy. I could go to heaven right now and be happy."

Slash recently revealed that he and GUNS lead singer Axl Rose had repaired their estranged relationship after nearly 20 years, immediately leading to a storm of speculation about a possible reunion of the classic GUNS lineup.

Meanwhile, Steven Adler has been playing Guns songs on the drums with his band Adler. Video footage from a recent show at Mohegan Sun can be viewed below, "Night Train", "Sweet Child of Mine", and "Mr. Brownstone" included.

Speaking of Mr. Brownstone, the Guns N' Roses tribute band of the same name, who have broken up and returned many times (who was at their "final" show at Bowery Ballroom in 2006?), are BACK AGAIN for a drunken MIDNIGHT Halloween show at Baby's All Right (plenty of time to trick or treat before this Saturday night show starts). Tickets are available.

Mr. Brownstone, known as the world's drunkest Guns N' Roses cover band, have been BrooklynVegan regulars for over 9 years, have shared members with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Satanicide, often return for holidays, and once actually got themselves on Letterman (Letterman's worst band ever?) . The above photo by Tim Griffin comes from their 2009 Eugene Mirman book release party performance at the Bell House. Halloween at Baby's will be their first show since New Year's Eve at Mercury Lounge... Will it be their last?

Those videos of ADLER are below...

Continue reading "Steven Adler ready for a Guns N' Roses reunion (meanwhile Mr. Brownstone are back again, playing Halloween @ Baby's)"

dog as Pizza Rat at Tompkins Square Park Halloween dog parade (via @jillathrilla)
Pizza Rat

As you surely know, Halloween is Saturday (though judging from the amount of people dressed up last weekend, some people may have been confused) and there is no shortage of spooky things to do. The extravaganza that is NYC's annual Village Halloween Parade happens on Saturday on 6th Avenue from just North of Spring Street to 16th Street and lasts from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. This year's theme is "Shine a Light" and you can be in it.

There are also loads of shows to go see on Halloween, including Flipper (with David Yow) at House of Vans, Wax Idols at Saint Vitus, Fred & Toody at Union Pool, The Orwells with just-added Twin Peaks and Shark? at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Joanna Gruesome, Aye Nako and more at Shea Stadium, Skrillex on the Pier of Fear (aka Pier 94), Murphy's Law at Bowery Electric, Ringo Starr at Kings Theatre, the big show at MSG with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer and more (or the other Dead member Phil Lesh just outside of NYC)... and many other show options.

If you wanna get an early start on the spooky action, there's a Cramps tribute happening at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/29) featuring a whole bunch of cool people: Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore), Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories), Jon Spencer (JSBX/Heavy Trash), Palmyra Delran (The Friggs), Sophia Urista (The Veevees), Robert Gordon, Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens (Boss Hog), Jack Ridley (Threats/Drowners), Peter Aaron (Chrome Cranks), Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Miss Guy (Toilet Boys), Michael Cummings (Skaters), Mike Edison (Raunch Hands), Pat Phillips (Honduras), Cynthia Ross (New York Junk) plus DJs Jonathan Toubin and Alix Brown. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Toubin, his annual "Monster Mash" and "Haunted Hop" parties happens this year on Saturday at Secret Project Robot and features a host of current NYC bands covering classic NYC bands. Details still to be revealed but it's $10 with costume and $20 without and flyer is below. Also below: Toubin's 2015 Halloween mix.

Other shows: World Inferno Friendship Society will play their annual Hollowmass party at Warsaw on Halloween. These shows are spectacles, often involving elaborate set-pieces, fire-breathing, marching bands and more. Karla Rose and the Thorns, and Vic Thrill also play and tickets are on sale.

DFA Records are throwing a Halloween Party at Palisades on Saturday with Container, Guerilla Toss, Ciarra Black, Pill, Malory, PC Worship, Larry Gus, and Show Me The Body. Tickets are on sale now. And Wolf + Lamb, Mike Simonetti, and Paul Raffaele will be spinning at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Disco Club on Saturday (tickets).

Cameo Gallery, which closes in less than a month, is throwing a "Cameoween" party on Saturday night featuring a live performance by Le1f, DJ sets from Neon Indian and Ssion and karaoke hosted by Samantha Urbani. This is a FREE party and starts at midnight.

Halloween is also the time for cover shows, where bands play as another, usually more famous band. At Alphaville on Friday (10/30) you can catch Dances as T.Rex, Jangula as David Bowie, Heliotropes as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Piers as Fleetwood Mac, and Stringer (mems of Heeney) as The Smiths. That show is $8 at the door. Also on Friday at Union Pool, Motion Studies will perform as Hall & Oates with Fielded (apparently just being themselves as Kate Bush) also on the bill. That's a free show.

For something more emo on Friday, Washed Up Emo and Bye Week Productions are presenting cover sets of Saves the Day (Stay What You Are in full), The Get Up Kids, Weezer and Guided by Voices at Bar Matchless (10/30). We don't know who all the performers are, but the STD and TGUK sets feature members of Field Mouse (advance tix sold out, but some will be available at doors).

At Cake Shop on Halloween you can see Parlor Walls as Wire, Stringer doing The Smiths again, Dirty Dishes as Stone Temple Pilots, Death to Slater as Bruce Springsteen's 2 Piece Band, The Regrets as Blondie, Hellbirds as The Ramones, and Oh Golly as Violent Femmes (tickets). Following that there's a free dance party featuring exclusively Girl Talk songs...and lasers (free).

Over at Silent Barn on Saturday they'll have Delicate Steve (as Smashing Pumpkins), Celestial Shore (as The Ramones), Very Fresh (as Alanis Morrissette), and Dear Leader doing something they're calling "TRL 1999 w/ Carson Daly." Tickets are on sale and day-of it's $10 at the door with costume or $12 without.

And at Baby's All Right on Halloween you can see "the world's drunkest tribute to Guns 'N Roses," Mr. Brownstone playing a midnight show (tickets).

For those who want another chance to dress up their pooches like Pizza Rat or Bagel Pigeon or whatever, there's "Pawfest" at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Saturday afternoon. It starts at noon, is free, and will also feature live performances from The Supertones, The Shipwrecks and The Flesh. Flyer for that is below.

And if you don't mind traveling outside the city just a bit on Halloween, there's Screaming Females as X at Asbury Park's Convention Hell with members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more; Cypress Hill play The Stony Pony; The Darkness play The Paramount in Huntington, NY; and Sufjan Stevens will be in Jersey City. And that aforementioned Phil Lesh show at The Cap.

What else?

Continue reading "2015 Village Halloween Parade, World Inferno Friendship Society, cover shows & more NYC Halloween options"


Tickets for The Cure and The Twilight Sad's third MSG show go on local and Chase presale today at 9 AM (password = LOVESONG).

Tickets for the Kendrick Lamar show at Webster Hall with his band The Wesley Theory and Jay Rock go on VIP presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Ground Control 15th Anniversary show at Webster Hall with Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Titus Andronicus, Rainer Maria, Torres, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz and more go on presale today at 10 AM (password = GCT15).

Kate Boy is playing Baby's All Right on November 14. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Courtney Barnett and Widowspeak show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 11 AM to Jukely members only.

Skrillex is playing a Halloween show on Pier 94 with Marshmello, Sliink, Leikeli47, Jahlil Beats and Vindata. Tickets are on sale now.

A Wilhelm Scream, Pears, and Gameday Regulars are playing Saint Vitus on December 13. Tickets are available now.

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

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

photo: The Orwells in Chicago, 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Orwells in Chicago

Chicago's The Orwells are going on an eight-date tour sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks that kicks off at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Halloween. Shark? open the show, just like they did at the BV-presented show at Shea Stadium, and the show is free. You do have to claim tickets, however, can they become available at 5 PM today.

UPDATE: The Orwells' Chicago pals Twin Peaks have been added to the bill.

All dates on the tour feature openers selected by The Orwells, picked from emerging artists who have previously recorded at a Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Orwells going on free Converse Rubber Tracks tour; MHOW show on Halloween with Twin Peaks & Shark?"


We knew Flipper would be playing some shows this year, with The Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid's David Yow taking over for Bruce Loose on lead vocals. They already played a San Francisco show earlier this month, which you can watch a video of below, and they have a few more October shows coming up.

One is in NYC on Halloween at House of Vans and it's totally FREE. Support comes from Big Business, Shannon Cornett (of LA's fulltimepunx), and Zane Landreth (of Mount Analog) are on DJ duty, and there will be Visual Conjuring by Dennis McNett. With his visuals, "the venue will embody a world of fantasy and spectacle, brought to life by ethereal visual art concepts, exploits from mythological creatures and wild musical performances." Plus there will be a costume contest with prizes from Fender, Vans, Death Traitors, Greenpoint Tattoo and Deluxe. And surprise guests are promised too.

RSVP is open, but entry is on a first come, first served basis.

That recent live video, and Flipper's list of upcoming dates, below...

Continue reading "Flipper with David Yow on tour, add free NYC Halloween show at House of Vans (dates & recent live video)"

photo: Dead Moon at Pioneer Works in June (more by Keith Marlowe)
Dead Moon

Garage punk legends Dead Moon have been playing some rare shows this year, including one in Brooklyn (and at one Fred Cole collapsed but he's doing okay now). They don't have any more scheduled at the moment, but Fred and his wife/bandmate Toody (also both of Pierced Arrows) do have some duo shows coming up.

One of those is in NYC on Halloween at Union Pool. TIckets for that show go on sale today (10/15) at noon.

They also have Columbus and Chicago shows. All dates are listed, with a video of one of Dead Moon's recent shows, below...

Continue reading "Dead Moon's Fred & Toody playing shows, including NYC on Halloween (dates)"

photo: Action Bronson at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Action Bronson

Queens rapper Action Bronson has a few shows coming up this fall, a couple of which are holiday celebrations. He'll play Halloween at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Flatbush Zombies, Tory Lanez, Goldlink and Domo Genesis (that sounds like a pretty great time if you're out in Colorado), and closer to his hometown he'll celebrate the biggest drinking night of the year, Thanksgiving Eve (11/25), at Starland Ballroom in NJ.

Opening that show is his pal and frequent collaborator Meyhem Lauren. Tickets go on sale Thursday (10/15) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Action Bronson playing Halloween at Red Rocks, Thanksgiving Eve in NJ, & more (tour dates)"

Las Rosas

Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, but will be taking a break for a fall tour that starts next week, including a few dates opening for Shannon & the Clams. In the middle of their tour, they'll be back in Brooklyn to play Alphaville on Halloween. Details on that spooky show have yet to emerge, stay tuned.

All tour dates -- including runs with Cool Ghouls and Fletcher C. Johnson -- are listed, along with a stream of last year's "Ms. America" single, below.

Continue reading "Las Rosas working on debut album, going on tour, playing shows w/ Shannon and the Clams & Cool Ghouls (dates)"


Handsome Dick Manitoba's current version of legendary NYC punk band The Dictators are making a tradition out of playing New Year's Eve at hometown venue Bowery Electric. They've announced that they're doing it again this year, though no openers revealed yet. Tickets are on sale now. The band is touring Europe first, and all dates are listed below.

Another long-running NYC punk institution, Murphy's Law, also plays a holiday show at that same venue. They'll be there on Halloween, a day they tend to celebrate with hometown shows. No openers for this one at the moment either. Tickets are on sale now. They also have a few other dates, which are listed below.

Meanwhile, this weekend Bowery Electric hosts another legendary punk band (but from Vancouver), D.O.A., on Saturday (9/26). Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

Continue reading "The Dictators playing NYE at Bowery Electric; Murphy's Law playing there on Halloween ++ win tix to D.O.A."

photo via HRBC Instagram
Huntington Rd Beach Club

Earlier this year Long Island got a new DIY venue, Huntington Rd. Beach Club. The venue is located in industrial Bohemia, NY, and it hosts shows on weekends that are mostly free to $5 and BYOB. At the moment, there are two upcoming shows on the schedule. One is this Saturday (9/19) with new DFA signees Guerilla Toss and support from Thee Terrible Ghosts, Sad Magic and Jarvis Probes (6 PM doors) and the other is a Halloween party with some local bands.

More info at the venue's Facebook.

photo: Screaming Females at Rough Trade in May (more by Ryan Muir)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females just headlined their label Don Giovanni's free annual New Brunswick show over the weekend, and they have more dates coming up. They play the Halloween show at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, Convention Hell, which has them covering X, members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more, and after that they'll go on a short Northeast tour.

The tour hits Brooklyn on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Most dates have support from Potty Mouth, but no opener announced for MHOW yet. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/16) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Screaming Females singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster directed and starred in the new video from their labelmates/recent tourmates Vacation. It's for the song "I Wish I Could Be Someone Else" off their new album Non-Person, and you can watch it below.

Continue reading "Screaming Females touring, playing Halloween in Asbury Park (as X), Brooklyn & more; Marissa is in the new Vacation video"

photo: Cypress Hill's 2014 Halloween-time show in NYC (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill are playing Riot Fest Chicago this weekend, and in late October they'll go on their annual Halloween-time tour. Their show on Halloween proper is in Asbury Park at The Stone Pony (10/31). Tickets are on presale now (password: PONY) and the general on-sale starts Friday (9/11) at 10 AM.

They also have shows in Boston, Philly, Silver Spring and NYC. The NYC show happens the day before Halloween at Best Buy Theater (10/30) with Immortal Technique and it's on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a flyer, below...

Continue reading "Cypress Hill going on annual Halloween-time tour (dates)"

photo by Chloe Alexandra Thompson
Wax Idols

Wax Idols have just announced fall tour dates starting just after the October 16 release of their third album, American Tragic. The NYC stop will be for a special Nothing Changes Halloween Party which happens at Saint Vitus on 10/31 with Azar Swan and tourmates Them Are Us Too. Tickets will be available soon.

All tour dates are listed, along with streams of "Lonely You" and "Deborah," below...

Continue reading "Wax Idols touring w/ Them Are Us Too, playing Nothing Changes Halloween party @ Saint Vitus w/ Azar Swan"

by Andrew Sacher

Illmind & Joell Ortiz
Joell Ortiz

Plenty of great hip hop shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

Joell Ortiz and Illmind celebrated their very good new collaborative album Human in NYC a few weeks ago, and they'll play another show here on August 26 at Santos Party House. Tickets are on sale now.

Among other things, A$ton Matthews makes an appearance on one of the year's best debut albums, Vince Staples' Summertime '06. He'll play NYC on August 19 at Santos Party House with Sha Hef. Tickets are on sale now.

Legendary MC Rakim played a free NYC show earlier this week, and he'll play again this month on August 19 at BB King's with Mr. Cheeks and Dres. This one's not free, and tickets are on sale now.

Common is taking part in the "Legacy of Hope Concert In Support of The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital" which happens August 26 at Barclays Center (tickets). He also plays the afterparty at Good Room. The lineup for both also includes Robin Thicke, Jonathan Butler and Miri Ben-Ari.

Long-running Southern rap group Nappy Roots are still at it and released 40Akerz Project earlier this year. They play NYC on November 3 at SOB's with CyHi The Prynce, 40 Akerz and special guests. Tickets are on sale.

Wale plays Webster Hall on September 23. Tickets are on sale.

New York vets Non Phixion broke up in 2006, but now they're reunited and celebrating their 20th anniversary on Saturday (8/15) at Highline Ballroom (tickets).

Former Das Racist member Heems will continue to support his new solo album Eat, Pray, Thug on August 25 at Baby's All Right with Sandunes and Big Baby Gandhi. Tickets are on sale.

Indie rap fans may also want to know about Busdriver, Elucid, Tanya Morgan and Jesucifer at that same venue, Baby's All RIght on September 19. Tickets are on sale.

We recently talked about experimental rapper Abdu Ali ahead of his set at last week's Impose Fest, and he has more NYC shows coming up too. He'll open for Lower Dens when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on September 28 (tickets). But sooner than that, he'll play his own show at Baby's All Right on August 18 with Leverage Models, ZGRT and Stash Marina. Tickets for Baby's are on sale.

Underground Brooklyn staple Jean Grae plays another hometown show on August 22 at Union Hall with Heben Nigatu & Tracy Clayton and Donwill. Tickets are available.

YouTube rap sensations Turquoise Jeep return to NYC on November 18 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale today (8/14) at noon.

Cypress Hill play their annual Halloween-time NYC show on October 30 at Best Buy Theater. This year's is also with Immortal Technique. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Other previously-discussed hip hop shows coming up in NYC include the Sean Price memorial show, Raekwon's Purple Tape show, Blackalicious with Kool Keith, A$AP Rocky / Tyler the Creator / Danny Brown / Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Young Thug with RL Grime, Fool's Gold Day Off, Billboard Hot 100 Fest, Murs / Red Pill, The Underachievers, Afropunk, and more.

Georgia Anne Muldrow

In other news, she doesn't have any shows announced yet but Georgia Anne Muldrow released her first rap album this year, A Thoughiverse Unmarred, on Mello Music Group. She's usually making R&B/soul, but it turns out she's just as good at making a straight rap record. The album features frequent collaborator and husband Dudley Perkins (aka Declaime) who also put out his own album this year, Southside Story, which Georgia features on. Both are recommended and can be streamed in full below.

Continue reading "Joell Ortiz, Aston Matthews, Rakim, Common, Heems, Cypress Hill & more NYC rap shows +++ new Georgia Anne Muldrow"

photo: GD50 in Chicago (more by Jay Blakesberg)
Grateful Dead

There was a rumor that the Grateful Dead would be touring with John Mayer. That rumor is now basically confirmed, though Phil Lesh isn't taking part in it. Surviving Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are teaming up with Mayer (plus RatDog/Furthur's Jeff Chimenti and Allman Brothers Band's Oteil Burbridge) as "Dead & Company." Their first confirmed date is NYC's Madison Square Garden on Halloween. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday, August 10 at 10 AM.

With Phil Lesh's absence, it remains true that the Chicago shows were in fact the final ones with all four of them. Phil is also playing his own NYC-area show on Halloween at the Capitol Theatre, which is part of a six-show run at that venue.

In related news, Bobby, Mickey and Bill were recently added to Lockn' Fest, which Phil was already confirmed for (though they're billed separately). Hot Tuna (playing a Jefferson Airplane set and an acoustic set), Robert Plant, Carlos Santana (playing on his own and with Phil Lesh) and more are also playing. Tickets are still available.


photo: Sufjan Stevens at Kings Theatre in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens will continue to tour in support of this year's excellent Carrie & Lowell, with a newly-announced fall US run.

The tour doesn't bring him back to NYC (which he played three times this year), but it will be nearby for a Jersey City show on Halloween at Loews Jersey Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/24) at 10 AM with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (7/23) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password.


All dates are listed, with a stream of his recently-released song "Harsh Noise," below...

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