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Regina Spektor at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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As discussed, there's a benefit for Doctors Without Borders (who are on the front lines of dealing with the ebola crisis in Africa) going down at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 with an awesome lineup of Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo, plus hosts Greg Barris and Jena Friedman. We mentioned that more acts would be added and we now know of two more good ones: Regina Spektor and radio/TV personality Ira Glass. Ira will be performing with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass, who joined him this past September for the premiere of their show, "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host." Tickets are still available. Stay tuned for any more updates.

Watch the 'Three Acts' trailer below...

Continue reading "Regina Spektor, Ira Glass & more added to Doctors Without Borders benefit"

by Klaus Kinski

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I heard a funny ebola joke. But you probably won't get it.

While ebola mania has Americans rapt with fear, the reality is that the chances of it becoming a real, widespread epidemic here is basically nil. As far as viruses go, ebola is pretty terrifying and I can see why people would be freaking out and why the news media would use it as fodder to scare the shit out of us. But it's not an airborne virus like the flu; you have to physically come in contact with it. And according to Dr. Jon LaPook over at CBS, "Every single Ebola outbreak in Africa over the past 40 years has been brought under control with standard infectious disease measures -- basically, isolating infected patients and tracking down their contacts." So once a case is identified, measures are taken to ensure it gets isolated. At least, that's what we hope will happen.

The real urgency simply isn't here on American soil; it's in Africa where they do not have the infrastructure to adequately deal with viral epidemics like this. There, it is much harder to contain and much easier to spread. Right now, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis in Africa. 80% of their funding comes from private donors, and what better way to contribute than with an awesome benefit show with awesome talent at an awesome venue? On Wednesday November 19 Irving Plaza will host and MSF/DWB International Fundraiser to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The event will be hosted by Klaus favorites Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo. Many, many more acts will be added to the bill. Onsale date/time are still TBD as well but should be available via Livenation soon, but mark your calendars and keep your eyes on BV for updates.

Meanwhile, tickets are still available for a show benefiting another good cause. Seth Herzog (Fallon, 'Sweet,' Comedy Central, NatGeo), Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1, Conan), Damien Lemon (Half Hour, Guy Code), Dan Soder (Conan, Guy Code, O&A) and Michelle Wolf (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), and The Amigos Band will convene at the Bell House on Thursday (10/23) to raise money for 'Stand Up for Rockaway,' the organization still helping the Rockaways rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Use code "ROCKAWAY" when buying tickets to get $10 off.

You can also catch Greg Barris during CMJ at Union Hall on Friday (10/24) for a special edition of his "Hearts of Darkness" show, featuring Shonali Bhowmik, Corn Mo, Larry Murphy, The Forgiveness, and "surprise guests!" Tickets are on sale and you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.

photos by Greg Cristman

Flying Lotus / Thundercat @ T5 - 10/15/14
Flying Lotus
Flying Lotus
Thundercat

Flying Lotus brought his tour in support of his jazzy new LP You're Dead to Terminal 5 last night (10/15) for his first of two NYC shows here this week. It was packed, the visuals were stunning, the sound was extremely loud, and you could feel the bass physically shaking you. Anybody in the front last night must still be vibrating and have ringing ears.

FlyLo's tourmate/collaborator Thundercat opened with his maniacal bass playing and sweet vocals. There was also a surprise opening set from comedian Hannibal Buress (who will help celebrate Knitting Factory's 5th year in Brooklyn soon), and DJ Peabody kept the crowd warmed up between sets. Pictures of the whole show are in this post.

FlyLo and Thundercat hit MHOW tonight (10/16), which is sold out. Will they have another surprise guest tonight?

More pictures from T5 below...

Continue reading "Flying Lotus played Terminal 5 w/ Thundercat and Hannibal Buress (pics), playing MHOW tonight"

Phosphorescent at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
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As discussed, Mobb Deep are playing Knitting Factory on 11/19 to help celebrate the venue's fifth anniversary in its current Brooklyn location. That show is one of many great shows scheduled for the week-long 'Knit Ball: Celebrating 5 Years in Brooklyn.' A few other highlights include Phosphorescent (solo) and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (solo) teaming up on November 20 (tickets); a solo set from Andrew WK with Xenia Rubinos and The Skins on November 22 (tickets); and a not-free set from comedian Hannibal Buress (who often plays free Sunday shows in the front bar) on Sunday, November 23 (tickets).

The BrooklynVegan-presented Polaris show on 11/21 which Ski Lodge (which is sold out) is part of the week-long celebration too.

Other shows include Moon Hooch and Elephant Wrecking Ball on 11/18 (tickets); ASTR, Ghost Beach and Body Language (DJ) on 11/21 (tickets); MC Chris, MC Lars and Spose on 11/22 (tickets); and "very special guests" are promised for November 17.

Andrew WK has other dates including his January show with Marky Ramone at Gramercy Theatre. All of his dates are listed, with the Knit Ball flyer, below...

Continue reading "Knitting Factory celebrating five years in Brooklyn w/ Andrew WK, Phosphorescent, Lady Lamb, Hannibal Buress & more"

Robert Plant at Prospect Park in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Robert Plant

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

Robert Plant (and the Sensational Space Shifters) @ BAM
Maybe Led Zeppelin will never reunite, but Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters (including members of Massive Attack and Portishead) get the Led out on their tours and their original material's not half bad either. Tonight's the second of two BAM shows, part of Nonesuch Records at BAM.

Man Man, Saint Rich @ Le Poisson Rouge
Eccentric rockers Man Man return to NYC for this free show which Lagunitas is presenting. RSVP is closed.

Twin Peaks, Honduras, Roya @ Brooklyn Flea
The Brooklyn Flea hosts music again this afternoon, this time from raucous Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks, garagey Brooklyn indie band Honduras and The Clean/Habibi-related band Roya.

Lydia Loveless, Nathan Xander, Xenia Sky @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Lydia Loveless makes alt-country with the kick of a cowboy boot and some rock n roll swagger. She's already played NYC opening for two veteran bands this year (Old 97s and Camper Van Beethoven) and tonight she headlines one of her own.

Bastard Sapling, Geryon, Belus @ The Acheron
USBMers Bastard Sapling are on the heels of a killer new album, and tonight their tour hits NYC with the great Geryon and Belus. If you're going, no band on this bill is to be missed.

Slaughter & the Dogs, Shocked Minds, Drunken Rampage @ Grand Victory
'70s era British punks Slaughter & the Dogs have been kicking again since the '90s and tonight they're in NYC for their second of two shows here.

Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle @ State Theatre
Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle just wrapped up a tour together, titled "Songs and Stories, Together Onstage," which did not hit the NYC area but they're coming pretty close tonight. This should be a nice night with two great songwriters.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Hannibal Buress hasn't been able to do his free Knitting Factory Sunday show in a while, seeing as he's been killing it on the Oddball Comedy tour, but he's back tonight. Big name guests regularly show up at these, and Hannibal's been becoming a pretty big name himself lately too.

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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by Arielle Gordon

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For 10 years, Seth Herzog's excellent comedy showcase Sweet has been a NYC comedy staple, bringing fresh faces and old pros together. Everyone from Donald Glover to Jeff Ross has performed there over the years, with Herzog's distinctive energy keeping the crowd coming back week after week.

To celebrate Sweet's tenth anniversary, Herzog has put together a three-day comedy extravaganza at its current home of The Slipper Room running tonight (9/8) through Wednesday (9/10), featuring the likes of Colin Quinn, Hannibal Buress, Vanessa Bayer, Dave Hill, Questlove, and many more surprises to come each night. As for who's playing which night, you're just gonna have to show up and find out. Tickets ($10 per night or $25 for all three) are on sale now.

Watch a Sweet set featuring Reggie Watts, Questlove, Greg Barris, and more, below...

Continue reading "Seth Herzog's 'SWEET' celebrating 10 years at 3-night comedy extravaganza w/ Colin Quinn, Questlove, Dave Hill & more"

by Arielle Gordon

Hannibal

Everyone's favorite deadpan sidekick Hannibal Buress is still on the Oddball Comedy Tour, but once that wraps up, he'll soon be back on the road again, this time on his own, for the "Comedy Camisado" tour. He stops in NYC at Town Hall on November 7 as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Tickets are still available. For those of you who live upstate, the tour also stops in Albany on November 20.

While on tour, Hannibal is taking a break from his free Sunday night series at Knitting Factory. Full tour dates are listed below below....

Continue reading "Hannibal Buress going on "Comedy Camisado" tour after Oddball Fest (dates)"

photo courtesy of Oddball tour
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You may remember that the Hartford stop of last year's Funny or Die Oddball Comedy tour was where Dave Chappelle walked off stage due to unruly hecklers. The 2014 Oddball Comedy Tour returned to Hartford last night (8/23), this time with Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, Dave Attell and Kevin Iso. Throughout the night, host Brody Stevens referenced last year's incident, saying it lit a fire under the tour. Earlier in the the day on the side stage, he said "NYC's only an hour away, you never know who could show up." And he was right. After Louie's headlining set, he said, "Ladies and gentlemen, Dave Chappelle." And Dave himself returned to the same stage that last year's "meltdown" occurred. This time it was all positivity though. He got a standing ovation from most of the crowd for his entire time on stage, which was half an apology and half a mini-set.

Watch a video of his set, with the list of remaining Oddball dates, below...

Continue reading "Dave Chappelle made a surprise return to Hartford on Oddball Comedy tour (where he walked off last year) (video)"

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The New York Comedy Festival will happen from November 5 - 9 and the initial lineup includes Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Bill Cosby, Chris D'elia, Bill Maher, Marc Maron, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, and Amy Schumer. Here are the announced shows:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6
TIG NOTARO: BOYISH GIRL INTERRUPTED - 8 PM - TOWN HALL

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7
HANNIBAL BURESS - 7 PM - TOWN HALL
AMY SCHUMER: PROFESSIONAL - 8 PM - CARNEGIE HALL
MARC MARON - 7:30 PM - NYU SKIRBALL CENTER

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
BILL MAHER - AN EVENING WITH BILL MAHER - 7 PM - BEACON THEATRE
CARLY AQUILINO AND JESSIMAE PELUSO -- 7 PM -- NYU SKIRBALL CENTER
BILL COSBY - 8 PM - CARNEGIE HALL
CHRIS D'ELIA: UNDER NO INFLUENCE - 7 PM - TOWN HALL
MARIA BAMFORD - 9:45 PM - TOWN HALL
NICK OFFERMAN: FULL BUSH - 9:45 PM - BEACON THEATRE

Tickets are currently on fan presale (password is FNYCF) and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 11 at 10 AM. Lots more NY Comedy Fest shows still to be announced, so stay tuned.

by Arielle Gordon

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For the second year in a row, online comedy hub Funny or Die is bringing an insane lineup of comedians, entertainers, and other funny people to 20 different cities around the U.S via the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. This year, the tour includes a fantastic lineup of comedians young and old with literally someone to please everyone: Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick and Aziz Ansari to Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, and Mark Maron, with even a few true oddballs (Demetri Martin, Reggie Watts) in the mix. There's also a second stage hosted by Brody Stevens. Lineup varies from venue to venue, but all announced Oddball 2014 performers are listed below.

The tour doesn't stop in NYC proper -- though Aziz has that under control on his own at MSG -- Oddball does have a few stops in the NY area: August 16 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, August 17 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, August 22 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. and August 23 at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT.  Tickets are currently on Citi cardmember and Previous Purchasers presale and go on sale to the general public Saturday (6/28) at 10 AM.

The full tour dates are listed, along with a tour poster and 2014 lineup, below.

Continue reading "Louis CK, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron & more on board 2014 Oddball comedy tour (dates)"

tUnE-yArDs at Rough Trade (more by Chris La Putt)
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For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso @ Webster Hall
tUnE-yArDs' new album Nikki Nack came out this year and it's more of the eccentric writing that we can only get from her. The new songs really shine live, so these shows are sure to be great ones. (This is night 1 of 2 at Webster.) Get there early for Sylvan Esso too. Their electronic pop and singer Amelia Meath's dance moves are always fun to watch.

Sylvan Esso afterparty @ Baby's All Right
After Webster Hall, Sylvan Esso head to Baby's All Right to DJ and keep the party going.

Merchandise, Ukiah Drag, Alice Cohen @ Saint Vitus
Merchandise have a new record coming out on 4AD (a much bigger label than their previous releases), and from the sound of its new single, it looks like we'll be getting more of their romantic '80s-inspired post-punk. Tonight's their second of 3 NYC shows on this tour and features excellent support from psych punks Ukiah Drag and NYC art pop musician Alice Cohen.

The Adventures of the Silver Spaceman, Perrenial Reel, Arm Candy, The Doubts, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Lake Effect, Milk Dick, Haybaby, Lazyeyes, Breakfast In Fur @ 94 Evergreen (Slackfest)
The Slackgaze 'zine is throwing this three-day festival in Bushwick featuring 45 bands with music running from 3 PM - 2 AM.

John Doe @ Asbury Lanes
The frontman for X does a solo show tonight, supporting his new best-of collection. He'll be back with X in August.

Black Flag, HOR, Cinema Cinema @ Europa
"Black Flag" may not be even close to the band who used that name in the '70s and '80s, but if you're willing to let that slide, you can at least hear some old favorites and see Greg Ginn's impressive fretwork tonight.

Dave Chappelle @ Radio City Music Hall
Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in a big way, doing a whopping nine 10 nights at Radio City Music Hall. This is the fourth.

Sloppy Seconds, Burning Streets, Reagan Youth, The Basicks @ Grand Victory
Sloppy Seconds have been making melodic punk (like, Punk-O-Rama style) since the late '80s, and though they haven't released an album since 2008's hiatus-ending Endless Bummer, they're still an active live band. It's worth catching Reagan Youth too, who have been going strong since 2006 despite the 1993 death of singer Dave Insurgent.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Chicago alt-rapper Open Mike Eagle, who previously put out releases on the Hellfyre Club label, is releasing his next album, Dark Comedy, this week (6/10) via Mello Music Group. The record features guest appearances from comedian Hannibal Buress, former Das Racist member Kool AD, production from the formerly Brainfeeder/currently Warp-signed Jeremiah Jae and more. Stream two tracks and watch a video for a third, below.

Open Mike Eagle will celebrate the new album with a release party in NYC on June 18 at Spike Hill with MC Paul Barman, Louis Katz, Premrock, Janelle James and Steel Tipped Dove. Plus, he's promising guest appearances from Donwill (of Tanya Morgan), MC Frontalot, Billy Woods and special guests. Tickets are on sale now.

Streams and video below...

Continue reading "Open Mike Eagle celebrating 'Dark Comedy' LP in NYC"

photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

The National / M.I.A. / Deafheaven / crowd
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2

For a moment there, it looked like The National's headlining set at Sasquatch - one of the band's biggest shows to date - was going to be underwhelming. For the first twenty minutes, the band felt too mellow, and frontman Matt Berninger, disinterested. And then, after "Don't Swallow The Cap", a switch seemingly went off in Berninger's head, and suddenly a middling National show turned into an outstanding, headlining-worthy triumph. After a furious "Afraid of Everyone", Berninger threw the first of many wine glasses (and later, bottles) into the air, walking away as it shattered on the ground. By the time he'd gotten to the always-intense "Squalor Victoria", he'd thrown his first microphone. By the end of main set closer "Mr. November", he'd attacked a stage banner, drank more wine, thrown a stage light, drank even more wine, dove into the crowd, crowdsurfed back, screamed at a sidestage LED screen, gone back into the crowd, drank wine (just to spit it out), and smashed whatever glass remained at that point. [KEXP]
We've already posted day 1 pictures of Washington state's 2014 Sasquatch music festival, and here's a set of day 2 (5/24), including shots of The National, Cut Copy, Tyler the Creator, Austra, M.I.A., Panda Bear, Neko Case, Washed Out, Deafheaven, Violent Femmes, The Dodos, First Aid Kit and more. Pictures continue below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2014 day 2 pics (The National, Cut Copy, MIA, Neko Case, Deafheaven, Violent Femmes, Panda Bear, more)"

Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo

As you may know, Bonnaroo returns to Manchester, TN in June. The main lineup and the Club Stage lineup were already announced and 'Roo just announced the late night artists including Chance the Rapper, Darkside, Deafheaven, Die Antwoord, Disclosure, Frank Ocean, Ice Cube, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Pusha T, The Flaming Lips, Ty Segall, White Denim and more. Full late night lineup below.

Since we last spoke, the festival's comedy lineup was also announced and it includes Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller and Brad Williams.

Tickets for the fest, whose main lineup includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel and more, are still available.

Full late night lineup below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 update: late night lineup, comedy lineup"

Method Man @ Knitting Factory - 3/30/14 (via Erika Kaz)
Meth

Hannibal Buress' free comedy night at Knitting Factory Brooklyn almost every Sunday, but yesterday's (3/30) show was special one, celebrating the comedian's birthday (which actually is February 4, but why get into specifics?). The show happened in the main room, as opposed to the smaller front room where Hannibal usually performs, and also featured Michael Che, Bridget Everett, Kurt Metzger, and DJ Roofeeo. The show also billed a "VERY special musical guest," which turned out to be Staten Island rapper Method Man. Check out two short clips of Meth performing at last night's show, below.

Hannibal Buress also premiered his new special, Hannibal Buress: Live From Chicago, a day earlier (3/29) on Comedy Central (anyone catch that?). You can purchase it digitally now, and it comes out on CD/DVD on Tuesday (4/1).

Meanwhile, Method Man's group, Wu-Tang Clan, are releasing two new albums, one of which you might never hear.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Method Man joined Hannibal Buress at the Knit (videos)"

Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)

As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.

There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.

Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.

UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.

Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 line-up announced! (Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Jack White, Elton John, Neutral Milk Hotel & more)"

Priests @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Those Darlins

Juan Wauters @ Pier 84, 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)

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

Priests, Lazyeyes, Truthers @ The End
DC post-punks Priests are a pretty intense band, both with their aggressive, upfront lyrics and the fact that their music keeps the "punk" in "post-punk." Their live show is really where it's at too, and you can get a taste of that tonight.

Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Household, Las Rosas @ Baby's All Right
Whether solo or with The Beets, Juan Wauters brings an idiosyncratic worldview and intensity to his songs and performance. He's a NYC original. This is a release party for his new album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, which is out via Captured Tracks.

Vaz, Roomrunner, Multicult, Big Ups @ Death By Audio
It's gonna get loud at this show, which includes the noise rock of Vaz, the grungy Roomrunner and their fellow Baltimoreans Multicult, and the caustic post-hardcore of Big Ups.

Those Darlins, Diarrhea Planet @ MHOW
These two Nashville bands both love rock 'n' roll, but in very different ways. Those Darlins kick around in the leather boot-wearing territory, whereas Diarrhea Planet don't really care what they wear, because the rage of their live show will have them sweating all over it anyway.

Donuts Are Forever ft. DJ Jazzy Jeff & more @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's February, which means J Dilla tributes. This one features DJ Jazzy Jeff and a bunch of others, and all proceeds benefit the Donuts Are Forever scholarship fund.

Whiskey Bitches, XNY, Unicycle Loves You, Haybaby, Adult Dude @ Radio Bushwick
There's a bunch of local bands on this bill, but the one we think is most worth catching is Adult Dude, who have a great mix of Dinosaur Jr-style rock and Superchunk-style punk.

Elway, Sad and French, Chumped, Dr. Sillybones @ Saint Vitus
Colorado punks will open for The Lawrence Arms at Gramercy Theatre soon, but if you want to see them headlining a smaller place, tonight's your shot. Also don't miss Brooklyn's Chumped, who keep pop punk real.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

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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Dave Chappelle @ Knitting Factory last night (via @optimisticdaze)
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One of the best free weekly comedy shows in NYC is Hannibal Buress' Sunday evening show in Knitting Factory's front room. It is always packed to the gills and for good reason -- serious A-listers regularly show up for suprise performances. (Chris Rock and Louis CK have appeared multiple times.) Last night (12/22), Dave Chappelle dropped by for an impromptu set. Hopefully the knit crowd was a little more appreciative (and less inclinced to yell "I'm Rick James, Bitch!") than the ones he dealt with on this summer's Oddball tour.

Comedy Night at Knitting Factory starts at 9 PM but fills up much earlier than that. Who will be at this Sunday's show (12/29)?

photos by Ryan Muir

Superchunk / Danny Brown
SPIN party
SPIN party

SPIN put together a pretty killer lineup for their annual 'Year in Music' show this year. Taking place at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on 12/10, the bill included rising pop star Charli XCX (whose set included the hit song that not many people realize she wrote for Icona Pop), indie legends Superchunk (who recently made a new video), and one of 2013's greatest and most fun rap stars Danny Brown (who Charli XCX also joined on stage towards the end of the night). It was a well rounded night that delivered from start to finish, even without the complimentary drinks that were flowing in the balcony. Comedian Hannibal Buress hosted the festivities and told the jokes.

The show was free and packed, but also guestlist only. We gave away ten pairs of tix here at BrooklynVegan.

Pictures from the show, which featured two of the artists on SPIN's Favorite Albums of 2013 list, are here and continue below....

Continue reading "Superchunk, Danny Brown & Charli XCX played SPIN's "Year in Music" @ MHOW (pics)"

Destroyer @ Webster Hall, 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Destroyer

Love Inks @ Mohawk, Austin, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Love Inks

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

NY Comedy Festival
It's the final night of the 2013 NYCF. Options include a talk between Larry David & David Steinberg at Town Hall; Jenny Slate & Friends at Littlefield; and "Happy House" (with Reggie Watts, Kate Berlant, Jared Logan and more) at Santos.

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
The multi-venue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival wraps up tonight with three shows. Some notables include Star Slinger and Kastle at Output, Kaytranada, Jerome LOL, and Groundislava at Glasslands, and XXXY at Cameo. Check out tonight's full schedule below:

Star Slinger, Teki Latex, Kastle, Different Sleep, Distal, Clicks and Whistles @ Output
Jubilee, Kaytranada, Jerome LOL, Groundislava @ Glasslands
XXXY, Max McFerren, Lotic, Blacky II, Lamin Fofana @ Cameo
CocoRosie, Xenia Rubinos, Arc Iris, Jason Eldredge DJ set @ Brooklyn Bowl
Avant-pop duo CocoRosie's tour hit NYC for a Webster Hall show earlier this year, and tonight it wraps up with a more intimate one at Brooklyn Bowl, which is free with RSVP. Opening are two singers who also lean towards the eccentric, Xenia Rubinos and Arc Iris.

Circle Takes the Square, B. Dolan @ Saint Vitus
Experimental post-hardcore band Circle Takes the Square released their debut album, As the Roots Undo, in 2004, a unique step forward for the genre and now considered a modern classic. After being silent for years, the band quietly returned with its followup, Decompositions Volume Number One, in December 2012, and are now finally on a tour for that album which hits NYC tonight. Opening is alternative rapper B. Dolan.

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
The Irish singer wraps up her sold-out, three-night stint at City Winery.

The Blow, Love Inks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Blow released their first new record in six years last month, which finds Khaela Maricich right back in the groove of minimal synthpop with twisty wordplay. Seeing The Blow live, though, is almost another experience entirely, part performance art where Maricich is capable of making a very intimate connection with the audience. Don't miss Austin's Love Inks, either.

Destroyer, Pink Mountaintops @ Bowery Ballroom
How do you follow-up something as near-perfect as Destroyer's 2011 album, Kaputt? By avoiding it, mostly, with an EP of Spanish-language covers. Tonight Dan Bajar is in solo mode, but will no doubt entrance nonetheless.

Butter The Children, Sat Nite Duets, Radical Dads, Harbor Lights @ Death By Audio
Radical Dads, who do traditional, '90s style indie rock as well as any new band today, play a record release show tonight for their new single. It's also a release show for Milwaukee's Sat. Night Duets, whose new album is just out on Rad-Dads-affiliated label Uninhabitable Mansions. You can stream that below.

Kavinsky, Com Truise (DJ), Sleepy & Boo @ Webster Hall
After contributing to the excellent Drive soundtrack, French producer Kavinsky released his debut LP, OutRun and then celebrated it in NYC with a DJ set at Webster Hall in March. Tonight he returns to that venue, but this one's billed as "live."

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Tonight's the four-year anniversary of Hannibal Buress' comedy night at the Williamsburg venue and he's got Greer Barnes, Cameron Esposito and probably some other surprise guests to help celebrate. Usually Comedy Night is free but this one is $12.

Dumb Numbers, Degreaser, Breathing Shrine @ The Flat
Dumb Numbers, the project of Australia's Adam Harding, are currently supporting My Bloody Valentine on their North American tour which hits NYC this week, but ahead of those shows, the band have added a last-minute Brooklyn show happening tonight at The Flat. Dumb Numbers' album features contributions from Dinosaur Jr's Lou Barlow and Murph, Jesus Lizard's David Yow, Melvins' Dale Crover and more, and we know that at least Murph is part of their live band.

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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There was much laughter to be had at the 2013 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival last weekend at The Bell House and Union Hall. We already posted pictures from the first two nights and here's a set from Saturday (9/28) and Sunday (9/29). Saturday at The Bell House brought "Hot Tub with Kurt And Kristen" back to New York (both Braunohler and Schaal live in LA now) with appearances by Nick Turner, Nick Kroll, Leo Allen, and Bridgett Everett (whose new show is debuting at Joe's Pub soon); and over at Union Hall it was "Comics We Hope Don't Move To LA (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There)."

Then on Sunday, the EMCF celebrated the Season 4 premiere of Bob's Burgers with cast members  Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Jon Benjamin,  Larry Murphy, Hannibal Buress, and Jon Glaser. Stephin Merrit -- who didn't even appear at The Bell House when Future Bible Heroes (a band he actually is in) played -- also came out with Kenny Mellman to sing one of the show's songs, "Electric Love." Over at Union Hall on Sunday it was "Creaghead & Company EMCF Edition: Thoughtfully Included Since It Was Scheduled Here Anyway."

Pics from nights 1 & 2 are here. More pics from nights 3 & 4 of EMCF 2013 below...

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Mac DeMarco @ Pitchfork 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
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Priests @ DBA (more by Ivey Haber)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

The Defibulators, Future Folk, Tall Tall Trees, Dubl Handi, Bennett Sullivan, DJ Becky Birmingham @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you like traditional bluegrass with a bit of a punk edge, head to Brooklyn Bowl tonight to catch Brooklyn's The Defibulators playing a release show for their new album, Debt'll Get'em. Should be a grand ol' time.

Sarah Neufeld @ Rockwood Music Hall
Arcade Fire violinist just released her first solo album, Hero Brother. Tonight she plays with Bell Orchestre's Stef Schneider on percussion. Tickets are still available.

Pure Bathing Culture, Mary Alouette, Jimmy Whispers, Tiger Dare @ Glasslands
Pure Bathing Culture put the pop in "dream pop" (in a good way) and their recently released debut album, Moon Tides, is a great example of that. Swoon along at Glasslands tonight.

Priests, Neonates, Downtown Boys, Household @ Death By Audio
DC band Priests released their second tape EP earlier this summer, full of spiky, shouty, catchy, dancey tunes. You can stream it below. Actually the whole show is like that with LA's Neonates, Providence's Downtown Boys and local post-punks Household. Good show!

Mac DeMarco @ East River Amphitheater (FREE)
While he's become somewhat known for his on-and-off-stage antics (dude is funny), let's not forget last year's Mac DeMarco II is very a solid record and his band is just tight enough to keep things from delving into chaos.

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Son of Dad, Shorts, Regal Degal @ Cake Shop
When he's not playing in Real Estate, Alex Bleeker makes drastically different music with his band The Freaks, who favor bluesy psychedelia over his other band's breezy jangle pop. Tonight he shares a bill with his Real Estate bandmate Jackson Pollis' other project, Son of Dad. And Regal Degal's weird art pop is worth showing up early for too.

Emeli Sande, Rudimental @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
Emeli Sande headlines Central Park tonight, and if you're going, we especially think it's worth catching Rudimental, the four-piece house/drum & bass group, who do pop crossover a bit like Disclosure does. And Emeli sings on their album, so maybe there will be some on-stage collaboration?

Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, Bear's Den @ Forest Hills Stadium
Queens' Tennis stadium Forest Hills, which used to host live music decades ago, is starting to do so again, and tonight it gets its first show in ages from three British indie bands, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, and Bear's Den.

VietNam, Prince Rupert's Drops, Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Union Pool
Longrunning band Vietnam returned after a five-year abscence to deliver A.merican D.ream, their first album in five years. It's a quality bill tonight, with an opening set from the psychy Prince Rupert's Drops and Jonathan Toubin on the turntables between sets.

Buster Poindexter @ Highline Ballroom
David Johansen has been back with the New York Dolls and doing some solo shows lately too, but for whatever reason tonight he's playing under his '80s/'90s pseudonym Buster Poindexter, best known for his version of "Hot Hot Hot."

Eve @ Gramercy Theatre
Eve returned this year with her first album in over a decade, and she actually sounded pretty hungry on a good deal of it. Not sure what she's like live these days, but you can find out for yourself at Gramercy Theatre (moved from Irving Plaza).

Matthew Sweet @ City Winery
Matthew Sweet went from being a college-radio cult favorite in the '80s to being a genuine alt-rock hitmaker in the '90s and gun-for-hire songwriter and guitarist in the '00s. His melodic skills and and catalog of great songs will be on display tonight.

Larry Graham @ B.B. King Blues Club
Grand Central Station funk conductor Larry Graham recently played Prince's post-VMAs show at City Winery. Prince has showed up at Graham's BB King's shows before. We're not saying he will tonight, but...just saying.

Roy Ayers @ Blue Note Jazz Club
Speaking of legendary funk, vibraphone master Roy Ayers is at Blue Note tonight. Let's hope her pulls out tracks from his much-lauded score to blaxploitation flick, Coffy (amongst his other great work). There are early and late shows, and it's his first of four nights at the venue.

The Rides @ The Iridium
Buffalo Springfield/CSNY's Stephen Stills heads up this blues rock supergroup that also features Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg. Sold out.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts this popular weekly free comedy show that tonight welcomes Leo Allen, Guy Branum, Jessi Klein, and Jim Tews.

Radness @ Union Hall
Hot 97's DJ Cipha Sounds & Lukas Kaiser are hosting this night of comedy featuring Hannibal Buress, Mark Normand, Giulia Rozzi, Lance Weiss, and Jason Burke.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Do you like to laugh? Do you like to do so in big outdoor arenas with a host of cool comedians? Then you should know about Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which will tour around the U.S. for five weekends in August and September. The festival, which will span two stages of hilarity, is headlined by Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords, and also features Al Madrigal, Brody Stevens (who'll MC the second stage), Chris D'Elia, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Jim Jefferies, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal, and many more.

The tour hits the general NYC area for shows at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on September 6, and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on September 7. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed, along with a video promo for the tour, below.

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Festival Supreme

I have got a WICKED soft-spot in my soul for the great Tenacious D. Back in the day when I was still a young pup exploring the world of comedy at large, a friend of mine gave me a VHS tape (recorded in EP mode) that featured David Cross' special The Pride is Back as well as every single episode of the HBO Tenacious D television series. I was familiar with Jack Black from other things, but this series blew my mind apart into about eighteen different piles of pinkish green sludge. To this day (and I have been and will continue to be raked over the coals for this analogy) I think Jack Black is a phenomenal singer who brings to mind someone like the great Mike Patton. Their zeal for the majesty of rock and the hilarious adventures he and the cherubic Kyle Gass got into made the series an instant fave of yours truly.

Over the years, The D has given us great music, great videos, great tours, and great laughs. But now, they are giving us the mother of all gifts: FESTIVAL SUPREME! Curated by (and featuring) Tenacious D, Festival Supreme is a one day comedy/music fest taking place on the Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday October 19, 2013. This rain-or-shine, nearly seven-hour event features a line-up that is so incredible that I had to read it like 7 times. Attendees will thrill to the comedy and music of Tim and Eric, The Mr. Show Experience(!), The Mighty Boosh, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler, The Gregory Brothers (aka the Autotune the News guys), Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress, Eric Idle, Fred Armisen, Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum), Will Forte, Demetri Martin, Dynasty Handbag, Reggie Watts, Beardyman, Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious, Garfunkel & Oates, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Neil Hamburger Band, The Abe Lincoln Story, Nancy and Beth (Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt), and, of-fuckin-course, Tenacious D. I've included the list below for those of you who see things better visually as a list.

Pre-sale tickets will be available on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 AM PST (password is SUPREME). Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am PST on Friday, June 14 at 10 AM PST. General admission tickets are $99 (plus fees), and VIP tickets are $250 (plus fees). VIP tickets include a VIP viewing platform of the main stage, VIP bar, access to golden toilets and special merchandise. Also, sorry kiddos, this is a 21+ event. HA! Grow up.

Preview video and line-up in list form is below.

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Hannibal w/ Mario and Alvin at his 30th birthday party...
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COME AND SEE A SPECIAL EDITION OF COMEDY AT THE KNITTING FACTORY. ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24TH WE MOVE THE SHOW INTO THE BACK ROOM. THERE WILL STILL BE GREAT COMICS BUT THE BACKROOM HAS BETTER TECH AND A PROJECTOR THAT ALLOWS US TO SHOW PORNOGRAPHY WHENEVER THERE'S A LULL IN THE SHOW. WE HAVE TO CHARGE MONEY. IT'S 5 BUCKS IN ADVANCE. THAT'S NOT A LOT OF MONEY. THAT'S ONE NAKED JUICE OR A NICKLE BAG OF WEED. (FROM THAT TIME IN OUR LIVES WHEN YOU COULD GET A BAG OF WEED FOR 5 BUCKS.) I DIGRESS. COME CHECK IT OUT. THERE WILL BE SOME OTHER PEOPLE ON THE SHOW. IT'LL BE FUN. SALUTATIONS.
That's a message from Knitting Factory's Sunday Night Comedy host Hannibal Buress. Some of those other people include Todd Barry and Michael Che, and as Hannibal mentioned above, this Sunday's (2/24) show is five bucks and tickets are on sale now.

UPDATE: Hannibal himself chimed in in the comments: "We're trying to make the transition into the backroom. We're going to try it out monthly. Todd Barry had to reschedule so he won't be on the show on Sunday."

In other news, Hannibal Buress recently turned 30 which was celebrated at Knit in November with Prince Paul DJing, and appearances from Action Bronson, Spongebob, Mario, Alvin Chipmunk and others. Video of that below...

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