Entries tagged with: Holy Ghost
Monika Heidemann used to be in Xylos and since that group's dissolution has been working on her own music. Now working as HEIDEMANN, her debut EP, titled Orphan, is set to come out on September 2. The record, featuring three originals and a cover of ABBA's "The Visitors," was made with Jim Orso (Holy Ghost!) and Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid) and, as you might expect from those collaborators, has a bit of an '80s NYC electro vibe. The EP's lead cut, "Swords," is a nice balance between modern pop and vintage sounds, with Heidemann's strong vocals pulling it all together. It makes its premiere in this post.
HEIDEMANN just played Radio Bushwick last weekend, and will be on the road with Kishi Bashi for a string of dates this month. No NYC shows on the radar right now but stay tuned. All dates and the new song stream below...
Museum of Love
DFA Records threw one helluva party last year to celebrate their 12th Anniversary. This year they're throwing another party, a smaller scale summer soiree if you will (actually, that's what they're calling it), at The Wick on August 23. It will feature the NYC live debut of Pat Mahony's new band, The Museum of Love, plus DJ sets from Sinkane, Nancy Whang, Holy Ghost, plus a "special guest TBA." Tickets for the show go on sale Monday (8/4) at noon.
In related news, you can catch Sinkane performing live at The Lot LIC Music & Film Series kickoff show which happens Saturday (8/2) afternoon (3 - 9 PM) and is free.
The Juan Maclean, who have a new album out soon and seem suspiciously absent from the DFA party lineup (along with Shit Robot and you-know-who), will be DJing at Output on August 16 as part of the afternoon "Kaviar Disco Club" party (tickets).
Flyer for the DFA Summer Soiree and Sinkane's The Lot show, plus a couple Museum of Love tracks, below...
Future Islands in Austin (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Tonight (7/10) at House of Vans its Gorilla Biscuits, Bouncing Souls, and Turnstile. RSVP is closed and if you did RSVP, entry is first come, first served.
House of Vans during last week's Zumiez party (more by Ryan Muir)
The June lineups for the free Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) were already announced, and now the July and August ones were too.
July's shows include wild garage rockers Black Lips (who also play NYC on their tour with King Khan this fall) with local skate/surf punks Night Birds and a special guest on 7/3; and hardcore vets Gorilla Biscuits with NJ punk heroes Bouncing Souls (who also celebrate 25 years in NJ this summer) and a special guest on 7/10.
Then in August it's the dancin' Future Islands with Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman and Brooklyn indie pop musician Mas Ysa on 8/7; and DFA's Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Kim Ann Foxman and FIXED's Dave P on 8/14.
All shows are free (and all ages), but RSVP is required (though it doesn't guarantee entry). RSVP for the Black Lips/Night Birds and Gorilla Biscuits/Bouncing Souls shows open today (6/10) at noon. The series kicks off this Thursday (6/12) with Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco (who also plays 4Knots) and Benjamin Booker. RSVP for that one is closed.
As previously mentioned, Jay Z is throwing his Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly and LA this year, simultaneously on August 30-31. The lineup for Philly has just been announced and includes Kanye West and Kings of Leon as headliners, plus The National, Pharrell, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, Grimes, De La Soul, Baauer, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost and more. Full lineup below.
UPDATE: The LA lineup was also announced and it includes headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer plus Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Metric, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, YG, Dr. Dog, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA and more. Full lineup below.
2-day passes for both fests are on sale now.
Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...
Upstate, NY has a new music festival debuting this year, the inaugural Hudson Project which goes down from July 11-13 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY with four stages set against the Catskill Mountains. The initial lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Moby (DJ), Atmosphere, Flying Lotus, Bonobo (live), Holy Ghost, Twin Shadow, Cults, AraabMuzik, Gold Panda, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Isaiah Rashad, Yacht, Jon Hopkins, Kelela, Majical Cloudz, SZA, The Range and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/4) at 11 AM.
In addition to the music, there will be "an art village showcasing interactive art exhibitions, regional arts and crafts and a selection of Hudson Valley-area gourmet food, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail options will also offer local selections."
Full initial lineup below...
Holy Ghost @ Williamsburg Park, 2013 (more by P Squared)
Holy Ghost! are playing Coachella this year and as a warm-up they're playing two NYC shows -- one big, one small -- right before. They'll play Webster Hall on April 4 and then Baby's All Right on April 5. Tickets for Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today (2/12) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (2/14) at noon; tickets to Baby's All Right go on sale Friday at noon.
The band also have a new single, "Bridge & Tunnel," and you can stream the MIdnight Magic remix of that below. They've also got a couple DJ gigs this month. All dates are listed, along with a stream of last year's Dynamics, below...
Kendrick Lamar at Roseland Ballroom in February (more by Dylan Johnson)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar @ Madison Square Garden
Kanye's got two of the biggest, if not the biggest, rap albums of the current decade under his belt, and an elaborate stage show to deliver the material live. Plus he's got one of the best current younger rappers opening tonight's show. Night 3 of Ye's 4-night run.
Sleigh Bells, Danny Brown, Doldrums @ Terminal 5
This is the second of two nights that this multi-genre triple bill hits Terminal 5, including the rage pop of Sleigh Bells, style-hopping rapper Danny Brown, and indie pop band Doldrums.
Neil Gaiman, Amanada Palmer @ Town Hall
Amanda and sci-fi scribe/hubby Neil Gaiman have planned "an intimate night of spoken word, songs, stories, chats with the audience, and more than a few surprises."
Shannon and the Clams, Perfect Pussy, Habibi, A. Rex and J. Rex @ 285 Kent
A lover of vintage rock n' roll and R n' B, Shannon (who spent time in Hunx & His Punx and sang on the last Intelligence LP) brings that fun spirit to her own to this year's Dreams in the Rat House. This is Shannon's second NYC show this week and is a pretty killer bill all-around with the shouty shoegaze punk of Perfect Pussy, the girl group sounds of Habibi and garage poppers A. Rex and J. Rex.
Basia Bulat, Wilsen Luluc @ Bowery Ballroom
Basia Bulat will fill Bowery Ballroom with a night of enjoyable pop folk and her powerhouse pipes. If you like Basia, opener Wilsen should be up your alley too.
Holy Ghost (DJ Set), Alex Pasternak of Lemonade (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Holy Ghost!'s new album Dynamics furthers their love affair with '80s synth and Arthur Baker dance-pop. Expect some vintage '80s tracks in their DJ set tonight.
Kitty Pryde, Party Supplies, Dillon Cooper, Rugz D. Bueller @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The shopping, food, and free music of Brooklyn Night Bazaar continues today with sets from the always-entertaining Kitty Pryde, Action Bronson collaborator Party Supplies, and more.
Work Drugs, Field Mouse, Teen Men @ Cameo Gallery
Makers of hazy guitar pop, Field Mouse play tonight while we wait for their full-length album. If you go, maybe ask them how that's coming along?
Ejecta, Vulgar Fashion, Future Punx, Caroline Polachek (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
The new project from Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber, Ejecta play a release party tonight for their debut album which is loaded with catchy electro. The whole synth-heavy night is good: Denton TX's Vulgar Fashion ooze icy cool, and Brooklyn's Future Punx rocket back to the new wave days of Oingo Boingo and Wall of Voodoo.
Cymbals Eat Guitars, Grooms, Daniel James @ Knitting Factory
It's a night of indie rock guitar heroics with two of Brooklyn's finest practitioners of said sound. Cymbals Eat Guitars lean more towards '90s-style anthems, and Grooms tilt in Sonic Youth's direction.
Crocodiles, Wymond Miles @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Crocodiles' underrated new album, Crimes of Passion, finds the band straying further away from JAMC sonics and into more pop territory (not a bad thing); don't miss opener Wymond Miles who when not playing guitar with Fresh & Onlys makes excellent dark-tinged postpunk ala early Echo & the Bunnymen.
Porches, Sirs, Shark?, Radical Dads @ Shea Stadium
There isn't a band to miss on this stacked quadruple bill of the local indie/punk/DIY/whatever scene. Porches make what they call "bummer pop" and that's actually a pretty apt description, Sirs make punky post-hardcore that feels equally indebted to Bear vs Shark and The Marked Men, Shark? make anthemic garage rock (it makes sense that Wavves included them on their GTAV station), and Radical Dads do indie rock like they did it in the '90s, but not in a totally retro way. It's also Sirs last-ever NYC show, so catch them while you still can.
GOASTT (Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger), Tall Tall Trees @ Union Pool
If anyone has a right to ape the psych-pop sounds of The Beatles it's Sean Lennon who does just that with his band Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger who are now just going by the acronym GOASTT.
Mike Doughty, Moon Hooch @ Webster Hall
If you miss Mike Doughty's old band Soul Coughing, you're in luck tonight as this show he'll be doing all Soul Coughing songs, though in slightly different arrangements -- as heard on his new album Circles.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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NYC/Paris electronic musician Joakim has been doing gigs in the NYC-area for a few years now, but he'd never done a "live" show with his band anywhere in the US until he opened for Holy Ghost! at Terminal 5 on Halloween. If you're wondering what a "live" Joakim show entails, he gets into that in this interview with Big Shot...
You're playing your first-ever live U.S. show in New York on Halloween. What should those who haven't seen you live yet expect?UPDATE: Though they say this is his first "live" show in the US, it may just be his latest go at doing it "live" with a new band, as there was the "Joakim and His Ectoplasmic Band" which hit Studio B in Brooklyn among other places about 6 years ago.
Three people on stage: drums, bass, synths, pedals/FXs and vocals. We'll play some tracks from the previous albums and a new one. It's always a bit different from the records, because I like when a live show doesn't sound exactly like the record [and has] surprises. Don't expect a "I press play, I'm pretending I'm turning knobs but I'm actually reading my e-mails" type of live show [laughs]. It's actual live playing and there's always room for improvization in the live tracks because otherwise I would get bored on stage and I know one thing: I hate doing boring things. Males and females are welcome to dance to it.
You can check out some videos of the live set at Terminal 5, below.
Joakim has since announced another live show for NYC, this time a headlining set that he'll do on January 18 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Joakim also launched a vinyl-only label earlier this year called Crowdspacer. The label's most recent release is the debut single from POV (aka Joakim and Crackboy) which came out earlier today (11/4). The song's called "Adat," and you can watch a visual clip for it below. The label's first release was the debut single from Everyone (aka Joakim, Kindness, and Jam City). You can also stream that single, "No Time To Waste," below.
All Joakim dates are listed, along with all videos and streams, below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
still from Mazzy Star's "California" video
We already posted a bunch of videos this week like MGMT, Schoolboy Q & Kendrick Lamar, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Pixies, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Dream Boys, Les Savy Fav, Yuck, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FKA twigs, Holy Ghost!, Mazzy Star, Superchunk, Har Mar Superstar, La Femme, and Shine 2009, below.
John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.
In addition to making music as one-half of Sally Shapiro, Johan Agebjörn is an in-demand remixer. Toronto label Paper Bag just released an album's worth of his and Sally Shapiro's remixes from the last six years that give their Italodisco touch to such artists as Glass Candy, CFCF, Young Galaxy, Lindstrøm, Little Boots and more. The compilation is titled Sweetened and can be streamed in this post or downloaded for free via Paper Bag's website.
Sally Shapiro released their latest album, Somewhere Else, early this year. Stream Sweetened below...
by Bill Pearis
Holy Ghost! @ Williamsburg Park in July (more by PSquared Photography)
Holy Ghost! are just a couple weeks from the release of their new album, Dynamics, which is out September 10 on DFA. The band have just released the album's catchy lead track, which is called "Okay" and one of the new songs I distinctly remember them playing when they opened for New Order at Williamsburg Park last month. While its midtempo pace might not make it a dancefloor burner, it may have you grooving in your cubicle (or wherever you may currently be). You can stream it in this post.
Track stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Holy Ghost! at Williamsburg Park, 7/24/2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
Holy Ghost! opened for New Order last week at Williamsburg, and did pretty well with a big crowd I thought. Now that that show is over, Holy Ghost! will play to a somewhat smaller (but still big for them) audience when they headline Terminal 5 on October 31 as part of their fall tour. (Will they dress as ghosts for Halloween?) By that time, the band's new album, Dynamics, will be out on DFA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/2) with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/31) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.
"Juan vs. Juan"
In related news, HG's DFA labelmate The Juan Maclean, will be DJing this Thursday (8/1) at Manhattan club, Cielo. The night, a Nurvous + Rinsed event, is a bit high concept, as he'll be sharing the decks with Detroit techno legend Juan Atkins. That's two for the price of Juan! (And that's the only pun I will make in this post. Restraint!) The party also features opening sets from Dan Wender and Blacky II. Tickets are on sale now.
Flyer for the party and all Holy Ghost! dates below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
New Order @ Williamsburg Park, 7/24/2013
I already reviewed Wednesday's super-fun, hit-filled, crowd-pleasing New Order show at Williamsburg Park, and now here's a set of pictures from the show, including openers Holy Ghost! I thought the show seemed especially packed, and turns out it was the biggest-selling show at Williamsburg Park to date. The next day (7/25), New Order stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they played classic Low-Life opener "Love Vigilantes," and stuck around for a web-exclusive performance of 1993 single "Regret." Watch both below.
If you need more New Order songs played live in NYC, estranged bassist Peter Hook will be here with his band The Light, playing his old band's first two albums in full in September. Meanwhile, check out more pictures from NO's Williamsburg Park show below.
by Bill Pearis
New Order @ Williamsburg Park, 7/24/2013 (via @panenka4x)
Sometimes even the most familiar songs have the ability to transfix. New Order's "Blue Monday" is their most famous song, which remains the biggest-selling 12" single of all time, and has been released in various forms a handfull of times. It is a song I don't think I need to ever hear again and, yet, last night (7/24) at Williamsburg Park, near the end of the song when the arpeggiated guitar lines begin weaving their way in, I heard something new. The perfect weather and good vibes crowd may have had something to do with it, too.
I've seen New Order a few times over the years, including a couple times with the original line-up. While bassist Peter Hook's presence is missed -- his playing style can be emulated, but his rocker look and low-slung bass are nearly as iconic -- it kinda seemed clear that the other members of the band don't feel that way. Despite Bernard Summer playing on a broken leg (no crutches though), they definitely seemed to be having more fun than the couple times I've seen them since they reactivated in 2000 and this was easily the most hit-filled set I've ever seen them do.
Hook's acrimonious departure and Gillian Gilbert's return to the live band (mostly keyboards) also has brought back a little more of the dancier numbers to the setlist. Last night we got "World" from Republic (which doesn't really feature much Hook-style bass, a point of contention at the time), and revamped versions of Power, Corruption & Lies' "5 8 6" and Joy Division's "Isolation," the latter of which was made into a housey dance anthem (which I thought worked pretty well).
There were also classics like "Ceremony," "Age of Consent," "Your Silent Face," "Love Vigilantes," "Bizzare Love Triangle" and more. The three-song encore was all Joy Division, ending with "Love Will Tear Us Apart" that also got a bit of a rework, with the keyboard line downplayed in favor of a more guitar pop arrangement. Personally, I could've done without any Joy Division songs and had more New Order, if it had meant getting maybe "Thieves Like Us," and a couple from Technique which they skipped entirely.
On the downside, for a band that is known for having some of the most amazing sleeve designs of the last 30 years, last night's show featured maybe the worst projections I've ever seen at a concert, some of which looked like '90s-era screensavers. During "Here to Stay" there was a vector graphics image of a keyboard's "CTRL" key floating around and 3-D imaged lyrics on screen. If there's one thing New Order don't need, it's attention called to their lyrics. While the images may have originated from designer Peter Saville (and some of their videos), the execution was a little distracting at times. Of course this is also a band whose singer played in a silver metallic Joy Division shirt. You could always just dance with your eyes closed.
Apart from that, I had a blast and so did the crowd at Williamsburg Park who were singing along through most of it. Which was good, as Sumner forgot the lyrics and came in at the wrong time more than once. Drummer Stephen Morris, however, remains an insanely accurate human drum machine, hammering away 16th notes for most of the show's 100-minute length.
Opening the show, the most packed Williamsburg Park show since the venue opened, were Holy Ghost! who are pretty openly New Order devotees (their video for "I Will Come Back" is basically a shot-for-shot remake of New Order's "Confusion"), especially that '83-'84 period when they were working with Arthur Baker. The band were six strong last night, including one guy whose job seemed to be controlling the massive racks of modular synths they brought with them. A nice lead-in to the evening.
Pictures from the show are coming later. Meanwhile, you can check out New Order's setlist, below.
DOWNLOAD: Holy Ghost! - "Teenagers In Heat" (MP3)
Synth pop duo Holy Ghost! will return with their sophomore album, Dynamics, on September 10 via DFA, and they've just released an outtake from the album sessions, "Teenagers in Heat," which was co-produced by DFA co-founder/LCD Soundsystem main man James Murphy. The song won't appear on the new album but it will be released as a 7" single and digitally. Download it above or stream it, along with the video for a track that will appear on the album, "Dumb Disco Ideas," below. Also below is the tracklist, and that's the album art above.
Meanwhile, James Murphy will be DJing in Brooklyn the night after at Williamsburg dance club Output (7/25) for their weekly INPUT party. The show is billed as "James 'DFA' Murphy vs. Eric 'Dunks' Duncan" (Eric is a member of DFA's Still Going). Tickets for that show, which runs from 10 PM to 4 AM, are on sale now, and also available at Resident Advisor.
Song streams and Dynamics Tracklist below...
Williamsburg Park earlier this year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As you may know, outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park (at Kent Ave and N 12 St) is hosting shows again this summer. This year's series kicked off during Memorial Day Weekend with a show from The Shins and Man Man, and continues this Saturday (6/29) with a free show from the Julliard Jazz Ensemble. It's an afternoon show (4 PM) and open to the public.
On the down side, the Kendrick Lamar show at Williamsburg Park that was supposed to happen in September was just cancelled. But on the plus side, Charles Bradley will be playing there for free that month.
Other Williamsburg Park shows happening this summer: the Odd Future and Meek Mill show on July 20 which Schoolboy Q was just added to; New Order and Holy Ghost! on July 24; D'Angelo on August 1; and the Mad Decent Block Party (Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Rockie Fresh & more) on August 10.
The Mad Decent Block party is sold out, but tickets are still available to all the other shows.
Full Williamsburg Park schedule (as it stands) below...
note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Polica / Beach House / more muddy people
Holy Ghost!, who are playing the Governors Ball next month and touring with New Order this summer, are working on their new album, Dynamics. The record doesn't have a release date yet, but the first single just dropped. The 10-minute whopper is called "Dumb Disco Ideas" and is fueled by a very DFA rhythm section and funky clavinet. You can stream it below via its video that uses time-lapse photography to good effect. You can buy it digitally now and a 200-run vinyl pressing is due out soon.
The band are about to start a West Coast tour, which will make them one of the few active artists on DFA's roster to not play the label's big, sold-out 12th anniversary party at Grand Prospect Hall on 5/25 which is part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC takeover. They play Governors Ball on June 7 (only VIP tickets left) but tickets are still available for their July 24 show at Williamsburg Park opening for New Order.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new video, below.
New Order @ Roseland, Oct. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Peter Hook-less New Order just played the first of two Coachella weekends and will be playing other festivals too, like Lollapalooza and Osheaga in August. Before that, they'll play Williamsburg Park on July 24 with openers Holy Ghost!. Tickets go on AEG presale on Thursday (4/18) at 10 AM with the general on-sale happening Friday (4/19) at noon.
New Order were last in NYC in October playing Roseland. This is part of a string of dates for the Manchester synthpop legends and all tour dates are listed below.
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.
One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.
Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.
Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.
Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.
Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.
Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.
Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.
If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.
For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.
Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit, plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.
Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).
Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).
The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.
My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.
To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.
Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.
What did we miss?
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Lucero plays two nights at Brooklyn Bowl (one with Nude Beach) before playing New Year's Eve at Wellmont Theatre with The Hold Steady. But Brooklyn Bowl will host a very different type of show on New Year's Eve, when DFA duo-turned-live-band Holy Ghost! plays a set with special guests. $45 tickets for the Holy Ghost! show are on sale now.
Like Kanye West, who also celebrates New Year's Eve in the NYC area, Holy Ghost! were scheduled to play UR1 Festival in Miami (12/8-9). However, Miami New Times is reporting that the festival will be postponed due to predictions of heavy winds that weekend (via Pitchfork).
Holy Ghost! released a new single, "It Gets Dark," at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair last month, and have since put the track out digitally. The track is pretty great and you can stream it below.