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Paris Is Burning

One of the events in this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park series is a free screening of Paris Is Burning on June 26, which initially also included a live set from Le Tigre's JD Samson. JD already dropped off the show after comments on the Facebook event page criticized the promoters for not including any queer trans people of color (QTPOC) on the lineup. (If you aren't familiar with Paris Is Burning, to quote Wikipedia, "it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it.")

A Change.org petition was also launched around that time to get the event cancelled. A few of their concerns included:

- Although NYC's LGBTQ communities are majority TQPOC and NYC's Ballroom community mostly black and latinix gay men, transsexual women, trans-feminine folks, trans men, trans-masculine folks, and queer women, the event was initially slated to feature a line-up that included NOT ONE PERSON from the documentary or the present THRIVING ballroom community and NO PERFORMERS OF COLOR. This is an erasure of our communities which this documentary purports to be representing.

- We are also concerned that this is a pro-gentrification event since the music/acts chosen to accompany the screening were geared towards the tastes of new white middle-class residents of Brooklyn and did not culturally reflect the indigenous existing TQPOC communities of Brooklyn or within the film.

- While Jennie Livingston and Mirimax profited immensely off of this anthropological foray into the lives of low-income TQPOC ballroom members, through years of lies and dishonesty, Livingston was able to use people for the sake of her own fame and has been living off of their stories ever since. In the meantime, most of the original cast has been murdered or has died in poverty. This is exploitation of a vulnerable population who trusted Jennie to do right by them.

You can read more here. The petition also asks Celebrate Brooklyn/BRIC to apologize to the affected parties, cancel the event, and "fund an event that is curated and staffed by the communities harmed by this event." It also asks Paris Is Burning director Jennie Livingston to apologize, "use the platform that you've gained through our stories to speak out against the atrocities that are killing us daily," and "pay retribution to the survivors and communities of the people you exploited in Paris is Burning with all future proceeds."

The petition notes JD's decision to remove herself from the event, but asks her to "remember that accountability is a gift and that you should continue to seek ways to be accountable to the trans-feminine communities you've hurt historically if you seek to call yourself an 'activist' and 'ally'."

Celebrate Brooklyn responded on Facebook, writing:

BRIC has been listening to and learning from the online discussion about our planned June 26 screening of Paris is Burning and the surrounding line-up. We understand now that the original line-up should have included members of the ballroom and QTPOC communities, who are the subject of Jennie Livingston's path-breaking documentary.

Having recognized that we made a mistake in the planning of this program, we have been working to figure out how best to right our course. We have now done what we should have done when we initially planned the event: reached out to QTPOC organizations and individuals, and members of the ballroom community, to gain their insights and hear their ideas for the program. We apologize for not having done so earlier.

After this consultation, the revised line-up, which we hope to finalize in the next few days, will include artists and programming from the QTPOC and ballroom communities.

You can read the rest of their statement here, but meanwhile that revised lineup was just announced and looks like this:
BRIC's screening of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary Paris Is Burning will feature an introduction by director Jennie Livingston and by Junior LaBeija and Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis, both of whom are featured in the film. Before the screening, fellow Paris Is Burning cast members Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza and Jose Disla Xtravaganza present The Houses United Ball: Celebrating Brooklyn, which will feature members of the Houses of LaBeija, Ninja, Mizrahi, Khan, Infinity, Milan, Princess and Xtravaganza. Vjuan Allure will DJ before and during the ball.
It's unclear at the moment if the petition will be taken down now that the lineup has changed.

photos: Celebrate Brooklyn last year (more by David Andrako)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about Celebrate Brooklyn!'s summer slate of 2015 ticketed benefit shows at Prospect Park -- including Modest Mouse, Interpol and Willie Nelson -- for a while and now they've announced their free show schedule. In addition to the already-announced New Pornographers show on 7/11 (which now also includes Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) and the Chaka Khan season kickoff show on 6/3, this summer's free highlights include:

Lucius | Luke Temple | Pavo Pavo on Saturday, June 13

Eighth Blackbird With Special Guest Will Oldham | Bill Frisell & Sam Amidon on Thursday, June 18

Lucinda Williams | Jason Walker on Thursday, June 25

Punch Brothers | Sarah Jarosz on Thursday, July 9

Vieux Farka Touré | Tamikrest | Dj Dakar on Thursday, July 16

Jason Isbell | Dawn Landes on Friday, July 24.

Sylvan Esso | Porches on Saturday, July 25

Big K.R.I.T. | Angel Haze | The D.R.E.A.M. Ring: Flexn on Friday, July 31

Tune-Yards | Shabazz Palaces on Saturday, August 8

Full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...

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Member of Le Tigre and MEN, activist and DJ, JD Samson usually has a couple irons in the fire, February being no different. This Friday (2/13) at Cameo, Samson will be DJing with Nomi Ruiz (Hercules and Love Affair). This late night party (doors at midnight) also features the live debut of Romance (aka producer Yung Diamond and Avan Lava vocalist TC Milan). Tickets are on sale now.

Then on February 19 at Union Pool, it's another edition of Samson's party, Pat, that focuses on "good vibes, good sound, video projection by local video artists and DJ's that aren't afraid to go deep." Taking over the whole place, they've got Alexis Blair-Penny and Angel-Favorite in the front, and Eli Escobar, Nancy Whang, Amber Valentine, and Samson in the back. It's free, 10 pm - 3 AM. Flyers below.

The next night (2/20) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Samson will be performing live together with Tami Hart (MEN), Lorna Dune and Aaron Harris. Dancepop act Royal Tounges are also on the bill and that show is free -- you can RSVP to skip the line.

Speaking of Tami Hart, she and Samson have a new band, The Soft Batch, who will be performing at Bushwick's The Cobra Club on February 25 with The Dead Betties. $5 at the door and the flyer's below.

Additionally, Samson has her weekly Scissor Sunday parties at West Village bar The Rusty Knot which happen Sundays from 4 PM - 10 PM.

Finally, along with Murray Hill, Eliza Byard and dapper Q, Samson will be judging a Fashion Week contest where they are giving away Bindle & Keep suits to worthy individuals:

A bespoke suit is not just an article of clothing. It is a tool, a feeling, a hand-crafted self-portrait with leaf-turned edges. We want people to look the way they feel -- confident, classic and teeming with self-love. This is your chance to nominate a special someone from the community that you think deserves a new suit -- high-minded activists, social workers, honorable rebels, people in the civil rights sector and those fighting the good fight for positive social change.
If you know someone deserving of a suit, you can nominate them via an online form. Submissions are being accepted through February 15. JD Samson talks a little more about the Ace Hotel sponsored contest in a video below.

Continue reading "JD Samson hosts 'Pat' @ Union Pool, judging 'free suit' contest, playing Cameo, Brooklyn Bazaar & other shows"

by Bill Pearis

Bottoms

NYC trio Bottoms describe themselves as "two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer" and a "gender-problematizing goth dance band." Simon Leahy and Michael Prommasi were both in Teeth, and they're rounded out by "lead screamer" Jake Dibeler. Musically, Bottoms draw inspiration from acid house, electroclash/dancepunk and other underground dance scenes; lyrically they mix camp with some serious themes. They released "hiv" for World AIDS Day and they talked to FADER about their song "My Body":

Musically, it's was inspired by Terry Riley and the Paradise Garage sound. We're really interested in the dichotomy of upbeat music with a more depressing lyrical theme. It's like sad music for the club -- people dancing to a suicide note. Of course with most of bottoms music, there is always a sense of humor. In this way, the music becomes a fair representation of the three of us as people: simultaneously sad and funny, and complex.
Bottoms' debut EP, Goodbye, was released this week via JD Samson's Atlas Chair label. You can stream a few tracks from it below.

Tonight (1/23) at Secret Project Robot, Bottoms play a record release show with JD Samson and Ryan Smith as your DJs. You can buy advance tickets that also gets you a copy of the vinyl at the show. They've got a few European shows coming up, in April. All dates are listed below.

Leahy is also the founder of NYC Porn Film Festival, which will happen February 27 - March 1 at Secret Project Robot, details still TBA.

Continue reading "Bottoms released EP (listen), celebrating tonight at Secret Project Robot (which hosts NYC Porn Film Fest next month)"

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Brooklyn trio bottoms, who are self-described as "two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer," count Simon and Michael of TEETH as their rhythm section, and they're fronted by performance artist Jake Dibeler "whose work touches on historical anxieties surrounding HIV and gay suicide, which he uses as the basis of his lyrics." Their new EP comes out in January via Atlas Chair, the label co-run by JD Samson of Le Tigre and MEN, and fans of JD's electroclash will likely dig the new single "Boring" which premieres in this post.

Bottoms, who maybe you caught at Palisades last month with Dope Body and Rat Fist, have two more hometown shows this week. First they play a last-minute "mini show" tonight (11/3) at Macy Rodman's Bathsalts @ Don Pedro's and then they play Wednesday (11/5) at Union Pool with Kitten Forever, Haribo (Raul de Nieves) and The Soft Batch. The Union Pool show is $8 at the door.

New song stream below...

Continue reading "bottoms (mems TEETH) releasing an EP on JD Samson's label (stream a track), playing shows"

JEFF the Brotherhood in Chicago in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

American Football, Matt Pond @ Webster Hall
Emo legends American Football had a very brief career in the late '90s that only resulted in one album, one EP and a few shows, but in the time since then those few recordings have gone on to become very loved and highly influential on the current emo scene. Now they're finally back and tonight concludes their three-night run at Webster Hall, all of which are sold out.

JEFF The Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Scully, Punani Huntah @ Death by Audio
Few out-of-town bands are as synonymous with Death by Audio as Nashville's JEFF the Brotherhood and few band's shows are as crazy as their's are there. It's been JEFF's home away from home. Jake and Jamin never fail to bring it, four-on-the-floor, face-melting power jams that drive like a brakeless trucker on steep incline, and with the venue closing next month, this show is even more unmissable. If you got tickets, that is -- this one's sold out. JEFF and equally exciting tourmates Diarrhea Planet will be at Santos on Monday.

Iceage, Helm, Blues Control, Shells @ Bowery Ballroom
Iceage's third album has them moving more into punk blues territories that sounds inspired by The Bad Seeds and The Gun Club. Tomorrow's smaller Acheron show may be a better fit for their sound, but they've also got good support tonight from London experimentalist Helm, local psych band Blues Control and guitar experimenter Shells.

Jane's Addiction, Robert DeLong, Devo, Surfer Blood, We Are Scientists, Cheeky Parade @ Times Square (CBGB Fest)
CBGB Fest is mostly smaller shows, but they've got this big one which also happens to be free. It starts at noon with Devo going on at 4 PM and Jane's at 6:15, so you can see two great veteran bands before heading somewhere else for the night.

Today is the Day, Lord Mantis, Cleanteeth, Swollen Organs @ Acheron
Longrunning noisecore rippers Today Is The Day will release their tenth album this week, and we'll likely hear a good chunk of that at tonight's show. Support comes from their tourmates, Chicago's blackened sludgers Lord Mantis (who also have a new album out this year), as well as Goes Cube/Hull-related sludge band Cleanteeth and harsh noise/PE project Swollen Organs.

Kamp!, House of Blondes, Cookies @ Glasslands
Hailing from Wroclaw, Poland, electronic trio Kamp! make dance music steeped in '80s synthpop and '90s balearic. Their new EP, Baltimore, came out via Cascine over the sumner.

Escape Music Festival
It's the second and final day of NYC's inaugural Escape Music Festival on Govenors Island featuring a mostly electronic and indie pop lineup with Girl Talk, Mayer Hawthorne, The Joy Formidable, ASTR, Anoraak and more.

Generationals, Arum Rae @ Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
Generationals have a new LP out on Polyvinyl which is more of their upbeat indie pop. Tonight their tour in support of it hits NYC.

Steve Gunn, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, August Wells @ Rough Trade
Steve Gunn makes more quality psychedelic-ish folk on this year's Way Out Weather. This is the release party which also features a duo set from harpist Mary Lattimore and Kurt Vile/War On Drugs producer Jeff Zeigler, plus August Wells.

The Soft Batch, Coup Sauvage and the Snips, Gauzy (ex-Tayisha Busay), Max Steele @ Cake Shop
The Soft Batch is a collaborative project from JD Samson of MEN and Le Tigre and Tami Hart of MEN's past billmates and Kathleen Hanna tributers Making Friendz. See what they have in store at Cake Shop tonight.

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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Thurston Moore at Prospect Park in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
Thurston Moore

The ninth annual NY Art Book Fair is happening from September 26-28 at MoMA PS1 with a preview being held the evening of September 25. The preview features a live set from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and his collaborator James Nares, as well as a DJ set from MEN/Le Tigre's JD Samson. That goes from 6-9 PM, and at 7 PM Thurston will be in PS1's lobby signing copies of his new chapbook of lyrics from his new album The Best Day. Skater/poet Mark Gonzalez will also be there for the launch and signing of Non Stop Poetry, his collection of over 145 of his zines. That's about a month before Thurston's tour with PCPC.

The fair will feature over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from 28 countries. Here's more details:

This year's NY Art Book Fair includes an ever-growing variety of exhibitors - from the zinesters in (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS and the Small Press Dome representing publishing at its most innovative and affordable, to rare and antiquarian dealers offering out-of-print books and ephemera from art and artist book history. NYABF-classic Friendly Fire focuses on the intersections of art and activism, and with the support of the Norwegian Consulate General in New York, the NYABF and Printed Matter presents NORWAY FOCUS: KUNSTNERBØKER, a curated selection of 23 Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers.

NYABF14 is also host to an array of programming and special events: now in its sixth year, The Classroom is a curated engagement of informal conversations, workshops, readings, and other artist-led interventions. The Contemporary Artists' Book Conference (CABC), now in its seventh year, features two full days on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture. The stage at the top of the stairs will have continuous musical performances programmed by Printed Matter, Showpaper, and Know-Wave Radio.
The fair is FREE and open to the public.

On the Saturday (9/27), there will also be more live music at PS1 during the fair, this time from I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing), Prince Rama, Psalm Zero, Ratking, Junglepussy, Juiceboxxx, King Concubine, Dark Sister, Trollkrem, Fortunate Dad and onre more TBA.

More details on the art fair below...

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Obits @ Union Pool yesterday (photo via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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Saturday's edition of Union Pool's free and outdoors Summer Thunder series (7/20) was a particularly good one with a headlining set from Brooklyn indie rock supergroup Obits and the heavy prog/psych awesomeness that was Toronto's Biblical. Union Pool have announced their August schedule for Summer Thunder schedule, which looks like this:

August 2nd: Jessica Pratt
August 9th: Har Mar Superstar + Cheap Shots DJs
August 16th: Super Secret Special Guest
August 23rd: PAT
August 30: Heavy Blanket
Openers for those shows are mostly still TBA. If you don't know, PAT is JD Samson's dance party "for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving whoever they want" with W. Jeremy, Amber Valentine, Honey Dijon, and Murray Hill. There will be video projections in the inside performance venue as well. PAT also happens at Union Pool this Thursday (7/24) with Justin Strauss, The Cary Nation, Amber Valentine and Tyler Jensen. That is also free.

Heavy Blanket, meanwhile, is J Mascis' voluminous psychedelic blues jam group who played Summer Thunder last year...for about 15 minutes (one song) before getting shut down for being too damn loud. How long will it last this year?

Again, Summer Thunder shows are free, 21+ and the live music usually starts around 3 PM depending on how many groups are on the bill. This coming Saturday's Summer Thunder (7/26) features DJ Jonathan Toubin, plus Baxx Sisi's, The Mystery Lights and a "secret set by a supreme international live act." Any guesses on who that might be?

photos by David Andrako

Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto

The free Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties on Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 continued last night (5/15) with NYC vets Cibo Matto, Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Cibo Matto, who are back with a new album and very active again, were joined by guitar great Nels Cline (who is married to Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto). Pictures of the slightly soggy, kinda foggy evening are in this post.

The Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties wrap up next Thursday (5/22) with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and others. Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park kicks off on June 4 with Janelle Monae and continues with many free (and a few not-free) shows through August.

Cibo Matto also play another free NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on July 13 with Bonobo.

More pictures from last night below...

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Against Me! in Chicago in April (more by Jeff Ryan)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Against Me!, Tony Molina, Big Eyes @ Webster Hall
Against Me! are back this year with a new album, a new lineup, and a reinvigorated sound that's only better live than it is on the solid Transgender Dysphoria Blues. They played MHOW earlier this year and tonight they return to NYC for a show at the larger Webster Hall. Support is great too, coming from the indie pop punks Big Eyes and Weezer/Teenage Fanclub/Thin Lizzy worshipper Tony Molina.

Pictureplane, LODRO, Ought, Truthers, Bodyparts @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
rooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. This is a super-solid bill, with the big curiosity draw being Ought, who just got "Best New Music" in Pitchfork.

Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor @ BAM
David Byrne, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Dev of Blood Orange, Money Mark, Sinkane, Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem) and more pay tribute to Nigerian synth-funk great William Onyeabor over two nights, this being the second. Part of the Red Bull Music Academy, this has potential to be very, very cool.

MONDO! @ Cameo Gallery
New York City's longest-running indie pop party, MONDO turns 10 years old tonight. It remains your best place to dance to twee, '80s classics, Northern Soul, post-punk, cardigan pop, etc. Things are likely to be especially festive tonight. Fun starts at midnight.

Herzog, Shale Satan @ Cobra Club
Cleveland indie rockers Herzog are back with a genuinely terrific new album, Boys, that recalls the heyday of '90s college radio. This is good stuff.

Greg Proops @ The Bell House
This is a live taping of the comedian's Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World podcast. Expect arched eyebrows and much laughter.

The Juan Maclean (DJ), Nancy Whang @ Brooklyn Bowl
Juan and frequent collaborator Nancy Whang will spin house, disco and whatever else suits there fancy. They've got pretty good taste.

Sonic Avenues, Steve Adamyk Band, Something Fierce, Legendary Wings @ Cake Shop
Indie label Dirtnap Records is a general trademark of quality when it comes to things garage/punk/powerpop and tonight they're showcasing a bunch of their bands, including Canadians Sonic Avenues, and the Steve Adamyk Band.

LiveFastDie, Pampers, Foster Care, Citizen Blast Kane @ Union Pool
New Hampshire's LiveFastDie are named after a GG Allin tattoo and play a similar style of punk -- albeit tighter and with less feces. They headline what is a great night, with excellent locals Foster Care and Pampers on the bill as well.

Deerhoof, Tomaga, Awkwafina @ Le Poisson Rouge
Deerhoof's experimental noise pop always makes for a good show, and tonight they'll grace us with another one at Le Poisson Rouge.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Zach Heckendorf @ Beacon Theatre
Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have a new album, 9 Dead Alive, and are currently on tour in support of it. Tonight's the last of three nights at Beacon Theatre.

Margot & The Nuclear So & So's, Empires, Kate Myers @ Bowery Ballroom
Margot & The Nuclear So & So's are back with a new album, Sling Shot to Heaven, this year which has their folky indie pop intact as ever.

CHVRCHES, The Range @ Terminal 5
Who'd have thought a year ago that Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES would get so big? Tonight's their second of three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.

Mighty Mouse, Lane 8, Alex English DJ set @ Slake
London's Mighty Mouse recently made his debut as 1/2 of Du Tonc with Van She's Matt Van Schie, but he's also a solo artist and plays on his own in NYC tonight.

Luke Temple, She Keeps Bees, Friend Roulette, Stranger Cat, DM Stith, Teletextile, Edan @ Baby's All Right
It's a very varied and interesting bill at Baby's tonight with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple, some Sharon Van Etten pals like She Keeps Bees and Cat Martino's electronic-tinged Stranger Cat project, DM Stith who (like Cat Martino) has played in Sufjan's band, Friend Roulette who have probably listened to a lot of Sufjan Stevens, psychedelic rapper Edan, and the avant-pop of Teletextile.

Jean Grae, JD Samson, Magnetic North & Taiyo Na @ Brooklyn Museum
It's another installment of Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays which provide "engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment programs every month, from 5 to 11 p.m." Today's includes Le Tigre/MEN member JD Samson at 7 PM and Talib Kweli collaborator Jean Grae at 8:45.

Hysterics, Ajax, God Mode, Pagan Piss, Sorrows @ Death by Audio
Olympia punks Hysterics are in town for their second of two NYC shows this weekend at DbA tonight. Their sound recalls classic hardcore (think early Black Flag) but sounds totally in the now.

Skull Defekts, PC Worship, Ornament, Zomes (DJs) @ Trans-Pecos
Though Swedish experimental rockers The Skull Defekts often count Lungish's Dnaiel Higgs as a member, they had been touring without him this time. However, for their NYC shows today and tomorrow, Daniel will be on board, making these extra special. Today's show is outside of Trans Pecos and is also a BBQ.

Giraffage, Branchez, Tanner Caldwell @ Tribeca Grand Studios
Come dance to the R&B-indebted electronic sounds of Giraffage at Tribeca Grand Studios tonight.

The Communion, Lament, Starkweather, Pyrrhon @ The Grand Victory
Get your fix of local-ish metal from Long Island's The Communion, Philly metalcore troupe Starweather, and Brooklyn tech-death weirdos Pyrrhon.

Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger @ Rough Trade NYC
Sean Lennon has made experimental, forward-thinking music in his career, but with GOASTT, he fully indulges in the family business of pop that is, for lack of a better word, Beatlesque. This show is free with purchase of their new album.

Berlin, The Cringe @ The Cutting Room
Beginning their career as kinky synthpop, Berlin morphed into superstars by the time of their megahit "Take My Breath Away." Only singer Teri Nunn remains of the original '80s lineup. Opening are The Cringe, aka "that band Rachel Ray's husband is in."

The Jesse Boykins III show at Irving Plaza tonight has been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

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

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Cibo Matto at Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Adela Loconte)
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Celebrate Brooklyn, the people behind the ongoing BRIC House shows and the upcoming Prospect Park shows, will be throwing more shows in between, the Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1. There's three shows, all FREE, happening for three consecutive Thursdays in May. Each show features "a varied lineup of bands paired with DJs, on a great lawn with spectacular views of the city, plus dance lessons, free valet bike parking, food trucks" (many with specials based on the show's music genre) and more, and runs from 7 to 10 PM. Entry to the pier is at Old Fulton Street at the Brooklyn waterfront or from the new Squibb Park Bridge.

The first show will be headlined by the Gogol Bordello-related Balkan Beat Box on May 8, and also features DJ Joro Boro. On May 15, it's veteran NYC band Cibo Matto who are fully back in action with Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Then, finally on May 22 it's Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (who played The Apollo earlier this month) with Okayafrica's Electrafrique w/ Chief Boima & DJ Underdog.

Meanwhile, BRIC is throwing a 'dance party' this Saturday (4/12) at the BRIC House with AndrewAndrew and a DJ set from Neon Indian, whose collaborator Leanne Macomber has a new NSFW video for her Ejecta project. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Full upcoming BRIC House schedule here.

MEN at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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"Australian literary salon" Women of Letters returns to the US for a show in NYC on Tuesday (3/25) at The Bell House with singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright, The Sopranos' Edie Falco, MEN/Le Tigre's JD Samson, British television presenter Dawn O'Porter, Orange is the New Black's Yael Stone, The New Yorker senior editor Amelia Lester and Ask Me Another's Ophira Eisenberg. "The basic premise involves five or six female writers, performers, actors, politicians, and artists joining together to revive the lost art of letter writing. Each guest is given a topic in advance ('A letter to the night I'd rather forget' 'A letter to my unfinished business'), they write a letter and read it aloud on the night." Tickets for that show are on sale now.

That's one of two events in NYC that JD Samson is doing this week. MEN play a live set Thursday (3/27) at The Jewish Museum (1109 5th Ave) as part of the venue's Wind Up series. "The evening also includes interactive art making activities, tours of the new exhibition Other Primary Structures, and an open bar with beer and wine." Tickets are on sale now. Also stay tuned for JD's next PAT Party at Union Pool and the next Scissor Sundays at the Rusty Knot.

Martha Wainwright also has other dates coming up, including two more appearances in NYC. The first is 'Every Mother Counts' on May 21 at Life on Mars Gallery (59 Bogart St in Brooklyn), and later in the year she plays the Naked Soul acoustic singer/songwriter series at the Rubin Museum on October 10 (150 W 17th St). Tickets for the Rubin Museum show are on sale now.

All Martha Wainwright dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...

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Le1f at the Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
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NYC rapper Le1f already has three great mixtapes out, Tree House, Fly Zone, and Dark York, and he's now signed to Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor's Terrible Records (Solange, Kirin J Callinan), which recently entered into a joint venture with XL Recordings. Le1f's first release for Terrible/XL will be the Hey EP, due out digitally on March 11 and on vinyl on May 6. Check out its new single, "Boom," below. It also features "Wut."

Regarding the signing, Le1f told Billboard, "I've dreamed of recording for XL since I was like 15 and I'm super excited to be working with all of my Terrible labelmates. I'll be doing the same stuff that I've been doing but on another level. It's an interesting challenge and I like that."

Le1f plays locally a lot, and his next NYC appearance will be a DJ set for the Mardi Gras Party at Glasslands on March 1 which also has DJ sets by MEN's JD Samson and fjtrspa. Tickets are on sale now. He's also got a few festival appearances coming up, including Hangout Fest and Moogfest.

All dates are listed, with the new song and EP artwork/tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Le1f signs to Terrible, releasing a new EP, DJing Glasslands w/ JD Samson (other dates & new song stream)"

MEN at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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JD Samson & MEN have an upcoming west coast tour, but before that they'll play a benefit in Brooklyn at Littlefield this Friday (1/24) with Bright Light Bright Light. The show is billed as an evening of dancing live music benefitting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, "which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in New York and New Jersey." The show is being hosted by Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters and Jonjon Battles is DJing. Tickets for that show are available. All dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.

MEN recently released their newest album, Labor, and JD Samson just spoke a bit about that album to PrideSource:

"I think of myself as an artist before I'm a musician," she says. "I studied art and theory and learned about self-expression that way; music is just the genre where success came. But when we talk about people using software to learn how to create songs, I think of this: Punk music used to be about self-taught people playing in garages. Now, the self-taught crowd is working from a studio in the bedroom. The aesthetic is very similar - it's about teaching yourself to express opinions through your creativity, to find a channel for those ideas. It seems like a natural progression to me."

That said, one thing listeners will quickly notice is that the vocals on "Labor" have a slicker production value than on MEN's debut. Samson cops to using pitch control, but in alignment with her general M.O., for her it's a tool of expression rather than any sort of crutch or bid for popularity. Given that she was a film student just prior to the digital revolution, she's got a healthy respect for the handcraft of art (in general) and avoids shortcuts. But she also knows how to exploit a fun toy when she finds it.

In related news, speaking of Scissor Sisters (whose Ana Matronic hosts the Littlefield show), their drummer Randy Real is now also the drummer of Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon's new band Molly and the Zombies, which Brian debuted at the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in December. The lineup also includes Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) and Brian McGee. The band recently posted two tracks online, which you can stream, along with the list of MEN dates, below.

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DIIV @ Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
DIIV

As you may know, record store/cafe/venue Rough Trade NYC is set to open November 25 in Williamsburg. The venue part is 21+ and will be a mix of free and ticketed, evening and daytime. The initial schedule of ticketed, evening shows has just been released and looks like this:

12/2 - Jagwar Ma ($15)
12/3 - We Are Scientists ($17)
12/4 - Ida Maria ($10)
12/7 - DIIV, Black Marble, Butter the Children ($15)
12/11 - Langhorne Slim ($10)
12/14 - JD Samson & MEN ($15)
12/31 - Shabazz Palaces ($25)
02/07 - Lanterns on the Lake ($10)
02/22 - Courtney Barnett ($10)
02/26 - In the Valley Below ($10)
03/03 - Arthur Beatrice ($12)
Tickets to all these Rough Trade NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.

No announced shows for Rough Trade's opening week -- Thanksgiving Week, usually around the same time they publish their Albums of the Year list. Maybe they'll pull some big guns for that week? We shall see.

UPDATE: Charles Bradley and Phosphorescent are among the acts performing at Rough Trade NYC's first week. Updated concert schedule is below...

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MEN at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
MEN

MEN, the post-Le Tigre project of JD Samson, are set to follow to their 2011 debut LP, Talk About Body, with a new album, Labor, on October 22. They're self-releasing the album, and it will be available digitally on their bandcamp and on iTunes. There's also a limited vinyl pressing. Four of the album's tracks -- "All The Way Thru," "Making Art," "Let Them Out Or Let Me In" and "Make Him Pay" -- are currently available online, and from the sound of them, JD Samon's knack for huge melodies and piercing dancepunk hasn't gone anywhere. They can be streamed, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

MEN will celebrate their new album with a release show in their hometown on October 26 at Union Pool. Opening the show is Beverly (who count Frankie Rose as a member), and Amber Valentine DJs. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, JD Samson and Amber Valentine will be at that same venue to DJ even sooner for a PAT 666 party in Union Pool's back room on 10/10 with Sparber and HiFi Sean. PAT is JD Samson's "new dance party for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving whoever they want. Video screens with video art. Amazing DJ's and people willing to let go. PAT is everybody mixed up together."

Meanwhile, JD's former Le Tigre bandmate Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin play their next NYC show on October 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out).

Song streams, album artwork and tracklist, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Phoenix - "Entertainment" (Dirty Projectors Remix) (MP3)

Blood Orange at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Blood Orange

Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) has a few dates scheduled for this year, including a few in NYC. The first is a benefit for LGBT rights organization Human Rights Campaign at Le Poisson Rouge on May 4 with Creep, MEN (the JD Samson one), Light Asylum, Nina Sky, and "surprise special guests." It's being hosted by Amanda Leigh Dunn and Becka Diamond is DJing. Tickets for that benefit are on sale now.

A few days later, both Dev and Creep will be headed to Glasslands on May 9 for another benefit: the previously discussed fundraiser for Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells, who is battling cancer. Dev is DJing at that one and Creep is playing live. Plus, Exitmusic and Rewards are playing live, and Albert Hammond Jr. and Certain Creatures are DJing. Tickets for that one are still available.

Blood Orange will do a third NYC date a few days after the Glasslands show when he opens for Phoenix (whose single, "Entertainment," he recently remixed) when their tour hits The Apollo on May 13 for a sold out show. Phoenix's tour also includes a larger, not-sold-out show on October 2 at Barclays Center with The Vaccines (tickets). Phoenix's "Entertainment" was also just given the remix treatment yet again, this time by Dirty Projectors. You can download that above or stream it below.

After the NYC dates, Blood Orange doesn't have anything scheduled until Pitchfork Festival. All dates are listed below...

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French Horn Rebellion have just announced a "Party Ensemble Residency" that will happen on four consecutive Fridays from April 19 - May 10 at Brooklyn Bowl and each one features a different set of collaborators. April 19 features '80s pop icon Jody Watley (who features on their "Cold Enough" single), plus Body Language DJ set and Ernesto of Penguin Prison; April 26 is billed as "Savoiring the Night" and if you note the spelling you might make guesses as to who the "special guests" might be; May 3 features a live set from Auto Body, plus help from Le Tigre's JD Samson (who guests on "Girls"), plus Ernesto again and a DJ set from Dirty Grand; and the final Friday (5/10) is with Nancy Whang (LCD/Juan Maclean), JPatt of the Knocks and Ernesto. All four shows feature FHR with their full band The Great Apes and tickets are on sale now. Flyer for the residency is below.

Two new remixes of "Girls" (feat. JD Samson and Fat Tony) were released today (by FM Attack and Rogue Vogue) were released today and you can stream them below, along with their recent Love is Dangerous EP and a few other FHR tracks. The band are also heading to SXSW and playing other shows after it, and all tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "French Horn Rebellion release new remixes (stream); announce NYC residency w/ Jody Watley, Nancy Whang ++ more"

FHR

Brooklyn dance duo French Horn Rebellion released the Love is Dangerous EP at the tail end of last year. The record contained "Cold Enough," which paired the band's already '80s-pop-leaning sound with vocals from actual '80s pop star Jody Watley and you can stream that track below. The EP's title track, meanwhile, featured vocals from The Knocks' JPatt and you can stream that below too, plus a few remixes.

French Horn Rebellion play Brooklyn Bowl tonight (1/18) where they'll make their debut as an eight-piece band. Helping out will be Le Tigre's JD Samson. Also playing are synth-poppers Selebrites. Tickets are still available. The band have a few other tour dates lined-up and those are below, along with those song streams.

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Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
Obama and The Boss

A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....

":)" - Grizzly Bear

"YES" - Amanda Palmer

"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo

"FUCK YES" - HEALTH

"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy

"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff

continued below...

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NY Mag

Grizzly Bear are on the cover of the new issue of NY Magazine, which makes two weeks in a row that Brooklyn was prominently featured.

Despite making it into Billboard's Top 10 with their new album, Shields, the band still aren't making a lot of money.

Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.

And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

"The Artwork of Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout" is opening in Brooklyn soon. Meanwhile check out our recent Guided by Voices pictures from both Austin and the Deluna Fest in Florida.

Crystal Castles and HEALTH play Roseland on Wednesday (10/3). We're giving away tickets here and on our Facebook too.

Also on Wednesday, M83 plays Hammerstein Ballroom and we're giving away tickets to that on Facebook too. Tickets are also still on sale.

Another Facebook contest: win tickets to see Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber at Webster Hall on Friday (10/5).

The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.

Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."

Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.

Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."

Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."

More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!

But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Grizzly Bear on cover of New York; CDs turned 30; Dave Sitek's new label, Trent Reznor, Ryan Adams, Deadmau5, more"

JD Samson & MEN at Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
JD Samson & MEN

So The Men aren't liars after all! The Men are NOT playing Gramercy Theatre on July 6th as previously discussed. The show will be headlined by the similarly named JD Samson & MEN instead, with the same support lineup (PS I Love You and The So So Glos). Tickets for that show go on presale Tuesday (6/5) at 10 AM and regular sale on Wednesday (6/6) at 10 AM, or you can get in with your CBGB Festival pass.

Continue reading "JD Samson & MEN (NOT The Men) playing Gramercy during CBGB Festival"

#Guitarmy w Tom morello leaving the park (via)
May Day

"The Occupy movement that mobilized thousands of protestors last fall was mostly quiet through the winter in New York, as both the cold and the NYPD chased demonstrators out of their makeshift camp in Zuccotti Park. But the movement officially relaunched on May 1st in honor of International Workers' Day, with organized protests taking place throughout the U.S. and with Tom Morello, Das Racist and other musicians staging a May Day concert in downtown Manhattan.

"I traveled 3,000 miles to march with you today," Morello told a diverse crowd of Occupiers during a ceremonial "mic check" in Bryant Park. "It is an honor to march these streets with you, to sing these songs with you, letting the powers that be know that we will be heard."

Morello led a "guitarmy" of hundreds along Fifth Avenue from Bryant Park down to Union Square. An Occupy Tumblr had already supplied the setlist - including Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and tunes from Morello's own World Wide Rebel Songs LP - and many had cheat sheets taped to the sides of their guitars, as they strummed and sang protest songs along with the rocker. As the band of marches inched its way into Union Square, a much larger rally commenced featuring Das Racist, Dan Deacon, and Immortal Technique on stage...." [Rolling Stone]

How was your May Day? Pictures and videos of the May 1st party in Union Square, below...

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JD Samson in MEN @ Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
MEN

Occupy Wall Street reports:

Occupy Wall Street is excited to announce that on May Day, 'JD Samson & Men' will join the likes of Tom Morello, Das Racist, Dan Deacon, Immortal Technique, Bobby Sanabria and others by performing at events throughout the city marking this national day of protest.

At 7pm, when the march arrives at 2 Broadway, 'JD Samson & Men' will take the stage and perform a 15 minute set, transforming the end of the march into a party.

Meanwhile, you can catch JD Samson DJing along with a live performance by Midnight Magic at Tribeca Grand tonight...

Continue reading "JD Samson (and Men) added to May Day protest lineup & DJing w/ Midnight Magic @ Tribeca Grand (tonight)"

MEN

Permanent Wave is a network of feminist artists and activists. If you want to help challenge the gender binary as it manifests itself in art, politics, and our personal lives, we want you to join. We believe that women, queer, and trans people should see each other as collaborators and inspirations, not rivals. We want to finish the conversation about equality that started generations ago and change the way women are treated.
As mentioned in This Week in Indie, MEN play a Permanent Wave party at 285 Kent tonight (1/26) with Making Friendz. Get out your goth tits tee and go. Tickets at the door. More info, like how there's gonna be a bake sale too, at the Facebook invite.

(MEN are not to be confused with the Men who just put out a new song and who play 285 Kent in March)

MEN have announced via their new website that "IN ONE MONTH OR LESS THERE WILL BE AN EP RELEASED." and that they've been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, and that they now have a street team you can join.

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