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Hailu Mergia

Ethiopian one-man funk band Hailu Mergia has been having a resurgence lately, and already played NYC twice in the past year. Now he's got two more NYC shows lined up, both happening this weekend.

The first is an APAP showcase presented by Okayafrica and Multiflora happening Friday (1/9) at Baby's All Right with Alsarah and the Nubatones and The Happy Show (DJ).

Then he plays the Barbes & Electric Cowbell-presented 'Secret Planet' show on Saturday (1/10) at Drom with Ani Cordero, Slavic Soul Party, Zongo Junction, Chicano Batman, Las Cafeteras, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Chop and Quench, and Sir Ramases and the Afro Ritmo Records Sound System. Hailu will be backed at both shows by his band Low Mentality. Tickets for both are on sale now, and flyers for both are below.

His only other announced date is London's Field Day on June 6.

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Swans in Chicago in June (more by Brigid Gallagher)

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

Swans, Liturgy @ Warsaw
More than 30 years into their career and Swans are arguably better than ever -- their last two records, including this year's To Be Kind, were pretty much instant classics. Tonight they squeeze in one last 2014 hometown show and they've got another (much newer) intense NYC band to open. Sold out.

Swearin', Quarterbacks, Bethlehem Steel, Mean Creek @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
There's no lack of modern indie rock bands worshipping the '90s, but Swearin' are really one of the better ones, with actual songs that are as strong as some of the bands who influenced them.

YOB, Tombs, Kings Destroy @ Saint Vitus
Doom metal had quite the year in 2014, and looking at the year-end lists we've seen so far, it's pretty much between the Pallbearer album and YOB's Clearing the Path to Ascend for 2014's doom valedictorian. Tonight begins a 2-night stand at Saint Vitus with great and different openers each night. Both sold out.

Centro-Matic, Anders Parker Cloud Badge @ Mercury Lounge
Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds. All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus...after this tour. This, the second of their two shows here, may be your last chance to see them in NYC.

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Alex G @ Knitting Factory
Cymbals Eat Guitars made their boldest LP yet with this year's LOSE, and if you like traditional-style indie rock, not many other records in 2014 hit the spot like that one did. Alex G's DIY pop opus DSU was one of 2014's memorable records too, making this a solid double bill.

Porches, LVL UP, What Moon Things, Cantina @ Palisades
Porches is co-headlining Bowery Ballroom in February but you can catch them in scruffier surroundings tonight with a host of worthy openers.

Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Crying, Somos @ Gramercy Theatre
This tour is loaded with cool stuff from the lyrical, youthful Modern Baseball, to the delicately arranged and cathartic Foxing, to the gameboy-fueled pop punks Crying, to guitar slingers Somos. This is the first of 2 NYC shows. MHOW on Monday.

Anamanaguchi, Sharp Eagle Platform, Finn Diesel, Maxo, Bruce Smear, Doss @ Baby's All Right
Eight-bit wonders Anamanaguchi are opening for Dillon Francis's shows at Terminal 5 next month, but you can catch them in cozier confines tonight.

Animal Collective (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Avey Tare and Panda Bear won't be there tonight, but the other two members of Animal Collective will be spinning the hits (or whatever it is they spin) from midnight til late.

Your Old Droog, Dave East @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Your Old Droog got so many Nas comparisons at first that he was rumored to even secretly be the classic rapper himself. He isn't, but he's certainly got his own lyrical chops.

Coy Kids, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Dream Child, Against Grace, Left Me Bashful, Sursum Verbo @ Pianos
Bubu musician Janka Nabay plays this mid-evening at one of his favorite haunts tonight. His set is listed from 10 PM - midnight, so you could be in for an epic set.

Flosstradamus, GTA, Curtis Williams w/ Two-9 @ Terminal 5
Chicago beatmakers Flosstradamus know how to get a room moving, so it's no surprise that they're about to take over the huge Terminal 5 for two nights, one of which (tonight) is already sold out. Openers should be a good time too.

Demetri Martin @ Capitol Theatre
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin brings his short tour just out of NYC tonight, and he'll be back in February to play the city proper (with two other area dates before and after).

Aimee Mann, Ted Leo @ The Space at Westbury
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (who collaborate as The Both) will bring their Christmas show to NYC proper on Saturday, but tonight's the second of two other shows in the area before that. Helping them get in the holiday spirit is Susannah Hoffs of The Bangles and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton.

Excepter, Guardian Alien, PCPC, Rat Piss Aquarium (Weyes Blood solo) @ Trans-Pecos
This is a release party for Parquet Courts/PC Worship side project PCPC's book that they made in lieu of making any kind of record so they'd have something at the merch table on their European tour. Playing live music will be Greg Fox in Guardian Alien Mode, Excepter, and Rat Piss Aquarium which is "Natalie Weyes Blood harshin."

The Figgs, BLOCKHOUSES @ Bowery Electric
The Figgs have been creating great power pop for two decades now, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Steeped in the tradition of The Replacements, Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello, their annual Christmas shows are always a great time to catch them as the coming of winter seems to kick the trio's playing up just a notch.

Vitamen, Baby Dayliner, Mishka Shubaly @ Union Pool
Snarky pop trio The Vitamen called it quits in 2005 and are not getting back together, but they are dusting off their instruments for this one-off show with their old pal Baby Dayliner (who they used to back).

Larry and The Babes, Sunflower Bean, Heeney, Nonsense, The Britanys @ Aviv
Brooklyn's newest DIY showspace tonight has a lineup of some of the hardest-working bands in the borrough, namely Sunflower Bean and Heeney.

Gabriel Kahane @ BAM
Composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, who's collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Blake Mills and others, is performing his newest work, The Ambassador, from December 13-10 at BAM with fellow Sufjan collaborators Rob Moose, Alex Sopp (both of yMusic), and Casey Foubert, as well as Ted Poor, Laura Lutzke, Nathan Schram, and Gabriel Cabezas (also of yMusic).

Z100 Jingle Ball @ Madison Square Garden Arena
Depending on which corner of the "indie music internet" you frequent, you may like to know this lineup includes Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Kiesza, Charli XCX and others. Or perhaps you might like to avoid this at all costs.

American Hi-Fi, Charly Bliss @ Mercury Lounge
Pretty sure American Hi-Fi stopped being the flavor of the weak in like, 2002 the latest, but it's 2014 and here we are.

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

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David Byrne w/ Arcade Fire at Barclays Center (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
David Byrne

David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and leading up to the Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor performance at Central Park's Modern Sky Festival (also including Blood Brothers, Cat Power, Liars and more), the label will celebrate with more events at NYC's Mmuseumm (Cortland Alley b/t Franklin St & White St in TriBeCa) from October 1-3. Mmuseumm is "is a modern natural history museum - devoted to the curation and exhibition of contemporary artifacts that illustrate the complexities of the modern world," and for the Luaka Bop celebration it will host "Javelin performing out of a car radio, Kings Go Forth's Andy Noble presenting his special 'Soul Field Recordings' project, Janka Nabay singing his three latest or oldest songs (we don't really know which), and Delicate Steve & Friends performing Harry Belafonte Live at Carnegie Hall." Events start at 7 PM each day and there will also be afterparties each day at Forlini's Restuarant (93 Baxter St) at 8:30 PM, and Winnie's Bar (104 Bayard St, karaoke anyone?) at 9:30. All events are FREE. Flyer below.

Luaka Bop is also releasing a two-part box set that reissues William Onyeabor's full discography on November 18. That also includes a Peaking Lights (who open for Real Estate on 10/2) remix of "Body and Soul," which you can stream below...

Continue reading "David Byrne's Luaka Bop label celebrating 25th anniversary w/ NYC events, releasing William Onyeabor box set"

by Bill Pearis


As you may know, Akron/Family's Dana Janssen makes electronic pop as Dana Buoy, having released his debut album under that name in 2012. He's got a new EP, Preacher, due out next week (7/22) via Middle West and we've got the premiere of one of it's tracks, "Isla Mujeres." It's big-hearted, anthemic and you can stream it below.

Dana Buoy will be on tour in August including a run with Sylvan Esso (who have two sold-out shows here in September with Dana). He's got two NYC shows too: Rough Trade on August 8 with The Rosebuds (tickets) and August 9 at Baby's All Right with Janka Nabay (tickets).

All Dana Buoy dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

Continue reading "Dana Buoy releasing new EP, touring w/ Sylvan Esso, playing NYC show w/ The Rosebuds (dates & new track stream)"

King Khan at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Governors Ball @ Randall's Island
NYC's Governors Ball continues to grow and rival the other major US festivals. It continues today for its second of three days with a ton of great artists including Jack White, Spoon, The Strokes, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Classixx, Deafheaven, Diarrhea Planet, and plenty more.

Hamilton Leithauser, Wyatt Cenac, San Fermin @ BAM
Part of BAM's RadioLoveFest, this is WNYC's "Soundcheck" evening that mixes performance and conversation, with comedian Wyatt Cenac, former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, and artpop combo San Fermin.

This American Life: One Night Only @ BAM
Perhaps NPR's most popular program, Ira Glass' storytelling showcase does something it's never attempted before: an evening of journalism presented as radio drama. Featuring a mini-musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with stories from Mike Birbiglia, SNL's Sasheer Zamata, songs from Stephin Merritt, and more.

Classixx, BAIO @ Brooklyn Bowl
One of the official Governors Ball afterparties, it's a solid double-bill of pop-friendly dance acts.

DIANA, Las Rosas, Empress Of (DJ set), Special Guest @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Gorilla Vs. Bear and Forest Family present tonight's BKNB line-up, headlined by a mystery headliner. Who could it be?

Needles and Pizza, Quitty & The Don'ts, Katterwhaul, Semi Femme @ Cake Shop
This show marks the debut of Semi Femme, the new band from ex-Orca Team (and recent NYC transplant) frontman Leif Anders. Unlike his old band, Semi Femme are decidedly more dark and postpunky.

Yonatan Gat, State Champion, Bueno, Scupper @ Death by Audio
Yonatan Gat of Monotonix celebrates the release of his solo debut EP, Iberian Passage which was inspired by Brazilian cult band Os Mutantates and the improvisational spirit of Miles Davis

Angel Haze, The Death Set, Bad Rabbits @ House of Vans
Rapper Angel Haze's debut album Dirty Gold is pretty good, but her live shows and freestyles are where it's at, so tonight should be a blast. Don't miss dancepunks The Death Set either.

Earlwolf (feat. Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt), The Internet @ Irving Plaza
The Odd Future guys are still putting on memorable hip hop shows, and if you don't think their schtick is up yet, you should dig the craziness that is about to ensue.

Bill Orcutt, Glenn Jones, Mark McGuire, Matthew Mullane, Anthony Pasquarosa @ Issue Project Room
Tonight's a showcase of acoustic guitar talent presented by label e Vin Du Select Qualitite.

King Khan & The Shrines, Red Mass, Vomit Squad @ MHOW
An excellent, all-Canadian garage-pysch-soul double bill with the wild and awesome King Khan & the Shrines, plus Montreal true believers Red Mass. This is their second of two NYC shows.

Andrew Bird, Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton @ Rough Trade (early nad late)
Andrew Bird's new band The Hands of Glory is an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." Tonight they play two Rough Trade shows (6:30 PM and 10 PM) with Tift opening the first and Alan opening the second.

Janka Nabay, Guardian Alien, Sunwatchers @ Secret Project Robot
Bubu musician Janka Nabay headlines this highly ecclectic bill also featuring Greg Fox's avant garde combo Guardian Alien and drony horn ensemble Sunwatchers.

Meyhem Lauren, Buckwild @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Meyehm Lauren & Buckwild just put out the killer Silk Pyramids LP which sounds straight out of the '90s and is hard as hell. It features some other local faves including Action Bronson, Heems and Troy Ave. Hopefully at least one of them shows up for this.

O'Death, VietNam, Shilpa Ray, Fletcher C. Johnson @ The Wick
It's a varied bill at The Wick with dark alt-country/bluegrass band O'Death, long-running NYC artists Vietnam and Shilpa Ray, and guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C Johnson.

Summer Thunder w/ Pissed Jeans, Cold Fronts @ Union Pool
Summer Thunder is back at Union Pool for another sunny season of free outdoor daytime shows. This should be a wild one, as it's headlined by beer-flinging punks Pissed Jeans. The fun starts at 2 PM but don't expect bands to go on till later.

Chimurenga Renaissance, Smoota @ Union Pool
Shabazz Palaces member Tendai ("Baba") Maraire now also has another group, Chimurenga Renaissance, who make out-there rap not unlike Shabazz.

Concrete Mascara, Swallowing Bile, Aischrolatreia, Swollen Organs, Penchant, :M:, Vat, Nick Klein @ Trans-Pecos
Sonic masochists can get a fix of bloody eardrums with a night of noise and power electronics at Trans Pecos, with eight acts--six from NYC--and a DJ set going late into the night.

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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Os Mutantes soundchecking at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Os Mutantes

Brazilian psychedelic pop legends Os Mutantes are still at it (they played Le Poisson Rouge in December and were just at Austin Psych Fest, but were interrupted by rain), and are one of the bands announced for the Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 season at Prospect Park. Their show happens on June 29 with Brooklyn indie pop band Javelin and Sierra Leonean Bubu King Janka Nabay, and that one's totally free.

The show is one of a few Northeast US dates the Brazilian band will be playing this June, including another in the NYC area happening on June 28 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with a video of the band at Le Poisson Rouge, below...

Continue reading "Os Mutantes touring, playing a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park w/ Javelin & Janka Nabay (dates)"

Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.

The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn! announces 2013 line-up (Big Boi, Calexico, Dan Deacon, Waterboys, Mavis Staples, TMBG + more)"

Japandroids at Pitchfork, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

NPR Music have announced their "50 favorite" albums of 2012, which includes names like Pallbearer, Andy Stott, Cat Power, Fiona Apple, Death Grips, and Swans. (No Grimes, though.) The list is also deep with hip hop, with shouts to Homeboy Sandman, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike and many others. Much like Q magazine did, NPR opted to list them alphabetically instead of one better than the next. Check out the full list below.

Japandroids also made the list, and the band played the first of two shows at Webster Hall last night (12/4). The band continues their stay at the venue tonight and tickets are still available.

Continue reading "NPR Music's Top 50 LPs of 2012"

Craft Spells

West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.

Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.

Continue reading "Craft Spells playing NYC before Midpoint Music Festival (2012 line-up)"

Omar Souleyman at Summerstage in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman will be in North America this September for Bumbershoot and MusicFestNW, and while he's here, he'll stop in NYC for a show at new Brooklyn venue The Well on September 7 with Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang and DJ Hutz (aka Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello). Tickets for that show are on sale now. It happens the day before the rescheduled Slaughterhouse show (9/8) at the same venue.

Meanwhile, you can catch Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang even sooner when they play MoMA Nights on Thursday (8/30). That show starts at 6:30 and is free with museum admission.

All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Omar Souleyman playing The Well after Bumbershoot & MusicFestNW w/ Janka Nabay, who plays MoMA this week"

by Andrew Sacher


What do you when you're the drummer of Real Estate but you leave the band just before they start getting way bigger? Form a disco band! At least that's what Etienne Pierre Duguay, who sat behind the band's kit until 2011 when he was replaced by Jackson Pollis, did. He's now in the Brooklyn band Splash who surfaced earlier this year and just wrapped up a tour with fellow Brooklyn backwards pop thinkers Friends. Their single, "Ever Before," which you can stream below, is filled with '80s pop radio cliches, but if you wait over two decades and make it lo-fi, even the cheesiest stuff becomes indie accepted, right?

If you missed the Splash/Friends tour, the two bands will team up again for a NYC show on August 3 at 285 Kent with Janka Nabay, Helado Negro, and Uumans. Maybe Friends will go topless again? Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Splash have other upcoming NYC shows too, including Summerscreen at McCarren Park on August 15 with Ducktails and The Babies, and Glasslands on August 24 with Puro Instinct, Outer Limitz, and a Dev Hynes DJ set. Tickets for the Glasslands show are still available.

A list of all dates and song stream below...

Continue reading "Friends & Janka Nabay playing 285 Kent w/ Splash (who have other upcoming shows too)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fort Greene Park 7/10/2012
Lee Fields & The Expressions

It was right around the time that DJ Akalepse threw on a Roy Ayers classic followed by "The Planet" by Gang Starr (with its chorus "out in B-R-double-O-K-lyn the planet") that I realized just how "Brooklyn" the entire thing was. I rode my bike to the show. I was debating a quinoa falafel. I was waiting for a 60s throwback soul band in a park while sitting on a blanket. I just saw a band playing music from Sierra Leone and was now listing to a guy spinning 45s.

The subject of the beautiful evening was Lee Fields & The Expressions, the retro-soul crew featuring a sixty-year-old crooner as a frontman, who headlined a show at Fort Greene Park last night (7/10) featuring support from Janka Nabay. The opener practiced in Bubu music, a bouncy style that was perfect for the atmosphere, though nothing I would ever personally sink my teeth into.

I am a sucker for old soul, James Brown, The JB's, and anything associated with the People label of the 70s, so naturally I enjoyed the Lee Fields. The Expressions are tight and Fields is enigmatic on stage; he handles the crowd well by encouraging audience participation, engaging with individual ladies from the crowd, and gliding across the stage like his shoes were slathered in butter. Though I don't usually sit down and listen to Daptone-and-related records, their live shows are always interesting and fun to watch.

The next Fort Greene Park show goes down on July 24th and features Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction.

More pictures from Fort Greene Park last night are below.

Continue reading "Lee Fields & The Expressions and Janka Nabay played Fort Greene Park (pics, review)"

Lee Fields at MHOW in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Lee Fields

Speaking of free shows in Fort Greene Park, Lee Fields and the Expressions will play one at the outdoor Brooklyn venue on July 10 with Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang and DJ Akalepse. That show happens two weeks before Lee opens for Wilco at Prospect Park (7/23) (tickets).

Meanwhile, you can catch Janka Nabay in NYC TONIGHT (6/12) at Zebulon with Nass Gnawa and The Oracle DJ's. Janka's tour dates also list The Avant Garde Diaries on June 19 at a TBA address.

A list of all dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Lee Fields & the Expressions playing free show at Fort Greene Park w/ Janka Nabay, who plays Zebulon tonight (dates)"

photos by David Andrako


The inaugural, Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival concluded on Saturday night (May 5) with performances from Beirut, Atlas Sound, My Brightest Diamond, Caveman and more.

There were whispers there'd be an unannounced set from The National, but the secret guest Phi Slamma Jamma was actually Arcade Fire's Will Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Richard Reed Parry who performed a bunch of covers (Ramones, R.E.M., Devo, Beatles and the Stones, among others) to cap out the Fest.

Night Two pictures HERE. Night one HERE. Lots of pictures from all of Saturday night's performers (including Sufjan), plus video of Atlas Sound (who also kept busy in others ways while in town), Caveman, Beirut and Phi Slamma Jamma performing a song each, below...

Continue reading "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry night 3 pics (Beirut, Sufjan, Arcade Fire, Atlas Sound, My Brightest Diamond, Cavemen & more)"

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.

The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.

3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "National-curated BAM Festival lineup announced (Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, Sharon, Antlers, Zs & many more)"

DOWNLOAD: Prince Rama - "Rest In Peace" (MP3)

Prince Rama at MHOW in August (more by Erez Avissar)
Prince Rama

Prince Rama are set to release their upcoming LP Trust Now on October 4 via Paw Tracks. You can grab the album track "Rest In Peace" above. Prince Rama are also putting out karaoke videos leading up to the album's release with other artists singing tracks off the new album. You can check out videos of G Lucas Crane of Woods singing "Incarnation" and Janka Nabay singing "Summer of Love" below.

They'll tour in support of the album opening for the equally otherworldly Gang Gang Dance on their GGD's previously announced tour. It hasn't been revealed if Prince Rama open GGD's October 22 Bowery Ballroom show during CMJ (which tickets are still on sale for), but Prince Rama's dates do list a CMJ show that day.

As mentioned, Prince Rama also have a residency at Issue Project Room scheduled. That residency includes a show on Thursday (9/8) at the Brooklyn venue. Admission is free and RSVP is open. According to Issue Project Room's site:

2011 Artist-in-Residence Prince Rama will transform ISSUE Project Room into a point of origins. They will construct a "sacred space" using gathered matter from off-site urban wilds of Brooklyn. Audience members will be invited to build their own instruments and utilize them in an extended jam session open to anyone who wishes to attend (regardless of musical skill). This aims to investigate the utopian symbology of "the jam session" as a poetic reenactment and microcosmic creation of an ideal democratic society. Cut off from the rest of the world, yet wholly imbedded within it, this ritual space becomes a NO PLACE.
Prince Rama have also been added to the Javelin show at 285 Kent, which is happening on September 17. The Amil Byleckie Band are also on the bill. More details on this show are below.

All dates and videos below...

Continue reading "Prince Rama release 'karaoke videos', touring w/ GGD, playing other shows too (dates)"

They were optimistic, but the two-day "Out In the Streets" festival that was scheduled to take place at Brooklyn Fireproof this weekend is now cancelled too. Bands affected include NewVillager, Mi Ami, Lemonade, Janka Nabay, The Forms, Milagres, and many more. PS1 still holding out.

Black Pus at Summerstage in July (more by David Andrako)
Black Pus

As mentioned in What's Going on Thursday?, High Places play Glasslands tonight (8/18) with Soft Circle (featuring Hisham Bharoocha formerly of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice), Zambri, and Driphouse. Tickets are still on sale.

Zambri, who are also on the Glasslands bill tonight, recently signed to Kanine Records. They were set to play Summerscreen in McCarren Park on 8/3 along with a screening of Clueless but the show was rained out. It's since been rescheduled for August 24 at McCarren Park. The band are set to release their debut EP Glossolalia on November 8 via the label. They'll play a record release show at Glasslands on November 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Check out the EP's artwork, tracklist, and a teaser video below.

Speaking of Lightning Bolt, Black Pus aka Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt, plays Death by Audio on Friday (8/19) with Cosmonauts, Zulus, and Happy New Year.

Happy New Year aka Eleanor Logan of Adult Themes, who is on the DbA bill with Black Pus, also plays Out in the Streets Festival which takes place on August 27 and 28 at Brooklyn Fireproof. Other artists on the festival include NewVillager, Lemonade, Janka Nabay, The Forms, Computer Magic, Magic Mountain, Physical Therapy, Milagres, Mi Ami, and more. A flier for the festival is below.

All dates, video and other stuff below...

Continue reading "High Places, Lightning Bolt, Zambri, Happy New Year, Out in the Streets Fest & more "

Omar Souleyman at Bonnaroo in June (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Omar Souleyman

Syrian dabke mastermind Omar Souleyman plays Summerstage tonight (7/13) as part of a pretty eccentric lineup. Ratatat headlines the show and Black Pus is also on the bill. The show is sold out.

If you missed out on getting tickets, you'll have another chance to see Omar, who will play a late show tonight (7/13) at Santos Party House afterwards, with a lineup of other "world musicians" (for lack of better terms). Bubu King Janka Nabay is on the bill, along with Azizaman and Rainstick. Tickets for this show are still on sale.

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Omar Souleyman playing NYC TWICE TODAY & other dates"

Rock Beach

After an online leak that included false information about big headliners (like The Strokes, Odd Future, Fleet Foxes, Gayngs, Dan Deacon), and then a promised-but-never-happened announcement about something right after that, NYC show promoters Jelly have officially announced a series of shows at "RockBeach"...

TOPMAN and JELLY have announced their partnership to bring you 'ROCKBEACH'- a brand new festival concept taking place from July to September this summer in the Rockaways of Brooklyn. The series of six free weekend events will deliver the hottest acts and new talent from its brand new home and will also - for the first time ever - offer festival camping for the last three events in the series at the Floyd Bennett Field - the setting of New York's first ever airport.

"After 5 years of Pool Parties in Williamsburg, we are very excited to be moving out to the Aviator Sports Complex near one of our favorite summer destinations, Fort Tilden Beach. We are looking forward to leaving Bedford Ave behind offering an ultimate weekend destination and adventure for all ages." - JELLY

The whole ROCKBEACH experience will deliver weekends of the coolest music and total fun to festival-goers with the likes of slip n slides, dodgeball, beach volleyball and most importantly - swimming pools filled with ice cold water and giant inflatables.

Entry to the festival is free - all festival-goers need to do is register online at WWW.ROCKBEACH.US In addition, there will be a ROCKBEACH festival shuttle bus with roundtrip rides costing $20 - but there are 100 lucky bus tickets up for grabs for each event which can be won by registering online at WWW.ROCKBEACH.US.

The first ROCKBEACH will take place on Saturday 9th July 2011 and will include performances from Penguin Prison, Wild Yaks, Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang, and Monogold.

The July 9th date is the only one with a lineup, but there's also a less-specific flyer that has a big list of bands, and then there's a list of dates with no bands attached. All of that is below...

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Dan Deacon @ Merkin Concert Hall (more by David Andrako)
Dan Deacon

The Vivian Girls show at 285 Kent takes place four days before the space hosts green-skull-wielder Dan Deacon, who'll join Moss of Aura, Janka Nabay, and Friends (the band called "Friends"). Advance tickets for the May 21st show at 285 Kent Ave are on sale at Desert Island Books (Metropolitan Ave @ Union Ave).

The Brooklyn show is part of a three-night NYC run for Deacon who is also playing the next edition of One Step Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History on May 20th. Tickets are on sale.

May 22nd is when Dan plays Butthole Surfers covers at Bowery Ballroom as part of the sold out This Band Could Be Your Life concert.

Dan Deacon is also on board for the previously-mentioned B.O.M.B. Fest in Hartford, CT on 5/28, with Weezer, Snoop Dogg, New Pornographers, Dum Dum Girls and others.

Speaking of Janka Nabay, he'll also join The Bubu Gang for a show at Rock Shop on July 1. Tickets are on sale.

All Dan Deacon tour dates, more details on those 285 Kent show, and a new video for "Surprise Stefani," below...

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Theophilus London will headline the "Official Northside Festival Opening Party" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, June 16th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. You can also try to get in with a Northside Festival badge.

The hip hop artist is one of 65+ new artists being officially added to the lineup of this year's Northside Festival (June 16-19 in various venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY). Here's the full list:

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Cassie & Justin as the White Stripes
Cassie & Justin

"Todd P's Halloween party took place [Sunday] night at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple. most people were probably still recovering from Halloween observed the night before, but a respectable amount of ghouls and tricksters made their way to the show, headlined by so-hot-right-now hip hop ensemble Das Racist.

Halloween is a time when you can see what people are really about. They're either in a pre-packaged costume or they're trying too hard or they are legitimately clever and good-spirited. And for Das Racist, it can be all of the above all the time. These guys walk the lines between irony and sincerity; between novelty and legitimacy; between gimmickry and credibility. And while some people show up at the party dressed as a can of Four Loko, others as zombies or superheroes, Das Racist can just take the floor as themselves and still be baffling and maybe a little frightening.

This set was, by all definitions, a shit show. You know when your friends have an inside joke and they are cracking up about it, and the joke is sort of independently funny, but not nearly as funny as your friends' uproar would suggest? Combine that feeling with the feeling of seeing your little brother get way too drunk at a party you invited him to. That was what the stage presence of Das Racist was like. And it was a fucking party." [Free Williamsburg]

Das Racist headlined the show of mostly locals which included a set by Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone and Justin (both in the Babies) as the White Stripes, but more notable was that The Intelligence, in from Seattle, were on also on the bill (the Intelligence also played Cake Shop one night earlier). Denver's Pictureplane, who was the special guest at the show that took place last night (11/2) at Brooklyn Bowl, was one of the artists who played too. Boshra AlSaadi aka SAADI played with Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang.

Blissed Out went on right at 8:00 along with the doors opening which meant not many people around to hear their set, but the 9-band show filled up as the night went on. More pictures below...

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The Intelligence

:::::: the Intelligence
:::::::: the Beets
:::::::::: Cassie & Justin from the Babies --- as WHITE STRIPES
:::::::::::: Janka Nabay
:::::::::::::: Blissed Out
:::::::::::::::: more to come!!!!
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
J,Z-Gates Ave, L,M-Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | all ages | $13 in costume - $15 w/out
I suppose it's possible that she is actually playing Jack.

As mentioned all the way back in September, The Intelligence are currently on tour and will also play a NYC show at Cake Shop one day before Halloween with German Measles and The Beets.

By the way, Das Racist also play Southpaw, with Homeboy Sandman, on November 5th.

Updated Intelligence dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

Yo La Tengo @ Pitchfork Fest 2009 (more by Joseph Xu)

What, it's Tuesday already? CMJ is here and I'm not really ready. Can we postpone for a week? No? All right. Here we go. Let's not go too crazy tonight (10/19), there's still four more days of this to come.


Pretty much all the free daytime action happens on Ludlow St. today. Biggest among them is The Music Slut's party at Pianos, which features the dark synths of Brahms, the cheery synths of Hooray for Earth, plus Oberhofer (who play our day party on Friday), Young the Giant, Pearl and the Beard, and more. Party starts at noon, with the first band (Vancouver's Yukon Blonde) on at 1PM.

Moving down the street, Paper Garden Records has a showcase at The Living Room, with Denmark's Alcoholic Faith Mission, two bands from Toronto (Freedom or Death, Kidstreet), Emmanuel and the Fear, Motel Motel, Young Mammals and Saadi. First band is on at 1PM.

And then at Cake Shop, it's the Flower Booking/CapeShok party with Million Young, Sunglasses and Azalia Banks. This one starts a little later -- first band is on at 4PM.

And somewhere between day and night is the free New Zealand showcase at Le Poisson Rouge which starts at 5:45PM. I especially recommend you check out Lawrence Arabia, whose material ranges from delicate folk to ELO style orch-pop. Also playing:  electropop artist Zowie, Kids of 88, Street Chant, Ruby Frost and Electric Wire Hustle. Did I mention it's free? You do need to RSVP if you don't have a badge.


Big ticket shows for tonight: Yo La Tengo play for free at the official CMJ kickoff show at Brooklyn Bowl with Screaming Females (who play our showcase Thursday night) and DOM (who play our Friday day party); Former Afgan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli is at Bowery Ballroom with Craig Wedren; and Jenny and Johnny, Wild Nothing, Times New Viking, Happy Birthday and La Sera (Kickball Katy of  Vivian Girls) at Irving Plaza;

If you wanna dance, you might want to head to Highline Ballroom for a night bands that sound like they could be on a Kitsune Maison compilation: the electro-soul sounds of Dan Black, Italo-disco lovers The Golden Filter, helium voiced Neon Hitch, Denver's The Chain Gang of 1974, and more.

UPDATE: "Chain Gang has dropped off tonight's show due to food poisoning. All other shows are set to occur as scheduled." (10/20 @ Maxwell's, 10/22 @ Cameo, 10/23 @ Santos)

For hip hop, it's Duck Down Music vs. Blacksmith at LPR.

And tonight at Cake Shop is your only chance this week to catch The Billy Nayer Show (11PM), the live band behind such cool sci-fi western musicals as The American Astronaut and last year's Stingray Sam. (Frontman Cory McAbee also directs and stars in them.) They're a one-of-a-kind, and playing as part of the Panache Booking showcase that also features Audacity, Dinowalrus, Onra, Janka Nabay, O'Death and Gary Wilson.

There's tons more shows, obviously. But that's what looks interesting to me. What are you going to see? Flyers and day party set times are below.

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