Entries tagged with: Janka Nabay
David Byrne w/ Arcade Fire at Barclays Center (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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...
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...
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)
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...
Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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.
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.
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.
Omar Souleyman at Summerstage in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
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.
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...
Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fort Greene Park 7/10/2012
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.
More pictures from Fort Greene Park last night are below.
Lee Fields at MHOW in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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).
A list of all dates and some videos below...
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...
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...
DOWNLOAD: Prince Rama - "Rest In Peace" (MP3)
Prince Rama at MHOW in August (more by Erez Avissar)
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...
Black Pus at Summerstage in July (more by David Andrako)
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.
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...
Omar Souleyman at Bonnaroo in June (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
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...
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.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...
"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.
Dan Deacon @ Merkin Concert Hall (more by David Andrako)
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.
All Dan Deacon tour dates, more details on those 285 Kent show, and a new video for "Surprise Stefani," below...
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:
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Cassie & Justin as the White Stripes
"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.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.
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]
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...
DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine (MP3)
Sunday October 31st @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLEI suppose it's possible that she is actually playing Jack.
:: PANACHE + TODD P HALLOWEEN PARTAY
:: DAS RACIST
:::::: the Intelligence
:::::::: the Beets
:::::::::: Cassie & Justin from the Babies --- as WHITE STRIPES
:::::::::::: Janka Nabay
:::::::::::::: Blissed Out
:::::::::::::::: more to come!!!!
| RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE ]
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
J,Z-Gates Ave, L,M-Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | all ages | $13 in costume - $15 w/out
By the way, Das Racist also play Southpaw, with Homeboy Sandman, on November 5th.
Updated Intelligence dates below...
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.
Avi Buffalo @ South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
Tickets are still on sale for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 21st. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Blow, Yuck, Young Man, and a special guest, are all on the bill.
Avi Buffalo are playing The Mercury Lounge on October 13. Tickets are on sale now.
VV Brown is playing The Bowery Ballroom on October 24. Tickets are on sale now.
Mike Krum is playing The Mercury Lounge on September 23. Tickets are on sale now.
Cypress Hill is playing Nokia Theatre on August 20th. Tickets are on sale.
Bonobo is playing Webster Hall on November 8. Tickets are on sale now.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band are playing Terminal 5 on November 13. Tickets are on sale now.
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang played Eagle Street on August 21st. Video from that show below...
When I saw a man wearing skin tight gold lamé leggings, a sports jersey, and a jean jacket mingling in the crowd at Monster Island Basement Sunday night, I didn't think too much of it. But as it turns out, the wildly dressed mystery man was John O'Regan, the man behind Diamond Rings, the evening's first opener.
After taking copious notes on John's appearance, I was pleased to hear that the Toronto-based glam pop artist seems to take his music fairly seriously. Sure, he's working with prefab beats and samples, but he also juggles guitar and keyboard duty, which makes his songs more relevant in a live setting. Then there's John's voice, which is surprisingly sonorous. His appearance may be over-the-top and flamboyant, but his smooth, deep vocals level out his music nicely.
Next up in Todd P's bag of tricks was the Sierra-Leonean musician Janka Nabay and his spirited group of musicians and back-up singers. Janka's set triggered an instant dance party both on stage and in the audience. The two women on stage left the bulk of the vocal responsibilities with Janka, but their energetic dancing complimented the tribal beats and celebratory music well.
Following Janka Nabay's lively set, Owen Ashworth, the man behind the moniker Casiotone For the Painfully Alone, walked on stage and began to methodically unpack a series of keyboards, samplers, and mixers. After he had finished assembling his one-man-band, he leaned into the mic. "I'd be happy to start if we want to do the changeover," he said over the din of the house music.
"Thanks so much for coming folks. I really appreciate it," he said as he warmed up. "I really like playing in Brooklyn. I'm not just saying that. Do not tell Albany that. [...] I just basically booked this short tour as an excuse to come visit friends and hang out in New York for a few days." And with that, he launched into a couple of newer song from last year's Vs. Children.
Unlike a number of artists who rely on laptops to generate significant portions of their songs, Owen builds most of the layers on stage, by navigating through a mass of wires, knobs, and keys - his arms often crossing to get the job done. There are definitely perks to seeing an artist who has been creating music for the better part of thirteen years. Owen has an impressive body of songs to pull from, and constantly finds ways to rework them in a live setting. Casiotone songs often fall between the 2 and 3-minute mark, but Owen manages to pack a story into each song thanks to his creative, humorous, and candid lyrics. Owen makes music akin to the heartfelt and often painfully (but endearingly) awkward mumblecore films Mark Duplass and Andrew Bujalski make.
Then, about midway through his set, Owen dropped the bomb. "Thanks to Todd for making the show happen. This is my first time here [at Monster Island] and I'm going to be playing here again in October and that's actually going to be the last Casiotone show in New York. I'm going to stop this in December... and I'll do something else after that."
After this big announcement, Owen began to take requests, and he was immediately met by an avalanche of song titles. "Cold White Christmas!" "Grandmother's Pearls!" "We Have Mice!" "Parthenon!" "When You Were Mine, please!" After just a few seconds, Owen jumped back in. "Alright, alright. Those are good suggestions, thanks." The crowd may have been relatively small, but there's something to be said of fans who actually care enough about the music to have an arsenal full of requests to call out when prompted. "Grandmother's Pearls," ended up winning this time. After each song, audience members called out more and more requests, and Owen usually obliged - even with "Young Shields," which he initially claimed was too bass-heavy to play. Owen closed out his set with "White Jetta" before stepping off stage and making his way through the crowd, receiving pats on the back as he went.
Be sure to check out Casiotone for the Painfully Alone while you still can. The last New York show is on October 15th at Monster Island Basement (all dates on that "final tour) still TBA).
More pictures and Casiotone's setlist from Monster Island, below..