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Mirman Fest 2015
Mirman Fest 2015
Mirman Fest 2015
Mirman Fest 2015

The 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival happened over the weekend with events at The Bell House and Union Hall (and then a EMCF edition of StarTalk Live! on Monday at Beacon Theatre). Among this year's festivities: Mirman's 'Pretty Good Friends' show featured the work of Elegant Too, the production team behind the songs on Bob's Burgers. They brought up different performers to sing the songs, including Jon Spencer & Cristina Martinez (Boss Hog, etc) who did "Sex Song" and a couple others, AC Newman and Eleanor Friedberger performed "Fart School for the Gifted" and "Electric Love" and Mirman sang "Gene's Snake Song." They brought out everyone at the end to cover Blondie's "One Way or Another."

On Sunday, since the Emmys were happening in real life at the same time, the EMCF hosted the Fake Emmys. It should be noted that there were a few past EMCF performers up for real awards, including Amy Schumer, Jon Glaser, Jessi Klein, John Oliver, Josh Gondelman, John Mulaney, Louis CK, not to mention Archer and Bob's Burgers

Other fun things at this year's fest: Mirman hired a mariachi band to play the crowd out; there was free ice cream for everyone on Saturday night; and there were curiosities like the "Eye Contact Booth with Eugene" booths where you could "Get Local Real Estate advice" and "Swear at a Local Broker" and outside Bell House was the "Bounce with someone we paid to compliment you in a bouncy castle." Also: Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, Jessi Klein, Janeane Garofalo, Ira Glass, Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit, Jon Benjamin and many more.

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photo: Thee Oh Sees @ Levitation Austin 2015 (more by PSquared)
Thee Oh Sees at Levitation

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

Thee Oh Sees, Zs, OCDPP @ Warsaw
Coming off their strongest album in a while, Mutilator Defeated at Last, Thee Oh Sees bring their new(ish) two drummer lineup to NYC for the second of three shows with Zs.

The Juan Maclean, Essaie Pas, Heidemann @ Bowery Ballroom
Fresh off a European tour, the Juan Maclean (featuring a hot four-piece lineup, including some rad theremin use) play their first of two NYC shows tonight.

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars @ Brooklyn Bowl
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, this band -- who met in Guinea while fleeing in their native country -- have turned tragedy into powerful, often joyous music.

CIV, Grey Area, Crown of Thornz, Too Many Voices @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Before heading to Chicago for Riot Fest this weekend, Civ's post-Gorilla Biscuits band CIV will make a rare hometown appearance and it's a good bill all around. Fellow '90s-era New York band Grey Area provide direct support, and there's also Danny Diablo's band Crown of Thornz and ex-The Last Crime band Too Many Voices.

Little Wings, Weyes Blood @ Rough Trade
Little Wings (aka Kyle Field) has been making lo-fi folk for a while now, and he sounds good as ever on his new album Explains which is out now on Woodsist. Powerhouse singer Weyes Blood makes this a great double bill.

Toxic Holocaust, Lord Dying, Iron Force, Mauler @ Saint Vitus
Portland thrashers Toxic Holocaust haven't put out a new album since 2013 but they have no lack of quality material to hit us with tonight. Their neighbors and Relapse labelmates Lord Dying (whose new album was produced by Toxic Holocaust frontman Joel Grind) are just as worth catching.

Scott Rogowski, Budd Mishkin, Adam Resnick, Mo Rocca @ Le Poisson Rouge
On this edition of live talk show "Running Late with Scott Rogowski," Scott will be talking with NY1's Budd Mishkin, comedy writer and Get a Life co-creator Adam Resnick, and comedy/TV-personality Mo Rocca.

The Orb, Michna Music Hall of Williamsburg
Dub chillout pioneers The Orb have been providing the soundtrack to some people's comedown for 25 years now. With a new album, Moonbuilding 2703 AD, under their belts, be ready for liftoff. This is their first of two shows.

Tomorrow's Tulips, Gingerlys, Green Pages @ Shea Stadium
Costa Mesa, CA trio Tomorrows Tulips make lo-fi indiepop with a flower power bent, and have records out on the Burger Label. Tonight's a good show all-around with shoegazy indiepoppers Gingerlys and Green Pages (ex German Measles/Beets).

Beirut @ The Bell House
With their new album, No No No, out tomorrow, Beirut are playing it in full tonight as part of NPR's All Song's Considered Live series. It's a free show but you had to RSVP.

John Hodgman @ Union Hall
John Hodgman, who seems to be on every decent comedy series on TV these days, is heading out on a tour called "Vacationland"  this weekend. Before he leaves, he's playing two warm-up shows in Brooklyn. This one, in Union Hall's tiny downstairs, is unsurprisingly sold out.

Marty Friedman, Exmortus, Metalfier @ Gramercy Theatre
Since leaving Megadeth, Marty Friedman has become a very popular shred guitarist in his current home country of Japan. Now he's finally back in the USA for his first tour here since 2003.

Palmistry @ Union Pool
London producer Benjy Keating has been putting out material under the Palmistry moniker, as well as collaborating with Triad God, Dracula Lewis, Sunless '97 and Felicita since 2011. If you dig the futuristic pop of PC Music or SOPHIE (who contributed to his 2013 single "Catch") but want something a little less novelty, Palmistry will probably be right up your alley.

Darude @ Cielo
The guy who wrote "Sandstorm" is playing NYC tonight. That is all.

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Wilco's annual festival Solid Sound returns this year from June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and the 2015 lineup has been announced. Joining Wilco will be Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Tweedy, Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson Trio, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, Ryley Walker, Felice Brothers, Autumn Defense, Cibo Matto, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, NRBQ and more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Wilco have other tour dates coming up too, including NY-area jam band festival Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 30 - August 2 in Bridgeport, CT's Seaport Park with Weezer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, Gregg Allman, Dark Star Orchestra ft. Melvin Seals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more. Full initial lineup here. Tickets here.

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photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fleetwood Mac

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

Fleetwood Mac @ Madison Square Garden
Fleetwood Mac are now back with their entire classic lineup -- Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- and tonight they begin their multi-night NYC-area run, this being the only show in NYC proper. They've still got it and they play all the hits, so see them while you still can. They're saying they may stop touring after this year.

Sufjan Stevens, Yarn/Wire @ BAM
While Sufjan will release his first studio album since 2010 this March, ahead of that he's premiering a new piece called Round-Up at BAM which continues tonight and runs through Sunday (1/25). Sufjan will be on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire is on piano and percussion.

Just Blaze's House Party w/ Joey Bada$$, Statik Selektah, & more
Joey Bada$$ put out his official debut album, B4.DA.$$, this week, and it saw him staying true to his '90s influences but pushing his sound forward too. Tonight's his third NYC show of the week, part of Just Blaze's weekly party at Webster Hall.

Amen Dunes, Kevin Morby, Nude Beach @ Bowery Ballroom
Amen Dunes' psych rock sounded better than ever on last year's Love, and this week he revisited and updated four of its songs on a new EP. Tonight's show is an all-around great lineup with former Woods member/Babies co-frontman Kevin Morby and power poppers Nude Beach.

Dawn Richard @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Dawn Richard's new album Blackheart takes "alternative R&B" and pushes it into all kinds of different directions, with exceptional production. Tonight you can see how these wild sounds translate live.

Lydia Lunch, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Miss Guy, Sherry Vine, Matt Hitt, DJ Jonathan Toubin @ Bowery Electric
Another of the many shows Jonathan Toubin is DJing in NYC this month, and this one's got a great lineup: no wave legend Lydia Lunch, punk pioneer Handsome Dick Manitoba (of The Dictators), NYC club fixture Miss Guy, drag queen Sherry Vine, and Drowners singer Matt Hitt.

Alejandro Escovedo @ City Winery
Punk rocker turned roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo will celebrate his 64th birthday with his annual residency at NYC's City Winery. For this year's residency, he'll be playing his first three solo albums full across three nights, starting tonight with 1992's Gravity.

Father, Junglepussy, Glass Gang @ Baby's All Right
Get a double dose of futuristic rap from Father and Junglepussy, plus an opening set from Brooklyn electropoppers Glass Gang.

Kid Millions, Mick Barr, Sarah Bernstein, Stuart Popejoy, GDFX, Ava Mendoza, Brat Pit @ Silent Barn
They're calling this night the "Ice Melter," featuring a bevy of hot experimental-leaning musicians, including a collaboration between Oneida's Kid Millions, Mick Barr, Sarah Berstein and Stuart Popejoy, a solo set from Liturgy/Guardian Alien's Greg Fox (GDFX), and more.

Honduras, The Teen Age, The Yin Tangs, Sunset Guns, Best Behavior @ Coco 66
Yes, Coco 66 still exists and has shows, even if it's been out of the spotlight for a while. Tonight's a nice lineup of local bands headlined by the very talented Honduras.

Gingerlys, Mumblr, Palehound, Fern Mayo @ Shea Stadium
Somewhere between indiepop and shoegaze like the catchy sounds of Gingerys who are currently working on the first album. Catch 'em in action tonight with also-great locals Palehound and more.

John Hodgman's Secret Society @ Bell House
John Hodgman's society (of comedy concerns) isn't so much a secret anymore, having outgrown its old home of Union Hall and may soon do the same for its new one -- tonight's sold out.

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Patton OswaltPatton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt has a pretty flipping full agenda right now. He has a new book called Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film coming out Tuesday (1/6):

So this new one - Silver Screen Fiend - is looser but better structured. It's about a very specific period of my life. May 20th, 1995 to May 20th, 1999. Those four years when I'd just moved to Los Angeles. Alternative comedy rooms like The Un-Cabaret, The Largo, and dozens of other gone-forever spaces where I could go onstage, sometimes two or three times a night, and develop as a comedian at nitro speed.

And helping - and often hindering - my development was The New Beverly Cinema (and a lot of other gone-forever rep theaters like Tales Cafe and The Four Star) where I became addicted to cinema. And not in a refined way. Not as a connoisseur. I had a meth addict's appetite. Four, five movies a day. In theaters.

On release day (1/6) at Barnes and Noble Union Square, Patton will read from the new book and talk about it too with John Hodgman. That is free and happens at 7 PM. That's part of a a lengthy book tour that also includes a stop in Jersey City at Word Bookstore on Thursday (1/8) where he'll be in conversation with Patrick Wilson.

Also this week, Patton will also be appearing at The Kevin Corrigan Show which happens Thursday (1/8) at 9:30 PM at Brit Pack (153 Lafayette Street, Manhattan) where the other guests will be Tom Scharpling and Kathleen Hanna. With free admission, an unbelievable line-up, and no advance ticketing, I have a feeling getting into this intimate thing is gonna be a bit of a nightmare, so maybe line-up early.

Patton also has a pretty full stand-up tour booked that will find him at Carnegie Hall on Friday (1/9). A handful of tickets are available right now, so don't snooze and, thus, looze.

All Patton Oswalt dates are listed below...

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Real Estate at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Real Estate

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

Soulside, Sweet Jesus @ Saint Vitus
Before there was Girls Against Boys, members of that band were in Dischord/DC post-hardcore band Soulside, who broke up back in 1989 but have influenced a ton of bands since. Now they're back and tonight's their second of two NYC shows at Saint Vitus (both sold out). Opening is Sweet Jesus, who feature members of Have Heart, Verse, Dropdead and Soul Control, and are a pretty good fit.

Opeth, In Flames, Red Fang @ Terminal 5
Metal vets Opeth continued their trek into straight up progressive rock on this year's Pale Communion. Tonight they play the big Terminal 5 with Swedish DMers In Flames and Portland riffers Red Fang.

Walter Martin, Kat Edmonson @ Joe's Pub
Having released holiday single "I Walk So Slow (Under The Mistletoe)," together Walter Martin (of Walkmen) and Kat Edmonson will now celebrate the season with a festive show.

Real Estate, Shorts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Real Estate cap off a very busy year with this free show presented by Converse Rubber Tracks. All free tickets have been claimed already, natch.

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwrigh @ Town Hall
Rufus & Martha Wainwright are celebrating the holiday shows with two shows at Town Hall this week, this being the second. The lineup is loaded with diverse and impressive names including much of the Wainwright family, country singer Emmylou Harris, NYC indie vets Cibo Matto, and the long-active all-around great performer Justin Vivian Bond.

Ice Choir, Maxo, DV-i @ Cameo Gallery
With his current project Ice Choir, Kurt Feldman (TPOBPAH, Depreciation Guild) uncannily recreates '80s new romantic synthpop. Tonight's a release show celebrating their new "Pure Holiday" single.

Maxo, Life Size Maps, Limited, Visuals @ Baby's All Right
Fans of Ice Choir might be a little torn tonight, as Limited (aka Alex Craig of Big Troubles and Ducktails) is working in the same millieu, and tonight's show also features Maxo who is also playing tonight's show at Cameo.

Delicate Steve, Celestial Shore, Jason Bartell (of Fang Island) @ Glasslands
Glasslands has less than two weeks left, and tonight you can check out an excellent lineup of indie rock bands that all exude instrumental technique. Go while you can.

The Black Madonna, Jacques Renault @ Glasslands
The string of final Glasslands shows continues late tonight after the Delicate Steve show with Jacques Renault's 'Let's Play House' party, which has called the Williamsburg venue home many times.

Mitski, Bellows, Small Wonder, 100 Watt Horse @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Mitski's latest album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, has made her one of the local Brooklyn scene's more exciting new artists, and it's gotten a bit of year-end acclaim. Tonight she plays with two bands in the talented Epoch collective, Bellows and Small Wonder, as well as 100 Watt Horse.

Nels Cline Ring Nebula Project, Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways, Cactus Truck, Cloud Becomes Your Hand @ Trans-Pecos
Two impressive avant-guitarists, Nels Cline and Ava Mendoza, lead bands for tonight's show. Also on the bill is Cactus Truck (from the Netherlands) and one of NYC's better experimental pop bands, Cloud Becomes Your Hand.

Nashville Pussy, Valient Thorr, Against The Grain @ Gramercy Theatre
Nashville Pussy and Valient Thorr bring a double dose of southern heavy metal and partying to Gramercy Theatre tonight. Beers shall be flung.

Har Mar Superstar, Jim Jones, Michael Cummings (of Skaters) @ Bowery Electric
This is the holiday edition of party 'Sally Can't Dance' featuring a host of cool guest appearances, including Har Mar and Jim Jones, plus DJs Jesse Malin and Alix Brown.

Talibam!, Matt Nelson, Brian Chase, robbie l, Adam Starbucks @ Manhattan Inn
Longrunning Brooklyn duo Talibam! headline this night of experimental/drone/noise that also features Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase. Free, though donations are suggested.

Krill, Palberta, Big Neck Police, Show Me The Body, Big Neck Police @ Shea Stadium
Krill's third album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is coming out on February 17 via Exploding In Sound / Double Double Whammy, and its new single "Torturer" is another good example of their Spencer Krug meets Western Mass-style rock. You can stream it below.

Pilot to Gunner, Bound and Buried, The Judas Knife, Our Skies Are Noise @ The Acheron
Early 2000s-era post-hardcore band Pilot to Gunner were inactive for a while, but lately they've been anything but. Here's another chance to catch them in their hometown.

John Hodgman @ Grand Masonic Lodge
John Hodgman hosts his monthly Secret Society Meeting, this time given a subtitle, "Public Holiday Spectacle." Note though previous Secret Society meetings have been at Union Hall, this is at the Grand Masonic Lodge in the Flatiron District.

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Cibo Matto @ Central Park Summerstage (more by Adela Loconte)

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

tUnE-YaRds, Cibo Matto, Beep! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
tUnE-yArDs dove further into their world of quirky, eccentric pop on this year's Nikki Nack, and Cibo Matto returned with their first album since 1999 which had them still in good form. Tonight concludes their four-night run at MHOW.

Fred Schneider, Lena Hall, Miriam Shor, David Johansen, Stephen Trask, Michael C. Hall, Tits of Clay @ The Hills NYC
Don Hill's was the birthplace of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, and Stephen Trask returns to the venue (now called The Hills NYC) for this Don Hill tribute that also benefits benefitting youth addiction nonprofit Road Recovery. He's brought current Hedwig start Michael C Hall (of Dexter and Six Feet Under), along with a few other notable friends.

Max Richter @ Bowery Ballroom
Great contemporary composer Max Richter is billing this show as 'The Leftovers and The Blue Notebooks,' the latter being the name of his acclaimed 2004 album and the former being the name of the HBO series that aired over the summer that he soundtracked.

Sloan Wainwright, Peter Stampfel, Cosy Sheridan, Muppeteer Peter Linz, Sam McTavey @ CIty Winery
While Rufus and Martha's holiday shows are still to come, tonight their aunt Sloan (who also plays their show) does her own smaller holiday show at City Winery. Especially of note on the lineup is folk legend Peter Stampfel.

Kendra Morris, Kiah Victoria, The Side Project, Quiet Life @ Brooklyn Bowl
Diverse lineup for Brooklyn Bowl's "School Night!" show tonight with soul singer Kendra Morris, electropop singer Kiah Victoria, saxophone quartet The Side Project, and folk/roots rockers Quiet Life. Free with RSVP which is open til 3 PM, or $8 at the door without

Avan Lava, Reverend John DeLore @ Littlefield
Tonight is a benefit for Andrew Schneider's multimedia art project YOUARENOWHERE, featuring a live performance by over-the-top dance act Avan Lava. Admission includes a drink ticket.

X blank X, Blues Control, Silk Purse @ Monty Hall (NJ)
Mid 70's Cleveland art punk band X__X reformed earlier in 2014 for their first live shows in 35 years.

Trivia Night For Cheaters w/ John Hodgman @ The Bell House
John Hodgman takes advantage of his know-it-all persona as quizmaster for this night benefitting for kids' creative writing outlet 826NYC.

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Aimee Mann

As discussed, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (aka The Both) are playing Christmas shows this December, including three in the NYC area -- 12/10 at Tarrytown Music Hall (tickets), 12/12 at The Space at Westbury (tickets) and 12/13 at NYC's Town Hall (tickets).

Since we last spoke, guests have been added to those shows. Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, who Aimee recently performed with at a Big Star tribute (videos below) and who starred in The Both's "Volunteers of America" video, is on almost all dates. The NYC-area shows will also include geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Other dates on the tour include comedians Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Best Week Ever), Tim & Eric's Tim Heidecker and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman. Updated dates are listed below.

Aimee and Ted also released a new Christmas song called "Nothing Left to Do (Let's Make This Christmas Blue)." You can download that on iTunes and stream it via Spotify below.

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Tweedy were just in NYC for a show at BAM and today they've released the video for single "Low Key" from Jeff and Spencer's debut album, Sukierae. It was directed by master woodworker and Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman and has the Tweedys forced to schlep their LP door-to-door due to label cutbacks. There are a ton of cameos in the video, including Michael Shannon, John Hodgman, Conan O'Brien, Chance the Rapper and many more. Also...twist ending! You can watch it below.

You may remember that Jeff Tweedy starred in the season 6 finale of Parks & Rec. You can revisit that now; season 6 was just added to Netflix.

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Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle has always been a storyteller, it's a wonder he's never written a book before now. Yet Wolf In White Van is his first novel. It's out on Tuesday (9/16) via Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and here's the synopsis:

Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian--a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail--Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America.

Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.

You can listen to Darnielle read an excerpt from Wolf In White Van's audiobook below. You can also hear him read from it in person as Darnielle starts a book tour next week, starting in NYC on Monday (9/15) at Le Poisson Rouge with John Hodgman there to, presumably, coax anecdotes out of him. Doors are at 6:30 PM, it starts at 7:30 and it's free to attend. As for what to expect, here's John himself:

Dear anybody whose question "will there be a book tour?" I have seemed to ignore, please know that I was not ignoring you, but that there was a plan to tell people about the tour I'll be doing for Wolf In White Van. I am constitutionally predisposed to call this plan a dark and evil plan, but honestly I don't see how going places and reading from my book can really be thought of as dark and evil, though I will do my best...

...it seems probable that a number of people who like our music will also be interested in the book, but for purposes of clarity be advised that I am leaving my guitar at home for this one and will play no songs on this tour, though I can't promise that Mr. Hodgman and I won't do an a capella chorus or two of "Sing a Song About Love", or possibly "We Bite."

See you out there!

All John Darnielle book dates are listed, along with the audio excerpt stream, below...

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A new literary series called "Unbound" will bring "today's most renowned authors to Brooklyn for the exclusive national launch of their latest works" to BAM from September 21 - November 4. It consists of four events:

September 21: Daniel Kehlmann with Zadie Smith

October 21: Lena Dunham with Zadie Smith

October 29: Herbie Hancock with Sasha Frere-Jones

November 4: John Cleese with John Hodgman

The Lena Dunham event is already sold out but tickets to the Herbie Hancock and John Cleese events are on sale now for Friends of BAM, and will go on sale September 15 to the general public. Both have ticket options that include a copy of their new books. The Daniel Kellman event, which happens at Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom, is free.

John Cleese's new memoir is titled So, Anyway; Herbie Hancock's is titled Possibilities.

The Notwist at Webster Hall in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Notwist

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

The Notwist, Jel (from Themselves/13 & God) @ Webster Hall
German band The Notwist released Closer to the Glass, their first album in five years, back in February which found them still melting glitchy electronics and krauty indie rock together with skill.

Turnip King, Kissing Is A Crime, Idiot Son, Bronko Lelich @ Baby's All Right
Baby's All Right hosts free shows on Mondays, and tonight's line-up is solid as an indie rock, with Sea Cliff, Long Island's Turnip King headlining. While we're on the subject of Baby's All Right, their delicious/deady Pink Baby frozen cocktails are only a buck during happy hour (5 - 8 PM) every day during June.

Rich Homie Quan, Jon Connor, Ty Dolla $ign, Troy Ave, Lil Bibby, August Alsina, Jarren Benton, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates @ Best Buy Theater
It's the XXL 2014 Freshman Class' NYC showcase tonight with some great upcoming names including Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates and more.

Robot Death Kites, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Hex Net, Adult Dude @ Death by Audio
Masked and screaming, Robot Death Kites are a Yuppie Death Nightmare on their new casette, which you can stream below. Adult Dude make good Dinosaur Jr/Superchunk style rock and are worth catching too.

Peter Murphy, Ringo Deathstarr @ Irving Plaza
Peter Murphy just released his new album, Lion, which was produced by Youth of Killing Joke and, as the title might imply, is a little wilder than we've heard the former Bauhaus singer be in a while. Lion definitely roars. Tonight's show is opened by superior shoegaze trio Ringo Deathstarr who roar, too.

This Converse Rubber Tracks Live show is free as long as you RSVPed (but entry is still first come, first served) and is headlined by upcoming West Coast rapper IAMSU.

Life Size Maps, The Veda Rays, Council, How Sad, Aly Tadros @ Pianos
This show is part of the New Music Seminar (not that you noticed), featuring a nice array of local talent, including underappreciated synth-rock band Life Size Maps.

The Orwells @ Rough Trade
Chicago's The Orwells just released their second album, Disgraceland, and are celebrating that tonight. To get into the show you need to have bought the album at Rough Trade before the show. There's a TBA afterparty too.

Ed Askew, Abhay Singh @ Manhattan Inn (FREE)
Ed Askew is nothing short of a legend in folk music. His '60s material lives up today and lucky for us he is currently a very active musician. Any chance to see him is one worth taking.

Trickstar, Rivergazer, Benjamin Shepherd, Issac Gillespie & Ian Davis Duo @ Palisades
Rivergazer is the project of Kevin Farrant, who you may know as the guitarist in Porches, though this is a little poppier than that band. Show's at Palisades (906 Broadway in Brooklyn) and admission is $5 at the door. Stream a track below.

John Hodgman @ Union Hall
Erudite author, actor, Daily Show correspondent, comedian and general bon vivant John Hodgman hosts another of his Secret Society shows at Union Hall. Advance tickets are sold out, but there may be a few at the door if you get there early.

The Kondabolu Brothers, Todd Barry, Adam Cayton-Holland, John Early, Allison Leiby, Ramon Rivas II @ Littlefield
The Kondabolu Brothers guest host Night Train tonight (Wyatt Cenac is elsewhere this week), with a strong lineup of funny guests.

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

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Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

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Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neil Young

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

Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall
Neil Young did the Crazy Horse thing for much of 2012 and 2013, playing some excellent, noisy shows, and tonight he begins a four-night run at Carnegie Hall, which will presumably be more stripped down and show off his prettier side.

Potty Mouth, Radiator Hospital, Kissing Is A Crime @ Glasslands
Tonight Glasslands hosts an excellent double bill of punky indie rock (or indie rock-y punk) with the deadpan melodies of Potty Mouth and the #feelings bedroom rock of Radiator Hospital. Local post-punks Kissing Is A Crime open, and they're worth catching too.

Child Abuse, I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues, Nebadon, Weakwick @ Silent Barn
Local faves Child Abuse bring the heavy, technical noise to Silent tonight, and there's a strong support bill, including I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues (whose lineup includes Mick Barr of Krallice) and savage Minneapolis noise rockers Weakwick.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. This early show is sold out.

John Hodgman @ Union Hall
Right after Birbiglia wraps up, John Hodgman will take over Union Hall for a show he's calling "Daddy Pitchfork." We're not sure exactly what that is, but it's sold out.

Wyatt Cenac's Night Train @ Littlefield
Get on board Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show, this week with guests Max Silvestri, Dan St. Germain, Tiffany Stevenson, Justy Dodge and more. Tickets are still available.

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

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Mazzy Star at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mazzy Star

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

Mazzy Star, Psychic Ills, Mariee Sioux @ Terminal 5
Mazzy Star just released their first album in 17 years, and Seasons of Your Day finds Hope Sandoval and David Roback sounding dreamy as ever. Psychic Ills, Mariee Sioux open tonight's sold-out show.

Cold Cave, Bad Girlfriend, Young Boys, Nothing @ Tammany Hall
Tonight is the latest Red Bull Sound Selects show, featuring gothy headliners Cold Cave. Like all RBSS shows, this one is $3 but you do need to RSVP.

Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest @ Barclays Center
Kanye's got two of the biggest, if not the biggest, rap albums of the current decade under his belt, and an elaborate stage show to deliver the material live. This show is doubly special because it's the first of A Tribe Called Quest's two "final" shows.

Minor Alps (Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Juliana Hatfield) @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock vets Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws make a good musical couple; Minor Alps' debut is tuneful and smart, and one of 2013's underrated albums. Stream it via Rdio.

Mavis Staples, Jake La Boyz @ City Winery
Soul legend Mavis Staples (of The Staple Singers) is still very active, touring consistently and continuing to release new music (including this year's Jeff Tweedy of Wilco-produced One True Vine). Tonight she returns to NYC for her second time this year for a three-night run at City Winery. This is night 3.

Rice Cultivation Society, Unicycle Loves You, All Forces, Maya Vik @ Pianos
Do you like Rhythm Nation-era Janet Jackson and the late-'80s production style of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis in general? So does Norwegian singer and model Maya Vik, who mimics that style on her new EP with precision accuracy. Stream a couple tracks below.

Royal Canoe, Starlight Girls, Beast Patrol @ Glasslands
Canada's Royal Canoe make relatively arty indie pop, and tonight they return to NYC for a headlining show at Glasslands.

Joe McPhee, Richard Hell, Arto Lindsay, The Thing @ Guggenheim Museum
This show is in celebration of the Guggenheim's Christopher Wool exhibit, and features jazz multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, punk legend/writer Richard Hell (who has been doing live readings lately), no wave vet/composer Arto Lindsay, and free-jazz collective The Thing.

David Sedaris @ Carnegie Hall
Author and humorist David Sedaris, who released Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls earlier this year, returns to Carnegie Hall for a solo evening for anecdotes, quips and stories in his typical sardonic style.

A Benefit for Corrine! @ Union Pool
Naked Heroes, Callers and many more will be performing tonight with all proceeds going to help a friend's medical costs. More details here.

Anasazi, Green Beret, Condition, Rank, The Three Muskateers @ The Acheron
NYC's make intense, gothy post-punk, and they've been playing a lot lately but are always worth catching.

Noting Changes w/ The Hunt @ Home Sweet Home
This weekly fog-machine-fueled darkwave party celebrates the reissue of The Hunt's 2009 album with a reunion performance from the now-defunct band (two of whom are now in Cult of Youth).

Fellow Project, Earworms, Suaka, Somerset Thrower @ Saint Vitus
This is a solid melodic punk show with sets from Fellow Project, Earworms, and Somerset Thrower. (Suaka are on the bill too but are a metal band.)

Satellite of Love: A Tribute to Lou Reed @ Rodeo Bar
Speed the Plough, King Missile's John S. Hall, Babe the Blue Ox, and lots more artists will be performing songs by Lou Reed and telling stories and reciting lyrics. 9 PM - midnight, free.

The Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's playing tonight, but you can check Max's Twitter.

John Hodgman: Secret Society was supposed to happen tonight at Union Hall but is being rescheduled.

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

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Offerman in 'Somebody Up There Likes Me'

Nick Offerman, who we recently interviewed, produced and stars in new comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me, which also features Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, and Kevin Corrigan. The film also features a score by Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio. Here's the synopsis:

Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman stars in this deadpan comedic fable with touches of the supernatural. In possession of a magical suitcase, Max (Poulson), his best friend Sal (Offerman), and the woman they both adore stumble through 35 years of unfulfilling entanglements. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year's Locarno Film Festival, this "highly original and delightfully unorthodox" (The Hollywood Reporter) ensemble piece features an original score by Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, showcases stunning animated sequences by Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly), stars Will & Grace's Megan Mullaly and character actor Marshall Bell (Total Recall), and boasts cameos by indie stalwarts Andrew Bujalski, Alex Ross Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil, and others.
You can watch the trailer below.

The film premieres in NYC this week at BAM Rose Cinemas (Mar 29--Apr 4). The 7 and 9:30 PM screenings on Friday, March 29 will also feature Q&A's with Offerman, Baio, Poulson and director Bob Byington. On Saturday, March 30, the 7 PM screening has a Q&A with Offerman and Byington, and the 9:30 with Offerman, Byington, and Poulson. Get your tickets now.

Doug Benson, in caricature form...

In other comedy/movie news, Doug Benson will be in NYC on April 2 at Gramercy Theatre to do a live taping of his popular Doug Loves Movies podcast. That is sold out, but he just added another Gramercy DLM appearance on July 1 and tickets for that show are on sale now and still available. All Doug Benson dates are below.

Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac's Night Train comedy show happens at Littlefield every Monday. This week's (3/25) guests include Hari Kondabolu, John F. O'Donnell, Rojo Perez, Ed Gavagan, and John McKeeverTickets are still available.

Speaking of Wyatt, he'll also be at The Bell House on March 31 as part of Tell Your Friends! The Spring Fling! with Janeane Garofalo, W. Kamau Bell and Allison Castillo. Tickets are still available.

Similarly named and at the same venue a few days later, Pretty Good Friends with hosts Eugene Mirman and John Hodgman comes to The Bell House on April 3. Wyatt Cenac will be at this one too, as will H. Jon Benjamin of Archer/Bob's Burgers/etc fame. Tickets are still available!

One more: A live taping of Julie Klausner's How Was Your Week? podcast happens at The Bell House on April 5. Guests include Max Silvestri, Ted Leo, chef Pichet Ong, and Siggy Flicker. Tickets are still available.

The Somebody Up There Likes Me trailer and Doug Benson tour dates are listed below...

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Solid Sound

We already told you that the 2013 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will go down June 21 - 23 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The line-up has now been revealed and includes sets from Yo La Tengo, Os Mutantes, Low, The Dream Syndicate, Reggie Watts, onetime Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy, Neko Case and more. And Wilco, of course. "Early Worm" tickets are sold out but you can still get "Early Bird" and regular three-day passes here.

Full line-up for 2013 Solid Sound fest is below...

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Paul F Tompkins

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins is taking his "Thrilling Adventure Hour" on tour this year and will bring it to NYC on May 11 at The Bell House for two shows (early and late) with Paget Brewster, John Hodgman (who named Paul's "Laboring Under Delusions Live in Brooklyn" one of his favorite things of 2012), James Urbaniak, and Marc Evan Jackson. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

A list of all dates and a video below...

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by Klaus Kinski


John Kellogg Hodgman is a 41 year old author, actor, auctioneer, and humorist with one of the most fertile brains and diverse CVs in the biz. To the masses, Hodgman is probably best known as a Daily Show correspondent and as the personification of the "PC" in those numerous, insufferable and divisive Mac v. PC advertisements broadcast by the Macintosh Department of Propaganda. But those two facets of his career are small potatoes when you consider he's also written three books and, well... JESUS! Just look at his Wikipedia page!

His most recent tome, That Is All, came out in paperpack back in October and is the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. In addition to offering readers tips on the impending demise of the world as we know it on Friday (12/21/12), the book covers other topics including sports and wine and also features a list of seven hundred ancient and unspeakable gods. This man is a meticulous list-smith.

I found Hodgman to be an truly wonderful auctioneer at the Tom Scharpling/Ted Leo Sandy Benefit at the Bell House a couple weeks ago (Friday, December 7 to be specific). His banter was absolutely hilarious, but when the bids started flying he immediately assumed the role of veteran auctioneer and was able to keep drunken non-bidders quiet while keeping the actual bidding in perfect control. And as you will see from the list below, John Hodgman really likes the Bell House. As a matter of fact, be sure to check him out at the Bell House Friday December 21 where he will be doing two special THAT IS ALL live shows in one special evening. Sadly the 10:00pm late show is sold out, but the 7:00pm early show still has some vacancies. Get early show tix now before they are gone!!

UPDATE! John will be previewing That is All tonight (12/17) at Long Island City club The Creek and Cave . 8 PM and it's FREE.

And now, I present to you, The TEN BEST THINGS OF 2012 by John Hodgman:

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Brooke Shields and Tom Scharpling (via Patrick Cotnoir)
Brooke Shields

Tom Scharpling, Ted Leo, and Marianne Ways put together "A Very Special Benefit Show" on Friday (12/7) at the Bell House with a great lineup of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Chris Elliott (joined by Adam Resnick), John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner (joined by Gary the Squirrel), Andrew W.K., Kristen Schaal, previously revealed surprise guests TItus Andronicus, and a secret appearance by Brooke Shields. The show began with an intro by Ted Leo and Tom Scharpling, and then the many acts began their (relatively short) sets with auctions spliced in between. Later on in the show, Tom and Ted returned to the stage together to interview Brooke Shields, and before Andrew WK's closing set, Ted played a song on stage with the auction winner. To end the night, after Andrew WK's set, he was joined on stage by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and members of Titus for a killer cover of "Louie Louie." A picture of the setlist from the show is below.

Ted Leo was also added to the previously mentioned Concert & Comedy For Sandy Animals: Benefit for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue, which takes place at Littlefield TONIGHT (12/9) with Michael Showalter, Casey Shea, The National Reserve, Jena Friedman, Colleen Pelletier (video), and Rawan Rihani (art). Supercute were initially supposed to play but they had to cancel. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

In case you missed it, Tom Scharpling also made the mix tape for the first of Yo La Tengo's eight Hanukkah shows last night (12/8). Last night's openers were The Raybeats and Emo Philips. Any guesses on who opens tonight?

Setlist from the Tom Scharpling benefit below...

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Ted Leo at MHOW earlier this month (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Ted Leo

There are a lot of benefits happening to aid Hurricane Sandy relief, and all are very much needed. Many of them are happening at The Bell House as you may have read, such as " The Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook!" which happens on Wednesday (11/21). WFMU's Tom Scharpling, friend to comedians and indie rock royalty both, has gone through his rolodex to put together a pretty killer benefit that will go down at The Bell House on December 7 and features Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Chris Elliott, John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner, Andrew W.K. and "Surprise Guests!" Sometimes when people say "surprise guests" it means "we're still trying to book more acts" but in Scharpling's case it is likely to be the kind to get excited about. Tickets are on sale now and 100% of proceeds go to Occupy Sandy and Staten Island's Stephen Siller Foundation.

In related news, the night before the Bell House benefit (12/6) Chris Elliot will be performing with his comedian daughters Abby and Bridey at The Pit as part of Running Late with Marty Rogowsky. Tickets are on sale for that too. Additionally, fans of Mr. Elliot may already know that a DVD box set of his '90s cult TV show Get A Life came out back in September.

Ted Leo and Andrew W.K have a few other 2012 dates coming up (not together) and those are listed below.

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by Klaus Kinski

Wyatt Cenac

I am going to spare you my usual editorializing and get right to the meat of the situation here. Basically, there is an absolute shit-ton of comedy and benefit type shows coming to the Bell House. I hope you like brass tacks, because I'm going to get right down to them.

Hey, did you get tickets for PROFESSOR BLASTOFF LIVE with Hosts Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, David Huntsberger plus a special guest? It happens at the Bell House on Saturday November 17 (aka this Saturday!) and, man, it sure as hell sold out.

On Wednesday (11/21), the Bell House will play host to The Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook! starring Rosanne Cash and featuring Alex Battles and the Whisky Spitter Rebellion and B61: A film by Michael Buscemi. Here's more:

The evening kicks off with a square dance, hosted by NYC Barn Dance. Roseanne Cash will headline the evening, and Jesse Lenat, John Pinamonti and the Brotherhood of the Whiskey Spitter Rebellion will play. Michael Buscemi will screen his new film on the bus that runs through Red Hook, called "B61."

This show will benefit Restore Red Hook. Restore Red Hook aims to raise funds to help the small businesses of Red Hook, Brooklyn reopen their doors as soon as possible after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

Tickets are on sale now.

On Sunday, November 25th at 8:00pm, as mentioned, the Bell House and Pretty Good Friends team up for a Hurricane Relief Benefit featuring A Very Funny 'F*ck You' To Sandy. The show will be hosted by Eugene Mirman and feature comedy from a powerhouse line up including Jon Glaser, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia , Michael Che and more. I am vexed that this show isn't sold out, so get your tickets now!!

Wyatt Cenac at Prospect Park, August 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Wyatt Cenac

And speaking of Wyatt Cenac, check him out a little less than a month later at the much smaller Union Hall when, on Friday December 21, he'll be part of the comedy roster at The Afterlife Comedy Show. The show is gang-hosted by Emily Heller, George Gordon, Erin Judge, and Josh Gondelman. The show is a measly eight bucks and besides Wyatt and the awesome hosts and hostess there will be more comedy to boot!

On Friday November 30 Nick Kroll, one of my all time favorite comedians, takes the stage for a headlining show at the Bell House. Sadly, this show sold out faster than a speeding bullet. I am still recovering from wounds sustained during a self-flagellation sesh I performed on myself upon realizing this had happened. But keep your eye on the Bell House twitter feed in case they release more tickets. Or, go hang outside the venue before the show because I promise you there will be many-a nimrod out there with extra tickets they'd sell for face.

Allow me to go ahead and continue to mention another great Wyatt Cenac related show, this one happening at the Bell House on Wednesday December 5th; for on Wednesday December 5th you can thrill to the THE TELL YOUR FRIENDS! THE CONCERT FILM! RELEASE SHOW/SANDY BENEFIT (caps totally necessary). Join host Liam McEneaney as he brings to the stage Wyatt Cenac, Aaron Freeman (formerly Gene Ween), Christian Finnegan, Victor Varnado, A Brief View of The Hudson, Rob Paravonian , and more! The guests WILL be quite special, your money is going to a good cause, and it's not sold out yet. Get yer tix now!

And don't forget about Wyatt's weekly show "Night Train" which happens at Littlefield.

On Thursday December 6 the Bell House will be the site of two live podcast recordings of How Did This Get Made? A Live Podcast With Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael. The early show went on sale and promptly sold out, but they added a late show (Thank Cod!) and tix for that are currently still available. Kaboom!

Flash forward a week later to Thursday December 13 and the Bell House will play host to The Party Machine's 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit Blowout! The show is hosted by the EXTREMELY funny and wonderful Arden Myrin and Lisa Delarios and features and atomic line-up of comedians including Jon Glaser, Chris Gethard, Sheng Wang, Janeane Garofalo and Adira Amram and the Experience. Tickets are only $12 and it will sell out, so git along l'il doggie and buy some tix!

Then on Wednesday December 19th catch TODD BARRY 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN COMEDY SHOW featuring Janeane Garofalo, Ted Alexandro, Jim Gaffigan and more! Thanks to that skank hurricane Sandy, Todd's first attempt at a 25th anniversary show was left in ruins so this is your make up date people. No excuses. This show WILL SELL OUT, so get your tickets right this very second. This show is a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Two days later on Friday December 21, toddle on over to the Bell House for John Hodgman: That Is All. December 21, 2012 is the last day of the Mayan long count calendar and many buffoons and dipshits are prophesizing that this day marks certain doom for mankind. Along with musician Cynthia Hopkins and other special guests, Hodgman will count down to midnight, when his predictions will be proved TRUE! Or else FALSE! Tickets are on sale, but not for long! I prophesize a sell out!

"Whoever said sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, is a fucking idiot. Not only that, it stops me killing people" - Ricky Gervais last night at NYCF (via @newyorkcomedyfest)

John Hodgman and Ricky Gervais @ NYCF 11/07/2012 (via @yarp4cornetto)
Ricky Gervais

The New York Comedy Festival got underway last night with Ricky Gervais shooting the breeze with John Hodgman at Town Hall. The fest keeps the laughs going all weekend.Tonight's (11/8) big event is the "Stand Up for Heroes" benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation at Beacon Theatre with Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Robin Williams, John Maher and Roger Waters. Would you be surprised to learn that it's sold out? Well it is, and was also really expensive, but the good news is you can watch it online for free at 8pm EST!

Other shows tonight include Artie Lange at Town Hall, and Shawn and Marlon Wayans at Carolines (and you can still get tickets to those shows).

Other events this weekend include Patton Oswalt at Town Hall and Aziz Ansari at The Apollo on Friday (11/9), not to mention the Ben Stiller Show reunion at the Paley Center; Jim Gaffigan at The Apollo, Rob Delaney at NYU Skirball Center and Kevin Hart at MSG on Saturday (11/10); and Robin Williams in conversation with David Steinberg at 92nd St. Y on Sunday (11/11). There are lots of other shows happening as well, and full schedule and tickets are at the NYCF2012 website.

Also part of the NYCF is Hannibal Buress at Santos on Saturday (11/10) with DJ support from Prince Paul and Mike Lawrence. Tickets are still available. Hannibal is also celebrating the 3rd anniversary of his Sunday night comedy show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with a special show this week (11/11) in the main KF performance space (his shows are usually in the bar). Prince Paul will also be DJing this, plus "special guests." While Hannibal's shows there are usually free, this is a ticketed one ("We need the money to buy all of the party soup" - Hannibal). We're guessing it will be well worth it.

Oh, and if you're going to Knitting Factory Sunday, we also have a very good reason you should get there a few hours early.

We always thought the Lannisters would be Romney supporters...
Ice and Fire

Nerds for Obama!

Neil Young , who is now on Twitter and recently played Central Park, thinks MP3s sound like shit and is creating a new 24-bit digital audio service called Pono that he says sounds better.

Neil might not approve but you can stream every single A389 release ever in its entirety at their Bandcamp which is pretty cool. He probably isn't a fan of Eyehategod anyway.

More streaming: give an online listen to Tame Impala's new album Lonerism.

Watch Ty Segall perform on WGN's morning news show... at 8AM. Wonder if he had even been to bed yet?

The Mountain Goats release Transcendental Youth via Merge today. Learn about the recording process in an interview at The Atlantic.

Merge also released the self-titled debut by Mount Moriah today. Mount Moriah is one of the many artists playing the Merge CMJ showcase this year.

Axl Rose is giving an extremely rare interview to Jimmy Kimmel on 10/24, though that is unfortunately before Jimmy starts filming in Brooklyn.

We've got a new interview with Mister Lies over at bvChicago. Mister Lies makes his NYC live debut this week at Cameo.

Conservative blowhard Glenn Beck loves bombastic UK rockers Muse and wrote an open letter to the band to show them just how much. Needless to say, it is nuts.

Radio biographer and historian Alex Cosper discusses the "expanding definition of indie" at the Sacramento Press.

Music Publishing firm ASCAP has just launched a new program called ASCAP OnStage that will pay musicians royalties when their songs are played live.

In other getting paid news, the Spotify-esque web music provider Rdio will pay artists $10 per new subscriber.

Jay-Z played his fourth of eight shows at the Barclays Center last night.

LA via Sri Lanka rapper DeLon traces the reason for him having to drop off a tour with America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling, back to his 2008 criticisms of M.I.A.

more below...

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"Just out here showing NYC how it's done." - @JohnRoderick

John Roderick

Long Winters frontman, songwriter and Twitter funnyman John Roderick is in NYC helping out John Hodgman with his audiobook. While he's here he set up an impromptu show at the Rock Shop TONIGHT (6/12) and tickets are still available. Roderick promises "There will be some funny hilariousness at the Rock Shop tomorrow night, as well as a full spectrum of music performancing! Plus sexiness!" Who wouldn't want to see that?

Meanwhile, Roderick continues his tour with Jonathan Coulton (which hit NYC on June 2). All remaining tour dates are listed below.

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