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Strand of Oaks in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Yo La Tengo, The Feelies @ Town Hall
While their Maxwell's Hanukkah shows are sorely missed, Yo La Tengo will be celebrating the season -- and their 30th anniversary -- with two shows at Town Hall, tonight being the second. Tonight's show is with another legendary NJ indie rock outfit. Sold out.

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 begins their 4-night run at MHOW.

Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls with Ice Choir @ Converse SOHO
This free in-store performance sounds kinda cool: Dee Dee doing a full set of Dum Dum Girls songs as backed (and arranged) by Kurt Feldman's new romantic synthpop outfit Ice Choir. It's a free show (one of a few around the country) in celebration of a new multi-artist holiday EP that will be available on vinyl only at these shows.

Strand of Oaks, Torres @ Bowery Ballroom
Strand of Oaks made the move from an introverted folk singer to a big-sounding folk rock band this year, and the change has been pretty successful. Tonight's their largest headlining show in NYC yet, and it's a great double bill with Torres' grungy folk.

New Build, Future Punx, Orange Cassettes @ Rough Trade
New Build, the side project of Hot Chip's Al Doyle and Felix Martin, play their second NYC show of the week. This one is without tourmates Museum of Love but in their place are local new wavers Future Punx, and Orange Cassettes which is the new band from Radio 4's Anthony Roman.

TEEN, Beverly, Charly Bliss, Scully @ Glasslands
TEEN have played Glasslands many times over the last few years and will say goodbye to the soon-to-close venue as part of a very good bill of indie rock.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Apollo Theater
Tonight's the first of Daptone's three-day holiday party called the Super Soul Revue at the iconic Harlem venue.

Junius, So Hideous, In Aeona @ Saint Vitus
Tis the season to be jolly, and Prosthetic Records are celebrating with a decidedly un-jolly holiday party at Saint Vitus tonight. Heavy post-rockers Junius and likeminded locals So Hideous will stack this show with dark atmospheres. Admission gets you a free glass of Prosthetic Imperial Black Ale brewed specially for the occasion by Sixpoint Brewery.

Shad, Kahli Abdu, Jay Wirth @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Alt-rapper Shad keeps the golden age hip hop vibes alive on his new EP, Boarding Pass, which came out this week. Tonight he's in NYC for a one-off show.

X Blank X, Cellular Chaos, Ron Anderson/Richard Hoffman/Brian Chase Band, Sediment Club @ Cake Shop
Mid 70's Cleveland art punk band X__X reformed earlier in 2014 for their first live shows in 35 years. Tonight's show is with a group of fittingly experimental acts, including Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase.

Oliver, Plastic Plates, Alex English, Dali, Hiyawatha, Maximillion Dunbar, Shawn Reynaldo, Contakt, Bobby B @ Output
Dance duo Oliver get funky on their new Light Years Away EP for Fool's Gold. They're on tour in support of it, hitting Output for their weekly INPUT party tonight with Plastic Plates and some of the Girls & Boys DJs. Maxmillion Dunbar and others are in the Panther Room.

Low Fat Getting High, Grizzlor, Ceramics, biggpigg @ Grand Victory
Low Fat Getting High have been one of the more promising bands in Brooklyn's DIY rock scene as of late thanks to their catchy and aggressive grunge/punk hybrid. Their debut LP finally came out a few weeks ago, and tonight they'll likely be ripping through plenty of that.

John Zorn's Masada Marathon w/ Abraxas, Forro in the Dark, Sfia Rei, Erik Friedlander, Uri Gurvich @ Nublu
Part of the Nublu Jazz Fest, tonight's lineup was curated by Downtown icon John Zorn.

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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Cibo Matto @ Summerstage in July (more by Adele Loconte)
Cibo Matto

John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Wesley Stace, Cibo Matto, Satomi of Deerhoof and more will be participating in concerts happening in NYC this weekend to benefit and raise awareness for artists rights organization Content Creators Coalition. Specifically, here's what they are standing up for:

Ad-based piracy is a direct attack on the livelihoods and art forms of today's content creators. And the major tech players who sell ads to these websites make large-scale piracy possible. Artists have always been the ultimate free speech activists. That's why we're asking Google and other large tech corporations to stand with us and stop brokering ads to piracy sites. It's not about censorship. It's about making sure current and future generations of artists can continue to create.
The first benefit happens on Saturday (10/18) at Roulette in Brooklyn and features John Zorn, Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Henry Grimes, Marina Rosenfeld, Brandon Seabrook, Satomi of Deerhoof, and more. Tickets are on sale.

Then on Sunday afternoon (10/19) at Le Poisson Rouge there's a rally featuring Rosanne Cash, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Wesley Stace, Marc Ribot, Marcus Rojas' Brass ensemble, Ava Mendoza and more TBA. That starts at 2 PM and is free.

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

John Lurie & more at Town Hall 9/27/2014
Strange and Beautiful
Strange and Beautiful
Strange and Beautiful

"We've got three different bands basically," says Evan Lurie. "One is a recreation of different forms of the Lounge Lizards. Anton Fier is playing drums for some of it. There is a set by John Zorn. Then we go back to the large group again. We're adding Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers for some of it, etc. So there's an awful lot of musicians going to be there. We are playing stuff that goes back to the Lounge Lizards first concert. And then all the way to the last things that John recorded before he was forced to stop playing."

"There are so many people! It's a kind of Who's Who of the New York Downtown jazz scene," he continues. "So many people of them came though the band. We were just rehearsing and Steve Bernstein, the trumpet player, said it's funny playing this music as an adult. We were rehearsing this song, which the Lizards played on their first gig in, I guess, 1979. We're doing stuff that the Lounge Lizards used to do 40 years ago! And you know what? It sounds really good!" - [The Daily Beast]

The month-long NYC "Strange & Beautiful" celebration of John Lurie's music and art was capped off with a big tribute at Town Hall on Saturday (9/27) that focused on Lurie's work with The Lounge Lizards and his acclaimed 1999 album, The Legendary Marvin Pontiac. Onstage were many of the Lounge Lizards past and present, including John Zorn, John Medeski, Evan Lurie, Anton Fier, Billy Martin, Tony Garnier, Michael Blake, Calvin Weston, and Flea. As rumored, Lurie (who's been battling Lyme Disease since 2000) came out to sing, beginning with an intimate duo between John and Evan, with more joining.

More pictures from the night, below...

Continue reading "John Lurie was celebrated & made a rare appearance @ Town Hall (w/ Flea, John Zorn & many more) -- pics"

photos by Greg Cristman

Ornette Coleman / Laurie Anderson / Flea
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests

The 2014 Celebrate Brooklyn! season continued with another free show in Prospect Park this past Thursday (6/12), a tribute to pioneering free jazz great Ornette Coleman (also part of Blue Note Jazz Fest). A large handful of musicians from many genres appeared on stage to pay tribute to Ornette, including Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms for Peace/Antemasque bassist Flea, joined separately by two jazz veterans Henry Threadgill and David Murray. Punk legend Patti Smith appeared with her daughter Jesse and bandmate Tony Shanahan. Laurie Anderson was joined by past collaborators/NYC avant-garde lifers Bill Laswell and John Zorn for a performance that was also partly in honor of her late husband Lou Reed. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore performed a duo set with guitar great Nels Cline (Wilco, Lee Ranaldo's band, etc), and still so many other guests performed including Geri Allen, Joe Lovano, Savion Glover, Bruce Hornsby, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, James Blood and more.

Thurston Moore & Nels Cline
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests

One very special guest of the night was Ornette Coleman himself, who wasn't billed as a performer but but spent a good deal of the show on stage, often chiming in. The New York Times writes:

Again, Mr. Coleman played: a significant fact and an increasingly rare occasion in the last several years. This was billed as a concert for him, not by him; it was not clear whether he would play a note until showtime. But he sat in a chair onstage for most of the concert's first half, either with an alto saxophone in his lap, or taking part as if he were playing along with nature, joining when he wanted to and how he wanted to.

The concert was organized by Mr. Coleman's son, Denardo, who was also the bandleader, as a program of Coleman compositions, except for a couple of free improvisations. But Mr. Coleman wasn't there to play Ornette Coleman compositions. He was just there to play, and he started from soft and lovely unaccompanied lines, like some precursor to blues language.

Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, with the setlist a video from Patti Smith's performance, below...

Continue reading "Ornette Coleman celebrated at Prospect Park w/ Patti Smith, Flea, Thurston Moore, Ornette himself & more (pics, setlist)"

Many Arms

In one corner, Nick Millevoi's dissonant trichords and veiny, muscle-bound threads of notes superimpose guest musician Colin Fisher's tantrum outbursts of squalling noise. Each attack is anchored with dizzying dexterity by bassist John DeBlase and drummer Ricardo Lagomasino, who both manage to expel tight grooves in between bursts of bloodthirsty free jazz and maintain peak Lance Armstrong-levels of inertia. With a Burroughs-style approach to not giving a fuck, Many Arms combine basement punk and 50s avant-garde to terrifying effect. [Tiny Mix Tapes]
Punk-jazz combo Many Arms is the trio of guitarist Nick Millevoi (who just opened for Alden Penner in NYC last night), bassist John DeBlase (of Zevious), drummer Ricardo Lagomasino (of Deleted Scenes and a Joe Lally collaborator), and they recently added guest saxophonist Colin Fischer (of Caribou). Their new album, Suspended Definition, comes out today (4/29) via John Zorn's Tzadik Records, an appropriate home for this kind of stuff. You can pick up the album at the Tzadik webstore, but if you'd like to hear it before you buy, you can check out the full stream which premieres below.

Many Arms also have a June tour coming up which kicks off here in NYC on June 5 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly.

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Many Arms = punk-jazz from Caribou, Deleted Scenes mems, releasing a new LP on John Zorn's label (stream it), touring"

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Literary and postmodern icon William S Burroughs, who died in 1997, would have turned 100 this year and there are Centenary celebration events happening all over the world. In New York, WSB100 (which was [and still is] being funded by an Indiegogo campaign) is happening the entire month of April at various venues around the the city:

Help us celebrate 100 years of America's preeminent avant garde literary iconoclast: William S. Burroughs. As ferocious, provocative, disturbing, and exciting as the artist himself, NYC's month-long WSB100 features extraordinary original performances, films, readings, panels, and world premiere tributes in honor of the legendary mindbending troublemaker himself.
You can buy a festival pass for $100 that gets you in to all the WSB events, or buy individual tickets.

On the musical side, the WSB100 takes over The Stone this month through April 20. Tonight is Kenny Wollesen at 8 PM and Ariana Reiens at 10 PM. Other notable nights include Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth played on WSB's 1990 album Dead City Radio) on April 17; John Zorn and Bill Laswell on April 19; Hal Willner, Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang and Lenny Pickett on April 20. No advance tickets for these shows.

Then on April 21 at Issue Project Room, Elliot Sharp and Steve Buscemi will have a collaborative performance, creating "a collage of sound and words integrating texts by William S. Burroughs with Elliott Sharp's vast soundworlds." Buscemi spent a lot of time with Burroughs in the author's later years and currently has a screenplay of Burroughs' Queer in development. Tickets are on sale.

On April 22 at the Incubator Arts Project it's a collaborative performance by Lydia Lunch and Quintan Ana Wikswo. Tickets are on sale. Then on April 23 at Poetry Project, there is a "reading marathon" featuring Anne Waldman, Penny Arcade, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, JG Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Elliott Sharp, Sam Mickens, and many more. Full line-up and more info is here.

There are more events happening too. Details are at WSB100 but the full schedule is listed, along with a few Burroughs-related videos, below...

Continue reading "William S Burroughs Centenary Celebration underway (events scheduled around NYC and the world)"

by Doug Moore

John Zorn at Maxwell's, 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
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John Zorn describes his Masada songbook as follows: "The idea is to put Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together." He's been writing Masada material for about 20 years, and he's racked up some 600 compositions in the idiom. If you only know Zorn for his noise-oriented work, do yourself a favor and Youtube some Masada performances.

A few months before he joins Dave Lombardo and Bill Laswell for a rare appearance as Bladerunner, Zorn and many, many others will get together to debut the 20 new Masada compositions that comprise Masada Book 3: The Book of Beriah. The show is being billed as a "marathon shuffle concert": each of the 20 tunes will be interpreted by a different group of musicians. The cast is diverse, from Zorn himself and frequent collaborators like Marc Ribot and John Medeski to younger, weirder Zorn affiliates like Abraxas, Cyro Baptista, Cleric, and Secret Chiefs 3. The show is slated for March 19 at the Town Hall (123 West 43rd St.). Tickets are on sale.

Zorn's other upcoming shows include the gigs he has scheduled as Bladerunner with ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lomardo & Bill Laswell which hits LPR in NYC and Reggie's in Chicago. They are all listed below.

Check out a Zorn + Ribot version of a Masada tune and the announced lineup of Beriah contributors below too...

Continue reading "John Zorn to debut 20 new Masada compositions at "shuffle concert" at NYC's Town Hall (dates)"

by Doug Moore

John Zorn

Legendary saxophonist/composer John Zorn has a well-known proclivity for collaborating from musicians from all walks of life; he recently played with Thurston Moore during the latter's residency at The Stone, for instance and spent much of last year playing with all sorts of folk while celebrating his 60th birthday.

Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, some live footage of the combo is floating around the internet, including the clip below.

Bladerunner have just announced a rare NYC gig at Le Poisson Rouge on May 4. Tickets are on sale. Needless to say, it should be absolutely insane.

The trio will also appear one day earlier in Chicago and at Australia's Adelaide Festival in March, which will also feature Zorn playing with Essential Cinema (which features members of his Electric Masada crew) and Cobra.

Check out that live Bladerunner clip and more dates below...

Continue reading "John Zorn's Bladerunner (feat. Dave Lombardo & Bill Laswell) playing NYC and Australia's Adelaide Festival"

Chelsea Light Moving @ The Stone - 12/31/13 (via @mashavsl)
Chelsea Light Moving

Initially, Messrs. Moore and Zorn played together contrasting their musical vocabularies. Mr. Zorn was full of quicksilver licks, rhythmic clucking sounds and urgent wails from his horn, with Mr. Moore offering deep atmospheric sounds and the occasional quick-fading power chord.

When the brilliant guitarist Joe Morris, a late addition to the bill, joined the duo, the music turned elegantly introspective. Mr. Morris's single notes intertwined with Mr. Zorn's playing as Mr. Moore cast deep sonic backdrops. Occasionally the three men turned up the dissonance, but the major takeaway from the hourlong set was of complex, wistful music that could transform into something else at moment's notice. [Wall Street Journal]

Thuston Moore rang in the new year by kicking off his residency at The Stone (which goes through Sunday, 1/5) with two shows on New Year's Eve. The first show, which the above review is from, was a collaborative set from Thurston Moore and John Zorn, that also included late addition Joe Morris, and actually started earlier than its planned 8 PM start time, being that the venue was already filled to capacity. Then for the second show, Thurston played a collaborative set with Mike Watt (The Minutemen/fIREHOSE) and Raymond Pettibon, followed by a set by his current band Chelsea Light Moving (pictured above).

The residency continues with his CLM bandmate Samara Lubelski and others tonight (1/2), his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on 1/3, SY bandmate Lee Ranaldo on 1/4, and White Out on 1/5.

In related news, 1991: The Year Punk Broke, the 1993 documentary filmed during Sonic Youth's 1991 European tour with Nirvana, will screen for one night in Brooklyn on Saturday (1/4) at Spectatcle (124 S. 3rd St near Bedford Ave). The screenings are at 7:30 PM and 10 PM, and admission is $5 at the door. Trailer video below.

Continue reading "Thurston Moore played NYE at The Stone; residency underway; '1991: The Year Punk Broke' screening in Brooklyn"

Chelsea Light Moving at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Greg Cristman)
CLM

As discussed, Thurston Moore is kicking off a residency at The Stone with two New Year's Eve shows at the venue. His first show is an 8 PM duo set with the venue's artistic director John Zorn ($25 at the door), and since we last spoke, he's expanded the schedule for the second show.

It begins at 10 PM with a previously discussed trio set of Thurston, The Minutemen's Mike Watt, and Black Flag/Sonic Youth/Minutemen/etc album designer Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn). Then from 11:30 PM to 1 AM, Thurston's current band Chelsea Light Moving will play. Admission for the late show is $50 at the door and that gets you into the 10 PM set and the 11:30 set. Doors open at 9:45 and only 75 people will be admitted, so get there early.

Thurston's residency continues through January 5, and includes shows with his Chelsea Light Moving bandmate Samara Lubelkski (1/2), his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley (1/3), and SY's Lee Ranaldo was added to the one with CLM's John Moloney (1/4).

Full schedule below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore's Stone residency updates: Chelsea Light Moving playing New Year's Eve, Lee Ranaldo added to Jan"

photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE

Lou Reed Memorial
Lou Reed Memorial

The late Lou Reed was honored with a last-minute memorial in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre last night (12/17), which was organized by his wife Laurie Anderson. The memorial saw some of Lou's notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry (of Blondie), Paul Simon, John Zorn, Philip Glass, former VU bandmate Moe Tucker, and others. An excerpt from the NY Times review of the show reads:

Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. "He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete," she said. "He never changed a word. He thought, 'First thought, best thought.' "

Mr. Simon sang the Velvets' "Pale Blue Eyes," marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang "All Tomorrow's Parties," and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive "Jesus." Deborah Harry rocked through "White Light/White Heat."

Ms. Smith chose "Perfect Day" for what she called "Lou's most poignant lyric": "You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good." The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed's "Turning Time Around." Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed's album "Berlin," performed a slow, poignant, tremulous "Candy Says." Julian Schnabel, who filmed "Berlin," calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled "Rock Minuet."

The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed's improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.

That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"

Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Lou Reed memorial happened at the Apollo w/ Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry, Antony, Paul Simon (pics)"

Thurston Moore on the 'Station to Station' tour (more by Lukas Hodge)
Thurston Moore

As discussed, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is playing two New Year's Eve shows at The Stone, an early one with John Zorn, and a late one with Mike Watt. Since we last spoke, we realized those shows are actually part of Thurston's residency at the venue, which kicks off on NYE and continues through January 5. He's curating for the week, and also performing with different collaborators each night.

Most notably, the residency has him performing with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley for two shows on 1/3, with Chelsea Light Moving drummer John Moloney for two shows on 1/4, and with another CLM member, Samara Lubelski, on 1/2. Probably don't expect Sonic Youth or Chelsea Light Moving songs though. He'll also be performing with NYC experimental duo White Out (who have releases on Thurston's Ecstatic Peace label) on the final night (1/5). The full schedule and an updated list of Chelsea Light Moving tour dates are below.

Meanwhile, as we speak, avant guitarist/banjoist Eugene Chadbourne's residency at the venue is underway. It kicked off this past Tuesday (10/29) and included his Halloween show at the venue last night (10/31). It continues with Eugene playing as a duo with Tatsuya Nakatani tonight (11/1), solo on Saturday (11/2), and as part of a 5-piece on Sunday (11/3).

Most of the other Nov/Dec curators are all notable jazz musicians and improvisers. One that's especially exciting to us is Ikue Mori, drummer of seminal no wave band DNA, 1/3 of Death Ambient (with Fred Frith and Kato Hideki), and a frequent collaborator of John Zorn, Mike Patton, various members of Sonic Youth, and more. She curates/performs at The Stone from December 17-22 and collaborators for the week include Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Sylvie Courvoisier, John Zorn and more, plus a "SPECIAL SURPRISE BAND" TBA on 12/20. Full schedule for her residency below.

In related news, Ikue Mori plays a previously discussed special Body/Head trio set with B/H members Kim Gordon and Bill Nace at the Kim Gordon benefit at Issue Project Room.

Then, from December 25-29 at The Stone, it's the annual John Zorn end of the year improv week, leading up to Thurston Moore's NYE shows. Zorn will be joined by multiple other improvisers throughout the week, including Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Erik Friedlander, Okkyung Lee, and many more. Full schedule below.

All mentioned Stone residency schedules, along with Chelsea Light Moving dates, below...

Continue reading "Eugene Chadbourne, Ikue Mori & more curate Nov/Dec at the Stone; Thurston Moore does January"

confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).

Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...

Thurston Moore will set up shop at the Stone in the East Village for two special shows on 12/31, one with John Zorn and another with Mike Watt.

Gogol Bordello are at Terminal 5 for two rowdy nights (12/30 & 31) (where Amanda Palmer played last year).

Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.

Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.

Moon Boots plays Output.

Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.

DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.

Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.

Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.

Or maybe just head to Mexico!

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P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.

John Zorn and Lou Reed

Frequent Lou Reed collaborator John Zorn, who just turned 60, paid tribute to his friend on Facebook (update: which is approved by but not actually run by Zorn) by posting the above picture along with the words "RIP Lou Reed". A comment by the page also includes a link to the NY Times obituary entitled "Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock 'n' Roll".

Hours earlier, It was announced on the same Facebook that John will be playing with Thurston Moore as a duo at his non-profit club The Stone on New Year's Eve. Thurston is no stranger to the Stone where he has played and curated before. It also won't be the first time John and Thurston play together, as you can see in one of the videos below.

Lou and Laurie Anderson were also regulars and curators at the stone. Check out a video of Lou, Laurie and John playing together (not at the Stone), also below...

Continue reading "John Zorn playing NYE at The Stone with Thurston Moore; Facebook page says 'RIP Lou Reed'"

Friedlander

Erik Friedlander was one of the musicians that took part in the all-day John Zorn marathon at the Metropolitan Museum in September. If you missed his set (and you might have, even if you attended -- he went on before noon), Friedlander will be at Zorn's East Village venue the Stone all week.

As is the custom, he'll be performing different songs and with different bands each night. For tonight's opening edition, he plays a pair of solo sets: his original "Block Ice & Propane" material and songs from John Zorn's Volac -Masada: Book of Angels project. The latter tunes are the same batch he played at the Met; see a video of him jamming next to Assyrian ruins, below.

From there, he performs with an all-cello ensemble, his excellent Americana-y quartet Bonebridge (who will debut songs from their forthcoming CD NightHawks) and producer Scott Solter (who has engineering/recording credits include Superchunk's I Hate Music, St. Vincent's Actor and many others), among others.

The full schedule and details are listed, along with those  videos, below...

Continue reading "cellist Erik Friedlander starts week-long residency at The Stone"

John Zorn
John Zorn

Avant-garde sax great John Zorn has been celebrating his 60th birthday this year with a ton of NYC shows. The celebration, dubbed Zorn@60, has been going on for months, and there's only a few events left.

Tonight (9/27), Zorn does his third of three nights at Miller Theatre at Columbia University. At tonight's show, he'll be performing work from all over his career, and will be joined by many collaborators including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk), Ikue Mori (DNA, Kim Gordon collaborator, etc), Marc Ribot, Erik Friedlander and many more. More details here. Tickets are still available.

Then on Saturday (9/28), he'll (literally) be at The Met all day with multiple performances from 10 AM to 8:30 PM. Many other performers will be at these too, including Bill Frisell, Mike Patton, Erik Friedlander, Abby Fischer and more. The performances are free with museum admission. Full schedule for the day, below.

On Sunday (9/29), he'll be at Le Poisson Rouge for two shows (6:30 PM and 10 PM), both of which include Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn, and Joey Baron. The early show also has a few other names, like Marc Ribot and more. TIckets for the early show and the late show are on sale now.

Finally, Zorn will team up with Japanese composer/musician/film scorer Ryuichi Sakamoto (of Yellow Magic) for an improvised evening of music on October 4 at Japan Society (333 E 47th St). This one is sold out.

Schedule for Zorn's day at The Met, and a live video from 1992, below...

Continue reading "John Zorn wrapping up Zorn@60, doing a full day at The Met & other shows w/ Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell & more"

by Andrew Frisicano

Ceramic Dog
ceramic-dog

Guitarist Marc Ribot has been talking for years about the monetary difficulties working musicians face (his efforts include negotiating with music festivals for fair pay and working with the NYC musicians union). He put some of those ideas into song form earlier this year with "Masters of the Internet," a track off Your Turn, the most recent album from his power trio Ceramic Dog. He expanded on those ideas with a post about the song, writing "hey, we love our tech toys too, but an empty i-Pod is just a crappy paper-weight."

This fall, there are a ton of chances to see Ribot in a variety of genre-hopping settings. He plays Thursday (9/12) at Issue Project Room with saxophonist Matana Roberts and guitarist Cian Nugent, as part of the IPR's ongoing ten-year anniversary celebration.

Ribot also has dates with Ceramic Dog, multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo (as a duo) and the Marc Ribot Trio (with avant jazzers Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor). He also takes part in a number of the upcoming John Zorn @ 60 concerts, which have been happening all year and end on October 4.

Full dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Marc Ribot playing lots of shows: some with Ceramic Dog, some with John Zorn & more (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Fred Frith - 'Guitar Solos' (1974)
Fred Frith

Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith -- probably best known for his influential 1974 album, Guitar Solos, which caught the ear of Brian Eno, who asked him to appear on two of his 1978 albums, Before and After Science and Music for Films, and prominently featured the use of prepared guitars, which would later be popularized by Glenn Branca and Sonic Youth -- is beginning a six day residency at The Stone today (8/27), which continues through Sunday (9/1).

For the early (8 PM) and the late (10 PM) shows tonight, Frith will be joined by art pop mastermind Laurie Anderson on violin and keyboards. Admission is $25 at the door. Other shows of note include Frith and Stone artistic director/sax wizard John Zorn at the early show on Thursday (8/29) (also $25); and Frith with no wave legend Ikue Mori (of DNA, and also of Death Ambient with Fred Frith) and Thurston Moore collaborator Nate Wooley at the early show on Saturday (8/31). The full schedule for the residency is below.

In related news, you can also catch Nate Wooley performing as part of his trio with Thurston Moore and Ryan Sawyer during the day (2 PM) at Union Pool on Saturday (8/31) with Lungfish's Daniel Higgs, plus bEEEdEEEgEEE + Dutch E. Germ and DJ Jesper Eklow. Free.

Fred Frith's Stone residency schedule and a stream from Guitar Solos, below...

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Gorillaz at MSG in 2010
Gorillaz

As mentioned, the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival is taking place this July. Tickets to all shows in the festival go on sale today (4/8).

The shows include Monkey: Journey to the West, created by theater director Chen Shi-Zheng teamed up with Gorillaz members Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, which runs for the entire span of the festival from July 6-28. It also includes SInead O'Connor: The Gospel Sessions at Alice Tully Hull's Starr Theatre from July 26-27, and Zorn@60 in celebration of John Zorn's 60th birthday at Alice Tully Hall on July 18 and 20.

The festival also features the US premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Michaels Reise Um Die Erde with German ensemble musikFabrik on July 18 and 20 at Avery Fisher Hall, and Mongolia's Hanggai Band at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on July 16, and still more. Full program schedule HERE.

Monkey: Journey to the West
Monkey

Damon Albarn has never had a problem proving his versatility. The Blur frontman's side projects have encompassed everything from cult animators to African drummers, so it seems apt that his latest attempt at a cross-cultural balancing act culminates in a teetering tableau of spinning dishes.

Monkey: Journey to the West features music by Albarn with designs by Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett, and was conceived and directed by the Chinese opera specialist Chen Shi-Zheng. Co-commissioned by the Manchester International Festival, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and the Staatsoper Berlin, it's a high-octane, 90-minute rock'n'roll circus, performed in Mandarin and featuring over 50 Chinese acrobats, martial arts experts and a team of tiny contortionists so pliable they could have flown over as cabin luggage. - [The Guardian, June 2007}

Monkey: Journey to the West, created by Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn, and Jamie Hewlett will open the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival. It will have 27 performances running from July 6 - 28, which is also the span of the Festival.

The Festival also includes Sinéad O'Connor: The Gospel Sessions where the Irish singer explores the American gospel soul. That happens at Alice Tully Hall's Starr Theatre on July 26 - 27.

There's also Zorn@60, which celebrates John Zorn's 60th birthday with two concerts at Alice Tully Hall on July 18 and 20. The first night (7/18) features a female vocal quintet performing Zorn's Song of Song and his latest mystery play, The Holy Visions.The second night (7/20) features Zorn's complete string quartets performed together for the very first time.

Also at the Festival: the U.S. premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Michaels Reise Um Die Erde which features German contemporary music ensemble musikFabrik (July 18 & 20 at Avery Fisher Hall); and Mongolia's Hanggai Band at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on July 16.

Full program schedule and dates are here. Tickets to all Lincoln Center Festival performances are currently on sale for Friends of Lincoln Center, and the general on-sale happens April 8.

via @theluyas
The Luyas

Rockwood Music Hall is open again.

Power is back to most of Manhattan following four days of blackout in half the borough, with ConEd promising to have everywhere in the city back on by tonight and things are starting to get back to normal, though the Subways aren't quite there yet -- though the 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines are up and running. Current subway outage map is here.

Tomorrow's NYC Marathon is cancelled, though, as you probably have heard.

Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Saturday (11/3).

The Lower East Side early Friday evening and Cake Shop is open and tonight's free show with Montreal's The Luyas is on. Making it even more Canadian is Vancouver's Peace. The show is FREE and starts early (Luyas are at 8 PM) and there will be a donation box that goes to New Amsterdam Records' relief fund.

Later that night at Cake Shop (and not free) it's Home Blitz, and Watery Love.

As previously announced, Peace are also playing Pianos tonight at 10 PM and that's a free show too. on a diverse bill that also features Jennifer Stuart & the Design, Myra Flynn, and Randall Shreve & the Sideshow. (Peace play again at Death By Audio on Monday).

Next door, The Living Room is also back in business with James van Cuylenburg (of The Tealeaves), Chris Riffle, Deni Bonet and New Ponies.

The same goes for East Village club The Stone that will hold a Hurrican Relief benefit tonight at 8 PM, featuring John Zorn (sax) Joel Rubin (clarinet) James Moore (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Brian Chase (drums) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Tim Keiper (drums) Jon Madof (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) and many special guests. Then at 10 PM, it's Anthony Coleman.

It looked like Santos was going to be open for tonight Shiny Toy Guns, Colourmusic and MNDR show, but the venue just tweeted, "Due to complications in the wake of Sandy, we regret to announce that our events for this wknd are canceled. Refer to site for more info." Show has been moved to Monday, November 5.

Mercury Lounge is open but tonight's Anaka show has been postponed till December 2. The early show with Gangstagrass and The Newton Gang is still on.

Bowery Ballroom is back tonight with their first post-Sandy/blackout show: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Ava Luna.

STS9 plays Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Sunshine Cinema on Houston is open for business but the BV-presented screenings of Miami Connection have been rescheduled for next weekend (11/9, 11/10).

Bowery Electric is now actually electric again, but tonight's David Johansen show with Romans and Kay Kasperhausen has been postponed.

Joe's Pub is back in business and tonight they have Jack Hitt: Making Up the Truth.

Le Poisson Rouge's power is back on and tonight's FIXED show is happening with The Magician. This past Tuesday's cancelled Kitsune event with The Twelves and Yuksek has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 4th at LPR (New Moods are no longer on the bill).

Peter Wolf's shows at City Winery tonight and tomorrow are cancelled.

Webster Hall has power and though there's no show in the main space tonight, The Studio will be open with Gallows, Barn Burner, For Sleeping or Jumping, and DeathThrob.

The Jefferson Starship show that was to happen at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture is being postponed to a later date TBA.
Metropolitan Talent reports:

Due to Hurricane Sandy related logistical challenges, the following concerts in New York City are postponed:

Thursday, Nov. 1 Rickie Lee Jones - rescheduled for 11/14
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Friday, Nov. 2 Blackmore's Night - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Saturday, Nov. 3 Jefferson Starship - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Friday, Nov 9 Little Feat & Leon Russell - new date tba
Hammerstein Ballroom
Sunday's Little Feat & Leon Russell show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester is also postponed.

Citizen Cope at Beacon Theatre has been postponed, date still TBD.

The Dethklok / All That Remains / Machine Head / The Black Dahlia Murder that was to happen tonight at Roseland has bee postponed till Dec. 14. TIckets will be honored. This is the 2nd Dethklok show in a row at Roseland cancelled or postponed.

Matisyahu at Starland Ballroom, like the two Social Distortion shows before it, is cancelled.

Henry Rollins appears to still be appearing in Trenton, NJ tonight.

George Lopez's gig at Wellmont Theater on Saturday is postponed to 2/23/2013, and his Capitol Theater show will instead happen 2/22.

Maxwell's in Hoboken is still closed.

Teebs and Reggie Watts play a party in Long Island City.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, most venues are up and running.

Galapagos in DUMBO, which was ravaged by the storm, is back open tonight with Floating Kabarrette.

Shellshag are at XPO 929.

Free show at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight with The Stompin Riff Raffs and Daddy Long Legs. The show previously cost money and had T Valentine on the bill.

Wabasco Burlesque at Union Hall.

The Rock Shop is open.

Littlefield is hosting a Stache Bash.

Savoir Adore and Slowdance play the Brooklyn Museum with Jarana Beat. It's a free show that begins at 5 PM.

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is open and free.

Union Pool has Wolvhammer, Kreig, Doomsday, part of their BV-presented tour.

Music Hall of Williamsburg plays host to Woods, Widowspeak (who went Star Wars for Halloween), and Purling Hiss.

Knitting Factory is having a benefit for the Rockaways with Vast Aire, The Kominas and more.

Fagettes, Baroque Punk, and Dirty Virgins play Death By Audio

285 Kent will be pumping tonight to the sounds of Zomby, DJ Rashad, Massacooramaan, and J-Cush

Around the corner at Glasslands, it's Lazyeyes, The Doorbells, and The Midnight Hollow.

S. 5th St loft space Dead Herring plays host to Dead Stars, Little Radar, Anchorline, and Elliot & the Ghost. More info here.

At Cameo tonight, they have Eyes Lips Eyes, Leverage Models, and Beast Patrol early, and then at midnight it's indipop dance party Mondo! NYC.

Landlady and Marble Fawn are at Pine Box Rock Shop

At Le Loft (252 Norman in Greenpoint), it's Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone, Grooms, and Earthquake Party. More info here.

Shea Stadium has Sidekicks, Glocca Morra, Radiator Hospital and Brick Mower. More info here.

Over at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, it's Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, Highway Gimps.

Paper Diamond are at Brooklyn Bowl.

Zebulon is open and wants you to dance. DJ Tropical Jeremy provides the music.

Barbes in Park Slope is open with Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica and Banda Sinaloense De Los Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.

UCB West and East are open. The Pit too.

The Nets play their postponed first game of the season tonight at Barclays Center.

What else?

John Zorn
John Zorn

On October 10, Le Poisson Rouge is hosting 'Save The Village: A Benefit Concert,' which will feature performances from avant-garde saxist John Zorn, Thurston Moore (who plays with his band Chelsea Light Moving at 285 Kent tonight [9/12]), guitarist Jesse Harris, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox, and performance artist John Kelly. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The benefit goes to support NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan:

NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan is a group of over 400 of NYU's own faculty members who are working together to fight NYU's outrageous multi-billion-dollar expansion in Greenwich Village. The Sexton Plan, we believe, is financially reckless (and will certainly result in rising tuition at a school where the students are the most heavily indebted in nation), disregards faculty input and governance, will further erode the rich cultural history of the Village, and will bring more than 10,000 more people in foot traffic per day to an already over-developed area with little green space, amongst other harmful effects. We want NYU's administration to focus on education, not real estate.
For even more info on the issue, visit here and there's a video below as well.

John Zorn's next performance at The Stone (the venue that he founded and performs at regularly) happens this Saturday (9/15) with Ikue Mori (of DNA and many other things) and Sylvie Courvoisier, who has collaborated with both John and Ikue in the past.

Another upcoming show at The Stone this month is Marc Ribot (who we just mentioned will be one of the guests at the upcoming Medeski Martin & Wood residency) and Roy Nathanson on September 19. In October, The Stone is being curated by Secret Chiefs 3 member Timba Harris, and shows include Kayo Dot plays Toby Driver's "In The L..L..Library Loft" on October 6, Secret Chiefs 3 plays "Masada" on October 11 and a lot of other Secret Chiefs 3 related shows, notably frontman Trey Spruance playing the following day (10/12), Harvester (aka Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, and Ryan Sawyer) on October 14, BloodMist (whose lineup includes Toby Driver) on October 16, John Zorn's annual Halloween Improv NIght (10/31), and many others.

A video of John Zorn's Naked City playing a full concert in NYC from 1992 is below.

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by Andrew Frisicano

Joshua Light Show in action
Joshua Light Show

The Joshua Light Show, founded by multimedia artist Joshua White, is perhaps the most legendary group of live music visualists. As resident artists at Bill Graham's Fillmore East during the late 1960's, and in performances at Woodstock, Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and the classic film Midnight Cowboy, White and his cohorts created live, colorful, psychedelic projections behind the great bands of that era including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Who.
Joshua Light Show is in residence at the NYU Skirball Center from September 13-15. The crew of visual artists will be joined by a different set of musicians each night. The lineups include minimalist composer Terry Riley with guitarist (and son) Gyan Riley, avant-garde heavyweights John Zorn, Lou Reed, Bill Laswell and Milford Graves, and percussionist Evelyn Glennie with experimental harpist Zeena Parkins. The final show features Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden aka the members of MGMT. Tickets are on sale.

The bill here has the members of MGMT billed individually, but they'll be performing as a band at Osheaga Fest on August 3 in Montreal, and at Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza in Bethlehem, PA, on August 5. Tickets to that are on sale.

The full schedule and video of a recent Joshua White art installation are below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Buke and Gase at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
Buke and Gase

Buke and Gase will be curating The Stone from tonight (5/1) to May 15. The curation kicks off tonight with Father Murphy at 8 PM and Les Bonhommes at 10 PM.

After tonight's show, Father Murphy, who are here from Italy, head out on tour with Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches (which hits Bowery Ballroom this Friday 5/4). Their album was mixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier who is one third of, but not the drummer of, Les Bonhommes (that also features William Kuehn from Rainer Maria).

Other performances throughout the week include former Parts & Labor noisemaker Dan Friel and Bunnybrains on 5/4; a Tonic reunion featuring Mephista with John Zorn, Steve Bernstein's MTO and more; Extra Life's Charlie Looker, Greg Fox, & Jamie Saft and Glass Ghost on 5/11, gonzo drummer Greg Fox and Hubble on 5/12, a powerhouse grouping of Ryan Sawyer, Colin Stetson, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh Quartet on 5/13, and Matana Roberts and Ches Smith on 5/15, among others.

Buke & Gase don't actually play any of the shows they curated but they do play the Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry fest on May 4 at BAM.

The second half of May at the Stone is curated by Gyan Riley.

Check out the full schedule below...

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Ryuichi Sakamoto

Japanese musician/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (who is a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra and has scored many films) is curating and performing at the next six days of performances at The Stone starting TONIGHT (4/24). Tonight it's just Sakamoto. On Wednesday (4/25) he'll be joined by Stone director John Zorn and Mayo Yamaguchi. On Thursday (4/26) by Aya Nishina, on Friday (4/27) by Taylor Deupree, on Saturday (4/28) by Otomo Yoshihide, and on Sunday (4/29) by Stephen Vitiello. Tickets are only available at the door, day of the show.

Some videos and the flier for Ryuichi Sakamoto's curation of The Stone below...

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