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

FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks), The Intelligence @ Terminal 5
Sparks and Franz Ferdinand proved to be two great tastes that taste great together on their collaborative FFS album. This tour should prove even moreso, with hits sets from both bands as well as FFS songs. Making the night even better: brainy garage wiseacres The Intelligence open.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. For the first night, you get Aja in full, plus a second set of hits.

Tame Impala, LA Priest @ Radio City Music Hall
For Tame Impala's third album Currents, Kevin Parker went heavier on the synths and offered up some of his best psych-pop songwriting yet. Tonight's the first of two sold-out NYC shows, both with LA Priest, the funky new project of former Late of the Pier frontman Sam Dust.

Kurt Vile and the Violators, Waxahatchee, Luke Roberts @ Webster Hall
Kurt Vile returned this year with b'lieve i'm goin down.... It's got plenty of the guitar heroics and clever lyrics we've come to expect from KV, but also new ground is explored including a heavy usage of piano. He's always great live, and these shows should be no exception. Waxahatchee is also supporting a new album, Ivy Tripp, her biggest-sounding record to date (and the current live band is her best yet).

Wavves, Twin Peaks, Steep Leans @ Irving Plaza
Wavves' new album is their most polished yet and their most dedicated to straight-up rockers the whole time. They're an even bigger blast live, and the openers tonight are well-matched. Second of two NYC shows.

Pentagram, Electric Citizen, Satan's Satyrs @ Saint Vitus Bar
Stoner/doom metal as we know it probably wouldn't exist without the influence of Pentagram, so it's exciting that they still tour and put out records. Tonight's their second of two Saint Vitus shows, in support of the new Curious Volume LP.

Stars, Geographer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Stars' recent albums haven't been the most exciting, but there's no denying the power of Set Yourself on Fire and those other earlier records. They begin a two-night run in NYC tonight.

Homeshake, Jerry Paper @ Baby's All Right
Peter Sagar, who used to play guitar for Mac DeMarco, has his own band Homeshake. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, as you can tell on their new album, Midnight Snack.

Scott Rogowski, Horatio Sanz, Here We Go Magic, Budd Mishkin @ Littlefield
It's another edition of live talk show Running Late with Scott Rogowski, and it's a pretty impressive lineup of guests: former SNL castmemeber Horatio Sans, NY1's Budd Mishkin, and a live performance by Here We Go Magic.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Black Sea Hotel, Ellis Ludgwig Leone (of San Fermin) @ National Sawdust
Accompanied by American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Brooklyn Youth Chorus will perform pieces by a variety of composers, including National Sawdust director Paola Prestini. The night also features San Fermin bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone performing a new work by Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and Bulgarian a cappella trio Black Sea Hotel.

Four Year Strong, Defeater, Superheaven, My Iron Lung @ Gramercy Theatre
We're not so into the headliner of this show, but we are excited about melodic hardcore band Defeater and the grungy Superheaven, who make for a great pairing on their own.

Chris Gethard (Career Suicide), Jeff Rosenstock @ Union Hall
Chris does another of his recurring Career Suicide shows tonight, and the musical guest is his old pal Jeff Rosenstock, who seemingly only knows how to put on wild shows.

Garden City Movement @ Elvis Guesthouse
Garden City Movement are from Israel, and they make the kind of electronic pop that gained popularity in the wake of James Blake's first album. They're currently on their first uS tour.

Guardian Alien, Jon Mueller, Byron Westbrook, Brown Water Wampum Band @ Alphaville
This bill has at least two expert drummers: Liturgy's Greg Fox with his Guardian Alien project and Pele/Collections of Colonies of Bees/Volcano Choir's Jon Mueller as a solo artist. rounding things out is Byron Westbrook (Corridors) and another Liturgy (and PC Worship) related band, Brown Water Wampum Band.

'All for the Hall' w/ Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris & more @ Best Buy Theater
This is a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with tickets starting at $100. Legendary songwriters Paul Simon and Emmylou Harris are on the bill, and they join veteran artist Vince Gill and modern-day Top 40 singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.

Drowners, Tora, Beasthead, Evvy, Del Water Gap, My Bubba, Sherman Ewing, Adam Melchoir, Sebastian Mikael, Mothers, Hunter and the Bear @ Rockwood Music Hall
It's the monthly Communion night that takes over all three stages at Rockwood, headlined by local indie rockers Drowners.

Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. (Aziz Ansari and Louis CK have both stopped by in recent weeks.) 8 PM.

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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by Andrew Frisicano


The Issue Project Room's space at 22 Boerum Place, located inside an 87-year-old former Elks Club headquarters, is one of the cooler venues in the city. The intimate room, originally designed for chamber music, is especially ideal for the sort of heady soundscapes and textural improvised music often booked there.

Issue continues to celebrate its tenth birthday with a two-month-long series of worthwhile shows that runs through October 26. Catch composer/accordionist/electronic-music-pioneer Pauline Oliveros presenting large-ensemble piece Primordial Lift tonight (9/14). Coming up, acts include guitarist Elliott Sharp (Sept 26), multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi (Oct 3), avant-garde saxist Ken Vandermark and trumpeter Nate Wooley (Oct 4), and Harry Pussy cofounder/out-there acoustic guitarist Bill Orcutt (Oct 5, hear a track from his forthcoming record below).

Plus: Amen Dunes teams with Tom Thayer on October 18, then the next night (10/19)  it's William Basinski, and the night after that (10/20) has No-Neck Blues Band, plus Loren Connors & Tom Carter. And lots more. Full fest schedule is in this post.

Tickets for the whole series are available through the venue.

Recently Marc Ribot and saxophonist Matana Roberts performed at Issue, improvising together for the night's encore. Watch that below, too.

The full schedule is listed, along with those videos, below...

Continue reading "Issue Project Room Ten Year Anniversary series continues"

Issue Project Room

We just mentioned that Omar Souleyman will be touring this year and playing the 10th Anniversary party for NYC venue Issue Project Room, which happens begins on August 31.

UPDATE: It's actually a two-month festival running from August 31 to October 26.

The lineup also includes a slew of great experimental artists like psych folk legend Bobb Trimble, ambient music veteran William Basinski, Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn, Jason Lescalleet & Graham Lambkin, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble, Matana Roberts, Marc Ribot, Jen Rosenblit & C. Spencer Yeh, Elliot Sharp, and many more.

Advance tickets are currently on sale for Issue Members. Full initial lineup and trailer video below...

Continue reading "Issue Project Room celebrating 10 years w/ Omar Souleyman, Bobb Trimble, William Basinski & more (initial lineup)"

Omar Souleyman at Central Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Omar Souleyman

Syrian pop musician Omar Souleyman has been gaining recognition here in America thanks to some compilations/live albums on Sublime Frequencies, the live shows he's been doing here over the last few years, and his association with Bjork. Now he's set to release his first official studio album, Wenu Wenu, on October 22 via Domino affiliate Ribbon Music. The record is being produced entirely by electronic mastermind Four Tet, who is openly a fan. Check out a song from the album in a recent Four Tet mix (around the 1:57:00 mark), the album trailer, and tracklist, below.

Omar Souleyman also has a number of upcoming dates, including a few US shows in August surrounding his appearance at LA's FYF Fest. One of those shows happens in NYC on August 31 at Issue Project Room for the venue's 10th Anniversary party which includes many other great experimental artists. Tickets for that are currently on sale to Issue Members.

All dates are listed, along with the video, stream, and album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Omar Souleyman releasing LP w/ Four Tet, touring, playing Issue Project Room 10th anniversary (dates & stream)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Aaron Turner w Old Man Gloom @ Europa, 5/8/12 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Old Man Gloom

As announced some weeks back, Hydra Head has come to a difficult juncture in our existence and the future of the label is precarious... We've arrived at the conclusion that it is no longer possible for us to continue releasing new albums, but rather than shut the label down completely, we're hoping to be able to continue in a capacity that would allow us to preserve and perpetuate our catalog of works by the large cast of truly amazing and groundbreaking artists we've been lucky enough to work with over the years. In order to do this we're asking for help from anyone and everyone that would like to see the label continue and who is willing to support us in this effort. This is not however a request for charity - we would like to offer something in exchange for whatever level of funding our potential benefactors (that is you), are willing to bestow upon us.
Hydra Head is currently offering a plaethora of goods ranging from guitar heads to test presses to stickers to original artwork and everything in between as incentive to keep classic records by bands like BotchOxbowTorche, and many many others alive and in print. Head to the Hydra Head fundraiser page and pick up something, or you can just donate.

Meanwhile, Aaron Turner of Hydra Head / SIGE / Mamiffer / Old Man Gloom fame has dropped off his musings on music in 2012 in list form. Check that out below.

Continue reading "Hydra Head starts fundraiser to keep catalog in print ++ Aaron Turner lists his Top 10 2012 'albums or musical related events'"

photos by Stefan Raduta, videos by Jon Rosenthal, words by BBG

Utech Festival

The inaugural Utech Festival went down over the weekend (on 6/11), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It featured a deep lineup of bands that spanned the experimental, electronic, drone, noise, and ambient genres. The festival, spearheaded by the label of the same name, saw BV faves Horseback as headliners. Locrian (who produced the amazing The Crystal World) provided direct support, and the festival also featured Mamiffer, House of Low Culture (both of which contained Aaron turner of ex-Isis fame), James Plotkin, Jon Mueller, Gog, William Fowler Collins, Ural Umbo, RM74, and NYC's own Ithi. Pictures from the festival are in this post and continue below.

Horseback recently released The Gorgon Tongue via Relapse, a compilation of previous releases Impale Golden Horn and Forbidden Planet LPs into a single set. The band also recently posted a video for "Blood Fountain" which you can also watch below...

Continue reading "Milwaukee's Utech Fest in pics/video ++ new Horseback video "

An image from Robert Longo's Pictures for Music (1979), which will be played alongside Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio...


Since 1993 the record label Table of the Elements has staked its claim on a massive enterprise, intending nothing less than to rewrite the history of American music in the second half of the 20th century, and beyond. Its projects have focused on musicians whose light shimmers outside the frames of convention, and comprise a vital contemporary archive of experimental, minimalist, improvised and outsider musics.
The Table of The Elements is caling it quits after eighteen years, and will go out with the three-day Copernicum Festival at Issue Project Room that kicks off tonight (5/12). Electric harpist Zeena Parkins, M2 (improv duo made up of Mission of Burma's Roger Miller and brother Ben Miller), Agathe Max, and electronic musician Ateleia will round out the first night entitled "TotE from A - Z". Tickets are still available. Agathe Max will perform selections from the silver string, which is due on Table of the Elements in September.

Friday night (5/13), " Free/Not Free" night, will honor Rhys Chatham's 1977 opus Guitar Trio with projections by Robert Longo and a performance from The Lords of Tinnitus (Robert Longo, Jonathan Kane, Robert Poss, Ernie Brooks, Zach Layton, Adam Wills, Colin Langenus, Bill Brovold). Text Of Light (featuring William Hooker, Alan Licht, Nels Cline), Jon Mueller, and Peg Simone round out the lineup. Tickets are still available.

Finally, the Table of The Elements wraps up their celebration on Saturday, "Drone x 4" night, with the previously discussed Stephen O'Malley solo show with Jonathan Kane's February, a Tony Conrad / Gastr Del Sol performance film, and Igor Cubrilovic. Tickets are still available.

R.I.P. to Table Of The Elements, but at least they're going out with a bang.


In related news, Zeena Parkins is also on board for the upcoming Undead Jazz Festival as part of Zeena Parkins and The Adorables.

Roger Miller also has a show coming up as part of the Alloy Orchestra who will "perform its original live score to the newly restored version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis" in Prospect Park this summer.

Stephen O'Malley also has a show coming up in Pennsylvania.

The Table of the Elements fest lineup in list format, below...

Continue reading "the final Table of the Elements Festival is this week @ IPR, Alloy Orchestra plays Prospect Park this summer"