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photo: Aimee & Ted in Central Park in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Aimee Mann Ted Leo

Like they did last year, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo will be playing holiday shows this December. They play together as The Both, but these shows are billed as "The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show." Past collaborator Jonathan Coulton will be there, and more "very special guests" are promised too.

Two of the shows are in NYC: December 10 at Town Hall and December 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/23) at noon.

Aimee and Ted's also recently sang a Lincoln Chaffee campaign song on Conan. As Rolling Stone points out, the song was...

sung to the tune of Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy." "Used to be / Republican / Switched to Dem in 2010 / The pride of Rhode Island / His horses' hooves were stylin' / Wants the metric system to the U.S. / A plan with zero gram's chance of success," Mann and Leo sing. "He's Lincoln Chafee / For President / You don't have to vote for him / Just get him to 1 percent."
Watch that video, with their list of tour dates and video from one of last year's holiday shows (featuring Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles), below...

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photo: TMBG at Prospect Park in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)

As previously announced, They Might Be Giants are playing five Music Hall of Williamsburg shows, three of which have them focusing on specific albums and one of which is a release party for their revamped Dial-A-Song project. The schedule looks like this:

1/25: An Evening with TMBG
2/22: Songs from the First Album, Dial-A-Song and more
3/29: Songs from Flood, Dial-A-Song and more
4/26: A Dial-A-Song Celebration, a Record Release Party and more
5/31: Songs from The Else, Dial-A-Song and more
Tickets for all but the 1/25 show are still available. Also, since we last spoke, their pal Jonathan Coulton was added as an opener to the 2/22 show.

TMBG will also be the VIP guests at the February 10 taping of NPR and WNYC's "Ask Me Another" show which features Jonathan Coulton as the house musician. It takes place at The Bell House, where the show is regularly taped, and if you're unfamilar with the premise, it's a trivia night with comedy and music taped in front of a live audience. Ophira Eisenberg hosts. Tickets for that one, and the following taping which happens February 18, are available.

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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Andrew Bird at RIverside Church in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Andrew Bird

Singer/songwriter/violin looper Andrew Bird is going on a tour this summer with his new band The Hands of Glory, "an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." That tour hits NYC for a free show at Central Park Summerstage on July 8 with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple. That show starts at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.

Andrew Bird will play NYC sooner than that though for RadioLoveFest, "a vibrant cross-section of genres and formats from storytelling, to music, to conversation," which runs from June 4-8 at BAM. Andrew appears on June 6 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Details:

The two-time Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Andersen, novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary Spy magazine, gets inside the creative mind, introducing listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture on movie sets, in galleries, and on the internet.

At BAM, Andersen presents an evening of music and conversation featuring Andrew Bird, one of the most acclaimed and inventive songwriters in indie music, and Jennifer Egan, whose novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize.

Other highlights include a screening of Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense on June 5 in the BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with director Jonathan Demme and WNYC's Brian Lehrer; NYC/WNYC's Ask Me Another show on June 6 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House with They Might Be Giants and house musician Jonathan Coulton; and WNYC"s Soundcheck on June 7 at BAM Harvey Theater with The Walkmen frontman (and now solo artist) Hamilton Leithauser.

Tickets for all RadioLoveFest shows are on sale now or will be on sale soon.

Full RadioLoveFest schedule, with the list of Andrew Bird tour dates, below...

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Jonathan Coulton at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Jonathan Coulton

Fox teen musical show Glee will resume their fourth season on Thursday (1/24) and if you somehow end up watching, you'll notice that they'll be singing a cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back." However, NYC geek rock fave Jonathan Coulton just tweeted that they ripped of his cover of the song without contacting him. You can stream Jonathan's version and Glee's version below... the similarities are pretty undeniable.

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One Christmas At A Time

Jonathan Coulton and past collaborator/tourmate John Roderick (of The Long Winters) released a Christmas album, One Christmas At A Time, together with ten original Christmas songs by the two musicians ("actually one of them is a Chanukah song, so OK, nine"). Listen to two tracks from the holiday release below.

They'll support the release with another tour together this fall which brings them to NYC on December 14 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Jonathan Coulton is also the house musician on NPR/WNYC puzzle show Ask Me Another which tapes live at The Bell House in Brooklyn . The shows are hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and tickets are on sale for five upcoming dates, all also listed 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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Jonathan Coulton at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Jonathan Coulton

Geek rocker Jonathan Coulton released his newest album, Artificial Heart (produced by They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh), last year and is continuing to tour in support of it this year. He kicks off a string of dates next month with John Roderick (of The Long Winters), who appeared on Artificial Heart. That tour comes to NYC for a show on June 2 at Gramercy Theater. Tickets for that show are available.

Artificial Heart features the track "Glasses," which a fan (Craig Clark) recently made a video for and Jonathan approves. Check out the video below, along with a list of all dates...

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The Long Winters (Roderick second from left)
The Long Winters

The Long Winters frontman John Roderick will play a few shows with Aimee Mann in January followed by a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on 1/28/12. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. All dates are listed below.

1/28 is the same date that Aimee plays a NYC show at Zankel Hall which is one day after she plays Music Hall of Williamsburg (both shows are without John and now sold out or close to sold out). Aimee has also announced a NJ show in Red Bank and other dates since we last spoke. They are all listed below.

Back to John Roderick for a second. You can buy his guitar on eBay...

Do you want to play guitar like John Roderick? Sorry, can't be done. But, you can play his guitar as much as you'd like! Just win his solid body Hohner EX Artist electric guitar, whose unique sound has appeared in The Long Winter's recordings. Small Print: Guitar has been used. It's got a few scrapes (nothing that's visible from a stadium seat - see photos), needs a set-up (easy!), but has been lovingly modified - with embellished pick-ups (blood red nail polish, an 80's classic). Comes with a Gibson Explorer Guitar case (some use on outside, but like new on inside with instructions for programming the unused combo lock). Don't let THIS ONE get away. Donated by John to benefit Suz, all proceeds help her recover from severe illness. Thanks for lookin'!
John has also been keeping busy collaborating with Jonathan Coulton. John appear's on Jon's new album Artificial Heart, as do Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants who Jonathan is opening for at Terminal 5 in NYC on March 10th. Tickets are still on sale. TMBG have also announced more dates since we last spoke, They're all listed below.

Roderick also appears in Coulton's new video for "Nemeses" which came out before the even newer Coulton video for "Sticking it to Myself", both of which can be watched, with all the tour dates below...

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They Might Be Giants at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by David Andrako)
They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants are celebrating 30 years (!) as a band and will be celebrating on the road while also suppoting their most recent album Join Us, and an upcoming rarites collection entitled Album Raises New and Troubling Questions due via Idlewild Recordings on 11/1. The band will be skipping around the Midwest and West Coast for the bulk of the rest of the year. Then after TBA shows in January & early February, TMBG will play a big NYC show on March 10th, 2012 at Terminal 5. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon today (10/19) with regular sale hitting on Friday.

All tour dates, recent video for "Can't Keep Johnny Down" featuring actor Rip Torn and an album teaser sung by a hummingbird on a stick are all below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Michael Ian Black

OK, rather than bore you to tears with one of my usual exhausting preambles about how great the NYC comedy scene is, I am simply going to throw out a handful of shows coming up that are well worth your attention. (Unless you're a humorless slob who has nothing better to do than hate everything.) For everyone else, what follows is some totally awesome news. You're welcome, in advance.

First off, as mentioned already, the great Louis CK will be doing two pretty last minute shows at The Bell House on Friday September 30th aka TODAY at 7:00pm and 9:00pm. The shows go onsale Friday September 30th aka TODAY at 10:00am, so get those refresh button fingers limbered up. After that, your next official opportunity to see Louis in NYC is on Thursday November 10th at the Beacon Theater as part of the New York Comedy Festival.

And speaking of comedy in Brooklyn, don't forget that tickets are on sale for Mike Birbiglia's show happening on Tuesday October 18th at Union Hall. Though, there's a good chance the show will be sold out by the time you read this. This is a CMJ show believe it or not.

But back to the Bell House for a second. On Thursday October 20th, the really and truly wonderful Julie Klausner brings her podcast How Was Your Week? to the Bell House stage with a truly incredible line-up that actually sort of reads like the guest list on a good night of The Best Show on WFMU. The line-up so far includes Ted Leo, Paul F. Tompkins, Billy Eichner, and Special Surprise Guests. And knowing Julie, those surprises are bound to be way beyond worth the cost of admission. And speaking of the cost of admission, I am truly dumfounded that this show isn't sold out yet. Oh, but you know what is sold out? The TWO Paul F. Tompkins shows happening at The Bell House on October 22nd and October 23rd. You know what's nuts about those PFT shows? He won't be doing the same material both nights. Holy!

On Tuesday November 1st, the House will play host to a John Hodgman "That Is All" Official Book Release Party. The cost of admission will get you a copy of the book as well as other treats, including Jonathan Coulton. Totally brunchcore.

Yikes! Lemme loop back to CMJ comedy shows taking place at Union Hall this year. I'd be an idiot (well, a bigger idiot than I already am) if I didn't mention that one of NYC's most awe-inspiring comedy/variety/brainz shows Heart of Darkness will bless Union Hall with its majesty on Saturday October 22nd. The show is hosted by Greg Barris and will feature Greg Johnson, Dave Hill, Mind Warrior Michael Wigler and a SPECIAL GUEST! For the uninitiated, it might make sense to learn about the show here. Best to go into these things prepared.

Oh, but before I go to bed, here's another show worth noting, but be warned, this one takes place in Manhattan. Comedic wunderkind Michael Ian Black will be doing a show at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday November 10th as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Bowery does seem like an odd venue choice for me because, well, it's too small for MIB and, well, ya don't often see comedy there. I am pretty sure the last comedy show I saw there was the Invite Them Up CD release party way back in 2005. But I ain't complainin. Bowery is one of my favorite rooms in the city, and I love MIB ever so much. Tickets are on sale, though I doubt for much longer. Shit gone sellout ASAP, son.

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Jonathan Coulton @ Williamsburg Watefront
jonathan Coulton

After playing a waterfront show last month with They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton will take to the high seas on Friday August 19th for a show aboard the Jewel, a Rocks Off NYC Concert Cruise. Tickets are on sale. The show is a prelude to his US tour with TMBG which will occur in two legs: East Coast/Midwest in September and West Coast in November. Full tour schedule is below.

If you can't make it on Friday, you can still catch comedian/songwriter "JoCo" on a boat, but the destination will be much different...

JoCo Cruise Crazy II is a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise in 2012 on Holland America's ms Westerdam, with music, comedy and performances from Jonathan Coulton and friends. It departs from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on February 19th and returns February 26th, with ports of call at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Willemstad (Curacao), Antilles.
Other performers slated for the cruise include Marian Call, Vi Hart, John Hodgman, MC Frontalot, Paul and Storm, David Rees, John Roderick, Paul F. Tompkins, Wil Wheaton, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale, and cabins are still available.

All dates and more of a second set of pictures from Coulton's rainy appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront, below...

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photos by David Andrako

Kristen Schaal
Kristen Schaal

Like those who chose to spend their Friday night at an outdoor Long Island amphitheater watching Weezer & Flaming Lips, and those caught in the long line outside House of Vans, the people who decided on the free They Might Be Giants music & comedy show at Williamsburg Waterfront got wet. Visual proof continues (more about this show later), below...

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DOWNLOAD: They Might Be Giants - "Can't Keep Johnny Down" (MP3)

TMBG at Prospect Park in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)

After some experiments with children's music, They Might Be Giants are back with the quirky alternative rock they became known for over the last three decades. Their fifteenth LP Join Us comes out this week (7/19) on the band's own Idlewild Records. The album was produced with long-time producer Patrick Dillet. Grab the album's single "Can't Keep Johnny Down" above.

TMBG will head out on an extensive international tour this fall after a few dates at the end of this month, including an in-store at Apple Store Soho on Wednesday (7/20) at 7 PM ("Pick up an admission wristband on July 19"), a free Williamsburg Waterfront show on July 29 with Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal and fellow geek-rocker Jonathan Coulton. Jonathan also opens the band's record release show the next day (7/30) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and most of their fall tour.

They Might Be Giants recently stopped by AV Club Undercover to take on Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping," which according to the band is "sort of like a They Might Be Giants song." They invited AV Club staff to join them in the room and sing the song's chorus.

Watch the video and check out all tour dates, album art and tracklist below...

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