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photo: YOB @ Saint Vitus, 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

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

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
The multi-venue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival continues today. You can check out the the full schedule but some highlights include:

Django Django @ Verboten
Probably the least electronic act at the BEMF, Django Django nonetheless bring a DJ savvy to their very fun brand of danceable rock.

Floating Points, Paul Raffaele @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
UK producer Floating Points had been dropping quality EPs and singles for the past six years, and he recently got a band together to record his first full length, Elaenia, which came out yesterday on Luaka Bop. It's as much dance music as it is chilled-out jazz, and he'll have an eleven (!) piece band with him tonight to perform songs off of it.

Voices From the Lake, Patrick Russell, Mike Simonetti @ Good Room
Italian musicians Donato Dozzy and Neel have been making ambient music for a few years now as Voices From the Lake. Their only album so far is their 2012 self-titled debut (though they did put out a live album this year).

Kat Edmonson @ Joe's Pub
Jazz-pop singer Kat Edmonson has gained comparisons to Billie Holiday and the Brill Building, and she's not just inspired by the classics but she sings them too. She begins a 2-night run at Joe's Pub tonight (one show tonight, two tomorrow).

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Solvey, Painted Zeros @ Rough Trade
Cymbals Eat Guitars' LOSE was one of our favorite albums of last year, and the cathartic rock of this year's "Aerobed" single shows they aren't slowing down one bit. Tonight's show is good all around, with Solvey (solo project of Jessica from Zambri) and the Don Giovanni-signed Painted Zeros.

Revenge, Gonkulator, Blood Incantation, Sabbath Assembly, Spectral Voice @ Saint Vitus
The Martyrdoom festival at Saint Vitus continues today with a bill topped by Canadian war metallers Revenge.

Kindling, California X, Infinity Girl, Clean Girls @ Suburbia
Half of Western Mass screamo band Ampere recently formed the shoegaze band Kindling. Their debut EP is out now on No Idea, and they celebrate at this show with their sludgy W. Mass neighbors California X, the Topshelf-signed Infinity Girl, and Clean Girls.

(Grateful) Dead & Company @ MSG
While the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well shows are behind us, three of the four core members (Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann) are continuing on as Dead & Company with John Mayer. This is their third of three MSG shows.

Phil Lesh and Friends @ Capitol Theater
The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh wraps up his run at the Cap tonight, and this one's especially exciting because it has David Nelson of New Riders of the Purple Sage on guitar.

Judas Priest, Mastodon @ Prudential Center
Metal Gods Judas Priest have been doing it for over four decades, and their live shows still kick major ass. Even last year's new album (which basically sounds like their early '80s period) is pretty good. They picked quite a strong support band too, Mastodon. Tonight's the third of three NYC-area shows.

Murs, Red Pill, King Fantastic @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Rap veteran Murs returned with the new album Have a Nice Life this year, and his tour in support of that makes its way to NYC tonight.

Wolf Eyes, Yellow Tears, Dreamcrusher @ Trans-Pecos
Wolf Eyes have made it pretty clear that they're done with noise music, and this year they released the new album I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces, which is a highly trippy record sometimes indebted to proto-metal. Tonight's the release show, and support comes from Hospital Productions' urine-soaked Yellow Tears and "nihilist queer revolt musik" noisemaker Dreamcrusher.

YOB, Black Cobra, Kings Destroy @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
YOB released one of 2014's best doom/sludge albums with Clearing the Path to Ascend, and they're back in town to support it once again. Both openers tonight are great too.

The Dirty Nil, Witch Coast, Fat Heaven, Home Lives @ Shea Stadium
Canada has been producing a lot of driving, fun punk acts lately and The Dirty Nil are no exception. They recently signed to Dine Alone and they're working on a new record with producer Goodmanson, so maybe we'll hear some new stuff tonight.

The Story So Far, Basement, Turnover, Morningside Lane @ Starland Ballroom
We're not huge fans of the headliner, but we definitely think it's worth catching Run For Cover labelmates Basement and Turnover. The former is a UK band that recalls Seattle grunge, and the latter make ethereal jangle pop. This tour doesn't hit NYC but it's in NJ tonight and hits Long Island tomorrow.

Mean Jeans, Paul Collins' Beat, NANCY @ Cake Shop
A night of punky powerop, featuring Portland, OR's hyperactive, sneary Mean Jeans and the legendary Paul Collins. NYC band Nancy open.

Elysian Fields (20th Anniversary Concert) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Venerable NYC band Elysian Fields are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a run of shows where they're performing their entire catalog live. Tonight it's 2005's Bum Raps and Love Taps.

Neil Hamburger, Nick Flanagan @ The Bell House
Phlegmatic Borscht Belt yukkster Neil Hamburger is from the Tony Clifton school of high-concept anti-comedy. Every joke's a total groaner and we think he's a treasure.

Richard Buckner, Vincent Cross @ Union Hall
Long-running alt-country singer Richard Buckner may not have gotten as big as some of his Merge labelmates (you may remember one of Arcade Fire's earliest NYC shows was with him) or some of the people he's influenced (like Bon Iver), but he's consistently kept it, releasing his tenth album Surrounded last year.

Steve Miller Band, Don Felder @ Beacon Theatre
The Steve Miller band keep on a rockin' and play the tony Beacon Theatre tonight. You think he ever plays "Macho City" anymore?

Howard Jones @ IridiumHaving played that weird "I Love the '80s" show at the Theatre of MSG the night before, Howard has his own show, not backed by a cover band, tonight.

Todd Burge @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
A West Virginia native, Todd Burge has been making heartfelt, thoughtful folk for the better part of 30 years, most recently on this year's Imitation Life.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off, Jonathan Toubin @ WFMU Monty Hall
Jonathan Toubin brings his monthly dance-off party to WFMU Monty Hall tonight. Get there early for live performances from Detroit's Blaire Alise and the Bombshells and The Von Mons.

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dog as Pizza Rat at Tompkins Square Park Halloween dog parade (via @jillathrilla)
Pizza Rat

As you surely know, Halloween is Saturday (though judging from the amount of people dressed up last weekend, some people may have been confused) and there is no shortage of spooky things to do. The extravaganza that is NYC's annual Village Halloween Parade happens on Saturday on 6th Avenue from just North of Spring Street to 16th Street and lasts from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. This year's theme is "Shine a Light" and you can be in it.

There are also loads of shows to go see on Halloween, including Flipper (with David Yow) at House of Vans, Wax Idols at Saint Vitus, Fred & Toody at Union Pool, The Orwells with just-added Twin Peaks and Shark? at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Joanna Gruesome, Aye Nako and more at Shea Stadium, Skrillex on the Pier of Fear (aka Pier 94), Murphy's Law at Bowery Electric, Ringo Starr at Kings Theatre, the big show at MSG with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer and more (or the other Dead member Phil Lesh just outside of NYC)... and many other show options.

If you wanna get an early start on the spooky action, there's a Cramps tribute happening at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/29) featuring a whole bunch of cool people: Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore), Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories), Jon Spencer (JSBX/Heavy Trash), Palmyra Delran (The Friggs), Sophia Urista (The Veevees), Robert Gordon, Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens (Boss Hog), Jack Ridley (Threats/Drowners), Peter Aaron (Chrome Cranks), Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Miss Guy (Toilet Boys), Michael Cummings (Skaters), Mike Edison (Raunch Hands), Pat Phillips (Honduras), Cynthia Ross (New York Junk) plus DJs Jonathan Toubin and Alix Brown. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Toubin, his annual "Monster Mash" and "Haunted Hop" parties happens this year on Saturday at Secret Project Robot and features a host of current NYC bands covering classic NYC bands. Details still to be revealed but it's $10 with costume and $20 without and flyer is below. Also below: Toubin's 2015 Halloween mix.

Other shows: World Inferno Friendship Society will play their annual Hollowmass party at Warsaw on Halloween. These shows are spectacles, often involving elaborate set-pieces, fire-breathing, marching bands and more. Karla Rose and the Thorns, and Vic Thrill also play and tickets are on sale.

DFA Records are throwing a Halloween Party at Palisades on Saturday with Container, Guerilla Toss, Ciarra Black, Pill, Malory, PC Worship, Larry Gus, and Show Me The Body. Tickets are on sale now. And Wolf + Lamb, Mike Simonetti, and Paul Raffaele will be spinning at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Disco Club on Saturday (tickets).

Cameo Gallery, which closes in less than a month, is throwing a "Cameoween" party on Saturday night featuring a live performance by Le1f, DJ sets from Neon Indian and Ssion and karaoke hosted by Samantha Urbani. This is a FREE party and starts at midnight.

Halloween is also the time for cover shows, where bands play as another, usually more famous band. At Alphaville on Friday (10/30) you can catch Dances as T.Rex, Jangula as David Bowie, Heliotropes as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Piers as Fleetwood Mac, and Stringer (mems of Heeney) as The Smiths. That show is $8 at the door. Also on Friday at Union Pool, Motion Studies will perform as Hall & Oates with Fielded (apparently just being themselves as Kate Bush) also on the bill. That's a free show.

For something more emo on Friday, Washed Up Emo and Bye Week Productions are presenting cover sets of Saves the Day (Stay What You Are in full), The Get Up Kids, Weezer and Guided by Voices at Bar Matchless (10/30). We don't know who all the performers are, but the STD and TGUK sets feature members of Field Mouse (advance tix sold out, but some will be available at doors).

At Cake Shop on Halloween you can see Parlor Walls as Wire, Stringer doing The Smiths again, Dirty Dishes as Stone Temple Pilots, Death to Slater as Bruce Springsteen's 2 Piece Band, The Regrets as Blondie, Hellbirds as The Ramones, and Oh Golly as Violent Femmes (tickets). Following that there's a free dance party featuring exclusively Girl Talk songs...and lasers (free).

Over at Silent Barn on Saturday they'll have Delicate Steve (as Smashing Pumpkins), Celestial Shore (as The Ramones), Very Fresh (as Alanis Morrissette), and Dear Leader doing something they're calling "TRL 1999 w/ Carson Daly." Tickets are on sale and day-of it's $10 at the door with costume or $12 without.

And at Baby's All Right on Halloween you can see "the world's drunkest tribute to Guns 'N Roses," Mr. Brownstone playing a midnight show (tickets).

For those who want another chance to dress up their pooches like Pizza Rat or Bagel Pigeon or whatever, there's "Pawfest" at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Saturday afternoon. It starts at noon, is free, and will also feature live performances from The Supertones, The Shipwrecks and The Flesh. Flyer for that is below.

And if you don't mind traveling outside the city just a bit on Halloween, there's Screaming Females as X at Asbury Park's Convention Hell with members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more; Cypress Hill play The Stony Pony; The Darkness play The Paramount in Huntington, NY; and Sufjan Stevens will be in Jersey City. And that aforementioned Phil Lesh show at The Cap.

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Continue reading "2015 Village Halloween Parade, World Inferno Friendship Society, cover shows & more NYC Halloween options"

photo Mikal Cronin at Bowery Ballroom this year (more by PSquared)
Mikal Cronin Bowery Ballroom

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

Madonna, Amy Schumer @ Madison Square Garden
Madonna's "Rebel Heart Tour" moves the party from MSG to Brooklyn for the last of  her three NYC shows, featuring 500 pairs of shoes, 20 dancers, one giant crucifix, and a whole bunch of classic pop hits. Also: Amy Schumer!

Mikal Cronin, Calvin Love, Cairo Gang @ Brooklyn Bowl
This year Mikal Cronin released his most ambitious album yet, the string-laden MCIII whose second side is a concept suite. At the core, though, is his impressive pop smarts and songwriting.

New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off @ Brooklyn Bowl
Mikal's sticking around Brooklyn Bowl after his show to help out with Jonathan Toubin's monthly dance party contest. Always fun.

Joyce Manor, Cheap Girls, Tracks @ Webster Hall
If you like raw, melodic indie-punk with no frills at all, just about nobody is doing it better right now than Joyce Manor. It's a great bill all around with jangly punks Cheap Girls and Tracks, the new band of K Records alumnus Jason Anderson.

Caspian, Circle Takes the Square @ Rough Trade
Caspian offer up more of their colossal post-rock on Dust and Disquiet (which comes out next week on Triple Crown), and making this an excellent double bill is the chaotic post-hardcore band Circle Takes the Square. Sold out.

Sturgill Simpson, Billy Wayne Davis @ Beacon Theatre
With a sound closer to 1977 Grand Ole Opry (or 1969 Haight-Ashbury) than present-day Nashville, Sturgill Simpson won a lot of people over last year with his terrific take on classic twang, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.

Alabama Shakes, Drive-By Truckers @ Forest Hills Stadium
A surprise sensation when their debut album dropped in 2012, Alabama Shakes haven't let the momentum slow down since. Their new album, Sound & Color, was a #1 hit. They play with a band they're frequently compared to, Drive-By Truckers, tonight.

Cold Beat, Home Blitz, MPHO, OCDPP @ Shea Stadium
With Grass Widow on hold or something, Hannah Lew started Cold Beat, drawing on a variety of early-'80s postpunk influences. With a solid, ripping lineup the band just released their awesome second album, Into the Air. This is their second of four NYC shows this weekend, and also features power-poppers Home Blitz, synthy MPHO and supergroup OCDPP (Dee Dee of DDG, Cassie Ramone, OJ from XRay Eyeballs).

Chuck Ragan, Jesse Malin @ Irving Plaza
When he's not making raging punk as a co-frontman of Hot Water Music, Chuck Ragan strips things down and applies his gruff vocals to rootsy folk music.

Worriers, Arm Candy, Littler, Young Ladies @ Silent Barn
Worriers mix the personal with the political on their very good new album Imaginary Life (out now on Don Giovanni). They've been touring a lot lately, and tonight they play their hometown again with Young Ladies, who include ex-members of Discount, Latterman and more.

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
Started basically as a dare, the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival has grown into a much-anticipated event. Saturday has three events: a live edition of podcast "You're the Expert" at Bell House (4:30 PM) with Scott Adsit, Jo Firestone and host Chris Duffy; then a sold-out EMCF edition of "Pretty Good Friends" (8 PM) with "special guests [singing] songs from Bob's Burgers" and more; and over at Union Hall it's "From the Basement of Union Hall to Network Television in the Next 2-3 years" with Jo Firestone, Chris Gethard, Kyle Ayers, Josh Sharp, and Janelle James. Even if shows are announced as "sold out" there may still be tickets at the door when they open.

The Feelies @ WFMU Monty Hall
One of Hoboken's finest, an endlessly influential band whose sound -- stemming from Velvet Underground and Modern Lovers -- is timeless. Playing at WFMU's Monty Hall might be a nice substitute for Maxwell's. They're certainly among friends.

Flat Duo Jets, Screamin' Rebel Angels, The Othermen, Larry and The Babes @ Riis Park Beach Bazar
Legendary North Carolina rockabilly combo Flat Duo Jets highlight this fun, free bill at this Rockaways home to crafts, craft beer, games and the beach. It's the last weekend of summer, you could do worse.

'Nufonia Must Fall' featuring Kid Koala, The Afiara Quartet @ BAM
With help from a team of puppeteers and the design team behind Her and Lost in Translation, Kid Koala adapts his own 2003 graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall as a live stage silent film. Part of BAM's Next Wave Fest.

'COLLAPSE w/ Timur and the Dime Museum @ BAM
Part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, 'COLLAPSE' is a costume-filled "glam-rock requiem for the natural world" featuring LA band Timur and the Dime Museum.

Hellbent Hooker, Pink Mass, Prostitution @ Saint Vitus
Hellbent Hooker feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, and their over the top live show is quite the sight to see.

Busdriver, Elucid, Tanya Morgan, Jesucifer @ Baby's All Right
Good lineup of indie-rap from Busdriver, Tanya Morgan and more at Baby's tonight.

Frankie Cosmos, No One & The Somebodies, Thelma, Yours Are The Only Ears @ Palisades
Frankie Cosmos brings her blend of twee and anti-folk back to the stage tonight with this Palisades show.

Bleachers, Charli XCX, The Front Bottoms, MisterWives, Cults, How To Dress Well @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
This is a mini-festival of sorts, not far from NYC, which is also one of the only remaining dates of the Bleachers / Charli XCX tour which was mostly cancelled. Especially worth catching are R&B boundary pusher How to Dress Well, folk/pop/punk blenders The Front Bottoms, and NYC pop group Cults. Vic Mensa was initially on this lineup but appears to have dropped.

"Tree of Codes" w/ Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson, Jamie xx @ Park Avenue Armory (2 shows)
Choreographer Wayne McGregor and visual artist Olafur Eliasson have a new ballet called Tree of Codes and the music for it was done by Jamie xx, who's having an incredible year thanks to his very well-received new album In Colour. The ballet runs through September 21.

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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The Suffers

Tonight's edition (7/29) of Madison Square Park's free Oval Law Series is a special edition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off featuring a live performance by Houston soul act The Suffers and tonight's dance-off guest selector is Randy Jones (aka The Cowboy from The Village People). That is free and starts at 6 PM. Flyer is below.

The Suffers, who released the Make Some Room EP back in January, will be back in NYC in September, playing Mercury Lounge on 9/25 and Rough Trade on 9/26. Tickets for both those are currently on AmEx presale with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/31) at noon. All dates are listed, along with a stream of the EP and video of their appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, below.

In related news, Madison Square Park has just announced another free music series, called The Studio Series, that will happen on Saturday this fall at the South end of the park (near Shake Shack). The lineup features a mix of blues, soul and folk and you can check out schedule and artists playing, below.

Continue reading "Houston soul act The Suffers playing free 'Soul Clap' in Madison Sq. Park tonight, touring this fall (dates)"

photo: Screaming Females at MHOW in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Screamin Females
photo: Disappears @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Psquared)

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

Disappears, Suuns, Christines @ Rough Trade
Chicago's Disappears just released Irreal, the band's darkest, most paranoid/obtuse record yet. That's not a bad thing and, mind you, it may sound different when they play it tonight as their songs tend to change after they've played them live for a while. Armed with an insanely good rhythm section, they're worth seeing anywhere, anytime. Same goes for Montreal's Suuns who have a similar krauty / sinister edge. Local boys Christines open and sound a little like Swervedriver. Highly recommended.

Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Vacation @ Knitting Factory (2 shows)
Screaming Females are already known for their shredding guitar solos, but the new album Rose Mountain has the band focusing a little more on great choruses. It's up their with the best of their previous work. Tonight's their second and third of the four NYC shows on this current tour. All three openers are killer too.

Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, AEON, Tribulation @ Webster Hall
This all-death metal bill is co-headlined by Poland's Behemoth, whose 2014 LP The Satanist was hugely and deservedly acclaimed, and one of American's many favorite old school Florida bands, Cannibal Corpse.

The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote, The Scandals @ Terminal 5
The Gaslight Anthem's last two albums sound built for the arenas they're probably just about big enough to play, but luckily for now they're still choosing slightly smaller rooms. (Not that T5 is some hole in the wall.) Sold out.

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Summer Moon, Tall Tall Trees, Invisible Familiars @ Baby's All Right
Sean Lennon's very Beatlesque band GOASTT headline this sold-out show which features friends Invisible Familiars and Summer Moon (Nikolai of The Strokes, Erika of Au Revoir Simone & more). Sold out.

Murder By Death, O'Death @ Bowery Ballroom
Long-running alt-country/indie rock band Murder By Death released their seventh album, Big Dark Love, earlier this month, and tonight their tour hits NYC for its first of two shows here this weekend. Opening both nights is the raw creepy folk of O'Death.

New York Night Train's Soul Clap and Dance-Off w/ Nick Waterhouse (Guest Selector) @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's Jonathan Toubin's monthly party / dance competition. Tonight, fellow soul lover Nick Waterhouse will be picking the tunes for part of the evening.

Caged Animals, Warehouse, Breathers, Turnip King @ Cameo Gallery
Caged Animals are taking a break from recording their new album to play this show, so expect lots of new songs. Also on the bill are Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse, and Sea Cliff, Long Island's Turnip King.

July Talk, The Gay Blades, Wet Leather @ Mercury Lounge
Toronto indie band July Talk sound like if Man Man and Stars formed a supergroup, and their style seems like it's catching on -- tonight's show is sold out.

Yacøpsæ, Bastard Noise, Fistula, Sick/Tired, Psycho, Chainsaw to the Face @ Saint Vitus
Doom/sludge legends Grief were supposed to reunite for this but they unfortunately dropped off. It's still got a great lineup, though, with German grind vets Yacopsae, long-running power electronics trio Bastard Noise, Ohio sludgesters FItsula, Chicago grinders Sick/Tired, '80s-era Boston hardcore faves Psycho, and NJ grindcore band Chainsaw to the Face.

Liam Betson, LVL UP, Slight, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control @ Shea Stadium
If you miss punky '90s indie rock, just about every band on this local bill should scratch that itch.

Fletcher C. Johnson, The Blind Pets, Las Rosas, Dirty Few @ The Acheron
Fans of Burger Records-style garage rock will want to hit this party hardy show with two bands from the label (Fletcher C Johnson and Las Rosas) and two that have associations with them.

Scrapers, Couch Slut, Chain Gang Grave, The Gentlemen @ 538 Johnson Avenue
Scrapers feature a former member of Roger Miret and the Disasters, and they make the kind of no-frills hardcore that sounds like a trip back to 1980. Noise/punk/metal crushers Couch Slut are just as worth seeing and even more confrontational.

Kristeen Young, The Sweet Boys, Hand Job Academy @ Baby's All Right
Thrown under a bus when Morrissey said she got him sick (and canceling his 2014 tour), Kristeen Young's anthemic pop deserves better. She plays tonight with jokey rap crew Hand Job Academy.

Wolf Alice, Sunflower Bean, Lazyeyes, Palehound @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar puts local crafts, microbrews, food-truck type eats, mini golf, ping pong, and live music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's live entertainment is headlined by UK band Wolf Alice, plus a host of buzzy Brooklyn indie bands...like the young and talented Sunflower Bean.

Demetri Martin @ Town Hall
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin has been outside of NYC a few times lately, but tonight he finally brings his tour to the city proper. Tomorrow he's in NJ.

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

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Jonathan Toubin was busy during the holidays, and that is a state that will not change for him in the near future. He'll spend every night in January playing somewhere in NYC as part of his "2015 Subway Tour." Tonight (1/5) he's at The Commodore spinning records and here are a few highlights from the upcoming month:

On Saturday (1/10) at Saint Vitus, it's the "New York Night Train Boogie Night Blues Dance" with live sets from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ Phast Phreddie The Boogaloo Omnibus (tickets).

January 17 at Brooklyn Bowl is this month's edition of the New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off featuring guest selector Jaleel Bunton (TV On The Radio) and guest judges TBA (tickets).

Then on January 22 at Bowery Electric he'll be DJing at Jesse Malin's "Sally Can't Dance Party" with performances by Lydia Lunch (who plays Rough Trade this weekend), Handsome Dick Manitoba (of The Dictators) and more (tickets).

And on January 31 at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center it's a revival of Toubin's "Animal Train Happening" party (which originally took place at Glasslands, circa 2007 - 2010) featuring James Chance And The JC's, Mystery Lights, a special guest, DJ Ian Svenonius and more. No word on advance tickets yet for that one.

There's lots, lots more to Toubin's Subway Tour. All dates are listed, along with a few flyers, below...

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin is DJing every night in January in NYC, including shows w/ JSBX, Lydia Lunch, James Chance & more"

Downtown Boys @ DbA in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Downtown Boys

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

Klaus, Sharif Mekawy Group, Jonathan Toubin (DJ), Cerulean @ Glasslands
There's eight days left of Glasslands and tonight is their Holiday Party, featuring DJ Jonathan Toubin and a host of other fun stuff. It's free and would be a good chance to see the art installations that are up for these last few shows, including Peelander Yellow's backstage mural (tonight's the only night non-performers are allowed there).

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly show tonight features appearances by Jen Kirkman, Jared Logan, and Subhah Agarwal.

Downtown Boys, Pinkwash @ Silent Barn
It's The Media's 50th Issue party with a live performance by DC's strident Downtown Boys and fellow Don Giovanni-signed Pinkwash, plus readings, a panel on DIY publishing and more.

In School, Pig DNA, Breakout, Howitzer, Raid @ Saint Vitus
NYC's In School (ex-Household) is an all-female hardcore band with queer and people of color members, and they make sneering, pissed off punk that's also catchy as hell.

Lez Zeppelin @ Highline Ballroom
The "all-girl, all-Zeppelin" tribute act tonight is performing "The Song Remains the Same" MSG concerts (July, 1973) and more.

Los Lobos @ City Winery
Legendary LA band Los Lobos, whose new album Si Se Puede: Los Lobo And Friends made NPR's Best of 2014 list, are back in town for another City Winery show. Tonight features two sets -- one "disconnected" and one "plugged-in.

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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photo: Glasslands, night of Wu Lyf show, 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)

As mentioned, Glasslands will be closing out their time on Kent Ave with a New Year's Eve Party featuring four "special, secret" guests, all of whom have history with the venue. None of those guests have been revealed yet, but the night includes a one-hour open vodka bar early and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

We asked Glasslands/Popgun's Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal for Top 10 lists. Rami gave us his favorite albums of 2014 (many of the artists have played Glasslands over the years); Jake gave us his 10 favorite Glasslands shows ever. You can find out who ended up their lists, below. What was your most memorable show at Glasslands?

Rami and Jake also asked us to let folks know that they are looking to collect any physical memorabilia from Glasslands, be it flyers, posters or whatever. If you have something, please get in touch at booking@theglasslands.com.

Continue reading "Rami & Jake from Popgun list their favorite LPs of 2014 & favorite Glasslands shows; tickets on sale for NYE finale "

Budos Band
photo: Budos Band at Daptone Super Soul Revue 12/6/2014 (more by PSquared)

Jonathan Toubin knows his way around a party which is to say he's an in-demand dude during this festive time of year. He's got his fingers all of the following events...

On Wednesday (12/17) at Baby's All Right he'll be DJing the Peace & Love Holiday Ball which features live sets from The Budos Band, The Citizens Band and "surprise guests." The Citizens Band and the Budos Band ( who just played the Daptone Super Soul Revue) usually play bigger places than Baby's so here's a good chance to catch them somewhere more intimate. Tickets are on sale and benefit The David Lynch Foundation and the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund.

Then on Saturday (12/20) at Brooklyn Bowl, it's the holiday edition of Soul Clap and Dance Off with special guest selector Charles Bradley. It doubles as a release party for Norton Records' Souvenirs of the Soul Clap Vols 1 & 2. Tickets for Brooklyn Bowl are on sale now.

On New Year's Eve at Home Sweet Home, Nothing Changes is presenting the "New York Night Train Annual New Year's Ball" featuring live performances from Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Andy Animal's All Male Revue, and the debut of PMS and the Moodswings (featuring members of Habibi). Toubin and Josh Styles will be DJing and tickets will be available at the door. More info here.

Then on January 3 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar it's a "Captured Tracks/New York Night Train HAPPENING!" featuring live sets from Juan Wauters and EZTV, plus Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, DJ sets from Toubin and C/T head Mike Sniper. That show is free but you can RSVP to skip the line.

Jonathan Toubin will also be DJing the Glasslands Holiday Party on Sunday (12/21), the Detroit Cobras show at Baby's All Right on 1/2 (which is Detroit Cobras' second of two NYC shows that week, following Bowery Electric on 12/30) and some other gigs as well. All Jonathan Toubin dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin DJ gigs: Soul Clap w/ Charles Bradley, a benefit w/ Citizens Band & Budos Band, NYE w/ Kid Congo, more"


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

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade @ Thanksgiving Day Parade Grounds
It's your annual chance to brave the crowds at this Thanksgiving tradition, or maybe just watch your couch as you're nursing your Thanksgiving Eve hangover (or maybe not at all). This year's musical performers include KISS, Sting, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and more.

Jonathan Toubin @ Daddy's
There's really not much in the way of live music on Thanksgiving night, but masterful DJ Jonathan Toubin will be partying it up this holiday evening "with a supreme cast of secret guest djs from around the world" at Daddy's in Brooklyn (435 Graham Ave). The fun goes from 10 PM to 4 AM.

Le Rug, Caddywhompus, The Due Diligence, Jack Donovan @ Baby's All Right
If you gotta go see live music tonight -- and some of us are like that -- Baby's actually has a pretty good lineup tonight featuring headliners Le Rug who make whacked-out hyperspazzy indie pop. You can stream their Dead in a Hole EP below. $5 for this one.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)

A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.

Full round 2 list below...

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Jonathan Toubin, who was just named Best Club DJ New York 2014 by The Village Voice, is taking his Soul Clap & Dance-Off party on the road again, intenterspersed with monthly NYC editions at Brooklyn Bowl on October 25, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 28 and March 28. This month's is a CMJ edition with Mac DeMarco as guest selector and a panel of indie rockers (TBA) as judges. Tickets for Soul Clap that (and November and December editions) are on sale now.

Mac DeMarco plays Terminal 5 next month with Connan Mockasin (who plays Baby's this week) and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (who'll be here for CMJ). All Jonathan Toubin Soul Clap tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin named Best DJ in NYC by Village Voice, touring Soul Clap including CMJ w/ Mac DeMarco (dates)"


Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series is underway, happening every Saturday afternoon through the warmer months. The series, curated by Other Music this year, just announced it's July lineup which is pretty solid:

JULY 5: Widowspeak
JULY 12: The Men / Survival / Mercury Rising
JULY 19: Obits
JULY 25: Jonathan Toubin + Special Guests
More openers for some of those shows to be announced soon. In other Summer Thunder news, Ex-Cult have been added to the June 21 show with Liquor Store and Call of the Wild.

Related: Obits frontman Rick Froberg made an appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday as part of Red Mass' set.

This Saturday's Summer Thunder line-up (6/14) features Joe Bataan and 178 Improvisation Product. Parties start at 2 PM with bands beginning later in the day.

The Shrines at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)

As mentioned, King Khan will be in NYC when he and his band The Shrines bring their tour with Red Mass to LPR on Friday (6/6) (tickets) and MHOW on Saturday (6/7) (tickets). After that, he and the Shrines will be sticking around for a FREE show at Manhattan Inn on Monday (6/9) with DJ Jonathan Toubin. Manhattan Inn is tiny, that should be a crazy show. Also a late one, starting at 10 PM.

UPDATE: The band and some of their representatives tell us that, despite what Manhattan Inn is listing, King Khan and the Shrines will NOT be playing there.

King Khan will be back in NYC this fall when his band the BBQ show tours with Black Lips.

The same night as King Khan's free-or-not-happening Manhattan Inn show, folk legend Ed Askew plays a free early show (7 PM) with Abhay Singh. Later int he month, Ed hits the stage in NYC again on June 23 at Cake Shop with Opal Onyx and George Sand. Also Monday: King Khan's current tourmates Red Mass play The Flat.

Sooner than that, The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser plays Manhattan Inn too.

Ex Cult @ DbA, 2013 (more by Devan Council)

Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and as usual there's no shortage of things to do. On the music front, if you'd like to get away (but not too far away) for the long weekend, there's a few good festivals. Headbangers may want to head to Maryland Deathfest for Agalloch, Crowbar, Gorguts, Ulcerate, and more. Or you can get your indie rock on at Boston Calling with The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, and more. Or maybe you're more the punk type and will head to Michigan for Bled Fest with Title Fight, The Menzingers, Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Little Big League and more.

If you're staying in NYC this weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. Head below to check our top 10 list of events going on this weekend...

Continue reading "NYC Memorial Day Weekend 2014 Events (Simian Mobile Disco, Ex-Cult, Pujol, GBV, Iceage, Kara Walker, more)"

by Bill Pearis

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard @ Baby's All Right 5/16/2014 (via @brooklynvegan)

Australia's King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard were in NYC over the weekend for back-to-back shows at Baby's All Right on Friday (5/16) and Saturday (5/17) that wrapped up their post-Psych Fest tour. I trudged out through the rain on Friday and enjoyed their set. Armed with two drummers and three singers, King Gizzard mostly kept things moving/interesting, with their brand of psych that falls somewhere between Thee Oh Sees and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. They did definitely test my tolerance for jamming when, 30-minutes in, they announced they only had one more song. What they didn't mention was, that last song was about 20 minutes long. Despite the torrential downpours that night, there was a decent crowd there too, most of whom seemed pretty into it.

If you missed them last weekend, King Gizzard are sticking around NYC and have a couple more shows on the horizon. They play Saturday (5/24) at Rockaway Beach Surf Club with Mystery Lights and DJ Jonathan Toubin. That's a day show and is free. They'll also be playing the Panache Booking Northside Festival showcase at Baby's All Right on June 12 with Hunters, Juan Wauters, Mac DeMarco's other band, Walter TV, as well as Homeshake, Big Ups, and DJ Jonathan Toubin. Tickets are on sale now or you can use your Northside badge if you have one of those (note badge entrance based on capacity).

Flyers for both upcoming NYC shows and a few King Gizzard steams, below...

Continue reading "King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard played Baby's All Right, playing Rockaway Beach, and Northside Fest w/ Walter TV"

Lit's EV location

Just last week (2/19), EV haunt Lit Lounge celebrated 12 years of good times, live music and occasional debauchery with a birthday blowout featuring DJs Jonathan Toubin, Paul Sevigny and others. Now comes word that Lit is opening a second lounge, this one in Bushwick's McKibbin Lofts. Bedford & Bowery got the scoop:

The bi-level venue, about half the size of Lit but boasting 17-foot-tall ceilings, will consist of a small upstairs restaurant, open daily and run by artist Tessa Hughes-Freeland.
The upstairs restaurant, Currant Cafe, is scheduled to open Saturday, March 16 and the downtairs bar which will be called Lit is aiming for September. As for whether the new space will book bands, co-owner Erik Foss told B&B, "As of now we have no plan for live music. But that's what we said about Lit, haha."

by Bill Pearis

Habibi @ Bowery Ballroom in November (more by Dylan Johnson)

Habibi's self-titled debut album is due out January 28 via Burger Records. (Fans of limited edition colored vinyl, it's up for pre-order.) You can stream "Let Me In" from it below and is a good example of their appealing, post-punky take on girl group sounds.

The band will be playing a record release show in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on January 29 with Hector's Pets, Mystery Lights and Jonathan Toubin on DJ duties. Tickets are on sale. Flyer for the show is below.

No other tour dates right now, but Habibi will be at SXSW in March so expect a tour around that. Stay tuned. Song stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Habibi ready debut LP for Burger (stream a track), playing Brooklyn record release party and SXSW"

Darlene Love at "Right 2 Rock" benefit in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Darlene Love

The holiday season is upon us, and its spirit and celebrations are just about everywhere you look. If you're looking for some musical ways to celebrate in NYC, here's a few options.

Like she usually does, Darlene Love is celebrating the holidays at BB King's. She already played one of her shows there earlier this month (12/6), and since we last spoke, she's added two more happening on Friday (12/20) and January 4. Friday's show is sold out (but the venue says tickets may be available the day of the show), and tickets for the 1/4 show are available.

Other previously discussed holiday shows at BB King's include Darlene's fellow A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector singer Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) on Sunday (12/22) (tickets), and Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats on Christmas (12/25) (tickets).

Street Dogs, the Boston punk band fronted by former Dropkick Murphy Mike McColgan, will play "Wreck the Halls" at Highline Ballroom on Friday (12/20) with Chosen Ones and Done With You. Tickets are available.

Doveman collaborator Justin Vivian Bond and friends are playing holiday shows at Joe's Pub on Sunday (12/22) and Monday (12/23). The shows are billed as "Let It Show!" and the description reads, "Celebrate the return of the light with Justin Vivian Bond and friends with an evening of Holiday inspired songs and stories. Expect surprises! (bring your own lumps of coal and watch them turn into diamonds) Keywords: starstruck, babies, booze, ox and ass. Oh Come All Ye Faithful!" Tickets for both shows are available.

Also at Joe's Pub on Christmas Eve is the previously discussed Baby Dee & Little Annie show. Tickets for that are still available.

While Union Hall won't be having any music, they will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the following day (12/26) to celebrate the holidays. The kitchen will be closed, but the bar will be serving holiday-themed drinks, and they'll have Christmas bocce ball and a fireplace going. The venue opens at 4 PM on 12/24 and 12/26 and 5 PM on 12/25.

Like last year, The Bell House will host the Harry Potter Yule Ball on Saturday (12/21) featuring sets from Harry and the Potters, The Potter Puppet Pals, Lauren Fairweather, and half-Mad can o' Destroy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

And another Christmas Eve option is 'Christmas Eve for the Jews' with comedians Joel Chasnoff, Judy Gold and Todd Barry at City Winery on Christmas Eve. This one's sold out, but you can sign up for the waiting list in case tickets become available.

Brooklyn Bowl has holiday celebrations all weekend with Jimmy Hill and the Allstarz Band featuring Black Velvet (aka James Brown Jr) at the early show on Saturday (12/21) (tickets) and Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off with guest selector James Chance at the late show (tickets). Then on Sunday (12/22), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band does their Creole Christmas show at the venue (tickets).

Those are just a few holiday-themed music options in NYC. What else?

Continue reading "Holiday Shows in NYC: Darlene Love, Justin Vivian Bond, Harry Potter Yule Ball, Todd Barry, Street Dogs & more"

Yellow Dogs

In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.

Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.

Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...

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Powerpop vets The Flamin Groovies play Brooklyn tonight (11/15) at Warsaw with Seattle legendary Sonics plus Daddy Long Legs. Tickets are still available. It's part of Norton Records' Hurricane Sandy First Anniversary Weekend Blast, that continues Saturday (11/16) at Brooklyn Bowl with Reigning Sound with special guest La La Brooks of the Crystals, as well as The A-Bones with Mick Collins (Dirtbombs), Bloodshot Bill, and a late-night Soul Clap & Dance-Off with Jonathan Toubin. (tickets).

Flamin' Groovies also added another NYC show happening after the Norton Records anniversary on Sunday (11/17) at Europa. No word on advance tickets or other bands, but flyer for the show -- and for Saturday's Brooklyn Bowl blowout -- is below.

In other Jonathan Toubin news, he's DJing tonight's opening reception (11/15) of BV photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin's photo exhibit which is happening at Manhattan's Gibson Showroom (4211 W. 54th St.) which happens from 7 - 11 PM. Flyer for that is below too...

Continue reading "Flamin' Groovies play Norton Recs' Hurricane Sandy first Anniversary Blast tonight; add last-minute Europa show"

Gibson Legends

Gibson Legends is a collection of live shots of todays biggest rock icons and their Gibson axes.

Please Join us to the opening reception Friday November 15th 7-11pm With Special Guest DJ Jonathan Toubin of New York Night Train.

Beer Provided by SingleCut
Wine provided by City Winery

This is a private event please RSVP with name and number of guests to: gibsonlegendsshow@gmail.com. An email will be sent to confirm your name and number of guest spots.
For press inquiries and to schedule an interview with Dana contact: erika@erikabogner.com.

Prints provided by Gotham Imaging and ILFORD

BrooklynVegan readers know the work of Dana (distortion) Yavin, and many of the photos that will be on display at the above-described show will be photographs that first appeared on BrooklynVegan. RSVP info is in there. Check it out.

Recent photo sets by Dana on BrooklynVegan include VOODOO FEST, Simple Minds, B.B. King, Franz Ferdinand, and Brian Wilson & Elvis Costello. The list goes on.

Dana's photos were also part of the recent 'Never Again' show which featured many BV photographers, in a show at Art Basel, and were featured in our own '480 Pixels' photo show in 2012.

Jonathan Toubin meanwhile can also be found 11/8 at Home Sweet Home, 11/9 at Fun Fun Fun Fest, 11/15 at Home Sweet Home, 11/16 at Brooklyn Bowl and many other places.

photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis

King Khan & the Shrines @ Webster Hall, 10/30/2013
King Khan

Arish Ahmad Khan seems to have the spirit of James Brown trapped inside his big frame. Decked out in a shiny suit and dancing like a maniac (when not playing guitar), Khan was pure showbiz at Webster Hall on Wednesday night (10/30), the NYC stop on King Khan & the Shrines' current tour supporting Idle No More, their first record in five years. There's nothing new about what they do, but Khan is a) a good songwriter who knows what garage soul should sound like and b) surrounds himself with crack musicians who are nearly -- if not sometimes more -- energetic as he is.

Given his wild man rep and that the show was happening on Devil's night, I was actually expecting more "shenanigans" but Khan and The Shrines let the music do the talking. (He did come out in his golden underwear, cape and headdress for the encore.) The folks at Webster Hall -- including at least 10 people dressed as "French KISS" -- were eating it up. To continue the JB analogy, I haven't seen a crowd so wanting to just touch a performer (or any member of the band), as they were to Khan on Wednesday in ages. I wish they'd played slow burner "There is Darkness" off the new album, but otherwise great show.

HellShovel opened the night (who I missed) and Jonathan Toubin kept things hoppin' between sets with a selection of rock n' roll Halloween novelty singles from the '50s and '60s. Our photographer was there for the whole night, however, and pictures from the show are in this post.

More below...

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Vader, Leia and Yoda @ Thompkins Sq. Park Halloween Pet Parade (via)
Peelander-Z at Brain Cave Festival 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)

Happy Halloween! As you might imagine, there's many Halloween-related shows tonight, including a number of cover shows, and of course the Village Halloween Parade! Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's spooky shows (and the regular ones too). Here are some highlights...

Holy Ghost!, Joakim, Midnight Magic, Eli Escobar, Lloydsky @ Terminal 5
They've certainly got the right name for a Halloween show. HG! should have T5 movin' with their '80s style New-Order-at-Danceteria jams. Tickets are still available.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Jenny Hval, Tanz Praxis ft. C.Lavender @ Basilica Hudson
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan come in costume no matter what show they're playing, so they'll feel right at home tonight at this slightly-upstate venue. Also of note on this bill is Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (who has a couple shows in NYC next week too).

Peelander Z, Ken South Rock, AEON RINGS (formerly Night Vision) @ Glasslands
Another band who always come costumed, Peelander-Z are sure to bring the party tonight. And they've gone hair metal on their new album, so if you're looking for a rowdy, super-fun, hair metal Halloween, Glasslands is the place to be.

Liturgy, Alan Howarth @ 285 Kent Avenue
"Transcendental black metal" band Liturgy are teaming up with composer Alan Howarth to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Howarth's work on John Carpenter's horror classic, Halloween.

Crystal Stilts, Excepter, Zachary Cale @ Bowery Ballroom
They are leaning more '60s psych these days, but Crystal Stilts have strong gothic streak, due in no small part to Brad Hargett's deep bellow. Look for a spooky set tonight.

Gatekeeper, Mirror Mirror, DJ Bruno (Light Asylum) @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
For a dark, gothy Halloween dance party, head to the ominous Brooklyn Masonic Temple for these electronic musicians and DJs.

The Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Justin Strauss, Evan Michael @ Cameo Gallery
If you're just looking to dance tonight, it's hard to argue with the four-on-the-floor proclivities of the Juan Maclean. Justin Strauss, meanwhile, is a legend with more than three decades of dancefloor experience having worked with everyone from Luther Vandross to Skinny Puppy. It's a late show -- doors at 10 PM -- so you can make it if you want to keep the DFA vibes rolling after Holy Ghost!

The Dickies, Chronic Sick @ Knitting Factory
The Dickies have been making new wavey punk for over three decades, and they're still kicking.

Avan Lava, Light Asylum, Zebra Katz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This show's got three very different artists who should all provide very fun sets in their own way. There's the upbeat synth pop of Avan Lava, the dark Light Asylum, and eccentric rapper Zebra Katz, whose "Ima Read" is always a good sing-along at his shows.

Raime, Vatican Shadow, Silent Servant, Kiss & Tell, Further Reductions, Bethany and Alyssa @ Output
Another bill leaning towards the dark and electronic: Raime will be debuting an audio/visual set, and Dominick Fernow's (Prurient) "militant religious industrial" project Vatican Shadow is not to miss either.

Murray Hill, Andy Rourke (The Smiths) (DJ Set), Steve Lewis (DJ Set), Chicks Who Love Guns @ Passenger Bar
Williamsburg's Passenger Bar is hosts this free party with MC duties from none other than legend Murray Hill and a DJ set from The Smiths' Andy Rourke and others. There's also a costume contest for anyone dressed the the "Blood, Burlesque & B-Movie" themes.

The Body, Pissgrave @ Saint Vitus Bar
Crushing duo The Body hold court with Pissgrave tonight at what for some is the only place to be on Hallowwen

DJ Dog Dick, Lakutis, Cities Aviv, DJ Uniique, Rlly Tho & Wodge Daddy, DJ John J Rambo, DJ Kristina Tequila @ Secret Location
This show's got three artists who have no problem crossing the boundaries of hip hop, DJ Dog Dick, Lakutis, and Cities Aviv. Location TBA soon.

Buster Poindexter @ Cafe Carlyle
Maybe to get in the spirit of dressing up, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen is reviving his loungey Buster Poindexter guise tonight.

Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Questlove usually does his weekly Bowl Train party at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursdays, but for Halloween, Biz Markie is taking over the boards. And he's, he's got what you need.

Jonathan Toubin's Haunted Hop @ Secret Project Robot
This is Jonathan Toubin's annual Halloween Party, and will feature a bunch of bands performing sets as other bands like The Damned, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Seeds, Roky Erickson and more. They aren't saying who's actually performing, but Jonathan knows a few people. Plus, JT will be spinning classic spooky 45s all night. $5 in costume, $20 without.

Gabba Ghouls, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Lust Cats, Mannequin Pussy @ Lit Lounge
Vermont psych pop band Happy Jawbone Family Band and NYC punks Mannequin Pussy are always worth catching, though for the occasion you might wanna see The Gabba Ghouls too.

World/Inferno Friendship Society @ Warsaw
World/Inferno Friendship Society do their annual "Hallowmas" show on Halloween at Warsaw.

Murphys Law, Caught In A Trap, Chesty Malone And The Slice Em Ups, Skum City @ The Trash Bar
The Trash Bar is celebrating Halloween with this show which, among other things, includes long-running NYC punk band Murphy's Law.

Ed Sheeran @ Mercury Lounge
For many of us, there are few things scarier than UK singer Ed Sheeran, who has two shows at Madison Square Garden coming up. We're not sure why he's playing Mercury Lounge tonight, but maybe he's going to show us his dark side. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Carnivores (as B-52s), Ava Luna (as Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (as Velvet Underground), Bueno (as Wu-Tang Clan) @ Shea Stadium
This is one of the many Halloween cover shows, but it's especially notable because it's also the only NYC stop on Atlanta garage rockers and Black Lips/Deerhunter associates Carnivores' tour. They'll be playing songs by the B-52s, but also many of their own.

And here's more of those cover shows...

Celestial Shore (as Led Zeppelin), Whoarfrost (as Nirvana), Cloud Becomes Your Hand (does Jock Jams), YOU (as Interpol) @ Silent Barn

Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit, Big Ups as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, Butter the Children as Pixies, Palehound as Pavement @ Cake Shop

Eugene Chadbourne as Jimmy Carl Black, Evan Gallagher as Thelonious Monk, Thomas Heberer as Muggsy Spanier, Tatsuya Nakatani as Johnny Cash, Louie Pearlman as Cab Calloway, Barry Mitterhof as Jethro Burns @ The Stone

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Though here in NYC we're in the midst of CMJ craziness, Austin's craziness that is SXSW has just announced its first round of bands for next year's festival. SXSW 2014 goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 7-16 and so far includes London Grammar, Calvin Love, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Men, OBN IIIs, Pure Love, Royal Canoe, Saint Rich, Shakey Graves, SISU, Ski Lodge, Soldout, Teengirl Fantasy, Jonathan Toubin, Ume, Vockah Redu, Dot Wiggin Band, Deidre and the Dark, Doughbeezy, Kaytranada, Killa Kyleon and more. Badges are on sale now.

Full initial lineup below...

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