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Andrew WK at Webster Hall, April 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
AWK

We already told you that Andrew WK is hosting The Syndicate's annual pre-CMJ "Conflict of Interest" party at Rebel NYC on Monday (10/15, free with RSVP) but he'll also be making some other appearances next week, though none of them are him playing live.

He'll DJ between bands at the RockStar Motel Showcase at Santos on October 19 with performances from Enemy Planes, bloodnstuff and more TBA. Then on Saturday, October 20 he'll be one of the guest judges at New York Night Train's Soul Clap Dance-Off at Brooklyn Bowl. Other judges include Alexei Perry Cox (Handsome Furs), Daughn Gibson, Mac Demarco, Taraka Larson (Prince Rama), Ultramantis Black (Chikara Pro Wrestling), Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls). Soul Clap starts late (11:30 PM) and tickets are available.

And if you have a CMJ badge you can see Andrew WK speak on the "Turning The Spotlight: The Power Of Motivated Fans" panel which happens at the Kimmel Center (NYU, Room 905/907) on October 18 at 12:30 PM.

Did you go see Andrew WK play "1,000,000 volts of party music" through David Blaine's body?

Speaking of New York Night Train, Jonathan Toubin has some other NYC appearances coming up. He'll DJ with Kid Congo Powers at Home Sweet Home on October 19 for the "Shakin' All Over" party. Then on Saturday, October 27 he'll host "Haunted Hop" costume party at Brooklyn Bowl which in addition to playing cool spooky 45s will feature horror-themed Burt Bacharach cover band Dionne Werewolf (!) and more. Tickets are on sale now. All upcoming Jonathan Toubin appearances are listed below, along with party flyers.

Continue reading "Andrew WK DJing during CMJ, one of many guest judges at Soul Clap ++ Jonathan Toubin throwing "Haunted Hop""

Big Freedia at Santos in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Big Freedia

Big Freedia has been on a tour that was supposed to come to NYC for a Rocks Off cruise in late August, but that show was cancelled due to weather. She's since announced that she'll return to NYC for a show on Halloween (10/31) at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show are available.

The Big Freedia show is one of many Halloween options in NYC, many of which we've already told you about (like Dita Von Teese who we also mentioned today). Some others that we haven't include the Halloween covers show at Death by Audio with Sleepies (as the Pixies), Mr. Dream (as ?), Acid Problem (as the Ramones), Heaven's Gate (as Joy Division), and more TBA; and the 'Monster Mash 7 Halloween Party' at Glasslands, which is being presented by New York Night Train (Jonathan Toubin's NYC dance party) and Alana Amram with DJ Naughty Panther. According to the event page, the "musical guests" are "Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Abba, 60s Girl Group, 90s Medley, The Cramps, New Order, and more." Tickets for that show are available. Any other good ones that we missed?

A list of all Big Freedia dates is below...

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DJ Rashad
DJ Rashad

Chicago footwork producer DJ Rashad released the excellent TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi album earlier this year, and played a Brooklyn show at 285 Kent soon after with Total Freedom and J-Cush. All three of those artists will be returning this weekend for another show at 285 Kent on Sunday (9/23) with Visionist and a "surprise special guest." No word on who the guest is, but the show is the official after party for the Gang Gang Dance and Prince Rama show happening at 285 Kent earlier that night (the third of three GGD shows in NYC this weekend). Admission for this all ages party is $5 before 1 AM and $10 after.

As for LA producer Total Freedom (aka Ashland Mines), who opened on tour for Gang Gang Dance last year, he'll be landing in Brooklyn a bit earlier for a warehouse party at 110 Troutman TONIGHT (9/21) with $hayne and Rizzla. The flier for tonight's show is below.

Meanwhile, J-Cush will also be at 285 Kent on Saturday (9/22) for the previously mentioned Sasha Go Hard show. That bill also includes DJ Manny, Cedaa, and Durban. $5 at the door before 1 AM. That will be Sasha's second NYC show of this week, having played Santos with LE1F last night (9/20). How was that show? Sasha loved it.

If dancing into the wee hours of the night is your thing, those three shows are only two of the many dance options in NYC this weekend. Head below to see more...

Continue reading "DJ Rashad, Total Freedom, Midnight Magic, Nicholas, Pictureplane & more dance options in NYC this weekend"

ATPNY

The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).

Tickets are still available to all three days which can be gotten online or at Other Music. Peruse the full schedule below, perhaps while listening to the ATP mixtape that Greg Dulli made for us.

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JSBX inside and out of Bowery Electric, 9/18/2012
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion celebrated the release of Meat And Bone, their first studio album in eight years, at a packed release show in the basement of Bowery Electric in NYC last night. DJ Jonathan Toubin warmed up the crowd, many of whom got a bit wet from the torrential downpour happening outside. At 8:30pm sharp, Judah Bauer, Russell Simins and Jon Spencer (aka the Blues Explosion) kicked off a super hard rocking set of tunes to the appeciative audience that was made up of people who either bought the new album at Other Music, won a ticket from BrooklynVegan, or managed to get themselves on the guestlist some other way.

The band head out on a proper headlining tour in October, starting in Harrisburg, PA, and hitting Bowery Ballroom in NYC on November 2 along the way. All listed dates, their new video for "Black Mold", and more pictures from Bowery Electric, are below.

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Iceage at Pitchfork 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

TODAY IN NYC
* Prurient @ Saint Vitus
* Howard Fishman @ Joe's Pub
* Smokey's Secret Family @ Barbes
* Geri Allen, John Zorn @ The Stone
* Roots Family Reunion @ Littlefield
* Amber Martin, Lost Lockets @ Joe's Pub
* Bubbles, TEEN, Test House @ Union Pool
* Emily Mandell w/ The Lola Quartet @ Barbes
* Superhuman Happiness, Smoota @ Zebulon
* Dent May, The Babies, Levek @ Glasslands
* Field Report, Sean Rowe @ Mercury Lounge
* Feathers (DJ), Midnight Magic (DJ) @ Cameo
* Carla Brothers & Treasure Tower @ The Stone
* No Code (Pearl Jam tribute) @ Aboard The Jewel
* Dick Dale, The Lyres, Twin Guns @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Iceage, Nomad, Bortgang, Sad Boys @ 285 Kent Ave
* The Dearloves, Eastern Hollows, Mr Tough @ Cameo
* Chief, HITS, Dirty Names, Single Red Cent @ Pianos
* Shonen Knife, White Mystery, Flown @ The Bell House
* Mike Scheidt, Nate Hall, Kevin Hufnagel @ Saint Vitus
* Sleigh Bells, Jel, Mr. Dream @ Hudson River Park Pier
* Soul Clap and Dance Off w/ Jonathan Toubin @ Glasslands
* Queening, Mayor Daley, Florida, Suntalk, Libel @ Cake Shop
* Willis Earl Beal, Krystle Warren @ Weeksville Heritage Center
* Field Mouse, Firehorse, Hallelujah the Hills @ Mercury Lounge
* Shark?, Turf War, Sleeping Bags, Radical Dads @ Death By Audio
* Sepalcure, Machinedrum, Liturgy, White Ring, mikeQ @ 171 Lombardy
* Quiet Loudly, Backwords, Miniboone, EULA @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Laurel Halo, Pete Swanson, Noveller, Burning Star Core @ Public Assembly
* Dum Dum Girls, Widowspeak, Fingers On The Pulse (DJ Set) @ House of Vans
* Rebecca Gates & The Consortium, Verpluscott, Glass Anchors @ The Rock Shop
* Bebel Gilberto / Criolo / Flávio Renegado / Béco Dranoff (Dj) @ Summerstage Central Park
* Matthew Dear (DJ set), Sepalcure, LE1F, MikeQ, JDH and Dave P(Warm Up) @ MoMA PS1
* River City Extension, Gold Motel, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Brick & Mortar @ Bowery Ballroom
* This Way, Union Street Preservation Society, Seth Kessel and The Two Cent Jazz Band @ Union Hall
* 808 State, N-JOI, Joey Beltram, Altern 8, F.R.D., Soul Slinger, Alex English @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Tonight is the first of two NYC shows for Iceage.

Mike Scheidt of YOB, Nate Hall of US Christmas, and Kevin Hufnagel of Dysrhythmia will gather for an acoustic show at Saint Vitus tonight, followed by noise terrorism from Prurient in that same venue right afterwords.

Free Summer Thunder party at Union Pool this afternoon with Bubbles, Test House and TEEN.

The Spy Music Festival is still ongoing.

Tonight is the last-ever Soul Clap Dance-Off at Glasslands. Flyer is below. Fear not: Jonathan Toubin's party moves to Brooklyn Bowl in a couple weeks.

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"Security couldn't handle this shit! Black Lips fuckin killed it!!!" - Kyle Cameron

"Black Lips was fun. We tore down the barrier and security started fist fighting people. I'm soaked through." - Steve Lombardi

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The Black Lips, who are known for their raucous live show, brought their usual antics to the 4Knots afterparty at Beekman Beer Garden at the South Street Seaport on Saturday night (7/14), but things got a little out of hand this time. The barricade was (not surprisingly) quickly ripped down by fans who broke into a sweaty pushing, moshing frenzy for the uncontrollable garage rockers. However, at this particular Black Lips show, the security guards were not having it. They began to rough up audience members who were getting crazy and allegedly ended up injuring some concertgoers. One of those claiming to be hurt emailed us and said, "getting dragged out in a choke hold is not my idea of a good time". He also sent us this picture he claims are "a few wounds inflicted by security"....

wounds

As shown in a video from the show which you can watch below, before going into "Modern Art," the band took to their mics to tell security to "calm the fuck down" and said, "You don't have to beat up anybody, it's just a rock and roll concert." A "Fuck that shit!" chant was also started and continued through the start of the song. The Village Voice, who presented the 4Knots festival and the Black Lips afterparty that this all went down at, point out that guitarist Cole Alexander, who had encouraged the crowd to "tear down that barrier" tried to help the fans who were getting hit, but he was shoved back on stage.

Many fans who were at the show took to twitter to talk about their experiences. @aewsome posted multiple tweets, saying, "Security has totally lost control of this Black Lips show. Arbitrarily roughing up people for no reason. Completely fucked up," and "Kids acting no different than any Black Lips show I've seen. This was seriously [some] of the roughest security I've seen."

UPDATE: The Village Voices issued a statement shortly after we posted this article.

As previously mentioned, earlier in the day there was also a fire at South Street Seaport while the actual 4Knots Music Festival was going on. You definitely can't say this year's fest (which Archers of Loaf headlined, but more about that in a bit), wasn't eventful.

The Black Lips video and more pictures, though they were mostly taken before things really got out of control, from the ruckus at Beekman Beer Garden, below...

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ATP

That didn't take long. Last night we posted it as a rumor. Today it is confirmed (removal of Louis CK included):

ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.

Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.

New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...

Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:

"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."

Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.

"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."

Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.

The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.

Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.

Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...

Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.

Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.

Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.

As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.

Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...

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4Knots

As you know, Siren Fest replacement 4Knots goes down at South Street Seaport this Saturday. Here are the times:

Main Stage
12:15 p.m.: The Smiling Lies
12:30 p.m.: The Fast Years
1:30 p.m.: Nick Waterhouse
2:30 p.m.: Bleached
3:30 p.m.: Hospitality
4:30 p.m.: Crocodiles
5:30 p.m.: The Drums
6:30 p.m.: Archers of Loaf

Skippers Stage
1:00 p.m.: Doldrums
2:00 p.m.: Devin
3:00 p.m.: Team Spirit
4:00 p.m.: Delicate Steve

Afterparty at Beekman Beer Garden (not free)
7:00 p.m.: doors
?:?? p.m.: DJ Jonathan Toubin
?:?? p.m.: Kid Congo Powers + The Pink Monkey Birds
?:?? p.m.: The Black Lips

Meanwhile Eleanor Friedberger, Ex Cops and Zambri play a free show at South Street Seaport on Friday (6:30pm).

Nick Waterhouse also has some other shows coming up.

Continue reading "free 4Knots Music Festival is Saturday (set times)"

photos by David Andrako

Bleached on the Bruise Cruise - 6/16/12
NXNE 2012 Day 3

With the backdrop of a beautiful day on Lake Ontario, the M for Montreal Bruise Cruise set sail on the afternoon of June 16th, the third day of the NXNE festival in Toronto. Featuring appearances from headliners Bleached, Mac DeMarco (who also played on Thursday), Teenanger, Hooded Fang, and back-in-action NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin. Pictures from the cruise are below.

If you missed it, check out pictures from Thursday's shows HERE as well as a set from Friday HERE.

Continue reading "Bleached, Mac DeMarco, Teenanger, Hooded Fang and Jonathan Toubin played the Bruise Cruise at NXNE (pics)"

CYHSY at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, Sept 2011 (more by Colin Kerrigan)
CYHSY

Superchunk and Redd Kross aren't the only CBGB Fest show happening at South Street Seaport venue Beekman Beer Garden (where we hosted a Hold Steady show last year). Wyclef Jean headlines the venue on July 7 as part of the fest, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah do the same on July 8. It's also the location of the Spirits Festival which also happens July 8, but earlier in the day (2 - 6PM). No advance ticket info (or openers) for either Wyclef or CYHSY, but you can keep an eye on Ticketweb and/or try to get in with a CBGB Fest badge.

There are lots of other shows happening at Beekman this summer, including the 4Knots afterparty with Black Lips (and just-added Jonathan Toubin). Dan Bern, moe. and more.

The CBGB Festival is happening at venues all over the city. Those venues include Webster Hall which will host two big hardcore shows, and Central Park Summerstage which will be home to Guided by Voices and more.

Delicate Steve at Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Delicate Steve

As mentioned, 4Knots Music Festival happens on July 14 at South Street Seaport. The lineup already features Archers Of Loaf, The Drums, Crocodiles, Team Spirit, Doldrums, Hospitality, Bleached, Nick Waterhouse and Devin, and now also includes Delicate Steve. The festival is free and runs from 1 - 8 PM.

In other news, the 4Knots afterparty (which is not free) has been expanded as well. Jonathan Toubin will join the previously announced lineup of Black Lips, Kid Congo Powers, and The Pink Monkey Birds at Beekman Beer Garden after the fest (doors are 7 PM). Tickets for the afterparty are still available.

Jonathan will also be spinning at The Box on July 6 as part of CBGB Festival. As usual, he's continuing his weekly parties at Home Sweet Home, and is doing his last ever Soul Clap and Dance-Off at Glasslands on July 21.

A list of all Delicate Steve dates are below.

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Josh Styles
Josh Styles

Our pal Josh has to have hip replacement surgery. He will not be able to work. He managed to get on Medicaid but they are only partially paying for the surgery and he is going to end up with a BIG medical bill. He will be out of commission for a while to heal up. Everyone knows a party without Josh is no party at all!!!!!!!! Let's help raise some money to help him out and have a GREAT time doing it!
Union Pool is throwing a benefit for Josh Styles of long-running party Smashed!Blocked! this afternoon (6/10) and proceeds will go towards his medical bills. It's a $15 suggested donation, bands start at 4PM and include Philadelphia's The Tough Shits, Ex Humans, Baby Shakes and a "super secret special guest" at 11:30. Jonathan Toubin will spin from 12:30 - 2AM. (Josh spun at his big return gig last month at Brooklyn Bowl.) If you show up just for Toubin's DJ set, it's a $5 donation to get in.

In addition to the bands and DJs, there will be raffles, arts and crafts tables, rummage sales and more. Details (including how to donate if you can't make it today), band schedule, and the flyer are below.

Continue reading "The Tough Shits, Ex-Humans, Jonathan Toubin and more playing benefit for Josh Styles TODAY at Union Pool"

by Andrew Frisicano

Ty Segall @ Webster Hall (photo by roedood)
Ty Segall

Of the handful of times I've seen Ty Segall live (admittedly only a fraction of his shows in the city), his set at Webster Hall was without a doubt the best. People often talk about performers feeding off the energy of the room--that interaction was palpable between Ty and crowd Wednesday night.

The band pieced together a front-to-back set of rockers, and the front half of the crowd went nuts: kids dancing, smashing into each other, doing back flips off the stage, passing around flask-sized bottles of Jack, screaming about being on mushrooms (that last one was just one guy, but he was loud). It was nothing you wouldn't see on a Friday night at most sweaty DIY spaces, but still pretty encouraging considering the scene: a large venue that was at or near capacity for a lineup of unpolished rock bands. Assuming no one landed on your head, it was hard not to have fun (Ty at one point politely reminded everyone to be careful and watch out for one another).

And the snotty garage rock tunes fit perfectly with the offstage madness. Ty and band seemed gamely down for the end-of-semester party they'd walked into and ripped through the material, hitting "Girlfriend" and "Finger," two Melted highlights, early with the requisite head-banging, and easing judiciously into new songs before coming back into some extended jams (Slaughterhouse, the first record with the touring band, is due June 26 on In the Red). A crushing version of "Caesar" closed the encore. Barking into his overdriven mic, Ty twice called it the best show ever.

White Fence, who played before, were also in punky, blown-speakers mode, leaving behind the druggy jangle that marks most of their recorded output and honing in on driving rhythms and lots of Tim Presley solos. The joint songs, from the White Fence/Ty Segall split Hair, were great too. The pair--aided by Ty bassist Mikal Cronin and White Fence drummer Nick Murray--sandwiched those tunes between their band's sets and traded off licks and lyrics. Hopefully they'll get together again.

On the undercard, Strange Boys growled through a set of swampy rock tunes. Jonathan Toubin, who has lots gigs scheduled now that he is back, provied the music between sets. The Men started things off, but I missed their set (how was it?).

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Ty Segall and White Fence continue on tour.

by BBG

Ty Segall at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Ty Segall

Just a reminder that Ty Segall, White Fence, The Strange Boys, The Men, and the impeccable record collection of the one and only DJ Jonathan Toubin will descend upon Webster Hall tonight (5/16). This is an extremely solid, rockin' lineup and tickets are still available for all of you procrastinators.

The show is one of several Jonathan Toubin DJ gigs currently scheduled on his unofficial comeback. He will also play Home Sweet Home on Friday (5/18) in addition to Glasslands on June 9th, Lincoln Center on July 7th, a "special amazing free tba" on July 14th, Glasslands again on July 21st, and ATP I'll Be Your Mirror on September 22nd. Full set of Jonathan Toubin dates are below.

Speaking of Home Sweet Home -- SHAMELESS PLUG -- I will also be behind the decks tonight (5/16) as part of the weekly WIERD party at the venue. Cleansing Wave will headline the evening with special guest Goosebumps, and I'll be manning the turntables along with Zach of Freshkills and Glenn from Cult of Youth. The show/DJ event will set you back a cool $5 and more details are available at the Facebook event.

A listing of all tour dates and related flyers are below.

Continue reading "Ty Segall & White Fence, The Men and Strange Boys play Webster tonight w/ DJ Jonathan Toubin; other related items"

Jonathan Toubin Sunday night @ Brooklyn Bowl (via nickgazin)
JT

Welcome back Jonathan.

Toubin drawing

today in NYC
* ASSSCAT @ UCB
* Fred Armisen @ Union Pool
* Barkuna @ The Manhattan Inn
* George Clinton @ BB King's
* Nanci Griffith @ City Winery
* Anita Baker @ Radio City Music Hall
* Royal Canoe, Ginger Kid @ Spike Hill
* Comedy Night @ The Knit w/ Hannibal Buress
* R. Stevie Moore, Ry Crane @ Cake Shop
* Howth, Friend Roulette @ Mercury Lounge
* Woods, Widowspeak @ Storm King Art Center
* Scissor Sisters, Zebra Katz @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sun Ladders, Widow, Dev Donna @ Mercury Lounge
* White Life, Sasoon, DDm, Shams @ Death By Audio
* Questlove celebrating Kraftwerk @ PS1
* Pierced Arrows, Mount Carmel @ Knitting Factory
* Shearwater, Dawn Landes, Ray Rizzo @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Otto Hauser, Anders Griffen, Cracked Vessel @ The Stone
* Pyyramids, Not Blood Paint, Russ Marshalek @ Glasslands
* Desert Stars, Early Spring, TEEN, Bad Girlfriend @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Dru Cutler, Archie Powell & The Exports, Sandman Viper Command, Nat Osborn @ Pianos
* Free Paint, Shy Hunters, Shahzad Ismaily, Ryan Sawyer, Darius Jones, Interstitials @ Zebulon
* New Country Rehab, Aunt Martha, The Dead Exs, Christopher Paul Stelling, Kat Edmonson @ Public Assembly
* The dBs, The Front Bottoms, Freedy Johnston, Demolition String Band, The One & Nines, WYLDLIFE @ Hoboken Music & Arts Festival
* DJ Jonathan Toubin, Ian Svenonius, Mr. Fine Wine, Josh Styles, Kid Congo Powers, K Holes, Daddy Long Legs, Expensive Shit, Anna Copa Cabanna, Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa-Anne @ Brooklyn Bowl

Questlove performs a DJ tribute to the works of Kraftwerk today at P.S. 1

Jonathan Toubin celebrates a successful recovery from the unexpected with a welcome back gig at Brooklyn Bowl. Other performers/DJs include Ian Svenonius, Mr Fine Wine, Josh Styles, and Kid Congo Powers.

Toubin

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El Toubin

After a freak accident put Jonathan Toubin in critical condition last year, he finally came out of the hospital this past January. Last week, we were excited to announce that he'll be part of this year's NXNE lineup, and we since found out that his official welcome back party is a free New York Night Train party at Brooklyn Bowl on May 6 with a huge lineup including Ian Svenonius (Chain and the Gang) (DJ Set), Mr Fine Wine (WFMU's Downtown Soulville) (DJ Set), Josh Styles (Smashed! Blocked!) (DJ Set), Kid Congo Powers, The K-Holes, Daddy Long Legs, Expensive Shit, Performances by Anna Copa Cabanna & Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, Visuals by B.A. Miale & Spencer Bewley. RSVP is open. The flier for this show is below.

He has other upcoming apperances too, including his weekly parties at Home Sweet Home (every Wednesday) and his monthly Soup Clap and Dance Off party at Glasslands. He'll also host a silent disco at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park on July 7 with JD McPherson. Tickets are available. And he'll be at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ.

All dates and flier below...

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Off! @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
NXNE

The most memorable thing that happened the year I visited Toronto for NXNE was Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing their big, outdoor, free, no-ticket-or-badge-required show downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Last year the Descendents did it. This year they've landed the Flaming Lips which should be an amazing spectacle. And:

NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).
Jonathan Toubin!!

This year's fest takes place at multiple venues across Toronto from June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are on sale.

Last year BrooklynVegan co-hosted a boat party with M For Montreal and Bruise Cruise.

Karen O hearts Jonathan Toubin (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
JT

Rolling Stone talked to Jonathan Toubin from his extended stay room in Portland:

"I woke up a month later. There were some friends and family there, and I didn't know what happened. I didn't even know what year if was. Everyone had to explain it to me, and it was kind of unbelievable. I was really horrified at first - the thing is that when they woke me up, they weren't sure how long I was gonna be there and didn't know how normal I was gonna be. Turns out things are gonna be a lot better than they thought, so that's good. But the first thing that happened when I woke up in the hospital was like, I gotta get out of this place. They showed me some of the news articles and, wow. Some were depressing, but there have been a couple about what people have been doing for me, which really, I'm just bowled over that anyone went to any trouble."
Previously: Jonathan Toubin out of the hospital, records intact

Jonathan Toubin

As you may already know if you look at the IHeartJT Facebook page more often than I do, or read Oregon newspapers, Jonathan Toubin was recently released from the hospital! The 1/14 Facebook message reads:

All of Jonathan's friends and fans will be ecstatic to know that he has raced through the first part of his healing. Last Monday he was discharged from ICU to a private room. On Friday he was discharged from the hospital!!! The doctors and the whole staff are in awe of his progress. He is having a quiet weekend of R & R at a nice hotel near the hospital and thinking through what he wants to do for the next stage of recovery.

Jonathan is talking (the trach is completely out and the would is healing fast) and sounds like himself. He is eating real food--cheesecake and lasagna, yumm!. His strength and independence are returning. Jonathan will probably stay in Portland for a few weeks for his physical and occupational therapy. He likes all the staff and will see his same doctors for check-ups. He will likely be there for a few more weeks--no one is guessing how long as he has zoomed along so fast the past two weeks. They say he is THREE MONTHS further down the road than anyone had predicted at this point! Amazing!

None of the above plans or details have been confirmed. After the weekend of peace and privacy and gathering his wits, he will decide what he will be doing and where he will go. He has an undetermined course of long, hard therapy. No one is guessing when he might return to his beloved DJ-ing, but it looks like it won't be long before he returns "home" to NYC!

All his family, friends, and fans are enormously happy and relieved. Our thousands of prayers seem to have been answered, but don't stop now--we're not finished yet. Everybody give everybody else a hug for Jonathan, smile, and DANCE!

The Austin Chronicle reports that the man himself has since also left a message on Facebook:
"While I still have a mountain in front of me, everyone is very optimistic about the next phase of my recovery," wrote Jonathan. "As I learn more about what happened to me and all that you have done I am totally blown away by all of your love and support."
Can't wait to find out JT is in fact home.

Meanwhile, those in the DC area can help Jonathan this coming Friday by partying at Comet Ping Pong with entertainment by Chain and the Gang, Cane and the Sticks & Deathfix, DJS Kid Congo Powers & Baby Alcatraz.

Recent benefits happened in Chicago, San Francisco, Austin and in Brooklyn at Union Pool and Music Hall of Williamsburg. How were those shows?

The NY Times also recently ran a feature:

...For Mr. Toubin's family members, who have spent much of the past month at his bedside in Portland, the focus on his music has inspired some reminiscing. Ms. McLendon recalled that her son played her ukulele when he was 4 -- he was small enough that it looked like a guitar in his hands, she said -- and once completed an oil painting of ZZ Top in junior high school. It still hangs in her home in Houston, Ms. McLendon said.

Charles Toubin, Mr. Toubin's father, said the groundwork for his son's career was laid when he bought him, at age 14, a guitar and amplifier for about $25 at a pawn shop. "We're not talking about top of the line," he said.

And on the day of his accident, even as he struggled to breathe in the emergency room, Ms. McLendon said, doctors told her they could make out a single request from Mr. Toubin: "I've got to have my records."

The next day, she said, the family went to the hotel room, ravaged by the accident, to search for them. In the rubble, they found the box where Mr. Toubin kept his treasures.

The case was mangled, Ms. McLendon said. But the records were still intact.

Watch a video of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing the big JT benefit that happened at Brooklyn Bowl, below...

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New Party Systems art
New Party Systems

Brooklyn bar and music venue Union Pool will host another Jonathan Toubin benefit show TONIGHT (1/18). The show will feature "a three ring circuit of cross-fading solos, duos, trios & big bands" with The Notekillers, Kyp Malone, Kid Millions, Greg Fox, and Bernard Gann. That big band they speak of? New Party Systems:

New Party Systems came together when four musician friends - Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), David First (Notekillers), Greg Fox (X-Liturgy, Guardian Alien) and Bernard Gann (Liturgy) all ran into each other the same day at Zuccotti Park, early on during the Occupy Wall Street occupation. Out of that fateful meeting came the decision to form a music collective inspired by and supporting the movement. The video by director Toni Comas and producer Anna Franquesa feature people from all over the world, including musicians Martin Bisi, Kid Millions, Bob Ostertag and the students who were involved in the UC Davis pepper spray incident."
Purchase the song at Bandcamp. View the video and stream the songbelow.

Speaking of Jonathan Toubin benefits, there's also one going down in Chicago on Friday.

Speaking of TV on the Radio, they've been added to the Rolling Stones tribute show going down at Carnegie Hall. The lineup is now MARIANNE FAITHFULL, RICKIE LEE JONES, RONNIE SPECTOR, ROSANNE CASH, STEVE EARLE, TAJ MAHAL, MARC COHN, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, PEACHES, JOVANOTTI & TV ON THE RADIO, GLEN HANSARD (OF THE SWELL SEASON), RICH ROBINSON (OF THE BLACK CROWES), CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, and JACKIE GREENE (with more TBA).

More TVOTR tour dates (all in South America) (aka Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile), with the New Party Systems music, below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Stepkids - Shadows on Behalf (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Stepkids - Legend in My Own Mind (MP3)
DOWNLOADCuckoo Chaos - Just Ride It (MP3)

The Stepkids
Stepkids

Is it too late to say Happy New Year to all of you out there? Probably. Okay, nevermind. It is a New Year though, and the rock machine is already in full swing. If you haven't spent all your money on tickets to the chickfactor fest (I can't tell you how psyched I am to see Small Factory) there's some good options.

Top of my list this weekend is the previously mentioned Stepkids show at Knitting Factory on Saturday (1/14). Their self-titled debut made my Favorite Albums of 2011 list (#36) and don't feel it got enough attention. I wrote:

Like The Bees, The Stepkids recreate a specific era of sound -- early '70s psychedelic soul -- with such skill you might think it was some obscure Fifth Dimension album or outtakes from Psychedelic Shack. That it works beyond an exercise is mimicry shows how talented these three are.
And they are crazy talented. All three members write and sing and spent time playing with the likes of Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and 50 Cent before deciding to take a stranger path in music. I do wish they'd make a 15-piece Stepkids Love Unlimited Orchestra so they could really do the complexities of the album justice in a live setting, but what they accomplish as a trio is still pretty damn impressive. (A killer light show helps in that department.) They were great when they played our day party at Public Assembly during CMJ week during which we taped them doing an acoustic cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Also down there is the Tom Sharpling-directed video for "Legend in My Own Mind" which is pretty funny.

Cuckoo Chaos
Cuckoo Chaos

Opening for The Stepkids are San Diego band Cuckoo Chaos who also play Friday (1/13) at Mercury Lounge with Country Mice. The band have toured with Anna Calvi and were last in town during CMJ. The band play an appealing take on afrobeat-y indie rock with nice harmonies. I do really like their song "Just Ride It" which is downloadable at the top of this post. If you like that one, check out their album Woman (listen on Spotify, buy at eMusic) and consider going to one of their shows this weekend.

Radical Dads at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, December 2011
Radical Dads

A few spots above the Stepkids on my Albums of 2011 list (#29) is Radical Dads' debut, Mega Rama, which is nine tasty chunks of shouty/catchy indie rock wrapped up in one of my favorite sleeves of the year. They're also a total blast live, as evidenced by anyone who showed up early to the BV-presented show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar last month.

You've got your first chance to catch Radical Dads in 2012, as previously mentioned, Friday night (1/13) where they play Cameo Gallery. The whole evening's card is pretty stacked with local talent. Also playing are mellow folk pop band Backwords (stream their new album below), the sloppy pop of Moonmen on the Moon, Man and the electro-tinged stylings of Yanqui.

King Krule, last night at Mercury Lounge
King Krule at Mercury Lounge, 1.11.2012

I would mention the King Krule shows happening this weekend but as they're all sold out, you're either going or you're not. I thought he was good when I saw him at Glasslands during CMJ. He looks even younger in person, but that voice seems to be from someone 30 years older. Anyway, a few more weekend picks are below, day-by-day....

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Jonathan Toubin benefit flyer

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12

Chain And The Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins and many more play a Jonathan Toubin benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.

Next door at Public Assembly, the Juan Maclean and Com Truise are playing a party celebrating new MTV show I Just Want My Pants Back. Tickets were free with RSVP but list is at capacity.

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Chain & the Gang @ Secret Project Robot in Feb (more by Harriet Roberts)
Chain and the Gang

Like many other venues have been doing, Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a Jonathan Toubin benefit which is taking place on January 12. The benefit's got a stacked bill including Chain and the Gang (whose frontman Ian Svenonius DJ'd a JT benefit at Zebulon on Christmas Eve), Eleanor Friedberger (who recently played the BV Holiday Party at the same venue), Shilpa Ray, Nicole Atkins, Two Tears, 5 Dollar Priest, Dorit Chrysler and Theremin, and An American Dream. There will also be DJ sets by JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus) and Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds/Grinderman) who both play the Here Comes the Warm Jets show at Joe's Pub in January and a DJ set by Mick Collins, who fronts The Dirtbombs, and whose other band The Gories are playing two shows in NYC this January. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale.

Religious to Damn at Glasslands in January (more by Harriet Roberts)
Religious to Damn

More and more Jonathan Toubin benefits are continuing to appear, including one happening TONIGHT (12/20) at Lit Lounge with performances by Religious to Damn, Sean Ragon (of Cult of Youth), Anasazi, Bootblacks, and Jailbait, and DJ sets by Josh Styles, Cowboy Mark, and Andy Animal. All proceeds and donations from Lit go to the IHeartJT fund for Jonathan's medical expenses.

Another benefit is taking place on Christmas Eve (12/24) at Zebulon with a midnight dance party by Ian Svenonius and friends.