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Tiswas 20th Anniversary

Founded in 1995, Tiswas was the Britpop party in NYC for a long time, it's heyday probably the late-'90s/early-'00s period at Don Hill's. Tiswas stopped being a weekly party in the late '00s but has thrown the occasional event since, and will celebrate its 20th Anniversary this Sunday (10/11) at Bowery Electric. On board are Tiswas founder Nick Marc and regular spinners Justine D and Spiky Phil, plus emcee and hosts Michael T., Ultragrrrl, and Omri S. Quire, as well as guest sets from Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, Josh Styles, Alix Brown and a "surprise" live performance. (Sadly, Tiswas regular DJ Jess died earlier this year.) There will also be open bars (10:30 - 11 PM & 2:30 - 3 AM) and tickets are on sale now.

Check out a Tiswas' current Spotify playlist and a different flyer for the 20th anniversary party, below...

Continue reading "NYC Britpop night Tiswas celebrating 20th anniversary this weekend w/ Dee Dee of DDGs, Josh Styles & more"

photo: Ultimate Painting @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Haunted Hearts

Tonight is thick with bands on their way to SXSW. A lot of good options! You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Twerps, Ultimate Painting, Pale Lights @ Rough Trade
This is a terrific triple bill for lovers of smart, tuneful jangly indie rock. Australia's Twerps' terrific new album Range Anxiety recalls The Clean and The Pastels; Ultimate Painting feature members of Veronica Falls and Mazes and channel the Velvet Underground (by way of The Grateful Dead); and Brooklyn's Pale Lights feature members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts. Highly recommended

Haunted Hearts, The New Lines @ Saint Vitus
Haunted Hearts, aka Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles, released their debut album, Initiation, last year. A labor of love (and concept album about S&M) for this real-life couple, it falls sonically somewhere between their two groups, and their voices sound nice together. This is only HH's second-ever live show, and who knows when they'll play again? Also on the bill are The New Lines, whose icy, baroque psych is in the same solar system as Broadcast.

The Cribs @ Baby's All Right
Wakefield, UK's finest, The Cribs were adding "Whoa Oh" choruses to their songs long before it became a hitmaking standard. They're back with a very good new album (produced by Ric Ocasek) and this is their second of three sold-out NYC shows.

The Church, The Sharp Things @ Bowery Ballroom
Alt-rock vets may be best known for "Under the Milky Way," but these Australians have a consistent, strong catalog of albums full of shimmering guitar rock. Marty Willson-Piper's presence will be missed, though. They play Rough Trade tomorrow.

Ex Cops, My Midnight Heart, Heat, Heaven @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Sometimes Ex Cops don't mind playing free shows that involve food: tonight's show they'll be facing the fancy food court at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Also on the bill: the Strokes-y sounds of Montreal's Heat, and local shoegazers Heaven.

Yumi Zouma, Future of What, Jerry Paper @ Cameo Gallery
New Zealand pop outfit Yumi Zouma make post-chillwave pop with an appealingly airy, positive style. Catch them tonight before they head to Austin for SXSW. Local eccentric Jerry Paper opens the night.

Craft Spells, The Bilinda Butchers @ Mercury Lounge
Craft Spells released their second album, Naseua, via Captured Tracks last year which took them into more pastoral sonic landscapes than we'd heard them do previously. As for their tourmates, The Bilinda Butchers, it might not surprise you that a band whose name references My Bloody Valentine's other singer/guitarist might have shoegaze tendencies. Both bands also play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday.

Girl Band, Monograms @ Mercury Lounge
Dublin Ireland quartet Girl Band (all-guys, for the record) hit hard with noisy, loud guitars and shouted vocals in the fine punk tradition of McLusky or The Fall. (Or, the shouty punks of your choosing.) Their live show is supposed to be good.

Overlord, Young Unknowns, Palomar, The Corduroy Suit, Romy Balvers @ Pianos
An excellent evening of local long-running indie rock, with not-metal Overlord and the under-appreciated Palomar.

Soft Spot, Outer Spaces, Giant Peach, Thelonius Junk @ Palisades
Outer Spaces is the current focus of Cara Beth Satalino, who has previously played solo and in the band Witches. The newest dose of their folk/indie/punk blend is the Garbage Beach EP that came out recently on Salinas Records. Also of particular note on this bill is Thelonius Junk, a new Big Ups side project.

Heaven's Gate, Pill, Final Bloom, Nuraxi, Future Punx (DJ Set) @ The Acheron
Out of the ashes of Sweet Bulbs, Heaven's Gate took some of their old band's dreamy noise, but took it in a significantly different direction, playing to singer strengths and became more of punky rock band... while still using a lot of effects pedals. We're still waiting for the band to follow-up their terrific 2013 debut. Tonight's show is also the EP release party for Pill who make shouty post-punk that's filthy with saxxy skronk.

The Dwarves, The Atom Age, Threats @ The Bowery Electric
The Dwarves have been making snotty punk for over two decades and last year's The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll (Recess Records) proved they haven't lost it one bit. They're on tour with Asian Man-signed punk 'n' rollers The Atom Age.

Protex, Shocked Minds, Babyshakes, Games, DJ Josh Styles @ Grand Victory
Belfast, Ireland's Protex came from the same scene as The Undertones and both bands have similar sonics: hyperactive, punky powerpop. The band were only together for three years ('78-'80) but reformed in 2010 and have been going since. The rest of the lineup is well-suited with greasy-haired, jean-jacketed garage powerpop.

Young Thug & Travi$ Scott, Metro Boomin @ The Paramount
Young Thug put out three acclaimed mixtapes last year, and his singles "Stoner" and "Danny Glover" are basically inescapable. Travi$ Scott has been behind the scenes on Kanye, Drake and Big Sean's new stuff, and his own new music (particularly new single "High Fashion") is coming into its own too. Last night, the two rising rap stars played two Webster Hall shows, and tonight they're nearby NYC for this Long Island show.

Tim Fite, Bonaparte, Kid Simius @ Union Hall
Tim Fite's an iconoclast, drawing from punk, country and hip hop whose (usually) one-man-band live shows are an AV-geek's dream. Tonight's show should be a lot of fun, as it's with Berlin-based theatrical rockers Bonaparte.

Pictureplane, Prince Rama (DJ Set), The Mast, Kim Boekbinder @ Aviv
There's never a lack of Pictureplane shows in NYC, and we're not complaining because he always brings the party. There's also a DJ set from another group of local regulars, Prince Rama, and more.

Liege Lord, Destructor, Machine of War, Aggression, Magic Circle @ The Bell House
This is night one of the two-night "Defenders of the Old Fest" that celebrates heavy groups both "classic and contemporary as well the fans that are keeping the spirit of the music alive and relevant."

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

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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"

Flamin' Groovies @ Bowery Ballroom in July (more by PSquared Photography)
Flamin Groovies

We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy which hit NYC on October 29. As you may remember, like most things in Red Hook, Norton Records' warehouse was hit hard. Thanks to the help of fans and volunteers, the label persevered and will celebrate the one-year anniversary of surviving the storm with a two-day "Norton Records Hurricane Sandy 1st Anniversary Blast" on November 15 & 16.

The November 15 show happens at Warsaw and features Flamin Groovies and The Sonics, with Daddy Long Legs and DJs Josh Styles and Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

The November 16 show happens at Brooklyn Bowl and features Reigning Sound, La La Brooks, and The A-Bones with The Dirtbombs' Mick Collins, and Bloodshot Bill. The night ends with an edition of Soul Clap & Dance-Off and Tickets to that show are on sale as well.

The Sonics were last here in April to play a Norton Records benefit at The Bell House. The Flamin' Groovies were here in over the summer, as were Reigning Sound (who also played a Norton benefit in January). A-Bones will also play The Bell House in October opening for's.

Flamin' Groovies will be playing a few other shows before the Norton Records party and those dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Flamin' Groovies, The Sonics, Reigning Sound & more playing "Norton Records Hurricane Sandy 1st Anniversary Blast""

Summer Thunder - 6/15/13 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Union Pool

The June portion of the free Summer Thunder series at Brooklyn's Union Pool (484 Union Ave) is about to wrap up on Saturday (6/29) with Endless Boogie, TV Baby, and Degreaser, but it doesn't stop there. This series runs through September and the July portion was just announced.

The shows happen every Saturday at 2 PM, they're all totally free, El Diablo Tacos will be serving brunch, and there will be drink specials all afternoon (shows are all 21+). Artists playing in July include Jonathan Toubin, Turbo Fruits, Gunfight, Boytoy and more, and you can check out the full schedule 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"

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...

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin returning with a big party & lots of dates!"

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The Facebook Invite reads:

For those of you who know Jonathan you know hands down he is one of the greatest and most generous human beings on this planet and right now he needs all of us to show him some love. Friday night there will be a benefit for Jon at both Home Sweet Home & Motor City. Please come out!


8PM - 9PM Ethan Miller
9PM - 10PM Andy Animal/Danny Goldshtein
11PM - 4AM Josh Styles/Billy & Miriam of NORTON RECORDS

There will also be a raffle for a bunch NORTON RECORDS merchandise!
$10 suggested donation! ALL MONEY GOING TO JONATHON!


10PM - 4AM Drew Redmond/Jerry Lee

Suzanne Rogaleski will be donating a private trapeze lesson to raffle winner!

Jonathan is currently in a Portland hospital after a horrible freak accident yesterday.