Entries tagged with: Knitting Factory
Like Tonic did, The Stone frequently brings on guest curators (not coincidentally Stone founder John Zorn was one of Tonic's most regular hosts and played at Tonic's final show). Now, with guitarist Grey Gersten's monthlong May curatorial run ending Sunday, May 31st, former Tonic co-owner Melissa Caruso Scott comes out of booking retirement to take the reigns in programing the first two weeks of June at The Stone.
Speaking about her choices Scott said, "These artists played some of my favorite Tonic shows and I can't wait to see them again." Her picks include Japanese musician Yuka Honda, who's also playing a Summerstage show with Mike Watt, guitarist Charlie Hunter, Elysian Fields, Vernon Reid, Joan as Polcewoman, cellist Erik Friedlander, and more. Her full schedule is posted below.
Speaking of Friendlander, he plays on Yoko Ono's new DON'T STOP ME! EP (out June 9th Via iTunes Exclusive Digital Download), and you can also catch him live on June 5th along with saxophone player Colin Stetson at the Abrons Art Space Recital Hall. The show is presented by The Manhattan New Music Project, and tickets are on sale.
Before the time of both Tonic and The Stone, the original Knitting Factory on Houston Street featured an ecclectic mix of avant and experimental music (frequently with Zorn and others). The co-founder of that venue, show promoter and current owner of City Winery Michael Dorf, will curate the second half of the June at The Stone.
Acts on his schedule include Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers (who have completed their Pianos residency and are also playing Citysol), Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) with saxist Tim Berne, and Marc Ribot, the guitarist who's had considerable presence at each of the aforementioned venues -- gigging regularly at the Knit on Houston St, getting arrested for protesting the closure of Tonic, and hosting several nights of his 55th-birthday retrospective at The Stone in mid-May.
Check out the full June schedule for The Stone, below...
As reported earlier in the year, the Knitting Factory has plans to move from its Tribeca location into the ex-Luna Lounge space in Williamsburg. The Tribeca venue had a "final show" with Akron/Family on New Years Eve. Since then, it has reopened in the same spot, where it has shows scheduled through mid-summer when its Manhattan lease is up (including BLK JKS on June 2nd).
Some are speculating about the status of that move, which seems to have been stalled somewhat...
I was by [the old Luna Lounge / future Knitting Factory space] last weekend and it doesn't look like any work has been done and the exterior looked bad. A couple months ago, this place looked "kept up". There were flyers for shows at the Knitting Factory in the display cases, the building walls were clean, etc. The display cases are now gone and the walls are covered with graffiti. You have to wonder if this move is really taking place. The Knitting Factory has shows booked in the "old location" through July and this is completely contradictory to the "closing in January, reopening in Williamsburg in March" story that was going around last year. [Brooklyn Rocks, May 5th, 2009]Back in January, Rob Sacher of the Luna Lounge described his plans to open another bar, Satellite Lounge, around the corner from the closed club. He wrote:
The Satellite Lounge will hold about 60-75 people. You'll be able to hear plenty of current indie rock as well as lots of favorite older stuff from many of the previous music scenes from the last twenty years. It will not have 'live' music...We will be doing CD listening parties, birthday events, and be open seven days per week.This weekend, starting Friday May 8th, Satellite Lounge will have its grang opening celebration. Details below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: BLK JKS - "Lakeside"(MP3)
BLK JKS @ SXSW 2009 (maju646)
The next is Tuesday, June 2nd at NYC's Knitting Factory, as part of that space's AfroBeat Festival. Tickets go on sale for the show Wednesday, May 6th at noon. Baja is also on the bill.
BLKS JKS then open for Femi Kuti at two Knitting Factory-presents nights at Irving Plaza on June 3rd and 4th. Tickets, including two-night passes, are still on sale for that show. Femi Kuti, it was also just officially announced, is playing a free show in Prospect Park this summer.
Earlier this year, BLK JKS played at least five SXSW shows. Those were preceeded by a pair NYC gigs - I caught one on March 14th at Santos, where the quartet's jam-heavy set stacked up layers of improv rock riffs over loose dub bass and frantic drums. Drummer Tshepang Ramoba made the band's frequent time signature changes and transitions seem second nature. Vocals and guitars were loaded mostly with echo and effects and added texture to the swaying grooves. Live, BLK JKS' dub plus angular rock approach reminded me at time of the Pilfers, not least in the subtle phrasing of vocalist Lindani Buthelazi.
Three SXSW videos of the band, with all tour dates, below...
Mogwai @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Tribeca Film Festival
* The Dead @ IZOD Center
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Del the Funky Homosapien @ BB King Blues Club
* El Ten Eleven, The Sway Machinery @ Mercury Lounge
* Mogwai, The Twilight Sad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Spectrum, Psychic Ills, Cheval Sombre @ Death By Audio
* Peter Bjorn and John, Chairlift, Luke Top @ Webster Hall
* pow wow!, Eula, Elizabeth Harper and the Matinee @ Crash Mansion
* The Fugs, Golden Triangle, White Williams, Acrylics, Further Reductions, Mount Olympus @ The Bell House
Lots of people showed up to the Knitting Factory to be Spiderman.
pow wow! are a 2009 L Band to Watch.
Video of the Decemberists on The Colbert Report the other night, below...
photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano
Flower Travellin' Band, the Japanese psychedelic rock band with nearly 40 years of history, played its first-ever US show Friday (3/13) at Knitting Factory (with Knyfe Hyts opening).
"Friday night I had the pleasure of heading over to The Knitting Factory (or what's left of it) and seeing Japan's Flower Travellin' Band play their very first US show. The killer opening set by Knyfe Hyts (Oneida, Ex-Models) lent the room a sort of dark, trippy tension that I rarely see anymore outside of metal shows. By the time FTB took the stage, I was ready to have my mind blown.The band's second-ever US show was Saturday (3/14) at the Studio @ Webster Hall - tonight Flower Travellin' Band plays Washington, DC, before heading to SXSW for a March 19th Knitting Factory showcase at Smokin' Music.
You see, FTB has been playing since the late '60's, and though they were set to open for The Rolling Stones during their 1973 tour, visa issues prevented them from entering the United Sates until now. Their particular brand of psychedelic rock is delightfully heavy and strange, emphasized by the fact that they have abandoned the electric guitar in favor of the hugely complex, wide-necked sitarla. Vocalist Akira "Joe" Yamanaka's voice is jarring and alien, but somehow suits the band's style quite well. I don't often think of this sound as having thrived across the world in Japan, but FTB's extensive discography says otherwise." [JDub Records blog]
More pics from the Knitting Factory show below...
"In early 1973, they were billed to open for the Rolling Stones, but Mick Jagger's visa was rejected from a previous drug conviction and all concerts were cancelled. Later that year the band broke up, with Yamanaka going on to release various solo albums." [Wikipedia]The time is finally here, and it looks like it's actually going to happen. the Flower Travellin' Band will play their first-ever US show at the closed-but-temporarily-reopened Knitting Factory in NYC tonight (3/13). Knyfe Hyts open and tickets are still on sale, and it gets better... The Japanese band have added a 2nd NYC show. They are also playing the smaller Studio at Webster Hall in NYC on Saturday (3/14) with Endless Boogie! Tickets for that one are also on sale. From there they head to Philly, Washington DC, and then Austin for SXSW. The tour poster and all dates below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris La Putt
"I was probably lit on fire six times," [Shout Out Out Out Out's frontman Nik Kozub] sighs.That describes the video for Shout Out Out Out Out's first single from new record Reintegration Time, out now in Canada and May 5, 2009 in the US, both on Normals Welcome Records. You can download one of the new songs for free at RCRD LBL.
He's talking about the local synth-bass-drum band's first and fiery video, "Coming Home," directed by Steven Hope.
With the help of a special-effects crew -- and an Aliens-style flamethrower -- the six Shout Outs and their gear erupt into a giant inferno as Edmonton rap hero Cadence Weapon [featured on the track] watches. -[The Edmonton Journal]
The electo/synth band has announced a full April/May US tour plus SXSW dates, including what looks to be a nice day at the Terrorbird Media/Force Field PR party with Beach House, Vivian Girls, The Thermals, The Pains of Being Pure of Heart, Max Tundra, Wavves, and Loney Dear.
An unposted set of pics from that BV party, a video documenting the the making of their "Coming Home" video (the actual video is not out yet), and all tour dates, below...
Knitting Factory (by LarimdaME)
Just when you thought you attended the final show at Knitting Factory's Manhattan location...
THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA W/ BACHIR ATTAR AND VERY SPECIAL GUESTS - SATURDAY, FEB 28thThose three shows are not in Brooklyn, and they're not at the Studio at Webster Hall where KF has been promoting shows since their own space closed on New Years Eve. Those three shows are at 74 Leonard St., the very space that's apparently just been sitting there empty, but still fully functional, since they chose to close on December 31st even though their lease isn't up until July. Knitting Factory's new president Morgan Margolis realized the silliness of that, and has decided to reopen the club on select dates for special shows.
FLOWER TRAVELIN' BAND (FIRST EVER US PERFORMANCE) - FRIDAY, MARCH 13th
YA HO WHA 13 (CURATES A FULL CLUB EVENT) - SATURDAY, MARCH 28th
Six shows total are now on sale.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Grails w/ Simeon of Silver Apples - Silk Road (MP3)
Grails at Knitting Factory, Nov 2008
Grails have posted a NSFW preview of their upcoming DVD, Acid Rain, due on April 7th via Temporary Residence Limited. Check it out below. "A year in the making", Acid Rain contains six music videos, video shot on their European tour, an entire live set recorded 11/16/07 at the Knitting Factory in NYC (when they toured with Om), and general weirdness like "vietnamese instructional videos of 'what to do in case of rat infestation'" (a direct quote from Emil Amos). Schweet.
Speaking of Grails live at Knitting Factory, the last time the band touched down here was during a collaborative set with Silver Apples as part of the Hallejuwah Fest. Their set was, to quote Kelly LeBrock from Weird Science, "a mind scrambler". Luckily, Radio23.org was able to capture the audio from "Silk Road" and make it available for download... check it out above.
Grails, along with Earth, Grey Daturas, and Tribes of Neurot (aka the experimental ambient nom de plume of Neurosis) were recently added to the Beyond The Pale Festival at Roadburn. For those counting at home, that officially tips the festival scale from stupid awesome to seriously-fucked-up-that-it's-sold-out.
"Acid Rain" DVD trailer below...
Luna Lounge, Brooklyn, 12 March 2007 (sweetsycophant)
Hey friends of Luna,
Many people have written me asking about Luna Lounge. Basically, what happened is that when I opened the new club in Williamsburg, I was unable to get enough shows on a regular basis. When the Knitting Factory expressed an interest in working out an arrangement with me I decided to accommodate their interest.
I still own the name Luna Lounge (with my old partner, Dianne) and am interested in finding another space in which to work with bands. If I find an appropriate location, you guys will be the first to know.
In the meantime, I will soon be opening a new bar called The Satellite Lounge on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg. My good friend, Dave Ellis is my new partner.
The Satellite Lounge will hold about 60-75 people. You'll be able to hear plenty of current indie rock as well as lots of favorite older stuff from many of the previous music scenes from the last twenty years. It will not have 'live' music... We will be doing CD listening parties, birthday events, and be open seven days per week.
2008 was a tough one. Let's make the new year more enjoyable.
I'll let you know when we have an opening date in the next few weeks.
Akron/Family played the final song at the Knitting Factory (Josh Haner/The NY Times)
"It was a particularly cacophonous performance of "Auld Lang Syne." But for the Knitting Factory's last night in Manhattan, it was appropriate, as the shaggy avant-folk group Akron/Family led a version of the Scots New Year's hymn on Wednesday night that mutated from a simple singalong to screeching feedback to a meditative one-note drone." [NY TIMES]The NYC club is closed, but that's not the last of "Knitting Factory". In addition to the locations in Hollywood, Boise and Spokane that are still open, Knitting Factory Brooklyn is supposedly opening in March. Knitting Factory is also currently promoting/presenting some shows at The Studio @ Webster Hall - two at least:
- Jan 09 - Bear Hands, Holy Hail, Atarah Valentine & Statehood
- Jan 24 - Oxford Collapse, Suckers & Real Estate
Leonard Street, 3-floor location, RIP.
Browse the archives for memories. Leave yours in the comments.
Video from the Cro-Mags show there on Sunday, below...
Gothamist: So you're curating this New Year's Eve show. What does curating a concert entail?also on New Years Eve in NYC....
Miles Seaton of Akron/Family: Oh, man, you should ask my girlfriend; she's a curator. The Knitting Factory wanted us to get all the bands together for this last night at the club, and it's been a lot of back-and-forth during a really busy time for us and the club. But it means the opportunity to have Dirty Projectors and Deerhoof play, and also our friend Greg Davis and our other friends like Megafaun play. And also, to keep an eye on what the night looks like for people and the pacing of the night.
How is this going to work in terms of set times? Are people going to have to choose between Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors and Akron/Family?
You know, that's the thing that curating would normally entail but we haven't really had a chance to communicate with the club a lot about the production end of things. So I can't answer that, to be honest with you. But I imagine they'll try to stagger it a bit, you know; start one show on the hour and another show on the half hour. And we also just got two of the guys from Oneida to play; they call themselves Groover's Paradise.
* Crystal Castles are DJing a party in Brooklyn after their two shows @ MHOW
* Matthew Dear & Drop the Lime @ LePoissonRouge - doors @ 2AM
* The Bunker will go for 18 hours (10-4PM) @ Public Assembly
* The Damned have cancelled their show @ Blender Theater
* Knitting Factory's final Manhattan show flyer above
* Shilpa Ray & Wild Yaks are playing @ Monkeytown
* These are Powers are playing Cake Shop
* party @ Surreal Estate
* EVERYTHING ELSE
photos by Faith-Ann Young
The Manhattan branch of the Knitting Factory is soon coming to a close. Final shows this month have included an Anticon cLOUDDEAD reunion, a WNYU show with Pylon, a big benefit for NY Cares, and a night of bands curated by Quasi. The latter was this past Satuday night, December 20th. More pictures from Quasi's headlining set below....
photos by Lori Baily
Michael of Pylon, to the Village Voice: The way it's been going this year is I don't think we really had any kind of a plan. And all of the six shows that we're going to end up doing this year were ones where somebody came to us and just kind of, you know, persuaded us to do the show. And the first one wasn't until August. In the spring and on into the summer Curtis was working on a TV show that was being filmed here in Athens, but he was working 14 hour days. And we practiced a little bit in there because we were getting ready to go play Winston-Salem for a show that Mitch Easter's wife had put together as part of a film festival. But that wasn't until August, and then we finally played in Athens at the place called the Melting Point where they wanted to record the show to play on a syndicated radio program. And we've been stalling on doing that show for four years. They've been asking us for three and a half years or so to please, please, please play it...Pylon headlined a WNYU-curated show at Knitting Factory in NYC on Monday December 15th. More pictures, and the setlist from it, below...
...We finally did that show and it was actually a blast. We had a really good time playing there and a really good show. And then the other shows have all been people calling us up and asking us to play.
Rakim @ Knitting Factory - Dec 19, 2008 (by msp188)
upcoming shows @ Knitting Factory in NYC
- Mon, Dec 22 - CLOSED
- Tue, Dec 23 - three assorted shows
- Wed, Dec 24 - CLOSED
- Thu, Dec 25 - CLOSED
- Fri, Dec 26 - CLOSED
- Sat, Dec 27 - two random shows
- Sun, Dec 28 - The Cro-Mags (jam) AND/OR Rocks Off presents Bustle in Your Hedgerow
- Mon, Dec 29 - Three floors of ska
- Tue, Dec 30 - CLOSED?
- Wed, Dec 31 - NEW YEARS EVE ("Akron/Family curates New Year's Eve! Performances by Deerhoof, Akron/Family, Dirty Projectors, Deer Tick, Megafaun, Talk Normal, Groover's Paradise (mems Oneida), Greg Davis, Infinity Window, tons more - a full-club farewell to the Leonard St. Knit!")
Yoni and Doseone @ Knitting Factory - Dec 18, 2008 (just_remember_to_roll)
"On Wednesday December 17th, Doseone, Jel and the other founders of Anticon played an intimate show in the Tap Room of the Knitting Factory. Doseone [told] the history of how the label came to be. I can't believe I missed it... I saw the 10th Anniversary show the next night. My show ended with a cLOUDDEAD reunion. The kids got a little crazy, I almost punched a few people. Seriously." [Jeff Devine]Videos below...
"Oakland musician Why? (aka Yoni Wolf), performed a haunting solo set at the Independent [on December 10th]. He did a few songs acapella and played his Rhodes for the rest of the set.Yoni performed solo again at Knitting Factory in NYC last night (12/17) (how was it?), and does it again tonight with many other members of the Anticon crew.
The set was great, but nowhere near as long as I would have hoped. Probably around 25 minutes long. Then again, I just really wanted to hear him do a minimal version of Broken Crow again. This was the first Why? show I had seen in quite some time... maybe since the original Hymie's Basement show in Minneapolis (5 or 6 years ago)." [pictures and words by docpop]
photos by Tim Griffin, words By Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Iran - "Buddy" (MP3)
Iran @ CMJ 2008
Iran (WITH Kyp Malone) will play a show at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, TONIGHT (12/18). Also on the bill: Fakers and Lone Wolf and Cub (Ryan Sawyer of Tall Firs and Stars Like Fleas - not the metal band). Presumably, Iran will, uh, run... through tracks from their upcoming record Dissolver, due on Feb 3, 2009 via Narnack.
Back to CMJ for a second....before 2 Live Crew played, a Kyp-less-and-still-named-after-a-'rogue-nation', Iran, played a renamed-The Soft Pack-less (they cancelled) and Lee "Scratch" Perry-less (he cancelled) Narnack Showcase this year, at Santos Party House, with the Sundelles, Vaz and Restavrant. Check out the overdue pics from that show above and below, and note - that's Doug Anson that sat in for Kyp. That probably won't happen again though, as we're told that Kyp plans on playing many more shows with the band, including as part of a 2009 tour out of NYC.
In related news, Kyp Malone's other band TV On The Radio, is garnering accolades-a-plenty including album of the year from The Onion AV Club, and from everyone's favorite weirdo Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The Onion AV Club also cornered Santos Party House co-owner Andrew WK about his favorite record of the year.... Lee "Scratch" Perry's Repentance. Hmm... didn't he have something to do with that record?
In more related-to-Glasslands-tonight news, Tall Firs have teamed up with Awesome Color to play the Knitting Factory on Dec 19th (tickets here). Ryan Sawyer's other band, Stars Like Fleas, are recording a new record and have scheduled a show at Le Poisson Rouge on January 24th with Au (tickets here).
A whole bunch of pictures from the Narnack CMJ showcase, and tonight's Glasslands flyer, below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
Nick Diamonds/Thorburn of Islands put together a NY Cares benefit at Knitting Factory in NYC. It happened back on December 8th. The three floor event featured experimental music, art and someone on LSD in a cage on the bottom floor (Old Office), comedy (Eugene Mirman, Dave Hill, Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav, God's Pottery, Jessie Klein, etc...) followed by Street Carnage (Gavin McInnes showing funny pictures and telling really dirty stories about them) on the second flooor (Tap Bar), and music (Conrad Keely, Leona Naess, Marnie Stern, Despot and Nick Diamonds) and comedy (Eugene Mirman and Fred Armisen) on the main stage. More pictures below...
by Black Bubblegum
The English Beat
Yesterday we were talking about a reunion of The Specials, as part of their 30th anniversary. The band aren't touring in the US (so far), but another pair of 2 Tone bands are... The English Beat and Bad Manners. Tickets are on sale for a NYC show at Irving Plaza on Feb 6th, 2009... part of a larger late-January/early-February tour that will also take the band to The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale on Feb 5th. And if you haven't planned your New Years Eve yet, The English Beat are also playing The Klein in Bridgeport, CT, on December 31, 2008 (tickets here).
For those of you who like your ska in heaping doses, The Knitting Factory has your fix with "3 Floors of Ska" on Dec 29th featuring Westbound Train, King Django, Hub City Stompers, Bluebeats, Royal City Riot, Bigger Thomas featuring Roy Radics, Void Union, Allstonians, The Attack & Skanotto. Tickets are also on sale.
All English Beat tour dates below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
Like Conrad Keely, Marnie Stern played the NY Cares benefit at Knitting Factory on December 8th. Like Crystal Stilts, Marnie Stern is playing Knitting Factory again this Saturday. And like Crystal Stilts, but unlike the Dodos, Marnie Stern made Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2008 (26-50). A few more NY Cares pics below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
Major label expatriates and rogue rockers ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead announce a national US tour in support of their highly anticipated full-length - The Century of Self - out February 17th, 2009 on the band's Richter Scale Records imprint on Justice Records....produced and mixed by Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear) at his DNA Studio in NYC's East Village - The album was recorded Spring 2008 in Austin, TX with Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin) at The Mob House and Chris "Frenchie" Smith (Sixteen Deluxe, Smog, Jet) at The Bubble. Featuring vocal contributions from Yeasayer and Dragons of Zynth, Trail of Dead's sixth full-length is a return to their indie roots while showing the progression the band has made since its inception in 1994.TOD frontman Conrad Keely performed a solo set at the NY Cares event at Knitting Factory on December 8th. More pictures from that and all tour dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
Ft. Greene's own Just Ice
Since the last time we talked, the Rakim show at Knitting Factory on Dec 19th (Friday) has expanded quite a bit, adding performances by Black Thought of The Roots, (he's) Keith Murray, and the "original gangster of hip hop" Just-Ice. The whole night will be hosted by Sascha Jenkins of ego trip fame and will feature "all vinyl" DJ sets from a sick lineup of DJs including fellow ego trip-per Chairman Mao, along with Dante Ross, Ge-ology, Psycho Les of The Beatnuts, JS-1, Dooley-O, DJ Amir (of the legendary Kon & Amir), J-Zone, Jel, and Thanksgiving Brown. That makes it three nights in a row for Jel & Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets are still available, check out the flyer below.
Kon & Amir dropped their On Track Vol 2 via BBE in June of this year. When they aren't dropping one of their killer mixes, they can be found either at their blog or behind the decks... which is where you'll find them on Jan 16th, 2009 as part of Disco 3000 NYC at APT. Get your dancin' shoes out (sorry to trample 'ya Showtrotta).
In other news related to what some see as "The Golden Age Of Hip Hop", Irving Plaza added a show on Feb 7th, 2009 billed as.... The Golden Age of Hip Hop Pt 1. No word on what part 2 entails, but we do know that Doug E. Fresh, Chubb Rock, Brand Nubian, Positive K (yeah, him), and Lord Finesse will be on hand for part uno. Tickets are on sale. Lord Finesse recently played Knitting Factory as part of DITC.
While we're on the old school tip, LL Cool J announced a show at Nokia on Feb 19th, 2009 as part of his "Pursed Lickable Lips Tour 2009" (ok, I made that up, it's just the one show). Prepare to wade through a sea of ladies with bamboo earrings (at least two pair). Tickets go on Amex presale on 12/18 at noon and regular sale on 12/20 at noon here.
by Bill Pearis
This time of year is usually pretty slow, show-wise, but this seems to be an especially-packed week for shows. Here's some of the stuff I'm considering attending while I procrastinate on holiday gift shopping and doing all my year-end lists over on my own blog.
Crystal Stilts @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Gabi Porter)
Speaking of, while I haven't posted my Best Albums of '08 yet, I will tell you Crystal Stilts' Alight of Night did make the Top Ten. They're playing tonight (12/17) at Le Poisson Rouge and even though I've seen them more times this year than I'd like to admit (and will probably see them again later this week), I will probably be in attendance. They're opening for Bay Area neo-fokies Vetiver, whose new covers album, Thing of the Past, is rather lovely.
Also tonight (12/17), is that double-shot of ex-Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu/Pitchfork bands at Santos Party House: Obits, that's fronted by Rick Froberg; and headliners The Night Marchers, which features John Reis and two other members of Hot Snakes. I have to admit Obits is more of a draw for me, as the band also features Sohrab Habibion who used to front Edsel, one of my favorite bands from the '90s DC scene. Obits just released their debut 7", "One Cross Apiece," which I like a lot. Will there be a mini Hot Snakes reunion tonight? Probably not, but you can always hope for a Christmas miracle.
Speaking of '90s indie rock survivors, Thursday (12/18) at Music Hall of Williamsburg is +/-, which is the band/solo project James Baluyut formed when Versus called it quits in the early part of this decade. Versus are playing shows again - and maybe recording new material (so I hear) - but +/- are still very much their own thing and going strong, having released their fourth album Xs on Your Eyes, back in October. Actually the whole line-up at MHoW that night is pretty great: Philly duo Pattern is Movement (who played a BV CMJ day party this year), Brooklyn indie royalty The Ladybug Transistor, and In Interview who I caught at NYC popfest back in June and who don't play nearly enough.
Also on Thursday (12/18): That A.C. Newman Get Guilty listening party at Stanton Public, which I originally thought was last week but wasn't. You can still RSVP for it at Insound. 8-10PM, free beer n' booze.
And last but absolutely not least, the can't miss show of the week has to be Saturday's (12/20) three floor-event at Knitting Factory curated by indie rock's original keyboard-drum duo, Quasi. Mates of State, Matt and Kim, etc, bow down to Sam Combes and Janet Weiss. The line-up is kind of staggering: awesome San Francisco garage rock duo Sic Alps (who I've plugged before), the aforementioned Crystal Stilts (a late addition to the bill), Jeffrey Lewis, Soft Circle (ex-Black Dice), plus films by legendary animator Sally Cruikshank (one of which is where Quasi got their name) and Craig Baldwin. Oh yeah, Marnie Stern is also playing. Tickets are $20, and worth it.