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The annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival returns November 6 & 7. Limited reduced-prince "blind faith tickets" are on sale now.

David Johansen's alter-ego Buster Poindexter does a Cafe Carlyle residency from September 29 to October 10. Tickets are on sale now.

David Johansen will also be in conversation with NY1's Budd Mishkin on September 21 at 92Y. Tickets are on sale.

92Y also hosts a conversation with Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty discussing his new memoir Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music on October 6. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets for The Sword and Royal Thunder show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets to for the Between the Buried and Me, Enslaved and Intronaut show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the newly-added Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee and Luke Roberts show at Webster Hall go on sale at noon. Their other Webster show is sold out.

Tickets for the Godspeed You! Black Emperor show at Warsaw go on sale at noon. Their Terminal 5 show is also still on sale.

Tickets for the Danzig, Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain show at Best Buy Theater go on sale at noon.

Electronic jam band The Disco Biscuits do a New Year's Eve run at Best Buy Theater on 12/30, 12/31, 1/1 & 1/2. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Disco Biscuits members also team up with members of Lettuce, Soulive, Trey Anastasio Band, Living Colour, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Lotus, Snarky Puppy, Ween, RAQ, Kung Fu, Medeski Martin & Wood, Soule Monde and more for Brooklyn Comes Alive on September 26. More info and tickets here.

Tickets for the Puscifer show at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon.

Tickets to the I'm With Her (aka Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'Donovan) shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on ale today at noon.

Tickets to the HEALTH show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on ale today at noon. Tickets for their LPR show are on sale now.

Tickets for the WATERS show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

TIckets for the Ani DiFranco show at MHOW at noon.

Tickets for the Nile show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale Saturday (8/22) at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

4th of July

The Fourth of July is this Saturday, and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.

Read on below...

Continue reading "2015 4th of July weekend NYC event guide"

Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015 adds System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie & more to lineup"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015: Faith No More, Billy Idol, Lifetime, Hum, Desaparecidos, Civ, Ice Cube, Merle Haggard & more"

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

Living Colour @ Irving Plaza, 11/28/2014
Living Colour

As they hit stage last Friday in what Vernon Reid called, The real black Friday," Living Color was on fire. Their opening number, Funny Vibe got the commotion going and it was one hit after another for the entire evening. This Living Colour isnt your late '80s early '90s Living Colour. Your'e not going to see Corey in a wetsuit dancing around and singing like he just stepped on a nail and is pissed off. His hair is much shorter now, as is Vernon Reids (rocking in a tie and vest), who in my opinion sported some of the best dreds I have ever seen. Nope, the hair style are left to Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun. They are much older now as Corey commented on Friday night, I am getting too old for this shit. taken with a grain of believability. They play harder, tighter and better then I have ever seen. In the typical cliche world they still got it. -[Baeblemusic]
Living Colour are currently in the studio finishing up their new album, title Shade. (Release date is still TBA.) The band were to have toured this fall, but postponed much of it to finish the record while the iron was hot. One of the dates they didn't move, however, was their November 28 show at NYC's Irving Plaza. We've got setlist and pictures, including ones of openers Hey Guy, in this post.

With the album's recording done, Living Colour will be back out in February, making up many of the postponed shows and adding a few too, like another NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl on Valentine's Day (2/14). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/5) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with more pics and setlist from their Irving Plaza show, below...

Continue reading "Living Colour played Irving Plaza (pics, setlist), finishing new album then touring in February (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Body Count / Bad Brains / hula hoopers
Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Fest

After weeks of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, enigmatic R&B recluse D'Angelo made good on his promise to headline the 2014 Afropunk festival in Brooklyn on Sunday night. But not without keeping people guessing until the moment he stepped on stage.

It was announced with much fanfare in June that he would headline the two-day music event devoted to black rock, punk, soul, art and skate culture, but in the weeks leading up to the event - which draws thousands each year - D'Angelo's name had disappeared from promotional material. Instead, the audience was promised only a "special guest" headliner. Until he appeared on stage an hour late, backed by members of the Roots, there were concerns in the crowd that D'Angelo would not show at all.

...Sunday's songs were mostly unfamiliar to the crowd who, if they came expecting hits, may have been disappointed. Even the covers he performed were relative deep cuts: one highlight was his take on Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 Thankful n' Thoughtful, in which D'Angelo played a funky clavinet over Roots bassist Mark Kelley's deep-in-the-pocket thump.

"Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer/ I should have been happy, to still be there," Sly sang then, lyrics all the more poignant coming from a man prone to silence and sabbaticals. The crowd was thankful to have him, too. [The Guardian]

The free 2014 Afropunk Festival went down over the weekend in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/23) and Sunday (8/24). The festival included a large variety of music from D'Angelo to Body Count to Fishbone to Shabazz Palaces to Sharon Jones to King Britt to Trash Talk and still plenty more. There was also a set from Bad Brains (sans HR), and as we spectulated, Cro-Mags singer John Joseph joined them (Cro-Mags played their own set as well), as did Living Colour's Corey Glover, rapper Murs (who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains), and Jesse Royal. Plus, mayor Bill de Blasio's metal-loving daughter Chiara introduced the Bad Brains' set (Bill was there too). Cold Specks was supposed to play too but unfortunately couldn't make it due to visa issues. Hopefully things will turn out better for her fall tour.

More pictures and videos from Afropunk (though unfortunately we weren't able to get pics of D'Angelo or Bad Brains' guests) below...

Continue reading "Afropunk Festival 2014 in pics & videos (D'Angelo, Bad Brains w/ guests, Body Count, Fishbone, Shabazz Palaces, more)"


A new public art installation may make some Bronx residents wait for the bus a little more musical. Appropriately named, the "Boogie Down Booth" sits on the street below the Freeman Street station in South Bronx, and provides a 24/7 spot to hear local music. Folks waiting for the bus can sit and listen to a 17-song curated playlist that is piped out (not too loud) on speakers. The playlist currently includes tracks from Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun, and rap group Circa '95.

A collaboration between the Design Trust for Public Space and NYC's Department of Transportation, the Boogie Down Down is part of the Under The Elevated initiative, which aims to make city space below transportation infrastructure more useful (or interesting).


If you missed out on getting tickets to the Metronomy shows at Irving Plaza and Warsaw in the BrooklynVegan presale, you'll get another chance in the general on-sale, starting today at 10 AM.

If you missed out on getting tickets in the BrooklynVegan presale to the Courtney Barnett and San Fermin show at Webster Hall you'll get another chance in the general on-sale, starting today at 10 AM.

If you missed out on getting tickets in the Invisible Oranges presale to the Slayer, Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies show at Wellmont Theatre in the Invisible Oranges presale, you'll get another chance in the general on-sale, starting today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Thumpers show at Mercury Lounger go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Barr Brothers show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Simian Mobile Disco show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Citizen Cope is playing Terminal 5 on October 17 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Clarence Greenwood Recordings. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Damned and TSOL show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Spoon show at Central Park Summerstage go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the This Will Destroy You, Future Death and Silent Land Time Machine Halloween show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the King Diamond show at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Dandy Warhols' shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tycho and Christopher Willits show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jimmy Eat World Futures shows at Capitol Theater and The Space at Westbury go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fat White Family show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Slow Club show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Rise Against, Touche Amore and Radkey shows at Best Buy Theater and Wellmont Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

The Partisan Records-signed Phox, who just released an album and mentioned a while back they're playing Mercury Lounge on July 23 (sold out), are also playing Knitting Factory on July 22 while in NYC. Both shows are with Trails and Ways. The Knitting Factory show is on sale now.

Tickets for the Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob show at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Hieroglyphics show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the John Talabot show at Output are on sale now.

Tickets for the Die Antwoord show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Hiss Golden Messenger show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the S. Carey and Califone show at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Broken Bells and Hamilton Leithauser show at Central Park Summerstage go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Modest Mouse shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom and CT's Oakdale Theatre go on sale today at noon and 10 AM, respectively. Tickets for the band's Capitol Theatre show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Lauryn Hill show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Prong show at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Earthless and The Shrine show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Saint Vitus show are still available.

Tickets for the Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Danava show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Rustie show at Webster Hall are on sale now.

Tickets for the Daley show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Veteran band Living Colour are playing with much younger band Unlocking the Truth on November 28 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

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(via @Chromewaves)

Tickets for the Erasure New Year's shows at Terminal 5 are on sale now.

NJ hardcore band Ensign are playing a show in their home state on June 7 at Court Tavern and then hitting NYC on July 20 at Grand Victory with Livefastdiefast, The Last Stand and Silence Equals Death. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

Living Colour are playing City Winery on June 1 & 2. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Tickets for the 4Knots afterparty with Ab-Soul at Webster Hall go on preasle today at noon (password: 4KNOTSPR).

Tickets for the Incan Abraham show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Northside shows at Glasslands and Cameo are on sale now, and you can also try to get in using your Northside badge.

Tickets for the Reigning Sound show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Gene Ween's band FREEMAN at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Merc and Baby's shows are still available.

Tickets for the Black Lips and King Khan & BBQ Show show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for their Irving Plaza show. You can also still get tickets to see King Khan & the Shrines at LPR and MHOW in June.

Early bird 2-day passes are on sale now for Hudson, NY festival Basilica Sound Scape featuring Swans, Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter and more.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Mutilation Rites @ Saint Vitus in November (more by Caroline Harrison)
Mutilation Rites

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Mutilation Rites, Subjugation, Sacrificial Massacre @ Acheron
Brooklyn black metal favs Mutilation Rites may be getting well-deserved attention these days -- they'll be playing Maryland Deathfest this year -- but they still put in time as regulars on the NYC circuit. They'll be joined by primitive and brutal Milwuakeeans Sacrificial Massacre and Subjugation and NYC's Syphilitic Lust for a filthy 2014 black metal kickoff.

Thurston Moore, Daniel Carter, Samara Lubelski, Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer @ The Stone
Sonic Youth/Chelsea Light Moving guitar destroyer Thurston Moore continues his residency at The Stone tonight. The 8 PM show is with Samara Lubelski and Nate Wooley, and then the 10 PM show adds Daniel Carter and Ryan Sawyer the mix.

Living Colour @ Brooklyn Bowl
NYC rock vets of 30 years, Living Colour broke down racial barriers with their late-'80s/early-'90s albums Vivid and Time's Up. Having spent most of 2013 touring their 1988 debut, expect a well-honed show -- and hits like "Cult of Personality" and "Funny Vibe."

Friend Roulette, Life Size Maps, Slavve, Iyez @ Glasslands
Perhaps NYC's only pop band to feature a full-time clarinet player, Friend Roulette will release their new EP, Grow Younger, in February. You can stream a track from that below.

Turnip King, Drag Ur World, Bluffing, Kissing is a Crime @ Silent Barn
A solid bill of DIY-centric guitar pop, headlined by Sea Cliff, Long Island's Turnup King -- powerpop duo Bluffing and Kissing Is A Crime are worth checking out too.

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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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Chuck D / Death / Danny Brown
Afropunk Festival - Day 2 - 8/25/2013
Afropunk Festival - Day 2 - 8/25/2013
Afropunk Festival - Day 2 - 8/25/2013

Emboldened by a raise in profile from the recent documentary, A Band Called Death, they were more of a classic rock beast. Extended rum solos, odd time changes. They were strong, and the mix was overwhelmingly crunchy. There were even times, like when performing their 1975 song "You're a Prisoner" , when it struck me that you could shift the emphasis slightly, swap out the guitar tones for something more expensive and add some gross 30-piece drum set, and they might be playing a Metallica song! Or at least what Metallica songs I remember from being 12 were like. "You can't run! You can't hide! YOU'RE! LOCKED! INSIDE! (riff riff riff riff riff). I mean, right? [L Mag]
While the VMAs were happening in a different park of Brooklyn, the two-day, free annual Afro-Punk Festival wrapped up in Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park on Sunday (8/25). The second day gave us sets from legendary punks Death, Chuck D & DJ Lord (performing Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet), Danny Brown, Questlove, Trash Talk, Big Freedia, K-Os, Living Colour, The Coup, and more.

Pictures of the second day are in this post, and there's even more at Facebook and Google+. Plus, there's more of Trash Talk HERE and Big Freedia HERE. If you haven't checked out our day 1 pictures yet, those are up too.

Danny Brown, whose new album OLD comes out on 9/30, can be seen for free in NYC again at Williamsburg Park on Labor Day (9/2) for Fool's Gold Day Off, which also includes Run the Jewels, Migos, A$AP Ferg, World's Fair, and more (RSVP).

More Afro-Punk day 2 pictures below...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk Fest 2013 day 2 in pics: Death, Chuck D, Danny Brown, Questlove, Big Freedia, Trash Talk, K-Os & more"

Death @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Afro Punk

The 2013 Afro-Punk Festival happens this weekend (August 24 & 25) at Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park with Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Big Freedia, Death, Trash Talk, Living Colour, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing PE's Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more. As mentioned, it's all-ages, free and open to the public, but they do require you to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.

The full weekend schedule has been released, with artists playing on two stages from noon - 9:30 PM or so both Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule is below.

Additionally, there will also be "Afro-Punk After Dark" events happening after the fest at various Brooklyn venues both Saturday and Sunday nights. Over 20 After Dark events are happening, including "pop-up performances, celebrity DJ sets, comedy shows, film screenings, art installations, and Story Slams." Full After Dark listings are at Afro-Punk's website.

2013 Afro-Punk Festival schedule below...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk Fest announces 2013 daily schedule ++ "Afro-Punk After Dark" events"

Afropunk 2013

Afropunk Festival's lineup expands with the addition of Living Colour (25th anniversary show), White Mandingos (Daryl from Bad Brains, MURS), Wicked Wisdom (featuring Jada Pinkett Smith, yes, that one) and Pyyramids to their lineup already included Chuck D, DEATH, Trash Talk, Danny Brown, Saul Williams, Theophilus London, The Coup, Big Freedia, LE1F and more. It all goes down at Commodore Barry Park on August 24 & 25 from 12PM to 9PM and is totally and completely free with RSVP.

As with many free things, lines can be a hassle to get into. You can avoid the line with a Fast Pass, available by donating to the free festival in various increments ($25, $50 with a T-Shirt, $75 with a Tee and DVD).

Living Colour in black and white circa 1988
Living Colour

Living Colour's genre-breaking debut album Vivid, which spawned hits "Cult of Personality" and "Glamour Boys," is 25 years old this year and the band will be playing the album in full on tour this spring, including the previously-mentioned NYC show at Irving Plaza on April 6. Tickets are still available.

You can see them sooner than that when Living Colour joins 24-7 Spyz at Highline Ballroom on January 21 for a charity event called "Million Man Mosh." Proceeds go to benefit the legal defense of Spyz guitarist Rony Drayton's son Donovan who was recently released on bail after serving five years in Riker's Island without a conviction." Tickets are still available. Flyer for the show is below and you can read more about the case here.

A stream of Living Colour's Vivid, show flyer and a list of all tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Living Colour celebrating 25 years of 'Vivid' on tour (dates), also playing NYC benefit with 24-7 Spyz"


Best Coast is in fact opening for Green Day on their rescheduled tour dates, including the NYC show on April 7 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all tickets purchased for the original January 16 date will be honored.

Tickets for the Low show at the Concert Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Metal Alliance tour with Anthrax, Exodus, Municpal Waste, and Holy Grail that hits NYC for an Irving Plaza show in April go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Allman Brothers Band shows at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Deathfix show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Black Crowes shows at Capitol Theatre and Terminal 5 go on sale today at 10:13 AM.

Living Colour are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Vivid, by playing it in its entirety at Irving Plaza on April 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

World/Inferno Friendship Society are playing Irving Plaza on March 29 with Rasputina and Stolen Babies. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

John Joseph with Vernon Reid at Bowery Electric 11/6/2012
Rock for Light

Last night's Rock for Light benefit featured a rotating cast of musicians who all sat in on Bad Brains songs at Bowery Electric. The show, part of a benefit to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy (as well as Amnesty International), featured Bad Brains frontman H.R., as well as John Joseph of Cro-Mags, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, members of Antidote, TV on The Radio, The Mob, Extra Life, and many many more. Watch the entire performance below, right beside the setlist.

In related news, get pumped up for the new year by checking out Cro-Mags when they team with Sheer Terror for a show at Highline Ballroom on Dec 30. Tickets are still available.

Bad Brains have a new album on the way, too, due on November 20.

If you didnt make it to Bowery Electric, you can still contribute to help out victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donate to the American Red Cross here. You can also donate to Amnesty International here.

Continue reading "watch last night's entire Bad Brains tribute concert w/ John Joseph, Kyp Malone, Vernon Reid, and even H.R. (video)"

Central Park Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Central Park Summerstage

The schedule for the 2010 SummerStage series, which has music not just at Central Park, is out, and there are some great looking shows to highlight.

At Central Park, the first "rock" show happens on Saturday, June 5th with Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK. Baaba Maal, who just played Irving Plaza, will be at Central Park too on Monday, June 14th The Tinariwen show on Saturday, June 26th also features Syrian beat & mikeman Omar Souleyman. Gil Scott-Heron plays Central Park in June and Marcus Garvey Park in August.

There's also El Guincho, Bostich and Fussible and others in Central Park on July 7th. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays Central Park on Sunday, July 11th. Raphael Saadiq performs there Saturday, July 17 at 3pm. The Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba/Fool's Gold show on Sunday, July 25th will also feature "West African electronica" band Burkina Electric.

On Wednesday, July 21st, there'll be a Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Friends Central Park gig hosted by Lewis Black with John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Lowitt and Rory Albanese.

There's also music from St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat on August 1st at Central Park. The xx play with Jack Penate and Chairlift there on August 8th. At the same spot, Public Enemy play an August 15th day show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fear of A Black Planet, and the Specials play on August 22nd with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and $mall ¢hange.

The borough-wide shows kick off with Jay Electronica in Red Hook Park on June 1st. Also at that park is Dan Deacon on Tuesday, June 15th. White Rabbits play East River Park on August 12th.

There's lots of great jazz too: McCoy Tyner plays with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival on June 23rd. He also plays in the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which comes at the end of the summer with an incredible lineup. McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live play during the day at Marcus Garvey on Saturday, August 28th. Then the next day, James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and The JD Allen Trio play at Tompkins Square Park.

The park benefit shows include John Butler Trio and State Radio on June 15th (tickets on sale), The Flaming Lips on July 26th, The Black Keys with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th, Hot Chip/Hercules & Love Affair/Holy Ghost on August 4th, Govt' Mule on August 11th (tickets), and one of the four Pavement shows September 21-24. Plus there's a "songbook of Simon & Garfunkel" benefit on June 8th.

Not all "Summerstage" shows are in Central Park anymore which drives home the point even further that the name of the venue in Central Park is actually "Rumsey Playfield" which hosts non-"Summerstage" shows too. Those so far include Coheed/Torche, CAKE, Ween, and Broken Social Scene.

The full Summerstage free show schedule is below...

Continue reading "Summerstage (Central Park & elsewhere) - full 2010 lineup "

SummerStage 2009's last show of the year (more by Chris La Putt)
SummerStage 2009

"On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, City Parks Foundation will welcome guests to the SummerStage 25th Anniversary Celebration in association with Michael Dorf & City Winery, an annual fundraising benefit, to support CPF's free year-round arts programming. This year's benefit will feature the songbook of Simon & Garfunkel with unique duets performed by Shawn Colvin, Aimee Mann, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joan Osborne, Stephen Kellogg, Dean & Britta, Cory Chisel, The Holmes Brothers, John Forte, Valerie June, John Roderick, Ricky Skaggs, Willie Nile, Paula Cole, Alejandro Esovedo, Ollabelle (house band) and many more.
Tickets for this benefit will run you from $1000 to $25,000. Tickets to the other "benefits" (aka regular old ticketed shows) at the venue, are much cheaper. Those include John Butler Trio / State Radio, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, Hot Chip, Gov't Mule and Pavement.

The 2010 SummerStage series has also expanded its free shows outside of Central Park to include parks in all five boroughs. Look for free "Summerstage" music, theater and other events this summer in Brooklyn's Von King Park and Betsy Head Park, Bronx's St. Mary's Park and Crotona Park, Queens' Springfield Park, and Marcus Garvey Park East River Park in Manhattan, and others. Those parks have always had free shows, but for whatever reason, they are now "Summerstage".

The free-show lineup is 100% ANNOUNCED being slowly released (we're posting it all day today) (also check out the full free Celebrate Brooklyn lineup). Some of the Summerstage lineup, along with the list of theater productions (happening in all of the above-mentioned parks), is posted below...

Continue reading ""SummerStage" expands into other parks, theater events, annual fundraising benefit & some other shows announced"

Sondre Lerche @ MHOW in September (more by Tim Griffin)
Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche will be one of the many acts at the now-sold-out Bell House Haiti Benefit tonight (1/27). Sondre goes on tour after that with opener JBM. JBM is NYC songwriter Jesse Marchant, who's now signed to Partisan Records. The label will release his debut Not Even in July on April 13th. For some JBM right now, check out his recently-posted Daytrotter Session.

The pair travel the US for all of February - they'll play a NY-area show at Maxwell's on Saturday, March 6th. Tickets are on sale

Sondre is also scheduled to be at the Michael Dorf-produced Music of the Who show at Carnegie Hall on March 2nd. That show includes a lot of big names and City Winery regulars. They include Living Colour, Robyn Hitchcock, Matt Nathanson, Sondre Lerche, Postelles, Bettye LaVette, Mose Allison, The Smithereens, Gaslight Anthem, Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü), Fab Faux, Asaf Avidan, Willie Nile, Vanessa Carlton, Rich Pagano, Nicole Atkins and Steven Bernstein & The Music Unites Choir. Tickets are on sale.

Finally, Sondre Lerche plays NYC's City Winery on Tuesday, March 23rd. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...

Continue reading "Sondre Lerche playing City Winery, Who Tribute @ Carnegie, NJ & touring (dates) w/ JBM (who is on Partisan Records) "

Janelle Monae @ MHOW in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Janelle Monae

This summer Afro-Punk, BAMcinematek and Toyota will present the 5th annual Afro-Punk Festival, taking place July 3rd - July 8th, 2009 in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. The festival is the definitive destination for the global Afro-Punk community and audiences yearning to experience true AP culture!
Headliners at this year's fest include Pure Hell and Whole Wheat Bread on July 4th, Living Colour and Earl Greyhound on July 5th, and Saul Williams and Janelle Monae on July 6th.

Schedule and more info, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Twi the Humble Feather - finale (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Twi the Humble Feather - for the sorcerer forest (MP3)

Twi the humble feather

there is legend and rumor of a new interstellar adventurer, by the name of twi, who came to be by the will of an ancient sorcerer forest existing unknown in a nameless galaxy. those aware of this rumor say twi seeks the wisdom of vast green worlds, as well as the sating secrets of sound. inspired by the adventures of this new mythical character, the trio 'twi the humble feather' compose guitar and vocal based music depicting environments recently visited by twi; such as magical castles and forests, and various realms of the uncharted cosmos.
Saturday, Sept 6 at Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn, 8pm:
The Burg for Barack - a grassroots fundraising event featuring La Strada, Twi the Humble Feather, and Amber Rubarth. Plus a cupcakes-and-brownies-galore bake sale, and a silent auction including fine apparel, jewelry, yoga classes and spa packages, and more from stylish neighborhood boutiques and stores. 100% of the proceeds go to the Obama campaign. $5 suggested donation at the door.
Brooklyn acoustic guitar-and-voice trio Twi the Humble Feather is coming off a series of opening gigs for Jose Gonzalez earlier this summer and the release of their sci-fi/fantasy concept album "Music for Spaceships & Forests" in June (out on non-label Friendly Ghost Recordings). The FGR site reports that the band is in the process of prepping a new piece for live performance called "Twi Presents the Antek Songs," as well as its second album. Other upcoming shows include opening for Japanese popster Shugo Tokumaru at Mercury Lounge (tix still on sale), a show at Williamsburg DIY gallery/space Paris London West Nile, and a free Wordless Music Series gig at (le) poisson rouge.

Speaking of Obama benefits and (le) poisson rouge, the West Village venue ia hosting a fundraiser of its own on September 10th. Living Colour, The Family Stand, Earl Greyhound, Danielia Cotton, and Viva Mayday are on that bill.

These aren't the first Obama events of the year, and they certainly won't be the last. Another, The Audacity of Jokes II, takes place Monday September 15th at Comix. It will feature Fresh Prince creator Andy Borowitz, SNL's Fred Armisen, comedian and Barack impersonator Kyle Grooms, Last Comic Standing alum Amy Schumer, and Weird Al surrogate Jonathan Coulton. Tix $45 ($100 VIP).

See a video of the Twi guys at Goodbye Blue Monday HERE, and Kyle Grooms's Barack above the tour dates below....

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Ani Difranco, RZA & Steve Albini @ 2005 New Yorker Festival (CRED)
New Yorker festval

The eighth annual New Yorker Festival happens in NYC from October 5-7, 2007. Though not completely announced yet, this year's lineup will include all of those you see in the title, and more....

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