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The Hairs

It's been a while but Brooklyn's The Hairs are back in back in action. There are new releases in the works but for now they've just shared new song "Homeboyzzz," a strummy little number that asks "What's it like to be forgotten?" The song makes its premiere in this post and you can listen below.

The Hairs also have some shows lined up, including two this weekend. On Saturday (6/20) they'll be at Alphaville with DC's Neonates, Wall and headliners Pill, and then they'll play a Make Music NY show on Sunday (6/21) in McGorlick Park with Iola, Mason H and Dylan Ewing. The Hairs are on at 1 PM and it's free. All dates are listed below...

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Make Music NY is back for an ninth year, celebrating the spirit of live music all over NYC on Sunday, June 21. In addition to many acts playing on street-corners, parks and other public locations, as usual, there are a number of special events, all of which are free:

Street Studios: Twelve small mobile recording studios will appear on sidewalks throughout NYC, each run by a team of two DJ-engineers. These producers will spend three hours (11am-2pm) recording, quick-mixing, looping, and playing back the live sounds, while interacting with the public who stop by to sing, play an instrument, or record sounds that become part of the musical track. They'll then spend the rest of the day mixing and finishing the track so it can be played at the "Street Studio Smackdown" party at the DUMBO Spot in Brooklyn.

Mass Appeal: Performances across the city all involving a single instrument -- Accordions, Cellos, Gongs, Guitars, Theremins (!), Ukuleles among them -- and if you can play, you can play. Download the sheet music, show up and join the band.

Punk Island: One hundred punk bands from all over the world, playing across seven stages on a pier in Staten Island.

Concerto for Buildings: "MMNY will shut down Greene Street in SoHo, where eight buildings have hollow, cast-iron facades that resonate when struck, for a 30-minute Concerto for Buildings, a new work for full orchestra and 24 percussionists using the buildings as instruments, with four separate movements by four composers: Paula Matthusen (winner of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize), Scott Wollshleger, Daniel Goode, and Elijah Valongo (a student-composer in Face The Music)."

Exquisite Corpses: Using the double meaning of the phrase, this is both the rotating art method when one musician will take over where the last left off, but it will also be happening in six of NYC's burial grounds.

Sousapalooza!: Hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players will pay tribute to The March King himself, John Philip Sousa, along with other march classics in Bryant Park.

Pop-Up Musicals: Some of the most beloved musicals of all time will be spontaneously performed in seven of Manhattan's most iconic parks.

Porch Stomp: 40 bluegrass, country and folk acts will perform on Governors Island's Nolan Park, and you're welcome to bring an instrument and join in.

There's lots more too. Check out the full Make Music NY 2015 schedule.

Punk Island

Make Music New York's Punk Island returns for its eighth year on June 21st, with nearly 100 punk bands, from as far away as the Philippines to as near as the East Village, all gathering on a Staten Island pier - just steps away from the Ferry Terminal -- for a day-long punk experience.

For ten hours, bands including RVIVR, Disaster Strikes, Rum Rebellion, and InCircles will be playing with a whirlwind of punks from all over representing every facet of the punk musical spectrum.

The show goes from 10 AM to 9 AM, and later that night RVIVR play Palisades with War on Women (tickets). Full Punk Island 2015 lineup below...

Continue reading "Punk Island 2015 is this weekend on Staten Island (lineup)"


Make Music New York is back, bringing some 1300 free live music performances (sometimes participatory) to public spaces all over the Five Boroughs. Unlike previous years, the 2014 edition year is happening on a Saturday -- this Saturday (6/21) to be specific. There will be bands and musicians playing on the street all over -- which with the World Cup should make for a very boisterous first day of summer -- but in addition to that there are a number of special of events. Some highlights:

"Mass Appeal": There will be 18 different performances across the city all involving a single instrument -- Accordions, French Horns, Gongs, Recorders, two different ukulele concerts, and choral among them -- and if you can play, you can play. Download the sheet music, show up and join the band.

"Red Baraat's 100+ BPM": On a similar note, bhangra band Red Barat will debut a piece commissioned by NPR especially for MMNY. Mobile bands will parade through Brooklyn and converge on Grand Army Plaza at 4:30 PM, where they will join Red Baraat on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. Brass and percussion players are invited to get involved.

"Punk Island": Ninety bands across seven stages will invade Coast Guard Plaza on Staten Island for this seventh edition of the free mosh-a-thon. Among the bands playing: Reagan Youth, Cop Problem and Raw Nerves.

"The Sound of Downtown": River to River Festival brings this interactive experience involving mobile apps that allows folks to "shape and explore the sonic landscape of Lower Manhattan in a brand new way!"

"Porch Stomp": For fans of old time folk and bluegrass, over 30 acts will be playing on Governors Island.

"Privia Piano Bar": Billy Joel playing MSG once a month isn't enough for you? This mobile piano bar will be bringing his hits on a grand piano loaded onto the back of a truck, making stops all over Manhattan for one-hour concerts. And yes they will be playing "52nd Street" on 52nd St.

"Rhythm on Rikers": This concert is the culmination of a 10-week program to teach hand drumming to a group of inmates at Rikers Island. (Among the teachers of this initiative is Kid Millions of Oneida.) This show is just for prisoners and guards.

There's lots more than this. Check out the full Make Music NY schedule.

Caveman @ Webster Hall (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Jacuzzi Boys @ Mercury Lounge, 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jacuzzi Boys

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


Happy first day of summer! It's also the solstice -- the longest day of the year. Do something outside if you can, like...

Make Music New York
If you hear more racket from outside your window that normal today, it's because it's MMNY Day, with free performances in public places of all shapes and sizes. Gongs in Herald Square? Yes. A multitude of accordians in Central Park? It's true. Lot's of people performing the songs from Beck's sheet music album, Song Reader, at Joe's Pub all afternoon? It's happening. And tons more. All free. Check out the full schedule.

Also part of MMNY is the kickoff block party for 3-day DIY Brooklyn festival Hillstock which happens at Putnam Plaza (Fulton St and Grand Ave) featuring The Brooklyn What, Brown Rice Family, and more; and a $10 afterparty at Free Candy (905 Atlantic Ave) with Eskalators, Toothaches, Spooktober, and more.

Amadou & Mariam, Bombino @ Prospect Park Bandshell
You will be hard pressed to find a more inspiring story than that of Amadou & Mariam, the couple from Mali who both went blind during their formative years. At tonight's free Celebrate Brooklyn! show, the duo's afrobeat stylings will be joined by a fellow African legend, rock and blues guitar virtuoso Bombino.

Fear of Men, Writer @ Seaport Music Festival
If you like well-crafted, not-too-twee janglepop, head to South Street Seaport for the penultimate Friday of the Seaport Music Festival with UK group Fear of Men. Veronica Falls, watch your backs. Just added to the bill: local duo Writer who we profiled back in January. Plus it's free, early (7 PM start). outside and a nice way to start the weekend.

Also, don't forget that tomorrow (6/22) is the Coney Island Mermaid Parade (which almost kinda didn't happen).

Browse our Free Show Calendar for more no-cost-to-you concert options.


Man Or Astro-Man?, Jacuzzi Boys @ Brooklyn Bowl
Sci-Fi post-punks Man Or Astro-Man? put out their first album in more than a decade this year and finds them in the same enjoyable orbit as before. Of course, seeing them live is where it's at, and they've brought with them Florida's party animals Jacuzzi Boys on this tour, making for an almost guaranteed good time. Tickets are still available.

Rogue Wave, Caveman @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fans of smart guitar pop, valhalla awaits. California's Rogue Wave, whose new album Nightingale Floors just came out this week, hook up with New York's Caveman for what is sure to be a very pleasant night indeed.

DJ Spooky @ The Met
DJ Spooky aka D.C. based philosopher, author and musician Paul D. Miller will be spinning at the Met tonight, before appearing at the MoMa all this week with his 21st century take on the first American "blockbuster" film, 1915's overtly racist The Birth Of A Nation. Spooky uses DJ mixes and other forms of multimedia to take the issues portrayed in the film and place them into a modern context.

Rancid @ Terminal 5
Tim Armstrong's snarl and non-guitar-playing will again be front and center at Terminal 5, running through 20 years of favorites with Rancid after playing a set with TransplantsCrown of Thornz play support, bringing their hardcore to the large stage.

Firefly Music Festival
It's not in NYC, but it's not that far away (Dover, DE), and features Japandroids, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Petty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Passion Pit and more. Oh, and BrooklynVegan has a stage too. Stop by if you're going.

Martin Rev, Eraas, You @ Bowery Electric
As one half of Suicide, Martin Rev planted the seeds for pretty much everything dark and electronic to follow. (For better or worse.) Tonight he plays with two of his young progeny -- both pretty good, especially Eraas -- who will both likely be eyeing his Moog settings.

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Helado Negro, Barbarossa @ Littlefield
A diverse evening for sure but united in dance: M.A.K.U. Soundsystem bring sounds of Columbia (as in South America, not Vampire Weekend); likewise Helado Negro with Ecuador; and UK act Barbarossa adds continental flavor (and glitchy folk).

The Psychedelic Furs @ The Paramount
It's still okay to dance like Molly Ringwald, especially when seeing Richard and Tim Butler's veteran alt-rock group turn on the hits. "Love My Way," "Into You Like a Train," and "President Gas" still sound great. Tickets are still available.

The Felice Brothers @ Maxwell's
Folk rockers The Felice Brothers will be in New Jersey tonight at Maxwell's as one of the last major tours to come throughout the venue before it shuts it's doors later this summer. Sold out.

Simian Mobile Disco @ SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Simian Mobile

Simian Mobile Disco, JDH & Dave P @ SRB Brooklyn
Tonight at SRB Brooklyn, FIXED and Verboten and throwing a party with electro house duo Simian Mobile Disco, who were initially just DJing the thing, but are now performing live as well. FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P will be on the boards tonight too.

Regis, Lee Gamble, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Laurel Halo, Bill Kouligas @ K&K Super Buffet
The Bunker is throwing a stacked party as part of PAN label and Issue Project Room's PAN_ACT series at K&K Super Buffet (341 St. Nicholas Ave in Queens) tonight with Downwards label boss Regis, UK ambient musician Lee Gamble, veteran soundscaper Keith Fullerton Whitman, shapeshifting art pop producer Laurel Halo, and PAN label boss Bill Kouligas. It's a late show: 11 PM - 6 AM. Flyer below.

Tim Sweeney, Secret Circuit, Jee Day @ Cameo Gallery
WNYU icon and DFA artist Tim Sweeney will be at Cameo Gallery tonight with psychedelic jazz master Eddie Ruscha and his latest project Secret Circuit. Also on the bill will be Tim Sweeney's DFA labelmate and Juan MacLean contributor Jee Day.

Giraffage, Mister Lies & more @ 285 Kent
Brooklyn DIY spot 285 Kent should turn into a pretty huge dance party tonight when beatmaker Giraffage takes over to headline the venue. HIs tourmate, ambient pop musician Mister Lies, should get things started pretty nicely too. The bill's rounded out by FLOTE and Knox.

Raccoon Fighter, The Denzels, Aloud, Dead Stars @ Cake Shop
The second of two straight nights at Cake Shop for locals Racoon Fighter who make raspy voiced bash-n-pop. Also on the bill: the garage pop sounds of The Denzels, Boston's Aloud, as well as Brooklyn purveyors of quality '90s-style indie, Dead Stars.

Japanther, LVL UP, Ken South Rock, Weird Womb @ Shea Stadium
Noise duo, Japanther, is playing a stacked show tonight with LVL UP, Ken South Rock and Weird Womb. Both Japanther and LVL UP have released new music recently, with LVL UP touring this summer in support of their newest 7", Extra Worlds. This is the first of three shows LVL UP will be playing in Brooklyn, and you can catch them at their next two shows with Julia Brown on July 21 and August 8.

Trails and Ways, Frances Cone, Float Fall @ Pianos
Indie pop quartet Trails and Ways are on tour this summer, and are stopping in NYC tonight for a show at Pianos with Frances Cone and Float Fall. If you can't make it to tonight's show, Trails and Ways are also playing a show at Knitting Factory Saturday (6/22). Tickets for their show at Pianos and tickets for their show at Knitting Factory are still available.

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

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Now in its seventh year, Make Music New York, "the largest music event ever to grace Gotham" (Metro New York), is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 514 cities around the world -- a global celebration of music making.

The next Make Music New York is on Friday, June 21, 2013.

From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions -- from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock -- perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.

In addition to the random artists and bands that will be playing live on the sidewalks and other public places on June 21 in NYC, there are many larger-scale events with Make Music New York this year, all of which are free.

From noon to 7 PM, Joe's Pub will offer a live performance of Beck's Song Reader sheet music album, as sung by a mix of "well-known and unknown" performers (TBA) backed by house bands Balthrop, Alabama and the 18-piece Austin band, Mother Falcon.

"Mass Appeal" brings together hundreds of musicians to perform works created for one specific instrument that anyone (with said instrument) can participate in. This includes accordions in Central Park, cellos at Flatiron Building Plaza; and gongs in Herald Square. And for those who don't play an instrument there's  humming in the DUMBO ConEd Farragut Substation. And more.

There's also "Lake Music" by Central Park Lake with TILT Brass performing "Dawn" from Music for Wilderness Lake at 7:30 AM; then at 5 PM George Steel conducts "Credo" for 144 singers; and finally at 8:30 PM, TILT Brass are back to perform "Dusk" from Music for Wilderness Lake.

At Tompkins Square Park from 4 PM - 8 PM will be a celebration of brass with The Himalayas, PitchBlak Brass Band, Lucky Chops Brass Band and more.

There's lots more, including Punk Island which happens the next day (6/22) in Staten Island.

artist rendering of Yoko Ono Imagine Peace

On December 21st, come together and sing John Lennon's "Imagine" at the very moment Yoko Ono's new video IMAGINE PEACE lights up sixteen Times Square billboards at 11:57pm.

IMAGINE PEACE is Yoko Ono's worldwide initiative of anti-violence. In the film, the words "Imagine Peace" are written in 24 languages set over the tranquil imagery of a blue-sky background. The piece has been transformed into a multi-channel work specifically for Times Square, and spreads the message of peace across Times Square's monumental screens simultaneously.

Says Yoko Ono: "It's Time for Action, Action is Peace. Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace, IMAGINE PEACE! Together we have the power to change the world. I LOVE YOU!!"

Yoko Ono's "Imagine Peace" is part of the second annual Make Music Winter which, like its summer version, has free, live, outdoor music happening all over NYC on Friday (12/21). Almost all of them are participitory and you can be a part of it (some require musical skills, some do not).

Other notable Make Music Winter events include "James Holt: Thru-Line" (2 - 3 PM), where "amateur and professional string players disperse to each of the Brooklyn-bound G train subway platforms. Over the course of an hour, every time a train arrives, musicians will step in and out of the front car to give subway riders a continuous, tag-team performance of the famous Prelude from J.S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major."

There's also Phil Kline's ambient boombox work "Peregrine" starting at 7 PM in front of BAM and migrating through Fort Greene, Brooklyn till 7:45. Boomboxes will be provided to the first 50 participants, and if you bring your own they'll provide you with a cassette.

There's lots more happening with Make Music Winter, you can check out the schedule here.

Make Music NY

Like AA batteries on the subway tracks and college kids in polo shirts trying to get you to sign some petition, music is pretty inescapable on NYC. But today, June 21, 2012, it is even moreso as it's the annual Make Music New York day which puts musicians of all shades and colors on the sidewalks of our fair city. As you might imagine, some neighborhoods (like Williamsburg) will have more going on than others.

Besides a bunch of random bands, there are some fun events. Mass Appeal brings together hundreds of musicians to perform works created for one specific instrument that anyone (with said instrument) can participate in. This includes the world premiere of Philip Glass' choral work "The New Rule" which happens in Times Square at 6:30. If you'd like to join in, you can download the sheet music here.

Other Mass Appeal events happening today include accordions in Sheridan Triangle (6:30PM), bagpipes in Herald Square (7PM), harps at Urban Plaza (5:30), ouds at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (7PM), and many more.

More MMNY: Joe's Pub is throwing an all-day block party at Astor Pl./Lafayette from 11AM  - 7PM with performances from Chris Parrello, Heather Christian & the Arbornauts, Sxip Shirey and more.

Slavic Soul Party is playing at Jacobi Medical Center Pedestrian Mall; and Tompkins Square Park has Support Women Artists Now at 3PM, the Hungry March Band at 6PM, and Bill Popp & the Tapes at 7PM.

There's lots, lots more going on today. Go outside, you'll probably run into some of it. But you can check their website to see what's going on in your neighborhood.

Historically and technically Punk Island is part of Make Music New York, but this year Punk Island actually happens three days later (this Sunday) on Governors Island. Flyer and more info below...

Continue reading "Make Music New York today (free music & events all over NYC); Punk Island Sunday"


On June 21st 2011, Nick Franglen played the theremin under the Manhattan Bridge for 24 hours, starting and ending at midnight. "Sensors on the bridge above him registered the passing of each cyclist, creating a moment of silence for everyone who crossed the bridge throughout the day." This week Nick posted a film documenting the event which you can watch (don't worry it's only 17 minutes), below...

Continue reading "Watch Nick Franglen's 'Hymn To The Manhattan Bridge'"


The annual 'Make Music New York' takes over New York City on Tuesday, June 21.

"From 11 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions -- from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock -- perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend."
All events are free to the public. Browse the full schedule at Make Music's site, but here are some highlights.

Yoko Ono hosts people in Central Park in the morning.

Nick Franglen of Lemon Jelly will play a 24-hour piece of improvised music under the Manhattan Bridge.

There will be 17 "Mass Appeal" events which are basically flash mobs of people all playing the same instrument.

There's the Pop-Up Pianos.

"Heavy Metal under the BQE" will feature sets by Wizardry, La Otracina and others at Union Ave & N. 8th St. It's one of many things happening in Williamsburg.

Lukcy 13 Saloon, Bar 4 and the Tea Lounge are some of the Park Slope venues participating.

Mike Doughty and Emily Wells are at City Winery.

Tracy Bonham, MAKU Sound System, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra, and others are at Joe's Pub.

What else?

Manhattan Bridge

On June 21st, British artist and electronic musician Nick Franglen (of Lemon Jelly) will play a 24-hour piece of improvised music, starting and ending at midnight, in collaboration with the thousands of people who walk or bicycle across Manhattan Bridge during the course of the day.

Franglen will be installed in The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, playing a Theremin with looping effects pedals to create washes of sound. Meanwhile, sensors installed on Manhattan Bridge's pathways, high above The Archway, will register the passing of each bicycle and pedestrian, sending messages to Nick's equipment that imprint a moment of silence on the music for everyone who crosses the bridge. The music will be a unique collaboration between the musician and the bridge users, who will unwittingly guide and develop the character of the piece.

He's under the bridge in DUMBO. You can head over there or just watch the stream, along with a video about a similar stunt he pulled at the London Bridge, below...

Continue reading "Look for Lemon Jelly's Nick Franglen under the Manhattan Bridge (or just watch him online)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band and Friends
Secret Piece

Yoko Ono's Secret Piece (1953)
throughout Central Park from 5AM - 8AM on June 21, 2011.
Celebrate the summer solstice with Yoko Ono's meditative Secret Piece, at sunrise in Central Park.

We will meet at Columbus Circle starting at 5AM. Bring any musical instrument or just your voice, and we will send you to a secluded part of the park to play the note of your choice to the accompaniment of birds.

At 8AM we will all return to Columbus Circle for hot green tea.

Study the above piece of sheet music and join Yoko Ono in Central Park Tuesday morning!

UPDATE: Apparently Yoko didn't even go to her own event. ZINGARA says "I woke up really early this morning thinking that different musicians where going to get together and play a Yoko Ono tone. instead i got there and everybody was on their own wandering around the park like a homeless person. There was someone there but as soon you sign your name they send you away." Lori Zimmer adds, "woke @ 330 to go to central pk... was handed a map with little explanation. very disappointed, not much explanation, no yoko, green tea from starbucks out of styrofoam cups after 3 hours...."

The other pictures in this post are from that Japan benefit that Yoko Ono threw at Le Poisson Rouge in March. You already saw the Cibo Matto pics from the same event. Here are the rest with Yoko, Sean Lennon, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Antony, Lou Reed and more included. They continue below...

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Make Music NY

tonight in NYC
* Make Music NY
* Mike Birbiglia @ UCB
* Jim Campilongo @ the Living Room
* Frog Eyes @ Sound Fix Records
* Ben Perowsky Quartet @ Barbes
* The Roots present The Jam @ Highline Ballroom
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Hailey Wojcik, Blair, Oh The Color, Shark? @ The Cameo
* Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
* Indian Jewelry, Effi Briest, Total Slacker @ Mercury Lounge
* Reggie Watts, Heather Duby, Lunar Youth, Follow That Bird @ Pianos
* Jazz Talks w/ Esperanza Spalding and Anat Cohen (7pm) @ Greene Space
* Emanuel & The Fear, Dinosaur Feathers, The Silent League @ Knitting Factory
* Soundcheck w/Bobby McFerrin, Jason Moran & the Bandwagon-2pm@Greene Space
* Curren$y, Snakes Say Hisss, Rugz D. Bewler, Smoke DZA, Sean O'Connell, Tabi Bonney, Stalley, Ski Beatz, Hedgehog, Big K.R.I.T., McKenzie Eddy @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Stethoscopes, Scary Living, Gunfight!, MiniBoone, Quiet Loudly, Pet Ghost Project, Thought, The Courtesy Tier, The Twees, Black Taxi, The Binary Marketing Show @ Spike Hill

Make Music NY is today...

Now in its fourth year, Make Music New York, "the largest music event ever to grace Gotham" (Metro New York), is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on Monday, June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 327 cities around the world -- a global celebration of music making.

From 11 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions -- from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock -- perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.

Check out the schedule. It includes this:
Joe's Pub
Block Party at Astor Pl and Fourth Ave, Manhattan

10 AM: The Whiskey Boys
10 AM: Joe Iconis
10:45 AM: Gabriel Kahane
11:45 AM: Shrive Alive
12:45 PM: The Xylopholks
1:45 PM: Electric Junkyard Gamelan
2:30 PM: The Bill Murray Experience
3:30 PM: Balthrop, Alabama
4:30 PM: Black Sea Hotel
5:15 PM: Pearl and the Beard
6:15 PM: Somi
Hiro Ballroom, presented by the French Music Export Office in association with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
88 Ninth Ave (at 17th St), Manhattan
8PM: Sebastien Schuller
9PM: La Grande Sophie
10PM: General Elektriks
11PM: Acid Washed DJ
Make Music also coincides with "Play Me, I'm Yours," an installation that puts 60 pianos in locations around NY.

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival (the first in its summer series there) hosts a sunset screening of Goldfinger. Doors at 5pm.

Diamond Rings' new video for "Show Me Your Stuff", below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday? (Make Music NY day)"

NoBuny @ Bruar Falls Saturday night (marcus_in_ny)
No bunny

tonight in NYC
* Make Music NY
* Beyonce @ MSG
* Nobunny @ Death by Audio
* Punk Island @ Governors Island
* Your Nature @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Roy Nathanson, Omega III, Sotto Voce @ Sycamore
* DJ Green Lantern, Dead Prez @ Highline Ballroom
* Absu, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Sothis @ BB King's
* The Weight, Dirty Sweet, Nikki Lane @ Bruar Falls
* H2O, Stigma, Cruel Hand, Turn It Up @ Knitting Factory
* Yannick Noah, Coralie Clement, Mayra Andrade @ Central Park Summerstage
* Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Titus Andronicus @ Kearny Irish American Association
* Nullsleep, Machine Drum, Protman, Minusbaby, Glomag, Jerohme Spye, Futureboots, Yoshi, The Machinist, Mikrosopht @ Santos

Today is the Seventh Heaven street fair in Park Slope.

Eugene Mirman is bringing his weekly Tearing the Veil of Maya show to The Bell House tonight. JANEANE GAROFALO, MIKE BIRBIGLIA, TODD BARRY, and JOHN MULANEY are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale. Tickets are also still on sale for the Michael and Michael show happening at the same venue on July 15.

Ted Leo and Titus Andronicus are on tour together. Tonight that show comes to Kearny Irish American Association in their shared home-state of NJ. Tomorrow they play Maxwell's. Ted Leo will play a free Hudson River Rocks show this summer on Thursday, July 23th with Radio 4 and Extra Golden. He was also recently added as opener to a show happening in Asbury Park this summer.

Clearwater Festival reaches its second and final day. Arlo Guthrie (an Alice's Restaurant devotee) headlines. Arlo also has a free NYC show scheduled for this summer.

Dead Prez, who played the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival yesterday, plays with DJ Green Lantern at Highline Ballroom tonight.

Make Music NY hits NYC today, with outdoor shows planned all over the city. The fest includes the Punk Island shows happening on Governors Island, as well as lots of other gigs. Blues Control plays in front of Goodbye Blue Monday (Blues Control is having car trouble, and can't make it back to NYC in time for this show). Sharon Van Etten has a set at the Sackett Street Block Party. Check out a full schedule of events at the MMNY site.

Peggy Sue performed at Bruar Falls on Thursday. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday? (Make Music NY)"

Punk Island @ Make Music 2008 on Governors Island (makemusicnewyork)
Make Music NY

Make Music NY 2009 is happening around New York City on Sunday, June 21st. The free, outdoor-music event will turn street corners, sidewalks, and parks around the city into one-day music venues. One of those spots is Governors Island, where MMNY will again host a "Punk Island" lineup. Announced bands for 2009 include '80s hardcore punk band Reagan Youth (who played last year's event), Blanks '77, and "dozens more" to come.

Both bands are also scheduled to play the Underground Revolution Fest on May 22nd - 23rd at the Gramercy Theater, though no ticket info for that still.

Governors Island is also home to a new concert spot dubbed The Beach at Governors Island. The Highline Ballroom, who also three shows on the island last year, is presenting the first scheduled show at the location -- Dark Star Orchestra, Keller Williams, Pete Francis and Barefoot Truth on July 11th. Tickets are on sale.

Also planned again for Governors Island this summer is Folks on the Island, a series of folk concerts, one of which will be headlined by Judy Collins on Sunday, July 26th.

"Punk Island" videos from last year, with hours and directions for Governors Island, below...

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Make Music New York

From 11 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions -- from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock -- perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, Make Music New York is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.
This year's citywide Make Music New York fest is set for Sunday, June 21st (the longest day of the year). It'll be the third year for the event - after June 21, 2007 and June 21, 2008. If you would like to take part - either as an artist or a location (that an artist can play), make sure to sign up now. We'll publish updated lineup and schedule information as it becomes available.

Brooklyn band Cheeseburger played the event outdoors on Bedford Ave. last year, and chiptune guy Nullsleep played in 2007. Videos from those two performances below...

Continue reading "Make Music NY returns on June 21, 2009 - sign up now"


Why does the Mermaid Parade have to be the same day musicians are playing for free all over the city including punk bands on Governors Island and blog-approved bands in Brooklyn at the After the Jump Festival?

If you do go to the Mermaid Parade, consider also going to the ball afterwards.

Make Music NY

Make Music New York is NYC's largest music event, with 850 free concerts on streets, sidewalks and parks, all on the first day of summer. TONY has partnered with MMNY to create this special channel to help you make the most of this essential summer event.
Make Music New York is Saturday, June 21, 2008.
Some of the events are listed in our free show calendar.

Much like looking at the schedule of free stuff going on today for "Make Music New York", I totally procrastinated posting these pictures of Best Fwends playing my show at the Red Scoot Inn during SXSW (March 15, 2007)....

Best Fwends

I can't say exactly why, but I loved them. They hit play on an iPod or something, and then jump around like maniacs singing to the songs they wrote. They look and act nuts, and they're really a lot of fun unless you don't think they're fun like my own best fwend who was standing next to me at the show and thought they were like Beavis & Butthead (in a bad way), and was pretty much embarrassed for herself to even be standing there in front of them at all. I wished they kept playing after they stopped.

VICE also had some not-nice stuff to say about them, but Gorilla Vs. Bear has been known to say nice things on their behalf.

So, maybe you'll love them, or maybe you'll hate them, but either way you can find out for free if you happen to be in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn today (June 21, 2007) when they play an incredible free show w/ the incredible Oxford Collapse (also BV show veterans), and Cheeseburger - who I'll even admit to liking sometimes.

More pics & info & tour dates & videos below...

Continue reading "Oxford Collapse, Cheeseburger & BEST FWENDS - the best free show today? (+ pics from SXSW) & TOUR DATES"


On Thursday, June 21, New York joins 340 other cities around the world to host a day of free, outdoor music-making. From Metropolitan Opera singers to high school rock bands, church choirs to underground MCs, Tuvan throat singers to Salsa bands, punk rockers to string quartets, there's something for everyone. [MAKEMUSICNY]
Post good shows in the comments: The listings are HERE. And send in your pictures if you go to anything. I'll try to make an interesting post afterwards. (my email is on the top right of this site)