Entries tagged with: Marc Ribot
Phosphorescent at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Earlier this year, we mentioned that Francesco Ferorelli's Brooklyn-based folk rock band Heaven's Jail released an album produced by and featuring Phosphorescent main man Matthew Houck. Now Matthew and Francesco have announced that they'll make their first live appearance as a duo at the first of Wesley Stace's three upcoming Cabinet of Wonders shows at City Winery. They'll be at the one happening on September 19, and other guests were announced as well including guitar great Marc Ribot, Memphis walker Marc Cohn, folk/jazz singer Jill Barber, novelist Charles Bock, essayist Megan Stielstra, and Eric Bazilian of '80s-era pop rockers The Hooters. Tickets for that show are still available. You can also get tickets to the upcoming Cabinet of Wonders shows on 10/24 and 11/21 (guests TBA).
The show's being recorded for NPR and will be available as an archive afterwards. Other past Cabinet of Wonders have been archived as NPR podcasts too. You can listen to a few, like the one featuring Craig Finn, John Darnielle, Hamilton Leithauser and more or the one featuring Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman, Sean Nelson and more, here.
Heaven's Jail recently made a video for "Long Island Sound" off his album and performed that same song in a studio for Bedford & Bowery. Watch both of those videos below...
Little Dragon at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Graveyard, Bombus @ Webster Hall
Retro rockers Graveyard hearken back to the proto-metal hard rock riffs of the early '70s and they do justice to the era. Catch them melting faces at Webster Hall tonight.
Little Dragon @ Rough Trade
Little Dragon's agreeably chilled out new album, Nabuma Rubberband, is out on Tuesday but here's a chance to A) pick it up early then and B) see them in an intimate setting like this, ahead of their tour of big venues (like upcoming T5 shows in June). Buy the album to get a wristband for the show which starts at 2:30 PM.
of Montreal, Dream Tiger @ Le Poisson Rouge
You never fully know what to expect from pop weirdos of Montreal, other than the fact that it's going to be colorful, quite the spectacle, and quite the party. Tonight's show is sold out.
Beverly, Laila, The Suzan, Doble Pletina, FLOWN @ WITHOUT Fest at Frieze Art Fair
Currated by the fine folks at Tom Tom Magazine , the WITHOUT festival is run in tandem with the Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island. Today's the last of four and happens outside the festival gates and is free.
R. Stevie Moore, Donovan Blanc, Murals @ Baby's All Right
Interesting diversity at Baby's tonight with the godfather of home recording R. Stevie Moore, jangly NJ duo Donovan Blanc, and Louisville's Shins-y Murals.
Ludwig Persik @ Baby's All Right
After the R. Stevie Moore show, it's a free performance from Ludwig Persik who makes fanciful, laptop pop.
New York Magazine's pop culture blog Vulture is throwing this two-day festival this weekend featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy. Most of it is happening at Milk Studios in Manhattan.
Heathered Pearls (live), Uumans, Yinka Pascal @ Glasslands
Heathered Pearls is the moniker of Polish ambient musician Jakub Alexander who now lives in Brooklyn.Last year's debut LP, Loyal, released through Ghostly International is lush and transportive, which could make a nice way to ease out of the weekend.
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Chris Cochrane's Collapsible Shoulder @ Rough Trade
Guitar great Marc Ribot has collaborated with everyone from Tom Waits to John Zorn, but tonight he takes the lead with his own band, Ceramic Dog.
Shy Girls, Tei Shi @ The Panther Room
Portland's Shy Girls make the kind of indie-R&B that has been very in style since the breakout of artists like How to Dress Well (who he especially sounds like). Last night, he opened for Haim at the large Terminal 5 but tonight you can see him in the much smaller venue, The Panther Room (at Output).
Okkyung Lee, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey // Michelle Boule @ The Stone
It's the final night of NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee's Stone Residency with Craig Taborn & Tyshawn Torey at the 8 PM set and Michelle Boule at the 10 PM set.
Clean Girls, Fins, Exocomets @ Silent Barn
It's a night of noisy rock at Silent Barn, and if you're going to this show one band we recommend catching is Fins, who make messy post-hardcore that they recorded on an EP with Ben from The Men, who know a thing or two about messy post-hardcore.
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.
HAIM, Tennis @ Terminal 5
A modern blend of Fleetwood Mac and Wilson Phillips, HAIM just keep getting more popular. This is the second of two sold-out shows at T5.
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Daedelus in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Instrumental hip hop/electronic production vet Daedelus has a number of dates coming up this year, including multiple US festivals like Moogfest and Hangout Fest. Just before Hangout Fest, he'll be in NYC for two appearances.
The first is part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets which happens on May 14 at Town Hall, and also features fellow electronic producer Shigeto guitar greats Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, David Byrne/Amanda Palmer collaborator Jherek Bischoff, New Orleans R&B veteran Allen Toussaint, ex-P-Funk member Amp Fiddler, free jazz veteran David Murray, that dog. member Petra Haden, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info on the event, which is curated by RBMA and Undead Music, here.
The day after the Round Robin Duets show, Daedelus and Shigeto will team up once again for another Undead Music-presented show at Littefield (5/15) in Brooklyn. That show is with jazz drummer Mark Guiliana, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and cornetist/trumpeter Graham Haynes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, you can also see Daedelus not far from NYC TONIGHT (4/17) at Princeton University in the college's Terrace Club. Joining him is Delaware's No Sir E.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Jonny Greenwood w/ Radiohead @ Prudential Center 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Knoxville, TN's Big Ears Festival goes down March 28 - 30, mixing modern composers and adventurous rock acts. The fest has expanded its programming since we last posted. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, already slated to perform Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" on March 30, will now also play the day before (3/29), performing selections from his scores to There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Norwegian Wood, accompanied by Wordless Music Orchestra.
So Percussion will perform all three days of the festival: collaborating with Buke & Gase and Wilco's Glenn Kotche on 3/28; performing Steve Reich's "Drumming" with guests on 3/29; and on 3/30 will perform Bryce Dessner's "Music for Wood and Strings" with Dessner as part.
The other new addition is pianist/composer Rachel Grimes who will perform with her ensemble on 3/30. These are in addition to previously announced acts John Cale, Body/Head, Television, Colin Stetson, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Dean Wareham, Low, Oneohtrix Point Never, Julia Holter, not to mention composer Steve Reich who is "Artist-in-Residence" for the fest, and many more. Single day tickets to Big Ears go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon EST and the daily line-ups have been released and are listed below.
When many of us think of the song "Respect," we think of Aretha Franklin. Many people are shocked to learn that Aretha never made a penny from all the radio broadcasts of her performance of R-E-S-P-E-C-T (this is because she wasn't the composer.) It's true--many musicians receive little compensation or struggle to pay bills despite having widely-aired recordings...If you support artists' pay for radio play, you will probably want to sign this petition for the I Respect Music initiative. There will be a concert/rally for the cause at Le Poisson Rouge on February 25 featuring appearances by David Byrne, Janita, John McCrea, Mike Mills, Marc Ribot, and more. It is a FREE show but you do need to RSVP by sending an email to email@example.com. More info here.
...With its denial of a Performance Royalty to artists, the U.S. stands with a short list of countries that includes: Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda. Most other countries in the world pay out at least small amounts to performers for the use of their performances of songs on radio--a use that makes up the content of their broadcasts. To clarify, songwriters and publishers of songs do get paid a little bit, but there is nothing allotted for the folks who record and sing the versions of songs that we hear all the time and whose recordings are used to sell advertising on commercial radio.
- David Byrne
In related news, still no word on tickets for the Byrne's Here Lies Love which is set to return to the Public Theatre at the end of March.
The full text of Byrne's letter about I Respect Music is below....
Low at The Concert Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, the Big Ears Festival is returning to various Knoxville, TN venues from March 28-30, and since we last spoke, more artists were added. The lineup now includes Low, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Buke and Gase, Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality, Davd Greenberger and Prime Lens, Jenny Hval, Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley & Orech Ambarchi (duo), and Stephen O'Malley solo. The new additions join previously announced artists like Steve Reich, Johnny Greenwood, John Cale, Television, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, and others.
Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below...
by Doug Moore
John Zorn at Maxwell's, 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
John Zorn describes his Masada songbook as follows: "The idea is to put Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together." He's been writing Masada material for about 20 years, and he's racked up some 600 compositions in the idiom. If you only know Zorn for his noise-oriented work, do yourself a favor and Youtube some Masada performances.
A few months before he joins Dave Lombardo and Bill Laswell for a rare appearance as Bladerunner, Zorn and many, many others will get together to debut the 20 new Masada compositions that comprise Masada Book 3: The Book of Beriah. The show is being billed as a "marathon shuffle concert": each of the 20 tunes will be interpreted by a different group of musicians. The cast is diverse, from Zorn himself and frequent collaborators like Marc Ribot and John Medeski to younger, weirder Zorn affiliates like Abraxas, Cyro Baptista, Cleric, and Secret Chiefs 3. The show is slated for March 19 at the Town Hall (123 West 43rd St.). Tickets are on sale.
Zorn's other upcoming shows include the gigs he has scheduled as Bladerunner with ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lomardo & Bill Laswell which hits LPR in NYC and Reggie's in Chicago. They are all listed below.
Check out a Zorn + Ribot version of a Masada tune and the announced lineup of Beriah contributors below too...
Kaki King at Mercury Lounge in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The New York Guitar Festival is returning to various NYC venues this year from January 10 to January 30. It features a number of shows, including Nels Cline at Drama League Theater Center (1/18), Fred Frith meets Nels Cline at SubCulture (1/18), Ben Monder and others at Drama League Theater Center (1/19), Marc Ribot and Chris Eldridge at Merkin Concert Hall (1/21), Badi Assad and Kaki King at Merkin Concert Hall (1/23), Toubab Krewe and Joseph Arthur at Merkin Concert Hall (1/30), and more. Tickets for each paid show (some are free) are available at venue websites. Head to NY Guitar Fest's site for appropriate links and more details.
Full schedule below...
Big Ears Festival, a three-day event that joins modern classical music and adventurous rock acts in venues around Knoxville, TN, will host its first festival since 2010 on March 28-30. Composer Steve Reich acts as the artist-in-resident, with Ensemble Signal, Jonny Greenwood and So Percussion performing his music. Also on the lineup are John Cale, Television, Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, and Oren Ambarchi) and Marc Ribot (playing solo as well as with Ceramic Dog and Los Cubanos Postizos), Laraaji, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, Colin Stetson, Vatican Shadow, Nils Frahm, Mark McGuire, Bill Orcutt, Dean & Britta, Glenn Kotche, Susanna, Dawn of Midi and Son Lux.
Passes for the fest go on sale Friday, December 6 at noon and are $150.
The festival's return is a good thing as its future was in question after a three year hiatus (its organizers stay busy running Bonnaroo). Big Ears 2010 was a huge undertaking--and from a listeners stand-point, a hugely successful one--with a lineup that featured the National, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, the Calder Quartet, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Andrew WK, The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, the xx, Ben Frost and Tim Hecker and artist-in-residence Terry Riley. You can see BrooklynVegan's coverage of that fest here.
DOWNLOAD: Ceramic Dog - Aint Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round (MP3)
Marc and his daughter in London
In protest of the government shutdown (which, among other things, is reportedly cancelling tours), genre-defying guitar great Marc Ribot (known for work with Tom Waits, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, and many more) is now offering up a free download of his Affordable Health Care Act song, "Aint Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round" from his band Ceramic Dog's 2013 album, Your Turn, which is out now via Northern Spy. The song can be downloaded for free above, and a stream of it, along with a letter from Marc about the song, can be found below.
Marc just did some local dates with John Zorn, and though he's over in Europe for some shows there as we speak, when he's back he'll do a 6-night run at the Village Vanguard from November 5-10. Those shows will be with his Marc Ribot trio which also includes Henry Grimes on bass and Chad Taylor on drums.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and letter, below...
Avant-garde sax great John Zorn has been celebrating his 60th birthday this year with a ton of NYC shows. The celebration, dubbed Zorn@60, has been going on for months, and there's only a few events left.
Tonight (9/27), Zorn does his third of three nights at Miller Theatre at Columbia University. At tonight's show, he'll be performing work from all over his career, and will be joined by many collaborators including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk), Ikue Mori (DNA, Kim Gordon collaborator, etc), Marc Ribot, Erik Friedlander and many more. More details here. Tickets are still available.
Then on Saturday (9/28), he'll (literally) be at The Met all day with multiple performances from 10 AM to 8:30 PM. Many other performers will be at these too, including Bill Frisell, Mike Patton, Erik Friedlander, Abby Fischer and more. The performances are free with museum admission. Full schedule for the day, below.
On Sunday (9/29), he'll be at Le Poisson Rouge for two shows (6:30 PM and 10 PM), both of which include Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn, and Joey Baron. The early show also has a few other names, like Marc Ribot and more. TIckets for the early show and the late show are on sale now.
Finally, Zorn will team up with Japanese composer/musician/film scorer Ryuichi Sakamoto (of Yellow Magic) for an improvised evening of music on October 4 at Japan Society (333 E 47th St). This one is sold out.
Schedule for Zorn's day at The Met, and a live video from 1992, below...
Arctic Monkeys at Free Press Summer Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Elvis Costello / Questlove
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Arctic Monkeys, Drowners @ Webster Hall
Arctic Monkeys made it out of the mid-'00s buzz bin alive and now, unlike many of their peers, they're five albums in and still making stellar material. Their newest, this year's AM, takes the Sabbath/QOTSA riffage from their last two and gives it a funky makeover with R&B falsettos and hip hop-inspired beats. And they've saved room for a bit of glam balladry too. NYC's Drowners open the show, and there's a good chance they'll appeal to devotees of Arctic Monkeys' early sound.
Elvis Costello, The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl
With their collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, out this week, Elvis Costello & the Roots play a record release show tonight on Questlove's stomping grounds. Sold Out. This is their only show like this current horizon, but EC does have solo dates this November.
Pet Shop Boys @ Beacon Theater
Earlier this summer Pet Shop Boys released Electric which is their most spirited, melodic record in who knows how long. Tonight's the first of two sold-out shows at Beacon, a gorgeous setting for what will likely be a highly theatrical stage show. Jacques lu Cont, aka Stuart Price who produced Electric, opens the show. Sold out.
Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement, Aye Nako @ Bowery Ballroom
Guitar shredding punk trio Screaming Females and emo-tinged songwriter Waxahatchee -- two of Don Giovanni Records' biggest (and well deserved) success stories -- are on tour with a third labelmate, Tenement, and that tour hits NYC for its second show here tonight. And to make this show even better, Brooklyn's Aye Nako -- a self-proclaimed homopop/queercore band whose melodic punk fits very well with tonight's entire bill -- opens the show.
Calvin Johnson, Poses @ Barnard College
It's a double shot of K Recs tonight courtesy Barnard college radio station WBAR. Calvin Johnson comes armed with 25 years of indie rock songwriting; Poses is Tae Won Yu of Kicking Giant (and graphic designer of many iconic indie album covers).
Crystal Stilts @ Other Music
Crystal Stilts' new album, Nature Noir, is out tomorrow (9/17) but you can pick it up tonight -- and hear them play live -- at this Other Music in-store.
David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos), Marc Ribot @ City Winery
Marianne Faithfull was supposed to play this show with guitar great Marc Ribot tonight, and though she had to cancel, Marc is still playing with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos.
Jenny Scheinman's Mischief & Mayhem, Jim Black, Nels Cline, Todd Sickafoose @ Le Poisson Rouge
This indie-appealing jazz bill includes violinist Jenny Scheinman (who's collaborated with Norah Jones, Anais Mitchell, and more) along with another of her collaborators/prolific guitar great Nels Cline, Andrew Bird collaborator Todd Sickafoose, and Jim Black (who's also collaborated with Nels before).
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Sean Patton, Brooke Van Poppelen, Mike Lawrence, Brent Sullivan, Josie Long, and Tony Deyo.
Schoolboy Q, SZA - secret NYC show
This is another of the Vitamin Water/FADER secret NYC shows, which you have to find hidden tickets (they're somewhere in NYC) to get into (follow @vitaminwater for more info). This one's with Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, and the newest signee to TDE (Black Hippy's label), SZA.
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by Andrew Frisicano
Guitarist Marc Ribot has been talking for years about the monetary difficulties working musicians face (his efforts include negotiating with music festivals for fair pay and working with the NYC musicians union). He put some of those ideas into song form earlier this year with "Masters of the Internet," a track off Your Turn, the most recent album from his power trio Ceramic Dog. He expanded on those ideas with a post about the song, writing "hey, we love our tech toys too, but an empty i-Pod is just a crappy paper-weight."
This fall, there are a ton of chances to see Ribot in a variety of genre-hopping settings. He plays Thursday (9/12) at Issue Project Room with saxophonist Matana Roberts and guitarist Cian Nugent, as part of the IPR's ongoing ten-year anniversary celebration.
Ribot also has dates with Ceramic Dog, multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo (as a duo) and the Marc Ribot Trio (with avant jazzers Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor). He also takes part in a number of the upcoming John Zorn @ 60 concerts, which have been happening all year and end on October 4.
Full dates are listed below.
UPDATE: It's actually a two-month festival running from August 31 to October 26.
The lineup also includes a slew of great experimental artists like psych folk legend Bobb Trimble, ambient music veteran William Basinski, Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn, Jason Lescalleet & Graham Lambkin, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble, Matana Roberts, Marc Ribot, Jen Rosenblit & C. Spencer Yeh, Elliot Sharp, and many more.
Advance tickets are currently on sale for Issue Members. Full initial lineup and trailer video below...
Omar Souleyman at Central Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Syrian pop musician Omar Souleyman has been gaining recognition here in America thanks to some compilations/live albums on Sublime Frequencies, the live shows he's been doing here over the last few years, and his association with Bjork. Now he's set to release his first official studio album, Wenu Wenu, on October 22 via Domino affiliate Ribbon Music. The record is being produced entirely by electronic mastermind Four Tet, who is openly a fan. Check out a song from the album in a recent Four Tet mix (around the 1:57:00 mark), the album trailer, and tracklist, below.
Omar Souleyman also has a number of upcoming dates, including a few US shows in August surrounding his appearance at LA's FYF Fest. One of those shows happens in NYC on August 31 at Issue Project Room for the venue's 10th Anniversary party which includes many other great experimental artists. Tickets for that are currently on sale to Issue Members.
All dates are listed, along with the video, stream, and album tracklist, below...
LA soulful singer-songwriter ZZ Ward who has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Grace Potter and Fitz & the Tantrums, plays Warsaw in Brooklyn on Friday night (6/21) and tickets are still available.
The June NYC show in the Red Bull Sound Select series happens on Tuesday (6/25) at Drom with Bridget Kelly, Wavy Spice, and Chippy Nonstop. Like the other monthly RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door.
O'Death are playing The Bell House on Friday (6/21) with Kendra Morris, Zachary Cale, and Feral Foster. Tickets for that show are available.
Paul McCartney at Barclays Center - 6/8/13 (more by Greg Cristman)
Bear Mountain at Governors Ball - 6/7/13 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Paul McCartney @ Barclays Center
Paul McCartney recently landed in Brooklyn for a Barclays Center show on Saturday (6/8), where he played a three hour set with a ton of Beatles songs. He's set to do it again at the same place tonight, and tickets are still available.
The Drums @ Webster Hall
This is the kickoff party for NYC music industry event The New Music Seminar. It's been a while since The Drums have played (and the members seem to be working on solo stuff these days, so here's a good chance to catch them. Also on the bill: Pearl & the Beard, Avan Lava, and Hess is More who are worth showing up early for.
Bear Mountain @ Glasslands
One of the newer bands we were excited to see at this year's Governors Ball was Vancouver pop four-piece Bear Mountain (pictures of their set), and they won me over. They played at 12:45 PM under a tent on the Friday, so I'm sure some of the people in attendance were just there to stay dry, but most of the very large crowd looked like they were there to see them. They do lean a bit on the mainstreamy side, but they've got the live show to back that kind of thing up, and the tunes are strong too. It doesn't seem like it's going to be very long before these guys are playing way bigger venues than Glasslands, so while they're still in town, it's definitely worth catching their set at the Brooklyn venue tonight. Black Light Dinner Party and Cookies open. - Andrew
The Body, Sannhet & more @ Acheron
The Body played The Acheron last night with Mutilation Rites/Geryon (pictures are up at Invisible Oranges), and return to shake the venue again tonight (tickets) with Sannhet, Theologian and Hasj.
Marijuana Deathsquads (ft. mems of Polica) @ Mercury Lounge
Polica just stopped by NYC to play Governors Ball, and singer Channy Leaneagh plus the two drummers are sticking around to back Marijuana Deathsquads (aka the group led by Ryan Olson of Gayngs) at their Mercury Lounge show tonight. Solid Gold, who also played Govs Ball, and opened Polica's afterparty.
Turnip King at Cameo
Sea Cliff. Long Island's Turnip King make the sort of scruffy indie rock that relies equally on melody, dissonance and washes of ethereal guitar. Tonight's show is with Departures and Don't.
Fat Tony @ Knitting Factory
Houston rapper Fat Tony releases his new mixtape, Smart Ass Black Boy, this week (stream it) and he'll play a release show for it in NYC tonight at Knitting Factory with Tom Cruiz, 1OILLE, and Tecla.
Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postizos @ Le Poisson Rouge
Experimental guitarist Marc Ribot (who has played with Tom Waits, John Zorn, and more), is bringing his group, Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postizos, to Le Poisson Rouge tonight. Support comes from Edmar Castaneda.
Chaka Khan & more @ The Apollo
The Spring Gala at NYC's legendary Apollo Theater goes down tonight, and it includes a performance by soul/funk veteran Chaka Khan. There will also be performances "in salute to Chaka" by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Holliday, Patti Labelle and Alexandra Burke.
Diane Birch @ Joe's Pub
Singer/songwriter Diane Birch plays Joe's Pub tonight.
Gunplay's SOB's show, which was originally scheduled for tonight, is now happening on Wednesday (6/12), and is billed a release show for his Acquitted mixtape, which drops on Tuesday.
If you don't want to go out in the rain, HBO's Pussy Riot documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, airs tonight at 9 PM EDT.
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The improvisationally-oriented Undead Music Festival is back for another year, happening May 1 - 5 in NYC. The fest, which has expanded beyond its jazz beginnings, overlaps a bit with Red Bull Music Academy's NYC takeover that begins on Sunday (4/28). The first Undead event is the previously mentioned, now sold-out "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" happening at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1 featuring Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, Andrew Bird and more. More info on what this all entails:
The format? Simple. One musician starts a solo improvisation lasting five minutes. Another musician then joins him for five minutes of duo improvisation. After those five minutes, musician #1 leaves the stage and musician #3 joins musician #2 for another five minutes, and so on and so forth for two hours. The music? Expect the unexpected. A once-in-a-lifetime experience with 20+ artists from jazz, electronics and everything in between...Then on May 2 - 4, it's "Three Nights of Dosh" at Shapeshifter Lab featuring drummer/multi-intrumentalist Martin Dosh collaborating with a host of other musicians (including pal/collaborator Andrew Bird for one of them):
MAY 2:Individual tickets are $15 for individual nights or $30 for all three.
8pm Theo Bleckmann solo
9pm Martin Dosh + Jeremy Ylvisaker (Alpha Consumer, Andrew Bird band), Alan Hampton (Andrew Bird band), Mike Bloch and Pete Hale (from Here We Go Magic)
8pm Aaron Parks solo
9pm Martin Dosh + Aaron Parks, Chris Morrissey, Jeremy Ylvisaker
("Due to some unique circumstances, Dosh will be participating in this night via skype. It's going to be wild.")
8pm Shane Endsley / Todd Sickafoose / Ben Perowsky
9pm Martin Dosh + Andrew Bird, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Todd Sickafoose
Then on May 5 there are three separate events:Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Hubble will be at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets); Vinnie Sperrazza/Jeff Davis Duo, Jesse Stacken Group, Brian Drye Duo and Big Eyed Rabbit at IBeam; St. Helena, Surface To Air and Option Copter III at 35 Claver Place.
Mick Barr (right) w/ Krallice at Saint Vitus last week (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Secret Chiefs 3 are going on a North American tour this year which brings them to NYC for shows on May 17 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and May 18 and 19 at Union Pool (tickets). After those shows, they'll do a residency at The Stone, playing two sets (8 and 10 PM) every night from May 28 to June 2.
Other residencies are happening at The Stone in June as well, including Sylvie Courvoisier from June 4-9 and Ned Rothenberg from June 18 to 23, both of which include shows with Ikue Mori (and Ned's also includes a show with Marc Ribot). After that, Zeena Parkins, who appears during Ned's residency, will hold her own residency from June 25-30. On the first night of that residency, Zeena plays a duo set at 8 PM with guitar great Mick Barr (of Krallice).
Mick Barr has other shows coming up too, including April 20 at 92YTribeca with Little Women (tickets); May 2 at Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Ave) for the previously discussed Red Bull Music Academy-presented Queens Drone Activity Progress festival with Pharmakon, Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi, Prurient, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Pete Swanson, Noveller, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter, Vatican Shadow and others (tickets); and May 22 at Silent Barn as a trio with Johnny Deblase and Larry Kwartowitz. The rest of the bill includes Brown Wing Overdrive, DeTrop and Pet Bottle Ningen. Admission for that one is $8 at the door.
Updated Secret Chiefs 3 dates are listed, along with a Mick Barr song stream, below...
We already told you that the 2013 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will go down June 21 - 23 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The line-up has now been revealed and includes sets from Yo La Tengo, Os Mutantes, Low, The Dream Syndicate, Reggie Watts, onetime Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy, Neko Case and more. And Wilco, of course. "Early Worm" tickets are sold out but you can still get "Early Bird" and regular three-day passes here.
Full line-up for 2013 Solid Sound fest is below...
On October 10, Le Poisson Rouge is hosting 'Save The Village: A Benefit Concert,' which will feature performances from avant-garde saxist John Zorn, Thurston Moore (who plays with his band Chelsea Light Moving at 285 Kent tonight [9/12]), guitarist Jesse Harris, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox, and performance artist John Kelly. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The benefit goes to support NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan:
NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan is a group of over 400 of NYU's own faculty members who are working together to fight NYU's outrageous multi-billion-dollar expansion in Greenwich Village. The Sexton Plan, we believe, is financially reckless (and will certainly result in rising tuition at a school where the students are the most heavily indebted in nation), disregards faculty input and governance, will further erode the rich cultural history of the Village, and will bring more than 10,000 more people in foot traffic per day to an already over-developed area with little green space, amongst other harmful effects. We want NYU's administration to focus on education, not real estate.For even more info on the issue, visit here and there's a video below as well.
John Zorn's next performance at The Stone (the venue that he founded and performs at regularly) happens this Saturday (9/15) with Ikue Mori (of DNA and many other things) and Sylvie Courvoisier, who has collaborated with both John and Ikue in the past.
Another upcoming show at The Stone this month is Marc Ribot (who we just mentioned will be one of the guests at the upcoming Medeski Martin & Wood residency) and Roy Nathanson on September 19. In October, The Stone is being curated by Secret Chiefs 3 member Timba Harris, and shows include Kayo Dot plays Toby Driver's "In The L..L..Library Loft" on October 6, Secret Chiefs 3 plays "Masada" on October 11 and a lot of other Secret Chiefs 3 related shows, notably frontman Trey Spruance playing the following day (10/12), Harvester (aka Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, and Ryan Sawyer) on October 14, BloodMist (whose lineup includes Toby Driver) on October 16, John Zorn's annual Halloween Improv NIght (10/31), and many others.
A video of John Zorn's Naked City playing a full concert in NYC from 1992 is below.
Medeski Martin & Wood have just announced a week-long December residency at The Blue Note from 12/11 - 12/16. The band are performing two sets each night (8 PM and 10:30 PM) and special guests include Nels Cline on 12/12, Marc Ribot on 12/13 and Bill Evans on 12/14, with other guests still to be announced. Reservations for tables are available now.
The trio will release their new album, Free Magic, on September 25 via their own Indirecto label. Before their Blue Note residency, MMW will be on tour in October which hits the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ on 10/7 (tickets), Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on 10/10 (tickets), and The Paramount in Huntington, NY on 10/12 (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.
After three teasers, we get: A STATEMENT FROM TOM WAITS:
"As most of you guessed, it's a tour...a tour de force!Watch the new video below...
"Matt Mahurin has created an apocalyptic war dream to accompany the song HELL BROKE LUCE. Kathleen and I envisioned it as an enlightened drill sergeant yelling the hard truths of war to a brand new batch of recruits. The video grew from the gnawing image of a soldier pulling his home, through a battlefield, at the end of a rope.
"I think you will agree, it's uplifting and fun."
"Hell Broke Luce," featuring Marc Ribot and Keith Richards on guitar, with Flea on bass and Casey Waits on drums, is from Waits' most recent release, BAD AS ME.
From the Inbox:
University of the Streets, the University of the Streets Musicians Committee and the musicians union Local 802 are formally announcing the end of a seven month boycott of University of the Streets, effective immediately.---
The announcement follows successful resolution of negotiations between the non-profit jazz venue's management and members of the University of the Streets Musicians' Committee, an ad hoc organization representing musicians who had played at University of the Streets and were participating in the boycott, and Local 802, AFM, whose representatives were present in support of the musicians' committee.
The boycott was called last September, after reports of a musician being injured during an altercation with a UOTS employee circulated widely through social media. The boycott also stemmed from musicians' concerns over what they considered a "pay to play" policy, in which the venue sometimes required bands to pay out of pocket to cover a guarantee in ticket sales.
In January 2012, the UOTS Musicians Committee contacted Saadia Salahuddeen, director of University of the Streets, with a list of grievances. These were resolved in a meeting on April 12, 2012, attended by members of the UOTS Musicians Committee, representatives of Local 802, Ms. Salahuddeen, and several members of the UOTS board.
As part of the agreement, UOTS will end the 'pay-to-play' policy, and will bar the employee involved in the altercation from the venue.
A statement issued by the UOTS Musicians Committee reads:
'We're extremely pleased that UOTS has addressed the musicians' concerns, and that both they and we can now get back to presenting and performing creative music in this historic venue. We wish the venue and the musicians who play there every success.'
A statement byLocal 802 organizer Shane Gasteyer reads:
"These musicians have shown again that collective action really works. Local 802 is happy to be here supporting working musicians in every part of today's scene."
Ms. Salahuddeen invites any interested musicians to join an advisory committee of musicians so that UOTS can work more closely with the local jazz and improvisational music community "to ensure more productive and positive relationships with musicians."
Endorsed by: Marc Ribot, Brandon Ross, Ches Smith, Avram Fefer, Jim Pugliese, and Weasel Walter for the UOTS Musicians Committee, and Saadia Salahuddeen For University of the Streets.