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Thanksgivukkah

Happy almost Hanukkah! It begins at sundown tonight (though from where I'm writing this I haven't seen the sun at all today anyway) and as always, there are some musical events in NYC that you can attend to celebrate.

As discussed, Matisyahu is doing his annual "Festival of Light" shows, including one in NYC on December 8 at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz was added to some of those shows, including the one at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Matisyahu also recently released a Hanukkah app for children, which you can get at the iTunes store. He also appears in the new video for "World on Fire" by LA-via-Israel band Moshav. The video "shows that the greatest of gifts requires very little money. The camera follows a $20 bill as it passes through the hands of children and adults that have different hopes and hardships." You can watch it below.

Moshav are also one of the artists in NYC for the previously discussed annual Sephardic Music Festival, which goes down across multiple NYC venues from tonight (11/27) through December 5. They play Saturday (11/30) at 401 9th St in Park Slope (tickets). You can check out the full Sephardic Music Fest lineup here.

There's no Yo La Tengo shows during Hanukkah this year, but they are playing four holiday shows at The Bell House in December, which are all sold out.

Like they've done in past years, Klezmer punk band Golem will play a NYC show during Hanukkah. This year they play Glasslands on December 3 with The Unemployed Fortune Tellers and Minnie Tonka. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tonight (11/27) at City Winery, there's a Chanukah Festival with Soulfarm and Avram Pengas. Tickets for that are on sale now. City Winery also hosts a Klezmer Brunch on 12/16.

Other previously discussed Hanukkah events include the Menorah Horah at Le Poisson Rouge on 12/5 (tix), and the annual Maccabeats show at BB King's on Christmas (tix).

Or, instead of music, you can use your day off to check out the Judaica exhibit at The Met.

There's other non-religious events going on for Thanksgivukkah Weekend too.

Video below...

Continue reading "Happy Hanukkah! -- Chanukah 2013 Events in NYC: Matisyahu, Kosha Dillz, Golem, Moshav, Judaica Met exhibit & more"

The Space at Westbury

While the venue is new, the building itself has a rich history, beginning in 1927, when it opened as the Westbury Movie Theatre. It remained a popular facility until the 1970s, until attendance decreased dramatically. "It really became very, very delapitated, and ultimately closed down," said Michael.

The building's current owner, Cyrus Hakakian, was planning to tear down the building and turn it into retail. But when examining the building's interior, Michael said Hakakian had a change of heart. "He was so impressed with the majesty of this building," Michael said. [LI Herald]

Bowery Presents, who already handle the booking for NYC shows at Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Terminal 5, and a few other venues on certain occasions (not to mention expanding to Philly, New Orleans, Boston, and South), has now taken on a new Long Island location: The Space at Westbury. Not to be confused with Hamden, CT's The Space, The Space at Westbury is a 1,500-capacity venue located on 250 Post Avenue in Nassau County's Westbury, NY, and it officially opens with its first show tonight (10/4).

Tonight's show is a stop on the Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando tour (which also hits Webster Hall on Saturday). Tickets for tonight's show are available.

Other upcoming shows include Stephen Lynch on 10/11 (tix), Justin Townes Earle on 10/25 (on sale today at noon), Dr. John on 10/26 (tix), Matisyahu on 12/10 (tix), and more.

Check out the full list of upcoming shows here. Tickets to all Space at Westbury shows are available via Ticketmaster.

Thanksgivukkah

With Thanksgivukkah (first night of Hanukkah is the same day as Thanksgiving this year) and Christmas on the way, it'll soon be time to get in the holiday spirit. If you're looking ways to celebrate in NYC, you're in luck, because plenty of holiday shows are getting announced.

Matisyahu, who just played Central Park and is working on a new album with an expected summer 2014 release, has announced his annual "Festival of Light" shows. The run begins in Chicago on November 30 and comes to NYC on December 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (9/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, on the eve of Thanksgivukkah, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer will do a Thanksgiving Eve celebration at Highline Ballroom (11/27). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Though Yo La Tengo haven't announced any shows happening during Hanukkah this year, they did just announce three holiday shows happening at The Bell House in December.

Individual shows haven't been announced yet, but the Sephardic Music Festival will return to various NYC venues from November 27 to December 5.

The Schlep Sisters and Thirsty Girl will present this year's seventh annual Menorah Horah at Le Poisson Rouge on December 5. Tickets for the Hanukkah burlesque show are on sale now.

Like they do every year, Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats are playing BB King's on Christmas (12/25). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of BB King's and Christmas, the venue will also again host their annual shows from A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector singers Darlene Love on December 6 and Ronette Ronnie Spector on December 22. Tickets for the Darlene Love show and the Ronnie Spector show are on sale now.

A number of New Year's Eve shows in NYC have been announced too, including Patti Smith, Punch Brothers, Clutch, Jim Jones Revue, Mykki Blanco, and Gogol Bordello.

But before we get too ahead ourselves, Halloween is on the way too!

All Matisyahu dates are listed below...

Continue reading "NYC 2013 Holiday Shows: Matisyahu, Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector, Maccabeats, Menorah Horah & more on sale"

Kendrick Lamar @ Firefly 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

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

Goldfrapp, Wordless Music Orchestra @ Beacon Theater
Her only U.S. show for 2013, Goldfrapp play a release show for their new album, Tales of Us, with the Wordless Music Orchestra providing the strings so intrinsic to the record's sweeping beauty.

ARMS, Common Prayer @ Mercury Lounge
After taking time off for life stuff, ARMS are back with an appealing new EP and tonight's the record release party.

Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), YOSHIMO, Noise Nomads @ Union Pool
Sonic Youth may not have a future, but the members have all been keeping very busy. Tonight Kim Gordon celebrates her noisy new Body/Head album with a sold-out show at Union Pool, one of a few upcoming dates the duo has in NYC. Opening the show is YOSHIMO of Boredoms (who also just played the NYC stop of Station to Station) and Noise Nomads (aka Jeff Hartford), who has been a favorite of Sonic Youth members for a while now.

Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Bishop Nehru @ Williamsburg Park
In the past year Kendrick Lamar has released one of the greatest rap breakthrough albums in recent memory, toured relentlessly (multiple NYC shows included), appeared on other huge songs ("Fuckin' Problems"), destroyed the competition ("Control"), and done a ton of other notable things that you probably don't need me to name. Needless to say, he's kept us very interested, so his return to NYC for the umpteenth time this year is a welcome one. Supporting him at tonight's show is Black Hippy crew mates Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, plus young upcoming Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru.

The Stepkids, Starlight Girls @ Mercury Lounge
Former backup musicians for Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and 50 Cent, this Connecticut trio make funky pop on their own. This is a record release show for their new album, Troubadour, which tones down the psychedelic soul in favor of '70s AM gold.

Rebelution, Matisyahu, Collie Buddz @ Rumsey Playfield
Religious jam-band scene-approved alt-rock reggae rapper Matisyahu hits Rumsey Playfield in Central Park tonight for a bill that also includes Rebelution and Collie Buddz.

Blink 182 @ Starland Ballroom
blink-182 are on the second of three intimate NYC-area shows -- which inspired us to make the argument they're actually an important and influential band -- and tonight's (like tomorrow's MHOW show) is also a benefit. Proceeds benefit Sandy Relief and cancer/diabetes research and treatment, and opener New Beat Fund's t-shirt sales will support those charities as well. Sold out.

Spiritualized, Guy Blakeslee @ Webster Hall
Spiritualized have been through town more than a few times in the last year, but with an album as strong as last year's Sweet Heart, Sweet Light, they're worth seeing again.

Hess Is More, Ane Trolle, Naja Rosa @ Cameo Gallery
A mighty live force capable of DFA-style dancerock, Hess is More are always worth checking out live. This will be your first of three chances to do so this month as part of their September "Hessidency."

Zuul, Villains, Throaat @ The Gutter
No need to call Ghostbusters, the coming of this Zuul -- from Carbondale, Illinois, not the underworld -- doesn't signify the return of The Destructor, though their NWOBHM-style riffage is bulldozer strength. Joining them is NYC sleaze metal band Villains, and Throaat, who have members of Natur and Wizardry.

Johann Johannsson @ Le Poisson Rouge
Highly prolific Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, whose most recent work is the score for new crime drama Prisoners, will perform tonight with American Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra @ Havemeyer Park (Nitehawk Outdoors)
Part of the Nitehawk Outdoors series, tonight's screening is Oscar-winner, Chicago, preceded by a performance by jazz-age style ensemble Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. It's free but you do need to RSVP.

Kate Boy, ASTR, Young Heel @ Glasslands
This Swedish outfit -- who channel Big '80s pop like Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush -- are in NYC for two shows, tonight being the first. They'll play Mercury Lounge tomorrow. Check out their video for "The Way We Are" below.

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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Tickets to see Dinosaur Jr. play a Governors Ball after party at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the The Psychedelic Furs show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Courtney Love shows at Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park, NJ and The Paramount in Huntington, NY go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets to The Capitol Theatre show go on sale today at noon. Tickets to the Warsaw show are on sale now.

When we last spoke, Starred were only opening the Paramount date, and they've since been added to the Warsaw and Stone Pony shows.

Tickets to see Indians at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see The So So Glos, Heavens Gate, Dinowalrus and Trabajo at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for The So So Glos' Public Assembly show are on sale now.

Tickets to see Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples and others open for Mac Miller at Stone Pony Summer Stage and Hammerstein go on sale today at 10 AM.

Rebelution and Matisyahu are playing Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on September 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Dropkick Murphys and Swingin Utters are playing on August 22 at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT and on August 25 at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets for the Ives Concert Park show go on sale today at noon and the Stone Pony show goes on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets to DKM's show at The Paramount are still available.

Tickets to see Beck at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell go on sale today at 11 AM.

Hanukkah

Happy (almost) Hanukkah! It begins tomorrow night (Saturday, 12/8) and in addition to gathering 'round the table for dreidels to play with and latkes to eat, there are plenty of events in NYC that you can attend to celebrate. Jesse Zook Mann and Evan Kleinman's film, Punk Jews, is premiering in NYC next week, and there are a bunch of shows like the Sephardic Music Festival, Matisyahu's 'Festival of Light' show at Terminal 5, and many others. And of course Yo La Tengo play all eight nights of Hanukkah at Maxwell's in Hoboken (12/8-15). YLT always bring out interesting guests to open these shows, but more on that soon (meanwhile leave your guesses in the comments).

In addition to the previously announced Hanukkah shows, there's also a comedy show at UCB East on Saturday (12/8). The show is dubbed Mark Spitz's Hanukkah Spectacularah and the event description reads:

What's a Spectacularah? It's like a Christmas special, but for Jews! Well, it's not just for Jews, but it's certainly not for Nazis . There will be characters, prizes, drinking games, and - most importantly - Jews performing stand up comedy!
The lineup includes Barry Rothbart (The Tonight Show, Conan), Josh Rabinowitz (Just For Laughs), Adam Newman (John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show), and Adam Lowitt (Just For Laughs, John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show, The Daily Show) and Mark Spitz is hosting. Tickets are on sale now.

Matisyahu just released a new video for his new Hanukkah song. Check that out below...

Continue reading "Hanukkah begins this weekend (Yo La Tengo, Matisyahu, Sephardic Music Festival, stand up comedy & more)"

The holiday season is upon us and addition to Yo La Tengo's eight-night run of annual Hanukkah shows at Hoboken, NJ venue Maxwell's (12/8 - 12/15), there are a number of other Hanukkah celebrations, parties, and shows happening in the NYC area this December.

The eighth annual Sephardic Music Festival is going down in NYC from December 8 - 15 across multiple venues. Shows announced so far include Copal, Pharaoh's Daughter, Animal Machine, and Sway Machinery at Knitting Factory (12/8) (tickets); Sephardic Story Slam at Lolita Bar (12/9); the Sephardic Scholar Series at CUNY Grad Center (12/10) (365 5th Ave); Vanessa Paloma and Lev-Yulzari Duo and friends at The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue (2 W 70 St); Zion 80, Mika Karny, and Hasidic New Wave with Yakar Rhythms at Le Poisson Rouge (12/12) (tickets); and more TBA.

Klezmer punk band Golem play a Hannukah show at Cameo Gallery on December 8 with Smoota and The Schlep Sisters. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Schlep Sisters are also teaming up with Thirsty Girl Productions to present the sixth annual Menorah Horah! at Highline Ballroom on December 9. The Hannukah burlesque show will be hosted by Sherry Vine and tickets are on sale now.

92YTribeca is hosting a 'Beer + Latkes Hanukkah Celebration' on December 13. Tickets for that are on sale now.

On December 23 at BB King's, Ray Ellin is presenting "A Jewish Christmas Extraganza" with "standup comedy from four and a half Jews," Lenny Marcus (Letterman Show), Brian Scott McFadden (Letterman show, Craig Ferguson Show), Dan Naturman (Letterman Show, Conan O'Brien, Tonight Show), and Gregg Rogell (Louie, Comedy Central special, Tonight Show). Tickets for that one are on sale now.

BB King's will also host a Hanukkah celebration on December 25 (aka Christmas) with The Maccabeats, like they did last year. Tickets for that are on sale now.

City Winery will also have a Hanukkah-celebration-on-Christmas night with JEWMONGOUS's (aka Sean Altman of Rockapella) 'Xmas Night Comedy Songfest. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In more Hanukkah news, The Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation recently released 'Twas The Night Before Hanukkah: The Musical Battle Between Christmas and the Festival of Lights, a double disc compilation album with Hanukkah music on disc 1 and Christmas music recorded (or in some cases, written) by Jews. The album features tracks by Woody Guthrie, The Klezmatics, and more on the Hanukkah disc and Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Ramones, Sammy Davis Jr. and more on the Christmas side. That's the cover art above and the tracklist is below. You can order the album HERE.

In more related news, Matisyahu released a new song called "Happy Hanukkah," which you can stream below. As mentioned, he brings his "Festival of Light" tour to NYC on December 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "Hanukkah shows in NYC: Golem, Sephardic Music Festival, Menorah Horah! & more"

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The Luyas

Rockwood Music Hall is open again.

Power is back to most of Manhattan following four days of blackout in half the borough, with ConEd promising to have everywhere in the city back on by tonight and things are starting to get back to normal, though the Subways aren't quite there yet -- though the 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines are up and running. Current subway outage map is here.

Tomorrow's NYC Marathon is cancelled, though, as you probably have heard.

Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Saturday (11/3).

The Lower East Side early Friday evening and Cake Shop is open and tonight's free show with Montreal's The Luyas is on. Making it even more Canadian is Vancouver's Peace. The show is FREE and starts early (Luyas are at 8 PM) and there will be a donation box that goes to New Amsterdam Records' relief fund.

Later that night at Cake Shop (and not free) it's Home Blitz, and Watery Love.

As previously announced, Peace are also playing Pianos tonight at 10 PM and that's a free show too. on a diverse bill that also features Jennifer Stuart & the Design, Myra Flynn, and Randall Shreve & the Sideshow. (Peace play again at Death By Audio on Monday).

Next door, The Living Room is also back in business with James van Cuylenburg (of The Tealeaves), Chris Riffle, Deni Bonet and New Ponies.

The same goes for East Village club The Stone that will hold a Hurrican Relief benefit tonight at 8 PM, featuring John Zorn (sax) Joel Rubin (clarinet) James Moore (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Brian Chase (drums) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Tim Keiper (drums) Jon Madof (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) and many special guests. Then at 10 PM, it's Anthony Coleman.

It looked like Santos was going to be open for tonight Shiny Toy Guns, Colourmusic and MNDR show, but the venue just tweeted, "Due to complications in the wake of Sandy, we regret to announce that our events for this wknd are canceled. Refer to site for more info." Show has been moved to Monday, November 5.

Mercury Lounge is open but tonight's Anaka show has been postponed till December 2. The early show with Gangstagrass and The Newton Gang is still on.

Bowery Ballroom is back tonight with their first post-Sandy/blackout show: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Ava Luna.

STS9 plays Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Sunshine Cinema on Houston is open for business but the BV-presented screenings of Miami Connection have been rescheduled for next weekend (11/9, 11/10).

Bowery Electric is now actually electric again, but tonight's David Johansen show with Romans and Kay Kasperhausen has been postponed.

Joe's Pub is back in business and tonight they have Jack Hitt: Making Up the Truth.

Le Poisson Rouge's power is back on and tonight's FIXED show is happening with The Magician. This past Tuesday's cancelled Kitsune event with The Twelves and Yuksek has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 4th at LPR (New Moods are no longer on the bill).

Peter Wolf's shows at City Winery tonight and tomorrow are cancelled.

Webster Hall has power and though there's no show in the main space tonight, The Studio will be open with Gallows, Barn Burner, For Sleeping or Jumping, and DeathThrob.

The Jefferson Starship show that was to happen at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture is being postponed to a later date TBA.
Metropolitan Talent reports:

Due to Hurricane Sandy related logistical challenges, the following concerts in New York City are postponed:

Thursday, Nov. 1 Rickie Lee Jones - rescheduled for 11/14
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Friday, Nov. 2 Blackmore's Night - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Saturday, Nov. 3 Jefferson Starship - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Friday, Nov 9 Little Feat & Leon Russell - new date tba
Hammerstein Ballroom
Sunday's Little Feat & Leon Russell show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester is also postponed.

Citizen Cope at Beacon Theatre has been postponed, date still TBD.

The Dethklok / All That Remains / Machine Head / The Black Dahlia Murder that was to happen tonight at Roseland has bee postponed till Dec. 14. TIckets will be honored. This is the 2nd Dethklok show in a row at Roseland cancelled or postponed.

Matisyahu at Starland Ballroom, like the two Social Distortion shows before it, is cancelled.

Henry Rollins appears to still be appearing in Trenton, NJ tonight.

George Lopez's gig at Wellmont Theater on Saturday is postponed to 2/23/2013, and his Capitol Theater show will instead happen 2/22.

Maxwell's in Hoboken is still closed.

Teebs and Reggie Watts play a party in Long Island City.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, most venues are up and running.

Galapagos in DUMBO, which was ravaged by the storm, is back open tonight with Floating Kabarrette.

Shellshag are at XPO 929.

Free show at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight with The Stompin Riff Raffs and Daddy Long Legs. The show previously cost money and had T Valentine on the bill.

Wabasco Burlesque at Union Hall.

The Rock Shop is open.

Littlefield is hosting a Stache Bash.

Savoir Adore and Slowdance play the Brooklyn Museum with Jarana Beat. It's a free show that begins at 5 PM.

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is open and free.

Union Pool has Wolvhammer, Kreig, Doomsday, part of their BV-presented tour.

Music Hall of Williamsburg plays host to Woods, Widowspeak (who went Star Wars for Halloween), and Purling Hiss.

Knitting Factory is having a benefit for the Rockaways with Vast Aire, The Kominas and more.

Fagettes, Baroque Punk, and Dirty Virgins play Death By Audio

285 Kent will be pumping tonight to the sounds of Zomby, DJ Rashad, Massacooramaan, and J-Cush

Around the corner at Glasslands, it's Lazyeyes, The Doorbells, and The Midnight Hollow.

S. 5th St loft space Dead Herring plays host to Dead Stars, Little Radar, Anchorline, and Elliot & the Ghost. More info here.

At Cameo tonight, they have Eyes Lips Eyes, Leverage Models, and Beast Patrol early, and then at midnight it's indipop dance party Mondo! NYC.

Landlady and Marble Fawn are at Pine Box Rock Shop

At Le Loft (252 Norman in Greenpoint), it's Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone, Grooms, and Earthquake Party. More info here.

Shea Stadium has Sidekicks, Glocca Morra, Radiator Hospital and Brick Mower. More info here.

Over at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, it's Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, Highway Gimps.

Paper Diamond are at Brooklyn Bowl.

Zebulon is open and wants you to dance. DJ Tropical Jeremy provides the music.

Barbes in Park Slope is open with Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica and Banda Sinaloense De Los Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.

UCB West and East are open. The Pit too.

The Nets play their postponed first game of the season tonight at Barclays Center.

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DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" (MP3)

Sufjan

As mentioned, Sufjan Stevens is going on "The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice" tour which hits NYC on December 21 and 22 at Bowery Ballroom, two very intimate shows for Sufjan, whose last shows in NYC were a two-night run at Prospect Park.

Tickets for both Bowery Ballroom shows go on sale today at noon.

Sufjan also just revealed another song off of his upcoming Christmas box set, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10 (due out 11/13 via Asthmatic Kitty). You can download that song, titled "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling," above, or stream it below.

In other holiday show news, Matisyahu is bringing his "Festival of Light" tour to the NYC area on December 15 at Terminal 5 with The Dub Trio and December 16 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for the Terminal 5 show and the Capitol Theatre show go on sale today at noon. He also plays NJ's Starland Ballroom on November 3 (tix) as part of the fall tour he's on right now.

Lists of all Sufjan and Matisyahu dates, and that Sufjan song stream below.

Continue reading "holiday shows tix on sale: Sufjan Stevens (who has a new song), Matisyahu too"

Beach House at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach House

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* The Killers @ Webster Hall
* Dave Hill @ The Half King
* Grouplove @ The Studio @ Webster
* Sepalcure, Francois K @ Deep Space
* Frank Fairfield @ Living Room
* Rain Machine, SORNE @ Mercury Lounge
* Father Figures, Visuals @ Glasslands
* The Gowanus All-Stars @ The Rock Shop
* Surfer Blood, Grand Rapids @ Maxwell's
* Matisyahu, Dirty Heads @ The Paramount
* Swaai Boys, Sweet Soubrette @ Cake Shop
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* Milk Music, Nude Beach, Zulus @ 285 Kent Ave
* Hugo, Thunder and Lightning @ Mercury Lounge
* Beach House, Lower Dens @ Central Park Summerstage
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers @ The Bell House
* Wilco, Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* These Days, Maica Mia, Big Brave, Verses Narrow @ Death By Audio
* Corporal (feat. Michael Shannon), Defibulators, Mesiko @ Fontana's
* Hammers of Misfortune, The Gates of Slumber, Occultation @ Saint Vitus
* King of Calypso The Mighty Sparrow @ MLK Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field
* Icarus, Torrential Downpour, Family, For Sleeping or Jumping @ Lit Lounge
* Male Nurses, Goosebumps, Dopestroke, Savage Sex Boys, Munchausen @ Acheron
* Nekromantix, The Casualties, Down By Law, Lower Class Brats, Flatfoot 56, The Sheds @ Gramercy Theatre

Passion Pit were supposed to play the Apollo tonight, but were forced to cancel that show and a handful of other dates to give frontman Michael Angelakos time to improve his mental health. Read more about that in Pitchfork's excellent feature on Michael from last week.

A beardless Matisyahu plays Long Island's Paramount Theatre tonight before playing Catalpa Fest this weekend. He'll also do an in-store and signing at Barnes & Noble Union Square on Tuesday (7/24).

Lower Dens, who headlined Bowery Ballroom the other night, open for Beach House at Central Park Summerstage.

Australia's Husky, who are Beach House's Sub Pop labelmate and touring soon, posted an acoustic version of "Tidal Wave" to YouTube which you can watch below...

Speaking of beaches, Nude Beach open for Milk Music at 285 Kent.

Wilco play their first of two shows in Prospect Park tonight, with their first of two Lees.

"The Muppets" screens in Coney Island.

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Jack White, who we caught at the Firefly Music Festival over the weekend, recently released a video for "Freedom At 21" which you can watch below...

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Girl Talk fans @ Governors Ball 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Girl Talk

The first-ever Catalpa Fest, taking place July 28th and 29th on Randall's Island, has added Girl Talk, Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Hercules And Love Affair, Matisyahu, Dirty Heads, The Sheepdogs and Hook N' Sling to the lineup that already included The Black Keys, TV On The Radio, Umphreys McGee, AraabMUZIK, and Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle with Warren G, Kurupt, Lady of Rage, Daz Dilinger and other guests). "Full Line Up To Be Announced Shortly." Tickets and more info at the fest's site.

Matisyahu

Yesteday morning Matisyahu posted the above picture of himself on Twitter. A few hours later he wrote "For all of those who are being awesome,you are awesome.For all those who are confused:today I went to the Mikva and Shul just like yesterday." And he issued this statement:

This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter.

No more Chassidic reggae superstar.

Sorry folks, all you get is me...no alias. When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality--not through books but through real life. At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity...to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules--lots of them--or else I would somehow fall apart. I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.

Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth. And for those concerned with my naked face, don't worry...you haven't seen the last of my facial hair.

- Matisyahu

This morning he again reiterated that he still goes to temple, probably in part due to all the backlash he's getting from the Chassidic community, and for people who think he's stopped being religious at all.

Matisyahu begins his annual winter tour that includes "Festival of Light" shows during Hanukkah, this week in Denver. He plays Music Hall of Williamsburg Dec 19, 20 & 21, and then Webster Hall on the 22nd, before continuing to Philly. Openers change each night and include Aunt Martha and Dub Trio. Tickets at Ticketmaster. Dates are listed below...

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PS 22

"The PS22 Chorus is an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York). It is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, and is directed by Gregg Breinberg. Students are assigned to the chorus after an annual auditioning process at the beginning of each school year. PS22 is the largest elementary school in Staten Island which draws students from a wide cross section of ethnic groups and socio-economic levels. The chorus meets twice a week during school hours to practice, and performs throughout the year at school functions, local events, and on special requests. It has been featured on several major national news and music networks after its videos had gained international attention within the popular video-sharing site YouTube. As of January, 2011 the chorus's videos have been watched more than 27,000,000 times." [Wikipedia]
PS22's view counts are only going to keep getting higher now that they've been invited to perform on this year's Academy Awards (at the Feb. 27th ceremony in Los Angeles). Congrats to them! Check out a video with some of their reactions after hearing the news below.

Their first appearance on this site came when they appeared on stage with Crowded House at Wellmont Theater. You might also know them as the children's chorus you hear on Passion Pit's "The Reeling."

Check out some brand new videos below, shot by filmmaker Jonathan Kalafer, of the group during some improv sessions and one of them doing an acoustic version of MGMT's "Kids" (a song they were already famous for covering). A recent one of the chorus covering Freelance Whales and some other ones are down there too...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

yes, that's Matisyahu & Tokyo Police Club...
Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club and We Barbarians played an invite-only show at the Wired Store on 12/15, much like Ra Ra Riot did a week earlier. It was the Foundations Artist Management Holiday Party and was marked by a surprise appearance from Matisyahu who joined TPC for a cover of his own "Miracle (The Hanukkah Song)". Ayad and Michael from Passion Pit didn't play the party, but they did introduce TPC after jokingly introducing themselves at Foundations interns.

After the Wired Store show, Andrew St. Clair joined TPC at Nancy Whiskey in TriBeCa where they played We Barbarians in a gentlemanly game of shuffleboard.

Matisyahu played a string of Hannukah related shows, including four NYC shows recently, and has a show coming up at Mercury Lounge. TPC have a tour coming up with Two Door Cinema Club which will hit Terminal 5. Passion Pit are playing Wellmont Theater on 12/30 and 12/31.

More pictures below...

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Prince

Tickets for the recently added Prince show at MSG go on Internet Presale @ 10am, MSG/Live Nation/Partner Presale Thursday at 10am, and general sale Friday at noon. Password?

Tom Tom Club have scheduled another show, this time at Irving Plaza on January 12th and tickets are on sale.

Tickets for Rush's MSG show are on Citi Cardmember Presale. General sale begins Friday at 10am.

Tickets are on presale for Cake's Terminal 5 show.

Matisyahu just finished playing a bunch of sold out Hanukkah shows at venues much larger than Mercury Lounge where he is billed as part of "An evening with Cloud Runner (Matisyahu & Friends)." It happens January 26th and tickets go on sale at noon.

The Max Weinberg Big Band and" a Special Set By Andy McKee Plus Guests" is happening at Irving Plaza on January 7th. Tickets are now on "Live Nation" and "Music Geeks" Presales. General sale begins Thursday at 10am.

Tickets for the Scott Kelly (Neurosis) / Wino (Saint Vitus) / Man's Gin (Cobalt) show happening at Mecury Lounge go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the Broken Records show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale for the Drums show at The Studio.

There will be advanced tickets (via Todd P) for the Real Estate / Titus Andronicus show at Ridgewood Masonic Temple.

Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the Radio Dept show at Webster Hall.

Raekwon

Festival of Strikes: A Benefit for JDub is taking place at Brooklyn Bowl on November 30th (Haukkah eve) featuring JDub artists The Sway Machinery, DeLeon, and other special guests to be added. Eugene Mirman will host. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Highline Ballroom is hosting the 4th Annual Menorah Horah on December 4th. The burlesque-filled lineup for the night includes The Schlep Sisters, Minnie Tonka, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Jonny Porkpie, Sapphire Jones, Dottie Lux, Angelique A'lamode, Etta-May Freeway, Lady Rizo, DJ Mikey Palms and host Seth Herzog

And speaking of Hanukkah (December 1-9, 2010), much like Yo La Tengo, Matisyahu is returning to New York City with Hanukah shows this year, but in a slightly less ambitious way . He'll be here for the two nights preceding Hanukkah and only stay for three actual Hanukah dates (instead of playing all 8 nights in NYC like he did in the past). This time he'll finish up his own "Festival of Light" in other east coast states. Tickets are on sale now for 11/29 at Brooklyn Bowl, 11/30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Tally Hall, 12/4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with DJ Rekha, and 12/5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Moon Taxi. Other dates include 12/1 at Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NY, 12/6 at Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA, 12/7 at Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD, 12/8 at Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA, and 12/9 at State Theatre - Portland, ME.

Speaking of artists linked to the jam band scene playing multiple nights in NYC with various openers, The Disco Biscuits are playing three nights at Terminal 5, and they definitely win in the opener department. Raekwon is opening up the 12/27 show. DFA artist Holy Ghost! is opening on 12/28 and Crystal Method is 12/29. Tickets are on sale now.

And while we're on the subject, Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra, is playing The Wellmont Theatre on December 28. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets are also still on sale for Passion Pit's New Years shows on December 30 and December 31 at The Wellmont Theatre.

The Roots are playing 3 sets on New Years Eve at Brooklyn Bowl.

Guided By Voices, Sharon Jones, Patti Smith, Phish, and Drive-By Truckers, and Gov't Mule are all also playing New Years Eve shows in NYC.

But sorry for getting ahead of myself, you probably still don't even know what you're doing on Halloween.

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Dub Trio, photo by Dennis Kleiman
Dub Trio

Dub Trio are back with an NYC show, and this time it's NOT as the backing band for Matisyahu. Look for the NYC metal/punk/dub hybrid band to take on Santos Party House on May 25th (next Tuesday) "with special guests", their only current date as such. Tickets are on sale. Dub Trio is currently working on their new LP, the follow-up to 2008's Another Sound Is Dying on Ipecac. Dub Trio will act as backing band for Matisyahu at Mountain Jam 2010.

Pete Seeger @ Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Pete Seeger

Clearwater Festival, the annual benefit for the Hudson River environmental group of the same name, will be happening this year at Croton-on-Hudson's Croton Point Park on June 19th & 20th. Pete Seeger, the non-profit's founder, plays every year - joining him this year will be Steve Earle, Rhett Miller, Joan Osborne, Buckwheat Zydeco, Felice Bros and more. More of the initial lineup is below. Tickets to the fest are on sale (and currently almost half the door price). Pictures from last year's day one are HERE and day two are HERE.

A bit farther Upstate in Hunter, NY, the three-day Mountain Jam will be happening June 4th-6th. The lineup for that includes Gov't Mule, Levon Helm & Friends, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, Les Claypool, Jay Farrar (of Son Volt), These United States, Justin Townes Earle (note dad, playing above) and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band (the same, except grandpa). The full current lineup is below, and tickets are on sale.

Later this summer (in July), Camp Bisco will be in Mariaville, NY.

Lineups so far for both fests are below...

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Hanukkah

Hanukkah started Friday night, but due to the sabbath, Matisyahu (and his non-Jewish openers) kicked off his annual eight-night run on Thursday night (12/10). He continues tonight (12/12):

12/10 @ Webster Hall (w/ Glitch Mob)
12/12 @ Webster Hall (w/ John Brown's Body)
12/13 @ Webster Hall (w/ Cage)
12/14 @ Webster Hall (w/ Brothers Past)
12/16 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Rana)
12/17 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Kid Koala)
12/19 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Travis McCoy)
12/20 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Kevin Divine)
Tickets for all shows are on sale.

Yo La Tengo often plays eight Hanukkah shows too, but unfortunately not this year. Grab a shirt from their 2008 shows HERE.

City Winery is celbrating "Hanukkah Three Ways" with three separate shows in a row on Sunday (12/13).

12/13 {12pm} $5/$10/$25 GA
The Macaroons
Special family show

12/13 {3:30pm} $20 - GA
Yehonatan Geffen
The writer/lyricist/playwright performs his works

12/13 {9pm} $15 GA
Keren Ann
Join the chanteuse for a rare New York show.

The Keren Ann show may be sort of rare, but it's actually just one of two she has scheduled in NYC during Hanukkah. Grab a Macaroons MP3 above.

Union Hall hosts some holiday-themed burlesque on Thursday, December 17th ("Hanukkah Hotness, Solstice Sexiness, Xmas Exploits, Yuletide Yumminess, and New Year Nudity, courtesy of your host GiGi La Femme with Anita Cookie, Jonny Porkpie, Nasty Canasta, Sizzle Dizzle, and Doc Wasabassco!"). Flyer below.

Speaking of Hanukkah Hotness, "Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" is running at the Bleecker Street Theatre.

-"Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" is a night of comedy, music and burlesque, told by the gals who learned to smoke at Hebrew School, got drunk at their Bat-Mitzvahs and would rather have more schtuppa than the chupah. These badass chosen chicks boldly dare to deconstruct years of tradition, expectations and guilt in a fast-paced vaudeville extravaganza.
Menorah HorahSouthpaw in Brooklyn also gets in on the action with the Menorah Horah feat. Golem & burlesque by The Schlep Sisters. Tickets and more info HERE.

Also tonight/Saturday (12/12), but at the new Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, it's the Major League Dreidel 2009 Tournament. Gods of Fire will be performing songs from their new album, Hanukkah Gone Metal.

Also at Southpaw, but not until Christmas Eve (12/24), BrooklynVegan is proud to be a sponsor of Jewltide 7, brought to you by JDub and Jewcy with "Boogaloo, Funk, Soul, Menorah Lighting, Soul Clap, Brooklyn Rhythms, Donuts". Dan Saks (aka DeLeon) will be performing with a DJ set by Jonathan Toubin. Tickets are on sale. Heebonism goes down the same night at Fontana's.

And as previously noted, you can also catch DeLeon Wednesday night (12/16) at Knitting Factory. Pharaoh's Daughter is also on the bill, and it's part of the The 5th Annual Sephardic Music Festival which runs from December 12th through the 19th with events at 92YTribeca, Union Hall, Joe's Pub and other places. Full schedule below...

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Chevonne
Chevonne

Jews rejoyce. Orrin Hatch, the Republican Mormon senator from Utah, has written a Hanukkah song: "Eight Days of Hanukkah."

As Hatch told the New York Times, "Anything I can do for the Jewish people, I will do. Mormons believe the Jewish people are the chosen people, just like the Old Testament." [Huffington Post]Orrin Hatch.... and Chevonne, and more below...

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people playing a piano

Cold War Kids are headlining Terminal 5 on January 29th. Tickets are now on American Express presale.

Matisyahu does his annual Hanukkah run of shows with various openers (Kevin Devine, Rana, Dub Trio, etc) at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg this year. Tickets for all dates are on sale.

Tickets are now on American Express pre-sale for the third Passion Pit show at Terminal 5

Tickets are on American Express pre-sale (@ noon) for the just-added Wolfmother / Heartless Bastards show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are still available for tonight's Raise the Roof show (10/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Nada Surf, They Might Be Giants & Charles Bissell.

Obits @ Santos Party House - December 2008 (more by Jonny Leather)
Obits

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Cat Power show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg. You can still get tickets to the Apollo shows too.

Tickets are still on sale for the John Vanderslice / Mountain Goats show happening at the Society for Ethical Culture.

Tickets are on sale for a February 22nd Matisyahu show at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

Obits are playing the Bell House on March 27th. Tickets are on sale.

The Whitest Kids You Know (comedy) are playing The Bell House on February 26th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Throbbing Gristle show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

Tickets are on sale for the Les Savy Fav show happening at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

See some other things that went on sale Friday.

Video of Obits playing live in East River Park over the summer, below...

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Les Paul
Les Paul

disco dreidel @ Webster hall (Rahav Segev for The New York Times)
Matisyahu disco dreidel

"Matisyahu deployed what may be the only large, mirrored, rotating dreidel in show business -- a Jewish answer to a disco ball -- at Webster Hall on Sunday night, the first night of Hanukkah." [NY Times]
today in NYC
* DANCE
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Matisyahu @ Rockwood Music Hall (don't ask me)
* Bird Show (Ben Vida) & White/Light @ Cake Shop

If Matisyahu interests you at all, this recent interview/article at The Jewish Daily Forward is pretty interesting. Matisyahu recently completed his 8-show Hanukkah run at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall. Rockwood Music Hall is significantly smaller than those venues. Rockwood Music Hall is significantly smaller than pretty much any other venue.

Mono have a NYC show coming up.

Crystal Castles played Music Hall of Williamsburg on New Years Eve.

Talibam! was playing at midnight on New Years Eve @ Surreal Estate. Video below...

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Adam Sandler - Hanukkah Song (MP3)

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is just a couple of days away, which, most excitingly, means vegan latkes and eight Yo La Tengo shows at Maxwell's with secret openers, comedians and special guests. Last year it was The New Pornographers, Jim James, Mark Arm, Alex Chilton, Versus, The dB's, The Clean, and many others. Who will be the openers this year? All we really know is that comedian Todd Barry will be there on the final night (December 28th). We also know that The Feelies will NOT be opening one of the Hoboken Hanukkah shows (they're opening New Years Eve). Someone commented that they heard She & Him are opening one. I have no idea if that's true. I do have some guesses though.

Yo La TengoI would put money on Titus Andronicus (NJXL) as an opener. My other guesses for guests and/or openers are Quasi, Ted Leo, NY Dolls and/or David Johansen, The Fleshtones, AC Newman, The A-Bones, Lou Reed, Endless Boogie, Britt Daniel, Will Sheff, Department of Eagles, Charles Bissell, and Jennifer O'Connor. I expect to be wrong about all or most of those. There will also be an assortment of comedians that may or may not include Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser, Eugene Mirman, David Cross, John Oliver, Bill Murray and Fred Armisen. Stay tuned for updates, and please comment with your own guesses and/or facts.

Tickets are completely sold out for all eight Yo La Tengo shows. Matisyahu unfortunately can not say the same about his Hanukkah run at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg. And his loss is your (or your little sister's or your mom's or maybe nobody you know's) gain. Get $5.00 off tickets by using the code "Light" when buying at Ticketmaster. I also have a few pairs to giveaway to the Matisyahu show of your choice (remember there are eight different openers too).

For a ton of other Hanukkah event options, see HERE. Details on winning Matisyahiu tix below....

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