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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in 'Miles Ahead'
Miles Ahead

SXSW is a month away, and while most of the coverage on this site has been about the music portion, there is also the Film Festival which happens March 11 - 19. We already mentioned the Death By Audio doc, which is one of the ten films in this year's Documentary Film Competition, but there are lots and lots more interesting selections.

There's a whole section ("24 Beats Per Second") devoted to music films, mostly documentaries, that includes The Art of Organized Noize, a movie about the Atlanta rap producers who worked with Outkast, Cee-Lo and Goodie Mob, among others; BANG! The Bert Berns Story,  about the highly successful but little-known songwriter behind "Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart" and others;  There's a movie about producer Butch Vig's Wisconsin-based Smart Studios, where Nevermind, Gish and many other records were made; There's a documentary Austin City Limits: A Song For You; plus Sharon Jones doc Miss Sharon Jones!, X Japan doc We Are X.

There are also not one but two  jazz biopics: Don Cheadle directs and stars in Miles Ahead, in which he plays Miles Davis (watch the trailer below); and Born To Be Blue, in which Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker.

There are also a ton of exciting non-music premieres: Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some (his "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused); Mike Birbiglia's new comedy Don't Think TwiceJeff Nichols' sci-fi thriller Midnight Special; Ti West (House of the Devil)'s new film In the Valley of Violence; and and the much-anticipated Pee-wee's Big Holiday. Oh and Las Vegas cop movie The Trust starring Nicolas Cage, Sky Ferriera, Elijah Wood and Jerry Lewis. So yeah.

Check out trailers for Miles Ahead, The Smart Studios Story, and Austin City Limits: A Song For You and the full SXSW film lineup, below.

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Birbiglia

In Mike's own words:

Friends,
It's me, Mike. That p'awkward idiot who jumped through the window in his sleep. Happy Thanksgiving! I feel genuinely thankful for you.

I have performed my all-new show "Thank God For Jokes" in EIGHTY CITIES in the last two years. Are there eighty cities in America? Yes, and 2,019 Applebee's. But I'm not here to tell you about Riblets™.

I'm here to tell you that my final stop for "Jokes" is New York City.

For six weeks I'll be performing "Thank God for Jokes" in the beautiful and intimate Lynn Redgrave Theater, the same theatre where I debuted Sleepwalk with Me eight years ago. To this day I have people come up to me on the street and tell me about seeing Sleepwalk there 8 years ago. We put our hearts into these off-Broadway shows. We have a Tony award winning set designer Beowulf Boritt. We have our award-winning director Seth Barrish. I have honed the material to be the most precise, finely tuned, funniest show I can possibly conceive. It will be a blast. I promise.

And I'm telling you first. Because here's the thing. Theater tickets are insanely expensive. I know. I get it. It's absurd. So I'm giving you the first chance to buy tickets today at a discount. Before a press release goes out. Before there's a single ad or subway poster. When you use the code "JOKES" you can buy tickets for 35 bucks plus fees. (4 bucks).

Be one of the first 150 orders and get this free screen print. Thanks designer Adam Jeffers!

And because it's Black Friday and we've just gone on sale, Joe Bags is sending the first 150 people who order tickets this limited edition screen print of the show, as well as my signed Christmas card. That way you put the poster under the tree/menorah, you hand your sweetie the card, and you say, this is for the show I also got you tickets for. Boom.

One last thing. Maybe don't bring kids under 13 or so. Or 16, depending on your kid and how terrible a parent you are. This show is written for adults. It's about jokes and thus the language is sometimes not what you'd hear on the radio or on Jimmy Fallon. That said, it's not gratuitous. It's extremely precise to the word and I'm very proud of that. So adults, rejoice. You will laugh your balls off.

Okay, that's it. I love you guys. Be safe. Don't drink and drive, hit me, and then make me pay for the car.

Love,
Mike

UPDATE: the discount code only works for the first 10 shows.

Mike is also making a movie.

Mike and the cast of 'Don't Think Twice'
Don't Think Twice Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in 2012's acclaimed Sleepwalk with Me. He's got a new movie in the works, titled Don't Think Twice about an improv troupe that includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates), Tami Sagher (Inside Amy Schumer) and Chris Gethard. The official synopsis:

The comedy is about an improv group that loses the lease on its home theater at the same time that one of its cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch-comedy show on TV. It's about the bitterness and backstabbing that occurs among friends when they realize that maybe not everyone's gonna make it after all.
Filming in NYC is currently underway, so stay tuned.

In other news, Mike is part of charity event "The 2nd Annual Talent Show" which happens at NYC's New World Stages / Stage 3 on December 1. Also part of this are Bleachers, Sara Bareilles, Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Elle King, Andrew Dost, John Early, Roy Wood Jr, Jacqueline Novak, with host Rachel Antonoff and JD Samson as your DJ for the evening. Tickets are on sale and all proceeds go support New Alternatives' work with LGBTQ Youth. Poster for the show is below.

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photo: HEALTH at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Health at Levitation 2015

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

HEALTH, Pictureplane, Very Much (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
HEALTH tone down the noise a bit (but not completely) on their terrific new album Death Magic, which is the catchiest thing they've done yet. They didn't "go pop" though; it's still very weird. Pictureplane is a great fit to open the show.

Thor:"I Am Thor" Documentary Screening and Performance @ Saint Vitus
"Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star in the 70's & 80's whose theatrical band THOR hit the scene alongside Metallica and Kiss, but never achieved the gold record status of its contemporaries." The new documentary on him screens at Vitus tonight.

Flamin' Groovies, Nude Beach, Miriam @ Baby's All Right
Powerpop legends Flamin' Groovies are back with guitarist Chris Wilson and a barrelful of good time, hook-filled classics. Next year's their 50th anniversary with a new album on the way. They're well-matched with Nude Beach.

Okkervil River (performing Black Sheep Boy) @ Bowery Ballroom
Okkervil River's acclaimed album Black Sheep Boy turns 10 this year and the band are celebrating with a tour where they're playing it live in full. This is the second of three nights at Bowery Ballroom. Sold out.

Jim Tews "Felines of New York" Book Release @ Littlefield
Jim Tews new photo book Felines of New York exposes the "furry underbelly of New York City's most glamorous, self-important residents." This release show will feature cat-related comedy from Todd Hanson (founder of The Onion), Maeve Higgins, Mike Polk, Doogie Horner, Mrs. Smith, Team Submarine, and Dr. Brett Levitzke,

Pill, Courtship Ritual, Winkie, The Naked Heroes, Plaque @ Palisades
Newly signed to Mexican Summer, Brooklyn's skronky, sax-fueled post punks Pill are always fun live. The headline this dark-tinged bill that also features the slinky Courtship Ritual and the decidedly goth Winkie.

Future Punx, Way Out, Suicide Slide, Jason Bartell (of Fang Island) @ Union Pool
Future Punx released their terrific debut album, This is Post Wave, which is part concept album and part manifesto. All to a danceable, very new wave beat.

This American Life Presents: 12 Days of Christmas The Improv Show @ Bell House
Ira Glass and the TAL folks have put together an impressive lineup of talent for this holiday themed improv show, featuring with Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher, Aidy Bryant, Scott Adsit, and Sasheer Zamata. Unsurprisingly this is sold out.

H2O, Angel Du$t, Give @ Santos
New York punks H2O celebrated their 20th anniversary this year and released the new album Use Your Voice, which... certainly sounds like H2O. That's not a bad thing though, they're good at what they do.

Frankie Cosmos, All Dogs, Eskimeaux, Florist @ Webster Hall - Marlin Room
Frankie Cosmos' twee-ish sound gets a bit more danceable on her new EP, which she celebrates tonight. Good openers too: scrappy pop punks All Dogs and Epoch bands Eskimeaux and Florist.

Johanna Warren, Two Inch Astronaut, Jonah Furman, Thelma @ Palisades
This is a cool bill, with the folky Johanna Warren, post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut, former Krill singer Jonah Furman, and Thelma.

Tribute to Nina Simone feat. Nick Hakim, Xenia Rubinos, Deva Mahal, Jaime Woods, Amy Leon, J. Hoard, Paris Monster @ Manhattan Inn
One of the first shows booked since The Hum's Rachael Pazdan began booking Manhattan Inn is this tribute to the legendary Nina Simone, with a pretty great lineup of musicians.

Hans Chew, Rhyton @ Mercury Lounge
This is a good double bill of experimental music, with Hans Chew (of D. Charles Speer & the Helix and other projects) and trippy rock band Rhyton.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia, who you may have seen on Season 3 of Orange is the New Black or at this year's Del Close Marathon, will be doing one of his "Mike Birbiglia's Dream" shows at UCB Chelsea on Wednesday (7/8) where he enlists a "dream cast" of improvisers to work off of his storytelling. This show will feature Tami Sagher (Broad City), Chris Gethard and more. There are a few tickets left.

Mike was also on last week's Inside Amy Schumer and has a role in her new film Train Wreck which is out next week. In other news, Birbiglia was on The Tonight Show last week and revealed that the first person he and his wife told that they were expecting a child was President Obama who then offered them some parenting advice. Watch video of that below.

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the late Del Close in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
Del Close

The Upright Citizens Brigade's annual Del Close Marathon will feature 575 improv shows from June 26-28, happening around-the-clock on nine stages across seven locations: UCB Chelsea, UCB East, Theater for the New City, 4th Street Theatre, Magnet Theater, SVA Theatre and FIT Haft Auditorium. You can buy a $35 wristband at UCB Chelsea starting June 26 at noon, and that gets you into every show (subject to capacity, of course). The only shows with advance tickets are the higher-profile, bigger shows at SVA and FIT, which include:

FRIDAY 6/26: Broad City Live (sold out), an improv session with Key & Peele writers, Horatio Sanz's "The Hooray Show"; and improv with the cast of Silicon Valley.

SATURDAY 6/27: Nick Kroll & Friends, an improv show with The Daily Show writers; Mad Men finale scene-stealer Brett Gelman's Gelmania! Live!, and an improvised show with Comedy Bang! Bang! writers.

SUNDAY 6/28: a special preview screening of Thank You Del Close documentary and two editions of ASSSSCAT 3000 (7:30 PM sold out; 10 PM you can get tickets)

Non-ticketed events, most of which are only 30 minutes (some even less), include Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard (6/27, 3 PM at UCB Chelsea), "Mike Birbiglia's Dream" (6/27, 6:30 PM at UCB Chelsea), the writers of Late Night with Seth Meyers doing a show (6/27, 9:30 PM at Magnet Theatre), 30 Rock's Scott Adsit (6/28, 3:30 PM at UCB Chelsea), and an entirely improvised episode of Seinfeld (6/28, 4:30 PM at UCB Chelsea).

As this goes for three days straight, needless to say there is a lot more, so pour over the whole 2015 Del Close Marathon schedule.

by Bill Pearis

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Amy Schumer, whose very funny Comedy Central series is in the midst of its third season, stars in one of this summer's most anticipated comedies, Trainwreck, which she wrote and was directed by Judd Apatow and also stars Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer and Dave Attell. All those funny folks (except for Hader) will be out promoting the film on the Trainwreck Tour which has multiple stops in North America, each one benefitting a different charity. It'll hit NYC at Beacon Theatre on June 15. Tickets, which benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, are on sale now.

Trainwreck, much of which was filmed in Williamsburg (including at the soon-to-close Trash Bar) is out July 17. All Trainwreck Tour dates are listed, along with the film's red-band trailer, below...

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Mexrrissey: Mexico Loves Morrissey
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RadioLoveFest returns for a second year at BAM from May 5 - 10, reimagining some of your favorite radio programs as a live show. This year's highlights include science show Radiolab Live (5/5), "An Evening with Terry Gross" (5/6), "Don't Look Back: Stories from the Teenage Years" (5/6) which is hosted by Molly Ringwald, quiz show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" (5/7) with contestants Mike Birbiglia, Jessi Klein, and Peter Grosz, and the music of The Smiths and Morrissey interpreted by Mexican musicians for a show called "Mexrrissey" (5/10).

Plus: "Death, Sex & Money" (5/8) with host Anna Sale plus married couples W. Kamau Bell and Melissa Hudson Bell, Ph.D, and tastemaker Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, plus music from Luscious Jackson; and "Bullseye Comedy Night" (5/9) with Aisha Tyler, Maria Bamford, Aparna Nancherla, Ali Wong and host Jesse Thorn.

There's also a film series (including The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Last Waltz and Naked Lunch), live music in the BAMcafé and more. Tickets are on sale now for BAM members and will go on sale to the general public on March 16. Full RadioLoveFest 2015 schedule is below.

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photo: Parquet Courts @ Sugarhill Supper Club, 2013 (more by Joe McCabe)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Parquet Courts, Future Punx, Eaters @ Palisades
Coming off a very busy 2014, Parquet Courts are keeping it rolling into the new year. This is the first of two shows at Palisades and is with Dull Tools pals Future Punx and Eaters. Sold out.

Murphy's Law, The Bowery Boys, Simon and the Bar Sinisters @ Bowery Electric
Long-running NYC punks Murphy's Law stay active and give their hometown plenty of chances to see them every year. Here's the first one of 2015.

Wyatt Cenac's Night Train @ LIttlefield
Hop aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show with guests Dan Soder, Rob Cantrell, Janelle James, and Ramon Rivas II.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
While Mike has been playing big rooms for his new show, "Thank God for the Jokes," he continues to hone his craft at these intimate "working it out" shows at Union Hall. Sold out.

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

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Wampire @ Bowery Ballroom 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)
Wampire

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Tom Vek, Future Punx, Doprah @ Baby's All Right
Tom Vek's style -- jittery, syncopated, danceable postpunk -- is as distinctive as his voice, and he hasn't futzed with it too much over his 10-year career. Having released his third album, Luck, earlier this year he's over for a few US shows this week. Tonight's also got Future Punx who are worth

Wampire, Wannabe Jalva, The Peach Kings, Monogem @ Brooklyn Bowl
Portland band Wampire, whose second album was just released, bring a love of late '70s to their brand of indie rock. Tonight's show part of this week's It's A School Night series, free with RSVP. They'll be all over CMJ too.

Free Time, The Ocean Party, Shorts, Emma Russack, Ernest Ellis @ Cameo
Australian ex-pats Free Time have a laid-back guitar style not too far off from Real Estate (and are signed to that band's old label, Underwater Peoples).

Gerard Way, The Eeries @ Irving Plaza
The former My Chemical Romance frontman ditches the gothed-out stadium pop punk of his former band on his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, which instead pulls heavily from '90s Britpop. Whether or not you were an MCR fan, it's worth checking out. This is his first of two NYC shows, the other being during CMJ.

Dead Congregation, Mausoleum, Pissgrave, Svart Crown, Immortal Bird @ Saint Vitus
Filthy old-school death metallers Dead Congregation released their sophomore album Promulgation of the Fall, via Profound Lore earlier this year.

Dads, Nai Harvest, Tiny Moving Parts, Chris Gethard, Clam @ Studio at Webster Hall
This triple bill has '90s-emo lovers Dads, promising UK indie rockers Nai Harvest (who also have two CMJ shows), and the noodly post-hardcore of Tiny Moving Parts. Plus, the always funny Chris Gethard is on board too.

Jimmy Eat World @ The Space at Westbury
While Jimmy Eat World already toured their most classic album (1999's Clarity) for its tenth anniversary, they're now on the road giving the 10-years treatment to Futures which was the followup to their mainstream breakthrough and featured stranger moments than you might have expected from post-"The Middle" Jimmy Eat World.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy show offers up a special $5 edition -- guests all a surprise.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
While Mike has been playing big rooms for his new show, "Thank God for the Jokes," he continues to hone his craft at these intimate "working it out" shows at Union Hall. Sold out.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Fleetwood Mac @ Jones Beach 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Fleetwood Mac @ Madison Square Garden
With Christine McVie back in the band for the first time since the late '90s, this is the Fleetwood Mac most people want to see see expect the return of songs like "Songbird" and "You Make Loving Fun" to the setlist.

GusGus, Kiko King & Creativemaze @ Highline Ballroom
Long-running Icelandic band GusGus, once part of the 4AD stable, have been making music for nearly 20 years, having released their ninth, very dancey, album, Mexico, in June via Kompakt.

The Bangles @ City Winery
While some associate The Bangles with the silly but fun "Walk Like an Egyptian" and shmaltzy "Eternal Flame," the band got their start -- when they were just called The Bangs (as in Lester) -- as part of LA's early-'80s Paisley Underground scene that spawned Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and The Three O'Clock.

Walter TV, Tonstartssbandht, Jerry Paper
Walter TV are probably best known as Mac DeMarco's backing band (that Mac often plays in). But the band, who are based outta LA these days (Mac's in Brooklyn) are going out on tour Mac-free this fall with Tonstartssbandht (whose Andy Boay is in the new lineup of Mac's band). Tonight's the tour kickoff.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac is back in the conductor's seat for this week's Night Train that features Sam Morril, Nate Fridson, and Alzo Slade.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
While Mike has been playing big rooms for his new show, "Thank God for the Jokes," he continues to hone his craft at these intimate "working it out" shows at Union Hall. Sold out.

Doug Loves Movies @ Gramercy Theatre
Doug Benson comes to NYC for another taping of his very popular podcast.

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

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by Arielle Gordon

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Comedian, actor, and master of deprecating storytelling Mike Birbiglia is no stranger to BAM, having recently appeared in This American Life: One Night Only at BAM (which actually ended up having two nights). He returns to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on September 5, this time to premiere his new show/tour, Thank God For Jokes. His new batch of jokes should be equal parts embarrassing and hilarious, as always, and it's definitely worth grabbing tickets before they're gone. Tickets for his BAM appearance go on sale August 5 for BAM members and August 7 for the general public.

The BAM show is the kickoff to what will be a busy fall of touring. All tour dates, which include shows in NJ and Purchase NY, are listed below...

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Oh Land is playing Knitting Factory on Monday, July 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia and Internal Bleeding show at Gramercy Theatre are on sale now.

Tickets for the White Lung show at Glasslands go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Strand of Oaks show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Young show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon, and tickets for their Glasslands show are on sale now.

Cory Branan is playing Mercury Lounge on October 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Eternal Summers and Seoul show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the Celebration show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Mike Birbiglia is 'Working It Out' at Union Hall on Monday (7/7). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Aye Nako, Pony Bones, Ovlov, Black Norse and Francis are playing Silent Barn on July 9. No advance tickets, $7 at the door.

Mercedes Benz's contest is ongoing for the free Alabama Shakes show at Terminal 5.

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

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

by Arielle Gordon

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It's hard to believe it's been well over a decade since the Upright Citizens Brigade first started their weekend-long improv marathon. Since its more modest conception as a two-day festival at one theatre, the Del Close Marathon has expanded exponentially, enjoying its biggest and most diverse year yet this weekend (June 27 - 29). While over 420 (hehe) shows across eight venues may seem intimidating to some, the Del Close Marathon is definitely worth checking out. Passes are $30 (cash only) and can be purchased at any of the venues. They get you into most of the shows, some bigger performances have separate tickets.

This year's lineup is packed with more comedy elite than a Comedy Central roast. Big names include Nick Kroll, Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Thomas Middleditch (of Silicon Valley), Sasheer Zamata (SNL), the girls of Broad City (Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson), and more. Beyond just the celebrities, this weekend promises to bring some of the strongest improvised comedy you're likely to see anytime soon, so stop by! Here are some highlights from the weekend:

Friday (6/27):
Friday is packed with premium shows. "John and Scott" features John Lutz and Scott Adsit, experienced improvisors and 30 Rock cast members, doing what is sure to be a hilarious hour of two-man comedy. You can find tickets to that show here. The Chris Gethard Show is having a Game of Thrones-style battle to the death to see who gets to attend its Comedy Central pilot (which didn't get picked up) for the first, and only, public viewing. You can buy tickets to that show here. However, for the real improv nerds, the place to be Friday night is the original UCB Theatre in Chelsea. Come for the 4 PM press conference and stay for "Director's Commentary with Ben Schwartz [of Parks & Recreation] & Friends"; "MOTHER" (veteran improv team featuring Jason Mantzoukas (of The League and Jon Daly of Kroll Show).

Saturday (6/28):
Saturday, stop by UCBeast to listen in on a live taping of Matt Besser's podcast, improv4humans at 2 PM. Then run back to the main Chelsea theatre for "The Hiking Trip," (featuring Gil Ozeri, Ben Schwartz, and Horatio Sanz), "Mantzoukas and Morris" (with Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Morris), "Casey & Woods" (with SNL writer Neil Casey and Zach Woods (The Office, Silicon Valley). Or check out the late night lineup at the theatre, featuring Mike Birbiliga telling monologues, SNL's John Milhiser improvising, and the original Derrick Comedy crew, minus Donald Glover.

Sunday (6/29):
If you've made it to Sunday, dear reader, you've made me proud. And you will be rewarded, in the form of a fantastic afternoon of improv. Stop by the Chelsea theatre for "Baby Wants Candy" (an improvised musical act from LA), "The Mantzoukas Brothers," "Adsit & You," and more. Then run over to the Haft Auditorium to wait on a standby line for the legendary ASSSSCAT, featuring all of the original members of the UCB theatre doing what they do best. Both ASSSSCATs are sold out, but you might get lucky.

So grab your friends, grab a bottle of water (as the Del Close Marathon really is a marathon), and grab your wristbands at any of the eight venues hosting the festival across the city. I'll see you there.

Chris Gethard

Don Giovanni signed comedian Chris Gethard made a pilot of his show for Comedy Central, but sadly the channel decided to pass on a full series, as Chris pointed out on his Tumblr in May:

I got word about ten days ago that Comedy Central was going into high gear deciding if they wanted to air TCGS. This past weekend, I was in a sandwich shop in Toronto when I got a tough call - after much debate, Comedy Central have decided that TCGS is not for them.

Obviously this is a huge bummer, and there are a lot of feelings to sort out here. I'm sad it won't be going down. I feel like I let my friends down. I'm definitely a bit shell-shocked - it's been a crazy six months and I was pretty convinced for a moment there that it might actually happen.

Most of all though, I feel grateful.

Read the rest at his Tumblr, though he notes: "I still feel in my gut like we are going to find a new home."

Meanwhile, continue to watch new and old episodes on his website (Lemuria was his last musical guest), and go out and catch Chris live (at bigger and bigger venues). Tickets are now on sale for a 7/15 "Chris Gethard and Friends: show at NYC's Highline Ballroom, a pretty big room, but he can handle it.

Chris also plays the Slipper Room in NYC this Tuesday (6/10) at part of SWEET before opening some shows for his friend Mike Birbiglia including one in Atlantic City on 6/14. He also appears at an upcoming Night Train at Littlefield, at UCB for the upcoming Del Close Marathon, and at this year's Outside Lands festival. All dates are listed along with the last episode of the show (with Lemuria) below...

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Stephin Merritt

The five-day RadioLoveFest is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June, featuring various live radio shows with a variety of performers including Andrew Bird, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen, They Might Be Giants, and Jonathan Coulton. On June 7th, Ira Glass will host an episode of This American Life live from BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, and though it is being billed as "one night only", it is now two shows in that one night. This is the updated description:

This American Life uses this evening at BAM as a chance to try something it's never attempted before: true stories staged as radio dramas. One of the stories will be an original mini-musical by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of In the Heights and Bring It On. In another, The Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company will perform while Glass narrates. Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) is writing and performing a mini-musical of his own, built around a real story from This American Life, and Mike Birbiglia will narrate another true story in his inimitable comedic form.

This American Life is a public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to 2.2 million listeners each week. Another million people listen each week by podcast. It's produced by WBEZ Chicago.

Tickets at BAM's website.

Stephin Merritt, who has a book of Scrabble-based poetry coming out in the fall, also has a show coming up in North Carolina as part of Merge Records' continuing 25th anniversary celebration. His Merge25 performance, not part of the actual Merge25 fest, is instead part of a special Merge parternship with the 'Duke Performances Concert Series', as part of Duke's 'Music in the Gardens' series on the Duke University campus. All shows in that series are listed below:

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Adam Scott will talk "Greatest Event in Television History" on Saturday
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New York Magazine's pop culture website Vulture is throwing a two-day festival this weekend (May 10 & 11), titled simply Vulture Festival, featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy.

Saturday (5/10) events include: a talk with Deadwood creator David Milch (noon @ Milk Studios);  "The Greatest Panel in Television History" (5/10, 3 PM @ Milk Studios) with Adam Scott (Parks & Rec, Party Down) will discuss '80s TV title sequences (the basis of his Adult Swim series); a sold-out MIA/Solange show on Saturday at Webster Hall (5/10) happening after her Knockdown Center shows this week.

Sunday (5/11) events include: "Brunch with Rufus Wainwright" and Julie Klausner (5/11, 11 AM @ Milk Studios); a pop culture trivia night with the cast of Orange is the New Black (5/11, 5 PM @ Milk Studios); and a sold-out comedy night on Sunday @ The Bell House with Billy "On the Street" Eichner, Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine Nine), Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and more.

Tickets to most of the panels are still available and include drink tickets. Full Vulture Festival schedule and details, below...

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Mike Birbiglia continues to tour but will squeeze in another small "Working It Out" show in NYC on Monday (5/5) at Union Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below...

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Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kevin

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Kevin Drew, Andy Kim @ Bowery Ballroom
Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew released his new solo album this year, and tonight he celebrates it with a release show in NYC. For the show, he'll be joined by longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene), Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Dave Hamelin (The Stills, Eight and a Half), and Marty Kinack (Broken Social Scene). Opener Andy Kim is the veteran Montreal songwriter who co-wrote "Sugar, Sugar" for The Archies in 1968, and has also released his own singles, like "Rock Me Gently," which was a #1 hit in 1974.

Olga Bell, Aaron Arntz/Benjamin Campell/Christopher Bear @ Le Poisson Rouge
Dirty Projector Olga Bell premieres the live show for her new Russian-language song cycle, Krai, at Le Poisson Rouge tonight with a number of guests. Opening is Grizzly Bear drummer Christopher Bear's trio with Aaron Artnz and Benjamin Campbell.

Ramona Lisa, Weyes Blood, Ian Drennan @ Baby's All Right
Ramona Lisa, aka Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek's new solo project, celebrates the release of her new album at Baby's All Right tonight. Weyes Blood is worth catching too.

Doug Tuttle, Rudy Stoned Band, X-Ray Specter @ Cake Shop
Doug Tuttle previously played guitar in the now-defunct New England psych band Mmoss, but he is now making melodic and trippy music on his own.

Frankie Cosmos, Toons, Eskimeaux @ Glasslands
Frankie Cosmos mixes the twee approach of Beat Happening with anti-folk style songwriting, and her debut full band album Zentropy (which follows countless bandcamp releases) is a great example of this.

Jessica Lea Mayfield, Gambles @ Mercury Lounge
Jessica Lea Mayfield now has three albums, none of which sound alike. On her new one, she brings in more distorted guitar and heavier blues influences than ever before, but her voice remains wispy. It's a good mix.

Say Hi, Big Scary @ Rough Trade
Barsuk labelmates Say Hi and Big Scary bring their tour to Rough Trade tonight for their first of two NYC shows this week. It's been a while since Say Hi played here, so if you've been needing to see them tonight's a good chance to remedy that.

Alden Penner, Pours, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Nick Millevoi @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Alden Penner previously played in classic 2000s indie pop band The Unicorns, followed by a stint with his band Clues. Now he's taking the solo route and has a new album out and plays his first of two NYC shows this week tonight. Pours is the new project of Christopher Shar, who was previously a touring member of Man Man and Santigold.

David Wax Museum, Rusty Belle @ Mercury Lounge
Mexo-Americana folk band David Wax Museum graces NYC with another show at Mercury Lounge tonight.

Wyatt Cenac's Night Train w/ guest host Seaton Smith @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's Night Train show continues tonight, and though Wyatt will be performing at this one, he also got Seaton Smith to guest host. Other guests include Neal Brennan, Emily Heller, Michelle Biloon, Carolyn Castiglia, and Dan Wilbur.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
The very funny Mike Birbiglia still has a number of his "Thank God for Jokes" tour dates coming up, but tonight he squeezes in another one of his small "Working It Out" shows at Union Hall.

Ask Me Another @ The Bell House
This is a live taping of WNYC's podcast, "a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music" featuring guest John Turturro.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Sam Smith w/ Disclosure at T5 in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sam Smith

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Sam Smith @ Webster Hall
It wasn't that long ago that Sam Smith wasn't known as much more than the singer on Disclosure's "Latch," but from the impressive solo tracks he's been releasing ahead of his debut album (due out in May), he's shaping up to be an exciting artist on his own too. Tonight's show is sold out.

Boogarins @ Other Music
Brazilian band Boogarins' debut album came out via Other Music Recording Company and the band play a free in-store at OM's NYC store tonight ahead of their Glasslands show on Tuesday.

Solids, PUP, Pachangacha @ Glasslands
It's a triple attack of punky indie rock at Glasslands tonight with Solids and PUP stopping in NYC on their way back to Canada after SXSW, and Connecticut's Pachangacha joining them too. All three bands do it again tomorrow at Mercury Lounge.

Bob Dylan in the 80s w/ John & Ian of Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim, Elvis Perkins, Spirit Family Reunion, Dawn Landes & more @ MHOW
Bob Dylan's 1980-1990 period is being honored with a tribute album on ATO Records this week, and to celebrate that there's a release show at MHOW with many of the artists contributing to the album (plus one who isn't), including Langhorne Slim, John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Spirit Family Reunion, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen, members of Tea Leaf Green, and special guests,

Tinariwen, The Melodic @ Brooklyn Bowl
Malian band Tinariwen bring their exotic sounds to Brooklyn Bowl for the second of two nights there tonight.

Calvin Love, TOPS, Jimmy Whispers @ Baby's All Right
It's a double dose of Canadian pop with Edmonton's synthy/twangy Calvin Love and the '80s soft-rock sounds of Montreal's TOPS.

Guerilla Toss, Ryan Power, D Watusi, Death Moth @ Death by Audio
Freaky Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss and their psych pop labelmate Ryan Power team up for another show together at DbA tonight.

La Femme @ The Standard East Village
If you missed the Parisians at Glasslands last night and can't make their shows opening for Trail of Dead, they play tonight at The Standard (early show 7 - 9 PM). It's free but you do need to RSVP to aohayon@standardhotel.com.

The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
The xx continue their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.

RAC, Prides, SPEAK @ Rough Trade
RAC, who work with many artists including Bloc Party's Kele, kick off a 2-night run in NYC tonight. Tonight's show is sold out, but tomorrow's larger Webster Hall show is still on sale.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
The very funny Mike Birbiglia is about to take his "Thank God for Jokes" set on tour, which doesn't include any dates in NYC, but before he leaves he'll do another of his small "Working It Out" shows tonight.

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac continues his weekly Night Train comedy show tonight with errick Brown, Anthony DeVito and more to be announced.

Ask Me Another w/ Andrew WK @ The Bell House
This is a live taping of WNYC's podcast, "a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music" featuring host Ophira Eisenberg and special guest Andrew WK.

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

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The very funny Mike Birbiglia is about to take his "Thank God for Jokes" set on tour, which doesn't include any dates in NYC, but before he leaves the Northeast area, he'll do another of his small "Working It Out" shows at Union Hall on Monday (3/3). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a message from Birbiglia about the tour, below...

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Hop Along at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hop Along

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Hop Along, Swearin', Great Thunder @ Saint Vitus (BV/Shiner-presents)
We're thrilled to team up with Shiner and Transmission Events to present this show with three exciting bands currently from (or at one point tied to) the Philly indie rock scene. The always-fun Hop Along headline, preceded by Swearin' who do justice to '90s-style indie rock, and Great Thunder, the side project of Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (Swearin'). It was free with RSVP (which is now closed), but if you got tickets, hope to see you there! UPDATE: RSVP IS BACK OPEN.

Sebadoh, Octagrape @ Mercury Lounge
Though Lou Barlow is often busy playing bass Dinosaur Jr. these days, he still leaves plenty of time for the band he fronts, Sebadoh, who made some of the best indie rock of the '90s. This is their first of two NYC shows this week, both sold out.

MV & EE @ Baby's All Right
Psychedelic duo MV & EE wrap up their residency at Baby's All Right tonight with two sets, both FREE, and both with special guests.

Ask Me Another w/ Mike Birbligia @ The Bell House
For tonight's edition of the NPR/WNYC-presented 'Ask Me Another' show, the "rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music," which tapes live at The Bell House, they've got the very funny Mike Birbiglia as their VIP guest. Sold out.

Ratking, Infinity Shred, Hefna Gwap @ Glasslands
NYC alt-rap trio Ratking just opened Earl Sweatshirt's two sold out NYC shows this past week, and tonight you can see them headline their own show in a smaller venue.

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

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Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neil Young

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Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall
Neil Young did the Crazy Horse thing for much of 2012 and 2013, playing some excellent, noisy shows, and tonight he begins a four-night run at Carnegie Hall, which will presumably be more stripped down and show off his prettier side.

Potty Mouth, Radiator Hospital, Kissing Is A Crime @ Glasslands
Tonight Glasslands hosts an excellent double bill of punky indie rock (or indie rock-y punk) with the deadpan melodies of Potty Mouth and the #feelings bedroom rock of Radiator Hospital. Local post-punks Kissing Is A Crime open, and they're worth catching too.

Child Abuse, I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues, Nebadon, Weakwick @ Silent Barn
Local faves Child Abuse bring the heavy, technical noise to Silent tonight, and there's a strong support bill, including I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues (whose lineup includes Mick Barr of Krallice) and savage Minneapolis noise rockers Weakwick.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. This early show is sold out.

John Hodgman @ Union Hall
Right after Birbiglia wraps up, John Hodgman will take over Union Hall for a show he's calling "Daddy Pitchfork." We're not sure exactly what that is, but it's sold out.

Wyatt Cenac's Night Train @ Littlefield
Get on board Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show, this week with guests Max Silvestri, Dan St. Germain, Tiffany Stevenson, Justy Dodge and more. Tickets are still available.

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

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Mike Birbiglia (more by David Andrako)
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Tickets are on sale now for intimate Mike Birbiglia shows in Manhattan, Nashville, Brooklyn, and LA. All dates are listed below...

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Kirin J Callinan @ BV CMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
KJC

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

Roomful of Teeth, Holly Herndon @ Le Poisson Rouge
For this indie/classical crossover show, vocal octet Roomful of Teeth are performing the world premiere of Caroline Shaw's "Partita," in addition to works by Caleb Burhans, Brad Wells, and William Brittelle. And opening the show is experimental musician Holly Herndon, which makes for quite the double bill.

Kirin J Callinan, Jenny Hval @ 285 Kent Avenue
This is an excellent show for fans of the eccentric. Kirin J Callinan's stuff is pretty unclassifiable, and whether you know the songs or not, his live show can't be ignored. And Jenny Hval makes the kind of art pop that falls somewhere between PJ Harvey and Laurie Anderson.

Slam Dunk, Crosss, Duzheknew, Pupppy @ Cake Shop
Vancouver's sax-filled swaggering rockers Slam Dunk have been on a tour with Built to Spill, which hits NYC on Thursday (11/7) at Irving Plaza, but tonight you can see them in a much more intimate environment when they headline Cake Shop.

Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko @ Irving Plaza
Jessie Ware has the voice of a pop star and the forward-thinking production of musicians like SBTRKT, Disclosure, and Joker, all of whom she's worked with. She's an excellent performer too, and tonight's show -- her second of two in NYC this week -- should be a memorable one.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests The Lucas Brothers, Rob Cantrell, Andrienne Lapalucci, Matt Wayne, Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket, and more.

Black Lips, The Subsonics, Weird Womb @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Georgia garage rockers Black Lips are busy working on their new album but are taking a break with a short US tour. You can also catch their Middle East tour documentary, Kids Like You and Me, at Nitehawk Cinema tonight.

Midlake @ Other Music
Midlake and singer Tim Smith parted ways a year ago, and the band scrapped a half-finished album, eventually making Antiphon which is out this week. The band will perform a free acoustic set tonight, and later this week will play a sold-out show at Mercury Lounge.

M.I.A., Partysquad @ Terminal 5
M.I.A.'s new album, Matangi, comes out tomorrow (maybe you've heard it), and tonight she plays her second of two Terminal 5 shows.

Albert Hammond Jr., Nightbox @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is no slouch on his own, making catchy guitar rock like on his brand new EP, AHJ.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
Mike Birbiglia plays big rooms these days but still loves testing out new material at cozy Union Hall. This is an early show (7:30 PM) and tickets are still available (as of this posting).

Startalk Live@ Town Hall
Neil deGrasse Tyson brings his popular space-themed radio show to Town Hall with cohost Eugene Mirman and "special guests."

SZA, DJ Diamond Kuts @ Converse Rubber Tracks
Forward-thinking R&B singer SZA, who recently signed to Black Hippy's TDE label, plays this FADER-presented show at Brooklyn's Converse Rubber Tracks tonight. Free with RSVP (which is now closed).

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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