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Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler would not hesitate to get back together with Slash and Axl, if that's what they decide to do, as Blabbermouth points out:

Asked about the persistent rumors of a reunion of the GUNS N' ROSES' classic lineup, Adler recently said: "I have no idea. Put it this way: I've known [former GUNS guitarist] Slash for 38 years, we've known each other. He knows damn well if he told me something that I would climb the highest mountain and I would be screaming it out for joy. So, if anything happens, I will be the last to know about it."

He continued: "I'm just glad that I had an opportunity in my life to achieve my dreams, to play with such great people and such talented people and make such a great record with those people. And just being a part of it, I'm happy. I could go to heaven right now and be happy."

Slash recently revealed that he and GUNS lead singer Axl Rose had repaired their estranged relationship after nearly 20 years, immediately leading to a storm of speculation about a possible reunion of the classic GUNS lineup.

Meanwhile, Steven Adler has been playing Guns songs on the drums with his band Adler. Video footage from a recent show at Mohegan Sun can be viewed below, "Night Train", "Sweet Child of Mine", and "Mr. Brownstone" included.

Speaking of Mr. Brownstone, the Guns N' Roses tribute band of the same name, who have broken up and returned many times (who was at their "final" show at Bowery Ballroom in 2006?), are BACK AGAIN for a drunken MIDNIGHT Halloween show at Baby's All Right (plenty of time to trick or treat before this Saturday night show starts). Tickets are available.

Mr. Brownstone, known as the world's drunkest Guns N' Roses cover band, have been BrooklynVegan regulars for over 9 years, have shared members with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Satanicide, often return for holidays, and once actually got themselves on Letterman (Letterman's worst band ever?) . The above photo by Tim Griffin comes from their 2009 Eugene Mirman book release party performance at the Bell House. Halloween at Baby's will be their first show since New Year's Eve at Mercury Lounge... Will it be their last?

Those videos of ADLER are below...

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dog as Pizza Rat at Tompkins Square Park Halloween dog parade (via @jillathrilla)
Pizza Rat

As you surely know, Halloween is Saturday (though judging from the amount of people dressed up last weekend, some people may have been confused) and there is no shortage of spooky things to do. The extravaganza that is NYC's annual Village Halloween Parade happens on Saturday on 6th Avenue from just North of Spring Street to 16th Street and lasts from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. This year's theme is "Shine a Light" and you can be in it.

There are also loads of shows to go see on Halloween, including Flipper (with David Yow) at House of Vans, Wax Idols at Saint Vitus, Fred & Toody at Union Pool, The Orwells with just-added Twin Peaks and Shark? at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Joanna Gruesome, Aye Nako and more at Shea Stadium, Skrillex on the Pier of Fear (aka Pier 94), Murphy's Law at Bowery Electric, Ringo Starr at Kings Theatre, the big show at MSG with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer and more (or the other Dead member Phil Lesh just outside of NYC)... and many other show options.

If you wanna get an early start on the spooky action, there's a Cramps tribute happening at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/29) featuring a whole bunch of cool people: Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore), Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories), Jon Spencer (JSBX/Heavy Trash), Palmyra Delran (The Friggs), Sophia Urista (The Veevees), Robert Gordon, Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens (Boss Hog), Jack Ridley (Threats/Drowners), Peter Aaron (Chrome Cranks), Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Miss Guy (Toilet Boys), Michael Cummings (Skaters), Mike Edison (Raunch Hands), Pat Phillips (Honduras), Cynthia Ross (New York Junk) plus DJs Jonathan Toubin and Alix Brown. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Toubin, his annual "Monster Mash" and "Haunted Hop" parties happens this year on Saturday at Secret Project Robot and features a host of current NYC bands covering classic NYC bands. Details still to be revealed but it's $10 with costume and $20 without and flyer is below. Also below: Toubin's 2015 Halloween mix.

Other shows: World Inferno Friendship Society will play their annual Hollowmass party at Warsaw on Halloween. These shows are spectacles, often involving elaborate set-pieces, fire-breathing, marching bands and more. Karla Rose and the Thorns, and Vic Thrill also play and tickets are on sale.

DFA Records are throwing a Halloween Party at Palisades on Saturday with Container, Guerilla Toss, Ciarra Black, Pill, Malory, PC Worship, Larry Gus, and Show Me The Body. Tickets are on sale now. And Wolf + Lamb, Mike Simonetti, and Paul Raffaele will be spinning at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Disco Club on Saturday (tickets).

Cameo Gallery, which closes in less than a month, is throwing a "Cameoween" party on Saturday night featuring a live performance by Le1f, DJ sets from Neon Indian and Ssion and karaoke hosted by Samantha Urbani. This is a FREE party and starts at midnight.

Halloween is also the time for cover shows, where bands play as another, usually more famous band. At Alphaville on Friday (10/30) you can catch Dances as T.Rex, Jangula as David Bowie, Heliotropes as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Piers as Fleetwood Mac, and Stringer (mems of Heeney) as The Smiths. That show is $8 at the door. Also on Friday at Union Pool, Motion Studies will perform as Hall & Oates with Fielded (apparently just being themselves as Kate Bush) also on the bill. That's a free show.

For something more emo on Friday, Washed Up Emo and Bye Week Productions are presenting cover sets of Saves the Day (Stay What You Are in full), The Get Up Kids, Weezer and Guided by Voices at Bar Matchless (10/30). We don't know who all the performers are, but the STD and TGUK sets feature members of Field Mouse (advance tix sold out, but some will be available at doors).

At Cake Shop on Halloween you can see Parlor Walls as Wire, Stringer doing The Smiths again, Dirty Dishes as Stone Temple Pilots, Death to Slater as Bruce Springsteen's 2 Piece Band, The Regrets as Blondie, Hellbirds as The Ramones, and Oh Golly as Violent Femmes (tickets). Following that there's a free dance party featuring exclusively Girl Talk songs...and lasers (free).

Over at Silent Barn on Saturday they'll have Delicate Steve (as Smashing Pumpkins), Celestial Shore (as The Ramones), Very Fresh (as Alanis Morrissette), and Dear Leader doing something they're calling "TRL 1999 w/ Carson Daly." Tickets are on sale and day-of it's $10 at the door with costume or $12 without.

And at Baby's All Right on Halloween you can see "the world's drunkest tribute to Guns 'N Roses," Mr. Brownstone playing a midnight show (tickets).

For those who want another chance to dress up their pooches like Pizza Rat or Bagel Pigeon or whatever, there's "Pawfest" at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Saturday afternoon. It starts at noon, is free, and will also feature live performances from The Supertones, The Shipwrecks and The Flesh. Flyer for that is below.

And if you don't mind traveling outside the city just a bit on Halloween, there's Screaming Females as X at Asbury Park's Convention Hell with members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more; Cypress Hill play The Stony Pony; The Darkness play The Paramount in Huntington, NY; and Sufjan Stevens will be in Jersey City. And that aforementioned Phil Lesh show at The Cap.

What else?

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We've been posting a bunch of New Year's Eve shows happening in NYC throughout the past few months, but there's even more cool stuff we haven't gotten to yet. Here's a roundup of ways to musically ring in the new year:

If you want to dance on New Year's Eve, there's no lack of good places to go to do that. Egyptrixx, Physical Therapy, Michael Magnan, Morgan Louis and Nita Aviance are playing an unannounced Brooklyn location, and tickets for that are on sale now.

The Bunker is throwing a NYE party at Trans Pecos with Scotland's Prosumer headlining and Bunker regulars Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic. Tickets are on sale.

Verboten hosts a show with Lee Burridge, Andhim, Matthew Dekay, Bedouin and Mike Khoury (tickets).

Aurora Halal hasn't done one of her Mutual Dreaming parties in eight months, but she'll change that on NYE at Palisades with Galcher Lustwork, Huerco S. and DJ Richard. Tickets are available.

Sleepy & Boo headline a party at Cielo with Eskuche & Nu Sky, Mikey G and Dan Fischer. Tickets are on sale.

There's a lot of cool stuff at Cameo with Morgan Geist of Metro Area, disco band Midnight Magic, LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney, Juan Maclean associate Jee Day, former Darkside member Dave Harrington, Cameo regular Evan Michael, and GODMODE's Motion Studies. You can grab tickets.

NYC DJ team The Rub are doing their recurring NYE party at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale.

Other previously discussed dance options include Skrillex/Diplo/Rudimental/A$AP Ferg, Kiesza, Erasure, Disclosure, Holy Ghost!/Museum of Love, DJ Koze, Machinedrum, Duke Dumont, Washed Out, !!!/Prince Rama/Cakes Da Killa, Peaking Lights and the Ed Banger party.

Murphys Law play their annual NYE show at Trash Bar with No Redeeming Social Value, Close To The Edge, Wombat In Combat, Hopeless Otis and Red Lucy.

Another previously discussed classic punk option is catching The Dictators or one of Patti Smith's year end shows the two days before NYE.

Garage rock covers band Detroit Cobras play NYE in NJ at Asbury Lanes (tickets). As discussed, they have 2 NYC shows surrounding that.

If you didn't get tickets to The Hold Steady or Deer Tick shows, another sweaty bar rock option is Guns N Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone at Mercury Lounge (tickets).

Also in the punk/garage realm is the Kid Congo Powers show at Home Sweet Home.

Quicksand is sold out, but other '90s post-hardcore/emo options include Rainer Maria/Moss Icon (tix) and ex-Drive Like Jehu band Obits. (tix)

Phish aren't doing their NYE run at MSG this year (they're doing it in Miami), but if jam bands are your thing, you can catch The Disco Biscuits at their 3-night Best Buy Theater run happening Dec. 29, 30 & 31. Tickets for all three nights are available. There's also the Gov't Mule 2-night run at Beacon Theatre on Dec. 30 & 31 (tix).

Williamsburg venue Glasslands will have their last show ever on NYE with four "special, secret" guests who all have history with the venue. That's sold out.

Meanwhile newer Williamsburg venues Baby's All Right and Rough Trade have NYE shows too. The Baby's show features Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Mr. Twin Sister, Ricky Eat Acid, Porches. frontman Aaron Maine performing as Ronald Paris, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch, Mr. UNO and a number of DJs (tix). Rough Trade's show has Spirit Family Reunion, Mail the Horse and Twain (tix).

For a night of mostly local indie rock, Gimme Tinnitus, Ipsum and Exploding In Sound are bringing a party to Aviv with The Gradients, Celestial Shore, Palberta, Baked, Multicult, Palehound, The Big Sleep, Vomitface and Parlor Walls.

Chiptune punks Crying are headlining a NYE party at Silent Barn with Downies, Unstoppable Death Machines, Sunshine Gun Club (mems DeathSet, Team Robespierre), Isn't Ours, Jono Mi Lo and more TBA. There will also be several DJs, including the Shea Stadium crew, Edan Wilber from the now-closed Death by Audio with a "remote beach set" and more. More info here.

Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir throw their recurring party at Union Pool with help from DJ Bluntmaster, DJ Ryan Sawyer and "Tons of Special Guests." No advance tickets for that show.

Chris Keating of Yeasayer, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and others are DJing a swanky party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel (tickets).

Party to the sounds of the Caribbean at SOB's with performances from Bossa Casanova, Mambo Kings Orchestra and DJ Kevin Crown. (tix)

Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux hit City Winery from 12/27 to 12/31. Everything but the early show on NYE is sold out, so get tickets to that show while you still can. They're performing favorites from The White Album at that one.

Sandra Bernhard is doing her show Sandra Bernhard is #blessed, which "spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque," at Joe's Pub from 12/26 to NYE with two shows each night. Tickets are on sale.

And while Times Square is probably the last place you want to be on New Year's Eve, perhaps you'd like to know this year's lineup for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve includes Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Bastille, Jason Derulo, One Direction, Nick Jonas, Florida Georgia Line, MAGIC!, Fergie, Meghan Trainor and more, if you're into that sort of thing.

And Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve is teaming up with Barclays Center to broadcast their Elton John show.

You can browse our "New Year's Eve" Tag for even more. What else?

Holy Diva
Holy Diva

This weekend in NYC offers you a plethora of tribute band options starting tonight (5/18) at Brooklyn Bowl where all girl tribute to Motley Crue "Girls Girls Girls" are sharing a bill with the female-fronted Dio tribute band Holy Diva and Bottoms Up who are a tribute to classic Van Halen - the only classic Van Halen you're going to get in the NYC-area for a while (or maybe just until Saturday) .

If you meet a member of Holy Diva in the crowd, find out what their thoughts are on Black Sabbath's decision to crop Bill Ward out of photos. DIO Rest in Peace.

Saturday (5/19) the fun continues in Prospect Park when GoogaMooga hosts a set by Unchained (another Van Halen tribute band). All girl Led Zeppelin tribute Lez Zeppelin play GoogaMooga on Sunday.

Saturday night is the return of Guns 'N Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone at Bowery Ballroom where they'll be joined by Rolling Stones tribute Mick's Jaguar, which should be a good warm for the Mick Jagger episode of SNL which you can watch on your DVR when you get home from the show. Tickets are still available and we're giving away a pair on Facebook. Adam Hertz & the Interns (ft. The Internettes) and Thunderpony are also on the bill of what should be a very drunken night (though hopefully not one met with serious bodily harm).


Tickets go on sale at noon for Washed Out's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It will sell out quick.

Tickets go on sale at noon for Reggie Watts's headlining show at Webster Hall. I wonder how fast it will sell out.

Guns n' Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone rise from the grave again for a show at Bowery Ballroom on May 19th. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets go on sale at noon for Norah Jones's Summerstage show.

Refused and OFF! tickets are also on sale at noon.

Sinead O'Connor (I don't know) is back again in May for a tour that includes May 19th at Wellmont Theater (on sale at noon) and May 22nd at Beacon Theater (on sale at noon). She recently played two sold out shows at Highline Ballroom (right around the time Pitchfork gave her new album an impressive 7.6). All tour dates are listed below...

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Drums flyer

The Drums recently headlined (or co-headlined?) Webster Hall one day before appearing as a special guest headliner at Santos Party House not long after headlining Bowery Ballroom. NME rated their album one of the top 10 of 2010. Q Magazine said the self-titled effort was #32. The point is that The Studio at Webster Hall is a small (intimate) venue for the band now, and since their January 19th show there is raising money for a good cause, the $25 price tag shouldn't scare you too much. Guards and The Hairs both open, and all proceeds go to Dan Duggins.

Guns n' Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31st, 2007, so the fact that they're playing the much smaller Rock Shop on December 31st, 2010 (aka New Years Eve), seems, well, intimate too.

Another recently announced New Years Eve option is Titus Andronicus and Real Estate. Another Park Slope area New Years Eve option is Har Mar Superstar.

Mr. Brownstone @ the Bell House in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Mr Brownstone

The wait is over. Drunken Guns n Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone will return to the stage on Mischief Night, 2010. It's going down at Brooklyn Bowl and tickets are on sale. I may be unique in that I'm now feeling conflicted between this and Antony with an orchestra at Lincoln Center happening the same night.

The real Slash, who is back on the market, will take the NYC stage in less than a week. Tickets are still on sale (Joe Perry's kids' band 'TAB the Band' and Taddy Porter open the not-too-exciting show)

Duff McKagan meanwhile joined and un-joined Jane's Addiction.

Steven Adler wrote a book.

And Axl Rose refuses to give refunds to those that got the short show in Dublin.

Fischerspooner @ MoMA in November (more by Ryan Muir)

Fischerspooner will be playing a live show at Irving Plaza in NYC on New Year's Eve. Tickets are on sale. They also have a pair of DJ dates scheduled in Europe.

Speaking of New Year's Eve, shows for the night are coming together. Some NYC NYE events we've mentioned before include Patti Smith's multi-night run at Bowery Ballroom (sold out), Dean & Britta then The Felice Brothers at Southpaw, Antibalas at Knitting Factory, The Obits & Eli "Paperboy" Reed at The Bell House, Roky Erikson at Maxwell's, Clutch at Starland Ballroom, and The Detroit Cobras & The A-Bones then Titus Andronicus at Mercury Lounge.

Some we haven't mentioned include Lee Burridge at Santos Party House (tickets), Trouble & Bass at Europa (flyer below), Alice Smith at Joe's Pub (tickets), and Chuck Berry (who replaced the Dan Band) at BB King's (tickets - early and late). Tons of jam-friendly options this year: Soulive at Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Word at Terminal 5, Gov't Mule at the Beacon, The Disco Biscuits at Nokia Theatre, and most importantly, Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden.

Phish have a four-night run in Miami.

For other out of town shows, The Black Keys and Kurt Vile play Chicago, where Jesus Lizard are also doing multiple nights and Jens Lekman is at the Empty Bottle (for three nights in a row actually). Girl Talk also plays Chicago that night- a sold out show at The Congress Theater. Crystal Castles are at Logan Square Auditorium. (Chicago wins)

Guns n Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone are playing Boston.

Pink Floyd cover band The Flaming Lips will be in Oklahama City's Cox Center, where they'll perform Dark Side of the Moon in full at midnight. They'll be assisted by OK's Stardeath and White Dwarfs. Flaming Lips are also reportedly planning an iTunes-only release of their own version of the album.

What else?

The Flaming Lips flyer, other flyers, and all Fischerspooner tour dates, below...

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Morgan Murphy the pregnant Hanukkah fairy (more by Tim Griffin)
Morgan Murphy

The lineup for tonight's Whiplash show at the NYC UCB Theatre is great as usual. Leo Allen hosts Paul F. Tompkins, John Mulaney, Andrea Rosen, Jesse Popp, and LA's Morgan Murphy. If anyone knows of any other shows Morgan is playing while she's in town, please leave details in the comments.

Also coming up at UCB: The Benson Interruption on Wednesday 2/18, and A-Side / B-Side with Kurt and Kristin on Thursday.

Patton Oswalt plays six shows at Caroline's this month. Tickets are on sale at Ticketweb.

Zach Galifianakis has a few shows coming up of note. On February 19th he'll join Bobby Tisdale, Pete Holmes, Shane Mauss and Andrea Rosen for a short set at 92YTribeca. Then on March 5th he's doing a full, $40, show at NYU. On May 24th he's playing the new comedy/dance tent at the Sasquatch Music Festval in Gorge, Washington.

The venue attached to Sound Fix Records in Williamsburg is closing soon. Upcoming comedy shows there include Entertaining the Bartender w/ Jena Friedman on Tuesday 2/17, Totally J/K w/ Joe and Noah (Paul F. Tompkins, Michelle Collins, Ted Alexandro, and Paul Oddo) on Wednesday 2/18, and Big Terriffic w/ Max, Gabe and Jenny on Thursday 2/19.

Eugene Mirman recently celebrated the release of his book at the Bell House in Brooklyn. His upcoming shows include two dates with John Wesley Harding at Le Poisson Rouge.

Dave Hill appears at Village Underground on February 24th.

Commercials have started to air for Parks and Recreations, by the people who brought you the Office, coming Thursdays to NBC and starring Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, and Aziz Ansari. That commercial, and more videos, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Mr. Brownstone
Eugene Mirman

You include actual examples from your own life growing up. How did you decide how much to divulge of your own background? "One of the things I liked about the book is that it's partially truth and partially a lie and it's not revealed except what you could believe reasonably to be true," he said. "I like the format of the book...I think that it's good to have real stories and things, and then also good to make lots of stuff up. It sounds like I will enjoy my book." [the comic's comic]
Eugene Mirman celebrated the release of his new book The Will To Whatevs with a sold out show at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Tuesday night (2/10). John Oliver didn't show up, but John Hodgman, Larry Murphy, Kristen Schaal, Paul F. Tompkins, Todd Barry, David Cross, and Guns N Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone did. In addition to their comedy sets, many of the comedians also joined the band on stage. More pictures from the night below...

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CYHSY @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are apparently taking a (possibly permanent?) "break" after the previously-announced February 13th show at BAM. The rumor is that they've nixed plans to go back into the studio, and that they have no further dates scheduled. I'm not saying I'm 100% positive this is the last we'll see of them, but it seems likely the show will be the last chance to see them for a very long time, if not ever. Chairlift opens, and tickets are still on sale.

In the meantime, CYHSY's Tyler and Robbie have been keeping busy with Uninhabitable Mansions, who have a show coming up February 27th at Union Hall. CYHSY's drummer Sean continues to play Axl Rose in the Gn'R cover band Mr. Browstone. Their next gig is February 7th at Starland Ballroom in NJ. Alec Ounsworth's latest pastime is being a father.

After BAM, Chairlift are going on a March tour with Yacht, and will be visiting the west coast in April with Sebastien Tellier. Though not confirmed, I'd say the March tour makes it look like they'll be at SXSW, and the April dates have them coming awfully close to Coachella. All dates below...

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Girls Girls Girls
Girls Girls Girls

More tribute band news...

You thought Bowery Presents couldn't announce any more New Years Eve shows. Then you remember they can stay open super late that night which means they can host shows after other shows. Such is the case with the Mr. Brownstone show happening at Mercury Lounge. Doors are 2 AM - after the A Place to Bury Strangers show. The Guns N' Roses cover band will be playing "Appetite For Destruction" in its entirety (or until they pass out). Tickets are on sale.

Mr. Brownstone played Irving Plaza with Satanicide this past Friday, and recently appeared on Letterman. Last New Years Eve they did Music Hall of Williamsburg.

And speaking of cover bands performing entire albums, Pinktallica, an "All Chick Tribute to Metallica", will be performing "Kill Em All" right before Girls Girls Girls (all girls, Motley Crue), will be playing "Shout At The Devil". This all also happens at Mercury Lounge, but on January 17th. Tickets are on sale for that too. I can't find a website for Pinktallica, so I know nothing about them, but they're my favorite band, just based on their name (and their choice of album to cover), in this post.

Last but not least, the extremely popular Beatles cover band, The Fab Faux, has two shows coming up at Terminal 5. On December 26th they perform "Abbey Road" and "Let it Be" (tickets), and on December 27th, "The White Album" (tickets).
More dates at their site.

Girls Girls Girls videos below...

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Mr Brownstone

Mr. Brownstone (the Guns N' Roses tribute band that contains members of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Takka Takka, and the Dave Godowsky band) is making its network televesion debut on the David Letterman show this Wednesday, part of a week of tribute bands playing on the show that also includes a performance by Irving Plaza regulars Super Diamond. Irving Plaza is also where Mr. Brownstone is playing on November 28th. Tickets are still on sale. The whole Letterman lineup for the week, below...

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Marissa Nadler

In the spirit of the season, I put some tracks up on my myspace of the soon to be rereleased Ballads of Living and Dying (on limited edition vinyl on Mexican summer) which remains to this day my spookiest record to date.

On this blog, I put up two new home recordings. Still I have to eagerly wait to put the tracks from Little Hells out there. The first is called "So long theresa," a song written by a friend of mine, Dave Godowsky. I saw him play it at Toad, this bar in Cambridge, MA, and was blown away by it. In addition to his solo work, he is also Izzy in the riotous Guns and Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone. I love his songs and this recording is still a work in progress. I'm just happy he let me cover it.

The second song I wrote 10 years ago and the recording is still a work in progress as well. It was the first song I liked that I wrote. "August Rose Gently" [Marissa Nadler]

The above "creepy halloween photo" of Marissa was taken by James Reed at the Old American Can Factory.

Dave Godowsky performs at Toad again this Sunday, November 2nd. Mr. Brownstone has a show coming up with Satanicide at Irving Plaza on November 28th. Marissa Nadler's last NYC show was during CMJ. Her next two non-NYC shows are listed below...

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Mr Brownstone @ Bowery Ballroom

Mr. Brownstone (the drunken Guns n' Roses cover band) is playing a show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on July 4th. Openers haven't been announced yet, but tickets are on sale. If you like Guns n Roses and alcohol then this is a good option if you're looking for something to do after Sonic Youth and/or the fireworks.

Mr. Brownstone @ MHOW, Brooklyn, NY - Dec 31, 2007 (CRED)
Mr Brownstone @ Music Hall

What happens at a Mr. Brownstone show, stays at a Mr. Brownstone show (mostly because nobody that was there can remember what happened there).

New Years WishesMr. Brownstone, Patti Smith, Les Savy Fav, The Virgins, Earl Greyhound, The Dresden Dolls, Dean & Britta, and a few others were all part of my first big 'New Years Eve in NYC' rundown this year. Then came news about Gogol Bordello, Dirty Projectors and Nellie McKay. We even heard about Velvet Revolver (which has since been reduced in price) and Chris Rock (which since had Jill Scott added to the bill). Here are some more NYC choices:

  • Studio B New Year's Eve Celebration featuring Slick Rick the Ruler, Moby, Frankie Bones , Kudu, Holy Ghost!, Jacques Renault, The Bangers, Eamon Harkin - only $20.
  • "What happens when you cross NYC's top burlesque night with a monster New Years Eve dance party? Burlesque + Discoteque = BURLESQUE - O - TEQUE!" @ Galapagos - tickets are on sale.
  • "NYE Official Radiohead Album Release Party with Young Love, 33HZ and VHS or Beta Deejays" - tickets are very expensive and so are drinks @ Hiro Ballroom.
  • DJ XXXchange from Spank Rock is playing at the Annex
  • The Y2k8 Dance Party @ Silent Barn is all ages and will have free Sparks and is only $5.00 to get in - 6 live acts and/or DJs, presented by Famous Friends & Big Stereo.
  • A Place To Bury Strangers is playing the RATED-X & TRASH! New Years Eve Extravaganza at Don Hill's (sort of this year's Motherf*cker party since there isn't Motherf*cker anymore)
Studio B is my first choice of that new bunch, but Galapagos and Silent Barn sound great too - and Don Hill's will probably be good too (if you liked going to Motherf*cker). Hiro Ballroom I can definitely do without.

WIN STUFF: I have one pair of tickets to give away to Mr. Brownstone, and another pair for Nellie McKay, and I still never gave away that pair to the Dirty Projectors, AND I have two DVD copies of The Ten to send out as well. The Ten is related to The State. More details on all of this below.....

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also keep reading for Moby, comedian Dave Hill & Hal Sparks

Tragedy @ Highline Ballroom, NY - Sept 2, 2007 (CRED)
Tragedy @ Highline Ballroom

Luckily, this isn't really about metal, it's about novelty metal. Sunday night, the Highline Ballroom brought together not one, not two, not three, but four of our area's finest examples of metal schtick. I only saw one of them, actually. I missed Boyz Nite (known for their "Die Hard" song), Queen Diamond (teenage girl King Diamond tribute) and Beatallica (you can figure it out). I came specifically to see Tragedy, the Number One All-Metal Beegees Tribute Band in the Tri-State Area. And more specifically, I came because I'm friends with the bassist. [Soundbites]
But more about Tragedy later. First let's talk about Ween...


Ween are set to release their next album La Cucaracha on October 23, 2007 on Rounder Records. Wait...Rounder Records? What do you have to say about that Dean Ween?

The guy from Rounder drove down to New Hope from Massachusetts and took us to lunch. We've been on a lot of labels the past 23 years and had a lot of lunches and we've heard a lot of "pitches". After making small talk for the first 20 minutes I finally felt like I should ask him something, anything-- since he drove all the way down here. The only thing I could come up with was "are there any other bands on Rounder comparable to Ween? I mean when I think of Rounder Records I think of all those Thorogood records and mostly folk type stuff." He said "no, not really." We all started laughing and the decision was made in our minds right there that this was where we needed to be. Later that night we watched the Red Sox game at our studio and then he drove back to Boston t he next day. That's the whole story, and now Ween is on Rounder. Anyway, it's not my job to critique Ween and measure one of our records against another, but I will say that we are super happy with La Cucaracha, we consider it to be a party record, unlike our last record which was more of a Jonestown type party vibe.
Good story, but there's more. Let it be revealed right here and now that "the guy from Rounder" is none other than Izzy Stradlin (aka Rounder A&R guy Dave Godowsky) from the recently disbanded Guns N Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone...

"no, not really." (Izzy, Slash & Axl @ Bowery Ballroom)
Izzy Slash & Axl of Mr. Brownstone

More like NO, NOT REALLY BROKEN UP. Tickets are now on sale for a Mr. Brownstone reunion show at Bowery Ballroom on November 10th (they were broken up for a whole year and four months). They're also playing the Paradise in Boston on December 15th, and tickets are about to go on sale for that one too.

And speaking of metal reunions, Satanicide (who share a member with Mr. Brownstone) is also back! Possibly broken up for an even less amount of time, or maybe more - who can keep track....Izzy Slash & Axl of Mr. Brownstone

On the heels of their sold-out Fillmore at Irving Plaza performance in August, SATANiCiDE will reunite for a one last show (at Bowery Ballroom this Friday September 7th). Making the 17 mile trek from Jer-Z with SATANiCiDE will also be Moby, and comedian Hal Sparks of Showtime's, "Queer as Folk". Other special guests include Suicide Girls, and SATANiDANCER, (and girlfriend of SATANiCiDE's Aleister Cradley) Peg Ramon-Stamos.

"How envious we are of you, all our fans", says SATANiCiDE lead singer Devlin Mayhem. "Unlike you, we will not be able to see our own show. We will be too busy rokking to witness the greatest spectacle of rokk this side of the Holland Tunnel".

Sharing the stage will be the recently Warped-toured THE NOTORIOUS MSG. Blasting out of the streets of Chinatown, THE NOTORIOUS MSG have arrived with a vengeance. Serving up deep-fried beats straight from the Chinese ghetto, they will not stop until they achieve complete world domination.

That's right, Moby (musical star of the new videogame Bioshock) will be there (again). Also (though not mentioned above) - comedian Dave Hill (a musician himself in a band that also shares a member with Satanicide) is also involved in this show in some way. Tickets are on sale.

But wait - what about TRAGEDY? Well, besides sharing a member (Phil) with Satanicide and Dave Hill's band Children of the Unicorn, not to mention Hair Suppply, Tragedy will in fact be opening at all three reunion shows - first for Satanicide at Bowery, and then at both of the Mr. Brownstone gigs.

BONUS POINTS: Now see if you can match this all up with the related post from over 2 years ago. Rock.