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Murray Hill at The Julie Ruin's Bowery Ballroom show (more by PSquared)
Murray Hill

Downtown comedian and drag king legend Murray Hill will headline Gramercy Theatre for his first time on March 8 for a one-off of The Murray Hill Show. He's got some of his best pals (and impressive ones) lined up as guests for the show, including Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, singer/comedian Bridget Everett, Ad-Rock's collaborator and fellow rapper Champagne Jerry, and Peaches. They'll be backed by Murray's band The Rimshots (Jesse Elder, Matt Parker, Kenbal Zwerin, Arthur Vint). Tickets for the show are on sale now. Flyer below.

Meanwhile, you can catch Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, who just made a new video starring Ad-Rock and Carmine Covelli (also of The Julie Ruin), monthly at Joe's Pub. Their next show is February 25. Tickets are still available.

Champagne Jerry, who also has a recent video with Ad-Rock, continues his monthly appearances at Joe's Pub as well, which are in conjunction with his album rollout. The next one is on March 7 and tickets are on sale now.

In other NYC drag news, Night of a Thousand Stevies, the annual Stevie Nicks tribute drag/burlesque/dance party, returns for its 24th year to Irving Plaza on May 9. Tickets go on sale today (2/7) at 10 AM.

In more related news, The Julie Ruin just made a video for "Goodnight Goodbye," which you can watch below. They also have an upcoming tour with Screaming Females, and Kathleen Hanna will be curating Sled Island (6/18-22 in Calgary) this year.

Video of Murray Hill and Bridget Everett, with the show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Murray Hill headlining Gramercy w/ Ad-Rock, Peaches, others; Night of 1000 Stevies returning; Julie Ruin made a new video"

Bridget Everett

Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments released their debut, Pound It, last year a mix of rock and electrofunk with Everett's none-too-subtle come-ons front and center. She's just made a video for the album's opening track "What I Gotta Do?" which made its debut at her Joe's Pub show earlier this week (1/29) and makes its online premiere in this post.

"What I Gotta Do" is a question that there's more to -- which quickly becomes clear in the NSFW video, directed by 365GUY's Gregory Kramer and Timothy Reukauf. The video costars Everett's Tender Moments bandmates Carmine Covelli (of the Julie Ruin) and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (who recently starred in a Champagne Jerry video too). Both do a good job as backup dancers. Look for faux Borscht Belt comedian Murray Hill too. You can watch it below.

And catch Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments monthly at Joe's Pub. Their next show is February 25. Tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Bridget Everett asks 'What I Gotta Do'? --- Watch new NSFW video co-starring Ad-Rock"

photos by Kevin Yatarola

Champagne Jerry and Adam Horovitz @ Joe's Pub, NYC (12/7/2013)
Champagne Jerry
Champagne Jerry
Champagne Jerry

Brooklyn rapper Champagne Jerry (aka Neal Medlyn) continued his monthly Joe's Pub appearances over the weekend (12/7) as part of the rollout for his upcoming album, For Real You Guys. In conjunction with this past Saturday's show, CJ is releasing the new single "Yo Kev!," which amazingly features Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, who also performed with CJ at the show where the song was debuted and the video first screened. That video now makes its online premiere in this post, and you can watch it below.

The softball-themed video, which was directed by Jason Cacioppo and shot it in September in Williamsburg, stars Ad-Rock, Champagne Jerry, Jerry's DJ and producer Max Tannone, downtown legend and everyone's favorite host Murray Hill as the coach, House of Larreon fashion designer, visual artist and performer Larry Krone, ex-Isotoners and performer Jim Andralis, Eben Burr, artist Cycle, Morningwood/Wallflowers/Exclamation Pony member Peter Yanowitz, fashion model Lisa Davies, Mia Juhng, writer and journalist Ada Calhoun, Babe the Blue Ox's Eddie Gormley, and legendary graffiti artist, graphic designer and creator of the Champagne Jerry logo Cey Adams.

Rolling Stone caught the Joe's Pub show, which saw a Beastie Boy in one of NYC's most intimate venues, and they wrote:

As the cavernous bass tones and rugged drums of "Yo Kev!" kicked in, Champagne Jerry and Ad-Rock traded rhymes onstage, with the latter clad in a baseball cap and t-shirt baring the slogan "Referee." While Jerry's rhymes included the boast "all of Taylor Swift's songs are about me," the Beastie Boy dropped scattershot lyrics that featured him bragging how he "pop bottles so hard got carpel-tunnel" and included references to all-day brunch and the chicken-tastic Brooklyn food spot Pies 'n' Thighs. The video to the song, which has the characters playing ball in a rough and tumble environment, also had its world premiere.
Pictures of the show are in this post too. Check out more, along with the new video, below...

Continue reading "watch Ad-Rock rap with Champagne Jerry in new 'Yo Kev!' video (BV Premiere), like he did at Joe's Pub (pics)"

Body/Head at Saint Vitus in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
Body Head

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

Jonathan Richman, Hilton Valentine @ Bowery Ballroom
Modern Lover Jonathan Richman has been a continuously active solo artist for decades, and it's been a pretty regular thing that he comes by NYC to do a multi-night run here at least once a year. Tonight he returns for his first of two Bowery Ballroom shows.

Neil Finn @ Le Poisson Rouge
One of the great songwriters of the last 30+ years, Neil Finn has had a long career, making thoughtful pop in Split Enz, Crowded House and on many solo records.

Body/Head, Kathleen Hanna (DJ Set), Ad Rock (DJ Set) @ MoMA
Kim Gordon's current project Body/Head has been pretty active lately. They just played a benefit at Issue Proejct Room last week, and now they're playing this MoMA show as part of the venue's PopRally series, which "features collaborations with artists and musical acts, performances, film screenings, receptions, and special viewings of exhibitions." Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin) DJs. Update: Kathleen dropped off, but her husband Ad Rock (of the Beastie Boys) replaced her.

Angel Haze @ Webster Hall
Rapper Angel Haze has some very impressive singles and an EP out, and she's a fierce performer too. Her debut album still awaits a release date, but she she hasn't been inactive. She's been releasing freestyles that contain some genuinely intense stuff. Tonight should get interesting.

High Highs, Grand Resort, Lydia Ainsworth @ Cameo Gallery
Australia's High Highs combine acoustic guitars and airy synths for an enticingly melodic sound; Grand Resort make indiepop inspired by the '80s UK indiepop scene and do it very well.

The Veda Rays, Eastern Hollows, BNLX, Ponyhof, The Charlie Watts Riots, No Sinner @ Pianos
Right in the middle of this jam-packed bill are Minneapolis' BNLX who cheekily mix a decade's worth of post-punk influences into a highly-enjoyable, very loud sound.

World's Fair, RatKing, The Incomparable, Shakespeare, G4SHi @ SOB's
World's Fair have been one of the more exciting NYC rap groups to come up lately, and after having played many recent local shows as an opener, tonight they headline a NYC gig at SOB's.

Paul Johnson, Anthony Naples, Star Eyes, Free Magic @ Output
VICE's electronic branch THUMP are presenting Output's weekly INPUT party this week. Among other things, it includes upcoming NYC producer Anthony Naples, who is worth showing up for.

Computer Magic, White Gallery, Larry Gus @ Baby's All Right
It's a night on the synthy side with the lovely pop sounds of Computer Magic and the off-kilter stylings of DFA artist Larry Gus.

Chip Taylor @ The Cutting Room
Having written both "Angel of the Morning" and "Wild Thing," Chip Taylor has also written dozens of songs for the likes of Hollies, Linda Ronstadt, and Willie Nelson. He is also, believe it or not, Jon Voight's brother.

MINKS, ARP @ Mercury Lounge
MINKS made the switch from murky dour post-punk, to bright jangly pop (still with a UK bent) on this year's terrific Tides End.

Nicole Atkins @ MOSCOT LES
Underrated singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins performs for free at this high-end eyeglass chain's Low East Side store.

Tonstartssbandht, Pink Noise, Jayyce, Jerry Pape @ Silent Barn
Experimental band Tonstartssbandht and/or its members' other projects have been playing NYC a lot lately, and tonight's another chance to catch their wacky, noisy tunes live.

Kim Ann Foxman, Pat Mahoney, Amber Valentine, Murray Hill, Merkin Muffley, Angel Favorite @ Union Pool
Tonight Union Pool hosts the seventh PAT party, JD Samson's "new dance party for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving whoever they want. Video screens with video art. Amazing DJ's and people willing to let go. PAT is everybody mixed up together." Lineup includes Kim Ann Foxman (Hercules and Love Affair), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kathleen Hanna's pal Murray Hill, Amber Valentine, and more.

A Beacon in the Smog: Comedy Benefit for Grist.org @ The Bell House
Eugene Mirman, Wyatt Cenac, David Cross, Eleanor Friedberger and Kurt Braunohler perform tonight to raise money for environmental news website Grist.org. Sold Out.

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

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Vader, Leia and Yoda @ Thompkins Sq. Park Halloween Pet Parade (via)
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Peelander-Z at Brain Cave Festival 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Peelander

Happy Halloween! As you might imagine, there's many Halloween-related shows tonight, including a number of cover shows, and of course the Village Halloween Parade! Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's spooky shows (and the regular ones too). Here are some highlights...

Holy Ghost!, Joakim, Midnight Magic, Eli Escobar, Lloydsky @ Terminal 5
They've certainly got the right name for a Halloween show. HG! should have T5 movin' with their '80s style New-Order-at-Danceteria jams. Tickets are still available.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Jenny Hval, Tanz Praxis ft. C.Lavender @ Basilica Hudson
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan come in costume no matter what show they're playing, so they'll feel right at home tonight at this slightly-upstate venue. Also of note on this bill is Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (who has a couple shows in NYC next week too).

Peelander Z, Ken South Rock, AEON RINGS (formerly Night Vision) @ Glasslands
Another band who always come costumed, Peelander-Z are sure to bring the party tonight. And they've gone hair metal on their new album, so if you're looking for a rowdy, super-fun, hair metal Halloween, Glasslands is the place to be.

Liturgy, Alan Howarth @ 285 Kent Avenue
"Transcendental black metal" band Liturgy are teaming up with composer Alan Howarth to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Howarth's work on John Carpenter's horror classic, Halloween.

Crystal Stilts, Excepter, Zachary Cale @ Bowery Ballroom
They are leaning more '60s psych these days, but Crystal Stilts have strong gothic streak, due in no small part to Brad Hargett's deep bellow. Look for a spooky set tonight.

Gatekeeper, Mirror Mirror, DJ Bruno (Light Asylum) @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
For a dark, gothy Halloween dance party, head to the ominous Brooklyn Masonic Temple for these electronic musicians and DJs.

The Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Justin Strauss, Evan Michael @ Cameo Gallery
If you're just looking to dance tonight, it's hard to argue with the four-on-the-floor proclivities of the Juan Maclean. Justin Strauss, meanwhile, is a legend with more than three decades of dancefloor experience having worked with everyone from Luther Vandross to Skinny Puppy. It's a late show -- doors at 10 PM -- so you can make it if you want to keep the DFA vibes rolling after Holy Ghost!

The Dickies, Chronic Sick @ Knitting Factory
The Dickies have been making new wavey punk for over three decades, and they're still kicking.

Avan Lava, Light Asylum, Zebra Katz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This show's got three very different artists who should all provide very fun sets in their own way. There's the upbeat synth pop of Avan Lava, the dark Light Asylum, and eccentric rapper Zebra Katz, whose "Ima Read" is always a good sing-along at his shows.

Raime, Vatican Shadow, Silent Servant, Kiss & Tell, Further Reductions, Bethany and Alyssa @ Output
Another bill leaning towards the dark and electronic: Raime will be debuting an audio/visual set, and Dominick Fernow's (Prurient) "militant religious industrial" project Vatican Shadow is not to miss either.

Murray Hill, Andy Rourke (The Smiths) (DJ Set), Steve Lewis (DJ Set), Chicks Who Love Guns @ Passenger Bar
Williamsburg's Passenger Bar is hosts this free party with MC duties from none other than legend Murray Hill and a DJ set from The Smiths' Andy Rourke and others. There's also a costume contest for anyone dressed the the "Blood, Burlesque & B-Movie" themes.

The Body, Pissgrave @ Saint Vitus Bar
Crushing duo The Body hold court with Pissgrave tonight at what for some is the only place to be on Hallowwen

DJ Dog Dick, Lakutis, Cities Aviv, DJ Uniique, Rlly Tho & Wodge Daddy, DJ John J Rambo, DJ Kristina Tequila @ Secret Location
This show's got three artists who have no problem crossing the boundaries of hip hop, DJ Dog Dick, Lakutis, and Cities Aviv. Location TBA soon.

Buster Poindexter @ Cafe Carlyle
Maybe to get in the spirit of dressing up, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen is reviving his loungey Buster Poindexter guise tonight.

Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Questlove usually does his weekly Bowl Train party at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursdays, but for Halloween, Biz Markie is taking over the boards. And he's, he's got what you need.

Jonathan Toubin's Haunted Hop @ Secret Project Robot
This is Jonathan Toubin's annual Halloween Party, and will feature a bunch of bands performing sets as other bands like The Damned, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Seeds, Roky Erickson and more. They aren't saying who's actually performing, but Jonathan knows a few people. Plus, JT will be spinning classic spooky 45s all night. $5 in costume, $20 without.

Gabba Ghouls, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Lust Cats, Mannequin Pussy @ Lit Lounge
Vermont psych pop band Happy Jawbone Family Band and NYC punks Mannequin Pussy are always worth catching, though for the occasion you might wanna see The Gabba Ghouls too.

World/Inferno Friendship Society @ Warsaw
World/Inferno Friendship Society do their annual "Hallowmas" show on Halloween at Warsaw.

Murphys Law, Caught In A Trap, Chesty Malone And The Slice Em Ups, Skum City @ The Trash Bar
The Trash Bar is celebrating Halloween with this show which, among other things, includes long-running NYC punk band Murphy's Law.

Ed Sheeran @ Mercury Lounge
For many of us, there are few things scarier than UK singer Ed Sheeran, who has two shows at Madison Square Garden coming up. We're not sure why he's playing Mercury Lounge tonight, but maybe he's going to show us his dark side. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Carnivores (as B-52s), Ava Luna (as Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (as Velvet Underground), Bueno (as Wu-Tang Clan) @ Shea Stadium
This is one of the many Halloween cover shows, but it's especially notable because it's also the only NYC stop on Atlanta garage rockers and Black Lips/Deerhunter associates Carnivores' tour. They'll be playing songs by the B-52s, but also many of their own.

And here's more of those cover shows...

Celestial Shore (as Led Zeppelin), Whoarfrost (as Nirvana), Cloud Becomes Your Hand (does Jock Jams), YOU (as Interpol) @ Silent Barn

Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit, Big Ups as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, Butter the Children as Pixies, Palehound as Pavement @ Cake Shop

Eugene Chadbourne as Jimmy Carl Black, Evan Gallagher as Thelonious Monk, Thomas Heberer as Muggsy Spanier, Tatsuya Nakatani as Johnny Cash, Louie Pearlman as Cab Calloway, Barry Mitterhof as Jethro Burns @ The Stone

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photos by P Squared Photography

The Julie Ruin @ Bowery Ballroom 9/3/2013
The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

She conceived the group as what she called her "dream band," with players from different walks of her life: on bass, her Bikini Kill band mate Kathi Wilcox; on guitar, Sara Landeau, an instructor at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, where Ms. Hanna occasionally teaches; on drums, her friend Carmine Covelli; and Kenny Mellman, Herb of the cabaret act Kiki & Herb, as a keyboardist and songwriter. They rehearsed casually around town and at Ms. Hanna's New Jersey home -- "I can't call it jamming, because I hate that; I don't jam," she said -- without considering where it would lead.

According to Ms. Wilcox, "When she approached me to join the band, she was sort of like, 'We may never tour, we may never make a record, but we're just doing this now for fun, because I need to.' "

But Ms. Hanna arrived with some songs intact -- including one, "Just My Kind," written for Christina Aguilera -- and though she didn't have an overarching sound in mind, she knew what she liked. "I know I love sexy surf guitars, I know I love loud snare," she said. "I love really simple repeating bass lines, and I love weird mad scientist keyboard sounds."

Mr. Mellman, a musical savant and a voracious consumer of new bands, gave himself the task of keeping the Julie Ruin up-to-date. "The last thing I wanted was for it to start sounding like a '90s revival," he said.
- [NY Times]

With The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna finds herself back on indie rock terra firma, but Tuesday night's album release show at Bowery Ballroom (9/3) , the band's other roots -- which might be summed up as the Joe's Pub drag-cabaret scene -- were proudly showing. Kiki & Herb's Kenny Mellman plays keyboards and their drummer Carmine Covelli also plays in Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments which also sports Hanna's hubby Adam Horovitz (who was at Bowery too, photo below) as a member. The Bowery show was hosted by everyone's favorite drag king comedian Murray Hill (who has also shared stages with Kathleen before).

Most people in attendance (a crowd that included Dave Hill and Kim Gordon) were probably too busy dancing and enjoying themselves to think about such things. While the show was a celebration of The Julie Ruin's debut album (out this week) and most of it was played, their set featured a number of Le Tigre songs. A picture of the setlist is below. The show was the kickoff to their tour and opening were sonic and cultural descendants, Swearin'. Photos from the show are in this post.

If you missed it, the tour finishes in NYC as well with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 25. Tickets for that are still available.

More pictures from Bowery, and video of The Julie Ruin's performance one night later on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (aka last night), below...

Continue reading "The Julie Ruin played Fallon, celebrated release @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Swearin' & Murray Hill (pics, video, setlist)"

Baby New Year

Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.

One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.

Jay-Z's pal Kanye West is doing a three-night run in Atlantic City right before NYE (12/28-30) at Revel. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Another hip hop option includes Nas at Radio City Music Hall that also features Elle Varner. Tickets are still available.

Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing unifiedpromo@unifiedpromo.com.

Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.

If jam bands are your thing, you might also want to catch The Disco Biscuits, who kick off their four-night run at Best Buy Theater tonight (12/26) and then play NYE at The Theatre at MSG (tickets).

Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.

If you're more into dancing, RJD2 will be DJing at Gramercy Theater with Com Truise and Chrome Sparks; and Moby and many others will be DJing at an as-yet undisclosed location (tickets).

Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.

Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.

Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.

Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.

Matthew Dear and Superpitcher are at Le Bain (tix); Ian Pooley, Pat Mahoney and more at Cameo; Onra, Nick Catchdubs, and Samo Sound Boy are at Williamsburg's Villian (tickets).

Holy Ghost! and Midnight Magic are at Brooklyn Bowl (sold out) and after that, Holy Ghost!'s DFA labelmate Juan Maclean will DJ an afterparty at the same venue (tickets).

Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.

If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.

For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.

Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit,  plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.

After that, DJ Rashad, DJ Manny, Sasha Go Hard, and others will play an afterparty at 285 Kent (tickets).

Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.

Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).

More indie rock: Blonde Redhead and Beach Fossils are at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available and you can also win a pair from us.

Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Meanwhile across the Hudson, The Hold Steady will ring in 2013 with Lucero at The Wellmont Theatre in NJ. Tickets are still available.

Before that, Lucero will do a two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl (12/28-29) with Nude Beach supporting on night 1 and Hollis Brown on night 2. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both are still available.

Amanda Palmer will be at Terminal 5, playing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety which will surely be a spectacle. She'll play a set of originals too. Tickets are still available.

If you'd like to party like it's 1929, Spirit Family Reunion are bringing the old time religion to Pianos. Tickets are still available, includes a champagne toast.

More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).

The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.

My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

After that, Capitol Theatre will host Steve Miller Band on 12/30 (tickets) and funky METERS with Dumpstaphunk on NYE (tickets).

For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.

To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.

Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.

What did we miss?

Heading to Austin? We have a list of shows happening there too. Update: And Chicago too.

Continue reading "A guide to New Year's Eve shows and parties in NYC"

Dita Von Teese

Most people get dressed up for Halloween but burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese will be taking it off for a three night stand at Gramercy Theatre on Oct. 30 - Nov. 1. The show, titled "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray" is being MC'd by Murray Hill and also features Dirty Martini, Catherine D'Lish, Selene Luna, Perle Noire and Monsieur Romeo. Tickets are on sale now.

If you're a Top Chef fan, you may have seen Dita (who turns 40 on Friday [9/28]) recently on Top Chef Masters where she turned host Curtis Stone into a giggling schoolboy and displayed serious food knowledge as well. You can watch that clip below.

Meanwhile, for all your burlesque needs, head to the Bell House for the 10th Annual New York Burlesque Festival starting tonight (9/27).

Continue reading "Dita Von Teese's "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray" coming to NYC during Halloween; Burlesque Fest @ Bell House meanwhile starts tonight"

Fergus & Geronimo at BV-SXSW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fergus & Geronimo

Happy New Year's Eve Eve! We've already given you a list of concerts and parties happening tomorrow and followed that with even more things to do. Some are already sold out (like 285 Kent and Glasslands). Some still have tickets (like Deer Tick). Here we are yet again with some more options.

Fergus & Geronimo are playing The Gutter (12/31) in Brooklyn with NT, My Teenage Stride, and The City Streets. Fergus will reportedly be "headlining at midnight" and "debuting tons of songs from their FUNKY new album." Brooklyn's NT are working on a new record and they've got a new song from it up for free download on bandcamp called "Reflection."

Superhuman Happiness are DJing at Union Pool (12/31) with DJ Partypants and visuals by BAMiAM.tv. As Superhuman Happiness point out on facebook, this is a DJ set and will be a very different show than their live set at Cake Shop TONIGHT (12/30). Tonight's post-Phish late show is a Dog Gone Blog presented show that features special guest Colin Stetson and DJ sets by Dog Gone Blog, Unicorn Pudding, and like tomorrow's Union Pool show, visuals by BAMiAM.tv.

Dance & Hip Hop DJ collective The Rub is throwing a New Year's Eve party at Southpaw (12/31) with DJ Ayres, Cosmo Baker, DJ Eleven, and special guest DJ Moma. Tickets are still available.

Rub associate Nick Catchdubs is also DJing a New Year's Eve event in Brooklyn, at the Built by MeanRed party at Loreley (12/31) with Jubilee and a surprise guest. Tickets are available.

The Rub will also DJ at Brooklyn Bowl on January 15 for The Freedom Party vs. The Rub. Tickets are on sale.

One more NYE option is Murray Hill's New Year's Eve Extravaganza at Knitting Factory with Dirty Martini, Bridget Everett, Angie Pontani, Neal Medlyn, Trixie Little & Evil Hate Monkey, Amber Martin, and DJ Sirlinda. More expensive VIP tickets are sold out but $45 general admission tickets are still available.

Fliers below...

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Don Hill (photo by Julian Ungano)
Don Hill
Don Hill

As tweeted by Moby (see above) and many other notable club veterans, and confirmed to me via a call to Don Hill's who said there is a memorial tonight (3/31) at the club (toast at midnight), nightclub owner and legend Don Hill has sadly passed away. Though details are scarce at the moment, some on Twitter are saying he was "found dead in his apartment" "this morning". Update: someone seemingly in the know says: "He passed away at the hospital. Not in his apartment. It was this evening around 7, not this morning." And Bebe Buell adds (in reaction to the last minute midnight toast), "Don's actual memorial will be the biggest coming together of all the people he has helped+supported-those of us who loved him+knew him well." Stay tuned for more info.

Murray Hill calls it the end of an era. Miss Guy says he was the nicest person in nightlife. Justine D agrees. I didn't know him personally, but I always liked seeing him hanging around his club that shared his name. He opened Don Hill's in the early 90's and before that managed the East Village's Cat Club (David Bowie & Peter Frampton played there in 1987). "American Hardcore" author Steven Blush (who also worked at Don Hill's) once wrote...

" I booked [GG Allen] at the Cat Club. His most infamous part of the show is to shit on the stage and throw it at the crowd and got thrown out. I got written up in the Village Voice for the show that I had put on. The irony, of course, is that the manager of the Cat Club was Don Hill and I couldn't work any more at that club after that but we always remained friendly....

...Don Hill is the best club owner in New York. After the Cat Club, when that closed, a couple of years later, Don did what he was supposed to do, which was own his own club. Don has the support of the whole club community of the local neighborhood which is unheard of for clubs. The clubs got a great reputation. Sometimes I wish we were bigger and trashier, but then we wouldn't be Don Hill's."

Cat Club
Don Hills

As posted back in August 2010 when it was announced that Don Hill's was closing for renovations, Steve Lewis wrote...Don Hill

"Don Hill's was born in April 1993 to much flag waving, fanfare and hoopla. The Smithereens set the tone that night and it has since become a virtual rock and roll hall of fame. Don has booked the joint, hired staff, run day to day and night to night operations, he's answered the phones and I suspect that on some nights he swept out the joint. He will now be joined by superheroes Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny. They will come in with mad skills, new energy and cash to redux the place. They will merge with Don to create more of the same but even better."
Since re-opening with the new partners on board, the club has in fact been the scene of many high profile and hard to get into events, most notably a fashion week show by Iggy Pop. According to Nur Khan, they also "had LCD Soundsystem booked," but "there were complications with production and stage size so we were unable to do the gig." There were rumors this week that the Strokes would do a show there before or after their sold out gig at MSG (I haven't been able to prove those rumors though, or the show fell through).

R.I.P. Don Hill (both of them)

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photos by Chris La Putt

The Gossip

"I woke up the morning after the Gossip concert and could not get Beth Ditto's breasts out of my head. They were unleashed Friday night at Terminal 5 for one of the hottest concerts I've been to in some time. The energy and fervor lured out of the crowd by the insane vocals of front woman Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Blilie is unmatched. I envy the confidence and drive of Ditto, with her severe bob and bangs, mad makeup, spirit, humor and plus-size fabulousness. I sort of want live in her world. I'm also enthralled with the androgynous Blilie, who also graces the cover of Gossip's latest album cover, Music for Men." [CenterOrch]
Gossip (again), Rye Rye (who has since been added to the M.I.A./Die Antwoord show) & the Phenomenal Handclap Band (who have since added a headlining show at MHOW) shared a bill at Terminal 5 in NYC Friday night (5/2). The show was part of a tour that started at Coachella. More pictures from it, with the headliner's setlist, below...

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Les Savy Fav @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Natasha Ryan)
Les Savy Fav

BROOKLYN KNITTING FACTORY SET TO OPEN / BROOKLYN'S LES SAVY FAV TO PLAY OPENING NIGHT

"The Knitting Factory, a leader in the New York arts scene for over two decades, is proud to announce that our new venue at 361 Metropolitan Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY will be opening September 2009. Brooklyn-based favorites, Les Savy Fav, will perform and host the opening night on Wednesday September 9th. Upcoming shows will feature performances by: Boss Hog, Rasputina, Mayer Hawthorne, Titus Andronicus, The Raincoats, The Spits, Mucca Pazza, Melissa Auf der Maur, cEvin Key, A Wilhelm Scream, Helado Negro, Maps and Atlases, No Neck Blues Band, Dub Trio, Smokey's Secret Family and much more to be announced. Upcoming special events include this year's Williamsburg Fashion Week's Fashion and Arts Premiere, the Miss LEZ Pageant and the Royal Flush Film Festival.
We've been waiting for this news since first finding out Knitting Factory was taking over the Brooklyn Luna Lounge lounge space in April 2008 (which was followed by official confirmation in July of the same year). Since then, Knitting Factory's Manhattan location closed and reopened (and closed again) and lots of people have been left wondering what the deal was.

Tickets for the September 9th Les Savy Fav show are on sale (thx Coma). They also play Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

Boss Hog is September 10th (tickets). They play ATP NY on September 12th.

The Titus Andronicus/So So Glos show (tickets) is the last date on a long tour that also includes a show at Maxwell's.

Melissa Auf der Maur plays KF on October 17th as part of the Royal Flush Film Festival which makes sense since she made a movie. Tickets for that event are on sale.

And tickets and dates to all of the above mentioned shows are HERE.

More about the space, HERE.

Tim Harrington apologizes to his mom, in the video below...

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New York Burlesque Festival

The 7th Annual New York Burlesque Festival will be taking place Thursday, October 1st to Sunday October 4th. Festival venues include the Bell House, BB King's and Le Poisson Rouge.

The fest is being organized by NYC burlesque aces the Pontani Sisters (who performed June 25th at Santos) and Thirsty Girl Productions' Jen Gapay. Applications are currently being accepted for performers.

Three day VIP passes are on sale now. More info, with a video trailer of the 2008 fest, below...

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Big Gay show

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the New York affiliate of the ACLU, is one of the nation's foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with six chapters and nearly 50,000 members statewide.

In 2007, the NYCLU created a group for Young Professionals (22-40) to support the work of the NYCLU by raising funds, spreading awareness, and building a community of like-minded New Yorkers and advocates for change.

The New York Civil Liberties Union Young Professionals will host the second annual BIG GAY VARIETY SHOW at The Box in NYC on Tuesday March 3rd. Tickets HERE. More details below...

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photos by Bao Nguyen

DOWNLOAD: Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control (MP3)

Gossip @ Webster Hall

Gossip @ Webster Hall

Gossip @ Webster Hall

As a friend said right after the show, "I'm not sure how anyone can hate on that band". Gossip rocks and Beth Ditto is confident and knows how to entertain, not to mention spread love (except towards John McCain, Rolling Stone, Alanis Morissette, jocks and Pitchfork). Webster Hall was packed tight and it was great when most of the crowd was dancing and going crazy together. That happened during 'Standing in the Way of Control' at the end of the set and then again in the encore. Beth finished the show with a huge crowd-on-stage sing-along. She had the whole place chanting "We are important". Murray Hill helped make the show even more entertaining by MCing before the band came out, after they left the stage the first time, and after they left again (April 15, 2008). More pics below....

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A Murray Little Christmas (CRED)
Murray Hill & friends

Christmas is just four days away. That means very few people are working, there are a lot less people in the city, and that this long weekend should be full of holiday shows like A Twisted Christmas, Heeb Storytelling at Joe's Pub, and Heebonism @ Knitting Factory. What else can you recommend?

Holiday messages from Sharon Jones & The Pipettes below....

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