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Retrovirus
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Retrovirus, no wave legend Lydia Lunch's project with Weasel Walter (Flying Luttenbachers, Behold... The Arctopus), Bob Bert (Sonic Youth) and Tim Dahl (Child Abuse), have some shows coming up this month and next. They play LA this weekend, two New Zealand shows in August, and NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on August 23. Tickets for LPR are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Nicolas Jaar will release a collection from Lydia Lunch's former band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks on his Other People label. It's called Live 1977-1979, and includes recordings from NYC's Max's Kansas City and CBGB and Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern. That follows Other People reissuing Lydia's Conspiracy of Women earlier this year.

Lydia isn't the only legendary no wave musician playing LPR in August. Three days later, Ikue Mori will be there playing a collaborative set with guitar great Marc Ribot. They'll be opening for Earth, for whom it's the first of two NYC stops on their tour. Tickets for that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair on Facebook.

Ikue also plays Roulette on Saturday (8/1), and has a bunch of upcoming appearances at The Stone. She plays there August 10 with Bruce Ackley, Mike Lockwood and Jen Baker, and twice in September during vocal quartet Mycale's residency. That includes 9/17 with Mycale and 9/20 with Sylvie Courvoisier and Jim Black.

She then plays Jon Rose's October residency on 10/11 with Rose and John Medeski. After that, she plays 8 PM and 10 PM sets on November 18 during Zeena Parkins' residency. The early set is Ikue and Zeena, and the late set has that duo joined by Erik Friedlander and Cyro Baptista. Other artists playing Zeena's residency include Nate Wooley, White Out, Nels Cline, Okkyung Lee, and more. Full schedule here.

Lastly (for now), Ikue plays the 12/18 date of Chuck Bettis' residency with Bettis and Sylvie Courvoisier. We mentioned earlier today that Chuck's residency also includes Mick Barr, who has his own residency at the venue in August. That one includes an 8/19 show with Retrovirus member Tim Dahl.

Watch a live Retrovirus video, with their list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Lydia Lunch's Retrovirus playing shows; Ikue Mori is too; Nicolas Jaar releasing live Teenage Jesus LP on his label"

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

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
Titus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. Night 4 of their sold-out 5-night run at Shea Stadium.

Culture Club @ Beacon Theater
The original lineup of '80s icons Culture Club didn't make it over as planned last fall but are here now for their first of two nights at Beacon Theatre. Expect multiple costume changes, plus all the hits and probably a few songs from their new album, Tribes, that's due out early next year.

The English Beat @ City Winery
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too (and maybe even "She's Having a Baby"), you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."

U2 @ MSG
Rock and pop superstars U2 are now a little more than halfway through their eight-show run at Madison Square Garden. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

Dawes, First Aid Kit, Andy Shauf @ Central Park SummerStage
For a good triple bill of folk music, Central Park is pretty much the place to be tonight. Three different nationalities will be represented, with LA's Dawes, Sweden's First Aid Kit, and Canada's Andy Shauf.

Krallice, Radiation Blackbody, Feast of the Epiphany @ Acheron
Local black metal greats Krallice appear to be teasing a new album, but while we don't have any real details on that, we do know they and their related projects remain active as a live band.

Mas Ysa, Kelsey Lu, Michael Beharie, Wish @ Baby's All Right
Once a fixture on the Brooklyn DIY scene, Mas Ysa (aka Thomas Arsenault) now lives in Upstate NY. His danceable debut album, Seraph, just came out and he celebrates tonight in his former home.

Nels Cline & Scott Amendola with the Les Paul Trio @ Iridium
There's rarely a lack of chances to catch guitar great Nels Cline in NYC. Tonight he's with The Les Paul Trio at the Iridium for two shows (8 PM and 10 PM).

Night Train w/ Aparna Nancherla @ Littlefield
Aparna Nancherla fills in for regular Night Train host Wyatt Cenac and welcomes guests Rob Cantrell, Ayanna Dookie, Guy Branum, and Robert Dean.

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

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The 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon (part of River to River) happens on Sunday (6/21) at The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, with cans and other instruments being banged on from noon to 10 PM. Highlights include So Percussion performing with Nels Cline and Bobby Previte, the Asphalt Orchestra doing Pixies covers, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the US premiere of the Glenn Branca Ensemble's Ascension Three which closes the evening. The whole schedule is listed, along with a YouTube playlist of this year's performers, below.

If you can't make it down to Brookfield Place, this year's Marathon will stream live in its entirety on Bang on a Can's Website.

Continue reading "this weekend's Bang on a Can Marathon streaming live online"

photo: River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
River to River

The free River to River Festival returns in 2015 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 18-28 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and more. Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens June 21 at Winter Garden at Brookfield Place as well as shows with Olga Bell, Roomful of Teeth, and more. River to River kicks off with the R2R Bash at Battery Park City's North End Way on June 18, featuring a performance by East African vocalist Somi.

Full schedule below...

Continue reading "River to River Festival announces 2015 lineup / schedule"

by Bill Pearis

David Byrne (via @estee_p)
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Last night was the David Byrne tribute show at Carnegie Hall which brought out a host of cool musicians to perform songs by Talking Heads and other Byrne songs. This was the 11th annual tribute show at Carnegie, which are produced by City Winery's Michael Dorf and benefit NYC music education programs. The show was over two and a half hours long and ended with the man himself marching down the aisles with a marching band, covering Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." If you thought that Carnegie Hall might be the one place you'd never hear that song, you were wrong (video below), and it was a joyous capper to a very fun night.

The night opened with the Little Kids Rock band (one of the charities these shows fund) covering "Stay Up Late" which was appropriate for this School Night and they brought endless enthusiasm to the Little Creatures song. For such dance-friendly music as Byrne's, Carnegie Hall is maybe not the best venue (percussion/low end suffers in that room), but we all made do and there were some great performances. Esperanza Spalding took on another Little Creatures song, "Road to Nowhere," and brought some New Orleans funk and soul to the chorus; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top gave "Houses in Motion" boogie and twang (not to mention endless cool), and he also added a mean guitar solo to Steve Earle's take on "A Million Miles Away."

Amanda Palmer w/ Alexis Krauss, Glen Hansard, Antibalas

"I didn't think about being eight months pregnant when I agreed to do this song," admitted a very showing Amanda Palmer, adding "The lyrics take on new meaning." Palmer, with help from Jherek Bischoff, took on "Once in a Lifetime" and she brought her cranked-to-11 personality and stage presence to that. She also brought Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells for Don't Look Back style cue-carding and Glen Hansard on backing vocals. Krauss did a fine job handing "Life During Wartime" (and talked a little about being a NYC schoolteacher) and Hansard performed a stripped down version of "Girlfriend is Better."

It wasn't until late in the show that the crowd all finally jumped to its feet, thanks to Sharon Jones who delivered a knockout performance of "Psycho Killer." The crowd stayed up for Santigold, backed by her flygirl dancers, who did "Burning Down the House." Then Cee-Lo, maybe a weird choice for this, came out for "Take Me to the River," taking out the Talking Heads jitteriness and putting back some of the smooth Al Green. (In a velvet garb, he also looked a giant Shar-Pei.) Then the marching band (which seems to be Byrne's new obsession) hit. Full performer/setlist rundown and pictures from Carnegie Hall are in this post.

The party kept going later that night at City Winery (where they had rehearsals the night before) which featured Malian band Songhoy Blues whose amazing energy definitely primed the crowd for the fun and very loose set by Antibalas who were the backing band at the tribute show. (The free wine and beer added a lot to the looseness of everyone onstage or off.) They performed a few of the songs that were done earlier in the night, including an extended version of "Crosseyed and Painless," but the highlight was an improvised number by Sharon Jones that was a little like "Land of a Thousand Dances" but in her own style, and she also battled on the congas with Antibalas frontman Amayo. As much fun as the tribute was, that will be the moment I remember from the night. A short instagram video of that, plus more pics, video and the setlist from Carnegie, below.

Continue reading "David Byrne covered 'Uptown Funk,' honored at Carnegie Hall tribute w/ Sharon Jones, Amanda Palmer, Steve Earle & more (pics, video, setlist)"

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Wilco's annual festival Solid Sound returns this year from June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and the 2015 lineup has been announced. Joining Wilco will be Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Tweedy, Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson Trio, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, Ryley Walker, Felice Brothers, Autumn Defense, Cibo Matto, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, NRBQ and more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Wilco have other tour dates coming up too, including NY-area jam band festival Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 30 - August 2 in Bridgeport, CT's Seaport Park with Weezer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, Gregg Allman, Dark Star Orchestra ft. Melvin Seals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more. Full initial lineup here. Tickets here.

All Wilco dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Wilco announce 2015 Solid Sound Festival lineup ++++++++ also playing Gathering of the Vibes & other dates"

photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)
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The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:

SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.

The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.

Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.

There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).

These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Big Ears Festival adds film portion curated by Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, scores by Demdike Stare, Bill Frisell & more"

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The lineup has been expanded for the 2015 Big Ears Festival, happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN. New additions include psych pioneers Silver Apples, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (performing HIVE), Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, folk singer Ryley Walker, guitar wiz William Tyler, modern classical collective Bing & Ruth, electronic/ambient musician Loscil, cabaret singer Little Annie, and Chinese composer Wu Man.

They join previously announced artists such as Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Big Ears Festival adds Silver Apples, Tyondai Braxton, Omar Souleyman, Ryley Walker, William Tyler & more to lineup"

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As mentioned, Louis CK went ahead and canceled Tuesday's MSG show due to Winter Storm Juno which is just starting to hit NYC and may drop two feet of snow. Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a State of Emergency starting at 11 PM tonight. (Subways and public transportation close at 11 PM tonight too!) Here are some other blizzard show updates. If you are out tonight, please be safe!

Zola Jesus' show at Saint Vitus tonight is still on but set times are now earlier: 7 PM for UNIFORM and 7:30 for Zola Jesus.

Tuesday's (1/27) Youth Code, Sannhet, and Statiqbloom show at Saint Vitus is currently still on.

Tonight's Broncho show (1/26) at Rough Trade is still happening. UPDATE: nope, that's also canceled.

Savages' show at Baby's All Right tonight has been postponed, and is now a late show on Thursday (1/29). All tickets honored, refunds available if you can't make the new date.

Tonight's Marilyn Manson show at Terminal 5 with Unlocking the Truth has been postponed till Thursday (1/29). All 1/26 tix honored. Refunds at point of purchase for those who can't make it. Their show on Tuesday (1/27) at The Paramount in Long Island has been postponed as well, details TBD.

Tonight's Action Bronson show at BB King's has been postponed till February 2. All tickets will be honored. Contact point of purchase if you cannot attend.

Bully at Pianos tonight has also been canceled due to weather.

Tonight's Steve Earle show at City Winery has been canceled.

The Nels Cline show tonight at Iridium has been postponed. New date still TBA.

Brooklyn Bowl is closed tonight (1/26) and Tuesday (1/27).

Littlefield is closed tonight, so no Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Tonight's other show, with TinyRhino, has been moved to next Tuesday (2/3).

Reverend Vince and the Love Choir plays every Monday at Union Pool but tonight's is canceled. He'll be back next week.

Tonight's Year and Years show at Le Poisson Rouge (which was to be their US debut) has been canceled, as has LPR's early show ("Glass & Blood"). Refunds for Years and Years available at point of purchase.

Similarly, the other Years and Years show (Rough Trade on Tuesday, 1/27) has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.

In other LPR news, Tuesday's art gallery opening for Alexander Kaletsky's "Inspirations" has been rescheduled for Thursday. Same time

Mercury Lounge is closed tonight.

Joe's Pub is closed tonight.

Knitting Factory is closed tonight.

Shows at The Living Room tonight have been canceled.

Tonight's Sharkmuffin show at Grand Victory has been postponed.

Union Hall canceled The Mehran Show tonight.

More comedy cancellations: 9:30pm and 11pm shows at UCB Chelsea canceled; 9:30pm and 10:30pm UCB East shows canceled. Early shows still TBD.

The final night of Vomitface's Cake Shop residency tonight has been postponed till Monday, February 2.

The newly refurbished Kings Theatre was to have had a "preview" performance on Tuesday (1/27) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and more but that has been canceled.

A-Trak was supposed to play Atlantic City tonight. Also cancelled.

All Broadway shows are canceled tonight.

What else?

Continue reading "blizzard canceling / postponing most shows in NYC today & Tuesday (Zola Jesus still playing, but early.)"

photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
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As discussed, Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (3/23) honors Talking Heads / David Byrne this year, and since we last spoke, more artists have been announced. Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff have been added to the lineup that already includes Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Beth Orton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cibo Matto & Nels Cline, Glen Hansard, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, The Roots and more.

Antibalas are the house band. Tickets (benefiting music education for underprivileged youth) are still available. Updated lineup below.

UPDATE: Santigold, Thievery Corporation and Pete Molinari were added too.

David Byrne also just announced a big project with St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, How to Dress Well and more happening at Barclays Center.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones, Cee-Lo Green, and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff added to Talking Heads tribute at Carnegie Hall"

Quintron in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Avant rocker Quintron's Spellcaster II: Death In Space, intended as the followup to 1996's The Amazing Spellcaster, is out now on Pizza Burglar Records. You've already heard the rockin' single "Do The Raid" and now you can also stream the dronier "Death In Space" below.

As discussed, Quintron and his wife/collaborator Miss Pussycat are on tour now, hitting NYC this weekend at Baby's All Right on Saturday (11/29). Since we last spoke, openers for that show have been revealed including the TVTOR-related Ice Balloons and Moondudes. Tickets for Baby's are still available.

Quintron has also has his Weather Warlock show happening. Friday (11/28) afternoon at Secret Project Robot at 3 PM. For this show, Weather Warlock -- his "heavy drone band which uses sun, wind, rain and temperature to control a monster analog synth designed by Quintronics" -- will have an all-star cast including guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Sean Lennon, drummer Steve Shelley, baritone saxist Paula Henderson, and alto saxist Luke Stewart. Updated dates and a video of Weather Warlock at Gonerfest, below.

Meanwhile, Nels Cline has other upcoming shows including one in NYC TONIGHT (11/25) at SubCulture. Tonight's show is with avant-jazz guitarist Julian Nage, who Nels released the collaborative album Room with this week. Tickets for tonight's show are on sale. Stream a couple of Nels and Julian's collaborations below.

Nels also plays Trans-Pecos on December 18 with his Ring Nebula Project. Also on that bill is Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways, Cactus Truck and Cloud Becomes Your Hand. Tickets for that one are available. After that, Nels and Julian Nage head out on a proper tour together. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Steve Shelley drums on the new Sun Kil Moon single "The Possum" which will be released December 1 via Caldo Verde and can be streamed below. Steve was also on SKM's 2014 album Benji. He'll also soon be back on the road backing his former Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore on his tour that hits NYC on December 11 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall (free with RSVP).

All dates and streams for Quintron and Nels Cline, and the Sun Kil Moon stream, below...

Continue reading "Quintron on tour, reveals guests for Weather Warlock show: Steve Shelley, Sean Lennon, Nels Cline (who's also touring)"

Blood Orange at Central Park in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Shabazz Palaces, Blood Orange @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Maybe Julian Casablancas has never made another record on par with the first two Strokes albums, but you gotta at least give him credit for trying something new and totally out there on his new album with The Voidz. Plus, the two openers alone would be an unmissable double bill.

Interpol, Lip Talk @ Terminal 5
On the other hand, Julian's fellow turn-of-the-millenium flag-bearers of NYC cool, Interpol, have not changed it up on their new album. But if Interpol doing what Interpol does best is what you seek, you've probably already got tickets for tonight. Night 2 of 3 and all of them are sold out.

Blonde Redhead, People Get Ready @ Bowery Ballroom
NYC indie greats Blonde Redhead have tackled dream pop, noise rock, synth pop and more in their 20+ year career, and returned this year with their ninth album, Barragán. Tonight's the first of three NYC shows on this tour, all with different openers. This one's got the eclectic People Get Ready.

Hundred Waters, Mutual Benefit (solo) @ Rough Trade
Hundred Waters are supporting Interpol's current tour, including last night's and tomorrow's Terminal 5 shows, but tonight they're taking the chance to headline their own smaller show in NYC. Opening the show is a solo set from Mutual Benefit main man Jordan Lee, whose layered art pop is pretty likeminded to Hundred Waters.

The Blind Shake, Caddywhompus, Monograms @ Cake Shop
With a new album on Castle Face that is their rawest cut of animal beat garage proto-punk yet, The Blind Shake barrel into NYC for two shows. Tonight's the first.

Nels Cline & Julian Lage @ SubCulture
Guitar great Nels Cline is best-known for playing with Wilco but is an improvisational wiz as well. Out this week is Room, his collaborative album with avant jazz guitarist, Julian Lage. The pair celebrate its release tonight.

Ex Cops, Ski Lodge, LODRO, Dinowalrus @ Glasslands
We're now basically in the last month of Glasslands' existence and this is one of the special farewell shows they've put together, full of some of Brooklyn's superior indie pop talent.

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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Big Ears

Big Ears Festival will return to various Knoxville, TN venues in 2015 from March 27-29, and the initial lineup was just announced. Kronos Quartet will be the artists in residence for the weekend and perform at several concerts. Others performing include Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Bryce Dessner, Bill Frisell, Jamie xx, Clark, Demdike Stare, SQURL, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Nosaj Thing, Steve Gunn, Nels Cline, Amen Dunes, Jozef Van Wissem, Holly Herndon, Terry Riley & Ryan Riley, Harold Budd & Keith Lowe, The Bad Plus, Rhiannon Giddens, Tanya Tagaq and Hildur Guonadottir. Stay tuned for more lineup additions.

The shows will take place at the Tennessee and Bijou Theatres, the intimate Square Room, the Knoxville Museum of Art and more. Weekend passes go on sale Friday (11/14) at noon EST. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Knoxville music and arts education programs Joy of Music School and Community School of the Arts.

photos by P Squared Photography

Tweedy @ BAM 9/23/2014
Jeff Tweedy
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"The first time I said 'New York,' I got a big cheer," remarked a chatty Jeff Tweedy last night (9/23) at BAM's Howard Gillman Opera House. "The second time I did it...you all felt a bit silly, didn't you? Shall we try it again?" A receptive and vocal crowd and game performer made for an enjoyable night as Jeff and son Spencer made their NYC debut as Tweedy who just released their first album. The Tweedy set came first, complete with Lucius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig on backing vocals, and then Jeff stayed out for a long set of songs from throughout his career, plus a lot of funny crowd interactions. For the finale, the Tweedy band came back out for a few covers and ended with "California Stars" from Wilco & Billy Bragg's Mermaid Avenue with Nels Cline coming out to join them. Pictures, setlist and BAM's archived video stream are all in this post.

Opening the night, part of BAM's Next Wave Fest and Nonesuch Records 50th Anniversary celebrations, were Brooklyn's Hospitality who were back to a trio, at least for this show. Pics from their set, and more of Tweedy, below...

Continue reading "Tweedy played BAM with Hospitality (pics, setlist, video)"

Cibo Matto at Summerstage in July (more by Adela Loconte)
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NYC's Cibo Matto have already played ton of hometown shows this year in support of Hotel Valentine, their first new album since 1999. They've got another this Friday (9/19) as part of their current tour with guitar great Nels Cline (Wilco, Lee Ranaldo, etc) happening at McKittrick Hotel's The Heath. Tickets for Friday's show are available.

As discussed, they'll also take part in Rufus & Martha Wainwright's holiday shows at Town Hall this December.

Cibo Matto also just made a new video for "Deja Vu." Check it out, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Cibo Matto on tour w/ Nels Cline, playing McKittrick Hotel's The Heath on Friday (dates), made a video"

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Tickets for the Zola Jesus show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Code Orange (Kids) show at Palisades go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cheap Trick show at The Paramount go on sale today at 10 AM.

Biohazard are playing The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on August 21. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

If you missed out on the BrooklynVegan presale, you can get tickets for the Slowdive reunion show at Terminal 5 with Low in the general on-sale, starting today at noon.

If you missed out on the BrooklynVegan presale, you can get tickets for the Interpol and Hundred Waters show at Terminal 5 in the general on-sale, starting today at noon.

Tickets for the Mac DeMarco show at Terminal 5 with Connan Mockasin and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Blonde Redhead shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Dismemberment Plan show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Merchandise, Lower and Ninos Du Brasil show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Perfume Genius show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Wavves show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the La Roux show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the PAWS, Total Slacker and Flashlights show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Drums shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Twin Shadow show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Odesza shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Delta Spirit shows at Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Modern Life Is War show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale this Monday (7/21) at noon.

Tickets for the Samhain reunion with Goatwhore and Midnight at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tim & Eric shows at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the GBH, Reagan Youth, Angry Samoans and Burning Streets show at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at noon. Tickets for GBH's show at Asbury Lanes go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Teleman show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon, tickets for the Glasslands show go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Elephant Stone shows at Mercury Lounge and Rock Shop go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Earth and King Dude show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the James Vincent McMorrow show at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Burger Records Caravan of Stars show with The Coathangers, together PANGEA, Cherry Glazerr, AJ Davila and more are Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Life of Agony show at Starland Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

The Nels Cline Singers are playing two sets at Rough Trade on November 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Buddy Guy is playing The Space at Westbury on November 18 and NJ's State Theatre on November 19. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon and 10 AM, respectively. Tickets for his BB King's shows (same link) are still available.

Garfunkel & Oates are playing Irving Plaza on August 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Midnight Masses show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Figgs show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Preservation Hall Jazz Band show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Allen Toussaint go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Shovels and Rope shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

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.

End of Love

Americana powerpop band End of Love existed in the early '00s in NYC. Original members Jay Deegan, Jennifer Groves, and Irwin Menken reformed the band with a couple additions you may recognize: Wilco's Nels Cline on guitar and Big Star's Jody Stephens on drums. The band's forthcoming new album, Ghosts on the Radio, was recorded in Memphis' Ardent Studios and also features appearances from Wilco's John Striatt from Lee Ranaldo (Menken spent time in Lee's band who has opened for Wilco whose members have also played with Jody in Golden Smog). You can stream "100 Years" from it below.

The new lineup of End of Love will be making their live debut in NYC on July 17 at The Bowery Electric with The Tall Pines, Margo Valiante and Chris Lind on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.

That Bowery Electric show is one of a few coming for NYC duo The Tall Pines whose new EP, Black Ribbon, is out next week (6/24). They play a show as part of the Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival on August 19 with Sweetback Sisters, and other places listed below..

Meanwhile, Nels Cline, who just the other day performed with the Les Paul Trio at Iridium and at the Ornette Coleman tribute in Prospect Park, kicks off a North American tour with Julian Lage this week. The tour begins Friday (6/20) at Single Cut Beersmiths in Queens.

Dates are listed, along with a stream of Black Ribbons' title track, below...

Continue reading "End of Love reform w/ new members Nels Cline & Jody Stephens, announce a show; Lee Ranaldo on LP, Nels touring"

photos by Greg Cristman

Ornette Coleman / Laurie Anderson / Flea
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests

The 2014 Celebrate Brooklyn! season continued with another free show in Prospect Park this past Thursday (6/12), a tribute to pioneering free jazz great Ornette Coleman (also part of Blue Note Jazz Fest). A large handful of musicians from many genres appeared on stage to pay tribute to Ornette, including Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms for Peace/Antemasque bassist Flea, joined separately by two jazz veterans Henry Threadgill and David Murray. Punk legend Patti Smith appeared with her daughter Jesse and bandmate Tony Shanahan. Laurie Anderson was joined by past collaborators/NYC avant-garde lifers Bill Laswell and John Zorn for a performance that was also partly in honor of her late husband Lou Reed. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore performed a duo set with guitar great Nels Cline (Wilco, Lee Ranaldo's band, etc), and still so many other guests performed including Geri Allen, Joe Lovano, Savion Glover, Bruce Hornsby, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, James Blood and more.

Thurston Moore & Nels Cline
The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe & Special Guests

One very special guest of the night was Ornette Coleman himself, who wasn't billed as a performer but but spent a good deal of the show on stage, often chiming in. The New York Times writes:

Again, Mr. Coleman played: a significant fact and an increasingly rare occasion in the last several years. This was billed as a concert for him, not by him; it was not clear whether he would play a note until showtime. But he sat in a chair onstage for most of the concert's first half, either with an alto saxophone in his lap, or taking part as if he were playing along with nature, joining when he wanted to and how he wanted to.

The concert was organized by Mr. Coleman's son, Denardo, who was also the bandleader, as a program of Coleman compositions, except for a couple of free improvisations. But Mr. Coleman wasn't there to play Ornette Coleman compositions. He was just there to play, and he started from soft and lovely unaccompanied lines, like some precursor to blues language.

Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, with the setlist a video from Patti Smith's performance, below...

Continue reading "Ornette Coleman celebrated at Prospect Park w/ Patti Smith, Flea, Thurston Moore, Ornette himself & more (pics, setlist)"

photos by David Andrako

Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto

The free Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties on Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 continued last night (5/15) with NYC vets Cibo Matto, Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Cibo Matto, who are back with a new album and very active again, were joined by guitar great Nels Cline (who is married to Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto). Pictures of the slightly soggy, kinda foggy evening are in this post.

The Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties wrap up next Thursday (5/22) with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and others. Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park kicks off on June 4 with Janelle Monae and continues with many free (and a few not-free) shows through August.

Cibo Matto also play another free NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on July 13 with Bonobo.

More pictures from last night below...

Continue reading "Cibo Matto played a Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Party with Nels Cline, Javelin, and JD Samson (pics)"

Okkyung Lee

NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee is about to kick off a residency at East Village avant-garde artists' space The Stone, which runs from May 6 to 11. She's got some excellent guests appearing throughout the residency, including art pop veteran Laurie Anderson (5/6), no wave veteran Ikue Mori with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (5/7), Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (5/7), Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (5/9), Wake Up Awesome collaborator C. Spencer Yeh (5/10), two Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore collaborators -- Bill Nace & Chris Corsano (5/10), and more. Full schedule below.

Okkyung Lee also takes part in Hardcore Activity in Progress (part of Red Bull Music Academy) which happens on May 16 at the Knockdown Center in Queens with Napalm Death, Wolf Eyes, Gunplay, Bastard Noise, The Thing, clipping., Yoshiko Ohara, Gnaw and more. Tickets for that are still available.

Meanwhile, you can catch Ikue Mori at The Stone tonight (5/1) with Annie Gosfield (10 PM set), later this month on 5/21 with Susie Ibarra, and next month (6/11) with Nels Cline.

Jenny Hval also tours with Swans this month, including two NYC shows -- 5/18 at Bowery Ballroom & 5/19 at MHOW. Bowery is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still available.

Okkyung Lee's Stone residency schedule and some videos below...

Continue reading "Okkyung Lee in residency at The Stone (Laurie Anderson, Kim Gordon, Ikue Mori, Jenny Hval, Bill Nace & more)"

Daedelus in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Daedelus

Instrumental hip hop/electronic production vet Daedelus has a number of dates coming up this year, including multiple US festivals like Moogfest and Hangout Fest. Just before Hangout Fest, he'll be in NYC for two appearances.

The first is part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets which happens on May 14 at Town Hall, and also features fellow electronic producer Shigeto guitar greats Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, David Byrne/Amanda Palmer collaborator Jherek Bischoff, New Orleans R&B veteran Allen Toussaint, ex-P-Funk member Amp Fiddler, free jazz veteran David Murray, that dog. member Petra Haden, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info on the event, which is curated by RBMA and Undead Music, here.

The day after the Round Robin Duets show, Daedelus and Shigeto will team up once again for another Undead Music-presented show at Littefield (5/15) in Brooklyn. That show is with jazz drummer Mark Guiliana, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and cornetist/trumpeter Graham Haynes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, you can also see Daedelus not far from NYC TONIGHT (4/17) at Princeton University in the college's Terrace Club. Joining him is Delaware's No Sir E.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "Daedelus touring, playing Round Robin Duets & Undead Music show with Shigeto (dates)"

Kaki King at Mercury Lounge in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kaki King

The New York Guitar Festival is returning to various NYC venues this year from January 10 to January 30. It features a number of shows, including Nels Cline at Drama League Theater Center (1/18), Fred Frith meets Nels Cline at SubCulture (1/18), Ben Monder and others at Drama League Theater Center (1/19), Marc Ribot and Chris Eldridge at Merkin Concert Hall (1/21), Badi Assad and Kaki King at Merkin Concert Hall (1/23), Toubab Krewe and Joseph Arthur at Merkin Concert Hall (1/30), and more. Tickets for each paid show (some are free) are available at venue websites. Head to NY Guitar Fest's site for appropriate links and more details.

Full schedule below...

Continue reading "NY Guitar Fest returns this month (Kaki King, Nels Cline, Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, Joseph Arthur, Toubab Krewe & more)"

photo by Chris La Putt

Nicole Atkins @ MOSCOT, 11/21/2013
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Singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins has some stuff going on in the NYC-area (as usual) before the year ends, including the 30th annual tree-lighting at the South Street Seaport on November 29, which Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love sang at in past years. (You may remember that unfortunately it couldn't happen last year.) Joining Nicole will be '60s pop singer Lesley Gore ("It's My Party"), comedian Dave Heenan, Swingadelic and more. 6 PM start and totally free. That's the flyer above.

Nicole, who just played MOSCOT's store on the Lower East Side last week (that's a picture from it above), has a few other upcoming events, including a Last Waltz tribute at The Capitol Theatre on Wednesday (11/27) with Nels Cline, Cass McCombs and more (tickets) and a Scott Walker tribute at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (12/1) with Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof, Ex Cops, and more (tickets). She also plays her own show in NJ in December (tix).

Nicole also plays Rhett Miller's Holiday Extraganza: An Evening of Comedy and Music at City Winery (12/16) with Jim Turner (tix).

Flyer for the Seaport show and a stream of Nicole Atkins singing "Blue Christmas," below...

Continue reading "Nicole Atkins playing tree-lighting at the Seaport, 'Last Waltz' tribute, Scott Walker tribute & more"

Bilal at Prince tribute in March (more by Fred Pessaro)
Bilal

The annual Winter Jazz Fest is returning in 2014 for its 10th anniversary, happening from January 7 - 11. Artists playing include John Medeski, Nels Cline, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Ravi Coltrane, Ceramic Dog, Eliott Sharp, Keren Ann, Mother Falcon, Roomful of Teeth, and many more, across multiple venues including Le Poisson Rouge, Judson Church, NYU Lounge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, Bitter End, Subculture, and The Bowery Electric. Early bird festival passes are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale Saturday (11/16).

Tentative lineup and partial schedule below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazz Fest 2014 lineup & tix (Robert Glasper, Bilal, John Medeski, Nels Cline, Ceramic Dog, Mother Falcon & more)"

Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Drake
Jacco Gardner at Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared)
Jacco Gardner

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

Drake, Miguel, Future @ Barclays Center
Love him or hate him, Drake has put out two of the most memorable singles of the year, "Started from the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home," both of which appear on his newest studio album, Nothing Was the Same (out now), and should sound pretty great in a big arena. If you're going, don't miss R&B singer Miguel either.

Jacco Gardner, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Celestial Shore @ Death By Audio
The Dutch '60s psych/baroque pop-inspired Jacco Gardner just did a number of NYC shows during CMJ, including one of our own, and he's got one more in him before he heads back home. Tonight he teams with Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks who are bluesier and psychier than Alex's main band, and Brooklyn's mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore.

Crystal Antlers, PUP, Vasillus @ Glasslands
Long Beach's Crystal Antlers and Toronto's PUP are both bands who seriously know how to rock out, so fans of loud, sweaty, guitar-heavy shows may not want to miss this. The Dirty Nil were supposed to be on this show but dropped off.

Willis Earl Beal, CharlieRED, YC The Cynic, Kiah Victoria @ Knitting Factory
Willis Earl Beal just blessed NYC with his memorable brand of blues during CMJ, and tonight he does it again for this Red Bull Sound Select show.

Of Montreal, La Luz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
of Montreal released the somewhat back-to-basics (for them) lousy with sylvianbriar this year and are here for two shows at MHOW, this being the second. Seattle's surfy La Luz are definitely not to miss either.

Sparks @ Webster Hall
Russell and Ron Mael have been making boundary breaking pop as Sparks for over 40 years. They're back in town with their "Two Hands, One Mouth" tour where they strip down their 40-year catalog to just keybords and voice. Tickets are still available

Lee Ranaldo @ Other Music
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has been keeping active with his band Lee Ranaldo & the Dust, who just released an album, opened for Kurt Vile in NYC, and have many more dates including their own NYC show this January. Tonight, Lee takes a break from the band to host a guitar clinic at NYC record store Other Music, where you can go and learn a few tricks from one of the city's masters of the instrument.

Thomas Dolby @ Gramercy Theatre
Thomas Dolby is a lot more than the guy behind "She Blinded Me with Science," and tonight he'll demonstrate one of the reasons why with his interactive, technologically-advanced concert. And yes, the show does work in his best known song (along with his other well-known tunes).

Brandon Seabrook, Elliot Sharp, Nels Cline, Split Red, Zevioius @ The Grand Victory
Avant-garde composer/musician Eliot Sharp and guitar great Nels Cline teamed up earlier this month to perform as a duo during Elliot's residency at The Stone, and tonight they bring in jazz musician Brandon Seabrook to do it as a trio at The Grand Victory.

Ask Me Another Halloween Spectacular w/ R.L. Stein @ The Bell House
NPR and WNYC's 'Ask Me Another' show, which tapes live at The Bell House, is doing a Halloween Spectacular today, and for the occasion they've got Goosebumps author R.L. Stein as the special guest.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Jessi Klein, Larry Murphy, Sam Morril, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Burke, and more.

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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