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Tweedy @ BAM 9/23/2014
Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy

"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)
Cibo Matto

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.

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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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Phoenix at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Phoenix

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

Phoenix, The Vaccines @ Barclays Center
It's been quite the time for arena-sized indie rock in Brooklyn lately, with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend having just taken on the borough's new joint. Now it's Phoenix's turn (who unlike VW and YYYs, are no strangers to this type of room). The Vaccines open.

Parquet Courts, The Beets, Yuppies, Future Punx @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Parquet Courts have put together a solid bill for tonight's release party for their new Parkay Quarts EP, with sets from The Beets, Omaha's Yuppies and the Devo-esque Future Punx. Tickets are still available.

The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala @ Terminal 5
Two bands who love making far-out psychedelia, but not without keeping a sense of pop in mind -- The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala -- team up to co-headline two nights at Terminal 5. Opening both nights is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, because with that much psychedelic pop at one show, you gotta have a Lennon on the bill, right?

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert. Tickets are still available.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Santos Party House
Hard rock vet Joan Jett returned with her first new album since 2006 this year, and it's pretty characteristic of the snarly anthems she's been making her whole career, which of course isn't a bad thing. Tonight, she and her band play an intimate release show at Santos Party House. Things should get a little crazier than the outdoor Coney Island shows she's been doing.

Radical Dads, Haybaby, Dead Stars, Boytoy, Honduras @ 285 Kent Avenue
Here we have a very solid lineup of local indie rock talent. Headliners Radical Dads, Dead Stars and Boytoy all both fall on the '90s end of the scale, Haybaby slide a little more punk, and Honduras lean surfy.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arc Iris @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie stalwarts CYHSY have a new EP, Little Moments, out this week and you can stream it below. They celebrate with a release show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Tickets are still available.

Lake, Tropical Ooze, Prettiots @ Cake Shop
Olympia, WA indiepop band Lake just released their sixth album, The World is Real, via K Records. (Stream it on Spotify.) If you're tastes are on the sunshine pop end of the spectrum, definitely check them out.

Colleen Green & White Fang, The Memories, Hector's Pets @ Death By Audio
While not officially part of the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars tour, most of these bands are on that trek. Burgerama, meanwhile, hits Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/5).

Jenny Hval, Ludwig Persik, Tica Douglas @ Glasslands
Norway's Jenny Hval makes the kind of forward-thinking art pop that falls somewhere between Laurie Anderson and PJ Harvey. Tonight's her second of two NYC shows.

Twin Peaks, Writer, Today's Hits @ Mercury Lounge
Chicago youngsters Twin Peaks make sprightly indie rock are back in town for two shows, and tonight's show also features WRITER, who make pretty catchy noise pop.

Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In), Me You Us Them, Wing Dam @ Silent Barn
When Stephen Brodsky isn't busy with his band Cave In, or his many other projects (most recently, Mutoid Man), he tones it down for his solo project, which plays a local show at Silent Barn tonight.

Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ The Capitol Theatre
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along.

Mutilation Rites, Earthling, Syphilitic Lust @ Union Pool
Local black/thrash shredders Mutilation Rites are on a creative tear. They put out 3(!) releases in 2012 -- two EPs and an LP. They're apparently working on new material already, and will be playing a bunch of it at this show. Like-minded out-of-towners Earthling and icky locals Syphilitic Lust will provide support.

Ben Sollee, River Whyless @ City Winery
Cellist and singer/songwriter Ben Sollee makes music that defies easy categorization. Hear for yourself: his new album, The Hollow Sessions, is a free download.

Nels Cline, Elliot Sharp @ The Stone
Avant-garde composer/musician Elliot Sharp is in residency this week (10/1-6) at The Stone, and tonight he and Nels Cline are doing an improvisational duo guitar set for the late show (10 PM).

Okta Logue, Friend Roulette @ Mercury Lounge
German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue are kicking off their North American tour in NYC tonight with a headlining show at Mercury Lounge. They'll be back during CMJ, when they play Bowery Ballroom (10/18) with The Long Winters, Eleanor Friedberger, and more. Opening tonight's Merc show is NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette.

Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese continues her four-night run at Gramercy.

Big Terrific @ Cameo (FREE)
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features James Patterson, Matt Koff, and Jared Logan

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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Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (Phoenix, Parquet Courts, Flaming Lips, Joan Jett, Radical Dads, Nels Cline & more)"

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Yoko Ono @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/15/13
Yoko Ono @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/15/2013

Other highlights of Ono's controlled chaos were performances of "Higa Noboru" and "Waiting for the D Train," the latter coming off as an exhibition in musical prowess. The Plastic Ono Band plowed through the surf-straddling single, with Wilco's Nels Cline and Sean Lennon trading off on solo shreds while Yoko wailed herself into oblivion. Her striking rendition of "Higa Noboru" -- accompanied only by Lennon and the careful plodding of a solemn piano -- served as a lesson in vulnerability, a scene so intense that fixating on Ono awash in light became a crucial need as she ruminated in a steady stream of English and Japanese.

After an hour-long set, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band were joined by Earl Slick for the encore, who Lennon introduced as an old friend. "I first met this amazing guitar player when I was five!" he said before noting that Slick had joined he and Ono for the concert that paid tribute to Double Fantasy, the final release from his parents. Slick, Cline and Lennon did justice by the the effusive licks of "Don't Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)," which were helmed by John Lennon and Eric Clapton back when the song was recorded in 1969 for Ono's Fly. [Rolling Stone]

Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band (which at the moment includes Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda, mi-gu's Yuko Araki, and Invisible Familiars' Jared Samuel) played their only US show of 2013 at NYC rock club Bowery Ballroom last night (9/15) in support of the band's new album, Take Me to the Land of Hell, which comes out this week. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Check out more, along with a video and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band played a guest-filled show at Bowery Ballroom (pics, video, setlist)"

Arctic Monkeys at Free Press Summer Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Arctic Monkeys

Elvis Costello / Questlove
Elvis Roots

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

Arctic Monkeys, Drowners @ Webster Hall
Arctic Monkeys made it out of the mid-'00s buzz bin alive and now, unlike many of their peers, they're five albums in and still making stellar material. Their newest, this year's AM, takes the Sabbath/QOTSA riffage from their last two and gives it a funky makeover with R&B falsettos and hip hop-inspired beats. And they've saved room for a bit of glam balladry too. NYC's Drowners open the show, and there's a good chance they'll appeal to devotees of Arctic Monkeys' early sound.

Elvis Costello, The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl
With their collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, out this week, Elvis Costello & the Roots play a record release show tonight on Questlove's stomping grounds. Sold Out. This is their only show like this current horizon, but EC does have solo dates this November.

Pet Shop Boys @ Beacon Theater
Earlier this summer Pet Shop Boys released Electric which is their most spirited, melodic record in who knows how long. Tonight's the first of two sold-out shows at Beacon, a gorgeous setting for what will likely be a highly theatrical stage show. Jacques lu Cont, aka Stuart Price who produced Electric, opens the show. Sold out.

Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement, Aye Nako @ Bowery Ballroom
Guitar shredding punk trio Screaming Females and emo-tinged songwriter Waxahatchee -- two of Don Giovanni Records' biggest (and well deserved) success stories -- are on tour with a third labelmate, Tenement, and that tour hits NYC for its second show here tonight. And to make this show even better, Brooklyn's Aye Nako -- a self-proclaimed homopop/queercore band whose melodic punk fits very well with tonight's entire bill -- opens the show.

Calvin Johnson, Poses @ Barnard College
It's a double shot of K Recs tonight courtesy Barnard college radio station WBAR. Calvin Johnson comes armed with 25 years of indie rock songwriting; Poses is Tae Won Yu of Kicking Giant (and graphic designer of many iconic indie album covers).

Clinic, Grooms @ Glasslands
The doctors are in! Or at least the sinister-sounding band who wear surgical masks onstage. Opening tonight are Grooms whose new album, Infinity Caller, is worth hearing.

Crystal Stilts @ Other Music
Crystal Stilts' new album, Nature Noir, is out tomorrow (9/17) but you can pick it up tonight -- and hear them play live -- at this Other Music in-store.

David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos), Marc Ribot @ City Winery
Marianne Faithfull was supposed to play this show with guitar great Marc Ribot tonight, and though she had to cancel, Marc is still playing with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos.

Jenny Scheinman's Mischief & Mayhem, Jim Black, Nels Cline, Todd Sickafoose @ Le Poisson Rouge
This indie-appealing jazz bill includes violinist Jenny Scheinman (who's collaborated with Norah Jones, Anais Mitchell, and more) along with another of her collaborators/prolific guitar great Nels Cline, Andrew Bird collaborator Todd Sickafoose, and Jim Black (who's also collaborated with Nels before).

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Sean Patton, Brooke Van Poppelen, Mike Lawrence, Brent Sullivan, Josie Long, and Tony Deyo.

Schoolboy Q, SZA - secret NYC show
This is another of the Vitamin Water/FADER secret NYC shows, which you have to find hidden tickets (they're somewhere in NYC) to get into (follow @vitaminwater for more info). This one's with Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, and the newest signee to TDE (Black Hippy's label), SZA.

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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What else?

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is releasing a new Plastic Ono Band album this year, the first one since 2009's Between My Head and the Sky. It's called Take Me to the Land of Hell, and was produced by Yoko herself, along with Sean Lennon and CIbo Matto's Yuka Honda. Sean and Yuka will be releasing it via their Chimera Music label on September 17. It also includes some interesting guests, like tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Nels Cline, Cibo Matto, Cornelius and Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow), and will feature remixes by Mike D & Ad Rock and Cornelius. Get a taste of the new album with the song "Moonbeams," which you can stream below.

Yoko, who turned 80 this year, doesn't appear to have a tour scheduled at the moment, but she does have a show here in NYC two days before the album's release at Bowery Ballroom (9/15). Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon, with a a general on-sale starting Friday (8/2) at noon.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Yoko Ono releasing a new guest-filled Plastic Ono Band album (stream a track), playing Bowery Ballroom"

photos by Jono Bernstein

Retribution Gospel Choir w/ Nels Cline
Retribution Gospel Choir

It was a great night for side projects when Low side project Retribution Gospel Choir brought their tour to NYC for a show at Knitting Factory on February 11 with Tim Berne, Jim Black, and Nels Cline's appropriately titled BB&C and The War on Drugs side project Nightlands (led by TWOD bassist Dave Hartley). They just released their two-track full length album, 3, and one of those, "Seven," which features Nels Cline on the record, and he also came out to play it with them that night (audio recording of that song via NYC Taper is below). And in addition to the new album songs, they made time for older tracks as well.

Low are also releasing a new album and going on a tour which hits NYC on March 20 at the Concert Hall (tickets).

More pictures of all three bands and that audio recording from the Knitting Factory show below...

Continue reading "Retribution Gospel Choir (joined by Nels Cline) played Knitting Factory with BB&C and Nightlands (pics, audio)"

Solid Sound

We already told you that the 2013 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will go down June 21 - 23 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The line-up has now been revealed and includes sets from Yo La Tengo, Os Mutantes, Low, The Dream Syndicate, Reggie Watts, onetime Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy, Neko Case and more. And Wilco, of course. "Early Worm" tickets are sold out but you can still get "Early Bird" and regular three-day passes here.

Full line-up for 2013 Solid Sound fest is below...

Continue reading "Wilco's 2013 Solid Sound Festival line-up announced (Yo La Tengo, Os Mutantes, Low, Neko Case + more)"

Nels Cline at Winter Jazz Fest 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Nels Cline

As mentioned, Winter Jazz Fest is returning to NYC and it begins today (1/11) and continues through Saturday (1/12) across multiple NYC venues, including Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, Culture Project Theater, and The Bowery Electric with many artists including Colin Stetson, Rafiq Bhatia, Nels Cline, Debo Band, Vijay Iyer, Toshi Reagon, and more. Two day passes and single day tickets are on sale now.

Full schedule below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazz Fest kicks off in NYC"

Retribution Gospel Choir (more by Grant MacAllister)
Retribution Gospel Choir

As discussed on BV Chicago, Low side project Retribution Gospel Choir will release their third album, 3, on January 22 via Chaperone Records. The album will be a two-song full length which features a guest appearance from guitarist Nels Cline on the second track. RGC will support the new album with a tour that hits NYC on February 11 at Knitting Factory with BB&C (Tim Berne, Jim Black, and Nels Cline) and Nightlands (aka Dave Hartley of the War on Drugs, who also has a new album coming out on 1/22). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In related news, as discussed, Low will release their new Jeff Tweedy-produced album, The Invisible Way, on March 19. The album marks their 20th anniversary as a band.

A list of all Retribution Gospel Choir dates and a video are below...

Continue reading "Retribution Gospel Choir releasing an LP, touring, playing NYC w/ BB&C and Nightlands (dates)"

Colin Stetson
Colin Stetson

Sax wizard Colin Stetson is working on his new solo album which will be out at some point in 2013, but before that you'll get a chance to see him at an intimate NYC show with many guests at Zebulon on December 6. The show includes Colin doing a solo set, along with sets by Holly Miranda and her band, Sarah Neufeld on solo violin (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), and Lone Wolf (aka Ryan Saywer). Then Colin, Sarah and Ryan will do a collaborative set with Stuart Bogie, Adam Roberts, and Ryan Ferreira. No advance tickets for this show.

Colin Stetson is also part of the lineup for the 2013 Winter Jazz Fest which goes down across multiple venues in NYC on January 11 and 12. Colin will be playing The Bitter End on 1/12. Other artists on this year's tentative lineup include Nels Cline, Rafiq Bhatia, Debo Band, Vijay Iyer, and many many more. The full tentative lineup (with still more TBA) is below.

Continue reading "Colin Stetson playing NYC w/ Holly Miranda, Sarah Neufeld & more before Winter Jazz Fest (lineup)"

Squarepusher @ Moogfest 2012 (via @ListenDickhead and @cjasonclark )
Squarepusher

We already posted some of this, but here's an even more up to date list of NYC and NJ shows happening or not happening tonight (11/1/2012).

As mentioned, the Squarepusher, Bonobo (DJ), Holy Fuck, and Mount Kimbie show at Terminal 5 isstill on, and for what it's worth, there will be drink specials before Squarepusher's headlining set.

Zebulon will be hopping tonight with Nels Cline/Elliot Sharp Duo, Cactus Truck, Normal Love and Bunny Brains.

The Wolf Gang show that was supposed to happen tonight at Santos has been moved to Knitting Factory with The Royal Concept opening. Tickets to see the UK group are still available. Though, the show that was at Knit before is cancelled ("Sorry to tell everyone that Band Slam the Vote has actually been CANCELLED.")

Like Big Freedia last night, the Tom Tom Club show at Brooklyn Bowl is still on. Doors at 6 PM, show at 8 PM.

Questlove will DJ afterward with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

Like everywhere else below 34th St, Mercury Lounge is still without power (though maybe not for long) and is closed tonight. The Darcys were supposed to play Mercury Lounge tonight (11/1) with Rey Pilabut it has been postponed to November 6.

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Future Shuttle, and Secret Colours will play 285 Kent tonight, $8.

Next door at Glasslands, it's Black Spade, Fresh Daily, Cavalier, Quelle Chris, and 0hbliv.

At Death by Audio around the corner, they've got Roomrunner, plus Sleepies and EULA (who performed together last night as The Pixies), as well as Big Ups. $7 at the door.

JD McPherson, Donavon Frankenreiter (who was supposed to play Bowery Ballroom) and Sean Rowe are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tonight's K'Naan show at Highline Ballroom has been postponed.

The Meat Loaf show at Beacon Theatre, which was supposed to happen on tonight has been postponed to a later date: "Fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets as we work to reschedule the show. An announcement about a new date will be forthcoming."

Woodkid was forced to cancel his dates in NYC, San Francisco, and LA due to the hurricane and its effect on major airports. The NYC show was supposed to happen tonight (11/1) at Irving Plaza and will be rescheduled to a TBA date. Tickets are refundable at the reseller.

As mentioned, the ESG show at Bowery Electric with Sinkane has been postponed to a later date TBD in December/January. The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black show that was moved to tonight from Tuesday (10/30) has been cancelled.

As mentioned, all Dita Von Teese shows have been cancelled.

The Freelance Whales show at Webster Hall has been postponed.

Todd Barry's show at the Bell House is postponed. The Bell House is closed tonight.

Union Hall, however, is open as a bar... but tonight's Communion NYC has been cancelled. UPDATE: Union is now hosting a fundraiser with Riot Fox & Mount Sharp - 8:30pm/$10 proceeds to benefit Red Hook Initiative.

Littlefield is open with the Chris Gethard Show, featuring "the weirdest bands we know": Big Digits, Stumblebum Brass Band, Naked Heroes, and Mindtroll. Tickets are still available.

For more comedy, head to UCB West.

Barbes is open with Rachelle Garniez at 8 PM and the People's Champs at 10 PM.

Rhyme Calisthenics at Public Assembly has been cancelled due to "commute issues."

The Meter Men show at B.B. King Blues Club is still on but "if you bought tickets and cannot make it due to the storm, B.B. King Blues Club will once again honor ticket credits for future shows. please contact info@bbkingblues.com with proof of purchase to claim your credit."

Social Distortion were forced to cancel their show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie on Sunday (10/28), but both of their shows at Starland Ballroom in NJ tonight and Friday are CANCELLED TOO.

Found Footage Festival is happening at Maxwell's in Hoboken. UPDATE: Cancelled, they're still without power.

Over at Carnegie Hall, the performance by the Orchestra of St. Luke's with conductor Nicholas McGegan that was to be in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1 with soloist to be announced. And the performance by pianist Wael Farouk, that was to happen in Weill Recital Hall, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1. Tickets for both November 1 performances will be honored at their new date.

The Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks game at Barclays Center is postponed. New date: Saturday at 7:30pm.

Canal Room is closed.
Pianos is closed.
Le Poisson Rouge is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Joe's Pub is closed.
Cake Shop is closed.
Rockwood Music Hall is closed.
Fontana's is closed.
Santos Party House is closed.
Sunshine Cinema is closed.
UCB East is closed.

What else?

Mi-Gu
mi-gu

Tokyo experimentalists Mu-Gu, aka Yuko Araki and Hirotaka "Shimmy" Shimizu, who have both played in Cornelius Group, Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band, If By Yes, and Brother's Sister's Daughter (with Mike Watt), have three albums out since 2003, including their most recent, Pulling From Above, which came out on Ryuichi Sakamoto's label, Commons. Now they're compiling material from those three import releases for the album, Choose the Light, which will be out on October 2 via Sean Lennon's Chimera Music (who just put out the Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and Kim Gordon album this week).

Mi-Gu will be coming to NYC for a show on October 4 at Union Pool with Nels Cline's Eye Bone (aka Nels with Jim Black and Teddy Klausner). Admission for that show is $10 at the door. No advance tickets at the moment.

There are a bunch of other chances to catch Nels Cline in NYC in the upcoming months too, including Retrofret on October 6 in Brooklyn as a duo with Julian Lage (free/invite only), Zebulon on November 1 as a duo with Elliot Sharp, The Stone on December 5 as a member of Ben Goldberg's Unfold Ordinary Mind, and the previously discussed Medeski Martin & Wood show at The Blue Note on December 12.

A list of all Nels Clines dates and a video of Mi-Gu at Union Pool in 2010 with Sean Lennon and Yuka Honda are below.

Continue reading "Mi-Gu releasing compilation LP, playing NYC with Nels Cline, who has other upcoming shows (dates & video)"

mm&w

Medeski Martin & Wood have just announced a week-long December residency at The Blue Note from 12/11 - 12/16. The band are performing two sets each night (8 PM and 10:30 PM) and special guests include Nels Cline on 12/12, Marc Ribot on 12/13 and Bill Evans on 12/14, with other guests still to be announced. Reservations for tables are available now.

The trio will release their new album, Free Magic, on September 25 via their own Indirecto label. Before their Blue Note residency, MMW will be on tour in October which hits the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ on 10/7 (tickets), Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on 10/10 (tickets), and The Paramount in Huntington, NY on 10/12 (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Medeski Martin & Wood releasing LP, touring, playing shows @ the Blue Note w/ Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, other guests"

Shapeshifter Lab
Shapeshifter Lab

Located in the always-growing Gowanus/Park Slope area, about a .4 mile walk from Union Hall, Shapeshifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place) is a new 4200 square foot performance space....

"this newly renovated performance space hosts the world's most innovative artists who are looking for a flexible platform to present their work. Bass player Matthew Garrison, son of Jimmy Garrison (bass player for John Coltrane), is the co-owner and creative director with his business partner, Fortuna Sung. With many years as a successful touring musician under his belt, Matt and his team have designed the space with versatility in sound, lighting and layout, each of which can be tailored to each artist. With state-of-the-art equipment and raw space, Matt and his team are creating something truly unique and desperately needed in today's venue scene in New York City."
All About Jazz points out:
"Matthew has also been busy recording a new project of his at ShapeShifter Lab, to be released online as an interactive website in June 2012, and has successfully video and audio captured performances by Meshell Ndegeocello, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Gene Lake, Terri Lyne Carrington, David Binney, Adam Rogers, Mark Guiliana, Jojo Mayer, Marko Djordjevic, Hadrien Feraud, Tobias Ralph. Many more incredible artists are scheduled to come participate on this ground breaking project throughout May 2012."
If you haven't figured it out yet, Shapeshifter Lab, which has been open for a few months now, is catering mainly to the jazz scene. Upcoming shows on their calendar include Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black (tonight and tomorrow), Bjorkestra (pictured playing the space above), Snarky Puppy (who already recorded a DVD there. Check out a video snippet below.), Kenny Werner, and many more. Check out some videos, including a venue tour with Matthew Garrison, below...

Continue reading "Shapeshifter Lab is a new Brooklyn venue & studio (upcoming schedule & videos) (Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black tonight)"

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