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They Might Be Giants

They Might be Giants are continuing their monthly residency at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg and have added shows for the remaining months of 2015. (They're taking August off.) On September 27 they'll perform their 1992 album Apollo 18, plus Dial-A-Song selections and more. On October 25 the theme is "Horntober" (featuring the Tricerachops horn section of Stan Harrison on saxophone, Curt Ramm on trumpet,
and Dan "The Machine" Levine on trombone) and on November 29 they'll be back to their roots and play as a duo.

John and John will close out 2015 with three New Year's MHOW shows on December 31, January 1 and January 2. Themes for the two January shows have yet to be announced. Tickets to all five of those MHOW shows are currently on TMBG fanclub presale (password is DIALNYE16), will be on AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/5) at noon and go on sale to the general public on Friday (8/7) at noon.

TMBG have some non-Brooklyn shows too, including a tour of Australia in November, and are dates are listed, along with their two latest Dial-a-Song songs, below.

Continue reading "They Might Be Giants announce more MHOW residency shows, playing 'Apollo 18' ++ three New Year's shows (dates)"

Patti Smith

Punk legend Patti Smith and her band are on tour now in Europe performing her seminal 1975 album, Horses, in full for its 40th anniversary. A full North American leg hasn't been revealed yet, but Patti did just announce a Horses show for her hometown of NYC happening November 10 at Beacon Theatre! Tickets go on sale Friday (6/5) at 11 AM.

She also recently announced a New Year's Eve show for San Francisco (maybe that and the Beacon show means she isn't doing her annual New Year's shows in New York this year?). All currently known dates are listed, with streams of a couple Horses cuts, below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith expands tour, adds a 'Horses' show in NYC, New Year's Eve in San Francisco (updated dates)"

Stevie
Photo: Stevie Nicks & Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

Deer Tick completed their 6-night run at Brooklyn Bowl leading up to New Year's Eve, which included a ton of guest appearances including Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, other members of Titus Andronicus, Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, The Felice Brothers, Dawes, and many more.

The most exciting appearance of all happened the night of New Year's Eve though, with Stevie Nicks joining the band to perform her classic "Rhiannon" from Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 album. Watch a video of that below.

Also on stage for that song was Deer Tick frontman John McCauley's mom, and his 9 months pregnant (!) wife Vanessa Carlton who has toured and collaborated with Stevie before. Stevie also officiated John and Vanessa's wedding.

Meanwhile, Fleetwood Mac -- currently with their classic lineup of Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- are returning to the NYC-area soon on their 2015 tour which hits MSG on 1/22, Atlantic City on 1/24, Nassau Coliseum on 1/25 and Prudential Center on 2/8 (tickets). This may be your last chance to see them though. The Guardian points out that Lindsey Buckingham told PBS that their 2015 tour and the new album they have planned (their first since 2003) will be their "last act." Lindsey also spoke about his collaborations for the album with Christine McVie, who recently rejoined the band for the first time since 1998, calling them "the best songs we've co-written in years."

Watch the Stevie Nicks/Deer Tick video below...

Continue reading "Stevie Nicks joined Deer Tick on NYE (video); Fleetwood Mac breaking up after 2015?"

THS
Photo: The Hold Steady @ MHOW on NYE (via SJO)

The Hold Steady celebrated the new year and bassist Galen Polivka's birthday with two Music Hall of Williamsburg shows with The So So Glos, first on December 30 and then again on New Year's Eve. Did you catch one? Or both? Check out the setlists from both nights, via The Hold Steady Facebook, and a video of them singing "Happy Birthday" to Galen into a confetti-filled performance of "Constructive Summer," below.

THS have now announced yet another NYC show, billed as "Rockonfoundation.org presents All Star 2015 with The Hold Steady," happening February 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (1/9) with an AmEx presale starting noon on Wednesday (1/7).

Continue reading "The Hold Steady played 2 New Year's shows (setlists, video), schedule another NYC show"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

"THE 3000 MILE TRIP TO SEE #RAINERMARIA IN NYC WAS PROBABLY ONE OF MY BEST DECISIONS IN THE LAST DECADE" - @Successlessness

"i attended 75 concerts in 2014, many of them great; but Rainer Maria's reunion show tonight was just epic. such a perfect way to start 2015." - @LHH_CC53

"God damn. For a band that broke up eight years ago, Rainer Maria absolutely destroyed @ Bowery Ballroom tonight." - Lauren Barker

Rainer Maria
Rainer Maria
Rainer Maria

One of the many New Year's Eve concerts in NYC this year was the reunited Rainer Maria playing their first show since 2006 at Bowery Ballroom. The show wasn't sold out, but it was pretty close, and it seemed like most people were huge fans and knew all the words. And judging by some tweets, like the one above about making a 3,000 mile trip or this person who came from Texas, people traveled from all over to come. They sounded great, were super tight, and looked like no time had passed since their initial run as a band. They seemed to be having a blast on stage too, smiling the whole time and getting really into every song. They played tons of favorites from all of their albums, including "Artificial Light," "Catastrophe," "Planetary," "Ears Ring," "Tinfoil" and plenty more.

Moss Icon
Moss Icon

Opening the show was Petal, the project of Scranton, PA's Kiley Lotz with Tigers Jaw singer Ben Walsh on drums, who were a good match for Rainer Maria and in the holiday spirit, dressed up and wearing New Year's tiaras. Then came Moss Icon, who have been reunited for a while now but were pioneers of the '90s emo scene that birthed Rainer Maria and other bands from that era. While RM were mostly bouncy and upbeat, Moss Icon provided a darker contrast with the kind of stuff that mesmerizes you rather than gets you singing and dancing.

Rainer Maria's reunion continues in Chicago on Valentine's Day. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, with videos and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Rainer Maria reunited on New Year's Eve at Bowery Ballroom with Moss Icon & Petal (pics, setlist, videos)"

NYE

Happy New Year's Eve! There are many many cool shows going on in NYC tonight. Yo can check out our New Year's Eve Roundup for a big rundown of tonight's shows, and browse our full NYC show calendar for even more. Here are the ones we're most excited about...

Erasure, Book of Love @ Terminal 5
With a bucketload of synthpop hits, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell hit NYC for to ring in the new year. Expect extra glitz and glamour in the duo's already spectacular stage show. Their '80s Sire Records labelmates book of Love open.

Holy Ghost!, Museum of Love, That Work @ Irving Plaza
It's a very DFA New Year's Eve with Holy Ghost!'s early-'80s Danceteria-imbued beats and Pat Mahoney's surprisingly soulful new band, Museum of Love.

!!!, Prince Rama, Cakes da Killa @ Knitting Factory
On a similar tip, !!! will remind you that their early-'00s brand of dancepunk still sounds great; Prince Rama will do their best align your chakras beforehand.

Peaking Lights, Joubert Singers @ Good Room
While still retaining their love of dub, duo Peaking Lights went pop (or as much as they can) on their new album, Cosmic Logic, which has them somewhat like a modern day Tom Tom Club. Live they're still all about the bass (and smoke machines).

Obits, Dead Stars, Tournament @ Acheron
While once known for being members of other groups (Drive Like Jehu, Edsel), Obits have an established career of their own now, with three albums of terrific, no-nonsense rock n' roll on Sub Pop.

Mykki Blanco, Mr. Twin Sister, Perfect Pussy, Ricky Eat Acid, Ronald Paris, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch, MR UNO (DJ), Chances with Wolves @ Baby's All Right
There's a little something for everyone at Baby's second NYE show, featuring a mix of dance, rock, punk and hip hop...plus a host of DJs keeping the party going in all corners.

"Special Guests" @ Glasslands
It's the last night of Glasslands stay on Kent Ave, and they're going out with a bang. The show's sold out but the line-up is still a mystery but we imagine they've got some good bands playing. Say goodbye to 2014, Glasslands and DIY venues on that once-hopping block. If you didn't get tickets, you can still stop by around 2 AM once the music is over.

Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds, Andy Animal's All Male Revue, PMS and the Moodswings, DJs Jonathan Toubin and Josh Styles @ Home Sweet Home
It's the New York Night Train New Year's Eve Party with your host Jonathan Toubin who will also be spinning records. Before the ball drops, there will be live sets from Kid Congo, Andy Animal and Habibi offshoot PMS & the Moodswings.

Skrillex, Diplo, A$AP Ferg, Rudimental (DJ), Yellow Claw @ MSG
Even if Skrillex isn't your thing and you wish Diplo would stop working with him, it's pretty undeniable that this show is gonna be a huge party, and A$AP Ferg playing anywhere on New Year's Eve makes it worthwhile for that alone.

Kiesza (live), Gorgon City, Ryan Hemsworth, Duke Dumont, Claude VonStroke @ Webster Hall
Webster Hall is throwing a huge party to ring in the new year, using all of their rooms. Kiesza, the voice behind this year's unstoppable hit "Hideaway" plays a live set, and a number of cool DJs will keep you dancing into the late hours.

Disclosure (DJ), Claude VonStroke, Dusky, Ten Walls, Kyle Hall, Isaac Tichauer @ Pier 94
While Disclosure are one of the electronic groups whose live shows are actually noticeably live, they're also skilled DJs and know how to bring the party that way too. Plus they've put together a pretty good lineup all around for this show.

The Dictators, Dirty Fences, Hector's Pets @ Bowery Electric
Went to both Patti Smith shows this week and wanna keep the CBGB celebration going? Or just want to rock to "The Next Big Thing"? Head to Bowery Electric where Handsome Dick Manitoba and co. (including other longtime members Ross The Boss and JP "Thunderbolt" Patterson) will ring in the new year with a dose of New York rock history. Newer NYC garage rock bands Dirty Fences and Hector's Pets open.

The Hold Steady, The So So Glos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Hold Steady continued ripping out their literate rock and roll on this year's Teeth Dreams, and their recent shows have been pretty generous with the old favorites too. Openers So So Glos are good too -- this whole show is sure to be one drunken, rockin' messy New Year's Eve.

Deer Tick, T. Hardy Morris and the Hardknocks @ Brooklyn Bowl
Deer Tick wrap up their 6-night run at Brooklyn Bowl tonight with an all fan-chosen set. T. Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, who's also in Diamond Rugs with Deer Tick's John McCauley & Robbie Crowell, opens with his band The Hardknocks.

Quicksand, Creepoid @ Saint Vitus
Post-hardcore as we know it wouldn't exist without Quicksand, who are quite literally "post-hardcore," having formed out of the ashes of Gorilla Biscuits, and helped pioneer what that style would become for years. Frontman Walter Schreifels is a busy guy, but Quicksand haven't played NYC in almost two years. Tonight's NYE show will be a very welcome return. Sold out.

Rainer Maria, Moss Icon @ Bowery Ballroom
If you're not going to Quicksand, the other equally great option for fans of '90s post-hardcore/emo is this show. It's Rainer Maria's first show back since breaking up in 2006, and considering the occasion, a lot of drunken feels are sure to be felt. It's also doubly good because the great Moss Icon (who, like Quicksand, helped pioneer post-hardcore) are on the bill too.

Machinedrum, DJ Spinn & Taso, DJ Earl, Dan Wender & Blacky II, Dave Q, Mess Kid, Tripletrain @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Between being one half of Sepalcure and his solo material, Machinedrum has been an exceptionally prolific electronic producer this past few years. For this NYE show tonight, he's promising a 3 hour set so you can keep dancing laaaate. Most BKNB shows are free but this one has tickets.

Morgan Geist, Midnight Magic, Pat Mahoney, Jee Day, Dave Harrington, Evan Michael, Motion Studies @ Cameo
Glasslands may be the only Williamsburg venue closing tomorrow morning, but it's not the only Williamsburg venue that put together a great unique bill to ring in the new year. This one has Morgan Geist of Metro Area, disco band Midnight Magic, Pat Mahoney and Jee Day of Museum of Love (who will stop by after playing live at Irving Plaza) , former Darkside member Dave Harrington, Cameo regular Evan Michael, and GODMODE's Motion Studies.

Spirit Family Reunion, Mail the Horse, Twain @ Rough Trade
For a rootsy NYE option, Spirit Family Reunion recall old school folk, country and blues.

Wherever you go tonight, stay safe!

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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Coney Island
Coney Island boardwalk (more by Chris La Putt)

The Daily News reports:

The city is steaming ahead with a plan to convert part of the iconic Riegelmann Boardwalk to concrete, enraging officials who have sought to sustain the wooden planks that compose the popular Coney Island attraction.

The city has obtained state funding to resume the work, which kicked off during the Bloomberg administration, a Parks Department spokesman told the Daily News.

A pair of local lawmakers said the project needs to be reassessed.

"We are extremely disappointed," City Councilmen Chaim Deutsch and Mark Treyger said in a joint statement.

They have joined community activists and launched a petition, on change.org, imploring the city to stop construction.

Say your goodbyes to the wooden boardwalk this New Year's Eve, as Coney Island is hosting its own ball drop to usher in 2015.

Deer Tick
Deer Tick

As announced back in September, Deer Tick are celebrating their 10th anniversary six nights in a row at Brooklyn Bowl, starting tonight (12/26). During the first five nights, in addition to playing their own material, they'll be covering some of their favorite albums in full, and tickets are back on sale:

THE ALBUMS THEY'RE PLAYING
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant (tix)
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer (tix)
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles (tix)
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (tix)
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (tix)
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set (tix)
More excitingly, at the 12/26 show they'll be performing their 2007 album War Elephant in full too! For the final (New Year's Eve) show, it will be an entirely fan-chosen setlist. The band promised "many friends, special guests, and great bands joining the party each night.", and openers and some of the guests have since been announced. They definitely delivered in that department
ANNOUNCED OPENERS & GUESTS
12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, LuxDeluxe (tix)
12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (tix)
12/28: Joe Fletcher, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson, Felice Brothers (tix)
12/29: The Districts, ? (tix)
12/30: The Weeks, ? (tix)
12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, ? (tix)
If you can't be there, tonight's show (12/26) will also be streaming live on Yahoo. If you are there, pick up a poster, which is pictured above.

Rdio/YouTube streams of the albums they're covering, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick 6-night holiday run begins (tix back on sale!); Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, Tommy Stinson, Robert Ellis & more to guest!"

Photo: Yo La Tengo @ Town Hall 12/4/14 (via @ironic_hashtag)
Town Hall

Then came the guests of honor: guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley, and bassist James McNew. They began with "Ohm," off of their 2013 record, Fade. Normally a rather innocuous and--per its name--meditative track, here it was reincarnated as abrasive and noisy, with Ira flailing along with his guitar. They truly ripped the song to shreds, and this for their opening number. The rest of the set took the audience on a tour through Yo La Tengo's thirty years, featuring bygone gems "The Cone of Silence" from their debut album Ride The Tiger (with longtime YLT pal Dave Schramm on guitar) and "Upside-Down" from 1992's May I Sing With Me, as well as crowd favorites "Hey Mr. Tough" and an outstanding, nearly fifteen-minute-long version of "I Heard You Looking" with Feelies' guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million along for the ride. Ira, in his classic striped t-shirt and jeans uniform, commented at one point that "the idea that we get to play with [The Feelies] in this century is so special to us," and the crowd heartily agreed. [Audiofemme]
Indie veterans Yo La Tengo celebrated 30 years as a band at Town Hall this month. They played two shows -- 12/3 with their old pals Antietam, whose members (and 9 ex-YLT bassists) joined them for covers of Urinals' "Surfin' With The Shah" and Neil Young's "Prisoners of Rock 'n Roll"; and 12/4 with another band of old pals, The Feelies, whose members joined them for several songs, including a few YLT originals and covers of Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" and Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink." Former member Dave Schramm and past contributor Chris Nelson also joined them for a few songs on night 2, including a cover of The Scene Is Now's "Yellow Sarong."

The Feelies' 11-song opening set on night 2 included a handful of their old favorites, and the following day they played a headlining show in NJ at Asbury Lanes with a 31-song set that included two new songs and covers of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Setlists from both Feelies show and both nights of YLT at Town Hall, below.

Yo La Tengo and Antietam also played The Troc in Philly on 12/6 after the NYC run, and you can listen to an audio recording of Antietam's full set over at NYC Taper. One song from it, "Hands Down," can be streamed below.



YLT's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley also just performed this week at Jon Spencer and his wife/Boss Hog bandmate Cristina Martinez's holiday party. Bust was there and posted this Instagram, as was Jon Spencer producer Chris Maxwell who posted the one above.

Yo La Tengo's next show is New Year's Eve in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. Tickets for that are on sale now.

James McNew of YLT also posted his favorite albums of 2014. You can find out who made his list, along with the YLT/Feelies setlists and the Antietam recording, below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo & friends celebrated 30 years @ Town Hall, playing NYE in Boston; James McNew lists his 'Best of 2014'"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFA

We recently posted Ed Banger label head Busy P's remix of Sinkane's "New Name," and it turns out that that's actually one of four remixes on a free DFA Records holiday remix EP. It also features Magic Touch putting their magic touch on The Juan Maclean's "A Simple Design, CFCF's take on Dan Bodan's "Romeo," and Daniel T. & Cooper Saver reworking Museum of Love's "Who's Who of Who Cares." Download the EP HERE.

Busy P is also ringing in the new year with an Ed Banger New Year's Eve party at Le Bain, also featuring DJ Falcon and Blu Jemz. More info here.

Stream the whole EP below...

Continue reading "DFA release free holiday remix EP; Ed Banger celebrating NYE at Le Bain"

Mr Twin Sister
Mr. Twin Sister @ Baby's All Right, 10/3/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Baby's All Right has just let it slip that Mr. Twin Sister is the "special guest" at their New Year's Eve Party this year. It was already a pretty impressive line-up, with sets from Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Ricky Eat Acid, Porches frontman Aaron Maine in his Ronald Paris guise, Sunflower Bean, as well as Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves, Chances with Wolves, James K, Dubbel Dutch and Mr. UNO on DJ duty. Tickets are still available as is the "2015 Baby's Watch" that gets you into NYE and most all of next year's shows (and you also get a watch).

Mr Twin Sister will also open for Sylvan Esso at Terminal 5 next month, which is now sold out.

Peaking Lights
Photo: Peaking Lights @ Modern Sky Fest 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Dubby psych duo Peaking Lights are playing Mexico's upcoming Festival Nrmal in 2015, but before that they'll ring in the new year in NYC with a New Year's Eve show at Good Room (formerly Europa). It's a No Ordinary Monkey party, and also features Joubert Singers and special guest DJs. Tickets are on sale now.

Those are their only two announced shows at the moment. Watch a video from Peaking Lights' 2014 album, Cosmic Logic, below...

Continue reading "Peaking Lights playing NYE in NYC before Festival Nrmal"

by Andrew Sacher

DonChristian

Le1f-associated rapper/singer DonChristian released his album Renzo Piano earlier this year, which features Le1f, fellow avant-rapper Antwon, production from The-Drum's Jeremiah Meece, frequent Le1f collaborator Boody, FACT year-end list maker lsdxoxo and others. If you're into the kind of dark, left-field stuff of Le1f and Antwon, you'll likely dig DonChristian too. You can stream the album and watch the video for its track "Clerk" below, and download it for free here.

DonChristian headlines a NYC show TONIGHT (12/19) at Cameo, which Le1f DJs. Also on the bill is Tigga Calore, Joey Labeija b2b False Witness, Shyboi and Geng. Tickets are still available.

Later this month, he opens Le1f's Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28, which also features singer Rahel (who's on Renzo Piano as well), Boody, Abdu Ali, Juliana Huxtable, Joey Labeija and more special guests. Tickets for that are still available too.

In addition to guesting on Renzo Piano, Rahel also has a song with Jeremiah Meece, and she's featured on that FACT-approved lsdxoxo album, whorecore, which also features another great left-field NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa. You can stream that album below.

Cakes Da Killa also had lsdxoxo produce multiple tracks on this year's Hunger Pangs, and he's got two upcoming local shows too. He was added to the !!! (chk chk chk) / Prince Rama New Year's Eve show at Knitting Factory (tickets), and he's got a show at Baby's All Right on February 20 with UNIIQU3 (tickets).

DonChristian and lsdxoxo album streams below...

Continue reading "DonChristian, Le1f, Rahel, lsdxoxo, Cakes Da Killa & others collaborating (stream), playing shows together & separately"

Budos Band
photo: Budos Band at Daptone Super Soul Revue 12/6/2014 (more by PSquared)

Jonathan Toubin knows his way around a party which is to say he's an in-demand dude during this festive time of year. He's got his fingers all of the following events...

On Wednesday (12/17) at Baby's All Right he'll be DJing the Peace & Love Holiday Ball which features live sets from The Budos Band, The Citizens Band and "surprise guests." The Citizens Band and the Budos Band ( who just played the Daptone Super Soul Revue) usually play bigger places than Baby's so here's a good chance to catch them somewhere more intimate. Tickets are on sale and benefit The David Lynch Foundation and the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund.

Then on Saturday (12/20) at Brooklyn Bowl, it's the holiday edition of Soul Clap and Dance Off with special guest selector Charles Bradley. It doubles as a release party for Norton Records' Souvenirs of the Soul Clap Vols 1 & 2. Tickets for Brooklyn Bowl are on sale now.

On New Year's Eve at Home Sweet Home, Nothing Changes is presenting the "New York Night Train Annual New Year's Ball" featuring live performances from Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Andy Animal's All Male Revue, and the debut of PMS and the Moodswings (featuring members of Habibi). Toubin and Josh Styles will be DJing and tickets will be available at the door. More info here.

Then on January 3 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar it's a "Captured Tracks/New York Night Train HAPPENING!" featuring live sets from Juan Wauters and EZTV, plus Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, DJ sets from Toubin and C/T head Mike Sniper. That show is free but you can RSVP to skip the line.

Jonathan Toubin will also be DJing the Glasslands Holiday Party on Sunday (12/21), the Detroit Cobras show at Baby's All Right on 1/2 (which is Detroit Cobras' second of two NYC shows that week, following Bowery Electric on 12/30) and some other gigs as well. All Jonathan Toubin dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin DJ gigs: Soul Clap w/ Charles Bradley, a benefit w/ Citizens Band & Budos Band, NYE w/ Kid Congo, more"

Perfect Pussy at P4k 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Glasslands just announced their New Year's Eve show, and now another Williamsburg venue, Baby's All Right, is announcing theirs. It's a stacked, multi-genre night with rapper Mykki Blanco, noise punks Perfect Pussy (who were supposed to play Baby's on NYE last year but dropped off), Ricky Eat Acid, Porches frontman Aaron Maine in his Ronald Paris guise, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch (DJ), Mr. UNO (DJ), and a "Special Secret Guest" (who could it be?).

Doors open at 7 PM with two hours of open bar from 7-9 PM with Perfect Pussy singer (and solo artist) Meredith Graves DJing. Then EVR radio show Chances With Wolves will be DJing the front room all night after 9 PM.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (12/16), and there's an option for some extra dough to also get the "Baby's 2015 Watch" which gets you "free shows for ONE YEAR when you buy this limited edition watch including New Year's Eve (only 100 available!). Some restrictions may apply.

Flyer below...

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Glasslands

Glasslands has a little more than two weeks left on Kent Ave, the final night being New Year's Eve. They've just announced that that will be a celebration with four secret bands:

Join the Glasslands family for our venue's final night of music on planet Earth - we're bringing back four very special SECRET guests (TRUST US) from our past to send things off in ass-kicking name-taking style!

Come early for the hour-long vodka open bar and midnight champagne toast, and stick around until the very end. Come share your Kent Ave stories, let's laugh, let's cry, and let's rock.

Thank you to all the artists that made our venue a special place for so many years, and to Brooklyn for making Glasslands your go-to home for good feels. Welcome to 2015, a brave new future!

See you at the finish line!
xoxo
Glasslands

Tickets for the final night of Glasslands go on sale Wednesday (12/17) at 10 AM.

Who do you think the four special secret guests will be? Yeasayer? Bear in Heaven? Das Racist reunion? Neil Diamond? Pearl Jam? Two Live Crew? We shall see.

Restorations (photo by Andrew Schwartz)
Restorations

Heartland punks Restorations, who put out a great new LP this year and told us their favorite LPs of 2014, will return to NYC with their shoegazey Philly neighbors Creepoid for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on January 2 (the Friday after New Year's Eve). Also on that bill is The Yum Dee Days.

As discussed, Creepoid will also be in NYC on New Year's Eve to open for Quicksand at Saint Vitus. Online ticket sales are sold out (20 more tickets remain at the venue's bar), but those looking for '90s post-hardcore/emo on NYE might also like to know that tickets are still on sale for the Rainer Maria / Moss Icon show, and tickets are still on sale to see ex-Drive Like Jehu band Obits at Acheron that night.

Restorations only have one other upcoming date, and that's a show in their home state with their post-metal Philly neighbors Rosetta (who put out a new EP not long ago). It's a special show though, with Rosetta playing a "quiet instrumental set" and Restorations playing acoustic.

All Restorations and Creepoid dates are listed, with videos from both bands, below...

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Star Slinger
Star Slinger

Star Slinger is playing a secret New Year's Eve show on the west coast and right after that hooking up with fellow beatmaker Trippy Turtle (aka maybe Cashmere Cat) for a short tour. That tour hits NYC on January 2 at Webster Hall (aka the Friday after NYE), and tickets for that show are on sale now. That's two days after Kiesza will get Webster Hall dancing on NYE. All Star Slinger/Trippy Turtle dates are listed below.

Star Slinger has also done a number of remixes recently. He took on "Won't Look Back" by Duke Dumont (who also gets NYC moving on New Year's Eve), iLoveMakonnen's "Tuesday" (that Makonnen played at Mercury Lounge and on "The Tonight Show" last night), Blood Orange's "On The Line," ODESZA's "Say My Name" and MAUSI's "My Friend Has Swimming Pool."

Stream all those remixes, with a video of Makonnen on "The Tonight Show" and the list of Star Slinger dates, below...

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A$AP Ferg in Queens in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg returned this week with a new mixtape, Ferg Forever. It's got production from Big K.R.I.T., Clams Casino, Mike Will Made It and others, with M.I.A., Big Sean, SZA, YG, Wynter Gordon and more making guest appearances. You can stream that in full below and download it for free at DatPiff.

A$AP Ferg, UK dance group Rudimental, and Yellow Claw were recently added as openers to Diplo & Skrillex's NYE show at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show are still available.

After NYE, Ferg heads out on a tour with YG. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but there are nearby stops in Connecticut, Boston and Philly. All dates are listed, with the new mixtape stream, below...

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Quicksand at FFF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Quicksand

Walter Schreifels has had a busy year, playing with two new bands, as well as getting in a few Gorilla Biscuits shows. Now his '90s-era post-hardcore band Quicksand have announced that they'll celebrate New Year's Eve at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn with support from Philly shoegazers Creepoid. Tickets for that show are on sale now and an additional 100 tickets will be available at the Vitus bar starting 7 PM on Sunday (12/7).

Tough New Year's Eve for '90s post-hardcore/emo/etc fans between this and Rainer Maria and Moss Icon.

Duke Dumont at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Duke

Skrillex & Diplo, Kiesza, Disclosure, and DJ Koze aren't your only ways to have a danceable New Year's Eve in NYC. Here's two more:

Production wiz Machinedrum will headline a bill at Greenpoint party warehouse Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Also on that bill is Teklife's DJ Spinn & Taso and DJ Earl, Rinsed's Dan Wender & Blacky II, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now. Machinedrum's promising a 3 hour extended set. He has a few other dates this month too and those are all listed, with the show flyer, below.

Meanwhile over at Slake, pop-house thumper Duke Dumont will be getting the place shaking along with Alex English, Hiyawatha and Dali. Tickets are on sale. Duke's also got other dates which are listed below.

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Kiesza

Kiesza, the person behind the post-Disclosure pop hit "Hideaway" and its Williamsburg-friendly video, will be celebrating New Year's Eve in style at NYC's Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $99, and there's three different options that include more perks for more dough, like open bar or a VIP table. There's also after-hours tickets to keep the party going until 8 AM.

Webster Hall is also where Kiesza last played NYC, as part of Downtown Fest which she co-headlined. Her only proper, non-holiday/fest/promo/fashion-week/guest-appearance NYC show so far was her debut one which took place at Santos. Both Santos and and the last Webster one were great, though I personally would avoid Webster Hall on NYE.

Meanwhile, Kiesza's "Take U There" collaborators Skrillex and Diplo are playing their own previously-discussed NYE show at Madison Square Garden (tickets). Will Kiesza have time to scoot over to MSG for a bit and sing with them?

Stream "Take U There" and watch the "Hideaway" video below...

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James Murphy at CBGB Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
James Muphy

LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy hasn't let the dissolution of his old band slow him down. He's hitting Brooklyn's Output on December 11 with frequent collaborator Tim Sweeney to DJ the club's weekly INPUT party. Tickets are on sale.

James Murphy has been a busy guy in the past few months, drumming for the recently-reunited Dungbeetle, starring in Arcade Fire's recent horror flick, DJing a Star Trek event and turning tennis data into music.

Other recently-announced Output DJ sets include Chromeo on 12/30 (tickets), DJ Koze and many more on New Year's Eve (tickets), and Bonobo on 2/5 (tickets). James Blake's DJ set at Output is this Wednesday (12/3) and tickets are still available.

Watch James Murphy's 2012 Boiler Room set below...

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Obits @ BK Bazaar - 11/22/14 (via Kyle Page)
Obits

Brooklyn garage punk greats Obits played a one-off in their hometown this past Saturday (11/22) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost and Pink Avalanche. Anyone catch that? How was it? You can check out a video of them from that show, below.

Obits have now announced their next hometown show which happens New Year's Eve at Acheron, which is a pretty small venue and it sounds like this will be one of the rowdier NYE options in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Obits frontman Rick Froberg is also one of the many Brooklyn artists taking part in this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery which also includes members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Parquet Courts, Dismemberment Plan and more. Plus, since we last spoke, members of Girls Against Boys, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more were added, as well as MC Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav). Updated lineup below.

Rick Froberg's Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes bandmate John Reis also has a collaborative surf rock album and tour planned with The Blind Shake.

Obits video and Rock Lottery lineup below...

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