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The very platform that made them famous is now also the only place you can watch "Once in a Lullaby", the documentary about the much blogged about PS 22 Chorus that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012. Check it out below...

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PS 22 Chorus w/ Ariel Pink earlier this month (via PS 22 Chorus)

You may remember that Staten Island's famed PS 22 Chorus covered Ariel Pink's song "Round and Round" a few years ago. On a recent trip to NYC to promote his forthcoming album, pom pom, Pink visited the PS 22 Chorus who had worked up some special renditions of a couple of the album's tracks: the lighthearted "Jell-o" (which makes a lot more sense when sung by kids) and the more grim "Picture Me Gone," covering a few blips on the massive spectrum that Pink's music occupies. Check the videos out below.

The chorus members also had the opportunity to ask Pink questions. As a former art teacher, Pink's rapport with the kids was endearing, explaining his writing process, the meanings behind the songs and more. One member even went on to say, "When you're dead, I think that they should call you a legend."

Pink's upcoming tour stops in NYC at Terminal 5 on February 25. Tickets for that show (a much bigger venue than Pink's played here) are still available.

Jack Name, who is touring with Thee Oh Sees even sooner, was added as opener to the Terminal 5 show.

Check out the new videos from PS22, as well as their 2011 cover of "Round And Round," as well as well as Pink's full tour schedule, below...

Continue reading "Ariel Pink visited PS 22 Chorus who covered two songs from his new album (video); Jack Name opening Terminal 5"

by Jessica Pilot

Ariel Pink @ Baby's All Right 10/2/2014 (via @deeaannaaa)

Ariel Pink may have dropped the "Haunted Graffiti" from his name but remains resolutely idiosyncratic on his new double album opus, pom pom. At times chaotic, somehow Ariel pulls it all together in a manner only he would. Fusing what feels like multiple songs together into one coherent thing seems like a huge pain in the ass but here we have Ariel referencing everything from Devo-like lunacy to the drama of King Diamond to the earworm madness of commercial jingles. Some brains just work that way.

Ariel was in NYC earlier this month for a beyond-packed, scene-of-all-scenes, post-midnight show at Baby's All Right. Though Madonna was nowhere to be found, the audience was a crazy who's who of Brooklyn music, best represented by the trio of DJs for the night: Pitchfork's Ryan Schreiber, 285 Kent/Palisades/Webster Hall booker Ric Leichtung and Baby's' own Billy Jones (who was also celebrating a birthday that night). Sky Ferreira, Mac DeMarco, members of Real Estate, John Norris and Marnie the Dog were just a few of the familiar faces who came out to see Mr. Pink and drink Pink Babies at the intimate Williamsburg show. Featuring mostly songs off the new album, the late late late set showed off the breadth of his vision, from the totally out-there "Dinosaur Carebears" to album-closing highlight "Dayzed Inn Daydreams."

Ariel was still or back in NYC because apparently he just visited the kids of PS 22 in Staten Island to play some songs with them (they famously covered him a few years ago). Stay tuned for the video of that to surface.

One day before the Baby's show, BrooklynVegan interviewer Jessica Pilot visited Ariel Pink at his hotel. Here is their conversation...


Jessica: Are there any stories behind any of the new tracks that you might want to share that might be interesting to tell?

Ariel: You're making me think way too hard already. [laughs] I mean they all have their own stories.

Jessica: Is there one in particular that you think would make a cool story?

Ariel: Let me think about it for a second.

What's your favorite color?

Okay, easy: none. I don't have any favorite colors whatsoever. I've got a really long-winded explanation for it too. I'm colorblind, but that's not the reason. I'm one of the least artistically minded people you've ever met. I have no aesthetical preferences for anything.

Is that true?

It's the truth! Despite my wonderful wardrobe and attire, I actually have zero--it's only because people leave good clothes at my house that are very stylish themselves. I actually don't have a favorite color. I don't think in color.

continued below...

Continue reading "an interview with Ariel Pink (who isn't working with Madonna, played Baby's All Right & with the PS 22 Chorus)"

"Thanks for your Gotham award jokes, everybody! Really funny. Will be reading 10 on stage! #Gothamjokes" - Mike Birbiglia

Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound) at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

Jordan Catalano aka Elijah Wood's best friend aka 30 Seconds to Mars frontman aka one of the "alt-est" human beings alive Jared Leto is set to star in the new Jean-Marc Vallée-directed film, Dallas Buyers Club, where he plays an AIDS-infected cross-dresser whose lover is being played by Deerhunter/Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox (the alt-est couple ever?), Hollywood Reporter reports (via Pitchfork). The film also stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.

Jared Leto also recently directed his own film, a documentary called Artifact, which beat the PS 22 Chorus documentary Once in a Lullabye at the Gotham Awards last night (11/26). Gregory Ellwood was live blogging for Hitfix and after predicting Beasts of the Southern Wild would win, he wrote:

This was voted by members and the audience is shocked. Was there a limit to the number of times you could vote? [Jared Leto] says "This movie, which many of you haven't seen is a very, very personal film. It was made by a small group of people over a few years. It talks about being an artist and art and commerce. I'd like to thank everyone who voted for us online. I know some people are upset that 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' isn't up here and it's a phenomenal film." He adds, "Don't hate me because I won. I love that other film too."
The Gotham Awards were hosted by Mike Birbiglia, who was partially telling jokes that were supplied to him by his Twitter followers, some of which he tested out live on stage at the Pretty Good Friends Sandy benefit at The Bell House one night earlier (11/25).

A video of Atlas Sound and Lower Dens playing "Mona Lisa" at a special session during Primavera Sound in Barcelona this past June can be watched below...

Continue reading "Jared Leto playing Bradford Cox's lover in new film, beat PS 22 Chorus documentary at the Gotham Awards"

photos by Sachyn Mital

rest in peace Lucille Bliss
2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade

Though we don't have any shots of Staten Island's PS 22 Chorus (my personal highlight of the parade), or of the float with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots (Questlove's Instagrams HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE), the Smurfs, Spongebob, hip hop pop star Flo Rida, country music's Trace Adkins, Don McLean (bye bye Miss American Pie), Oda Mae aka Whoopi Goldberg, Santa Claus and more are prominently featured in our set of 2012 NYC Thankgiving Day Parade photos. Check out the rest below...

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Staten Island after Sandy
Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, 11/3/12

We already posted some of Gretchen Robinette's pictures of Staten Island after Sandy. Here are some more. They're a reminder of how hard the borough got hit, a fact that not only needs to be remembered, but which needs to reach the right people. Like Obama maybe. The Staten Island Advance posted this letter to the president:

There would be no excuse.

When President Obama comes to New York Thursday to view the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, his first stop must be the neighborhoods of Staten Island. Not Miller Field.

This borough is the scene of unspeakable devastation and personal tragedy. More than half of the city's storm victims -- 23 -- died here, and another Islander died in Lower Manhattan.

They were fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters -- and two young sons, ages 2 and 4.

Homes were lifted off foundations and deposited yards away, like pool toys. Other homes simply crumbled where they stood, or were smashed to bits by water and debris.

The wrecked remnants of houses, memories and lives line the streets, waiting to be taken away like trash. Some people are struggling to stay warm as they go on more than two weeks without electricity or heat. With 200 homes already declared structurally unsound and unsafe to enter, many here are homeless.

These people need help. They need their president.

Do please Mr. President, make Staten Island the centerpiece of your visit to this storm-weary city.

That said, I think they got their wish.

Speaking of Staten Island, let's not forget (maybe even remind the president who they'll be singing for next year), that it's home to the irresistible and talented kids of the P.S. 22 Chorus (the ones who recently covered Tame Impala). Luckily, as far as we've heard and can tell, the kids, chorus director Gregg Breinberg, and their families, all generally seemed to come out of the ordeal unscathed. Upon returning to school they recorded a version of "Chasing the Sun" by the Wanted, "the perfect choice with which to begin again after the unwanted hiatus." You can watch that below, but only after you vote for Once In a Lullaby in the Gotham Awards (they've already made it to the final round).

Check out a deleted scene from the film (starring Gregg and his parents), the Wanted cover video, and more of Gretchen's pictures, below...

Continue reading "Staten Island still recovering from Sandy, urging Obama to visit; PS 22 Chorus movie up for Gotham Award (vote!)"

by Bill Pearis

Tame Impala @ MHOW, 11/7/2012 (via @jacobbetesh)
Tame Impala

Tame Impala played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (11/9), a sold-out show as part of their tour with The Amazing (who played Mercury Lounge last week). The pair will do it again on Saturday night (11/10) at Webster Hall which is also sold out. Did you go to the show? How was it?

In other Tame Impala news, the band just released a video for new single "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" from their album Lonerism. Directors Joe Pelling and Becky Sloan's head trip (literally) vision for the clip is old-school hand animated, looking like something from vintage '70s Sesame Street. Still it's hard for this to beat PS22 Chorus' take on the same song. Videos of both are below.

Continue reading "Tame Impala played MHOW, play Webster Hall on Saturday; made a video for "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" (watch) "


Michael Bolton, who seems to have a good sense of humor about his crappy music, will star as himself in new sitcom Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life according to Deadline. Look for the new sitcom on ABC next year.

Black Sabbath (sans Bill Ward) are finally going to do that album with producer Rick Rubin.

Gothamist wonders aloud if Barclays Center might have a racist metal detector policy (via an article in the NY Post).

I swear the BrooklynVegan not-CMJ day party lineups are coming very soon, though we've already revealed that we've got METZ, Deap Vally and Murals.

The 2012 edition of Austin City Limits, which is switching to two weeks next year, went down over the weekend (sans The Weeknd). Check out our photos from Day Two and Day One. Day Three on the way.

Speaking of the trend of having your festival two weekends in a row now, Ultra Music Festival announced they're doing it too.

Jon Carmanica at the NY Times talks about dance stars evolving to pop fame.

The same issue of the NY Times profiles Ellie Goulding who is dating pop fame dance star Skrillex (who she was hanging out with at Pianos the other night).

Adele's "Someone Like You" has topped another chart: most popular songs at funerals.

The Nick Waterhouse and Allah-Las tour hit Chicago last week. We got pictures.

Speaking of pictures, in NY we recently captured the butt shaking going on at Bowery for Nicky Da B, Flying Lotus and then SBTRKT at Terminal 5, Public Image LTD at both MHOW and Hammerstein, Menomena at Bowery (MHOW on the way), Revelation Records Anniversary Night Two (three and four on the way), and Morrissey not once, not twice, but thrice.

And oh yeah, don't forget the New York Comic Con shots.

Stream Divine Fits' appearance on NPR's World Cafe from earlier today.

Xbox's iTunes-esque new music service debuts tomorrow. Surprise: you're going to have to update your firmware to use it.

Kitty Pride, who plays CMJ this week, hates fellow redhead Tori Amos. For weird reasons.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Michael Bolton's sitcom; Adele tops new chart; ACL, Black Sabbath, PS 22 does Tame Impala, Madonna stripped ++ more"

Grnadma Lo-Fi

We've all been there. Those big creative dreams we had when we were young fall prey to the practical concerns of student loans, rents, and families. Maybe we loved piano lessons as a kid but our father couldn't afford them. Maybe we fell in love with a sailor but our parents forbid us from seeing him. Maybe we went ahead and saw him anyways. And maybe when his ship sunk and he died, our mother told us: "what you refuse to give up yourself, God will take from you." After that, maybe we ran away to Iceland, where we worked odd jobs for many years until one day, at the tender age of 70, we rediscovered music.

Grandma Lo-Fi, the directorial debut of three Icelandic musicians, tells just such a story. The story of Sigríður Níelsdóttir, who recorded 600 songs in seven years, mixing together the sounds of household items, pets, found toys, and a Casio keyboard, achieving cult status among Icelandic musicians. One of her albums is all Cowboy songs, another has lyrics that are complete gibberish. Her passion and enthusiasm are infectious. Don't be surprised if by the end of the film you want to go out and get a Casio keyboard and hand-whisk and start recording homespun hits in your living room.

Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm film, Grandma Lo-Fi uses charming lo-fi animation and a delightfully quirky visual style to celebrate the life of a remarkable woman and her irrepressible creative drive.

Documentary Grandma Lo-Fi will screen as part of Rooftop Films at The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St. at Third Avenue, Brooklyn) on Saturday, July 28. Tickets for that are still available. In addition to the screening, there will be a performance by Kira Kira which is actually Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, one of Grandma Lo-Fi's three directors. There is also a reception in the Can Factory courtyard following the screening with complimentary beverages.

Once in a Lullaby

In other Rooftop Films music documentary news, the PS 22 Chorus documentary Once in a Lullaby will screen for free at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George (home of the Staten Island Yankees) in PS 22's home borough of Staten Island on August 14. (More info here.)

If you haven't heard about this film about internet sensations and Oscar performers -- a big hit at the Tribeca Film Festival (where it premiered) -- here's the synopsis:

Public School 22 in NYC has more than just an amazing chorus, they have an amazing story. These 5th graders went from performing in their school auditorium on Staten Island to closing the show at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! It all started when their dynamic and caring teacher Gregg Breinberg starting posting videos of their performances on YouTube. The videos went viral captivating viewers from your house to the White House (where they performed for President Obama) with the students' pure love of music. Celebrities and Indie Rockers alike started flocking to the elementary school to visit and perform. Then, at their annual Christmas concert they got a surprise visit from Oscar Co-Host Anne Hathaway who invited them to perform at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. With unprecedented access our crew follows them from the hallways and streets of Staten Island to the Red Carpet and backstage at the Kodak Theater for their big Oscar performance. Back stage drama combines with homesickness as the 10 year olds navigate the world of the entertainment elite. The drama culminates when the chorus director and the producer of the Oscars broadcast clash over creative differences and half the chorus looses their voices screaming at Disney the day before the big show. This documentary is an inspiring feel-good story that shows us children have a lot to teach about music, and that a talented teacher can teach his students the most important lesson of all; within themselves is the power to do anything.
If you can't make it to Staten Island for the free screening, Once in a Lullaby will also play at the Los Angeles Laemmle NoHo from Aug, 10-16, and IFC Center in Manhattan from Aug. 3 - 9 as part of Docuweeks and tickets for those NYC screenings are on sale now.

Trailers for both Grandma Lo-Fi and Once in a Lullaby are below.

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At Tribeca, the phrase "sold out" is not in our lexicon. If the screening you want does not have any more tickets available, check out our Rush Tickets policy and try your luck!

While many Film Festivals simply close the door when tickets for a screening sell out in advance, that is not the case at Tribeca. Instead, to make each film accessible to as many movie fans as possible, Tribeca uses a Rush Tickets policy.

Here's how it works: For each screening or panel discussion that is offering Rush Tickets, a line will begin to form roughly 45 minutes before the event's start time. 15 minutes before the event begins, people on the line will be allowed to purchase Rush Tickets and get into the event, as capacity allows. Note: there is a limit of one rush ticket per person.

Rush Tickets are not discounted*, and Tribeca can't guarantee that if you're on the line, you'll be able to get in. That being said, if you show up 45 minutes in advance, your odds look all right. And let's face it--if a film's screening is limited to Rush Tickets, there's probably a reason it's so popular.

So pass the time with a magazine, catch up with friends on social media, or simply enjoy the scenery. How long is 45 minutes, anyway?

Take note: Rush Tickets will not be available for Opening Night (The Five-Year Engagement) or Closing Night (The Avengers).

The Tribeca Film Festival begins today. Check out our previously posted rundown which includes a bit about the PS22 Chorus documentary. Check out an interview with the chorus's director Gregg Breinberg at Tribeca's site where you'll also find the full schedule and links to remaining tickets. Watch a Wall Street Journal feature on the fest and its big films, below...

Continue reading "Tribeca Film Fest begins; Rush Tickets can get you in"

by Andrew Marinaccio

Tribeca Film Fest

The Tribeca Film Festival is readying itself for another week-long celebration of cinema next month. Screening from Thursday, April 18-29, the event will continue its customary beats, including a variety of talks ranging from a chronicle of Universal Studios with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Judd Apatow to modern efforts in Avant-Garde film preservation, a gallery installation at New York Academy featuring winning artwork from the festival's jury competition, and family events including an ESPN-sponsored sports day and street fair. Or, if you're feeling limber, you even can attend a showing of "The Goonies" where you can compete in a no-holds-barred "Truffle Shuffle" dance contest. A full list of events can be found here.

Of course, there will also be a host of movies being screened across the city, including a number of music-oriented films, many of which you can watch the trailers for at the end of this post.

Documenting the 150-year history of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, director Michael Sládek (Con Artist) compiles footage from the landmark venue's illustrious past performers in Bam150, including recent interviews with Laurie Anderson and performing arts authority Robert Wilson. The film turns to art history in articulating BAM's role in legitimzing Brooklyn as a modern "cultural Mecca."

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey tells the story of 2006 Internet curio Arnel Pineda, a Manila native who rose to postmodern stardom via Youtube videos of his cover band's performances. While exposure launched him to ubiquity, it also brought him closer to the bands he emulated than most music video hit-mongers, landing him a singing gig as the successor to Steve Perry in Journey. The documentary follows Pineda from slum squalor to world-tour escapades, studying how he's dealt with the "demands of his newfound fame."

First Winter, the feature-length directorial debut of NYU film graduate Benjamin Dickinson (who's directed music videos for Q-Tip, LCD Soundsystem, and The Rapture) dares to ask what happens to a group of isolated Brooklyn hipsters during a stark blackout when the "sex, drugs, and acoustic guitars" grow dull and give way to tension that threatens their ability to survive the "apocalyptic" outage. Self-proclaimed hipster context aside, the film seems scant on ironic snark as the clan ernestly attempts to rough it in the frigid sticks.

Brooklyn rapper and producer John Forte, most known for his Grammy-winning record work with The Fugees' on The Score, is followed on his "From Brooklyn to Russia With Love Tour!" the first major undertaking of his multimedia company Le Castle in Russian Winter. Petter Ringbom's documentary captures one of the greater creative shifts of a musician reclaiming momentum after serving an 8-year prison prison sentence in the last decade, immersing himself in the sounds of distant culture as he remains dedicated to continuing the art fate gave him a second chance at publically making.

the PS22 Chorus (photo by Bao Nguyen)
PS 22

Another Youtube phenomenon, the often-seen-on-BV PS22 Chorus, have their viral stardom explained in Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story. Focusing on their days leading up to their performance at the 2011 Academy Awards, chorus teacher Gregg Breinberg attempts to organize his students amid adolescent insecurities like homesickness, feeling left out, and the intevitable disorientation of instant fame. There will be a Q&A with Breinberg and director Jonathan Kalafer after the screening (which is also the film's world premiere).

Editors's note: Not only in the name of full disclosure, we're also proud to point out that BrooklynVegan contributed to the PS22 documentary in small ways whenever possible, including introducing the director (an old friend who happened to decide to take this project on) to BrooklynVegan photographer Bao Nguyen who you will notice is listed as one of the film's producers and Director of Photography. Go Bao!

The Zen of Bennett documents legendary crooner and all-around class-act Tony Bennett as he recorded his latest Duests compilation with the likes of Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, and Amy Winehouse. Aside from a short monologue on the obscelence found in modern consumer culture that'll leave you "broke" (stating to have come from an era when "everything was made with quality") he riffs on that topic by simply saying that he hopes to bring that old-world standard of quality to his performances, which Bennett believes is ultimately what the public notices. If Zen gives him the chance to wax philsophic, modern cool should probably pay heed to the teachings from the Book of Bennett and learn a thing or two.

What do you want to see? What else is worth noting? What did we miss?

Ticket packages are available now, with single tickets on sale to the general public on April 16 and on sale to AmEx card holders as of today. Check here for a full list of ticket options and single ticket sale dates for downtown residents (and try their Facebook ticketing thing if you're having trouble figuring it all out like we are).

Trailers and other links below...

Continue reading "Tribeca Film Fest 2012 (April 18-29) -- tix on sale now (PS22 Chorus documentary, BAM150 & The Zen of Bennett included)"


As seen over 1,000,000 times on YouTube, and now in Target commercial that aired during the Grammys (!), Denise from Staten Island's great PS 22 Chorus can belt out some Adele. Check out the ad, and the original cover video that helped make her famous, below...

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Givers at Deluna Fest in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Givers have announced a North American tour which will take place this January, and be followed by an Australian tour in February. The North American tour includes a NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 5. Tickets are on sale now. Two days later, they'll participate in the 50th anniversary Preservation Hall Jazz Band show at Carnegie Hall (1/7) with My Morning Jacket, Mos Def and others. Tickets for that show are still on sale. Most of the dates on the tour are with Young Man, though no opener has been announced for the MHOW show.

The PS22 Chorus recently covered Givers' song "Up Up Up." Check out a video of that cover, along with all Givers dates below...

Continue reading "Givers covered by PS22, announce tour (dates & video)"

photos by Jim Brueckner

Newport Folk Festival

You've seen the uplifting YouTube videos of the school children from Staten Island, but to witness their contagious innocent joy in-person is even more of a must. It's almost as if each popular number that they cover, they are canonizing by allowing the listeners to hear the songs through the ears of a child. Their version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" was a true goosebump moment. [Metro]
Staten Island's PS22 Chorus, who are known to cover bands like MGMT Ariel Pink, and Freelance Whales (who also played the festival), played day 1 (7/30) of the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this past weekend. . They covered songs by Adele, Lykke Li, John Lennon, Austra and others.

Pictures and videos from their set at Newport below...

Continue reading "The PS 22 Chorus covered Austra, Lykke Li, Adele, MGMT, Ariel Pink & more @ Newpot Folk Fest (pics & videos)"

GGD on a Rocks Off Boat recently (more by Jessica Amaya)

today in NYC
* Evillive
* Burning Fleshtival
* Life in a Blender @ Barbes
* Zeena Parkins @ The Stone
* William Winant @ The Stone
* Kassav, T-Vice @ Terminal 5
* Anvil, ELKS @ Bowery Ballroom
* Black Lips, Night Beats @ Maxwell's
* Scott Kettner's Forro Brass Band @ Barbes
* They Might Be Giants @ the Stone Pony (NJ)
* Marissa Nadler, Faces On Film @ Littlefield
* Virginia Coalition @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Double Dutch Divas @ Josie Robertson Plaza
* Ponderosa Stomp @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
* Eiko @ Koma @ Paul Milstein Pool, Hearst Plaza
* Christie Front Drive, Patrick Park @ The Bell House
* Ill Fits, Rewards, The Sundelles @ Cameo Gallery
* Eels, The Submarines @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Albert Hammond Jr. (DJ set), Slam Donahue @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Naam, Dead Stars, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Union Pool
* McDonalds, Bells, Moonmen On The Moon, Man @ Bruar Falls
* Stats, Gods & Queens, Ain't Rights, Dangerbird @ ABC No Rio
* Craft Spells, Gardens and Villa, Selebrities @ Mercury Lounge
* Prince Language, Das Racist (DJ), Ital, Vockah Redu, XXXY @ P.S.1
* The Knux, Mr. Mothafuckin Exquire @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The So So Glos, Nova Social, Ghost Ghost, Old Monk @ Knitting Factory
* Sonny & The Sunsets, The Sandwitches, Friends, Carnivores @ Glasslands
* Teebs, Saturn Never Sleeps, Taylor McFerrin, Suzi Analogue @ Knitting Factory
* Dr. John & The Lower 911, Chuck Brown, Red Baraat @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* American Royalty, Waking Lights, Crazy & Brains, Prewer Yardsale @ Lit Lounge
* Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social, Young Things, River James @ Bowery Electric
* Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Hayes Carll, Rhett Miller @ Stuvesant Town
* Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend) (DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey (Mad Decent Block Party) @ South Street Seaport
* The Party Machine Hosted By Arden Myrin and Lisa deLarios w/ Janeane Garofalo / Jena Friedman / James Adomian / Bobby Tisdale / Brent Weinbach and Moshe Kasher / Plus, Adira Amram and the Experience @ Union Hall
* Hume, Dope Body, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, The Dreebs, Daniel Moon King @ Death By Audio

Aretha Franklin's PNC Bank Arts Center show tonight was cancelled at some point. She does have a free show coming up in Coney Island though.

Read more about the free shows happening this weekend, including The Raveonettes on Sunday at Beekman Beer Garden.

We forgot one in that free shows post though: Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Hayes Carll and Rhett Miller today at Stuyvesant Town.

Check out This Week in Indie for more on some shows.

Today is another edition of PS1 Warm Up.

Alternatively there's the Mad Decent Block Party happening at South Street Seaport. Set times HERE.

Ill Fits, who play Cameo tonight, has members of MGMT and Amazing Baby.

Newport Folk Fest is this weekend in Rhode Island. The PS 22 Chorus played the fest today. Check out a video of Denise from PS 22 covering Lady Gaga with band director Gregg Breinberg, below.

Timber Timbre have a new video for "Bad Ritual". Check it out below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Saturday?"


"An exciting mix of folk music's founding voices and modern favorites highlights the 52nd edition of the Newport Folk Festival® when it returns to Newport's Fort Adams State Park July 30-31, it was announced today by the Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which produces the event.

Tickets go on sale worldwide on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.
This year's lineup will bring lots of great artists to Rhode Island in July. The Decemberists (who play Brooklyn 1.5 months earlier), Gillian Welch, Tegan & Sara, Delta Spirit, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, M Ward, Elvis Costello, Middle Brother (proof that the supergroup is not done yet) and even the PS22 chorus are on the list which you can see in full below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival 2011 lineup announced, tickets too"


today in NYC
* Nymph @ The Stone
* Juan Maclean @ Kush
* Bushwalla @ The Rock Shop
* Brother, The Dig @ Maxwell's
* Furthur @ Radio City Music Hall
* Diehard @ Goodbye Blue Monday
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* Depressed Buttons @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The O'Farrill Brothers Band @ Barbes
* Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* The Drums, Big Troubles @ Tribeca Grand
* Big Daddy Kane, Brand Nubian @ Southpaw
* Danielson, Out Fighting @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Thin Lizzy, Bear Hands @ Best Buy Theater
* White Out with Thurston Moore @ The Stone
* J Mascis, Kurt Vile @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Bajzel, Desert Stars, The Plushies @ The Gutter
* The Wood Brothers, Carsie Blanton @ City Winery
* Luff, Street Chant, Pint Shot Riot @ The Rock Shop
* Life in a Blender, The Debutante Hour @ Joe's Pub
* Joy By Proxy, Gabriel Miller-Phillips, SRI @ Zebulon
* Violent Bullshit, Open Ocean, Bubbles @ Union Pool
* Tog, Religious To Damn, Happy New Year @ Cake Shop
* Pterodactyl, PC Worship, Man Forever @ Death By Audio
* Capsule, Divorce Money, Close-Mouthed @ The Acheron
* The Wellington Papers, Spirit Animal @ Mercury Lounge
* Enid Ellen, Nathan Carrera, Nicholas Gorham @ Joe's Pub
* Les Chauds Lapins, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra @ 92YTribeca
* Jacuzzi Boys, Web Dating, Outer Minds, Sleepies @ Bruar Falls
* Little Daggers, Wild Yaks, Steel Phantoms, Open Ocean @ Coco 66
* Light Asylum, Banjo Or Freakout, Shams, Ego Puppets @ Glasslands
* Ghost Ghost, Wojcik, Steel Phantoms, Hooray For Goodbye @ Pianos
* Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Those Darlins @ Bowery Ballroom
* Gatekeeper, StreetWalker, Innergaze (Pendu Disco) @ Secret Project Robot
* The So So Glos, Darlings, Snakes Say Hisss, Sundelles, Teen Witch @ 285 Kent Ave
* Mos Def, Ruby Dee, Gary Bartz @ Highline Ballroom
* Queens Of The Stone Age (playing "Queens Of The Stone Age" in its entirety) @ Terminal 5
* Original Innocence (a rock opera conceived by Dave Nuss and Eric Sanders) @ Issue Project Room
* If By Yes w/ Petra Haden, Yuka Honda, Shimmy & Yuko of Cornelius, Nels Cline, more, Summer Fiction @ Mercury Lounge
* Helmet, Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth (The Metalliance Tour) @ Irving Plaza
* C. Spencer Yeh, Aaron Moore, Ignaz Schick, Goblin War, Barry Weisblat, Marcia Bassett, Bob Bellerue @ Silent Barn
* Ben Rubin, Scott Metzger, Josh Dion, Jonah Smith, Caleb Hawley, Wes Hutchinson, Will Knox, Ross Andrews Project, Adam Tressler @ Rockwood Music Hall

Both Helmet and QOTSA are performing classic albums in full tonight in NYC.

Little Dragon recently paid a visit to PS22 in Staten Island. Video below...

What else?

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P.S. 22
PS 22

"Because English singer-songwriter Dido, who is nominated with Rollo Armstrong and A.R. Rahman for "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, was not available for tonight's show, the producers have recruited Florence Welch from Florence + the Machine to appear with Rahman. Welch is coming off a standout performance in the opening number of the Grammys.

Along with the best original song nominees, tonight's show also will feature the P.S. 22 Chorus, an elementary school chorus from Staten Island, N.Y., who will make a joyous musical appearance singing "Over the Rainbow," according to The Hollywood Reporter." [BAM's Blog]

Trent Reznor is nominated for Best Score.

P.S. 22 recently posted a newer cover of Ariel Pink's "Round And Round" (newer than the one they posted in January). Check that out, and a Katy Perry cover they did at an Oscar press conference (they're going to sing with Katy Perry on Oprah on Monday), below...

Continue reading "Florence Welch & P.S. 22 on the Oscars (Dido couldn't make it)"

review by Rachel Kowal, photos by Erez Avissar

How to Dress Well at a church
How To Dress Well

"I'm sure you're all here to see How to Dress Well," joked the one-man opening act Autre Ne Veut as he walked on stage Friday night (maybe you also caught him Saturday at Pianos). But even if his frank assessment held a bit of truth, the mysteriously anonymous Brooklyn artist certainly caught the attention of the audience by his first move: stripping down to just a black tank top and underwear. (ok, so he was actually just changing his pants, but really - who does that on stage?)

Autre Ne Veut's set-up was pretty bare bones - just a guy singing karaoke style over 80s-fab beats and melodies and stumble-dancing around a smokey stage. Judging from the bemused expressions in the room, I know I wasn't the only one perplexed and bemused by the over-the-top performance. He may not have played any instruments, but the anonymous Brooklynite was constantly on the move - crouching down on stage, dangling the mic over his head, jerking back and forth, and swiveling hips in time to the music. "I feel a little like I'm watching a Paula Abdul video," whispered my friend Sarah. So true.

Near the end of his set, a little fan club of dancing girls formed at the foot of the stage. A couple of people even picked up the votive candles from the stage and began to swing them over their heads as Autre Ne Veut repeatedly sang the line, "You'll be dreaming about me." Even after he had concluded his set (with the requested song "Wake Up"), he stuck around on stage to dance when the house music (Prince's "Kiss") came on. How perfect.

In between sets, people milled around the small room of the church, sharing beers and exchanging stories as more people filtered in from the snowy Greenpoint streets
"I usually try to only play shows at Best Buy and Brooklyn Bowl, but a church will do" said How to Dress Well's Tom Krell near the beginning of his set. And he was right - a church did seem to be an apt setting given his soulful falsetto (Antony Hegarty meets Usher) and the air of reverence emitting from the crowd.

Krell may have had "a little bit of a cold," but it didn't seem to hinder his performance. From his perch on the dimly lit stage, he easily captivated the sold-out crowd with his distinct combination of lo-fi bedroom pieces and R&B slow jams. Much of Krell's live show may be based on samples, but the result is no less arresting.

After playing nearly the entirety of his debut album, Love Remains, Krell returned to the candlelit stage for just one more song. "Don't tell anyone about this. I could get sued," he hastily confessed. To the delight of the crowd, he concluded his set with an Ariel Pink cover - "Fright Night (Nevermore)" (or by his dubbing, "Friday Night").


Speaking of Ariel Pink covers, if you were wondering (like I was at first), why I didn't include the now-everywhere-on-the-internet Ariel Pink cover by Staten Island's PS22 in the post I did about PS22 on Friday, well it's because the very-bloggable video wasn't actually posted to PS22's YouTube until later that day. If you haven't seen it yet, you can now watch it below.

Also below are more pictures and videos of both acts at the church (including a shot of HTDW's setlist), video from a show How to Dress Well played in Toronto since then, and more tour dates...

Continue reading "How to Dress Well played Church of the Messiah w/ Autre Ne Veut, covered Ariel Pink (just like PS22) - pics, review, videos"

PS 22

"The PS22 Chorus is an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York). It is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, and is directed by Gregg Breinberg. Students are assigned to the chorus after an annual auditioning process at the beginning of each school year. PS22 is the largest elementary school in Staten Island which draws students from a wide cross section of ethnic groups and socio-economic levels. The chorus meets twice a week during school hours to practice, and performs throughout the year at school functions, local events, and on special requests. It has been featured on several major national news and music networks after its videos had gained international attention within the popular video-sharing site YouTube. As of January, 2011 the chorus's videos have been watched more than 27,000,000 times." [Wikipedia]
PS22's view counts are only going to keep getting higher now that they've been invited to perform on this year's Academy Awards (at the Feb. 27th ceremony in Los Angeles). Congrats to them! Check out a video with some of their reactions after hearing the news below.

Their first appearance on this site came when they appeared on stage with Crowded House at Wellmont Theater. You might also know them as the children's chorus you hear on Passion Pit's "The Reeling."

Check out some brand new videos below, shot by filmmaker Jonathan Kalafer, of the group during some improv sessions and one of them doing an acoustic version of MGMT's "Kids" (a song they were already famous for covering). A recent one of the chorus covering Freelance Whales and some other ones are down there too...

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Staten Island's PS 22 chorus @ Irving Plaza, NYC - April 30, 2008 (kenf225)
Crowded House

It's an ironclad rule of rock&roll that anything involving a children's chorus is a bad idea. From "You Can't Always Get What You Want" to the Clash's remake of "Career Opportunities," the results are usually mawkish at best and disastrous at worst.

But not last night, at Crowded House's show at Irving Plaza. The PS 22 Chorus, from an elementary school in northwest Staten Island, has made something of a name for itself by performing wonderful arrangements of contemporary pop hits, and has performed them with stars like Tori Amos. And last night they opened for Crowded House.

The kids came out and did a couple of songs on their own, under the direction of the teacher, Gregg Breinberg, and then Neil Finn came out, grinning from ear to ear and applauding, and the rest of the band joined him, and they did two more songs. The version of "Throw Your Arms Around Me" they did is beyond description -- it's a beautiful song to begin with, but the kids clearly love it and get it. [Riffs and Licks]

Last night was the last of three shows Crowded House played at Irving Plaza in NYC. More tour dates HERE. Video of the band playing with the PS 22 chorus, and the set list from night 2, below....

Continue reading "Crowded House & PS 22 played 3 NYC shows - setlist & video"