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Tickets for the James Blake shows at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Volcano Choir (Bon Iver + Collections of Colonies of Bees) at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Gary Numan at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Silversun Pickups are playing The Capitol Theatre on August 5. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Though there was some confusion at first, Ghost B.C. are definitely playing MHOW on 7/28. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see YACHT at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

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

Tickets to see Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker, and Carls Rhodes at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Pat Kiernan is hosting a night of pop culture trivia at The Bell House on July 24. Tickets to that show are still available.

Mina Caputo (formerly Keith Caputo of Life of Agony) is playing The Bowery Electric on June 26. Tickets to that show are still available.

Tickets to see Laura Veirs at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Chrome Cranks are playing Mercury Lounge on August 16. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Bust Magazine is hosting a special anniversary celebration featuring performances by David Cross and others at The Bell House on July 25. Tickets to that show are still available.

Tickets for the Icona Pop show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

by Bill Pearis

Pat Keirnan
NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan's popular Trivia Challenge series at The Bell House happens next Wednesday (3/20) with a special "'90s Vs. '00s" edition. Tickets are still available but you might want to act soon -- these always sell out.

In related, disconcerting news, it looks like NY1's parent corporation, Time Warner Cable, is may be doing some sprucing up to the beloved all-NYC news channel, including new theme music, and changing its name to TWC News. Why would they do this? The Daily News reports:

"Our news outlets have grown tremendously in recent years," Time Warner Cable spokeswoman Amy Summers said in a prepared statement. "Our research shows that people who watch our stations, such as NY1, are loyal viewers, yet most people don't understand their connection to Time Warner Cable. It is for these two reasons that we're embarking upon a rebranding project that will take the better part of a year."

A Time Warner source said company brass believes customers do not realize that when they ditch the cable company for Verizon or satellite providers they are also ditching the news channel.

Sources said that NY1 chief Steve Paulus tried to convince company brass to keep the station's 20-year-old moniker intact, but ultimately agreed that there were "broader corporate branding goals" at stake.

Not sure why they would want to change something NYers love to something associated with a service that is generally loathed (at least by Patrick Stewart) but that's marketing departments for ya.

Pumping out the L Train tunnels, 11/5/2012 (via MTA's Flickr)
Flooded L Train

While Irene had brought the water within a foot or two of flooding the subway entrances and ventilation gratings, Sandy's fourteen-foot surges brought the water gushing in. Half of the subway system's fourteen under-river tubes flooded. A few filled up end to end, much like the MTA's Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. They couldn't even send workers out to assess them until after the second surge at the next high tide Tuesday morning.

Pumping began soon after -- or "dewatering," as the pumping industry calls it. Other city agencies had to rely on outside contractors to pump their tunnels. But it happens that the subway system already had its own toys. Each of the system's under-river tunnels has a sump to deal with everyday seepage, and each also has a tube fixed to the side called a discharge line. Starting Tuesday, the system sent in its "pump trains" -- diesel powered trains with five or six cars, run by just five or six workers. Underneath the trains are pumps, moving hundreds of gallons of water back into the river every minute. "You take the pump train and you bury the first car up to the floor level so it's underwater," Prendergast says, "and you hook it up to the discharge line and you start pumping the tunnel dry." -[NY Mag]

While service to most MTA subway lines, miraculously, has been restored following Hurricane Sandy, there is still no L train service to or in Manhattan which involves a whole lot of commuters (like NY1's Pat Kiernan and at a couple BV staff members). If you're wondering why it hasn't been restored yet, pictures from the MTA's very active Flickr account tell the story: they're still pumping flood waters out of the East River tunnel. Says the MTA:
MTA employees using a pump train are working around the clock to pump seawater out of the L train's tunnel under the East River. The tunnel was flooded during the unprecedented 13-foot storm surge of Hurricane Sandy. This photo shows activity on the afternoon of Monday, November 5.
After the tunnel is pumped dry of water, work will begin to inspect tracks, signals, switches, electrical components, and third rail. If any repairs are needed, employees will make them as quickly as possible to get service restored.

Meanwhile, there is still no G service at all. The tunnels are dry, however, and signal fixes are on their way, says the MTA. In the interim, the MTA is running more B62 buses (which have been crazy packed). More pictures of the work on the L train East River tunnel are below.

Continue reading "Still no L train service (or G for that matter), but MTA is working around the clock (pics)"

Man of Steel no match for Hurricane Sandy (via @stephie_jae)

Tickets to see Hot Water Music at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Starland Ballroom go on sale at noon today.

Tickets to see Graveyard at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale at noon today.

Tickets to see Ra Ra Riot at Webster Hall go on sale at noon today.


Tickets to see Sheer Terror and Cro-Mags at Highline Ballroom go on sale at noon.

The Misfits's Highline Ballroom show, which was supposed to be their annual Halloween show but didn't happen thanks to Sandy, has been rescheduled for December 16 and tickets are on sale.

Likewise, Pat Kiernan's Halloween triva night at The Bell House didn't happen either and has now been rescheduled for November 13 and is being billed as "Anything But Politics." Tickets are now on sale.

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy is finally upon us, with the height of the storm hitting around 6 PM. Like Sunday, mass transit is closed and almost everything is cancelled. We'll update this list throughout the day but, as far as we know, the only major show still happening in NYC tonight is Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg (though we expect a postponement announcement any minute) (Swans did play Bowery last night though). Swans is now postponed too.

Freddy's Bar says they're not closing and are even hosting an open mic.

Not sure if anyone is playing, but Pete's Candy Store "says Come & get us Sandy! We weren't afraid of Irene and we're not afraid of you! (but please don't hurt us) WE WILL BE OPEN TONIGHT. C'mon Over."

Aimee Mann & Ted Leo's show at Bowery Ballroom tonight has moved to Wednesday (10/31).

Luckily German band Fenster scheduled a lot of shows while they were here because their show last night at Shea Stadium was cancelled, and their one at Muchmore's tonight with Daytona and Hearsay & Hyperbole isn't happening either.

As mentioned yesterday, tonight's Brandi Carlile / Blitzen Trapper show at Beacon Theatre has been postponed.

Pat Kiernan Halloween trivia night at The Bell House is canceled.

John Legend's show at Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclay's Center was postponed a while back for non-Sandy reasons.

Cake Shop's show (Sad Ladders, Meet Me in Norway, Sewing Machines) tonight is cancelled.

Joshua Radin & A Fine Frenzy at Best Buy Theater has been postponed.

Lee DeWyze at Highline Ballroom has been canceled.

Tonight's shows at Joe's Pub are canceled.

The Rock Shop is open, but tonight's show has been canceled.

Tonight's shows at The Stone are cancelled.

As you may remember, Jimmy Kimmel Live was to be live from Brooklyn this week. The rest of the week my happen but tonight will not. Tweets Jimmy, "Though it pains us to do it, JKLfrom #Brooklyn tonight is cancelled. I'm disappointed too, but we want you to be safe."

Tonight's Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir show at Union Pool has been canceled.

Mercury Lounge is closed.
Pianos is closed.
Cake Shop is closed.
Union Hall is closed.
Brooklyn Bowl is closed.
S.O.B's is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Death by Audio is closed.
The Studio at Webster Hall is closed.(which means Brokencyde is cancelled)

Arlene's Grocery is closed.
Iridium Jazz is closed
Both the Chelsea and East Village UCB Theatres are closed.

Tonight's Schnick or Treat comedy show at Littlefield has been postponed to 11/4.

Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg is closed.

More coming.

Continue reading "Hurricane Sandy cancels or postpones almost all of Monday's events in NYC (even Swans)"

UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.

Frankenstorm

We'll keep you posted, but at the moment, Swans @ Bowery, Sic Alps @ Knitting Factory, and the show at Cake Shop are still listed as happening. Most other Sunday night shows (and a bunch of Monday shows) we would have listed are cancelled or postponed due to Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy). Subways and buses stop running at 7pm which is also when people living in "Zone A" are supposed to be evacuated by.

UPDATE: The Juan Maclean's DJ set at Le Bain is also still on (as of this post) CANCELLED too.

UPDATE: The Men are playing Don Pedro.

Union Pool doesn't have a show tonight, but is open.

ASPCA reminds you: All pets are accepted on the subway, taxi and trains during evacuation.

Fontana's says, "Hey everyone - we're going to be open this evening till we can. At least 2am. All Manhattanites workin the shifts - come keep us company."

Pianos is closed.

The Living Room is closed.

Cake Shop's show is now cancelled, but they "might still be open upstairs for fun and the bored-at-home-with-only-comic-books-you-haven't-read-yet-from-the-early-2000's. Stay tuned."

Spectre Folk, who were set to open for Sic Alps, at Knitting Factory tonight "have cancelled due to weather related travel issues. The show will go on with Sic Alps and PC Worship but will end early (10pm)." Tickets are still available.

Hannibal Buress is stuck in Houston. Not sure if his Knitting Factory show is going on without him.

UCB: "Due to MTA shutdown, both ASSSSCAT 3000 shows are cancelled tonight. Refunds will be issued to ticket holders."

All shows past 5:30pm at UCB East are also cancelled.

Pretty Good Friends is cancelled at Union Hall which will also be closed Monday.

The Bell House postponed an event tonight, and sadly cancelled Monday's Pat Kiernan Halloween trivia night.

Grimes, who has been in NYC the past few nights for her sold out four-night run, was set to play her last of those shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with Elite Gymnastics and Majical Cloudz, but due to the incoming Frankenstorm, tonight's show has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Mercury Lounge is also cancelled/closed.

Brooklyn Bowl is closing at 6pm.

The Molly Nilsson show at Glasslands tonight has been cancelled.

The xx were scheduled to play their second of two shows at the Paradise Theater tonight. They write...

Due to safety concerns related to Hurricane Sandy and the MTA shutdown in New York, we have been forced to postpone our remaining shows in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, including tonight's show at the Paradise in the Bronx. We are working with our partners to reschedule as soon as possible, so please hang on to your tickets and we'll advise as soon as we can. We'll have another announcement coming later in the week, including information on these shows and a new run of US dates in early 2013. In the meantime, please be safe. We'll be back to see you all soon.

Tonight's Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom has been cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase.

Villains is cancelled at Saint Vitus who write "We are closed this evening due to mandatory evacuation of "zone A". Obviously Mayor Bloomberg is not a Metal Head. We will reopen as soon as we can. In the meantime, enjoy this!"

Child Abuse at The Paper Box is cancelled.

Cat Power's Philly show at the Electric Factory has been postponed to January 2.

Brandie Carlile and Blitzen Trapper were set to play their first of two Beacon Theater shows tonight, but both tonight's show and Monday's show have been postponed.

Drom has cancelled multiple Sunday & Monday shows.

Sunday & Monday shows at Joe's Pub are cancelled.

"Due to impending hurricane, S.O.B's will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Shows will be rescheduled at a later date."

The Trey Anastasio Band show at Capitol Theater has been postponed to Monday, November 5. All tickets for tonight's show will be honored.

Louis CK was set to wrap up his run at the New York City Center tonight but has postponed the shows until March 2. Read his letter about postponing HERE.

"Pace Presents at The Schimmel Center for the Arts is disappointed to announce that, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the city, our 2012 Banjo Summit with BELA FLECK tonight, Sunday October 28, has been CANCELLED. We are currently in discussions with the artists regarding rescheduling this show. More information will be released as we have it. Again, our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Stay safe and dry in the storm!"

Irving Plaza says, "Tonight's Xavier Rudd show is postponed. We're working on a rescheduled date, will send out info asap. Refunds avail at point of purchase."

The Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) show at Apollo Theater, which was initially postponed to tonight from June 14, has now been cancelled.

"BAM Rose Cinemas will close today following the 4:40 screening of Argo. The cinemas will remain closed tomorrow and possibly Tuesday."

Blue Oyster Cult at Best Buy Theater is postponed.

Maxwell's says, "tonight's show with Ours has been postponed to Sunday, December 2nd. all tickets will be honored and refunds are available as well."

Carnegie Hall's Sunday & Monday shows are cancelled or postponed.

City Winery says, "Due to the inclimate weather in the New York area and the suspension of all major travel services tonight's (10/28/12) Shawn Colvin concert has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The show has been rescheduled for February 3, 2013. In addition the Eric Hutchinson show scheduled for Monday, 10/29/12 has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date."

If you had been planning on celebrating Halloween with Rusko at Pacha tonight, you'll have to settle for spending New Year's with him. Tonight's show has been postponed until December 30.

UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.

Tickets for the Jay-Z shows at Barclays Center go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Down shows at Best Buy Theater and Starland Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Leftover Crack show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Charli XCX show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Passion Pit show at Apollo Theater go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Beth Orton show at Town Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon. Sam Amidon, who contributes to her new album, is opening.

Tickets for the Amanda Palmer show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Deerhoof show at MHOW goes on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Xiu Xiu show at Bowery Ballroom goes on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Simian Mobile Disco show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Pat Kiernan is hosting 'The Ultimate Trivia Night: 15 Minutes of Fame' at The Bell House on August 21. Tickets for that are on sale now. These shows always sell out in advance.

Tell Your Friends! hosts a special event at The Bell House on August 1 with Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and Todd Barry with host Liam McEneany. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Fountains of Wayne are playing The Bell House on November 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

"Communion", which used to be at Public Assembly, continues at Union Hall on July 11 (tonight) with Lucius, Seasick Mama, Faces on Film, and Dave Doobinin. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Greg Barris is hosting 'Heart of Darkness' at Union Hall on July 21 with musical guests Steven Bachmann and Susanna Raeven plus Mind Warrior filmmaker Vikram Gandhi, Barry Rothbart, and more. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Greg Johnson is playing Union Hall on August 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Modest Mouse show at Wellmont Theatre went on sale this past Monday and are still available.

"These kids were the first to jump in the newly
renovated McCarren Park Pool"
- @NYC Mayor's Office

McCarren Pool

Yesterday was the last day of public school, so today NYC's public pools open, just in time for the second heat wave of the summer with temperatures in the 90s expected through Monday. That includes the highly-anticipated reopening of the McCarren Park Pool, which originally opened in 1936 but fell into disrepair and closed in the '80s.

Of course more recently the abandoned pool became the setting for the hugely popular Jelly NYC Sunday Pool Parties and other concerts, which spurned interest in the facility again... and the city decided in 2008 to turn it back into a pool again, a $50 million project that we'll finally get to see in action today. The McCarren Park pool will be open daily from 11AM - 3PM and then from 4PM - 7PM. Admission is FREE.

Learn more about McCarren Pool's opening from Williamsburg resident Pat Kiernan over at NY1.

Update: Check out the line!

Pat Kiernan
Pat Kiernan

Demtetri Martin has added a third show at NYU which is on sale now. It doesn't appear to also be a taping (just a rehearsal), and happens towards the end of his tour and three days before his other two NYC shows which are tapings.

That same week, astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson returns to the Bell House along with Eugene Mirman for another edition of Star Talk Live! Tickets just went on sale.

NY1's Pat Kiernan hosts trivia at the Bell House on February 27 (which is one day before Stephen Tobolowsky appears at the venue).

Meanwhile, you have ONLY THREE MORE CHANCES to see Daniel Kitson at St. Ann's.

Watch "Shit Pat Kiernan says" below...

Continue reading "Demetri Martin adds 3rd NYC show; Neil de Grasse Tyson & Pat Kiernan returning to the Bell House; Kitson done soon"

Mike Birbiglia & Michael Showalter @ Mirman Fest (more by David Andrako)
Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia, you know, the guy from the subway ads that has a book out, celebrates, well, that book, at Caroline's on Tuesday, November 2nd. Tickets are on sale.

Amazingly there are also still tickets left for Birbigs' November 22nd "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" show at UCB. That's a Monday which is convenient because then you can stick around for Whiplash.

One week earlier, Nick Kroll does the pre-Whiplash show for only $5.00 which is cheaper than the shows he'll be practicing for.

The New York Comedy Festival presents "Louie: A Conversation with Louis C.K.", at the Paley Center this Wednesday, November 3rd. Tickets are on sale.

Louis plays Carnegie Hall one day later which is almost three months before Aziz Ansari plays Carnegie Hall with Eugene Mirman, but only two days before Aziz plays Beacon Theatre.

Who knows who will show up to play later that night, and the night after that, at UCB for two special non-Monday editions of Whiplash, aka "The Best of Whiplash."

Also Wednesday: "The world premiere of Dave Hill's Rock Shop with special guests PAT KIERNAN of NY1, MICHAEL SHOWALTER, and DOUG GILLARD (Guided By Voices/Nada Surf)!" I mean, I don't think you need to know more than that to immediately want to buy a ticket, but just in case:

Dave Hill's Rock Shop is a new comedy "talk" show which will hopefully happen the first Wednesday of each month at Park Slope's newest buzzworthy club, The Rock Shop. The show will run approximately an hour and will feature comedian/guitarist and Ohio native, Dave Hill hosting the shit out it. Dave Hill's Rock Shop will feature interviews with a famous or semi-famous or not so famous person, a famous or semi-famous or not so famous comedian, plus the focus of the show: Dave challenges a famous or semi-famous rock musician to a guitar duel (possibly to the death). The show is being produced by Caroline Creaghead (Tearing The Veil Of Maya / Eugene Mirman's Comedy Festival / The Rope Swing) and Jack McFadden (The Bell House / The Rock Shop booking guru) and is sure to have South Brooklyn peeps peeing in their seats (don't worry, we clean them, sorta).'

Our debut show will be on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30pm and features Pat Kiernan of NY1, comedian Michael Showalter, and guitar hero Doug Gillard of Nada Surf & Guided By Voices. The show will cost $7 and you'll feel pretty good about getting your 7 dollars worth. There will be no refunds.

Unlike one of the the non-Doug Gillard Guided By Voices shows coming up, The Rock Shop is offering no refunds.

One of Dave Hill's bands, the one with Moby in it, plays Mercury Lounge on December 4th. 21+. No refunds.

PREVIOUSLY: Tim & Eric add a show, Eugene Mirman & Hannibal Buress every Sunday & other comedy stuff too

Mike Birbiglia was on Jimmy Kimmel last week. Video of his segment below...

Continue reading "Louis CK, Mike Birbiglia, Dave Hill, Pat Kiernan & other tickets "

photos by Jonny Leather

'@Joslynm congrats on your pop culture trivia expertise!' - Pat Kiernan

Pat Kiernan
Bell House Haiti Benefit

Jimmy Fallon
Bell House Haiti Benefit

"Without being too cheesy, I have to say there was a really beautiful spirit at last night's concert. The venue was sold out and aside from the silent auction, Bell House raised $35,000.00 for Save the Children and Partners in Health. I missed the first hour or so because I had to stop by my place, but got there in time to see Jimmy Fallon do a Neil Young impression. Then Freelance Whales played. You all should check them out. They're getting crazy attention right now and they are based out of Queens. Now that's special! Anyway, it was good times all around. Cat Power and Pavement records and CDs were given away for trivia knowledge, Ted Leo who also has shows in town, was adorable and even though Cold War Kids pulled out of the show, the Walkmen did an amazing job closing the show." [Petunia Eats]
The long show ran from 7pm-2am with, as pointed out, the Walkmen closing out the night. Actress Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and her band The Leisure Class were a surprise guest that Ryan Muir said were "blowing me away. Now they are covering St Vincent. 'Marry Me'". (St. Vincent herself played covers at the Haiti benefit that happened at Music Hall on Saturday). NY1's Pat Kiernan (possibly who I wanted to see the most on the bill) hosted trivia. Eugene Mirman introduced him as the guy you see every morning on TV if you don't have Fios.

All artists, including Here We Go Magic, played short sets. If you want to see more of them (HWGM), they play as a headliner at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday.

More pictures and some videos (by Tim Duffy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted) from the Bell House (in alphabetical order), below...

Continue reading "Jimmy Fallon, Pat Kiernan, Ted Leo, Walkmen, the Wrens & others played a Haiti benefit @ the Bell House - pics & video "

The Blow @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Blow

As the Bell House's Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th approaches, the show's lineup keeps getting more and more interesting. Since the initial announcement a few changes have been made (The Walkmen replacing Cold War Kids for one) and more acts have been announced. The schedule below reflects the expected set times, with the disclaimers that "performers will be playing abbreviated, acoustic and/or stripped down sets" and "line up subject to change."

AC Newman (who's putting out a new New Pornographers record), Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins are playing as a Seekers cover band (a supergroup similar to what St. Vincent & Bon Iver did at MHOW on Saturday). Zach Galifianakis was also at the BV Haiti event,

UPDATE: Despite a press release that went out, The Bell House says that Paul Rudd & Zach Galifianakis are not on this benefit (they never said they were, but the press release did). Also the venue says that the set times that were posted (including here last night) are wrong.

Freelance Whales (who have quite a few shows, NYC and otherwise, coming up) are playing, as is Ted Leo (who himself has longer shows planned).

One notable addition is The Blow, aka Kaela Maricich, who played Art Basel in Miami this December, but hasn't played NYC in quite a while (possibly since CMJ 2007).

Tickets for the benefit show are still on sale.

The Blow's last album was 2006's Paper Television, when Jona Bechtolt from YACHT was still in the group. For YACHT's upcoming tour, Bechtolt and member Claire Evans will bolster their live show (previously them and a laptop) by a band consisting of Rob Kieswetter of Bobby Birdman (who is also opening), Jeff Brodsky of Jeffrey Jerusalem, and D. Reuben Snyder of Rob Walmart. The backing band's name is 'The Straight Gaze'. A tour preview clip is posted below.

More Bell House info with full lineup & poster below...

Continue reading "Bell House Haiti benefit expands (to include The Blow & more) - WEDNESDAY NIGHT"