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by Bill Pearis

Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis will release his new album, titled Manhattan, on October 30 via Rough Trade. It's his seventh album for the label and his first since 2011's A Turn In The Dream-Songs. (He did make a collaborative album with Peter Stampfel in 2013.) In addition to his band Los Bolts -- drummer Heather Wagner and bassist Caitlin Gray -- the record also features contributions from The Wave Pictures, Turner Cody, and David Beauchamp. The first released track from the album is "Outta Town," a love song from Lewis' unique, thoughtful perspective. Says Lewis:

[It's about] how empty life feels when you are in a relationship and that person's not there, because you don't remember how to have a relationship with yourself, you broke up with yourself when you started dating the other person. You have to learn how to start dating yourself all over again.
Listen to "Outta Town" below.

As usual, Jeffrey Lewis is playing lots of shows. He's currently in East Asia, and will be touring Europe, followed by a UK/Ireland tour with the Peter Stampfel Band, before returning to the U.S. He'll play NYC's Sidewalk Cafe on September 27 which is the annual Kupferberg Birthday Memorial Tribute Brunch (noon - 3 PM) featuring "a set of Tuli songs and poems performed by Jeffrey Lewis & The Deposit Returners, plus other performers and readers and speakers, and cake, etc! Free entry!"

Then on October 27 at Le Poisson Rouge it's the Manhattan record release party. It will also be the opening for a visual art show in the LPR's gallery, featuring a career-ranging selection of Lewis's illustrations and artworks, followed by a live band performance. More info, including when tickets go on sale, will be announced soon.

He's got other area shows, including New Brunswick on October 2 (venue TBA) with Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen), Teenage Halloween, The Uncommonly Good, and Friends in Distraction, and a show at BSP Kingston on October 18 with Diane Cluck. All tour dates are listed, along with Manhattan tracklist/artwork and new song stream, below...

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photo: Grace Jones @ Roseland, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Grace Jones

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

Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park
It's day one of the awesome multi-genre two-day Afropunk Festival, and there's a ton of great artists today including Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Death Grips, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Candiria, SZA, Lion Babe, Oshun and plenty more.

Earl Sweatshirt, Remy Banks, NxWorries @ Best Buy Theater
Earl Sweatshirt's new album I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, is an inward-looking record that ignores most current rap trends, and it's one of the year's finest albums. This tour was supposed to hit NYC back in the spring, but it got postponed and finally comes here tonight.

Colleen Green, Single Lash, Mannequin Pussy @ Cake Shop
Colleen Green's new album is her first with a full band, and it's a great record of lyrically honest poppy punk. Her current tour is also with a full band, and her tourmates are the likeminded Mannequin Pussy, who are also worth catching. This is the first of two NYC shows.

Pianos Become The Teeth, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, Turnover, Take One Car @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is a pretty amazing lineup all around. Pianos Become the Teeth put out one of our favorite albums of last year with the atmospheric emo of Keep You, and going by the sounds of TWIABP's new single "January, 10th, 2014," they may have a similarly epic album of their own on the way. Turnover make jangle pop that kinda sounds like a more emo Real Estate, and Take One Car make post-hardcore of the mewithoutYou/La Dispute variety.

All Dogs, The Sidekicks, Fleabite, Florist @ Silent Barn
Frequent tourmates All Dogs and The Sidekicks are on the road together again, this time supporting All Dogs' soon-to-be-released Kicking Every Day. That album offers a high quality indie/pop punk crossover, while The Sidekicks' newest headed in a Shins/Band of Horses direction.

Social Distortion, Nikki Lane, Drag The River @ Stone Pony
Social Distortion's classic self-titled major label debut turns 25 this year, and they're celebrating by playing the whole thing on tour. There's no NYC date, but they'll be nearby tonight.

Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival @ Jones Beach
This may be largely a mainstream pop festival, but there's actually some stuff worth catching. Today has big names like The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Santigold and Cold War Kids, plus (weirdly enough) indie-dance band The Faint.

Andres, Kyle Hall, Pender Street Steppers, Hashman Deejay, Laraaji @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
Every Saturday afternoon in the summer, MoMA PS1 brings a full day of experimental and electronic music to their (hopefully) sunny courtyard. This is the third to last one of 2015.

Pop. 1280, Pill, Buck Gooter, The Sherman Group @ Alphaville
If it's noisy, post-punk inspired rock you like, you'll dig this bill featuring the bleak Pop. 1280, saxxy skronkers Pill, and the industrial blues of Buck Gooter.

No Parents, Honduras, Surfbort @ Baby's All Right
If you like your garage punk on the poppy and snotty side, LA troublemakers No Parents might fit the bill. Their album May The Thirst Be With You came out earlier this year on Burger Records and features such party ragers as "I'm a Dildo," "Pizza," and "Hey Illuminati" -- titles which should give you an idea for what kid of show to expect tonight. Tonight's bill is solid overall, with poppy garage rockers Honduras and also wild punks Surfbort.

Complete, Octagrape, Honey Radar @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
It's the penultimate edition of Union Pool's 2015 Summer Thunder series, featuring the first-ever NYC show by Texas cult rock band Complete, Octagrape (the current band from onetime Souljunk and Truman's Water dude Glen Galloway) and short song masters Honey Radar.

Mykki Blanco, Princess Nokia, LSDXOXO @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Mykki Blanco is allegedly no longer a rapper, but still a writer and a spoken word artist. Who knows what will be in store for today's performance?

Frankie Cosmos, Whitney, Lionlimb @ Shea Stadium
Frankie Cosmos' intimate sound is somewhere between twee pop and anti-folk. She brings it to the appropriately intimate venue Shea Stadium tonight.

Peter Stampfel, Big Cheese, Mothers, Swaai Boys, Lame, Phonoscenes @ Aviv
It's pretty amazing that folk legend (and Holy Modal Rounders member) Peter Stampfel is not only still active, but a regular on NYC's current DIY scene. Tonight's another chance to see him in action.

Slingshot Dakota, The Afraid Brigade, Teenage Halloween, Coolshark, Bannister @ Maxwell's
Bethlehem, PA duo Slingshot Dakota make indie pop not unlike Mates of State, but with a punk drive that that band lacks. They're always worth catching.

Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer), Hannah Cohen, Tamaryn, Sinkane (DJ sets) @ Freehold
Topman is throwing this free party featuring a host of DJ sets from cool local acts.  6 PM - 2 AM and you do need to RSVP.

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

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photo: Cayetana in McCarren Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cayetana

photo: High on Fire at Saint Vitus in January (more by Keith Marlowe)
High on Fire

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

Cayetana, Chumped, Thin Lips, Worriers @ Baby's All Right
BV is thrilled to present this show with four of the indie/punk bands we're especially excited about at the moment. Philly's Cayetana get better every time we see them, Chumped are probably Brooklyn's current best pop punk band, Thin Lips only just put out a debut EP but are already super tight, and Worriers' new personal-meets-political pop punk album is great.

High on Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer, Venomous Maximus @ Irving Plaza
BV is presenting this one too, and we're just as excited. High on Fire are one of sludge metal's most dependable bands and this year's Luminiferous does nothing to change that. Pallbearer are last year's doom MVPs, Lucifer is the new band of The Oath vocalist Johanna Sadonis, and Venomous Maximus are very promising bringers of occult doom.

Van Halen @ Jones Beach
Van Halen have never been more literally-named than they are right now, with Wolfgang Van Halen joining his dad Eddie and uncle Alex in the band. Still, all eyes on frontman David Lee Roth who still puts on a helluva show (even if he can't hit the high notes anymore). This is the final of three NY-area shows.

Frankie Cosmos, Radiator Hospital, Timeshares, Palehound, Free Cake For Every Creature, Facility @ Stangl Factory (Flem Fest)
Flemington, NJ hosts a pretty cool indie rock festival this weekend and tonight's show is the best of it, ranging from the twee-ish Frankie Cosmos to the indie-pop-punk of Radiator Hospital to the twang-punk of Timeshares and more.

Andrew WK, The Movielife, Kill Your Idols, Crime In Stereo, Incendiary, A Loss For Words, Iron Chic, Giants At Large, Gates, Microwave @ Emporium (Today's Mixtape Festival
The first day of Long Island's Today's Mixtape Festival includes a ton of great melodic hardcore (The Movielife, Kill Your Idols, Crime In Stereo, Incendiary), an afterparty with the king of partying Andrew WK, and more.

Ricky Eat Acid, Foxes in Fiction, Emily Reo, Eartheater @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Summer is winding down but you've still got time to make it to the beach. So why not take in some bands, games and good eats while you're at it? Today's free lineup of music includes electronic musician Ricky Eat Acid and the gentle Foxes in Fiction.

Soupcans, Chat Logs, Ghetto Ghouls, IYEZ, Nine of Swords @ Shea Stadium
Bring the noise with this lineup of skronk-heavy postpunk and punk, featuring Toronto's Soupcans and Austin's abrasive treblemakers Ghetto Ghouls.

Excepter, Zaimph, Image Man, Silk Purse, Cyanide Tooth, Rhyton, Kyle Eyre Clyd, Matthew Mullane, Abigail Hobbs, Sarah Louise @ Trans-Pecos
Excepter, who are one of Trans-Pecos' current curators, has put together this marathon called "A Dog Day's Journey Into Night Festival." Music starts at 2PM and will be continuous till 4 AM.

Juan Wauters, Ice Balloons, Tall Juan @ Union Pool
There are few ways more chill (and fun) to spend Saturday in the warm month than at Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series. Today's a good one, with two Juans for the price of one, plus weirdo noisemakers Ice Balloons in between. Starts at 2 PM.

Nick Hook, Veronica Vasicka, Vessel, Ninos Du Brasil, Cut Hands, French Fries b2b Bambounou @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
Sadly, headliner Untold had to drop off this due to "scheduling issues," but there's still a lot of cool stuff like the Tri Angle-signed Vessel, percussive duo Ninos Du Brasil, industrial/noise musician Cut Hands and more.

Cut Hands, Container, Ligature @ Palisades
After Warm Up, Cut Hands keeps the party going at Palisades with two great noisy openers.

American Sharks, Tournament, Hundred Visions, Mammal @ Saint Vitus
This bill brings stoner rockers American Sharks together with scuzzy punks Tournament and garage rockers Hundred Visions.

Title Fight, Basement, Alex G, Adventures @ Starland Ballroom
Basement and Adventures' tour hits NYC next week, but tonight it's nearby and this one is especially cool because it has the great post-hardcore-turned-shoegazers Title Fight and lo-fi indie rocker Alex G.

Moon Boots, Garrett David, Kenny Dope @ Verboten
Moon Boots has been keeping the pop-house revival strong on his steady stream of singles, including the most recent "Utopia" that came out this week. Tonight he plays with New York house vet Kenny Dope and Chicago's Garrett David.

Hard Left, Bombflower, Voice of Doom, Anticitizen @ ABC No Rio (matinee)
Hard Left is Mike Schulman from Black Tambourine / Manatee / Slumberland Records' change to make late '70s UK-style punk. Today's the second NYC show of this tour.

PWR BTTM, Adult Mom, The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band, Izzy True @ Aviv
It's the release party for the first issue of Hazel Newlevant's new comic book series, No Ivy League, and there's a pretty cool lineup of bands. Self-described "genre-queer" band PWR BTTM, the anti-folk-inspired Adult Mom, Jeffrey Lewis' band with folk legend Peter Stampfel, and Don Giovanni-signed singer/songwriter Izzy True.

John Hiatt, Steve Moakler @ City Winery
Having made records that range from new wave to country over the last 40 years, John Hiatt is a consummate songwriter, and one hell of a singer and guitarist too.

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

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photo: Mac McCaughan at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
The bi-annual vinyl extravaganza is back with tables from labels, some of your favorite local record stores, and used vendors. There's also Minimal Wave cupcakes and a host of DJs -- Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum among them -- and tons and tons of records.

Mac McCaughan, Flesh Wounds, And The Kids @ Baby's All Right
Though he ostensibly went solo with his Portastatic albums, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan released his first-ever album under his own name this year. He'll be backed tonight by Flesh Wounds, who will do their own opening set.

Skate & Surf Festival @ Asbury Park Oceanfront
Skate & Surf may have gotten the rep as being a strictly pop punk festival, but it's more diverse than that and this year's lineup is pretty impressive. Among the big names on today's bill are Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys and post-hardcore progsters Thrice (first NYC-area appearance of their reunion), and elsewhere there's influential hardcore greats American Nightmare, art rock shapeshifters mewithoutYou, melodic hardcore bashers Defeater, '90s alt-rock devotees Superheaven, gravelly-voiced punks Iron Chic, Canadian hardcore riffers Cancer Bats, and still more.

Black N' Blue Bowl @ Webster Hall
While Skate & Surf goes down just outside of NYC, a different kind of punk festival goes down right in the heart of the city. Today's lineup includes the Bad Brains/Cro-Mags related band The Regulators, Brooklyn alt-metal/metalcore vets Candiria, NYHC legends Madball, a reunion from '80s NYC hardcore/Oi! band American Eagle, influential chugsters Earth Crisis, new-ish Baltimore (but NYHC-inspired) band Turnstile, and more.

Lightning Bolt, Oneida @ Le Poisson Rouge
Lightning Bolt returned this year with their sixth album, and it has them sounding as chaotic and noisy as ever. They continue to put on the kind of wild live shows that you just have to see to believe, and tonight's sold-out gig is a good bill all around with another regular in the noise/avant-garde scene, Oneida.

Storm Rave w/ Frankie Bones, Adam X, Heather Heart, Lenny Dee, Rob Gee @ Secret Warehouse
Frankie Bones was a key player in the NYC '90s underground dance music scene with his wild Storm Rave parties. He hasn't thrown one in 22 years, but that will change tonight. Joining him is a lineup of other veterans of that same NYC scene. Part of the Red Bull Music Academy, it maintains the old spirit by keeping the locale a secret.

Full of Hell, The Body @ ABC No Rio and Saint Vitus
Wild hardcore kids Full of Hell and sludge/drone metallers The Body are currently on the road together destroying ear drums across America together, and today they roll into NYC for two shows. First they play a 3 PM matinee at ABC No Rio with Radiation Blackbody and Through Thorn and Brier, and then at night they hit Vitus with Water Torture and Mother Brain.

Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Kings Theatre
Folk rock as we know it wouldn't be what it is today without Crosby, Stills & Nash, who continue to inspire new groups and whose classic material still sounds timeless. Tonight's their second of two shows at Brooklyn's newly-reopened Kings Theatre.

Brian Wilson @ State Theatre
The mastermind behind The Beach Boys (and thus, some of the most influential pop music ever) Brian Wilson released a new solo album this year, and he'll be spending some time on the road too. His proper tour (with Rodriguez) comes to the NYC-area for two shows this summer, but first he plays New Brunswick's State Theatre Benefit Gala tonight, just outside of NYC.

Roy Ayers, Rich Medina @ Output (the roof)
Master of good vibes (literally), soul/jazz legend Roy Ayers plays the kickoff of Output's roof series. Rain is in the forecast but let's hope his "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" spirit keeps the clouds away. Doors are at 2 PM and Roy goes on around dusk -- it's free before 5 PM if you RSVP.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Sleepies, Pill, Bambara @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
We were super bummed to hear Brooklyn Night Bazaar lost it's lease and will have to be out by the end of May. But there are still some good times left, so take in the mini golf, ping pong, beer, snacks and music, which tonight includes a pretty awesomely noisy lineup of A Place to Bury Strangers and lots more. A good one.

Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Tredici Bacci, Mega Bog, Eartheater @ Trans-Pecos
This is a daytime BBQ show featuring the debut of Boston's Tredici Bacci, an Italian soundtrack ensemble led by former Guerilla Toss member Simon Hanes.

Nude Beach, OCDPP, Weird Womb, Cold Waste, Young Ruins @ Cake Shop
Help one of our favorite places, Cake Shop, celebrate their 10th anniversary tonight with this "super show" featuring the heartland indie rock of Nude Beach, punk-inspired supergroup OCDPP (Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls, Xray Eyeballs), and more.

The Feelies @ The Bell House
NJ indie rock legends The Feelies don't play that often (or far away from home) so please cherish when you get a chance to see them. They reward with long sets, still-great playing and some unexpected covers.

Psychedelic Furs, Black English @ Wellmont Theatre
It's still okay to dance like Molly Ringwald, especially when seeing Richard and Tim Butler's veteran alt-rock group trot out on the hits. "Love My Way," "Into You Like a Train," and "President Gas" still sound great.

Wild Nothing, Journalism @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jack Tatum is currently finishing up work on the third Wild Nothing album (Nocturne came out in 2012). While no details on that have been announced, they'll be playing new songs tonight at this free show (you had to RSVP which is now closed).

Tennis, Kuroma @ Mercury Lounge
Boat-loving Denver duo Tennis released Ritual In Repeat (produced by Black Keys' Patrick Carney) last year, furthering their transformation from reverby indie types into anthemic pop indie types. If you're going, MGMT-related band Kuroma are worth seeing.

Obnox, Uniform, Ballroom @ WFMU Monty Hall
Lamont "Bim" Thomas just released Know America, his second album this year under the Obnox moniker (Boogalou Reed came out back in January), continuing his hot creative streak. It's a concept album about hijacking a radio station to bring his vision of rock n' roll to the airwaves. His vision is blown-out but very soulful and goes well beyond typical garage rock. There's a lot going on besides just fuzz. Also on the bill: ex-The Men/Drunkdriver noise duo Uniform.

Mike Gent (of The Figgs) and Doug Gillard @ Hi-Fi Bar
Both The Figgs and Doug Gillard probably played 169 Avenue A a bunch of times back when it was Brownies, so it's nice to have them back in a familiar setting at Hi-Fi.

Madam West, Looms, Piers, Whitewash @ Baby's All Right
This is a free afternoon matinee, so stop by Baby's All Right have some brunch, hit the bloody mary bar and enjoy some up-and-coming bands. On the bill: Whitewash, who make make moody, textural rock with some jazzy tendencies.

The Spits, Pampers, CCR Headcleaner, Tournament @ The Wick
Keeping alive the sound of the Ramones, but maybe even sleazier, The Spits roll through NYC tonight to help celebrate the Acheron's fifth anniversary (though the show is at nearby venue The Wick). It's a great bill of punk/garage openers all around too.

The Flex, Red Death, NYC Headhunters @ Acheron
While the Acheron is celebrating its 5th anniversary at The Wick tonight, it's still hosting its own show too, and it's a good one. Furious UK hardcore band The Flex headline, and before them it's the killer crossover thrash/d-beaters Red Death from DC. Locals NYC Headhunters (mem Vanity) open.

Sick Feeling, PC Worship, Psalm Zero, VHVL, James Place DJs @ 'The Maze' at SELECT Art Fair
Ever wanted to see a bunch of bands play inside a giant maze on the roof of the former Dia Center building? Well you're in luck, as the You Are Here Festival does just that. It's part of the SELECT Art Fair, and tonight features punks Sick Feeling and noisemakers PC Worship.

Peelander Z, Tornavox, Bodega Bay @ Knitting Factory
As anyone who's ever seen them knows, Japanese Action Comic Punks Peelander-Z put on an unforgettable live show, and it's a ton of fun.

Broncho, Strange Names, Winstons @ Rough Trade
Broncho bring garage rock and late '70s power pop together into a mix that's very appealing and makes for some pretty enjoyable live shows.

Traxman, The Present @ Elvis Guesthouse
Traxman hails from the same Chicago footwork scene that gave us the late DJ Rashad (who he recently paid tribute to). Tonight he'll keep the dancefloor moving at new Ave A party spot Elvis Guesthouse.

Trance Lords, Ian Isiah, Iceboi, Doss, Will Fry, Imogene, Mr UNO NYC & Ms Norelation, special guests @ Palisades
It's the fourth anniversary of underground NYC dance label UNO, which in that time has given us Arca, Mykki Blanco, Fatima Al Qadiri, and more great artists. Special guests are promised tonight. Who could they be?

Ende Tymes Festival @ Silent Barn
NYC's "festival of noise and abstract liberation" continues tonight with Bastard Noise, Pharmakon, Dead Machines, Hyena Hive, One Dark Eye, R. Jencks, Granpa and many more.

The Roadside Graves, Peter Stampfel & the Ether Frolic Mob, Out Of System Transfer, Folk Y'all @ Kings County Saloon
NJ folk rockers Roadside Graves haven't released an album since 2011's We Can Take Care of Ourselves, but they're still going as a live band. Tonight they play with folk legend Peter Stampfel.

Jay Z @ Terminal 5
This is Jay Z's first of two shows this week at Terminal 5, a very small venue for a guy who's played multiple nights in a row at Barclays Center. And on top of that, he's promising old songs and deep cuts that he doesn't play live often, which is a pretty amazing treat for a guy with twelve albums ranging from good to great, who usually does hits-filled setlists. The only way in was to enter through TIDAL's contest which is now closed.

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Celebrating folk music from near and far, the Brooklyn Folk Festival showcases 30 bands, workshops, film screenings and contests. Daptone gospel group Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, country blues and songster multi-instrumentalist Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, folk legend and songwriter Michael Hurley, old-time fiddle and banjo player Bruce Molsky, fiddle player Frank Fairfield, and intergenerational anti-folk collaborators Peter Stampfel & Jeffrey Lewis are among the performers at this year's Festival, held from April 17-19th.

The seventh annual festival has sold out every year, its attendance growing each time, and has moved to its largest venue to date, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, in Brooklyn Heights. Its world-famous stained-glass windows will frame the stage. The Festival is a co-production of The Jalopy Theatre and Down Home Radio. The three-day event has grown each year. This year's partnership with St. Ann's allows for a main stage inside the church, and a second stage for workshops, film screenings and vendors.
Tickets for the 2015 Brooklyn Folk Festival are on sale now. Full schedule below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Jeffrey Lewis' terrific second album, It's the Ones Who've Cracked That the Light Shines Through, contains more than a few of his classics, like "Don't Let the Record Label Take You Out to Lunch" and "I Saw a Hippie on 8th Avenue." (You can stream it in full below.) It was released in 2003 on Rough Trade but is getting its first-ever vinyl release this year via Don Giovanni and will come with a bonus CD of 12 non-album tracks from the 2002-early 2004 era. That's the cover art to the bonus CD, above, and look for that later in 2015. He's also got a new issue of his comic, Fuff, which you can check out here.

In the more immediate future, Jeffrey Lewis will be playing live. A lot. On Saturday (1/10) at People's Voice Cafe, he'll be playing solo as part of a "Lewis Family" show with short sets from Jordan Carlos, Professor Louie, Josh Sol Lewis, Shayna Lewis and "more family folks." Then Jeffrey Lewis & the Jrams will play January 20 at Rough Trade with Seth Faergolzia and more TBA. It's his only full band show of the season and tickets go on sale today (1/7) at noon.

Then on January 30 at Jalopy in Red Hook, he and frequent collaborator Peter Stampfel will be reading through some new material as a duo. Additionally this month, Jeffrey will be taking part in a Lou Reed tribute happening at The Gutter on January 17 with Peter Stampfel, Sharkmuffin, The Brooklyn What and more.

In February, Jeffrey will be touring with Diane Cluck (who put out the excellent Boneset last year). That tour kicks off here in NYC at Nola Darling on 2/6 with The Spookfish also on the bill. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can also see Jeffrey Lewis at the 2015 Brooklyn Folk Festival, which goes down April 17 - 19 at St. Ann's Church. Lineup and ticket info are still to be announced.

All Jeffrey Lewis tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

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"We're not birds, we're a jug band!"
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It's that time of year again. You can't seem to walk a block without seeing Christmas lights or hearing holiday favorites (all ten of them) from every passing storefront. If you're looking for something beyond "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for the hundredth time, there's no shortage of holiday-themed shows over the next few weeks. (Though some of them, however, may include that old chestnut.) Here's a few of them:

Sloan Wainwright is bringing the full band version of her intimate project to City Winery on Sunday (12/7) for a special holiday-centric show with the similarly minded Peter Stampfel & The Ether Frolic Mob (who plays new Greenpoint venue Aviv the night before) as well as performances from Cosy Sheridan, Muppeteer Peter Linz, Sam McTavey and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now. You can also catch Sloan at her niece and nephew Rufus and Martha Wainwright's holiday shows at Town Hall later in the month, one of which features, among many many others, Cyndi Lauper who's doing her own guest-filled holiday show.

Old 97's lead singer and prolific solo artist Rhett Miller is hosting his second annual holiday shindig at City Winery on December 16. The "Holiday Extravaganza" features music from Miller and comedy from Jen Kirkman, Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Like last year, B.B. King Blues Club is hosting a slew of shows dedicated to the holiday celebrations. There's the club's annual Christmas party hosted by Ronnie Spector on December 20 (tickets), and four shows from another Phil Spector protege, Darlene Love, on December 19, 26, 27 and January 2. Tickets for all four shows are still available.

For those celebrating the other major religious holiday during this season, a cappella group The Maccabeats are having their annual Hanukkah show at B.B. King's on December 25 with support from Y-Studs. Tickets are on sale now.

Another option is "Christmas for the Jews" at City Winery. The stand-up show features sets from Avi Liberman, Jon Fisch, Cory Kahaney and more. Sold out.

Meanwhile, Matisyahu plays his annual "Festival of Light" show on December 20 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.

What else? You can catch Dave Hill, his band Valley Lodge, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Bridget Everett, Chris DiStefano, Larry Murphy and more at "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe and Tell Me All Your Secrets" on December 10 at The Bell House. Tickets for the show are still available.

As discussed, there's a few other holiday shows at The Bell House including Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots, The Sweetback Sisters, Eliot & Ilana Glazer, Wasabassco's 70's Christmas Carol and what's sure to be a very magical show presented by Harry & the Potters.

Bridget Everett will also perform at drag king legend Murray Hill's holiday show with Carmine Covelli (who's in Bridget's band The Tender Moments and The Julie Ruin), and burlesque performers Perle Noire, Trixie Little and Mr. Gorgeous on December 13 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are still available.

Another Christmas comedy show is Dan St. Germain's Christmas Spectacular at Union Hall on December 16 with sets from Brooks Wheelan, Jared Logan, Kevin Barnett, Jacqueline Novak and Team Submarine. Tickets for that show are still available.

Also at Union Hall, on December 14 (tix) is a Christmas edition of their monthly "Muppet Vault" series where they'll show classic holiday TV special Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas (done here as a singalong) and other appropriate clips from Muppetland.

For a night of music and comedy, there's Aimee Mann & Ted Leo's Christmas tour stop at Town Hall on December 13 with Fred Armisen, The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek-rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other previously mentioned holiday shows include Nick Lowe, John Waters, and the stacked WFMU Holiday Cheer Benefit with Conor Oberst, Natalie Merchant, The Felice Brothers, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow and Jonathan Wilson.

For a little more traditional Holiday fun there's How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Theater at MSG from December 5 through December 28. (tix).

Speaking of Emmet Otter, check out some great bloopers/outtakes from that Christmas special below...

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Pawns @ the space now called Aviv on Halloween 2014 (via)
496 Morgan

Some of the folks behind now-closed Bushwick venue Emet (and who ran Showpaper for a while) have opened a new place in Greenpoint called Aviv. Located at 496 Morgan Ave, you may have seen a show there on Halloween (it was just called 496 Morgan at the time) with Pop. 1280, Voidvision and Pawns. The all-ages spot has its official Grand Opening on Friday (11/21) with Painted Zeros, Turnip King, Shadow Walker, and Ritual Howls. That's the second-to-last day of Death by Audio -- the circle of DIY venue life.

A couple other shows at Aviv have been announced: Peter Stampfel, The Brooklyn What, the Graveyard Kids, God Tiny, LIAM, and Skinnybones will play "A Funeral for Rock n' Roll" on December 6; and then Sunflower Bean, Larry & Babes, Heeney and Nonsense play December 12. Stay tuned for more details on Aviv, and more shows announced.

Daniel and Jad
Jad & Daniel

Prolific cult artist Jad Fair released a collaborative album with Danielson, titled Solid Gold Heart, and you can stream the whole thing below. You can hear it live too, as Jad and Danielson will be touring together next month, including a show in NYC at Glasslands on September 12. Also playing that show is Don Fleming (who, among other things, spent time in Fair's old band Half Japanese), plus Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel. (Peter also plays NYC tonight [8/28].) Tickets are on sale now. Making this tour, and the Glasslands show in particular, all the more a family affair, longtime Jad Fair collaborator Kramer (whose label Shimmydisc released a lot of Fair's records) will be part of the ensemble.

This is one of four collaborative albums Fair is releasing this year as part of Joyful Noise Recordings' "Artist in Residence" series. The other three are with R. Stevie Moore, Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake, and Strobe Talbot.

Half Japanese are also a week away from releasing their first album in 13 years, Overjoyed (due 9/2 via Joyful Noise), and you can stream that in full via Pitchfork.

Dates are listed, along with the Solid Gold Heart album stream, below...

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Reigning Sound in Chicago in 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
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City Gardens

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

City Gardens 'Riot On the Dance Floor' documentary @ Loews Village East
Riot on the Dance Floor, the long-in-the-works documentary on storied NJ punk/metal club City Gardens, is finally coming out this year, and it makes its NYC premiere tonight, proudly presented by BrooklynVegan. In addition to the screening, there will be a Q&A with director Steve Tozzi, City Gardens booker-and-subject-of-the-documentary Randy Now, Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Sim Cain (Rollins Band), John Joseph (Cro-Mags) and Howie Abrams (co-founder of In-Effect Records).

'Riot On the Dance Floor' afterparty w/ Gibby Haynes (DJ Set) @ Bowery Electric
After the screening, head to Bowery Electric for the free afterparty which Buthole Surfer Gibby Haynes is DJing. It's free and open to anyone 21 or over, whether you came to the movie or not. Stop by!

Heaven's Jail, Prospector, The Loom @ Baby's All Right
Tonight's the record release show for the new Heaven's Jail album, Ace Called Zero. Says producer Phosphorescent of main man Francesco Ferorelli, "He has the ability to casually sneak complex imagery and metaphor into a deceptively simple package. It's just great songwriting. Simple as that."

Reigning Sound, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, The Above @ Bowery Ballroom
Reigning Sound signed to Merge for this year's Shattered LP, which is more quality garage rock from the long-running band. This show's doubly exciting since Daptone-signed soul traditionalist Naomi Shelton opens.

Nancy, Atlantic Thrills, Ravi Shavi, Larry and the Babes @ Death By Audio
Ravi Shavi and Atlantic Thrills are both from Rhode Island and make Nuggets-style psych. They're on the bill with greasy Brooklyn rockers Nancy.

Widowspeak @ MoMA
It's the last of the MoMA Nights series which takes place in the museum's lovely Sculpture Garden where indie fans and ladies who lunch intermingle to the sounds of Widowspeak.

New Myths, The Suzan, Midnight Hollow, Basic Shapes, The Britnays @ Pianos
Brooklyn synthpop trio New Myths will release their debut album this fall and tonight's the last of their August residency shows.

THUMPERS, Sun Club, Little Racer @ Rough Trade
If big, synthy festival indie pop like CHVRCHES is your kinda thing, you may dig recent Sub Pop signees Thumpers too.

Peter Stampfel, Maharadja Sweets, Lazurite @ Trans-Pecos
Peter Stampfel is a veteran of folk, having been in the Holy Modal Rounders, and he stays very active today too. He's been a frequent Jeffrey Lewis collaborator as of late, and this year he put out a solo album on Don Giovanni.

Vic Ruggiero, Kepi Ghoulie, Todd Fausnacht @ Grand Victory
It's a good night for solo sets from ska/punk veterans with Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers) and Kepi Ghoulie (Groovie Ghoulies). The Snails' Todd Fausnacht opens.

Museum of Love, Cosmic Kids, JKriv (DJ sets) @ Verboten
Musuem of Love, the new band from LCD drummer Pat Mahoney (he sings!), just made their NYC live debut last weekend. Tonight's just a DJ set, but it is free.

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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Peter Stampfel

Folk rock veteran Peter Stampfel, of the Holy Modal Rounders and a frequent Jeffrey Lewis collaborator as of late, has signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee) to release his newest solo album, Better Than Expected, on April 22. Peter recently released the single, "NSA Man," which you can listen to below. That's the single's artwork above, designed by Faye Orlove (who did Potty Mouth's recent "Black and Studs" video). The album artwork is below.

Peter Stampfel and his band, The Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Banjo Squadron, will celebrate the new record with a release show on April 24 at Mercury Lounge. Opening that show is Peter's pal Jeffrey Lewis and Jrams, the Bushwick Gospel Singers (featuring Peter's daughter Zoe), and Modern Hut, the solo project of Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon. Show flyer, designed by Jeffrey Lewis, below.

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Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Screaming Females

We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.

As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.

Lists and streams below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Ralph White
Ralph White

One of our foremost instrumentalists and a true hidden American treasure, Ralph White has taken the back roads in his inspired pursuit of the ancient roots of music. The "folk/noise/avant-whatever genius" (Joe Gross, Austin Statesman) has made many strange travels as an itinerant musician and laborer. Thus his intimate, nuanced musical language has slowly revealed itself, along a path that meanders from the apple orchards of British Columbia to the villages of Zimbabwe and Namibia, from the lonesome moors of Ireland to Australia, Brittany, Peru, Louisiana and beyond. There is also the influence of White's hometown of Austin, Texas, a rich musical crossroads in and of itself.
The above quote is about cult folk singer Ralph White (formerly of '90s folk punk band The Bad Livers) taken from 35 Denton's website, the Texas festival he played this year and put on what FrontRow called "a lovely solo display of banjo, guitar, and African thumb piano known as a kalimba." Earlier this month, the Austinite kicked off a Northeast tour with Colby Nathan, who has toured as a member of Kath Bloom's band (Kath also played the New Haven stop of this tour on Tuesday, 12/3) and has some excellently weird freak folk recordings under the name Hyena.

The tour wraps up in Brooklyn on December 12 at Union Pool, where Ralph and Colby will play with an impressive lineup that also includes Holy Modal Rounder and Jeffrey Lewis collaborator Peter Stampfel and American Primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman (aka Sacred Harp), who Red Bull called one of the 30 best guitarists under 30 and whose 2013 album Jesus I'm a Sinner NPR called one of the 5 new guitar records that would make John Fahey proud. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with videos/streams from all four artists, below...

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Jeffrey Lewis

The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band have been playing NYC a lot lately, and they've got two more shows happening this month, which are CD release shows for their new album, Hey It's...The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band which is out May 15. The first happens in Brooklyn on May 16 at Shea Stadium with The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, and Shellshag; and the second one happens the next day at The Bowery Electric (5/17) with Crazy & the Brains and Berth Control. Tickets for the Shea show are on sale now and admission for the Bowery Electric show is $8 at the door.

You can also catch Shellshag in NYC at one of their many upcoming shows. Those shows include Death by Audio this Friday (5/10) with Black Wine, Swearin', and comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard (who hosts the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show); May 18 at Mercury Lounge with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters (sold out); May 25 at Party Expo with Moira Scara; and Death by Audio on June 5 with Shell's brother's band Apogee Sound Club.

Shellshag and Apogee Sound Club also both hit Death by Audio again four days later with Big Eyes.

After their release shows, The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band will head over to Europe for a number of shows, including one in London performing as Daniel Johnston's backing band. All dates are listed, along with a video from one of their recent Mercury Lounge shows, below...

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Songs Cycled

The Henry Miller Memorial Library has done concerts in Big Sur, CA for years, and they're now bringing the celebration over to NYC for Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge, a weeklong festival which goes down from May 12 - 19 in Williamsburg in multiple locations. The festival ends with a concert at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 19 with modern classical master Philip Glass and baroque pop legend Van Dyke Parks, plus special guests. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon.

Other events throughout the festival include a pop-up book store at City Reliquary (right across from Knitting Factory on Metropolitan Ave); literary readings; more music like Jeffrey Lewis collaborator/Holy Modal Rounder Peter Stampfel at Spike Hill on May 15 (tickets); an evening of short film at Videology on May 17; and a UCB-presented comedy show at Knitting Factory on May 18 with Chris Gethard and others (tickets). Full schedule and more details below.

In related news, Van Dyke Parks just reissued his classic album, Song Cycle, and released a new "orchestral fantasy" album, Super Chief, on Record Store Day. He's also releasing a new album with re-imagined versions of old songs and covers, Songs Cycled, on May 6 via Bella Union. You can read Van's statement on the album at Bella Union's site. Stream his re-recording of "Hold Back Time" from his 1995 collaborative album with Brian Wilson, Orange Crate Art, below.

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The 2013 edition of the Brooklyn Folk Festival starts a little earlier and in a new location this year, happening from April 19 - 21 at The Bell House and features, "the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, bluegrass, traditional Mexican, Irish and Balkan music, songwriters and much more!" The line-up for the 5th annual fest includes The Cactus Blossoms, Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic Mob, Jeffrey Lewis and many more. Tickets for individual shows and festival passes are on sale now, and the full day-by-day line-up is listed below.

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Jeffrey Lewis at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Jeffrey Lewis

The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel band just wrapped up a Sunday residency at Mercury Lounge yesterday (3/17), which also included shows the first two Sundays in March. They must have enjoyed themselves, because they've now added a fourth show, happening the last Sunday of March (3/31) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/22) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/20) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Jeffrey Lewis at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis and frequent collaborator Peter Stampfel (of the Holy Modal Rounders) have a previously discussed NYC date coming up as part of SideWalk Cafe's Winter AntiFolk Festival on February 26 with Forest Creature (ex-Dufus), Larkin Grimm, and others. After that, they'll do a three-week Sunday-night run at Mercury Lounge in March with a full band. The run will have The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band at the Lower East Side venue for early shows (8 PM) on March 3, 10, and 17. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday, February 22 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/20) at noon.

After the Mercury Lounge shows, the band will take a two month break and then head to the UK for some dates over there. A list of all dates and a video of Jeffrey and Peter at Cake Shop in 2010 below...

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Dufus' last show at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Daniel Sieradski)
Dufus

Manhattan's SideWalk Cafe is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of that, they'll be having anniversary events all year long. The first of these will be the winter edition of the bi-annual Antifolk Festival, which will take place at the cafe from February 19 to 28. The 10-day festival includes a number of performers each day, and the full schedule is below. One of the notable ones is on February 26, the cafe will host Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel (of Holy Modal Rounders), who have a long collaborative history, plus Forest Creature, Larkin Grimm, and others.

Forest Creature is the new duo of Seth Faergolzia (Dufus) and John Ludington, and the Sidewalk Cafe show is part of their February/March tour, which also includes a Brooklyn show later that night (2/26) at Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway) with Chingching. They recently revealed their first track, "Beasly," a meandering antifolk cut, which you can stream below, along with a list of all dates.

Continue reading "Sidewalk Cafe's Winter 2013 Antifolk Festival is coming (schedule); Forest Creature (ex-Dufus) going on tour (dates)"

Spy Music Festival

The second-annual Spy Music Festival happens June 29th through July 15th, featuring "46 sets of music at 7 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn." That's a big expansion from last year when it took place on two nights at Shea Stadium and Zebulon. This year's fest, run by the folks at Northern Spy Records, will happen at Union Pool, the Issue Project Room, The Stone, Vaudeville Park, 285 Kent, Death by Audio and Roulette. Amongst the artists performing are Rhys Chatham, Matthew Shipp, Dustin Wong, Arthur Doyle, Eugene Chadbourne, PG Six, Guardian Alien and Magik Markers.

The full Spy Music Festival schedule -- bands, venues, prices -- is below. There's no all-inclusive festival pass, but tickets to all the shows are available here. And the fest organizers have also made a sampler featuring the artists performing this year and you can stream that below as well.

Continue reading "Magik Markers, Dustin Wong, Eugene Chadbourne, Matthew Shipp and more playing NYC's Spy Music Festival"

Brooklyn Folk Fest

Down Home Radio Show and The Fabulous Jalopy Theatre announce the 4th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival taking place Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th in Brooklyn, NY. The 3-day festival includes 30+ bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance, film screenings and as well as the return (in a new form) of the much loved "Banjo Toss" competition of 2011!

The Brooklyn Folk Festival will feature the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, bluegrass, Klezmer, Caribbean and Balkan folk music, songwriters and much more!

The Brooklyn Folk Fest is this weekend, happening Friday - Sunday (May 18 - 20) at 354 Jay St. in Downtown Brooklyn, with after-parties at the Jalopy Tavern in Red Hook. Tickets are $20 a day or $45 for weekend pass, and are still available. The lineup, which is pretty similar to last year's, includes Feral Foster, Peter Stampfel, The Whiskey Spitters, Blind Boy Paxton, East River Sting Band and more.

Visit the Brooklyn Folk Festival website for more info, and check out the three day schedule and flyer below.

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It's got to be kind of hard to find someone to open for you on Christmas. Maybe that's what led to Dump, the other project of Yo La Tengo's James McNew, opening for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's on Sunday, December 25th (Hanukkah, night 6). Maybe Dump's recent show at Spike Hill was scheduled as a warm-up.

Yo La Tengo is keeping a diary. Their friend Kelly Reichardt writes:

Dump is on the stage. I know, I know, this reporter is asking herself the same question. How in the world did Yo La Tengo get Dump to play their Christmas night show? I guess everybody in this business has connections. In any case, it's our good fortune and listening from my perch I forget all about my duties and just let myself get lost in the music (not in any kind of freaky arm-waving way, but just in a quiet-inside way). I'm in my zone. Enjoying myself along with everyone else in the room. It's somewhere in the middle of the Prince cover tune, "Another Lonely Christmas" that the older, more disgruntled looking red-shirt-wearing door guy makes a beeline over to me. He's shouting something I can't make out, but I can clearly read his lips as he keeps repeating YOU SURE LOOK GOOD TONIGHT KELLY! I finally lean closer and take out the earplugs and it turns out what he is actually yelling in my face is YOU CAN'T STAND ON THAT STOOL!
Comedian Kurt Braunhohler, who will return to the Hoboken venue to open for Ted Leo, also opened the Christmas show. Tara Key and Rachel Blumberg were the other special guests that night. Full setlist HERE.

Last night, night 7, Kurt Vile & the Violators and Leo Allen opened. Dave Schramm played guitar with Yo La Tengo, and Peter Stampfel also joined the band. Full setlist HERE.

Tonight, 12/27, is the final night of Hanukkah 2011. Who do you think the openers will be? I bet James McNew (not to mention the rest of Yo La Tengo) would be excited if it were the Feelies.

Browse the Yo La Tengo tag for more.

Jeffrey Lewis at Mercury Lounge, 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard are currently on the road, and about to pull the van into Vassar College in Poughkeepsie to play a show tonight (4/7). The Vassar date marks the second to last show on a short (over a week) tour that will terminate in NYC Friday (4/8) at Silent Barn with The Beets, El-G & Preston Spurlock.

The Silent Barn show must be a late one though because Jeff will also be performing earlier on Friday at a MoCCA 2011 Pre-Party with Peter Stampfel at SUTRA Lounge (16 1st Avenue). $5 cover (donation to The Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art) (they play that one at 7:30pm sharp).

Starting Saturday, 4/9, Jeff will spend two days at the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art's Festival at Lexington Armory (68 Lexington Avenue between 25th & 26th St).

MoCCA Fest is an annual two-day event attracting thousands of comic art lovers and creators from around the globe to celebrate the world's most popular art form in the heart of New York City. It is an annual fundraiser for the Museum.

Since 2002, MoCCA Fest has offered a unique venue to experience comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork, and more. In addition to the hundreds of creators who exhibit, the Festival hosts dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts who participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics.

Lewis will have his own table at the event, and will undoubtedly offer some of his comics for sale. Tickets are on sale. Flyer below.

Jeffrey Lewis's last LP was a collaborative effort between him and Peter Stampfel. The Come On Board LP, which dropped on Jan 1, is out now on digital/CD via Bandcamp and is streaming with stuff below..

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by Rachel Kowal

Rome

"Thank you so much for coming here," Jeffrey Lewis began after a lively sound check and some introductions. "We realized that in Googling 'Shea Stadium,' you had options for other places you could have ended up. Those of you who made it here, we'll do our best to make it the best Shea Stadium you could be at this evening." (Unfortunately, I didn't make it out earlier to catch much of the opening acts: John Kessel and Lail Arad though the two songs I did hear from the British songstress were charming.)

Tuesday night's show marked the release of Jeffrey Lewis and legendary folk musician Peter Stampfel's second album together. The two met some seven years ago at Ed Sanders' 65th birthday party at the Bowery Poetry Club and have collaborated from time to time since then.

Thanks to his zany banter, vivid recollection of the scene in the 60s and 70s, and bizarre and impressive discography, Stampfel is quite a force to behold. His songs range from more traditional folk/blues numbers to utterly ridiculous songs like "Stick Your Ass in the Air," which he apparently wrote and recorded with his daughter. "I love dance music," Stampfel said by way of explaining the song. "Dance music is super... etcetera, but a lot of dance music is really dumb [...] there were way too many hands in the air. All hands and not enough asses."

As the evening went on, Stampfel continued to open up and revealed some of his recent projects. Apparently, he has also been working on recording a popular (but often forgotten) song for every year in the twentieth century. After whistling the chosen ditty from 1904, he and the band played the rambunctious, rollicking song "Heart Made of Stone" from 1955. In addition to the period pieces, Stampfel and Lewis reworked a number of traditional folk songs in irreverent, but entertaining ways (Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" became "Devil in the Ground").

Interspersed throughout the set were a series of "films" (now available on the History Chanel website!), featuring Lewis' hand-drawn illustrations of historical events that are then set to songs with explanatory lyrics. This time, we learned about Marco Polo, The Renaissance, and the colorful history of bottle caps, featuring some of Stampfel's favorites, scanned especially for the occasion from his personal collection of more than 12,000.

When Lewis sings, "They love me or they hate me. No one's on the fence," he might be talking about potential lovers, but the line (from the song "Cult Boyfriend") is indicative of the general public's response to his music. Add Sampfel to the mix, and these two groups (the fans and the haters) become even more distinct.

But there's a silver lining to this schism. Because Lewis' music is so polarizing, his shows are rarely populated by a disinterested or ambivalent crowd, and this was no exception. Instead of being put-off by the many oddities and quirks of the performance, the small, convivial crowd openly laughed along with Lewis and Stampfel's stage antics and were more than willing to participate in impromptu sing-a-longs and history lessons - a goofy sing-a-long one minute, an educational cartoon the next. Love it or hate it, it doesn't seem to matter much to Lewis.

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Jeffrey, who not that long ago headlined his own show at Bowery Ballroom, plays his next NYC show, again with Peter, at the tiny Pete's Candy Store on 2/22. They also have a Philly show scheduled. The Shea Stadium setlist is below...

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Jeff & Peter @ Cake Shop
Jeff and Peter

If you missed them at Cake Shop in January, here's your next chance::

Tuesday, February 15, Brooklyn NYC - Jeffrey Lewis/Peter Stampfel album release show at Shea Stadium in Bushwick! With Lail Arad (from London, has played UK and Israel w/ Jeffrey).

Shea Stadium is in Bushwick at 20 Meadow St, near the Grand St station of the L train. SIX bux admission, ALL-AGES (21+ to drink), and BYOB if you wanna. This is the album release show for Come On Board, the new Stampfel/Lewis collaboration album... the last Stampfel/Lewis NYC show (at Cakeshop last month) was totally sold out, too bad the album wasn't back from the plant yet... sob! But now the Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band is back home from tour, with albums and comic books and bottle cap slideshows etc.

8 pm = doors
8:30 = John Kessel
9 pm = Lail Arad
9:30 = The Jeffrey Lewis/Peter Stampfel 6-Piece Band, featuring: Anders Griffen! Spencer Chakedis! John Kessel! And Dave Beauchamp!

Also, if you missed them at Cake shop, video of pretty much their whole set, along with a list of more upcoming shows, is below...

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