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GBV in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Guided by Voices, Doug Gillard, Atomic Forces @ Bowery Ballroom
With 22 albums (most of which have about 20 songs on them) and growing it's no wonder Guided by Voices shows often go to epic-length. Their sold-out show on Friday at Bowery Ballroom is in support of their kickin' new album, Cool Planet, that mines Bob Pollard's endless supply of hooky riffs. Opening is former GBV member Doug Gillard whose new album, Parade On, is punchy powerpop goodness. Sold out, but Bowery has released tickets a couple times this week so it might be worth checking the Ticketmaster page. They'll also be back in July.

Trans Am, Dan Friel @ Knitting Factory
Post-rock pioneers Trans Am just released their tenth album, appropriately titled Volume X, on their longtime home of Thrill Jockey and finds the trio still cranking out the rhythm-heavy kraut jams.

Pujol, Sam Coffee & The Iron Lung, Scully, Jupiter Boys @ Death by Audio
Nashville's Pujol gets ambitious on his new album, KLUDGE, which flirts with '70s rock production that works more often than not. It's also a terrific batch of tunes, and he's got a lot more to say than most garage rockers. Live, Pujol are always wild force of nature and tonight finds him in his natural habitat. He plays twice tomorrow: a free day show at Rough Trade and in the evening at Mercury Lounge.

Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality, Zongo Junction @ LPR
Ethiopian one-man funk band Hailu Mergia (who's joined by a seven-piece band live, Low Mentality) reissued his 1985 album last year and got some deserved attention for it. He played NYC this past December at Baby's All Right to great reviews, and tonight he makes his return. If you're at all thinking about going, you should.

Ex-Cult, Foster Care, VBA, Call Of The Wild @ The Acheron
Memphis ragers Ex-Cult just released their new album, Midnight Passenger, that balances sneering rippers with a few moody extended jams. This is their second of two NYC shows this weekend, and definitely the venue that best matches their sound with great support too.

Free Cake For Every Creature, Frankie Cosmos, Adult Mom, Quarterbacks, Radiator Hospital @ Silent Barn
It's a stacked bill at Silent Barn tonight with mostly twee pop and bedroom folk artists, all of which are worth catching. Admission is $7 or for $10 you can also get into the late show...

Ricky Eat Acid, Foxes In Fiction @ Silent Barn
The late show at Silent Barn tonight (midnight) leans more on the ambient side, and is also $7 for just this one (though that $10 combo sounds like a pretty good deal).

Boytoy, Raccoon Fighter, Wax Witches, Metalleg @ Baby's All Right
Brooklyn's Boytoy make spunky '90s-style poppy indie rock. Their fetching debut EP can be streamed below.

Maximo Park, Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams, Eternal Summers @ Gramercy Theatre
Maximo Park got their start 10 years ago as part of the same scene that launched Futureheads and Field Music. The band's most recent album moves away from their scrappy, anthemic sound into synthier textures. If you're going tonight, both openers are recommended: Jeffrey Lewis is one of NYC true treasures, and VA trio Eternal Summers are makers of superior indie rock.

Sheer Terror, Agitator, Cop Problem, All Torn Up @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
NYHC vets Sheer Terror are back this year with their first album since 1995. It's not out 'til June, but from the sound of the first single the band have still got it. Philly's Cop Problem, who blend metal, hardcore and grind, are absolutely worth catching too. Like all Night Bazaar shows, this one's free.

Benoit & Sergio, JDH @ Cameo Gallery
It's a FIXED party at Cameo tonight and for the occasion Ghostly-signed electronic duo Benoit & Sergio are coming up from DC.

Rasputina, Eszter Balint @ Highline Ballroom
Gothy cello-slingers Rasputina have been enchanting NYC for over 20 years. They still bewitch.

The Real Kids, The Woggles, The Semi-Colons? @ The Bell House
It's a night of multi-generational garage rock/punk veterans at The Bell House tonight with '70s-era Boston band The Real Kids (led by John Felice of The Modern Lovers), '90s-era Athens, GA band The Woggles, and The Semi-Colons?, aka the members of '60s garage rockers ? and the Mysterians without ?.

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Continue reading "What's going on Friday? (GBV, Pujol, Hailu Mergia, Trans Am, Ex-Cult, Radiator Hospital, Sheer Terror, Boytoy, more)"

Dave Davies

The Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival returns with its fifth year starting June 4 and continuing every Tuesday through Labor Day. Brought to you by City Winery (where the shows take place), the free outdoor shows (they're behind the venue) go down from 5:00PM-7:30PM.

This Tuesday's kickoff show is with former Kinks guitarist/singer Dave Davies (who played City Winery last week). Other acts playing this year include Los Straitjackets, The English Beat, The Pietasters, Tim O'Brien, Rasputina and more.

Again these shows are free and open to all ages. Full 2013 Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival below...

Continue reading "2013 Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival schedule (Dave Davies, The English Beat & more)"

GZA at MHoW, June 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)

GZA has always been one to think outside of the box. From his pairing with Grupo Fantasma to his on-stage collaborations with Black Lips and on and on, dude is not afraid of branching outside of the traditional comfort zone for an MC.

That said, it is still somewhat of a surprise to see him team with the cello-driven Rasputina, blues/jazz guitarist Robben Ford, Doomtree-affiliated MC Dessa and the Mediterreannan stylings of Pavlo for a show at Stage 48 (605 w.48th St) in Manhattan on January 12. Tickets are on sale for this mindblowingly diverse lineup.

In Wu-related news, a reminder for those obsessed with the kung-fu aesthetic of Wu-Tang: RZA's new film The Man with The Iron Fist is in theaters now.


Ithaca's "home of live music" posted the following message on Facebook:

Dear Ithaca,

Looks like the Castaways are getting off the island.

After 6 years of battling and 2 years of "negotiation", we have worn out our welcome and the landlords are not renewing our lease. Obviously, not all the rumors you hear are going to be true. Sure, some will be, but we assure you that we have paid every month of rent that was due. With the new West End zoning on the horizon, the long term investment in an aged, unmaintained building does not make sense. After years of rotting pipes, a leaky roof, insufficient "fixes", and all the mold up in the ceiling that resulted, we can no longer take it. As the 2nd highest rent in the West End, it feels like we are paying for a nice Volvo and driving around in a old Yugo. We look back with pride at what we have done to clean up this place, at the money we raised over the years for the Finger Lakes Cancer Resource Center, the many families in need who held benefits with us, for the Chamber of Commerce fundraisers for the Waterfront Trail, and at all of the incredible, wonderful music we have shared together over the years as a community. It isn't over yet but we wanted to thank everyone who has been part of our family. That's you! Later this Spring, Castaways will have its final last call on the waterfront. But first, lets have a really kick-ass April.

Gonna need a new home once that Hydrilia takes over anyway, right? ;)


Still Lots and Lots of Love,


Meanwhile, you can still catch a show (like Rasputina on April 5th). RIP Castaways.

Through Low Light and Trees

British folk duo Smoke Fairies release their first full-length album in the US, Through Low Light and Trees, today, June 14. The album, released in the UK September 6, 2010 via V2/Cooperative Music, was produced by Head who is known for working with PJ Harvey and Black Francis. The new US version of the CD also comes with a disc of bonus tracks. Check out the video for "Strange Moon Rising" and more of their music below.

You may remember Smoke Fairies from their "Gastown/Riversong" 7" which came out all the way back in December 2009 on Jack White's Third Man label. He also produced the single and contributed drums and guitar along with Jack Lawrence. The duo more recently reminded the US of their existence when they released a double a-side single "Hotel Room/Strange Moon Rising" for Record Store Day through 453 Records

Smoke Fairies are heading out on a US tour in late July with Rasputina. The tour doesn't include any NYC dates but the duo do have two NYC dates scheduled as part of a short trip here this month. After visiting Toronto for NXNE and then Boston, they play Rockwood Music Hall on June 21. They play the Manhattan venue right before Lisa Hannigan plays a sold out show on the same stage (no advanced tickets for the Smoke Fairies set though). They also open for My Gold Mask the next night, June 22 at The Rock Shop. Tickets are on sale for the Brooklyn show

Rasputina play their own NYC-area show with The Wilderness of Manitoba at Mexicali Blues in Teaneck, NJ on July 17. Tickets are still available.

Smoke Fairies contributed to MOJO Magazine's 'Harvest Revisited', a tribute to Neil Young's Harvest. Villagers, Phosphorescent, Sam Amidon and others appear on the compilation. Check out Smoke Fairies' take on "Alabama" below with more dates, videos, and other stuff.

Continue reading "Smoke Fairies released an LP in the USA, playing NXNE, NYC & shows w/ Rasputina (dates)"

photos by Courtney Dudley

Lord Huron @ Mercury Lounge
Lord Huron

The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Mercury Lounge
The Wilderness of Manitoba

"When i arrived at the mercury lounge a little after 8 char was already in the mostly empty performance area in the back enjoying the pop stylings of an impossibly young-looking (and quite decent) pop band called spanish prisoners. they were followed by the extremely affable (and lumberjackily-attractive) canadian folky pop group wilderness of manitoba, who created their hauntingly pretty sound by weaving their combined vocal harmonies over mountainesk sounds of banjo, cello, mandolin and guitar, and striking a perfect balance between mellow and intense..." [musikati]
One night after opening for Femi Kuti, Lord Huron headlined his own show at Mercury Lounge with a lineup consisting of North Highlands, The Wilderness of Manitoba & Spanish Prisoners. Pictures from that Thursday night gig are in this post.

For Toronto folk band The Wilderness of Manitoba, whose album When You Left The Fire is out May 10th on tinyOGRE, it was the first of a few trips to the NYC-area in coming months. Later this month they hit the road with Cloud Cult for a tour that hits both Maxwell's and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Then in July they hop on the road with Rasputina starting at Mexicali Blues in Teaneck, NJ. All tour dates, more pictures and a video, below...

Continue reading "The Wilderness of Manitoba played Mercury Lounge w/ Lord Huron, North Highlands & Spanish Prisoners (pics), touring w/ Cloud Cult & then Rasputina (dates)"

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Furthur (no "e") has headlined Madision Square Garden which isn't a big surprise given that the band contains original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh along with fellow hippies John Kadlecik of the Dark Star Orchestra on guitar, Jeff Chimenti of RatDog on keyboards, and Joe Russo of the Benevento/Russo Duo on drums (Jay Lane left Furthur after the March 12, 2010 show to rejoin Primus). Tickets go on presale on Thursday at 10am for EIGHT NYC shows happening in March. Five are at Best Buy Theater and three are at Radio City Music Hall.

Speaking of Radio City Music Hall, Janet Jackson is playing there on March 18th. Tickets go on presale Friday at 9am.

Janet Jackson notoriously had a "wardrobe malfunction" when she played the Superbowl Halftime show once. Tickets are now on sale for the show Neko Case is playing at the Bell House on Superbowl Sunday.

Eluvium was added to the Explosions in the Sky / Low show happening at Radio City on April 6th. Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets are on AmEx presale now for the Motorhead/Clutch/Valient Thorr show happening at Best Buy Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday for the same lineup at Starland Ballroom.

Fang Island is playing a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on March 11th. Openers TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Tickets are now on AmEx presale for the Toro Y Moi shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on AmEx presale for the Hold Steady shows at MHOW & Terminal 5.

Tickets are now on AmEx presale for the Cave Singers / Lia Ices show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Holy Ghost!, who has headlined Bowery Ballroom before (not sure how it sold though) will headline Mercury Lounge on February 2nd. Tickets are now on sale.

Tickets are on Amex presale for the Lost in the Trees show at Mercury Lounge.

Tricky was recently in town, and Morcheeba will be here in February to play two shows at Irving Plaza which are both on sale.

Tickets are now on AmEx presle for the Lucinda Williams shows at Webster Hall.

Tickets are now on AmEx presale for the OMD show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on AmEx presale for the Of Montreal show at Webster Hall.

Das Racist is playing Highline Ballroom on February 3rd.

Rasputina is playing Highline Ballroom on February 26th with Mr Voltaire. Tickets are on sale.

Melissa Auf Der Maur is playing Highline Ballroom on March 3rd. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for the How to Dress Well and Autre Ne Veut show in a church.

Tickets are still on sale for the Trail of Dead show at Littlefield.

photos by Greg Cristman

Gary Numan

[Gary Numan]'s stop in New York to promote "The Pleasure Principle Tour 2010" marks the 30th anniversary and re-issue of his groundbreaking album, which he is performing in its' entirety. Written when he was a mere 21 years old, The Pleasure Principle debuted in 1979 but only charted Stateside a year later. Propelled by the monumental single, "Cars", the album was a watershed as disco yielded to new wave and power pop...

Not content to stand idly in front of his instrument, Numan took every opportunity to move and thrash about; though for the duration of the performance of The Pleasure Principle he seemed content to let the music wash over the crowd. And they soaked it up, bouncing and singing along to songs like "Films" and "M.E.". As the album is only 41 minutes in length, it was a short time to the highly anticipated performance of the ubiquitous "Cars" and Numan did not disappoint. The Pleasure Principle concludes with "Engineers" and in spite of the poignant darkness of the lyrics ("All that we know/Is hate and machinery") the crowd cheered wildly as Numan gracefully expressed his gratitude with a beaming nod. -[Consequence of Sound]

Numan was supported by Rasputina and Boom Boom Satellites (who recently played Irving Plaza) at the sold-out Best Buy Theatre in Times Square Saturday night (10/23). The NYC show was part of an ongoing tour. Gary performs the full album each night.

More pictures from NYC, with Gary's setlist (nine songs after the album included), below...

Continue reading "Gary Numan played The Pleasure Principle @ Best Buy Theater w/ Rasputina & Boom Boom Satellites (pics, setlist)"

Les Savy Fav @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Natasha Ryan)
Les Savy Fav


"The Knitting Factory, a leader in the New York arts scene for over two decades, is proud to announce that our new venue at 361 Metropolitan Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY will be opening September 2009. Brooklyn-based favorites, Les Savy Fav, will perform and host the opening night on Wednesday September 9th. Upcoming shows will feature performances by: Boss Hog, Rasputina, Mayer Hawthorne, Titus Andronicus, The Raincoats, The Spits, Mucca Pazza, Melissa Auf der Maur, cEvin Key, A Wilhelm Scream, Helado Negro, Maps and Atlases, No Neck Blues Band, Dub Trio, Smokey's Secret Family and much more to be announced. Upcoming special events include this year's Williamsburg Fashion Week's Fashion and Arts Premiere, the Miss LEZ Pageant and the Royal Flush Film Festival.
We've been waiting for this news since first finding out Knitting Factory was taking over the Brooklyn Luna Lounge lounge space in April 2008 (which was followed by official confirmation in July of the same year). Since then, Knitting Factory's Manhattan location closed and reopened (and closed again) and lots of people have been left wondering what the deal was.

Tickets for the September 9th Les Savy Fav show are on sale (thx Coma). They also play Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

Boss Hog is September 10th (tickets). They play ATP NY on September 12th.

The Titus Andronicus/So So Glos show (tickets) is the last date on a long tour that also includes a show at Maxwell's.

Melissa Auf der Maur plays KF on October 17th as part of the Royal Flush Film Festival which makes sense since she made a movie. Tickets for that event are on sale.

And tickets and dates to all of the above mentioned shows are HERE.

More about the space, HERE.

Tim Harrington apologizes to his mom, in the video below...

Continue reading "Knitting Factory Brooklyn opening September 9th w/ Les Savy Fav (tix on sale) ++ other upcoming shows like Boss Hog"

Wonder Bar

Yes, it is something of a bummer.

Three or four decades of stops and starts -- mostly stops -- in this legendarily faded and ill-starred stretch of the Jersey Shore and finally, finally, things seem to reach a critical mass. Revived music halls of all shapes and sizes. Cool bars, a Mexican taqueria, a surfer shop, glass blowers and a potter on the Boardwalk. The renovated Convention Hall and Paramount Theater with its "Greetings From Asbury Park" sign out front. And the famous Thursday evening "doggy yappy hour" for pets at the Wonder Bar...

...Lance Larson, a veteran musician who helps run the Wonder Bar, figures that Asbury Park has a heritage of music, art and eccentricity that will attract people, tough times or no.

"We have one thing that no one else does, and that's entertainment," he said, picking at a cheeseburger on Thursday afternoon. "It's not just because of Bruce [Springsteen]. It's always been that way. I've toured every place, and there's no place like playing here. It's like Parris Island, the boot camp of music. If you can play here, you can play anywhere." [NY Times]

The recently re-opened Wonder Bar is suddenly on everyone's radar...
"It feels really great, it's exciting," said manager Debbie DeLisa of Deal. "There's a lot going on down here right now, with (concert promoter) Live Nation coming in to do the shows at Convention Hall. They're going to do some shows here also."

DeLisa's upbeat, optimistic tone is a far cry from last year, when the Ocean Avenue club was set to close to make way for a redevelopment project by developers Asbury Partners, which had purchased the property.

"Asbury Partners were going to tear it down, and I'm not sure what they were going to do, build condos," DeLisa said.

The venue was spared when developers Madison Marquette came into town and took over some of Asbury Partners' holdings, including the Wonder Bar.

DeLisa said the club is now waiting for approval from the city to construct a large outdoor deck facing the nearby Stone Pony; other plans include building a Tiki bar and adding a volleyball court to the facilities. [Metromix]

Live Nation has started booking the shows there, and I suppose that's why so many familiar names are suddenly playing in Asbury Park. Wonder Bar recently had Mates of State and Little Joy (see above). Upcoming shows include HR from Bad Brains (tonight), Rasputina, We are Scientists, and The Duke Spirit. Tickets can be found at Ticketmaster.

Watch a short documentary on Asbury Park's Palace Amusements below...

Continue reading "Asbury Park's boardwalk & Wonder Bar (a Live Nation venue)"

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Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for tonight's 2nd Fleet Foxes show.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Grizzly Bear benefit show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Ratatat show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for a Rasputina show at Hiro Ballroom on August 23rd, and for one at Paradise Rock Club in Boston that is 3 days earlier.

Tickets are on sale for a September 4th Delta Spirit show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are still on sale on for the Spoon show at Prospect Park.

Tickets are on sale for the Richard Lloyd show at Southpaw on July 23rd.

Tom Verlaine (and many friends) is playing Knitting Factory.

Free stuff listed in the free show calendar.

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