Entries tagged with: Reggie Watts
The Late Late Show with James Corden will take over for the departing Craig Ferguson on March 23 and it's been announced that Reggie Watts will be the show's bandleader. It's a role Reggie already knows, as he's been doing it on Scott Aukerman's quasi-talk show Comedy Bang Bang! for three seasons. As for that show, Aukerman says, "Reggie is sticking around thru the first half of 2015, during which he have planned a very fitting goodbye for him." Comedy Bang Bang! wraps up its third season this Friday (12/19) and Season 4 begins January 9 on IFC.
Right before the S4 premiere, Reggie will be appearing on Nat Towsen's Downtown Variety Hour which happens at NYC's UCB East on January 5. Other guests include Janeane Garofalo, Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny (#NEWSFAIL, Citizen Radio), and "a special Two Boots Pizza Dedication Ceremony." Reservations (tickets $5) will be available soon.
This past Friday's episode of CBB! was an especially good one, featuring guest Eric Andre and a whole lot of time travel. You can watch it online at IFCtv.com.
Greg Barris (photo via Michael Alex Newman)
Comedian Greg Barris is a busy guy. He's co-hosting the Doctors Without Borders benefit at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 (tickets) and, among other things, started a new series/podcast this year called "Mind Warriors" which mixes science and laughs:
Mind Warriors: Bringing you the most cutting edge information from the edge of the universe (that's two edges). Mind Warriors is a comedic, science interview show hosted by Greg Barris that delves into the spiritual and scientific research and practices of each guest Mind Warrior with a question and answer session at the end with the audience.The next edition of "Mind Warriors" happens at Brooklyn's Union Hall on January 11 with Andrew WK as guest. Tickets for that are on sale now. The first "Mind Warriors" video is below.
Andrew WK is busy too, playing a solo show at Knitting Factory on November 22 (part of their Fifth Anniversary celebration), and will be with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg at Gramercy Theatre on January 17. He'll also be on WNYU on December 11 at 4PM for a " live radio interview and party DJ set!" so mark your calendars. Updated AWK schedule is listed below.
And in related funny/smart news, there's a benefit for 826NYC (the nonprofit that promotes creative and expository writing skills) at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Sarah Vowell, Fred Armisen and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale.
Reggie Watts also plays The Bell House on Friday (11/7) as part of the NY Comedy Fest, and then later in the evening at The Blue Note.
Andrew WK dates -- including New Year's Eve in Chicago -- are listed, along with the first episode of "Mind Warriors," below..
IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! is currently in the middle of its new season and there have already been a few notable music guests on the show. The National made an appearance on the fall season premiere as part of a fake makeover show "Retool the School" and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne appeared on the Halloween episode (dressed as Carrie), and then made some impromptu music with bandleader Reggie Watts as a web exclusive. Watch clips from all three of those below.
Reggie Watts has a couple NYC shows coming up. On Friday (11/7), he'll be at The Bell House as part of a NY Comedy Fest show that also features Jim Gaffigan, James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, and Eliot Glazer. It's a benefit called Uncivil Union and proceeds go to The Ally Coalition and New Alternatives which look to "raise awareness and funds to end discrimination against LGBTQ people." Tickets are on sale.
Later Friday night Reggie will also perform at The Blue Note for a 12:30 AM set. Reservations are available.
Comedy Bang! Bang! videos below...
Experimental synth artist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has a lot of cool projects coming up. She's working on music for the film Brasilia: City of the Future which was co-written by and starring Reggie Watts and directed by Brooklyn filmmaker Benjamin Dickinson. She helped electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani prepare for a European tour and has a collaboration with her in the works. She also has plans for a "virtual reality project" with director Daren Rabinovitch.
On top of all that, Kaitlyn has signed with Western Vinyl who will release her new solo album, Tides, on November 11. Its opening track is 15 minutes of gorgeous, droning ambience, and that premieres in this post. Check it out below.
Rooftop Films is in the midst of their 2014 season and Thursday's screening (7/3) happens at Industry City in Sunset Park. They're screeening Adam Newport-Berra's Thanksgiving, with a pre-movie performance by Reggie Watts who just played Town Hall. You can stick around for the afterparty sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits. Doors are at 8 PM, Reggie's on at 8:30 PM and the movie's at 9 PM, rain or shine. Tickets are still available. As for the movie, here's the synopsis:
Alex & Amy are the perfect Brooklyn couple. They have a cat, a Thanksgiving table of bohemian friends, and a glowing future together. Yet the sudden holiday appearance of Amy's mysterious brother Will quickly disrupts their idyllic lifestyle and calls into question what we're truly "thankful" for.After that, the next Rooftop Films screening is Saturday (7/5) at The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus. That night they're showing Russian/American documentary The Notorious Mr Bout with a live performance by Russian/American songwriter and Dirty Projectors collaborator Olga Bell. Tickets are available for that screening too. Trailer below...
For the second year in a row, online comedy hub Funny or Die is bringing an insane lineup of comedians, entertainers, and other funny people to 20 different cities around the U.S via the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. This year, the tour includes a fantastic lineup of comedians young and old with literally someone to please everyone: Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick and Aziz Ansari to Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, and Mark Maron, with even a few true oddballs (Demetri Martin, Reggie Watts) in the mix. There's also a second stage hosted by Brody Stevens. Lineup varies from venue to venue, but all announced Oddball 2014 performers are listed below.
The tour doesn't stop in NYC proper -- though Aziz has that under control on his own at MSG -- Oddball does have a few stops in the NY area: August 16 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, August 17 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, August 22 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. and August 23 at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT. Tickets are currently on Citi cardmember and Previous Purchasers presale and go on sale to the general public Saturday (6/28) at 10 AM.
The full tour dates are listed, along with a tour poster and 2014 lineup, below.
Reggie Watts @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tickets are still on sale for Reggie Watts' big headlining performance at Town Hall, happening this Wednesday (6/18). Get out there and support the man at one of his biggest live shows yet. Heading to Toronto for NXNE? Reggie will be there too.
Speaking of the Bell House, you can get tickets to the 6/24 live taping of the Tell Your Friends! podcast with Andy Borowitz, Bryan Tucker, Ophira Eisenberg, Andy Blitz, MIchelle Carlo, Bob Powers, Liam McEneaney, and Jessi Klein.
The Bell House is also where Jen Kirkman is doing a night of new material.
The next edition of Running Late with Scott Rogowsky: Brooklyn's Live Late Night Comedy Talk Show happens at Littlefield on 6/25 with Mike Sacks (Author, Poking A Dead Frog, And Here's The Kicker), Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show), and Dan St. Germain.
The next edition of The Talk Show Series Presents is set to happen this Thursday (6/19) at Williamsburg's Over the Eight. Bobby Tisdale is the host, with guests Ahna Tessler, Eleanor Friedberger, and more TBA. It's free. Over the Eight is also showing the World Cup, though, so it may be more crowded than usual just from overlap.
Dave Hill is also taking part in An Evening of Friends at the Ace Hotel on 6/23 with John Early, Michael Cavadias, Jemima Kirke, Cole Escola & Kate Berlant.
Max Silvestri (or someone subbing for him) still hosts The Big Terrific Comedy Show every Wednesday night at Cameo. It's free, and you never know who might pop in. Sometimes Aziz Ansari does a set. Maybe you'll catch him testing out material for his upcoming SHOW AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.
Speaking of lots of tickets, Dave Chappelle has NINE Radio Cith shows coming up.
Rob Delaney has six upcoming shows at comedy club Caroline's.
Chris Gethard has a bunch of shows coming up, big and small.
Browse our NYC Comedy Show Calendar for much more.
Mac DeMarco w/ Walter TV @ Northside 2014 (via @stevensedition)
The annual NXNE fest is currently underway in Toronto, ON with the music portion really happening Wednesday - Saturday (June 18 - 21) at venues all over the Canadian city. For those heading that way, here are a dozen notable events and shows.
1) BrooklynVegan has Partnered with M for Montreal and Panache once again for the Bruise Cruise which happens aboard the Queens Quay on Saturday (6/21). Mac DeMarco will host the floating festivities, with his other band, Walter TV (who just played Northside as did Mac), as well as Calvin Love, PS I Love You and The Posterz. It's free with a NXNE badge or wristband, $10 without. It boards at noon and leaves the dock at 1:15 PM, don't be late! Check out the flyer below.
2) Mio is turning a Toronto streetcar into the "Mio Squirtcar" (um, that name), a moving festival venue showcasing artists like Shannon and the Clams, Frankie Cosmos, araabMUZIK, Reggie Watts and more.
3) Vice & Vans have teamed up to create "Vice Island," a free, day-long Toronto Islands adventure on Thursday (6/19) featuring performances by big hitters like Pusha T, Future Islands, Omar Souleyman and many more.
4) If you'd rather hoof it, walking to and from shows will be even more interesting this year, thanks to NXNE commissioning street artists to transform city alleyways with new murals.
5) Red Bull brings their Sound Select series to Tattoo this week, featuring some secret headliners as well as acts like Future Islands, A$AP Ferg, Autre Ne Veut, Evian Christ and more.
6) For the young among us, NXNE is providing some free all-ages outdoor daytime shows by the lake, showcasing some up-and-comers including Jenny Omnichord, Unicorn Patrol, Lyric Dubee and more.
7) The Horseshoe Tavern has been rechristened The Budweiser Music House for NXNE with loaded bills featuring the likes of Low, Lee Harvey Osmond, Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Swearin', The Felice Brothers and more, with a secret late night headliner on Friday (6/20) for good measure.
8) Sennheiser teams up with NXNE to present some huge shows at Massey Hall from tUnE-yArDs, Ryley Walker, Spiritualized, Rhye and more.
9) The biggest shows of the week happen outdoors at the free and naturally all-ages Yonge-Dundas Square, with sets from Danny Brown, Sleigh Bells, Swans, St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Spoon, Run the Jewels, Juicy J and more.
10) On Sunday (6/22), The Edward Day Gallery will play host to the all-ages DIY Label and Art Fair, were you can buy and swap records and talk to local DIY bloggers, all while eating good food and listening to sets from Greys, Young Mother, White Poppy and many more.
11) Another free option: Beach Day, Joywave and Craft Spells are playing a free all-ages GAP-sponsored show at the corner of Queen & Peter on Saturday afternoon(6/21).
12) NXNE's series of showcases at Adelaide Hall will have your dancing needs covered with sets from Fuck Buttons, Young Magic, Mas Ysa, Ryan Hemsworth, Run the Jewels and many more.
Browse NXNE's site for more.
Bruise Cruise NXNE flyer below...
The 2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival runs the entire month of June at various venues around NYC. Now in its fourth year, the fest includes a wide range of music, not just strictly jazz.
Notable Shows this year include:
Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall on June 15 & 16 (tickets)There's also Andre Previn & Christian McBride, Diane Schuur, Michael McDonald, Ramsey Lewis & Philip Bailey, Ginger Baker and lots more. Full schedule and ticket info can be found here. here.
Los Lobos at Highline Ballroom on June 6 (tickets)
Sergio Mendes at BB King Blues Club on June 7 (tickets)
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 with Rich Medina at Highline Ballroom on June 10 (tickets)
Sly & Robbie with Taxi Gang & Bitty McLean at BB King Blues Club on June 29 (tickets)
Bobby McFerrin & Questlove in "musical dialogue" at Town Hall on June 13 (not on sale yet)
Reggie Watts at Town Hall on June 18 (not on sale yet)
In related news, Aretha Franklin recently revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that she plans to bring on Outkast's Andre 3000 as a producer for her new album which will feature covers of her favorite female singers, like Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, and possibly Beyonce.
by Bill Pearis
Antony and Rufus Wainwright cohort and onetime Damnbuilder, Joan Wasser will release her fourth album as Joan as Policewoman on March 11. Titled The Classic, it finds her in classic (and classy) R&B mode. "I'm in the best place I've ever been in my life," Joan says in the record's press release and you get that listening to The Classic, which contains some of her most ebullient songs yet, including singles "Holy City" and the album's title track, both of which feature help from Reggie Watts. Videos for both are below.
Joan is about to go on a lengthy tour which will be bookended by shows in Brooklyn. Wednesday, March 5 she'll play a sold-out show at Union Pool and on the return she'll play Rough Trade on May 6. Tickets to the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the stream and video, below...
To celebrate the 1980-1990 period of Bob Dylan's career, ATO Records will release Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol. 1 on March 25. The tribute compilation was put together by producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O'Brien (Dawes, PAPA), and features covers by Built to Spill, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Gene Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Blitzen Trapper, Yellowbirds, Ivan & Alyosha, Reggie Watts, Elvis Perkins, Lucius and more. Listen to Built to Spill's take on "Jokerman" from the compilation, with the full tracklist, below.
The new compilation will be celebrated with a record release show in NYC the day before its release at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/24). The show will feature Dylan's music performed by some of the artists on the album, including John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen and members of Tea Leaf Green. The lineup also includes Spirit Family Reunion (who are not on the album) and "special guests." Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon.
Stream Built to Spill's "Jokerman" cover with the album tracklist, below...
Shit Robot's been at it for a while, but his only full length album is still his 2010 debut From the Cradle to the Rave. That will change when he finally releases its followup, We Got a Love, on March 18 via DFA Records. Like his first album, this one features a number of guests, including Reggie Watts, Museum of Love, Nancy Whang, Lidell Townsell, The Rapture's Luke Jenner and Holly Backler. Reggie appears on two songs, including the title track which was released as a single a while back and its video can be watched, along with a stream of the Paul Woolford remix of the track, below. That's the album artwork above and the tracklist is below.
As discussed, Shit Robot is DJing the NYC stop on John Talabot's upcoming tour happening at SRB Brooklyn on February 7 with FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He has a few other upcoming dates, all of which are listed below.
And speaking of Reggie Watts, we just posted a video of him performing at the Okayplayer Holiday Jam.
All dates are listed, along with the video, stream and tracklist, below...
Sufjan at the Okayplayer Holiday Jam
The night took on a lower-key tone when Sufjan Stevens performed, as he offered up a tender rendition of his song "Holland" while backed by Questlove and the Roots. Stevens, who made his own contribution to the seasonal canon with his 2006 five-EP box-set Songs for Christmas, then announced, "I'll do one more and it's got 'holly,' 'jolly' and 'Christmas' in it. It's a sing-along." He performed the sole seasonal staple of the night as he sang a genial version of "A Holly Jolly Christmas" while the Roots added a backing groove that included a chirpy keyboard riff.The above review is from the Okayplayer Holiday Jam that happened at Brooklyn Bowl last week (12/9) with The Roots, host Hannibal Buress, and surprise guests that ended up being Sufjan Stevens, Reggie Watts, Raekwon, Big Daddy Kane, Bilal and others. Okayplayer has uploaded a video recap with clips of those artists, plus another video solely of Reggie Watts. You can watch both of those below.
It was the closing rap section of the show that resonated most with the crowd. Black Thought was first up, strutting around in his signature flat-cap during his performance of "The Next Movement." He then brought out Big Daddy Kane and the two of them ran through Kane's golden-era hits "Just Rhyming With Biz," "Set It Off" and "Ain't No Half Steppin'," with Black Thought acting as both amped-up hype man and savvy impromptu rap impersonator as he took on Biz Markie's role in the first song. [Rolling Stone]
In related news, Questlove was recently named TIME Magazine's coolest person of 2013. (It's from the same year-end issue that named Pope Francis "Person of the Year.") TIME writes:
Questlove, the drummer of the alt-hip-hop band the Roots, dropped bits of coolness everywhere this year. He wrote two cool books, Mo' Meta Blues--a smart postmodern memoir--and a coffee-table book chronicling Soul Train, the show so cool that my dad, in a failed attempt to prevent me from growing up to be a dork, forced me to watch it as a child. He composed the music for Comedy Central's very cool Inside Amy Schumer. His website, Okayplayer, which allows alternative musicians to create songs together online, made the dopest Christmas sweater ever. Every Thursday night, he deejays at a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And since the Roots are Jimmy Fallon's house band, he's about to become the bandleader on The Tonight Show. He also deejayed at 13 weddings this year, including that of 2013 Coolest Person runner-up Pharrell Williams. We picked Questlove over Williams because there's no song titled "Last Night a Recently Married Guy Saved My Life."Congrats Quest.
Cibo Matto at Littlefield in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cibo Matto began playing shows again in 2011 and also around that time mentioned a new album was in the works. They finally previewed songs from that album this past May, and now it's officially been announced that their followup to 1999's Stereo Type A will be titled Hotel Valentine and is appropriately coming out on Valentine's Day (2/14). The album is coming out on Chimera Music, the label Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda co-runs with Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. They also just released the first single from the album, "MFN," which features Reggie Watts (who plays Irving Plaza tonight, 12/11) and lots of requisite food references, and you can watch the video for that below. In addition to Reggie Watts, other album guests include Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace), and more. The album artwork and tracklist are below too.
Cibo Matto will also be touring around the time of the album's drop, and that tour includes a NYC record release show happening on February 14 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check LPR's site for updates. All tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Cibo Matto member Miho Hatori in NYC this month at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on December 20 (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space) with Zs and DJ Bubbles. If you haven't yet, you can read more about the future of Trans Pecos.
All dates are listed, along with the video, artwork and tracklist, below...
Fresh off their two Bushwick shows during CMJ, Arcade Fire did another event in NYC, appearing on The Colbert Report last night (10/21). They performed "Normal Person" and "Afterlife" from their upcoming album, Reflektor (due out 10/29 via Merge), and were also interviewed by Colbert. Videos of both songs and the interview below.
Arcade Fire's next scheduled event in NYC is the YouTube Awards, which takes place on November 3 at Pier 36 (and airs live on YouTube) with Eminem and Lady Gaga. Since we last spoke, M.I.A., Tyler the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt have all been added as well. Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts will host.
For M.I.A., the awards take place right in between her two Terminal 5 shows (11/1 & 11/4). Tickets for night 1 are still available. M.I.A. also just released a new song, "Y.A.L.A.," from her upcoming album, Matangi. You can stream that song, along with Arcade Fire's 'Colbert' videos, below...
Comedian, actor, and musician Reggie Watts is one of the busiest weirdos tearing up the comedy world right now. As one of the founding members of JASH, he's done social experiments testing if music can get you laid, start a party, get you high, and more. As the bandleader of IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!, he has provided the soundtrack to one of the best and most interesting phony talk shows on TV.
But he has just announced that he is headlining Irving Plaza on December 11, in what is apparently his last announced show of this year. (He likes to do unannounced shows, sometimes, though.) It's bound to be bizarre and wonderful, and I highly recommend seeing him live. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/13) at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Wednesday (9/11) at 10 AM, and Livenation and Music Geeks (password is "musicgeeks") presales starting Thursday (10/12) at noon.
All Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! and Reggie Watts solo tour dates are listed, along with a Comedy Bang Bang video with Aziz Ansari, below.
by Klaus Kinski
Listen; the concept of 'funny' is subjective and I am not here to tell you what to do or what to like; I am only here to guide you and simply make suggestions using my immense and throbbing sense of comedic taste. I'm no shill and will never steer you wrong. Ever. So when I say that the great Scott Aukerman is taking his show Comedy Bang! Bang! on the road for two weeks including TWO SHOWS at NYU's Skirball Center on Saturday October 12 and that you should make every effort to catch one of these shows, you better prick up your ears son because this is something abso-tutely not to be missed.
As far as comedians of my generation go, Scott Aukerman has some serious pedigree and is currently one of the most important figures in the comedy community. He fell taint-first onto my radar back when he was a writer and performer for Mr. Show with Bob and David. Since those glorious days, Aukerman has found success as a comedy writer, performer, producer, and maverick podcaster. Back in 2009, he took his, by that point, legendary live comedy show (that he started doing in 2002), Comedy Death Ray, to the airwaves on Los Angeles radio station Indie 103.1 before eventually moving over to the ole podcast medium. In May 2011 Aukerman renamed the show Comedy Bang Bang and just over a year later (June 8, 2012), IFC premiered the television series Comedy Bang! Bang! with Reggie Watts as co-host, house band, man of hair. And just so you know Aukerman is also 50% of the brains (alongside BJ Porter) behind the simply perfect Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.
The Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! tour will feature opening sets by The Birthday Boys, who are a Los Angeles comedy group whose new IFC sketch show will premiere this October, and the great, also legendary, and also ex-Mr.Show alum PAUL. F. TOMPKINS(!). Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! will feature a mix of live stand-up, character cameos, and improvisational games along with sneak peek clips from the series. Also, parts of each performance will be taped for Scott's popular Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. Also joining Scott will be a rotating cast of Comedy Bang! Bang! regulars. Contrary to what you might read online the NYU Skirball shows ARE NOT SOLD OUT! There are still some, though few, tickets left. Tickets for the 8pm show are here, and tickets for the 10:30pm show are here.
All dates are listed, along with video from Aukerman's Mr. Show days, below.
Wednesday night at The Bell House in Brooklyn, Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell hosted a comedy fundraiser for Dave Egger's nonprofit organization 826NYC (head there for more information and to donate). The co-hosts gave advice to audience members, collected donations for the organization, and told stories of police muggings in Mexico. Along with Mirman and Vowell were a handful of great stand-ups. Even though John Oliver cancelled due to a flight delay, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Kitson, and Reggie Watts still brought down the house.
Reggie played again last night - a sold out show at Mercury Lounge. How was that one?
Don't worry if you missed the shows though - Reggie Watts is playing a ton more this week and next in NYC and beyond. Currently in Chicago, Reggie is back in NYC on July 15 when you can catch him at that night's edition of Wyatt Cenac's weekly show Night Train at Littlefield. On Thursday, July 18, he's playing another weekly show, this time alongside Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Mike Drucker at UCBeast's Fresh Out!. On July 21 he has a spot on Laughter in the Park's Washington Square show.
Prefer the comfort of your own home? TONIGHT (July 12), Reggie returns to IFC along with Scott Aukerman for the second season of Comedy Bang! Bang!. Guests on this season include Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, and many more.
For more comedy shows, browse our NYC comedy listings.
Watch a recent interview with Reggie below....
Belle & Sebastian @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Over the last 15 years, Belle & Sebastian have transformed from a shy band to a well-honed group of entertainers (with a catalog of great songs) who really know how to work a large outtoor crowd like the one they'll be in front of tonight. With Yo La Tengo on the bill too, it's a killer night under the stars. Sold out.
Sly & Robbie @ Metrotech Commons & Irving Plaza
Arguably the most famous rhythm section in all of reggae, Sly & Robbie have provided backbone for Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru, Peter Tosh, and Serge Gainsbourg, to name just a few. They've played on more than 200,000 (!) songs since the '70s. They play a free show at noon as part of BAM's R&B Festival at MetroTech, and then headline Irving Plaza tonight (tickets).
Toro y Moi, Shlohmo, Jonwayne @ House of Vans
After punk-heavy kickoff event, House of Vans goes for the groove tonight with Toro y Moi, Shlohmo and Jonwayne. This free show is RSVP'd out. If you got an RSVP, get there early. And be prepared to sweat.
Generationals, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Waxahatchee @ Pier 84 (FREE)
The kickoff to this year's River Rocks series at Hudson River Park's Pier 84, headlined by New Orleans popsmiths Generationals. Get there early for Waxahatchee, though, too. 7 PM, free.
Mood Rings, Travis Bretzer @ Mercury Lounge
At their best (like single "The Line"), Atlanta's Mood Rings evoke the ethereal, sultry wonderland of late-'80s
Camp Bisco: Day 1 @ Indian Lookout Country Club
The jam/electronic festival has been expanding into other genres, and it's got a pretty awesome, diverse lineup this year. It kicks off today with sets from Squarepusher, Com Truise, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, and more.
Slingshot Dakota, Pet Symmetry, Timeshares, Turnip King @ Big Snow
Bethlehem, PA emo band Slingshot Dakota headlines a bill at Brooklyn DIY spot Big Snow tonight, and if you're going to that, Long Island indie rockers Turnip King are worth catching too.
Shugo Tokumaru, Mirah, OneOne (mem. of Deerhoof) @ Bowery Ballroom
Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru headlines Bowery Ballroom tonight, and there's also some pretty great support coming from Mirah and OneOne (aka Satomi from Deerhoof and Saya from Tenniscoats).
Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival @ Brookfield Place Plaza (FREE)
Though best known for their cover of "La Bamba," Los Lobos' have been making gritty latin-inflected rock for nearly 40 years. (1984's How Will the Wolf Survive? is a genuine classic.) They play tonight as part of the free, outdoor Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival which also includes Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo. 6 PM.
Reggie Watts, Shining Mirrors @ Mercury Lounge
You never really know what comedian/musician Reggie Watts has in store, so tonight's sold-out show at Mercury Lounge is sure to be an interesting one.
UCBComedy Spotify Session: Adam Newman @ UCB East
UCBComedy is now on Spotify with standup from awesome comedians. The sets are recorded at UCBeast every month and released exclusively to Spotify. This month's comedian is Adam Newman (John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show). And it's FREE.
The Armando Diaz Experience at The Magnet Theater
Straight out of Chicago, the Armando Diaz Experience features experienced improvisers creating scenes based on a monologist's stories. The featured monologist this week is comedian, writer, and actress Ophira Eisenberg (host of NPR's "Ask Me Another). Tickets are no longer available online, but stand-by is definitely a safe bet to get into this show.
For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
Savages @ MHOW in March (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Savages, Johnny Hostile @ Webster Hall
While they aren't the kind of band likely to ever pen a summer hit, London's Savages make a perfect soundtrack to a sweltering night in the city. Sold out, but you can still get tickets to their T5 show in September.
TEEN @ MoMa
MoMa's summer early evening series continues tonight with Brooklyn's TEEN. The show happens in the Sculpture Garden, but if it's raining the music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Doors at 5:30 PM and TEEN are on at 6:30 PM. Free with museum admission.
Andrew Cedermark, Liquor Store, Little Big League @ Shea Stadium
Once a Titus Andronicus member, but at this point probably more memorable for his own material, Andrew Cedermark is back with a new album, Home Life (stream it on NPR), and tonight he'll play a Brooklyn show at Shea Stadium with solid support coming from Liquor Store and Little Big League.
Jucifer, Vaporizer, Rozamov @ The Acheron
The towering wall of white cabinets will again appear at Acheron tonight, when the mighty Jucifer lays waste to the crowds with doom riff after vibrating doom riff. It's gonna hurt, but in the best way.
The Shrine, Dirty Fences, Hessian, Toaster @ The Grand Victory
SST style punk, thrash, riff-y stoner licks. What's not to like from The Shrine? And in Grand Victory... seems like a double win.
Get Involved, The Scandals, Descender & more @ Saint Vitus
Get Involved, the new post-hardcore supergroup with members of Thursday, Glassjaw, Judge, and more, play a Brooklyn show tonight at Saint Vitus. And if you're going, definitely catch worthy newcomers The Scandals, who sound a bit like a heavier Gaslight Anthem (who they play with soon).
Monkey: Journey to the West @ David H. Koch Theater
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales features acrobats, martial arts, and an array of contortionists. It made its NYC over the weekend and continues tonight.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
Preservation Hall Jazz Band continue their week-long run at McKittrick Hotel tonight.
Fuel, Hoobastank, LIT, Alien Ant Farm @ The Paramount
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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To help kick off the new season of Comedy Bang! Bang! premiering July 12 at 10pm, IFC.com released a new sneak peek from the returning companion web series "Reggie Makes Music." The newest webisodes feature various celebrity guests from Comedy Bang! Bang! creating impromptu and entertaining musical tunes accompanied by musical cohort, Reggie Watts. In the web series' return, Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) grabs the mic and sings a little ditty about two topics that have been troubling his mind -- women and dietary restrictions.Watch below...
by Klaus Kinski
826NYC is a nonprofit tutoring center dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, develop their writing skills in the realm of creative writing, expository writing and English as a Second Language. The 826NYC writing center provides free, daily, one-on-one tutoring sessions for students in need of after-school help. It also offers a free publishing resource to students, where volunteers are available to assist them in creating their own story collections, zines and other extracurricular student publications. In order for 826NYC to keep their vast array of programming free, they often throw insane comedy/music fundraisers in Brooklyn. 100% of the time the shows are more than worth the price of admission; but knowing your money is going to help childhood literacy makes dropping some coin on the event that much easier.
True to form, 826NYC has a fundraiser coming up on Wednesday July 10 at the Bell House featuring a pretty unbelievable line-up. The evening will be hosted by Sarah Vowell and Eugene Mirman and will feature sets by BV fave Reggie Watts, another BV fave Daniel Kitson(!), and more special guests (UPDATE: Mike Birbiglia and John Oliver added). If you haven't seen Daniel Kitson... my Cod... dude, he's the greatest. Quite simply, one of the most brilliant and talented comedians to come out of the UK ever. Not kidding. Tickets are a reasonable $40 and on sale NOW. Get em while they're hot, because this bad boy is going to sell right the F out.
Meanwhile Reggie Watts will perform at another benefit at the Bell House on Thursday (6/20) that's also with Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry, Max Silvestri, Sara Schaefer and Crappy Cinema Council duo Jim Vanblaricum & Jim Crocamo. This one benefits New York City Coalition Against Hunger's Craig Murphey Fellowship Fund. Tickets are $15 and still available.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bjork / Empire of the Sun @ Bonnaroo, 6/15/2013
There's no shortage of kooky costumed folk at Bonnaroo, but it's usually the antendees who are eccentrically attired. On Saturday (6/15), though, the main stage gave them a run for their money. Ever fashion forward, Bjork wore a headdress that either made her look like a dandelion or an extra from Hellraiser. (She wore it at the Hollywood Bowl too.) Australia's Empire of the Sun was a close runner up with their over-the-top headlining set that could've been from Flash Gordon. Mumford & Sons had to cancel (replaced by shoe-phobic folkie Jack Johnson), but Saturday also main stage sets from Billy Idol, R. Kelly, Nas, Cat Power, Matt & Kim, Portugal. The Man, The Lumineers and more. Pictures from those sets are in this post.
Elsewhere at Bonnaroo on Saturday, Mac DeMarco, JEFF the Brotherhood, Lord Huron and others on the smaller stages, a live episode of Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang Bang, and in the Cinema Tent, Police Academy's sound effects wiz Michael Winslow (who played with Animal Collective the night before) did a one man show.
by Klaus Kinski
I have got a WICKED soft-spot in my soul for the great Tenacious D. Back in the day when I was still a young pup exploring the world of comedy at large, a friend of mine gave me a VHS tape (recorded in EP mode) that featured David Cross' special The Pride is Back as well as every single episode of the HBO Tenacious D television series. I was familiar with Jack Black from other things, but this series blew my mind apart into about eighteen different piles of pinkish green sludge. To this day (and I have been and will continue to be raked over the coals for this analogy) I think Jack Black is a phenomenal singer who brings to mind someone like the great Mike Patton. Their zeal for the majesty of rock and the hilarious adventures he and the cherubic Kyle Gass got into made the series an instant fave of yours truly.
Over the years, The D has given us great music, great videos, great tours, and great laughs. But now, they are giving us the mother of all gifts: FESTIVAL SUPREME! Curated by (and featuring) Tenacious D, Festival Supreme is a one day comedy/music fest taking place on the Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday October 19, 2013. This rain-or-shine, nearly seven-hour event features a line-up that is so incredible that I had to read it like 7 times. Attendees will thrill to the comedy and music of Tim and Eric, The Mr. Show Experience(!), The Mighty Boosh, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler, The Gregory Brothers (aka the Autotune the News guys), Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress, Eric Idle, Fred Armisen, Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum), Will Forte, Demetri Martin, Dynasty Handbag, Reggie Watts, Beardyman, Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious, Garfunkel & Oates, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Neil Hamburger Band, The Abe Lincoln Story, Nancy and Beth (Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt), and, of-fuckin-course, Tenacious D. I've included the list below for those of you who see things better visually as a list.
Pre-sale tickets will be available on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 AM PST (password is SUPREME). Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am PST on Friday, June 14 at 10 AM PST. General admission tickets are $99 (plus fees), and VIP tickets are $250 (plus fees). VIP tickets include a VIP viewing platform of the main stage, VIP bar, access to golden toilets and special merchandise. Also, sorry kiddos, this is a 21+ event. HA! Grow up.
Preview video and line-up in list form is below.
Reggie Watts at Glasslands in January (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)
Comedian/musician Reggie Watts has some shows coming up this year including Bonnaroo, and he's got a couple in NYC too. First, he'll play the annual Bushwick Starr spring benefit this Sunday (6/9) (somewhere he's played before) with Maggie Robinson and The Mighty Third Rail. The show starts at 5 PM and Reggie's on at 8. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Later on in the summer, Reggie will play another NYC show at Mercury Lounge on July 11 with Shining Mirrors. Tickets for that show go on sale today (6/7) at noon.
Reggie also has some ongoing video series, including his "Adventures in Bonnaroo" series and "The Social Music Experiment." In the latest installment of the former, Reggie explores Bonnaroo's silent disco, and in the latest installment of the latter, Reggie asks the question, "Can Music Start a Party Anywhere?" Check out both videos, and Reggie's upcoming tour schedule below...
Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Lee Ranaldo Band, which features Lee along with his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel, are about to head to Spain and Portgual for a short tour this month, and upon returning to NYC they'll play a hometown show at Union Pool on April 28. Admission for that show is $12 at the door and openers TBA. They've got some other dates coming up this year too, all of which are listed below.
Meanwhile, Lee and Steve's past Sonic Youth cohort Thurston Moore is on tour with his band, Chelsea Light Moving, and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (4/5) at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Thurston also contributed to Joyful Noise's new "Cause & Effect" series, which pairs an influential solo musician with an artist they've influenced on a split 7" single. Thurston's 7" has a track by Talk Normal on the b-side. The series also includes Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh's Lou Barlow paired with Dumb Numbers and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow paired with Child Bite. You can stream the Thurston Moore/Talk Normal 7" at Pitchfork and listen to the other two below.
Thurston Moore and ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon (separately) are also set to play the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival in London which goes down from June 14-23 at the Southbank Centre. Other artists performing include Yoko Ono herself with the Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux (her first show in five years), Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Savages, Marianne Faithfull, Immortal Technique, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto, Sean Lennon with Cibo Matto, Boy George and more TBA. More info at the festival's website.
Meanwhile, you can catch Kim Gordon in NYC at the recently expanded "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets," which takes place during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1. Kim will be joined by Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and many more. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, along with the Joyful Noise 7" streams, below...