Entries tagged with: Samo Sound Boy
La Femme at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
La Femme, Ejecta, Charly Bliss, Tiny Leg @ Le Poisson Rouge
France's finest motorik synthy surf band return to NYC. La Femme are a lot of fun -- you might see crowd surfing atop a keyboard -- and the undercard, including Brooklyn synthpop act Ejecta, is well-chosen.
Flying Lotus, Thundercat @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Flying Lotus has always had a little jazz in his IDM, but he fully embraces the genre on the just-released You're Dead!. His bass wizard collaborator Thundercat opens and will presumably be joining FlyLo during his set too. Things should get wacky.
Gwar, Decapitated, American Sharks @ Starland Ballroom
As part of their quest to find missing leader Oderus, the galaxy's craziest band are in the NY area as part of their "Eternal Tour 2014" featuring new members Vulvatron and Blóthar. Expect typical Gwar mayhem. It's a killer evening all-around with Decapitated and beer-loving American Sharks opening. GWAR will be in NYC proper next month.
Connan Mockasin, Quilt, Weyes Blood, Tim Koh (DJ Set), Jesper Eklow @ Baby's All Right
Part Two of Mexican Summer's two-day celebration, tonight's sold-out show is pretty killer, with ethereal songstress Weyes Blood and terrific Boston band Quilt. Headliner Connan Mockasin is the wildcard, brining an anarchic glee to his live shows. Things could get nutty. Stick around later for a separate midnight set from "OctaHate" singer Ryn Weaver.
mewithoutyou, The Appleseed Cast, Hop Along @ Irving Plaza
This is an excellent triple bill, with Philly's mewithoutYou celebrating the 10th anniversary of their art rock/post-hardcore opus Catch For Us The Foxes, veteran emo-turned-post-rockers The Appleseed Cast, and one of Philly's best newer bands Hop Along.
Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous, Jhene Aiko, Redman, Method Man, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Warren G, Foxy Brown, Onyx, Jeremih @ Barclays Center (Def Jam 30th Anniversary)
Though Def Jam doesn't exactly have their heaviest hitters out to celebrate the label's 30th anniversary, there's still some cool stuff on this bill including a few veterans.
Rat Fist, Teenanger, The Abandos, Foster Care @ Death By Audio
Rat Fist is the new band of No Age guitarist Randy Randall and Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinnes, who make exactly the kind of racket you'd expect from a resume like that. Their first NYC show ever was this past June at DbA and tonight they return to the venue. Toronto's Teenanger, meanwhile, make sneering, searing garagepunk -- a good fit. As are the other openers (Foster Care are one of NYC's most underrated bands).
Elliott Sharp @ Issue Project Room
Tonight is the premiere of Port Bou, Elliot Sharp's new opera about the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin's life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France.
Il Sogno Del Marinaio (with Mike Watt), Gowanus @ Mercury Lounge
Mike Watt's a busy man, having been in Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges and more, and his current focus is his trio Il Sogno Del Marinaio with Italian musicians Stefano Pilia and Andrea Belfi.
Toddla T, Samo Sound Boy, Dre Skull, Jubilee @ Output
Samo Sound Boy's had a bit more success lately with his DJ Dodger Stadium duo with Jerome LOL, but tonight he's on his own to provide direct support to Ninja Tune's Toddla T for Output's weekly INPUT party.
The Twilight Sad, Christines @ Rough Trade
Scottish indie rockers The Twilight Sad reissued their 2007 debut Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters this year and tonight they'll be playing it in full live.
The Blues Magoos, The Cynz @ Bowery Electric
The Blues Magoos initially had a short career in the late '60s that produced a handful of influential psych/garage rock songs including their popular single "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" and their version of "Tobacco Road," which later appeared on the first Nuggets compilation. Now they've got a new album out and this is the release show.
Dope Body, Big Ups, Slonk Donkerson @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Between Dope Body and Big Ups, there will be no lack of very loud, very distorted guitars at the Studio at Webster Hall tonight. Dope Body do it again at Palisades tomorrow with Rat Fist.
Xylouris & White, Bo Ningen @ Union Pool
Tonight's headliners are the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, mixes Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings. Pretty interesting, as are openers Bo Ningen who are like a Chinese action fantasy as metal-prog band (but from Japan).
Cheap Girls, Beach Slang, Signals Midwest, Lee Corey Oswald @ Asbury Lanes
Cheap Girls and Beach Slang are a great double bill of two newer bands who likely would've been all over rock radio 20 years ago. The tour hit NYC earlier this week and now it's nearby in NJ.
Homeboy Sandman, ScienZe, Cavalier, I Am Many @ Glasslands
Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman put out his fifth album, Hallways, this past September via Stones Throw, and tonight's his first NYC show since its release.
Royal Blood, Kan Wakan @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
UK rock duo Royal Blood's self-titled debut is one of 12 records up for this year's prestigious Mercury Prize with some prognosticators saying it's one of the frontrunners. Kinda sounds like run-of-the-mill rock to us but maybe you wanna see what all the fuss is about anyway.
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Boys Noize w/ Skrillex at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
While the "Harlem Shake" meme has worn off, Baauer, the song's producer, is keeping at it. He recently dropped a new single, "Clang," which you can stream below. He's also going on a co-headlining tour with German party starter Boys Noize this fall. Before the tour fully starts though, the two DJs will hit NYC on Sunday, August 10 at Governors Island for an outdoor, all-day dance party that goes from 4 PM to midnight. Good openers on that show too, including Night Slugs' L-Vis 1990, a DJ set from rapper Le1f, one half of DJ Dodger Stadium, Samo Sound Boy, dance-rap partier and Boys Noize collaborator Spank Rock, and Pilo. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and include round-trip ferry transportation.
Show flyer, tour flyer, tour trailer, list of dates and song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy teamed up as DJ Dodger Stadium back in 2011 (maybe you caught them at last year's Warm Up), and earlier this month they put out their debut album, Friend of Mine, on LA label Body High. Musically speaking, the album pulls mostly from house, but not in the way Disclosure or their peers have reimagined thumping '90s dance pop, and definitely not in the way the EDM world has embraced the genre. It's an understated take on the types of tracks you'd hear in a Detroit or a Chicago or a NYC club in 1992, but it's fit for the current era where so much dance music has made its way from the club to a pair of headphones.
As much as the album makes you nod your head, the album makes you feel. Many of its songs repeat and toy with a single vocal loop for their entirety, and though that's not a new trend, there's a level of emotion here that makes it more similar to James Blake repeating "My brother and my sister don't speak to me, but I don't blame them" than Daft Punk repeating "Around the world." Album standout "Love Songs" begins with a warped vocal, "Lately I've been singing love songs to myself," that gets progressively clearer as the beat slides in, and by the end is a gorgeous choir. Like Blake's lyric, though it's just one phrase, it continues to take new shape and can be as effective as someone spilling their heart out over pages of lyrics. Watch the video for "Love Songs" with a stream of another album track below. Stream the whole LP on RDIO.
DJ Dodger Stadium will be in NYC TONIGHT (7/25) at Cameo Gallery to celebrate the new album with a release show that will have them playing a live set. Dubbel Dutch and Sage Caswell open. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only announced date at the moment.
Video and streams below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Disclosure @ Stubb's - 1/31/14
UK dance duo Disclosure recently brought their North American tour to NYC for a 3-night run at Terminal 5, and since then they played Fallon, released a song with Bishop Nehru, made a video for their version of "F For You" with Mary J. Blige (below), and continued on tour, hitting other cities like Austin this past Friday (1/31) at Stubb's. That show, like the rest of the tour, was opened by Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and LA producer Samo Sound Boy, and pictures of all three artists are in this post.
Disclosure also recently announced "WILD LIFE" shows for select US cities, which each include eclectic support coming from Joey Bada$$, Kaytranada, Claude Vonstroke, Bishop Nehru, and others. Other WILD LIFE shows TBA, but for now check out the details for Chicago and Berkley, CA. Their next NYC show is Governors Ball.
Updated dates are listed, with more pictures from Austin and the Mary J Blige video, below...
Disclosure w/ Sam Smith @ T5 1/17/2013
The UK brotherly duo Disclosure completed a sold-out, three night run at Terminal 5 this weekend, proving that, despite the fact that their critically-acclaimed debut album Settle clearly mines very British influences, their potential to grow here seems unlimited. Pictures from night 1 (Friday, 1/17) are in this post.
I attended Saturday night's show (1/18). Two young hip-hop artists, Bishop Nehru and Vic Mensa (along with Samo Sound Boy), opened the show, each utilizing just a DJ and their own energy to work the crowd. Nehru in particular was delightfully charismatic, reaching across the venue's security pit to touch the hands of fans throughout his set. While many of his songs relied on fairly generic, mid-tempo beats that could easily slide into a range of commercial playlists, his drawl-heavy lyrics were often entrancing and quick-witted. Mensa's set began shortly after Nehru finished, and he brought out a few hype-men who seemed both thrilled and anxious to be on stage in front of 3,000 people. Despite mentioning his hometown of Chicago several times, Mensa gave lots of endearing shout-outs to New York before ending his set rather abruptly and hightailing it off the stage.
Disclosure's dual tables full of gear and elaborate light setup came to life with a bright screen flashing their now-iconic face logo as the brothers unassumingly took the stage following a short break. The set began with a deep, ambient swell before launching into "F For You," which found Howard adding his own voice under a submerged and pitch-shifted vocal line. Both Howard and Guy sporadically supplemented their booming tracks with live keyboard playing and minimal yet tasteful percussion accents, but it's hard to overstate the importance of the band's elaborate, strobe-heavy light show. Despite the fact that Disclosure is now playing to festival-size crowds, neither brother seemed to be terribly confident on stage, and more, um, un-Settle-ing was the lack of interaction between Howard and Guy, as they rarely spoke or looked at each other.
While many of the songs didn't differ greatly from the recorded versions, Guy did trigger many of their signature vocal samples in new rhythms and arrangements. The set relied on a few tight, seamless transitions, making especially nice use of noise swells from a Korg Monotribe. "When a Fire Starts to Burn" got hands in the air, as did "You and Me." Despite lacking in spontaneity and interaction, much of the crowd was simply thrilled at the opportunity to witness Disclosure's undeniably well-written songs being pumped through Terminal 5's massive, bass-heavy sound system and it was clear that the duo's popularity is still on the rise.
All three nights, Sam Smith joined the band for the encore to sing on single "Latch" and they'll do it again tonight (1/20) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Sam will be back in NYC when his solo tour hits March 24 at Webster Hall and tickets for that show are still available.
More special guests: at Sunday's show (1/19) Mary J. Blige came out to provide vocals on "F for You" and video of that is below. Surprisingly, though Disclosure collaborators London Grammar were in town for their own shows right beforehand, they didn't perform with them.
In other news, Pitchfork reports that the Lawrence brothers spent some time in the studio with Q-Tip while here, so keep an eye out for that collaboration. Meanwhile, check out more pictures from Disclosure's first Terminal 5 show below...
Rodriguez at Beacon Theater in April (more by PSquared)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Junip, Dawn of Midi @ Le Poisson Rouge
In between weekends at Austin's ACL Music Festival, Swedish hushed folkmaster Jose Gonzalez and his band Junip have popped over to NYC for a welcome second visit this year. Sold out.
Samo Sound Boy, Jerome LOL, Jim-e Stack, DJ Pierre @ 285 Kent Avenue
LA producers Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL were last in NYC together with their collaborative project, DJ Dodger Stadium, but tonight they're back for solo sets. Joining them is A$AP Rocky remixer Jim-E Stack.
The Veldt, Heaven, Miracle Falls @ Cameo Gallery
Mixing swirling guitars, funky beats and soulful vocals, The Veldt stood out from their '90s shoegaze compatriots. After more than a decade away, the band returned in 2011 and have been going strong ever since. Part of the CBGB Festival.
Lutkie, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Painted Faces, GULL @ Death By Audio
Boston's psych-pop outfit Happy Jawbone Family Band are down for the Mexican Summer 5th Anniversary this weekend but have made time for this show as well.
Palma Violets, Spires, Young Boys @ Glasslands
Surprise! Palma Violets, who played Webster Hall last night, are sticking around NYC another day to play this sure-to-be wild show at Glasslands tonight. Spires and Young Boys open, with onetime Concteau Twin bassist Simon Raymonde spinning tunes in between.
Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club mix Phoenix-ish melodicism and the mathy angles of Foals for an easy-to-swallow pop pill.
Openers Peace owe more than a little to early-'90s Britpop. Update: Peace dropped off.
Yasunao Tone, Talibam! @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with original Fluxus member Yasunao Tone who lately has been working in harsh digital noise.
The Spits, Useless Eaters, Foster Care @ Knitting Factory
Practicing a mix of Ramones and Misfit-isms drenched in battery acid and too many downers, The Spits has quietly been ruling the punk underground for years. Don't miss Memphis' Useless Eaters who are pretty ferocious live and open the show. Both bands play tomorrow at Mercury Lounge.
Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, Tink, Total Freedom, Prince Will, Been Trill @ Output
This week's INPUT party is a Fade To Mind party with two Kelela collaborators Kingdom and Nguzunguzu.
Rodriguez @ Radio City Music Hall
One of the most remarkable second acts in recent memory continues with Rodriguez's return to NYC, this time playing one of Manhattan's toniest venues.
Obituary, Mutant Supremacy, White Widows Pact, Strong Intention @ Saint Vitus Bar
Long-running Florida death metal band Obituary are working on getting their ninth album out at some point soon, but before that they're on a tour which hits NYC for two nights at Saint Vitus this week. This is night 2.
LVL UP, Kal Marks, Palehound, Frankie Cosmos @ Shea Stadium
An all-around great lineup of DIY bands come together for this show at Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium. The lineup includes scrappy Built to Spill-esque rockers LVL UP, Boston's Modest-Mouse-meets-rage-rockers Kal Marks, and two artists that sound a little influenced by the anti-folk movement: Palehound and Frankie Cosmos.
The Ne're Do Wells, Eureka California, Week of Wonders, Lame Drivers @ Silent Barn
Seattle's Week of Wonders features Leif Anders, formerly of Orca Team, and make tropical indiepop. Also on the bill are Georgia band Eureka California -- they're both on the Happy Happy Birthday to Me label.
Jake Folgnest, Julie Klausner, Dave Hill @ The Bell House
Part of the CBGB Festival, this is a live taping of The Fogelnest Files podcast. Julie Klausner and Dave Hill bring the funny.
Cheetah Chrome, Lydia Lunch, Richard Lloyd, Sylvain Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, Andy Shernoff, Tuff Darts, Glen Matlock @ The Bowery Electric
This 'Carry On Band Series' show is one of the few shows at CBGB Festival that actually brings CBGB legends together (and lots of them for that matter). The lineup includes members of Television, Patti Smith Group, The Dictators, Dead Boys, and more.
AFI, Touche Amore, Coming @ Webster Hall
Post-hardcore greats Touche Amore just played a wild headlining show at 285 Kent last night in the midst of their tour opening for AFI. Tonight that tour resumes at Webster Hall, and is sold out.
Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg @ IHeartRadio Theater
Brit stars Emeli Sande and Jake Bugg (who'll be back in January) play this relatively tiny show tonight. You had to win tickets to go, but it will stream live at 7 PM EDT.
Blockhead, Little People @ Paper Box
Frequent Aesop Rock producer Blockhead headlines this Brooklyn show tonight.
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Disclosure at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
As discussed, UK dance duo Disclosure will be returning to North America on their 2014 winter tour which hits NYC on January 17 and 18 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, Disclosure have added a third date happening on January 19 at the same venue. Tickets for the 1/19 show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/25) at noon. Tickets for the 1/17 are still available (same link), but the 1/18 show is sold out. All three shows, and much of the tour, are being opened by Vic Mensa and Samo Sound Boy. Updated dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Disclosure have been doing some recording sessions with Nile Rodgers (of Chic and the new Daft Punk album), like Nile announced they would be earlier this year. And Nile will be in NYC this week for a couple events with Q-Tip.
First, Nile (performance) and Q-Tip (DJ) will be at Cipriani's 42nd St. on Wednesday (9/25) for a benefit for the We Are Family Foundation co-presented by luxury watchmaker Girard-Perregaux. That same night, there will be an auction and Giard-Perregaux will present two special edition watches. More info here.
Then, for something less fancy, Nile will join Q-Tip at his weekly #Offline DJ night at Output (9/25) later that night (10 PM). The night is billed as "A night celebrating the music of Nile Rodgers - w/ guest of honor Nile Rodgers" and DJ Spinna is on the bill too. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Updated Disclosure dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Disclosure at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
Dance duo of the year Disclosure (sorry Daft Punk), who are still riding high off their Mercury Prize-nominated LP Settle and have done a ton of touring that saw them in increasingly large venues like Central Park, have just announced another tour. The new dates go into 2014 and see the band returning to NYC on January 17 and 18 at Terminal 5. Both of those shows, and other North American dates, are being opened by Vic Mensa and Samo Sound Boy. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with with a new 360 degree video from their Central Park show, below...
DOWNLOAD: DJ Dodger Stadium - Warm Up/FADER Mix (MP3)
This weekend, NYC label True Panther will be throwing a party on Rockaway Beach at the Playland Motel on Sunday. It features DJ sets by UK producer Hyetal, Brooklyn synth popsters Lemonade, Paris' 2 Chenz, Van Rivers, Cool Places Soundsystem, and "some very very special guests." It runs from 4PM to 2AM and it's totally free. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Hyetal is in town this weekend for his previously discussed appearances at Glasslands on Friday (8/9 with Braille (of Sepalcure), Jim-E Stack, and DJ True Panther (tickets) and Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (10/10) with his Velour collaborator Julio Bashmore, Detroit techno vets Octave One, and a collaboration from Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy under the name DJ Dodger Stadium (tickets).
DJ Dodger Stadium made this week's Warm Up/FADER Mix, and you download that above, or stream it below.
Meanwhile, Julio Bashmore got to NYC a little earlier in the week to open for fellow Jessie Ware collaborators Disclosure at their Central Park show with TNGHT. At that show, Sam Smith joined Disclosure on stage for "Latch," and he plays his own NYC show TONIGHT (8/8) at Mercury Lounge (sold out). Support at the show comes from Lawrence Rothman, who we also just caught at Glasslands last night (8/7).
Flyer and Warm Up mix below...
Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)
Holy Ship!!! is returning in 2014 for its third year (hence the three exclamation points) and will set sail off the coast of Miami on January 9, 2014, returning on January 12. Artists playing this year include Pharrell, Disclosure (DJ), Diplo, A-Trak, Baauer, Flume, RL Grime, Flosstradamus, Just Blaze, Ryan Hemsworth, Jerome LOL, Shlohmo (DJ), and more. Tickets for the cruise are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bristol, UK house producer Julio Bashmore has released some singles and EPs over the past few years, like "Au Seve," the first release on his own Boardwalk label, and earlier this year he provided the dancefloor-ready beat to Jessie Ware's "Imagine It Was Us" single (and some of her Devotion LP). He also released a collaborative single with Kowton called "Mirror Song" this month via Boardwalk, which was backed by Kowton's new track, "And What?." You can check out the video for "Mirror Song" and a stream of "And What?" below.
Julio is set to come to North America for a tour here this August. That tour includes his opening slot at the previously discussed Disclosure/TNGHT co-headlining show at Central Park Summerstage on August 6 (tickets), and his appearance at the just-announced Warm Up summer series at MoMA PS1. Julio plays Warm Up on August 10 with Detroit techno vets Octave One (live), Hyetal, and DJ Dodger Stadium (aka Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy). Tickets for all Warm Up shows go on sale June 5 at noon.
Hyetal, who also hails from Bristol, makes UK-style dubstep under his own name, and is also part of the duo Velour with Julio Bashmore. Earlier this year, Velour released the dancey single "Speedway" b/w "Dial," which you can stream both tracks from below. Hyetal's new solo album, Modern Worship, comes out on June 4 via True Panther, and you can stream two tracks from that album below too. His appearance at Warm Up is his only currently announced North American date.
All Julio Bashmore dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and streams/videos, below...
he MDBP 2013 artist Lineups and official event trailer are live! We're rolling through 13 cities this year featuring Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis and RIFF RAFF on select dates + More. Starting July 19th in Calgary and ending September 15th in San Diego, 2013's Mad Decent Block Party will be setting off on its largest festival undertaking to date, bringing a full day of musical performances and tons of fun on-site activitiesLineups and video below...
A limited number of Fanclub tickets go on sale tomorrow, which will also come with a FREE 30 day premium Mad Decent membership to their subscription service at https://drip.fm/mad-decent/. General tickets go on sale Friday & Saturday, VIP will also be offered at that time.
Ryan Hemsworth (photo by Sean Berrigan)
Hip hop producer Ryan Hemsworth has made beats for Squadda B, Deniro Farrar, and Shady Blaze, and done a number of remixes in addition to releasing his own material, like 2012's Last Words EP. Just last week he dropped the song "BasedWorld" (which you can stream below) and today he resurfaced with another new track, "An Overture Might Help Me Stop Thinking About You," which he is contributing to LA electronic label Friends of Friends' new compilation, Show Me the Future, which is due out on January 15. You can stream Ryan's contribution to the compilation and find more details about it below.
As briefly mentioned, Ryan Hemsworth was added to the Daedelus and Salva tour, along with Samo Sound Boy, which hits NYC on March 2 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are still available. An updated list of dates is below.
In related news, Octo Octa is also contributing the song "Smooth West" to the Friends of Friends compilation and he has an upcoming NYC show as well. He plays 285 Kent on March 2 with Magic Touch and Pharoahs. Admission is $10 at the door. Octo Octa also recently revealed a new track called "So Lux," which you can stream below.
All streams and a list of all Ryan Hemsworth dates are below...
Tickets for the Metal Alliance tour with Anthrax, High on Fire, Exodus, Municipal Waste, and Holy Grail, which hits NYC on April 20 at Irving Plaza, go on sale January 11. VIP Tickets are on sale now.
Tickets for the Tibet House 23rd Annual Benefit Concert with Philip Glass, Jim James, tUnE-yArDs, Rahzel, Patti Smith with Jessie Smith, and more TBA are on sale now. Special packages that include a dinner reception with the performers are available via Tibet House US.
Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.
One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.
Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing email@example.com.
Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.
Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.
Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.
Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.
Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.
Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.
If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.
For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.
Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit, plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.
Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).
Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).
The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.
My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.
To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.
Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.
What did we miss?
Merchandise at Mousetrap in Chicago, April 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
You may have noticed the announcements of CMJ artists trickling out as of late (like Sub Pop's lineup), but now comes the official word from the fest on another batch of bands. Highilights include AraabMUZIK, UK acts Savages and Everything Eveything, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cities Aviv, Ken Mode (playing with Pig Destroyer), Daughn Gibson (playing with Pissed Jeans), Local H, Slug Guts, Dune Rats, Royal Canoe, and Sleepies among many many others. A full listing of the second round of CMJ artists is below.
One of said surprises is Merchandise, who plays NYC tonight at WIERD (9/12). The show is first of THREE NYC dates for the band, who will also play 538 Johnson tomorrow (9/13) before hitting Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14, tickets).
A list of the second round of CMJ artists is below, along with updated Merchandise dates and a recent video.