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Superhuman Happiness

Brooklyn polyrhythmic pop collective Superhuman Happiness will release their new album Escape Velocity on September 18 via Royal Potato Family (pre-order). The new album features contributions from Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, who band leader Stuart Bogie has worked with when playing with Arcade Fire, and Grateful Dead family associate Joe Russo. The album includes seven songs, four of which you can stream now: "Middle Ground," "Super 8," "Catch A Break," and the brand new "Drawing Lines," which premieres in this post.

The band also has upcoming shows, including a release party in their hometown on September 19 at Knitting Factory with People's Champs, Teeel and Invisible Familiars. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

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photo: Body Language at Afropunk 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Body Language

A new FREE Tuesday evening concert series is coming to NYC starting tonight (6/2) and running through the end of June called Summer Sessions. It takes place at the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street) with a DJ at 5 PM and live music starting at 6:30 PM. Here's the lineup for the series:

June 2: Body Language (UPDATE: Body Language is cancelled)
June 9: Margaret Glaspy
June 16: Banda Magda
June 23: Julia Easterlin
June 30: Superhuman Happiness
Once again, it's totally free. No RSVP required. Brookfield Place is also home to the massive new fancy foodie destination Le District (kind of the Eataly of French cuisine) and gourmet food court Hudson Eats. Check out the Summer Sessions website for more.

photo: Waxahatchee at FYF 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

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

Waxahatchee, Girlpool, The Goodbye Party @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Waxahatchee's new album, Ivy Tripp, takes Katie Crutchfield into bigger-sounding territory than ever before, and appropriately she has a 5-piece band with her for this tour. Good openers tonight too.

The Mountain Goats, Ides of Gemini Holy Sons @ Webster Hall
The Mountain Goats' new album is lyrically centered on professional wrestling, but whether you're a wrestling fan or not, it still has all the traits that make a good Mountain Goats album. Tonight's their first of three NYC shows on their tour with doom trio Ides of Gemini. UPDATE: Ides of Gemini dropped off due to injury, but Emil Amos' band Holy Sons are playing instead.

The Sonics, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages @ The Wonder Bar
Seattle garage punk progenitors The Sonics just released their first new album in almost 50 years and has them pretty much picking up where they left off. This show was moved from Stone Pony.

Flowers of Evil, OCDPP (w/ Cassie Ramone, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls + OJ Xray Eyeballs), Dark Tunnels @ Elvis Guesthouse
Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls plays drums in OCDPP, taking a literal backseat to Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls, The Babies) and OJ of Xray Eyeballs. This is their first show, will be interesting to see what they're like. Dee Dee's husband, Brandon (also of Crocodiles) is in the UK-punk-inspired Flowers of Evil.

Empire Records 20th anniversary celebration (aka Rex Manning Day) @ Rough Trade
For the 20th anniversary of beloved '90s movie Empire Records, Williamsburg record store/music venue Rough Trade NYC will turn into the Empire Records store from the movie for three days (this being the first). It's an immersive experience, which includes a Rex Manning autograph, a head-shaving station, live bands and a DJ each night (tonight it's Charly Bliss, Locksley, The Falling Birds, and DJ LEAHV), a screening of the film, and more. And perhaps most excitingly, GWAR (who make a cameo in the film) will appear at all three nights. All are sold out.

Big Business, Ruby the Hatchet, Wild Pink @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Stoner rockers Big Business are playing some smaller headlining shows ahead of their tour supporting Mastodon and Clutch, one of which is tonight. Retro riffers Ruby the Hatchet are worth catching too.

Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock @ Carnegie Hall
Two jazz fusion icons team up tonight for a very special evening of music.

Erol Alkan @ Verboten
Producer, remixer, one-half of prog-dance duo Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve, and Todd Rundgren collaborator Erol Alkan has impeccable taste and impressive DJ skills.

Turbo Fruits, Big Ups, Boytoy @ Baby's All Right
Nashville's Turbo Fruits, who specialize in garage-pop rippers, will release their new album in a couple weeks...but you might be able to score it tonight early.

Superhuman Happiness @ BRIC House
Highly rhythmic Brooklyn collective Superhuman Happiness make quirky indiepop with an emphasis on groove. They play Brooklyn Bowl on Friday as well.

Annie Mac, Redlight @ Output
BBC Radio 1's undisputed queen of dance music, Annie Mac plays NYC tonight, before spinning at Coachella this weekend.

SALES, Surrender The Spirit @ Mercury Lounge
SALES make a mix of electronic pop and lo-fi DIY rock. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on this tour.

Tica Douglas, Anamai, Eartheater, Vagabon @ Shea Stadium
It's the release party for folk-pop Brooklyn songwriter Tica Douglas, and also features Anamai (aka Anna Mayberry of Toronto sludge punks HSY), Eartheater (aka Alexandra Drewchin of Brooklyn experimentalists Guardian Alien), and local indie rockers Vagabon.

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

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Stop & Frisk / UNICORN CHOICE @ 2013 Rock Lottery

The 2013 edition of the annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/7) at Knitting Factory where members of various local bands -- including Walter Schreifels, "Delicate" Steve Marion, and Maria Minerva -- were thrown together randomly to form new groups, and then write and perfors new songs all in the course of 12 hours. Proceeds went to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education.

The bands met at 10 AM and were divvied up as follows:

Stop & Frisk: Maria Minerva, Jeff Curtin (Small Black), Steve Myers (The Afghan Whigs / Mighty Fine), Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box / Slavic Soul Party / Barbez), Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft)

Black Purple: Zach Jaeger (Chron Turbine), Awkwafina, Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls / Violent Femmes), Stephen Brodsky (Cave In / Mutoid Man), Deron Pulley (Les Bonhommes)

UNICORN CHOICE: Andrew Keoghan (Lawrence Arabia / Lips), Christopher Todd (Sannhet), Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand / Rival Schools)

U.W.I: James Canty (The Make-Up / Ted Leo / Nation of Ulysses), Angus Tarnawsky (Apache Beat / Devin / Ef Es VII/2), John Stanesco (Friend Roulette), Corey Zaloom (Riverwild), Oliver Ackerman (A Place To Bury Strangers)

HXMXN PXXPLX: (L to R): William Kuehn (Rainer Maria / Shining Mirrors / The Prosaics), Alyson Greenfield, Christian Owens (Bad Girlfriend), Stuart Bogie (Superhuman Happiness / Antibalas / Fela! The Musical), Hanoi Jane (Onieda)

In addition to original songs, the bands threw in some covers as well. Stop & Frisk covered Prince's "Darling Nikki" and Black Purple covered the Beastie Boys "Sabotage." Pictures from the 2014 Rock Lottery are in this post.

More below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

"Hardcore Lørd" at Brooklyn Rock Lottery 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The fourth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery, which happens on 12/7 at Knitting Factory and randomly puts various members of different bands into new bands for just that day, has expanded upon the previously announced list of participants. Lineup additions include members of Quicksand, Afghan Whigs, DIIV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dresden Dolls, Antibalas, Sannhet and more. There's still five more artists TBA and one "Very Special Guest," who, like everyone else, will be suject to the following:

The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
Previously announced participants include members of The Make-Up/Nation of Ulysses, Cave In, Oneida, Rainer Maria, and more. Full lineup, as it currently stands, below.

Tickets for the Rock Lottery are on sale now, and all proceeds go to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education. There will also be a raffle at the Rock Lottery giving away some not-too-shabby swag including first class tickets from Delta and badges to next year's Northside Festival. Check out pics & a recap from last year's Rock Lottery. A video of last year's (via Animal) below.

As discussed, Sannhet, whose drummer Christopher Todd is participating in this year's Rock Lottery, just put out a new EP titled Lions Eye. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below.

A Place to Bury Strangers's Oliver Ackerman is also participating, and as discussed, his band is scheduled to play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, November 29 with Dawn of Midi, Pontiak and Woodsman, so check that out if you want to get your grub on and catch a free show or if you need an activity to get you out of your Thanksgiving food coma.

Check out the list of participants, video from last year's Rock Lottery, and Sannhet EP stream, below...

Continue reading "members of Quicksand, Afghan Whigs, DIIV, APTBS, Dresden Dolls, Sannhet & more added to Brooklyn Rock Lottery"

photos by David Andrako

'Red Hot & Fela' @ Damrosch Park, 7/24/2013
Lincoln Center - 7/24/2013

Kronos Quartet isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when the Nigerian bandleader Fela Anikulapo Kuti is mentioned. Afrobeat, funk, protest, defiance and dancing are a lot closer to the top of the list. Afrobeat, the style Fela (who died in 1997) forged from James Brown's funk, 1960s jazz, African drumming and finger-pointing lyrics about exploitation and corruption, was music for dancing all night in steamy clubs; it was far from the realm of the string quartet. So "Red Hot + Fela," at Damrosch Park on Wednesday night, made an unlikely starting point for Kronos at 40, five days of free concerts at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival celebrating the determined eclecticism of the Kronos Quartet over four decades. - [NY Times]
The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival kicked off Wednesday night (7/24) with the first installment of Kronos at 40, a tribute to Fela Kuti featuring Superhuman Happiness, Mickey Hart, Sinkane, Alex Toth, Fela's drummer and afrobeat legend Tony Allen and more. Pictures from Red Hot + Fela Live are in this post.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Kronos at 40 continues tonight (7/26) with "Romance of the Iron Bow" at Hearst Plaza (6 PM); Magda Giannikou performs at Josie Robertson Plaza (7 PM); and Kronos Quartet with special guests Magda Giannikou and Vân-Ánh Võ, as well as The Gloaming (which features Thomas Bartlet aka Doveman) are at Damrosch Park Bandshell (7:30 PM).

Lincoln Center Out of Doors runs through August 11. More pictures from Red Hot + Fela Live and its complete setlist, below.

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Kronos Quartet / Superhuman Happiness
Kronos Quartet
Superhuman Happiness

The free 2013 Lincoln Center Out of Doors season is beginning at Damrosch Park this Wednesday (7/24) with "KRONOS at 40," a "festival within a festival" that includes the Kronos Quartet performing a number of works with many different special guests. The first show in the series is Red Hot + FELA LIVE!, a concert in honor of Fela Kuti that also features Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness with Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Kyp Malone (TVOTR), Sinkane, Baloji, Abena Koomson, Sahr Nguajah, and Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket). At this show, Superhuman Happiness will be premiering their score to How to Survive a Plague.

UPDATE: Both TVOTR members actually dropped off a while ago, but Bajah, M1 (of Dead Prez), and Alex Toth (of Rubblebucket) have since been added to the lineup. To be more exact it now looks like this:

7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! (World premiere)
featuring Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness
with Baloji, Abena Koomson, Kronos Quartet, M1 (of dead prez), Sahr Ngaujah,
Sinkane, and Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver (of Rubblebucket)
Musical Director: Stuart Bogie
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! is produced with Anthony Demby and Paul Heck for the Red Hot Organization.

Superhuman Happiness: Music from How to Survive a Plague (World premiere concert version)
Composed by Luke O'Malley and Stuart Bogie

Also at that show, Lincoln Center will be launching their new video portal, which will stream Lincoln Center events live online, in addition to interviews, bonus performance content, and more. The shows will stream directly through LincolnCenter.org/watch, and Wednesday's Red Hot + FELA LIVE! show will also be streaming right here on BrooklynVegan. Join us and use the hashtag #LCStream if you're tweeting while you're watching.

Check out the full lineup for this year's free Lincoln Center Out of Doors series for more shows and information

Delicate Steve @ T5, 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Delicate Steve

As mentioned, Delicate Steve is playing shows this summer, including Glasslands on September 6 (tickets). If you'd like to see him before that and not have to pay to get in, Delicate Steve is playing a free show at Mercury Lounge on June 22 with Superhuman Happiness. The only way to RSVP is via the Thrillcall mobile app which is available on iPhone/iPad, Google, and Android devices. RSVP on the app will open on Wednesday (6/12).

Delicate Steve has also added a bunch more dates since we last posted about him and all are listed below...

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superhuman happiness

Highly rhythmic Brooklyn collective Superhuman Happiness released their new album, Hands, a couple weeks ago. You can stream the whole thing at their SoundCloud. The group -- which features members of Antibalas, Iron & Wine, The Phenomenal Handclap Band and others -- just released the video for "Sentimental Pieces" which was directed by bandleader Stuart Bogie. We've got its premiere below.

If you want to see them live, Superhuman Happiness are playing NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on March 29 with EMEFE and Live Footage. Tickets to that show are still available.

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Sinkane w/ Yeasayer at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Yeasayer drummer Sinkane will be holding a residency at Brooklyn venue Zebulon (258 Wythe Ave) every Monday in August with different special guests each night. The residency kicks off this Monday (8/6) with Rakete (Akwetey of Dragons of Zynth) and DJ Ryan Rasheed. It continues on 8/13 with St. Claire and Cooper Format, 8/20 with Superhuman Happiness and Mrs. Adam Schatz, and 8/27 with Miho Hatori's (of Cibo Matto) other band New Optimism and Chandeliers. The flier for the residency is below.

Sinkane will also support Ava Luna at Mercury Lounge on August 11 and The Very Best at Irving Plaza on August 13.

In related news, tickets for Yeasayer's intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg show (8/15) with Daedelus go on sale today (8/3) at noon. Tickets will probably sell out but if you miss out on picking yours up, the show will stream live at the Bowery Presents YouTube channel.

You also may remember that Yeasayer launched a scavenger hunt of YouTube streams of every song on their new album, Fragrant World (due out 8/21 via Secretly Canadian), this week. All of those videos have since surfaced and will continue to be available until 8 PM EST today (8/3) so watch them while you can. All videos, a list of all upcoming Sinkane dates and the flier for his residency are below.

Continue reading "Sinkane has a residency at Zebulon (dates); tix on sale for Yeasayer's MHOW show"

Fergus & Geronimo at BV-SXSW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fergus & Geronimo

Happy New Year's Eve Eve! We've already given you a list of concerts and parties happening tomorrow and followed that with even more things to do. Some are already sold out (like 285 Kent and Glasslands). Some still have tickets (like Deer Tick). Here we are yet again with some more options.

Fergus & Geronimo are playing The Gutter (12/31) in Brooklyn with NT, My Teenage Stride, and The City Streets. Fergus will reportedly be "headlining at midnight" and "debuting tons of songs from their FUNKY new album." Brooklyn's NT are working on a new record and they've got a new song from it up for free download on bandcamp called "Reflection."

Superhuman Happiness are DJing at Union Pool (12/31) with DJ Partypants and visuals by BAMiAM.tv. As Superhuman Happiness point out on facebook, this is a DJ set and will be a very different show than their live set at Cake Shop TONIGHT (12/30). Tonight's post-Phish late show is a Dog Gone Blog presented show that features special guest Colin Stetson and DJ sets by Dog Gone Blog, Unicorn Pudding, and like tomorrow's Union Pool show, visuals by BAMiAM.tv.

Dance & Hip Hop DJ collective The Rub is throwing a New Year's Eve party at Southpaw (12/31) with DJ Ayres, Cosmo Baker, DJ Eleven, and special guest DJ Moma. Tickets are still available.

Rub associate Nick Catchdubs is also DJing a New Year's Eve event in Brooklyn, at the Built by MeanRed party at Loreley (12/31) with Jubilee and a surprise guest. Tickets are available.

The Rub will also DJ at Brooklyn Bowl on January 15 for The Freedom Party vs. The Rub. Tickets are on sale.

One more NYE option is Murray Hill's New Year's Eve Extravaganza at Knitting Factory with Dirty Martini, Bridget Everett, Angie Pontani, Neal Medlyn, Trixie Little & Evil Hate Monkey, Amber Martin, and DJ Sirlinda. More expensive VIP tickets are sold out but $45 general admission tickets are still available.

Fliers below...

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photos by David Andrako

Prospect Park Bandshell Saturday night
The London Souls
The London Souls

The Heavy, The London Souls and Superhuman Happiness played the free Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on Saturday night (6/25). Pictures are in this post.

How many neo-soul fans were able to catch both the earlier Fitz & the Tantrums/Lee Fields show in Central Park and this one later all the way in Park Slope? How many afrobeat fans caught Superhuman Happiness in Prospect Park on Saturday and are continuing the weekend with Zongo Junction and Turkuaz @ Brooklyn Bowl tonight?

A set of pictures from Prospect Park show continues below...

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photos by David Andrako


Beirut's upcoming shows include Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and a Northside Festival show in McCarren Park with Sharon Van Etten. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still on sale. Beirut's recent performances include a big, public, sold out one at the Wellmont Theater in NJ, and a very small, private one in Stratosphere Sound Recording Studio.

Before any of those, back on March 27th, Beirut played three songs at a Brooklyn loft party in celebration of the new Red Hot Tropicália tribute CD, Red Hot + Rio 2, that we discussed HERE and HERE. Like Beirut, Superhuman Happiness, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Brazilian Girls, and Forro In The Dark, all have songs on the forthcoming Red Hot charity comp, and each of those bands performed the song they have on the CD (and actually, they each performed their song more than once, as the performances were being filmed to help promote the release, and they wanted the videos to be good). The setlist and more pictures from the party, below...

Continue reading "Beirut played a 'Red Hot' loft in March too, w/ Superhuman Happiness, Phenomenal Handclap Band & more (pics) "

The National show in Prospect Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We already knew that 'Celebrate Brooklyn' is hosting an impressive lineup of ticketed Prospect Park Bandshell shows this summer: The Decemberists, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver & Cut Copy. And we knew that the 33rd annual series of free shows would start with an Andrew Bird show on June 10th, and that BRIC is also hosting three free 'dance parties' in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer too.

Now the entire 2011 lineup of "24 free performances, including 20 music concerts, two dance performances, two film screenings with live music, and a family concert" is here! You can check it all out (The Feelies, Real Estate, The Books, Junip, Doveman, Justin Townes Earle, Punch Brothers, Raekwon, Oumou Sangaré, Times New Viking, Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve, Buke & Gass and Hal Willner included), below...

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sometimes Superhuman Happiness dresses up
Superhuman Happiness

Superhuman Happiness, the afro-funk outfit headed by Antibalas's Stuart Bogie, kicks off a weekly Monday residency at Coco 66 tonight (10/4). The regular shows will have guests - some confirmed on the venue's website are Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on October 11th, comedian Matt Higgins on October 18th, and Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery on November 1st.

The Coco 66 show tonight (10/4) will be after (presumably) the free "Music of Fela!" concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 at 6:30pm (that's cause trumpeter Eric Biondo, Stuart and others play in both bands).

A video of Matt Higgins improvising with Stuart Bogie and drummer Miles Arntzen and Stuart Bogie's Superhuman Happiness at Public Assembly in 2009 are below...

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Kniting Factory Records, in the process of reissuing all of Fela Kuti's catalog, is hosting at re-release party for 7 CDs (that contain 14 albums) that they're calling "Na Poi" releases (named after his '72 LP/song) tonight (5/10) at Knitting Factory. It's free and there will be music from the Fela Un-Dustrial Complex DJs.

Other upcoming Fela-related events include the after-party for this year's Obie Awards, which will have Antibalas playing a set at Webster Hall on Monday, May 17th. Tickets are on sale. Fela!, which won an Obie for its Off Broadway run, is nominated for 11 Tony awards this year.

Between those, Antibalas & Fela! band member Stuart Bogie plays with his group Superhuman Happiness at Pianos on Friday May 14th.

And don't forget about Antibalas for free in Battery Park, Femi Kuti at Lincoln Center, and Fela drummer Tony Allen at BAM Metrotech and Stuy Town Oval this summer.

Videos are below...

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