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photo: Thurston Moore at Modern Sky Festival 2015 (more by P Squared)

Thurston Moore, who currently lives in the UK, has a few shows in the US coming up. He'll perform at Austin's Levitation fest on April 30, and right before that he'll stop in NYC for a show at Rough Trade on April 28. Tickets for that go on sale Friday (2/12) at noon.

Before those dates, The Thurston Moore Group will play the Fountain Square Music Festival which happens in Indianapolis, IN on March 25 & 26. Andrew WK, Kimya Dawson, Surfer Blood, Jad Fair and more also play. Tickets are on sale and full FSMF lineup is below.

It's unclear if these dates are part of a full tour or not. Stay tuned. Check out a live Thurston Moore performance on KEXP, along with those dates below.

Continue reading "Thurston Moore playing NYC before Levitation ++ other dates"

photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.

In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.

Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.

Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.

Details on the songs being auctioned below...

Continue reading "Martin Courtney, Steve Gunn & more added to Alex Bleeker's NYC show; bands raising money for Surfer Blood guitarist"

photo: Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Patti Smith

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

Patti Smith & Her Band @ Beacon Theater
It's been 40 years since Patti Smith's still-fantastic and highly influential debut Horses came out. She played it in full in Europe earlier this year, and now she'll do the same in her hometown of NYC.

The Charlatans, Eyelids, Dinowalrus @ Webster Hall
While most of their Madchester brethren are but a memory (or doing nostalgia tours) The Charlatans have kept going though triumph and a couple tragedies and have an amazingly consistent discography, including this year's Modern Nature.

NY Comedy Festival
It's the start of this year's NY Comedy Fest with shows all over the city. Tonight's big show is the annual Stand Up for Heroes show at Madison Square Garden with Chris Botti, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Ray Romano, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and Surprise Guests.

Natalie Prass, Loamlands @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Natalie Prass (once a member of Jenny Lewis' touring band) is young but her music seemingly comes from a different era, recalling Dusty Springfield or even pre-rock pop.

Surfer Blood, Ski Lodge @ Rough Trade
Like JEFF the Brotherhood, Surfer Blood quickly followed indie success with signing to Warner Brothers, only to find it not such a good fit and back on their own. Their Joyful Noise-released new album, 1000 Palms, came out earlier this year.

Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Icewater @ Union Pool
With a new label and a New View (her first LP for Frenchkiss, due in February), Eleanor Friedberger is playing two small NYC shows this week to give folks a taste of what's to come. Tonight's the first.

The Britanys, Acid Dad, Triathlon, Tall Juan @ Baby's All Right
It's a night of fuzzy psych-pop headlined by Brooklyn quartet The Britnays who bring powerpop smarts to their low-fi sound.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick.

Baby Spiders, Revel Switch, Rich Meyer @ The Grand Victory
Tony Zajkowski and Rob Youngberg were both members of '90s-era NYC indie rock band Lotion and are now 2/3rds of Baby Spiders, who are big riff rock a la Thin Lizzy.

Buddy Guy @ B.B. King's
Born in Louisiana but schooled on Chicago Blues as part of Muddy Waters' band in the '60s, where he was also a house musician for Chess Records. A true legend.

Toadies @ City Winery
Alt-rock vets Toadies released a new album this year called Heretics, which included acoustic re-workings of old songs, a cover, and two new songs. Their tour in support of that hits NYC tonight.

Fred Thomas, Bonny Doon, Mighty Clouds @ Elvis Guesthouse
Saturday Looks Good To Me frontman Fred Thomas put out a new solo album this year, All Are Saved, which has him working in a stripped-down, highly lyrical style. It's good stuff.

Minus the Bear, Murder By Death, Aero Flynn @ Irving Plaza
Minus the Bear have been loving the 10-year anniversary tours lately. They already did Highly Refined Pirates and Beer Commercials, and now they're doing 2005's Menos El Oso. That album lives up quite well today, so tonight should be a fun show.

Bombers, Malthusian, Blood Tsunami, Studfaust, Bell Witch, Luminous Vault @ Saint Vitus (Martyrdoom)
It's the final day of the Martyrdoom festival at Saint Vitus, and among the lineup is Seattle doomers Bell Witch whose Four Phantoms is one of the better albums in that realm released this year.

Marina & the Diamonds, Christine and the Queens @ Terminal 5
It's a double dose of synthpop and "and the"'s at Terminal 5 tonight. We especially think it's worth showing up early for Christine and the Queens, whose new album (which features Perfume Genius) is very good.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Ghostface Killah and DOOM have released a new DOOMSTARKS song, "Lively Hood," as part of the Adult Swim Singles Club. You can stream or download it below. The song will also be released as a 7" single via DOOM's Gasdrawls and Metalface/Nature Sounds.

Ghostface and DOOM claim they will released the much-delayed/anticipated DOOMSTARKS album this year. They will perform together at the III Points Festival in Miami (October 9-11) though it will be Ghostface in person while DOOM is coming from "the other side of time" and will be "transported Star Trek-style directly onto the III Points Festival stage." What exactly that means, we shall see.

The III Points Festival also features performances by Nicolas Jaar, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, The Field, King Krule, Warpaint, Toro Y Moi, AlunaGeorge, Empress Of and lots more. Full lineup is listed below.

Continue reading "Ghostface Killah & DOOM share new DOOMSTARKS single, playing III Points Fest in Miami (line-up)"

Cassette Store Day

Cassette Store Day is back for its third year, celebrating the glory of tape, and happens October 17 in North America, UK, Australia, New Zeleand and Germany. The North American branch is being handled once again by the cassette fanatics at Burger Records and there's over 100 exclusive titles for CSD 2015, including ones by Motorhead, Sebadoh, The Gaslight Anthem, Foals, Kylesa, Beach Slang, Alex G, Green Day, and more. The full final list of titles is below, and more info on them is over at the CSD site.

A full list of participating Cassette Store Day stores is here.

Continue reading "Cassette Store Day 2015: full list of exclusive titles"

photo: Fekete w/ Surfer Blood at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Surfer Blood

A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.

The lesion on my lower spine will be treated with radiation, and I'll also start chemotherapy this week. Because my cancer is so rare, there is very little research on it (cancer treatment is a business after all), so going to a typical doctor and getting loaded with all types of drugs would probably kill me. However, I found a doctor who is on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, and we have assembled a team of brilliant doctors who all seem to be extremely confident in an alternative treatment plan, to complement the chemotherapy. Because these doctors are doing things a bit differently, insurance will only cover a portion of my treatment. I never in my life thought that I would be asking for money publicly, but the universe works in funny ways.

Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I'm no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can't help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor's alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always.

The above message is from Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who's currently raising money on GoFundMe to help with his medical bills for his cancer treatment.

In addition to that fundraising campaign, a handful of artists will be coming together to play a benefit in NYC to raise money for Thomas as well. It happens Tuesday (5/12) at Bowery Ballroom and includes Surfer Blood, Cults, We Are Scientists, Julianna Barwick, Kip Berman (of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Marnie Stern & the Figs (w/ members of Les Savy Fav & Girls Against Boys), POP ETC (acoustic), Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht), and DJ Allen Blickle (of Alpaca). Tickets are on sale now.

Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for Thomas. Fuck cancer.

by Bill Pearis


Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.

Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.

Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees share 2 songs (1 from gay rights comp with Deerhoof, Protomartyr, Lil BUB & more) + new Damaged Bug"


Tickets to the Nicki Minaj show at Barclays Center go on fan club and VIP presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see My Morning Jacket and St. Vincent as part of the XPoNential Music Festival at  Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. go on WXPN presale today at 10AM with a Live Nation presale tomorrow at 10AM.

Tickets for the Broncho show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Surfer Blood are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 11. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale Friday (3/20).

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros are playing a Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit concert at Prospect Park on August 4. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale Friday (3/20).

Ryn Weaver is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 25 and Bowery Ballroom on July 29. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale Friday (3/20).

Brandi Carlisle plays Radio City Music Hall on October 9. Tickets for that show go on Chase and AmEx presale today at noon, with the public on-sale starting Friday (3/20) at noon.

UK pop reggae vets UB40 play Webster Hall on October 28. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Mutilation Rites show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Ed Schrader's Music Beat show tonight at Palisades are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

turbo fruits

Nashville's Turbo Fruits will release No Control, their fourth album, on April 20 via Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers. (That 4/20 release date is probably no accident.) The record was produced by Black Keys' Patrick Carney and you can stream first single "The Way I Want You" below.

The band will be heading to Austin for SXSW and playing shows on either side of it as well. They'll be in NYC for an album release show on April 9 at Baby's All Right. Tickets to that show go on sale today (2/6) at 10 AM. All dates, including a few with Surfer Blood, are listed below...

Continue reading "Turbo Fruits ready new LP, touring, playing NYC record release show after SXSW (dates, new song stream)"

Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees Festival 2015 lineup (Strokes, Wilco, Pixies, DFA 1979, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football & more)"

The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)

A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.

Full round 2 list below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2015 2nd round of artists announced"

Devo at Best Buy Theater in June (more by PSquared)

The CBGB Festival returns to various NYC venues this week, beginning Wednesday (10/8) and continuing through Sunday (10/12). It includes the Billy Idol keynote interview/acoustic set at Center548, The Muffs show, the Daniel Lanois film show, and plenty more. There's also the big free Times Square show on Sunday (10/12). When we last spoke, we mentioned it was speculated that Jane's Addiction, Robert DeLong, Devo, Surfer Blood and We Are Scientists would be playing, and that is in fact the lineup (along with Cheeky Parade). Cheeky Parade go on at noon and Jane's headline at 6:15 PM.

Full schedule here. Some highlights including the Times Square schedule, below...

Continue reading "CBGB Fest begins this week, full Times Square schedule w/ Jane's Addiction, Devo & more revealed"

Billy Idol at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Billy Idol

As previously discussed, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is returning to various NYC venues from October 8-12, and since we last spoke there's been some updates to the festival. We knew Billy Idol would be participating this year, and we now know that he'll be the interviewee at the keynote interview and will also perform a short acoustic set. That takes place October 9 at CBGB Fest HQ Center548 (548 W 22nd St), two days after his autobiography comes out and a couple weeks before his new album comes out. Walking Papers (featuring GNR's Duff McKagan), The Skins and Ex-Cops will also perform. Tickets for that event are on sale now.

The majority of the festival's schedule has also been posted. It includes the Muffs / Miriam / Upset show at The Bell House, Macy Gray at City Winery, and a handful of other shows. Check out the full thing here.

Daniel Lanois, who has a new album and curated the ANTI-Thesis show, is showing clips and discussing past works as part of the film portion on October 8 at Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Tickets for that are on sale now.

CBGB Fest also confirmed early on that there would be an event in Times Square again this year. Last year that was where their biggest bands played for free with the lineup and location announced really last minute due to city regulations. This year, Devo, Jane's Addiction, We Are Scientists, Robert DeLong and Surfer Blood are still without a confirmed venue with less than a month to go before the festival, so it makes sense that this year's Times Square concert will in fact be those bands. Plus Devo confirmed on Facebook that they're playing a free concert on October 12 for CBGB Fest ("exact location TBA") and MyFreeConcert is also listing those five bands as the Times Square lineup for that date.

We Are Scientists and Surfer Blood will also be touring together surrounding CBGB Fest. Those dates are all listed below...

Continue reading "CBGB Fest update: Billy Idol interview & acoustic set; schedule posted; Jane's Addiction, Devo & more playing Times Square?"


As mentioned, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is back for a third year, going down October 8 - 12 at venues across NYC. The initial lineup for this year was just announced and includes Jane's Addiction, Devo, Billy Idol, Macy Gray, The Muffs, Upset, Duff McKagan, and more.

The film portion of the CBGB Fest includes the world premiere of Hardcore Devo Live!, Carter Family / Johnny Cash documentary The Winding Stream and a 30th Anniversary screening of This Is Spinal Tap (which the New York Film Fest is showing too).

Ticket info and other details are still TBA but you can check out initial lineups for both music and film below....

Continue reading "CBGB Music & Film Fest 2014 initial lineups announced"


Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR if you prefer, is throwing their first-ever music festival this year in various Portland, OR venues from September 26-28. The fest, dubbed Project Pabst, will feature Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Guided by Voices, Rocket from the Crypt, Violent Femmes, Constantines, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), High on Fire, Red Fang, Shabazz Palaces, Phosphorescent, Menomena, The Thermals, Speedy Ortiz and more, Tickets, including single-day passes, weekend passes, and individual show tickets, are on sale now. More info at the fest's site.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "PBR throwing a music fest in Portland w/ Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, GBV, Constantines, Rocket from the Crypt, more"

by Andrew Sacher


If you're not familiar with Brooklyn rock duo SLAVVE, perhaps you're familiar with their drummer Marcos Marchesani, whose previous bands have included Surfer Blood and Weird Wives. Joined by singer Chuka Chukuma, he and Marcos do the guitar/vocal/drum lo-fi rock thing that Japandroids, No Age, Solids and other bands in that realm do, but SLAVVE are a little harder than most of those. Their self-titled LP comes out on June 24 via Bloodmoss Records and you can get a taste of it by streaming the ripping lead single "Pity Party" below.

The duo play a label showcase in Brooklyn TONIGHT (5/28) at Baby's All Right. Also on the bill is the similarly lo-fi rock of Future Death who put out their new album, Special Victim (recorded and mixed by This Will Destroy You's Alex Bhore), on the label yesterday. Their sound leans a bit more towards garage punk, as you can hear by streaming three of the album's tracks below.

The bill is rounded out by messy post-hardcore Connecticut band Fins (who recently joined Bloodmoss) and Brooklyn noise rock regulars EULA. Good show all around. Advance tickets are available.

Show flyer and streams from all four bands below...

Continue reading "SLAVVE releasing an LP on Bloodmoss, playing label show at Baby's tonight w/ Future Death, Fins & EULA (streams)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Motörhead / Chance the Rapper / Little Dragon / Toy Dolls
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3

However, Sunday's lineup thankfully featured some guitar-brandishing acts, besides Motörhead, who proved that rock is not dead at Coachella -- or in general. For instance, British punk veterans the Toy Dolls pulled a respectable crowd to the Mojave Tent (opposite the very different Calvin Harris's set) and kept a proper counter-clockwise, Doc-Martens-kicking-up-dust slam pit going at full churn throughout their high-energy performance. "Do you think I'm getting too old for this?" spiky-haired frontman Michael "Olga" Algar asked the crowd. It was likely a rhetorical question, but fans ceased their slam-dancing just long enough to shout back, "Noooooo!" - [Yahoo! Music]
The first weekend of Coachella 2014 wrapped up Sunday night (4/13) with dance music and Arcade Fire, but there was lots of other stuff going on too. Motörhead, with Lemmy back in action after some health issues, was there to show them how it's done and brought out Slash for a few songs; punk pranksters Toy Dolls and indie rock vets Superchunk both played a high energy set that would tire bands 20 years their junior; and Chicago's Chance the Rapper brought out, um, Justin Beiber.

There were also Swedish pop charmers Little Dragon, Australia's very talented Courtney Barnett, photoshy North Carolinians Neutral Milk Hotel, industrial-techno outfit Factory Floor, and lots lots more. Pictures from Coachella weekend 1, day 3 are in this post.

Check out day 1 pics HERE and day 2 pics HERE, and Arcade Fire's day 3 headlining set HERE. More pics from day 3 below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 day 3 in pics (Motorhead, Chance the Rapper, Little Dragon, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Toy Dolls, Arcade Fire, more)"

Quilt at Mexican Summer Five (more by PSquared)

Bleeding Rainbow @ Northside Fest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bleeding Rainbow

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

Quilt, Weyes Blood @ Mercury Lounge
Quilt make harmony-laden psych-folk like it's San Francisco in the '60s, and they do justice to that sound too. Weyes Blood's drone folk should appeal to Quilt fans as well.

Bleeding Rainbow, Hunters, Fat Creeps @ Death by Audio
With a terrific new album, Interrupt, out now, Bleeding Rainbow hit their favorite Brooklyn spot for a record release show as their tour with Hunters wraps up this weekend.

Marathon, No Trigger, Fire When Ready, No Way @ Saint Vitus
New York punks Marathon are reuniting to headline this show, but they're not the only band on the bill who went away for a while. No Trigger recently became active again and it doesn't look like FIre When Ready have played in a while either. Should be a cool night all around. Sold out.

Band of Horses @ Town Hall
Band of Horses just released the full-set Acoustic at The Ryman live disc, and now they're supporting that with an acoustic tour, which pulls into NYC tonight. Sold Out.

Pypy, Maicamia @ Cake Shop
What do you get when you take the singers of two of Montreal's most exciting, volatile underground bands (Annie-Claude of Duchess Says and Choyce of CPC Gangbangs) and put them together? Pypy, who make crazed punk rock. This is the band's first NYC show and live shows can be very wild. Sounds like fun. Also on the bill: Maicamia which features Godspeed's Mauro Pezzente.

Ski Lodge, Starlight Girls, The Belle Game @ Glasslands
Say bon voyage to Brooklyn's Ski Lodge and Starlight Girls as they head towards the madness of SXSW. Ski Lodge's tourmates, Vancouver's The Belle Game, play too.

Body Language, Joywave, The Echo-Friendly, Vensaire @ Brooklyn Nigh Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's a pretty dance-friendly line-up. Note that Widowspeak offshoot Vensaire are subbing for Jamaica Queens who dropped off tonight's show.

The Great Valley, Happy Jawbone, Cigarette, SoftSpot, Enforcer @ Shea Stadium
Brattleboro, Vermont invades Shea Stadium tonight, including leaders of the scene, Happy Jawbone Family Band.

Har Mar Superstar, Smokey Robotic @ Knitting Factory
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar can turn any place into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too. This is his free monthly series at Knit, doors at midnight.

Oneirogen, Epistasis, New Firmament @ Trans Pecos
This is the monthly "Chaos Bodies" series that spotlights "Out-goth, post-industrial, & post-metal" curated by Charlie Looker (Extra Life) and Andrew Hock (Castevet), both of the newish industrial metal band Psalm Zero. Tonight: one-man doom/drone noisemaker Oneirogen. Black metal-ish prog heavies Epistasis and ambient project New Firmament.

Howler, Designer @ Baby's All Right
These Minneapolis indie rockers are gearing up to release their new album, World Of Joy, and are in in NYC currently -- this being their second show. This one's early, too, with doors at 8 PM and it's over by 10 PM.

Lo-Fang @ Baby's All Right
The 4AD-signed Lo-Fang makes art pop that mixes electronic and acoustic instruments, and though he's about to play some pretty big stages opening for Lorde, tonight you can catch him on his own in a smaller room. This is the second of three shows at Baby's tonight, doors at 10 PM.

Full of Hell, Mutilation Rites, White Widows Pact @ The Acheron
Noisy hardcore band Full of Hell are a serious force as a live band, and tonight they bring that force to NYC for a show with local favorites Mutilation Rites.

Van She (DJ w/ Live Vocals), Saint Pepsi @ Glasslands
Australian synth popsters Van She last played NYC in September, and though they're only DJing this show, they will have live vocals, so it should get more interesting than any old DJ set.

White Denim, The Districts @ Webster Hall
These psych-rockers tapped Jeff Tweedy to produce last year's acclaimed Corsicana Lemonade where he encouraged them to take their 70's stadium riffs even bigger.. Sold Out.

Surfer Blood, Rad Dreams, wake up @ Baby's All Right
Florida's poppy indie rockers Surfer Blood play this $5 late show (doors at midnight) ahead of tomorrow's Glasslands show (which was moved there from Rough Trade).

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Tickets for the second Neutral Milk Hotel show on Prospect Park go on Fan Club presale today at 10 AM.

The Old 97's, who have a new album out in April, play Webster Hall on June 3. Tickets are on AmEx presale now. Look for full tour announcement later this week.

Tickets for The Underachievers, Denzel Curry and Dillon Cooper show at Irving Plaza go on Live Nation and Noisey presale today at 10 AM.

Kid Cudi is playing Barclays Center on March 27. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM with Live Nation/venue presales starting Thursday (2/13) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (2/14) at 10 AM.

Surfer Blood are playing Glasslands on March 1 (moved from Rough Trade). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Conor Oberst shows at Central Park and The Space at Westbury go on Ticketmaster presale today at noon. There's also an AmEx and a Summerstage presale for the Central Park show.

Tickets for the Swans and Jenny Hval shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for The Notwist show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cloud Nothings shows at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom with Ryley Walker go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Metronomy show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Elbow and John Grant show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Polica shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for The Coathangers and Audacity show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Still no word on tickets for the Baby's show.

Tickets for the Calvin Love and TOPS show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Dan Croll is playing Bowery Ballroom on April 17 with Panama Wedding. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (2/14) at noon.

The Sounds are playing MHOW on April 7 and Webster Hall on April 10. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (2/14) at noon.

The World Inferno Friendship Society are playing MHOW on April 19. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (2/14) at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Bill Pearis

Non Violent

In addition to the Fear of Men special edition LP, Kanine Records announced their other Record Store Day 2014 releases today as well. One of them is a compilation called Non Violent Femmes, which culls tracks from some of today's more promising female-fronted bands from around the globe (well, America, UK, and NZ): Speedy Ortiz, Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, Tashaki Miyaki, Is/Is, Beverly, TEEN (who just played Baby's All Right), Joanna Gruesome, Flowers, and Beaches. Ten of the 11 tracks are exclusive to the release.

And in a related vibe -- and this is cool -- Kanine will be reissuing Elastica's eponymous 1995 debut on vinyl for RSD. While they never managed to do much after, Elastica is packed with great songs -- "Connection," "Stutter," "Car Song," "Annie," "Line-Up," "Vaseline" -- and a true '90s classic.

Kanine is also releasing an alternate version of Surfer Blood's 2013 album Pythons, one that, apparently, Warner Brothers rejected for being too "punky."

Record Store Day happens in brick-and-mortar shops all around the globe on Saturday, April 19. Speedy Ortiz play free shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar this Friday (2/7) with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney, and Infinity Girl; and Other Music on 2/10. They're also streaming their new EP, Real Hair, which you can listen to on Pitchfork.

Check out a few Elastica videos below...

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The Front Bottoms at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms' Talon of the Hawk (out now on Bar/None) was one of the more fun records of the year, mixing folk punk and indie pop in a way that was pretty easy to get stuck in your head. We asked them for their top albums of 2013, and drummer Mat Uychich sent a list that pretty much sounds like what you'd imagine they listen to. It also includes both 2013 albums by Kevin Devine (whose band Bad Books the Front Bottoms opened for in July) and the newest from Tiny Moving Parts (who open the Front Bottoms' upcoming show at Shea). You can check out the full list below.

That Front Bottoms/Tiny Moving Parts show at Shea (12/28), which Chris Gethard hosts, is one of our two BV holiday parties this month. The Shea show is unfortunately sold out.

The Front Bottoms also have other upcoming dates, including another sold-out NYC show a day earlier at Bowery Ballroom (12/27), and a tour with You Blew It! that hits Long Island on January 30 at 89 North (tickets).

They've also added some new stuff to their webstore, including a seasonally appropriate knit scarf.

All of their dates are listed, along with a video and the top 10 list, below...

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Blondie / Glassjaw / Public Enemy fans
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With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. [BV Chicago]
Riot Fest Chicago (the second of three Riot Fests this year) continued on Saturday (9/14) for its second of three days. The second day had tons of multi-generational alternative music representation including punk's late '70s heyday (Blondie, X, FLAG -- the Keith Morris version of Black Flag), second wave ska (The Selecter), third wave ska (Rancid), classic indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes, Guided by Voices), modern indie rock (Surfer Blood, Stars, The Sidekicks), classic hip hop (Public Enemy), and turn-of-the-millenium poppunk/emo/post-hardcore (blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw). Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.

Update: Day 3 pictures are here and here.

If you missed them, check out day 1 pics and more day 1 pics. More of day 2, below...

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Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Outside Lands

Lollapalooza and Osheaga are behind us, but the summer festivals keep rolling on with San Francisco's Outside Lands this weekend (8/9-8/11). The festival is sold out, but if you've already got tickets and are going, you might like to know how to get there, and once you're there, the festival map will help you find your way around inside.

Meanwhile, if you're not going to Outside Lands, but still want to watch the fun go down, you can stream it live on Purevolume. Artists whose sets will stream live include Jessie Ware, The National, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, and more on Friday; Nine Inch Nails, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baauer, Gary Clark Jr and more on Saturday; and Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Foals, Rudimental, Camper Van Beethoven and more on Sunday.

D'Angelo has officially dropped off the festival, after recently cancelling other shows due to illness. He was replaced by Chic. You know, the band that guy who worked with Daft Punk is in.

The full Outside Lands schedule can be found at their site. Full streaming schedule below...

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Tickets to see The Underachievers at Santos Party House go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show at Barclays Center go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Passion Pit shows at Pier 26 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Chelsea Wolfe with True Widow at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Surfer Blood are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 5 and Bowery Ballroom on October 6. Tickets to those shows go on sale today at noon. Gauntlet Hair are the openers for most of that tour, but aren't announced for the NYC shows (at least not at the moment). They play their own NYC shows sooner though (one with Jackson Scott).

Tickets for the Unknown Mortal Orchestra show at MHOW with Jackson Scott go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the King Khan & the Shrines show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cocorosie show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon

Tickets for the Toro y Moi show at Terminal 5 with The Sea & Cake go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Bat for Lashes show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Modern English show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Simple Minds show at Count Basie Theatre in NJ go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Roseland Ballroom show don't go on sale until July 26, but are still on fan presale (password: "newgolddream").

Tickets for the Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Tenement shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Johnny Marr show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone and Miracles of Modern Science show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sparks show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Man Man shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Menomena and The Helio Sequence's co-headlining show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, and Spires show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Tickets for Pure Bathing Culture's show at Glasslands with Leapling are still available.

Tickets for the Steve Earle show at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see King Krule at Bowery Ballrom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Menzingers at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Body/Head at Union Pool go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Spits at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Knitting Factory show are not on sale yet.

Tickets for the Savoir Adore show at MHOW with The Suzan go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kate Boy show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for her Glasslands show are on sale now.

The Eagles already announced two Madison Square Garden shows, and now they've added a third date happening on on November 11. Tickets to that show go on presale today at 10 AM (password: "EAGLES"), with a general on-sale starting Saturday (7/20) at 10 AM.

Free Tickets to the Lemonade show at Mercury Lounge go on RSVP via Thrillcall mobile app today at noon.