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Will Butler @ Baby's All Right 3/7/2015
Will Butler

Following his show at Bowery Ballroom, The Arcade Fire's Will Butler played his second of two NYC shows on Saturday night (3/7) at Baby's All Right. (He had tested out songs from his album at Baby's back in November.) A slightly shorter set than at Bowery, he still played most of his brand-new solo debut, Policy, plus a bunch of other songs including the ones he wrote based on headlines in The Guardian, and his cover of Violent Femmes' "American Music." Setlist below.

Tourmates TEEN opened the show. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Will Butler & TEEN played Baby's All Right (pics, setlist)"

by Justin D. Joffe

Will Butler @ Bowery Ballroom 3/5/2015
Will Butler

"Both out of necessity and philosophy, I wanted it to be quick and dirty," Butler said, reached this week in New York, where he and his new band (including zero Arcade Fire members but featuring his wife's sister Julie Shore on keyboards and Antibalas's Miles Arntzen on drums) are rehearsing for his upcoming solo tour, which kicked off Thursday at the Bowery Ballroom and comes to Montreal's Le Ritz PDB, March 28 and 29.

"It's not DIY (do it yourself)," he continued. "It was done in a beautiful studio (Jimi Hendrix's old living room, upstairs at New York's Electric Lady Studios), with a proper engineer, not on a laptop - but I wanted it to be fast. I did it at a studio just so I was paying for it, and I would have pressure. In Montreal, I would have said, 'Oh, it's good,' and thought about it, twiddled, come back and tried some keyboard parts. Having it booked made it so I had to commit to things. - [Montreal Gazette]

His solo debut, Policy, isn't out till next week but the Arcade Fire's Will Butler celebrated early on Thursday night (3/5) with a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom with tourmates TEEN. Will and his band played the entirety of his new album, plus 10 more, including a few of his Guardian headline songs and a cover of the Violent Femmes' 1991 single "American Music." Setlist, pics and video of from last night's show are in this post.

If you haven't heard Policy yet, you can stream it in full ahead of next week's release via Spotify, below. And speaking of the songs he wrote based on headlines from The Guardian, those are all out now and can be streamed below.

Will and TEEN play Boston tonight then their tour heads back to NYC on Saturday (3/7) for a show at Baby's All Right which is sold out. Updated dates are listed, with more pictures from Bowery, below...

Continue reading "Will Butler started tour with TEEN at Bowery Ballroom (pics, setlist, video) + stream his LP & 'Guardian' headline songs"

photo: TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TEEN

Carpark Records, home of Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, TEEN, Young Magic, and many more, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year which means it's old enough to drive. For the occasion, they're releasing a super sweet basketball themed compilation on May 26 featuring 19 bands from their current roster. Most of the songs were recorded specifically for the comp (and are about hoops), including TEEN's "Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball" which makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it, and check out a Toro Y Moi vine, below.

The vinyl will be a picture disc limited to 600 copies, and sales of all versions of the album benefit the Little Kids Rock charity. Preorders are available. Full tracklist and artwork are below.

There will also be a few Carpark anniversary shows, including one at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 6 with Lexie Mountain Boys, Greg Davis, Greys, Chandos, Ear Pwr, Safety Scissors, Adventure, Jimmy Whispers, and DJs Young Magic and Montag. Tickets for that show are on sale. There will be one in DC, plus one in Austin during SXSW as well. Details on those are below.

Continue reading "Carpark Records celebrating 16th anniversary w/ basketball-themed comp + shows (stream TEEN's contribution)"

photo: D'Amico w/ Sebadoh @ Baby's All Right, 2/25/2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
No Chief

No Chief is Sebadoh/Fiery Furnaces drummer Bob D'Amico new band. The songs are his, but he brings in a load of help, including his Sebadoh bandmate Jason Loewenstein, his Fiery Furnaces bandmate Matthew Friedberger, and Versus' James Baluyut. On the two tracks that are up on No Chief's bandcamp, Petra Haden (That Dog, The Decemberists) sings lead. You can listen to both of those below.

No Chief make their live debut tonight (2/10) at Rough Trade where they'll open for His Name is Alive. Tickets are still available. The lineup for No Chief tonight will be D'Amico, Lowenstein, Friedberger and TEEN's Teeny Leiberson (who Bob played with at Rock Lottery).

Meanwhile's Bob's still with Sebadoh, who just announced a NYC show: Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 17 with Qui. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/11) at noon. No other Sebadoh dates have been announced.

No Chief song streams below...

Continue reading "Sebadoh playing Brooklyn; Bob D'Amico forms No Chief w/ indie all star collaborators (first-ever show TONIGHT)"

Will Butler

As discussed, Arcade Fire's Will Butler is releasing his debut solo album and touring in March, and that tour includes a NYC show happening March 7 at Baby's All Right. The Baby's show sold out, but now Will's added a larger NYC show happening March 5 at Bowery Ballroom with support from local pop quartet TEEN. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/9).

TEEN are on a few other dates too, but still no opener announced for the Baby's show. Updated dates are listed, with a stream of the single from Will's LP, below...

Continue reading "Will Butler expands tour, adds Bowery Ballroom w/ TEEN"

photos by Maryanne Ventrice; words by Bill Pearis

LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
2014 Rock Lottery
2014 Rock Lottery
2014 Rock Lottery
2014 Rock Lottery

The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post

I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."

The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.

The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.

Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.

More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...

Continue reading "members of YYYs, D-Plan, Drive Like Jehu, Parquet Courts, Sebadoh & more combined for Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 (pics)"

Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
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Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:

TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).

The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).

Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).

Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).

Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).

Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).

There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Bass Drum of Death play December 28 with Mitski (who plays Knitting Factory before that), Sundelles and LUSHES (tickets).

Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.

Dave Harrington holiday party info below...

Continue reading "Peter Silberman, Widowspeak, BDOD, Beach Fossils, Suckers, DOM, Beverly, TEEN, more playing final Glasslands shows"

Caribou at Governors Island in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Caribou

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

Special Guest, Guantanamo Baywatch, The Numerators, RIPS @ Death By Audio
We're down to nine days left at Death by Audio. It's anybody's guess who tonight's special guest is, but the rest of the lineup is garagey, surfy-punky stuff highlighted by Portland's fun Guantanamo Baywatch.

Year of No Light, Sannhet, Gnaw, Vilkacis @ Saint Vitus
France's Year of No Light have been making very high quality instrumental post-metal since their 2006 debut, yet in all those years they never played the US. That's finally changing on their current tour, which is now in NYC and concludes a two-night run at Saint Vitus tonight. Like last night, the show begins with three killer artists in NYC's experimental metal scene.

Caribou, Jessy Lanza @ Webster Hall
Our Love, Caribou's recent followup to 2010's excellent Swim, is less focused on the pop songs that album was, and instead heavier on the electronics and great in its own way. Tonight's his second of two NYC shows on his tour with Our Love collaborator/Hyperdub-signed Jessy Lanza.

Johnny Marr, Meredith Sheldon @ Stone Pony
Recalling his prolific days with The Smiths, Johnny Marr has banged out two albums in a year's time. They're not at his 1985 peak, but they're not bad either. He's a lot of fun live, and peppers hit sets with oldies -- any chance to see him play "The Headmaster Ritual" is worth considering. Unlike his two sold-out NYC shows, tickets are still available to this.

Dan Bodan, Physical Therapy, Sadaf @ Baby's All Right
Canadian-born, Berlin-based songwriter Dan Bodan released his soulful and genre-defying new album, Soft, a couple weeks back on DFA. Tonight's the NYC record release show.

Yumi Zouma, Louis Weeks, Leapling, Erika Spring (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
New Zealand's Yumi Zouma mix synthpop and indiepop styles, which makes Cascine an ideal label for the band. Catch them tonight and ask them about opening for Lorde.

Say Hi, Tim Foljahn @ Mercury Lounge
Seattle's Eric Elbogen is still making quality indie pop under the Say Hi moniker which hasn't changed too much since the mid-2000s, and not in a bad way. Opening this show is Michigan's Tim Foljahn, who's been playing since the '80s and was once in a band with fellow Michigan musician Steve Shelley.

O'Death, Death Vessel, Stone Jack Jones @ Bell House
O'Death's new album is dark and super raw folk that fits their name well. Death Vessel on the other hand may share a name with "death" in it but he makes much more uplifting music. And another dark songwriter, Stone Jack Jones, opens the night. Should be a good show all around.

TEEN @ Apple Store Soho
Part of the Apple store's "meet the musicians" series, TEEN will perform live followed by a Q&A with rock journalist Michael Azerrad. Free, 7:30 PM.

The Rural Alberta Advantage, July Talk @ Bowery Ballroom
The Rural Alberta Advantage's anthemic and folky indie rock is in fine form on their new album, Mended with Gold. Tonight their tour with fellow big-sounding Canadian band July Talk hits Bowery Ballroom for its second of two shows at the venue this week.

Animal Collective (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
While Panda Bear has a new solo record on the way, the other three AnCo guys are taking the chance to go on this DJ tour which hits Brooklyn Bowl again tonight. The tour returns to the same venue in December too (but without Avey Tare).

Dustin Wong, Takako Minekawa, Ricky Eat Acid, Tristan Allen, Trabajo @ Palisades
Former Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong moved back to his childhood home of Japan after completing his trilogy of loop-based albums and began collaborating with musician Takako Minekawa. Using a specially designed interface that allows them to switch from guitar to keyboards to sampler to vocals, their music is creative and playful. The duo's second album together, Savage Imagination, came out via Thrill Jockey in September.

Sallie Ford, Crooked Fingers, And The Kids @ Rough Trade
While Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside came to an end last year, Sallie is still at it with a new band and they come to NYC tonight. Archers of Loaf singer Eric Bachmann is also on the show with his Crooked Fingers project, making for a great double bill.

Foxes in Fiction, Mister Lies, Emily Reo @ Shea Stadium
If you're into bedroom-recorded, electronic-tinged lo-fi pop, basically everyone on this bill will be up your alley.

Javelin, Tiny Victories, Idgy Dean, Nadia Kazmi @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Chillwave survivors Javelin play tonight at the weekend mecca of music/shopping/games/booze. The bands are free, you're paying for everything else.

Heavy Lights, Doug Gillard, Tinnarose, Bird of Youth @ Cake Shop
Doug Gillard's CV is impeccable, having logged time in Guided by Voices, Nada Surf, My Dad is Dead to name three. His his new solo album, Parade On, is an equally impressive array of sparkling powerpop.

Mike Wexler, Hubble, Psychic Reality @ Trans-Pecos
Psychedelic folk singer Mike Wexler and former The Men member Ben Greenberg with his experimental project Hubble team up for this show which should be nice trippy vibes all around.

Blockhead, Elaquent, Muneshine @ Glasslands
In addition to producing a significant amount of Aesop Rock's material (and other likeminded rappers like Cage, Open Mike Eagle and Murs), Blockhead has a ton of solo material including this year's Bells and Whistles LP.

Suzanne Vega @ Joe's Pub
She may be be best known for "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" (both from 1987's Solitude Standing) but Suzanne Vega's gift for songwriting has continued since. She plays an early and a a late show tonight.

Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Best known here in America for acting in City of God and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which he scored using only acoustic, Portuguese David Bowie covers), but Brazilian artist Seu Jorge has been making music since the '90s. This is part of his eight-night run at the Blue Note.

Ray Lamontagne, The Belle Brigade @ Beacon Theatre
Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne released the Dan Auerbach-produced album, Supernova, earlier this year. Tonight he wraps up a 3-night run at Beacon Theatre in support of it.

All Out War, Sworn Enemy, Living Laser, Panzerbastard, Recycled Earth @ The Acheron
Metallic New York hardcore band/Victory Records vet All Out War have been at it for over two decades now and they've been talking about having a new album on the way. Maybe we'll hear some new ones tonight?

Phil Lesh @ Capitol Theatre
As any Deadhead can tell you, Phil Lesh plays the favorites and his current band does it well. It's another night of his never-ending residency at The Cap, and these shows are always a good time.

Slonk Donkerson, Bent Shapes, Heeney, The Doubts @ Muchmore's
Amongst the good local bands are Boston's Bent Shapes who make jangly indie pop...but with real bite. Good live, too.

Sharkmuffin, Chimes, Painted Zeros, Slight, Routine Involvements @ Silent Barn
Brooklyn garage rockers Sharkmuffin are always a good local band to catch, and if you're going tonight you may also want to check out Painted Zeros, who pal around with Porches, LVL UP, Crying and other cool local bands.

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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Rock Lottery

The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery is taking place this year on December 6 at Baby's All Right. In case you're not already familiar, here's the premise:

The Rock Lottery 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.
This year's lineup includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts and more, and looks like this:
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)
Bob D'Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne's Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds this year go to Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education."

Check out pictures of last year's Rock Lottery here.

TEEN at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TEEN

NYC's TEEN, who have been on a tour with Sondre Lerche (which hit NYC a few weeks ago), have run into some trouble on the road. While in San Francisco, the band's gear was stolen, and they've now launched a Pledgemusic campaign to raise money to replace what was stolen. Here's what they wrote:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for taking the time to read this. As you may have heard, our van was broken into after our show in San Francisco. Most of our gear was stolen, including a very rare '79 Fretless P-Bass, a Gibson Les Paul, a Roadworn P-Bass, and three cases filled with various pedals we have collected over the years (Moogs, Micro-synths, expression pedals, etc.)

We have been on tour for six weeks in a minivan packed to the gills. The gear that was stolen was precious and in some cases very rare - an essential part of our analog sound.

But as they say - the show must go on! We have three more weeks ahead of us and so we are asking our dearest friends, family and fans to give however they can. Your pledge will help us replace what was stolen.

We've already received so many messages of love and support - thank you! If you're inspired to help us rebuild, anything you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Please take a look at the pledge levels below. We've set up a few special offers and will be doing some fun things for pledgers in the updates section here. Stay tuned for more info.

In the meantime thank you all again for your kind words and constant support.

Thank you!
TEEN

Remaining list of tour dates below...

Continue reading "TEEN had their gear stolen, launched PledgeMusic campaign"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Sondre Lerche @ Bowery Ballroom 9/23/2014
Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche celebrated the release of his very good new album, Please, last night (9/23) at NYC's Bowery Ballroom. Unlike most North American tours where he's gone out solo, Sondre's got a rhythm section with him this time (jokingly referred to them as the merch table guys), and Teeny and Lizzy of tourmates TEEN provided backing vocals and keyboards on a few tracks. Phillip Glass collaborator Tim Fain, who Sondre kept calling T-Fain, also came out for violin at times, too. Appropriate for the occasion, setlist was mainly the new album, peppered with songs from his ever-growing back catalog.

Last night's Bowery show was also the first of his tour so look for him and TEEN at a city near you. Next stop: Philadelphia's Underground Arts on Thursday (9/25). More pictures from Bowery below...

Continue reading "Sondre Lerche played Bowery Ballroom with TEEN (pics)"

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The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...

Continue reading "CMJ initial 2014 line-up released"

Arcade Fire in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Arcade Fire

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

Arcade Fire, The Unicorns, Dan Deacon @ Barclays Center
Arcade Fire's massive Reflektor tour finally rolls into NYC tonight, for its first of three huge arena shows at Barclays Center. What New York-centric songs will they cover? What bobblehead celebrities will make an appearance? These shows are also doubly special because they're three of the VERY few reunion dates for fellow Canadian indie faves the Unicorns. And night three (Sunday) will be triply special with NYC punk legends Television.

X @ City Winery
LA legends X will be performing their first four albums in full over a four-night stand at City Winery. Tonight is their classic second album, Wild Gift. Sold out.

OFF!, Bad Antics, Gay Kiss @ Europa
Keith Morris' classic-hardcore-style supergroup OFF! are unfortunately without their regular drummer for this tour, but they didn't get just anybody to replace him. Dale Crover of the Melvins will be sitting behind the kit tonight, so this should be a cool one to catch.

Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachmann, Weyes Blood @ Baby's All Right
Guitar-slinger Steve Gunn, who you may have seen play with Kurt Vile's band, will release his new album, Way Out Weather, on October 7 via Paradise of Bachelors. Catch some of that live tonight as he tours with the terrifically talented Kevin Morby (Babies, Woods) and by all means get their early for Weyes Blood.

TEEN, White Hinterland, VietNam, Bebe Panthere @ Brooklyn Night 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 is headlined by the neo-R&B sounds of Brooklyn's TEEN.

Black Wine, Grand Pantry Men, Sore Saints, Brick Mower, Brett Davis, Tim Duffy @ Death by Audio
Black Wine's punky new album is out now on Don Giovanni and tonight's the release party with their labelmates Brick Mower, comedy from Brett Davis and Tim Duffy, and more.

Dead Gaze, Mystery Lights @ South Street Seaport
The penultimate Seaport Music Festival show of 2014 features Mississippi noise-pop band Dead Gaze whose most recent album, Brain Holiday, came out last year on FatCat. Opening are NYC's psych-garage rockers Mystery Lights.

The Clean, Roya @ Glasslands
Infinitely influential New Zealand legends The Clean just got their entire output released on one four-LP vinyl box via Merge and play their second of two sold-out NYC shows tonight. Opening is Roya which features Clean drummer (and Brooklyn resident) Hamish Kilgour on drums and Rahil of Habibi on lead vocals.

Kitty, Buckwheat Groats, AWKAFINA, Maxo, Swag Toof @ Palisades
If you like your rap with a sense of humor (and hey, who doesn't?), there's plenty of that here.

Mates of State, Mike Lawrence, Sheng Wang, Christie Young @ Pine Box Rock Shop
Mates of State have been putting out quality indie pop of the Barsuk/Polyvinyl variety (the labels they are/were signed to) for over a decade now, and though it's been three years since a new album, they'll have no lack of solid material at this free show.

RJD2 @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Hop aboard tonight's cruise and get a healthy helping of alt-hip hop beats from the man who's been behind Aesop Rock, Cage, Soul Position and plenty more.

The Sidekicks, Sundials, Dowsing, Chumped @ Saint Vitus
If you dig bands that toe the line between indie rock and punk, all four of the ones on this bill at Saint Vitus tonight do that and they do it well.

Baked, Porches, Celestial Shore, Bueno, Steve Hartlett @ Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium once again plays host to a fill full of quality DIY rock coming from four NYC regulars and a solo set from Ovlov's Steve Hartlett.

Beiju, ONWE, Bodega Bay, Babychange, Madam West @ Bowery Electric
It's no surprise to see an indie band with a little irony thrown it, but ONWE practically relies on it. It's catchy stuff either way.

Guided By Voices, Boogarins @ The Paramount
The ever-prolific Guided by Voices will play surely another marathon set tonight, boozy and riff-filled. Brazil's Boogarins are worth showing up early to catch.

Kristeen Young, Handjob Academy, Wildcat @ Union Pool
If you're not worrying about catching a cold from Kristeen Young (ask Morrissey), she plays tonight with clever/funny rap trio Handjob Academy.

Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Vibe Lounge (Long Island)
Cymbals Eat Guitars make some serious rock music on their new album, LOSE, which expands upon their already-solid sound and includes some of their best songs yet. Tonight they're on Long Island. After this, five more NYC shows to go.

Earthless, The Shrine @ Mercury Lounge
Earthless are trusty providers riffs on riffs on riffs, and The Shrine may not offer the same kind of 14-minute epics, but they've got some shredders too.

Oddball Comedy Festival w. Bill Burr, Chris Hardwick, Dave Attell, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Brody Stevens @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
This year's traveling comedy cavalcade is a hard to pass up lineup, featuring Louis CK, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Burress, Sarah Silverman and more.

Mr. Scruff, Monk One @ Output
Known for his 1999 hit "Get a Move On" and DJing marathon sets, veteran Ninja Tune act Mr Scruff brings a light, playful touch to his brand of electronica.

Kurtis Blow, Doug E Fresh, Rob Base, Melle Mel @ @ BB King Blues Club
It's a night of real old school rap at BB King's, headlined by Kurtis Blow whose first album came out in 1980.

Pete Swanson, Alberich, Vereker @ Baby's All Right
Pete Swanson once named an album Punk Authority, which is actually a very fitting title, but don't expect guitars at Baby's tonight. It's gonna be noise-fueled electronics all the way.

Jordan Carlos, Kyle Grooms, Hadiyah Robinson, Mike Recine, Eli Yudin, Jason Saenz @ Union Hall
The Brooklyn Comedy Fest continues tonight with this special edition of "Cheap Date," featuring free snacks, sketches, amazing prizes... and notable comedians.

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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JSBX @ BKNB (more by Ebru Yildiz)
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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are gearing up for a European tour that starts this weekend at the Sjock Festival in Belgium. As a warm up, the JSBX will play a surprise hometown NYC gig at Baby's All Right Thursday (7/10) as part of an already pretty cool lineup featuring Xenia Rubinos and Shilpa Ray. Northern Arms are on the bill as well and tickets are still available (Jon Spencer is the "special guest" and the show opener).

Stick around after that show for a free midnight performance with Indiana's dark-n-wild TV Ghost. TEEN and White Arrows will be DJing in the front room.

TV Ghost are currently on tour and will also play NYC on Saturday (7/12) at Cake Shop with Christines, Truthers and EZTV. All tour dates are listed below

Continue reading "Jon Spencer Blues Explosion playing Baby's Thurs. w/ Xenia Rubinos; TV Ghost play too, and Cake Shop & other dates"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Dum Dum Girls / Hospitality / TEEN @ Prospect Park 6/21/2014
Dum Dum Girls
Hospitality
TEEN

Dum Dum Girls headlined a lovely night of free music on the first day of summer (6/21), part of Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell. Dressing a little more conservatively than she has lately, Dee Dee and the rest the band stuck mainly to DDG's most recent album, Too True, but played a few older songs as well, plus their cover of The Smiths' "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" (from the He Gets Me High EP). The band will be spending the rest of 2014 at select festivals, including Pitchfork and Outside Lands. Tour dates are listed, along with Celebrate Brooklyn! setlist and pics from the show are in this post.

It was a nice bill all around. Hospitality are touring off their terrific second album, Trouble, which expanded their sound quite a bit. The added keyboards have extended to the songs off their debut as well, with older numbers getting radically new arrangements. The band will be on a short East Coast tour in July, so catch them if you can. Dates are listed below.

Speaking of expanded sound, TEEN have transformed from an arty, at times Krauty/proggy outfit, to a much more R&B bent on their new album, The Way and Color. If you missed them in Prospect Park, they're on tour most of the summer, including a September run opening for Islands, including Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on September 17 (tickets). They'll also DJ the annual White Party at New Museum on Wednesday (6/25) with Heavenly Beat. That is open to New Museum members only. All tour dates are listed below.

More pics from the Prospect Park show, plus tour dates, below...

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photos by Misha Vladimirskiy

Dum Dum Girls in San Francisco last night - 6/19/2014
Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls

It may feel pasty outside now, and it's going to be be even more "pastie" this Saturday in Brooklyn thanks to the annual Coney Island, pastie-filled Mermaid Parade! Look out for the de Blasios at the beach-side, burlesque extravaganza.

From there, hop on the F to Park Slope because the pastie-loving Dum Dum Girls play what is probably their biggest NYC show yet, a headlining appearance in Prospect Park as part of the free Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. Hospitality and TEEN round out the all-female-fronted, indie rock bill on the stage where the National just played three nights in a row. This is a great bill of music AND FREE.

That said, Celebrate Brooklyn is a family friendly environment, so we bet that the Dum Dums will go with a more conservative version of their outfits (we love them no matter what they wear). That was not the case at a Goose Island sponsored FADER party last night at Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco though. There, Dee Dee did just the opposite and wore a top that is definitely Not Safe For Instagram. We applaud her bravery. NSFW/NSFI pictures from the show are in this post along with their 14 song setlist (Smiths cover included). More below...

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Interpol @ Coachella (more by David Andrako)
Interpol

As you may know, Interpol are playing the the final night (6/8) of next weekend's Governors Ball Festival at NYC's Randall's Island Park. (Sold out.) That show is part of a string of dates for the NYC band, their first in three years. The band are playing a few East Coast warm-up shows next week with TEEN before launching into the summer festival circuit, including one on Tuesday (6/3) at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT (not that far from NYC). Tickets for the New Haven show are on sale now.

Interpol also play Lupos in Providence, RI on June 4 (tickets) and Higher Ground in Burlington, VT on June 5 (tickets). And they're not the only early '00s NYC band breaking their silence with a local-ish show before a Governors Ball set. All Interpol dates are listed below.

TEEN also play a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park with Dum Dum Girls and Hospitality, a free show at The Surf Lodge, and a Northside show at Cameo.

Lists of Interpol dates and TEEN dates below...

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Edward Sharpe at The Surf Lodge this past weekend (via Thatcher Shultz)
Edward Sharpe

Like in past years, the Montauk restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge is once again hosting a free concert series. The series kicked off this past weekend with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and others, and there's several weekend shows through the summer including Yeasayer (6/1), TEEN (6/7), Courtney Barnett (6/15), Poolside (6/21), Real Estate (6/22), San Fermin (7/12), Gary Clark Jr. (7/13), Ryan Hemsworth (7/26), Temples (8/9), Delorean (8/17), Sky Ferreira (8/24), and more.

Again, all shows are free and they make for a pretty good reason to get away to Montauk for the weekend. See what else The Surf Lodge has to offer. Full 2014 concert schedule below...

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St. Vincent in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
STV

A few of the paid Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park have already been announced, including The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, plus the free Janelle Monae show, and now BRIC has announced the full lineup for the 2014 season.

The full lineup is listed below. Some highlights of the FREE shows include:

Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality and TEEN on June 21.

Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26.

Shovels & Rope, Valerie June and Shakey Graves on June 27.

Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet on July 5.

Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19.

Nickel Creek on July 24.

Kes the Band and Kuenta I Tambu (KiT) on August 2.

St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9.

All of the above-mentioned shows are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. Most start at 7 or 7:30 PM. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...

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icewater

We've mentioned Brooklyn's Icewater a few times but if you're unfamiliar, the four-piece band, who you may have seen as Eleanor Friedberger's backing band, released their jangly, poppy debut album, Collector's Edition last year. They've just made a video (as in they directed it) for LP track "Bite Fresh Air" which traps the band in some sort of cube. Unlike General Zod's time in the Phantom Zone, Icewater seem to be enjoying themselves in there. Watch the video, premiering in this post, below.

Icewater recently spent the month of April recording their second album in Virginia at White Star Sound with producer and engineer Adam Smith. The album, titled Cardinal, is due out later this year. You can probably hear some of those new songs at their East Coast shows in May. They play Brooklyn's Union Pool on Thursday (5/1) with See Through and Cassandra Jenkins, and then at Baby's All Right on May 22 as part of the rescheduled TEEN record release party. Tickets to the TEEN show are on sale.

TEEN also play a free Celebrate Brooklyn show with Dum Dum Girls and Hospitality.

In between those Brooklyn shows, Icewater have a couple gigs in Vermont. All dates are listed, along with the new video and a stream of their debut album, below...

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by Bill Pearis

TEEN

TEEN will release their second album, The Way and Color, on April 22 via Carpark. While still incorporating psych and krautrock textures, the new album is decidedly more soulful than their debut. The band, which features three Lieberson sisters plus new bassist Boshra AlSaadi, claim D'Angelo and Erykah Badu as inspiration for the album. You can check out the first single, "Not For Long," which is streaming below.

The band will be touring on their way to and from SXSW, including playing Savannah Stopover and a few dates with Small Black. The band will wrap up their tour in NYC opening for The War on Drugs on at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 21 (sold out). They'll also be playing a record release show for The Way and Color on April 24 at Baby's All Right. UPDATE: The record release show has been postponed until May 22. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and the new single stream, below...

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The War On Drugs at Cameo in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
War on Drugs

As discussed, The War on Drugs are releasing a new album and going on a tour this year which brings them to NYC on March 20 at Bowery Ballroom and March 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both of those shows have sold out, but TWoD have added a third NYC show happening on March 19 at Bowery Ballroom. Opening that show is Doug Keith (full band), whose upcoming LP Pony TWoD's Adam Granduciel plays on, and Kurt Vile collaborator Sore Eros. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Since we last spoke, openers were also announced for their other two NYC shows: It's White Laces and Philly band/Dirty Beaches pals Lantern on 3/20, and Sore Eros (again) and TEEN on 3/21

Updated dates are listed below...

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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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Blondie @ State Theatre, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Blondie

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band @ Bud Light Hotel Cruise Ship
Nirvana/Paul McCartney side project Foo Fighters are in town to rock the Bud Light Hotel cruise ship for Super Bowl weekend.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, MS MR, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Basic Vacation @ Barclays Center
Parody versions aside, the real Red Hot Chili Peppers are about to appear with Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl halftime show, but before that they'll celebrate the "biggest weekend in sports and entertainment" with a full show at Barclays Center tonight.

Drake, Diddy, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Ross One @ Highline Stages
This Revolt TV-hosted Super Bowl weekend show may not be the most ideal (or easiest to get into) way to see Drake, but stop making a big deal out of the little things.

Kendrick Lamar @ Espace
The Grammys may not agree, but we think Kendrick Lamar is one of the most exciting things happening in rap right now, so it's great to have him back in NYC for this Super Bowl weekend show.

Jay Z @ Pier 40
Yet another Super Bowl weekend show from a big name rapper is this invite-only DirecTV party.

Blondie @ Super Bowl Boulevard Concert Stage
Now here's a Super Bowl weekend show you may actually have some luck getting into. It's totally free to the public, and as long as you don't mind braving the insanity that will be Times Square Super Bowl version, you can see these punk/new wave icons for the cost of nothing.

Man Man, Xenia Rubinos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Weirdo art rockers Man Man are joined by the similarly art Xenia Rubinos for this show, which is recommended for fans of the eccentric.

Big Ups, EULA, Kal Marks, Malatese @ Death by Audio
Great bill at DbA tonight with the raw post-hardcore of Big Ups, noise rock of EULA, quirky indie rock of Kal Marks and more.

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Turf War, The Brooklyn What, Infinity Girl @ Shea Stadium
The Alabama roots rock of Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires may be an unlikely match for Sub Pop Records, but alas, the band has signed to the trusty label, which could be enough of a reason on its own to check these guys out.

The Burlies, Paper Fleet, Drunk Tigers, Sunset Guns, Railsplitters @ Cake Shop
The Dismemberment Plan are back in action, but Travis Morrison is still staying busy with other projects, including his band The Burlies, who play tonight.

Nomad, Sad Boys, EEL, Mueco, Scab Eaters @ Acheron
NYC punks Nomad are a pretty busy band, with tons of chances to catch them in their hometown, and tonight they're joined by a couple other local bands, plus Pittsburgh's EEL and Montreal's Mueco.

Porches @ Baby's All Right this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Porches, Howth, Stranger Cat @ Cameo
There's never a lack of hometown shows from NYC indie rockers Porches, and tonight's is doubly good because Cat Martino's electronic project Stranger Cat is also on the bill.

Dawn of Midi, Bright Wave @ Merkin Concert Hall
Part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, this collaborative effort is a promised "evening of improvised and written music that collapses the distinction between electronic and acoustic sound."

Ziggy Marley @ Bryant Park
A chip off the old block, Ziggy Marley has become a bankable reggae star in his own right. This is another of the many Super Bowl related shows, which was free with RSVP (which is now full).

PC Worship, Aa, Dan Friel, Dinowalrus, Advaeta @ Silent Barn
Tonight is the release party for Aa's new album, VoyAager, and the band have assembled a disparate and talented bunch of bands for support.

TEEN, Icewater, Tiger Dare, Pocean @ Baby's All Right
You may know Icewater as Eleanor Friedberger's backing band, but they make music on their own, too. You can stream their very catchy debut album, Collector's Edition, below.

Nous @ Basilica Hudson
Fans of experimental music will want to check out this band featuring composer Christopher Bono, as well as the talents of Greg Fox, Thor Harris, Shahzad Ismaily, Grey Mcmurray, and others. Tonight is their live debut and they make their NYC debut Sunday night at Baby's All Right.

David Crosby @ City Winery
A true rock legend, David Crosby recently released his first solo album in 20 years and this is his fourth straight sold-out shows at City Winery.

Morbid Saint, Seeds of Perdition, Stychnia, Condition Critical @ Saint Vitus
Classic-era thrashers Morbid Saint are responsible for one of the most vicious thrash albums of the style's heyday in 1988's Spectrum of Death. Their reunited incarnation also played one of the best non-marquee sets of MDF 2012, noticeably outdoing a certain other band with "Morbid" in their name who played the same day.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
Kylesa

As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.

Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...

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