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Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House, 12/13/13
Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo launched a four-night residency at Brooklyn's Bell House on Friday, playing a double-header set to a crowd of devotees who, in previous years, would've followed the band to their usual mid-December haunt, legendary Hoboken bar/restaurant/music venue Maxwell's.

But Maxwell's closed the doors to its performance space this past summer, leaving that annual series of Hanukkah shows without a home. And while the New Jersey trio have found a new haven in a sold-out room near the Gowanus Canal, frontman Ira Kaplan insisted that the December 13 gig was simply the first in a string of "boring old Yo La Tengo shows," and not the next installment of the treasured Hanukkah franchise, which ran from 2001 to 2012.

So, rather than the usual eight concerts, there are four, and the standard Hanukkah show openers -- a musical act followed by stand-up comedy -- were missing. What remained, though, was the intimacy shared between the audience and the indie-rock lifers. - [SPIN]

Maxwell's is no more and, as the SPIN article mentions above, Yo La Tengo's four sold-out holiday shows at The Bell House were not intended to replace their legendary Hanukah runs at the Hoboken venue (where Maxwell's booker Todd Abramson now works). But they did work a similar intimate vibe over the course of the weekend. Each show worked the same: two sets, one acoustic and one electric, and they opened with "Ohm" and reprised it in the electric set every night. Pictures from Night 1 and setlists from all four shows are in this post, and you can download a recording of the entire show over at NYC Taper.

More below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo played 4 nights @ Bell House (pics, setlists)"

Yo La Tengo at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
YLT

Yo La Tengo, who usually play eight nights of Hanukkah at the now-closed Maxwell's, recently announced three holiday shows happening just after Hanukkah at The Bell House from December 13-15. All three of those shows have since sold out, but YLT added a fourth date happening on December 16 at the same venue. Tickets for the newly added date are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo sold out their holiday shows, add a 4th date"

photos by Ryan Muir

Zapp / breakdancers @ The Bell House, 5/23/2013
Zapp
Zapp

'80s electro-funk vets Zapp were supposed to play Celebrate Brooklyn's Old School Funk & Hip-Hop Dance Party with DJ D-Nice last Thursday (5/23) at Brooklyn Bridge Park but thunderstorms moved the party to The Bell House. While frontman Roger Troutman died 10 years ago, the other Troutman brothers brought Zapp hits "More Bounce to the Ounce", "Dance Floor," "Computer Love" and more to the Gowanus venue. The free party also featured pimp suits, booty shaking and a breakdance lesson.

The Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park summer series begins on June 5 with a free show from Patty Griffin. Check out the full lineup (which no longer includes Big Boi).

More pictures from The Bell House below...

Continue reading "Zapp played Celebrate Brooklyn! at The Bell House (pics)"

Paul F Tompkins

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins is taking his "Thrilling Adventure Hour" on tour this year and will bring it to NYC on May 11 at The Bell House for two shows (early and late) with Paget Brewster, John Hodgman (who named Paul's "Laboring Under Delusions Live in Brooklyn" one of his favorite things of 2012), James Urbaniak, and Marc Evan Jackson. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

A list of all dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Paul F Tompkins touring his 'Thrilling Adventure Hour,' playing two shows at The Bell House (dates)"

still from 'Fight For Your Right Revisited'
Fight for Your Right Revisited

To help benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief, Brooklyn Bowl and Oscilloscope Laboratories are teaming up to present a benefit tonight (11/5) at Brooklyn Bowl with screenings of Beastie Boys short film Fight For Your Right Revisited and LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up and Play the Hits with "full concert sound." Admission is pay what you like with a suggested $10 donation. Every $5 donated gets you a raffle ticket for prizes and giveaways from Oscilloscope Labs and Brooklyn Bowl. Canned food and household goods will be collected at the show too. The Fight For Your Right Revisted video and the trailer for Shut Up and Play the Hits are below.

Another benefit you can attend tonight is the open mic at The Bell House, which is back open after being closed due to a blown transformer yesterday. All proceeds (financial donations only) will go to the American Red Cross. The open mic runs from 6 - 8 PM.

Brooklyn Bowl is also hosting a benefit with Gary Clark Jr. on Tuesday.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Hurricane Sandy benefits happening at Brooklyn Bowl and The Bell House tonight"

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As we saw yesterday, the power is back to most of Manhattan and many more shows are starting to happen. Subways are continuing to get better too. Yesterday we mentioned that the 4, 5, 6, and 7 trains were back up, and now the J and F train are back too. Current subway outage map is here.

If you're looking for ways you can help out with hurricane relief, head to http://www.nycservice.org/.

Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Sunday (11/4).

As mentioned on Saturday, Peter Wolf's shows are cancelled, but City Winery is opening tonight for a NYC stand-up comedy benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims.

The Bell House had been open for a few days, but they just tweeted, "Blown transformer, fire under the street, no power on our block." They're moving the "Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance" show to November 23 and are currently looking for a new location to do tonight's hurricane relief open mic.

Maxwell's, which is undamaged, finally got their power back, but unfortunately, "it came too late to enable [them] to host the Crooked Fingers/John Vanderslice show tonight," so that show has been cancelled. John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers did play a pre-transformer explosion show at The Bell House on Friday (11/2), and as hinted, John did in fact wear his Tigger costume.

Tonight's Marea show at SOB's is cancelled.

Tonight's Little Feat and Leon Russell show at Capitol Theatre has been postponed. New date TBA.

The previously discussed Samiam show is still on, and set to take off tonight at Saint Vitus (11/4) with guests Liquor Store and I'm With Cupid. Tickets are still available.

Mercury Lounge is open again and tonight's Fenster show with Howth, Norwegian Arms, and Steel Phantoms is still on. Tickets for that show are still available. Fenster were also supposed to play Shea Stadium and Muchmore's last week too but Sandy cancelled those.

As mentioned, the Molly Nilsson and Cat Martino show which was supposed to happen at Glasslands last Sunday (10/28) is instead happening at Public Assembly tonight with Amalie Bruun. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Bowery Ballroom is back up and Gary Clark Jr. plays his first of three shows there tonight.

Mossenek (featuring Mick Barr and Chuck Bettis), Yoshiko Ohara (of Bloody Panda), and Entartete play Death by Audio tonight. It's the first show ever for Entartete, the new project of Speck Brown (ex-Orphan) who formed the band after the tragic passing of Brendan Majewski. Flyer for the show is below.

Le Poisson Rouge finally reopened last night and are open tonight too. Tonight they have a contemporary classical performance by pianist Jenny Q Chai at 6:30 PM, Dan Neustadt (of The Hold Steady, Northern Bells) playing Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation at 9 PM, and the rescheduled from Tuesday Kitsune Club Night with The Twelves, Yusek, and JDH & Dave P.

Hannibal Buress, who couldn't make it to his weekly Sunday comedy show at Knitting Factory last week due to the hurricane, is back in action tonight.

Knitting Factory is also hosting Band Slam the Vote tonight, rescheduled from Thursday (11/1), with Lonesome Empire, The Nepotist, Laura Faye, Ionie, Dream Logic, Sophia Urista, and Joy and The Hansons. The show now also doubles as a hurricane benefit concert, and "all proceeds from ticket sales will go to support non-profit Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts."

UCB Theatre and UCB East are both open and UCB Theatre hosts their weekly ASSSSCAT 3000 shows while UCB East has a stand-up open mic at 5:30 PM, Indie Cage Match at 7:30 PM, Improv Nerds at 9 PM, and The Improv Nerds Jam at 10 PM.

Power is back on at The Stone in the East Village tonight (11/4) so look for a pair of shows including an early 8PM show with Victor Poison-Tete (of rat at rat r) and a 10PM show with Tamio Shiraishi and Cammisa Buerhaus.

Barbes opens this afternoon with the first of four events at the venue tonight. Two showings of Señor Calavera's JUST IN CASE, "an interactive image and music driven dramatization of the book Just in Case by Yuyi Morales, go down at 2:30pm and 4PM today, followed by a performance of The Four Bags at 8PM, Amour Obscur at 9PM and la Sabrosa Sabrosura at 10PM.

Trash Bar is hosting a Hurricane Relief Concert & Jam.

Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, and Highway Gimps play Big Snow tonight.

The Reckless Collected, The Dharma Body, Model Stranger, and Shayna Sands play Cameo Gallery tonight.

Street Smells, Easy Lover, Eastern Hollows, and No Kill play Glasslands tonight.

The Living Room is open and are hosting The Lombardi Case 1975 at 2 PM, Afro-Jersey at 7 PM, and Daniel Wayne at 9:30 PM.

The Studio at Webster Hall is hosting Get Out the Vote with Patrick Toussaint, Mad Moiselle, Siya, Shamar Forte, and Wes Cyphers.

The Schtick or Treat Halloween comedy show, was postponed from last Monday (10/29) to tonight at Littlefield. Littlefield also hosts an early show, Yellow Sneaker Sock Hop: Puppet Show and Album Launch.

Union Pool is open and holding a hurricane benefit drive. They write, "We are holding a drive for our fellow New Yorkers in Staten Island Sunday November 4th from 1-6pm. This will be the first of many drives we hold for the communities affected by the devastation that is Hurricane Sandy." Head to Union Pool's site to see the list of items they'll be accepting.

Union Hall is open and hosting Rolie Polie Guacamole with special guest Lou Gallo at 3 PM, and Eugene Mirman's Pretty Good FRiends show at 7:30 PM with host Caroline Creaghead and guests Myq Kaplan, Kendra Cunningham, Zoe Coombs Marr, and Max SIlvestri.

Justin Walter and Ryan Ferriera will perform at Zebulon, which is open for business in Williamsburg tonight.

After returning to some sense of normalcy yesterday, Joe's Pub will host Public Forum Duet: Anna Deavere Smith and David Simon early and John Kelly later at the venue.

Bad Side, Holidays, The Guts and Pity Party are ready to take on The Acheron tonight.

Brooklyn Bowl is open.

Uriah Heep plays BB King's tonight.

Santos Party House was closed last night and don't have anything listed for tonight either, but Monday's (11/5) MNDR, Colourmusic, Shiny Toy Guns, and Static Summer show is still a go. Deidre & the Dark (Deidre of Savoir Adore) (who just played NYC) also plays Santos on Monday with Gin Wigmore. However, the Etienne De Crecy show is cancelled.

Cake Shop got their power back and hosted The Luyas and Peace last night, but they have nothing scheduled for tonight.

The Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke Band play The Blue Note tonight. A portion of ticket sales will go to the American Red Cross.

Tonight's Leslie West show at Iridium Jazz Club tonight has been postponed to a TBA date in January.

Arlenes's Grocery is back open and tonight they've got Lhabya, The Juvenals, ElixirOnMute, and Bear Language.

As mentioned yesterday, Rockwood Music Hall is back open.

Friday's David Choi and Clara C show at Highline Ballroom has been rescheduled for tonight. However, the Acoustic Africa Tour show has been cancelled. Refunds for that one are available at the point of purchase.

Monday's Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy show at Best Buy Theater has been rescheduled for tonight. All tickets will be honored.

Translator Audio and the associated South Sound studios/practice spaces, which were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, have set up a donation area. Donate if you can.

Terrence Hannum of Locrian has a new zine available for order now. The zine, which is based on art inspired by the pentagram, comes with a cassette that is to be listened to while viewing the zine. Check out a video preview of the zine below. Locrian has a new split with Horseback out now via Relapse Records.

Joey Bada$$ was joined by The Roots for his late night TV debut on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon on Friday. Check out a video of him performing "Waves" below.

Continue reading "What is & isn't going on Sunday? (John Vanderslice/Crooked Fingers cancelled; Samiam, Fenster, Molly Nilsson, Gary Clark Jr, Entartete (ex-Orphan) & more are on)"

by Klaus Kinski

Merch from last year's Mirman Fest (more by David Andrako)
Mirman Merch

Somehow my subconscious brain knew that the 5th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival announcement was bloody fuckin nigh. Yesterday I was noodling around flickr looking at pics of Invite Them Up from back in the day. Then last night I had a dream I showed up to the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest and, while waiting in line, was cut by some d-bags who I then loudly called the C-word only to be publicly reprimanded by Eugene for using such language. He then gave me a 15 foot long nylon tent full of toiletries and candy and I spent the next few REM cycles stressing about how I was going to get all that stuff home.

Flash forward to noon today when I get the formal announcement crammed into my inbox alerting me that the 5th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival will take place September 13 - 16 2012 at the Bell House and Union Hall. As with the announcements for past EMCF's, details at this stage in the game are scant. (Sarah Silverman on 9/14 is one of the few announced names at this point.) Which is fine with me. The announced shows, below, are the mere skeletal structure of a great, big, fat, tall, and deformed monster of what the Fest will actually evolve into as the show dates get closer. Tickets for all shows are NOW ON SALE!

The schedule as of writing is below, but don't forget! THIS FRIDAY! August 24th, 2012 The Bell House will be hosting Bring Your Checkbook: The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Fundraiser hosted by Eugene Mirman and featuring Brendon Small, James Adomian, and many other surprise guests. Per Eugene:

We're doing a show this Friday to raise money for our 5th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. You should come. Then you'll 1) see a great show with me, Brendon Small (Home Movies, Metalocolypse), James Adomian (Comedy Band Bang, Craig Ferguson) and surprise guests 2) be able to bid on awesome silent auction prizes like Sarah Silverman doing your outgoing voicemail message, tickets and a meet and greet to Jim Gaffigan's Appolo show, plus 3) a raffle with such prizes as David Cross' mustache clippings in a Potpourri bag made by Amber Tamblyn, dinner with me and festival producers and more!
Schedule, skeletal as it is, for the 2012 Euguene Mirman Comedy Festival is below.

Continue reading "2012 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival: schedule and tickets"

John Vanderslice at Mercury Lounge in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers (the project of Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann) are teaming up for a co-headlining tour together this fall which hits the NYC area for shows at The Bell House on November 2 and Maxwell's on November 4. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet but check ticketweb for updates on the Bell House and ticketfly for Maxell's. Tickets for other dates on the tour are going on sale this Friday (8/10). All dates are listed below.

John Vanderslice recently performed David Bowie's 1974 album, Diamond Dogs (the one with radio hit "Rebel Rebel") in its entirety at San Francisco's Vogue Theater (8/2). John was joined by Jason Slota on drums, Jamie Riotto on upright bass, and Rob Shelton on Rhodes for the show. After finishing the performance of the album, he also threw in a cover of "Ashes to Ashes" from Bowie's Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Videos of John and band playing "Big Brother" and "Ashes to Ashes" at the show are below.

Those videos and a list of all dates are below.

Continue reading "John Vanderslice touring w/ Crooked Fingers, covered Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs' in San Francisco (dates & videos)"

Patterson Hood

The Drive-by-Truckers' Patterson Hood will be releasing his third solo record, Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance, on September 11 via ATO Records. The album's first single, "Come Back Little Star," featuring onetime Jody Grind singer Kelly Hogan, is streaming below.

Patterson is playing a few select dates over the summer, most with his band The Downtown Rumblers, including a show in NYC at the Bell House on Monday (7/23) with an acoustic set from Atlanta, GA's Turf War. Tickets for that show are still available. All Patterson Hood tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Patterson Hood releasing new solo LP (stream a track), playing shows including The Bell House (dates)"

Off! at Bowery Ballroom last night (via @spins)
Off!

The Bronx and OFF! will team up for a surprise show TONIGHT at Bell House (May 30th) for FREE. Says the Bell House Twitter feed: "Releasing wristbands for entry at 5pm (1 per), doors at 8, SEE YOU THERE!" UPDATE: Doors at 9PM

Both Off! and The Bronx played recent shows in the NYC area, with the former taking on Bowery Ballroom last night and the latter (and their mariachi alter ego) playing a Rocks Off Boat Cruise.

If you missed Bowery Ballroom and will miss tonight's show, you're not out of luck as Off! support Refused on the waterfront this summer.

Reggie Watts @ @ the Vic last week (more by Ben Rodig)
Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts, who played the Vic in Chicago last week and is now on a tour that hits Austin for two shows this weekend, recently played a sold out show at Webster Hall in NYC and was just announced on the lineup of the upcoming multi-venue CBGB Festival in NYC. Well, Reggie's venue has been revealed and it is The Bell House in Brooklyn on July 6th with a reunited Radio 4 and The Jigglers. if you don't want to mess with a CBGB Fest badge, tickets are on sale.

A list of all Reggie Watts tour dates, and the new Hot Chip video that he stars in, below...

Continue reading "Reggie Watts touring, playing NYC show w/ reformed Radio 4 "

Langhorne Slim & band (which does not include Danger Mouse)
Norah Jones

Norah Jones, whose new Danger Mouse-produced album Little Broken Hearts is out now, is playing the Bell House Friday, May 11. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale at noon today (5/8). Norah also has a much larger show coming up at Central Park Summerstage in July and other dates which are listed below.

Cory Chisel is one of the many artists playing the upcoming Dylan Fest at irving Plaza and the Do Division Festival in Chicago. He's also opening for Murder By Death at the previously mentioned Webster Hall show which is part of a larger tour for the two artists. In August he hits the road with Norah Jones. All tour dates are listed below.

Some of Murder by Death's dates are with Ha Ha Tonka, who just played the Kentucky Derby and meanwhile will hit the road with Langhorne Slim for a tour that visits Bowery Ballroom on June 14. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Norah Jones playing Bell House, touring w/ Cory Chisel who tours w/ Murder by Death who tours w/ Ha Ha Tonka who tours w/ Langhorne Slim (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Bonfire Nights
Bonfire Nights

The annual post-SXSW Aussie BBQ is happening March 25 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, with a whopping 14 performers throughout the all-day event: Big Scary, Bonfire Nights, Busby Marou, Jonti, Jordie Lane, Oh Mercy, The Jefferson, Teeth & Tongue, Voltaire Twins, Wazu, Luluc, Pets with Pets, Traveller & Fortune, and Saskia Sansom.

Oh Mercy
Oh Mercy

With the only determining factor being country of origin, it's a disparate lineup, ranging from gentle folk (Jordie Lane, Luluc, Traveller & Fortune and Saskia Sansom), wide appeal pop (Big Scary, The Jefferson), psych rock (Bonfire Nights, Pets with Pets), synth/glitch/electro (Voltaire Twins, Jonti, Wazu), indiepop (Oh Mercy) and Teeth & Tongue, who is a little like Anna Calvi. Literally something for everyone. Unless all you like is jazz or metal or some other genre not listed above.

At the bottom of this post there's videos and music streams for every artist on the bill. Tickets are $12 -- that's less than a dollar per band. Pretty good deal and a fun way to spend a Sunday.

In addition to playing SXSW and the Aussie BBQ, Big Scary and Teeth & Tongue are going on more extensive North American dates (though not together) and those dates can be found at the bottom of this post. For Big Scary they included gigs at Mercury Lounge and Glasslands.

You can also grab a Big Scary tracks as part of a free mixtape they're giving away on Bandcamp, and as part of a free Family Records SXSW 2012 mixtape. The mixtape also contains songs by Savoir Adore, We Are Augustines and 10 others.

Twerps
The Twerps

While not part of the BBQ, Australia's Twerps (who made one of my favorite albums of 2012) will be over for SXSW too. After Austin, they're coming to New York for two shows:  March 29 at 285 Kent with Ducktails and March 30 at Mercury Lounge with The Mad Scene. After playing here, Twerps hit the road with Real Estate for an extensive North American tour and those dates are at the bottom of this post, along with a new video for album track "Through the Day."

Speaking of Hamish Kilgour (who is in the The Mad Scene), The Clean also just announced dates that bring them to Le Poisson Rouge this year.

Click through for videos and streams by all the Aussie BBQ bands, plus tour dates for Big Scary, Teeth & Tongue, and Twerps.

Continue reading "Big Scary, Oh Mercy & more playing Aussie BBQ, other dates; Twerps playing SXSW, NYC, touring with Real Estate"

photos by Erik Erikson

How Was Your Week? -- 2/2 @ the Bell House
How Was Your Week?

Now 49 episodes in, each week Julie Klausner posts another free edition of her podcast "How Was Your Week?". Grab them all and subscribe at iTunes, and stay tuned for the edition that was taped at the Bell House back on 2/2 with Tom Scharpling, Sandra Bernhard, Ted Leo, Ira Glass, and Joe Mande. Meanwhile, check out Joe Mande every Thursday night at UCB East (including tonight), and check out more pictures from the 2/2 podcast event, below...

Continue reading "How Was Your Week? with Julie Klausner (podcast & live pics)"

photos by Jason House

The Gories

...lo and behold, to my amazement, after Saturday's show, I've now seen The Gories do their thing threefold. And each time has been better than the last, as if they've picked up where they left off to become meaner and leaner. This time, they started with the obvious ("Hey, Hey We're The Gories"), but as they announced, tonight's performance delved into lesser known cuts from singles and comps. As such, we heard their wooly version of The Keggs' "To Find Out" (included on Crypt's Back from the Grave, Volume 2) and "You Little Nothing," which showed off Kroha's wily vocals. That same approach, with Dan taking lead instead of Mick, made "I Think I've Had It" standout early on too.

Still, it was the combination of Collins' tenor and the thumping hipshake on the band's best known tracks that proved to be the highlights. It is hard to think of a cut more pure in its intent than "Feral," a near-perfect dissertation on the evils of the fairer sex, while the potency of "Sovereignty Flight" has never been measured by its number of chords. While the band joked about its lack of skill and even still managed to start a song in different keys from one another, it's always been the manner in which it tapped into R&R's central nervous system that defined them... [Agit Reader]

The Gories teamed with Mark Sultan and The Mighty Fine at Bell House on Saturday (1/28), one of two dates for the reactivated garage trio who also played the night before at Maxwell's (on 1/27) with Bloodshot Bill and Boom Chick.

More pictures and setlists from the Brooklyn show below...

Continue reading "The Gories played the Bell House with Mark Sultan & the Mighty Fine (pics)"

May 2003 flyer...
The Ryub

Less than a month before Park Slope club Southpaw is gone forever, and Southpaw mainstay DJ team The Rub has announced that after their final party at Southpaw this Saturday (2/4), they're moving to the bigger Bell House down the street (relatively speaking). Read the trio's entire long goodbye to Southpaw, and check out their final Southpaw flyer, below...

Continue reading "The Rub moving to the Bell House, eulogize Southpaw (where they'll play one more time)"

Pat Kiernan
Pat Kiernan

Demtetri Martin has added a third show at NYU which is on sale now. It doesn't appear to also be a taping (just a rehearsal), and happens towards the end of his tour and three days before his other two NYC shows which are tapings.

That same week, astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson returns to the Bell House along with Eugene Mirman for another edition of Star Talk Live! Tickets just went on sale.

NY1's Pat Kiernan hosts trivia at the Bell House on February 27 (which is one day before Stephen Tobolowsky appears at the venue).

Meanwhile, you have ONLY THREE MORE CHANCES to see Daniel Kitson at St. Ann's.

Watch "Shit Pat Kiernan says" below...

Continue reading "Demetri Martin adds 3rd NYC show; Neil de Grasse Tyson & Pat Kiernan returning to the Bell House; Kitson done soon"

by Bill Pearis

chickfactor #1 with cover stars Small Factory
Chickfactor

chickfactor will celebrate its 20-year anniversary with five blissful nights of sparkling indie pop on the Northeast Corridor of the USA (three in NY; two in DC) including the first shows in years by Black Tambourine, Small Factory, Pipas, The Aislers Set, A Girl Called Eddy, The Softies, The Lois Plus, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group and Fan Modine and rare performances from such pop luminaries asStevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Frankie Rose, Lilys, Lorelei, Dot Dash, Versus, Bridget St John and Honey Bunch.

chickfactor started in 1992 in D.C. and New York by pop-loving maniacs Pam Berry and Gail O'Hara, who used to travel up and down the East Coast seeing Small Factory, Honey Bunch, the Wedding Present and any other fine indie-pop bands of the era. We are spoiled silly and lucky as all get-out to be able to present this super-stellar line-up. Get your ticket fast, do not dilly-dally!

Those who followed indiepop in the '90s most certainly read (and probably still have their copies of) fabled 'zine chickfactor, which was written all in lower-case and was read sideways like a calendar. Stephin Merritt was among the regular contributors and it was fun, funny and turned a lot of folks on to cool new sounds like Black Tambourine, Lois Maffeo, Small Factory, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, Tiger Trap and many more. Stevie Jackson wrote a song about it for the second Belle & Sebastian album, maybe you heard it.

For chickfactor's 20th anniversary, founders Gail O'Hara and Pam Berry have put together a five-day, two-city festival that gathers many of the zine's most loved bands, many of whom haven't performed in 15 or more years. It happens April 6 and 7 at the Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia and then in NYC April 10 -12 at The Bell House (Maybe some of you went to the 10th anniversary show at Fez?).

Tickets for the Bell House are on sale today (1/12) noon and are $25 for individual nights (4/10, 4/11, 4/12) or $70 for a three day pass.

The shows shows break down like this:

April 6 (Artispace, Arlington, VA): Stevie Jackson, Frankie Rose, Honey Bunch, The Dot Dash

April 7 (Artispace, Arlington, VA): Black Tambourine, Lilys, Fan Modine, Lorelei

April 10 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): Black Tambourine, Small Factory, Versus, The Lois Plus + Special Guests.

April 11 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): The Aislers Set, Pipas, Bridget St. John, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group

April 12 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): Stevie Jackson, Honey Bunch, A Girl Called Eddy, The Softies

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Black Tambourine (first East Coast shows in 20 years) and The Aislers Set (first in almost 10 years) are the big draws here, but this writer is especially excited about folk pop trio Small Factory who haven't played together in 15 years and Minneapolis' The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group whose 1995 album O Brother Where Art Thou? is a lost '90s classic (they're promising a new album this year too).

This comes a mere month before the sixth annual NYC Popfest (happening May 17 - 20) which means this spring is likely to be a very good year for indiepop fans. NYC Popfest hasn't divulged any of its line-up, but I hear it may be their most ambitious yet.

Click though for a detailed rundown of the chickfactor fest line-up, plus some vintage videos from the groups involved.

Continue reading "Black Tambourine, Aislers Set, Small Factory, Legendary Jim Ruiz Group & more reuniting for chickfactor festival"

photos by Erik Erikson

Ted Leo @ The Bell House
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Attention those in (army jackets in) attendance at the Bell House on 12/30:

"Tall guy in army jacket w a great smile, you danced next to me and my friend. You piled your black coat on my bag and coat.
Where did you go?
Does this ever work? I'm giving it a shot."
[Ted Leo at The Bell House - w4m (Park Slope )]
Attention Jonah:
you should call/email me so I can give my friend's number to your friend. She was waiting for him to ask.
Like you said "that should totally happen"
L [Jonah, we met at the Ted Leo show - w4m (The Bell House)]
The Ted Leo & The Pharmacists show at the Bell House on 12/30 with Obits, Ted's first of two end-of-year shows with crowd surfing comedian Kurt Braunohler, was full of missed connections. Here are some pictures. Ted, Kurt and special guest Sharon Van Etten also played Maxwell's on New Year's Eve.

More pictures & videos (including Ted doing Waterboys and MC5 covers) from the Bell House below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo & the Pharmacists played the Bell House w/ Obits & Kurt Braunohler (pics & videos)"

Puss & Boots @ Rockwood in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Puss and Boots

Monday night at the Bell House:

Sex, love, and Country music! Puss and Boots brings to Brooklyn holiday cheer, many P and B special guests/santa's helpers, and hay stacks...lots of them!

Featuring burlesque by Nasty Canaste, and Minnie Tonka plus Speical guests Teddy Thompson, Kaki King, Seth Herzog, Sonia Brown, Michelle Casillas, Jeff Hill, Harper Blynn and more!

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Show / $15 Advance Tickets

I don't know who the "and more" are, but don't forget that Puss n Boots is Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper, and Norah Jones.

Speaking of Norah Jones and Christmas, did you catch her playing the Ace Hotel on Anthony Bourdain's recently-aired Christmas show? Did you catch Fucked Up at the end of the same show?

photos by David Andrako

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari booked two last minute Saturday night shows at the Bell House to test out material for a new album he hopes to release next year. Hannibal Burress opened both the early and late shows. We've got some pictures from the the late one in this post.

Aziz's friend James Murphy wasn't in the audience (he was over at Terminal 5), but his other GQ friend David Chang was spotted.

Two days earlier Aziz got some major internet attention thanks to a post on his blog. As Gizmodo says:

Jay-Z and Kanye West's N*ggas in Paris is an epically hard, head bumping anthem that's ruled rap for the better part of the year. Aziz Ansari and Matthew Shawver just one upped it by translating it into a hilarious rendition filled with emojis from their iPhones. This is the best thing to happen to music all year.
Hannibal Buress, who don't forget performs at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn for free almost every Sunday night, has some hip hop related news of his own too. He got Young Jeezy's attention with a joke.

More pictures from the Brooklyn show below...

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Aziz Ansari, David Chang & James Murphy
Aziz

AZIZ ANSARI with Special Guest HANNIBAL BURESS
This Saturday, December 10th at The Bell House
21+ / $15
Two shows:
7pm: TICKETS
9:30pm: TICKETS

Both shows on-sale at noon

Only one person in the above picture will be performing at the Bell House on Saturday, but all three are featured in a GQ article, and another one is DJing in Williamsburg in less than two weeks, one day before Dom opens for Fucked Up in the same unique venue.

Parllex

Like he did in years past, Bradford Cox aka Atlas Sound will play a winter show in NYC, or more specifically at the Bell House in Brooklyn (on December 17th). Balkans open this year's show and tickets are on sale.

UPDATE: 2nd Atlas Sound show announced

This year Atlas Sound will be supporting his great new album, Parallax, which was released by 4AD on November 8th. Listen on Spotify

words & photos by Keith Marlowe

Tandoori Knights @ the Bell House
Norton Records 25th Anniversary

I started the night, the fourth and final night of the the Norton Records 25th Anniversary celebration at the Bell House, watching Andy Shernoff from the Dictators playing an acoustic set in the front room. He ended with his hilarious zombie Jew song, based on Jesus's return to Earth.

The Figures of Light, who originally formed in 1970, played their classic proto-punk songs as well as tracks off their new album, Drop Dead, which was recorded this July in Brooklyn by the Gories' Mick Collins, who plays guitar in the band along with original members Wheeler Winston Dixon and Michael Downey, as well as Mark Natale and Miriam Linna from the A-Bones.

The Real Kids had to cancel due to illness, so another New Jersey band, the Swinging Neckbreakers filled in for them.

After them came the A-Bones, who feature vocalist Billy Miller and his wife, drummer Miriam Linna from Norton Records. They were joined at the end of their set Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney of the Flaming Groovies, who also played with the Daddy Long Legs the night before, and who played 'Teenage Head,' which was inspired by Kim Fowley when he was recording their record. Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, who played the celebration on Friday night as part of the Condo Fucks, was also playing guitar in the A-Bones. as he often does.

Tandoori Knights, a take-off on the British show Tandoori Nights were next. They are fronted by King Khan and Bloodshot Bill, and the band is a slightly slower, more melodic sound than the two are known for in their other projects, but they still kept the crowd moving until after 1 am, when Norton founders Billy and Miriam came out to thank everyone who had made the sold-out four day event such a success. Billy, Miriam, and King Khan also all made late night appearances on the first night of the fest.

The Sonics @ The Bell House
Norton Records 25th Anniversary

After they finished the thank-you's at nearly 1:45, the band everyone was waiting to see, The Sonics, took the stage. They had headlined a show Saturday afternoon at Maxwell's too. I didn't see that, but Sunday night they took the Bell House stage and just completely laid it down. I was really impressed. They played an hour and a half set that just kept picking up energy the entire time, hitting all their well-knows songs, like Strychnine, the Hustler, Boss Hoss, Psycho and climaxed with their first and best-known hit, the Witch, and tore right into a cover of Louie Louie they totally owned, probably playing it better and with more authority than any other band in the world is capable of doing. The biggest surprise to me was how good their new songs are. Usually a band reforms knowing that they have a catalogue that people celebrate and will pay to hear, and they can tour on that nostalgia factor, or write some songs that completely lack the chemistry that the original members once had. I've definitely groaned when a reunion band announces, "we're gonna play some of our new songs tonight." but the Sonics have hit the studio hard. The new songs, Cheap Shades, Bad Attitude, Don't Back Down, and Vampire Kiss were really tight, and would sound right at home on both Here Are the Sonics and BOOM. Their new record, 8, was recorded by legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino and was released in 2010. It's great to see such an important band still touring and recording great songs......

More photos from the Sunday night show below...

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photos by Jason House

The Nor-Tones

After a kick off night on Thursday, another party Friday, and a daytime show with the Sonics in Hoboken on Saturday (11/12), the third night of the Norton Records 25th Anniversary went down at the Bell House on Saturday night with a lineup that included Question Mark & The Mysterians, Randy Fuller Four, Untamed Youth, The Nor-Tones (third night in a row), Daddy Long Legs (with appearances from Ron Loney and Cyril Jordan of the Flamin' Groovies), Hentchmen, Luis and the Wildfires, and South Bay Surfers. And the fun lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

Pictures from most of the night (none of South Bay Surfers or Untamed Youth), continue below...

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