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photo: Fat White Family at Baby's in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)

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

Fat White Family, Sun Club, Roya @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
UK band Fat White Family are back entertaining/scaring audiences with their dark-hued brand of scuzz-rock. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite the antics (and, according to The NY Post, the smell). If you're up for post-show mischief, head to nearby Passenger Bar for the afterparty.

Four Tet b2b Floating Points @ Output
IDM mastermind Four Tet and jazzy UK bass producer Floating Points are teaming up to DJ Output together tonight. No opener, so they're going all night long.

Yonatan Gat, Tonstartsbandht, Pill, Sunflower Bean @ Aviv
Onetime Monotonix member Yonatan Gat smudges the line between performer and audience -- as long as you're prepared to be an active participant, his shows are a lot of fun. He headlines this particularly solid bill that also features Montreal noisniks Tonstartsbandht, sax-fueled skrokers Pill, and the ubiquitous Sunflower Bean. If you've been meaning to check out new DIY spot Aviv, this would be a good one to go to.

Six Organs of Admittance, Elisa Ambrogio @ Baby's All Right
Ben Chasny's long-running experimental rock project Six Organs of Admittance remains prolific and released its newest album, Hexadic, earlier this year via Drag City. Making the night a great double bill, support comes from his labelmate and past collaborator Elisa Ambrogio (of noise band Magik Markers), who put out a very not-noisy solo album last year.

The Muscadettes, Raccoon Fighter, Dances, Will Sheff (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Montreal's shouty duo The Muscadettes are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Like early B-52's or Fuzzbox, they're in the same vein. Free midnight show. In the front room Will Sheff of Okkervil River will be DJing.

Empress Of, Patrick Wimberly (DJ Set), Dev Hynes (DJ Set), Lee Bannon (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight has Dev Hynes on DJ duty so who knows what may happen.

Blockhead, Mono/Poly, Ellie Herring, DJ Ryan Rasheed of Prefuse 73 @ Good Room
In addition to producing a large amount of Aesop Rock's material, Blockhead has had a lengthy solo career putting out instrumental hip hop on Ninja Tune. He's in solo mode tonight.

Dragons of Zynth, Valley Lodge, Danny Fingers and The Thumbs @ Rough Trade
Long-running NYC art-rock band Dragons of Zynth (who were on hiatus for a while) headline tonight. This bill also features Dave Hill's band Valley Lodge whose song "Go" is the theme song for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

As Friends Rust, UnWed, Pagan Girls @ Saint Vitus
As Friends Rust came out of the same late '90s Gainesville punk scene as bands like Hot Water Music, and after being gone for a while, tonight they play their first NYC show in 7 years. Also on the bill is UnWed, who count Hot Water Music bassist Jason Black as a member.

Kool A.D., Lakutis, TECLA, Kassa @ Santos Party House
Heems has been an especially active solo artist lately, but he's not the only Das Racist member keeping at it. Kool AD, who last released Word O.K. last year, plays a hometown solo show tonight with Lakutis and more.

Big Ups, EULA, Painted Zeros, Charly Bliss @ Silent Barn
Local post-hardcore band Big Ups are somewhere between Fugazi and Slint, and having a very animated frontman doesn't hurt them any, either. Right before them it's EULA, who recall the NYC noise rock scene of the 1980s (and worked with producer Martin Bisi from that scene on their newest record).

Lord Huron, Hamilton Leithauser @ Terminal 5
Folk rocker Lord Huron headlines the night, and if you're going to this show we recommend showing up for The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser.

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt @ Capitol Theatre
Get your dose of quality Americana tonight with these two country-folk greats.

Ben Folds, yMusic @ Town Hall
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play this sold-out show.

Mark Ronson (DJ Set), Blu Jemz @ Verboten
He's responsible for the song you can't avoid short of gouging your eardrums out...producer, gad-about, and "Uptown Funk" creator Mark Ronson spins records tonight.

The English Beat, The Skints, Easy Star Allstars @ Paramount
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too (and maybe even "She's Having a Baby"), you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."

Dave Harrington Group, Diamond Terrifier (DJ( @ Cameo Gallery
Darkside is no more (or at least on hiatus), but both members are staying active on their own, and tonight Dave Harrington performs a live improvised score to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."

'Salad Days' screening @ Nitehawk Cinema
The 'Salad Days' documentary chronicles the 1980s DC punk scene, which birthed Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Void, Faith, and so many more now-legendary bands. It's screened in NYC before, and does again tonight.

Phantom Posse, Pope Coke, Moon Bounce, Blood Moon @ Palisades
Quickly-rising rapper iLoveMakonnen just played two sold-out NYC shows this week and he has tonight off before continuing his tour in DC tomorrow. It looks like maybe, just maybe, he'll show up at this small show with Phantom Posse, the musical collective that frequently counts him as a member.

Andy Hull, Dustin Kensrue, Tanner Merritt @ Bell House
It's the second of two NYC shows for Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull, and the last one had Brand New's Jesse Lacey and Kevin Devine show up to sing with him. Will any guests come out tonight? Dustin Kensrue (frontman of the reunited Thrice) co-headlines.

Heaven, New Myths, Midnight Plus One, Gold Lake, Wrong Dots @ Pianos
Local shoegazers Heaven and slinky/sleek New Myths headline this bill of quality local acts.

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Tickets for the Noel Gallagher show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Spoon show at Kings Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Life of Agony show at The Wick go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to the BV-presented Protomartyr/Gotobeds show at The Wick are on sale now.

Tickets for the Doldrums show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets to Baby's All Right go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Death Cab for Cutie show with Explosions in the Sky at MSG go on sale today at 11AM.

Tickets for the Marching Church (Elias Bender Ronnefelt of Iceage) shows at a secret Brooklyn location and Acheron go on sale today at 10AM and noon, respectively.

2-Tone ska vets The English Beat are playing Gramercy Theatre on April 29. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to see Metric open for Imagine Dragons at Prudential Center and Barclays Center go on Ticketmaster presale today at 10AM.

Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Chris Webby, Murs, King 810 and Zuse are playing Irving Plaza on May 23. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10AM. UPDATE: They also play SOB's on April 2. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets for the Girl Band show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 10AM. Tickets for their date at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jeremy Enigk show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Full of Hell / The Body show at Saint Vitus are on sale now. No advance tickets at the moment for their ABC No Rio show.

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.


A whole bunch of '80s new wave acts (or members of them) will be puttin' on the hits this summer via the Retro Futura Tour. Thompson Twins singer Tom Bailey and Howard Jones headline this package tour that also includes Ultravox's Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves. The tour is set to kick off in NYC on August 21 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/18) at noon.

The tour's Facebook says more dates will be added but all current dates are listed, along with a video from each participant on the tour, below...

Continue reading "Retro Futura Tour w/ Howard Jones, Thompson Twins singer, Midge Ure, China Crisis & more this summer (dates)"


Tickets to the Morrissey show at Barclays Center go on AmEx presale today at noon 10 AM.

Tickets to see The National and Phosphorescent at Prospect Park go on AmEx and National fan club (password: "TROUBLE") today at noon.

Tickets to the Real Estate and Pure X show at at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the Chuck Ragan show at Irving Plaza go on Live Nation and Music Geeks presales (password: "musicgeeks") starting today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Lionel Richie and Cee-Lo Green NYC-area shows go on Online Store Presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Jessica Lea Mayfield at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Ticket to the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday at noon.

Matt Pond PA play Rough Trade on May 4 and Bowery Ballroom on May 5. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Bowery Ballroom starting today at noon.

Tickets to the just-added second Bombay Bicycle Club show at Webster Hall on May 9 go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets to the A-Trak and Cam'ron show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets to the Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station show at Radio City Music Hall go on fan presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the These New Puritans show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Angel Olsen show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the Afghan Whigs show at Brooklyn Bowl go on fan presale on today at 10 AM (password is "d2tbbrooklyn").

Tickets to the Dax Riggs show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Maximo Park, whose synthy new album Too Much Information just came out, will play Irving Plaza on  May 23. Tickets to that show go on presale today at 10 AM (password is "earlybird").

The English Beat play City Winery on June 28 and 29. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

Tickets for the Inga Copeland, DeepChord, Huerco S and Willhelm Bras show at Cameo as part of Unsound Festival are on sale now.

Tickets for the Porter Ricks, Vladislav Delay, Miles, Leisure Muffin, Ital & Halal and Le Petit Garcon show at The Wick as part of Unsound Festival are on sale now.

Tickets for the NY Sound City show with Drenge, PINS, Skepta and more at Knitting Factory are on sale now.

Tickets for World Party's shows at City Winery are on on sale now.

After reviving NJ punk (or pop punk) festival Skate & Surf in 2013, it returns again this year on May 17 & 18 at Middletown Sports Complex. The lineup includes The Early November, Pianos Become the Teeth, Black Breath, Tiny Moving Parts, a few reunions like Midtown, Hidden In Plain View and Saosin with Anthony Green, plus DMX, and more. 2-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale March 18.

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Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Vattnet Viskar

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

The Breeders, Speedy Ortiz @ Webster Hall
Indie rock vets have been celebrating their sophomore LP Last Splash on tour this year, and they're doing one final run before the year ends which has them doing the album AND their debut Pod. Tonight's their second of two Webster Hall shows, and like last night's, sonic descendants Speedy Ortiz open.

Phosphorescent, Heaven's Jail @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Phosphorescent is about to wrap up a great year that's seen a pretty significant increase in critical and fan love for the band with a four-night sold-out run at Music Hall of Williamsburg. This is the third night, and like tomorrow, Heaven's Jail opens.

SISU, Lizzo, U.S. Girls, DJ Sheila B @ 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's line-up was curated by BUST and features gothy SISU (feat. half of Dum Dum Girls), the twisted Phil Spector-ism of U.S. Girls, and Minneapolis rapper Lizzo. Free!

Bobby Womack @ City Winery
R&B legend Bobby Womack, who released the terrific The Bravest Man In The Universe (produced in part by Damon Albarn) last year, is back in NYC for a three night stint at City Winery, this being Night 1. Tickets are still available.

The English Beat, Head, The Rudie Crew @ Irving Plaza
Though it's basically frontman Dave Wakeling and a bunch of hired hands at this point, there is no doubting the quality of The English Beat's three '80s albums (all very different and only the first is really ska).

Vattnet Viskar, So Hideous, Alekhine's Gun, Imperial Triumphant @ Acheron
It's an excellent night of atmospheric heavy music at Acheron tonight, notably with Vattnet Viskar whose Sky Swallower was one of the best US black metal albums of the year, and NYC's airy post-hardcore band So Hideous.

Brand New, The So So Glos @ The Paramount
Brand New haven't been the most road-hungry band as of late, but they're doing these very few (and very hard to get into) discography shows which have them playing two of their albums tonight in Long Island and the other two tomorrow in NJ, plus a bonus show in Brooklyn on Sunday.

Dillon Francis, Cashmere Cat, Anamanaguchi @ Terminal 5
This should be a pretty fun show all around, with Dillon Francis, whose song "Without You" with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs was a pretty big hit in the dance world this year, plus fast-rising producer Cashmere Cat, and chiptune rockers Anamanaguchi. It's sold out and the same lineup does it again tomorrow (also sold out).

Yo Gabba Gabba! @ Beacon Theatre
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!, the touring version of the Nick Jr. show that is known to feature indie/alternative music, returns to Beacon Theatre for six holiday shows this weekend. There's one tonight, three tomorrow, and two on Sunday.

Darlene Love @ BB King's
A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector is one of the most essential collections of holiday music in the modern pop era, and Darlene Love is one of the singers featured multiple times on it. She always celebrates the holidays here in NYC at BB King's at this year is no different. Tonight is her second of three shows at the venue this holiday season.

Zs, Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, DJ Bubbles @ Trans Pecos
Cibo Matto have a new album and tour coming next year, but before that you can see one of their members, Miho Hatori, at this show at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave aka the old Silent Barn space). The experimental Zs are worth seeing too.

Light Asylum, Visuals, Agressiva @ Glasslands
If you like it dark, synthy, and gothy, then Light Asylum should be right up your alley.

RINGTINGTINGALINGS, Overlord, Moonmen on the Moon Man @ Cakeshop
Cake Shop house band Moonmen on the Moon Man reunite for this festive holiday party that also features members of Air Waves, My Teenage Stride, The Hairs and more.

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

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Tickets to see Dum Dum Girls at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Har Mar Superstar is playing Bowery Ballroom on December 17. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/04) at noon.

Tickets to see Savoir Adore and French Horn Rebellion at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Lord Huron at Terminal 5 go on go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Leverage Models at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo's new band Color Film have announced that they'll headline a Glasslands show (10/24) before they open for Gary Numan at his sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg show. Tickets to the Glasslands show are on sale now. Tickets for Glassjaw's Long Island show are still available.

The English Beat are playing Irving Plaza on December 20. Tickets to that show go on Live Nation/Mobile App and Music Geeks presales today at 10 AM, with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/04) at 10 AM (Music Geeks password is "musicgeeks").

Tickets to see Mad Professor at The Bell House are on sale now.

Tickets to see MEN and Beverly at Union Pool are on sale now.

Tickets to see A$AP Ferg at Irving Plaza are on sale now.

Tickets to see Hudson Mohawke at Output are available here and here.

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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

The Selecter @ Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Selecter

The English Beat, which is basically frontman Dave Wakeling and a bunch of hired hands at this point, will play The Bell House on October 19, and a Long Island show on October 25 at The Paramount. It's part of a fall tour for the band and all dates are listed below. Tickets for the Bell House are on sale now, and tickets for the Paramount show go on sale Saturday (9/7) at 10 AM. Band line-up aside, there is no doubting the quality of The English Beat's three '80s albums (all very different and only the first is really ska) which got reissued by Shout Factory last year as part of a box set called The Complete Beat that contained tons of rare 12" versions, b-sides, live cuts and more. The individual records got UK reissues with bonus discs too, worth seeking out.

As mentioned briefly, fellow 2-Tone era band The Selecter are gearing up for short North American tour. There are a couple "versions" of The Selecter touring, this one is with original singers Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson. The band, who shared a side of 2-Tone's first-ever single with The Specials (who were just in NYC) and have such classics as "Too Much Pressure" and "On My Radio," will play NYC on September 20 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, NYC ska vets The Toasters will be playing with ska-punks Voodoo Glow Skulls at Knitting Factory on October 6 and tickets are on sale now.

And not in NYC but The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will hold their annual Hometown Throwdown (which they've been doing since 1997) on December 27, 28 and 29, at the House of Blues in Boston. Tickets for that will go on sale September 20.

The English Beat and Selecter tour dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.

Continue reading "ska roundup: The English Beat, The Selecter, Toasters & more"

CSS at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

The Lox, Funkmaster Flex @ B.B. King
It's hard to believe that thirteen years have passed since Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Jadakiss released an LP as The Lox. And while each has been busy on the solo tip, many still miss the Yonkers crew that made their first appearance on "It's All About The Benjamins" way back when. Relive those old tracks, and classic solo material too like "We Gonna Make It", "Good Times" and "Mighty D-Block".

Nothing, Lazyeyes, Turnip King, The Backhomes, Treatment @ Paper Box
Philadelphia's Nothing practice heavy shoegaze, wowing a recent crowd at Saint Vitus. The band, which contains members of Night Sins, Horror Show, Salvation and recently Whirr, will headline Paper Box tonight before a tour with Whirr. Turnip King and Lazyeyes are also both worth checking out.

CSS, IO Echo @ Bowery Ballroom
Brazilian electro rockers CSS released their new Dave Sitek-produced LP, Planta, back in June, and this week they're bringing their tour with another pop-minded band, IO Echo, to NYC for two shows. The first of those happens tonight at Bowery Ballroom.

She & Him, Camera Obscura @ Central Park Summerstage
She & Him (aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) and Camera Obscura, who are both touring behind new albums this year, brought that tour to Central Park Summerstage over the weekend, and tonight they return to the venue for a second show.

Bass Drum of Death, Wild Yaks, Las Rosas, ILLS @ Shea Stadium
Garage rockers Bass Drum of Death just brought their tour through NYC for a free show with UMO last month, and tonight they do their first of two headlining gigs in not-free, much smaller venues. Tonight's is at Shea with strong support coming from Wild Yaks, Las Rosas (ex-Harlem), and ILLS.

The English Beat @ City Winery
After playing a free show in City Winery's backyard as part of the Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival, Dave Wakeling and his current iteration of The English Beat play tonight inside the venue. Sold out.

Sauna, Mannequin Pussy, Future Punx @ Death By Audio
Although it is an apt description for Death by Audio in July, Sauna is also an actual band (from Colorado, on Burger Records) playing the Williamsburg DIY venue tonight. Expect lots of jokes about that if you go tonight. Show up early to check out Future Punx (ex Fergus & Geronimo).

Week of Wonders, Chalk and Numbers, Pale Lights @ Mercury Lounge
If you're not worn out from the long holiday weekend, here's a nice indiepop show on the late side (doors at 9:30 PM) headlined by Week of Wonders (ex-Orca Team) who are making their NYC live debut at this show. Also playing: the charming, retro-pop sounds of Chalk & Numbers and Pretty Lights (featuring members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts).

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
PHJB are on night 2 of their week-long residency at the venue in support of their new album, That's It!.

There's good weekly comedy on Monday like Broken Comedy w/ Hannibal Burres @ Bar Matchless and Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield. For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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


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Dave Davies

The Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival returns with its fifth year starting June 4 and continuing every Tuesday through Labor Day. Brought to you by City Winery (where the shows take place), the free outdoor shows (they're behind the venue) go down from 5:00PM-7:30PM.

This Tuesday's kickoff show is with former Kinks guitarist/singer Dave Davies (who played City Winery last week). Other acts playing this year include Los Straitjackets, The English Beat, The Pietasters, Tim O'Brien, Rasputina and more.

Again these shows are free and open to all ages. Full 2013 Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival below...

Continue reading "2013 Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival schedule (Dave Davies, The English Beat & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Dave Wakeling / Paul Collins
English Beat
Paul Collins Beat

Holy 1980! As gimmicks go this is a pretty good one: Power pop pioneer's The Paul Collins Beat and The English Beat are hitting the road together for a string of dates dubbed "Two Beats Heart As One" tour which includes a stop in NYC on October 16 at B.B. King's Blues Club. Tickets are on sale now.

Paul Collins' Beat, perhaps best known for "There She Goes" which featured on the Caddyshack soundtrack, had first dibs on the "Beat" name, forcing Birmingham, UK neo-ska band to change their name to The English Beat. While it was surely a point of contention back then, time (and the internet) have smoothed things out for Wakeling and Collins. Says Wakeling: "Paul and I originally met back in '83 and have been in touch occasionally over the years, but recently we've been in closer Facebook contact, which led to this idea becoming a reality....Two beats, hearting as one!"

After the East Coast tour, The English Beat (Wakeling being the only original member) will continue to tour through the Midwest and West. For fans of the shortlived group, you should really check out this recent interview the AV Club did with Wakeling, it's a good read.

All English Beat tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Dave Wakeling and Paul Collins band together for "Two Beats Hearting as One" tour"


The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...

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UK new wave pioneers Squeeze, who reunited in 2007, have a few US festival dates this year including Coachella in April. They just recently announced that they'll also be playing some other US shows that same month including a NYC show happening on April 28 on Roseland Ballroom and an Englewood, NJ show happening on April 23 at Bergen Performing Arts Center. Both of those shows are with The English Beat. Tickets for the Roseland show ($55 Advance, $60 Day of Show) go on sale Friday (2/24) at 10am, but there's also a presale that starts 24 hours earlier. Tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday at noon.

All dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Squeeze announce shows with The English Beat (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

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After surviving a couple minor major acts of nature, we deserve a long break. So for your Labor Day weekend... like usual, it's pretty slow, show-wise. But there are some things to do.

We'll start this week with a movie. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is finally getting a U.S. release (it came out in January 2010 in France), albeit a limited one, thanks in part to great reissue label Light in the Attic. The film started it's two-week Film Forum run last night and will be making its way around the country throughout the fall. All play dates are at the bottom of this post.

Heroic maybe, but for sure Serge Gainsbourg led a wild life before succumbing to cancer at age 62 in 1992. You could make a compelling film out of any period of his life, and that the movie tries to cram it all in -- from fleeing Nazi-occupied Paris as a child through his rise to fame, relationships with Bridget Bardot and Jane Birkin to his his '70s dalliance with reggae -- gives too much of your standard Behind the Music story arc.

But it's also untraditional at the same time. Writer-director Joann Sfar is a comic artist (this is his first film) and injects a big element of the absurd courtesy of a puppet-like alter-ego (alter-Id, really) that encourages Gainsbourg to do bad things. Eric Elmosnino, a dead-ringer for Gainsbourg, is terrific, as is the rest of the cast -- including Lucy Gordon as Birkin and Laetitia Casta as Bardot, plus appearances by eccentric singer Philippe Katerine and the late Claude Chabrol. It's got a great sense of style and, of course, the soundtrack is amazing. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life could be better, but it's still worth seeing.


As for actual shows, San Francisco's vociferous and awesome Weekend will be here on Saturday (9/3) at Glasslands and Sunday (/4) at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are with the similarly cacophonous Talk Normal.

Weekend have a new EP, Red, out September 20th on Slumberland which finds the trio exploring new sonic territory, though not the quiet kind. It's still rather pummeling but Shaun Durkan's vocals, previously hidden behind echo and backwards reverb, are dryer and more up front now. The sound is a little sharper all around, but the driving, melodic basslines and guitar squall remain. You can download Red track "Hazel" via a Soundcloud widget at the bottom of this post.

In addition to Talk Normal, the Glasslands show features their Slumberland labelmates Brown Recluse; the Mercury Lounge show also has Fan-Tan on the bill. All Weekend/Talk Normal tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Royal Baths
Royal Baths

San Francisco's Royal Baths bring their heavy psychedelia to Death by Audio on Friday (9/2) with Xray Eyeballs, Hunters and Mountain Cult. I wrote previously: "Royal Baths are kind of bad trip acid rock, dark and seedy but not atonal. But it's definitely down the rabbit hole. In a good way." At the top of this post you can download a track off of Royal Baths debut LP  from last year. The band have a split double-7" with Ty Segall due out on HoZac any time now. Keep an eye peeled for that.


Bejiing's Hedgehog are back in America for the first time since CMJ: they play Bruar Falls on Sunday (9/4) and Cake Shop on Monday (9/5). After that they head out on tour with Xiu-Xiu and Kindest Lines, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

I caught set at The Woods last year and the venue's atrocious sound didn't deter Hedgehog's tenacity, most ably embodied in Atom, their tiny pistol of a drummer. Looking at them, you might expect pop punk a la Japan's Blue Hearts, but Hedgehog make melodic indie rock. There's a couple tracks to download at the top of this post. They're a blast live, and there aren't a lot of shows Sunday or Monday, so here's a good international option for your concert dollar.

That's it of the "big" stuff in my world. Some more shows -- including a fair amount of free ones -- are listed day-by-day below.


Good show at Shea Stadium tonight. In addition to the recently-profiled Caged Animals, there's also new FatCat singings Forest Fire whose Walkmen-esque album Staring at the X is worth looking out for when it comes out in October on FatCat.

Nerdy rapper and Adult Swim voice talent MC Chris is throwing a record release party at Death by Audio for his new album Race Wars. It's also his birthday. Show is FREE.

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Quicksilver Pro

Watch out House of Vans, it looks like yeat another corporate-sponsored show-series is vying for contender of "best free shows" in NY this year. Taking place over fifteen days in Long Beach, NY (and finally explaining that mysterious Flaming Lips date), The Quiksilver Pro New York series ("the first-ever ASP World Championship Tour stop on the East Coast of the United States") will feature surfing, skating, and BMX demos from some of the biggest names out there (Kelly Slater, Tony Hawk, etc).... not to mention some major music acts like The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Interpol, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Q-Tip, Neon Indian, Wavves, Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, and many more. Best of all, admission to everything is FREE.

All dates with the full lineups are below, but the music portion kicks off on Saturday, 9/3 with Girl Talk, Saves The Day, "a special surprise performance" & more. Sunday has Interpol, Portugal. The Man, The Ettes (who play NYC tonight), and more. Monday (Labor Day) will see Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Civil Twilight, and more. 9/9 is probably the most impressive show with The Flaming Lips, Q-Tip, Neon Indian, Wavves and Charlotte O'Connor. Saturday 9/10 will play host to a "Benefit Concert Hosted By Kelly Slater & Friends + The Max Weinberg Experience" with Taking Back Sunday, The Sounds and SLUNT. More details on the benefit show are TBA.

If you can't make it to Long Island, "The Quiksilver Pro New York will be broadcast from September 3-15 by MSG and Fuse, with programming that will feature some of the biggest artists, athletes and live performances from the event."

More details and lineups below...

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The Slackers

Lots of veteran ska bands hitting the road this spring and summer...

Congratulations to The Slackers, who will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a show in their hometown at Bowery Ballroom on June 17th. Tickets are on sale. The show comes less than two weeks after the band returns from a trip to the EU for a few weeks of dates which are all listed below.

Meanwhile, NYC's The Toasters celebrated their 30th anniversary with a beer (named after them, that is) (video below), and after the band returns from Europe, they'll play a Rocks Off Cruise on June 12th. Tickets for the NYC boat show are on sale. All tour dates are below.

The Pietasters will follow the lead of The Toasters, and play July 29th on a Rocks Off Concert Cruise. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of a few East Coast dates scheduled for the band, all of which are listed below.

Bad Manners returns to the US and to NYC with a pair of local shows: May 5th at Maxwell's with Hub City Stompers (tickets) and June 14th at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets).

UPDATE: The English Beat have added a NYC show happening July 2nd at Irving Plaza in NYC.

All tour dates and some videos, below...

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by Klaus Kinski

The Beat

As a former Boston skinhead with a former penchant for Ska and hardcore, it's safe to say that The English Beat's music radiated from my car speakers more than a few times as I delivered pizza back in the day. Though they weren't my favorite band of the genre, when they're good, they are freaking amazing. Now as an older skinhead-via-heredity, it's with mixed levels of enthusiasm that I announce that Dave Wakeling and the English Beat are embarking on a pretty serious Summer/Fall North American Tour, eventually skanking their way to Webster Hall on August 21, 2010. Bad Manners is supporting, which is AWESOME. Tickets go on sale July 9, 2010 (Amex presale begins today, July 7th, at noon).

Why the mixed levels of enthusiasm? Well, I am no purist, but I can't really get jazzed about seeing a band, any band, with only one original member. And though it is a scientific fact that David Wakeling (English Beat founding member and currently the only original member) is an EXTREMELY awesome guy, I'm not sure he necessarily deserves his title of "Legendary King of Ska". I can think of about 10 'ska legends' before he would even enter the picture, and ain't one of them a white dude from the UK. Legendary? Maybe. King? Hell no.

That said, between the Bosstones coming to Irving Plaza, The Pietasters playing on a boat (tickets), The Slackers also playing on a boat (tickets), and more Ska shows inevitably popping up, it's gonna be a good season for skankin' in NYC.

All English Beat dates (including a show in the Hamptons this Friday) below...

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Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."

Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...

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Thao @ Mercury Lounge last year (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

tonight in NYC
* The Damned @ Irving Plaza
* P-Bingo Night @ the Living Room
* Lez Zeppelin @ Webster Hall
* The English Beat @ Maxwell's
* Dave Deporis @ Mercury Lounge
* Grand Mal, Team Genius @ Union Hall
* Paleface, Creaky Boards @ Joe's Pub
* Bill Frisell Trio @ Village Vanguard
* Local Correspondents Festival @ Bar 4
* Womb Sharks, (Lone) Wolf and Cub @ Union Pool
* Mice Parade, Hauschka, Acme @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Steve Curtis (of Hem), Erikia Simonian @ Sycamore
* Black Strobe, Arnaud Rebotini @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Dig, Pretty & Nice, Middle Distance Runner @ Union Hall
* The Bad Plus, Benevento/Mathis/Barr Trio @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Club NME w/ Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Gildonworks @ The Annex
* Acrylics, Pursesnatchers, Joe & Flying Spoons, Sisters @ The Cameo
* Surfrider benefit w/ Weird Owl, Condo, New Idea Society @ Fontana's
* Great Night in Harlem w/ Lou Reed, Dr. John, more @ Apollo Theater
* The Sundelles, Rifle Recoil, The Tony Castles, Darlings @ Bruar Falls
* Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, Sister Suvi, Samantha Crain @ Bowery
* Marc Ribot plays Frantz Casseus w/ Marc Cappelli, Ribot's Sun Ship @ the Stone
* Spiral Beach, Chandeliers, Buffalo Stance, Brother Raven, @ Death By Audio
* Impose show w/ Crystal Stilts, Gary War, Nerve City, Nice Face @ Don Pedro
* Miracles of Modern Science, Kittens Ablaze, Phil & the Osophers @ Public Assembly
* Goes Cube, Red Beard, Constants, Austerity Program, Jones Street Station @ the Studio
* NYC Popfest: The Ballet, My Teenage Stride, Metric Mile, Dream Bitches, Soft City, Knight School @ Cake Shop

Crystal Stilts are a local band that prove just because you can play bigger venues, doesn't mean you should stop playing regularly in your hometown. Catch them at Don Pedro's tonight.

The Punch Brothers have the same point of view.

Dave Deporis surfaces once again. Tonight at Mercury Lounge.

Marc Ribot's birthday week continues.

The Damned are here!

The English Beat are here!

Jarvis Cocker's new video for "Angela" below...

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by Black Bubblegum

The English Beat
The English Beat

Yesterday we were talking about a reunion of The Specials, as part of their 30th anniversary. The band aren't touring in the US (so far), but another pair of 2 Tone bands are... The English Beat and Bad Manners. Tickets are on sale for a NYC show at Irving Plaza on Feb 6th, 2009... part of a larger late-January/early-February tour that will also take the band to The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale on Feb 5th. And if you haven't planned your New Years Eve yet, The English Beat are also playing The Klein in Bridgeport, CT, on December 31, 2008 (tickets here).

For those of you who like your ska in heaping doses, The Knitting Factory has your fix with "3 Floors of Ska" on Dec 29th featuring Westbound Train, King Django, Hub City Stompers, Bluebeats, Royal City Riot, Bigger Thomas featuring Roy Radics, Void Union, Allstonians, The Attack & Skanotto. Tickets are also on sale.

All English Beat tour dates below...

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