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The Two Amigos: Wayne Coyne & Moby
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We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like TV on the Radio, PIxies, The Julie Ruin, Passion Pit, Sleigh Bells, Tricky, Night Sins, Placebo, Goldrapp, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from Moby & Wayne Coyne, Terrible Feelings, Heliotropes, Twin Shadow covering Bruce Springsteen, Queens of The Stone Age covering Arctic Monkeys, Kitty, They Might Be Giants, and what may be the newest viral YouTube hit, below.

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"Oh! Forgot to mention. I saw They Might Be Giants in Prospect Park this weekend--for free!--and it was beyond wonderful." - Jessica Sinsheimer

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

Who doesn't like They Might Be Giants? Everyone came out for this super fun, packed show--I ran into coworkers and people from pool league and there were tons of families and little kids. A little boy and girl hoisted on their parents' shoulders were so cute with their dancing and high fives that I didn't even mind them blocking my view. I saw six hula hoops being carried around, but it would have been hard to find a spot with enough room to use them.

TMBG had five or eight musicians on stage most of the time, depending on whether the Tricerachops horn section was out. In the middle of the set, they stripped down to just a duo of John and John on accordion and guitar for "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" that dragged out the ending. Other highlights were "Doctor Worm," "Don't Lets Start," and a funny conversation with one of them using a robot voice. [Visible Spit]

Brooklyn's favorite geek rockers, They Might Be Giants, played the second to last Celebrate Brooklyn! show of 2013 at Prospect Park over the weekend (8/10) before the series fully wrapped up on Sunday with a live score for Beasts of the Southern Wild (which was rescheduled from 8/8). The big free outdoor show saw the band playing a 24-song set which included a handful of cuts from their newest album, Nanobots, and a number of older favorites too. Pictures (including openers Moon Hooch), the setlist, and a video from the show are in this post.

TMBG have also since announced an international fall tour, which includes dates in the US and Europe. The new tour includes another NYC show happening on November 2 at Terminal 5. The description for the new tour reads:

Brooklyn originals They Might Be Giants are on tour with a new show. TMBG's boundless creativity, rowdy and spontaneous performance, combined with their vast repertoire of memorable songs has made their live shows the thing of legend. With a brand new album, DVD, and iphone app, there is much for They Might Be Giants to celebrate. Don't miss this unforgettable show.
The Terminal 5 show is also 14+ (even with a parent or guardian), despite most T5 shows being all ages. Tickets for that show are currently on Internet presale, an AmEx presale begins Wednesday (8/14) at noon, and the general on-sale begins Friday (8/16) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the pictures, video and setlist from Prospect Park, below...

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As mentioned, Brooklyn indie legends They Might Be Giants released their 16th album, Nanobots, about a month ago and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video to single "Icky," below.

The band are currently on tour and have just added a free in-store at Williamsburg, Brooklyn vinyl haven Academy Records Annex on Tuesday, April 16. It starts at 7 PM and the band will stick around to sign copies of Nanobots afterwards. Updated dates are listed below.

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Baby New Year

Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.

One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.

Jay-Z's pal Kanye West is doing a three-night run in Atlantic City right before NYE (12/28-30) at Revel. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Another hip hop option includes Nas at Radio City Music Hall that also features Elle Varner. Tickets are still available.

Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing unifiedpromo@unifiedpromo.com.

Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.

If jam bands are your thing, you might also want to catch The Disco Biscuits, who kick off their four-night run at Best Buy Theater tonight (12/26) and then play NYE at The Theatre at MSG (tickets).

Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.

If you're more into dancing, RJD2 will be DJing at Gramercy Theater with Com Truise and Chrome Sparks; and Moby and many others will be DJing at an as-yet undisclosed location (tickets).

Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.

Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.

Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.

Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.

Matthew Dear and Superpitcher are at Le Bain (tix); Ian Pooley, Pat Mahoney and more at Cameo; Onra, Nick Catchdubs, and Samo Sound Boy are at Williamsburg's Villian (tickets).

Holy Ghost! and Midnight Magic are at Brooklyn Bowl (sold out) and after that, Holy Ghost!'s DFA labelmate Juan Maclean will DJ an afterparty at the same venue (tickets).

Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.

If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.

For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.

Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit,  plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.

After that, DJ Rashad, DJ Manny, Sasha Go Hard, and others will play an afterparty at 285 Kent (tickets).

Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.

Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).

More indie rock: Blonde Redhead and Beach Fossils are at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available and you can also win a pair from us.

Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Meanwhile across the Hudson, The Hold Steady will ring in 2013 with Lucero at The Wellmont Theatre in NJ. Tickets are still available.

Before that, Lucero will do a two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl (12/28-29) with Nude Beach supporting on night 1 and Hollis Brown on night 2. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both are still available.

Amanda Palmer will be at Terminal 5, playing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety which will surely be a spectacle. She'll play a set of originals too. Tickets are still available.

If you'd like to party like it's 1929, Spirit Family Reunion are bringing the old time religion to Pianos. Tickets are still available, includes a champagne toast.

More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).

The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.

My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

After that, Capitol Theatre will host Steve Miller Band on 12/30 (tickets) and funky METERS with Dumpstaphunk on NYE (tickets).

For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.

To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.

Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.

What did we miss?

Heading to Austin? We have a list of shows happening there too. Update: And Chicago too.

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TMBG

Longtime Brooklynites They Might Be Giants have put this finishing touches on their new "adult" album which will be out early next year. To go with that LP, the band are going on a very long tour that begins February 27 in Portland, ME and hits just about everywhere in North America... except NYC. Of course that's because they're already playing three New Year's shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The 12/29 and 12/31 shows are sold-out but you can still get tickets to the 12/30 show.

The new dates do include NY shows though: 3/21 @ Tarrytown Music Hall, and 3/22 in Huntington, NY @ The Paramount. Tickets to the Long Island show go on venue pre-sale starting 10am on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Password = "PULSE". General sale begins Friday, Nov. 16. All tour dates are listed below.

Speaking of holidays, if you know a TMGB fan (or are one) and don't know what to get him this season, John & John have the answer: the new Holiday Bundle which includes the new DVD compilation Them Ain't Big Eye Ants, a set of "Paranormal, Cryptids, Hoaxes and Myths" playing cards, a travel mug, reprints of some classic '80s show flyers, a t-shirt and more. The DVD includes a nifty electronic rendition of "Istambul (Not Constantinople)" which you can watch below.

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Freedom To Love

Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, Doveman, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, and more were scheduled to play this show at Beacon Theater on Tuesday (10/30):

The "Freedom To Love Now!" concert has been postponed due to pending weather conditions. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to support this concert, Freedom To Marry, and the fight for the equality for all Americans. With all the goodwill, momentum, and awareness this concert has generated, we are rebuilding the show on a future date, likely in the Spring.

You may hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show. We will notify you with updated details of the new show very soon. Alternatively you may request a refund through TicketMaster at this time.

The battle for marriage equality in the US will be far from over even after this election. And, we hope you'll join us in the future as we continue the fight for social justice with the beauty of music. Our beneficiary organization Freedom to Marry is doing everything possible to support the ballot campaigns in the four states in the last week before the election. You can help by making calls for Mainers United for Marriage and Washington United for Marriage without ever even leaving your couch. Just sign up, and an organizer in Maine or Washington will help get you started. Sign up at these links:

http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/s/callmaine
http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/s/callWA
Additionally we will keep you posted on "Freedom To Love Now!" developments and other projects at www.freedomtolovenow.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FreedomToLoveNow

Thank you. And be safe.

Best wishes,
Simon Rentner, Brice Rosenbloom, Thomas Bartlett, and the entire "Freedom To Love Now!" Team.

Meanwhile, everything today/Monday is cancelled too. Listen to Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten sing "Baby It's Cold Outside".

In related news, They Might Be Giants are playing a few New Year's Eve shows in Brooklyn (if we make it through this hurricane).

Beth Orton
Beth Orton

Beth Orton and Sam Amidon have been added to the Freedom To Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality benefit that happens on October 30 at Beacon Theater. The Doveman-presented show also features Rufus Wainright, The National, They Might Be Giants, John Cameron Mitchell with Stephen Trask, Justin Vivan Bond, Toshi Reagon, fun., and more. Tickets  are still available with proceeds going to benefit Freedom to Marry.

Meanwhile, Beth's tour hits NYC tonight at Town Hall tonight (10/4) with Sam opening, and tickets are still available. Beth Orton's Sugaring Season is out this week (stream via Spotify) and you can watch her performing "Magpie" from it on Letterman below.

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The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
The National

Doveman (aka Thoms Bartlett) and BOOM for Equality are teaming up to present Freedom To Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality, which will happen in NYC on October 30 at Beacon Theater. Doveman, who is known for bringing out tons of interesting guests to his shows, has curated a lineup which includes Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, John Cameron Mitchell with Stephen Trask, Justin Vivan Bond, Toshi Reagon, fun., and more TBA. Artist lineup is also subject to change without notice. Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM and are on Artist Presale now (password: "boomforequality") with a Local Presale starting today (9/7) at 4 PM. Proceeds will benefit Freedom to Marry.

As mentioned, Doveman is also continuing his Burgundy Stain Sessions residency at Le Poisson Rouge, though the dates have slightly changed since we last posted. His next one happens at the Manhattan venue on October 12 and will follow that with another on December 13. Lineups for those shows have not been announced yet.

For Rufus Wainwright, the show falls in the middle of his extensive international tour, which now also includes an Atlantic City show which happens on February 8, 2013 at The Borgata. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Wainwrights, tickets just went on sale for Martha's upcoming shows at Littlefield and Le Poisson Rouge.

Justin Vivian Bond, meanwhile, is hosting Weimar New York for Obama on September 18 at the Abrons Arts Center. The show is a benefit in celebration of President Obama's "unprecedented commitment to the LGBT comunity" and features music directed by Lance Horne and performances by Alan Cumming, Joey Arias, Bridget Everett, Flotilla DeBarge, Rosateresa Castro-Vargas, Dirty Martini, Tigger!, Theo Bleckmann, Curtis Eller, Machine Dazzle, Tammy Faye Starlite, and more TBA. You can reserve seats and donate HERE.

All Doveman, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainright, and Justin Vivian Bond dates are listed below.

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They Might Be Giants at Terminal 5 in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Geek rockers They Might Be Giants released a deluxe, 10th Anniversary Edition (digital only) of their first family album, 2002's No!, via iTunes which includes seven new bonus tracks. One of those bonus tracks, the live version of "Robot Parade," can be streamed below.

TMBG will play three New Year's shows in their hometown of Brooklyn this year at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 29, 30, and 31. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/18) at noon.

No other dates to report at the moment, but the 3 NYC shows in list format and that song stream are below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

They Might Be Giants

Back before SXSW, on March 10th to be exact, They Might Be Giants played a headlining show at NYC's Terminal 5. Here are some pictures. More below...

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The Long Winters (Roderick second from left)
The Long Winters

The Long Winters frontman John Roderick will play a few shows with Aimee Mann in January followed by a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on 1/28/12. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. All dates are listed below.

1/28 is the same date that Aimee plays a NYC show at Zankel Hall which is one day after she plays Music Hall of Williamsburg (both shows are without John and now sold out or close to sold out). Aimee has also announced a NJ show in Red Bank and other dates since we last spoke. They are all listed below.

Back to John Roderick for a second. You can buy his guitar on eBay...

Do you want to play guitar like John Roderick? Sorry, can't be done. But, you can play his guitar as much as you'd like! Just win his solid body Hohner EX Artist electric guitar, whose unique sound has appeared in The Long Winter's recordings. Small Print: Guitar has been used. It's got a few scrapes (nothing that's visible from a stadium seat - see photos), needs a set-up (easy!), but has been lovingly modified - with embellished pick-ups (blood red nail polish, an 80's classic). Comes with a Gibson Explorer Guitar case (some use on outside, but like new on inside with instructions for programming the unused combo lock). Don't let THIS ONE get away. Donated by John to benefit Suz, all proceeds help her recover from severe illness. Thanks for lookin'!
John has also been keeping busy collaborating with Jonathan Coulton. John appear's on Jon's new album Artificial Heart, as do Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants who Jonathan is opening for at Terminal 5 in NYC on March 10th. Tickets are still on sale. TMBG have also announced more dates since we last spoke, They're all listed below.

Roderick also appears in Coulton's new video for "Nemeses" which came out before the even newer Coulton video for "Sticking it to Myself", both of which can be watched, with all the tour dates below...

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They Might Be Giants at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by David Andrako)
They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants are celebrating 30 years (!) as a band and will be celebrating on the road while also suppoting their most recent album Join Us, and an upcoming rarites collection entitled Album Raises New and Troubling Questions due via Idlewild Recordings on 11/1. The band will be skipping around the Midwest and West Coast for the bulk of the rest of the year. Then after TBA shows in January & early February, TMBG will play a big NYC show on March 10th, 2012 at Terminal 5. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon today (10/19) with regular sale hitting on Friday.

All tour dates, recent video for "Can't Keep Johnny Down" featuring actor Rip Torn and an album teaser sung by a hummingbird on a stick are all below...

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photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Jonathan Coulton @ Williamsburg Watefront
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After playing a waterfront show last month with They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton will take to the high seas on Friday August 19th for a show aboard the Jewel, a Rocks Off NYC Concert Cruise. Tickets are on sale. The show is a prelude to his US tour with TMBG which will occur in two legs: East Coast/Midwest in September and West Coast in November. Full tour schedule is below.

If you can't make it on Friday, you can still catch comedian/songwriter "JoCo" on a boat, but the destination will be much different...

JoCo Cruise Crazy II is a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise in 2012 on Holland America's ms Westerdam, with music, comedy and performances from Jonathan Coulton and friends. It departs from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on February 19th and returns February 26th, with ports of call at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Willemstad (Curacao), Antilles.
Other performers slated for the cruise include Marian Call, Vi Hart, John Hodgman, MC Frontalot, Paul and Storm, David Rees, John Roderick, Paul F. Tompkins, Wil Wheaton, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale, and cabins are still available.

All dates and more of a second set of pictures from Coulton's rainy appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront, below...

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photos by David Andrako

Kristen Schaal
Kristen Schaal

Like those who chose to spend their Friday night at an outdoor Long Island amphitheater watching Weezer & Flaming Lips, and those caught in the long line outside House of Vans, the people who decided on the free They Might Be Giants music & comedy show at Williamsburg Waterfront got wet. Visual proof continues (more about this show later), below...

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photos by Chris Gersbeck

They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants treated fans to a 14 song set at the SoHo Apple store yesterday evening. The free show was one of many they have coming up. Check out the full setlist and more pictures from the event below...

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DOWNLOAD: They Might Be Giants - "Can't Keep Johnny Down" (MP3)

TMBG at Prospect Park in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
TMBG

After some experiments with children's music, They Might Be Giants are back with the quirky alternative rock they became known for over the last three decades. Their fifteenth LP Join Us comes out this week (7/19) on the band's own Idlewild Records. The album was produced with long-time producer Patrick Dillet. Grab the album's single "Can't Keep Johnny Down" above.

TMBG will head out on an extensive international tour this fall after a few dates at the end of this month, including an in-store at Apple Store Soho on Wednesday (7/20) at 7 PM ("Pick up an admission wristband on July 19"), a free Williamsburg Waterfront show on July 29 with Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal and fellow geek-rocker Jonathan Coulton. Jonathan also opens the band's record release show the next day (7/30) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and most of their fall tour.

They Might Be Giants recently stopped by AV Club Undercover to take on Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping," which according to the band is "sort of like a They Might Be Giants song." They invited AV Club staff to join them in the room and sing the song's chorus.

Watch the video and check out all tour dates, album art and tracklist below...

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People at Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Williamsburg Waterfront

This summer's Williamsburg Waterfront concert season begins this weekend with a free show on Saturday (6/11) (5:30pm doors). For what it's worth, that show is Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Tigers Jaw, but it is free. It's also one of three currently announced free shows (there will be five free shows total, one of which will be classical music). The other two announced free events are Eugene Mirman and Pretty Good Friends (Patton Oswalt will be one of those friends!) and special musical guests They Might Be Giants on July 29, and a children's show with Moey's Music Party and Story Pirates (who recently hosted a benefit) on June 19 at noon.

Ticketed shows include Death From Above 1979, Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Bright Eyes, Thievery Corporation (with Dam-Funk & Master Blazter and Raphael Saadiq opening), TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes and more. Check out the full lineup with openers listed below...

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Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
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As I previously wrote, "there will be concerts at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer. In fact, the plan is to have 10 ticketed shows and 5 free shows." And, "The five free concert dates are still TBD, but one will be of a classical/philharmonic nature, and one will be geared towards kids. The free shows may or may not be on Sundays or even on weekends, and they will definitely not have anything to do with Jelly."

Since then three ticketed shows have been announced: Kid Cudi on Wednesday, July 6th (on sale), Death Cab For Cutie/Frightened Rabbit on Tuesday, August 2nd (on sale 5/6, but a presale starts 4/29), and Sonic Youth/Wild Flag on Friday, August 12th (on sale Friday). Seven more announcements to come.

Service Charge-free tickets are available at the Best Buy Theater Box Office (44th and Broadway in Manhattan) and at Sound Fix Records (44 Berry St. at North 11th St. in Brooklyn).

Two of the five free shows have also now been announced. The first is nothing like what Jelly would have booked: Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio, and Tigers Jaw play the Williamsburg Waterfront on Saturday, June 11th. The second is sort of like what Jelly might have booked, but more closely resembles what you'd get at Celebrate Brooklyn: Eugene Mirman "& Pretty Good Friends Featuring Kristen Schaal & Many Surprise Guests" open for They Might Be Giants at Wiliamsburg Waterfront on Friday, July 29th.

Assuming TMBG won't be playing a kids set, and that the comedians will tell a few dirty jokes, the free kids show announcement is still to come, as is the classical concert date info (which means just one more completely unknown free lineup to come). Both announced free shows open their doors at 5:30pm.

All five shows, ticketed and free, are part of the "2011 T-MOBILE WILLIAMSBURG WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY OSA" and "supported by Onitsuka Tiger, Vitamin Water, and Brooklyn Brewery."

All five shows are listed in an easy-to-read format below....

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They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants will now be playing two "special shows for families" at Town Hall in NYC on Sunday, September 26th. Tickets are still on sale for the previously-announced 3pm show, and they added a 12:30pm show that goes on general sale at 11am. All dates and a copy of the band's video rider, below...

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They Might Be Giants @ Prospect Park w/ kids (more by Ryan Muir)
They Might Be Giants

Pittsburgh Music Report: Who's the better audience, the adults or the kids?

JL: They're different. Kids are easily distracted by the confetti cannon. Adults don't require protection from onstage electric fans, unless they're drunk.

Where do you see the future of your music going with regards to genre and audience in the wake of your success with children albums?

JL: We have never successfully predicted where we're going next or what possible audience awaits us in the future. In my nightmares it's just us and James Lipton.

They Might Be Giants have a regular old indie rock show (ages 14+) coming up at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on June 11th (after they play Sasquatch and before they play Bonnaroo) (tickets are on sale), but the show they just announced at Town Hall in September 26th is one for you to definitely attend with kids (3pm doors). Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon. General sale starts Friday. All dates below...

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Bobcat Goldthwait

Lollapalooza tickets go on sale at 10am CST, or to be more specific ("Three-Day passes for Lollapalooza 2010 go on-sale March 30, at 10am CST. A limited number of Advance-priced three-day passes will be available for $190. When this allotment sells out, Regular-priced three-day passes will be available for $215. Prices are inclusive of all service fees. VIP Lolla Lounge passes will also be on-sale [too]"

in semi-related news, "We are excited to announce that Sasquatch! Music Festival has officially sold out! The sellout occurred in record time, selling the highest number of tickets since the festival's inception. Additionally, the day schedule has been finalized with the addition of comedian Aziz Ansari, They Might Be Giants, and more. See below for [the full lineup which also now includes Bobcat Goldthwait]."

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Stevie Wonder

After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...

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Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Jack Groetzinger)
NAda Surf

There weren't a ton of shows going on in NYC last night (10/28), relatively speaking, but members/collaborators of most indie rock bands in existence were part of them. Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, husband of She of She & Him) played with Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) at Webster Hall with John Roderick (The Long Winters) opening.

"Along with all 12 songs from the album, Farrar and Gibbard each sang a song from a different project, before finishing with a pair of covers. Gibbard sang a rootsy version of "Couches in Alleys," a tune he sang on a 2004 album by the Belgian electronic band Styrofoam. Farrar opted for a rousing take on "Voodoo Candle," from his 2001 solo debut, "Sebastopol." And the covers: Farrar handled lead vocals on a countrified rendition of Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie," and the pair closed the show with Gibbard singing lead on a shattering version of Tom Waits' "Old Shoes (and Picture Postcards)."" [listen, damnit]
Full setlist and some videos below. John Roderick plays again tonight at Union Hall.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Nada Surf (who played electric instead of acoustic as originally advertised) (and who played as Holly Miranda's backing band at Bowery Ballroom one night earlier) teamed up with Charles Bissell of the Wrens and They Might Be Giants for an indie rock benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Videos below.

Over at BAM it was "The Long Count" featuring the we've-collaborated-with-everyone Dessner twins from the National in partnership with the Breeders-Deal twins who count a member of the Pixies among them. Joining them on stage was Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists) and many other indie-friendly musicians, classical and otherwise. Everyone who wasn't playing at one of these shows, was probably in the audience of this one. Check out pics and our review HERE, and our interview with Bryce Dessner HERE, and then check the show out, if you haven't already, on Friday (Mischief Night) or Saturday (Halloween).

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The Wrens @ Sasquatch Festival on 5/24 (more by Chris Graham)
The Wrens

In the fall of 2008, after a comprehensive proposal process with New York City, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and The People's Firehouse, Inc. (PFI), were awarded the rights to re-develop the former Engine Company 212 firehouse. Located at 134 Wythe Avenue, in the Northside section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the firehouse will now become home to both NAG and The People's Firehouse. Both organizations have historically served with dedicated action and activism while continually shaping North Brooklyn to benefit the diverse and vibrant community.

The newly redesigned building will become the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center, and so much more...

Charles Bissell of the Wrens, They Might Be Giants and Nada Surf (acoustic) will all turn out for "Raise the Roof," a benefit for the NTHCCC (as it will forever be known) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday, October 28th. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21st at noon.

This show is in addition to the shows They Might Be Giants have coming up at the Museum of Natural History and NYU.

At the end of July, the Wrens celebrated (or "noted with a website post") their 20th anniversary as a band. The full story on that, with a link to the commemorative t-shirt they made, is below...

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They Might Be Giants @ Prospect Park (more by Ryan Muir)
They Might Be Giants

"They Might Be Giants performed a free concert for kids in Prospect Park on Saturday afternoon [July 11th]. We loaded up the boys, packed the picnic blanket and headed off to Park Slope about 15 minutes before they were to hit the stage. Not the brightest idea. First we couldn't find a parking spot so KG dropped myself and the boys off so we could catch the show. The line to get into the band shell area snaked all the way around the entrance and went on and on. Fortunately we made other plans to sit outside the fenced off area with some friends. I have never seen so many kids in one place before. It was mayhem." [you're not listening to my words]
Fresh off their Prospect Park kids show, They Might Be Giants will be releasing a new kids CD called Here Comes Science. That album, which comes with a full-length animated DVD, is due out on Idlewild/Disney Sound on September 1st through Amazon/iTunes and September 22nd everywhere else.

The kick off for TMBG's tour supporting that record will be October 4th at the American Museum of Natural History, where they'll play two family shows. Ticket info TBA.

The band will be back in NYC for another family show on October 18th at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now.

Full tour dates, with a video of TMBG live on WNYC in May, are below...

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