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The Gaslight Anthem / The Hold Steady @ Pier 26, 7/28/2013
The Gaslight Anthem & The Hold Steady @ Pier 26 - 7/28/2013
The Gaslight Anthem & The Hold Steady @ Pier 26 - 7/28/2013

The Gaslight Anthem just brought their tour through NYC this past weekend for three NYC shows. We already posted pictures of the Irving Plaza show, and now we've got a set from their Sunday show (7/28) on Pier 26 with The Hold Steady.

Despite this being the show where fans chanting "BRUUUUUUCE" led Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon to write a blog post addressing their identity as a band, it otherwise went over really well. The Hold Steady, who helped lay the groundwork for bands like The Gaslight Anthem, weren't treated as "openers" by any means; they played a 16-song set (about an hour), and got tons of love from the crowd. Their set was most heavy on Boys and Girls in America and Stay Positive, and also included some new songs from an album Craig Finn told the crowd the band has been working on. And as an added bonus, Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles (whose birthday was that day) joined the band to sing lead vocals on "Cattle and the Creeping Things" (video of that below).

When The Gaslight Anthem were playing their own songs, and neither the band nor the crowd were talking about covers, the crowd was loving it. Sure, songs like "The '59 Sound" and "45" got the biggest reactions, but this was really a crowd who seemed to know every word to almost every song. They played almost all of the newest album, Handwritten, including kicking the show off anthemically with its title track, and getting the crowd grabbing their friends and swaying on "Too Much Blood." There were older favorites played too, like "Great Expectations and "We Came to Dance," and all this talk of covers aside, it seemed like everyone on and off stage had a good time during the set-ending cover of The Who's "Baba O'Riley."

More pictures and the setlists from both bands, and that video of Patrick Stickles joining The Hold Steady, below...

Continue reading "The Gaslight Anthem & The Hold Steady (joined by Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus) @ Pier 26 (pics, setlists, video)"

Titus Andronicus at Maxwell's - 7/16/13 (via @suchashorttime)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus played their last three Maxwell's shows ever this week (7/14-16) as part of the final run of shows at their soon to close home state venue. The shows were all pretty special for the band, reaching the three-hour mark and hitting significant amounts of all three full lengths, in addition to non-album tracks, covers, and new songs. Each night also had a different special guest opener. On the first night, it was Liquor Store (who also opened Titus' Local Business release show at Shea Stadium), on the second it was Titus' friends/past tourmates Screaming Females, and finally on the last night it was Heeney, who were joined by Titus drummer Eric Harm for their set. (Heeney also plays Shea on Friday [7/19] with Roomrunner, Greys, and Weird Womb.)

Of the covers that Titus did, one of them, which they did on night 3, was Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" (joined by Heeney), which has extra significance because Bruce filmed the video for that at Maxwell's. You can watch a video of Titus covering that song below. Their setlist from night 2 is below too.

Earlier this summer, The Felice Brothers also played a Maxwell's show and had surprise opener Conor Oberst (who recently had Ian Felice open for him) join them for a cover of "Glory Days" too. You can also watch that video below.

This weekend, Maxwell's shows continue with two sold out shows on Sunday (7/21): Screaming Females & Nuclear Santa Claust (early) and Ted Leo & Shellshag (late).

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus played their last 3 Maxwell's shows, covered "Glory Days" (like Felice Bros & Conor Oberst) (videos, setlist)"

Marissa w/ Screaming Females in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Screaming Females

As discussed, Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster is producing the new Modern Hut (the project of Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt) album, Generic Treasure (due out 8/6), and she's now announced that she'll be taking her solo project, Noun, on a short Northeast tour with Modern Hut around the time of the album's release. The tour hits NYC on August 9 at Death by Audio with their labelmates Shellshag, who will be playing unplugged, Lauren Measure's current band, Worriers, and singer/songwriter Mal Blum, making for an all-around great bill. Admission for that show is $7 at the door. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Marissa's band Screaming Females were the special guest opener at Titus Andronicus' Maxwell's show last night, their second of three shows (the final one is tonight, 7/16). CoolDadMusic caught the show, and wrote:

Marissa Paternoster showed up in her usual black, though in short sleeves and collarless this time, perhaps in a nod to the sweltering temperatures. The band opened with "I Don't Mind It" from 2010's Castle Talk and blazed through other favorites like "Expire," "Extinction," and "It All Means Nothing" from 2012's Ugly and "Poison Arrow" from this year's Chalk Tape EP. Paternoster's fingers appeared never to cease moving, while the rhythm section of King Mike and Jarrett D kept everything moving forcefully ever-forward.
Screaming Females play their own Maxwell's show on Sunday (7/21) with Nuclear Santa Claust (sold out). It's an early show before Ted Leo and Shellshag play (also sold out).

Then, as just mentioned, Screaming Females will head out on the road with labelmates Waxahatchee and Tenement for a tour that hits the NYC-area on 9/14 at MHOW, 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom, and 9/28 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at noon. Check Asbury Lanes' site for ticket info on that show.

All dates on the Modern Hut/Noun tour are listed, along with the tour flyer and some song streams, below...

Continue reading "Noun & Modern Hut touring together, playing Death by Audio with Shellshag, Worriers & Mal Blum (dates & streams)"

still from Phoenix's "Trying to Be Cool"
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We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Rhye on 'Jimmy Kimmel', Fucked Up on the Chris Gethard Show, Ex Cops in the BV Studios, Jherek Bischoff and David Byrne, Katerine, Jaguar Shark, and more. But of course we don't get to post about all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catchup. Check out videos from Phoenix, The Julie Ruin, Speedy Ortiz, Lindstrøm, Titus Andronicus, a trailer for a documentary about M.I.A., the new episode of Weird Vibes, and more, below.

Continue reading "video round-up (Phoenix, Speedy Ortiz, Lindstrom, Justin Timberlake, The Julie Ruin, 'Weird Vibes' & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
CTTS

As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.

Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.

Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.

Continue reading "Gainesville's The Fest expands lineup (ALL, Circle Takes The Square, United Nations, Titus Andronicus & more)"

4th

If you're not getting out of the city for the long Independence Day Weekend, there are lots of options for those sticking around.

Like last year, the Macy's Fireworks ("inspired and directed by Usher") happen on the Hudson via four barges and you can see them (9:20 PM)  fine on the West Side Highway, in NJ or on your TV. Brooklyn gets the shaft again.

The Statue of Liberty also reopens after taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy last fall.

While on the subject of NYC Independence Day traditions, there's always the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. Noon.

For afternoon options, if you're not invited to a friend's backyard barbeque, you could head to Rockaway to Roberta's-related Rippers where they're hosting an afternoon of grilled food, surf and quality indie rock. You can catch Friend Roullette, Celestial Shore, pow wow!, Hippy and The Library is on Fire. The party is free but donations are suggested for still-needed Hurricane Sandy relief. 1 PM - 8 PM. Flyer is below.

Silent Barn, meanwhile, has an afternoon show with Thrill Jockey recording artist Glenn Jones, whose new album, My Garden State, was recently released on the label. The show also features D. Charles Speer & the Double Helix, and Pork Chop Willie. 3 PM, $10.

A nice late afternoon option is Ex Cops who will be playing the kickoff to the Museum of Modern Art's "MoMA Nights" series. The event happens in the Sculpture Garden and goes from 5:30 PM to 8PM. Free with Museum admission.

Moving into the evening, Roberta's Pizza will be throwing a nighttime bash at The Knockdown Center (where they just held a few Tiki Disco parties), with Endless Boogie, 1-800 Band and Dirty Fences playing live. Pizza, beer, rock music, what more do you need? 8PM, $5. Flyer is below.

The Fourth of July also means The Feelies, who start a three-night run at their hometown venue of choice, Hoboken's Maxwell's. These will surely be bittersweet, as the club is closing its doors at the end of the month. No surprise, all three shows are sold out. For those going, expect marathon sets and lot of covers. If you're going on Thursday, the show doesn't start till 10 PM, after the fireworks.

If there wasn't enough explosions over Manhattan for ya, the boom will come to 285 Kent with shoegazey metal courtesy Deafheaven and Marriages which is being presented by InvisibleOranges. Aun and Theologian also play, and Shaun from Weekend is your evening's DJ. Doors are at 10 PM and tickets are still available.

4th

Not only will Shea Stadium be celebrating our country's birthday, but it's their birthday too (yeah). The Bushwick venue turns five and the birthday bash is headlined by The Shea Stadium All-Stars, featuring members of So-So Glos, Guardian Alien and Titus Andronicus. You can stream them covering Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" at Soundcloud and that probably gives you a good indication of what to expect. White Bike and Pregnant also play. $5 at the door, 6 PM.

Mike Simonetti (aka co-founder of Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel of Chromatics/Glass Candy/Desire) will be DJing Output's weekly INPUT party that day, but in honor of the Fourth of July, it's going to be a free BBQ on the roof (aka Canopy Bar) that starts at 3 PM. Also on the bill is Lamin Fofana and Max McFerren (who has releases on Lamin Fofana's Sci-FI & Fantasy label). The party is rain or shine. Flyer below.

For a completely different kind of night, there's Midsummer Night's Swing in Damrosch Park, near Lincoln Center. Tonight's event is billed as "Battle of the Bands," pitting The George Gee Swing Orchestra against Mora's Modern Rhythmists. If you don't know how to swing, there are dance lessons (6:30 PM) before the concert begins (7:30 PM). Tickets are still available.

Not that far away in Philadelphia, The Roots are throwing their annual 4th of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway with J. Cole, Grace Potter, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, and more.

Whatever you do, have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Did we miss anything big? Flyers below...

Continue reading "a 4th of July NYC event guide (The Feelies, Statue of Liberty, Shea Stadium Anniversary, Endless Boogie, INPUT BBQ, more)"

Diarrhea Planet in Chicago in May (more by Jeff Ryan)
Diarrhea Planet

Two bands that Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles is very fond of, Diarrhea Planet and The So So Glos, are teaming up for a NYC show on August 30 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon.

Diarrhea Planet are set to release their new album, I'm RIch Beyond Your WIldest Dreams, on August 20 via Infinity Cat. You can check out two garage-rockin' cuts from that album, "Separations" and "Kids," below. They also have a bunch of tour dates with Futurebirds before the Mercury Lounge show, all of which are listed below.

Meanwhile, as usual, you can catch The So So Glos in their hometown of NYC even sooner than that show. They've been added as an opener to the previously discussed Bass Drum of Death show happening at Glasslands on July 9 as part of BDOD's tour that also hits Shea Stadium a day earlier (where members of So So Glos work). The Glasslands show is also with Baked, and tickets for that show are still available.

In related news, Titus Andronicus have three sold-out Maxwell's shows and a free River Rocks show (8/8) coming up.

All Diarrhea Planet and So So Glos dates are listed, along with those DP streams, below...

Continue reading "Diarrhea Planet releasing a new LP, playing shows, including NYC with The So So Glos (dates & streams)"

Titus Andronicus at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Titus Andronicus

We recently mentioned that Titus Andronicus sold out their upcoming Maxwell's show (7/14) and added a second date happening the next day (7/15). They've now sold that one out too, and have added a third date happening at Maxwell's on July 16. Tickets for the third Maxwell's show are on sale now.

You can also catch Titus in the NYC-area for free at their River Rocks show on August 8 at Pier 84 with Ducktails.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus adds 3rd Maxwell's show (updated dates)"

Titus Andronicus at 4Knots 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Titus Andronicus

As mentioned, Titus Andronicus, who are part of the just-announced MusicFestNW lineup, have a few NYC-area dates this summer, including July 14 at Maxwell's and August 8 on Pier 84 with Ducktails (free). That Maxwell's date has sold out and the band have since added another show happening at the same venue a day later (7/15). Tickets for the newly-added Maxwell's show are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus sold out Maxwell's, adds a 2nd date"

MusicFestNW

Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2013 lineup announced (Animal Collective, Godspeed, Deerhunter, Shuggie Otis, Ty Segall & more)"

Titus Andronicus at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Titus Andronicus

Jersey rockers Titus Andronicus recently wrapped up their tour with The So So Glos (who have other dates), and though that tour didn't hit NYC, as mentioned, they're playing a free show on August 8 on Pier 84 with Ducktails as part of the River Rocks series. But you won't have to wait that long to see them in the NYC-area, because they're playing a show in their home state even sooner on July 14 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

Titus are currently over in Europe for Primavera Sound (which is streaming live) and a tour with Fucked Up. The two NYC-area dates are their only upcoming North American dates though.

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

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus playing Maxwell's before Pier 84 (dates)"

The So So Glos at Death by Audio in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
So So Glos

The So So Glos have been playing around NYC for some time now, and they've been experiencing newfound success this year with the release of their album, Blowout, which Stereogum named their Album of the Week. It also inspired Rolling Stone to call them a Band to Watch, and they landed a spot on Letterman this past Friday (4/26) to perform its single, "Son of An American," which you can watch a video of below. The band actually set up a television at Bushwick DIY venue Shea Stadium on Friday night after Weekend's show so they could watch the Letterman broadcast. If you haven't heard Blowout yet, SPIN is streaming the entire thing.

The So So Glos are on tour now with Titus Andronicus (not for the first time). That tour kicked off in CT last night (4/28) and continues in Cambridge tonight. No NYC dates are announced for it, but Titus will play a free show on August 8 as part of the River Rocks series, and The So So Glos are sure to add something in their hometown sooner than later too.

Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...

Continue reading "The So So Glos on tour, played Letterman, streaming new LP"

River Rocks

We reported some Seaport Music Festival news earlier and now the free, annual River Rocks series (for the second year on Pier 84) has announced it's 2013 line-up. The first happens on July 11 with Generationals and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. Then the second happens on July 25 with Foxygen (who will hopefully actually play this time) and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down (who just toured with Sallie Ford) and Waxahatchee. And finally, on August 8 it's Titus Andronicus and Ducktails. That explains the absence of a NYC date on Titus' upcoming tour. All River Rocks shows are free and all-ages. Doors open at 6 PM.

Generationals just played Bowery Ballroom last night (4/22) and are sticking around for another NYC show TONIGHT (4/23) at The Rock Shop with Future of What. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Waxahatchee open for The Babies this Saturday (4/27) at Glasslands (sold-out).

Titus Andronicus just released a Record Store Day 12", which included "Still Lie with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter" from last year's Local Business and two previously unreleased tracks, "(I've Got A) Date Tonight" and "The Dog," the latter of which is sung by drummer Eric Harm, rather than frontman Patrick Stickles. Updated Titus dates are listed, along with a stream of "The Dog," below...

Continue reading "River Rocks announces 2013 free show lineup (Titus, Foxygen, Ducktails, Thao, Waxahatchee, Generationals, more)"

Titus Andronicus at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Titus Andronicus

The band led by Patrick Stickles will further support local businesses with a 3 song 12" EP they've done for Record Store Day (Saturday April 20, 2013), aptly titled "Record Store Day." This limited edition release includes one Local Business album track- "Still Life with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter" backed with two previously unreleased songs "(I've Got A) Date Tonight," and "The Dog." The genius RSD/Local Business themed sleeve includes pictures of just a few of the many indie stores Titus Andronicus has supported while touring across America. Titus Andronicus loves indie record stores!
Titus Andronicus, who, as mentioned above, have a Record Store Day release on the way, announced that they will head out on the "Bring Back the Dudes Tour" with their pals, The So So Glos, at the end of this month into May. The tour kicks off with its only NYC area show on April 28 at The Space in Hamden, CT with Chris Cappello. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and a video, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus releasing Record Store Day EP, announce tour with The So So Glos (dates)"

Titus Andronicus @ Brooklyn Bowl, 2/4/2013 (more by Devin Council)
Titus

Hello friends. I am writing today to give you the following news; it has been decided between Titus Andronicus and the good people at Extra Large Recordings that there shall be produced a "music video" for our song, "Still Life with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter," from the album, "Local Business," and we would like you, Mr. or Ms. Music Fan, to be a part of it. It hardly requires that much talent - all you have to do is rock out earnestly, just as you would while enjoying any of yr favorite music. The video shoot is happening this coming Sunday, February the 17th, at a "mystery location" somewhere in North Brooklyn, somewhere easily accesible by subway. The shoot will run from 2:30 pm to around 9 pm. Refreshments will be available, and there will be a real life Titus Andronicus live performance, in addition to much lip syncing. If you are interested in being in the video, e-mail HotDeuceVideo@gmail.com with yr name, and you will receive a response telling you the location. Sound good?
Meanwhile, Patrick Stickles recently shot an installment of La Blogotheque's "Take Away" series, performing Titus' "Tried to Stop Smoking" in a "dilapidated construction site" and you can watch that below.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus shot a "Take Away" session, making a new video in Brooklyn and you can be in it"

photos by Devan Council

Titus Andronicus at Brooklyn Bowl - 1/30/13
Titus Andronicus

As the house lights went up on The Everymen, there was a general admission push towards the stage typically reserved for larger arena shows where the consequences of being unaware may leave you with a worse vantage point than you literally bargained for. So it came as little surprise that when the newly minted Titus Andronicus stepped onto the stage, the sweaty, cyclical mosh pits opened up and maintained from the first note to the last. Playing well past 11, Stickles and co. showcased a healthy blend of new Local Business cuts and beloved favorites. Lead single "In A Big City" thumps with an extra fist-pumping energy in the live setting while "Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus" swung in an up-tempo punk which had the majority of the audience screaming "built to last" and "thrown away" right back in unison. [Speak Into My Goodeye]
Titus Andronicus played a few Northeast dates last week, including one in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl last Wednesday (1/30) with The Everymen and Pop Zeus. It was a sweaty, beer-soaked, fist-pumping night with Titus bringing the ruckus like they always do. More pictures of all three bands and Titus' setlist are below.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus played Brooklyn Bowl w/ The Everymen and Pop Zeus (pics, setlist)"

Titus Andronicus at Maxwell's in December, 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus released their great, if not a little underrated, album, Local Business, last year and toured a bunch in support of it, including a number of hometown NYC/NJ area shows (as they usually do), most recently playing Glasslands on New Year's Eve. Now they've got another quick Northeast run scheduled for this month which hits Brooklyn on January 30 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all dates, including the recently announced Primavera Sound in Barcelona, and a video, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus playing Northeast shows in January (dates)"

Primavera 2013

Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...

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"If my resolution for 2013 had been to eat shrooms, rage in a mosh pit and lose my voice at a @titus_ndronicus show, I'd be done already." - @THEmikewhite

"So many scratches on my body that I look like I was attacked by a werewolf, so I guess last nights concert was fuckin dope @titus_ndronicus" - Dimitri Belkin

"almost 24 hours later and my neck is insanely sore from the @titus_ndronicus #NYE pit. one of the most fun nights of my life" - Travis Yablon

Titus Andronicus at Glasslands on NYE (via Alex Vasquez)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus rang in the new year in Brooklyn at Glasslands for a Dapwell-hosted show. Titus went on after midnight after sets by Baked and Cosmonaut. They played a wild set with favorites from all three Titus albums and then finished the set off with a run of covers -- Thin Lizzy's "The Boys are Back in Town," The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," and The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." The full setlist is below.

Titus frontman Patrick Stickles also just spoke to Pitchfork about his "TOP FIVE RECORD COMPANY FAILS OF 2012" aka his five favorite "Self-released records and unsigned giants," which you can see listed below in alphabetical order. The list includes three of Patrick's Brooklyn neighbors, The So So Glos, Bad Credit No Credit, and Hard Nips (who play Shea Stadium on January 10 with Desert Sharks, Heliotropes, and Hippy). It also includes Boston's Hallelujah the Hills, who play Brooklyn on February 24 at The Rock Shop with Zachary Cale and Woodsy Pride. Patrick's full list with commentary and a list of all Hard Nips dates are below.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus played Glasslands on NYE (setlist); Patrick Stickles lists his "top 5 record company fails of 2012""

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.

Continue reading "A guide to New Year's Eve shows and parties in NYC"

Titus Andronicus @ Maxwell's, 12/14/2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Titus

Titus Andronicus, who just played tiny Hoboken club Maxwell's as part of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah week extravaganza, are set to play another small gig. The band are set to headline a New Year's Eve show at Glasslands that also features So So Glos. Tickets are $25 and just went on sale.

Free Energy @ BOMB Fest (more by Eric Townsend)
Free Energy

Previously on DFA Records, Free Energy's new album Love Sign will be out Jan. 15 via their own imprint, Free Energy Records. You can listen to two tracks now below, and pre-order the entire album at their website.

No NYC dates at the moment, but the band will head out on the road right after the album's release, hitting Tomorrow Never Knows in Chicago and FRZN Fest in Madison along the way. All dates are listed, along with Free Energy's Top 10 of 2012 list, below.

Continue reading "Free Energy releasing 'Love Sign', touring, told us their 'Top 10 LPs of 2012'"

photos by Ryan Muir

Guns N Roses at Webster Hall
Guns n Roses

Photographer Ryan Muir is the latest of our uber-talented contributors to drop off his favorite photos that he took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Guns n Roses, The Hives, Purity Ring and much more.

His set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, and Chris La Putt.

Check out the rest of Ryan's favorite pictures below.

Continue reading "Ryan Muir's favorite Live Music Photos of 2012 (that he took) "

photos by PSquared Photography

YLT w/ Andrew Bird / the Jons / Titus @ Maxwell's, 12/14/2012
Andrew Bird and Yo La Tengo
Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus opened the night with a roar -- I always read about them as being a punk-rock group, and maybe they are in the old-fashioned (and my favorite) definition of that term as "indescribable." Patrick made the only mention from the stage of the night about Connecticut, which makes him stronger than me. A great set, closing with the breathtaking one-two of "Titus Andronicus Forever" and the seasonal favorite "Roadrunner"...

...If you spend any time around the three of us, sooner or later you'll hear one or everybody burst into "Acappella Ghostbusters," as made famous by Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin's Soundtrackappella (or is it Soundtracappella -- I forgot to ask, but that's ok, they'd have given me two different answers). Ten years after Hanukkah 2002, we asked them if they agreed with us it was time for a return engagement. - [YLT]

On the penultimate night of Hanukkah (and a bad vibe day to put it mildly), Yo La Tengo did their best to keep spirits high, with special guest Andrew Bird (as speculated) sitting in on violin for the entirety of their set, and guest vocalist Devendra Banhart (who narrates the Tim Maia short film which screens for free in Brooklyn Sunday) singing for the encore. (Setlist is below.)

As speculated and then expected, fellow New Jersyians Titus Andronicus made for one of the highest profile openers of the week, and Jons Benjamin and Glaser brought the funny.

The night's Charity was Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative and Ira Kaplan made the mix CD. Tonight's the last night of their Hanukkah run -- who will be the openers? UPDATE: Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Gaylord Fields open the final night.

Past nights included Barbara Manning, El-P, Real Estate, The Feelies, Sun Ra Arkestra, and the Raybeats.

More pictures from Night 7 are below, along with YLT's setlist.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus, Devendra Banhart, Andrew Bird, Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser helped Yo La Tengo celebrate Hanukkah night 7 at Maxwells (pics, setlist)"

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus just announced a short co-headlining European tour which will go down this May with fellow punk bashers Fucked Up. A list of all dates and the tour flyer are below.

In other news, as the tweet above hints, it looks like a pretty good chance that Titus will be opening for Yo La Tengo tonight. UPDATE: They did!

Meanwhile, Fucked Up play NYC on December 21 at Warsaw with support from Lemuria, Night Birds, and Parquet Courts. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of all dates and flyer are below.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus announce European tour w/ Fucked Up, opening for Yo La Tengo tonight? update: YES"