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Brooklyn's Issue Project Room will be closing in 2015 for renovations to its Boerum Place theater. One of the final events before it closes will be a special IPR benefit on December 9, featuring electronic duo Matmos performing scenes from Robert Ashley's groundbreaking television opera Perfect Lives which ran from 1978 - 1983. Tickets are available now for IPR members and will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday (10/22). It's Matmos' only show on their schedule. Here's a little bit more about the performance:
Perfect Lives (1978-83) is Robert Ashley's opera "about" bank robbery, cocktail lounges, geriatric love, adolescent elopement, et al, in the American Midwest. One of the definitive text-sound compositions of the late 20th century, it has been called a comic opera about reincarnation. Originally commissioned by the Kitchen in the early 80s, Ashley's Perfect Lives, the opera for television is widely considered the precursor of music-television and a masterpiece of the American vernacular. A Spanish-language adaptation of Perfect Lives, Vidas Perfectas, was commissioned by ISSUE Project Room in 2012 and later staged as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.The Matmos performance even takes place just after the Kim Gordon & Loren Connors show at Issue Project Room on 12/3 with Gary War. Tickets for that show go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/24).
by Klaus Kinski
I heard a funny ebola joke. But you probably won't get it.
While ebola mania has Americans rapt with fear, the reality is that the chances of it becoming a real, widespread epidemic here is basically nil. As far as viruses go, ebola is pretty terrifying and I can see why people would be freaking out and why the news media would use it as fodder to scare the shit out of us. But it's not an airborne virus like the flu; you have to physically come in contact with it. And according to Dr. Jon LaPook over at CBS, "Every single Ebola outbreak in Africa over the past 40 years has been brought under control with standard infectious disease measures -- basically, isolating infected patients and tracking down their contacts." So once a case is identified, measures are taken to ensure it gets isolated. At least, that's what we hope will happen.
The real urgency simply isn't here on American soil; it's in Africa where they do not have the infrastructure to adequately deal with viral epidemics like this. There, it is much harder to contain and much easier to spread. Right now, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis in Africa. 80% of their funding comes from private donors, and what better way to contribute than with an awesome benefit show with awesome talent at an awesome venue? On Wednesday November 19 Irving Plaza will host and MSF/DWB International Fundraiser to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The event will be hosted by Klaus favorites Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo. Many, many more acts will be added to the bill. Onsale date/time are still TBD as well but should be available via Livenation soon, but mark your calendars and keep your eyes on BV for updates.
Meanwhile, tickets are still available for a show benefiting another good cause. Seth Herzog (Fallon, 'Sweet,' Comedy Central, NatGeo), Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1, Conan), Damien Lemon (Half Hour, Guy Code), Dan Soder (Conan, Guy Code, O&A) and Michelle Wolf (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), and The Amigos Band will convene at the Bell House on Thursday (10/23) to raise money for 'Stand Up for Rockaway,' the organization still helping the Rockaways rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Use code "ROCKAWAY" when buying tickets to get $10 off.
You can also catch Greg Barris during CMJ at Union Hall on Friday (10/24) for a special edition of his "Hearts of Darkness" show, featuring Shonali Bhowmik, Corn Mo, Larry Murphy, The Forgiveness, and "surprise guests!" Tickets are on sale and you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.
David Byrne at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Keep A Child Alive's 11th annual Black Ball benefit will go down at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30 this year. Hosted once again by Keep A Child Alive co-founder Alicia Keys, the event will feature performances from Talking Head David Byrne, rapper Angel Haze, Keys herself and more TBA. About the event, David Byrne told Billboard:
Many many years ago my friend Leigh Blake, co-founder of Keep a Child Alive, approached me about being part of a charity record called Red Hot & Blue. It was a great experience, and it had the side effect of opening my ears to the music of Cole Porter! So, when she approached me about participating in this year's Black Ball, Keep a Child Alive's annual fundraiser hosted by Alicia Keys, I immediately said yes. I'm flattered and excited.Tickets for the benefit are on sale now.
Keep A Child Alive "support[s] innovative, community-led responses that increase access to life-saving HIV treatment and care, nutritious food, and loving support for children and families living with and affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and India."
Cro-Mags at FFF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYC crossover vets Cro-Mags have a few local-ish appearances this week and next. First, members John Joseph and Mackie will team with Bad Brains members Darryl Jennifer and Dr. Know to perform Bad Brains material with other special guests at Bowery Electric on Thursday (9/25) (like John and Bad Brains members did last month at Afropunk). The show is benefit for The Children's Tumor Foundation. "They send kids to camp suffering from a deadly cancer called NF." Another veteran NYC crossover band, Subzero, and The Wilding Incident (featuring Sacha Jenkins who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains) are opening, and tickets are on sale now.
Then, this weekend Cro-Mags will team with Agnostic Front, Ignite, Sick of It All, a Pantera cover band and more at East Coast Tsunami in Reading, PA. After that, it's off to Asbury Park, NJ for a show at Asbury Lanes on October 2 with Ensign, Real Cops, White Collar Crime LLC and School Drugs (tickets on sale), and finally they'll be back home in NYC for their previously discussed Saint Vitus (10/3) show with Heavy Chains. Since we last spoke, The Wilding Incident were added to that one as well, as were Ache. Tickets for Vitus are still available.
Watch a video of John Joseph and Bad Brains at Afropunk 2014 below...
by Bill Pearis
The Rogers Sisters
Versus are currently in the studio working on their next album though no word on when that is going to come out. You can however catch them live on November 9 at Rough Trade where they'll play with the Thalia Zedek Band, Antietam, Rogers Sisters, and Cynthia Nelson. The show is a benefit for Letha Rodman Melchior (wife of Dan Melchior and artist in her own right) who has been battling cancer for some time. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon.
The Rogers Sisters, regulars in the early-'00s Brooklyn dancepunk scene, disbanded in 2007 but got back together back in January for a benefit for Melchior. (2002's Purely Evil holds up well, listen at Rdio.) Antietam, meanwhile, will also be opening for Yo La Tengo at Town Hall on December 3 (tickets).
Speaking of Thalia Zedek, she also sings on three songs on the upcoming debut album from Exit Verse the new band of Geoff Farina of now defunct '90s/'00s emo/indie rock vets Karate. Along with Geoff, the band includes drummer John Dugan (Chisel, Edsel) and bassist Pete Croke (Brokeback, Tight Phantoms). Their album's self-titled, due November 17 via Ernest Jenning Record Co., and the first single "Seeds" is out now. Check it out below.
A Rogers Sisters video also below...
by Klaus Kinski
still from 'Roger Waters: The Wall'
In a life that is nothing short of a cornucopia of self-designed regrets, two of my most robust regrets are not ponying up the admittedly exorbitant cash money to catch Roger Waters when he toured "The Wall" back in 2010 and 2012. I had friends all over the country emailing me saying "Dude, bro, you have to see this concert. Even the cheap seats are amazing. The staggering scale of this thing makes your seat assignment almost arbitrary. Dude." But I, one of Roger Waters' biggest fans, passed. And for that, I am forever regretful.
Luckily for deadbeats like me, Roger Waters and the tour's creative director Sean Evans have teamed up and produced a live concert film called "Roger Waters: The Wall" and it will be premiering at the Toronto Film Festival on September 6. The film was shot over the course of several tour dates and this live footage will be intercut with other dramatic and autobiographical footage including Waters' recent journey to see the grave of his grandfather, who was killed in WWI, and a trip to Italy to visit a WWII monument near the Anzio beaches on which his father's name is inscribed. Although it probably won't come close to the experience of seeing the tour (which grossed nearly a half a billion dollars) in person, it is sure to be a striking document of one of the most ambitious tours ever undertaken. Details on a worldwide release or a DVD/BluRay/Streaming release are unclear at the moment, but you can be sure that if it'll make money it'll be done.
In other Roger Waters news with a more local and aristocratic flavor, Roger Waters will be among a handful of performers set to delight dozens of 1%ers (the non biker kind) this Saturday (8/30) in the Hamptons at the Perfect Earth Project's Second Biennial Family Picnic and Concert. In addition to part-time Hamptons resident Roger Waters, other performers include Rufus Wainwright, GE Smith (SNL), The Persuasions, Teddy Thompson, and more. Tickets range from $250 to $10,000. Proceeds benefit PEP, an organization that "promotes toxin-free lawns and landscapes to protect human health and the environment." If that's not some bored rich person's idea of activism, I don't know what is. Maybe Roger'll play "Empty Spaces."
by Ian Chainey
Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The David Lynch Foundation has two fundraising shows on the horizon, both happening at NYC's Saint Vitus. The first takes place on September 25 and features Earth, Cult of Youth, and Dream Police (the project of Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of The Men). Tickets are available now. The second show occurs on October 4 and brings together JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate, the Soft Pink Truth, and Dominique Leone. Tickets for that show are also available now.
The David Lynch Foundation's aim, per its header, is "Healing Traumatic Stress and Raising Performance in At-risk Populations." According to Lynch's message on the foundation's website:
In 2005, we started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching [Transcendental Meditation] to adults and children in countries everywhere.Here are your helpers: The first date fits into Earth's tour with King Dude. Those two hit Saint Vitus the day before, September 24; a show that has subsequently sold out. Primitive And Deadly, the band's new album, will be available on September 2. You can watch a trailer for the new album and see their updated tour schedule below. Cult of Youth, too, have a new album in the works according to posting on their Facebook page: "100% done with every aspect of the new album as of a few minutes ago. I have never been more proud of a creative work in my life."
How are we able to do it? Because of the generosity of foundations and philanthropists and everyday people who want to ease the suffering of others--and who want to help create a better world.
The other bill should be a noisy and synth-y affair with JG Thirlwell of Foetus and Sarah Lipstate of Noveller joining forces again after a successful run earlier in the year. Show-mate the Soft Pink Truth -- the genre-tweaking sideproject of Matmos' Drew Daniel -- recently released his giddy deconstructionist take on black metal, Why Do the Heathens Rage?, which he broke down with Invisible Oranges' Dan Lawrence. Finally, Dominique Leone offered up the footwork-inflected "running journal" 2014 on Bandcamp, adding new material back in July.
Updated Earth dates are listed, with streams from the artists, below...
The xx at Radio City in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The last time The xx played NYC was when they played 25 shows for 40 people each at Park Avenue Armory in March (which Geoff Rickly paid $2000 to see), and their next show here will also be an unconventional one. They'll perform at the pre-party for this year's Guggenheim International Gala benefit which happens November 5 from 9 PM to midnight. There's a benefit dinner the following night which honors 2014 Guggenheim exhibition artists Carrie Mae Weems, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene (in memoriam), Günther Uecker, and Wang Jianwei.
Tickets ($200 for Young Collector's Council members, $250 for general admission) are on sale now to members and GA tickets go on sale July 29 at noon. Admission includes the performance, a full open bar, and an opportunity to view a portion of the exhibition ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow: 1950s-60s from 9-10 pm.
The Kills at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Kills were last in NYC for Governors Ball and they've since added more dates which brings them back here for a benefit show in the fall. That show is The Open Road Aperture Foundation Benefit Party, which is a tribute to photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank, and happens on October 21 at Terminal 5. In addition to The Kills' short set, there will be music by Alec Soth, Joe Purdy and Billy Bragg (whose tour also hits NYC twice before that). Tickets, starting at $150, are on sale now.
The tour also includes a Halloween show in LA with Queens of the Stone Age (who play the NYC-area this week). The Kills haven't released an album since 2011's Blood Pressures, but they're reportedly working on a followup. Alison's other band The Dead Weather (with Jack White and a QOTSA member) have a new LP on the way too.
All Kills dates are listed, with a video, below...
Sky Ferreira at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC pop singer Sky Ferreira has international festival appearances coming up this summer in Canada, Australia and Japan, but before all that she'll play a hometown show on July 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show is a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation which "funds Transcendental Meditation (TM) programs for at-risk students; veterans with PTSD; women who are survivors of domestic violence; American Indians suffering from diabetes; the homeless and incarcerated." Ladies Night, VIto Roccoforte (of The Rapture), and special guests will be DJing. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (6/18) at noon. All dates, including a previously discussed free show in Montauk, are listed below.
In other news, you may have heard by now that Sky was recently interviewed on a talk show in Brazil (home of the 2014 World Cup) where the interview didn't exactly pick the best question. Huffington Post reports:
Everything seemed to be going fine until the Gentili asked, "Do you think everybody loves your work because of the music or also because of the cover ... and because of the tits." (Yes, the album artwork for "Night Time, My Time" features one of Ferreira's breasts.) The singer kept her cool though and answered, "I'm pretty sure it's because of my work, but it helps if you're a pervert."Watch the video of that interview, with the list of dates, below...
Mates of State at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Several musicians and comedians are teaming up to perform at The Ally Coalition's benefit show in NYC on June 25 at Le Poisson Rouge. The show features indie pop duo Mates of State, Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer, W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser, Eliot Glazer, Carrie Keagan, Jillette Johnson, Wakey!Wakey!, Cameron Esposito, DJ $mall Change and surprise guests TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
The Ally Coalition is an organization "with the purpose of inspiring people, in particular their peers in the music, fashion and entertainment industry, to take action for LGBTQ equality. The concert happens the same week as NYC Pride Week.
Proceeds from the show "will benefit New Alternatives For LGBT Homeless Youth, which helps homeless LGBT youth become self-sufficient and transition into stable adult lives, and Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization of theater artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality."
Watch Mates of State play "Now We're Gonna Get It" for a BrooklynVegan Soundwave Session, below...
Before Versus, brothers Richard and Ed Baluyut were in NYC band Flower who put out two albums and an EP's worth of moody indie rock during the second half of the 1980s. You can stream the Crash EP (which was before Ed joined the band) and another track, below. Flower -- who got back together for the Big Takeover anniversary in 2010 -- are reforming again for a one-off NYC show at Cake Shop on June 13. That's the previously mentioned benefit for the New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center, that also has +/- Plus/Minus (featuring a third Baluyut brother, James), James Lindaman (of True Love Always), Trummors (Dave Lerner who used to be in Ted Leo + Pharmacists), and Vomit Fist. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Flower streams, and video from their 2010 Big Takeover performance, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford; words by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould / Ted Leo / AC Newman @ HiFi, 5/17/2014
Back in the '90s, most up-and-coming indie rock bands touring through NYC played either Mercury Lounge or Brownies. Mike Stuto started booking shows there in 1994, and became co-owner in 1998. (Full disclosure: I've known Mike from before his Brownies days, and the club was the first place I saw a show when I moved to NYC.) Pretty much everybody played there and it was the site of the infamous 1998 show by The Fall that ended in an onstage brawl, with frontman Mark E. Smith arrested. When the club closed in 2002, Stuto turned Brownies into HiFi, a bar with no live music but with a digital jukebox that, at the time (iPods were still a novelty), had an astounding number of songs.
HiFi underwent renovations last fall, adding a small performance room in the back with a bar, and a DJ booth to the front. With the 20th anniversary of his association with 169 Ave A, there was an invite-only "20 Years of Stuto" party at HiFi last Saturday (5/17) that doubled as a benefit for longtime bartender Rhea Buckner who has been battling cancer and incurred a lot of debt from it. You can donate too.
The evening featured a lot of live music, and all the acts had played at Brownies at one point or another. After an opening set from NYC vet Don Piper, we got Boy Morgan (which includes members of Robbers on High Street) who played some of their own '60s-leaning material before inviting up a host of guest vocalists: Will Sheff of Okkervil River did Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind," AC Newman of New Pornographers did Wings' "Mrs. Vanderbilt" which was then followed by Ted Leo doing another Wings' song, knocking out "Band on the Run." Newman remarked, "New Pornographers' first New York show was here, as was my son's first birthday party."
Next up was former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, which was followed by a short set from Ted Leo who told the crowd he probably wouldn't still be making music if it wasn't for Brownies' support and brought out the Pharmacists for a couple songs as well. Leo also brought up Stuto to do Elvis Costello's "Pump it Up" with the band.
Then out came Bob Mould who, even though it was just him and his electric guitar, was insanely, ear-bleedingly loud. I think his amp only has two settings: on or off. In addition to playing Sugar's "Hoover Dam" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind," we got a couple songs from his soon-to-be-released Beauty & Ruin. Then he brought back out Ted Leo + Pharmacists for a ripping rendition of Stiff Little Fingers' "Suspect Device."
The night's music ended with a set from Saratoga Springs power pop trio The Figgs who were the first band Stuto booked at Brownies. Their set also included some guests: Ben Smith (The Brought Low/Sweet Diesel) sang Small Faces' "Song Of A Baker," Jesse Malin (D Generation) sang the Stones' "Do Do Do Do Do (Heartbreaker)" and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate/Baseball Project) and his wife, Linda Pitmon (on drums) came out for a cover of Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby."
It was a very fun night and pictures from all the above are in this post. As mentioned, HiFi is hosting live music now in its very small (35 capacity) back room, nothing with drums and nothing as loud as Bob Mould. They host readings and other performances too and you can check their schedule here.
More pics from Saturday's party below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 5/13/2014
MoMA held their annual Party in the Garden fundraiser Tuesday night (5/13). One of the big social events of the season, it started with a pricey gala dinner, followed by a not-quite-as-pricey afterparty featuring a live set from Swedish singer Lykke Li and ubiquitous DJ Questlove kept the crowd otherwise entertained. At a fancy, celeb-heavy affair like this, the live music is more of a bonus than the focus. That said, the dressed-up crowd were into her 30-minute set which mixed old favorites with songs from her brand-new album, I Never Learn. Pictures from her set and the MoMA Party in the Garden afterparty are in this post.
Lykke Li plays another tiny NYC venue (relatively speaking) -- the Apollo in Harlem -- on Thursday (5/15) which is sold out and one of a few current live dates for her in North America. More pics from MoMA below...
With their gig as Jimmy Fallon's musical accompaniment, you might forget The Roots are an actual band that make their own music and release records. And continue to do so. In fact The Roots will release their new album on May 19. Titled ...and then you shoot your cousin, it's a concept album. Black thought said in HipHopDX:
It's satire, but in that satire it's an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the Hip Hop community, but in the community. I don't know if that makes any sense.Or for a headier description there's this promotional copy:
a satirical look at the Dionysian impulse in contemporary hip-hop as told through a series of characters who have found themselves trapped in the permanent underclass. Lost in history's shuffle, broken, yet self-aware, they see their lives both from within and from without. Self-possessed, they're ever ready to scale the fourth wallYou can stream two tracks from the album below.
Folks in NYC can experience ...and then you shoot your cousin live at two special events at The Public Theatre's 260 seat Anspacher Theater on May 13 & 14. The record release shows double as a fundraiser for Public Theatre and tickets ($200) are 100% tax-deductible. There are a few left.
The Roots last album was Wise Up Ghost, a collaboration with Elvis Costello. Tracklist and artwork for the new album, plus video for "When the People Cheer" and stream of "Tomorrow," below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Erik Kluiber of Gypsyhawk with his cat
By this point, perhaps you've heard of the Metal Cats book, which is full of photos of metal musicians with their cats (Hai Doug!). With Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and more getting in on the Metal Cats rage, you know furry furor is reaching a fever pitch. The book is out now, and we scored a few unpublished photos originally intended for the book: Erik Kluiber of Gypsyhawk is above, and check out Steven Darrow of Sonic Medusa, animal activist Andrew Buchanan Carter and tattoo artist and piercer Alexander Nathan Ward with their feline friends below. Metal Cats is available to order from publisher powerHouse Books right meow.
A book release party is happening in NYC at Union Pool on May 17 with performances by gloomy experimentalist Planning for Burial, sludge purveyors Sea of Bones, doom band Belus (who just premiered a new song over on Invisible Oranges) with between-sets tunes from DJ Jake Boyle. There will also be an art exhibit, raffles (win "Catpathian Forest" prints) and vendors. Check the event's Facebook page. Tickets are $7 at the door with 100% of the proceeds going to Bobbi & the Strays, a no-kill shelter and rescue center in NYC.
Between Metal Cats and the Metal Meowlisha, the bonds between heavy metal and cats has never been stronger. More purrrfect (and unreleased) pics and flyer for the release show after the jump...
The Wrens at Maxwell's in 2009 (more by Anna Scialli)
A number of local indie musicians will be teaming up to play a benefit for Windsor Terrace's PS154 at Brooklyn's Bell House on May 30. The lineup features Bambi Kino -- aka the Beatles cover band made up of Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices), Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), and Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power) who dedicate their shows to the band's early days in Hamburg, Germany -- Charles Bissell & Kevin Whelan of indie veterans The Wrens (who have been promising a new album for a loooong time), and an original lineup reunion by Palomar. Also on the bill is The Big Bright (mems of Ollabelle) and White Collar Crime. Tickets for the benefit show are on sale now.
Speaking of Windsor Terrace schools, Bishop Ford, home to some big music video shoots, is closing (and probably no benefit can save them at this point).
Speaking of Beatles cover bands, The Fab Faux are presenting "John Lennon vs. Paul McCartney - The World Heavyweight Songwriting Championship!" in NYC on October 18 at Beacon Theatre with Hogshead Horns and The Creme Tangerine Strings. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx and Chase presales, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/18) at 9 AM. The Fab Faux also play Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on June 28 (tickets).
photos by Chris La Putt
Iggy Pop with New Order // Sufjan Stevens with The National
The 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert took place at Carnegie Hall last night (3/11) with Patti Smith, New Order, Iggy Pop, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Randolph, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, and many more.
As always, the night featured many collaborations--Iggy Pop with New Order, Sufjan Stevens with The National, Nico Muhly with Philip Glass, and so on. Headliner Patti Smith also paid tribute to the late Lou Reed by covering Transformer's "Perfect Day." Video footage of Iggy Pop and New Order playing Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Transmission," and NO's own "Californian Grass" are in this post. UPDATE: Footage of The National and Sufjan Stevens performing "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," "This Is the Last Time," and "I Need My Girl" can also be found below.
More pictures, those videos, and the full Tibet House US 24th Annual Benefit setlist lie after the jump...
Sharon Van Etten working on 'Are We There'
As mentioned, Sharon Van Etten's new album, Are We There, will be out in May via Jagjaguwar. While we haven't gotten a full song yet, you can hear a good bit of one song via a teaser trailer for the album which shows Sharon and her band making the record. You can watch that below.
Sharon also has yet to announce a tour, but she'll be playing Union Pool this Sunday (2/23). It's a benefit for Jeffrey Kish (who has played on and arranged songs for Sharon) who had had surgery yesterday (2/19) following a bad carpentry accident last week. (The doctors seem optimistic about his recorery.) The Union Pool show also features The Fakers, Lone Wolf, Kyp Malone & Friends, and Iran. It's $20 at the door and all proceeds go to Kish's medical/recovery costs. You can also donate here.
Flyer for the benefit, and the new Sharon Van Etten album trailer, below...
MEN at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
JD Samson & MEN have an upcoming west coast tour, but before that they'll play a benefit in Brooklyn at Littlefield this Friday (1/24) with Bright Light Bright Light. The show is billed as an evening of dancing live music benefitting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, "which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in New York and New Jersey." The show is being hosted by Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters and Jonjon Battles is DJing. Tickets for that show are available. All dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.
"I think of myself as an artist before I'm a musician," she says. "I studied art and theory and learned about self-expression that way; music is just the genre where success came. But when we talk about people using software to learn how to create songs, I think of this: Punk music used to be about self-taught people playing in garages. Now, the self-taught crowd is working from a studio in the bedroom. The aesthetic is very similar - it's about teaching yourself to express opinions through your creativity, to find a channel for those ideas. It seems like a natural progression to me."In related news, speaking of Scissor Sisters (whose Ana Matronic hosts the Littlefield show), their drummer Randy Real is now also the drummer of Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon's new band Molly and the Zombies, which Brian debuted at the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in December. The lineup also includes Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) and Brian McGee. The band recently posted two tracks online, which you can stream, along with the list of MEN dates, below.
That said, one thing listeners will quickly notice is that the vocals on "Labor" have a slicker production value than on MEN's debut. Samson cops to using pitch control, but in alignment with her general M.O., for her it's a tool of expression rather than any sort of crutch or bid for popularity. Given that she was a film student just prior to the digital revolution, she's got a healthy respect for the handcraft of art (in general) and avoids shortcuts. But she also knows how to exploit a fun toy when she finds it.
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Phosphorescent recently played four MHOW shows and a Rough Trade in-store ahead of his 2014 tour, which kicks off this week. That tour doesn't include any other NYC shows at the moment, but it's been announced that main member Matthew Houck play a solo show for the Tommy Brull Foundation-presented "Shine A Light" benefit in Long Island, like the one Deer Tick played last year. That show happens on February 6 at Cannon's Blackthorn in Rockville Centre, NY. Tickets for the show are on sale now, and all proceeds will go towards the new Camp Anchor building, which was completed in June.
All Phosphorescent dates, including Firefly, are listed below...
The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.
Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.
There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...
Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
City Winery founder Michael Dorf has announced this year's tribute show at Carnegie Hall to benefit NYC music education programs. (Last year was Prince, and he's done The Who, R.E.M., and others in previous years.) 2014's will be a tribute to Paul Simon on March 31 and the New York Times reports that Bob Mould, Ben Sollee, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, Bettye LaVette, Dan Wilson,, composer Allen Toussaint and Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, will be among the performers. Tickets are on sale now.
Paul Simon may or may not show up for his own tribute but you can definitely see him in NYC early that same month when his tour with Sting hits Madison Square Garden for two shows. The March 4 show is sold out but you can still get tickets for the March 6 date.
Bettye LaVette also plays NYC much sooner at Highline Ballroom on Sunday (1/12) with Stanley Clarke Trio and The Harlem String Quartet. Tickets for that show are still available.
Versus at Chickfactor 20 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Philippines are still recovering from devastating Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda) which hit the country back in November. There have been a few benefits here in NYC -- most notably David Byrne's staging of Here Lies Love at Terminal 5 -- but this Saturday (1/11) there's one at Shea Stadium featuring bands with ties to the Philippines. Headliners are indie rock vets Versus (who haven't had a NYC show in a good while), and also features pow wow!, Crazy Pills, Quiet Loudly, The Planes, and Let's Be Loveless. Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Typhoon Relief Effort.
Flyer for the benefit below...
Philip Glass at Prospect Park in July (more by Adela Loconte)
Following David Byrne's big Philippines benefit at Terminal 5 in November to help those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, another more intimate, but equally cool benefit is happening in NYC on December 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. This one's got modern composer Philip Glass joined by an impressive indie lineup of Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles) with past collaborator Ben Vida, plus Prefuse 73, Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), DJ Jon Santos, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, the music of Tyondai Braxton, Aphex Twin, and Edgard Varèse will soundtrack an upcoming dance performance by Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham at The Met on February 20.