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Mos Def
photo: Mos Def at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The Eric Garner protests, like last weekend's Millions March, in NYC continue, and as you've probably seen and heard, many of those lending their voice to the cause are prominent musicians. Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey), offered an audio statement called "Thoughts On The Upheaval From A Global Perspective" via Stop Being Famous, as Billboard points out. Here's some of what he said:

Where are we? We're at a critical time. We're at a watershed moment for humanity. The urgency to 'change this miserable condition on this earth,' as Malcolm X said, is occurring to many of us, reaffirming itself.

It's the opportunity for necessary change, positive change, and it's not necessarily convenient or comfortable as I'm sure it is with any period of growth. I read somewhere that in order for an arrow to fly, the bow has to be drawn back. There's some pressure involved and I think we're all feeling that pressure. Some of us are more aware of it than others. Some of us are trying to drown it out. But we all feel it one way or another, in indelible ways in these times and days.

You can listen to the audio below.

RZA also spoke to Vanity Fair about it, saying:

The value of a man's life has been totally reduced. It has never been even put at the proper value, when it comes to a black man... But we have an old-school mentality of what you can do, as a cop, and how someone already considered a criminal, even when he's not committing a violent crime, or a real crime. Selling a cigarette is not really a crime, standing on the corner is not a real crime, at the end of the day.

But in this case, with Eric Garner, there is not a criminal here. This looks more like the ego and frustration of a man--forget that this guy was a cop. Take the uniform off. If you take the uniform off of those guys, it looks like a neighborhood beat down. It looked like a black guy got jumped by a bunch of white guys. It looks like this gang jumped that guy.

On Sunday (12/14), when Aretha Franklin attended the premiere of Selma (the film based on Martin Luther King and the 1965 civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama) in NYC, she was interviewed about how important she thinks a film like Selma is coming out at this time, and said:
I think that it's gonna bring a higher level of consciousness to everything that's happening, particularly between the movie and the Fergusons and all of the different happenings that we've had lately involving all of the young African American men. There is certainly a correlation between the two, the timing, and i think most importantly the timing. What was happening way back when and what is still happening now.
Lil B just released a song called "I Can't Breathe," which you can listen to below.

The Eric Garner case, other related tragedies, and the growing social movement around it also pushed D'Angelo to get his new album out as soon as he did (it was originally planned for 2015).

Meanwhile, money has been raised for Eric Garner's family via Fundly and Indie GoGo campaigns. Fundraisers, like the one Russell Simons was at, are becoming more common. Two happening in NYC just popped up today:

One is a show billed as "BLACK LIVES MATTER" happening on December 23 at SOB's. No artists announced at the moment, but tickets are on sale now.

The other is a noise show happening December 30 at Palisades with live sets from Nick Klein & Shredded Nerve, Miguel Alvarino, Appetite, Saran Man, Negation, Coil's Drew McDowall, Pure Matrix, POI, Bookworms and Young Male, as well as DJ sets from Analog Soul, Half Life and Pharmakon (aka Margaret Chardiet). That one's $12 at the door.

They may not really need the fundraisers in the end though, as the New York Times reports that New York City comptroller Scott M. Stringer is also "seeking to negotiate a settlement of a $75 million civil rights claim brought my Mr. Garner's family."

Stream the Lil B song and Mos Def speech below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Tits of Clay (w/ guest Stephen Trask) @ Mercury Lounge - 10/27/14
Tits of Clay

Tits of Clay played small NYC club Mercury Lounge three times already. The first show completely slipped my radar until I heard afterwards that Neil Patrick Harris performed multiple Hedwig songs on stage with them in the very small space, to warm up for his role as Hedwig on Broadway (watch video below). That was when Neil was still rehearsing for the role which which he went on to win a Tony for. He was since replaced by Andrew Rannells (Girls) who was replaced by Michael C. Hall who continues in the role until January 18, 2015. Michael was originally scheduled to end January 4th, and...

The extension announcement comes hot on the heels of [NOW COMFIRMED] rumors that John Cameron Mitchell, who created and starred in the original off-Broadway production, might return to the role on Broadway.

"We are exploring multiple options beyond Michael C. Hall's run in the show," said Hedwig producer David Binder, who recently chastized the fan who swiped one of Hall's wigs from the stage. [Advocate]

John Cameron Mitchell returning as Hedwig!!


Bob Mould w/ Stephen Trask & 1/2 of Tits of Clay backstage on Broadway - 8/9/14
Bob Mould and Hedwig

The cast of Hedwig & the Angry Inch is small. It's basically a one-person show, though Hedwig's husband Yitzhak also has a notable role. Both actors are backed by Hedwig's four-piece rock and roll band whose Broadway version has an off-stage alter-ego Tits of Clay. That's the name they use when they sometimes play Mercury Lounge with special guests, including the time Neil showed up, and the time we took the pictures which are in this post. Tits of Clay play mostly covers at these shows, but also do an original or two from the PledgeMusic-funded album they're recording.

Tits of Clay's members were cast by Hedwig co-creator and composer Stephen Trask, and some of those musicians have appeared on the pages of BrooklynVegan before they landed this sweet job. That includes Justin Craig who plays the role originally played by Trask in the off-Broadway Jane St Theater production. Justin is also a member of These United States. Tim Mislock is a sometimes-member of the Antlers and plays as Holly Miranda's guitarist, and solo as Abandoned Lighthouse. Drummer Peter Yanowitz you'll recognize from Morningwood, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant's band, Exclamation Pony, and more. The fourth member is Matt Duncan (who also makes his own music).

Tits of Clay
Tits of Clay

Tits of Clay's next not-Broadway performance is TONIGHT/Sunday (12/7) at the venue formerly known as Don Hill's where Hedwig all started, and lots of guest are lined up for the pricey ticket benefit...

On December 7 Hedwig and the Angry Inch composer/lyricist/co-creator Stephen Trask and punk rockers Tits of Clay (the off-stage alter ego of the band performing as the Angry Inch in the current Broadway production of the show) return to the site of the show's genesis--the world famous Don Hill's, soon to re-open as The Hills NYC--to play a special Hedwig-themed tribute to legendary booker, promoter and club owner Don Hill. Special guests will include Broadway's current Hedwig, Michael C. Hall, Broadway's current Yitzhak (and frontwoman of The Deafening) Lena Hall, rocker David Johansen, The B-52's Fred Schneider and Hedwig's original Yitzhak, Miriam Shor, plus an opening set performed by OURS. The show benefits Road Recovery, a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources.
Tickets and information available HERE.

Hedwig

As mentioned in that blurb, Lena Hall also plays in the Deafening who have their own show coming up at Highline Ballroom on January 26..

You also could (and should) get tickets to see Hedwig on Broadway.

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Tits of Clay have played Mercury Lounge three times. The first one was the time Neil showed up and sang eight Hedwig songs. The second one was less-star-studded, but included guest vocals by Shannon Connelly of Lez Zeppelin who is Yitzhak understudy on Broadway, original Yitzhak Miriam Shor, current Yitzhak Lena Hall (who also won a Tony for the role), and Stephen Trask. At that one they played a set of covers (Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Gang of Four, Joan Jett, etc), a great original, and two Hedwig songs in the encore, most notably "Random Number Generation" with the original and current Yitzhaks singing together (video below).

The third Mercury Lounge show was a Lou Reed tribute and featured Lena Hall, Shannon Conley, and Stephen Trask, but added Chantal Claret (Morningwood frontwoman) and Theo Kogan (Lunachicks) to the mix. More pictures from that, along with the above-mentioned videos and stuff, below...

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Paul Simon

Paul Simon leads a lineup of other musicians including James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin and other unannounced guests who will be playing a cancer research benefit in NYC on January 20 in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall (fka The Allen Room). The show is honor of the memory of saxophonist Michael Brecker, who's performed with both Paul Simon and James Taylor, as well as Lou Reed Joni Mitchell, John Nolan, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Steely Dan and more.

Tickets, starting at $200, are on sale now. "Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness are the benefit chairs, and Meredith Viera will serve as master of ceremonies. Proceeds from the concert will support cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the work of Azra Raza, MD, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD."

After that show, Paul will head out on an international tour of New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Those dates are listed here.

Mr. Twin Sister @ Baby's All Right, 10/3/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mr Twin Sister

Mr. Twin Sister found creative rebirth (and an honorific) this year, releasing their lush, groovy new album which is really worth checking out if you haven't yet. You can listen to the whole thing below. The Brooklyn band are not following the usual album/tour pattern, having only played a few dates since adding the "Mr." to their name. They have a couple NYC shows coming up, though. On Saturday (11/22) at Shea Stadium they'll play as part of a benefit for Middle East Children's Alliance which offers emergency Gaza aid. Lost Boy?, Eula and Brooklyn Nomads are also on the bill. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The band will also open for Sylvan Esso at their Terminal 5 show on January 23. Tickets for that show are still available.

Flyer for the Shea show and the album stream, below...

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2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Rufus

Cyndi Lauper, who hosts her own holiday show at Beacon Theater on 12/6, will join Rufus and Martha Wainwright at the first of their two holiday shows at Town Hall later in the month. Cyndi joins a cast of characters at Town Hall that includes Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwright, and more. Renee Fleming, instead of Cyndi, joins the Wainwrights and friends on the 2nd night. Tickets, which benefit the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, are still on sale for both 12/17 (Cyndi night) and 12/18 (Renee night). Tickets for Cyndi's holiday show, which Sufjan, Emily Haines and many others are also playing, are also still available. Full lineup below.

Speaking of shows Rufus Wainwright is playing that benefit foundations, Rufus is also appearing at a much more expensive show taking place at Cipriani Wall Street on 11/20. At that one he'll be joined by Alexa Ray Joel (daughter of Billy who just announced his 16th MSG residency show), and will be benefiting the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Christopher's good friend and supporter Robin Williams, who took his own life earlier this year, will be honored at the event. $1500 tickets are available. Hey, it's cheaper than the $100,000 Pacesetter Table option!

More Rufus dates HERE. The full lineup of Cyndi's Beacon Theater show is re-posted below...

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Greg Barris (photo via Michael Alex Newman)
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Comedian Greg Barris is a busy guy. He's co-hosting the Doctors Without Borders benefit at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 (tickets) and, among other things, started a new series/podcast this year called "Mind Warriors" which mixes science and laughs:

Mind Warriors: Bringing you the most cutting edge information from the edge of the universe (that's two edges). Mind Warriors is a comedic, science interview show hosted by Greg Barris that delves into the spiritual and scientific research and practices of each guest Mind Warrior with a question and answer session at the end with the audience.
The next edition of "Mind Warriors" happens at Brooklyn's Union Hall on January 11 with Andrew WK as guest. Tickets for that are on sale now. The first "Mind Warriors" video is below.

Andrew WK is busy too, playing a solo show at Knitting Factory on November 22 (part of their Fifth Anniversary celebration), and will be with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg at Gramercy Theatre on January 17. He'll also be on WNYU on December 11 at 4PM for a " live radio interview and party DJ set!" so mark your calendars. Updated AWK schedule is listed below.

And in related funny/smart news, there's a benefit for 826NYC (the nonprofit that promotes creative and expository writing skills) at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Sarah Vowell, Fred Armisen and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale.

Reggie Watts also plays The Bell House on Friday (11/7) as part of the NY Comedy Fest, and then later in the evening at The Blue Note.

Andrew WK dates -- including New Year's Eve in Chicago -- are listed, along with the first episode of "Mind Warriors," below..

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Reggie

IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! is currently in the middle of its new season and there have already been a few notable music guests on the show. The National made an appearance on the fall season premiere as part of a fake makeover show "Retool the School" and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne appeared on the Halloween episode (dressed as Carrie), and then made some impromptu music with bandleader Reggie Watts as a web exclusive. Watch clips from all three of those below.

Reggie Watts has a couple NYC shows coming up. On Friday (11/7), he'll be at The Bell House as part of a NY Comedy Fest show that also features Jim Gaffigan, James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, and Eliot Glazer. It's a benefit called Uncivil Union and proceeds go to The Ally Coalition and New Alternatives which look to "raise awareness and funds to end discrimination against LGBTQ people." Tickets are on sale.

Later Friday night Reggie will also perform at The Blue Note for a 12:30 AM set. Reservations are available.

Comedy Bang! Bang! videos below...

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Regina Spektor at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Regina

As discussed, there's a benefit for Doctors Without Borders (who are on the front lines of dealing with the ebola crisis in Africa) going down at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 with an awesome lineup of Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo, plus hosts Greg Barris and Jena Friedman. We mentioned that more acts would be added and we now know of two more good ones: Regina Spektor and radio/TV personality Ira Glass. Ira will be performing with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass, who joined him this past September for the premiere of their show, "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host." Tickets are still available. Stay tuned for any more updates.

Watch the 'Three Acts' trailer below...

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Matmos

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

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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)
David Byrne

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)
Cro-Mags

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...

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by Bill Pearis

The Rogers Sisters
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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...

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by Klaus Kinski

still from 'Roger Waters: The Wall'
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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)
earth

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.

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.

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."

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...

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The xx at Radio City in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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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)
Kills

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...

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Sky Ferreira at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sky

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...

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Mates of State at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Mates of State

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...

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Flower

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...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford; words by Bill Pearis

Bob Mould / Ted Leo / AC Newman @ HiFi, 5/17/2014
Hi Fi 20th Anniversary
Hi Fi 20th Anniversary
Hi Fi 20th Anniversary

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...

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 5/13/2014
Lykke Li
Lykke Li

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...

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Roots

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 wall
You 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...

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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...

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The Wrens at Maxwell's in 2009 (more by Anna Scialli)
Wrens

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).

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