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photo: Ryan Adams at last night's Neil Young tribute (more by PSquared)
Ryan Adams

Neil Young's annual benefit concert for The Bridge School, a "non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology," happens this year from October 24 - 25 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.

Neil plays as always (with his band Promise of the Real), and so does Ryan Adams (who just played a big Neil Young tribute in NYC), St. Vincent, Spoon, Gary Clark Jr, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow and Nils Lofgren. More info here.

by Andrew Sacher

Tender Defender

Yesterday, we posted about a cancer benefit happening at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on August 16 with Big Eyes, Shellshag, Aye Nako and Tender Defender (tickets). As BV readers probably know, we talk about those first three bands a lot around here, but Tender Defender are a new band that the show flyer billed as "new Latterman." Now we have more details, and it turns out that description couldn't be more accurate.

Tender Defender is a trio of musicians who were all in Latterman -- Phil Douglas (now also of Iron Chic), Mattie Canino (now also of RVIVR) and Pat Schramm (now also of Bridge & Tunnel) -- and they sound... exactly like Latterman! (And also like Iron Chic and RVIVR.) That's a good thing of course. Latterman were one of those bands who were never too popular but always had a devoted fanbase, and it's safe to say they're sorely missed.

Tender Defender's debut mini-LP is coming in late 2015 on Dead Broke Rekerds (the label run by Phil's Iron Chic bandmate Mike Bruno), and its first single "Hello Dirt" is out now. Listen below, and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.

Speaking of Big Eyes, they're also playing a BV-presented show with Against Me! and Cakes Da Killa, which is $3 with RSVP.

Continue reading "Latterman members formed Tender Defender (listen), playing cancer benefit w/ Big Eyes, Shellshag & Aye Nako"

nuns at disneyland

Chillwavers Small Black are still at it, with a new album on the way, a new single out now, and a NYC show happening November 21 at Baby's All Right. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets to the Tits of Clay show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Lilys show (where they'll play an all early-'90s dreampop set) at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets to the Ought show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their show at Silent Barn are on sale now.

Tickets to the Mike Krol shows at Cake Shop and Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Tears for Fears' shows at  The Capital Theatre, the Mayo PAC and Count Basie Theatre go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon (click venues for tickets).

Tickets to the How to Dress Well show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Circa Survive Juturna 10th anniversary show at Best Buy Theater with RX Bandits go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Chance the Rapper show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the just-added, second Albert Hammond Jr show at Bowery Ballroom (9/22) go on sale today at noon. Tickets to the 9/21 Bowery show are also still available (same link).

Tickets to the Craig Finn show at Bowery Ballroom with Esme Patterson go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Cymbals Eat Guitars show at Rough Trade with Solvey and Painted Zeros go on sale today at noon.

 Tickets to the Josh Ritter show  at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Big Scary show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Langhorne Slim show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

There's a benefit show for the Bushwick School for Music, which "is dedicated to creating and hosting tuition-free music education programs in Bushwick, Brownsville, Bed-Stuy and the surrounding neighborhoods," happening August 7 at Baby's All Right with Rubblebucket, Zula and Celestial Shore. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for the Robert Plant show at the Capitol Theatre go on sale at noon. Tickets for his Hammerstein Ballroom show are still available.

Tickets for the Decemberists show at the Capitol Theatre go on sale at noon. Tickets for their Radio City show with Lucius are still available.

$3 RSVP is open to see Vince Staples with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik on August 10 at The Shop, the next Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.

$3 RSVP is open to see Against Me! with Cakes Da Killa and Big Eyes on September 4 at The Stone Pony, the following Brooklyn-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select.

Tickets to see indie-approved mainstream country artist Ashley Monroe at NYC indie rock venue Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Ariana Grande is playing Barclays Center on September 27. Tickets go on sale Saturday (8/1) at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photo: Big Eyes in New Brunswick in April (more by Drew Gurian)
Big Eyes

Three regulars on the Brooklyn punk/DIY scene, Big Eyes, Shellshag and Aye Nako are teaming up to play a benefit show for Jay & Molly's fight against cancer. It happens August 16 at Saint Vitus with Tender Defender opening. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.

Shellshag play NYC sooner than that, opening for San Francisco punk vets The Avengers on August 4 at The Bell House. Also on that bill are Surfbort and Gozer. Tickets are still available.

Aye Nako were added as support to all Eastern US and Canadian dates on the upcoming Joanna Gruesome tour (that's a good double bill), including the NYC shows on October 30 at Rough Trade (tickets) and Halloween at Shea Stadium (tickets). They're also on the G.L.O.S.S. show at Silent Barn on September 23.

Big Eyes also play with promising Florida band Wet Nurse on September 22 at Silent Barn with Thin Lips (who play a BV-presented NYC show with Cayetana and Chumped in August) and Fleabite. $7 at the door.

Big Eyes are also on the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show happening September 4 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park with Against Me! and Cakes Da Killa. That's $3 with RSVP or $10 without.

In semi-related news, Aye Nako and Shellshag's Don Giovanni labelmates Worriers are a week away from releasing their new album, Imaginary Life (produced by Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace), and they're now streaming it in full. Listen below, via NPR. Worriers celebrate the LP with a release show on 8/7 at Knitting Factory with Emilyn Brodsky, Adult Mom and Fleabite (tickets).

Continue reading "Big Eyes, Shellshag & Aye Nako playing cancer benefit (and other shows); Worriers streaming new album"

Dock Rocks Flyer

Duran Duran, Wyclef Jean and "special guests" will play South Street Seaport on August 4. Dubbed "Dock Rocks" and happening on Piers 15 & 16, it's a benefit concert for the South Street Seaport Museum which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012. Tickets, which range from $50 general admission to $950 "Blame it on Rio VVIP", are on sale now.

The Seaport show falls right after DD's two shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre and just before their appearance at Nile Rodgers' FOLD Fest in Long Island. The new wave vets' new album, Paper Gods, is out September 11.

Updated Duran Duran tour dates are listed below...

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Billy Zoom

American punk icons X start their tour tonight (7/17) in Ridgefield, CT but unfortunately original guitarist Billy Zoom, who is battling bladder cancer, won't joining the band this time out. Instead guitarist Jesse Dayton (Waylon Jennings, Supersuckers) will be filling in tonight through the three NYC dates at City Winery (August 1-3). Remaining festival dates in August and September are yet to be determined. Tickets are still available to the City Winery shows and a portion of the proceeds will go to help cover Billy's medical expenses.

If you'd like to help out Billy directly, there's a Go-Fund-Me campaign. We wish you all the best, Billy.

All X dates are listed below...

Continue reading "X guitarist Billy Zoom battling cancer, won't be with the band on tour; City Winery shows will help benefit his medical bills"


When Galaxie 500 broke up in 1991, Dean Wareham signed to Elektra where his friend Terry Tolkin was doing A&R. He made a five-song demo with Mercury Rev's Jimmy Chambers and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour playing drums... all songs that would end up on the first Luna album, Lunapark. Over the weekend, Luna released the demos on their Bandcamp with the express purpose of helping out Tolkin who is very ill:

Luna (at this early stage Dean Wareham) was signed to Elektra by A&R man Terry Tolkin who had previously worked at Rough Trade, Touch & Go and Caroline Records. Terry now lives in New Orleans and is gravely ill. He is fighting a rare and aggressive virus that has his doctors perplexed, and facing huge medical bills for hospital visits, thrice-weekly dialysis and prescription drug co-pays.

All profits from the sale of this digital EP on Bandcamp are being sent directly to Terry to help pay his bills. Price is $7 but you are free to donate more...

You can buy Luna Demos 1991 right now (or donate to his medical fund directly) and stream it below.

Luna played Brooklyn for Northside a few weeks ago and will be back on tour this fall.

Continue reading "Luna released 1991 demos to help raise money for Terry Tolkin, the man who signed them (and is very ill)"

Murray at Poet's House benefit, 2011 (photo by Arnold Adler via Poet's House)

The Poet's House annual "Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge" benefit happens today (6/8) at 6:30 PM, going from Manhattan to Brooklyn, closing with a reading of Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," followed by a celebratory dinner and more poetry. It's the 20th anniversary of the event and, as Gothamist points out, this year Bill Murray will be leading the walk. It's $250 to participate and you must sign up by 6 PM. More details here.


More surprises from A$AP Rocky who dropped his new album early this week. The rapper will play Union Pool on Sunday (5/31) which is a benefit for victims of the Nepal earthquake. The show also features a DJ set from Pat Mahoney, plus Morgan O' Kane, Susanna Raeven, CULTFEVER and Monster (DJ). The show goes from 6PM - 11 PM and tickets are $30 and proceeds will go towards Kids of Kathmandu, an organization founded in Brooklyn. Flyer below

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photo: Patti Smith at Tibet House Benefit 2015 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Patti Smith

Everest Awakening was founded in light of the recent earthquake to bring together musicians, artists, writers, poets, activists, politicians, and scientists in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Nepal and neighboring territories of the Himalayan region. Using our skills and various platforms, we are doing what we can to spread awareness and hope, using our voices and resources to keep people informed and educated, and to help others to direct their efforts and donations to where they are needed most.

The funds generated by all efforts of Everest Awakening will be collected and delivered to a select few organizations, monasteries, and individuals in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bangladesh who are using the highest amount of donation money to help the people directly. These groups have been suggested by Robert Thurman, Tibet House US, and include our dear friends who are there in Nepal now experiencing the devastation first hand.

Everest Awakening was founded by Jesse Paris Smith. Jesse recently spent time in Nepal, and in light of the recent Earthquake, was inspired to create a community whose goal is to directly give relief to those affected in the region. The name 'Everest Awakening' was chosen by Tenzin Choegyal, Tibetan musician, and a friend and collaborator of Jesse. The name represents a symbol of the issues faced today in the Himalaya. We think of Everest as so firm, untouchable, and almighty, and yet it was fragile, not spared in the face of this disaster. Mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence, so we need to rise up to awaken our hearts.

Nepal benefit Everest Awakening takes place at City Winery NYC on Sunday, May 17 and runs from noon to 3 PM. The lineup includes Jesse's mother, NYC punk legend Patti Smith, as well as Loudon Wainwright, Kaki King, Nicole Atkins and more, plus "VERY special guests." Tickets are on presale to VinoFile members now. Full lineup below.

Kaki King has other dates, including another NYC show on May 21 at Rough Trade with Glockabelle. Tickets for that show are still available.

Patti Smith also has other dates, which are listed, along with the Everest Awakening lineup, below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith, Kaki King, Nicole Atkins & more playing Nepal benefit at City Winery NYC"

photo: Fekete w/ Surfer Blood at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Surfer Blood

A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.

The lesion on my lower spine will be treated with radiation, and I'll also start chemotherapy this week. Because my cancer is so rare, there is very little research on it (cancer treatment is a business after all), so going to a typical doctor and getting loaded with all types of drugs would probably kill me. However, I found a doctor who is on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, and we have assembled a team of brilliant doctors who all seem to be extremely confident in an alternative treatment plan, to complement the chemotherapy. Because these doctors are doing things a bit differently, insurance will only cover a portion of my treatment. I never in my life thought that I would be asking for money publicly, but the universe works in funny ways.

Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I'm no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can't help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor's alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always.

The above message is from Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who's currently raising money on GoFundMe to help with his medical bills for his cancer treatment.

In addition to that fundraising campaign, a handful of artists will be coming together to play a benefit in NYC to raise money for Thomas as well. It happens Tuesday (5/12) at Bowery Ballroom and includes Surfer Blood, Cults, We Are Scientists, Julianna Barwick, Kip Berman (of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Marnie Stern & the Figs (w/ members of Les Savy Fav & Girls Against Boys), POP ETC (acoustic), Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht), and DJ Allen Blickle (of Alpaca). Tickets are on sale now.

Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for Thomas. Fuck cancer.


We keep getting more and more hints that The Wrens' long-awaited followup to 2003's The Meadowlands is coming. Last year they said it was complete, more recently they signed a record deal, and then posted the above picture which is, apparently, a CD-R with the final recordings of the album. They also recently posted another clip of new music which is not making the cut of the new album. You can listen to that below.

Like last year, a portion of The Wrens will be playing a benefit for Windsor Terrace's PS154 in Brooklyn this June. This time it's just Charles Bissell solo (last year was a duo set with Kevin Whelan), and Palomar, The Big Bright and White Collar Crime all play once again. Joining the lineup this year is Emmanuel May Pazavekmi, and it happens June 19 at Union Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

Listen to that Wrens clip, and a classic Wrens song, below...

Continue reading "The Wrens continue to tease new album; Charles Bissell playing PS154 benefit in Brooklyn w/ Palomar & more"

Kill Your Idols

The active-again Long Island hardcore band Kill Your Idols are one of the many bands paying tribute to Ensign's Nate Gluck (who's sadly battling cancer) at this weekend's NateFest in NJ, and they've since added a NateFest-presented late show happening in NYC right beforehand on Friday (3/20) at Saint Vitus. Doors are at 12:45 AM, and the show starts at 1. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds benefit Nate Gluck.

NateFest happens Saturday (3/21) and Sunday (3/22) at Howell, NJ's GameChangerWorld, also with Sick of It All, Indecision, Killing Time, Endeavor, Purpose, Grade, Ensign, None More Black, NORA, For The Love Of, Shai Hulud, Mouthpiece, Strength 691, Bigwig, 45 Revolutions (mems Judge, Gorilla Biscuits, CIV), Old Wounds, Stag Party and more.

photo: Patti Smith at Tibet House Benefit (more by Sachyn Mital)
Patti Smith

Patti Smith and her daughter Jesse have been pretty busy lately. They both just played the 25th Annual Tibet House Benefit, and it won't be long before they team up in NYC again. The play the "Hands On Live" charity show on March 27 at Le Poisson Rouge which raises funds " for "TERAKOYA," a new naturopathy clinic/workshop to be built in the upstate Catskill Mountains." Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds go to Honzo Haven.

They also play a few Chicago shows in early April. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith expands tour, adds NYC show with Jesse Smith"

photos by Greg Cristman

Kelela / Ezra Koenig / party people @ MoMA's Armory Party 3/4/2015
DJ Ezra Koenig
DJ E*Vax

Wednesday night (3/4) was the annual Armory Party benefit at MoMA, a glizty gala celebrating Armory Arts Week here in NYC with champagne, fancy h'or deurves, open bar, people dressed to the nines (and beyond), and a live performance by Kelela. The forward-thinking R&B singer had a little problem with feedback at the start of the show which she solved by jumping offstage and into the audience. The sound guys soon got things fixed and had her back on stage. Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Alex Taylor of Hot Chip, E*Vax of Ratatat and DJ Business Class spun tunes at various points throughout the evening. Pictures from the night are in this post.

The Armory Show modern art fair happens at Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan through Sunday (3/8). Sunday is also the opening of the highly anticipated Bjork retrospective at MoMA that has gotten mixed early reviews. The night before the Armory Party benefit, MoMA had an opening party for the Bjork exhibit that featured a DJ set with Vulnicura (and Kelela) collaborator Arca. Anybody go to that?

More pics from the 2015 Armory Party, below...

Continue reading "Kelela played the glitzy Armory Party benefit at MoMA with DJ Ezra Koenig & more (pics)"

It's a Win Wynn situation...


Arcade Fire singer Win Butler is having a pretty busy weekend in New York, doing non-Arcade Fire things. Tonight (2/13), he's playing the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at MSG with Common and others, and also DJing The Hold Steady's show at Bowery Ballroom (sold out) as DJ Windows 98. He DJs once again under that moniker late-night on Saturday (2/14) at Baby's (also sold out).

Earlier in the day on Saturday, he'll take a break from music and basketball to pursue yet another hobby... being a barista. He'll be serving at NYC's La Colombe in Hudson Square (75 Vandam St) to celebrate his new blend of RaRa Haitian Coffee that he created in partnership with La Colombe. The time he'll be serving will be announced Saturday morning, according to the coffee company. Here's what he says:

Being in the mountains of Haiti, it is hard not to think about coffee. The elevation, the sunshine, the soil, and incredible people, who have been growing the plant on tiny family plots for centuries. Haiti is buzzing with potential and possibility, and coffee can be an important part of its rebirth!

I'd heard about what La Colombe was doing with their coffee academy so I approached them to see if they'd make this coffee for me, because coffee is so important to Haiti, and Haiti is so important to me and everyone in the band.

Really happy to share this with you, especially with all the funds going to Partners in Health, The Coffee Academy and Haiti.


Win Butler.

You can also order the blend online. Proceeds will support Partners In Health and Haiti Coffee Academy.

The Hudson Square location is one of five La Colombe cafes in NYC, and they also have locations in Philly, Chicago, and DC. Though it will only be served at the Hudson Square cafe, it will be available to purchase at any location for the next 10 days/2 weeks.

Wynn Walent album cover

Speaking of "wins" helping Haiti, singer/songwriter Wynn Walent continues to do so as well, and has a recorded a new album to benefit Haiti. You can stream or download it for free at his website, but donations are encouraged. He wrote on Huffington Post:

Most of the album was recorded in Brooklyn at Lindbergh Palace Studios, and it features recordings from the chapel in Haiti as well. Half of the songs are English interpretations of the Haitian spirituals I love so deeply, and the other half I wrote. The songs are faithful, (think Tom Joad, not Pat Robertson) and speak to the need for hope and community in the way our own Americana tradition does. The songs in the chapel are sung each day by a group of people who are fully engaged in their communities and fully committed to finding faith, hope and love under every rock.

The 5th anniversary of the earthquake is approaching. That tragic day brought me to Haiti; it wasn't in my plans before then. I intended to stay for two months, and five years later here I am. The Haiti that I fell in love with is in these songs, songs that grow out of many acts of defiance.

A trailer video with some of the music can be watched below.

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Buster Poindexter
photo: Buster Poindexter @ Don Hill's (more by Tracy Ketcher)

The lineup for this year's Tibet House US benefit concert keeps getting bigger. Happening March 5th at Carnegie Hall, the NYC show now also includes Blondie's Debbie Harry. She joins the previously announced lineup of Patti Smith and Her Band with Jesse Smith, The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Sturgill Simpson, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, Ashley Macisaac, and the night's artistic director Philip Glass. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair.

"Chairs for the evening are Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Arden Wohl and Uma Thurman. Proceeds support the work of the Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization."

It will be Debbie's only performance before she plays a sold out 10-show run at NYC's Café Carlyle (March 24-April 4).

Meanwhile, fellow CBGB legend and singer of the NY Dolls David Johansen will be taking on his Buster Poindexter persona for his own two week residency at Café Carlyle which begins tonight (February 10-21). Tickets for most nights are available at Ticketweb.

Patti Smith, who also plays the Tibet House benefit (again), was in LA last week for two big shows at the Ace Hotel Theatre, and for one intimate one at the Roxy.
LA Weekly reports:

There was the all-star turnout, for starters: Morrissey, Johnny Depp, Tim Robbins, Thurston Moore, Susanna Hoffs, Rosanna Arquette, Rodney Bingenheimer, Diplo, Jimmy Iovine, and gusting through the Roxy's back entrance (nearly knocking us over) to join Iovine just before showtime, Pharrell and his entourage.

The Roxy's VIP section has seen its share of celebrities, of course, but this bizarre mixed bag was hard to miss. Even Patti herself took notice, dedicating one of her first numbers to The Moz and later speaking of Iovine's influence and production on her acclaimed album Easter, a moment which led into a highlight of the evening, a bewitching rendition of "Because the Night."

LA Record has a review and pictures from one of the Ace Hotel shows. Video of her covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at one of them, below...

Continue reading "Debbie Harry added to Tibet Concert; Buster Poindexter begins Cafe Carlye residency; Patti Smith played the Roxy"


Jonathan Toubin is halfway through his "2015 NYC Subway Tour" where he's got a DJ gig every night in January. Tonight (1/13) he's at LES bar Local 138 where he's spinning with Stephanie Husky and Aaron McCann. After the month's tour ends, Toubin will only slow down slightly. He's just announced the New York Night Train & Panache Booking Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Benefit which happens on February 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The Jon Spencer Blue Explosion are headlining, with additional performances by Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Julianna Barwick, Austin Brown (Parquet Courts), Cassie Ramone (The Babies, ex-Vivian Girls), Brad Oberhofer (Oberhofer), Crocodiles, EZTV, and Christian Peslak (Saint Rich/Delicate Steve). There will also a "Village of Love Dance," a "V-day Raffle with fabulous local prizes" a dating game and more TBA. Toubin will be the DJ for the evening.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/14) at noon and proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood.

photo: The Felice Brothers @ T5 in 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
St Vincent

In addition to releasing their fifth studio album, Favorite Waitress, last summer and following it with a US tour this past fall, members of The Felice Brothers were just among the guests Deer Tick hosted for six nights at Brooklyn Bowl. Now they'll headline the 2015 edition of the annual "Shine A Light" benefit show which this year happens at Long Island's Cannon's Blackthorn on February 7.

Philadelphia's Strand of Oaks will also be on the bill, who just toured with Torres and whose last album Heal was listed on a bunch of 2014 year-end lists (including Torres'). Tickets for the "Shine A Light" show are on sale now.

Deer Tick played "Shine a Light" in 2013; Phosphorescent played last year. As always, "Shine A Light" is presented by The Tommy Brull Foundation, an organization that assists a wide variety of disabled people on Long Island. 

The Felice Brothers and Strand of Oaks both have other tour dates coming up and all are listed, along with videos from each, below...

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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.


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.


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)

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)

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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