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Mike and the cast of 'Don't Think Twice'
Don't Think Twice Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in 2012's acclaimed Sleepwalk with Me. He's got a new movie in the works, titled Don't Think Twice about an improv troupe that includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates), Tami Sagher (Inside Amy Schumer) and Chris Gethard. The official synopsis:

The comedy is about an improv group that loses the lease on its home theater at the same time that one of its cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch-comedy show on TV. It's about the bitterness and backstabbing that occurs among friends when they realize that maybe not everyone's gonna make it after all.
Filming in NYC is currently underway, so stay tuned.

In other news, Mike is part of charity event "The 2nd Annual Talent Show" which happens at NYC's New World Stages / Stage 3 on December 1. Also part of this are Bleachers, Sara Bareilles, Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Elle King, Andrew Dost, John Early, Roy Wood Jr, Jacqueline Novak, with host Rachel Antonoff and JD Samson as your DJ for the evening. Tickets are on sale and all proceeds go support New Alternatives' work with LGBTQ Youth. Poster for the show is below.

Continue reading "Mike Birbiglia making new movie w/ Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard & more ++ performing at LGBTQ benefit show"

Mudd Club Rummage Sale

The famed Mudd Club opened its doors at 77 White Street, steps away from The Roxy, in October of 1978. For five years Mudd Club supported New York City's downtown music, fashion, and art scene giving exposure to artists and performers like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Lou Reed, The B-52's, and Anna Sui. Mudd Club housed Basquiat, Haring and friends offering a safe haven to create and even sleep.
Steve Mass, who ran the iconic late-'70s/early-'80s downtown NYC hangout/venue The Mudd Club, is throwing the first-ever official Mudd Club event since its closing. Dubbed "The Mudd Club Rummage Sale," which happens Thursday (11/19) at The Django at The Roxy Hotel. The event is a benefit for The Bowery Mission and features "famed treasures and priceless trash collected from an elite of couturiers, rock stars, artists, luminaries, bigwigs and significant sombebodies." Those somebodies donating items include Sting, Nan Goldin, The B-52's, and Cindy Sherman, and more. Mass told The NY Post, "It's not going to be a Sotheby's-type deal but more like a church basement sale."

In addition to the rummage sale, there will be an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and some live music from Kate Pierson and Pat Irwin of the B-52's plus Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith Group. DJs for the evening will be Paul Sevigny and Glenn O'Brien. The event's Hosting Committee includes Anna Sui, Kim Gordon, Jeffrey Deitch, Deborah Harry and more. Tickets for this benefit are $100 till Wednesday (11/18) at 3 PM and $200 after.

Check out video of The Cramps playing The Mudd Club in 1981, below...

Continue reading "The B-52's, Lenny Kaye, Kim Gordon & more participating in 'The Mudd Club Rummage Sale' benefit"

photo: Blood Orange @ FYF 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
Dev Hynes Blood Orange

As you may remember, Blood Orange is playing Harlem's legendary The Apollo Theatre on Saturday, December 12, a special show with "special guests" that is benefitting Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. That show sold out basically instantly, and he's now added a matinee show (3 PM) the same day. It will also benefit Opus 118 and feature special guests and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon.

photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.

In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.

Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.

Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.

Details on the songs being auctioned below...

Continue reading "Martin Courtney, Steve Gunn & more added to Alex Bleeker's NYC show; bands raising money for Surfer Blood guitarist"

photo: Nellie McKay at Feinstein's in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Nellie McKay

Earlier this year, Nellie McKay released My Weekly Reader, an album of covers of '60s songs by the Small Faces, Country Joe McDonald, Moby Grape, The Beatles and more. During the sessions for that album, she also recorded a cover of Gene McDaniels' "Compared to What" which didn't make the cut. We've got the premiere of that non-album track in this post, and you can listen below.

Nellie is about to begin a tour this weekend, which hits NYC on Sunday (11/8) at The Cutting Room. Tickets are available, and proceeds benefit the Wild Bird Fund.

Nellie will also be one of the guests at The New Standards' show on December 11 at Lincoln Center. (Update: This post initially listed the incorrect lineup. Full lineup TBA.) All dates are listed below.

The above photo of Nellie was taken at her Feinstein's residency in 2011 by our dear friend and former BV photo editor, Chris La Putt, who sadly passed away from cancer this year. Nellie told us that was one of her favorite pictures that Chris ever took of her, and she wrote the following for him:

Why do the good die young? Because Jesus wants them in heaven to frolic with the lambs.
Also Chris was fun to drink with & you know how Jesus is...
It shoulda been me - this guy was too nice to die.
What a tragedy...we miss you Chris.
Thanks for the kind words Nellie.

Listen to the new song and browse her tour dates below...

Continue reading "Nellie McKay covered Gene McDaniels, wrote a tribute to Chris La Putt, touring (2 NYC shows)"

photo: Speedy Ortiz at Brooklyn Bowl in September (more by Carly Hoskins)
Speedy Ortiz

Earlier this week Speedy Ortiz announced a Girls Rock Camp Foundation benefit happening in NYC at Palisades on 12/12 with Aye Nako. Turns out that show is part of a full tour benefiting GRCF with varying support from both Aye Nako and Downtown Boys. Speedy's singer Sadie Dupuis says:

We toured non-stop in 2015 and wanted to cap it off playing a series of all ages shows (which is always our favorite kind of show). We've also wanted to do a tour with a charity fundraising component for a long while. We've done a few fundraisers this year--for the Ferguson Library and the Baltimore Food Bank--but for this tour, we wanted to do something that had a national impact while still supporting local communities.

The Girls Rock Camp Foundation was the perfect choice. GRCF provides funding and support to the the various Girls Rock organizations around the world, which in turn provide affordable music education to kids. Girls Rock helps level the music business' playing field by coaching girls to form bands, develop skills in music engineering and technical production, and build their self esteem along the way. We love the work GRCF does, and are proud to support them on this tour--and can't wait to play with a Girls Rock Boston band at our hometown show! We're also so lucky that our friend Michael DeForge, one of the best comics writers and illustrators around, has designed a narrative poster series to help benefit GRCF as well.

The donation options for the shows look something like this:
$10 = ticket only, no donation
$15 = ticket +$5 GRCF donation (free custom Speedy Ortiz poster by Michael DeForge for that night's show!)
$20 = ticket +$10 GRCF donation (free custom Speedy Ortiz nail art stickers!)
$40 = ticket +$30 GRCF donation (free GRC print (ex: http://www.girlsrockcampfoundation.org/fully-funded) + all other prizes included!)
That Palisades show appears sold out, but the tour also includes another NYC show on December 11 at Silent Barn with Downtown Boys, Eskimeaux and Very Fresh, and DJ sets by Jenn and Liz Pelly. As of yet there are no advance tickets.

Speedy are also playing that loaded Ground Control Touring anniversary show at Webster Hall, so there's now three chances to catch them in NYC.

All dates are listed, with their video for "Swell Content," below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz expand Girls Rock Camp benefit tour, 2nd NYC show (with Downtown Boys & Eskimeaux) included"

photo: Speedy Ortiz at Brooklyn Bowl in September (more by Carly Hoskins)
Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz and Aye Nako (who already played NYC together this year) have more shows coming up together in December. A full tour announcement hasn't come, but we know one of the shows is a benefit for the Girls Rock Camp Foundation in NYC on December 12 at Palisades with support from Dirty Dishes and Gemma. Tickets are on sale now.

Speedy Ortiz have been and continue to be very busy this year. They just finished up a European tour and soon they'll play Fun Fun Fun Fest. They also play the stacked Ground Control 15th anniversary at Webster Hall with tons of great bands.

Aye Nako are currently on tour with Joanna Gruesome, having hit NYC twice over the weekend, and as mentioned they also open for Screaming Females at MHOW on November 8 (tickets).

All dates for both bands are listed below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz & Aye Nako playing shows, including a Girls Rock Camp benefit in Brooklyn (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Blood Orange Sandra's Smile

Blood Orange has just released a new single, "Sandra's Smile," and an accompanying music video which Dev Hynes directed and co-edited. The song definitely owes a little to Michael Jackson in the chorus; the black and while video, meanwhile, was shot all over NYC and is a nice bit of street life. Check it out below.

Dev will also be performing live at Harlem's iconic Apollo Theatre on December 12. Billed as "Blood Orange & Friends," the show promises to debut a lot of new material -- early versions of which may have been tested out at that Elvis Guesthouse show -- as well as a number of special guests. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. Says Dev:

Playing music saved my life; if it wasn't for the chance to play cello or piano when I was a kid growing up in Essex, I shudder to think where I'd be right now. At this point in my life, all that matters to me is giving back to communities and making people happy, so I have decided to put on a fun night of performances at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem that is hopefully affordable to all, with all proceeds going to the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. New York City, let's have some fun!
Tickets for the Apollo show go on sale Friday (10/30) at noon with a BLOODORANGE.NYC presale starting Wednesday (10/28) at noon. Poster for the Apollo show, and the "Sandra's Smile" video, below...

Continue reading "Blood Orange shares new single "Sandra's Smile" and video, playing benefit show at The Apollo in December"

change begins within

Filmaker David Lynch is working on a hybrid biography/memoir titled Life and Work that's due to be released in 2017. The biography portion of the book will be written by journalist Kristine McKenna. Says Lynch:

There's a lot of bullshit out there about me, in books and all over the Internet. I want to get all the right information in one place, so if someone wants to know something, they can find it here. And I wouldn't do it with anyone other than Kristine; she and I go way back, and she gets it right.
Elsewhere, we''re still a year off from Lynch's new Twin Peaks episodes which are expected to air on Showtime in late 2016. Two original castmembers who fans will miss: Michael Ontkean (Sheriff Harry Truman) who has announced he will not return; and Catherine E. Coulson (who played The Log Lady) who sadly died in September.

In other news, Lynch and George Stephanopoulos will co-host a benefit concert for the David Lynch Foundation on November 4 at Carnegie Hall in NYC with performances by Katy Perry, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim James, Angelique Kidjo and Sharon Isbin. Tickets are on sale now.

Collect BrooklynVegan

The future of Geoff Rickly's Collect Records looked uncertain after he severed ties with backer Martin Shkreli, who was revealed as a greedy price gouger of a drug often used to treat AIDS patients, but the label is pushing forward. The Collect Records & BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase is still on for October 14 at Baby's All Right, though unfortunately Nothing have dropped off the bill. Tickets are still available and ALL proceeds go to Callen Lorde, a health center that "provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities -- in all their diversity -- regardless of ability to pay."

A limited amount of CMJ badges will also be accepted. Vinyl Me, Please will be at the show giving away records and gift bags.

The lineup is now No Devotion, Wax Idols, Creepoid and Foxes In Fiction. It's an early show. Our curfew is 11:30pm. Stay tuned for any more updates and for the lineups of the unannounced BrooklynVegan day parties at the same venue. Meanwhile, listen to music from the bands playing below...

Continue reading "Nothing cancelled; BV/Collect official CMJ show now a benefit"

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...

Continue reading "Duran Duran and Wyclef Jean playing "Dock Rocks" benefit for South Street Seaport Musem (tix on sale)"

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...

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