Entries tagged with: benefit
photo: Patti Smith at Tibet House Benefit 2015 (more by Sachyn Mital)
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.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.
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.
Patti Smith also has other dates, which are listed, along with the Everest Awakening lineup, below...
photo: Fekete w/ Surfer Blood at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
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 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.
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.
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...
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 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...
photos by Greg Cristman
Kelela / Ezra Koenig / party people @ MoMA's Armory Party 3/4/2015
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...
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!You can also order the blend online. Proceeds will support Partners In Health and Haiti Coffee Academy.
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.
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.
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.A trailer video with some of the music can be watched below.
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.
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.
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.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...
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."
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)
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...
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.You can listen to the audio below.
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.
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.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:
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.
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.
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...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tits of Clay (w/ guest Stephen Trask) @ Mercury Lounge - 10/27/14
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.John Cameron Mitchell returning as Hedwig!!
"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]
Bob Mould w/ Stephen Trask & 1/2 of Tits of Clay backstage on Broadway - 8/9/14
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'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 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 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.
Flyer for the Shea show and the album stream, below...
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...
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..
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...
Regina Spektor at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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...
Brooklyn's Issue Project Room will be closing in 2015 for renovations to its Boerum Place theater. One of the final events before it closes will be a special IPR benefit on December 9, featuring electronic duo Matmos performing scenes from Robert Ashley's groundbreaking television opera Perfect Lives which ran from 1978 - 1983. Tickets are available now for IPR members and will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday (10/22). It's Matmos' only show on their schedule. Here's a little bit more about the performance:
Perfect Lives (1978-83) is Robert Ashley's opera "about" bank robbery, cocktail lounges, geriatric love, adolescent elopement, et al, in the American Midwest. One of the definitive text-sound compositions of the late 20th century, it has been called a comic opera about reincarnation. Originally commissioned by the Kitchen in the early 80s, Ashley's Perfect Lives, the opera for television is widely considered the precursor of music-television and a masterpiece of the American vernacular. A Spanish-language adaptation of Perfect Lives, Vidas Perfectas, was commissioned by ISSUE Project Room in 2012 and later staged as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.The Matmos performance even takes place just after the Kim Gordon & Loren Connors show at Issue Project Room on 12/3 with Gary War. Tickets for that show go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/24).
by Klaus Kinski
I heard a funny ebola joke. But you probably won't get it.
While ebola mania has Americans rapt with fear, the reality is that the chances of it becoming a real, widespread epidemic here is basically nil. As far as viruses go, ebola is pretty terrifying and I can see why people would be freaking out and why the news media would use it as fodder to scare the shit out of us. But it's not an airborne virus like the flu; you have to physically come in contact with it. And according to Dr. Jon LaPook over at CBS, "Every single Ebola outbreak in Africa over the past 40 years has been brought under control with standard infectious disease measures -- basically, isolating infected patients and tracking down their contacts." So once a case is identified, measures are taken to ensure it gets isolated. At least, that's what we hope will happen.
The real urgency simply isn't here on American soil; it's in Africa where they do not have the infrastructure to adequately deal with viral epidemics like this. There, it is much harder to contain and much easier to spread. Right now, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis in Africa. 80% of their funding comes from private donors, and what better way to contribute than with an awesome benefit show with awesome talent at an awesome venue? On Wednesday November 19 Irving Plaza will host and MSF/DWB International Fundraiser to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The event will be hosted by Klaus favorites Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo. Many, many more acts will be added to the bill. Onsale date/time are still TBD as well but should be available via Livenation soon, but mark your calendars and keep your eyes on BV for updates.
Meanwhile, tickets are still available for a show benefiting another good cause. Seth Herzog (Fallon, 'Sweet,' Comedy Central, NatGeo), Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1, Conan), Damien Lemon (Half Hour, Guy Code), Dan Soder (Conan, Guy Code, O&A) and Michelle Wolf (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), and The Amigos Band will convene at the Bell House on Thursday (10/23) to raise money for 'Stand Up for Rockaway,' the organization still helping the Rockaways rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Use code "ROCKAWAY" when buying tickets to get $10 off.
You can also catch Greg Barris during CMJ at Union Hall on Friday (10/24) for a special edition of his "Hearts of Darkness" show, featuring Shonali Bhowmik, Corn Mo, Larry Murphy, The Forgiveness, and "surprise guests!" Tickets are on sale and you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.
David Byrne at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Keep A Child Alive's 11th annual Black Ball benefit will go down at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30 this year. Hosted once again by Keep A Child Alive co-founder Alicia Keys, the event will feature performances from Talking Head David Byrne, rapper Angel Haze, Keys herself and more TBA. About the event, David Byrne told Billboard:
Many many years ago my friend Leigh Blake, co-founder of Keep a Child Alive, approached me about being part of a charity record called Red Hot & Blue. It was a great experience, and it had the side effect of opening my ears to the music of Cole Porter! So, when she approached me about participating in this year's Black Ball, Keep a Child Alive's annual fundraiser hosted by Alicia Keys, I immediately said yes. I'm flattered and excited.Tickets for the benefit are on sale now.
Keep A Child Alive "support[s] innovative, community-led responses that increase access to life-saving HIV treatment and care, nutritious food, and loving support for children and families living with and affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and India."
Cro-Mags at FFF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYC crossover vets Cro-Mags have a few local-ish appearances this week and next. First, members John Joseph and Mackie will team with Bad Brains members Darryl Jennifer and Dr. Know to perform Bad Brains material with other special guests at Bowery Electric on Thursday (9/25) (like John and Bad Brains members did last month at Afropunk). The show is benefit for The Children's Tumor Foundation. "They send kids to camp suffering from a deadly cancer called NF." Another veteran NYC crossover band, Subzero, and The Wilding Incident (featuring Sacha Jenkins who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains) are opening, and tickets are on sale now.
Then, this weekend Cro-Mags will team with Agnostic Front, Ignite, Sick of It All, a Pantera cover band and more at East Coast Tsunami in Reading, PA. After that, it's off to Asbury Park, NJ for a show at Asbury Lanes on October 2 with Ensign, Real Cops, White Collar Crime LLC and School Drugs (tickets on sale), and finally they'll be back home in NYC for their previously discussed Saint Vitus (10/3) show with Heavy Chains. Since we last spoke, The Wilding Incident were added to that one as well, as were Ache. Tickets for Vitus are still available.
Watch a video of John Joseph and Bad Brains at Afropunk 2014 below...
by Bill Pearis
The Rogers Sisters
Versus are currently in the studio working on their next album though no word on when that is going to come out. You can however catch them live on November 9 at Rough Trade where they'll play with the Thalia Zedek Band, Antietam, Rogers Sisters, and Cynthia Nelson. The show is a benefit for Letha Rodman Melchior (wife of Dan Melchior and artist in her own right) who has been battling cancer for some time. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon.
The Rogers Sisters, regulars in the early-'00s Brooklyn dancepunk scene, disbanded in 2007 but got back together back in January for a benefit for Melchior. (2002's Purely Evil holds up well, listen at Rdio.) Antietam, meanwhile, will also be opening for Yo La Tengo at Town Hall on December 3 (tickets).
Speaking of Thalia Zedek, she also sings on three songs on the upcoming debut album from Exit Verse the new band of Geoff Farina of now defunct '90s/'00s emo/indie rock vets Karate. Along with Geoff, the band includes drummer John Dugan (Chisel, Edsel) and bassist Pete Croke (Brokeback, Tight Phantoms). Their album's self-titled, due November 17 via Ernest Jenning Record Co., and the first single "Seeds" is out now. Check it out below.
A Rogers Sisters video also below...
by Klaus Kinski
still from 'Roger Waters: The Wall'
In a life that is nothing short of a cornucopia of self-designed regrets, two of my most robust regrets are not ponying up the admittedly exorbitant cash money to catch Roger Waters when he toured "The Wall" back in 2010 and 2012. I had friends all over the country emailing me saying "Dude, bro, you have to see this concert. Even the cheap seats are amazing. The staggering scale of this thing makes your seat assignment almost arbitrary. Dude." But I, one of Roger Waters' biggest fans, passed. And for that, I am forever regretful.
Luckily for deadbeats like me, Roger Waters and the tour's creative director Sean Evans have teamed up and produced a live concert film called "Roger Waters: The Wall" and it will be premiering at the Toronto Film Festival on September 6. The film was shot over the course of several tour dates and this live footage will be intercut with other dramatic and autobiographical footage including Waters' recent journey to see the grave of his grandfather, who was killed in WWI, and a trip to Italy to visit a WWII monument near the Anzio beaches on which his father's name is inscribed. Although it probably won't come close to the experience of seeing the tour (which grossed nearly a half a billion dollars) in person, it is sure to be a striking document of one of the most ambitious tours ever undertaken. Details on a worldwide release or a DVD/BluRay/Streaming release are unclear at the moment, but you can be sure that if it'll make money it'll be done.
In other Roger Waters news with a more local and aristocratic flavor, Roger Waters will be among a handful of performers set to delight dozens of 1%ers (the non biker kind) this Saturday (8/30) in the Hamptons at the Perfect Earth Project's Second Biennial Family Picnic and Concert. In addition to part-time Hamptons resident Roger Waters, other performers include Rufus Wainwright, GE Smith (SNL), The Persuasions, Teddy Thompson, and more. Tickets range from $250 to $10,000. Proceeds benefit PEP, an organization that "promotes toxin-free lawns and landscapes to protect human health and the environment." If that's not some bored rich person's idea of activism, I don't know what is. Maybe Roger'll play "Empty Spaces."
by Ian Chainey
Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The David Lynch Foundation has two fundraising shows on the horizon, both happening at NYC's Saint Vitus. The first takes place on September 25 and features Earth, Cult of Youth, and Dream Police (the project of Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of The Men). Tickets are available now. The second show occurs on October 4 and brings together JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate, the Soft Pink Truth, and Dominique Leone. Tickets for that show are also available now.
The David Lynch Foundation's aim, per its header, is "Healing Traumatic Stress and Raising Performance in At-risk Populations." According to Lynch's message on the foundation's website:
In 2005, we started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching [Transcendental Meditation] to adults and children in countries everywhere.Here are your helpers: The first date fits into Earth's tour with King Dude. Those two hit Saint Vitus the day before, September 24; a show that has subsequently sold out. Primitive And Deadly, the band's new album, will be available on September 2. You can watch a trailer for the new album and see their updated tour schedule below. Cult of Youth, too, have a new album in the works according to posting on their Facebook page: "100% done with every aspect of the new album as of a few minutes ago. I have never been more proud of a creative work in my life."
How are we able to do it? Because of the generosity of foundations and philanthropists and everyday people who want to ease the suffering of others--and who want to help create a better world.
The other bill should be a noisy and synth-y affair with JG Thirlwell of Foetus and Sarah Lipstate of Noveller joining forces again after a successful run earlier in the year. Show-mate the Soft Pink Truth -- the genre-tweaking sideproject of Matmos' Drew Daniel -- recently released his giddy deconstructionist take on black metal, Why Do the Heathens Rage?, which he broke down with Invisible Oranges' Dan Lawrence. Finally, Dominique Leone offered up the footwork-inflected "running journal" 2014 on Bandcamp, adding new material back in July.
Updated Earth dates are listed, with streams from the artists, below...