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Yellow Dogs

In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.

Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.

Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...

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From left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand
Yellow Dogs
Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet

The Yellow Dogs have released an official statement on Sunday night's tragedy. Read it in full below...

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A$AP Rocky at Made In America 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
ASAP Rocky

The Other Ball is a new annual live music event that raises money for Arms Around the Child, an organization that takes care of children infected/affected by HIV in Africa and India. The inaugural event takes place on December 10 at Highline Ballroom in NYC with sets from The Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, Miguel, Lyyke Li and Mikky Ekko. Jeff Bhasker is the musical director, Mark Ronson is hosting, and his sister Samantha Ronson will be DJing. The dress code for the event is "more black leather than black tie," and there will be a "flowing bar and exquisite tapas." Regarding the event, a press release (via Broadway World) reads:

"When Mark approached us about 'The Other Ball' and told us the incredible story of Arms Around the Child and Leigh Blake and her team's work to make positive change in the lives of helpless and exposed children across the world, there was no question regarding our support," says TOPSHOP TOPMAN. "This event will bring creative hearts and minds together in one of this year's most exciting events and will no doubt raise awareness and much-needed funds to enable Leigh and her team to continue their invaluable work for these extremely vulnerable young people."

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"I'm deeply honored to be involved in the first annual event for Arms Around the Child, The Other Ball. Leigh is a force of nature and through her tireless work and insane energy has launched two life-changing organizations, Red Hot and Keep A Child Alive, which have between them raised $50 million and helped to save over three million lives," says producer and artist Mark Ronson. "Leigh puts on some of the most memorable events. The Black Ball, the annual fundraising event for Keep a Child Alive, has featured mini concerts with everyone from Adele to Jay Z. The Other Ball is going to be its cool little sibling."

$2000 tickets for the event are on sale now.

Cat Power / Sky Ferreira at Elliott Smith tribute (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cat Power
Sky Ferreira

As you may have heard, on the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a tribute show went down at Glasslands in Brooklyn with a number of musicians, including Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), and more. We already posted pictures, the setlist, and a fan video from the show, and now there's professional video of the show, courtesy of The Bomber Jacket (one of the show presenters). They're planning on releasing the audio from the show as well ("hopefully by Christmas"), and all proceeds from that release will benefit the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund.

Meanwhile you can watch those videos below...

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Krule

As you may know, King Krule will be touring North America in December, including a NYC show at Webster Hall on December 4. Tickets to that show are still available but if you'd like to see him somewhere more intimate and sooner -- much much sooner -- King Krule has just been added to TONIGHT's (10/29) Mercury Lounge bill which is a benefit, "Rock to Stop MS," that also features The Everymen, Life Eaters, and is hosted by Zach Garner. Tickets are still available. 100% of the proceeds go to National MS Society.

King Krule also just played "Easy Easy" on Letterman last night and you can watch that video below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cat Power / Cole & Sky
Elliot Smith Tribute
Elliot Smith Tribute

[Sadie] Dupuis delivered the night's heaviest alt-rock blast, leading a Nirvana-like performance of "Abused" by dialing up the track's soft-loud-soft dynamics. [Marissa] Nadler offered a mesmerizing lullaby with the gentle strums of "Pitseleh." [Yoni] Wolf played three tracks solo on piano, including "Angeles" and "Say Yes," adding his own spin lyrically and musically, something a "chord guy" like Smith would appreciate, Wolf joked.

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Cat Power soon walked onstage and raised a glass from behind the piano -- "cheers to Elliott," she said. She played a solo version of her own tune, the haunting "Names," from 2003's You Are Free, before her band joined for a jazz/R&B-flecked "Between the Bars," which hit with extra punch due to Marshall's own history of alcohol abuse and mental illness.

She handed out knit caps, like those Smith so often wore (Marshall sported a yellow-gold beanie over her bleached blonde hair all night), and closed with From a Basement on the Hill's "Pretty (Ugly Before)." Ferreira joined Marshall onstage, and the two traded verses and invited the crowd to join -- "Fucking sing it if you know it!" shouted Marshall -- on the repeated outro: "I was so ugly before didn't know what to do." The jam-packed audience inside the DIY venue all sang in hushed tones together, in unison. [Rolling Stone]

On the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a number of musicians gathered at Brooklyn venue Glasslands for a tribute show. The night's cast included Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu. Pictures of the show, a partial setlist, and a video of Sky Ferreira joining Cat Power for "Pretty (Ugly Before)" are in this post.

For Cat Power, this show was ahead of her upcoming solo tour which brings her back to NYC for two shows on November 14 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (early and late). The early show is sold out but tickets for the late show are still available.

Sadie Dupuis played this just after her band Speedy Ortiz wrapped up a number of CMJ shows, including our Friday party. Speedy Ortiz returns to NYC tonight (10/23) at The Flat for a Mishka show with J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr). It's an afterparty for the debut of Mishka's new Dinosaur Jr line, which happens at their store (and J will be there doing an in-store signing).

More pictures, the partial setlist and video below...

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by Bill Pearis

Rock Lottery

The fourth-annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 7 at Knitting Factory. As before...

The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
While the full participating musician list hasn't been released yet, look for this year's Rock Lottery to include members of Small Black, Here We Go Magic, Porcelain Raft, Balkan Beat Box, Oneida, The Make-Up, Rainer Maria, and Cave In. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit the Willie Mae Rock Camp.

I went to last year's Rock Lottery and thought it was a lot of fun. You can check out a video feature on it below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Darlene Love & Bill Medley / Brian Wilson / Elvis Costello
Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock

At Cipriani's on Wall Street in New York City, a handful of legendary artists- Little Steven Van Zandt, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Elvis Costello and Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers- came together to pay tribute to Darlene Love. It was the fifth annual "Right 2 Rock" event, raising funds for Little Kids Rock, an organization that works to restore and revitalize music education in public schools, mainly in disadvantaged areas that are threatened by budget cuts...

...Last year's honoree, E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt is an avowed Love fan, having produced and written for her, he also led a successful campaign to get her inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He served as the night's musical director, playing guitar while conducting the band and looking ecstatic the entire time. Last year, Love performed in Van Zandt's honor. Before last night's show, she told Radio.com that being honored this year "Is a weird feeling. It's also humbling" Always gracious, she deflected attention away from herself, saying "It's not about me, even though they're honoring me. It's about the kids. To be able to give them something they need, and can't afford, and that the government won't help them with." - [Radio.com]

Brian Wilson stayed busy last week, playing two shows with Jeff Beck and then appearing as part of the Darlene Love tribute at Cipriani's on Thursday (10/17) with Elvis Costello, Bill Medley, Little Steven and more. Pics from the gala event are in this post.

More below...

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by Greg Cristman

Benefit For The John & Alice Coltrane Home
Benefit For The John & Alice Coltrane Home
Benefit For The John & Alice Coltrane Home

The home was the place where Coltrane wrote A Love Supreme, one of the greatest jazz compositions ever. There was a studio in the basement that certainly heard some of the greatest music of the 20th century. Sunday's benefit at En Japanese Brasserie was a fun time for a great cause, namely to raise $85,000 to finish the restoration of the endangered John & Alice Coltrane home on Candlewood Path in Dix Hills in Huntington Town on Long Island, NY (just south of the LIE off exit 51). Over the last ten+ years, the efforts originally pioneered by Steve Fulgoni have blossomed into the reality that the home will be saved and fully restored. A new roof was recently put on along with other improvements and the home, which has had many water-related issues, is finally waterproof again. The intention is to turn the 3 acre property into a park and "restore the home to the way it was when the Coltrane family lived there and open it to the public as a historic home to educate children and all people about John and Alice Coltrane and their life's mission to be a force for good through their music."

Many dignitaries spoke such as 'Friends of the Coltrane Home' COO Ron Stein of Huntington Town and Dr. Cornel West whose impassioned, sermon-like speech taught us the religion of Coltrane. Carlos Santana gave a heartfelt tribute to the great Coltrane icons John & Alice. Steve Fulgoni discussed his efforts and the great assistance he has received along the way to his dream. Ravi Coltrane performed. Guests in the crowd included the legendary drummer Roy Haynes (now 88 years old) who sometimes filled in for Elvin Jones in Coltrane's classic quartet from 1961-1965, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Miller, Jimmy Heath, and Elvis Costello who added his signature to one of Santana's guitars, which was being auctioned along with original artwork.

Head to thecoltranehome.org for more info. More pictures from the benefit below...

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The Coltrane Home...
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There is a house in Dix Hills on Long Island. It is a modest dwelling where John and Alice Coltrane raised their young children. It is the place where one of the greatest musical works of the twentieth century "A Love Supreme" was composed. It has been identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the most endangered historic places in the country.

We believe in the importance of preserving and opening to the public this wonderful site. We believe in the cultural importance of this site to promote Coltrane's enduring legacy of music and spirituality. We believe in the significance of these two great African American artists to our history. We believe in giving both the local community and the world at large the opportunity to visit, listen, and learn at the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills.

Carlos Santana, Chair of the Coltrane Home Honorary Board lends us his full support stating, "The Coltrane Home is a beacon to Coltrane lovers, jazz lovers and anyone interested in cultural history. I invite you to listen to the music of John Coltrane, open up your mind and heart to his musical language and visit the home where the universal tone was created."

The Home was saved from the wrecking ball, secured and stabilized, but much more needs to be done. The prominent firm of Frederick Schwartz Architects prepared a Historic Structure Report, an integral part of any historic preservation project. We were awarded grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the New York State Office of Parks, and the 1772 Foundation.

Friends of the Coltrane Home are hoping to finish the restorations in time for next year's 50th anniversary of 1964's classic album, A Love Supreme. An Indiegogo campaign looking to raise an $85,000 goal, is underway.

There is also a benefit brunch on Sunday (10/6) at En Japanese Brasserie that is hosted by Carlos Santana with a live performance from the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. Dr. Cornel West and Ashley Kahn will speak, and honored guests include Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Miller, Jimmy Heath and Sonia Sanchez. Tickets are on sale.

Check out the Indiegogo campaign video on the restoration and stream A Love Supreme in full, below.

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Elliott Smith

Like the four Elliott Smith tribute shows that took place in August to honor the songwriting legend in the ten-year anniversary of his death, another will happen in NYC on the actual day of the anniversary, October 21. The tribute show happens at Glasslands and includes some pretty great musicians like Cat Power, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith with Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (of Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning (of Rewards, ex-Chairlift), Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu.

$50 tickets for the show are on sale now, and some of the proceeds will benefit Elliott Smith Memorial Fund. That fund benefits Outside In and Free Arts for Abused Children, and there's also an IndieGogo campaign raising money for Outside In that includes rewards related to the Glasslands show:

* Set lists from the night
* High-quality 12" x 11" concert posters, designed by local artist Allison Specketer
* Live recording of the show (participating bands TBA)
* Goodie Bag (details TBA) from Kill Rock Stars
* High-quality 18" x 24" concert poster, autographed by all the musicians
Check out an Elliott Smith video from 2000 below...

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by Andrew Sacher

blink-182 at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/11/13 (via John Packer)
blink-182

When I was 8 years old I first heard "What's My Age Again?" by blink-182 and I still credit that as the moment I realized music was important to me. Before that I had known my parents' classic rock records (many of which I fully appreciated years later) and '90s boy band-era pop, but something about those perfect power chords, speedy tempos, and blunt lyrics was different than all of that other stuff, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It led me to the "punk" section of my local CD store, which in turn began my hunt to eventually discover everything I listen to today (in fact, blink-182's cover of Dinosaur Jr.'s "Freak Scene" is the first time I ever heard that song). Forget nostalgia, this is an important, milestone band. And yet, for one reason or another, I never got the chance to see them. Until last night (9/11). At Music Hall of fucking Williamsburg.

Blink-182 is 100% pop punk, no doubt about that, but like I implied above, their influence extends far beyond that. Shirts I saw people wearing at the show included The Smiths, Misfits, Dead Kennedys, and Balance & Composure. Overheard conversations about other recent NYC shows people saw included Passion Pit and Glassjaw. And of all bands, Brooklyn indie darlings DIIV opened the show. Cole told the crowd that blink-182 was the first song he ever learned on guitar, and Mark Hoppus could be spotted watching the band from the balcony. You might remember that he's openly a fan.

And the actual show was honestly great. Of course somewhere inside of me the preteen me was like "HOLY FUCKING SHIT, I'M SINGING EVERY FUCKING WORD TO 'ALL THE SMALL THINGS' LIKE TWENTY FEET FROM THE GUYS WHO WROTE IT," but it was a good show beyond nostalgic value. Travis was a maniac behind the kit as usual, Mark still runs around stage like he's 23, and Tom doesn't, but he's at least sounding great these days, which wasn't always the case in Blink's post-breakup period. And all the songs were good. Even the Neighborhoods songs were good. If you had walked in that room, knowing nothing of blink-182's fame, polished production, or goofiness, and saw the whole place going nuts with the band ripping through "Josie," you'd swear you just found the greatest new rock band. Until someone told you that song came out over a dozen years before Wavves, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids began doing a similar thing.

Proceeds from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show will benefit "burn treatment centers, plus research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases," as will the t-shirt sales of Red Bull Records-signed opener New Beat Fund. Check out pictures of blink-182 at Wellmont Theatre, and if you're in Chicago, catch them at Riot Fest this weekend. The setlist from MHOW below...

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The Scandals at Irving Plaza in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Scandals

Upstart Fest, "The Northeast's Biggest and Best Punk Rock Party," is returning for its third year to multiple Northeast cities this month. The NYC stop happens in Brooklyn on September 15 at Knitting Factory with a ton of bands in the Rancid/Social Distortion school of punk 'n' roll including The Scandals (who we wrote about here), Koffin Kats, Turbo AC's, New Red Scare, Hudson Falcons, Svetlanas, The Jukebox Romantics, Lost In Society, Fort Street, and Done With You. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can see all stops Upstart Fest makes, including Asbury Park, Albany, New London, and Poughkeepsie, on the flyer below. Lineups slightly vary by city.

In related news, the same people who are putting on Upstart Fest (Candy Apple Red Productions) are presenting the fourth annual benefit for Tuesday's Children (a not for profit foundation for children orphaned or directly affected by 9/11) in NYC on September 27 at Don Pedro's with five punk bands: Tied For Last, Kid Nichols, INCIRCLES, Robot Death Kites, and Poor Lily. Show flyer below.

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Blink-182

Tickets are going on presale today for blink-182's intimate benefit shows happening in the NYC-area before the Riot Fests.

The most intimate one happens in Brooklyn on September 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and tickets for that one go on AmEx presale today at noon. All proceeds will benefit "burn treatment centers, plus research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases." And since we last spoke, Brooklyn indie rockers DIIV were added to this one.

And tickets for their larger (but still small for their standards) show in NJ at Starland Ballroom (9/10) go on AmEx presale today at 9 AM. Proceeds from this one will support "Sandy Relief as well as cancer and diabetes research and treatment." You may remember that Starland Ballroom recently reopened after facing damages from Sandy.

Benjamin Curtis plays on... (via @benjamincurtis)
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As you guys know, Benjamin has been going through numerous chemo and radiation treatments since January. I'm so happy to say that they have found a bone marrow match for him, and he will be going into the hospital to begin the the transplant process in mid August. Thank you beautiful friends for all of your awesome messages and support. We appreciate it more than we could ever express in one lifetime. I hope to see you on the 22nd. So much love and gratitude, Alley
As you may know, School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma earlier this year. The good news is, as mentioned above, they've found a bone marrow match. Many of his friends have come to his aid for a benefit show at The Bowery Terrace at the Bowery Hotel on August 22. Interpol's Paul Banks and the Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. will perform live, and there will be DJ sets from DJ MomJeans (aka actor Danny Masterson), Alexa Chung, and Fabrizio Moretti with Devendra Banhart. Tickets come at three different levels: $40 general admission; $60 general admission + a vinyl copy of the SVIIB Put Your Sad Down EP (pressed specially for this benefit); and $100 that comes with vinyl and a limited-edition t-shirt.

During the event, there will be a silent auction with items donated by The Black Keys, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend, The Hives, David Cross, Aziz Ansari, Adam Green, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Polyphonic Spree, Zachary Quinto, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and more. 100% of the money raised will go directly to Benjamin's fund (which you can donate to directly).

Flyer for the benefit show below...

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Nile Rodgers

Disco mastermind/Chic member/Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers is throwing his first 'Nile Rodgers Dance Party' this summer in the Hamptons. The one-day festival happens on August 19 at the Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY and according to Nile:

There's going to be me, my band CHIC, and some of the hottest acts and surprises on the planet that day... which happens to be around the time the next Daft Punk single drops (I'm just saying).
Hmmm...

UPDATE: Nile says Daft Punk is not playing his house.

Lower-priced tickets reserved for locals are sold out, but general admission tickets are on sale now. All proceeds will benefit the charity All for the East End (AFTEE).

Flyer below...

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Stevie Wonder

A year after names like Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, and others took to Central Park, Global Festival (not to be confused with the Global Fest which hit Webster Hall last year) is back, this time rechristening itself Global Citizen Fest.

The free, ticketed festival will go down on the great lawn at Central Park on September 28, and featurea the incomparable Stevie Wonder along with Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer. The show will be held in coordination with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the goal being to "to give world leaders a clear mandate to end extreme poverty by 2030." Be selfish and selfless in one fell swoop by earning points toward a free ticket by signing up for the movement and taking action against poverty. Details are on the Global Citizen website.

Tegan & Sara at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Tegan and Sara

Tegan & Sara have been doing a good amount of touring this year in support of their new album, Hearthrob, and they're about to kick off a tour supporting fun., which hits NYC on July 22 and 23 at Hudson River Park on Pier 26. If you'd rather not see them with fun., you'll have two chances to catch the band headlining their own NYC-area shows this year.

The first of those is a Human Rights Campaign benefit happening right after the Pier 26 shows at Long Island's Paramount on July 25. It's being hosted by Amanda Leigh Dunn from The Real L Word, a special guest DJ, and a Q&A with Tegan & Sara, in addition to their performance. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Then, after the tour with fun. wraps up, they'll head to NJ's recently re-opened Starland Ballroom on September 27. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (6/28) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Daniel Kitson
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826NYC is a nonprofit tutoring center dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, develop their writing skills in the realm of creative writing, expository writing and English as a Second Language. The 826NYC writing center provides free, daily, one-on-one tutoring sessions for students in need of after-school help. It also offers a free publishing resource to students, where volunteers are available to assist them in creating their own story collections, zines and other extracurricular student publications. In order for 826NYC to keep their vast array of programming free, they often throw insane comedy/music fundraisers in Brooklyn. 100% of the time the shows are more than worth the price of admission; but knowing your money is going to help childhood literacy makes dropping some coin on the event that much easier.

True to form, 826NYC has a fundraiser coming up on Wednesday July 10 at the Bell House featuring a pretty unbelievable line-up. The evening will be hosted by Sarah Vowell and Eugene Mirman and will feature sets by BV fave Reggie Watts, another BV fave Daniel Kitson(!), and more special guests (UPDATE: Mike Birbiglia and John Oliver added). If you haven't seen Daniel Kitson... my Cod... dude, he's the greatest. Quite simply, one of the most brilliant and talented comedians to come out of the UK ever. Not kidding. Tickets are a reasonable $40 and on sale NOW. Get em while they're hot, because this bad boy is going to sell right the F out.

Meanwhile Reggie Watts will perform at another benefit at the Bell House on Thursday (6/20) that's also with Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry, Max Silvestri, Sara Schaefer and Crappy Cinema Council duo Jim Vanblaricum & Jim Crocamo. This one benefits New York City Coalition Against Hunger's Craig Murphey Fellowship Fund. Tickets are $15 and still available.

Mermaid Parade flyer

As mentioned, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade was in danger of not happening this year, due to new costly regulations and restrictions (and Hurricane Sandy). We posted already that Amanda Palmer is headlining a Save the Mermaid Parade benefit that's happening on Saturday (5/25) at Bowery Ballroom. Since we originally posted about it, the line-up of talent has expanded and now includes Mina Caputo (formerly Life of Agony singer Keith Caputo), Spanking Charlene, Beautiful Small Machines and a "rare guitar solo" from infamous film director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York). Tickets are $25 and still available.

Meanwhile, the Save the Mermaid Parade Kickstarter is still kicking, currently at $83,486 of its $100,000 goal with 11 days to go.

With things looking positive, the Mermaid Parade has announced its 2013 King and Queen: Judah Friedlander (who did a Save the Parade PSA) and Carole Radziwill (princess, journalist and Real Housewife of New York). This year's parade, assuming everything works out for them, will happen June 22 at 1 PM, beginning at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue.

In other news, Weird Al Yankovic just announced that Amanda Palmer will guest on his new album. So there's something to look forward to.

Amanda Palmer at T5, NYE 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Amanda Palmer

As mentioned, the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade is in danger and have launched a Kickstarter to help keep it afloat in 2013 and years to come. They're currently about halfway to their $100,000 goal with 20 days left. No stranger to crowdfunding, Amanda Palmer is playing a Mermaid Parade benefit at Bowery Ballroom on May 25. The event promises "special celebrity appearances and guest performers" as well as Coney Island sideshow performers. Tickets are $25 and go on sale TONIGHT (5/14) at 7 PM.

Meanwhile, Judah Friedlander has filmed a "Save the Mermaid Parade" PSA and you can watch that below.

In addition to the Mermaid Parade benefit, Amanda will be appearing at another benefit: the PS 122 Spring Gala on June 10. The event, which raises money for the East Village performance space, also features Neil Gaiman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Carmelita Tropicana. Tickets, which run from $350 - $25,000, are on sale now. Amanda has lots of other tour dates -- including Lincoln Center Out of Doors fest -- and all are listed below.

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This is Boston

The Boston hardcore and metal scene has banded together in the wake of the marathon attack, forming a benefit show for the victims of the tragedy. The lineup is nothing less than stellar, featuring a headlining appearance from Slapshot along with Converge (who will play MDF), Dropdead (who recently played NYC), Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, New Lows, The Revilers, For the Worse, Insult & Sexcrement. The show  goes down at South Shore Music Hall in May 6 in Quincy, MA. Tickets are still available.

john mulaney

Comedian John Mulaney has two shows in one night coming up at The Bell House on June 6. Both will feature other guests TBA and are benefits for The Innocence Project, which is "a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice." Tickets to both the early (7 PM) and late (10 PM) shows are still available.

The last time we wrote about John, he was opening for Yo La Tengo and The Feelies at Maxwell's during Hanukkah. As mentioned, The Feelies have a Bell House show coming up too on May 18 and tickets are still available. The day before (5/17) they play Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY and tickets are still available for that as well.

Sunnys

At the end of November we reported that Sunny's Bar in Red Hook was still closed and raising money to repait itself from Hurricane Sandy. Five months later and not too much has changed, from a high level at least...

Dear Friends,

An awful lot has happened since you heard from me last. We are finally able to forge ahead with the big fix in the basement! It has been surveyed, drawn, and is currently with the engineer. He came here early April with the contractor. The work is estimated to take one month, and we are optimistically hoping to have it done by the end of June.

To pay for the repair, we are launching a month long fundraising campaign. To kick it off, we're throwing a big old Sunny's party at the Bell-House, May 1st! Buy your tickets here, SunnysMaydayParty or at the door. Please copy and invite your friends! Can't wait to see you all.

Please share our link:
(http://igg.me/at/sunnys-red-hook/x/3042670) to our fundraising campaign with your friends and friends of Sunny's Bar. We can all be drinking together in a few short months with everyone's help.

xxx & cheers
from everyone at
Sunny's!

Today is May Day and that's the flyer for tonight's show up above. Tickets are still available.

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Blood Orange at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Blood Orange

Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) has a few dates scheduled for this year, including a few in NYC. The first is a benefit for LGBT rights organization Human Rights Campaign at Le Poisson Rouge on May 4 with Creep, MEN (the JD Samson one), Light Asylum, Nina Sky, and "surprise special guests." It's being hosted by Amanda Leigh Dunn and Becka Diamond is DJing. Tickets for that benefit are on sale now.

A few days later, both Dev and Creep will be headed to Glasslands on May 9 for another benefit: the previously discussed fundraiser for Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells, who is battling cancer. Dev is DJing at that one and Creep is playing live. Plus, Exitmusic and Rewards are playing live, and Albert Hammond Jr. and Certain Creatures are DJing. Tickets for that one are still available.

Blood Orange will do a third NYC date a few days after the Glasslands show when he opens for Phoenix (whose single, "Entertainment," he recently remixed) when their tour hits The Apollo on May 13 for a sold out show. Phoenix's tour also includes a larger, not-sold-out show on October 2 at Barclays Center with The Vaccines (tickets). Phoenix's "Entertainment" was also just given the remix treatment yet again, this time by Dirty Projectors. You can download that above or stream it below.

After the NYC dates, Blood Orange doesn't have anything scheduled until Pitchfork Festival. All dates are listed below...

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