Entries tagged with: benefit
by Andrew Sacher
blink-182 at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/11/13 (via John Packer)
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...
The Scandals at Irving Plaza in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
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.
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)
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, AlleyAs 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...
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...
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 & 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...
by Klaus Kinski
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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,Today is May Day and that's the flyer for tonight's show up above. Tickets are still available.
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
DOWNLOAD: Phoenix - "Entertainment" (Dirty Projectors Remix) (MP3)
Blood Orange at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
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...
The Oblivians @ Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Andrew Friscano)
The Seaport Music Festival already announced that Unknown Mortal Orchestra would be playing on June 28 and they've recently announced a couple more dates on the schedule. Memphis garage legends The Oblivians will play with their Goner labelmates Ex-Cult on June 7. And then on June 21, jangly UK indie pop quartet Fear of Men will play. No opener has been announced for that show yet. All Seaport Music Festival shows are free and all-ages.
More shows are still to be announced. Also happening at Pier 17 at the Seaport is Village Voice's 4Knots Music Fest which happens June 29 with headliners Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern and more TBA.
As you may remember, South Street Seaport was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, taking out most of shops on the brick street area down there which also suffered heavy looting, and most of those storefronts are still empty. (The mall is open, though.) Seaport Music, the label, are putting out a compilation album titled Anchored & Amped and 100% of the sales going to Seaport area businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The record includes exclusive tracks from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Wedding Present, Wire, Savoir Adore and more It will be available on June 4 via local record stores and at Seaport Music Festival shows.
Exitmusic @ Brooklyn Bowl, June 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
He is responding really well to treatment, and rough as it has been, it's your messages and posts that have inspired us and keep us focused on the path ahead. Thank you so much to all of you who have been continuously sending love.The band have set up SupportBenjaminCurtis.com for those who'd like to help Curtis' mounting medical bills. There's also a fundraiser concert happening at Glasslands on May 9 with live sets from CREEP, Exitmusic, and Rewards, plus Albert Hammond Jr, Blood Orange, and Certain Creatures on DJ duty between sets. Tickets are on sale now.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Paul of Cynic with Death to All, June 2012(more by Justina Villaneuva)
Death to All returns for a second helping, gathering the crew of their 1991 Human LP (Paul Masvidal, Steve DiGiorgio, Sean Reinert but clearly sans mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, who passed away many years ago) for a set of carefully selected dates in North America. The tour will cover the first four LPs from the death metal giants, with a particular focus on the Human material. All shows will benefit the Sweet Relief charity and the dates include a stop at Irving Plaza on April 24. Tickets go on CITI presale at 10AM on Wednesday (2/27) with regular sale hitting on Friday (3/1) at 10 AM.
All tour dates and a stream of Human are below.
The Who at Barclays Center, Nov. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, LIC Bar in (you guessed it) Long Island City was crushed by the storm. Luckily The Who was there to help. Now the bar is returning the favor:
After The Who donated more than $3,000 worth of sound equipment to help a Queens music venue get back on its feet following Superstorm Sandy, LIC Bar is now returning the favor by putting on a show to benefit the legendary rock group's charity.Tickets are on sale for the show which happens Saturday (2/23) and features tribute act Who's Next. Coincidentally, the band has the night off that night and their tour hits Atlantic City the night before.
The concert on Saturday will feature a tribute band and will raffle off a guitar signed by Pete Townshend to raise money for Teen Cancer America, which The Who launched in 2011.
"This is a show to let The Who know how grateful we are for their help," said the venue's owner, Brian Porter, 44. "It's still hard to believe rock icons came to our aid." -[NY Daily News]
The Who @ Barclays Center, 11/14/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Who and Elvis Costello & The Imposters have been tapped to play a benefit concert happening at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on February 28. Tickets ($125 - $1000) go on presale Friday morning (2/1) at 10 AM (presale code: "THEWHO") with the regular on-sale happening Saturday (2/2) at 10 AM.
Cave In at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Rebuild Part 1. New Coextinction Release #13. CAVE IN!!!Get your digital copy of their new Coextinction release at the label's site.
As you may have heard, Translator Audio (Andrews Studio where all Coextinction recordings are made) was devastated by hurricane Sandy.
The Cave In crew immediately offered up these great songs recorded at BBC studios in 2002. All sales proceeds go to the rebuild Translator fund. Dig in and share!
Wynn Walent & friends in Haiti
Singer-songwriter Wynn Walent no longer lives in NYC, so the show he's playing this Thursday night (1/10) at Littlefield with Great Elk and Matt Singer is a rarity, but it's more than that. The reason Wynn has been so scare around these parts is because he's spent most of the past three years dedicating his life to Haiti Earthquare relief, a cause that this particular show is also raising money for. Tickets are on sale, or will be at the door. Head out and show support, and learn more in an article Wynn wrote for Huffington Post, and in a video starring Wynn, below...
tUnE-yArDs at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The Tibet House Annual Benefit Concert will return for its 23rd year at Carnegie Hall on February 21. Like in past years, artistic director Philip Glass will perform and he's brought along a typically awesome and diverse lineup of Jim James (whose band My Morning Jacket just kicked off a 3-night run at the Capitol Theatre), tUnE-yArDs, Rahzel, Patti Smith with Jessie Smith, and more TBA. Tickets for the concert are on sale now via Carnegie Hall and special packages that include a dinner reception with the performers can be purchased via Tibet House US. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Tibet House US, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation, and the TIbet Community of New York & New Jersey.
Rahzel also took part in the 2012 Tibet House Benefit Concert. Check out pictures from that.
In related news, Patti Smith recently announced that she's working on a sequel to her memoir, Just Kids.
The Men @ Saint Vitus
The Men headlined a Pitchfork-produced Sandy-benefit at Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) with Widowspeak (who play Brooklyn Bowl and Mercury Lounge soon), Sweden's Lust For Youth (who also played WIERD two nights prior) and Don Giovanni-signed Waxahatchee. The show was a one-off, hometown show for the Men who will tour down under in the new year. Pictures are in this post.
I was most excited to catch The Men and Lust for Youth. The latter's synth-propelled darkwave sounded excellent in the room at Vitus, though watching the pair play was far from a live spectacle. A band like this does extremely well in a setting like WIERD at Home Sweet Home, where lights, strobes and fog are all very common-place. Made me wish I caught them there.
The Men have changed quite a bit in the past few years, so while it wasn't shocking that the band came out with four acoustic guitars in hand given some of the softer-side of Open Your Heart, it was nonetheless a side I hadn't seen before. Gone is the bubbling undercurrent of hardcore (probably my favorite era- the Immaculada/Leave Home records), with most of the tracks slanted in a Replacements-y direction but with a bit of a twang due to the addition of accordion and Rhodes. The band has definitely gone in different directions from the days of sweaty, packed-out 538 Johnson shows (pics), and I gotta say I miss those good 'ole days.
More pictures of all four bands at Saint Vitus are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sleigh Bells/Grizzly Bear/The Antlers @ T5, 12/14/2012
Sleigh Bells with Grizzly Bear (who played Bowery earlier in the week), The Antlers and Cults played 4 Artists 1 Cause, a Hurricane Sandy benefit on Friday (2/14) at Terminal 5. According to reports from the Har Mar Superstar-hosted show, they raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $300k towards Sandy relief efforts. Pictures from that show are in this post below.
Richie Follin of Cults spent the next night (12/15) at Knitting Factory as part of Guards. Meanwhile, The Antlers are offering up an early holiday gift to fans in the form of a cello-driven cover of their song "No Windows" by their friend Brent Arnold. You stream that below, along with more pics from T5...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Black Breath at Precious Metal, May 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
I can't tell you how many great bands I have seen over the years at Precious Metal at NYC club Lit Lounge on Mondays. The series, curated by Wetnurse/Today is the Day member Curran Reynolds, is responsible not only for the first appearances from some favorite bands but also many many personal friendships forged in that dingy basement. Now after more than six years as a series, Precious Metal is coming to an end:
Friends, I am proud to announce the Grand Finale of Precious Metal. After 6.66 years and over 300 events, the series I started in May of 2006 will come to an end on January 21, 2013.Upcoming events at Precious Metal include this Monday (12/17) with Tiger Flowers, Meek is Murder, I am Heresy and Black Table; January 7 with Ghostlimb & The Year is One and yours truly on DJ duties; January 14 with Jar'd Loose, Gentlemen, End it and DJ Mike SOS; and the finale on January 21, a benefit for South Sound featuring Hivesmasher, Fashion Week, Flaming Tusk, SOS and DJ Zeena Koda. Make sure and get to the shows and wave goodbye to metal in the Lit Lounge basement. It will be missed.
We had a good run! Monday after Monday, we brought all sorts of heaviness from across the city and around the globe (Iceland, Italy, Australia...) into the den of Downtown grime and glamour that is Lit. These forces combined and added up to something special. I like to think we played a part in the resurgence of a New York City metal scene, one which now looks stronger than ever.
Head below for the full statement on the end of Precious Metal NYC.