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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis

The Besnard Lakes

The applause was loud before The Besnard Lakes played a note, and it was coming from the stage. The Montreal band were offering up thanks to the forty or so fans who trudged through the blizzard-like conditions of Winter Storm Jonas to see their free in-store at Rough Trade on Saturday afternoon (1/23). "We were here a year ago, almost to the day. They were predicting 'snowpocalypse' then too, but it ended up being a couple inches," frontman Jace Lasek told the crowd. "But when we looked out the window this morning we were like 'oh shit.'" (They set up a cardboard Ghost cutout on the floor just in case no one showed up.) Troupers and snow experts that they are, The Besnard Lakes actually helped the Rough Trade staff shovel the sidewalk and entrance to the store.

The circumstances of the day -- this was basically the only high-profile show that actually happened on Saturday -- made for a special show. Opening with Are the Roaring Night's great "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent," the band stuck mainly to songs from their brand new A Coliseum Complex Museum (it was the release show), hitting album highlights "Golden Lion," "Tungsten 4: A Refugee," and "The Plain Moon." The band's widescreen sound -- roaring guitars, spiraling solos, gorgeous harmonies, expert use of loud-quiet-loud dynamics -- make nearly every song seem like what another band might save for their finale. The Besnard Lakes are all peaks and crescendos, and it's a credit to their skill that it all works. It was a terrific show.

Hopefully The Besnard Lakes will announce a proper North American tour soon. More pictures from the snowy Rough Trade in-store, as well as their setlist, below...

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photo: Deafheaven at Webster Hall in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The Lamb of God / Anthrax / Deafheaven / Power Trip tour was supposed to hit NYC on Saturday (1/23) at Hammerstein Ballroom, but due to weather it's been moved to Monday (1/25). All tickets will be honored. The show is sold out but resale tickets are available. Their NJ show for Tuesday (1/26) at Starland Ballroom is still on as planned (tickets), as is Anthrax's signing at Rough Trade NYC on Monday. (Update: Signing is cancelled.)

Updated dates are listed below...

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I guess I didn't have to cancel the show at MSG tonight. I don't blame the mayor. That storm was a monster. We got lucky. When you consider the action taken by the government of entire north east, they got it right. To expect accuracy from each individual mayor is just too much. For us in New York and us in my house and us at MSG it was overblown. But if you expand that 'us' to everyone in the path is the storm, they were spot on. My family in Boston is part of us for me. So that's how I look at it.
While Winter Storm Juno wasn't quite the blizzard in New York City as predicted, tonight's Louis CK show is still canceled. You can fill that void, though, with Louis' new comedy special, Live at the Comedy Store, which was filmed last month at the famous LA spot, and just went up on his website:
I developed and prepared this material over the last year or so, mostly in comedy clubs. This special kind of goes back to when I used to just make noises and be funny for no particular reason. It felt right to shoot this special in a club to give it that live immediate intimate feeling. The show is about an hour long. The opening act, who is seen at the beginning (good place for an opening act) is Jay London. One of my favorite club comics going way back to the late 80s when I first started in working in New York.

I hope you like it.

Louis CK Live at the Comedy Store is available now for five bucks.

Louis talked about his new special, the blizzard, doing big shows like his MSG run, and other stuff on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Video of that, below...

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Zola Jesus on a snowy Manhattan Ave (via Dima Drjuchin)
Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus kicked off her two-night stand at Saint Vitus on Sunday (pictures / setlist), and in order to finish it last night, she was one of very few to actually play NYC during the snow storm. And Zola Jesus took "playing NYC during the snow storm" to new levels when she took a trombone player and the crowd outside to perform "Nail" in the snow in front of the venue. Watch a video below.

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As mentioned, Louis CK went ahead and canceled Tuesday's MSG show due to Winter Storm Juno which is just starting to hit NYC and may drop two feet of snow. Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a State of Emergency starting at 11 PM tonight. (Subways and public transportation close at 11 PM tonight too!) Here are some other blizzard show updates. If you are out tonight, please be safe!

Zola Jesus' show at Saint Vitus tonight is still on but set times are now earlier: 7 PM for UNIFORM and 7:30 for Zola Jesus.

Tuesday's (1/27) Youth Code, Sannhet, and Statiqbloom show at Saint Vitus is currently still on.

Tonight's Broncho show (1/26) at Rough Trade is still happening. UPDATE: nope, that's also canceled.

Savages' show at Baby's All Right tonight has been postponed, and is now a late show on Thursday (1/29). All tickets honored, refunds available if you can't make the new date.

Tonight's Marilyn Manson show at Terminal 5 with Unlocking the Truth has been postponed till Thursday (1/29). All 1/26 tix honored. Refunds at point of purchase for those who can't make it. Their show on Tuesday (1/27) at The Paramount in Long Island has been postponed as well, details TBD.

Tonight's Action Bronson show at BB King's has been postponed till February 2. All tickets will be honored. Contact point of purchase if you cannot attend.

Bully at Pianos tonight has also been canceled due to weather.

Tonight's Steve Earle show at City Winery has been canceled.

The Nels Cline show tonight at Iridium has been postponed. New date still TBA.

Brooklyn Bowl is closed tonight (1/26) and Tuesday (1/27).

Littlefield is closed tonight, so no Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Tonight's other show, with TinyRhino, has been moved to next Tuesday (2/3).

Reverend Vince and the Love Choir plays every Monday at Union Pool but tonight's is canceled. He'll be back next week.

Tonight's Year and Years show at Le Poisson Rouge (which was to be their US debut) has been canceled, as has LPR's early show ("Glass & Blood"). Refunds for Years and Years available at point of purchase.

Similarly, the other Years and Years show (Rough Trade on Tuesday, 1/27) has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.

In other LPR news, Tuesday's art gallery opening for Alexander Kaletsky's "Inspirations" has been rescheduled for Thursday. Same time

Mercury Lounge is closed tonight.

Joe's Pub is closed tonight.

Knitting Factory is closed tonight.

Shows at The Living Room tonight have been canceled.

Tonight's Sharkmuffin show at Grand Victory has been postponed.

Union Hall canceled The Mehran Show tonight.

More comedy cancellations: 9:30pm and 11pm shows at UCB Chelsea canceled; 9:30pm and 10:30pm UCB East shows canceled. Early shows still TBD.

The final night of Vomitface's Cake Shop residency tonight has been postponed till Monday, February 2.

The newly refurbished Kings Theatre was to have had a "preview" performance on Tuesday (1/27) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and more but that has been canceled.

A-Trak was supposed to play Atlantic City tonight. Also cancelled.

All Broadway shows are canceled tonight.

What else?

Continue reading "blizzard canceling / postponing most shows in NYC today & Tuesday (Zola Jesus still playing, but early.)"

UPDATE: Louis CK talked blizzard and MSG on 'Letterman' (watch), released new comedy special on his website


We've had the first major show casualty of the Blizzard known as Juno: Louis CK's fourth MSG show that was to have been on Tuesday (1/27). Says Louis:

I am really sorry about this and I am surprised to learn as I write this that there is only one L in the word canceled. I'll have to take my phone's word for it. But it doesn't look right to me.

In any case, there seems to be a massive storm approaching New York City. They are calling this storm "historic" which.... Well I didn't know you could call a thing historic if it hasn't happened yet. But I'm not one to defy future historic events. And I have to be respectful of the responsibility I have to the 15,000 people who are holding tickets to the show and could be stranded somewhere historically trying to get to or from my show. I think it's clearly better that I alter history in the name of safety and cancel. Besides, if you've ever tried to get your deposit back when you rent a banquet hall for a wedding that gets snowed out, you don't want to even know what the deposit is on Madison Square Jesus Christing Garden is.

Louis says all ticketholders will automatically get a refund.

Louis CK will, however, be on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight (1/26). "You can yell boo right at my stupid and very handsome face on your tv screen or on your paper towel or your watch or whatever you view Letterman on." CK also mentions that he'll have a new standup special available via his website soon.

UPDATE: Louis CK talked blizzard and MSG on 'Letterman' (watch), released new comedy special on his website

As for other blizzard show cancellations, check HERE.




AND HERE'S A "JUNO" playlist for you.

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

As you probably know, weather reports are calling for a "crippling and possibly historic" blizzard starting in mid-afternoon today. We'll try to keep you up to date on show cancellations, but if it gets bad you might want to call the venue to make sure it's still happening. Be safe.

Bully, Oxen Free, Brave Shores @ Pianos
Nashville's Bully got some buzz during CMJ for their catchy indie rock. We're still awaiting their album, but in the meantime they return to NYC tonight.

Action Bronson @ BB King's
Action Bronson's got a new album on the way this March, and from the single he put out, anticipation is pretty high. Hopefully we'll hear a few more new ones tonight.

Zola Jesus, UNIFORM @ Saint Vitus
Zola Jesus is still riding high off last year's Taiga, her biggest-sounding album yet and first for a big label. But while last year she supported it at Webster Hall, this week she gets more intimate with two Saint Vitus shows (both sold out). This is the second, and opening tonight is noise duo UNIFORM (ex-Drunkdriver, The Men).

Broncho, Dreamers, Heaven @ Rough Trade
Oklahoma's Broncho make a good mix of power pop, garage rock, and some more out-there stuff too. In two days from now, they open for Billy Idol at Beacon Theatre, but here's your chance to catch them in a more intimate setting.

Nels Cline & the Les Paul Trio @ Iridium
There's rarely a lack of chances to catch guitar great Nels Cline in NYC. Tonight he's with The Les Paul Trio at the Iridium for two shows (8 PM and 10 PM).

Years and Years @ Le Poisson Rouge
Winners of the BBC's "Sound of 2015" Poll (last year was Sam Smith; 2013 was Haim), UK act Years & Years make slick electronic R&B. This is their first US show. Sold out.

Savages @ Baby's All Right
Tonight starts Savages' final week of their nine-show NYC residency. What new surprises are in store?

Vomitface, Whiskey Bitches, Pixels, Lip Action @ Cake Shop
Jersey City trio Vomitface make sludgy, grungy rock and this is the final night of their January residency at Cake Shop.

Night Train @ Littlefield (CANCELED)
Littlefield is closed to due to Winter Storm Juno.

Marilyn Manson @ Terminal 5
Veteran shock rocker Marilyn Manson has been getting some of the best reviews of his career for his new album, The Pale Emperor. The very young band Unlocking the Truth open tonight.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Passion Pit

"Boston show is postponed until Sun 2/10 due to snow. All tickets will be honored & refunds available at point of purchase. MSG is still on." - Passion Pit
Good luck to all those venturing out!

Icona Pop are on at 8pm. Then Matt & Kim. Then Passion Pit's (probably) biggest show of their career!

And check out our list of NYC shows that are cancelled.

Passion Pit in Austin, September 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Passion Pit


today in NYC
* JLK @ The Stone
* Al Kooper @ B.B King's
* The Stepfathers @ UCB
* Hearts & Bones @ Barbes
* Hobo Cubes @ The Stone
* Raekwon, Rakim @ Stage 48
* David Alan Grier @ Caroline's
* Rub n Tug, Oh Land @ Le Bain
* The Wedding Present @ Maxwell's
* The Chez Ocean Corrective @ Barbes
* Will Calhoun's Native Lands Trio @ BAM
* Nadus, Phi Unit, Jess Jubilee @ Glasslands
* Kishi Bashi, Plume Giant @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lofts, Photoreal, Leaves of Green @ Cake Shop
* The Toothaches, El Dorado, Bears @ The Gutter
* BADBADNOTGOOD, Lee Bannon @ Glasslands
* Joseph Arthur, Martha Wainwright @ City Winery
* Ice Balloons, A Night of Banshees @ The Grand Victory
* Freecare, Sink Tapes, Turnip King, Slothbear @ The LAB
* LE1F, DJ Carlos Jadraque, DJ Nita @ Santos Party House
* Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, Icona Pop @ Madison Square Garden
* People Get Ready, Man Forever, Color War @ Mercury Lounge
* Richard Morel (DJ Set), Bob Mould (DJ Set) @ Highline Ballroom
* The Hold Up, Silvertone, Honey Wild, Neil Nathan @ Bowery Electric
* The Static Jacks, Flasgship, The Pinkies @ The Studio @ Webster Hall
* James T. Cotton (aka Dabrye), Entro Senestre, Bookworms @ 285 Kent
* Holopaw, Love as Laughter, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ The Knitting Factory
* Jukebox The Ghost, Matt Pond, The Lighthouse & The Whaler @ Webster Hall
* Obi Fernandez, Jann Klose, Michael Brunnock @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1)
* Grand Resort, Lazyeyes, Aerosol, Island Twins, Slonk Donkerson, Hippy, Dead Stars @ Muchmore's
* Gaby Moreno, Lily & The Parlour Trick, James Maddock @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
* Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Jeffery Lewis, Waxahatchee, Lemuria, Hilly Eye @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Winter Storm Nemo is upon us but NYC is only supposed to get 8" max, so not so bad. The shows on the list above are ALL HAPPENING as far as we know as of 5 PM. A list of cancelled shows is here.

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Travelers are already finding Nemo a pain in the butt.

The massive nor'easter has caused a wave of flight cancellations as it prepares to smother the city under up to 14 inches of snow.
United Airlines canceled 900 flights in advance of the storm, and Delta Air Lines crossed off 135, plus more regional flights.

As of Thursday, before Nemo even touched down, Newark Airport had the most Friday cancellations nationally, followed by Boston's Logan Airport, and LaGuardia Airport, according to FlightAware.

Most airlines issued so-called "weather waivers," allowing passengers in the storm-affected areas to change their flight date without paying a change fee.
Gov. Cuomo is opening an emergency operations center to help with "coordinating response efforts using all state and local resources," he said in a statement Thursday. [Daily News]

A winter storm is upon us, fashion week is totally fuct, and other NYC show cancellations are already coming in.

Williamsburg club Union Pool reports:

Apology accepted. Hartwell Littlejohn adds:
Nemo is all about screaming your cancellations in caps.

Also: tonight's show at the Rock Shop in Park Slope with the Lovehowl + Bangladeafy + Hannah Vs the Many + Luminous Flux "has been canceled due to Nemo."

As of 11am, we haven't heard of any other concert or comedy show cancellations yet, but we'll keep updating the site and this post as things get called off, hopefully not Passion Pit at MSG included. If you know of other postponements, please leave them in the comments.


Tonight's show at Shea Stadium is CANCELLED.

The early show at Cameo is CANCELLED. UPDATE: The late show is cancelled too.

Big Snow Buffalo Lodge can't handle a big snow and has also canceled their early show tonight with Alan Watts.

James T. Cotton (JTC)'s flight was cancelled so can't make it to 285 Kent, but so far the party is still on.

The Wellmont Theater has postponed Lindsey Stirling until May 9.


Holopaw were scheduled to play Knitting Factory and Permanent Records tonight, but the record store just sent out this note:

"Hi all... sorry to say we just got the word from Holopaw that due to this impending storm they aren't gonna make it to NYC tonight and have had to cancel their scheduled in-store performance with us. Darn! Hopefully we'll be able to reschedule, but for now let's just wish them safety in their travels.

As of now we're still planning to be open with normal hours all weekend so if you were planning to come by tonight, that is still an option! It's warm in here!"

UPDATE: Despite what Permanent Records says about the band making it to NYC, the band and venue are currently saying Knitting Factory is still a go.

SOB's reports that "tonight's Salsa Groove event with La Excelencia is canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date."


All events at 92YTribeca are cancelled, and 92Y announced "Saturday's classes and programs in School of the Arts are canceled."


Atlas Moth report: "Fortunately, we made it to New York with no problem. Unfortunately, the show has been postponed until 2/19. See ya then NYC!" The show they're talking about is with Gojira tonight at Irving Plaza. The new show is one day after the Brooklyn show.

The show at Pianos is cancelled, but the bar is open.


The Heliotropes/Dead Stars show at the Paper Box is cancelled, but Dead Stars will play Muchmore's instead.

Raekwon and Rakim at Stage 48 is postponed.

Dept. of Health, ANASAZI, Blackboot, and A Truth at Saint Vitus is cancelled.


Frankie Knuckles at Cameo is cancelled.

The Darlings show at Death By Audio tonight is cancelled.


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