Entries tagged with: free shows
by Bill Pearis
We're past Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and fully in the holiday season, which for some of us means the annual office party. But who just wants to drink with the person in the cubicle next to you and that weird guy in Accounting? BrooklynVegan and pals at doNYC are throwing a joint holiday party -- and you're invited too. It goes down on December 19 at Videology in Williamsburg from 8 - 10 PM with complimentary Goose Island beer (while supplies last).
In addition to the refreshments, there will also be clips from holiday specials and movies on Videology's big screen, from the warm and familiar to some really weird stuff (Star Wars Christmas Special anyone?). Also, yours truly as DJ for the evening. You're welcome to stick around after 10 PM, too, I'll still be spinning tunes till they make me stop, with still more holiday weirdness to watch as well. It's free (21+) but you do need to RSVP (though admission with RSVP is still first come, first served, capacity permitting). Hope to see you there!
Speaking of Videology, the Williamsburg spot (where, full disclosure, I clerked for years and years) turned from neighborhood video store into a neighborhood bar/screening room/video store about a year ago. Videology is celebrating it's 10th anniversary on Friday, December 13 starting at 8 PM. There will be drink specials, a mash-up of their popular Twin Peaks and Arrested Development bingo nights, food, trivia, prizes, gourmet cotton candy and more. Also, me again DJing starting at 11 PM. It's free and if you RSVP you get half-price drinks all night.
by Klaus Kinski
Comedy-wise, if there was one night where I wish I could be in two places at once, tonight (Thursday, December 5) is it for there are two spectacular shows happening this evening that unfairly pit Gowanus versus Williamsburg. Geographically and line-up wise, Williamsburg has a slight edge for me as Over The Eight (594 Union Ave) will play host to The Bobby Tisdale Show. As part of a recurring series of shows called The Talk Show Series, these shows are set up more like casual conversation panel talk shows with incredible guests. Tonight's line-up is particularly stacked and features Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing, author), Tim Harrington (Singer of Les Savy Fav, beard owner), Kevin Corrigan (famous actor), Andy Blitz (comedian, amazing man and one of my personal favorites), Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers, Home Movies, Archer) and, if you can handle it, more. And it's hosted by the affable, hilarious, Bobby Tisdale (Bobs Burgers, Invite Them Up, Wards of Merkin). The show starts at 8:00pm and is ABSOLUTELY FREE. I haven't been this erect about a line-up since the old days of Rififi. Gonna be a scorcher! Flyer below...
Several subway lines, bus routes, or one expensive cab ride away in Gowanus, prolific performer and mind warrior Greg Barris brings his long-running comedy-life experience Heart of Darkness to the confines of The Bell House. Tonight's installment, entitled HEART OF DARKNESS: IN SPACE! features Gold Pass Klaus Kinski Favorite Todd Barry, mind warrior Elizabeth Gallager Kennick (NASA, Space Frontier, Teachers in Space), comedian Jena Friedman, house band The Forgiveness, musical guests Rich Stein and Matt Kilmer, guest band The Mast PLUS a special guest. A smattering of tickets are still available, so if you find yourself in that neighborhood this evening and have a hankering for a life changing life experience, do venture inside The Bell House and absorb. Doors are at 8pm, show is at 8:30pm. It is going to be a doozie!
Run the Jewels at Webster Hall in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
El-P and Killer Mike are each about to wrap up another great year, having both been active on their own and as their collaborative duo Run the Jewels. RTJ appeared in NYC a few times, including their big headlining Webster Hall show and a slot at Fool's Gold Day Off, but before 2013 comes to a close, they'll do another headlining gig in NYC at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on December 13 with White Mandingos (ft. Murs and a member of Bad Brains) and Phony PPL. It's a Converse Rubber Tracks Live show which means it's free but do you need to get tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (12/4) at noon. Their only other US date scheduled for this year at the moment is New Year's Eve in Raleigh, NC.
In related news, Stereogum points to an instagram from El-P with a picture of a handwritten note of what you should not ask Run the Jewels in interviews. El-P specifies, "Do Not Ask: How we met, What we think about the state of hip hop, How we feel about other artists," then ends it with "Thank You + Good Luck!"
In more related news, El-P and Killer Mike are promising a second Run the Jewels album for 2014. In the meantime, check out their video for "Banana Clipper" (feat. Big Boi) from their self titled 2013 LP, below...
by Bill Pearis
The counter Rough Trade (w/ Morrissey Autobiography) (more by Chris La Putt)
As you may have maybe -- just maybe -- heard, UK indie record store Rough Trade opened its first-ever NYC branch yesterday (11/25). As a record lover and Williamsburg resident, I headed over to N. 9th after work last night to check it out.
The store is big and warehouse-y with plenty of space in between shelves for easy browsing, and a centralized checkout area. (It is still small compared to the late-'90s days of Virgin Megastore and Tower.) There is a mezzanine with magazines and books (like import copies of Morrissey's Autobiography) on one side of the space, and on the other there is the Guardian Green Room which is a "multi-purpose digital lounge" and an exhibition space that currently has a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community. Main Drag music has a little vestibule with cool analogue synths, and a cafe run by Five Leaves will be open soon.
Donald Glover's 'Community' bedroom at RT
The store seems more in "must open" mode than "ready to open," as the record shelves are a little sparse right now. Prices for records are on the high side -- I saw very few less than $18 -- and they don't put records "on sale." But many of their featured items do come with "Rough Trade Exclusives," usually bonus discs which do add value. There are also no used records, which seems an odd choice to me given the way all other record stores in the area operate. Though in that way they're not so much treading on other's turf? They are, however, promising to stock imports, including the entirety of their 101 Albums of 2013... but that has not happened yet. (I was ready to buy the new Suede album, too.) I did buy the Morrissey book, which at $14.99 for an import seemed a bargain. Give it a month, and we'll hopefully see what the store is like.
I showed up too late for Sky Ferreira's live set, but there was a long line of people waiting to get their records/CDs signed. I watched a little bit from the mezzanine, as bf and DIIV frontman Cole Smith showed up to say hi. One fan asked if he would sign Sky's album too. He obliged, writing a note right on the most, uh, exposed area of the LP cover. Pretty funny.
I did, however, stick around to watch Charles Bradley. The performance space at Rough Trade is really nice. Official capacity is 250 but, with a seated balcony it felt bigger than that. There were ping pong tables in the back part of the balcony last night, that I'm told won't be there during ticketed shows (but will be available during the day). Lighting was good and the sound was better. Bradley has a pretty crack band who make any room sound good but I was really impressed with the acoustics. There are lots of small rooms in Williamsburg already, but this is a nice addition to the area.
Charles Bradley sounded fantastic. His years as a James Brown tribute artist have bestowed him with killer stage moves, and the dude just oozes charisma and soul. It was a real treat to see him in such a small room and the whole crowd was grinning the whole time. NYC will have two more chances to see Bradley in January.
Today (11/26) you can catch a free show from Danny Brown which happens at 5 PM. You do need to grab a wristband first which are available at the counter. Wednesday night (11/27, 7 PM) is a free in-store with Matthew E. White. Two shows from NYC legends Television will be Rough Trade's first ticketed shows (both are sold out).
In addition to having his bedroom there, Donald Glover will perform as Childish Gambino at Rough Trade on December 6. You need to buy a copy of his new album Because of the Internet. There will be a record signing following the performance.
Did you check out Rough Trade on opening day? What did you think? Buy anything?
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Danny Brown @ Terminal 5 - 11/23/13
Bob Dylan music video star Danny Brown just teamed up with Sleigh Bells for the last two nights of their tour, which took place at NYC's Terminal 5 on Friday (11/22) and Saturday (11/23). For Danny, they were the first NYC shows since the release of his excellent new album, Old. Pictures of his set from Saturday's show are in this post.
Danny has a few more shows scheduled before the year ends, including a much more intimate performance in-store at the new Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday (11/26). It starts at 5 PM and is totally FREE, no wristband/RSVP or anything necessary. (4:30 doors.) All upcoming Danny Brown dates, including New Year's Eve in San Francisco with Flatbush Zombies (who also play NYC soon) and Traxamillion, are listed below.
Meanwhile, Rough Trade NYC opened TODAY (11/25) at 9 AM and later there will be an in-store/signing from Sky Ferreira at 7 PM (with a purchase of her new EP or LP) and an in-store from Charles Bradley at 8:30 PM (free).
More pics from T5 along with the list of dates, below...
Lou Reed tributes continue to happen and there are two notable ones in NYC on this week. Jeffrey Lewis, Dawn Landes (who has a new LP coming out), Kristin Andreassen and more TBA will be celebrating the music of the late NYC music legend at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook on Thursday (11/21). The night doubles as a benefit for victims of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated much of the Philippines earlier this month. It's a $10 suggested donation.
One day earlier (11/20) at the Rodeo Bar, such artists as Speed the Plough, King Missile's John S. Hall, Babe the Blue Ox, and lots more will be performing songs by Reed and telling stories and reciting lyrics. 9 PM - midnight, and it's free. You can check out the full line-up via the show poster, below...
Cut Copy at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Australian synth popsters Cut Copy returned this year with the new Free Your Mind LP, and they've been out on the North American leg of their world tour supporting it. The tour previously included no NYC dates, but they've just squeezed in a free, very intimate show happening on November 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. It's for an NPR/KCRW taping and KCRW's Jason Bentley is hosting. Like we said, it's totally free, but you do need to RSVP, which IS OPEN NOW (11/13) and will probably close very fast.
UPDATE: And they were gone pretty much instantly. Did you get tickets?
Updated dates are listed, along with a video from the new LP, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Marissa Nadler at Elliott Smith tribute (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dream folk singer Marissa Nadler is on a roll lately, having released her self-titled album in 2011, followed by 2012's The Sister, and now she's got another LP, July, coming out on February 4 in the US. After releasing her last two albums on her own Box of Cedar Records, for this one she's signed to Brooklyn goth/punk/etc label Sacred Bones. Earlier this year, she sang on "Villain" (stream below) off the new Case Studies album (out now on Sacred Bones), and in late 2012 she opened for Sacred Bones recording artists Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch in NYC. The album comes out a week later (2/10) via Bella Union in the UK.
She recorded the album with producer Randall Dunn, who has worked with multiple (mostly post-metal, drone, psychedelic) artists including Wolves in the Throne Room, Sunn O))), Earth, Jesse Sykes, and more. It also features strings by Eyvind Kang (who has worked with Blonde Redhead, The Decemberists, Sunn O))), Laura Veirs & more), synths by Steve Moore (not Zombi Steve Moore, but another Sunn O))) and Laura Veirs collaborator), and guitar by Phil Wandscher (Whiskeytown, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter).
The first single from July is "Dead City Emily," a track as haunting and delicate as any of her best tracks to date. You can stream that one, along with the new album's tracklist, below.
Marissa was recently in NYC for the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands, and she'll be returning for a free in-store at the new Williamsburg record store/venue Rough Trade NYC on Saturday, November 30. It's a day show, starting at 1 PM.
Marissa also contributed to likeminded folk singer Emily Jane White's new album, Blood Lines, which comes out November 19 via Important. Marissa sings on the track "Faster Than the Devil," which you can stream, along with another album cut, "Keeley," below.
All song streams and LP tracklist below...
While The Beets are still active, singer Juan Wauters will be releasing his first solo album, titled N.A.P. North American Poetry, on February 4 via Captured Tracks (who put out the first two Beets albums). That's the cover art above, which was designed, as with all of Juan's records, by Matthew Volz. The album was made between fall 2010 and the summer of 2012 at Gary Olson's Marlborough Farms studio. You can stream "Water" from the record and watch a new video interview (made by Volz) below.
Juan has a few shows coming up, including a free one tonight (11/7) at Molasses Books in Bushwick (770 Hart St) with Flower Girl playing as well. He'll also play Queens Museum on Saturday (11/9, 4 PM) for the opening of Matthew Volz's stage installation as part of Queens International biennial; and then November 14 at Shea Stadium with Soft Black, Bully, and Beat Radio.
Meanwhile, The Beets (who just released a new single of Howard Stern covers) have shows too, including one in NYC on November 16 at Glasslands with Flower Girl and Jimmy Whispers. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
All Juan Wauters and The Beets tour dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
Charles Bradley @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
This morning, Rough Trade NYC announced a few of their first ticketed evening shows. Now they've just announced a whole lot more, including some free in-stores. The record store/venue opens on November 25 with a free show from Charles Bradley that night. Phosphorescent and Marissa Nadler will both perform free in-stores on November 30, and John Grant performs on December 3 which is free with purchase of his new album Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Similarly, Nick Lowe is performing on December 8 and you can get into that one by purchasing his new Christmas album.
Other upcoming free in-stores include Matthew E. White (11/27) and The Stepkids (11/9). Another ticketed shows has been added as well, Allah-Las on 12/6 (no ticket info yet). Updated Rough Trade NYC show schedule is listed below...
ARS with a "French KISS" in Vancouver (via @AuRevoirSimone)
Tomorrow (11/2) is the first Saturday in November which means it's the monthly First Saturdays event at Brooklyn Museum with free admission and live music. Au Revoir Simone, who released Move In Spectrums in September just played a couple CMJ shows, will play (5 PM) along with Tamar Kali and Watermelon. Again it's free and open to the public.
Au Revoir Simone's next NYC show will be part of the family-friendly Kidrockers afternoon concert series, which returns to Brooklyn Bowl on November 17. Ski Lodge play as well, with hosts Seth Herzog and Roger Hailes, and tickets for that show are on sale now.
The next Kidrockers show after that is December 15 at Brooklyn Bowl with Small Black and Radical Dads (Herzog and Craig Baldo host) and tickets for that show are on sale now as well.
by Bill Pearis
Midlake's new album, Antiphon, comes out next week (11/5) via ATO. While losing frontman Tim Smith might seem like a dealbreaker, the new record has more in common with The Trials of Van Occupanther than the slow, mossy folk of 2010's The Courage of Others, a good thing as far as I'm concerned. It's a big sounding record, rhythmic and proggy, but still filled with harmonies and hooks. You can stream the whole thing now via NPR.
The band are gearing up for their North American tour which hits NYC on Novmeber 6 at Mercury Lounge, which is sold out. But if you still want to see them, they're playing an acoustic in-store at Other Music on Monday (11/4) which is free and open to the public. 7:30 PM.
All dates -- including a couple opening for Pearl Jam -- are listed below...
CocoRosie at Paper Box in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
CocoRosie are currently on tour in support of their newest LP, Tales of a Grass Widow. That tour hit NYC for a big show at Webster Hall earlier this month (10/12), but they've since tacked on a much more intimate NYC show to the end of the tour. The quirky songwriters will play Brooklyn Bowl on November 10 with two other quirky songwriters, Xenia Rubinos and Arc Iris (the new ANTI-signed project of ex-Low Anthem member Jocie Adams). It's one of those 'School Night!' shows which means it's totally FREE but you do have to RSVP. Updated CocoRosie dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.
Meanwhile, there's another 'School Night!' show happening even sooner. As discussed, Tennis are playing this Sunday (11/3) (one of their two upcoming NYC shows), and since we last spoke, it's been announced that Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic) and Chalk and Numbers are opening. There will also be listening parties for the new Tennis EP, Small Sound, and the new Cut Copy album. RSVP is still open for this free show.
Tennis have also just made their new EP available to stream on Pitchfork.
All CocoRosie dates are listed, along with some videos, below...
APTBS @ Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens in its new permanent Greenpoint location this weekend, with free music performances from Spank Rock and Dope Body on Friday (11/1) and Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold, and Heavenly Beat on Saturday. As mentioned before, it's now open every Friday and Saturday and will be year round.
Since we last posted, the Bazaar has added a few more shows, including The Low Anthem (11/8), Ski Lodge (11/9), A Place to Bury Strangers (11/29, the artisanal earplug vendor will do great business that night), and SISU (12/20).
That's in addition to such already announced performers like Kitty Pryde (11/23), Small Black (12/13) and, what will surely make for a bizarre bazaar, Psychic TV on both 12/27 and 12/28. Full schedule as it stands now is listed below...
Dom in his DOM days, Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
I chose the name Kiss 1O8 after Kiss 108 FM, a pop radio station I used to listen to as a kid. That and 108 is a sacred number in some cultures, as it represents one, nothing and everything. When I hear 'Stargate,' I don't immediately think of the '90s sci-fi soap, I think of two bald men from Norway. To be honest, I don't really care what Ryan Seacrest or anybody else thinks about it.The name change also marks a radical shift in musical styles, saying Kiss 1O8 is "more like Streets of Rage versus S Club 7, on some maximalist level." You'll be able to hear that for yourself when Dom releases Kiss 1O8's debut, HYPERFANTASY XL LP, on Halloween (10/31). You can stream a track from it below.
There's a listening party for the record happening before that at Le Poisson Rouge on October 29 featuring DJ sets from Kiss 1O8, Pictureplane, Ollie Sabin (Unicorn Kid), Devin Perez (DIIV), John Rambo and "Super Secret Guest TBA." The listening party is free but you do need to RSVP by sending an email to RSVP@newtownradio.com.
Flyer for the show and the track stream below...
The annual Taste of the Seaport is returning this Sunday (10/27) to the South Street Seaport (at Fulton and Front St) with sets from two experimental musicians: the electronic musician-gone-art rocker Arp and atmospheric guitar great William Tyler (who has played in Lambchop and Silver Jews). Opening the show is Jeff Tuohy. The day event runs from 11 AM to 4 PM and features food from local restaurants, with proceeds benefitting Spruce Street School/PS 397. It's totally FREE and open to the public (food and drink is not free, though).
As discussed, that same day William Tyler takes part in the final night of the Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band residency at Union Pool (HWBMB is the newish project from TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe). That show is $10 at the door.
All William Tyler dates are listed, along with the Seaport flyer and some videos, below...
Back in September, the NY Mag-affiliated blog Bedford + Bowery opened up a pop-up called the B+B Newsroom on Grand St, just off Bedford in Williamsburg, a space that hosts panel discussions, artists talks and screenings. (Some people were disappointed that it didn't turn out to be a cat cafe like posters promised.) They've hosted discussions on the state of nightlife and DIY venues, did some stuff during CBGB Fest and other events. The space is popping down at the end of the month but they do have a few interesting things -- all free -- planned before they do, including the previously-mentioned Andrew WK lecture on partying on 10/29. Here's a few highlights:
Tonight (10/23) they're screening documentary Dirty Old Town which is about Billy Leroy of the iconic and Billy's Antiques & Props which was at Bowery and Houston until last year. (You may know him from from cable reality shows Baggage Battles or Storage Wars.) Billy will be in attendance at the screening.
On Thursday (10/24) they're hosting a screening of The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations, a documentary about the beloved children's book which just premiered at The New Yorker Festival.
Sunday (10/27) is "Comedy Night" with BV contributor Dave Hill, plus Greg Barris, Sara Armour, Matteo Lane and Neal Stastny.
And on October 30, they'll host a panel discussion titled "How to Grown an Indie Label" with the heads of local indie record labels labels Captured Tracks, Loma Vista, and Cascine.
You can see the full rundown of events over at B+B. Trailers for Dirty Old Town and The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations below...
King Tuff's Kyle Thomas @ 2013 (more by Paige K. Parsons)
King Tuff is playing House of Vans on Thursday (10/24) as part of a 20th Anniversary celebration for the Vans Snow Team. Also performing are Jamie Lynn and Zac Marben. They'll also be showing a retrospective Vans video and serving complimentary drinks. Doors are at 7 PM and it's free but you do need to RSVP to RSVPTOVANS@GMAIL.COM with "Anniversary" in the subject line.
Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage -- but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.The Broken Circle Breakdown, which won awards at Berlin and Tribeca Film Fest, is opening in theaters around the country starting on November 1st at Sunshine in NYC. Check out the full list of theaters and release dates below.
Meanwhile, catch the movie before then and for FREE at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on October 30. Like all BrooklynVegan free screenings at the Knit, seats are first come, first served. We set up seats, pull down the screen in front of the stage, and it looks and sounds great. Come join us.
Speaking of how it sounds, the movie's original soundtrack, previously available in other countries, is now avaiable in the U.S. and streaming at Spotify...
The soundtrack was crafted by the film's composer Björn Eriksson, who took existing bluegrass songs and created new arrangements while also writing new songs for the film. Lead actors Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh perform their own songs and are part of the off-screen Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band, whose European tour is sold out through 2014. The full band also includes Eriksson, Nils De Caster (violin, mandolin, vocals), Karl Eriksson (banjo, vocals), Thomas De Smet (bass) and Bert Van Bortel (guitar, madolin, vocals).iCheck out the full soundtrack track listing, along with the film's trailer and other screening locations, below...
Pallbearer at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Earlier today, we announced that our blowout free CMJ party at Baby's All Right on Saturday (10/19) has been extended until 2am, but we're not done yet. It's not BV without a metal contingent, so we're pleased to announce that Pallbearer (who played with Saint Vitus the band tonight at Europa) will be filling the 5 PM slot at Saturday's festivities. The run from King Dude through Nothing and into Pallbearer should be ridiculous, and then you can keep partying for an additional EIGHT HOURS. Free drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry. Free tattoos by Three Kings Tattoo from 1-6pm courtesy of Sailory Jerry.
See you there. Full Saturday free party schedule is below...
by Wyatt Marshall
As part of his run of dates surrounding CMJ, neo-folk Americana specialist King Dude played the weekly Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home on Wednesday (10/16). (We missed that one -- did you go?) Looking forward, the Dude's going to be a busy guy. King Dude's doubling up on Saturday--he's slotted to play both the 14-hour extravaganza that is the BrooklynVegan Saturday CMJ Party at Baby's All Right (10/19) and Union Pool later that night. No rest for the weary, the Dude will be playing an acoustic candlelit set the following day (10/20) at Worship at 117 Wilson Ave in BK. The show starts at dusk, so hit up your local meteorologist for an exact time. He then plays Saint Vitus later Sunday night.
King Dude's just one of the many great acts to have graced the Nothing Changes stage, and looking forward it looks like it's only getting better. Newly announced shows from Mueran Humanos, Clay Rendering and Hot Guts are things to look forward to, and you know Raspberry Bulbs on November 13 will be one not to miss.
See the upcoming show schedule for the Nothing Changes party below...
Sannhet @ The Acheron in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
If you've looked at this site at all this week you are aware that the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon is in full swing and hopefully during the afternoon you're calling in sick and going to one of the many free day parties happening. Specifically, we'd love to see you at ours. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.
Arcade Fire @ 299 Meserole
Montreal's indie royalty have all but hijacked CMJ with these two shows in Bushwick. It's sure to be a spectacle. Did you get tickets?
Pelican, Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck and Reference, Phantom Glue, Pyrrhon @ Saint Vitus
Pelican returns to headline the second night of our CMJ showcase tonight. They'll receive support from up-and-coming BK locals Sannhet, Kings Destroy, and Pyrrhon, plus keyboard warriors Wreck & Reference and beefy noise rock group Phantom Glue. This is sold out, but you can still get in with a CMJ badge (based on capacity).
Fuck Buttons, Mystery Skulls, Lichens @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is the only CMJ show for UK psychedelic electronic duo, who are currently on a North American tour. Their new album, Slow Focus, is a worthy entry into the band's already-great catalog, and fits in really well the wealth of leftfield dance music coming out this year (Jon Hopkins, Arca, Forest Swords, etc).
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Joanna Gruesome, Priests, Perfect Pussy, Courtney Barnett, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) @ 285 Kent Avenue
This is the first of two unofficial CMJ shows that Pitchfork is doing this year, and this is their rock one. It kicks off with a solo set from Fiery Furnances' Eleanor Friedberger, followed by witty psych-pop songwriter Courtney Barnett, noise punks Perfect Pussy, post-punk rippers Priests, intense noise rockers Joanna Gruesome, traditionalist (but not retro) indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and theatrical genre-defying band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.
Vadoinmessico, Eros and the Eschaton, Gang of Youths, Like Swimming, Holy Esque, Saintseneca @ Cake Shop
The band we're most excited about on this bill is Saintseneca, who make folk punk, but a fleshed-out, multi-layered kind that isn't too far removed from early Arcade Fire. The ground-up band (who share members with The Sidekicks and All Dogs) have DIY roots, but are now signed to ANTI- for their forthcoming album, and potentially reaching wider audiences than ever before.
Bleeding Rainbow, EULA, The Flag, Psychic Blood, Little Radar, Advaeta @ Cloud City
This bill is pretty stacked, including especially notable sets from shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow (who have been previewing their punky new material at this year's CMJ), local noise rockers EULA, Western Mass noise rockers Psychic Blood, and local post-punk trio Advaeta.
Saint Vitus, Pallbearer, Hookers @ Europa
Pioneering, influential doom metal band Saint Vitus (not to be confused with the Brooklyn venue) are still kicking, after having been rejuvenated with last year's very solid Lillie: F-65 album. Supporting them is Pallbearer, who are one of the best current bands in the world of doom.
Tourist, Figgy, Real Magic @ Glasslands
This is the NYC debut of Tourist, who used to make music that could vaguely be considered chillwave, and now has jumped on the post-Disclosure house bandwagon. That's not meant in a negative way though, Disclosure are pretty big fans of this guy themselves.
Good Riddance, The Flatliners, Western Addiction, Night Birds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The land portion of Fat Wreck Chords' annual CMJ showcases (they have a cruise tomorrow) takes place today, with TWO reunion bands: Good Riddance and Western Addiction. Plus, if you're going to this, we recommend getting there early for Night Birds, whose surfy skate punk likely wouldn't exist without some of the key Fat bands of the past (and also Dead Kennedys, Descendents, etc).
Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, Contakt @ Output
Ghostly International is taking over new Williamsburg dance hotspot Output for their unofficial showcase, which is headlined by Com Truise and also features Joel Ford (who's been spend much of CMJ with his new duo Ejecta), and a bunch of other good names.
Danzig, Doyle, Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition, A Pale Horse Named Death @ Roseland Ballroom
Danzig is currently on tour playing music from throughout his long, multi-band career, with his former Misfits bandmate Doyle joining him on select songs each night. Don't take any iPhone videos of this one.
Saul Williams, Dragons of Zynth, Odonis Odonis, Rey Pila, HSY, Victory, Weaves @ Santos Party House
This multi-genre bill features spoken word artist Saul Williams, plus two Toronto noise rock bands, Odonis Odonis and HSY, another Toronto band Weaves, and more.
ARNOLD (M|O|D) (DJ Set), Born Gold, Pity Sex, Joanna Gruesome, Julia Brown, Homeshake @ Shea Stadium
There's a lot of good stuff on this Portals showcase, including high-energy electro-popper Born Gold, emo-shoegazers Pity Sex, Welsh noise rockers Joanna Gruesome (a favorite at this year's CMJ), lo-fi band Julia Brown and more.
The Dismemberment Plan, Wild Cub @ Terminal 5
Few bands have created as distinct a mix of indie rock and post-hardcore as The Dismemberment Plan, so it's great to see these guys back in action. Tonight's their big Terminal 5 show.
Father John Misty (solo), Kate Berlant @ Town Hall
Whether or not you like his songwriting, it's hard to deny that Father John Misty is quite the performer. His full band shows are a real spectacle, and tonight he strips it down for a solo set. Comedian Kate Berlant opens.
Janelle Monae @ The Apollo Theater
Janelle Monae takes classic soul, funk, and R&B formulas and constantly pushes them in new directions. It always feels like a bit of an honor when an artist gets to play the legendary Apollo Theater, and considering what Janelle has done for genres that have always been at home here, this feels pretty appropriate.
YT//ST @ Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, TOPS, Pat Jordache, CAMP, Kandle, A K U A, Foxtrott, Webster, VioleTT Pi @ Arlene's Grocery
It's the annual M for Montreal showcase with a full evening of Canadian acts. Of special note: Pat Jordache whose gothy/dubby/scratchy postpunk is a good mood-setter for Halloween. Also: free poutine from 5 - 7 PM for those who love fries, gravy and cheese curds all mixed up together (that does not include the founder of this blog).
Pearl Jam @ Barclays Center
Though they don't have the radio hits they did in the '90s, Pearl Jam are still massively popular with legions of fans -- hence selling out two nights at Barclays Center (tonight's the first).
Fuck The Facts, Fit For An Autopsy, Meek is Murder, Hivemasher, Stomach Earth @ The Acheron
MetalSucks/Metal Injection's CMJ showcase stars the long-running Canadian grinders Fuck the Facts and the deathcore band Fit For An Autopsy. Notable support will be provided by the like-minded grind/hardcore bands Meek Is Murder and Hivesmasher, plus the live debut of the excellent death/doom act Stomach Earth.
The Long Winters, Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, Promised Land Sound, Okta Logue @ Bowery Ballroom
It's been a while since The Long Winters playing NYC, and here they headline a stacked CMJ show and will perform their album When I Pretend to Fall in full.
Burger Records presents Fletcher C. Johnson, Tough Shits, Zig Zags, Habibi, Peach Kelli Pop, Dirty Fences @ Death By Audio (FREE)
Party-loving California label Burger is presenting this free show tonight which will surely be wild, wooly and beer-soaked. Philly's glammy Tough Shits are one of the highlights.
Lee Fields & The Expressions, Nick Waterhouse @ Webster Hall
It's a double-dose of old-school soul, with grand master Lee Fields and young true-believer Nick Waterhouse.
Calvin Love, Rush Midnight, Mood Rings, Heavenly Beat, Glass Gang, Ski Lodge, Ice Choir, Ghost Wave, Grand Resort, Bright Future, Cities Aviv @ Fontana's
Do you like The '80s? Fairlight synths? Wispy vocals? Undeniable pop melodies? Do you think that Prefab Sprout, Scritti Politti and The Style Council are the best bands ever? You will probably like most of the bands on this line-up.
Tony Conrad, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with violinist and composer Tony Conrad, and a collaborative performance by Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer.
Oh Mercy, Grandchildren, Emperors, TV Girl, South of France @ Lit
This showcase is pretty much your only nighttime chance to catch LA group TV Girl during CMJ.
Yuck, Eagulls, Willis Earl Beal, Absolutely Free, Pete Bauer, PUP @ Mercury Lounge
Yuck and Eagulls both play BV day parties (and a lot of other CMJ shows) and if you're going, do check out Canadian group Absolutely Free (ex-DD/MM/YYY) who play Can-style krautrock.
Total Slacker, Sweet Bulbs, Advaeta, Honduras, Tank, Slonk Donkerson, Haybaby @ Silent Barn
This is a pretty good line-up overall, but the real draw here is that gone-to-soon shoegazers Sweet Bulbs are reuniting for one night only.
Celestial Shore, Hookworms, Spires, TEEN, Total Slacker, The Belle Game, Wilsen, Ski Lodge, Palehound, Tiny Ruins @ Pianos
One of the better overall line-ups of the night, and an easy way to tick-off some hotly-tipped CMJ bands (Hookworms, Spires, Tiny Ruins, Palehound).
More notable Friday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
If you're looking for laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar .
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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Austin's Mohawk, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin )
One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are mostly free and give you a chance to see live music in a slightly less competitive time. Start your weekend early, call in sick! To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Friday's) daytime picks today (Thursday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...
The Head and the Heart, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Kirin J Callinan, Eagulls, Hookworms, Special Guest @ Baby's All Right
There's a number of good day shows today, though of course we'd love for you to stop by our FREE day party (no RSVP, no badges) which runs from noon to 6. We've got sets (in this order) from Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head and the Heart (acoustic), energetic performer Kirin J Callinan, Leeds post-punks Eagulls, their pals and fellow Leeds rockers Hookworms, theatrical indie-metal-prog-pop band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, and indie rockers Speedy Ortiz. Hope to see you there!
Oh, and we're giving out free tattoos from Three Kings Tattoos set up in the venue. These are the designs to choose from:
Ghost Wave, The Dismemberment Plan, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Haerts @ Judson Memorial Church
KEXP's live broadcasts from CMJ HQ continue today, which most notably features a far more intimate performance from reunited indie rock/post-hardcore vets The Dismemberment Plan than their Terminal 5 show.
Courtney Barnett, Ginger & the Ghost, Elizabeth Rose, Poor Young Things, We Cut Corners, Jay Arner, Kid Karate @ Pianos
Our artist of choice here is Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit.
Sheppard, The Preatures, Blind Boys of Alabama, TOPS, Hermitude, Tigertown, Wildlife @ Pianos
The Preatures, Hermitude and TOPS have been making the rounds this week a lot but -- double take -- yes that is Blind Boys of Alabama playing this day party too in Pianos tiny performance space. Their next show: Terminal 5.
Tweens, The BOTS, The Long Winters, Dream Boys, John Murry, Mandolin Orange @ Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel continues it's day series which is presented by the the MyMusicRX folks, part of the Children's Cancer Association. Lotta good b ands on this one, including The Long Winters whose only other show is at Bowery on Friday night.
Morning Parade, Ski Lodge, Jacco Gardner, Bombay Show Pig, The Deer Tracks, Like Swimming @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter continues its Culture Collide day parties with Dutch psych lover Jacco Gardner and Brooklyn's very catchy Ski Lodge.
Crocodiles, Ski Lodge, The Denzels, Casual Sex @ Arlene's Grocery
Ski Lodge also play this Arlene's Grocery day party, also featuring a set from fuzz-loving Crocodiles.
Friend Roulette, Bobby Jealousy, Great American Canyon Band, Cobalt Cranes, The Noise FM @ Spike Hill
Local chamber pop collective Friend Roulette play a lot of NYC shows during not-CMJ too, but if you're looking for some Sufjan-esque stuff, they're always a good band to catch.
Set times and flyers for some of the shows are below. For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Deerhunter @ MHOW in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
FADER Fort -- a CMJ mainstay since the mid-'00s -- starts today at Williamsburg recording studio/party space Converse Rubber Tracks, providing musical performances and endless booze tonight (10/17) through Saturday (10/19). Hopefully you RSVP'd already because the list is full. If you did, they just added a big surprise headliner to Friday's (10/18) roster: Deerhunter (who were here last month) will play at 11:15 PM. Rubber Tracks is pretty small -- maybe the size of Mercury Lounge -- so get there early if you wanna get in.
One note, while tonight and Friday are at Rubber Tracks, the Saturday (10/19) Fader Fort happens at Chelsea's Eventi Hotel (851 6th Ave.) Updated line-ups and info are in the flyer below.
Ramming Speed at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
On Tuesday, we announced that we'll be sponsoring a free after-party show Friday night (10/18) at The Omega Order Warehouse (94 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York). At the time, we mentioned that Aksumite, Phantom Glue, and Flown would perform, with a headlining act in the works. That headliner will be Ramming Speed, who played the Metal Insider showcase last night and who also stopped in NYC in September. If you caught either of those dates, you know that they're pretty much the perfect band to headline an after-hours warehouse party.
Remember that the party is BYO, but there will be kegs of Victory lager on tap that you can buy a cup for (courtesy of Victory Brewing). Head over after our Vitus showcase that night (sold out, but you can try and get in with your CMJ badge if you have one).
Ramming Speed also just announced a tour with metal punks Toxic Holocaust and In Defence. The tour will see Ramming Speed return to NYC one more time this year, dropping by Saint Vitus on 11/29. No advance tickets for that show just yet. All dates are listed in this post.
The tour will come on the heels of the release of Toxic Holocaust's new album, Chemistry of Consciousness, due out 10/29. Stream two tracks below, and if you go to the show, remember appropriate hardcore stage diving etiquette ("Thirty seconds of hesitation and searching for the right spot to dive isn't just embarassing, its just plain pointless."). In Defence, meanwhile, is a bit of a head scratcher. It seems that they're responsible for the video below, "Black Metal Mania." Make of that what you will.
Listen to some new Toxic Holocaust cuts, watch the In Defence video, check out some live footage of Ramming Speed from that September date, and check out their full tour schedule below.