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Christo Buffam (Dead Leaf Echo, The Vandelles) died back in March and while there was a memorial and a couple small tributes, a very big tribute show is happening on Saturday (5/30) at Silent Barn. It's a free, all-day show with nearly 20 bands playing on staggered stages from 3 PM - 2 AM. A Place to Bury Strangers will headline, with performances from The Vandelles, Dead Leaf Echo, Heaven, Sanquine Drone, 28 degrees taurus, The Teen Age and more. Full line-up below.

The show -- part of this weekend's Bushwick Open Studios -- is technically free, but donations are highly suggested and proceeds will go to Buffam's family and the out-of-town touring bands on the bill. Full tribute show line-up below...

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by Ian Chainey

Forest of Tygers
Forest of Tygers

Forest of Tygers, the Nashville husband n' wife duo that deliver oodles of 'oh my' riffs, will be touring the South and East Coast shortly in support of Bruises, their new EP that's a genre Voltron of many metals. We recently streamed the entire thing on Invisible Oranges, with then-editor Doug Moore singing, "This suggests that they have not only chops, songwriting skills, and the wherewithal to manage a decent production unassisted, but also patience and the ability to self-edit. Count me in for whatever they do next." Well, Doug, consider yourself counted when the band heads out on tour next week. When we first posted the dates, venues hadn't been announced but they now have. The NYC dates happens at The Acheron on June 1 where they'll be joined by the raw Throaat and nasty Syphilitic Lust. That show is a free matinee. The 3 PM start time means the sun will still be shining, but it'll be Tartarus-dark inside.

Started in 2011, Jim and Rachel Valosik's Forest of Tygers construct pocket-sized super novas of sludge, noise rock, doom, black metal, and the snap of a psychotic break. Think Unsane if they were only fed a trough of Deathlike Silence's nine releases. Speaking of, Throaat, who are also playing the IO presented Serpentine Path show at The Acheron on June 21, go full-kvlt, blasting like it's 1993. And Syphilitic Lust are driven by reptilian impulses, tuned to DGAF and set to 'sleaze.' Should be the ugliest kind of fun to have on a Sunday.

All of Forest of Tygers' tour dates (which don't include Pan Tang, sadly) are listed, along with streams of FoT, Throaat and Syphilitic Lust, below.

Continue reading "Forest of Tygers on tour, playing free NYC show with Throaat and Syphilitic Lust (dates, streams)"

Coliseum at Knitting Factory, May 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

Invisible Oranges and BrooklynVegan's FREE Summer Thunder show at Union Pool last month featuring Inter Arma, Anicon and Pyrrhon was so much fun that we've devised a plan for another FREE show, this time scheduled for Monday August 5 at The Acheron! Look for "black magic punks" Coliseum to team with with post-metal/post-rock instrumental trio Sannhet and post-hardcore/noise-rock trio My America for a FREE show at 9PM, for those 21+.

Coliseum recently released a video for "Doing Time" from their new LP, Sister Faith. Check out that video below.

Continue reading "Coliseum, Sannhet and My America playing a FREE show at The Acheron in August (BV / IO Presents)"

Tiki Disco

Calling all party animals. The third of a series of debaucherous Sundays will take place this weekend, when Tiki Disco takes over the Knockdown Center in Queens on 6/23. Featuring DJ sets by Eli Escobar, Andy Pry and Lloydski -- plus food and drink from Roberta's -- expect wild, drunken insanity. It's the last Tiki Disco event in the Knockdown Center this season, though the parties continue at Roberta's and Rippers in the Rockaways. The event is free and open to the public from 2 - 10PM.

Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.

The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn! announces 2013 line-up (Big Boi, Calexico, Dan Deacon, Waterboys, Mavis Staples, TMBG + more)"

Surfer Blood

As mentioned, Surfer Blood will release their new album, Pythons, on June 11. You can check out the video to their single, "Demon Dance," below.

The band are currently on tour with Foals and will be in NYC at the end of the week to play a sold-out show at Terminal 5 on Friday (5/3). The day before (5/2), Surfer Blood will play an acoustic set as part of Ace Hotel's free "5 at 5" series, which is -- as you might expect -- where bands play 5 songs at 5 PM. Again it's free and the flyer for the show is below.

Surfer Blood have a few other non-Foals shows along the way this summer and all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Surfer Blood playing free acoustic "5 at 5" show at Ace Hotel before playing T5 with Foals (updated dates)"


As mentioned, Brooklyn indie legends They Might Be Giants released their 16th album, Nanobots, about a month ago and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video to single "Icky," below.

The band are currently on tour and have just added a free in-store at Williamsburg, Brooklyn vinyl haven Academy Records Annex on Tuesday, April 16. It starts at 7 PM and the band will stick around to sign copies of Nanobots afterwards. Updated dates are listed below.

Continue reading "They Might Be Giants released 'Nanobots,' playing NYC in-store next week (streams, updated dates)"

Villagers @ Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

On previous records, Villagers have been primarily Irish singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien. For his new album, {Awayland}, however, Villagers are a full band which takes the songs into heretofore unexplored territory. It's out next week (April 9) on Domino but you can stream it below via NPR.

And if you want to hear it in person, BrooklynVegan is pleased to present a Villagers record release show at Greenpoint's Manhattan Inn on April 11. It's a free show (21+) with O'Brien performing solo, but as Manhattan Inn is a very intimate room, capacity is limited. 10 PM doors, and the show starts at 10:30. Do come out. All dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Villagers releasing '{Awayland}' and playing free BV-presents record release show in NYC (dates & album stream)"

Vivian Girls at Knitting Factory, Sep. 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The latest free "Converse Rubber Tracks Live" show has been announced with headliners Vivian Girls, plus Widowspeak, Eternal Summers and Heliotropes which happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 15. While the 16+ show is free, you do have to get your tickets through Ticketmaster and those will be available on Wednesday (1/30) at noon.

Vivian Girls don't seem to have any other shows at the moment though Cassie and Katy have both been busy with The Babies and La Sera, respectively. Widowspeak just played Mercury Lounge and their very good second album, Almanac, is out now.

For Eternal Summers, the MHOW show is part of a short East Coast tour and those dates are listed below. And, as mentioned earlier today, Heliotropes have a few other local shows coming up as well.

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by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn's Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) will release his new album Muchacho via Dead Oceans on March 19. That's the cover art above. The new record finds him dabbling in new sonic territory, adding electronics to his soulful, folky sound. There are definitely drum machines on the first track to be revealed from the album, "Song for Zula," which you can stream below.

While surely a tour is in the works no dates have been announced yet. New York, however, has a chance to see him next week. Phosphorescent will play the John Varvatos Bowery store on January 24. The event is free but you must RSVP. Gentlemen Jack whiskey drinks will be served and therefore the event is 21+.

Continue reading "Phosphorescent releasing 'Muchacho' (stream a track), playing free NYC show"

Jake Bugg at The Slipper Room, 12/6/12 (more by PSquared Photography)
Jake Bugg

UK sensation Jake Bugg plays Bowery Ballroom tonight (1/14) which is sold out. If you didn't get tickets, he's playing a special acoustic show The Living Room on Tuesday afternoon (1/15) for FREE. It's a taping for the Last.FM Sessions, and starts in the afternoon. Jake's other upcoming dates now also include SXSW.

Meanwhile, The Living Room is closing at the end of this month but are looking for a new location, which will be the third for the Lower East Side club. You can help.

Flyer for the Living Room show is below...

Continue reading "Jake Bugg, in NYC now, playing free show at Living Room"


Launched in 1976, Punk magazine announced an exploding youth movement, a new direction in American counterculture. Punk was to magazines what the stage at CBGB was to music: the gritty, live-wired, throbbing center of the punk universe. Despite its low-rent origins, the magazine was an overnight success in the underground music scene, selling out every print run across the US and the UK. Every musician who appeared on the cover of Punk became an icon of the era. But Punk not only championed music, it became a launching pad for writers, artists, cartoonists, and photographers. And the wacky, sardonic, slapstick vibe of the magazine resonated with an international army of music fanatics who were ready to burn their bell bottoms and stage-dive into the punk universe.
The Best of Punk Magazine was published right before Christmas, anthologizing highlights from the rag's entire run. (You can read whole issues online.) There's a launch party for the book happening Friday (1/11) at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO (where the Peter Hook book launch is happening later this month). The event takes place from 6 - 8 PM and will feature Punk founder John Holmstrom, "live music and special guests" though its unclear who that may be. Also, "drinks will be served." It's free.

In other OG punk news, onetime New York Doll David Johansen is playing Highline Ballroom on Sunday (1/13) with The Last Bison, Los Texmaniacs, and Eliana Burki. Tickets are still available.

Flyer for the The Best of Punk Magazine launch party is below.

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Class Actress @ River Rocks 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)Class Actress

Class Actress and Erika Spring are playing a free show in NYC at 285 Kent this Thursday (1/10) with DJ sets from Neon Indian, Chairlift, and Lemonade. The show is all-ages and more info can be found here.

Class Actress is currently working on her follow-up to 2011's Rapprocher. Erika Spring, meanwhile, is both working on her solo debut and the new Au Revoir Simone album...both of which should be out this year.

Flyer for the 285 Kent show below...

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Fucked Up @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Fucked Up

Fucked Up just finished playing Warsaw, a one-off show here in NYC. Well, turns out it was a two-off, as the Toronto band are the secret headliner's at Saturday night's (12/22) grand finale of Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Williamsburg. You may remember Fucked Up played Brooklyn Night Bazaar last year, headlining the night BrooklynVegan curated. Saturday's show is all ages, totally free, and open to the public. Other bands on the Gothamist-presented bill are Tiny Victories, Dan Friel, Dead Stars, and Screamin' Rebel Angels. This weekend's pop-up restaurant on the mezzanine is by Bushwick locavore pizza folk Roberta's.

The Bazaar has been operating at one-in, one-out capacity for most of their weekends and though lines have moved at a steady gate, FU is definitely the biggest band to play there this year, so get there early. Doors are at 6 PM, bands start around 6:30. Again, it's FREE.

Battles at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Battles have been around for 10 years, believe it or not, and will be celebrating by spinning records tonight in NYC's East Village. Via their Facebook:

Tonight, Tuesday the 18th, from 9pm 'til late. Battles and friends will be at the Gin Palace on Ave A & 6th in NYC, playing records, for the unofficial, but honestly true, 10-year-anniversary of our first show. Come by! It's free to get in.
Happy 10th Anniversary, guys. Go out and celebrate with them tonight -- again, they're just spinning records, it's not a show. But there will be drink specials from 9 - 10 PM.

Delicate Steve at 4Knots Festival 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Delicate Steve

Popgun Booking is turning four years old and they're celebrating with an anniversary party at their homebase of Glasslands on Saturday (9/29) featuring performances by 8-bit partiers Anamanaguchi and instrumental wonderkind Delicate Steve and DJ sets by True Womanhood and Friendly Ghost. (They also list Mitt Romney as DJing which is probably a joke, but his schedule is open that day.) The show is FREE but you do need to RSVP.

Delicate Steve, who spent most of the summer touring his new album, will be here for CMJ too. He's playing a just-announced My Social List showcase at the Martin Room in Webster Hall on October 16 with Teen Daze, Dent May, Heavenly Beat, Mac Demarco, Bleeding Rainbow, The Young Evils and Grand Resort. Tickets are on sale now.

Anamanaguchi, meanwhile, will be touring in October and November with Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin being the trek's midpoint. All tour dates, as well as a flyer for the Popgun Anniversary party, are below.

Continue reading "Delicate Steve playing CMJ after free show at Glasslands with Anamanaguchi who are touring this fall (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

JEFF the Brotherhood

JEFF the Brotherhood, who are just wrapped up a tour with Best Coast, have been on a steady climb for the last three years or so, touring their asses off, playing killer show after killer show and cranking out awesome records to boot. And even while the venues get bigger, JEFF always make a point to play smaller shows as well -- they have pretty much fit in a Death by Audio show every time they come through NYC. To boot, Jake and Jamin are also two of the nicest guys you're likely to meet.

I have a feeling JEFF are about to bust wide with their new album Hypnotic Nights, their first for Warner Brothers and maybe their best yet. Co-produced by JEFF and Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, the album is one catchy, crunchy jam after the next. And while I'm pretty sure Jake's guitar still only has three strings, the album sprinkles in keyboards and other instrumentation (did I hear saxaphone in there?) to fill out their sound just a bit. But it's the songs that make this record, crammed with stick-in-your-head hooks and riffs, "ooh oohs," "whoa-ohs" and big sing-a-long choruses that make this such a fun, inventive album. Oh, and it rocks. It's out Tuesday, July 17 and if you pre-order the album through their website you get a free can koozie, button and bumper sticker. It's streaming in full at NPR.

BrooklynVegan is happy to announce we're presenting a record release show at Santos Party House on Wednesday, July 18 with openers Fuck Ton. It's in the smaller Santos basement, not the main room, and is FREE. First-come, first served. Doors are at 8PM and the show's at 8:30PM. Flyer for the 16+ show is below.

We're also giving away five autographed vinyl copies of Hypnotic Nights with multi-use gatefold sleeve and a CD of the album too. Details on how to enter are below.

Continue reading "BV Presents: free JEFF the Brotherhood show @ Santos Wednesday, chances to win a vinyl copy of their new LP"

Dan Deacon

As discussed, the first Hudson River Park River Rocks (as they're calling it now) concert of the season happens tonight (7/13) with Dan Deacon, John Maus and Roomrunner. The show, which is now at Pier 84 (entrances on W43rd and W44th Sts) and starts at 7PM (doors at 6PM). Songs from all three bands playing tonight can be found on the free River Rocks mixtape which is downloable over at Insound. It's also got tracks by Grimes, DIIV (who plays 2 NYC shows tonight) and Wild Nothing, all of whom play River Rocks on August 9.

Dan Deacon is just about ready to drop his new album, America, on the world -- specifically August 28. It'll be his first for Domino Records. You may have already heard album's "Lots" and now he's unleashed a second America single, "True Thrush," which you can stream that below alongside the artwork to both the single and the album.

The River Rocks show also kicks off a fairly massive tour for Deacon, who will hit most of North America before the year's over, with time for Europe as well. All Dan Deacon tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "River Rocks begins tonight (download the mixtape) w/ Dan Deacon (who has a new song), John Maus & Roomrunner"

Cruel Intentions

The L Magazine's Summerscreen series, which presents free movies and music in McCarren Park, already announced this season's slate of films. Today Summerscreen announced the bands that will play before the screenings as curated by Todd P on behalf of Showpaper. This Wednesday (7/11) is the first one of the year, with 1999's Cruel Intentions paired with the sounds of Colin L. Orchestra and Indian Jewelry.

Summerscreen happens at N 12th @ Bedford Ave. Doors to the park open at 6:00pm, bands go on at 6:30pm, and films start at 8:15pm. Food and drink will be available.

The rest of the schedule is below...

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The CBGB Festival starts today (7/5) and runs through Sunday (7/8) at over 30 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We've known that they were staging a big outdoor Times Square concert on Saturday (7/7) for a little while and guessed that Superchunk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and The Hold Steady were going play it. The whole lineup has since been confirmed. Superchunk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and The Hold Steady are in fact playing, and they'll be joined by Duff McKagan's Loaded, Upper West, Zulu Wave and GLINT. The stages will be on Broadway at 46th Street & 51st Street and the free show runs from noon to 6 PM this Saturday (7/7). In addition to the music there will be food, drinks, music shop booths, and music themed activities for people of all ages.

As mentioned, the festival kicks off today and Krist Novoselic will give the keynote speech at Landmark Sunshine Cinema at noon. Update: That happened. here's a picture:

Krist Novoselic giving keynote speech (photo via A.M. Saddler)

There's tons of other shows at CBGB Festival too, like the big lineup of punk veterans playing Bowery Electric tonight (7/5), which Richard Lloyd unfortunately had to drop off. Fidlar plays The Studio at Webster Hall tonight (7/5) with The Pinz, The Suicide Bitches, and The Wicked Tomorrow (tickets). Plus, there's many more too.

Most of the other shows during CBGB Fest do cost money, and you can either buy tickets for individual shows (if not already sold out) or buy a music pass ($89). The full schedule with set times is online. There's also a film festival going on (schedule), panel discussions, and a "spirits festival."

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in Philly in 2011 (more by Colin Kerigan)

The Times Sqaure show also marks the last for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with guitarist Robbie Guertin who wrote to fans in an email:

Being a member of Clap has been an incredible experience, but I have decided to move on and see what's next. I will continue to make music with my other band, Radical Dads, pursue miscellaneous artistic endeavors, and also grow some vegetables. I am excited to see what else might come my way. Maybe some tomatoes?
Hopefully he's got those tomatoes already planted or he may have to wait till next season. Radical Dads next NYC show is July 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Ovlov, Disco Doom, Dead Stars, and Green Is Green.

Meanwhile, after CBGB Fest, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will take a bit of a break and are then heading out on a tour with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes this September. That tour will see the band hitting up cities in the US and Canada, but unfortunately none in the Northeast. A list of all dates on that tour is below.

Continue reading "CBGB Fest starts today: Hold Steady, CYHSY, Superchunk & more confirmed for Times Square Show; Robbie leaves CYHSY"

King Khan  at The Bell House, Nov. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
King Khan & the Shrines

The full House of Vans 2012 free show schedule is up. The Greenpoint/Williamsburg space has already housed The Rapture and Tanlines this year, and we knew about the 7/12 show with H20, 7 Seconds and Tournament, but here's the rest of the summer's line-up, brought to you by the folks at FYF and the sneaker people:

July 12: H20, 7 Seconds, Tournament
July 26: King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen
Aug 2: Washed Out, Chairlift, Lemonade
Aug 16: Cursive, Titus Andronicus, Love As Laughter, Joyce Maynor
Aug 29: Turbonegro, Baroness, Doomriders, Nightbirds
The parties are free with RSVP (which hasn't been posted yet).

One thing you notice not on this list is Quicksand which was one of the big rumors of this year's VANS schedule. That either means that Quicksand will play somewhere else, or like the upcoming free Dum Dum Girls/Widowspeak show, it won't be part of this series of "House Parties."

The July 26 show is one of many local dates from NJ's Everymen who are also playing Pianos this Friday, July 6 as part of the CBGB Festival. (Advance tickets are on sale.) After the House of Vans show, the band will go on a short East Coast tour while putting the finishing touches on their new album New Jersey Hardcore which will come out in October on Killing Horse Records. All Everymen dates are below.

Continue reading "House of Vans full 2012 schedule announced: King Khan, Cursive, Washed Out, Titus Andronicus, Turbonegro, and more"

The Mystery Lights
Mystery Lights

We're still a ways away from the Seaport Music Festival but the presenters are throwing an impromptu "beach party" tonight at Skipper's on Pier 16, which is what used to be called the Beekman Beer Garden EDIT: It's it a new venue, separate venue from Beekman, a tiki bar. Which sounds cool. Doors are at 7PM and performing are California garage rockers The Mystery Lights. Free show. Check out a Mystery Lights video below.

Look for more Skippers shows to happen "all summer long," so says the Seaport folks, schedule TBA.

Continue reading "Skipper's on Pier 16 hosting outdoor shows "all summer long" including tonight w/ Mystery Lights"

Deer Tick @ Pier 54 in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Deer Tick

BrooklynVegan is proud to present another free show. But I'll let Deer Tick do the talking:

Deer Tick will be playing a show on Monday, presented by Brooklyn Vegan, with the intention of raising awareness of the unnecessary and unjust police brutality on the part of the NYPD against the 'Occupy Wall Street' peaceful protesters this past weekend... Most specifically, the band would like to draw attention to the group of women who we're assaulted by NYPD officers. While standing peacefully, these women were sprayed with pepper spray and dragged across the ground. The band would like to see the NYPD take responsibility for the unnecessary use of force that took place on Saturday, and requests that deputy inspector Anthony Bologna (aka Tony Bologna) face charges and is immediately dismissed from his position at the NYPD. While Deer Tick is grateful for the great service that the NYPD-- and all police agencies for that matter-- provide in keeping citizens safe, the band is outraged by this instance of unnecessary use of force and power against citizens standing peacefully. Please join the band on Monday, October 3rd in "exercising their first" and letting the NYPD know that this type of behavior is completely unacceptable.

In case you're not up to speed on the events of last weekend, this is a good starting point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgr3DiqWYCI

The all ages show will take place at Death By Audio in Brooklyn on 10/3. It's a venue Deer Tick hasn't played in a few years, and much smaller than the one they'll play in NYC as part of their fall tour. It's first come, first served, but please help us avoid any complaints by not lining up for the show before 8pm. Flyer below...

Continue reading "free Deer Tick show Monday! (BV Presents)"

Davila 666 at Cake Shop (more by Chris La Putt)
Davila 666

The previously discussed 4 Knots Music Festival has announced its initial lineup. The Village Voice-produced free show at the South Street Seaport on July 16th, which is sadly REPLACING Coney Island's Siren Festival (RIP), will feature appearances from The Black Angels, Davila 666, Oberhofer, and more TBA.

The Black Angels will return from an Australian tour in time for that Seaport show, and have a few other upcoming shows scheduled in cities in the Southwest, and festivals like Primavera Sound in Barcelona, and Bonnaroo. All Black Angels dates are below.

Davila 666 played NYC three times in the past month, at Knitting Factory, Cake Shop and in a wrestling ring (no bullshit). The former show featured appearances from Hunx & His Punx and Shannon & The Clams. Download/stream entire sets by all three (from two separate dates) at The Empty Bottle in Chicago below, alongside all tour dates.

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Band of Horses @ Sasquatch 2006 (more by Jerry Yeti)
Band of Horses

Band of Horses have tweeted (and as people figured out yesterday), "FREE Show Friday 6/18 at 6:30 PM in Grand Central Terminal NYC.The line starts at the 42nd St Entrance. First come, first served."