Entries tagged with: free shows
photo: Lauryn Hill at Rough Trade in February (more by PSquared)
Nine NYC shows weren't enough for neo-soul singer Lauryn Hill this year. (Not that we're complaining.) She'll play the city again, and this time for free, at the second annual 'Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World' Festival taking place June 20 at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Also on the bill is New Orleans jazz veteran Shannon Powell (and his Traditional All-Star Band), Brooklyn afrobeat group Antibalas, and LA Latin rock/hip hop band Ozomatli. There will also be DJ sets at the Queens Museum, located walking distance from the concert.
Again, the festival is free but space is limited and you do have to register for tickets. There are also not-free options with more perks like t-shirts, CDs, gift bags, and more. The concert is all ages and runs from noon to 8 PM.
Watch a recently-released video of Lauryn Hill playing "Doo Wop (That Thing)" acoustic (via Lauryn's Facebook), below...
photo: Flaming Lips at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Montauk restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge is once again hosting free concerts this summer from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. A few of this year's highlights include The Flaming Lips (6/7), Benjamin Booker (6/20), Growlers (7/3), Chromeo (7/4), and Delta Spirit (8/5). You can check out the full initial lineup below, and "more big surprise performances" are promised.
UPDATE: We're told this lineup is a leak, and may contain uncofirmed shows or errors. Enter these shows in your calendar at your own risk.
That Surf Lodge show is one of two NYC-area appearances The Flaming Lips will be making that week. They also play the NJ stop of Mumford & Sons' traveling festival (6/5-6/6) with Alabama Shakes, The Maccabees, JEFF the Brotherhood and more. Tickets for that are still available.
by Bill Pearis
Jack Tatum is currently finishing up work on the third Wild Nothing album (Nocturne came out in 2012). While no details on that have been announced, Wild Nothing will be playing their first live dates in two years, a string of five free shows this month, all sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks. (Welcome to the new paradigm.) Those include one at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 16 with Journalism opening. Free tickets can be claimed via Ticketmaster starting Wednesday (5/6) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a flyer for the tour and a stream of Nocturne, below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: Radioactivity on an Austin Bridge, SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Radioactivity, the band which features Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan of Marked Men, will release their new album Silent Kill on June 30 via Dirtnap. You can listen to the ripper that is first single "Silent" below.
As mentioned, Radioactivity will be in NYC later this month for one of the free "Almost Summer" shows at House of Vans on May 23 with Parquet Courts, Pill, and DJs The Blackouts. RSVP will open for that show soon.
The band will be back on the East Coast this summer and while there hasn't been another NYC show announced yet, there are dates already in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Surely they'll play here again, too? Stay tuned. All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Blur @ Berlin Fest 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Blur, Honduras @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Blur are full of surprises this year -- a terrific new album, The Magic Whip, and now this, their first NYC show with Graham Coxon in 15 years. They're playing the new LP in full (and hopefully a few oldies). Doors are at 5 PM with Honduras playing at 5:45 PM, so arrive early (if you managed to get tickets, they don't guarantee entry, it's still based on capacity). And let's hope they announce a proper tour soon. For those who do make it in, this should be a woohoo time.
Sufjan Stevens, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens @ Kings Theatre
Sufjan's newest album is his most bare-bones release yet, and with its lyrics mostly centered on his mother's death, it's his most depressing too. This is his second of three NYC shows on his current tour. The Daptone-signed Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens open.
Eric Clapton, Andy Fairweather Low @ Madison Square Garden
Eric Clapton is nothing short of a legend, with influential material recorded with Cream, Derek & the Dominoes, Blind Faith, The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and in his lengthy solo career. Tonight's the first of two MSG shows this weekend, in celebration of his 70th birthday.
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Your Favorite Enemies, Boyfrndz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
After that Blur show, MHOW hosts a late show from post-hardcore vets ..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead who are still going strong, having last released the album IX last year. If you like Trail of Dead, openers Boyfrndz may be up your alley too.
Bush Tetras (35th Anniversary Show), Karyn Kuhl Band, Hugo Burnham (of Gang of Four), Don Fleming @ Le Poisson Rouge
NYC post-punk band Bush Tetras celebrate their 35th anniversary tonight with some cool special guests including BALL's Don Flemming and Gang of Four drummer Hugo Burnham.
HEEMS, Michael Christmas, zZz, Pill, IYEZ @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Former Das Racist member Heems headlines this show, and there's a multi-genre undercard with more hip hop from Michael Christmas, and post-punk from the other three bands.
Four Tet b2b Floating Points @ Sugarhill Disco
IDM mastermind Four Tet and jazzy UK bass producer Floating Points are teaming up once again to DJ together in NYC tonight. Like last night, it starts at 10 PM and they're going all night (no opener).
Toro Y Moi, Vinyl Williams, Sinkane @ Terminal 5
Chillwave survivor Toro Y Moi rediscovered the guitar on his enjoyable new album What For? but his funky, relaxed spirit remains.
Life of Agony @ The Wick
Life of Agony haven't played NYC, let alone Brooklyn, in a very long time, but after returning last year for a NJ show with Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo on vocals, they're finally ready to do it again this week. Tonight's their first show at The Wick, and they do it again tomorrow too.
The Kids in the Hall @ Town Hall
Fourteen Helens agree: These reunion shows (two tonight) for much-loved Canadian comedy trouple The Kids in the Hall will be a lot of fun.
Empress Of, Dave Harrington (DJ Set), Ezra Koenig (DJ Set), Los Cubanos (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight's Night 4 and features guest DJs Dave Harrington (Darkside) and Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend).
Action Bronson, DJ Alchemist, Meyhem Lauren @ Starland Ballroom
Action Bronson returned this year with a new album, Mr. Wonderful, which has him in typically solid form. Tonight's a good bill all around.
Juan Wauters, Homeshake @ New York University
The onetime Beets frontman releases his terrific new album, Who Me?, next week. Today he plays a free show with Homeshake that is free and open to the public.
The Muscadettes @ Maxwell's
Montreal's shouty duo The Muscadettes are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Like early B-52's or Fuzzbox, they're in the same vein.
Misery Index, Lord Dying, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass @ Saint Vitus
It's a great double bill for metal tonight with Baltimore death metallers Misery Index (who last released The Killing Gods in 2014 on Season of Mist) and Portland sludgesters Lord Dying (who put out Poisoned Altars on Relapse earlier this year).
J Fernandez, Lazy Queen, Cluster Sun @ Bowery Electric
Chicago songwriter J. Fernandez brings a motorik quality to his music that recalls American Analog Set or Stereolab, but there's a magic hour sunlight vibe to his melodies as well. His new album's out in June.
VEXX, Nancy, Pox @
Silent Barn Mateo's Room
Olympia's Vexx make punk that's indebted to the genre's late '70s/early '80s days, but singer Maryjane Dunphe has a unique pop sensibility that stop them from sounding at all dated. They play NYC again next week with Pissed Jeans. Update: Tonight's show moved to Mateo's Room.
Torrential Downpour, Syphilitic Lust, The Sheltering Sky @ The Acheron
It's a good local bill with NJ's boundary-pushing metal weirdos Torrential Downpour, Brooklyn's raw, dirty Syphilitic Lust, and the Unearthly Trance-related The Sheltering Sky.
Joe Pug, Field Report @ Bowery Ballroom
Maryland singer/songwriter Joe Pug headlines this show, and if you're going it's worth showing up early for Justin Vernon associate Field Report (playing solo) too.
So Percussion, Miya Masaoka, Brothers Balliett @ BRIC House
Now in its 14th year, the annual Look & Listen Festival showcases the best of contemporary classical music in a visual art setting. The night's headlined by the So Percussion ensemble. This should be pretty cool.
Photay, Ricky Eat Acid, Maxo, Doss, Eaves @ Palisades
Palisades hosts a good electronic bill tonight, including the prolific Sam Ray's project Ricky Eat Acid (he's also of Teen Suicide and Julia Brown).
Guerilla Toss, Horse Lords, Big Neck Police, Booker Stardrum, Weston Minnisali @ Shea Stadium
It's a night of avant, angsty, percussion-fueled fun with Boston's Guerilla Toss and Baltimore's Horse Lords.
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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In the spirit of it being Almost Summer, New Yorkers can now add stopping by House Of Vans Brooklyn to their yearly ritual of dusting off their front stoop and trading in their winter boots for a fresh pair of all-white Vans for a free all-ages music series taking over House of Vans on three Saturdays this spring.Greenpoint, Brooklyn's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) throws annual free summer shows, and this year they're introducing free Almost Summer (or as some people call it, "spring") shows too. The series kicks off on May 9 with Kathleen Hanna's current band The Julie Ruin, as well as garage pop band Bleached and Youth Code on DJ duties.
Then on May 23, indie rockers Parquet Courts headline with support from the Marked Men-related Radioactivity, sax-fueled punks Pill, and The Blackouts DJing.
And on June 13, rapper Pusha T headlines with a "top secret" opener and DJ Envy.
RSVP is open now for the Julie Ruin show. Stay tuned for RSVP links for the other two.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Superheaven at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pennsylvania's Superheaven are releasing their sophomore album, Ours Is Chrome, next week (5/5) via SideOneDummy (pre-order), and today they launched a stream of the whole thing. The album takes the crushing riffs of Siamese Dream/Mellon Collie-era Smashing Pumpkins, the heavy atmospheres of Hum and Failure, and some of Title Fight's new-school punk/shoegaze blend, and throws it all into one mix. A lot of individual parts may sound familiar, but the album as a whole is one distinct thing. Plus, whether their influences are showing or not, few albums rock this hard in 2015. Stream it in full below, via Red Bull.
Superheaven are going on a BrooklynVegan-presented tour with Diamond Youth and Rozwell Kid, which hits NYC on May 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall. That show also includes Soda Bomb, and I'll be DJing between sets. Tickets are still available.
Before that tour, Superheaven will play three record store in-stores in celebration of the new album. One happens in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 9 at Rough Trade at 1 PM. That's free.
The others are in Doylestown, PA and Boston. Updated dates are listed, with the album stream, below...
photos by Carly Hoskins
Lucius @ MHOW 4/27/2015
Brooklyn's Lucius brought their colorful co-fronted pop to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday for a free show with alt-pop outift Field Mouse. Pictures and live video from the show are in this post. The night served as a kickoff for Lucius' tour dates this summer, which include stints with both The Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Luciusl next play NYC on June 13 in Prospect Park with Luke Temple, which is a free show part of Celebrate Brooklyn's just-announced 2015 season.
Check out more pictures from Monday's show, a video of Lucius playing "How Loud Your Heart Gets" on Monday and a tour video from Field Mouse's recent run with Kevin Devine and Dads below...
photo: River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
The free River to River Festival returns in 2015 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 18-28 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and more. Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens June 21 at Winter Garden at Brookfield Place as well as shows with Olga Bell, Roomful of Teeth, and more. River to River kicks off with the R2R Bash at Battery Park City's North End Way on June 18, featuring a performance by East African vocalist Somi.
Full schedule below...
Tickets for the FREE Blur show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, their first in NYC with Graham Coxon since 2000, become available today at noon. "Fans who receive a confirmed 'ticket' will be allowed to enter the venue on a first come, first serve, with admission based on capacity day of event." Good luck.
The show happens this Friday (5/1) at Music Hall of Williamsburg before the late Trail of Dead show at the same venue. Honduras are opening.
UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, tickets "sold out" in about a minute. Did you get through in time?
photo: Santigold at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Santigold doesn't have a very busy tour schedule coming up, besides a couple festivals, but this May she'll play a small free NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 5/14. It's presented by Steve Madden Music, and free tickets can be claimed starting Friday (5/1) at noon.
All known dates are listed below...
photo: Jay Z at Barclays Center in 2014 (more by PSquared)
In his recent defense on Twitter of his newly-acquired streaming service Tidal, Jay Z wrote, "We made Tidal for fans. We have more than just music. We have video, exclusive concerts, tickets for events early, live sports!" They've already done some big video exclusives (Beyonce, Rihanna), and now Jay Z has announced he'll play a free "intimate" NYC show on May 13 for Tidal subscribers only.
Subscribers can try to get in to the show by curating a Tidal playlist and tweeting it with the hashtag #TIDALXJAYZ. The concert will also stream live on Tidal.
Jay is also saying the show will include old songs and deeper cuts, some of which haven't been performed in a decade, or at all. This all seems cool, as long as you're down with signing up for Tidal, which is $9.99 a month.
Earlier today Hypebot reported that Tidal raised their subscription fees by 30%, but then updated to say that's only the case if you subscribe through iTunes.
photos: Celebrate Brooklyn last year (more by David Andrako)
We've known about Celebrate Brooklyn!'s summer slate of 2015 ticketed benefit shows at Prospect Park -- including Modest Mouse, Interpol and Willie Nelson -- for a while and now they've announced their free show schedule. In addition to the already-announced New Pornographers show on 7/11 (which now also includes Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) and the Chaka Khan season kickoff show on 6/3, this summer's free highlights include:
Lucius | Luke Temple | Pavo Pavo on Saturday, June 13Full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...
Eighth Blackbird With Special Guest Will Oldham | Bill Frisell & Sam Amidon on Thursday, June 18
Lucinda Williams | Jason Walker on Thursday, June 25
Punch Brothers | Sarah Jarosz on Thursday, July 9
Vieux Farka Touré | Tamikrest | Dj Dakar on Thursday, July 16
Jason Isbell | Dawn Landes on Friday, July 24.
Sylvan Esso | Porches on Saturday, July 25
Big K.R.I.T. | Angel Haze | The D.R.E.A.M. Ring: Flexn on Friday, July 31
Tune-Yards | Shabazz Palaces on Saturday, August 8
As mentioned, Blur are playing The Tonight Show on Thursday and we wondered if they might do a show while here...and yes they are. Blur will play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (5/1). It's an early show (Trail of Dead got moved to the late show you may remember) and sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks and is a free show. Honduras are opening and it's all ages. You do have to claim free tickets through Ticketmaster which will be available Wednesday (4/29) at noon.
Blur will be playing The Magic Whip live in full, with some older favorites as well hopefully. This will be Blur's first NYC show with Graham Coxon since 2000. Poster for the show is below...
photo: Delicate Steve @ Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by David Andrako)
Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival happens this weekend (May 1-3) in Winooski, VT, featuring over 100 music acts and comedians at 11 different venues in the city's downtown area. Artists include King Tuff, Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Tops, J Fernandez, Javelin, O'death, William Tyler and more. Think of it as New England's Northside Fest (or SXSW, MusicFestNW, etc). Tickets and passes are on sale. Full lineup is listed below.
Delicate Steve, who played Brooklyn Bowl last week, will be performing at Soho's Moscot Gallery on May 7 as part of their "Live from the Shop" series. It's a free show with complimentary beer/wine for those 21+ but you do need to RSVP.
The annual FREE WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College (presented by the school's radio station) happens TODAY (4/25) with noise-punks Perfect Pussy, dance producer Dubbel Dutch, post-hardcore band Big Ups, ambient musician Thug Entrancer and more.
Like in past years, it's totally free, all ages, and open to the public. Show goes from 1-8 PM. Full lineup and more info below...
APTBS @ DbA's final night (more by PSquared)
A Place to Bury Strangers are currently on tour in Europe (they play Amsterdam tonight) but will be back in North America next month for Levitation fest in Austin. Shortly after that, they'll play a homecoming show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 16 with Sleepies, Pill, and Bambara. That show is free and if you'd like to skip the line you can RSVP.
The band, whose new album Transfixiation came out earlier this year, have added a few more shows as well, including a few opening slots on the Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking tour, including the four NY-area dates. Tickets for the NYC proper show (Brooklyn Bowl on May 13) just went on sale.
All tour dates are listed, along with live video of APTBS performing "Now It's Over" live on KEXP, below...
photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.
Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.
Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.
And a few other Northside updates:
The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.
Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).
Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).
Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).
Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).
Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).
You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.
by Andrew Sacher
Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) and Watter (mem Grails, Slint) are teaming up as Bonnie Stillwater and will release The Devil Is People next week (4/28) via Termporary Residence Ltd. The title track is out now, and it's got Will Oldham's unmistakeable voice over some laid-back, trippy psych rock. It sounds great -- check it out below.
To celebrate the new album, Bonnie Stillwater are teaming up with the beer company Stillwater Artisanal Ales, and will do pop-up shows at five different NYC bars on Saturday (4/25), playing one song at each. They'll hit Jimmy's No. 43, Cooper's Craft & Kitchen, Fool's Gold, Spuyten Duyvil, and The Well, and each bar will have the Bonnie Stillwater record and Stillwater beer available to purchase. Chavez's Matt Sweeney (who's played with Oldham before) is drumming at these. The schedule for when they'll be at which bar is on the flyer below.
Then, on Sunday night (4/26), the members of Bonnie Stillwater will head to The Studio at Webster Hall for a free party that they're DJing.
In related news, Bonnie "Prince" Billy released a split 7" with Dutch singer/songwriter broeder Dieleman last week for Record Store Day. You can watch the video for Bonnie's stripped-down, somber "Gloria" from that split, with the Bonnie Stillwater song stream and flyer, below...
photo: Moss Icon at LPR in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Maryland post-hardcore veterans Moss Icon continue to play every now and then since reuniting in 2012 and releasing their discography as a triple LP on Temporary Residence Ltd. They last made their way to NYC on New Year's Eve with Rainer Maria, and they'll return for a free NYC show on Friday (4/24) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar.
Also on that bill is Guerilla Toss, Beech Creeps, Multicult and Voice Coils. Like most BKNB shows, the venue's open from 7 PM - 1 AM, and you can RSVP to skip the line.
Listen to an Rdio stream of Complete Discography below...
photo: Waxahatchee at MHOW earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The annual free Hudson River Rocks concert series on Pier 84 returns this summer with three shows. On July 9 it's Waxahatchee (who was here earlier this month) and special guests; on July 23 it's Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks with Boston's Krill; and on August 6 it's '90s-indie lovers Yuck with new 4AD signee U.S. Girls.
The pier is accessible at West 44th St or West 43 St at 12th Ave, and each show opens at 6 PM with the music starting at 7. Pier 84 is also the location of the (not free) 4Knots Music Festival this year.
Woods frontman Jeremy Earl is a visual artist as well and will be displaying new works in an exhibition titled "Landscapes" at Cinders Gallery in Williamsburg. Opening reception is at Cinders Hausclub on Thursday (4/23) from 7-10 PM and will feature a live performance by Kevin Morby. It's free.
You can catch Woods at Rough Trade on June 16 with Quilt and visuals via Drippy Eye Projections. Tickets are still available. That's part of their tour that includes stops at Sasquatch, their own Woodsist Fest in Big Sur and more.
Jeff Rosenstock is on tour now, having already played NYC six times this year, and he's got a seventh show here coming up. It's a free one happening on May 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with the Max Levine Ensemble and other bands TBA.
Jeff is currently on a run with Chumped, which will be nearby NYC this weekend on Sunday (4/26) at Asbury Lanes (tickets). Both Jeff and Chumped were announced last night for The Fest. Updated dates are listed below.
In less happy news, at the recent Austin stop of the Jeff/Chumped tour, a woman tweeted about being "groped by five or more straight white dudes" because they said she "didn't deserve front row." Jeff took to his Twitter to call those guys out, and his series of tweets reads:
It is complete total fucking bullshit that ****** didn't get to enjoy our show tonight because of male entitlement bullshit.That is a bummer to hear.
It is COMPLETELY TOTALLY INSANE TO ME THAT A FAN WAS GROPED AND HAD FINGERS SLIPPED UP HER SKIRT TONIGHT. MALE FANS WHO DID THIS: REALLY?!?!
To whoever did this: YOU SEXUALLY ASSAULTED SOMEONE TONIGHT. YOU VIOLATED A HUMAN BEING. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
THERE IS NO PLACE FOR YOU AT OUR SHOWS IF YOU DON'T HAVE RESPECT FOR WOMEN. FUCKING NONE. STOP LISTENING, STOP ATTENDING.
AND STOP GOING TO PUNK SHOWS PERIOD. THIS IS A SCENE BASED ON RESPECT FOR OTHERS.
AND MAYBE JUST DON'T GO OUT IN PUBLIC UNTIL YOU REALIZE THAT WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, WE'RE ALL EQUAL AND WE ALL DESERVE TO FEEL SAFE.
Maybe I need to say this more clearly although I thought it was clear as fucking day...
IF YOU ARE SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC, RACIST, ETC. YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT OF EVERYTHING WE DO. PLEASE STOP "SUPPORTING" US IN ANY WAY
OR BETTER YET, IF YOU DON'T HAVE RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND YOU'RE READING THIS... STOP. YOU CAN CHANGE. YOU CAN BE BETTER.
THE WORLD IS EVOLVING BEYOND PREJUDICE. STOP BEING A DUMBSHIT, START RESPECTING THOSE UNLIKE YOU AND BE AHEAD OF THE PACK.
Jeff's new album, We Cool?, came out earlier this year via SideOneDummy. Stream it in full, with his updated list of dates, below...
Joey Bada$$ / Squarepusher
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Kate Pierson @ Union Square (free, 5 PM)
The B-52s' Kate Pierson released her first solo album earlier this year (with contributions from Sia and Nick Valensi of The Strokes), and today she'll be playing songs from it at this free late-afternoon show which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Earth Day New York. (The B-52s played the Earth Day concert in Central Park in 1990.)
Joey Bada$$, Domo Genesis, Lil Herb, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Jstash, Frais @ Terminal 5
Joey Bada$$ put out his first official album, B4.DA.$$, earlier this year, and tonight he plays his biggest headlining hometown show yet. It's the annual Smokers Club 4/20 show (happening a day earlier) and also includes Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Chicago drill rapper and Nicki Minaj collaborator Lil Herb, two members of Curren$y's Jet Life group (Trade Mark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy), hazy North Carolian rapper Frais, and Brooklyn's JStash.
Squarepusher, Machinedrum, Craz, Alex English @ Webster Hall
Electronic music master Squarepusher continues to push the boundaries of drum & bass on his fourteenth album, Damogen Furies (out this week on Warp). If you're going tonight, don't miss footwork great Machinedrum.
Peach Kelli Pop, Crazy and The Brains, Kung Fu Crime Wave, Fern Mayo @ Palisades
Peach Kelli Pop make bubblegum garage pop which you can hear on their third album which is out next week (they'll have it at the merch booth tonight). Crazy & the Brains, who successfully add xylophone to their punk sound, also play.
Victor Villarreal, Living Room, Verses Narrow, Servant Girl @ Leftfield
Victor Villarreal played in Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls and other bands, and lately he's been focusing a lot on his solo material too. It's mostly softer stuff, but his guitar work is as impressive as ever. Openers Living Room owe a thing or two to some of Victor's former bands, and Verses Narrow (now featuring ex-BoySetsFire drummer Mat Krupanski) have a post-hardcore sound not unlike Quicksand or Jawbox.
Open Mike Eagle, Donwill, Billy Woods, Karma Kids @ Baby's All Right
Joey Bada$$ maybe the biggest rap show in NYC tonight, but this one's pretty stacked too. Chicago abstractionist Open Mike Eagle headlines, and then there's Donwill of the great local trio Tanya Morgan, local underground fave and Blockhead/Aesop Rock associate Billy Woods (who just released his new album, Today, I Wrote Nothing), and wacked-out Astoria crew Karma Kids.
Dawn of Humans, Raw Distractions, Glue, Urbanoia @ The Wick
NYC multi-venue punk festival New York's Alright wraps up today with just this one show. There's the must-see locals Dawn of Humans, Tokyo raw punks Raw Distractions, Austin's killer hardcore band Glue, and Oslo rippers Urbanoia.
Testament, Exodus, Shattered Sun @ The Paramount
Two veterans of '80s thrash metal, Testament and Exodus, team up for this great double bill tonight, and Testament are promising a set that includes their first two albums played in full (1987's The Legacy and 1988's The New Order), as well as cuts from 1989's Practice What You Preach.
Jimmy Whispers, J-Cush, Durban, Chalice @ Elvis Guesthouse
NOTE: We had originally listed And the Kids as playing EG tonight and they are not (there was an error in our calendar database, that show is actually 5/17). Tonight is actually former Light Polution frontman Jimmy Whispers, making lo-fi folk pop. Later, it's DJs sets from the likes of Lit City Trax's J-Cush & Durban, plus more.
White Prism @ Ace Hotel
If your taste in synthpop leans towards the Italo stylings of Sally Shapiro, you might want to check out Brooklyn's White Prism, whose new album, Open Heart Job, was just released. They're playing every Sunday in April at Ace Hotel.
Cavalera Conspiracy, Death Angel, Corrosion of Conformity Blind, Lody Kong @ Webster Hall's Marlin Room
Last year, Sepultura co-founders Max & Igor Cavalera's current band Cavalera Conspiracy released their newest album, Pandemoniom (with Converge's Nate Newton on bass), and tonight they bring their tour in support of it to NYC. Also on the bill is Bay Area thrash vets Death Angel, Corrosion of Conformity Blind (featuring original CoC drummer Reed Mullin and vocalist Karl Agell, who sang on 1991's Blind), and Lody Kong (which features Max's sons Zyon and Igor).
Water Torture, Beefrot, Huldra, Nerve Shatter, Leather Lung
Buffalo's Water Torture have two bassists and a drummer and they make crushing powerviolence with a ton of power and a heavy dose of noise. They play Vitus tonight and again in May.
Eartheater, Breanna Barbara, Dean Cercone, Bradley Bailey, Songs for the Spirits @ Tarot Society Gallery & Reading Room
Eartheater is the solo project of Alexandra Drewchin, who sings in Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band Guardian Alien. She recently put out a new album, which is a very diverse, psychedelic record.
Brooklyn Folk Festival
The annual Brooklyn Folk Festival wraps up tonight at its largest venue yet, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Today's performers include Jefrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel and more.
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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Kirin & Sean
Kirin J Callinan has been sticking around NYC since his tour with Jack Ladder ended. Maybe you saw him at "drunk yoga" last weekend at Baby's? He's doing a free show tonight (4/17) at Elvis Guesthouse with Sean Nicholas Savage. It's a little bit different (that is a relative term with Kirin) and we'll let him explain:
CANADA'S GREATEST ~ YE YA HERD ME ~ Sean Nicholas Savage AND I ARE SITTIN ON A COUCH RI NOW ~ BUT CUM FRI NITE N WE'LL B DOIN BACK-2-BACK SING-A-LONG KARAOKE RENDITIONS OF OUR VERY OWN FRONT 2 BACK CATALOGUES AKA OLD + VERY VERY NEW SONGS @ ELVIS GUEST HOUSE MANHATTAN ... JUZ B CUZ WE CAN.On Kirin's instagram he posted a flyer for the show that lists Kirin J Cameltoe, Sean Savage Bliss and Devonte Hymen as the performers. Also: free beer from 7-8 PM, with the show starting at 8 PM. Spank Rock and Lord Fascinator will be DJing. Again, it's free but there is an option to claim tickets so it might be worth doing that just in case.
WHAT'S MORE >> IT'S FREE. YUP. 4 FREE. R U KIDDING ME?
Flyer and more all-caps details via Kirin, below...