Entries tagged with: free shows
U.S. Girls @ Hudson River Rocks 8/6/2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Meg Remy releases Half Free, her terrific new album as U.S. Girls, on Friday (9/25) via 4AD. She'll start her tour next week, but before that U.S. Girls celebrates Half Free tonight (9/23) at the Manderley Bar at McKittrick Hotel. It's a free show, doors at 10 PM. Flyer below.
Remy will swing through NYC again near the end of her tour for two shows: Alphaville on November 13 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on November 14 (tickets). Updated dates are listed, along with a few track streams from Half Free, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Your man Klaus is a little late to the announcement party, but that is how I roll. Comedy legends Bob Odenkirk and David Cross have wrapped up production of their new Netlix-only sketch comedy show With Bob and David and a release date has been set; November 13, 2015!
As a fledgling comedy aficionado in the mid-90s, Mr. Show With Bob and David was my bible and Bob and David were my Christs. I had been a Monty Python fan since I could understand English and, to me, Bob and David carried that marriage of irreverent live-action and pre-recorded material sensibility into a "hipper," more profane and contemporary arena. And although they reunited for a live tour in 2002 and for the production of Mr. Show movie Run Ronnie Run, Mr. Show superfans like me have always hungered for an all out, full-fledged, Mr. Show reunion series. Thank Cod for Netflix. The official teaser for "With Bob and David" (also featuring Brian Posehn) and some of my favorite Mr. Show sketches are below.
Meanwhile, fellow Emersonian, college drop-out, Emmy Award winner, Klaus-favorite, and indie comedy legend David Cross has really been making the rounds on the NYC comedy scene these past few weeks. He performed at Sweet's 11th anniversary show, he dropped in on a recent installment of comedy showcase Myrtle Comedy, and he was a guest on a recent installment of The Talk Show Series Presents: The Corrigan Show. He also dropped into Loose: A Comedy Show with Jo Firestone! at Housing Works Bookstore earlier this month. And these are just the appearances I can recall off the top of my head which is amazing considering I regularly forget what day of the week it is.
This past Monday (9/21), Cross hosted Night Train at Littlefield in place of usual host Wyatt Cenac. David Cross will again host Night Train at Littlefield this Monday (9/28), again in place of Wyatt Cenac, with Jo Firestone, Randy Liedtke, Aaron Glaser, KT Tatara, Donwill (DJ set) and more. That is sold out, but before that Cross has a headlining slot at Late Night Basement on Friday (9/25) at Livestream Public (195 Morgan Ave b/t Stagg St & Meadow St). Other items on the bill include a performance by Astronautalis, an interview/stand-up with Joe Berkowitz and comedian Josh Gondelman who collaborated on a book called "You Blew It: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways In Which You've Already Ruined Your Life" and an appearance by the great Jo Firestone. The show is free with 8:30 PM doors, 9 PM show. Oh, First 40 people to arrive receive will receive a free surprise gift: your choice of Josh Gondelman & Joe Berkowitz's upcoming book, "You Blew It!" or a nice cold can of Narragansett.
I am not sure if this barrage of live appearances is in preparation for a new stand-up special or what, but without a twitter account, an up-to-date facebook page, or an official website, keeping up with live Cross is pretty difficult. But he seems to be hitting all the usual comedy shows, so take a gamble and get out there.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Pity Sex at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Run For Cover Records continues to be a trustworthy indie rock label, and they'll show off their increasingly diverse roster with their free 2015 CMJ showcase on October 17 at Palisades. RSVP is open.
The lineup includes shoegazers Pity Sex, Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, proggy chiptuners Crying and '90s-Merge-y indie rockers LVL UP (who share a member), lo-fi punks Teen Suicide, Tigers Jaw associate Petal, Microphones-y singer/songwriter Spencer Radcliffe, and Pinegrove. Check out the flyer below, and again, you can RSVP.
Makthaverskan and Spencer Radcliffe will visit NYC other times during October too, and Pity Sex also play the Car Wash show that day. Petal (who we suggested you check out) was here earlier this month.
Listen to the bands playing, below...
photo: Television at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC punk legends Television are playing a few Northeast shows this fall, including a free one in NYC with a great lineup. It happens October 8 at House of Vans with the band still called Viet Cong (who did not win the Polaris Prize) and dream pop group Lower Dens. Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy is DJing. RSVP is open now, but like with most HoV shows, entry is still first come first served.
In related news, original (but now former) Television guitarist Richard Lloyd is also touring this fall.
Show flyer and all tour dates below...
Once again, New Zealand will be represented at CMJ this year with the New Zealand Music Commission showcase. Instead of Le Poisson Rouge (where it happened previously), this year it takes place on October 13 at Baby's All Right and the lineup looks like this:
5:30pm | DoorsThe show is totally FREE and RSVP is open now. Listen to some music from the artists, below...
6:00pm | Carb On Carb
6:40pm | Marlon Williams
7:20pm | Anthonie Tonnon
8:00pm | Lontalius
The Roots have announced they'll be playing Central Park Summerstage on October 8 which will be the last show of the 2015 season. It's with Marsha Ambrosius (of the recently reunited Floetry), Bilal and also Talib Kweli on DJ duty. It's a free show but is being held exclusively for Capital One cardmembers. To get tickets, you'll have to go to the Capital One Café on 3rd Avenue / 58th Street on Thursday, September 17 from 4pm - 7pm and show your Capital One Bank card (two tickets per cardmember). Flyer for the show is below.
photo: Beirut at Pemberton Fest 2015 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Beirut's new album, No No No, is out next week (9/11) via 4AD and the band have just announced they'll be performing it live in full at The Bell House on September 10. The show is part of NPR's First Listen Live series and is a free show, though you must RSVP. RSVP goes live on Wednesday (9/2) at noon.
by Andrew Sacher
Night Birds recently announced that they'll follow 2013's Born To Die In Suburbia with their third album, Mutiny at Muscle Beach, on October 2 via Fat Wreck Chords. Going by lead single "Blank Eyes," it looks like Night Birds haven't changed their sound at all. But when you do it this well, that's totally fine. NB are somewhere between the kind of skate punk Fat was known for in the '90s and Dead Kennedys' more maniacal, surfier sound, and "Blank Eyes" rips just as hard as this kind of stuff needs to. Check it out below (via Nerdist).
As previously discussed, the band is heading out on tour with the great Dillinger Four, including two NYC shows. Those happen October 10 at MHOW (tickets) and October 11 at Saint Vitus (sold out). Those shows got even better since we last spoke, with Big Eyes being added. And there's still one more TBA for Vitus.
Catch Big Eyes sooner when they open for Against Me! at the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on September 4 at The Stone Pony. Also on that bill is Cakes Da Killa. $3 RSVP is still open.
After that, Big Eyes play Silent Barn with Wet Nurse (9/22) and a stacked FREE afternoon show at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on September 27 with The So So Glos, Nude Beach, Mannequin Pussy, Bueno and Bikini Carwash. Noon start.
Listen to that new Night Birds song, with their list of dates, below...
photo: Protomartyr at 2015 Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)
We recently mentioned that Deradoorian would play a release party for The Expanding Flower Planet in NYC this Friday (8/28) at Trans-Pecos (tickets) and it turns out that's actually one of two NYC shows for her this weekend.
The second is a Pitchfork-presented show on Saturday (8/29) at Villain (50 N. 3rd St) with the great Protomartyr and a special guest headliner. It's free, but you have to email email@example.com to get in. Entry is first come, first served. Show flyer and set times below.
Protomartyr have other dates coming up, including shows with Amanda X and CMJ. Deradoorian also tours with Laetitia Sadier, including NYC on 9/11 at Baby's. Tour schedules and new music from both artists, below.
Philly's Jazmine Sullivan, the person behind this year's great neo-soul album Reality Show, has a collaboration in the works with pop singer (and Disclosure collaborator) Sam Smith. She's also opening for him in Raleigh.
That's one of a few shows Jazmine has coming up. Another is a free headlining show in NYC this weekend, part of the 2015 SummerStage season. She plays Central Park on Sunday (8/23) with support from Avery Wilson and Jordan Bratton. Show goes from 6-10 PM. Again, totally free.
All currently-known dates are listed, with the video for the Meek Mill-featuring "Dumb" off her new album, below...
Stevie Wonder announced yet another round of his Songs In the Key of Life shows, going down from late September through late November.
This leg includes two more NYC-area shows: October 14 at Prudential Center and November 24 at MSG. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/21) at 10 AM with Citi/VIP presales starting Tuesday (8/18) at noon and Facebook/Live Nation/local presales starting Thursday (8/20) at noon.
BUT FIRST: Stevie will play a free show at Central Park SummerStage TONIGHT (8/17) at 7:30 PM. It's a pop-up show to promote the newly-announced tour and will only include a few songs. He did the same thing in DC this morning and in Philly less than an hour ago. Though tonight's Central Park show is free, you do need tickets which become available at 4:30 PM.
All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Cold Beat (featuring Grass Widow's Hannah Lew) have shared a second song from their killer second album, Into the Air, which is out next month via singer Lew's Crime on the Moon label. If when you hear the name "cold beat" you imagine some aloof French/German band playing synthesizers on 1981 foreign television, "Spirals" is as close to that as they've come, all sub-zero synths and minimal drum machine backing, with Lew's gossamer vocals overtop. (The record also has plenty of guitars, too, just not too much on this song.) Stream that, and great first single "Cracks" below.
Having visited last at the end of May, Cold Beat will be visiting NYC again next month, playing four shows: September 18 at Union Pool, September 19 at Shea Stadium, a free in-store at Other Music on September 20 (7 PM), followed by a show later that same night at Silent Barn. Lineups and ticket info on those shows are still TBA.
Bent Shapes (photo by Avi Paul Weinstein)
We recently mentioned that The Hotelier are going on a big tour that includes a FREE NYC show on Sunday afternoon (8/16) at Brooklyn Flea (50 Kent) with Little Big League singer Michelle Zauner's solo project Japanese Breakfast and special guests. Turns out the guests are Boston indie pop band Bent Shapes. RSVP is still open.
If it surprises you that an indie pop band is opening for an emo/pop punk band, you should read Impose's lengthy, interesting Bent Shapes profile which points out singer Ben Potrykus used to be in Punk Goes Pop contributors Fake ID (with members who formed Boys Like Girls) and was the original lead vocalist in The Receiving End of Sirens. The more you know.
Bent Shapes have other dates coming up too, including a return to NYC on October 11 at Cake Shop. No advance tickets at the moment. All dates are listed below.
The Hotelier's tour also includes a run with Tiny Engines labelmates Runaway Brother, which hits NYC on November 7 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Oso Oso and Spirit of the Beehive. Tickets for that one are still available.
Tour dates and some music from the bands, below...
Today's Hip Hop climate makes it difficult for anyone within New York eyeing mainstream notoriety to aggressively avoid contemporary trends. Then again, the internet age has given an unprecedented level of creative inspiration. Noisemakers from A$AP Mob and Pro-Era to Action Bronson have become successful exceptions to the rules. It's become even harder for females from the area on both sides of the coin. Nicki Minaj had to forge a long-going southern alliance with Cash Money after spending time in Atlanta while Azealia Banks found her lane in early 90s House. This all makes DonMonique's debut EP, Thirst Trap, such a disjointed refreshing project. The Brooklynite switches between progressive boom bap and modern trap ideas yet, remains hemmed in New York's grimy streets. Stylistically, everything is wrapped in slick post- social media aesthetics; hence the EP's title.You can stream the whole thing below.
DonMonique plays a free show in her hometown Friday (8/14) at Output on the roof with the great Statik Selektah, DJ Clockwork, TJ Mizell, Dylan the Gypsy and a special guest. Though it's free, you do have RSVP.
Colin Atrophy Hagendorf started the blog Slice Harvester in 2009 with a goal of reviewing every slice joint in Manhattan. Two-and-a-half years and 362 pizza places under his belt later, he achieved that goal. (You can watch him on a 2012 FOX 5 'Good Day NY' segment.) He has since parlayed that into a book, titled Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza, which is out today (8/11) via Simon & Schuster. A punk who has published zines since he was 14, Hagendorf celebrates the book's release tonight at Silent Barn, with live performances from Downtown Boys and In School, plus "hopefully" UNISEX as DJs. Says Colin:
There's gonna be 69 pizzas. Come eat them. Come watch bands. Come watch me mouth along to "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" by Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, specifically when Gunz says "neighbors on the block call me Lex cause I push a Lex and I rock a Rolex and I lounge on Lex and I love sex" and when Tariq says "don't talk shit when I'm around you, I'M FROM SOUNDVIEW" or "I'm from the Bronx wipe ya feet when you step in my house," because I get kinda hype at those lines, tbh.The show starts at 8 PM as is free before 10 PM and $5 after that. Books will be available at the show.
There will also be a free Slice Harvester event at WORD Brooklyn on August 19. In addition to Colin, there will be pizza-themed readings from Pilot Viruet, Scott Weiner, Suzy Exposito, Lola Pelligrino, and Deenah Vollmer. Vol. 1's Jason Diamond will host, and there will be free pizza and beer.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: tUnE-yArDs at 2015 Pemberton Fest (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
tUnE-yArDs made what she's saying is the final video off last year's great Nikki Nack. It's for the song "Rocking Chair," which features fiddle by Sam Amidon. The video was made by Sarah Pupo, and you can check it out below.
tUnE-yArDs is on tour now and playing two free New York shows this weekend. The first is an amazing double bill with rap eccentrics Shabazz Palaces (who played NYC with Eaters earlier this week) happening Saturday night (8/8) in Prospect Park. That's part of this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn season. Then on Sunday (8/9), she plays one of the concerts at The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Delta Spirit play there the day before her, so this is a pretty great weekend for music fans to spend in the Hamptons.
All tUnE-yArDs dates are listed, with the new video, below...
Kevin Morby in London, June 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
We're in the last month of this year's free Saturday Summer Thunder shows at Union Pool and they've just announced a few more August names, and they're all pretty good. (In fact all of August is pretty good.) This Saturday (8/8) it's the very talented Kevin Morby and Porches (who play Baby's later this month). Then on August 15 it's two Juans for the price of one (Juan Wauters and Tall Juan) as well as weirdo noisemakers Ice Balloons.
The final two Summer Thunders are Texas cult band Complete on August 22 with Octagrape and Honey Radar; and then Steve Gunn plays this season's finale on August 29 with Spacin'.
All Summer Thunder shows start at 2 PM, are free and 21+.
photo: Screaming Females at 4Knots 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Screaming Females are on the road with their Don Giovanni labelmates Vacation at the moment, and shortly after that ends they'll headline their label's annual free outdoor show in their hometown of New Brunswick, NJ. This year's happens September 12 in Elmer B Boyd Park with Downtown Boys, Electric Trip, Izzy True, Wild Rice, Glazer, Delucy and host Brett Davis. It's a day show starting at noon.
Speaking of New Brunswick shows in September, 9/4 is when The Court Tavern re-opens. It's currently closed for the summer.
All Screaming Females dates are listed, with the show flyer and a video, below...
photo: Julian + The Voidz at Hammerstein in 2014 (more by Dana Distortion)
Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and his weird rock band The Voidz have some shows coming up this month through October. One is a FREE show happening in his former hometown of NYC on August 13 at House of Vans. LA's Cherry Glazerr, who play Baby's a day earlier, open. RSVP is open now, but like most HoV shows, entry is first come first served so make sure to show up on time.
Their touring schedule also includes a New Haven, CT show and California's kooky Beach Goth festival. All dates are listed, with the flyer for House of Vans, below...
by Bill Pearis
UK artist Georgia will release her self-titled album this Friday via Domino. It's a funky, eclectic record brimming with ideas and defies easy categorization. You can stream the whole thing right now below.
Georgia is currently in NYC for a few shows this week. She opened for Hot Chip's very intimate show at Baby's All Right last night (8/3). So intimate, in fact, that with all of Hot Chip's gear there was little room to move, let alone make room for Georgia and her band's stuff. She instead played two songs solo with a small drum kit that managed to wedge in between all the other equipment on stage. you could barely see her, except when she held a drumstick aloft. She did not lack for energy, though, and the two songs definitely made me want to see more. We'll have pics from the Baby's show soon.
There are still two chances to hear more from Georgia live. She opens for Hot Chip again tonight (8/4) at Webster Hall which is sold out, but she'll be back at Baby's on Thursday (8/6) for a full show that also has Ricky Eat Acid, and The Range (who'll play after Georgia), plus Samantha Urbani on DJ duty. Originally a ticketed show, it's now free. Flyer for the show is below.
by Bill Pearis
With no less than a mansion, a state beach, and a three-mile stretch of Los Angeles road bearing his surname, Ned Doheny easy-glided into the 1970s on a crest of notoriety. Signposting Ned's sojourn through the LA recording industry were Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Graham Nash, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, and David Geffen--each a household name both inside and far from southern California. And while no bust of Ned Doheny appears alongside those of his Laurel Canyon brethren in the pantheon of classic rock, it's not for lack of songwriting abilities or recording chops.Somewhat a '70s soft rock cult artist, Ned Doheny experienced a bit of a rediscovery in 2014 when his great "Get It Up for Love" was placed as the lead track to groovy compilation Too Slow to Disco and, more notably, lauded reissue label The Numero Group released Separate Oceans, a compilation of his prime cuts. You can stream Separate Oceans via Rdio and check out a YouTube mix of songs below.
Apparently Doheny has never played New York City before but that will change soon as he plays Sunday (8/9) on the roof at Le Bain in the Standard Hotel. Ned will play solo acoustic, with the show starting right before sunset (doors are 5 PM) -- and magic hour seems like the right time to see him. Good news: the show is free (you can RSVP to the Facebook event page). Bad news is this disclaimer language: "Please note: unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all guests. Access is at the discretion to the club. Thanks for your understanding." So get there early and look your best. After Ned's performance there will be DJ sets by Bing Ji Ling and Justin Strauss if you wanna stick around. Flyer for the show, plus a recent video of Doheny playing "Get it Up for Love," is below...
photo: White Lung at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
White Lung aren't on tour at the moment, but the Vancouver band will be coming to NYC this week for a FREE show with a pretty amazing lineup. It's a VICE/Ray-Ban party happening Wednesday (7/29) at The Gutter with local punks The Men, UK grime artist Skepta (not the only NYC show he plays that night), and karaoke with Andrew WK. RSVP is open.
Andrew WK is also giving a motivational speaking lecture at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015. The fest just revealed their comedy stage, day-by-day lineup, and single-day tickets. More info here.
Watch a White Lung video below...
by Bill Pearis
Wilful Boys are a crew of Australians living in NYC, making shouty, shriiingy punk rock. That's a style Australians seem especially good at and singer/drummer Steven Fisher's vocals don't so much drip with attitude as they are jet-propelled at your face. They released the "Anybody There?" single last month and are currently working on their debut album. A song from that, "Say It Again," is out now via a video that uses old school green screen technology to simple but effective (and funny) use. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
The band will be celebrating the release of the "Anybody There?" 7" on Tuesday (7/28) at Tender Trap in Greenpoint with Droor opening. That's a free show and flyer for it is below. Wilful Boys will also play Williamsburg's Grand Victory on August 14 with Moto and Moral Panic (Ex Livids).
photo: Bombino at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
African guitarist Bombino has achieved worldwide acclaim, and probably owes at least part of his success with U.S. rock fans to his 2013 album on Nonesuch, Nomad, which The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced. He's currently on a North American tour as we speak, which comes through the NYC-area this weekend.
First he plays a free Central Park SummerStage show on Saturday (7/25). If that wasn't exciting enough, it's being opened by hyped Scottish alt-rap group Young Fathers and blues singer Fantastic Negrito. That's a day show, going from 2-7 PM. Then on Sunday, Bombino heads to NJ for the XPoNential Music Festival.
He also plays NYC again in 2016 at The Apollo on March 26. That's the 'Africa Now!' show that also includes Mokoomba, Alsarah & the Nubatones and Jojo Abot. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Young Fathers' newest album is this year's White Men Are Black Men Too. That follows last year's Dead, which won the Mercury Prize and made multiple best-of-2014 lists. You can stream WMABMT, with a music video from Bombino's Nomad, and a video of Fantastic Negrito's NPR Tiny Desk Concert, below.
Season on Pell: Dee Dee in Chinatown
If you watch Netflix series Orange is the New Black, you may have heard Dum Dum Girls's very Mazzy Star-esque single "Coming Down" from 2011's Only In Dreams used prominently in the new (third) Season's third episode. This has prompted a digital reissue of the song's limited edition 7" (with "Girls Intuition" b-side) and well as unearthing an unused video for "Coming Down." (Another video, shot by DDG bassist Malia James was used instead at the time.) Sam Macon followed singer Dee Dee Penny around Chinatown and other NYC locations and you can watch it, via Stereogum, below.
Dee Dee will be performing a solo set on Thursday (7/23) at the MOSCOT store on Orchard St. It's a free show with complimentary wine and beer for those 21+ but you do need to RSVP.