Entries tagged with: free shows
by Bill Pearis
After two albums on Captured Tracks, John Peña self-released Euchraist, his third album as Heavenly Beat, late last year. The record, which he calls the final segment of his "Prelude To Greatness" trilogy, doesn't stray from the Heavenly Beat formula: nylon-string and slide guitar, steel drums, pizzicato strings, hushed vocals and simple, funky beats. (Kings of Convenience covering New Order's Technique? It's kinda like that.) Eucharist is maybe a little too much like Prominence (one of my favorites of 2013), but it's still a breezy, enjoyable listen and you can stream the whole thing below.
Heavenly Beat is in Columbus, OH tonight, the kickoff show for a February tour that takes them to the West Coast and back. There are no NYC dates for this tour (dates below), but Heavenly Beat will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 14, opening for Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers. Foxes in Fiction also play and, like most BKNB shows, it's free but you can RSVP to skip the line.
That show is the day after Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers' show at Mercury Lounge (3/13) with Ski Lodge (tickets). Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers' tour has added other dates too, and all are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
The vinyl version of And Blow Us a Kiss just came out and they're throwing a release party tonight (1/29) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. There will be a stripped-down performance, featuring Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Nothing Changes' Nikki Sneakers, and there will also be readings by Brandon Welchez, Anna C Cabanna, Kristen Korvette, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Chaz Rowaldo and Zachary Lipez. Plus, Crocodiles and others on DJ duty. It starts at 10 PM and is free.
Album stream below...
photo: Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Titus Andronicus still haven't announced finalized details on their upcoming fourth album, but luckily for us in NYC, they just keep playing shows. Their next one is a free one happening February 13 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Louisville Polyvinyl signees White Reaper and Brooklyn's Hard Nips. It's their only upcoming date at the moment.
Watch a live video of one of their new songs, below...
photo: Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog
Sugarcube, an inflatable performance space located at Fulton and Front Streets at South Street Seaport, will be hosting a series of free concerts and other events this month into early February. Tonight (1/16) from 7-10 PM, it's Cave In/Mutoid Man's Stephen Brodsky and King Collider, following a 4-7 PM Happy Hour with DJ Club Ted (formerly of EVR's "Gay Beach" show).
An especially notable one is the Northern Spy Records fifth anniversary celebration with two days of free events on January 24 & 31. On January 24 the day features guitarist Marc Ribot with the interactive "How to Jam with Marc Ribot" in the afternoon (2-4 PM) where you're invited to bring an "instrument, an amp, or whatever you need to play along." Then at 7 PM it's a concert with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Loren Connors' Haunted House.
On January 31 it's a day with the Sun Ra Arkestra. The afternoon event (2-4 PM) is a creative workshop with Maestro Marshall Allen & members of the Arkestra. Then at 7PM the full Sun Ra Arkestra will perform. Again, these events and concerts are free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged. Flyers for both shows are below.
Other cool free shows happening include Amanda Jo Williams and Batfog on January 23, and then on January 30, it's The Tony Castles and Strange Kids. On Sunday afternoons through February 1 (noon - 5 PM) there's a "Music Market" which is a record fair with Doug Pressman of Record Grouch as DJ.
And for those who have a fond memory for ESPN in the early '80s, there's curling on Tuesday nights from 6 - 9 PM with two separate "learn to curl" sessions.
by Bill Pearis
Montreal's Le Couleur will be going on a short East Coast tour the week their new Dolce Désir EP is released. The sole U.S. date happens at Pianos on February 24 with another Montreal group, Beat Market, and Second Still. The show is free and on the early side. All dates are listed below.
If you're unfamiliar with Le Couleur, they make glittery electro-disco with a definite French (Canadian) touch. You can watch the video for "Concerto Rock" below.
by Bill Pearis
Alex Calder hails from Edmonton, Alberta, and was a member of Makeout Videotape, aka Mac DeMarco's old band. Like Mac, he's now part of the Captured Tracks roster and will release his debut album, Strange Dreams, on January 20. While not a million miles away from what his old bandmate does (hazy guitar pop), Calder's music seems a bit more serious. You can stream the "Strange Dreams" title cut below.
Alex is playing two Brooklyn shows this weekend: Cameo tonight (1/9) with Laced (Dustin from Beach Fossils' new band), and Donovan Blanc; and then Sunday (1/11) at Rough Trade, which is the store's one-year anniversary party that also features Steve Gunn, Dom Flemons, and DJs Jake B & Jesse Rosoff. The Rough Trade show is a free matinee, doors at 2:30 PM.
Calder also has an active YouTube page where he showcases his extremely dry sense of humor, offering up tutorials on how to play Grimes' "Oblivion," and John Mayer's "Daughters," how to get out stains from clothing, how to print a PDF document, and other emphera. Check out his "Live La Blogette Session" of "Strange Dreams" (brought to you by Pitchfork, Niosey, Vans and more) and a couple video tutorials, below.
You can also catch Steve Gunn in NYC later this year at Baby's All Right on April 1 (tickets), and stay tuned for his new collaborative album with Black Twig Pickers, Seasonal Hire, coming February 24 via Thrill Jockey.
Alex Calder song stream below...
photo: Joyce Manor at Rough Trade in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joyce Manor recently announced a 3-night NYC-area run happening this month which includes shows in Asbury Park, Kingston and Amityville, but none in NYC proper. That's now changed, with a just-added free Brooklyn show happening January 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, part of Converse's Rubber Tracks Live series. The other three shows are with Mitski, but this one's with The Weaks. Though the show is free, you do need tickets, which go on "sale" at noon on Wednesday (1/7).
Jonathan Toubin was busy during the holidays, and that is a state that will not change for him in the near future. He'll spend every night in January playing somewhere in NYC as part of his "2015 Subway Tour." Tonight (1/5) he's at The Commodore spinning records and here are a few highlights from the upcoming month:
On Saturday (1/10) at Saint Vitus, it's the "New York Night Train Boogie Night Blues Dance" with live sets from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ Phast Phreddie The Boogaloo Omnibus (tickets).
January 17 at Brooklyn Bowl is this month's edition of the New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off featuring guest selector Jaleel Bunton (TV On The Radio) and guest judges TBA (tickets).
Then on January 22 at Bowery Electric he'll be DJing at Jesse Malin's "Sally Can't Dance Party" with performances by Lydia Lunch (who plays Rough Trade this weekend), Handsome Dick Manitoba (of The Dictators) and more (tickets).
And on January 31 at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center it's a revival of Toubin's "Animal Train Happening" party (which originally took place at Glasslands, circa 2007 - 2010) featuring James Chance And The JC's, Mystery Lights, a special guest, DJ Ian Svenonius and more. No word on advance tickets yet for that one.
There's lots, lots more to Toubin's Subway Tour. All dates are listed, along with a few flyers, below...
by Klaus Kinski
2015 is finally here. As the least productive member of the BV team, I want to start off this new year right by throwing a few awesome funny-related events onto your stupid radars. The first event of note is Colin Quinn: Breuklyn which is taking place tonight (1/5) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg (594 Union Ave, near McCarren Park and a bunch of horrendous condos). "Breuklyn" is the Park Slope-born comedy veteran's new one-man show about, well, Brooklyn. This intimate event is basically a dry run before Colin does a big ass taping of it for the television. Colin is a powerhouse veteran and pro, and the irony that this show is taking place in the now nearly completely culturally destitute corporate village of Williamsburg certainly isn't lost on yours truly. Doors are at 7:30 PM, show is at 8 PM, and it is totally free.
After Colin leaves us breathless and sore from the gales of laughter we've showered him with, stick around because there's another sweet event happening in that very same room immediately after! Famous Hollywood actor Kevin Corrigan and maybe-less-famous-but-still-very-prolific actor, producer, writer, and director Larry Fessenden will do a live reading of the classic Scharpling and Wurster bit THE GORCH. You can hear the original Gorch bit below, but for the uninitiated, the gist is that a man called The Gorch was the basis for the character The Fonz in Happy Days (and is bitter about it) and Tom has the honor of interviewing him on the phone. It's just a great, classic bit. I have NO CLUE WHY they are doing this, but I am not questioning it because it's gonna be awesome. This event is free.
The above mention of Kevin Corrigan and Tom Scharpling is the perfect segue into the next dope comedy type event happening this week that I wanted to mention. The Kevin Corrigan Show (which used to happen at Over the Eight) returns on Thursday (1/8) at 9:30 PM at Brit Pack (153 Lafayette Street, Manhattan) with yet another pants-shittingly awesome line-up. This talk-show styled free show will welcome, as mentioned, comedy legend Patton Oswalt, fellow comedic genius and king of broadcasting Tom Scharpling, as well as punk icon Kathleen Hanna (!) who was the subject of the great documentary The Punk Singer. Again it's free and with this lineup, get there early.
Patton has some other NYC appearances this week, and a new book too. Flyers for some of the shows mentioned in this post, plus "The Gorch" stream, below...
Photo: Foxing @ Webster Studio in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Foxing recently wrapped up their tour with Modern Baseball and others in NYC with two shows here. On stage at their MHOW show, they said they were done touring for a while, but they've since clarified, "We said we were done touring for a while--and that's still true, basically we are.. However, we are playing a show in Brooklyn next month." That Brooklyn show is free and happens January 23 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with the great Everyone Everywhere (who also seem to be mostly playing one-offs lately), What Moon Things and The Sea Life.
Meanwhile, browse Foxing's year-end list here and check out a live video below...
words by Bill Pearis; photos via @Glasslands
Peelander Yellow working on Glasslands' backstage mural
Williamsburg venue Glasslands only has eight more nights left in business. In its early Glasslands Gallery days, the place had a lot of art-related events and, in that spirit, has added a bunch of new pieces for it's final days, all curated by Collective Craft. They include a mini-cloud above the soundboard, a plexiglass chandelier above the bar, an "Infinity mirror" created by Anamanaguchi bassist James Devito, the support beam in the middle of the room has been turned into a tree, and there are illuminated screens in the bathrooms. If you happen to look up while in the bathrooms, you'll notice an illustrated history of Glasslands' bathrooms. More art is being added daily.
While the art is only viewable during normal business hours, tonight (12/22) might be a good night to check it out as its Glasslands' free holiday party with Cerulean, Klaus, Sharif Mekawy Group, DJ Jonathan Toubin, and there will be karaoke too. This will also be the general public's only chance to peek backstage and see Peelander Yellow's new mural he painted back there. Doors are at 7 PM tonight.
A rundown of Glasslands' art installations, along with a few images, below...
Grunge-folk singer Torres wrapped up a short tour with Strand of Oaks earlier this month that hit NYC on 12/4 at Bowery Ballroom. Anyone catch that? That's a picture of her and Strand of Oaks hanging out the NYC show, above. Her next NYC show is a free one, happening January 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Mainland and Ancient Ocean (aka John Bohannon, who's in Torres' live band). That's her only announced date at the moment.
She also posted a list of her favorite albums of 2014, which (like Strand of Oaks' list) includes her friend/collaborator Sharon Van Etten. (While we're talking about collaborators, both Sharon Van Etten and Strand of Oaks also happen to be J Mascis collaborators.)
Find out who else made her list, and watch a video of Torres & SVE's 2014 single "New Skin," below...
The glacially paced, attention-span taxing music that's come to be dubbed slowcore would seem an unlikely export for sunny, spontaneous Southern California, but Spain goes a long way toward proving you can't always judge a book by...well, its place of publication. Led by bassist/vocalist Josh Haden (a former member of the Minutemen-damaged agit-punk combo Treacherous Jaywalkers, the son of venerable free-jazz bassist Charlie Haden and brother of that dog's Haden sisters), the quartet ambles deliberately through soundscapes that evoke the windswept romance suggested by its name. - [Trouser Press]Slowcore pioneers Spain (aka Josh Haden for all intents and purposes) released Sargant Place, their fifth album, last month via Dine Alone Records. The record features Josh's father and jazz legend Charlie Haden's last-recorded performance, on the song "You and I," and his sister Petra (that dog., The Decemberists, etc) is on it too. You can stream the album (via The Key) below.
Spain will be touring Europe early next year and will stop in NYC on the way there, playing a free show on January 29 at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium, and then February 3 at Rough Trade. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (12/19) at noon. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
Restorations (photo by Andrew Schwartz)
Heartland punks Restorations, who put out a great new LP this year and told us their favorite LPs of 2014, will return to NYC with their shoegazey Philly neighbors Creepoid for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on January 2 (the Friday after New Year's Eve). Also on that bill is The Yum Dee Days.
As discussed, Creepoid will also be in NYC on New Year's Eve to open for Quicksand at Saint Vitus. Online ticket sales are sold out (20 more tickets remain at the venue's bar), but those looking for '90s post-hardcore/emo on NYE might also like to know that tickets are still on sale for the Rainer Maria / Moss Icon show, and tickets are still on sale to see ex-Drive Like Jehu band Obits at Acheron that night.
Restorations only have one other upcoming date, and that's a show in their home state with their post-metal Philly neighbors Rosetta (who put out a new EP not long ago). It's a special show though, with Rosetta playing a "quiet instrumental set" and Restorations playing acoustic.
All Restorations and Creepoid dates are listed, with videos from both bands, below...
by Bill Pearis
Flowers of Evil
As mentioned, Brandon from Crocodiles will be DJing tonight at Baby's All Right as part of Kanine Records' holiday party which is free with RSVP. Brandon will also be playing at Baby's tonight too as part of Flowers of Evil which also features members of A Place To Bury Strangers, SISU, and Young Boys. Despite the makeup of the band being all from groups you could get away with calling JAMC-esque, Crocs says Flowers of Evil are "probably not what you'd expect it to be." They're the final band of the evening, preceded by Beverly, Public Access TV and Jamaica Queens. DJs (which include Kip from TPOBPAH, Lio from Kanine, and me) start at 7 PM and bands begin at 8 PM.
Crocodiles, meanwhile, will say farewell to the soon-to-close Glasslands on Sunday (12/14) with Cassie Ramone, Birds of Maya offshoot Spacin' and Brandon's wife Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls on DJ duty. Tickets for that are still available.
And lastly, Charles from Crocodiles and WARTIME gives us his Top 10 of 2014, which is a list of shows he saw. Check that out below...
by Bill Pearis
Matchess LP art
When she's not unleashing her powerful pipes as part of Chicago postpunk outfit Verma, Whitney Johnson makes beguiling soundscapes under the moniker Matchess. She released Seraphastra on cassette in 2013 which got a vinyl release this year via Trouble in Mind. There are vocals but it's more siren song than banshee here. You can stream the whole thing below.
Matchess will be touring this month with another Chicago solo synth act, Gel Set, with two Brooklyn shows: December 19 at 681 Park Ave with John Atkinson and Heiselmann on the bill too (more info), and December 21 at Baby's All Right which is a free brunchtime show with Cigarettes After Sex. All dates are listed below.
Gel Set released a cassette last titled Cell Jets last year via Modern Tapes which is a little more on the pop side than Matchess. Imagine a gothier version of The Blow. Stream that release in full below.
by Andrew Sacher
Riz & Heems
Former Das Racist member Heems teamed up with British rapper/actor Riz MC (aka Riz Ahmed) and the duo released their Swet Shop EP on Heems' Greedhead label earlier this year. It's got production from Lushline, Lynas, Ryan Hemsworth and DADRAS, and it's more proof that Heems has pretty much been on fire this year (his verse on the Meyhem Luaren & Buckwild album is A+). Listen below.
Swet Shop Boys are playing a show in Heems' hometown of NYC this Monday (12/8) at Baby's All Right, which is being opened by fellow NYC indie rapper Wiki of Ratking. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Ratking, who last played NYC with Run the Jewels a week ago, do so next on December 19 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Show Me the Body, Young Gutted and '86. Like most BKNB shows, that's free.
Swet Shop Boys EP stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Beverly @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Beverly played Glasslands last night (12/4), one of the final shows for the venue, a night that also featured TEEN, Charly Bliss, and Scully. Looks like you'll now have at least one more chance to catch them in NYC before 2014 ends as they'll be playing the Kanine Records / Culture Collide Holiday Party which happens Wednesday (12/10) at Baby's All Right. Also on the bill: Public Access TV, plus DJ sets from Kip of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Brandon from Crocodiles, Lio of Kanine Records, as well as, um, this writer. The party is free but you do need to claim tickets via RSVP. Flyer below.
Beverly also recently released a video for "Madora" from their debut album, Careers, and you can watch that below. Singer Drew Citron will also be part of Saturday's Brooklyn Rock Lottery which happens at Baby's All Right and will feature a whole bunch of bands that don't exist yet, made up of members of Au Revoir Simone, Dismemberment Plan, Obits, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Parquet Courts, TEEN, and more. That is sold out -- proceeds go to Harmony Program. The lineup of participating musicians expanded since we last posted, including Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines/Interpol, and the full roster is below.
Strand of Oaks at Bowery Ballroom - 12/4/14 (via Scott Taylor)
Strand of Oaks just wrapped up their tour with Torres in NYC at Bowery Ballroom last night (12/4), after playing their hometown of Philly a day earlier. The Philly show included a cover of The Replacements' "Alex Chilton," which you can listen to below, via Stereogum. It's a pretty straightforward take but Strand of Oaks sound great doing it.
They're hanging around NYC and before they leave, they'll play a free 5 at 5 show at Ace Hotel tonight (12/5). Like all shows in that series, they'll be playing five songs at five o'clock. RSVP is open.
Show flyer and Replacements cover below...
Swearin' at BK Bazaar in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Two days after Waxahatchee plays a final Glasslands show, her sister's band Swearin' (whose Keith Spencer is also in Waxatchee) will play a free Brooklyn show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 12 (again). The rest of the bill is TBA. It's Swearin's only announced show at the moment.
In related news, Radiator Hospital (who share drummer Jeff Bolt with Swearin') were just covered by hot CMJ band Girlpool (who like Waxahatchee, recently opened for Jenny Lewis). The LA duo take on "Cut Your Bangs" from this year's great Torch Song in a new NME session. Check out the video of that below.
Real Estate at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Real Estate, whose Atlas is making some year end list appearances, have announced that their last show of 2014 will be a free one in their hometown of Brooklyn, and a smaller gig than their recent Terminal 5 show. They play the next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 18 with another NYC indie pop band Shorts. Though the show is free, you do need tickets which go on "sale" at noon on Wednesday (12/3).
Show flyer and the video for "Crime" from Atlas, below...
Deer Tick @ Forest Hills Stadium in September (more by PSquared)
Deer Tick, IamSu! and Dum Dum Girls are part of a free new holiday EP being released by Converse Rubber Tracks titled Noise To The World 2. It's being released digitally this week in three installments:
Monday, Dec. 1You can stream the Deer Tick and GRMLN songs now in this post. There will also be free live performances at brick-and-mortar Converse stores this week, including NYC at Converse Soho on Thursday (12/4) at 6 PM with Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls backed by Ice Choir (ex-TPOBPAH drummer Kurt Feldman's synthpop project). In addition to a couple holiday songs, there will be a "full DDG set as reimagined by Ice Choir." Could be interesting! At these shows you can also pick up vinyl of Noise to the World 2 which includes two exclusive covers: Dum Dum Girls doing Wham's "Last Christmas" and GRMLN taking on "Blue Christmas."
Deer Tick - "White Havoc" (Original Single)
GRMLN - "Before December (I'm Alive)" (Original Single)
Wednesday, Dec. 3
IamSu! ft. HBK CJ & 1-O.A.K. - "Next Season" (Original Single)
Michael Christmas - "Pleasant Winter" (Original Single)
Friday, Dec. 5
Dum Dum Girls - "On Christmas" (Original Single)
Torreblanca - "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Deer Tick and GRMLN song streams, and a list of all of this week's Converse Noise to the World in-stores around the country, below...
photo by Daniel Cavazos
Portland, OR via Connecticut folk/roots rockers Quiet Life are releasing a deluxe edition of their 2013 album, Wild Pack, this week (12/2). The deluxe edition features previously unreleased tracks, including "Big Mistake" which premieres in this post. You can stream that below.
The deluxe edition follows this year's Housebroken Man EP which includes a collaboration with My Morning Jacket singer Jim James, and it will be followed by a new album in 2015 which is being produced by Dr. Dog vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Scott McMicken.
Though the band now resides in the Northwest, they'll be returning to the Northeast this month for multiple shows in the area. The mini tour kicks off in Brooklyn on Sunday (12/7) at Brooklyn Bowl with headliner Kendra Morris and Kiah Victoria. That's one of Brooklyn Bowl's "School Night!" shows and is free with RSVP (open til 3 PM day of show) or $8 at the door without. All dates, including shows in Kingston, Philly, Asbury Park, Newtown and more, are listed below.
Speaking of Dr. Dog, they've got upcoming dates including EIGHT in NYC and have now announced a live album, Live at a Flamingo Hotel, due out January 13 via ANTI-. You can check out their album trailer, tracklist, and updated list of dates, with Quiet Life's new song and list of dates, below...
Will Sheff getting ready to drone at Death by Audio in October (via BV Instagram)
Okkervill River frontman, former Shearwater member, Roky Erickson collaborator, Rock*A*Teens superfan, and all around cool guy Will Sheff will play a one-off NYC show TONIGHT (11/13) at Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn) which starts at 11:30 PM and is totally FREE. He's promising brand new material and special guests.
Will's last NYC appearance was during the 24-hour drone marathon at Death by Audio in late October where the above picture was taken. DbA only has 10 nights left before closing. Dan Deacon plays tonight.
Watch a video of Will playing solo on a CBS morning show below...
Antemasque @ Bowery Ballroom 11/9/2014
Antemasque, the new band from Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler Zavala (At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta), just played Brooklyn Bowl (11/8) and Bowery Ballroom (11/9). (Flea plays on the album but is not with them live.) They've now added a third, much more intimate, NYC show. They'll play Rough Trade tonight (11/10) which is early with doors at 6:30 PM and the show starting at 7. It's also free, no wristband required, but the first 100 people who buy the Antemasque album today at the store will receive an Antemasque t-shirt as well as guaranteed entry to the show.
Antemasque's self-titled album, which was out digitally earlier this year but then got pulled, sees an official release November 21 but you can stream the whole thing below.