Entries tagged with: free shows
by Bill Pearis
Lydia Ainsworth is based in Toronto these days but has spent time in both Montreal and New York City as a music student. It was while at NYU that she began delving into pop music. She spent two years working on her debut album, Right from Real, which was just released on Arbutus, home of Grimes. Being on the same label and also making electronic-y music, Ainsworth has gotten compared to Claire Boucher, but beyond superficial similarities, their music is pretty different. (Purity Ring is closer, as is, at times, Enya.) Right to Real shows off her composer / arranger skills (it's cinematic stuff), as well as her versatile voice. But you wouldn't put it on at a club -- though a couple songs are ripe for remixing. You can stream some of it below.
Ainsworth will be here for CMJ and she's currently got six shows lined up:
Thursday October 23rd @ Baby's All Right | Gorilla Vs. Bear showcaseLineups for the shows are listed below.
Friday October 24th @ Pianos | Planetary Radio day party FREE
Friday October 24th @ Arlene's Grocery | M For Montreal showcase
Friday October 24th @ Glasslands | Popgun showcase
Saturday October 25th @ Death by Audio | Arbutus Records showcase
Sunday October 26th @ Babycastles | Cardinal PR day show
The M for Montreal show, their annual CMJ poutine party, also features Homeshake, The Posterz, Solids, Heat, Lisa Leblac, Vesuvio Solo, The Muscadettes and a l l i e. That's not the only show the M folks are doing this year. On Tuesday, October 21 at Baby's All Right at midnight (so technically 10/22 morning) M4M will throw a late-night party with Honey, Homeshake, Calvin Love, The Mystery Lights, and OJ Pimpson. It goes till the wee hours and is FREE.
Speaking of Arbutus, the Montreal label is also throwing a free day party with Cascine Records on October 25 at Wythe Hotel's rooftop Ides bar with DJ sets from TOPS, Blue Hawaii, Erika Spring, No Excuses, and Wildarms. Cascine and Arbutus will also have a special show on Newtown Radio on October 20 from 9 - 11 PM.
CMJ lineups for shows mentioned above, as well as flyers and Lydia Ainsworth's partial album stream, below.
Devo at Best Buy Theater in June (more by PSquared)
The CBGB Festival returns to various NYC venues this week, beginning Wednesday (10/8) and continuing through Sunday (10/12). It includes the Billy Idol keynote interview/acoustic set at Center548, The Muffs show, the Daniel Lanois film show, and plenty more. There's also the big free Times Square show on Sunday (10/12). When we last spoke, we mentioned it was speculated that Jane's Addiction, Robert DeLong, Devo, Surfer Blood and We Are Scientists would be playing, and that is in fact the lineup (along with Cheeky Parade). Cheeky Parade go on at noon and Jane's headline at 6:15 PM.
Full schedule here. Some highlights including the Times Square schedule, below...
by Bill Pearis
Protomartyr @ West Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Unless something truly amazing comes along this year in the next three months, Protomartyr's Under Color of Official Right seems like a likely contender for my favorite album of 2014. (It is certainly the most quotable.) The band have been through town a few times already this year and will be back in NYC later this month for CMJ, including the free BrooklynVegan day party at Baby's All Right on Friday, October 24. Rest of the lineup and more details about the rest of what we've got planned for CMJ still to come.
Protomartyr will also play that night at Death by Audio for the Inland Empire showcase with Eaters and more TBA. They're also playing free early evening show at Cake Shop on Saturday (10/25, 6:15 PM). And before all those Protomartyr play the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase at Knitting Factory on 10/23 with Obits, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, Gem Club and S (tickets).
The band's only other non-CMJ at the moment is one in their hometown of Detroit on 10/14 with Lace Curtains and Eaters. All dates are listed below.
Protomartyr recently recorded a La Blogothèque take-away session, performing stripped down versions of "What the Walls Said" and "Scum, Rise!" at France's Route du Rock fest. Watch that, and stream Under Color of Official Right, below...
by Bill Pearis
Manchester band Spring King make spunky, punky pop with an anthemic swagger. (Think somewhere between Wavves and Palma Violets.) This year saw their first two releases -- the very very catchy "Mumma" single at the start of the year and the Demons EP which came out last month. A few streams from those are below.
Spring King will be making their U.S. live debut here in NYC during CMJ and so far there are three chances to see them, all of which are free: an all-UK night show at Rough Trade on October 21 presented by Ben Sherman with The Crookes, fellow Mancunians MONEY, and Longfellow. Then they play the Kanine day party on October 22 at Pianos with PAWS, Girlpool, LIterature, Ultimate Painting, SEOUL, and lots more. Then they play Rough Trade's day party on October 23 with Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches and Nai Harvest.
More CMJ shows may be added as we get closer to the fest. Stay tuned. Song streams below...
Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Danny Brown has a few dates coming up, including three appearances in NYC this week. One is the previously announced show at Sonos Studio on Thursday (10/2) which RSVP is now closed for. Later that night, Danny will appear at Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall at 10 PM. Tickets for that party are available. Then on Friday (10/3) he plays a free show at House of Vans. To get into that, you have to RSVP to RSVP@pacsun.com which closes today (10/1). It was still open as of two hours ago.
All DB dates are listed below...
As mentioned, Ultimate Painting (aka James Hoare of Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes) will release their debut album next month via Trouble in Mind. They've shared two more tracks from the album, "Winter in Your Heart" and "Ten Street," which you can stream along with the song "Ultimate Painting" and a mix they made with some of their influences, below.
Also as mentioned, UP will be in NYC for CMJ and they've got quite a few shows lined up already with maybe more still to be announced. Here's the lowdown:
Flyers for all of those shows, plus the full lineups, are below. Before the CMJ shows, Ultimate Paiting will also play nearby Bard College on October 21. That follows a few other North American dates, all of which are listed below.
Wed. Oct. 22 - New York, NY @ Pianos (Kanine CMJ day party FREE)
Wed. Oct. 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (Panache CMJ Showcase)
Thu. Oct. 23 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase)
Fri. Oct. 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (Trouble In Mind CMJ day party FREE)
Fri. Oct. 25 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Panache CMJ day party FREE)
Electronic psych pop duo Peaking Lights will be in town this week, opening for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Thursday (10/2) with Regal Degal, and Tom Scharpling (buy tickets or win some) and then being part of the "Atomic Bomb" William Onyeabor tribute at day 1 (10/4) of Modern Sky Festival in Central Park.
In addition Peaking Lights have added a couple other events happening Friday (10/3). First they'll play a free in-store at Other Music (9 PM) and they'll have an exclusive version of the band's new album, Cosmic Logic, to buy. Then Peaking Lights will play a midnight show at Baby's All Right with Blazer Soundsystem. Tickets are on sale now.
Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Titus Andronicus just played Webster Hall earlier this month with Buzzcocks and just mentioned on Twitter that they're playing somewhere much, much smaller on Monday (9/29): Cake Shop. The show, which is billed as a "private, 21+ event" and part of the "Newcastle Brown Ale Bartender Gigs" series, is free with RSVP. Also: "Newcastle Brown Ale and snacks provided." It's the band's only date on their schedule at the moment.
Hamilton Leithauser @ AV Club Hideout Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Hamilton Leithauser, who put out his first solo album earlier this year, is currently finishing up his opening stint on the Broken Bells tour, which hits Central Park Summerstage on Friday (9/26, tickets).
UPDATE: Despite what Brooklyn Night's Bazaar's website says, the onetime Walkmen frontman is not playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday, October 4 as part of a Communion-presented night that also features Wilsen, Salt Cathedral, Nepotist, Skyes and Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett as DJ for the evening. The show is happening, but Hamilton is not playing. Like most BKNB shows, it's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.
Communion are also presenting the October 3 BKNB show with The Dough Rollers, Pine Barons, Stone Cold Fox, Dreamshow and a "Special Guest TBA" headliner. You can RSVP to skip the line for that one too.
This Friday (9/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, it's Mxther (the band fronted by Gossip Girl's Penn Badgely), Rathborne, The Midnight Hollow, Prelow, and Bryce Hackford on DJ duty (RSVP).
After his Brooklyn Night Bazaar show, Leithauser will head to the UK to open for Spoon (who he toured North America with this summer) in London. All dates are listed below...
Charles Bradley at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Soul singer Charles Bradley has some tour dates coming up, including a few in NYC that we already mentioned like the Beacon Theatre show (10/4) with Afghan Whigs as part of their tour (tickets) and the 3-night Daptone holiday party at The Apollo in December (12/4-6) (tickets). He's now got yet another NYC gig on the horizon, happening this Friday (9/26) at The Garage (611 W 50th St) with rap trio Ratking. That one's FREE with RSVP and there will be free drinks too.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is next Saturday (9/27) at Smorgasburg (90 Kent in Williamsburg) and while you're digging through the crates and the tables of special items from some of the label vendors, a host of DJs will be providing the soundtrack:
1-1:30pm Paul Collins (of Beirut)The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair runs from 11AM - 6 PM and is free to attend.
1:30-2pm Matt W (RVNG Intl.)
2-2:30pm Kroba ( Archie Pelago)
2:30-3pm Rob Henry (Disco De Facto)
3-3:30pm Silent Servant
3:30-4pm Yale (Luaka Bop)
4-4:30pm DFA Special Guest
4:30-5pm Jonathan Toubin
Speaking of Smorgasburg, their special Summerstage event is tonight (9/19), featuring the Mr. Saturday Night DJs and 30 food vendors -- including a special Shabbos dinner from the folks at Mile End -- from 5 - 9PM at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. It's free to attend, flyer is below.
And finally, don't forget that the Brooklyn Flea's "Northside Concert Series" kicks off this Sunday (9/21) at 50 Kent. We already knew it'd have a solo performance by Marnie Stern, and now the rest of the lineup was announced including Philly indie rockers Cayetana, Brooklyn electro-funk band Motion Studies and Crazy Pills. Music Starts at 3 PM.
Smorgasburg Summerstage flyer is below...
by Bill Pearis
It's been a while since we've heard from Nashville's The Paperhead -- 2012, when they released their terrific single "The Picture of Her Demise" -- but the band have plotted their return. The trio still worship at the alter of Syd Barrett and Pete Townshend (circa 1966) and will release their second album, Africa Avenue, via Trouble in Mind on November 11. We've got the premiere of the very catchy opening cut, "Africa," in this post.
The Paperhead will be in NYC for CMJ with currently three shows on their schedule: The Beyond Beyond is Beyond party at Union Pool on October 22 (more details TBA); a Trouble in Mind showcase at Cake Shop on October 23 with Doug Tuttle, Ultimate Painting, Estrogen Highs, and Negative Scanner; and a Trouble in Mind day party at Rough Trade on October 25 with the same bands. The Paperhead headline that which serves as a bridge to the evening Austin Psych Fest extravaganza there with A Place to Bury Strangers and more. More CMJ shows for The Paperhead to be announced.
Ultimate Painting, you may remember, is James Haore or Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes and their debut album is out via TiM on October 28.
Paperhead CMJ dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
sensitive flowers: Las Rosas
Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas have a new single out with two terrific tracks -- the upbeat "Ms. America," and the more laid back "Sensitive Flower" -- both of which show off their flair for hooks, melody and arrangement. There is no reinvention of the wheel but Las Rosas sound fresh. There's limited-edition clear, square vinyl and you can check out both sides in this post.
Las Rosas have a few shows hometown shows coming up. They'll play at Rough Trade on September 27, a free day show Cassette Store Day party with Fletcher C. Johnson and BOYTOY. The next day (9/28) they'll play Rippers in Rockaway Beach with Scully, Wild Yaks, and more. That's also a free day show. And then they'll also play Burger Records' unofficial CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 23 with more TBA.
Dates are listed, along with the new 7" stream, below...
Kevin Morby is set to release his second solo album, Still Life, via Woodsist on October 14. Like his solo debut, the new album was produced by Rob Barbato but sounds a bit more fleshed-out, production wise, than his first. You can check out a video for "All of My Life" which is an homage to country music variety shows of the '60s and '70s and features White Fence's Tim Presley as the host. Watch that and check out another track, "Parade," below.
While Kevin lives in Los Angeles these days, he does tend to make it back to New York pretty often. He'll be here during CMJ, playing the Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade on October 24 with Twin Peaks, Modern Vices, and Geronimo Getty. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. He's also playing a free set at Academy Annex on October 25, details TBA.
All dates are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...
Brooklyn band Coastgaard are currently working on their new album, Derecho, which should be out in early 2015. In the interim have given us a taste of what's to come via new single, "Black White Fuzz." Though the title might have you expecting something noisy, the new song is actually sparkling guitar pop, an update of the baroque sounds of The Zombies or The Left Banke. It makes its debut in this post.
You can catch Coastgaard live here in NYC this Friday (9/19) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar where they play with White Bike and headliners Here We Go Magic. Like most BKNB shows, it's free. You can RSVP to skip the line.
"Black White Fuzz" stream, below...
Atlas Sound at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
We recently mentioned that Deerhunter singer Bradford Cox is bringing his Atlas Sound project to NYC for this year's Downtown Music Festival in October (with Kiesza, Avey Tare, Autre Ne Veut and others), but he'll be in NYC sooner than that. He's playing the next installment of Noisey and Jansport's Bonfire Sessions at Brooklyn's Greenwood Park on Saturday (9/13) from 5-11 PM (555 7th ave in South Slope). It also includes Real Estate side project Ducktails (who also play tonight [9/11] at Baby's with The Stevens) and Mas Ysa. Totally free and RSVP is open now.
This show and Downtown Fest are Atlas Sound's only announced dates at the moment. Check out a video and the show flyer below...
Image from BREYER P-ORRIDGE & PIERRE MOLINIER exhibit
Post-punk legends Psychic TV will release a new album, Snakes, in November. You can hear some of the music from it via an album trailer, watchable below. Are you staying in NYC (or visiting) between Christmas/Hanukkah and New Years Eve? So are Psychic TV who will, like last year, play two nights at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 26 & 27. No word on openers yet, but mark your calendars accordingly. The shows are free. The band also have some dates in Europe this month and all are listed below.
Meanwhile, PTV frontperson Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and the late French artist Pierre Molinier have a joint art exhibit on display now through October 12 at Invisible Exports on the Lower East Side. They both share an interest in blurring the gender line in extreme ways. Here's a bit about Molinier:
Molinier (1900-1976) was a postwar artistic renegade born into belle époque France, a shape-shifting and iconoclastic self-fetishist, too bold and strange and self-directed an artistic visionary to fit perfectly at home among even the Surrealists, who were his closest radical ilk and his most sympathetic admirers. As a young artist, Molinier established himself as a painter of landscapes, but moved quickly to daring erotic collage and ultimately embarked on a now-legendary project of photomontage self-portraits of himself as a transvestite. They are a mesmerizing series of theatrical images exploring a labyrinthine, refracted identity, many involving dolls, dildos, and prosthetic limbs as "props," that used Molinier's own body as central malleable medium for a whole new range of expressive gestures that remain riveting and brave today, and inspired much later figures from Cindy Sherman to Ron Athey. In a retrospective assessment, the Independent called him "a transvestite Baudelaire who rather than words, chooses as his medium the corset, the mask and the chain."Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-6pm, and by appointment. It opened this past Friday (9/5), have you been?
PTV tour dates are listed, along with the album trailer, below...
Future Punx @ Rockaway Surf Club this summer (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Whether or not you're excited for Weezer's new album you might have affection for the band's early '90s output. With that in mind there's a Weezer tribute happening at Baby's All Right on Tuesday, September 9 featuring members of Beverly, Moon Dudes, Truthers, Future Punx, Nicholas Nicholas, and "more TBA." They'll be playing songs from the Blue Album, Pinkerton and a few b-sides. It's a midnight show and is free.
Both Future Punx and Truthers will be performing as themselves on Sunday (9/7) afternoon, playing at a free Fashion Week block party called "LES Opening Night." It takes place around 45 Orchard St, featuring "art opening, DJs, live music, block partying" and a fashion show. Cake Shop curated the live music portion (4:15 PM start) and in addition to Future Punx and Truthers, Prince Rupert's Drops (who have a new record on the way) are also playing. The full schedule is below.
Flyer for for the Bed Stuy show and block party schedule below...
by Bill Pearis
Australian psych-os King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard will release thier new album, I'm In Your Mind Fuzz, on November 11 via John Dwyer's Castle Face Records. Why yes, that is the cover art above. This one seems especially in tune with the label, as its 10 tracks pound out some seriously crazed motorik freakout garage. You can get fuzzy right now via "Cellophane" which is streamable below.
As mentioned, King Gizzard (who have spent more time in North America this year than at home) will soon be on the road with White Fence, a tour which kicks off October 13 at Baby's All Right (tickets) and hits the area again during CMJ, playing the Panache showcase at Knitting Factory on October 22 with Reigning Sound and more (tickets) ...and probably as many other CMJ show as they can squeeze in without dying.
If you're not dead by the end of CMJ (BV staff might be), both White Fence and King Gizzard will play the afternoon Panache CMJ Hangover Brunch at Baby's All Right on Sunday, October 26. (Panache has done these hangover shows at SXSW for years.) The show also includes Juan Wauters, Tiny Ruins, Guy Blakeslee (The Entrance Band), and Christian Peslak (Saint Rich & Delicate Steve). The fun starts at 11 AM and is free and all ages. For those old enough to drink: this should go well with Baby's build-your-own-bloody-mary bar. King Gizzard also open, along with Connan Mockasin, for Mac DeMarco at Terminal 5.
White Fence, meanwhile, released their Ty Segall produced For the Recently Found Innocent and will soon have out a new single as part of Famous Class' LAMC series. It's a split with Jack Name and you can stream the White Fence side below.
Updated KG dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Marnie Stern @ The Wick in May (more by Erik Erikson)
As you may know, The Brooklyn Flea happens every Sunday at 50 Kent. In addition to the shopping and food and legal beverages, you can now hear some free music too. The "Northside Concert Series" kicks off September 21 with Marnie Stern and continues with Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks on September 28 and Small Black on October 5. There will be openers, still TBA, and the music begins at 3 PM and ends around 6 PM. It's totally free, no tickets or RSVPing necessary.
In related news, the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns on September 27 (which is also Cassette Store Day) with tables set up from NYC-based labels, record stores and collectors. It goes from 11 AM to 6 PM, and there are a number of exclusives this year including a colored vinyl version of Mac DeMarco's 2 Demos and Salad Days Demos, a colored vinyl version of Musuem of Love's debut LP (which will be a week ahead of release date), and more. All Brooklyn Flea exclusives and all Record Fair vendors are listed below.
And the Flea's popular Smorgasburg will cross the East River for a special edition at Central Park Summerstage on September 19 with DJs from Mister Saturday Night. It goes from 5 - 9 PM and is free entry.
Flyers for "Northside Concert Series" and Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, plus vendors and special releases lists below...
by Andrew Sacher
Honey at The Studio at Webster Hall in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Honey are a new-ish band (with ex-members of Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes and Stupid Party) that have been playing around their hometown a good deal lately. You may have caught them recently with Destruction Unit, Crystal Stilts or The Men. They take the swirling riffs and wah-pedal freakouts of late '60s psychedelic rock, and inject it with garage punk energy that has made their shows something you can zone out to but also something you can bang your head to. They recently mentioned on their website that a debut album is on the way, and you can get a taste of that now from the single "Born." Listen below.
Honey's next show is opening the final free Summer Thunder show of the summer in Union Pool's backyard this Saturday (8/30) afternoon (2 PM start). It's headlined by J Mascis' psychedelic blues jam group Heavy Blanket, which should be a great fit. Hopefully this goes better than last year's Heavy Blanket show at Summer Thunder.
Flyer for Saturday's show and song stream below...
No Joy @ Mexican Summer 5 (more by PSquared)
Montreal's loud/ethereal No Joy are going on tour with Deafheaven and Indian Handcrafts -- a tour that kicks off in Brooklyn next month -- but before that they'll be below the border for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday with Black Pus, Cousin Brian and Flagland. It's part of Ipsum/Dead Labour's End of Summer Blowout (one of our top Labor Day Weekend picks) that also includes the Single Mothers show happening a day earlier. Like most all BKNB shows that is free and if you can skip the line by RSVPing. This will be the second time they've played the Bazaar this year.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the video for No Joy's "Hawaii," below...
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
by Andrew Sacher
Louisville post-hardcore rippers Xerxes are set to release the followup to their 2012 debut LP, Our Home Is A Deathbed, with a new album titled Collision Blonde on October 21 via No Sleep. We've got the premiere of its brand new single, "Exit 123," which is a terrific track that fans of this kinda stuff should dig. Here's what vocalist Calvin Philley had to say about it:
I cooked at a restaurant in southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of collision blonde. I got fired during the recording process but that's a different story. Exit 123 is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the ohio river from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantisized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That's it. I got myself fired in April and haven't been back to Indiana since.The album was produced by emo renaissance man Evan Weiss. Listen to the new song below.
Xerxes are also on board for this year's No Sleep CMJ showcase which is also their record release show and which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. We already mentioned the showcase doubles as a tour stop for Aviator, Rescuer and The Felix Culpa; and it also includes Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Run Forever, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers. The show happens October 21 at The Paper Box (17 Meadow St in Brooklyn), it's FREE to the public (no badges required) and starts at 6 PM. 18+.
BV has TBA CMJ showcases too so stay tuned for that. Stream the new Xerxes track below...
In the past few years, we've already seen Hot Snakes and Rocket from the Crypt reunite, and now another revered band in the Rick Froberg/John Reis family will be getting back together, Drive Like Jehu! The band only put out two albums during their short career, 1991's self-titled and 1994's Yank Crime, both highly influential on various types of post-hardcore, emo and indie rock to come. Now, the band launched a website listing a free, all ages show happening in their hometown of San Diego on August 31 at Balboa Park. They'll be playing "a short set accompanied by San Diego Civic organist Dr. Carol Williams," according to Swami Records (John's label). It's the only date announced, but fingers crossed that more will be added!
Watch a full-set live video of Drive Like Jehu from 1992, below...