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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.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Night Birds at Warsaw in April (more by Keith Marlowe)
As someone who grew up listening to a lot of '90s punk, the Fat Wreck Chords Fat Music compilations were a godsend. (Along with Punk-O-Rama and Hopelessly Devoted to You.) They usually didn't cost much, and they could squeeze 15-20 bands onto one disc (or sometimes over 100). A lot of my early music memories are of those comps as much as they're of individual bands' albums (Fat Music for Fat People and Survival of the Fattest were particular favorites), but for whatever reason I don't seek out label comps anymore. Maybe because they're released less often, because I don't spend much time CD shopping anymore, or because it's now easier to hear what a label has to offer from their website. Probably a combination of all three.
Fat hasn't actually released a new one since 2010 but that will change on August 7 when they put out their first Fat Music comp in five years, Fat Music Vol. 8: Going Nowhere Fat. It's got a good mix of the same bands you saw on these things in the '90s -- NOFX, Swingin' Utters, Good Riddance, Lagwagon, Strung Out and more -- plus cool newer bands like Night Birds and toyGuitar.
The Night Birds song, "Left In The Middle," just came out today and it does what Night Birds do best -- mixes '80s surf punk with '90s skate punk, yet sounds totally fresh. It's got a particularly ripping guitar solo too. Listen, and check out the Fat Music Vol. 8 tracklist, below.
Night Birds next play NYC on July 26 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar at Rockaway Beach. That's a free afternoon show with Simon & The Bar Sinisters, Death Vacation, Nonsense and Moral Panic.
photo: Valerie June in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Memphis blues/folk vocal powerhouse Valerie June, who last played NYC at Carnegie Hall this past February, has more 2015 dates coming up, including a free NYC show this week. She plays the 'River & Blues' show on Thursday (7/16) in Wagner Park (located in the southernmost tip of Battery Park City). That show goes from 7-8:30 PM. No RSVP or tickets required.
All dates are listed, with a video of Valerie performing for ACL, below...
photo: Alex G at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The first is a free daytime performance on Sunday, August 2 at the Brooklyn Flea (50 Kent). He's on at 4:45 PM, and Snoozer and Pinegrove play too. RSVP is open.
After that, he headlines The Studio at Webster Hall on October 3 with TBA openers.
UPDATE: He is not playing The Studio at Webster Hall. That show is the pop singer who also uses the name Alex G.
Alex is also on the Basement / Title Fight / Adventures show in NJ this August. All dates are listed, with a video, below...
Kornel Kovacs is a Swedish electronic musician who, as he tells it, "grew up listening to his Hungarian parents' Kraftwerk tapes while taking drum, piano and singing classes, fell in love with jungle at the age of 10 and started djing professionally three years later." He's one third of the Studio Barnhus label with Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist, and that's the label he put his Nincs EP out on this past March. Since then, he branched out from his own label and hooked up with Numbers (home to Rustie, Jamie xx and more), who released his Radio Koko EP in late June. To quote Resident Advisor:
Though his EP for Numbers isn't a complete detour from the whimsical romanticism of previous releases, the Stockholm artist does lessen his dreamy atmospheres and zero in on a sleek, beat-focused sound. The result is four tuneful house productions that groove effortlessly as they radiate sumptuous melodies and carefree energy. In other words, a perfect summer record.You can stream Radio Koko and Nincs in full below.
Kornel is in the US for some dates this month, including LA tonight (7/10), Arizona on Saturday (7/11) and NYC the following weekend. The NYC show happens July 19 at Output in the venue's Panther Room with Alejandro Sab. That show is totally free.
All dates are listed, with the EP streams, below...
by Klaus Kinski
I don't know how I found it or who forwarded it to me, but many moons ago a video of a Fort Worth, Texas-based band called Complete playing their original tune "Hoogie-Boogie Land" live and in concert entered my life and I haven't been the same since. The video, posted below, is simultaneously impossible to watch the whole way through and yet impossible to look away from. Singer Curt Low energetically sings, wails, growls, and cackles with the stage presence of a lethargic Roger Daltrey while his three bandmates seem 'complete'ly out of sync; each member of the rhythm section look and sound like they are individually playing different songs. Add to that the fact that the bass player is wearing a Cat In The Hat-type hat and you've got yourself a full on aural and visual nightmare that even Tim and Eric couldn't have conjured.
And yet, there is something achingly endearing about the whole video. They are giving 110%. They are being videotaped and subsequently interviewed for a (probably) Fort Worth based (probably public access) TV program. You can tell that these guys feel like they are on the precipice of greatness. And yet, they were destined to be a footnote in the annals of oddball youtube videos, though they still gig (and play SXSW almost every year) but rarely outside of Texas...
...That is, until WFMU stepped in, presenting numbskulls like me with the opportunity of a live-time. I am beside myself to report that on Saturday August 22 and Union Pool, as part of the venue's 2015 Summer Thunder series of free outdoor afternoon jam-sessions, you can catch a headlining slot from the one, the only, the now a three-piece, COMPLETE!! Prepare for copious doses of classics like the aformentioned "Hoogie-Boogie Land," as well as "Hot As Hell," "Beautiful Sunrises," "Into The Night", and MORE. This will be their very FIRST NYC gig. If you've got the patience, if you've got the ear plugs, if you've got what. it takes. Then I will see you in Hoogie Boogie Land I mean Union Pool on Saturday August 22, 2 PM doors. FREE!
To complete WFMU's Summer Thunder: Octagrape, the current band from onetime Souljunk and Truman's Water dude Glen Galloway, and Indiana's Honey Radar (who play with Radioactivity and Flesh World at Baby's on 7/22).
Complete videos below...
Mac grilling up some hot stax o' wax
Mac DeMarco and Shamir recently hung out on a Brooklyn rooftop, playing Jenga, smoking cigarettes and shooting the breeze for a Complex TV video. It's a pretty fun tete-a-tete, and conversation topics include pot smoking, what they would do first if they switched bodies, and pet peeves. You can watch Pt. 1 below with the second installment being promised soon.
Mac's new mini-LP, Another One, is out in about a month with those four NYC shows coming up as well. To promote the NYC run, Mac is going to throw a BBQ on Wednesday (7/8) at 153 Morgan Ave (at Meserole) in Brooklyn at 1 PM. They'll be selling "Ass Passes" that get you into all four shows (including the sold-out Bowery, MHOW and Webster shows), which also come with a specially designed t-shirt and a "surprise item" yet to be revealed. Plus if you bring a food bank item, Mac will grill you a hot dog. He won't be playing live but will be jamming some unreleased music over his car stereo. More details on the flyer below.
photo: Caveman @ Webster Hall in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Caveman are working on their next album but have been taking time to play some shows as well, like opening for Blonde Redhead last month. NYC gets two chances to see them this week, and both shows are free and all ages. They will play the Game On block party on Wednesday (7/8) on Gouverneur Lane in the Financial District. Sweekuh opens and the show starts at 5 PM. More info is here. Then they'll play Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Sunday (7/12) with Surf Rock is Dead. That show starts at 1 PM.
photo: Will Butler (more by Debi Del Grande)
Arcade Fire's Will Butler has been pursuing his solo career this year, having visited NYC a few times. He'll return this Wednesday (7/1) at The Well for the venue to celebrate Canada Day, here renamed Canada D'eh, with fellow Canadian bands July Talk and Walrus. It's free with RSVP, and they'll have a Canadian breakfast (aka pancakes with maple syrup), Canadian whiskey and Canadian craft beer. Doors are at noon and the music starts at 5 PM.
by Bill Pearis
Prince Rama @ the Whitney, 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
South Street Seaport will be full of music on the Fourth of July, as they'll host the free Festival of Independence offering a wide variety of performers across three stages. Acts include singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston and
indie rock band Elk City (featuring Luna's Sean Eden) on the Fulton Street Stage; Prince Rama and Salt Cathedral on the indoor Fulton Stall Market Stage; and over at the Peck Slip Stage there's Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts and other twangy acts. The Seaport is also a good place to watch the fireworks. Full lineup and schedule below.
UPDATE: Elk City have unfortunately dropped off the bill.
Speaking of the Fulton Stall Market, the permanent indoor space is also host to Little Water Radio which broadcasts live every day from noon - 6 PM. There are shows from Northern Spy and Paper Garden records, and a host of other DJs (including this writer; my show "Past Future Perfect" is on Saturdays 2-4 PM Eastern). The space just opened the Market Bar which serves beer and wine. Little Water Radio is planning more live shows on Fulton Stall Market's stage this summer. Stay tuned.
If you've ever wondered what the fourth wall of Jerry Seinfeld's Seinfeld apartment looked like, we now have your answer: floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out onto 10th Avenue and the Highline. (Also his apartment is street-level. And in Chelsea.) Well at least that's the case with the nearly perfect recreation of the Seinfeld apartment that you can visit at Chelsea's Milk Studios (451 West 14th Street). The "nearly" comes from replacing
Jerry's classic Mac with a PC desktop (UPDATE: they've fixed this egregious error), but nearly every other detail is there. It's to celebrate Hulu getting streaming rights to all nine Seinfeld seasons, and the exhibit also includes some of the diner, props (the Maestro's wand) and more. It's free to visit and will be open now through Sunday (6/28) from 10 AM - 7 PM. But expect lines to be longer than at the Soup Nazi.
You can also take a virtual tour right now. If you go, don't try and burst in like Kramer. Some guy tried that already and broke the set on the exhibit's first day. (Or if you must try it, take off your backpack first.) Video of that (via Vulture) below...