Entries tagged with: free shows
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...
Hip hop legend Pete Rock, known among other things for his classic 1992 collaboration with CL Smooth, Mecca and the Soul Brother, put out a new instrumental album this week. It's called Petestrumentals 2, and it's the long-awaited sequel to 2001's Petestrumentals. You can stream the whole thing below.
Pete is celebrating the album with a release show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/24), and he's promising a ton of exciting special guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Slum Village, Termanology, Camp Lo, Sean Price, Das EFX, Large Professor and Royal Flush. DJ Natasha Diggs is opening the night, and Pharoahe Monch is hosting. Tickets are available.
Pete's next live appearance is a SummerStage show on July 19 in Queensbridge Park, where he'll be performing alongside a screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic. That goes from 7-9 PM and is totally free.
Petestrumentals 2 album stream below...
by Sadaaf Mamoon
Samantha Urbani is more than Dev Hynes' muse, a Twitter personality and onetime Friends fronter. Having released her first two solo works, she's well on her way to a glittery solo career. "1234" is a fluorescent bop produced by Dev's old Test Icicles' bandmate Sam Mehran and features boyfriend Dev and one-time Friends bandmate Matthew Molnar. "U Know I Know" is the swoony, emotional follow-up, also with help from Mehran. Stream both great tracks below.
Before she plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday, June 27 with Pachanga Boys, Eclair Fifi, Amnesia Scanner, and The Black Madonna (tickets), Samantha will test out her new live band ("still a work in progress") at her first solo show which happens at Baby's All Right on Thursday (6//25), which is free with RSVP.
Samantha will also be DJing at the Powrplnt Harlem Heat Opening Party at Hunter East Harlem on Wednesday (6/24). That's free and more info is here.
by Bill Pearis
Montreal trio Seoul released their debut album, I Become a Shade, last week. If you haven't checked it out, it's lush synthpop that's sort of a modern update of the chilled-out, sophisti-pop sounds of '80s acts like The Dream Academy, China Crisis or Blue Nile. You can stream the whole album, plus the little cloud remix of single "The Line," below.
The band will be in NYC this week for a couple of record release shows, playing Elvis Guesthouse on Wednesday (6/24) with Heathers and Very Fresh (tickets) and a free show as part of Rooftop Films at Solar One on Thursday (6/25), where they'll play before a screening of Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha. That Rooftop Films show starts at 8:30 PM.
Seoul have also just announced a fall tour that will bring them to NYC again on October 10 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26) at noon. All tour dates are listed below...
Make Music NY is back for an ninth year, celebrating the spirit of live music all over NYC on Sunday, June 21. In addition to many acts playing on street-corners, parks and other public locations, as usual, there are a number of special events, all of which are free:
Street Studios: Twelve small mobile recording studios will appear on sidewalks throughout NYC, each run by a team of two DJ-engineers. These producers will spend three hours (11am-2pm) recording, quick-mixing, looping, and playing back the live sounds, while interacting with the public who stop by to sing, play an instrument, or record sounds that become part of the musical track. They'll then spend the rest of the day mixing and finishing the track so it can be played at the "Street Studio Smackdown" party at the DUMBO Spot in Brooklyn.
Mass Appeal: Performances across the city all involving a single instrument -- Accordions, Cellos, Gongs, Guitars, Theremins (!), Ukuleles among them -- and if you can play, you can play. Download the sheet music, show up and join the band.
Punk Island: One hundred punk bands from all over the world, playing across seven stages on a pier in Staten Island.
Concerto for Buildings: "MMNY will shut down Greene Street in SoHo, where eight buildings have hollow, cast-iron facades that resonate when struck, for a 30-minute Concerto for Buildings, a new work for full orchestra and 24 percussionists using the buildings as instruments, with four separate movements by four composers: Paula Matthusen (winner of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize), Scott Wollshleger, Daniel Goode, and Elijah Valongo (a student-composer in Face The Music)."
Exquisite Corpses: Using the double meaning of the phrase, this is both the rotating art method when one musician will take over where the last left off, but it will also be happening in six of NYC's burial grounds.
Sousapalooza!: Hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players will pay tribute to The March King himself, John Philip Sousa, along with other march classics in Bryant Park.
Pop-Up Musicals: Some of the most beloved musicals of all time will be spontaneously performed in seven of Manhattan's most iconic parks.
Porch Stomp: 40 bluegrass, country and folk acts will perform on Governors Island's Nolan Park, and you're welcome to bring an instrument and join in.
The 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon (part of River to River) happens on Sunday (6/21) at The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, with cans and other instruments being banged on from noon to 10 PM. Highlights include So Percussion performing with Nels Cline and Bobby Previte, the Asphalt Orchestra doing Pixies covers, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the US premiere of the Glenn Branca Ensemble's Ascension Three which closes the evening. The whole schedule is listed, along with a YouTube playlist of this year's performers, below.
If you can't make it down to Brookfield Place, this year's Marathon will stream live in its entirety on Bang on a Can's Website.
photo: Jacco Gardner @ Seaport Music Festival 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jacco Gardner, who just released his second album, was one of a few bands featured on a limited edition Trouble in Mind 12" they released just for the Eindhoven Psych Lab festival that happened in the Netherlands last weekend. The comp also featured exclusive tracks from The Liminanas, Klaus Johann Grobe, Ultimate Painting, Morgan Delt, Soft Walls and Doug Tuttle, all of whom played the fest. The comp was hard to come by (the label is promising it may be available on their site again soon) but for now you can stream Jacco's contribution, the instrumental "You Have The Key (That Opens The Door)" below.
Gardner is in NYC as we speak for Northside, playing Rough Trade tonight (6/12) with Nap Eyes, and Heaven's Gate. Tickets are still available and you can use your Northside badge to get in (subject to capacity). He then opens the Heems / Very Best show on Friday (6/12) at Green Label Live in McCarren Park (where Luna play tonight). That show is also with St. Grandson, Sevdaliza, Oy and Irie Mafia. It's free but you do need to RSVP.
Those Northside shows are the kickoff to Gardner's North American tour. All dates are listed below...
Summer in NYC means SummerStage, mostly-free concerts in Central Park and many other parks around NYC. Who caught Mastodon and Clutch? The Felice Brothers + The Barr Brothers? Charles Bradley?
Other upcoming SummerStage shows we're excited about include:
* Caribou and Sinkane on August 6 in East River Park (FREE!)
Check out the full schedule for muchhhhh more.
And check out a great interview with Joey BadA$$ over at Gothamist.
Watch a video SummerStage made recapping opening night this year with Tedeschi Trucks Band, below. The Duck Down BBQ flyer is down there too.
photo: Merchandise in Chicago in 2014 (more by Milos Markicevic)
Florida post-punks Merchandise were just in NYC for two shows this past Saturday, and now they're planning on swinging back around for another one this Saturday (6/13).
It's one of the two free daytime Northside Festival shows happening at the UO Live Stage at Williamsburg Walks, located on Bedford Ave and N. 5th St. It's a diverse lineup too, with Merchandise being joined by psych rockers Sunflower Bean, ambient/art pop musician GABI, punky indie rockers Bully, and one more TBA.
The next day (6/14) has Light Asylum, Honduras, Eskimeaux, American Wrestlers, and one more TBA.
Set times for both shows below...
Musician, performance artist and general provocateur, Peaches now has a photo book as well, titled What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches. Shot by photographer Holger Talinski, on-stage and off, it also features text by Peaches, Michael Stipe (who included Peaches in his NYU residency), Yoko Ono and actress Ellen Page. From Micheal Stipe's commentary: "this is balls like we haven't seen since patti smith; she is die antwoord, kim gordon, nwa. she stands tall and she is fearless. that is my definition of a hero, heroine, progressive, icon-- locked in, and ready to rumble."
Peaches is in NYC this week promoting the book, with two events you can attend. Tonight (6/9) at Word Brooklyn she'll be in conversation with Vanity Fair writer Elissa Schappell, followed by a book signing. That starts at 7 PM. Then on Wednesday (6/10) at Bryant Park's Word, Peaches will do a Q&A with music journalist Lorraine Ali, followed by a book signging. That one starts at 12:30 PM. Both of those events are free and open to the public.
photo: Cayetana at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me! will begin their North American tour after their set at Bonnaroo this Friday (6/12), coming to NYC for a free Northside Festival show on Saturday afternoon (6/13) in McCarren Park. Since we last spoke, that show got even better with the addition of Mitski and Cayetana. RSVP is still open.
That's Mitski's second Northside show, after the Pitchfork show happening a night earlier at Saint Vitus (6/12) with Fred Thomas, Gun Outfit and Dreamcrusher (tickets). She's also touring with Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux, hitting NYC on 7/17 at Palisades (sold out) and 7/19 at Shea (tickets).
Updated Against Me! dates are listed, with some videos, below...
Shamir released his debut album, Ratchet, a couple weeks ago and if you haven't checked it out yet you can stream it via Rdio below. His tour will start next week, and includes a sold-out NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 18. He's just added a tour warm up / record release show as well, happening Sunday (6/7) at Rough Trade. It's a free, all-ages matinee, starting at 2 PM with a record signing afterwards.
He's added a few other tour dates as well since we last posted, and all are listed below...
One of the hip hop shows happening during the 2015 SummerStage season this year is the annual Duck Down BBQ, which takes place June 11 in Betsy Head Park. Like last year, BrooklynVegan is proudly one of the sponsors.
This year's lineup includes Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Kirk Knight & CJ Fly of Pro Era, Chelsea Reject, Raz Fresco, Young M.A, DJs Statik Selektah and Mr. Green, and host Peter Rosenberg. It's totally FREE, as is food and gear, and the show goes down from 6-9 PM.
Speaking of SummerStage hip hop shows, tonight (6/2) they ahve Scarface in Red Hook Park.
photo: Body Language at Afropunk 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A new FREE Tuesday evening concert series is coming to NYC starting tonight (6/2) and running through the end of June called Summer Sessions. It takes place at the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street) with a DJ at 5 PM and live music starting at 6:30 PM. Here's the lineup for the series:
June 2: Body Language (UPDATE: Body Language is cancelled)Once again, it's totally free. No RSVP required. Brookfield Place is also home to the massive new fancy foodie destination Le District (kind of the Eataly of French cuisine) and gourmet food court Hudson Eats. Check out the Summer Sessions website for more.
June 9: Margaret Glaspy
June 16: Banda Magda
June 23: Julia Easterlin
June 30: Superhuman Happiness
While Ghostface Killah is set to go on a tour with his Wu-Tang Clan partner Raekwon celebrating the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx this summer, he'll play his own hometown NYC show ahead of that. It happens June 17 at The Good Room in Greenpoint (formerly Europa) with younger NYC rapper YC the Cynic and 2DopeBoyz' Meka on DJ duty. It's a 'Heineken Green Room' show and is free with RSVP. Even if you RSVP though, entry is first come first served.
The Only Built 4 Cuban Linx tour hits NYC on July 20 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available. Updated Ghostface dates are listed, with the Good Room show flyer, below...
photo: Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Speedy Ortiz have been very active tourers lately. They already played NYC once this year, and have a T5 show with Courtney Barnett and Torres coming up on 7/22 (tickets), and in the past 24 hours they were announced for Riot Fest Denver, Riot Fest Chicago, and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
That T5 show is actually one of two NYC shows for Speedy, as they were recently added to Waxahatchee's River Rocks show on July 9 at Pier 84. The very talented Weyes Blood is on that show too, and it's free. Like all River Rocks shows on Pier 84, gates open at 6 PM and the music starts at 7.
Pier 84 is the same pier that 4Knots Festival is happening this year, which also just announced an expanded lineup, including Super Furry Animals.
Speedy recently put out a video for "Raising the Skate," one of the highlights off their new album Foil Deer. Watch that, with their updated list of tour dates, below...