Entries tagged with: free shows
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.
The Hold Steady at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Sept (more by PSquared)
As discussed, The Hold Steady are playing some shows at the end of the year including New Year's Eve at MHOW (sold out) and frontman Craig Finn's set at the 'Champagne Jam' at Webster (also sold out). Now there's a third chance to see them in the NYC-area, and it's happening a bit sooner than those shows. They're playing a Chrysler/Pandora show on November 19 at The Space at Westbury on Long Island which is free with RSVP. The description reads:
An exclusive performance by The Hold Steady, free to an intimate audience of Pandora listeners with RSVP. Attendees will be treated to limited-edition event swag, an open bar for the first two hours of the evening, and the chance to check out the all-new Chrysler 200!Updated dates are listed, with a video, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Girlpool at BV day party at Baby's All Right - 10/25/14
LA duo Girlpool played about ten shows right before and during CMJ, and they'll be back in the area next week to play NYC and Long Island on their tour with Jenny Lewis. They must really love it here, because now they've added yet another show. They were added to the Halloween show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which already has a stacked lineup of Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Mitski and more. That show is free and includes a costume contest ($500 cash prize), face painting and more. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend Halloween.
One of Girlpool's many CMJ shows was our Saturday day party. We already posted pictures of that show and we've got another set of Girlpool in this post. More, with their updated list of dates, below...
Deafheaven at MHOW in September 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Every metalhead's favorite black metal (or shoegaze or post-rock or screamo) band Deafheaven are heading out on the next Converse Rubber Tracks tour. What started as just individual free shows turned into short tours of free shows this past August when High on Fire went on the first Rubber Tracks tour. Converse appears to be doubling down on the metal, and the Deafheaven tour hits NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 19 (where they also played earlier this year) with support from Beast Patrol. Though the show is free, you do need tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (10/29) at noon. The tour will start out in Deafheaven's hometown of San Francisco and hit the other cities like L.A., Toronto and Boston with a rotating supporting cast. All dates are listed below.
All dates are listed, along with a stream Deafheaven's recent Adult Swim Single "From the Kettle Unto the Coil," below...
Rivers and Frances (via Hop Along Instagram)
Weezer brought their current tour playing their new album in full to Philly for a show at the Trocadero this Saturday (10/25). At that show, Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan joined the band on stage to duet with Rivers Cuomo on "Go Away" (Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sings with him on the album version." WXPN's The Key spoke to Frances about it:
She tells us she was on tour opening for mewithoutYou when she found out about the opportunity. "I was literally hopping up and down at a rest stop outside Baltimore when our booking agent, Merrick, told me the news."Weezer's tour hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/27) which is sold out. Will any guests be there tonight too?
Quinlan says she was nervous upon arriving at The Troc and watching Weezer soundcheck from backstage, but the band and the crew were total sweethearts, which put her at ease. "Rivers had me rehearse the song backstage with him and Brian [Bell, guitarist]," she says. "We ran through it once and an hour later I sang it onstage with them. It's the craziest thing that's ever happened to me."
Hop Along will also celebrate Halloween in NYC at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for a free show with wild garage rockers Diarrhea Planet headlining, plus Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$. They're also promising "costume cash prizes, light show, face painting, art debut and fun." Hop Along also play New Year's Eve in Philly.
Watch the video of Frances and Weezer below...
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard @ BVCMJ 10/24/2014
We're on the last day of CMJ -- White Fence just wrapped up their set at our day party and our official CMJ showcase starts in just a bit -- but for those who want to extend the music a little longer, don't forget you can catch some of more active bands this week play stripped down sets over brunch at the DO-NYC / Panache CMJ Hangover Party at Baby's All Right on Sunday (10/25) afternoon. Here's the lineup:
Panache CMJ Hangover Day Party!The show is free and, as you may have gathered, acts will be playing in either the side bar or the main bar for most of the day till things move into the performance space for King Gizzard (who were great at our Friday day party) and White Fence. If you missed them, or want to see them agian, here's another chance. You can RSVP here.
MAIN STAGE - White fence 5PM
MAIN STAGE King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard 4:15PM
BAR ROOM Juan Wauters 3:15PM
SIDE BAR Tiny Ruins 2:30PM
BAR ROOM Guy Blakeslee 1:45PM
SIDE BAR Christian Peslak 1PM
Back when Death by Audio was known as the Sugar Factory, they used to have shows in the loft space adjacent to what's now the main show space. They call that space The Ranch and it looks like they're having shows again there, starting with a marathon drone event called Holly Jolloween which starts Saturday (10/25) at 7 PM and goes till 7 PM Sunday (10/26):
To kick off the final month of madness at Death By Audio, we're hosting a 24-hour wall of sound in the loft space behind the venue. Every performance will overlap with the set before and after, so that there will not be a second of silence for the duration of the day.Musicians involved in the droning include Will Sheff, Greg Fox, Excepter, Oliver Ackerman (A Place to Bury Strangers), Travis Johnson (Grooms), and lots more. The event is free and entrance to The Ranch is the door just to the right of DbA's on S. 2nd St.
List of participating Holly Jolloween drone performers below...
(photo by @joerussophoto)
Veteran UK alt-rock band James are in town this week, having played Webster Hall on Tuesday (10/21) as part of CMJ. In addition to songs off their 13th album, La Petite Mort, the Manchester band played crowd favorites such as "Born of Frustration," "Come Home" and "Say Something." Setlist below.
James have added another NYC show this week and it's in a much more intimate venue, headlining Rough Trade's free Friday (10/24) day party that also features Oscar, Pinact, September Girls and Adult Jazz. The show is all-ages and no wristband or RSVP is required.
Pity Sex are coming to NYC for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets). It's their only full-band show here this week, but they will be playing a short stripped down set at the Fred Perry store at 306 Grand between Roebling and Havemeyer earlier that day at 4 PM. That's totally free to the public.
Stream Pity Sex's recent "Acid Reflex" single below...