Entries tagged with: free shows
GZA at MHOW in 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
In honor of the 12 universities and 60,000+ college students in Downtown Brooklyn, Northside/L Mag is teaming up with Dwntwn Brklyn to present a free with RSVP show at MetroTech Commons on Thursday (10/3) for those students (and also the general public). The show is being co-headlined by Wu-Tang member GZA and synth pop duo Tanlines, with opening sets from Kitty (Pryde) and Mas Ysa. The show goes from 5-9 PM, and if you've never been to MetroTech Commons, here's directions.
In related news, Kitty Pryde collaborator Hot Sugar released an EP, Made Man, this week which Kitty appears on, along with Antwon, Lakutis, Kool AD, Chippy Nonstop, Heems, Big Baby Gandhi, and more. You can download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below. You can catch Hot Sugar live at Silent Barn on Saturday (10/5) with Logan Takahasi (of Teengirl Fantasy), Title TK, and Ogg Myst; and at 285 Kent on November 21 with Chrome Sparks and Infinity Shred (tickets).
by Bill Pearis
Welsh band Joanna Gruesome released their debut album, Weird Sister, earlier this month via Slumberland. It's a terrific record of riotous indiepop that has both jangly melodicism and sharp-fanged, bash-it-out aggression. (It's almost like Los Campesinos! covering Veronica Falls or vise versa.) You can stream a couple tracks below or listen to the whole thing via Spotify and Rdio.
Those coming to CMJ in two weeks can catch Joanna Gruesome live where they'll be playing their first North American shows. There are two confirmed shows so far: they'll play the Kanine Records/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 as part of a killer lineup including Eternal Summers, Eagulls, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, VALLEYS and The History of Apple Pie. That show is free. They'll also a day party at The Rock Shop on October 19 with Great Lakes, Fan Modine, Room Full of Strangers, Sophie Auster, Riverwild and Three Thousand Crowns. That show is also free. More shows are likely to pop up as we get closer to CMJ (which is pretty close already).
Song streams and flyer for the Kanine day party below...
Grizzly Bear at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is returning from October 9 to 13 across various NYC venues. It's since been announced that like they did last year, they'll be doing a free concert in Times Square on October 12. The lineup for the show is Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers, and a James Murphy DJ set.
JSBX @ Bowery Electric, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
From the Facebook page of Williamsburg's Passenger Bar:
Tonight [9/22] at PASSENGER BAR: The one and only JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION will be playing a set of songs for our lovely friend Jo Murray's birthday!!! Don't miss out on this epic show!!! 9pm show time, party starts at 8, Spencer Bewley and Josh Styles rock it on the turntables! PBxRR! That's how we do it!!! xxSo set those DVRs to record Breaking Bad or The Emmys or whatever it is you were doing.
Labor Day is past but it's still technically summer and Union Pool is running its free Summer Thunder series every Saturday through the end of the month. This weekend's show (9/14) is being presented by Secretly Canadian and is a bit of a mystery. Gentlemen Jets headline, and there's also a slot for ".?." We do know that Martin from Brazos will do a solo set (Jessie from Luyas was supposed to play with him, but she had to cancel), and J.Ek from Wye Oak side project Dungeonesse will do a DJ set, as will D.Jane Gherkin, and Bear in Heaven's Adam Wills. The party starts around 2 PM with live bands going on later in the day.
Then on September 21 it's DJ Dog Dick, I.U.D. and DJ Dago with more to be announced. September 28 will be the season finale, that they aren't announcing yet. Stay tuned.
As mentioned, Detroit garage rockers The Dirtbombs are releasing their long-awaited "bubblegum" album, Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! next week (9/17) via In the Red. You can stream the whole thing right now over at SPIN who also talk with main Dirtbomb Mick Collins. Mick tells them a bit about each track like lead track, "Crazy for You" (streamable below):
When I was a kid in Detroit, there was a station called CKLW, which is actually across the border in Canada. They were a prime source for AM pop and quasi-bubblegum, not the sort of Saturday-morning-cartoons bubblegum this album is based on, but the stuff that would get played anyway. That song for me just sounds like a CKLW song to me. I wasn't making a conscious effort of trying to write a song like that, but as I was writing the song, it was like a CKLW moment. [Laughs.] When I was first writing it, it seemed like any other song, but right as we started laying down the tracks, I was like, "Oh, this is the single!"The Dirtbombs haven't announced any tour plans surrounding the new album but they will be in NYC this weekend for a free block party celebrating the opening of the Shinola Flagship Tribeca store (177 Franklin @ Hudson) on Saturday (9/14). The party runs from noon - 4 PM and also features a performance by Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, plus DJ Rockaton and DJ Austin Peters spinning tunes between sets.
Flyer for the block party, plus "Crazy for You" track stream, below.
DIIV at Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Jansport and Noisey are teaming up for their fifth and final JanSport Bonfire Session (which also included the Divine Fits/Japandroids show at SXSW), set to take place in NYC at Williamsburg's temporary community space Havemeyer Park on September 21 (between S3/S4 & Wythe/Kent) with three NYC artists: shoegazey rockers DIIV, anthemic popsters Guards, and guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C. Johnson. The show is free and RSVP is required, but it doesn't guarantee entry so get there early. 21+. Flyer and streams from all three artists below.
Havemeyer Park is also the same location that Nitehawk Outdoors is bringing free screenings and music to, the next one being Tuesday (9/10).
DIIV is also playing NYC this week as an opener for blink-182 at MHOW on Wednesday (9/11). Sold out.
Flyer and streams below...
Laura Marling at Roulette in May (more by PSquared Photography)
British folk singer Laura Marling is currently on a North American tour which comes to NYC for sold out shows on November 8 and 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. She's since announced one more way you can see her in NYC, which will be an intimate performance on September 11 at St. Ann's Church (157 Montague St in Brooklyn Heights) for a WFUV remote broadcast. The show is free but the only way to get in is to check wfuv.org or email email@example.com for a chance to win tickets. Winners will be chosen at random and notified no later than 2 PM on September 10.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the show flyer and a video, below...
the cast of wacky misfits in 'Brooklyn Nine Nine'
If you didn't already see the many billboards and endless TV promo spots for it, FOX has a new cop comedy debuting this fall called Brooklyn Nine Nine starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher. Whether it will be as it be as funny as Car 54 Where Are You? remains to be seen, you'll just have to tune in on September 17 to find out.
Or, if you live in NYC you can catch an early screening on September 12 at Brooklyn Bowl that includes a free live performance from Twin Sister. It's the band's only upcoming live show. The show is free but you do need to RSVP. Twin Sister have already pondered what's on everyone's minds:
Neko Case's new album The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You will be out on September 3 via ANTI- (but you can stream it now), and the day after that she'll be celebrating with a free Pandora/T-Mobile-presented show in NYC at Skylight West (9/4) (500 W 36 St). Doors for the show are at 7 PM, and the music goes from 8-10. RSVP is open now.
Updated dates are listed, along with a song stream from her new LP, below...
He's also doing an in-store signing from 5-8 at Best Buy in Union Square.
Check out a video from the new LP, below...
"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to enjoy gourmet popcorn and white summer ale..."
While Summerscreen ended a couple weeks ago, folks in Williamsburg who enjoy movies under the stars have a new option. Nitehawk Cinema is presenting a free (with RSVP) series called Nitehawk Outdoors at the new Havemeyer Park located at Wythe Avenue and South 3rd St. The series mixes music and film and kicked off last week with Dolly Parton's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and a performance from a Dolly Parton tribute band.
There are two more events to come: September 10 is Chicago featuring a performance by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra (RSVP). And then on September 17 they'll show James Bond classic Goldfinger, with soundtrack band Morricone Youth playing before (RSVP). In addition to the movies and music, Brooklyn Star, Oddfellows Ice Cream, and Brooklyn Brewery beer. Music starts at 7:30 PM with the movie to follow at 8:30 PM.
Havemeyer Park is an "interim community space" that also is currently home to a BMX bike course and an "urban farm."
Crystal Stilts (photo by The Impossible Project)
In addition to supporting slots at two Deerhunter shows, Crystal Stilts have also announced a FREE record release appearance at Other Music on 9/16 at 8PM. The show goes down the day before the release of Nature Noir via Sacred Bones. All other dates are listed, along with a stream of the new track "Future Folklore," below.
Members of K Holes and Bezoar will open Worship, a new vintage shop in Bushwick (117 Wilson Ave) that will be focused on "artists and musicians influence on fashion through the decades". The opening party will go down on Saturday (8/24) from 4-10PM and feature the art of Seth from Hunx and his Punx, in his first ever art show. The art show is free and open to the public and will be an excellent primer for Hunx's show at Death by Audio with Hunters, Las Rosas, and 2 Pretty later that night.
The Babies and Spires are playing Mercury Lounge on September 7. Free Tickets to that show go on RSVP via Thrillcall App at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - Skyballer (MP3)
Brooklyn's electronic duo Lemonade released Diver last year and while there's no word of a follow-up just yet, the band did release a new single this week. "Skyballer" was co-produced by L-Vis 1990 is more focused (and catchy) than anything heard from the band to date. You can download it above or stream it below.
Lemonade are playing a free show with Javelin at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (8/28) with DJ sets from Tanlines too. The event is part of Levis' "Commuter Bike Shop" tour. You do need to RSVP to attend.
The night after that (8/29) Lemonade will also DJ the free Captured Tracks kickoff party at South Street Seaport's Topsider bar.
Lemonade single stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Last month, LA duo Soft Metals released Lenses, their second album for Captured Tracks. The record is loaded blue steel minimal synth grooves and breathy vocals, the perfect for you next trip to Mega-City One. You can stream single "Tell Me" and watch the video for the album's title track below.
Soft Metals (not to be confused with their labelmates The Soft Moon) will be in NYC next weekend for the Captured Tracks CT5 Fifth Anniversary festival that happens at The Well. They play the second night (September 1) which also features Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak and Blouse, and tickets are still available. The date is part of a late-summer tour for the duo and all dates are listed below.
Speaking of CT5, there is now a free kickoff party happening on Thursday, August 29 at Topsider Bar at South Street Seaport (right by Smorgasbar). The night starts with an Other Music-sponsored listening party for Blouse's new album, and will then feature DJ sets from Anthony Naples and Lemonade. That starts early (6:30 PM). Flyer for that party is below.
All dates are listed, along with streams and flyer, below...
Danny Brown at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Fool's Gold Records are returning with their free Labor Day (9/2) party, Fool's Gold Day Off again this year. Unlike past years, when it was held in the City Winery backyard, this year it's taking place at big outdoor Brooklyn venue, Williamsburg Park. The lineup includes Danny Brown (who also played last year), Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P, who we just caught at Webster Hall), Migos, A$AP Ferg, World's Fair, Action Bronson collaborator Party Supplies, Duck Sauce, Unibros (special DJ set), Grandemarshall, Nick Catchdubs, #BEEN#TRILL, and "special guests." The party runs from 2 PM-10 PM, and though it's free, you do have to RSVP (entry is still first come, first served, though). Show flyer below.
Danny Brown, who just released a new track, can also be seen for free in NYC even sooner at Afro-Punk Festival (8/24-25). After Fool's Gold Day Off, he heads out on a tour with Action Bronson that ends in NJ for Rock the Bells this October.
A$AP Ferg is releasing his new album, Trap Lord, this week (8/20). The album features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and more, and it can be streamed in full at Ferg's website.
Fool's Gold Day Off flyer below...
Please come out and celebrate the life and work of Jim Bentley. Since 2003 my dear friend and man with the golden ears recorded hundreds of records at the Fort. This is a free event with a donation jar for which proceeds will go directly to his mother to help with expenses. Everyone is welcome whether you knew Jim or not for this is not only a celebration of his life and the friends that he touched but a celebration of the beautiful music that he helped create. We love and miss you Jimmy. - [via Facebook]James Bentley, who owned and was the engineer at The Fort Studio in Bushwick, passed away last month. Some of his friends and bands who recorded there are hosting a memorial show this Sunday (8/18) at Cake Shop. The line-up includes Jennifer O'Connor, Doug Gillard, Doug Keith (of Mascott & Sharon Van Etten) and more. The show is free but donations are being suggested and all proceeds will go to James' mother.
Full line-up and flyer for the memorial show, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Boston trio Bent Shapes are set to release their terrific debut album, Feels Weird, on August 20 via Father/Daughter. While most of the record is pretty scrappy, the band do have a dreamy/introspective side, too, which can be heard on the LP's new single, "Hex Maneuvers." You can stream that below.
The band will be in NYC later this month for a record release show at Cake Shop on August 24 with killer support from Two Inch Astronaut, Butter the Children, and Gross Relations; and are also playing Silent Barn on August 29 with Shark? and The Doubts.
If you can't make those shows, or you want to see them again, Bent Shapes are now playing the final installment of my Sound Bites Series at South Street Seaport on Sunday, August 25. (Leapling dropped off the bill.) It happens on the Front/Row stage at the corner of Fulton and Front streets right by Smorgasbar. I DJ starting around 3 PM and the band plays at 4 PM sharp. Free.
This Sunday's (8/18) Sound Bites show is with Radical Dads and do come out for that one too. All Bent Shapes tour dates are listed, along with track streams from the album, below...
DOWNLOAD: DJ Dodger Stadium - Warm Up/FADER Mix (MP3)
This weekend, NYC label True Panther will be throwing a party on Rockaway Beach at the Playland Motel on Sunday. It features DJ sets by UK producer Hyetal, Brooklyn synth popsters Lemonade, Paris' 2 Chenz, Van Rivers, Cool Places Soundsystem, and "some very very special guests." It runs from 4PM to 2AM and it's totally free. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Hyetal is in town this weekend for his previously discussed appearances at Glasslands on Friday (8/9 with Braille (of Sepalcure), Jim-E Stack, and DJ True Panther (tickets) and Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (10/10) with his Velour collaborator Julio Bashmore, Detroit techno vets Octave One, and a collaboration from Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy under the name DJ Dodger Stadium (tickets).
DJ Dodger Stadium made this week's Warm Up/FADER Mix, and you download that above, or stream it below.
Meanwhile, Julio Bashmore got to NYC a little earlier in the week to open for fellow Jessie Ware collaborators Disclosure at their Central Park show with TNGHT. At that show, Sam Smith joined Disclosure on stage for "Latch," and he plays his own NYC show TONIGHT (8/8) at Mercury Lounge (sold out). Support at the show comes from Lawrence Rothman, who we also just caught at Glasslands last night (8/7).
Flyer and Warm Up mix below...
by Bill Pearis
'70s cult soul artist Shuggie Otis is back in town this week for two shows, both of which are free. On Thursday (8/8) he'll play a lunchtime show (noon) at Metrotech Commons, which is the finale of BAM's 2013 R&B Festival. Then on Sunday (8/11) he'll play Central Park Summerstage with Jose James and Hiatus Kaiyote. That show starts at 7 PM.
Speaking of, Hiatus Kaiyote are from Melbourne, Australia and make laid back, jazzy R&B/soul with maybe just a little trip hop in there too. Questlove and Erykah Badu are fans and the band's new, very listable album, Tawk Tomahawk, is streamable in full, below. The album's final track, "Nakkamara," features Q-Tip and is probably the record's standout cut. Hiatus Kaiyote will also play a headlining show while here on Monday (8/12) at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
And speaking of Q-Tip, his #Offline party happens tonight (8/7) and every Wednesday at Output's Panther Room. The party starts at 10 PM and tickets are $10.
Meanwhile, Jose James (who plays the Summerstage show) also has other dates, including a just-announced NYC show with FaltyDL happening on November 22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale, and a general on-sale begins Friday (8/9) at noon. All of his dates are listed below.
Flyers for #Offline and Summerstage, plus Hiatus Kaiyote's album stream and tour schedule, below...
During the week of August 17-25, MoCADA and Soul of Brooklyn will be presenting Soul of Brooklyn Week 2013, celebrating "African Diasporan arts and culture while promoting partnerships between local arts organizations and black businesses in Brooklyn."
One of the big highlights of the week is the free kickoff concert on August 17 at Cuyler Gore Park (Greene Ave and Fulton St) with avant-hip hop crew Shabazz Palaces and their collaborators/Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction. That show runs from 2-7 PM, and again, it's totally free.
THEESatisfaction will also host the "Black Weirdo" party at Littlefield on August 23, which features music from OC Note, Mursi Layne, and Chocolate Chuck. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
And to wrap up the week, on August 25, Soul of Brooklyn is teaming up with Afro-Punk (whose Afro-Punk Festival concludes that same day) for a block party by Commodore Barry Park at Flushing Ave and Navy St. That runs from 1-8 PM with DJ sets from Rich Medina, Prince Paul, CX KIDTRONIK, and Mursi Layne.
Full schedule below...
Red Fang - 'Whales and Leeches'
Converse Rubber Tracks Live just announced a free Music Hall of Williamsburg show (8/9) with Glassjaw, Balance & Composure, and World's Fair (which is already "sold" out), and they've now announced another free Brooklyn show taking place this month as well. Portland sludge beasts Red Fang will team up with Doomriders (fronted by Converge bassist Nate Newton) and one of Brooklyn's better young punk bands, Low Fat Getting High, for a free, all ages show at 285 Kent on August 22. Though it's free, you do need tickets, and those go on "sale" August 8 at 10 AM.
Red Fang recently announced that their new album, Whales and Leeches, will be out in October via Relapse Records. The album was produced by Chris Funk of fellow Portland band The Decemberists (whose singer, Colin Meloy, just announced a solo tour), and mixed by Vance Powell, whose known for his work with The White Stripes. That's the album artwork above.
Doomriders also just announced a new album, Grand Blood, which will be out on October 15 via Deathwish. It was produced by Nate's Converge bandmate (and all-around metal production wizard) Kurt Ballou, and will feature artwork by Thomas Hooper and packaging by Ryan Patterson, frontman of Coliseum (who you can also see for free in Brooklyn this month). Grand Blood artwork and tracklist below.
As usual, Low Fat Getting High have other upcoming local shows, including a previously discussed Pianos (8/27) show with The Can't Tells; another on August 17 at Rippers on Rockaway Beach with a stacked local line up of Sleepies, Eula, Big Ups, and Shark? (flyer below); and one at Grand Victory on September 28.
Red Fang are also touring the western US in October. All of their tour dates are listed, along with some streams/videos, Doomriders album stuff and Rippers flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jamie Lidell at Glasslands in April (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Still on the heels of his funky, maximalist R&B new self titled album, Jamie Lidell will be returning to NYC for his second time this year, this week. His tour has him arriving at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (8/1), his first of three shows in the area. Tonight's show is being opened by indie folk/hip hop mixer Emily Wells and DJ Shiftee. Tickets are still available.
Tonight will be his most intimate one, but if intimacy is less important to you than saving money, on Friday (8/2) at Prospect Park he plays a big, free Celebrate Brooklyn! show that also includes Baltimore weirdo Dan Deacon and Stones Throw-signed soul trio The Stepkids. Doors open at 6:30 PM and show starts at 7:30.
Then, a little farther out from NYC, Jamie plays one more free show on Saturday (8/3) at The Surf Lodge in the Hamptons. Doors open at 5 PM for this one.
These are his last three North American dates before two European festivals he plays later this month. All dates are listed, along with a stream of "What A Shame" from the new album, below...