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Cassandra Jenkins

From the organization [Hypnocraft] that curated the collaboration series THE HUM comes AT THE INN -- an ongoing residency at Manhattan Inn, taking place this June through September on [mostly] the second Monday of each month. AT THE INN will explore the best of Brooklyn's music community in-the-round, and all performances will be free and open to the public.

HYPNOCRAFT has a serious fascination with the creative intersections in both the collaborative process and multi-disciplinary performances. Productions are primarily commission-based, working with artists of various disciplines with a focus on music, dance, film, and video art. HYPNOCRAFT's mission is to connect an eclectic scope of artists working in different mediums; serve as a platform for creative collaboration; bring audiences a whole new performance experience.

As the above quote points out, the people who brought you The Hum will begin a new series of free shows at Manhattan Inn in June. The first one happens Monday, June 8 with Pavo Pavo, Alpenglow, Cassandra Jenkins and My Bubba. It starts at 8:30 PM.

Pavo Pavo, who used to be called Plume Giant, recently put out a new single "Ran Ran Run," which precedes their album, Young Narrator In The Breakers (release date TBA). The band shares members with San Fermin and Sam Cohen's backing band, and some have collaborated with Dave Longstreth and Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic. You can hear that single below.

Alpenglow, whose 2014 EP we wrote about here, also play a NYC show on Saturday (5/30) at Mercury Lounge with All Forces, Steady Sun and Toebow (tickets).

Cassandra Jenkins, who sometimes plays with Eleanor Friedberger, also played one of the installments of The Hum this past April which we posted pictures of. She recently recorded a cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" with Delicate Steve which you can hear below.

Flyer for the first installment of At The Inn, also below...

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Union Pool have announced more performers for this year's free Summer Thunder series. New additions include Kid Congo Powers & Pink Monkey Birds and a reunion of shitgaze ragers K-Holes on July 25, and new Matador Records signee Steve Gunn will play Summer Thunder on August 29.

There are some additions to already-announced shows as well. The May 30 kickoff show with Hector's Pets will also feature sets from party punks Metalleg and Slam Section. The highly anticipated (by us at least) June 27 Destruction Unit show has now gotten better, with the addition of Pampers and Cheena.

The June 13 Blues Control show now also has Hex Message (who've toured with Gang Gang Dance) and Ohal. And the Summer Thunder edition of JD Samson's PAT party now includes a live performance by "gender-problematizing goth dance band," Bottoms.

And unfortunately Endless Boogie has dropped off the June 6 Summer Thunder show, but gnawa group the Innove Gnawa Band are still playing, with more acts to be announced.

Summer Thunder happens Saturdays from May 30 through August 29 at Union Pool from 2 PM - 6 PM. Free, 21+. For more info and updates, check out Summer Thunder's facebook.

Though not part of Summer Thunder, Union Pool will be having an "Afternoon Hang" on Saturday afternoon (5/23) in the front room, featuring cellist Clara Kennedy, J. Leisure and DJ Mike Wolf. That starts at 2 PM and is free. Flyer for that, and the updated 2015 Summer Thunder schedule, is below...

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The reformed Luna will be touring North America this fall, but folks in NYC can see them before that, as they'll be playing a free Northside Festival show on June 11 at McCarren Park! It is FREE but you do need to claim tickets.

Luna will be back for three NYC shows in October.

Mykki Blanco
Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco recently announced that he'd no longer be rapping, but that doesn't mean he's not performing at all. Not long ago, he gave a spoken word performance called Baby Steps: How to heal yourself from everyday Psychic Poisons or Repentance for Dummies, and uploaded video along with the following statement:

Most people are familiar with my work in rap music and so may not be aware of my background in theater, acting and writing.

Last summer I participated in a writing residency at Galeria zé dos bois in Lisbon Portugal. Most of my theatrical and spoken performances have been very ephemeral, connected to either larger events or apart of lectures and panel discussions and have not been filmed. But I am happy to share with you here in its entirety my solo performance.

You can watch the performance below. No word yet what exactly Mykki's future performances will be, but he did just schedule a free NYC show happening August 22 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway Beach location that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are now booking. Other artists TBA for that show.

Mykki's old friend from the rap days, Le1f, also announced a new NYC show today. He plays the POP Montreal Northside Festival showcase happening June 14 at Brooklyn Bowl with Princess Nokia and DJ HVAD. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

Le1f's most recent single is a remix of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter." Listen to that, with the Mykki Blanco videos, below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco shares spoken word videos, playing a free NYC show; Le1f playing POP Montreal's Northside showcase"


Funk legend George Clinton was in NYC last week (5/12) for a talk at Brooklyn Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. The hour-plus conversation touched on his whole career, being sampled and more. You can watch the whole thing below. If you'd like to hear more from him, Clinton released a memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?, last year.

Clinton will be back in our area soon, but with Parliament-Funkadelic, playing two free NYC shows: Queensbridge Park on July 15 as part of SummerStage, and then Brooklyn's Metrotech Commons on July 16 as part of BAM's free summer R&B Festival. The Metrotech show is at noon, and later that day P-Funk will play another free show, this time at Newark's NJPAC Theatre Square. Originally Clinton was to have played NJPAC on June 10 as part of a "House Party" with Kid n' Play and Full Force, but that was recently cancelled.

Then on July 19, Clinton and P-Funk play The Paramount in Long Island. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming dates are listed, along with video of Clinton's BAM lecture series, below...

Continue reading "George Clinton talked at Brooklyn Museum (video), touring with Parliament-Funkadelic including four NY-area dates -- three are free"

photo: Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Flaming Lips

Earlier this month, part of the lineup leaked for this year's series free concerts at Montauk's restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge, and we've now got the full schedule. Some highlights include Mac DeMarco (5/22), Flaming Lips (6/7), Alvvays (6/14), Benjamin Booker (6/20), The Allah-las (6/27), Jon & Josiah of The Head and the Heart (6/28), Sylvan Esso (7/26), Delta Spirit (8/8), tUnE-yArDs (8/9), The Joy Formidable (9/4), and more.

As usual, the annual series hosts these free shows each weekend from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. It's not too far from NYC, and the bands make for a pretty good reason to get away to Montauk for a weekend.

A handful of the artists, including Mac DeMarco, The Flaming Lips, Alvvays, Sylvan Esso and tUnE-yArDs, also have other NYC-area appearances coming up.

Check out the full 2015 Surf Lodge concert series schedule below...

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BAM's annual summer R&B Festival which happens Thursdays at noon - 2 PM at MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center from June 4 - August 6 (corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Aves in Brooklyn). All shows are free and open to the public. This year's lineup:

June 4: Bobby Rush
June 11: Andra Day with special guest Kate Davis
June 18: Erica Campbell
June 25: Al B. Sure!
July 2: King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
July 9: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
July 16: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
July 23: The Jones Family Singers
July 30: Theo Croker

Aug 6: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
A more detailed schedule below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Destruction Unit (more)
D Unit

Arizona's searing psychedelic punk crew Destruction Unit will bring their wild live show around North America once again this spring into early summer. The tour includes dates with Institute, Sheer Mag, Creepoid, Red Dons, Breakout and more.

It hits NYC twice, first at Bushwick all ages venue Palisades on June 26, which tickets are on sale for, and then for a free Saturday afternoon show the next day at Union Pool (6/27). That one's part of the just-announced Summer Thunder series.

Last time Destruction Unit were in NYC they played three shows -- all of them were great and all of them were different. So if you're wondering if you should fight your hangover and see them for free the afternoon after catching the Palisades show, the answer is yes. Yes you should.

Two D Unit members are also playing NYC TONIGHT (5/13) at the big Nothing Changes party with their genuinely weird Marshstepper project. Merzbow, Genesis P-Orridge, Aaron Dilloway, Prurient, and more are on that bill.

All D Unit dates are listed, with their video for "Final Flight" off 2013's Deep Trip, below...

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Riis Park

The people behind Brooklyn Night Bazaar (which coincedentally just got word it has to close), announce Riis Park Beach Bazaar:

We are proud to announce that the National Park Service has granted Brooklyn Bazaar a 5 year lease to develop programming, food, and beverage services at Jacob Riis Park Beach beginning Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 23) 2015. Just as the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a new take on the traditional flea market, Riis Park Beach Bazaar will reimagine the beach experience on Jacob Riis Park's historic and pristine waterfront. We look forward to hosting abundant activities, entertainment, shopping, food, and drinks, which when combined with the sea and sun, will result in a New York beach experience unlike any other.
Most importantly, they say "Riis Park Beach Bazaar will continue our tradition of FREE concerts every Saturday and Sunday afternoon." Shows are being promised through the end of September, but meanwhile only a few shows are announced, including this:
Noisey/VICE presents
Iron Chic
Soda Bomb
Somerset Thrower
DJ Mathcore

Laura Stevenson
Slingshot Dakota
Double Trouble Double Dragon DJ's

UPDATE: Some previously-announced Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, such as Cheap Girls and Old Gray, were moved to Riis Park Beach Bazaar. Those and more on the full initial schedule, and much more information on what they'll have there, below...

Continue reading "Riis Park Beach Bazaar coming to Rockaways (with free concerts every weekend, food, shopping & more)"

Out of Doors

The annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival returns in 2015 from July 22-August 9 with free outdoor concerts at various Lincoln Center venues. Some highlights:

On August 5 at Damrosch Park Badnshell, electric guitar quartet Dither joined by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo, and then by Bang on a Can All-Stars' Mark Stewart for Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, with experimental duo Matmos opening. Then two days later at Hearst Plaza (8/7) there's a Denitia & Sene show, and the next night (8/8) at Damrosch Park Bandshell Watkins Family Hour will perform Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted in full. Watkins Family Hour features Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, as well as Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg and special guests. Justin Townes Earle opens that show.

There's also ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür performing under his MusikSoldat moniker on July 23 at Damrosch Park Bandshell as a special guest with Botsich + Fussible, whose album Motel Baja he appears on. Country veteran Lyle Lovett plays Damrosch Park Bandshell on August 9, Randy Newman plays there on July 25, and Afropunk presents a showcase there on July 31 with Vintage Trouble, Lion Babe, The Skins and a screening of The Triptych: Wangechi Mutu. Later that same night, Rocky Horror Picture Show screens "silent" (audience will hear the sound via wireless headphones) at the same venue.

For more info on these free, all ages shows, head to the festival's website. Full schedule below...

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photo: Lauryn Hill at Rough Trade in February (more by PSquared)
Lauryn Hill

Nine NYC shows weren't enough for neo-soul singer Lauryn Hill this year. (Not that we're complaining.) She'll play the city again, and this time for free, at the second annual 'Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World' Festival taking place June 20 at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Also on the bill is New Orleans jazz veteran Shannon Powell (and his Traditional All-Star Band), Brooklyn afrobeat group Antibalas, and LA Latin rock/hip hop band Ozomatli. There will also be DJ sets at the Queens Museum, located walking distance from the concert.

Again, the festival is free but space is limited and you do have to register for tickets. There are also not-free options with more perks like t-shirts, CDs, gift bags, and more. The concert is all ages and runs from noon to 8 PM.

Watch a recently-released video of Lauryn Hill playing "Doo Wop (That Thing)" acoustic (via Lauryn's Facebook), below...

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Montauk restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge is once again hosting free concerts this summer from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, BUT... UPDATE:. The lineup we had up had leaked early and we're told it had errors. Stay tuned for the official announcement.

UPDATE 2: lineup announced.

Continue reading "Surf Lodge 2015 free concerts schedule"

by Bill Pearis


Jack Tatum is currently finishing up work on the third Wild Nothing album (Nocturne came out in 2012). While no details on that have been announced, Wild Nothing will be playing their first live dates in two years, a string of five free shows this month, all sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks. (Welcome to the new paradigm.) Those include one at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 16 with Journalism opening. Free tickets can be claimed via Ticketmaster starting Wednesday (5/6) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a flyer for the tour and a stream of Nocturne, below...

Continue reading "Wild Nothing working on third LP, going on free Converse Rubber Tracks tour this month (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Radioactivity on an Austin Bridge, SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Radioactivity, the band which features Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan of Marked Men, will release their new album Silent Kill on June 30 via Dirtnap. You can listen to the ripper that is first single "Silent" below.

As mentioned, Radioactivity will be in NYC later this month for one of the free "Almost Summer" shows at House of Vans on May 23 with Parquet Courts, Pill, and DJs The Blackouts. RSVP will open for that show soon.

The band will be back on the East Coast this summer and while there hasn't been another NYC show announced yet, there are dates already in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Surely they'll play here again, too? Stay tuned. All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Radioactivity releasing 'Silent Kill' (stream a track), touring, playing House of Vans show w/ Parquet Courts (dates)"

Blur @ Berlin Fest 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Blur, Honduras @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Blur are full of surprises this year -- a terrific new album, The Magic Whip, and now this, their first NYC show with Graham Coxon in 15 years. They're playing the new LP in full (and hopefully a few oldies). Doors are at 5 PM with Honduras playing at 5:45 PM, so arrive early (if you managed to get tickets, they don't guarantee entry, it's still based on capacity). And let's hope they announce a proper tour soon. For those who do make it in, this should be a woohoo time.

Sufjan Stevens, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens @ Kings Theatre
Sufjan's newest album is his most bare-bones release yet, and with its lyrics mostly centered on his mother's death, it's his most depressing too. This is his second of three NYC shows on his current tour. The Daptone-signed Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens open.

Eric Clapton, Andy Fairweather Low @ Madison Square Garden
Eric Clapton is nothing short of a legend, with influential material recorded with Cream, Derek & the Dominoes, Blind Faith, The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and in his lengthy solo career. Tonight's the first of two MSG shows this weekend, in celebration of his 70th birthday.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Your Favorite Enemies, Boyfrndz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
After that Blur show, MHOW hosts a late show from post-hardcore vets ..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead who are still going strong, having last released the album IX last year. If you like Trail of Dead, openers Boyfrndz may be up your alley too.

Bush Tetras (35th Anniversary Show), Karyn Kuhl Band, Hugo Burnham (of Gang of Four), Don Fleming @ Le Poisson Rouge
NYC post-punk band Bush Tetras celebrate their 35th anniversary tonight with some cool special guests including BALL's Don Flemming and Gang of Four drummer Hugo Burnham.

HEEMS, Michael Christmas, zZz, Pill, IYEZ @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Former Das Racist member Heems headlines this show, and there's a multi-genre undercard with more hip hop from Michael Christmas, and post-punk from the other three bands.

Four Tet b2b Floating Points @ Sugarhill Disco
IDM mastermind Four Tet and jazzy UK bass producer Floating Points are teaming up once again to DJ together in NYC tonight. Like last night, it starts at 10 PM and they're going all night (no opener).

Toro Y Moi, Vinyl Williams, Sinkane @ Terminal 5
Chillwave survivor Toro Y Moi rediscovered the guitar on his enjoyable new album What For? but his funky, relaxed spirit remains.

Life of Agony @ The Wick
Life of Agony haven't played NYC, let alone Brooklyn, in a very long time, but after returning last year for a NJ show with Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo on vocals, they're finally ready to do it again this week. Tonight's their first show at The Wick, and they do it again tomorrow too.

The Kids in the Hall @ Town Hall
Fourteen Helens agree: These reunion shows (two tonight) for much-loved Canadian comedy trouple The Kids in the Hall will be a lot of fun.

Empress Of, Dave Harrington (DJ Set), Ezra Koenig (DJ Set), Los Cubanos (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight's Night 4 and features guest DJs Dave Harrington (Darkside) and Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend).

Action Bronson, DJ Alchemist, Meyhem Lauren @ Starland Ballroom
Action Bronson returned this year with a new album, Mr. Wonderful, which has him in typically solid form. Tonight's a good bill all around.

Juan Wauters, Homeshake @ New York University
The onetime Beets frontman releases his terrific new album, Who Me?, next week. Today he plays a free show with Homeshake that is free and open to the public.

The Muscadettes @ Maxwell's
Montreal's shouty duo The Muscadettes are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Like early B-52's or Fuzzbox, they're in the same vein.

Misery Index, Lord Dying, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass @ Saint Vitus
It's a great double bill for metal tonight with Baltimore death metallers Misery Index (who last released The Killing Gods in 2014 on Season of Mist) and Portland sludgesters Lord Dying (who put out Poisoned Altars on Relapse earlier this year).

J Fernandez, Lazy Queen, Cluster Sun @ Bowery Electric
Chicago songwriter J. Fernandez brings a motorik quality to his music that recalls American Analog Set or Stereolab, but there's a magic hour sunlight vibe to his melodies as well. His new album's out in June.

VEXX, Nancy, Pox @ Silent Barn Mateo's Room
Olympia's Vexx make punk that's indebted to the genre's late '70s/early '80s days, but singer Maryjane Dunphe has a unique pop sensibility that stop them from sounding at all dated. They play NYC again next week with Pissed Jeans. Update: Tonight's show moved to Mateo's Room.

Torrential Downpour, Syphilitic Lust, The Sheltering Sky @ The Acheron
It's a good local bill with NJ's boundary-pushing metal weirdos Torrential Downpour, Brooklyn's raw, dirty Syphilitic Lust, and the Unearthly Trance-related The Sheltering Sky.

Joe Pug, Field Report @ Bowery Ballroom
Maryland singer/songwriter Joe Pug headlines this show, and if you're going it's worth showing up early for Justin Vernon associate Field Report (playing solo) too.

So Percussion, Miya Masaoka, Brothers Balliett @ BRIC House
Now in its 14th year, the annual Look & Listen Festival showcases the best of contemporary classical music in a visual art setting. The night's headlined by the So Percussion ensemble. This should be pretty cool.

Photay, Ricky Eat Acid, Maxo, Doss, Eaves @ Palisades
Palisades hosts a good electronic bill tonight, including the prolific Sam Ray's project Ricky Eat Acid (he's also of Teen Suicide and Julia Brown).

Guerilla Toss, Horse Lords, Big Neck Police, Booker Stardrum, Weston Minnisali @ Shea Stadium
It's a night of avant, angsty, percussion-fueled fun with Boston's Guerilla Toss and Baltimore's Horse Lords.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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In the spirit of it being Almost Summer, New Yorkers can now add stopping by House Of Vans Brooklyn to their yearly ritual of dusting off their front stoop and trading in their winter boots for a fresh pair of all-white Vans for a free all-ages music series taking over House of Vans on three Saturdays this spring.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) throws annual free summer shows, and this year they're introducing free Almost Summer (or as some people call it, "spring") shows too. The series kicks off on May 9 with Kathleen Hanna's current band The Julie Ruin, as well as garage pop band Bleached and Youth Code on DJ duties.

Then on May 23, indie rockers Parquet Courts headline with support from the Marked Men-related Radioactivity, sax-fueled punks Pill, and The Blackouts DJing.

And on June 13, rapper Pusha T headlines with a "top secret" opener and DJ Envy.

RSVP is open now for the Julie Ruin show. Stay tuned for RSVP links for the other two.

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Superheaven at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)

Pennsylvania's Superheaven are releasing their sophomore album, Ours Is Chrome, next week (5/5) via SideOneDummy (pre-order), and today they launched a stream of the whole thing. The album takes the crushing riffs of Siamese Dream/Mellon Collie-era Smashing Pumpkins, the heavy atmospheres of Hum and Failure, and some of Title Fight's new-school punk/shoegaze blend, and throws it all into one mix. A lot of individual parts may sound familiar, but the album as a whole is one distinct thing. Plus, whether their influences are showing or not, few albums rock this hard in 2015. Stream it in full below, via Red Bull.

Superheaven are going on a BrooklynVegan-presented tour with Diamond Youth and Rozwell Kid, which hits NYC on May 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall. That show also includes Soda Bomb, and I'll be DJing between sets. Tickets are still available.

Before that tour, Superheaven will play three record store in-stores in celebration of the new album. One happens in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 9 at Rough Trade at 1 PM. That's free.

The others are in Doylestown, PA and Boston. Updated dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Superheaven streaming new album, playing Rough Trade and other in-stores before BV-presented tour (updated dates)"

photos by Carly Hoskins

Lucius @ MHOW 4/27/2015

Brooklyn's Lucius brought their colorful co-fronted pop to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday for a free show with alt-pop outift Field Mouse. Pictures and live video from the show are in this post. The night served as a kickoff for Lucius' tour dates this summer, which include stints with both The Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Luciusl next play NYC  on June 13 in Prospect Park with Luke Temple, which is a free show part of Celebrate Brooklyn's just-announced 2015 season.

Field Mouse are also heading out on tour this summer on supporting runs with Hop Along and mewithoutYou, the latter of which hits Bowery Ballroom on July 17 and tickets are still available.

Check out more pictures from Monday's show, a video of Lucius playing "How Loud Your Heart Gets" on Monday and a tour video from Field Mouse's recent run with Kevin Devine and Dads below...

Continue reading "Lucius played MHOW w/ Field Mouse (pics, video), playing free Celebrate Brooklyn! show w/ Luke Temple in June (dates)"

photo: River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
River to River

The free River to River Festival returns in 2015 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 18-28 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and more. Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens June 21 at Winter Garden at Brookfield Place as well as shows with Olga Bell, Roomful of Teeth, and more. River to River kicks off with the R2R Bash at Battery Park City's North End Way on June 18, featuring a performance by East African vocalist Somi.

Full schedule below...

Continue reading "River to River Festival announces 2015 lineup / schedule"


Tickets for the FREE Blur show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, their first in NYC with Graham Coxon since 2000, become available today at noon. "Fans who receive a confirmed 'ticket' will be allowed to enter the venue on a first come, first serve, with admission based on capacity day of event." Good luck.

The show happens this Friday (5/1) at Music Hall of Williamsburg before the late Trail of Dead show at the same venue. Honduras are opening.

UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, tickets "sold out" in about a minute. Did you get through in time?

photo: Santigold at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by David Andrako)

Santigold doesn't have a very busy tour schedule coming up, besides a couple festivals, but this May she'll play a small free NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 5/14. It's presented by Steve Madden Music, and free tickets can be claimed starting Friday (5/1) at noon.

All known dates are listed below...

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photo: Jay Z at Barclays Center in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Jay Z

In his recent defense on Twitter of his newly-acquired streaming service Tidal, Jay Z wrote, "We made Tidal for fans. We have more than just music. We have video, exclusive concerts, tickets for events early, live sports!" They've already done some big video exclusives (Beyonce, Rihanna), and now Jay Z has announced he'll play a free "intimate" NYC show on May 13 for Tidal subscribers only.

Subscribers can try to get in to the show by curating a Tidal playlist and tweeting it with the hashtag #TIDALXJAYZ. The concert will also stream live on Tidal.

Jay is also saying the show will include old songs and deeper cuts, some of which haven't been performed in a decade, or at all. This all seems cool, as long as you're down with signing up for Tidal, which is $9.99 a month.

Earlier today Hypebot reported that Tidal raised their subscription fees by 30%, but then updated to say that's only the case if you subscribe through iTunes.

photos: Celebrate Brooklyn last year (more by David Andrako)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about Celebrate Brooklyn!'s summer slate of 2015 ticketed benefit shows at Prospect Park -- including Modest Mouse, Interpol and Willie Nelson -- for a while and now they've announced their free show schedule. In addition to the already-announced New Pornographers show on 7/11 (which now also includes Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) and the Chaka Khan season kickoff show on 6/3, this summer's free highlights include:

Lucius | Luke Temple | Pavo Pavo on Saturday, June 13

Eighth Blackbird With Special Guest Will Oldham | Bill Frisell & Sam Amidon on Thursday, June 18

Lucinda Williams | Jason Walker on Thursday, June 25

Punch Brothers | Sarah Jarosz on Thursday, July 9

Vieux Farka Touré | Tamikrest | Dj Dakar on Thursday, July 16

Jason Isbell | Dawn Landes on Friday, July 24.

Sylvan Esso | Porches on Saturday, July 25

Big K.R.I.T. | Angel Haze | The D.R.E.A.M. Ring: Flexn on Friday, July 31

Tune-Yards | Shabazz Palaces on Saturday, August 8

Full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park 2015 lineup (Sylvan Esso, New Pornographers, Big K.R.I.T., tUnE-yArDs & more)"


As mentioned, Blur are playing The Tonight Show on Thursday and we wondered if they might do a show while here...and yes they are. Blur will play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (5/1). It's an early show (Trail of Dead got moved to the late show you may remember) and sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks and is a free show. Honduras are opening and it's all ages. You do have to claim free tickets through Ticketmaster which will be available Wednesday (4/29) at noon.

Blur will be playing The Magic Whip live in full, with some older favorites as well hopefully. This will be Blur's first NYC show with Graham Coxon since 2000. Poster for the show is below...

Continue reading "Blur playing FREE NYC SHOW at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Friday"

photo: Delicate Steve @ Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by David Andrako)
Delicate Steve

Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival happens this weekend (May 1-3) in Winooski, VT, featuring over 100 music acts and comedians at 11 different venues in the city's downtown area. Artists include King Tuff, Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Tops, J Fernandez, Javelin, O'death, William Tyler and more. Think of it as New England's Northside Fest (or SXSW, MusicFestNW, etc). Tickets and passes are on sale. Full lineup is listed below.

Delicate Steve, who played Brooklyn Bowl last week, will be performing at Soho's Moscot Gallery on May 7 as part of their "Live from the Shop" series. It's a free show with complimentary beer/wine for those 21+ but you do need to RSVP.

Continue reading "Delicate Steve playing VT's Waking Windows fest with Titus, King Tuff & more ++ also playing free Moscot show in NYC"