Entries tagged with: free shows
by Bill Pearis
Unlike a lot of bands that call NYC/Brooklyn home, duo Jack and Eliza actually grew up here and have been friends since childhood. Now musical partners, Jack and Eliza make winsome pop, at this point just letting their guitars and voices convey their charms. If you liked the early, stripped-down days of Slow Club with a little Beach Boys/Everly Brothers influence, they're pretty appealing. Jack and Eliza will release their debut EP, No Wonders, via Yebo Music later this summer and you can stream "Hold the Line" (not a Toto cover) below.
We've also got the premiere of a brand new song, "Simple Strait," via a live video shot at Brooklyn's Rare Book Room studios. The song might be on their debut full-length which they're working on. Watch that below.
You can also see Jack and Eliza play live. Catch them Friday (7/11) at Rooftop Films at Metrotech Commons that also features a series of "twisted, romantic short films." That event is free and more details are here. They'll also open for Ski Lodge at Glasslands on August 23 with Rumors on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale.
Jack and Eliza have a few other East Coast dates scheduled and all are listed, along with the song stream and video premiere, below...
Future Islands in Austin (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Tonight (7/10) at House of Vans its Gorilla Biscuits, Bouncing Souls, and Turnstile. RSVP is closed and if you did RSVP, entry is first come, first served.
JSBX @ BKNB (more by Ebru Yildiz)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are gearing up for a European tour that starts this weekend at the Sjock Festival in Belgium. As a warm up, the JSBX will play a surprise hometown NYC gig at Baby's All Right Thursday (7/10) as part of an already pretty cool lineup featuring Xenia Rubinos and Shilpa Ray. Northern Arms are on the bill as well and tickets are still available (Jon Spencer is the "special guest" and the show opener).
Stick around after that show for a free midnight performance with Indiana's dark-n-wild TV Ghost. TEEN and White Arrows will be DJing in the front room.
TV Ghost are currently on tour and will also play NYC on Saturday (7/12) at Cake Shop with Christines, Truthers and EZTV. All tour dates are listed below
Jay Z at Barclays Center in January (more by PSquared)
The Global Citizen Festival (formerly just Global Festival) returns this year with another concert on Central Park's Great Lawn on September 27. The giant, free ticketed event's goal is to raise money and its giant lineup that the masses should have no problem with includes Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots and Tiesto.
The festival is part of the Global Citizen movement, which "is an initiative of Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030." Head to the festival's site to earn free tickets or guarantee yourself a spot with VIP tickets ($100-$675) which are on sale now.
Witch at Santos in 2012 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Witch -- the stoner rock band that features Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis on drums, his Sweet Apple bandmate Dave Sweetapple on bass, King Tuff main man Kyle Thomas on vocals/guitar, and Lecherous Gaze/Annihilation Time's Graham Clise on guitar -- will be coming to NYC to headline the next FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 23. (You may remember Dinosaur Jr played the May one.) Opening the show are their Tee Pee labelmates Ruby the Hatchet. Though the show is free, you need tickets which go on "sale" Wednesday (7/9) at noon.
It's the only upcoming date for Witch at the moment, however, you'll get to see a couple of chances to see Witch's members at other times. Dinosaur Jr will be in NYC for the free 4Knots Festival on Saturday (7/12) that also includes Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. Then J Mascis will return on October 17 when his solo tour hits Bowery Ballroom (tickets).
Meanwhile, King Tuff just announced a tour that includes NYC shows on October 8 at Baby's All Right and October 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to Baby's go on sale Wednesday (7/9) at 10 AM and tickets to Bowery go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wed at noon.
Watch a live Witch video below...
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings @ Beacon Theater in February (more by PSquared)
The free Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival is back in 2014, happening July 16 & 17 at Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place in downtown NYC. Lineup this year includes Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, John Hiatt, Robert Cray and more. Specifically:
July 16Free tickets for seating will be distributed two-per-person, starting at 3 PM on day of show on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place. Tickets are only needed for the seated section, standing room space is not ticketed (but space is limited).
6:00 PM - No BS! Brass Band
7:00 PM - Lake Street Dive
8:30 PM - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
6:00 PM - James Carter Organ Trio
7:00 PM - The Robert Cray Band
8:45 PM - John Hiatt & The Combo
The show is one of a few North American dates for Sharon who has a busy year of touring ahead. All Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings dates are listed below...
The Guardian reports that Rough Trade will open a new shop in Nottingham, the "independent music chain will establish its fourth store, following last autumn's opening in New York."
As you know, the NYC shop, located in Williamsburg, is both a record store and music venue. Upcoming shows at the NYC venue include new Frenchkiss-signed Cold War Kids side project French Style Furs (who also play Mercury Lounge), the 5-year anniversary of 'Let's Play House' (free entry and beer with RSVP), Sub Pop-signed Seattle psych band Rose Windows, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip (who relocated from Joe's Pub), a free Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens show (with Daptone DJs), and a free-with-purchase Gramercy Arms show.
Gramercy Arms, who we first mentioned in 2008 (the same year they last released anything and when we caught them at Bowery Ballroom with Nada Surf and Delta Spirit), "is a revolving New York based collective of musicians and artists, masterminded by main songwriter/producer Dave Derby (Dambuilders/Lloyd Cole) along with Rainy Orteca, Sean Eden and Kevin March. The group is releasing its second full-length record, The Seasons of Love, on Reveal Records on July 21st."
The Rough Trade show is their record release show and will feature: Kevin March (drums), Sean Eden (guitar), Rainy Orteca (bass), Carl Baggaley (keyboards), Claudia Chopek (violin), and Kendall Meade and Renee LoBue guesting on backing vocals. They have no other scheduled dates at the moment. You can watch their new video for "Always in Love", below...
by Andrew Sacher
Single Mothers in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Ontario punks Single Mothers have been promising their debut LP for a loooong time, and it looks like it may finally be coming soon. Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm (whose label Secret Voice released their self-titled EP) recently tweeted, "Hell froze over and Single Mothers finished an LP and it's very very good." The record will be released via XL imprint Hot Charity.
Meanwhile, we did just get new music from Single Mothers singer Drew Thomson. He put out a solo EP on Secret Voice last year and returned last week (6/24) with a new 7" single on No Sleep. It's more on the alt-country side than the punk of his main band, sounding something like a sad Wilco with some of the Craig Finn vocal stylings Drew also does in Single Mothers. You can stream both tracks, "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning" and "Oxy," below.
Single Mothers don't have a tour announced at the moment, but we do know they'll play The Fest and will be coming to NYC for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 29 with Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit, which is an all-around solid lineup of rowdy bands. It's part of Ipsum/Dead Labour's End of Summer Blowout which also includes a show the next day (lineup TBA).
Revisit Single Mothers' self-titled EP, with streams of Drew's new songs, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Philly's Cayetana are currently wrapping up their tour with The Menzingers, Lemuria and Pup which hit NYC at Webster Hall back in May, but they're set to return to NYC after that tour wraps up. The band will hit Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 25 for a show otherwise full of punk frontman solo projects. It's headlined by The Loved Ones' Dave Hause (full band), and also features Fake Problems' Chris Farren and Plow United's Brian McGee. Like all BKNB shows, it's free.
Cayetana's debut album, Nervous Like Me, comes out August 26 via Tiny Engines. Stream two very promising tracks from that, with their list of tour dates, below...
Summerscreen isn't the only free outdoor movie/music option in Williamsburg. Nitehawk Outdoors returns for a second year, but has moved locations. It will now happen at 50 Kent on three consecutive Sundays (7/20, 7/27, 8/3). Like last year, the movies are conceptually paired with a likeminded band: July 20 is O Brother Where Art Thou? with live music from The Birdhive Boys; on July 27 its Bond flick From Russia with Love with live music from Morricone Youth; and on August 3 they're showing Three Amigos preceded by a live mariachi band.
Bands start at 7 PM with the movies at sunset. Beer, wine, refreshments & food available for purchase. (You can bring chairs/blankets but outside food and drink is a no no.) Screenings are free, but you can get VIP seating for $12.
Ratking @ 50 Kent during Northside 2014 (more by PSquared)
Summerscreen starts next week and will run every Wednesday through August 13 with free movies and live music in McCarren Park. The movie schedule has been up for a while but the music portion -- presented by Todd P and Showpaper -- was just announced. Next week's kickoff (7/9) is Tonstartssbandht and The Dreebs before a screening of Back to the Future. Other acts playing Summerscreen 2014 include Ratking, Man Forever, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Kleenex Girl Wonder, Eartheater and DJ Dog Dick. Bands start at 6 PM with the movies going on at sundown.
Full 2014 Summerscreen schedule is listed below.
by Bill Pearis
See you in the Future, Punx
We really mean to go to the beach during the summer more than we do, but you get busy living in NYC and sometimes it's September and you realize you never made it out once. In an effort to not let that happen this year, BrooklynVegan and the fine Dull Tools label are throwing a beach party on Sunday, July 13 at Rockaway Beach Surf Club with live music from Future Punx, Eaters, Final Bloom and Royal Garde. Plus between bands your DJs will be DeeFrance2000 and myself. If you've ever dreamed, like me, of dancing in the sand to electronic-leaning postpunk, this show might be that come true. The fun starts at 3 PM and is free and open to the public. Info on Rockaway Beach Surf Club is here. Check out the flyer, designed by Dull Tools co-domo (and Parquet Courts singer) Andrew Savage, below.
Future Punx (whose frontman Chris Pickering runs Dull Tools with Savage) just played with Beverly this past weekend and if you can't make the beach party they'll open for UK band Cymbals at Glasslands on July 19 (tickets). You can stream their debut 7" below and look out for a more new music from them later this year.
Eaters released their debut album on Dull Tools earlier this year and you can stream that below. Perhaps you saw Final Bloom when they opened for Future Punx and Eaters at Death by Audio back in March. And Royal Garde are a very new band who haven't put any music online yet (but I hear they are kinda like early Bunnymen). You'll just have to come to the beach party. Hope to see you there.
Flyer and streams below...
Alabama Shakes at Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Blues rockers Alabama Shakes only have a couple upcoming dates at the moment, and one of those is a chance to see them for FREE in NYC on July 24. The show is part of a new series of Mercedes-Benz free-with-test-drive events called the Evolution Tour. That show also includes an interactive art exhibit by visual artist Mr. Brainwash. The only way to get in are by attending the test drives that take place a week prior to each show, or by entering their contest HERE.
UPDATE: The NYC show happens at Terminal 5.
The series includes 9 shows with artists like Alabama Shakes, Mayer Hawthorne, and Young the Giant. Which artists plays which shows (besides NYC) hasn't been announced yet, but you can check out a list of cities and dates, with the list of Alabama Shakes' tour dates, below...
Sinkane at William Onyeabor tribute (more by Chris La Putt)
It's finally summer which means there's no lack of free outdoor live music in NYC, and here's yet another option. The Lot in Long Island City is a free, all ages music & film series running from August 2 - September 20 at 43-15 Crescent Street with music every Saturday from 3-9 PM and film every Thursday from 6-10 PM. The music lineup includes shows from Sinkane, Small Black, Kevin Morby, Hollis Brown, Jonny Fritz (formerly Jonny Corndawg), Widowspeak, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, The Sugarman 3, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, and more. Full schedule below.
Sinkane, who's due for a new album, also has a fall tour with Helado Negro coming up that includes a NYC show happening October 5 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After the tour, he plays another NYC show on November 2 at SOB's. No other artists billed for that show yet. Tickets are on sale. All of his dates are listed below.
Sinkane's Long Island City show is with Blue Note-signed jazz musician Takuya Kuroda, who among other things has collaborated with Jose James. Takuya also plays a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on July 26 with Gabriel Garzón Montano. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Watch a video of him below.
Speaking of all-day Saturday music series in Long Island City, Warm Up at MoMA PS1 kicked off this past weekend (6/28) and continues this coming weekend (7/5) through September 6. As we mentioned, to get to LIC from July 25 through September, you can't use the G (which will be stopping at Nassau), but there will be a bus shuttle service between Nassau and Court Sq, and you can still take the 7 or E.
The Lot in Long Island City schedule, with the list of Sinkane dates and Takuya Kuroda video, below...
Beach Slang at Philly's Golden Tea House earlier this month (photo by Jessica Flynn)
Beach Slang, the new band of Weston's James Snyder, have been added as an opener to Titus Andronicus' free show happening July 11 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, making for an excellent double bill. Also on the show is Slothrust and DJ Pegasus Warning. Doors open at 7 PM, and like we said it's free, but you can RSVP to skip the line. Show flyer below.
Beach Slang put out an excellent EP earlier this year and have a followup coming out on Tiny Engines this fall. They made their NYC debut at Suburbia earlier this month, and since we last spoke about that, a video of the show emerged which you can watch below...
Shabazz Palaces in Williamsburg Park in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces are releasing their much-anticipated sophomore album, Lese Majesty, on July 29 via Sub Pop, and they've just released another track from it, "#CAKE." It comes with a visualizer which you can watch/listen to below.
Shabazz have also announced dates including some with fellow Sub Pop rap group clipping.. Both Shabazz Palaces and clipping. will be in NYC for the free AfroPunk Festival in Commodore Barry Park, which goes down from August 23-24 (they play day 1). The rest of the lineup hasn't been announced yet, but if you want to skip the line you can buy fast pass admission.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
Make Music New York is back, bringing some 1300 free live music performances (sometimes participatory) to public spaces all over the Five Boroughs. Unlike previous years, the 2014 edition year is happening on a Saturday -- this Saturday (6/21) to be specific. There will be bands and musicians playing on the street all over -- which with the World Cup should make for a very boisterous first day of summer -- but in addition to that there are a number of special of events. Some highlights:
"Mass Appeal": There will be 18 different performances across the city all involving a single instrument -- Accordions, French Horns, Gongs, Recorders, two different ukulele concerts, and choral among them -- and if you can play, you can play. Download the sheet music, show up and join the band.
"Red Baraat's 100+ BPM": On a similar note, bhangra band Red Barat will debut a piece commissioned by NPR especially for MMNY. Mobile bands will parade through Brooklyn and converge on Grand Army Plaza at 4:30 PM, where they will join Red Baraat on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. Brass and percussion players are invited to get involved.
"Punk Island": Ninety bands across seven stages will invade Coast Guard Plaza on Staten Island for this seventh edition of the free mosh-a-thon. Among the bands playing: Reagan Youth, Cop Problem and Raw Nerves.
"The Sound of Downtown": River to River Festival brings this interactive experience involving mobile apps that allows folks to "shape and explore the sonic landscape of Lower Manhattan in a brand new way!"
"Porch Stomp": For fans of old time folk and bluegrass, over 30 acts will be playing on Governors Island.
"Privia Piano Bar": Billy Joel playing MSG once a month isn't enough for you? This mobile piano bar will be bringing his hits on a grand piano loaded onto the back of a truck, making stops all over Manhattan for one-hour concerts. And yes they will be playing "52nd Street" on 52nd St.
"Rhythm on Rikers": This concert is the culmination of a 10-week program to teach hand drumming to a group of inmates at Rikers Island. (Among the teachers of this initiative is Kid Millions of Oneida.) This show is just for prisoners and guards.
There's lots more than this. Check out the full Make Music NY schedule.
by Ian Chainey
The massive Punk Island 2014 fest now has set times. As part of Make Music NY, the free-to-attend, DIY concert at Coast Guard Plaza in Staten Island, New York on Saturday (6/21) features the likes of Darkside NYC, Cop Problem, Raw Nerves, Two Fisted Law, the reformed Reagan Youth, and over 90 more (!) bands split across seven stages. Over 90 bands. Attention van salesmen: Get business cards printed now. The full list of set times and a map appears below.
In related news, the Jello-less Dead Kennedys show tonight (6/19) at Irving Plaza will be opened by Reagan Youth, who themselves are operating with more new members than old, though for different reasons than DK (RIP, Dave Insurgent).
For Portland's Raw Nerves, Punk Island is part of a bigger tour that also includes a Death By Audio show in Brooklyn later that night with Oblivionation (MA), Demonbrother (MA), and Concrete Cross. All of their dates are listed with the Punk Island stuff and some videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
UK duo Slow Club are set to release their third album, Complete Surrender, on July 15. Continuing the trajectory of 2011's Paradise, Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson have left their winsome acoustic days behind in favor of a much fuller pop sound. Check out videos for singles "Suffering You, Suffering Me" and the album's title track, below.
Rebecca and Charles will be in NYC this weekend to play a 4 PM Apple Store SoHo in-store on Sunday (6/22) and this week's "It's a School Night" party at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday (6/23) with The Kite String Tangle and headliner Lawrence Rothman. That show is free with RSVP. The duo will then be back this fall for a proper North American tour which will kick off in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on September 17. Tickets for the bowery show will be available soon via Ticketmaster.
All dates are listed, along with videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nothing brought their tour with Superheaven to NYC this past weekend for a headlining show at The Studio at Webster Hall (6/14) with UnWed. The band were in typically great form, thrashing around on stage to their heavy shoegaze, and singer/guitarist Nicky Palermo launched himself into the crowd on more than one occasion.
Nothing have since announced that they'll join the previously announced Ceremony / Iron Lung tour, including the FREE NYC show happening July 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That is a hard triple bill to pass up for $0.
Nothing also recently filmed an Audiotree session. Watch that, with the list of updated tour dates, below...
Trash Talk on the street in Austin with cops (more by Tim Griffin)
Punk maniacs Trash Talk are on a free tour with their Odd Future pal Left Brain that's hitting various US cities with the venue being announced day-of. The NYC show is TONIGHT (6/17) and it's at Palisades (906 Broadway) in Bushwick, and Cities Aviv was added too. You had to RSVP (which is now closed) to get in, but entry is still first come, first served.
There's also an afterparty at The Flat (308) Hooper St from midnight to 4 AM with DJ sets from Left Brain, Larry Susan and Yung Awkward.
Updated dates are listed below...
Titus at Warsaw last week (more by Mimi Hong)
Titus Andronicus just played a good amount of their upcoming rock opera at Brooklyn venue Warsaw during the Northside Festival, and they've since announced another show happening here. The band will hit Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 11 for a free all ages show with other bands TBA, that will likely include yet another round of new songs. No other Titus dates announced at the moment.
The weekend they play is curated by Mailchimp/T Presents and also includes the July 12 show with David Wax Museum, River City Extension, Arum Rae, Morningsiders and DJ Pegasus Warning.
Watch a video of one of Titus' new songs being played live, below...
As mentioned, despite Morrissey canceling his tour, Cliff Richard -- who was to have opened the 6/21 Barclays Center show -- vowed to still play. Details have been announced and the show will happen Saturday (6/21) at Gramercy Theater. The show, billed as "an evening with Sir Cliff Richard," is FREE. Fans with proof of purchase to the Barclays Center show have priority access at 6:30 PM; doors to the general public open at 7:15 PM, first come first served.
Maybe he'll do a Morrissey cover? A video message from Cliff about the show is below...
Eagulls at Warsaw last night (more by Mimi Hong)
As part of Northside Festival, there will be a free stage set up on Bedford Ave between N. 5th and N. 6th on Saturday afternoon (6/14). UK band Eagulls, who played last night with Titus Andronicus, are the surprise guests, playing at 3:40 PM and the rest of the lineup is Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, traumahelikopter, Your Friend, Neighbors, and Piers. The music runs from 1 - 6 PM.
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Titus Andronicus / Eagulls @ Warsaw - 6/12/14
Brooklyn's Northside Festival began last night (6/12) with multiple shows, including Titus Andronicus / Eagulls / D'NT / Low Fat Getting High at Warsaw, one of the shows we were excited to see. LFGH and D'NT provided local support, with the former ripping through Nirvana-style (think "Negative Creep" or "Breed") punk/grunge and the latter (a duo) playing something like QOTSA-style stoner rock. Low Fat also just put out a video for "Police Cop" yesterday, which you can watch below.
Then came UK post-punks Eagulls who I'd only previously seen on CMJ/SXSW showcases, and I think benefitted from the larger stage, light show and smoke machines. (They could stand to not talk to the sound guy every 3 minutes about adjustments though.) Diversity isn't this band's game just yet (though they only have one album and one EP so far), but they're a promising group for sure and their best songs ("Nerve Endings," "Coffin") sounded on point last night.
Eagulls are also play the free outdoor Space Ninety 8 Stage on Saturday afternoon (6/14) located on Bedford between N. 5th and N. 6th. They're on at 3:40 PM and the other bands on the bill are Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, traumahelikopter, Your Friend, Neighbors, and Piers.
Finally Titus Andronicus wrapped up the show with a fairly long set (roughly two hours) that included a good amount of material off that rock opera they're working on. One would assume these songs will be pieced together in a coherent, Tommy-style matter, so I don't want to judge the new songs yet, but I will say that any fans of the last three albums are likely gonna be into these too. The songs themselves all seemed on the shorter, tighter, Local Business-y side, though they did play one borderline ballad which was a highlight of the set.
A handful of favorites were of course played from the last three albums too, and the crowd of course ate up "Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ," "A More Perfect Union," "In A Big City," and the rest of them. Stage divers and moshers (or more like "pushers") galore, despite Patrick Stickles basically ridiculing both moshing and stage diving more than once throughout the set. And, like many Titus shows, a few covers were played. Patrick said his mom was in the audience, and since she grew up in the '60s he graced her and the rest of the crowd with a cover of The Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash." And what seemed like was going to be a 15-second joke/teaser turned into a full cover of Semisonic's "Closing Time" (people even moshed to that!) before the actual set-closer, "The Battle of Hampton Roads." And if you're wondering if the "Closing Time" joke ever gets old, from the hundreds of people shamelessly singing along last night, I'd say it doesn't.
More pics of all four bands, videos of both Titus covers, and the Low Fat video, below...