Entries tagged with: free shows
(photo courtesy brooklynbridgepark.org)
Brooklyn Bridge Park's "Movies With a View" series returns in 2014 with another free season of films under the open sky and against the Manhattan skyline backdrop on Thursdays in July and August. This year's lineup, which is sponsored by SyFy network, is animal-themed. At least the titles, and include the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup, Wes Anderson's charming The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and cinematic gem Sharknado. Like usual, the final film in the series is a public vote (nominees TBA).
Full "Movies With a View" schedule is below...
the beer garden at House of Vans in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
The free Vans and FYF-presented Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) are returning this summer with two shows a month from June - August. The June shows will be Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco and Benjamin Booker (6/12); and STRFKR, Poolside and Chrome Sparks (6/19); and the other four lineups are still TBA.
All shows are free with RSVP, but entry is still first come, first served (doors at 7 PM). RSVP for the 6/12 show opens today (5/21) at noon.
Full list of House Party dates, with flyers for the events, below...
The 2014 season of Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors festival happens over three weeks this summer, from July 20 - August 10 at various outdoor venues in and around Lincoln Center. Highlights this year include a memorial concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger with The Chapin Sisters, Peter Yarrow, Dar Williams and more; a collaboration between José González and yMusic; the first performance in 40 Years of Larry Harlow's Hommy: A Latin Opera; the world premiere of The Campbell Brothers' A Sacred Steel Love Supreme celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme; Chicago contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird premiering new works by Bryce Dessner and Andy Akiho; plus Toshi Reagan, Roberta Flack, The Negro Problem, and more.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors also contains a few mini-fests within it this year. The all-day globalFEST happens on July 27 featuring M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Bombay Royale, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Charanjit Singh and lots more.
The final week (August 6 - 10) will be Americanafest NYC, featuring concerts by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Cassandra Wilson, Rosanne Cash, Charles Bradley, The Lone Bellow and more.
For details on all the events at this year's Lincoln Center Out of Door festival, visit their website. All shows are free, all ages, and open to the public. Full 2014 schedule below...
Dinosaur Jr. @ T5, 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Julie Ruin had to drop off as headliners of the 2014 Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival , as singer Kathleen Hanna has had a lyme disease relapse. (Feel better, Kathleen!) The fest has announced their new headliner: Dinosaur Jr. They'll join Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Juan Wauters and more TBA at South St. Seaport on July 12. That show is free and all ages.
Dinosaur Jr. will play NYC before that, headlining the free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Screaming Females and Creepoid. While free, all tickets have been claimed for that one. They were also part of last night's Fun Fun Fun Fest announcement (with Blood Brothers, Judas Priest, Mineral, Failure and many more).
In other news, Dino Jr. frontman J. Mascis is guesting with the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers all this week. The show airs weeknights at 12:30 AM on NBC.
by Bill Pearis
Powered by what sounds like a very old drum machine, Brooklyn trio The Tablets have an appealingly wobbly sound -- floating somewhere between 1966 and 1983, warmed by the vocals of Mexican-born main member Liz Godoy. The Tablets released their debut album last year, and are set to follow it up with the Ground EP which will be out soon. We've got the premiere of "Swallow The Rival" from it and you can stream it, along with the EP's title track and a few tracks from their album, below.
The Tablets will be playing live in NYC next week at BRIC Arts Media House on May 20. It's part of art exhibit "Small Solos: Vandana Jain" by Melissa Godoy Nieto who is Liz's sister and also does visuals for the band. The show is free and more info is here.
by Bill Pearis
Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right, Dec. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As we just posted, Scottish duo Honeyblood and Saint Rich were added to Teenage Fanclub's River Rocks show on July 24. (This will be TFC's first NYC show in four years.) That's not the only update to the line-ups of the three free River Rocks shows they're doing at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 this summer.
The August 7 show with Temples now has Here We Go Magic and Spires on the bill as well. River Rocks' 2014 kickoff show is July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit. If you show up early that night -- pardon the self-promotion -- I'll be DJing from 6 PM till Mutual Benefit start (around 8 PM).
All River Rocks shows are free, all-ages and open to the public, with gates opening at 6 PM for each one.
Speaking of free Here We Go Magic shows on a Pier, they're playing TONIGHT (5/14) at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Gospels and Porcelain Raft. It's the official pre-party for New York Road Runner Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon which happens on Saturday (5/17). Show tonight starts at 8 PM.
Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Indie rock veterans Dinosaur Jr don't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they do have a few select festival appearances coming up, and a FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Philly slowcore/shoegazers Creepoid. Though the show is free, you do need tickets to enter, which go on "sale" Wednesday (5/14) at noon. All upcoming Dino Jr dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, you can also see Creepoid in NYC sooner than that when their tour hits Death by Audio on May 18 with Alex G, Florida and The Chickenhawks.
Listen to music from both bands, with Dino Jr's list of dates, below...
Pissed Jeans @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Union Pool's "Summer Thunder" series is returning for another season of Saturday outdoor shows during the warmer months at the Brooklyn venue (484 Union Ave). This year is a co-production with Other Music and things kick off on May 31 with dub DJ crew Blazer Sound System and a live performance from Permanent Love. The initial June lineup has been announced, featuring Pissed Jeans (6/7), Latin soul singer Joe Bataan (6/14), and Liquor Store, Call of the Wild and a TBA "Special Guest Headliner" (6/21).
The June 28 show is with drum-centric combo IIII (Four) featuring Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle / Boredoms), Ryan Sawyer (Lonewolf) and Ben Vida. It's a high-concept piece they'll be performing:
The original piece, which has been performed in New York and at various music venues such as the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia with a range of 4 to up to 40 drummers, was written for 4 lead drummers who each expressed one of the four seasons we experience on the planet through a rhythm; spring, summer, fall and winter. Through each rhythm a multi-dimensional dialogue is created between the other musicians performing. This concept piece morphed into a musical composition which embraces the change seen on our planet as it goes through transitions and seasonal / environmental progression.All "Summer Thunder" shows are free, start at 2 PM and are 21+. Flyer and initial schedule (we're told some more pretty big name will be announced soon, so stay tuned), below...
Nicole Atkins @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Madison Square Park's "Oval Lawn Series" is back with another summer season's worth of free shows every Wednesday from June 18 - August 6. The series kicks off with Nicole Atkins on 6/18 and here's the whole 2014 line-up:
June 18 Nicole AtkinsNicole Atkins will open for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Prospect Park and Hammerstein Ballroom in July. Tickets are still available for both shows.
June 25 Ester Rada & Maya Azucena
July 2 The SteelDrivers / Cricket Tell the Weather
July 9 John Fullbright
July 16 Jacky Terrasson Quartet
July 23 Jon Cleary
July 30 Forro in the Dark & Debo Band
August 6 Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
The "Oval Lawn Series" are not the only concerts in Madison Square Park this summer. There's also the "Mad. Sq. Kids Series" featuring family-friendly shows that take place rain or shine in the Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM. Full schedule for those, along with more details about the "Oval Lawn Series" below...
John Doe w/ X at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The sixth annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival happens every Tuesday from June 3 through August 26 in the back parking lot behind NYC venue City Winery. The free, all ages outdoor shows happen from 5 PM to 7:30 PM.
Artists playing this year include Commander Cody (6/10) John Doe of X (6/24), Stephen Kellogg (8/5), Drivin' n' Cryin' (8/12), and more.
Full schedule and flyer below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Pujol's new album, KLUDGE will be out May 20 via Saddle Creek. It's a fairly hi-fi affair for this Nashville garage rocker, but I wouldn't call it slick (greasy maybe) and there are some terrific songs on it. If you like Reatards style rock, it's worth checking out. You can stream "Dark Haired Suitor" from the album, along with the previously released "Pitch Black" and "Small World" below.
When we last posted, Pujol only had a few tour dates scheduled, including NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 24 (tickets). Since then a full tour has blossomed with two more NYC shows. Pujol will play Death by Audio on May 23 with Toronto's Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, plus Scully and Jupiter Boys. They'll also play a free matinee in-store at Rough Trade on Saturday, May 24 (same day as their Merc show) at 2 PM.
Updated dates are listed, along with streams, below...
The Upset / Aye Nako / Palehound show at Death by Audio on Friday (4/9) is actually doubling as an afterparty for a screening of We Are the Best, the acclaimed new movie from director Lukas Moodyson about a teenage girl punk band in early-'80s Sweden. The screening happens around the corner at IndieScreen at 7 PM on Friday. The screening is free and if you go to it, you get a free pass for the DbA show. Not a bad Friday night. You must RSVP though and admittance is first come, first served. You can also buy advance tickets ($5) to the DbA show.
Upset also play Saturday (5/10) at Baby's All Right with Worriers (tickets). If you can't go to Friday's free screening, We Are the Best screens tonight (5/7, 7:30 PM) at BAM's Rose Cinmemas with a post-screening Q&A with Moodysson. It's the kickoff to BAM's "Punk Rock Girls" series and tickets are still available. We Are the Best begins a limited North American release on May 30.
Trailer for the We Are the Best below...
Joanna Gruesome @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Seaport Music Festival is back for its 13th season though, like 4Knots, somewhat reimagined. With the Pier 17 being redeveloped, the stage will now be on Fulton St. at Water St. with the stage facing East (meaning the audience will be on Fulton from Water down to South St.). We're told the stage is slightly smaller than the one at River Rocks.
More importantly, the Seaport Music Festival is back up to a robust eight Friday evenings from July 11 - August 29. Like the stage, the acts are a little smaller this year. The initial lineup:
Friday, July 11 Protomartyr, AlvvaysAs always Seaport Music Festival shows are free and open to the public.
Friday, July 18 Calvin Love, Las Rosas
Friday, July 25 Torres, TBA
Friday, August 1 Snowmine, The Casket Girls
Friday, August 8 Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz
Friday, August 15 Boogarins, Jacco Gardner
Friday, August 22 Dead Gaze, TBA
Friday, August 29 Joanna Gruesome, Big Ups
by Ian Chainey
NYHC hardcore legends Sheer Terror will be playing a few shows this year, including a free show in their hometown at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 23. They'll be supported by Agitator and Cop Problem, the latter of which is also slated to play June's gigantic Punk Island. All dates are listed below.
While the word 'legend' is usually misused, applied to bands that don't actually have any legends propping up their mythos, it seems earned in Sheer Terror's case, if only due to singer Paul Bearer's patented, oft-recounted stage banter. Forming in 1984, Sheer Terror sought to amplify the aggression and heft of hardcore, upping the ante for a new breed pulling influences directly from the world of metal. Their breakthrough, 1989's Just Can't Hate Enough, discharged a thick, buzzing guitar tone that was more indebted to thrashers/proto-deathers like Martin Ain (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost) than those listed on the typical punk's template. No big deal? Well, the reason that sentence doesn't read oddly today is largely because of Sheer Terror and their likeminded scenemates' widespread influence.
Through numerous break-ups, Paul Bearer has kept the Sheer Terror torch lit, producing a total of seven LPs with a rotating cast of members. Their last, 2011's Spite, came after a 13 year long hiatus. (Not counting the few reunion dates in between.) But, the band's home is on the stage, allowing the confrontational and charismatic Bearer to let loose torrents of verbal abuse.
To get you prepared, check out two live sets from YouTube's large library of Sheer Terror documentation, with the list of dates, below...
The Julie Ruin @ MHOW, Oct 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, the Village Voice's 2014 4Knots Music Fest happens July 12 at South Street Seaport. They just released the initial round of acts playing: The Julie Ruin, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong (ex-Women), Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters. With two stages, lots more artists will be announced soon. Stay tuned.
Like always, The 4Knots Festival is free and all-ages.
The official afterparty will be at Webster Hall. Lineup and tickets TBA.
by Bill Pearis
Beverly at Cake Shop last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beverly, the duo of Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, have just released a new song from their forthcoming debut album, out July 1 on Kanine. Like the whole record, "You Can't Get it Right" is an insanely catchy piece of poppy indie rock and you can stream it below.
The full-band version of Beverly (which currently doesn't feature Frankie in the group) made their live debut a couple weeks ago (they were really good) and they've got more shows on the horizon. Beverly play the Randall's Island Frieze Art Fair on May 11 with Suzi Analogu, Doble Pletina, The Suzan, and Laila. Then they'll play a record release party at Baby's All Right on June 28. No word on tickets or openers for that show.
The show at Frieze is part of a music festival dubbed WITHOUT that runs May 8 - 11 and is curated by Tom Tom Magazine. It happens outside the fair and is free and open to the public. Noveller and Clinical Trials are among the other bands playing -- full schedule is below.
Speaking of Tom Tom and Beverly, Fred Armisen interviewed Drew and Frankie for the Tom Tom and you can watch a video of them talking drums and other topics below.
"You Can't Get It Right" stream, plus "Honey Do," below...
St. Vincent in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
A few of the paid Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park have already been announced, including The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, plus the free Janelle Monae show, and now BRIC has announced the full lineup for the 2014 season.
The full lineup is listed below. Some highlights of the FREE shows include:
Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality and TEEN on June 21.All of the above-mentioned shows are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. Most start at 7 or 7:30 PM. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...
Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26.
Shovels & Rope, Valerie June and Shakey Graves on June 27.
Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet on July 5.
Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19.
Nickel Creek on July 24.
Kes the Band and Kuenta I Tambu (KiT) on August 2.
St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9.
The annual Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival happens May 4 on Washington St. between Observer Highway to 7th St. from 11am to 6pm. This 2014 edition is the fest's 20th anniversary and features live music from Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, The Black Hollies, Overlake and more. One of the fest's three stages is a children's stage, plus there will be over 300 artists, crafters, photographers, sculptors, food vendors, and more as well.
Full lineup/schedule is listed below...
Hip-hop legends, including DJ Kool Herc, Marley Marl, considered one of the most influential producers in the genre, and Zulu Nation, a hip-hop awarness group, will star during a month-long Queens Library project dubbed "31 Days of Non-Stop Hip Hop."Check out the full list of events, below.
As part the series, which includes a different hip-hop event every day, Queens locals will get to meet the music pioneers, learn about hip-hop history and study break dancing moves.
But they will also get to share their memories and hip-hop memorabilia with the library, which is launching the Hip-Hop Elements project, an attempt to create a hip-hop archive documenting its history in the borough, the library said.
"We want to capture and archive the heritage of hip-hop for future generations as part of the history of music and our collective culture," said Joanne King, a spokeswoman for the library.
In related news, DJ Kool Herc DJs the Pete Seeger tribute happening as part of the 2014 Summerstage season.
There's tons of free hip hop happening during Summerstage too, including many in Brooklyn, and a big one in Queens: Mobb Deep in Queensbridge Park on 7/17.
Full 31 Days of Non-Stop Hip Hop schedule, below...
Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As mentioned, Thee Oh Sees' hiatus was a brief one -- the same amount of time off for most bands wouldn't even be noticed -- and they're playing California shows in May. Still no word if a proper tour is in the works, but the band will play Brooklyn's Northside Festival, an outdoor show at McCarren Park on June 14. Like the CHVRCHES show on 6/15, this is free and open to the public but you will need to RSVP which you can do beginning Friday (4/25) at noon.
Andrew Bird at RIverside Church in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Singer/songwriter/violin looper Andrew Bird is going on a tour this summer with his new band The Hands of Glory, "an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." That tour hits NYC for a free show at Central Park Summerstage on July 8 with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple. That show starts at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.
Andrew Bird will play NYC sooner than that though for RadioLoveFest, "a vibrant cross-section of genres and formats from storytelling, to music, to conversation," which runs from June 4-8 at BAM. Andrew appears on June 6 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Details:
The two-time Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Andersen, novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary Spy magazine, gets inside the creative mind, introducing listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture on movie sets, in galleries, and on the internet.Other highlights include a screening of Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense on June 5 in the BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with director Jonathan Demme and WNYC's Brian Lehrer; NYC/WNYC's Ask Me Another show on June 6 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House with They Might Be Giants and house musician Jonathan Coulton; and WNYC"s Soundcheck on June 7 at BAM Harvey Theater with The Walkmen frontman (and now solo artist) Hamilton Leithauser.
At BAM, Andersen presents an evening of music and conversation featuring Andrew Bird, one of the most acclaimed and inventive songwriters in indie music, and Jennifer Egan, whose novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize.
Tickets for all RadioLoveFest shows are on sale now or will be on sale soon.
Full RadioLoveFest schedule, with the list of Andrew Bird tour dates, below...
by Doug Moore
Ashencult at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Time is ticking down before Maryland Deathfest 2014, but as ever in the music world, festival lineups are subject to change until the bands actually hit the stage. The festival issued a pretty substantial lineup and logistics update yesterday (4/20) that nixed a few previously announced bands while adding a bunch more.
Let's do the bad news first:
The following bands on Friday at Soundstage have cancelled: ROTTING OUT (due to surgeries that a band member must undergo), ANTISECT (due to a family matter that a band member must be present for), and ENDORPHINS LOST (van broke down and they can't tour now)....The three Soundstage cancellations have been replaced by Impaled, Pneumatic Slaughter, & ACxDC (who have a new album on the way).
Also, on a recent visit to the US embassy, ORATOR was told that they cannot come to the US next month, so they will not be playing on Saturday at the Edison Lot. The band is confident that they'll be able to come here next year, and if so, we will book them then. We will be giving most bands playing on Saturday at the Edison Lot a longer set time and NOT announcing a replacement.
The festival has also announced the lineup for free shows at the nearby Sidebar (218 E. Lexington Street) on every night of the festival, with doors opening for each show at 8pm and bands starting at 9. This means that there are basically 20 more bands on the MDF lineup. Some notable names include Bastard Sapling, Skelptarsis, Ashencult, Old Lines & Yautja (THEY ARE EVERYWHERE). This is all on top of the fest itself and the Misery Index / Immolation / Black Breath / Noisem preshow on Wednesday the 21st. So yeah, you'll have no shortage of metal show options in Baltimore that week.
Check out the full lineup for those free Sidebar shows (organized by date), and the day-by-day schedule for the fest, below...
Marissa Nadler at Baby's All Right in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The schedule for the Summerstage 2014 Season was just announced, and as you may know, in addition to the shows in Central Park, there are also free shows in many other NYC parks too. Those include Brooklyn shows in Red Hook Park, Betsy Head Park, Herbert Von King Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Highlights of the Brooklyn Summerstage shows include:
6/3 - Ty Dolla $ign in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)Full Brooklyn Summerstage show schedule below...
6/4 - Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)
6/5 - Pro Era in Red Hook Park (in association with Lyricist Lounge)
6/10 - Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clik & Friends in Betsy Head Park
6/18 Salute to Hip Hop w/ DJ Bent Roc, Chubb Rock, Dana Dane and Special Ed (in association with WBLS) in Herbert Von King Park
6/22 - Frankie Knuckles tribute w/ screening of Hands to the Sky (in association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation) in Herbert Von King Park
The Horrors have a new album, Luminous, out May 6 and will be visiting North America for Austin Psych Fest next weekend. On their way there, The Horrors will play Brooklyn's House of Vans on April 29 with openers Spires. The show is free but you must RSVP to RSVPTOVANS@gmail.com with "Classic & Brooklyn" in the subject line.
The Horrors will also play Los Angeles before Psych Fest. All dates are listed, along with the video for "So Now You Know," below...
Andrew Bird in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
NYC's Summerstage 2014 schedule was just announced and as always it features a number of free and not-free "benefit" shows in Central Park. Some highlights of the free shows include:
6/28 - 'Club Classics Live!' featuring Sam Sparro; Ultra Naté; Kevin Aviance; Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin & Norma Jean Wright (ex-Chic); Company Freak w/ special guests. Plus DJ set by Andre Collins, curated by Jason KingPaid shows include Beck, Conor Oberst / Dawes, Counting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more.
7/8 - Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory and Luke Temple
7/9 - Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)
7/12 - Babasónicos, Juana Molina and La Santa Cecilia (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)
7/13 - Bonobo and Cibo Matto (celebrating 15 years of Okayplayer)
7/21 - Pete Seeger tribute w/ Anti-Flag (acoustic), Toni Blackman, The Chapin Sisters, Rebel Diaz, Steve Earle, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, James Maddock, Elizabeth Mitchell & Dan Zanes, Mike + Ruthy, Nyraine, Amanda Palmer, Michael Glabicki (of Rusted Root), The Tony Lee Thomas Band and DJ sets by Kool Herc
8/2 - Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Hurray for the RIff Raff
8/16 - Blood Orange, Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage (in association with Okayplayer)
Full Central Park Summerstage 2014 schedule below...