Entries tagged with: free shows
by Bill Pearis
NYC synthpop band The Ballet have been hibernating the last few years, rarely playing live and no recorded material since 2009's terrific Bear Life. The band are finally getting around to doing something again, having signed with Fortuna Pop who will release The Ballet's new album, I Blame Society, on June 10. You can check out the video for "Is Anyone Out There?" below. It's a little less overtly Magnetic Fields-y than we've maybe heard before, but it's definitely whetting my appetite for the album.
The Ballet were always good live -- they played an BV show in 2006 -- and you can see their first NYC gig in ages on Saturday (6/1) afternoon at Spike Hill, which is part of NYC Popfest and is free. It also features Vermont's charming The Smittens, Norwegian band Making Marks and Austin's Silkies.
Set times for the Spike Hill show, plus The Ballet video and streams from the other bands playing below...
by Bill Pearis
The landmark film This is Spinal Tap will celebrate its 30th Anniversary next year. While films like Albert Brooks' Real Life paved the way, Spinal Tap really launched the mockumentary format into public concsiousness, spawned a zillion catchphrases ("This one goes to 11," "What's wrong with being sexy?") and remains scarily true to life -- just watch Anvil! or DiG! for proof.
In addition to being flat-out hilarious, This is Spinal Tap boasts great songs too, written by the film's stars, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and director Rob Reiner. The soundtrack is getting its first vinyl reissue since its initial release via The Control Group on June 11, which comes in a gatefold sleeve with original liner notes from Rocklopedia Brittanicus.
BrooklynVegan is happy to be presenting a release party at Williamsburg's Passenger Bar that night (6/11) from 8 PM - 11 PM. Mike V of The Everymen and D. Jane Gherkin will be spinning tunes and there will also be Brooklyn Beer specials. We're also giving away a copy of the vinyl reissue. You can enter ahead of time (details below) and pick up the prize at the party (we'll let you know ahead of time if you won).
Do come out. In the words of Tap keyboardist Viv Savage, "Have... a good time...all the time." Check out a classic Spinal Tap clip below...
We knew that Baroness would be playing House of Vans with Melvins on July 31, but House of Vans have released dates for the rest of their free summer concert season. The other shows will happen June 27, July 11, July 18, August 15, and August 29. Any guesses on who will play this year? BrooklynVegan will have the exclusive entire lineup announcement next week. We saw it and are excited, but can't say anything yet. .Stay tuned!
Baroness at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
When sludge-metal-turned-alt-rock greats Baroness first announced that they'd be doing a full North American tour this year (their first since their tragic bus crash) we guessed that a NYC show at House of Vans would get added. Once Baroness finally did announce a NYC show, it turned out to actually be happening at Irving Plaza (8/14) with Royal Thunder (tickets).
However, now the band did just announce that they will in fact be playing House of Vans on July 31. And to make it better, it's with The Melvins (which explains their TBA NYC show that day). To make it even better, it's totally free. Stay tuned for more information (an RSVP link is probably forthcoming).
Updated Baroness dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Now in its seventh year, Make Music New York, "the largest music event ever to grace Gotham" (Metro New York), is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 514 cities around the world -- a global celebration of music making.In addition to the random artists and bands that will be playing live on the sidewalks and other public places on June 21 in NYC, there are many larger-scale events with Make Music New York this year, all of which are free.
The next Make Music New York is on Friday, June 21, 2013.
From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions -- from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock -- perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.
From noon to 7 PM, Joe's Pub will offer a live performance of Beck's Song Reader sheet music album, as sung by a mix of "well-known and unknown" performers (TBA) backed by house bands Balthrop, Alabama and the 18-piece Austin band, Mother Falcon.
"Mass Appeal" brings together hundreds of musicians to perform works created for one specific instrument that anyone (with said instrument) can participate in. This includes accordions in Central Park, cellos at Flatiron Building Plaza; and gongs in Herald Square. And for those who don't play an instrument there's humming in the DUMBO ConEd Farragut Substation. And more.
There's also "Lake Music" by Central Park Lake with TILT Brass performing "Dawn" from Music for Wilderness Lake at 7:30 AM; then at 5 PM George Steel conducts "Credo" for 144 singers; and finally at 8:30 PM, TILT Brass are back to perform "Dusk" from Music for Wilderness Lake.
At Tompkins Square Park from 4 PM - 8 PM will be a celebration of brass with The Himalayas, PitchBlak Brass Band, Lucky Chops Brass Band and more.
MS MR @ MHOW this month (more by Toby Tennenbaum)
Montauk venue Surf Lodge's 2013 free Summer Concert Series has an impressive line-up that kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with Theophilus London and Portugal. The Man, and continues this weekend with MS MR on Saturday (6/1). This year's slate includes Bear Mountain (6/8), Willie Nelson (6/9), Django Django (6/16), Ra Ra Riot (6/22), Phosphorescent (6/30), Blonde Redhead (7/13), Father John Misty solo (7/28), Jamie Lidell (8/3) Autre Ne Veut (8/24), and the previously discussed YACHT show (8/31). Again, the shows are free.
Full Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series line-up below...
by Bill Pearis
Costa Mesa, CA trio Tomorrows Tulips make lo-fi indiepop with a flower power bent, as can be heard on their latest effort, Experimental Jelly, which is out on cassette via Burger Records. (Fans of Beat Happening, TV Personalities, The Vaselines...this is for you.) You can stream a track from it below, along with the entirety of the their debut.
The band are currently in NYC, having played Grand Street Bakery in Brooklyn last night. Tonight (5/23) Tomorrows Tulip's play an early show (7 PM) at Pianos which is also FREE. You can then stick around for a pretty great line-up of bands including L Mag faves Coastgaard, as well as Ski Lodge, Pacific UV and Lazyeyes who are wrapping up a month-long residency. If you come after 7:30 PM it's $8.
All Tomorrows Tulips dates are listed below...
Chairlift @ Capitale, Feb. 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
As mentioned, Bear in Heaven are playing short film showcase Tropfest which happens in Prospect Park's "Nethermead" on June 22. Since that post, the full line-up was announced: Chairlift, Bear in Heaven, Ghost Beach and People Get Ready will perform, and Neon Indian will DJ. Free tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, Chairlift will play DJ, strangely enough, also in Prospect Park's Nethermead this Friday for GoogaMooga. between Flaming Lips and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Chairlift's Caroline Polachek provided vocals on Ice Choir's track, "Everything is Spoilt by Use" and you can check out the recent video for that song and more tour dates below.
Twin Shadow @ Pitchfork 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Twin Shadow is about to kick off a "True Story" tour in California that quickly hits Sasquatch before visting Chicago, Governors Ball in NYC, Texas and many other places before ending back in Cali. Twin Shadow will then take a break before playing a big, free hometown show at Central Park Summerstage with Autre Ne Veut, Elliphant and DJ Million Dollar Mano on 8/17. All dates are listed with the "True Story" explanation below.
Most of TS's tour is with Pitchfork/Swedish Grammys-approved pop star Elliphant who we mentioned headlines her only upcoming non-Twin Shadow North American date in Brooklyn at Glasslands on June 11. Tickets are still available. Openers are Heartsrevolution and Computer Magic (DJ Set).
"She's actually part of the same production family as Icona Pop, but as Elliphant, she frays Scandinavian pop precision at the edges to join up to a more global patchwork that runs from Mad Decent affiliates M.I.A. and Maluca to the junkheap magpie nest of Staff Benda Bilili." [Pitchfork]Check out the video for "Live Till I Die" below.
Autre Ne Veut, who recently played Pianos (twice), only has four upcoming shows we know about at the moment. One is with Twin Shadow at Summerstage, one is Pitchfork Festival, one is ACL, and one is in Miami. They're also all listed below...
J Mascis with Dinosaur Jr at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
One of the best things about summer is all of the free live music, and one of the great series in NYC is Union Pool's Summer Thunder! This year the series is even bigger, going every weekend from early June until September. The shows begin at 2PM, are 21+, and will feature drink specials all afternoon. The shows are FREE, and two of them are presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges respectively.
Summer Thunder kicks off the season on June 1 with Rocksteady Yeti DJ Crew. BrooklynVegan will present the second Summer Thunder event set for June 8 featuring Heavy Blanket (featuring J Mascis) and Love as Laughter. Invisible Oranges will present the June 15 Summer Thunder, with Inter Arma and more TBA.
Heavy Blanket released their self-titled debut last year on Outer Battery Records and you can stream that below. Love is Laughter also play Shea Stadium on Saturday (5/18) with Starlight Girls, Honduras, Birthdays and more.
More details on the rest of June's lineup of Summer Thunder, including shows with Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg), Endless Boogie and more, is below. See you there!
Every year NYC's Madison Square Park, located at 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues, hosts a series of free "Oval Lawn Series" concerts in the summer. This year is no different...
Os Mutantes soundchecking at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Brazilian psychedelic pop legends Os Mutantes are still at it (they played Le Poisson Rouge in December and were just at Austin Psych Fest, but were interrupted by rain), and are one of the bands announced for the Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 season at Prospect Park. Their show happens on June 29 with Brooklyn indie pop band Javelin and Sierra Leonean Bubu King Janka Nabay, and that one's totally free.
The show is one of a few Northeast US dates the Brazilian band will be playing this June, including another in the NYC area happening on June 28 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with a video of the band at Le Poisson Rouge, below...
Guards at the Slipper Room in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Indie pop crew Guards are playing a hometown show as part of the Downtown Music Festival at Bowery Ballroom tonight (5/10) with Palma Violets and The Orwells (tickets), and they've just announced that they'll play another one next month. The newly-added show happens on June 18 at Brooklyn Bowl, and it's part of that venue's Local x Local series, which means it's totally free as long as you RSVP.
The band have a number of other dates announced too. All of those are listed, along with the video for "Ready to Go" from their debut LP, below...
The line-up of free lunchtime shows for BAM's 2013 R&B Festival has been announced. The fest happens Thursdays at noon from June 6 - Aug 8 at MetroTech Commons, located at the corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Avenues. This year's performers are:
June 6: Mint ConditionDue note that the Avery*Sunshine performance happens on a Wednesday (7/3). The concerts happen rain or shine.
June 13: Bobby Rush
June 20: Zozo Afrobeat Orchestra
June 27: Stooges Brass Band
July 3: Avery*Sunshine
July 11: TBA
July 18: Fatoumata Diawara
July 25: TBA
Aug 1: Sheila E
Aug 8: Shuggie Otis
Oxford, UK's Stornoway are currently in town with Field Report, playing Maxwell's tonight (5/3, tickets) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (5/6, tickets). On Saturday (5/4), they're going to spend the afternoon on a musical pub crawl, playing acoustic sets at four different drinking establishments in Manhattan and Brooklyn: 2 PM at Jimmys No.43 in the East Village, 3 PM at The Ear Inn in SoHo, then 4:30 PM at The Drink and finally 6 PM at Legion Bar, both of which are in Williamsburg. The pub crawl is free (beverages not included).
The band are out supporting their new album, Tales from Terra Firma, which is out now on 4AD. You can check out the band's new video, "The Bigger Picture," their current tour schedule and a flyer for the pub crawl, below.
As mentioned, acclaimed ensemble Kronos Quartet are celebrating their ruby anniversary this year with the "Kronos at 40" mini-festival within Lincon Center Out of Doors' 2013 slate. In addition to that, Kronos Quartet will be performing with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus' Concert Chorus and Young Men's Ensemble on May 7 at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn. It will include commissioned works by Julia Wolfe (World Premiere), Aleksandra Vrebalov (New York premiere), the Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry (New York premiere), Bryce Dessner and Shara Worden. The event is a BYC benefit and tickets are on sale now. For those with deeper pockets there's a gala reception before the show you can buy tickets to as well.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who just performed at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, is in its 21st season and will be a part of the 2013 Bang on a Can Marathon which happens June 16 at 3 Spruce St. which is near City Hall in downtown Manhattan. The nine-hour event, part of the 2013 River to River Festival, also includes appearances by Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Maya Beiser with the Provenance Project Band, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Le Cabaret Contemporain, David Cossin & Ben Reimer, Peter Evans, Monica Germino, Hotel Elefant, Yungchen Llamo & Anton Batagov, NYU Steel Pan Ensemble, NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Talk Normal, TILT Brass, Shara Worden, and more. Full new press release below.
Watch Glen Hansard, Richard Reed Parry, Little Scream, Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus play Leonard Cohen's "Passing Through" recently at the MusicNOW 2013 fest in Ohio, in the video below....
Phosphorescent at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
As mentioned, the Northside Festival is returning to various Brooklyn venues from June 13 - 16, and like in past years, they'll be doing two free shows in McCarren Park as part of the festival. We already mentioned that The Walkmen are playing one on June 15, and that one just got even better because Phosphorescent (who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) were added! The rest of the bill includes Friend Roulette and Abadabad. The show is free, but tickets are required and still available.
Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The second free McCarren Park show was also just announced. It will be headlined by Solange (who also just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) and support comes from Petite Noir, Cable, and My Midnight Heart. Tickets for that one are on sale now too. If you have a Northside bade, you're guaranteed entry for both free shows.
Northside Festival have added other bands, like Braids, too. An updated list of artists playing (and still more TBA) and lists of all Solange and Phosphorescent dates below...
Apparently it's NYC Outdoor Free Show Announce Day. Following Hudson River Rocks, Seaport Music Festival and 4Knots updates comes the 2013 River to River Festival line-up. This year's fest runs from June 15 - July 14 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences" across a number of outdoor stages. Among this years' free events:
The annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens on 6/16 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts and features Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Talk Normal, Talea, Shara Worden, Yungchen Llamo, and more.Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2013 line-up is listed, with details, below...
Laurie Anderson will perform two nights at Rockefeller Park on June 18 & 19 with guests Gerry Leonard, Doug Wieselman, Eyvind Kang and others TBA.
Ecstatic Summer 2013 which happens at Brookfield Place Plaza on June 29 & 30. Members of Bon Iver, Mantra Percussion, the National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band and more will perform commissioned works by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra and Seth Olinsky.
So Percussion and Joshua Light Show team up on July 13 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
The legendary Leon Russell will perform at Rockefeller Park on July 10.
There's also a presentation of of Foetus frontman JG Thirlwell's "cinema for the ears" album, Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Bloom at Tribeca Cinemas on July 11.
White Lung @ Bowery Ballroom last weekend (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned a few times, the Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival goes down on June 29 at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport with headliner Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts and Marnie Stern. The fest just announced five more acts: Reigning Sound, White Lung (who just played with Parquet Courts at Bowery), The Babies, Fat Tony and Heliotropes. With two stages to fill, there's still more acts to be announced.
Reigning Sound's Greg Cartwright will get to know the Pier 17 stage pretty well by summer's end, as his other band, Oblivians, will play there for the Seaport Music Festival on June 7, which is also free. As mentioned, Reigning Sound recently signed to Merge Records who will release that band's new album at some point this year.
We reported some Seaport Music Festival news earlier and now the free, annual River Rocks series (for the second year on Pier 84) has announced it's 2013 line-up. The first happens on July 11 with Generationals and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. Then the second happens on July 25 with Foxygen (who will hopefully actually play this time) and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down (who just toured with Sallie Ford) and Waxahatchee. And finally, on August 8 it's Titus Andronicus and Ducktails. That explains the absence of a NYC date on Titus' upcoming tour. All River Rocks shows are free and all-ages. Doors open at 6 PM.
Generationals just played Bowery Ballroom last night (4/22) and are sticking around for another NYC show TONIGHT (4/23) at The Rock Shop with Future of What. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Waxahatchee open for The Babies this Saturday (4/27) at Glasslands (sold-out).
Titus Andronicus just released a Record Store Day 12", which included "Still Lie with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter" from last year's Local Business and two previously unreleased tracks, "(I've Got A) Date Tonight" and "The Dog," the latter of which is sung by drummer Eric Harm, rather than frontman Patrick Stickles. Updated Titus dates are listed, along with a stream of "The Dog," below...
The Oblivians @ Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Andrew Friscano)
The Seaport Music Festival already announced that Unknown Mortal Orchestra would be playing on June 28 and they've recently announced a couple more dates on the schedule. Memphis garage legends The Oblivians will play with their Goner labelmates Ex-Cult on June 7. And then on June 21, jangly UK indie pop quartet Fear of Men will play. No opener has been announced for that show yet. All Seaport Music Festival shows are free and all-ages.
More shows are still to be announced. Also happening at Pier 17 at the Seaport is Village Voice's 4Knots Music Fest which happens June 29 with headliners Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern and more TBA.
As you may remember, South Street Seaport was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, taking out most of shops on the brick street area down there which also suffered heavy looting, and most of those storefronts are still empty. (The mall is open, though.) Seaport Music, the label, are putting out a compilation album titled Anchored & Amped and 100% of the sales going to Seaport area businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The record includes exclusive tracks from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Wedding Present, Wire, Savoir Adore and more It will be available on June 4 via local record stores and at Seaport Music Festival shows.
The Underachievers @ BrooklynVegan-SXSW (more by Bruno Simões)
Summerstage presents free shows in parks around NYC each summer. One of those parks is Red Hook Park where 2013 shows will happen on June 4 - 7. Check out the exact schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
It was pretty exciting earlier this year when baroque pop legends The Zombies (who just released a RSD 12") toured with support from Elephant Stone, and now, as revealed in today's Summerstage 2013 lineup announcement, they'll be playing a show in NYC with another band they've surely influenced, Django Django. That show happens on June 15 at Central Park Summerstage and also includes Adam Green & Binki Shapiro and a DJ set by Modest P. The show is free to the public. It's a day show which runs from 3 to 7 PM so it could be a good one to catch before heading to Brooklyn for Northside Festival that night.
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
will be in the NYC-area even sooner when their tour with Father John Misty and Jessica Pratt hits Maxwell's on May 17 (sold out). UPDATE: We just learned that Adam Green & Binki dropped off the Father John Misty tour.
The Central Park show is part of The Zombies' US spring/summer tour which hits the Bergen Performing Arts Center (6/13) in NJ and Mohegan Sun (6/14) in CT right beforehand. All dates are listed, along with a video of their full Live on KEXP set at SXSW (where they were sounding especially great), below...
Caveman at Webster Hall, 4/10/2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Caveman just wrapped up a lengthy headlining tour, which hit Webster Hall last week. The band, whose eponymous sophomore album came out earlier this month, are catching up on things and going through their junk mail here in their NYC home, but have made time for an acoustic performance tonight (4/18) at Barnes & Noble Union Square. It's part of the bookstore's "Upstairs in the Square" series that pairs musicians with authors, in this case Hemlock Grove's Brian McGreevy. NPR's Katherine Lanpher hosts the event that starts at 7 PM. It's free.
As mentioned, Caveman will soon be on the road again, this time opening for Rogue Wave whose new album, Nightengale Floors, is out in June. Those dates include two in NYC: June 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and June 22 and Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to both are currently on AmEx presale with the regular on-sale happening Friday (4/19) at noon.
All Caveman dates are listed below...
Kurt Vile at Coachella, 4/14/2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
We already knew that The Men would be playing this year's 4 Knots Music Festival, but the Village Voice have just announced a few more acts: Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern. With two stages and seven hours for each, there are lots more bands still be be announced. Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival goes down June 29 at South Street Seaport from 1 - 8 PM. It's free and all-ages. Flyer is below.