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Blind Boys of Alabama @ ACL Fest 10/11/2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The Blind Boys of Alabama, whose new Justin Vernon-produced album is out now, just played Austin's ACL Music Festival on Friday (10/11) and their fall tour will hit NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on October 26 opening for Black Crowes. Tickets are still available.

But if you'd like to see them in NYC somewhere, sooner, smaller (much, much smaller), and for free, Blind Boys of Alabama will be here for CMJ and their only scheduled appearance is Friday (10/18) at Pianos (!!) as part of the Planetary Group day party that also features Courtney Barnett, TOPS, and more. The show is free but you do need to RSVP to attend. BBoA are on at 4PM and the full lineup/schedule is below.

The groups' new album, I'll Find a A Way, features guest appearances from Sam Amidon, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, and Patty Griffin. You can stream it via Spotify. All tour dates are listed below.

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Daniel Johnston: here is an in-depth photographic study of legendary singer-songwriter and visual artist Daniel Johnston by New York City Based documentary and portrait photographer Jung Kim. the culmination of an intimate five-year collaboration and friendship, Daniel Johnston: here captures rare and beautiful moving moments of one of the most compelling artists today. The photographs not only chronicle Johnston's life on the road during his worldwide tours, but also his prolific life at home in Waller, Texas. An exhibition will launch in conjunction with this first0ever photography book on Johnston. The photographs are a selection from thousands of photographs captured on film from 2008 to present.
There will be a photo book and exhibition of Daniel Johnston: here tonight at Williamsburg's 7 Dunham gallery from 7 - 10 PM. On view will be 16 photographs from the book and there will be live performances from Glen Hasnard, Sean Bones and J. Spaceman (who soon plays with Spiritualized for Mexican Summer 5th Anniversary).

The event is free but you do need to RSVP by sending an email to list@danieljohnstonhere.com.

The book was funded via Kickstarter and you can watch the video from that below.

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UPDATE: Check out pictures from the craziness.

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Paul McCartney is full of surprises this week. Yesterday (10/9) the former Beatle played Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, and today he just tweeted that he'll be playing Times Square at 1 PM today (10/10). No other details yet, but if you work in the area, maybe it's time to take your lunch break.

UPDATE: The location is 46th & Broadway.

UPDATE: Check out pictures from the craziness.

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In other news:
* Five Other Reasons Bands Cancel Shows
* Cat Power announced an acoustic show
* NPR CMJ Showcase announced

Cults at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Poppy NYC duo Cults are set to go on a fall tour that includes a hometown show on November 26 at Webster Hall (tickets), but sooner than that you can catch them at a much smaller show.

During CMJ, they'll headline a Conflict of Interest party at Brooklyn Bowl on October 15 with special guests TBA. It's a free show, as long as you either have a CMJ badge, or if you RSVP.

Cults' new album, Static, comes out the day of the Brooklyn Bowl show via Columbia, and you can now stream it in full on NPR. Updated dates are listed, along with the video for its track "High Road," below.

Since we last spoke, Atlanta dream pop band Mood Rings (whose debut LP, VPI Harmony, came out this year via Mexican Summer) were added, along with SACCO, as openers to Cults tour, including the Webster Hall show. This also means Mood Rings have dropped off the Cymbals Eat Guitars tour, which they were supposed to be on. That tour still hits NYC without Mood Rings on 11/23 at Knitting Factory with Grooms and Daniel James taking their place (tickets).

Mood Rings aren't on Cults' Brooklyn Bowl show, but they do have their own CMJ shows scheduled, including the Carpark/Mexican Summer/Kanine showcase at Cameo (10/16) with Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, and Happy Jawbone (tickets); the unofficial Newtown Radio party at Shea (10/16) with Canadian rapper Young Braised, plus Christines, Calvin Love, and Rose Quartz DJs; and a free show at Ace Hotel (10/17).

All Mood Rings dates are listed, along with the list of Cults dates and that video, below...

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The 2013 CBGB Festival is coming up next week (Oct. 8 - 13), and in addition to the many shows, movie screenings and panel discussions, there's also going to be a photography exhibit. The "Never Again" Photo Show will be on display at Wooster Street Social Club from October 9 - Nov 1 and explores "the lexicon of the New York music scene, documenting the moments that can never be re-created, and continuing the tradition championed by music-photographers of the past: creating new legacies of moments that might otherwise be overlooked." Photographers include many BrooklynVegan contributors: Chris La Putt, David Andrako, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, Greg Cristman, Jason Bergman, Jacob Blickenstaff, Abbey Braden Raymonde, Guy Eppel, Jen Maler, Ryan Muir, Gabi Porter, Kyle Dean Reinford, Tod Seelie, Rebecca Smeyne, Loren Wohl, and Ebru Yildiz.

The opening night party (10/9) goes from 7-10 PM and features DJ Justin Collectorscum, complimentary beverages and "Rock n' Roll manicures by NQ."

Meanwhile, win some tickets to a film screening and don't forget My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear are playing for free in Times Square and that Judge will be at Saint Vitus.

GZA at MHOW in 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
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In honor of the 12 universities and 60,000+ college students in Downtown Brooklyn, Northside/L Mag is teaming up with Dwntwn Brklyn to present a free with RSVP show at MetroTech Commons on Thursday (10/3) for those students (and also the general public). The show is being co-headlined by Wu-Tang member GZA and synth pop duo Tanlines, with opening sets from Kitty (Pryde) and Mas Ysa. The show goes from 5-9 PM, and if you've never been to MetroTech Commons, here's directions.

In related news, Kitty Pryde collaborator Hot Sugar released an EP, Made Man, this week which Kitty appears on, along with Antwon, Lakutis, Kool AD, Chippy Nonstop, Heems, Big Baby Gandhi, and more. You can download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below. You can catch Hot Sugar live at Silent Barn on Saturday (10/5) with Logan Takahasi (of Teengirl Fantasy), Title TK, and Ogg Myst; and at 285 Kent on November 21 with Chrome Sparks and Infinity Shred (tickets).

Continue reading "GZA, Tanlines, Kitty Pryde & Mas Ysa playing a free Brooklyn show this week; Hot Sugar released an EP"

by Bill Pearis

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Welsh band Joanna Gruesome released their debut album, Weird Sister, earlier this month via Slumberland. It's a terrific record of riotous indiepop that has both jangly melodicism and sharp-fanged, bash-it-out aggression. (It's almost like Los Campesinos! covering Veronica Falls or vise versa.) You can stream a couple tracks below or listen to the whole thing via Spotify and Rdio.

Those coming to CMJ in two weeks can catch Joanna Gruesome live where they'll be playing their first North American shows. There are two confirmed shows so far: they'll play the Kanine Records/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 as part of a killer lineup including Eternal Summers, Eagulls, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, VALLEYS and The History of Apple Pie. That show is free. They'll also a day party at The Rock Shop on October 19 with Great Lakes, Fan Modine, Room Full of Strangers, Sophie Auster, Riverwild and Three Thousand Crowns. That show is also free. More shows are likely to pop up as we get closer to CMJ (which is pretty close already).

Song streams and flyer for the Kanine day party below...

Continue reading "Joanna Gruesome released debut LP, making North American live debut during CMJ (dates, streams)"

Grizzly Bear at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As discussed, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is returning from October 9 to 13 across various NYC venues. It's since been announced that like they did last year, they'll be doing a free concert in Times Square on October 12. The lineup for the show is Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers, and a James Murphy DJ set.

JSBX @ Bowery Electric, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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From the Facebook page of Williamsburg's Passenger Bar:

Tonight [9/22] at PASSENGER BAR: The one and only JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION will be playing a set of songs for our lovely friend Jo Murray's birthday!!! Don't miss out on this epic show!!! 9pm show time, party starts at 8, Spencer Bewley and Josh Styles rock it on the turntables! PBxRR! That's how we do it!!! xx
So set those DVRs to record Breaking Bad or The Emmys or whatever it is you were doing.

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Labor Day is past but it's still technically summer and Union Pool is running its free Summer Thunder series every Saturday through the end of the month. This weekend's show (9/14) is being presented by Secretly Canadian and is a bit of a mystery. Gentlemen Jets headline, and there's also a slot for ".?." We do know that Martin from Brazos will do a solo set (Jessie from Luyas was supposed to play with him, but she had to cancel), and J.Ek from Wye Oak side project Dungeonesse will do a DJ set, as will D.Jane Gherkin, and Bear in Heaven's Adam Wills. The party starts around 2 PM with live bands going on later in the day.

Then on September 21 it's DJ Dog Dick, I.U.D. and DJ Dago with more to be announced. September 28 will be the season finale, that they aren't announcing yet. Stay tuned.

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As mentioned, Detroit garage rockers The Dirtbombs are releasing their long-awaited "bubblegum" album, Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! next week (9/17) via In the Red. You can stream the whole thing right now over at SPIN who also talk with main Dirtbomb Mick Collins. Mick tells them a bit about each track like lead track, "Crazy for You" (streamable below):

When I was a kid in Detroit, there was a station called CKLW, which is actually across the border in Canada. They were a prime source for AM pop and quasi-bubblegum, not the sort of Saturday-morning-cartoons bubblegum this album is based on, but the stuff that would get played anyway. That song for me just sounds like a CKLW song to me. I wasn't making a conscious effort of trying to write a song like that, but as I was writing the song, it was like a CKLW moment. [Laughs.] When I was first writing it, it seemed like any other song, but right as we started laying down the tracks, I was like, "Oh, this is the single!"
The Dirtbombs haven't announced any tour plans surrounding the new album but they will be in NYC this weekend for a free block party celebrating the opening of the Shinola Flagship Tribeca store (177 Franklin @ Hudson) on Saturday (9/14). The party runs from noon - 4 PM and also features a performance by Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, plus DJ Rockaton and DJ Austin Peters spinning tunes between sets.

Flyer for the block party, plus "Crazy for You" track stream, below.

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DIIV at Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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Jansport and Noisey are teaming up for their fifth and final JanSport Bonfire Session (which also included the Divine Fits/Japandroids show at SXSW), set to take place in NYC at Williamsburg's temporary community space Havemeyer Park on September 21 (between S3/S4 & Wythe/Kent) with three NYC artists: shoegazey rockers DIIV, anthemic popsters Guards, and guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C. Johnson. The show is free and RSVP is required, but it doesn't guarantee entry so get there early. 21+. Flyer and streams from all three artists below.

Havemeyer Park is also the same location that Nitehawk Outdoors is bringing free screenings and music to, the next one being Tuesday (9/10).

DIIV is also playing NYC this week as an opener for blink-182 at MHOW on Wednesday (9/11). Sold out.

Flyer and streams below...

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Laura Marling at Roulette in May (more by PSquared Photography)
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British folk singer Laura Marling is currently on a North American tour which comes to NYC for sold out shows on November 8 and 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. She's since announced one more way you can see her in NYC, which will be an intimate performance on September 11 at St. Ann's Church (157 Montague St in Brooklyn Heights) for a WFUV remote broadcast. The show is free but the only way to get in is to check wfuv.org or email lauramarling@ribbonmusic.com for a chance to win tickets. Winners will be chosen at random and notified no later than 2 PM on September 10.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the show flyer and a video, below...

Continue reading "Laura Marling playing a free church show in Brooklyn after MHOW shows (updated dates)"

the cast of wacky misfits in 'Brooklyn Nine Nine'
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If you didn't already see the many billboards and endless TV promo spots for it, FOX has a new cop comedy debuting this fall called Brooklyn Nine Nine starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher. Whether it will be as it be as funny as Car 54 Where Are You? remains to be seen, you'll just have to tune in on September 17 to find out.

Or, if you live in NYC you can catch an early screening on September 12 at Brooklyn Bowl that includes a free live performance from Twin Sister. It's the band's only upcoming live show. The show is free but you do need to RSVP. Twin Sister have already pondered what's on everyone's minds:

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Neko Case

Neko Case's new album The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You will be out on September 3 via ANTI- (but you can stream it now), and the day after that she'll be celebrating with a free Pandora/T-Mobile-presented show in NYC at Skylight West (9/4) (500 W 36 St). Doors for the show are at 7 PM, and the music goes from 8-10. RSVP is open now.

Neko will also be back in NYC for a more conventional, not-free show when her tour hits Radio City on September 26. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated dates are listed, along with a song stream from her new LP, below...

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Big Sean's new album, Hall of Fame, is out today (8/27), and the above tweet pretty much says it all.

He's also doing an in-store signing from 5-8 at Best Buy in Union Square.

Check out a video from the new LP, below...

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"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to enjoy gourmet popcorn and white summer ale..."
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While Summerscreen ended a couple weeks ago, folks in Williamsburg who enjoy movies under the stars have a new option. Nitehawk Cinema is presenting a free (with RSVP) series called Nitehawk Outdoors at the new Havemeyer Park located at Wythe Avenue and South 3rd St. The series mixes music and film and kicked off last week with Dolly Parton's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and a performance from a Dolly Parton tribute band.

There are two more events to come: September 10 is Chicago featuring a performance by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra (RSVP). And then on September 17 they'll show James Bond classic Goldfinger, with soundtrack band Morricone Youth playing before (RSVP). In addition to the movies and music, Brooklyn Star, Oddfellows Ice Cream, and Brooklyn Brewery beer. Music starts at 7:30 PM with the movie to follow at 8:30 PM.

Havemeyer Park is an "interim community space" that also is currently home to a BMX bike course and an "urban farm."

Crystal Stilts (photo by The Impossible Project)
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In addition to supporting slots at two Deerhunter shows, Crystal Stilts have also announced a FREE record release appearance at Other Music on 9/16 at 8PM. The show goes down the day before the release of Nature Noir via Sacred Bones. All other dates are listed, along with a stream of the new track "Future Folklore," below.

Continue reading "Crystal Stilts playing free Other Music in-store before shows w/ Deerhunter (updated dates & song stream)"

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Members of K Holes and Bezoar will open Worship, a new vintage shop in Bushwick (117 Wilson Ave) that will be focused on "artists and musicians influence on fashion through the decades". The opening party will go down on Saturday (8/24) from 4-10PM and feature the art of Seth from Hunx and his Punx, in his first ever art show. The art show is free and open to the public and will be an excellent primer for Hunx's show at Death by Audio with Hunters, Las Rosas, and 2 Pretty later that night.

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The Babies and Spires are playing Mercury Lounge on September 7. Free Tickets to that show go on RSVP via Thrillcall App at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Danzig at Roseland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Young Galaxy at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Talib Kweli and Big K.R.I.T., open for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at The Theater at Madison Square Garden go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Peelander-Z at Glasslands go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Oh Land show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM, and tickets for her MHOW show go on sale at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - Skyballer (MP3)

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Brooklyn's electronic duo Lemonade released Diver last year and while there's no word of a follow-up just yet, the band did release a new single this week. "Skyballer" was co-produced by L-Vis 1990 is more focused (and catchy) than anything heard from the band to date. You can download it above or stream it below.

Lemonade are playing a free show with Javelin at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (8/28) with DJ sets from Tanlines too. The event is part of Levis' "Commuter Bike Shop" tour. You do need to RSVP to attend.

The night after that (8/29) Lemonade will also DJ the free Captured Tracks kickoff party at South Street Seaport's Topsider bar.

Lemonade single stream below...

Continue reading "Lemonade released a new, free-download single (stream it), playing free NYC show with Javelin "

by Bill Pearis

Soft Metals

Last month, LA duo Soft Metals released Lenses, their second album for Captured Tracks. The record is loaded blue steel minimal synth grooves and breathy vocals, the perfect for you next trip to Mega-City One. You can stream single "Tell Me" and watch the video for the album's title track below.

Soft Metals (not to be confused with their labelmates The Soft Moon) will be in NYC next weekend for the Captured Tracks CT5 Fifth Anniversary festival that happens at The Well. They play the second night (September 1) which also features Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak and Blouse, and tickets are still available. The date is part of a late-summer tour for the duo and all dates are listed below.

Speaking of CT5, there is now a free kickoff party happening on Thursday, August 29 at Topsider Bar at South Street Seaport (right by Smorgasbar). The night starts with an Other Music-sponsored listening party for Blouse's new album, and will then feature DJ sets from Anthony Naples and Lemonade. That starts early (6:30 PM). Flyer for that party is below.

All dates are listed, along with streams and flyer, below...

Continue reading "Soft Metals released 'Lenses,' touring around Captured Tracks CTF Festival (dates); free CT5 kickoff party at the Seaport"

Danny Brown at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
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Fool's Gold Records are returning with their free Labor Day (9/2) party, Fool's Gold Day Off again this year. Unlike past years, when it was held in the City Winery backyard, this year it's taking place at big outdoor Brooklyn venue, Williamsburg Park. The lineup includes Danny Brown (who also played last year), Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P, who we just caught at Webster Hall), Migos, A$AP Ferg, World's Fair, Action Bronson collaborator Party Supplies, Duck Sauce, Unibros (special DJ set), Grandemarshall, Nick Catchdubs, #BEEN#TRILL, and "special guests." The party runs from 2 PM-10 PM, and though it's free, you do have to RSVP (entry is still first come, first served, though). Show flyer below.

Danny Brown, who just released a new track, can also be seen for free in NYC even sooner at Afro-Punk Festival (8/24-25). After Fool's Gold Day Off, he heads out on a tour with Action Bronson that ends in NJ for Rock the Bells this October.

A$AP Ferg is releasing his new album, Trap Lord, this week (8/20). The album features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and more, and it can be streamed in full at Ferg's website.

Other upcoming hip hop shows at Williamsburg Park include Kendrick Lamar (9/10) and 2 Chainz (9/15).

Fool's Gold Day Off flyer below...

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Please come out and celebrate the life and work of Jim Bentley. Since 2003 my dear friend and man with the golden ears recorded hundreds of records at the Fort. This is a free event with a donation jar for which proceeds will go directly to his mother to help with expenses. Everyone is welcome whether you knew Jim or not for this is not only a celebration of his life and the friends that he touched but a celebration of the beautiful music that he helped create. We love and miss you Jimmy. - [via Facebook]
James Bentley, who owned and was the engineer at The Fort Studio in Bushwick, passed away last month. Some of his friends and bands who recorded there are hosting a memorial show this Sunday (8/18) at Cake Shop. The line-up includes Jennifer O'Connor, Doug Gillard, Doug Keith (of Mascott & Sharon Van Etten) and more. The show is free but donations are being suggested and all proceeds will go to James' mother.

Full line-up and flyer for the memorial show, below...

Continue reading "Jennifer O'Connor, Doug Gillard and more playing a memorial concert for The Fort Studio owner James Bentley"

by Bill Pearis

Bent Shapes

As mentioned, Boston trio Bent Shapes are set to release their terrific debut album, Feels Weird, on August 20 via Father/Daughter. While most of the record is pretty scrappy, the band do have a dreamy/introspective side, too, which can be heard on the LP's new single, "Hex Maneuvers." You can stream that below.

The band will be in NYC later this month for a record release show at Cake Shop on August 24 with killer support from Two Inch Astronaut, Butter the Children, and Gross Relations; and are also playing Silent Barn on August 29 with Shark? and The Doubts.

If you can't make those shows, or you want to see them again, Bent Shapes are now playing the final installment of my Sound Bites Series at South Street Seaport on Sunday, August 25. (Leapling dropped off the bill.) It happens on the Front/Row stage at the corner of Fulton and Front streets right by Smorgasbar. I DJ starting around 3 PM and the band plays at 4 PM sharp. Free.

This Sunday's (8/18) Sound Bites show is with Radical Dads and do come out for that one too. All Bent Shapes tour dates are listed, along with track streams from the album, below...

Continue reading "Bent Shapes share another song off debut album, added to final Sound Bites Series (updated dates, streams)"