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photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Best Buy Theater in July (more by Mimi Hong)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Laura Stevenson, Antarctigo Vespucci (aka Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren), and Mikey Erg (of The Ergs, Worriers and a zillion other bands) are teaming up to play a holiday benefit show at Shea Stadium on December 14. They're accepting coats for the New York Cares coat drive and unused toys for Safe Horizon. All proceeds from the door will go to Safe Horizon. It's a pretty stacked lineup, especially for such a small venue, and tickets for what will be a fun night for a good cause go on sale today (11/25) at 10 AM.

The show happens right after Cymbals Eat Guitars wrap up their three BV-presented release shows with Kevin Devine and friends, celebrating KD's split 7" series. The NYC show (12/11 at The Bell House) also has Laura Stevenson.

Jeff Rosenstock (whose van was recently broken into) is on tour now with Modern Baseball, and also hitting NYC on 12/11.

Mikey Erg also has an upcoming December show with Anika Pyle (Chumped) and Lauren Denitzio (Worriers).

Song streams, tour dates, and the Shea show flyer below...

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Hanukkah happens this year from December 6 to 14, and as always there are some musical ways to celebrate in NYC (plus things for Jews to do at Christmastime). Here's a roundup of some cool options:

It wouldn't be the holidays without a Matisyahu show, and this year he plays on Christmas at City Winery. Tickets, for what it is a pretty intimate show for him, are on presale now.

City Winery also hosts the third annual Christmas Eve for the Jews comedy show with Lenny Marcus, Gary Vider, Moody McCarthy and more. Tickets are on sale.

And as there often are, there are two Klezmer Brunches at City Winery Christmas week: 12/20 and 12/27. Tickets for the first and second are on sale now.

This year, the Schlep Sisters & Thirsty Girl throw their ninth annual Menorah Horah burlesque show on December 12 at The Hall at MP (480 Driggs Ave in Brooklyn). Tickets are available.

The Jewbadours' second annual Last Schmaltz, which offers "Pop classics of late 70's and early 80's through the prism of the New York Jewish Experience," happens December 22 at Highline Ballroom with special guests Julian Velard, Ari Hest, Colin Smith, Amanda Brown, Chrissi Poland, Kimberly Nichole, Toby Lightman and more TBA. Tickets are available.

Le Poisson Rouge hosts 'The Friday Night Jam' on December 11 with Rabbi Dan Ain, Relix's Mike Greenhaus, and special guest Ryan Miller of Guster. It's a conversation/audience Q&A, and Ryan will be playing a short set. They'll also do the Friday Night blessings and each person gets a drink and a "festive snack." Tickets are available.

The Poppy Seed Players will put on a re-imagining of the Hanukkah story, Judy & the Maccabees, on December 13 at the Kaufman Center at 11 AM. "At first, Judas Maccabeus, the leader of the Maccabees, dismisses Judy and assigns her menial tasks, but she ends up coming up with the plan that helps them win the war and return to Jerusalem." Tickets are on sale.

Also at the Kaufman Center (12/13) later that night: The Zamir Chorale and Zamir Noded will provide an evening with "four centuries of music in celebration of Hanukkah as well as additional works by American and Israeli composers." Tickets are on sale.

Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats usually play a Christmas day show, and while they haven't announced one as of now, they're playing the Jewish day school Magen David Yeshivah on December 7 in Brooklyn. They also just put out a new song, "Latke Recipe," which reworks Walk The Moon's "Shut Up And Dance" to be about a Hanukkah dinner ("up and dance with me" becomes "latke recipe"). You can watch the video below.

That Sharon Jones holiday album we just posted about isn't only Christmas songs. She's got a song on there called "8 Days of Hanukkah," which she also released as a 45. You can pick it up here. She plays the WFUV holiday show at the Beacon with Brandi Carlile and Dawes.

Sadly, the annual Yo La Tengo shows are no more (ever since Maxwell's changed owners), so you'll have to wait for their Spring 2016 tour to see them in the NYC-area.

What else?

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Julie Klausner's Depressing Christmas Party

As mentioned, Julie Klausner will be celebrating the holidays with her "Depressing Christmas Party" at NYC piano bar Sid Gold's Request Room on December 19. That show has sold out but she's added second show, happening December 21 at The Bell House with the same guests: Ted Leo, John Early, Cole Escola, and Anthony Atamanuik. Tickets for the Bell House are on sale now.

photo: The Menzingers at BV-RBSS at Court Tavern (more by Drew Gurian)
The Menzingers

The Scranton-raised (but now Philly-based) melodic punk band The Menzingers are once again celebrating the holidays in their former hometown on December 19 at the Scranton Cultural Center. The all-ages show is an all-Scranton lineup with the great Tigers Jaw, Menzingers co-frontman Greg Barnett's brother Bob's band Captain We're Sinking, Tigers Jaw-related bands Petal and Three Man Cannon, and The Sw!ms. Tickets are on sale now, and "all proceeds for the show with benefit Arts Live, which is a music and arts program, funded by the state for children in grades 2 through 12, as well as other youth music and arts programs." Flyer below.

The Menzingers are on tour now with the amazing lineup of mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and Restorations. The tour lands in NYC on November 27 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Kevin Devine (who just released a split 7" of Cure covers with Tigers Jaw) filmed a video of himself covering Tigers Jaw's "Cool." Watch below (via Punk News). Tigers Jaw, Kevin Devine, and many other cool bands are playing the BV-presented release shows for his split 7" series in December.

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Puff Daddy

There's always a good amount of hip hop shows happening in and around NYC, but we don't get a chance to post about all of it. Here's a roundup of some cool stuff coming up that we haven't talked about yet, new music, and more:

Hot 97 is throwing a holiday show at Newark's Prudential Center on December 5 that's pretty stacked with both the old and the new: Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul, Jeremih and Fetty Wap. Tickets are available.

Speaking of, Puff Daddy is planning a sequel to his hits-filled 1997 debut No Way Out (called No Way Out 2), but in the meantime he just released the MMM mixtape ("Money Making Mitch") which features Jadakiss, Styles P, Pusha T, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and more; and co-production from Young Chop, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, Harry Fraud and more. You can stream the whole thing below.

For another stacked Newark show: the recurring 'Masters of Ceremony' concert, that brings a number of influential old school heads together, happens again on November 27 at NJPAC with KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon. Tickets are available.

You can catch the legendary Rakim much sooner than that though. He plays TONIGHT (11/11) at SOB's in Manhattan in with Ceez, JSwiss and Lyricks. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

For more old school rap in NYC tonight, GZA, Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Rhymefest, Ma Dukes and more are being honored at the Hip-Hop Education Center's first annual Extra Credit Awards at NYU's Kimmel Center from 6 to 9 PM.

Coincidentally (?) the same night as the 'Masters of Ceremony' show, Ja Rule's collaborator Ashanti plays a NYC show at BB King's (11/27). Tickets are available.


Another guy who was shaping the sound of mainstream hip hop around the same time as Puff Daddy, Timbaland, has a new memoir called The Emperor of Sound coming out November 17. The next day, he'll come to NYC for an interview/book launch at Highline Ballroom (11/18) (tickets).

Timbaland's also been putting out some new songs lately. He recently dropped "Them Jeans" featuring Migos and "UFO" featuring Future and Tink. Listen to both below. He's also teasing a new track with Pusha T.

Rap Tees

Speaking of rap books, DJ Ross One just released Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999. The description reads:

Beginning with the earliest rap concert shirts from the Sugar Hill Gang and New York Fresh Fest, circa 1980-84, and spanning the next two decades, Rap Tees includes rare shirts from a wide selection of the who's-who of the business including: Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Beastie Boys, Eric B and Rakim, Wu Tang Clan, Jay Z, Nas, EMPD, and many, many more. Rap Tees bookends the golden age of rap with unique street-corner memorial shirts commemorating the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
There's a sample of three of the shirts above, via MIke Nouveau's Instagram.

That Timbaland/Tink collab isn't the only new Future song. He just put one out called "Last Breath," produced by Metro Boomin and Ludwig Goransson, that will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. Listen below.

The busiest band in rap, The Roots, can always be found as Fallon's house band and you can always catch Questlove's mostly-weekly DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl, and they'll play a Long Island show the Saturday after Christmas at The Paramount (12/26). Tickets are available.

Roots member Black Thought is on the brand new Freddie GIbbs song, "Extradite." That's one of two songs that Gibbs put out today, the other being "Packages," and both will appear on his Shadow of a Doubt mixtape due 11/20 via ESGN. Listen below.

A few other upcoming NYC shows: Key! plays SOB's on November 17 (tickets).

Loaf Muzik, who BV had open our recent Vince Staples show, play The Studio at Webster Hall on November 14 with Young M.A (tickets).

We're not crazy about G-Eazy, but we do want to let you know that A$AP Ferg is opening his Terminal 5 show on January 24. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, general on-sale starts Friday (11/13) at noon.

Oxymorrons play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 11/18 with Turquoise Jeep, Pants Velour and Kosha Dillz; and Knitting Factory on 12/9 (tickets).

We already mentioned the Curren$y show happening December 3 at Irving Plaza, and since we last spoke Bodega Bamz was added. Tickets are still available.

And a few more new songs: Ty Dolla $ign released "LA" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy) off his new album Free TC, due out next week. Lil Durk & DeJ Loaf released "My Beyonce"; Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and Blueprint teamed up for "This Lonely Rose"; and Erykah Badu (who plays Brooklyn in December) released "Phone Down" off her upcoming But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape. Listen to all of those below.

Other previously-discussed shows coming up in and around NYC: Lupe Fiasco, Azealia Banks (NYC is her only not-cancelled tour date), Jay Rock, Joey Bada$$, the A Tribe Called Quest reissue party, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Vince Staples, Kevin Gates, and more.

What else?

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Monika Rivard
Marco Benevento

The prolific Marco Benevento has been at it for over a decade, playing with The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, Phish's Trey Anastasio, Joe Russo and more. He's also a solo artist, and his next album The Story of Fred Short (Fred Short is the name of the upstate NY studio he founded) is due out in April 2016. His ties to the jam world are obvious, but there's an indie rock element to Benevento's work too. When reviewing the Benevento/Russo Duo's 2007 album for Pitchfork, Grayson Currin wrote:

Indie rock bands are playing jam festivals because the pay is good. But indie kids don't typically go to jammy shows, and indie rock is defined less by qualities and sounds than qualifiers and scenes. We're at a point when everything-- from robed cults in choirs and polyrhythmic harpists in animal skins to cantankerous bands bleating about child stars and splintery trios playing math rock-- is deemed "indie rock." And, even if they're avoiding the mantle while gigging with Anastasio, the Benevento/Russo Duo is bold indie rock for right now.
He also compares it to "an instrumental Arcade Fire." The argument that this jam bander is making bold indie rock remains strong on "Dropkick," the first single from Benevento's new album which premieres in this post. It's lightly psychedelic pop that could appeal to Damon Albarn fans as much as (or more than) Jerry Garcia fans. The song comes out as an official single digitally and as a 7" (backed by a cover of The Crystals' "Little Girl") on November 27 (pre-order), but you can listen below now.

Benevento has dates coming up, including one in NYC this month. He and his band will be opening for Lettuce on night two of their two-night stand at Playstation Theater (11/14) (tickets). Then, he and Nicole Atkins team up for a holiday spectacular at Asbury Park's Stone Pony on December 5 with Deal Casino and special guests (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Marco Benevento releasing a new album (stream "Dropkick"), touring, playing NYC w/ Lettuce, NJ w/ Nicole Atkins, more"

photo: Taking Back Sunday at Riot Fest Chicago 2015 (more by Rudy Rubio)
Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday already announced one NJ holiday show with Beach Slang (tickets), and now they announced another with frnkiero andthe cellabration (Frank Iero from MCR's new thing) and Lame-O Records band The Superweaks. This one happens December 19 at Starland Ballroom, one night after the show with Beach Slang at the same venue. They'll also do a pre-show acoustic set at this one (2 PM start). Tickets are on sale now.

Beach Slang also have a run of shows with Cursive's Tim Kasher and Field Mouse that includes the BV-presented show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on 12/17 (tickets). If you haven't yet, head HERE to stream their debut album and read our interview with the band.

Head below to watch the video for TBS' "Great Romances of the 20th Century" off Tell All Your Friends, which is no longer on Spotify since they removed all their Victory Records releases.

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photo: Cyndi Lauper in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper is once again doing her 'Home for the Holidays' show at NYC's Beacon Theatre this year. It happens Saturday, December 5. Guests are still TBA, but last year's show had Sufjan Stevens, 50 Cent and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 30 at noon with Chase and local presales starting Tuesday (10/27) at 10 AM.

The show happens the day after WFUV does their holiday show at the same venue with Sharon Jones, Brandi Carlile and Dawes.

photo: Andrew WK At Santos in 2013 (more by Dan Bracaglia)

Andrew WK will be going on the "Party Hard Holiday! Super Special Solo Tour" that will have him jingling his bells on the East Coast in December:

In keeping with his annual holiday tradition, Andrew W.K. will celebrate the merriest time of the season this year with a series of intimate solo shows. Up-close, intense, and partier than ever, these cozy bars and clubs will be packed to the rafters with good cheer! Join Andrew as he embarks on what has become a legendary ritual for the 8th year in a row.
Dates include a stop at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on December 11 and tickets are on sale now. Other dates include Danbury, CT on December 9 at Dingbatz and Clifton, NJ on December 6 at Heirloom Arts Center, and he'll be playing a New Years Eve show in Boston at the Paradise Rock Club.

Before that holiday tour, Andrew is also playing Fun Fun Fun Fest, where he'll perform a solo set as part of the NITES program and will do some motivational speaking at the festival proper. All tour dates are listed, along with video of Andrew WK playing solo, below.

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photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones' cancer sadly returned but she's still fighting and touring soon. When we last posted, her schedule included a couple shows just outside of NYC (Newark and Tarrytown) and now it's got one happening in the city.

Sharon and the Dap-Kings play this year's WFUV Holiday Cheer show at Beacon Theatre on December 4 with Brandi Carlile & Friends and Dawes. They'll be playing songs off their upcoming holiday album, due 10/30 via Daptone. Tickets for that show are on WFUV, local and Chase preasles now (password = SOCIAL) and the general on-sale starts Friday (10/23) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, with a stream of the Dap-Kings' recently released single "Thunderclap," below.

Also as discussed, the US premiere of her new documentary Miss Sharon Jones! happens in NYC on November 12 at SVA Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

In other Daptone news, NYC afrobeat band The Budos Band have announced a hometown show for December 12 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/23) at noon. Their only other date we're currently aware of is in San Francisco this November.

As you may know, fellow NYC Daptone afrobeat band Antibalas have an upcoming hometown residency happening October 28, November 4, 11, and 18 at Brooklyn Bowl with different guest each night. Since we last spoke, soul singer (and Daptone associate) Lee Fields was revealed as the guest for the final night. The other guests are The Funk Ark (10/28), EMEFE (11/4) and Superhuman Happiness (11/11). Tickets for all four are still available.

And lastly, another soul singer, Daptone artist and Budos Band collaborator, Charles Bradley, also has some shows coming up. One is in the NYC-area, opening for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on December 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He's also got some shows with Grace Potter, and he plays New Year's Eve in DC. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones playing WFUV holiday show with Brandi Carlile & Dawes +++ Budos Band, Lee Field & Charles Bradley shows"

photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls have announced their annual 'Home for the Holidays' shows that will take place at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park on December 26-28. Openers and details on the afterparties will be announced shortly, and tickets will be on sale soon too.

Bouncing Souls just played a few shows with Leftover Crack, Beach Slang and All Torn Up. Leftover Crack just debuted the first song from their first new album since 2004's Fuck World Trade called "System Fucked," which features Operation Ivy frontman Jesse Michaels (who now fronts Classics of Love). The album is called Constructs of the State and it's out on November 27 via Fat Wreck Chords. You can stream the song below (via Noisey).

Meanwhile, Beach Slang have some dates coming up, including that BV-presented show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on December 17 with Tim Kasher & Field Mouse (tix).

Check out that new Leftover Crack song and the Bouncing Souls flyer below...

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photo: Clutch in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Maryland stoner rock vets Clutch returned earlier this month with their eleventh album, Psychic Warfare, on Weathermaker Music. It includes the song "X-Ray Visions," which they've got a video for, and you can watch that below.

Clutch are currently on a tour, which wraps up with a Halloween performance at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans. Later this year, they'll go on their annual holiday tour. It kicks off at DC's 9:30 Club on 12/27 and ends with a New Year's Eve show in Cincinnati.

In between, they'll hit NYC's Terminal 5 on December 29. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/16) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/14) at noon and a WSOU presale starting Thursday (10/15) a 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Support on the holiday tour comes from Crobot and Valkyrie, the other band of Baroness guitarist Pete Adams who released the great new album Shadows earlier this year on Relapse. If you haven't heard that, you can stream it below. Baroness also have a new album and tour on the way.

Continue reading "Clutch supporting 'Psychic Warfare' on tour, playing holiday shows with Crobot & Valkyrie (dates, video)"

photo: Rhett Miller at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Rhett Miller

Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is doing his third annual "Holiday Extravaganza! An Evening of Comedy & Music with Special Guests" at NYC's City Winery on December 12. The guests are still TBA, so stay tuned. Tickets are on VinoFile presale now.

Rhett's only other solo appearances are Daryl's House in Pawling, NY and McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica in November, but Old 97's are also touring. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on October 20 & 21 at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, Banditos were added as the opener. Tickets for both are still available.

Updated dates below...

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photo: Aimee & Ted in Central Park in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Aimee Mann Ted Leo

Like they did last year, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo will be playing holiday shows this December. They play together as The Both, but these shows are billed as "The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show." Past collaborator Jonathan Coulton will be there, and more "very special guests" are promised too.

Two of the shows are in NYC: December 10 at Town Hall and December 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/23) at noon.

Aimee and Ted's also recently sang a Lincoln Chaffee campaign song on Conan. As Rolling Stone points out, the song was...

sung to the tune of Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy." "Used to be / Republican / Switched to Dem in 2010 / The pride of Rhode Island / His horses' hooves were stylin' / Wants the metric system to the U.S. / A plan with zero gram's chance of success," Mann and Leo sing. "He's Lincoln Chafee / For President / You don't have to vote for him / Just get him to 1 percent."
Watch that video, with their list of tour dates and video from one of last year's holiday shows (featuring Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles), below...

Continue reading "Aimee Mann & Ted Leo playing Christmas shows (again) with Jonathan Coulton & more guests -- 2015 dates"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Taking Back Sunday at Riot Fest Chicago 2015 (more by Rudy Rubio)

Last year Taking Back Sunday played their inaugural NJ holiday shows, and now 2015's has been announced. 2014's had some pretty great openers from the comparatively newer punk/emo scene, and this year does too: Beach Slang. And like last year, there's local support from NJ's Modern Chemistry. The show happens December 18 at Starland Ballroom, and so far it's just this one (last year a second was added later on). Tickets go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (9/17) at 10 AM.

TBS also have a few dates this week (some with Citizen, some with Frank Iero) and all are listed below. For Beach Slang, that's one of many upcoming tour dates, including NYC-area shows with Bouncing Souls and Leftover Crack in October. Updated list of their dates, and streams of two songs from their upcoming album, below.

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The good folks at Norton Records will be celebrating the season again at The Bell House the weekend of December 5-6. The centerpiece of this year's Holiday Spectacular happens on Friday, December 5 with performances by The Randy Fuller Four, Andy Shernoff & the Norton All-Stars, A-Bones, Daddy Long Legs, Miriam & Nobody's Babies, and Bloodshot Bill. Then on Saturday, December 6 the Bell House will screen documentary The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard about the '60s psych-garage band. Tickets are available separetly for these two events or as a discounted package.

Randy Fuller, who played bass in The Bobby Fuller Four, also just published a book titled I Fought The Law: The Life And Strange Death Of Bobby Fuller. There's a book launch happening on Thursday, 12/4 at Jefferson Market Library NYPL (425 Sixth Ave @ 10th St) where Randy will be signing copies of the book. That happens at 7 PM and is free.

The Bell House hosts a lot of holiday-themed events. Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots will throw a Christmas Extravaganza on December 11. Mick "Mankind" Foley will be Santa for the evening and more musical guests will be announced. Tickets are on sale now. On a similar note, there's The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular on December 14 (tickets).

Eliot Glazer will tape a holiday version of his web series Haunting Renditions where he "takes some of pop music's most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads," on December 16. Special guest: his sister Ilana Glazer of Broad City (who are doing two nights at Bell House a few days earlier). Tickets are on sale.

A couple more: Wasabassco's 70's Christmas Carol on December 18 is a funky, disco-fied re-imagining of Dickens' beloved holiday classic (tickets); and Harry & the Potters present The Yule Ball on December 21 with performances from The Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, and Whomping Willows (tickets).

Flyer for the Norton Holiday Spectacular below...

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2008 (more by Tim Griffin)

Cyndi Lauper, who hosts her own holiday show at Beacon Theater on 12/6, will join Rufus and Martha Wainwright at the first of their two holiday shows at Town Hall later in the month. Cyndi joins a cast of characters at Town Hall that includes Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwright, and more. Renee Fleming, instead of Cyndi, joins the Wainwrights and friends on the 2nd night. Tickets, which benefit the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, are still on sale for both 12/17 (Cyndi night) and 12/18 (Renee night). Tickets for Cyndi's holiday show, which Sufjan, Emily Haines and many others are also playing, are also still available. Full lineup below.

Speaking of shows Rufus Wainwright is playing that benefit foundations, Rufus is also appearing at a much more expensive show taking place at Cipriani Wall Street on 11/20. At that one he'll be joined by Alexa Ray Joel (daughter of Billy who just announced his 16th MSG residency show), and will be benefiting the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Christopher's good friend and supporter Robin Williams, who took his own life earlier this year, will be honored at the event. $1500 tickets are available. Hey, it's cheaper than the $100,000 Pacesetter Table option!

More Rufus dates HERE. The full lineup of Cyndi's Beacon Theater show is re-posted below...

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Aimee Mann

As discussed, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (aka The Both) are playing Christmas shows this December, including three in the NYC area -- 12/10 at Tarrytown Music Hall (tickets), 12/12 at The Space at Westbury (tickets) and 12/13 at NYC's Town Hall (tickets).

Since we last spoke, guests have been added to those shows. Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, who Aimee recently performed with at a Big Star tribute (videos below) and who starred in The Both's "Volunteers of America" video, is on almost all dates. The NYC-area shows will also include geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Other dates on the tour include comedians Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Best Week Ever), Tim & Eric's Tim Heidecker and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman. Updated dates are listed below.

Aimee and Ted also released a new Christmas song called "Nothing Left to Do (Let's Make This Christmas Blue)." You can download that on iTunes and stream it via Spotify below.

Continue reading "Aimee Mann & Ted Leo release Christmas song, add Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, Jonathan Coulton, more guests to Xmas shows"

Junius at Gramercy in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman

Heavy post-rockers Junius announced a NYC one-off which will be their label Prosthetic Records' holiday party happening December 4 at Saint Vitus. "Not only will the $15 admission get you a free glass of Prosthetic Imperial Black Ale brewed specially for the occasion by Sixpoint Brewery, but you will receive a limited edition screen print designed by us with art by Coven Illustración while supplies last." Likeminded locals So Hideous are on the show too, which is a great double bill. Tickets are on sale now.

Earlier this year Junius put out the Days of the Fallen Sun EP which you can stream with the show flyer below...

Continue reading "Prosthetic Records celebrating the holidays w/ signature craft beer, and party in NYC w/ Junius and So Hideous"

The Jazz June at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Jazz June

The Jazz June just headlined our CMJ showcase over the weekend, and they've now announced a short tour happening around the holidays with their Topshelf labelmates Field Mouse (who also played CMJ). That tour kicks off in NYC on December 27 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Vitus are on sale now. All dates, including a Philly show with Field Mouse's recent tourmates Prawn in place of Field Mouse, are listed below.

The Jazz June's first album in 14 years, After the Earthquake (produced by Evan Weiss), comes out on November 11 via Topshelf. Today (10/28), Topshelf and Evan's label Storm Chaser reissued TJJ's classic 2000 album, The Medicine.

Field Mouse's newest, Hold Still Life, came out earlier this year. Stream that, with a full stream of The Medicine, three tracks from After the Earthquake and the list of tour dates, below...

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As discussed, the Bouncing Souls 'Home for the Holidays' shows happen this year from December 26-28 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park with The Van Pelt, None More Black and more as openers. Tickets for all three are still available.

Now the afterparties have been announced, and those have pretty great lineups too. Those all happen at Asbury Lanes with 11 PM doors right after each Souls show, and admission is $8 or $5 with a Souls ticket. The first one has Bouncing Souls guitarist Pete Steinkopf's other band Smalltalk and Philly post-punks Dark Blue (mems Clockcleaner, Paint It Black), with Dark Blue members Andy Nelson and Sharkey DJing. Dark Blue also play a free 2 PM show at Rough Trade NYC on 10/26

Then night 2 has the recently reactivated Spraynard (who just opened for Lifetime in Asbury Park) and Philly indie rockers Cayetana (who also play the official BV CMJ showcase), with Miss TK and Mitylion (Ari Katz of Lifetime) DJing.

Finally, night 3 has Lauren Measure's current band Worriers, and Roger Harvey & the Wild Life (who we just profiled), with DJ J-5 on the boards.

Each day there's also a charity fundraiser at noon at Neptune Tattooville in Neptune, NJ and there's also a Punk Rock Flea Market on the Saturday (12/27) at 11 AM at Convention Hall in Asbury Park with "The Pete" DJing. The flea market is free with a Saturday Souls ticket.

Check out some videos/streams of the afterparty bands below...

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Conor Oberst in Central Park in July (more by Mimi Hong)
Conor Oberst

The WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit is returning to Beacon Theatre on December 8 this year, and once again it's looking like it's gonna be a good one. Conor Oberst & friends are playing, though which friends exactly and any openers are still TBA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon.

Conor's also got a California show around then and a Mexican festival in January. All of hits dates are listed, with a video from his 2014 album Upside Down Mountain, below...

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The Basher

You may remember that Nick Lowe released holiday album, Quality Street, last year. He'll be in the spirit again this year on a North American tour, that includes two NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on December 14 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 20. Tickets for those NYC shows go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/15) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the video for "Christmas at the Airport," below...

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The Van Pelt at Coco66 in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Van Pelt

We recently mentioned that The Bouncing Souls' 'Home for the Holidays' shows would be happening in Asbury Park from December 26 to 28 at The Stone Pony, and now the openers for each night have been announced. 12/26 has Bane, Blanks 77 and Morning Glory; 12/27 has None More Black, The Scandals and The Van Pelt; and 12/28 has Jesse Malin, Frnkiero & the Cellabration and Seaside Caves. Ticket bundles go on sale Tuesday (10/7) at noon and individual show tickets go on sale Friday (10/10) at noon.

The Van Pelt put out unreleased tracks and rarities on Record Store Day this year, and the Kid Dynamite-related None More Black put out their first song in a while not too long ago. Jesse Malin is also touring with Joan Jett.

Frank Iero's former My Chemical Romance bandmate Gerard Way is touring this year too and just put out a video for "Millions" off his britpoppy new album Hesitant Alien. Watch that below...

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Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in July (more by Mimi Hong)
Bouncing Souls

The Bouncing Souls, who turned 25 earlier this year and played the Court Tavern earlier this month, have announced their annual 'Home for the Holiday's shows for 2014. The NJ band will return to Asbury Park's Stone Pony from Friday, December 26 to Sunday, December 28. Lineups, ticket packages and afterparties will be announced October 6. A pre-sale begins October 7 at the Chunksaah site and general on-sale begins October 10.

The Souls are also celebrating New Year's Eve with shows on December 30 & 31 in Denver this year. All upcoming dates are listed below...

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