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Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall (more by kolored)
Titus Andronicus

NEW YEARS EVE @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE

:: TITUS ANDRONICUS
:::: REAL ESTATE
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| RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE |
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates | Bushwick, Brooklyn J-Gates | 8pm | all ages | $15 | no phone

For Real Estate, that makes three upcoming shows, all of which are in NYC. The other two are at Union Hall and Brooklyn Bowl.

For Titus Andronicus that makes four upcoming NYC-area shows and even more elsewhere now that they've been added as the opener on the upcoming Pogues tour. Passion Pit play Wellmont Theatre on New Years Eve with Slick Rick, and one night earlier with Titus. All dates below...

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Doug playing w/ Yo La Tengo, Hanukkah 2008 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Doug Gillard

Non-classic Guided By Voices member Doug Gillard will open for the classic lineup of Guided By Voices at Irving Plaza on New Years Eve. The show is sold out.

Har Mar Superstar & Gayngs @ The Box in NYC (photo by Lisa-Thi Beskar)
Gayngs

In the midst of a lawsuit releated to the loss of their tour bus in Texas,, Minneapolis soft rock supergroup Gayngs flew back to NYC in late October (the same month they played Music Hall of Williamsburg, Bowery Ballroom and Jimmy Fallon) for a post-tour, one-off, private show at The Box. Why did they do that? Because actor Josh Lucas, who met and saw them on that same episode of Fallon (he was one of the guests too), paid them to come and play his private pre-Halloween party at the Lower East Side club which he partially owns.

The cast of Gayngs that night included frontman Ryan Olson (of Marijuana Deathsquads), Ivan Rosebud on lead vocals, Channy Moon Casselle of Roma Di Luna on lead female vocals, three members of Megafaun (Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Joe Westerlund), Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold, and.... fellow Minnesotan Har Mar Superstar who was basically filling in for Bon Iver aka Justin Vernon (who couldn't make the show probably because he was too busy chillin' with Kanye).

Gayngs have no more upcoming shows, possibly ever, but Har Mar can be found headlining venues twice in December. First you can catch him at First Avenue in hos hometown on December 15th, and then he heads back east for the New Years Eve show at Littlefield in Brooklyn (622 Degraw st.). Openers still TBA, but $25 tickets go on sale today, 11/19, at noon.

You guys ready to party?....

Continue reading "Har Mar Superstar filled in for Bon Iver @ a private Gayngs show @ The Box, playing New Years Eve @ Littlefield "

Patterson of Drive-By Truckers at Canal Room (more by Eric Townsend)
Patterson of Drive-By Truckers

So the plans have been made, you decided you'll be seeing Drive By Truckers at Terminal 5 when the clock strikes 1/1/11 (New Year's Eve) (and you bought your tickets in JUNE). Feel like doubling your dosage of southern-fried rock?

"We are also thrilled to announce a special DEC 30, 2010 show at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NY! Tickets go on sale Wed Nov 17 and are ONLY available to Terminal 5 NYE ticket holders. BUY YOUR Terminal 5 NYE tickets NOW for an opportunity to have access to Brooklyn Bowl tickets. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday December 1 but due to the small capacity at this intimate venue tickets are expected to go fast and may be sold out by December 1st.
Drive By Truckers recently announced a gang of new tour dates for the new year in addition to some new releases! A limited-to-2500 10" of two songs: "The Thanksgiving Filter" and "Used To Be A Cop" will be released on Black Friday (11/26) at your neighborhood independent record store. It's another Record Store Day / "Back to Black Friday" exclusive. Both songs will also appear on a new LP, Go-Go Boots, due via ATO Records on February 15, 2011. And their documentary, The Secret to a Happy Ending, will be released on DVD in conjunction with the album.

All tour dates and a live video for "Used To Be a Cop" from the forthcoming Go-Go Boots, and the new album's tracklist, below...

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We Are Scientists @ SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
WAS

More Bowery Presents New Years Eve shows are being booked. Drive By Truckers, Passion Pit, Butthole Surfers, and.... We Are Scientists are all playing December 31st shows at their venues. For WAS, it's the more intimate Mercury Lounge. $30 advanced tickets go on sale Saturday, 11/20, at noon. If you're not feeling lazy you can walk down to the Mercury Lounge box office at that time and pick tix up with no fees.

The show starts at 8pm, and though no openers have been announced yet, I am assured that We Are Scientists will be the band that is on when the clock hits midnight, though they will also be over before 1am which is when the doors to the Consider The Source show open.

We Are Scientists are currently touring Europe. All dates below...

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Butthole Surfers @ The Scoot Inn
Butthole

"The idea of Butthole Surfers performing Locust Abortion Technician in its entirety was a curious one, I thought, when I first saw the announcement. I listened to the album carefully and wondered how they were going to pull it off with all that electronica and distortion and sampling and mixing, without it seeming like they were just playing a recording. Few of the songs are melodic tunes that are probably easier to recreate in a live show. It's a great album, but I just had trouble picturing it. It could have been a disaster if they hadn't prepared so well. And prepare they did. It was clear how hard they were working up there to pull off the performance, professionally and technically, and I for one truly appreciated the effort they made.

Turns out that playing this album was a genius idea, executed perfectly. It was clear that not only had they been rehearsing, but they orchestrated the songs with a fresh spin. They played the entire album in one long, continuous exhale that gave a shape to the over-arching themes of the music in a way that isn't immediately apparent when you listen to the album." [Gibby n Me]

Butthole Surfers played two shows at The Scoot Inn in their official hometown in late October. October 29th's Austin show was advertised as "1st set - Locust Abortion Technician; 2nd set - everything else", and then they played on Halloween with Meat Puppets.

Now it's NYC's turn. And though there's no word on whether they'll perform an album, Butthole Surfers will play two holiday shows at one Brooklyn venue. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, 11/23, at noon for December 30th at Music Hall of Williamsburg ($35), and December 31st (New Years Eve) ($55). Openers TBA.

Meanwhile go check out some art by Brooklyn resident Gibby Haynes at Kidd Yellin in Red Hook (not far from where he currently resides).

Videos from Austin below...

Continue reading "Butthole Surfers played Locust Abortion Technician in Austin, playing New Years Eve shows in NYC"

GBV

Did you get your Guided by Voices New Years Eve tickets? If so, you probably got this email from Ticketmater:

Attention ticket holder!

We just learned that fans must be 21 years or older to attend this event, valid photo ID required at the gate:

Guided by Voices
Irving Plaza
Friday, December 31 with doors opening at 8PM

If you're 21 years or older no worries, your original tickets are still good. If not, we'll gladly give you a refund. We'll refund your order, including fees (except UPS and InStore Pick Up, if applicable).

Need a refund? We'll refund your order, including fees (except UPS and InStore Pick Up, if applicable). Just hit reply to this email by December 1st by 5PM, include the last four digits of the credit card used for purchase, the order number, and the name on the account, and we'll take care of it for you! We'll refund your order immediately, but please note that it can take about 7 - 10 business days to post to your account.
Questions? Just hit reply and ask us or visit Ticketmaster.com!

Guided by Voices hit Fallon, Boston, Philly and Terminal 5 in NYC this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Video of the band on the Jon Stewart show on 1995 (the same year live bootleg "For All Good Kids" was recorded), below...

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The Roots at Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
The Roots

For a while there you could ring in the new week with The Roots at Highline Ballroom. You can currently ring in the weekend with Questlove who is on the tables at Brooklyn Bowl every Thursday night, and now you can ring in the new YEAR with the "organic hip hop jazz" crew. The Roots will play three sets at the Williamsburg venue on New Year's Eve starting at 10PM. $85 tickets go on sale 10/29 at noon.

The Roots recently released a collaborative LP with John Legend entitled Wake Up and played a big show Terminal 5, and a whole bunch of other smaller NYC venues together (lots of private and surprise promotional shows).

Guided By Voices, Sharon Jones, Patti Smith, Passion Pit, Phish, and Drive-By Truckers, and Gov't Mule are all also playing New Years Eve shows in the NYC-area.

Last night, 10/27, Gary Wilson sat in with the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. School of Seven Bells were the musical guest (Gwar is tonight), but Gary Wilson was on there too. School of Seven Bells recently announced that Claudia Deheza left the band, leaving just her twin sister Alejandra and Benjamin Curtis as the core members.

Video of School of Seven Bells playing Fallon (with a drummer which actually made them a trio), and video of the whole episode (Jimmy introduces Gary Wilson right after the intro), below...

Continue reading "School of Seven Bells (now a duo) played Fallon (Gary Wilson too), The Roots are playing Brooklyn Bowl New Years Eve"

backstage @ the Atlanta show (seanstarwars)
Guided by Voices

I can't tell you how many times I asked people "when is Guided by Voices going to add a 2nd NYC show?" "Not going to happen" they always responded. Well, from one point of view they were right. It still didn't get added to the tour they announced almost four months ago. That's the same tour that hit Matador 21 and includes a single, sold out, November 7th NYC show at Terminal 5 (which also happens to be the final date of the tour).

However, a 2nd NYC show has been added! And it takes place almost 2 months later, December 31st, 2010 to be exact, at Irving Plaza ($72 ADV; $75 DOS, Tickets on sale Sat, Nov 6 @ 10AM).

The Roots, Sharon Jones, Patti Smith, Passion Pit, Phish, and Drive-By Truckers, and Gov't Mule are all also playing New Years Eve shows in the NYC-area.

Check out the 40 song setlist Guided by Voices played in Atlanta this past Saturday night, below...

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Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings in Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are probably in an airport or mid-air right now, as the band kicks off their European tour tomorrow with a TV appearance in Germany. The following European dates will take them through the first week of Novemeber, when the band will head home and then get ready to head back out on the road. This time Australia is the target. The band will be there for the better part of the month of December.

That's a fair bit of time on the road, but even with all that jet-setting, the band will still make time to appear in their native NYC to celebrate the New Year with a pair of shows at Best Buy Theater on 12/30 and 12/31. Best Buy Theater, formerly Nokia Theater, is in fact in Times Square (aka 12/31 is a Times Square New Years Eve show - be prepared) . Tickets are currently on fan presale (password "SJDK") as well as on AMEX presale (12/30 here, 12/31 here) and will go on sale to the public at noon on Friday (10/22).

Also:

While we have your attention, check out Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings performing as the house band on Night of Too Many Stars a Comedy Central special Benefit Show for Autism Education. The program airs Oct 21, 2010 and is hosted by Jon Stewart and filled with performances, sketches and short films from an amazing roster of comedy all-stars including Steven Colbert, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Sarah Silverman.
AND, the band recently starred in a short film for Director Philip Di Fiore entitled Game Gets Old: the Trilogy. Check out a recent interview with Sharon Jones about the short, and dig on the whole thing, as well as all tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones announces New Years shows & other dates, in short film (watch it) "

Patti Smith

Patti Smith and Her Band will return to Bowery Ballroom at the end of 2010 for what is currently a run of three shows: December 29th ($40), December 30th ($40), and December 31st (New Years Eve) ($55). Tickets for all three NYC dates go on sale Friday at noon. As usual, no openers are listed.

As usual you also won't have to wait that long to catch a taste of Patti. She is one of many taking part in a John Lennon Tribute at Beacon Theater on November 12th. You can also pick up a copy of her new book, Just Kids, pictured above.

"Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe weren't always famous, but they always thought they would be. They found each other, adrift but determined, on the streets of New York City in the late '60s and made a pact to keep each other afloat until they found their voices--or the world was ready to hear them. Lovers first and then friends as Mapplethorpe discovered he was gay, they divided their dimes between art supplies and Coney Island hot dogs. Mapplethorpe was quicker to find his metier, with a Polaroid and then a Hasselblad, but Smith was the first to fame, transformed, to her friend's delight, from a poet into a rock star. (Mapplethorpe soon became famous too--and notorious--before his death from AIDS in 1989.) Smith's memoir of their friendship, Just Kids, is tender and artful, open-eyed but surprisingly decorous, with the oracular style familiar from her anthems like "Because the Night," "Gloria," and "Dancing Barefoot" balanced by her powers of observation and memory for everyday details like the price of automat sandwiches and the shabby, welcoming fellow bohemians of the Chelsea Hotel, among whose ranks these baby Rimbauds found their way." --Tom Nissley
Patti most recently played the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco. Some videos from that below...

Continue reading "author Patti Smith announces annual end-of-year shows "

words and photos by BBG

The Greenhornes

After playing a free show at Mercury Lounge, Maxwell's, and ATP NY in the span of three days, The Greenhornes will circle back to NYC for an encore at Bowery Ballroom on 11/30 with Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons The Ettes. Tickets go on sale Friday 10/8 at noon. The show is one of a few select US dates and the only East Coast date (thus far) for the band following a UK tour.

Those of you planning your New Years Eve can head out to Chicago. The band will be opening for the Black Keys at the Aragon Ballroom that night and on New Years Day.

Full tour dates for The Greenhornes are below, as well as a lost set of pics from ATP NY 2010, where the band played a mid-day set on ATP's third day at Kutchers. The band also played Scion Garage Fest 2010 in Lawrence Kansas over this past weekend. Vaudeville Villain was there and wrote, "The Greenhornes had just started their set. Never heard of them. They were incredible. Stripped down, pounding garage rock."

All dates and more of those pics below...

Continue reading "the Greenhornes played Garage Fest, add a NYC show, playing Chicago New Years Eve (dates & more ATP NY pics) "

Passion Pit @ Governors Island in June (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Passion Pit

New Year's Eve plans you say? Passion Pit will be doing two nights - a December 31st show, and one the night before on the 30th - at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 8th at noon.

Now Passion Pit just need to add a 1/1 show and they'll be playing all three nights that Phish are at Madison Square Garden.

All tour dates for the band (who play some gigs with Muse, as well as some college shows this fall) are below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit playing New Year's in NJ --- updated tour dates "

Phish

As rumored, Phish will occupy Madison Square Garden in NYC on New Years Eve this year, and they'll be there on New Years Day next year too (their first-ever New Years Day concert). The jam band have actually announced five new shows, three of which are at the Manhattan venue (they're their December 30th too), and another two leading up to that, in Worcester...

An online ticket request period is currently underway at http://phish.portals.musictoday.com/ and will end on Saturday, October 2nd, at noon ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 9th. Included in the ticket price for each date is a free MP3 download of the entire show (a fully mixed soundboard recording). Redeemable at LivePhish.com, the downloads will be available often within an hour of the band stepping off stage. Phish will also be giving ticket buyers free MP3 show downloads of each stop on its fall 2010 tour.
All dates, including the now-sold-out Halloween shows in Atlantic City, are listed below...

Continue reading "Phish announce 5 new shows, 3 at MSG, 1 on New Years Eve "

photos by Ryan Barkan

Jones Beach, 8/18
Phish

One of the best things about Phish Tour is getting to see and enjoy shows with so many friends gathered in one place. It's social multi-tasking. It's a big fucking party! I met up with some of said friends and we pre-gamed appropriately for such an occasion: Phish's 2010 Summer Tour closing run at Jones Beach. Hershey Park was a lot of fun, but wasn't completely satisfying. This being the end of the tour, I hoped the boys would have their Tour Legs on and be ready to kick some major ass, as per the 2009 MSG run. -[Jambands.com]
Hackey sacks were brought, bowls were packed, nitrous tanks were confiscated, and tailgates were ajar on August 17th and 18th as Phish played Jones Beach. The 18th was the night of the unfortunate balcony jumping. Pictures in this post are from both shows - the inside shots are from the 17th, the outside shots are from the 18th.

Phish is back on the road this fall, tie-dying the rest of the East Coast and NYC does not get a look in this go around, but Atlantic City gets four shows including Halloween, and there are strong rumors of Madison Square Garden on New Years Eve (and speaking of hippies at MSG, Further is playing there twice in November). Tickets for the new Phish shows go on sale to the general public on Sept 10th and 11th, but a fan "ticket-requesting" system is up and running until then. For the upcoming fall trek, all concert-goers will receive copies of the show they attended (in MP3 form). The band also recently posted a free-for-download live sampler entitled Live Bait.

More pictures and the setlists from Jones Beach and the new tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Phish played Jones Beach (pics), playing Halloween in Atlantic City & other dates (including MSG on New Years Eve?)"

Drive-By Truckers

2010 isn't even half over (that happens on July 2nd) but there's already a NYE show to put on the calendar: Drive-By Truckers and special guests will play a December 31st show at Terminal 5. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday, June 11th at noon. Heads up on the fact that the price goes up with time ($35 Early Advance Tickets / $45 Limited Advance Tickets / $55 Advance Tickets / $60 starting Dec 29). They're also on sale now through the band.

Drive-by Truckers have North American shows through the summer (some with Tom Petty) and dates in Europe this fall.

Their album The Big To-Do came out earlier this year. The video for their song "This Fucking Job" (or cleanly "Working This Job") comes in two versions with different endings. It's directed by Scott Teem and stars Ray McKinnon (Deadwood, The Accountant, Blind Side, O Brother, Where Art Thou?), who writes the following:

"A friend turned me on the DBT's over a decade ago. I went mad for what they were doing. Not long after someone turned them on to my film, THE ACCOUNTANT, of which they claim to still like. And so, we were mutually admiring without knowing each other. Eventually that changed and I have had their music in three of my succeeding films including THAT EVENING SUN which I produced. Patterson particularly, has become a good friend and when I was approached to be a part of the collaboration in the making of the video, I could not refuse. They have all been such champions of my films so more than anything, I (and Scott Teems) wanted to do something that they would dig... Drunk or sober. They seem to like it. The video shoot was a fair amount of shooting from the hip. We were making some crucial decisions on the fly. Damned exhilarating, it was. But nervy too. Lunch was brought in but I couldn't get "Burger World" out of my mind after seeing the video cop enjoy his burger so much after shooting me (or arresting me). So that's where I went. A last meal of sorts. A damn fine burger, too." - Ray McKinnon
The videos and all tour dates are posted below...

Continue reading "Drive-By Truckers tour dates include New Years Eve in NYC, their new "Fucking" video has 2 versions"

Roky Erickson @ Maxwell's on January 2nd (schwartzray)
Roky Erickson

"Roky tore it up again [at Maxwell's on January 2nd], but I noticed he was really, really nervous for this show. He wasn't committing to the final notes or chords on each song and would turn and face the drummer to hide his fear and insecurity during the end of each song. in his defense, the crowd was loud and demanding, the space was small, it was late and freezing outside, and they played a huge set. His vocals were dead on for most songs and his guitar playing overall was pretty good. They played some really amazing cover songs really well, and I was overall very pleased with the night. When they closed with "Don't Slander Me" and left the stage, I swear I saw tears in Roky's eyes. I really hope they were out of happiness because the man has really left a great mark on my soul, and I know I speak on many other's behalf."
[I Must Find Atlantis]
Roky Erickson was in the NYC-area for three New Year's shows - he played Maxwell's on NYE, Southpaw on New Year's Day, and then returned to Maxwell's for a January 2nd show. The above pic and review are from the latter and its setlist is below.

Okkervil River just teamed up with the Levon Helm Band to play Terminal 5 on January 7th (we almost had pics, but then Levon said no cameras were allowed). A few video clips of Okkervil's set closer, "Unless It's Kicks", are below.

Will Sheff & co. will again pair with a legendary rocker. They produce and play on Roky Erickson's new record set to be released by Anti-...

Legendary musician Roky Erickson triumphantly returns on April 20th with the Anti Record's release True Love Cast Out All Evil his first new album in fourteen years. Produced by Will Sheff and featuring his band Okkervil River backing Erickson, the record is comprised largely of unreleased songs that Austin, Texas native Erickson wrote throughout his decades-long career - detailing with heart-breaking candor a harrowing life that has included shock treatment, imprisonment, mental illness, and irreversible loss. With a wisdom that can only be marshaled by someone who has been through all of the this, Erickson also interjects the songs with love, hope, and spiritual grace.
Anti- is also putting out the new Dr. Dog album in April.

More Roky album info and videos are below...

Continue reading "Roky Erickson played 3 NYC-area shows, releasing new Anti- album w/ Okkervil River (who just opened for Levon Helm)"

Black Lips @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
Black Lips

The now even-more-controversial Black Lips will be playing some shows with Box Elders this March. So far, three NYC-area shows have been announced: Maxwell's on March 21st, Brooklyn Bowl on March 23rd and Bowery Ballroom on March 24th. Maxwell's tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 13th at noon. Tickets for Brooklyn Bowl go on sale Friday, January 15th at noon. Tickets for Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon; general sale starts Friday at noon.

UPDATE:
Full March & April tour w/ Box Elders is now announced. All dates below.

Before those shows, Black Lips will play a late-January West Coast run and February tour dates in Australia. All dates and a video of Black Lips at their New Year's Eve show in Atlanta playing "O Katrina" (with Brent Hinds from Mastodon) are below...

Continue reading "Black Lips touring, playing 3 NYC-area shows w/ Box Elders (dates), played w/ Mastodon's Brent Hinds on NYE (video)"

photos by Lori Baily

Talk Normal @ Cake Shop on NYE...
Talk Normal

"The Cake Shop, so deemed because it apparently sells cake, contained within it the pure essence of hipster, from its vintage vinyl chairs to its free PBR to its nerdy patrons in bangs, white-boy afros, skinny jeans, baby doll dresses and berets to its basement bar where hipsters gathered around to hear the agonizing alien death moans of the androgynous lead singer of The Screaming Females. Ethan and Roland showed up at a quarter to midnight, I introduced them to Hunter and Yulia, and they quickly disappeared. At the stroke of, The Screaming Females revved up their screeching machines and prepared to unleash their unbearable dissonance. Lead singer went,"Yeah, it's 2010...whatever..." Hunter, Yulia, and I clinked red plastic cups and Budweiser bottle, and Ethan and I exchanged a wave from where he stood alongside the band set." [Taking Pictures of Dogs]
Ha. Talk Normal, Screaming Females (who're both pictured here, above and below) and Frankie & the Outs (who aren't) played New Year's Eve 2009 at the Cake Shop.

Frankie & the Outs, who also played a NYE show at the Cameo on the same night, have a number of shows coming up in NYC, Austin (for SXSW) and elsewhere. One of them is opening for Dun Dum Girls at Mercury Lounge. That show is now on sale.

Talk Normal will be at SXSW too - they have a show set up for March 18th with The Carrots, Tyvek, Grass Widow, Wet Hair and "many more." After the fest, Talk Normal travel with Xiu Xiu and Tune-Yards to open a number of shows on their tour together (but not the NYC one which also recently went on sale). Those dates and more details are below.

SXSW 2010, which will feature a just-announced opening show by Spoon at Stubb's, has filled out its lineup with many more bands over the past few weeks. The full and growing list is on their official schedule.

Screaming Females (who will NOT be at SXSW because they plan to record their new album during that time) play a showcase for their label, Don Giovanni Records, at Bowery Ballroom on February 6th (tickets still on sale). Also on the bill are forgetters, Shellshag, The Measure (SA), Black Wine, Groucho Marxists and JEFF The Brotherhood, who tour with Screaming Females into February.

More New Year's Eve pictures and dates and stuff, below..

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Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Terminal 5 in Sept. (more by Paul Bachmann)
Rodrigo y Gabriela

For Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero the story begins with all the key ingredients for that quintessential rags-to-riches story - humble beginnings and of course, undeniable odds stacked against them - but that's not what makes this story so damned interesting. Growing up in Mexico City, that country's pinnacle metropolis of culture and arts, Rodrigo and Gabriela were exposed to music from an early age. As teenagers the two developed a keen love of music and eventually met when Gabriela joined Rodrigo's thrash metal band, Tierra Acida (Acid Earth). With ambitions of becoming serious musicians, they applied to a music conservatory, but having had almost no proper musical training both were denied entry. And so they continued their affair with Mexico City's rock scene. Yet opportunities were scarce, and success even scarcer. Years of unrequited pursuit left them frustrated and disheartened with their home city's music industry. So with about $1000 and no English skills whatsoever, the duo picked up and moved to Dublin, Ireland. Though it may have been by choice, the odds were certainly stacked against them, but Rodrigo y Gabriela weren't in music to play the odds.

It was all about the adventure. "We didn't actually want to be part of a record label anymore, especially when we first went to Europe. We were in a backpacking situation but we were happy," says Rodrigo of their early excursion to Europe, with a much improved English vocabulary now. "We were young and totally irresponsible; we weren't really worried about anything." [Jambase]

Rodrigo y Gabriela will headline Radio City Music Hall in NYC on April 29th. Tickets ($49.50, $39.50, $34.50) go AmEx presale Wednesday (1/13), "Internet Presale" Thursday (1/14), and then general sale on Friday (1/15).

As the above article points out, Rodrigo y Gabriela, though originally from Mexico, now reside in Ireland, home of Glen Hansard of The Frames and Swell Season. The Swell Season's 2nd headlining show at Radio City is coming up soon - January 19th to be exact (tickets). Josh Ritter opens. The Swell Season show is one day before Lady Gaga kicks off her four-night run at the historical venue, and it was recently leaked that Spoon will be playing there in March.

On New Years Eve, Rod and Gab participated in UK TV host Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny on BBC Two. Check out the videos and all dates below...

Continue reading "Rodrigo y Gabriela playing Radio City Music Hall, played Jools Holland's Hootenanny on New Years Eve (videos)"

Surfer Blood & Marnie Stern @ Cameo on NYE (by Abbey Braden /PunkPhoto)
Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood played the Cameo with We Are Country Mice, Beach Fossils, Frankie & The Outs (who played in their swimsuits) and others on New Years Eve. As you can see in the picture above, Marnie Stern (who's been quiet recently show-wise) joined Surfer Blood on stage at the party.

Surfer Blood has quite a bit of tour dates (with interesting tourmates like Monotonix) scheduled between now and SXSW. On Wednesday, January 13th, they'll play a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show with The Drums and Depreciation Guild. They'll also play Brooklyn's Market Hotel on February 27th with Beach Fossils and Grooms, and New York's Mercury Lounge on Sunday, February 28th with We Are Country Mice and Radical Sons. Both NYC shows are also with Turbo Fruits who they'll continue on the road with for a bunch more dates. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 8th at noon for the Manhattan show.

Video of Surfer Blood playing with Marnie Stern, other songs from their NYE set, and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood played New Years Eve w/ Marnie Stern, announce more 2010 dates (some w/ Turbo Fruits) "

by Bill Pearis

The Primitives
The Primitives

The '80s-era indie power-pop band The Primitives have reformed and will be playing The Bell House on May 8. Tickets are on sale now. The band, fronted by platinum blonde Tracy Tracy, was best known for their hit "Crash" which was inescapable on modern rock radio in 1988 and has since been covered by nearly every pop punk band in existence. They went on to make three albums, and called it quits shortly after 1991's Galore. The Primitives reformed late last year, playing their first reunion show in their hometown of Coventry on October 2. The Bell House show will be the first American show since their split.

Opening the show are Frankie & the Outs who are currently recording their debut album for Slumberland, and also just posted a bunch of new dates, including February 13 with So Cow at Market Hotel, and February 19 with Kurt Vile and Fucked up at Europa.

Frankie herself (who we recently interviewed) will pull double duty on February 21 as the Outs open for Dum Dum Girls (Frankie's the drummer) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Frankie (and the Outs) pulled double duty on New Years Eve as well. They played both Cameo (a beach party w/ Surfer Blood and others) and Cake Shop (with Screaming Females, etc) that night.

Frankie & The Outs @ Cameo on New Years Eve (Abby Braden/PunkPhoto)
Frankie and the Outs

Dum Dum Girls' debut LP, I Will Be, comes out via Sub Pop on March 30. Both of Frankie's bands will be hit SXSW in Austin this year too.

Video from the NYE show at Cameo, a couple Primitives videos, all Frankie & the Outs tour dates, plus video of Dum Dum Girls playing Boston back in October, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Casey Spooner - Faye Dunaway (MP3)

Fischerspooner on NYE (78guy)
Fischerspooner

Fischerspooner will be the "surprise guest" DJ at the American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond on Friday, January 8th with DJ sets from Animal Collective and the Activaire DJs. The event is sold out. Congrats Peter who guessed correctly. You won a pair of tickets (he was already contacted and confirmed).

An unmastered track off Casey Spooner's forthcoming solo project, produced by Jeff Saltzman (Fischerspooner, The Killers, The Black Keys), is posted above. Fischerspooner played New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza. See them ring in the New Year in the videos below...

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by Benjamin Lozovsky

Chuck Berry

He forgot the words to his songs, sometimes even his own catalogue. He flashed sequins, brought all the ladies he could cajole on stage, grimaced while soloing, and flaunted his own grandeur. For a man who practically invented the genre in the early 1950s, Chuck Berry still has plenty of Rock and Roll in him.

That was evident as the legendary guitarist and songwriter performed the first of two New Years Eve shows last Thursday at B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square, the same venue he rang in the New Year last year as well.

Clearly aware of his heritage, Berry still tries hard to be a showman. His attempts this night seemed simultaneously forced (given his age) and effortless (given the musical tradition running through his blood). Listening to Berry's matter of fact song-speak (when he remembered the lyrics), drawn out through tales of young love and pleasant rebellion, one could imagine Lou Reed in formative musical days getting infinitely inspired.

continued, with more pictures, below...

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photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Kurt Vile & The Violators

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile & The Violators opened for The Black Keys on New Years Eve at The Riviera in Chicago, part of a multiple night run for the headliners. Graeme (our photographer) was in the windy city with plans to catch Black Keys AND Girl Talk. He succesfully made it to Girl Talk, but the timing didn't work out right for the Black Keys. He did get pictures during Kurt's opening set though. Those, along with video of the Black Keys New Years countdown, are continued below...

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