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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..

Continue reading "Talk Normal & Screaming Females New Years Eve pics, more tour dates & SXSW band announcements "

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...

Continue reading "The Primitives return. Frankie & the Outs will open the Brooklyn show, for Dum Dum Girls @ Merc & other dates "

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...

Continue reading "Fischerspooner DJing w/ Animal Collective (congrats Peter!), played New Years Eve ++ Spooner solo track 'leaked' (MP3)"

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...

Continue reading "Chuck Berry played BB King's on New Years Eve - pics"

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...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile & the Black Keys played The Riviera in Chicago on New Years Eve - pics & video "

photos by Rachel Carr

Mika Miko

Mika Miko said goodbye to seven years of being a band with a trio of year-end shows at The Smell in L.A. The three-night run culimated in a final January 1st show, in which the band played for about an hour and a half. Rachel Carr, our photographer who captured the action, described the scene as "constant stage divers, balloons, confetti, glitter, six drummers, handheld fireworks, a stage full of friends (including members of other esteemed LA bands like Abe Vigoda and No Age), and several middle-aged relatives clinging bravely to the monitors."

Two-fifths of Mika Miko will carry on as part of the Strange Boys, who have 2010 shows planned around the West Coast and the South.

Goodbye Mike Miko! More pictures from the last show (1/1/2010) and videos from all three nights (including New Years Eve) are below...

Continue reading "Mika Miko played three final shows @ The Smell in L.A. - here are pics from the last one & video from New Years Eve"

photos by Zach Stern

Titus Andronicus

Hello friends. First of all, let me thank everyone who came out to our New Year's Eve show with the So So Glos at the Mercury Lounge - it was a lot of fun! Whee! I want to send a special message to one person in particular though. It was some sort of burly-ish gentleman in the front row who wore a big winter coat and scarf. We were playing "Where Eagles Dare" by the Misfits because that song rocks, and during the last verse, I saw this guy singing along, and so I decided to stick the microphone in his face to sing with him, because that is the thing to do when you are playing a song like "Where Eagles Dare." Imagine my delight to hear that this guy had a great voice! Really, I have put microphones in people's faces many times before during that part of that song, and I can honestly say, this guy was the best singer of them all. My thought processes were a bit of a blur at this point, being New Year's Eve and all, so I made a pretty lame attempt at mounting this guy's shoulders so that I could ride him around during the last chorus. I don't know - at the time, it seemed like the thing to do. It didn't really work out, and my girlfriend chided me later for sticking my crotch in this guy's face. Hey, guy - if you disliked that event as much as my girlfriend thought you probably did, I am really sorry! I was acting crazy because I was so excited about yr great voice. You did a good job. I was trying to do a good job too - if I didn't, many apologies. If you ever see me on the street, tell me who you are, and I will let you stick yr crotch in my face for a minute or so, and we'll be even Stephens. [Patrick]
More pictures from the post-midnight New Years Eve late show at Mercury Lounge in NYC, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus & the So So Glos played a late show @ Mercury Lounge on New Years Eve - pics"

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Girl Talk
Girl Talk

Who needs a traditional ball drop when countless rolls of toilet paper are unfurled into the crowd? Continuous streams of white tissue were one of the festive components that helped Girl Talk ring in the New Year Thursday at a sold-out Congress Theater during a feverish 110-minute concert that evolved into a sweaty rave.

Backed by an elaborate stage set that featured a large-as-life dollhouse complete with a furnished hall, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room, the sample-based composer created an unbroken chain of pop mash-ups from the comfort of a laptop. The home-themed design and anything-goes atmosphere allowed Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, to play host to what doubled as the world's greatest block party. Perched behind a table, the ex-biochemist stayed in perpetual motion. [Chicago Tribune]

More pictures from the New Years Eve show, below...

Continue reading "Girl Talk built a house on stage @ the Congress Theater in Chicago on New Years Eve - pics "

New Years Eve
New Years Eve
New Years Eve
New Years Eve

NEW Year's Eve revellers are being told to stay off the booze, watch out for rogue cab drivers but still have fun as the nation celebrates tonight.

Police around the nation are warning that they will be out in force tonight with little tolerance shown for anti-social behaviour.

Police, sniffer dogs and booze buses will be used to "keep the public safe" during the nation's biggest party.
[Herald Sun, Australia]

Happy New Year!

For events happening tonight in NYC, please browse the archive (we've already listed lots of them).

Look up for the blue moon.

Live feed from Times Square below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday? (New Years Eve) "

Blue MoonBlue Moon

It happens only once in a blue moon -- and scientists say a blue moon is exactly what we'll see in the skies this New Year's Eve.

Don't expect an azure glow over our lunar satellite, however. The term "blue moon" simply refers to the second full moon in a calendar month, something that hasn't happened on a New Year's Eve for nearly 20 years, NASA says.

"December 1990 ended with a blue moon, and many New Year's Eve parties were themed by the event," said Professor Philip Hiscock of the department of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Canada. "It was a lot of fun."

Most months have just one full moon, because the 29.5-day cycle of the moon matches up pretty well with the length of calendar months. Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, something that happens about every 2½ years, NASA says.

But a blue moon on December 31 is rare.

Elvis Presley crooned about it when he sang the old Rodgers and Hart song "Blue Moon," in which he stood alone without a dream in his heart or a love of his own.

He struck a more hopeful tone in another tune, singing about his love returning to his arms "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again." He also covered Bill Monroe's bluegrass classic, "Blue Moon of Kentucky." [CNN]

SHOWS TO GO TO IN NYC THIS BLUE MOON: The Bad Plus or Screaming Females or Surfer Blood or Titus Andronicus or The Rub or Los Lobos or DJ Q-Tip or DJ Passion Pit or Fischerspooner or Antibalas and stuff.

A selection of blue moon videos & songs below....

Continue reading "it's a Blue Moon this New Years Eve (so here are some videos & NYC show reminders) "

David Johnansen

some upcoming shows @ City Winery in NYC
12/29 - David Johansen
12/30 - David Johansen
12/31 - Los Lobos (early & late)
01/01 - Joseph Arthur & Charlie Mars
01/22 - Bob Mould w/ Jon Auer
01/23 - Bob Mould w/ Jon Auer
01/29 - Joseph Arthur & Bobby Bare Jr.
02/28 - Robyn Hitchcock
03/20 - Rhett Miller

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Full schedule & other upcoming shows @ City Winery's website.

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

Todd Barry

Check out that picture of Todd Barry standing in the rain with Nick Thune on rainy Day Two of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year (he performed at the fest on the same day). If you're in San Francisco, check out Todd Barry "with Greg Behrendt, Doug Benson, Maria Bamford, John Mulaney,Amy Schumer,Chris Porter, and music from the Reigning Monarchs" on New Years Eve, and then, exactly one month later (also in San Fran), with "Jon Benjamin and John Hodgman, Larry Murphy and musical guests Mates of State" at SF Sketchfest. Todd Barry reads the news in the video below...

Continue reading "a picture of Todd Barry (who is performing in San Francisco on New Years Eve) standing in the rain "

DOWNLOAD: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Aint No Chimneys In the Projects (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Binky Griptite - Holiday Breakdown (MP3)

DaptoneDaptone

Christmas? Soul? Christmas Soul! Here you go, kids: Sharon Jones' debut holiday song! In this self-penned little jingle-jangler, Sharon takes us back to her childhood, where as a young girl in the projects of Brooklyn she wondered how Santa was ever going to bring her any toys when clearly, "There Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects." As she soon finds out, the true miracle of Christmas was no fat man shimmying down heating ducts, but rather the love with which her own mother had been secretly tucking those presents under that tree. Awww. With a little help from Sharon's backup singers and some tasty violin runs offered up by the Bushwick Philharmonic, the Dap-Kings lock into their usual nasty little pocket and the groove blossoms like a soulful red pointsettia beneath Sharon's story. The flip gives Daptone mouth-man Binky Griptite an instrumental taste overwhich he lays down a heartfelt holiday message of tolerance and togetherness. Right on, Santa!
That description describes one of the best holiday gifts that I received this holiday season so far, and that is the new Daptone Records holiday single! Purchase the 45 on their website, or get it free when you order $30 of other stuff, and/or download the songs for free above!

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have added a Brooklyn show. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL: That Brooklyn show is just a week away, in 2009, and in a bowling alley. It'll probably put all the New Years Eve events happening one night later to shame, and it's only $20 (translation: Sharon Jones is playing Brooklyn Bowl on December 30th!) (get tickets) (they play New Years Eve also, but in DC.)

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings recently played a private and super fancy Urbandaddy holiday party, and not long before that they played a show at Starland Ballroom in NJ. A couple of videos from the Jersey show with all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings made a holiday song (MP3), annnounce a pre-New Years Eve show in Brooklyn! (tix)"

DOWNLOAD: DJ Ayres & DJ Eleven - Glamourous Life 3 (mix) (MP3)

Will Smith

There's no single New Year's Eve option that is like OMG this year, but the amount of options does keep increasing. We've learned about a bunch more events since our first roundup, and many of them were then covered in subsequent posts. Here are even more....

One potentially really good one is happening at the Old American Can Factory with The Rub. Built by MeanRed hosts . Tickets are on sale. Grab a new free mix from the The Rub's DJ Ayres and Eleven above. Flyer for the event below.

The Rub sometimes play Southpaw on New Years Eve, but that Brooklyn venue hosts two separate shows this year instead (Felice Brothers is sold out, but tickets still available for Dean & Britta).

If you have a lot of money to burn, Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room is selling $250 to $750 tickets for a night that features a performance by Courtney Love (of Facebook fail fame). Get your spot here. A flyer, just to show it's not too good to be true (that is if she shows up), below.

Public Assembly is hosting a party with DJs from The Ohio Party. Tickets (with open bar and not) are on sale.

Team Robespierre headlines Bruar Falls. Full lineup below.

92YTribeca has a party too with "music, comedy, visual and conceptual art." A lengthy list of those involved is below. Tickets are on sale.

Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids and Scott Durday of the Soundmen are playing a party in NoHo. Flyer below.

Union Hall hosts Project Jenny Project Jan and DJs. Tickets are on sale. Its sister venue The Bell House has Obits and Eli Reed.

Glasslands promises an "extravaganza" with locals Golden Triangle and Electric Tickle Machine.

And remember, Gogol Bordello play pre-NYE shows December 27th-29th at Webster Hall (they're in Charlottesville, VA, for NYE itself). Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets are also on sale for the previously-mentioned Europa Trouble & Bass bash, with DJs "AC Slater/B. Rich/Udachi/The Captain(T&B)/Stareyes(T&B)/Jubilee/VDRK/Bradley D." Flyer below

One stay-at-home option includes watching the Times Square "action" via the live feed while browsing the Brooklyn Vegan archives. The embedded Times Square feed, event flyers and two Will Smith-related videos are below...

Continue reading "more New Year's Eve parties & shows (The Rub, Courtney Love, Golden Triangle, a Times Square stream & more)"

DJBlue Night Events is hosting a New Years Eve party at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th St) with DJ Mel DeBarge and a short, post-ball-drop set from Talib Kweli. You can even see who's going... Tickets are on sale.

As previously noted, Talib also performs even sooner with his Blacksmith imprint at Highline Ballroom on Wednesday (12/23) with Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady and Pete Rock. There are still tickets left.

Jean Grae also appears on a bill with a "special guest" at Southpaw tonight (12/22)

Highline Ballroom also hosts a hip hop show tonight, but with Jadakiss and Clipse.

Talib's first 2010 appearance will be a DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl on January 3rd, on a bill with Graph Nobel and John Forte. Tickets are on sale.

Q-Tip is DJing Brooklyn Bowl on New Years Eve.

by Andrew Frisicano

The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus will be playing a six-show run at the Village Vanguard to end the year (and start the next). The band plays two sets a night from Tuesday, December 29th to Sunday, January 3rd. Their New Year's eve show is a bit different - a $125 ticket (which includes a $25 drink minimum) covers both sets. NYE will also be broadcast on WBGO (88.3 FM) on Toast of the Nation (as part of NPR's Live at the Village Vanguard series). Tickets are on sale.

TBP pianist Ethan Iverson checks in regularly on his Do the Math blog - his own year-end lists have included so far a rundown of Classic Crime Stories, "Recent Improvisations (and) In Praise of the Independent Label," and "11 Canonical AAM Performances".

It looks like the band will keep a fairly busy in 2010 too - they're scheduled into February with shows (including one on February 8th at Pomona, NJ's Stockton PAC). Videos and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "The Bad Plus playing New Year's run @ Village Vanguard & other dates"

Screaming Females @ Terminal 5 in December (more by Chris La Putt)
Screaming Females

New York Night Train, the almost-nightly dance party run by DJ Jonathan Toubin, will be hosting New Year's Eve events at three LES venues this year. Cake Shop, Home Sweet Home and Motor City (127 Ludlow) are signed on for the event with all-night liquor licenses. Cake Shop is the real highlight though. Bands playing the basement there include Talk Normal, Screaming Females, Frankie and the Outs and CSC Funk Band (ex-USAisamonster), while the other two venues get a few bands (like A.R.E. Weapons) and a slew of DJs, comedians, burlesque performers and more. More details are below.

For Frankie & The Outs, it's one of two New Years Eve shows. They'll also be at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn with Beach Fossils, We Are Country Mice, Lemonade and Surfer Blood. Tickets are on sale.

Screaming Females have a few upcoming shows too - they play with Bouncing Souls in Asbury Park on December 29th, and kick off their February tour with JEFF the Brotherhood with a Feb. 6 Bowery Ballroom showcase for their label Don Giovanni.

Before then, there are plenty of chances to catch the NY Night Train crew in holiday party mode. Tonight (12/21) Jonathan Toubin DJs with Revered Vince Anderson at his weekly Union Pool residency. Toubin will also be spinning at the BV-sponsored Jewltide 7 party happening at Southpaw on Christmas Eve (12/24). Tickets are on sale and the flyer is below with a full schedule...

Continue reading "Screaming Females, Frankie & The Outs & Talk Normal playing Cake Shop NYE ++ other New York Night Train events "

by Andrew Frisicano

Mika Miko @ their almost-last performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest
Mika Miko

L.A. punk band Mika Miko announced in October that their set at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest (on November 8th) would be one of their last, but that they were in process of scheduling an official "last show" for their hometown at The Smell. They've booked three shows there for December 30th, December 31st and January 1st. The third, with Hello Astronaut Goodby Television, My Little Red Toe and OG Silver Daggers, is sold out, but you can still grab a ticket for the first show (openers TBA) and for the New Years Eve show, with Staring Problem, Ima Fucking Gymnist and DiGiTS. Mika Miko also previously mentioned a new 7" in the works through PPM.

Mika Miko's Jennifer Clavin guest drumming for Best Coast...
Best Coast

PPM will also be releasing a 7" by from female-fronted lo-fi duo Best Coast. Best Coast join Vivian Girls on a West Cost tour this February. That swings by the Smell on Feb. 6th. Vivian Girls are in UK from the second week of January right up to their performance at the BAM Sounds Like Brooklyn Fest, where they play at Howard Gilman Opera House with Les Savy Fav on January 29th. Tickets are on sale.

Flyers for the Mika Miko shows, a Best Coast clips and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Mika Miko playing THREE final shows @ The Smell including New Years Eve (tix), Best Coast touring w/ Vivian Girls"

Q-Tip spinning at Nokia Theatre in August (more by Jaecyne Howell)
Q-Tip

Brooklyn Bowl's New Year's Eve festivities will includeQ-Tip the Abstract (his DJ name), retro-synth wiz Dam-Funk, reggae/soul/funk band Pimps of Joytime and DJ Concerned. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 16th at noon (with the price going up on December 19th).

The Brooklyn Bowl's lineup was previously "secret" - another NYC club with a secret (though not one we would count on making the price worth it - relatively speaking) is (Le) Poisson Rouge, who promises "a celebrity DJ...spinning pulsating sets of hip hop, rock, dance and 80's on a state of the art sound system all night long," as well as a "live Performance - Artist TBA." Tickets range from $75 general admission to the $175 Platinum VIP tix where you can "Enjoy reserved nightclub seating while GA ticket holders stand."

Add those to the list of this year's NYE events that also include Passion Pit DJing at Pianos and MSTRKRFT at Webster Hall.

More info on the LPR event is below...

Continue reading "Q-Tip & Dam-Funk playing Brooklyn Bowl on New Years Eve --- Le Poisson Rouge hosting an event as well "

Webster Hall - New Years Eve 2008 into 2009
Webster Hall

"When most Americans think of New Years Eve, the Big Apple may be one of the first things that come to mind. Millions of Americans all around the country tune in to watch the ball drop in Times Square on television as they ring in the New Year.

For those not able to make it to Manhattan for this special night, why not bring a little bit of Manhattan to your New Year's Eve party? A New York City themed New Year's Eve party requires a bit of creativity in the party planning. Brainstorm all of the things you associate with New York City from food to attractions. For food, you may want to consider having lox on bagels and cream cheese, pizza and cheesecake.

For drinks, try making Manhattan cocktails and see if there are any New York based beers available in your area; Brooklyn Lager is a popular brew." ["Have a Big Apple New Year's Eve in your living room"]

Ha. Well, for those who actually live in NYC, two more New Years Eve options are below...

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