Entries tagged with: new years eve
Passion Pit @ Wellmont Theater - 12/30/10 (el_jong)
Man Man have replaced Slick Rick as the Passion Pit opener at Wellmont Theater tonight (New Years Eve). Titus Andronicus opened the show for Passion Pit at the same venue last night, and will headline their own New Years Eve show tonight, but not at Ridgewood Masonic Temple:
====| NEW YEARS EVE @ 285 KENT AVE |====Man Man also open for Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5 on New Years Day. Julian Lynch also headlines Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 7th.
:: TITUS ANDRONICUS
:::: REAL ESTATE
:::::: Andrew Cedermark
:::::::: Julian Lynch
| 285 KENT AVE | -------- note: NEW VENUE!
285 Kent Ave @ S 1st St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn L-Bedford, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $15 adv, $16 @ door | no phone
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A shaky video from last night's Passion Pit show, below...
today in NYC
* Nullsleep @ The Tank
* Spanglish Fly @ Barbes
* Los Lobos @ City Winery
* Telephoned @ Glasslands
* Mike Doughty @ Maxwell's
* Murphy's Law @ Trash Bar
* The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Beets & more @ Rubulad
* Sandra Bernhard @ Joe's Pub
* Gov't Mule @ Beacon Theatre
* Debbie Gibson & Tiffany @ Canal Room
* Phish @ Madison Square Garden
* Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mick Collins (DJ) @ Lady Jay's
* Har Mar Superstar @ Littlefield
* Prince Paul (DJ) @ the Delancey
* burlesque afterparty @ Joe's Pub
* The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard
* Chuck Berry @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Consider The Source @ Mercury Lounge
* Dr. Lonnie Smith @ The Jazz Standard
* Meta and the Cornerstones @ 92YTribeca
* Guided By Voices, Doug Gillard @ Irving Plaza
* Passion Pit,
Slick Rick Man Man @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Just Blaze, Stretch Armstrong @ Santos Party House
* The Detroit Cobras, The Fleshtones @ Maxwell's
* The Bloody Beetroots (DJ) @ Webster Hall (3:30am)
* John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Milford Graves @ The Stone
* Infected Mushroom, Shpongle @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Mr. Brownstone (Guns N Roses tribute) @ The Rock Shop
* Butthole Surfers, Lumerians @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Class Actress, Warm Ghost, Peephole, Phonetag @ Spike Hill
* Drive-By Truckers, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Terminal 5
* Marva Whitney, Billy Prince, The Sweet Divines @ The Bell House
* Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Allen Toussaint @ Best Buy Theater
* Ariel Pink, Outer Limits Recordings, Autre Ne Veut, Steve Summers @ 234 Starr St.
* We Are Scientists, Sarah Walker, Rewards, Bad Girlfriend @ Mercury Lounge
* The FELA! Band (with Sahr Ngaujah and the FELA! dancers) @ Knitting Factory
* Marc Ribot, Roy Campbell Jr., Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor, John Zorn @ The Stone
* Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Andrew Cedermark, Julian Lynch @
Ridgewood Masonic Temple 285 Kent
* Morgan Geist, Midnight Magic, Fall On Your Sword, Jacques Renault, Dan Selzer, Marcos Cabral @ Cameo Gallery
* Mr. Jonathan Toubin, Kid Congo Powers w/the K-Holes, Ian Svenonius, Stalkers, Hammered Satin, Baby Shakes, William Martin @ Home Sweet Home
* Reading Rainbow, La Big Vic, X-Ray Eyeballs, Food Stamps, Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls DJ Set, Andy Burr of Woven Bones DJ Set @ Cake Shop
DOWNLOAD: The Dirtbombs - Sharevari (MP3)
"Nearly ten years after their acclaimed Ultraglide in Black helped kick-start a renewed interest in all things Detroit and rock-and-roll, The Dirtbombs are releasing the de facto companion piece, Party Store.You'll have to wait until February 1st to get your hands on Party Store via In the Red, but you can party with Mick Collins in Brooklyn tonight, New Years Eve, at Lady Jay's.
Ultraglide was a covers collection of 60's and 70's soul gems centred on the ideas of African-American identity and politics of the era (see Curtis Mayfield's "Kung Fu" and Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City"). All of the songs made an impression on a young, pre-musical Mick Collins as he listened to them on 45's in the family basement.
Party Store is an assortment of live band interpretations of classic Detroit techno music of the 80's and early 90's. These are songs Collins digested when they were originally released - at a time where he was already making waves with garage-punk legends The Gories. Songs that run the gamut of subject matter from materialistic future-disco braggadocio "Sharevari" (originally by A Number of Names) to cold, post-industrial isolation of "Alleys of Your Mind" originally by Cybotron) through the instrumental optimism of a worldwide house classic, "Strings of Life" (originally by Derrick May)... ALL these themes encapsulate the climate of Detroit both now and at the time of their initial release. Let it be said clearly...this is a record that addresses, at the same time, both the past and the future of Detroit." [Press Release]
Download "Sharevari" off "Party Store" above. Watch the video for the same song, with more info on the full album with cover art, below...
"Fresh off the success of his latest release, Silent Movies (Pi Recordings), Marc Ribot celebrates with a month long residency, January 2011 at (le) Poisson Rouge (NYC). Each night will start off with an intimate solo set with music from the album which has landed on several Best of 2010 lists including the LA Times, Village Voice and critical praise across the board. Ribot will then be joined on stage each night with a different band, showcasing a disparate range of projects from noise, punk, funk, soul and free jazz."Marc Ribot's LPR residency dates are January 5th, January 12th, January 19th, and January 26th. Meanwhile you'll find Marc at the Stone on New Years Eve, and at the Brecht Forum the next/same day. Full LPR residency and Stone lineups below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
getting ready backstage @ Higher Ground - 12/28/2010
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals kicked off a four-night New Years run at Higher Ground in Vermont last night (12/28). Pictures from that show are in this post, and they do it again tonight, and then on New Years Eve, and then one more time on January 1st. The Vermont band will then spend most of the first quarter of 2011 on the road. In March they'll play Irving Plaza in NYC two nights in a row - March 9th and 10th. Tickets are on sale. All dates and more Vermont pictures, below...
"NEVER STOP is the first album by The Bad Plus to consist entirely of originals. Recorded in Minnesota with a live, stripped-down sound, NEVER STOP showcases the band's range as well as its three distinct personalities. From gentle and melodic to fierce and abstract, from swing to 80's techno, NEVER STOP is tied together by a group sound that embraces diversity as strength. Ten years in, The Bad Plus is here to stay."- The Bad PlusThe Bad Plus play The Village Vanguard in NYC on December 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, January 1st and 2nd. They play two sets each day except New Years Eve. New Years Eve tickets are $150 each. All the other December shows are either sold out or not selling anymore advanced tickets, but you can still get $25 advanced tickets for 1/1 11pm and 1/2 11pm. Info on their latest CD is above. All Bad Plus tour dats below...
Lumerians, who recently opened a couple of shows for Killing Joke, are supporting the Butthole Surfers at both upcoming Brooklyn shows (12/30 and 12/31). Lumerians' debut full-length, Transmalinnia, is due 3/1/11 via Knitting Factory Records. The album-full of tripped-out psych-garage rock is the follow-up to the band's self-titled/self-released EP from 2007. Check out the new video for the first track, "Black Tusk", available for the first time, below...
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper continues her NYC run at the Rock Shop tonight.
Also coming up at Knitting Factory: A New Year's Eve Felabration! with the FELA! Band (featuring members of Antibalas), Sahr Ngaujah (FELA) and the FELA! Dancers. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of FELA!, you don't have many more chances to see the Broadway play (it closes January 2nd).
Noah & the Whale aren't nearly as big as their Grammy-nominated friends in Mumford & Sons, but they did just add a 2nd Bowery Ballroom show after the first one became close to sold out. Tickets for the 3/21 show go on sale Wednesday at noon.
"who else would assemble a bill like this but weird magic? three months deep and we're bringing our dream bill to brooklyn on new years. first weird magic event of this scale... we've got a 10k sq ft warehouse, fully secured. intense all-analog sound system. visuals, lazers and a/v installations (including some from this hologram wizard). we are flying ariel pink in from l.a. to grace us with a solo set the likes of which will probably only be witnessed once (we ourselves don't really know what to expect from him), with sets by outer limits recordings, autre ne veut and steve summers setting the vibe. after ariel we party til there's no one left, soundtracked by a selection of our favorite audio technicians (including footwork's finest, dj rashad, flying in from chicago). alongside our pals vibes and daily ghost, we welcome you to bring in twenty_eleven with us in the finest way possible. cosmic rebirth." [Weird Magic]In related news, tickets are now on sale at Desert Island Books (540 Metropolitan Ave @ Union Ave | 718.388.5087) for the semi-competing (you could probably do both) New Years Eve show happening at Ridgewood Masonic Temple with Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Andrew Cedermark and Julian Lynch.
You can also get tickets at Desert Island for the Deerhoof show at Ridgewood Masonic.
Guided by Voices @ Terminal 5 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
As people have theorized in the comments many times, the reunited classic lineup of Guided By Voices will play a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, the NJ venue they've played many times, and it will happen on Thursday, December 30th, one day before they play a New Years Eve show at Irving Plaza. Tickets are $75 and on sale at noon.
Rival Schools have announced their new LP, Pedals, due on March 8th via Photo Finish/Atlantic. The release will be celebrated that day at Santos Party House as part of a short stint of tour dates for the band. Ticket info is forthcoming. Dates are below.
Pedals is currently up for pre-order at the band's site in various different incarnations (Rival Schools shoes? wow). The band also has a new video from the LP, for "Shot After Shot", which you can watch below.
Meanwhile, Sammy Siegler's old band Glassjaw were the secret guest headliner at Knitting Factory on Sunday (12/12) for the Sons Modern Holiday Party which also featured Unearthly Trance and Ultrageist. Much like they did last year at Maxwell's, Glassjaw's appearance was unannounced as they have a second upcoming show in the near future, January 1st at the sold-out Best Buy Theater. Pictures from the Brooklyn show are in this post.
Glassjaw/Thursday/Acid Tiger member side-project United Nations doesn't have any dates coming up, but both Acid Tiger and Thursday have some.
I Hate Our Freedom is another now-active Thursday side-project. Or to be more specific, they are Joseph Grillo (GARRISON, GOD FIRES MAN) Justin Scurti (MILHOUSE), Scott Winegard (TEXAS IS THE REASON, HOUSE & PARISH) and Tucker Rule (THURSDAY). I Hate Our Freedom plays Maxwell's on Thursday, 12/16 with Something About Death Or Dying who are "a new hardcore band featuring The Gaslight Anthem guitarist Alex Rosamilia."
Tucker Rule has also been playing drums in Murphy's Law lately. Maybe you'll see him behind the kit when Murphy's Law plays Trash Bar on New Years Eve with THE KRAYS, YUPPICIDE, SETBACK, CAUGHT IN A TRAP, and RUNNY.
Rival Schools' last NYC show was opening for Gaslight Anthem at Radio City Music Hall. A set of pictures from their set at that show is in this post too.
More Glassjaw pictures from Knitting Factory (sorry, none of Unearthly Trance or Ultrageist) and all Rival Schools tour dates, pictures and videos, below.
DOWNLOAD: Charles Bradley - "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" (MP3)
Charles Bradley album art (reminds me of something...)
Lotsa great funk and dancefloor grooves are coming to Southpaw and elsewhere for you old soul fans/45 collectors out there.
Charles Bradley is no stranger to hard times. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he spent the better part of his childhood living on the streets. One of the more optimistic moments of his childhood came in 1964, when his sister took him to see James Brown at The Apollo. Brown's energy and showmanship would form a lasting impression on Charles. He went home and immediately began practicing microphone tricks with a broom attached to a string, imitating the Godfather's every move.No Time for Dreaming (the LP) will be celebrated at a Record Release show with Menahan Street Band (mems of Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the Budos Band) at Southpaw on January 25th, 2011. Tickets are on sale.
Forty years later, Charles was still trying to make ends meet, still trying to make it as a musician. He was performing his James Brown routines under his alter ego "Black Velvet" when Gabriel Roth of Daptone records happened upon his show at the Tarheel Lounge in Bedstuy. Roth recognized his raw talent and directly brought him into the studio for a session with The Sugarman 3.
Charles Bradley's last show was with Lee Fields at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/20, and Lee Fields & The Expressions have another show in the immediate future: 1/7 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are now on sale. Still no opener listed. I'd suggest Budos Band but they just headlined AND SOLD OUT the same venue recently themselves.
Speaking of Daptone, legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint will join Daptone queen Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at Best Buy Theater during their two day stint at the venue (tickets for both Dec 30 and Dec 31 are still available).
Toussaint collaborated with The Meters in the 70s, who will also be in NYC in the coming months (the "Funky" version anyway) (tickets available for Feb 15th, 16th, and 17th shows billed as "The Funky Meters").
A soulful New Years Eve can also be had outside of Manhattan at the Bell House thanks to Dig Deeper who are bringing Marva Whitney, Billy Prince (of the Precisions) and the Sweet Divines to the Brooklyn venue that night.Tickets are still on sale.
Dig Deeper most recently hosted Syl Johnson at Southpaw. Syl also played a show with Yo La Tengo one night later.
The Raveonettes at Scion Garage Fest (more by Taylor Keahey)
The Raveonettes will spend their New Years Eve in Los Angeles at The Standard Hollywoord with Autolux, and have already made plans for their NYC return in the New Year as part of a TBA tour with fellow fan of black clothing Tamaryn. The announced show takes place at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/20. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on general sale Friday, 12/10 at noon.
Much like Light Asylum, Tamaryn was recently profiled in the NY Times for her fashion sense, and did a video interview with Fader (viewable below). Her new LP The Waves didn't make NME's favorite LPs of the year, but at least one writer at the publication thinks she deserves "Most Underrated".
Tour dates, and some video is below...
The Drums recently headlined (or co-headlined?) Webster Hall one day before appearing as a special guest headliner at Santos Party House not long after headlining Bowery Ballroom. NME rated their album one of the top 10 of 2010. Q Magazine said the self-titled effort was #32. The point is that The Studio at Webster Hall is a small (intimate) venue for the band now, and since their January 19th show there is raising money for a good cause, the $25 price tag shouldn't scare you too much. Guards and The Hairs both open, and all proceeds go to Dan Duggins.
Guns n' Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31st, 2007, so the fact that they're playing the much smaller Rock Shop on December 31st, 2010 (aka New Years Eve), seems, well, intimate too.
Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall (more by kolored)
NEW YEARS EVE @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLEFor Real Estate, that makes three upcoming shows, all of which are in NYC. The other two are at Union Hall and Brooklyn Bowl.
:: TITUS ANDRONICUS
:::: REAL ESTATE
:::::: Andrew Cedermark
:::::::: Julian Lynch
| RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE |
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates | Bushwick, Brooklyn J-Gates | 8pm | all ages | $15 | no phone
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...
Har Mar Superstar & Gayngs @ The Box in NYC (photo by Lisa-Thi Beskar)
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?....
Patterson of Drive-By Truckers at Canal Room (more by Eric Townsend)
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...
We Are Scientists @ SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
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...
Butthole Surfers @ The Scoot Inn
"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.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.
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]
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...
Did you get your Guided by Voices New Years Eve tickets? If so, you probably got this email from Ticketmater:
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Guided by Voices
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.
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The Roots at Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
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).
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...
backstage @ the Atlanta show (seanstarwars)
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).
Check out the 40 song setlist Guided by Voices played in Atlanta this past Saturday night, below...
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings in Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
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).
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.
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 NissleyPatti most recently played the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco. Some videos from that below...