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Julian Casablancas & Blood Orange were the secret bands at Shea Stadium tonight

2 hours 6 sec ago

Julian Casablancas @ Shea Stadium (via thedirtygrand)

Blood Orange @ Shea Stadium (via noahisawesome)

As predicted, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas played a secret show with his new band The Voidz at cozy Brooklyn DIY joint Shea Stadium tonight (9/22). They were billed as "Rawk Hawks", and played after "Naranja Bausch" who ended up being Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange who played new songs (Naranja is Spanish for Orange). Big Ups, not a secret at all, opened the Monday night show.

Did you get in? Julian's friend and labelmate Har Mar Superstar did. How was the show?

Julian tours bigger venues in October.

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What's going on Tuesday? (Tweedy, Iasos, Sondre Lerche, Lily Allen, Nada Surf, Christopher Owens, Mount Eerie & more)

2 hours 7 min ago

Tweedy in Chicago earlier this month (more by Brigid Gallagher)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, legendary boundary pusher Anderson teams with the Kronos Quartet for what is sure to be a special evening.

Tweedy, Jeff Tweedy @ BAM
Also part of the Nonesuch celebration, Jeff Tweedy plays twice at this show: a solo set and with Tweedy, the band he has with his son 18-year old son Spencer.

Sondre Lerche, TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom
Sondre Lerche's ambitious new album, Please, finds him dealing with divorce but still managing to find a hummable tunes amidst all the raw nerves and bare emotions. The LP's out today and this is the record release show.

Hag Face, Clean Girls, Dog @ Death by Audio
Canada's Crosss unfortunately had to cancel tonight, but you can still a taste of the Great White North via Calgary garage punks Hag Face.

Christopher Owens, Liam Hayes @ Highline Ballroom
Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens will release his second solo album, A New Testament, next week (9/30) which dabbles in country and gospel. The songs sounded great at SXSW this year, and you can still get tickets to tonight's show.

Panda Bear, Blues Control @ Irving Plaza
While there's still no firm date on Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, you'll probably get a few (or more than a few) songs from the Animal Collective member's new album at this show tonight.

Yacht, White Fang @ Mercury Lounge
Having just signed to Downtown records, Portland dance duo Yacht will be trying out new material on this tour, plus old favorites too. This is their final of three NYC shows with White Fang. Tickets are still available.

Nada Surf, Elliot Moss @ Rough Trade
Nada Surf are about to start work in Brooklyn on their new album, but will tide fans over with a new B Sides album. You may get to hear a few of those rarities tonight. Sold out.

Lily Allen, Lolawolf @ Terminal 5
While her new album, Sheezus, is maybe not the full return-to-form we were hoping for from Lily Allen, she's still a lot of fun live. Unpredictable too. This is her first of two T5 shows this week. Tonight is sold out but you can still get into Wednesday's show.

Iasos, Laraaji, Dave Harrington, Prince Rama (DJ Set) @ Baby's All Right
Come celebrate the Autumnal Equinox tonight with New Age pioneer Iasos, Darkside's Dave Harrington and more. Expect to hear the word "vibes" a lot. Baby's will have a special menu too.

Ask Me Another w/ Lewis Black @ The Bell House
Another in NPR's "Ask Me Another" live quiz show tapings, tonight features veteran crank and Daily Show contributor Lewis Black.

Mount Eerie, Mecca Normal, Eartheater @ Trans-Pecos
Phil Elverum is a prolific artist and though his Mount Eerie project didn't release a record in 2014, he released three during the two previous and has a double album, Sauna, due out early next year. Get a preview of the new stuff tonight. Mount Eerie also play Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday.

The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant @ Barclays Center
The country's most popular blues garage rock duo headlines Barclays tonight.

Shovels and Rope, John Fullbright @ Bowery Ballroom
All the way from Johns Island, SC,  indie country duo Shovels and Rope just released Swimmin' Time.  This is their first ow two sold out NYC shows this week.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest night 3 in pics (Robyn Hitchcock, Jen Kirkman, Wyatt Cenac, H. Jon Benjamin & more)

7 hours 51 min ago

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Klaus Kinski

Eugene Mirman with Robyn Hitchcock and H. Jon Benjamin


The 7th Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival took over the Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn for the past few days to bring audiences an audacious, eclectic, and titillating smorgasbord of comedic events. Of all the events, I chose to attend You Never Know Who Might Drop By at the Bell House on Saturday September 20 at 10:00pm. The only guest to be announced ahead of time was H. Jon Benjamin. The rest of the line up was listed as "Special Guest." Remarkably, even with only one guest announced, the show was very sold out.

The show ended up being hosted by special guest Eugene Mirman. I sort of assumed that would be the case, but you know what happens when you assume right? Ass. U. Me. Anyhow, Euge was the host and he performed his duties with his usual grace and aplomb. His hosting agilities shouldn't be surprising considering he's a non-stop performer and has hosted recurring comedy showcases Invite Them Up, Tearing The Veil of Maya, Pretty Good Friends, and probably more. Saturday evening, he kept his opening set extremely short and tight, but he did have an extremely funny riff about how you can literally write whatever you want about yourself on LinkedIn and there is zero proof required. He read off samples of his own bullshit LinkedIn profile and I gotta tell you it was pretty damn funny.

Wyatt Cenac

Eugene's first guest was Wyatt Cenac. Throw a dart at an open page of Time Out New York and chances are you will hit a show listing with his name on it. The dude not only has his own show called Night Train every Monday night at Littlefield, but you can see him practically every night of the week at several other venues throughout the city. The dude's a machine. A relentless performer. It has taken me a while to be drawn into Wyatt's super low energy delivery and stage demeanor, but I gotta say he was killing me on Saturday. He's definitely a super popular comic who is definitely worth checking out.

Glaser as Johnny Ding-Dong

After Wyatt wrapped up his set, the great and Klaus-Approved Gold Pass Favorite Jon Glaser came out (not his first time this year), reprising his role as Brooklyn's #1 Insult Comic Johnny Ding-Dong. I haven't seen this particular character of his in eight freaking years; the last time was during a Comedians of Comedy stop at Irving Plaza (video here). Johnny basically insults audience members over pretty banal and obvious characteristics of theirs; a hat, glasses, how they're sitting...then he sits down and eats a slice of pizza, very slowly. At some point during this, the sound guy 'accidentally' starts playing the theme song to the 1978 drama The Deerhunter, which also happens to be one of the saddest instrumental tunes of all time. Johhny then goes through an emotional breakthrough. Aside of being extremely funny, the whole bit intentionally goes on for waaaaay too long, testing the audience's endurance to the fullest. It is not an easy bit, but it is one of my favorites as it so absolutely alienates the audience to the extreme.

Johnny Ding-Dong left the stage and was followed by a bit with Eugene Mirman and the great Robyn Hitchcock. They started out as a duo, offering up bits of very funny advice for problems submitted by audience members prior to the show. Luckily, before the bit got too long, Eugene left Robyn up there alone with an acoustic. Besides regaling the audience with great stories and personal philosophies, Robyn played three tunes, including a beautiful cover of "The Crystal Ship" by the Doors (on his new album) and a fantastic version of his tune "Dismal City" that was so much better than the full band version... it was nuts. He was a fantastic storyteller and I loved his solo tunes.

Joe Wong

After Hitchcock came comedian Joe Wong who I actually never heard of, but man did he slay. I cannot tell you how much I loved this guy. There was a brilliant economy to each of his jokes. They were free of flair and BS; they were delivered as perfect as you could imagine. His insights into the racism inherent in American society, though troubling, were so elegantly lampooned that the entire room was roaring. For me he was the highlight of the evening. I love seeing a comic for the first time and having him/her absolutely destroy. Sadly, his calendar is empty, but if you see the name Joe Wong on any upcoming comedy showcases you should go. Refreshing talent. I would like him to be famous immediately, thanks.

Wong's set was quite brief unfortunately, and he was followed by Eugene Mirman and Ted Allen (Chopped, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) for round two of audience advice. I missed this because I had to pee wicked bad and also needed another beer, but I heard some laughs while I was in the latrine so that was a good sign. Next up was the only billed comic of the night, H. Jon Benjamin. HJB definitely had the longest set of the evening, and it started out with a bit featuring him and Eugene, where Eugene read off all of HJB's requirements from his talent rider. This definitely felt like it went on a bit too long as even Eugene regarded the bit as "The exhausting comedy of Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman." Side note: Mirman and Benjamin have created Flotsam, a "Post-Structural Online Shopping Experience" where you can buy sacks of "hand-chosen items that are hand-hewn by machines in America and are shipped directly to you."

Back to the Bell House, after that HJB was joined by one of my personal favorites Larry Murphy. The premise of their bit was that since we were at The Bell House we were most certainly missing episodes of the Big Bang Theory which seems to be on TV in perpetuity. So they acted out some smarmy Big Bang esque dialogue which, like the rider bit, went on a bit too long as well.

Jen Kirkman

Although Jon Benjamin's set was definitely hilarious and worth seeing, it went on longer than I had the strength to endure. I was at a motorcycle block party earlier in the day and had been drinking since 3 in the afternoon, so by the time headliner Jen Kirkman took the stage, I was hot, sweaty, gassy, uncomfortable, and basically seeing quadruple. I can see why she'd headline; she has a history in comedy that stretches way back to the old days in Boston with Larry Murphy and Eugene Mirman, she has a book out that sold a zillion copies, she's a favorite on Chelsea lately, she was in from LA... she's famous and successful. But combine the fact that I don't really care for her comedy and the fact that my liver was hanging out my asshole and down my pant leg, it was time to go.

The early show at the Bell House was a special EMCF edition of "Pretty Good Friends" with Jessi Klein, Nick Thune and Karen Kilgariff. Pics from EMCF night 1 are here and we'll have more to come. Pics from night 3's early show, plus more from "You Never Know Who Might Drop By," below...

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The Weeknd began his tour with Schoolboy Q & Jhene Aiko at Barclays Center (pics)

8 hours 30 min ago

photos by Gretchen Robinette

The Weeknd / Schoolboy Q @ Barclays Center - 9/19/14

"In my city, I'm a young god," The Weeknd boasts briefly in his distinct, smooth as silk voice on "Often." One of the few clean lines from his steamy summer release, it's a bold statement that rings true in his home of Toronto, and evidently in New York as well. At Brooklyn' Barclays Center on Friday, the once rather enigmatic artist proved that he's no longer an underground gem but a mainstream favorite.
After delivering a rapturous and at times chill-inducing performance, Abel Tesfaye left the thousands who attended the first show of his "King of the Fall" tour eager for more. However, fans can rest assured that Friday night was just the start of this king's reign.

..."I gotta say, me and my team--we've been coming to Brooklyn every year, and the venues, they just kept getting bigger and bigger. And in three years, we are playing at the Barclays Center," the usually stony-faced singer said near the end of the night, unable to keep from breaking into a smile. Much to the delight of the crowd, The Weeknd encored with Ty Dolla $ign's "Or Nah" and "Often." It was a weed and pheromone-filled concert that felt satisfying and managed to leave fans longing for more (in perhaps more ways than one). [Swagger New York]Sexed up R&B crooner The Weeknd began his tour with Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q and weed-loving songstress Jhene Aiko at Brooklyn's huge Barclays Center this past Friday (which he sold out at his own pace). He went through the material from his mixtape trilogy, his official debut Kiss Land, and threw a few covers in too as the crowd went unsurprisingly wild for him. We've got a set of pictures from the night.

Check out more below...

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Gesaffelstein playing 3 North American dates this fall

9 hours 6 min ago

photo by Mathieu Cesar

Quickly rising Parisian producer Gesaffelstein continues to get bigger and bigger. He's returning to North America for three dates this fall, including HARD's Day of the Dead in Pomona, CA, a Montreal show, and a NYC show happening at the large Terminal 5 on November 6. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon.

Gesaffelstein's last album was 2013's Aleph, and earlier this summer he remixed his French neighbors Phoenix's "Bankrupt!." Stream that, with the list of dates, below...

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Christopher Owens streaming new album; his two NYC shows are this week (updated dates)

9 hours 34 min ago

Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens will release his second solo album, A New Testament, next week (9/30) and you can stream the entire album over at Pitchfork Advance. This week, Owens is in NYC to kick off his fall tour with two shows: Highline Ballroom on Tuesday (9/23) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (9/24). Both shows are with onetime Plush frontman Liam Hayes and tickets are still available.

All dates of Owens' tour are listed below...

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Inter Arma releasing one-song, 40-minute EP, playing CMJ and Maryland Deathfest (dates, video)

9 hours 52 min ago

Inter Arma at IO Northside 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)

Richmond, VA psych metallers Inter Arma are set to follow last year's excellent Sky Burial LP with the one-song, 40-minute EP The Cavern on October 14 via Relapse. The trailer is out now, and features a few clips of the song including one with guest vocals from Dorthia Cottrell of fellow Richmond band Windhand (whose tour just hit NYC over the weekend). Watch/listen below.

Inter Arma are on board for the 2015 edition of Maryland Deathfest, and the only other date they have announced so far is the Metal Injection/MetalSucks CMJ showcase happening at Bushwick's Acheron on October 21 with King Parrot, So Hideous, Lazer/Wulf and Moon Tooth. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No word yet if other CMJ shows will be added.

The Cavern trailer below...

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Pianos Become the Teeth announce record release week tour with Frameworks and Gates (dates)

10 hours 7 min ago

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Micah E. Wood

Pianos Become the Teeth recently announced that their new album Keep You will be out on October 28 via new label home Epitaph, and put out the excellent single "Repine," which had them leaving their screamo roots for clean singing. They were already announced for the second leg of the Title Fight/Circa Survive tour, but not the NYC show happening 11/11 at Best Buy Theater. And now they've added a short record release tour with newer screamo band Frameworks and Gates that kicks off in Cambridge on release day and hits NYC on October 29 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (9/24) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed, with the tour flyer and stream of "Repine," below...

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Quad (ex-Spires) releasing debut single, doing late-night residency at Baby's All Right

10 hours 22 min ago

(photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Quad is the newish band from Samuel Shea who you may have seen playing guitar with Spires up until Spring 2014 when he struck out on his own. You may have also seen Quad when they were called Wand, but due to too many bands with that name (like the California ones who just toured with Ty Segall) they are now called Quad. The group also includes Shea's onetime Spires bandmate Ethan Snyder on drums and they make '60s-inspired psych pop. Quad are set to release their hooky first single, "Falling Faster," which makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.

You can catch Quad in NYC as they're about to start a free late night residency at Baby's All Right for the next three Wednesdays (9/24, 9/30, 10/8). This Wednesday (9/24) is with Sunflower Bean and Visuals on DJ duty; the 9/30 show is with Winstons; and on 10/8 it's special guests TBA. Again, music starts at midnight and is free.

Flyer for the residency and stream of Quad's debut single, below...

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RVIVR touring, playing NYC w/ Aye Nako, Slingshot Dakota, Shellshag & more; GreenSleep reunited; Crow Bait touring

10 hours 42 min ago

by Andrew Sacher

RVIVR

Olympia's RVIVR, one of the many ex-Latterman bands and one who are known equally for their catchy pop punk and their fight against sexism, put out a new EP earlier this month via Rumbletown Records called Bicker and Breathe. If you were a fan of its predecessor, last year's The Beauty Between, you'll dig this one too. Stream it below.

RVIVR are also about to go on a European tour, but first they'll stop off in Brooklyn for two shows, both of which have great openers. First, they'll play Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium on September 29 with Columbus, OH's Pretty Pretty and NYC's Even Hand (who were great opening for Swearin' earlier this year). Then they'll play the slightly larger Saint Vitus on September 30 with local greats Aye Nako, the long-running Shellshag, and Bethlehem, PA's underrated Slingshot Dakota. Tickets for Shea and Vitus are on sale now. All RVIVR dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, right before those shows you can catch Shellshag and Pretty Pretty together at Death by Audio on September 27. That also includes Crow Bait (who share a member with ex-Latterman band Iron Chic) and is part of their tour with Seattle's Murmurs. Brooklyn's Magnets are on the bill too.

That Crow Bait tour kicks off with a Long Island show on September 25 at The Wood Shop which also includes Iron Chic and Even Hand, plus it's the first show in 18 years from early '90s Long Island indie/punk/emo band GreenSleep, and includes the Defiance Ohio-related Purple 7. GreenSleep put out their first new music since 1995 this year. Stream that, alongside their '95 LP, below. All dates on the Crow Bait tour are also listed below.

Aye Nako also open the Glasslands stop (11/1) of the Ex Hex / Speedy Ortiz tour. Tickets for that show are still available.

List of RVIVR dates, Crow Bait dates, and those streams, below...

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JUNA releasing 'On Courage' (stream it)

10 hours 53 min ago

by Andrew Sacher

Athens, GA's JUNA call themselves "heavy and sad music" which is both a nice way of getting around the "e-word" and also a pretty apt description of their sound. They're self-releasing a new album called On Courage, which follows 2013's Heteroglossia EP, this Saturday (9/27) and a full stream premieres in this post. They take the atmospherics of post-rock, add some sludgy distortion and a couple palm-muted chugs, and a vocalist who can go from sensitive to throat-shredding without falling into overblown melodrama. It's good stuff, and you can listen below.

Their only date at the moment is a hometown release show on Saturday, but hopefully they'll make their way to NYC soon too.

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Tig Notaro going on "Boyish Girl Interrupted" tour, dates include stop at NY Comedy Festival

11 hours 36 min ago

by Arielle Gordon

If you're a fan of comedy and lived through 2012, you probably have heard (or at least heard about) comedian Tig Notaro's fantastic set dealing with her cancer diagnosis, Live. The recorded set was released through Louis C.K.'s five dollar sales model, selling over 50,000 downloads, and was eventually nominated for a Grammy. But any fan of alt comedy will remember her hilarious bit on Taylor Dayne (video below), her multiple appearances on This American Life, or her podcast, Professor Blastoff.

This week, Tig begins a headlining comedy tour she's calling "Boyish Girl Interrupted," with stops all over this great nation, including one date in NYC. Catch her at Town Hall November 6 as part of the NY Comedy Festival. Tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates, plus video of that Taylor Dayne story, below...

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GWAR clarify who their new members are (Vulvatron & Blóthar), and what they do

12 hours 5 min ago

Blothar at Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)

Vulvatron at Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)

After some confusion about who GWAR's new members are and what they do, most notably Vulvatron, GWAR have issued a public statement:GWAR, the most brutal band in existence, has bolstered its ranks leading up to the GWAR Eternal Tour. The Berserker Blóthar and Vulvatron are the latest intergalactic warriors to be banished to the pathetic mudball known as Planet Earth. Blóthar; a fat, filthy, frozen space viking, will take over as GWAR's lead vocalist. The role of the red-hot cybernetic spitfire known as Vulvatron is more mysterious...Both will feature prominently in the anticipated GWAR Eternal Tour - which promises to be the most shocking and entertaining rock show of the year! Get to know your new masters before they grind you to a bloody pulp!As previously mentioned, Blothar is played by Michael Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty. More details on each character are listed below.

It was recently reported (and re-reported all over the place) that Vulvatron was "co-frontperson", but as we can see now, she is actually just "more mysterious". Both characters were already seen live at Riot Fest Chicago (and Blothar played the GWAR-B-Q). Both can be seen again on all the tour dates listed below...

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow made a new video (watch), announce Northeast dates in December

12 hours 26 min ago

ASDIG @ Baby's All Right in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)

A Sunny Day in Glasgow, just released a video for "Double Dutch" which is off this year's impressive Sea When Absent album. You can watch that below. The band, who are somewhat scattered geographically these days, will be convening for a short Northeast tour between Christmas and New Year's Eve, kicking off at Rough Trade NYC on December 27. That show, and most of the other dates, is with friend and collaborator Jason Bartell. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the "Double Dutch" video, below...

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Marianne Faithfull releasing a new LP, streaming collabs with Nick Cave, Roger Waters & Anna Calvi (listen)

12 hours 31 min ago

Marianne Faithfull will celebrate her 50th anniversary as an artist this year with her 20th album, Give My Love to London, due September 29 via Dramatico in Europe and November 11 via Easy Sound in North America. She had a lot of impressive contributors on hand while making the record. A press release reads:Produced by Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovoi and mixed by Flood, it features an impressive roll call of studio collaborators including Adrian Utley (Portishead), Ed Harcourt, Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds). Songwriting contributors and co­conspirators - with Faithfull penning the majority of the lyrics - include Nick Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, Tom McRae and Anna Calvi.Its brand new single, "Late Victorian Holocaust," features lyrics by Nick Cave. Stream that, plus one written by Rogers Waters and an Anna Calvi collaboration, below...

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What's going on Monday? (Panda Bear, Yacht, Courtship Ritual, "Rawk Hawks," YOU, Startalk Live! & more)

September 22, 2014 - 12:00am

Panda Bear @ Warsaw in May (more by PSquared)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

"Rawk Hawks," "Naranja Bausch," Big Ups @ Shea Stadium
The two top-billed bands at this Shea Stadium show don't seem to exist, but "Rawk Hawks" is a fake song title off the leaked tracklist of Julian Casablancas & the Voidz' new album. Could it be them? And who is "Naranja Bausch"? Big Ups, we know. Sold out.

Courtship Ritual, Mister Small, Jerry Paper, Dinner @ Baby's All Right
With Monica Salazar's strong, charismatic vocals and Jerem Olstead's liquid bass and spare backing, duo Courtship Ritual's mossy vibe recalls Eno, Japan and early Love & Rockets but not really sounding like any of them. Their album on GODMODE is well worth checking out. Opening the night is Danish artist Dinner who just signed to Captured Tracks.

Shovels and Rope, John Fullbright @ Bowery Ballroom
All the way from Johns Island, SC, indie country duo Shovels and Rope just released Swimmin' Time.  This is their first ow two sold out NYC shows this week.

The Harlequins, Boytoy, Flykills, Lilith Velkor @ Death by Audio
Cincinnati, OH's The Harlequins thow a little more pop knowhow your way than the average psych-garage band. Stream their just-released live album below.

YOU, Evil Arrows, Kwame and the Uptown Shakedown, Elizabeth & the Catapult @ Glasslands
Brooklyn-based post-punk trio YOU. just released their third album, Sunchaser, via Dais Recordings. The band made the album with Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon and though they may be chasing the sun, they don't seem to be catching it if the album's gloomy-in-a-good-way songs are any indication.

Panda Bear, Blues Control @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While there's still no firm date on Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, you'll probably get a few (or more than a few) songs from the Animal Collective member's new album at this show tonight.

Yacht, White Fang @ Rough Trade
Having just signed to Downtown records, Portland dance duo Yacht will be trying out new material on this tour, plus old favorites too. This is their second of three NYC shows with White Fang. Tonight is sold out.

Startalk Live! @ The Bell House
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival wraps up its 2014 run with a second night of this popular science/comedy podcast taping, tonight with Neil deGrasse Tyson and "special guests." Sold out.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac is back in the conductor's seat for this week's Night Train that features Nore Davis, Michelle Biloon, John Roy, Roy Wood Jr, and Marcus Monroe.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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The Replacements played Forest Hills Tennis Stadium with The Hold Steady & Deer Tick (review, videos, setlist)

September 21, 2014 - 1:43pm

by Andrew Sacher

The Replacements @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 9/19/14 (via BV Instagram)

The Replacements have been playing shows again for the first time since 1991 for over a year now, but it wasn't until this Friday (9/19) at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens that their reunion tour finally hit NYC. The band -- original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, plus guitarist Dave Minehan (The Neighborhoods) and drummer Josh Freese (The Vandals, Devo, Weezer) -- were supported by Deer Tick and The Hold Steady, both of whom are old pals, tourmates and huge Replacements fans. I missed Deer Tick's early set (6:30 PM), but there was a definite admiration for the headliners during The Hold Steady's set. Craig Finn told a story of being at a tennis court as a teenager and telling someone his favorite band were the Ramones (who are from Forest Hills), and the person responded, "If you like the Ramones, you should check out The Replacements." He then said how The Replacements went on to become his other favorite band, so now opening for them at a tennis stadium located where the Ramones are from felt full circle. Before he left the stage, he said, "I can't believe I'm saying this... THE REPLACEMENTS ARE UP NEXT!"

I never saw The Replacements during their initial run, and I really had no idea what to expect. So many of the stories I've heard are that they were equally or more likely to get drunk and play a bunch of sloppy covers than put on a tight set. Not to mention, not all of these reunion shows have gotten the best reviews. But I'm being totally honest when I say this was up there with the best rock shows I have ever seen. The Replacements did like to mess around, but they've also written some of the best songs of this kind that have ever been recorded, and the Forest Hills show had them playing hit after hit, sounding tight as hell. ("They've never sounded this tight!" exclaimed an older fan sitting next to me who seemed like he had seen them plenty of times back when.) They played just about everything you wanted to hear too. Their three most classic albums, Let It Be, Tim and Pleased to Meet Me, were well represented. But if you're a fan of their earlier punk years, you got "Takin a Ride," "Take Me Down to the Hospital," "White and Lazy," "I'm In Trouble" and a handful of others. And if you're into the more polished latter albums, you got "I'll Be You," "Merry Go Round," "All Shook Down" and "Achin' To Be."

They did get a few covers in, including about half of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" for which Paul commented on being proud of themselves for learning that riff. And they definitely weren't taking themselves too seriously or anything. Tommy joked between songs, and even if the setlist was actually planned, he and Paul at least made some of the songs seem like they were picked on the spot. Everything got a great reaction from the crowd (and the huge venue was packed), but they went out with a bang, packing all the biggest anthems -- "Can't Hardly Wait," "Bastards of Young," "Alex Chilton," "Unsatisfied," college radio ode "Left of The Dial" -- in at the end of the set. If I had to pick a personal favorite moment, it would be hearing "Androgynous" which Paul sang with the same heartbreaking, voice-cracking sincerity he recorded it with thirty years ago. But hearing that huge crowd belt out "We are the sons of nooooooo one!" and "I'm in love! With that song!" even from my seats in the upper bowl were some of the most purely satisfying moments you could ask for at any rock show. Let alone one from a band who had been away for 22 years.

We'll have pictures from the whole night soon. Meanwhile check out the full setlist and videos from the Forest Hills show below...

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What's going on Sunday? (King Crimson, The Drums, Marnie Stern, Cayetana, SMD, Apache Dropout, Pharmakon, more)

September 21, 2014 - 12:14am

The Drums on a Times Square rooftop in July (more by Wei Shi)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

King Crimson @ Best Buy Theater
Robert Fripp's legendary prog band King Crimson are back and for this tour Fripp will be joined by Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), and Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals). Crimson's got tons of different styles throughout their long career that dates back to the late '60s, so tonight should be anything but predictable. Fourth of four shows.

Marnie Stern, Cayetana, Motion Studies, Crazy Pills @ Brooklyn Flea (3 PM)
The Brooklyn Flea happens every Sunday at 50 Kent, and from today through October 5, they'll also have free music starting at 3 PM. Today's lineup includes guitar heroine/funny stage banterer Marnie Stern, Philly indie rockers Cayetana, Brooklyn electro-funk band Motion Studies and Crazy Pills.

The Drums @ Rough Trade (1:30 PM)
Having played two much larger, sold-out NYC shows already, The Drums play this Rough Trade afternoon show today. You need to buy a copy of new album Encyclopedia which then gets you two entry wristbands into the show.

Simian Mobile Disco, JDH & Dave P @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
SMD's new album was recorded live with old-school analog equipment and no laptops. The duo will be playing it live just like they made it.

Dawn of Humans, Pharmakon, Missionary, Ivy, Cheena @ 538 Johnson
Bushwick DIY venue 538 Johnson is in need of some monetary help so tonight they're throwing this benefit that includes wild punks Dawn of Humans, melodic noise artist Pharmakon, hardcore crew Missionary, garagey punks Ivy, and Cheena.

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ The Bell House
Two events close out the Bell House's 2014 EMCF: 'You're the Expert' which is "a live show, podcast, and new public radio program that uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting" (tickets available); and then the ever-popular 'Star Talk Live!' cohosted by Mirman and Bill Nye (sold out).

Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Cassie Ramone, Free Time, Liam Betson @ Glasslands
You get two different and good Aussie-ex-pat bands tonight (Scott & Charlene's Wedding and Free Time) plus Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls, The Babies) and Liam Betson (sometimes Titus Andronicus guitarist). Cool show.

Apache Dropout, Degreaser, xNoBBQx, X Wave @ Death by Audio
Lots of Australians on this bill too: Brisbane's noisy xNoBBQx and X Wave, plus Brooklyn's Degreaser (which contains a couple), plus headliners Apache Dropout who make records for the great Trouble in Mind label.

Why?, Dessa @ Le Poisson Rouge
Hip hop-inspired indie rockers Why? and Doomtree's spoken word/rapper/neo-soul singer Dessa are on a tour together which comes to NYC tonight for what should surely be an eccentric show all around.

Steely Dan @ Capitol Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker bring Steely Dan's "Jamalot Ever After" tour to The Capitol Theatre . Wear your bad sneakers if you like, but we have a feeling they don't serve pina coladas there. Cuervo Gold, perhaps.

Phil Lesh & Friends @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
We're sure The Grateful Dead are still loathed by many indie rockers out there, but not all. If you're at all interested, Phil & Friends put on great shows and the setlists are loaded with fan favorites.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz playing Shea on Monday?

September 20, 2014 - 8:54pm

Brooklyn's Big Ups, who headlined local DIY venue Shea Stadium earlier this month (9/4), will return to the venue on Monday, September 22 as an opener for "Naranja Bausch" from Brooklyn and headliners "Rawk Hawks" from New York, NY. There don't actually appear to be bands called "Rawk Hawk" from New York or "Naranja Bausch" from Brooklyn, but Rawk Hawks was one of the fake song titles from the leaked tracklist for Julian Casablancas + The Voidz's new album which comes out this week (9/23). Cult Records, the label Julian owns, favorited Shea's tweet advertising the show, and Big Ups retweeted this person saying, "Seeing @wearebigups on Monday w/ @cultrecords at @sheastadiumbk" (Cult favorited that one too). Hmmm...

We're not sure who "Naranja Bausch" is (Mr. Twin Sister? Cerebral Ballzy? Har Mar Superstar?). Any ideas? Most Shea shows don't have advance tickets, but tickets are on sale now for this one.

Julian and the Voidz leave for tour in October and that includes a NYC show with Shabazz Palaces on 11/25 at Hammerstein (tickets).

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Sam Smith played 2 NYC shows w/ Broods (Hammerstein pics & video, United Palace setlist)

September 20, 2014 - 2:37pm

photos by Mimi Hong

Sam Smith @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 9/19/14
Opening with the sultry "Nirvana," Smith was welcomed with bellowing screams from the theatre. It was thankful in that moment that he didn't begin with one of his softer hits. The setlist overall reads like a depressing, torn up love letter, especially when the trifecta of "Leave Your Lover," "I'm Not the Only One," and "I've Told You Now" arrive one after the other in the most emotionally charged block of songs throughout the night. Beyond his originals, Smith has become lauded for his vocally astounding, though sappy, covers. He included several, with Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" and Ry X's "Berlin" sandwiching his own "Good Thing." The former was triumphant, to say the least, with the famous Houston dance single stripped down while remaining faithful to her legendarily booming vocals. [Village Voice]it's no secret that Sam Smith has gotten very big on his own aside from his Disclosure collaboration. His current tour with Broods hit NYC for two big shows this week, United Palace on Thursday (9/18) and Hammerstein Ballroom last night (9/19). We don't have the exact setlist for Hammerstein but we've got the United Palace one (below) and they've looked pretty similar all tour. He's been playing a handful of his debut album, his version of "Latch," and (as the review above points out) a handful of covers.

Pictures of Hammerstein are in this post. They continue, with a video of "Latch" from that show and the UP setlist, below...

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