Speedy Ortiz Play Off-Kilter Rock with Off-Kilter Friends Mitski and Krill

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Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz
As the tragic march of "Drunk Walk Home" pounded its way towards the coda, 25-year-old mid-fi indie musician Mitski let go of her candy-colored Danelectro bass and howled herself hoarse for a solid minute. In the stunned silence following her vocal abandon, she said quietly, "This is what I want to do with my life, and now I am here doing it at Bowery Ballroom."

What Mitski, Krill, and Speedy Ortiz have in common, besides having commanded the same stage last night, transcends the fact that they each play soul-baring rock that thrives on guitar lines as expressive as the lyrics they support, or their commitment to a DIY ethos, or even their relationship with Brooklyn label Exploding in Sound. What they share above all is the absolute desire to make music, and to make it inside a community of likeminded peers — which they have found in each other. Of course, most bands love making music; that's why they are in bands. But for these folks, playing music is vocational, a calling. Mitski said this directly. Sadie Dupuis, frontwoman of Speedy Ortiz, paused halfway through their blistering set to remark how lucky they were to "get to do this." Even while Krill griped about the relentless discomfort of touring life this past December to Vice, they added that's all they've ever wanted: to make music and get better at it.

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Billy Joel to Close Out Nassau Coliseum Before $260 Million Renovation

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Billy Joel
Currently hanging up in the rafters of the Nassau Coliseum are banners honoring former New York Islander legends from Mike Bossy to Bryan Trottier. Off to the side hangs yet another, but it's not for a hockey player. Raised just six miles from the Uniondale arena in the neighboring city of Hicksville, Billy Joel has earned himself the moniker "King of the Coliseum" for consistently performing at the famed arena throughout his career. Joel's renowned nine sold-out shows during his 1998 world tour earned him a commemorative black-and-white banner that continues to fly today.

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Manic Street Preachers Reprise The Holy Bible in All Its Brilliant, Painful Glory at Webster Hall

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Manic Street Preachers play to a rowdy crowd at Webster Hall, 4/23/15.
"Hello, New York, this is The Holy Bible!" said Manic Street Preachers singer and guitarist James Dean Bradfield by way of introduction at Webster Hall. With those few words, the Welsh trio launched into their album of the same title, song by glorious (if grim) song. The Webster Hall stop was part of the seven-date U.S. leg of the Holy Bible 20 world tour, which celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the record.

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San Fermin Establish 'Next Big Thing' Status on Their Home Turf in Brooklyn

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San Fermin at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
San Fermin are an "it" band. I mean "it" in the way that Arcade Fire were the "it" band in 2004: lots of musicians onstage, just the right amount of media buzz, and a fresh spin on pop-rock. Accessibly fresh — fresh enough to sound distinguishable from the herd — but not disorienting to hordes of listeners. You could call it challenging, or you could call it soothing, depending on what your music-tolerance threshold tends to be. Behold the new Arcade Fire: They are San Fermin.

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The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 4/24/15

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For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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The Waterboys' Mike Scott Sees the Ghost of Elvis in Modern Blues

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Mike Scott of the Waterboys
"I'd only been to Nashville once for a concert — it was years and years ago."

Mike Scott, calling from his home in Dublin, is having trouble remembering the name of the venue he played in the Tennessean music capital. Enough time has passed that the details are hazy, but then the Waterboys founder and frontman has been on the road some 30 years now. So it wasn't familiarity or a love for the city itself, or a love for country music, that drew him there to record the band's eleventh studio album, Modern Blues. "I like that Nashville still has great studios. Big studios where you can set up the whole band and all play at the same time. That's what I wanted."

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Benjamin Scheuer Takes Autobiographical Musical THE LION On Tour After NYC Success

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Benjamin Scheuer
In his intimate and lyrical one-man show, THE LION, musician/playwright Benjamin Scheuer tells the story of his life, the volatile father who taught him to love music, his angsty teen years, the heartbreaks, and his tough battle with cancer (which he won) at 28. He does so using spoken word and song, the stage sparse and set to look like a foyer on the Lower East Side or maybe Williamsburg, with six guitars for him to play, depending on the character. The show is close and real. Ultimately, what character "Ben" learns (and what Scheuer learned in life) is that the thing that matters to him most is family.

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Despite Real Estate Rumors, Brooklyn Bowl & Brooklyn Brewery Aren't Going Anywhere -- Yet

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Red Baraat played Brooklyn Bowl on March 8, 2015.
The building that houses two of Williamsburg's more prominent businesses is hitting the real estate market.

Brooklyn Bowl and Brooklyn Brewery share property located at 61–71 Wythe Avenue, and the current owner of the space is working with Manhattan real estate firm Eastern Consolidated to sell the premises for a reported $50 million. Don't panic just yet, Bowl Train fiends and beer geeks: Both Brooklyn Bowl and Brooklyn Brewery are 100 percent leased until 2021 and 2025, respectively, and neither business is looking to relocate anytime soon.

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'Jazz & Colors' Paints Vibrant Strokes With the Music of Coltrane, Davis, and More at the Met

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Musicians fill the galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
For those who feel like upgrading that rich experience of visiting a museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering just that on April 24. For Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition, musicians, playing both by themselves and as ensembles, will perform a set of jazz classics in galleries dispersed throughout the Met. The event will feature two sets, one at 6 p.m., and another at 7:30, with songs stemming from the color palette and including "Blue Skies" by Irving Berlin, "Mood Indigo" by Duke Ellington (both at 6), "Blue Train" by John Coltrane, and "Blue in Green" by Miles Davis and Bill Evans (at 7:30). The talent roster includes renowned saxophonist J.D. Allen and alt and guitar goddess Kaki King.

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Boosie Badazz Previews Touch Down 2 Cause Hell: 'It's My Best Album. Period.'

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Boosie Badazz at the Touch Down 2 Cause Hell listening and viewing party
Is Boosie Badazz bigger than Jesus? In a new documentary, a fan likens the rapper (formerly known as Lil Boosie) and his release from prison to the Second Coming.

"That made me nervous. It surprised me," Boosie laughed, deflecting the comparison. "A lot of love I got when I came home surprised me, [but] Jesus back? No." Perched on a director's chair at the midtown offices of Atlantic Records last night, the Louisianan rapper shared the first installment of Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, the five-part doc set to be released April 28 on WorldStarHipHop, and tracks from his forthcoming album of the same name (out May 26), for journalists, bloggers, and industry cognoscenti. "I've been through a lot," he said.

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