Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.
Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.
Five years ago, a weekend in the NYC area wasn't complete without taking in a set by Blues Control. It seemed the Brooklyn duo of Russ Waterhouse and Lea Cho could always be found blaring out their deconstructed riff rock in some trust funders' basement in Ridgewood or a record store in Williamsburg.
Nowadays, Waterhouse and Cho live out in the wooded wilds of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania where they choose to stay in, cook meals and listen to records like sensible older people should. While chillaxing out there they also wrote their fourth full length Valley Tangents, which was released by Drag City earlier this year. Much like their bearded predecessors, Blues Control staggered upon a spacious and comforting sound in their secluded confines. Gone were the chunky riffs and bombastic rhythms; in came the liquid leads and tranquil electronic beats and bleats. Squint your ears just the right way and you could line up Valley Tangents with any one of your favorite 'We're getting it together in the country' rock records from the early 70's.More »
If you're thumbing through the print edition (God bless your soul), it's hard to miss the three pages of recommended events that open the issue. Because the internet makes those a little less obvious, here are our five picks for concerts this week.
Tomorrow, the Pistol Annies come to Midtown's Terminal 5, a long way from Brooklyn but closer than Long Island or New Jersey. Nick Murray writes:
As a solo artist, it took Texas native Miranda Lambert less than a decade to go from second runner-up on a country-themed Idol to the genre's queen bee, winning CMA album of the year for her 2009 return-to-form Revolution. Lately, however, her best music has been coming from retro-oriented supergroup Pistol Annies, which includes both Nashville journeywoman Ashley Monroe and songwriter Angaleena Presley, the pen behind recent hits including Ashton Shepherd's "Look It Up" and Lambert's own "Fastest Girl in Town." Tonight, the trio brings tunes like the self-explanatory "Hell on Heels" and "Bad Example" to Terminal 5, setting a bad example that all New Yorkers would do best to follow.More »
Texas is the Reason were and, recently, are a band. They formed in 1994 and released one self-titled EP and one full-length, Do You Know Who You Are?, on which they exemplified a kind of emo that was both anxious and circlingsmall, contained universes of songs that somehow managed to seem open and unresolved. Some of this quality can be traced to the playing of guitarist Norman Brannon, drifting and changeable chords that also acquire pattern. It's a resonant effect, as hard to pin down properly as the band's accumulated popularity from its only two releases. Texas is the Reason disbanded in 1997, reunited briefly for two shows at Irving Plaza in 2006, and have this year reunited for Revelation Records' 20th-anniversary shows. They play Irving Plaza on October 11, and in It Is Happening Again: A Texas Is The Reason Microfilm, which premieres below, announce a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 10. SOTC interviewed Brannon about the reunion, the nature of genre-based scenes, and the band's still-growing audience.
Bushwick delis, Chinese buffets, Mexican restaurants, Masonic temples, beaches, churches, and now an 18th-century Dutch colonial farm; New York DIY mastermind Todd Patrick has proven, yet again, that when booking an all-ages show, selecting a venue is part of the artistry. This evening at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House on the Queens/Brooklyn border, legendary independent musicians Daniel Higgs of Lungfish and Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav will perform at an outdoor show that has the makings of history lesson.
via Greater Ridgewood Historical Society
"The first gifts I received in New York were two books. One was Gotham, which traces New York from pre-history to the 1900s, and the other was a survey of all the historical sites in the city," Patrick says. "I came to find that there were all these old historical farmhouses hidden throughout the city."
The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, the oldest Dutch colonial stone home in New York City, is located near the industrial zoo surrounding the Jefferson Street stop on the L train. It was originally built in the mid-1600s; another home was built on its foundation in 1709, and that structure still exists today. Over the past three centuries, the land has been used in many different ways, including as a base for a scrap glass business and as the border between the two boroughs now known as Brooklyn and Queens.
But why throw a show here?More »
The Global Festival 2012, a concert on Central Park's Great Lawn sponsored by an outfit called the Global Poverty Project, will take place on September 29; Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, and the Black Keys will headline, with Band of Horses and K'Naan serving as support acts. As is customary with shows on the Great Lawn, he show is free as far as monetary cost, but you'll have to give up some of your time if you want to get into enter the lottery for tickets, you'll need to point your web browser to GlobalFestival.com, which is chock-full of " a wide cross-section of content and actions about international health and development issues, ranging from videos to in-depth white papers," and peruse some of the content within to accrue points. Three points enters you into the lottery for tickets. But if you don't want to click around with the hoi polloi, there are, of course, VIP options available. Private bathroom access: Worth your $189.50? It's your call!
This weekend, Far Rockaway collective Red Light District will host the experimental/noise fest Burning Fleshtival in their home. The fest, now in its fourth year, will have more than 20 live performances, sets from eight DJs, and a few "special surprises."
Among these acts, on Friday, Shams (Jonathan Coward, also of Adult Moan) takes the stage, followed by Oakland's Buddy Bag and Baltimore abstractionist Twig Harper. Sci-fi noise act Hollow Bush will conclude day one. On Saturday, Richmond, Virginia Gameboy freak-noise act Narwhalz will perform followed by Tampa's Craow. Baltimore's Max Eisenberg, better known as DJ Dog Dick, will close out the fest.
Unless you're really good at the Internet, information on Burning Fleshtival is nearly impossible to come by. To help, I asked one of the event's coordinators, Frank Ludovicoa resident of Red Light District and member of the band Yellow Tearsto unravel some of the mystery.More »
"We have the Frisky's Church of Sham Marriages going in, which is a 60 foot inflatable church, and we have a pimp pastor marrying people. We actually have two couples getting legitimately married at the festival - the wedding dress, the whole family coming in. I'm trying to get Snoop Dogg to actually do the marriage. That'd be ridiculous, right? It's elements like that. Of course you had a great time seeing the Black Keys, but you're going to talk for a lot longer about the day you saw the Black Keys and got married to some random person."
via Catalpa NYC We'll leave it up to you to decide whether you want to get married in a sorta-bouncy castle.
Catalpa founder Dave Moran on one of the attractions at this weekend's inaugural Catalpa NYC festival. Should you take the plunge and make The Most Important Day Of Your Life an outing at Randalls Island where you could conceivably get hitched by a fake pimp/Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion/a member of Umphrey's McGee? With candy rings and everything? A flowchart to walk you through the decision-making process below.
Jay-Z has added two more shows to his run of gigs at the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn arena that will serve as home to his imminently-of-the-borough Nets. A presale going for American Express cardmembers will last until 10 p.m. tonight; the rest of the tickets, including a bunch priced at $30, go on sale Friday (the 13th! ooh!) at 10 a.m. Below, watch Jay explain the "gritty" new logo for the Nets.
Last year, the concert promoter Sean Carlson put on what was perhaps his most successful event. He had been organizing shows around his native Los Angeles under the name FYFincluding his marquee event, FYF Festsince 2004, when he was 18. As part of the 2011 incarnation of FYF Fest, Carlson had arranged a secret show by Arcade Fire at Los Angeles' Ukranian Cultural Center. There was free cotton candy, soda, and water, as well as sing-alongs by the deliriously happy fans, who'd spent the day unraveling clues about acquiring tickets. The show was a sweaty, joyous success, and two days later, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
Rachel Steinhauer House of Vans during a No Age/HEALTH show in 2011.
Not long after, Kurt Soto, music program manager for the sneaker company Vans, approached Carlson. Vans had recently begun operating a renovated 25,000-foot Greenpoint warehouse, which they'd turned into a skate park, and the company wanted to explore the idea of putting on music events there. He thought Carlson might be the man to make it happen. "They saw that I was able to go into a unique room and create a really unique atmosphere," Carlson says.
"I thought that it would be a great thing to do also on the east coast," says Soto. "Also to replace the [JellyNYC-sponsored] Pool Parties once they went away, just to have something there, going on."
The first show at what was dubbed the House of Vanswith No Age, HEALTH, Cults, and Ceremony, as well as free beer and foodhappened just a few months later on the Greenpoint waterfront.More »
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