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January 29, 2015
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Contests & Giveaways
January 29, 2015

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see GANG OF FOUR and PUBLIC ACCESS TV at Irving Plaza on Saturday, March 7!

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Contests & Giveaways
January 29, 2015

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see THE GREEN at Gramercy Theatre on Monday, February 9!

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Contests & Giveaways
January 29, 2015

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see ANTI-FLAG, SUCH GOLD, and THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR at Gramercy Theatre on Thursday, February 5!

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Just Announced
January 29, 2015


1/30 Blondes, Jehnny Beth (of Savages), Johnny Hostile, JDH @ Good Room
1/30 Screaming Females @ Stevens Institute of Technology
1/31 Until The Ribbon Breaks @ Rough Trade
2/02 Action Bronson @ B.B. King's
2/02 Broncho, Dreamers, Heaven @ Rough Trade
2/05 Tall Firs, Mike Wexler, Zachary Cale, Metal Mountains @ Trans-Pecos
2/06 Violent Bullshit, IYEZ, Aircrafting, Hints @ Union Pool
2/08 Future of What, Buck, Oppi @ Baby's All Right
2/10 Parquet Courts, Laced, Digital Prisoners of War @ Palisades
2/13 Priests, Amanda X, Sports, Leggy, Mannequin Pussy @ Baby's All Right
2/13 Life Size Maps, Doomsquad, Phone Home, Tomboy @ Palisades
2/17 Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck, Kid In The Attic @ Trans-Pecos
2/18 Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, GDFX, Gabi, Austin Cesear @ Baby's All Right
2/18 Beverly @ The Jewish Museum
2/19 Plume Giant @ Mercury Lounge
2/20 JD Samson (of Le Tigre) @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
2/20 Bambara, Chimes, BBIGPIGG, Conduct @ Trans-Pecos
2/21 Monogold, New Myths, Multimagic, Yonatan Gat @ Baby's All Right
2/23 Ricky Eat Acid, Glass Gang, Conner Youngblood, Marz Leon @ Mercury Lounge
2/23 Philm (featuring the drummer from Slayer), Gozu, Long Day Gone @ Saint Vitus Bar
2/24 Timber Timbre @ Bowery Ballroom
2/24 Landlady @ Mercury Lounge
2/26 MK, Kevin Saunderson, Justin Miller @ Output
2/28 The Casual Dots (w/ Christina Billote, Kathi Wilcox, Steve Dore), Oldest @ Union Pool
3/01 Corners, Roya, Twist @ Baby's All Right
3/02 United Nations, Black Clouds, Loud Boyz @ Saint Vitus Bar
3/05 Felix Martin (of Hot Chip), Stinking Lizavetta, Bangladeafy @ Saint Vitus Bar
3/05 Nude Beach, Bodega Bay, Dances @ The Bowery Electric
3/06 Isadora, The Big Sleep @ Rough Trade
3/11 Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster @ The Bell House
3/11 The Mystery Lights, Cool Ghouls, Surfbort, Acid Dad @ Union Pool
3/12 MillionYoung, Summer Heart, See Through Dresses, Fatherson @ Pianos
3/12 Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster @ The Bell House
3/13 HINDS @ Baby's All Right
3/13 Yumi Zouma, Jerry Paper @ Cameo Gallery
3/13 Happiness, Ron Gallo, The Lawsuits @ Union Pool
3/18 Frogbelly and Symphony @ Rough Trade
3/19 Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers @ Best Buy Theater
3/19 Megafortress @ Cameo Gallery
3/21 Cashmere Cat @ Webster Hall
3/24 Action Bronson @ Terminal 5
3/30 Hanni El Khatib @ Bowery Ballroom
4/04 Screaming Females, Mitski @ Asbury Lanes
4/04 Sky-Pony @ Mercury Lounge
4/04 Barren Womb, Grizzlor @ The Studio at Webster Hall
4/05 Single Mothers, The Dirty Nil @ Saint Vitus Bar
4/07 Chet Faker, XXYYXX @ Terminal 5
4/08 Whirr, Adventures @ Baby's All Right
4/08 The Ting Tings @ Webster Hall
4/09 Gregory Alan Isakov @ Bowery Ballroom
4/09 From Indian Lakes, The Soil and the Sun, Lemolo @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
4/10 Bright Light Social Hour, The TonTons @ Baby's All Right
4/10 Pimps of Joytime, Superhuman Happiness @ Brooklyn Bowl
4/10 GRiZ, The Floozies, Artifakts @ Terminal 5
4/11 Sufjan Stevens @ Beacon Theater
4/11 Hank and Cupcakes @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
4/12 Inter Arma, Yautja @ Saint Vitus Bar
4/13 Rx Bandits @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/14 Andrea Gibson, Amber Tamblyn @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgLiturgy @ Saint Vitus Bar
4/17 Spirit Family Reunion @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/19 Kid Ink, Jeremih, Dej Loaf @ Kings Theatre
4/22 Ex Hex @ WFMU Monty Hall
4/24 Hivern Discs (John Talabot, Marc Pinol) @ Output
5/01 Sufjan Stevens @ Kings Theatre
5/01 Toro y Moi, Vinyl Williams @ Terminal 5
5/05 Mikal Cronin @ Bowery Ballroom
5/13 Kaiser Chiefs @ Irving Plaza
5/13 Faith No More @ Webster Hall
5/14 Faith No More @ Webster Hall
5/20 Primal Scream @ Irving Plaza
5/21 Primal Scream @ Warsaw
6/02 Purity Ring @ Terminal 5
6/19 King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard @ Bowery Ballroom
6/29 Rush @ Madison Square Garden
7/29 Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick @ Pier 97
10/20 Mark Knopfler @ Beacon Theater



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Recommended Show
January 29, 2015

Written by Patrick McNamara

Hi! Welcome to our important music blob! Let's do something a litttttle different this week and talk about the good shows happening in the very immediate future.

Please note: I write this dynamic feature during the greatest snowstorm NYC has seen..... since 5 years ago. So maybe some of these shows will end up being cancelled. But it's cool. I'll just fix it in post.

Terrific! Off we go!

Welcome to Costco I luv u.

Thursday - January 29th, 2015 A.D.

London’s Wolf Alice came over to play some dreamy, radio-ready fuzz pop for you at Baby’s All Right (and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge). Think Elastica meets Mazzy Star meets Garbage meets _______. I wrote some really kind words about them which you should really consider reading. It’s my Moby-Dick.

Owen Pallett plays Music Hall of Williamsburg with Foxes in Fiction. That’s some good lush pop right there, my brother. If I can get access to Owen after the gig I’m going to pitch him my idea for a new reality show where he + Andrew Bird + Kishi Bashi move into a house together, try to get along, but due to their competitive nature, often resort to violins.

London’s Porcelain Raft play Cameo. Think pretty pop songs like this.

Other notable shows = Viet Cong at Mercury Lounge + Andy Butler from Hercules and Love Affair at Verboten + DJ Biz Markie at Brooklyn Bowl


Friday - January 30th, 2015 A.D.

Jack White plays Madison Square Garden. I’m not familiar with either this man or this venue but apparently it’s one of the most popular upcoming shows on the entire blob so I’m going to defer to you guys on this one and trust you know what you’re doing when you're saving this show with such abandon.

Ovlov(click) + Grass is Green (click) + Two Inch Astronaut (clack) play Silent Barn. That’s three good bands for one low price of eight bones. If you like the grunge rock you can almost sorta sing along to then this is the show for you. P.S. Ovlov is Volvo backwards. You heard it here FOURTH.

Super solid rockster popsters Beverly play the new Bushwick venue Alphaville. Forever young. I want to be forever young. Do you really want to live forever and ever? Forever young. I want to be forever young. Do you really want to live forever? Forever young.

Hamilton Leithauser (of course, he is/was a Walk Man) plays Bowery Ballroom tonight. And I bet you a steak dinner The Walkmen get back together sometime before 2016. If I’m wrong, the worst thing about the meal at Sizzler is gonna be that bill tho.

Other notable shows = John Oliver at Beacon Theater (twice) + Wolf Alice at Mercury Lounge + Flagland and Unstoppable Death Machines at Palisades + Lost Boy? at Aviv


Saturday - January 31st, 2015 A.D.

LE1F + Sick Feeling + Dark Blue lead a really good lineup at Aviv. I like all those guys. How am I supposed to post a song from just one of them? I won’t. I’m rollin big and posting streams for all three. Damn, son.

Hudson, NY’s Palm opens the action at Palisades so if you go, get there early, because this band plays super tight math punk that slip, slides, bends, and always surprises, girl.

Baby Dayliner plays Mercury Lounge and I’ve loved this smooth dude’s chill pop for YEARS. Years, I tell you. Years. Like twelve. Twelve years at least. He lies low so if you don’t know him, now’s your chance to get acquainted. Remember: it’s never too late to get into somebody good.

Crocodiles + Lazyeyes + The Teen Age lead something crunchy pop solid at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. It’s free, of course. But the trinkets and tacos are gonna cost you. If you haven’t been to this venue before you should check it out. It’s a 100% pleasant space to see a show.

Other notable shows = Savages at Saint Vitus + Sunflower Bean at Baby’s All Right + Lotus at Terminal 5 + B-52s at The Capitol Theatre


Sunday - February 1st, 2015 A.D.

Nothing going on, man. It’s The Super Bro Sunday!

Other notable shows besides Footie Brawl = Hulu Plus + Amazon Prime + Netflix


Thank you for reading this feature again this week. I luv u. Go Bears.

Random Rockness
January 23, 2015

Written by Patrick McNamara

Growing up, my dad (who recently retired after 32 years on the police force) always mentioned that he saw The Beatles play in concert in Chicago and for whatever reason I never really pressed him for details. So I set up a phoner to try and expunge his hazy recollections about the show and preserve them for the sake of history.

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy retirement schedule to talk to me, Dad. I’m recording this call, alright. So don’t send me to jail or anything for not telling you.


What year did you see the Beatles?


How did that happen? Do you remember?

We knew they were coming to town and my sister Sue’s best friend’s older sister had a contact to get tickets.

A contact? Just, like, someone on the inside?

She knew someone who had a way of getting tickets. I don’t remember how.

And you were how old?

I was 15.

Was this your first concert?

My first major concert. They used to have concerts at my high school with fairly big names like Chad Mitchell from the Chad Mitchell Trio, The New Christy Minstrels, a couple of local rock bands, and I had gone to those but nothing that was big enough to go downtown for.

15 was the same age I was when I went to my first real concert.

Really? Where did you go?

I saw Smashing Pumpkins at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

You mean Aragon Brawl Room?


So who did you go to the show with?

Sue, Claudia, and Claudia’s older sister Paulette.

You and 3 teenage girls, huh.

(laughs) It was my sister and my sister’s friends. They all had cooties.

How did you get there?

The sisters’ older brother volunteered to drive us down there.

He didn’t have a ticket?

He didn’t want to go.

He didn’t want to go???

Don’t forget, in those days, the Beatles were considered somewhat wild men as far as groups go.

This was the same year John Lennon said they were bigger than Jesus.

How much was the ticket?

$5.75 [roughly $42 today adjusted for inflation]

Wow. Was it General Admission?

We had seats. But everybody stood on them. So it kind of defeated the purpose.

I’m sure it was sold out, right?

When we got there there was a line of people completely surrounding the Amphitheater. It was this huge old barn type of place.

They used to have boxing matches there, and way back in the day they had those six day bicycle races.

Remember the Chicago Cougars?


The hockey team? The World Hockey Association?


They played there. The rival of the NHL. Bobby Hull was the big star after he left the Blackhawks. He played for Winnipeg.

But back to The Beatles.

They played two shows that day. We went to the afternoon show because we heard it would be safer to go to the afternoon show.

What do you mean safer?

The International Amphitheater was in a somewhat sketchy neighborhood and it wasn’t the greatest area at night.

Where was it?

Do you remember where the old Stockyards were?

Not really. [The Stockyards closed before I was born]

Remember The Jungle?

Yeah. I read the Cliffs Notes to that in high school.

The Amphitheater was close to there. 42nd street. They had all kinds of events there. I competed in a lot of karate tournaments there too.

My Dad

[that's my dad kicking some guy in the neck]

So, The Beatles.

I remember lining up for the show outside, they had this regular door, not the big double doors you go into, it was just a side door, which might have been an indoor exit, and every now and then somebody affiliated with the stadium would open the door and look outside and all the girls would just start screaming thinking it was one of The Beatles.

That’s great. What was the make-up of the crowd like?

My memory was the girls outnumbered the guys like 10 to 1.

Mostly teenagers?

I didn't see anybody that wasn’t a teenager.

Were there opening bands?

Bobby Hebb played. His big hit was “Sunny.”

The Ronettes played. Their big hit was “Be My Baby.”

And The Cyrkle. They were from Chicago and their hit was “Red Rubber Ball.”

I remember at one point, I can’t remember who was playing, but the crowd started chanting “We want The Beatles...we want The Beatles.”

That’s the double-edged sword of opening for a band like The Beatles. It’s great exposure but you’re kind of in the way.

You remember when Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees and got booed off the stage?

I know that story, yeah. So then The Beatles came out.

Yeah. This was before all this big stage stuff with the lasers and smoke and everything else. I remember right before they came out, the announcer said “Ladies and Gentleman, The B….” and that’s all anybody heard for the rest of the concert. Everybody was screaming from that point on. You could hear maybe two or three bars out of every song.

There’s a funny picture I found that shows a cop with his fingers in his ears.


So then…. whoa…. hold on... there’s an echo in my phone. Hold on. Whoa. Why is it doing this? It’s playing back my own voice back to me.

That’s usually a bad connection.

So... oh my god I keep hearing myself. Hold on. Whoa. This is intense.

Call me back.

[I call him back]

OK. So The Beatles come out.

They walked out carrying their guitars and I can’t really remember what songs they played.

Well, since I’m a really good music journalist I found the set list they most likely played that day.

Was “Love Me Do” on there?

Not according to this.

I know they didn’t sing their early ones like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You.” The little bit I remember was the songs that had a little louder beat or whatever you want to call it because if they were singing ballads nobody could hear that.

It’s funny you go to a show where you literally can’t hear the music.

That’s why I always say I saw The Beatles. I never heard them. I saw them.

I also found out that 4 days before this show they released “Revolver.”

Oh, really?

That’s your favorite Beatles album right?

That or “Rubber Soul.”

Do you remember anything else about the show itself?

I remember they hustled us out of there very quickly because they had another concert that night. I don’t remember any souvenir stands. I don’t remember anything where you could buy merchandise or anything like that. I think I would have remembered that.

Did they sell merch like they do now back then?

I don’t think so. I think the guys who started that were country western guys because that’s been going on there forever.

That will be our next interview. So was seeing The Beatles the best show you’ve ever been to?

No. It wasn’t the best show I’ve ever been to. It was the most exciting event I ever went to. Because it was an event. It just wasn’t a concert. It was “The Beatles,” you know? I remember when we went back to school, we were so cool. The kids said, “You saw The Beatles? You saw The Beatles?” And then as I got older it was “Oh, really? You saw The Beatles before they broke up? That’s kind of neat.” And now when I talk to people my age they say, “Wow. You actually saw The Beatles?”

The myth grew. Why do you think they’re generally considered the best band of all time?

They had great marketing. They had great PR guys. They had a lot of great music. And they always adapted. Their music was constantly changing. Did you get my email by the way? [referencing gift ideas for my son’s birthday]

Yeah. I got it. So if this wasn’t the best concert you’ve ever been to, what was?

(long pause)

Garth Brooks. He was flying around the crowd on wires. It was fantastic.

The Beatles didn’t have any of those high tech tricks.

They just walked out on the stage carrying their guitars and played. Not only that. They shared microphones.

It would never happen like that today.


Final question, Dad.


What ever happened to all your Beatles records?




(sighs again)

You know I had to get that one in there.

Yes, you did.

PostScript: when my brother was around 9 he was told in church that The Beatles were Satanic so he went home and smashed my dad’s entire original Beatles vinyl collection on the post of my sister's bed while he was at work. It has never been forgotten.


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