What’s going on Thanksgiving Thursday? (not much)

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

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade @ Thanksgiving Day Parade Grounds
It’s your annual chance to brave the crowds at this Thanksgiving tradition, or maybe just watch your couch as you’re nursing your Thanksgiving Eve hangover (or maybe not at all). This year’s musical performers include KISS, Sting, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and more.

Jonathan Toubin @ Daddy’s
There’s really not much in the way of live music on Thanksgiving night, but masterful DJ Jonathan Toubin will be partying it up this holiday evening “with a supreme cast of secret guest djs from around the world” at Daddy’s in Brooklyn (435 Graham Ave). The fun goes from 10 PM to 4 AM.

Le Rug, Caddywhompus, The Due Diligence, Jack Donovan @ Baby’s All Right
If you gotta go see live music tonight — and some of us are like that — Baby’s actually has a pretty good lineup tonight featuring headliners Le Rug who make whacked-out hyperspazzy indie pop. You can stream their Dead in a Hole EP below. $ 5 for this one.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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Future Islands’ share BadBadNotGood rework of “Seasons” ++ more pics from DbA farewell

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Future Islands @ Death by Audio last week
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Future Islands‘s “Seasons” topped NME’s Tracks of 2014 list and will likely be on others before best-of list season is over. The band just released a “reinterpretation” of the song by avant-jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD, who turn it into a ’70s-style soul/funk jam. That band’s bassist, Chester Hansen, talks a little about what they did with “Seasons”:

We all love the original version of the song, and we were honored to have the opportunity to try and remix it. We heard Sam’s isolated singing and realized how soulful and emotive it was and what seemed to sound the best was re-harmonizing the chords and taking it in a soul direction. We came up with a slow groove for the verse that let the vocals breathe, and played the chorus double time to make it more powerful. After we laid down the rhythm track, we overdubbed guitar, keys and a bunch of other parts to fill it out. We’re very proud of it and so excited to share it with everyone.

You can stream BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Seasons” remix below and you can download it from Amazon today for free.

Future Islands were one of the many bands who said goodbye to Death by Audio last week, playing last Tuesday (11/18) with The Immaculates (with Tim Harrington on one song), DJ Dog Dick and Adam Schatz & The Farewell to Death by Audio Suite. We already posted one set of pics from that show and we’ve got a second set in this post.

Future Islands’ next shows in NYC are somewhere much bigger (with slightly nicer bathrooms), Terminal 5 on January 8 & 9. Tickets are still available for the 1/8 show (the 1/9 show is sold out). All tour dates are listed, along with the “Seasons” reinterpretation and more pics from DbA, below…

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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz played Hammerstein, did a Strokes song w/ Dev Hynes (pics, video, setlist)

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Julian / Blood Orange (via Jeanette Diaz)
Julian Casablancas
Julian

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz brought their tour to the Strokes frontman’s former hometown of NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (11/25) in support of their zany debut album, Tyranny. While Julian’s most known (and most loved) for his Velvet Underground/Television-inspired leather jacket rockers, and has since also ventured into synth pop and new wave, his new album with The Voidz has him making weirdo out-there psychedelic pop that has more in common with Ariel Pink than Lou Reed. They played most of the album, but did dip into Julian’s solo career for “River of Brakelights” and into The Strokes’ catalog for two off 2005′s First Impressions of Earth, “Ize of the World” and “You Only Live Once,” the latter of which saw Dev Hynes joining the band on vocals (video below).

Dev also opened the show with his Blood Orange project, and was sporting a shirt emblazoned with “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” the hashtag that’s been trending since the Ferguson case ruling was announced. Julian mentioned Ferguson on stage too, and after the show Dev took to Twitter to reflect:

Tonight I got to sing with a hero onstage in the city I love on a day I woke up alive and well. This is luck. It’s all luck. We are told that our lives don’t matter. Daily. Not just in situations like this that bring it to light. Let’s look after ourselves. Let’s look after each other. We are all we have and we have to stand up for ourselves & our neighbors. All lives matter. DO NOT FORGET. I know some of you feel this deep sadness. Like a fist pushing you down. Others may just feel bummed out for a day, but to those who have lived with this constant scrutiny & lack of importance in these eyes of others, it’s more than a news story to us. Keep that in mind.

Shabazz Palaces, who have been on tour with Julian, played after Blood Orange, adding a dose of hip hop to the bill. They’ve also got a new album to support, and mixed stuff off that with stuff off their 2011 debut Black Up. Shabazz also joined Julian as guest musicians on “Father Electricity” during his set, but SP’s Ishmael Butler didn’t take over on lead vocals this time like he did in Montreal.

Unfortunately our photographer missed the openers, but more pictures of The Voidz, plus video of the Julian/Dev collab, a few other Voidz videos and their setlist, below…

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Wu-Tang Clan streaming “A Better Tomorrow” (listen), played ‘Letterman’ (watch)

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RZA, who wants you to go vegan, posted to his Facebook this afternoon:

In enlightenment of what is going on in our country and around the world, Wu Tang Clan realize the voice of hip hop must be heard. Today on this Wu Wednesday, a special world priemere of the title track off our new album “A Better Tomrrow” will be released at 3:36p EST.”

The song’s arrived a little earlier than planned and you can listen to it over at Pitchfork.

A Better Tomorrow is due out next week (12/2) via Warner Bros. Meanwhile, their other new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, doesn’t have an exact release date, though you might never hear it anyway.

Wu-Tang also played “Ruckus In B Minor” from A Better Tomorrow on Letterman last night. You can watch that performance below…

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Kepi Ghoulie & Mean Jeans playing Groove Ghoulies songs on tour, hitting NYC this weekend (dates & video)

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Kepi Ghoulie, frontman the now-defunct Lookout! Records punk vets Groovie Ghoulies, has been releasing music and touring solo for years now, but he’s been doing something different on his current tour. Last year, Kepi teamed up with newer garage punks Mean Jeans for an all Groovie Ghoulies set in Oakland, and now the two bands have turned it into a full tour that began last week. The shows have included Mean Jeans backing Kepi on a set of “the music of the Groovie Ghoulies and more” and then the ‘Jeans play their own set. The tour rolls into NYC this weekend for a show on Saturday (11/29) at Grand Victory with support from locals Hector’s Pets and Gozer. Tickets for Saturday’s show are on sale now.

All remaining dates are listed, with a full set video of that Oakland show, below…

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Williamsburg venue/bar Spike Hill is closing soon

Spike Hill during NYC Popfest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Death by Audio closed last weekend and New Year’s eve will be the last night for Glasslands, both making way for Vice’s new offices. And now comes word of another Williamsburg live music venue closing: Spike Hill, which is right by the Bedford Ave. L stop, will likely shutter for good before the end of 2014 reports Gothamist.

The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, was cagey about offering a final date for the closure, but conceded that “early December” was a workable timeline. He wasn’t sure about future plans for the space, whether it would be kept intact or torn down, but said he didn’t think “the building is worth anywhere near what the real estate is worth.” One thing was definitely clear: “The building’s under contract for a lot of money.”

Spike Hill’s venue hosted bands most nights, often without cover, and was home to NYC Popfest events for the last few years. The last show currently on Spike Hill’s calendar is December 6 with Cold Blood Club, Of Clocks & Clouds, The Highway, Bondage & Discipline and Exiles.

December 6, incidentally, is the same day Glasslands is hosting an event called “A Dance Party Funeral for the neighborhood of Willamsburg.” $ 10 at the door for that one.

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What’s going on Wednesday? (Interpol, Blonde Redhead, Bob Dylan, The Blind Shake, Kingdom, Avan Lava & more)

The Blind Shake at McCarren Park in June (more by PSquared)
Blind Shake

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

Bob Dylan @ NJPAC
Bob Dylan begins his five-night Beacon Theatre run in two days, but ahead of that there’s another chance to catch him not far from NYC tonight.

Interpol, Hundred Waters @ Terminal 5
Interpol may not change it up much on their new album, but if Interpol doing what Interpol does best is what you seek, you’ve probably already got tickets for tonight. It’s the third of three shows, all of which were sold out. Make sure you don’t miss Hundred Waters, whose layered art pop will be a great start to the night.

Blonde Redhead, VBA @ Bowery Ballroom
NYC indie greats Blonde Redhead have tackled dream pop, noise rock, synth pop and more in their 20+ year career, and returned this year with their ninth album, Barragán. Tonight’s the second of three NYC shows on this tour, all with different openers. This one’s got the rockin’ VBA.

The Blind Shake, Wax Witches @ Baby’s All Right
With a new album on Castle Face that is their rawest cut of animal beat garage proto-punk yet, The Blind Shake barrel into NYC for two shows. Tonight’s the second.

Method Man, Redman, Berner, Mick Jenkins @ Best Buy Theater
While the new Wu-Tang Clan album comes out in less than a week, right now member Method Man is working with his pal Redman, who he’s been collaborating with for two decades now.

Avan Lava, Clementine & the Galaxy, The Adversary @ Glasslands
Over-the-top dance act Avan Lava say Goodbye to Glasslands (which closes at the end of Decmember) and to everyone else — this is their farewell show.

Kingdom, Ma Nguzu, Rizzla, Dubbel Dutch, False Witness, special guests @ Good Room
LA beatmaster Kingdom is debuting a new party called Viper XL tonight at the Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) in Brooklyn. In addition to Kingdom himself, the lineup includes Ma Nguzu of Nguzunguzu and other friends, plus special guests are promised. This will probably go late, and doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend the biggest bar night of the year.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg’s Cameo. No word on who’s performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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

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Wrekmeister Harmonies released ‘Then It All Came Down,’ playing Chicago and NYC w/ members of Slint, Om & more

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Wrekmeister Harmonies at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Wrekmeister Harmonies, the experimental doom brainchild of Chicago-based performing artist J.R. Robinson, have announced an NYC performance of Robinson’s most recent epic Wrekmeister piece, Then It All Came Down, which is based on an interview between Truman Capote and Charles Manson-associate Bobby Beausoleil and was released last month on Thrill Jockey. The show will take place at Brooklyn’s Signal Gallery on December 14, and tickets are on sale now.

Wrekmeister Harmonies performances are big events, as they generally feature an impressive visual component and always include an ever-changing cast of a-list heavy avant-garde musicians, and this one is no exception. The live band will feature Dave Pajo (Slint, Tortoise), Emil Amos (Om, Holy Sons), Dylan O’Toole (Indian) and members of Liturgy. Robinson doesn’t perform much, and especially not outside of Chicago, another reason that his shows are more art events than your standard touring metal band, so this one should be pretty awesome for those New Yorkers who can catch it.

Before the NYC show, the band also play Chicago on December 6 at Bohemian National Cemetery — those are their only two dates at the moment. Check videos of Robinson and company performing “You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me” (via Pit Full of Shit) and “Then it All Came Down” (via unARTigNYC) at Saint Vitus last year, below.

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Interpol played Terminal 5 w/ Hundred Waters & ‘Late Night w/ Seth Meyers’ (pics, video, setlist), playing 2 more times

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Interpol, free of snow, brought their tour to NYC for the first show in a sold-out three-night run at Terminal 5 last night (11/24). They’re supporting their new album El Pintor, and they played a good chunk of that, otherwise focusing mostly on their first two records, Turn On The Bright Lights and Antics, and only offering a song each from the others. Their tourmates Hundred Waters, also with a new album to support, opened the show. Pictures are in this post.

The three-night run continues tonight, with Hundred Waters going off on their own to headline Rough Trade with support from Mutual Benefit‘s Jordan Lee (tickets), and Interpol will instead be joined by NYC’s Lip Talk at Terminal 5. Interpol and Hundred Waters team up again to conclude the run on Wednesday (11/26). Again, both upcoming T5 shows are sold out. Hundred Waters will also be back on their own on a headlining tour in 2015.

Before Interpol’s T5 show, they also performed “Everything Is Wrong” from the new album on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Video of that, with more pictures, Interpol’s setlist and a video from T5, below…

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