Thursday, August 30, 2007

Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale review / NY Times

Hugh Masekela

Smoke machine, strobe lights and ... sitar? That was the combination at the Highline Ballroom on Wednesday night. Anoushka Shankar, Ravi Shankar’s daughter and musical disciple, and Karsh Kale, a tabla drummer who is also an electronica producer and programmer, have collaborated on an album, “Breathing Underwater” (Manhattan), and their band headlined a triple bill of world-music fusions to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Global Rhythm magazine. The transcontinental bill also included the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and the Guadeloupean New York saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart. (continue at

Highline Presents...

just went on sale with two shows we're presenting at the nearby Hiro Ballroom.

Fools Gold Records CMJ Showcase with A Trak, DJ Mehdi, Kid Sister, The Cool Kids, Kavinsky, Catchdubs October 17 - Tickets here

CéU - October 24. Tickets here

Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale

uploaded photo gallery here.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bob Mould

Bob Mould will be attending a series of special events in conjunction with the DVD release of Circle Of Friends on October 9th. At each event, Bob will play a short acoustic set (approx 30 min), participate in a live interview and/or Q + A (approx 30 min), host a DVD screening of Circle Of Friends, and sell and sign DVDs for fans." Tickets for the NYC date at Highline Ballroom go on sale Thursday. Bob is DJing at Highline Ballroom on a couple of other dates as well - don't get confused. And, Bob also has a new album coming out on Anti in January. More info, and all tour dates below.....(continue at

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Aliens / Pitchfork...

The Aliens Invade North America This Fall

Cool it, Lou Dobbs, they're just going on tour
The Aliens-- whom we should really start referring to as The Gamma Band-- seem rather fond of letting North America lag a little behind their home planet of, uh, Scotland. Having allowed Astronomy for Dogs room to invade the UK months before it captured the U.S., they're now following a run of UK dates with a couple weeks in the U.S. and Canada. Where will their interplanetary invasion take them next? By the looks of it, perhaps the barbershop. (continue at

The Aliens & Augie March / September 18 @ Highline Ballroom

Friday, August 17, 2007

James Blunt / September 19 & 20

Register now for your chance to purchase tickets.
UPDATE: Pre-Sale registration is closed. Public On-Sale is Saturday August 25

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dashboard Tix!

we just released a couple more tickets. get em for face value instead of giving a scalper $199 each on stub-hub.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ra Ra Riot

have just been added to the Kor Project event w/ stellastarr*
so we've got an updated flyer...

Jr Sr photos/ reviews

too much fun last night. pics and reviews here, here, and here.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Friday, August 10, 2007


Thanks to all the fans that came out today for a very last minute show in the pouring rain!
Photos are already up here.

Michael Gira / Pitchfork

Angels of Light Prep We Are Him LP

Former Swans main man Michael Gira will return with the fifth full-length with his Angels of Light project on August 21. The record, titled We Are Him and set for release on Gira's own Young God Records, is the follow-up to 2005's Sing "Other People"; it also features quite a host of guest musicians.

Previous Gira collaborators Akron/Family served as a backing band to lay down basic tracks for the album, and other contributors include Christoph Hahn (Swans), Bill Rieflin (Swans, Ministry, R.E.M.), Julia Kent (Antony and the Johnsons), Eszter Balint (Stranger Than Paradise), Steve Moses (Lambic), new Young God signee Larkin Grimm, and "Spinning on Air" host David Garland.

To celebrate the album's release, Gira will play a solo show at NYC's Highline Ballroom on September 14. Marissa Nadler and Castanets round out the ace bill.

NY Times previews this week...

DIAMANDA GALÁS (Sunday) Though she is invariably dressed in black, with her face in witchy streaks of makeup, Ms. Galás needs only her voice to terrify and seduce. She slides from a low, sensual growl to painful yet musically precise shrieks, and has a vast repertory; for this show, “Imitation of Life,” she interprets love songs by Earl Grant, Juliette Greco and Jacques Brel.

JUNIOR SENIOR (Monday) This Danish duo’s “Move Your Feet” was the hipster hit of 2003, a winking electro-pop take on Jackson 5-era bubblegum that was catchy and joyous enough to avoid being swallowed up by its own irony. Jesper Mortensen (“Junior”) and Jeppe Laursen (“Senior”) play the Highline Ballroom in celebration of the United States release of their second album, “Hey Hey My My Yo Yo” (Ryko), which begins: “Hello! Welcome to our new record. This is it! We’re back!”

Diamanda Galas tickets here & Junior Senior tickets here

Thursday, August 9, 2007

new photos...

Just uploaded photo sets of DJ Z-Trip, Groove Collective, and Stan Ridgway

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Bettye LaVette / new CD!

Bettye LaVette's Highly Anticipated CD 'THE SCENE OF THE CRIME' Produced by Drive By Truckers Receiving Advance Buzz

Gig at NYC's Highline Ballroom Set for September 24, the Night Preceding Release of Disc

LOS ANGELES, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Aug 8, 2007 -- Transcendent soul stylist BETTYE LaVETTE returns to the New York stage to perform at Highline Ballroom September 24, the night before the release of her eagerly awaited new CD (and second from Anti- Records), titled "THE SCENE OF THE CRIME." Recognized as the "Sexiest Female Vocalist Alive" by Esquire, BETTYE is sure to deliver a rousing set of songs filled with majesty, richness and strength packed with more than enough raw visceral emotion to raise the hair on the back of the neck of any fully alive, blood pumping, breathing human being.
(continue to press release)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Diamanda Galás on WNYC

Singer-pianist Diamanda Galás talks about two upcoming programs of songs at the Highline Ballroom: "Imitation of Life" (on August 12) and "Chansons Malheureuses and Amanedhes" (on August 19).

Salt & Samovar / Village Voice

Feature in this week's Village Voice:

You have to wonder what "Old Eden" looks like when you hear the Salt & Samovar tune's floppy Farfisa organ (à la the B-52s) as gospel-revival claps and tambourines raise the tent. This Eden must resemble America—the woods at least, or at least the woods of all those "manifest destiny" myths. The band itself lives in Brooklyn, however, albeit a bucolic Brooklyn, if only in their minds.
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Salt & Samovar perform with Haale - August 8

Monday, August 6, 2007

Andrew WK!

Awesome pics of Andrew WK over at

Junior Senior / New Yorker...

Tough guys may not dance, but real men have no fear of the exuberant, the foolish, or the loud sweater. Witness Junior Senior, a duo from Denmark whose darkest mood is probably “psyched.” (continue at

Robot Rock / Head Automatica...

Click image above for full flyer. FREE ADMISSION when you RSVP here

Friday, August 3, 2007

Party Hard!

Click Flyer for Full Size. Tickets available here.

more new pics...

just uploaded Ryan Shaw and Negativland pics to the photo gallery...

5th Annual NY Burlesque Fest

Click Image for Full Size Flyer. Tickets on-sale here.

NY Times previews this week...

via today's New York Times:

(Monday) Though she is invariably dressed in black, with her face in witchy streaks of makeup, Ms. Galás needs only her voice to terrify and seduce. She slides from a low, sensual growl to painful yet musically precise shrieks, and has a vast repertory; for this show, “Imitation of Life,” she interprets love songs by Earl Grant, Juliette Greco and Jacques Brel. At 8 p.m., Highline Ballroom

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY (Thursday) This nine-piece Brooklyn band is dedicated to the Balkan brass style, and its members have traveled through Macedonia and Serbia, picking up tunes. But Slavic Soul Party’s raucous concerts are anything but scholarly, mixing the Balkan sound with funk and jazz. With Mucca Pazza and the Main Squeeze Orchestra. At 8 p.m., Highline Ballroom,

ANDREW W. K. (Tomorrow) Somewhere between noise-punk bubblegum and motivational oratory gone awry, Andrew W. K.’s absurdly high-energy party metal (“Party Til You Puke”) comes across as either self-aware performance art or simply the most lunkheaded anthems to debauchery ever recorded. Celebrating the long-delayed American release of his latest album, “Close Calls With Brick Walls” (Load), he plays solo tomorrow at the Highline Ballroom

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Black Dice / New Album / Pitchfork

Info on their new album on

We took a chance on an email chat with Black Dice's Eric Copeland (not to be confused with this guy), and the odds worked out in our favor. Not only did we learn a bunch of details about the forthcoming Black Dice LP, but we also got the scoop on Copeland's first solo offering, Hermaphrodite, out August 14 on Paw Tracks.

First, Black Dice. The new LP, which follows up 2005's Broken Ear Record, arrives October 23, bearing the tasteful title Load Blown. It's technically a collection of 12"s with bonus cuts, and this one, as previously mentioned, comes courtesy of Paw Tracks rather than Black Dice's longtime home DFA. So why the switch?

"Our contract ended with DFA," explained Copeland, "and by that time a lot had changed for both them and us where the match wasn't quite as right as five years ago. So we parted amicably. Paw Tracks asked us and it has been a really easy experience, zero bullshit."
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Black Dice perform Nov 23 @ Highline Ballroom

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Slavic Soul Party / win FREE tix!

We finally broke out the calculator and there will be 60 musicians gracing the stage on this show. Thats a lot of brass band.

The Village Voice is running a contest for some pairs of tickets to this show so enter here. you have an idea of what we're dealing with here....there's a clip of Mucca Pazza on Conan O'Brien.