Stoner rockers Wolfmother (whose only original member is frontman Andrew Stockdale) released their fourth album Victorious earlier this year, and they’re continuing to tour in support of it. They open the Guns N’ Roses tour tonight (7/12) in Pittsburgh and Thursday (7/14) in Philly, with headlining dates to follow.
The day after the Philly show, Wolfmother will hit NYC on Friday (7/15) at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with support from The Living Statues. Tickets for that show are available.
Webster Hall has been on the forefront of late night entertainment for quite some time. Featuring some of the biggest names in the electronic music industry, they’ve garnered themselves a reputation for putting on some of the best parties in New York City. Recently, a series of enigmatic video clips and images have been making their rounds online sporting noir-like imagery and a dark vintage aesthetic; all surrounding one word, “Gotham.” Needless to say, I was neither shocked nor disappointed when I learned that the hints of a new nightlife event were coming from the historic venue itself.
Gotham is an intriguing new pursuit from the team at Webster Hall, a house and techno party that will incorporate theatrics and balcony repellers, as well as a dance floor-based DJ booth and a full bar on the Grand Ballroom’s stage. The atmosphere is meant to inspire dancing and crowd interaction, without the attention-grabbing lights and stage production of a normal venue. Beyond that, the plan is to bring underground artists to the forefront and introduce new styles to the club’s patrons.
Maintaining the noir aesthetic of their viral marketing pieces, Gotham will be an original new party experience taking place every Saturday night beginning July 16th with “Chapter 1: The Realization,” headlined by Nora En Pure.
It’s widely known that weekends are reserved for sleeping in, lounging around on the couch, and, above all, brunch. Unfortunately, you can only have so many eggs Bennies and frittatas before falling into the dreaded brunch rut. If you’re craving something with a little more spice on your Sunday morning, Caribbean cuisine offers a delicious mix of exotic spices and tropical flavors, upping the ante on your weekend breakfast.
When it comes to brunch, the Islands do it better, and it’s all thanks to their ability to transform basic foods with extraordinary flavors. Here are some of the best Caribbean brunch dishes you’ll find anywhere. Click here to view the list!
If you’re having major cravings for Caribbean food now (and really, who wouldn’t?), you can satisfy those munchies at Webster Hall’s Websy Boozy Caribbean brunch happening on Saturday, July 9 in NYC. We promise it’ll be just as good as it sounds. More info here!
If you’ve ever wanted to “take lessons from a guy who wears a wallet chain still,” now’s your chance. “Big” Jay Oakerson’s first one-hour special BIG JAY OAKERSON: LIVE AT WEBSTER HALL premieres today, June 17 at Midnight ET/PT on Comedy Central.
From the legendary New York City music venue, the man The New York Times called “a master of the dirty joke” dishes on the taboos of growing up with step parents, how to navigate “the friend zone,” and why nobody should feel uncomfortable about cringe-worthy material at a comedy show. Big Jay’s comedy is raw and honest to the core, with doses of masterful crowd work and storytelling-and plenty of dick jokes.
Leading up to the on-air premiere, Comedy Central Stand-Up and cc.com/BigJay will feature preview clips from the special. Clips will also be available in the CC app and the Comedy Central channel on Snapchat Discover. Fans can follow Big Jay on Twitter at @BigJayOakerson and Comedy Central Stand-Up at @ccstandup, and tweet using the hashtag #LiveAtWebsterHall to join the social conversation around the special.
“Big Jay Oakerson: Live at Webster Hall” will also be available on Saturday, June 18 on cc.com and in the Comedy Central App. The extended and uncensored version will be available for digital download on Tuesday, June 21, with the album also to be released on that date by Comedy Central Records. The special and album are both available for pre-order on June 7.
“Big Jay Oakerson: Live at Webster Hall” is executive produced by Oakerson, Cris Italia, David Kimowitz and Tony Hernandez. Christian McLaughlin and Miro Terrell are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
Philadelphia born-and-raised Jay Oakerson has risen through the ranks of New York City comedy to become a true master at the comedic arts of storytelling and crowd work. Oakerson is recognized for his numerous television appearances such as “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and the hit IFC show “Z-Rock,” where he received critical acclaim for his performance as “Neil.” He has also appeared on FX’s “Louie”, Showtime’s “Billions,” BET’s “Comic View,” HBO’s “P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy” and Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” This Is Not Happening,” “Comedy UNDERGROUND with Dave Attell” and “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.”
Additionally, Oakerson co-hosts the radio show “The Bonfire” with fellow comedian and friend Dan Soder, which airs on SiriusXM every Monday and Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Comedy Central Radio. He is also the host of the digital comedy series “Big Jay Oakerson’s What’s Your F@#king Deal,” the all-crowd-work stand-up show available on the NBC digital comedy platform SeeSo.
Comedy Central is the home for the biggest names in stand-up including one-hour specials from top comedians Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan, HANNIBAL Buress, Natasha Leggero, Chris Hardwick, David Spade, Gabriel Iglesias, Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, and more. Comedy Central stand-up series include “Adam Devine’s House Party,” “This Is Not Happening,” “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” and “The Half Hour.”
First noticed on the streets of Times Squoare playing serious metal at a very young age (all in seventh grade), Unlocking the Truth became internet famous overnight and found themselves opening for the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Motorhead and Queens of the Stone, and then signed a nearly $2 million dollar deal with Sony and 70-year-old manager Alan Sacks who was best known for co-creating Welcome Back Kotter. What could go wrong? Well, a lot, and the band are now out of that Sony deal and set to release their debut album, Chaos, on Friday (6/17) via Tunecore. You can check out the video for “Take Control” below.
Unlocking the Truth‘s unlikely story, and rather crazy last two years, have been chronicled in Luke Meyer’s documentary Breaking the Monster., The film was a hit at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and is getting a North American Theatrical this summer, starting in NYC at Sunshine Cinema on June 24. Tickets will be on sale soon. You can catch an early screening, however, on Tuesday, June 21 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with director Luke Meyer, producer Tom Davis, and Associate Film Curator Eric Hynes, and Unlocking the Truth will perform live. Tickets for the screening/performance are on sale now. Watch the trailer below.
You can also catch Unlocking the Truth’s album release show at Studio at Webster Hall on Wednesday, June 15 — tickets are on sale. The group’s only other tour date in at The Troubador in L.A. on June 25.
Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin/The Marlin Room At Webster Hall/May 24, 2016
Keyboardist Claudio Simonetti was born in São Paulo, Brazil, but was raised in Italy. There he formed a progressive rock band called Oliver in 1972. The band was renamed Cherry Five for its first album, but then changed its name again to Goblin when given the opportunity to record the score of an Italian film in 1975. Goblin became a popular band, but became better known for its many soundtracks. Over the years, however, the personnel changed frequently, and many splinter groups emerged, including Simonetti’s heavy metal band Daemonia. In recent times, different combinations of former members of Goblin have regrouped as Goblin, Back To The Goblin, New Goblin, Goblin Rebirth, The Goblin Keys, The Goblins and, most recently, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin. When New Goblin split, Simonetti gathered its guitarist, Bruno Previtali, and drummer, Titta Tani, and recruited bassist Federico Amorosi from Daemonia to form Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin. In 2014 Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin released the album The Murder Collection, consisting of new, but faithful, versions of some of Goblin and Simonetti’s most well-known compositions.
Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin headlined at The Marlin Room At Webster Hall, and the music was often accompanied by clips of the films from which they were born, including Suspiria and Dawn Of The Dead. Indeed, many of the movies that Goblin scored were suspense or horror films, so there was more than sufficient gore on the screen as the music played. Led by Simonetti, the instrumental pieces were intricate, delicate compositions that ranged from soft aesthetic to raging thunder. Unlike much of today’s progressive rock, the emphasis was not on odd time signatures or anything else that would be jarring. The emphasis was on fluid musicianship, where Previtali proved his worth as a tasteful, textured guitarist, and Simonetti demonstrated advanced skill in playing and arranging his keyboard sounds. Was this music a soundtrack for the film clips or were the film clips the accompaniment for the band’s impressive music? The lines were blurred even more when a woman in a burlesque-styled outfit came on stage twice to dance to the music. While it was easy to get lost in the film clips or the dancer’s moves, neither visual diminished the value of the quartet’s ambitious music.
Flatbush Zombies/Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom/May 24, 2016
Rappers Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick “The Architect” Elliott, all of Jamaican descent, have been friends since they bonded over the Japanese anime Dragon Ball Z in grade school in the largely West Indian Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. They formed the rap trio Flatbush Zombies in 2010, releasing two popular mixtapes and several music videos, rapidly building a following for the Brooklyn-based hip-hop movement known as “Beast Coast.” A debut album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey, was released on March 11, 2016.
Flatbush Zombies’ two sold-out tour-closing nights at Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom were a study in what makes the Brooklyn trio unique in a world cluttered with would-be rappers. What attracted a packed hall full of white youth to see three Black Jamaicans perform? What was this message from the rappers to “open your mind” all about? There might not be any clear answers to these questions, but this might have been a warm-up to Flatbush Zombies leading its followers into a zombie apocalypse. A booming prerecorded voice introduced Flatbush Zombies, saying, “In a world full of haters stands a single group who clearly separate themselves from the rest.” Appearing on stage without a live band, rapping to pre-recorded tracks, Flatbush Zombies traded vocals in front of a screen that showed anime and psychedelic kaleidoscopic images as audience members chanted along and bounced their raised hands to the rhythms. The show veered away from the typical gangsta culture, although the trio did acknowledge several fallen fellow emcees early in the show. Otherwise, the raps dealt with topical issues, with numerous references to marijuana and other mind-bending experiences. Suburban parents, beware, your children may become disciples of Flatbush Zombies.
From the reaction of the jam-packed crowd at NYC’s Webster Hall on Friday night (June 10), you would have never known that Tom Petty had another band. Because on this night the five-piece Mudcrutch – supplemented live with a sixth member, and for three songs, a seventh… more on that in a moment – absolutely crushed it.
With two albums now under their belts, 2008’s Mudcrutch and their excellent new follow-up 2, the country-rock band has more than enough material to create a 20-plus song set, which included several well-chosen covers.
One of those covers was “Lover Of The Bayou” co-written by Roger McGuinn and for good reason: The Byrds‘ co-founder and key Petty influence was a surprise guest on this occasion. McGuinn easily looks and sounds 15 years’ younger than his 73 years; he and Petty shared lead vocals on the song, which Mudcrutch covered on their 2008 debut.
Afterwards, Petty exclaimed, “This is far out!” McGuinn’s final number with the band was a stellar cover of Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.”
Tom Petty of Mudcrutch, June 10, 2016 at NYC’s Webster Hall (Photo: Greg Brodsky)
For the uninitiated, Mudcrutch was formed in 1970 by Petty and his teenage pal, Tom Leadon (brother of Eagle Bernie Leadon). Among the other early members were drummer Randall Marsh and the future Heartbreakers, guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench.
The team concept of the band allows each member to write and sing lead on at least one song and following Tench’s turn on his “Welcome to Hell” from the new album, the enthusiastic crowd shouted “Ben-mont, Ben-mont” to which an approving Petty added: “I do that in the shower.”
Leadon’s contribution, “The Other Side of the Mountain,” which he described as the “first psychedelic bluegrass song,” featured a terrific, long jam including one from Campbell as well as beautiful banjo-picking by the touring band’s sixth member, the veteran bluegrass musician Herb Pedersen.
Any thoughts of hearing a signature song like “American Girl” or “Free Fallin’” from Petty’s “other” band were dashed within the night’s first few songs; they simply wouldn’t fit in with Mudcrutch’s repertoire, and frankly weren’t missed. (Ironically, Petty was honored the night before with induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for his enormous and remarkable body of work.)
In talking about the band’s early days, Petty said: “When we first started out, we played clubs just like this… five shows a night, six days a week. But the people who worked there were topless.”
Orphan of the Storm
Six Days on the Road
This is a Good Street
Dreams of Flying
Save Your Water
Hungry No More
I Forgive It All
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Lover of the Bayou (with Roger McGuinn)
Bugler (with Roger McGuinn)
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (with Roger McGuinn)
The Other Side of the Mountain
Welcome to Hell
Victim of Circumstance
The Wrong Thing To Do
Minnesota math-rock/emo band Tiny Moving Parts brought their tour with likeminded bands Prawn and Free Throw to NYC on June 2 at The Studio at Webster Hall. The tour continues in Tampa tonight (6/9) and wraps up in St. Louis on June 26. Check out the list of updated tour dates and more pictures from the NYC show below.
For Tiny Moving Parts, the tour has been in support of their recently-released third album, Celebrate, which is out now on Triple Crown. If you haven’t heard that yet, you can stream it below.
When this tour ends, Prawn will hit the road again opening for the reunited Hey Mercedes. That includes NYC shows on July 13 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and July 16 at Market Hotel (tickets).
Just past 2 a.m. Monday, Kanye West poked his head through the roof of a car heading north on Third Avenue in the East Village and surveyed what he had wrought. On East 11th Street, outside Webster Hall, maybe a couple of thousand young people were clustered — in the street, on the sidewalks, on stoops, on balconies, sitting atop Postal Service trucks — waiting for a just-announced concert that was beginning to seem as if it might not happen. When Mr. West rode by, a few hundred of them spied him and peeled off, surrounding his car, taking pictures, reaching for handshakes.
After a minute or so, he drove off — the Kanye West concert was not to be, an anticlimactic end to a roller coaster day.
The city gives, and the city takes away. One of the truest and most persistent charms of New York night life is its unpredictability. Certainly, as severe thunderstorms were bearing down on the New York area Sunday evening, the idea that the night might end with throngs of young people congregating on downtown streets awaiting their hero would have seemed ludicrous. But with a couple of tweets, Mr. West summoned a gathering out of thin air, a reminder that, for the right person, the city can be activated at any moment.
The congregation was — as spontaneous large-scale eruptions of fandom go — exceedingly low-key. There were cheers when a familiar face, like ASAP Rocky’s, made his way through the crowd. People posed for selfies with the sea of fans as a backdrop. Couples kissed amid the hubbub. For about two hours, police officers — whose boss, Commissioner William J. Bratton, had made inflammatory comments about rappers after a shooting at a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza last month — watched from a distance, more bewildered than tense. (There was one arrest, for disorderly conduct, according to the department.)
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