This Week, Spend an Hour with Jen Kirkman, the Queen of ‘Drunk History’

Jen Kirkman is an incredibly talented comedian, writer, podcaster, and drunk historian. Stepping out from an often behind the scenes role at Chelsea Lately, she’s become a national treasure with an amazing book about loving the life you live (I Can Barely Take Care of Myself), a beloved public journal of a podcast (I Seem Fun), and a tremendous Netflix special (I’m Gonna Die Alone). But potentially eclipsing all that are her incredibly charming and passionate appearances on Drunk History. This week, she’s just one of the multi-faceted, ridiculously talented comedians gracing the stages in New York. Here’s the best comedy happening this week.

Wednesday, August 26:

Damaged and Proud

QED: A Place to Show & Tell (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria) , 8:30 p.m., $5

Comedians are the quintessential “sad clowns” driven to seek attention and laughter from strangers thanks to a host or neuroses, addictions, and straight-up mental illness. So why not celebrate that? Damaged and Proud faces those demons head-on, this month tackling depression, disabilities, drug addiction, and suicide. Sounds depressing, but the old saw that comedy is tragedy plus time isn’t a cliché for nothing. Queens native Jon Fisch heads up an amazing lineup of openly damaged goods.

The Front Room (Brooklyn Comedy Festival Edition)

The Knitting Factory (362 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., Free

The little festival that could keeps on rolling this week with a host of special edition showcases from the borough’s favorite regular shows. If you had to pick just one to attend, this would be a great option. With both Sean Patton and Amber Nelson on the lineup, it threatens to be an out of control, wild and woolly great time that will test exactly how much you can laugh over the course of two hours.

Lemonade Stand Variety Show

The Stand (239 3rd Avenue), 10 p.m., $10

Everyone’s heard the one about the person who says, “I’m a singer and an actress and a sketch improviser,” and gets the response, “So you’re a waiter?” But it’s no joke that most New York bars and restaurants employ enough talent to stage a Broadway revival. The Stand is grasping that resource with both hands, mixing in professional stand-ups and musicians with homegrown singer-songwriters, poets, and improvisers. Guest hosts Emily Tarver and Pete Lee lead this menagerie of entertainers.

Thursday, August 27:

Impro(VS)tandup (Brooklyn Comedy Festival Edition)

Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $10

There’s a long-standing feud between the two comedy disciplines of Improv and Stand-Up. Which one’s harder? Which one’s better? Which one is more annoying and self-indulgent? This show gives you the chance to decide for yourself, with high quality stand-ups and great improv teams each doing their own thing… then doing the other thing. Sometimes the laughs are unintentional, but it’s always hilarious.

Live on Broadgay

Littlefield (622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., $10

If I told you there is a show where mostly gay men reenact a classic episode of Sex and The City, you’d probably picture a campy night in a black box theater in the East Village. Add in the fact that everyone involved is a comedian and it’s in Brooklyn and the silly, campy, fun factor goes up to 11. Matteo Lane, Julio Torres, and Joel Kim Booster are just part of the crew taking the piss at the Fabulous Foursome in this awesome night of retro drag comedy.

High Voltage Comedy Night

Verboten Culture (54 North 11th Street, Brooklyn), 7 p.m., $5 in advance

Here’s another chance to see the high energy, outlandishly hilarious Amber Nelson this week! She is truly an unpredictable delight to watch, with cat-rapid comedy reflexes that can shift the set’s gears at any moment. She’s joined by a group of equally amazing and fun comedians that truly live up to the show’s name, including loudmouth goofball Derek Gaines and the incredible Chloé Hilliard.

An Hour with Rachel Feinstein!

The Stand (239 3rd Avenue), 8 and 10 p.m., $5

Rachel Feinstein can do it all — jokes, characters, voices, charm, and snark. She is unfailingly ingratiating, whether explaining the difference between A Tool and A Douche, doing an impression of her mom, or running an off-the-cuff riff. Her Comedy Central Half Hour was a stellar showing and now she’s got a full hour of witty, charming bits on deck.

Friday, August 28:

Awkward Sex… and the City

The Pleasure Chest (1150 2nd Avenue), 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $15 in advance

Everybody loves talking about sex, especially the awful, awkward parts of it. As proof, this sexy-silly storytelling show is celebrating two full years of comedians rehashing the most mortifying carnal moments they’re willing to share. With guests Emma Willmann and Phoebe Robinson, the anniversary is sure to hit some new and bluntly embarrassing highs.

Remember Your Spirit

The Creek and The Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), midnight, Free

Andy Sandford is exactly the type of comedian who would call shenanigans on some phony spiritual enterprise, just created for the purpose of bilking the trusting masses of their hard earned money. Deadpan observations about the things we should have all already realized were stupid and ridiculous are his stock and trade. So it’s fitting he’s one of the featured comedians on this show whose premise is that it is run by exactly that sort of lowlife scum.

Saturday, August 29:

The Wonderful World of Boning: Sex Ed With a Sense of Humor

Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 7:30 p.m., $8

Remember in fifth grade, when the boys and girls were spirited off to separate rooms to sit and watch squirm-inducing videos on Your Changing Body? Well, now you can get some laugh therapy for that trauma by watching the terrible sex-ed videos of our youth along with an actually entertaining sex educator and a host of hilarious stand-up comedians. Hey, you might even learn about Why You Have Hair There.

Creek Cave Live

The Creek and The Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City), 10 p.m., Free

Rob Haze and Kevin Iso are two very funny young comedians, who are more than worth the price of (free) admission. Throw in another dozen of NYC’s up-and-comers and a free beer just for coming, and you’re basically getting paid to enjoy yourself.

Sunday, August 30:

Ted Alexandro

Gotham Comedy Club (2018 West 23rd Street), 8 p.m., $26

There is not room enough in this column to properly sing the praises of Ted Alexandro. He is undeniably one of the absolute best comedians working in the city (or country, for that matter), with an ease and flow onstage that belies the fact that his set is built with the artistry and intricacy of a Swiss watch. A really funny Swiss watch, of course. He’s also an avid community organizer who regularly uses his notoriety to speak out about racism, sexism, and general human dignity. You don’t need to know that to enjoy his hour, but knowing you’re supporting such a Good Guy should help ease any guilt you feel at how indulgently enjoyable it is.

Monday, August 31:

The Loud Boys Show

Pianos (158 Ludlow Street), 7 p.m., $5

Let’s just declare this Amber Nelson week, because she’s everywhere! Lucky you! This show brings together four comedians, two hosts, and lots of singing, dancing, and free candy. And yes, one of those comedians is the aforementioned Amber Nelson. But the awesomeness doesn’t end there. Nick Vatterott is also on hand to add a second dose of quick, funny, unexpected hilarity to the show.

Tuesday, September 1:

Jen Kirkman

Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey Street), 9 p.m., $20

For someone who spends her time talking about the pros of being divorced and childless, fighting off sexist internet trolls, and hosting an audio-diary style podcast from the confines of her bedroom, Jen Kirkman is incredibly pleasant and fun. She does all these things with such humor and openness, that it’s impossible not to immediately be on her side. And if you didn’t fall in love with her during her appearances on Drunk History, you are clearly a soulless monster.

Northern Discomfort

The Stand (239 3rd Avenue), 8 p.m., $5 with code VOICE online

Godfrey is almost too much charisma and talent to be confined to fifteen minutes in one of our city’s wonderful, but relatively small clubs. Watching his fun, funny, physical set in this setting is absolutely enjoyable, but also feels a little like flying too close to the sun. Then again, maybe that’s that makes it all the more enjoyable. So strap on your wax wings and check him out.


This Week in Indie Comedy, Spend an Evening With the Undateable Chris D’Elia, 8/19/2015

Ever since Whitney hit the airwaves, a Chris D’Elia ticket has been a high-demand item. And with a third season of Undateable on the way, it’s a good thing Chris is doing seven shows at Carolines this weekend. But if you miss out on the few remaining tickets, there are plenty of other opportunities to see hot headliners and fresh voices all week long.

Wednesday, August 19:

Downward Spiral
Oliver’s Astoria (37-19 Broadway, Queens), 8 p.m., Free

Queens is becoming the center for independent comedy in NYC, as evidenced by the new shows in new spaces popping up on a weekly basis. The very newest of these is Downward Spiral, produced by a fearsome foursome of funny women, including comedian/producer extraordinaire Peggy O’Leary. The inaugural outing includes pre-show happy hour, 2-for-1 draft beer, and a hot lineup with Tonight Show writer Mike Drucker and the hilarious Blair Socci.

Sean Donnelly
Carolines (1626 Broadway), 7:30, $20

Carolines has a reputation as being more of a “road club in the city,” its weekends packed with headliners from around the country. But it also offers the special treat of local favorites doing a full headlining set normally only available to the lucky folks in all those other cities. And it’s hard to think of someone you’d want to spend an hour with more than Sean Donnelly, whose warmth and everyman charm never fails to delight.

Thursday, August 20:

Stand Up on the Spot
The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 8 p.m., $5 with code VOICE

Did you miss Sean Donnelly’s carefully crafted hour at Carolines last night? Then check out the exact opposite tonight, when he performs a short set based entirely on audience suggestions. He’ll be completing this awkward, hilarious, and unpredictable exercise with Christian Finnegan and Luis J. Gomez.

Center City
The Standing Room (47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City), $5

This young group of comedians, originally from Philly, puts on one of the best monthly parties in the city — one that just happens also to be a comedy show. This month is sure to be an extra-big party, as it’s Center City mainstay Tom Cassidy’s birthday and the lineup includes Last Comic Standing’s Zainab Johnson.

How May We Hate You? Live!
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 7:30 p.m., $8 in advance

Ever wonder what the concierge at your hotel was really thinking as he smiled and detailed the pros and cons of every single Broadway show currently playing before you shrugged and decided to just go see a movie? Well, now you can hear it told, sung, and joked about by a group of hilarious comedy and musical theater performers.

Friday, August 21:

Mike Recine Album Taping
New York Comedy Club (241 East 24th Street), 7 and 9 p.m., $19

Mike Recine embodies all the contradictions of the modern man. His comedy is animated by an old-school Jersey code of Right and Wrong, tempered by a surprising sensitivity. Whether recounting experiences with his autistic brother or predicting the things our grandchildren will call us prejudiced for, he brings a refreshing and funny perspective to unexpected and unique topics.

Saturday, August 22:

Virgin Sacrifice
Drom (85 Avenue A), 1:45 p.m., $18

Even if you’ve been to a show so bad you were left wondering, “Was that his first time?” you probably haven’t actually watched an absolute comedy virgin tell their first joke…until now. This Los Angeles favorite is in town for five shows as part of FringeNYC, including a Saturday-afternoon event that will throw a statistician into the comedy volcano. Don’t worry, there are three seasoned veterans on hand to ensure you get some laughs in, no matter what else happens.

The Comedienne Project
Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place), 8:45 p.m., $18

“Ugh, girl comedians only talk about sex and their periods” is something that, unfortunately, a lot of people still think. With the Comedienne Project, performers Corinne Fisher and Katie Hannigan and director Ted Alexandro present a performance that says, “In your face!” to that stereotype, with long sets featuring material about anything and everything else.

Sunday, August 23:

Chris D’Elia
Carolines (1626 Broadway), 7:30 p.m., $42

Chris D’Elia is one of the most consistently enjoyable comedians working today. His high energy can infect any crowd as he builds entire pocket universes of absurdity with jokes, act-outs, and voices. If you don’t worry you’re laughing so hard you can’t breathe at least twice during the hour, you might want to get both your eyes and ears checked.

20 & Out (The Broccoli Murder, the DiCaprio Dance, and Other Stories From My Twenty Years as an NYC Cop)
Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place), 8:45 p.m., $18

Criminals are dumb, and real-life cop-turned-comedian Mark Demayo has twenty years’ worth of hilarious stories to back that up. Add in love, marriage, and raising children and you get a great experience that straddles the line between a one-man show and a stand-up special.

Comedy at the Knitting Factory: Brooklyn Comedy Festival Kickoff
The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn), 9 p.m., $5 in advance

It’s fitting that this stalwart of Brooklyn comedy is kicking off the 2015 Brooklyn Comedy Festival. The always strong show has a fittingly killer lineup for this special event, with Michelle Buteau, Yamaneika Saunders, Jon Laster, and John Early.

Monday, August 24:

Open Door Comedy
Open Door Gastropub (110 John Street), 8 p.m., Free

Before he was a Daily Show correspondent, Hasan Minhaj performed stand-up and sketch around the globe. Tonight, catch Hasan without the green screen, along with an incredible lineup including Tom Cowell, Boris Khaykin, Jeffrey Joseph, and Aparna Nancherla.

Tuesday, August 25:

Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $10

Joe Zimmerman likes getting deep…right onstage in front of everybody. Each month, he invites some of his favorite comedians to perform stand-up sets that go beyond the superficial, then to sit down with Joe for a ridiculously deep conversation. This month, anxiety-ridden Joe List is in the hot seat, which is sure to bring out a combination of laughing-at and laughing-with.

The RoastMasters!
The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 10 p.m., Free

You know how when your parents got divorced, it meant twice as many toys and trips to get ice cream and pizza? Well, that’s what’s happening with L.A.’s original Roast Battle, and NYC is the kid who gets to benefit from dual custody. While one half of this East Coast Hydra is a stripped-down, gritty version at New York Comedy Club that harks back to the show’s L.A. origins, the RoastMasters will bring the circus — fresh from the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival — to the Stand. Comedy super-couple Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane will be on hand to dole out judgment as pairs of comics dish out verbal violence in an effort to grab the brass ring of this tournament-style series.


Get a Life and Catch Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick This Week in New York

Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick have had the kind of career any comedy writer would envy. After both working on The Late Show With David Letterman, the duo co-created critically acclaimed series Get a Life and the silly-fun flick Cabin Boy. Resnick’s pedigree also includes writing for The Larry Sanders Show and Death to Smoochie, while we all recognize Elliott from dozens of movies and late-night and primetime TV appearances. The pair are teaming up again this week for what’s sure to be a laugh-filled discussion of Resnick’s new book. If you’re looking for something that’s less “sit down” and more “stand up,” there are plenty of other fantastic comedy events on tap this week.

Shady Pines Comedy Hour
Bunga’s Den (137 West 14th Street), 6:30 p.m., Free

Last week, Joe List endeared himself to a national audience on Last Comic Standing with his great jokes and adorable anxiety, which you can watch above. This week, he’s playing a free show in a beer bar downtown. That’s comedy. Bunga’s Den is a cool little bar with a snug backroom that plays host to a number of comedy shows and open mics throughout the week. Take this opportunity to get your List time gratis before he really blows up.

The Front Room
The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., Free

If you like your comedy smart and bespectacled, then the Front Room has a great show for you featuring Louis Katz and Jim Tews this week. A favorite of comedy lovers and Brooklynites, this free hump day show regularly serves up great comedy from big names and unknowns alike.


Thursday, August 13:

The crowd at a recent It's All Happening
The crowd at a recent It’s All Happening

It’s All Happening

Frank’s Lounge (660 Fulton Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., $5

Nick Mullen and Emma Willmann are two of the most refreshing voices in NYC comedy. Nick is a grouchy old man in a young man’s body who gained a lot of attention after posing as a Mommy Blogger (“Nicole Mullen”) and posting satirical articles that were so on the nose, people fell for them. On the brighter side of cynical, Emma’s no newcomer to the scene, but the city hasn’t managed to erase all traces of her small-town Maine upbringing and free spirit. They join city favorite and all-around swell guy Joe Zimmerman for this great little Brooklyn showcase.

Jest for Fun
Lucky Jack’s NYC (129 Orchard Street), 7:30 p.m., Free

They say the unexamined life is not worth living, but is the unexamined joke not worth telling? Experience sets from top-notch comedians, including Anthony DeVito, Michelle Buteau, and the aforementioned Joe List, then find out about the comedians and stories behind those jokes when they sit down for a post-set chat with host Tanael Joachim.


Friday, August 14:

And I Am Not Lying
UCB East (153 East 3rd Street), 11:59 pm, $5

This variety show truly embraces the concept of “variety” as well as high quality. Your host is storyteller Jeff Simmermon, who has appeared on This American Life and The Moth and written for Vice. This edition features stand-up Aparna Nancherla, a burlesque performance, and modern dance from the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company.

An Evening With Brent Morin (Netflix Special Taping)
Gramercy Theatre (127 East 23rd Street), 7 p.m., $29

Brent Morin is a tremendously talented Los Angeles–based stand-up who recently shot to fame on NBC’s Undateable. Like most sitcom stars, though, his act goes well beyond the limited range of scripted network fare. His high-energy, physical style is the first thing most people notice about Brent, but the heart underneath it all is what makes him memorable. Head to Gramercy Theatre for this greatest-hits night that will be captured for posterity.


Saturday, August 15:

Picture This!
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), 7:30 p.m., $10

Yassir Lester is no stranger to either stand-up or animation, so it’s fitting he’ll be a part of this show that throws the two together. While Yassir has written for Adult Swim and the related Black Dynamite graphic novels, he’ll stay on the microphone side of the equation as professional artists animate his jokes in real time, right there onstage with him.


Sunday, August 16:

If You Build It
UCB East (153 East 3rd Street), 8 p.m., $5

This week’s edition of If You Build It features a heavy injection of West Coast comedians, with JC Coccoli, Eliot Chang, and Sean Keane all on the bill. Not to be outdone, NYC is well represented with the tremendous talents of Christian Finnegan and Gary Vider, as well as the delightful and hilarious Megan Gailey as host.


The PIT (123 East 24th Street), 8 p.m., $10

Oh, man, what to say about Yamaneika Saunders other than “She’s amazing”? This veteran of the NYC scene has jokes, confidence, personality, and a quick wit to handle anything thrown her way while onstage. She also has some nice TV credits in her pocket, with stints on Last Comic Standing and Funny Girls recently added to her comedic résumé. She’s joined by Friends of the People’s Jermaine Fowler, who is no slouch himself.

The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 10 p.m., Free

Hosted by Aaron Berg, this school-night show brings the best of both independent and club comedy out for a fast-paced production with a loose attitude. Aaron keeps the energy up while turning over almost a dozen comedians, including Dan Soder, Noah Gardenswartz, Pete Lee, Mark Normand, and Subhah Agarwal.


Tuesday, August 18:

Comedy Juice
Gotham Comedy Club (208 West 23rd Street), 9:30 p.m., $15

This weekly showcase packs in headliner pop-ins from both coasts, on top of a strong lineup every single week. With Mike Recine and Brian Scolaro on the books, it’s already a great show. Add in the surprise guests and it’s going to be stellar. While we have to leave that a blind item, let’s just say one of the special guests could be considered Undateable now that his Glory Daze are behind him.

Adam Resnick in Conversation With Chris Elliott
Powerhouse Books (37 Main Street, Brooklyn), 7 p.m., Free

Not a performance, but a conversation between two very funny people. Frequent Late Night With David Letterman contributors and co-creators of Get a Life Adam Resnick and Chris Elliott will sit down to discuss Adam’s new book full of tales of social awkwardness, Will Not Attend. And yes, it’s that Chris Elliott, who has been on pretty much every TV show and in every funny movie for the last three decades.

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Stephen Rannazzisi (That Guy From ‘The League’) Tops This Week’s NYC Indie Comedy

This week in Cheap Laughs, we trade one Adam Newman for two Angelenos (seems like the right exchange rate), learn secrets and fears, and celebrate Luisa Díez’s birthday!

Wednesday, June 17:

Cameo Comedy Night

Cameo Gallery (93 North 6th Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., Free

Well, we’re losing another one of the good ones to the bright lights of Hollywood. This time Adam Newman is heading out West, we can only assume lured by a starring role in Wolf Cop 2. But you have a few more chances to catch him before he leaves, including tonight at Cameo Comedy Night.

The Front Room
Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., Free

It’s comedy producer extraordinaire Luisa Díez’s birthday! And, of course, she’s celebrating with more than just drinks and cake — she’s put together an amazing lineup of comedians for her weekly show, including Last Comic Standing’s Alingon Mitra, NYC favorite Mark Normand, Last Week Tonight’s Josh Gondelman, and powerhouse Liza Treyger.

Thursday, June 18:

Steve Rannazzisi
The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 8 p.m. & 10 p.m., $25

The co-star of The League and avowed “not a redhead” spends most of the year filming in Los Angeles or touring around the country, so this in-town headlining set is a rare treat. Steve’s just a big grown-up stoner, so even bits about his family life are hilarious and relatable to your average childless twentysomething. Just don’t sit in the front row, or you might get put in charge of his kid’s iPad.

Friday, June 19:

The Shame Game
The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn), Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $10

This spin on the storyteller show walks that fine line between cringing and cracking up, with host and guests asked to divulge embarrassing secrets onstage. New York’s sweetheart Josh Gondelman is on this edition, and he’s so nice, we can only guess his most shameful secret is that time he didn’t apologize when someone else bumped into him.

You Deserve It
QED (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens), 9:30 p.m., $5

This show ought to be called “Amazing and Underrated!” While Jordan Carlos is familiar to many people, thanks to his stint on Guy Code, the rest of this lineup (Courtney Fearrington, Casey James Salengo, Dan Shaki, and Sara Armour) aren’t household names…yet, but that does keep them budget-friendly. Plus a pre-show happy hour to get you in the mood.

Saturday, June 20:

The Blue Show

Creek and Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens), Midnight, Free

Aaron Berg is one of the most hilariously raunchy comedians in the city, with many a wild tale from his days as a male stripper and general degenerate. He’s a tamed, sober kitten these days, but that doesn’t stop him from having a great time getting dirty onstage, and now he’s sharing that fun with a group of comedians who don’t normally go in for dick and fart jokes, but who here will give working blue a shot.

Sunday June 21:

What Are You Afraid Of?
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), doors at 7:30 p.m., show: at 8:00 p.m., $7 advance/$10 at the door

Snakes, death, public speaking…and the little girl from Mrs. Doubtfire? Mara Wilson leads a group of writers, storytellers, and comedians as they share their deepest, darkest fears and anxieties for your amusement, which is probably everyone’s biggest fear whether they admit it or not.

Monday, June 22:


The Stand, 10 p.m., Free

Don’t let Eleanor Kerrigan’s badass Philly-chick persona and accent fool you: She’s one of the hottest comedians in Los Angeles, regularly touring with Andrew Dice Clay. And you can check her out in NYC for free, along with a stacked lineup of hot locals like Ari Shaffir, Pete Lee, Megan Gailey, and Ben Kronberg.

Tuesday, June 23:


Union Hall, doors at 7:30, show 8 p.m., $10

Joe Zimmerman doesn’t just think about killer stop signs and Googling himself, he thinks Deep Thoughts, man. So he’s collected a group of similarly thoughtful and thought-provoking comedians to perform and then sit down for a (potentially completely awkward) conversation. With Mike Lawrence as one of the featured guests, it may be less Meaning of Life and more DC vs. Marvel.



Some cover bands cover…bands. VIPER cover the single greatest movie soundtrack of our time. That’s right, Top Gun. The six-piece band, with some members hailing from the rock world and others straight off Broadway, perform the entire score from beginning to end, with costumes, theatrics, and killer karate chops interspersed. Frontwoman Zoe “Maverick” Friedman belts it out and all but owns “Danger Zone.” Tonight, they promise to deliver all the low-budget dogfighting and homoerotic beach volleyball necessary to “blow the sunshine off your ass” and jettison you headlong back to the ’80s. David Carl, who previously brought us Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet, will open, performing 100 Impressions With David Carl, which is, we’re told, exactly what it sounds like.

Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., 2014


Guitar Heroes

New York rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars have never been part of a particular city “scene” (they do, after all, call Staten Island home), but the group has been producing solid, unique indie rock since it formed in 2009. The group’s third album, this year’s Lose, is Cymbals Eat Guitars’ most impressive work to date: Built to Spill-like guitar heroics sit alongside bursts of pure pop perfection. Led by Joseph D’Agostino, the band’s current lineup includes Andrew Dole, Matt Whipple, and Brian Hamilton. Live, expect some serious ax work and a hipster or two busting a move. The show is all-ages and Alex G opens.

Fri., Dec. 12, 9:30 p.m., 2014



There’s something easy-breezy about the sound of a town like Barbaroo, WI, so it’s only fitting that whimsical folk-pop sextet PHOX hails from the town they’ve fondly described as a circus hamlet. Their first single, “Slow Motion,” layers clarinets over R&B grooves as laid-back and mellow as the cartoon Wind in the Willows movie. (Does anyone remember that?) Partisan Records issued PHOX’s eponymous debut LP earlier this year, showcasing a fragrant bouquet of psych-scented art-rock and sweetly soulful pop. Check out the new single and music video released last week for “Kingfisher”—a swooning, sun-shiney mid-tempo track whose moody music vid was directed by band guitarist / banjo player / film school graduate Zach Johnston—and everything will make sense.

Tue., July 22, 7 p.m., 2014


Trans Am

Trans Am, overlords of futureworld synthesizer-streaking groovage, pulverizing riff-rocking anthems and Vocoder-warped, robotic speak-sing histrionics are fast approaching the twentieth anniversary of its 1996 post-rock movement-defining self-titled first record and they are celebrating the milestone early with spanking new LP, Volume X. Back in the 90’s indie rock glory years when Tortoise and The Sea and the Cake were meticulously post-jazzing it up, Trans Am were the electro-batshitalternative, reconfiguring weirdo Devo-esque booty shakers and sound manipulating Kraut-rock through an Atari console and spitting out a dancified, sci-fi alien music. That fuckery is manifested once again on the return-to-planetary-form of Volume X, Trans Am’s first record in four years. Expect a similar space-rock mind-meld this evening as Trans Am embark on a rare tour.

Fri., May 23, 8 p.m., 2014



ODESZA is part of a group of Seattle bands leading a small, pretty-sounding revolution against the EDM bangers that have dominated the dance music scene for the past few years. The duo’s glitchy electro-pop goes down like candy for breakfast, the type of music you can move to all night long and still come down to in the morning. ODESZA’s irresistibly groove-inducing reputation has been selling out shows across the country, so be sure to catch them when they bring their gorgeous sound and light show to a pair of concerts in NYC.

Sat., May 10, 11:30 p.m., 2014



There’s a new soulful, sensual J and T in town besides Justin Timberlake. Those initials are the noms de plume of the two men that make up mysterious UK duo Jungle, who took the internet by storm while rollerskating in matching green tracksuits in the viral video for “The Heat.” Though the two childhood friends are Jungle’s nucleus, they’ve alluded to being part of a larger collective and perform as a seven-piece, which explains the fluidity of all the moving parts driving their funky Cold, Bold, & Together-indebted r&b.

Sat., March 8, 9 p.m., 2014