NPR Music Presents Two Night Of Live Music In New York As Part Of The First Listen Live Series
Sept. 9: The Arcs Performs "Yours, Dreamily," at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Sept 10: Beirut Performs "No No No" at The Bell House
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August 28, 2015; Washington, DC – The 2015 fall calendar is unusually rich with album releases, and NPR Music is kicking off the season with live performances of anticipated new music. In the second week of September, NPR Music will present back-to-back First Listen Live concerts in New York – idiosyncratic pop group Beirut and The Arcs, a new band featuring Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Details and ticket information follow.
Wednesday, September 9
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street, New York, NY)
Tickets: Available exclusively through a trivia-driven social media giveaway on 8/31 and 9/1. Follow @NPRMusic, @TheArcs and @HousingWorksBKS on Twitter for details.
Auerbach's new project brings him together with two of his longtime collaborators – Richard Swift and Leon Michels – as well as Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon, Kenny Vaughan and the women of Mariachi Flor De Toloache. The band will perform tracks from its full-length debut, Yours, Dreamily, next month at Housing Works Bookstore, a nonprofit venue whose proceeds go to Housing Works, Inc. to provide housing, healthcare, job training and advocacy for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. In June, The Arcs offered listeners a chance to sample the new music when they released one new track "Stay In My Corner," which NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson described as "lush" and "alluring," with "a slinky, timeless feel." Hear the entire album now, a full week before its official release, as part of NPR Music's signature First Listen series.
Thursday, September 10
The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Tickets: Free tickets will be distributed by NPR Music via social media on 9/2. Follow @NPRMusic, @BandBeirut and @BellHouseNY for updates and a link to RSVP.
After creating Beirut as a solo project in 2006, Zach Condon added more musicians to crank out the band's brassy, bittersweet sounds. After a four-year break from music, the Brooklyn-based Condon is back with a new album, No No No (out September 11), which NPR Music's All Songs Considered hosts agreed escalates into a big, "Dorothy going through the door into full color" sound. Hear the title track off the new album now at NPR.org/Music.
Videos of these two performances will be available to watch on-demand following each event.
New music is bountiful at the NPR Music site this week. In addition to The Arcs' Yours, Dreamily, fans can also find streams of these unreleased albums: Cecile McLorin Salvant's For One To Love, Dam-Funk's Invite the Light, Diane Coffee's Everybody's A Good Dog, Lou Barlow's Brace The Wave and Joan Shelley's Over And Even. To hear these records, visit the First Listen series page at NPR.org/Music, where at the end of each week NPR Music publishes a new batch of album previews.
About NPR Music's First Listen Live Events
Since 2013, NPR Music has presented First Listen Live webcasts with musicians across all genres, including new music from Courtney Barnett, Alt-J, Schoolboy Q, Arcade Fire, Real Estate, Iggy and The Stooges and, most recently, Miguel. Visit NPR.org/music to find the complete First Listen and First Listen Live series as well as more live music, extensive archives of performances, interviews and reviews of artists from all genres.