Welcoming New York City’s legendary Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge to the Pandora-Ticketfly platform

This morning, we announced that Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, two leading New York City music venues, are joining the Ticketfly platform. I am thrilled to welcome them to the Ticketfly family!

The legendary Bowery Ballroom has been a perennial favorite among artists and fans since its founding nearly twenty years ago. In 2013, Rolling Stone named it the #1 Club in America. The more intimate Mercury Lounge has long been known as an indie rock tastemaker, credited with breaking The Strokes, among other now-famous acts. Both venues are owned by influential music industry veteran Michael Swier, who I’ve known for many years.

When announcing this deal, Michael had this to say about Ticketfly: “Their constant pursuit of identifying better ways to sell and purchase tickets is stunning, and their platform is incredibly user-friendly for my staff as well as the fans. Plus, I love Ticketfly’s indie sensibility; it’s a great match for Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge’s place in this world, and moving forward in tandem will be effortless.”

This partnership is a great illustration of how the Pandora-Ticketfly combination is changing the live events landscape. The ability to reach a massive audience with laser precision is resonating with venues and promoters everywhere. Every month, nearly 80 million users spend an average of over 22 hours listening to Pandora. The combined Ticketfly and Pandora will use Pandora’s trove of data to inform concert recommendations for fans and talent buying decisions for promoters. Together, we aim to change the future of live events by making both discovery and purchase so seamless that fans never miss a show they love, and artists and promoters leave fewer tickets unsold.

As part of the Pandora-Ticketfly marketing program, tickets to events at Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge will be surfaced on Pandora to listeners in the New York area who have expressed interest in acts scheduled to appear at the venues. Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge custom stations featuring upcoming acts are available to stream on Pandora starting today.

Tim Westergren, founder and CEO of Pandora adds, “Every artist knows the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge are sacred ground. But what makes or breaks any live show is the connection between artist and fans. This is precisely why we’re changing the game. For every artist walking on stage, we’ll help pack that room with fans who love their music.”

Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge join the almost 200 other venues and promoters across North America that have chosen to switch to Ticketfly from Ticketmaster. Ticketfly works with more of the U.S.’s top independent clubs than any other provider, and has established a major presence in the New York market, one of the most important music markets in the world. The company’s New York clients include Central Park SummerStage, Forest Hills Stadium, The Capitol Theatre, Birdland, Output, Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn Bowl, and many more.

Tickets to both venues go on sale with Ticketfly starting Sunday, May 1st on ticketfly.com. Welcome to the family!

20 artists to see this spring

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We compiled a massive list of hot new artists destined to make an impact this spring. As you might imagine with a team of music geeks, that list got a little lengthy (more than 200 names!), so we hacked away until we found the best of the new best. We narrowed it down to 20 bands representing every genre possible—from lo-fi Spanish garage rock to surprisingly well-done country-rap fusion—who just so happen to be coming to a ‘fly stage near you. Check out our list, then mark your calendars accordingly.

 

Alex G: Dubbed an “indie-pop prodigy” by Rolling Stone, Alex G made quite a mark with his dreamy Domino Records debut, Beach Music.

4.11: The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON ($15+)
4.14: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA ($15+)

 

Andra Day: “Beautiful” is a word commonly used to describe the San Diego native’s powerful single “Rise Up.” The song and her debut album Cheers to the Fall earned her two Grammy nods, along with some major big-ups—including an Apple holiday commercial with music icon Stevie Wonder. Catch her now, before she starts packing arenas.

5.23: Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK ($27+)
5.28: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR ($42+)

 

Aurora: Norwegian folk-pop songstress Aurora isn’t even old enough to get into the venues she’ll be packing in April. She’s only 19, yet she’s already getting featured by everyone from BBC to Rolling Stone. These shows aren’t sold out yet, but they might be once she drops her debut LP, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, in March.  

4.6: The Independent – San Francisco, CA ($15+)
4.8: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR ($15+)
4.9: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA ($15+)
4.20: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA ($6+)
4.21: U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC ($15+)

 

Diet Cig: Funny name aside, Diet Cig delivers garage-punk done right. The NY duo burst on the scene quickly last year, getting nods from Noisey and Stereogum for infectious tunes like “Scene Sick.” It looks like they’re keeping that momentum going with a packed tour schedule.

4.12: Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO ($20+)
4.18: Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA ($17.50+)
4.20: The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA ($17.50+)
4.23: Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV ($16.50+)
4.24: The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ ($18+)
4.27: The Ballroom at Warehouse Live – Houston, TX ($17+)
5.1: Exit/In – Nashville, TN ($20+)
5.4: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA ($17+)
5.11: Maverick’s Live – Jacksonville, FL ($17.50+)
6.10: Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY ($12+)

 

Four Tet: Four Tet has never really disappointed, ever. The English electronic musician just recently played unreleased tracks from collaborations with Future Islands, Madlib, and others while subbing in for his pal Benji B on his BBC Radio 1 show. Catch him this spring on stage with his signature laptop, and prepare to groove, a lot.

5.4: Wonderland Ballroom – Portland, OR ($20+)
5.7: Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA ($25+)
5.8: Music Box – San Diego, CA ($25+)

 

Hippo Campus: The Minneapolis indie-rockers are Conan O’Brien-approved. The band performed “Suicide Saturday” on his show last March, before sweeping up fans at SXSW with their infectious sound.

4.28: Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT ($12+)
4.30: Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR ($12+)
5.1: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA ($13+)
5.6: The Echo – Los Angeles, CA ($14+)
5.7: Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ ($12+)
5.13: The House Cafe – DeKalb, IL ($12+)
5.17: First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA ($15+)
5.25: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA ($13+)

 

Jamie Lawson: The British singer-songwriter was the first artist signed to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records. Find out why as Lawson crosses the pond to support Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy on his national tour.

5.3: The Chapel – San Francisco, CA ($15+)
5.4: The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA ($12+)
5.8: World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA ($12+)

 

Kaleo: Already stars in their native Iceland, the quartet signed with Atlantic in the U.S. in 2015 and relocated to Austin. Now we’re getting hip to their blend of folk, country, blues and rock, too.

4.30: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN ($15+)
5.25: Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ ($15+)
5.30: Revolution Hall – Portland, OR ($15+)
7.30: WTTS Rock on the River – Indianapolis, IN ($33.50+)

 

Lapsley: The British singer-songwriter’s upcoming debut album, Long Way Home, is one of the most anticipated releases from across the bond. It drops March 4 on powerhouse XL Recordings, home of Adele, The xx, FKA Twigs, and other incredible acts, so you know it’ll be good.

4.20: The Independent – San Francisco, CA ($15+)
4.25: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR ($15+)
5.8: World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA ($15+)

 

Miike Snow: The Swedish indie-pop group that needs no introduction is back on the road after releasing their third studio album, iii.

4.11: Roseland Theater – Portland, OR ($25+)
4.13: The Independent – San Francisco, CA
4.14: The Independent – San Francisco, CA
4.21: Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA ($30+)
5.20: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN ($25+)
5.21: Balcony Experience – Millvale, PA ($20+)

 

Mothers: Originally a solo project of Kristine Leschper’s while attending art school in Athens, GA, the band grew with her fanbase—which includes Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes, who asked Mothers to join them on tour to share their delicate indie-pop with the masses. Now they’re doing it again, this time on their own headlining tour.

4.9: Three Links – Dallas, TX ($10+)
4.15: Hal & Mal’s – Jackson, MS ($7+)
4.16: The Syndicate Lounge – Birmingham, AL ($10+)
4.26: DC9 – Washington, DC ($12+)
4.27: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA ($12+)
4.28: Baby’s Alright – Brooklyn, NY ($12+)
5.5: El Club – Detroit, MI ($10+)

 

MOTHXR: Catchy synth-pop led by Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley. New jam “She Can’t Tell” is already making waves, with their Centerfold LP set to drop Feb. 26.

4.14: High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI ($25+)
4.20: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON ($21.50+)
4.25: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA ($17+)
4.26: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC ($20+)
4.28: Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC ($16+)
4.29: Terminal West – Atlanta, GA ($16+)
5.1: The Mothlight – Asheville, NC ($15+)

 

PWR BTTM: Raw, earnest and unapologetic, the queer garage-punk duo is known for making tunes that are catchy and challenge the concepts of gender—and dieting (do yourself a favor and listen to the hilarious and too-real “Carbs”). Their 2015 debut, Ugly Cherries, was a hit with music critics. Now they’re on the road with Ra Ra Riot. Hopefully, some new music is coming soon, too.

4.6: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO ($16+)
4.7: Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN ($18+)
4.14: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON ($18.50+)
6.26: The Irenic – San Diego, CA ($14+)

 

Rudimental: The English drum and bass group has swepped up awards all throughout Europe, and now they’re bringing their hard hitting sound straight to the US for a few shows that are sure to impress. Don’t miss the group that’s already worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran, John Newman, Foxes, Alex Clare, and so many others.

5.18: Central Park Summerstage – New York, NY ($39.50+)
5.22: Quartyard (DJ set) – San Diego, CA ($35+)

 

Skrizzly Adams: Skrizzly has a sound unto his own that combines country, hip-hop and rock with his balladeer vocals. His self-released 2014 EP Stains put him on the map but after signing to Atlantic Records, it’s safe to say 2016 will be his year.

4.7: Trees – Dallas, TX ($16+)
4.11: Terminal West – Atlanta, GA ($17+)
4.14: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC ($25+)
4.15: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA ($20+)
4.23: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN ($22+)

 

Sunflower Bean: There’s a lot of anticipation for the NY trio’s full-length debut, Human Ceremony, out Feb. 5 on Fat Possum Records. Rightfully so. The sparkly dream-pop of single “Easier Said” has had us in a trance since it dropped last month.

4.6: The Frequency – Madison, WI ($8+)
4.9: Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA ($10+)
4.14: Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD ($10+)
5.17: Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA ($10+)
6.11: Zanzabar – Louisville, KY ($10+)

 

The Shelters: Fuzzy, bluesy and drenched in So Cal sunshine, the L.A. band’s brand of feel good rock ‘n’ roll is sure to translate into a good time onstage.

4.6: Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA ($17+)
4.7: The Independent – San Francisco, CA ($17+)
4.9: The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT ($19+)
4.17: The HI-FI – Indianapolis, IN ($17+)
4.21: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON ($24+)
4.23: Showcase Lounge – South Burlington, VT ($15+)
5.1: U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC ($18+)
5.3: Terminal West – Atlanta, GA ($18+)

The Struts

The Struts: If this UK rock ‘n’ roll four-piece is good enough to open for the Rolling Stones, then dammit, they’re worth a couple hours of your time and whatever cash you’ve got in your wallet.

4.18: House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX ($15+)
4.27: The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN ($16+)
4.29: Beale Street Music Festival – Memphis, TN ($105+)
5.2: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA ($15+)
5.18: The Social – Orlando, FL ($15+)

The Suffers

The Suffers: Groovy and sweet, this Houston-based 10-piece serve up what they call “Gulf Coast Soul.” Give it one listen and you’ll be begging for more. Catch them as they join Lake Street Drive on a national tour.

6.9: Barleycorn’s – Wichita, KS ($10+)

Tor Miller

Tor Miller: Tor Miller’s indie-pop jams will get stuck in your head. It’s just a fact. Take recent single “Carter and Cash,” for example. Nylon called the cut “euphoric” with a “stadium-sized hook that can launch a career and dominate a summer.” Press play, then repeat.

4.6: The Independent – San Francisco, CA ($15+)
4.8: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR ($15+)
4.9: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA ($15+)
4.20: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA ($6+)
4.21: U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC ($15+)

Paint the town green with Ticketfly

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We’ve been hit with the luck of the Irish. This St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve got an abundance of awesome concerts and parties across the country, holiday-related and otherwise. So put on your favorite green T, house a plate of corned beef and cabbage, and get ready. You’ve got some pinching—and dancing—to do.

Washington D.C. / Baltimore

Sure, this may be an Irish celebration, but America’s capital knows how to show our Leprechaun-loving brethren a good time. Come for the celtic rock of Young Dubliners. Stay for the soothing R&B of Dwele, Galactic’s funk, and the spectacle of McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath cover band Mac Sabbath

3.17: Young Dubliners – The Hamilton; Washington, D.C. ($30+)

3.17: St. Patrick’s Day Party with Black Masala, The Funk Ark, Definition of One – Jammin Java; Vienna, VA ($10+)

3.18: Dwele – Baltimore Soundstage; Baltimore ($25+)

3.18: Galactic – 9:30 Club; Washington, D.C. ($30+)

3.18: XXYYXX – U Street Music Hall; Washington, D.C. ($5+)

3.19: Slamrocked 2016: The St. Paddy’s Day Rave – Bambou; Baltimore ($20+)

3.19: Tortoise – Black Cat; Washington, D.C. ($15+)

3.20: Earthless – DC9 Nightclub; Washington, D.C. ($15+)

3.21: Hippie Sabotage – U Street Music Hall; Washington, D.C. ($17+)

3.21: Mac Sabbath – Baltimore Soundstage; Baltimore ($13+)

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Leap Day = more events for all

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As if 365 days wasn’t enough, the universe decided to give us an extra day this year. Sure, February 29 falls on a Monday—damn you, universe!—but don’t let an extra work day get you down. Instead, get jumpin’ with these Leap Day shows, parties and stand-up.

 

Los Angeles

From “lo-fi surf-wop” to “electronic art-pop,” you can always count on L.A. to deliver 24/7/366—and on the cheap, too!

Sad Girl, Walter, Clean Spill – Resident; Los Angeles ($5+)

Bright Missiles, Jubilo Drive, Bedbugs, Ghosts In Pocket – Silverlake Lounge; Los Angeles (Free)

David Bowie Tribute Show – The Echo; Los Angeles ($5+)

Wild Wild Horses – Echoplex; Los Angeles (Free)

The Controversy and Pom Poms – The Satellite; Los Angeles (Free)

The Gromble, Partybaby, Work Friend – The Wayfarer; Costa Mesa (Free)

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Ticketfly is for (music) lovers

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Valentine’s Day is coming. You know what that means: roses, chocolates, candlelight dinners, and Cannibal Corpse. Oh, death metal isn’t your idea of romance? We’ve got plenty of other options, from concerts and dance parties to comedy and burlesque shows. This V-Day weekend, skip the overpriced restaurants, grab your shorty—or find one there—and get serenaded by some sweet sounds at one of these ‘fly events near you.

 

San Francisco / Bay Area

Before you drop the needle on that Marvin Gaye record, get it on at one of these funk, acid house, Latin jazz or ‘80s parties.

2.12: Dam-Funk with Egyptian Lover – The Ritz; San Jose ($25+)

2.12: Con Brio with Water Strider – The Independent; SF ($25)

2.12: Pete Tong, Lauren Lane and Torro – Public Works; SF ($15+)

2.13: Midi Matilda with Meet Me In Orbit and Talkie – Neck of the Woods; SF ($7+)

2.13: Love Junkie: A Fundraiser for George Mahal – Public Works; SF ($15+)

2.13: Love & Bossa with Masha Campagne & Voz da Lapa – Doc’s Lab; SF ($12+)

2.13: Tainted Love with Lef Deppard – Bimbo’s 365 Club; SF ($25+)

2.13: The English Beat – The Ritz; San Jose ($20+)

2.14: A Special Valentine’s Day Show with Sophie B. Hawkins – The Chapel; SF ($22+)

2.14: Lance Desardi – Monarch; SF ($5+)

2.14: Mass Gothic with MAZED and Screature – Rickshaw Stop; SF ($10+)

2.14: Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra – Yoshi’s Oakland; Oakland ($45+)

2.14: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra – Doc’s Lab; SF ($10+)

2.15: The Skiffle Players feat Cass McCombs, Farmer Dave Scher, Neal Casal, Dan Horne & Aaron Sperske – Sweetwater Music Hall; Mill Valley ($22+)

2.16: SIRENS, Octazooka and Jonah Sunn – Hotel Utah; SF ($8+)

2.16: Radiation City and Deep Sea Diver – Rickshaw Stop; SF ($12+)

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Pregame the big game

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Take on Super Bowl 50 for the win. Laces out, party down!

Finally! The big game has arrived. It’s time to party in the name of Super Bowl 50. Who knew on that fateful day back in 1967 that a humble game would turn into a worldwide spectacle. Will Peyton get one more win before a potential retirement, or will Cam bring home the first Super Bowl title for the Panthers? Will the real MVP be Coldplay? Your guess is as good as ours. Either way, we lined up the best shows, the best viewing parties (read: free), and the best events happening in both team’s hometowns, right here. Since the game is happening in our backyard, we made sure to cover the Bay Area, too. Game on.

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Don’t drop the ball on these fly NYE parties

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We’ve got a lot to celebrate as we look back on 2015. There was that whole joining forces with Pandora thing(!!!), a kick-ass festival season and the addition of dozens of new partners to our #FlyFam. That said, 2015 is old news and we can’t wait for all the exciting new opportunities that 2016 holds. To celebrate, our partners across the country are closing out the year with everything from classic ballroom events and throwback dance parties to EDM ragers and soul shakedowns. Don’t drop the ball and miss these fly New Year’s Eve events taking place at a concert hall/ice rink/tent/bowling alley near you.

San Francisco Bay Area
  • 12.31: Party like it’s 1988 with R&B and pop icon Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded, featuring new members Nate Allen Smith and dancer/vocalist Rosero McCoy. The trio is known for dazzling performances that combine both throwback hits and songs from Watley’s retro-futuristic new album, Paradise. Hey, it’s a new year. Why not start by “Looking For a new Love”? – Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland ($69+)
  • 12.31: Wanna get funky? Look no further than the NYE Funk/Soul/Disco Party with Afrolicious. The San Francisco institution has been rockin’ nine years strong as one of the premiere productions for global funk. To ring in 2016, they’re bringing their friends Zeb Early’s Smoked Out Soul and Will Magid, in addition to a performance by the eight-piece Afrolicious band and DJ sets from the crew’s Pleasuremaker and Ozgood. – Rickshaw Stop, SF ($30+)
  • 12.31: Stay classy with Tainted Love, Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Review, and the Cottontails. That’s 80s covers, modern soul and “American musical styles from the 1920s to the 1980s,” respectively. Need anything else? Fine. There’ll be a champagne toast, ball drop and a special appearance by the girl in the fishbowl! Good? Good. – Bimbo’s 365 Club, SF ($60+)
  • 12.31: The thought of putting on a black tie or cocktail dress got you feeling nauseous? Forget the formalities and just dance to famed UK electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco. Tech-house pioneer Jay Tripwire and local boy Matt Hubert get the party started. – Public Works, SF ($20+)
  • 12.31: It’s chilly out. Warm up with a room full of burly beards at Bearracuda’s NYE bash and dance until 4 a.m. at one of the most prolific gay dance parties in the country. – BeatBox, SF ($20+)
  • 12.31: Mayer Hawthorne closes 2015 with his infectious retro soul and bouncy funk with a performance at The Independent. He’s had a pretty good year, we’d say. Tuxedo, his project with producer Jake One, released their debut in March—and it’s still in heavy rotation. He’s joined by the man who set his career in motion, Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf. Can’t swallow all that awesomeness? The open bar should help. – The Independent, SF ($135+)
  • 12.31: Party with spirit as the funky SF-based ensemble Con Brio welcomes 2016. The band will be joined by Planet Booty, which is not a sci-fi porno but a hilarious electro-funk outfit. With song titles such as “Das Booty” and “Freak Inside,” we’d suggest bringing your twerking shoes. – The Chapel, SF ($45+)
  • 12.31: Solid Gold Jacuzzi’s New Year’s Eve party features a monster lineup anchored by headlining duo Thugfucker. The name’s a little villainous, but it also sounds like vigilante heroes who take out bad guys by … nevermind. What we do know is that the tag team spins everything from house to minimal to chillout. Sleight of Hands, Mozhgan, Navid Izadi and Benjamin K round out the party. – Monarch, SF ($20+)
  • 12.31: Let Phutureprimitive’s blissful electronic beats possess you during the Juke Joint 2015 New Year’s Eve party in Sebastopol. There will also be a silent disco, so you can really get lost in the music. – HopMonk Taver, Sebastopol ($20+)
  • 12.31: Love roots rock? The Weight’s NYE Celebration is “the real deal.” The Weight features members of The Band, Levon Helm Band and other legendary acts. Helping close out the year is Moonalice, another supergroup of veteran performers. – Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley ($75+) 
  • 1.1: Start the new year with a well-balanced meal of house, funk, hip-hop, electro, breakbeats and more at the Space Cowboy DJs’ Breakfast of Champions 2016. The party starts at 6 a.m. and doesn’t stop until 6 p.m. We highly recommend a power nap between the NYE ball drop and the Breakfast bass drop. – The Midway, SF ($25+)

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Grub, then club: The ‘fly’s take on Thanksgiving 2015

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Bring on the turkey, cranberry sauce and awkward dinner conversations—Thanksgiving is here. While we’re all about family here at the ‘fly, we know that the house can get a little cramped around this time (and we know how much of a drag it is to explain why you’re single at 30 a dozen times). Need a break from Cousin Eddie? We’ve got your back.

This holiday, be thankful for these awesome live shows taking place throughout the country during Thanksgiving weekend.

New York

11.25: The 2nd Annual Phunksgiving featuring Dumpstaphunk & Fishbone with special guests – The Capitol Theatre; Port Chester ($30+)

11.25: Robert Randolph and The Family Band – Brooklyn Bowl; Brooklyn ($20+)

11.28: Tiga – Output; New York ($20+)

11.28: Andy Kindler – Union Hall; Brooklyn ($12+)

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Ballin’ on a budget in the Bay Area

It’s not news that San Francisco’s cost of living is way up there. But is it true that you can’t have fun on the cheap in SF? When an article titled “Why You Can’t Afford Shows in SF” appeared in SF Weekly recently, highlighting that ticket prices in our fair city can sometimes be much higher than the rest of the country, it piqued our interest. According to the article, the average ticket price in San Francisco is $129, 59% higher than the rest of the Bay Area. Ouch.

We love live events, and nothing should deter fans from getting out to see a show. So, we rose to the challenge to find November events in the Bay Area that won’t break the bank. They’re all under $16 bucks and actually worth every penny:

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