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Neil Young

Neil Young played the final NYC-area stop of his tour with backing band Promise of the Real (featuring Willie Nelson's sons) at Jones Beach last night (7/21). The setlists have been pretty similar on this tour, though they do differ a bit from night to night, and last night's set was filled with favorites. They did of course play a lot of the new The Monsanto Years, which rails against the Monsanto corporation (and sometimes Starbucks). Those songs didn't bring the set down or anything, but they weren't the highlights either. What were highlights was seeing Neil come out by himself at the start of the night to play "After the Gold Rush," "Heart of Gold," "Long May You Run" "Old Man" and "Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)" consecutively on either piano, acoustic guitar, or organ. It wasn't until after those five that the band even came out, and it wasn't until even later that Neil picked up an electric guitar for the first time.

Promise of the Real obviously aren't Crazy Horse or anything, but they did a great job backing him. They brought a lot of energy to the show, and they basically played all the songs the way they sound on record. When they locked into the extended jams on "Down by the River" and "Love and Only Love," they were on fire. Another treat was he gave us a good amount off one of his best "latter day" albums, Harvest Moon, including the title track, "From Hank to Hendrix" and "Unknown Legend." Plus he sprinkled in even more from his most classic era, including "Out on the Weekend," "Words (Between The Lines of Age)" and "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." Really an incredible show.

Fellow Monsanto hater Reverend Billy and Norah Jones' country band Puss N Boots opened. More pictures, and Neil's setlist, below...

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Neil Young @ Susquehanna Bank Center 7/16/2015 (photo via @coreymccormickmusic)
Neil Young at Susquehanna Bank Center 2015

At the Susquehanna Bank Center on Thursday, Nelson, 26, and his youthful band seemingly energized Young, 69, who treated fans to a three-hour-and-15-minute slow burn marathon tour of his career bookended by a pair of his greatest hits.

He opened the show by appearing out of the darkness sitting at his piano for a solo rendition of "After the Goldrush" and wrapped up at midnight with a squealing "Cinnamon Girl" send-off, showing the dynamic range that has marked his more than 50 years in the spotlight.

The only sign of time slowing the still-hard-charging Young was a pink wrap around his right wrist. Everything else was there: his gentle, well-preserved voice, the distinctively eccentric stomps and Crazy Horse-style guitar freakouts. -[Delaware Online

Neil Young, backed by Promise of the Real (Willie Nelson's sons' band), played his first of three NY-area shows on Thursday night (7/16) at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center. His new, anti-corporate concept album The Monsanto Years, whose title takes aim at agriculture behemoth Monsanto, plays a big part in the stage show, with roadies dressed as farmers, planting seeds on stage before the show began:
Young's lack of faith in corporate America to heed that was expressed in the next bit of kooky stagecraft: Before POTR took the stage, a team of hazmat suit wearing roadies came on, play acting that they were poisoning all those precious seedlings by spraying them with pesticides. It seemed like the hectoring was about to begin.

But no. Instead it was the start of the next stage in a shambling show that would stretch over three hours, eventually finding time for most of the bluntly artless Monsanto songs, but also taking a winning tour through Young's vast catalog. -[Philly.com]

The three-hour-plus, 28-song show included loads of classics along with all but one of The Monsanto Years' songs. Setlist is below.

Neil Young & Promise of the Real play Bethel Woods on July 17 (where Woodstock was located), and Jones Beach on July 21, both of which are with Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots. Jones Beach also has fellow Monsanto hater Reverend Billy. Tickets are still available.

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photo: Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neil Young

Neil Young will release a new album with Promise of the Real, the band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah, called The Monsanto Years, on June 16. The album criticizes Monsanto, a corporation which genetically engineers seeds that Neil has spoken out against for years.

Neil and Willie's sons are also going on a tour together in support of the album. A few dates will be opened by Band of Horses, including the NJ show on July 16 at Susquehanna Bank Center. They also play Bethel Woods on July 17 (where Woodstock was located) (no opener announced), and Jones Beach on July 21 with Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (4/24) at 10 AM, and the Jones Beach show has a Ticketmaster presale starting Thursday (4/23) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a video of Neil playing with Lukas Nelson at a recent show, below...

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The good folks at Norton Records will be celebrating the season again at The Bell House the weekend of December 5-6. The centerpiece of this year's Holiday Spectacular happens on Friday, December 5 with performances by The Randy Fuller Four, Andy Shernoff & the Norton All-Stars, A-Bones, Daddy Long Legs, Miriam & Nobody's Babies, and Bloodshot Bill. Then on Saturday, December 6 the Bell House will screen documentary The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard about the '60s psych-garage band. Tickets are available separetly for these two events or as a discounted package.

Randy Fuller, who played bass in The Bobby Fuller Four, also just published a book titled I Fought The Law: The Life And Strange Death Of Bobby Fuller. There's a book launch happening on Thursday, 12/4 at Jefferson Market Library NYPL (425 Sixth Ave @ 10th St) where Randy will be signing copies of the book. That happens at 7 PM and is free.

The Bell House hosts a lot of holiday-themed events. Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots will throw a Christmas Extravaganza on December 11. Mick "Mankind" Foley will be Santa for the evening and more musical guests will be announced. Tickets are on sale now. On a similar note, there's The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular on December 14 (tickets).

Eliot Glazer will tape a holiday version of his web series Haunting Renditions where he "takes some of pop music's most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads," on December 16. Special guest: his sister Ilana Glazer of Broad City (who are doing two nights at Bell House a few days earlier). Tickets are on sale.

A couple more: Wasabassco's 70's Christmas Carol on December 18 is a funky, disco-fied re-imagining of Dickens' beloved holiday classic (tickets); and Harry & the Potters present The Yule Ball on December 21 with performances from The Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, and Whomping Willows (tickets).

Flyer for the Norton Holiday Spectacular below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Lucinda Williams / Bettye LaVette @ Clearwater Fest 6/22/2014
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2

Seeger began hosting "folk picnics" in the 1960s to pay for building a boat that would travel on the Hudson to highlight environmental issues. Seeger and his wife, Toshi, who died last July, lived in nearby Beacon, in a home with a spectacular view of a bend in the river.

The informal fundraising concerts became the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival in 1978. In recent years it has settled in a park jutting into the river in this community 35 miles north of New York City and has modernized beyond its folkie roots. With the strong lineup, Seeger remembrances and sunny skies, organizers were expecting their biggest crowd ever. - [Daily Freeman]

One of the most laid-back music festivals in the NY area, the environmentally themed Clearwater Festival happened over the weekend, the first since this death of founder Pete Seeger. The second day (Sunday, 6/22) featured music across seven stages, including Puss N Boots who pics are posted here. Sunday's lineup also included Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, Arc Iris, Toshi and Bernice Reagan, Martin Sexton, Houndmouth, and more. Pictures from day 2 of Clearwater Fest are in this post.

Pictures from Clearwater day 1 are HERE. More of day 2 below....

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photos by Chris La Putt

Puss N Boots @ Clearwater Fest, 6/22/2014
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2

Puss N Boots, the country trio of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper, have been playing live since 2008 but are just now getting ready to release their debut album. No Fools, No Fun will be out July 15 on Blue Note and features a mix of originals and covers (Neil Young, The Band, Wilco). A few of the songs, like Neil Young's "Down by the River," were actually recorded live and you can stream that one below.

The band just played this past weekend's Clearwater Festival in Croton, NY and pictures and video from their Sunday (6/22) performance are in this post. Puss N Boots will be touring in July, including a record release show in Brooklyn at The Bell House on 7/15. Tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with LP tracklist, song stream and more Clearwater Fest pics/video, below...

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RIchard Thompson at Joe's Pub in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Richard Thompson

Clearwater Festival will return to Croton Point Park on June 21 & 22 in Croton, NY this year. Performers include Puss N Boots (feat. Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper), Rufus Wainwright, former Fairport Convention guitarist Richard Thompson (whose 2013 LP gave his career a bit of a re-boost), Josh Ritter, Tom Paxton, Houndmouth, David Amram, Spirit Family Reunion, Arc Iris and more. Tickets, including 2-day passes and single-day tickets, are on sale now.

The festival's founder Pete Seeger normally plays every year, but this will be the first one since the folk legend's passing earlier this year.

Full lineup below...

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Puss N Boots @ Rockwood Music Hall, 5/9/2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Puss n' Boots

Puss N Boots, the "Sex, love, and Country music" trio featuring Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper, and Norah Jones, who play out in NYC every so often, begin a three-week Thursdays residency at The Bell House tonight, playing with So Brown with The Robs. Then on January 17 they play with The Parkington Sisters and on January 24 they're with Tall Pines. All three shows feature "special guest dancer" Minnie Tonka. Tickets to all three shows are still available.

Video of Puss N Boots playing City Winery this time last year below...

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Levon Helm at Summerstage, July 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Levon Helm

The great Levon Helm will be paid tribute on 11/19 at Hill Country (30 w26th St, Manhattan), when Catherine Popper (of Levon Helm/Jack White/Ryan Adams/Grace Potter's bands) will assemble Puss 'n Boots (which probably means Norah Jones) to lead a benefit at the venue. Levon's charity 'Keep It Going!' will be the receipient of the proceeds, a charity designed to keep Midnight Ramble, the studio and associated properties up and running. Joining Popper will be performances from Suzanna Choffel, Fredro Perry, The Cheating Hearts, and Bug & Bru (of The Defibulators). $20 gets you in.

This isn't the first time that a member of Grace Potter's band has been involved in a benefit; the frontwoman herself performed at a Levon Helm tribute show in early October.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals meanwhile, who just hit Austin, play a pair of NYC shows this week starting at Beacon Theater, tonight, 11/16 (tickets) and again tomorrow, 11/17 (tickets).

Meanwhile check out pictures from the Austin show.

Puss & Boots @ Rockwood in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Puss and Boots

Monday night at the Bell House:

Sex, love, and Country music! Puss and Boots brings to Brooklyn holiday cheer, many P and B special guests/santa's helpers, and hay stacks...lots of them!

Featuring burlesque by Nasty Canaste, and Minnie Tonka plus Speical guests Teddy Thompson, Kaki King, Seth Herzog, Sonia Brown, Michelle Casillas, Jeff Hill, Harper Blynn and more!

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Show / $15 Advance Tickets

I don't know who the "and more" are, but don't forget that Puss n Boots is Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper, and Norah Jones.

Speaking of Norah Jones and Christmas, did you catch her playing the Ace Hotel on Anthony Bourdain's recently-aired Christmas show? Did you catch Fucked Up at the end of the same show?

photos by Eric Townsend, words by Andrew Frisicano

Doveman (w/ Norah Jones on vocals)...
Doveman

Thomas Bartlett was at the center of his Doveman and Friends concert at the Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, January 12nd. On top of the headlining set, Barlett ably accompanied openers The Poison Tree (Steve Salett of King of France) and Sam Amidon on piano (even sitting in for some tasteful drums during Sam's set). Though the night on the whole seemed casual and off-the-cuff, with plenty of stories and asides, Bartlett's piano playing was always on point.

Sam Amidon opened with "How Come That Blood," the superb preview single off his forthcoming record, with its rapid, coordinated fingerpicking and clear traditional-ballad-like melody. He traced his set's progression through a song cycle about a character named "Ryan Seek Rest." When least expected, Amidon let loose a rooster scream that burned through the crowd.

Puss N Boots played an all-covers set that included songs by Johnny Cash, Doc Watson, Wilco (" Jesus, Etc" with Norah Jones singing sublimely) and Wanda Jackson (who herself is coming to town. The drummer-less three-piece made good use of their own vocal trademarks when harmonizing - Catherine Popper's bassy voice, Sasha Dobson's direct tone and Norah's breathier notes.

Doveman started his set with a run of songs off The Conformist, his hooky, atmospheric pop gem that came out late last year. As a dynamic piano player and singer, Bartlett doesn't need much in the way of support, and he didn't get much from his band, who seemed to be tearing into the material for the first time, afraid to make themselves known in any real way. Norah sang back up on a song, and Justin Bond, who has been working with Doveman on a new album, sang one too. So did Dawn Landes (who has a BV-presented record release show coming up at the same club). "Dancing" was the encore lullaby that sent off the crowd.

Coming up, Sam Amidon will be opening for Beth Orton at City Winery next Sunday and Monday . Doveman's upcoming tour dates (including SXSW) are posted below. At the show, he also mentioned that he'd be performing with Elysian Fields at LPR on Friday, January 22nd. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from Mercury Lounge are below...

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Donald Fagen

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen will be joining Levon Helm at Terminal 5 on Thursday. It's also a chance to see Okkervil River who are opening for the show. Tickets are still on sale.

Okkervill River's Will Sheff (recently seen covering Fleetwood Mac) contributed to the new Norah Jones album.

Puss n Boots (aka Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper, and Norah Jones (not Avril Lavigne as listed on Mercury Lounge's website) are opening for Doveman and friends at Mercury Lounge on January 12th. Tickets are still on sale. As previously mentioned, Doveman band member Sam Amidon opens that show too.

Tickets are also now on sale for the two "Doveman + Peter Pears : An Evening With Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly" shows at The Kitchen.

ConformistNorah Jones, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, and members of the National are among those who contributed to the new Doveman album.

Doveman, Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly are playing this year's Big Ears Fest which is curated by a member of the National.

Sam Amidon was reportedly "backed by Doveman, Beth Orton, Final Fantasy + Shazad Ismaily" at Rockwood Music Hall the other night.

Final Fantasy is not called Final Fantasy any more. Tickets are still on sale for the Owen Pallett show happening at Bowery Ballroom on January 18th.

Beth Orton and Shazad (who also plays in Doveman) both contribute to Sam's forthcoming album.

Beth Orton has some shows coming up of her own too. Video of Sam and Beth performing together in London, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Puss n Boots

"Wheeler has been hired to write the "Shrek" spinoff "Puss in Boots" for DreamWorks Animation, a stand-alone feature foray for the feline assassin/swordsman voiced by Antonio Banderas in the two most recent "Shrek" films. The "Shrek" franchise has ballooned into a multibillion-dollar property, with three feature films grossing more than $2 billion worldwide in theaters, tens of millions of DVDs sold and merchandising in every toy store. A fourth feature film, "Shrek Goes Fourth," is due in theaters May 21, 2010." [The Hollywood Reporter]
"Puss in Boots" the movie actually has nothing to do with Puss n Boots the band who played Rockwood Music Hall on Saturday night (5/9). More pictures from that show below...

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Rockwood Music Hall
Rumor has it that LES spot Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen Street, NY, NY) will be expanding its current, limited-capacity venue. Have you heard that?

The intimate venue, is known for being a great place to see a live show and for hosting surprise/secret performances by well-known artists like Ryan Adams and Norah Jones (under the guise of side-bands like The Sloppy Joannes and Puss n Boots). In fact, Puss n Boots ("P n B") is scheduled to perform at Rockwood on Saturday, May 9th. They played Mercury Lounge earlier this year.

The next night, Sunday, May 10th, the venue's Second Sundays series will host its "closing concert" from 6-8pm with special guests. The series organizer Danielle writes that the event is transitioning "from a monthly event to special event format. For now, let's just say...it's less, 'all good things come to an end' and more, 'good things come to those who wait.'" Performers for the event include Jonathan Spottiswoode, Elizabeth Ziman, Paul Brill, Jamie Leonhart, Casey Shea, Sasha Dobson (who is 1/3 of Puss n Boots) and Becky and Nathan Bliss of Barnaby Bright.

At Rockwood later the same night will be singer/accordianist/keyboardist Corn Mo (who opened for Dead Milkmen at the Warsaw in April), and a mysterious "Bushranger." (any clue?)

Casey Shea, in addition to playing Sunday the 10th, is also playing Rockwood tonight (5/6). He goes on long after Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery, and right before a mysterious "Archibald Hext" (Ari Hest?). Check Rockwood's site for their latest full schedule.

Last night (May 5th), Corn Mo played the Bushwick Book Club (not at Rockwood), a first Tuesdays event in Brooklyn where songwriters compose and perform original tunes inspired a selected book. This month's subject was Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Other performers included event organizer Susan Hwang, Natti Vogel, Josh Deeter, Lady Blanche, Anna Leuchtenberger, Duck and Swallow, Joe Crow Ryan, Sara Lautman, Andrea Larose, Dan Costello, and Rachel Devlin. Franz Nicolay of the Hold Steady performed at the series' March edition, which focused on the novella Flatland. He's on the schedule again for June 2nd, when the collective inspiration will come from Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

Flyers, videos & Corn Mo clips, below...

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Puss n Boots @ Rodeo Bar on Halloween (by Jonathan Troll / Headstrong Pictures)
Puss n Boots

Pronto features Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco. Puss 'N Boots is the name of one of Norah Jones's many side projects. This band also features Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper (who all backed Wilco for a song at MSG). Both bands are playing Mercury Lounge in NYC on March 19th. Tickets are on sale.

Puss n Boots are also playing Rockwood Music Hall one day earlier, and a show with Levon Helm.

New Ramble Dates
March 14 and 21, 2009
and for your sweethearts...
A Valentines Day Ramble ~ February 14, 2009
With guests, Puss N Boots featuring Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones
[Levon Helm]
Levon Helm also has two shows coming up at the Beacon Theatre.

Pronto have no other shows scheduled.