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May 2, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Connan & Dev under the covers / Connan, Liam et al
By the end of Connan Mockasin's set at Bowery Ballroom last night (5/1), during an extended version of "Forever Dolphin Love," there were maybe upwards of 20 people on stage, including fellow kiwi Liam Finn on bongos, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes on guitar, Kirin J Callinan and his band, plus about seven girls pulled from the audience. At one point Kirin tossed Liam his guitar with which he played a solo and then tossed it back down to Kirin. It was a crazy love-in of a night that threatened to derail at any second but never quite did.
Connan, in a flowered silk suit that looked like it was bought from someone's aunt, started his set in the middle crowd, on the floor. After a mid-show intermission, he appeared from under a sheet with Dev to do Caramel slow jam "I Wanna Roll With You." Finn, who had Connan play a few of his Brooklyn "murmuration" shows, came out a few times throughout the show with some of his band. Like his music, it was loose and wobbly, but Connan's band (who were also dressed mostly like someone's aunt) is lithe and adept and can really make this stuff work. Plus, Connan's a kooky charmer which is what you need to pull off these sort of shenanigans. It wasn't all nuttiness. Connan played pretty much everything you'd want to hear, leaning a little more heavy on 2010's Please Turn Me Into The Snat than the new more R&B-flavored Caramel, though songs from the latter definitely come alive more than on the too-slick studio recordings. A very fun show.
Kirin J Callinan @ Bowery
This was the first time I'd seen Kirin J Callinan with a full band, including two drummers. The Australian artist's electro-goth material is a little more distinctive to these ears than his guitar-driven songs, but like Connan (though in a completely different way), Kirin's a genuine weirdo who couldn't be normal if he tried. And, thankfully, he's not trying.
Connan and Kirin do it again tonight (5/2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the third night of their North American tour. Liam Finn will be joining Connan again tonight, though probably not Dev as he's part of the Atomic Bomb! A Tribute to William Onyeabor at BAM. But you never know what might happen. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below.
April 28, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Connan & Kirin are ready. Is America?
Connan Mockasin and Kirin J Callinan's upcoming North American tour starts this week, with two NYC shows: Thursday (May 1) at Bowery Ballroom, and Friday (May 2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. They're both on the eccentric end of the spectrum and this tour should be interesting and entertaining. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away to each show. Details below.
In celebration of the trek, Kirin J Callinan has released a cover of k.d. lang's 1992 single "Constant Craving." It's a duet with Sofia Brous and as you can imagine, Callinan puts his unique spin on the song. Stream it below. He's also currently engaged in a little crowdfunding so he can "tour internationally, make engaging & entertaining new videos, write & record a new album and put on the best dog gamn show you've ever seen, live, in a city near you!" Learn more via Kirin's very entertaining Pozible video below.
Meanwhile, Connan (who's been hanging out in Brooklyn since SXSW) recently shared a Yours Truly video session and you can watch that, with the list of dates, all videos and streams, below...
April 16, 2014
Agalloch (more by Wyatt Marshall)
We also have a pair of tickets to giveaway. Details on how to enter below...
April 14, 2014
Black Lips have been on tour since March in support of their new album Underneath the Rainbow (co-produced by Patrick Carney of fellow "black" band Black Keys). The leg with Natural Child kicks off in Richmond tonight (4/14) and hits NYC this week at Webster Hall on Thursday (4/17). Tickets for that show are still available, but we're also giving away a pair. Contest details and list of updated dates below.
Speaking of Black Keys, they just released the title track to their upcoming album, Turn Blue (whose artwork [above] happens to look a bit like Black Angels artwork). The record was produced by frequent collaborator Danger Mouse. The track premiered on Patrick Carney's SiriusXM show Serious Boredom, and you can stream it, along with with previous single "Fever" and the tracklist, below.
Black Lips and Black Angels also both play Austin Psych Fest.
April 9, 2014
As Dead Heads likely know, original Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has an ongoing residency at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre with his band Phil Lesh & Friends. The residency has already had him at the venue multiple times, and will continue to do so, including a run this week with shows tonight (4/10) through Saturday (4/12). The band for these particular shows is Phil Lesh, John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. Friday and Saturday are sold out, but you can still get tickets for tonight and Thursday.
After this week's run, Phil & Friends (this time Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jackie Greene, John Medeski, and Joe Russo), who play mostly Grateful Dead songs, will head to NYC for two nights at BAM, April 14 and 15. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair for each night. Details on how to enter to win, below.
The Cap is owned by Peter Shapiro, who is presenting the BAM shows and also owns the Brooklyn Bowl, which has since opened locations in Las Vegas and London. Phil Lesh will play three nights at the Vegas one leading up to 4/20 (tickets), and he also plays two nights at the London one in July (tix on sale Friday, 4/11 at 10 AM).
And on a semi-related note, Hot Tuna, the blues band of Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady who come from the same San Francisco scene that birthed the Grateful Dead and their members have collaborated, play the Cap on June 16. That's one of four NYC-area shows on their electric tour with Leon Russell which also hits NYCB Theatre at Westbury on 6/20, Bergen PAC on 6/21 and Pine Belt Arena on 6/22. Tickets for the Cap show and the other three are on sale now.
In more Dead news, Phil Lesh's former Grateful Dead/Further partner Bob Weir is playing with his band RatDog at upstate NY jam band festival Mountain Jam, which takes place from June 5 - 8 on Hunter Mountain. Other artists playing include Gov't Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blitzen Trapper and many more. Since we last spoke, The Allman Brothers (who recently had to postpone the rest of their March Beacon Theatre run due to Gregg's illness) were added as the Sunday headliner and will be performing their first two albums in full. Tickets for the fest are still available.
Also not long after those Phil Lesh NYC shows, John Kadlecik, who has played in Further, Phil Lesh & Friends (including this week at the Cap) and Dark Star Orchestra, brings his John K. Band to NYC's Highline Ballroom on April 18 with opener Adam Ezra. John will be previewing new material at the show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In more related news, the Dead's pals New Riders of the Purple Sage (whose earliest incarnation featured Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Dead drummer Mickey Hart) will headline the "Psychedelix Americana": Music of The Deli and Relix show at Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday (4/12). The rest of that lineup includes Andy Statman, Scott Metzger's WOLF!, Diamond Eye Jack Super Jam, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Union Street Preservation Society, and King Stork. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
There's also a Dead tribute band called Half Step playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 1. Tickets for that are on sale now.
And lastly, this isn't exactly "news" but in lieu of Letterman's retirement, Jambase.com posted a video of an old Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir rehearsal on Letterman. You can watch that, plus revisit other Dead/Letterman memories including Jerry & David Grisman playing "Friend of the Devil" in '93 and Jerry and Weir on the show in '82, below.
Any other Dead-related events coming up in NYC that we missed?
Videos and Phil Lesh contest details below...
April 4, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Strand of Oaks at Town Hall in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Strand of Oaks, the project of Tim Showalter, already has a few albums of bare bones folk music under his belt (he recently toured and collaborated with The Tallest Man on Earth to get an idea), and he's now signed to Dead Oceans (also home to Tallest Man) for his next album, HEAL (due out 6/24), which sees him changing things up a bit. The first single, "Goshen '97," features guest guitar work from Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis, and it's not so far removed from the fuzzy, melodic rock that Dino Jr have become known for. Tim's voice is still shaky like a folk singer's (he reminds me a bit of Chad Vangaalen on this one), but now he's piling on layers of distortion and dueling guitar solos that are a far cry from the somber sounds of his last record. Listen to that song, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Strand of Oaks will announce more tour dates in the future, but at the moment he does have two shows scheduled, both happening in NYC. First, he plays a rather intimate show at Pianos on May 6 at 7pm sharp. That's a private show, but if you'd like to go, we've got a few pairs of tickets to give away, and more details on that are below.
Then, he plays a public show on June 26 at Mercury Lounge, two days after the album's release. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/4) at noon.
Song stream, album artwork, tracklist and contest details, below...
April 3, 2014
Kelela at MHOW in 2013 (More by Amanda Hatfield)
As previously mentioned, alt-R&B singer Kelela plays Rough Trade NYC tonight (4/3). It's her first of two shows at the venue, including another on Friday (4/4), and though both are sold out, we're giving away two pairs of tickets to each show. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Kelela also has a few upcoming North American festival appearances, including DC's Broccoli City Festival, SUNY Purchase's Culture Shock, Toronto's NXNE, upstate NY's The Hudson Project, and Chicago's Pitchfork Festival. All dates are listed below...
March 27, 2014
TPOBPAH @ BV SXSW 3/15/2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new album, Days of Abandon, is out next month on Yebo Music and this week they released a video for single "Simple and Sure." Set at a dinner party (singer Kip Berman's the butler), it takes aim at our ADD culture, animated GIFs in particular. Says Kip:
I'm taken aback at how many online outlets now reduce their content to a series of GIFs, assuming a minute long video or a single paragraph of text to be too burdensome. We're as much prisoners of our need for constant distraction and instant sensation as the trapped guests at the dinner party.You can watch the "Simple and Sure" video below.
After a tour around SXSW, The Pains are back home in Brooklyn and play Rough Trade on Friday (3/28). That show is sold out but we've got two pairs of tickets to give away. Details below.
And speaking of, Fear of Men made a video for their single "Luna" and you can watch that below.
March 21, 2014
After four months of being closed for renovations and soundproofing (a mere week after they first opened), Rough Trade's music venue finally has the green light to reopen. Tonight (3/21) there's two shows: Rathborne and Streets of Laredo early (tickets), and How to Dress Well late (sold out). Saturday night (3/22) is Elysian Fields, Melvin Van Peebles Menage A Trois, and The Aspiring Me (tickets); and Sunday has Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in conversation with JG Thirlwell, which is free, followed by a book signing.
Other notable upcoming shows: The Allah-Las (3/27, sold out), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (3/28, sold out), and I Break Horses on 4/18 (tickets). Also upcoming is Ben Watt w/ Bernard Butler to which you can still get tickets (Joe's Pub is sold out), but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below.
Full Rough Trade schedule is here. If you're going there, don't forget to check out the big Moog installation. Glad to have you back open, guys, and glad to not have to write "Rough Trade cancels/moves more shows" anymore.
Contest details below...
March 7, 2014
Upset -- the new band fronted by former Vivian Girls/Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler, along with Patty Schemel (Hole), Jenn Prince, and a rotating fourth member (which did/does include Kickball Katy, Kyle Gilbride from Swearin', Rachel Gagliardi of Slutever) -- released their punky, poppy debut LP, She's Gone, back in 2013 via Don Giovanni, and they've now paid tribute to one of their punky influences, 7 Seconds, whose song "Not Just Boys Fun" they recorded a cover of. Check out that cover below.
Upset will also be heading to SXSW, where they'll play a number of shows including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday, March 14 at Red 7, which also includes Parquet Courts, Beth Israel and more TBA. (full lineup coming very soon, we promise!) You can check out their whole schedule below.
In related news, Kyle Gilbride, who produced She's Gone and performed as a member of Upset at the Don Giovanni showcase in February will play NYC tonight when his band Swearin' brings their tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/7) with Even Hand and Certain Spiders. It's the band's second NYC show this week (they played Cake Shop last night with former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone), and was recently moved to MHOW from Rough Trade. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.