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July 29, 2015

photos by David Andrako

Jason Isbell @ Prospect Park 7/25/2015
Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell

It was a pretty good weekend for Jason Isbell. His new album, Something More Than Free, debuted at #5 on Billboard's album chart (#1 on Rock and Folk) and he played one of his biggest NYC shows ever on Friday night (7/24) in Prospect Park with opener Dawn Landes. His set included songs from the new record, older solo material as well as a few from his days in Drive By Truckers.

On Saturday (7/25), Jason played Newport Folk Festival and you can stream a recording of that performance via NPR, below.

Sunday he opened for My Morning Jacket (at least one reviewer says he played the better set!)

Pictures from the packed show in Prospect Park continue below. Isbell's setlist is down there too....

Continue reading "Jason Isbell played Prospect Park with Dawn Landes (pics) and Newport Folk Fest (listen)"

photo: Miguel at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Miguel

Miguel is currently on tour, and will hit NYC this Sunday (8/2) for a big show at Terminal 5. T5 is now sold out, but luckily Miguel added a second show here. It's also a much smaller one: Bowery Ballroom on August 5. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/30) at noon, and they'll probably go fast. Miguel's tour also hits New Haven, Long Island, Atlantic City and more. Updated dates are listed below.

The tour is in support of his great new album Wildheart, which he put out two videos from this week. One is for "NWA" and the other is for "...goingtohell." Check out both, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Miguel released 2 new videos, adds tour dates (including Bowery Ballroom)"

photo: Janelle Monae at Flow Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae has announced an August tour of entirely free shows that take place at TBA venues in Philly, NYC, DC, Chicago, and more. The full list of cities and dates is below. If you want to go, you have to RSVP.

For the tour, she's taking out everyone on her Wondaland Records label, and the tour is in support of the label's compilation Wondaland Presents: The Eephus - EP, which comes out August 14. It includes Janelle's collaboration with Jidenna, "Yoga," Jidenna's own very viral song "Classic Man," and St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur and Deep Cotton.

"Classic Man" and "Yoga" videos, with the list of cities/dates, below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae & the rest of Wondaland Records playing free shows in TBA venues (cities, dates, RSVP)"

Lilys

Kurt Heasley of Lilys played Trans-Pecos earlier this month with his onetime bandmate Don Devore (who's currently of Sick Feeling). Kurt's now announced an official Lilys show, happening at Baby's All Right on October 9 and tickets are on sale now.

It's a very special one-time-only show which Heasley's calling "Corruption Wrecked My Life," featuring "never before or rarely performed early material 1990-1995." That time period was when Lilys were a shoegazy band and released such records as Eccsame The Photon Band and In The Presence of Nothing for labels like spinART and Slumberland. You can stream those two records below.

With Devore as musical director of this special show, they've put together a big band version of Lilys, that in addition to Heasley features:

James Richardson (MGMT)
Will Berman (MGMT)
Travis Rosenberg
Matt Werth (RVNG Intl. founder)
Ryan Rapsys (Euphone, The Sea & Cake)
Alex Craig (Limited, Ducktails, Big Troubles)
Stream Lilys' Eccsame The Photon Band and In The Presence of Nothing below...

Continue reading "Lilys playing one-off show at Baby's All Right featuring songs from the early '90s (tix on sale)"

Janis Joplin

Pretty cool:

It was revealed today that musician/singer/songwriter/actor Chan Marshall (also known as Cat Power) will be the voice narrating the upcoming Janis Joplin documentary "Janis" from Academy Award®-nominated director Amy Berg ("Deliver Us From Evil," "West of Memphis"). The documentary will have its much anticipated World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival where it was just selected to screen out of competition.
The film is apparently called "Janis" which is a little confusing because there's already a Janis Joplin documentary with that name.

The Suffers

Tonight's edition (7/29) of Madison Square Park's free Oval Law Series is a special edition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off featuring a live performance by Houston soul act The Suffers and tonight's dance-off guest selector is Randy Jones (aka The Cowboy from The Village People). That is free and starts at 6 PM. Flyer is below.

The Suffers, who released the Make Some Room EP back in January, will be back in NYC in September, playing Mercury Lounge on 9/25 and Rough Trade on 9/26. Tickets for both those are currently on AmEx presale with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/31) at noon. All dates are listed, along with a stream of the EP and video of their appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, below.

In related news, Madison Square Park has just announced another free music series, called The Studio Series, that will happen on Saturday this fall at the South end of the park (near Shake Shack). The lineup features a mix of blues, soul and folk and you can check out schedule and artists playing, below.

Continue reading "Houston soul act The Suffers playing free 'Soul Clap' in Madison Sq. Park tonight, touring this fall (dates)"

Blanck Mass

Blanck Mass (aka Fuck Buttons member Benjamin John Power) is continuing to tour in support of this year's Dumb Flesh on Sacred Bones. We knew he'd be in the Northeast for Basilica Soundscape, and he has other dates around then too.

One happens in NYC on September 12 at Baby's All Right. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Dead Format" off Dumb Flesh, below...

Continue reading "Blanck Mass touring, playing NYC before Basilica (dates)"

photo: How to Dress Well at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
How to Dress Well

R&B boundary pusher How to Dress Well already has an upcoming set announced for Asbury Park festival Shadow of the City on 9/19 at Stone Pony Summer Stage (with The Front Bottoms, Vic Mensa and more), but he'll be playing an intimate NYC show before that. It happens September 18 at Baby's All Right. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon.

Those are the only dates he currently has announced. Listen to his new DJ mix (aka the just-uploaded Soundcloud file of his DJ set at a Pitchfork Fest afterparty) below...

Continue reading "How to Dress Well playing Baby's before Asbury Park festival"

photo: Robert Plant at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Robert Plant

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters (featuring members of Massive Attack and Portishead) already announced some tour dates back in June, and they've since added more.

The day before their previously-mentioned NYC show on September 18 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets), they'll play another show in the area at The Capitol Theatre (9/17). Tickets for the Cap go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, the Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues with Presence, In Through The Out Door and Coda this Friday. Watch the trailers for the unboxing of the super deluxe editions of all three, below...

Continue reading "Robert Plant expands tour, adds 2nd NYC-area show; more Led Zeppelin reissues out this week"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Mark Borthwick
Josephine Foster

Folk singer Josephine Foster may be a contemporary artist, but she feels transported directly from 1969 (it makes a lot of sense she's on the new Karen Dalton tribute). Tonight (7/29) she plays NYC with a folk singer who actually is from the late '60s, the legendary Ed Askew (who she's played with before). The show is at Trans-Pecos and opening is another '60s-inspired artist, Colby Nathan (of New England Patriots). Tickets are on sale.

It's the only date for Ed Askew at the moment, and Josephine's only other date is also in NYC this week: a free show at Fulton Stall Market on Friday (7/31).

UPDATE: The Fulton Stall Market show has been cancelled.

Josephine's last album was 2013's I'm A Dreamer on Fire Records. Listen to the title track from that, and the title track of Ed Askew's '60s classic, Ask the Unicorn, below...

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