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September 16, 2014


Veteran country artist Lucinda Williams will release her 11th studio album, a double whammy titled Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, on September 30 via her own Highway 20 label. That's the cover art above and you can stream single "Protection," below. She'll be doing some touring this fall as well, including n NYC show at Beacon Theatre on November 17. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at 9 AM with Chase cardmember and fanclub presales beginning Wednesday (9/17) at 9 AM.

All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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Demetri Martin

The witty Demetri Martin is heading out on a Canadian tour this November (dates), and the following month he'll go on a short US trek as well. He doesn't come to NYC proper, but he'll be nearby for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on December 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon.

All US dates are listed, with a video of his If I special, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Damien Jurado at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)

Damien Jurado's newest record Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son came out earlier this year, and now he's posted an alternate version of "Silver Katherine," off the deluxe version, which has some lush harmonies and can be streamed below. Damien's also announced that he'll support Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell (whose most recent solo album came out last year) on a tour in early 2015 which hits NYC on February 7 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at 11 AM with AmEx, Chase and local presales starting Thursday (9/18) at 11 AM.

Right before that tour, Jason also plays a New Year's Eve show with Shovels & Rope in Louisville. All dates are listed, with the Damien Jurado song stream, below...

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ELO at Hyde Park last weekend

ELO, apart from reluctant frontman Lynne, were never about the individual faces. Instead, they were represented by that neon flying saucer logo (based on the rainbow arc of a Wurlitzer jukebox). And, as it turns out, this incarnation does feature pianist Richard Tandy from the classic 70s line-ups, and the BBC Concert Orchestra do an extraordinary job of nailing the majesty of the original recordings. This is, in so many senses, as good as it's going to get, and it's good enough for me.

By showtime, There Ain't A Cloud In Sight has triumphed over It's Raining All Over The World, and even the landgrabs by the territorial picnickers, stalking their little squares of turf with checked blankets, can't kill the buzz. When Jeff Lynne - who couldn't look more like Jeff Lynne if he tried - steps out and strikes up 'All Over The World' (the only pop song ever to mention the Birmingham district of Shard End) and that logo appears, I completely lose my shit, and almost start crying. Suddenly, I am that kid who bought the blue vinyl 10 inch from Kelly's in Cardiff indoor market, all the troublesome, tricky, awkward, angsty stuff that music and life threw at me subsequently is erased, and I'm basking in the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. - [The Quietus]

Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra played their first proper gig in 28 years on Sunday (9/14) in London's Hyde Park, part of BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day. Backed by a real orchestra, Lynne trotted out ELO hit after hit, like "Evil Woman," "Livin' Thing," "Telephone Line," "Mr. Blue Sky," plus The Travelling Wilbury's "Handle with Care" and more. Setlist is and video of the entire telecast is below.

The performance also doubled as a tease for a possible 2015 world tour. BBC2 presenter Chris Evans told the crowd if the show went well, "this will no longer be the headlining moment of our festival in a day, but the beginning of a world tour" and Lynne himself said later in the concert, "We'll do this again."

ELO Hyde Park video and setlist below...

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SBTRKT's already revealed a good deal of tracks from his upcoming album, Wonder Where We Land (due 9/23 via Young Turks), and he's since hit us with another one, "Look Away," featuring Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek. You can check that out in an interactive video, below.

SBTRKT's previously announced tour has also been expanded. It already included one NYC date happening October 26 at Terminal 5, and though tickets for that show are still available, he's also announced he'll return to T5 the next night (10/27) as well. Tickets for the newly-added show (same link) go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/17) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, with the interactive video, below

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Jenny Lewis at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis recently announced that she'd be going on a tour in support of this year's solo LP The Voyager, which hits NYC on November 5 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available, and she's now expanded her tour to include more dates including another chance to see the Rilo Kiley singer somewhere a little smaller and a little outside of NYC a day later (11/6) at The Space at Westbury. Tickets for this newly-added Long Island show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

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The Antlers at Rough Trade in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Producer/musician Daniel Lanois (known for work with Brian Eno, U2, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel and others) has teamed up with ANTI- Records to curate a concert called ANTI-Thesis happening as a one-off in NYC on November 10 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Lanois himself will be performing, as will fellow ANTI- artists The Antlers (who have a great new album out this year) and Tinariwen (ditto). Joining them as a special guest will be cult artist Lonnie Holley. Lanois says, "It's a dream come true to welcome artists from different walks of life to share one stage. Let this be the beginning of something that should never stop, music is the universal language." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19).

Daniel Lanois is also releasing a new album, Flesh And Machine, on October 28 via ANTI-. He's got a video for that album's single "Opera" out now, and also has other November tour dates with Lonnie Holley. The Antlers and Tinariwen have other dates as well. All are listed, with the "Opera" video, below...

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"Chromeo turning Central Park into a dance party rn" - @chelawhita

"Saw @chromeo last night in Central Park. One of the most fun nights I've had in so long! Danced my bum off" - @jaglever

Chromeo / Big Freedia @ Central Park Summerstage 9/12/2014
Big Freedia

It was a long wait for Chromeo, but after an agonizing 30 minutes, white lights poured out from the stage in every direction, and with seemingly no transitional moment at all, Dave 1's guitar wailed from between the LEDs. Without warning, the concert was in full swing.

Dave 1 and P-Thugg are, if you'll excuse the phrase, groove-machines. DJ set or fully live, the two produce a sound that bounces across the stage, through the crowd, and right back to them again, forever fueling a cycle of funky, self-sustaining energy. [Village Voice]

Canadian dance-duo Chromeo brought their groove party tour to Central Park Summerstage with some help from New Orleans bounce music pioneer and twerkaholic Big Freedia on Friday (9/12), part of the tour. Playing tracks from this year's White Women and favorites like "Needy Girl," "Bonafide Lovin'" and "Sexy Socialite," plus a stunning light show, the duo certainly got the crowd moving. Pics from the show are in this post.

Chromeo recently earned a spot as a short-list nominee for this year's Polaris Prize competition alongside stiff competition from the likes of Arcade Fire, Drake, Mac Demarco and more. The set on Saturday was one of their last of the summer, only hitting Austin City Limits in October before getting off the road for a bit.

Opener Big Freedia, whose Fuse reality series just got picked up for two more seasons, gave a shout out from the Central Park stage to fellow bounce artist Nicky Da B who died earlier this month. NYC will more of Big Freedia on October 4 at Glasslands with Friendly Ghost and a DJ set from Le Chev. Tickets are on sale. In other news, look for Big Freedia's memoirs to be published in 2015.

All Big Freedia tour dates, plus more pics from the Summerstage show, below...

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Tim Fite

Brooklyn artist Tim Fite is releasing a new album, iBeenHACKED (not a reference to the U2 album) (or the name of a giant corporation), on October 7. He describes it as "a music/art project satirizing and celebrating the highs and lows of digital culture, examining the ways technology and connectivity are hacking our daily lives, and altering the codes that we live by." The project will include:

• a limited edition series of hand made glass "Phonies."
• a Brooklyn storefront turned into a giant smart-phone.
• alternative digital-music monetization strategies such as the sale of advertising space and personal shout outs in songs.
• a body of songs that are wickedly insightful and often laugh out loud funny - wrestling with subject matter ranging from the at nauseum action of online "liking" ("Like"), smart-phone addiction ("Check Yo Cell"), the cult of macintosh products ("Big Mac"), the binge-watching epidemic (4 Seasons), and plenty more.
Its newest single, "Like," is just as satirical as you'd expect, and it premieres in this post. You can listen below.

Tim's also got a European tour planned with Berlin's wild Bonaparte, who he's played NYC with before. All of those dates are listed, with the new song stream and album trailer, below...

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Angel Olsen @ MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Jagjaguwar is releasing a deluxe digital edition of Angel Olsen's Burn Your Fire for No Witness on November 18 that comes with a bonus disc of five bonus songs, two of which were on the 7" that came with early pressings of the vinyl LP. You can stream one of the bonus cuts, "All RIght Now," and the video for "High & Wild," below.

Olsen has been touring for the better part of 2014 and has just added dates to that, wrapping things up here in NYC with three shows: a solo show at Brooklyn's Roulette on December 6 with old pal Jay Bartell, and then two nights at Bowery Ballroom on December 8 & 9, both with Lionlimb. Tickets to all three NYC shows go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (9/17) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with song stream and video, below...

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