Meshell Ndegeocello readies new LP, touring (dates, streams), playing bass w/ Jef Barbara in NYC this weekend
by Bill Pearis
Multi-hyphenate talent Meshell Ndegeocello has a new album, Comet, Come To Me, due out June 3. The record features a guest appearances from My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden and you can check out two songs from the album: original song “Conviction” and a pretty cool cover of Whodini’s “Friends.” Stream them below.
Meshell will be playing a few shows over the next couple months, including a record release show at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on June 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all dates are listed below.
Before that, Meshell will be displaying her instrumental prowess by playing bass with Montreal’s Jef Barbara at two NYC shows this weekend: an early show (7 PM) at Pianos on Friday (5/16) with fellow Canadians Les Jupes, and then a late show at Baby’s All Right on Sunday (5/18) with Ludwig Persik.
Jef Barbara is currently working on the follow-up to 2013’s Soft to the Touch. If you haven’t checked him out, here’s what I wrote before:
Blurring genre and gender lines, Jef skips between minimal electro, shimmering and ethereal guitar pop, skronky new wave with forays into glam and krauty bachelor pad music — all with élan and wit.
You can check out a few videos and a full stream of Soft to the Touch below. Jef’s quite a live performer and having Ndegeocello on bass should make things extra interesting.
All Jef Barbara and Meshell Ndegeocello dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below…
Meshell Ndegeocello – If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)
Meshell Ndegeocello – 2014 Tour Dates
May 16 NYC @ Pianos (playing bass w/ Jef Barbara)
May 18 Brookyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (playing bass w/ Jef Barbara)
June 3: New York NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
June 4: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
June 5: Alexandria VA @ The Birchmere
June 6: Philadelphia PA @ World Cafe Live
June 7: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
July 14: Tokyo Japan @ Billboard Live Tokyo (two shows)
July 15: Osaka Japan @ Bilboard Live Osaka (two shows)
July 18: Munich @ Bayerischer Hof
July 19: St. Gallen Festival, Switzerland
July 20: St. Moritz Jazz Festival, Switzerland
Jef Barbara – I Know I’m Late
Jef Barbara – Les Homosexuelles
Jef Barbara – 2014 Tour Dates
May 16 Pianos NYC New York, NY
May 18 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn, NY
May 24 Reflections Halifax, Canada w/ LE1F
June 3 – 8 Asterisco film festival in Argentina
June 19 Madrid ES @ CA2M as part of this summer’s Picnic Sessions
June 21 Paris FR @ La Galerie des Galeries (Galeries Lafayette)