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photo: Craig Finn at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in February (more by Sachyn Mital)
Craig Finn

Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival just announced some additions to its 2016 lineup: Slowdive,Deer Tick, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, LANY,and The Japanese House.

These are in addition to the bulk of the lineup they announced last month, which includes At the Drive-In, Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, Jane's Addiction, Deftones, Foals, Against Me!, Hop Along and many more. Daily lineups have been announced as well, and you can see who is playing each day in the fest's new poster, below.

Shaky Knees goes on from May 13-15 at Centennial Olympic Park. 3-day passes and single-day tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Slowdive, Deer Tick & Craig Finn added to Shaky Knees fest; daily schedule revealed"

Rayland Baxter

Nashville alt-country singer Rayland Baxter releases a new EP on ATO Records today called Soho, which features stripped-down solo versions of songs off last year's Imaginary Man. It's also got him doing a delicate rendition of My Morning Jacket's "Bermuda Highway," which is streaming below. Check it out.

Rayland has been on tour, having played a sold-out show at NYC's Mercury Lounge a few days ago, and he'll return here in the spring. This one's to open for Houndmouth on April 23 a Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Rayland Baxter covers My Morning Jacket on new EP (listen), touring, opening for Houndmouth at Terminal 5"

NOLA Jazz Fest

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival returns this year from April 24-May 3 with a pretty amazing lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Beck, Van Morrison, J. Cole, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket, Maxwell, Janelle Monae, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, Dr. John, Arlo Guthrie, Mavis Staples, Lauryn Hill, Buddy Guy, The Isley Brothers, Sharon Jones, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Big Freedia and much more. Check out the full lineup here.

Tickets are on sale now.

photo: Foxing at MHOW in 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Foxing

Foxing will continue to support Dealer (one of our favorite albums of 2015) on a headlining tour his year. Support on the first leg comes from post-rock vets Lymbyc Systym, singer/songwriter Tancred (aka Now, Now guitarist Jess Abbott), and Adjy. The second leg has O'Brother instead of Lymbyc Systym.

The first leg is the one that hits NYC, on March 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (1/20) at noon.

After the tour ends, Foxing play Shaky Knees Festival with Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Jane's Addiction, At the Drive-In, and more. All dates are listed, with some music, below...

Continue reading "Foxing announce tour with Lymbyc Systym & Tancred (dates)"

Shaky Knees

Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival happens in 2016 from May 13-15 with Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, and Jane's Addiction (playing Ritual De Lo Habitual) headlining. The rest of the lineup includes the re-reunited At the Drive-In, Deftones, The Decemberists, Huey Lewis & the News (playing Sports), Foals, Bloc Party, The Kills, Explosions in the Sky, Ghost, Phosphorescent, The Black Angels, Savages, Against Me!, The Sword, Eagles of Death Metal, Baroness, Frightened Rabbit, Parquet Courts, Brian Fallon, Wild Nothing, The Front Bottoms, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hop Along, Foxing, Kylesa, Saintseneca, Julien Baker, Ought, Beach Slang, Nothing and more.

3-day passes go on sale Wednesday (1/13) at 10 AM with an E-list presale starting Tuesday (1/12) at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees 2016 lineup (Florence, MMJ, Jane's Addiction, At the Drive In, Deftones, Huey Lewis, Baroness & more)"

Grammy

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."

Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.

Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.

Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.

Continue reading "2016 Grammy Awards nominees (Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, Caribou, MMJ, Bjork, Wilco, Dr. Dre, Drake, Flying Lotus, Courtney Barnett, more)"

EODM

In the wake of the tragedy that occurred during their recent Paris show, Eagles of Death Metal have announced that they'll return to the city this Sunday (12/6) for a show with U2 at AccorHotels Arena. Stereogum points to a Billboard article that says Josh Homme will appear with the group, despite usually choosing to remain a studio member. U2 will play the same venue the next day. The shows are makeup dates for their cancelled November 14 & 15 shows. The article also points out that Eagles of Death Metal will reschedule their cancelled European tour dates for February.

As you may know, to raise money for the Sweet Stuff Foundation, EODM gave the foundation the publishing and master use of their song "I Love You All The Time" and they're encouraging artists to cover it. We already heard covers by Dean Ween, My Morning Jacket and Savages, and now there's one by Petra Haden of that dog. (who's collaborated with Josh Homme in QOTSA). Listen below.

Continue reading "Eagles of Death Metal playing Paris with U2 this weekend; Petra Haden covered "I Love You All The Time" (listen)"

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MMJ @ Beacon Theatre, 11/25/2015
My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket brought their tour to NYC for four shows at the Beacon Theatre on November 24, 25, 27 & 28 with openers Woods, Strand of Oaks, Cass McCombs and Craig Finn for the respective nights. We were at the 11/25 show with Strand of Oaks and pictures of that whole night are in this post.

Obviously, MMJ broke out a ton of songs from throughout its history over the course of the four nights, playing a totally different set at each show and finding time to hit some of Jim James's solo tracks and songs from Monsters of Folk and The New Basement Tapes. As mentioned, during the 11/28 show, MMJ asked for a moment of silence and covered Eagles of Death Metal's "I Love You All The Time" as a tribute to those who died in the Paris attacks.

Strand of Oaks also have some shows coming up, including the one in Long Island at Cannon's Blackthorn on December 10 with Reigning Sound. Tickets for that show are still on sale.

Check out more pictures of the 11/25, along with footage of MMJ playing "I Love You All The Time" and setlists from all four nights.

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket played 4 nights & 4 totally different sets at Beacon Theatre (setlists, pics from 11/25 w/ Strand of Oaks)"

by Bill Pearis

Dean Ween
Dean Ween

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 90+ fans at an Eagles of Death Metal show, the band have donated the publishing and master use of their song "I Love You All The Time" to The Sweet Stuff Foundation. They're challenging iTunes, Spotify and other sellers to donate the proceeds to charity, and for other bands to cover the song, or offer up their own song to covered for charity. They're calling it the "The Play it Forward Initiative."

One notable musician to do so is Dean Ween. He's known Josh Homme for a long time, as Ween toured with both Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age in the '90s. Says Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo):

When I heard about the Paris attacks I broke down and called him immediately and surprisingly he answered. Finding out that Dave Catching was alive and unharmed was one of the biggest reliefs of my life.

When Josh asked me to cover this tune, I dropped what I was doing on the most important (to me anyway) gig night of my life. I was debuting the tunes from my forthcoming Dean Ween Group album. I came to the studio with our drummer Ray Kubian (who is a great singer as well) and I had a concept - one sample of handclaps and 8 tracks of grunting in the rhythm of the song and scat singing. I laid down a bass track for an anchor or a guide, sped the song up to 150 beats per minute when the original was about 115. One acoustic guitar, and Ray taking the lead vocal. It went perfectly -- we used every track that we recorded. I then called Chris Shaw, who produced Ween's White Pepper album and mixed Moistboyz IV. He is the best producer and engineer I know and he dropped his Saturday Thanksgiving travel plans to mix it for me.

You can listen to Dean Ween's cover of "I Love You All the Time" below.

My Morning Jacket also covered "I Love You All the Time" live on the final of their four nights at NYC's Beacon Theatre (11/29). They asked for a moment of silence in memory of the Paris victims before playing it. Video of that cover is below, and look for a set of pictures from the first night of their Beacon run soon.

Ween, meanwhile, are reuniting for some live shows in 2016.

Continue reading "Eagles of Death Metal ask artists to cover "I Love You All the Time" for charity (listen to Dean Ween & My Morning Jacket)"

Uncut

The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.

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Miley

photo: Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Flaming Lips

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Miley Cyrus + Her Dead Petz, Dan Deacon @ Terminal 5
You think you've seen it all, and then Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips go and make an album together. It's more fascinating than good, but fascinating nonetheless. Tonight's show, which may or may not include a lot of nudity and sex toys, should also be fascinating. Dan Deacon's antics will only add to this.

My Morning Jacket, Craig Finn @ Beacon Theater
My Morning Jacket returned this year with their very solid seventh album, The Waterfall. They always shine as a live band too, and their four-night run at The Beacon wraps up tonight. Each show has a different great opener, and tonight it's Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, who recently released a new solo album.

Der Panther, GGGAMESSS, Vasco Ispirian @ The Gateway
Recently relocated from Madrid to NYC, Der Panther make psychedelic electronic pop and they have an album coming out on Primavera Sound's label.

Adult Mom, Fern Mayo, Vagabon, Long Neck @ Palisades
Four regulars of the local DIY pop scene come together for this show, and Adult Mom and Vagabon are both playing solo sets tonight.

Tiga, Shaded, Contakt @ Output
Canadian dance musician Tiga is set to release his first album in seven years, which will feature the recently released single "Don't Break My Heart." Maybe he'll drop another new song or two tonight?

Twitching Tongues, Harms Way, Homewrecker, Malice In The Palace @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Brutal Chicago hardcore four-piece Harm's Way put out their first album for Deathwish this year, Rust, and supported it a few months ago with A389 band Homewrecker. Those two bands are on the road together again, this time opening for Twitching Tongues.

GE Smith, Chad Smith, and Will Lee @ Irving Plaza
There's plenty of talent on this show, with former Hall & Oates and SNL guitarist GE Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers member Chad Smith, and former Letterman show bassist Will Lee.

Scott Weiland, The Icarus Line, Diesel America @ Wellmont Theatre
Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland headlines this show, and if you're going we also think it's worth catching the Nick Cave-ish band The Icarus Line.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Menzingers

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

My Morning Jacket, Cass McCombs @ Beacon Theater
My Morning Jacket returned this year with their very solid seventh album, The Waterfall. They always shine as a live band too, and their four-night run at The Beacon continues tonight. Each show has a different great opener, and tonight it's singer/songwriter Cass McCombs.

The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become The Teeth, Restorations @ Webster Hall
This is a hugely stacked and diverse bill of forward-thinking rock music. Melodic punks The Menzingers headline, and before them it's art rockers mewithoutYou, intense post-hardcore/post-rock band Pianos Become the Teeth, and soaring heartland rockers Restorations.

Dark Star Orchestra @ Playstation Theater
There may not be a more high-concept Grateful Dead tribute band than Dark Star Orchestra, who recreate actual Dead setlists for their shows.

Ondskapt, Abazagorath, Vilkacis @ Saint Vitus
Swedish black metal band Ondskapt have been at it for about 15 years, though they haven't released a new album since 2010's Arisen From The Ashes. NJ's Abazagorath and NYC's Vilkacis are well-matched openers.

KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground, Black Moon @ NJPAC
Just outside of NYC (Newark), the 'Masters of Ceremony' show goes down with some certifiable legends of rap like KRS-One and Rakim, long-running local regulars like The LOX, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon, and more.

The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, State Champs, You Blew It! @ Starland Ballroom
Boundary-pushing pop punk bands The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack have been on a tour together that already hit NYC for two shows, and tonight they're nearby at NJ's Starland Ballroom. If you're going, it's worth showing up early for emo revivalists You Blew It!.

Buck Gooter, NY Taps, Dog and Wolf, Diamond @ Shea Stadium
With a drum machine, guitar and netherworld vocals, Virginia primordial blues act Buck Gooter gets to the nitty gritty with an industrial bent.

'Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World' @ Bell House
Is comedian Greg Proops, who you may know from Whose Line is it Anyway? and elsewhere, the smartest man in the world? Maybe, but it's for sure the name of his very popular podcast which tapes live tonight.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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photo: Jay Rock @ Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Jay Rock @ S.O.B.'s
While the rest of Black Hippy has been pretty prolific over the past few years, Jay Rock stuck mostly to guest features until he finally got his second album out this year. It's called 90059 and it proves the long gap between albums didn't hurt the quality of his work at all. He was just in NYC opening for Kendrick Lamar, but now he's back on his own tour.

My Morning Jacket, Strand of Oaks @ Beacon Theater
My Morning Jacket returned this year with their very solid seventh album, The Waterfall. They always shine as a live band too, and their four-night run at The Beacon continues tonight with opener Strand of Oaks.

Eddi Front, Rachel Angel, Family Lumber, Beach Moon/Peach Moon @ Palisades
With a spooky, spare piano style, Eddi Front made her debut in 2012 with a self-titled EP. She's now set to release her debut album, Marina, in March. Get an early taste tonight.

Beat Connection, Phantoms, My Body, Psychic Twin @ Mercury Lounge
Seattle's Beat Connection began life as more of a DFA style dancerock but have shifted into more soulful, R&B-flavored territory on new album Product 3.

Scott Weiland, The Icarus Line, Ten Ton Mojo @ Gramercy Theatre
Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland headlines this show, and if you're going we also think it's worth catching the Nick Cave-ish band The Icarus Line.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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photo: My Morning Jacket in Austin in October (more by Tim Griffin)
My Morning Jacket

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

My Morning Jacket, Woods @ Beacon Theater
My Morning Jacket returned this year with their very solid seventh album, The Waterfall. They always shine as a live band too, and tonight begins their four-night run at The Beacon in support of it. Each night has a different (and also good) opener. Tonight it's folk rockers Woods.

Stevie Wonder @ Madison Square Garden
Stevie Wonder has been on tour playing his classic 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life, and he brings that tour back to NYC tonight.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ B.B. King's
It's a tough night for fans of classic funk/soul/etc though. The equally legendary George Clinton hits BB King's.

Mayhem, Watain, Rotting Christ @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The double bill of Mayhem and Watain was already a must-see for black metal fans the first time it happened this year, so thankfully they're doing it all over again. This show's in a more intimate venue than last time too.

Fishbone, Murphy's Law @ House of Independents (Asbury Park)
Asbury Park's newest venue House of Independents opens tonight, and they're starting off with a bang. It's a great double fill of ska/funk/metal/whatever band Fishbone and NYC's long-running punk staples Murphy's Law.

Yonatan Gat, Pill, The Yin Yangs @ Knitting Factory
Yonatan Gat is very much a "see it live" musician, as he and his band's style -- usually set up on the floor and highly improvisational -- can be described (as I have before) as in-your-face. If you're ok with that, his shows are highly recommended. We also like the skronky sax-fueled postpunk of Pill, too.

Father, Alex Russell, 9th Grade, Lord Narf @ Baby's All Right
Awful Records is throwing this party that, among other things, has their buzzy rapper Father on the bill.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. Tonight's guests are Joe Mande, Matt Ruby, Ana Fabrega, Travis Rust, Phoebe Robinson and Tim Dillon.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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photo: Strand of Oaks at ACl 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks are one of the openers on the upcoming My Morning Jacket tour, including in Philly, Boston, and the NYC show on 11/25 at Beacon Theatre. After that tour, Strand of Oaks have a couple of their own shows, including a Long Island show on December 10 at Cannon's Blackthorne in Rockville Centre, NY, where we just caught Deer Tick. It's a great double bill, with garage rockers Reigning Sound opening. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Strand of Oaks expand tour, playing Long Island w/ Reigning Sound (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs is a prolific guy and even with two albums in a year and double LPs he's got other songs that appeared as limited edition singles, b-sides and other non-LP sources. Nineteen of those, including five that have never seen the light of day, have been compiled for a new collection titled A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc which will be out via Domino on December 11. You can stream the enjoyably poppy "Evangeline" from it, and check out album artwork and tracklist, below.

You've got a couple chances to catch Cass in NYC over the next few months. He'll open for My Morning Jacket at Beacon Theatre on November 27 (tickets), and he's just announced a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on January 7. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Friday (11/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/11) at noon. Those are currently his only announced dates.

Continue reading "Cass McCombs releasing rarities comp (listen to "Evangeline"), playing Bowery Ballroom in January"

photo: Basia Bulat at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Basia Bulat

Toronto singer/songwriter Basia Bulat has announced that she'll release her fourth album Good Advice on February 12 via Secret CIty Records. My Morning Jacket's Jim James produced it and Basia released a 30-second trailer with a clip of atmospheric music, which so far is all we know about how it sounds. Check out that trailer below.

UPDATE (10/30): The first single "Infamous" is out now and streaming below.

Basia will be touring in support of the new album, and hitting NYC on April 1 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/30) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Basia Bulat announces Jim James-produced album, 'Good Advice,' and tour (dates, trailer)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

My Morning Jacket / Fruit Bats @ Austin Music Hall - 10/23/2015
My Morning Jacket & The Fruitbats @ Austin Music Hall - 10/23/2015
My Morning Jacket & The Fruitbats @ Austin Music Hall - 10/23/2015

My Morning Jacket have been on a tour, which just hit Austin for shows at the Music Hall on Thursday (10/22) and Friday (10/23). Both nights had different setlists, which you can check out below. We caught the Friday show and pictures of that one are in this post.

Opening both of those shows and other nights on the tour was Eric D Johnson's band Fruit Bats, which is back again after Eric spent two years solo as EDJ. He explained:

So, after a couple of years of doing this solo EDJ thing and having to have (Fruit Bats) in parentheses after my name everywhere I go, I've decided to drop the parentheses and start doing Fruit Bats again full steam ahead.

I missed having a band behind me, I missed my old songs, and I've come to hate parentheses. Who knew?

Some of you may be stoked by this prospect. I know I am. For those of you that are indeed stoked, we will be heading out on tour this fall with some dudes from Louisville, plus some shows of our own. There will be a new album in early 2016 with a full slate of touring to follow. See you soon.

Eric also joined MMJ on stage at the Thursday show. More pictures from Friday and both setlists below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket played 2 nights @ AMH w/ Fruit Bats (pics and setlists)"

Daniel Martin Moore

Daniel Martin Moore releases his new album, Golden Age, on October 9 via Sofaburn Records (pre-order). Past collaborator and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James produced it, and JIm appears in Daniel's brand new video too. The video features footage of Daniel, Jiim and company working on the record and it's soundtracked by "How It Fades" from the new record.

The album features a handful of other guests too. Via press release:

The record is populated by a fine cast of players and singers including a masterful Dan Dorff, Jr. on piano, organ, and keyboards; Dave Givan providing rousing percussion; Alana Rocklin and Zak Appleby (Houndmouth) weaving bass grooves throughout while Charlie Patton's cello and Scott Moore's violin float like evocative ghosts. Joan Shelley's ethereal vocals are on fine display here in what Moore calls her "inspiring ability for disappearing into a harmony"; and James bringing his unique guitar stylings and vocals.
Watch the new video, and check out the album tracklist and Daniel's list of tour dates (none in NYC), below...

Continue reading "Daniel Martin Moore releasing a new Jim James-produced LP (watch a behind-the-scenes video ft. new song "How It Fades")"

by Andrew Sacher

Craig Finn

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn releases his next solo album Faith In The Future on September 11 via Partisan (pre-order), and now the whole thing is streaming in full. Craig's in Springsteen mode a lot of the time, but as the early singles hinted, he embraces his mid-'80s Bruce side a lot on this album. With all the love The War On Drugs got last year, this sound's having a bit of a moment right now. Check it out below (via Vulture).

Craig's upcoming tour includes three NYC shows: an afternoon in-store on Saturday, 9/12 at Rough Trade (more info), a proper show at Bowery Ballroom on 11/6 (tickets), and opening for My Morning Jacket on 11/28 at the Beacon (tickets).

Continue reading "Craig Finn streaming 'Faith In The Future' (listen)"

photo: Craig w/ The Hold Steady in Queens in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Craig Finn

We knew The Hold Steady's Craig Finn would be touring this fall in support of his new solo album Faith In The Future (due 9/11 via Partisan), but now he added a few intimate shows around release day.

One is in NYC on Saturday, September 12 at Rough Trade. That's an afternoon show (1:30 PM doors), and to get in you have to purchase the album from Rough Trade. More info here. He also plays an acoustic show in London on 9/15.

His proper tour hits NYC on November 6 at Bowery Ballroom with Esme Patterson, and he also opens for My Morning Jacket here on November 28 at Beacon Theatre (tickets).

Craig was just on author Bret Easton Ellis' (American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction, Less Than Zero) podcast where they talked "corporate culture in rock and roll, The Clash, the decline of the archetypal rock star and The Replacements." Check that out HERE.

Updated dates are listed, with a stream of "Maggie I've Been Searching For Our Son" from Craig's new album, below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn expands tour, talked to Bret Easton Ellis (listen)"

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)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Craig Finn at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Craig Finn

Seamless ad star Craig Finn already released one song from his upcoming solo album, Faith In The Future (due 9/11 via Partisan), and now he's got another. Like the first single, "Maggie I've Been Searching For Our Son?" has Craig dabbling in mid-'80s heartland rock. Listen over at Wall Street Journal.

We already knew The Hold Steady frontman would be playing NYC to open for My Morning Jacket at the Beacon in November (tickets), and now he announed a headlining tour to go down before that. It includes a NYC show on November 6 at Bowery Ballroom with Esme Patterson. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon.

All dates, including Woodstock and Asbury Park, are listed below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn releases new song, announces tour (dates)"

words and photos by Klaus Kinski

Roger Waters @ Newport Folk Festival 7/24/2015
Newport Folk Festival 2015
Newport Folk Festival 2015

The 2015 Newport Folk Festival was definitely one for the history books. For example, this year's festival marked the 50th anniversary of when some man named Bob Dylan (in)famously decided to go electric. This move totally flipped the wigs of many of his deadbeat hippie/beat fans and created a deep chasm among his many devotees. As a matter of fact, on Saturday July 25, exactly 50 years to the day that Bob went electric at the Festival, the very Fender Stratocaster that Dylan used back 1965 to go electric made an appearance at the festival. The guitar, which Dylan left on an airplane like a doofus back in 1965, ended up in the hands of the plane's pilot until 2012. In 2013 the pilot's daughter put it up for auction where it fetched almost a million US dollars and ended up in the hands of Indianapolis Colts football team owner Jim Irsay.

Cool story bro. However, for me, the festival was all about the highly anticipated and very surprising headlining set by former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters. The Newport Folk Festival is notorious for selling out before the line-up is even announced. So when the Fest announced that Waters would be headlining opening day of the festival (Friday July 24), a lot of people in possession of Friday tickets were extremely stoked, while millions of Roger Waters/Pink Floyd fans without tickets were extremely bummed out. I was one of the bummed out legion until fate intervened on my behalf and I miraculously found myself in attendance.

When Roger announced on facebook on May 21, 2015 that he would be participating in the 2015 Newport Folk Festival and promised "an intimate appearance specifically crafted for Newport Folk," the ambiguity of his declaration had Floyd-heads reeling at the possibilities. Would he be doing a full scale performance of "Dark Side" or "The Wall"? Or even stripped-down versions? Would he be performing his seminal 1992 album Amused to Death in full? After all, Friday July 24 also happened to be the day "Amused to Death" would see a large-scale, multi-format re-release.

What the Festival audience ended up getting from Waters was better than any of the above, in my opinion. For rather than use his headlining slot as an opportunity to remind us of his immense back catalog, both as a solo artist and as Pink Floyd's primary creative force, Waters took the opportunity to deliver a diverse setlist that not only gave a hearty nod to his work with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, but he used the opportunity to pay homage to the festival's history, the legacy of folk music, and to hit us with the ultimate double-whammy; performing a brand new, never-before-heard song while playing piano in front of a crowd, according to Waters, "for the first time ever."

Waters was preceded by a scorching eight-song set by My Morning Jacket. As the dust settled from their 8th song, MMJ remained on stage as Roger Waters sauntered out with Amy Helm (daughter of the late Levon Helm), G.E. Smith as well as Lucius and Sara Watkins. These folks, combined with My Morning Jacket, banded together and served as Roger's explosive and unbelievable back-up band.

Roger kicked things off by performing that new, powerful, and no doubt provocative, song called "Crystal Clear Brooks," which has its origins as a poem penned by Waters that he brought to light back in 2014. He followed that with the Pink Floyd classic "Mother" which segued into one of my personal favorites from Amused to Death, "The Bravery of Being Out of Range." At this point in the set, he switched gears and performed a really great cover of John Prine's "Hello in There" which is a sad reflection on aging and the fact that life is basically one long casting off. Sort of a cross between "Death of a Salesman" and Hanson Towne's "Around The Corner." Ugh, get me a pistol. Anyhow, from there they moved into Floyd territory and unleashed another song about loss and longing; the classic "Wish You Were Here."

At this point, the rain was REALLY coming down and besides being soaked to the bone and shivering like an orphaned dog, I was also officially coming to terms with how well-crafted and totally unpredictable this set was. He followed "Wish You Were Here" with Buddy Miller's "Wide River to Cross," a song completely foreign to me but played beautifully by the assembled musicians and expressed superbly through Waters' vocals. The next three songs were completely Waters territory; the band tore into the title track from "Amused to Death" with staggering results and then headed into "Dark Side" territory with flawless renditions of "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse." They company closed out the set appropriately and paid tribute to The Newport Folk Festival in general and Bob Dylan in particular with a version of Planet Waves' "Forever Young."

At some point towards the tail end of this magnificent set, the rain tapered off, the clouds began to part, and the sun finally began to reappear again. Roger Waters had assembled an amazing crew of musicians and pulled off a truly amazing, unpredictable, and fulfilling performance that lacked ego and pretension.

Unfortunately, Roger doesn't have many live dates coming up in the near future. However, he will be performing at Dar, Constitution Hall, in Washington DC on Friday October 16, 2015. Billed as "Music Heals" the concert will feature Roger Waters, the musicians of MusiCorps, and will feature special guests Bill Corgan, Sheryl Crow and Tom Morello. More info:

Music Heals: an exceptional one night only concert where some of the world's biggest recording artists will join forces to raise money for MusiCorps - a charity supporting injured service men and women and their families. The MusiCorps Band is made up of injured service members who have learned, and in some cases relearned, how to play instruments through the charity. MusiCorps is a non-profit charitable organization which helps wounded veterans play music and recover their lives. Praised by the Wall Street Journal as "revolutionary," the conservatory-level program enables the wounded to learn, relearn, and perform music as a core part of their rehabilitation.
Tickets for this show are on sale now.

In honor of the re-release of Roger Waters' 1992 solo album Amused to Death, we are giving away a limited edition 2xLP picture disc to one lucky person. Details on how to win are below.

Pics, videos, and setlist below.

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words and photos by Klaus Kinski

My Morning Jacket / Tallest Man on Earth @ Newport Folk Fest 7/24/2015
Newport Folk Festival 2015
Newport Folk Festival 2015
Newport Folk Festival 2015

The 2015 Newport Folk Festival once again took over Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI from Friday July 24 through Sunday July 26 and delivered tens of thousands of concert-goers an ecclectic line-up of acts presented upon four stages scattered across the sprawling 216 year old former US Army complex. Your man Klaus was (inexplicably) handed a coupla tickets and a photopass to the Friday July 24 installment of the fest. So I grabbed my crappy camera (and my comparatively questionable photography skills), packed a backpack, met up with Brother Klaus, drove up to Jamestown, RI, hopped on an early AM ferry, and spent the next 12 hours on Fort Adams taking in what is one of the most famous music festivals in the world.

As a person prone to depression, anxiety, claustrophobia, fear of crowds, an unpredictable temper, a disdain for heat, and a generally erratic mood spectrum that most people find repellant and troubling, any summer festival scenario is a potential perfect storm for lunacy and meltdown for me. But from the second I stepped onto that AM ferry bound for Fort Adams to the second I stepped off the ferry back in Jamestown that evening, I experienced a sustained sense of happiness, contentment, and wonder that I probably haven't felt since some Christmas day way back in my early childhood a million years ago. First off, for almost the entire day, the weather was absolutely stunning. The thermometer barely broke the 78 degree mark and there was zero humidity in the air which made any shady areas feel like springtime and a welcome respite from the direct sunlight. The air was so crisp and dry that the generally cloudless sky was a smurfy blue and everything around me looked high-definition. And being on a sort of peninsula, Fort Adams enjoys sea breezes from three different directions that always seemed to keep the heat at bay. In addition to that, the festival grounds are so sprawling and so rife with attractions that there is plenty of room for everyone and plenty of places off the beaten path to explore. The only bummer weather moment came towards the tail end of My Morning Jacket's set when it started to drizzle. The drizzle turned into a downpour of thick, shotglass sized raindrops that lasted well into Roger Waters' set. However, by the close of Roger's set the storm had broken and sunlight began streaming through the clouds in way that evoked High Renaissance paintings. The sky then morphed into the pinkest/purplest, most beautiful sunset your man Klaus has ever seen.

Although the "Fort Stage" is the main and largest venue of the festival, I tended to spend most of my time wandering around the perimeter of the superbly curated and constantly jam-packed "Quad Stage." The Quad Stage is the second largest performance venue of the festival and is located in the expansive, walled-in grounds in the heart of the fort that I believe were historically regarded as the parade grounds. The Goodbye Girls and Bahamas were the first two bands booked at the Quad Stage, but I spent most of their time slots simply exploring Fort Adams. However, I made sure I was at the Quad Stage in time for the retro-R&B stylings of the great Leon Bridges. Hitting the stage at 1:35 PM on the nose, Leon and company tore through an immaculate 50-minute set of vintage Motown-esque soul numbers that the crowd could not get enough of. If you filmed his set in black and white, added some grain, and told me that I was watching footage from the 60s, I'd believe you. He and his bandmates use instruments and wear clothing reminiscent of the classic R&B era, but they pull it off so expertly that it never feels corny or vaudeville. This is earnest, well executed, vintage R&B, and though it isn't my thing, I thought it was fantastic.

After pouring a few beers and some water down my throat it was back to the Quad Stage to check out Calexico. Calexico is a band I have very mixed feelings about; their recorded material puts me to sleep. People tell me "But you gotta see them live" which is a cop-out that I despise. But there they were, and there I was, and you know what? It was flippin great! This is Newport Folk Festival, and Calexico are definitely folky, but they employ dashes of rock and country so well that, live, it really floated my boat. Maybe it's my younger years as a ska aficionado rearing its ugly head, but I really loved the horn arrangements. Among the tunes they played, "Falling From The Sky", "Fortune Teller", and "He Lays in the Reins" (performed with Iron & Wine) really brought it. If it wasn't for this fest, I probably would have died never seeing Calexico live, but I am really glad I caught them.

After Calexico, I headed out to the main "Fort Stage," where I planned to set up shop for the rest of the evening's performances. At 4 PM sharp, The Tallest Man on Earth took the stage for a fantastic hour-long full-band set. I've only seen The Tallest Man on Earth, aka Kristian Matsson, once before a few years back and at the time time he was performing solo (like he did at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival). This time around, backed by a full-band, he brought a sound that had no problem filling the expansive main stage area while still maintaining a major sense of intimacy with the space. Matsson is a phenomenal lyricist and guitar player, but he's also an extremely funny and animated performer. NPR has the entire performance and you can stream it below.

There was about a 30-minute intermission between The Tallest Man on Earth and My Morning Jacket, so as Tallest Man was wrapping up I waddled back over to the Quad Stage to have some beverages and to catch up with a friend. At that time, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell were in the middle of their set. As my friend and I were talking, I noticed that Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell were playing a song called "There's No Way Out of Here" that not only appeared on Unicorn's David Gilmour-produced 1976 album "Too Many Crooks" but which David Gilmour also performed on his 1978 solo effort "David Gilmour" and which basically clammed in Europe but became sort of a radio hit here in the states. Ironic, considering David Gilmour's former bandmate Roger Waters was headlining this very festival.

The 5:30 PM main stage slot remained unannounced by festival organizers, so when My Morning Jacket took the stage at 5:30 PM, the crowd went absolutely batshit (especially ones who don't read this website). People were even more batshit surprised eight MMJ songs later when they remained on stage and were joined Roger Waters, Amy Helm (daughter of the late Levon Helm), G.E. Smith as well as Lucius and Sara Watkins who all served as Roger's back-up band. More on that later though. I honestly haven't seen or paid much attention to My Morning Jacket since I saw them at Webster Hall 10 years ago; a show I left feeling bored and uninspired. But whoa jeez their set at the Newport Folk Fest absolutely crushed. Nobody told me they got good. For me, "Believe (Nobody Knows)," "Compound Fracture," "Tropics," and "In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)" from their album The Waterfall absolutely blazed. Their sound was epic and they elevated the energy level to a fever pitch, just in time for Roger Waters' highly anticipated 2015 Newport Folk Festival debut.

More photos from Tallest Man on Earth and MMJ at Newport Folk Fest day 1, below...

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