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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.

Continue reading "Roger Waters played Newport Folk Fest backed by My Morning Jacket, Lucius & more (pics/video/review)"

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...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket, Tallest Man on Earth & more played Newport Folk Fest day 1 (pics/review)"

MMJ

As rumored, Roger Waters used My Morning Jacket as his backing band at a Newport Folk Fest on Friday night (7/24). We'll talk more about that in more detail later, but as you can see in the setlist above and below, My Roger Jacket played Pink Floyd songs, Waters solo songs, and some covers too. MMJ played their own set too. Amy Helm (Levon's daughter), G.E. Smith, Lucius and Sara Watkins also joined for some songs. MMJ, Roger, and G.E. Smith previously teamed up for a Levon Helm related benefit in 2012.

Though it was gorgeous all day, the clouds really started rolling in during MMJ, and the skies opened up during Roger's set. The sun was back out by the end of his set though.

A few Instagrams below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket were Roger Waters' band @ Newport (setlist)"

UPDATE: IT HAPPENED

photo: Roger Waters tour 2012 (more by Dana "Distortion" Yavin)
Roger Waters
MMJ
photo: My Morning Jacket @ GovBall (more by PSquared Photography)

Rumors are starting to spread that Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is going to be backed by My Morning Jacket at Newport Folk Fest tonight!

My Morning Jacket and its members are Newport Folk Fest regulars, but they weren't on the schedule this year, despite being in the area to play Lewiston two days ago, and Xponential Music Festival in Camden on Saturday. Waters, who has promised a "very special" set, was a huge and surprising addition to the sold out Newport Folk Fest back in May. Jim James and crew on stage with Roger would definitely be very special (especially for My Morning Jacket!).

Stay tuned, and tune in to TuneIn.com to stream select sets from the fest live today, Saturday and Sunday. Actually Roger's set isn't listed on the streaming schedule, but Calexico, The Tallest Man on Earth, Heartless Bastards, Langhorne Slim, Courtney Barnett, Laura Marling and many more are on there. The full list of included artists and the embedded player are below.

On Sunday, My Morning Jacket play a show in Maryland with Jason Isbell who plays Newport on Saturday after playing a big free show in Prospect Park tonight (7/24).

Pink Floyd's other singer, David Gilmour, just announced a bunch of huge shows of his own, two nights at MSG included.

My Morning Jacket also just announced four Beacon Theater shows. Two are already sold out. Two are on pre-sale. All MMJ dates HERE.

Stream Newport Folk Fest radio below....

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket backing Roger Waters at Newport Folk Fest???? Stream the fest online"

No Sunday Driving

If you missed out on the BV presale, tickets for the Sufjan Stevens show in Jersey City on Halloween go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to The Zombies 'Odessey & Oracle' show at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Mick Jenkins show at Highline Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Mercury Rev show at Le Poisson Rouge go ons sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Minus the Bear 'Menos El Oso' tour with Murder by Death shows at Irving Plaza and Stone Pony go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the CIV and Grey Area show at The Marlin Room in Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to Hot Tuna's two shows at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Comeback Kid open for Stray From the Path at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr now goes just by JR JR and they play Webster Hall on November 4 with Brothertiger. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Faith No More and Refused show at the Theatre at MSG (moved from the larger arena) go on sale at 11 AM.

Tickets to the Lou Barlow show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Empress Of show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Hinds / Public Access TV show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Diarrhea Planet show at MHOW go on sale at noon.

Tickets to the Acid King show at at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Blitzen Trapper show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Fuzz (Ty Segall's band) show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Here We Go Magic show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale Friday at noon.

Tickets to the Algiers shows at Mercury Lounge and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see CHVRCHES show at Central Park SummerStage go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added My Morning Jacket shows at Beacon Theatre -- one with Cass McCombs, one with Craig Finn -- go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Mayhem and Watain show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Red Fang, Whores and Wild Throne show at Acheron go on sale at noon.

Tickets to see Korn play their debut in full at Irving Plaza and Wellmont Theater go on sale today at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along

For this year's highly acclaimed Painted Shut, Hop Along signed to Saddle Creek, and now the label announced that they will also re-press that album's excellent predecessor, Get Disowned. You can also get involved, by helping to choose what color the vinyl will be. The label writes:

We're currently prepping a reissue of Hop Along's debut full-length, Get Disowned, and we need your help to choose the color! Cast your vote below for opaque ivory, transparent clear, opaque gold, or opaque dark blue. Voting concludes end of day July 30th, and we will announce the winning color on July 31st. Also on July 31st, your account will be updated with a download of the album!
No release date has been set, "due to the volatility of vinyl manufacturing," but Saddle Creek plans to have them shipped out by the end of the year. You can pre-order and enter the color contest here.

Hop Along will be in NJ this weekend for the XPoNential Music Festival with My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Courtney Barnett, and more (tickets).

In case you're not familiar with Get Disowned, you can stream it below...

Continue reading "Saddle Creek re-pressing Hop Along's 'Get Disowned' (you can vote on what color the vinyl will be)"

photo: My Morning Jacket at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket recently added two NYC shows at Beacon Theater to their tour: November 27 with Cass McCombs and November 28 with Craig Finn Tickets for 11/27 and 11/28 are on presale now, using the PASSWORD: MMJPRE.

The tour also includes sold-out dates at the venue on 11/24 with Woods and 11/25 with Strand of Oaks. All dates here.

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell released a new record last week, and it's streaming via RDIO below. Something More Than Free is his fifth solo album, and he's having an especially busy year because of it. Constantly on the road, he played the recently-opened College Street Music Hall in New Haven last night (7/22), and will be having an especially busy upcoming weekend.

Friday (7/24) is Jason's big, FREE, headlining Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park with Dawn Landes (one night before Sylvan Esso and Porches play their free show on the same stage). Saturday he performs at Newport Folk Fest, but he won't stick around to enjoy it because Sunday he's playing Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland with My Morning Jacket.

From there it's on to Pennsylvania for shows with Blake Mills before hitting the Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival in Arkansas. His long itinerary also includes four sold out shows at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium (each night with a different very special guest, Chris Stapleton included), Voodoo in New Orleans, shows with Damien Jurado (again), shows with John Prine and much more.

He recently played NY & NJ shows with Craig Finn. Check out his full upcoming tour schedule below...

Continue reading "Jason Isbell on tour --- free Brooklyn show Friday before Newport, dates w/ MMJ, John Prine, Chris Stapleton, Damien Jurado, Blake Mills & more"

No Sunday Driving

Algiers are continuing to support their self-titled debut album on Matador with more dates, including NYC on September 18 at Mercury Lounge and October 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/24) at noon.

Scottish pop trio CHVRCHES have a small sold-out MHOW show this week, and will also play the much larger Central Park SummerStage on September 29 after their new album is out. Tickets go on presale today at noon (anyone know the password?) with the general on-sale starting Friday at noon.

Are you on board with the nu-metal revival? Do you care that Korn are playing their self-titled debut in full at Irving Plaza on October 5 and Wellmont Theater on October 6? If you do, you can get tickets in one of the various presales. General on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.

Winnipeg hardcore band Comeback Kid return to NYC to open for Stray From the Path on October 24 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales now (pw: musicgeeks). General on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.

Tickets for the newly-added My Morning Jacket shows at Beacon Theatre -- one with Cass McCombs, one with Craig Finn -- go on AmEx/Chase/radio presales at noon.

Tickets for the Mayhem and Watain show at MHOW go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Empress Of show at MHOW go on AmEx presale at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Craig Finn

My Morning Jacket recently announced tour dates, including two NYC shows at Beacon Theatre: 11/24 with Woods and 11/25 with Strand of Oaks. The first is sold out and the second is close (tix), but the band now added two more shows at that same venue with different openers. They'll now also hit Beacon Theatre on November 27 with Cass McCombs and November 28 with The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon, but first there's an MMJ Roll Call Members presale starting Tuesday (7/21) at 10 AM.

Speaking of Craig Finn (who has a new solo album on the way), perhaps you've seen his face on one of the many Seamless ads around Brooklyn, like the one pictured above.

Updated MMJ dates below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket add shows with Cass McCombs & Craig Finn (who is in a Seamless ad all over the city) "

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Tickets to the David Gilmour show at Madison Square Garden go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Electric Six show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

CHVRCHES, whose new album Every Open Eye, will be out September 25, will play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, July 23 with BAIO. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today.

Speaking of, tickets to the Baio show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see the Mikal Cronin show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see the Mr. MFN eXquire show at Studio at Webster Hall with Dopplegangaz, Audra The Rapper, and Dylan Owen go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Azealia Banks show at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Janet Jackson show at Barclays Center and Prudential Center go on  Live Nation and internet presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Battles show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Eagles of Death Metal show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at 10 AM.

Doug Benson will be taping his Doug Loves Movies podcast at Gramercy Theatre on August 3 & 10. Tickets are on sale now.

Les Sans Culottes were added to the BrooklynVegan-presented L7 show at Irving Plaza on 9/8 and tickets are still available.

Tickets to the two Joe Jackson shows at Town Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Subhumans shows at Acheron go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Mynabirds show at Rough Trade with Stranger Cats and Bad Bad Hat go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ride show at Stone Pony go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Moon Duo show at Mercury Lounge with Soldiers of Fortune go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Philm show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at  noon.

Tickets for the Shamir shows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tame Impala show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Thee Oh Sees shows at Bowery Ballroom and Warsaw go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the just-added third Odesza show at Terminal 5 (11/15) go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Colin Hay show at Town Hall go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the third (9/23) Of Monsters and Men show Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets to the Cold War Kids show at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon.

Tickets to see the Lissie show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets to see Born Ruffians show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the My Morning Jacket shows at Beacon Theatre -- one with Woods, one with Strand of Oaks -- go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Youth Lagoon show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Nick Diamonds shows at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the David Wax Museum show at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Ringworm show at Acheron are on sale now.

Tickets for the Alcest and Emma Ruth Rundle show at Highline Ballroom go on sale today.

Tickets to see The Polyphonic Spree play The Beginning Stages of... at Highline Ballroom are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

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Tickets for the Ride show at Stone Pony are on Citi and Noisey presales now.

Tickets for the Shamir shows at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tame Impala show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Thee Oh Sees show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Seattle dance duo Odesza just keep getting bigger. They already sold out two nights at Terminal 5, and now added a third for November 15. Tickets are on fan presale and Pandora presale now (fan presale password = ODESZA). Ticketmaster presale starts Thursday (7/16) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (7/17) at noon.

Men At Work frontman and long-running solo artist Colin Hay is playing Town Hall on November 19. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon.

Folk pop band Of Monsters & Men already announced two NYC shows, and now added a third for Beacon Theatre on September 23. Tickets go on AmEx and Chase presale at 11 AM. Local presale starts Thursday (7/16) at 11 AM, and general on-sale starts Friday (7/17) at 11 AM.

Cold War Kids are playing Terminal 5 on October 24. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon.

Lissie is playing a solo set at Rough Trade on October 7. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon.

Born Ruffians are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 28. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon.

Tickets for the KEN mode show at Acheron are on sale now.

Tickets for the My Morning Jacket shows at Beacon Theatre -- one with Woods, one with Strand of Oaks -- go on AmEx, Chase and Radio presales at noon.

Tickets for the Youth Lagoon show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Nick Diamonds shows at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale at noon.

David Wax Museum are playing Mercury Lounge on October 23. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photo: My Morning Jacket at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket returned earlier this year with The Waterfall, and though they played Governors Ball, they've yet to support it with a non-festival NYC show. That will change on their just-expanded tour which now includes two Boston and two NYC shows.

The NYC shows happen November 24 and 25 at Beacon Theatre. Both are good lineups, with Woods on night 1 and Strand of Oaks on night 2. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/17) at noon, and Roll Call members get an exclusive presale starting Tuesday (7/14) at 10 AM.

MMJ also play nearby NYC this month at Camden, NJ's XPoNential Music Festival with St. Vincent.

Updated dates are listed, with a live session video of "Compound Fracture" from the new album, below...

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Jack White, Chicano Batman @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015
Jack White, Chicano Batman @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015
Jack White, Chicano Batman @ Austin Music Hall - 1/24/2015

Another one bites the dust:

The Austin Music Hall is to be demolished to make way for a 28-story office building.

Officials with Cielo Property Group, an Austin real estate company, confirmed in an exclusive interview with the Austin Business Journal that it is teaming up with Tier REIT of Dallas to build another downtown office tower.

Demolition of the 43,000-square-foot entertainment venue at 208 Nueces St. will begin in January. Construction of the 349,000-square-foot building is scheduled to start in early 2016 and deliver at the end of 2017. [BizJournals]

The photos above are from one of Jack White's two shows there earlier this year. More pictures from that show, by Tim Griffin, HERE.

Three more shows are scheduled at the venue at the moment: one by Faith No More, and two by My Morning Jacket.

Bonnaroo

As mentioned, BrooklynVegan is co-hosting the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. It's the final day and Sunday's live stream (June 13) starts at 6 PM Eastern. Tonight's schedule includes Robert Plant, Spoon, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Caribou and more. Before that they're replaying performances from the first three nights. Watch the stream along with the full schedule below.

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Kendrick & Chance with Earth Wind & Fire (photo via Max)
Kendrick Chance

Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White had never met Kendrick Lamar until he saw Lamar and Chance the Rapper at the side of the stage during their late-night set and the band invited them out to freestyle.

"I knew who he was, but it wasn't planned," White said afterwards. "We stayed up there -- what -- 90 minutes? We were only supposed to be up there 70 minutes. You know, you just go. You don't think about it, you just keep going. He's in the band right now." [USA Today]

As the review quoted above points out, there was some generation-crossing collaboration going on at Bonnaroo yesterday (6/12) when veteran R&B/soul/funk band Earth Wind & Fire brought out rappers Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper during their set. You can check out a couple videos (via Pitchfork / Fake Shore Drive) below.

There was other generation crossing when Tears for Fears covered Radiohead's "Creep" (not for their first time) at the festival. We don't have a video of that at the moment, but we hear things got pretty emotional:

Bonnaroo continues today (6/13) with the Superjam, D'Angelo, Slayer, My Morning Jacket, Belle & Sebastian, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs, and more. If you're not there, you can stream the festival live, right HERE. Check out a recap of Thursday too.

Videos of Earth Wind, Fire, Kendrick & Chance below...

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UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

bonnaroo is streaming live on brooklynvegan.com

Bonnaroo 2015 is this week with four days of music and comedy from Thursday (6/11) through Sunday (6/14) in Manchester, TN. For those who can't make it, you'll be able to watch many of Bonnaroo's performers right here on BrooklynVegan.com via three different video channels. Live streaming begins Thursday at 7 PM Central (6 PM Eastern) and sets being broadcast over the four days include Courtney Barnett, Against Me!, Belle & Sebastian, My Morning Jacket, Billy Joel, D'Angelo & the Vanguard, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs and many more. Full list of confirmed streaming Bonnaroo performances below.

UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

While there won't be any Bonnaroo comedy sets streaming, Comedy Central has put together a Spotify playlist of bits from many of the comedians peforming at the fest this year, including Chris Hardwick, Jeff Ross, Kurt Braunohler, Reggie Watts, Michelle Wolf and more. Stream that below.

Continue reading " 2015 Bonnaroo livestream schedule"

photos by P Squared Photography

Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Florence and the Machine were the first act to put on a show worthy of a headliner. Drenched in warm golden light, Florence hopped around on one leg as she led the crowd in sing-alongs of hits such as What the Water Gave Me and Shake It Out. Her performance felt quite reserved compared to that of St Vincent, who brought out a pink Aztex-style pyramid and two backing dancers in chrome jumpsuits before putting on the performance of the day. Tracks like Marrow felt hugely aided by her band's saturated, chunky and almost shoddy-sounding synths, while St Vincent danced in sync with her troupe, who tottered around like Daryl Hannah's dying replicant in Blade Runner. The crowd were addressed as "citizens of New York city" and she stopped proceedings for a Thomas Pynchon-esque short story about an imagined storm in New York in which you grab an Arthur Russell record and Susan Sontag's diaries and hide out in a cupboard. [The Guardian]
Annual NYC music festival Governors Ball went down this past weekend on Randall's Island. Day 1, Friday (6/5), had Drake's hits-filled set, Ezra Koenig's guest appearance during Chromeo's set, an unfortunate Rae Sremmurd injury, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Ratatat, Death From Above 1979, Odesza, Rudimental and more.

Day 3 pictures HERE. Day 2 HERE. More day 1 pictures below...

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Chromeo

Governors Ball 2015 began yesterday, including Drake, St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket and more. During Chromeo's set, they brought their old pal, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig, to play VW's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" into Chromeo's "Bonafide Lovin'" with the duo. Dave 1 began by saying "there's this guitar riff I like to play sometimes" and then played the "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" riff a couple of times. Finally Ezra walked on stage and said "Hey man... Dave I showed you the riff, man. It's really not that hard." Then Chromeo & Ezra went into the song.

Watch video of the whole thing going down, below...

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Drake
photo: Drake @ Governors Ball (by laufik)

"On June 5, day one of the three-day gathering -- the east coast's answer to Coachella -- many wondered whether [Drake] would shine during his headlining set, memories of his lukewarm California performances still fresh in peoples' minds. Fortunately for fans who trekked out to New York's Randall's Island, Drake has something to prove. And did he ever.

Drake took the stage with "Legend," the opening to his latest mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, launching into a 90-minute set that blazed through much of his catalog, including the tracks "Over," "Started From the Bottom," "Worst Behavior" and "0 to 100 / The Catch Up")." [Billboard]

Drake's full setlist and some Instagrams from his set can be perused below. We'll have a full set of pictures from day one coming soon including St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, and Chromeo who brought out Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig during their set.

Earlier in the day, another hip hop set didn't go as well and Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jimmy left the fest in an ambulance.

Governors Ball continues today (Saturday) with sets from Bjork, Little Dragon, Ryan Adams, Future Islands, Kate Tempest, White Lung, Kiesza, Sharon Van Etten, a new stage show by Deadmau5 and more.

Some of the sets will be broadcast on SiriusXM.

If you're going, Sharon Van Etten has some tips.

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Rae Srummerd
photo: Rae Sremmurd on stage @ Governors Ball Friday (by Travel.Work.Play)

The first of three days of Governors Ball is just getting started, and though the little rain during their set was hardly a big deal, what happened to Rae Sremmurd on stage definitely was. As Billboard reports...

Slim Jimmy, one-half of the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, fell offstage and seriously injured his leg minutes into the group's afternoon performance at the Governors Ball Music Festival on Friday (June 5).

Ten minutes into a set that began at 1:30, Rae Sremmurd performed their song "Unlock The Swag" when Slim Jimmy tumbled off a speaker in front of the crowd. The rapper was carried back onstage with the help of two security guards and placed behind the DJ booth.

His Rae Sremmurd partner, Swae Lee, cut off "Unlock The Swag" after a few bars to examine the situation. He then told the crowd, "This shit is pretty crazy. ... This n---a's leg is like, split open, I'm serious."

Slim Jimmy was later seen leaving the grounds in an ambulance, which may be where he is laying all bandaged up in this Instagram Rae Sremmurd posted:


@jxmmis is doing ok thanks to all the fans #GovernorsBallNYC2015

A photo posted by Rae Sremmurd (@raesremmurd) on


Glad to hear is doing ok! Check out an overhead video, showing Rae Sremmurd's impressive (and umbrella filled) early crowd, and some other pics, below.

Governors Ball continues today with sets by The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Ratatat, DFA 1979, Chromeo, My Morning Jacket, Drake and more. Some of it will be broadcast on SiriusXM.

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