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My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5 (more by Matthew Eisman)
"On Thursday, February 24th VH1 will be filming an episode of Storytellers featuring My Morning Jacket and we want you to be a part of it! This will be a very intimate show and a rare opportunity for fans. Seating is extremely limited and the tickets will go fast so please respond soon!" More details, and other MMJ dates, below...
Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...
Wanda Jackson, who will be flanked by the Third Man House Band featuring Jack White, will play sold out shows in Brooklyn and LA next week. If you didn't get your ticket for Ms Jackson, then you're in luck. "The Queen of Rock" will return to NYC one month later to play Bowery Ballroom on February 24, but note: the Third Man House Band is not billed as her band on the the Manhattan show. Tickets go on sale at noon.
We also have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the sold out Brooklyn show that Jack White is playing. Details below.
Wanda Jackson also has a pair of TV appearances lined up in the coming weeks; look for her on David Letterman on January 20th and Conan on January 25th. Jack White and the Third Man House Band will be playing at both of those.
Wanda is prepping to release her new Jack-White-produced-LP The Party Ain't Over via Third Man/Nonesuch Records on January 25th. The LP features Mr. White as well as his wife (Karen Elson), in addition to bandmates Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather/Raconteurs, also The Greenhornes) & Patrick Keeler (Raconteurs also The Greeenhornes), and other greats like Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket). The LP features eleven covers from the past century, and you can check out the tracklisting below.
The above picture is taken from a video where "label head Jack White, takes an on-camera minute to explain some of its latest creations. From the The Greeting Card Gatefold™ limited edition release of upcoming Wanda Jackson LP "The Party Aint Over" to the The Third Man Monkey Band™ - only at the store front in Nashville, TN. This fantastically old-time machine plays clips of exclusive, unreleased music from Third Man Records." That video, Wanda's full tour schedule and her tracklisting is below...
National Christmas Tree
The countdown is on until the lighting of the National Christmas tree!
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will have the honor of performing at the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting. The event will be held [today] December 9th at 5pm EST on the Ellipse at President's Park in Washington DC. He will be joined by fellow performers B.B. King, Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, and Jackie Evancho, and the evening will be hosted by rapper/actor Common. You can watch the ceremony live at www.thenationaltree.org or on public television throughout December. My Morning Jacket is currently recording a new full-length album, which will be released in 2011.Aside from the news on the tree-lighting, there's a few interesting things in the above statement: Jim James is playing for the President and is recording a new LP with MMJ, former battle-rhymer Common is non-threatening enough to be a TV show host on PBS, and BB King, despite numerous facebook and twitter hoaxes, is alive.
As a matter of fact, BB King, who did not have a stroke, will begin another tour of the United States on New Years Eve in Atlantic City. The tour stretches into the end of April, and he tags Wellmont Theater on 1/6 along the way. Full tour dates for (not zombified) BB King are below, along with some videos...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
4AD and The Red Hot Organization are delighted to announce that $1,000,000 has been so far donated to charity from the proceeds of the DARK WAS THE NIGHT album. The album was released by 4AD in February 2009, and is a musical collaboration conceived and produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, and Red Hot founder John Carlin. It contains 32 exclusive tracks by an unbelievably talented roster of artists, including Arcade Fire, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, Feist, Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, The New Pornographers, Spoon, and Sufjan Stevens - to name just a few.As you may have heard or just read above, Dark Was The Night raised lots of money, so good work to everyone involved including The New Pornographers whose contribution to the album was a cover of Destroyer's "Hey, Snow White," a song they performed last night at Terminal 5, ironically without Dan "Destroyer" Bejar (a member of the New Pornographers) present. They also played about 22 other songs at the 12/6 NYC show that Ted Leo & the Pharmacists opened.
In order to recognize the generous contributions of the artists involved with Dark Was The Night, Red Hot asked them to recommend charitable organizations whose work they admire. The list of organizations is below.
The Red Hot Organization was founded in 1989 to deal with the crisis surrounding the devastation of the AIDS epidemic on the creative community in downtown New York. Dark Was The Night, released in February 2009, was the 20th Red Hot album.
Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills states "Aaron and Bryce pulled together a wonderful collection of artists, songs and performances that perfectly encapsulates these times and really makes Dark Was The Night into an 'album' - a labor of love that has created this amazing and very tangible result!"
Dark Was The Night was a long time in the making, and the result of a lot of hard work and generosity from a long list of supporters. Aaron Dessner sums everyone's feelings up very well. "We want to thank all of the artists and everyone at 4AD again for helping us make Dark Was The Night happen. We also want to thank everyone who has bought this record -- your donations amount to a very significant contribution to Red Hot's mission fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS."
The full setlist and more pictures from T5, with the list of Dark Was The Night charities, below...
photos by Alysse Gafkjen
"The Preservation Hall Jazz Band suffered a serious blow, earlier this week, with the passing of bassist Walter Payton. Still, they played on (bassless) - with a photo of Walter, surrounded by flowers, sitting on a pedestal amid life-size wooden cutouts depicting departed PHJB members like John Brunious and Sweet Emma Barrett. My Morning Jacket's Jim James joined the band, as he had at Jazz Fest 2010 (MMJ appears on the band's latest album, "Preservation") for a short set that included a fierce double interpretation of "St. James Infirmary." James sang it straight, as a bluesy dirge; once he concluded, Hallahan grabbed a pair of sticks and joined drummer Joe Lastie for a hot, swung-out version. Hall vocalist Clint Maedgen scorched the mic; plenty of cowbell and tambourine gave the number a street-parade, Mardi Gras Indian feel (sort of like Wardell Quezergue's famous production of the Dixie Cups' "Iko Iko," which, legend has it, utilized ashtrays and water glasses for its unforgettably clanky percussion.)As noted in the setlist, Preservation Hall Jazz Band also joined My Morning Jacket on stage at Voodoo over the weekend. Preservation Hall Jazz Band's next show is at City Winery in NYC TONIGHT (11/3). More dates, pictures from Voodoo Fest, and some videos too, below...
After the song, the band second-lined out and into the crowd, then returned to the stage for a closing version of Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene."
From somewhere, Payton surely felt well sent off." [Nola.com]
photos by Alysse Gafkjen
MGMT / My Morning Jacket
"It's more than an average sweat-your-brains-out, suffer-in-the-mud music festival. It's the Voodoo Experience, and it went down at City Park this weekend in New Orleans.MGMT probably had the most talked about costumes of the weekend. The band dressed up as the cartoon cast of Scooby Doo. More pictures and a bunch of videos from this past weekend's Halloween-themed New Orleans fest (not necessarily in order - a big mix of all three days), and MMJ's setlist (they covered Black Sabbath again), below...
Voodoo Fest, one of the world's largest Halloween parties, housed thousands of attendees who, for three days of musical bliss, watched some of the world's most notorious names -- including Muse, Ozzy Osbourne, MGMT and My Morning Jacket -- and donned costumes ranging from zombies to superheroes, fictional characters to condiments and anything and everything in-between." [The Daily Reveille]
photos by Matthew Eisman
My Morning Jacket ...ran through its most recent studio album, Evil Urges, in its entirety and later returned for a nine-song encore....[mixing] unreleased original songs with a range of covers that included: The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin," Sly Stone's "Hot Fun In The Summertime, Al Johnson's "Carnival Time" and Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up."...It was also the only night that got a 2nd encore. And the only night I made it up there after spending the rest of CMJ week basically working (and seeing BV shows). It was the perfect ending to the MMJ marathon, and to my CMJ week (though it wasn't the actual ending of my week, because right afterwards I shot down to Bowery Ballroom to catch some of Neon Indian and all of Surfer Blood who went on 1am and had a marathon week of their own).
After leaving the stage for a second time, My Morning Jacket returned to deliver a high energy take on the It Still Moves single "One Big Holiday." It was the only song My Morning Jacket repeated throughout its 100-song marathon. -[JamBands.com]
Besides the Evil Urges material, the covers, and powerful show closer "One Big Holiday", the band also ran through material due on a forthcoming LP ("Circuital" and "Friends Again"), and a track from Carl Broemel's solo record ("Carried Away").
Carl played his own headlining show at Joe's Pub in the middle of the Terminal 5 run. Jim James played the T Bone Burnett show at Beacon Theatre that same night. Members of Diamond Doves/Elvis Perkins' band once again joined MMJ on stage on horns Saturday night, like they did the night Elvis opened.
More pictures from NIGHT FIVE, opener Everest included, a bunch of videos, and the full setlist below...
words and photos by David Andrako
Seeing My Morning Jacket play Z on the Friday of the nearly week long CMJ festival immediately knocked all the overhyped bands, blog posts and sponsored parties of the week down a few pegs. This was a band at their peak, sufficiently warmed up and hitting all cylinders after playing 3 shows in the last 4 days. Their night off was spent playing solo or as special guests at other venues in the city. The cavernous Terminal 5 could barely contain the energy that MMJ produced all night.
Z, released in 2005 to almost universal critical praise, marked a turning point as the band brought in an outside producer, John Leckie, and recorded the album at Allaire Studios in the Catskills rather than at home in Kentucky. This was the album that made My Morning Jacket a headlining act at Bonnaroo and an international touring act that headlined Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.
MMJ took the stage shortly after 9:30 and tore through the three opening songs of the set ("Wordless Chorus", "It Beats 4 U" and "Gideon") before settling down with the fuzzy surf guitar influenced "Off the Record" and the calliope-like and rarely performed "Into The Woods." Although they were performing the songs of Z, I couldn't help but be reminded of their 2006 live album, Okonokos, which starts with the same first three tracks. The "Z" set ended with a 20 minute plus version of "Dondante" which featured lead guitarist Carl Bromel picking up a saxophone and soloing into a Jim James guitar solo using a glow stick as a bow on his guitar.
The band took a brief break and returned to the stage for a encore that ended with The Who's "A Quick One, While He's Away", Prince's "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" and Wham!'s "Careless Whisper". "Careless Whisper" was dedicated to George Michael who Jim James described as "One of the best singers of our lifetime" and encouraged the crowd to "send him some good vibes." James led the audience in a "Bananas" chant while throwing dozens of bananas to the crowd as the show was ending.
Opening act Holy Miranda kicked off her set with the slow building "Pelican Rapids" and by the time she covered Etta James's "I'd Rather Go Blind" she'd earned hundreds of new fans.
More pictures from night four at Terminal 5 (night five post coming soon), and the Wham! video, and both setlists, are below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
"My Morning Jacket returned to New York's Terminal 5 after a night off to perform its ATO debut It Still Moves in its entirety (though all five members of the group performed on their night off) (at Joe's Pub and Beacon Theater). Like the previous nights of the band's Terminal 5 run, the venue was decked out with drapery and blown up images of MMJs five albums.They perform "Z" tonight and "Evil Urges" Saturday. More pictures from last night, the full setlist, and video of the Lionel Richie cover, below...
Elvis Perkins in Dearland opened the night and the Dearland Horns sat in with My Morning Jacket at various points throughout the night, including "One Big Holiday." Former My Morning Jacket guitarist Johnny Quaid rejoined his former band on a few songs for the third night in a row, this time flanked by former Jacket keyboardist Danny Cash (2000-2004), Sex Mob/Levon Helm Band trumpeter Steven Bernstein and Levon Helm Band saxophonist Erik Lawrence. [Two nights] earlier Perkins made a surprise appearance with members of his band when they performed as Diamond Doves at Brooklyn, NY's Rock Shop (oddly enough, on a bill with longtime MMJ associates The Barr Brothers)." [Jambands.com]
by Bill Pearis
Dean Wareham @ the Rock Shop in August (more by Chris Gersbeck)
I'm gonna guess that Bowery Ballroom will be one of the tougher entrances tonight, 10/22, as Dean Wareham will be playing an all Galaxie 500 set at midnight. I saw him do it at The Rock Shop over the summer and while there's no replacing Damon and Naomi, this is a good approximation. And as close as we're ever going to get. Definitely worth seeing if you're a G500 fan. San Diego's JAMC-loving Crocodiles play before at 11PM.
If you missed The Phantom Band at our day party earlier, they play again at Knitting Factory (8:30PM) as part of a super-solid showcase that includes Title Tracks (9:30, excellent power pop from ex-Georgie James man John Davis), Gentleman Jesse and His Men, (10:30), COOLRUNNINGS(11:30, gaining good buzz as CMJ goes on) and Baths (12:30am). For beer connoisseurs on the cheap this week, KF has cans of Pork Slap for only $3. No need to drink PBR here. $10 without a badge.
Kanine Records takes over Cake Shop tonight, and I like pretty much every band playing: Dinowalrus (who have been focusing more on melody than noise lately), Dream Diary (skilled Pastels-y indiepop), Viernes, Pepper Rabbit, Montreal's ethereal Braids, Young Prisms ("young" is the new "wolf" this year), Roanoke VA's Eternal Summer (definitely a CMJ must-see), We are Country Mice, and Grooms. Matt fromA Heart is a Spade DJs. Set times at the bottom of this post.
Frankie Rose & the Outs are playing their only CMJ week show tonight at Coco 66 (10PM) with Tamaryn (11PM), Light Asylum (midnight), and the just added Glasser (1am). It's an unofficial show, no badges, but only five bucks to get in. (Buy advance tickets here.) It's also probably your only chance to see Tamaryn with a smoke machine, which will certainly add to her gothy, shoegazy appeal. (Her record is great if you haven't heard it yet.) And Light Asylum are one of the city's best kept secrets.
Grooms, who can sling the drone and feeback as good as anyone, also play the free Impose party at Don Pedros tonight. It's an all-Brooklyn line-up, a good bet if you're from out of town and want to get a crash course in the DIY scene. Go early to see Regal Deagal who sound a little like Wire (punky, Krauty, nervy), and stay for Grooms, terrific noisepop duo Sisters, underrated pop band Darlings, and the dreamy, melodic Tony Castles: Also playing: Tough Knuckles and Snakes Say Hiss. Again, it's FREE.
Also on the free tip, the YoursTru.ly folks are throwing a party at Glasslands which is no cost to you, the music fan. You could pay for much worse: Sun Airway, Cults, Kisses, Laurel Halo, Candy Claws, Young Man, Oberhofer, Guards, and James Vincent McMorrow.
* Matthew Dear @ Webster Hall
* Ghostface @ BB King's
* Four Tet @ Webster Hall
* Nada Surf @ Mercury Lounge
* My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5
* Hard Skin, Forgetters @ Europa
* Lissie & Dylan Leblanc @ Hiro Ballroom
* Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on a boat
* Massive Attack & Thievery Corporation @ Beacon Theater
* Big Freedia, Javelin, Dominique Young Unique @ Southpaw
Friday flyers, set times and such are below.
by Bill Pearis
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ the Bell House, 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Let's just get the shameless plugging out of the way, shall we. Tonight's the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg. I'm especially excited to see The Blow, who I haven't caught since CMJ 2006! And Screaming Females who are genuinely mindblowing live. And Montreal band Suuns who replaced Yuck, and who are going to have a good upcoming year I think. And of course, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart who just put the wraps on their second album, and hopefully we'll get to hear a few of those. And be sure to get there early for Young Man and free Earpeace earplugs to the first 50 people in the door.
As soon as TPoBPAH finish, I'm hopping in a cab to the M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery to catch Radio Radio's 1AM set. Not only are they French-Canadian rap, they do it in the Chiac dialect that almost no one understands! They are seriously fun live. It's the only CMJ week show not only for Radio Radio, but also Random Recipe, Uncle Bad Touch, and Red Mass. Also playing: PS I Love You, Braids, and The Pack A.D. Read more about it here. Party starts at 6pm with Braids and free poutine. If the BV show was not at the same time, I'd be here all night.
After Radio Radio, I might swing over to the Hype Machine party which is happening at Backstage, the space formerly known as The Annex. They have two stages there now, I'm told, which explains how there are nearly 30 bands and DJs performing, including A Classic Education, Crayon Fields, Kisses, The Knocks, French Horn Rebellion and more. Having suffered at the cramped Annex many nights, I'm wondering where they fit a second stage. I guess I'll find out. This unofficial show isfree with RSVP. 7PM - 4AM.
Over at The Delancey is the Saddle Creek/Wichita showcase which is free even without a CMJ badge. This is also a pretty killer lineup of bands, including Sky Larkin (8PM), First Aid Kit (10:15PM), The Mynabirds (11PM), Frankie & the Heartstrings (11:45PM) and more. Whole lineup is here.
And the Impose nighttime party at Don Pedros is currated by Hozac Records, with Woven Bones, the awesome Reading Rainbow, Total Slacker, Xray Eyeballsand more. Bands start at 8:30. FREE.
These are just the shows I recommend. There's lots more going on, obviously. That includes...
other stuff tonight
* Off! @ Europa
* Olof Arnalds @ Living Room
* Two Door Cinema Club @ Webster Hall
* Secretly Canadian show @ Pianos
* Glasser @ the Apple Store
* Nick Lowe @ City Winery (not CMJ)
* Hardly Art showcase @ Shea Stadium (actually not CMJ either)
* My Morning Jacket & Elvis Perkins @ Terminal 5
* Extra Lens & John Vanderslice @ Mercury Lounge
* Massive Attack & Thievery Corporation @ Beacon Theater (not CMJ)
Flyers, some set times, etc after the jump.
photos by Jessica Amaya
DOWNLOAD: Ravens & Chimes - Division St (MP3)
It should be no surprise that Elvis Perkins joined Diamond Doves on stage at their CMJ show at The Rock Shop on Tuesday night. As Dearland, they are his backing band. Catch them together again when Elvis Perkins and Dearland opens for My Morning Jacket at Terminal 5 tonight (10/21).
Diamond Doves played 2nd on that Brooklyn bill, after Ravens & Chimes (new song above), and before Thieving Irons (ex-Pela), and headliners the Barr Brothers (members of the Slip). More pictures, dates and a couple of videos from the show, below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
My Morning Jacket's Terminal 5 run continued with a complete performance of 2001's At Dawn last night. The band ran through the entire album in sequential order, including the rarely--if ever--played "If it Smashes Down." Many of My Morning Jacket's early songs faded out of rotation after the group's December 2006 shows at San Francisco's Fillmore so "Death Is My Sleezy Pay" (last played 2005), "Hopefully"(last played during a full band performance), X-Mas Curtain (last played 2006), "Just Because I Do" (last played 2004) and "Strangulation!" (last played 2005) were also bustouts.Danzig! Video of that (complete with funny fan commentary), along with the full setlist and more pictures from last night (tonight is their night off - except for Carl), below...
Like Monday night's performance, the members of My Morning Jacket returned for an extended encore that featured covers and B-sides the band played during the At Dawn era. The band's covers ranged from the moody Danzig song "How The Gods Kill" to an extended jam during Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath." [jambands.com]
photos by Andrew St. Clair
One down, four to go. My Morning Jacket played Terminal 5 last night (10/18) with Dungen as part of their five night stay highlighting their past album output. Last night, The Tennessee Fire got the nod:
While the band has toyed with The Tennessee Fire songs like "Nashville To Kentucky" and "Butch Cassidy" at recent shows, My Morning Jacket had not performed numbers like "It's About Twilight Now" and "Picture of You" in over four years. With the exception of a 2007 benefit performance that found the members of My Morning Jacket performing with different musicians, the group had also not played "Old September Blues" in almost a decade.The party continues tonight (10/19) with MMJ focusing their energies on At Dawn with support from Hacienda. Tickets may still be available.
The group returned for a seven-song encore that featured several covers and b-sides James and company recorded for its various EPs around the time of The Tennessee Fire. The mini-set opened with "I Just Wanted To Say" from the group's holiday EP Does Christmas Fiasco Style and included covers of Elton John's "Rocket Man," Erykah Badu's "Tyrone" (which the band played with the singer in 2008), The Great Society's "White Rabbits" and Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs." -[JamBands]
More pictures and the setlist from last night, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Dungen @ Knitting Factory (Playvicious)
Dungen's show at the Knitting Factory on Friday October 15th (their second night there in a row) was my third time seeing them and I was truly floored. The first time I saw the Swedish psych-monsters was at Maxwell's in July of 2005, and then again at Bowery on October 15th, 2005 (both shows opened by Endless Boogie).
They crushed at Maxwell's, but underwhelmed at Bowery, so in the intervening years where I never bought a single album or had the chance to see them live I could only guess what direction their live show was headed. Friday's show absolutely did not disappoint and there were times where the guitar player pulled off riffs so spectacular that I found myself making the sort of riff-appreciation chortles that you'd hear a white guy blurt out at a Jeff Beck / Eric Clapton concert. The band's energy was unbridled to say the least and they could not have made the crowd feel more loved.
Although they open for My Morning Jacket tonight (tix still available), and allegedly had a gig at a place called Franks in Fort Greene (did that happen?) they consistently referred to the Friday show as the last show of their tour. I am not sure Terminal 5 will suit their sound, but definitely get the the venue early tonight and catch their set!
poster art via Emblem Studio
WHAT. A. SHOW.That review refers to the show My Morning Jacket played Friday night in Portland, Maine. The show marked the reopening of Portland's State Theatre, courtesy of Bowery Presents who will also host the band at Terminal 5 in NYC for five nights starting tonight.
If I could have made it to any of the T5 shows (which I can't) it would have been TFF so I was so happy they played a bunch of tunes from that on Friday. They Ran had an incredible outro which some wailing falsetto. I've never been much of a Butch Cassidy fan, but this live version made me appreciate it so much more (the sounds Tommy was getting out of his bass were incredible). I was really hoping for a Dondante and it was great to hear this song after a few shows without it.
The encore was a thing of perfection for me, but hell the whole show was perfect! Phone Went West is a great song to "end" the show on before a rippin' One Big Holiday. I was right in front of Carl and got blasted with confetti during OBH, a great touch.
There was a point during the encore when I realized how wonderful my life was as I stood holding my woman watching my favorite band in the world play the best setlist I've ever seen.
LONG LIVE THE JACKET
FIVE NIGHTS @ TERMINAL 5 IN NYCAccording to Bowery Presents, tickets are still available for the first two nights, but you can always try your luck to see if they put more on sale for the other nights too.
10/18 - MMJ plays The Tennessee Fire, Dungen opens
10/19 - MMJ plays At Dawn - Hacienda opens
10/20 - night off, Carl Broemel plays Joe's Pub
10/21 - MMJ plays It Still Moves - Elvis Perkins in Dearland opens
10/22 - MMJ plays Z - Holly Miranda opens
10/23 - MMJ plays Evil Urges - Everest opens
You can also try your luck winning a pair of tickets. I have one pair to "Tennessee Fire" and one pair to the "Z" show. Details below.
Before Maine, like Gorillaz before them, My Morning Jacket played an hour set "Live on Letterman". Watch the whole thing below.
Between Maine and NYC, My Morning Jacket stopped by Levon Helm's Ramble (Saturday night) where they played a 10-song set in addition to jamming with Levon. The setlist from that show, the Maine show (with videos), the Letterman show (with video), and contest details, below....
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Sean Moran @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Greil Marcus @ Barnes & Noble
* Karen Elson @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Dierks Bentley, Eric Paslay @ Bowery Ballroom
* Superhuman Happiness w/ Matt Higgins @ Coco 66
* Panda Riot, Home Video, Nite Club @ The Rock Shop
* The Monte Vista, Jonny Corndawg, Colin Langenus @ Zebulon
* My Morning Jacket plays Tennessee Fire, Dungen @ Terminal 5
* Ryuichi Sakamoto @ NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
* Naked Hearts, Golden Animals, Battlehooch, The Yes Club @ Pianos
* Gregory & The Hawk, Will Stratton, Echoland, John Houx @ Silent Barn
* Mayer Hawthorne, The Heavy, Gordon Voidwell @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Nada Surf, Reggie Watts, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Bo Burnham, Oh Land, Kitten @ Rebel
* Sarah Kirkland Snider, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), yMusic @ LePoissonRouge
* Wasteland Jazz Unit, Marc Edwards/Weasel Walter Group, Grasshopper @ Death By Audio
* Sea of Bees, Matt The Electrician, Jim Campilongo Electric Trio, Tony Mason @ The Living Room
* Cattle Decapitation, Devourment, Knights of the Abyss, Burning The Masses, Son of Aurelius @ Santos Party House
* 1995, Unremarkable People, DZ, Unsolved Mysteries, Paul and the Patients, Holy Spirits, Soft Spot @ The Delancey
Ryuichi Sakamoto makes a rare appearance at NYU.
Tonight marks the beginning of a long week for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr..
My Morning Jacket will be keeping pretty busy too.
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone @ Monster Island in July (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Zachary Cale @ Barbes
* MiniBoone @ Trash Bar
* Sparky Deathcap @ The Rock Shop
* Buffy Sainte-Marie @ Joe's Pub
* Curtis Hasselbring @ The Stone
* Richard Garet @ Issue Project Room
* Eyal Maoz, Adam Matta @ The Stone
* Ben Folds, Nick Hornby @ Barnes & Noble
* Rain Machine, Lone Wolf & Cub @ Union Pool
* Dungen, The Entrance Band @ Knitting Factory
* The Love Language, Roadside Graves @ Maxwell's
* Pink Skull, Silly Kissers, Grimes @ Cake Shop
* Mobile Wash Unit, Tora Fisher, Brent Katz @ Pianos
* Etta Place, Pezzettino, Field Mouse @ Cameo Gallery
* We Are Scientists @ The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park
* Wolf Gang, Acrylics, Safe, Painted Face @ Glasslands
* Hurrah! A Bolt of Light!, Whale Belly @ Littlefield
* Grizzly Adams w/ John Medeski, Jerseyband @ Southpaw
* Jimmy Eat World, We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Terminal 5
* Dan Deacon Ensemble @ Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY
* Gross Relations, Heliotropes, Beloved Rogue @ Bruar Falls
* Silk Flowers, Cntrl Top @ Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts
* Apollo Run, New Motels & 'Super Secret Special Guest' @ Union Hall
* So Percussion, Tristan Perich, Corps Exquis @ Galapagos Art Space
* Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, The Rustlanders @ Bowery Ballroom
* Run DMT, Woodsman, La Big Vic, Night Manager, Birthdays @ Shea Stadium
* Tom Tom Club, Caravan of Thieves, The Tony Castles @ Santos Party House
* Daniel Francis Doyle, Fiasco, Bird Names, Dinowalrus, Cavex @ Death By Audio
* Lame Drivers, My Teenage Stride, The Surprisers, Easter Bonnet @ The Delancey
* The Lifted Crew, Black Taxi, Kid Savant (Royal Flush Festival party) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Otouto, Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband & Revue @ Mercury Lounge
For more check out This Week in Indie.
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone plays two of his final shows in NYC tonight and tomorrow.
Dungen also plays in NYC tonight and tomorrow, and then opens one of the My Morning Jacket shows at Terminal 5.
We Were Promised Jetpacks open for Jimmy Eat World at Terminal 5 for the 2nd night in a row tonight.
The Love Language played Bowery Ballroom with Here We Go Magic last night. Catch them tonight at Maxwell's with Roadside Graves.
TV on the Radio member Kyp Malone, aka Rain Machine, will play live at Union Pool tonight. TV on the Radio member Dave Sitek, aka Maximum Balloon, will DJ at Brooklyn Bowl during CMJ.
Japan's Zazen Boys played Pianos the other night. A Punkcast video from that show, below...
AA Bondy at FYFest (more by Chris Juarez)
AA Bondy kicks of a string of dates today, 10/5, in Woodstock, NY before heading to Bowery Ballroom Wednesday (10/6) for a show that now includes openers Dawn Landes and Diamond Doves. Tickets are still available. On Thursday, AA Bondy becomes opener for The Walkmen for a few days, and then plays a few more shows of his own as well.
The Bowery show is one of two upcoming dates for Diamond Doves. The band will also hit Rock Shop on 10/19 as part of a CMJ showcase headlined by The Barr Brothers (of The Slip) with Theiving Irons and Ravens & Chimes. That's two days before the band re-emerges as the backing band for Elvis Perkins to play a sold out show at Terminal 5 with My Morning Jacket (10/21). In addition, Nick Kinsey, Brigham Brough, Mike Irwin and Wyndham Boylan Garnett of Diamond Doves will support My Morning Jacket as their backing horn section for 10/21, 22, and 23.
Dawn Landes recently returned from a European tour with Josh Ritter, and the pair recorded a Heady West cover, "500 Miles", to kick off the dates. Download that for the price of an email address.
Tour dates and some recent live video, below...
The Secret Sisters perform with Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett and Jakob Dylan
Jack White. T-Bone Burnett. Carl Broemmel of My Morning Jacket. These three stellar names all had their hand in recent/upcoming releases from The Secret Sisters, a pair of harmonizing not-secret Alabama sisters that dabble in classic-country inspired rock. The duo released their debut 45 on Third Man Records in August featuring a ripping cover of Johnny Cash's "Big River" (Jack White fan's take note, it rules), and are prepping their T-Bone Burnett-produced self-titled debut (featuring slide guitar from Carl Broemmel) for release on 10/12. Stream a few songs at their site, and more at their myspace. In preparation, the duo will play a solo show at Joe's Pub TONIGHT (9/16), tickets are still available.
It's the same place that Carl Broemel will bless on 10/20 on his night off from Terminal Five shows with My Morning Jacket.
Secret Sisters are also on board to play the Academy of Country Music Honors on 9/20 in Nashville, as well as NYC again one month later (10/20) as part of The Speaking Clock Revue, T-Bone Burnett's benefit show at Beacon Theater (with Jim James of MMJ). Tickets go on AMEX presale on Monday (9/20) and go on sale to the general public on 9/27 at noon.
The gradual return of Levon Helm to singing and performing since undergoing throat cancer surgery in 1998 had a tremendous payoff Sunday night (8/15) at the Greek Theater, where the Band's drummer and Southern spirit responded to an admiring crowd with a dazzling two-hour concert.The above review comes from a Levon Helm Band appearance in LA in August (not long after Levon played Radio City Music Hall with Willie Nelson). The former member of The Band will return to NYC for two dates sectioned at Beacon Theater in November. They'll be joined by special guests Steve Earle (on 11/26) and Bettye Lavette (on 11/27). Tickets for the Thanksgiving weekend shows are currently on AMEX presale (11/26 here and 11/27 here), and go on regular sale at noon on Friday (9/17).
Helm's presence -- at 70, he's still a ferocious drummer -- was cheered as much as the top-notch music-making; this show was a celebration of a creative life, of multiple strains of American music and of one man's determined will to soldier through adversity.
Sunday's show at the Greek [in Los Angeles] is the farthest west Helm and his 10-piece band band, led by guitarist Larry Campbell, have traveled since Helm returned to performing a little more than six years ago. In early 2004, he converted his Woodstock, NY, barn into a concert venue for the so-called "Midnight Ramble," asking, essentially, for fans to come to him, where they would be treated to an informal musical gathering with his band and esteemed guests. -[Soundspike]
Those in the mood for a road trip can head to Woodstock to check out Levon Helm at one of his Midnight Ramble sessions. Taking place fairly often (sometimes weekly), the space will also host Steve Earle (10/9, 10/23) and My Morning Jacket (10/16, before they play Terminal Five x5) in the coming months.
Full tour dates and some vids of the man at Midnight Ramble are below...
T Bone Burnett will premiere The Speaking Clock Revue - a multi-artist concert extravaganza - on October 16 at the Wang Center in Boston and October 20 at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Both evenings of the Revue will feature performances by Elton John & Leon Russell, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Punch Brothers, Karen Elson, and newcomers The Secret Sisters. In addition, Neko Case and Jim James from My Morning Jacket will join the lineup in Boston and New York respectively.Elton John & Leon Russell will release a T Bone-produced collaborative album entitled The Union on October 19th which is the same day they play another show at Beacon Theater (making the Speaking Clock show their second at the NYC venue in two days). All dates below.
The concerts will be presented in a revue format with a house band consisting of the players featured on numerous Burnett-produced recordings. Tickets for The Speaking Clock Revue will go on sale Monday, September 27 at noon, through Ticketmaster.
All net proceeds from these shows will be donated to The Participant Foundation to support music and arts education programming in public schools."
The T Bone benefits were inspired by the new documentary, Waiting for "Superman". More info on that and the shows in general, with the documentary trailer and tour dates, below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"You ready for some Grateful Dead action after this?" asked singer Julian Casablancas early in the Stokes set, referring to Furthur, the band led by the Dead's Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, already in progress at the eastern edge of the polo field. The uncertain response suggested fans were staying put - just as others were for Furthur. The Strokes sounded exceptionally muscular in the park's expansive setting. Fabrizio Moretti contributed heavy beats to "Vision of Division" and "Reptilia," as Casablancas eased his vocals from deadpan to excited and back again. "This is It" slowly built to a sing-along as Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi created an intricate overlap of guitars. "I remember playing these songs in front of four people," Casablancas said, looking out on the tens of thousands of fans. "It's really surreal." Even, apparently, after all the year's of the band's success. -[Rolling Stone]The Strokes and Furthur were two of many participants (including Bassnectar and My Morning Jacket and Al Green) at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on August 14th & 15th. In addition to sets from Gogol Bordello, Social Distortion, Phoenix, Kings of Leon, and many more (photo sets of all those bands are below), Outside Lands also featured an appearance from "one of the day's best acts" Chromeo ...
"...At about 5:50 PM, one of the day's best acts appeared at the Outside Lands Festival.
The music was thumping, adrenaline pumping, the sun shining, and many in the crowd -- tapping into a singular energy -- could hold back no longer. They put their inhibitions aside and let themselves be drawn to the beats blasting from the Twin Peaks Stage. Some ran, jumped and moved like they never had before, heading toward a common purpose.
Of course, I'm referring to the bum rush of fans that managed to scramble past the guards and bust down part of the fence along John F. Kennedy Drive, allowing scores of people to hustle in before the riot control guards on horsies and the rent-a-guard dudes in orange t-shirts could stop the inflow." - [San Francisco Chronicle]
Videos of the incident, with the rest of our pictures from the 2010 Outside Lands Festival, below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
DOWNLOAD: Carl Broemel - "Heaven Knows" (MP3)
Carl of My Morning Jacket at Outside Lands
Jim James of My Morning Jacket said it himself during his band's opening set. We were all about to have a great time, he assured us, listening to the Heartbreakers. Not Tom Petty, or "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers," as they were always billed in their '80s MTV videos. Just the Heartbreakers.My Morning Jacket completed their run of dates with, ahem, The Heartbreakers, and after a few dates this weekend, will prep for their five night stay at Terminal Five. Each night will see them revisiting old LPs with The Tennessee Fire being played in full on Oct 18th, At Dawn on 19th, It Still Moves on 21st, Z on 22nd, and Evil Urges on 23rd (tickets for 10/18 and 10/19 are still available). Those dates leave My Morning Jacket without a show on October 20th, but it won't be a day for relaxation.
James may not have been trying to make a point, but a point was made nevertheless. Petty's combo has always been a collaborative project: a band in the truest sense, and often one of the most engaging, if not always the most creative, on the Billboard charts.
...My Morning Jacket continue to split the difference between polite college rock and proggy, Phish-like jam band lunacy. That makes them better than any college rock band, but not as fun as Phish. Jim James favors a rotating setlist, but at Izod Center, My Morning Jacket played most of their best-known material, including "I'm Amazed," the reggae-funk "Off The Record," and the guitar-heavy "One Big Holiday." The popular Louisville quintet isn't desperate for new fans, but they certainly made some last night.
-[NJ.com review from the Izod Center]
My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel will play a solo show that night at Joe's Pub, showcasing material from his upcoming LP All Birds Say. Tickets are on sale. Order All Birds Say in multiple digital/vinyl/CD/T-Shirt configurations, and check out "Heaven Knows" available for download above.
My Morning Jacket (with Carl Broemel) also played the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on Saturday August 14th. Pics from that show adorn this post. More of them setlists, all dates, and some video recorded in a recent session with Carl Broemel below...