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"Joanna Newsom's performance at the Apollo last night gave chills & there were a few moments where it was so beautiful I teared up" - Dan Bernitt

Joanna Newsom

...Sandwiched in between two of her most massive songs to date ("Emily" and "Have One On Me"), "Waltz of the 101st Lightborne" had the same show-stopping effect as those songs, with Ryan and Mirabi's guitar and violin flourishes popping out as much as Joanna's own presence.

Divers' lengthy title track was another show-stopper, but in the opposite way. It was one of the night's quieter songs, and had the crowd in a silent trance the whole time. The crowd was like that the whole show, really. If someone near you so much as coughed or shifted in their seat, you could hear them during Joanna's quiet parts.

The above quote is from our review of Joanna Newsom's show at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre, and now we've got pictures of the other NYC stop of her tour: The Apollo, which she played this past Friday (12/11). The setlist was similar but not exactly the same as the Kings show, with a lot off the new album and older faves like "Bridges and Ballons," "Have One On Me," "Peach Plum Pear," "Cosmia" and more. Like at Kings, Joanna's bandmate Ryan Francesconi pulled double duty, opening with a collaborative set with Alela Diane. Pictures (including one of the setlist) are in this post and continue below.

Speaking of Joanna Newsom and kings, she was the guest on Larry King's "Larry King Now" episode yesterday (12/14), where she was interviewed and also taught Larry how to play the harp. The interview included her saying she'd love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar, talking about Spotify (which she trashed in other interviews this year too), and more. Watch the whole interview below.

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Joanna Newsom @ Kings Theatre - 12/7/15 (photo via @kimberleigh_rc)
Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom began the North American leg of her tour in Boston on Sunday, and then hit Brooklyn's Kings Theatre last night (12/7) for her first NYC show since playing Carnegie Hall in 2010. It was my first time at the venue, which was renovated and re-opened earlier this year after closing in 1977. It's a gorgeous theater inside and out, and it was even more visually appealing for Joanna's set, as she was performing in front of a giant painted canvas that somewhat resembled the cover of her new album Divers. (Heads up for future first timers though: It's a very long line to get in because of security, which I didn't realize and missed most of Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi's opening set. The tiny bit I did hear sounded good though.)

We got most of the Divers songs, and Joanna and her band -- which included Ryan Francesconi (pulling double duty after his opening set), Mirabai Peart and Pete Newsom -- mixed in an excellent selection of older ones: "Bridges and Balloons," "Emily," "Have One On Me," "Peach, Plum, Pear," "Cosmia" and more. My immediate reaction to Divers was that it wasn't as instantly overwhelming as her last three albums, but over time these songs soak in. In the live setting last night, they not only fit perfectly with all of her other material, they often highlighted the set. Sandwiched in between two of her most massive songs to date ("Emily" and "Have One On Me"), "Waltz of the 101st Lightborne" had the same show-stopping effect as those songs, with Ryan and Mirabi's guitar and violin flourishes popping out as much as Joanna's own presence.

Divers' lengthy title track was another show-stopper, but in the opposite way. It was one of the night's quieter songs, and had the crowd in a silent trance the whole time. The crowd was like that the whole show, really. If someone near you so much as coughed or shifted in their seat, you could hear them during Joanna's quiet parts. One thing Joanna has always known how to do is end an album, and her live shows are no different. The best moment for me was when she brought Ys closer "Cosmia" into the last pre-encore song of the night, Divers closer "Time, As A Symptom." It's the closest she comes to "anthemic" on the new album (and maybe ever?), and seeing Joanna and Mirabai belt out those chorus harmonies together last night was a truly powerful moment.

The encore began with Joanna returning on her own for "Sawdust & Diamonds" and then the band came back out to wrap up the show with "Baby Birch." Last night's show was sold out, but you can still get tickets for their next NYC show: Friday (12/11) at The Apollo. Like last night, Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi open.

Setlist from Kings Theatre and a couple more pictures, with updated tour dates, below...

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Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom's upcoming tour with Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi hits Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on December 7. Tickets are still available, though Ticketmaster says there are "not many left." Newsom has added a show at Apollo Theatre on December 11. Tickets for the Apollo show go on sale Friday (11/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (11/5) at 10 AM.

Updated tour dates are listed below...

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Joanna Newsom

We've already heard two songs from the much-anticipated new Joanna Newsom album, Divers (due 10/23 via Drag City), and now Joanna has announced a tour in support of it with Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi opening.

She'll hit NYC on December 7 at Kings Theatre, for what will be her first NYC show since Carnegie Hall in 2010. Tickets for that show will go on sale Friday (10/9) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/7) at noon and a venue presale starting Thursday (10/8) at 10 AM.

Joanna will also release the video for the title track of the new album as a theatrical-only release from October 16-22 in US theaters and a few European ones too, and then on 10/27 in various UK theaters. In NYC, it will be showing at the IFC Center. Like the Sapokanikan" video, it was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. All screening locations and all tour dates below.

Alela Diane

For Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi (the latter of whom contributed arrangements to Joanna's Have One On Me album), they'll be supporting their new collaborative album Cold Moon which comes out October 16 via Rusted Blue Records. You can check out two songs from that below. Before the tour, they play a few release shows, including one with Heather Woods Broderick.

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The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.

Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.

Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...

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Alela Diane

Portland folk singer Alela Diane and her band Wild Divine are currently on tour with The Parson Red Heads, which comes to an end in early July. The tour, in support of Alela'a new Rough Trade-released record, hits NYC tonight (6/17) at City Winery and June 18 at Knitting Factory as part of the Northside Festival. Dry The River are also on the Brooklyn bill.

Alela has also been revealed as the opener on the previously announced Fleet Foxes tour this July. Fleet Foxes cannot wait. The tour doesn't include any NYC dates, but tickets are still available for Fleet Foxes' September 24 Williamsburg Waterfront show with The Walkmen.

Alela and Wild Divine played Housing Works Bookstore Cafe back in March. Check out a video from that performance, and more dates (including MusicfestNW) below...

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Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...

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Theophilus London will headline the "Official Northside Festival Opening Party" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, June 16th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. You can also try to get in with a Northside Festival badge.

The hip hop artist is one of 65+ new artists being officially added to the lineup of this year's Northside Festival (June 16-19 in various venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY). Here's the full list:

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At the Apple Store in SoHo Friday: "Join musician Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend for a talk about his projects, including his score for the film "Sound of My Voice." March 4, 7:00 p.m."

Vampire Weekend's last release was an Apple iTunes session (recorded this past September at New York's Avatar Studios... "It includes a completely reworked rocksteady version of their hit "Holiday", plus "A-Punk", "Cousins" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa". The session also includes two covers: Bruce Springsteen's "I'm Going Down" and The Honeycombs' "Have I The Right". Three horn players joined the band for the sessions".).

At Drom Saturday: BAIO (aka Chris Baio of Vampire weekend) DJs with Alex English.

Monday, March 07, 2011 at 7:00 PM: "Alela Diane & Wild Divine in a live charity performance for Housing Works. Special preview show of her new album and band Alela Diane & Wild Divine (produced by Scott Litt) out on Rough Trade 4/5."

That's a picture of Alela Diane's new album above. More about it below....

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Orba Squara @ LPR
Orba Squara

Despite suffering a car crash followed by a breakup, Marissa Nadler made it to NYC this past weekend to play two shows with Alela Diane (who also played an in-store at Sound Fix while she was here). The first of those two shows was Friday night at Le Poisson Rouge with Orba Squara opening (11/13). That's where the pictures in this post are from.

Marissa and Alela's tour ends Saturday night in Utah. Since leaving they, played a show in Minneapolis. Culture Bully was there, and said...:

Alela Diane [is] a West coast folksinger whose To Be Still is probably the best folk record released this year (next to Cate Le Bon's Me Oh My). Diane's natural stage presence and relaxed manner produced a warm and intimate show that featured standouts "White As Diamonds" and the crowd-requested "The Rifle." Diane also covered Louisiana songwriter Dylan LeBlanc's "If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creek Don't Rise" prompting me to make a mental note to check out the young artist as soon as possible...

...Visibly nervous onstage, Nadler confessed to crippling stage fright and frequently apologized for imagined shortcomings. No apology was necessary though, as Nadler's otherworldly vocals put the audience under a deep spell. One couldn't help but wonder what she might be capable of free from the constraints of anxiety. Great things, I think, since even in her nervous state Nadler was nothing short of incredible.

Orba Squara plays another NYC show this Saturday night (11/21) at Knitting Factory with Jad Fair. More pictures (none of Alela, sorry) from the NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge, and a beautiful video of Marissa shot on the same tour in Fort Worth, TX, below...

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Orba Squara
Orba Squara

As previously posted Alela Diane and Marissa Nadler play a pair of shows in NYC this weekend. The first, tonight (11/13) at Le Poisson Rouge will include an opening set by Orba Squara who is probably best known for an Apple commercial song. Orba's new album The Trouble With Flying is out now. Two MP3s above. A video below.

Orba Squara is also opening for Jad Fair at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 21st. I'm not sure if Jad has more dates scheduled, but he does have about 50 MySpace pages.

Alela & Marissa's 2nd NYC show is Saturday night (11/14) at Union Hall. Earlier that day Alela will be performing a free in-store at the new Sound Fix at 3pm. Flyer and all dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - River of Dirt (MP3)

Marissa Nadler

Since releasing Little Hells in March of this year, Marissa Nadler has been somewhat busy. She played Highline Ballroom with Handsome Family in April before an extensive European tour. Shortly after that she played a June show at Mercury Lounge with James Blackshaw (then traveled to Europe again). Most recently she appeared at the Joe's Pub "Tribute to Connie Converse" on Labor Day weekend. David Garland says the latter "was a wonderful experience".

In case you missed all her shows this year, Nadler now performs with a full band. The members are Carter Tanton (Tulsa) on electric guitar/harmony vocals, Ben McConnell on drums (Kip Malone, Espers) and Jonas Haskins on bass (formerly of Earth). And she's on tour again this October and November. Joining her will be Alela Diane (who has a new 10" EP, Alela And Alina, coming out with Alina Hardin on Rough Trade October 6th).

Their tour comes to NYC on November 13th for a show at (Le) Poisson Rouge and November 14th at Union Hall. Tickets aren't up yet.

Videos from Marissa's spring & summer tours are posted below (also, the track above is from her new album)...

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!!! is playing ACL 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
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"The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival will showcase a diverse blend of acts both fresh and familiar at the eighth edition of the event in Zilker Park October 2-4. Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Beastie Boys are performing for the first time at the Festival, with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, and Thievery Corporation returning to Zilker Park once again. John Legend, The Dead Weather, and The Levon Helm Band will also make their ACL Festival debut, while Austin's own Ghostland Observatory will no doubt deliver another memorable set for festival goers.

With over 130 artists on this year's bill, the list of acts awes at each note with the likes of Sonic Youth, Mos Def, Toadies, Flogging Molly, The B-52s, Lily Allen, Citizen Cope, Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberists, Coheed and Cambria, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, and many more.

In the tradition of the TV show from which it was born, the Festival has always aimed to offer musical discovery for the fans. The 2009 lineup is rich with pop, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, indie rock, hip-hop, and gospel, to name a few, spanning cultures and countries from New Orleans to Venezuela to France."
The entire 2009 lineup is below...

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DOWNLOAD: David Thomas Broughton - Weight of My Love (MP3)

David Thomas Broughton

Talented UK experimental-folk artist and friend of Doveman/Sam Amidon, David Thomas Broughton will make a rare and brief stop in NYC before heading to SXSW next week. All in all he'll play only two shows in the US, both of which are for The Local. "The Local is an evening of fine live music hosted by Howard Monk. It's an unpretentious affair, and friendly too." More specifically, The Local is a UK EVENING of fine live music, and on March 17th they will be "in New York for a second time"...

Hosted by Howard Monk ('Later with Jools Holland meets Phoenix Nights. Result!' Time Out), The Local hosts two events in the U.S, in NYC and Austin, Texas (SXSW) and will feature live performances from the inimitable David Thomas Broughton (SXSW & NYC), last seen layering and sampling his melancholy tales with a banana in his mouth; the much celebrated Liz Green (NYC & SXSW), winner of Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent competition last year, and with a new album on its way, the 'flickering and hummable' stories of Shearwater (SXSW) and the much vaunted Alela Diane (SXSW).
Full lineups for both shows below...

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DOWNLOAD: Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Wallpaper remix) (MP3)

Passion Pit @ Glasslands (more by Bao Nguyen)
Passion Pit

today in NYC
* Illinois @ Fontana's
* Marah @ Mercury Lounge
* Beirut and Inlets @ MHOW
* Judy Gold @ Sleepwalk With Me
* Heartless Bastards @ Maxwell's
* Dysrhythmia & Tombs @ Union Pool
* Doveman doing "Footloose" @ Joe's Pub
* Musée Mécanique & Dave Deporis @ Cake Shop
* Sondre Lerche (and the Fray) @ Webster Hall
* Passion Pit, Paper Rouge & Cale Parks @ Bowery Ballroom

"A recording of the "Dark Knight" star's four-minute F-word-laced tirade on the set of his upcoming film "Terminator Salvation" surfaced on the Internet Tuesday. For many the tape was proof that the oft-described intense actor, who was arrested in July for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister, has an anger problem." [ABC News]

Fashion Week moving to Lincoln Center.

Oscar Wilde Bookshop, RIP

Joe Ades (the guy who sold peelers), RIP

Marah also plays Maxwell's tomorrow.

Check out Black Bubblegum's interview with Tombs.

A recent video interview with Passion Pit below...

Alela Diane's video for White As Diamonds below...

What else?

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Blitzen Trapper @ Terminal 5 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Blitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper are going on a tour with folk-singer-songwriter Alela Diane in 2009. That includes two NYC shows that also have Canada's Plants and Animals on the bill. Tickets go on American Express presale on Wednesday at noon for the February 27th show at Bowery Ballroom, and for the one happening the next day at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All dates below...

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