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Deer Tick at American Songbook 2014 (more by Sachyn Mital)
American Songbook

The 2015 edition of Lincoln Center's 'American Songbook' series has been announced and runs January 29 - March 28 and includes performances by Steve Reich with Stephen Sondheim (!), Sam Fermin, Shovels & Rope, Talib Kweli, Dawn Landes, and more. Most of the shows happen in The Appel Room (formerly the Allen Room) which is definitely one of the most spectacular places to see a show in Manhattan. The last seven shows of the season take place in the more intimate The Penthouse on the 10th floor of LC's Samuel B. and David Rose Building. Tickets go on sale to Friends of Lincoln Center on November 6 and the general public on November 17.

Full lineup for American Songbook 2015 is listed below...

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photos by Sachyn Mital

Deer Tick

Twangy rockers Deer Tick returned to NYC last night (3/6) for the ongoing American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center's Allen Room. Given the environment and their partially acoustic setup, they were less rowdy than usual, and their 20+ song set included material from all over their career. They also included a few covers, but leaned most heavily on songs from their 2007 debut, War Elephant, and their newest LP, 2013's Negativity. For "In Our Time" off the latter, Deer Tick singer John McCauley's (once very famous and still active) wife Vanessa Carlton came out to sing guest vocals, which she also does on the album version. PIctures of the show are in this post.

John and Ian of Deer Tick will be back in NYC for the Bob Dylan tribute at MHOW on 3/24 which also includes Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, and more.

More pics and the setlist from Lincoln Center, below...

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Jason Isbell @ Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Jason Isbell

Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell, whose album Southeastern (streaming below) made it on a couple year-end and lists already, is currently on a tour overseas, but he'll be returning to the U.S. for a full tour here soon. That tour makes a previously discussed stop in NYC for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series at The Allen Room at Lincoln Center on January 30, which is now sold out, but you can still catch him in the area at the just-announced Space at Westbury show on January 31. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and a music video, below...

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Deer Tick at Cannon's Blackthorn in June (more by Kurt Christensen)
Deer Tick

Lincoln Center announced the line-up and schedule for the 2014 American Songbook series that presents "American singers, songwriters, and composers in intimate concerts at The Allen Room. Broadway, jazz, folk, and more - these are the melodies that shape the American music songbook." The series begins January 22 (opening artist TBA) and runs through April 5. This year's artists include Jason Isbell, Beth Orton, Deer Tick, and more. In addition to shows in the Allen Room (one of the most spectacular settings in Manhattan), the series concludes with a few shows in The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, including Mark Mulcahy, Hurray for the Riff Raff and more.

Tickets are currently on presale for Friends of Lincoln Center and will go on sale to the general public on November 11.

Schedule below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Lost in the Trees at Lincoln Center - 2/28/13
Lost in the Trees

Folk rockers Lost in the Trees came to NYC last week (2/28) for a show as part of the ongoing American Songbook Series in the Allen Room at Lincoln Center. Their set consisted mainly of material off of their two most recent full lengths and also covered Blonde Redhead's "Misery Is A Butterfly." More pictures from that show and the setlist are below.

Lost in the Trees will also be touring this April, but have not announced a return to NYC.

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Lost in the Trees at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lost in the Trees

Back in December of 2012, North Carolina indie folk collective Lost in the Trees made their way over to local college, Duke University, for a collaborative performance the school's Reynolds Theater with Chamber Orchestra. A video of the large group on stage doing a powerful rendition of "Garden" is making its premiere in this post and can be watched below.

LITT have some dates coming up this year, including a previously discussed NYC show as part of the American Songbook Series in the Allen Room at Lincoln Center on February 28. Tickets for that show are still available. American Songbook is the same series that Bonnie "Prince" Billy just played.

Video and a list of all dates below...

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photos by Sachyn Mital

Bonnie "Prince" Billy @ The Allen Room, 2/7/2013
Bonnie Prince Billy

As you prepare to perform in the "American Songbook" series, what does the notion of the "American songbook" mean to you?

I would like to think that certain songs find relationships with other songs in the ear of the listener. I think it means that there's a group of songs that people know or are familiar with outside the context of any particular artist that become ingrained in people's perception of their culture.

Is there something particularly "American" about it?

To some extent, the reception of all the songs we've gotten a chance to hear over our lives and the lives of people throughout the history of recorded music are commercially recorded releases. So the "American songbook" is characterized by the American music business and how that business has been run over the last 100 years. Of course, the music business reacts to our hybrid culture. I don't think the United States is unique in that its popular music reflects a common denominator of a diverse population. But our diverse population, of course, is uniquely ours. - [WSJ]

Is there a more spectacular NYC locale for a show than The Allen Room in Lincoln Center? Only falling snow could have made a better postcard last night (2/7) when Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) played as part of the 2013 American Songbook Series. Will played mainly alone, with a few covers thrown in amongst his originals, but was joined by collaborators Matt Sweeney on guitar and Ryan McNair on melodica for a few songs. It was a conversational evening in general, with Oldham stopping in the middle of songs to tell a story -- like one of him meeting Connie Britton (aka Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights) at a party, and pulled out a picture with her as evidence -- and even led the crowd in a group singalong.

Check out more pictures and the evening's setlist from The Allen Room below...

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Thurston Moore & Samara Lubelski in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
SamarA

As you may have seen on BV Austin (and above), Thurston Moore brought his current tour to Austin last week and played sold out show at St. David's Church, not long after his NYC show at the Allen Room as part of the American Songbook Series (that Tune-Yards and Bill Callahan also played)...

"Why can't we play facing this way?" Thurston Moore asked during his February 2nd acoustic, solo concert at New York's Allen Room, turning from the audience and gazing through the floor-to-ceiling glass behind his band. In fact, he did. Halfway through "Ono Soul," from his 1995 album Psychic Hearts, the Sonic Youth guitarist swung around toward the winter's-night view across Central Park, holding his instrument over his head, then aiming it at his small amp like a divining rod, drawing out a broad drone of distortion." [Rolling Stone]
Watch a video from the NYC show below (of Thurston playing and reciting poetry), and check out the pictures from Austin.

Thurston's band included Samara Lubelski on violin, and that's who will be playing with him next Thursday (2/23) at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn as part of a poetry event called "Littoral: Flowers & Cream" and along with sets (or poetry?) by Anselm Berrigan, John Coletti, and Ben Estes & Elaine Kahn. Admission is FREE, but you need a ticket.

Speaking of Issue Project Room, Ensemble Pamplemousse plays there tonight (2/17).

Speaking of St. David's Church in Austin, Islands plays there tonight.

Speaking of churches in Austin, Pitchfork announced their SXSW showcase.

Continue reading "Thurston Moore & Samara Lubelski playing free Brooklyn show (RSVP), played the Allen Room & Austin (pics & video)"

photos by Chris La Putt

""Occupying the original occupier" tUnE-yArDs in Columbus Circle." - Bill Bragin

Merrill Garbus in Columbus Circle - 2/9/2012
tUnE-YarDs

As tUnE-YarDs' show at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, part of the American Songbook series (which Bill Callahan played one night earlier), was coming to an end last night, the tweets started pouring in: "@brooklynvegan tUnEyArDs will be playing Columbus Circle within the hour. Get there!", "@brooklynvegan can u spread word that Tuneyards doing free show out by Lincoln Center fountain", "@brooklynvegan tune yards are playing in Columbus circle NOT lincoln center fountain", and "@brooklynvegan She said it was NOT a show. A gathering." Whatever it was, it included video cameras, and you can see what it looked like along with pictures from the actual show and the setlist from the show, below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Bill Callahan @ the Allen Room - 2/8/2012
Bill Callahan

Following performances by a diversity of musicians including Keren Ann and Thurston Moore, Bill Callahan continued Lincoln Center's 2012 American Songbook Series last night (2/8) at the Allen Room, a show Mr. Callahan said seemed like an appropriate finale to his "Apocalyspe Tour." Here are some pictures.

tUnE-yArDs plays the series tonight (2/9).

In other news, Bill Callahan recently covered Leonard Cohen's great ""So Long Marianne" for a MOJO Magazine covers CD. Listen to that, with more pictures from the NYC show, below...

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Bill Callahan @ MHOW in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bill Callahan

Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns to the elegant Allen Room in January for its fourteenth season celebrating the diversity of American popular song. For 16 nights the series will explore the best of the golden age of musical standards through to today's most dynamic songwriting. The music of Broadway, Latin culture and hip-hop, bluegrass, rock, and pop will be presented, along with three evenings devoted to great American composers and lyricists. The 2012 season - January 11 through February 11 - will bring to the stage some of today's most gifted interpreters of song, including Tony Award winners Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, and LaChanze, as well as the "Queen of British Musicals," the great Elaine Paige. In keeping with American Songbook's tradition of honoring great composers and lyricists, those being celebrated this season are William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos), folk icon Woody Guthrie, and Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl). A relatively new composer on the scene, multiple Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) will open the series with a new rap composition about Alexander Hamilton. Also performing in the rap/hip- hop vein is the exciting ensemble Ozomatli.

From the rock canon will be J.D. Souther, performing songs he wrote for Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles as well as newer compositions, guitar god Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth doing an acoustic set, and the wildly expressive Merrill Garbus, known as tUnE-yArDs.

Singer/songwriters, both emerging and veteran, are part of American Songbook as well. Diva of the demi-monde Keren Ann is part of the series, as is the man whose deep voice and masculine presence has earned him the nickname "The John Wayne of Indie Rock," Bill Callahan.

The spectacular Allen Room is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Broadway at 60th Street. The Allen Room possesses one of New York's greatest settings - a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.

TICKETS can be purchased online beginning November 14, 2011 at Lincoln Center's website www.AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office. Tickets for the Friends of Lincoln Center go on sale November 3, and single tickets go on sale to the public beginning November 14.
The full schedule is at Lincoln Center's site and below...

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My Brightest Diamond @ LPR in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
My Brightest Diamond

Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns in January for its thirteenth season celebrating the diversity of American popular song. For 16 nights of pop, folk, cabaret, country, rock, and show tunes, the series will explore the best of the golden age of musical standards through to today's most dynamic songwriting. The 2011 season - January 12 through February 20 - will bring to the stage some of today's most gifted interpreters of song, starting with the luminous legend Barbara Cook, the multi-faceted Joan Osborne, as well as the newest toast of Broadway, Kate Baldwin. It will feature opportunities to hear the acclaimed opera star
Pfizer is a proud sponsor of Lincoln Center's American Songbook 2011.

Stephanie Blythe and stage and film actress Anika Noni Rose who make their solo pop concert debuts, and the enduring influence of Latin music in the American Songbook canon will be represented by the modern bossa nova of Bebel Gilberto and the Cuban rhythms of Broadway star Raul Esparza. Arguably the greatest songwriting team in American Songbook history are the brothers George and Ira Gershwin, and they will be the subject of a Rob Fisher tribute with an array of dazzling voices.

Carolina Chocolate Drops also play one of the shows. Full schedule and more info at Lincoln Center's site.

Getty Address

Back in 2005, an earlier iteration of the Dirty Projectors released their concept album The Getty Address, which Pitchfork's Jason Crock called "a modern opera about post-9/11 America, the destruction of our natural wilderness, the confrontation between Hernan Cortes and the Aztecs in the early 16th century, and a protagonist named after Don Henley." An ambitious album, to say the least.

Dirty Pro frontman Dave Longstreth has come a long way since that album, but he hasn't forgotten it. And at two forthcoming shows in New York and Los Angeles, the band will play the album in full, with the 15-piece ensemble Alarm Will Sound and conductor Alan Pierson helping out. They'll also play songs from last year's Bitte Orca at both shows.

The New York show will go down February 19 at Lincoln Center, as part of the American Songbook concert series. The L.A. show is scheduled for February 27 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the band will co-headline with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During the first half, the Philharmonic will play orchestral pieces that Longstreth picked out. The band will take over and play the album during the second half. [Pitchfork]

The NYC show is already sold out, though tickets are still available for the one in LA. I can only imagine how much preperation needed to go into all of this (and for only two shows), so it's not a surprise that the Dirty Projectors will not be one of the artists playing the Tibet House Benefit show this year.

A letter Dave Longstreth wrote to Don Henley as well as the source of the above picture, at thegettyaddress.com. A recent free digital 7" the band released, is in a previous post.

Other upcoming DP shows include the Big Ears Fest and Coachella.

Dirty Projectors' last NYC shows took place at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. David Byrne showed up at one of them. David Byrne more recently showed up at St Vincent's show just this past Friday night at The Allen Room which is the same location and part of the same 'American Songbook' series that the Dirty Projectors are playing on February 19th. All dates and two Getty Address videos below..

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photos by Chris La Putt

"St Vincent brought out David freaking Byrne!!" - Kari

St. Vincent
St. Vincent

For the second week in a row, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) performed together at a NYC show. Last week it was the Haiti benefit. Last night it was St Vincent's headlining show at Lincoln Center's Allen Room. Last week included a bunch of covers. Last night included the Twilight song. Shara Worden, saxophonist Colin Stetson and a member of Megafaun were surprise guests last week. David Byrne, Budos Band horns, and a member of The National (and Justin) were surprise guests last night.

St Vincent appears on David Byrne's new album, as does Nicole Atkins who shares a bill with David at Bowery Ballroom on February 3rd. Bon Iver and St Vincent are both playing MusicNOW fest in March. The National just announced a new album and a tour that includes Radio City Music Hall, and the Big Ears Festival that St. Vincent is also playing.

St. Vincent heads out on tour with Wildbirds & Peacedrums on February 3rd. More pictures and the setlist from the Allen Room, below...

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American Songbook

Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns in January for its twelfth season celebrating the diversity of American popular song. For 16 nights of pop, folk, cabaret, country, rock, and show tunes, the series will explore the best of the golden age of musical standards through to today's most dynamic contemporary songwriting. The 2010 season - January 13 through March 6 - will bring to the stage some of today's most gifted interpreters of song, including top jazz artist Dee Dee Bridgewater and rock's gritty queen, Marianne Faithfull. It will feature opportunities to hear the acclaimed stage actress Martha Plimpton and Broadway star Leslie Uggams in intimate concert settings. Two of the hottest composers on the theater scene - Jeanine Tesori ("Shrek The Musical" and "Caroline, or Change") and Michael Friedman "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and "Gone Missing") - will perform evenings of their music along with special guests. The growing presence and influence of Latin music in the American Songbook canon will be represented by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez, two of the founding members of the band Los Lobos. Hidalgo and Perez will explore their four decades of writing and performing songs that are some of the best in Latin roots-rock. The series will close with an evening with one of Broadway's most enduring divas, the fabulous Chita Rivera.

American Songbook will be presented in the spectacular Allen Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall. The Allen Room possesses one of New York's greatest settings - a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.

TICKETS can be purchased online beginning November 1st at Lincoln Center's website AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office. Tickets for The Friends of American Songbook go on sale October 27th.

Suzanne Vega, Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent, Gabriel Kahane, and Nellie McKay are also playing shows as part of the series.

Dirty Projectors' most recent NYC show was a short set at the Bell House as part of the New Yorker Festival. Their next NYC shows are sold out gigs at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Full Lincoln Center schedule below...

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Dean & Britta @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Chris La Putt)
dean and britta

As previously posted, Dean & Britta are going on tour with Mercury Rev in early December - tickets are still on sale for the NYC show at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are also now on sale for this show at Lincoln Center:

13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, Composed by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips
Saturday, January 17, 2009 8:30 PM
The Allen Room

American Songbook
A selection of Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, the late pop-artist's fascinating film-portraits of visitors to his studio, is set to music by former members of the alt-rock outfit Luna, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips.

All dates below...

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Chris Robinson & Patti Smith @ United Palace, NYC - Oct 31, 2007 (CRED)
Black Crowes & Patti Smith

Black Crowes Set: Give Peace A Chance, Space Captain, Black Moon Creeping, Darling Of The Underground Press, Sister Luck, Another Roadside Tragedy, Nonfiction (w/Patti Smith), Ain’t No Cane On The Brazos, Polly, Girl From A Pawnshop, Jealous Again, Soul Singing, Wiser Time, Thorn In My Pride

Encore: Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’? [via Glide Magazine]

No shortage of Patti Smith shows this year (and next)....

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