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photo: Laura Jane Grace (and the rest of Against Me!) (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Laura Jane Grace

The American Songbook series returns to NYC's Lincoln Center from January 19 through April 1 in 2016. Highlights include Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace (2/19), The Hold Steady's Craig Finn (2/3), Todd Almond with Courtney Love (2/4), Anais Mitchell (3/17), Loudon Wainwright III (1/22), Janis Ian (2/5) and more. Most shows are in The Appel Room, but a few are in The Penthouse and opening night is in The Atrium. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) is proud to announce the final two productions of its 2015/16 Season. The New York premiere of RED SPEEDO, written by Lucas Hnath (The Christians) and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Hollow Roots), will begin performances in February. The 2015/16 Season will conclude with the world premiere of a new folk opera, HADESTOWN, by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. HADESTOWN was developed with and is directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), and will begin performances in May 2016.
As the press release quoted above notes, one of the productions of the New York Theatre Workshop will be the new stage adaption of Anais Mitchell's Hadestown, her guest-filled 2010 concept album that featured Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, The Low Anthem's Ben Knox Miller, and the Haden triplets (Petra, Rachel and Tanya).

The new additions to the NYTW 2015/16 season join Lazarus (by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, directed by Ivo Van Hove) and Fondly, Collette Richland (by Sibyl Kempson, directed by John Collins). More info and membership packages available at NYTW's site.

by Andrew Sacher

Matt Pond

Earlier this year, while Matt Pond was touring Emblems for its 10th anniversary, he wrote a one-off single, "The Starting Line," and has now given it the video treatment with footage from classic 1979 coming-of-age film, Breaking Away. "Breaking Away was my Harold and Maude or Paris, Texas," says Matt. "After seeing the film, I would chase pickup trucks with my 12 speed along winding New Hampshire roads. Perhaps it wasn't the best way to find love, but I was temporarily invincible. And that's everything." The song's more of Matt's folky indie pop, and you can check it out for yourself by watching that video below.

Matt also has a few dates in the Northeast coming up. As discussed, he opens for his Polyvinyl labelmates American Football on night 3 (10/12) of their three reunion shows at Webster Hall. That's sold out, but you can also catch Matt not far from NYC with Anais Mitchell on October 9 at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT. Tickets for that show are on sale now. That's two days before Anais plays NYC herself at Rockwood Music Hall (10/11) with Deitrich Strause (tickets).

All of Matt's dates are listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Matt Pond has a new video/single, touring, playing NYC with American Football, CT w/ Anais Mitchell (who plays NYC too)"

Weekend at CMJ 2013 (more by Sarah Gainer)

Destruction Unit at Chaos In Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
D Unit

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Weekend, Nothing, Vaura @ Bowery Ballroom
Do you like your shoegaze heavy and very loud? Tonight show should leave your ears ringing (in a good way?) with the gothy sounds of Weekend and the just plain heavy blast of Nothing.

Destruction Unit, Crystalline Roses, Cottaging (mems Ukiah Drag), Ancient Ocean, DJS Ning Nong and WeGlo @ Saint Vitus
Arizona psych punks Destruction Unit are one of the loudest, most intense, and unforgettable under-the-radar live bands in the country right now. If you've seen them, you know what you're in for, but if you haven't and are looking for spontaneous plans tonight, this show cannot be recommended enough.

Mac DeMarco, Delicate Steve, Hunters @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The folks at Panache Booking are behind this weekend's shows at BNB, and they've put together two good line-ups. Tonight it's a solo set from Mac Demarco, plus the instrumental magic of Delicate Steve and the always-entertaining Hunters. Free.

People Get Ready, Shy Hunters @ Baby's All Right
Mixing indie pop and performance art, People Get Ready's much-talked-about live shows are not to be missed. Gothy band Shy Hunters are also on the bill. Also: Baby's All Right's kitchen opens tonight.

Connan Mockasin, ARP @ Glasslands
Australian eccentric Connan Mockasin just released his new album, Caramel, and is here for his first proper North American tour. This is his second of two NYC dates (Mercury Lounge was last night) and is sold out.

TOY, Spires @ Mercury Lounge
After a couple false starts and fresh off their second album, Join the Dots, UK motorik shoegazers TOY finally make it here for their first NYC shows. After playing Glasslands last night, they hit Mercury Lounge with likeminded locals Spires. Tickets are still available.

Sepalcure, Alex Burkat, Aquarian @ Cameo
When producers Machinedrum and Braille aren't making excellent forward-thinking electronic music on they're own, they're making it together as Sepalcure. The duo haven't played in a while, so tonight should be a real treat.

Self @ Gramercy Theatre
'90s rockers Self are celebrating their 1995 album, Subliminal Plastic Motives, which just got reissued by Fat Possum. This is their first show in nearly 10 years.

Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall
Neil Young did the Crazy Horse thing for much of 2012 and 2013, playing some excellent, noisy shows, and tonight he concludes his four-night run at Carnegie Hall, showing off his prettier side.

Meth Dad, Chiffon, Fielded, D. Cookin @ Death by Audio
Nashville electronic pop weirdo Meth Dad is currently on a tour with Chiffon which comes to NYC for two shows this week, this being the second. Dark pop artist Fielded is more than enough of a reason on her own to go to this show too.

Action Bronson @ Irving Plaza
The insanely prolific and always great NYC rapper Action Bronson deservedly continues to get bigger, and this week he'll show that off with two big sold-out hometown shows. This is the first.

Mother Falcon, And the Kids @ Littlefield
Many-membered Austin chamber pop collective Mother Falcon are back in NYC this weekend for Winter Jazz Fest, which they play tomorrow, but before that they'll headline this show at Littlefield tonight.

Zevious, EULA, Mount Gomery, Beasty @ Radio Bushwick
Between jazz/prog/rock band Zevious and fierce noise rockers EULA, this show should have no lack of intense and wacky rock.

Porches, My Dad, Gunk, Flagland @ Silent Barn
One of many chances to catch NYC "bummer pop" band Porches in their hometown, plus their Exploding In Sound labelmates My Dad, who are in from Chicago.

Against Me!, The Sidekicks, The Shondes @ The Stone Pony
Against Me!'s upcoming LP, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their first since singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender, is shaping up to be one of the more interesting and anticipated releases of early 2014. If you missed them at MHOW last night, need to see them again, or this show is just more convenient for you, they're in NJ at The Stone Pony tonight. Similarly anthemic openers The Sidekicks and The Shondes are not to miss either.

Arc Iris, Joy Kills Sorrow, David Wax Museum, Leyla McCalla, Grace & Tony, Wesley Stace (host) @ City Winery
Wesley Stace hosts his showcase for the 2014 APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) conference.

Joe Pernice @ Rockwood Music Hall
Wesley Stace was just on tour with Pernice, who plays solo at Rockwood Music Hall tonight. He's a talented songwriter possessed with a honeyed voice not unlike The Zombies' Colin Blunstone, and is a funny banterer to boot.

Anais Mitchell @ Rockwood Music Hall
Folk singer Anais Mitchell came to NYC for last night's Downtown Comes Uptown show at Lincoln Center, and now, like every other artist on that bill (Emily King, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Sean Rowe), she plays her own set at Rockwood Music Hall tonight. Anais' show is at 8:30 PM, after Joe Pernice's 7:15 show.

The Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Toussaint, Ruthie Foster, Paul Thorn @ BB King's
This show, as part of the APAP conference, features some great artists like influential New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint and legendary gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama (who got an increased presence in the indie world this year thanks to their new Justin Vernon-produced album).

Pepe Romero @ Brookfield Place Winter Garden (New York Guitar Festival)
The New York Guitar Festival kicks off tonight with this opening night concert from Spanish classical guitarist Pepe Romero, and continues with multiple shows through January 30.

Winter Jazz Fest (multiple shows/venues)
Winter Jazz Fest continues tonight with multiple shows in various NYC venues with sets from Dawn of Midi, Keren Ann, Nat Baldwin, Roomful of Teeth, and many more. Full schedule here.

Doug Gillard, Har Mar Superstar, Mike Bocchetti, Ben Lerman, Jodi Lennon @ Union Hall
New WFMU personality Dave Hill hosts this variety show that promises "an incredible night of comedy, music and gunplay" with Dave and his combo Valley Lodge as the house band.

Peelander Yellow, Unstoppable Death Machines, Math the Band, Ken South Rock @ Shea Stadium
Peelander Yellow will be playing acoustic tonight as well as "livepainting for crazy bands" which sounds kinda interesting.

Jake Bugg, Albert Hammond Jr., The Skins @ Terminal 5
He's not even 19 yet, but UK singer Jake Bugg already counts guys like Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller as fans... and sold out Terminal 5.

Holy Ghost! (DJ Set), Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
This edition of the "Girls & Boys" party features a headline set from '80s-loving DFA duo Holy Ghost! That's their exclamation point, by the way.

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

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Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hammer

Anais Mitchell, who is carrying a child herself (congrats Anais!), recently released an album with Jefferson Hamer called Child Ballads (learn more about that at NPR). Anais and Jefferson have been touring that album, and played songs from it in NYC at Joe's Pub on 4/16 and 4/17. We have some pictures in this post from the first intimate show, which Robert Sarazin Blake opened.

Anais and Jefferson will continue on the road later in May after another NYC show, but this time at Rockwood Music Hall on May 10 with Port St. Willow, and as part of the Downtown Music Festival (which means maybe the show will be more expensive than usual? Not sure totally how it works.).

All tour dates and more pictures from Joe's Pub, below...

Continue reading "Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer released an LP, touring, played Joe's Pub, add another NYC show (dates & pics)"

Kendrick Lamar at SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)

Tickets for the individual shows of Downtown Music Festival (5/10-11), which were just announced are on sale now, in addition to passes.

A whole bunch of other tickets just went on sale too.

Day-by-day schedule for Downtown Music Festival below...

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TEEN @ Glasslands. Sept. 2013 (more by Courtney Dudley)

The Downtown Music Festival happens in two weeks (May 10 - 11) at NYC venues on or below Houston St. A few artists have been added to the fest's line-up: Nguzunguzu, Antwon, TEEN, Branchez, Mess Kid, Jade <3 & Blind Benny, Anais Mitchell, Crush Distance and Nire & Nani. Tickets (single day and two-day passes, and VIP passes) are still available.

The festival has also announced the daily line-ups, so we now know things like that Black Hippy and Fat Tony will be playing at Capitale on Friday night (5/10); Earl Sweatshirt, Ryan Hemsworth and Antwon will be at Element on Friday; and Ratking, Black Dave, Vashtie, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire and Jade <3 & Blind Benny will be at Tammany Hall on Saturday night (5/11), to name a few. Check out the full schedule below.

Continue reading "Downtown Music Festival adds more artists (Antwon, TEEN + more), announces daily schedule"

Leonard Cohen

UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

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Bar 4, Brooklyn, NY - 10/30/2012 - photo sent in by Lilli & Billy
Bar 4

Bar 4 in South Slope, where I recently caught an intimate Cass McCombs show, took the time to put tape on their windows, but it couldn't save their awning from Hurricane Sandy. More shots below...

Continue reading "awning down at Bar 4"

Anais Mitchell

Anais Mitchell was just in NYC to open the first two nights on Bon Iver's four-night run at Radio City (review of night 3 is HERE, pics of his post-Radio City show with Frank Ocean are HERE). She's got a few duo shows with Michael Chorney this week into next, and in late November she'll kick off a headlining tour which brings her back to NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on December 3 with Cuddle Magic, who also open other dates on the tour. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

You can also catch Cuddle Magic in NYC when they open for Larkin Grimm at Rockwood Music Hall on October 8, an early show before Holly Golightly plays the venue.

Anais Mitchell released her new album, Young Man In America, earlier this year, the followup to 2010's Hadestown, a folk opera which featured a significant amount of guest vocals from Justin Vernon and other singers. The video for "Coming Down" from that album and a list of all dates are below.

Continue reading "Anais Mitchell touring this fall, playing Bowery Ballroom (dates)"

Bon Iver in TX in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver are on a tour now which comes to NYC this week for a previously discussed four-night run at Radio City. The run includes shows at the Manhattan theater on Wednesday (9/19) and Thursday (9/20) with Anais Mitchell, Friday (9/21) with Doug Paisley, and Saturday (9/22) with Polica. Tickets for all four shows are still available (despite the first two being sold out for a while), and we're also giving away another pair of tickets to the Friday (9/21) show. A list of updated dates and contest details are below.

You can also watch the Friday (9/21) show from the comfort of your own home as it streams live on the Bowery Presents YouTube channel. The trailer video for the stream is below.

In related news, Justin Vernon's personal trainer Jeff Rogers, who has a fitness DVD which features Justin, will be bringing his workout program to NYC while Bon Iver is here. He'll present his "Pack the Park" program on September 21 and 22 at Urban Plaza at Trump in Hudson Square (246 Spring St.) from 2-3 PM. Admission is free but registration is required and space is limited (50 people each day). The flier for the event is below.

An updated list of dates, video, and that event flier are below.

Continue reading "Bon Iver begin 4-night run @ Radio City this week, streaming Friday's show (win tix!); their fitness trainer coming to NYC too"

Bon Iver in Switzerland, July 19 2012 (via @boniver)

As you know, Bon Iver has four shows coming up at Radio City Music Hall, two sold out ones with Anais Mitchell (9/19 and 9/20), and two that were more recently added without openers. Well, 9/22 still has no opener, but it was announced that Canadian folk-country singer-songwriter Doug Paisley will be opening on 9/21. Tickets are still on sale for 9/21 and 9/22 and we have a pair of tickets you can win to the 9/22 show (the one with no opener announced yet). Contest details and all Doug Paisley tour dates are below.

In other DeYarmond Edison-related news, Megafaun played the Newport Folk Festival over the weekend (check out a pics and streams here), and are about to kick off a European tour with Damien Jurado. Also, Field Report (aka Chris Porterfield) recently made their NYC-debut at Mercury Lounge while on out with the Counting Crows, a tour that continues through August 10. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Doug Paisley opening for Bon Iver at Radio City on 9/21; win tickets to the show on 9/22 ++ related tour news"

Bon Iver @ Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Bon Iver

As we mentioned last week, Bon Iver's two upcoming shows at Radio City Music Hall are now sold out. Naturally, they just added two more. So his NYC run now looks like this:

09/19/12 New York, NY- Radio City Music Hall ^ - SOLD OUT
09/20/12 New York, NY- Radio City Music Hall ^ - SOLD OUT
09/21/12 New York, NY- Radio City Music Hall
09/22/12 New York, NY- Radio City Music Hall
The first two shows are with Anais Mitchell, as are the five other new U.S. dates just announced:
09/12/12 Providence, RI- Providence Performing Arts Center ^
09/13/12 Boston, MA- Bank of America Pavilion ^
09/15/12 Columbia, MD- Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
09/16/12 Philadelphia, PA- Mann Center for the Performing Arts ^
09/17/12 Cooperstown, NY- Ommegang Brewery ^
No openers yet for the other two shows which will probably go on sale this week (stay tuned).

Bon Iver's full list of tour dates is below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver announces gigs w/ Anais Mitchell, two more Radio City Music Hall shows (updated tour dates)"

Anais Mitchell

"Two years after singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell released the ambitious and career-defining folk opera Hadestown - a musical retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in Depression-era America - she's back with a decidedly different but equally ambitious effort, Young Man in America.

Produced by Todd Sickafoose, who also helmed Hadestown, the new album features several New York-based rock and experimental jazz musicians, and has Mitchell inhabiting several musical characters, male and female.

"The record is a reflection on our country as wild place, a not necessarily safe place, where it's each man for himself and you're not sure if anyone's got your back," the 30-year-old Mitchell said by phone from London, where she played a handful of shows before launching her 25-city U.S. tour this week."
[Philadelphia Inquirer]

Guests on the new album include "guitarist Adam Levy, violinist Jenny Scheinman, and drummers Andrew Borger and Kenny Wollesen. Chris Thile of Punch Brothers appears on mandolin as well as alongside Jefferson Hamer and Rachel Ries in a harmonic chorus." That's definitely an impressive ensemble. It is unclear if any of them will be there tonight (2/28) when Anais Mitchell plays early and late shows at Joe's Pub in NYC. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Anais Mitchell is on tour, plays 2 record release shows at Joe's Pub tonight (dates)"

Iceage @ Emo's in July (more by Tim Griffin)

today in NYC
* One Ring Zero @ Barbes
* Zozo Afrobeat @ Zebulon
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* APB, Ivan Julian @ Highline Ballroom
* Dramarama, Wyldlife @ Bowery Electric
* The Slackers @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Iceage, You., Frank (Just Frank) @ Cake Shop
* Caitlin Rose, Luke Rathborne @ Mercury Lounge
* Perpetual Groove, Hahn Solo @ Bowery Ballroom
* Totimoshi, Pigs, Bezoar, Fashion Week @ Saint Vitus
* Two Tears, Bad Girlfriend, City Streets @ The Gutter
* Canon Blue, Atlantic/Pacific, Forest Fire @ Glasslands
* The Foxx, The Wrong Words, FaceCrimes @ Bruar Falls
* The Rapture, Total Slacker @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Digitalism, Switch, Designer Drugs, Destructo @ Terminal 5
* Friends, Night Manager, Dive, Life Size Maps @ Shea Stadium
* SH101 Nightmare, Hess Is More, Chico Mann @ Cameo Gallery
* Lyonnais, Pacific Theater, The Present, Joywave @ Littlefield
* The War On Drugs, Porcelain Raft, Arc in Round @ Mercury Lounge
* Little Embers, Old Monk, Oceanographer, The Circuit @ Spike Hill
* Menage A Twang, Woodpecker, The Resurrectionists @ The Bell House
* Workout, DJ Nancy Whang (Juan Maclean/LCD Soundsystem) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tig Notaro, Amy Schumer, Dave Hill, Heather Lawless @ Knitting Factory
* Wombat In Combat, The Amputees, Alienz, Wounds, Dog That Bites Everyone @ ABC No Rio
* Tiken Jah Fakoly, Meta and the Cornerstones, Los Rakas, Atropolis @ Central Park Summerstage
* Bicep, James Friedman, Paul Raffaele, Mike Servito @ Cameo (Rapture afterparty)
* Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Pictureplane, Grimes, Ford & Lopatin @ PS1
* Dinosaur Feathers, Grand Rapids, Problem Solver, Dive (Silent Barn Benefit) @ 49 Wykcoff Avenue
* King Sunshine, Mala, Masashi Nakazawa, Peven Everett (Resident Advisor: RA X) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Math The Band, The Toothaches, Eskalators, Uncle Monsterface, Leema Mountain @ Death By Audio
* Revocation (Record Release show), Mutant Supremacy, Demilitia, Embrace Agony @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Maffew Ragazino, Delicate Steve, Party Supplies, Count Macula, Ducky, Jon Connor @ The Morgan

Check out This Week in Indie for more.

Like they did in 2010, The Rapture played a secret show at Union Pool last week. We only heard after it happened. Tonight they play a sold out show at MHOW which is followed by an afterparty at Cameo. Their next NYC show is at Webster Hall.

Over 30 food trucks are parked at South Street Seaport today for "Parked" Fest. More importantly, there will be free music by Anais Mitchell, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Two Man Gentleman Band, Soul 2 Seoul, and Mikey Palms (can't find set times, but the fest goes till 9pm). Flyer below.

What else?

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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...

Continue reading "MusicfestNW 2011 -- dates & initial lineup"

Anais Mitchell @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Anais Mitchell

Anais Mitchell released her guest-filled concept album "Hadestown" back in March, and performed related shows at Joe's Pub in April. She has since played non-Hadestown shows, but isn't done with the folk opera yet. In fact, Anais will be joined by album contributor and Low Anthem member Ben Knox Miller along with "Jefferson Hamer, Jesse Elliott (These United States) Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still), Ruthy Merenda (Mike & Ruthy), Kristin Andreassen (Uncle Earl), plus arranger Michael Chorney and the Hadestown Orchestra, plus producer Todd Sickafoose and other rad players" for two special shows at Rockwood Music Hall (stage 2) on Monday, January 10th. Tickets are on sale for the early (8pm) and late (10pm) shows. All Anais dates below...

Continue reading "Anais Mitchell performing 'Hadestown' w/ special guests @ Rockwood Music Hall ++ other dates"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Horse Feathers @ Bowery Ballroom
Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers released a 7" vinyl single via Kill Rock Stars on November 2nd. The A side is a cover of the Nirvana song 'Drain You' "done in Horse Feather's own unique style" (aka it's a folk song). Their third album 'Thistled Spring' came out in April on on the same label, and they're currently on tour with Anais Mitchell supporting both pieces of merchandise. That tour hit Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night, 11/13. NYC band The Loom, though not on the tour, opened as first of three on the bill.

All tour dates, a video of Horse Feathers covering the Nirvana song live, and more pictures from the Bowery show, below...

Continue reading "Horse Feathers played Bowery Ballroom w/ The Loom (pics), covered Nirvana, on tour w/ Anais Mitchell (dates) "

photos by Chris La Putt

The Loom
The Loom

"Neo-folk and it's many reinterpretations predominated the line-up, which included Headless Horseman, Bentley Addison Wood, Strand of Oaks, Matt Bauer, The Loom and more (we left before Death in it's many forms arrived). This is also just to say that the urban-woodsman look--plaid with hair on your head and/or on your chinny-chin chin--is still in, plus instruments that you probably haven't seen played since that brief stint in your middle school band (and a few odd balls): pots and pans, banjo, soprano/baritone ukulele, upright bass, French horn and trumpet. Watching Timothy Showalter of Strand of Oaks shimmy with his guitar, Matt Bauer plucking his banjo singing "Daddy was a spider and Momma was a fly," and The Loom in all their polyphonic glory, I was keenly reminded of how awesome house parties of the non-college-Milwaukee's-Beast breed really can be." [Dirty Art Smock]
Though he didn't stay until the end (much like the above reviewer), Chris La Putt stopped by our loft party that took place on Friday, October 22nd. His pictures are in this post. He left after The Loom which means he missed Alcoholic Faith Mission, Dan Mangan, and O'Death.

The Loom left on a tour not long after the party. They're in Philly tonight (11/12) and the tour ends this Saturday night, 11/13, at Bowery Ballroom. They and Anais Mitchell are both opening for Horse Feathers. Tickets are still on sale, and I have a couple pairs you can win. Details at the end of the loft pictures, below...

Continue reading "BV Loft 2010 in pics ++ more Loom dates (tix tix) "

DOWNLOAD: Anais Mitchell - Flowers (Eurydice's Song) (mp3)
DOWNLOAD: Anais Mitchell - Wait For Me w/ Justin Vernon (mp3)
DOWNLOAD: Anais Mitchell - Cosmic American (MP3)

Anais Mitchell

Speaking of The Low Anthem, The Low Anthem's Ben Knox Miller recently joined Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Greg Brown, Ani DiFranco, and Petra, Rachel, and Tanya Haden to play on the new record by Anais Mitchell, Hadestown, which is due out March 9th on Righteous Babe. The record is a concept album about the Greek myth of Orpheus & Euridice, and each of those singers plays a role...

Hadestown began its existence in 2006 as a live "folk opera" that the Vermont-based singer/songwriter created in collaboration with director Ben t. Matchstick (Bread & Puppet Theater) and arranger/orchestrator Michael Chorney. After loading the sets and the 22-member cast of Vermont performers into a former circus bus and touring New England during "full-on winter," it was time to rework a few songs. Next, Mitchell called upon a few fellow musicians to lend their voices to a recorded version--not a cast album, but a stand-alone, self-contained song cycle. The result is a veritable Who's Who of modern indie folk/rock: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver plays Orpheus; Greg Brown is Hades, Lord of the Underworld ("king of the kingdom of dirt"); and Ani DiFranco plays Hades' strong-willed, subversive wife, Persephone. Also on hand in smaller roles are the Haden Triplets (Petra, Rachel, and Tanya) as the Greek-chorus-like Fates and Ben Knox Miller of The Low Anthem as the messenger Hermes. Mitchell herself sings the part of Eurydice, the character whose (metaphoric) death propels Orpheus into "Hadestown."
The album's cover art is above along with two songs from the new album, one of which features Justin. Full tracklist below.

In other Justin Vernon collaboration news, he recently performed live with St. Vincent two times (one, two) in NYC, and one of his Bon Iver songs is covered on the new Peter Gabriel album.

Anais's upcoming shows include an April 23rd show at Joe's Pub billed as "Anais Mitchell & the Hadestown Orchestra". Tickets are on sale. All dates and a video of Anais performing with Justin, below...

Continue reading "Anais Mitchell playing shows, releasing 'Hadestown' - concept album w/ Justin Vernon, Greg Brown, Hadens, more (MP3s)"