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Craft Spells

West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.

Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.

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photos by Amoreena Lucero

Beck / Andrew Bird at Outside Lands 8/10/2012
Outside Lands 2012 - Day 1 in Photos
Outside Lands 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Who needs to travel to Southern California for Coachella or to Texas for Austin City Limits? Certainly not music fans living in the Bay Area.

They can just stay right at home and enjoy the increasingly popular Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. That is, if they can get a ticket. This year's gathering of the musical tribes, which runs through Sunday, completely sold out in advance -- 65,000 tickets snatched up for each of the three days.

That's quite an accomplishment for the still-young event, which, in its fifth year, has certainly become one of the nation's premiere music festivals.
This success story is no mystery. Berkeley-based concert promoter Another Planet Entertainment always lines up terrific acts for the festival -- and that's certainly the case in 2012.

The large-scale production, which features six performance stages as well as great food and drink offerings (mostly from local providers), kicked off in triumphant fashion on Friday with sets by hometown hero Neil Young (with Crazy Horse), the Foo Fighters, Beck, Of Monsters and Men, Die Antwoord and many other talents. - [Oakland Tribune]

San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival kicked off Friday night (8/10) with sets from Beck, The Foo Fighters, Andrew Bird, Reggie Watts, Two Gallants, Futurebirds, Washed Out and more. More pictures from Day 1 are below.

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After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

Andrew Bird

For the better part of 10 minutes Friday night, at his first of two NYC shows, Andrew Bird, he the all-world whistler/musical alchemist, said not a word. Before he was joined on stage by the rest of his band and before laying down his crooning baritone, Bird started his show at the Beacon Theatre flexing his multi-instrumental talent: whistling, tapping out a loop on the xylophone, plucking his violin, looping that. Adding a bit of guitar.

In a review a few years ago, I said Bird was like a mad scientist the way he flutters about the stage pulling all his instruments into gorgeously complex arrangements. And for sure, his aw-shucks demeanor and professorial (some would surely add dreamy) looks - all suits, sport coats, and perpetual five o'clock shadow - affirm this.

When I saw him at Tarrytown in October it was just he and collaborator/drummer Martin Dosh. Bird took his time and was more self-indulgent. And rightfully so.

On Friday, with a full band, Bird seemed more focused and inclined to stay on task as they attacked songs like "Eyeoneye" and "Danse Caribe" (both from his new full-length Break It Yourself) with purpose and ferocity.

When someone in the audience shouted "Measuring Cups!", Bird responded, "We can do that. We hadn't planned to..." And following the song he chipped in, "Happy to oblige."

But it was the old tyme part of the show where the band truly excelled. "What you hear is what we hear," Bird said following "Effigy", which, like songs "Give It Away," and the encore's cover of Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You", was performed around a solitary microphone. The songs also featured upright bass, adding to the folksy and, yeah, old tyme feel.

"Action/Adventure" from Weather Systems was also re-introduced. "Hadn't done this one in a long time," Bird admitted, "and never with a full band." All the while Bird waved his hand in the air, wagged his finger around trying to driving home his point like an animated lecturer.

A particularly intense version of "Plasticities" preceded the set closer "Tables and Chairs." "Fake Palindromes" wrapped up the show to a standing ovation.

Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson was the first night opener and is cut from the same cloth as Andrew Bird. His songs build in much the way Bird's do, going from quiet intros to soaring highs, dropping to hushed tones before coming back in. The title track is a good example. But there were no weak spots in this set, "Quiet Crowd," "Into Giants," and particularly "Words In The Fire" all impressed. Watson also pulled his band out from behind their positions to perform around a solo microphone. Bird even paid tribute to Watson during his set saying, "You know you're doing well when you can have openers of that level."

Watson played a 2nd NYC show -an early one, at Manhattan Inn on Saturday, right before Tift Merritt opened for Andrew Bird at the second Beacon show (where Tift joined Andrew on stage to help perform "Lusitania" much like St. Vincent did at Coachella).

More pictures from Friday and the setlist from Saturday, below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird played 2 shows @ Beacon Theater (first with Patrick Watson & then Tift Merritt) -- pics & setlist"

Patrick Watson

Montreal's Patrick Watson is opening for Andrew Bird on his current tour which hits NYC Friday night (5/4) at Beacon Theatre. (Tift Merrit is opening the Saturday 5/5 show at the same venue.) If you can't make the Friday show or want to see Watson again, he's playing a free show at Brooklyn's Manhattan Inn on Saturday. Doors are at 4:30PM and the show is at 5PM.

The Manhattan Inn show is a release party for his new album Adventures in Your Own Backyard which was released this week, his first for Domino Records. You can stream it on Spotify and watch the video for "Into Giants" below.

After his tour with Andrew Bird wraps up, Watson will go on a headlining tour of the Midwest and West Coast. All tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Patrick Watson released 'Adventures in Your Own Backyard,' touring, opening for Andrew Bird, playing free show in Brooklyn"

photos by David Andrako

"Did y'all peep my Lil boob out with tha pastie today at coachella ?!? That was my Lil Kim moment !" - AZEALIA BANKS

hologram Biggie w/ Black Lips / Azealia Banks / ASAP Rocky @ Coachella Saturday
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2

"For a certain breed of diehard Coachella fan, once is just not enough. And since 2012 is the first year that the epic desert music and arts festival is being mounted twice in Indio, California, it was inevitable that some of the most obsessed would find a way to attend both three-day weekends.

"The Monday after the first one, I was kind of licking my wounds and I said, 'Hey, let's go again! I'm down. I get paid on Friday. It can happen," 28-year-old Carlos Morales, from Fullerton, California, told Rolling Stone yesterday. "Radiohead was a big part of it. They were amazing, and I really wanted to see them again."

Tickets for a single Coachella weekend are hard enough to come by; in recent years, they've typically sold out within days of going on sale, which sparked the motivation for festival organizers Goldenvoice Productions to add an identical second weekend this year. About six percent of festivalgoers who bought tickets online directly from the promoter managed to pick up tickets for both weekends, said Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett. Resales are harder to measure, but last-minute impulse buyers for the second weekend were rewarded with some tickets being sold at below face value.

Alison Swing, 21, of Long Beach, bought her second set of tickets "from a friend of a friend of a friend" and got a $100 discount from the cover price, she said with a laugh. "It was nerve-wracking spending the money," Swing admitted, "but I wanted to go back so bad. I'll deal with it after." [Rolling Stone]

Coachella concludes today, Sunday, 4/22, Earth Day 2012.

You saw the pictures from Friday, a video of the Black Keys performing with John Fogerty, video from a Friday night party that Thom Yorke DJ'd, and Radiohead's setlist from Saturday. Here are the pictures from Saturday, 4/21/2012, Record Store Day, the 2nd day of the 2nd weekend of Coachella 2012.

As you can see in the above picture, The Black Lips paid tribute (if you want to call it that) to hologram Tupac (who should be making another appearance with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg tonight) with their own hologram (actually a cut out) of Biggie Smalls. St. Vincent joined Andrew Bird on stage to help perform "Lusitania." Azealia Banks, in a different looking outfit than last week, apparently suffered a wardrobe malfunction. A$AP Rocky was joined by Master P, Romeo, No Limit and many other friends on stage in the Gobi tent, as he and Radiohead simultaneously closed out the night once again.

More pictures from all of Saturday, and a video from ASAP's guest-filled set, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Week 2 - Day 2 pics (Radiohead, ASAP Rocky, Azealia Banks, Feist, Firehose, Grace Potter, Squeeze & more)"

Outside Lands

"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."
Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2012 lineup (Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex...)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Buzzcocks / Bon Iver / Squeeze
Coachella 2012 - Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Day 2

"The earlier part of the afternoon felt a little sleepy. People waking up late after Friday, taking their time getting to the festival, and the earliest bands on the bill usually have a gentler style of music anyway. That all changed, for us at least, with the arrival of the Buzzcocks, those spiky, rapid-fire elder statesmen of melodic British punk, on stage in the Gobi tent.

Founders Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle look older now -- it's been 35 years or so since they launched the band --but their voices are strong, their rapid-fire guitar riffing still delivers an electric current to the brain. And, bonus for fans on Saturday, the short length of many of their songs meant you got a whole lot of Buzzcocks packed into a 55-minute set." [Orange County Register]

Before Radiohead closed out Saturday with a near-2 hour headlining set, Coachella-goers were treated to live music by Jeff Mangum, the Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bon Iver (videos & setlist HERE), Andrew Bird, The Shins, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky (who played at the same time as Radiohead), Feist, Noel Gallagher, Destroyer, Grace Potter, The Head and the Heart, and many more.

You saw our pictures of Friday HERE and HERE, and St. Vincent and Radiohead from Saturday. The rest of Saturday, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Day 2 pics -- Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed, Bon Iver, Feist, Shins, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, more"

Andrew Bird @ the Bell House (more by Jessica Amaya)
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird will record an episode of WNYC Soundcheck at the Greene Space in NYC at 2pm on 3/30. Tickets are on sale. Andrew's tour returns to NYC for two shows at the Beacon Theater in May.

Laura Marling at the McKittrick Hotel in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Laura Marling

Laura Marling will be coming to the US in April to support Andrew Bird on a short tour surrounding both musicians' appearances at Coachella. She'll be playing solo like she did on her last North American tour which brought her to NYC in December.

The April tour includes no east coast dates, but she'll be returning to North America in June for a full band tour which kicks off with Bonnaroo and hits NYC for a free show on June 14 for Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park. It's the second free Celebrate Brooklyn show announced so far (Jimmy Cliff was the first) and third overall, including the not free Dirty Projectors show.

Speaking of Andrew Bird, who just played the Bell House, you can stream his new album, Break It Yourself, on NPR.

All dates and Laura's video for "I Was Just A Card" below...

Continue reading "Laura Marling announces tour, free Prospect Park show (dates)"

photos & video by Jessica Amaya

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird played a sort of secret show at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Saturday nigh (2/25). Here are some pictures and a video from the show. More, along with all upcoming Andrew Bird tour dates (2 nights at Beacon Theater included), below...

Continue reading "The Useless Creatures aka Andrew Bird played the Bell house (pics, video, more dates)"

Andrew Bird's Sonic Arboretum exhibit in Chicago (more by Matt Ziegler)
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird's peeps report:

New Yorkers - I wanted to let you know about a tiny little show happening tomorrow night in Brooklyn at the Bell House that may be of interest to those on [Andrew Bird's mailing list...it's a band called the The USELESS CREATURES (wink wink) and they'll be rocking the house for an early evening show...8:00pm. Tickets go on sale this morning HERE
Andrew Bird's upcoming tour brings him to NYC for two nights at Beacon Theater.

Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)

Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 lineup announced (two weekends worth)"

Andrew Bird

Tickets to Andrew Bird's two upcoming Beacon Theater shows go on general sale at 11am. And like for all dates on his tour:

If you want to know how that works, you can read the FAQ

Follow the adventures of the sock monkey at Andrew Bird's Tumblr.

Andrew Bird @ Tarrytown Music Hall (NY) in October (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Andrew Bird will pack-up the horsehair and steel (that makes playing the violin sound so burly!) as part of a string of dates in celebration of his forthcoming long-player Break It Yourself, out March 6th in the US (5th internationally) via Mom + Pop Records. Look for Bird to play selections from the follow-up to 2009's Noble Beast on that three-month jaunt that will include two nights at Beacon Theater, May 4th with Patrick Watson and May 5th with Tift Merritt. Tickets for both May 4th and May 5th go on AMEX presale at 11AM tomorrow (12/7) with regular sale hitting on Friday.

In related news, Chicago is welcoming the opening of Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller's Sonic Arboretum at the Museum of Contemporary Art today (12/6). Details are available at BV Chicago.

Tour dates and a teaser video for Break It Yourself is below.

Continue reading "Andrew Bird announces new album & tour dates (2 nights @ Beacon Theater included)"

by Dominick Mastrangelo

Andrew Bird

I escaped the madness of CMJ on Friday hopping the Metro-North to catch Andrew Bird at the charming Tarrytown Music Hall. The bustle of a small town on a Friday night, a tiny street fair and a couple of musical acts accompanied the short walk from the station. It was unexpected but gave the main strip a festive fall atmosphere.

With Sock Monkey perched behind him, Bird played in his shoes this time, despite shouts from sold-out audience to remove them, admitting that years of playing in his colorful socks had taken a toll on his legs.

The setlist was sweeping; hitting seldom played songs, such as a condensed and cabaret-style take on "The Naming Of Things", staples like "Why" and "Plasticities" and a host of new songs (a new full length is due in March) including standout "Lusitania.") He also played "Bein' Green" from Muppets: The Green Album and, during the encore, a cover of The Handsome Family's "So Much Wine" as well as "Happy Day" from the Trials of Darryl Hunt soundtrack. Joining Bird mid-way through the set was collaborator and show opener, Dosh. At one point the two performed an improvisational piece, something they've be doing over the course of the short, nine-city, Northeast tour. Bird prefaced the number by telling the audience the nightly experiments had been going so well there would likely be a record.

Dosh's opening set of electronic, percussion- and keyboard-based instrumentals was excellent. The set contained the familiar (to Andrew Bird fans) music of "Simple X" to which Bird added lyrics for the track that appeared on Armchair Apocrypha.

More pictures from the night, including one of the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird & Dosh @ Tarrytown Music Hall (pics & setlist)"

photos by David Andrako

Andrew Bird
Eugene Mirman

The 2011 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival concluded on Sunday night (9/18) with two shows at the Bell House. "A Special Food-Themed Comedy Show For You" was hosted by Eugene Mirman and Leo Allen, with Ron Funches, Sarah Vowell, Larry Murphy, Raquel Pelzel and David Rees. "Pretty Good Friends", hosted by Michael Showalter, was with Eugene Mirman, Marc Maron (who plays the same Brooklyn venue again tonight/Monday), Hannibal Buress, Jared Logan and surprise musical guest Andrew Bird.

Andrew played four songs: Goin Home (Charlie Patton), So Much Wine (Handsome Family), Bein' Green (Joe Raposo), and Give It Away (new song).

Congrats to Mirman & co for another great year! Looking forward to 2012. Pictures from 2011 are HERE, HERE, HERE, and below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird played! -- Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest Day 4 pics (Marc Maron, Sarah Vowell, Michael Showalter & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird kicked off the Celebrate Brooklyn 2011 season at Prospect Park on Friday (6/10). The venue was still filling with fans who had stood online for over an hour by the time Andrew took the stage at 8:30. The free show was not as packed as I've seen the bandshell area get, but it was full and many were crowding outside the gates to watch. Andrew came out by himself with nothing more than a violin for a few solo performances before he was joined by his band for the remainder of the hour and a half set. Fortunately the weather held out for the entire set (it started raining later that night). Norah Jones didn't have the same luck when she helped open the 2010 season. A list of many of the songs Andrew played is below, as are more pics from the show.

Andrew Bird goes on a solo tour in the fall which hits Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie on October 17 (tickets) and Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown on October 21 (tickets).

The Decemberists and Best Coast play Prospect Park Tuesday. The not-free show is sold out. The next free show is courtesy of Hal Willner and friends on Thursday.

More Andrew Bird pictures and the partial setlist below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird helped 'Celebrate Brooklyn' in Prospect Park (pics)"

Hal Willner & Lou Reed
Lou and Hal

As previously mentioned, music producer Hal Willner will present a concert in Prospect Park celebrating the 50th anniversary Freedom Riders. PBS recently premiered a film on the same subject...

"FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives--and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment--for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism."
You can own the movie on DVD.

The free Celebrate Brooklyn! concert at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 16 still hasn't revealed its entire lineup, but some more artists were announced including Lou Reed. If you've never been to a Hal Willner show, it's usually many different artists playing various covers over the course of a long show. The theme this time is music from the civil rights movement, "songs that inspired, illuminated, and sprang from the tumultuous aftermath of the Movement." and announced artists are Lou Reed, Rosanne Cash, Toshi Reagon, Tao Seeger, Geri Allen, and Steven Bernstein. More TBA. The artists will also hold a discussion before they perform. The event is free and begins at 7 PM.

Laurie Anderson is not listed on the lineup, maybe because she'll be on tour in Europe, but you can catch her in an outdoor setting with Bill Laswell at Castle Clinton on June 30th. She also plays Lincoln Center Out of Doors on August 10th.

MEANWHILE, Andrew Bird kicks off Celebrate Brooklyn! tonight at 8 PM (directions HERE). Although thunderstorms were initially in the forecast, as of now it's looking pretty clear. No opener.

Speaking of Lou Reed and Hail Wilner, the May 24th installment of their New York Shuffle Sirius radio show featured songs by Little Scream, Tyler, the Creator, Gang Gang Dance, Middle Brother, tUnE-yaRds, and more. Video of Lou & Hal recording an older show edition of the show, below...

Continue reading "Lou Reed playing Hal Willner 'Freedom Riders' show in Prospect Park (where Andrew Bird plays for free tonight)"

The National show in Prospect Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We already knew that 'Celebrate Brooklyn' is hosting an impressive lineup of ticketed Prospect Park Bandshell shows this summer: The Decemberists, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver & Cut Copy. And we knew that the 33rd annual series of free shows would start with an Andrew Bird show on June 10th, and that BRIC is also hosting three free 'dance parties' in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer too.

Now the entire 2011 lineup of "24 free performances, including 20 music concerts, two dance performances, two film screenings with live music, and a family concert" is here! You can check it all out (The Feelies, Real Estate, The Books, Junip, Doveman, Justin Townes Earle, Punch Brothers, Raekwon, Oumou Sangaré, Times New Viking, Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve, Buke & Gass and Hal Willner included), below...

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn - complete 2011 Prospect Park show lineup"

Andrew Bird @ the Guggenheim (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird's free Brooklyn show at the Prospect Park Bandshell is just a month away, and he makes a special appearance at Le Poisson Rouge even sooner, and now there are even more dates on the whistling violin player's schedule. Andrew has annnounced a solo Northeast October tour. The summer will be long gone by the time the shows get here, but tickets go on sale today for October shows at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie (on sale at 11am), Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown (on sale at noon), and other places. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird announces solo tour"

Todd Sickafoose & Mary Halvorson

Speaking of Andrew Bird (who has a big headlining free Brooklyn show coming up), check out who the players in Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors are:

John Ellis * sax + clarinet
Alan Ferber * trombone
Andrew Bird * violin + looping
Steve Cardenas * guitar
Jonathan Goldberger * guitar
Ted Poor * drums + percussion
Todd Sickafoose * bass + piano
Tickets are still on sale for the Undead Jazz-presented show happening on May 18th at Le Poisson Rouge that also includes a set by the Mary Halvorson Trio

Meanwhile catch Mary Halvorson with Jessica Pavone at Littlefield in Brooklyn tonight (4/28). All Mary dates below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird is part of Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors who play w/ Mary Halvorson who also plays tonight..."

AB @ the Guggenheim in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird will be the artist to kick off this summer's season of free 'Celebrate Brooklyn' shows in Prospect Park on June 10th, though if you want to pay, they have that option too:

Friday, June 10, 2011
(rain or shine)
Prospect Park Bandshell
Enter at 9th Street and Prospect Park West

5:30pm Cocktails & Dinner
7:00pm Presentations in the Gala Tent
8:15pm Opening Night Concert with Andrew Bird (free to the public)
10:00pm After-Party with DJ and Dancing, for Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn & Gala Guests

Join us for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night Gala as we honor and present the Celebrate Brooklyn! Award to Brooklynite Ray Levin and longtime Celebrate Brooklyn! sponsor JetBlue. All proceeds from the Gala will provide vital funds for free, world-class programming at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival, which serves 250,000 New Yorkers each year. Support the festival you love and help us ensure performances remain free and accessible to everyone.

Andrew also makes an NYC appearance on March 11th. The Decemberists and Best Coast play Prospect Park four days after Andrew, though their show is not free.

All AB dates below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird kicking off free Celebrate Brooklyn season"

John Wesley Harding and Eugene Mirman at LPR in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
John Wesley Harding

"I wanted to bring together my novel writing friends (who mostly envy my musician friends) and my musician friends (who mostly envy my novel writing friends) under one flag," says John Wesley Harding. "Then add Eugene Mirman and his comedians of comedy... The fact is: I like everyone who's performing.
Novelist/singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding brings his Cabinet of Wonders back to City Winery on March 11th. Joining him in his quest for the perfect variety show will be an all-star lineup featuring Andrew Bird, David Wax Museum, Paul Muldoon, Tift Merritt, Daniel Felsenfeld & The Jessold Consort, Eugene Mirman, JWH, Jonathan Coe and Kristin Hersh. A little more than a month later, he'll do it again with another show at City Winery on April 22, this time featuring "Rick Moody, Eugene Mirman & more". More details on that one TBA.

In between (and before) those dates, John Wesley Harding AKA Wesley Stace will do readings in and around the area, including one on 3/10 at Book Court in Brooklyn and one on 3/17 as part of a panel at LIO in Brooklyn. He'll be speaking about Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, his new book. Maybe you read about it in the New York Times:

WESLEY STACE'S new book, "Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer," is both a murder mystery and a novel about classical music, with a character who sometimes assumes another identity. Mr. Stace, an enthusiastic, donnish Englishman with an honors degree in English literature from Jesus College, Cambridge, and a head stuffed full of historical trivia, is an expert on both double lives and music. Improbably, he is also John Wesley Harding, an Elvis Costello-like singer-songwriter and folk rocker who has released more than a dozen records and is cool enough to have enlisted most of the Decemberists as the backup band on a forthcoming album.
Eugene Mirman talks with Stace about the book in a video you can watch below. Eugene Mirman can also be found at Union Hall in Brooklyn this Sunday, 3/6.

The Decemberists play Prospect Park on June 14th with Best Coast. Ticket info is forthcoming.

The David Wax Museum, who recently played their own show at City Winery (and who are part of John Wesley's Cabinet on 3/11), will also be at SXSW where you'll be able to catch them at a BrooklynVegan day party right at noon on Friday, 3/18 at Barbarella on Red River. Stay tuned for more details on that party coming shortly (but I can say it is the same one Middle Brother is playing later in the day). More David Wax dates at their website.

All Stace & Andrew Bird dates are below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird playing w/ John Wesley Harding, Wesley Stace released a book, David Wax Museum heading to SXSW"

The Posies
The Posies

The Posies will debut new material for the very first time at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn on September 23rd. That show is sold out, but now there are many more chances to see the band, and with Brendan Benson (of solo and Raconteurs fame) to boot. I also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the Brooklyn show. Details below.

After a month-long tour of Europe, The Posies will kick off a trek with Brendan in Milwaukee on November 5th. Their NYC show together will be at Highline Ballroom on November 13th (ticket on-sale date TBA). The Posies are promising a mix of new material and the hits at the shows. All dates below.

The Posies' Blood/Candy is out September 28 on Ryko. Brendan hasn't announced a new record (yet), but he can be found on Margaret Cho's new album which is out Tuesday...

"Can't wait until later this year for more Brendan goodies? Well, we have something to tide you over.

Brendan is making a cameo on Margaret Cho's comedy music album, Cho Dependent, due out on August 24th. You can pre-order the album now HERE and get an instant download of all 13 tracks, including "Baby I'm With the Band," the song Brendan co-wrote and performs on.

Other artists on the album include Andrew Bird, Grant Lee Phillips, Ben Lee, Tegan and Sara, Fiona Apple, Ani DiFranco, Tommy Chong and many more."

All dates below....

Continue reading "The Posies touring (dates) w/ Brendan Benson (who is 1 of many guests on Margaret Cho's new CD) ++ win Rock Shop tix"