Entries tagged with: Andrew Bird
John Wesley Harding and Eugene Mirman at LPR in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
"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 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...
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.All dates below....
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."
For Andrew Bird, touring with a handful of over-sized gramophone speakers is nothing new, but at last night's show, he worked with artist Ian Schneller to create "a forest floor of horns" (Bird's words) in the impressive, multi-level rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum. The show was the second installment in a three-part series called Dark Sounds (Beirut was the first), which combines a live musical performance with an exhibition. Two hours before the show, the doors to the museum were thrown open, allowing people to mill around the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed space, chat, and peruse the art at their leisure. Underneath the soft din of people, the sound of crickets was piped in through the gramophones that covered wide swathes of the museum's floor.
A few minutes after ten, the crowd broke into a slow clap, and the dapperly dressed Andrew Bird emerged. Bird began to play his first song - a beautifully melancholy instrumental piece - on his violin without so much as a word to the audience, but he soon opened up. "Well, I've seen a few things, but I haven't seen this before. Hey everybody. Pleased to meet you. This is a show I've never done before." Apparently, Bird, Schneller, and the crew drove from Chicago early Thursday morning, and Bird's only time to practice with the blanket of gramophones was in the hours preceding the show.
Bird played a number of instrumental songs in addition to a few with vocals, each time carefully building up layers of violin, guitar, glockenspiel, vocals, and whistling. In between songs, he'd look up at the tiers of fans in the immense room. "I've just got to take a minute otherwise I won't remember what happened," he said a few songs into his performance. There was certainly a lot to take in. Far from being merely ornamental, the gramophones were all wired to project Andrew Bird's music in different directions. Apparently, Sonic Arboretum is something Schneller and Bird have been working on for quite some time, their goal being to create a visual landscape complete with 96 horns. It's not uncommon to hear music reverberate off walls - especially in such a cavernous space, but it was a nice treat to hear it coming from multiple angles without the sound being muddled. This is what you call surround sound.
Over the course of the show, Bird stopped and started a few songs over to ensure optimum sound quality. "Let me try that again," he'd say before scrapping the loops and starting over. "It got a little messy [...] I'll try a different approach."
When he had finished playing his single-song encore (after a few false starts), he surveyed the audience one last time, hopped over the low wall behind him, and escaped through the crowd, leaving a chorus of crickets chirping in his wake.
More pictures from the show below...
DOWNLOAD: Andrew Bird - Oh No (MP3)
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Jim James @ Newport Folk Fest Saturday (by Laura Fedele for WFUV)
""I've always dreamed of playing at the Newport Folk Festival," Steve Martin said Friday night, "and tonight I am one step closer to that goal."Steve Martin played the opening night show. Saturday's sets included Sarah Jarosz, The Low Anthem, Nneka, Blitzen Trapper, Yim Yames (Jim James of My Morning Jacket) (Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore joined him on stage too), Andrew Bird, O'Death (now back in action), and John Prine. I listed those because those are the ones NPR taped and have archived for streaming. Today's sets include Cory Chisel, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, A.A. Bondy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Punch Brothers, featuring Chris Thile, The Avett Brothers, Horse Feathers, and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros. I mention those because those are the ones NPR is streaming live today (and will also archive for future listening). Elvis Perkins and Dearland also play today, instead of Justin Townes Earle.
He was joking, of course -- the famous funny man was at George Wein's Newport Folk Festival, headlining the opening-night bluegrass concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame before an estimated crowd of 2,300 people. But throughout his set fronting the North Carolina quintet The Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin's serious talent on the banjo was evident." [The Providence Journal]
Some videos from the fest so far, especially of What Cheer? Brigade, below...
The Guggenheim will be hosting a three-part music series at the museum this summer. Running in conjunction with their "Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance" exhibition (currently on view at the museum through September 6), "DARK SOUNDS" has the following schedule:
* July 15, 2010: BEIRUTTickets will go on sale to museum members ($25) at noon, and to non-members ($30) on Friday at www.guggenheim.org/darksounds...
* August 5, 2010: ANDREW BIRD AND IAN SCHNELLER
* September 3, 2010: CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA
"Produced by Sam Brumbaugh, Special Events Consultant, and Bronwyn Keenan, Associate Director of Special Events, the series takes its thematic cue from the conceptual threads that weave through Haunted, aiming to evoke the exhibition's elements of melancholy, ghostliness, the uncanny, and our collective and individual obsession with accessing the past. The series title is borrowed from the writings of Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936), who is often described as the father of the modern ghost story."This makes three upcoming NYC shows for Beirut who also play MHOW on July 5 & 6.
The Andrew & Ian show sounds especially special It is: "Andrew Bird & Ian Schneller's Sonic Arboretum, a site-specific performance involving violin, looped passages, and a landscape of horn speakers." That's Ian with some horn speakers pictured above.
Andrew Bird only has a handful of other shows scheduled. They are all listed, along with info on a "Dark Sounds membership package, below...
Newport Folk Festival 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Newport Folk Festival will be happening again at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 31st and August 1st. The fest will also host a Friday night show on July 30th at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino.
The lineup so far includes Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road, John Prine, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, The Swell Season, Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Doc Watson & David Holt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Calexico, Blitzen Trapper, Richie Havens, Sam Bush, The Low Anthem, Tim O'Brien, The Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Tao Seeger Band, A.A. Bondy, The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile, Dawes, Nneka, Horse Feathers, Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Sarah Jarosz, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, O'Death and Liz Longley.
Trend You Wish Would Go Away
- 90s revivalism (No Age, Japandroids, Cymbals Eat Guitars)
- Afropop indie (Dirty Projectors, Fool's Gold, Abe Vigoda)
- Animal Collective acolytes (Blind Man's Colour, Our Brother the Native, USF)
- Balearic (jj, John Talabot, Windsurf/Hatchback)
- Chillwave/glo-fi (Washed Out, Neon Indian, Nite Jewel)
- Dubstep and its offshoots (wonky, funky, bassline)
- Post-Lily Allen UK pop (La Roux, Little Boots, Florence and the Machine)
- Prim, buttoned-up indie (Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent)
- Shitgaze/lo-fi aesthetics (Times New Viking, Wavves, Vivian Girls)
DOWNLOAD: Portland Cello Project - Travel (feat. Justin Power) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Portland Cello Project - Tallymarks (feat. Thao) (MP3)
Thao With The Get Down Stay Down @ BV party - SXSW 09 (more by Leia Jospe)
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will be playing a show at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, November 4th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, August 26th at noon. General sale starts Friday, August 28th at noon.
That show will include sets from David Schultz and the Portland Cello Project, the latter of which collaborated with Thao on their most recent album, The Thao and Justin Power Sessions, that came out on June 9th on Kill Rock Stars. Two tracks from that, one with Thao and one with Justin Power, are posted above.
"Portland Cello Project, in case you're unfamiliar, is an amazing group of cellists that, in the course of one of their epic 2-3 hour shows - (the format of which is always a one-time affair - the group writes almost entirely new arrangements for every performance cycle) - perform a crazy diverse array of everything from canonized and avant classical compositions to reconstructed pop covers of everything from Nintendo game themes to Britney Spears to Yoko Ono to R. Kelly--and they've accompanied The Builders and The Butchers, Laura Gibson, The Dandy Warhols, Mirah, Loch Lomond, Horse Feathers and tons of other indyish folks. At shows, you'll see hipsters too-cool-for-school mesmerized by Arvo Paert, members of the Decemberists playing late 19th century Russian compositions transcribed for Hammond Organ, a 40-piece choir, and all kinds of other craziness."Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will releasing a new album of their own, Know Better Learn Faster, also on Kill Rock Stars, on October 13th. Producing the record will be Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Bill Frisell, Jim James), and guests include Andrew Bird, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, Laura Veirs, Nathan Crockett of Horse Feathers and Tune-Yards.
The Thao-Bowery show is part of a soon-to-be-announced (we think) larger tour. Those dates with album info are below...
1. Paul McCartney - Great DayThere was a screening of "Funny People" in NYC yesterday. "Funny People is the new Judd Apatow movie that stars Seth Rogan, Adam Sandler, Leslie Mann, and Raaaaaaaandy. As you can see in the track listing above, the soundtrack features a live Wilco song that was recorded when they were playing shows last year with Andrew Bird who joined them on stage. Some video examples of that below.
2. Coconut Records - Wires
3. Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation - All The King's Horses
4. James Taylor - Carolina On My Mind [live]
5. Warren Zevon - Keep Me In Your Heart
6. Adam Sandler - Real Love [live]
7. Neil Diamond - We [early take]
8. Wilco with Andrew Bird - Jesus, etc. [Live Summer '08]
9. Adam Sandler - George Simmons Soon Will Be Gone
10. Coconut Records - I Am Young
11. Maude Apatow & Larry Goldings - Memory (from Cats)
12. Warren Zevon - Numb As A Statue
13. Ringo Starr - Photograph
14. John Lennon - Watching The Wheels [acoustic]
Wilco came to NYC this week to play a big show at Keyspan Park in Coney Island (7/13). That show also featured many special guests including Leslie Feist who most likely flew in mainly to join Wilco for their appearance on the David Letterman show which aired last night (7/14), but was recorded yesterday afternoon which gave Jeff Tweedy plenty of time to make it over to the movie screening (which he was spotted at). Letterman video below...
St. Vincent @ The Bell House 6/25 (sneuffer)
it's the first time i've seen annie perform in an outfit that wasn't all black. she opened with "marry me", which was fitting since several guys professed their desire to propose matrimony to the fair annie. she continued with selections from "actor", including "the strangers", "black rainbow" and "actor out of work". [sharock]That pic and review are from St. Vincent's special "fan appreciation" show at the Bell House on June 25th. The gig came after a run of spring/early-summer shows that included Webster Hall on May 20th, Sasquatch Fest, Bonnaroo and an appearance on David Letterman.
St. Vincent is already back on the road. She plays a three-week European tour this July. She'll be back for All Points West on August 1st, then has assorted shows planned (including MD Virgin Mobile Fest), which lead up to her big October North American tour with Andrew Bird (who's played APW last year, and has many upcoming gigs, all below). There are no NYC shows on the St.Vincent/Andrew Bird schedule (yet?). The trip includes performances for one episode of the Austin City Limits TV show. Mark your calendar -- their sets will be broadcast via "PBS stations nationwide on October 24th."
All tour dates, with a dark but fairly-good-audio version of "The Stranger" from the Bell House show, below...
Andrew Bird * Calexico @ Radio City - June 18, 2009 (grace wu)
Andrew Bird @ Radio City Music Hall - June 18, 2009 (joshbg2k)
"Ephman thinks that even Andrew Bird was surprised that he was playing Radio City Music Hall. He thanked his manager, and sounded like he was accepting an award. After the show was done Ephman was probably even more surprised then Andrew was. He seems like a nicer fellow then most people that hit that stage. He was humble, spoke from the heart, and totally played his guts out." [Ephman]The setlist from last night's show (6/18), below...
Kaki King @ BAM 2/7/09 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Others will be celebrating, that same night, right here in Brooklyn at Glasslands Gallery where Kaki King will play a "special set" at a Morrissey birthday celebration. Beta Beta, the Bodgea Girls and the Stationary Set are also on the bill. Flyer below.
This summer, King will be at Bonnaroo on June 12th and Northern California's music & yoga festival, Wanderlust, on Saturday, July 25th. The lineup for that fest includes Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Jenny Lewis, Amanda Palmer, Spoon, Broken Social Scene...and many more big "indie" names. The festival also offers yoga sessions with a full schedule of guest yogis. Both music+yoga tickets and music-only tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 12th.
Kaki King's newest record is her Mexican Teenagers EP, released March 30th by Cooking Vinyl.
Full details of both Morrissey's b-day and Wanderlust Festival, with posters, and Kaki King dates, below...
!!! is playing ACL 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
"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.The entire 2009 lineup is below...
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."
"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...
The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Tim Griffin
"The big event was when julian came out in to the audience and asked everyone to sit around him. I didn't catch all of what he was saying, as he was un-mic'd, but he handed out paper and pens to everyone (from a plastic camel attached to the end of a broomstick - of course) and asked them to write down a memory on a piece of paper, and that afterward we'd all go outside and burn it. Seemed nice enough. Until everyone was outside. 11 degrees feeling like -3 with the wind. Brrrr....as the fires 'raged' in the pot, Julian lined everyone up and they proceeded to run and jump over the burning paper in a pot. Admittedly it was all very engaging and charming, however ...we were outside for at least 15 minutes, which was more than enough to make my hands completely numb. I was grateful to go back inside, where Julian and Co. finished out the set and the evening."In other Neutral Milk Hotel related news, A Hawk and A Hacksaw - Jeremy Barnes (ex-NMH like Julian from Music Tapes) and Heather Trost, will be touring as a four-piece, accompanied by Mark Weaver on tuba and Samuel Johnson on trumpet. They'll visit SXSW on Thursday, March 19, before opening for Andrew Bird, and then Wilco across North America, and then touring the UK in June.
AHAAH's fourth album, Délivrance, is set for release on The Leaf Label on May 18. Its first single, "Foni Tu Argile," comes out April 27th as a digital download and a "limited edition of 500 hand-numbered 10" singles, cut at 78rpm, with packaging that replicates the shellac records of old." (The song is streaming now at the band's Myspace. )
All Music Tapes pics (and setlist) and AHAAH tour dates below...
PRIMAVERA SOUND '09 FESTIVALThat lineup so far is definitely a good reason to visit Spain.
PARC DEL FÒRUM, BARCELONA | DEL 28 AL 30 DE MAIG | DEL 28 AL 30 DE MAYO | FROM 28th TO 30th MAY
Artistes confirmats | Artistas confirmados | Confirmed artists:
A Certain Ratio | A-Trak | Alela Diane | Andrew Bird | Angelo Spencer | Aphex Twin | Ariel Pink | Art Brut | Bat For Lashes | Black Lips | Bloc Party | Bowerbirds | Carsick Cars | Chad VanGaalen | Crystal Antlers | Crystal Stilts | Cuzo | Damien Jurado | Dan Deacon Ensemble | Deerhunter | Dj Mehdi | Ebony Bones | El-P | Extra Life | Extraperlo | Fucked Up | Gang Gang Dance | Ghostface Killah | Girls | Jarvis Cocker | Jason Lytle | Jay Reatard | Joe Crepúsculo y Los Destructores | Joe Henry | John Maus | Karl Blau | Kimya Dawson | Kitty, Daisy and Lewis | Lemonade | Lightning Bolt | Magik Markers | Magnolia Electric Co. | Mahjongg | Marnie Stern | Michael Mayer | Michael Nyman | My Bloody Valentine | Neil Young | Oneida | Phoenix | Plants & Animals | Ponytail | Rosvita | Shearwater | Shellac | Simian Mobile Disco | Skatebård | Sleepy Sun | Sonic Youth | Spectrum | Spiritualized | Squarepusher | Sunn O))) | The Bad Plus | The Bug | The Drones | The Extraordinaires | The Jayhawks | The Jesus Lizard | The Lions Constellation | The Mae Shi | The New Year | The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart | The Secret Society | The Soft Pack | The Tallest Man On Earth | The Vaselines | Throwing Muses | Uffie | Veracruz | Vivian Girls | Wavves | Women | Wooden Shjips | Yo La Tengo | Zombie Zombie | ...
The Jesus Lizard also added another London show around the time they're playing the ATP: Fans Strike Back festival.
U.S. shows still TBA.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have a bunch of US shows scheduled.
Public Enemy are celebrating Flavor Flav's 50th birthday at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill on Sunday March 15th. Tickets are on sale.
Seal (does anyone like Seal?) is playing Radio City Music Hall on April 16th. Tickets are on Am Ex presale.
A psychic looks into Lil Wayne's future, and 1965 footage of Tom Jones, in the videos below...
Andrew Bird @ MHOW (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Let's re-quote something Andrew Bird told the NY Times for a second...
Bird's publicist had wanted him to play one of the first shows on his coming tour at Radio City Music Hall (capacity: 6,000). Bird was concerned that it was too big a venue, that he might fail to make a connection with the audience and that things could easily spiral downward from there. They compromised on Carnegie Hall, which seats about 3,000.I guess that Carnegie Hall show, not to mention the also-sold-out show in Brooklyn the same week, went so well that they are no longer afraid. Andrew Bird will headline Radio City Music Hall on June 18th. As as added super-bonus, Calexico will be the opener. $34.50 - $44.50 tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Calexico will also be in NYC in March to play the REM tribute at Carnegie Hall, and a show at the new City Winery with Keren Ann.
The Radio City show is one of five new, June dates that Bird is playing around the time of Bonnaroo (that he is also playing). One of the other new dates is with The Decemberists at Merriweather Post Pavilion in MD. That show is currently on presale. Andrew is also scheduled to be at SXSW in March and a whole bunch of other places between now and June. New dates below...
Meat Puppets @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Abbey Braden)
Stubb's in Austin is like Roseland Ballroom in NYC, except it's outdoors, it's conveniently located downtown near all the other venues, and you actually want to go see shows there (in my experience anyway). A lot of the "big" SXSW shows happen there. Last year Stubb's hosted R.E.M. and Motorhead. Metallica is still rumored to be playing there on the Friday night (which may or may not be the same show Jane's Addiction is or isn't playing). It's where the Decemberists will play their new album for the first time on that Wednesday, and it's where Andrew Bird is playing on the Thursday. PJ Harvey plays there that Saturday.
Each Stubb's bill has up to seven artists, and I think more than any other venue, they put together some... interesting combinations. Gomez is playing before Andrew Bird who is playing before Ben Harper. PJ Harvey and John Parrish are opening for... The Indigo Girls who are opening for... Third Eye Blind. AND, last but not least, The Meat Puppets are playing after... KATY PERRY. View the whole schedule, as it currently stands, at SXSW's site.
There are a couple of other big bands playing SXSW this year that I wanted to mention. The first is New York Dolls - they're playing Friday March 20th at 12:30 AM at Smokin' Music. The second is Echo and the Bunnymen - the UK band that recently headlined Radio City Music Hall have THREE official showcases scheduled in Austin, and they're scheduled to play the annual SPIN party at the 2500 (approx)-capacity Stubb's on Friday, March 20th, in the afternoon. Glasvegas, Passion Pit, Hot Leg (Justin Hawkins from the Darkness), Black Lips, and Cut Off Your Hands are also on SPIN's (invite only) bill.
DOWNLOAD: Heartless Bastards - The Mountain (MP3)
Erika Wennerstrom is the singer, guitarist and songwriter in a band that immediately gets your attention in two ways. She calls her trio Heartless Bastards, easily one of the best rock-band names of the last decade. And then there's Wennerstrom's voice, soul-deep yet never hysterical, tinged with vibrato. It sounds deeper than the earth and timeless, as if it could just as easily be found on a scratchy 78-rpm blues platter as it is on an MP3 file.
That voice has never sounded more potent than it does on the Heartless Bastards' third and best album, "The Mountain" (Fat Possum). Wennerstrom says she can't remember a day when she didn't want to sing, when she didn't feel that singing would be her life. [Chicago Tribune]
As Largehearted Boy highlighted, the new Heartless Bastards album was just released. Grab track #1 above. Catch the band live at Maxwell's in Hoboken TONIGHT (2/4). Catch them tomorrow in Philly, or Friday and Saturday at Terminal 5 when they (and Lucero) open for the Black Keys. Catch them all over the country as they continue to go on a tour that includes a stop at SXSW, shows with their Fat Possum labelmate Andrew Bird, and a lot of dates with the Gaslight Anthem that include the previously-mentioned gig at Webster Hall on March 27th (tix). Catch them February 10th on David Letterman. Listen to their recent Daytrotter session. All dates below...
Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.
Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...
AB @ Carnegie Hall - Jan 28, 2009 (pic by Slopey Seconds)
Andrew Bird and Dosh played Carnegie Hall in NYC last night (1/28). Anonymous | January 29, 2009 1:07 PM said the show was "AMAZING".
Unlike two nights earlier at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the show was fancy, seated, we didn't get pictures, and Andrew did play a second encore.
The whole Carnegie Hall setlist below...
Doug Gillard (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* Annuals @ Bowery Ballroom
* Nightmares on Wax at MHOW
* Cold War Kids @ Mercury Lounge
* Andrew Bird & Dosh @ Carnegie Hall
* Doug Gillard, Mascott & The Octagon @ Pianos
* TK Webb and The Visions @ the Studio @ Webster Hall
* The Depreciation Guild & Black Diamond Bay @ Fontana's
* Kylesa, Tombs, Tournament, Black Anvil & The Brass @ The Charleston
Last chance to catch one of Doug Gillard's residency shows at Pianos tonight.
"Andrew Bird's Noble Beast (Fat Possum) has landed at #12 on the U.S. album chart, selling over 25,000 units in its opening week. The debut is the highest of the week for an independent label release and second only to Mariah Carey's Ballads. It is also the #1 seller of the week in Bird's hometown of Chicago."
Cold War Kids are also on Conan tonight.
Ben Kweller appeared the other night on Letterman. Video below...
words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Andrew Bird played Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (1/26). The sold out venue was full, but not packed. The audience was super respectful, even for opener Christina Courtin who I didn't love (I was hoping for Dosh who is opening at Carnegie Hall).
Bird (with the help of a band that included Dosh) played almost all songs off his new album Noble Beast (
currently still streaming at NPR), and maybe three or four older ones. The album hadn't even been out a week, and it seemed people had trouble getting into the show until about halfway through when Bird played "Fake Pallindromes" followed by "Nonanimal" (my favorite track off the new record). At one point he asked if he was playing too many new ones, and for the rest of the concert people kept shouting requests. I don't think he played anything off "Armchair Apocrypha" and he didn't even play "Why?".
The show was early. He went on at 9:15 and played until around 10:45 which included one encore. The crowd was cheering really, really loud for a second encore, but he didn't come back. I heard he's been a bit sick the past few days, so that may have been the reason.
More MHOW pictures below...
Ted Leo @ the Big Shoulders Ball @ the Black Cat in DC - Jan 19, 2009 (sara.h)
"Last night I went to the Big Shoulders Ball at the Black Cat. The show was tons of fun and without all the pomp and cheese cubes. The ball was "thrift store formal." And it was a benefit too. Highlights: Ted Leo covering Pete Seeger and Curtis Mayfield. Andrew Bird's wondrous violin plucking that he looped and looped. Tortoise finding a rhythm and sticking to it. Ken Vandermark's tribute to Sun Ra. And Honeyboy Edwards showing how the blues used to be played." [Washington City Paper]In addition to being Obama's Inauguration, today is also the release day for Andrew Bird's new album. All Andrew Bird dates HERE.
Obama is scheduled to take his oath of office at noon today (though they just said on TV that they might be running a little late). Aretha Franklin will sing "My Country Tis of Thee" shortly.
A recent video of Ted Leo playing Bruce Sprinsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" below...