Entries tagged with: Antibalas
by Bill Pearis
Greek singer Monika was already a star in her native country when she visited NYC a couple years ago. A fan of Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse, she visited Daptone Records' Brooklyn HQ, knocked on the front door and ended up playing demos for the Dap Kings' Homer Steinweiss. The two ended up collaborating for most of 2014 on Monika's new album, employing most of the Menahan Street Band, and various members of the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, and others from the Daptone family.
That record, Secret in the Dark, came out last year in Greece and will get a U.S. release via Other Music Recording Co. on October 2. The record spans a variety of pop styles, including synthpop, '70s disco ("Lonely World," the album's title track) and sweeping ballads, but all the songs have clever twists in the arrangements and production. And as with most things Dap Tone-related, it just sounds right. You can stream a few tracks from it, including the clavinet-fueled "Secret in the Dark," below.
You may have caught Monika at Brooklyn's Union Pool over the summer (video below) and she'll back in Brooklyn to play a record release show at Baby's All Right on October 8. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/28) at noon.
Brooklyn afrobeat band EMEFE, who are fronted by Miles Arntzen of Antibalas and Will Butler's band, will be in residency at hometown venue Baby's All RIght this September with shows on 9/3, 9/17 and 9/24. It's a late-night residency, with 11:30 PM doors and midnight start times. Here's what the full schedule looks like:
9/3 w/ DJ Chico Mann + Inhumanoids Crew (dance) (tickets)Meanwhile, Will's brother and Arcade Fire bandmate Win Butler is DJing NYC this week twice.
9/17 w/ DJ Teeny Lieberson + Billy Martin's Fang Percussion (tickets)
9/24 w/ DJ Will Butler + special guests (tickets)
EMEFE's residency is in continued support of their new self-titled album which came out this May. That album includes the single "40 Watt," which has been given video treatment by director Diego Lopez. It features live footage shot at Martyrs' in Chicago in May, and it premieres below.
In related news, Antibalas are also doing a Brooklyn residency soon. Theirs is at Brooklyn Bowl, and includes shows on October 28, November 4, 11, and 18 with special guests at each one. Tickets for all four shows are on sale now.
photo: Lauryn Hill at Rough Trade in February (more by PSquared)
Nine NYC shows weren't enough for neo-soul singer Lauryn Hill this year. (Not that we're complaining.) She'll play the city again, and this time for free, at the second annual 'Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World' Festival taking place June 20 at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Also on the bill is New Orleans jazz veteran Shannon Powell (and his Traditional All-Star Band), Brooklyn afrobeat group Antibalas, and LA Latin rock/hip hop band Ozomatli. There will also be DJ sets at the Queens Museum, located walking distance from the concert.
Again, the festival is free but space is limited and you do have to register for tickets. There are also not-free options with more perks like t-shirts, CDs, gift bags, and more. The concert is all ages and runs from noon to 8 PM.
Watch a recently-released video of Lauryn Hill playing "Doo Wop (That Thing)" acoustic (via Lauryn's Facebook), below...
by Bill Pearis
Last night was the David Byrne tribute show at Carnegie Hall which brought out a host of cool musicians to perform songs by Talking Heads and other Byrne songs. This was the 11th annual tribute show at Carnegie, which are produced by City Winery's Michael Dorf and benefit NYC music education programs. The show was over two and a half hours long and ended with the man himself marching down the aisles with a marching band, covering Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." If you thought that Carnegie Hall might be the one place you'd never hear that song, you were wrong (video below), and it was a joyous capper to a very fun night.
The night opened with the Little Kids Rock band (one of the charities these shows fund) covering "Stay Up Late" which was appropriate for this School Night and they brought endless enthusiasm to the Little Creatures song. For such dance-friendly music as Byrne's, Carnegie Hall is maybe not the best venue (percussion/low end suffers in that room), but we all made do and there were some great performances. Esperanza Spalding took on another Little Creatures song, "Road to Nowhere," and brought some New Orleans funk and soul to the chorus; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top gave "Houses in Motion" boogie and twang (not to mention endless cool), and he also added a mean guitar solo to Steve Earle's take on "A Million Miles Away."
Amanda Palmer w/ Alexis Krauss, Glen Hansard, Antibalas
"I didn't think about being eight months pregnant when I agreed to do this song," admitted a very showing Amanda Palmer, adding "The lyrics take on new meaning." Palmer, with help from Jherek Bischoff, took on "Once in a Lifetime" and she brought her cranked-to-11 personality and stage presence to that. She also brought Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells for Don't Look Back style cue-carding and Glen Hansard on backing vocals. Krauss did a fine job handing "Life During Wartime" (and talked a little about being a NYC schoolteacher) and Hansard performed a stripped down version of "Girlfriend is Better."
It wasn't until late in the show that the crowd all finally jumped to its feet, thanks to Sharon Jones who delivered a knockout performance of "Psycho Killer." The crowd stayed up for Santigold, backed by her flygirl dancers, who did "Burning Down the House." Then Cee-Lo, maybe a weird choice for this, came out for "Take Me to the River," taking out the Talking Heads jitteriness and putting back some of the smooth Al Green. (In a velvet garb, he also looked a giant Shar-Pei.) Then the marching band (which seems to be Byrne's new obsession) hit. Full performer/setlist rundown and pictures from Carnegie Hall are in this post.
The party kept going later that night at City Winery (where they had rehearsals the night before) which featured Malian band Songhoy Blues whose amazing energy definitely primed the crowd for the fun and very loose set by Antibalas who were the backing band at the tribute show. (The free wine and beer added a lot to the looseness of everyone onstage or off.) They performed a few of the songs that were done earlier in the night, including an extended version of "Crosseyed and Painless," but the highlight was an improvised number by Sharon Jones that was a little like "Land of a Thousand Dances" but in her own style, and she also battled on the congas with Antibalas frontman Amayo. As much fun as the tribute was, that will be the moment I remember from the night. A short instagram video of that, plus more pics, video and the setlist from Carnegie, below.
Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert is coming up at Carnegie Hall (3/23) which this year is a tribute to Talking Heads and David Byrne, featuring house band Antibalas with appearances by Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, Sharon Jones, Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff, Cee-Lo Green, Beth Orton, and lots more. Tickets (benefiting music education for underprivileged youth) are still available.
As usual, there will be a rehearsal show the night before (3/22) at City Winery with Antibalas and "Special Guests TBA." Tickets for that are on sale now.
photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (3/23) honors Talking Heads / David Byrne this year, and since we last spoke, more artists have been announced. Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff have been added to the lineup that already includes Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Beth Orton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cibo Matto & Nels Cline, Glen Hansard, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, The Roots and more.
Antibalas are the house band. Tickets (benefiting music education for underprivileged youth) are still available. Updated lineup below.
UPDATE: Santigold, Thievery Corporation and Pete Molinari were added too.
David Byrne also just announced a big project with St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, How to Dress Well and more happening at Barclays Center.
Antibalas @ The Apollo 12/5/2014 (photo by @bowwowmeowmeow)
Antibalas played the night's most exploratory set. Its Afrobeat has been infused with New York City propulsion and diversity. It ratchets up Fela's deliberate pace and sometimes exults in the dissonance of its churning, brawling funk. Amayo, its songwriter and lead singer -- in face paint and a flashy red-white-and-blue outfit -- sang about "dirty money," unity and respect for women, while the band's instrumental buildups were a galvanizing message on their own. - [The New York Times]Last weekend, Antibalas played the first two nights of the Daptone Super Soul Revue at The Apollo. (The Budos Band played the third.) Right after the holidays, Antibalas will be heading out on a co-headlining tour with Zap Mama, and those dates include a NYC show at Highline Ballroom on February 11. Tickets are on sale now.
Before their tour together starts, Zap Mama will take part in the 2015 globalFEST at Webster Hall on January 11. Tickets are still available for that. All Antibalas/Zap Mama tour dates are listed below...
The Daptone label is throwing a three-day holiday party called the Super Soul Revue at NYC's The Apollo on December 4,5 & 6 with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Charles Bradley playing all three nights. The lineups otherwise vary a bit but are as follows:
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8p.m. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Antibalas, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, The Sugarman 3, Saun & StarrThe shows are being recorded by Daptone's in-house engineers for a live album to be titled the Daptone Soul Revue, Live at the Apollo. Tickets for these special night go on sale Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM with a Daptone presale (password: DAPTONEFIRST) starting Tuesday (9/16) at 10 AM.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 8p.m.: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band, Antibalas, The Como Mamas
Menahan Street Band, Saun & Starr
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8p.m.: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, The Sugarman 3, Saun & Starr
Charles Bradley, meanwhile, plays Beacon Theatre on October 4 opening for Afghan Whigs (tickets). Sharon Jones in currently in Australia on tour. All tour dates for Jones and Bradley are listed below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Tickets are still available for tonight's Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall with Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Brett Dennen, Dan Wilson, Isobel Campbell & Andy Cabic, Joe Henry, Josh Ritter, Joy Williams, Judy Collins, L.P., John Doe, Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, Sam Moore, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Bob Forrest & Gibby Haynes (who mentioned the show on the Daily Show), Richard Marx, Antibalas, Mike Gordon, and more.
Last night (3/30), as usual on the night before a Michael Dorf event at Carnegie Hall, there was a rehearsal at Dorf's club City Winery with many of the performers doing the same Paul Simon songs. We have pictures from that one along with the setlist of songs they played (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe did 'Think Too Much'). Check out the setlist and more pics below...
Priests at MHOW in 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Priests, Downtown Boys, 1/2 of Swearin', Olga Bell @ MoMA PS1
DC punks Priests have a new album coming out on Don Giovanni (they just released the killer lead single), and many upcoming tour dates, three of which are in NYC. Today's show is a little different than the other two though. It's an afternoon show (3 PM start) "of discussion and music surrounding feminist punk rock with artists" as part of MoMA PS1's Sunday Sessions, and also includes fellow punk band Downtown Boys, 1/2 of Swearin' (Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride) and Dirty Projector Olga Bell. The artists will be in conversation with Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly.
King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer, Highness @ Saint Vitus
Australian thrashers King Parrot and Northeast US black metallers Vattnet Viskar team up for what should be an excellent double bill at Saint Vitus tonight.
Vaz, Anwar Sadat, Guardian Alien, The Library Is On Fire @ Death By Audio
Louisville's Anwar Sadat make fast, angry post-punk that doesn't feel weird being compared to The Jesus Lizard or Big Black. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows this weekend, and really the whole bill is killer with noise crew Vaz, Guardian Alien (aka the insane drumming of ex-Liturgy skinsman Greg Fox plus lots of noise) and shoegazy punks The Library Is On Fire.
Antibalas, LP, Angelique Kidjo, John Doe & guests @ City Winery
City Winery founder Michael Dorf presents a Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall tomorrow, but at his own venue tonight there will be a live rehearsal show of Simon's music with the above-mentioned artists and other special guests.
Call Of The Wild, Tournament, Hellbear, Iron Force @ Union Pool
Heavy garage rockers Call of the Wild team up with their punky Brooklyn neighbors Tournament, their speed metal Brooklyn neighbors Iron Force, and Richmond's Hellbear. Earplugs recommended.
Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom
The long-lived NYC venue Roseland Ballroom will be closing its doors in early April, but before then it will go out with seven Lady Gaga shows, this being the second.
Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, Bridget Everett, Kurt Metzger, DJ Roofeeo & "a VERY special musical guest" @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Hannibal Buress' birthday may be February 4, but he's choosing March 30 as the day of his birthday celebration at Knitting Factory, where he performs for every Sunday. A bunch of his friends are announced for this one, but what isn't announced is the "VERY special musical guest." Who could it be? Usually his shows are in the front room, but this time he takes over the main room, and its sold out.
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Chain and the Gang @ Secret Project Robot 2011 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Japanther @ MHOW 2011 (more by Andre St. Clair)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Chain and the Gang, Turn To Crime @ Union Pool
Ian Svenonious is a one-of-kind, having fronted legendary bands Nation of Ulysses and Make-Up and the very rock Chain and the Gang. The band's new album, Minimum Rock n' Roll, is out in April and you can stream a track from it below.
Japanther, Tiny Moving Parts, Tournament, Radical Discharge @ Saint Vitus
Japanther are always known to have a rowdy live show, and while Tiny Moving Parts may not be as nuts, they're pretty fun and undeniable themselves. We're happy to be presenting this co-bill from those bands, and there's punky support from Tournament and Radical Discharge.
Drowners, Stuckey & Murray @ Brooklyn Bowl
NYC's leather jacket-wearing rockers Drowners aren't shy about their affinity for bands like The Stokes and the Arctic Monkeys. They play for the toddler set at the family-friendly Kidrockers series this afternoon.
CYMBALS, Seoul, Paperwhite, Marian Hill, Lion Babe @ Brooklyn Bowl
The free It's A School Night series has a little SXSW flavor tonight with UK band CYMBALS and Montreal's Seoul. RSVP for gratis entry.
Buffalo Daughter, The Suzan @ Baby's All Right
Japanese trio Buffalo Daughter released records on Beastie Boys' label Grand Royal in the '90s and have continued since. Catch them tonight with another Japanese band, The Suzan.
Jungle, Wet @ The Mercury Lounge
Enigmatic UK act Jungle let their music do the talking: specifically, R&B-tinged dance pop that manages to sound both classic and modern at the same time. A duo in the studio, they expand to a seven-piece live, and this is their second of two sold-out NYC shows with Wet.
Throwing Muses, Tanya Donelly @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock vets Throwing Muses returned in 2013 with the album/book, Purgatory/Paradise, their first full length in 10 years. Tonight could be special: opening is Tanya Donnelly who was in the band during the '80s (and is Kristen Hersh's half-sister). Maybe she'll come out with TM for a couple songs?
Shellshag w/ Todd Congelliere, Tuff Tits, Magnets, Dirty Circle, Lilith Velkor @ Death By Audio
Last night, Toys That Kill's Todd Congelliere shared a bill with Tuff Tits (and Screaming Females) at Silent Barn to celebrate Shellhead's (of Shellshag) birthday. Tonight, Todd actually joins Shellshag on stage, and the three of them will be performing songs from each other's respective projects together.
Balk, Radical Dads, Mt Warning, Wool @ Glasslands Gallery
It's a night of '90s style indie rock with the flinty Balk, and seriously underrated trio Radical Dads
Antibalas @ SOB's
NYC afrobeat crew promise "a bunch of new/different material tonight, dusting off some old gems and working in some new stuff."
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
Bob Dorough @ Joe's Pub
You may not know his name but chances are you've heard Bob Dorough's songs and voice: he wrote and sang many of Schoolhouse Rock's best-loved songs, including "Three is Magic Number," "Conjuction Junction," and "The Shot Heard 'Round The World."
Vampillia, Leah Lazonick, Snowday, England in 1819, Three Thousand Rivers @ Pianos
Boredoms-related Vampillia play another of their zillion NYC shows at Pianos tonight.
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Jeff Tweedy w/ Wilco in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Upstate, NY jam band festival Mountain Jam is returning this year from June 5 - 8 at Hunter Mountain, and though they've got the usual jammy suspects (Bob Weir & Ratdog, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, etc), as always, there's other stuff too like Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, Damien Marley, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blitzen Trapper, Antibalas, Treetop Flyers, Lucius, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
Full lineup (one more headliner TBA) below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Photos by Greg Cristman
Stop & Frisk / UNICORN CHOICE @ 2013 Rock Lottery
The 2013 edition of the annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/7) at Knitting Factory where members of various local bands -- including Walter Schreifels, "Delicate" Steve Marion, and Maria Minerva -- were thrown together randomly to form new groups, and then write and perfors new songs all in the course of 12 hours. Proceeds went to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education.
The bands met at 10 AM and were divvied up as follows:
Stop & Frisk: Maria Minerva, Jeff Curtin (Small Black), Steve Myers (The Afghan Whigs / Mighty Fine), Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box / Slavic Soul Party / Barbez), Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft)In addition to original songs, the bands threw in some covers as well. Stop & Frisk covered Prince's "Darling Nikki" and Black Purple covered the Beastie Boys "Sabotage." Pictures from the 2014 Rock Lottery are in this post.
Black Purple: Zach Jaeger (Chron Turbine), Awkwafina, Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls / Violent Femmes), Stephen Brodsky (Cave In / Mutoid Man), Deron Pulley (Les Bonhommes)
UNICORN CHOICE: Andrew Keoghan (Lawrence Arabia / Lips), Christopher Todd (Sannhet), Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand / Rival Schools)
U.W.I: James Canty (The Make-Up / Ted Leo / Nation of Ulysses), Angus Tarnawsky (Apache Beat / Devin / Ef Es VII/2), John Stanesco (Friend Roulette), Corey Zaloom (Riverwild), Oliver Ackerman (A Place To Bury Strangers)
HXMXN PXXPLX: (L to R): William Kuehn (Rainer Maria / Shining Mirrors / The Prosaics), Alyson Greenfield, Christian Owens (Bad Girlfriend), Stuart Bogie (Superhuman Happiness / Antibalas / Fela! The Musical), Hanoi Jane (Onieda)
Femi Kuti in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
New Year's Eve is just around the corner. We've already mentioned a few options of ways to celebrate in NYC, and here's a few more. Fela Kuti will be celebrated at Knitting Factory (12/31) with The Fela! Band and Rich Medina. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A similar celebration goes down at SOB's, where Fela-inspired afrobeat band Antibalas will be ringing in the new year. They're doing one show on 12/30 and then THREE shows on New Year's Eve (8 PM, 10 PM, 12:30 AM). Tickets for all four are on sale now.
UPDATE: Shabazz Palaces is cancelled.
As usual, you've got jam/electronic options like Phish at MSG (tix), Infected Mushroom at Best Buy Theater (tix), Big Gigantic at Roseland (tix), Disco Biscuits at the Theater at MSG (tix), Deadmau5 at Nassau Coliseum (tix), and Gov't Mule at Beacon Theatre (tix).
For a DIY New Year's Eve, head to David Blaine's The Steakhouse (1131 Myrtle Ave, Apt. 303) for Elvis Depressedly, Spook Houses, Crying, Morrison Brook, and Alex G.
If you're not in NYC, catch Screaming Females and Swearin' in Philly, Baauer in Philly, Danny Brown and Flatbush Zombies in San Francisco, Melvins and Mudhoney in San Francisco, The Breeders in Austin, Death in Chicago, Washed Out in Atlanta, or Run the Jewels in Raleigh.
by Wyatt Marshall
"Hardcore Lørd" at Brooklyn Rock Lottery 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The fourth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery, which happens on 12/7 at Knitting Factory and randomly puts various members of different bands into new bands for just that day, has expanded upon the previously announced list of participants. Lineup additions include members of Quicksand, Afghan Whigs, DIIV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dresden Dolls, Antibalas, Sannhet and more. There's still five more artists TBA and one "Very Special Guest," who, like everyone else, will be suject to the following:
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.Previously announced participants include members of The Make-Up/Nation of Ulysses, Cave In, Oneida, Rainer Maria, and more. Full lineup, as it currently stands, below.
Tickets for the Rock Lottery are on sale now, and all proceeds go to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education. There will also be a raffle at the Rock Lottery giving away some not-too-shabby swag including first class tickets from Delta and badges to next year's Northside Festival. Check out pics & a recap from last year's Rock Lottery. A video of last year's (via Animal) below.
As discussed, Sannhet, whose drummer Christopher Todd is participating in this year's Rock Lottery, just put out a new EP titled Lions Eye. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below.
A Place to Bury Strangers's Oliver Ackerman is also participating, and as discussed, his band is scheduled to play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, November 29 with Dawn of Midi, Pontiak and Woodsman, so check that out if you want to get your grub on and catch a free show or if you need an activity to get you out of your Thanksgiving food coma.
Check out the list of participants, video from last year's Rock Lottery, and Sannhet EP stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Grizzly Bear / My Morning Jacket in Times Square - 10/12/13
In between the day's coffeehouse-ready beginning and stadium-worthy end, Divine Fits and Grizzly Bear delivered the two most CBGB-worthy sets of the day: It was easy to picture Divine Fits' (and Spoon's) Britt Daniel and Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste in the recesses of a rock club, though the North Stage of the festival, sidled up alongside the Ed Sullivan Theater, felt as natural an arena as any for their straightforward rock stylings and fuzzed-out, exploratory soundscapes, respectively. As the 2013 festival season nears its end, both Grizzly Bear and Divine Fits have hopscotched between the stages of the country's biggest productions, and the two bands made for standout moments at CBGB just as they did at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands before them.We're now in the midst of CMJ, but this past weekend another music marathon took over NYC, CBGB Festival. The fest didn't have much in the way of CBGB-related music (or much at all), but like last year, the main attraction was a big free Times Square show. This year's show started with Lisa Loeb, followed by The Wallflowers, then Spoon/Wolf Parade-related supergroup Divine Fits. People then began really piling in for James Murphy's DJ set, which was followed by Grizzly Bear, and finally My Morning Jacket, who brought out The Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), and Antibalas (who played two of their own NYC shows that weekend). Despite seeming like a potential disaster, the whole thing actually went over pretty smoothly. Pictures of the whole day are in this post.
My Morning Jacket's grand finale at CBGB was fortified by friends, as special guests hopped on and off the stage for the final moments of the festival. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Antibalas collaborated with Jim James for the recently released tribute Fela Kuti compilation RED HOT + FELA, and their performance of "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" was as meditative and serene as it was explosive and untethered. Jakob Dylan then joined in for a take on "Don't Do It" from The Last Waltz before My Morning Jacket wrapped up the festival with "One Big Holiday," which relished in its might as a literal and figurative showstopper. [Rolling Stone]
Antibalas at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC Afrobeat band Antibalas plays a pair of hometown shows this weekend: Saturday (10/12) at Roulette in Brooklyn (tickets) and Sunday (10/13) at the Highline Ballroom (tickets). The opener the first night is Tuelo Her Cousins, and Song Sparrow Research for the second.
The Saturday's concert serves as a benefit for MIMA Music (whose mission is "to build a global network of arts-education programs, music education partners, and music based curriculum in under-served schools around the world").
Last year, the band released a new record, its first in a half-decade (they'd been kept pretty busy with other projects, like the musical Fela!). The self-titled collection was recorded at Daptone Record's House of Soul Studios in Brooklyn. You can watch a session of the band performing at the studio below...
Antibalas at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Music Frees All Festival returns to various NYC venues this weekend (7/17-21) including Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Bell House. The main event of the festival happens on Saturday (7/20) at the Bell House with Antibalas, The Stepkids, Pegasus Warning, and DJ Prince Paul. Tickets for that individual show are on sale now, as are tickets for the entire festival. Proceeds will go to help producer Scotty Hard (De La Soul, Black Sheep, etc) who, in 2008, was paralyzed from the chest down after a stolen car broadsided the taxi he was in. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a free festival pass. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Other artists playing this weekend include Xenia Rubinos, Cuddle Magic, EMEFE, Chicha Libre, Zongo Junction and more. Full lineup and flyer below...
Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As noted, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return to BAM from April 25 - 27 and is again curated by The National's Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. A partial list of 2013 performers has been announced and includes headliners The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, as well as Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Julia Holter and Here We Go Magic. Full list of announced performers is below.
The 2013 Clearwater Festival will take place on June 15 and 16 at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. This year's line-up includes Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Son Volt, Mavis Staples, Antibalas, Nicole Atkins, Patterson Hood and more. Full line-up is below. Tickets for Clearwater are on sale now.
photos by Greg Cristman
My Morning Jacket / Jim James @ the Capitol Theater
MMJ kicked off their three-night run at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on Thursday (12/27) and continued the following two nights. As previously mentioned, each night got an entirely different setlist and a different band opened each night too, with Friday (12/28) getting Antibalas and Saturday (12/29) getting Floating Action. Friday's show got "Holdin' On To Black Metal," their cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man," "Golden," and others; while Saturday got "Circuital," "Evil Urges," "Wordless Chorus," and others.
Pictures and the setlist from night 1 are HERE. Pics of night 2 and the setlists and some videos from night 2 and 3 are below...
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ Moody Theater in 2011 (AUS) (more by Tim Griffin)
Afrobeat authority Femi Kuti and his band The Positive Force are slated to tour the US in 2013. That tour kicks off in the beginning of January, and will hit NYC on January 26 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (10/17) at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/19) at noon.
Femi and co.'s most recent album, Africa For Africa, was released in 2010 in the UK and France, and in 2011 in the US. You can take a listen to that album in its entirety, via Spotify, at the bottom of this post.
In related news, Fela Kuti is being celebrated in NYC during CMJ with a show on Thursday at Littlefield with EMEFE, Mokaad, The Funk Ark, The Rainbow Children, and DJ Monk-One. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In more related news, Brooklyn's Antibalas (a band modeled after Fela's band) has some upcoming dates this December, culminating ina hometown show on December 14 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Red Baraat. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/19).
Lists of all known Femi Kuti tour dates, all Antibalas dates, and a stream of Africa For Africa are below.
words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray
David, St. Vincent and the gang on stage in Houston
Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Dallas
Arriving in Nashville, a few of us head straight to the local "meat and 3." Three sides of vegetables should not be taken as a sign that this is a diet-conscious tour. In the South, vegetables function as napkins for grease rather than repositories for vitamins.
After a long night of honky-tonking with the crew, we file in to play the historic Ryman Auditorium, which for over thirty years housed the Grand Ole Opry. Our show is great, but the horn section isn't quite ready to pack up their cases. One of the best things about touring is bumping into friends who are also on the road. By happy accident, Antibalas is also in Nashville, performing at a venue nearby our own. Several Antibalas band members played on "Love This Giant," and a few of them are in bands with other people in our party. At the end of their set, all eight of our horns join them for Fela's "Open and Close":
Next up is Austin. Jon has a biologist friend teaching at UT so we ride our bikes over to campus to hear her give a lecture on sexual selection. We learn some truly fascinating facts about animal courtship behavior, such as the seduction technique of the Australian bowerbird. In an attempt to find a mate, the male bowerbird builds a highly complex and elaborately decorated hut, which he then presents to his sweetheart as a nuptial gift. But sex isn't all romance. As if we needed further proof that bedbugs are the most disgusting animal on the planet, we learn their reproductive habits. Apparently when ready to mate, the male bedbug grows an intermittent organ that he then uses to randomly stab the female through her exoskeleton.
Learning about sexual suicide can build up quite an appetite. After the lecture, we get in a cab and head to the best restaurant of tour yet: Uchiko. Executive chef Paul Qui won season 9 of Top Chef and the food does not disappoint. The jar jar duck is one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted, Star Wars: Episode One reference notwithstanding.
In my experience, Austin audiences are usually very receptive and this time is no exception. Several people speak of the St. Vincent song "Cheerleader" as one of the show highlights, in part because of its choreography. The movements for this song are quite simple: lie supine on the floor and play. But as anyone who has ever played a brass instrument knows, it is really hard to play while lying down. Breathing is more labored, as is forcing air through a horn. Also, water tends to build up and flow back down into the mouthpiece. But the visual effect is stunning
In Dallas, I get some time by myself and take long bike ride to the Dallas Museum of Art. This museum holds quite a few works by contemporary masters, many of which I have never seen before. Of particular note are a series of early post-impressionistic Piet Mondrian landscapes juxtaposed with some of his later Neo-Plasticist works. The stylistic differences between the two are striking and provide a perfect example of an artist completely abandoning one style for another.
David, Tony, Mary-Anne
The Dallas show turns out to be the 100th David Byrne show Tony and Mary-Anne, a couple who we have seen at several stops along this tour. They have seen every incarnation of David's bands since 1978. They met when David, from the stage, spotted Tony with a homemade Talking Heads t-shirt. David invited him backstage because he liked the shirt, and Tony subsequently went on to design some t-shirts for DB. After the Dallas show we all cheers Tony and Mary-Anne and jump on the bus for San Diego.
David Byrne and St. Vincent play Santa Barbara, CA tonight (10/11) at the Arlington Theatre. The rest of their tour dates are here. More photos from Brian Murray are below.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at Williamsburg Park - 8/18/12 (via Naja Rosa Koppel)
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and their Daptone labelmates Antibalas shared a bill for a free show at Williamsburg Park last night (8/18). Antibalas were celebrating their new self-titled album, which came out earlier this month via Daptone. They were followed by a great set by Sharon Jones and her band that left people wanting more, and included a cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," like Sharon's sets have in the past. A video of them playing "Longer and Stronger" at last night's show is below.
This summer's Williamsburg Park shows continue TONIGHT (8/19) with another great double bill of My Morning Jacket and Shabazz Palaces. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. MMJ will return to the NYC area for three shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre in December.