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The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)

A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.

Full round 2 list below...

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Ben Kweller at Terminal 5 in 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Ben Kweller

Singer/songwriter Ben Kweller was recently in NYC to open for Guster and he's now set to head out on a headlining tour this spring which brings him back to NYC on May 6 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale bginning Friday (2/28) at noon. Ben will also be in Austin for a free show during SXSW. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Ben Kweller going on spring US tour (dates)"


Tickets to see Tegan & Sara with The Courtneys and My Midnight Heart at Hammerstein Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.

Ticket to the Connan Mockasin and Kirin J Callinan shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets to see The Faint's shows at Webster Hall, Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets to see The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Fear of Men show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Sharon Van Etten shows at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the First Aid Kit show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Basement show at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.


Tickets to the My Bloody Valentine shows at Hammerstein Ballroom go on LiveNation/Mobile App presales today at 10 AM (password: "scorcher").

Tickets to the Jay Z shows at Barclays Center, Mohegan Sun, Nassau Coliseum, and Prudential Center go on Live Nation Mobile App and Facebook presales today at 10 AM (Facebook presale password: "CARTER").

Tickets for the David Sedaris and Lena Dunham night of reading and conversation at Carnegie Hall are on BrooklynVegan presale now (password: "VEG18042").

Tickets to see Mazzy Star at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Earl Sweatshirt at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Since we last spoke, Domo Genesis and Vince Staples were added to this show.

The Sounds are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 14. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (9/13) at noon.

Tickets for the Tinderbox Music Festival at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Deerhoof, Aye Nako, Butter the Children, Half Waif, Dynasty Electric and more are on Ticketmaster presale now (password: "tinderbox").

Tickets to the Rudimental shows at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presales today at noon.

Guster are playing a Keep It Together 10th Anniversary show with Ben Kweller at Beacon Theatre on November 30. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at 9 AM, with a general on-sale starting Friday (9/13) at 9 AM. Guster also plays Brooklyn Bowl (12/1) a day later, and tickets for that show go on sale Friday at 9 AM.

Jamtronica band Lotus are playing Terminal 5 on November 30 with Up Until Now. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (9/13) at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photos by Wei Shi

Conor Oberst / Jenny Lewis @ Fox Theater 10/3/2012
Conor Oberst
Jenny Lewis

Last week, the prolific 32-year-old who primarily does business as Bright Eyes appeared at UCLA's Royce Hall, one of two seated, acoustic performances (the other was at Carnegie Hall) that cherry-picked his songbook and served up reworked gems occasionally abetted by friends like Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins.

I heard that was riveting, and foolishly arrived without earplugs thinking the same thing (albeit with different selections) was due to happen Wednesday night at the Fox Theater, where Oberst drew a wildly devoted, near-capacity crowd. Yet this again was something different: a full-blown, full-band show, with long-haired Oberst in wide-brimmed-hat mode, folky like the new-millennium Dylan he's always been but rocking out with the feel (and sometimes the intensity) of late-'60s Neil Young. [Orange County Register]

Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins played the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA on Wednesday (10/3) and there are pictures from that show in this post. Both Conor and Jenny are performing again today (10/5) at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park which is happening as we speak and free and open to the public if you're out that way. Also playing the fest, on the Conor Oberst-curated stage today is Ben Kweller, with whom Conor recently played in Austin.

The Arrow stage (not the one Conor and Jenny are playing) at is being streamed live on the HSBF website. Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba is on as of the posting. Schedule is here.

More pics from the Fox Theatre show are below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst & Jenny Lewis played Fox Theatre in Pomona (pics, setlist); playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest today"

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50 Cent wants you to stop masturbating, and he's taken to Twitter to tell you how to do it:

Step 1. To avoid the urge to masturbate stop going to porn sites.
Step 2. Make a conscious decision not to turn your head after people walk by you.
Step 3. Do not go to strip clubs
Step 4. Do not look at lust filled magazines
And there you have it. In related news, 50 may share the stage with his rival Fat Joe for for a Chris Lighty Tribute at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Snoop Dogg on Teen Son's Pot Use: 'He's Learning From The Master'. Catch Snoop Lion at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ tonight. He goes on at 10 (or when he feels like it). Tickets seem to still be available.

We premiered a new Strife song today.

Head to the BrooklynVegan Facebook for a chance to win tickets to that Questlove/Talib Kweli/Q-Tip DJ gig at the Capitol Theater where Fiona Apple also has a show coming up.

Speaking of Fiona, she told the crowd at her recent New Orleans show that she is sorry about the whole drug arrest mess.

More importantly, we're pretty sure your cat wants this for his or her birthday:

Cat Unicorn

Conor Oberst played a 19 song solo show in Austin, with help from Daniel Johnston and Ben Kweller.

Ben and Conor will again team up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate park this October.

Obama and marriage equality supporters The National are currently in the studio (hopefully crafting the follow-up to 2010's High Violet), and have posted a six-second clip, titled "Jazz Brunch," to their new Soundcloud account. You can have yourself a "Jazz Brunch" HERE.

Steve Earle is playing an Obama fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl.

When in doubt, do like Andre Williams says, and "Blame it on Obama."

26 years ago today, heavy metal lost one its greatest bassists and heroes to a tragic bus accident. His recordings are among some of the greatest albums ever produced in metal. Cliff Burton, you are missed.

Metallica's Kirk Hammett will be signing his new horror memorabilia book on 10/11 in New York, NY @ Barnes & Noble, 10/13 in New York, NY @ Comic Con, 10/25 in Los Angeles, CA @ Barnes & Noble, 10/26 in Burbank, CA @ Monsterpalooza, 10/27 in New York, NY @ Chiller Theater, and on 11/20 in San Francisco, CA @ Books Inc.

Kirk is also one of the many guests appearing on that new Joey Ramone DVD we mentioned. We posted the new video that goes with that release, in "What's Going On" today.

Speaking of the Ramones, a young Morrissey did not like them, at least the first time around.

Tumbull, CT tried to throw a Michael Bolton concert, lost lots of money in the process.

More stuff below...

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Ben Kweller @ Town Hall in 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Ben Kweller

That free 7/14 Blitzen Trapper gig is actually a co-headlining bill with Ben Kweller, and that show is one of a few free shows that will be hosted this year in NYC apartment complex Stuy Town. Full list below...

Continue reading "free shows at Stuy Town Oval this summer (Ben Kweller, Dan Zanes, Wood Brothers & more)"

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller has announced that he's started his own record label, The Noise Company, and has partnered with Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) for distribution. He'ill release his next solo album, Go Fly A Kite, on the new label on February 7. You can pre-order that album now and stream "Head & Tails" which features the intros and outros of each album track below, along with the album art and tracklist. According to Ben, the label is "not just an artist self-releasing his music," and he "looks forward to helping other artists achieve their goals too."

Ben will tour the US in support of the album this spring, with an NYC show happening on March 24 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates, song stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Ben Kweller started a label, releasing album, touring (dates)"


Ben Kweller just toured through NYC, hitting the Rock Shop in Park Slope for two performances on Saturday night (11/27). Those who chose the early show were treated to guest appearances by both Adam Green and John Shade (who has a show coming up with Mountain Man). Those who chose the late show also got Green and Shade, but won with an appearance by Conor Oberst who joined Ben for a rendition of Bright Eyes song "Another Travelin' Song." A video of that is below.

You might remember Bright Eyes as that band/project Conor led before he started calling himself by his actual name. You may remember seeing Ben Kweller and Conor Oberst play together on stage when Ben opened for Conor at Terminal 5 in 2008.

If my calculations are correct, it's been a bit over three years since "Bright Eyes" played NYC. That November 2007 show was at Radio City Music Hall with Thurston Moore and the Felice Brothers, and earlier that year Bright Eyes played seven nights in a row at Town Hall with special guests that included Britt Daniel, Ben Gibbard, and Ben Kweller.

On March 9, 2011 Bright Eyes will return to NYC and to Radio City Music Hall for a sort-of-all Merge Records bill that will include opening sets by Superchunk and Wild Flag (Conor put out a solo album on Merge and Wild Flag are signed to Merge too). Radio City tickets ranging in price from $25-$39.50 will go on general sale Saturday, December 4th, at 10am, but a presale begins somewhere on December 1st at noon for that show, and for Bright Eyes' only other scheduled gig: June 23rd at Royal Albert Hall in London. There's also an AmEx presale for the NYC show starting Wednesday at noon.

The UK and NYC shows will be in support of a brand new Bright Eyes album, that is coming out on Conor's label Saddle Creek on February 15th, 2011. It's called The People's Key...

"Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People's Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Oberst is renowned. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at the band's own ARC Studios, The People's Key was produced by Mike Mogis and engineered by Mogis and Andy LeMaster.

Additional Bright Eyes players on The People's Key: Andy LeMaster, (Now It's Overhead), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Carla Azar (Autolux), Clark Baechle (The Faint), Shane Aspegren (The Berg Sans Nipple), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) and Denny Brewer (Refried Ice Cream)." - Saddle Creek

Full tracklist below.

The Radio City show is one day before Wild Flag (the Sleater-Kinney band) plays DC.

Ben Kweller opens for Pete Yorn at Terminal 5 on March 11th.

The Kweller/Oberst video, all dates, and the tracklist below...

Continue reading "Bright Eyes releasing an LP, playing Radio City w/ Superchunk & Wild Flag, Conor played w/ Ben Kweller @ the Rock Shop"


Tickets are still on sale for DJ Shadow's upcoming show at Irving Plaza. And I have a couple of pairs you can win. Details below.

Tickets are still on sale for the Shearwater/Damien Jurado/Anni Rossi show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. And I have a pair you can win. Details below.

"WITNESS' 6th Annual Focus for Change Benefit Dinner & Concert" goes down on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Co-Hosted by Peter Gabriel, there will be performances by Antibalas, Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, will be there too. Click the link to get your $750 tickets.

Fistful of Mercy is Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper & Dhani Harrison, and you can catch them at the Apollo Theater on November 17th. Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the upcoming Girl Talk shows at Wellmont Theatre and Terminal 5.

Tickets go on sale at noon for Gang of Four's show at Webster Hall.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Interpol show at Radio City Music Hall.

Iron & Wine Radio City tickets are on sale now.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Tokyo Police Club/Two Door Cinema Club show happening at Temrinal 5.

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band play Terminal 5 on 2/12. Tickets are on sale.

Pete Yorn and Ben Kweller play Terminal 5 on 3/11. Tickets are on sale. Way before that you can catch Ben Kweller on his own solo tour which is underway now.

Bindlestiff Family Circus has been added as an opener to the New Years Eve Drive by Truckers show at Terminal 5. Tickets are still on sale.

UK band Peggy Sue are worth getting to Terminal 5 early on November 19th. They open that date for Kate Nash. Tickets are still on sale.

Randy Newman plays Town Hall on March 5th. Tickets are on sale.

Ray Davies plays the Beacon Theatre in NYC with the Dessoff Chamber Choir on Wednesday, November 24th, two days before his previously announced NJ show. Tickets are on sale.

Lia Ices, full of CMJ buzz, plays Mercury Lounge on 12/14. Tickets are on sale.

Rural Alberta Advantage play Mercury Lounge on 1/12. Tickets are on sale.

Contests below...

Continue reading "Peter Gabriel, Randy Newman, Ray Davies, Josh Ritter, DJ Shadow, Interpol, Girl Talk, Fistful of Mercy, Lia Ices & other tickets"

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller will venture down under for a string of October dates before heading back to the US to play a string of dates in November. The NYC area will get the look three times in ten days. On 11/17 Kweller will headline Maxwell's in Hoboken (tickets). That's followed by a pair of shows at The Rock Shop on 11/27 (early with 6:30 doors, late with 10PM doors). Julia Nunes will provide support on the earlier Rock Shop show.

Ben Kweller released Changing Horses early last year, and has a new LP in the works...

OUDaily: What's the concept behind the new record?

Ben: It's called "Go Fly a Kite." It's kind of [makes you think of] "Go f*** yourself," I guess. [laughing] It's really electric -- a lot of electric guitars and pianos and acoustic guitars and harmonies. It's like a lot of electricity in the music. It's upbeat, uptempo. But it deals with some darker stuff. Some of the songs I wrote as I was leaving New York three years ago. One of my best friends got this new girlfriend who just didn't want him to have anything to do with any of his friends or anybody that had loved him before her. So there's a song called "Jealous Girl" and "Gossip." It's pretty fiery. But there's still my optimistic outlook throughout the record.

What about the alt-country sound you explored on your last album, "Changing Horses?" Are you moving away from that here?

Ben: It always depends on what songs I write. That stuff's always in me. All these different types of music live in me, and sometimes they choose to come out and sometimes they don't. On "Go Fly a Kite," there [are] a few songs that have definitely a rootsy element. I think fans that discover me through "Changing Horses" will still be able to get me through this record and find something that they'll dig. In particular, there's a song called "Full Circle" and one called "I Miss You."

All Kweller tour dates, and some video shot at a recent Austin show, below...

Continue reading "Ben Kweller working on an album, touring (dates) "

DOWNLOAD: Black Francis - All in My Mind (Love & Rockets) (MP3)

I would like to apologize to the Breeders for saying they would not sell out. I was a jerk about it and am truly sorry. I also apologize to their fans I may have offended with my stupid insensitive comments. Hope you liked the show.-Anonymous

The Breeders @ The Paradise in Boston 8/17 (more by Bryan Bruchman)

"Come one come all-I'm work shopping new introductions bare with me-Welcome to the 18th installment of the Jay Porks Never Ending concert series. Tonight brings us to the 'Sold Out' Bowery Ballroom at 6 Delancey St. in New York City. The Bowery is a venue that's been on my radar for a while, considering that the Bowery owns(or at least sponsors) most of the venues I attend for concerts in the city. Tonight the headliner, the band I'm here to see is the one, the only, THE BREEDERS." [The Jay Porks Blog]
The Breeders completed their two-night run at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (8/19). More on that soon.

On the horizon, Kim & Kelley Deal will be singing as part of The Long Count at BAM this fall, and Kim will be playing with her other band the Pixies, when they play NYC on their Doolittle tour this November.

Co-Pixie Frank Black recently contributed a track to New Tales To Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets, which came out Tuesday (Aug 18th) on Justice Records. Frank's track from that, "All in My Mind", off L&R's 1986 album Express, is posted above for your downloading pleasure.

The Songs of Mark MulcahyHe didn't appear at the release party/show on August 18th at the Ben Sherman store in Soho, but he will be at the show for, another tribute comp, Ciao My Shining Star - The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, which happens Sunday, September 20th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also appearing at the concert will be Joseph Arthur, David Berkeley and more. Non-musical guests (of sorts) include the premiere of the Thom Yorke video "All For The Best" and a reading by graphic novelist Ben Katchor. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21st at noon.

Joseph Arthur also has a series of shows coming up at City Winery.

That Mulcahy comp also has a slightly more personal story, via FrankBlack.net...

We have some sad news from a friend of our website and of FBF, Mark Mulcahy. Some of you might recognize the name as the singer/songwriter behind Miracle Legion and Polaris [of the soundtrack to Pete & Pete among other things], both of which featured Catholics David McCafferey and Scott Boutier, or perhaps you recognize the name from the liner notes of Christmass, as Mark provided backing vocals for both "Radio Lizards" and "Don't Get Me Wrong." Or maybe, like me, you saw Mark open for the Pixies in Atlantic City in 2005. Regardless, Mark's wife recently passed away, leaving him as a single dad to two small children. Some friends and admirers, including our Frank Black Francis, have recorded some of Mark's songs for a tribute record called Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy.
That record comes out September 29th on Shout! Factory records, and includes contributions from The National, Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe, Dinosaur Jr., Vic Chesnutt and Elvis Perkins. In addition to the names on the tracklist, below, 20 additional cuts will be released digitally. Look for a London concert to be announced as well.

Radiohead has a new song out now (two actually).

The tracklist and art work for both tribute albums are posted below...

Continue reading "Breeders played Bowery, Frank Black playing Mark Mulcahy show @ MHOW (tix), on Love & Rockets tribute comp (MP3) "

photos by Jim Brueckner

"Half a century ago, Pete Seeger helped found the Newport Folk Festival, a weekend notorious for its dichotomies- Rhode Island high society and scrappy folk singers, old time traditions and new sounds, social rebellion and responsible activism. At this year's 50th anniversary, the festival came full circle for Seeger and other Newport regulars.

In addition to appearing and performing for the umpteenth time, Seeger was honored with an all out stage show courtesy of indie rockers the Decemberists. With frontman Colin Meloy narrating and guitarist Chris Funk playing the part of Seeger, plus Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) as Bob Dylan, the crew reenacted an infamous scene from the 1965 festival: the moment when Bob Dylan "went electric." According to Rolling Stone, while Funk was miming a frazzled Seeger attempting to unplug Dylan's raucous reinvention, Meloy quipped, "This was back in the day when the PA system was fueled entirely by burning wood. Pete was back there cutting the wood, and he became so overwhelmed with emotion that his hatchet almost slipped and severed the power cables."

Seeger knew the sketch was all in good fun and soon joined the Decemberists on stage for a sing-a-long. Gillian Welch, Fleet Foxes, and even Seeger's grandson Tao joined in on the jam. The 90-year-old legend even cranked out a solo or two. After all, as festival promoter George Wein said Saturday, "Pete Seeger is the Newport Folk Festival."" [American Songwriter]

While we were busy worrying about the weather and All Points West here in NYC, The Newport Folk Festival was turning 50 up in Newport, Rhode Island (Aug 1-2, 2009). NPR was there and has archived streams of many of the performances. We have more pictures (from the first day for now), and some videos (including one of the Bob Dylan reenactment), below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest 50 - Day 1 pics, video, audio (Pete Seeger, Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Shara Worden as Dylan & more)"

Newport Folk FestivalThe 50th annual Newport Folk Festival will take place at Rhode Island's Fort Adams Park on Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 6th at 10am

Pete Seeger, who is a cofounder of the Festival and who just celebrated his 90th birthday with a show at MSG, will be playing both nights. On Sunday, he'll be joined by Judy Collins, who is also performing a free Folks on the Island show Sunday, July 26th on NYC's Governors Island.

Saturday acts at the Fest include Billy Bragg and Tom Morello, who just shared a stage with Iggy Pop at NYC's Nokia Theatre, and the Decemberists, who have a big summer tour that's stopping at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on June 10th, Fleet Foxes, who have tour dates including All Points West, and the Avett Brothers, who are on tour and playing NYC's Irving Plaza on June 12th and 13th. Langhorne Slim will be there too (he's also at Lollapalooza this summer). Iron & Wine are playing both this, and ATP NY.

Sunday's show is heavy on big-name folkies with Collins (mentioned above), Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie all performing. Arlo Guthrie is also playing a free show at Castle Clinton in NYC this summer.

Neko Case, playing Sunday, just did two nights at NYC's Nokia Theater and will be at All Points West, among other festivals.

Elvis Perkins in Dearland will be there. Perkins and Co. played the Bowery in March, and their summer tour includes a May 20th show at the Bell House in Brooklyn (tickets), and the Clearwater Festival (another project founded by Seeger) on June 20th and 21st in Croton-on Hudson, NY.

Also on Sunday is Deer Tick, whose big summer includes opening for Jenny Lewis at MHoW on June 9th, headlining the Bowery on July 24th (tickets go on sale Friday, May 8th at noon), and playing a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on August 7th.

Full Newport Fork Festival info below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival - 2009 lineup & tickets info (Pete Seeger, Neko Case, Iron & Wine, The Decemberists & more)"

photos by Dese'Rae Stage

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller is touring with The Watson Twins, who in addition to opening for him then later join him on stage (as you can see in the pic above). Last night (2/25) they hit Town Hall in NYC. A few days earlier they were in Toronto...

While it wasn't a packed house at The Mod Club in Toronto last night, those who did make it out to see Ben Kweller were treated to an exceptional show.

The mop-headed Texan played a combination of old favorites and new cuts from his new country album Changing Horses. The inclusion of a pedal steel guitar on pretty much every song, non-country ones included, ensured a seamless flow of the material, even turning "Sundress" into a country shuffle.

Kweller was also full of stories. Relating tales about Oasis and talking about his absent guitar tech, and bantering with fan "Luke" who had attending his in-store earlier in the day, Kweller kept the audience in stiches for a good portion of the night. [Snob's Music]

More pictures from the NYC show below...

Continue reading "Ben Kweller the Watson Twins @ Town Hall, NYC - pics"

Doug Gillard (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Doug Gillard

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...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

Ben Kweller @ Terminal 5 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Ben Kweller

ATO Records is excited to announce the release of Ben Kweller's new record on February 3, 2009. The album is his fourth full-length and is called Changing Horses. It was produced by Kweller and recorded mostly in Austin, TX, where he and his family recently re-located. The title is meaningful as it represents a sea change for the 27-year-old Texan-bred musician...

...Changing Horses is... a full-blown, straight up country affair, brimming with immaculate pedal steel, twang and multi-part harmonies. It features his touring band -- Chris Morrissey on bass and vocals, and Mark Stepro on drums and vocals -- as well as the brilliant Kitt Kitterman on pedal steel.

To make the record, Kweller dug down to his deepest roots. "I grew up bass-fishing, playing in creeks, and shooting BB guns," Kweller says. "Country music was the soundtrack to my life. It's still a big part of who I am. When Garth Brooks or Alan Jackson come on the radio, somethin' happens inside. Brings me back to the trees, back to pushin' cars out of the mud. Reminds me of my hometown."

As previously mentioned, tickets are currently on presale for Ben Kweller's NYC show at Town Hall on February 25th. Now all of the dates have been announced, and they are below...

Continue reading "Ben Kweller - new country album, updated 2009 tour dates"

Watson Twins

The Watson Twins' Top 9 albums of 2008

1. Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid (Geffen Records)
2. Everest, Ghost Notes (Vapor Records)
3. Chica Libre, Sonido Amazonico (Barbes)
4. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges (Ato Records / Red)
5. Cat Power, Jukebox (Matador Records)
6. Radiohead, In Rainbows (ATO)
7. David Byrne/Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (Todo Mundo)
8. Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue (Warner Bros.)
9. Bob Dylan, Bootleg Series Vol. 8 (Sony)
That list via Filter. The Watson Twins are opening for Ben Kweller at some shows in 2009. That includes Town Hall in NYC on February 25th. Tickets go on Am Ex presale at noon. Tickets go on regular sale Friday at noon. All known tour dates below...

Continue reading "Watson Twins & Ben Kweller - tour dates & favorite albums"

photos by Eric M. Townsend

DOWNLOAD: Conor Oberst - Danny Callahan (MP3)

Conor & Ben
Conor Oberst

Ben Kweller opened for Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band at their two shows at Terminal 5 in NYC over the weekend. Ben also returned to the stage during Conor's set to join them for a cover of Paul Simon's "Kodachrome".

On Monday Conor and band played Washington DC. That entire show is streaming at NPR. Last night Conor played Conan O'Brien (video anyone?). Back in August, Conor played an in-store at Other Music in NYC. You can watch the video of that at OM's site. More Terminal 5 pictures (night 2), and a setlist (from night 1), below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst & Ben Kweller @ Terminal 5, NYC - pics/setlist"

Photos by Leia Jospe

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller is opening both of the Conor Oberst shows at Terminal 5 in NYC this weekend. Ben's last NYC was Friday October 17th at Bowery Ballroom. A few more pictures from that show and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Ben Kweller - 2 shows this weekend, Bowery Ballroom pics"

DOWNLOAD: Ben Sollee - Dear Kanye (MP3) (lyrics)

Bens and people

Ben Kweller announced a bunch of tour dates including October 17th at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon. Ben Sollee penned a song about Kanye West (MP3 above). Ben Folds announced a new album...

Epic Records is proud to announce the release of the much-anticipated new album from Ben Folds, WAY TO NORMAL, on September 30, 2008. The album, Folds' third as a solo artist since the break up of the Ben Folds Five in 2000, was mostly recorded at his studio in Nashville and produced by Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, The Hives). Featuring Folds on vocals and piano, Way to Normal also features long-time bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Sam Smith as well as a guest vocal from indie pop heroine Regina Spektor on the album's first single, "You Don't Know Me."
Regina Spektor has a show coming up in Brooklyn. Kanye West has a couple future NYC shows himself. Ben Lee is playing Joe's Pub on August 27th. All Ben tour dates below...

Continue reading "Ben Kweller tour dates, Ben Folds new album - Regina Spektor, Ben Lee ++ Kanye West dissed by Ben Sollee"

Ben Kweller

Rare 1960's Kay hollowbody archtop elecetric guitar. - $600 (williamsburg, brooklyn)

i am currently downsizing my collection and decluttering because i am moving to texas! this is a totally weird, totally cool hollowbody made by Kay in the 60's.
i took it to matt brewster (the best tech in NYC) at 30th street guitars and he made it more of a player than Kay ever could! it is a custom color that i can't even find the name of in my reserch. let me know if you are interested in this cool piece.
ben kweller [Craigslist] (thx Philip)

DOWNLOAD: Ben Kweller - Penny on the Train Track (MP3)

Ben Kweller @ Southpaw, July 30, 2007 (CRED)
Ben Kweller's Sha Sha Box

i just saw ben kweller play sha sha in full. oh man so awesome.
he encored with on my way, sundress, and penny on the train track.
it was so fucking good. [keith]
Tonight he does 'On My Way', and Wednesday it's 'Ben Kweller' (the self-titled album). More photos by Leia Jospe HERE.

DOWNLOAD: Ben Kweller - BK Baby (live) (MP3)

I'm as happy as you are that Bright Eyes' seven-night stand at Town Hall in NYC is over, but for the sake of completeness, here's a picture of one the special guests that showed up on the last night...

Bright Eyes & Britt Daniel (Spoon) @ Town Hall, NYC - Friday Jun 1, 2007 (CRED)
Britt Daniels & Bright Eyes

The other guests that night were Maria Taylor and Ron Sexsmith, and as previously reported many times: Ben Kweller played some songs with Conor on night two.

And Ben Kweller has a few interesting shows of his own coming up. Like Sonic Youth is doing with Daydream Nation. Like Slint is doing with Spiderland. Like Gza is doing with Liquid Swords. Ben Kweller will be performing three of his albums from start to finish - three days in a row - in Brooklyn....

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller @ Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY, 2007
Jul 30 - Sha Sha
Jul 31 - On My Way
Aug 01 - Ben Kweller

Tickets are on PRESALE and regular sale, for those shows, and the ones listed below....

Continue reading "BRITT DANIEL, BRIGHT EYES & BEN KWELLER's 2007 Tour Dates (Brooklyn residency)"


Lou Reed & Bright Eyes @ Town Hall, NYC - May 25, 2007 (CRED)
Bright Eyes & Lou Reed

"Boy am I glad I mustered up my last bits of strength to attend the Bright Eyes show last night. Look who guested for two songs!" [Loose Record]
According to the setlist at Cafe Eclectic, they played 'Waiting For The Man' and 'Dirty Blvd.'. Ben Kweller was the guest Saturday night. Each of the seven nights will have a different guest.

* a review of Bright Eyes in Boston - "Conor Outburst"
* Bright Eyes kicking off 7 NYC nights