Entries tagged with: Black Prairie
by Andrew Sacher
Black Prairie, aka 4/5 of The Decemberists plus singer Annalisa Tornfelt and guitarist Jon Neufeld, put out a new album, Fortune, earlier this year via Sugar Hill. The album sees them taking a brighter, more song-oriented approach with Annalisa's vocals in the forefront. You can stream it in full (via AV Club) and watch the video for single "Let It Out," below.
Black Prairie have now announced a tour in support of the new album which hits NYC on September 11 at Rockwood Music Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the video and album stream, below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
Wesley Stace (who used to go by his stage name John Wesley Harding, but is now using his real name) is set to release a new album, Self-Titled, on September 7 via Yep Rec Records. Two of the songs on the album -- "Stare at the Sun" and "When I Knew" -- were co-written by Wesley for Eleanor Friedberger's Personal Record, and they appear here in alternate versions. You can stream those versions, along with the album tracklist, below.
Wesley will also be taking his Cabinet of Wonders variety show on tour this year. The tour begins in NYC on September 13 at City Winery for a show that includes Decemberists side project Black Prairie, Janeane Garofalo, Keren Ann, Jim Lauderdale, Jon Mooallem, and Jon Ronson. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The tour also hits City Winery again on October 18 and November 22. Ticket info and the full list of performers are forthcoming for those two. You can check City Winery's site for updates.
All tour dates are listed, along with the song streams and tracklist, below...
Chris Funk vs Jim James staring contest (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The Newport Folk Festival went down in Rhode Island over the weekend with sets from Beck, Father John Misty (who also played Terminal 5), Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (who plays NYC tonight), Phosphorescent, Feist, Cold Specks, and more. Like we guessed they would, Black Prairie (aka most of the Decemberists except Colin Meloy) joined Colin during his solo set, turning part of the show into a full Decemberists gig. Check out an instagram video of Colin and Black Prairie playing "Down by the Water" at Newport Folk Fest, along with longer videos from each of their respective sets, below.
In other Newport Folk Fest news, Decemberists/Black Prairie member Chris Funk involved himself in a 25 minute staring contest with My Morning Jacket's Jim James, as you can see above. Chris Funk and Annalisa Tornfelt also sat in with Beck (who played an intimate show at Le Poisson Rouge before Newport).
Videos and more tour dates below..
The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been a while since we've heard from The Decemberists, but the band's members are still finding ways to keep busy. Their side project, Black Prairie, whose lineup now includes four of the five Decemberists members (Chris Funk, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee, and John Moen -- aka everyone except Colin Meloy), released a new album this year which is a "soundtrack" for New York Times magazine writer Jon Mooallem's book, Wild Ones. You can stream that album in its entirety below, and read what Jon Mooallem had to say about it at Slate.
Black Prairie are also going on a tour which includes previously discussed stops at Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival. The tour hits NYC for a show with Michael Hurley at City Winery on July 29, the day after they play Newport Folk Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Colin Meloy plays Newport Folk Fest too, so if he and his bandmates don't team up for at least one Decemberists song, that's just cruel and unusual. It's one of three solo shows Colin has scheduled (all festivals, none in NYC). All upcoming Black Prairie and Colin Meloy dates are listed below.
Finally, as mentioned, John Moen is releasing a new solo album, Revise Your Maps, on June 25 via Jealous Butcher Records. We already posted the song "Ramble Scramble" from that album, and John just released the album's title track, which you can stream below (via Billboard).
The Polyphonic Spree at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Progressive pop cult The Polyphonic Spree have a bunch of festival dates scheduled for this spring/summer and they'll also be touring around those fests, playing a number of club dates throughout the US. Those dates include NYC shows happening on July 9 at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg and July 10 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/1) at noon.
The Polyphonic Spree were also among the recent additions to this year's Bonnaroo lineup. Other additions include Solange, White Lung, Mac DeMarco, Black Prairie, Maps & Atlases, Royal Thunder, William Tyler, Cat Martino, On An On, Bilal and more. 4-Day passes for the festival are still available.
All Polyphonic Spree dates are listed, along with a full list of the Bonnaroo lineup additions and a video of the Polyphonic Spree covering Nirvana's "Lithium" at our BV-SXSW day party (one of our greatest moments at SXSW this year), below...
Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.
Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).
Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...
Chris Funk of Black Prairie/Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Decemberists side project Black Prairie released their new album, A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart, this past September and went on a tour which brought them to NYC earlier this month for a show at Mercury Lounge (11/10). They'll be touring again in January and will return to NYC on January 16 at Union Hall with John Wesley Harding. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Chris Funk of Black Prairie/Decemberists was one of the producers for the new Holidays Rule compilation, which features Black Prairie teaming up with Sallie Ford for a cover of the old holiday chesnut, "Man with the Bag." That compilation and the new Black Prairie album are on sale for 20% off at the Black Prairie webstore for the holidays. You can listen to a sample of Black Prairie and Sallie Ford's cover of "Man with the Bag" below.
Speaking of John Wesley Harding, he's got other upcoming shows, including the previously mentioned Cabinet of Wonders show in NYC at City Winery on December 16. John has since revealed more guests for that show, and the lineup now includes Fountains of Wayne, Josha Ferris, Colum McCann, Eugene Mirman, John Oliver, Ron Sexsmith, The Silver Ages, and David Wax Museum (who also play Mercury Lounge this week). It's far from the only place to catch Eugene Mirman in NYC this month and next. Tickets for the Cabinet of Wonders show are on sale now.
Lists of dates and song stream below.
This one gets a big "!!!!". Listen to the song, with more info about the above-pictured new holiday album, below...
Decemberists side project Black Prairie, whose members already included Chris Funk, Nate Query, and Jenny Conlee of Decemberists, are set to release a new album this year and it was recorded with Decemberists drummer John Moen. The new album is called A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart and it will be out on September 18. You can check out the cover art below.
Black Prairie will be supporting the new record with a tour which hits NYC on November 10 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.
A list of all dates and the cover art are below.
Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...
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The Decemberists have announced that their sixth full length album, The King Is Dead, will be released through Capitol Records on January 18. To accompany this announcement, they have also released the first single off the album, "Down by the Water" (which Colin Meloy played solo for KEXP during CMJ) featuring Gillian Welch singing duet vocals with Colin Meloy (Welch also just collaborated with Norah Jones on her new album). The single can be downloaded for free off of The Decemberists' website. The record will also feature guest musician Peter Buck of R.E.M., who The Decemberists have previously collaborated with in Buck's project, The Minus 5.
ABlack Prairie, a project featuring Chris Funk, Nate Query, and Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists, just played Mercury Lounge last week.
"Black Prairie is an impossible band to classify. They're billed in some circles as indie rock, but that's not quite accurate. That may be because it's the type of musical circles the members of the band normally travel in. The most well known members of Black Prairie spend most of their time in the folk rock band the Decemberists.How was the NYC show?
There are a few similarities to the Decemberists' work here and there, but anyone expecting that brand of folk rock/indie pop, should leave those expectations at the door. Black Prairie abandons any of those pop sensibilities for the most part, instead trading them in for an altogether distinct sound.
It would be a bit too simple to call them an alt-country band as they don't seem to share many of the same principles aside from sounding like a band that might interest people who have a leaning in that genre. The road they seem to travel is that of a bluegrass band."
In somewhat related news, friend of the Decemberists and fellow Portland band Loch Lomond have announced a new album as well. "Little Me Will Start A Storm" will be released via Tender Loving Empire on 2/22/11, and can be pre-ordered on CD and vinyl now. Sample a track from the record above.
Both new album tracklists below...
"[Black Prairie] was started by two members of The Decemberists: guitarist Chris Funk and bassist Nate Query. They decided to start a primarily instrumental string band as a way to present music that didn't really work with The Decemberists' sound. They asked another Decemberist, Jenny Conlee, to play accordion, and invited Portland musicians Annalisa Tornfelt and Jon Neufeld to add their talents as violinist/vocalist and guitarist, respectively.Speaking of the Decemberists, Black Prairie are about to end a short tour in NYC tonight (10/29). They go on at 9pm at Mercury Lounge and tickets are still available. Check out their non-instrumental video for "Red Rocking Choir" below...
Black Prairie's songs consist mostly of instrumentals, and their arrangements pull from bluegrass and old-time string-band traditions. But Black Prairie adds its own twist, mixing accordion and violin to mimic Eastern European sounds, while also incorporating Tornfelt's vocals on a few selections." [NPR]