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by Tatiana Tenreyro

photo: Andrew Bird at LPR in 2015 (more by Sachyn Mital)

Andrew Bird tested out new material last year, hinting at the making of a new record. He officially announced today the release of his new album, Are You Serious, which is out on April 1 via his new label Loma Vista Recordings. The album was produced by Tony Berg and features collaborations with Blake Mills and Fiona Apple. The album art was created by the great John Baldessari. Artwork and tracklist are below.

He premiered the first single "Capsized" on last night's episode of Conan. It's a bit more classic rock than his previous folky tracks, but still with his signature violin style, expertly mimicking bluesy electric guitar. Watch that, and the official lyric video, below.

As previously mentioned, Andrew is heading on a spring tour in support of his new album, including two NYC shows: April 7 at Kings Theatre and April 8 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both shows are still on sale via Ticketmaster. Andrew is donating $1 from every ticket to organizations working to end gun violence to build safer communities.  

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird announces new LP 'Are You Serious' (feat Fiona Apple), played "Capsized" on 'Conan' and shared lyric video"


The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."

Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.

Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.

Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.

Continue reading "2016 Grammy Awards nominees (Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, Caribou, MMJ, Bjork, Wilco, Dr. Dre, Drake, Flying Lotus, Courtney Barnett, more)"

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell released a new record last week, and it's streaming via RDIO below. Something More Than Free is his fifth solo album, and he's having an especially busy year because of it. Constantly on the road, he played the recently-opened College Street Music Hall in New Haven last night (7/22), and will be having an especially busy upcoming weekend.

Friday (7/24) is Jason's big, FREE, headlining Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park with Dawn Landes (one night before Sylvan Esso and Porches play their free show on the same stage). Saturday he performs at Newport Folk Fest, but he won't stick around to enjoy it because Sunday he's playing Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland with My Morning Jacket.

From there it's on to Pennsylvania for shows with Blake Mills before hitting the Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival in Arkansas. His long itinerary also includes four sold out shows at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium (each night with a different very special guest, Chris Stapleton included), Voodoo in New Orleans, shows with Damien Jurado (again), shows with John Prine and much more.

He recently played NY & NJ shows with Craig Finn. Check out his full upcoming tour schedule below...

Continue reading "Jason Isbell on tour --- free Brooklyn show Friday before Newport, dates w/ MMJ, John Prine, Chris Stapleton, Damien Jurado, Blake Mills & more"

Watkins Family Hour

Watkins Family Hour is the Americana collective featuring Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, plus Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz and other guests. We already knew they'd be performing Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted in full during the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival on August 8 at Damrosch Park Bandshell, and since then a full tour has been announced.

The tour includes three other NYC shows happening July 28, 29 and 30 at City Winery. Tickets for night 1, night 2 and night 3 are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In related news, the day after those shows, frequent Fiona Apple collaborator Blake Mills plays City Winery (7/31). That's an addition to his previously-announced tour which hits MHOW (7/30) a day earlier (tickets). Watkins Family Hour have the day off on 7/31 so it doesn't seem unlikely that Fiona will appear at Blake's show. Tickets for City Winery are on sale now.

Updated Blake dates are listed, with the Watkins Family Hour dates and a stream of their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Steal Your Heart Away," below...

Continue reading "Watkins Family Hour (Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple) expand tour, playing 3 nights at City Winery before Blake Mills show"


Last month it was announced that NYC-based concert promoters Bowery Presents would begin booking shows at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. Since that announcement, we've mentioned a few upcoming Bowery shows at the venue, including Mac DeMarco, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Blake Mills. The rest of Bowery's initial schedule there includes Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Strand of Oaks, Heartless Bastards, Mikal Cronin and more.

Tickets for all shows on the initial Bowery-booked Bearsville schedule go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon, and a few have AmEx presales starting today (5/13) at noon. Check out the full schedule below.

Continue reading "initial schedule of Bowery Presents shows at Woodstock's Bearsville Theatre (Mac DeMarco, Mikal Cronin, JSBX, more)"

photo: Blake Mills w/ Fiona Apple at LPR in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blake Mills

Among the recently-announced Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2015 schedule is a very cool show that has Fiona Apple, members of Nickel Creek and more performing Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited in full, and opening that show is Justin Townes Earle. That happens August 8 at Damrosch Park Bandshell, but Justin will get to NYC a bit earlier to headline his own show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/13) at noon. All of Justin's dates are listed below.

Speaking of Fiona Apple, her frequent tourmate and collaborator Blake Mills is also touring this year. He's got the previously-mentioned appearance at the NJ stop of Mumford & Sons' traveling festival in early June coming up, as well as a newly-announced headlining NYC show happening July 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting today at noon.

Blake's tour also includes a show at Woodstock, NY's Bearsville Theatre, which Bowery Presents is now booking. All of Blake's dates are listed, with the Justin Townes Earle dates and a recently-released JTE video, below...

Continue reading "Justin Townes Earle playing Music Hall of Williamsburg before Lincoln Center show with Fiona Apple; Blake Mills touring"


The 2015 Newport Folk Fest happens July 24-26 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. This year's lineup isn't fully announced yet, but so far includes First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, Sturgil Simpson (who taped an episode of ACL TV last night), Courtney Barnett, Leon Bridges, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, Brandi Carlile, J Mascis and more. Festival passes and tickets to Saturday and Sunday are sold out but you can still get tickets to Friday (7/24) with Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, The Lone Bellow, Calexico, Heartless Bastards, Leon Bridges and more.

More to be announced, but daily lineups so far are listed below.

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival: 2015 lineup includes First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, Sturgil Simpson, Courtney Barnett & more"


Mumford & Sons' traveling festival Gentlemen of the Road returns this year, with a stopover not far from NYC in Seaside Heights, NJ on June 5 & 6 with The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, the Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF the Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM. There's other stopovers in Iowa, Scotland, Washington, Colorado, and more TBA. All current lineups below.

The Mumfords have also announced that their third album, Wilder Mind, is due out May 4 via Glassnote. A new article about the album on Rolling Stone says, "Mumford & Sons have mostly removed their signature elements - banjo, acoustic strumming, stomping kick drum - and replaced them with U2-sized guitars, synths, spacey mellotrons and even some drum machines." The album was produced by Arctic Monkeys' go-to guy and Simian Mobile Disco member James Ford, and they also recorded part of it in The National's Aaron Dessner's studio in Ditmas Park (inspiring the song "Ditmas"). Artwork, tracklist, and teaser video below.

Mumford & Sons also have other non-GOTR festival dates, including Bonnaroo.

Continue reading "Mumford & Sons announce new album & traveling festival tour (NJ w/ Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jenny Lewis, more)"


The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.

Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...

Continue reading "The FADER list their favorite tracks of 2014"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Fiona & Blake @ LPR - 10/1/14
Blake Mills

Frequent Fiona Apple collaborator/guitarist/opener Blake Mills is currently on a headlining tour that Fiona has been showing up at for a few songs a night. She joined him once again when the tour hit NYC last night (10/1) for its first of two shows here. Last night's was at Le Poisson Rouge and had Blake and his band -- which includes Bon Iver/The National collaborator Rob Moose, Stuart Johnson, Tyler Chester and Sebastian Steinberg -- playing off Blake's recently-released Heigh Ho album, plus some of his 2010 debut Break Mirrors and a couple covers too. Full setlist below. Rob Moose's group yMusic opened. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Blake & co. and yMusic do it again at Rough Trade NYC on October 8 (also sold out). More pictures from LPR below...

Continue reading "Blake Mills played LPR with Fiona Apple and yMusic (pics and setlist)"

"I don't know who you are @BreakMirrors but this 'Heigh Ho' album is some astounding stuff. #deeproots" - Marc Maron

Fiona Apple w/ Blake Mills & band - 2 days ago (via tangoalphatango)
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple frequent-collaborator/guitarist/opener Blake Mills is currently out on his own headlining tour in support of his latest solo album Heigh Ho (Fiona also sings on two tracks). A press release describes his band for the tour as, "Rob Moose on violin, Stuart Johnson on drums, Tyler Chester on keys and Sebastian Steinberg on bass, among other frequent Mills collaborators." And they weren't lying. Frequent Mills collaborator Fiona Apple has been performing at the gigs. It happened in Seattle, in Portland, and in Fiona and Blake's home state of California (in multiple cities).

The tour continues in St. Paul on Friday before hitting IL, MA, PA, DC and NYC for two sold out shows (at Le Poisson Rouge and Rough Trade). Will Fiona venture this far east? A "special guest" is confirmed for both nights.

Remaining tour dates are listed with some videos below...

Continue reading "Fiona Apple has been playing w/ Blake Mills on tour (video)"

Blake Mills at the Cap in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Blake Mills

Blake Mills, a frequent tourmate and collaborator of Fiona Apple, will release his new album, Heigh Ho, on September 16 via Verve/Record Collection. The album's single, "Don't Tell Our Friends About Me," features Fiona, along with Jon Brion (who's produced multiple Fiona Apple albums, Kanye's Late Registration, and more, and scored Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and more), Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons, Sufjan Stevens) and Gabriel Kahane. Stream that song, with another track from the LP, below. Another song on the album, "Seven," will feature Fiona as well.

Blake is going on a tour following the album's release which hits NYC for shows on October 1 at Le Poisson Rouge and October 8 at Rough Trade. The Rough Trade show is with National/Bon Iver/Dirty Projectors/etc collaborators yMusic. Tickets for LPR and Rough Trade go on sale Friday at 10 AM and noon, respectively.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Blake Mills releasing an LP, shares song ft. Fiona Apple & Jon Brion, touring (dates & streams)"

by Doug Moore

photo via Iva Boguslawska
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple and Blake Mills brought their "Anything We Want" tour to NYC for two nights at Beacon Theatre this week -- Monday (10/21) and again last night (10/22). We caught night 2.

Apple's 2012 tour stopped in Terminal 5, which struck me at the time as an odd fit. That venue's sound system and acoustics are geared towards loud, pounding rhythms, which meant that Apple's more spare material was often overpowered by even relatively sparse percussion work. The Beacon, with its gentler acoustics and lighter touch on the mixing board, did her music a service.

Though Mills also opened and performed as a side musician for Apple on that tour, this jaunt changed the format -- instead of opening, Mills and Apple took the stage together and traded off songs throughout the set. I'm not wild about Mills's singing, but he's an excellent guitarist. The spiky rake rhythms and legato-heavy leads he added to Apple's tunes worked remarkably well, given the jazzy nature of the material, and he took a few borderline rock-god solo turns during his own songs. He also served as an emcee of sorts for the night -- whenever Apple's stage banter started to wander, he'd step in and move the set along.

Apple, for her part, seemed in good spirits and performed beautifully. (All this despite dressing like an old-school Charlotte Hornets fan out for a jog.) Her body language is often a little childlike, but it was especially so at this show; she'd shimmy her feet in place or hop up and down, like she was impatient for the next chord change. Her set drew from the breadth of her career, though her 2012 effort The Idler Wheel... received better representation than any of her other albums. Apple's band was also briefly joined by ?uestlove on drums for a blazing rendition of "Not About Love" from Extraordinary Machine, which established the set's emotional and aural high water mark.

We also covered this tour over at BV Chicago. In case you missed them, check out streams of new songs "I Want You To Love Me" and "Tipple" (both of which they performed last night), along with the setlist and a pic of Fiona and Questlove, below...

Continue reading "Fiona Apple played Beacon Theatre w/ Blake Mills and Questlove (night 2 review & setlist)"

photos by Cory Dewald

Fiona Apple at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre - 10/15/13
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple has been on her "Anything We Want" tour with Blake Mills, which comes to NYC for shows at Beacon Theatre tonight (10/21) at Tuesday (10/22). Tickets for tonight's show are still available, but Tuesday's is sold out.

The tour recently hit Chicago's Bank of America Theatre (10/15) for a show which saw Fiona and Blake playing some new songs, a cover of Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe," and songs from both of their own albums. Pictures and the setlist from that show are in this post. A review from the Chicago show is at BV Chicago. Streams of a couple of the new songs (from different tour stops) are below.

The tour also included a show at Portland's Newmark Theatre on October 3, which, as Stereogum points out, saw Fiona heckled by a woman in the crowd who yelled out "Fiona, get healthy! We want to see you in 10 years. I saw you 20 years ago and you were beautiful." Fiona then reportedly kicked her out of the show. Pitchfork then caught up with Fiona and asked her about the incident:

Pitchfork: The audience member in Portland who yelled out, "Get healthy, we want to see you in 10 years!"--is that someone who got in your way?

FA: Yeah, it was. She hurt my feelings. I don't think what I look like is relevant. And by the way, this whole "unhealthy" thing has me baffled. It's really confusing to me why anyone would have an opinion about that. And [the heckling] just takes you out of [the live performance]. People around me try to tell me that's not going to happen, but it always happens. It's really disappointing. I can't laugh--I'm an emotional person. And I'm just very sensitive about that. Many people are, not just women. The heckler said, "I saw you 20 years ago, and you were pretty." That's just rude, and I don't want her there anymore because it's my stage, you know? I got very angry. But I'm going to try and be more prepared for that. I'm assuming that people are going to start to say those kinds of things just to egg me on now. Those people are going to have to leave if they interrupt me. I need to be able to do my job.

Pitchfork: Your weight and appearance have been discussed throughout your career. Has it gotten easier to deal with?

FA: No. It's a sensitive subject because it's not something that should be talked about, because there is nothing wrong with me. I'm healthy and I shouldn't even have to say any of that. What makes me unhealthy and puts me in danger is that kind of scrutiny itself. It's the same as being bullied at school, and just because you're getting older, it doesn't mean that you aren't hurt by it. You could make anybody cry if you told them that they're ugly.

I don't even know what I'm being accused of. Do they think I'm on drugs? That I have a life-threatening illness? Do they think that I'm anorexic? At this point, emotionally, it doesn't get easier to hear those criticisms--but it gets easier to be resolute about my reaction to it. Which is just: "Go ahead and call me ugly, call me skinny, call me crazy and speculate as much as you want, but not at a show." I don't think that there's anything meltdown-y about that. I don't have any problem getting angry at someone who insults me in the middle of a show.

Read the rest of the interview here. Check out more pictures and the setlist from the Chicago show, the new song streams, and the list of updated tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Fiona Apple on tour w/ Blake Mills, played Chicago, heckled in Portland, playing NYC this week (pics, setlist, new songs)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)

Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select showsmagazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.

Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.

Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).

You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.

Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.

Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...

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Fiona / Blake

As mentioned, "Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills" will be touring around the country in October. Their NYC date on October 22 at Beacon Theatre sold out, and the pair have now added another Beacon show the day before (10/21). Tickets go on presale on Tuesday (8/27) at 10 AM and the public on-sale starts Friday, September 6 at 10 AM.

For a taste of what Fiona and Blake are working on for this tour check out a video of them performing "I Know," along with the list of updated tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Fiona Apple & Blake Mills add second Beacon Theatre show"

Fiona Apple at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple has announced that she'll embark on another tour this fall, which is being billed as "Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills." Blake also opened and played in her band on Fiona's last tour, and we just caught him on stage with Dawes at the Newport Folk Festival.

Regarding the name of the tour, Fiona and Blake say, "We know it'll be something special, and we aren't being coy here -- it's just that we have about 26% of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you" and that "the uncertainty excites us." The tour comes to NYC for a show on October 22 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at 11 AM with a presale starting Tuesday (7/30) at 10 AM.

Fiona also recently made a video for "Hot Knife" off her 2012 LP, The Idler Wheel.... The video was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, her ex-boyfriend and famous movie director (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia). Check out that video, along with Fiona's list of fall tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Fiona Apple & Blake Mills announce 'Anything We Want' tour (dates & "Hot Knife" video)"

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.

Hope you acted quick back in January. 3-Day passes and 2-day passes are sold out, as are single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday, but you can still get single day tickets for Friday.

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...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival -- 2013 lineup (Beck, Feist, Jim James, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty, Bonnie Prince Billy, Houndmouth & more)"

Eric Clapton at BAM in 2010 (more by Kevin Mazur)
Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton is kicking off a major US tour in March, 2013 which will culminate in NYC with the two-night Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden from April 12 to 13. In addition to Clapton, the festival will feature a ton of other artists, including Allman Brother Band, Jeff Beck, BB King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Gary Clark Jr., Blake Mills, Los Lobos, Frank Ocean sideman John Mayer, and many others.

The Terrace level at MSG will also host the "Guitar Center Road to Crossroads Exhibition," which will feature a number of historic guitars on display, memorabilia, archival footage, and interactive exhibits where fans can play products by Fender, Gibson, Ernie Ball, and Martin. The exhibition will open at 6:30 PM on 4/12 and 6 PM on 4/13, and is free to ticket holders.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, November 30 at noon with a Chase (who is presenting the show) presale beginning Monday, November 26 at noon.

A list of all Clapton dates, the full Crossroads Guitar Festival lineup, and a video, are below.

Continue reading "Eric Clapton announces 2013 US tour, including Crossroads Guitar Festival at MSG w/ many guests (dates)"

words and photos by Caroline Harrison

Fiona Apple @ T5, 10/17/2012
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple played the second of two shows at Terminal 5 last night (10/17). Guitar phenom Blake Mills, a member of Apple's band for the tour, was also the opener. Fiona Apple is touring in support of her most recent album, The Idler Wheel..., her first in seven years.

I would be remiss to talk about Blake Mills without mentioning his impressive credentials. At only 25, Mills has already worked as a session and touring musicians for the likes of Lucinda Williams, Conor Oberst, Andrew Bird, and Jackson Browne. Mills played with a casual grace that displayed his technical mastery of the guitar. He closed with a cover of the instrumental song "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny, as featured in the 1987 movie La Bamba.

Fiona Apple opened with "Fast As You Can," making it clear to the audience that she was not about to hold anything back. Her backing band, including Mills and former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, matched every ounce of her intensity. Their arrangement of "Sleep To Dream" relieed heavily on distorted guitars, amplifying the sinister bite of the tune. Of course, the highlight of every song was Apple's vocal acrobatics as she leapt from snarling, sultry contralto to fragile whispery soprano. Apple closed with a cover she's performed on a number of her tour dates, a classic Conway Twitty tune called, "It's Only Make Believe." There was no encore, but after the performance she gave, no one seemed to mind.

Fiona Apple heads up to Albany on Friday (10/19) for her last show in New York state. She then heads to Atlantic City before finishing the tour in Pittsburgh on Sunday (10/21).

More pictures from last night's T5 show and the full set list are below.

Continue reading "Fiona Apple played two nights at Terminal 5 (pics and review from night 2)"

photos by David Andrako

Fiona Apple at the Capitol Theatre - 10/10/12
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple, whose recent arrest for possession of hash led to an onslaught of news articles on the situation which eventually (and probably inevitably) led to Fiona backlashing against all the internet gossip, came to Port Chester's Capitol Theater last night (10/10) for her first of multiple post-hash-incident shows in the NYC area. Fiona was great as usual, though she ended her set abruptly without an encore. Last night's show, like the rest of the tour, was opened by Fiona's guitar player Blake Mills. PIctures from the show are in this post.

Her tour continues, hitting Wellmont Theater (10/12), Huntington's Paramount (10/13), Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ (10/15), Terminal 5 (10/16-17), and Albany's Palace Theatre (10/19). The Terminal 5 shows are sold out but tickets for Wellmont, Paramount, Count Basie Theatre, and Palace Theatre are still available.

More pics from Capitol Theatre below.

Continue reading "Fiona Apple played the Capitol Theatre, her first of many upcoming NYC-area shows (pics)"

Fiona Apple @ Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple, whose current tour schedule already included Denver's Paramount Theatre on 7/20, the Seattle Paramount Theatre on 7/25, Terminal 5 in NYC on 10/16 & 10/17, and Wellmont Theater in NJ on 10/12, has just announced a few more shows including 10/13 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY (aka Long Island and another Paramount), 10/16 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, and 10/19 at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

Tickets for the Long Island show go on general sale on Friday, 7/13, at 10am, but first a venue pre-sale will start on Wednesday at 10am (PASSWORD = PULSE). Albany and Red Bank tickets also go on sale Friday. Tickets are still available for the Wellmont show, and for both Terminal 5 shows.

An updated list of tour dates (with possibly more TBA), all with Blake Mills (who opens and plays in her band), below...

Continue reading "Fiona Apple adds more NY & NJ shows (updated tour dates)"

Fiona Apple at Governors Ball on Sunday (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fiona Apple

As mentioned earlier today, Fiona Apple has been scheduling new dates, including two in NYC which happen on October 16 and 17 at Terminal 5. Those dates are part of an expanding tour which will be opened by guitar great and solo artist Blake Mills, who is also member of her touring band and also opened for her in NYC earlier this year. That tour now includes another NYC-area date, which happens on October 12 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for that show, and for the T5 shows, go on general sale Friday (6/29) at noon.

Blake Mills recently recorded a 'Sound & Vision' video for Red Bull Soundstage, which you can check out HERE.

An updated list of Fiona Apple tour dates is below.

Continue reading "Fiona Apple also playing Wellmont Theatre; Blake Mills opening tour (updated dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Fiona Apple @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple completed a short tour in March with shows in some major cities including NYC (Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg), Chicago and Austin for SXSW. She also announced a single June show taking place in NYC as part of Governors Ball on Randall's Island. Now that show is part of a tour that begins on 6/19 at Ithaca's State Theatre, vists CT for two shows, returns to Boston and Chicago and eventually ends in LA on July 29.

All dates are listed, along with a previously unposted set of pictures from the March Brooklyn show, and the tracklist from her new album, below...

Continue reading "Fiona Apple announces 2012 tour -- dates ++ more MHOW pics"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Rachel Kowal

Fiona Apple

A long line of hopefuls extended down the block outside the Bowery Ballroom Monday night for Fiona Apple's second sold-out show in New York. (The first was Friday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.) Given Apple's reluctance to perform and the long gap of silence since her last album (7 years), seeing her perform was surreal - especially since she opted to skip Terminal 5 in favor of more moderately sized venues.

Say what you will of her music or her decision to tour and record again, Apple's impact on the alternative scene, and really on an entire generation of female music fans and musicians, should not be downplayed. In a world rife with Sarah Mclachlans and Natalie Merchants, artists like PJ Harvey and Fiona Apple helped to establish a much-needed alternative - something that wasn't quite punk, mainstream, precious, or sugarcoated. Her lyrics were dark, intimate, and deeply personal. Guys wanted to date her. Girls wanted to be her. The pressure was on.

As she approached the mic, Apple visibly shook. "Yes! 1996!" Someone cried out behind me. And as if in on the joke, Apple wore her long, straight hair pulled back with a scrunchie. Accompanied by a competent but low-profile four-piece backing band (which included opener Blake Mills), Apple didn't waste anytime with a slow build, opting instead to open with the punchy "Fast As You Can."

With only a mic stand to hide behind, Apple seemed ready to explode and after giving a few tugs to her scarf, pulled it off, and began to whip it around, sending glittering dust particles into the white spotlight.

After the opening song, she walked over to the piano, took a few gulps from a ceramic mug, then marched back to the mic, shaking her head. "Ok. I was going to say this to myself," she quickly mumbled. "But I thought it'd be interesting for you to hear what I was going to say to myself. Ok. I don't want to go through this whole fucking show where it's like six songs into it, and I'm finally relaxed. I'm just going to skip that part."

Though her voice exuded an aggressive confidence, her wild eyes and stilted speech sent a different message, one of deep vulnerability. But the ecstatic crowd (who sang along to the majority of the set) was quick to forgive her nervous ticks. "THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK, FIONA!" came one cry. "Thank you for wanting me back," Apple replied.

To reward the crowd of long-time fans, Apple's set (which was nearly identical to what she played on Friday night, save for the second to last song) was heavily weighted with crowd pleasers (yes, she played "Criminal" and "Paper Bag"). But she also threw in a couple of new songs and covers, including a lovely rendition of the old Conway Twitty song, "It's Only Make Believe."

We posted one set of pictures from the Bowery show this morning. Here is a second. More them with the setlist below...

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