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Uncut

We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Uncut's Top 75 Albums of 2014"

review by Klaus Kinski

Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom last week (more by PSquared)
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Cymbals Eat Guitars just wrapped up three nights in NYC on their ongoing tour with Bob Mould, the final three of six total NYC shows in support of their great new album, LOSE. After the tour with Bob ends, they'll stay on the road, this time supporting Brand New on their southern US dates. Following their return home, they'll go a short headlining Northeast run in December, including another NYC gig on December 12 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.

We already posted pictures of the first night of Cymbals Eat Guitars and Bob Mould's NYC run, and now Klaus Kinski's got a review of the third night, which happened at Music Hall of Williamsburg this past Saturday (9/13). Take it away Klaus.

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On Saturday September 13th, indie rock God Bob Mould played an absolutely crushing show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg and, holy smokes, I'm still reeling. This show, as has been the case for most of his current tour, was kicked off by the great Cymbals Eat Guitars. I saw Cymbals a few years ago at MHOW opening for godknowswho. At that time, the tunes were a little less polished, but I liked them regardless. This time around, Joseph D'Agostino and his posse delivered an extremely tight and frenetic set. The highlight of their set for me had to be closer "Laramie" which blended melody, harmony, and crushing heaviness so well that I wanted to throw and/or punch something. Don't miss that headlining gig at Knitting Factory they've got coming up.

After a brief intermission, Bob and company hit the stage and unleashed a 23-song set that covered everything from Husker Du, to Sugar, to solo Bob. Backed by the great Jon "For Better Or For" Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Scharpling and Wurster) on drums and Jason "Father Guido" Narducy (Superchunk, Boston Spaceships, Split Single) on bass, you could not have asked for a louder and more technically solid set. As far as drummers go, you really can't get more consistent and reliable than Jon Wurster. He's not as technical as, say, Buddy Rich or Mike Portnoy, but he hits hard and he hits true and he never misses a beat. He's more like a, say, Kenny Aronoff type player. A flippin' machine. Narducy also delivers consistency to the mix as well. Besides being a fantastic bass player, he's also a killer back-up vocalist and is capable of bouncing and twirling around the stage without hitting a single clam-note (unlike, say, Greg Demos from GBV). And Bob Mould... forget it. Equipped with a Marshall half-stack, a Fender strat, and a shitload of volume at his disposal, the trio of players combined produced one of the most incendiary rocks sets I have seen in ages.

The show kicked off with the great Husker Du jam "Flip Your Wig" and proceeded through a ripper of a setlist featuring songs like "Hate Paper Doll," "Kid With Crooked Face," and "I Apologize" without ever losing one microspeck of energy. As a matter of fact, early into the set Bob asked the sound guy to turn everything up. The show closed with his cover of "Love is All Around" which is the theme song to the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and that tied the show up with a neat little bow. I can't believe this was my first time seeing Bob live and regret the dozens of times I could have seen him in the past. From now on, I will see him wherever he plays within a 40 mile radius of wherever my dumb body happens to be.

In case you missed it, Bob appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. Check it out!

List of CEG dates below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars played 3 NYC shows with Bob Mould, headlining Northeast dates after tour w/ Brand New"

photos by P Squared Photography

Bob Mould / w. Ryan Adams / Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom 9/10/2014
Bob Mould
Bob Mould
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Bob Mould's current assault on the eardrums of NYC began last night (9/10) with his first of three shows. While promoting his terrific new album, Beauty & Ruin, Bob and his band (bassist Jason Narducy and Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums) also dipped into his robust catalog of indie rock classics, with a healthy amount of Sugar and Hüsker Dü songs in the mix. In fact, Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig" kicked off the show and Bob's encore was all Dü, with "I Apologize," "Celebrated Summer," "Something I Learned Today," and "New Day Rising." One more thing about the encore: Ryan Adams came out and played for all four songs. Bob appeared in Ryan's video promos (along with Gary Shandling and Jeff Garlin) for his new album and Ryan is perhaps returning the favor. Video from the encore with Ryan, plus pics and setlist, are in this post.

Ryan, who's in town for a Letterman appearance tonight, will be back this fall on his own tour.

Opening the night -- and the whole tour including all three of Mould's NYC shows -- were Cymbals Eat Guitars who have opened for Bob before and owe a sonic debt to him as well (and to The Wrens and Built to Spill). Mind you, they're coming off the very strong new album, LOSE, and are becoming an indie rock powerhouse of their own.

Bob Mould and CEG play Bowery Ballroom again tonight (9/11) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (9/13). Tickets are still available to both.

More pics from the whole Bowery Ballroom show, plus setlist and video, below...

Continue reading "Bob Mould kicked off NYC run w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars; Ryan Adams joined for all-Husker Du encore (pics, setlist, video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Cymbals Eat Guitars at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed)
CEG

Cymbals Eat Guitars recently announced that they'd put out their third album, LOSE, on August 26 via Barsuk. After revealing two singles, "Jackson" and "Chambers," the band are now back with a third, "Warning," which is another example of CEG's ability to rock out in a big way. Check that out, with the other two tracks, below.

As discussed, the band have a record release show in NYC at Baby's All Right (8/26) on album release day with Grooms and "Bug Arms" (tickets), and they've now also just announced that they're opening Bob Mould's tour which hits NYC on September 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom, and 9/13 at MHOW. It won't be the first time they've opened for him. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars release new song from LP, opening Bob Mould's tour (updated dates & streams)"

photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

Haim / Brody Dalle / La Luz @ Sasquatch 6/1/2014
2014 Sasquatch Festival - Day 3
2014 Sasquatch Festival - Day 3
2014 Sasquatch Festival - Day 3
2014 Sasquatch Festival - Day 3

Everyone has their own opinions on what makes for a memorable day of Sasquatch. Some believe that it's a chance of a lifetime headliner. Others think that it's a day filled with warm temps and unceasing sunshine.

But what really makes an unforgettable day at the Gorge's perennial Memorial Day festival is a day where no matter the time, there's always a mind-blowing performance to be found. The final day this year was one of those days.

Starting promptly at 1 p.m., the first few hours of the third day were stacked with some of the best female offerings that Sasquatch had provided yet. Seattle's fun loving punk rock outfit Tacocat jammed out to a jaunty set of tunes and kept the audience rapt with a combination of irreverent humor and a hurricane of bubbles that swirled in front of them. They were immediately followed on the Yeti stage by their Hardly Art label mates La Luz who kept it cool and breezy with an engaging display of their modern surf-rock sound.

The bevy of fantastic women performers continued with another epic one-two punch on the main stage starting with bona fide punk rock ass-kicker Brody Dalle. Tune-Yards kept things thumping shortly thereafter and got the crowd moving with her one of a kind, drum-driven world music inflected sound. Dozens of people burst into a legitimate full-tilt run down the gorge as she kicked into her song "Gangsta." - [The News Tribune]

Sasquatch 2014 came to a close on Sunday (6/1) with sets from Haim, Queens of the Stone Age, tUnE-yArDs, Rodriguez, Parquet Courts, Tycho, Kid Kudi, Elbow, John Grant, Waxahatchee, Brody Dalle, La Luz, Lucius, Bob Mould, Major Lazer, comedians like Hannibal Burress and Kate Berlant, and lots more. Pictures from Sasquatch day 3 are in this post.

Check out pictures from day 1 and day 2. More from Sasquatch day 3 below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2014 day 3 pics (Haim, tUnE-yArDs, Parquet Courts, John Grant, Bob Mould, Elbow, La Luz, more)"

by Bill Pearis

Breaking the fourth wall: Bob & Colin
Bob Mould

Bob Mould's new album Beauty & Ruin is out today and you can stream the whole thing (and buy it) over at Merge. Current single "I Don't Know You Anymore" just got a very enjoyable video, directed by Alicia J. Rose (of Miss Murgatroid) which has The Decemberists' Colin Meloy schooling Bob on Social Media Marketing (including his band's new app Morph, which promises to "change the way thinking people think about thinking...about ordering kale-infused donuts at 2 AM"). You can watch that -- there are a few other cameos too -- below.

Bob, who we knew was playing Denver and Toronto Riot Fests and other festivals, also just announced a late summer/early fall tour which includes three NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on September 10 & 11 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 13. Tickets for the NYC shows are on sale Friday (6/6) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/4) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the "I Don't Know You Anymore" video, below...

Continue reading "Bob Mould released 'Beauty & Ruin' & new video costarring Colin Meloy, touring in September w/ 3 NYC shows (dates)"

Riot Fest

The initial lineup for Riot Fest Toronto was recently announced, and since then the Riot Fest Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Riot Fest Denver (Sept. 19-21) lineups were announced as well.

Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest 2014 Chicago & Denver lineups (The Cure, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Wu-Tang, Flaming Lips, MANY more)"

Riot Fest

Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.

As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.

Full initial Toronto lineup below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2014 lineup (The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, DFA1979, Afghan Whigs, Buzzcocks, more)"

by Bill Pearis

Bob Mould at City Winery in March (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Bob Mould

We're about a month out from the new Bob Mould album, Beauty & Ruin, which is released June 3 via Merge. You may have already heard "Hey Mr. Grey" and now a second track from the record has been offered up. "I Don't Know You Anymore" doesn't break the Mould mold, but Bob's a master of instantly hummable punky guitar pop -- so why mess with the formula? Stream it (via P4k) below.

Bob has added a few tour dates to his schedule since we last posted. Nothing for NYC yet, but all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Bob Mould shares second song from 'Beauty & Ruin' (listen)"

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As mentioned, Bob Mould's new album, Beauty & Ruin, is out June 3 via Merge. The album was made with the same power-trio lineup (Jason Narducy on bass, Jon Wurster on drums) that made 2012's The Silver Age. That's the cover art above. Like most everything Mould's ever done, loud and to the point, 12 songs clocking in at 36 minutes. The first track from the album to be unveiled is "Hey Mr. Grey" and you can stream it below.

Bob just played NYC as part of the Paul Simon tribute at Carnegie Hall. No full tour has been announced around the new record, but he does have festival appearances lined up, including Sled Island, Sasquatch and Merge 25.

Dates are listed, along with album tracklist and new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Bob Mould shares first song from 'Beauty & Ruin' (listen)"

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Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.

Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...

Continue reading "Sled Island 2014 initial line-up: St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt, Touche Amore, Rhye & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Paul Simon tribute
Paul Simon tribute

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...

Continue reading "Paul Simon Carnegie Hall tribute is tonight -- check out pics + setlist from rehearsal @ City Winery (Tunde Adebimpe, Bob Mould, John Doe, Josh Ritter & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ex Hex @ Red 7, 3/15/14
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

As mentioned, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, including the four-day Merge 25 festival which happens July 23 - 26 in Carrboro, NC. Merge has released the initial line-up, which includes Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, and Bob Mould. While day schedules haven't been announced events will happen at the following venues:

July 23 Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University Campus, Durham, NC
July 24 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 25 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 26 Full Day Music Concert, outdoors, Carrboro, NC
Full Festival Passes are $195 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/21) at 11 am EST via the Cat's Cradle website. Individual tickets for the events in Carrboro will go on sale Wednesday, March 26 and the Duke University show goes on sale Tuesday, April 22.

Both Wye Oak and Ex Hex played our Saturday SXSW free day party this past weekend in Austin. Ex Hex (featuring Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag) put on a killer set of glammy powerpop. Pics from their performance are in this post and you can check out Wye Oak pics here. Ex Hex also have a new video for "Hot and Cold" that costars Ian Svenonius (Chain & the Gang, Make-Up, etc). You can watch that below.

Ex Hex's tour hits NYC on Thursday (3/20) at Glasslands with Household and Eula (tickets), and Friday (3/21) at Mercury Lounge with Andrew Cedermark (tickets).

Also on Friday in NYC, The Clientele play The Bell House as part of Chickfactor 22 with another Merge band, Versus and more. Tickets are still available.

This weekend in Chapel Hill, NC is the Merge 25K Road Race with finish line performances from Vertical Scratchers (who play NYC next week) and The Love Language (who play NYC in April).

More BV SXSW day party pics of Ex Hex, plus the new Ex Hex video, below...

Continue reading "Merge 25 Fest initial lineup ++ Ex Hex SXSW pics & new video"

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Bob Mould is in town as we speak on his Workbook 25 tour. He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and performed "See A Little Light" from Workbook. Video below. Tonight and Saturday he'll be at City Winery with Chris Brokaw (Come/Codeine) and both those shows are sold out. Next week he'll be in Austin for SXSW and after that he'll be back in NYC for the tribute to Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall on March 31 (tickets).

"It's been great fun revisiting Copper Blue and Workbook," says Bob. "But it's time to move forward." He just announced his new solo album is titled Beauty & Ruin and will be out June 3 via Merge. Made with bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single) and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats), Bob calls it a "mini epic." Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, updated tour dates are listed, along with Bob's Letterman performance, below...

Continue reading "Bob Mould is here, played 'Letterman,' playing sold-out City Winery shows this weekend; new LP 'Beauty & Ruin' in June"

Chris Brokaw at LPR in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Chris Brokaw

Chris Brokaw, of Come, Codeine and more, kicked off a solo tour in Chapel Hill last night (3/2), and he'll be coming to NYC for FOUR shows here. First, he'll open Bob Mould's Workbook shows at City Winery on March 7 & 8. In Chris' words, "Bob and I have shared stages together for over 20 years now (!?!) and it's always a great pleasure." Those are both sold out.

After that, he's got two not-sold-out headlining shows, including Union Pool on March 13 and Death by Audio on March 14. The Union Pool show is with DJ Jonathan Toubin and "VERY SPECIAL GUESTS" who Union Pool's site bills as "Bill O'Reilly Orgasm." The DbA show meanwhile, is with long-running guitar experimenter Jeff Barsky, aka Insect Factory, who will be collaborating with Chris at the show. Also on that bill is Parts & Labor's Dan Friel, Wavepool and 10000 Idiots. And the day after the DbA show Chris will play a TBA show in Scarsdale, NY which isn't too far from here in case four NYC shows isn't enough for you.

All dates are listed, with streams from Chris Brokaw and Insect Factory, below...

Continue reading "Chris Brokaw (of Come/Codeine) touring, playing NYC shows w/ Bob Mould, Insect Factory & more (dates)"

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
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There's already been three lineup announcements for SXSW 2014, and since we last spoke the music schedule was posted, which revealed more artist additions.

Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.

SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.

Lineup additions below...

Continue reading "SXSW adds Kurt Vile, Sam Smith, Chance the Rapper, Mark Kozelek, Perfume Genius, Schoolboy Q & more to 2014 lineup"

Sasquatch

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...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

City Winery founder Michael Dorf has announced this year's tribute show at Carnegie Hall to benefit NYC music education programs. (Last year was Prince, and he's done The WhoR.E.M., and others in previous years.) 2014's will be a tribute to Paul Simon on March 31 and the New York Times reports that Bob Mould, Ben Sollee, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, Bettye LaVette, Dan Wilson,, composer Allen Toussaint and Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, will be among the performers. Tickets are on sale now.

Paul Simon may or may not show up for his own tribute but you can definitely see him in NYC early that same month when his tour with Sting  hits Madison Square Garden for two shows. The March 4 show is sold out but you can still get tickets for the March 6 date.

Bettye LaVette also plays NYC much sooner at Highline Ballroom on Sunday (1/12) with Stanley Clarke Trio and The Harlem String Quartet. Tickets for that show are still available.

And as discussed, Allen Toussaint also teams with Blind Boys of Alabama for a NYC show this week at BB King's on Friday (1/10) (tickets).

by Bill Pearis

Bob's 1989 press photo for 'Workbook'
Bob Mould

Bob Mould's solo debut, Workbook, came out in 1989 and, with its acoustic guitars and gentle production, was a bit of a surprise to Husker Du fans used to full-throttle distorted guitars. (It was kinda like Dylan Goes Electric in reverse.) After the initial shock, there was no denying the great songs on the record which, with single "See a Little Light," was a huge college/alt-rock radio hit.

Bob (who toured last year doing Sugar's Copper Blue) is celebrating the album's silver anniversary with Workbook 25, a deluxe two-CD / double-vinyl reissue. The the second disc on the CD is a live recording of Mould's complete performance from Chicago's Metro in 1989 which happened two weeks after the album's release.

Furthermore, Bob Mould will be doing a "25 Years of Workbook" tour in 2014 where Bob and bassist Jason Narducy will play selections from the album and "other songs in his catalog that sit nicely alongside this album." The short tour kicks off with a performance at San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival on February 27. The tour also includes two shows at NYC's City Winery on March 7 & 8. Tickets for those NYC shows are not on sale yet.

All tour dates are listed, along with the video for "See a Little Light," below...

Continue reading "Bob Mould celebrating 25 years of 'Workbook' with deluxe reissue and tour "

by Bill Pearis

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Chicago indie rock band Veruca Salt caused quite a sensation with their 1994 debut single "Seether" and subsequent full-length, American Thighs. The band suffered from an overproduced second album and co-frontperson Nina Gordon left the band shortly after. Louise Post carried on with Veruca Salt (with varying backing members) up through most of the '00s, releasing IV in 2006.

After calling it quits, the original line-up (Gordon, Post, Jim Shapiro, and Steve Lack) announced in March of this year via Facebook that they were reforming -- "for now let's just say this: hatchets buried, axes exhumed" -- and working on new material. The band are currently recording a new album with Brad Wood, who produced American Thighs (and Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, among other '90s indie rock LPs).

Louise and Nina's first live, public performance together in 15 years will happen in Los Angeles on December 18 as part of Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit. Their performance happens at 10 AM CST (11 AM EST) and, like the rest of the benefit, will be broadcast live online.

The event, while Chicago-based, has performances happening from all over the country from December 17 at 6 PM CST to December 17 at 6 PM CST, including St. Vincent performing at 6:30 PM CST from somewhere in Brooklyn. Other performers playing the benefit include Bob Mould, Jeff Tweedy (who also plays a related benefit in Chicago in January), Fred Armisen and more. The full schedule for the Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit is listed, along with a few classic Veruca Salt clips, below...

Continue reading "Veruca Salt reform w/ original line-up, working on new LP, playing streaming benefit show (line-up also includes St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, Fred Armisen & more)"

photos by Cory Dewald

The Replacements / Pixies
Riot Fest 2013 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2013 - Day 3

For a band that thrived on an anything-goes approach to performing, the Riot Fest show ran with relative precision, with barely a pause between songs. Despite tossing the clock, [Paul] Westerberg and the boys finished precisely at 10:30 p.m. Everything on the set list was at least 23 years old. But the 25-song, 75-minute performance brimmed with energy and heart. Nostalgia it was, but there was nothing formulaic or phoned-in about it.

Looking like thrift-shop dandies with their splashy mismatched clothes and spiky hair, Westerberg and Stinson cracked jokes, blew a few lyrics, and laughed like they were just banging out tunes in their garage. They stayed loose but kept the pace brisk, with plenty of help from Freese's dynamic drumming and the bow-tied Minehan's concise lead guitar.

Westerberg's voice sounded appropriately rough and gritty on the opening "Takin' a Ride," the first song on the first Replacements album, "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash" (1981), and the sneering "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." But he also found the tenderness in a song ("Androgynous") that rhymes "kewpie dolls" with "urine stalls." [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests happening this year) wrapped up this past Sunday (9/15) with sets from The Replacements, Pixies, Rocket From the Crypt, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, Quicksand, Touche Amore, Peelander-Z, Brand New, Best Coast and more. One set of pictures from that day is in this post, and a second set with more bands will be is up on BV Chicago soon.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Riot Fest Chicago coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics. More of day 3 below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 3 in pics (The Replacements, Pixies, Best Coast, Against Me!, Suicidal Tendencies & more)"

MusicFestNW

Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

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Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.

Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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Phosphorescent

Bob Mould just debuted his new video for "Star Machine," which is from last year's loud and highly-enjoyable LP, The Silver Age. The video was filmed at Cake Shop and was directed by Jon Glaser who you may know from Delocated or, most recently, HBO's Girls (he was Laird, the junkie). What starts as a fun "bring your kids to work" day turns sour when drummer Jon Wurster brings marrital problems instead. Watch it below.

Bob and the band will be in NYC next month when his tour hits Bowery Ballroom on February 26 and 27 and tickets are still available. The band will stick around to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on February 28 to perform "Star Machine." Bob also just announced a few new tour dates and those are listed below.

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Primavera 2013

Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...

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