Entries tagged with: Bob Mould
Merge Records have become one of the latest labels to join Bandcamp. Unfortunately the whole discography isn't there -- like no Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel or Spoon -- but still this is good news. You can now stream full albums by Superchunk, Seaweed, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, Titus Andronicus, The Mountain Goats, Destroyer, Polvo, Versus and more, and get digital downloads, often for cheaper than iTunes.
Stream some great Merge albums below...
photo: Ted Leo at Death by Audio in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Hüsker Dü/Sugar frontman Bob Mould is releasing his solo album Patch the Sky on March 25 via Merge and heading on a lengthy UK/North American tour. Ted Leo now announced that he'll be joining Bob in some of those shows (playing solo sets), including the NYC show at Webster Hall on April 29. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated tour dates are listed below...
photo: Bob Mould at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Over the weekend, a bunch of indie bands' Facebook pages got hacked, which is why you may have seen New Pornographers, Death Cab For Cutie, Best Coast and others post "8 Reasons Why You Might Consider Leaving Your Pubic Hair Alone." Bob Mould's Facebook was also among those hacked and he vented frustration the only way he knows how -- in song. Watch him perform it below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Bob Mould at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Husker Du/Sugar's Bob Mould will release his next solo album Patch the Sky on March 25 via Merge (pre-order). He's been on a hot streak lately with Beauty & Ruin and Silver Age, and like those two albums, the new one has him backed by Jason Narducy on bass and Jon Wurster on drums. First single "Voices In My Head" is on the slower side compared to the rippers he'd been filling his last two albums with, but it still sounds like classic Mould and it's pretty great. Check out the Alicia J. Rose-directed video for it and the album artwork below.
Bob also announced a lengthy tour of the UK, the US and Canada, which hits NYC on April 29 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/15) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
...Mould knowingly laughs as soon as I bring it up. "You know ... Grant and I have talked. We're fine," he says. "Will we work together? No. I like to run my own ship and I think he likes to run his own ship, and that's great." What the band members interacting with one another really amounts to for now and the foreseeable future is that they're working towards "reviving the logo and the brand," for that new merchandise and maybe future projects like reissues. On Mould's end, he's too happy with where he is, and he has a specific way he looks back on that time. "I got my life over here, man. I never want to take advantage of the fact that I was in that band," he says. "Nor do I ever want to get in the way of its legacy." Otherwise, his answer's straightforward: "Nah, no reunion."Oh well. Tour dates, video and album artwork below...
The seven-show 30th anniversary run for Dinosaur Jr. hit its midpoint on Sunday night. The biggest of Sunday's surprise guests was certainly Bob Mould who came out to play guitar on "Freak Scene" and then stuck around to play early Husker Du jammer "In a Free Land" with J Mascis moving to drums. He also stuck around for the "Cortez the Killer" encore that also featured repeat appearances by Lee Ranaldo and Fred Armisen as well as MV+EE's Matt Valentine. Ranaldo was actually the first special guest of the night, singing on "Little Fury Things," and Valentine was also one of the earlier surprise guests, coming out for "Start Choppin." Other guest vocalists on Sunday were Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio for "In a Jar" and Pussy Galore's Julia Cafritz for "Budge."
Three more Dinosaur Jr shows to go, tonight through Wednesday, all of which are sold out. Who could that bring out tonight? More Instagram pics and videos from Sunday night's show are below...
by Bill Pearis
Eighties midwest punk greats Hüsker Dü have launched an official website this week. It's a merch store but the "official" part has fueled all sorts of reunion gossip. The band's 1987 flame-out was particularly acrimonious with no love lost between Grant Hart and Bob Mould, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune talked to bassist Greg Norton (a chef these days) who said "There's ongoing communication between the three of us now." If J. Mascis and Lou Barlow can hug it out, anything's possible? (If still highly unlikely.) What this hopefully means, however, is a possibility of remastered/expanded editions of Hüsker Dü's SST output which is long overdue. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, watch a live video from 1985 below...
photo: Bob Mould @ Bowery Ballroom, September 2014 (more by PSquared)
Bob Mould will be on a solo electric tour this fall for a series of dates he's calling "Works in Progress." Those include two nights at New York's City Winery on September 25 & 26. Tickets for those two NYC shows will be on sale soon.
Joining Bob on all those dates will be Split Single's Jason Narducy who plays in Bob's band. Says Mould, "I'm used to hearing Jason making me sound better, but it's funny and familiar as well to hear his voice standing out in front again. I'm a fan of Jason's work - it's classic late 20th-century pop music songwriting." Split Single released their debut album, Fragmented World, last year and have a new live EP out on April 28. You can check out "Glori" from that below.
Split Single, the band, have a few other shows in May as well, and all dates are listed below.
photo: Bob Mould & Ryan Adams in NYC in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Butch Walker, who toured with Ryan Adams last year, recently released his seventh album Afraid of Ghosts on Dangerbird, and video surfaced of Ryan joining him during the studio sessions. Also along for the ride was Johnny Depp, who Ryan brought on stage in London last year and Bob Mould, who brought Ryan on stage for Husker Du songs in NYC last year. Watch the video below.
In related news, Bob Mould's former Husker Du bandmate Grant Hart will return to NYC this week for a show at Cake Shop on Saturday (3/21). It's with Forever House, Tinmouth and Funcrusher. His only other date we're aware of is in Chicago in May.
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tits of Clay (w/ guest Stephen Trask) @ Mercury Lounge - 10/27/14
Tits of Clay played small NYC club Mercury Lounge three times already. The first show completely slipped my radar until I heard afterwards that Neil Patrick Harris performed multiple Hedwig songs on stage with them in the very small space, to warm up for his role as Hedwig on Broadway (watch video below). That was when Neil was still rehearsing for the role which which he went on to win a Tony for. He was since replaced by Andrew Rannells (Girls) who was replaced by Michael C. Hall who continues in the role until January 18, 2015. Michael was originally scheduled to end January 4th, and...
The extension announcement comes hot on the heels of [NOW COMFIRMED] rumors that John Cameron Mitchell, who created and starred in the original off-Broadway production, might return to the role on Broadway.John Cameron Mitchell returning as Hedwig!!
"We are exploring multiple options beyond Michael C. Hall's run in the show," said Hedwig producer David Binder, who recently chastized the fan who swiped one of Hall's wigs from the stage. [Advocate]
Bob Mould w/ Stephen Trask & 1/2 of Tits of Clay backstage on Broadway - 8/9/14
The cast of Hedwig & the Angry Inch is small. It's basically a one-person show, though Hedwig's husband Yitzhak also has a notable role. Both actors are backed by Hedwig's four-piece rock and roll band whose Broadway version has an off-stage alter-ego Tits of Clay. That's the name they use when they sometimes play Mercury Lounge with special guests, including the time Neil showed up, and the time we took the pictures which are in this post. Tits of Clay play mostly covers at these shows, but also do an original or two from the PledgeMusic-funded album they're recording.
Tits of Clay's members were cast by Hedwig co-creator and composer Stephen Trask, and some of those musicians have appeared on the pages of BrooklynVegan before they landed this sweet job. That includes Justin Craig who plays the role originally played by Trask in the off-Broadway Jane St Theater production. Justin is also a member of These United States. Tim Mislock is a sometimes-member of the Antlers and plays as Holly Miranda's guitarist, and solo as Abandoned Lighthouse. Drummer Peter Yanowitz you'll recognize from Morningwood, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant's band, Exclamation Pony, and more. The fourth member is Matt Duncan (who also makes his own music).
Tits of Clay
Tits of Clay's next not-Broadway performance is TONIGHT/Sunday (12/7) at the venue formerly known as Don Hill's where Hedwig all started, and lots of guest are lined up for the pricey ticket benefit...
On December 7 Hedwig and the Angry Inch composer/lyricist/co-creator Stephen Trask and punk rockers Tits of Clay (the off-stage alter ego of the band performing as the Angry Inch in the current Broadway production of the show) return to the site of the show's genesis--the world famous Don Hill's, soon to re-open as The Hills NYC--to play a special Hedwig-themed tribute to legendary booker, promoter and club owner Don Hill. Special guests will include Broadway's current Hedwig, Michael C. Hall, Broadway's current Yitzhak (and frontwoman of The Deafening) Lena Hall, rocker David Johansen, The B-52's Fred Schneider and Hedwig's original Yitzhak, Miriam Shor, plus an opening set performed by OURS. The show benefits Road Recovery, a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources.Tickets and information available HERE.
As mentioned in that blurb, Lena Hall also plays in the Deafening who have their own show coming up at Highline Ballroom on January 26..
You also could (and should) get tickets to see Hedwig on Broadway.
Tits of Clay have played Mercury Lounge three times. The first one was the time Neil showed up and sang eight Hedwig songs. The second one was less-star-studded, but included guest vocals by Shannon Connelly of Lez Zeppelin who is Yitzhak understudy on Broadway, original Yitzhak Miriam Shor, current Yitzhak Lena Hall (who also won a Tony for the role), and Stephen Trask. At that one they played a set of covers (Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Gang of Four, Joan Jett, etc), a great original, and two Hedwig songs in the encore, most notably "Random Number Generation" with the original and current Yitzhaks singing together (video below).
The third Mercury Lounge show was a Lou Reed tribute and featured Lena Hall, Shannon Conley, and Stephen Trask, but added Chantal Claret (Morningwood frontwoman) and Theo Kogan (Lunachicks) to the mix. More pictures from that, along with the above-mentioned videos and stuff, below...
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intro by Andrew Sacher
Restorations (photo by Mitchell Wojcik)
Philly rockers Restorations put out LP3 earlier this year on SideOneDummy. It's an excellent record; one you'll probably see on a handful of year-end lists this year thanks to its superior take on heartland/blue collar rock that rivals a lot of the stuff it was likely influenced by (Lucero, The Hold Steady, Hot Water Music, etc). The band's singer Jon Loudon was also nice enough to give us his own 2014 year-end list, which includes 10 pretty diverse picks.
Check it out for yourself, with commentary on each one from Jon and honorable mentions, below...
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...
review by Klaus Kinski
Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom last week (more by PSquared)
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.
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...
photos by P Squared Photography
Bob Mould / w. Ryan Adams / Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom 9/10/2014
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Cymbals Eat Guitars at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed)
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...
Haim / Brody Dalle / La Luz @ Sasquatch 6/1/2014
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.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.
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]
by Bill Pearis
Breaking the fourth wall: Bob & Colin
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...
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...
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...
by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould at City Winery in March (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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...
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...
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...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Tickets are still available for tonight's Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall with Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Brett Dennen, Dan Wilson, Isobel Campbell & Andy Cabic, Joe Henry, Josh Ritter, Joy Williams, Judy Collins, L.P., John Doe, Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, Sam Moore, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Bob Forrest & Gibby Haynes (who mentioned the show on the Daily Show), Richard Marx, Antibalas, Mike Gordon, and more.
Last night (3/30), as usual on the night before a Michael Dorf event at Carnegie Hall, there was a rehearsal at Dorf's club City Winery with many of the performers doing the same Paul Simon songs. We have pictures from that one along with the setlist of songs they played (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe did 'Think Too Much'). Check out the setlist and more pics below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ex Hex @ Red 7, 3/15/14
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, NCFull 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.
July 24 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 25 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 26 Full Day Music Concert, outdoors, Carrboro, NC
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.
More BV SXSW day party pics of Ex Hex, plus the new Ex Hex video, below...
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...