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by Andrew Sacher

Pele

Yesterday, American Football expanded their reunion tour and today they've announced the openers for their four-night New Year's run in Chicago which are all pretty amazing. Almost all of them in some way hail from the same influential emo scene as AF themselves -- night 1 gets fellow reunited '90s Champaign, IL/Polyvinyl band Braid, night 2 gets a reunion from their other Polyvinyl labelmates Pele (!) and S. Carey (who also opened for them in NYC), night 3 gets Joan of Arc (the band led by AF singer Mike Kinsella's brother Tim, which Mike and their cousin/current AF bassist Nate have both played in), and night 4 gets Maritime, whose singer Davey von Bohlen played in Cap'n Jazz with Mike. Night 4 is sold out, but if you're in Chicago or traveling there for the holidays (this would be a very good reason to do that), you can still get tickets to nights 1, 2 and 3.

So yeah all of those are stacked, but the one that sticks out the most is Milwaukee's Pele, who have been broken up since 2004. They put out a handful of excellent albums in the late '90s and 2000s, including a few on Polyvinyl, as well as a split with another now-reunited band, Toe, whose recent NYC show was opened by Nate Kinsella. With a sound somewhere between post-rock and math rock, their complex guitar parts foreshadowed the current trend of noodly emo bands, much like American Football's did. They also shared member Scott Beschta with another Milwaukee group, Davey Von Bohlen's post-Cap'n Jazz, pre-Maritime band The Promise Ring.

Since breaking up, drummer Jon Mueller formed Collections of Colonies of Bees, the band who later teamed with Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon to form Volcano Choir. And it's Bon Iver sideman Sean Carey aka S. Carey who's also on the bill with Pele and American Football, so maybe S. Carey doesn't feel like the odd one out after all.

Hopefully this means more shows on the horizon for Pele. Revisit their 2000 album, The Nudes, below. Also, Mike Kinsella recently covered The Promise Ring for the upcoming Owen covers album. Listen to that below too...

Continue reading "Pele reuniting for American Football's New Year's shows (Joan of Arc, Braid, Maritime & S. Carey playing too)"

Justin Vernon w/ Volcano Choir at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Justin Vernon

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is already the leader of several bands and a contributor to even more, and now he's going to be curating his own music festival in his hometown. Stereogum points to an article on The Current which says The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival will take place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on July 17 & 18, 2015 at the Foster Farm (where the annual Country Jam festival also happens). For the fest, he's teaming up with Crashline Productions (who also put on Boston Calling), and their permits were just approved. From the article:

"It's a very major economic impact," McCoy said. "Looking at what Justin wants to do, and having somebody like that, you can look around for a long time trying to find somebody that will bring that kind of venue and that kind of magnitude into the community, and it falls in your lap, it's really kind of cool and he's a pretty awesome guy and he's made some investments in the community," says McCoy.
Justin's studio April Base (where he recorded Bon Iver, Bon Iver) is also located in Eau Claire.

Pop All Star Band @ Pop Montreal 2014 (via jackpineco)
All Star Pop Group

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Doe Paoro opens for My Brightest Diamond at Bowery Ballroom tonight (9/25). Tickets for that show are still available.

Doe Paoro is now on the road with My Brightest Diamond, but recently finished a string of dates with Bon Iver's friends Sylvan Esso which started right after Doe opened for Bon Iver drummer S. Carey (and Califone) at Le Poisson Rouge. Doe released an EP called Ink on the Walls in April. It was produced at Bon Iver's studio by S. Carey and BJ Burton (who also produced Bon Iver's group Volcano Choir and Bon Iver/Gayngs related project Poli├ža). Note: Bon Iver, S. Carey, Gayngs, Polica, Sylvan Esso, Volcano Choir and Doe all share a management team (and a love for autotune). Doe is also playing CMJ.

S. Carey returns to NYC to open for American Football and Owen in October.

Volcano Choir have a new video for "Tiderays". Watch below.

Meanwhile, Bon Iver-esque NY, electro-singer-songwriter Elliot Moss (who also shares a manager with Bon Iver) just opened for Nada Surf at Rough Trade and has three more NYC shows scheduled in October: School Night at Brooklyn Bowl, CMJ at Rough Trade w/ Cold War Kids, and MHOW on 10/25 opening for Digitalism. One of his songs is embedded below.

Field Report, the project of Justin Vernon's old DeYarmond Edison bandmate Chris Porterfield, just shared the title track from his new album "Marigolden". Listen (via AV Club), below. Catch Field Report live on tour throughout the fall, starting at Bowery Electric in NYC on 9/30 (tickets). All dates are also listed again below.

Finally, we told you about the all star basketball game that was going down at Pop Montreal last week.That also resulted in a halftime show by the 'Pop All Star Band' - a "supergroup featuring Arcade Fire's Win and Will Butler, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, and The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture" (and A-Trak). They covered Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" and The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." Watch the videos with all the other stuff below...

Continue reading "new Field Report, Doe Paoro tonight, Elliot Moss, Volcano Choir & other Bon Iver related news"

Pop vs Jock 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Pop vs Jock

Arcade Fire singer Win Butler's annual charity basketball game, Pop vs Jock, will go down in conjunction with Pop Montreal once again this year. The game takes place on September 20 at the McGill University Sports Centre, and includes Win along with fellow Pop vs Jock alumni Will Butler (his brother, also of Arcade Fire), Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), and newcomer Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Former NBA player Brent Barry and current player Matt Bonner round out the lineup as well. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds will go to DJ Sports Club, a charity offering sports and education programs to Montreal youth.

Arcade Fire were just in NYC for a three night run at Barclays Center.

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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De Oro

We recently mentioned that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon formed yet another band, Jason Feathers, with his Bon Iver bandmate S. Carey and rapper Astronautalis. (Though apparently they're all using mysterious psuedonyms.) Their debut album, De Oro, comes out digitally next week (8/19) via Totally Gross National Product, but you can now stream it in full at Pitchfork.

No live dates announced yet, but both S. Carey and Astronautalis have upcoming tours that hit NYC, and Justin's Volcano Choir project plays Boston Calling September.

De Oro trailer below...

Continue reading "Jason Feathers (Justin Vernon, S Carey & Astronautalis' band) streaming debut album, 'De Oro' (listen)"

Radiohead

"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[
NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...

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Volcano Choir at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Volcano Choir

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, The Shouting Matches, Gayngs, and a prominent collaborator of Kanye West, Anais Mitchell, The Rosebuds and plenty more now has yet another project. He's working with fellow Bon Iver member S. Carey and rapper Astronautalis (a frequent collaborator of Gayngs member P.O.S.) on a new band called Jason Feathers. The band recently posted a teaser video of their music which you can check out below.

Justin's only upcoming date at the moment is Volcano Choir's set at Boston Calling in September, but both S. Carey and Astronautalis have tours that hit NYC.

As discussed, S. Carey will be here when his co-headlining tour with Califone hits Le Poisson Rouge on September 7 with Doe Paoro (tickets), and again to open for Owen at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 9 (tickets) and then to open for American Football at Webster Hall on October 10 (sold out).

Astronautalis is going on a September tour with Sarah Jaffe and Transit which hits NYC on 9/13 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, with the Jason Feathers video, below.

Continue reading "Justin Vernon formed Jason Feathers with S. Carey and Astronautalis (who's touring w/ Sarah Jaffe)"

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon w/ Megafaun (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bon Iver

As previously discussed, Zach Braff is releasing Wish I Was Here, his directorial followup to Garden State, and including new material from Bon Iver, The Shins, Cat Power (written by Chris Martin) and more on the soundtrack. The new Shins song came out last week, and now the new Bon Iver song, "Heavenly Father," has surfaced. You can listen over at NPR.

And if you missed it, stream the new Shins song below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver streaming new song "Heavenly Father" from Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: The Rosebuds - In My Teeth (MP3)

The Rosebuds at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Rosebuds

The Rosebuds announced that they'll release their sixth album of original music, Sand + Silence, on August 5 via Western Vinyl. It follows 2011's Loud Planes Fly Low (and 2012's Sade cover album & Christmas album). The new record was produced by their friend/onetime bandmate Justin Vernon, and he plays guitar/synths on the album, along with his Bon Iver bandmate Matt McCaughan (drums) and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso and Megafaun (bass). Get a taste of the record from its first single, "In My Teeth," a solid dose of the band's jangly indie pop, which you can download above or stream below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.

The Rosebuds have also announced a tour surrounding the record's release which hits NYC on August 8 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketmaster.

All dates are listed, with the new song, artwork, tracklist and trailer, below...

Continue reading "The Rosebuds releasing a Justin Vernon-produced LP, touring (dates & MP3)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Justin Vernon & Megafaun @ Baby's All Right - 5/2/14
Megafaun
Megafaun

Megafaun went on what they said will be their last (and very brief) tour for a while last week, hitting their hometown of Durham, NC for two shows, followed by DC and NYC. Special guests were promised, and like at the Durham shows and DC show, the NYC show at Baby's All Right this past Friday (5/2) featured Bon Iver's Justin Vernon sitting in with the band. Justin's presence made the show almost a full DeYarmond Edison reunion, the pre-Bon Iver/Megafaun band that featured Justin, all three members of Megafaun, and Chris Porterfield. Their encore was played entirely acoustic in the middle of the room, surrounded by the crowd. Ultimately they basically played a Megafaun set, with Justin filling in for their bassist NIck Sanborn who is busy being in Sylvan Esso. NYC Taper was there, so a recording should be up at his site soon.

The show was opened by Grandma Sparrow, the project of Megafaun drummer Joe Westerlund, who wore various wigs, hats and a beak as he told stories over musical backing.

No other guests besides Justin for the evening, but Har Mar Superstar and members of Sharon Van Etten's band could be spotted in the audience. Pictures of the Baby's All Right show are in this post. More below...

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Bon Iver at Angel Orensanz in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Bon Iver

Ever wondered if guitar players' brains work differently than everybody else's'? A recently-published article on PolicyMic says that science proves they do:

It sounds weird to solo while hooked up to a scanning machine, but a few brave guitarists pulled it off and contributed a major finding to the science of guitars. Researchers found that, when a guitarist shreds, he or she temporarily deactivates the brain region that routinely shuts down when achieving big-picture goals, signaling a shift from conscious to unconscious thought.

And when mere mortals (non-musicians) attempt a solo, the conscious portion of their brain stays on, which indicates that real guitarists are able to switch to this more creative and less practical mode of thinking more easily.

All of the research makes it clear that guitarists are just super spiritual, intuitive people. Think about anyone from the Jimmy Page to the Edge right on up to Bon Iver. That sort of intuitive thinking runs all the way to how they learn. Unlike musicians who learn through sheet music, guitarists, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University, get a better grasp of a song by looking at someone playing it rather than reading the notes on paper.

Commenters on the article don't seem to be in agreement (many say it's not limited to guitarists). What do you think?

Let us know and watch Bon Iver totally zoning out with his guitar below...

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Megafaun

We recently mentioned that Megafaun were on a short tour which wraps up in NYC TONIGHT (5/2) at Baby's All Right (tickets) and that SPECIAL GUESTS are promised. We still don't know for sure who the guests at tonight's show will be, but we do know that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon joined them at both of their Durham, NC shows this week, and at the second one The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle and Hiss Golden Messenger's Mike Taylor joined them as well.

On night 2, Justin sang on a cover of Johnny Cash's "Unchained," and then he played guitar as John Darnielle sang on a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil." (As you may remember, Megafaun and Justin Vernon are both contributing to The National's Grateful Dead tribute album.) Hiss Golden Messenger did a HGM song, "Mahagony Dread," which will appear on his new album for Merge.

Watch videos of those 3 songs via Indy Week (via Pitchfork), below...

Continue reading "Megafaun covered Grateful Dead w/ John Darnielle, Johnny Cash w/ Justin Vernon in NC; NYC show w/ guests is tonight"

Megafaun at Ecstatic Music Fest in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Megafaun

Megafaun kicked off their short tour in their hometown of Durham, NC last night (4/29) and it continues with another show there tonight (4/30) before hitting DC and finally wrapping up in NYC on Friday (5/2) at Baby's All Right. Opening the DC and NYC shows is, as Megafaun puts it, "a chance to see the legendary Grandma Sparrow," otherwise known as the solo project of Megafaun drummer Joe Westerlund. The band also mentioned earlier this month on Twitter, "This will be it again for a while on the 'ol Faun front. Anticipate some special guests and a very good time. We are real excited!" Baby's All Right mentioned the guests on Facebook too, saying "Friday will be a very special night with some very special guests. Please take our word for it and be here. You won't regret it." Keep in mind that Megafaun's list of past collaborators and friends is long and impressive. Before Megafaun they had a pre-Bon Iver band with Justin Vernon called DeYarmond Edison. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.

In related news, Megafaun members are some of the many people contributing to The National's forthcoming Grateful Dead tribute album. Phil Cook spoke to Jambands.com back in October:

We are also going to record with Justin [Vernon] and [The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner] on their Grateful Dead tribute. We are going to record out stuff at Justin's studio which is going to be a trip.

I know the members of Megafaun have deep roots in the Phish world, but were the Grateful Dead an influence on you as well?

Not as much growing up but it has been a more recent thing. My dad was a big Deadhead and he'd take us all to Phish shows to kind of see where the scene was going. So I got into them through him but Phish was one of the bands that my brother and I grew up listening to at jazz camp. Growing up in a kind of removed area, camp and that music opened up our eyes to so many things.

The tribute will also feature members of Bon Iver, The War on Drugs, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Vampire Weekend and more. The National's Matt Berninger also gave an update on the project not long ago to Billboard:
Speaking of the Grateful Dead project, is the National doing a song for that?

MB: Yes. And there's a huge debate over which one to do. They keep talking about "Box of Rain" for me. Something because of the register of the vocals. I'm staying out of it. It's [bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf] that are probably the biggest Dead fans. There's constant emails going back and forth about what to do. They kind of kicked me out of the whole Dead project because I kinda don't know what I'm talking about. I've never followed the Dead much but those guys have become ... they're borderline experts on the Dead. It's a fun thing. Meeting Bob Weir and playing with him in San Francisco was surreal and awesome. I can't wait until that thing finally comes together.

Do you think the surviving members like Bob Weir and Phil Lesh would play on it?
MB: I think so. I don't know. That's a good question. I don't want to say "yes" but certainly Bob Weir ... we've done a couple things with him already and he's the nicest guy. All the surviving members are totally supportive of the project. They sent everybody box sets that we could pass around. They just opened up their entire catalog to us. They've been 100% behind it. I'm not sure who's signed up.

In other Megafaun news, related band Sylvan Esso just released a new video and announced they'll be playing a Governors Ball pre-party in NYC before their tour with tUnE-yArDs.

Updated Megafaun dates are listed, with videos (including one of Sharon Van Etten fronting Megafaun), below...

Continue reading "Megafaun on tour w/ Grandma Sparrow (SPECIAL GUESTS promised); The National's Grateful Dead album keeps truckin'"

WIsh I Was Here

If you're of a certain age, Zach Braff's Garden State, and most specifically its soundtrack which features Coldplay, The Shins, Iron Wine covering The Postal Service, and more, is probably a little generation-defining (love it or hate it). Ten years later, he's going for it again with Wish I Was Here, the first film he'll be directing since Garden State. Zach tells Entertainment Weekly that the very Zach Braff-sounding soundtrack will feature a song by Cat Power (written by Coldplay's Chris Martin), plus original music from Bon Iver, The Shins and more. Will this be be the new sappy soundtrack to a generation of indie-discovering teens?

The film hits theaters on July 18 in NYC and LA, and July 25 everywhere else. You can check out the Kickstarter video for Wish I Was Here below.

Speaking of Garden State being generation-defining, it's one of the things namedropped in former SPIN editor (and NY Times writer) Mark Spitz's new book Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film. The description reads:

Marc Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that's embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee's roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.

Vampire Weekend, Garden State, Miranda July, Belle and Sebastian, Wes Anderson, Mumblecore, McSweeney's, Morrissey, beards, artisanal pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kittens and Zooey Deschanel--all are examples of a cultural aesthetic of calculated precocity known as Twee.

In Twee, journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the rising Twee movement in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics and examines the cross-pollinated generation that embodies it--from aging hipsters to nerd girls, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the history of twee--the first strong, diverse, and wildly influential youth movement since Punk in the '70s and Hip Hop in the '80s--showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has become part of the zeitgeist.

That book will be out on June 3.

Wish I Was Here trailer below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver, The Shins, Cat Power & more on soundtrack for new Zach Braff film; 'Twee' book being released"

by Andrew Sacher

S. Carey at Highline Ballroom in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
S. Carey

Bon Iver hasn't been too active lately, but Justin Vernon isn't the only one taking the time to focus on side projects. Member Sean Carey, aka S. Carey, has announced that he'll release the followup to his 2010 debut LP All We Grow (and 2012's Hoyas EP) with Range of Light, due out on April 1 via Jagjaguwar. The album is set to feature multiple collaborations with Justin Vernon, and his influence is felt on the delicate finger-picking of the first single, "Fire-Scene." You can stream that song, and check out the album artwork and tracklist, below.

S. Carey will kick off a tour a couple days after the album's release which comes to NYC on April 16 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check LPR's site for updates.

The tour is with White Hinterland, who S. Carey also toured with in 2010 and who was just added to the Brendan Canning tour, including the NYC date happening on Friday (1/24) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, along with the stream, artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "S. Carey releasing a new album, touring w/ White Hinterland who's touring w/ Brendan Canning (dates & stream)"

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013
The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The first of two weekends of Austin City Limits went down in Austin over the weekend, a ton of official aftershows included. One of those shows was headlined by The National at Stubb's on Saturday. Thao and The Get Down Stay Down opened. Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), who was in town to play with his band The Shouting Matches, surprised the lucky crowd by joining the National for their last two songs, "Terrible Love" and "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" (Justin also sings on the album version). National frontman Matt Berninger gave the crowd even more love by jumping into it at the end of the latter. Watch video of both, along with a set of pictures from the show (though no pictures of Justin), and the National's setlist, below....

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Volcano Choir at Webster Hall - 9/14/13
Volcano Choir, Sylvan Esso @ Webster Hall - 9/14/2013

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is a man of many projects, and over the weekend (9/14) he brought his band Volcano Choir (his collaboration with Milwaukee post-rock band Collections of Colonies of Bees) to NYC for a show at Webster Hall. The band's new album, Repave is Justin's most similar album to 2011's Bon Iver, Bon Iver thus far, but rather than providing the atmospheric guitar licks like he does in Bon Iver, he left that to the COCOB guys and instead manned the controls at a podium that he stood behind for their set. In addition to the Repave material, Justin & co played two new non-album songs -- "The Agreement" and "Valleyonaire" (the latter of which you can watch a video of from their Boston date, via Stereogum, below) -- and reached back to their debut, Unmap, including a mesmerizing performance "Still" (aka Volcano Choir's take on Bon Iver's "Woods").

Keeping things close to home, as Justin likes to do, the show was opened by tourmates Sylvan Esso, the duo of Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun, whose lineup includes three members that used to be in DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon) and Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man, who have toured as backing vocalists for Feist, who Bon Iver shared a bill with on said tour, and also once covered). Like Vernon (and certain other friends) has done himself, the duo brought a mix of sounds pulling from both indie folk and R&B, and did a pretty good job winning the crowd over.

It was the last date on Volcano Choir and Sylvan Esso's tour together, but VC will do some other dates later this year into 2014. More pictures from the Webster Hall show, along with the video of that new song and list of dates, below...

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still from 'Reflektor 9/9/9'
Arcade Fire

Yesterday, we posted that Arcade Fire would be premiering a new single on September 9 at 9 PM from their upcoming album (due out 10/29 via Merge). The band have just updated their website with another cryptic video titled "Reflektor 9/9/9." Watch it below.

In related news, you may remember that back in 2010 Peter Gabriel released a covers album, Scratch My Back, which featured him covering tracks by Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and more. He's now set to release its sequel, And I'll Scratch Yours, where those artists return the favor by covering Peter Gabriel songs. The album will be out on September 23 via Real World. Check out the tracklist below.

Continue reading "Arcade Fire post new teaser video, appearing on Peter Gabriel covers album with Brian Eno, Bon Iver, Lou Reed and more"

Blind Boys

As discussed, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been working on a new album with Justin Vernon titled I'll Find a Way, which will be out via Sony Masterworks on October 1. It features guest appearances from Sam Amidon, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, and Patty Griffin. You can watch a short-form documentary about the making of the album below.

The Blind Boys of Alabama will also be touring this fall. That includes a stop in NYC opening for The Black Crowes at the second their four Terminal 5 shows (October 26). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of, The Black Crowes have lined up interesting openers for all four shows:

October 24: Ray Wylie Hubbard
October 26: Blind Boys of Alabama
October 27: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
October 29: Maceo Parker
Tickets are still availble for all four shows. The band are also playing four all-acoustic nights at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. October 18 & 19 feature opener John Fulbright and October 21 & 22 features Justin Townes Earle. Tickets for those shows are also still available.

All Blind Boys of Alabama tour dates are listed, along with that making-of video, below.

Continue reading "Blind Boys of Alabama announce tour dates, opening one of the eight NY Black Crowes shows"

Volcano ChoirVolcano Choir

As discussed, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is releasing a new album with his other band, Volcano Choir, this year, called Repave (due out 9/3 via Jagjaguwar). After releasing two of its songs, "Byegone" and "Comrade," the band have made the album available to stream in its entirety. Listen over at NPR

Volcano Choir will be in NYC when their tour with Sylvan Esso hits Webster Hall on September 14. Tickets for that show are still available.

Streams of "Byegone" and "Comrade" below...

Continue reading "Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir streaming new album (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso

As discussed, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the guys from Collections of Colonies of Bees are releasing their new Volcano Choir album, Repave, on September 3 via Jagjaguwar. After releasing one of its tracks, "Byegone," they've now let another track loose, titled "Comrade." Like "Byegone" (and the rest of the album), the new song sees Justin not straying too far from Bon Iver, Bon Iver mode, making for a nice annex of material to that album. Check it out below.

Volcano Choir are also supporting the album with a previously mentioned tour, which hits NYC on September 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Opening that show (and other dates on the tour) is Sylvan Esso, the new project of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn. Their new 12", Hey Mami" // "Play It Right," is out now, and can be streamed below. Recommended for fans of another Justin Vernon-approved project, Polica, who have a similar knack for blending folk and electronic music.

All dates are listed, along with all song streams, below...

Continue reading "Volcano Choir release new song from LP; Sylvan Esso (mems. Mountain Man & Megafaun) opening their tour"

by Andrew Sacher

Grateful Dead

One of the more polarizing bands, as far as indie rock fans are concerned, is the Grateful Dead. But despite all the hipsters who want to make sure no one thinks they're hippies, there's a big chunk of the indie community who actually likes this band, so it's pretty cool that The National have gathered members from a bunch of great indie bands -- Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, and Kurt Vile & the Violators -- to participate in a Grateful Dead tribute album, as Relix reports. (They announced it yesterday [8/1], aka Jerry Garcia's birthday.)

Like Dark was the Night, which The National's Dessner brothers also curated, this will benefit AIDS organization Red Hot. But unlike that one, which was a compilation, this one "will hone in on a few all-star ensembles assembled for the project as well as select featured guests." The Relix article continues:

The Dessners also cite Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as big-name indie guitarists with an affinity for the Dead who'd fit on the album. In 2012, Aaron Dessner, The Walkmen's Walter Martin and the Devendorf brothers performed with Bob Weir at benefit show held at the Dead guitarist's TRI Studios. Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson has also performed with Weir at TRI while The War on Drugs regularly cover "Touch of Grey." As they mention in the September issue of Relix, the Dessners riffed on "Eyes of the World" for eight hours during their first jam session with Bryan Devendorf in middle school."

"There are all kind of corners of the musical world that are deeply influenced by the Dead that one wouldn't expect," Bryce Dessner says. "Lee Ranaldo is a crazy Deadhead. So that was part of the idea but I think it is broader than that now. Jerry Garcia was a total cat."

Both Lee Ranaldo and Ira Kaplan just helped commemorate the closing of Maxwell's.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra just announced two Best Buy Theater shows (11/29-30). Tickets for those are on sale now.

Onetime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is taking his Mickey Hart Band to Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter is playing a few Northeast shows this year, including 9/26 at The Paramount (tickets), 10/5 at Capitol Theatre (tickets), and 10/10 at Town Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.

And, both Vampire Weekend (tickets) and Kurt Vile (tickets) are each about to play their biggest NYC shows yet this fall.

Watch a video of members of The National performing with the Dead's Bob Weir in 2012, below...

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Justin Vernon w/ Bon Iver in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who recently collaborated with Kanye West, and is also about release a new Volcano Choir album (aka his collaborative project with experimental rockers Collections of Colonies of Bees), is also working on a project with gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have been around since the 1930s. Earlier this year, he announced he'd be producing their new album, I'll Find A Way (due out 10/1 via Sony Masterworks), and it's since been revealed that he's contributing his vocals to a cover of Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand" for the album. You can listen to that track now over at Pitchfork, and check out the full tracklist (which also includes collaborations with My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, tUnE-yArDs, and more) below.

Speaking of Bob Dylan, his tour comes to the NYC-area for its first of five shows this week. The first show was initially supposed to happen in Bridgeport, CT on Friday (7/19) at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard with My Morning Jacket and Wilco, but that show has been moved to Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena, and MMJ and Wilco are no longer on the bill. UPDATE: MMJ and Wilco are still playing. Tickets for the Webster Bank Arena show are available, and all tickets purchased for the Ballpark at Harbor Yard show will be honored.

Jim James at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jim James

The other NYC-area shows will go on as planned on 7/21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center with My Morning Jacket and Wilco (tickets), 7/26 at Hoboken's Pier A Park with MMJ and Wilco (tickets), 7/27 at Jones Beach with Beck and Wilco (tickets), and 7/28 at Susquehanna Bank Center with MMJ and Wilco, which is also part of the 3-day XPoNential Music Festival in Camden (Bob Dylan tix, XPoNential Fest passes).

Dylan, Wilco and MMJ kicked off the tour towards the end of last month, and at their recent Toronto show (7/15), Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and MMJ's Jim James joined Dylan on stage for a cover of traditional song "Twelve Gates to the City" and for Dylan's own "Blowin' in the Wind." You can watch a video of the former (via Consequence of Sound), along with the setlist from that show, below.

Bob Dylan also just announced that he'll release Bootleg Series. Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), a box set that collects rarities and outtakes from the Self Portrait and New Morning era, on August 27. The trailer video and tracklist for the box set are below.

Updated dates are listed, along with all videos and stuff, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Repave

As mentioned, Volcano Choir (aka Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the members of Collections of Colonies of Bees) are releasing their sophomore album, Repave, on September 3 via Jagjaguwar. We heard a little clip of it in the album trailer, and now they've revealed the full song, titled "Byegone." From the sound of things, this is already shaping up to a stronger album than Volcano Choir's debut. Check out the new single below.

Volcano Choir will bring their tour to NYC on September 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

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