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The Decemberists @ the Cap - 9/24/15
The Decemberists

The Decemberists are currently hanging around NYC on their ongoing tour with Lucius, having hit Port Chester's Capitol Theatre last night (9/24). The tour is in support of this year's What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World and the upcoming Florasongs EP, and they did give us some of that, but mostly it was a pretty good split of all their stuff. They did a medley off the proggy Hazards of Love, gave us old favorites like "July, July!" and "The Chimbley Sweep," mid-career highlights like "O Valencia!" and more.

The tour has The Decemberists and Lucius in NYC proper tonight (9/25) at Radio City. There are still some tickets available.

More pictures and the setlist from the Cap, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

Jorma Kaukonen / Jack Casady / New Riders of the Purple Sage
Hot Tuna
Hot Tuna
New Riders of the Purple Sage

The San Francisco Sound is unavoidable this year, but the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows aren't the only ways to remember what a long strange trip it's been. Another band that counted Jerry Garcia as a member, New Riders of the Purple Sage, made their way to the East Coast over the weekend to open for the equally legendary San Fran band Hot Tuna at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre (7/18). The New Riders only have one original member (singer/guitarist David Nelson) and one longtime member (pedal steel player Buddy Cage, who took over for Jerry in '71), but the current lineup of the band is still fantastic. (One of the members is guitarist Michael Falzarano, who also played in Hot Tuna in the '90s.) They played a few off one of their recent albums, 2009's Where I Come From, which Nelson wrote a lot of with Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, but otherwise stuck mostly to their early '70s years, including "I Don't Know You," "Henry" and "Louisiana Lady" off their classic debut. And they ended with their version of The Stones' "Dead Flowers" which got most of the previously-seated crowd to their feet.

Hot Tuna, who tour as a variety of different lineups, chose to keep things bare-bones this time with main members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady backed only by a drummer. That's not to say it was more simple though. Without guest vocalists or additional players, the spotlight really was on Jorma and Jack the whole time, and those guys are a thrill to watch. They're both past 70, but they're still touring machines and it shows. Their energy never waned throughout the set, their level of musicianship impresses but never shows off, and when they lock into a jam it's tight and focused. We got Tuna faves like "I See the Light," "Hit Single #1" and "Funky #7," plus a couple Jefferson Airplane tunes ("Good Shepherd" and "Trial by Fire") and more. Full setlist and pictures in this post.

Hot Tuna's upcoming tour includes two newly-announced NYC shows: Beacon Theatre on November 20 & 21 in celebration of Jorma's 75th birthday (they played the same venue last December to celebrate Jack's 70th). Tickets go on sale Friday (7/24) at 10 AM with local/AmEx/chase/VIP presales starting Thursday (7/23) at 10 AM. Tuna's tour also hits Virginia's Lockn' Festival in September, where they'll play an acoustic set and a full Jefferson Airplane set for the Airplane's 50th anniversary. Phil Lesh, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana and more are also on the lineup (tickets).

New Riders also have more dates coming up, including Connecticut's Gathering of the Vibes festival (with Wilco, Weezer, Gregg Allman, Sharon Jones, The Gaslight Anthem and more), other CT stops, shows in NJ and NY state, and more. David Nelson is also playing as a member of Phil Lesh & Friends at the 11/6 and 11/7 dates of their six-show Capitol Theatre run (tickets).

All New Riders and Hot Tuna dates are listed, with more pictures and setlists from The Capitol Theatre, below...

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Jeff Beck @ Capitol Theatre 4/13/2015
Jeff Beck

Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck kicked off his tour with Tyler Bryant at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on Monday (4/13), the first of many NYC-area dates for the two. Jimmy Hall, who fronted the '70s southern rock band Wet Willie, is vocalist for this tour which starts a three-day run at The Paramount tonight (tickets) before heading back to Capitol for another show Saturday (tickets). Pictures from Monday's Cap show in this post.

Meanwhile, Jeff announced a new live album, Jeff Beck Live+, coming May 5 via Atco Records. The album includes live versions of 14 of the virtuoso's hits recorded during his 2014 tour. In addition to the live cuts the record features two new studio tracks, "Tribal" and "My Tiled White Floor" (he played the latter at Monday's show). He's also currently working on two different books, the first official documentary focused on his career and is expected to release his 17th full-length later this year.

Jeff also recently added a string of midwest dates to his solo tour, which picks back up after the make-up dates with ZZ Top from their cancelled tour last year. All of Jeff Beck's upcoming dates along, pictures and his setlist from the first Capitol Theatre show and a live video, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The B-52's @ Capitol Theatre, 1/31/2015
The B52s
The B52s

New wave vets The B-52's were in the NYC-area over the weekend for two shows, the second of which was at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on Saturday (1/31). The band, who are coming up fast on their 40th anniversary, kept the party going with a cavalcade of party-friendly classics like "Private Idaho," "Dance This Mess Around," "Love Shack," "Legal Tender," "Planet Claire" and "Rock Lobster." Pictures from the Cap show are in this post and continue, with their setlist, below.

Meanwhile, B-52's singer Kate Pierson's new solo album will be out later this month.

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As discussed, Animal Collective are on a DJ tour which hits NYC tonight (11/14) at Brooklyn Bowl with Avey Tare, Geologist and Deakin in tow. It also returns to that same venue on December 12 without Avey Tare. Tickets for both nights are still available.

While Geologist is in town this weekend, he'll stop by Baby's All Right on Saturday (11/15) to DJ their recurring Grateful Dead brunch, which as you may have guessed is an afternoon of brunch and DJs spinning Dead tunes. Saturday's show will be hosted by Schaeffer Beach (aka TAO's Rich Schaefer and Bowery Presents' Johnny Beach), goes from noon to 4 PM and is free (the music, not the brunch). Flyer below. As you may remember, Animal Collective are no strangers to the Grateful Dead, having gotten the first ever licensed Grateful Dead sample in their song "What Would I Want? Sky."

Meanwhile, to hear some Dead tunes in a live environment, the ongoing Phil Lesh & Friends residency at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre continues this weekend with shows tonight (tickets) and Saturday (sold out). You can also get tickets to their upcoming shows the following two Fridays and Saturdays -- 11/21, 11/22, 11/28, and 11/29. Phil also plays three shows leading up to New Year's Eve at that venue with JRAD. 12/30 and 12/31 are sold out, but tickets to 12/29 go on sale today at noon.

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Honor Titus & Julian Casablancas
Julian and Honor

Tickets sold out pretty quickly for the Governors Ball pre-show The Strokes are playing up at the Capitol Theater on May 31, but four more super-VIP tickets are on sale now to the highest bidder:

Proceeds from this auction support The Capitol Community Fund. The Capitol Community Fund sends local teachers to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame for curriculum training - keeping rock n' roll in the classroom! HeadCount.org is a non-profit organization that uses the power of music to foster community and democratic participation. There is a sense of community felt in the heart of the music scene. It's a feeling that can't be described but you know you are part of something bigger. Together we can make a change and a difference!
Cerebral Ballzy, who are signed to Julian's Cult Records, open the Port Chester, NY show. Less than a week later you can catch that band's frontman Honor Titus reading and hosting poetry at Niagara in the East Village. CB's album "Jaded & Faded" will be released June 17. They'll be in Europe at the time touring with Fucked Up. They return to Europe to tour with OFF! in October. Their only other US dates at the moment are both Riot Fests. Everything is listed below.

The Strokes are also playing FYF Fest in LA in August.

Stroke Albert Hammond Jr. plays a few dates with Phoenix in June before headlining a Northside Festival show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on June 13. The Strokes-influenced Drowners open that show. Tickets are still available.

P.S. congrats to Christina L., our winner of a pair of VIP passes to Governors Ball.

Check out the Governors Ball schedule (Julian Casablancas is on there too).

Tour dates below...

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The Strokes at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

It was already announced that The Strokes would play their first hometown show since MSG in 2011 at this year's Governors Ball (the NYC festival that Julian Casablancas also plays with his band The Voidz), but if you don't want to brave a huge three-day festival to see them (or even one day of a three-day fest), you're in luck. The NYC cool kids of the early aughts will now preface GovBall with a headlining festival pre-show in the area at Port Chester's Capitol Theater on May 31, a far more intimate location than Madison Square Garden.

Tickets for the Cap show go on Strokes Fan Club presale Wednesday (5/14) at 10 AM, followed by Governors Ball/Citi bank presales on Thursday (5/15) at noon and the general on-sale Friday (5/16) at noon at this link.

Meanwhile, you can still get tickets to Governors Ball, which also includes Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, TV on the Radio, Disclosure, Damon Albarn, and more. But if you'd like to go for free, we've teamed up with DoNYC to give away a pair of VIP tickets to Governors Ball 2014. Enter our contest via the form below...

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As Dead Heads likely know, original Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has an ongoing residency at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre with his band Phil Lesh & Friends. The residency has already had him at the venue multiple times, and will continue to do so, including a run this week with shows tonight (4/10) through Saturday (4/12). The band for these particular shows is Phil Lesh, John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. Friday and Saturday are sold out, but you can still get tickets for tonight and Thursday.

After this week's run, Phil & Friends (this time Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jackie Greene, John Medeski, and Joe Russo), who play mostly Grateful Dead songs, will head to NYC for two nights at BAM, April 14 and 15. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair for each night. Details on how to enter to win, below.

The Cap is owned by Peter Shapiro, who is presenting the BAM shows and also owns the Brooklyn Bowl, which has since opened locations in Las Vegas and London. Phil Lesh will play three nights at the Vegas one leading up to 4/20 (tickets), and he also plays two nights at the London one in July (tix on sale Friday, 4/11 at 10 AM).

There's other upcoming Dead-related shows at the Capitol Theatre too. Renowned tribute band Dark Star Orchestra does a two-night stand on May 16 & 17. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale.

And on a semi-related note, Hot Tuna, the blues band of Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady who come from the same San Francisco scene that birthed the Grateful Dead and their members have collaborated, play the Cap on June 16. That's one of four NYC-area shows on their electric tour with Leon Russell which also hits NYCB Theatre at Westbury on 6/20, Bergen PAC on 6/21 and Pine Belt Arena on 6/22. Tickets for the Cap show and the other three are on sale now.

In more Dead news, Phil Lesh's former Grateful Dead/Further partner Bob Weir is playing with his band RatDog at upstate NY jam band festival Mountain Jam, which takes place from June 5 - 8 on Hunter Mountain. Other artists playing include Gov't Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blitzen Trapper and many more. Since we last spoke, The Allman Brothers (who recently had to postpone the rest of their March Beacon Theatre run due to Gregg's illness) were added as the Sunday headliner and will be performing their first two albums in full. Tickets for the fest are still available.

Also not long after those Phil Lesh NYC shows, John Kadlecik, who has played in Further, Phil Lesh & Friends (including this week at the Cap) and Dark Star Orchestra, brings his John K. Band to NYC's Highline Ballroom on April 18 with opener Adam Ezra. John will be previewing new material at the show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In more related news, the Dead's pals New Riders of the Purple Sage (whose earliest incarnation featured Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Dead drummer Mickey Hart) will headline the "Psychedelix Americana": Music of The Deli and Relix show at Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday (4/12). The rest of that lineup includes Andy Statman, Scott Metzger's WOLF!, Diamond Eye Jack Super Jam, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Union Street Preservation Society, and King Stork. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's also a Dead tribute band called Half Step playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 1. Tickets for that are on sale now.

And lastly, this isn't exactly "news" but in lieu of Letterman's retirement, Jambase.com posted a video of an old Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir rehearsal on Letterman. You can watch that, plus revisit other Dead/Letterman memories including Jerry & David Grisman playing "Friend of the Devil" in '93 and Jerry and Weir on the show in '82, below.

Any other Dead-related events coming up in NYC that we missed?

Videos and Phil Lesh contest details below...

Continue reading "Grateful Dead roundup: Phil Lesh shows (win tix to BAM), Dark Star Orchestra, New Riders, Hot Tuna, Mountain Jam update"

Capitol Theater photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Basement Tapes Band..
Basement Tapes Band

A trove of two dozen unfinished Bob Dylan songs written circa 1967 during his "Basement Tapes" period is being completed by an all-star band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett and including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket's Jim James for release as an album and Showtime special later this year.

"These are not B-level Dylan lyrics," Burnett, 66, said Monday during a break in filming and recording sessions in Hollywood for the project titled "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes." [LA Times]

More information on that project, which also includes Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), at the LA Times with the full press release pasted below.

Questlove & Elvis Costello @ the Capitol Theater - March 12, 2014
Elvis Costello and the Roots
Elvis Costello and the Roots

Meanwhile, before heading to Las Vegas to help open Peter Shapiro's new Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Elvis Costello and The Roots stopped by Peter's Port Chester, NY venue the Capitol Theater for a collaborative show in support of their new collaborative album. Some pictures and videos and the setlist from that show are here. More below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram

"Thanks so much for coming to the show. Thanks so much for listening to our music," said Jeff Mangum at Neutral Milk Hotel's Capitol Theatre show last night (1/22) as he stood on stage alone, about to launch into opening song "Two Headed Boy Pt. 1." It could be an oddly humble thing for a veteran band playing their first of six sold out shows in and around the same city to say, but you got the feeling Jeff wasn't being insincere. This is a band who ceased activity after releasing two indie records in the '90s, a time when indie bands didn't win Grammys. He probably never thought Neutral Milk Hotel would be on a tour at all in 16 years, let alone one this massive, and I think just about everyone in that room felt the same way. This didn't look like a crowd casually checking out a show, these were die-hard fans who probably couldn't believe they were seeing this band here, now.

I never saw Neutral Milk Hotel the first time around so I can't say how this compares to seeing them back then, but last night's show felt way too full of life to come off as a band having some fun for old time's sake, or worse, cashing in on a past success. He sang these 15-year-old songs with the urgency of a band getting out of the basement and onto the touring circuit for the very first time, not to mention that also says something of how timeless they are. The rest of the band were ace performers too, all of them multi-instrumentalists. With only five constant members and a few guests here and there (one of which was in openers/fellow Elephant 6 band Elf Power), NMH managed to get the show sounding as detailed as the record, switching between guitars, bass guitars, accordions, horns, saws, banjos and more in the middle of songs without missing a beat. All excellent players (the drummer was especially flawless), and these guys were into it. In a time where certain indie bands are taking the "slacker" thing a bit too far, it's nice to have a band we can almost all agree are indie legends come back and remind us how it's done.

As for the set, they gave us almost the entirety of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea mixed in with cuts from its predecessor On Avery Island and various tracks from their demos, EPs, and compilations. It was split up nicely too, never staying in one part of their discography for too long. So whether or not you were just all about the In the Aeroplane Over the Sea stuff or you prefer their deeper cuts, it was never long until you got catered to. And of course if you just love it all, there was just about no way you were walking out of that venue disappointed.

Neutral Milk Hotel's tour begins its 5-night run in NYC proper tonight with three shows at BAM (1/23, 24 & 25) and then two at Webster Hall (1/27 & 28), all sold out. Check out the setlist from last night's show below...

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photos by PSquared Photography

Elvis Costello @ Capitol Theater - 11/12/13
Elvis Costello

"I'd like to introduce my special guest for this evening," Elvis Costello said to the audience at the Merriam Theater Sunday night. "It's me."

Indeed, there was not another soul to be found on the Merriam stage, although Costello was kept company by a semicircle of guitars, a keyboard and a few light-up signs: At stage right, one reading "On Air" that played into a bit of stage banter about the show being broadcast in the Faroe Islands, a "Request" sign repurposed from the Spinning Songbook tour, and a one-way sign reading "Detour" that was meant to signal a departure from the evening's announced theme: "Love, and the flip side of that record: deceit and shame."" [Philly.com]

Elvis Costello, who was one of the many artists who played Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit in October not long after he appeared at a benefit we covered in NY which was not long after we saw him at a different benefit in Long Island which wasn't too long after he played Brooklyn Bowl with the Roots, went out on a solo tour that ended last night (11/19) in Maine that continues this week with shows in NJ, CT, PA and more. The above review snippet is from the 11/10 Philly show and we have pictures from the second of two Port Chester, NY shows in this post. More of them along with both Capitol Theater setlists, and all tour dates, below...

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Neil Young in Atlantic City in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Neil Young

Neil Young & Crazy Horse are going on another tour this year which hits Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 2 with Patti Smith and her Band. Tickets for that show are on presale now. General on-sale begins Friday (6/28) at noon.

Other shows coming up at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY include Willie Nelson & Family on September 18 & 19 (tickets), Bonnie Raitt on November 19 (tickets), and Foreigner on November 30 (tickets).

A bunch of other shows are going on sale or presale today too.

The B-52s at Roseland Ballroom - 6/19/13 (via Mark Doctrow)

New wave legends The B-52s were forced to cancel some dates due to Cindy Wilson's illness, including their NYC-area show that would have happened on June 6 at The Capitol Theatre. However, Cindy got well enough for the band to make it here for their co-headlining show at Roseland Ballroom with The Go-Gos on June 19. A picture from that show is above, and a video and both bands' setlists are below.

Now that Cindy is doing better, The B-52s have also announced that their Capitol Theatre show will be rescheduled for November 9. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and all tickets purchased for June 6 will be honored.

Updated dates are listed, along with the video and setlists, below...

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Willie Nelson at Wellmont Theatre in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Willie Nelson

Country music legend/activist Willie Nelson will be airing a special, Willie Nelson & Friends, that he taped at Jack White's Third Man Records on CMT next week (6/23) for their Crossraods series. Willie will be appearing with a number of guests on the show, including Neil Young, who joined him to perform "Long May You Run." Check out a video of Neil and Willie playing that song below (via Stereogum).

Willie Nelson also has a number of tour dates scheduled this year. He just played Montauk's Surf Lodge last week (6/9) and he'll be returning to the NYC-area for shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 18 and 19. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale Friday (6/21) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the CMT video, below...

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As mentioned, the current incarnation of prog rock legends Yes are going on a tour this year playing three of their classic albums, The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One, in their entirety. That tour hits NYC for a previously discussed (and now sold out) show at Beacon Theatre on April 9, and the band have just announced that they'll be adding a second leg to the tour which sees them returning to the NYC area on July 28 at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Alabama Shakes on a boat in February (more by David Andrako)
Alabama Shakes

Blues rockers Alabama Shakes just can't seem to stay off the road. They've already been announced for some festivals this year, like Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, and now they've announced an extensive tour surrounding those dates. That tour brings the band to the NYC area for a show on June 23 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. All dates are listed below

Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard is teaming up with singer Ruby Amanfu for a collaborative single, which they will release this Tuesday (3/12) via Jack White's Third Man Records. The single features a cover of "I Wonder" by Rodriguez (who, thanks to the Searching for Sugarman documentary, is huge now) on the A-side, backed by a cover of "When My Man Comes Home" by Memphis Minnie. You can listen to the Rodriguez cover at Rolling Stone.

All Alabama Shakes dates are listed below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis

Morrissey @ The Capitol Theatre, 1/19/2012

Morrissey finished up the last of his four NYC-area shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on Saturday (1/19), which was his second swing through the East Coast in less than year. Morrissey opened the show with The Smiths' "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" (from Meat is Murder) which was apparently the first time he's ever performed the song solo. (Video of that below.) From there it was a similar setlist to what BAM audiences got a week ago and is generally a little more crowd-pleasing than his T5 and Radio City shows last year. The Cap is a pretty small room for Morrissey, with great sound and lights, and he and his band were in great form. The setlist from the show is below.

Kristeen Young opened at The Cap, as she's done this whole tour. Pictures of both artists, and the setlist and videos from Morrisey's set, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

My Morning Jacket / Jim James @ the Capitol Theater
My Morning Jacket1
My Morning Jacket1
My Morning Jacket1

My Morning Jacket play Boston tonight for New Year's Eve, followed by a Sandy benefit in NJ on Wednesday (1/2), and Jim James will be part of the next Tibet House benefit concert in 2013.

MMJ kicked off their three-night run at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on Thursday (12/27) and continued the following two nights. As previously mentioned, each night got an entirely different setlist and a different band opened each night too, with Friday (12/28) getting Antibalas and Saturday (12/29) getting Floating Action. Friday's show got "Holdin' On To Black Metal," their cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man," "Golden," and others; while Saturday got "Circuital," "Evil Urges," "Wordless Chorus," and others.

Pictures and the setlist from night 1 are HERE. Pics of night 2 and the setlists and some videos from night 2 and 3 are below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket wrapped up their run at the Cap (setlists, videos, night 2 pics)"

photos by PSquared Photography

My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket kicked off their three-night run at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre last night (12/27). They've got a different opener each night, and last night it was Deer Tick (pics from their set HERE). Tonight (12/28) it's Antibalas and on Saturday (12/29) it's Floating Action. All three nights are sold out.

MMJ, whose member Tom Blankenship recently told us his Top Albums of 2012, promised not to repeat songs at any of the three nights so if you're going tonight or Saturday you can at least expect not to hear any of last night's setlist which included songs like "Off the Record," "Outta My System," "Magheetah," and many more (the full setlist is below). However, you might have some idea what you will hear if you participated in the band's Spontaneous Curation Series, where you got to help pick the songs they'll play.

After the Capitol Theatre run concludes, MMJ will celebrate New Year's Eve with a show at Boston's Agganis Arena. They then play a Sandy benefit in NJ two days later. Jim James is also part of the next Tibet House benefit concert in 2013.

More pics of MMJ, the setlist, and a few videos from Thursday's show below...

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photos by PSquared Photography

Deer Tick @ The Cap
Deer Tick

Deer Tick, who recently finished up a residency at Brooklyn Bowl (night three pics HERE), opened for My Morning Jacket on night 1 of their three-night run at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre last night (12/27). Pictures from their set are in this post and pics of MMJ are HERE.

Deer Tick are continuing to tour and will play Maxwell's in Hoboken TONIGHT (12/28) with Two Gallants, one of a few shows the two bands are playing together in December (and they'll tour Australia together in February). Tonight's show is now sold. If you didn't manage to get tickets, you can still get tickets to Deer Tick's friends Lucero's shows at Brooklyn Bowl tonight and Saturday (tickets for for night 1, night 2, or both nights).

Both Deer Tick/Two Gallants and My Morning Jacket will be heading to Cambridge/Boston for New Year's Eve (separately). Deer Tick/Two Gallants play The Sinclair while MMJ will take over the Agganis Arena with Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

More pics from the Cap and a list of updated Deer Tick dates below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick played Capitol Theatre, play Maxwell's tonight & Cambridge on NYE w/ Two Gallants (pics, updated dates)"

photos by David Andrako

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

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

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

More pics from Capitol Theatre below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Blondie @ State Theatre - 10/2/12

Anarchy symbols, peace signs, skulls, and other images lit up the high walls and ceilings of Port Chester's Capitol Theatre last night (10/7) as Blondie came out for their third NYC area show (and final date) of the tour they'd been on since September. Debbie Harry, at 67 years young, was looking as great as ever decked out in sparkling black sunglasses, a metallic silver coat, and bleach blonde hair to go with her sharp attitude, sleek dance moves, and a very in-tact voice. Debbie was joined on stage by original members Chris Stein (guitar) and Clem Burke (drums), and the lineup is rounded out by the more recently added Leigh Foxx (bass), Matt Katz-Bohen (keyboards), and Tommy Kessler (guitar), the latter of who looks like he wants to be a frontman and could've chilled with the Van Halen solos (though a chunk of the crowd seemed to love it). But that aside, the whole band was on point and still ageless in spirit.

In 2011, Blondie put their finishing touches on Panic of Girls, their first full length since 2003, so it wasn't a surprise that they chose to play a number of songs from that record. And don't get me wrong, Panic of Girls is a solid effort and the songs sounded good at the show, but of course the real treats came from the old singles. At under an hour and a half, my only complaint about the set is that I would have liked to hear more, but we still got a handful of crowd pleasers like "Dreaming," "Hanging on the Telephone," "Call Me," "The Tide Is High," and others. At the end of the rap-inspired "Rapture," they worked in a portion of fellow NYC legends Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn," which they've been doing all tour (on past tours they've done it with "Fight For Your Right"). Debbie worked the crowd the whole show, especially doing so on "One Way or Another," for which she got everyone clapping and put the mic in the audience for the crowd to chant the song's title.

Unfortunately, none of the northeast shows on the tour were with Devo, who joined Blondie on most of the September shows (we did catch that tour in Austin though). This leg of the tour also hit the NYC area last Tuesday (10/2) at New Brunswick's State Theatre on Thursday (10/4) at Staten Island's St. George Theatre. The pictures in this post are from the State Theatre show, which The Smithereens opened. (No pics from the Capitol Theatre show but you can see some shots of the great looking newly renovated venue from Regina Spektor's show last week.) Though the public dates on the tour are over, as mentioned, Blondie will perform a YouTube Presents concert from the Google offices in NYC on Wednesday (10/10) at 4 PM, which will stream live on YouTube.

More pics from the State Theatre show (setlist written on a drum head included) and a video of Blondie doing "Rapture/No Sleep Til Brooklyn" in Houston are below...

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Regina Spektor @ Capitol Theatre - 10/3/12
Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor brought her tour with Only Son to Port Chester last night (10/3) for a show at the Capitol Theatre. It was her first of two NYC area shows on this current run and fourth in the area this year overall. Her next show here happens on October 24 at Beacon Theatre (sold out). Pictures from last night's show are in this post.

In case you're still wondering about this venue, we also have a bunch of shots here of that too. Toby points out:

It is exactly one a block from the Portchester Metro North train station.
Takes 39 minutes to get there from Grand Central.
They clearly spent money on refurbishing the two story double height lobby and mezzanine area.
One of the cool features is the aerial light display between sets. Last night they beamed 20ft Jelly Fish.
The general admission area accounts for the majority of the space with a small section set aside for fold up chars at the rear of the floor (slightly raised). There is seating either side of the soundboard. Level 1 balcony is all seating. With private balcony seating along the perimeter. There is a bar on the 1st floor.
Capitol Theatre shows continue with Sleigh Bells and Araabmuzik on Friday (10/5), Blondie on Sunday (10/7), Ben Folds Five on Tuesday (10/9), Fiona Apple on Wednesday (10/10, and more. Crystal Castles and HEALTH, who played Roseland Ballroom last night (10/3) would have played tonight (10/4) but that show has been cancelled. Tickets for Capitol Theatre shows are on sale.

More pics from lat night's show are below.

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Young Rascals

Earlier this week we posted that E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt is working to fund the reunion of fellow Jersey band The Rascals, who haven't played live with their original lineup in 40 years. As of this post, their Kickstarter is just about halfway to its goal with 26 days to go.

At the time we had no idea how quickly the actual shows would be announced, but it has already been revealed that the reunion is set to make its debut in Port Chester, NY with a three-night run at the Capitol Theatre from December 12-15. As mentioned, the shows are dubbed "Once Upon A Dream" and are being produced and directed by Van Zandt with lighting and projections being handled by Mark Brickman (who has done lights for Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, and more). Tickets for all three shows go on sale today, 9/28, at 11 AM.

You can watch the Kickstarter video below...

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Dirty Projectors @ Capitol Theatre - 9/25/12 (via Citybug)
Dirty Projectors

There were a couple guys in the crowd that were yelling in-between songs "Let's Go! Wooooo!" If this was a reference to a song, frontman Dave Longstreth didn't seem to get it. "Where you want to go?" he asked politely. After more incoherent woooooing, Dave reassured the crowd, "We're going there, man."

And go there, they did. Dave and the band performed most of Swing Lo Magellan just as meticulously arranged and produced as the album is--it happens to be their most accessible to date and translates very well live. [Noisey]

Dirty Projectors have been on the road since the release of their new album, Swing Lo Magellan, and after having already played NYC twice over the summer, they returned for another area show at the newly reopened Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on Tuesday (9/25) with Lavender Diamond (who also played Mercury Lounge the next night [9/26] and will play Glasslands on Sunday [9/29] with Helado Negro). A video of the DPs playing "Wittenberg IV" at the Capitol Theatre show and their setlist is below. Their tour brings them back to NYC for a show at Carnegie Hall on January 11 with yMusic. Tickets for that show are still available.

Capitol Theatre shows continue with David Gray and Foy Vance tonight (9/27). On Friday (9/28), The Roots were scheduled to continue their residency with a show with Talib Kweli, but as they did with their Septembr 14 show, they've cancelled this Friday's show too. In place of that gig, Roots drummer Questlove, Talib Kweli, and Q-Tip will DJ the first-ever "Soul Planetarium" night at the Cap instead. "Having Questlove, Talib, and Q-Tip spin on the same bill would be awesome in a small dark closet," says [Capitol Theatre booker] Peter Shapiro, who helmed the theatre's relaunch this year and produced 'U2 3D,' the first-ever live action film in the digital 3D format. "Having them each spin Friday night in a legendary rock palace-meets-next generation Planetarium should blow minds." Tickets for that show are available.

Q-Tip does his next Offline Party at Irving Plaza on October 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Dirty Projectors video and setlist are below.

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