Entries tagged with: Cass McCombs
Meat Puppets at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Here's a cool pairing. Alternative rock godfathers Meat Puppets will be teaming up with the newer and consistently impressive songwriter Cass McCombs for a co-headlining tour this fall. That tour includes a two-night stand in NYC at Rough Trade on Halloween and All Hallows Day (or Samhain, if you prefer). Meat Puppets headline on night 1 and they'll switch for night 2. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
Meat Puppets' classic Meat Puppets II turned 30 earlier this year. Stream it, with a Cass McCombs video and a list of all dates, below...
Cass McCombs @ Bonnaroo 2014 (via American Songwriter)
(Like Yoko Ono,) Cass McCombs loves to play small, secret, private shows around town. You can't blame him. He needs to still be able to headline 600+ capacity venues like Music Hall of Williamsburg, but sometimes wants to practice in front of a smaller audience. That's what Cass did at the now defunct Bar 4 at least twice in the past, and what he did with bandmate Joe Russo a week ago at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook to get ready for Bonnaroo. Check out two Instagram videos from the secret Brooklyn show where I'm told he played to "about 20 people", below. You can watch a video from Cass's 5/22 Music Hall show, down there too.
American Songwriter was at the actual Bonnaroo performance and writes:
Cass McCombs has a secret weapon on tour with him, Joe Russo. If you know that name I could probably just quit writing right now and you'd get the picture. But for those not familiar with the former Benevento-Russo Duo drummer (who plays with everyone from Furthur to Morning Teleportation in his spare time), he is one of the most accomplished and entertaining drummers in music today. Russo has his hands in so many cookie jars, it's hard to say how many times he's played the farm, but he's certainly no stranger. He filled the tall shoes of John Bonham at last year's Bonnaroo with his Zeppelin cover band, Bustle In Your Hedgerow.Cass's full band is Joe Russo on drums, Dan Iead on guitar/pedal steel, Jon Shaw on bass, and Will Canzoneri on keys.
Which isn't to take anything away from McCombs. If any complaint can be made about Russo it's that he's... distracting. But it's hard to distract from the great material that made up Cass McCombs' set.
Embracing his jammier side, McCombs lead his band through several breezy, grooving tracks. But the band knew when to pick up the energy, and fan favorites like "County Line" were the highlight of this set.
Cass will not have a band with him at all when he becomes the DJ for the Starred show at Baby's All Right tonight (6/20).
California can catch Cass live when he opens for the War on Drugs at the Glass House (10/1) and Fonda Theatre (10/3).
Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cass McCombs has a number of dates coming up this year, including festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, and day 1 (5/23) of Boston Calling. The day before his slot at the Boston festival, he'll play a club show in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/12) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, with a recently released video, below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
After spring and fall installments of the Boston Calling Music Festival in 2013, it's been announced that the fest will return again this spring, expanding from 2 to 3 days. It happens from May 23-25 at City Hall Plaza, and though the lineup hasn't been officially announced, the people behind the fest hid 10 vinyls with the lineup printed on it for a Twitter contest. Consequence of Sound points to one of those pictures (above), revealing that artists playing include Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Tegan & Sara, Jenny Lewis, Frank Turner, Phosphorescent, Built to Spill, Kurt Vile, Warpaint, Cass McCombs and others, not to mention festival favorite JACK JOHNSON. Tickets will be on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM via the festival's website.
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Arctic Monkeys @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kind of like MOJO's laddish slightly younger brother who went to college during '90s Britpop, UK monthly Q Magazine has time for new music but still pays attention to older artists as well. Their new issue -- with Robbie Williams on the cover -- doles out its Top 50 Albums of the Year (and other 2013 Q Awards). Topping the list is Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM.
The entire Q Mag Top 50 LP list below...
photo by Chris La Putt
Nicole Atkins @ MOSCOT, 11/21/2013
Singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins has some stuff going on in the NYC-area (as usual) before the year ends, including the 30th annual tree-lighting at the South Street Seaport on November 29, which Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love sang at in past years. (You may remember that unfortunately it couldn't happen last year.) Joining Nicole will be '60s pop singer Lesley Gore ("It's My Party"), comedian Dave Heenan, Swingadelic and more. 6 PM start and totally free. That's the flyer above.
Nicole, who just played MOSCOT's store on the Lower East Side last week (that's a picture from it above), has a few other upcoming events, including a Last Waltz tribute at The Capitol Theatre on Wednesday (11/27) with Nels Cline, Cass McCombs and more (tickets) and a Scott Walker tribute at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (12/1) with Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof, Ex Cops, and more (tickets). She also plays her own show in NJ in December (tix).
Nicole also plays Rhett Miller's Holiday Extraganza: An Evening of Comedy and Music at City Winery (12/16) with Jim Turner (tix).
Flyer for the Seaport show and a stream of Nicole Atkins singing "Blue Christmas," below...
As mentioned, Cass McCombs has a new album, Big Wheel and Others, coming out in about a month (10/15) on Domino and you might have caught him over the weekend playing Basilica Sound Scape in Hudson, NY.
Cass will be doing some North American shows in December, and while the full tour has not been announced, it includes a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on 12/12. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/18) at noon with the tickets to the general public going on sale Friday (9/20) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the stream of "There Can Be Only One" from his new LP, below...
In 2011, Cass McCombs released two albums -- WIT'S END and Humor Risk -- and is set to follow those up with a new one, Big Wheel and Others, on October 15 via Domino. For those hoping he'd keep up his prolific streak, well he has: this is a 21-track double LP. You can check out 5% of the album via the first released song, "There Can Be Only One," plus album art and track list, below.
Cass has a few Northeast dates next month, including Pitchfork's Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, NY. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
No Joy @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall, May 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
We didn't figure No Joy would come down from Canada for Pitchfork's Basilica Sound Scape festival in September and not play at least a NYC show. It turns out, however, they've plotted a whole tour. That does indeed include an NYC show: Mercury Lounge on September 17. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon. All dates are listed below.
If you haven't checked out No Joy's latest album, Wait to Pleasure, yet it does a great job of blending the heavy and ethereal. You can stream it via Spotify.
Meanwhile, Basilica Festival (September 13-14) has announced it's full line-up which includes additions like Julianna Barwick, Teengirl Fantasy, Malang Djobateh, artist Genevieve White, and a reading from Peter Sotos. Tickets are still available and you can check out the full line-up below.
No Joy tour dates are listed, along with Basilica Sound Scape flyer and line-up, below...
Pig Destroyer at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
You may remember from last summer that Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY began hosting live music, like the Basilica Music Festival and a Grimes show, and the festival (co-presented by Pitchfork) is set to return this year, only now it's called BasilicaSoundScape.
This year's festival happens from September 13-15 with sets from PIg Destroyer (9/13), Cass McCombs, DIIV (9/14), and more TBA. Tickets for the fest go on sale today (6/28) at 5 PM. Head to the festival's site for more info.
Cass McCombs also just released a new song, "Morning Star," which you can watch the video for here.
Basilica Sound Scape flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grizzly Bear at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grizzly Bear are still producing singles off of 2012's great Shields, and they've just made a video for "gun-shy," which was directed by Kris Moyes. Like their video for "Two Weeks," it shows their love of trippy, creepy body manipulation, but instead of warping their faces, this time they're picking their bodies apart with medical tools. Sick. Watch it go down below.
Like Deerhunter and TV on the Radio are doing in May, Grizzly Bear and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who also like creepy imagery) are each curating and headlining ATPs in the UK. YYYs do it on May 4 and Grizzly Bear on May 5, less than a week before the TVOTR one. YYYs' lineup so far includes The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Black Lips, Anika, The Field, Dirty Beaches, King Khan and the Shrines, and Mick Harvey; and Grizzly Bear's includes Van Dyke Parks, the Walkmen, Tortoise, Real Estate, I Break Horses, and Cass McCombs. Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/31) at 9 AM.
photos by Greg Cristman
Dirty Projectors / Real Estate @ St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, 11/17/2012
Without the rhythm section, [Dirty Projectors'] meticulous vocal work was overwhelming. The songs seemed less tightly wound, voices filling up the tall room in a wash, punctuated only by the peculiar, skewed twang of Longstreth's guitar playing. The band skipped hits "Stillness Is the Move" and "Gun Has No Trigger." Instead, Swing Lo Magellan cuts like "See What She Seeing" and "Impregnable Question" stood out thanks to slower, more delicate interpretations. For the band's last song, Longstreth revived the title track from his 2007 Black Flag covers project, Rise Above. The song's opening lyrics evoked the spirit of the Occupy movement: "Jealous cowards try to control/ They distort what we say/ Try and stop what we do/ When they can't do it themselves." [Rolling Stone]Dirty Projectors (David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle), The Walkmen (Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer), Cass McCombs, Devendra Banhart, Vampire Weekend, and Real Estate teamed up for a show of intimate acoustic sets at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn on Saturday (11/17). The show was a benefit for Occupy Sandy, where all proceeds were donated.
More pictures from the benefit are below.
Occupy Sandy is presenting a benefit show with acoustic performances by Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, Cass McCombs, The Walkmen members Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer, and Dirty Projectors members David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle on Saturday (11/17) at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity (157 Montague St.) in Brooklyn Heights. It's a day show which runs from noon to 5 PM. Tickets are on sale (suggested donation of $30 minimum) now and all proceeds will go to Occupy Sandy who has been doing great work around the city since Hurricane Sandy.
The flyer is below...
Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995, would have been 70 years old today (8/1) and, as you might imagine, there are some celebrations happening all over the country. Probably the world.
Here in NYC, you can head to Beekman Beer Garden tonight (8/1) to catch 7 Walkers (featuring Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, George Porter, Jr. of the Meters, Papa Mali and Matt Hubbard) and Dead satellite musician Steve Kimock with Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess & John Morgan Kimock, and Yarn. Tickets for that show are still available.
Perhaps more interesting to regular readers of this site is a concert happening on Friday (8/3) that will be broadcast on the internet from Bob Weir's TRI Studios. Dubbed "Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday," the tribute features Cass McCombs; Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady; Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend; former Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux; Jim Lauderdale; and Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman of Yellowbirds , plus more usual suspects like Mike Gordon (Phish); Joe Russo (Furthur); Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood/Ryan Adams & The Cardinals); Jeff Chimenti (Furthur); Jonathan Wilson; and Harper Sim. Amiable actor Luke Wilson will emcee the show and Bob Weir will be there too.
The tribute concert starts at 6:30 PM on Friday (8/3) and can be streamed via TRI Studios website or Yahoo Music. Bob Weir talks a little (very little) about the tribute in a video which you can watch below.
In other Dead news, on September 1 the band will release Spring 1990, an 18-CD box set featuring six complete shows from the tour of the set's title. If you don't want to plunk down $200 for that, Rhino will release a double-CD compilation culled from those recordings. You can watch a video of Bob Weir talking about that time period in the band's career below as well.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Feist
Before the release of their 2011 album, "Hysterical," Clap Your Hands Say Yeah had been inactive for three years, but they were as lively as ever on Monday afternoon. Blowing through tracks from all three of their albums, Alec Ounsworth and company charged through a set full of guitar-based indie rock that catered heavily towards their fans. But judging by the crowd's response, even those who were unfamiliar with the band were enticed. After playing Sasquatch! 2006 on a much smaller stage, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's triumphant set had the crowd, well, clapping their hands and saying "yeah!"Gorge, WA festival Sasquatch wrapped up on May 27 with sets from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Feist, Beck, Spiritualized, SBTRKT, Shabazz Palaces, Ted Leo, Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado, Cloud Cult and more.
Mogwai (who have upcoming shows with Balam Acab) were supposed to play that day but they cancelled last minute and were replaced by Deer Tick who came on to play a set of covers.
The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Doveman's Burgundy Stain Sessions at Le Poisson Rouge continue TONIGHT (4/13) with Aaron Dessner and Bryan Devendorf of The National, Julia Stone (of Angus and Julia Stone), Trixie Whitley, and more. Tickets for tonight's show, and for the next three, are still available.
In related news, Doveman collaborator and occasional Burgundy Stain Session player Dawn Landes also has a NYC show TONIGHT (4/13) at Mercury Lounge with Cheyenne Marie Mize and Donora. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. That same lineup also plays Cameo on Saturday (4/14). All Dawn Landes dates are listed below.
Doveman @ Le Poisson Rouge in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
In more Doveman-related news, collaborator Glen Hansard is NOT currently on tour with Eddie Vedder, seeing as Vedder had to postpone the tour due to injury. Glen does have a new video for the track "Philander" off his upcoming Doveman (Thomas Bartlett)-produced solo album, Rhythm and Repose, which is due out June 19 via ANTI-. Check out that video below.
Meanwhile, Glen Hansard's Swell Season bandmate Marketa Irglova, who also contributed to his new album,
will be WILL NOT BE the musical guest at the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series at Joe's Pub on May 2.... UPDATE: Marketa has cancelled and the guest is Clare and the Reasons instead. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Speaking of members of The National, Aaron Dessner and both Devendorf brothers recently joined The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir for a cover of Cass McCombs' "Love Thine Enemy" during a Bridge Sessions webcast. Meanwhile, Bryce Dessner joined Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly to perform a collaborative composition titled "Venus" with horn and string accompaniment at MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, OH. Videos of both of these performances are below.
All Dawn Landes dates and National-related videos below...
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
Cass McCombs at MFNW (more by Autumn Andel)
Cass McCombs is always good for booking random NYC shows not attached to any tours. Such is the case, for now anyway, with a just-annunced January 25th show at Bowery Ballroom with Frank Fairfield. Tickets go on AMEX presale on 11/16 at noon and regular sale on Friday.
Meanwhile Cass will go on short tour of the West Coast with White Magic starting on 11/30. All tour dates are listed below.
Cass McCombs recently dropped his new LP Humor Risk along with a video from said record, "The Same Thing". Check that out, alongside a stream of 'Robin Egg Blue (Gun Drum Mix)' (the iTunes album bonus track), and all tour dates, below....
photos by Autumn Andel
Cass McCombs @ MusicFestNW
I was actually more excited to see Cass McCombs than Band of Horses, as I had yet to see him live and really, his songs are just better. I was not disappointed. McCombs and his band played a serene set of emotionally resonant music, highlighted by the material from his latest album, Wit's End. Frankly, a lot of this brilliance was lost on the crowd there...Band of Horses ended Portland festival MusicFestNW's 5th and final day on 9/11 at Pioneer Square, aided by support from Cass McCombs, and Morning Teleportation. Pictures, which are our final set from the 2011 festival, are in this post.
Band of Horses! People love these guys. I get it, the songs are easy to like, even easier to identify with, and super easy to gain indie cred with. Now, I know I'm sounding like a hater, and I'm not really, I love the band's debut album. I just don't think they're doing anything unique or very interesting nowadays. It's like they found the formula for instant success with any song and they're sticking to it. So, for me, their set was blah squared. They played a couple tracks off that beloved debut, a smattering of songs from their last couple releases, and even some new new, untitled works that are in the process of becoming another new album. Singer Ben Bridwell's voice was hoarse from a long tour and at times he shied away from the more soaring elements of his harmonies, but for the most part it was a nice end to the festival, and that was enough. -[The Portland Mercury]
Members of Band of Horses will be performing at two separate shows in NYC in October, on the same day.
"We are pleased to announce that the tireless Cass McCombs is to release his second album this year, Humor Risk, on 4th November 2011.Listen to one of the new songs with the full tracklist below...
Humor Risk was recorded in various homes and studios in California, New York, New Jersey and Chicago, and was produced by Cass McCombs and Ariel Rechtshaid, with whom he created Wit's End, and before that, CATACOMBS.
Humor Risk is an attempt at laughter instead of confusion, chaos instead of morality, or, as fellow Northern Californian Jack London said, "I would rather be ashes than dust!".
Musically, it is more rhythm-based, tempos swifter to nearly rocking, than the sparse Wit's End. Infectious melodies are outlined by a wry lyricism that expresses the stories of characters from McCombs' native land.
Rather than fulfilling the stereotype of the confessional singer-songwriter, he describes the lifestyles and feelings of those that surround him, with more love than judgment: drugs, Scientology, Western America, and so on, in allegorical form." [Domino Records]