Entries tagged with: Cass McCombs

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by Andrew Sacher

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs' new band The Skiffle Players, with members of Beachwood Sparks, Phil Lesh's band and more, have released another song off their upcoming debut album Skifflin'. "Always" is hazy, laid-back psychedelia, perfect for a Sunday morning in spring (though it sounds just fine on this Thursday in winter too). It's got a well-matched video with clips of the band walking around and performing, blurred by the glare of the sun. The whole thing is very '60s-inspired. Check it out below (via Relix).

Skifflin' is due out next week (2/12) via Spiritual Pajamas, and you can pre-order it here.

Continue reading "Cass McCombs' band The Skiffle Players release new song "Always" (watch the hazy video)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Ryley Walker at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker recently recorded a Lagniappe Session for Aquarium Drunkard where he covered four very different tracks. One is an instrumental take on one of the best Grouper songs, "Heavy Water / I'd Rather Be Sleeping." Ryley says:

All time greatest tune. Gave it a shot with just guitar. Really a massive fan of Grouper. Lyrics and arrangements are always fascinating. Every record she sets the bar higher. Listened to this song in particular a hundred times.
He also offers renditions of Cass McCombs' "Robin Egg Blue," Tortoise-related Chicago jazz band Isotope 217's "Real MC's" ("One of my most favorite bands ever. Chicago's greats," Ryley says), and Amen Dunes' "Everybody Is Crazy." All four are worth hearing, and you can do so at Aquarium Drunkard.

Ryley was also announced as support on the recently-added second leg of Deer Tick's upcoming acoustic tour. The first leg is with Mutual Benefit. Neither hits NYC, but the run with MB comes close (Albany, Hartford, etc). Updated dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Ryley Walker covers Grouper, Cass McCombs and more, opening the second leg of Deer Tick's acoustic tour"

Primavera

Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.

Continue reading "Primavera 2016 lineup (Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson, Drive Like Jehu, Suede, more)"

by Bill Pearis

skifflin

Cass McCombs keeps up his prolific streak with a new project called The Skiffle Players that also includes Dave Scher and Aaron Sperske of Beachwood Sparks, Neal Casal (Phil Lesh & Friends, Chris Robinson Band), and Dan Horne (Jonathan Wilson, Circles Around The Sun). The group's debut album, Skifflin', will be out February 12 via Spiritual Pajamas. First single "Omi Wise" doesn't really sound like skiffle -- the '50s proto-rock genre popularized in the UK by Lonnie Donegan -- but you can hear echoes of it in the song's laid-back celtic/blues folk sound and storytelling lyrical vibe. Stream that song below.

This appears to be in addition to the other new material Cass recently said he was working on.

Continue reading "Cass McCombs forms The Skiffle Players w/ members of Beachwood Sparks, Phil Lesh's band & more (listen)"

Cass McCombs
photo by Rachael Pony Cassells

Cass McCombs released the rarities comp A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc last month, and he's got new material on the way that he'll preview some of at his upcoming Bowery Ballroom (1/7) show in NYC. He talked to Relix about it:

You are currently working on a new studio album. Would you say that project continues the jammy, Grateful Dead feel of your recent work?

I would say it is a continuation of that groovy shit. The songs maintain that Dead influence. What I love about the Dead--you see it on their early posters. They were "Grateful Dead Dance Concert." That's built in into what they're trying to do. Even on the slowest tunes, like "Stella Blue" or whatever, people are still dancing. You know, you take your shoes off, and you fucking get your rocks off. Whether it's slow or fast, you can dance to it, find the groove. That's what I learned.

He also said he's been recording in New York and LA with past collaborator and Dead Family associate Joe Russo, longtime band members Jon Shaw and Dan Lead, and producer Rob Schnapf (Kurt Vile, Beck, Elliott Smith). He says he'll "definitely be trying out some of the new songs" at the Bowery show, and regarding the live lineup it's Cass, Jon, Dan, and...
Jesse Lee has been playing drums with us now here in New York. Ryan Sawyer, another drummer and percussionist--I don't even know how to describe his role--will be with us. We're trying to get some people to play with us onstage. Soldiers of Fortune, who are old buds, are opening for us in New York, and I am hoping Matt Sweeney and Mike Bones and all of those dudes will sit in. It's going to be cold outside--at least I hope so given the weather recently--and I hope people can come warm each other up. That's the idea--this wintertime orgy.
Tickets for the wintertime orgy are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Enter to win, below.

Right before the Bowery show, Cass also plays the Bernie Sanders benefit happening Wednesday (1/5) and Thursday (1/6) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn with Jana Hunter, Okkervil River, Will Sheff, Gang Gang Dance, Kevin Devine, Frankie Cosmos and many more. Daily lineups will be announced day-of. Tickets are still available.

That Relix interview also talks about Cass' love of Phish and his collaboration with Phish's Mike Gordon on "Texas" (which appears on that new rarities comp). Phish just played four MSG shows and their 1995 live album A Live One is one of the albums getting a 33 1/3 book this spring. Author Walter Holland will discuss it in NYC on Saturday (1/9) at City Winery. Tickets are available. The Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead is getting a 33 1/3 this spring too, as is Blondie, Geto Boys, Sleater-Kinney, and New Kids on the Block.

The Relix interview also mentions that Cass McCombs and Joe Russo are contributing their cover of "Dark Star," which they played at Max Fish in 2015, to The National's Grateful Dead tribute album. Check out a clip of that song from the Max Fish show, below.

Continue reading "Cass McCombs promising new music & guest appearances at Bowery show (win tix!); Phish 33 1/3 being discussed in NYC"

Bernie Sanders Feel the Bern

Cass McCombs, Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Gang Gang Dance, Kevin Devine, MAS YSA, Frankie Cosmos, Spirit Family Reunion, and many more will be performing as part of a two-night fundraiser for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. "Brooklyn is Berning! - 2 Nights of Music and Culture" happens at Baby's All Right on January 5 & 6. Tickets are $30 for each night (or $100 a night as a "Super Supporter") or $150 for both days as a Super Supporter.

Here are the daily lineups and set times:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5
Jana Hunter - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Frankie Cosmos - (Set time: 10:50 PM)
Kevin Devine - (Set time: 10:10 PM)
Jamie Kilstein - (Set time: 9:35 PM)
Will Sheff of Okkervil River - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Dead Heavens - (Set time: 8:20 PM)
Spirit Family Reunion - (Set time: 7:40 PM)
Kat Wright & Brett Hughes - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
DJ Hiro Kone - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
* DJ Tommie Sunshine between sets

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6
DJ Gang Gang Dance (Liz B and BDG) - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
WET - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Cass McCombs & The Chapin Sisters - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Mas Ysa - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Pants Velour - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
DJ Stretch Armstrong - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
* DJ Moses Archuleta (of Deerhunter) between sets

They're promising special appearances too -- maybe Sanders himself? Full lineup of "Brooklyn is Berning" is listed below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs, Jana Hunter, Will Sheff, Gang Gang Dance, Kevin Devine & more playing 2-day Bernie Sanders fundraiser"

by Bill Pearis

photo: Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs released the compilation A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc today (12/11). The title tells you what you get but these are not throwaway tracks -- Cass manages to be both prolific and maintain a high batting average. To remind you of its release, there's a video for "I Cannot Lie," one of the more lo-fi psych-garage numbers on the album. It's directed by Malcolm Pullinger and McCombs tells us a little about it:

Alongside its original release on 7 inch in 2003, "I Cannot Lie" appeared in the documentary 'Following Sean' by Ralph Arlyck. I had been a fan of Ralph's work, and my friend Malcolm was working with him on the film and introduced us (I actually wrote some of "Your Mother and Father" on Ralph's piano). This video is an excerpt from 'Following Sean,' slightly reworked. These images from the Bay Area in 1969 still seem relevant today, especially the shots of protesters being beaten by militant police.
Watch the video, and stream A Folk Set Apart via Spotify, below.

As mentioned, Cass is playing a release show for the album at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on January 7 with NYC indie rock supergroup Soldiers of Fortune opening. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Cass McCombs released 'A Folk Set Apart' (listen), shares "I Cannot Lie" video; Soldiers of Fortune opening NYC show"

by Bill Pearis

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs is a prolific guy and even with two albums in a year and double LPs he's got other songs that appeared as limited edition singles, b-sides and other non-LP sources. Nineteen of those, including five that have never seen the light of day, have been compiled for a new collection titled A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc which will be out via Domino on December 11. You can stream the enjoyably poppy "Evangeline" from it, and check out album artwork and tracklist, below.

You've got a couple chances to catch Cass in NYC over the next few months. He'll open for My Morning Jacket at Beacon Theatre on November 27 (tickets), and he's just announced a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on January 7. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Friday (11/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/11) at noon. Those are currently his only announced dates.

Continue reading "Cass McCombs releasing rarities comp (listen to "Evangeline"), playing Bowery Ballroom in January"

Soldiers of Fortune

Speaking of Kid Millions, one of his other projects, the long-gestating NYC supergroup Soldiers of Fortune, release their new album Early Risers this Friday (11/6). The band also currently includes Brad Truax (Home, Interpol), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf), Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie, Oneida's Barry London and guitarist/producer/gadabout Mike Bones, and the album features guest appearances by Stephen Malkmus, Cass McCombs, Dan Melchoir and more. You can stream both Malkmus' and McCombs contributions -- as well as a Soliders of Fortune themed edition of the psych rock DOODCAST podcast -- below.

Soldiers of Fortune will be celebrating Early Risers at NYC's Max Fish on Wednesday (11/4), playing sets at 8:30 PM and 10 PM. Those shows are FREE. Are any of the album's special guests in town? Flyer for the Max Fish shows below...

Continue reading "Soldiers of Fortune share Stephen Malkmus & Cass McCombs collaborations; free LP release shows in NYC this week"

Soldiers of Fortune

Soldiers of Fortune, the NYC indie rock supergroup featuring Brad Truax (Home, Interpol), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf) and Kid Millions (Oneida, etc etc etc), have been sporadically active for over a decade. Originally conceived by Truax in 2004 as a "dirty dozen" type outfit who were "never gonna write songs, never gonna practice, never gonna record music, make any product for public consumption or ever hit the road," they did start to play and do most of those other things. Occasionally.

Lineups shifted, and now the group, which currently also features Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie, Oneida's Barry London and guitarist/studio wiz Mike Bones, are set to release their new album, titled Early Risers, which will be out November 6 via Mexican Summer. The LP also features contributions from Stephen Malkmus, Cass McCombs, Dan Melchior, Ethan Miller (Comets of Fire) and more. You can stream bluesy punk ripper "Nails," which opens the album, below.

You can catch Soldiers of Fortune live in NYC this weekend as they're opening for Moon Duo at both of their shows: Baby's All Right on September 12 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on September 13 (tickets).

Continue reading "supergroup Soldiers of Fortune (Oneida, Chavez, Interpol, etc) ready new LP ft. Stephen Malkmus & more, share "Nails""

Craig Finn

My Morning Jacket recently announced tour dates, including two NYC shows at Beacon Theatre: 11/24 with Woods and 11/25 with Strand of Oaks. The first is sold out and the second is close (tix), but the band now added two more shows at that same venue with different openers. They'll now also hit Beacon Theatre on November 27 with Cass McCombs and November 28 with The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon, but first there's an MMJ Roll Call Members presale starting Tuesday (7/21) at 10 AM.

Speaking of Craig Finn (who has a new solo album on the way), perhaps you've seen his face on one of the many Seamless ads around Brooklyn, like the one pictured above.

Updated MMJ dates below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket add shows with Cass McCombs & Craig Finn (who is in a Seamless ad all over the city) "

Fun Fun Fun Fest poster

Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.

The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 lineup: Jane's Addiction, D'Angelo, L7, NOFX, Wu-Tang, Venom, Ride, American Football, American Nightmare, Converge, Charlatans, Dag Nasty, MANY more"

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National

The National have been talking about an all-star indie rock tribute to The Grateful Dead for long time now, and 2015 would be a good year to finally release it given all the excitment surrounding The Dead's 50th anniversary. It's seeming like a possibility that that will in fact be the case, as the band are/were up in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings working on it.

We already knew they were planning to include members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, The Walkmen and Megafaun, and from the pictures they've been posting on Instagram, it's looking like way more really exciting people are involved too. It had already been talked about to maybe include Sonic Youth guitarist and major Dead fan Lee Ranaldo, but it's now confirmed that he recorded at Dreamland with them too. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) is there (!). Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) is there. Walter Martin from the Walkmen is pictured. Cass McCombs and Phil Lesh collaborator Joe Russo, who both just played a Dead tribute in Brooklyn were there, and Sam Amidon too. Josh Ritter's band, etc member Josh Kaufman is there along with his former Yellowbirds bandmate Sam Cohen, and Takka Takka/Gabriel and the Hounds/sometimes National, etc member Conrad Doucette is in the pictures too.

Looks like this is turning out even more exciting than it first seemed. Check out more pictures from the recording sessions below...

Continue reading "The National are recording their Grateful Dead tribute w/ Will Oldham, Lee Ranaldo, Tallest Man on Earth & more (pics)"

photo: Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cass

As you may know, there's no lack of events going on all over the country this year in celebration of The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. One of those is "Brooklyn Is Dead," Alex Bleeker and the Freaks' tribute show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl, and since we last posted, the lineup for that got way more impressive. It now also includes Cass McCombs, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, and Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye. Tickets for that show, which also celebrates Relix's 40th anniversary, are still available. Flyer below.

In other news related to Alex Bleeker, his other band Real Estate are among the artists announced for Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival happening March 31-April 5. Also on that lineup is Freddie Gibbs, How to Dress Well, The Sea & Cake, King Tuff, Father John Misty, Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler, Foxygen, Amen Dunes, Ryley Walker, Silver Apples, SQÜRL (ft. Jim Jarmusch) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

In other news related to The Grateful Dead, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have announced that they'll team up ahead of the Grateful Dead shows for a collaborative set with The Disco Biscuits (which they also did at Gathering of the Vibes 2014) on April 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra also have six NYC-area dates coming up, including Brooklyn Bowl.

And right before Phil Lesh's 75th birthday shows at Capitol Theatre (two of which are still on sale), Warren Haynes (who's joining Phil for those shows) will play the Cap with his own band Gov't Mule, joined by special guest (and past Phil Lesh collaborator) John Scofield on March 13 & 14. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Lastly, two days after the "Brooklyn Is Dead" show, Dave Harrington plays his own Brooklyn show on February 12 at Shea Stadium with Sam Cohen, Shark? and Kinsey.

Mission Creek Festival lineup below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs, Darkside mems & more added to "Brooklyn Is Dead" ++ Mission Creek Festival lineup and more Dead news"

by Andrew Sacher

Meat Puppets @ Rough Trade - 11/1/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs brought their co-headlining tour to NYC over the weekend for shows at Rough Trade on Halloween and November 1. Meat Puppets headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. I caught the Meat Puppets set on the second night, which had them sounding excellent. They played plenty of the seminal Meat Puppets II (which turned 30 this year) and tons of other crowd pleasers. As they tend to, they stretched a handful of songs out into their Crazy Horse-style jams, and really locked into them. We don't have the exact setlist for the second night, but you can check out the night 1 setlist and a video below. If you were there, did you pick up the bands' new split 7"?

The Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs tour continues, hitting Austin for a BrooklynVegan-presented FFF Nites show with Meat Puppets' old '80s SST pals Dinosaur Jr on Saturday (11/8) at ACL Live. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband. Flyer below.

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also presenting a FFF Nites show with Pallbearer, Eagle Glaw, Vattnet Viskar and Wrekmeister Harmonies that night at Elysium. Check out the full FFF and FFF Nites schedule here.

Updated Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs dates are listed, with the setlist and a video from Rough Trade, below...

Continue reading "Meat Puppets & Cass McCombs played 2 NYC shows, playing FFF Nites show with Dinosaur Jr (BV presents)"

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Nites lineup announced (Meat Puppets, The Jazz June, TPOBPAH, Power Trip, Single Mothers, Le1f, more)"

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As mentioned, Cass McCombs is hitting the road with veteran cowpunks Meat Puppets for a co-headlining tour that includes two nights at Rough Trade around Halloween (October 31 & November 1) (tickets). For the occasion, Cass and the Meat Puppets are releasing a split single. Cass' side features two new originals, and the Meat Puppets cover The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" and Texas Tornados' "Hey Baby (Que Paso)" on the flip. The latter's Kirk Kirkwood did the cover art (above) and you can stream a song from each side below.

Continue reading "Cass McCombs & Meat Puppets releasing split 7" for fall co-headlining tour (streams)"

Meat Puppets at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Meat Puppets

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...

Continue reading "Meat Puppets & Cass McCombs going on co-headling tour, playing Halloween & All Hallow's Day in NYC (dates)"

Cass McCombs @ Bonnaroo 2014 (via American Songwriter)
Cass McCombs

(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.

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's full band is Joe Russo on drums, Dan Iead on guitar/pedal steel, Jon Shaw on bass, and Will Canzoneri on keys.

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).

Continue reading "Cass McCombs played Hometown BBQ before Bonnaroo, DJing tonight's Starred show at Baby's All Right"

Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cass

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...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs touring, playing MHOW before Boston Calling"

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...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 line-up announced! (Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Jack White, Elton John, Neutral Milk Hotel & more)"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

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Boston Calling

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.

Lineup below...

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people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music

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.

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Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Phosphorescent

We just got Q, Mojo and SPIN, and now we get another year-end music list for 2013 from Paste. The #1 slot went to Phosphorescent for their album Muchacho. Check out the full list below...

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