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the beer garden at House of Vans in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
HoV

The free Vans and FYF-presented Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) are returning this summer with two shows a month from June - August. The June shows will be Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco and Benjamin Booker (6/12); and STRFKR, Poolside and Chrome Sparks (6/19); and the other four lineups are still TBA.

All shows are free with RSVP, but entry is still first come, first served (doors at 7 PM). RSVP for the 6/12 show opens today (5/21) at noon.

Full list of House Party dates, with flyers for the events, below...

Continue reading "House of Vans 2014 free show lineups (Mac DeMarco, Charles Bradley, STRFKR, Poolside & more)"

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

The 2014 season of Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors festival happens over three weeks this summer, from July 20 - August 10 at various outdoor venues in and around Lincoln Center. Highlights this year include a memorial concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger with The Chapin Sisters, Peter Yarrow, Dar Williams and more; a collaboration between José González and yMusic; the first performance in 40 Years of Larry Harlow's Hommy: A Latin Opera; the world premiere of The Campbell Brothers' A Sacred Steel Love Supreme celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme; Chicago contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird premiering new works by Bryce Dessner and Andy Akiho; plus Toshi Reagan, Roberta Flack, The Negro Problem, and more.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors also contains a few mini-fests within it this year. The all-day globalFEST happens on July 27 featuring M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Bombay Royale, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Charanjit Singh and lots more.

The final week (August 6 - 10) will be Americanafest NYC, featuring concerts by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Cassandra Wilson, Rosanne Cash, Charles Bradley, The Lone Bellow and more.

For details on all the events at this year's Lincoln Center Out of Door festival, visit their website. All shows are free, all ages, and open to the public. Full 2014 schedule below...

Continue reading "Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2014 free show lineup (Americanafest, Jose Gonzalez, Pete Seeger memorial, Roberta Flack & more)"

Afghan Whigs at Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Afghan Whigs

Afghan Whigs today (4/15) released Do to the Beast, the band's first album in 16 years. You can stream the whole thing, via Rdio, in this post. The band just played the first weekend of Coachella and will do so again Friday (4/18) for the second weekend, and the band has sold out East Coast shows (including one in NYC) next month.

While they still haven't announced a proper North American tour, Afghan Whigs have announced another NYC show: Beacon Theatre on October 4 with soul singer Charles Bradley. Tickets for the Beacon show go on sale Friday (4/18) at 11 AM with AmEx, artist, and Chase presales (password: "D2TBNYC") starting Thursday (4/17) at 11 AM.

The band will be spending most of the summer on tour in Europe, and all dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.

Continue reading "Afghan Whigs released 'Do to the Beast,' expand tour, playing Beacon Theatre in October w/ Charles Bradley (dates, streams)"

Slowdive
Slowdive

One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2014 line-up: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, NMH, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, QOTSA, and more"

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...

Continue reading "Paste Magazine's Top 50 LPs of 2013 (Phosphorescent is #1)"

by Bill Pearis

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Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...

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by Bill Pearis

The counter Rough Trade (w/ Morrissey Autobiography) (more by Chris La Putt)
Moz
Rough Trade

As you may have maybe -- just maybe -- heard, UK indie record store Rough Trade opened its first-ever NYC branch yesterday (11/25). As a record lover and Williamsburg resident, I headed over to N. 9th after work last night to check it out.

The store is big and warehouse-y with plenty of space in between shelves for easy browsing, and a centralized checkout area. (It is still small compared to the late-'90s days of Virgin Megastore and Tower.) There is a mezzanine with magazines and books (like import copies of Morrissey's Autobiography) on one side of the space, and on the other there is the Guardian Green Room which is a "multi-purpose digital lounge" and an exhibition space that currently has a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community. Main Drag music has a little vestibule with cool analogue synths, and a cafe run by Five Leaves will be open soon.

Donald Glover's 'Community' bedroom at RT
Community

The store seems more in "must open" mode than "ready to open," as the record shelves are a little sparse right now. Prices for records are on the high side -- I saw very few less than $18 -- and they don't put records "on sale." But many of their featured items do come with "Rough Trade Exclusives," usually bonus discs which do add value. There are also no used records, which seems an odd choice to me given the way all other record stores in the area operate. Though in that way they're not so much treading on other's turf? They are, however, promising to stock imports, including the entirety of their 101 Albums of 2013... but that has not happened yet. (I was ready to buy the new Suede album, too.) I did buy the Morrissey book, which at $14.99 for an import seemed a bargain. Give it a month, and we'll hopefully see what the store is like.

I showed up too late for Sky Ferreira's live set, but there was a long line of people waiting to get their records/CDs signed. I watched a little bit from the mezzanine, as bf and DIIV frontman Cole Smith showed up to say hi. One fan asked if he would sign Sky's album too. He obliged, writing a note right on the most, uh, exposed area of the LP cover. Pretty funny.

I did, however, stick around to watch Charles Bradley. The performance space at Rough Trade is really nice. Official capacity is 250 but, with a seated balcony it felt bigger than that. There were ping pong tables in the back part of the balcony last night, that I'm told won't be there during ticketed shows (but will be available during the day). Lighting was good and the sound was better. Bradley has a pretty crack band who make any room sound good but I was really impressed with the acoustics. There are lots of small rooms in Williamsburg already, but this is a nice addition to the area.

Charles Bradley sounded fantastic. His years as a James Brown tribute artist have bestowed him with killer stage moves, and the dude just oozes charisma and soul. It was a real treat to see him in such a small room and the whole crowd was grinning the whole time. NYC will have two more chances to see Bradley in January.

Today (11/26) you can catch a free show from Danny Brown which happens at 5 PM. You do need to grab a wristband first which are available at the counter. Wednesday night (11/27, 7 PM) is a free in-store with Matthew E. White. Two shows from NYC legends Television will be Rough Trade's first ticketed shows (both are sold out).

In addition to having his bedroom there, Donald Glover will perform as Childish Gambino at Rough Trade on December 6. You need to buy a copy of his new album Because of the Internet. There will be a record signing following the performance.

Did you check out Rough Trade on opening day? What did you think? Buy anything?

Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:

1. John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.

You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.

Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).

A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.

Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.

Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...

Continue reading "Rough Trade's Top LPs of 2013; NYC store opens in 1 week ++ more shows announced (Glasvegas, Au Revoir Simone)"

Charles Bradley @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Charles Bradley

This morning, Rough Trade NYC announced a few of their first ticketed evening shows. Now they've just announced a whole lot more, including some free in-stores. The record store/venue opens on November 25 with a free show from Charles Bradley that night. Phosphorescent and Marissa Nadler will both perform free in-stores on November 30, and John Grant performs on December 3 which is free with purchase of his new album Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Similarly, Nick Lowe is performing on December 8 and you can get into that one by purchasing his new Christmas album.

Other upcoming free in-stores include Matthew E. White (11/27) and The Stepkids (11/9). Another ticketed shows has been added as well, Allah-Las on 12/6 (no ticket info yet). Updated Rough Trade NYC show schedule is listed below...

Continue reading "more Rough Trade NYC shows announced: Phosphorescent, Charles Bradley, John Grant, Nick Lowe, Allah-Las & more)"

Charles Bradley at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Charles Bradley

Soul singer Charles Bradley has been quite the touring machine lately, having already played NYC more than once this year, not to mention sets at a bunch of festivals, and he's just announced more dates into 2014, including two more NYC shows. He plays Bowery Ballroom on January 17 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 18. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (10/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (10/16) at noon.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Charles Bradley announces 2014 tour dates (2 nights in NYC)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Kendrick Lamar / New Order / Jessie Ware
Osheaga Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Osheaga Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Osheaga Day 3 - 8/4/2013

While they might not realize it, many of today's popular electro acts owe a debt to New Order, a seminal electronic dance band that formed from the ashes of Joy Division more than three decades ago. As the sun set over Osheaga, the British post-punk group delivered a lengthy set that spanned the better part of their career and included hits "Blue Monday," "Perfect Kiss," "True Faith" and "Bizarre Love Triangle," the '80s dance anthem that caused the sizable crowd to reach a fever pitch. "Nice to see you've got a bit of the English weather," frontman Bernard Sumner quipped as storm clouds gathered overhead. While founding bassist Peter Hook was absent from the proceedings (he chose to go his own way a few years ago and parted on less than amicable terms), new guys Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham proved themselves up to the challenge of living up to the band's legacy. Before handing over the main field to Osheaga's closing headliners, they performed three seminal Joy Division tunes including the legendary "Love Will Tear Us Apart," leaving the stage on a blissfully dark high note. [Under the Radar]
Montreal's 2013 Osheaga Festival wrapped up on Sunday (8/4). We already posted pictures of day 1 and pictures of day 2, and here's a set of pictures from day 3 in this post. On the festival's final day, we saw sets from Mumford & Sons, New Order, Kendrick Lamar, Charles Bradley, Jessie Ware, Frightened Rabbit, and more. That day also included sets (that we unfortunately missed) by Hot Chip, Big Boi, Father John Misty, Disclosure, Holy Ghost! and more.

More day 3 pictures below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2013 day 3 in pics: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware, New Order, Mumford & Sons, Frightened Rabbit and more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The National / guy in a unicorn mask
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013

We recently posted day 2 pictures of Lollapalooza 2013, and now we've got shots of some of the other artists from that day, including The National, Matt and Kim, The Lumineers and more, along with more of The Postal Service, Charles Bradley, Reignwolf, and others. Not any of Death Grips though.

The festival is currently on its last day (check out our Sunday preview), and if you're not there, you can stream it live from home.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, you can check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, and another set of day 2 pics.

Update: Day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.

More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 2 pics (part 2): The National, Matt and Kim, The Lumineers, Charles Bradley, Reignwolf & more"

photos by James Richards IV

Kendrick Lamar / The Postal Service / fans
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013

When last seen, at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park last year, Kendrick Lamar was still a relative unknown except to hip-hop connoisseurs. His set came off as hazy and introspective, with a curious Lady Gaga hanging on every word from the wings. But now he emerges with newfound swagger -- even without Gaga in the house -- smoke machines at his feet and a full band at his back. His 2012 album, "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," puts a new and brilliantly introspective take on West Coast gangsta rap, a look at its tropes and pressures from the inside out. So even as he leads the crowd in some explicit choruses, he throws out questions and lays out his conflicts in the verses. "This will be on the Internet," he announces. Ya think? The audience cheers him like a rock star, even when he stands on stage with arms folded. But he doesn't just bask in the glow. He tries to put it in context, much in the way his rhymes try to make sense of hip-hop and the culture that birthed it. "You can't classify what we got going on," he says to the fans. "This is life." [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza 2013 continued yesterday (8/3) in Chicago's Grant Park, with nicer weather than day 1, and sets from eight stages worth of artists, including The Postal Service, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Foals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Local Natives and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Saturday pics HERE on the way with more artists. But not any of Death Grips.

We at BrooklynVegan are also at the festival, hosting a portion of the Soundwave Tent.

The festival wraps up today (8/4) (check out our Sunday preview) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Alt-J, Baroness, Angel Haze, and more. If you're not at the festival, you can stream it live at Lollapalooza.com.

Check out day 1 pics and more day 1 pics.

Update: Day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.

More from day 2, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 2 pics (part 1): The Postal Service, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Foals, UMO, Local Natives & more"

Rocks Off Fest

The time has come for the Rocks Off Film Festival at the Kraine Theater in NYC with films about Charles Bradley, the Cockney Rejects, Drivin N Cryin, Slade, Pentagram, Jason Becker and more. Check the schedule.

Speaking of films, thanks to all who came out to our free screening of Crystal Fairy which is also in theaters tonight. Hopefully you enjoyed the movie and weren't upset by the lack of Michael Cera's penis.

Rocks Off

Rocks Off is spreading its wings beyond the high seas and live shows, and into the film world by announcing the "only film fest in the world focused on what we all know and love, rock n' roll music!" The Rocks Off Film Festival happens July 12 - 14 at "the deliciously derelict" Kraine Theatre in the East Village. Amongst the screenings are films like Pentagram doc, Last Days Here, East End Babylon (about punks Cockney Rejects), Charles Bradley: Soul of America, and many others.

Visit the film fest's site for tickets. Line-up/Schedule and flyer below...

Continue reading "Rocks Off Film Fest happening in NYC in July"

Williamsburg Park earlier this year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Williamsburg Park

As you may know, outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park (at Kent Ave and N 12 St) is hosting shows again this summer. This year's series kicked off during Memorial Day Weekend with a show from The Shins and Man Man, and continues this Saturday (6/29) with a free show from the Julliard Jazz Ensemble. It's an afternoon show (4 PM) and open to the public.

On the down side, the Kendrick Lamar show at Williamsburg Park that was supposed to happen in September was just cancelled. But on the plus side, Charles Bradley will be playing there for free that month.

Other Williamsburg Park shows happening this summer: the Odd Future and Meek Mill show on July 20 which Schoolboy Q was just added to; New Order and Holy Ghost! on July 24; D'Angelo on August 1; and the Mad Decent Block Party (Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Rockie Fresh & more) on August 10.

The Mad Decent Block party is sold out, but tickets are still available to all the other shows.

Full Williamsburg Park schedule (as it stands) below...

Continue reading "Williamsburg Park 2013 summer schedule (so far)"

Charles Bradley at Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Charles Bradley

Classic soul devotee Charles Bradley returned this year with his new album, VIctim of Love (out now via Daptone), and already did some touring which included a NYC show at the legendary Apollo Theatre. Now he's got more upcoming dates, including festivals like MusicFestNW, FYF Fest, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, and free NYC show happening on September 20 at Williamsburg Park. At that show he'll be backed by Menahan Street Band and support comes from Budos Band and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Doors are at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 7.

Speaking of Williamsburg Park, Kendrick Lamar just canceled his show there.

All upcoming dates are listed, along with a stream of "You Put The Flame On It" from his new LP, below...

Continue reading "Charles Bradley touring, playing free Williamsburg park show"

MusicFestNW

Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2013 lineup announced (Animal Collective, Godspeed, Deerhunter, Shuggie Otis, Ty Segall & more)"

FYF

LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2013 Lineup (My Bloody Valentine included)"

Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza

After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.

In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.

Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2013 lineup announced (Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Postal Service, Cure, New Order, Kendrick Lamar & more)"

Charles Bradley at Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Charles Bradley

As mentioned, soul crooner Charles Bradley returns to the "New Releases" portion of the record shelves with Victim of Love, his new LP out via Daptone on April 2 (the same day someone is playing a "private showcase" at Pianos). Stream that LP in full below courtesy of Rolling Stone, and check out a video for "Strictly Reserved for You" below.

Don't forget, that silky smooth voice will bless the hallowed halls of the legendary Apollo Theater on May 16, part of a larger tour for the funky badass. Tickets for the show are still available.

Charles will be playing Europe after his North American dates are done. His current tour schedule and a flyer for a release party at Pianos is below.

Continue reading "Charles Bradley streaming new LP in full, releases video, expands tour"

Charles Bradley at Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Charles Bradley

As mentioned, soul singer Charles Bradley will release his new album, Victim of Love, on April 2 via Daptone Records, and is set to support it with a tour that hits NYC on May 16 at the Apollo Theater. When we first mentioned that show back in January, there was no ticket info, and now there finally is: Tickets go on Ticketmaster/Fan Club presale today (2/21) at 10 AM (password: "CBRAD") and general sale begins Saturday (2/23) at noon. We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the Apollo Theater show, and details on how you can enter to win are below.

Charles' tour has been expanded a bit since we last spoke, and it now also includes a trip to Austin for SXSW, where he will play the first ever DapTone Records Super Soul Revue SXSW showcase on March 14 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, The Sugarman 3, and The Como Mamas.

The flyer for the SXSW show, an updated list of dates, contest details, and a stream of "Strictly Reserved For You" from Charles' new album, below...

Continue reading "tickets on sale for the Charles Bradley Apollo Theater show (plus, you can win a pair!); Daptone coming to SXSW"

Charles Bradley at Firefly Music Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As we've mentioned before, Charles Bradley, whose second album for Daptone is out in April, used to spend time as James Brown tribute act, Black Velvet. And still does occasionally. Black Velvet play Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (2/13) back by Jimmy Hill & The Allstarz Band and The Gold Magnolias. Tickets are still available.

UPDATE (2/12): The Black Velvet show is cancelled. Bummer!

Meanwhile, still no word on tickets to Bradley's scheduled NYC show at The Apollo on May 16. He still has it listed in his tour dates but the Harlem venue doesn't have it on its online calendar as of this posting.

In related new, Soul Rebels will take over Brooklyn Bowl for the three nights following (2/14 - 2/16). The group, who were recently the house band at the NFL Honors Awards Show, will have guest Karl Denson plus openers Royal Surprise with them on 2/14; guests Pedrito Maritnez and Maurice Brown plus openers The Slide Brothers on 2/15; and John Medeski and Igmar Thomas plus openers Alecia Chakour Band on 2/16. Tickets to all three shows are still available.

Video of Bradley as Black Velvet at Hiro Ballroom last year is below.

Continue reading "Charles Bradley doing "Black Velvet" James Brown tribute at Brooklyn Bowl; Soul Rebels doing three-night run there too"

by Andrew Sacher

Charles Bradley at Firefly Music Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Charles Bradley

Soul singer Charles Bradley is set to release Victim of Love on April 2 via Daptone Records, the followup to his 2011 debut, No Time For Dreaming. Like his first album, the first single from the new one, "Strictly Reserved For You," delivers a slice of '70s-era soul with the kind of authenticity that sounds like no time has passed since that era. You can stream that track, and check out the album's cover art and tracklist below.

Charles will be supporting the new record on a tour with His Extraordinaires that hits NYC on May 16 at the Apollo Theater. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check ticketmaster for updates.

A list of all tour dates, song stream, cover art, and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Charles Bradley reveals single off new album, announces tour, playing Apollo Theater (dates, stream)"

photos by Adela Loconte

Afghan Whigs / Jose Gonzalez / The Dirtbombs @ ATP NY 9/22/2012
The Afghan Whigs
Jose Gonzalez
The Dirtbombs

...Outside, The Dirtbombs continue the revivalist flavour with a polished set of neo-garage rock, although sadly they don't tackle any of the techno tracks they covered on their most recent album Party Store -- we'd rather like to have seen a live guitar version of 'Strings of Life'. After their raucous set, The Antlers' downbeat sounds aren't exactly what TheVine is in the market for, and we decide that this is a fine moment to sample what the Venezuelan arepas truck has to offer for dinner.

Chavez were supposed to be playing next, but they've cancelled for reasons unclear and been replaced by, um, JEFF The Brotherhood, which isn't so much bait-and-switch as bait-and-whack-over-the-head-with-a-sledgehammer-then-run-away-laughing. Ugh. Happily, Mark Lanegan is on hand inside to rescue proceedings. His set is heavy on material from Blues Funeral, with only 'Hit the City' and a storming 'Methamphetamine Blues' (featuring a guest appearance from Greg Dulli) representing his earlier records, but even though we're not huge fans of the hard rock sounds of his latest LP, he's still great -- after all, with a voice like his, Lanegan could sing the phone book and still sound arrestingly good.

José Gonzalez? Well, you know what you're going to get -- quiet acoustic music and a couple of studiously offbeat cover versions. Quite why he's headlining the second stage tonight is unclear -- he hasn't released an album in five years, for Chrissakes -- and while his set is perfectly competent, it's not exactly inspiring. The same, sadly, can be said about The Afghan Whigs, although in fairness I've never been counted amongst their fanbase and thus is perhaps not best placed to judge the merits of their 90-minute headline set this evening. So we'll just say that it wasn't for us, but that the band's hardcore fans -- of which many, many are here -- seem to lap their set up with glee. [The Vine]

We've already posted pics from Friday and Sunday (here and here) of the first-ever ATP NYC -- which happened last weekend on Pier 36 on the East Side of Manhattan -- and here are a few from its chunky Saturday midsection, which saw sets from The Dirtbombs, JEFF the Brotherhood, former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan, Jose Gonzalez, The Roots, and the fest's curators, Afghan Whigs, to name a few.

Afghan Whigs will return to NYC for shows at Terminal 5 on October 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 6. The T5 show is sold out but tickets for the MHOW show are available.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "ATP NYC -- day 2 pics (Afghan Whigs, JEFF the Brotherhood, Mark Lanegan, Jose Gonzalez + more)"

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