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The 2013 CBGB Festival is coming up next week (Oct. 8 - 13), and in addition to the many shows, movie screenings and panel discussions, there's also going to be a photography exhibit. The "Never Again" Photo Show will be on display at Wooster Street Social Club from October 9 - Nov 1 and explores "the lexicon of the New York music scene, documenting the moments that can never be re-created, and continuing the tradition championed by music-photographers of the past: creating new legacies of moments that might otherwise be overlooked." Photographers include many BrooklynVegan contributors: Chris La Putt, David Andrako, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, Greg Cristman, Jason Bergman, Jacob Blickenstaff, Abbey Braden Raymonde, Guy Eppel, Jen Maler, Ryan Muir, Gabi Porter, Kyle Dean Reinford, Tod Seelie, Rebecca Smeyne, Loren Wohl, and Ebru Yildiz.

The opening night party (10/9) goes from 7-10 PM and features DJ Justin Collectorscum, complimentary beverages and "Rock n' Roll manicures by NQ."

Meanwhile, win some tickets to a film screening and don't forget My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear are playing for free in Times Square and that Judge will be at Saint Vitus.

photos by Chris La Putt

Swimmers for the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge
Chris' Top 12 Photos of 2012

Longtime BV contributor Chris La Putt weighed in on his favorite photos that he took in 2012, dropping off the following, unnumbered list. La Putt joins the list of BV photographers Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya , Caroline Harrison, and Fred Pessaro // BBG who have all weighed in on their favorite photos of 2012.

La Putt's year in pictures and favorite songs of 2012 is below.

Continue reading "Chris La Putt's favorite photos of 2012 (that he took) (his favorite songs too)"

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BK mags

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

With the opening of the Barclays Center (follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for some scenes from the chaos), both New York and Time Out ponder the changing landscape of Brooklyn in this week's issues.

Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.

Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.

And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.

As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.

In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.

Listen to the title track from Bad Brains' forthcoming new album.

Apple knows its maps app sucks.

Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."

Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.

On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.

Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.

Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."

While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."

If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?

Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:


Catch St Vincent and David Byrne in Williamsburg Park on Saturday. How was their second Beacon show? Check out pictures from the first (also by Chris La Putt).

It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.

Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.

Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.

Kreayshawn's new album flopped.

Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: new Soundgarden & Bad Brains songs; MIA art book; Diplo's new zine; Phil Collins erotic fan fiction; Apple maps & more"

Screaming Females in 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Screaming Females

We at BrooklynVegan are excited to announce the opening of a gallery show called '480 Pixels - An Exhibition of BrooklynVegan's Music Photography,' which will feature work by BV photographers. The gallery opens at 92YTribeca on August 16 and runs through September 6, and is free to the public. For many of these photos, the gallery will be the first time that they have been publicly displayed at a size larger than 480 pixels, the standard width for photos on BV.

On the opening day, there will be a free opening reception at 6:30 PM and a BV-presented show on the 92YTribeca mainstage at 8 PM with Screaming Females, Hunters, and Heliotropes. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

The list of BV photographers whose work will be on display at the exhibition is below. Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females will also be showing a few pieces of her artwork at the exhibition.

The show is one of many scheduled for Screaming Females, who come to Brooklyn this summer for Riot Fest Brooklyn which goes down at Williamsburg Park on September 8. They also play C.L.I.T. Fest in NJ this weekend. All of their dates are listed below.

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan photo exhibit at 92Y Tribeca in August; Screaming Females, Hunters & Heliotropes play opening night"

photos by Chris La Putt

Crystal Castles @ Terminal 5 in March
Crystal Castles

Happening now:

The New York Photo Festival's Fall invitational presents a selection of images that capture the powerful relationship between photography and music in all its forms, be it solo musicians, bands, rock concerts, grand operatic productions, or intimate one-on-one sessions.

From Herman Leonard's jazz portraits, which defined an era of cool, to Pennie Smith's explosive shot of Paul Simonon smashing his bass. From Mapplethorpe's intimate portraits of Patti Smith, to the iconic photography of Anton Corbijn and Laura Levine, photography has long been instrumental in how we experience music.

Strip away the music, and what you have is an image that defines a moment, an emotion. An image that tells a story.

The photographs selected for "Audio/Visual" capture the unique relationship between photography and music - be it solo musicians, bands, rock concerts, grand operatic productions, or intimate one-on-one sessions.

"Audio/Visual: An exhibition of music photography" will feature over 100 photographs by 70 artists - on view at the famed gallery and event space The PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo (Brooklyn), from October 19 to November 3.

BV photographer Chris La Putt has two photos in the exhibition, one of Amy Winehouse, and the you one see of Alice Glass from Crystal Castles above. More pictures from that March Terminal 5 show, and the full list of photographers in the exhibition, below...

Continue reading "music photography exhibition now @ Powerhouse Arena, Chris La Putt's Crystal Castles pic included (here's the full set)"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Chief - Night & Day (MP3)

Dirty Projectors & David Byrne @ Bowery in Nov '09
Dirty Projectors & David Byrne

The MoMA Party in the Garden benefit with Karen O and Nick Zinner is tonight (5/25), and the Anthology Film Archives benefit with Lou Reed, Sonic Youth and Kenneth Anger's band Technicolor Skull was the week before (5/19).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 26th), there's the spring benefit for the Kitchen, a nonprofit performance and music space in Chelsea, that will honor David Byrne. The event, which includes dinner, drinks, etc. at Capitale (130 Bowery), will also feature performances by Dirty Projectors, Doveman, Nico Muhly, and St. Vincent. Tickets for that would have run you $500 a piece, if they weren't already sold out. Byrne isn't listed as playing at the event, though he has performed with both Dirty Projectors and St. Vincent in the past.

You can still nab a ticket ($75) to the somewhat less-exciting after-party with DJ Scott Campbell and music from California county-tinged folk-pop band Chief.

While in town, Chief, who just signed to Domino Records (and who live back in California now that they've graduated from NYU) are also playing a show at Mercury Lounge on June 2nd with She Keeps Bees and Caveman. Tickets are on sale. They'll also be at Union Pool on June 5th...

"California 4-piece Chief, comprised of early 20-somethings Evan Koga, brothers Danny and Michael Fujikawa and Mike Moonves, will release their stunning debut album Modern Rituals on August 17, 2010. The newest signing to Domino Records, Chief has already garnered a fervent following in NYC and LA as well as early radio support from KEXP, BBC Radio 6 Music and Zane Lowe's influential Radio 1 show. The band will set out on a run of select U.S. tour dates that begins this Friday, May 28th, but first they are proud to offer their lead single "Night & Day" as a free download" [Domino Records]
Grab "Night & Day" above. All dates below.

Dirty Projectors' other upcoming shows include a headlining gig at Terminal 5 on September 11th which Owen Pallett is now opening. All dates below.

St. Vincent has a headlining show coming up at Summerstage and she'll sing with Ben Gibbard at the June 8th Simon & Garfunkel-themed Summerstage benefit. You can also catch her playing DJ at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (5/25).

Speaking of David Byrne, he's been busy as usual. He's suing Florida governor Charlie Crist. And his Here Lies Love project came out in April. (Eerily, that record, about Philippine first lady and political figure Imelda Marcos, corresponded with the political success of Imelda and the Marcos family in a May election.)

There's a new book on Byrne & Talking Heads called Song and Circumstance: The Work of David Byrne from Talking Heads to the Present, which sports a cover photo by BV photographer Chris La Putt (taken at Byrne's Radio City show in 2009). Congrats Chris!

David Byrne's own book, Bicycle Diaries, came out last year. Videos of David's lecture on bikes, scenes from his 2009 "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno" tour, and all Chief & DP dates are below...

Continue reading "Kitchen Gala honoring David Byrne, show includes St Vincent, Dirty Projectors & Chief (now on Domino) - MP3, tour dates "

photos by Chris La Putt

Dave Deporis / Olof Arnalds
Dave Deporis
Olof Arnalds

"Opener The Tallest Man on Earth was a pleasant surprise, too. Playing solo with just an acoustic guitar, he overpowered the audience with a GIGANTIC voice that at times reminded me of JEFF BUCKLEY, though the sound was more akin to if Buckley was fascinated with Americana as opposed to NINA SIMONE, GENESIS and THE SMITHS." [The Big Takeover - review from the Philly show]
Thanks all for coming to the BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (6/12). The lineup worked out perfectly. From 7-9, photographers and friends of photographers hung out around their pictures hanging on the wall. At 9pm, those who were there early enough and were interested in watching the music were wowed by the magical Dave Deporis (at least the people I talked to). His set was especially emotional due to the song dedications to his grandfather who passed away one day earlier. Then Olof Arnalds played to a much more filled in crowd who did not want to let her leave the stage, especially after the amazing Nina Simone cover she closed her set with. Earlier she covered Springsteen. Up next came the, to quote the above review, "gigantic voice" of the not-that-tall Tallest Man On Earth which was followed by the headlining full-band set by the one and only John Vanderslice. More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "John Vanderslice, Tallest Man On Earth, Olof Arnalds, Dave Deporis & the BV photo show @ MHOW in Brooklyn - pics "

by Bill Pearis

Chris La Putt's pictures on the wall of MHOW (by Maryanne Ventrice)

NorthsideI'm gonna keep this Sunday (6/14) post short and sweet, or try to. First a couple announcements. The So Cow at Shea Stadium is now officially part of the Northside Fest, happily taking badges (hopefully). They're on at 10:30P. The rest of the evening is The Specific Heats at 7:30, the Gutsies (not the Gusties as I had called them before, sorry guys) at 8:30, and Knight School at 9:30. That should be a fun show.

And Crystal Stilts have been added to the Ponytail-curated bill at Studio B (moved from its original location at the Shank) which seems the place to be Sunday night. The lineup is: Cool Dads at 9:30, Thank You at 10:15, Ponytail at 11:15, at Crystal Stilts at 12:15. You could also spend your whole Sunday at Studio B, the day party features the fun Phil & the Osophers (3PM), Oregon folkie Laura Gibson (4PM) and The Dodos (5PM) who'll hopefully be playing a lot of songs from their new album which is due out later this year.

A couple other recommendations: Bruar Falls plays host to an afternoon of bands curated by 1928 Recordings. No Soft Pack (who are now signed to Kemado), unfortunately, but the awesome Browns (3PM), plus Air Waves (4PM) and the Sundelles (5PM).

And while it should come as no surprise that metal isn't really my thing, Black Bubblegum assures me the line-up he's put together at Europa would crush me like a bug. In a good way?

There is of course lots more going on at Northside on Sunday. Am I missing anything crucial?

Dodos video below...

Continue reading "Bill's Northside Festival Picks - Day Four (Crystal Stilts, So Cow, Ponytail, The Dodos... BV metal show & more) "

Shoot To Thrill

We're proud to present the first-ever BrooklynVegan photo show in conjunction with the first-ever Northside Festival.

The photo show will take place at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg in Brooklyn (the north side). Forty-nine photos that were taken for, and have appeared on, BrooklynVegan.com will be blown up and on display at the Williamsburg venue from Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th. That time-frame encompasses four live shows:

You can check out the photos @ these MHOW shows
June 12 - BrooklynVegan showcase (Vanderslice/TMOE/Olof/TBA)
June 13 - O'Death + The Extraordinaires + Shellshag (afternoon)
June 13 - Asobi Seksu + Cymbals Eat Guitars + Elika (night)
June 14 - Bill Callahan + Sir Richard Bishop

All four shows can be entered with a Northside badge and/or a general admission ticket. Northside badge holders who didn't plan on coming to any of the Music Hall shows, but want to see the photos, should feel free to use their badge to stop by the venue just to see the pictures before moving on to their next Northside destination.

The cheapest and guaranteed option for seeing the pictures will be Saturday afternoon. For $10 at the door, you get three bands (O'Death, The Extraordinaires & Shellshag) and the pictures. This is also during the time when Bedford will be closed to cars - even more reason to visit the neighborhood over the weekend.

The very cheapest way to see the pictures is to win a ticket to one of the shows. We'll be running contests all this week.... starting now with THREE FREE Northside Badges for three lucky winners (who are 21+ - badge rules, not ours). Each badge is valued at $45. Details on winning one are at the very bottom of this post.

Appropriately, our Friday night music showcase (one of two we're doing for Northside - the other is the metal one) will coincide with the kick-off of the photo show:

Friday, June 12, 2009 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase
7-8:00 - photo show reception. $3.00 drink specials.
09:00 -- TBA band
09:40 -- Olof Arnalds
10:15 -- The Tallest Man on Earth
11:20 -- John Vanderslice
$15.00 tickets are still on sale for this show, and of course you can get in with your Northside Badge (capacity permitting) (P.S. it will be one badge out, one badge in throughout the night).

Photographers represented in this show are Ryan Muir, Chris La Putt, Leia Jospe, Lori Baily, Tim Griffin, Bao Nguyen and Natasha Ryan. If your favorite BV photog is missing, it's only because we wanted to keep this first effort relatively small. Stay tuned for future events, more pictures, and more photographers.

Photo printing was made possible by AdoramaPix.

A sneak peak at some of the photos appearing in the show, the flyer, and contest details, below...

Continue reading "announcing the 1st-ever BrooklynVegan photo show ------ part of the Northside Festival - WIN 1 of 3 BADGES"

photos by Chris La Putt

Lykke Li

Lykke Li's February 2nd Webster Hall show is probably almost sold out because another NYC date just got added. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon for a February 3rd show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Last time Lykke played MHOW was the day before CMJ which was one day before she last played Bowery Ballroom which was the same night as the BV CMJ showcase at MHOW. In all the confusion, a set of pictures from that Lykke Bowery show never got posted. So here they are, along with all dates, below...

Continue reading "Lykke Li - a new Brooklyn show, old Bowery Ballroom pics "

photos by Chris La Putt, Zach Dilgard, Leia Jospe; words by Black Bubblegum

Marnie Stern tappin away (by Chris LaPutt)
Marnie Stern

Need to get away from the family this Thanksgiving? Marnie Stern and her fingertappin' toetappers will massage your ears at TWO NYC dates supporting Gang Gang Dance over the Thanksgiving holday weekend. The first is 11/28 with Zs at Music Hall Of Williamsburg (tickets here). The second is 11/29 at Santos Party House with the reunited 18th Dye (tickets here).

It was also just announced that Marnie will be appearing at the NY Cares benefit taking place at Knitting Factory on December 8th with David Cross, Nick Diamonds and others.

Marnie's latest band of merry comrades includes guitarist Mark Shippy of the recently defunct US Maple and ex-Parts & Labor-er Jim Sykes on the kit. Those two spots were previously held at times by Zach Hill (who recently played NYC) and Robby Moncrieff of The Advantage, as well as a friggin' iPod for a short while (the version of her band that sometimes didn't get the best reviews). The Shippy/Sykes incarnation of the Marnie Stern band will be on hand for the upcoming shows this week, and were there to back Marnie Stern on the main stage of the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Oct 25th at The Knitting Factory. That's where the pictures in this post originate.

Admittedly, I never caught Marnie during her Hill/Moncrieff days, but her performance at the BV Day Party left me thinking that Shippy/Sykes added the necessary (seitan) beefy backbone to complement her uniquely cutesy-virtuosic guitar licks... much like the dichotomy of Satomi and Saunier/Dieterich in Deerhoof. Don't get me wrong though, Marnie doesn't just provide the yin to her back-up band's yang... Girlfriend came to shred, and she definitely took care of bidness. Her new album is out now on Kill Rock Stars. Check out video from the show, as well as all Marnie Stern tour dates below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern - 2008 Tour Dates (Gang Gang Dance, NY Cares), Knitting Factory pics"

portraits by Kyle Dean Reinford, live shots by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: Little Boots - Meddle (Baron von Luxxury's Technicolor Remix) (MP3)

Little Boots

Yesterday was the release date of Little Boots's Arecibo EP and to celebrate, we have a new remix! This is the Baron von Luxxury remix of Meddle, which is a slowed down disco-esque jam that you will love.

The Arecibo EP is out today on 12" vinyl and digital retailers, featuring "Stuck On Repeat," "Meddle," and remixes by Fake Blood and Ebola! This is her debut American release, you can buy the 12" here. Or on iTunes.

One of the shows Little Boots played in NYC during CMJ was the BrooklynVegan day party at Knitting Factory (10/25). More pictures from that day below...

Continue reading "Little Boots - an EP, a new remix (MP3) & more live pics"

photos by Chris La Putt

Devin the Dude

Devin the Dude plays a show with Coughee Brothaz at Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight, Monday November 17th. His last NYC show was at the South Street Seaport for the East Village Radio Festival in September. That's where the pictures in this post came from. More of them, a video from the same show, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Devin the Dude - 2008 Tour Dates (Highline), SS Seaport pics "

photos by Chris La Putt

Cloud Cult

Cloud Cult played a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Tuesday night (11/11). More pictures and the setlist below...

Continue reading "Cloud Cult @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - pics & setlist"

photos by Chris La Putt

Menahan Street Band @ Southpaw
The menehanstreetband

The Budos Band have three NYC shows coming up, one of which is tonight, Thursday November 13th, at SOB's. The second is at BAM Café on December 6th, and the third is December 19th at Mercury Lounge with their Daptone Records labelmate Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens. Naomi also performs every Friday at the Fat Cat. Mercury Lounge tickets are on sale.

In other Daptone news, Sharon Jones recently performed two non-CMJ shows during CMJ week, one of which was an Obama fundraiser, and the other for Perez Hilton. Back in September Sharon and the Dap Kings performed at Austin City Limits (ACL) (the festival), and for ACL the TV show. Look for the latter on PBS.

Last but not least, the latest Daptone/Dap Kings/Budos off-shoot, The Menahan Street Band, performed at Southpaw with the Phenomenal Handclap Band back in October (before CMJ even). They were joined on stage by special guests including Charles Bradley, but not Sharon (she stayed in the audience). More pictures from that show, and all Daptone-tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Budos Band tour dates, Menahan Band pics, Daptone stuff"

Photos by Chris La Putt, Words By Black Bubblegum

Made Out Of Babies

Made Out Of Babies have a new show on the calendar... at Europa on Nov. 20th with Shiragirl, Swear On Your Life, Le Sans Coulottes (without pants for you non-frenchies), Hype Of The States and featuring burlesque by Burning Angel's Jessi Lee (Link NSFW). And what do all of the MUSICAL performers at this show have to do with one another? Well, they all are NYCers with female frontwomen! So come out and celebrate/be-scared-shitless-by Venus. Tickets are on sale.

Made Out Of Babies are also slated to play Decibel Magazine's 50th Issue Party at Johnny Brenda's in Philly on Nov. 23rd with A Life Once Lost and Tombs (who were recently added to the Don Cab show at Europa on Dec 8th - Don Cab show tix here).

In related Julie Christmas news, the new EP by Spylacopa, the studio project also featuring John LaMacchia (Candiria), Jeff Caxide (Isis), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), is currently up for pre-order at their MySpace. The band also released a behind the scenes video... whck that out below.

Made Out of Babies recently played the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party at Knitting Factory during CMJ. Zach was there taking pictures, and so was Chris. More of Chris's pics below...

Continue reading "Made Out of Babies - more KF pics, two upcoming shows "

Photos by Chris La Putt

Smashing Pumpkins

"Now, it's bad enough to subject your audience to about 40 minutes of abrasive, deliberately off-putting music, but it's even more uncool to come back for an encore that mocks them for not being 100% with you, and feeling disappointed for not hearing more of what they expected to hear from a show billed as a 20th anniversary concert. In conventional show biz logic, if you're going to go that far, you should at least leave the audience with a crowd-pleaser. In Billy Corgan logic, you come out and perform one of the lesser songs from your best-selling album, and then finish off with a song that mixes disingenuous hippy-dippy "everyone is beautiful!" lyrics with improvised sarcastic rants that outright diss the city you're playing in, mock the fans for paying to see your band, and tell your visibly disappointed audience that you'll see them in hell. It was full-on douche-tastic passive-aggression. It's as if he set out to do this heel turn, and purposefully alienate as much of the audience as possible. Well, it worked. Believe me, unless you've witnessed other shows on this tour, it's unlikely you've seen a more defeated audience exit from a rock show." [Fluxblog, night one]
Pictures from Friday (11/7), and setlists from both of the shows they played at the United Palace in NYC, below...

Continue reading "Smashing Pumpkins @ United Palace Theatre, NYC - night two pics & both setlists"

Franz Nicolay by Chris La Putt (more)
Franz Nicolay

In honor of these pretty new pictures of the Hold Steady, I thought I would post the recent press release with details of Franz Nicolay's new solo album...

Continue reading "Franz Nicolay's new solo album "

Tad Kubler, by Chris La Putt (more)
Bacrack Brains

In case you missed it in the Hold Steady post, Tad of the Hold Steady was wearing a "Barack Obama" Bad Brains shirt last night. The shirt is available at BarackBrains.com, though I doubt they'll be flying off the shelves now that Barack already won. Maybe?

Photos by Chris La Putt

The Hold Steady

Drive-By Truckers

The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers played their first of two shows together at Terminal 5 in NYC last night (11/6). They do it again tonight - this time in reverse order. Last night DBT played last. This time they play first. More pictures, including one of the Hold Steady's setlist, from last night below... .

Continue reading "Drive-By Truckers & The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5, NYC (night 1) - pics & setlist"

Photos by Chris La Putt

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams and The Cardinals played a show the Apollo on Friday (10/31/2008) - their second annual Halloween show in NYC. Earlier in the week they played a surprise show at a SoHo cafe and the next time they play New York is with Oasis in December.

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

Continue reading "Ryan Adams & the Cardinals @ the Apollo, NYC - pics, setlist"

Photos by Chris La Putt

Michael Showalter


JDub Records is delighted to announce that renowned comedy trio Stella will be back on the road this November. Formed in 1997, Stella features comedians David Wain, Michael Ian Black and everyone's favorite goof-off Michael Showalter.

Showalter first came to recognition as a cast member, writer, producer, and director of MTV's half hour sketch comedy show, The State, which aired from 1993-1995. Michael later went on to co-write and star in the cult classic film Wet Hot American Summer (2001), write, direct, and star in The Baxter (2005), as well as write, produce, and star in Comedy Central's televised Stella (also 2005). In addition to these many feats, Showalter also hosts the excellent online interview show The Michael Showalter Showalter on CollegeHumor.com (you can see the episodes here: http://www.collegehumor.com/tag:michaelshowalter); recent guests include Andy Samberg, Paul Rudd, David Cross and Michael Cera. Showalter's 2007 album, Sandwiches and Cats, out on JDub Records, gleefully inhabits "the comedy danger zone that hovers between too far and just enough" (The New York Times).

Though they rarely tour as a collective, a typical Stella show guarantees audiences a playful mix of mainstream comedy and surrealist wit. Their absurd approach to the mundane promises that no show is the same as the last. So why don't you find out for yourself?

They never really did break up. In fact, you might have caught the trio earlier this month at NY Mag's 40th Anniversary party @ Hammerstein Ballroom. Individually, they are not that rare either (which is a good thing), well Michael Showalter especially, who, for instance, just performed with John Vanderslice at the opening of the 92YTribeca way back before CMJ (10/18). That's where the pictures in this post came from.

Stella play the Nokia Theatre in NYC on December 9th and 10th. Tickets are on sale. More tour dates below...

Continue reading "Stella (reunited) (again) - 2008 (comedy) Tour Dates"

Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford and Chris La Putt

All the Saints (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
All the Saints

"After Wye Oak I made my to the Bowery ballroom where a band called All the Saints played as one of the tightest bands of the week. They were an undoubtedly talented trio, however, there was nothing to really draw you in the way that Wye Oak or other bands had throughout the week." [kevchino @ a different ATS show]
Starfucker (by Chris La Putt)
"Starfucker was my "surprise" band for CMJ. I hadn't really intended to catch them, but they surprised me in their gravitas and their energy. All too often lo-fi also means low-impact, low fiber, and low-milage. Starfucker attacked the crowd, distributing nerd-glasses and their strange brand of man-boy love. Their shameless affection was devoured and rows of ironic ballcaps bobbed bounced and gyrated while new fans gripped fresh copies of Starfuckers Burning Up pink 7-inch in their sweaty hands. They are undoubtedly the best band ever to be named after an obscure censored Rolling Stones song." [Stranded in Stereo at another SF show]
Though seeing parts of both All the Saints and Starfucker required running up and down Knitting Factory's two flights of stairs, they, combined, were a great way to kick off the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (10/25). Starfucker was especially a good intro for the dancier portion of the day that climaxed with an excellent set by Little Boots. More pictures of the first two bands on the Saturday bill, below...

Continue reading "Starfucker vs All the Saints @ the Knit (in BV CMJ pictures) "

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Chris La Putt & Zach Dilgard

RS by Chris La Putt
Rival Schools

RS by Zach Dilgard
Rival Schools

After running up and down the stairs of the Knitting Factory to run an errand for the band, I ran backstage and caught a huddled Rival Schools preparing for their set. Whispering back and forth for a moment, the four of them ran up the stairs and hit the stage.... to be greeted by cheers & applause. Definitely a moment that I won't soon forget. I quickly headed upstairs to the balcony in time to catch the band tear into the day's, and United By Fate's, opener "Travel By Telephone". Over the next half hour or so, Rival Schools graced the BrooklynVegan day (now night.. we were a little behind) show with the first six tracks of United By Fate (closing with "Used For Glue") (video below), a cover of The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" (made famous during Walter Schreifels' stint in Quicksand), as well as revealing a few new arrows in their quiver ("Big Waves"). All in all, it was what you would expect to see from a Rival Schools show... the Schreifels pogo, Sammy Siegler bouncing up and down on his stool like it was spring-loaded, well-executed start-stop dynamics, and a good-time-by-all.

My only complaint was the mix... I was able to catch the band at Rebel a few days prior (with Trail of Dead and Margot & The Nuclear So & So's), and what I enjoyed the most about that set was how well it highlighted Ian Love's effects-heavy guitar flourishes, something that was lost in the outward mix at the Knitting Factory.

As Walter kindly pointed out on stage, you can check an interview with the band right HERE (part one anyway). Try and catch them in Novemeber at Mercury Lounge and Maxwell's if you can, but if not (both shows are sold out), Walter promised they'd be back much more including with a new album. More pictures, including one of the setlist, and a video from Knitting Factory below...

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Photos by Chris La Putt

Lykke Li

Lykke Li went from the Tribeca Grand to Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (10/21) to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday. At Bowery, her only official CMJ show, she was joined by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and Friendly Fires. More pictures from that one below...

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