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Dead Gaze / Mystery Lights @ Seaport Music Fest 2014
Dead Gaze
Mystery Lights

There was a lot of smoke during Dead Gaze's set at the penultimate Seaport Music Festival show of 2014 (8/22). Some of it was from the fog machines, some of it was from the hand-rolled cigarette the band's lead guitarist held tightly between his lips the whole show. The Oxford, Mississippi combo's music, fuzzed-out guitar pop, fit well with the atmosphere, as did main man Cole Furlow's hair which was as voluminous as the amps.

Opening were locals Mystery Lights who are straight-up garagey rock n' roll and do it very well. You can catch them tonight (8/25) at Death by Audio with Woodsman and Heaters.

This Friday (8/29) is the final Seaport Music Fest show of the season and is a good one, with Joanna Gruesome and Big Ups which will be a great way to kick off your Labor Day Weekend. More pics from Dead Gaze and Mystery Lights at the Seaport, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Frankie cosmos & the gang giving me some serious chills at their moma performance today <3 <3 got stars in my eyes - Shriya

Completely loved seeing @FrankieCosmos perform her beautiful songs today at MOMA. Perfect summer afternoon surprise. - Mary Steenburgen

Frankie Cosmos
Frankie Cosmos

NYC-based twee pop/anti-folk-inspired singer/songwriter Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline) recently returned home from tour and last night (8/14) she graced her hometown with an early evening, outdoor show at MoMA, part of their ongoing MoMA Nights series. We're used to seeing her in DIY NYC venues like Shea Stadium and Silent Barn, so this was a special show, seeing Greta and her band -- Porches. frontman Aaron Maine, his brother David, and Eskimeaux (aka Gabby Smith) -- in MoMA's gorgeous courtyard. (It was also a far cry from the frat she played at University of Chicago on tour.) In the audience, her father Kevin Kline could be spotted, as could fellow actor Mary Steenburgen (who tweeted her review, as you can see above). Did you go? What did you think?

More pictures from the evening, below...

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photos Chris La Putt

Vic Mensa / fans / where's Molly?
Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa

We already posted one set of pictures from Saturday's Mad Decent Block Party in Coney Island's MCU Park (only one of the many Mad Decent Block Parties happening this summer). We've now got one more set of pictures from that, including shots of rapper Vic Mensa, and of course plenty more of everyone who came to party.

Part 1 of the pictures HERE. More of part 2, below...

Continue reading "PICS: Mad Decent Block Party in Coney Island's MCU Park w/ Vic Mensa & more (part 2)"

photos by Chris La Putt


2014 Mad Decent Block Party
2014 Mad Decent Block Party
2014 Mad Decent Block Party

The 2014 Mad Decent Block Parties are underway, having just hit NYC on Saturday (8/9) in Coney Island's MCU Park. The lineup included label boss Diplo plus rapper Vic Mensa who was fresh off a Lollapalooza performance where he covered The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" which he did again at the block party on Saturday. As always, the party -- which also included Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus and a bunch of others -- was a wild time with nonstop dancing all day.

UPDATE: PART 2 PICS HERE. More pictures of part 1, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Tashaki Miyaki

Indie pop infusion filled the garden at MoMA last night as Los Angeles-based Tashaki Miyaki took the stage as part of the MoMA Nights series that continues through the end of the August. Families, older couples, twenty-somethings, art-types, music lovers and everyone in between came to support the trio's lilting, spacey folk-pop in the beautiful enclosure that flanks MoMA's galleries. While there were no waves of dancing or swaying sing-alongs, you could tell the audience was paying attention. Plus, it gave Tashaki Miyaki the honor of standing alone as a piece of art, among the other modern art greats. With no openers, the night was truly Tashaki Miyaki's, and those who stayed for the entire set were not disappointed. [CMJ]
Like Ex Hex before them, LA trio Tashaki Miyaki played the ongoing MoMA Nights series last night (August 7). Their dreamy, Mazzy Star-influenced pop was a great fit for the arty outdoor space at MoMA, and in addition to their own stuff, they threw in a cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Pictures of the show are in this post.

Tashaki Miyaki are in NYC for the weekend, playing a couple more shows. They'll be at The Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday (8/9) with Dinowalrus, Honey Wild, and Turnip King (tickets), and then they'll be at Baby's All Right on Sunday (8/10) with Tiny Ruins, Weyes Blood, and Belle Mare (tickets).

More pictures from MoMA, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Langhorne Slim / Spirit Family Reunion / Old Crow Medicine Show
Langhorne Slim
Spirit Family Reunion
Old Crow Medicine Show

Langhorne Slim has been on the road lately, but before he left his current hometown of East Nashville, he had some weird stuff go down, as The Tennessean reports. His 1977 Mercury Comet was stolen in late July, and days later when Slim was in Vancouver for a show (he got their via a tour van), his car was spotted and his friend Mike Beyer (who helped him purchase the car) was on the case. After Beyer called the police and trailed the car himself, the teens driving the Comet eventually pulled over and escaped into the woods. Upon getting his car back, what was Langhorne Slim's response? To write a song:

The story seems to have created the kind of dramatic friction songwriters dream about.

"I don't think that you need to be miserable or have terrible things happen to write songs, though it seems to be where the songs come from," Slim said.

He had picked up his guitar after the theft, already mulling the possibilities.

"Now," he said, "the whole thing is beautiful."

Read the rest of the story at The Tennessean.

Langhorne Slim's tour hit NYC for a Summerstage show in Central Park on Monday (8/4) with a folk-oriented lineup of Old Crow Medicine Show and Spirit Family Reunion. Pictures from that show are in this post. They continue, with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "Langhorne Slim had his car stolen, played Summerstage w/ Spirit Family Reunion & Old Crow Medicine Show (pics)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Haim / Sleigh Bells @ Brooklyn Bridge Park 8/5/2014
Sleigh Bells
Sleigh Bells

With the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, Haim and Sleigh Bells  played Brooklyn Bridge Park last night (8/5), a free show to promote the launch of Levi's new "Live in Levi's" campaign. (You had to wear an item of clothing from the manufacturer to get in.) Este Haim remarked that she used to eat playdough as a kid -- so much so that she had to get her stomach pumped -- and the smell from the park smelled exactly like playdough. She had a craving...but ate a candy bar instead. Sleigh Bells, meanwhile, said this would be their last show for a while. Both played for about an hour each. Pictures from the whole night, including ones of their setlists, are in this post.

More below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Snowmine / The Casket Girls @ Seaport Music Fest 8/1/2014
Casket Girls

Brooklyn anthemic rockers Snowmine, who released Dialects back in January, headlined Friday's edition Seaport Music Fest (8/1), bringing probably the biggest crowed to the fest so far this year. Opening were Savanah, GA's The Casket Girls who brought some choreography and theatricality to their twisted take on '60s girl group sounds. Pictures from the whole night, along with a list of upcoming dates for both bands, are in this post.

This Friday's edition of The Seaport Music Fest (8/8) goes psych-garage with Black Bananas, and Shockwave Riderz. Like the whole fest, this show is free and starts at 7 PM. More pics from Snowmine and The Casket Girls, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Alvvays / Protomartyr @ Seaport Music Fest 7/11/2014

Canadian band Alvvays released their self-titled debut album last week (7/22) via Polyvinyl. It's fully of ridiculously catchy indiepop and gives terms like "winsome" a good name. If you haven't heard it yet you can stream it via Rdio. The band are currently in NYC and will play a record release show tonight (7/28) at Rough Trade. It's free and all ages, doors at 6:30 PM with the show starting at 7 PM.

Alvvays were here not too long ago, playing the kickoff show for the 2014 Seaport Music Festival (7/11) with Protomartyr. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, but another set is in this post. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Alvvays released debut LP, playing free NYC record release show tonight ++ more pics from Seaport show w/ Protomartyr"

photos by Chris La Putt

Juicy J @ T5 - 7/22/14
Juicy J

"How many people know the history of Juicy J?" said Juicy. "What y'all know about that Three 6 Mafia?" From that moment on Juicy took us back to the 2000s, with "Poppin My Collar," "Sippin' on Some Syrup," "Slob on My Knob" and of course "Stay Fly."

For the entire set--which was much longer than one would have expected--Juicy had the crowd hype as he took everyone down memory lane. For over two decades he has seen success with Three 6 Mafia and as an individual artist. He even took a moment to ask the crowd if he should quit. That thought was quickly put to rest, as he ended his performance with "We in this Bxtch" and "Show Out."

I mean, if he did retire, who would supply the world with ratchet music? [XXL]

Juicy J is currently on another leg of his 'Never Sober' tour ahead of the release of his planned new LP, The Hustle Continues. The tour brought him through NYC last night (7/22) for a big show at Terminal 5 that saw him playing plenty of his recent hits ("Bandz a Make Her Dance," "Show Out," etc), other peoples' recent hits that he guests on (like Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" and Miley Cyrus' "23"), some cuts from his time in Three 6 Mafia and more. His older brother/collaborator Project Pat was supposed to open, but at the last minute he was replaced by Vinny Cha$e + Kid Art and Grafh. Pictures from the show are in this post.

More, with a video and the setlist, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
2014 4Knots Festival

Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.

Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.

We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...

Continue reading "Nothing & others opening for Modern Life Is War; Speedy Ortiz opening for Fucked Up +++ more Speedy 4Knots pics"

words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Chris La Putt

Nude Beach at 4Knots earlier this month
2014 4Knots Festival

We mentioned not long ago that local power popsters Nude Beach signed to Don Giovanni, and the band have now announced that the label will release their new album, 77 (which may or may not be a reference to the year many of their influences were released), on October 21. Its first single is the track "I Can't Keep The Tears From Falling" and if you liked their last album, or power pop from 1977, you'll likely dig this too. Check it out below.

No upcoming dates at the moment, but they did play their hometown earlier this month at the 4Knots Festival. We already posted one set of pictures from that festival, and there's another set of Nude Beach in this post. More, with the new song stream, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Ume @ Pianos - 7/18/14

Austin guitar shredders/hair whippers Ume put out a new album this year and have been on tour in support of that. The tour included a run opening for post-hardcore prog rockers Circa Survive which hit NYC last Thursday (7/17) at Bowery Ballroom. Ume then stuck around the city to play a smaller show at Pianos (7/18) the next night with UK electropop quartet CYMBALS. We caught Ume's sets at both of those shows, and pictures of both are in this post.

More, with their list of remaining tour dates, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt and P Squared Photography; words by Chris La Putt

Sturgil Simpsons @ Joe's Pub 7/15/2015 (by Chris); backstage w/ Byrne
Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson

While listening to Sturgill Simpson sing about Buddha, turtles, and DMT at the first of his first two sold-out shows at Joe's pub last night, I was reminded of a song by another Texas country band -- Eleven Hundred Springs -- called "Long haired hippies freaks." Looking at Sturgill's new album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, that description is not far off. Yet, this is what the outlaw country of Billie Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson eschewed in their songs. Sturgill's album is not the typical one you hear coming out of Nashville these days, and he makes no qualms about that. He hasn't gotten praise from that music scene but rather from the likes of Daytrotter, NPR, Fader, and even Rolling Stone (though Joseph Hudak was once managing editor Country Weekly magazine). Even the ubiquitous New Yorker, David Byrne, is a fan and was seen tapping his foot at Joe's Pub after meeting with Sturgill at his show. Sturgill said, "I almost pooped myself" (or something to that effect) when he saw the onetime Talking Heads singer backstage.

Yet, his songs transcend the generic outlaw country themes, particularly "Just Let Go" in which he croons out about how he's going to "transmigrate" to some otherworldy destination that's inexplicably beautiful. Maybe he was high on ayahuasca in the backwoods of New Mexico while writing this or maybe he's just writing what comes from his heart -- like on his song about his grandfather, "Hero," from his first full length album High Top Mountain that he released last year. Who the hell knows, but he just finished three sold-out NYC shows, topped off with a Letterman performance. (Video of that below.) Not bad in a city that has no country radio station.

His four-piece band sounded impressive playing above the rumblings of the downtown 6 Train, particularly Laur Joamets whose electric guitar prowess provided a tight loop that pulled the band together and also complements Sturgill's twang. The set alternated between his two albums, from a bluegrassy "Sitting Here Without You" to the whispers of Waylon's ghost reverberating through "Life of Sin" to a cover of Lefty Frizzel's "I Never Go Around Mirrors" which Sturgill totally makes into his own.

So is Sturgill Simpson a country saviour? I like his songs but it's too early to tell. The Nashville scene that has scorned him in the past is now clamoring to be a part of this outlaw wonder. No matter what, I hope he still keeps on playing.

Check out photos from both Joe's Pub sets (including ones of early show openers the DuPont Brothers), the setlist and Letterman video, below...

Continue reading "Sturgill Simpson played two shows and met David Byrne at Joe's Pub (pics, setlist), played 'Letterman' (video)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4Knots Fest
2014 4Knots Festival
2014 4Knots Festival

Polaris Prize shortlist nominee Mac DeMarco (does he have a chance?) just played one of his biggest NYC shows to date at this past weekend's 4Knots Music Festival. We already published a full set of pics from the fest, and now we've got a second set (and video) from Mac's performance in this post.

His 4Knots appearances was just part of his nonstop 2014 tour which has him on the road around the world till basically the end of the year. Those fall dates include another NYC show, his biggest ticketed one yet: Terminal 5 on November 4. That show is also with Connan Mockasin, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard which could be a very wild night. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/16) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with more pics and video from Mac's 4Knots set, below...

Continue reading "Mac DeMarco expands tour, playing T5 w/ Connan Mockasin and King Gizzard (dates ++ more 4Knots pics & video)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Sky Ferreira / DIIV @ MHOW - 7/9/14
Sky Ferreira

NYC pop singer Sky Ferreira played a hometown benefit for the David Lynch Foundation at last night (7/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is an intimate location for her at this point, and needless to say, sold out. Sky played most of her 2013 debut album, Night Time, My Time, as well as a few favorites from the Ghost EP like the Dev Hynes/Ariel Rechtshaid collab, "Everything Is Embarrassing." Sky's boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith's band DIIV was added as a last-minute opener, and they played some new stuff (presumably from their upcoming sophomore album) as well as a psychedelic cover of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." There were a few DJs there for the night too, including Vito Roccoforte of The Rapture. Pictures of the show are in this post.

DIIV also have two sold out headlining shows at MHOW happening tonight (7/10) and Friday (7/11). Both are with LODRO and Regal Degal.

More pictures from last night, plus Sky's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Sky Ferreira played MHOW w/ Vito from The Rapture & DIIV, who play there again tonight & Friday (pics, setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Spirit Family Reunion @ BKNB 7/4/2014
Spirit Family Reunion

Fresh off playing Clearwater Festival in June, NYC old-school folk band Spirit Family Reunion stopped by Brooklyn Night Bazaar on the 4th of July for some foot-stomping American good times. They were joined by Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. We've got pictures from the night in this post.

Spirit Family Reunion will soon be hitting the road for some extensive US touring, including another NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on August 4 with Old Crow Medicine Show and Langhorne Slim. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The tour will also include a couple dates with Trampled By Turtles and longer run of dates with The Felice Brothers.

All upcoming Spirit Family Reunion dates are listed, along with more pictures and video of the of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar show, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Black Lips / Night Beats / Night Birds @ House of Vans 7/3/2014
The Black Lips
Night Beats
Night Birds

Then the Black Lips erupted into a frenetic, hour-long set spanning its decade-plus-long career of love letters to early garage rock, amplified and exquisitely distorted for the Coachella generation, highlighted by cuts off its latest LP, Underneath the Rainbow. The show was among the band's first with guitarist Jack Hines in more than a decade, as he rejoined the band in the last week upon the recent departure of Ian St. Pé. Hines helped lay down rhythms for the band's vocal trip, bassist Jared Swilley, guitarist Cole Alexander and drummer Joe Bradley, who ping-ponged off each other with ease. - [The Waster]
It was an especially hot n' sweaty night at House of Vans on Thursday (7/3) with Atlanta's Black Lips headlining a garage punk lineup that also included Night Birds and Seattle's Night Beats who flew in for this show and had played Baby's All Right the night before. Pictures from the whole evening are in this post.

The next HoV show is this Thursday (7/10) with Gorilla Biscuits, The Bouncing Souls and Turnstile. RSVP is full for that free show. More pics from the 7/3 show below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Shovels & Rope / Valerie June / Shakey Graves
Shovels and Rope
Valerie June
Shakey Graves

Friday's Celebrate Brooklyn! concert in Prospect Part (6/27) was country-tinged, with South Carolina's Shovels and Rope headlining and also featuring sets from Valerie June and Shake Graves. Pictures from the whole evening are in this post.

Formerly a one-man band, Austin troubadour Shakey Graves brought in a drummer for a number of songs in his set adding a little more "oomph" and variety from his typical hollow-body strumming and suitcase drumming sound.

Dressed in a turquoise blue dress, Valerie June followed up with her Tennessee twang that reverberated throughout the summery evening, switching from a scorching red Gretsch (which she nicknamed matter-of-factly "Big Red") to a Martin dreadnought acoustic ("the Stranger"), a petite ukelele-banjo or banjolele ("the Baby"), and of course, a banjo ("the Mom"). Her voice was definitely reminiscent of another steadfast country relic of the past with a similar name -- Ms. Valerie June Carter Cash -- and comparisons to the Appallachian folks singers of the Lomax collection are apt descriptions of her sound. However, it's not all folky sound that comes out of this singer. At one point in the evening she got down and revved up Big Red for a show-stopping jam.

All the way from Johns Island, SC, Carrie Ann Heart and Michael Trent, the indie country couple that make up Shovels and Rope, stomped and hollered on stage to a packed crowd in Prospect Park and probably their largest headlining NYC show to date. Not bad for a band who's played at Arlene's Grocery just two years ago. The band played a number songs from their upcoming album Swimmin' Time, which is scheduled for release on August 26. While we wait for that, take a gander at more Prospect Park pics and videos below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Lucinda Williams / Bettye LaVette @ Clearwater Fest 6/22/2014
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2

Seeger began hosting "folk picnics" in the 1960s to pay for building a boat that would travel on the Hudson to highlight environmental issues. Seeger and his wife, Toshi, who died last July, lived in nearby Beacon, in a home with a spectacular view of a bend in the river.

The informal fundraising concerts became the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival in 1978. In recent years it has settled in a park jutting into the river in this community 35 miles north of New York City and has modernized beyond its folkie roots. With the strong lineup, Seeger remembrances and sunny skies, organizers were expecting their biggest crowd ever. - [Daily Freeman]

One of the most laid-back music festivals in the NY area, the environmentally themed Clearwater Festival happened over the weekend, the first since this death of founder Pete Seeger. The second day (Sunday, 6/22) featured music across seven stages, including Puss N Boots who pics are posted here. Sunday's lineup also included Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, Arc Iris, Toshi and Bernice Reagan, Martin Sexton, Houndmouth, and more. Pictures from day 2 of Clearwater Fest are in this post.

Pictures from Clearwater day 1 are HERE. More of day 2 below....

Continue reading "Clearwater Festival 2014 day 2 in pics (Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, Toshi Reagan, Arc Iris & more)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Puss N Boots @ Clearwater Fest, 6/22/2014
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 2

Puss N Boots, the country trio of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper, have been playing live since 2008 but are just now getting ready to release their debut album. No Fools, No Fun will be out July 15 on Blue Note and features a mix of originals and covers (Neil Young, The Band, Wilco). A few of the songs, like Neil Young's "Down by the River," were actually recorded live and you can stream that one below.

The band just played this past weekend's Clearwater Festival in Croton, NY and pictures and video from their Sunday (6/22) performance are in this post. Puss N Boots will be touring in July, including a record release show in Brooklyn at The Bell House on 7/15. Tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with LP tracklist, song stream and more Clearwater Fest pics/video, below...

Continue reading "Puss N Boots played Clearwater Fest, releasing debut LP, touring in July (dates, stream, Clearwater pics/video)"

photos by Chris La Putt

2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 1
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 1
2014 Clearwater Festival - Day 1

Saturday the Great Hudson River Revival occurred for the first time without Pete Seeger, the giant folk singer and activist who called Beacon home, and Toshi Seeger, his wife whose strong shoulder and loving arms gave support to all who craved peace. The festival started early, with thousands descending on the park by 11 a.m., and it didn't miss a beat.

Luane Haggerty stood on stage with the Como Mamas. Draped in blue and green, Haggerty sang with the gospel vocalists, projecting her hands with deep heart and fluid grace. An American Sign Language interpreter who learned because her grandmother was deaf, the Newburgh native has been performing at the Revival for nearly two decades. It's one of the few festivals that utilizes regular ASL interpreting.

"I think it's a real statement, a commitment to the deaf community," Haggerty said. "Having the access is a statement to Pete and Toshi and inclusion." [Times Herald-Record]

The 2014 Clearwater Festival went down in Croton Point Park this past weekend (6/21-22) with tons of folk musicians and multiple tributes to the festival's founder, the legendary Pete Seeger who passed away earlier this year, as well as his wife Toshi who passed in 2013. Day 1 included sets by Nicole Atkins, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Thompson, Spirit Family Reunion and more. Pictures of day 1 are in this post.

More below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Nicole Atkins @ Madison Square Park 6/18/2014
Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins kicked off the 2014 season of Madison Square Park's Oval Lawn Series this week (6/18), which brings free music to the park on Wednesday evenings during the summer. Pictures from her set are in this post. Nicole has a busy month ahead. Tonight (6/20) she plays a fundraiser for CT's Mystic Aquarium and then Saturday (6/21) she plays the Clearwater Fest in Croton, NY. After that she'll be on tour with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, including two NYC shows (Prospect Park on 7/26 & Hammerstein Ballroom on 7/27) and tickets are still available to both.

More pics from Madison Square Park are below....

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photos by Chris La Putt, words by Kelly Kettering

Hank III @ Gramercy Theatre - 6/17/14
Hank Williams III

Hillbillies and hillbetties sure were "tore up and loud" on Tuesday (6/17) night at Gramercy Theatre, where Hank Williams III made a New York City appearance on his current tour and a four-hour set ensued. The badass Kid Rock wishes he could be, Hank kicked things off with country tracks that stayed true to his rebellious tendencies but also prominently featured fiddle, banjo and stand-up bass licks that would make the famous patriarchs of his family proud.

Things slowly took a heavier turn as the stand-up bass player started to contribute screaming, growling voices to tracks like "P.F.F. (Punch Fight Fuck)" and "Dick in Dixie" before Hank decided to ditch his cowboy hat altogether and break into a 30 min set of straight-up punk. Suddenly, large men in the audience seemed to be losing their shirts - was I at a Fucked Up show, or had the three Brooklyn Lager tall boys I had just plain ol' fucked me up?

As the night came to a close, Hank changed into all black, his hair came out of its braid and instead hung long around his face. Then a projector careened down behind him, anti-establishment images filled the screen, and doom metal began to emit from his guitar as he broke into songs from Assjack, his punk/metal album from 2009. As if that didn't get weird enough, it all finally closed down with tracks from 3 Bar Ranch, a speed metal album featuring cattle calls. With barely a five minute break between sets and an overall show that went on for four hours, I don't quite now how Hank III does it - but I'm really, really glad he does.

Pictures of the show are in this post. More, with a video, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt; words by Klaus Kinski

Jon Benjamin / Michael Che / Jon Glaser @ The Bell House 6/13/2014
H. Jon Benjamin
Michael Che
Jon Glaser

On Friday (6/13), The Bell House played host to the release party show for A Night at Whiplash, a live movie documenting a single night of NYC's most legendary weekly comedy show Whiplash, which takes place Monday nights at the UCB Theater in Chelsea.

It wouldn't be a Klaus Kinski outing if mother nature didn't deliver a horrendous onslaught of earth shatteringly shitty weather, and boy did she deliver the night of Friday the 13th. Black-green skies, crazy bolts of lightning, long, rolling peals of thunder... the works. Luckily I managed to get to the venue during breaks in the storm, but the rain was so horrendous that the Bell House flooded and needed to be quickly wrung out prior to the show. Hats off to whoever sopped up all that rain water because aside from a few minute wet spots (including the one on the front of my pants lol jk) you never would have known that they had a defcon 5 water situation on their hands just prior to the show.

But enough about wet spots. I got to the show a minute or two into the great Leo Allen's awesome lead-off set. I think I've seen Leo more times than any other comic, and the dude consistently delivers. Leo is the weekly host of Whiplash, so you can, literally, once a week, see this man dominate live. And I'm not even talking about the many bills he pops up on otherwise. He is the man. Leo was followed by Jared Logan who is easily one of the best comics in the biz nowadays. Super high energy, sharp as a tack, and flippin' loud, the dude's a machine of awesomeness. Jared literally performs at least once a night somewhere in NYC when he's not on the road, so I highly suggest you click on his hyperlinked name a sentence or two back and check out his calendar and make it to one of his shows. That dude's going places. Trust me.

Jared was followed by dance duo Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass who did a really well-executed, high energy, and, at times, extremely funny dance number to a James Brown song. I was sort of vexed as to how something like this would fit into the evening's line-up, especially since dance really is not my wheelhouse at all. But I loved it! They were great! And they really kept the momentum going.

H. John Benjamin was next and, as usual, his set was odd but extremely funny. He kicked things off by doing a dance number of his own to the same song Monica and Anna did, only he dragged some poor girl onto the stage to continue the dance while he took her seat. After upbraiding her for not performing as well as he expected, he riffed for a while before finally reading text exchanges between his 11-year old son and his friend. Truly awkward and hilarious, though, man, that poor kid.

Aparna Nacherla
Aparna Nacherla

The next act up was Aparna Nancherla who I had never seen before but have been hearing volumes of good stuff about lo these past few months. All the positive things I've been hearing and reading about her are beyond well-founded; she's the best. I cannot remember the last time I have seen a comic do "self-deprecating" so well. Her unassuming appearance hides an unbelievable level of snark and biting wit and as her set progressed, the mask of delicacy started to slip. It was awesome. Her CV is already pretty stacked but this kid is going places. Do go to her website and check out one of her many upcoming NY C area shows. Trust me.

Comedy veteran Jon Glaser was next and he definitely proceeded with a very Jon Glaser signature set about soccer and, well, stories about people with papercuts on their penises and how they got them. Glaser is another comic I have seen more than just about anyone else and, as usual, the material seemed totally off-the-cuff and unrehearsed, but completely hilarious nonetheless. The final act was Michael Che, a comedian who, right now, is so on top of his game it's ridiculous. Through relentless gigging and rock solid material, Che is basically world renowned at this point. As a new recurring correspondent, Che made his Daily Show debut earlier this month and  was a fantastic headliner and a world class wrap up to a phenomenal show.

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