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Tickets for the Savages shows at Irving Plaza and Warsaw go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Black Sabbath shows at Jones Beach, PNC Bank Arts Center and Mohegan Sun Arena go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales at 10 AM (password = PIANO). Their MSG shows are on sale now (same link).

Tickets for the Cruel Hand, Drug Church and Culture Abuse show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the As Tall As Lions reunion show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Curren$y show at Irving Plaza go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Coheed & Cambria, Glassjaw and Silver Snakes show at the Theater at MSG go on sale at 10 AM.

Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers' Chris Thile and jazz musician Brad Mehldau are teaming up for a show on December 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Blood Orange & friends show at The Apollo go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah New Year's Eve show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Torres and Palehound show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Ezra Furman show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Basia Bulat show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Snowmine show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Bilal shows at City Winery are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Nico Muhly / Philip Glass / Tanya Tagaq @ National Sawdust 10/1/2015
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1
National Sawdust Opening Night: Volume 1

Years in the planning, new not-for-profit, artist-led venue National Sawdust finally opened its doors on Thursday night with two disparate "discover the space" inaugural shows. A former actual Williamsburg sawdust factory, the space has been radically tranformed into a very unique space. The entrance and bar occupy a narrow, but tall space with shiny black walls jutting at odd angles. When the door to the main space opened, it revealed a chamber hall, all white with geometric pattern on the walls which can be used as a movie screen (or to project names of the performers). It looks kind of like the Death Star.

It's also smaller than I was expecting. (Official capacity is less than 200.) There's no stage and it feels a bit like a recording studio (which it will double as). The early show, featuring Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Chis Thile, Nels Cline, Canadian inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, NS artist in residence Glen Kotchke, and NS curator Jeffrey Zeigler, was seated. But the late show -- Cibo Matto (with Nels Cline and Sean Lennon), a collaboration between steel drum composer Andy Akiho, Zeigler, and poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and a DJ set from James Muphy -- was standing room only and felt more like a DIY show where bands play on the floor. (Albeit a DIY show where people were dressed to the nines and tickets were $100.) There's a balcony across the back of the chamber hall as well. Sound was great and both the Roger Bonair-Agard and Cibo Matto sets were really fun.

A show like that, for me, is where this space's potential really becomes evident. You get intimacy as well as acoustics. While watching Roger Bonair-Agard my mind immediately went to Kate Tempest and thinking how incredible it would be to see her at National Sawdust. Something like Majical Cloudz, who play the venue on October 21 (tickets only $15 for that one), should be interesting too. Most of the programming is of the BAM/Ecstatic Music Festival variety, definitely something Williamsburg hasn't had too much of before. It will be interesting to see how programming goes forward -- but if there's a performer you like playing here, it will mostly likely be a unique experience.

Tonight at National Sawdust, Tanya Tagaq will perform her score to silent documentary Nanook of the North at 8 PM (tickets), and then at 10 PM pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese will present Legal Aliens, "a new set of compositions for a large ensemble comprised of musicians from around the world" (tickets).

Other shows of note:  MatmosJohn ZornRoomful of Teeth, and more on Saturday (10/3) as part of the Terry Riley festival (tickets); Pitchfork/Blackened Music's Tinnitus Music Series with Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley, Glenn Branca Ensemble guitarist Reg Bloor and Psalm Zero's Andrew Hock on October 25 (tickets); and Real Estate's Martin Courtney on November 20 (tickets).

More pictures from National Sawdust's opening night, below...

Continue reading "Philip Glass, Cibo Matto, Nico Muhly, James Murphy, Chris Thile & more played National Sawdust's opening night (pics)"

the in-process exterior of National Sawdust
National Sawdust

Back in May, we posted details on the new non-profit Williamsburg venue National Sawdust, that's set to open on the corner of Wythe Ave and North 6th Street on October 1. Now the venue's initial schedule has been announced.

Three of the venue's curators, The National's Bryce Dessner, composer Nico Muhly and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, will team up for a concert on opening night. They'll be joined by the ACME ensemble and violist Nadia Sirota. Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) will open with a solo set. Tickets are on sale now. That's a 7:30 PM show, and there's also a late show that will have curator Jeffrey Zeigler teaming up with Cibo Matto and more (tickets).

Other upcoming shows include throat singer Tanya Tagaq on 10/2 (tickets), a multi-day Terry Riley festival (tickets), Chris Thile's band Punch Brothers on 10/8 (tickets), a John Zorn festival (tickets), Majical Cloudz on 10/21 (tickets), and much more. The venue currently has shows booked through December. Check out the full schedule.

That 10/21 show is currently the only upcoming tour date for Majical Cloudz, who have a new album on the way.


This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.

UPDATE: Full list of nominations (except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.

UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.

The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.

Continue reading "2015 Grammy Awards nominations (Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, Jack White, Beck, Disclosure, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon & more)"

Punch Brothers at Rockwood Music Hall in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Punch Bros

While Nickel Creek came back this year, that doesn't mean mandolinist Chris Thile is keeping his other band Punch Brothers quiet. The 'bros have announced that they'll be putting out a new album and touring in early 2015. Most details on the album are still TBA, but you can stream the first single "I Blew It Off" over at their Facebook.

The tour kicks off in DC in late February and makes its way to NYC on March 5 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/21) at noon with an artist presale starting Tuesday (11/18) at 10 AM and AmEx/Chase/local presales starting Wednesday (11/19) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Punch Brothers releasing a new LP, share track, touring"

(photo via @leiaj)

Laura Stevenson is playing a full band show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (6/20) with Not Blood Paint, Fascinator and Tow3rs. Like all BKNB shows, it's free. Laura's show is part of the Subscene Style/Audiofemme-curated weekend that also includes Saturday's Coathangers show.

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer are playing Town Hall on October 11. Tickets for that show are on artist presale now with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/20) at noon.

Gardens + Villa are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/20) at noon.

The Cave Singers are playing Mercury Lounge on September 19 and Rough Trade on September 20. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/20) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Mercury Lounge show starting today at noon.

The Kooks are playing Webster Hall on July 28 before their Terminal 5 show July 29. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, June 20 at noon.

YC the Cynic and Jarren Benton were added to the 4Knots afterparty at Webster Hall which Ab-Soul is headlining. Tickets for that are still available.

Tickets for the Sky Ferreira show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Alkaline Trio discography shows at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Juicy J show at Teminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the mewithoutyou and The Appleseed Cast shows at Starland Ballroom and Irving Plaza are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales now.

Tickets to the Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World and Against Me! shows in Philly and NJ are now on AmEx and Live Nation presales, respectively.

Tickets for Mae's The Everglow show at Highline Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Nickel Creek in 2014 (photo by Brantley Gutierrez)
Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek initially called it quits back in 2007, and the members went on to form other projects (including Chris Thile's very active band Punch Brothers), but they're now picking back up with their first album since 2005 and a US tour that will go down this spring. The tour hits NYC on April 29 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with a presale starting Tuesday (2/4) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.

Most details on the new album are still TBA, but they did just post its single, "Destination," which you can listen to, along with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Nickel Creek reuniting, announce new LP & tour (dates/stream)"

Son Lux at Merkin Concert Hall in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Son Lux

NYC art pop musician Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott), who's fresh off a couple Sufjan collaborations, released his newest album, Lanterns, last week (10/29) via Joyful Noise. The record features contributions from Peter Silberman (The Antlers), Chris Thile (Punch Brothers), DM Stith, yMusic, and more. It can be streamed, along with the recently-made video for "Lost It To Trying," below.

Son Lux is doing a one-off in his hometown TONIGHT (11/4) at Joe's Pub with a 12-piece band. We're not sure of all the members in his band, but we do know that one is album collaborator Peter Silberman of The Antlers. There's an early and a late show tonight, and though the early one is sold out, you can still get tickets to the late one.

In other news, Son Lux and Sufjan's project with Serengeti, s / s / s, are planning to release a new EP.

Video and album stream below...

Continue reading "Son Lux streaming new LP & video, playing NYC twice tonight w/ 12-piece band (including Peter of The Antlers)"

Franz Ferdinand at Glasslands in 2013 (more by PSquared)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Franz Ferdinand, Frankie Rose @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Franz Ferdinand are out on the road in support of their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The band have always been a lot of fun live, so expect an entertaining show. Go early for Brooklyn's Frankie Rose.

Weekend, Disappears, Nothing, DJ Maria Sherman, DJ Jenn Pelly @ Glasslands
Do you like it dark and noisy? Here's the perfect triple bill. Both Weekend and Disappears have gotten gothier on their respective new albums and openers Nothing (who just played one of our CMJ parties) are just plain heavy. Earplugs highly recommended for this one.

Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ Beacon Theater
Fiona Apple and Blake Mills are doing two nights of "Anything We Want" at Beacon Theatre this week. What exactly does that mean? Back in July they said, "We know it'll be something special, and we aren't being coy here -- it's just that we have about 26% of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you" and that "the uncertainty excites us." They've probably figured out more of the set by now.

Man Man, Xenia Rubinos @ Bowery Ballroom
Weirdo rockers Man Man are back with their new On Oni Pond LP, and this week their tour in support of it hits NYC for two shows with arty local songwriter Xenia Rubinos.

X-ray Eyeballs, The Funs, Rips, Truthers @ Death By Audio
X-ray Eyeballs are stripping down and playing acoustic for this show, which also includes a set by sloppy Chicago rockers The Funs, and two other local bands, Rips and Truthers.

Diego Garcia, Arc Iris, Natalia Clavier @ Highline Ballroom
It's all solo/side projects tonight with Diego Garcia (of Elefant), Arc Iris (ex-mem. of The Low Anthem), and Natalia Clavier (of Thievery Corporation).

Noah And The Whale, Spires @ Irving Plaza
It's been about five years since Noah & the Whale released "5 Years Time"... maybe they'll joke about that on stage? If you're going tonight, make a point to go early and check out jangly psych-pop band Spires who open the show.

Foxygen, Ben Chatrer, Jungle Green @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Foxygen's Jonathan Rado was just in NYC playing a bunch of CMJ shows, and now the whole band is here for a 2-night stand of their '60s-style baroque/psych pop and Jim Morrison-style stage antics.

Boys Noize, Jimmy Edgar, Braille @ Output
Boys Noize gets associated with the EDM scene these days, but this week he does two nights at the intimate (for his standards) Williamsburg dance club, which is becoming known for booking forward-thinking electronic music, like tonight's openers, Jimmy Edgar and Braille.

American Sharks, Hector's Pets, Dirty Fences, Nancy @ Union Pool
Austin stoner rockers American Sharks were supposed to play with Godflesh this past week and have upcoming dates with Clutch and The Sword, but they also fit in on small garage rock bills, which they did once during CMJ and will do again tonight.

B.B. King @ B.B. King Blues Club
It's his club, he can play when he wants and what he wants.

Chris Thile @ Carnegie Hall
Bluegrass mandolinist Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, etc) takes on the historic Carnegie Hall tonight.

Eric Burdon @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Rock legend Eric Burdon has been touring this year, having done two nights in NYC back in May. His current tour doesn't come back to NYC but if you don't mind traveling a bit, there are stops in NJ (tonight) and CT (tomorrow).

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Punch Brothers at Rockwood Music Hall in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Punch Brothers

Brooklyn bluegrass band Punch Brothers are doing some shows this year, including a just-announced three-night run in NYC for New Year's Eve at Bowery Ballroom on December 29-31. Tickets to those shows go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/18) at noon. There's also a three-day pass option that will go on presale soon via the band's website.

They will also be playing the Inside Llewyn Davis celebration happening in NYC at Town Hall on September 29 with Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst and more (sold out). And right before that, they'll play the first day (Friday, 9/27) of Raleigh, NC's two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Tickets, including 2-day passes and Friday passes, are still available. Full schedule here.

In related news, Punch Brothers member Chris Thile is playing his own NYC shows at The Bell House on September 22 and Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on September 23 and 25. Tickets to the Bell House show are on sale now. Tickets for night one and night two at Rockwood Music Hall are also on sale now.

Michael Daves, who often plays with Thile, will be joining him at The Bell House show, and he also plays a solo show tonight (9/17) at Rockwood Music Hall, as part of his weekly Tuesday residency at the venue. Other upcoming dates include September 24, October 5, October 8, and October 15.

All dates for each artist are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "Punch Brothers playing shows, including a 3-night run for New Year's Eve; Chris Thile & Michael Daves playing shows too"

Elliott Smith

Singer/songwriter legend Elliott Smith would have turned 44 this year (and it's the tenth anniversary year of his death), and in celebration of that, tributes are happening in Portland, LA, Austin and NYC. THe NYC show happens on August 10 at Bowery Ballroom. It's being hosted by Rhett Miller (of the Old 97s) and also features Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), Mary Lou Lord (who toured with Elliott Smith) and special guests. Tickets for the NYC tribute go on sale Monday (6/17) at noon, and proceeds go to New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth.

Each event features a host, performances by his "biggest fans and closest friends and collaborators," and benefits a local charity. Info on all four tributes below...

Continue reading "Elliott Smith being honored with tribute shows in 4 US cities"


Tickets for the Kendrick Lamar show at Roseland Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jessie Ware shows at Webster Hall and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Breeders show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the METZ show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Meat Puppets shows at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the John Talabot show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Shout Out Louds show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly added Daughter show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ghost B.C. (formerly Ghost) and Ides of Gemini show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Palma VIolets shows at Bowery and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Challenge of the Future (Nick Zinner's old band) show at Union Pool go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Sinkane and Oddisee show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside show at The Bell House go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Bowery Ballroom show are still available.

The Wilderness of Manitoba are playing Mercury Lounge on March 19. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Spirit Family Reunion are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Port St. Willow are playing Mercury Lounge on February 22. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

The Whigs are playing Mercury Lounge on March 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Superhumanoids are playing Mercury Lounge on April 2. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Foxygen, Johnny Marr, The Hives, The Postal Service and more are on sale today too.


It seemed inevitable that Adele would be tapped to do a Bond theme and here we are with Skyfall. The movie actually looks like it might be good! As for the theme song, Adele and cowriter/producer Paul Epworth are channeling classic John Barry-era Bond and will be drawing comparisons to Shirley Bassey. A lyric video of the song is at the bottom of this post. (you can also buy it on iTunes)

Speaking of buying on iTunes, that's one place you can get the new album by Flying Lotus who just announced a CMJ show which happens about a week after all his other NYC appearances including this weekend's record fair.

The Raveonettes are on tour and playing Webster Hall on Friday, but first you can catch them on Letterman tonight. Meanwhile check out some pictures from their Chicago show.

Still time to get a ticket to our free-with-free-ticket AC Newman show happening Monday in Brooklyn. Meanwhile you can stream the new album in its entirety below.

The Punch Brothers are on tour and have plenty of upcoming shows, like Gramercy Theater on 10/5, and Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve, and The Paramount Theater in Long Island on October 7, which we're giving away tickets to on Facebook (you can also buy some).

Speaking of the Punch Brothers, as mentioned, primary Brother Chris Thile is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows. Which means he gets lots of money. Congrats also to winner Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble (aka ICE)., Maybe you caught her recently at the new Original Music Workshop venue, or during the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon, or at one of the many other times she has performed in and around Brooklyn where she lives.

The big Animal Collective show at Williamsburg Park is this Friday. Tickets are still available. If you go, make sure and get there early for Micachu & the Shapes, or just go see Micachu headline LPR on Monday with recently added opener Mykki Blanco. Win tickets at the BV Facebook.

Micachu also DJs a Brooklyn Bass-presented After Hours party at Cameo Gallery (10/5) after the Williamsburg Park show with DJ Rezzie, No GLow, Evan MIchael, Judge Wise, and T'Angelo. It starts at midnight and admission is $8 at the door or $5 with RSVP to bass.brooklyn@gmail.com.

Sondre Lerche, who recently played Austin, is on tour and plays the Wolf's Den @ Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Friday (10/5).

Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout's art show opens in Brooklyn on Friday. Check out pictures from the show Guided By Voices recently played at Emo's.

Kraftwerk, Rush and Public Enemy might be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

Finally an answer to Rolling Stone's "Women Who Rock!" issue: Seattle's The Stranger presents, "Men Who Rock!," complete with sexy pinup photos. Hot! What, no Lars Finberg?

PD spotted what is estimated to be 7-10 Million Dollars worth of pot growing on a Chicagoland farm with "plants as big as trees."

The first "official" photos of the reunited cast of Arrested Development have surfaced. The improbably fourth season of the show will "air" (stream) on Netflix in 2013. Meanwhile, New York Magazine has details on how you can win a walk-on.

more below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Adele's Bond theme, Micachu, Raveonettes, RDIO, AlunaGeorge, Claire Chase, Divine Fits, the Hobbit + more"

NY Mag

Grizzly Bear are on the cover of the new issue of NY Magazine, which makes two weeks in a row that Brooklyn was prominently featured.

Despite making it into Billboard's Top 10 with their new album, Shields, the band still aren't making a lot of money.

Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.

And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

"The Artwork of Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout" is opening in Brooklyn soon. Meanwhile check out our recent Guided by Voices pictures from both Austin and the Deluna Fest in Florida.

Crystal Castles and HEALTH play Roseland on Wednesday (10/3). We're giving away tickets here and on our Facebook too.

Also on Wednesday, M83 plays Hammerstein Ballroom and we're giving away tickets to that on Facebook too. Tickets are also still on sale.

Another Facebook contest: win tickets to see Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber at Webster Hall on Friday (10/5).

The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.

Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."

Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.

Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."

Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."

More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!

But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Grizzly Bear on cover of New York; CDs turned 30; Dave Sitek's new label, Trent Reznor, Ryan Adams, Deadmau5, more"

Anais Mitchell

"Two years after singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell released the ambitious and career-defining folk opera Hadestown - a musical retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in Depression-era America - she's back with a decidedly different but equally ambitious effort, Young Man in America.

Produced by Todd Sickafoose, who also helmed Hadestown, the new album features several New York-based rock and experimental jazz musicians, and has Mitchell inhabiting several musical characters, male and female.

"The record is a reflection on our country as wild place, a not necessarily safe place, where it's each man for himself and you're not sure if anyone's got your back," the 30-year-old Mitchell said by phone from London, where she played a handful of shows before launching her 25-city U.S. tour this week."
[Philadelphia Inquirer]

Guests on the new album include "guitarist Adam Levy, violinist Jenny Scheinman, and drummers Andrew Borger and Kenny Wollesen. Chris Thile of Punch Brothers appears on mandolin as well as alongside Jefferson Hamer and Rachel Ries in a harmonic chorus." That's definitely an impressive ensemble. It is unclear if any of them will be there tonight (2/28) when Anais Mitchell plays early and late shows at Joe's Pub in NYC. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Anais Mitchell is on tour, plays 2 record release shows at Joe's Pub tonight (dates)"

photos by David Andrako

Punch Brothers @ Rockwood Music Hall - 2/20/2012
Punch Brothers

Chris Thile and his Punch Brothers returned to one of their old haunts, Rockwood Music Hall last night (2/20) for a jam packed, semi-private, record-release show that we have pictures from in this post. The Punch Brothers are about to head out on a tour that is next scheduled to hit NYC at Town Hall.

Michael Daves, who isn't in the Punch Brothers, but does often perform and record with Chris Thile, returns to the LES venue for a free 10pm show tonight (2/21), part of a weekly solo residency.

More pictures and the PB setlist below...

Continue reading "Punch Brothers played Rockwood Music Hall (pics, setlist); Michael Daves plays there every Tuesday"

Punch Brothers @ Prospect Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Punch Brothers

The Punch Brothers will be out on the road for much of February and March and then some in April and over the summer too. Many of those dates are with Jesca Hoop including April 26 at Town Hall in NYC which goes on sale at 11am today (2/3). All tour dates are listed below....

Continue reading "Punch Brothers -- 2012 Tour Dates (include Town Hall in NYC, Clearwater, Telluride, MerleFest & more)"

Bill Callahan @ MHOW in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bill Callahan

Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns to the elegant Allen Room in January for its fourteenth season celebrating the diversity of American popular song. For 16 nights the series will explore the best of the golden age of musical standards through to today's most dynamic songwriting. The music of Broadway, Latin culture and hip-hop, bluegrass, rock, and pop will be presented, along with three evenings devoted to great American composers and lyricists. The 2012 season - January 11 through February 11 - will bring to the stage some of today's most gifted interpreters of song, including Tony Award winners Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, and LaChanze, as well as the "Queen of British Musicals," the great Elaine Paige. In keeping with American Songbook's tradition of honoring great composers and lyricists, those being celebrated this season are William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos), folk icon Woody Guthrie, and Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl). A relatively new composer on the scene, multiple Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) will open the series with a new rap composition about Alexander Hamilton. Also performing in the rap/hip- hop vein is the exciting ensemble Ozomatli.

From the rock canon will be J.D. Souther, performing songs he wrote for Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles as well as newer compositions, guitar god Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth doing an acoustic set, and the wildly expressive Merrill Garbus, known as tUnE-yArDs.

Singer/songwriters, both emerging and veteran, are part of American Songbook as well. Diva of the demi-monde Keren Ann is part of the series, as is the man whose deep voice and masculine presence has earned him the nickname "The John Wayne of Indie Rock," Bill Callahan.

The spectacular Allen Room is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Broadway at 60th Street. The Allen Room possesses one of New York's greatest settings - a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.

TICKETS can be purchased online beginning November 14, 2011 at Lincoln Center's website www.AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office. Tickets for the Friends of Lincoln Center go on sale November 3, and single tickets go on sale to the public beginning November 14.
The full schedule is at Lincoln Center's site and below...

Continue reading "Lincoln Center's American Songbook 2012 Season (Thurston Moore, tUnE-yArDs, Bill Callahan, Keren Ann & more)"

photos by Jim Brueckner

Emmylou Harris
Newport Folk Festival

Day two (7/31) of Newport Folk Festival featured performances by The Cave Singers, Wanda Jackson, Justin Townes Earle, Middle Brother, Elvis Costello, M. Ward, Emmylou Harris and others. If you missed the fest, you can listen to archives of the sets at NPR.

Like they've done in the past, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello performed together on one of Elvis's songs. She performed guest vocals with him and The Imposters on "Scarlet Tide."

Mountain Man also played day two of the fest. Pictures of their set are HERE. Pictures from the first day are HERE. The rest from day two, below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest 2011 - belated Day 2 pics & audio (Emmylou Harris, Middle Brother, M Ward, Elvis Costello & more)"

photos by David Andrako

"justin townes earle was good,
but the punch brothers are a hard act to follow." - Peter Cauvel

"Justin townes earle is doing a replacements cover.
It is quite excellent. He is terrific." - Sara Ivry

JTE in Prospect Park
Justin Townes Earle

Prospect Park was taken over by country and bluegrass-leaning folkies on Thursday night (6/28) when Justin Townes Earle and The Punch Brothers played a free show at the outdoor Brooklyn venue. The Hackensaw Boys opened the show. Celebrate Brooklyn continues its 2011 season tonight (7/1) with reggae by Steel Pulse and Natural Expression Rhythm Band.

The Punch Brothers also have a show coming up at the Bell House in July and other dates too.

Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve Earle whose KEXP videos we just posted) recently made a music video for his song "Slippin' and Slidin.' Check that out along with some live video and more pictures from the Prospect Park show, and many more tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Justin Townes Earle, the Punch Brothers & the Hackensaw Boys played Celebrate Brooklyn (pics, video, more tour dates)"

Chris Thile on stage with Punch Brothers (more by Winnie Cheung)
Chris Thile

Tickets are still available (back on sale) for tonight's Chris Thile/Michael Daves show at Rockwood Music Hall, day three of their three day stint at the venue in celebration of their debut duo record Sleep with One Eye Open. Out now via Nonesuch Records, it was "recorded live to tape over four days at Jack White's Third Man studio in Nashville, is a collection of 16 traditional tunes by bluegrass legends like The Monroe Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, Jimmy Martin, and Flatt & Scruggs." You can watch and listen to them discuss the record in one of the videos below. The others are them performing songs from it.

If you miss these shows, don't fear. Chris Thile will team with Michael Daves for another NYC show at The Bell House on July 20th. Tickets are on sale now. That's one new date added to the always-expanding intinerary of Chris Thile whose Punch Brothers project was also just announced on the lineup of this summer's free Celebrate Brooklyn concert series. They play June 30th with Justin Townes Earle and The Hackensaw Boys.

P.S. if you're going to Rockwood tonight, consider making it a double header, as Ben Sollee plays a show at the venue tonight too, his first of two nights in a row. Tickets are still available for that too.

All dates and videos below...

Continue reading "Chris Thile & Michael Daves released an LP, ending 3-night run @ Rockwood, add Brooklyn shows (dates)"

James Blake @ SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
James Blake
James Blake

today in NYC
* Reggie Watts Radio Play
* Peter Garland @ The Stone
* Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
* Paul Simon @ Beacon Theatre
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* The Growlers, Ba Babes @ Maxwell's
* Vaz, Dead Rider, Bbigpigg @ Cake Shop
* The Steven Lugerner Septet @ Barbes
* James Blake DJ set @ Tammany Hall
* Yo La Tengo, The Baxx Sisis @ The Bell House
* James Blake, Active Child @ Bowery Ballroom
* Phosphorescent, Family Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Brenn, The Stationary Set @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Chris Thile, Michael Daves @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Deftones, Dillinger Escape Plan @ Starland Ballroom
* Velnias, Ruin Lust, Lonesummer, Ithi @ The Acheron
* Sleigh Bells, CSS, Mr. Dream, Seagull @ Webster Hall
* Princeton, High Highs, NewVillager, Ivana XL @ Glasslands
* Drop the Lime, Cubic Zirconia @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Malajube, Deleted Scenes, Pretty & Nice, Bozmo @ The Rock Shop
* Destruction, Heathen, Warbeast, No Remission @ Highline Ballroom
* Manchester Orchestra, Cage The Elephant, O'Brother @ Terminal 5
* New York Funk Exchange Rocks Off Concert Cruise on The Halfmoon
* Kill to Kill, Gross Relations, Raccoon Fighter, The Horehound @ Don Pedro
* D. Charles Speer & The Helix, Zachary Cale Band, Gray Goods @ Union Pool
* Robot Princess, Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players, Meshach Jackson @ Pianos
* Dinosaur Feathers, The Armchairs, Ball of Flame Shoot Fire, Horses Mouth @ DBA
* Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Generationals, People Get Ready, Phil & The Osophers @ Mercury Lounge
* MATA fest w/ Corey Dargel, Angleica Negron, Dither, Cantori NY, Chris Danforth and the Danforths, Florent Ghys @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Prince Rama, Pikachu-Makoto (members of mems Acid Mothers Temple, Afrirampo), Quiet Hooves, Bubbly Mommy Gun, Mugu Guymen @ Monster Island Basement

James Blake is here.

Paul McCartney's son James McCartney is not here (or just not feeling well) (Rockwood Music Hall show cancelled).

Someone billed as "McQueen & Hall & Oates" is playing Rockwood tonight though. I'm not sure who it is, but if this tweet was meant to be a hint, than don't get your hopes up I guess. That said, I have no idea.

Oh and tickets are back on sale for the Chris Thile shows happening at Rockwood tonight and tomorrow.

We're giving away tix for the Ben Sollee shows happening at Rockwood tomorrow and the next day, via Facebook.

check out This Week in Indie

We're giving away tix on Facebook to tonight's Drop the Lime gig.

We're also giving away tix to the upcoming School of Seven Bells, Sun Airway, White Lies show at Terminal 5 on Facebook.

Floor appeared on Fox TV's Red Eye. Video below...

Steve Earle performed a song from his new album live on SiriusXM. Video below...

What else?

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photos by Winnie Cheung

The Punch Brothers

Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers played a sold out, headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (4/16). They're known for having fun and doing covers, and one of their choices this time was the Strokes' 'Reptilia.' Video of that, more pictures from the show and dates too, below...

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Punch Brothers

"I was fortunate to catch The Punch Brothers at the Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night. I think I've seen them perform a good six times in the last year and a half? Honestly, I've lost count, because I've probably seen Chris Thile (who is part of the band) just as many. I consider it such a privilege to live in a city that not only breeds and encourages new talent but also offers up many an opportunity to see the music I love. I could (and have) gone on about this band before, but each concert I attend is different and amazing. The Secret Sisters opened and Karen Elson, the supermodel married to Jack White, performed with the bands as well." [Delighted & Charmed]
That review refers to the 1/15 Punch Brothers and Secret Sisters show at Bowery Ballroom where special guest Karen Elson joined both bands.

Punch Brothers will return to Bowery Ballroom on April 16th, this time for a revival of p-Bingo Night...

"p-Bingo Night is Punch Brothers' creative process (made slightly more entertaining, hopefully) on display at the Living Room [ on Thursday nights in 2009 and 2010]. In addition to other delights, you can expect to see the Brothers trying out new material, improving existing material, and appropriating material that they wish was theirs, i.e. Radiohead, Bach, D'Angelo, James King, etc., right in front of your very eyes... or ears, rather, though music is generally better seen than heard. Also, there will be Special Guests, the coattails of whom the Brothers will surely ride to fame and fortune! Please note: little to no bingo will be played."
Tickets for the April Bowery show are on sale. Check below for the full slate of PB dates which stretch from coast to coast and into June.

Among those dates are also two solo dates for Punch Brothers mandolin master Chris Thile. The first of those dates, Feb 8th, will see him team with Michael Daves for a sold-out date at Rockwood Music Hall. The second is March 2nd at Le Poisson Rouge with Gabriel Kahane and Brad Mehldau. Tickets are still available.

Gabriel Kahane also plays a show at Merkin Concert Hall as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival three days after LPR.

Tour dates videos below.

Continue reading "more Punch Brothers & Chris Thile gigs (Gabriel Kahane too)"

Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers' Wednesday, June 23rd show set for Town Hall (as part of the CareFusion Jazz Fest) has been canceled. Instead, the bluegrass band will play the same night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. "Tickets already purchased for The Town Hall concert can be refunded at point of purchase". Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. Julian Lage Group opens.

The Punch Brothers' new CD, Antifogmatic, comes out June 15th on Nonesuch. You can get a song from it on their site for your email address.

The group's other shows this summer include Bonnaroo and gigs around the country, including some opening for Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers. Album tracklist and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Punch Brothers show moved (sort of) from Town Hall to MHOW, new album soon, more dates (some w/ Steve Martin) "