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Billy Bragg

IT IS WITH DEEP REGRET THAT I MUST CANCEL MY US TOUR
It is with deep regret that I must announce that I have had to cancel my US tour, which was due to start in Brownfield, Maine, on 24th March. My mother was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and her health has deteriorated to such a critical extent in the past week that I am now unable to fulfill these dates. As her life slips away, I feel that my place is by her side.

Details of rescheduled dates and/or refunds will be available soon.

Billy Bragg

Billy was scheduled to play City Winery in NYC on March 29, 30 & 31.

John Wesley Harding and Eugene Mirman at LPR in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
John Wesley Harding

"I wanted to bring together my novel writing friends (who mostly envy my musician friends) and my musician friends (who mostly envy my novel writing friends) under one flag," says John Wesley Harding. "Then add Eugene Mirman and his comedians of comedy... The fact is: I like everyone who's performing.
Novelist/singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding brings his Cabinet of Wonders back to City Winery on March 11th. Joining him in his quest for the perfect variety show will be an all-star lineup featuring Andrew Bird, David Wax Museum, Paul Muldoon, Tift Merritt, Daniel Felsenfeld & The Jessold Consort, Eugene Mirman, JWH, Jonathan Coe and Kristin Hersh. A little more than a month later, he'll do it again with another show at City Winery on April 22, this time featuring "Rick Moody, Eugene Mirman & more". More details on that one TBA.

In between (and before) those dates, John Wesley Harding AKA Wesley Stace will do readings in and around the area, including one on 3/10 at Book Court in Brooklyn and one on 3/17 as part of a panel at LIO in Brooklyn. He'll be speaking about Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, his new book. Maybe you read about it in the New York Times:

WESLEY STACE'S new book, "Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer," is both a murder mystery and a novel about classical music, with a character who sometimes assumes another identity. Mr. Stace, an enthusiastic, donnish Englishman with an honors degree in English literature from Jesus College, Cambridge, and a head stuffed full of historical trivia, is an expert on both double lives and music. Improbably, he is also John Wesley Harding, an Elvis Costello-like singer-songwriter and folk rocker who has released more than a dozen records and is cool enough to have enlisted most of the Decemberists as the backup band on a forthcoming album.
Eugene Mirman talks with Stace about the book in a video you can watch below. Eugene Mirman can also be found at Union Hall in Brooklyn this Sunday, 3/6.

The Decemberists play Prospect Park on June 14th with Best Coast. Ticket info is forthcoming.

The David Wax Museum, who recently played their own show at City Winery (and who are part of John Wesley's Cabinet on 3/11), will also be at SXSW where you'll be able to catch them at a BrooklynVegan day party right at noon on Friday, 3/18 at Barbarella on Red River. Stay tuned for more details on that party coming shortly (but I can say it is the same one Middle Brother is playing later in the day). More David Wax dates at their website.

All Stace & Andrew Bird dates are below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird playing w/ John Wesley Harding, Wesley Stace released a book, David Wax Museum heading to SXSW"

John Wesley Harding @ the Eugene Mirman Fest (more by David Andrako)
John Wesley Harding

The next edition of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders goes down at City Winery in NYC tonight, 2/11, with Eugene Mirman, Ted Leo, The Fiery Furnaces, Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield, Ben Ottewell (of Gomez), and Rivka Galchen Patrick McGrath. That's an amazing lineup and tickets are still available for the show that features a few people who appeared on the lineup of last night's Neil Young tribute at Carnegie Hall.

As mentioned, Ben Ottewell also plays an early show at Mercury Lounge tonight.

Tonight's show is Ted Leo's only upcoming NYC appearance, though those in Austin in March can catch him at the BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase and at other shows. His full solo tour includes February west coast dates, and April east coast dates (Philly, Scranton & CT included). All dates are listed below...

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DOWNLOAD: Rhett Miller - Live at Fez 4/4/01 (Zipped MP3s)

"Happy to be in the same room with live Rhett Miller lyrics...." - Michelle Snyder

"Dear lord, rhett miller is effing amazing. #citywinery #rhettmiller" - Chris Crapanzano

Rhett Miller at City Winery (theDoogan)
Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller, who next plays a solo show at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT on 2/11, spent Friday night (2/4) at City Winery, and was joined on stage by Nicole Atkins for a few songs. Video of the pair performing "Four Leaf Clover" and "Fireflies" is below. Catch Nicole Atkins at her own headlining show at Bowery Ballroom this Wednesday night with The Gay Blades and Mon Khmer. Tickets are still available.

Rhett's band Old 97's had no NYC dates when we recently posted dates, but now there's one happening on April 9th at Webster Hall with Kevin Devine. Tickets for that go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon and on regular sale Friday.

The new date comes right in the middle of Old 97s' run of shows with Teddy Thompson who is not listed on the Webster bill but does have his own solo NYC shows happening at City Winery on March 18th (tickets) and Rubin Museum on March 25th (tickets).

Updated tour dates and videos below...

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Teddy Thompson

Goldenplec: Your first album hit the shelves over ten years ago, now on his fifth album how different are they?

Teddy Thompson: I feel like they change a lot every time, I mean, I'm one of those people who is unhappy with everything I do as soon as I've done it. And the longer that goes by, the harder it is for me to look at it and be pleased at all. So, even they one before this, I listen to it and I go 'Ooh I didn't get that quite right, This one's much better.

Goldenplec: So it that a sign of being a perfectionist or striving for something more each time?

Teddy Thompson: Yeah, It's being a perfectionist. For a long time I thought being a perfectionist meant that you did things perfectly (laughs). Then I found out that that's not what being a perfectionist is at all, it's somebody that's just unhappy with what they've done and wants to get it perfect but often, most of the time, feels like they don't get close. But it can work that way too, it makes you strive for something better each time, so it's a useful thing. I think the longer you go, like it's ten years now, I can listen to my first record and not be unhappy, be kind of embarrassed but I can find good moments in it because it seems like so long ago.

Teddy Thompson welcomes Bella into the world on February 8th, his new-and-fifth LP produced by David Kahne (The Strokes, Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney). A month later, Thompson will play a pair of headlining NYC shows in support of the release before heading out on a much bigger jaunt with the Old 97s. First on the docket is a Bella album release party, scheduled for City Winery on March 18th. Tickets are on sale. Then, one week later he's at the Rubin Museum. March 25th tickets are also on sale.

The Old 97s, who released new albums and played NYC shows in December, don't have any more NYC dates scheduled at the moment, but their frontman Rhett Miller does. You can catch Rhett this Friday, February 4th, at City Winery with Julia Haltigan. He also plays a week later at Infinity Music Hall in CT. All dates are listed below.

The above-quoted interview also discusses Teddy's relationship to the Wainwrights. Teddy says:

"Maybe I have, I would like to think that I have. [Rufus has] certainly influenced me. He was further along than I was when we met, already had a record deal, was making a record and was very confident. Fully formed within himself, I was still figuring out what I was doing and he certainly helped me. And Martha, I just find generally inspiring, especially when you see her live. She's a reminder of how to give it all on stage when you're feeling a bit safe or lazy or something. Then you see Martha play.' "
Maybe you saw Martha play at one of four shows she just did at Rockwood Music Hall (the most recent one was this past Monday). Her upcoming dates include California and Australia. Rufus meanwhile is prepping for his opera Prima Donna to have its NY premiere at City Opera in the spring of 2012, and a 5-night London residency this July.

All Teddy & Rhett dates and some videos below...

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Kaki King's axes
Kaki King

"Just wanted to introduce you to some members of the up-coming traveling guitar-freak show. Harp guitar, 7 string fanned fret nylon, high-tuned 12 string, and of course, the ovation, my original and favorite freak. I woke up one morning at a friend's house and Ru Paul was there. Yes, that Ru Paul . . . just, don't ask right now. He said he shit his pants and his titties got hard when he saw the harp guitar, and I took that as a very good sign." - Kaki King
Meet the Kaki King acoustic arsenal, which you can see up-close at a few select dates where she'll be returning "to her acoustic roots". Kicking off with a show at MoMA's Celeste Bartos Theater on February 23rd with Pedro da Silva (tickets), Katherine Elizabeth King will then fly into Mexico City and tour California and the West Coast before eventually making it back East in April to play City Winery twice before closing out the tour in Binghamton. Tickets are on sale for both the April 7th & April 8th dates at Manhattan's City Winery.

Her full tour schedule and some streaming audio is below.

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John & Ian & barrels of wine
Deer Tick

After a rousing opening set by duo The Shivers, Deer Tick frontman John McCauley and Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil (who also used to be in Titus Andronicus) took turns playing completely solo and with each other at their show at City Winery in NYC last night (1/19). In front of an over-packed house, they each used their voices and guitars as instruments, and sometimes John sat down at the piano. Speaking of sitting down, that's what most of the crowd was doing, at their tables where food, beer, and especially wine were flowing. Others were standing around the edges of the spacious venue because there weren't any seats left.

The setlist was heavy on Deer Tick classics that I was especially happy to hear stripped down, included brand new unrecorded songs (often the ones Ian sang), Middle Brother songs (including the song "Middle Brother" with assistance from special guest and audience member Jonny Corndawg who helped write the song), a Replacements cover, and a John Prine cover. They closed with a festive cover of Buddy Holly's "Oh Boy." The only dissapointment was that John had a piano at his disposal and he didn't use it to play "Christ Jesus."

The merch table had Jonny Corndawg-created Beavis & Butthead (John & Ian) airbrushed shirts for sale, and the venue was selling limited edition bottles of City Winery-made John McCauley 'petit shiraz' wine (pictures below).

One night earlier, as I hinted they might, both John and Ian showed up and played sets at the final night of Corndawg's Union Pool residency in Brooklyn.

Go catch John and Ian on tour with each other now, catch Corndawg out on tour with Dawes, and see Middle Brother when they tour with Deer Tick and Dawes in March (tickets are still on sale for both NYC shows). Everyone's dates are listed HERE.

More pictures and some videos from City Winery, and videos from Union Pool too, below...

Continue reading "John McCauley & Ian O'Neil (and Jonny Corndawg) played City Winery (and Union Pool) "

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Joseph Arthur is a regular at City Winery where his regular residencies include a different special guest at each show. On February 3rd it will be Greg Laswell. On February 5th it will be Jesse Malin. And on January 15th it will be ex-Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan who leaves on a tour two weeks later with Jimmy Eat World. That tour hits House of Blues in Atlantic City on February 11th, and many other places. All dates below...

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Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples' new Jeff Tweedy-produced ANTI-released album You Are Not Alone was released in September (it was MOJO's #12 album of the year). Mavis will continue to support that record at various shows in 2011. If you missed her on October 6th at City Winery, she returns to NYC to play the Bell House on January 18th (the same night as Prince's final MSG show). Tickets are on sale for the Brooklyn show which is being billed as "with special guests".

In March Mavis plays a series of dates with Billy Bragg right before he plays three of his own shows at City Winery.

Jeff Tweedy, like he did on the Colbert Report that same week, played with Mavis at City Winery in October. Videos from that show, Colbert and Jools Holland, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples playing shows in 2011 (Bell House included)"

Billy Bragg

Join the legendary Billy Bragg for a triplex of club shows in the intimate setting of City Winery in late Spring. Bragg, the much loved and highly regarded folk master songwriter, returns to New York City for the series -"At Home In the City" - where he'll perform a varied and eclectic selection from his storied career.

These three dates are your only chance to enjoy the mastery of Billy Bragg in a warm and inviting setting - think of them as conversations over a glass of wine with an old friend. [City Winery]

The shows are March 29th, 30th and 31st. All dates below...

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Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks digs Christmas tunes. But it took him over 30 years in the music business to get around to doing his own album of holiday music. The singer/songwriter/guitarist and leader of the Hot Licks, a swinging band with a cult following in the rock world going back to the '70s, has just released Crazy for Christmas on Surfdog Records and is on his way around the country on a tour he calls "Holidaze in Hicksville". The group will perform at a mix of theaters, clubs and coffeehouses, including the Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., the City Winery in New York City and McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Calif.

Talking via phone from his home in Marin County, California, Hicks says that he's always done Christmas tunes during that time of year with his band, the Hot Licks. "I've been doing Christmas songs with the Hot Licks for a couple of decades. We did about eight or ten tunes, but we didn't do them all at once. We've been doing shows we call Holidaze in Hicksville. We have a canvas backdrop with a cartoon scene of Christmas."
[Jazz Times]

Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks kick off their "Holidaze in Hicksville" tour in NJ tonight (11/27). From there they continue on to Piermont, NY before hitting City Winery in NYC with special guest John Hammond on Tuesday (11/30). All dates and a preview of the Christmas album, below...

Continue reading "Dan Hicks released a Christmas album, touring (dates)"

Todd Barry @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Todd Barry

Want to laugh Tuesday night? Head over to Lolita Bar at Broome and Allen for another edition of "Tell Your Friends!". This week's special guests include HANNIBAL BURESS (who performs a free show every Sunday at Knitting Factory) (and who recently opened for Aziz Ansari at Beacon Theater), LIAM McENEANEY, ANDY DE LA TOUR, and a "MYSTERY GUEST" who "is doing a big big show later in the week, and can't be advertised for this. He appears all over television and films, though, and this may be your last chance to see him in a basement before he's too famous for our show. - A MUST SEE!" Hmm.

Speaking of a big big show later in the week, Nick Kroll's two tapings at Music Hall of Williamsburg take place this Thursday, 11/18.

Nick also did a show at UCB tonight/Monday right before Whiplash (with special guest Mike Birbiglia). How was that? Whiplash takes place every Monday.

MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden will be a guest at the live broadcast of WFMU's comedy/variety show "Seven Second Delay" at UCB Theatre on Wednesday (11/17). $5.00 tickets are still on sale, though note that he won't be performing. They'll be interviewing him, but they promise they have a couple of surprises planned. Other guests appearing on the same show: former New York Times Ombudsman Dan Okrent, and author / gambling expert / former bookie Beth Raymer.

That WFMU thing is early - like 6pm. Stick around after for an edition of Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel's Totally J/K with special guests Hari Kondabalu (Comedy Central Presents), Greg Johnson (Sirius/XM Radio) "& more!" Then stay even longer, cause Joe Mande is also part of the show right after that too. Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn & Ed Gavagan also perform in "The Nights of Our Lives"

Much like Pee Wee Herman, Colin Quinn has a new show on Broadway (which is directed by Jerry Seinfeld) (the Colin show) (Jerry didn't direct the Pee Wee show). We are giving away tickets to see Pee Wee. The Apiary has a pair up for grabs to see Colin.

What about Eugene Mirman you ask? Well, in addition to stuff we've mentioned in the past and his somewhat regularly scheduled Sunday night shows at Union Hall, you can catch him along with John Roderick (as Santa Claus), A.C. Newman, John Hodgman, Gary Shteyngart, and Ollabelle on December 17th at City Winery for the next edition of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders. Tickets are on sale.

You will also find Eugene Mirman at the Bell House on December 12th for "Pretty Good Friends (formerly Tearing the Veil of Maya) End of the Year Holiday Blowout" with Kristen Schaal, Jon Glaser and "more to be announced." Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Kristen Schaal, was she at Littlefield last night/tonight/Monday night for "Hot Tub with Kurt"? It's unclear from the listings whether Kurt Braunohler is doing "Hot Tub" without her every Monday night through 11/29. Upcoming listed guests include Wyatt Cenac, Laura Krafft, Dan Friel, Jon Friedman, Liam McEneaney, and Chris Rozzi.

Patton Oswalt has four shows coming up at Caroline's - two on January 7th and two on January 8th. Tickets are on sale.

Last but not least, after postponing the original date, honorary Juggalo Gallagher will appear at Gramercy Theatre on April 8th. Tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Andrew VanWyngarden, secret guests, John Roderick as Santa, Dan Friel, AC Newman & other upcoming comedy shows"

photos by Chris Gersbeck

Deer Tick
Deer Tick

Last night's Deer Tick show marks the 2nd time that a couple got engaged on stage at a Deer Tick show in Brooklyn. The first time it happened, it was frontman John McCauley who proposed to Nikki Darlin on stage in Prospect Park. This time, at Music Hall of Williamsburg, it was a fan. And she said yes! Pictures of the happy couple below.

Last night's show was also not the first time Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles joined Deer Tick, whose guitar player is ex-Titus member Ian O'Neil, on stage. This time it was for a cover of the Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait".

Jason Anderson of K Records fame opened the show, which I thought was weird until I found out the connection. John McCauley has played drums for Jason, and they were both Tiger Saw collaborators! J Roddy Walston and the Business played 2nd, and all bands joined Deer Tick on the stage at the end of the show. Beer was spraying everywhere.

Things will probably be slightly less rowdy when John McCauley goes on a solo tour in 2011. Dates are TBA, but tickets are already on sale for a January 19th show at City Winery (not sure if he'll be playing any drums at this one).

More pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick played MHOW, Patrick Stickles stopped by, people got engaged (pics) ++ John McCauley solo shows coming"

"Did anyone record the Bob Mould or the Dinosaur Jr. sets?"
- Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:09 PM

Bob Mould

"Bob Mould Band performance at ATP NY Festival on September 21st, 2008. Originally recorded for live broadcast on WFMU, this is the first time that this exceptional recording of a seminal performance has been made available since it aired live on air.

This is a limited edition cd so get your before they are gone!"

Bob Mould played ATP NY in 2008, and in 2009 with No Age. The tracklist to the 2008 recording, and some more upcoming Bob dates, below...

Continue reading "upcoming Bob Mould shows & 'live from ATP' on CD "

Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe will hit the road with a full band for the "first time this millenium" for a string of US tour dates. The U.S. line-up, featuring Geraint Watkins (keyboards), Robert Trehern (drums), Johnny Scott (guitar) and Matt Radford (bass), will play less than twenty dates in all, four of them in NYC. The first three dates will go down at City Winery on Oct 20th (tickets), 21st, (tickets) and 22nd (tickets), with a fourth at The Bell House on October 24th (tickets).

Nick Lowe is preparing to release three of his LPs, The Impossible Bird, Dig My Mood and The Convincer, on vinyl for the first time ever via Yep Roc on 9/21. Preorder them now individually, or in a three pack.

Full tour dates and a few videos, below...

Continue reading "Nick Lowe touring w/ full band, playing 4 NY shows (dates)"

Old 97s

Old 97s will both double AND triple-up on fans with their alt-country stylings in the coming months. First comes a pair of Old 97's LPs entitled The Grand Theatre Vol One and Vol Two. The first, Vol 1 (doy), will hit store shelves on 10/12 with the second volume impacting in 2011. Produced by Salim Nourallah (who worked Blame It On Gravity) and engineered by Jim Vollentine (Spoon), The Grand Theatre collection spans over two dozen songs across the pair of LPs.

Then in early December, Old 97s will hit the road for a string of dates that will include three NYC shows: Dec 8th and 9th at Bowery Ballroom and Dec 10th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for all three shows (12/8, 12/9, and 12/10) are currently on AmEx presale, and open up to the general public Friday (8/27) at noon.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for your Old 97s fix TONIGHT (8/26), you can catch frontman Rhett Miller at City Winery with Zee Avi. Tickets are still available.

The Grand Theatre Volume One tracklisting, some live video including the new song "Every Night is Friday Night (Without You)", and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Old 97's releasing 2 LPs & touring, Rhett playing too (tonight)"

Pete Seeger @ Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Pete Seeger

City Winery will be hosting a three-night oil spill relief benefit, dubbed Reclaim The Coast, on July 23rd, 25th and 30th. The lineups vary for each...

July 23rd: Pete Seeger, Richard Barone, James Maddock, Elysian Fields, Mike Doughty, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Roches, Julie Gold, Peter Yarrow (More TBA)

July 25th: Ian Axel, Ed Romanoff, The Madison Square Gardeners, Paula Valstein, The Spring Standards, The Wellspring, Rich Pagano (More TBA)

July 30th: Marshall Crenshaw, Martin Rivas, Christina Courtin, Among the Oak & Ash, Jay Nash (More TBA)

Tickets for all three are on sale.

They'll also have a packed house for "Channeling Chilton - A night of Alex Chilton's Music" on July 28th. The confirmed lineup includes Yo La Tengo, Marshall Crenshaw, Jody Stephens, Jon Auer, Doug Garrison, Rene Coman, Alan Vega, Jon Spencer (of the Blues Explosion), Fran Kowalski, Chris Stamey, Lesa Aldridge (Elizabeth Hoehn), Jay Proctor (of Jay & the Techniques), Bill Cunningham, Gary Talley, Terry Manning, Evan Dando, Jesse Malin, Danny Kroha (of The Gories). In light of the recent passing of founding Big Star bassist Andy Hummel, it should be an emotional night.
Tickets are on sale.

More info on the Gulf Coast relief effort are below...

Continue reading "City Winery hosting a 3-night Pete Seeger Oil Spill relief benefit & Big Star tribute night"

DOWNLOAD: Alejandro Escovedo - Silver Cloud (MP3)

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Frisicano

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo just played two nights at City Winery with Bobby Bare Jr. opening. Special guests on the first night (6/29) included Mott the Hoople's Ian Hunter, who joined Alejandro for a verse-trading encore of Mott's "I Wish I Was Your Mother." The second night (6/30) Alejandro's producer Tony Visconti sat in with the band for songs that included a cover of the Bowie-penned Mott the Hoople song "All the Young Dudes." Singer Tift Merritt was there too; videos of those songs are below.

Alejandro Escovedo plays again at City Winery on Friday (tickets still available), and he's at Vintage Vinyl tonight (7/1) in Jersey. More info and all tour dates are here.

Grab "Silver Cloud," the hard-rocking second track from his new record, Street Songs of Love, posted above. More pictures and videos are below...

Continue reading "Alejandro Escovedo & guests played City Winery - pics, videos and a new MP3"

DOWNLOAD: Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs (MP3)

Alejandro Escovedo

Starting tonight (6/29), Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys play a string of album-release shows for new LP Street Songs of Love, out today on Fantasy Records. All three are at City Winery, with a sold-out show tonight, and a gig Wednesday, June 30 (tickets) and one on Friday, July 2nd (tickets). The first two feature Bobby Bare Jr. in the opening spot and the third has special guest Willie Nile. If you see Bobby, tell him happy birthday and congratulations on the birth of his new son.

In addition, Alejandro will be in Fords, NJ for an instore at Vintage Vinyl on Thursday (6/1), and will be back in the area for the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ, on July 16th, and a show at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, on July 23rd with Megan Mccormick (tickets).

The new album's title track is above, and a live performance of album-opening "Anchor" is posted below. Other tour dates and festivals for the summer are below...

Continue reading "Alejandro Escovedo is here for multiple shows & an in-store"

Hudson Square Fest 2009 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Hudson Square

City Winery will be hosting the second annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival, free Tuesday night music in its parking lot/courtyard. The first of those is tonight (June 29th) with Al Kooper Rockabilly Trio. Music starts at 5pm and ends by 7pm, and the series runs through August 10th.

The full schedule, which includes Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens and Bajah & The Dry Eye Crew (and Ed Kowalczyk of Live), is posted below...

Continue reading "Hudson Square Fest kicks off (free Tuesday evening shows)"

"Played the Simon & Garfunkel tribute in Central Park last night. John Roderick brought it! Ben Gibbard's psych jam ruled..." - Aimee Mann

Holmes Brothers (Sherman, Popsy and Wendell) & Mayor Bloomberg (WFUV)
Bloomberg

Ben Gibbard & St. Vincent play "Fakin it" (WFUV)
SummerStage

Paul Simon & WFUV Music Director Rita Houston (WFUV)
Simon and Garfunkel

SummerStage hosted a pricey benefit for its free programming last night (June 8) in Central Park. The show was a tribute to the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, and musicians covered the pair mostly as duos. St. Vincent and Ben Gibbard teamed up for "Fakin' It," Dean & Britta played "Homeward Bound," Alejandro Escovedo and Willie Nile played "The Boxer," Aimee Mann and John Roderick did "Only Living Boy in New York," Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche sang "Bleecker Street" and lots more. Both Simon and Garfunkel were there, but didn't perform. The full performer+set list is posted below.

How did the new speakers at Central Park sound? The SummerStage series continues through August. Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off TONIGHT (6/9).

No videos from the show at the moment, but someone posted some from the show's rehearsal that took place one night earlier at City Winery. Those with the Central Park setlist, below...

Continue reading "Simon & Garfunkel were honored at Summerstage, Ben Gibbard performed w/ St. Vincent & much more"

Calexico...
Calexico

Calexico have some shows scheduled this summer. Those include at Bonnaroo in June and other festivals like Newport Folk Fest and Ottawa Folk Fest. They'll also play City Winery in NYC for two nights: July 19th (tickets) and July 20th (tickets). All dates below.

Before that, songwriter Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys with Bobby Bare Jr will also be doing two nights at the same NYC venue, with shows on June 29th (tickets) and June 30th (tickets). Alejandro's new album, Street Songs of Love, comes out June 29th. He also plays Central Park SummerStage's Simon & Garfunkel benefit night on June 8th. All dates below.

Also on the schedule at City Winery are Clem Snide, who play there on July 16th (tickets) and whose latest LP, The Meat of Life, came out February 23rd via 429 Records. The venue also has shows from Steve Earle & Allison Moorer, Rhett Miller (who have residencies) and Nicole Atkins coming up.

Calexico, Clem Snide and Alejandro Escovedo tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Calexico, Clem Snide & Alejandro Escovedo are all touring, playing shows @ City Winery - 2010 dates"

the church

After three decades together, the church return to North America for a special 30th anniversary acoustic tour throughout April and May 2010. "An Intimate Space" will include songs that span the length of the church's epic creative trip from their debut in 1980 to their latest critically acclaimed 2009 album "Untitled # 23".

In a unique and unusual execution, the band will choose one song from each of their considerable album releases and perform them in reverse chronological order. This original show will have the audience gliding softly down through the years, opening with a track from "Untitled #23" before embarking on a fantastic voyage through time ultimately arriving at their first Australian album, "Of Skins And Heart" where it all began.

The Church where last here in 2009. They played a July show at Irving Plaza with Adam Franklin. The sole NYC date on the Australian psych-pop vets' upcoming tour is at a considerably more (as advertised) intimate venue. It happens April 22nd at City Winery. Tickets (each of which come with a copy of the band's Deadman's Hand EP) are on sale.

They also play Bay Shore, Long Island's Boulton Center for the Performing Art the next night (4/23) - tickets for that are on sale too.

Videos of the band and full dates for their tour are below...

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Joseph Arthur (by Danny Clinch)
Joseph Arthur

Speaking of City Winery, musician Joseph Arthur (who currently has paintings on display at Sundance) is continuing his "An Evening With" series there with different guests. This Friday (1/29) is him with Bobby Bare Jr.. Some tickets are still available.

The rest of those bring equally impressive guests.

Fri Feb 26 w/ Jason Isbell (tickets)
Fri Mar 12 w/ Nicole Atkins (tickets)
Fri Mar 19 w/ Kevin Devine (tickets)
Fri Mar 26 w/ Keren Ann (tickets)
Nicole Atkins played the Bell House Haiti benefit as did Sondre Lerche who has a show coming up at City Winery too, and she performs at Bowery on February 3rd (with a speaking David Byrne). Kevin Devine has other upcoming tour dates too.

All JA tour dates are below...

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Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche will be one of the many acts at the now-sold-out Bell House Haiti Benefit tonight (1/27). Sondre goes on tour after that with opener JBM. JBM is NYC songwriter Jesse Marchant, who's now signed to Partisan Records. The label will release his debut Not Even in July on April 13th. For some JBM right now, check out his recently-posted Daytrotter Session.

The pair travel the US for all of February - they'll play a NY-area show at Maxwell's on Saturday, March 6th. Tickets are on sale

Sondre is also scheduled to be at the Michael Dorf-produced Music of the Who show at Carnegie Hall on March 2nd. That show includes a lot of big names and City Winery regulars. They include Living Colour, Robyn Hitchcock, Matt Nathanson, Sondre Lerche, Postelles, Bettye LaVette, Mose Allison, The Smithereens, Gaslight Anthem, Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü), Fab Faux, Asaf Avidan, Willie Nile, Vanessa Carlton, Rich Pagano, Nicole Atkins and Steven Bernstein & The Music Unites Choir. Tickets are on sale.

Finally, Sondre Lerche plays NYC's City Winery on Tuesday, March 23rd. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...

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