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Newport Folk Fest
Newport Folk Fest

The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.
The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"How the hell in the world did i end up at a dr dog/bright eyes show?" - Big Troubles

"Martin's band Real Estate is playing at the Williamsburg Waterfront with Dr. Dog and Bright Eyes!" - Breanne Joyce

"dr. dog just slaughtered providence. bright eyes are mopping the floor trying to clean up the bloodbath that was dr. dog." - Deer Tick

"dr. dog is opening for bright eyes. oh. news to me.
what a wonderful surprise." - Josi Gula

"Bright Eyes/Williamsburg Waterfront has taken the #1 spot in my Best Concerts of 2011 list. Apologies, Ra Ra Riot/Prospect Park." - Jenny Owen Youngs

"$50 a ticket for dr. dog/bright eyes. i will never ever be a bright eyes fan now. I hate you conor oberst. hate." - Sarah M

Dr. Dog @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Dr. Dog

Bright Eyes @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes, Dr. Dog and Real Estate played Brooklyn's outdoor Williamsburg Waterfront on Wednesday night (8/31). A set of pictures from that show continues, along with Bright Eyes' setlist, below...

Continue reading "Bright Eyes, Dr. Dog & Real Estate @ Williamsburg Waterfront (pics & setlist)"

Conor Oberst (more by Chris La Putt)
Conor

Those hoping that Wild Flag might schedule a headlining NYC show on the day before they open for Bright Eyes at Radio City Music Hall, are out of luck, but Wild Flag did add a 2nd NYC show, as did Superchunk. They will both open for Bright Eyes at Radio City Music Hall on March 8th (on sale soon) and March 9th (sold out). Bright Eyes also added a bunch more dates, and they are all listed below.

Tickets for the new NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am, and then general sale on Saturday at 11am. But there will also be pre-sales for all or most new dates via ConorOberst.com.

Wild Flag also added some more dates since we last spoke. All of their and Bright Eyes' dates, below...

Continue reading "Bright Eyes adds 2nd Radio City show, more tour dates"

Conor

Ben Kweller just toured through NYC, hitting the Rock Shop in Park Slope for two performances on Saturday night (11/27). Those who chose the early show were treated to guest appearances by both Adam Green and John Shade (who has a show coming up with Mountain Man). Those who chose the late show also got Green and Shade, but won with an appearance by Conor Oberst who joined Ben for a rendition of Bright Eyes song "Another Travelin' Song." A video of that is below.

You might remember Bright Eyes as that band/project Conor led before he started calling himself by his actual name. You may remember seeing Ben Kweller and Conor Oberst play together on stage when Ben opened for Conor at Terminal 5 in 2008.

If my calculations are correct, it's been a bit over three years since "Bright Eyes" played NYC. That November 2007 show was at Radio City Music Hall with Thurston Moore and the Felice Brothers, and earlier that year Bright Eyes played seven nights in a row at Town Hall with special guests that included Britt Daniel, Ben Gibbard, and Ben Kweller.

On March 9, 2011 Bright Eyes will return to NYC and to Radio City Music Hall for a sort-of-all Merge Records bill that will include opening sets by Superchunk and Wild Flag (Conor put out a solo album on Merge and Wild Flag are signed to Merge too). Radio City tickets ranging in price from $25-$39.50 will go on general sale Saturday, December 4th, at 10am, but a presale begins somewhere on December 1st at noon for that show, and for Bright Eyes' only other scheduled gig: June 23rd at Royal Albert Hall in London. There's also an AmEx presale for the NYC show starting Wednesday at noon.

The UK and NYC shows will be in support of a brand new Bright Eyes album, that is coming out on Conor's label Saddle Creek on February 15th, 2011. It's called The People's Key...

"Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People's Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Oberst is renowned. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at the band's own ARC Studios, The People's Key was produced by Mike Mogis and engineered by Mogis and Andy LeMaster.

Additional Bright Eyes players on The People's Key: Andy LeMaster, (Now It's Overhead), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Carla Azar (Autolux), Clark Baechle (The Faint), Shane Aspegren (The Berg Sans Nipple), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) and Denny Brewer (Refried Ice Cream)." - Saddle Creek

Full tracklist below.

The Radio City show is one day before Wild Flag (the Sleater-Kinney band) plays DC.

Ben Kweller opens for Pete Yorn at Terminal 5 on March 11th.

The Kweller/Oberst video, all dates, and the tracklist below...

Continue reading "Bright Eyes releasing an LP, playing Radio City w/ Superchunk & Wild Flag, Conor played w/ Ben Kweller @ the Rock Shop"

My Morning Jacket

As previously mentioned, My Morning Jacket landed some opening slots on the current Tom Petty tour including August 24th in NJ (though not MSG). Tickets for the tour are currently on sale (some with no service fee).

My Morning Jacket now has new dates that include Canandaigua, NY (outside Rochester) on August 28th (tickets on sale Friday at noon) and Philly on August 29th. On those headlining dates "the guys will be donating $1 from each ticket to a local charity." All dates and the list of charities are below.

Before those, Jim James will be a part of the Appalachain Voices tour with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore in July. That includes a July 30th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are on sale Friday.

You can also catch Yim Yames on May 26th performing with John Prine on Letterman. MMJ is among those who contributed to a new Prine tribute album entitled Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Gayngs, Deer Tick, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, Drive By Truckers, Those Darlins and others have tracks on the CD too.

The full tribute tracklist, a video of J Vernon covering Prine at the Haiti benefit @ MHOW, and all MMJ tour dates, below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket announce more tour dates, contribute to John Prine tribute CD"

photos by Chris Graham

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
TV on the Radio
Deerhunter

Sporting a beard that complements the music he's making these days, Conor Oberst and his Mystic Valley Band closed down [Outside Lands' Day Two] Sutro Stage with songs that are more down-home than downtrodden. One highlight of the set was when he brought out Jenny Lewis to perform Rilo Kiley's "Portions for Foxes," though Oberst outdid himself in the end with a beautiful rendition of the sparse and gorgeous "Milk Thistle." [MTV]
Outside Lands, at SF's Golden Gate Park, ran for three days in August. The pictures here are from its second day, Saturday, August 19th, which featured Conor Oberst & the Mystic Family Band (with an appearance by Jenny Lewis), TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Mars Volta, Bat for Lashes and Mastodon. (The reunited Os Mutantes also played but there's no pics of them; we did cover them at Webster Hall though.).

More pictures from Day Two, below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2009 - Day 2 pics (Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, TVOTR, Mastodon, Deerhunter, Mars Volta, Bat for Lashes)"

QQ

The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.

The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.

What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..

Continue reading "Q Magazine's Top Albums of 2009 "

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

DOWNLOAD: Monsters of Folk - Say Please (MP3)

Monsters of Folk
Monsters of Folk

Indie supergroup Monsters of Folk are currently on tour across North America to support their new self-titled debut (the second track of which is above). The tour comes to NYC for two shows, at United Palace on November 6th and Beacon Theater on November 8th. Tickets for both are still available.

The pictures here are from the group's Oct. 18th gig at the Greek Theater in L.A....

Monsters of Folk played a monster-sized set last night at L.A.'s Greek Theatre, running through 35 songs in just under three hours -- with no opener and no intermission -- in support of the indie-rock supergroup's self-titled debut, which came out about a month ago. The Monsters comprise My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James; singer-songwriter (and She & Him guy) M. Ward; and Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, both of Bright Eyes, and at the Greek the band's set alternated Monsters of Folk cuts with material from each member's respective catalog. Simply put, if you ever wind up in a game of Name That Tune with one of these dudes, come prepared.

Backed up on drums by Will Johnson of Centro-matic, the four musicians traded instrumental duties throughout the concert, with Mogis serving as something of a secret-weapon utility man... [Rolling Stone]

More pictures and the setlist from LA are below...

Continue reading "Monsters of Folk on tour - played LA's Greek Theatre (pics & setlist) ++ Beacon & United Palace shows coming soon"

Tickets are now on presale (password = SAYPLEASE ) for the NYC Monsters of Folk shows. All dates HERE. Video of Conor Oberst, M Ward, Mike Mogis and Yim Yames (pre-MoF MoF) covering Bob Dylan on Austin City Limits, below...

Continue reading "Monsters of Folk pre-sale & live video "

by Andrew Frisicano

Mac and Britt embrace (Triangle Music)
Mac and Britt

The much anticipated XX Merge Festival took place last week in North Carolina with a five-day (July 22-July 26), Wednesday to Sunday run of shows. Last night (Sunday)'s show with She & Him, American Music Club and Wye Oak was the only fully announced lineup. The other four nights (and one day) were a grab bag of any number of Merge bands past and present. Did you go? What were the highlights?

Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, who recently played a pair of big NY shows, headlined the fest's first night (which also included Magnetic Fields). Superchunk, which features Merge founders Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, topped the bill of the second night. The third night included the reformed/reunited lineups of Spent, Polvo and Pipe.

Mac McCaughan came out on stage before [Pipe] instead of the night's emcee and announced that there was a lone protester outside. He invited him up on stage and it was Jon Wurster decked out in Phillies gear as Philly Boy Roy. He was holding a sign that said "Boycot MERGE." He complained that Merge didn't have any Philly bands on their roster and Mac said that they have bands from Jersey, which is close to Philly. You never compare Jersey to Philly in front of Philly Boy Roy. It was hilarious.

All of this led to the introduction of New Jersey punks Pipe. As soon as they kicked into their first song, beer cans and plastic bottles started flying. Frontman Ron Liberti ate it up and even put himself in the line of fire, headbutting some of the cans while kicking some back into the crowd. Liberti bounded around the stage, essentially taunting the crowd. The crowd loved the band's antics as did I (but that may have been different if I hadn't managed to stay dry). [triangle music]

You can see the partial setlist from Spoon, who headlined that night, below.

In addition to the Cat's Cradle shows (the venue for 4/5 of the night shows), Saturday featured a day show that included Julian Koster solo as Music Tapes and Mac McCaughan with violin accompaniment as Portastatic. A few videos from that set, below.

M. Ward, who's playing the Central Park Summerstage this Saturday (August 1st), played at the fest's Saturday night showcase. Zooey Deschanel joined him for a cover of the Beatles' "Birthday." Not too big of a surprise considering She & Him headlined the Sunday night show.

Other XX Merge artists who recently stopped in NYC include The Clientele and Richard Buckner (they played Music Hall of Williamsburg last Sunday), Versus and Superchunk (they played South Street Seaport last Friday), and Spent (they played Coco 66). Spoon didn't play a NYC show, but they were spotted in the audience of Paul McCartney's third of three shows at Citi Field in Queens. Destroyer is on his way up. He plays Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. Mark Eitzel (as American Music Club) played Le Poisson Rouge and Maxwell's before XX Merge, and now he's on his way back for a show at The Bell House.

Lineups for each night of XX Merge, with videos, and a bunch of setlists, below...

Continue reading "Merge celebrated their 20th w/ 5 days of shows in North Carolina (lineups, reviews, pics, video setlists...)"

photos by Kurt Christensen

Conor Oberst

Wilco has wrapped up their most recent run of North American shows in support of Wilco (The Album). One of the final performances took place July 18th at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band opened the show. Previously on that tour, Wilco played Coney Island with Yo La Tengo on July 13th. Feist and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear joined Wilco on stage during that show (and Feist on Letterman that same week). No special guests in Dutchess County.

Coming up, Wilco has mostly European dates, with a short set of US shows in October. Those dates are below. Guitarist Nels Cline will also be making a series of non-Wilco appearances, mostly in NYC, starting with a July 30th show at the Stone.

Conor Oberst and Co. play the last show on their current tour at San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival on August 29th. Oberst goes on tour with the Monsters of Folk this fall (including two NYC shows in November).

All photos and set lists below...

Continue reading "Wilco & Conor Oberst @ Dutchess Stadium, NY - pics, setlist"

DOWNLOAD: Monsters of Folk - Say Please (MP3)

Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk (Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Yim Yames...or Jim James as most know him) will be heading out on tours of North America and Europe this fall. That tour comes to NYC for two nights in November. One will be November 6th at the United Palace (which recently hosted Sonic Youth). The second will November 8th at the Beacon Theater. Tickets for the NYC shows (and all shows) go on general sale Friday, July 31st, and "an exclusive pre-sale for Monsters of Folk fans begins on Tuesday, July 28th".

For the tour...

The four members will be switching instruments and trading roles throughout each show, maintaining the freewheeling and highly collaborative spirit of their work together thus far.

On this inaugural tour, Monsters of Folk is partnering with Air Traffic Control, a resource for musicians' philanthropic and social change work, to donate monies raised from ticket sales. The band will be donating $1 from every ticket sold on the tour to local non-profits.

The group's self-titled debut will be out September 22nd on Shangri-La Music. Check out the second track from that above, as well as the album track list, below.

M. Ward plays his own show at Central Park Summerstage on August 1st. All MoF tour dates and the album track list, below...

Continue reading "Monsters of Folk - 2009 tour dates (Beacon & United Palace)"

DOWNLOAD: Monsters of Folk - Say Please (MP3)

Say Please

Monsters of Folk - comprised of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket's Jim James and singer/songwriter M.Ward - have made a track from their forthcoming self-titled debut album available for FREE on their website. http://www.monstersoffolk.com is giving away the song, titled "Say Please", to anyone who visits the site and types "please" into the request form. The.. full length album will be released in the US on Shangri-La Music on September 22nd.
M. Ward plays Central Park Summerstage on August 1st.

UPDATE: pictures from Wilco's show in Coney Island are POSTED.

Wilco @ Baltimore Virgin Fest '08 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Wilco

Wilco will play Brooklyn's Keyspan Park tonight (June 13th) with Yo La Tengo. Tickets are sold out (no tickets at the door even), but there are still tickets available to Wilco's July 18th show at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY (about an hour and a half north of NYC). That show pairs the band with opener Conor Oberst & the Magic Family Band (who played NYC on July 4th with Jenny Lewis). Oberst recently opened other shows for Wilco, including Friday, July 10th in Wilmington, Delaware.

In Friday's opener, "Wilco (the song)," a generous-spirited rocker, the raspy-voiced Tweedy volunteered his accomplished band as "a sonic shoulder to cry on," and promised the intergenerational crowd, "Wilco will love ya, baby."

That affection was expressed in a career-spanning set that reached back as far as 1994's underrated A.M. for the bittersweet "Box Full of Letters." But rather than a shoulder to cry on, Wilco's songs typically offered a chance to bond over shared anxieties.

Tweedy is not always the most articulate lyricist; I'm not quite sure what it means to be "cold as gasoline," as he sings on the new disc's "Solitaire." But his band, whose standout star is avant guitarist Nels Cline, is expert at expressing its leader's discomfort in songs such as "Muzzle of Bees."

Even a song that declares "I'm Always in Love" finds reason to worry. The only carefree tune after the opener was the closer, the deliriously happy "Hoodoo Voodoo," whose lyrics were not written by Tweedy but by Woody Guthrie... [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Videos from that July 10th show and their July 11th show in Lowell, MA, are below.

All those Ballpark gigs are part of Wilco's summer tour in support of the now-out Wilco (The Album). In August, they'll be touring behind the record in Europe.

Tuesday night, July 14th, Wilco will perform "You and I" from Wilco (the album) on The Late Show with David Letterman with special guest vocalist Feist. Feist also recently played guest with Grizzly Bear (who she has also played on TV with), and joined her old band Broken Social Scene on stage in Toronto.

All the above-mentioned videos, and tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Wilco - w/ Yo La Tengo in Coney Island tonight, on Letterman w/ Feist Tuesday, Dutchess County on 7/18"

DOWNLOAD: Yim Yames - Behind That Locked Door (MP3)

1 of 4 Monsters of Folk @ Battery Park 7/4 (more by Chris La Putt)
Conor Oberst

Monsters of Folk - comprised of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket's Jim James and singer/songwriter M.Ward - will be releasing their first collaborative album on September 22nd. The self-titled effort was recorded in Malibu, CA and Omaha, NE, and produced by Mike Mogis. Although these critically acclaimed artists have shared the stage before, this album marks their first recorded output as a band. The record will be released in North America on Shangri-La Music, and internationally on Rough Trade (UK/Europe), Spunk Records (Australia/New Zealand) and P-Vine Records (Japan). All four members play every instrument on the album, supplying everything from drum kills to cascading backing vocals.
Of the group, Conor Oberst is one of the members who's touring this summer. That includes some dates with AA Bondy. As you can see above (and we've mentioned a few times already), Oberst just played 4th of July in NYC's Battery Park. He also played Friday at Toad's Place in CT.
"There's nothing that the road cannot heal," Oberst sang Friday night at Toad's Place in New Haven, leading his backing quintet, the Mystic Valley Band, through a spirited version of "Moab."

Clad in a traditional Mexican shirt, necklace and black sombrero -- a gigantic hat nearly as large as the UFOs often spotted in Tepoztlan -- the singer and guitarist strummed hard and made wild gestures, sometimes pointing off into the distance." [Hartford Courant]

M. Ward is also on the road. His summer stops include XX Merge in July and a free Central Park Summerstage show (with the new Yuka Honda/Dougie Bowne/Nels Cline/Mike Watt band opening) on August 1st.

Jim James Yim Yames and My Morning Jacket are currently taking some time off. This summer James will be releasing a George Harrison tribute EP called Tribute To, which is available now for download and presale through his site. The record is under the name "Yim Yames" and hits stores on August 4th. A portion of the proceeds of this album will go to Woodstock Animal Sanctuary.

A widget to preview Tribute To, with both album tracklists, below...

Continue reading "Monsters of Folk = Oberst, Mogis, M Ward & Jim James aka YIM YAMES (whose George Harrison EP is available now)"

DOWNLOAD: AA Bondy - When The Devil's Loose (MP3)

AA Bondy @ Sasquatch Fest (more by Chris Graham)
AA Bondy

AA Bondy's June tour with Holly Miranda is over. Looking ahead, he will open some shows for Conor Oberst & The Mysic Valley Band this month, and he has a lone headlining show scheduled at Mercury Lounge in NYC on Friday, August 28th. Tickets for that go on sale Thursday, July 9th at noon.

Holly Miranda also has a show on the horizon. She'll be at the 92YTribeca with Joan As Police Woman on Saturday, July 25th. Tickets are on sale.

Conor Oberst doesn't have any upcoming NYC shows, but he just played a huge one the other day.

AA Bondy's new record, When The Devil's Loose, is set to come out September 1st on Fat Possum. Listen to the title track from that, above.

Below you can preview that song again and another from the album (along with Tom Waits and Hank Williams covers) from AA Bondy's June 26th show in Visalia, CA.

Continue reading "upcoming AA Bondy & Holly Miranda (& Conor Oberst) shows "

Janelle Monae @ MHOW 4/17 (more by Tim Griffin)
Janelle Monae

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Burlesque @ Public Assembly
* Rev. Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus), modwheelmood @ Highline Ballroom
* Urban Barnyard, Dufus, John Ludington, Andrea Zvaleko @ Cake Shop
* Right on Dynamite, Deleted Scenes, Deep Sea Diver, Michael Runion @ Union Hall
* Talibam!, Up Died Sound, Fragrant Family, Uncle Woody Sullender @ DbA
* Afro-Punk Fest w/ Saul Williams, Janelle Monae, Dallas Austin, Elevator Fight @ BAM

Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir continue their run of free Monday night shows at Union Pool.

Saul Williams (7:30) and Janelle Monae (6:30) headline the third night of music at BAM's Afro-Punk Festival.

Peter Murphy's "Secret Cover" tour makes the first of two NYC stops at the Highline Ballroom tonight. The Bauhaus singer will be at the venue tomorrow night too.

"Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Brooke Shields are among the celebrities scheduled to be involved in Tuesday's Michael Jackson memorial." [LA Times]

"Despite efforts to keep people from profiting from Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson, scalpers online Monday were asking as much as $9,000 per ticket to the free event." [CNN]

Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band played a free 4th of July show at NYC's Battery Park (Jenny Lewis was there too.) You can see Conor & Co. on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight playing "Spoiled" off Outer South. A video of "Spoiled" from the 4th, as well as "Sausalito" and a cover of "Handle With Care" with Jenny Lewis, below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

photos by Chris La Putt

Jenny Lewis

"[Jenny Lewis's] hour long set (as the opening act for their good friends, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band) featured Lewis classics such as "Acid Tongue", "The Next Messiah" and Rilo Kiley's "Silver Lining" plus one or two new songs. And of course, they pulled Conor Oberst out to join them on one song, at which point he and Lewis pressed their faces together to share the microphone center stage." [Cassie]
The River to River Festival's annual free Independence Day concert in NYC's Battery Park went down as planned, rain-free, on Saturday (7/4/2009 @ 3:30PM)
"It was nice being able to just lay down and sun-nap for a little while listening to live music." [Spatula Queen]

"The concert was fabulous. The weather was perfect (clear sky, breezy), and there was a great energy in the park. There were tooons of people there.." [my so-called life]

"conor oberst was great. much better than i thought he would be." [Anonymous | July 4, 2009 10:36 PM]

"Kicked it on a blanket in a park listening to those two for hours. Pretty much one of the best afternoons I had ever had." [Typoscura]

More pictures, and both setlists, below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis & Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band @ Battery Park in NYC (July 4th) - pics & setlists"

Street Scene

"STREET SCENE, one of the nation's longest running music festivals, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with two full days of music Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, The Dead Weather and Cake are among the more than 35 acts that will bring the streets of downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood alive with music and entertainment from 4:00 PM to midnight daily. The venue site will include Tailgate Park (adjacent to Petco Park) in the heart of East Village, incorporating 14th Street as the main thoroughfare and bordered by Imperial Avenue to J Street."
2009 is the 25th anniversary of the festival which was launched in 1984. This year's festival also has WAVVES on the lineup, which means three shows total now scheduled for the band. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "San Diego's Street Scene Festival announces 2009 lineup"

photos by Darren Kim

Morrissey

"Coachella exists in two time zones: the event itself and its digital afterlife. The second zone, on cameras and blogs and Twitter and video-sharing sites, comes a heartbeat after the first, like a rockabilly slap-back echo. In its 10th year now, Coachella has been the music festival for the most technologically advanced teenagers-to-young-professionals, sniffing around the alternative mainstream. Even when the music doesn't present an argument they haven't heard before, they're controlling their own media representation of it; the act of listening is almost immediately contextualized into their own lives." [NY Times]
More pictures from Coachella Day One, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2009 - Day 1 in Pictures "

Jenny Lewis (on a bill w/ Conor) in Austin (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis

As suspected, this year's free 'River to River Festival' concert at Battery Park in NYC on July 4th will be headlined by Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band. Jenny Lewis, who also plays a smaller indoor show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9th, will be opening the NYC show. "This year this event is not ticketed, but space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis."

Last year's show was Sonic Youth and The Feelies. The year before that was New Pornographers and Midlake. Before that was Belle & Sebastian. Before that was Stephen Malkmus and Yo La Tengo...

All Conor Oberst dates HERE. All Jenny Lewis dates HERE.

DOWNLOAD: Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band - Nikorette (MP3)

Conor Oberst @ Terminal 5 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band are set to release "One of My Kind" on April 15th, a documentary that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the band's journey over the past year and a half. Made by the band's guitar-tech Phil Schaffart and presented by causecast.org, "One of My Kind" traces the group's ever-growing bond as friends and collaborators. Footage from Tepoztlan, Mexico, where they recorded their first album, Conor Oberst, their worldwide tour in 2008, and the making of Outer South in El Paso, TX takes viewers on a 60-minute musical journey around the world.

The film will be available as a free stream or HD download exclusively on Causecast.org, IFC.com, conoroberst.com, mergerecords.com, and wichita-recordings.com.

Unlike any film release before, Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band are donating the documentary, "One Of My Kind" for FREE, in the hope that viewers will make a donation to one of the many nonprofits or causes on Causecast.

The trailer for One of My Kind is below.

Oberst's new record Outer South will be releaesd May 5th, but is streaming now (and available for preorder) at Merge Records. "Nikorette," above, is also from the disc.

Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band have dates scheduled across the country. Stops include April 17th at Coachella and XX Merge, the label's 20th anniversary fest which runs from July 22nd-26th (Merge isn't announcing the nightly lineups, so Oberst could be playing any of those days).

There are no NYC dates scheduled, but they are playing CT on July 3rd and nowhere on July 4th... Oberst was also featured on the Dark Was the Night comp, which is having a charity show at Radio City on Sunday, May 3rd. That's a lineup he seems much less likely to be added to at this point though.

All tour dates, the doc trailer, and Outer South art and track list below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst - new Merge album (MP3, stream, pre-order), documentary (trailer), 2009 Tour Dates (July 4th???) "

DOWNLOAD: Guv'ner - Bay's Way Cruel (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Guv'ner - Help Me (MP3)

XXMerge

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, Merge bands of the past and present will converge for 5 days of live music, July 22-26th in the heat of the sunny North Carolina summer. We are calling these 5 days of live music and mayhem, XX Merge.

XX Merge Wednesday, July 22nd - Sunday, July 26th
4 nights at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC
1 night at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, NC on UNC Campus Details of additional music & bedlam yet to come!

GuvnerFeaturing over 25 of your favorite Merge artists including...Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, Spent, M. Ward, The Rosebuds, Destroyer, Guv'ner, Polvo, Pipe & The Broken West. Many more bands both expected and unexpected still to-be-announced!

5-Day Passes are $150 and will get you in to all XX Merge festivities. Passes will go on sale on Wednesday, April 8th at 10 AM EST via catscradle.com and mergerecords.com. 5-day passes are nontransferable. A limited number of tickets for individual Cradle shows and the Memorial Hall show will be made available at a later date.

And this interesting tidbit from their FAQ's: "We will announce a (nearly) complete list of Merge bands who will be playing prior to the festival, but you will have to come to each show to find out who is playing on which night. We think it's more fun that way!"

The Rosebuds are now in the midst of their April tour that brings them back to NYC for two shows soon.

M Ward is also playing Coachella and Central Park Summerstage this year. All dates below.

Check out the video for Spent's "Umbrella Wars", below...

Continue reading "XX Merge - ticket info & initial festival lineup announced (Guv'ner, Spent, Pipe, Spoon, Conor & M Ward included)"

Coachella

Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).

Paul McCartneyThis marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.

"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.

Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.

Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:

Continue reading "Coachella 2009 - OFFICIAL lineup announced (My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Morrissey, The Cure, Antony, Amy Winehouse...) - tix on sale"

Dark Was the NightDark Was the Night

"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."
More info on the previously mentioned comp below...

Continue reading "Dark Was the Night - full 4AD comp artist list, cover art, etc"