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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 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
* 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


"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)


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)"


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"

photos by Eric M. Townsend

DOWNLOAD: Conor Oberst - Danny Callahan (MP3)

Conor & Ben
Conor Oberst

Ben Kweller opened for Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band at their two shows at Terminal 5 in NYC over the weekend. Ben also returned to the stage during Conor's set to join them for a cover of Paul Simon's "Kodachrome".

On Monday Conor and band played Washington DC. That entire show is streaming at NPR. Last night Conor played Conan O'Brien (video anyone?). Back in August, Conor played an in-store at Other Music in NYC. You can watch the video of that at OM's site. More Terminal 5 pictures (night 2), and a setlist (from night 1), below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst & Ben Kweller @ Terminal 5, NYC - pics/setlist"

Photos by Leia Jospe

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller is opening both of the Conor Oberst shows at Terminal 5 in NYC this weekend. Ben's last NYC was Friday October 17th at Bowery Ballroom. A few more pictures from that show and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Ben Kweller - 2 shows this weekend, Bowery Ballroom pics"

Kaki King @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Kaki King @ SXSW

The Hold Steady and Drive by Truckers play their second of two shows together at Terminal 5 in NYC tonight (11/7), and two more big indie rock pairings are rolling into town to play their own doubleheaders this weekend. Deerhunter, Times New Viking play Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Knyfe Hyts) and Bowery Ballroom (with Vivian Girls) on Friday and Saturday. The Mountain Goats and Kaki King are at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall on Satuday and Sunday.

Also this weekend: Conor Oberst at Terminal 5 (Saturday and Sunday), and the show I'm presenting, Deer Tick at Southpaw on Saturday. I have one pair of Deer Tick tickets to giveaway. If you want them...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats, Kaki King, Deerhunter & Times New Viking"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Conor Oberst

Jenny Lewis

M. Ward took the stage first to start off Conor Oberst's aftershow at La Zona Rosa around 10 p.m Sunday, without the high-powered band that accompanied him during his Friday set at the festival. Ward is just as good solo as he is with his band, however, as the big sound of his finger-picking style compensates for the lack of umph. He played a few repeats from his Friday set, including, "Sad, Sad Song" and "Chinese Translation," before bringing out Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, who appeared at the festival on Sunday. Rawlings and Ward traded licks and Welch sang backup on Ward's "Fuel For Fire," a mellow cover of "It Hurts Me Too" and Ward's "One Life Away" to finish the set.

Lewis came out second. Her performance on Friday in the WaMu tent was good, but inside La Zona Rosa the show was bigger and better. [Austin 360]

Kyle wrapped up his Austin trip at the late-night Sunday show at La Zona Rosa. Friends M Ward, Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst were all on the bill, and they had all played the actual festival over the weekend as well. Due to scheduling, Kyle missed M Ward both times, and he ended up seeing Jenny twice and Conor twice. He may also be in attendance when Jenny plays NYC this weekend (and he saw her recently at Terminal 5) (hopefully she doesn't file a restraining order). More pictures from the La Zona Rosa show below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst & Jenny Lewis @ La Zona Rosa, Austin - pics"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band played the Austin City Limits festival over the weekend and they're currently making their way east towards NYC where they'll play two shows at Terminal 5 in November. Tickets are still on sale. More ACL pictures, the setlist and the most updated tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst & the MVB - ACL pics, setlist, more tour dates"

photos by Chris Graham

DOWNLOAD: Portastatic - Some Small History (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Julian Koster - Jingle Bells (MP3)

Superchunk @ Bumbershoot - Sept 1, 2008

Saturday 10/25/2008
Merge Records CMJ Showcase @ Mercury Lounge, NYC w/
* The Music Tapes
* Wye Oak
* Portastatic
* The Broken West
* The Rosebuds
* Oakley Hall
That's a great lineup for Mercury Lounge. No advanced tickets, approximately 150 tickets sold at the door, and another 100 go to CMJ badgeholders.

The Music Tapes (Julian Koster)'s new album is out on Merge this week. The Singing Saw At Christmastime (from whence the above Chrismas MP3 came) is out October 7th. He/they'll also be touring before CMJ as part of Elephant 6's Holiday Surprise Tour. One day Elephant 6, the next Merge - lots of sleeping around, kind of like...

...Conor Oberst whose new self-titled album is out now on Merge (and not on Saddle Creek or Team Love- two labels he founded). Conor's tour dates are HERE.

Wye Oak, another band that recently came out with an album on Merge (and is playing the showcase) are on tour as we speak. They're next Brooklyn show happens before September is over.

The Rosebuds will be playing at least one more show during CMJ, probably with the Ladybug Transistor who aren't on the Merge showcase, but could be. The Rosebuds' new album Life Like is out October 7th and some of the new songs are streaming at MySpace.

The Broken West, in addition to October 25th, are also playing Mercury Lounge on September 21st. That earlier show has them opening for Bobby Bare Jr. Tickets are on sale. Their new album Now or Heaven is out this week. All tour dates below.

The Broken West will also bid a fond farewell to drummer, Rob McCorkindale. A new baby and other family commitments have made Rob's departure necessary, but everyone will miss him! Sean McDonald will take over the skins and join Dan, Brian, Ross and Jeff on the road this fall.
Oakley Hall is playing Webster Hall on September 24th with Calexico.

Though not playing the CMJ show, Lambchop shares that MErge affiliation. Kurt Wagner (Mr Lambchop) plays Joe's Pub on October 8th. OH (Ohio) is out October 10th.

You can now subsribe to SCORE! Merge Records: The First 20 Years.

And last but not least you'll notice that one of Mac (Mr. Merge himself)'s bands is on this Mercury Lounge CMJ bill too. Portastatic has a 2-CD compilation of singles (covers included) coming out this week. The entire "Some Small History" tracklist is below.... right under the rest of the pictures (and a rough setlist) from Superchunk's set at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle on Labor Day.....

Continue reading "Merge's CMJ Showcase, Broken West tour dates, new Portastatic, Superchunk Bumbershoot pics & more"

photo by Blank Slate Photography

Conor Oberst @ Other Music, NYC - August 12, 2008
Other Music

"With these two literate albums out this year and a knockout performance at the recent C.M.J. festival in New York, he has critics buzzing that he might be the next Bob Dylan. But for the kids who make up the audience tonight, Dylan is grandpa. The club smells like a high-school gym, of teenagers in heat. The kids are hip in the studied way of those who take advanced-placement English classes. Oberst thanks everyone for showing up. He shuffles his feet, as if overcome by a fit of modesty. He chugs from a bottle of wine." [The NY Times, 2002]
Conor Oberst played two shows in NYC yesterday (August 12, 2008). The first was an early one in a store (pictured). The second was a proper headlining performance in a venue significantly smaller than the venues he'll be playing next time he returns to town. Grandpa played a show in Brooklyn on the same night. Conor Oberst's self-titled album on Merge is out now. Last night's Bowery Ballroom setlist below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst played Other Music & Bowery Ballroom "

could be Conor Oberst in a cop costume @ APW (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Conor Oberst?

Despite what I wrote, Girl Talk (Terminal 5) tickets are in fact on sale (thx Ashleigh).

And despite being previously sold out, tickets are back on sale for Tuesday's Conor Oberst show at Bowery Ballroom. (thx all)

And like Girl Talk, Conor Oberst is playing Terminal 5 too, and those tickets are still on sale too.

Conor Oberst is also playing Other Music Tuesday afternoon.

And speaking of Saddle Creek (and above), tickets are still on sale for the show The Faint are playing soon at Terminal 5.