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TFB

NJ's folk/pop/punks The Front Bottoms are teaming up with BrooklynVegan yet again to celebrate the holidays this year. Last year, it was a small show at Shea, but this year it's gonna be a much bigger affair called the Champagne Jam which takes over all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday, December 21. The Front Bottoms are playing the Grand Ballroom with Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and magician Magic Mike. In The Marlin Room it's two NYC punk bands, The So So Glos and Big Ups, two alt-leaning rappers, Kitty and GDP, novelty rockers Baby Baby and Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard. And in The Studio it's electronic musician Emperor X, two mathy emo bands, Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, CT indie rockers The Guru, and Girl Spells, the new project of Adrianne Gold of Philly indie popsters Catnaps.

Tickets, which get you into all three rooms, go on sale Friday (9/26) at 10 AM. There's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Tuesday (9/23) at 10 AM and a Front Bottoms fan club presale starting Wednesday (9/24) at 10 AM. Check back here tomorrow morning for the BV presale password. The show's all ages (under 16 must be accompanied by a parent).

UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Check out a few videos from some of the artists playing, below...

Continue reading "Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, A MAGICIAN, So So Glos & many more playing Webster Hall! (BV Presents... the Champagne Jam!)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Replacements @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 9/19/14 (via BV Instagram)
Replacements

The Replacements have been playing shows again for the first time since 1991 for over a year now, but it wasn't until this Friday (9/19) at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens that their reunion tour finally hit NYC. The band -- original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, plus guitarist Dave Minehan (The Neighborhoods) and drummer Josh Freese (The Vandals, Devo, Weezer) -- were supported by Deer Tick and The Hold Steady, both of whom are old pals, tourmates and huge Replacements fans. I missed Deer Tick's early set (6:30 PM), but there was a definite admiration for the headliners during The Hold Steady's set. Craig Finn told a story of being at a tennis court as a teenager and telling someone his favorite band were the Ramones (who are from Forest Hills), and the person responded, "If you like the Ramones, you should check out The Replacements." He then said how The Replacements went on to become his other favorite band, so now opening for them at a tennis stadium located where the Ramones are from felt full circle. Before he left the stage, he said, "I can't believe I'm saying this... THE REPLACEMENTS ARE UP NEXT!"

I never saw The Replacements during their initial run, and I really had no idea what to expect. So many of the stories I've heard are that they were equally or more likely to get drunk and play a bunch of sloppy covers than put on a tight set. Not to mention, not all of these reunion shows have gotten the best reviews. But I'm being totally honest when I say this was up there with the best rock shows I have ever seen. The Replacements did like to mess around, but they've also written some of the best songs of this kind that have ever been recorded, and the Forest Hills show had them playing hit after hit, sounding tight as hell. ("They've never sounded this tight!" exclaimed an older fan sitting next to me who seemed like he had seen them plenty of times back when.) They played just about everything you wanted to hear too. Their three most classic albums, Let It Be, Tim and Pleased to Meet Me, were well represented. But if you're a fan of their earlier punk years, you got "Takin a Ride," "Take Me Down to the Hospital," "White and Lazy," "I'm In Trouble" and a handful of others. And if you're into the more polished latter albums, you got "I'll Be You," "Merry Go Round," "All Shook Down" and "Achin' To Be."

They did get a few covers in, including about half of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" for which Paul commented on being proud of themselves for learning that riff. And they definitely weren't taking themselves too seriously or anything. Tommy joked between songs, and even if the setlist was actually planned, he and Paul at least made some of the songs seem like they were picked on the spot. Everything got a great reaction from the crowd (and the huge venue was packed), but they went out with a bang, packing all the biggest anthems -- "Can't Hardly Wait," "Bastards of Young," "Alex Chilton," "Unsatisfied," college radio ode "Left of The Dial" -- in at the end of the set. If I had to pick a personal favorite moment, it would be hearing "Androgynous" which Paul sang with the same heartbreaking, voice-cracking sincerity he recorded it with thirty years ago. But hearing that huge crowd belt out "We are the sons of nooooooo one!" and "I'm in love! With that song!" even from my seats in the upper bowl were some of the most purely satisfying moments you could ask for at any rock show. Let alone one from a band who had been away for 22 years.

We'll have pictures from the whole night soon. UPDATE: Pictures are up. Meanwhile check out the full setlist and videos from the Forest Hills show below...

Continue reading "The Replacements played Forest Hills Tennis Stadium with The Hold Steady & Deer Tick (review, videos, setlist)"

photos by Tim Griffin; additional shots by Daniel Christiansen for Indiegogo; words by Andrew Sacher

Pains / Hold Steady
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

After Friday, which came after Thursday, which came after a night show on Wednesday, we said hello and goodbye to both of Red 7's stages one last time with our third and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at the 7th & Red River venue in Austin on Saturday (3/15).

Outside, despite the rain that plagued us that day, Palehound kicked things off with their noisy indie rock, and they were followed by the high-energy poppy punk of Cincinnati's Tweens. More poppy punk came from Northampton's Potty Mouth, and then came Mary Timony's (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag) riff-rockin' new band Ex Hex, who were one of the most fun bands of the day to watch. They were followed by Potty Mouth's Northampton neighbors Speedy Ortiz, who were great as always, and whose new stuff (like "American Horror") sounded great next to their older songs (like "Taylor Swift"). Wye Oak followed and previewed stuff from their upcoming guitar-less album (they did have their guitar on Saturday though), and the show closed with a super fun set from The Hold Steady.

Wye Oak
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

The indoor stage got off to a great start with Saintseneca, who had a tight blend of Fleet Foxes/Arcade Fire-isms, then it got weird for the UK's Fat White Family, who brought filth and fury not unlike  The Stooges or The Birthday Party. (They're in NYC this weekend.)  Quilt kept things trippy (but cleaner) after that, and Connan Mockasin was his eccentric self too (though he admitted he was recovering from the night before where he told everyone at Swan Dive to take their clothes off). Then came the art pop of Hundred Waters, a mostly-solo set from Braid frontman Bob Nanna which included Braid songs and some Jack and Ace action with his wife Lauren LoPiccolo, sneering Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, and finally a headlining set from the new lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, which is easily their most powerful and fun to watch yet.

Tweens / Ex Hex
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson. Veri organic soda was free, plentiful and was there to help you rehydrate. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Maybe you won a pair of Marshall Headphones? You may have if you tagged your Instagram with #BVMarshall (you may also see one of those Instagrams featured in this post).

All the music we played between bands can be found on our Nokia MixRadio SXSW playlist. Nokia MixRadio were the ones in the pink tent outside all three days.

Indiegogo was there too, though due to the rain, like Marshall, they moved inside on Saturday.

Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible.

Pictures from Thursday HERE. Pictures from Friday HERE. One set of pictures from Saturday is at BV Austin. More from Saturday below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Saturday party @ Red 7 in pics (Hold Steady, TPOBPAH, Wye Oak, Ex Hex, Connan Mockasin, Quilt, Saintseneca, Speedy Ortiz & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Hold Steady @ Red 7 - 3/15/14
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The Hold Steady were just down in Austin for SXSW, where they played a number of shows ahead of their new album, Teeth Dreams, which comes out next week (3/25) via Razor & Tie imprint Washington Square. One of those shows was our free Saturday BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7, where they wrapped up that day (and the entire 3-day run of parties) with a super fun outdoor set in the sun after the morning's rain had cleared. Pictures of their set from that show are in this post.

Though we still have to wait a few days to get the new Hold Steady album, there's a full stream available to listen to now on iTunes Radio. The album has some studio shine courtesy of Nick Raskulinecz (Foo FIghters, Ghost), but even if that sort of thing bothers you these are just more great songs from a consistently great band. Check it out.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady streaming new LP, played SXSW (listen/pics)"

Bob Dylan

To celebrate the 1980-1990 period of Bob Dylan's career, ATO Records will release Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol. 1 on March 25. The tribute compilation was put together by producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O'Brien (Dawes, PAPA), and features covers by Built to Spill, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Gene Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Blitzen Trapper, Yellowbirds, Ivan & Alyosha, Reggie Watts, Elvis Perkins, Lucius and more. Listen to Built to Spill's take on "Jokerman" from the compilation, with the full tracklist, below.

The new compilation will be celebrated with a record release show in NYC the day before its release at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/24). The show will feature Dylan's music performed by some of the artists on the album, including John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen and members of Tea Leaf Green. The lineup also includes Spirit Family Reunion (who are not on the album) and "special guests." Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon.

Stream Built to Spill's "Jokerman" cover with the album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "'Bob Dylan in the 80s' tribute to feature Built to Spill, Deer Tick, Craig Finn, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, more; release show at MHOW"

The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
THS

The Hold Steady's new LP, Teeth Dreams, is due out on 3/25 via Washington Square and the band have just revealed its first single, "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" via Rolling Stone. Listen below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady release "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" from upcoming LP (listen)"

Dylan Fest

Like in previous years, Bob Dylan tribute Dylan Fest is returning to NYC, this time happening at Bowery Ballroom on November 11 and 12. It features many of the usual suspects (who also bring us Stones Fest and Petty Fest, including Patrick Carney (Black Keys), Doyle Bramhall II, Jason Isbell, Dhani Harrison Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), Elvis Perkins, Ruby Amanfu, Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Jessie Malin, Grouplove, rock photographer Danny Clinch, Matt Sweeney, Amanda Shires, Chase Cohl, Jack Dishel, Steve Schiltz, Mike G, Josh Lattanzi, Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki), The Wild Feathers, and many more TBA (as well as surprise guests), plus host band The Cabin Down Below Band.

Tickets for both nights go on sale Friday (10/18) at noon, and proceeds will benefit Sweet Relief. Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (of The Hold Steady), Grouplove, and The Wild Feathers will only be performing on night 2.

A video of Dylan Fest 2012, below...

Continue reading "Dylan Fest returning to NYC for 2 nights in 2013"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis

"I saw Palma Violets four times in the last ten days.
They were really great at each show." - Craig Finn

Palma Violets @ Pianos, 1/28/2012
Palma Violets

Palma Violets concluded their assault on NYC last night (1/28) with two shows, the previously-announced, second visit to Glasslands and an earlier show at Pianos which BrooklynVegan presented and was announced that morning. The industry-heavy Pianos crowd was probably the most subdued, sober audience the band played to in their six-show run (it was also their only show in Manhattan). That said, it was fairly raucous for a 7 PM show, and packed (and well-recieved). The band would play to a more typically frenzied crowd at Glasslands after. Pictures from their Pianos set, including the setlist, are in the this post.

Did you make it to any of the Palma Violets shows? What do you think? Did you meet the band's highly-assertive merch guy? The band will be back for SXSW, and maybe more shows outside Austin.

More Palma pics below...

Continue reading "Palma Violets played BV-presents show at Pianos before wrapping up their NYC run at Glasslands (pics, setlist)"

Craig Finn in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The Hold Steady

As mentioned, Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) is doing his final Burgundy Stains Session of 2012 at Le Poisson Rouge on December 13. Since we last spoke, the guests for the show have been revealed: Sandra Bernhard, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen, The Perennials, Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady), and Joey Arias. Tickets for that show are still available.

Craig Finn, who recently told us his favorite albums of 2012, is an especially interesting addition to the show, as most collaborators usually have a known connection to Thomas, but this is the first time The Hold Steady and Doveman getting together. As mentioned, you can also catch The Hold Steady playing Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero and comedian Kurt Braunohler. Tickets for that show are still available.

Joey Arias and Doveman are also teaming up later this month for an End of the World show at Joe's Pub (12/21) with special guests Narcissister, Cornelius Loy (theramin), and the Pixie Harlots, but unfortunately that show is sold out.

Hannah Cohen, who will guest at the LPR show, released her most recent album, Child Bride, this past April via Bella Union. The album featured production by Doveman and some appearances from Sam Amidon and Rob Moose as well. The video for the title track is below. Hannah and Doveman have also already began work on her next record, and she'll be performing some new songs at the show.

That video and a list of all Doveman dates are below.

Continue reading "Craig Finn, Joey Arias, Hannah Cohen, Yellowbirds & more to appear at Doveman's upcoming LPR show"

Craig Finn w/ The Hold Steady in NYC in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Craig Finn

Listen to the references he makes in his lyrics or read an interview with him and you know that Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has a wide range of taste, and that isn't lost on his list of the top ten records of 2012, which bounces from underground rapper El-P to folk legend Bill Fay to non-stop rockers Japandroids. Of the list, Craig says, "A lot of my friends made really great records this year. To keep myself sane, I've created a list of my top ten records by people I don't know personally. Compiled quickly, probably with some ommisions." You can check the whole thing out below.

Craig will be taking part of the Soundtrack Series in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (11/30) along with Cynthia Kaplan, Jenny Rubin, Daniel Ralston, Steve Zimmer, and host Dana Rossi. The event description reads, "Five artists-writers, comics, actors and musicians-tell the stories they forever connect with songs from their past. There's the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We're the third one." Craig will be doing his on "I Will Dare" by the Replacements. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Meanwhile watch Craig on the Chris Gethard show TONIGHT (11/28).

As mentioned, The Hold Steady will play Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero. Since we last spoke, comedian Kurt Braunohler has been added to that bill as well. Tickets for the show are still available.

Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012 list is below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn lists his top 10 albums of 2012, appearing at 'Soundtrack Series' at LPR (and New Year's Eve in NJ)"

Craig Finn with The Hold Steady at Mohawk (more by Tim Griffin)
Craig Finn

Hey Everyone,

I hope all is good. I've been enjoying my time at home writing music and seeing a bunch of shows. Thank you Nick Lowe, Wu Lyf, Titus Andronicus, Archers of Loaf, and Bruce Springsteen for some great times.

Besides going to shows, I'm also going to play quite a few coming up. The Hold Steady has a very fun tour in June...

I've also got a few solo shows. The first two are in Chicago on June 2...

Also, I will be playing a show with The Baseball Project on July 5 at City Winery in NYC. I had a great time performing and hanging out with these guys last year. This should be a great show...

For all the solo sets, it will just be me and a guitar. I'll tell you some stories and sing you some songs. This is the first time I've done sets like this, and I'm looking forward to it.

Hope to see you soon.

cf

That Hold Steady tour in June does not currently include a NYC date -- though they will play the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ in July -- but we do get frontman Craig Finn, who will team up with alt-rock all stars The Baseball Project for a show at City Winery on July 5 as part of the CBGB Festival. Tickets are on on sale now.

The show is one of three current dates for The Baseball Project -- all in the Northeast. Below, you can check out those listed dates, a listing of all Hold Steady dates and a video of The Baseball Project's full set from The Met last month.

Continue reading "The Hold Steady touring in June (dates); Craig Finn playing with The Baseball Project at City Winery"

sledisland

The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

Continue reading "Feist, Stephen Malkmus, The Hold Steady and lots more playing Calgary's Sled Island Festival (full line-up)"

Craig Finn on stage with Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (more by Tracy Allison)
Craig Finn

Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) released his debut LP, Clear Heart Full Eyes, today (1/24) via Vagrant. You can stream the entire thing on NPR.

As mentioned, Craig will tour in support of the album this February and March. His tour includes early and late shows at Mercury Lounge on February 29 (which are both sold out) and a Maxwell's show on March 1, which is still on sale. He just added another NYC show to his tour, happening on March 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/27) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/25) at noon.

Updated dates below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn releases/streaming solo debut, adds a Brooklyn show to tour (updated dates)"

photos by Tracy Allison

Deer Tick

The night after Lucero played Brooklyn Bowl, Deer Tick rang in the New Year at the venue with assists from Virgin Forest (Phosphorescent's backing band, now their own band), Dead Confederate, and J. Roddy Walston and the Business. Here are some pictures from the New Year's Eve show (one of many in NYC. Ted Leo, Gogol Bordello and Patti Smith and many others played Saturday night too.).

Unfortunately we didn't get a Diamond Rugs set at Brooklyn Bowl, as promised, but that's because "Steve couldn't make it from the lobos show." Los Lobos was playing the same night at City Winery, and Steve from Los Lobos (who was supposed to cab it over to Brooklyn Bowl) also plays in Diamond Rugs who played their debut live show on 12/29 in Atlanta (two Deer Tick members and one from Dead Confederate play in it too).

That aside, Deer Tick, like Lucero the night before, played a raucous and entertaining show complete with frontman John McCauley in a New Year's Baby costume. They went on not long before midnight, meaning the countdown, which they may have been slightly late for, happened early in their set (complete with Cee-Lo in Times Square on the tv screens). Deer Tick's setlist pulled from their entire catalog and the encore-less night ended with two special guests and a stage full of people (and fallen confetti). First Craig Finn of The Hold Steady (who was also at Lucero) joined Deer Tick on stage for a cover of "Bastards of Young" by the Replacements (not the first time Craig performed that song), and then Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus came out to help them close the show with a drunken singalong of "Let's All Go To The Bar". By the end you couldn't really find Patrick though because half the audience seemed to be on stage... I think that's how it went. Details are fuzzy. Luckily we have these pictures to help jog my memory. More of them, and some videos, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick & friends & special guests rang in the New Year @ Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"

Craig Finn will now play two shows with Marcellus Hall at Mercury Lounge on February 29th. The late show sold out at noon today. The early show goes on sale at 5pm. Meanwhile his Maxwell's show is still on sale.

Craig Finn on stage with The Hold Steady (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Hold Steady

As discussed, Craig Finn does the solo thing at a pair of area dates: Maxwell's on 3/1 and Mercury Lounge on 2/29. Tickets for the Mercury show just seemingly sold out instantly, but the Maxwell's show is still on sale (hurry).

Craig Finn's other past time, a little band called The Hold Steady, play the Brooklyn Bazaar on Saturday (12/17) with Titus Andronicus, the night after our Fucked Up extravaganza which is tonight. Tickets are still available. Buy one OR you can roll the dice and try and win a pair! Details on how are below.

Continue reading "Craig Finn on sale; The Hold Steady is Saturday (win tix)"

Craig Finn at Cabinet of Wonders in October (more by Chris Graham)
Craig Finn

Last week, we announced that Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn added a Maxwell's show (3/1) to his already announced solo tour. The Maxwell's show is part of a longer string of dates that he's tacked on to the end the tour, which also includes Mercury Lounge on February 29. Marcellus Hall opens all of the shows on the newly announced run, except for the 2/27 show live at Drew's house in Ringwood, NJ. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday (12/16) at noon. AmEx presale for the Mercury show starts Wednesday (12/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile catch Craig front his band The Hold Steady at the Brooklyn Bazaar in Williamsburg this Saturday night, one night after Radical Dads play there (with Fucked Up).

Craig also recently made an in-studio video that talks about the process of his upcoming solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes. That video and all dates are below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn discusses new album, adds more tour dates (Mercury Lounge included)"

Craig Finn at Cabinet of Wonders in October (more by Chris Graham)
Craig Finn

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is releasing his debut solo LP, Cleart Heart Full Eyes, on January 24 via Vagrant. You can stream the single, "Honolulu Blues," below and purchase it on iTunes. The album artwork and tracklist is below too.

When we first announced his solo tour in support of the album, it didn't include any NYC-area dates. He's since added a show on March 1 at Maxwell's. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/16) at noon. Mount Mariah open most of the tour, but no opener has been announced for the Maxwell's show yet.

The Hold Steady play even sooner at Brooklyn Bazaar on December 17 with Titus Andronicus, Wakey Wakey and W/O. Tickets are still available. That's the final night of the three night event which also includes a BV-presented Fucked Up and Dom show.

Craig tweeted that he's "happy to be sharing a 1/24/12 release with John K Samson" of The Weakerthans, who kicked off their run of 4 albums in 4 nights at Bowery Ballroom last night (12/7). More on that later.

All Craig Finn dates, song stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn adds Maxwell's show --- updated dates & album info"

Craig Finn, Tad Kubler & friends @ Bowery Electric last night
Replacements

Though Brian Fallon cancelled, there was still plenty of talent to go around at last night's 1st-of-three BrooklynVegan-sponsored Replacements tribute shows at Bowery Electric. The Hold Steady's Craig Finn & Tad Kubler performed a cover of "Within Your Reach" which you can watch below (courtesy of jukeboxgraduate) along with a video of the encore performance of "Bastards of Young" that had Craig Finn, Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles, Jesse Malin, Tommy Ramone and others all on stage together.

If you missed the show, you have two more chances to experience it tonight (11/17). The early show is sold out though, but tickets are still available for the late one. Tonight's guests will not include Craig, but you will get:

Alex Levy
Anthony D'Amato
Danny Sage (D Generation)
Dave Hause (The Loved Ones)
Don DiLego & Bree Sharp (Beautiful Small Machines)
Jesse Malin
John Eddie
John Gallagher (American Idiot)
Matt Pinfield (MTV's 120 Minutes)
Matt Sweeney
Nicole Atkins
Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror)
Ted Leo
Tommy Ramone
Walter Lure (Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers)
& MORE
--

Meanwhile Craig Finn has announced a solo tour in support of his upcoming album which he also posted a song from. No NYC dates for now, but you can see all the other dates, listen to his new song and watch the videos from the Replacements event, below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn covered the Replacements (video), posted a new song (stream), touring solo in February (dates)"

photos by Chris Graham

"I just saw Craig Finn play a theramin with a beer bottle." - Kate McKean

Craig Finn, Eugene Mirman & friends @ City Winery
Roseanne Cash

"Craig Finn, frontman of The Hold Steady, has confirmed the November 25 release of his new 7" single "Honolulu Blues," a preview of his highly anticipated solo debut out early 2012. The limited edition 7" vinyl, released with new b-side "Rented Room," will only be available in select record stores nationwide on Record Store Day's "Black Friday" sale. Both songs will be available via all digital retailers on November 29.

Produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead) in Austin, Texas earlier this year, Finn's solo album features backing by members of White Denim, The Heartless Bastards, Phosphorescent, and Centro-matic." [PR]

Craig Finn was one of the many guests that played John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders on Friday. Here are some pictures from his part (more here). They continue beow...

Continue reading "Craig Finn releasing Record Store Day 7", played Cabinet of Wonders (pics)"

Mountain Goats @ Knitting Factory, Halloween 2005 (more)
Mountain Goats

As previously mentioned, John Wesley Harding is holding a "Cabinet of Wonders" variety show at NYC's City Winery on October 28th with Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Emma Straub, Paul Harding, and more TBA. Since our last mention, two very special guests have been added to the bill: Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) and John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats). Hopefully you didn't sleep on tickets because the show is now sold out.

Tickets are however on sale now for A Haunted Hot Tub Halloween at Littlefield, also a comedy and music variety show, happening one day later (10/29) with Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Wyatt Cenac, Andres du Bouchet, and... John Darnielle, and more.

Tickets are also on sale for Hot Tub on 10/10 and 10/17.

Tickets are also still on sale for the 11/18 Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery with The Blue Fisherman (from Edinburgh, Scotland), Howe Gelb, Myla Goldberg, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman, Audrey Niffenegger AND "Plus for this Cabinet of Wonders, and this Cabinet of Wonders only, the House Band will be THE KING CHARLES TRIO, comprising: Peter Buck (REM), Jenny Conlee-Drizos, Chris Funk, John Wesley Harding (Appearing as Himself), Scott McCaughey (The Minus Five), John Moen, and Nate Query." That's a lot of Decemberists. More upcoming JWH shows HERE

Speaking of Ted Leo and Craig Finn, both are scheduled to make appearances at the BrooklynVegan-presented Replacements tribute shows happening at Bowery Electric in November. The previously announced two shows (and movie screenings) are sold out, BUT a third tribute concert - a late one on 11/17, has been added. Tickets for the new show are on sale. More info HERE.

Mountain Goats dates and flyers below...

Continue reading "3rd Replacements tribute show added, John Darnielle schedules guest appearances, Craig Finn too"

The Hold Steady at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more)
The Hold Steady

Last month, we announced that Truck America is returning to the Catskills in September (the 9th through the 11th) and will be headlined by The Hold Steady and Okkervil River. The only other confirmed bands at the time were Ra Ra Riot and Wye Oak. The lineup has since been updated to include Fruit Bats, Vetiver, The Felice Brothers, CItay, Gary Higgins, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Takka Takka, Hospitality, The Low Anthem and others. Check out the full list below. Early bird tickets are still on sale.

For The Low Anthem, it's one of many dates they just announced including one at Terminal 5 with Iron & Wine.

Speaking of The Hold Steady, frontman Craig Finn posted to his Tumblr that he's making a solo album:

"I'm in Austin TX for a few weeks. Making a record. Staying in a friend's guest house. Got here yesterday. So far so good. I'll be tracking the progress here."
He has also been tracking his progress on the Tumblr.

Check out the full Truck America lineup update below...

Continue reading "Truck America expands lineup, Craig Finn working on solo LP"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano

Our Band
Our Band

The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing the Minutemen, Craig Finn playing the role of Minneapolis cop, and Dan Deacon's multimedia barrage and three-piece band. More highlights, lots of pictures, and a bunch of videos (UPDATE: NPR has audio of the show) are below...

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The Baseball Project

On one of the sunniest day of the year so far, Hobokenites came out in droves to eat, see local art and hear live music at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival on Sunday afternoon...

The Baseball Project... proceeded to rip a hole through the afternoon with the sheer power of their rocking and songwriting prowess. Highlights (and there were many) included Wynn's ode to Detroit Tiger's pitcher Mark Fidrych entitled '1976', McCaughey's wordtastic 'Panda and The Freak,' and the ridiculously talented rhythm section of Buck and Pitmon.

Craig Finn (of the Hold Steady) made a truly electric guest appearance on a tune for which he penned the lyrics called, 'Please Don't Call Them Twinkies.'" He was entirely captivating and having never heard/seen him sing live before, I think I fully understand now why his band is so popular. -[Patch]

As promised, Craig Finn also showed up two days earlier at The Baseball Project's 4/29 show at the Bell House. Watch Craig sing with them at the Brooklyn show, in a video below. In between Hoboken and Brooklyn, they also played a show at Drew's House in Ringwood, NJ where their setlist included covers of both the Cramps and the Flamin Groovies. Videos from that show are also below.

And with those triumphant dates in their rearview, The Baseball Project has announced their return to NYC with a date at City Winery on June 5th. Tickets are on sale. The NYC date is part of a larger string of mostly Northeastern dates that will also include a stop in Baseball Hall of Fame home Cooperstown on June 3rd (they play a brewery there).

All of this touring is in support of their second album, Volume Two: High and Inside, which was released March 1 on Yep Roc and includes guest appearances from Craig Finn, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, and Chris Funk and John Moen of The Decemberists.

All tour dates, a video of the band on "Extra" (where they play "Fair Weather Fan" and talk about being accepted by the baseball community), and the above-mentioned videos, below....

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The Baseball Project
Baseball Project

Like he recently did with the Mountain Goats, Twins fan Craig Finn will reportedly make a guest appearance with The Baseball Project at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (4/29). As Wikipiedia puts it, "The Baseball Project is a supergroup composed of Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon formed in 2007." Also playing tonight's show is Baseball Project member Steve Wynn's band Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three.

Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan probably won't make it to collaborate or see the Brooklyn show because he'll be busy playing with Marshall Crenshaw over at City Winery. Ira did recently play with a bunch of R.E.M. members though, at a show whose focus was Big Star.

if you miss the Brooklyn show, you have a couple more chances to catch the Baseball Project this weekend, especially if you know Drew (they play at his house in Ringwood, NK on April 30th), and if you don't mind heading to Hoboken for the annual and FREE Hoboken Arts & Music Festival on Sunday (5/1) with Ian Hunter and more on three stages (I bet Ira is at that one). Full fest schedule, a video of Craig Finn playing a new song, and all tour dates bleow...

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