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Craig Finn at Lincoln Center - 2/3/16
Craig Finn

Although this was a Craig Finn "solo" show, he played with a full band of massively talented session musicians including the man who produced his last solo record playing lead guitar the whole night. I don't have the name handy of the multi-instrumentalist that Finn had on hand for his brass section, but the guy needs a raise. Whether it was the saxophone or the trumpet (and I think he even had him playing a flute at one point), the man brought an electrifying, jazz-y energy to the whole affair. I got to spend an hour and a half watching world-class musicians ply their trade, and it's hard to ask for anything more than that. [Baeble Music]
Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn played the ongoing American Songbook series in the Appel Room at Lincoln Center last night (2/3). He was joined by several musicians, including Walter Martin of The Walkmen. Were you there? Pictures are in this post.

Craig's next stint is opening for Titus Andronicus. He was previously billed for every date on their tour except the NYC show on February 29 at Webster Hall. Not surprisingly, now that the American Songbook show is behind him, he was announced for the Webster show too. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

The American Songbook series continues, including Laura Jane Grace on 2/19.

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Hold Steady

The Hold Steady recorded a cover of Billy Squier's "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" a few years ago at the RAGS EP sessions, but in honor of the holiday season, they've put it up for streaming and free download on bandcamp. They write:

Hey Everyone!

Happy Holidays! We've been thinking about you!

We wanted to make available the Hold Steady cover of Billy Squier's "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" that we recorded at the RAGS EP sessions a few years back. A lot of you already have this, but 'tis the season, so we wanted to share again.

We hope you have a great holiday season.

We Love You All.

Stay Positive!
THS

Listen below. Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is touring with Titus Andronicus next year, and plays the American Songbook series in NYC ahead of that.

Craig Finn also covered Low's "Just Like Christmas" earlier this month with Esme Patterson for A.V. Club's Undercover series. Watch here.

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photo: Patrick Stickles at Webster Hall earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Patrick Stickles

Titus Andronicus have announced a 2016 tour in continued support of this year's rock opera, The Most Lamentable Tragedy. Support comes from The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, who released the solo album Faith In The Future earlier this year and has collaborated with Titus more than once. He's currently billed for every date except the NYC show, though he plays his own NYC show as part of the American Songbook series (2/3) before the tour.

Titus' NYC show, the first date of the tour, happens February 29 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Just in time for the holidays, Titus have released a "Grandma-friendly 'remix'" (their words) of "Fired Up" off their new album, which is "ready for even the most placid holiday gathering, stripped of all potentially offensive sounds such as drums and electric guitars." It's now filled with string arrangements, and the band encourages you to "deck the halls with +@'s smoothest sounds yet." The song will get a physical release in early 2016 as part of the final installment of their Seven Seven Inches series, but you can stream it below now.

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photo: Laura Jane Grace (and the rest of Against Me!) (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Laura Jane Grace

The American Songbook series returns to NYC's Lincoln Center from January 19 through April 1 in 2016. Highlights include Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace (2/19), The Hold Steady's Craig Finn (2/3), Todd Almond with Courtney Love (2/4), Anais Mitchell (3/17), Loudon Wainwright III (1/22), Janis Ian (2/5) and more. Most shows are in The Appel Room, but a few are in The Penthouse and opening night is in The Atrium. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Craig Finn

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn releases his next solo album Faith In The Future on September 11 via Partisan (pre-order), and now the whole thing is streaming in full. Craig's in Springsteen mode a lot of the time, but as the early singles hinted, he embraces his mid-'80s Bruce side a lot on this album. With all the love The War On Drugs got last year, this sound's having a bit of a moment right now. Check it out below (via Vulture).

Craig's upcoming tour includes three NYC shows: an afternoon in-store on Saturday, 9/12 at Rough Trade (more info), a proper show at Bowery Ballroom on 11/6 (tickets), and opening for My Morning Jacket on 11/28 at the Beacon (tickets).

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photo: Craig w/ The Hold Steady in Queens in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Craig Finn

We knew The Hold Steady's Craig Finn would be touring this fall in support of his new solo album Faith In The Future (due 9/11 via Partisan), but now he added a few intimate shows around release day.

One is in NYC on Saturday, September 12 at Rough Trade. That's an afternoon show (1:30 PM doors), and to get in you have to purchase the album from Rough Trade. More info here. He also plays an acoustic show in London on 9/15.

His proper tour hits NYC on November 6 at Bowery Ballroom with Esme Patterson, and he also opens for My Morning Jacket here on November 28 at Beacon Theatre (tickets).

Craig was just on author Bret Easton Ellis' (American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction, Less Than Zero) podcast where they talked "corporate culture in rock and roll, The Clash, the decline of the archetypal rock star and The Replacements." Check that out HERE.

Updated dates are listed, with a stream of "Maggie I've Been Searching For Our Son" from Craig's new album, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Craig Finn at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Craig Finn

Seamless ad star Craig Finn already released one song from his upcoming solo album, Faith In The Future (due 9/11 via Partisan), and now he's got another. Like the first single, "Maggie I've Been Searching For Our Son?" has Craig dabbling in mid-'80s heartland rock. Listen over at Wall Street Journal.

We already knew The Hold Steady frontman would be playing NYC to open for My Morning Jacket at the Beacon in November (tickets), and now he announed a headlining tour to go down before that. It includes a NYC show on November 6 at Bowery Ballroom with Esme Patterson. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon.

All dates, including Woodstock and Asbury Park, are listed below...

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Craig Finn

My Morning Jacket recently announced tour dates, including two NYC shows at Beacon Theatre: 11/24 with Woods and 11/25 with Strand of Oaks. The first is sold out and the second is close (tix), but the band now added two more shows at that same venue with different openers. They'll now also hit Beacon Theatre on November 27 with Cass McCombs and November 28 with The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon, but first there's an MMJ Roll Call Members presale starting Tuesday (7/21) at 10 AM.

Speaking of Craig Finn (who has a new solo album on the way), perhaps you've seen his face on one of the many Seamless ads around Brooklyn, like the one pictured above.

Updated MMJ dates below...

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Lifter Puller at D4th of July (via Hold Steady Twitter)
Lifter Puller

Dillinger Four celebrated their 21st anniversary and America's independence yesterday with their D4th of July festival in Minneapolis that also included Against Me!, Scared of Chaka, Toys That Kill, and more. Earlier in the day, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn mentioned on Instagram that he'd be going, and started posting old fliers of his old band Lifter Puller's past shows with Dillinger Four. As it turned out, Craig ended up reuniting with his Lifter Puller bandmates for their first show in 12 years at the fest! Watch videos below.

Craig also has a new solo album coming.

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by Andrew Sacher

Craig Finn

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn has been on tour with Heartless Bastards (they played NYC earlier this week), and today he announced his second solo album. It follows 2012's Clear Heart Full Eyes on Vagrant. This one's called Faith In The Future, will come out on September 11 via new label home Partisan, and first single "Newmyer's Roof" is out now. Not that Craig hasn't always sounded influenced by Springsteen, but this one especially sounds inspired by Bruce's mid-'80s era. Here's what Craig told NPR about the song:

I moved to NYC on September 15, 2000.

Just less than a year later came the terrible events of September 11, 2001. I was working at an office in Union Square and my friend and boss Chris Newmyer suggested we come to his apartment on 2nd Avenue in the East Village. We could see the towers from the roof he said.

We went up there and saw the towers burn and then collapse. At some point he suggested we get some beer. I didn't know what to feel that day, most of us had no emotion to access. So we got some beer, and drank them while watching the World Trade Center go down. It sounds detached now, but at the time it made sense on a day when nothing else made sense. I spent some years after that in darkness.

There was a girl in the 33rd floor of one of the towers that was a receptionist at an investment bank. She went to work that day and when the plane hit they asked her to stay where she was. They said it was safest. She decided against that and walked out of the towers and, like the rest of us, did her best to get on with her life.

Some years later I went to a birthday party. I talked to this girl. We talked all night. We fell in love and are still together. I came out of the darkness. I'm glad she didn't do what they told her to do.

"Newmyer's Roof" isn't about this exactly. It's a song about believing that something better is coming. It's a song about light after darkness. It's about Faith in the Future.

Listen below, and you can get an instant download of it, plus four outtakes, if you pre-order through PledgeMusic.

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Heartless Bastards at Webster Hall - 6/15/15 (photo by @rackham76)
Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards have been on tour in support of their new album, Restless Ones, which dropped today via Partisan, and they hit NYC's Webster Hall last night (6/15). Their current tourmate and Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn opened the show. Did you go? How was it?

Now that Webster's behind them, the band added another NYC show happening September 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the day after their Woodstokck, NY show with Alberta Cross. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/17) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, with a stream of "Gates of Dawn" from the new album, below...

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Craig Finn at the Space at Westbury - 5/19/15 (photo via Beth Shorr)
Craig Finn

While Tad Kulber is off touring in Courtney Love's band, his Hold Steady bandmate Craig Finn is currently on the road opening for Jason Isbell, and Craig's also sharing the stage with some interesting people. His current band is Joey Russo (of Furthur, Benevento Russo Duo, Cass McCombs, and much more), Cass McCombs' longtime bassist Jon Shaw, and Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Dawn Landes, Trixie Whitley, Yellowbirds, etc). Craig's tour began last week in Florida, but his first two shows with that band happened in the NYC-area this week. First they hit Long Island's Space at Westbury on Tuesday (5/19) and then Westchester's Capitol Theatre last night (5/20). Tonight (5/21) they're in Asbury Park at the Stone Pony (without Jason Isbell) which is a members only event for Brookdale Public Radio 90.5 The Night. More details at wbjb.org. Updated Craig Finn dates are listed below.

Craig will also return to NYC soon to appear at the IFC Center on June 4, where The 78 Project Movie will be screening. The movie "is a road trip across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. One blank disc. In one 3-minute take." After the screening, Craig will cut a record to 78 himself, in front of a live audience (like Sondre Lerche did with the 78 Project at Rough Trade on Record Store Day). There will also be a post-film discussion with producer Lavinia Jones Wright & director Alex Steyermark. Tickets are on sale.

List of Craig's dates, below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn opened for Jason Isbell with a new band, creating a 78rpm record live at IFC Center"

photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.

Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Heartless Bastards at Willie Nelson's Ranch during SXSW (via)
Heartless Bastards

Bluesy garage rockers Heartless Bastards will release the followup to 2012's Arrow with Restless Ones on June 16 via Partisan. The album was produced by John Congleton, who's recently helmed records by St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans, Cloud Nothings and others. You can hear a few clips at restlessones.net.

The band also announced a tour with support from Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn taking place June into early July. Craig's on almost every show, but not the one in NYC, which happens June 15 at Webster Hall. Stay tuned to find out who's opening that one. Tickets for it go on sale Friday (3/27) at 10 AM.

The band were just in Austin for SXSW last week. Watch a video of them playing an acoustic WFUV session that was taped down there, along with a set of pictures from their Yahoo sponsored show at Brazos Hall, and their list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards announced a new album & tour with Craig Finn, played SXSW (dates, pics, video)"

photo: Jason Isbell at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Isbell

Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell just played Beacon Theatre with Damien Jurado over the weekend (anyone go?), and now he's expanded his tour. The new dates include two more stops in the NYC-area, and excitingly, both are with The Hold Steady singer Craig Finn. Those include shows on May 19 at The Space at Westbury and May 20 at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets for both Westbury and The Cap go on sale on Friday (2/13) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Jason and his wife Amanda Shires also just released a single on iTunes featuring covers of Zevon's "Mutineer" and Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers."

Drive-By Truckers also have dates coming up, including a NYC-area show at Tarrytown Music Hall on March 11 (tickets), and a show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater with Alabama Shakes. The Shakes, meanwhile, have just announced their second album, Sound & Color, which was produced by Blake Mills and due out April 21 via ATO. You can check out first single "Don't Wanna Fight," artwork and tracklist, below. They have other tour dates including two NYC shows.

Speaking of Americana solo artists who have famous bands in their credits, Jay Farrar is currently on tour and in NYC now. (He plays The Living Room tonight [2/10].) Jason Isbell actually caught him towards the end of last year and tweeted, "So many beautiful songs. Us americana folk owe that guy a huge debt."

Watch a video from Jason Isbell's recent Beacon Theater show, with his list of dates, DBT dates, and Alabama Shakes album info, below...

Continue reading "Jason Isbell adds dates w/ Craig Finn; Alabama Shakes share new album details; Drive-By Truckers touring "

photos by Mimi Hong

"Went to my first "show" in 85 I think. I have never seen adoration like the crowd and @TheFrontBottoms right now." - Craig Finn

The Front Bottoms poppin' champagne / TFB & friends / Tiny Moving Parts' crowd
The Front Bottoms (featuring Tiny Moving Parts, Kevin Devine, and You Blew It!)
The Front Bottoms (featuring Tiny Moving Parts, Kevin Devine, and You Blew It!)
Tiny Moving Parts

The Front Bottoms and BrooklynVegan teamed up once again for the holidays this year, this time to present the Champagne Jam at all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday (12/21). TFB headlined the sold-out show in the Grand Ballroom, and their set in that room was prefaced by Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and magician Magic Mike. Over in the Marlin Room, The So So Glos and Big Ups repped NYC punk, while GDP brought the alt-rap, and comedian Chris Gethard was there bringing jokes to a punk rock show (like last year). In the Studio, mathy emo was provided by Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, and still even more artists played throughout the day. Brand New singer Jesse Lacey was in attendance, though not to perform with his frequent collaborator Kevin Devine. You Blew It! weren't billed, but members were attendance to perform with their past tourmates The Front Bottoms and their other past tourmates Prawn. Tiny Moving Parts and Kevin Devine joined TFB on stage during their set too. Pictures of the show are in this post.

The Hold Steady and The So So Glos will continue the holiday celebrations with Music Hall of Williamsburg shows on 12/30 and New Year's Eve. Both were sold out, but tickets for NYE are back on sale.

More pictures and some videos below...

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The Hold Steady at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium (more by PSquared)
Hold Steady

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and The So So Glos are already on board for the BrooklynVegan-presented 'Champagne Jam' holiday show at Webster Hall headlined by The Front Bottoms, and now it's been announced that just ten days later the full Hold Steady crew and the So So Glos will team up yet again to play New Year's Eve at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show also doubles as Hold Steady bassist Galen Polivka's birthday party. Here's the details:

The Hold Steady will be celebrating bass player Galen Polivka's birthday in extra special style to end 2014, by having a Birthday Bash at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31, 2014. Special Guests The So-So Glos will start the evening off right before The Hold Steady blast through their 111th (and last) live show of 2014. Join in for a birthday toast at midnight as Galen enjoys day two of a new year. There are a limited number of tickets for the post-show Birthday Bash to be held downstairs at Music Hall. The Birthday ticket includes a limited edition numbered and THS-signed show poster and access to the Birthday Bash, where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing from 1am until the streets are clear from that other holiday happening on December 31.
Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (10/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/29) at noon. For $30 extra, you can get the birthday ticket which "includes screened poster signed by the band and an invite to post-show birthday celebration downstairs where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing."

The Hold Steady's only other announced dates are a four-night run in Toronto for The Horseshoe Tavern's 67th birthday celebration. The first two nights are with Single Mothers, a band who are definitely inspired by The Hold Steady. All dates are listed below...

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Mekons

Acclaimed Mekons documentary Revenge of the Mekons premiered a year ago at NYC Doc fest and is now getting a proper release. It'll screen in NYC at Film Forum from Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 with daily showtimes at 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now. The October 29 7:15 PM screening will feature a Q&A with the Mekons' Jon Langford and Steve Goulding and director Joe Angio. Later that night, Langford will play the afterparty at The Bell House (tickets). If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to attend both. Details below.

Some of the other Film Forum screening have special guests too. The October 30 9:30 PM screening features a Q&A with the Langford and Angio, and for some others:

Nov 1 - Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) introduces 7:15pm screening
Nov 3 - writer/critic Luc Sante introduces 7:15pm screening
Nov 4 - writier/critic Greil Marcus introduces 7:15pm screening
Trailer for Revenge of the Mekons and contest details, below..

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UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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