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Sallie Ford

Perhaps most noticeably, the new lineup--Cristina Cano on keys, Anita Lee Elliott on bass, and Amanda Spring on drums--is all women. Ford describes the choice as a "daydream," not a statement so much as the simple fulfillment of a wish to make music with other women.

"Now I feel a little silly about it because that's all people are talking about. That we're all girls," admits Ford. "And I think it especially gets on the nerves of the girl musicians I'm playing with because I think they've [each] been struggling their whole music careers to be labeled as just 'a musician who is really awesome,' and not just because they're a girl." [The Artery]

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside called it quits late last year, but singer Sallie Ford has struck out on her own and is now backed by an all-new lineup (more on that above). Sallie's first album under her own name, Slap Back, was produced by The Decemberists' Chris Funk and came out this past October via Vanguard Records. You can check out a stream of the whole thing (via Popmatters) below.

Sallie and her new band are on the road now with Crooked Fingers, the solo project of Archers of Loaf singer Eric Bachmann. That tour lands in NYC TONIGHT (11/14) at Rough Trade. Opening this show and most others is Northampton's And the Kids. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

All remaining tour dates are listed, with Sallie's LP stream and a Crooked Fingers video, below...

Continue reading "Sallie Ford has a new band and album, on tour with Crooked Fingers, playing NYC tonight (dates & LP stream)"

Caribou at Governors Island in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Caribou

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Special Guest, Guantanamo Baywatch, The Numerators, RIPS @ Death By Audio
We're down to nine days left at Death by Audio. It's anybody's guess who tonight's special guest is, but the rest of the lineup is garagey, surfy-punky stuff highlighted by Portland's fun Guantanamo Baywatch.

Year of No Light, Sannhet, Gnaw, Vilkacis @ Saint Vitus
France's Year of No Light have been making very high quality instrumental post-metal since their 2006 debut, yet in all those years they never played the US. That's finally changing on their current tour, which is now in NYC and concludes a two-night run at Saint Vitus tonight. Like last night, the show begins with three killer artists in NYC's experimental metal scene.

Caribou, Jessy Lanza @ Webster Hall
Our Love, Caribou's recent followup to 2010's excellent Swim, is less focused on the pop songs that album was, and instead heavier on the electronics and great in its own way. Tonight's his second of two NYC shows on his tour with Our Love collaborator/Hyperdub-signed Jessy Lanza.

Johnny Marr, Meredith Sheldon @ Stone Pony
Recalling his prolific days with The Smiths, Johnny Marr has banged out two albums in a year's time. They're not at his 1985 peak, but they're not bad either. He's a lot of fun live, and peppers hit sets with oldies -- any chance to see him play "The Headmaster Ritual" is worth considering. Unlike his two sold-out NYC shows, tickets are still available to this.

Dan Bodan, Physical Therapy, Sadaf @ Baby's All Right
Canadian-born, Berlin-based songwriter Dan Bodan released his soulful and genre-defying new album, Soft, a couple weeks back on DFA. Tonight's the NYC record release show.

Yumi Zouma, Louis Weeks, Leapling, Erika Spring (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
New Zealand's Yumi Zouma mix synthpop and indiepop styles, which makes Cascine an ideal label for the band. Catch them tonight and ask them about opening for Lorde.

Say Hi, Tim Foljahn @ Mercury Lounge
Seattle's Eric Elbogen is still making quality indie pop under the Say Hi moniker which hasn't changed too much since the mid-2000s, and not in a bad way. Opening this show is Michigan's Tim Foljahn, who's been playing since the '80s and was once in a band with fellow Michigan musician Steve Shelley.

O'Death, Death Vessel, Stone Jack Jones @ Bell House
O'Death's new album is dark and super raw folk that fits their name well. Death Vessel on the other hand may share a name with "death" in it but he makes much more uplifting music. And another dark songwriter, Stone Jack Jones, opens the night. Should be a good show all around.

TEEN @ Apple Store Soho
Part of the Apple store's "meet the musicians" series, TEEN will perform live followed by a Q&A with rock journalist Michael Azerrad. Free, 7:30 PM.

The Rural Alberta Advantage, July Talk @ Bowery Ballroom
The Rural Alberta Advantage's anthemic and folky indie rock is in fine form on their new album, Mended with Gold. Tonight their tour with fellow big-sounding Canadian band July Talk hits Bowery Ballroom for its second of two shows at the venue this week.

Animal Collective (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
While Panda Bear has a new solo record on the way, the other three AnCo guys are taking the chance to go on this DJ tour which hits Brooklyn Bowl again tonight. The tour returns to the same venue in December too (but without Avey Tare).

Dustin Wong, Takako Minekawa, Ricky Eat Acid, Tristan Allen, Trabajo @ Palisades
Former Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong moved back to his childhood home of Japan after completing his trilogy of loop-based albums and began collaborating with musician Takako Minekawa. Using a specially designed interface that allows them to switch from guitar to keyboards to sampler to vocals, their music is creative and playful. The duo's second album together, Savage Imagination, came out via Thrill Jockey in September.

Sallie Ford, Crooked Fingers, And The Kids @ Rough Trade
While Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside came to an end last year, Sallie is still at it with a new band and they come to NYC tonight. Archers of Loaf singer Eric Bachmann is also on the show with his Crooked Fingers project, making for a great double bill.

Foxes in Fiction, Mister Lies, Emily Reo @ Shea Stadium
If you're into bedroom-recorded, electronic-tinged lo-fi pop, basically everyone on this bill will be up your alley.

Javelin, Tiny Victories, Idgy Dean, Nadia Kazmi @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Chillwave survivors Javelin play tonight at the weekend mecca of music/shopping/games/booze. The bands are free, you're paying for everything else.

Heavy Lights, Doug Gillard, Tinnarose, Bird of Youth @ Cake Shop
Doug Gillard's CV is impeccable, having logged time in Guided by Voices, Nada Surf, My Dad is Dead to name three. His his new solo album, Parade On, is an equally impressive array of sparkling powerpop.

Mike Wexler, Hubble, Psychic Reality @ Trans-Pecos
Psychedelic folk singer Mike Wexler and former The Men member Ben Greenberg with his experimental project Hubble team up for this show which should be nice trippy vibes all around.

Blockhead, Elaquent, Muneshine @ Glasslands
In addition to producing a significant amount of Aesop Rock's material (and other likeminded rappers like Cage, Open Mike Eagle and Murs), Blockhead has a ton of solo material including this year's Bells and Whistles LP.

Suzanne Vega @ Joe's Pub
She may be be best known for "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" (both from 1987's Solitude Standing) but Suzanne Vega's gift for songwriting has continued since. She plays an early and a a late show tonight.

Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Best known here in America for acting in City of God and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which he scored using only acoustic, Portuguese David Bowie covers), but Brazilian artist Seu Jorge has been making music since the '90s. This is part of his eight-night run at the Blue Note.

Ray Lamontagne, The Belle Brigade @ Beacon Theatre
Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne released the Dan Auerbach-produced album, Supernova, earlier this year. Tonight he wraps up a 3-night run at Beacon Theatre in support of it.

All Out War, Sworn Enemy, Living Laser, Panzerbastard, Recycled Earth @ The Acheron
Metallic New York hardcore band/Victory Records vet All Out War have been at it for over two decades now and they've been talking about having a new album on the way. Maybe we'll hear some new ones tonight?

Phil Lesh @ Capitol Theatre
As any Deadhead can tell you, Phil Lesh plays the favorites and his current band does it well. It's another night of his never-ending residency at The Cap, and these shows are always a good time.

Slonk Donkerson, Bent Shapes, Heeney, The Doubts @ Muchmore's
Amongst the good local bands are Boston's Bent Shapes who make jangly indie pop...but with real bite. Good live, too.

Sharkmuffin, Chimes, Painted Zeros, Slight, Routine Involvements @ Silent Barn
Brooklyn garage rockers Sharkmuffin are always a good local band to catch, and if you're going tonight you may also want to check out Painted Zeros, who pal around with Porches, LVL UP, Crying and other cool local bands.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Foxygen @ MHOW 10/8/2014
Foxygen

of Montreal, Deerhoof, Ducktails, The Dodos, Foxygen's Jonathan Rado, and Jacco Gardner are a few of the artists who'll be contributing to Polyvinyl's 4-Track Singles Series Vol. 2. For it they mailed an artist an old Tascam 4-track recorder to record two songs to tape. When they finished, the mailed the machine to the next artist, and so on and so on. Subscribers to the series will receive a limited edition, two-song 7" each month in 2015, pressed on colored vinyl and packaged in a jacket featuring unique artwork by Grammy-nominated artist Jesse LeDoux. Subscriptions are available now and the full roster of 2015 participating artists is below.

Speaking of Foxygen, they were in NYC not too long ago for two shows promoting their new album, ...And Star Power. We posted pictures from Webster Hall already, but now we've got a belated set from Music Hall of Williamsbug, including openers Jungle Green. More pictures below.

Continue reading "Of Montreal, Deerhoof, Ducktails, Jonathan Rado & more part of Polyvinyl 4-Track Singles Series 2 ++ Foxygen MHOW pics"

Horse Feathers & friend
Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers, out promoting Cynic's New Year which you can stream at Kill Rock Stars' Bandcamp, is on a tour that hits Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tonight (11/14) with Frank Fairfield (who has toured with Fleet Foxes and Cass McCombs) and David Dondero (who returned to Ghostmeat Records in 2011 after three albums on Conor Oberst's Team Love label). It's a solid bill of folky male singer-songwriters.

David Dondero also plays Living Room on Thursday.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Horse Feathers on tour; David Dondero too; Both in Brooklyn tonight w/ Frank Fairfield (dates)"

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As we saw yesterday, the power is back to most of Manhattan and many more shows are starting to happen. Subways are continuing to get better too. Yesterday we mentioned that the 4, 5, 6, and 7 trains were back up, and now the J and F train are back too. Current subway outage map is here.

If you're looking for ways you can help out with hurricane relief, head to http://www.nycservice.org/.

Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Sunday (11/4).

As mentioned on Saturday, Peter Wolf's shows are cancelled, but City Winery is opening tonight for a NYC stand-up comedy benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims.

The Bell House had been open for a few days, but they just tweeted, "Blown transformer, fire under the street, no power on our block." They're moving the "Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance" show to November 23 and are currently looking for a new location to do tonight's hurricane relief open mic.

Maxwell's, which is undamaged, finally got their power back, but unfortunately, "it came too late to enable [them] to host the Crooked Fingers/John Vanderslice show tonight," so that show has been cancelled. John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers did play a pre-transformer explosion show at The Bell House on Friday (11/2), and as hinted, John did in fact wear his Tigger costume.

Tonight's Marea show at SOB's is cancelled.

Tonight's Little Feat and Leon Russell show at Capitol Theatre has been postponed. New date TBA.

The previously discussed Samiam show is still on, and set to take off tonight at Saint Vitus (11/4) with guests Liquor Store and I'm With Cupid. Tickets are still available.

Mercury Lounge is open again and tonight's Fenster show with Howth, Norwegian Arms, and Steel Phantoms is still on. Tickets for that show are still available. Fenster were also supposed to play Shea Stadium and Muchmore's last week too but Sandy cancelled those.

As mentioned, the Molly Nilsson and Cat Martino show which was supposed to happen at Glasslands last Sunday (10/28) is instead happening at Public Assembly tonight with Amalie Bruun. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Bowery Ballroom is back up and Gary Clark Jr. plays his first of three shows there tonight.

Mossenek (featuring Mick Barr and Chuck Bettis), Yoshiko Ohara (of Bloody Panda), and Entartete play Death by Audio tonight. It's the first show ever for Entartete, the new project of Speck Brown (ex-Orphan) who formed the band after the tragic passing of Brendan Majewski. Flyer for the show is below.

Le Poisson Rouge finally reopened last night and are open tonight too. Tonight they have a contemporary classical performance by pianist Jenny Q Chai at 6:30 PM, Dan Neustadt (of The Hold Steady, Northern Bells) playing Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation at 9 PM, and the rescheduled from Tuesday Kitsune Club Night with The Twelves, Yusek, and JDH & Dave P.

Hannibal Buress, who couldn't make it to his weekly Sunday comedy show at Knitting Factory last week due to the hurricane, is back in action tonight.

Knitting Factory is also hosting Band Slam the Vote tonight, rescheduled from Thursday (11/1), with Lonesome Empire, The Nepotist, Laura Faye, Ionie, Dream Logic, Sophia Urista, and Joy and The Hansons. The show now also doubles as a hurricane benefit concert, and "all proceeds from ticket sales will go to support non-profit Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts."

UCB Theatre and UCB East are both open and UCB Theatre hosts their weekly ASSSSCAT 3000 shows while UCB East has a stand-up open mic at 5:30 PM, Indie Cage Match at 7:30 PM, Improv Nerds at 9 PM, and The Improv Nerds Jam at 10 PM.

Power is back on at The Stone in the East Village tonight (11/4) so look for a pair of shows including an early 8PM show with Victor Poison-Tete (of rat at rat r) and a 10PM show with Tamio Shiraishi and Cammisa Buerhaus.

Barbes opens this afternoon with the first of four events at the venue tonight. Two showings of SeƱor Calavera's JUST IN CASE, "an interactive image and music driven dramatization of the book Just in Case by Yuyi Morales, go down at 2:30pm and 4PM today, followed by a performance of The Four Bags at 8PM, Amour Obscur at 9PM and la Sabrosa Sabrosura at 10PM.

Trash Bar is hosting a Hurricane Relief Concert & Jam.

Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, and Highway Gimps play Big Snow tonight.

The Reckless Collected, The Dharma Body, Model Stranger, and Shayna Sands play Cameo Gallery tonight.

Street Smells, Easy Lover, Eastern Hollows, and No Kill play Glasslands tonight.

The Living Room is open and are hosting The Lombardi Case 1975 at 2 PM, Afro-Jersey at 7 PM, and Daniel Wayne at 9:30 PM.

The Studio at Webster Hall is hosting Get Out the Vote with Patrick Toussaint, Mad Moiselle, Siya, Shamar Forte, and Wes Cyphers.

The Schtick or Treat Halloween comedy show, was postponed from last Monday (10/29) to tonight at Littlefield. Littlefield also hosts an early show, Yellow Sneaker Sock Hop: Puppet Show and Album Launch.

Union Pool is open and holding a hurricane benefit drive. They write, "We are holding a drive for our fellow New Yorkers in Staten Island Sunday November 4th from 1-6pm. This will be the first of many drives we hold for the communities affected by the devastation that is Hurricane Sandy." Head to Union Pool's site to see the list of items they'll be accepting.

Union Hall is open and hosting Rolie Polie Guacamole with special guest Lou Gallo at 3 PM, and Eugene Mirman's Pretty Good FRiends show at 7:30 PM with host Caroline Creaghead and guests Myq Kaplan, Kendra Cunningham, Zoe Coombs Marr, and Max SIlvestri.

Justin Walter and Ryan Ferriera will perform at Zebulon, which is open for business in Williamsburg tonight.

After returning to some sense of normalcy yesterday, Joe's Pub will host Public Forum Duet: Anna Deavere Smith and David Simon early and John Kelly later at the venue.

Bad Side, Holidays, The Guts and Pity Party are ready to take on The Acheron tonight.

Brooklyn Bowl is open.

Uriah Heep plays BB King's tonight.

Santos Party House was closed last night and don't have anything listed for tonight either, but Monday's (11/5) MNDR, Colourmusic, Shiny Toy Guns, and Static Summer show is still a go. Deidre & the Dark (Deidre of Savoir Adore) (who just played NYC) also plays Santos on Monday with Gin Wigmore. However, the Etienne De Crecy show is cancelled.

Cake Shop got their power back and hosted The Luyas and Peace last night, but they have nothing scheduled for tonight.

The Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke Band play The Blue Note tonight. A portion of ticket sales will go to the American Red Cross.

Tonight's Leslie West show at Iridium Jazz Club tonight has been postponed to a TBA date in January.

Arlenes's Grocery is back open and tonight they've got Lhabya, The Juvenals, ElixirOnMute, and Bear Language.

As mentioned yesterday, Rockwood Music Hall is back open.

Friday's David Choi and Clara C show at Highline Ballroom has been rescheduled for tonight. However, the Acoustic Africa Tour show has been cancelled. Refunds for that one are available at the point of purchase.

Monday's Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy show at Best Buy Theater has been rescheduled for tonight. All tickets will be honored.

Translator Audio and the associated South Sound studios/practice spaces, which were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, have set up a donation area. Donate if you can.

Terrence Hannum of Locrian has a new zine available for order now. The zine, which is based on art inspired by the pentagram, comes with a cassette that is to be listened to while viewing the zine. Check out a video preview of the zine below. Locrian has a new split with Horseback out now via Relapse Records.

Joey Bada$$ was joined by The Roots for his late night TV debut on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon on Friday. Check out a video of him performing "Waves" below.

Continue reading "What is & isn't going on Sunday? (John Vanderslice/Crooked Fingers cancelled; Samiam, Fenster, Molly Nilsson, Gary Clark Jr, Entartete (ex-Orphan) & more are on)"

John Vanderslice as Tigger (via David Williams)
John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers kicked off their tour together in Raleigh, NC on Tuesday (10/30), and despite Hurricane Sandy, they've been moving on as planned, having played DC last night (10/31) and they'll be in Philly tonight (11/1). For last night's show, which was Halloween, John Vanderslice dressed up as Tigger (pictured above), and said that DC was chaos with "Halloween revelers, cops everywhere, and a massive fire in NE." And if this tweet is to be believed, we might see John's Tigger costume at the NYC area shows too.

The NYC area shows happen on Friday (11/2) at The Bell House and Sunday (11/4) at Maxwell's, both of which still appear to be on. Tickets for both the Bell House show and the Maxwell's show are still available.

John Vanderslice also joined Aimee Mann on stage at The Fillmore in San Francisco, when her tour brought her to that venue back in September. Aimee's tour was supposed to hit NYC for two shows with Ted Leo this week but Hurricane Sandy made like a thousand changes to their schedule. They ended up postponing their Bowery Ballroom show to a TBA date and played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (more on that soon).

An updated list of John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers dates is below.

Continue reading "John Vanderslice didn't let Hurricane Sandy affect his tour w/ Crooked Fingers, dressed up as Tigger for Halloween"

John Vanderslice at Mercury Lounge in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers (the project of Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann) are teaming up for a co-headlining tour together this fall which hits the NYC area for shows at The Bell House on November 2 and Maxwell's on November 4. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet but check ticketweb for updates on the Bell House and ticketfly for Maxell's. Tickets for other dates on the tour are going on sale this Friday (8/10). All dates are listed below.

John Vanderslice recently performed David Bowie's 1974 album, Diamond Dogs (the one with radio hit "Rebel Rebel") in its entirety at San Francisco's Vogue Theater (8/2). John was joined by Jason Slota on drums, Jamie Riotto on upright bass, and Rob Shelton on Rhodes for the show. After finishing the performance of the album, he also threw in a cover of "Ashes to Ashes" from Bowie's Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Videos of John and band playing "Big Brother" and "Ashes to Ashes" at the show are below.

Those videos and a list of all dates are below.

Continue reading "John Vanderslice touring w/ Crooked Fingers, covered Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs' in San Francisco (dates & videos)"

Archers of Loaf at Webster Hall (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Archers of Loaf

Archers of Loaf, still reunited, have a handful of dates scheduled in 2012 so far. The seminal 90s band has a pair of West Coast dates: LA and San Francisco (as part of Noise Pop), and two East Coast dates: Bowery Ballroom on April 26th and Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on April 29th that same week (date TBA shortly). Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale at noon on 2/3. The last time that Archers of Loaf played NYC it was over two nights at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Archers will also be at Primavera fest in Spain in May. More dates will be announced soon, as Merge is getting ready to release more remasters...

On February 21, Merge will re-issue Archers of Loaf's sophomore release Vee Vee on dbl-CD, limited edition mossy-green LP and digital download.

Re-mastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by Magnet Magazine editor Eric Miller, Vee Vee will include sixteen bonus tracks and new cover art re-imagined by graphic artist Jay Ryan. Reissues of All the Nation's Airports and White Trash Heroes will follow later in 2012.

.In related news, Eric Bachmann's other project Crooked Fingers will play LA a few days after the Archers of Loaf appearance, at the Hotel Cafe on Feb 29. The band was recently featured on NPR's World Cafe.

All known tour dates and a couple of videos below...

Continue reading "Archers of Loaf schedule 2 NYC shows, 2 in CA & Primavera"

Crooked Fingers at Nokia Theatre in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Crooked Fingers

As mentioned, Crooked Fingers (Eric Bachmann of Archers of Loaf's other project) are touring in support of their upcoming album, Breaks in the Armor, this fall. The tour includes the previously announced NYC-area shows happening on November 3 at Maxwell's (tickets) and November 4 at Mercury Lounge (tickets), and they've since added a third NYC-area show happening on November 5 at Cameo Gallery. Strand of Oaks, who opens the Mercury show, also opens the Cameo show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Archers of Loaf are now done touring the US for 2011, but recently played MusicFestNW in Portland and a set at A.V. Fest in Chicago.

Updated tour dates below...

Continue reading "Crooked Fingers add another show --- updated Tour Dates"

Crooked Fingers at Nokia Theatre in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Crooked Fingers

Eric Bachmann's (of Archers of Loaf) other project, Crooked Fingers is set to release a new album, Breaks in the Armor on October 11 via Merge. You can check out a trailer video for the album below and pre-order the album at the Merge webstore.

Crooked Fingers will tour in support of the album this fall which kicks off shortly after the album's release. That tour hits Maxwell's on November 3 and Mercury Lounge on November 4. Singer/songwriter Strand of Oaks (aka Timothy Showalter) will provide support at the Mercury show. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/19) at noon for the Maxwell's show and the Mercury show. AmEx presale for the Mercury show starts Wednesday (8/17) at noon.

You can also catch Crooked Fingers at MusicfestNW in Portland, OR this September. All dates and album trailer below...

Continue reading "Crooked Fingers releasing album, touring (dates)"

photos by Andrew Youssef

DOWNLOAD Archers of Loaf - "What Did You Expect" (MP3)

Archers of Loaf @ the Troubadour
The Arches of Loaf

The Archers of Loaf reunion continues and keeps getting bigger. Not long after they played Sasquatch, it was announced that the Eric Bachmann-led band will appear at MusicFestNW in September. Since then even more dates were announced in Seattle, Atlanta, and North Carolina, AND you can catch them on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on June 24. Updated dates are listed below.

Archers just played two nights at the Troubadour in LA over the weekend with The Globes (who also played Sasquatch). We've got pictures from the June 4th show in this post. Christopher Gordon went on 6/3...

"they opened with 'step into the light', and it kind of went from there. the bass player was having more fun than anyone, it was great. i was surprised how tight they were. they sounded fucking perfect. 'harnessed in slums' was a highlight for me. i really liked 'dead red eyes' where bachman played the keyboard. we were definitely the youngest two people in the crowd. it was strange. everyone was 35 - 40 years old and still cooler than me. they all had i-phones and such it was strange. a lot of them looked like they raided rivers cuomo's closet. i would have liked everyone to be 17 - 22 years old crowd surfing and such, but what can you do. they played two encores it was the coolest. an hour and a half set. it'll be hard for another show to beat that for me. definitely the best thing i've seen all year."
More of the 6/4 pictures below. A KEXP in-studio session can be listened to HERE.

The band will hit Austin, TX this weekend and then make it over to NYC for the previously announced Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/25) and Webster Hall (6/26) shows. The MHOW show is sold out but tickets are still on sale for the one at Webster Hall. Mr. Dream open both NYC shows.

Eric's solo project Crooked Fingers also recently announced a few new shows, including Maxwell's on June 30 (four days after the Webster Hall show) with Laura Stevenson and The Cans. Tickets for the NJ show are on sale. All dates are listed below.

Crooked Fingers' new album, Breaks in the Armor, will be released in October. Merge will start re-issuing Archers of Loaf albums even sooner...

"Merge Records will reissue all four Archers of Loaf studio albums, starting with their acclaimed 1993 debut album Icky Mettle on August 2.

Re-mastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by Robert Christgau, Icky Mettle will come with bonus material including the entire Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP as well as singles and b-sides from the Icky Mettle era. It will be available in stores beginning August 2 on CD, limited-edition blue vinyl and digital download. Reissues of Vee Vee, All the Nation's Airports and White Trash Heroes will follow next year"

Download "What Did You Expect" from an out-of-print Merge 7-inch included on the Icky Mettle reissue, above.

Laura Stevenson and the Cans also open for Nick 13 of Tiger Army at Bowery Ballroom on June 24 Tickets are on sale.

More LA pictures and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Archers of Loaf played the Troubadour (pics), announce reissues & stuff, Crooked Fingers tour dates too"

MFNW

Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "MusicfestNW 2011 -- dates & initial lineup"

Crooked Fingers

As The Vine pointed out...

"US Indie rock legends Archers of Loaf played a secret reunion show in their hometown of Chapel Hill [on January 15th].

The band broke a thirteen year silence on [that] Saturday evening, by performing an unannounced support slot for local band the Love Language. According to reports on twitter and the Merge Records forum, the original Archers of Loaf lineup - Eric Bachman, Matt Gentling, Mark Price and Eric Johnson - played a 12-song set at the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill. No word yet of whether the reunion is permanent, though..."

...though Archers of Loaf have already announced another show - May at the Sasquatch Festival. Stay tuned for more announcements.

In the meantime frontman Eric Bachman is heading back out on the road with/as Crooked Fingers for a handful of shows including The Bell House in Brooklyn tonight/Saturday (2/19) with Neckbeard Telecaster. All dates and videos and the setlist from the January reunion, below...

Continue reading "Crooked Fingers playing shows (Archers of Loaf too)"

DOWNLOAD: Nicole Atkins - Vitamin C (Can Cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nicole Atkins - Vulture (MP3)

Nicole Atkins covering Bob Dylan @ LPR (more by Chris La Putt)
Nicole Atkins

With her new album, Mondo Amore, coming out Jan 25 (Razor & Tie), New Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based crooner, Nicole Atkins has just released the Vultures 7". The record features her first single of the same name backed with her beautiful cover of "Vitamin C," the classic hit from German kraut-rockers Can.

"'Vitamin C' is my favorite song from one of my favorite bands. I also wanted to record something that wasn't so centralized around the vocals but more about the overall feel of the band. It was like 'let's record a song that I wish was my own.'" - Nicole Atkins

Download Nicole's Vitamin C cover above.

Nicole Atkins recently took part in tributes to both Bob Dylan and John Lennon, and will honor yet another person with music at a show tonight (12/11), though this time it's the much sadder kind of tribute. Musician Zach Arrias passed away suddenly on Thanksgiving due to a blood clot that went to his heart. Friends, including Nicole Atkins, David Pattillo and Mollie King, will gather and perform in his memory upstairs at Pianos from 7-10pm.

Nicole Atkins kicks off a tour in support of her new record (see above) on February 9th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale. No openers are announced yet for that show, but she will be joined by Cotton Jones on the rest of the tour.

Cotton Jones just so happens to be playing in NYC tonight as well, at Mercury Lounge with Crooked Fingers.

All dates below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Neko Case

Neko Case played her first of two shows at the Nokia Theater in NYC last night (4/13). Guests and bandmembers included Rachel Flotard from Visqueen, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Norah O'connor and Kelly Hogan. At one point Neko gave a shoutout to fellow New Pornographer AC Newman who appeared on Letterman (with Nicole Atkins) on the same night. Neko will play Letterman on Wednesday (tomorrow). The second Nokia Theatre show is tonight (4/14). More pictures from the first night, including one of the setlist, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Neko Case on AOL's The Interface (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Neko Case - People Got A Lot of Nerve (MP3)

Neko Case

Neko Case's latest tour has arrived in NYC. Crooked Fingers open for Neko at the
Nokia Theatre tonight (4/13). Joan as Policewoman open for Neko at the same venue tomorrow (4/14). Tickets for both shows are still on sale. I also have a pair for each show to giveaway. Details below.

Wondering what it will sound like? NPR is now streaming Thursday's DC show in its entirety. As a bonus, Will Sheff opened at that one, and you can listen to that @ NPR too.

The stage was set in something out of a nature cartoon with trees painted on long banners and an owl overseeing it all. Behind them videos of cyclones, airplanes and anthropomorphic animals were projected on a screen. But the attention was clearly on Case, her stunning voice, as well as her solid backing band. [NPR]
Neko will next be in the NYC-area to play a set at the All Points West Festival this summer.

You can also listen to Neko on WFUV on Tuesday at 1pm, and on a recent episode of AOL's The Interface (MP3 above).

Recent collaborators for Neko include Dexter Romweber and Marianne Faithful.

All Neko dates, her new video, and contest details, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Wye Oak - Warning (MP3)

Andy Stack of Wye Oak @ Pianos (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Wye Oak

Baltimore duo Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack) is set to play two NYC dates during its month-long tour, which kicks things off at the Bell House on Tuesday, April 14th (tix on sale). Crooked Fingers and Takka Takka are also on that Brooklyn bill. From there they hit the road with Ohio's Pomegranates which eventually has them back in NYC on Wednesday, May 13th for a show at the intimate Mercury Lounge with Winter Gloves (who recently had some trouble getting into our country) (tix on sale).

Since starting to actively tour in early 2008, Wye Oak has played NYC almost non-stop with '08 shows in January, February, April, June, July, September, four CMJ shows in October (including a BV day party at Pianos, 10/23/08, and Merge showcase at Mercury Lounge, 10/23/08)), and most recently a December 5th show with O'Death at Bowery Ballroom.

Live, Wye Oak doesn't let its diminutive lineup diminish the sound. The pair mix up arrangements with drastic dynamic shifts and sections that snowball from quiet melodies to shoegazy rock-outs. Still no word on a follow-up to 2008's If Children, understandable with all this touring.

Merge is currently offering the band's single "Prodigy," originally released on a Record Store Day 7-inch, as a free download.

All tour dates and a video below...

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Photos by Nathan Miller

Okkervil River

"Anytime I've ever seen Okkervil River perform live, they've seemed like the world's most under-slept, under-shaved band coming off a four-day bender, shredding their guts onstage as if it were their last show before their dark demise in an alley. And yet here they are on their brilliant new record with their hippie hair all tamed and their sound semi-polished and pop, as though they spent the summer at rock-hottie camp with Stuart Murdoch learning new dance moves." [EyeWeekly]
Okkervil River, Eric Bachmann's Crooked Fingers and Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears played their second of two nights in a row at NYC's Webster Hall last night (10/7). Crooked Fingers' new album Forfeit / Fortune came out the same day on Red Pig / Constant Artists, Inc.
"If the record took off we would have to re-evaluate and I wouldn't have a problem dancing with the devil," Bachmann said, making a half-joking reference to big retailers like Walmart with whom he shares little in common philosophically. "I don't think the system is innately bad, we're just trying to manipulate the system to where we can keep as much money that's ours as possible." [StarNews]
The first NYC show was 10/6 and that's the night the below pictures were taken. Both Okkervil setlists are down there too....

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Okkervil River

Austin's Okkervil River are in the midst of a tour that brings them to NYC to play two shows at Webster Hall this coming Monday and Tuesday with Crooked Fingers (Eric Bachmann) and Austin's Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears...

Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears were one of the really fun, live suprises of SXSW 2008 for me. I had heard mention of this band when they were out opening for Spoon last year, but had yet to hear the recorded work or see a live show. The Club DeVille set was full of big, bold soulful grooves that had everyone dancing. With his soul revival sound, James Brown-esque yells, a fresh face and a big smile, Black Joe Lewis was very easy to love. [My Old Kentucky Blog]
Tickets are still on sale for both shows. This past weekend Okkervil played a show at the Austin City Limits Festival. More pictures from that below...

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