Entries tagged with: Dave Alvin

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photo: Modest Mouse @ Firefly Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Bjork @ King's Theatre
Bjork's in the midst of a sold-out seven-show run in NYC supporting her powerful new album, Vulnicura. She'll be performing with her Vulicura collaborator Arca, plus percussionist Manu Delago and 15-piece chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound. This is her first of two nights at Brooklyn's freshly renovated King's Theatre.

Modest Mouse @ Webster Hall
Isaac Brock and company just released Strangers to Ourselves, Modest Mouse's first album in eight years. It sounds like a Modest Mouse album... in a good way. Tonight's the first of two fairly small shows (for them) at Webster Hall. Sold out, natch.

Jozef Van Wissem @ Le Poisson Rouge
The lute is often shoved in the Ren-Faire ghetto, but Dutch musician Jozef Van Wissem does his best to make the instrument dark and mysterious.

Vida Mayo, Napoleon, Jangula, Ski Lodge, Freelings, My Electric Heart @ Pianos
Ski Lodge, who got a little more synthy on their new single, are doing a joint residency with fellow Brooklyn band Jangula every Wednesday in March.

Terry Riley 80th Birthday Concert @ Merkin Concert Hall
Part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, tonight's a celebration of American composer and general music legend Terry Riley. On hand will be Gyan Riley, Emily Wells, Face the Music, Marco Benevento and Simon Taylor-Davies of Klaxons .

Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers, Letlive @ Best Buy Theatre
Long Island emo vets TBS released Happiness Is in 2014 which was made with the same lineup that produced 2002's Tell All Your Friends. Philly punks The Menzingers and LA's Letlive open.

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones @ The Bell House
Dave and Phil Alvin are best known for their great early-'80s band The Blasters who blended rockabilly, blues, country and rock n' roll. Last summer, the famously quarrelsome brohters released their first album together in 30 years, a tribute to Chicago blues great Big Bill Broonzy. They'll play songs from that, and hopefully dip into the Blasters catalog as well, tonight

Phil Lesh 75th Birthday Celebration @ The Capitol Theatre
The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh celebrates his 75th birthday with four Capitol Theatre shows this week, this being the third.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

Lo Pan, Against The Grain, Family
Columbus, OH trio Lo Pan will light up VItus with their smokin' grooves and stoned riffage tonight.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Tickets for the You Blew It! show at the Studio at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM. Tickets for the Asbury Lanes show go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the PARTYNEXTDOOR show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Quicksand show at Saint Vitus are on sale now and an additional 100 tickets will be available at the Vitus bar starting 7 PM on Sunday (12/7).

Tickets for the Hookworms show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Palisades show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Natalie Prass show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Doomtree show at Highline Ballroom go on sale Monday at noon.

Tickets for the Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Krill, and Shrill Mag show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jim E-Stack show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the added Twin Shadow show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the three Dillon Francis shows at Terminal 5 (moved from Barclays) go on sale today at noon. (All tickets for the 1/16 Barclays Center show will be honored at the 1/16 Terminal 5 show only.) Anamanaguchi are on the 1/16 & 1/17 shows, Bro Safari open all three.

Tickets for the The Black Ryder show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the three Craig Ferguson shows at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

bottoms, who are releasing an EP on JD Samson's label, are playing Saint Vitus on Tuesday (12/9) with Skeletonhead and Princess Tiny and the Meats. Rainbow In The Dark, Brooklyn's best gay metal night, will be DJing all night long.

Leon Russell is playing City Winery on February 20 and 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Booker T. is playing City Winery on February 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Dave & Phil Alvin of The Blasters are playing City Winery on March 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Colin Hay of Men at Work is playing three nights at City Winery from February 16-18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

John Oates is playing City Winery on January 21 celebrating his DVD release. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Weight... (a The Band tribute featuring members of The Band) are playing City Winery on January 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Judy Collins is playing City Winery on January 2. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the recently added Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga show at Radio City Music Hall go on general and Citi Cardmember sale Tuesday at 10AM.

Tanlines are DJing Brooklyn Bowl on December 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10AM.

Citizen Cope are playing two intimate solo/acoustic performances at The Capitol Theatre and State Theater (NJ) on April 4 and 10. Tickets for the State Theater show go on sale today at 10AM.

The Moody Blues are playing two nights at The Capitol Theater on March 20-21. (tickets).

Los Lobos are playing three NYC area shows with Alejandro Escovedo on March 5,6, and 7. Tickets for The Space at Westbury, and The State Theatre go on sale today at 10AM. Alejandro also has three of his own NYC shows before that at NYC Winery. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Jeff Beck is playing The Capitol Theatre on April 18. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Wale and Doja Cat are playing Irving Plaza on January 10.Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Jamie T is playing MHOW on December 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Foreign Exchange (aka Phonte & Nicolay) are playing a Heineken Green Room-presented show at MHOW on December 10. RSVP by December 8 at 5pm to attend. "RSVP does not guarantee admittance, so arrive early, as entry will be first come first serve."

Tickets for the Living Colour show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at 10AM.

Kishi Bashi (string quartet) are playing Brooklyn Masonic Temple on February 20. Tickets for that show go on sale today.

Tickets for the four U2 dates at MSG go on sale Monday at 10AM.

Robert Earl Keen is playing Bowery Ballroom on February 9 and MHOW on February 10 Tickets for both shows go on sale today at noon.

Bad Suns are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 15. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Uncut

We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Uncut's Top 75 Albums of 2014"

Happiness
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Happiness is the new-ish band (formed in fall of 2013) of Deer Tick members Ian O'Neil, Chris Ryan and Dennis Ryan with Rafay Rashid, singer of fellow Providence band, Ravi Shavi. They recently put out a three song EP which you can stream below.

Happiness will be in NYC for two shows this week, including a headlining gig at Brooklyn's Cameo tonight (6/5) with Virgin Forest (Phosphorescent's backing band) and Heaven's Jail Band, and then opening for Diamond Rugs side project Los Lobos at Highline Ballroom on Saturday (6/7). Tickets for the Cameo show and the Highline show are on sale now.

In related news, folk singer Jonah Tolchin is releasing a new album, Clover Lane, on July 1 via Yep Roc (his first for the label), which features Deer Tick's John McCauley, Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, Chris Scruggs (grandson of Earl), Mickey Raphael (of Willie Nelson's band), and more. He's also got a tour coming up, which hits NYC on June 29 at Rockwood Music Hall with Christopher Paul Stelling (tickets), July 9 at City Winery with Tom Paxton (sold out), and July 11 at The Bell House with Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin (tickets). That Bell House show is one of many dates Jonah is playing with The Alvin Brothers (both of The Blasters), who just put out Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy on Yep Roc this week. You can stream that in full (via The New Yorker) and a track from Jonah's upcoming LP, with the full list of tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Happiness (ft. 3/5 of Deer Tick) playing NYC; Jonah Tolchin releasing an LP ft. John McCauley, touring w/ Alvin Brothers"

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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces third round of showcasing artists"

Danny Amis

A message from Danny Amis

Dear Friends...

I can't thank you enough for your generosity.
Thanks to your help, and the upcoming benefit shows,
I no longer need to stress out over my medical bills. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Cancer in 2010.
This forced me to stop working and touring.
The type of cancer I've been told I have is called
"Multiple Myeloma", cancer of the bone marrow.
I was caught off guard without insurance, but thankfully was able
to obtain insurance through the Affordable Care Act which
passed congress last year and for which I am eternally grateful.
Without that insurance I wouldn't have been able to get a necessary
procedure to save my life called a Stem Cell Transplant.
I underwent that procedure in May, and it seems to have been successful.
I now face a couple of months of recovery.

Your generosity has helped immensely, it's a very expensive procedure.
Unfortunately, high medical costs are something I'll have to face the rest of my life,
as this disease is incurable. I can only hope to knock it into remission for a while.
I'm going to leave this donation button up for those who still want to help.
Simply be aware that I'm not set up to accept tax-deductible donations.
Again, I can't thank you enough for your help!

That donation button is at Danny's website, as is a list of upcoming benefit shows including the one taking place at Maxwell's in Hoboken on June 29. The Raybeats, The Individuals, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley (of Yo La Tengo), The Schramms, and Tall Lonesome Pines all will play the NJ benefit for the sick member of the instrumental surf group Los Straitjackets. Tickets for the Hoboken show are on sale. Conan O'Brien is performing at the LA one which is also still on sale.

Los Straitjackets go on a very long tour of their own without Amis this summer. The tour stops at City Winery on June 23 and 24 with Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones. Tickets are available for both shows. It also hits Maxwell's on August 4 with Bill Kirchen. Tickets are on sale. All LS dates and benefit dates, below...

Continue reading "Danny Amis recovering from cancer procedure, benefit shows planned (and Los Straitjackets is touring too)"

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Flower Travellin' Band @ Smokin' Music, Austin, TX - March 19, 2009
SXSW

"There was a certain amount of tension before Flower Travellin' Band's set at Smokin' Music. Would people show up for this 30+ year old Japanese psychedelic rock band? Would they be playing to like 30 people, many of whom were there for the free smokes from American Spirit? Would the band be any good? The band's heyday was in the 1970s, when they produced some of the most visionary psych rock around. But that was then and this is 2009 and these guys must be in their 60s at this point. Could they pull it off and would anyone care?

Yes. And yes." [Austin 360]

Flower Travellin' Band also played two shows in NYC before they got to Austin to play SXSW on Thursday. More of Jacob's pictures from that day below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2009 - Day 2 in photos by Jacob"