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photo: Voivod @ Gramercy Theatre, 2015 (more by Matthew Bredeau)

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

Super Bowl 50
There's a very good chance that, like most of the country, you won't be seeing a show tonight at all and you'll instead be watching the Super Bowl. From a musical point of view, the halftime show has Coldplay and they're set to be joined be Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and possibly Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. Lady Gaga is also singing The National Anthem. Plus, we can count on something musical going down in the commercials.

Voivod, Vektor, Extinction A.D., Eight Bells @ Gramercy Theatre
If you are seeing a show tonight, it's hard to go wrong with this one. Voivoid have been crafting a weird mix of progressive rock and thrash metal since the '80s and there's still no one quite like them. Both openers are solid too.

Ed Askew Band (w/ Jonah Smith) @ Pete's Candy Store
Ed Askew made one of the finest cult folk records of the '60s with Ask the Unicorn. He was gone for a while, but lucky for us he's currently very active as a performer and recording artist.

Ronald Paris (of Porches), Harmony Tividad (of Girlpool), Sitcom, True Blue @ Silent Barn
While Porches are now playing bigger venues than ever, main member Aaron Maine (aka Ronald Paris) still gives you a chance to see him play intimate spots like this one. Making this a good double bill is Harmony Tividad, one half of Girlpool.

Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show "Thank God for the Jokes" for nearly two years. He's finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.

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photo: Author & Punisher @ Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
author & punisher

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Author and Punisher, Muscle and Marrow, Statiqbloom @ Saint Vitus
One-man industrial band Author and Punisher returns to the stage tonight, joined by Portland's Muscle and Marrow and Batillus-related industrialist Statiqbloom.

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club @ Beacon Theater
After 16 years, Buena Vista Social Club are saying 'Audios' with a world tour -- and a double-disc reissue of their debut album. This is the first of two nights at Beacon.

Ed Askew, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, Sapropelic Pycnic, Yaman Palak @ Union Pool
Folk legend Ed Askew just gave the first-ever fully remastered reissue to his 1968 classic Ask the Unicorn and tonight he celebrates its release.

Matt & Kim, Heliotropes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Matt & Kim bring their unrelenting peppiness and indefatigable cheer to Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with riffy rockers Heliotropes opening.

Ra Ra Riot, PWR BTTM @ Baby's All Right
While cellist Alexandra Lawn's presence is missed, Ra Ra Riot continue to make sweeping, emotional, whoa-oh-filled music without her.

Punderdome 3000 @ Littlefield
Comedian Jo Firestone and her dad, Fred, host this live game show that encourages you to be the cheesiest you can. The bigger the groan, the better.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. Tonight features Jacqueline Novak, Liza Treyger, Erik Bergstrom, and Jena Friedman.

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by Andrew Sacher

Ed Askew

Folk legend Ed Askew reissued his 1984 album Imperfection on Drag City a few years back, and he just gave the first-ever fully remastered reissue to the album that started it all, 1968's Ask the Unicorn. It first became available again in 2005, right in the midst of the "freak folk" movement that took influence from cult singers like Ed, but the new pressing is now out on vinyl/CD/MP3 via Tin Angel Records. Order yours.

Jessica Thompson (Awesome Tapes from Africa, Tompkins Square) did the remastering, and it sounds great -- warmer than the digital version that was previously being circulated. If you haven't heard it, it's definitely an essential listen. Ask the Unicorn is an album that sounds like outsider music even compared to other '60s psychedelic folk, and it feels safe to call it truly ahead of its time. It fits in more nicely with early Destroyer than Tim Buckley. Stream the remastered version below.

Ed is celebrating the reissue with a release show in NYC on Tuesday (11/3) at Union Pool with Mary Lattimore & Jeff Ziegler, Sapropelic Pycnic and Yaman Palak. Tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Ed Askew remastered and reissued 1968's 'Ask the Unicorn' (listen), playing a release show this week"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Mark Borthwick
Josephine Foster

Folk singer Josephine Foster may be a contemporary artist, but she feels transported directly from 1969 (it makes a lot of sense she's on the new Karen Dalton tribute). Tonight (7/29) she plays NYC with a folk singer who actually is from the late '60s, the legendary Ed Askew (who she's played with before). The show is at Trans-Pecos and opening is another '60s-inspired artist, Colby Nathan (of New England Patriots). Tickets are on sale.

It's the only date for Ed Askew at the moment, and Josephine's only other date is also in NYC this week: a free show at Fulton Stall Market on Friday (7/31).

UPDATE: The Fulton Stall Market show has been cancelled.

Josephine's last album was 2013's I'm A Dreamer on Fire Records. Listen to the title track from that, and the title track of Ed Askew's '60s classic, Ask the Unicorn, below...

Continue reading "Josephine Foster & Ed Askew playing Trans-Pecos tonight"

photo: Mitski @ MHOW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
Rock and pop superstars U2's eight-show run at Madison Square Garden continues. Word from earlier stops on the "Innocence + Experience" tour say that U2 have created a stadium spectacle like never seen before -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

Elvis Depressedly, Mitski, eskimeaux, Emily Yacina @ Shea Stadium,
Mitski's 2014 album Bury Me at Makeout Creek gets better every time, with its mix of art rock, folk, and lo-fi indie. Tonight's her second of two NYC shows on her tour with the Run For Cover-signed Elvis Depressedly and Epoch member Eskimeaux.

Arabrot, Pinkish Black, Ghold @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Norway's Arabrot make noise rock that seems more intent on alienating music fans than bringing them together, but it may just be good enough to do the latter anyway. Goth duo Pinkish Black are just as worth catching.

Planes Mistaken for Stars, UnWed, The Sun The Moon The Stars @ Saint Vitus
Planes Mistaken for Stars put out three great forward-thinking post-hardcore albums in the 2000s. One of those albums, No Mercy, just got reissued on Deathwish, and the band is now on tour in support of that.

Ed Askew @ Ace Hotel
Ed Askew is one of the late '60s psych-folk singers who benefitted from internet exposure and is now able to play shows and release new music very consistently. Any time you can catch him, it's a treat.

Ava Mendoza's Chaser, Lucas Brode, Millevoi-Lopez-Shea, Kevin Shea's Sexy Thoughts @ Palisades
For a night of avant-garde guitar-based music, Palisades is where you want to be.

Floetry, Janine & the Mixtape @ BB King's
British neo-soul/hip hop duo Floetry broke up after their 2005 sophomore album, Flo'Ology, and Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart (aka The Floacist) embarked on separate solo careers. Now they're back in action, and on a reunion tour which hits NYC twice. This is the first.

Justin Vivian Bond @ Rockwood Music Hall
A regular in NYC's drag scene for years, and once a member of the duo Kiki and Herb (with Kenny Mellman, who is now in The Julie Ruin), Justin Vivian Bond hits Rockwood Stage 2 tonight.

Kornel Kovacs, Alejandro Sab @ Output (Panther Room)
Swedish producer Kornel Kovacs recently released an EP on Numbers, which has also been home to Rustie, Jamie xx, and more. If you like that kinda stuff, you might dig Kornel too.

Nas documentary 'Time Is Illmatic' screening, Pete Rock @ Queensbridge Park
'Time Is Illmatic' tells the story of Nas' groundbreaking debut, 1994's Illmatic. It will be screened tonight in Queensbridge Park with a set from the legendary Pete Rock, one of the producers on the album.

Real Numbers, 1-800-BAND, Bananamou, Consolidated Plastics @ Cake Shop
Milwaukee's Real Numers make mod-ish, tinny and relentlessly catchy indiepop that owes a whole lot to Television Personalities. Tonight's their final of three NYC shows; headliners 1-800-BAND make great Nerves-style powerpop and are worth catching as well.

Summer Scum 4 @ Trans-Pecos
This two-day, all-day fest features a cavalcade of noise, drone, outsider music and, of course, scum. Saturday's artists include Pharmakon, Gnawed, Hollow Seed, and loads more.

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Jonah Matranga in NYC in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)

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Frank Bell, Jonah Matranga, J. Robbins, Doris Cellar (of Freelance Whales) @ Mercury Lounge
Having spent time fronting Far and Jawbox respectively (plus like a ton of other bands), Jonah Matranga and J. Robbins are two of the greats of '90s post-hardcore and this year they joined forces for the collaborative band Moral Mazes which sounds straight out of their prime era. Tonight they play separate solo sets, but maybe we'll get some collaborations too?

Ballroom, Nots, Degreaser, Cyanide Tooth @ Palisades
If your idea of punk is more of the '70s Detroit variety (or what's going on in Melbourne, Australia these days), you'll dig this lineup featuring Memphis quartet Nots whose terrific new album is just out on Goner.

Rhyton, Fadensonnen, Key Of Shame @ Trans-Pecos
Rhyton put out a new record on Thrill Jockey this week which has them taking lengthy instrumental trips through Middle Eastern melodies and psychedelic rock. See them bring those jams to life tonight.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Bryce Dessner of The National (co-curator), Richard Reed Parry (co-curator) @ BAM
In addition to The National's Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry being members of two of the biggest indie bands around, they're also regulars in the indie/classical scene and they've now co-curated a new piece 'Black Mountain Songs' that made its world premiere at BAM on Thursday night. Tonight concludes the piece's four-night run. It features music by Dessner and Parry, as well as by Jherek Bischoff, Tim Hecker, Nico Muhly and others.

Will Miles, Clark Jones, Kenny Deforest, Big Jay Oakerson, Michael Che, Sean Patton, Liza Treyger, Saurin Choksi, Michelle Wolf @ Knitting Factory
Part of Knitting Factory's five-year anniversary celebration, this comedy show in the main space features a whole host of talent, including SNL's Michael Che and Late Night with Seth Meyers' Michelle Wolf.

ARMS, Salt Catherdral, Mrs. Adam Schatz, Oracle Room @ Baby's All Right
Paper Garden Records is throwing this show headlined by Brooklyn widescreen spacerock purveyors ARMS.

Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens, Sneeze, Raw Blow, Vomitface @ Shea Stadium
It's a tough night for fans of veteran post-hardcore frontmen between that Jonah/J show and this. Walter (of Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools and more) takes a Cream/Sabbath-inspired heavy blues approach for the Dead Heavens, one of two new bands he's got this year. The rest of this bill is pretty good too.

Manilla Road, Natur, Python @ Saint Vitus
Kansas metal legends Manilla Road put out a handful of classic albums in the '80s that experimented with thrash, NWOBHM, power metal, prog and '70s proto-metal. The only constant member has been frontman Mark "The Shark" Shelton, but his current bandmates are no slackers. Tonight's the second of a 2-night stand at Vitus this weekend.

Ed Askew Band, Hartley C. White, Ruth Garbus, Jib Kidder, Moth Eggs @ Silent Barn
Ed Askew's story is a familiar one to fans of any now-better-known artists like Nick Drake and Vashti Bunyan. He had one record in the late '60s, Ask the Unicorn, which became considered an overlooked classic many years later. He's released other albums over the years too, and luckily for us he's more active now than ever with new music and live shows coming pretty frequently. This bill also includes Ruth Garbus (sister of tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus) and others.

Couch Slut, Derek Reinhardt, Ora Iso, 1MITATOR @ The Acheron
NYC's Couch Slut have only been around for about a year but they've quickly become one of the better known bands on the local heavy scene thanks to a killer, unrelenting mix of metal, hardcore and noise rock that's not quite like other bands in this scene. Ba Da Bing-signed droners Ora Iso are worth getting there early for.

Mick Foley @ The Bell House
Yes, Mick Foley the wrestler aka Mankind. Tonight he's here telling stories with his one-man spoken-word stage show, "Tales From Wrestling Past."

Hess is More @ Nublu
Having just released a remix EP, the eight-piece lineup of Hess Is More bring their jazzy/krauty/funky sound to Nublu as part of a four-night residency. If you like DFA style dancerock, they're worth checking out.

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Jerry David DeCicca has produced albums for cult folk legend Ed Askew, and is also a member of the band Black Swans, who also toured with Ed in recent years. Earlier this year, he put out his debut solo album, Understanding Land, which featured collaborations with Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), The Breeders' Kelley Deal, and Bob Dylan/Neil Young collaborator Spooner Oldham. Its track "Another Bad Dream," a soft early '70s-style folk song, was just given the video treatment (dir. Matt Bauer) and that premieres in this post.

Jerry also has two shows coming up, one in Philly and the other in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 15 at Union Pool with the new project of Purehorsehair's Garrett Devoe. That's an afternoon show (3 PM) and takes place before the Holy Sons / Elisa Ambrogio show happening at the venue that night.

Full tour schedule with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Jerry David DeCicca of Black Swans released a solo LP, made a new video, playing shows"

The Shrines at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)

As mentioned, King Khan will be in NYC when he and his band The Shrines bring their tour with Red Mass to LPR on Friday (6/6) (tickets) and MHOW on Saturday (6/7) (tickets). After that, he and the Shrines will be sticking around for a FREE show at Manhattan Inn on Monday (6/9) with DJ Jonathan Toubin. Manhattan Inn is tiny, that should be a crazy show. Also a late one, starting at 10 PM.

UPDATE: The band and some of their representatives tell us that, despite what Manhattan Inn is listing, King Khan and the Shrines will NOT be playing there.

King Khan will be back in NYC this fall when his band the BBQ show tours with Black Lips.

The same night as King Khan's free-or-not-happening Manhattan Inn show, folk legend Ed Askew plays a free early show (7 PM) with Abhay Singh. Later int he month, Ed hits the stage in NYC again on June 23 at Cake Shop with Opal Onyx and George Sand. Also Monday: King Khan's current tourmates Red Mass play The Flat.

Sooner than that, The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser plays Manhattan Inn too.

Gary Higgins

Psychedelic folk legend Gary Higgins has been active again for a few years now, having continued to write music and play live decades after the release of 1973's masterpiece Red Hash, which for a while was his only available material. He'll take to the stage again in NYC on March 11 at Baby's All Right, where he'll be performing Red Hash in its entirety. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's his only announced date at the moment.

Speaking of psych-folk legends who are now active again and signed to Drag City, Ed Askew, who has played with Gary more than once in recent years, plays NYC with his band this Sunday (2/23) at Trash Bar with Abhay Singh and friends, Bodega Bay and Beta Boys. Admission is $7 at the door. Show flyer below.

Stream Red Hash in full below...

Continue reading "Gary Higgins playing 'Red Hash' in full at Baby's All Right; Ed Askew playing Trash Bar on Sunday"

by Andrew Sacher

Josephine Foster - 'I'm A Dreamer'

Colorado folk singer Josephine Foster has been making bare, 60s/70s-style folk for over a decade now, having last released her album I'm A Dreamer in late 2013 via Fire Records. No less impressive than the albums that preceded it, Josephine's wide vocal range is still the star here and thanks to her choice to still sound like she has little more than a mic in the middle of the room, her songs stay haunting and raw. This record's certainly gone a little unfairly overlooked, and if you've yet to hear it, you can stream it in full on RDIO and listen to the title track below.

Josephine is continuing to support the album on a tour with past collaborator and husband Victor Herrero, which began in Baltimore last night (1/15). That tour brings Josephine and Victor to Brooklyn for two shows here, including one at Issue Project Room on January 22 and one at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on January 30 (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). The Trans Pecos show is one of the Northern Spy-presented shows, and also features Blood Warrior (aka Greg from O'Death), The Kinematics and Ancient Ocean + Daniel Carter. More info at the Facebook event.

That Issue Project Room show is with '60s-era folk legend Ed Askew, whose sound (and the sound of his contemporaries) was likely influential on Josephine Foster. Tickets for that all-around great lineup are on sale now. You can also catch Ed playing a FREE Brooklyn show a few days later at Union Pool on January 25. That one's an afternoon show starting at 4 PM.

All Josephine Foster dates are listed, along with streams, below...

Continue reading "Josephine Foster released 'I'm A Dreamer,' playing shows w/ Victor Herrero (one w/ Ed Askew who also plays Union Pool)"

Tangerine Dream at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Tangerine Dream
Bouncing Souls

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Bouncing Souls, Brian Fallon, Nude Beach, Aye Nako @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series happens tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. For this one, we teamed up with Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon to co-curate the show with us. He'll play a solo set before a headlining set from New Jersey punk forefathers Bouncing Souls (Hot Water Music drummer George Rebelo in tow), who were a large influence on Brian's band. Opening are two great smaller Brooklyn bands: punk-inspired power pop trio Nude Beach and self-defined homopop/queercore band Aye Nako, who make raw, honest pop punk.

Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served. Hope to see you there.

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert.

Fat Tony, Mess Kid (DJ Set), Ezra Marcus (DJ Set), Skate Dude Thrash, Cumdrizzle, DJ Yung Primo @ 285 Kent Avenue
It's a <3CANDY<3FROM<3STRANGERS party.

Quinn Walker (of Suckers), Wild Yaks, Cameron Hull, Rewards, Lakutis, Dapwell (Das Racist, DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
Some members of NYC's indie pop and alt-hip hop scene come together for this Cameo show tonight.

Ed Askew, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, The Monte de Rosas Band @ Death By Audio
Folk legend Ed Askew is pretty active on the NYC scene these days, and tonight he's performing with a full band that includes Mary Lattimore, Diane Cluck, Bobby Copperhead, and Matthew Robinson.

Jagwar Ma @ Mercury Lounge
Australia's Jagwar Ma, whose debut album owes much to the '90s baggy scene, make their American debut tonight. Sold out, as is tomorrow's Glasslands show. But they'll be back in December.

Susanne Sundfor, For Every Story Untold @ Mercury Lounge
You may know Susanne Sundfor as an M83 or a Royksopp collaborator, but the Norwegian art pop artist also has a number of her own records out, and her solo material is of quality too

Eleanor, Couches, Beach Arabs, Backlights, Maya Vik @ Pianos
Here's another chance to catch San Francisco's grungy, poppy Couches while they're still in town.

Moon Tooth, Vulture Shit, War Generation, Basal Gang, The People's Temple Project @ Saint Vitus Bar
Long Island metal band Moon Tooth, who Metal Sucks compared to Torche, Mastodon, and Baroness, headline this show at Saint Vitus. If you're headed to this one, don't miss guitar-less Brooklyn punks Vulture Shit.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker start their seven-night run at Beacon, tonight doing their classic Aja in full, plus "selected hits." You can still get tickets.

Tangerine Dream, The Alchemist, Oh No, Woody Jackson @ Church of St. Paul The Apostle
If you haven't left your house since Grand Theft Auto V came out, this might be a good reason to. Four of the game's key composers, ambient legends Tangerine Dream, hip hop producers The Alchemist and Oh No, and composer Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire) are performing at this NY Film Fest-related event tonight. Recommended for non-video game nerds too.

Flying Lotus, Gilles Peterson @ Le Poisson Rouge
After that GTAV show, there's an official afterparty with Flying Lotus and BBC's Gilles Peterson, who both hosts radio shows in the game.

Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese begins her four-night run at Gramercy. Tickets are still available.

Typhoon, Radiation City, My Body @ Le Poisson Rouge
Like Sufjan and Beruit? Maybe it's time to check out this Portland's orch-pop ensemble.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests James Adomian, Streeter Seidell, Katina Corrao, J.F. Harris, Josh Makinda, and more.

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videos by Maks Suski

Silent Barn

As mentioned, Silent Barn has a new Bushwick location (603 Bushwick Ave) after being forced to move out of their 915 Wyckoff Ave location, and they opened the doors for the first time at the new spot on Sunday (12/30). The show was with Alan Watts, GDFX, Sugarm, and Good Willsmith. You can watch videos of the latter three artists, plus a tour/walkthrough video of the new venue, below. And if you'd like to help out, they're looking for volunteers.

Silent Barn has other upcoming shows including one on January 10 with Ed Askew, D. Charles Speer, Tamble Tamble, (of Guardian Alien) and Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht). The flyer for that show is below.

Continue reading "Silent Barn opened their new Bushwick location (videos of the first show); Ed Askew playing there soon"

Ed Askew's new self pic (via)
Ed Askew

'60s folk survivor Ed Askew, who lives in NYC and has been playing here and recording a lot in recent years, will holding a residency at Zebulon every Monday in November. The shows happen on November 5 with Gary Higgins and Vaudville; November 12 with Yva Las Vegas, Supercute, and Pull My Daisy; November 19 with David Garland, Glenn Jones, and C Spencer Yeh; and November 26 with Federico Ughi Quartet, Federico Ughi/Tyler Evans Duo, and Hearsay & Hyperbole.

An Ed Askew song stream and all dates in list format are below.

Continue reading "Ed Askew in residency at Zebulon this November with many guests (Gary Higgins included)"

Kath Bloom
Kath Bloom

Cult folk singers Kath Bloom and Ed Askew, who have teamed up in the past, will again be joining forces for two shows together this October. The first happens on October 6 at Yale Botanical Gardens in New Haven and the second is in Brooklyn on October 7 at Pete's Candy Store with Tica Douglas and an open mic beforehand. No advance tickets for either show at the moment.

The very prolific Ed Askew released his most recent collection, Laughing in the Light, which he recorded this year in his home with pro-tools and an Alesis synth. You can stream that album below and purchase it for $7 at his bandcamp.

Meanwhile, Kath Bloom put out her first release since 2010's Thin Thin Line with the Here I Am EP in June via Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde Records. You can download that EP on iTunes. She's also got another 2012 release planned called "Anything Can Go At Any Time." You can listen to the track of the same name HERE, and check out a list of all upcoming dates below.

Continue reading "Ed Askew and Kath Bloom have new releases out and upcoming shows together (dates)"

Ed Askew at MHOW in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ed Askew

Fellow Drag City-signed, rediscovered psych-folk legends Gary Higgins and Ed Askew are teaming up for a show together in NYC on August 25 at Ding Dong Lounge (929 Columbus Ave) with Zach Cale and Legends of Neglect. This won't be the first time that Gary and Ed play a show at that venue together. It's the only announced date for both Gary Higgins and Ed Askew at the moment.

Ed Askew recently played a NYC show with Kath Bloom at Zebulon on June 10, and recorded his set, which he has since turned into a live album. You can download that live album for free at bandcamp or stream the whole thing below.

Continue reading "Ed Askew recorded a live album at Zebulon (download), playing Ding Dong Lounge with Gary Higgins"

by Andrew Sacher

Kath Bloom in NYC in 2011 (via)
Kath Bloom

Kath Bloom is something of a cult hero in folk circles. You might know her song "Come Here" which was used prominently in Richard Linklater's film Before Sunrise. (Crayon Fields covered the song as a b-side last year too.) Chapter Music, which is Crayon Fields' label, has been a champion of her for some time, reissuing much of her impossible-to-find '70s/'80s catalog, as well as new material, including 2008's Terror, her first official new album since 1984.

Last year, Chapter Music released Loving Takes This Course, a two-CD set that featured one disc of covers by the likes of Devendra Banhart, Bill Callahan and The Dodos, and a second disc of the original Kath Bloom songs that were covered on the first disc. Kath's brand new album, Thin Thin Line, which got an 8.0 on Pitchfork.

The above quote is taken from a post Bill wrote in 2010 when Kath Bloom had just released Thin Thin Line, her most recent solo album. Kath began a tour last night (6/5) in Burlington, VT which she'll be on for the rest of the month. That tour includes an East Coast leg which brings her to NYC on June 10 at Zebulon for a show with fellow cult folk singer Ed Askew along with Cave Country and Fancy That. That tour also includes a hometown show in New Haven, CT show and a few more East Coast dates before Kath heads to California to finish up the final leg of her tour.

I caught Kath on her 2011 fall tour and she's definitely worth seeing if you have the chance (especially on a shared bill with Ed Askew). Like Ed, she's a totally humble performer and her voice is in great shape. With just her delicate guitar and sorrow-filled voice, Kath has the ability to keep a room entirely quiet in a way that fans of Phil Elvrum should find appealing. Some live videos are below.

Speaking of Ed Askew, he's got another NYC show coming up this month at La Sala on June 25 with Ry Crane and Strawberry Hands.

A list of all dates and videos below...

Continue reading "Kath Bloom touring; playing Zebulon w/ Ed Askew (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fenster - Fantasy II (MP3)


Berlin-based trio Fenster are making their U.S. debut tonight (3/5) at Cake Shop. The band's charming, minimalist debut, Bones, is out next week on Morr Music. It's Sunday Morning Coming Down music with a little Beirut grandiosity to it at times. You can download "Fantasy II" from it at the top of this post and stream a couple more tracks below.

In addition to tonight's show Fenster will play Pianos on Wednesday (3/7) with Doe Paoro, then head to SXSW and then on the other side will be back in NYC for shows at Ars Nova on March 29 and the Knitting Factory on April 4. All Fenster tour dates are at the bottom of this post.


Tonight's show, as well as the Knitting Factory date in April are with Daytona, which features Jose Boyer who is also in Harlem and Hunter Simpson of Wild Yaks. The Brooklyn trio's rounded out by drummer Christopher Lauderdale. All three sing. You can stream their debut EP at the bottom of this post -- it's definitely different than either Harlem or Wild Yaks. (Plaintive but poppy indie rock.) In addition to the two dates with Fenster, Daytona are also playing Littlefield on March 21 (opening for Ed Askew), plus some out of town dates as well, all of which are below.

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Ed Askew @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ed Askew

Black Bananas (formerly RTX) kick off their tour with Sleigh Bells tonight (2/16) in DC and hit NYC at Terminal 5 on Friday (2/17). That show is sold out but if you don't have tickets you can stream it live at 10:30 on Friday at the Bowery Presents YouTube page. Black Bananas' new album, Rad Times Xpress IV is out now on Drag City and you can watch the new video for its single "TV Trouble" along with a new tour diary video below.

Speaking of Drag City artists, psych/folk singer Ed Askew has three four upcoming NYC shows including two this week. He plays Union Pool TONIGHT (2/16) with Neal Morgan and Metal Mountains and Vaudeville Park on Friday (2/17) in Brooklyn with Neal Morgan and Jay Pluck. After a long break, he'll play another NYC show in May at Judson Church on May 8 in Manhattan. All dates are listed below.

In other Drag City news, a Drag City-signed special guest will appear at the upcoming Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem show at LPR (3/5) with Matteah Baim. Any guesses?

All dates and videos below...

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As previously mentioned, Mount Eerie arrives back in NYC this week. Tonight's show is at 285 Kent and looks like this:

Wednesday September 21st @ 285 KENT AVE
:: Mount Eerie
:::: Nicholas Krgovich
:::::: Ed Askew Band
| 285 KENT AVE |
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $12 | all ages
Buy your tickets at the door. Get there early to see psychedelic legend Ed Askew.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Shins show that happens 9/25 at Bowery Ballroom.

Mount Eerie's next NYC show after tonight is 9/26 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still on sale. All dates (including SUNY Purchase) HERE.

Tickets on sale at noon for the Arrested Development reunion.

Tickets go on sale at noon for EMA's headlining show at Bowery Ballroom, a CMJ showcase.

Tickets are on sale now for the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are also on sale for the BrooklynVegan metal CMJ show on a boat.

Tickets went on on various presales for My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses today.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

""Slit, my throat, Callahan!" So shouted one fan mid-set at Bowery. He was right. Bill Callahan killed everyone in that room." - Hammer to Nail

Bill Callahan

Ed Askew started things off with a set of songs sung with a raspy-yet-gentle voice over keyboard accompaniment.

Bill Callahan and his two bandmates took to the stage shortly afterwards... to play a set drawing heavily from Callahan's most recent post-Smog releases, Apocalypse and Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle.... The set also included many golden-oldies from classic Smog albums such as Supper and A River Ain't Too Much Love. -[Plastic Impossible]

Bill Callahan and folk legend Ed Askew hit Bowery Ballroom (7/12) and Music Hall of Wiliamsburg (7/11) this week as part of an ongoing tour headlined by the Smog mastermind. Pictures from the Music Hall show are in this post.

Bill Callahan, whose album Apocalypse dropped on Drag City earlier this year, will wrap up his current tour and ready for an appearance at the previously discussed Pickathon in Happy Valley, Oregon in early August. The "indie roots music festival" will take place over three days and will also feature appearances from Mavis Staples, Black Mountain, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Califone, and many others.

All tour dates, pictures from MHOW and some videos from Bowery below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Ed Askew

Upon first discovering Ed Askew's music a few years ago, I never thought I'd be able to see him live, but thanks to all the much deserved attention the psychedelic legend is now getting due to Drag City, Ed shows are becoming more and more common. Getting the chance to see him for the first time at St. Cecilia's Church on Saturday (6/17) (one night after Atlas Sound played there) was a pleasent surprise to say the least.

Although I was expecting/hoping to see him solo with either a guitar or piano, he was accompanied by a much younger keyboard player and stuck to just vocals and harmonica. He stood off to the side next to a podium which held his lyric sheets while his keyboard player was stationed in the middle of the stage. Despite admitting the sheets were there because he doesn't remember all of the lyrics, his voice was totally in tact and his delivery was excellent, lyric sheets or not. The humble setup was appropriate for Askew, who delivered his quirky songs with an awareness that they were far from marketable. It's with a completely straight face that he delivers lines like:

"Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful Tom.
Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful beautiful Tom.
smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful Tom.
Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful beautiful Tom."

He humbly spoke between songs, saying things like, "This song is one of my more recent ones, well not actually that recent. It was recorded in 1984 on a harpiscord for an album called Imperfiction which was just released now on a label called Drag City." He seemed almost confused that the esteemed Chicago indie label would reissue his work. It's great that they did though, and even better that Ed is still performing and can expose his music to new generations who were far from existing when he released his incredible debut Ask the Unicorn in 1968.

Woods, whose lo-fi approach to folk may not exist without the influence of musicians like Ed, were the headliners of the show (though I left before their set).

You can catch Ed Askew again supporting his Drag City-labelmate Bill Callahan on a tour which hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 and Bowery Ballroom on July 12. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available.


Speaking of Drag City, Six Organs of Admittance is playing a NYC show at Mercury Lounge on August 12th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. No more Six Organs dates to report, but all Ed dates and a video of Ed playing in Philly last week, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Psychedelic folk legend Ed Askew reissued Imperfiction, initially pressed in 1984 on a small quantity of cassettes, on vinyl (and digitally) via Drag City on March 22. The album is Askew's second reissue and third overall. He released Ask the Unicorn in 1968 and quickly faded into obscurity. His 2nd album Little Eyes never got a proper release when it was recorded in 1970, but was reissued by De Stijl in 2003. Currently, Askew continues to record music and posts MP3 albums on his bandcamp. Listen to "Deep Water" off Imperfiction below.

Ed Askew will play a week of dates with The Black Swans in June. Their short East Coast trip starts with a hometown show at Bruar Falls on June 9. Askew also plays with Woods and Magik Markers as part of the Northside Festival on the day he gets back, June 17, at St. Cecilia's RC Church in Greenpoint. Tickets are still on sale.

As previously mentioned, Ed will also be opening for his label-mate Bill Callahan at five shows in July, Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 and Bowery Ballroom on July 12 included. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available.

All tour dates, "Deep Water" and the full album tracklist, below...

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photos by Kellyann Petry

Woods @ Culture Shock

If you aren't making the trek up to B.O.M.B. Fest to see Woods over Memorial Day Weekend, no worries. Woods will be back as part of a month-long North American tour that kicks off in middle July. All dates are listed below.

But first, you can also catch Woods in June in a Brooklyn church as part of the Northside Festival. The previously announced show also now includes Ed Askew and Magik Markers on the bill and is still on sale (flyer below). On August 13th look for the band at Bowery Ballroom with Ducktails (mem Real Estate) and White Fence (their second recent show together). Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale today at noon (5/18), and regular sale on Friday.

Woods are welcoming their new LP Sun and Shade via their own Woodsist imprint on June 14th. Look for it then or preorder it now. Stream new track "Pushing Onlys" below, and 7+minute psychedlic jam "Out of The Eye" at Pitchfork.

Like the Feelies, Woods recently played Culture Shock 2011 at SUNY Purchase. Pictures from that show and all tour dates, below...

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St Cecilias

In their own words:

Northside Festival is thrilled to announce special series of shows in beautiful St. Cecilia's church in Greenpoint.

St. Cecilia's is one of the most beautiful and vital churches in Brooklyn. We are excited to be working with this community institution and proud to say that St. Cecilia's will be an important part of Northside.

There will be four shows taking place at the most spectacular venue imaginable.

And the shows are:

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Ed Askew

How were the Will Oldham audiobook readings that book place in NYC yesterday?

Will's Drag City labelmate Ed Askew is performing at the Suffolk tonight (4/30). It's his only scheduled date (at the moment) before he hits the road in July with his Drag City labelmate Bill Callahan. Ed opens for Bill at both Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows are still on sale. All tour dates are listed below...

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