Entries tagged with: Emily Wells
photo: Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC's annual Ecstatic Music Festival returns to the Merkin Concert Hall this year with various shows happening from February through April, following the two free concerts at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in January. As always, it includes collaborations between indie and classical artists, and this year's lineup features Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu, Kaki King, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Helado Negro, Emily Wells, Bang on a Can All-Stars (premiering works by Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton and Ben Frost), and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup and schedule below...
The Roots Picnic will return for its seventh year on May 31 at Festival Pier in Philly. This year's lineup is excellent and diverse as always, including Snoop Dogg (who will be backed by The Roots), Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs, AraabMuzik, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Jhene Aiko, Biz Markie (DJ), Rudimental, Just Blaze, Emily Wells and more, plus a headlining set by The Roots as usual. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/7).
Full lineup and announcement video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Alt-singer/songwriter Mirah is back with her fifth album, Changing Light, which comes out on April 8 via her own Absolute Magnitude label with help from longtime label K Records. The first single, "Oxen Hope," sees Mirah in typically great form with her voice manipulated by some cool effects. You can stream that song, along with the LP tracklist, below.
The album features contributions from Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Ex Hex/Wild Flag/Helium's Mary Timony, Mount Moriah's Heather McEntire, indie/hip hop violinist Emily Wells, and arrangements from Amanda Palmer/David Byrne/etc collaborator Jherek Bischoff.
Ahead of the album's release, Mirah is doing a few west coast shows before SXSW, and a few days after the record drops, she'll play a NYC show at Supper Studio on April 12. Tickets (including a 5-course dinner) for that show go on sale February 25 via the venue's website. Show flyer below.
All dates are listed, along with the new song and LP tracklist, below...
As you may know, BRIC (the people behind Celebrate Brooklyn) opened a new Brooklyn venue, BRIC House, located in the former Strand Theatre at 647 Fulton Street (near BAM). This Friday (10/18), vocalist/violinist Emily Wells, known for her mix of indie pop and hip hop, will play two solo shows (7:30 and 9:30) at the venue, using only her voice, violin, and a loop pedal. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In a new video by BRIC, Emily discusses her upcoming performance, spliced with some clips of her playing. You can check out that video below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Burning Spear / the cafe @ BRIC House, 10/3/2013
Last week the folks behind Celebrate Brooklyn! opened the year-round BRIC House facility in the former Strand Theatre space on Fulton in downtown Brooklyn. Opening night (10/3) featured a live performance by reggae legend Burning Spear who is still going strong as his classic Marcus Garvey album nears its 40th anniversary. Opening the night were performers from OneBeat, a State-funded educational initiative from the Bang on a Can folks. Pictures from BRIC House's opening night are in this post.
Upcoming events in the performance space include a dance party on Saturday (10/12) with Que Bajo?! and Gregorio Uribe Big Band, and two performances from Emily Wells on October 18 (7:30 & 9:30 PM). Full schedule and tickets for upcoming BRIC House shows are here.
In addition to the performance space, the BRIC House also has artist studios, a gallery, a public access television production center, a cafe and more.
More pics below...
BRIC, the 'driving force' behind the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (the free shows in Prospect Park) and Brooklyn Independent Television, have opened a new venue! BRIC House, located in the former Strand Theatre at 647 Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn (by BAM), had a grand opening party last night with Burning Spear. The party continues Saurday with an all day block party (flyer below, schedule HERE)...
BRIC House architect Thomas Leeser has transformed the historic 1918 Strand Theatre into a state-of-the-art home for BRIC, the driving force behind a number of Brooklyn's most widely renowned and beloved arts and media programs. The renovation has reclaimed 20,000 square feet of additional public space, has created a street-level presence and the full integration of BRIC's visual arts, performing arts, and media programs. BRIC House will include a 3,000-square foot contemporary art gallery, a 240-400 capacity flexible performance space, a glass-walled television studio fully visible to the public lobby, an artist work/performance studio, a public lobby with a café and full state-of-the-art media broadcasting center. The facilities will serve as a home for artists and audiences - a place where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of Brooklyn.The block party Saturday is free, but tickets are on sale now for shows with Emily Wells, The Bad Plus, and more.
"Two years ago we launched this project to provide a state-of-the-art home for BRIC and UrbanGlass," said Mayor Bloomberg. "I'm thrilled with the result of this public-private partnership, which has brought an extraordinary addition to the burgeoning Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, and new and renovated space for unparalleled access to the terrific programming of these two dynamic organizations."
by Andrew Sacher
Jamie Lidell at Glasslands in April (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Still on the heels of his funky, maximalist R&B new self titled album, Jamie Lidell will be returning to NYC for his second time this year, this week. His tour has him arriving at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (8/1), his first of three shows in the area. Tonight's show is being opened by indie folk/hip hop mixer Emily Wells and DJ Shiftee. Tickets are still available.
Tonight will be his most intimate one, but if intimacy is less important to you than saving money, on Friday (8/2) at Prospect Park he plays a big, free Celebrate Brooklyn! show that also includes Baltimore weirdo Dan Deacon and Stones Throw-signed soul trio The Stepkids. Doors open at 6:30 PM and show starts at 7:30.
Then, a little farther out from NYC, Jamie plays one more free show on Saturday (8/3) at The Surf Lodge in the Hamptons. Doors open at 5 PM for this one.
These are his last three North American dates before two European festivals he plays later this month. All dates are listed, along with a stream of "What A Shame" from the new album, below...
Deltron 3030 (aka Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala) have been talking about their long-awaited second album, Event II, for some time now, and after revealing two of its singles, "Pay the Price" and "City Rising from the Ashes", they've finally officially announced the full album details. It will be out on October 1 via Bulk Recordings and features a ton of serious collaborators including Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Faith No More/Tomahawk/etc frontman Mike Patton, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha, Emily Wells, The Lonely Island, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Bruno (of AWOLNATION), Black Rob, David Cross, Amber Tamblyn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Momofuku chef David Chang(!?), Casual, and Jamie Cullum. That's the album artwork above, and the tracklist is below.
The album will be preceded by the City Rising from the Ashes EP, due out on August 13, which features both previously released singles and a third album track, "The Agony."
Deltron 3030 also just released an album trailer, which includes the album's opening track, "Stardate," which is essentially a spoken word track from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Check that out, along with the other two singles and tracklist, below...
My Brightest Diamond @ Bowery Ballroom, Feb. 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The 2013 season of Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors festival happens from July 24 to August 11 at various outdoor venues in and around Lincoln Center. The centerpiece of this year's season is "KRONOS at 40" which is being dubbed "a festival in a festival," with 12 performances happening between July 24 - 28. is a series of events in collaboration with The Kronos Quartet. They include premieres and commissioned work by Kronos Quartet; Mark Dendy Dance & Theater Projects; Red, Hot + FELA LIVE!; Superhuman Happiness; Mariana Sadovska; Jherek Bischoff; Dan Deacon; Amon Tobin and performances by Asphalt Orchestra (performing The Pixies' Surfer Rosa); My Brightest Diamond; Emily Wells; The Gloaming; Found Sound Nation; Dan Zanes; Ozomatli, and more.
Other highlights include Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra, Rubén Blades, Nick Lowe, Allan Toussaint, and Jason Isbell. You can read more at Lincoln Center Out of Doors' website, and the full schedule is below.
Photos by Greg Cristman
Film composer (and former Pop Will Eat Itself frontman) Clint Mansell wrapped up two consecutive night performances at Church of St. Paul the Apostle last night (April 4) as part of the Wordless Music Series. Director Darren Aronofky, whose films have all featured Mansell scores, introduced the evening. Helping him realize his music in a live setting were Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), frequent soundtrack collaborator Carly Paradis, plus Mike Fonte and Brian Emrich, a string quartet, not to mention vocalists Emily Wells and Peter Broderick. Selections came from his soundtracks to Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Moon and this year's Stoker.
Wells sang on Stoker's "If I Ever Had a Heart" which is streaming, along with more pictures from last night's performance, below.
Mostly-hip hop producer Dan the Automator has some pretty great work under his belt with Dr. Octagon, Deltron 3030, Gorillaz Handsome Boy Modeling School, and others, and now he's announced the debut album for his new collaborative project, Pillowfight, for which he's joined forces with singer/instrumentalist Emily Wells, who's dipped her feet in the hip hop world a few times herself, having collaborated with Buck 65 and Count Bass D. Dan and Emily also reached out to Kid Koala (who worked with Dan on Deltron 3030) and Lateef the Truthspeaker (Latyrx) and recorded their self titled album which will be out digitally and on CD January 22 and on vinyl on February 26 via Bulk Recordings.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a place to do your holiday shopping, eat and listen to music all at the same time, returns to its warehouse location (45 North 5th St.) in Williamsburg this winter, and is again hosting shows like they did last year (though BrooklynVegan is not involved this year).
The holiday bazaar is open on Friday and Saturday nights from November 23 to December 22, from 6pm to midnight. A lot of the music lineups are still TBA but confirmed bands so far include The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Black Dice, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Ayshay (aka Fatima Al Qadiri), CFCF, Eternal Summers, MEN, and others. Everything is free to the public (except the food and other stuff people are selling there)
The current lineups and sponsors for each day, and much more info, below...
Why yes, we have posted a lot of stuff already today. Here's some more
Mythbuster? More like Myrthbuster. TV personality Jamie Hyneman apparently abandoned his first born. Luckily, NYC has a history of taking your poor, your tired, and your mustachioed; baby Hyneman has taken up residence at the New York Aquarium. (confused?).
Shades of Scott Tenorman: Radiohead Fan Sells Cheating Girlfriend's Tickets Online, Gets Invited to Hang Out with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul.
Morrissey is in NYC right now and appeared on Colbert.
Is Spotify's business model broken? Anybody pay for Spotify Premium? (editor's note: I do)
For those who like free stuff: We are giving away two tickets to see Menomena at Bowery Ballroom on October 11 on the BV Facebook Page as well as tickets to Dark Dark Dark and Emily Wells at LPR on 10/13 and to The Darkness at Terminal 5 on 10/21.
Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" "received more performances on U.S. radio and television than any other song in the BMI repertoire during 2011."
The Rolling Stones "are pleased to announce the WORLD EXCLUSIVE first airplay of the brand new single from The Rolling Stones, 'Doom And Gloom' will take place on Thursday October 11th at 8:15am. The single can be downloaded on the same day from iTunes."
Toro Y Moi has announced that he'll release a new album called Anything In Return on January 21st via Carpark Records.
Hey arty types: design Richard Hawley's Guitar Skin!
I swear we're not making any of this stuff up.
More stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: Emily Wells - Mama Remixed (ZIP)
Emily Wells at Bowery Ballroom, April 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Emily Wells released Mama Remixed, which takes her entire album, Mama, from earlier this year and gives it a new spin. Says Emily:
I couldn't be more excited to announce the release of "Mama Remixed". In collaboration with 13 artists, each song from the record has been remixed and a few of them twice! With contributions from Lemonade, Jeremiah Jae, Ed Rodriguez of Deerhoof, Kid Koala, Dan the Automator, Live Footage, Timmy Straw, The Blow... (just to name a few), I'm honored to be in such good company.You can download Mama Remixed for free above or stream it below. Emily is also out on the road touring with Dark Dark Dark. That tour hits NYC soon: October 12 at Knitting Factory (tix) and October 13 at Le Poisson Rouge (tix). All tour dates are listed below.
I hope you'll enjoy these and spread them around. We wanted to make something special to explore these songs further and to thank you for being so good to me and supporting my work.
by Bill Pearis
Baroque quintet Dark Dark Dark will release their new album, Who Needs Who, on October 2 via Supply and Demand. The day after the record comes out, the group -- who split their time between Minneapolis and New Orleans -- will head out on tour, hitting NYC for two dates: October 12 at Knitting Factory (tix) and October 13 at Le Poisson Rouge (tix). Both shows are with Emily Wells and all tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
The new album's creation was a tumultuous one, as founders Nona and Marshall LaCount split as a couple in late 2011. But tumult and heartache sometimes lead to beautiful music, and if lead single "Tell Me" is any indication, that is the case here. You can stream it and another album track below.
Streams and tour dates are listed below.
As mentioned, The Portland Cello Project are playing the 2012 Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival's kickoff event on June 26. It's part of a short East Coast tour, that also includes a NYC show with previous tourmate Emily Wells at Housing Works Bookstore on June 25th (tickets). They'll also be back later this summer for a show at City Winery on August 22nd (tickets). All dates are listed below.
If you're unfamiliar with the PCP, as we like to call them, the ensemble turns contemporary pop into classical jams your uptight uncle would like. They just released a new album, Homage, which features their arrangements of hip hop songs from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and others. Check out video of them performing a Jay-Z/Kanye tune they've renamed "Ninjas in Paris" (I wonder how many times they'll play it) along with a list of all upcoming tour dates below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Emily Wells @ Bowery Ballroom
Love note to New York:Emily Wells headlined Bowery Ballroom last week (4/9) as part of an ongoing tour in support of a new record. Live Footage accompany her on many dates and played first on the NYC bill. Dan the Automator, who collaborates with Emily on a new project called PILLOWFIGHT, made a special appearance just for the NYC show and DJ'd right before Emily's set. Emily played violin with Live Footage and joined Dan to perform a PILLOWFIGHT song. A drummer and members of Live Footage joined Emily on stage during her set. Here are some pics. More below...
Last night was incredible. You have made me very happy. It was an honor to play for you and the love you gave me will sit with me forever. Je t'adore.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Emily Wells @ Hotel Vegan
It may only be an opening DJ set, but it will still be interesting to see what happens tonight, 4/9, at Bowery Ballroom when Dan the Automator shares a bill with Emily Wells who he's also collaborating with for a new project called Pillowfight which performed live at SXSW. You can watch a video clip below.
Emily also played solo at SXSW, including a set at our own Hotel Vegan. Some pictures from that are in this post too.
Tonight's Bowery show is probably Emily's biggest-ever headlining show in NYC (possibly anywhere), so go out and support. Tickets are still available, and Live Footage, who are on tour with Emily, play too.
Updated tour dates, SXSW pics, Pillowfight video, and Emily's brand new IFC-premiered video for "Passenger", below...
UPDATE: Okkervil River added!
DOWNLOAD: Fat Tony - Wife Plot (MP3)
pictured: Diamond Rugs, Action Bronson & eXquire
As you know, BrooklynVegan is taking over ALL THREE STAGES at connecting Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT this week, and it's all 100% FREE (no RSVP or badges either). There's a big outdoor stage, and smaller stages inside Hotel Vegas & Volstead. Collectively we're calling the four day long party "Hotel Vegan" (located at 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX).
Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)For the 2nd year in a row, we've partnered up with our friends at Partisan Records and KF Records, and now the new Young One Records, to bring you a free Saturday blowout on three stages. This year we have an amazing lineup of 22 artists that includes a full stage of nothing but hip hop too.
12:00 Field Report
12:45 Ivan & Alyosha
1:30 Father John Misty (J Tilman, ex-Fleet Foxes)
2:15 J. Roddy Walston
4:00 Heartless Bastards
5:00 Diamond Rugs (John McCauley of Deer Tick w/ members of Los Lobos, Black Lips & more)
6:00 Okkervil River (Just added!)
Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside) (hip hop stage)
12:15 - Lushlife
01:00 - Main Attrakionz
01:45 - Cadence Weapon
02:30 - Rittz
03:15 - Fat Tony
04:00 - Spaceghostpurrp
04:45 - Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
05:30 - Action Bronson
Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:00 - Patrolled By Radar
1:00 - Emily Wells
2:00 - Phantom Family Halo
2:45 - Lumerians
3:30 - Hundred Visions
4:15 - Pond (mem. of Tame Impala)
5:00 - GUARDS
In addition to the completely FREE lineup of great music, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, our official wine partner and The Original Moonshine, our official spirit partner. We will also have FREE VEGAN TREATS courtesy of NadaMoo! and FREE Honest Tea. Arlo's great Vegan Food truck, located right next door, will be at all four days of Hotel Vegan selling food.
And we'll have some awesome giveaways from Partisan and KF Records, as well as cassette compilations from Young One Records (Including the above track "Wife Plot" by Fat Tony).
Listen to a playlist of artists playing this party on Spotify.
Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners, as well as ASCAP, HobNob Wines, The Original Moonshine, NadaMoo!, Honest Tea, Partisan Records, KF Records & Young One Records!
Dan The Automator fans should get goosebumps while watching this preview for his new Pillowfight project with singer Emily Wells. The upcoming album, due later this year, also features scratches by Kid Koala (who's worked with Dan past project such at Lovage and Deltron 3030) and well as visuals by David Choe.Both videos, and two SXSW dates are listed, below.
Wells has been previewing some Pillowfight songs during some recent shows with Kid Koala (see video below). I'm digging the mix of soulful vocals with Dan's catchy beats. It's somewhat reminiscent of his Handsome Boy Modelling School track with Chan Marshall of Cat Power.
Kid Koala will be part of the group at SXSW, as will Emily Wells (who plays a BrooklynVegan day party later in the week, on Saturday to be exact). Emily headlines Bowery Ballroom in April as part of a recently announced tour in support of a new album.
Not long after SXSW, and after some dates in Canada and France, Kid Koala will come to NYC for the previously mentioned headphone concerts, except what was two shows, is now THREE. An April 4th early show was added and is on sale now (tickets for the late show and the day-before show are also still on sale).
All dates and those videos below...
Emily Wells is moving up in the world and headlining Bowery Ballroom on 4/9. Tickets on sale at noon.
Esperanza Spalding is playing Webster Hall on 4/21. Tickets are on sale.
Tickets for the Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames show at Webster Hall are on sale at noon.
Yellow Ostrich, Grimes and New Build tickets go on sale too.
Primus Gramercy tickets are on sale too.
Colin at SXSW 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Avant-saxist Colin Stetson, who was just added to ATP NJ, has some other dates scheduled this summer. Those dates include a NYC show on August 12 at 92YTribeca with Callers. You can also catch Colin performing as part of Bon Iver's 9-piece band on Bon Iver's tour with The Rosebuds which includes sold out NYC shows at United Palace and Prospect Park in August. Colin also recorded on the recently released album which recently made No. 2 on Billboard.
The 92YTribeca show is after Callers finish up a tour with another weirdo-instrumentalist Nat Baldwin. That tour doesn't hit NYC but the Dirty Projectors member plays on July 29 at Union Pool with Nomo. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of weirdo-instrumentalists, Colin Stetson also tours with Emily Wells who "will crush any preconceived notions you ever had about classical music and hip hop". They don't play any dates together in NYC but Emily will play on July 12 at Tammany Hall, August 14 and 21 at Ace Hotel, and November 12 at St. Peter's Luterhan Church (at 9:30am and 4:45pm). Emily is also currently working on a new full length "Mama" and scoring a documentary film about the beat writer Richard Brautigan (author of cult classic Trout Fishing In America).
All tour dates for all artists mentioned here, below...
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...
"The best musical news of the year is that Emily Wells moved to the East Village. On the east side of Tompkins Park, 9th Street is quite and peaceful, and that's where she moved. At least I imagine that's where she moved. Wells is so musical and energetic, I imagine she needs some tranquility to even herself out. I want to take her brain, project it on the building next door from my rooftop and enjoy her whole soul."Weather reports indicate that tonight's snowfall in NYC won't be the whopper that the last snowstorm was, so making your way down to City Winery TONIGHT (1/7) SHOULD be a snap (the city may find a way to fuck it up anyway). It's there that Emily Wells, Portland Cello Project, Live Footage, and Henry Wolfe will team up for a show, a one-off APAP Showcase for all parties. Tickets are still available.
Emily Wells's impressive violin compositions won't be exclusive to City Winery though, as she has already announced a residency at Ace Hotel that will see her perform free shows every Sunday in February, AND a show with Anni Rossi at Southpaw this Wednesday (1/12). All tour dates are with some videos of Emily below.
Some of those Emily Wells dates will see her supporting My Brightest Diamond who separately plays the Time Warner Center in NYC on 1/27 as part of the 2011 Americana Songbook Season. There are other MBD dates too, and they are listed below too.
"PCP is known for tailoring their song choices to the collaborators who join them. Second only to the cello, collaboration is one of the group's defining features. The group has recorded or performed with Laura Gibson, Hurtbird, 3 Leg Torso, Horse Feathers, Thao Nguyen, The Builders and the Butchers, the Decemberists, and many more local and national artists, and has created their own renditions of artists from ABBA to Beethoven to John Williams to Justin Timberlake.PCP's tour dates, as well as My Brightest Diamond's and Emily Wells's, are below alongside some video..
[A recent show's] list of collaborators will included the same high caliber of Portland-area artists: The Corin Tucker Band, Typhoon (of whom Jenkins said, "I really just don't understand how they aren't world famous by now," though recent features on KEXP shouldn't hurt their chances of world fame), Golden Bears, and the recently OMN-profiled PHAME Academy Choir." [Oregon Music News]
Joseph Arthur still has something to say, and I hope I'm going to have a chance to hear him say it again, live. Joseph interacts with his audience and drew the Leeds crowd to their reluctant feet by will power, a lone hippy dancer and Bob Longworth's ability to be a gig yob at the first opportunity. By the time he sang "Faith" he had everyone like putty in his hands. The band of Greg (G Wiz) Wieczorek, Kraig Jarret Johnson and the rather too delightful Sybil Buck supported Joseph with humour (when things didn't go quite as planned) and some fine talent. Other highlights were "In the Sun," which has been covered by Peter Gabriel, and Michael Stipe of REM, and a new song crying out against the suppression of the tentative moves for freedom in Iran. [Quims]That's a review of Joseph Arthur's July 20th show in Leeds, which was part of his most recent string of dates with backing band the Lonely Astronauts. The Akron-based singer-songwriter will drop the band for a trio of special collaborative gigs at NYC's City Wintery