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The Hold Steady @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers both just released new albums, and both will be on their own tours this summer. Their paths intersect for two co-headlining shows, both in the NYC area: Jun 27 at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage and June 28 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Tickets for those two shows go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10 AM but there's a BrooklynVegan presale for both starting today (4/1) that runs from 10:15 AM to 10 PM. Password is "BROOKLYNVEGAN". Get them now!

All dates, including a run the Hold Steady are doing with Deer Tick, are listed below.

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Drive-By Truckers @ Terminal 5 recently (more by Greg Cristman)
DBT


The Drive-By Truckers recently played Terminal 5 in NYC as part of a tour with Blitzen Trapper. We have pictures from that show. The Hold Steady were one of our headliners at SXSW this year, and just released a new album.

Check out our recent interview with Tad Kubler.

If you miss the BV presale, there are also fan club and Live Nation presales starting Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM for the NYC shows (before the regular on sale Friday). All tour dates for both bands are listed below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady & Drive-By Truckers touring separately, playing NY & NJ shows TOGETHER (BrooklynVegan presale)"

photos by Tim Griffin; additional shots by Daniel Christiansen for Indiegogo; words by Andrew Sacher

Pains / Hold Steady
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

After Friday, which came after Thursday, which came after a night show on Wednesday, we said hello and goodbye to both of Red 7's stages one last time with our third and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at the 7th & Red River venue in Austin on Saturday (3/15).

Outside, despite the rain that plagued us that day, Palehound kicked things off with their noisy indie rock, and they were followed by the high-energy poppy punk of Cincinnati's Tweens. More poppy punk came from Northampton's Potty Mouth, and then came Mary Timony's (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag) riff-rockin' new band Ex Hex, who were one of the most fun bands of the day to watch. They were followed by Potty Mouth's Northampton neighbors Speedy Ortiz, who were great as always, and whose new stuff (like "American Horror") sounded great next to their older songs (like "Taylor Swift"). Wye Oak followed and previewed stuff from their upcoming guitar-less album (they did have their guitar on Saturday though), and the show closed with a super fun set from The Hold Steady.

Wye Oak
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

The indoor stage got off to a great start with Saintseneca, who had a tight blend of Fleet Foxes/Arcade Fire-isms, then it got weird for the UK's Fat White Family, who brought filth and fury not unlike  The Stooges or The Birthday Party. (They're in NYC this weekend.)  Quilt kept things trippy (but cleaner) after that, and Connan Mockasin was his eccentric self too (though he admitted he was recovering from the night before where he told everyone at Swan Dive to take their clothes off). Then came the art pop of Hundred Waters, a mostly-solo set from Braid frontman Bob Nanna which included Braid songs and some Jack and Ace action with his wife Lauren LoPiccolo, sneering Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, and finally a headlining set from the new lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, which is easily their most powerful and fun to watch yet.

Tweens / Ex Hex
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson. Veri organic soda was free, plentiful and was there to help you rehydrate. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Maybe you won a pair of Marshall Headphones? You may have if you tagged your Instagram with #BVMarshall (you may also see one of those Instagrams featured in this post).

All the music we played between bands can be found on our Nokia MixRadio SXSW playlist. Nokia MixRadio were the ones in the pink tent outside all three days.

Indiegogo was there too, though due to the rain, like Marshall, they moved inside on Saturday.

Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible.

Pictures from Thursday HERE. Pictures from Friday HERE. One set of pictures from Saturday is at BV Austin. More from Saturday below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Saturday party @ Red 7 in pics (Hold Steady, TPOBPAH, Wye Oak, Ex Hex, Connan Mockasin, Quilt, Saintseneca, Speedy Ortiz & more)"

UPDATE: Thursday lineup announced too

flyer

After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. All three day party lineups will be announced momentarily (update: Thursday is announced), but here is Saturday!

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 Saintseneca
12:45 Fat White Family
01:30 Quilt
02:15 Connan Mockasin
03:00 Hundred Waters
03:45 Bob Nanna of Braid
04:30 Protomartyr
05:05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

OUTSIDE
12:00 Palehound
12:45 Tweens
01:30 Potty Mouth
02:15 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band)
03:05 Speedy Ortiz
04:00 Wye Oak
05:00 The Hold Steady

Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).

We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!

Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions.

Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin....

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW 2014 Saturday Day Party lineup (Hold Steady, Pains Of BPAH, Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz, Hundred Waters, Ex Hex & much more)"

by Jonathan Dick

The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler (in 2008) (more by Chris La Putt)
The Hold Steady

Brooklyn's own rock prophets, The Hold Steady, recently played another sold out hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The critically lauded quartet will release their sixth album, Teeth Dreams (Washington Square) on March 25. Two of its songs are already streaming online. It's a new step for the band both from a label perspective (they were previously on Vagrant) and from a creative one as well. The band's last full-length release was 2010's Heaven is Whenever, providing the longest duration between albums since The Hold Steady's inception. BrooklynVegan spoke to guitarist and founding member Tad Kubler about the new record, the pros and cons of playing Brooklyn, and the band's PledgeMusic Campaign.

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BV: With Teeth Dreams coming up, this is the longest the Hold Steady has gone between albums. What's the direction like for you guys on the new record?

Tad: I don't think it's radically a different direction. I think with every new record, one of the goals I always have is to try to be more musical. You try to write better songs. And when I say "better," I mean when you're playing music, there's something you stumble across occasionally, and you have some kind of emotional response to it. And when people hear something, they'll respond to it. I guess when I say "writing better songs" it just means being more concise or something like that than having sort of self-indulgent stuff happening. There's some stuff obviously that you do because you enjoy it, it's fun, and you like doing it, and there are other things you do because you have a connection or reaction to it. Anybody that tries to do something creative or tries to grow as an artist - those are the moments you try to look for.

continued below...

Continue reading "an interview with the Hold Steady's Tad Kubler (on Brooklyn shows, crowd sourcing, the new LP, Cheap Trick & more)"

Gaslight Anthem @ Deluna Fest 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem have a few summer tour East Coast dates, including a few in the NY area: two shows at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on May 25 (w/ The Hold Steady) and May 26 (w/ Felice Brothers), and then The Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY on June 9 with Tift Merritt. Tickets to those shows are currently on artist presale and go on general sale on Friday (3/22) at 10 AM.

Tift Merrit will be joining The Gaslight Anthem on a bunch of their dates, but if you'd like to see Tift Merritt in NYC much sooner, as mentioned, she plays The Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall on Thursday (3/21), which is a collaboration with Simone Dinnerstein. Tickets are still available.

All upcoming Gaslight Anthem tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Gaslight Anthem announce East Coast dates, NY-area shows w/ The Hold Steady, Felice Brothers & Tift Merritt"

Rock Lottery

Please welcome the third annual Rock Lottery to Knitting Factory on December 1st:

The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
This year's event will be MC'd by Corn Mo (MC TBA) and performers (so far) include current/former members of My Morning Jacket, Against Me!, Blonde Redhead (who are playing Irving Plaza on NYE), Javelin, VHS or Beta, YUCK, and Hospitality (who have a Bowery show coming up). Lineup is below and tickets are on sale now.

2012 lineup for Rock Lottery and video from previous events are below.

Continue reading "Members of My Morning Jacket, Against Me!, Hospitality and more participating in third-annual "Rock Lottery""

CBGB

Not too much has changed on the CBGB Festival schedule since we last spoke, but we found out and have confirmed that the multi-day (July 5-8), multi-venue, multi-genre NYC festival will host a free, multi-stage event in Times Square on Saturday, July 7th. The outdoor Times Square show, in addition to live music, will also have food, drinks, music shop booths, and music themed activations for people of all ages. We can't say WHO is playing in Times Square, but we do know that unlike Fidlar, Redd Kross and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the following CBGB Festival bands are still venueless: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Hold Steady, and Superchunk. Stay tuned for more info.

That said, it's pretty impressive that they pulled this off and it's definitely a rarity to be able to host a big, outdoor event, let alone a rock show like this in Times Square. It has also proved me wrong, at least to the person I was talking to at NXNE in Toronto when I said, "they would never do anything like this in NYC".

Levon Helm lost his long battle with cancer on April 19, and his life and legacy will be celebrated at a couple of upcoming events, starting with a show by The Band tribute band The The Band Band at BB King's tonight (5/8). A portion of ticket sales will go to The American Cancer Society in honor of Levon Helm.

Brooklyn Bowl is hosting "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down": A Celebration of the Life and Music of Levon Helm on June 4. Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger and Joe Russo (of Zeppelin tribute band Bustle in Your Hedgerow and other projects) form the core of the tribute, with special guests including Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), members of Guster, members of The Felice Brothers, Nicole Atkins, Phosphorescent, Family Band, Diamond Doves, Kelli Scarr, Yellowbirds, and Tom Hamilton of American Babies. Tickets are $20 and on sale now, and proceeds will go to benefit Helm's "The Barn" studio.

Dave Dreiwitz meanwhile can be found tonight (5/8) at City Winery backing... Michael Moore, and Wednesday (5/9) backing Aaorn Freeman aka Gene Ween at 92YTribeca.

The flyer for the Brooklyn Bowl event is below, as is video of Bruce Springsteen's recent live performance of The Band's classic "The Weight."

Continue reading "upcoming Levon Helm tributes w/ Benevento, Russo, Dreiwitz, members of the Hold Steady & many more"

Craig Finn on stage with Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (more by Tracy Allison)
Craig Finn

Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) released his debut LP, Clear Heart Full Eyes, today (1/24) via Vagrant. You can stream the entire thing on NPR.

As mentioned, Craig will tour in support of the album this February and March. His tour includes early and late shows at Mercury Lounge on February 29 (which are both sold out) and a Maxwell's show on March 1, which is still on sale. He just added another NYC show to his tour, happening on March 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/27) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/25) at noon.

Updated dates below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn releases/streaming solo debut, adds a Brooklyn show to tour (updated dates)"

photos by Eric M. Townsend

"Went to The Hold Steady & Titus Andronicus
at the BK Bazaar. Effing brill." - Kevin Plunkett

Craig & Patrick @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus, Wakey! Wakey!, and W/O played the final night of Brooklyn Bazaar on Saturday (12/17). Like he's done in the past, Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus joined The Hold Steady on their last song of the night, "Stay Positive." Titus played a show at Europa one night later and you can catch Patrick again at Shea Stadium tonight (12/22).

The Hold Steady's Craig Finn will return to NYC in February for two solo shows at Mercury Lounge (2/29) on his 2012 tour, which also includes a Maxwell's show on March 1.

Pictures from the first two nights of Brooklyn Night Bazaar are HERE and HERE. More pictures from the third night, and The Hold Stead's setlist, below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus & Wakey Wakey closed down Brooklyn Night Bazaar (pics)"

Craig Finn will now play two shows with Marcellus Hall at Mercury Lounge on February 29th. The late show sold out at noon today. The early show goes on sale at 5pm. Meanwhile his Maxwell's show is still on sale.

bazaar

As their own site reads:

On October 9, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar had its inaugural event at Dekalb Market in downtown Brooklyn. A talented group of local artists, designers, musicians and chefs were joined by over 5,000 visitors for what became a magical evening. Nomadic in nature, the next Bazaar will take place over three nights in a vast 40,000 sq ft warehouse with soaring ceilings. Highlights will include:

-Over 100 local merchant and food vendors.

-Artist films, projections and installations programmed by NBNY Projects.

-Specially designed layout by JDS/Julien De Smedt Architects.

-Live music and DJ sets including James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), The Crystal Ark, Midnight Magic, The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus, Wakey!Wakey!, Fucked Up, Dom, Big Troubles and more. See Ticketfly.com for tickets to the Bazaar's performance space.

-Beer and wine garden featuring local breweries and wineries.

When: December 15, 16 and 17 from 5:00 PM until 1AM.

Where: 149 Kent Ave, Brooklyn NY. (Entrance between North 5th and North 6th). Near the Bedford Ave. L train stop or the North 6th Street ferry landing.

Cost: Free except for the ticketed music space.

As we've mentioned a few times, BrooklynVegan was responsible for the Friday night music and our lineup is: Fucked Up, DOM, Big Troubles, Radical Dads, Caged Animals, Frankie Rose (DJ Set), DJ Bill Pearis. All that for only $10 (and you can shop, eat and drink before and between bands).

Look around the Bazaar's website for more info.

Craig Finn at Cabinet of Wonders in October (more by Chris Graham)
Craig Finn

Last week, we announced that Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn added a Maxwell's show (3/1) to his already announced solo tour. The Maxwell's show is part of a longer string of dates that he's tacked on to the end the tour, which also includes Mercury Lounge on February 29. Marcellus Hall opens all of the shows on the newly announced run, except for the 2/27 show live at Drew's house in Ringwood, NJ. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday (12/16) at noon. AmEx presale for the Mercury show starts Wednesday (12/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile catch Craig front his band The Hold Steady at the Brooklyn Bazaar in Williamsburg this Saturday night, one night after Radical Dads play there (with Fucked Up).

Craig also recently made an in-studio video that talks about the process of his upcoming solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes. That video and all dates are below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn discusses new album, adds more tour dates (Mercury Lounge included)"

Craig Finn at Cabinet of Wonders in October (more by Chris Graham)
Craig Finn

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is releasing his debut solo LP, Cleart Heart Full Eyes, on January 24 via Vagrant. You can stream the single, "Honolulu Blues," below and purchase it on iTunes. The album artwork and tracklist is below too.

When we first announced his solo tour in support of the album, it didn't include any NYC-area dates. He's since added a show on March 1 at Maxwell's. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/16) at noon. Mount Mariah open most of the tour, but no opener has been announced for the Maxwell's show yet.

The Hold Steady play even sooner at Brooklyn Bazaar on December 17 with Titus Andronicus, Wakey Wakey and W/O. Tickets are still available. That's the final night of the three night event which also includes a BV-presented Fucked Up and Dom show.

Craig tweeted that he's "happy to be sharing a 1/24/12 release with John K Samson" of The Weakerthans, who kicked off their run of 4 albums in 4 nights at Bowery Ballroom last night (12/7). More on that later.

All Craig Finn dates, song stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn adds Maxwell's show --- updated dates & album info"

Fucked Up

As Bill just pointed out, BrooklynVegan is handling the Fucked Up Friday night show at the new Williamsburg version of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar (holiday shopping, eating and music), but I figured the fact that The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus and James Murphy and Midnight Magic were playing the other nights deserved its own headline too.

Meanwhile catch Midnight Magic this Saturday night with YACHT and Parenthetical Girls at Santos Party House.

Fucked Up were recently here for shows at Warsaw and Le Poisson Rouge., which they played with Titus.

The Hold Steady's Craig Finn goes on a solo tour in February.

Craig Finn, Tad Kubler & friends @ Bowery Electric last night
Replacements

Though Brian Fallon cancelled, there was still plenty of talent to go around at last night's 1st-of-three BrooklynVegan-sponsored Replacements tribute shows at Bowery Electric. The Hold Steady's Craig Finn & Tad Kubler performed a cover of "Within Your Reach" which you can watch below (courtesy of jukeboxgraduate) along with a video of the encore performance of "Bastards of Young" that had Craig Finn, Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles, Jesse Malin, Tommy Ramone and others all on stage together.

If you missed the show, you have two more chances to experience it tonight (11/17). The early show is sold out though, but tickets are still available for the late one. Tonight's guests will not include Craig, but you will get:

Alex Levy
Anthony D'Amato
Danny Sage (D Generation)
Dave Hause (The Loved Ones)
Don DiLego & Bree Sharp (Beautiful Small Machines)
Jesse Malin
John Eddie
John Gallagher (American Idiot)
Matt Pinfield (MTV's 120 Minutes)
Matt Sweeney
Nicole Atkins
Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror)
Ted Leo
Tommy Ramone
Walter Lure (Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers)
& MORE
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Meanwhile Craig Finn has announced a solo tour in support of his upcoming album which he also posted a song from. No NYC dates for now, but you can see all the other dates, listen to his new song and watch the videos from the Replacements event, below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn covered the Replacements (video), posted a new song (stream), touring solo in February (dates)"

Mountain Goats @ Knitting Factory, Halloween 2005 (more)
Mountain Goats

As previously mentioned, John Wesley Harding is holding a "Cabinet of Wonders" variety show at NYC's City Winery on October 28th with Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Emma Straub, Paul Harding, and more TBA. Since our last mention, two very special guests have been added to the bill: Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) and John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats). Hopefully you didn't sleep on tickets because the show is now sold out.

Tickets are however on sale now for A Haunted Hot Tub Halloween at Littlefield, also a comedy and music variety show, happening one day later (10/29) with Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Wyatt Cenac, Andres du Bouchet, and... John Darnielle, and more.

Tickets are also on sale for Hot Tub on 10/10 and 10/17.

Tickets are also still on sale for the 11/18 Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery with The Blue Fisherman (from Edinburgh, Scotland), Howe Gelb, Myla Goldberg, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman, Audrey Niffenegger AND "Plus for this Cabinet of Wonders, and this Cabinet of Wonders only, the House Band will be THE KING CHARLES TRIO, comprising: Peter Buck (REM), Jenny Conlee-Drizos, Chris Funk, John Wesley Harding (Appearing as Himself), Scott McCaughey (The Minus Five), John Moen, and Nate Query." That's a lot of Decemberists. More upcoming JWH shows HERE

Speaking of Ted Leo and Craig Finn, both are scheduled to make appearances at the BrooklynVegan-presented Replacements tribute shows happening at Bowery Electric in November. The previously announced two shows (and movie screenings) are sold out, BUT a third tribute concert - a late one on 11/17, has been added. Tickets for the new show are on sale. More info HERE.

Mountain Goats dates and flyers below...

Continue reading "3rd Replacements tribute show added, John Darnielle schedules guest appearances, Craig Finn too"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Roots
Hold Steady

The Roots & The Hold Steady played a free party on the Intrepid back on 9/29. Here are some pictures.

Upcoming DJ sets by Roots member Questlove include this Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl and 10/14 at Terminal 5 with Little Dragon. Of course you can also see the Roots 5 nights a week on Fallon. Tonight's show also includes an appearance by Portishead.

The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler is scheduled to appear at Petty Fest which begins at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/5) and continues to Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (10/6).

More pictures from the Intrepid below...

Continue reading "The Roots & The Hold Steady played the Intrepid (pics)"

most photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Hold Steady/Caveman @ Beekman Beer Garden
The Hold Steady
Caveman

As promised, everyone who showed up with a ticket (and then some) got in no problem to our free Hold Steady/Caveman show at Beekman Beer Garden in NYC, one of five total events that happened around the country as part of Evenbrite's Concert Confidential series on Saturday night (9/17). Each of the free shows had a charity attached, and ours was VH1 Save the Music Foundation (which we raised $4295 for!).

Though we were planning for a while, the date of the show was only announced 10 days earlier with the headliner revealed just 5 days before the show, "tickets" on sale just 2 days before, and the opener revealed just 1 day before.

Thanks to everyone who helped put this together, Eventbrite, the venue, the bartenders, the weather for staying cool and dry, everyone who came by, DJ Billy Jones from New Moods for playing sweet tunes before both bands, to Caveman for a jammin' set of tunes from their just-released debut album, and to headliner The Hold Steady for a raucous almost-2-hour set that never got boring (as usual). Check out their full setlist and more pictures from the whole show below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady & Caveman played the free BV/Eventbrite show @ Beekman Beer Garden (pics & setlist)"

by BBG

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady inject another 1.21 jigowatts of electricity into "The Power of Love", the 80s Back to The Future soundtrack fave by Huey Lewis & The News. Check out an AV Club video of The Hold Steady's doing a boozy, Stones-influenced version below, and look for The Hold Steady on the road in late September, including at the Popped! festival in Philadelphia.

The Hold Steady just finished a run of dates with The Donkeys who will play Knitting Factory in Brooklyn TONIGHT (9/2) with The Latebirds and Brooklyn's own Dinosaur Feathers. Tickets are still available.

The show is one of a select few dates for The Latebirds, who are touring in support of the US release of their new LP Last Of The Good Ol' Days (out now). If you just take the band's clearly American-sound for granted, you might not realize that The Latebirds are actually from Finland....

Blurt -Online: Americana really informs much of the sound.

Latebird Markus Nordenstreng: My first introduction to rock music came from Bruce Springsteen when I was eleven years old and that's when I got plugged into the great amp of life, as they say. I became a big fan of American popular culture, from Jack Kerouac to John Coltrane, from Hank Williams to Bob Dylan, from Paul Auster to Patti Smith, from Peckinpah to Scorsese, from the MC5 to Snoop Dogg, from Mother Maybelle to Marlon Brando. I think there is a common thread all along.
In the past ten years I've spent lots of time in the U.S. - not only touring or recording with the Latebirds, but on my own as well. I prefer spending my winters in Southern California instead of Southern Finland for sure...
All Latebirds and Hold Steady dates, plus that video and some other goodies are below.

Continue reading "The Hold Steady covered Huey Lewis (video), The Latebirds are on tour (play Brooklyn w/ The Donkeys tonight)"

Murder by Death @ Pop Montreal 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Murder by Death

Murder by Death aren't on tour right now, but they are opening for the Hold Steady at Terminal 5 tonight (4/8) (tickets still available), and have some other random upcoming shows including a May 20th Rocks Off Concert Cruise, and a May 21st appearance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Somerset, NJ. That's how the band lists it, though a bit of research reveals that the NJ show is actually part of the Steampunk World's Fair which is happening at that location from May 20th - May 22nd.

All MbD dates, and details on an art contest for an upcoming 7", below...

Continue reading "Murder by Death opening for the Hold Steady, playing a boat in NYC, and a hotel in Somerset, NJ (dates & a 7" art contest)"

photos by Ryan Barkan

Megafaun @ Bowery Ballroom
Megafaun

The Mountain Goats and Megafaun played their third of three Bowery Ballroom shows in a row on Wednesday, 3/30. NYC Taper has recordings (and the setlists) of the Mountain Goats' set from NIGHT ONE and NIGHT TWO.

We previously posted pictures from the first night, and from the other show John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) played earlier on Wednesday for WNYC. This post contains pictures from the last Bowery show where the Hold Steady's Craig Finn again joined the headliner on stage. They continue below.

Megafaun and the Mountain Goats continue on tour through 4/15 when they hit the Theater of Living Arts in Philly. One day later, Megafaun return to NYC to open for their friend and collaborator Sharon Van Etten at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets are still available). In May you can catch both Sharon and Megafaun at MusicNOW in Cincinnati.

Megafaun recently released a new videeo for their song "Carolina Days." You can watch that, with more Bowery pictures and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Megafaun opened for Mountain Goats (night 3 pics), opening for Sharon Van Etten, playing MusicNOW, made a video"

photos by Lionel Bergeron

Craig Finn & Frightened Rabbit
Frightened Rabbit

Just hours before Saturday night's Frightened Rabbit show, I wrote "The Craig Finn duet audio is still not available." That is no longer true, though the audio now available is the live audio from the part of the Terminal 5 show where The Hold Steady's Craig Finn came on stage and sang "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" live on stage with the headlining band during their encore (video below). The excitement continued after that when Frightened Rabbit invited up costumed crowd members, of which there were many in attendance since the show's date was October 30th.

Plants & Animals and a very stylish looking Phantom Band (who recently played our Friday CMJ day party) opened the show. More pictures with Frightened Rabbits' setlist and the videos, below....

Continue reading "Craig Finn joined Frightened Rabbit @ Terminal 5. Phantom Band & Plants & Animals played too (pics, setlist & video) "

Frightened Rabbit @ Lollapalooz 2010 (more by Josh Darr)
Frightened Rabbit

"Having [recently] kicked off their headlining tour, [Frightened Rabbit] is simultaneously ramping up for their fourth single, "The Loneliness and the Scream" (FatCat Records), due December 8. For the b-side, frontman Scott Hutchison teamed up with The Hold Steady's Craig Finn for an all-male duet of the Elton John and Kiki Dee classic, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." Dressed in Hutchison's individually hand made artwork, the physical single will be included in a limited 500-edition box set that will house all four 7-inch singles from the album.

The unique choice of a cover was actually planned well ahead and Hutchison turned to a respected peer to see it through. "The b-side has been an idea of mine for a couple of years actually, two guys singing the Elton John/Kiki Dee duet. When I was making a list of the ideal Kiki's, Craig Finn was at the top," reveals Hutchison. "I couldn't believe it when he agreed to do the part. Craig is quite simply one of my favorite lyricists and his voice works brilliantly in the role." Frightened Rabbit's part was recorded at Glasgow's CaVa Studios while Finn recorded his vocal in The Hold Steady's studio, Wild Arctic Recording in New York.

Ahead of the single's release, a video for "The Loneliness and the Scream" [was released]

The Craig Finn duet audio is still not available, but you can check out the "The Loneliness and the Scream" video below.

Frightened Rabbit's tour with Plants & Animals and The Phantom Band hits Terminal 5 in NYC tonight (10/30). Looking for last minute plans? I have a few pairs of tickets to give away to the show. Details on how to win them, with all dates and the video, below...

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by BBG

Off! (photo by Lindsey Byrnes)
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Whether or not the band name Off! is a not-so-subtle reference to another band that featured the great Keith Morris and dealt destruction to the insect populi, one thing is certain, they rule. Besides the incredible vocalist for Circle Jerks/Black Flag, punk supergroup Off! also features a killer lineup including Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and the foursome have announced their debut material to be released with Vice Records!

Off!, who you may have caught at SXSW this year, will release the accurately titled First EP via limited edition 7" inch on October 12th. Featuring art and an exclusive poster courtesy of Raymond Pettibon, aka the evil genius behind Black Flag's iconic album covers, the release is the first of four 7"s to be compiled on the First Four EPs (another Black Flag nod) due on November 23rd - a collection of 16 songs which will each feature its own Pettibon sleeve art.

As the tour dates indicate below, Off!, in addition to playing FYFFest and Riot Fest this year, has announced their involvement in Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest (happening November 6th and 7th). For those of you counting at home, that brings the list of confirmed FFFFest bands to Woven Bones, Suicidal Tendencies, Slick Rick, Best Coast, Dirty Projectors, Cap'n Jazz, The Gories, Yelle, Snapcase, The Dwarves, High On Fire, and The Hold Steady! Stay tuned for more lineup announcements for the great Texas festival.

Meanwhile, Mario Rubalcaba was NOT part of the recent (and impromptu) Hot Snakes reunion that took place on July 29th at an Obits/Night Marchers show in San Diego, CA (the bands were on tour together).

You can view video of the three Hot Snakes songs from that set, as well as all Off! tour dates & a video from their first show in LA, below...

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