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Scarlett Johansson's high concept girl group plans have finally come to fruition, with the first single just out. With the name shortened to The Singles, the group also features Holly Miranda, Este Haim on drums, plus Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan. Says ScarJo to Rolling Stone:

I would say it's super-pop...the idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls...I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go's. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.
The first single by The Singles is the electro confection "Candy," which was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek who collaborated with The Avengers star on her 2008 album, Anywhere I Lay My Head. "Candy" is out on 12" via Sitek's Federal Prism label and you can stream it below.

Meanwhile, Holly Miranda will release her new, self-titled album on May 19 via Dangerbird. No music from it has been released yet, but she's got West Coast tour dates for March and those are listed below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Tits of Clay (w/ guest Stephen Trask) @ Mercury Lounge - 10/27/14
Tits of Clay

Tits of Clay played small NYC club Mercury Lounge three times already. The first show completely slipped my radar until I heard afterwards that Neil Patrick Harris performed multiple Hedwig songs on stage with them in the very small space, to warm up for his role as Hedwig on Broadway (watch video below). That was when Neil was still rehearsing for the role which which he went on to win a Tony for. He was since replaced by Andrew Rannells (Girls) who was replaced by Michael C. Hall who continues in the role until January 18, 2015. Michael was originally scheduled to end January 4th, and...

The extension announcement comes hot on the heels of [NOW COMFIRMED] rumors that John Cameron Mitchell, who created and starred in the original off-Broadway production, might return to the role on Broadway.

"We are exploring multiple options beyond Michael C. Hall's run in the show," said Hedwig producer David Binder, who recently chastized the fan who swiped one of Hall's wigs from the stage. [Advocate]

John Cameron Mitchell returning as Hedwig!!

Bob Mould w/ Stephen Trask & 1/2 of Tits of Clay backstage on Broadway - 8/9/14
Bob Mould and Hedwig

The cast of Hedwig & the Angry Inch is small. It's basically a one-person show, though Hedwig's husband Yitzhak also has a notable role. Both actors are backed by Hedwig's four-piece rock and roll band whose Broadway version has an off-stage alter-ego Tits of Clay. That's the name they use when they sometimes play Mercury Lounge with special guests, including the time Neil showed up, and the time we took the pictures which are in this post. Tits of Clay play mostly covers at these shows, but also do an original or two from the PledgeMusic-funded album they're recording.

Tits of Clay's members were cast by Hedwig co-creator and composer Stephen Trask, and some of those musicians have appeared on the pages of BrooklynVegan before they landed this sweet job. That includes Justin Craig who plays the role originally played by Trask in the off-Broadway Jane St Theater production. Justin is also a member of These United States. Tim Mislock is a sometimes-member of the Antlers and plays as Holly Miranda's guitarist, and solo as Abandoned Lighthouse. Drummer Peter Yanowitz you'll recognize from Morningwood, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant's band, Exclamation Pony, and more. The fourth member is Matt Duncan (who also makes his own music).

Tits of Clay
Tits of Clay

Tits of Clay's next not-Broadway performance is TONIGHT/Sunday (12/7) at the venue formerly known as Don Hill's where Hedwig all started, and lots of guest are lined up for the pricey ticket benefit...

On December 7 Hedwig and the Angry Inch composer/lyricist/co-creator Stephen Trask and punk rockers Tits of Clay (the off-stage alter ego of the band performing as the Angry Inch in the current Broadway production of the show) return to the site of the show's genesis--the world famous Don Hill's, soon to re-open as The Hills NYC--to play a special Hedwig-themed tribute to legendary booker, promoter and club owner Don Hill. Special guests will include Broadway's current Hedwig, Michael C. Hall, Broadway's current Yitzhak (and frontwoman of The Deafening) Lena Hall, rocker David Johansen, The B-52's Fred Schneider and Hedwig's original Yitzhak, Miriam Shor, plus an opening set performed by OURS. The show benefits Road Recovery, a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources.
Tickets and information available HERE.


As mentioned in that blurb, Lena Hall also plays in the Deafening who have their own show coming up at Highline Ballroom on January 26..

You also could (and should) get tickets to see Hedwig on Broadway.


Tits of Clay have played Mercury Lounge three times. The first one was the time Neil showed up and sang eight Hedwig songs. The second one was less-star-studded, but included guest vocals by Shannon Connelly of Lez Zeppelin who is Yitzhak understudy on Broadway, original Yitzhak Miriam Shor, current Yitzhak Lena Hall (who also won a Tony for the role), and Stephen Trask. At that one they played a set of covers (Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Gang of Four, Joan Jett, etc), a great original, and two Hedwig songs in the encore, most notably "Random Number Generation" with the original and current Yitzhaks singing together (video below).

The third Mercury Lounge show was a Lou Reed tribute and featured Lena Hall, Shannon Conley, and Stephen Trask, but added Chantal Claret (Morningwood frontwoman) and Theo Kogan (Lunachicks) to the mix. More pictures from that, along with the above-mentioned videos and stuff, below...

Continue reading "Tits of Clay (indie-connected Hedwig Broadway band) making an LP, played guest-filled shows, playing benefit tonight w/ Michael C Hall & more +++++ John Cameron Mitchell returning as Hedwig!!!"


As mentioned, Holly Miranda and Ambrosia Parsley are in the midst of their joint residency at Rockwood Music Hall. The third installment happens tonight (11/12) with Angela McCluskey (Telepopmusik, Wild Colonials), composer Paul Cantelon (Diving Bell & the Butterfly, Everything is Illuminated) and a special appearance by Nicole Atkins. The final night is November 19 with Adam Schatz and more TBA. Tickets for both nights are still available.

For a taste of what to expect, check out a video each from Holly Miranda and Ambrosia Parsley at the first of the residencies (11/29). They make their premiere in this post and you can watch below.

Continue reading "Holly Miranda & Ambrosia Parsley share videos from NYC residency; tonight's show w/ Nicole Atkins & more"

by Bill Pearis

Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda no longer calls Brooklyn her home -- she splits her time between LA and Detroit these days -- but will be in NYC for the next month, starting this week (10/29), playing the next four Wednesdays at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 as a duo with Shivaree's Ambrosia Parsley. There will be special guests at the four Parsley y Miranda shows and look like this:

October 29: w/ Benjamin Biolay and Chris Maxwell
November 05 w/ Olivier Conan & Allyssa Lamb
November 12 w/ Nicole Atkins, Angela McCluskkey & Paul Cantelone
November 19 w/ TBA
Tickets for all four residency nights are on sale now. No word on how her new, Dave Sitek-produced album is progressing. Perhaps she'll fill us in at these shows.

While all the openers are pretty interesting, Francophiles should note that Benjamin Biolay is part of this Wednesday's residency. Biolay has been making records since the late '90s and sounds sort of like a modern day, indie-ish Serge Gainsbourg. You can stream all his records on Rdio (2005's L'Origine is a good place to start). It's the only show on his schedule, NYC or otherwise.

Flyer for this Wednesday's residency show below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Karen O @ LPR - 9/12/14
Karen O
Karen O

Karen O wrapped up the 4-night NYC run of her series of intimate shows in support of her debut solo album Crush Songs at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday (9/12), which followed three shows at McKittrick Hotel's Manderley Bar (one of which Ezra Koenig joined her at). Like at the other three, Karen's backing band included Moses Sumney (who also opened the show) and Holly Miranda, and her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner joined her for a few songs. This time, the third YYY, Brian Chase, joined as well and Jason Grisell joined her for "Duet," their collaboration from Karen's "psycho-opera" Stop the Virgens. She played her LPR show in the round, and though she maybe didn't move around as much as we'd have liked for the setting, she was mesmerizing as always.

Karen's intimate shows continue in LA, starting this Wednesday (9/17). Pictures from night 1 HERE. More pictures and the setlist from LPR below...

Continue reading "Karen O wrapped up her NYC run at Le Poisson Rouge with YYYs bandmates, Jason Grisell & more (pics, setlist)"

photos by P Squared Photography

Karen O
Karen O

Karen O is celebrating the release of her great new (but not actually new) solo record Crush Songs with a series of intimate shows that began last night at Sleep No More venue McKittrick Hotel's Manderly Bar (the venue that previously housed Twilo and Sound Factory). She returns to that venue for the next two nights before playing a single show at Le Poisson Rouge and then heading to LA to play some more. Pictures from the first night, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

The small room was filled with smoke when people entered the partially seated gig around 11pm. Karen was accompanied by an all star band comprising of LA's Moses Sumney (who also performed his own song) and NYC's Holly Miranda. Her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner played on a few of the songs too. Russel Simins (of Blues Explosion), who drummed for Karen and Nick at MoMA, was there on the side playing tambourine for a song. The lo-fi Crush songs sounded great filled out with the additional instruments.

Everyone got a poster as they left. You can see that poster and the setlist among the rest of the pictures, along with a stream of the whole new album, below...

Continue reading "Karen O began her intimate-show run @ McKittrick Hotel's Manderly Bar (pics, setlist)"

by Klaus Kinski

Harrington w/ LSF @ Austin's Mohawk (more by Tim Griffin)

As usual, I am nailing you with a super last-minute show announcement that I should have mentioned days ago so you could have adjusted your agendas accordingly. Recurring show of awesomeness The Talk Show Series Presents will be back at Over the Eight in good ole Disney Presents Williamsburg Brooklyn TONIGHT (7/17) at 8:30pm. As you know, the Talk Show Series presents is an ongoing series that takes place at Over the Eight (594 Union) with a revolving cast of hosts, guests, and show titles. A recent installment called The Kevin Corrigan Show took place on April 17th and brought a whopper of a line-up including Michael Shannon, Natasha Lyonne, as well as Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from Broad City. It was insane. And packed. And people were butt-hurt when they couldn't get in. But I have a place for those people. It's called "day care." Because they are freakin' babies.

Anyhow, the next installment of The Talk Show Series Presents is, as I mentioned in the paragraph above, TONIGHT (7/17) at 8:30 PM and is billed as The Tim Harrington Show and features special guests Holly Miranda, J.C. Chandor (Director of All is Lost, Margin Call), Sasheer Zamata (SNL's first African American female cast member since 2007), and Carmelo the Science Fellow (Brooklyn's Mr. Wizard). And the show is abso-tootely free! You know host Tim Harrington as vocalist and partial nudist of legendary rock n' roll outfit Les Savy Fav. As a matter of fact, I caught Tim when he was a guest during a Talk Show Presents episode hosted by Bobby Tisdale and can 100% vouch for his attributes as extremely funny and engaging human being. Tonight's show promises to totally rip. It's gonna be funny. As well as poignant. And cozy. So if you have nothing to do head over there and enjoy yourself.

In other The Talk Show Series Presents news, the folks over there have been recording episodes of The Kevin Corrigan Show at someone's high-rise apartment, and so far the guests have been staggering. Head over to their tumblr and thrill to immaculate photographs shot by the great Seth Olenick that feature superstars Nick Offerman, Pedro Pascal, Janeane Garofalo and James Franco. More pics here and here.

Holly Miranda

Back in September, we premiered Holly Miranda's new single, "Desert Call," which came out on Dave Sitek's new label, Federal Prism. She's been making her new record in Joshua Tree and clearly the desert locale has had an effect. The video for the song, which was produced via Myspace's Music Video Collaborations With Artists We Like program, was iFlmed in Joshua Tree as well, and it starts with a meditation session at the famed Integratron, the "acoustically perfect structure" that is claimed capable of rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel. In the video, Miranda definitely takes a trip. It makes its premiere in this post, and you can watch it below.

Keeping the West Coast vibe going, Holly (who played NYC last month though not with Brendan Canning) has a few dates on that side of the country in December. Those are listed, along with the "Desert Call" music video, below...

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Brendan Canning at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Brendan Canning

As you may know, Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning was supposed to play a few US dates with Holly Miranda last week, and those unfortunately had to be cancelled due to visa issues. He's since begun rescheduling the dates, including the NYC show which will now happen on January 24 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/1) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Though Holly Miranda was supposed to open the original NYC date, no opener is currently billed for the rescheduled one, but you can catch Holly in NYC TONIGHT (10/29) at Knitting Factory with Kendra Morris and Domino Kirke. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Brendan Canning's newest solo album, You Gots 2 Chill, came out earlier this month. Watch the video for "Plugged In" from that album, along with the list of dates, below...

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Brendan Canning @ Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Brendan Canning

The government's gears are grinding again, but there's still some fallout, apparently, in the Visa & Immigration department. The latest viction, Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, just played Pop Montreal and was supposed to start his tour this week with Holly Miranda. Unfortunately his visa is not processed quite yet, forcing the postponement US dates which were:

10/23/13 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
10/24/13 NYC @ Mercury Lounge
10/25/13 Philadelphia @ World Cafe Live (upstairs)
10/26/13 Arlington, VA @ IOTA
The dates are being rescheduled for 2014. Refunds for Mercury Lounge show are available at point of purchase.

You can still catch Holly Miranda when she plays Knitting Factory on October 29 with Kendra Morris, and Domino Kirke. Tickets are still available.


As you may know, Holly Miranda has been working on new material, and is currently recording her new solo album in Joshua Tree and in Brooklyn. Before that, though, she's got two new singles coming out next week via Federal Prism, the label run by Dave Sitek (who produced her 2010 album, The Magician's Private Library) that is also putting out singles by TVOTR and Holly's band with Scarlett Johannsen. We've got the premiere of one of those, "Desert Call," in this post and you can stream it below.

Holly will be testing out new material on the road, as she's going out on tour with Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, including two shows in NYC:  October 24 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and October 29 at Knitting Factory (tickets).

Single stream below...

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Holly Miranda at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Holly Miranda

Holly MIranda, who has a new solo album and an album with Scarlett Johansson's band on the way, has been added as the opener to Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning's previously discussed tour. That tour hits NYC on October 24 at Mercury Lounge, and tickets for that show are still available.

After the tour ends, Holly will play a headlining NYC show on October 29 at Knitting Factory with Kendra Morris and Domino Kirke. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, the other Broken Social Scene co-founder, Kevin Drew, will be in NYC soon before Brendan, as he is part of the recently announced initial CMJ 2013 lineup. What show(s), he'll be playing is still TBA. CMJ runs from October 15-19.

All Holly Miranda dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda touring w/ Brendan Canning, playing Knit too"

Holly Miranda

After she spilled the beans on Live with Kelly and Michael back in February, word spread around the internet that actress Scarlett Johansson, no stranger to making music, was starting a Go-Gos inspired all-girl band The One and Only Singles. The band's first single is reportedly due out this summer, and today we learned that Holly Miranda is the bassist and providing backing vocals! I wonder who the other members are and if the Singles single will be released on Dave Sitek's new label Federal Prism. He produced records for both Scarlett and Holly in the past. (UPDATE: Sitek actually did confirm that he will be releasing something by ScarJo this year).

The ex-Jealous Girlfriends singer (that would be Holly) is meanwhile recording and producing a new solo album of her own on both coasts including time... at Federal Prism (it's a studio and a label?).

Catch Holly live in NY on 7/17 at 9:30pm at Rockwood Music Hall. it's her only upcoming show at the moment.

Continue reading "Holly Miranda in Scarlett Johansson's band The One and Only Singles, playing solo @ Rockwood again"

Holly Miranda at Littlefield in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda hasn't released an album since 2010's The Magician's Private Library, and she's been in the studio recording its followup this year, so an official announcement of that may be coming soon. She recently posted a 45 second studio teaser of a new song she's working on, "Fuck In The Sun," which you can watch/hear HERE. She was also featured on the MMOTHS track, "All These Things," from their new EP, Diaries, which is out now. You can stream that track below.

Holly doesn't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but we do know that she'll be in NYC for a show on June 2 at Glasslands with Timmy Mislock, William Carl Jr, and Joseph Reuben. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

UPDATE: Holly Miranda also plays Rockwood Music Hall on April 9 and April 23. Both shows start at 9 PM and both are totally free.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda working on new LP (hear a sample), playing live"

Nels Cline at Winter Jazz Fest 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Nels Cline

As mentioned, Winter Jazz Fest is returning to NYC and it begins today (1/11) and continues through Saturday (1/12) across multiple NYC venues, including Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, Culture Project Theater, and The Bowery Electric with many artists including Colin Stetson, Rafiq Bhatia, Nels Cline, Debo Band, Vijay Iyer, Toshi Reagon, and more. Two day passes and single day tickets are on sale now.

Full schedule below...

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Colin Stetson
Colin Stetson

Sax wizard Colin Stetson is working on his new solo album which will be out at some point in 2013, but before that you'll get a chance to see him at an intimate NYC show with many guests at Zebulon on December 6. The show includes Colin doing a solo set, along with sets by Holly Miranda and her band, Sarah Neufeld on solo violin (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), and Lone Wolf (aka Ryan Saywer). Then Colin, Sarah and Ryan will do a collaborative set with Stuart Bogie, Adam Roberts, and Ryan Ferreira. No advance tickets for this show.

Colin Stetson is also part of the lineup for the 2013 Winter Jazz Fest which goes down across multiple venues in NYC on January 11 and 12. Colin will be playing The Bitter End on 1/12. Other artists on this year's tentative lineup include Nels Cline, Rafiq Bhatia, Debo Band, Vijay Iyer, and many many more. The full tentative lineup (with still more TBA) is below.

Continue reading "Colin Stetson playing NYC w/ Holly Miranda, Sarah Neufeld & more before Winter Jazz Fest (lineup)"

Devendra Banhart at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Devendra Banhart

A bunch of artists, including Miho Hatori's New Optimism, Devendra Banhart, Oorutaichi, Sahba Sizdahkhani, Dan Friel, and Mrs. Adam Schatz are getting together to play a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit show in Brooklyn TONIGHT (11/1) at Public Assembly in the front room. In addition to those performances, there will also by DJ sets by Dapwell of Das Racist and Ghostdad of Win Win. There's a $5-$20 donation at the door for entry and all proceeds go to Renegade Sandy Relief, "a direct action relief initiative for the hardest hit victims of Hurricane Sandy," founded by iO Tillett Wright, Holly Miranda, and Lane Sanders (owner of The Drink).

Head over after our free screening of the Comedy at Knitting Factory.

Devendra Banhart was supposed to open for Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg last month, but that show was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy and the venue is working to reschedule it but no new date has been announced yet.

The flyer for tonight's show is below...

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Will Sheff at SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Will Sheff

Like last night (11/5), there are many more Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits going on in NYC.

Knitting Factory is hosting a show on Thursday (11/8) with a large (and kind of random) lineup tonight with WIll Sheff (of Okkervil River), Jean Grae, Geoff Rickly (of Thursday), Jennifer O'Conner, Holly Miranda, Jaymay, Bird of Youth, Kevin Devine, Brian Bonz, Jared Evan, Zumo Kollie, Sonya Kitchell, and DJ Rajni Jacques. Tickets for this show are available.

The previously mentioned Bad Brains tribute show happening at The Bowery Electric tonight with Bad Brains frontman H.R., Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), Steve Earle, members of Cro-Mags, Living Colour, Faith, Danzig, and more is now also a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit. All proceeds will be sent to Amnesty International and the American Red Cross. Tickets are still available.

Santos Party House is hosting "A New York State of Mind," a show hosted/supported by A-Trak, Fool's Gold Smokers Club, and others with music by Josh Madden, Deemehlow, DJ Huggy Bear, and Old Money. They're accepting monetary donations or supplies like jackets, hats, gloves, blankets, flashlights, batteries, food, diapers, etc. The flier for this show is below.

GrandLife is hosting shows all week, from tonight through Saturday (11/10), at the Soho Grand (310 West Broadway) and Tribeca Grand (2 Avenue of the Americas) with sets by different DJs each night, each benefiting a different organization. Tonight it's Jared Swiley of Black Lips and Golden Triangle bassist Alix Brown at Soho Grand and Erik Tonnesen at Tribeca Grand, with the proceeds going to Feeding America. Tennessee Thomas DJs Soho Grand on Wednesday (11/7) and Tribeca Grand on Thursday (11/8) with Alix Brown, with the proceeds going to Occupy Sandy. Blue Logan DJs Tribeca Grand on Wednesday and Soho Grand on Thursday, with the proceeds going to Salvation Army. On Friday, Nicholas Kratochvil DJs Soho Grand with proceeds going the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC, and Florencia Galarza DJs Tribeca Grand with proceeds going to NY Cares. And finally, on Saturday, Mike Nouveau will be at Soho Grand with proceeds going to NY Cares, and Shorty will be at Tribeca Grand, with proceeds going to the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC. All proceeds from GrandLife's 'Safe & Sound' cocktail and $1 from every beer, wine, or cocktail purchased will be donated. The flyer for these shows is below.

The So So Glos will be hosting a benefit in NYC on November 15. More details TBA.

This one's not a show, but Buke & Gase, who once called Red Hook, Brooklyn home, have put out a new single on bandcamp, "Hard Times" b/w a cover of New Order's "Blue Monday." The single can be downloaded for $5 or more and all proceeds over the next week will benefit the recovery of Red Hook. You can stream those two tracks below.

Continue reading "Will Sheff, Jean Grae, Jared of Black Lips, Bad Brains tribute & more playing Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits in NYC"

Holly Miranda @ Littlefield in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Holly Miranda

today in NYC
* Evillive
* Jen Chapin @ Barbes
* stuff @ UCB East
* Betty @ Highline Ballroom
* Toshi Nakamura @ The Stone
* Jessica 6 @ Mercury Lounge
* Melissa Ferrick @ The Bell House
* Radu Malfatti, Keith Rowe @ The Stone
* Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Lee Scratch Perry @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Miami Horror, Cassette Kids @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Hull, Wizardry, DJ Misery Creep @ Union Pool
* Inc, SFV Acid, Ritz Riot, Advaita @ The Morgan
* Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition
* Patrick Higgins, Diamond Terrifier @ The Gutter
* Weedeater, OXBOW, Bison B.C., Fight Amp @ Europa
* Palomar, Honeydrum, Hani and a Thief @ Spike Hill
* Imaginary Friends, NT, LUSHES, Elyrians @ Bruar Falls
* DJ Harvey, Kyle Hall, Free Magic @ Santos Party House
* Motion City Soundtrack, Jenny Owen Youngs @ Irving Plaza
* Stare Case (Wolf Eyes) vs. Samuel R. Delany @ Silvershed
* Ill Fits, Mon Khmer, Young Magic, Bodyparts @ Glasslands
* Japanther, Night Toilet, Nonhorse, Sun Color @ Shea Stadium
* Sherman Ewing, Antony Bitar, Apollo Heights @ Mercury Lounge
* Night Owls, Rejouissance, Oak & Bone, Torchebearer @ Hi-5 Lounge
* Cheap Trick or Treat, The Major Toms, Believers @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Active Child, Com Truise, Young Athletes League @ Bowery Ballroom
* Please Dept., Speed The Plough, Field Mouse, Big Hurry @ Cake Shop
* Thigh Highs, Sexy Neighbors, Kyle Andrews, Taxicab Racers @ Pianos
* Tommy Keene, Doug Gillard, Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves @ The Rock Shop
* Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ Hiro Ballroom
* Pioneers of the Downtown Sound w/ Tony Conrad, Laurie Spiegel, Rhys Chatham @ The Kitchen
* Cross Stitched Eyes, Nomad, Concrete Cross, Neighborhood Brats @ Stolen Sleeves
* Tanlines, Teengirl Fantasy, Physical Therapy, Syd tha Kid, Kenny Dope @ PS1
* Dave Burrell, Michael Formanek, Steve Swell, Matana Roberts' COIN COIN @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Jim Jones Revue, Kid Congo Powers and The Pink Monkey Birds, Des Roar @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Monster Island Farewell Block Party w/ Cult of Youth, Eric Copeland, Soldiers of Fortune, Man Forever, Call of the Wild, K Holes, Regal Degal, Dubknowdub, Vaz, Hair Jail, Divine Order of the Bloodwitch, Brute Force, These Days @ Monster Island Basement

Knitting Factory is hosting the Tinderbox Music Festival today. Female artists will be playing from 1pm till late. They include Holly Miranda, Eternia & The Band, Xylos, Charlene Kaye & The Brilliant Eyes, The Debutante Hour, Alyson Greenfield, Kalae All Day, EULA, Mira Stroika, Sarah Aument, Wojcik, Miss Geo, Canyon, Annie Fitzgerald, Wyatt, Rebecca Jordan, White Wave, Pepper Fandango, Sweet Soubrette, Helicopria, Sarah Walk, Natalie Farr @ Knitting Factory

Inc played Santos Party House last night and are the headliners of the Rock Yard party today.

What else?

Garden Party

Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn (1698 Bergen Street) is hosting a 'Garden Party every Saturday in July. The free shows will open at 4pm, except the first one on July 2nd which opens at 2pm. Pharoahe Monch (who plays a few shows in July) and Baolji play that Emancipation Day Celebration.

Theophilus London (whose last NYC show was at Music Hall of Williamsburg during the Northside Festival) plays the Garden Party on July 23 with Phony PPL (who also opened for Theophilus at Brooklyn Museum). The free show is two days after Theophilus plays a not-free show at Bowery Ballroom on July 21. Tickets for the Bowery show are still on sale.

Theophilus' debut LP Timez Are Weird These Days comes out July 19 on Warner Brothers and features contributions from Holly Miranda and Sara Quin.

Full Garden Party lineup below...

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words and photos by David Andrako

My Morning Jacket

Seeing My Morning Jacket play Z on the Friday of the nearly week long CMJ festival immediately knocked all the overhyped bands, blog posts and sponsored parties of the week down a few pegs. This was a band at their peak, sufficiently warmed up and hitting all cylinders after playing 3 shows in the last 4 days. Their night off was spent playing solo or as special guests at other venues in the city. The cavernous Terminal 5 could barely contain the energy that MMJ produced all night.

Z, released in 2005 to almost universal critical praise, marked a turning point as the band brought in an outside producer, John Leckie, and recorded the album at Allaire Studios in the Catskills rather than at home in Kentucky. This was the album that made My Morning Jacket a headlining act at Bonnaroo and an international touring act that headlined Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.

MMJ took the stage shortly after 9:30 and tore through the three opening songs of the set ("Wordless Chorus", "It Beats 4 U" and "Gideon") before settling down with the fuzzy surf guitar influenced "Off the Record" and the calliope-like and rarely performed "Into The Woods." Although they were performing the songs of Z, I couldn't help but be reminded of their 2006 live album, Okonokos, which starts with the same first three tracks. The "Z" set ended with a 20 minute plus version of "Dondante" which featured lead guitarist Carl Bromel picking up a saxophone and soloing into a Jim James guitar solo using a glow stick as a bow on his guitar.

The band took a brief break and returned to the stage for a encore that ended with The Who's "A Quick One, While He's Away", Prince's "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" and Wham!'s "Careless Whisper". "Careless Whisper" was dedicated to George Michael who Jim James described as "One of the best singers of our lifetime" and encouraged the crowd to "send him some good vibes." James led the audience in a "Bananas" chant while throwing dozens of bananas to the crowd as the show was ending.

Opening act Holy Miranda kicked off her set with the slow building "Pelican Rapids" and by the time she covered Etta James's "I'd Rather Go Blind" she'd earned hundreds of new fans.

More pictures from night four at Terminal 5 (night five post coming soon), and the Wham! video, and both setlists, are below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket played 'Z', covered Wham @ Terminal 5 w/ Holly Miranda (pics, video & setlists)"

Holly Miranda @ Littlefield in July (more by David Andrako)
Holly Miranda

Unlike at her recent Phoenicia porch show (the same porch Dean & Britta played) where she played all covers, Holly Miranda played a bunch of songs off her new album at her July show at Littlefield which was being taped for Baeble in conjunction with BrooklynVegan. Five of those newer songs make up the six song setlist that ended up making the final cut for the video that is live over at Baeble now. The full setlist, review and pictures from the show are HERE, and you can also watch two of the songs shot by Baeble (and you definitely should), below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford


"Metric played the exact same set (shaved a song or two) in the exact same way as they did at Terminal 5 a few months ago but with two big differences.The first was they kicked off with the now well known "Eclipse (All Yours)", their big deal single from their big deal appearance on the Twilight soundtrack, which is apparently some big deal with a lot of people (I wouldn't know, I refuse to watch anything in which vampires sparkle in the sun instead of burn). The live performance was infinitely better than the record. It fit right into the Metric mold. The other big difference was the band sounded better as a whole in the open air of Prospect Park than they did at the acoustic horror of Terminal 5. Same band, same performance, better venue = the awesome thunder of Metric in full display." [Sonic Parthenon]
Emily Haines also wore a very similar shirt to what she wore at Terminal 5.

Joan (Wasser) as Policewoman (who I saw in the crowd at Rufus Wainwright at the same venue a couple of weeks earlier) and Holly Miranda (who played a much smaller NYC three days later, and a medium sized show a month earlier) opened for Metric Thursday night, August 5th, at the all-female-frontwoman, free Celebrate Brooklyn show (two nights before Sharon Jones). More pictures from it, below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Holly Miranda

The Most Cake: So, just before we sat down, we were talking about our mutual love for the band Fucked Up. How likely are we to see you moshing to them this evening [at the Truck Festival]?

Holly: Not likely, not after last time. I got punched square in the nose, right here (Holly points at her nose), and then had to go on tour right afterwards with Tegan and Sara, and then every time I would touch my nose they made fun of me. I mean, I punched the guy back and we just kept going. It was fair game. But I think I'll probably stay away from the mosh pit tonight.

The Most Cake: With the T+S tour, I imagine you got to witness that crazy kind of fame those girls have. They seem to have a very fanatical following. Does it scare you, the more intrusive side of that...all the YouTube bitchiness?

Holly: That's not something i've had to deal with much so far. But I have friends who have to deal with it on a constant level. I don't know...it doesn't look like a lot of fun, basically *laughs*. It looks like it kinda sucks. I think it's the anonymous, crazy online comments and messages and that kind of shit that's really soulless to me. It doesn't really have anything to do with the music anymore, or the person who's receiving it. It's just kind of about getting really intensely involved in their lives. I don't know; it baffles me a little.

The Most Cake: If everyone's listening to Holly Miranda...who is Holly Miranda listening to?

Holly: Well I'm always listening to Otis...I'm always listening to old soul. But lately I've really been into Little Dragon; I like her a lot. I saw her in December in LA play a show at the El Rey which was awesome. I like the new Yeasayer record, thought I haven't gotten to see them live. This band we were on tour with on the east coast, called Braids, from Montreal; they're incredible. Umm. Who else? Oh, Dave Sitek? The guy from TV on the Radio who produced my album? He has a solo work coming out under the name Maximum Balloon that is epic. He did all the music and then had a different singer coming in, so there's Karen O, David Byrne, Katrina Ford, the chick from Little Dragon, I did a song, Ambrosia Parsley from Shivaree. It's really really good.

Like the Antlers and Nicole Atkins before her, Holly Miranda was paired with wine for a "Vivo in Vino" show in the East Village on Sunday night (August 8th) (Holly played Prospect Park with Metric three days earlier). Her set, as Kyle points out below, was "comprised almost entirely of covers. she played covers by: the smiths, leonard cohen, jealous girlfriends, johnny cash, lauryn hill (ex factor sing-a-long), and some others that are slipping my mind. also played "waves". i think she did about 8 or 9 in total, but wasn't really counting. stunning show."

The full setlist and more pictures from the intimate event below...

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photos by David Andrako, words by Rachel Kowal

Holly Miranda

The crowd congregated at Littlefield, expectantly, as clips from previous concerts played in the background. A camera mounted on a pole extended over the audience to capture Holly Miranda's BV-copresented set for Baeblemusic.

Holly walked on stage to a chorus of "I love you"s from the audience and took her post, stage right. "Are you alright? Are you hot? Don't touch anybody," she joked after the first song. The room was definitely heavy with humidity. As the evening progressed, more and more sweat poured from Holly Miranda and her band. Miranda was joined by a small brass section (trumpet and saxophone) in addition to the usual bass, guitar, and drums and a bevy of surprise guests, including a violin player and four of her friends who jumped on stage to play the sleigh bells for one song. Miranda herself switched back and forth from a guitar and an organ.

Despite the fact that there were a couple of cameras capturing her every move, instead of looking into them, Miranda stared intently at the audience (when her eyes weren't completely closed). Throughout the show, people kept shouting out her name in admiration.

Miranda may be on the petite side, but she possesses a rich, soulful voice with a surprising range and her music is not for the faint of heart. Though some of the songs have mellow intros, they swell during the chorus and it quickly becomes clear that she means business. At the core, her songs fall more squarely into the rock category than your typical singer-songwriter fare. Even her soulful Etta James cover ("I'd Rather Go Blind") ended with Holly rocking out.

She closed her initial set with "Pelican Rapids," a newer song that calls for marriage equality for all. After a minute or two of applause, Miranda and her band came back on stage for a single-song encore ("Singular Acceptance") to cap off the sweaty but satisfying evening.

If you missed Holly Miranda, she's playing again at Prospect Park as part of the summer's Celebrate Brooklyn program. You can also catch her at the more pricy Vivo in Vino. Stay tuned for the videos from Littlefield. More pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, below...

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