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The 2013 Bridge School Benefit concerts happen this weekend (October 26 & 27) at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Now in it's 27th year, the benefit concerts raise money for The Bridge School, a "non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology" that was founded, in part, by Pegi Young (wife of Neil Young).

This year's concerts, as mentioned, feature performances by CSNY, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, fun, Heart, Jenny Lewis and, on Saturday (10/26) only, Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson and Tom Waits. All performances are acoustic.

For those who can't attend but would like to watch, the Saturday Bridge School Benefit concert will stream live via YouTube. The eight-hour webcast begins at 8 PM Eastern (5 PM Pacific).

Meanwhile, check out Arcade Fire's Colbert Report appearance and pictures from the recent Brooklyn shows.

Arcade Fire

That's the new LA record release show poster above. Here's more info:

"As part of their ongoing "The Music Experiment 2.0" social media-driven concert series, MTV Iggy and Intel Corporation today announced that Grammy Award-winning rock band Arcade Fire will perform a special show at an as-yet-unannounced outdoor location in Los Angeles on October 29th, upon release of their hotly anticipated fourth studio album, Reflektor.

Beginning today, October 15th, fans can visit www.MusicExperiment.com for a chance to win tickets to the exclusive live performance by participating in "The Music Experiment 2.0" across Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine, Shazam & Twitter. The performance will also stream live on www.MusicExperiment.com and through The Music Experiment Windows App.
Arcade Fire was also added to Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit along with Tom Waits, Queens of the Stone Age, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, fun., My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, Heart, and Diana Krall. The two day event takes place October 26th and 27th at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire will be in NYC for two NYC shows this week. The location is still officially undisclosed, as is the way to get tickets, but My Social List and Arcade Fire Tube seem to have figured out that the location is a warehouse-turned-cultural center located at 299 Meserole in Brooklyn (the same location as a 10/26 Halloween party with Alex Metric and Just Blaze). Stay tuned for more details!

The band are also playing Big Night in Little Haiti at Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami on October 24. Special presale (only with artist presale code) starts Wednesday 10/16 at 10AM. On sale to the public Thursday 10/17 at 10AM.

They return to NYC in November for the YouTube Awards.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Coachella 2013 - Day 2
Coachella 2013 - Day 2

The Postal Service brought their reunion tour (with Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis in tow) to Coachella last night (4/13). The tour's in support of the 10th anniversary reissue of their only album, Give Up, and they played 8 of its 10 original songs, switching out "Recycled Air" and "Natural Anthem" for "A Tattered Line of String" and "Turn Around," both of which appear as previously-unreleased tracks on the reissue (listen on Spotify). Check out a video of their full set, along with more pictures from the show and the setlist below.

Pictures of Coachella Day 1 are HERE and HERE. The rest of Day Two are HERE. Stay tuned for more coverage. The festival continues today and is streaming live.

Postal Service pics, video and setlist below...

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rilo kiley

It's been six year's since Rilo Kiley's last album, Under the Blacklight, and the band, who singer Jenny Lewis says "never broke up," are finally coming out of hibernation... for a b-sides and rarities compilation. That record, titled RKives, includes nine never-before-released songs, demos, b-sides, and other loose tracks. The 16 track release, out April 2, will be available on CD and double vinyl with a booklet designed by the band. You can preorder RKives at Rilo Kiley's website.

The band are making a video for the album's first single "Let Me Back In," and they're looking for help:

Help us make our video! For our first single, "Let Me Back In", we invite you to upload your favorite personal Rilo Kiley video clip, band footage, created animation, etc... whatever you have in moving pictures that you'd like to share with us. We will then view and choose among them to incorporate into the video. All submissions are due by March 5th at RiloKiley.com.
You can stream "Let Me In" over at SPIN. In other news, in addition to going on tour as part of The Postal Service this summer, Jenny Lewis also wrote and recorded five new songs for the film Very Good Girls which recently premiered at Sundance and stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen. Lewis also was music supervisor on the film.

As for new Rilo Kiley music, Lewis told Buzzfeed:

I just tend to think in my life you can never shut the door on anything: an ex-lover, a bandmate, a song -- there are so many songs that I didn't want to play for so many years but then they kind of come back around and they become relevant again.
Track list for RKives is below.

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Give UpGive Up

As mentioned, the reunited Postal Service (with Jenny Lewis and Laura Burhenn in tow) sold out their first night at Barclays Center (6/14) and have added a second show happening at the same venue one day later (6/15). Tickets for the newly added show go on sale today at noon.

A list of all tour dates and a stream of the previously unreleased Postal Service track, "A Tattered Line of String," which features Jenny Lewis, below...

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Postal Service

As mentioned, the forthcoming reissue of The Postal Service's 2003 album, Give Up, contains two previously-unreleased songs, both of which feature vocals by Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis. Check out "A Tattered Line of String" below.

As you may have heard, The Postal Service will play Barclays Center on June 14 and tickets are still available.

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DOWNLOAD: The Postal Service - Such Great Heights (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (MP3)

Postal Service

The Postal Service finally returned this year, ten years after the release of their only album, Give Up, and began confirming a few festival slots like Coachella and Primavera Sound. Now they've finally revealed headlining dates in the US and Europe, including one in NYC at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 14! Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.

UPDATE: Presale tickets are available now via The Postal Service's website.

Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis and Mynabirds frontwoman Laura Burhenn will be part of The Postal Service's live band for this tour. All dates are listed below...

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photos by Wei Shi

Conor Oberst / Jenny Lewis @ Fox Theater 10/3/2012
Conor Oberst
Jenny Lewis

Last week, the prolific 32-year-old who primarily does business as Bright Eyes appeared at UCLA's Royce Hall, one of two seated, acoustic performances (the other was at Carnegie Hall) that cherry-picked his songbook and served up reworked gems occasionally abetted by friends like Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins.

I heard that was riveting, and foolishly arrived without earplugs thinking the same thing (albeit with different selections) was due to happen Wednesday night at the Fox Theater, where Oberst drew a wildly devoted, near-capacity crowd. Yet this again was something different: a full-blown, full-band show, with long-haired Oberst in wide-brimmed-hat mode, folky like the new-millennium Dylan he's always been but rocking out with the feel (and sometimes the intensity) of late-'60s Neil Young. [Orange County Register]

Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins played the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA on Wednesday (10/3) and there are pictures from that show in this post. Both Conor and Jenny are performing again today (10/5) at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park which is happening as we speak and free and open to the public if you're out that way. Also playing the fest, on the Conor Oberst-curated stage today is Ben Kweller, with whom Conor recently played in Austin.

The Arrow stage (not the one Conor and Jenny are playing) at is being streamed live on the HSBF website. Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba is on as of the posting. Schedule is here.

More pics from the Fox Theatre show are below...

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Jenny & Johnny

Unfortunately, I missed most of the [CMJ] day panels due to work and school - but I was able to get my badge and head over to my favourite venue, Irving Plaza, to see Jenny and Johnny...

At Irving Plaza, a more mature-sounding Jenny Lewis with fresh material awaited my presence. Jenny and Johnny do drift a bit away from Rilo Kiley by adding a mix of country and a male voice to Lewis's new sound. The country guitar twang on "Scissor Runner" was defintely more pronounced when performed live and was appreciated by everyone in attendance. Jenny also dedicated "New York Cartoon" to the people of New York City, which was something I appreciated...
Jonathan Rice has been a great addition to Jenny Lewis's repertoire. Hope there's more Jenny and Johnny in the future. -[B-Sides]

Jenny & Johnny headlined the Ground Control Touring showcase at Irving Plaza last night (10/19), their only CMJ show . The openers on the other hand are each playing other times in NYC this week. They were Wild Nothing, Times New Viking, Happy Birthday, and La Sera.

Jenny and Johnny are now on tour. More pictures, some videos and the setlist from the show (just the headliner for now), below...

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photos by Matt Karp, words by BBG

Jenny Lewis of Jenny & Johnny @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Jenny & Johnny

Flipping through the channels the other night, I came upon Inside The Actor's Studio with guest Betty White. They cut to a Golden Girls clip and guess who was holding Rose's teddy bear hostage with a squirtgun filled with red ink? The one and only Jenny Lewis.

Jenny graduated from stick-up kid to professional musician long ago. Rilo Kiley released their first album in 1999, she went solo in 2006, and most recently she teamed up with her boyfriend "Johnny" Rice to write and record I'm Having Fun Now. That album has been out since August 31st, and Jenny and Johnny will hit the road for more shows in October and November. Those now include a CMJ show at Irving Plaza on 10/19. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale NOW (at 10am).

Jenny & Johnny have already passed through these parts, and recently. The band played Maxwell's on 9/21 and two days before, supported Pavement alongside Endless Boogie at Williamsburg Waterfront (where Belle & Sebastian play the last show of the season tonight). We now have pictures from that Brooklyn show.

More of those pictures, all tour dates, and the video of Jenny on the Golden Girls, below....

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Jenny And Johnny

Jenny and Johnny (Jenny Lewis and Johnny Rice) will be releasing their debut LP, We're Having Fun Now, sometime this fall. The song "Scissor Runner" from it is is available online as a free download.

The pair will hit the road this September for shows across the US. On September 19th, as previously mentioned, they'll be opening for Pavement at the Williamsburg Waterfront. They have since also added their own show at Maxwell's on September 21st. Tickets are on sale.

One place they won't be playing is Arizona, which they'll be avoiding becuase of the new immigration law. There's a growing list of artists (which Jenny and Johnny aren't on) who are boycotting the state as part of The Sound Strike, a campaign headed by Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha. Jenny and Johnny's note about that, and all their tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Jenny (Lewis) & Johnny (Rice) releasing an album, touring - dates include Maxwell's, but not Arizona "


Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."

Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...

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Pavement @ Coachella 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)

Pavement - September 2010 NYC tour dates
Sun 19 Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Waterfront
Tue 21 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Wed 22 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Thu 23 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Fri 24 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
"JENNY and JOHNNY" aka Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice will open the newly-added September 19th show. Tickets go on sale Fridy at noon. More dates HERE.

photos by Chris Graham

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
TV on the Radio

Sporting a beard that complements the music he's making these days, Conor Oberst and his Mystic Valley Band closed down [Outside Lands' Day Two] Sutro Stage with songs that are more down-home than downtrodden. One highlight of the set was when he brought out Jenny Lewis to perform Rilo Kiley's "Portions for Foxes," though Oberst outdid himself in the end with a beautiful rendition of the sparse and gorgeous "Milk Thistle." [MTV]
Outside Lands, at SF's Golden Gate Park, ran for three days in August. The pictures here are from its second day, Saturday, August 19th, which featured Conor Oberst & the Mystic Family Band (with an appearance by Jenny Lewis), TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Mars Volta, Bat for Lashes and Mastodon. (The reunited Os Mutantes also played but there's no pics of them; we did cover them at Webster Hall though.).

More pictures from Day Two, below...

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Real Estate @ Woodsist Fest on July 4th (more by Tim Griffin)
Real Estate

tonight in NYC
* Maluca @ Glasslands
* Amayo's Fu Arkistra @ 92YTribeca
* Alberta Cross @ Jet Blue's Terminal 5 JFK
* Flashing Lights w/ Flosstradamus @ Studio B
* Dark Dark Dark, Son Lux @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Guitars, In One Wind, Neon Gloworms @ Sycamore
* Titus Andronicus, Real Estate @ Whitney Museum
* Japandroids, Little Girls, Dinowalrus @ The Cameo
* Lesley Flanigan w/ Luke Duboi @ Issue Project Room
* Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), The Albertans @ Union Hall
* Oneida, Dump, This Moment in Black History @ Maxwell's
* Those Darlins, The So So Glos, We Are Country Mice @ Southpaw
* Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Zaza, Ribbons @ South Street Seaport
* pow wow!, The Loom, Holler Wild Rose, Lemming Malloy @ Red Star Bar
* Castanets, D. Charles Speer, M.A. Turner, The Wailing Wall @ Cake Shop
* Brunettes, Great Lakes, Sharon Van Etten, Animal Hands @ The Bell House
* Rock Royalty: the Zombies, the Yardbirds, the Spencer Davis Group @ Irving Plaza
* We Are Fancy, Slim Twig, The Binary Marketing Show, Fan Tan @ Bruar Falls
* Talibam!, Religious Girls, Grooms, Our Brother the Native, Necking @ DBA
* Mewithoutyou, The Dear Hunter, Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground @ Bowery
* Robbers on High Street, Action Painters, Silent League, Linfinity @ Merc Lounge
* What Cheer Brigade, Javelin, Growing, Devin Flynn & Gary Panter, Kokomo @ Market Hotel
* Los Amigos Invisibles & Aterciopelados @ the Prospect Park Bandshell
* O'Death, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Justin Carter, Eamon Harkin @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Steve Shiffman & The Land of No, Francis Friday, Golden Bones, Land What Land @ Pete's Candy Store
* NY Ear & Eye Fest w/ Magik Markers, Led Er Est, SSPS, Child Abuse, Grooms, more @ Knitting Factory
* 10 for $10 Tour w/ Madball, Poison The Well, Terror, Vision, Death Before Dishonor, more @ Terminal 5
* Midsummer Night Swing w/ Occidental Brothers Dance Band Intl, Samba Mapangala & Virunga @ Lincoln Center

Free shows tonight include Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Zaza and Ribbons at South Street Seaport and a Celebrate Brooklyn show with Los Amigos Invisibles & Aterciopelados at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The Titus Andronicus/Real Estate show at Whitney Museum is pay-what-you-wish.

Lords of Acid were supposed to play Irving Plaza tonight, but that was cancelled.

The Orb were supposed to play MHOW tonight, but that was cancelled.

O'Death and Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt play the first-ever concert at the newly opened Brooklyn Bowl -- DJs include Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin.

Jason Lytle of Grandaddy plays Union Hall with The Albertans. Lytle is on a solo-debut-supporting tour; tomorrow he plays the Bowery Ballroom.

Oneida was recently added to the ATP NY bill (where they're scheduled for a "full day of improvisation, collaboration, and recording"). Tonight they perform at Maxwell's with Dump and This Moment in Black History.

This weekend is the first Williamsburg Waterfront show, and the first concert on the beach at Governors Island.

Those Darlins, The So So Glos and We Are Country Mice play Southpaw.

Japandroids play the first of a few upcoming NYC shows at The Cameo with Little Girls and Dinowalrus. They'll play tomorrow at Pianos and Siren Fest on the 18th.

Castanets just opened for Explosions in the Sky at the Central Park Summerstage. Their summer tour hits the Cake Shop tonight and at the Silent Barn tomorrow.

NZ's Brunettes perform at The Bell House with a trio of Brooklyn acts -- Great Lakes, Sharon Van Etten and Animal Hands.

The NY Ear & Eye Fest II continues with music at the Knitting Factory provided by Magik Markers, Led Er Est, SSPS, Child Abuse, Grooms (who are also at Death By Audio) and more. Check out the music, film and free record fair at 92YTribeca tomorrow.

10 for $10 Tour comes to Terminal 5 with a bill headlined by Madball and Poison The Well.

This is the first week of the Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing festival, which runs through July. Chubby Checker played on Thursday. Tonight the fest features the music of Occidental Brothers Dance Band International and Samba Mapangala & Virunga.

See Jenny Lewis's new video for "See Fernando," below. A lyrically uncensored video of Lily Allen's for "Fuck You" is below, too.

What else?

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Janelle Monae @ MHOW 4/17 (more by Tim Griffin)
Janelle Monae

tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Burlesque @ Public Assembly
* Rev. Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus), modwheelmood @ Highline Ballroom
* Urban Barnyard, Dufus, John Ludington, Andrea Zvaleko @ Cake Shop
* Right on Dynamite, Deleted Scenes, Deep Sea Diver, Michael Runion @ Union Hall
* Talibam!, Up Died Sound, Fragrant Family, Uncle Woody Sullender @ DbA
* Afro-Punk Fest w/ Saul Williams, Janelle Monae, Dallas Austin, Elevator Fight @ BAM

Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir continue their run of free Monday night shows at Union Pool.

Saul Williams (7:30) and Janelle Monae (6:30) headline the third night of music at BAM's Afro-Punk Festival.

Peter Murphy's "Secret Cover" tour makes the first of two NYC stops at the Highline Ballroom tonight. The Bauhaus singer will be at the venue tomorrow night too.

"Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Brooke Shields are among the celebrities scheduled to be involved in Tuesday's Michael Jackson memorial." [LA Times]

"Despite efforts to keep people from profiting from Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson, scalpers online Monday were asking as much as $9,000 per ticket to the free event." [CNN]

Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band played a free 4th of July show at NYC's Battery Park (Jenny Lewis was there too.) You can see Conor & Co. on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight playing "Spoiled" off Outer South. A video of "Spoiled" from the 4th, as well as "Sausalito" and a cover of "Handle With Care" with Jenny Lewis, below...

What else?

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Conor Oberst & Jenny Lewis in Battery Park on July 4th (more by Chris La Putt)
Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis

The Golden Girls had a loyal fan base that still exists to this day, thanks to reruns. The show was often controversial, as its main characters were 4 single older women who lived together, but were still sexually active, and up-to-date with pop culture. Mild profanity and sexual innuendo were common on the program. The effects of Sophia's stroke, which, according to Dorothy, "rendered her totally annoying" and "a complete burden", enabled the character to get away with much more than the other women.

The show often tackled topics that were not frequently aired on TV. These included: the coming out of Blanche's brother and his gay marriage, menopause, gun control, impotence, drug addiction, safe sex, empty nest syndrome, infidelity, interracial marriage, racism, transsexualism, homophobia, age discrimination, organ donation, fixed income, domestic violence, problem gambling, suicide, cross-dressing, lesbianism, plastic surgery, child abandonment, euthanasia, chronic fatigue syndrome, pregnancy, homicide, veganism, cocaine addiction, artificial insemination, health care, agoraphobia, homelessness, immigration, sexual harassment, illegal immigration, and senility. Perhaps the most provocative episode involved Rose getting tested for HIV years after receiving an untested blood transfusion. [Wikipedia]

As Jenny Lewis' music career continues and she gets more famous (for her music), many probably forget or never realized that she started out as a child actress. I was reminded the other day when I was watching a 1987 episode of The Golden Girls where Jenny played an evil girl scout named Daisy. Check out video clips from the show, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Jenny Lewis

"[Jenny Lewis's] hour long set (as the opening act for their good friends, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band) featured Lewis classics such as "Acid Tongue", "The Next Messiah" and Rilo Kiley's "Silver Lining" plus one or two new songs. And of course, they pulled Conor Oberst out to join them on one song, at which point he and Lewis pressed their faces together to share the microphone center stage." [Cassie]
The River to River Festival's annual free Independence Day concert in NYC's Battery Park went down as planned, rain-free, on Saturday (7/4/2009 @ 3:30PM)
"It was nice being able to just lay down and sun-nap for a little while listening to live music." [Spatula Queen]

"The concert was fabulous. The weather was perfect (clear sky, breezy), and there was a great energy in the park. There were tooons of people there.." [my so-called life]

"conor oberst was great. much better than i thought he would be." [Anonymous | July 4, 2009 10:36 PM]

"Kicked it on a blanket in a park listening to those two for hours. Pretty much one of the best afternoons I had ever had." [Typoscura]

More pictures, and both setlists, below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis & Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band @ Battery Park in NYC (July 4th) - pics & setlists"

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The eighth annual Bonnaroo drew about 75,000 people to 700 acres of farmland here in Manchester, 60 miles from Nashville, for a lineup headlined by a jam band (the reunited Phish, playing three-hour shows on Friday and Sunday), rockers whose careers are measured in decades (Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne) and rappers who now qualify as old school (the Beastie Boys). [NY Times]
Far from a complete representation of what went down in Tennessee from June 11-14, but nonetheless, one set of pictures from the fest (catching up this weekend), below...

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July 4th

Advice for attending July 4th fireworks: arrive early and expect crowds [Everything Hudson]
Another piece of advice -- be in New Jersey or Manhattan. This year's Macy's 4th of July fireworks are going to be located in the Hudson River only, so spots in Brooklyn and Queens won't have a very good view (if any). They kick off at 9pm. Viewing locations HERE.

What are you doing on the 4th? Below we've listed a bunch of other options if you'll be in NYC (and a few if you want to leave)...

Continue reading "Independence Day 2009 - 4th of July events in NYC (Conor Oberst, Woodsist Fest, Japanther, Feelies, fireworks, more)"

Comedian and musician Dave Hill was summoned to Bonnaroo this past weekend to be part of both the comedy and music going-ons at the four-day Tennessee festival. I asked if he'd mind sharing his experiences (and pictures) with BrooklynVegan.com. He agreed. I regretted it. He sent it anyway, so here it is (starting with some MP3's by his rock band Valley Lodge), but warning: this post is not for the squeamish (NSFTS)...

DOWNLOAD: Valley Lodge - All of My Lovin (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Valley Lodge - Hangin On (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Valley Lodge - The Door (MP3)

Dave Hill tests face-melting licks out on some chairs
Dave Hill at Bonnaroo 2009

I've just returned from four magical days and nights at Bonnaroo, where my rock band Valley Lodge was the house band for Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's "Bonnapoo 2009" shows, which featured all sorts of awesomeness from Robert Smigel aka Triumph as well as sets from the great Todd Barry, Amy Schumer, and Kumail Nanjiani.

"Smigel performed four sets as Triumph at Bonnaroo, which annually hosts a comedy tent along with its smorgasbord of music acts, spread out over five main stages on a farm in rural Tennessee.

"My live act is a huge undertaking because Triumph kind of thrives on the immediate, discussing what everybody's thinking about," said Smigel while whisking past festival-goers in a golf cart, puppet on hand." [AP]

The excitement started on Wednesday night when I got on a plane to Nashville with my close personal friend Janeane Garofalo, Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, and the rest of my rock band Valley Lodge. If you've ever wanted to be on a completely hilarious plane, you could do a lot worse than to have been on this plane. As you can probably imagine, all of us were running back and forth between our seats spraying each other with seltzer bottles and throwing pies in each others' faces. At one point, Pete Holmes came over to my seat to shake my hand and it turned out he had one of those joy buzzers on his finger. Man, was my face red. I got him back though by spraying him in the face with a prank flower I was wearing at the time. We both just laughed and laughed after this happened. He couldn't stay mad at me.

Once we got to Nashville, some unmarked vehicles took us all to Murfreesboro, the popular Tennessee town where we all stayed at the Doubletree Hotel, which is really classy. Because I snore and also like to get up to all sorts of hardcore banging in hotels, I had my own room. When I dropped off my bags, I looked around the room and got all excited about all the snoring and hardcore banging I would be doing in my room over the next few days and nights.

continued below...

Continue reading "What It's like to be a VIP at Bonnaroo 2009 by Dave Hill"

photos by Tim Griffin

Jenny Lewis

The fantastic lineup of Jenny Lewis, Deer Tick, and Farmer Dave hit the stage of Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (6/9). If you missed it, Jenny will be back soon, Deer Tick will be back soon, and you can look at a bunch more pictures, including one of Jenny's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis, Deer Tick, Farmer Dave @ MHOW - pics, setlist"

Farmer Dave Scher

Dave Scher was a DJ at Los Angeles station KXLU when Jimi Hey would make numerous calls requesting Six Finger Satellite and Ready for the World. The two became friends, and Hey eventually got his own show on the station. Later on, Scher and Hey helped found the celebrated cosmic-country outfit the Beachwood Sparks. Since leaving the Sparks in 2001, the duo has spent the better part of [2003-2004] tuning and tweaking All Night Radio.

[Scher explains All Night Radio's inspiration further,] "It's something a little extra, a little more supernatural coming out of your radio. It would involve a blending of sound sources and time periods, even the imaginary things," says Scher. According to him, this energy is all around us, broadcasting in a steady stream 24 hours a day; it is up to the listener to tune in and harness the energy.

"We're going off of a different paradigm than most groups," Scher says. "We wanted to make a sound coming through that would pick up a bit of everything. It would come through us. Jimi and I try to dial it in."

Hearing Scher talk about the band's inspiration, one might think he and Hey are mere vessels of sound, automatons acting on executive orders. But, Scher explains, "It's an act of creation. We are weaving from the fabric of this romantic space and time. It's an idea that we record." [Riverfront Times - March, 2004]

Since that interview, Scher's Sub Pop-signed All Night Radio broke up, in 2004, and Scher's kept busy with numerous guest appearances and back-up band stints. Those include playing with Jenny Lewis, Interpol, Elvis Costello, Jonathan Rice and Vetiver. In 2008 Beachwood Sparks got back together for some shows including Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary Festival and NYC-area gigs at Bowery Ballroom and Maxwell's.

Now, "Farmer" Dave Scher will put out his first solo record, Flash Forward To The Good Times, August 18th on Kemado Records. Guests on that disc include "members of Entrance, VietNam, Jonathan Wilson, and Devendra Banhart producer Thom Monahan."

In 2008, Farmer Dave collabed with Jenny Lewis on her latest disc, Acid Tongue, and toured with the singer as part of her band. This year he'll be opening a portion of Lewis's summer tour dates , as she treks across the US into July. Scher (and Deer Tick) will open Lewis's sold out Music Hall of Williamburg show on June 9th.

That conveniently segues into a reminder that Jenny Lewis is playing a free July 4th show at Battery Park with Conor Oberst.

All Farmer Dave tour dates, with a video of Scher singing backup on Lewis's "Acid Tongue" live, below...

Continue reading "Farmer Dave Scher releasing album, touring w/ Jenny Lewis "

Kaki King @ BAM 2/7/09 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Kaki King

Steven Patrick Morrissey is turning 50 on May 22nd. Morrissey himself will be celebrating with a concert in his hometown of Manchester.

Others will be celebrating, that same night, right here in Brooklyn at Glasslands Gallery where Kaki King will play a "special set" at a Morrissey birthday celebration. Beta Beta, the Bodgea Girls and the Stationary Set are also on the bill. Flyer below.

This summer, King will be at Bonnaroo on June 12th and Northern California's music & yoga festival, Wanderlust, on Saturday, July 25th. The lineup for that fest includes Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Jenny Lewis, Amanda Palmer, Spoon, Broken Social Scene...and many more big "indie" names. The festival also offers yoga sessions with a full schedule of guest yogis. Both music+yoga tickets and music-only tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 12th.

Kaki King's newest record is her Mexican Teenagers EP, released March 30th by Cooking Vinyl.

Full details of both Morrissey's b-day and Wanderlust Festival, with posters, and Kaki King dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Easy (new MP3)

Deer Tick

As previously mentioned, Deer Tick are going on a short tour with Jenny Lewis in June, June 9th at Music Hall of Williamsburg included. On July 4th, Jenny Lewis is playing a much bigger and much cheaper show (free) in Battery Park with Conor Oberst.

And I'm happy to announce that Deer Tick will be playing a free NYC show of their own this summer, though like Jenny Lewis, it will be as an opening band. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals headline the 'Celebrate Brooklyn' show in Prospect Park on August 7th. Other bands confirmed for free shows at the Brooklyn bandshell this summer are They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Dr. Dog, and Phosphorescent. The entire schedule will be announced on May 4th.

And between June and August, Deer Tick will not be resting. After finishing with Jenny, John Joseph McCauley III (his full name according to MySpace) and crew (Deer Tick) will stay on the road, teaming up for a tour with Dawes for most of July, and then hitting the Bowery Ballroom for another headlining NYC show in that venue on July 24th (no opener or ticket info yet).

In October, Deer Tick is also scheduled to play Austin City Limits, and the Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival.

Deer Tick's new album Born on Flag Day will be released on June 23rd via Partisan Records. The first legally released track is available for download above. The entire track list, (new) cover art (they trashed the first design), more pictures from the 2009 BV SXSW show, and all tour dates, below...

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